December is a month to party

Life is always fun all year round. Workwise, it’s about closing on the accounts, updating targets and planning for the new year. I am just excited to get the programmes going for 2023. It is also my final year in OUM although I think I’ll graduate by 2024 cause there is no way I am able to fit in all my subjects in just 3 semesters. Especially when your limit is only 12 credits per semester. I mean once I submit my Industrial Training paper, can I request additional subjects to take?

December started with the WAD celebration at the clinic.

Then it was my son and niece’s birthday bask followed by a farewell party for my 4 other colleagues.

I have my exams next week. And then there will be one final course to organize in the last week of December after another party at my sister’s house on the 25th. Can you feel the joy already?

I bought a chocolate cake for my son. As always from my favourite bakery in Melaka, Italy Cake House. The cake was called Devil Temptation. It was nice, not too sweet or bland. I got him a Portugal jersey and a mini-ball (FIFA vibes). For my niece, I got her a few dresses and hair clips. On Saturday, the whole family went to watch Mechamoto. That requires a different post altogether.

Since I had a Zoom meeting, I couldn’t really join my friend’s farewell from the beginning. But I still get to have the food and join in the games. I wish my colleagues huge good luck in their future endeavours. They are really fun people. My contribution to this farewell is as usual the video part. Gosh… I want to be on the decoration committee next time. ha ha ha. But I actually enjoyed putting the video together. Must start planning for next year’s Doctor’s Day, Awareness Days and Farewells. I super love the green theme for this farewell party. There are lots of colours to explore in the coming years.

Friends at work are getting more creative with their videos which is a delight.. Looking forward to more of these..

World AIDS Day 2022

Last Friday, our HIV team organized a staff CME and Tabata exercise to commemorate WAD. My team leader was excited to have a balloon arch for the ceremony. I wasn’t keen as we don’t have many team members to execute the task. It’s not like we have a multidisciplinary team to lend muscles for the project. Anyhow, I am a very supportive team member. We went ahead with the idea and I enlisted the help of other people outside the team.

I was distraught with the ribbon. The task was delegated to this one person and I was honestly flabbergasted to note that the ribbon was not ready on the morning of the CME. You had ONE JOB to do and yet YOU fail to execute it. The reason, baru dapat glue gun. SHITty reason. If it was entirely up to me, I would have settled everything before we started the ceremony. Can you imagine how I felt when I saw that the ribbons were less than 20 pieces?

Putting that aside, I delivered my CME and joined the TABATA. It was fun. Looking forward to next year’s targets.

The TABATA session

My talk was about the history of AIDS and an explanation of the current theme: EQUALIZE

I find it challenging to ensure that while providing care to members of the key population, it is in line with my faith as well. I have to learn to use the correct vocabulary so it will not appear discriminating but not condoning the act as well. Finding that safe line between treating and protecting at the same time.

Organizing Diabetes Day 2022

Planning and organizing this programme was a learning curve.

Human resource stuff. Funding stuff. Logistic stuff. Part of my miscellaneous task includes printing out certificates, present hunting and creating montage. This is my first time using Canva to create videos. I had no idea you could make one so easily. I am contemplating getting the Pro version. I was swayed to get Spotify Premium just for this event as I wanted background music to always play while participants were registering. So now there’s no more music interruption on Spotify and I can download my tracks to play offline.

One of the most valuable lessons was in communication. Learning how to talk to the boss, and team members (the good and the bad), physical communication, and online communication..

  1. The beginning is always the hardest, once it looks easy, more people want to be part of it.

    2. Teamwork Works when the Core Members are strong

    3. Sometimes you have to be authoritative in your approach.
    Saya nak ni. Saya nak tu
    Sediakan bla bla bla

    4. A multidisciplinary programme requires skills to not only work with the leaders of other units but also to overcome issues pertaining to the Generation Gap. Aged members or those too young may not understand where your ideas are coming from.

    5. Having said that, we cannot change how other leaders choose to run their units. Especially when the practice is ‘ memang biasa kita buat mcm ni’.

    6. Organizing a programme/outreach is fun when you have Money, Human Resources and No Redtapes. Nak pinjam board utk tampal poster promosi pun kena surat seminggu before programme. In the end, I used my Elaun keraian to support the programme. I printed out our own certificates using my trusted Brother printer at home.

    7. Patients can change. Patients can improve with the right psychological state and an appropriate biological intervention

    7. Malaysians enjoy free things – so we prepared mini goodies to bring back home.

    8. To lead means having the skills to delegate – knowing who can do what task. Failure to do so results in the head shouldering most of the responsibilities. For some people we give instructions, and they can carry out and consult back accordingly. Some need to have their work scrutinized with frequent checks.
    Let’s just say that I learned my lesson.

    9. Creativity means different to different people. What you imagine/envision may not be properly interpreted by some. So, if the results are acceptable, you kinda learn to just shut one eye.

    10. Show up and face the challenges
The award recipients and The Team

I submitted our event to the International Diabetic Federation committee for consideration to be featured on their site. We will see how it goes.

With god’s will, we will plan more activities for Hypertension and Asthma next year.

Celebrating doctor’s Day

In Malaysia, Doctor’s Day is celebrated on the 10th of October.

We celebrated our last Friday. Pretty much delayed but still happening. My task was to create a mini-video relating to our team. My initial idea was to create a video introducing our medical officers to their respective portfolios. However, since it can be time-consuming and requires cooperation from the team, I decided to make something simpler. I’d do a montage.

I extracted the audio from a Youtube video. The OST I had in mine was the one from a popular medical series in the 90’s, ER.

Then, I scoured through my collection of videos I have collected of my friends via WhatsApp and my own take. I also had my friends send in their new videos if they want to. I trimmed and arranged the clips in a way that would suit the OST. As for the opening, I searched for the ‘ECG GIF’ and videoed shot it on my screen. I think the outcome is OK for an amateur.

Since this is going to be an annual thing – we’ve got to start planning for it next year. Ha ha.

Sports Day – sluggish, adult version at the clinic

I am 39. I am not a sports fan but still in a position where I have to participate. urgh. lemau. I still do it for the sake of my friends, the camaraderie and all. Although I would definitely choose to just sit at the side if I have the luxury of such a choice. Ha ha ha.

Anyway, October is National Sports Month.

My clinic had a few tournaments going on. Staff are placed in 5 teams. I am in the blue team. Some of the games we had included badminton, volleyball, netball, ping pong, congkak, carrom and Explorace. We were in 4th place, overall. The closing ceremony was yesterday. And we had a blast. I had lots of kambing golek.

I feel that the blue team could improve more on leadership next year. We were a boat sailing without a proper captain. Perhaps then members could give their cooperation and participate more next time round. Since this will probably happen again next year, might as well practice ping pong for next year.

This is me enjoying the song. I love dancing. And singing. That’s more of my thing. Than sports. Ha ha.