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Friday, July 31, 2009

Of Stampedes & Stressors

Right now, I just realized it's the end of the month... and I'm not mostly ecstatic~!

First, I'll be officially waving hello to my stressors for the next few weeks or months: Thesis Final Draft and Grand Case Presentation. They're clearly NOT something to look forward to.

Second, I haven't published my HP6 review yet again. I promise to do it tomorrow, really.

Third, I just saw a very despicable figure. It ruined my day.

Fourth, I nearly got caught in a stampede at MRT Taft Station earlier this day. Just as I was walking towards the other end of the station, someone shouted and next thing I knew I was running for my dear life towards the path I just crossed and found "safety" in front of an empty stall just across the bigger entrance of the station. Until now I'm still questioning myself what had happened there. No one knows; only those who were up front knew what happened. What the bloody hell happened anyway?

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On a positive note, here are things to be happy about just before the month officially ends:

First, I am starting to like Psychiatric Nursing - and I don't know why either. It probably ranks first out of my three course subjects for this semester.

Second, the thesis data is ready and I just sent it to our statistician.

Third, I just made a new friend. Turns out we came from the same school, same batch, and he often see me there and at a mall near my place. So here it goes: "Hey Jelo!" ^___^

Monday, July 27, 2009

Just A Friendly Reminder

Just read this off from today's paper, and thought of sharing it here.

It may not have happened to you yet, but reality is - it MIGHT happen to you, or to your loved ones, one of these days.

Take caution. It's the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones away from vehicular accidents.

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Reality Bites by Jerry Liao

Texting While Driving Is More Dangerous Than Driving Drunk

Almost always, if you tuned into TV news program or if you ready newspapers, there will be news involving vehicular accidents.

The difference only of the news are the number of casualties, and how the accident transpired. And despite repetitive warnings not to drive when drunk, drivers seems to ignore them and regrets will set in later after they met the unfortunate accident.

Aside from cellular phone use, other distractions that led to vehicle crashes include:
  • Reaching for moving objects inside the vehicle;
  • Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle ;
  • Reading while driving;
  • Applying makeup.
If you think driving while drunk is bad, texting while driving is even worse. Drivers who send text messages while driving are more impaired than those who drive drunk, even at the minimum legal limit for alcohol.

The New York Times recently reported that federal researchers withheld warnings and data about the dangers of driving while on a cell phone to avoid angering Congress.

Researchers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that cellphone use by drivers caused 955 fatalities and 240,000 accidents over all in 2002. The research was conducted in 2002-2003.

The studies found that:
  • Risk of all accidents and of accidents with injuries increases by 38% for cellphone users, and heavy cellphone users are exposed to more than twice the risk as normal users, taking into account age, exposure to risk and driving habits.
  • While some crashes during the telephone use are expected based on exposure to driving alone, the actual number of crashes is about 72% higher than the expected number, as estimated by the method of induced exposure.
  • Increased risk is likely the consequence of telephone use per se and is not attributable to differences in risk-related behavior between users and non-users of mobile telephones.
  • Talking more than 50 minutes per month of cellular phones in a vehicle was associated with an increase of more than 5 times the risk of traffic collision.
  • It cannot be concluded from the data that hand-held phone lead to higher risk than hands-free phone.
The rule of thumb here is if you drink, don’t drive; if you drive, do not text. If you don’t care about your life, please consider the life of others. If you really need to answer a phone call or text someone important, park your car for a while.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Weekly Ruminations

... lead my to nowhere, obviously.

I haven't posted yet the HP6 review I promised.

Earlier this week, I've underwent a non-formal self-awareness program that led me to a semi-insane conclusion that I have been suffering from severe depression for the last few days, weeks, months, year, or years. A day after which, I first talked to my Schizophrenic patient in the Forensics. Go figure!

Then there were my pretty good attempts at studying one minute, then sleeping soundly by the next minute.

Then there were those endless pop quizzes.

Then less than 48 hours ago, I carried my 4-kg sling bag on my left shoulder; three 4-inch Nursing books, one of which is hardbound, on my right arm whilst riding a shuttle - then the train - then the bus - then walked home.

And 'our' a.k.a 'my' thesis is still undergoing data-gathering procedures. The deadline is barely 3 weeks from now.

And until now I am still awake, at the wee hours of a Saturday morning.

What a lovely week... I am dead-pan tired.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

For My 'Lack of Blogging' Habits

... I know, it has become a bad habit after I discovered other activities online (Facebook, TW series episode downloads, fan-girling in silence...) So I just have to blog to make up for it.

For the last 2 weeks or so that I have been away from blogging, I've long since finished my Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit rotations. Also, I just finished our lecture series on Emergency Disaster Nursing and First Aid. I reckon I no longer have to elaborate on these stuff; they make me remember of painful things (e.g. getting extremely bored and having to endure crazy no-sleep days) - LOL. But it was a great learning experience albeit all that. Our lecture modules weren't helping much either. Every class seemed dull (or was I just plain sleepy?), and it gets gradually challenging day by day. Nevertheless, I always see to it that I perform very satisfactorily on exams; it's more goal-oriented that way. It was strange enough that I spend 70% of my lunch times hurrying to our next classroom to study even if we have a 1-hour free time.

Aside from that, I have been sleeping like crazy on weekends since it has been 2 weeks after I finished downloading and watching every episode of 痞子英雄 (Black & White) and 美味關係 (Delicious Relationship). Several times I have slept for 15 hours, or 8 hours at a time - wake up for 3 hours - then go back to sleep again for 8 hours. Mind you, I felt like floating in mid-air during these period --- a testament of which is my Starbucks planner which has not been updated for a month already.

AND after MJ's death, I've added a few things to my collection - apart from my highly treasured DVD copy of his 1992 Bucharest concert. I've bought The Essentials: Michael Jackson and The Number Ones (a DVD collection of 15 music videos). And I am yet to get myself that coveted DVD copy of The Wiz. I saw it the other day, but I promised myself not to empty my pockets just yet in case of other emergencies. And oh, I bought Time Magazine's Special Commemorative Edition of him!

AND just yesterday, I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HP6) at IMAX with Donna. I'll be posting a separate entry for this, so hold your horses for the meantime!

After a month's worth of no blog entries, whatsoever, I now realize that time really has a sense of humor. At times, I thought I was away for 2 weeks or 2 months. I, for one, disdain investigating through this matter. It got me quite curious if I was just too forgetful, or was I really somewhat like floating in mid-air inside a bubble case for the last one month that I failed to remember a certain memory that stands out. Or that I treat everyday as mediocre. Whatever.

AND yes, I still haven't gone back to the hospital for a tad bit continuation of my physical exam. It has been a month since the last time.