Bookish Thoughts: 10 ‘Medical’ Books lying on my Bookshelf needing some TLC!

After knowing where am I posted to next, things start to move fast and there are just so many stuff that needs attention! I guess this is part of growing up! Currently I am dealing with housing stuff (since I am going to work in another city not in my hometown or KL), and some financial stuff (which I am worst at, taking baby steps here), and everything seems so confusing!

I am thankful and blessed to have my ever supporting family and friends to guide me in this so that I can take a breather and still chill and live the moment, seize all the opportunities that I can spend with my family before I am shipped (literally) to the Cat City! (Multiple sobs, I don’t want to leave this place!)

Anyway back to our countdown for today, 10 books that I would love to read that is medically related, here we go!

1. Medical BreakthroughsThe Reader’s Digest (in my bookshelf since: pre-med)

This book has been lying on my bookshelf since I am 18 (think daddy or mummy got it from a book fair before entering med school)! The pages are interesting enough for me to flipped through once in a while but I have not gotten much out of it yet (too much words, and too many distractions in my life). Though it may be slightly outdated by now, I still hope to get the most out of this book!

the version that I have, hehe! *image from

the version that I have, hehe! *image from

2. The Encyclopedic Atlas of the Human Body – A Visual Guide to the Human Body (owned: pre-medschool)

Another book scored when I was doing my A-Levels back when I was 18 and at that time it was a SPLURGE with a price tag of RM50 from a book fair. Since then it has been lying on my bookshelf, have only flipped through it once when I am buying it (guilty call… =p ). Nonetheless, recently while cleaning up, I’ve found this again and flipped through, was quite a gem! =) Recommended for fresh meddies to be or curious babies like me, and although I’ve transported this book back to my hometown to be my dad’s reference book (he is interested in alternative medicine), I am thinking of sneaking it to the Cat City with me. I am guessing that it be helpful when I am losing my bearings especially during the first few months of ‘de internship’!

3. Human Lifespan Development – mummy’s copy (pre-clinical)

This was one of our prescribed readings back in first year which brings back much nostalgia. I still remember vividly our interesting psychology lectures by the Monash team, especially Mr Paul Jambu! Thanks for making psychology so much interesting! I have never read a page the real book but I have found out its existence in my house when I was in year 2.

our lovely Mr Paul Jambunathan! Thank you for making Psychology like a game! =) *image from google*

our lovely Mr Paul Jambunathan! Thank you for making Psychology like a game! =) *image from google*

My mum was doing her Masters in Counselling and this was one of her prescribed readings. At that time I was doing one year of Counselling course from the Buddhist Gem Fellowship (hoping to volunteer as a telephone counsellor) as well so was quite interested in the book, but still was too lazy to flip it though. My last push was during my clinical years, especially in Paediatrics or when I was doing my Geriatric posting during my final year.

To add more fire to it (=p), I had the privilege to do my clinical elective in the Neurology department of the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) London, one of the top kids hospital over in London and had managed to join several clinics dealing with developmental paediatrics (which basically deals with problems of kids growing up). It was an eye-opener and made me even more interested to read up more about (when I am not bounded with procrastination =p)

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), a dream come true!

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), a dream come true!

4. Stress and Mental Health SocietyDato’ Dr Tan Chee Kwan (pre-clinical)

Due to some event twists and turns, I’ve gotten this book since pre-med years. This book is recommended if you are interested in psychiatry and think that the normal psychiatric books are too bored to flip through. Dato’ Dr Tan is a prominent clinical psychiatrist who have dipped his toes in art, writing, sports etc. His book are filled with anecdotes, inside jokes and artsy-fartsy stuff occasionally. A good book to flip through (though I’ve just flipped 5 pages of it) so this is definitely following me to Kuching!

5. The Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health: The Doctors: 5 minute Health Fixes – The DOCTORS with Mariska Van Aalst (owned at 2012) 

This book was from the Big Bad Wolf (BBW) Sales in KL (I think) back in December with a price tag of RM20. I gave so much thought to it before buying (as usually books from BBW are as low as RM3-5), thinking that it was a splurge! Laid on my bookshelf for two years until recently when I started cleaning the house that I’ve rediscover this book which I gave it to my dad to bring back to my hometown.

Now that I am back in my hometown, Kedah, and flipping though this book, I’ve just realised that this book is indeed, a hidden GEM!! Short and sweet, its a good companion book for your household, and just like the book described ‘you will have a house doctor with this book’. It’s something like Murtargh but in layman’s term and loaded with many general knowledge stuff, along with household tips and tricks! I am now thinking of sneaking it to the Cat City! =p

6. Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine (owned: 2014)

This book has been luring me to buy every single day as I walked pass the High Streets of Chiswick while on the way to GOSH back in London. Priced at 9.99 pound in Bookcase, the steep price tag was stopping me from buying this book. Until one day when it suddenly disappeared from the window display, I panicked and ran into the bookstore to enquire about the book, luckily it was still there and flipping through it, I knew this is the book that I NEED in my bookshelf.

image from goodreads

image from goodreads

So at the very next day, I bought this baby back home and as a result have to sacrifice my shopping purchases. The only regret is I’ve been neglecting him and doesn’t give him the love that he deserves (this book is definitely a guy)! Time to shower some love to you, big guy!

7. As Nature Made Him – John Colapinto (owned: 2014)

This book was thrifted in one of the old bookstores in Melbourne, in a quiant little street (can’t remember the exact place! =*( ) for a mere 3AUD. As the title suggests, this book is about transgender issues, a true story that follows ‘a boy who was raised as a girl’. The topic itself and the price tag is enough for me to stash it, but the final touch was that as I was flipping through the book, a Christmas Card dropped out, with a lovely message inside (to the previous owner I think). What better book to have than a well kept one which carries a story and some personal touch? =)

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8. Pharmakon – Sorry forgot to jot down the author’s name (owned: 2014) 

Another book thrifted when I was in Melbourne, from another nice little bookstore at the price of 3 AUD, located at a street near to the CBD where my little sis is staying. The boy and I spotted this bookshop while sipping coffee on the super artsy street (I need to ask my housemate, the Dutch Lady about the street name, she recommended and it WAS a nice place to chill and spend an evening). After coffee we went inside the wonder store and I scored several books (as usual) from this shop. One of the best scores was Mr. Barrack Obama autobiography <Letters for my Father>, was a fantastic read! And now back to this book, it was about pharmaceutical companies and consumers, and stuff along the lines. I’ve flipped through it, seems pretty good and since I’ve finished its sibling, now its time to work on this book!

9. Psychiatric Emergencies – library of the Alfred Hospital (owned: 2014) 

This book was scored when the boy and I were in our second rotation of our final year in Melbourne. We went to the Chapel Street in one of the weekends for their Astor Theatre, which is an old school cinema to watch <Indiana Jones>! Was a pretty amazing experience! Chapel St. itself was pretty cool and both of us were like kids in the candy store wandering around, admiring the architecture which was well preserved and maintained its ‘old-ish’ charm. Lovely place to spend an evening!

the boy and I before being 'Indiana Joned'

the boy and I before being ‘Indiana Joned’

And of course we spotted several unique bookstores selling differing genres of books and themes. I was walking along the street when I spotted this book dated at least 10 years back about psychiatric emergencies. At the price of 3 AUD, I was like I AM GETTING THIS! What are the odds you will find a book from the library of the hospital you are attached to outside of the library itself on sale; from Alfred the Great (as some medical students have coined it); and its about Psychiatric Emergencies (I am interested in child psychiatry)! So this book went straight into my stash and I’ve never flipped it since (since I was buying it as a momento).

Alfred the 'Great' LOL!

Alfred the ‘Great’ LOL!

10. Time to Live: Jannie Tay’s Journey: Mum’s stash

I have noticed this book in my mum’s bookshelf since 2013 and she recommended me to read it since its pocket size and was a quick read. It is an inspiring autobiography about a strong woman who carries multiple roles being a businesswoman and at the same time juggling her career and her family. Things gets harder as she has to take care of her physically challenged daughter as well. She managed to do all of those, on top of that being involved in charity and caring for the underprivileged.The book dictates how she overcomes all the challenges and her insights, which I think would be an empowering read to all women.

the strong women =) my driving force!

I am blessed and privileged to get to know three of such inspiring woman in real life; my mother, my grandmother and my little sister. They have worn so many hats at a time, being successful and  yet managed to take care of the family and themselves so well, at the same time being supportive and ever loving to each other. To them I am eternally grateful and thankful for, and I wouldn’t have been in my place now if it wasn’t for them, and of course my great giant the DADDY as well! =) I love you all! And to the other strong women that have left footprints in my life, thank you for shaping me and giving me the confidence for me to believe that I can pursue my dreams and passion!

daddy! the giant behind me =)

daddy! the giant behind me =)

Summer holiday project: Book challenge!

So, as my previous post have mentioned, my goal for myself during this break will be 2 books per week, which made up a total of 28 books before 13th February 2013! And I have always been wanting to join a book challenge (am now looking for a suitable one next year, SO excited!!) so i think this will serve as a very good warm up!

Anyway, these are the books that I plan to ‘tackle’ for my challenge *drumroll please!!*:

1. One Last Goodbye (Kay Gilderdale): Biography/Memoir
2. Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L.James): Erotic Fiction
3. The Match King -Ivar Kreuger (Frank Partnoy): Biography/History/Business
4. Little Victim (Harry Keeble with Kris Hollingtin): Non-Fiction/Crime
* Review here! =)

5. The Gift of the Magi & other short stories (O.Henry): Literary Fiction/ Short Stories Collection
6. 1492 -The Year Our World Begin (Felipe Fernandez-Armesto): History
7. A Far Country (Daniel Mason): Contemporary
8. As I was Passing (Adibah Amin):Journalism
9. As I was Passing 2 (Adibah Amin): Journalism
10. Winston Churchill -a life (John Keegan): Biography/Memoir
11. For One More Day (Mitch Albom): Philisophy/ Self-Help
12. The Vision of Dhamma (Nyanaponika Thera): Religious & Inspirational
13. Pretty Little Things (Jilliane Hoffman): Thriller/Suspense
14. A Brief History of Science -As seen through the development of Scientific Instruments (Thomas Crump): History/Science & Technology
15. Small Vices (Robert B. Parker): Thriller/Suspense
16. The Strategist -the life and times of Thomas Schelling (Robert Dodge): Biography/Memoir
17. Checkmate (Malorie Blackman): Thriller/Suspense
18. Desire (John Eldredge): Religious & Inspirational
19. Walking the Dead (John Eldredge): Religious & Inpsirational
*with book no.18, the two books are combined into one volume: The Heart in my version of it
20. Shutter Island : Thriller/Suspense
21. Stress and Mental Health Society (Dato Dr Tan Chee Khuan): Medical, Health & Fitness
22. World Mythology (): History/Cultural
23. Great Battles -Decisive conflicts that have shaped history (): History/Military
24. Wangari Maathai -Unbowed: One Woman’s story (): Biography/Memoir
25. Nelson Mandela -Long walk to freedom (Nelson Rolihahla Mandela): Biography/Memoir
26. Island of Light -Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A concise History and Guide to its Sacred Sites (T.Y.Lee): Religious & Inspirational
27. Create Yourself (Liu Yong) : Self-Help
28. Poetry, Language and Thought (Martin Heidegger): Philosophy

Yeap, these are the books that I’m planning to read during the break! =) And it will be lovely if you could leave some suggestions or comments to help me out in reaching my goal! ❤ Wish me luck!

=) time to install some new software into my brain! =)

=) time to install some new software into my brain! =)

Summer Holiday Project: 2012

Hola guys!! So yea, I am having my summer holidays even though my university is located in Malaysia (which doesn’t have four seasons by the way). The reason is that I’m currently studying in a Australian university that has a campus in Malaysia, thus following all their curriculum and breaks (we even have the same exam paper and are graded using the same graph). 😉

Anyways, since I’m going to have a freaking 3 months break (from early November till early February 2013!), so its time to lift up my butt and get some goals done! (*confetti please, thank you thank you!!*)


So here goes my Summer Holiday Project to get myself busy during these 14 weeks!!

1.Start a blog & blog at least once a week
Yay I have started the engine on this finally (after 4 weeks of procrastination, we are currently in week 5). So now what’s left is to keep up in blogging for once a week at the very minimum. Somehow I have a good feeling about this as people have often say the beginning is always the hardest, just like starting your car engine (LOL). So since now I have started the engine, I will just have to make sure that it keeps moving! =)

2. Reading challange: Complete 2 books a week
This is the first ever book challenge that I’ve taken and has had a very good head start too for the past one month! I have completed 4 books atm and am marching halfway through my fifth book (I actually thought that I have set myself a target of one book per week until now that I re-read my holiday to do list and realised that its actually 2 books per week!!! I am so blur >.<) Anyway I'm quite positive that I am able to reach my aim at the end of the break! (Yes, we gotta stay positive!) And oh by the way, I just had a book haul from the Big Bad Wolf Sale 2012 and it was super awesome!!

3. DIY one thing per week
This challenge has been pretty stagnant unfortnately thanks to my procrastinator trait! =( So far I am still halfway through my first project, a diwali greeting card to an old friend(oh my, the celebration has passed like, one month plus ago? *hides face*). Plus, I have a bunch of unfinish projects crying out to see the light again. Time to get started!

4. Learn how to cook
Yes, I don’t know how to cook. Erm, its more like I'm afraid of the sizzling oil or anything to do with heat (childhood trauma, I have had some minor burns caused by the splashing of oil droplets when I was young. Quite silly really, pouring oil into a still wet and heating up pan) Since then, I will stand like a freaking 10 meters away from the kitchen and see from afar especially if someone is frying chicken or fish. And I even learnt how to fry vegetable without using oil (thanks to youtube!!) so that I won't be starved to death. So this will be my greatest challenge this time and hopefully I will enjoy it! Any tips or suggestions?

5. Plan & go to a roadtrip!
DONE! Finally after a few months planning (though most of the time we were talking nonsense stuff, hehe), me and a few friends went to a roadtrip spanning from Johor to Penang for one week, and it was one of the best experience ever! Lots of first time experience, ridiculously funny moments and of course, tonnes of photos snapped as memories. Thanks to Mr. Liew, Tandan and Rui, without u all the trip would have been impossible!

6. Drive like a pro!
I have gotten my license like ages ago but don’t really get to drive that much. That reason being growing up from a small town and currently studying in a bigger place where the traffic is crazy and all my dad isn’t quite convinced that I can drive properly there. And as right after I have gotten my license I went to KL to study so I don’t really have a chance to polish up my driving skills and impress my dad. So, this will be my mission, to not let my dad gripping on the side bar for dear life when I’m driving! 😉

shut up and drive.... =p

shut up and drive…. =p

7. Spend quality time with family
As I’m currently studying in JB (the hospital our university is attached to is located there) so im far away from my family. Though we constantly keep in touch via phone or skype, it still feels different than spending time with them, face to face. Plus, my sister is leaving to Aus for her studies in early Feb so it would be even harder to spend time together. =) I’m currently still not home yet, accommpanying my mum for her final exams (yeap, mum’s studying, pursuing a degree in Counselling). Just a few more days, then everyone will be together! Miss u all so much, grandma, sis and dad!

8. Learn Sewing
A new goal for me! And I’m super excited about this! Can’t wait to go back home and bug grandma to teach me!

9. Reconnect/ connect with friends
Friendship is an invaluable treasure that I have collected when sailing through the journey of life. There’s a quote that goes: ‘friends are the family we choose for ourselves’. And as a big fan of snail mail, I have made a resolution to write a letter per week to my friends who have left their footprints in my life, especially those who are now far away. =)


10. Catch up with my studies
Since entering med school, things has been a bit out of control and to be honest I have not been putting effort into studying (which is of most regret). Seriously, its time to gain back the momentum and start putting my heart into my studies. For the sake of my future patients, and myself I NEED to study, really. I would never want to risk the lives of my future patients due to my incompetency. time to get serious about this.

. won’t want to be like this!

Yeap, so this is the round up of my Summer Holiday Projects! =) Do let me know if u have any suggestions or thoughts about this!! Wish me luck! 😉

wish upon a star