How to get stubborn loved ones to seek medical help?

Strangely enough, people can be quite stubborn when their beliefs and emotions clash with the truth. How many of you have tried to convince someone you love to seek medication attention when they need support and help from a health professional? It’s something that I have to deal with on a daily basis at work – either in helping family … Read More

The truth about depression – Part 2

Carrying on with the topic of depression I thought I would discuss ways to tackle negativity and move on with your life. If you haven’t read my last email, you can do so here (The truth about depression – Part 1) I think your best bet in life when you are stressed or feeling low is to shoulder your suffering, take … Read More

The truth about depression – Part 1

Seeing my accountant is not something that I look forward to on an annual basis. It kind of reminds me of when I was in standard 1 in the early 90s when I was still in Hong Kong. By the way, the education system there is very different compared to NZ – feeling stressed to perform at my best as … Read More

Could Noise Be The Remedy To A Good Night Sleep?!

I was very fortunate that my son does not cause too much trouble for both my wife and I. I would consider him as an all-rounder where he eats, plays and sleeps well the majority of the time. Despite going through growth spurts, he still manages to get to sleep fairly quickly after each feed, which is something I’m quite … Read More

Do Not Underestimate Your Ability To Adapt

This was my first week back to work after four weeks of tears, joy, laughter, profound happiness, frustration, sporadic sleep, and extreme tiredness. I have mixed feelings about being back. Part of me wanted to go back so badly because I miss my work and interactions with my patients. However, the other part of me was reluctant to see the … Read More

Why Are Some Drugs Prescribed For Off Label Use?

The pharmaceutical world can be very confusing at times. It sometimes challenges even drug experts like us to keep track of what’s going on. There are thousands of drugs in the dispensary that we come across each day, and many of them come with different trade names, numerous strengths, and in various forms (e.g., tablets, capsules, liquids, etc.), with different … Read More

Sweet Dreams Are Not Made Of This

Last Friday, I went for a walk along the bay with my wife and our little guy. It was our second outing since he was born two weeks ago. It used to be our weekend ritual – grabbing a large trim mocha at Joshua’s (they make fantastic coffee by the way) on the go and heading out for our morning … Read More

How you have changed my life

Dear Son, It was only a little over a week now that you arrived in this world at 10:27 pm on June 5th, 2020, and ever since you have become the centre of our lives. Your presence became the cement that bonded your mum, and I even closer together. Although we’ve only known you for such a small period of … Read More

An open letter to my wife

To my partner in crime, I’ve known you for more than eight years now but not until almost six years ago that we started our relationship together. The first time we met was when we were working together – back then, you were a pharmacy student, and I was a pharmacist early in my career. I remember vividly on your … Read More

Putting on a happy face?

I was fortunate to have some long-overdue quality time with my wife over the long weekend. We intentionally made it a memorable one by not having anything planned. To a lot of people, doing nothing may not be considered memorable. But in our perspective, creating memories does not necessarily involve doing something extra exciting or extraordinary. Lasting memories are often … Read More