Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Selamat Hari Raya!

to all Malaysians,


drive slowly, less accident...
eat slowly and healthier, less uncontrolled hypertensive or diabetic episode post-Raya...
pay more attention to the elders, but not to be paranoid and sending all of them to hospital.
avoid those youngsters for playing bomb, or fire crackers. else some one may get hurt, and loosing their fingers...
take a good rest...

after Raya, it will be the same old day again...


Monday, September 29, 2008

You must think positive!

few days ago, i came across an interesting book - The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. i was waiting for my wife for lunch, and she was busy with her work. so i got to spend some time inside the book store and find something to read. i heard about this book from many people with good reviews, recommendations.

aiyak, i grabbed one copy, and started reading over there.
ehh... quite interesting leh. and few hours later, i finished that book. that time, instead of lunch, my wife came late and so be it. we had high tea!

suddenly, i start to think more positive. ehh, i have been telling a lot about negative things to patients. the car story related to the human ageing factor, and the complications, bad things will happen with chronic diseases. all these are bringing negative thoughts to the patients.

start thinking again...

i must alter or rephrase what i say to my patients.
i added a few sentences of positive factor.

for the pain and ageing problem, i will say:
"pain will go away. you can still do your daily activities as you are still able to, think positive. you must start walking and let the aids far away from you. with addition of the medications, it will help to reduce further. most important, your spirit must be strong, you can do it!"

for the chronic diseases' complications, i will say:
"you must think positive. everyone deserves to live free from pain, same to you. you must start living healthier, eat healthier, and practising healthy social life style. with the medications, it will definitely help you more. by taking the pills appropriately, and accordingly, it will give you good control over the disease."

i think, after this counselling the patient should be motivated with the right attitude. the different from the statements is - i try not to mention NO, DON'T, or things to cause negative thoughts.

You must think positive!
and take the medications too.

Related topic:
What i say to my patients?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Because I'm a doctor"

after i came back from holiday, i was put on duty for on-call almost every day. in total i did 6 calls in 9 days. partly to cover some of my colleagues who took emergency leave, and we are really experiencing shortage of medical officer. what to do? clench my teeth, no complaining, and finished all the calls. then my wife was unhappy with it. she was asking why did i sacrifice first and make my life so terrible...

i have no idea how to answer her... back of my mind, i'm thinking why do i want to be a doctor.

long long time ago, when i was a first year student in medical college. all the students were asked why do we choose to be a doctor. everyone was so eager to answer it. then my Professor was laughing to all the answer...

some answered, to save people's life. some how instead of saving, we actually do more harm to patients, like giving the antibiotics that causing allergic reaction. then some one said, to earn more money. ehhh, pardon me. am i wrong in first place? actually the salary for a government-practised doctor is just about RM2000++, even lesser than a secondary school teacher. what ashamed!

me, i got up and answered: "if you ask me to be a sportsman, i can't run or swim. i can't stand long period under the hot sun for being an engineer. i don't have the talent to talk, or argue with people to be a lawyer. i have no interest over the computer. so, i think i can just be a doctor, because i have no other choice."
then, the Professor just smiled at me and nodding his head...

now, i have the answer to my wife...
"because i have no other choice, I'm a doctor. and it is my duty."

Friday, September 26, 2008

Langkawi trip: Part III

so, after not doing much on the first day, we decided to go 'jalan-jalan' on the next day. this was the first time my wife came to Langkawi. me, i came here with my family long long time ago. there was nothing here that time, neither 'Helang' statue, underwater world nor Mahathir's bakery shop. after taking breakfast in the hotel, we droved to the jetty point at Kuah town with the 'heavy' Kancil.

our first stop, the Jetty Point.

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there, we can get Baskin Robins' aircream shop, KFC, Kenny Roger and Starbucks. there is a duty-free shop inside, but i find things are a little bit more expensive inside. nothing much to eat, we had KFC instead.

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not so far from the jetty, the majestic 'Helang' is just there. walking distance only, but under the hot sun. my wife was so unhappy when i said "lets go there...". crazy ahhh, so hot!!! in the end, i went there alone...

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i have to cross the "love" bridge, about 5 minutes walk to the damn thing. on the way, i saw this church-like building. not one, but two similar buildings there.

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i was wondering how come? two churches in the middle of town, new thing for me. so i peep inside...

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alah... it's nothing inside! kena tipu pulak...

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there are a few Malay stalls around the buildings. i think these are built like Central Market, in KL, to set up stalls for handicrafts. but a 'white-elephant' project, the facility is abandoned.

then, i reached to see this 'Helang'...

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so huge! and so many people there. mostly i think people from China, some domestic ones, and me there. aiyaaa, how can i miss to take picture of this 'Helang' here, if im in Langkawi...
fighting for space, trying to get best angle of it.

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but then, i saw this 'macha'.
macho man!!!

"hey, you are blocking my view!!!"

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before we left the Jetty Point, my wife managed to get some handicrafts for herself. amazing shopper leh... but nothing for me!

(NEXT: Bird Paradise, Thai food)

Read Part I here
Read Part II here
Read Part III
Read Part IV

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fuel prices down by 10 sen

after so long, finally we have the answer...
effective from tomorrow (Thursday), fuel prices down by 10 sen per litre.

10 sen only!

with this 10 sen reduction per liter to petrol and diesel, it should be a good and joyful news to everyone in this country. everyone is expecting this news. from a simple calculation, a 40 liter tank saves RM4 each time to a full tank. if one needs to pump once in every week, total of RM16 only is saved in a month.
what can the RM16 do?

after cracking my head with this calculation, in the end it does not bring any drastic or effective benefits to me! all prices have gone up after the petrol hike on June. then the government decided to reduce it to 15 sen last month, and 10 sen reduction now, but the effect from the last hike stays. this does not apply to the Newton's law, "what goes up, will come down eventually". as for law of economy, whatever goes up will never come down!

10 sen. what the crap!?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Langkawi trip: Part II

it was really tiring on the first day itself. we were so lazy to jalan-jalan around. it must be the early flight, how come i was so 'kiasu' booked the earliest flight after all... slap my own face!

after a got up from sleep, it was already dinner time. for the whole day, both of us only had 1 packet of "Nasi Lemak" during the flight (heh, i pre-booked it leh!), the a set of value-meal McDonald's burger. that's it. for sure, our stomachs were singing for HELP...

driving our dumbass little "Kancil" around, we found this place...

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a seafood restaurant, located along the Chenang beach. for sure, one will hardly miss this place as it was fully lit up at night. very outstanding among the rest lor. the atmosphere of Orkid Ria is very nice, and romantic... all the dead fish and other seafood are displayed at the entrance. that time, there were a lot of "ang mo" (foreigners) drinking beers, enjoying the seafood.

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both of us ordered a grilled fish, i think we chose the seabass, hotplate taufu and egg.

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nah, Mrs Boleh-man is allergic to prawn and prawn-like products.
fuiyooo, big save to my wallet.

we were so hungry, i was totally forgotten to take photos of the dishes. makan saja... when i realised, food all gone. nevermind lah...

bill, it cost me total of RM50 plus. not cheap... and nothing is cheap over there, except alcohol, alcohol, again alcohol, and cigarettes. i really have to stress this, the alcohol is dirt cheap over here! certainly, we were enjoying the dinner.
a friendly reminder, never order hotplate taufu here anymore. because it taste sucks!!!

after that, we ZZZzzzzz.... again.

(NEXT: Kuah town, the famous "Helang"!)

Read Part I here
Read Part II here
Read Part III
Read Part IV

Monday, September 22, 2008

What is love?

my dear friends,

have you really thought about it?
what is love actually?

it give people power to live... having the adrenaline-rush to accomplish something impossible previously... feeling good and pleasurable, like after taking a shot of heroin (but, i have not try this)... feeling satisfied, especially during and after having it...

not a simple definition from a dictionary, but deep down to everyone's soul.

love does not means forever...
no black-and-white promises for the future...
it can be just end there and then, like one-night-stand kind of thing.

found it, but let it go after that for certain reasons.
got it, seal it, then preserve it ever after...

the question is:
Have you found your LOVE?

as for me,
yes i do. i found mine!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Langkawi trip: Part 1

here come our holiday trip...
since our flight was at 810am in the morning, Mrs Bolehman and I got to get up super early. kalam-kabut preparing our self. then my father-in-law fetched us to the airport, the LCCT. at 630am, we were already there liao. i thought at this economy down-turn with the unstable political situation, should have less people traveling now. but then, hah to my surprise so many people out there!

after checking in our only one luggage, we walked around the LCCT and wait for the flight. now hor, the "Now everyone can fly" company is charging RM10 for each luggage. aiyo, crap lar....!!!

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the flight departed sharp at 810am. it should be the first time so far, the flight was on time. as usual, AirAsia picks the best pilots and the journey went smoothly. and it took only 45 minutes to Langkawi. so damn fast leh!

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alamak! too early pulak already reached to Langkawi. so we have to wait for the car agent to bring our rented car. actually i already made the booking during the Matta fair, a 'kancil' at RM50 a day. should be a good deal, as there is no extra charge for extra hours because we will be in the island for around 60 hours. we were only charged for 48 hours / 2 days charges only. ok lar...
so, we were just loitering at the airport for 1 hour. while waiting and waiting.... i did this...

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finally... the Si-Langkawi car agent came.
Nah... my dumbass Kancil for 3 days! and i paid RM150, included deposit of RM50.

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got the key.
jumped into the car, adjusted the seat, buckled the seat belt, started the lousy engine, then i got shocked! the powerless steering was so heavy to manipulate. sweating leh... trust me, it was like driving a lorry, especially taking a U-turning. eh! don't laugh...

on the road first thing i saw, i got this friendly reminder to the visitor...

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but how come not in Bahasa Malaysia also??? only English-reading people throw rubbish meh???

i drove to the nearest petrol station and pumped in RM20 worth of petrol. by then, it was already lunch hour. we ended taking McDonald as our first meal in Langkawi, no idea where else can get food.
then we got to our hotel which i booked one week ago.

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Holiday Villa is located further south of Pantai Chenang. at the first glance, it looks so isolated... a 3-storey building, with oldie look...

anyhow, it cost me RM195 net per night only. ok lar...

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some more, our room was automatically upgraded to premium deluxe type from only deluxe. i was told it was a courtesy from the hotel... ceh! low season, many empty room mah.
so we got a bigger room.

then, we slept... very tired leh!

NEXT: first dinner...

Read Part I here
Read Part II here
Read Part III
Read Part IV

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I'm back!

so nice...

i'm back to work, today.
after a short holiday, an escape to Langkawi.
still fresh from holiday mood.
with little bit of post-holiday blues..

now, back to my duty.
coming next, Langkawi's pictures...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ready.... Go!

my bags are packed.
accommodation booked.
transportation settled.
money, got.

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everything ready.
now, waiting for tomorrow...

Langkawi, we are coming liao!!!

related topic:
Holiday... Villa

Friday, September 12, 2008

What i say to my patients?

many times, the patients like to ask a lot of questions especially in the clinic. with the huge patient load, many patients are still waiting their turn, as the doctor is trying to finish the load. still, the doctor needs to convey the message to the patients appropriately.

because the clinic patients are almost similar, in terms of diseases. most of the time they will ask the similar questions. after awhile, you will have a set of answers to them.

there are many of the patients having chronic diseases, suffering long-term of pain, here and there, almost all over the body. it is more pronounce to the elderly patients. pain is really distressing. most, they will complaint of knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, then pain everywhere.

here come...

"it is like driving a car. when it is new, you can just press the pedal and accelerate to more than 100km/h, and the car is still steady. after 5 years or so, problems come and it needs some fixing. then 10-15 years later, more problems will arise. it requires major make-over, or that will be time to change a new one. for human, when ageing comes, most of the body parts are giving problems. but for us, we can't change the body."
by this time, the patient will show you sad face...

"we will give you some medications, to ease your pain. as i said, due to the ageing process, the pain might not be completely erase off. but it will reduce it."
that's it.

many more are having diseases like, hypertension or diabetes. here, unfortunately many of them just poorly or worst absolutely not controlled. if lucky enough, you may get some patients who are just starting to have some symptoms. some, all the bad complications are already set in. the blood results are just... amazing!

i frequently tell them:
"this are the chronic diseases. you don't feel it, but you are still having it for long long time. so you must take the medications, accordingly. if not, you will suffer problems like kidney failure then you need to go for dialysis or renal transplant, loss of sensation over your limbs and risk of cutting off later, gradually blurring of vision then blind, risk of heart attack and stroke in long term."

WAH! most of the patients will just starring to you now, with jaw dropped.
after scare them with the problems...

"but with good control of the diseases, you may enjoy a longer period of pain-free. you can do, eat and go anywhere you like to. these will defer the complications to set in, again defer to later days."

it sounds more relieving now. the patients will just smile to you, with hope that they understood you just said.

all my patients, i will definitely end with this:
"no matter what, i will do what i can do, the best for you!"
very political statement.

you happy, i also happy.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Penumpang, Pendatang, Penduduk.

are we, Chinese as 'penumpang', so-called parasite or squater in this country?

come... we should have a thorough consideration about this remark, as like a snow ball, it has been the latest political issue in this country. rolling and 'goreng' till very very big now. each community is pointing fingers to opposite, both pro-government parties and anti-government parties are joining the race too.

oh boy... i could not understand how is this going to end. the deputy head already addressed apologetic statement on behalf of the person who started the game, yet this one still pointing and blaming to the community, then to the newspaper...

should the newspaper apologize to the public, as raising this sensitive issue?
should one of the component parties quit the government alliance, as the party's head started this issue?
should another people apologized on behalf, than him doing so?
should he just keep quiet, and off else where he goes?

it is a sensitive racial issue.
like in Chinese proverbs, water from river should not mix with well water. harmony should be formed from intense understanding of each other, rather than asking other races not to 'touch' them, but ones can put on fire to others.
eh, do you get what i mean ah?

one thing for sure, i am the citizen of this country.
i am not a 'penumpang', nor 'pendatang' (migrant)!


for more info:
read this (in chinese)

Monday, September 08, 2008


to my brother and sister-in-law, congratulation...
for being a proud parents, again!


a healthy baby boy is born at 8.59am today.
a new little one in family...
a fresh chapter of life...

sounds good.
and i will see this little one, soon.
very soon!


Saturday, September 06, 2008

holiday... villa

oh boy... i went to MATTA fair today.

my mission, to get my accommodation and other information about my up-coming Langkawi trip. so i reached there at around 10am, as i also 'kiasu' maa. but hor, there were a lot 'kiasu' people like me...
so many people.

especially at the Hall 1, which consist about domestic tourist spots, were sardin-packed with people. maybe due to the economy downturn, still everyone wants to holiday.

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the travelling agents were so busy distributing the pamphlets. in the end, i collected some useful ones, and a lot more junk of papers.

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then... i got the vouchers of Langkawi's Holiday Villa Beach Resort for RM195 only each night, the discounted entrance tickets for the Underwater world and Bird Park. i save at least hundred plus for my hotel package... HAHAHAH!!!
not forgetting, i got a night stay at Bali Holiday Villa Resort for FREE, from a lucky draw (actually from spinning the wheel, wheel of lucky!) syiok nyer...

Langkawi, we are coming... next week!
Bali, next time lah!


Friday, September 05, 2008

here, there...

i was really busy last week.
really one leh!!!

after came back from Ipoh, i went to Sintok, Kedah on Thursday.

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this time, i got a last minute announcement. i was informed to attend my final Induksi test (related topic: Nov 2007) at the University Utara Malaysia, UUM.
sad thing, i got to drive myself. total of 900 plus kilometres for a return trip.

adoh hai...

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i joined a group of doctors and related health professionals for the finale exam. there were only few of us, like my case, joining only the exam. most of them were already there for almost 2 weeks.

but hor, their accommodation, and food are much better than mine last time. i stayed at the EDC (a hotel, i don't know what it represent?) in the UUM for a night. after all, i got to know this hotel is used to accommodate the visiting lecturers and holding courses from government sectors like this induksi.

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after the exam, how can i miss the chance to go around the campus. but i didn't manage to get inside leh. so sien...

then hor...
on sunday pulak, i went back to Taiping, Perak. a day trip, to help my brother. he just opened a sport related shop at the newest shopping mall in town, Taiping Sentral. small business, and test water only...

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mari, mari, mari.... buy from me, and i will give you special price!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


so fast.

already SEPTEMBER!!!


any big plan(s) for this month?
i'm going to Langkawi somewhere this month, with Mrs Bolehman.
visiting my sister in-law somewhere end of the month, for her upcoming second baby.
going to KL on every weekends.

puasa, (fasting for muslims) and i'm going to enjoy the Rahmadan delicacies...
yummy yummy...
my saliva is drooling now...

by the way, i noticed the crude oil price has dropped to USD105 today.

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so, we can expect lower petrol price here if the price maintain. pray hard the typhoon does not hitting the Mexico badly.