Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hello dear blog, it's been awhile hasn't it been? :)

I actually have many thoughts that I wanna pen down on this blog but they are all jumbled up, I just don't know where to start. Most of them I have accumulated in my mind over the past few months and some of them just occur to me at the most random times.

I am the kind of person who tend to think a lot. Sometimes too much that it really affects me. I have always believed that anything excessive is detrimental; be it an excess of the good or bad, because there must always be a balance in everything in life.

It's weird that I have so many things that I wanna say when I was so stressed up with my studies but now that I have ample of time, I don't even know what to say! Blah. Maybe I'll blog again next time, when I actually do know what to say. Hahaha.

Nevertheless, holidays have been treating me good so far! :) Just got back from New Zealand a couple of days ago. It was awesome! Just what I needed after a gruesome semester! Spent so much time with my family which I have missed dearly during the semester!

Maybe I will post pictures next time!

Friday, November 4, 2011

November, please be good.

Eventhough I really want November to be good but I doubt it. Because this month is packed with exams! Next week is the last week of school for this semester and I'm still not even done with my CAs! How can?! After that, I'll have a week off to study for finals. Then it's FINALS. Omg I feel so unprepared. Not funny at all :(

On the bright side, less than one month till home! Can't wait! :) I haven't been home for almost four months already!

Today we did balloon sculpturing for our weekly volunteer work at the psychiatric ward in NUH! And this is the product of my first attempt on balloon sculpturing!

It's a dog! Not bad for a first time eh? Anyway, I sent a picture to my dad via WhatsApp.

This was his reaction! Hahahaha I laughed when I read his message because I really didn't expect him to respond like that! Totally made my dy :) Moments like these are the little things in life that really matters and makes me genuinely happy. Makes me miss home even more!

Oh well, I'll be home soon! Now it's time to drown myself with a limitless list of antibiotics that I have to memorize. Ugh.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sorry for the major scare yesterday.

Told you this semester would be a crazy one.

Guess I just gotta keep my head in the game. MUST STAY POSITIVE :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why? What happened? What went wrong?

I keep asking myself these questions over and over again.

I really, really wonder what happened to me. It's like my life took a 180 degrees turn. I'm no longer achieving the same things I used to achieve last time. WHY. WHY! WHY :(( I miss that sense of accomplishment, that sense of satisfaction, like everything paid off. It's not quite the same here.

What's going on?

Am I distracted? Or have I just given up completely?

I feel so ashamed for myself, for letting this to happen to me..

Maybe I'm really not cut out for this. Maybe I was never intelligent or smart in the first place. I just got lucky.

So afraid to face a lot of things. I can't wait to just escape of this black hole. It's eating me up inside. I wanna go home :( There's too much that I can't handle here. Too much tension in the air. Just really too much.

Don't know how much I can take anymore..

Monday, September 12, 2011

Blogger finally has a mobile app!

Woot woot! Don't know if this also means that I would be blogging more frequent than usual? I doubt so, this semester is a really challenging one and I always a little fear of facing each day each time I wake up in the morning.

Oh well I can only hope for the best. I have three midterms this week! Finished one this morning, two more to go. The one that I'm afraid the most is Medicinal Chemistry! Omg judging by today's tutorial class, I'm afraid that I'm not gonna do well :( Sigh. Anyway not gonna worry too much yet. I have to focus for my Pathology test this Thursday!

That's all for now! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Happy Birthday, Me!

It was a whirlpool of emotions, this time around.

More on that next time, perhaps? It's time for bed now!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hello Semester Five

I left KL six hours ago and I’ve been missing home since then. Sigh, why? Letting home go has always been so hard eventhough I was back for about a week only. My mom accompanied me at the airport until I entered the departure hall. Kinda glad that she insisted on accompanying me because I told her that she didn’t have to take the trouble to follow me all the way to LCCT.

Anyway, this summer vacation has been a meaningful one, especially the second half of it. I’ve been so busy ever since preceptorship started and even when it ended, I wasn’t any less busy! My mom came down the day after my last day of work for a short holiday. We covered quite a number of places such as Chinatown (her favourite!), Bugis, Orchard, Suntec City, Clementi (lol), Merlion Park etc. Could have gone to more places if she stayed longer. But I wanted to go home until my holidays were over.

Amidst all that touring, I was also busy rushing my SOAP notes and prescriptions for my report! The morning on the day I left for KL, my mom and I went to Jurong Point so that Mariana can evaluate part of my report and also fill an open evaluation form. Then we rushed back to get our bags and left for the airport!

Upon reaching home, I had plans every single day. I was trying to fully utilize my last week of holidays. I think I did that pretty well. Of course, I did spend some time at home (that’s the most important thing!). I also completed the other parts of my report and compiled all of them. Ah I’m so glad I managed to finish it eventhough the deadline is next week.

I have class from 8 am to 4 pm tomorrow, sigh! I have 8 am classes everyday this semester! :( Hope I don’t fall asleep in class!

I’m so tired from all the travelling I did today. I was awake since 6.30 am and I am not planning to take a nap, fearing that I might not be able to sleep tonight!

Anyway, hope this semester would be a good one although I have been warned that it would be the toughest semester in Pharmacy. Wish me luck!! I still find it hard to believe that I’m in my third year already. TIME FLIES.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Week 6

Hi guys! Sorry for the terrible delay for “Week 6”! Well, not like it matters anyway, I’m just blogging for the sake of memories! :) It’s funny how you think you would definitely remember about a particular day but you fail to remember the little details that come along with it after a few days! It always happens to me when I try to recall what I’ve done for the past week.

That’s probably the reason why I wanted to blog every single day during my preceptorship. Unfortunately, time does not permit me to do so! :(

Anyway, here we go!

Day 30
It was a Monday, so it was Warehouse Day! :) We did our jobs as per normal and finished just in time for lunch (It’s not like we have a fixed time for lunch :P). Omg see I’m forgetting the little details!

The rest of the day went on like normal I suppose!

Day 31
Qi Xuan and I worked at Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall! :D We wanted to experience a different environment. Hui Ling is attached there but we were attached for a day to Mr Lim, who is Hui Ling’s preceptor’s partner (Jaclyn). So we only worked with Hui Ling for about four hours.

Anyway, when I arrived at Lot 1, Qi Xuan asked me so many questions! Apparently, Mr Lim asked him all those questions when he arrived. All of the questions were about supplements, which I’m so weak at! But anyway, it was fun learning new things about supplements, although I have a lot more to learn! :)

Since Lot 1 just had a renovation, most of the shelf labels were missing. So, Qi Xuan and I rummaged the entire Prescription Only Medication (POM) cabinet to see if the medications have shelf labels and if they do, do they tally with the medication. We had to print so many new shelf labels because a lot were empty! You think that was easy, we were so relieved and worn out when we were done!

We headed for lunch after that at a Hong Kong restaurant. Qi Xuan ordered Wasabi Cheese Baked Rice and when his dish arrived, the whole freaking thing was GREEN! So scary! Imagine the amount of wasabi inside! He took one mouth and his whole face went red! There was simply too much wasabi! CRAZY! Anyway, he tried his best to eat it but he couldn’t cause it was too pungent. Haha so he went out to buy something from Old Chang Kee instead.

When we were done with lunch, we helped Jaclyn at the store! At the same time, she asked us a lot of questions. At one point, she made me counsel a patient on diarrhea pills. OMG. I was so stunned, I don’t know why.

Then, we listened to Hui Ling who gave a presentation on dressings to two of the staff. :)

Day 32
We returned to our good old Jurong Point! :) It felt like home to me a little, haha. :) We told our stories about Lot 1 to Mariana, heh.

The day went on as per normal until Qi Xuan told me that Pamela (our classmate who’s attached to Bukit Panjang Plaza) wants to have dinner with us! We were assuming that she needed someone to talk to since the staffs at Bukit Panjang Plaza were known to be rather snobbish and unhelpful. We were free anyway, so we agreed! :)

She came over to Jurong Point and brought us to this high-end Chinese restaurant called Putien. She helped us order our dishes since we were alright with anything! After the dishes arrived, she said that she’s not eating much cause she already ate before she came. Qi Xuan and I were like “No no no, you MUST eat!”. There was plenty of food! She agreed to eat but she mentioned that she was gonna leave early because she had a movie to catch. AHH!

Few minutes before 7.30 pm, she called for the bill and PAID for it! OMG? I think it was around SGD 90! She said it was her preceptor and her treat since we helped them when they called us for help regarding the new system. We politely rejected the offer and offered to pay her back because we really didn’t do that much to receive such a generous offer. She didn’t want us to pay back! She brushed us aside and left us since she was almost late for her movie. Haha. Qi Xuan and I just stared at the food. LOL. Tried to finish as much as we could! The food was delicious, no doubt! :) At that moment, I felt really grateful.

Day 33
It was Warehouse Day again! After completing our tasks, Mariana, Jenny, Qi Xuan, Alwin and I went out for lunch. Well, we didn’t exactly go for lunch but we went to Pizza Hut to buy pizzas back to the store! We were gonna celebrate Lai Khim’s (Ah-Kim-Bo!) birthday1 :) Alwin, Qi Xuan and I waited for the pizzas to be ready while Mariana and Jenny went to get a cake!

We had to celebrate her birthday that day because everyone was around and the next day was her off day.


We had pizzas and cakes for lunch! Hehe, all paid by Mariana! THANK YOU MARIANA!! :) Shortly after lunch, Qi Xuan and I waited for Pamela and we headed to Fish & Co at The Glass House in Dhoby Ghaut.

We had a debrief session with our chief preceptor and the rest of the Batch 2 students. Honestly, it wasn’t what I had expected at all.. The debrief session wasn’t a debrief at all. :/ But anyway we enjoyed the food and the drinks at a cafe after that.

Day 34
Second last day of work! We wanted to have lunch with Mariana but something came up in the store so she asked Qi Xuan and I to go have lunch without her :( Sigh.

Since she didn’t have lunch yet when we returned, she asked us to join her for desserts! Haha :D So we accompanied her while she had lunch at Swensens. She treated us desserts! :) So thankful for having her as my preceptor! Not because she treats/buys us a lot of things, but because of her sincerity and generosity!

Day 35
LAST DAY OF WORK! Omg, couldn’t believe it! Gave Mariana her present – customized big heart-shaped cookie with the words “We Love You Mariana :)” and small Coach coin pouch! WOO WOO. :)

Gave chocolates to the staff. Snapped many pictures and we were done for the day! We only worked half day that day! After that, Qi Xuan, Alwin and I headed for lunch at New York New York.

As I’m typing this, I can’t believe preceptorship has been over for almost two weeks now! And in a couple of days’ time, classes would start! Oh time, where did you go?

I feel so blessed and grateful to have such wonderful people to work with! :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Week 5

Oh crap, I think I'm getting old. I'm having difficulties trying to recall what happened during the first few days of the week.

Day 24
Warehouse day (nothing surprising *yawns*). Did all the necessary things to be done on warehouse day. By the time we were done, it was time for lunch! Had lunch with Qi Xuan, Alwin, Mariana and Sabariah! :)

A old uncle came to up to me and asked me for Diaspan. I was puzzled because I've never heard of such medicine. I asked him to spell it out for me, he said "D-i-a something something". I told him we don't have such medication here. He told me that it is a very common medication and asked me how come I'm not aware of such medication. He told me it is a common medication for sore throat. I am aware of the common medications for sore throat unless it's a prescription only medication. I asked Doreen about the medication he wanted and Doreen have never encountered such a brand for sore throat.

Since he said it was common, I showed him the closest medication for sore throat to the brand he mentioned which was Danzen. Then he was like "Ah yes Danzen, sorry sorry I was wrong just now! I forgot the name!". Luckily he apologized, otherwise I'd be pretty upset since he accused me for not knowing such a common medication earlier. I may not know all the drugs available in the pharmacy but I do know a thing or two about common minor ailment medications.

Mariana bought for Alwin, Qi Xuan and I a giant cookie from Famous Amos each! :D Mine is the one with the pink ribbon!

Day 25
It was quite a boring day at the store. There weren't many people in the morning. We got every task settled as soon as we received them. Qi Xuan, Alwin and I had Korean for lunch! I had kimchi fried rice which tasted pretty good! :) The good thing about that restaurant is that we didn't have to pay any additional charges (eg. service charge, government tax). But who knows, they may have already included those petty charges into the price itself.

When we returned to the store, Alwin had to attend to an old man who demanded for codeine. He was telling Alwin how he knows that we do have it our store and wouldn't sell it to him. But the truth is, we don't keep any form of codeine in our store! Some pharmacies keep codeine hidden away from customers to avoid potential abusers. Alwin kept telling him that we really don't sell codeine in our store until he was satisfied enough to leave.

Day 26
All the pharmacists in Unity had to go for a meeting so there wasn't any pharmacists in our store that morning. We couldn't sell anything that's in the cabinet so we had to politely reject customers who wished to purchase Pharmacy and Prescription Only Medications.

Apart from that, we helped the staff to take care of the cashier and replenish stocks! Once Mariana was back, Qi Xuan and I were tasked to check all the expiry dates of the medications in the cabinet! We had to stick an orange label into any medication which was expiring within the six months to come. It took us quite a long time to finish checking every medication as there were shelves which were at higher levels and weren't within our reach.

Found this cute perfumed body mist in one of the shelves under the dispensary counter. It belongs to Mariana. Apparently, she bought a few bottles from Korea since they were pretty cheap over there and she thought they were only available there. She didn't know that they also sell it here in Etude House. Hahaha.

Day 27
Warehouse day again! Alwin didn't work that day because he had to get enough rest before he went to work at night at Ang Mo Kio! He had to work there over night along with all the pre-registration students and other staffs because they had to do some re-merchandising. That means, all of them had to unpack many boxes of products and place them on their respective shelves. I think Ang Mo Kio had a minor renovation before this. They had to work overnight, when the shop was closed!

I did some paperwork that day and also counselled a few customers as per normal!

Day 28
I had to count all the money in the safe box for the week! I spent about 30 minutes counting all the money inside! Then it was Qi Xuan's turn! Luckily the amount we counted tallied! Otherwise, we would have to count all over again.

It was a part-time staff's birthday that day! Aunty Lye Kim, Doreen, Qi Xuan and I went around Jurong Point to buy her a birthday cake! :D She came in the afternoon for work and we went out when she was busy at the cashier. Bought her a yoghurt cake!

When we were back at the store, she was still busy at the cashier. She saw the cake shortly after and she felt so grateful! She asked me to take a picture of her blowing off the candle on her cake using her phone's camera. She looked so cute! Haha. :D She turned 71 that day! :)

Before I left the store to go back that day, I bade farewell to her wished her "Happy Birthday!" to which she responded "Thank you, girl!". Something about that response made me feel warmth in my heart. :)

Mariana gave me a new bottle of perfumed body mist! Aww so sweet of her! :D

Day 29
Doreen's last day at Jurong Point! She was transferred to Tiong Bahru because the pharmacist there decided to resign. Alwin and Qi Xuan went out to buy a bigger duck plushie for her since she is quite fond of ducks. Haha.

Aunty Sabariah cooked nasi lemak for us! Her sambal was so tasty! I ate her nasi lemak for lunch! :) Mariana also bought pies from "Pie Kia" (haha such a witty name!) but I didn't eat because I was too full!

Earlier, two different customers came back to the store to ask for an exchange of a dressing which only had hard hollow tubes in the packagings without the actual bandages! Apparently, the newly bought dressing contained the tubes only when they opened the boxes. It was funny because normally, the dressings don't even come with the hollow tubes.

Then, we realized that someone had actually stole the dressings that were in the boxes and replaced them with hollow tubes to add some weight! How smart! :/

A foreigner came to our store sounding very urgent about the prescribed medications needed for her mother back in London. We didn't have one of the medications she wanted but she really needed it urgently for her mother because her mom would have palpitations without it. We told her that she could try going to hospitals to get the medication but they probably wouldn't be able to dispense any since all the pharmacies in hospitals only operate half a day on Saturdays.

We tried calling the emergency pharmacies for a few hospitals to see if they could dispense any for her as it's urgently required. We called up NUH but they couldn't dispense as those in charged there weren't licensed to dispense. :/ Anyway, we helped her as much as we could and gave her a few contact numbers for her to try calling.

Among the medications needed was warfarin! She needed 20 tablets but we only had 11 tablets. Two of the tablets were chipped so we could only dispense nine tablets to her. Warfarin is quite a meticulous and serious drug so it is no joking matter if the tablets were not taken in full.

Done with Week 5! Supposed to have my presentation but Mariana said we'll do it next Thursday! Lazy to check for grammatical errors again! Toodles :D

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Week 4

Week 4 right here!

Day 19
I went back to work after a two-day leave! It was pretty quiet in the morning but the store slowly picked up pace! It was a Tuesday, so sales should be pretty good because Unity offers a 5% discount to all senior citizens every Tuesday! Qi Xuan and I were handling the cashier for a moment until he had to attend to a customer who needed a knee guard. I was left alone at the cashier and the line started to grew longer!

There was a problem with the system because certain items were given more than 5% discount after pressing "Senior Citizen Discount". By more, I meant like 40% more! So I had to be very careful and made sure every non-promotional item was given only a 5% discount.

After attending to the customer, Qi Xuan couldn't help me at the cashier because he had to do some paper work upon receiving stocks from suppliers! Both of us worked all the way till 3.00 pm without any rest! I was quite relieved when the crowd started to quiet down a little! Qi Xuan on the other hand, looked hypoglycemic! Haha.

Aunty Jennifer fell sick that day. She came to work as usual in the afternoon but she felt dizzy shortly after. Qi Xuan and Alwin were tasked to go get a wheelchair for her. They brought her to a clinic nearby and she was given the day off.

Day 20
Mariana had to replace Victor at West Mall because he flew overseas. So, Qi Xuan and I decided to follow Mariana, to experience a different place and crowd. I arrived almost an hour too early for work that day. I thought that it would be hard for me to find the place but to my surprise, as soon as I stepped into West Mall, I could easily spot Guardian, Unity and Watsons! I walked around the mall a little before work.

The Unity in West Mall is quite new and the layout of the store is different compared to the Unity in Jurong Point. I liked the new layout but the dispensary counter is a little small. There isn't much space for three people to move around. The display cabinets are so small and the P and POM medications stored there were all over the place! We did a bit of housekeeping, helped to clear the clutter a little so that it would be easier for us to find for the medications we needed.

A customer came asking for Robitussin DM and the three of us searched high and low for the medication! In the end I found it! It was hidden behind another medication! -__-"

The crowd in West Mall is really small. I didn't have much to do over there. I still prefer Jurong Point!

Day 21
Back to Jurong Point! It was warehouse day! Bleh. We received so many boxes of stocks from the warehouse. We had to make sure we received the correct quantity of medications, paste labels and replenish stocks! It was a lot of work. Moments after we finished handling the warehouse stocks, Ah Ho (delivery man from Zuellig Pharma) appeared with many boxes stacked on his trolley! *faints*

Day 22
Woke up early and travelled all the way to Pasir Ris for a visit to Zuellig Pharma. Zuellig Pharma is one of the biggest pharmaceutical industries in Singapore! I didn't like the thought of travelling so far for just a 1.5 hour visit! :/ Pfft. But I was really looking forward to the goodie bags!

Their warehouse is really different compared to LF Asia. It was huge and the interior design was more classy! After the visit, it started pouring outside! On top of that, there weren't any refreshments or goodie bags for us! :(

We went to White Sands for lunch before heading back to work. When we reached Jurong Point, it was already 3.00 pm! I decided to work until 8.00 pm that day! I actually wanted to work till 10.00 pm but I felt a bit uneasy and nauseous because of the coffee I had during lunch (it was in my Ying Yang drink). I hate the feeling coffee gives me other than keeping me awake. I don't really like the palpitations either!

Anyway, when I reached Clementi MRT station, I saw that the estimated time of arrival for the next 183 bus was 54 minutes! That's crazy! I didn't wanna wait for almost an hour just for 183 so I took 189 and alighted at Kent Ridge Terminal. Luckily, a NUS shuttle bus came just right in time so I didn't really have to wait to go back to my room! :)

Day 23
It was a quiet day at work without Qi Xuan! Hahaha. He took a day off because apparently, his bicycle would be arriving from overseas!

Doreen taught me how to do posting on the new system! :) Other than the normal patient counselling, I had nothing much to do. After work, I went to Clementi Mall to meet Seng Thiam. Then, we headed to Cashew Heights in Bukit Panjang for Grace's 21st birthday! :)

It was a long day for me and I was really tired by the time I got back to my room!

Alright! Back to my presentation slides :(( Can't believe four weeks flew by just like that! I have to hand in my slides by next Friday! Argh!

P/S: Too lazy to check for grammatical or spelling errors!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Have A Clean One!


My lovely sister! :) Have a "clean" birthday, hahaha!

I love you and miss you!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Week 3

Week 3 updates!

Day 12
It was a Sunday! Apparently, the crowd is different compared to the other days. Most of the customers are foreigners from Bangladesh. Mariana says the way to counsel them is a little bit different compared to other customers. It can be pretty funny too!

One of them actually asked me for a cream called "Termite". I was like "Huh? What is it for?". He said it was for his itchy skin. I asked him to spell it out for me and he spelled it the way he pronounced it. I was confused because from what I know termites are insects that eat up wood! He proceeded to call his friend over the phone to ask for the spelling and gave me the same spelling back again. -__-". I tried searching for a product that is somewhat related to it online but it was to no avail. Luckily, he spotted the cream inside the cabinet and pointed it out. When I took it out, I was like "OHH DermAid!". LOL.

Day 13
I had to wake up super early and on top of that I only had five hours of sleep! I had to go for a training for all pharmacists in Unity. They have to go for this on a monthly basis. Usually, the training starts at 8.30 a.m but this time it started at 7.30 a.m! All because of a doctor who had an appointment with a patient after his talk.

Seng Thiam, Yu Lee and I took the first bus to Clementi which actually arrived later than scheduled causing us to be slightly late for the training. The training consisted of three talks about pain management, HSA Adverse Drug Events and, CPR and AED respectively. I enjoyed the last talk the most! The speakers were entertaining and funny!

After that, we all made our ways back to our respective stores. It was Qi Xuan's first day of work too! He just came back from his summer programme at Canada. So now I have company at work! I've never talked to him before in class but luckily it wasn't that awkward. Good thing that he's quite talkative and we could click!

Since Mariana didn't have to be at work that day, I was appointed to teach him stuff that I have learned on my first day! He dubbed me as his "preceptor", haha.

It was also the day that we encountered a customer who claimed to be an "NTUC supporter". We couldn't dispense the medication he wanted (famotidine) because Doreen wasn't around and it was a Pharmacy only item. So, we told him that he could try Watsons or Guardian thinking that he needed the medication urgently. Then he responded by saying "How can you tell me to go other pharmacies? I am an NTUC supporter you know! Later your boss will scold you! Where can you chase your customers?!" in Mandarin. Qi Xuan and I couldn't say much, so we just nodded in approval.

I went on an impromptu visit to the movies with Jason and Wil Sen after work! We watched Transformers 3! Finally!! I've been waiting to watch this movie ever since last year! Yes, Transformers never fails to impress me despite what people say about this sequel of the movie. Apparently, it was quite draggy but I didn't find it so! Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion I guess! :)

Day 14
"NTUC supporter" came back again! This time Doreen was around so he could get his medication. But, Doreen told us that apparently, she saw him coming back for the same medication in less than two weeks. The medication is supposed to last him for two weeks (14 tablets to be taken once daily). So, we have to keep a lookout if he requests for the medicine again within these two weeks!

After purchasing his medication, he asked Qi Xuan for the price of Clarinase (non-drowsy runny nose tablets). He told Qi Xuan that he wanted to compare the price with Watsons. Qi Xuan nearly wanted to tell him this, "I thought you said you're an NTUC supporter?" but he didn't, hahaha. Anyway, he came back to Unity to buy Clarinase after awhile. I guess ours was still cheaper!

On the way back from work, I noticed many policemen around Clementi Woods, just opposite of NUS Kent Ridge terminal but no signs of any road accident. I found out the next day what it turned out to be. A decomposed body was found! O_O

Day 15
Mariana insisted that Qi Xuan leaves work at 4.00 pm that day since he worked from 9 am to 10 pm for the past couple of days since he had to clock two weeks worth of hours that he missed! She didn't want it to seem like she was exploiting him. So she chased him off at 4.00 pm sharp!

A customer came with a half a strip of chlorpheniramine (for runny nose) tablets claiming that she paid $1.50 for two strips at our store when she should be getting five strips for $1.50. Our chlorpheniramine tablets come in a pack of five strips that costs $1.50 per pack. It is quite impossible that she could have bought two loose strips from us. Besides, this medication is a Pharmacy Only medication and could only be dispensed by a pharmacists. There is no way that any one of us sold her two loose strips.

Even if we did, the staff at the cashier would know because there is no bar code to be scanned on each strip. The customer was so confident that she bought it from our store and apparently, a female pharmacist with short hair served her. But guess what, none of us have short hair! Aunty Karen told me that lucky thing, none of us tied our hairs! The customer tried to accuse Fang Fang (a promoter) for selling her two strips since she normally ties up her hair. But Fang Fang isn't a pharmacist! So we told her to show her receipt as proof but she said she didn't bring it. So we told her to bring the receipt back the next time she comes.

I doubt she'll come back!

Day 16
Warehouse goods day! Qi Xuan and I had to count and check the expiry dates of all the warehouse goods which arrived! We also had to stick labels on all Pharmacy Only medications and replenish them on the shelves! It was a lot of work. We worked non-stop until it was lunch time!

After lunch, a customer came by claiming that he bought a wheelchair from our store and that he needed some spare parts because it was spoiled. He asked if we provided any servicing. Mariana told him that we do not provide such services, neither do we sell any of those spare parts. He then asked what should he do and what can we do. Mariana told him we could give him a refund if the wheelchair is still under warranty. He didn't seem to be very fond of the answer and questioned her again. She helped him to call the respective party regarding the wheelchair. But, she was told to ask him to call the lifeline. He was quite angsty because he couldn't get his wheelchair fixed. He asked the same questions over and over again and Mariana answered him patiently. He kept looking at her name tag, showing signs that he wanted to use her name as someone to be referred to or report about the next time he calls the lifeline or visit another pharmacy.

Mariana was quite pissed because she's not in charge of these kinda things! Our pharmacy only helps to sell the manufacturer's products! She asked Qi Xuan and I to buy her a cup of chai latte from Coffee Bean! She also asked us to get a drink each for ourselves from there. It was our first treat from her! :) Qi Xuan bought her the largest chai latte and she was shocked! He told her that she needed to drink more since she was quite stressed out and she told him that she won't be able to sleep tonight! Haha.

Day 17
Qi Xuan and I packed seven boxes of chlorpheniramine into packets of five strips (50 tablets) each. Each box contains 1000 tablets of chlorpheniramine! We pasted the main label and auxiliary labels as well! We also packed Famotin tablets at which I had to cut the sharp edges of the strips and made it round-edged!

There weren't many customers so we did all the packing to kill time! After lunch, the sales representative for "Hairy Lemon" came looking for me! I attended to him during my first week since there wasn't any pharmacist around. When I saw him, I immediately blurted out "Oh you're the Hairy Lemon guy!". He told me he was grateful that someone actually remembers him. Haha. Then, he asked how is his product doing and frankly, it wasn't doing so well. So I tried to put it in a nice way and told him that it wasn't doing well but there is at least a progress eventhough it's selling pretty slow!

He did a stock check and I asked him how often does he come for a stock check, he told me at least once a month. I told him that he might not be able to look for me the next time he comes because I would be done with my preceptorship. So I gave him Mariana and Doreen's names. He asked me how long have I been working in Jurong Point and I mentioned to him three weeks. He said, "Wow, three weeks only but you look so experienced!". Hehehehe :P

Anyway, he sounds like a humble guy but the way he looks at people can be a little bit scary!

Day 18
Worked for 3.5 hours only, can you believe it?! Haha.

An old lady came requesting for Domperidone (for indigestion, nausea and vomiting) but we don't sell the brand that she was looking for. However, the active ingredient and strength are exactly the same! Told her she could use what we have for the same purpose but apparently, she tried it before and it doesn't work for her but the other one (more expensive) does. :S That's weird because they have the same content! Qi Xuan thinks it's just a placebo effect, maybe she thinks that the expensive one is better.

That's about it for Week 3! :) I really don't know who would read my weekly lengthy posts about my preceptorship! They're all words without pictures at all!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Week 2

Week 2!

Day 7
It was my first time doing afternoon shift! My previous part time jobs never required me to work on shifts so I was pretty excited! Plus, I get to sleep in and wake up late! Ahh :) But the bad thing is that I end work very late! Anyway, when I first arrived for work, I met a pre-registration student named Alvin! He has to complete nine months of pre-reg before he attains his pharmacist license. I would have to do the same thing as he is currently doing after I graduate in two years time! He actually started working two weeks earlier than me but I didn't see him last week because he went for a course.

Since there were a lot of people at the dispensary, Mariana assigned me to be at the cashier with Aunty Sabariah! I like her a lot because she's nice and friendly! :) I finally got the hang of handling everything at the cashier on my own albeit a little slow, heh. Most of the time, I would prefer that customers pay by cash then I wouldn't have to do so much. Haha.

Many kids bought thermometers for school because school just reopened. It's part of an act by Singapore's Ministry of Health.

Towards the end of the day, when we were about to close the store, customers started flooding in! We got quite busy! Nevertheless, we managed to close in time. :)

Day 8
Recorded a customer's details which is required when purchasing Nurofen! I was a little fearful that I might have missed out any details but I didn't! Doreen had to attend to a customer who had quite a number of prescription drugs while there were quite a lot of customers waiting. Thankfully, I knew the medications that the other customers wanted. :)

Thermometers were fully wiped out! One customer bought 10 thermometers at one go! O_O There were a few thermometers left but they were expensive ones (i.e $27 each!). The regular ones were about $5.90 each! So much difference!

Day 9
Taught and assisted Alvin with cashiering since he didn't have much hands-on experience since he came. I also had to make a call to a company who distributes Ebene Bio-Ray knee guard because of a customer who wore it for a few hours and complained that her leg was swollen after that. I had to ask the company for recommendations on how to advice her.

Apparently, it shouldn't be worn for long hours and at night. She should also take breaks at intervals for 1-2 hours. The knee guard can be worn with other topical medications and should be the right size for her.

Doreen measured earlier to see if she bought the right size and indeed, it was suitable for her. After calling the company, I had to call the customer. Oh my, she was screaming into my ears. I know it wasn't her intention, maybe she just speaks loudly all the time. I had to talk to her nicely and tell her that if she wants better advice, she should call the company instead since we have done what we can. It is better for her to talk to them as they know they product better. :) She agreed and I gave her the company's number. Case closed! Phew!

Day 10
We did some cleaning in the store! Mariana, Alvin and I wiped the plinth ends of all the shelves and arranged the products accordingly. It was a little dusty. As I was cleaning one of the shelves, I overheard a conversation between a Malay aunty and Aunty Jennifer at the cashier. Aunty Jennifer asked her what is intestines in Malay and the aunty replied "perut". Hahaha, Aunty Jennifer then said "Perut is stomach!". So I replied "Intestines is usus!". The Malay aunty got a shock and she was like "Wow this girl keep quiet only, but can speak Malay actually!". Haha.

Then she wanted to sign up for NTUC Plus card in which she could use to collect points. I helped her to fill up her application form. She was really thankful that I was around to help her and that made me feel good. :)

Day 11
It was pretty chaotic in the morning because it was the day we embark into our new system! We had a new POS machine! I forgot what it stands for but it's basically the cashier. The new system was so slow! Scanning a product took it a few seconds to register into the system! Also, it couldn't connect to the NETS and credit card machines! So, we had to accept cash only. The staff were a little nervous because they are not used to such "high technology" (touch screen!). After playing around with it, they sorta got used to it. But, it was still very slow! I left after a short while for my visit to LF Asia warehouse!

We had to meet at Jurong East MRT station at 1 pm. But we only left the MRT station around 2.00 pm because Fenix was late! We took a cab to the warehouse and were led to a meeting room. Listened to presentations by two important people in the warehouse. They basically gave us insights in the industrial aspect of being a pharmacists and also a thing or two about their company. Although it isn't necessary to be a pharmacist to be in the industry but it is an advantage! I think some of the guys would prefer to work in the industrial side of pharmacy. But I'm not very keen on it.

We were taken on a tour of their warehouse but first, we had to change our shoes! We had to wear safety shoes which were quite ugly yet cute. Haha. The warehouse was huge and everything was well coordinated! I also experienced -15ÂșC in a freezer where they stored botox! Haha. :D

After the tour, we had some light refreshments from Delifrance and goodie bags! :D Yu Lee and I savoured the delicacies, they were scrumptious! :) Had a few Q&As, then it was time to go home (technically, room for me)! Haha.

Week 2 is a day short because I'm off today but I have work tomorrow! I'm not sure if I have mixed up any events between the days but I'm pretty sure that they all happened last week!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Week 1

As promised, a recap of my week! :)

Day 1
Yu Lee, Seng Thiam and I started our journey all the way to the East for our orientation! We had to be at Ubi Avenue 1 where Unity's HQ is located. We took the MRT to MacPherson station and looked for the place by foot! We almost got lost! Luckily, Yu Lee asked a passerby for directions! Otherwise, we would be heading towards Paya Lebar!

At the headquarters, all 12 of us sat in a meeting room where we were thoroughly briefed about our entire stint. We were given a handbook and a copy of an old edition of MIMS each. One flip through the handbook made my eyes popped! There were so many things to do, so many questions to be answered!

Then, we went to Suntec City for lunch. We were treated Swensens! Yums! :D Thank you, Unity! After lunch, we visited the Unity outlet in Suntec City which is where Yu Lee is attached to! Over there, we had another briefing about the quality control aspect of the store. We were dismissed by 5.00 pm!

Day 2
I was a little bit nervous and had butterflies in my tummy probably due to the new environment that I was about to experience. I met my preceptor, Mariana and a few other staffs. She took me on a little tour of the store. The store is very small compared to the regular Guardian and Watsons outlets you see in shopping malls. I can see the whole store from the dispensary counter!

Then, she taught me a few things from the operations aspect of the store. After awhile, there were deliveries coming in back to back which I learnt how to handle. The store was starting to get busy! This went on all the way till about 5.00 pm! I also met my preceptor's partner, Doreen. She taught me how to do daily submission in which I had to do invoice recording into the computer.

Besides the operations stuff, I also listened and observed how my preceptor counselled patients. :)

Day 3
My preceptor wasn't around in the morning because she had a meeting so I had to work with the staffs and attend to customers' needs! I was quite blur and had to rely quite a bit on the staffs. Good thing that all of them were very familiar with the medications and products in the store. Unfortunately, we could only sell medications that were on the shelves (General Sales List) and not in the pharmacist's cabinet (Pharmacy only medications and Prescription Only medications).

I had to explain to customers about our inability to dispense P and POM medications because only licensed pharmacists are allowed to and I'm not one YET, heh. When my preceptor returned, I helped her to stick cautionary labels on certain medications!

Day 4
This was the day when so many warehouse stocks came in! Unity is in the midst of going through a change to a new system. Hence, all stocks had to be delivered by this day and orders could not be made until the new system begins. I had to stick labels on all the P only medications! I spent a few hours on that!

After lunch, a sales representative from a company who manufactures blood glucose monitoring devices taught me how to use their blood glucose monitor! We actually did it before last semester during our last lab session of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology but it was from a different manufacturer. She did a test on me and my blood glucose level was 7.2 (which is high!). Well, that's because I just ate! Hahaha :) Then, the sales representative asked me to test my preceptor's blood glucose level *gasp* But then, since all the staff wanted a test too and she was quite busy, she asked me to just conduct the tests for the staffs. So I pricked their fingers and tested their blood glucose levels! So random but quite exciting! :)

I also was given the privillege to dispense chlorpheniramine (runny nose) and Zyrtec-D (runny nose and blocked nose) which were P only medications! :D So exciting cause I normally have to ask my preceptor to dispense eventhough I know what to give because I'm not allowed to dispense these medications unless she approves!

Day 5
I was feeling quite bored because there weren't any deliveries! Didn't have much to do in the store. So I just walked around the store to sort of familiarize with the locations of items. Doreen also explained to me a few things about the common medications for minor ailments. I also did some packaging for a few medications together with my preceptor.

I also had the chance to observe how my preceptor explain to a customer about smoking cessation!

Day 6
Half day work! Didn't have much to do in the morning so I helped the staff to replenish stocks! I also helped them to handle the cashier! :) At least I had something to do, rather than just stoning around.

That's all for this week! I am quite pleased with my experience thus far but I know there is still a lot to learn! Glad that I'm attached to Unity because learning how to manage a store is a plus! Guardian and Watsons have their own store managers but in Unity, the pharmacist is also the store manager!

Next week could be an entirely different story! Wait and see! :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Initially, I had the intention to blog a little bit of my preceptorship experience every single day.

But, guess I can't really do that because by the time I'm back in my room, I'll be too tired already. Besides, I have "homework" to do as well!

Perhaps a weekly update, yes?

Tomorrow work officially starts for me! Wish me luck! :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day!


Happy Father’s Day, Daddy! This is a really old picture of us. Taken one year ago! Hehe. :)

The thought of not being at home today, on Father’s Day makes me feel even more homesick. I miss my family already!

I love you daddy!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Not any different.

Crap. Feeling homesick.

It’s been two years already and I still feel this way. I’ve said this so many times. Whenever I’m back in Singapore for school, there’s always that homesick feeling I get which I really hate.

I was perfectly fine this morning when my dad accompanied me to the airport except when I hugged my mom and dad before really leaving. Going up the escalator was painful. I turned behind while going up the escalator to see if my dad was still watching me. Yes, indeed he was. I waved one last goodbye to him and there they came.. tears. Now I will always remember the feeling of riding up this particular escalator because it happened one too many times. It’s just another phase in this vicious cycle I go through at every end of my holidays.

I still didn’t think it was that bad compared to the previous times when I’ve left home. But oh boy, I was wrong. I’m feeling the after effects now. I feel like crap! Still feels like the first time even if it happened pre-departure or post-arrival.

You can’t stop me from feeling heavy hearted about leaving home. I’ve grown so attached to my own home that it has become very hard for me to let go eventhough I know I must. And I know I will be all right after this. It happens all the time. But the process is really painful. A lot of things run through my mind in a flash. Sigh.

I guess I will never part from this feeling, not anytime soon.

All I need to do is just let it out (i.e. CRY) and I’ll be fine.

I should just keep myself occupied. Hate it when I’m alone cause I tend to think a lot.

Yesterday, I thought about how nice it would be if we could actually know what's going to happen next in our lives (like literally the next day). Then, I wouldn't have to be so afraid of a change. I'm not the biggest fan of change, especially really drastic ones but I do admit that it is necessary. I don't really like the fact that when I'm finally getting used or adapting to something, a change occurs. It's back to square one again. Sometimes you get too caught in the moment, time flies so fast without your knowledge and the next thing you know it, you'd be thinking to yourself "What happened to all the time I had?".

But then, I also thought about how boring life would be if you know every single thing that's going to happen next. There are no surprises and nothing to hope for because you can tell the future.

So, I think I'm just fine with life the way it is, with change that is. :) Spending time on the bus and MRT makes me think a lot during my journey. Sometimes, I wish for things that are impossible. Sometimes, I reminisce about the past. Sometimes, I think about the future.

On an unrelated note, I'm back in Singapore after carrying 21kgs worth of bags! Omg, I nearly died on the way back from Changi Airport. Most of my energy were already drained this morning before I boarded the plane! The damn Air Asia plane was so far away from our terminal. We had to walk all the way there, felt like forever! I was lugging 10kgs with me! :/

But I made it, in one piece! :D Took a much needed nap because I hardly slept last night. Now I'm wondering what to do next. Hmm..

Ooh finally got a call from my preceptor! :) Gonna report for work in Jurong Point on Tuesday at 10.30 am! She sounds like a nice person! :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Two Meals

Two more meals in KL then I’m off to Singapore. It’s just two more meals because I hardly take breakfast nowadays. When I wake up, it’s always almost time for lunch, so I have brunch instead. Need to kick the habit of waking up late soon, as work is going to begin!

Received an email from the hall office today. I have to move back to F Block by Wednesday. LE SIGH. But since I’ll be working on weekdays, that leaves me with only this weekend to move out. Not good at all. :/ Why do they have to make my life so hard? :( Oh well.. That’s the life of an international student! You will always have to move about bringing along every single thing you own. Kinda like nomads. :/

I have yet to catch Super 8 and Green Lantern! I don’t know if I have the time to catch them in Singapore. Besides, movie tickets there are so expensive if you convert to RM. But, I’ve learnt not to convert too much when buying things or spending money there. At the same time, I always limit myself to a certain amount that I should spend. It’s not like I go out all the time in Singapore. I only go out like probably once a month?

As of right now, I’m in the midst of packing. Got almost everything packed! Dreading the journey back to hall, especially the hill and staircases that I would have to climb just to get to my room. On top of that, the thought of moving out.. Oh gosh. I really hate it. :/

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Well well well, what do we have here?

Just four days before I begin my preceptorship in Unity, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, I received an email from the Chief (somewhat like a coordinator) regarding my preceptor. Apparently, my preceptor has left and hence, I would have to be assigned under a different preceptor at a different branch.

Well, It didn’t come much as a shocker to me because Qunyuan, who is currently working with my initial preceptor told me that she will be resigning soon, probably in July. When Qunyuan told me that, I assumed that I would still be working at the same place until she resigns. Oh well, guess she resigned earlier than expected?

After I have painstakingly interrogated Qunyuan about her experience in Tanjong Pagar Plaza, it just dawned on me that most of it would be gone to waste as it is confirmed that I will not be working there. Aside from Qunyuan, I have also asked Kah Eng about her experience. I assumed that Qunyuan and Kah Eng’s preceptors are quite close since Kah Eng told me that Qunyuan’s preceptor works overtime at Kah Eng’s workplace in Tiong Bahru. Hence, Kah Eng knows a thing or two about her. Both of them have been very nice enough to share their experiences with me and also give me some useful tips!

So the Chief emailed me and asked for my preference for my new allocation. I tried my luck on Clementi or Harbourfront since they are quite near from campus. But she suggested Jurong Point Mall which is four MRT stations away from Clementi. Not that bad, in my opinion.

I wanted to opt for Tiong Bahru, eventhough it is further because of what Kah Eng had shared with me. But Kah Eng told me her preceptor is quitting as well! Haha. So after much consideration, I agreed with Jurong Point.

According to the Chief and the document regarding our allocations, there will be another student working together with me. But Kah Eng told me that he (who is also her lab partner) is currently doing summer programme in Canada and has no intentions on getting his pharmacist license. Oh well, guess I would only know on Monday.

Well, it doesn’t matter where am I allocated to. One thing that I have to bear in mind is to go there with an open heart and mind. The main goal is to learn!

I’m kinda anticipating the experience! Sounds exciting! But at the same time, I am feeling heavy-hearted for leaving home so soon.

Friday, June 10, 2011

It’s goodbye again, but I’ll be back.

One more week worth of holidays then I can kiss goodbye to it. Well, technically I still have another 1.5 months of holidays. It’s just that I’ll be doing my preceptorship rather than slacking and bumming around. Sounds like a pretty decent way to spend the next half of my holidays.

I’ve always wanted to achieve something memorable out of all my long breaks. For example, last summer holidays, I went to Cambodia for social work and this summer, I’ll be working in a pharmacy! I like the idea of knowing that I’ve learned and achieved something throughout my holidays instead of just bumming around, wasting my life away. I mean I still like the idea of relaxing and slacking. I’ve always wanted it, especially during term time but a few weeks of that would do. After that, I should be up on my feet! Otherwise, I’d just feel like I’m wasting a lot of time doing nothing productive.

However, the thought of having to work five days a week seem like a real chore to me. I am sure that I would be wishing to have holidays again once I start working. I am contradicting myself aren’t I? Well, that’s how life works sometimes. You can always have what you want and you can’t always have the best of both worlds.

I’m a bit scared but at the same time excited about my preceptorship. Hope I’ll manage to pull through. Oh and the aftermath of my preceptorship would be writing a report about it! Ah the horror. I’ll try not to procrastinate so much so that I can go home for about a week after my preceptorship ends before school starts! :) Hope I’ll have time!

I had a really good time spending my holidays at home. It’s what I have always yearned for during my stressful times in Singapore. Glad to have finally get a good grasp of it although it’ll be ending soon. Oh well, time flies right? :)

Better enjoy my last week to the fullest! I love the people surrounding me i.e my family and friends. They make me feel so loved! :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Wisdom Tooth Extraction

I wanted to blog about my wisdom tooth extraction few days ago but never gotten around to do it because I was either too lazy or busy running around town.

My parents brought me to the dentist last Saturday morning for my wisdom tooth extraction. I was really hoping that it wouldn’t be as painful as I thought, just like how the dentist claimed it to be. The verdict? We shall see.. :)

My mom went into the room with me and she took a few pictures of me during the surgery. None of them are with me now. :P

First, the dentist injected some local anaesthetic into my gums. We waited until my mouth was numb partially on the right side. After that, I was directed into the X-ray room where an X-ray of my lower right wisdom tooth was done. My wisdom tooth appeared to have grown horizontally whereas a regular tooth grows vertically. I think this is a pretty common case hence extraction is needed.

After ensuring that I couldn’t feel a thing on the right side of my mouth, the extraction began! There was a lot of drilling in my mouth which was kinda freaky. Then, he took a tool and pulled my wisdom tooth out forcefully! He had to pull a few times before it finally came out. After pulling out the lower right tooth, he went on to pull out the upper right one.

I was so anxious throughout the whole ordeal that I kept asking the nurse and dentist whether he managed to pull out my tooth already or not. I couldn’t feel anything so I couldn’t tell!

So yeah, the extraction wasn’t painful at all. I think the aftermath was even more painful. :/

IMG00294-20110514-1027 I brought back my wisdom tooth! Gross, I know.

Anyway, I thought I had to survive on porridge the entire week but guess what? I was back to my normal eating habits and meals after the first day! :D

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Catching Up

Yesterday was so much fun because I spent the entire day catching up with friends and enjoying my meals while I can before my wisdom tooth extraction this morning.

I had banana leaf rice with Janice and Jonathan at Kanna Curry House. My first time having banana leaf rice at a place other than Nirwana’s! It was pretty alright but I kinda like Nirwana’s more because they have fried bittergourd! :D

We talked and made fun of each other while enjoying our feast. Jonathan ate the most, as per normal.

jojoThis giant dude started wearing contact lenses! I couldn’t really recognize him when I first saw him!

janice This is my dear friend, Janice. She’s ever so cheerful and jolly! *Both pictures taken from Janice.

At night, I had dinner and hung out with my amazing girlfriends! I haven’t seen them for so long and it was so good to have literally each and every one of us around. It’s often kinda hard to get everyone to meet up at a certain time and venue because we all have our own lives that we’re busy catching up with. I guess I make a good excuse for them to set aside some time for a girly meet up? :D

IMG00295-20110514-2227 Polaroid picture that each of us went back home with thanks to Jessie! :) Yes, we took a group picture seven times using her polaroid camera.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tomorrow marks one week since my last paper of my second year in Pharmacy. Gosh, it feels like I have been on holidays for so long already. That’s a bid odd. Guess I’m taking some time to readjust my life from the fast-paced life I had back in Singapore before my holidays started.

Monday, May 9, 2011

HOME – The Good and The Bad

I’m home! :D

After all that intense packing and moving out, I’m finally home. :) The first meal I had in KL was this..

IMG00277-20110508-2053 BAK KUT TEH! :D YUMS! :))

Although it feels really good to be home and I feel really excited about eating all the food that I’ve missed ever so dearly, I am having a really bad toothache! What a way to spoil my first couple of days in KL!

The toothache actually started yesterday before I boarded the plane back to KL. I thought it was a minor toothache and didn’t really bother much about it. Luckily, I was still able to enjoy my BKT eventhough it was slightly painful while I was chewing my food. But, it got worse at night! I woke up at 3.30 a.m. because I couldn’t sleep. The pain was excruciating!

Went to visit the dentist first thing this morning! Oh boy, the dentist told me that my wisdom tooth (MY THIRD ONE ALREADY) is growing and it is hitting the one below causing the nerves in my gums to be affected, hence the AWFUL PAIN. I thought he would do the same thing he did for me when my second wisdom tooth grew last time – injection but apparently not. I HAVE TO GET MY WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTED! Oh the horror! I’ve heard about how painful wisdom tooth extraction can be and I immediately started questioning the dentist. Hahaha. Paranoid much?

I just hope he gives me really strong anaesthetic to that I don’t have to feel any pain.

My second wisdom tooth didn’t need extraction last time because after the jab he gave me, it didn’t cause anymore pain. I don’t understand why he can’t do the same this time cause he didn’t explain to me. :( But a dentist knows what is he doing best! So I shall trust him!

In the mean time, I am having a lot of trouble trying to eat cause the pain is really terrible! Heck, even moving my tongue hurts! My delicious meals shall wait for me till I recover. Porridge for now, meh. :/

At the same time, I’m really glad that I’m actually home when this is happening. If I were to be in Singapore, I would have already started my preceptorship (it would be my first day today) and it would be a hassle to work and at the same time, visit the dentist. Plus, there would be post-extraction problems to be taken care of! Really thankful that I’m home. :) My parents have been really caring and I feel so blessed! My mom is cooking porridge for me tomorrow morning before she goes to work! Feel so bad for troubling her. :( She’s also gonna accompany me for my extraction this Saturday in case anything happens. Who knows what might happen if I were to go alone? Paranoid, again. Haha. :)

I’m currently relying on medication to soothe the pain a little. It’s actually bearable whenever I’m not eating. This afternoon, I visited Nanny after going to the dentist and she made sardine puffs! I gobbled four of them despite the pain! So tasty! A reason why I could bear the pain is because I took painkiller earlier haha. :D

P/S: I don’t feel like I’m getting any wiser. Oh and I’m gonna have more sardine puffs now! :D

Sunday, March 6, 2011

One flip through my organizer and it struck me that this semester is coming to an end pretty soon. Actually, it's not that soon.. but the fact that I have one test each week on average just makes it seem that the semester is coming to an end soon.

Time flies here in NUS. Like really fast. Too fast in fact. There isn't and will never be enough time here. As soon as I'm done with one test, there's another one coming up that I have to study for.

Realizing the fact that this semester is ending pretty soon is also a good thing because I get to go home for the holidays although it'll be much shorter than last year (by 50%). But then again, I'm still unsure if I should do special term.. If I decide to do special term, I wouldn't have holidays at all! I'll probably have a week off only? Oh well.. time will tell.

Until then. :)

Friday, February 4, 2011


Dad tagged me in this picture on Facebook. A lion that glows! It looks so pretty and one-of-a-kind! Somehow, I have this feeling where I've seen this kinda lion dance before but for some odd reasons, it feels like I'm seeing this for the first time! What is this feeling called? :/

Anyway, it's just too bad that I couldn't be at my uncle's place to witness it. Seems like the lion dance troops have taken lion dance a notch higher when it comes to performing and impressing people! :)

Knowing that my dad uploaded this picture and tagged me on Facebook makes me feel proud somehow, haha. It's a good thing that he's catching up with technology. ;) My mom as well! :)

I wonder if my sister helped him on this because I taught the both of my parents how to upload pictures on Facebook before.

It's a good thing to know that they're enjoying themselves in Sabah. I have never once and never would deprive them of their hometown. :) It's not very often do they get to go home. I'm sure there is a part of them that is very much attached to where they belong. CNY is the perfect time for them to relax and get away from all the chaos and stress in KL.

As for me, even with all the hustle and bustle of KL, I still prefer KL because that's where I was born and raised.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bunny Year!

*edited: added a picture!

Today, for the first time..

#1 I tried kimchi! :D Although not the authentic one, but Kelvin claimed that it was close to authentic. I liked it! Tasted almost like ham choi (salted vegetable).

#2 I peeled carrots! (Omg I know right, after 21 years!)

#3 I tried corn tea! Kelvin brought it back from Korea! It tasted a lot like coffee (very much diluted coffee actually) which in my opinion, is not supposed to because it's supposed to taste like corn! But it was quite tasty.

#4 I spent CNY with my hall friends!

#5 I got to know that Kelvin's room is actually much spacious than the normal ones because his room used take up one half of the bathroom! They demolished the bathroom and made two rooms out of it! I wanna see how much bigger is his room!

Hmm, I guess there is a first for everything? :)

Happy Chinese New Year guys! :D The year of the bunny! :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Oh the CNY blues.

Oh look we have a wet CNY eve this year.

Less than an hour till midnight strikes. I hope everyone is enjoying their reunion dinners. It's too bad that I can't spend CNY with my family this time around. My first time spending CNY in a foreign country, ALONE! Well, technically not all alone. I do have a few friends who decided to spend the holidays here.

Hall is a lot quieter now, sigh. :/ Everyone's at home spending quality time with their families while I'm stuck on this island. Hahaha oh well, recess week is coming soon! I'll be going home! :D

Happy Chinese New Year people! :))


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mind Over Matter

I think I've figured out what my resolution this year is going to be. I never thought of making a list of resolutions to be accomplished by the end of this year like how I used to. It's because I don't always get to put a tick next to each of my resolution. But this time, it just occurred to me suddenly (while I was in shower, haha) that I really need to work on this resolution of mine.

My resolution this year is nothing materialistic, really. What I want to accomplish by this year or at least try my very best, is to worry less and stay optimistic. The mind really does wonders you know?

How do you think what started off as a passion can turn into an obsession gone wrong?

My dad always says "It's all in your mind.". I guess that's also the reason why people always say "mind over matter". What I really need is a control of my own mind. Sometimes, it's really hard to keep telling yourself you can do it when there are many temptations and bad influence out there. There's always space for negativity. It's a matter of whether you would succumb to it or not.

I like optimistic people and I've always envied those who have managed to stay optimistic despite going through disappointments and rejections. It just goes to show that they see things differently. They have different perceptions. Come to think of it, it's not really the end of the world, isn't it? So, why worry? Let bygones be bygones!

I really need to control rather than be controlled.

This will be a life-changing resolution if I succeed.

Saturday, January 1, 2011



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