Finally.

I know this comes as stale news.. but tomorrow is a big day for us. 🙂

We are moving the first of our things into our very first rented apartment together. My pots and pans and textbooks will go first. Only that alone has taken up the whole car!! @.@ Might have to use the textbooks as decor on the ceiling or the walls in our tiny apartment.

I would say this is a pretty huge milestone for us as we have been playing the long distance game for.. well, forever! We have never been the couple who saw each other day which I believe allowed us our own space to grow during the past six years in our own ways and yet whenever we get to meet during our semester holidays, we make the most of it and then go back to living our own lives. 🙂 It was difficult at times but you get used to it.

Being in Kluang for the past six months was great because I could go home anytime I wanted (space) or choosing to go down to him (spending time together). It was a perfect balance, a gradual step to living together.

I have been praying and bugging and praying and bugging and begging for the second leg of my first year dental officer posting to be done in JB and thankfully, I GOT IT!!! 🙂 We went apartment hunting the very next day.

It still hasn’t quite sunk in… this whole living together thing. It’s exciting and strange at the same time because living on my own usually means that I have housemates. Is he my housemate? My family? What is he? What is this?? It’s a strange limbo between boyfriend and husband. It’s a whole new level of closeness. I think this is what people mean when they say taking the next step.

The both of us did feel awkward as we surveyed the apartments, quite shy to introduce ourselves as a couple, almost like as if we’re too young to be a ‘couple’. We really need to get this whole We-Are-Still-Kids mentality out of our heads because god knows how long ago that was. This is what being in university for far too long does to you. You grow up a little later than your peers. 😀

I have friends my age already buying houses, some even buying houses on their own without a partner involved. It’s all very adultish!

The idea was to get an apartment that was not too far from the causeway, super safe and near enough to my workplace. But because of the rotations a FYDO would have to do, I’ll have to drive around Johor Bahru for quite a bit and best of all, against the crazy morning traffic!

We were very fortunate, albeit very much poorer now too after paying 3 months rental plus utilities deposit for a 700 sq ft place within spitting distance from Hospital Sultanah Aminah, one of the places I’ll be attached to! I keep telling everyone that it’s really within spitting distance! Like, I can literally throw paper planes from my balcony and it would land in the hospital grounds! It’s also a stone’s throw from the seaside..which is basically just rocks because you ain’t got no beach front along the causeway area. 🙁 No worries! I still have a seaside residence! 😀 😀 The sea breeze blows in pretty strongly so I think we can save on aircon usage!

A lovely plus is the fact that Hospital Sultanah Aminah is THE place for all emergency cases so that means when I am on-call, I can just walk over when my phone goes off!

I’m so glad we’re here, the end of our long distance relationship journey. This moment was a hope we held on to dearly for the 5-6 years. We were even surveying Johor Bahru two years before graduation…that’s how excited we were! And to finally be here, we really don’t quite know what to make of it. 🙂

and yes, we have both our parents’ blessings to be doing this together. More like no eye see.. hahahaha. <3

My Induction Camp As A First Year Dental Officer

All u41 dental officers have to go through a four day induction which is like a camp of sorts and I have been among the chosen ones for this round! It would be awesome if all first year dental officers (fydos) can be here together but of course, come to think of it we can’t leave the clinics half empty throughout the country. There are 110 of us here this week in Kolej Sains Komuniti Bersekutu in Kempas, JB. The dental officers are from Johor, Malacca, Pahang, KL and Perak.

Apparently all future induction courses will be held here. It’s a really beautiful health allied sciences college and the hostels are really new and comfortable too. All officers in the peninsular will have their induction here which is carried out in batches. ALSO, good news to all government servants who will have to have their induction courses one day, the birotatanegara (BTN) has been cancelled forever since Jan 2011!! YAY!!!


The view from the sixth floor.


More hostels nearby.


The top of some of the faculty buildings.


Neighbouring hostels.


The carpark just outside our hostel block!

In a way, it is sort of like a camp as everyone is about the same age. There are only six of us from AIMST but we are trying our best to make as many new friends as possible.


Had dinner with Ee Chia, Steven and Cze-Yin on Monday night!


Pretty awesome to be able to pop out if you think the food’s gonna suck.

For me it feels really surreal to be called by the government to congregate at a place for four days because it just feels like national service all over again. I mean technically we are serving the nation but I couldn’t help feeling this overwhelming sense of nostalgia, walking back to dorms, i really felt like I was back in national service.


My schedule and my name tag.

I am always up for making new acquaintances and this is how it usually is when you go for a camp, you do not expect to see any familiar faces. The strange but awesome part is that I get to choose my room mate. It doesn’t even happen this way at a normal camp! So of course I would choose someone whom I have known for years, someone whom I have lived with for years and someone whom I have plenty of catching up to do with. So glad Cze-Yin is my room mate!


And this is a new friend I have made, Dhanya!


Lie Yuen, she’s pretty much your replacement. 😛


Because AIMST people band together.


But we did make some new friends. 🙂


Just a fraction of the 110 participants at the camp.

I was initially worried that I might have to share a dorm with six other girls or something. While it was fun, I don’t think I want to repeat what I went through during national service – sharing a dorm with 24 girls. But to my delight, our room is HUGE! Two to a room and so much floor space! There’s a conjoining toilet with our neighbour but it’s cool.. we made friends, we won’t steal each other’s shampoo. Albeit a little dusty, the bed is really solid and the ceiling fan is cold enough for us as we’re on the 6th floor plus it has been raining quite a bit. The lovely weather does remind me of national service where it was mostly cloudy as I went during the rainy season.


A lovely wardrobe for my so called ironed clothes.


Our two beds and the awesome floor space.


Cze-Yin chillaxing with my laptop.


On our way out to the first lecture this morning.

Another strange thing was that there’s no curfew for us. Most of us are probably still coming to terms with the fact that we are no longer students but real, proper, working adults. The security guards would wave us through and we’d be stunned while still in “Defence Against Security Guards” mode – a skill many of us have acquired as students who had to deal with fussy guards.

I remember in National Service, we would still have talks after dinner and we would walk to the cafeteria after a cool evening bath and settle in for an evening of superstitious or motivational rambling by some trainer.

I’m feeling particularly nostalgic about how I would whip out my notepad and pen to record every single moment that happened in national service while trying to deal with home sickness, making new friends and eating strange food.


In National Service, we were served five meals a day and it is no different here. Two hours of talk is followed by half an hour or one and a half hour of makan, another two hours of talk, another round of makan. We makan SIX times here.

In national service, if we skipped any makans, we were required to be in the cafeteria. But here we can adjourn back to our rooms and come out again when there was another lecture to go to. The room is in a perpetual state of coolness.

In national service, I arrived in a bus, without a single soul who could speak to me in English. I thought it was the most important trait to have back then. Fast forward 6 years and here I am, less of a banana and arrived in my car. Drove here straight after work and the feeling was …for lack of a better word…awesome. I just felt this vast amount of freedom to just up and leave anytime. Back in the day, camps meant a month of planning, liasing with friends, getting your mum to do some shopping for you. But now, I can just pack a few necessities, shop for some stuff and throw everything into my car boot and sing loudly to Fly FM for one hour plus before arriving at the campus where my induction is held.

When I went for camps, surely I would forget to pack something or I would realize that I really really could use with something. And I would never get it. I would then have to suffer in silence. But last night, we needed floor mats because the room was dusty and it flooded on my side of the room as we forgot to close the window. Out we went to a grocery store about 2km away, without feeling even the slightest bit of tiredness to stock up on some floor mats, toilet rolls and snacks. All because I had a car. I am in CAMP and I have my car here with me. I can say that over and over again.


I think the best part is that I have my favourite soft toy pillow here with me, my P1wimax modem here with me and my kettle as well. As I am quite high up, the speed is mad crazy. When I download movies, it’s like way faster than the speeds I get back home in Kluang.  I have never even been this well equipped at a camp.

While my colleagues have been very supportive of me for the past 5 months, I have never had the chance to meet so many FYDOS at once. I don’t feel like I’m in a working environment, it seems like university all over again because no one here is your senior (or in some cases, no one here is very much your senior).


I have three more days to go. 🙂 And then it’s Singapore for the weekend. Singapore’s like, 20 minutes away. How awesome does my camp get?!? Internet + Boyfriend Who Is 20 Minutes Away + Car + Cold Weather + Comfy Bed….I’m one happy cookie.

An Old Story about AIMST University’s First Batch of Dental Graduates..er graduating!

Once upon a time, I had my graduation ceremony.

It’s so long ago that my graduation ceremony photo albums pops up on Facebook’s Photo Memories every now and then. But it is my graduation day, and no matter how long it has been, it will be up here. My europe trip too. Even though it happened in mid-2009, one day I shall post all if not some of my pictures taken in Amsterdam, Paris etc. 🙁


Some shots from the morning, Chee Kiang in his outfit that garnered many compliments from my friends. 😀

Old news but…CHEE KIANG GOT ME AN IPAD FOR MY GRADUATION!!!


With graduation bouquets that I ordered for myself on behalf of my loved ones T_T


Got Chee Kiang to go trigger happy with my DSLR while I was down at the basement getting ready with my classmates.


Came up to show them my attire! (and to make my parents sniffle..wahahah)


This was when I still did not know how to wear the robes properly. ;|


Getting my attire lovingly adjusted by mum and Chee Kiang.


At the basement with Brenda. This was our day!!


Dinner mates!! <3


With Poh Yee! Side note: We held each others’ hands when opening our letters regarding the places we were posted to.


l-r: Wuan Phing, Jaya, Fiza and Yan Rui! Wuan Phing is in Pahang now, Jaya is in Kota Tinggi, which is Johor as well, Fiza Selangor and Yan Rui is somewhere in Perak. 🙂


I’m definitely going to miss moments like this. :’)


Myself and Bala, one of the most capable and independent guys in my class.


Obligatory 5.3 group photo. I miss my group mates so much despite being the only girl there. Yes I am the only girl. *runs away from Cze-Yin’s evil glare*


With a very unfriendly Jimmy.


We were lining up, like in primary school, waiting to go up on stage!


Yup that’s how I looked like in my gown. Uh-huh.


Narjit won the Best Dental Student award! Since Year 1 we have already known that the award would go to her. Just wish that the school would have come up with a better name than that.


Terrible right this Jimmy. Take photo with Narjit so happy pulak. 🙁


Doing a favour for Group 5.4. Here’s your group photo if you haven’t already saved it from my facebook album from centuries ago.


Group 5.1!


Group 5.3.


Another one with group 5.3!


And lastly, group 5.5


With my darling Lie Yuen. I sometimes I forget that I am living alone and when there’s something I want to tell someone, anyone, I instantly look for Lie Yuen, then I remember, oh yeah. We are not living together anymore. 🙁


With Jamie who got posted back to her hometown in Sarawak!


If you can see, my family members are waving in the background of this picture. Heh. They somehow managed to find seats along my row in the graduates’ area.


More photos while we waited patiently for all the inspiring speeches to end.


After getting our certs! And yup, no nice photos of me on stage by my dad/Chee Kiang. There’s one professionally taken by the gown rental/photography people which I have collected but have yet to scan it… it’ll just get hung up somewhere at home. 😀 There’s gonna be a little shrine on one of the walls dedicated to my graduation. 😀


Not a scroll!


With Dr. Manikandan and Dr. Karthik. Dr. Karthik is like a super teacher. He was there with us from (almost) the beginning till the end of our studies. He thought us the super basic stuff like dental materials and cavity designs all the way to complex things like post and core, crowns and bridge, cast partial dentures.. we can’t thank him enough. He is extremely dedicated to the students and helped us in any way he could. We were initially afraid of him because he put on the bad cop persona but over the years, he became a dear friend and mentor to all of us.

Dr. Manikandan is one of the dental officers who sees patients before deciding if they are suitable for the students. He also played a major role during our Clinical Management Report and credits to him for the beautiful before and after photos taken with the clinic’s camera. He also earns many brownie points among the students here by being one of the hottest staff members around! That being said, Dr. George is still a favourite among most female students. HEHEHE. Sorry everybody, the secret is out.


Sneaking a solo photo in amidst the chaos.


Found Dr. Brindha and Dr. Niekla!!

These are the two most motherly lecturers I have here.

Dr. Brindha is Dr. Karthik’s wife and the both of them arrive at AIMST at the end of 2006, early in our second year. She was the good cop to Dr. Karthik’s initial bad cop. Dr. Brindha is usually the one to reassure us when we are faced with “OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT” situations. She takes her time to clear our doubts for us and is super super super patient. 🙂

Dr. Niekla.. probably the most popular lecturer at the dental faculty. She has recently left AIMST so it’s quite unfortunate that the juniors will not get to know her . You people at IMU better appreciate her! She’s probably the most animated, adorable, caring and understanding lecturer ever! She has no qualms about letting her hair down when joking with students and swings back into professional mode when it comes to our paediatric sessions. Yes, she’s our paediatric dentistry lecturer. With her good PR skills, she’s excellent with the kids and she’s the one who taught us about the importance of a reassuring touch to improve our communication with the kids. 🙂


A bear, Jimmy and Magesh.


Praveena and me!!


With juniors Serene and Rachel.


With my patient, Mr. Phoon! Mr. Phoon is probably one of my most caring patients ever… I only met him during the final leg of my final year, a time when stress levels were sky high, tears were held back by fanning ourselves frantically. When my clinical management report (CMR) patient told me that she probably could not come for anymore treatment, I really didn’t know what to do. Mr. Phoon, whom I had a session with that day, saw my crumbling face and offered to become my CMR patient. He said he could come anytime I needed him to. I was so so so touched by his sincerity but I had to persevere to convince my first patient as I had already started with her case and there was not much time left. Thank you so much, Mr. Phoon. 🙂 My junior who took on your case is very lucky to have you as a patient.

Finding a good patient back in uni was seriously rare. I can only name like… a handful of patients who were nice to me. Most were nightmares. I had one infamous nightmare. Hahaha. No names please! 😛


With Lie Yuen and Brenda and our graduation presents!


A bouquet of Ferrero Roucher!! Who so lucky?!


Mum and I before I scrambled away to go on stage for a group photo. Sorry mum! 🙁


With Maxis’ famous Doraemon soft toy. The soft toy even made it into the papers! More on that further down.


Me, detecting a camera.


Can hardly make out our faces but yeah, that’s all 37 of us. The first batch of dental graduates from AIMST University! Our class photo is hung in the dental students’ common room to be remembered for ages to come.


With Prof. Smales, a man who loves us as much as we love him. 🙂 He still has his british humour about him which is not quite registered among my classmates most of the time but we do love him so much. He is the one who build up the entire aimst dental programme with the help of Datuk Dr. Rohani, Dr. Robinson and Prof. Comfort. But this AIMST BDS programme is his baby.

In the initial years, he would come in every other month to tell us about the developments of the programme. He would tell us about the construction of the simulation lab, the technology lab, what we were to expect in our new dental building at the new campus (which we only saw for the first time in our third year) and later on, the successful accreditation of our course. It was a long journey and he was with us all the way. I believe that this is a privilege that the first batch of dental students have managed to enjoy. People in the fourth batch and so on would probably never get to know Prof. Smales the way we did. I’m sorry that you guys did not get to see the school transform to become what it is today but please appreciate all the facilities that you have here at AIMST because it wasn’t always like that.


Cze-Yin, her aunt and her cousins.


When we came out from the great hall, THIS was awaiting us. We were stunned into silence. It didn’t quite register at first.. but we eventually calmed down and were overwhelmed with such gratefulness towards our dental juniors. 🙂 you guys are the best. Always always always so creative. 😉


With Batch 4’s famous dental probe (made from a roller brush) and mouth mirror (mirror made from a milo tin cover..lol).


Extremely supportive juniors. We felt like real celebritites…:) We felt so loved.


This is my politician smile. lol


They called themselves the mobile backdrop. ;D


Lie Yuen’s red carpet smile.


Poh Yee gets mobbed too. LOL


Some quiet time with my dear Brenda and Lie Yuen.


Was getting a little bit tired from all the activity.


With Yen Yen Cheh Cheh who came all the way from Singapore to see me get my certificate. Thank you YYCC!!


With Chee Kiang and all my presents. <3 🙂 Oh, the iPad was in the car. 😛


Paiseh to take the flowers.


Ok, a more loving photo. 🙂


Family photo!! yup, this is my entire entourage.


The girls!


One of my few solo pictures. 😀


MUST TAKE. Housemates photo. MUST.


As planned on Facebook, we gathered at the grassy patch next to do the administration building for our mortar board throwing picture.


Unbeknownst to us, there was a chinese newspaper journalist among the crowd of proud parents looking on. So yeah, there’s a photo of my classmates and I in one of the chinese newspapers a few days after that.


A few more jumps. Someone kicked Doraemon to the floor by accident. Haha.


Ready for the next round!


Whee!!

Don’t know who’s mortar board is whose.


To this day, I still don’t know how they managed to get the mortar boards to form a circle in mid-air.


We looked more like lawyers!


Group photo with as many as we could find.


With Batch 2 juniors, Melvin, Samuel, CY, Sook Mei and June. 🙂


With Ada (second from right) and her pharmacy coursemates.


<3 Sabrina and Aimee!! Batch 4 juniors.


Some quality time with the family. Koo Cheong and Koo Ma!!


With dad and mum.


Chee Kiang and the bear, taken against his will.


Like in a movie, but it would be better if my hair was not so haywire and maybe more make-up for me please.


One more round for Brenda who missed the mortar board throwing photo session. 😐


Whee!!


With Aik Munn, one of my favourite Batch 3 juniors. 🙂


I think this was when my dad teased Chin Kai about being the new owner of most of my furnitures.. haha. Take good care of my grandfather’s old cathode tv, Chin Kai!


With Yii Ping and Jen! Jen is the proud owner of one of my book shelves and my weighing scale. LOL


With Philip and Deniece!


Kaixuan!


Stephanie and Charis!


Felicia and Ei Leng!!


Us seniors feeling so loved with all the juniors coming to see us on this special day.


With Janice, Samantha, Sook Mei and Shing Yin


With Janice, Kimra, Agnes, Soo Huan and Wai Yan!


Awww my favourite sibling of a friend, Lie Peh! <3 <3 <3 <3 No prizes for guessing who’s sister. Hahha.


With Siva!


And GERVIENE!! Our current ADSA president, resident funny woman of AIMST Dentistry. 🙂 Thanks for always making the cutest jokes, Gerv!!


With Ananth and Dhanya. 🙂


With Jimmy from Pharmacy Batch 2! Poor guy got posted to Terengganu.


More solo hiaupor photos. Much thanks to Chee Kiang for layaning. <3


With Lily!


With Prof. Ferguson!! My oral biochemistry lecturer. He said if he didn’t make use of his camera (to take pictures with his students), his wife would question him. LOL.


He looks so cute here!


With Jickson, Cynthia and Sheena.


And Victor!


When you leave a boyfriend waiting in the car with your camera, this happens. 🙂

Oooh..ooh.. so right, after like 3-4 months of my convo ceremony, the family and I decided to go get proper shots done at a studio. Here’s the results:

*punches fist in air* YESSSSs… done with my convocation ceremony post.

Of Passion and Fried Mee Hoons

Pet peeves in the clinic:

1. Chinese patients who exclaim how delightful it is that there’s a chinese dentist in a government dental clinic. It embarrasses me, as a chinese, that a fellow chinese can say such things out loud like it is so normal.

2. When telling patients to sit down, they sit on my chair instead of the dental chair. It is annoying in an innocent kind of way, kinda amusing too. But today lagi teruk, a used bib was left on my chair as the patient walked out! So convenient hor!

Been reading a few happy blogs recently and happy blogs always make me want to indulge in all the hobbies that I am supposed to have. My new found hobby: Cooking, duh! Photography, blogging, sticker selling……drama watching is more like a habit..so, nothing very creative with that. Good blogs make you want to create and share!

Here are two of my latest favourite ones before I spam you with today’s cooking photos:

Rob & Lauren – A young married couple – really young like, the girl is about my age (haha perasannya me) – who are one of Canada’s top wedding photographers and are really passionate about what they do. The best part is the two of them run this wedding photography business together and if you’re into portraits, wedding photography and randomness, read everything!! Or more like see everything, since it’s a photoblog. Love their talent. It helps that the guy looks like Justin Long too. 😀

The Journal of A Girl Who Loves To Cook – I’ve long heard of her name but can’t really recall when and how or who told me about her. I didn’t know Delectable had such a long history and the brand was brought to my attention when Mel raved on FB about the christmas themed cupcakes that were sent to her office. She has immortalized Su’s famous Penguins in the office’s fridge.  Each of her blog post is accompanied by pictures of her gorgeous cakes, teeming with so much creativity that defies human limitations. And she is so full of sunshine in every sentence, so grateful for her talent and support from all that loves her and her work. And most of all, she is living her dream by opening her own cake shop. I love her story. 🙂 If I had a bucket list, it would be to visit her shop and eat one of her delectable delights!

Because of my forced-confirmation from loved ones (“ok ah my mee hoon? edible ah? Can serve or not you say?”) that my fried mee hoon was a-ok during my New Year’s Day potluck ‘do, I decided to cook it again this evening. Heh. Just because it ain’t stir fried something/soupy something, so better get some variety under my belt while I can.


First up! Soggify the mee hoon! I store my mee hoon in the freezer, in a plastic bag, as I don’t have enough containers. So apparently nothing happens to raw mee hoon in subzero temperatures.


Remove unwanted particles from the bean sprouts.


Ingredients! Chicken (i’d rather use minced chicken, but damn Giant doesn’t even have chicken fillet, so I had to make do with chicken keel. 🙁 ), fish cakes, garlic cloves, chinese cabbage.

Do you like my pink knife and pink chopping board?!? *squeal*

Taro’ everything in and stir fry with olive oil and a pinch of salt.


Blanch the soggy mee hoon in boiling water to cook it a little. Then toss it into the wok to cook with the other incredients. Add dark soya sauce to get it to look brown and authentic and more importantly, light soya sauce for taste!


Ta-dah! Fried Mee Hoon!  And as usual, I overcooked again, so I might be having fried mee hoon for tomorrow’s lunch, tomorrow’s dinner and the day after tomorrow’s lunch. T_T