Category Archives: On a Lighter Note

The Silent Hourglass

Deep in me there’s this fear,
Never failing to bring me to tears,
What will I do if she isn’t here,
To see me as a doctor with my fellow peers,

Minute by minute, time is slowly,
Bit by bit, gaining on her youth silently,
She’s aged now yet still lively,
Having lived her life dutifully,

She has a whole past to reflect on,
That goes beyond the time I was born,
Often sad, most of the time forlorn,
Sometimes a bed of roses but never without thorns.

Born a lady with an iron will,
Earned a living with her limited skill,
Continues to build her family until,
One day, she bows to time, not to ill.

Fragile she may seem,
Yet she still beams,
Unlike what others deem,
That age has taken her steam.

Green roots show in her arms and legs,
Her forehead falls like a flightless stair,
A skin once smooth now ragged,
From life’s wear and tear.

If the time does come and thus my fear,
A man should shed blood but never tears,
But I am no man, I shall tear,
For I am a grandson who hold her dear.


Happy Valentine’s Day

14th February. Valentine’s Day.

It was exactly one year ago, I gifted a stalk of rose to you.

I was hoping for many good and happy things to come. But it didn’t exactly conlude the way I like it to be. We did share some good times and some memorably bad times of me.

On the eve of Valentine’s this year, I got a gift back from you. Though it wasn’t exactly the gift I hoped for, but it was a very nice gesture for you to have a sincere heart to heart talk to close this chapter of my life.

Thank you very much, Michelle 🙂


A year ago, to you I gifted,
A stalk of rose with leaves unwilted,
Signed,my name, my feelings embedded,
In a long white box, sincerely presented.

Months had passed, the flower might’ve wilted,
But not my will as my cold heart melted,
Swept by warmth , my winter ended,
Warmed by love, my darkness lifted.

In months to come, we shared many a laughter,
Through wines and dines, secrets we bartered,
Doubts I do have but I did not falter,
In pursuit of a happiness to last the ever after.

Hard I tried, a sea I sundered,
To move your heart but it only quivered,
Sad I was, my heart all but rended,
The winter came, alone I shivered.

Twice you rejected but the third is the key,
A glass I see half full is now all empty,
A sweet dream I hoped but it wasn’t meant to be,
A dream to be shared between you and me.


A Young Girl Still Dwells

What do you, nurse, what do you see?
Are you thinking when you look at me –
A crabbed old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit with far away eyes
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice – “I do wish you’d try.”
Who seems not to notice the things that you do
And forever is losing a stocking or shoes,
Who resisting or not, lets you do as you will
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.
Is that what you’re thinking , is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse. You’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still.
As I move at your bidding, eat at your will.
I’m a small child of ten with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters who love one another;
A young girl of sixteen with wings on her feet,
Dreaming that soon a love she’ll meet;
A bride at twenty, my heart gives a leap;
At twenty-five now I have young of my own
Who need me to build a secure, happy home.

A woman of thirty, my young now grow fast,
Bound together with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons have grown up and gone,
By my man’s beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty once more babies play around me knee-
Again we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead.
I look at the future, I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young of their own,
And I think of the years and the love that I’ve known.

I am an old woman now and nature is cruel.
‘Tis her jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body it crumbles, grace and vigor depart.
There’s a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
And now again my bittered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain
And I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years, all too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, nurse, open and see
Not a crabbed old woman,
Look closer – see me!

-Author unknown-

Orientating the interns…

“Forget everything you learn in medical school and your life. I have very simple rules in running my unit. Three rules. Three Gods. I am your first God. 2nd God is my boss. The 3rd God is the director. I ask you to jump, you shall ask how high? I want a cannula, you shall ask how big? We are clear? Good, let’s start ward round.”

-Dr. Xiao’s first broadside to the newly-minted doctors in an alternate universe-

Wahai kawan….

Wahai kawan janganlah susah hati,
Terus berusha tiap hari,
Hidup kerja biarlah budi pekerti
Balas baik Tuhan janji.

Waspada orang yang E.L. sering kali
Nanti “kakak” betul betul mati,
Ku orang tak kan bagi sympathy,
Harap cepat korang sedar diri.

Jilat kasut, jilat jari,
cakap banyak, tak de isi,
Makan ular, tak upgrade sendiri,
Nanti prosedur tak jadi, jangkit Hep B.

Jangan ingat boss mata sepit,
Boss juga ada yang fikir tak sempit,
Kenal siapa yang bakal Mat Rempit,
Tu orang yang bising macam pipit.

Jangan sedih kalau diperli,
Digoreng, disidai bawah pak mentari,
Maksudnya ada senior ambil peduli,
Sama ada anda hidup mati.

Sandy Lam – ????? (Wakin Chau’s rendition)


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