Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.

Made a short trip up to Hong Kong just before I started working in Singapore.  A nice place to visit but things are even more expensive than Singapore itself. Been told that Hong Kong’s a good place for shopping, fashion wise but with the hefty price tags? I beg to differ.

Heard about this Victoria Peak, so had to give it a visit once, since I’m already here.

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From Sheung Wan MTR station, it takes about 10 minutes to walk to the tram station. There’s a mall right up on the Victoria Peak, called The Peak, and it’s assessible through driving or taking the tram up. It goes up a very steep slope since it’s a mountain that we’re going up unto.

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Waiting for the tram feels like an eternity.

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Waiting was no fun at all. Spent almost close to 2 hours just to get on board the tram. Since it has a limited capacity, it could only carry that many. Be prepared to torture yourself if your bladder is full. Be sure to take a leak first before you start queuing cause’ there ain’t any washroom nearby.

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See what I meant? Packed!

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And here we are, at the observatory. I’ll skip the mall since it’s nothing much to talk about. Just like any other malls out there. Oh, there’s a Madame Tussauds thingy inside the mall. So if you’re into waxy figurines, you may consider stopping by.

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Apart from the waiting, I did enjoy being up here. You can almost view a large portion of Hong Kong from here.

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If you look closely, there are big mansions and houses located on the peak. Only for the rich and famous, I believe.

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Hong Kong’s skyline. Would I go up for a second time if I had the chance? Once is good enough. No doubt. I would rather save the money for something else.

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Laughter is the best medicine. And listening too.

As cliche as it sounds, it has its truth. This applies in the practice of medicine too.

Of course I don’t just laugh my ass out when I treat my patients, that would be totally inappropriate. Did it once when I was a freshie, totally got backfired. The patient whom I saw told me that I should be serious with my profession, and that statement itself, has etched at the very back of my mind until today. So there’s a limit as to how much you should express yourself too.

I have health colleagues who asked me, “Why do you always smile?”. And my response, “Why shouldn’t I?”.

Do you know that patients find at ease, the most, when they are greeted with a smile when they enter a doctor’s room? The matter a fact, no one would want to meet a sulking looking fella, especially when you’re meeting someone for the first time.  Would you not find it pleasant, when you attend a job interview, the interviewee greets you with a smile? Giving you an unpleasant look would definitely knock your circuits off.

Even when you’re in a difficult situation, be it an angry patient (who’s getting angry for no apparent reason, or at least a logical one) or sad, depressed one, a smile would help to soothe issues out.

However, at times, we need to just remind ourselves not to rush in seeing a patient too. Seeing a patient in a hurry not only causes you to miss stuff, makes you a less empathetic person too. At the end of the day, what the patient needs the most is not the medication you’ve prescribed, just a pair of good ears. If you do take time to listen, each and every patient has a story that they would want to share with you. Of course it’s not plausible to entertain each and everyone of them, but at least be selective to those who really needs it. And when you do, you’ll find yourself given the best medicine that they’ve ever needed. Your time and patience.

Anyway, just sharing my thoughts out loud. August’s my favorite month. Gonna take my time to enjoy it. Remember, to smile and listen.