Monthly Archives: August 2012

“Experience Your Life”

I was reading Pema Chödrön’s “Comfortable with Uncertainty” and I found a chapter which I love very much. Let me share with you:

Experience Your Life

A woman is running from tigers. She runs and she runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer. She comes to the edge of a cliff. She sees a vine there, so she climbs down and holds on to it. Then She looks down and sees that there are tigers below her as well. At the same time, she notices a little mouse gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries emerging from a nearby clump of grass. She looks up, she looks down, and she looks at the mouse. Then she picks a strawberry, pops it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.

Tigers above, tigers below. This is the predicament we are always in. We are born and sooner or later we die. Each moment is just what it is. Resentment, bitterness and holding a grudge prevent us from seeing and hearing and tasting and delighting. This might be the only moment of our life, this might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could feel depressed about this or we could finally appreciate it. We could delight in the preciousness of every single moment.

Do you Ukulele?

I have a new toy called D-uke.

It’s a Hulala Soprano Ukulele (HO-1).

Taking the first step to learn ukulele seemed like forever. Nevertheless, I’m glad I did and I love the cheery sound it gives!

My brother and I signed up for the 1-hr Ukulele Introductory Workshop.
It cost $26.75 (incl. GST), with ukulele loan set provided. The workshop taught us how to hold chords, strumming, and a few songs to give us an idea of ukulele playing.

The showroom of Ukulele Movement.

Smile Over Happy Stuff :)

Some things that made me smile!

Collected tickets for Doctored! Hope I’ll be free to support my partner-in-crime, Liting, in this production.

Collected $11,838.00 for Children’s Cancer Foundation!
I have 90-over supporters! :) Thank you everyone! :D

Met up with the Power Puff Girls, together with LeRoy!

Made a small donation in support of needy patients who are going through transplants!

A plate of 番茄炒蛋.

Cooking Mushroom & Pork Rib Claypot Rice with mum!

Pacifying Kexin to sleep in this “kangaroo pouch”.

There are many more…

Having yummy Indian food that I’ve been craving for, at Zaffron Kitchen, together with LeRoy, Ewan, Neil, Lilian and Qipei! (No pictures)

Caught up with Kelvin Ho, Jinhe, Kian Chye and sign language!

Celebrating 47th National Day at home with a simple steamboat with my family.

Met up with Wei Yuan, Peiling, Qian Hao and Pin Jie. My first time trying stuff crust pizza… nice!

Seeing Mr Chow in clinic and knowing that he’s doing well.


Treatment Update

Here’s a quick update on the treatment:

- Inserted a new CVC line and had 5 days Clofarabine/Ara-C chemotherapy. Side effects as usual – loss of appetite and vomiting.

- The medical team thought my bone marrow is unlikely to regenerate white blood cells (WBC) after chemotherapy and they planned to do a stem cell transplant if that happens. But the WBC counts increased which prompted for a bone marrow biopsy. The biopsy showed that the mutated bone marrow cells was reduced from 60% to 6% and no blast cells were found. Blood VNTR (variable number tandem repeats) test was done and it showed that majority of the blood cells were from donor’s. It was an “uncommon result” and they decided to put the stem cell transplant on hold. I was given more donor’s lymphocytes as we want to have a good GVL (graft versus leukaemia) reaction.

- While WBC counts climb steadily, haemoglobin and platelet levels were going the other direction. I had an entire week of transfusions, each day alternating between platelets and red blood cells.

- Last week, the blood and platelet counts were slightly more stabilized (but still dipping) and I got discharged.

This week, I’ll be back for more blood test and transfusion (if necessary).

Dear Bone Marrow, peace please! Hehehe