Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3rd Placement for 3rd Year Finish

oh well, oh well... it felt like it was just not long ago that I entered medical school. Now I'm already approaching the end of my 3rd year.~ time sure flies.

Tomorrow's the final day of my placement in surgery at Harrogate District Hospital. Next come the Practice OSCE, then another 5 weeks placement (with Easter holiday in the middle), then it's the final OSCE and Integrated exam (which I have yet to start revising for).

Meanwhile, there's 2 essays to finish up by the end of this month.
That's what's going on with me, thanks for listening dear diary. LOL

oh, this is a neverending journey that I signed up for! Sometimes it just sucked me dry that can't even bother to smile when I arrive home. Well that's life for you, you choose a path and get on with it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


make my day. put smile on my face. chase away the sadness. chase away the hate.

now that's an optimistic sight. after the months of leafless trees and dull, birdless sky. the sun is staying for a tad longer every day...

make my day, make my day.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

What to do on the Roads. MSIA vs UK :)

Readers, with this post I intend to show how imperative it is to act differently on the same situation in different parts of the world...

1) Letting pedestrians to cross...
Situation:You see someone trying to cross the road, which has quite a number of car. Just the right number to not cause a traffic jam, but everyone's moving quite fast so the pedestrian trying to cross the road can't get any free opening long enough to cross.

What should you do?
Msia: Act normally. try not to show any sign of guilt. Probably try to make sure the pedestrian cannot run and cross the road in front of your car.
UK: Slow down your vehicle a bit, slowly creating an opening in front of you. Then flash your light towards the pedestrian to say, "cross now, I've made an opening for you". If you're feeling particularly happy on that day, you can smile to the pedestrian as well, (s)he'll probably smile back and you'll both feel a warm feeling inside. :P

2) Giving way...
Situation: When you find yourself in the car at a congested junction due to a faulty traffic light, and you lane is moving while the other lane is stopped waiting for their turn to move.

What should you do?
Msia: DO NOT try to give way for vehicles from the other lanes to move. This will likely result in your lane having to stop and wait almost indefinitely for someone as good-hearted as you to let you lane
UK: DO give way for vehicles from the other lanes to move. This will likely result in everyone taking turns to move between your lane and the other. So the ones who were there earlier can move first, and those who came later can also pass through the junction, but a bit later. A smile or a thank you gesture by showing you palm to the person who's letting you pass is an added bonus.

3) Queueing-up...
Situation: You were coming up to a long queue in front of a traffic light during rush hour.

What should you do?
Msia: Try to look for opening on the side of the queue. And think about yourself and how important it is for you to be home in time. Go to the opening and wait there, making and obliviously innocent face. If there's someone else with you, you might consider talking to them so that you won't have any possibility to get eye contact with the person in the queue that you are trying to cut in front of.
UK: Go to the end of the queue. Think about yourself and how important it is for you to be home on time. Also think about the others who arrived at the queue earlier and waited for their turn. So you wait for yours as it is the fair thing to do.

4) Traffic congestion...
Situation: The cars are moving slower than snails due to the overwhelming number of vehicles in an absurdly small road. You see a free lane at the side of the road.

What should you do?
Msia: See the free lane as a window of opportunity. It's going to help you move faster. At the same time, there will be less car occupying the road, therefore, less congestion. Although there is almost a certainty that you will cause more congestion in front when you have to cut in front of someone, but it's a price worth taking . Having these twisted reality in mind, now drive your car through the emergency lane at the side, with a good intention that you're doing your part in helping to reduce the congestion. Smiling proudly as you do it :).
UK: See the space at the side of the road as an emergency space saved for anyone who might need to stop. Stay in your lane and wait for your turn. Without anyone trying to cut in further down the lane, the congestion do not a static. And everyone gets a fair amount of time in the traffic jam.

Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu 'anhu, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, said :

"On every person's joints or small bones (i.e. fingers and toes), there is sadaqah (charity) every day the sun rises. Doing justice between two people is sadaqah; assisting a man to mount his animal, or lifting up his belongings onto it is sadaqah; a good word is sadaqah; every step you take towards prayer is sadaqah; and removing harmful things from pathways is sadaqah."

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

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