Learning First Aid

For the longest time I attributed the passing of my Daddy to the negligence of doctors and the delay of ambulance service. And I wished I could have done more for him. I thought having all emergency number pasted on the fridge was enough. Or being home in case he needs me to send him to the hospital. But it wasn’t.

There were a lot of ‘If only’. If only I knew what to do when he had that fatal heart attack. If only I had joined St.John Ambulance like what he told me to instead of Girls Guide. If only I didn’t trust the doctor and get a second opinion. If only.

Doing CPR on a mannequin. As you can tell from my face, I took the course very seriously.

I can’t change the past, but I know that if it ever happen again to my love ones, I will be able to do something useful. So I finally I mustered enough courage to face my fear and took a first aid course over the weekend.

Now I am certified to give CPR, use the AED, and perform Heimlich Manoeuvre. It means that when someone stopped breathing, heart stop beating, and choked – I know what to do.

Here’s a one page note I made:

To-do

  • Monitor the health of my family and cook healthy food for them
  • Go to a refresher First Aid course every two years
  • Discuss with friends who are doctors/nurses about emergency health care
  • Invest in an A.E.D if someone in the family shows any sign of heart problems
  • Check the availability of A.E.D in hotels, malls, and other places I frequent
  • Put together a First Aid kit to place in the kitchen
  • Get direct number of ambulance services/fire fighter/police and paste it on the fridge (And understand that they may not be of much help)
  • Tell more people about the importance of First Aid

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Do you know that if someone stops breathing, he only has 4 to 10 minutes before he becomes brain dead? Chances are that the ambulance will not arrive in time. It is VERY important that CPR is administered immediately.

I’ll put together a list of places you can learn First Aid in KL soon. Please wait!

Introduction to WordPress & Coding

I believe in continued education and realise the value of being self-sufficient instead relying on people around us (no matter how much skilful they are in comparison).

So my little cousin (who has ambitions to be a programmer) and I took a short four hours WordPress/basic programming class with David Wang. Here’s a list of things I’ve learned that are helpful for maintaining my sites:

1. To maintain a website, you need to constantly update:

  • Theme
  • Plugin
  • WordPress itself

That’ll prevent hacking (hopefully).

2. Html comment
* <! – – Hi There – – >

I was told that I shouldn’t play with html because one small mistake can ruin the whole thing. Solution: always jot down the changes I made within it using Html comment!

3. Check code

  • Command + Option + I = go to inspector
    Command + Option + OPTION + U = go to source itself
  • Shortcuts to check things like the sizing of the fonts on my site, so I can preview it and make changes.

4. Then difference between HTML & CSS

  • HTML = content/data
  • CSS = style

5.Check colour on the web 

  • https://www.webpagefx.com/web-design/random-color-picker/

Useful when choosing colour for my site(s).

6. Using Child theme 

Once WordPress is updated, any changes you’ve made to its still will be lost. Using a child theme means that WordPress updates won’t override the changes.

7. How to check efficiency

  • Gtmetrics.com
  • tools.pingdom.com

8. Creating contact form

David recommended Ninja Form. Though I still can’t do it properly yet because of some mail server issues.

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There’s so much more to learn! But I think the most important lesson is to know that I can and should do things on my own. If you have any comments on how to improve these sites, please let me know:

Next goal, learn to add a ‘RANDOM’ button to STICKGEEK so that visitors can randomly select a comic.

Dies Slowly

Lee Kuan Yew once said that poetry is a luxury that Singaporeans cannot afford. I never truly understood what he means until recently.

If left on my own devices, I would choose to read literature (dying to read Educating Rita, War & Peace and Animal Farm). Now that I’m an adult and there’s so many things to learn, I finally understand. There are opportunity costs to things and often times you have to give up something pleasurable to gain something more practical.

I was introduced to the first part of the poem when I refused to travel so that I could concentrate on work. Today, I found the other parts of it and love it enough to want to remember it. So here’s a record for me and entertainment for you:

“Die Slowly” by Pablo Neruda

He who does not travel,

who does not read,

who does not listen to music,

who does not find grace in himself, dies slowly.

 

He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,

who does not allow himself to be helped,

who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck,

about the rain that never stops, dies slowly.

 

He who becomes the slave of habit,

who follows the same routes every day,

who never changes pace,

who does not risk and change the colour of his clothes,

who does not speak and does not experience, dies slowly.

 

He or she who shuns passion,

who prefers black on white,

dotting ones rather than a bundle of emotions,

the kind that make your eyes glimmer,

that turn a yawn into a smile,

that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings, dies slowly.

 

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,

who is unhappy at work,

who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,

to thus follow a dream,

those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives, die slowly.

 

He or she who abandon a project before starting it,

who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn’t know,

he or she who don’t reply when they are asked something they do know, die slowly.

 

Let’s try and avoid death in small doses,

always reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort by far

greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead to the attainment of a splendid happiness.

This movie snob recent favourite films

I don’t watch TV or go to the cinema much. I find it absolutely frustrating to spend a few hours of my precious time on substandard films I don’t enjoy or be addicted to Korean dramas (some can be mindlessly fun to watch).

So unless the film is vouched by people whose taste I trust – I wouldn’t risk my time sitting infront of the screen and leave the cinema feeling like I’ve wasted my time.

(Though recently I’ve relaxed my stand a little, and will go for any movie with family and friends I really like just for their company).

Looking back at all the times I say ‘no’ to going to the cinema and at my recent movie list, I finally realise that I’m a movie snob…

Here’s a list of some of my favourite films that I’ve watched in recent times:

  1. Educating Rita
  2. War & Peace (2016  TV Series and 1956 film)
  3. Perks Of Being A Wall Flower
  4. Lou Salome
  5. Her
  6. Gone With The Wind
  7. Godfather 1 & 2
  8. Rear Window
  9. Forrest Gump

Educating Rita made me laughed out loud so many times – I don’t remember many films that has that capability (Ok, Big Bang Theory too). Rita is so amusing. And I love how two people who are so different find joy and inspiration in each other. Thank God, unlike Hollywood films, they did not end up together. The best platonic friendship movie ever!

Educating Rita is probably the only comedy. All of them are rather sombre. They all moved me – some even to tears. I like the first two so much, I immediately download them into my Kindle only to find that time will not permit me to read the dictionary-size War & Peace. Sigh.

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If you’ve watched any of these films, and know of other films you think I may like, please let me know!

Wisdom, Knowledge, Intelligence & Virtue

Facebook reminded me that I was at Ephesus, Turkey, five years ago. I said my favourite part of the ruins was the library. I vaguely remember I was amazed by what each pillar represents.
Thank God for Wikipedia to jog my memory:
 
wisdom (Sophia)
knowledge (Episteme)
intelligence (Ennoia)
virtue (Arete)

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I like how virtue is included. For all the wisdom/knowledge/intelligence in the world means little (and is dangerous) without it.
 
People of the ancient days are so wise.
 
#lifegoals

Strength & Stamina

There’s so many things that one wants in life. I’ve always wanted strength and stamina to do *all* things exciting.

Recently I see that people (around me) meet with diseases and death. That put things in perspective; I feel so lucky to just be alive and healthy (so far and hopefully for a long time).

I haven’t even been hospitalised or have to deal with any major sickness other than occasional fever/headache/flu. To lament that I cannot sleep less, lift heavy things, or be the last to pick up new physical skills is so petty.

So I shall appreciate whatever that is given to me and be thankful everyday that I can do things for myself and others, no matter how small or slow.

Progress

Doing the usual in Beijing: drink yoghurt (suan nai/ 酸奶). 7 years ago it was 5 kuai, now its 10 kuai. Today we can pay with WeChat (it’s like our Whatsapp).
There’s even QR code hung at every stall at the wet market. You don’t have to pay cash to your butcher/vegetable seller if you have your phone. 

I’m so impress with China – they’ve progressed so much…and we have not.