Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What I would like to do.

I would really like to write a decent post about working in Kilo 11, but work is downright exhausting. All I can think of when I get back home is how to not starve before heading to bed.

It's like I'm in a different city when I'm in that district.

Illiteracy, lack of hygiene and parasites seem to be the most common causes of disease. Along with apathy/neglect. Not to mention old wives tales and apothecary's concoctions that leave then worse off than they started.

They all auto-diagnose and just want pills. They're not open to discussing their symptoms.
-Me: What are you complaining of?
*Patient: Tonsillitis.
-Do you mean your throat hurts?
*Yes, and the flu.
-Do you mean your nose is runny?
*Yes, just give me those small pills and an antibiotic.
-What small pills?
*The ones that other doctor gave me, the white ones.
-What are they called?
*I don't know, the small white ones, don't you know them? And I have a blood allergy.
-Excuse me? A what?
*A blood allergy! That doctor in Blah Blah Hospital told me. Don't you know what that is?!
-No, do explain it to me.
*You should know, you're the doctor!

I see a patient every 9.2 mins. This happens with almost every patient in varying degrees about different diagnoses. Nevertheless, though they drive me so close to the edge of my sanity everyday, I like my patients. I never thought I'd say that.

The Blogging Business.

I miss my blog! Starting with the Ministry Of Health has been a handful to me honest, and now I'm in kilo11! Check out my #K11Problems  and #I_work_in_kilo_11_problems !

Today I received a surprise package from Unilever! I do like surprises! It was the Dove reduced hair-fall in two weeks line, not a bad surprise at all!

It happens to specifically promise two weeks. Let's see if it delivers! They suggest combing the hair and counting the hairs clinging to the rush they provided. Well, as a curly head, we don't really comb our hair. 

Something you may notice in this photo is the cute USB in the middle of the box. Now, as much as I like gift boxes, I despise press releases. I'm a blogger, I don't do press releases. Especially press releases about Fair And Lovely. That will never happen.

I understand the marketing concept behind this, but do you understand bloggers? Do you even read my blog?

Monday, December 09, 2013

More Girly Confessions.

I have a confession to make, and it is quite girly.

After living for years in scrubs and a lab coat, I don't quite know how to function in regular human clothes. And being forced to live in them this year as I have been working in an office and having time to actually see my friends is making me discover things.

Examples of my wondrous discoveries:

  • Items that are in style will inevitably go out of style. Just buy clothes you actually like.
  • A black dress can save your life.
  • I should never wear white dresses, they make me look like a profiterole.
  • I still haven't mastered wearing skirts.
  • Whatever examples of dressing my age I google look terribly ridiculous.
  • I seriously miss my blue hair. But then, I'm almost 30.
  • I don't feel good in an abaya, regardless of how pretty. I want to wear real clothes.
  • I can't wear heels anymore, I think I abused my feet enough.
  • You can never have enough bags. Or shoes.
  • Men's shoes are so comfortable! Only finding a pair in 39/40 is quite difficult.
  • Did you start on your own real jewellery collection? You should.

What have you discovered?

Saturday, December 07, 2013

About Them Curls - Part Two: The Curly Quick-Fix

Warning: Another severely girly post. For the first part, [Click Here]

All curls are schizophrenic, some are bipolar.

When at the mercy of one's curls, one must find a quick-fix in order not to look like the long lost sister of George of The Jungle. Here are a few:
  • Up-dos:
A few pins, a hair band, and some dexterity. Quite simple, really. The simplest being the top knots and high buns. Some simple chignons can work wonders. Here are a few links:  (My favourite!)
  • Heat:
Did you know that you can curl your curly hair? Indeedly so you can! You don't have to curl all of your hair, just those stubborn frizzy flyaways that are ruining the rest of your hair. All you need is a curler in your natural curl size.
  • Dry Shampoo:
Dry shampoo gives a sort of lift to your hair, wonderful to use before a chignon. Though I still haven't found a preferred product. So far, Lush's No Drought has been working quite well.

Do you have any other quick-fixes for lazy and thoroughly frustrating hair days? Do share! 

Sunday, December 01, 2013

About Them Curls - Part One.

Let's establish a few rules first:

  1. This is a girly blog post. I am a girl. Shocking, I know.
  2. You do not control your curls, they control you. You simply provide the best living conditions.
  3. There are no good photos of me. Most are just really blurry.
  4. I'm a firm believer in loving your curls. Look after them and they'll reward you.
As my lovely Nessie moved to more humid corners of the earth (read: Southeast Asia) the need for a proper curly hair control blog post has been amounting. Here it is.

This is me. I'm wearing giant birthday glasses with candles on them:

I do have curly hair. It's just not sure what it wants to be when it grows up so it fluctuates between wavy, curly, and ramen hair.

This is ramen: 

These are the pearls of wisdom that I have uncovered after years of looking after them curls:
  • Hairbrushes are the enemy.
Only blush your hair with your fingers in the shower when it has tons of conditioner in it.
  • Really mild shampoo or no shampoo.
THIS is a shampoo I swear by, and I only swear by Clinique. The coconut pieces take a while to wash off but it's easier if you use a conditioner.

  • Moisturised doesn't have to mean clumpy sticky hair.
Also, use the hair mask or whatever comes in a tub instead of the conditioner. Like one of these beauties. And keep in mind that curly hair needs more than just a dime sized drop at the ends of your hair.

  • Olive oil for a hair mask actually works.
Cold pressed olive oil is wonderful. Keep it on for half and hour then shampoo.
  • Argan oil is magical.
It IS!! I get mine when I visit Morocco, that stuff doesn't come cheap! Put a drop in your palm, apply to the ends of the hair first then work your way up.
  • Gravity makes a difference.
So does towel drying. Never go against the direction of hair or rub your hair. Lean forward, topple your hair and gently wrap it in the towel. It'll dry. Try and see what happens if you braid it while it's drying, you never know!

Next post: The Curly Quick-Fix! Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

On Having Two Children By The Age of Nineteen.

It takes a village to raise a child. I am a 26 year old doctor and I am afraid that if I have a child I won’t be able to raise him/her well enough. It takes a wisdom I am sure only my mother possesses though I have no idea how she acquired it.

It is very common to come across a young lady in her late teens with more than one child in this country. For the sake of simplifying this, let us say a 19 year old with two children.

Most young women thrust into early marriages tend to acquire as many children as their bodies can handle as soon as possible, and will not stop attempting at procreating until their bodies can no longer serve those functions.

I wish we had better statistics.

Are they literate? Some. Have they finished high school? A few. Did they attempt at a higher education? Even fewer. She now has a tribe to raise, which is a noble job. But is she qualified to raise a tribe? Are we born with dormant mother super-powers that manifest after we give birth?

In the world of today, will being barely literate be enough to raise a tribe? It wasn’t easy when the world was simpler, but what could a young mother do?

Friday, September 27, 2013

On Bokononism.

"All of the true things that I am about to tell you are shameless lies." - The First Book of Bokonon, Verse 1

Will I ever write a post more truthful than this one? Only time can tell.

What good is a faith? "Live by the foma* that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy."**. It promises you nothing but the possibility of peace of mind in this life, a healthy, happy, brave, and kind life.

The Last Rites of the Bokononism:

(Each line is said once by the person giving the rites and then repeated by the dying person.)
"God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!"
"See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars."
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going, God.
Nobody but you could have done it, God! I certainly couldn't have.
I feel very unimportant compared to You.
The only way I can feel the least bit important is to think of all the mud that didn't even get to sit up and look around.
I got so much, and most mud got so little.
Thank you for the honor!
Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep.
What memories for mud to have!
What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met!
I loved everything I saw!
Good night.
I will go to heaven now.
I can hardly wait...
To find out for certain what my wampeter*** was...
And who was in my karass****...
And all the good things our karass did for you.

And exactly what do you make of this life?

"Tiger got to hunt,
Bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder, "Why, why, why?"

Tiger got to sleep,
Bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand."

"Don't be a fool! Close this book at once! It is nothing but foma*!" -Warning from the title page of The First Book of Bokonon.

Need I remind you that this is a work of fiction? "Busy, busy, busy!"*****


*Foma: Lies, harmless untruths.
**From The First Book of Bokonon, Verse 5.
***Wampeter: is "the pivot of a karass, around which the souls of the members of the karass revolve."
****Karass: a "team [of people] that do[es] God's Will without ever discovering what they are doing"
*****Busy, busy, busy: is what a Bokononist whispers "whenever [he] thinks about how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is."