Saturday, June 20, 2015


I have always wonder what would I be if I am not a doctor?

"Marketing lah! I can talk to anyone from anywhere of any age one"

"Management lah! I like to organise things and many times to have been able to get people to work hard for me!"

Yes, that might be true.

I applied Medicine because I wanted a reputable line of job.

I want people to know I can do things they cant do, sometimes even with money.

Respect has to be earned.

But as I go further and deeper into medicine, I realised although my deepest interest might not be in medicine, but deep inside us, we have altruistic tendencies.

To see people get well.

To see people happy.

And to see the people we care happy!

That is why I always thought to myself, doctors can only be truly happy, if patients do not pay for their treatments.

When we factor in money, this noble thing that I am trying to do is full of suspicious, full of intent

both from the patients and family,

and myself.

I also want to be rich, who doesnt?

But if money is the one thing that makes you keep going, in this line;

you might not be able to enjoy to be happy anyway.

*Reminder to self, of the real meaning of life, and taking care of lives*

Monday, June 15, 2015

Next door

I am in KL for a work-related visit (ceh wah).

Booked a hotel within the claiming expenses somewhere nearby KL Sentral and since the day is still bright, decided to have a walk around KL sentral.

Walked past Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, very Indian feel. A lot of Indians, with some warungs and teh tarik stalls.

The 4 storeys flats and shophouses below them, with mostly doing small businesses like printings, locksmiths, some distributors etc.

Then I turned into some roads with Brickfields name - still alot of people walking around the street. I must admit I am seeing more foreigners.

Then there is this road (not small lanes, I am not that hero)

with a lot of man sitting on chairs and tables chit chatting near the entrance to the upstairs of 3 storeys very old looking shophouses, and it looks very dodgy, I just walked quickly passed it.

Actually heard some woman's cries from the upstairs and then the man downstairs sitting there just smile among them.

I dont know. I felt quite sad.

It is not that I am culturally shocked, this type of things existed even in Penang.

But dont know, it is today emo terlebih or what

I feel a sense of sadness, that just behind that row of flats, just like 15-20 steps away, literally just behind that only to another shop houses overlooking

the grand, modern looking, shopping mall of Nu Sentral,

where people dressed up nicely in branded stuffs

where cars are valet parked

where most of the coffee and cakes costs RM20 above

where people spent hundreds on lunch only

and just nearby

we have young/old women forced into prostitution.

and we just walked through, and continue our lives.

Sorry, maybe it is just overthinking Whatblog.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


What you plan to do when you are old?

I hope I can collect enough money to operate a small cafe in some not so busy town.

Everyday can chit chat.

and earn money.

At first was thinking of small B&B, or hotel. But thinking back..

dont want la, later ppl rent room to kau yeh.


*Above was a stall selling egg tart and some other local delicacies in Penang Carnovan St.

Operated by very old ppl. And these are truly hand made, nice old Penang taste.

Combined age of the three operators would be almost 2 and half centuries.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

NCCR 2015

"We are arriving in 5 minutes," read the text sent to me via Whatsapp.

I made bigger and faster strides to the ever cheerful crowd of committee members and whispered,"Get the CRC family ready at the lobby for photo taking. The Minister and Big Boss going to be here very soon".

Yang Berhormat Minister of Health Malaysia, Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam arrived at the Bayview Beach Hotel Penang with huge smile. Accompanied by National Director of Clinical Research Centre Dr Goh Pik Pin and CEO of Clinical Research Malaysia Dr Akhmal Yusof from airport, he was warmly welcomed by the Deputy Director General of Health Dr Shahnaz Murad, State Health Director Dato' Dr Hajah Zailan and by about seventy of us in purple Batiks at the lobby.

Warm greetings were exchanged among the VIPs, and a family photo of the members of the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) with the minister was quickly taken.

The Entire Family of Clinical Research Centre and YB Minister
The minister then made his way quickly to the event hall and was greeted with cheers by 520 curious delegates of the 9th National Conference of Clinical Research (NCCR). It was indeed such an honour to have the busy minister flew all the way from Kuala Lumpur on the earliest flight of the day, to open this conference.

In his speech, he reminded the members of the healthcare that despite overwhelming demand of service in our settings, clinical research should never fell out of our radar. He sent a strong word of encouragement to the local researchers to buck up and speed up. "There is still a huge gap in our understanding of diseases, particularly Dengue, which is very common in our country and hardly seen in the West. We are on our own to close this gap and we must not give up, even if we stumbled and we must try over and over again. It is our disease, affecting our own people and we can't run away kept hoping for discoveries from the Western countries".

Being a medical doctor himself, the Minister sat through the 45-minute-long CRC named lecture by a world renowned epidemiologist, Dr Elizabeth Barret Connor. She shared her inspiration journey in research in Gender and Aging for the past 30 years, particularly the story of how she courageously took on the challenge in her very first research project in epidemiology - an area she was unfamiliar with then; "Have courage and never say No, too early!"

Distinguished speaker Prof Elizabeth Connor
The two-and-a-half-day conference was attended by a total of 520 participants from all over the country. Speakers from both abroad and local institutions were carefully selected and invited. With the main theme of "Research that Matters to Society" and focusing on "Aging", a huge spectrum of talks from these 17 distinguished speakers were spelled out for the participants.

There were a few speakers were particularly impressive. Prof Dr Maria Rosario (Happy) G. Araneta, an epidemiologist in University of California USA shared her research quest to understand the link between Metabolic syndrome and ethnicity. On the lighter side, she also presented her new studies of the effects of Yoga and Zumba dancing in Metabolic Syndrome and that was clearly well received by a large section of our young audience.

Another notable invitational speaker is Prof Lo Eng Haw from Harvard Medical School. He was a local Penang boy who has made a name in stroke research. His impressive work on Stroke at the basic science and cellular level were published in many top notched scientific journal such as Nature and Science. His talk, "When Stroke Strikes the Aging Brain - Cell-cell Signaling surprisingly did not lose the audience which were mostly of clinical background. The feedback from the ground was that it was one of the best basic science talk that we ever had.

The conference was not all only about how advanced the world out there. We had a list of our country's top researchers sharing their works in the conference. Our Deputy Director General of Health, Dr Shahnaz Murad was well known for her work in Immunogenicity of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her research on specific rheumatoid arthritis biomarkers among Asians paved ways for further works to understand the immunogenicity of our own patients' population.

In the field of academic research, we were very proud to have Prof Dato’ Dr Ruszymah Bt Hj Idrus and Prof Yuen Kah Hay to share their works. Prof Dr Ruszymah captured the audience with her impressive presentation on her research in skin tissue engineering. The product of her discovery "Myskin" was patented and successfully used in human patients. Prof Yuen on the other hand, was a key scientist in the research of tocotrienol, an isoform of Vitamin E found in palm oil. He found them to be effective in slowing down aging process of brain cells and received worldwide recognition for his work.
Prof Yuen from USM answering queries from the floor regarding his work in neuroprotection of Tocotrienol.
We accepted a total of 160 posters nationwide with on a variety of clinical research areas. Eminent clinical researchers were selected to make up the panel of judges. We had Prof John Chan Kok Meng, Prof Yeow Toh Peng and Prof Asrul Akmal in the panel and they came to a consensus that it was too difficult to shortlist just three submissions for oral presentations for Dr Wu Lien Teh's Young Investigator Award. Instead, they requested to add another category of award with 3 posters for Best Posters Award during the conference after went through all the posters.

A section of the 160 posters on displayed

It was an absolute pleasure to have worked with many interesting characters throughout the months of preparation for this conference. We were very glad to receive so many constructive feedbacks from both the participants and speakers. On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to thank everyone who have involved directly or indirectly, in making the 9th NCCR a successful meeting of clinical researchers. See you in 2016.

Committee Members of the 9th NCCR Penang, 2015
Ang Choon Seong
CRC Hospital Seberang Jaya 2015

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


Back to blogging because it kick starts my reading project.

This morning I saw a bad accident, oh well there is never a good accident anyway.

Accidents are meant to be bad.

There were a pile up of 7 cars i think, or maybe 6, cant really count them all.

The driver of the first car seemed relax, the rest were not so cool.

The one behind was shouting away.

We all know that the one behind going to kena all the way already.

This is the law.

Although he might not be the one at fault, to a certain extent.

It has to be, usually the one most infront braked and the cars behind all knocked each others back because followed to closely.

But in love, we like to blame people.

Sometimes, we have to take it that there is no one to blame.

We need to carry on.

We need to know that some people cars also dont have.

Some people, never sat a car before. (truestory)

And who are we to be so saddening and keep the blaming game going?

In the end, what makes we happy, are the true happiness.

Not what make others think that we are happy.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015


I remembered when I was in medical school, first examination I had was an awful one.

I stayed awake entire night to read up, but the thing is that one cannot chase back entire 6 month's things within a night.

Not when you dont even care what is on the lecture.

I guessed if I can turn back time, I will read my books properly.

One particular question that I will remember till today was on: Circle of Willis.

I think the question goes like; Draw the blood vessels forming circle of willis of the brain.

I drew a circle and wrote there....willis.

Such was my medical school days.

N it felt just like yesterday

Oh my oh my. How i wish I studied hard in those days.