Thursday, December 24, 2009

LOT 10 Hutong, Best!

While I was back in KL, I took the chance to visit the "LOT 10 Hutong" with family - the so-called M'sia's first gourmet heritage village, which was open since early last month.

It features over 20 famous street food stalls mainly from KL Petaling Street, and most of it have survived half a century, and passed on to the 2nd or 3rd generations, namely "Kim Lian Kee", "Ho Weng Kee", "Soong Kee" and many more.

Overall it's a very satisfying dining experience. It's really good that now we don't have to travel all over the KL and Klang Valley to enjoy the good food - it's now all under one roof!


Monday, December 21, 2009

Typical Workplace Perspectives

OMG...this is SO TRUE. Ha!



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Interesting Chest Xray (6)

Believe me, this is a good one for learning. I'm currently doing my Respiratory rotation, and came across this CXR in the chest clinic. It's of a patient with Miliary Tuberculosis and TB of lumbar spine. During the last follow-up there's a new shadow noted near the right heart border, suspicious-looking. He was proceeded with a CT Thorax.

CT scan showed no significant hilar or mediastinal lymph node enlargement.
So what do you think is the shadow?

It's actually multi-level multi-loculated paraspinal abscesses at the thoracic spine! The heart is slightly left to the midline hence exposing a part of the abscess. Tricky?


Related posts:
Interesting Chest Xray (5)
Interesting Chest Xray (4), (3), (2), (1)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

"In the Cards" by Andrei Jikh

Andrei Jikh, currently an artist in Theory 11, is being called "one of the most influential names in cardistry community today". This is his video contesting for "Nikon Festival 09" - To capture the essence of your day in 140 seconds or less - and the best video can take away $100,000.

This is his vid - "In the Cards"




Visually breathtaking and amazing vid. Love it!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Post-Call Syndrome

Post-call syndrome is a terrible disease.

I still remember that I once described it in my previous post as "...36 hours or longer of non-stop working, it's still alright for the overnight but the next day morning is when the awful time comes. You'll have subtly dropping GCS, with episodes of LOC (loss of consciousness) and apneas, as if you're ready to collapse anytime. The LOC can happen anytime while clerking patients, talking to colleagues, or half way eating, like a absence seizure kinda thing..."

I think on-call is a special experience shared by docs - and it is often terribly tiring. What's more, on-call duty actually increases cardiovascular risk in docs!

So basically one can look like this pre-call,
And entirely devastated after, especially a bad call!

Save the doctors!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Appreciation - Cont'

Ya, a late discovery again;)
The story continued from Aug 09 - you can read from "Appreciation". I was told by my colleague that it came out on newspaper - but I only discovered it recently in the noticeboard somewhere in hospital.

So, to complete the story, here's it:


And the group pic.
Happy and, I'm grateful for the appreciation! ;)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

So Proud of You, Brother!

- Extracted from NewStraitsTimes, 18th Nov 09:

TWO Malaysians helped bring to life the characters in Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming movie A Christmas Carol.

The Disney animated feature is scheduled to be released here (in 3D in selected cinemas) tomorrow, two weeks after its release in the United States.

For Kuala Lumpur lad Jax Lee and Penang-born Woei Lee, “it was a dream come true”.

Jax served as an animator for the studio’s animation department while Woei applied his skills as lead compositor (producing an image by digitally putting together a combination of images) in the visual effects department.

“It was an amazing experience working with Academy award-winning Hollywood filmmaker Robert Zemeckis,” Jax said in a phone interview from California recently. He was later joined by Woei.

Writer/director/producer Zemeckis, who has sparked our imagination with amazing stories like Back to the Future and given us a string of box-office hits such as What Lies Beneath and Forrest Gump, recently proved his mettle in animation with Beowulf and The Polar Express.

“It was also an honour to be in the same team with Doug Chiang (the film’s production designer),” Jax said, citing Chiang’s past works such as Beowulf and The Polar Express. Chiang’s work for Zemeckis’s 1992 Death Becomes Her earned him an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol is the latest re-imagining of Charles Dicken’s 1843 classic tale.
It features the voice of Jim Carrey as the mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of a lifetime, as well as the three ghosts who help him mend his ways.

It was created by ImageMovers Digital (IMD) under the Walt Disney Company. IMD is run by Zemeckis, Chiang and a few others with a mission to produce “performance capture” (where performances of real actors are captured and translated into animation) films.

For Jax, the experience was exciting because “I got to do what I like. I love doing animation and making computer-generated characters look alive. Having Jim Carrey helps a lot because he is such a talented actor.

“From his performance capture data, we built the characters by studying his facial expressions and movements. He gave a lot, so there’s enough reference on the computer which made our job challenging and exciting,” said Jax, who graduated from Dasein Academy of Art in KL and The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Prior to joining IMD last year, Jax worked as chief animator for video game developer and publisher Lucas Arts, part of George Lucas’ entertainment empire. The animation process took about a year.

“We have about 40 animators in the department and we work on them according to scenes rather than characters,” Jax explained.

Jax said he was not aware of the story before this.

“I quickly went and got the books after I was hired. I was surprised that they are so many interpretations of the story. It’s easy to see that Zemeckis’ visual interpretation is the closest to the illustrations in the original 1843 book.” The biggest challenge in making the movie? “For the animators, it is the human details of the characters. You can’t do too little or too much because the whole essence will be gone immediately. The process is very long and we have to be careful while being patient at the same time,” he said.

Unlike traditional animation where “we have to start from zero — we even do our own acting to have a video reference”, performance capture uses real actors (a technique used for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Man of Steel in Superman Returns) to obtain the data “so that the animation is more realistic”.

Jax recommends watching the film in 3D for the full effect.

He said the biggest challenge was getting details of the human characters right. "If we exaggerated too much, the humans would look like something else." So the trick was getting the right balance.

Having seen the whole film in its entirety, a proud and happy Jax said: "I am very happy. I could watch it again, and again and again. I will be coming back for a holiday this December. I will bring my family along to watch the film. I think this film is very educational."

It was also reported in:

The Sun - Malaysian Handiwork

SinChew - 參與《魔幻聖誕夜》3D製作‧2大馬青年展開神奇之旅

Malay Mail

Kosmo - Dicabar hasilkan seni artistik 3D

Cinema Online

Oriental Daily - 大馬雙傑鑄造聖誕夜怪譚

MSN Entertainment - M'sians in A Christmas Carol


Jax Lee, CG animator in Disney IMD, San Francisco.

We are so proud of you, Jax!

Look forward to seeing you in Dec, and we shall all watch the movie together! Well done! ;)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cyril: Simply Magic

"Can magic really bring happiness?
Can magic break cultural and language barriers?
Can magic change the world.

Cyril: Simply Magic is unlike any other magic show ever made, and it’s not just because Cyril is unlike any other magician. Simply Magic focuses on the idea that magic can affect people’s lives positively. More than just entertainment, magic has the potential to bring happiness. And also through Cyril’s seemingly impossible feats the audience gains hope that nothing in life is impossible, because Cyril accomplishes the impossible everyday.

“Whatever you can imagine, can be made real.”

- AXN



Whole new magic episodes by one of my super favourite magicians - Cyril Takayama.
The premiere show will be tomorrow, 9pm at AXN. (D*mn, I'm ON CALL!)

But to the rest, don't ever miss it! ;)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Typing Speed?

Saw this game from Yee's blog. Looks like an old game but quite fun to play.
Here's the record..hehe.

81 words

Typingtest



Play and challenge! XD

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm Amazed

Saw one patient in clinic today.

"Hello doc! How are you doing?" He greeted me cheerfully.

"So how are my blood prolifes? Kidneys still good? My cholesterol controlled? Of course it is, I take my pills everyday - and on top of that, I do exercise - I do a lot of gardening ha."

"But you know what, I actually hate pills. To be honest, I wasn't on any medication until the admission 2 years ago and they diagnosed me having slightly high blood pressure and cholesterol. What to do? At my age some parts of the "engine" just ain't functioning properly."

"You wanna hear more about what happened 2 years ago? I was bitten by a snake. It happened during my gardening, a Cobra came out from nowhere, I caught its head and tried to toss it - but too bad, it bit on my foot!"

"That was a bad wound. Bleeding nonstop and I had to come to hospital. They operated on my foot," (showing his foot - a large scar) "And the wound heals well after a week!"

"I think otherwise I'm quite well, I can eat, can sleep, can walk and still able to do work. I think I'm quite lucky."

The above words were said by an elderly man that I saw today, and he's 95 years old this year. He looks happy, healthy and energetic, mentally as well as physically.

"Ya I'm 95 this year. But I'm not considering myself an old man you know. My mother lived till the age of 108 - so I still have another 10 more years to live! Ha!"

Amazing? I guess happiness and mind positivity are the keys to longevity!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Love Story


If you have not already noticed, I actually changed the background song to this "Love Story meets Love Story" by Jon Schmidt. Just to show the music video of it...and this music is just simply marvellous!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good - Cheap - Fast?

Saw this in MMR. I agree that this should be hung at all clinics! ^^
Esp. to those patients who are so unwilling to wait just a while more, but when it's their turn they'll talk to you for half an hour and not stopping! Nobody is perfect - consideration and understanding is always appreciated by us! ;)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Hilarious!

I used to visit FAILblog quite often and really find it an unique site. It's like a collection of the vids and pics that can give you some really good laugh. Just to share a few:

FAILed maths.
What an embarrassing moment.

Impromptu eye shield. Risk of suffocation is higher than eye injury!

FAILed news placement. Will you still go for the plunge?

Hit and run? FAILed. Coz left the most important evidence!
Wrong relationship concept.
Anyone dares to sit on the bench?
Poor kids!
Confirmed FAILed security.
FAILed slogan!
BMW ride?
FAILed kiddy ride. WRONG CONCEPT!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Beware of the...Hoax

The other day when I went to a ward to see a referral, I heard some "interesting" conversation among two "senior" housemen with two other fresh newcomers. It goes like this:

SHO(Senior HO)#1: "So you're new here. Just to brief you a bit on your work. First of all, punctuality. You're expected to come to ward at 6.30am or earlier, and you're expected to finish the blood-taking and ward round before 8am."

*New HOs quickly took down the notes*

SHO #2: "Ya we came that early everday and we're NEVER late. 2nd thing, case clerking. Every new case that comes, you must clerk the patients. The more cases that you clerk, the faster is your speed. For me, I can finish clerking a case in 5 min."

SHO #1: "My record is 3 min. FULL CLERKING AND EXAMINATION PLUS BLOOD-TAKING. My MO was also impressed."

New HOs: "Wow...*admiring looks* I hope I can do it as fast as you..."

SHO #1: "Well, it all comes with practice. So today make sure both of you clerk all the new cases today? Anything not sure, can CONSULT us."

New HOs nodded vigorously.

I think I sweated after listening to the conversation.
The thing is, the two so-called senior HOs are actually quite famous, no I mean quite infamous for their unsatisfactory performance in work, namely late or no turn up to work, irresponsibilities in patient care, basically quite opposite to what they "expected" the new HOs to do.

And most MOs were having headache when on call with them. Ya you should know how a "3 min-clerking" is like - you obviously need to re-clerk the whole thing for them!

This scenario is not uncommon in the workplace. So just a word of caution to all new HOs, when some SHOs (certainly not all) tell you that how perfect they are and intend to push all the work to you, please do not swallow it all blindly!

I can still remember when I was a HO, after a similar scenario like above, my friend told me, "Now the seniors can talk like they're really perfect. You know what I'm gonna tell my juniors next time?

I'll yell to them Hey dudes! Work faster! Do you know that last time when I was HO, I CAN CLERK TWO PATIENTS AT THE SAME TIME, AND THEN BOTH HANDS WRITE ON THE DIFFERENT TICKETS AT THE SAME TIME! Can you do that or not?!" ;D

I still find it so funny now.
And I'm sure you have similar encounters. Do share with me! ;)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

McDonald's Ordering Song?

Again a late discovery. But it's so nice to share!



A very entertaining vid by Family Life Education Pasefica (FLEP). Creative! ;)

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Macau Magic Trip: Shop & Fun

Welcome to Macau! And this is the Church of Sao Paulo, the most famous landmark in Macau.
Apart of the magic performance (and food), we spent the rest of the time going around in the city. I didn't manage to go to HK as planned earlier due to some reasons, but nevertheless, we had really good time in Macau!

One of the places that you must visit is the Venetian Resort-Casino. An extremely luxury resort owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation - it's the largest single structure hotel building in Asia and the fourth largest building in the world!

The design is very artistic and you'd just non-stop taking pictures once you step in. It's almost like you just walked in an art gallery!

(From left) Crissty, Jenny, Louise, me, Moon & CJ.
In fact we have taken countless of pics - the place is just too nice!

The Grand Canal Shoppes. More than 350 renowned stores under one blue sky - The sky is an artificial one, nice right? ;)

If not because of the local brands are there, you'd really think that you're located in Venice!

And one thing I must mention about this grand resort (since too many pics can't be uploaded), pls MUST have a look at the making of Venetian Macau. It's really a masterpiece by group hardwork, and you'll be amazed by how the blue sky is made!

We also went to the so-called "souvenir street".

Most tourists will buy this as souvenir. Quality pastry. And here I really have to apologize to my dear friends (esp the department mates) - here I really couldn't find any special souvenir to bring back la...so pls forgive my empty-handedness ;(

The famous Macau porkchop bun. Not bad - but can't buy and bring back M'sia hehe.

And another best thing, I finally met up Jeff! My good friend in magic - and I havn't seen him ever since he left to Macau. Had a dinner, catching-up and the card jamming session. To those who can't remember him, he's the one I mentioned in my post "simply the best".

MGM Grand is another attraction in Macau but we didn't go during the daytime. We went a few times to its Lion's bar, one of the best clubs according to my local friend.

The live band performance there is really good.


And in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of China, the Grande Praca has been transformed into a must-see attraction, the Panda Carnival!  
Finally, a group pic with the big Panda! =)
And this is the last post of my Macau trip - really had a wonderful journey!
Thanks to all other performers and, hope can have chance to work with you all again! Take care!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Macau Magic Trip: The Food

I think no one needs to be worried of where to look for good food in Macau - it's everywhere. There are always some best dining options in the city!

The Noodle and Congee Corner in Grand Lisboa. Nicely designed.

Tried the traditional hand-made noodles. Can watch the expert chef preparing the noodles in the open kitchen!

Here can try the HK style WanTan mee with big shrimp dumplings. I had it twice and still miss it hehe.

These are the food that we ordered to our room. That day we had our own "mini Poker tournament" among ourselves. I won the 2nd game! Hehe.
My friend highly recommends this dessert - Bird's nest with milk. Tastes very nice!

Lunch time we usually go to the "Eight Restaurant". An elegant restaurant offering Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine. Very unique dining experience.

There was one night we went for supper in this "San Hou Zai" steamboat restaurant. I think if you drop by Macau, you should really try it!

The seafood steamboat is available in two sizes, big and small. And guess what, we ordered the small one but it's already like a seafood mountain! And look at the giant scallop. Tastes so fresh!

The most "memorable" dinner will be the one we had in "The Kitchen" on our 2nd last day stay.

Here you can try the best beef from Japan, Wagyu from Australia, US prime beef and Dutch veal as well as fresh seafood from tank. I bet you'd agree this is the finest beef steak in town.

The extra-large oysters!
Just to mention about the washroom, something flies up when the tap water running. Guess what, it's CASH notes! Not sure what's the reason behind this but it does look very unique indeed.

This is definitely the most expensive meal that I've had so far!

But the enjoyment is priceless! Cheeers!

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