January 31, 2015

Mole removal surgery

Before I did this, I've heard a lot of people talking about some home remedies to do it. After consulting an advice from a friend of mine who's a doctor, I decided to go for surgery instead. 

This is important as I could also send the mole to test after the surgery. Better be safe than sorry. (The reason was because the mole grew bigger in about a year, which is not a good sign)

Anyway, I went to Sentosa Medical Centre to have the doctor check and make an appointment with the doctor to do a surgery to remove it last Tuesday. The appointment was set at yesterday, Friday. 

Here's how the mole looks like before removing...

It was a quick operation...some minor op but the doctor told me with the international standard being implemented in all these medical centers now, all of these minor operations will also be done in the Operation Theater (OT)...which is why the medical costs are so expensive nowadays. (anyway that's another story).

my appointment card..."KLINIK BEDAH"
While waiting for the operation, managed to take some photos of the surrounding.

Here's my tag....oops....u see my age there clearly...

while waiting at the day ward...

Didn't managed to take any photos of the OT though since I'm not allowed to bring my phone along....anyway, it was really a quick procedure...the doctor put some local anesthetic but I still feel a bit of pain.

It wasn't very painful but I felt the stinging pain throughout the whole process. While the operation lasted about 30 minutes, it felt like forever for me.

Anyway, once it was done, I was sent back to my ward to rest while waiting for the doctor to look at the dressing.


Since I have yet to take breakfast, I thought of going to the cafe to grab something but the food there was horrible. The nurse was kind enough to make Milo and gave me some biscuits.


Anyway, it was all over by noon and I will just have to wait to go back on Thursday for a follow up and check on the results of the test on the removed mole. Hopefully all things turn out to be good.

On another note, while some of the nurses are kind enough to provide assistance, I felt that most of the medical staff have an issue in greeting the patients with a smile. Most of them looked down, upset and angry...something that really need to work on. While I understand it's difficult to give a smiley face after working for long hours and going through immense pressure, perhaps it's also important to know that a friendly and helpful face goes a long way in making patients feel comfortable, thus reducing the stress level as well.

January 24, 2015

Evaluate my New Year Resolution: Workout

Evaluate my New Year Resolution: Workout.

It is always easy to get a notebook and write about your New Year Resolution when the year end approached....and now, December had came and gone....with January coming to an end with another week to go. 

I'm not sure how others have maintain their New Year resolution but I am keeping mine for sure and here's a look at it at the moment.

I knew that maintaining a consistent workout routine is important but I also know I need to be realistic with my targets and routines. I started the year with once a week and moving into twice a week and so far it has been great.

I have increased my 10 minutes running speed to 2km for 10 minutes and I continued my run for another 2 to 5 minutes. 

My latest 2 attempts:

12 minutes: 2.33km

15 minutes: 2.91km
I am also aware of the need to increase the intensity on my workout. I have been increasing the repetitions of 10 for every sets to 12 and 15. 

I also maintain the 3 sets as a minimum for each part of the body and I'm starting on plank as well. 

It's definitely not so easy to build body without taking the protein supplement.

Here was the outcome:

the shape is there but definitely need to bulk up

In order to boost my workout effort, I also spent some money on some proper workout outfit at Nike store. Spent about RM264 on the Nike fit shirt and Nike Pro combat pants with the head band and wrist band. 

Love my workout outfit
I also make sure that I prioritize on the stretching parts in my work out as I believe it helps to keep me going for longer. Since I learned about stretching and the importance of it, I make sure that it remains an integral part of my workout. For my short rest period before the next set, I always make sure that I do stretching for my legs and upper part as well.

Stretching is an integral part of my workout

I have been lifting 15kg weights. I planned to keep with it for another 2 to 3 weeks before going for 25kg. 

15kg dumbbell

25kg dumbbell
I actually tried with the 25kg but felt it's stretching my limit a bit too far so decided to maintain with 15kg for now. 

It's not a very heavy workout but it's definitely a good plan to start and easy to maintain. By adapting to the time required for workout, I can adjust my schedule to add another slot in my week. I'm going for 2 for now, but hopefully I'll be going for 3 a week soon.

What we take away from Windows 10 event? [ Part 2]

The Part 1 of the Windows 10 event talks a lot about the Windows 10 features that we already know and how Microsoft enhance it as well as with Windows Phone.

XBOX APP, to IMPROVE GAMING in WINDOWS

As the event continued, it was obvious that Microsoft is moving towards the other products...and I'm glad to hear they talked about Xbox gaming as part of an integral key in Windows 10 ecosystem.

XBOX App

With Xbox exposure in gaming, improving PC's gaming becomes a natural course of direction to take...by deeply integrating Xbox capabilities into the operating system. A new Xbox app lets you chat with your Xbox Live pals, view your achievement information, or access game DVR clips. The app also lets you like, share, and comment on game clips. 

Microsoft also believe that people want to share their game experience with their friends, believing that social is important (partly why the company is willing to spend a big chunk of money on Minecraft)..and add a new Windows key + G keyboard shortcut brings up an interface for saving snapshots and 30 second video clips of your adventures, which then brings you into the Xbox app to share it. 

Microsoft also talked about how DirectX12 will improve gaming performance and also battery lifespan. This is a crucial part as Microsoft believe in gaming on the go...with the better battery lifespan, higher-end games will soon be featuring in mobile devices.

During the event, Microsoft also stressed on how they want to enable more gaming experiences regardless of the device you’re using. Fable Legends players on Windows 10 and Xbox One will be able to play with each other, and you’ll be able to stream your Xbox One games directly to any Windows 10 device, though it sounds like it will be limited to local networks only, similarly to Steam in-home streaming.

And the last part of the event, which I think where Microsoft is trying to tell people: They are innovating....they are changing....they are on the right path. Microsoft brings the future with the last part of their demo in the event.


SURFACE HUB and WINDOWS HOLOLENS

These announcements don't have much to do with Windows 10 but it shows the companies are moving in the direction of creating new categories.

Surface Hub
Before the Surface tablet appeared, Microsoft used to talk about a Surface table device...which was pretty cool but we never hear about it afterwards....on the Windows 10 event, Microsoft brings it back, this time though, it's mounted on a wall like a TV.

Microsoft Surface Hub
It has cameras, speakers, mics, Bluetooth, NFC, and a touchscreen interface meant for a stylus. The idea is that you can have meetings, with members, appearing via Skype, and draw on the screen, with your work shared between everyone’s devices.

The demonstration was definitely pretty cool and makes you wanna have one at your work place.

And last but not least, the near future: Microsoft Hololens

It is one of the most shocking, bizarre, ambitious and futuristic sci-fi announcement: Microsoft brings Holograms to reality, in a way.

Hololens

Windows Holographic, a set of technologies—a headset, new Windows 10 technology, and a HoloStudio dev app—that brings some insanely intense augmented reality capabilities to Windows. It’s powered by a new processor, what Kipman called a holographic processing unit. It’s equipped with sensors to detect the real world and gestures of the user, as well as holographic sound. It has no wires and doesn’t need to connect to phones or PCs. Holographic APIs are built into all Windows 10 devices, and Kipman invited developers of Magic Leap, Glass, and Oculus to come work with it. He said it would be "available in the Windows 10 timeframe."



There were some great demonstration as well and the Internet go hoo-hah about this piece of device. The one thing that is so impressive is that something that looks so ugly could be so well praised over the internet. At least, it looks like Microsoft is getting this right in comparison to Google's Glass.





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