My first night duty as a nurse

My first night duty as a nurse

One of the questions asked by an interviewer, a FMM nun was, ” … nurses have to do night duty. Do you think you can do it?”

Night (Photo by Rok Romih on

Before my first night duty,

my sister gave me a ‘talisman‘.

“put inside your pocket,

but don’t go under

any clothes lines!


My seniors told me

timely ghost stories, including

a patient on hip-spica

who crawled all the way

to the nurses counter;

never forget to this day.


We even went to mortuary.

” … remember feet first.

Otherwise the head

will remember and

follow you back!”


There are three lights;

one on each shoulder,

and one on the forehead.

“Don’t look left or

right over your shoulder!”

They will be wiped off,…wisp!”

Comb your bangs up!

Keep your forehead clear!


The ward was so busy.

We had no time to

think about the hip-spica man,

or those lights!

I had been fortunate

to be able to sleep well

during the day- time.


Happy night duties!


Too generous a teaspoon salt!

Too generous a teaspoon salt!

Adding salt (Photo by DapurMelodi on

I was watching YouTube. This Italian granny chef was showing how she whipped up her dish.

Here she goes in the video…

“Now, a teaspoon of salt over the meat…” And she sprinkles … generously ( definitely more than one teaspoon)!

“Saute the garlic and onion in a little oil.

Stir in the meat and… and, add a teaspoon of salt…” There she goes again shaking the king of ingredients all over the pan… I am pretty sure that was more than a little teaspoon!

“Now, let’s do the pastry to wrap the meat.” Needless to say what she added to the flour…


I wonder if aging and loss of taste- buds, contribute to this phenomenon. Not to mention its added risk to those with hypertension!



On another note, when giving hot drinks to the elderly, make sure it is not piping hot… and burn her lips, mouth and tongue!

She may not realize the heat till the burn hits in!


Two emergencies of bleeding

Two emergencies of bleeding

person in white pants and brown leather shoes standing on gray concrete floor with pink petals
Injured her foot. (Photo by cottonbro on

Little Tom fell from his bicycle.

Everybody at home panicked.

“He is bleeding a lot … a lot! Can you come home, mum?” the older brother cried.

“Listen, boy. Go get a clean towel from the cupboard. Cover the wound. Press to stop the bleeding. Just press. Daddy will be back in a few minutes. I will meet you all at the emergency department.”


Nurse Chen went back to attend to her two patients. The doctors and nurses were hanging blood, pack after pack, only to see more blood being vomited and passed out. The resuscitation went on for these two regular patients who had cirrhosis liver and bleeding oesophageal varices.

Nurse Chen informed the ER staff to expect her son. He had five stitches on his foot.


Both are emergencies. The amount blood loss varies. But the perception of ‘a lot of blood loss’ is very real in both contexts!

To let a daughter/son be a nurse

To let a daughter/son be a nurse

To be a nurse ? (Photo by Sam Lion on

Once, nursing was

synonymous with women.

But not anymore

Today there are male

as well as female nurses.


Once, they used

to wear caps.

But not anymore.

They used to say even ghosts

would make way for the cap

along hospital corridors at nights.


Once, they said

“are you letting your girl

go dress rotten (diabetic) leg sores”?

Not knowing, there are even bigger wounds to care for.


Today, parents may ask,

“are you letting your girl/ boy

be a nurse; a noble profession…

but, knowing the risks of COVID-19?”


Hidup adalah perjalanan sementara

Hidup adalah perjalanan sementara. Sebilangan besar pesakit barah mengaitkan barah dengan prospek kematian. Tetapi sama ada seseorang itu menghidap barah, penyakit lain (Covid-19, serangan jantung, strok, dan lain-lain) atau kecederaan yang tidak disengajakan, hidup adalah sesuatu perjalanan. Menurut Tuan Allan, hidup adalah perjalanan sementara.

Saya berjumpa dengan Tuan Allan di sebuah hospital awam dua dekad yang lalu, ketika saya seorang jururawat muda. Salah satu soalan yang saya ajukan adalah, “bagaimana perasaan anda tentang penyakit anda?”. Sambil mendengarkannya, dia berusaha mencari jalan untuk menjelaskannya kepada saya.

Ini adalah salah satu jawapan paling tenang yang saya dapat ketika itu. – Serena Chen

“Lihat kabel elektrik ini di sini. Ia terpasang pada sumber di dinding. Kehidupan adalah perjalanan sementara (dia menunjuk sepanjang wayar). Menghidap barah hanyalah sebahagian dari perjalanan saya. Tidak lama lagi saya akan kembali ke tempat asal saya. (menunjuk sumber di dinding) – kembali kepada Tuhan, kembali ke syurga. “– Encik Allan

Hidup adalah perjalanan sementara- life is a temporary journey.
Electric cable (Photo by Mike on

Adakah pandangan ini sama untuk agama lain?

2 Corinthians 4:18

[sementara kita tidak melihat perkara-perkara yang dilihat, tetapi pada perkara-perkara yang tidak dilihat; kerana perkara-perkara yang dilihat bersifat sementara, tetapi perkara yang tidak dilihat itu kekal. Google translated] . while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

This Life is But a journey

[“Jadilah di dunia ini seolah-olah anda orang asing atau pengembara.” (Nabi Muhammad) -google translated]. “in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller.” (The Prophet Muhammad)

Dalai Lama says:-

[ “Kami adalah pelawat di planet ini. Kami berada di sini selama seratus tahun paling banyak. Dalam tempoh itu, kita mesti berusaha melakukan sesuatu yang baik, sesuatu yang bermanfaat, dengan kehidupan kita. jika anda menyumbang kepada kebahagiaan orang lain, anda akan menemui erti kehidupan yang sebenarnya. ” – Dalai Lama – google translated]. “We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. if you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.” – Dalai Lama

When lockdowns are off…

When lockdowns are off… (A Haiku)

photo of pod of dolphins
Photo by Jeremy Bishop on
When lockdowns are off... 
They will be at it again
discharge and pollute!

Spew greenhouse gases
more litters, draining sewers
Beings in sea choke!

ironically cleanses
the environment!

The lockdowns are an experience globally! We learned to do almost everything online;- shopping, schooling, working from home, and more readings. I think a number of restless ones like me have gone into blogging!

With the industries shutting down, the rivers and seas seem cleaner. Will the water pollution come back again?

This blogger must be a pretty slim one!

This blogger must be a pretty slim one!

Whenever I read blog posts about diet to reduce weight or fat, my first impression is

“this blogger must be a pretty slim person!”

Sigh! It’s been an uphill challenge for many!

All mothers are working mothers.

All mothers are working mothers.

Mothers (Photo by RODNAE Productions on


Good daughters make good mothers.– Abigail G. Whittlesey


All mothers are working mothers.


Home-makers are a full-time job.


Marriage: For better or for worse

Marriage: For better or for worse

This picture is a reminder about the wow married couples make during their D-day!

How fragile can a marriage be?

An educational psychologist illustrated the second quote below that how one squeezes a toothpaste tube (in the middle) became the triggering point for a divorce!

crop unrecognizable woman squashing plastic bottle
Squeezing the anger … (Photo by Anna Shvets on


  1. Dave Meurer: “A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
  2. Don’t hang on to small annoyances. So many marriages have slowly deteriorated over the smallest, silliest things. Lisa Jacobson

Batu Caves and Thaipusam

Batu Caves and Thaipusam

I brought an Australian colleague to Batu Caves once. We climbed up the 272 steps stairs to the entrance of the cave temple within the limestone hills.

When it was time to descend, I realized it looked dizzily steep with monkeys in between flights of steps.

Many local and international devotees carry kavadi from here during the Thaipusam festival.


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