Thursday, February 26, 2009

While Some Were Having Lunch . . . . .

This post is all about what's happening around HIS during lunch time. Thanks to all the models here who happily posed for the photos, whether intended or not.

Put on your earphones and catch up on some music . . . . . .

Uncle Teo giving 4D tips to Processing friends but none seem too keen. The price they paid was missing out on the 1st prize number yesterday.

Safawati feeding herself and baby; oops!... not the one sitting next to her lah! That one is Noraini.

Shandha while waiting to take over Patricia, takes time to chit-chat with good buddy Shanthi.

Sharma busy at work while waiting for the special delivery of his curry Chicken Rice.

Fadzidah may have left the building and already half way through enjoying her lunch but she sure does know how to make her presence felt.
Wah! real or not! Only Fadzidah is out having lunch meh? The rest of Processing still haven't heard the bell ring or what?!

See; even the front counter has gone for lunch.

Myo discussing with friends on where to go and what to have for lunch.

Go on discussing, Myo, Khir is not waiting for anyone. He is already walloping his lunch pack without mercy. . . . . .
......................... while Rahmat waits his turn. See his lunch hanging above him?

Looks like Khiaw Ann is still struggling. Looks can be decieving. He has already finished his lunch and taking the extra half hour to catch up on work.
Uncle Peng and side-kick posing for this picture. Both pretending to be busy when I whipped out my camera.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What You Shared in February 2009.

Philip says:
Is the world coming to an end in 2012?

Visit here:


Juliana says:

He can help you de-stress.


Faridah talks about:
The Grand Canyon Skywalk Bridge

The Grand Canyon Skywalk Bridge was first shared byFaridah Atan and further shared by Asiah Osman. I picked out this link which I think is just as good as the pps attachment I received from Asiah.

Enjoy . . . . .


Valerie says:
Cancer-causing antibiotic found in popular luncheon pork

SINGAPORE- The agent of a popular mainland canned pork product has initiated a recall and suspended sales after tests showed a sample contained a cancer-causing antibiotic.

The Centre for Food Safety yesterday revealed this after laboratory tests showed a sample of Shanghai Ma Ling B2 340g pork luncheon meat (less sodium) was found to have traces of nitrofurans.

The batch number is B2 5 for the product, which carries a best-before date of December 26, 2009 . According to the sole agent, the canned pork was imported on only two occasions - last December and January this year.

The scare spread when Singapore 's Agri -Food and Veterinary Authority detected carcinogenic traces in a consignment of canned pork from Ma Ling and Gulong food processing factories.

These brands have been banned from entering Singapore since August 2007 for containing nitrofurans( an antibiotic for pigs)

Malaysians Chinese please be cautious !
Including Portuguese Malaysians (and Indians!) who enjoy this Luncheon Pork.


From Ritta:
Two Travelling Angels

Two travelling angels stopped to spend the night
in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels
stay in the mansion's guest room.

Instead the angels were given a small space in
the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the
older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel

'Things aren't always what they seem.'

The next night the pair came to rest at the house
of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his

After sharing what little food they had the couple
let the angels sleep in their bed where they could
have a good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels
found the farmer and his wife in tears

Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole
income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the
older angel how could you have let this happen?

The first man had everything, yet you helped him,
she accused.

The second family had little but was willing to
share everything, and you let the cow die.

'Things aren't always what they seem,' the older
angel replied.

'When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I
noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the

Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and
unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the
wall so he wouldn't find it.'

'Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed,
the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him
the cow instead.

Things aren't always what they seem.'

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things
don't turn out the way they should. If you have
faith, you just need to trust that every outcome
is always to your advantage. You just might not
know it until some time later..

Some people
come into our lives
and quickly go..

Some people
become friends
and stay awhile... leaving beautiful
footprints on our heart...
and we are
quite the same
because we have
made a good

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present!

I think this is special and savor every
moment... This is not a dress rehearsal!


Juliana challenges you:
Your annual Dementia Test


YourYearly Dementia Test

It's that time of year to take our annual senior citizen test.
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles.
As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!
Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.
Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not.
The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.

1.. What do you put in a toaster?

Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast,' give up now and do something else.
Try not to hurt yourself.
If you said, bread, go to Question 2.

2. Say ' silk' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next question.
Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat.
Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto World.
However, if you said 'water', proceed to question 3.

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks
and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks,
what is a green house made from?

Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,' why are you still reading these??? If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 4.

4. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany
(If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany .)
Anyway, during the flight, two engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine
is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do
so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of 'no man's land' between East Germany and
West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany , West Germany , or 'no man's land'?

Answer: You don't bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you're a dunce
and you must stop. If you said, 'You don't bury survivors', proceed to the next question.

5. Without using a calculator.
You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales .
In London , 17 people get on the bus.
In Reading , six people get off the bus and nine people get on.
In Swindon , two people get off and four g et on.
In Cardiff , 11 people get off and 16 people get on.
In Swansea , three people get off and five people get on ..
In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven.
What was the name of the bus driver?

Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don't you remember your own name? It was YOU!!

PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Way We Were . . . A Trip Down Memory Lane

This is a walk down Memory Lane. Some of you will recall fond memories of a time gone by when things were pretty much more laid back and work was a real joy. We are now consumed by the rapid pace of life which is evolving into what is now seen as a battle for survival.

I am one of the lucky ones to have caught a glimpse of how things were, back then, and how close-knit the MRO family was at that time. In fact, at one of our earliest meeting after joining MRO, some of us who came in at around the same time, had only nice things to say when questioned by the then manager, Chua Yean, on how we were getting along.

And the sentiments expressed by us, the new birds, were not superficial ones, but articulated with sincerity, honesty and truthfulness, right from the heart. The senior colleagues were such a helpful bunch and they were all willing to impart their knowledge and skills without reserve.

Like I said, the ever-changing face of healthcare, and the continual evolution from simplicity to complexity began to take its toll, slowly but surely. We have now moved into an era where quality and efficiency surpass all individual considerations. Such is the wickedness and unrelenting fact of life.

We can now only reminisce on times gone by. I often ask myself if it is a worthwhile attempt to try and bring back some of the camaraderie of old. I do not believe they have all but disappeared for good. There must be some inner longings, especially our senior colleagues, to want to return to the happy days of old. It is the amount of work and the pace by which they are expected to do their jobs that is stretching them from pole to pole and preventing them from building on this aspect of social integration.

It has become an age of 'all work and no play'.

Do we want to continue on this path, the path that has its only reason for our continued working life, because of our need to earn our keeps just to support our families.

Work will just be that; work. There are no long-lasting ties that bind. When the time for our retirement comes along, we will each retire to our own lives, as if we had never met.

An example is our uncle Tan Kim Heong. Does anyone know how he is keeping and what he is doing right now? Sad to say, most of us don't. Yet, here was a friend who worked alongside us for years. We joked and poked fun at each other. We called upon him to help us out on numerous occasions e.g. lost folders and the mandarin oranges he never failed to offer us at every Chinese New Year.

It is so unlike the bonds we have with our former manager, Chua Yean, and those who became close friends, like Mr Hay, Tang Wai Leong and almost all of the senior colleagues in the department. Here are people who have built lasting friendships and who continue to be a part of each other's lives, even after having left the department years ago.

Look at the colleagues we had after we moved to the new hospital. We had the Charlie's Angels with angels to spare. Shu Ching, Jennifer, Monica & Claira. Where are they now? What are they doing now? How can we keep in touch? We do not know.

This blog is one tool I hope we can stay connected. A small step but who knows, in time to come, we can always come back to this blogsite to revisit our lives and take a walk down memory lane.

This is the least I can do and I think, with all the numerous contributions I have made to the department, this is going to be the one I treasure the most. It keeps us connected for as long as we want to stay connected.