Bultaoreune 불타오르네

I am enjoying virtual popcorn at the moment as I watch the drama unfold in the vaccine WhatsApp group. There seems to be a disagreement in terms of how the booster doses should be implemented swiftly in preparation for the upcoming state election. Currently, the plan is to conduct it like a drive-through with all Klinik Kesihatan contributing manpower for the purpose.

All is well until a decision came up abruptly of wanting to open the centre on the weekends. Mind you, the existing workforce at all KK’s are already stretched to the maximum as centralized Covid Assessment Centres (CAC) and Rapid Response Team (RRT) are still ongoing on top of running routine clinical services at their respective clinics. The workforce will be further burdened by the provision of teams during state elections due to commence on the 20th. The way I see it, medical front liners are already fed up with all the ad-hoc instructions and what felt like an unnecessary burden of work to the current ones they have.

It came to a point where a young medical officer pointed out the occupational hazards linked to the drive-through operations at the airport if the weekend plan was allowed to continue. It was a valid concern on top of highlighting the strenuous shift systems some medical personnel had to go through. After all, with the current opening of 5 days a week, not everybody is taking the booster. We are not achieving much on the weekdays, so there is a concern of why we need to open on the weekends. I thought it was a tad courageous for this young man to stand up to an experienced doctor.

Hence, the title of my blog post today – FIRE 불타오르네

A successful organization needs to have 불타오르네. But not just any 불타오르네. We want a bonfire, a campfire and a candle. In my clinical facility, I would describe bonfires as the young, junior doctors. Full spirited and passionate about their duties. Eager to learn everything. Motivated to help everybody at all costs. Ready to fight, ready to sacrifice. Ready to make a scene for the sake of their patients and themselves.

Candles are the seasoned, experienced doctors who would say, they have seen it all. They are stable emotionally. They keep on burning but not with rage. They are cool-headed that some may mistake as being lackadaisical or simply not motivated. But they are there to keep the fire burning and light up other fires as needed. However, if the wick becomes shorter and is not replaced with a new one, the spirit of Hippocrates may just die off without a trace.

I would describe myself as a campfire. In other words, I have learned how big my fire should be depending on the purpose. If my purpose is to cook a meal, it should be bigger. If my purpose is to keep the campsite lit and protect the campers from wild beast – it shouldn’t be that fiery. It is about knowing where to channel your effort properly. This is because, with time, I discover that not all patients want your help. They just need that vote of confidence to proceed with their health decisions which may not be aligned with yours. Especially in cases of end of life care. It’s knowing which battles to fight, and which to just let it be.

Perhaps I forgot to mention one more fire. It’s not a good fire but somehow it’ll find a way to exist.


Look it up.

His first competition and 5 lessons

When I was younger and participated in various school competitions – to me they were just stuff you do to win a prize. Little did I know that all these activities serve certain purposes and was part of an education. These were learning processes beyond the classrooms 4 walls. Even colouring activites are of benefit as we can ascertain whether a child can colour in the lines, recognize colours and use them appropriately. for instance, not colouring a cow purple and those sort of things. When I had a child myself, I began to discover the beauty of extra curricular activities. 

Ee participated in a Nasyid competition recently. He was apparently chosen by Teacher Zara because he was one of the few who memorized the song well. All they needed to do was practice and boy little Ee learnt a few things while training.

He learnt to;

  1. Accept criticism – in the beginning, he was a bit shy although he have been in the company of Teacher Zara and his friends for nearly a year now. Hence he was singing initially in a whisper. Teacher Zara chided him gently on that but instead of taking it in, he did the normal toddler thing. He sulked, muted his voice and refused to participate. He said he wanted out. He merajuk long time. Until we made him see the importance of singing out loud. Of how he could help his team and Teacher Zara to win. He understood and went to see his teacher – apologized comically and was back in the group.
  2. Obey instructions – he was able to move according to cues. He listened to Teacher Zara on when was the appropriate time to speak, eat and even pee. He was learning to respect authority accordingly.
  3. Be part of a team – he was engaging with his friends as a team player. He acknowledged his team-mate as the group leader and himself as a team member.
  4. Interact with a wider group of people – that the world does not evolve around him per se. That there are other preschool kids just like him at a different place.
  5. To win, you must make an equally good effort – his team won 3rd place in the competition and the prize came with a mini trophy. He was so proud of it he posed a selfie with it quite frequently. He also had a bonus lesson; that life is unfair sometimes. He was surprised when his cousin who fell sick on that day could still get the trophy despite not singing the nasyid. Ha ha ha..

As a young mother, I am looking forward to more life lessons like these. Congratulations Ee, Mummy is very proud of you.

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29 Sept – International Coffee Day


Describe briefly your early experience of drinking coffee

Coffee consumption was apparently a big deal when I was younger.

Aik Cheong Instant Coffee was my maiden taste of coffee. In fact my father freaked out when he knew that his 14 year old daughter does not order MIlo Peng or Teh C Peng anymore. His advice regarding caffeine consumption was lengthy – he even puts limits to the cups I drink in a day and the timing I take this beverage. Amidst the unnecessary chaos, I was thinking ‘WOW.. this is a really grown up, adult drink’. Later on, father was more relaxed – it became my way of knowing that father has started to accept that his little princess is entering the young-adult phase.

Despite my love for coffee, mainly for its aroma and temporary high alertness properties – I wouldn’t declare myself a fanatic. You could put a Trung Nguyen brew and a Kopi Luwak in front of me and I wouldn’t know the difference. Not that I’ve tasted the latter though.

Instant coffee have always been a my choice for the daily fix. I did buy a coffee maker machine to brew my own cuppa but unfortunately the  pot fell off the counter and I haven’t been able to brew my own for ages. The Trung Nguyen grounded coffee  is still standing strong in my pantry.

What do you look out for when you buy your coffee

Cheap Affordable or perhaps a better way of putting it – is good value for your money, anything that has ‘milk’ in it and a wonderful aroma.

In a cafe, what would be your favourite choice of coffee

I normally order the ones that I could easily pronounce – like Latte & Cappuccino. So a trip to Starbucks is very daunting and intimidating. Perhaps the most comfortable cafe I’ve been to is bing! in Kuching. I love not only the coffee but the tasty panini as well. They even serve many lovely pots of tea. My new favourite tea after Twinings Lady Grey has got to be their Camomile Tea.

Sadly, I have yet to try Coffee Art drinks – that would be a lovely experience innit

How important is coffee in your daily life – what benefits do you see in coffee

My 3-in-1 is my eye opener in the morning especially on oncall days when you’ve stayed up the whole night – managed to get a wink and suddenly you need to be on the roll again. My max number of servings in a day is probably two and I try to avoid taking them late in the evening as I treasure my sleeping hours very much.

I see it as a bonding agent, an element one could use for socialising or discussing serious matters. Don’t we always hear “let’s talk about this over a cup of coffee, ey?” or when you want to invite someone to your home ” would you like to come in for coffee?” Honestly just say yes even though she serves instant coffee.

Apparently, coffee too have beauty-related benefits. My father just came back from a working trip to Medan the other day and they had a spa session using coffee based skin scrubs. He said he smelled like a blend of Arabica and Robusta. Lol..

I am open to coffee products of SME businesses. For example the Hai O Mineral Coffee and the variety of Kopi Delima sold at Kip mart and all. These coffee however are usually not a mere 3 in 1. they sometimes have 14 in 1. *gasp*. interestingly, these alternative coffee are more expensive that the mainstream ones we see on TV like Nescafe and its friends. As of tomorrow, I’m just going to stick with my Old Town Hazelnut coffee.

Happy Coffee Day.