Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A Quick Recap

It's been a while since anything was written here. Indeed I've been out of touch with those who frequent here (not saying there are many, but ada lah sekerat dua).

The 'I'm back' I wrote previously doesn't mean I'm back home in KL for good. I'm still in Sandakan. I'm back resurrecting this blog.

To do justice to those time lost, here is a quick update on things that has happened in the last one year or so.

Started work in Sandakan in April 2009. Here is some of the first large batch of house officers. 28 of us when this picture was taken (some were not in the picture). Now there are well over 60. Very happy the family is growing. Less work to do. They train us well here. Almost everyone is capable of doing a spinal surgery.

Here is the Male Medical Ward (MMW), my favourite ward.

MMW on a good day.

Work has been insane. I think I devote 70% of my life to work and another 20% to things related to work, up to a level where self-sacrificing becomes self-destructive. Looking at the big picture doesn't really help when the system is far from perfect. The poster of who's who in the Health Ministry has become my personal Most Wanted poster. So I go micro; change the world, one patient at a time.

This is my house. It's an old apartment. Probably built in the 70's. This picture was taken during the early days. The house is cleaner and more organized now, I think.

And whatever precious free time I have, I tried to make full use of. Here are some hobbies I tried (and for the most part, fail to maintain):


Working out, which didn't work out.

Taking pictures. This is, in my opinion, the best photo I've taken (see, I told you I fail at so many things). Black and white photos memang best. Tak payah risau pasal warna-warna.

Collecting CDs. Original aje ye. This is becoming successful as it is frustrating, because CDs are expensive.

Becoming a foodie. It's quite hard to do this because I keep going to the same place and eat the same food. This is ikan bakar from the *ehem* world-famous Pasar Sim-Sim Ikan Bakar. Ikan Bolu rocks yo!

Tried the travelling thing. It doesn't come naturally to me. The only good thing about travelling is that you're far away from the work place. This is me having an epiphany while being hoisted on a parachute and pulled by a speed boat. Every human being should try parasailing. It's the utmost serene experience you'll ever get (without breaking a sweat).

A lot of things has happened outside my own tempurung.

Brother got married. Game over.

Another brother got married. Another game over.

Best friend got married. Yeah. Also over.

And where was I when all these happened?

Curi lauk pengantin la.

And remember my sister who got married few years ago? She became a mommy, thus I became an uncle!

This is baby Michaelangelo. He's well on his way to becoming a ninja. I can't remember his real name because I keep calling him Michaelangelo.

And it's amazing amidst all these hustle and bustle, I still manage to spend quality time with my...



And more friends:

And also animal:
I've finally managed to like cat. Now at least I can look at one and not feel like giving it a good kick or stepping on its tail. This is Gila. Yes. I call it Gila because unlike other cats that jump when you wiggle something in front of them, Gila jumps at nothing. I think he's schizophrenic. Just look at it. He's definitely psych ward material.

So there. A year or so worth of update. And it's 2011.

Let's kick-start this year with a BANG! Wooot!

This picture is wrong at so many levels.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect, that was the single greatest blog post I have ever read from a personal blog.

You have really summarised the year well. And I must say, it was a great year. Happiness is just a superficial ripple in the grand scale of things. You have transcended more than just feelings and emotions, for you have taken another step closer to the Absolute by realizing that life is mix bag of possibilities, realities and up-down cycles.

All I can say is this, the best is coming for you this year. 2011, is going to be your best. Question is, did you bring your game face on?

- Vijay 'This Is the year of the Pull-Up' Kumar

05 January, 2011  
Blogger iqbal harris said...

Azman.. mana gambar aku masa si ezran kawen... haha

08 January, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello.. i m planning to work in hosp duchess of kent, so i google abt th working conditions. tat's where i bump into ur blog.. i m currently in my final year .

so regarding hosp duchess of kent...
is the hosp overcrowded with HO currently ? roughly wat's d HO to patient ratio... hopefully i still get to experience hand-ons procedures when i join u guys there in sandakan...

thank you
take care


08 January, 2011  
Blogger Azman said...

HDOK's bed strength is 400 and we have about 66 housemen, distributed to 6, and soon 7 departments (they're opening anaesthesiology soon). So that's about 10 per department which is still ok. In comparison, Hospital Kuala Pilah has 328 beds, and orthopedics department alone has about 15 housemen. Hospital Manjung has 300+ beds, and paediatric department has 18 housemen currently (an info I just got 2 hours ago talking to a friend).

So yeah, you can still get hands on experience in Sandakan. But do look out at other places as well. Miri is comparable to HDOK in terms of bed strength and number of housemen.

Having that said, the figures change, and it changes rather quickly. The number of housemen is increasing and will follow that trend for a long time. But in a country where what you know matters less than who you know, the situation in Semenanjung gets worse much quicker than in Sabah and Sarawak. Simply because mana ada orang guna cable nak appeal pergi Sabah/Sarawak. Diorang pakai cable to avoid from being sent here. Heh.

Datang je sini. It's nice.

09 January, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey bro..thanks the way i m tang from aimst uni.. graduating soon in mid feb ( hopefully i passed my finals )

yeap i have applied for HDOK as my 1st choice...seriously wanna learn as much as possible ( cuz HO is the time when u apply and practice wat u learn kan )

so eager to join d crew at HDOK....
btw how can i contact u ?
do u hav facebook ?
take care

09 January, 2011  
Blogger dochisyam said...

while your 'enjoying' the nice food and warm people (I'm not including the mundu mundu from mindanao)
Try to figure out what you want to do specialise in and start working towards it.
Without realising it, people unknowingly become a 'chronic MO'
Now that there are more young doctors, competition lagi byk.
Gd luck. Happy new year.
See you at the Iron maiden concert


10 January, 2011  
Blogger Azman said...

Bal: Gambar ko tak jadi. Tak masuk frame. Hahaha. Joking. Laptop gua rosak. Gambar semua aku simpan situ. Frust. Nanti dah pomen aku kasi.

Tang: Good to know you're the adventurous type. Facebook? Apa tu? Heheh. Just drop me an email at azman [dot] md [at] gmail [dot] com.

Doc Hisyam: Mundu mundu banyak di Pulau Bangkungan ba. Ada yang kana timbak itu hari. Heh. Thank you for the reminder. Yea. Kinda scary when I think about the possibility of becoming a chronic MO. The physician here gave me an advice; 'once you feel comfortable with your work, that's a sign you're on your way to becoming a chronic MO'. Right now dah nampak roughly where I want to go. Definitely medical line. Torn between medical and emergency medicine. Disaster medicine is very appealing.

12 January, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why ur 2 brothers look so handsome but u dont. kekeke

17 January, 2011  
Blogger Azman said...

Anon: Well, I guess because God loves me more.

18 January, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


looks like you dont know azman. u probably cant last 5 minutes of intelligent debate with him. he will tear ur ignorant ass apart.

- Vijay

19 January, 2011  
Blogger Azman said...

Madjaaaa. Chill. Always be nice to people.

19 January, 2011  
Anonymous ezran said...

vijay: but i dont think he'll last that long with me... hehe
azman: man... mana gambar aku?? p makan beriya-iya amik gambaq, takdak pun gambaq aku. nie yang aku frust ni.
who say azman tak good looking?? he is good looking just that he pretended to be a not so good looking guy. hehe

20 January, 2011  
Blogger Vijay said...

ezran... classic la.. we need a picture of that achievement of mine in Halo.. Vijay 100, ezran 98, azman 97. haha

22 January, 2011  
Blogger Azman said...

that is it. when i come back in feb, we're gonna have a rematch. 100-kill slayer on ascension, in ezran's place. macha, you have to bring one of your brother's controller so we can have a total of three. don't bring a 3-pin plug.

22 January, 2011  

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