Monday, May 19, 2008

birthday boy

yesterday was the boy's birthday. as i was on-call the whole weekend, we celebrated it on a modest scale at sunday school.

he didn't ask for much as he had his share of presents from the usual suspects. however, what he requested of me was a trip to....

for his favourite...

for the dear boy, he only wanted a doublecheese burger meal. nothing else will do.

ahh...sometimes it's so easy to please kids...

Friday, May 16, 2008

teachers' day

i wouldn't have realised that it was teachers' day had the boy not got excited over wrapping presents for his teachers. it's helpful that he learns to appreciate the people who will probably be the 2nd major influence in his life, after the parents. i can anticipate, at some time in the not-too-distant future, when he'll correct one or both of us by insisting that his teachers said this-and-that instead.
& the teachers may be right.

or wrong.

but for us, even more important is for him to appreciate the one Teacher who'll never lead him astray.

God is exalted in his power.

Who is a teacher like him?

Who has prescribed his ways for him,

or said to him, 'You have done wrong'?

job 36 : 22,23

happy teachers' day!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

pure love

a plant was given to each mother in church today to commemorate Mothers' Day.

the boy was given this carnation to be presented to the wife.

i heard the DJ repeat over the radio the last few days that God couldn't be everywhere & that's why He created mothers. *cute*

in my opinion, the greatest tribute paid to mothers is proclaimed by Mitch Albom in his book For One More Day:

"And I realised when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know."

blessed mother's day!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

the wake & a m'sian record?

ent to the wake of my colleague's father last nite. the distinguished gentleman has 11 children, of whom 8 (yes, EIGHT!) are doctors. & if you count the extended families, there will be a grand total of 24 medics who'll attend the patriarch's funeral. (i wonder if they'll pool their resources & set up a private hospital?)

i did alert my colleague that this could be a malaysian (or even a world) record but he humbly mentioned in passing that it was his late father's wish that all his children took
education seriously & pursued a better life than he had, because being illiterate, all he could do in his younger days were odd jobs here & there.

i'm sure the old man must have been pleased that his kids took up the challenge & vindicated him.

may his soul rest in peace!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Sheffield, England, 1994

happy birthday, darling daughter!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

biting the dust

no, i'm not ranting about Queen again.

last month the wife cautioned me about taking stock of my own health during a particularly busy & stressful week. & as if to underscore that warning, i received tragic news the following week of 2 medics who died prematurely, within days of each other. the 53-yr-old obstetrician in private practice had known for some time that he had heart disease & was found unconscious in his office. the other, a 43-yr-old anaesthetist in govt service, died in a road traffic accident with 2 other staff while on official duty.

my age is in-between the two, so you could say i should tread very carefully.

but what prompted me to post this is this article that appeared in the Star yesterday. it was not archived but i managed to trace the writer's original feature in the LA Times.
(read here)

sleep deprivation not only makes you feel lousy the next day - WHO actually declared that shift work is probably carcinogenic to humans. basically, it means forget smoking & nitrite-loaded steaks, because cheating sleep increases your risks to heart disease, breast & colon cancers. something to do with the body's natural clock getting disrupted.

earlier articles by the same writer describe
how the lack of sleep affects the brain(read here) but it seems that doctors, by & large, are ok with sleep deprivation & even have this attitude of machismo with regard to sleep loss. (read here)

i'm uncertain
where where my place is on this issue. i only need 4-5 hours sleep a night, probably a result of habitually getting woken up at unearthly hours over the years. things are less hectic these days & at times the reason i'm up late is the occasional Champions League match.

oops...the UEFA Euro 2008 starts next month. did i just hear my clock ticking erratically?

or, was that the taste of dust in my mouth?

Friday, May 02, 2008

cuti2 malaysia : waterfalls

borned & bred in johor, the only waterfall i've ever been to was the one at Kota Tinggi. that is, until yesterday.

our CG made a day trip to the Sagil Waterfalls located by the famed Gunung Ledang, the highest peak in Johor. it's uncanny how hundreds of other people had the same holiday plan, because this was the scene that greeted us when we reached there just after 10am.

tents were already set up & cooking was in full swing.

we climbed up the steps by the waterfall for about 20mins.....

...before settling at a rather uneven spot by the pool. after laying out the mats & bubble-wraps (good idea, huh?).... was time for an early lunch.

the kids didn't waste any time getting into the water...

& what a splashing good time they had!!

the guys did pick up a tip, though. a group of campers showed us crystalline-like stones called batu damar which can be dug out from the ground...

...& which can be ignited, much like charcoal, & used as fire for heating....

hey, who says you can't learn anything from local holidays?? weather was fine all day. we left by 3pm & were safely home in time for dinner.

we all ought to do this more often.