..........Myspace Codes An Extraordinary Life: June 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

What Kids Say ... About Love

Nick Titov gave us another lecture recently on cognitive development - Piaget's (I still can't believe this child prodigy published his first scientific paper at the age of 10 and had published 20 papers by the age of 21!) and Vygotsky's theories are now all mixed up in my tiny little head and I can't tell them apart besides the fact that Vygotsky said environmental interactions are involved as well or something like that...

Tiny voice in head: Jane Gun Shih Ying!!! Why don't you know the difference? Because you haven't studied! And why haven't you studied? Coz you've been procrastinating again, haven't you?!

Gulp... guilty as charged...

Anyway, Nick gave us some quotes on love by kids of varying ages to demonstrate how different they are cognitive-wise. Some quotes make you laugh when you think about it (e.g. Lauren) while others make you go "Aww" (e.g. Bobby)... Here are the quotes:

Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.
- Mary Ann (age 4)

I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.
- Lauren (age 4)

Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.
- Chrissy (age 6)

Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.
- Tommy (age 6)

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
- Bobby (age 7)

You really shouldn't say "I love you" unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.
- Jessica (age 8)

Aww... When I start my own family one day... [daydreams away again as usual]

Love is indeed a many-splendoured thing... ^_^

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Study = Fail

Here I am again procrastinating at the computer lounge in the library before my expert tute at 12 noon instead of studying for next week's paper... Somebody has apparently changed the wallpaper of the desktop - found it amusing so I'm posting this on my blog:

So, study equals to fail, eh? =P Silly as it may sound, allow me now to stop procrastinating so that I can go study and fail my paper next week... lol...

Ps. I really need to study! And no, I can't afford to fail!!!

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

KFC Commercial + French Kids = Yesterday

Yesterday as I was heading to class, I passed by the library lawn and saw some people shooting some film or commercial. When I enquired about it, it was for KFC's latest commercial - as to why they picked our uni's library lawn instead of any other parks or places, I have no idea - makes me wonder if our lawn really is that pretty... Anyway, here are some photos I shot at the scene:

One of the medieval suits for the commercial...

The cameraman rolling the film...

Some of the KFC food prepared for the commercial...

Had my last clinical session for this block at Sydney Children's Hospital (its most infamous sponsor is Nicole Kidman - some of the med students spotted her around the hospital last year when she came back to Sydney to marry Keith Urban)... Apparently, it was Gold Week at SCH...

We had a great clinical session as a bunch of French kindergarten kids (about 5-6 years old) came over to SCH as part of the "Meet the Medical Students Program". All the kids were so cute; we couldn't help but think how nice it would be to bring one back home! We students paired up and took charge of 3 kids each - Omar and I had Lise, Celia and Sophie under our wings. We had to bring them around 5 different stations where we performed various examinations and measurements:
  1. Visual acuity tests (using shapes charts) and ear check (using the auroscope to examine the tympanic membrane)
  2. Measurement of head circumference, weight and height; and comparing these values to those in the percentile charts
  3. Gross motor skills - hopping on one foot, skipping, balancing on one foot, walking heel-to-toe
  4. Checking pulse, breathing rate and blood pressure
  5. Listening to the heart and chest
Of course, the kids wanted to use the auroscope and stethoscope so we let them "experiment" with them... =) The incentive for the kids is that each of them received a certificate with 5 stamps for each of the station they "completed" e.g. "I had my eyes and ears tested."... The class will also get a doctor's kit (the play type) complete with a play stethoscope! No wonder there was such an overwhelming response from all the neighbouring kindergartens which our SCH tutors sent out the invitations to! I was also impressed with my tutor, Dr Mimi Pham, who jabbered away at French at one point of time to the kids and teachers - whoa, if only I knew how to speak French! [daydreaming] Too bad we weren't allowed to take pictures with the kids or I would have posted one of Omar, Lise, Celia, Sophie and myself in this post!

Ok, I have rambled enough for today - really need to study for my BGD exams that's coming up in less than a fortnight... >.<

Ps. The rain is making me depressed...

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Buzzingly busy... =P

As the title suggests, I've been busy (as usual lerr)... So, I apologise for not updating my blog as frequently as I should... Here's some news of what's happened in the past few weeks...

TKC's medicine+science academic dinner & Ruth Wheen Cup table tennis finals
Pang Ping (my pet sis), me, Lou Lynn, Jane Lim, Will (he's the only non-med in this pic - he's a nanotech guy) and Paul posing next to the flower ice scuplture after this year's academic dinner. Kumar sat at our table and we certainly learned some pearls of wisdom from this infamous pathology lecturer of ours...

After several play-offs, I was selected to represent Basser in the table tennis doubles girls' team. In the Ruth Wheen Cup finals, Rue and I smashed Goldstein 2-0 (there wasn't even the need to go into the 3rd set). However, we had a tough fight with the Baxter gals - we won the 1st set while they won the 2nd, so it all came down to the last set. The crowd support was huge from both colleges as all the other matches (singles -guys and gals; and doubles -guys) have ended. We lost out in the end (18-21), but it was a good competitive match - my first ever! Anyway, I'm still glad we came out 2nd overall. No photos taken (since we forgot the camera)... Thanks Rue for being such a great partner and thanks Pang Ping for lending me the Basser sports shirt (I'm still waiting for mine from the office)...

Fishmarket & Paddy's trip with my bible study group

My bible study group posing at some stairs on the way to Paddy's Market & Marketcity from Fishmarket... Thanks for all the sharing and encouragement all these while, my dear bros and sis in Christ... =) [from highest to lowest --> Nat, Meiji, Min Hui, Mich, Kaijiun, Zi, Stef, Sze Wen, myself, Dedrick]

Group project and individual assignment
Alicia, myself and Amy - thanks gals for being such great group members! Ludi (sorry you weren't in this pic coz you couldn't make it for this meeting), it's nice to have a first-year like you on-board... =)

We had to produce a booklet targeted at parents, dealing with teenage homosexuality issues. Here's the contents page of the booklet (the layout of which I designed) - nice? not nice? P+ grade, hopefully? ;)

Then, there's the individual assignment - I did the one on Cushing's... Was really stunned to discover that Harvey Cushing and I have a lot in common (personality traits, that is)! >.<

Birthdays and dinners

Happy birthday, Ben, Porshee and Wei Bin! ^_^ Great dinner at Honey Wok (Chinese restaurant in Kingsford - 16 of us Malaysian/Singaporean med kids occupied the room upstairs for a few hours and created lots of noise - thankfully the owner was very understanding), boysenberry cheesecake and black forest cake for everyone, plus Claire brought Pink champagne and Malibu coconut rum to go with the Coke that Tim brought! Hehe...

Winter has kicked in
Winter chills with pouring rain have arrived again. The merciless winds have tumbled down this tree at our library lawn over the weekend - some workers had to come and saw it into smaller portions... poor tree...

Ok, I guess this is more than enough rant to compensate for one whole month of silence... Gotta go do work - au revoir! ^_^

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