There is more to working life than just seeing patients, ordering investigations and managing them as well as we can.

There’s office politics, there are backstabbing “colleagues“, there are bitchy co-workers and just unsupporting bosses around you. I don’t know about you but, I wasn’t taught these things in uni!! You hear about ppl who step on others to make themselves look good in school but at work, it’s just petty and so not nice of that person!!!

Why can’t we just be nice to each another?

Published in: on March 27, 2008 at 4:41 am  Leave a Comment  

What I Want!!!

All I Want:

It’s the annualBariah‘s Wish List” a.k.a What To Get Bariah for her upcoming birthday in May”. Honestly, rather than wondering what in the world to get me, just scroll down this list and voila (!) life is easy! (I’ll try and act surprised as well..haha)

1.  You can’t go wrong with an espresso machine esp if it’s red in colour! (I have no idea when am I going to actually stand in front of it and start frothing milk..but hey, at least I know it’s there if I want to do so!!)


2. A Bose Ipod SoundDock

Would make any music fan happy!!

3. Lonely Planet‘s 132 Seize The Days

I need to find inspiration to go somewhere – even if it’s only a one hour break!!

4. Something chic & Gucci Pelham Guccisima Bag 

I’ve been eyeing this bag for ages but too poor to buy it..*sad*

5. A Trans-siberian railway ticket ..return please..not one way to Siberia!

but I will settle for a flight ticket to Russia actually..


6. Of course you can’t go wrong with shoes…

or money..or make up..or money.. I’m not that fussy..really!!

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 3:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Update from the Bush


It’s been 3 months since I’ve started work and life hasn’t the same since.

Working is definitely harder than studying – the responsibility that you carry is sometimes just so enormous and you keep thinking “this person’s life is in myhands” and it can overwhelm you. It has overwhelm me many times – and in those times, I tell myself to breath and swallow my panic quickly because patients know when you panic. Acting and looking confident is important in this field.

So i’m currently in a rural hospital for 10 weeks – rural Australia is probably not as bad as some might imagine it to be – yes, there are rolling fields around me with back & white cows grazing lazily in them but no, I don’t work in a shabby tin hospital with no beds and no water and no electricity. It’s a pretty small hospital –  we all know each other so well that we probably know what each ate for dinner last night – but we’re just too polite to point out that the rice was under-cook. The town is small itself – it’s hard not to go out for dinner with friends and find your patients sitting next to you/ serving you/ taking your order. What else to do but smile and ask how are they doing.

My form of entertainment after work is the idiot box. I can feel my IQ slowly draining away as I watch anything and everything on TV. And when you watch tv, you tend to eat – so thats what I’ve been doing, watching and eating. Now, I’m trying to find a new hobby – online shopping. Surprisingly I can’t seem to find anything nice that I want to buy. I like going to shops to shop! I like the fact I can try on a piece of clothing, swing a bag on my shoulder or tottle in heels around the store. Internet shopping feels blergh but oh so convenient!

Anyway, tomorrow is Friday…yeay!

Published in: on March 13, 2008 at 6:11 am  Leave a Comment  

My Turn

This blog is the brainchild of three then university students studying their individual passions of medicine and music. This blog is meant to be an outlet between friends with a similar stress level – just different passionate reasons.

The silence on this blog is a testament to the busy lives we lead chasing our dreams in real-time, dealing with consequences, and wondering sometimes why we chose to entertain our passion.

Especially on days like today.

Approximately fifteen minutes ago, I gave my student a verbal lashing.

(Oh, by the way I work full time now)

Yesterday she asked if her alto group could clock in earlier for sectionals before the rest of the choir turned up. That means an earlier morning for me. Now, a regular Tuesday doesn’t require me to start work til 11am to recover from a 14 hour teaching schedule the day before.

So I woke up this morning – the grandest time of 6.30am. And debated with myself. Is it worth the lack of sleep? I don’t have to do it if I didn’t want to. But I shouldn’t say no to a bunch of students who were willing to make the collective effort to improve.

Battled the early morning jam. Opened the doors of the academy. Waited.

70% of the group showed up at their stipulated time. Doing nothing. No thing. Head honcho showed up half an hour late. She went to pick up a fellow chorister whom she failed to inform of the earlier time. Failed to inform, ladies and gentlemen.

And that was why I let her have it.

Because it pisses me off when students take my kindness for granted and leaders do not take responsibility.

So now I sit here, venting. While the whole choir rehearses out in the main area. They need to learn a lesson in taking charge and running independent rehearsals. I am their choir coach and technically, I paid for the rental of this rehearsal venue, not them. So I call the shots.

If they do not appreciate my supporting them, I will take my passion elsewhere once the whole choir competitions are over.

I wish I were by the beach sipping a latte while snacking on calamari rings and chips.

Published in: on March 11, 2008 at 1:53 am  Leave a Comment