Kerana lelaki tidak pakai coli, ke?

Kerana lelaki tidak pakai coli, ke?

(Google translated from English to Malay)

“Atuk, kenapa kamu tidak memakai coli?”
“Kerana saya lelaki. Lelaki tidak memakai coli.”
“Kenapa lelaki tak payah pakai coli?”
“Kerana masyarakat menentukan demikian.”
“Adakah sebab itu ramai wanita dapat kanser payudara? Dan lelaki tidak dapat kanser payudara? “
“…er… Lelaki juga, tapi jarang sekali.
” Kalau begitu, wanita tidak patut pakai coli lah!”

Pada tahun 2018, dianggarkan 627,000 wanita meninggal dunia akibat barah payudara di seluruh dunia – itu adalah sekitar 15% daripada semua kematian akibat barah di kalangan wanita … dan ia masih meningkat. Ia jarang berlaku pada lelaki, sekitar 1% sahaja.

Breast Cancer Worldwide. accessed on the 26, Sep, 2020

WHO Breast cancer.
accessed on the 26, Sep, 2020

Si-anak kecil itu

Google translated from English to Malay with minimal editing by author.

Cerita ini adalah mengenai sokongan dan penolakan masyarakat terhadap orang yang sakit jiwa. [Destigmatisation of mentally ill].

A White Lie- about an ostomy

A White Lie- about an ostomy

Don’t tell lies, ever. No matter what – not even little white lies.Margaret Keane-mom

depicting the scene
Mr Ponusamy and daughter with a patient

(Bahasa Malaysia translation

(中文 Chinese translation)

Mr. Ponusamy was accompanied by his daughter

to see a stomaltherapist.

Although the care of his stoma

and the skin around it was excellent,

he made many complaints about them

It must have been difficult for him to accept

having a bag on his tummy to collect his faeces.

The surgeon would not reconnect his intestines

nor close the stoma as proposed  six months earlier.

“They said that it was a barium sulphate blockage in my colon.

But it has been removed already. They should be able to re-attach

the intestines and close this ‘thing’, this stoma,

so I can defecate naturally from my anus!

But they cannot give me a good reason

on why they won’t operate to revert my condition!”

The daughter called the stomaltherapist aside.

“All his children agreed and told the surgeon

not to tell him that he has cancer of the colon.

He is 88 years old and had two heart operations before! 

We are afraid that he may have another attack!”

“I’m retired, but I’m a well-read man. 

My fatigue or feeling tired all the times;

alternating bowel habits of diarrhoea and constipation;

sudden weight loss; blood in my stools;

all point out the signs and symptoms of cancer, aren’t they?”

“…you have just said it, yourself!

This is the report of your biopsy.

Yes, it’s true… “

Mr. Ponusamy kept quiet.

The two ladies glanced at each other, worriedly.

“Do keep an eye on your father at home!

Call me or your surgeon whenever necessary!”

During the following months,

Mr. Ponusamy would drop by the ward

whenever there were patients scheduled for ostomy surgeries.

His daughter would standby dutifully, from a distant,

as her father went on to explain systematically to a new patient

about how to care for a stoma.

We found a prolific speaker in him, too.

Mr. Ponusamy shared his experiences

at seminars for healthcare professionals

and patients with intestinal cancer and stomas.

“I have a successful career, loving children and grandchildren.

But, I would be happier if I was told the truth from the beginning

so that I can make plans and do the best I can, with the time I have left.”

A white lie, no matter how well intended it was meant to be,

should one tell or not tell, a white lie?

– Serena Chen S.P. @ TPTan –

26, October 2020

Tourists’ Miss Is Our Gain!

Tourists’ Miss Is Our Gain!

Tourists fly thousands of kilometers to see exotic places.
The pristine corners of Port Dickson are ignored.
We have them all to ourselves.
We are not complaining, but feel it’s ironic. – Co-author Toh HL


Travelling does not have to be expensive
if one cares to appreciate the treasures
around and near us!

Soak one’s self
in the serenity of nature’s beauty,
sounds of rhythmic rolling of waves,
and the distant cries of birds in the forest! – Chen S.P. @ TPTan

Baby goats in a row

Baby goats in a row ( a haiku)

Baby goats in a row – Haiku

This is a poem (Haiku), about baby goats on bottle milk feeding.


  1. “A newborn has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.” -Dr. Grantly Dick-Read
  2. There must be reasons why we men are so hipped on breasts as if we’d all been weaned too soon. ~Gunter Grass

When A Nurse Looks For A Nanny

When A Nurse Looks For A Nanny

My nurse friends and I had our fair share of rejections when looking for a babysitter in the city.

“When you go to do night shifts, who will look after your baby? Me?”

“No way! The last nurse I worked for was a ‘sterility freak’! I had to boil the milk bottles. I must pick up the bottles and teats with chopsticks… cannot touch the milk bottle teat with my bare hands!… You find someone else!”*************************************



“The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life of the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the newborn, knowledge and confidence for the young mother, a voice for those too weak to speak, and so on.”–Virginia Henderson, RN

International Nurses Day 2021: Nursing the world to health

International Nurses Day 2021: Nursing the world to health is the theme this year.

12th May is the anniversary of the birth of the founding nurse, Florence Nightingale. It acknowledges the commitment and bravery of nurses around the world in the light of COVID-19.

According to an international nursing chief, the Covid nurse death toll is now as high as the number of nurses who died during World War One.

Nurses form the largest healthcare workforce. Only now, going to hospital every day is like going to the war field. Caring for others while worrying about those at home. Working through the shifts, as the ratio of staff-patient stretches thin.

To this vital backbone of the healthcare system, many thanks, nurses!

gratitude message for nurses with red hearts
Happy Nurses Day! (Photo by Karolina Grabowska on

Tourism: of decors and assurance

Tourism: of decors and assurance

This poem is about tourism, the street decorations that still linger post festivities, and the assuring sight of police presence!


  1. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor
  2. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ― Gustave Flaubert

Shadow: A silent companion, always

A silent companion, always (a poem)

This short poem is about shadow as a silent and non-complaining companion. And it is always faithful and sticking around wherever Teh C. H. (guest photographer) goes! The face mask in the shadow marks the lingering pandemic in the background! Teh cycles in marathon, triathlon and half iron-man.


When one sees light, a shadow will follow behind! – TPTan

As surely as a shadow in broad day light, as certainly as success with determined might! – TPTan

“Rakan sejati adalah orang yang datang…”

serious black man sitting at table and holding paw of akita inu
Photo by Zen Chung on
"Rakan sejati adalah orang yang datang..."

(Terjemahan Google: Bahasa Melayu)

“Rakan sejati adalah orang yang datang 
ketika seluruh dunia berjalan keluar” – Walter Winchell. 

Sama ada di kolej, tempat kerja, atau 
bahkan pengkhianatan dalam perkhahwinan atau keluarga! 

Siapakah rakan sejati anda?