Intuition

Most of us have spent a lifetime ignoring—or even suppressing—our intuition… It is not infallible, but neither is our reason.

– Michael Hyatt

Why bother painting anymore?

Bosie: I really don’t know why people bother painting portraits anymore. You can get a much better likeness with a photograph..

Robbie: But a photograph is just one moment in time, one gesture, one turn of the head. 

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Wilde: Yes, portraits are not likenesses Mr. Gray. Painters show the soul of the subject, the essence.

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(Excerpt from Wilde the movie)

Why is there no Good Samaritan Law in Malaysia?

While finding out more about Good Samaritan Law, I found this article:

“Malaysia doesn’t have any Good Samaritan laws. These laws exist in certain countries to encourage bystanders to offer assistance in emergencies, by protecting them in the event of unintended injuries or death during the course of a rescue.

Malaysian Medical Association president Dr. N.K.S. Tharmaseelan said when encountering an injured victim, one should always seek help from a qualified medical professional. The only things you should do is apply pressure if there is profuse bleeding, or administer CPR if there is difficulty in breathing.”

Diffusion of responsibility

I was telling my sister how CPR could cause broken ribs. She wondered if helping someone in need could cause more trouble for the person and ourselves. Then I told her about the Good Samaritan law and was shocked to find that it’s not available in Malaysia.

Why isn’t there Good Samaritan Law in Malaysia? I think Good Samaritan Law should be the minimum standard. Countries should do better and introduce Duty To Rescue Law.

Must ask a doctor/nurse/lawyer/ politician when I meet one next.

 

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.

Beach life + diving aspirations

Oh I love the beach life: swim/ dive, drink, sing, gaze at stars, and talk about nothing at all…

 

Need to:

1. Learn some popular, sing-along songs on the ukulele

2. Get a book to help me identify fishes

3. Improve buoyancy control and confidence for my (possible) next dive

4. Perhaps get a pair of open-heel fins and booties

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!