04(17): Why and how I lost 10 kg in 5 months, and successfully sustained it; lessons learnt, and next steps

04(17): Why and how I lost 10 kg in 5 months, and successfully sustained it; lessons learnt, and next steps

It's finally here. The blog post which some have been requesting. Aptly, it is being published on New Year's Eve. I hope this encourages and inspires you to consider realistic fitness and health goals, particularly if you're one who sets New Year Resolutions. For those just interested in the rough 'before'/'after' photos and only want … Continue reading 04(17): Why and how I lost 10 kg in 5 months, and successfully sustained it; lessons learnt, and next steps

04(16): Why 1 kg weight loss takes away 4 kg-equivalent of stress from the hip – a tango between medicine and Newtonian mechanics

04(16): Why 1 kg weight loss takes away 4 kg-equivalent of stress from the hip – a tango between medicine and Newtonian mechanics

INTRODUCTION It has been a while (about 1.5 months) since my previous blog post, in which I discussed a medical condition where the patient sheds 'crocodile tears'. Well, that condition (Borogad syndrome) is pretty esoteric, and I wrote about it largely only because I wanted to share some fascinating trivia I had encountered in my … Continue reading 04(16): Why 1 kg weight loss takes away 4 kg-equivalent of stress from the hip – a tango between medicine and Newtonian mechanics

04(14): What objectively determines the physical attractiveness of a man’s face?

04(14): What objectively determines the physical attractiveness of a man’s face?

Introduction Many in society repeat ad nauseam how it's a person's personality that truly matters, perhaps in an attempt by their holier-than-thou attitude to demonstrate that they transcend the reality of the 'superficiality' of physical features. What's funny is that it's almost never the people who are conventionally unattractive that say that 'looks don't matter'. … Continue reading 04(14): What objectively determines the physical attractiveness of a man’s face?

04(13): The secret of success according to the world’s greatest sushi chef

04(13): The secret of success according to the world’s greatest sushi chef

Background What is your favourite cuisine? Personally, it would be Japanese (Western is a joint favourite). My love for Japanese food began at the tender age of nine, when I was granted even more daily pocket money upon advancing to being a Primary Three student at Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School (PHPPS). A photograph of … Continue reading 04(13): The secret of success according to the world’s greatest sushi chef

04(12): Aesthetic medicine – does it deserve such a bad rap?

04(12): Aesthetic medicine – does it deserve such a bad rap?

Background Yesterday, I went to get a haircut and while I was en-route to the barber, I encountered a sign which advertised the list of aesthetic services offered by a GP clinic, which itself was a member of a chain of GP clinics. Interestingly, aesthetic medicine isn't recognised as a specialty or subspecialty in Singapore. … Continue reading 04(12): Aesthetic medicine – does it deserve such a bad rap?

04(11): Justin Bieber – a case study on facial nerve palsy and basic neurolocalisation

04(11): Justin Bieber – a case study on facial nerve palsy and basic neurolocalisation

Introduction During my first week of the IM (Internal Medicine) rotation almost a year ago, I remember being asked by a doctor to perform an examination of a particular patient's cranial nerves. The patient had been diagnosed with Ramsay-Hunt syndrome. That encounter left an impact on me. Now, whenever I encounter the eponymous syndrome or … Continue reading 04(11): Justin Bieber – a case study on facial nerve palsy and basic neurolocalisation

04(10): The finale of a global challenge that was held in London, and sightseeing in the city

04(10): The finale of a global challenge that was held in London, and sightseeing in the city

Background & Introduction **Scroll to the bottom of this post for a tl;dr summary if you'd rather not read the details!** In perhaps the first quarter of 2021, I encountered a fellow Singaporean medical student’s retweet on Twitter. The retweet promoted an online event, specifically a global competition for medical students, that had been organized … Continue reading 04(10): The finale of a global challenge that was held in London, and sightseeing in the city

04(08): Notable snippets from a second read of Cal Newport’s “Digital Minimalism”

Last night, I completed my re-reading of Cal Newport's "Digital Minimalism". The book is incredibly relevant to practically every soul whose life involves the use of, to any extent, devices such as smartphones, computers, etc. I realised that when I had read the book for the first time last July, I failed to note down … Continue reading 04(08): Notable snippets from a second read of Cal Newport’s “Digital Minimalism”

04(06): An unexpected appreciation for my piano arrangement of “The Road Ahead”

04(06): An unexpected appreciation for my piano arrangement of “The Road Ahead”

What a pleasant surprise to receive this in my inbox (see the following attached screenshot of the email correspondence that has been partially redacted). Yishun Health (consisting of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital 邱德拔醫院, 90 Yishun Central and Yishun Community Hospital) had their Teachers' Appreciation Day on 1 March to demonstrate their thanks for the indispensable … Continue reading 04(06): An unexpected appreciation for my piano arrangement of “The Road Ahead”

04(05): A revitalised urge for discipline in one’s pursuit of the deep life

04(05): A revitalised urge for discipline in one’s pursuit of the deep life

NB: This was adapted (mainly refinements on grammar, sentence structure, and a few additions to content) from a physical diary entry I made today.---Today, I experienced a renewed urge to become truly disciplined again with respect to my academic work - to work on my Anki reviews (ensuring that they are completed promptly every single … Continue reading 04(05): A revitalised urge for discipline in one’s pursuit of the deep life

04(02): Establishing a basic skincare routine

Skincare routines are not limited to use by women It isn’t challenging to appreciate the sheer number of beauty, skincare, and facial products that are marketed primarily towards the female demographic in society. It’s everywhere: physical advertisements at bus stops, MRTs, shopping malls; advertisements along the side of the page as you surf the web. … Continue reading 04(02): Establishing a basic skincare routine

03(04): Vivid and bizarre dream which interrupted my sleep

03(04): Vivid and bizarre dream which interrupted my sleep

I had been sleeping and just woke up (1:23 am) from a vivid and bizarre dream. I’m going to document/type what I can remember before the details are quickly forgotten. In the dream, I was with five other medical students (donning our white coats) working as assistants for a cardiologist (this person is someone who … Continue reading 03(04): Vivid and bizarre dream which interrupted my sleep

03(02): There’s more to it than “just exercise more”

Today is the last day of the 1-week-long ICOPE (Integrated Care of Older Persons) component of my Family Medicine posting. While I spent my time at the community hospital (specifically at St. Andrew Community Hospital from Monday through Thursday), today was spent entirely at home, where I participated in the following lectures virtually via Zoom: … Continue reading 03(02): There’s more to it than “just exercise more”

03(01): Takeaways from drafting a patient’s chronic care plan

On Friday, I concluded my three-week stint at Queenstown Polyclinic as part of the ten-week Family Medicine (FM) posting of the third year of the NUS MBBS undergraduate curriculum (i.e. Phase III). There were various assessment components associated with this three-week stint, one of which was the 'patient care plan' that each medical student was … Continue reading 03(01): Takeaways from drafting a patient’s chronic care plan

02(06): Getting back to learning Latin again after a hiatus; learn Latin with me.

A few years ago, I decided to start learning Latin for various reasons. Firstly, I thought that it was and still do think it is a majestic and beautiful language. Its words just have that accompanying gravitas. It had so much weight. Somehow, the mere fact that something is written in Latin seems to lend … Continue reading 02(06): Getting back to learning Latin again after a hiatus; learn Latin with me.

02(04): Take learning in medical school to the next level with AMBOSS

In this post, I will be introducing the question bank of AMBOSS. Before diving straight into that, I think it helps to establish some essential background information so that we can at least understand slightly better AMBOSS's role in medical education today. My earliest encounter with AMBOSS was probably late in 2018, where I chanced … Continue reading 02(04): Take learning in medical school to the next level with AMBOSS

01(32): Should we abandon medical eponyms?

Which is the "correct" term: Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer disease? Should the eponym be replaced entirely? According to the Wikipedia article on medical eponyms, "medical eponyms are terms used in medicine which are named after people (and occasionally places or things). In 1975, the Canadian National Institutes of Health held a conference that discussed the naming … Continue reading 01(32): Should we abandon medical eponyms?

01(31): How I chose the pieces for my piano exam, and what I could have done differently

In a previous blog post, 01(15), I discussed my musical journey from its very beginning. I highly recommend that you read it if you want an exposition on my musical journey. That blog post is a must-read if you are a frequent visitor to my blog! In this post, I would like to expound on … Continue reading 01(31): How I chose the pieces for my piano exam, and what I could have done differently

01(30): Think twice before swimming in warm freshwater lakes, rivers, and hot springs overseas?

What comes to your mind when you think of people swimming in warm freshwater lakes and rivers? For me, this thought conjures pleasant images of people relaxing in these water bodies. Some might even relax in natural hot springs. Usually, all is well and people are just enjoying their time away from work: the rat … Continue reading 01(30): Think twice before swimming in warm freshwater lakes, rivers, and hot springs overseas?

01(29): What do beta-lactams and perhaps the smallest known living organism have in common?

Yesterday, I was watching a video where the teacher had asked his students a question. He had just discussed how penicillins and cephalosporins can be used against certain bacteria, right after talking about Mycoplasma. The teacher then asked the class: "Which is Mycoplasma more sensitive to: penicillins or cephalosporins?" One student raised his hand and … Continue reading 01(29): What do beta-lactams and perhaps the smallest known living organism have in common?

01(28): Blood types, and converting type A to type O blood with two gut bacterial enzymes

NOTE: To make this blog post more educational, I have decided to come up with some questions throughout this blog post which you can contemplate to reinforce your understanding. My suggested answers can be found at the bottom of the post, just above the references. Feel free to give me feedback so that I can … Continue reading 01(28): Blood types, and converting type A to type O blood with two gut bacterial enzymes

01(27): Eh blarder, u god g6pd anot. dis g6pd si simi?

"Hey bro, do you have this thing called G6PD? What is this G6PD?" What do the title and the preceding sentence have in common? These are perhaps the words of full-time national servicemen, both 30 years ago and now respectively, to their fellow soldiers as they are left perplexed by the medical questionnaires they are … Continue reading 01(27): Eh blarder, u god g6pd anot. dis g6pd si simi?

01(25): The fascinating story of Helicobacter pylori

Ask any kid what he thinks of when he comes across the word "scientist". It is not surprising to hear scientists being described as weird, introverted, bespectacled old men with grey hair in white lab coats who do crazy stuff involving explosive chemical reactions in the laboratory. This stereotypical portrayal is perpetuated by the abundance … Continue reading 01(25): The fascinating story of Helicobacter pylori

01(24): Winning the genetic lottery for handspans as a pianist isn’t enough

The handspan, or simply "span", can be defined as the distance between the tip of one's thumb and one's pinky of the same hand. Understandably, a pianist is going to have a headache if his hand is not able to accommodate a particular series of notes as dictated on the sheet music. The hands are … Continue reading 01(24): Winning the genetic lottery for handspans as a pianist isn’t enough

01(23): The over-emphasis of patient autonomy under the guise of patient-centred care

One of my modules this semester is titled "Communication for Improved Patient Care". Yesterday, we had a lecture from 1-2pm, followed by a workshop from 2-4pm. The theme for this week was "Creating the right therapeutic environment". When delving into the realm of medical ethics and the nature of the relationship between doctor and patient, … Continue reading 01(23): The over-emphasis of patient autonomy under the guise of patient-centred care

01(20): The irony of the innominate artery, and other things

One of my topics this semester is Pathophysiology. According to the topic co-ordinator, the "purpose of this topic is to introduce you to the pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system with a special interest in Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) & ECG Interpretation. The cardiovascular system is an integral part of every patients' [sic] presentation and understanding … Continue reading 01(20): The irony of the innominate artery, and other things

01(19): How to determine the last NRIC letter from the starting letter, and digits

Have you ever wondered how the digits and letters within your NRIC relate to one another? The most recent news shrouding the NRIC concerns the nature of its collection, use, and disclosure. According to a Straits Times article published last August, it will be illegal for organisations to collect, use, or disclose NRIC numbers or … Continue reading 01(19): How to determine the last NRIC letter from the starting letter, and digits

01(15): How I started tickling the ivories, quit, then rekindled my love for music

I can still remember exactly how I started learning the piano. My family had paid a visit to Plaza Singapura and as a boy at the tender age of six, I marvelled at the majesty of the grand pianos that were showcased at one of the top levels of the mall. For those who are … Continue reading 01(15): How I started tickling the ivories, quit, then rekindled my love for music

01(11): How this song’s title (‘Everyday’) left me bemused for a long time

People in their early twenties will remember Disney's High School Musical series. The first of the existing HSM trilogy was released on 20 January 2006 as a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM). It has been the most successful DCOM yet. Songs from its soundtrack such as 'Breaking Free' and 'We're All In This Together' became … Continue reading 01(11): How this song’s title (‘Everyday’) left me bemused for a long time

01(05): The story behind the hymn ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’

'Great is Thy Faithfulness' is one of the most recognisable hymns of all time. Its author and musician are Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960) and William M. Runyan (1870-1957) respectively. It is so popular that it is still sung even in most contemporary and liberal churches which have abandoned the traditional singing on hymns. This endearing … Continue reading 01(05): The story behind the hymn ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’

01(03): Do leap years always occur every four years?

While learning about watches, I chanced upon the fancy feature of ‘perpetual calendars’. However, before talking about perpetual calendars in watches, I should also discuss annual calendars in watches and watches without either feature. In mechanical/automatic watches without either the annual or perpetual calendar feature, there is a date wheel that adjusts every 24 hours … Continue reading 01(03): Do leap years always occur every four years?

01(02): Why do most timepieces with Roman numerals use ‘IIII’ instead of ‘IV’?

This is something I never noticed until I chanced upon an online article discussing this issue. Upon reading this, my eyes were immediately set upon the dial of my Longines. Indeed, 'IIII' is used instead of 'IV'. I continued reading the article and found it to be intriguing. The link to the article I read … Continue reading 01(02): Why do most timepieces with Roman numerals use ‘IIII’ instead of ‘IV’?