Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Week 16 (Part 2)

18th Apr (Wed)


I need to run errand and after run errand, end up at Bukit Batok West ave 8 having lumch.  There's a coffeeshop there where I like the chap chai fan (mixed rice).



I had porridge


The ingredients I had, total $3.80


shrimp paste chicken


Has been quite sometimes I had it, can't recall what's the name of it.


Steamed egg

Then i have to go Community Centre settle something.  Since Community Centre is next to my mum's Day Care Centre, went there.  The elderly were in the midst of their activities when I were there.

As usual, the Malay guy, same group with my mum.  He mention he's Hulk Hogan.  One of the elderly uncle is grandfather, then one of the elderly auntie is grandmother.  My mum is security woman.  There's another elderly Malay uncle in the same group, he's security guard.  The staff in charge of the activity is office girl.  Me is gardener cum wash long gao (drain).



Tea break for the elderly, a piece of chwee kueh and two piece of biscuit.

TM was asking in an earlier post if the Malay guy gave me a French kiss, this round, before going back, he gave my mum a French kiss.

19th Apr (Thur)


Pass by a Cafe while I was at Bukit Batok West ave 8 yesterday, saw that they sell chicken pie, as I haven taken my lunch, so bought back for my brunch today.


The cafe name is My Grandfather Cafe



Chicken pie @ $4.90


Filing includes potato, mushroom, chicken


* Facebook picture

Evening time, workout time, at first, I thought of not going due to laziness.  But no exercise, cannot lah, so go lor.  Pound Fitness at Science Park 2, free workout by Health Promotion Board.  No regrets as I did sweat out and my t-shirt is all wet after the workout. Will regrets if I don't go.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Week 16 (Part 1)

16th Apr (Mon)


Went to the Day Care Centre in the afternoon.  It so happen the other time, the auntie whom the Malay guy called her darling, was sitting beside him, this round, he was saiding that she's his girlfriend.

My mum is cooker doing the cooking, another elderly is security guard, then another elderly is cleaner doing the cleaning.


My mum tea break - a piece of cake


It has come to the end of the Caregiver-to-caregiver Education Program.  Tonight is the graduation night.  Dinner before program commence.  Buffet dinner is serve, we have to pay for it @ $12 per person.

As usual, we were told not to take picture and video except the official photographer.

The program begins with the introduction of the Executive Director of Caregivers Alliance and two staffs from Ng Teng Foong Hospital whom they thank for letting Caregivers Alliance use their premise for conducting the Caregiver-to-caregiver Education Program.  Then a speech was given by the Executive Director.

As English and Chinese class combine tonight, 3 participants from the English class and 3 participants from the Chinese class share how they got to know about Caregivers Alliance and how they have benefits from the class.

After that,  certificate of participation was presented and then we took group photo (was not given the group photo, as heard due to confidential) before we call it a day.

17th Apr (Tue)


Usually I will buy my grocery from Fairprice supermarket.  Since I need to buy grocery, I thought I will go Giant IMM to enquire if they do have the Discount Scheme for Immobile Seniors as what Fairprice supermarket has.  Was told Seniors have to be present.



I end up at Ng Teng Foong Hospital Food Court, having yong tau foo, minimum 6 piece. My 6 piece of yong tau foo with kway teow mee @ $4.50 before going Fairprice supermarket at JEM buy grocery.



Before going back, hop over to Westgate to get the rabbit cake which I quite like from 大中 @ $3.20.


Bought a bento set from Isetan supermarket @ $7.80 for my mum's dinner.

Back home, called Giant customer service and check with them, was told they do have the scheme in which they email me the form, but don't think I will apply for it as I hardly buy my grocery from Giant.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Week 15 (Part 4)

14th Apr (Sat)


My mum doesn't wants to go Church, so after service, I was at Bukit Merah View having my early dinner.



Porridge


with curry chicken


half salted egg


french bean

Surprise it only cost $3 as I thought it will come up to around $4.

15th Apr (Sun)

3rd Sunday of the month, Zone 3 Senior Friendship Circle breakfast session.  My mum throw tantrum by saiding she doesn't want to go, want to stay at home.  Have to sweet talk her to go.


nasi lemak


with a packet of kueh


Went to a relative place in the afternoon, as i'm not very hungry, has yam paste with ginkgo nut and pumpkin @ $3.80 before going back.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Week 15 (Part 3)

13th Apr (Fri)


At first, was thinking not going PPHCSC, while my mum was waiting for the transport at the void deck, bump into two aunties staying next block mentioning about going PPHCSC for the breakfast session, so as usual, walk over to PPHCSC for the breakfast session.


As usual, bee hoon with youtiao and egg, which I have to swallow and walk back to make sure my mum board the transport.

When the transport arrive, the Malay guy was mentioning that his wife is darling, the staff driving the elderly to the Day Care Centre is his driver, he gave her $2 for the trip, my mum is security guard, one of the elderly auntie inside the transport is a cooker doing the cooking, the other guy inside the transport is a cleaner doing the cleaning.

After the transport left, walk back to PPHCSC to chit chat.


Since nowaday, for dinner, I don't take carb, I'm lazy to cook rice for my mum's dinner.  I went to pack food for her dinner at the neighbourhood.  Few days back, pass by a bakery shop and saw their 烧包, inside is chicken as they do have Malay customers, I like it, so was back to buy it.  $1.50.


One of the game my mum group play, there are 7 of them in the group, as usual, the noisiest person in the group is the Malay guy.


My mum's tea break - bao, the Uncle sitting next to my mum was saying that the bao is nice.

Went to kajiao Auntie Goh, the auntie who has always been saiding, I want to go home.  She mention during weekend, her daughter brings her go out.  So I kajiao her, auntie, your daughter brings you go out, you bring me can. Her answer is, my daughter brings me out, I cannot bring you out, lol.


All along, I never notice flower in the Community Centre compound, today I walk slowly, then I notice the flower.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Week 15 (Part 2)

11th Apr (Wed)


The other day at the Caregiver Support Group, a lady was mentioning about Fairprice supermarket Discount Scheme for Immobile Seniors.

On Monday and Thursday, Pioneer Generation Card entitle the Pioneers to 3% discount at the Fairprice supermarket, while on Tuesday, Seniors (Singaporean and PR age 60 and above) are entitle to 2% discount.

This discount scheme allow the authorized person to buy on behalf of the Seniors who are immobile  on the day and enjoy the discount.

To apply for the privilege card, I have to attach medical records or doctor memo, etc. with the completed form and summit  to any Fairprice supermarket or at the office in Fairprice Hub.  I was told, if summit at any Fairprice supermarket, it will take longer to process as they need to dispatch to the office at Fairprice Hub, whereby if I summit to the office at Fairprice Hub, will be faster.

I only have a discharge summary from the other time my mum was in hospital.  So I thought I will go directly to Fairprice Hub and check if that will be ok.

I was told that the discharge summary is ok and once they have process it, they will mail it to me.


Since I was at Fairprice Hub, not much variety of foods to choose, and I was not keen in fast foods. I was at the food court having a bowl of yong tau foo soup with yee mee @ $4 which I find the price was cheap at food court level with air con.


yee mee

As my mum ask me to go to the Day Care Centre, went in the afternoon.  There were some ITE students there doing some activities with some elderly and the Malay newcomer was one of them.  As I'm a busybody, I was there kaypo-ing.  Overheard him telling the students, he's a Hollywood singer.  And my mum also become his so called "darling".


My kaki Sharon mum passed away at the age of 96 on Monday morning. Went to the wake and on tbe way home, was at Hougang Mall walking one round and also cracking my head on what to buy back for my mum to eat when I saw this place Desserts Story.  So bought the pumpkin cake, carrot cake and yam cake @ $3.80


12th Apr (Thur)

I sign up for the Basic Health Screening at the Community Centre near my house on 11th March.  Was told, if required, we will be inform vis SMS to see doctor and collect report in person from 10th April to 12th May.  There are 3 location in which we can choose the clinic we want to see doctor and collect report, if required.  If the result is normal, the result will be mailed to my address 4 - 5 weeks after the screening event.

I received the sms asking me to see doctor and collect report.  Since the Clinic is near to where my mum Day Care Centre is, after seeing Doctor, went to the Day Care Centre.


My mum's lunch - brown rice with cabbage, chicken, fried tofu.


As for my lunch, grilled chicken chop $5.50 at a nearby eatery shop which I find ok only.

The Chinese Ministry Pastor and volunteers from PPH Brethren Church went in, in the afternoon to entertain the elderly.


They brought over a cake to celebrate the birthday for those born in the month of April.  So, the elderly tea break was a slice of cake and an oneh oneh.


Dessert for the elderly

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week 15 (Part 1)

9th Apr (Mon)

Monday blues, my mum ask me to go to the Day Care Centre, so told her that I will go in, in the afternoon.

There's a newly open yong tau foo stall at a coffeeshop near my place and in my list to try.


yong tau foo soup @ $3


1 pc of chee cheong fun @ $1

While in the Day Care Centre, phew, the Malay guy was sitting in the other table.

There's this, elderly auntie, who mention she's 80 years old, and she's new, just started on 2th April, her children has register for her to go to the Day Care Centre months back and has paid for it, but she doesn't wants to go.  The Day Care Centre has been calling and asking about it.

I like to disturb her.  She has been saying I want to go home, if the transport comes and doesn't see her, the transport left, how huh.

While back, the staff sending my mum back mention he will be sending my mum last as the Malay guy is noisy and he will send him back first.


A cup of yuan yang @ $1.80 before going for the Caregiver-to-caregiver Education Program.  It has comes to the last lesson Advocacy.  Next Monday will be the graduation day.

10th Apr (Tue)

The other day, after the Caregiver Support Group talk by the speaker, while chit chatting during the refreshment, a lady was mentioning about a roasted duck rice stall which her mum's like as the duck meat was not hard and it was soft which make it easy for her mum to chew.  She patron the stall often.  So I ask her where is it, she mention at Yew Tee, after coming out from the Yew Tee MRT gantry gate, turn right and will see the stall.

Since Yew Tee is not very far from my place, there a supermarket at Yew Tee Point which I can buy my grocery, decided to go try out the roasted duck rice.


Had roasted duck rice @ $3.50, thumb up.  Bought a packet of braised duck rice back for my mum's dinner, I tried the braisd duck,  I find that I will prefer the roasted duck.


The chilli is nice that I have to go for second round.


There's a Toast Box there, has been a while I had bo luo yao, after buy grocery, was there for a cup of coffee and bo luo yao @ $3.70.

While home, my mum was telling me, I didn't go to the Day Care Centre as in the morning, she ask me to go to the Day Care Centre.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Book review - When Breath becomes air

Book review - When Breath becomes air


Paul Kalanithi, a Neurosurgical Chief Resident, was on the verge of completing his training as a Neurosurgeon, when he started losing weight and having ferocious back pain. 

He went to see his primary care doctor and wanted to get an MRI to confirm his diagnosis.  But the doctor suggest X-rays first as MRI for back pain is expensive.  

The X-rays looks fine and they chalked the symptoms up to hard work and an aging body.  A follow-up appointment was scheduled.

A few weeks later, Paul Kalanithi began having bouts of  severe chest pain and some nights, he woke up on soaked sheets, dripping sweat.  His weight began dropping again. Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

After medical school, Lucy, Paul Kalanithi newly married wife whom he got to know in the first year of medical school,  headed to California to begin their residences.

Paul Kalanithi and Lucy had always planned to have kids at the end of Paul residency.  They went to the sperm bank, to preserve gametes and options.  Cancer drugs would have an unknown effect on his sperm, to keep his chance of having children, they have to freeze sperm before he started treatment.

Paul was now no longer the man who loved hiking, camping, running, who expressed his love through gigantic hugs, who threw his giggling niece high in the air.

Five stages of grief :
Denial -> Anger -> Bargaining -> Depression Acceptance

First-line therapy (Tarceva), Second-line therapy (chemo)

Just before nine o'clock on Monday, March 9, 2015, Paul lids apart and eyes closed, he inhaled and released one last, deep, final breath.

Paul was survived by his large, loving family, including his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.

Paul was buried in a willow casket at the edge of a field in the Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a coastline studded with memories - brisk hikes, seafood feasts, birthday cocktails.


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