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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