Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NASAM Hope Walk 2013 - Volunteer Work

The week after the Fexco Asian Gaelic Games, I signed up for another volunteer work again which is the NASAM Hope Walk 2013. NASAM stands for the National Stroke Association of Malaysia which is a non-profit organisation to help stroke survivors. NASAM Hope Walk 2013 is organised to increase the awareness of stroke among the young and old. During the event, the caregiver, friends and stroke survivors participated in the walk at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa to honour stroke survivors. 

 The beautiful dawn at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. You can see the construction of the iconic YTL building (known as The Capers) at Sentul East.

Participants and volunteers walking for the same cause.

 Group picture with the last stroke survivor to reach the finishing line. He could only walk in very slow manner yet he was so determined to finish the walk by himself. He took 3 hours to finish one round of walk around the lake which is around 2.5km. So touched to see such determination and effort from the uncle. He received our biggest cheer and applause when he finally reached the finishing line. = )

The determined uncle.

Another group picture.

 With Christy.

The walk ended at around 11am and I was feeling very tired already. However, it was fun to participate in such a meaningful event. I was also very delighted to see some of my past stroke patients from NASAM particpated in the walk even though they are wheel-chair bound.

That's all! No more volunteer works for now as I have to focus on my research proposal. Still a long long way to go until I'm able to finish it.


Monday, October 14, 2013

My first sports physio exeperience - Fexco Asian Gaelic Games 2013

Had fun volunteering at my first international sports event, the Asian Gaelic Games, despite suffering from soreness all over my hand muscles. The games is held at the Putrajaya Equestrian Park on 12th -13th October. Gaelic games is actually a traditional sports from Ireland (also known as Irish football) which requires a combination of techniques and movements from rugby, basketball, football and volleyball. It's something very new in Malaysia and most of the players who participated in this event are Caucasians with a minority of Japanese and Taiwanese. 

The role of sports physiotherapist came into play when the athletes had injuries such as muscles strains, ligament sprains and etc. I've always wanted to do some sports physio so I was really happy to be able to participate in this event. I had to do a lot of therapeutic massage, stretching and of course Kinesio taping for the athletes. My thumb and fingers are really sore when I'm typing this blog post. @.@

The treatment beds occupied by the athletes and the physios doing their best to make the athletes feel better before going back to the field. Gaelic football is a highly competitive sports so the athletes have to be in their best form in order to play well.

Me doing some taping on my classmate. Taping is something that we don't often practice in our usual clinical postings so it was really good that we can just go ahead and tape everyone in the event =D.

Taping the injured calf muscle for one of the players. =D

Credits to my fellow classmates for all the pictures. =)

Me with a Korean sports physiotherapist sunbaenim for the Korean team. His taping skill is really good as he is an experienced sports physio for more than 10 years. Too bad I wasn't able to communicate with him well as he's not good in speaking English and my Korean is almost useless at that point. All I know is how to introduce myself, how to order food and how to ask for directions blablabla which didn't help much when talking to my sunbaenim. Haha. Hope to find him in Korea next time and learn some taping techniques! Haha.

A really cute mixed Japanese-Irish girl, Haruka. I love her curly copper hair and her oversized team shirt. Haha. Cuteness overload!

 Me, Christy and Jacqueline showing our certificates proudly.

Group picture with Joanna and Morah. The physiotherapists in charge.

Group picture with ze classmates. Thanks to my university and the Gaelic Games Organising Committee for giving us this amazing opportunity! My next volunteer work will be the NASAM hope walk! Can't wait for another amazing experience!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wondermama @ Bangsar Village

I realise I have been blogging excessively about Korean food so for a change this time it will be a review about Malaysian cuisine. I'm sure everyone is familiar about Wondermama which is a modern Malaysian cuisine restaurant located at Bangsar Village in the expatriate neighbourhood. This place serves famous Malaysian food with a modern twist and also Malaysian-inspired Western food.   

Located right next to Plan B near Jaya Grocer Supermarket.

 Come to Wondermama on the last Monday of the month and you will get good discount for your meal!

Daddy's favourite Nasi Lemak 2.0 with deep fried chicken, keropok, hard boiled eggs, peanuts, cucumber, ikan bilis and sambal petai. The highlight would be the fragrant rice boiled with coconut milk which is quite exceptional. The fried chicken is similar to Japanese style deep fried chicken which comes in friendly bite-sized pieces. It is exactly what a good crispy fried chicken should look and taste like. You will rarely see sambal petai with nasi lemak but it is a good add-on because both my mum and I love sambal petai.

3 layer tea. A good drink to quench your thirst.

Macha Soy Milk. My favourite <3. However, this soy drink already has sugar added into it. I would prefer soy milk without any sugar. 

Super Hor Fun ordered by my mum. This tastes almost similar to curry chee cheong fun and is quite delicious according to my parents. Those who like curry chee cheong fun would love this.

Malaysian style breakfast set ordered by me! Not too bad but I still prefer the English style breakfast set. I love the fact that the breakfast set is served with sambal and chili sauce which is something new. I also love the baked beans with the additional tomato paste sauce. I shall do the same when I prepape my own English Breakfast set next time.


Overall, Wondermama is indeed a right place to enjoy Modern Malaysian food with good value (compared to other expensive eateries in Bangsar). However I still think that Malaysian food tastes the best if you enjoy it at hawker stalls in chinese kopitiams or in the back alleys. Nicely prepped meal with delicate presentation is just not the way Malaysian food is usually served. When Malaysian food comes into my mind, the image is always something related to an old uncle with a push cart and food with rough presentation served in plastic bowls or plates. 

That's all!