Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year from us all!

yu sheng. first time doing it in UK!

home cooked food!!

steamed sea bass cooked by Steph

ketchup prawns cooked by Jean

butter prawns cooked by Wee Leon. First time in LCCC history I tell you (never see him cook before)! hahaha

spinach cooked by Steph

盐焗鸡 (salt baked chicken? no idea what's the english translation) cooked by steph

stir-fry pork cooked by Lynda

白切鸡cooked by Esther

stir fry tofu with pork cooked by me!

humongous pao or the bamboo steamer!?!? (it looks like a toy but it's 100% real)

11 dishes for 8 people (the steamed sea bass is missing in the pic). we were so stuffed after that.

By the end of this week we would gain a few kilos extra after all the food. It's time to buy clothes one size larger people!

Friday, January 16, 2009

a very belated New Year post and updates


Happy belated New Year! I must be the last person ever on this planet to wish everyone a happy new year. I wanted to blog about a few things which happened last month as I had the script in my mind but that when I sat down at my laptop and started typing, my thoughts were lost. In the end what I have faced is a huge list of half-written blog entries in my blog account.

There were so many things to blog about but I refrained. Somehow they were very personal and I did not want be blamed for anything for blogging about this and that.

OK! back to topic!

it's a bit too late for me to blog what 2008 what has been to me but I must blog at least of this one of the main event which was Lizzie and Vincent's wedding on the 13th of Sept! (I actually wrote a half written draft on their wedding but deleted it in the end. I have even resized the pictures for the blog entry already! lol)

This was the first time I attended a friend's wedding! Maybe it's just me but I felt really touched when they were exchanging vows. The vows which give an everlasting promise that they will stick with each other even when there is sickness, poverty and ups and downs in their lives. They will go through it together and will never be apart (other than death). I find it very comforting to know that there will be someone (who is your non blood relative) who you can love and share your life with. I can't imagine myself being single all my life. But then again, I can't imagine the life I will have if I chose the wrong man and ended up suffering all my life. I'm a rather conservative person.

Other than that 2008 has been rather hectic for me. I didn't go abroad for holidays but I did go to Birmingham! I have also suffered much under a lot of overtime from my part time work but it has helped me reached my goal of earning just enough money for my 4th and 5th yr, some money for my electives and a return air ticket for myself to go back to Msia this year!


So for 2009, I hope that
1. I could go back to Malaysia! My parents previously said that the reason that they wanted us to stay back during summer is to work and save money to fund our living expenses in 4th and 5th yr. So this year I should be allowed to go back since I have earned enough money right? I'm definitely not going to stay in the stone cold house alone in Aug when everyone in the house is back home! My housemate told me that we hv 2 months holiday for summer which was a really good news. Not finalised though but the medical school seemed very sure about it. I really want to go back!!!

2. I want to go for a holiday abroad (see if I could earn some more money. lol)

3. pass my OSCE exams (I will cry half dead if I fail)

4. go back to cell group and church after missing for more than one year alreadyn =(.


This post is a big long coz I have cramped everything in this one entry. haha. It's not the end yet! Now I'm going to talk about my firms placement :P!

It was interesting but a little tiring. Every morning 4 days a week, I have to be at the hospital by either 8 or 8.30am until 4pm then off to work from 6 until 10pm. Hectic. it's like doing 2 jobs in one day. So far I could still cope with it. However I prefer my firms a lot than the past two years in uni. I get to see real patients and real life cases.

Two things I have known which are of vital importance for firms placement are confidence and initiative.

Confidence, confidence,'s so very important. I must be confident in presenting my case, in talking to patients, in taking bloods, in performing cannulation, in normal conversation with my groupmates, to bleep doctors and even walking around in hospital wards! no slouching please!

I'm also not the kind of person who ask questions and ask favour from people but when I'm thrown into the wards, I'm forced to do those which is very good. I found that English people are not that intimidating after all (lol). But I still struggle communicating with them. Any ideas on how to improve my spoken English or not? I really need to improve my pronounciation!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I'm not sure if it's a English thing but we Chinese like to do some really time-wasting stuff when we are really bored. Here is an example:

I have been tagged by someone and the rule is I have to answer the questions he posted.

The tag topic was wedding plan (lol):

How old are you?

Are you single?
single. not married yet

In what age do you think you'll get married?
hmm..maybe between 25-28?

Do you want a garden/beach or a traditional wedding?
I think beach would be nice

Your ideal motive? Motive of getting married?
I like the idea of having someone to spend my lifetime with and who will be with me through ups and downs, and thick and thin.

Where do you plan to go on a honeymoon?
places I havent been to

How many guests do you think you'll invite?
close friends and family

Do you want an extravagant wedding or a simple wedding?

Do you want the traditional vows or something you'd make up on your own?
traditional vows. I'm a conservative person

How many layers of cake do you want?
no idea. maybe half of my height

Do you prefer having your reception at a hotel or a simple place?
hotel preferably. hahaha. poor future husband hv to spend more

When do you want to get married, morning or evening?
morning when everyone is feeling fresh.

You'd rather have your reception outdoors or indoors?

Do you like a grand entrance for your groom?

Name the song/tune you'd like to play at your wedding?
oh oh..haha. I came across a few songs which I like: When God made You (by Newsong), In this life (by Ronan Keating) and I will be here (by Steven Curtis Chapman). Go listen to them in youtube! nice songs!

Are you a morning person or a night person?
now i'm morning. but i can be night

Do you want a solemn ceremony or a light one?

Describe your ideal husband/wife?
someone who knows how to cook and will cook for wife (like my dad!!!)
loves and respects me
loyal, faithful and gd tempered
most importantly, a Christian

Do you prefer fine dining or just the normal spoon & fork/knife?
spoon & fork/knife. fine dining too expensive for my future husband. haha

Champagne or red wine?
can choose chinese tea? it's cheaper. haha

Honeymoon right after the wedding or days after the wedding?
depends on our work. if possible right after the wedding?

Money or household items?

Who will pay for the bills?
if my future husband is rich enough then he will pay. if not both of us share the cost

Are you ready for married life?
nope. I still havent graduated yet!

Do you think you will still be a virgin until you get married?
well. what do you think? lol

Will you always be true to your wife/husband?

How many kids would you like to have?
i think 3 will be ideal. but I might freak out after having the first baby

A new house for a newly wed or an old one?
new house

What kind of cuisine would you like for your wedding?
Chinese cuisine. I want shark fin soup!

Will you record your honeymoon in a CD or DVD?
DVD. bigger capacity. dunno any other advantages

Whose wedding plans would you like to know next?
hmm...anyone who's free to do this!