Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Testing Windows Live Writer

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Testing Windows Live Writer

This is a test entry for Windows Live Writer.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Endo 2007, Toronto

Yes, this is my first Cross-Atlantic Medical Conference attended. My kind acknowledgements to my sponsors, fellow colleagues, mentors, and supervisors who without their undestanding and help, this trip would not be possible.
The conference was attended by over 7,000 participants, and is well recognised as "the Event" that a Endocrinologist or aspiring Endocrinologist should attend once or more in their careers. I am thoroughly impressed with the organisers for hosting such a huge event without major hiccups. Needless to say, millions of dollars must have been poured into this event.
As for me, I never thought it would be a reality that I would be sponsored to such an event at my stage. My gratitute again to my mentors who introduced me to my sponsors.
The event lasted 5 days, and the programme starts from 6am until 9pm almost everyday. It is almost impossible to attend every session of the Event, hence there's even a computerised event scheduler that you can pre-plan the sessions that you intend to participate. It is all too overwhelming for me at first, but finally manage to accomodate to the event environment by the end of the 2nd day (minus the severe jet-lag).
What I learnt from the Profs that attended this event is to network and get to know fellow researchers in the same interest field for the purpose of enriching our research experience. By the way, a Malaysian Endocrine Fellow from the very prestigious Mayo Clinic made a friendly gesture by approaching us during our poster presentation time. He is Dr Khoo Teck Kim, from Seremban, now almost in his last year of his Endocrine Training. I wish him every success in his career, and really appreciate is gesture of friendliness.
The hard-copy of the handouts, abstracts, etc, amounts to 3 telephone-directory thicked books for the participants. Everyday, 700 different posters are presented, hence at least 3,500 posters have been displayed during the course of the Event! I think just by the sheer numbers alone, this is the most super kiasu event I ever attended!
Anyway, thanks to the 60 hours of travelling time (to-and-fro) I had to endure to attend the event, I am suffering from severe jet-lag. I am glad that I am finally back home and enjoying the local food to alleviate my symptoms of acute withdrawal from Penang food. In addition to that, I am still adjusting to the local time zone, hence more time to blog, given the fact that I woke up today at 4am!
To those who still occasionally view my blog (evidenced by the stat counter), thank you for your participation, and your views are most welcomed.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Impersonal, indifferent, and apathetic, and being happy

I think these are the qualities that we somehow manage to acquire inevitably as we grow older. Perhaps it is because we feel more comfortable adopting these qualities, so that we are not bothered with unecessary distractions that pulls us away from paying full attention to ourselves. This stems from the fact that we perceive that we are the most important person in the world! You can deny it however you want, and say that you will sacrifice anything for your family and loved ones, but in the end whatever you do, ultimately is for your own happiness, or what you think is good for others, is actually what you think is good for yourself.
There is nothing wrong about loving yourself.
The problem comes when you love yourself too much, so much so that it encroaches onto other people happiness and hence making other people suffer as the consequence your selfishness.
Because we are in pursuit of our own deluded concept of happiness, externally, that we forget that in reality whatever feeling of happiness is generated internally, in our mind. I don't know why I have become so philosophical tonight, perhaps my bedtime beckons, and I am getting hypnagogically philosophical, or I just need to post something in my blog, in order to make myself happy. Good night. May Happiness blossom within you, and not plucked from others. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The White Coat aka Bacteria, Sweat and Gunk Coat

The all-doctors-must-wear-white-coats policy recently resurfaced its ugly head in my workplace. A special white coat counter is now erected to serve its purpose of perpetuating the white-coat wearing policy. Doctors are to collect their white coats from between 730am and 8am, write down their names, and return it at 5pm again. The White Coats are supposedly recycled and washed everyday, again for the purpose of perpetuating this policy, so that doctors cannot fault the white coats being reservoirs of pestilence. To be frank, I don't mind wearing a white coat if its kept in a hygenic state everyday, and if it can bestow us confidence when treating our patients. BUT, this is the Tropics, where temperature in the day time can go up to a boiling 39 degrees celsius! Imagine in a non-airconditioned ward, wearing a tie, and on top of it, a white coat, definitely a receipe for another Chernobyl meltdown! The working conditions for doctors are already uncomfortable enough, please do not make it unbearable. I urge the administrators who sit comfortably in their climate-controlled offices to be more sensible and apply the wear-white-coat policies in air-conditioned hospitals only. Because, if not, you have violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 23(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Fire Boar Year

It is that time of the year again, when I am well prepared for the new-year guests' FAQ and their favourite must-ask question: "when-are-you-going-to ... ...?" thank goodness none has asked me so far. I will be even more surprised if the question wasn't even asked for the remaining 14 days of Chinese New Year. Fingers crossed.

I suspect that my faithful readers of my blog have already given up on me since I seldom blog nowadays mainly due to the Taiwan-quake and Blogging Fatigue Syndrome. To those that still read my blog, I wish you all a splendid year ahead of you, and to those who still ask the "when-are-you-going-to" questions, give us a break. Oink!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mary, Money, ""Car", "Lari", "Rugi"

Mary borrows Money, and however you cari, she eventually lari with your hard-earned Money, so be this a warning to you all, who are potential Mary's victims, do not lend Mary any Money otherwise you will sendiri Rugi!