Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Just cleared out two full bags full of flyers, advertisements, and information i got during two of the wedding shows that i went to. One was here in Markham, and the other one in Kingston. Wow, that was a long time ago. We probably went to Kingston more than 4 times to prep for the wedding. Going through those flyers gave me the flash backs... Where ming and i were trying to figure everything out for the wedding, every single detail. Then I thought: it was fun, had a blast on that day, but never want to go through that again. Don't know how wedding planners do it. Although i think event planning is a fun job, maybe until something goes wrong and the client yell at me. :P

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

the confused Bachelor

So i guess none of you guys watch the show "the Bachelor"? I only started watching it this season and only the last 5 episodes. This was the most shocking season in "the Bachelor" history as the bachelor rejected both women at the end. How dramatic was that?! I think the guy had feelings for both women and felt wrong to choose either one of them if he was confused between the two.
I asked ming "what would you do, ming?" And being ming, he always gives the most politically correct answer "i would not sign up to do the show in the first place." Booo... boring. Hahaha....

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sunday night dinner

ming's newly discovered toy, a panini machine. he's used it twice already. hopefully he will keep using it and not just put it away's a sandwitch, not a steak.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Worked today and i was floated to another unit, the medicine/infectious disease unit. there was this IV nurse who came and needed to start an IV on a kid. the nurse was pregnant, and the kid had chicken pox. the nurse said "well, i had chicken pox when i was really young and i am in the 2nd trimester now, so i should be okay." i seriously don't know what would I do in that situation. i know that as long as you've had chicken pox, then you'll be okay. but it's not just chicken pox that they see, they see diff stuff everyday... ahy... nursing is a hard job...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

a must watch

Just watched the movie Sicko last night. Watched all the special features on it afterwards too. I have to say that i feel fortunate being a Canadian. And good for the Brits and the French. Even Taiwanese are catching up.
The movie was on during the Toronto Film Festival, and all the health care workers were allowed in to see the movie for free. I missed that chance and have been dying to see it ever since. Gotta say that the movie had its limitations on some details, but it got its message across, that's the most important thing. As a health care worker, i can't help but to sympathize the ones who have to work in the field in the US. Again, i am lucky to be living in Canada. Save medicare!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sometimes cooking makes me want to become a vegetarian...

Friday, November 09, 2007

"thank you" builds self-esteem

I am working on my seminar presentation these days. My topic is self-esteem in adolescents. I don't think the notion of self-esteem is that well established in the Taiwanese culture. You can disagree with me, but from what i remembered, students in taiwan were taught to be humble and not to show any signs of ego. Even when someone compliments you, you are supposed to say things like "no, you think too highly of me." I believe that puts negative effect on an adolescent's self-esteem. Research has shown that self-esteem is crucial to an adolescent's healthy development. However, how do you develop positive self-esteem when you are constantly telling yourself that "no, i am not that great?" Is the culture of "humble-ness" killing our adolescents' self-esteem? Maybe it is different over there now? because i see lots of kids acting very ego-centric, as if the world is all about them.
I still remember when i was 13 and just moved to Vancouver, during a one on one session with an ESL teacher, she complimented on my spelling ability. Naturally i responded by "no... i am not that good," then she said to me "Jackie, you have to learn to just say 'thank you' when someone says something good about you. Remember that. now, let's try this again..." then she said "Jackie, your spelling is very good" and i said "thank you." I will never forget the lesson that i learned that day... Even till today, when a colleague or friend thanks me for helping her out, i would always say "oh, no, it's nothing," no matter how much trouble it cost me. i need to just say "you're welcome" in the future. I believe this will enhance my self-esteem. So if you ever come across a child who does this, do her/him a favor by telling her/him to just say "thank you."

Thursday, November 08, 2007

things i want but don't really need

I am looking at the abercrombie website everyday... dreaming of one day that I can go to the states to shop.... soon....

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

First snow

yes, it snowed in Markham this morning.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Got my new driver's licence yesterday. I was truly happy with my photo on it. For the past few years, i have been living with a driver's licence with an ugly photo of me. So i am very happy that this one turned out nice and i will no longer feel embarrassed to use it the next time. However, my health card has a even more ugly photo of me, it looks like a mug shot, someone who is drunk and was driving coz my eyes were full of hatred... I was wearing a huge winter coat and a scarf!!! Who the hell would let anyone take a photo id wearing a scarf?! I use my health card more than any other id's.... But... My health card does not expire until 2010 or something, darn....