Monday, 31 May 2010

Home Again: Of fMRIs and Ambulatory-EEGs...


Hi everyone...I'm home! Ah, so good to be back. So nice to see my own room, family and friends again...=)


I was talking to someone yesterday, and during the course of the conversation, the topic came up about healthcare.

Apparently, Malaysia does not have fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machines, and neither does it have the ability to carry out Ambulatory-EEGs (Electroencephalography) although we have (one, I believe) long-duration of 3-5 days Video-EEG capabilities. Our conversation stopped at that, but I'm sure there are other things. I must say I was shocked because I had a better impression of our technological-capacities!

Just out of curiosity, what do people do then if they need these equipment? Not everyone can afford to go overseas and get diagnosis, treatment etc!


And why don't we have them? Is it a lack of funding, or lack of technicians qualified to perform these tests and interpret them, or do we not see the need for these equipment, or...what?

PS: I could be wrong. Maybe we have the technology.





Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Guess Where?...



Ok, so someone asked how come it took me a week to get home from Canada to Malaysia. Well, I pit-stopped to visit a friend, that's why! I haven't seen Ae Mi, a very close friend of mine in years (and I painfully missed her wedding last year), so it's catch-up time...


Let's play a guess-where and guess-what, shall we? Some are dead-give-aways, while some, you have to guess a little...

The first picture is a guess which country (dead give-away), and the rest are guess what building/location/structure etc...I'll give you hints along the way!


So, guess where and/or what?


Which country: This is a dead-give away!




This place is very popular for plays from a famous guy...




And this is the birth-place of that same famous guy...




He's an international icon who came from Darkest Peru...




This staircase was in a movie...




This place houses dinosaurs...





Sigmund and Martha Frued are in that urn...




Both these are a dedication to someone (they're two different locations altogether)...





This is a famous park where the above fountain-like structure is located...



And what's a little vacation without meeting, catching up with and making friends?




Me, one of my closest friends Ae Mi and her husband Wei Chieh.




Hey, look, it's Kak Teh, of Choc-a-blog Blog!




And her husband, Uncle Hulaimi @ Awang Goneng!





Jasmine, a girl I met on the bus and whom I spent the entire day with...Jasmine's from the Phillipines and she's working in Canada!




Eric Wallis, who works at the final resting place of Freud, and who took the time to show me around...




Michael, who came with Ae Mi, Wei Chieh and me on a road-trip!




My short vacation is almost over, and then it's homeward-bound!



P.s., You can really do a lot with a small budget (if you have a place to stay). I managed my flights with the same amount of money if I had flown directly on one airline. I'm so glad I did not use my money during the year going out to the movies/clubbing/partying every week like many of my friends. This was so much more worthwhile...and cheaper too!





Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Goodbye Canada...I'll be back!...




Harry Potter, the Exhibition: Lord Voldemort's Wand...



Harry Potter Exhibition: I went, I saw, I was kinda dissapointed...



Woo-hoo! I'm leaving Canada today at 9.50pm! Woo-hoo, I'm so excited to be coming home soon...

Be home in a week or so!



Friday, 7 May 2010

"I'm Coming Home, I've Done My Time"...



Hehe...

Well, I haven't completely finished, but I'll be home for the summer! Yippie!


I can't believe it's been almost two years since I left. The amount of nasi kandars and teh tariks I have missed, not to mention the ipoh hor fun and nasi lemaks and ikan bakars and...*Yumyum*

But first, before coming home, there's the Harry Potter Exhibition in town. I think I'll go try on the sorting hat!

See you all soon!