Saturday, December 31, 2011

Think life's tough? Do think again!

MY PAPER, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011, PAGE A13, VIEWPOINTS
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Source Website: http://geoff-tan.com/2011/12/15/be-thankful-be-happy/
By Geoff Tan

Source Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-11/life-at-a-cambodian-rubbish-dump/3659920
By Amy Simmons, Life in a Cambodian rubbish dump, Updated November 11, 2011 19:12:39



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PHOTO: Geoff Tan
The writer is a senior vice-president of Singapore Press Holdings’ marketing division.
MY PAPER, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011, PAGE A13, VIEWPOINTS


SINCE MP Sylvia Lim's speech in Parliament on Oct 19 about the happiness of Singaporeans, there has been much debate across online and offline platforms on the relevance of the issue in measuring Singapore's development.

I am sure that awareness of the kingdom of Bhutan has risen after Ms Lim mentioned the Himalayan country's Gross National Happiness index, which measures the mental well-being of citizens.



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In an affluent nation like Singapore, our conversations are often related to material wealth. Where do you live? What car do you drive? What brands do you like? Where did you go for your holiday? Which company do you work for? How much do you earn? Where do you play golf? Which clubs are you a member of? Which restaurants do you frequent? Which concerts have you been to lately?

A client of mine recently sent me an e-mail message about a place 30km from Cambodia's world-famous Angkor temples. Out of sight of foreign eyes, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, is a community of about 500 people who live in a rubbish dump.



PHOTO: If you think life is your life is tough, think again….
This was the controversial photo that won South African photojournalist Kevin Carter a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

Taken on March 11, 1993, the photo depicts an emaciated Sudanese child crawling towards a United Nations Food camp located a kilometer away, while a vulture sits behind, seemingly waiting for the child to die so he could finally devour her remains. Whatever happened to the child, her ultimate fate remains unknown.
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The e-mail message went on to say that Spanish photojournalist Omar HaVana spent seven months getting to know the people at the dump and documenting their lives. He has since shared his photos and stories online.

In the photos, you will see children rummaging through rubbish, parents living and raising their kids amid a sea of garbage, and people sifting through swiIl (garbage) in the hope of salvaging a meal.

There is even a photo of a boy holding what appears to be a packet of blood, which he intended to eat.



PHOTO:A boy shows off his find. (Supplied: Omar Havana). Life in a Cambodian rubbish dump by Spanish photojournalist Omar Havana
One day a little boy carrying a bag of blood asked me why the people in my country never smile. I didn’t know what to answer. While he looked at the blood he was carrying as a treasure to eat, he explained to me ‘I smile all the time, I’m lucky. Today I’m going to eat this and tomorrow I will see the sun again’.

Brought a tear to my eye! I guess I’ll be on my death-bed when I finally appreciate all that I’ve had.
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Not lost on Mr Havana was that the people looked happy. Many of his photos capture genuine smiles and high spirits. The thing that struck me - in the light of the conditions that the community was living in - was how this could be possible.



PHOTO: A young girl smiles, surrounded by waste. (Supplied: Omar Havana)
They are normal people. Most of the little children are aged between three and 15 and they are always smiling - that was what shocked me most.

The smell is so strong that it gets into your throat. You can taste the smell. Your eyes become full of tears. It is awful, but with time you get used to it.
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Outwardly, we Singaporeans seem to be a privileged lot, but it would appear that there is much that these Cambodians can teach us.

Singaporeans are - to an extent - a complaining lot. Even when we have a roof over our heads, good schools for our kids, decent jobs and the comforts of life, many of us don't seem to be completely satisfied!



PHOTO: An amazing gift from someone we barely know. Even when we have a roof over our heads, good schools for our kids, decent jobs and the comforts of life, many of us don't seem to be completely satisfied!
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I came across this online comment: "All those in the sales and service industries know that Singaporeans are a complaining lot. They usually complain about 'poor' service not so much to see improvement in service, but hope to get some form of compensation in return."



PHOTO: A pile of scraps. (Supplied: Omar Havana)
They deserve to be known, they deserved to have a voice, and I think their smiles are the best way they can show themselves. They are happy just because tomorrow they will see the sun.

Basically the dump is their shopping centre. Everything that they need to survive comes from the dump. They always tell me that they are lucky if they find bananas because they are clean under the skin.
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If the Cambodian community surviving in the rubbish dump can exude such joy and happiness in spite of their situation, perhaps we need to re-assess our priorities and be more thankful for our blessings.
By Geoff Tan

The writer is a senior vice-president of Singapore Press Holdings' marketing division.



PHOTO: Children and parents sift for food. (Supplied: Omar Havana)
One day in Cambodia a boy told me he had been living for many years in the rubbish dumps. I tried hard to get permission to visit them but I didn’t, so I made the decision to go without permission. What I saw there was from another world.

In total there are about 500 people working there, most of whom also live, sleep, eat and drink there. After working for several months in the dumps I even saw a child birth.
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PHOTO: A woman fetches water. (Supplied: Omar Havana)
The rubbish is coming from Siem Reap, the main tourist city in Cambodia, where there are many hotels

including a few that have rooms for over $1,500 a night. It is a city of almost 150,000 people.
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PHOTO: Girl laughs while rummaging for food. (Supplied: Omar Havana)
I have to be honest, I didn’t find that place sad. I was happy every time that I was with the people living there.

The sadness and the tears come after, when you are in your hotel room surrounded by material things and you don’t see the smiles and the faces of the people living there come to your memory - that is when the sadness invades you.
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PHOTO: Children of the dump. (Supplied: Omar Havana)
I call Cambodia the Forgotten World. With photography we cannot change the world, but we can change minds and touch hearts. That is the reason why I’m a photographer ... to give a voice to those in silence.
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Life is too short to let your problems get the best of you. Sit down and think of ways to overcome those problems and get your life back on track to a happy and fulfilling life again.
PHOTO: Life is too short to let your problems get the best of you. Sit down and think of ways to overcome those problems and get your life back on track to a happy and fulfilling life again.
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HELPDESK
我的字典: Wǒ de zì diǎn


Affluent: 富裕 - fù yù
Rummaging: 翻找 - fān zhǎo
Swill: 厨余 - chù yù
Exude: 显露出 - xiǎn lù chū


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stressed workers get relief in pillow fights

MY PAPER, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011, PAGE A12, LIFESTYLE, LIFESTYLE MOMENT
From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/cnd/fvxen/fvxp/fvxpress.php?param=2011-12-28
Source Website: http://www.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20111228-318615.html
By Reuters, Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011



PHOTO: Stressed workers get relief in pillow fights
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A whirlwind of pillows bearing the names of bosses and teachers filled the air as hundreds of Chinese gathered to blow off stress in Shanghai, staging a massive pillow battle.

The annual event marked its fifth year with such a surge in interest from stressed young office workers and students that organisers held two nights of pillow fighting before Christmas Day and plan another for Friday.

"Nowadays there are many white-collar workers and students that are facing huge pressures at work and at school, so we hope to give them an outlet to release their stress before the end of the year," said Mr Eleven

Wang, the founder and mastermind behind the epic pillow fights.



PHOTO: Stressed Chinese fight back with pillows. The annual event marked its fifth year with such a surge in interest from stressed youth.
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"Sometimes we have pressure from our bosses, teachers and exams, so today we can go crazy. Everyone will get to write onto the pillows the names of their bosses, teachers and exam subjects, and enjoy and vent to the maximum," he added.

"After releasing the stress, we can once again face our daily life with joy." Pillows were handed out at the door as participants entered, then emotion was stoked by a rock concert, with many on the floor of the huge event space rocking and waving their pillows in time to the music.



PHOTO: Women pillow fight while wearing their skimpy underwear at sleepovers. It is a myth or fantasy that guys dream about.
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Then came the fighting.

Pillows filled the air, with many combatants opting for throwing rather than using them to whack opponents. A few hapless participants shielded their heads with as many pillows as they could hold, but most ventured eagerly into the fray.



PHOTO: "After releasing the stress, we can once again face our daily life with joy."
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"I really enjoyed the fight, but my friend was useless. He joined in for two ticks and could not go on, he was afraid of getting beaten by other people," said 24-year-old Chen Yi.

"I've just been working so much (at the office) and never get to break out in a sweat, so it felt really good."



PHOTO: When the body is under significant stress a number of effects are occurring. During the event of stress in body the flow of circulation is reduced blocking needed oxygen to the blood. Stress relief reverses this effect, increasing the flow of lymphatic fluid, improving circulation and blood flow, and the distribution of nutrients and oxygen.
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After releasing the stress, we can once again face our daily life with joy.
PHOTO: "After releasing the stress, we can once again face our daily life with joy."
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Each day our body collects toxins from the environment, excess hormones in our body, poor nutrition, and other sources. These waste products such as lactic acid & carbonic acid build up within the body. A good stress relief massage naturally helps your body release these toxins along with many other toxins. This results in the detoxifying your muscles and the entirety of your body.
PHOTO: Each day our body collects toxins from the environment, excess hormones in our body, poor nutrition, and other sources. These waste products such as lactic acid & carbonic acid build up within the body. A good stress relief massage naturally helps your body release these toxins along with many other toxins. This results in the detoxifying your muscles and the entirety of your body.
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

All I want for Christmas - the doc edition


Today, Tuesday December 20, 2011, Page T8 - T9, Health
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Source Website: http://www.todayonline.com/Health/EDC111220-0000014/All-I-want-for-Christmas---the-doc-edition
By Eveline Gan, eveline@mediacorp.com.sg, 04:45 AM Dec 20, 2011



PHOTO: Docs have wishes, too.
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Today, Tuesday December 20, 2011, Page T8 - T9, Health

If one could bestow gifts of health, what would they be?

YOU might be hankering for the latest iPhone, that nifty gadget or beautiful handbag. But for people who are grappling with illnesses, their greatest Christmas wishes would simply be that of good health. This festive season, we ask 12 local medical professionals what they think makes the most meaningful gift of all for their patients.


1. The best gift of all for my young patients would be the chance to realise their potential in life. The heartbreaking thing about serious illness striking young ones is the possibility of lost potential. Even though their illness means that life would never be the same again, my hope for them is that they (and their loved ones) grow stronger with adversity and strive to achieve all that they can. - Dr Mei-Yoke Chan, senior consultant, paediatric haematology/oncology, department of paediatric subspecialties at KK Women's and Children's Hospital


2. With all the medical advancements on HIV treatment, the best Christmas gift of health for my patients is hope. I wish that people living with HIV don't give up because there is a lot of living to be done even if they're diagnosed with HIV diagnosis. I also wish the same positive hope could come from society towards people living with HIV and to give them the same respect and opportunities in life like anyone else. - Dr Arlene Chua, senior consultant, infectious disease department at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)


3. The best Christmas gift of health for my patients would be love and care from their loved ones, as well as the people they come into contact with. The warmth of a caring and loving heart can motivate patients in times of need and give them the necessary support in their coping and recovery process. - Ting Yi Ting, medical social worker, care and counselling department at TTSH

4. This Christmas, I wish that all those suffering with any eye diseases get healed and achieve good vision. I think the best Christmas gift for your loved ones could be the gift of sight. It would be great to uncover those beautiful eyes with a gift that enables someone to get the most out of life. - Dr Natasha Lim, Singapore Medical Group's medical director of Centre for Eye Surgery and The Lasik Surgery Clinic

5. With Christmas coming, it is easy to over-indulge. With an abundance and variety of food ranging from cheese, wine, turkey, potatoes and sweets, it is not hard to believe why people need to lose weight or reduce their blood sugar levels and cholesterol after the festive period! My Christmas wish would be for all food and sweets to be free of calories, sugar and fat! That way, people can enjoy the festive season without gaining weight and being at risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes! - Dr Ben Ng, consultant, endocrinology department and programme director for Eastern Community Health Outreach (ECHO) programme at Changi General Hospital

6. I wish that there will be many more Christmases for my patients. When one is in life's twilight years, every second and every moment counts. Every Christmas is a milestone achieved in that journey of life. This Christmas, I will pray that those old patients of mine who might be feeling lonely and neglected will find solace knowing that there are people who really care, that they matter and their life counts. I also wish that courage and strength will guide the path of our families who have chosen to take on the heavy burden of caring for a loved one who is old, sick, suffering and dying from some illness or other. My final wish this Christmas is for a more compassionate, more personal and kinder healthcare for all Singaporeans. - Dr James Low, head and senior consultant, geriatric medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

7. I wish for everyone to have a good pair of useful hands. Each pair of hands is unique in form and a marvel to observe in action, whether it is a baby picking up a toy for the first time, or a pianist's hands dancing over the keys. The hand is usually unappreciated unless the person does not have one, or loses function due to disease or injury. When its use is impaired, a person finds that activities done previously without conscious thought, such as reaching for an object or greeting someone with a hand shake, become difficult or even impossible. - Dr Alphonsus Chong, consultant, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Centre at National University Hospital



PHOTO: Cook healthier meals for your loved ones.
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Today, Tuesday December 20, 2011, Page T8 - T9, Health

8. Surely, the best gift you can give your loved ones are the healthier meals that you could prepare for them during Christmas. Try experimenting with whole-grains, for instance, or make use of herbs and spices in cooking rather than relying on salt and sauces. Why not download our Healthy Chef app for interesting recipe ideas - such as Red Rice and Silken Tofu Timbal, Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Salsa or Bruschetta Magherita - this festive season? - Lim Meng Thiam, nutritionist, Centre of Excellence for Nutrition at Health Promotion Board

9. Christmas is a special time of the year which reminds me that the most important gift of all is the gift of life. My wish for the coming year is for more people to come forward and support organ and tissue transplants to save more lives. We have many people in this country (and the world) who need an organ due to disease or end-stage failure. Let's pledge not to bring our organs to heaven; God knows we need them here on earth. - Professor London Lucien Ooi, director of SingHealth Transplant and chairman of SGH Division of Surgery and senior consultant at National Cancer Centre Singapore's Department of Surgical Oncology

10. For people who suffer from diabetes and obesity, it's the excess weight that drives the diabetes and therefore achieving significant weight-loss can really transform their lives. No one believes that they can lead a normal life with diabetes; that they can stop taking medication and just control diabetes on diet and exercise alone. The usual response is: "Huh? I thought once you get diabetes it is a life sentence?" If you have "diabesity", my wish for you is to start the weight-loss journey, because there is still hope! - Dr Shanker Pasupathy, consultant at department of General Surgery and director of the LIFE Centre at Singapore General Hospital, who specialises in weight-loss and diabetes surgery

11. My wish is for all those burdened by the problems of addiction, regardless of their religious backgrounds, to find peace. May they realise that such peace is the best Christmas gift for themselves and their loved ones, and only starts when they say "yes" to positive change in their lives. - Dr Charles Mak, registrar, National Addictions Management Service at Institute of Mental Health

12. Scientists in Japan have grown a tooth from mice stem cells and successfully transplanted it into a mouse's jawbone. My wish would be to be able to realise every dentist's dream of replacing a patient's missing tooth with a real tooth! Currently, the only way to replace a tooth is through titanium dental implants, bridges or dentures. Dental implants remain the gold standard in replacing missing teeth and have been in existence since 1952. Almost 50 years later, technology has advanced to such a degree that they are now 95 per cent successful in all cases. Imagine if 50 years from now we are able to do away with titanium in exchange for real enamel and dentine. It certainly gives the phrase (All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth) a new ring to it! - Dr Chin Shou King, dental surgeon and director of T32 Junior

By Eveline Gan, eveline@mediacorp.com.sg, 04:45 AM Dec 20, 2011


MARIAH GEARING UP FOR NEW CHRISTMAS DISC, PERFORMS AT WAL-MART EVENT
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Mariah Carey, 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'
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