Monday, February 9, 2009

Health Campaign 2009

Attend the Health Campaign 2009 organized by University Malaysia Sabah Medical Faculty at Hostel C, D multi purpose hall.

Small scale exhibition, BMI check, eye acuity check, blood pressure and glucose test, test interpretation, health talks, First Aid demonstration, Breast Self Examination and all those you can name it.

The only part that caught my eyes was those free medical tests. BMI check, blood pressure and blood glucose level check. Perhaps that was my primary purpose being there. ^^

I went through those test, as they were free of charge but not outside of campus, attended a talk about stress and stress management by Ng Chee Kuat. Nothing much to expect except earning myself a photo frame from the Q & A section, hehe…

As for my health check, here are the data:

Blood pressure: 110/80 mmHg

Blood glucose level: 5.2 mmol/l

BMI: 22.6

 

The comment that left by my medical friend was, “Everything is fine, MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT.

What will you say?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A letter to 15 years old me…

Did you write a letter to yourself?

What did you write in the letter?

How do you feel when you read it in the future/now?

It has been a long time since the last time I was touched by a song…

I cried when I first listened to this track…

手紙 拝啓 ~十五の君へ~

(Tegami haikei jyuugo no kimi e, A letter to 15 years old you)

Was it because the lyrics were describing what I was facing during then?

But, I am still affected by this song…

Is it because what we have to face?

拝啓 この手紙読んでいるあなたは どこで何をしているのだろう

十五の僕には誰にも話せない 悩みの種があるのです

未来の自分に宛てて書く手紙なら

きっと素直に打ち明けられるだろう
今 負けそうで 泣きそうで 消えてしまいそうな僕は
誰の言葉を信じ歩けばいいの?
ひとつしかないこの胸が何度もばらばらに割れて
苦しい中で今を生きている
今を生きている

拝啓 ありがとう 十五のあなたに伝えたい事があるのです

自分とは何でどこへ向かうべきか 問い続ければ見えてくる
荒れた青春の海は厳しいけれど
明日の岸辺へと 夢の舟よ進め
今 負けないで 泣かないで 消えてしまいそうな時は
自分の声を信じ歩けばいいの
大人の僕も傷ついて眠れない夜はあるけど
苦くて甘い今を生きている

人生の全てに意味があるから 恐れずにあなたの夢を育てて
Keep on beliving

負けそうで 泣きそうで 消えてしまいそうな僕は
誰の言葉を信じ歩けばいいの?

ああ 負けないで 泣かないで 消えてしまいそうな時は
自分の声を信じ歩けばいいの
いつの時代も悲しみを避けては通れないけれど
笑顔を見せて 今を生きていこう
今を生きていこう

拝啓 この手紙読んでいるあなたが
幸せな事を願います

Dear you,
Who's reading this letter
Where are you and what are you doing now?

For me who's 15 years old
There are seeds of worries I can't tell anyone

If it's a letter addressed to my future self,
Surely I can confide truly to myself

Now, it seems that I'm about to be defeated and cry
For someone who's seemingly about to disappear
Whose words should I believe in?
This one-and-only heart has been broken so many times
In the midst of this pain, I live the present

Dear you,
Thank you
I have something to tell the 15-year-old you

If you continue asking what and where you should be going
You'll be able to see the answer

The rough seas of youth may be tough
But row your boat of dreams on
Towards the shores of tomorrow

Now, please don't be defeated and please don't shed a tear
During these times when you're seemingly about to disappear
Just believe in your own voice
For me as an adult, there are sleepless nights when I'm hurt
But I'm living the bittersweet present

There's meaning to everything in life
So build your dreams without fear
Keep on believing

Seems like I'm about to be defeated and cry
For someone who's seemingly about to disappear
Whose words should I believe in?

Please don't be defeated and please don't shed a tear
During these times when you're seemingly about to disappear
Just believe in your own voice

No matter era we're in
There's no running away from sorrow
So show your smile, and go on living the present
Go on living the present

Dear you,
Who's reading this letter
I wish you happiness...

Always the best,

By Angela Aki…

Friday, February 6, 2009

Usagi-cyan

Behold, the rabbits! ( ゜щ゜)

kazoku

Kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ?!  (>~<)

These are the rabbits (is it better to name them bunny?) rare by Mr Abraham Wong since weeks ago. I heard him mentioned that originally, there were only 4 bunnies, but now…

newborn

 

(^щ^)

These newborns are placed in another box so that their sisters and brothers are not stepping over these fragile babies…How cute! *^^* Do you notice the centre one that hasn’t grown its fur (In fact, it hasn’t opened its eyes!)? If I am not mistaken, it should be the youngest among them.

mamoru

By the time I  took these pictures, they were about to sleep, as you can guess from their body postures, except the brown one. It maybe the eldest, or the Papa of the nest who protects everyone and make sure they are safe and sleep before it does. Ah, paternal love! 

Ok, I know, my E65 camera is blurred but you still want some pictures of the family. Here you go, the last one before I stop.

usagi

Can you total the number of them? ^^

P/S: Usagi is rabbit while kawaii is cute in Japanese.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

World Cancer Day

How much do you know about cancer?
What do you feel towards cancer patients?
Are your closed one struck by cancer?
How much do you support them?
Cancer, as we all know, is one of the leading death causes that contributes to childhood mortality rate and worsen the population aging in certain region. Cancer, or the group of diseases identified by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cell, is initiated by both external and internal factors, such as tobacco consumption, radiation, inherited genetic code, mutation and so on. Although it may ultimately bring death, early diagnosis and prognosis can trigger possible interventions. Yet, the suggested approach to cancer, is primary prevention.
Here are some quick fact about cancer, according to Global Cancer Facts and Figures 2007 by American Cancer Society:
  • 1/8 of global death cases are caused by cancer
  • The second leading cause of death for developed countries; the third leading cause of death for developing countries
  • 27 million new cases and 17.5 million death is estimated by 2050
  • The leading cancer for male and female is lung/bronchus cancer and breast cancer respectively
  • The leading cancer in South-Eastern Asia is lung cancer which comprises 13.3% of total cases
  • Lymphoid leukemia is the most dreadful cancer among the children
Family and spouse care is the vital psychosocial support for the patient who is fighting the disease with existing perseverance. As Dr. Lea Baider quoted, “Illness means to share and negotiate, the family’s collective perceptions could shape the meaning of the illness for each family members.” Effective communication with tolerance and cares is important as a part of therapy, and surprisingly, patients with less distress are reported to have partners who responded to self-disclosures with positive humour.
The theme of World Cancer Campaign 2009, is “I love my healthy active childhood” which monitors and focuses on overweight and obesity among adults and children. Being overweight and obese will increase the risk of cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, 1 billion adults are overweight, and at least 300 million of these are clinically obese.
The International Obesity Taskforce estimates that one out of every ten school-age children is overweight. Of these, around 30-45 million children, that is 2-3% of children aged 5-17, are obese.
World Cancer Day 2009 marks the start of a year-long campaign, where International Union Against Cancer (UICC) will work with parents, teachers and decision-makers around the world to encourage kids to eat a healthy diet, be physically active and maintain a healthy body weight.



If you are interested to find out more, please log on to the following sites:
 World Cancer Campaign
While for those who is wondering about Psycho-Oncology, you may check this out:
International Psycho-Oncology Society

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