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Weekly Status Update for New Year Resolutions

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Weekly Status Update for New Year Resolutions

Seven resolutions for 2010 – Updated to Eight

1. Hit the gymnasium for at least twice per week – Done
2. Do at least one bout of long-distance running (2.4km++) at least once per week – Done
3. Get the P-licence – Delayed. 5 months hard deadline.
4. Watch at least five of my friends in performances. (Total count as of today in 2010: JM, Older C-ster, Alt)
5. Stay in my new job in Jurong – Still succeeding
6. Complete at least two screenplays (First one has undergone translation, still editing into first draft; second one in the works)
7. Take part in at least two vocal competitions – (One at TA, the other to follow in March) – Done
8. Take part in at least two concerts – DONE
9. Vacuum the floor every week – Done

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March 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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Weekly Status Update for New Year Resolutions

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Seven resolutions for 2010 – Updated to Eight

1. Hit the gymnasium for at least twice per week – Done
2. Do at least one bout of long-distance running (2.4km++) at least once per week – Done
3. Get the P-licence – Delayed. 5 months hard deadline.
4. Watch at least five of my friends in performances. (Total count as of today in 2010: JM, Older C-ster, Alt)
5. Stay in my new job in Jurong – Still succeeding
6. Complete at least two screenplays (First one is currently undergoing translation and editing into first draft, second one in the works)
7. Take part in at least two vocal competitions – (One at TA, the other to follow in March) – Done
8. Take part in at least two concerts – About to complete in March
9. Vacuum the floor every week – Done

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March 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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A Long Night

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I should be asleep now, but I’m not.

Something bad just happened to a friend’s mother, and having my father being ferried off to hospital in an ambulance in the middle of the night not too long ago, at around this time, I think I know how she feels like.

Today will be a long night.

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March 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

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Weekly New Year Resolutions Status Update

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Nine resolutions for 2010

1. Hit the gymnasium for at least twice per week – Done
2. Do at least one bout of long-distance running (2.4km++) at least once per week – Done
3. Get the P-licence – Delayed
4. Watch at least five of my friends in performances. (Total count as of today in 2010: JM, Older C-ster, Alt)
5. Stay in my new job in Jurong – Still succeeding
6. Complete at least two screenplays (First one is currently undergoing translation and editing into first draft, second one in the works)
7. Take part in at least two competitions – (Two at TA, the other to follow in March) – Done
8. Take part in at least two group performances – About to complete in March
9. Vacuum the floor every week – Done

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March 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

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Thanks, Irreligious.

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Thanks, Irreligious, for putting up a link to my blog. :-)

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March 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm

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A Draining Experience – In Every Sense of the Word

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I looked wearily at the tube protruding out of my elbow, extending into the machine which kind of resembled a giant tape recorder. A niggling pain appeared intermittently, as the blood oozed in small spurts.

Beep, beep, beep.

The indicator light on the “giant tape recorder” blinked, and the “cassette tape” stopped for a while. The blood stopped flowing.

Groaning with irritation, I squeezed the stress ball which the nurse had given me, but it didn’t seem to help. All of a sudden, the machine started draining blood from my left arm again.

Start, stop, beep. Start, stop, beep.

A nurse came by my bed.

“Say, did you get the correct vein?” I ventured.

“Don’t worry, it’s like that for some people,” she replied. I scowled and focussed my attention on the book I had brought for today’s occasion.

“Why aren’t you collecting my blood?” I asked. Patience was not my virtue.

“We aren’t. It’s the platelets that we need. See?” the nurse pointed towards a collection bag, where some yellowish-like liquid was slowly accumulating. I groaned. The pain wasn’t bad, but it was irritating to lie there like an asparagus and wait for the machine to collect that yellow stuff.

It was almost an hour before the ordeal was over. I gratefully got up from my bed, as the nurse removed the tube from my left arm.

“Thanks,” I said.

“Thanks for coming down,” she replied. “Sorry you took so long.”

“How old is the recipient?”

“Twenty-four,” the nurse replied.

It was a while before I took it in. “So young,” I said. “I had my blood tested for suitability some years back, so why does she suddenly need my platelets?”

“She suffered a relapse while studying.”

“No, I mean, what would happen to her if she doesn’t get my platelets?”

“She has leukaemia, which means that she can’t produce her own platelets. If she cuts herself, there’ll be no platelets to help clot the blood flow and she will die of bleeding.”

Suddenly, the impatience which I had felt when I was sitting in the couch dwindled into unimportance. For some reason, I felt disgusted for even being irritated at the slow flow rate at which my blood platelets collected in the bag.

“Thank you for taking the trouble to come down here. Sorry for the machine taking so long,” the nurse said, as if reading my thoughts.

I took a long time to come up with an appropriate reply, but I didn’t know why.

“Well, it’s nothing compared to her suffering,” I replied.

I left the transfusion centre feeling somewhat disturbed, and guilty.

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March 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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Weekly New Year Resolutions Status Update

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Nine resolutions for 2010

1. Hit the gymnasium for at least twice per week – Done
2. Do at least one bout of long-distance running (2.4km++) at least once per week – Done
3. Get the P-licence – Delayed
4. Watch at least five of my friends in performances. (Total count as of today in 2010: JM, Older C-ster, Alt)
5. Stay in my new job in Jurong – Still succeeding
6. Complete at least two screenplays (First one is currently undergoing translation and editing into first draft, second one in the works)
7. Take part in at least two competitions – (One at TA, the other to follow in March) – Done
8. Take part in at least two group performances – About to complete in March
9. Vacuum the floor every week – Done

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March 6, 2010 at 9:36 am

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