Friday 18 April 2014

Good morning to Shun Fa Shu Shi 顺发熟食

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Happy Good Friday everyone!

Being a Singaporean living in the heartlands all my life, there are always some food from the hawker centers that never fails to make me drool.

One of such delicious food stall is 顺发熟食(Shun Fa Shu Shi).

Shun Fa Shu Shi serves delicious Singapore styled breakfast, with a wide variety of main and side dishes to choose from. Be it bee hoon with egg, fried noodles with fried fish, or even hokkien-styled noodles with chicken wings, they never fails to attract you over.

Today, my entry will introduce some of their best sellers.

Me : Hi uncle, sorry to disturb you. I am representing Witcast and I am a blogger. I really liked the food and would like to feature your stall.

Uncle: Ok.

Me: Thanks uncle, 1st of all, would like to ask how long have your stall been around?

Uncle: Its around more than 10 over years now.

Me: Wow, nice. So among you dishes, which ones are the best sellers? Like the must try?

Uncle: It depends on the individual, very hard to give you a good answer. But the best sellers so far should be the hokkien noodles, chicken wings and the fried fish.

Me: Yeah, i agree those are great. Just to check, if you have any plans on expanding your business?

Uncle: Ha, no lah(singlish word)  How to do it? I don't know.

Me: Sure sure no problem. Thank you for your time uncle, and you are...?

Uncle: Thank you too! I am Mr Lee.

Me: Thank you for your time. Have a great day and may your business prosper.

So the short interview was quite fruitful. I have to agree with Mr Lee that the Chicken Wings and Fried Fish are great. The wings are crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Simply marvelous! The fried fish is crispy and doesn't lose to those from the western stalls. While i liked the hokkien noodles, one to mention is the fried kway tiao too. It's not oily and it's completely worth it. Lastly, the chili is nice, one scoop is not enough!

So, if you have some time and hungry in the morning, head down to try it!

Address: Blk 162 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 #01-34
Opening hours : 3:30AM to 2PM (or until sold out)
Rest on alternate Wednesday

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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Allergy gone bad. Does the doctor at this local government hospital care?

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We have a case submitted by a reader in regard to his wife's experience with a local hospital.

Here was how it goes.

On Tuesday my wife went to Mount * (Witcast didn't want to reveal the name of the hospital at this point) for treatment for her rashes however it didn't get better. Doctor said it might be viral infection. So she went home after they gave her some medication and a jab to reduce the itch. The next day, her face swelled and more rashes were found on her face and body. Hence, she went back to Mount * for a review. Mount * wanted to ward her but they were short of beds. So they said we can transfer to ***(We have blanked out the name of the hospital) for admission. Mount * doctor then wrote a referral letter to ***'s A&E.

Reader's wife before the allergy

My wife waited for 2hrs, where finally the doctor from ***'s A&E seen her. After seeing her,the doctor said its just a small case, dun need to be warded to the hospital. So she didn't get any treatment and left. And the next day her condition got worst. Face, eye swelling and more rashes developing. So does it mean only when her life is at risk then *** will consider it serious?

On Thursday, she could not take it anymore. She call Mount * and the nurse asked her to go back to Mount * as swelling of her face and eye is not a good sign. When she reached Mount *, she was asked to warded. This time, they have enough bed for her. After her admission, immediately she got treated by a skin specialist. The way *** treated her was a disappointment. I also sent in an complaint and am currently waiting for their reply. However, till date there is no reply.

The doctor at Mount * had diagnosed that she had a serious allergy reaction. Serious allergy can kill if it's not treated properly.

This was how she look after the rashes and swelling... She cried under her blanket ever since *** rejected her admission. Thank goodness she is getting better now after admitting to Mount *.

Witcast also did a simple interview with reader.

Witcast: Thank God she is better now!

Reader: Yeah.

Witcast: Do you intend to sue *** for their negligence to discover your wife's illness?

Reader: I m waiting first their reply. The auto reply says will reply in 14days. If within 14days, I don't get any reply. I will go report this incident to MOH.

Witcast: What do you think caused them to react this way? Reader: According to doc in mount *, they said it's because govt hospital don't see such case as serious. And they don't had enough beds.

Witcast: Lastly, do you think the commitment given can be better, if *** wishes to make amendment to your wife's case, how do you want them to settle it?

Reader: Well, look at my wife's face now. If it's disfigured then how are they going to compensate? Muscles on our faces are tender. It can cause disfigure. Face already swollen like this and doctor with just one look without giving her any treatment can say ÿou look fine to me, it's not serious. You don't have to be admitted and we don't have enough beds" If it's not serious then why would Mount * asked my wife to be admitted? *** doctor is ridiculous. And i think they are not experience from the way he attended to my wife. But thank goodness the next day there are available beds at Mount * so that my wife can get admitted to be treated. I think the doctors in government hospital only see life at risk then they call it serious. This is the feedback I had from nurses and patient during my wife's stay.

Witcast: It seemed serious to us that this reader's wife's face is badly affected. Do you have a similar story to tell? Let us know by sending us a private message on facebook.

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Friday 4 April 2014

Filial Piety - Something that should never be forgotten in life

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Being in an Asian family, we are told that our parents are bigger than gods. There is a saying that if you parents kneel in front of you, you will fall and faint immediately (do not ever try this).

So why do we need to be filial to our parents?

If you ever read the Holy Bible, it mentioned that thou shall honor your parents that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (Exo 20:12). Please pardon me, i am not going to start preaching in this post.

Back in the ancient days, it had already been told that we need to appreciate what our parents had given us. We understand traditions may change, times may also change, people will evolve. However, this is something we should never gives up or change.

There is no parents in this world that wants their children to fall. They always wanted the best for their children, even though sometimes it might mean they get less for themselves.

Have you ever wondered, if not for your parents, would you be who you are today? I am not 100% sure about you, but for me, i won't.

I wasn't born to a wealthy family to begin with, when i was little, i could remember my dad failing in his business and our family was so poor that my mum would look all over the house just to find that 20 cents coin for our next meal. What can 20 cents buy you? 2 country erasers. But with the little they had, my mum would then take this small amount to the market and get us a piece of fish cake. Both my brother and i would not complain about our meals as we will see our parents taking a small piece of the fish cake and gives the rest of that to us. They would then take some soya sauce and mixed it with the rice and eat it.

We were POOR. But we were not defeated. I told myself back then, one day when I grow up, i want to earn as much money as i can, so my family can have a better life.

When I was 4 years old, my mum and I would walk my elder brother to school. That was when I asked her a innocent question.

Me: Mum, why dont I have to go to school? Is it because you think i am stupid?

Mum: No my dear, it's because you are still too young to go to school. Once you hit the age, even if i dont want you to study, i cant.

Me: Ok! It's a deal.

Mum : =)

My parents had never given me stress throughout my studies. Except there was once they sent me to this home tuition where the tutor would stress me day in and day out. Eventually being loving parents, they terminated the tuition as they saw i was struggling. After i broke free from it, my grades miraculously improved.

Fast forward to my secondary 3 studies, I did so badly in my studies that I failed my subjects badly. I had to be channeled to the normal stream. As usual, the school would require the parents to meet up with the teachers. When my teacher met up with my mum, i was depressed. I felt i let her down.

On our way home, she did not utter anything, just walking with me. When i cant take it further, i broke down in tears. I told her i let her down, i promised her that in the following year, i will be the top student and make her proud of me.

I did well for my GCE N level and scored 4 Distinctions and 1 Credit. I was also made the top student in my cohort and the Principal praised me for the good results. Deep down inside, i know i did it for my parents. I am sure they are proud of me.

Fast forward, now that i have graduated from college and stepped into the working world, 1 thing doesnt change.My love for my parents. I may not verbally said it daily to them, but i know i respect them and care for them deeply.

Now, both my mum and dad are retired/semi-retired and are getting on in age. I would spend time talking to them, have meals with them, or even watch some old movies with them.

One day, they will eventually be gone, but before that, I want to make sure they enjoyed the time spent with me and never ever regret giving birth to me. Yes, my life is indeed given by them, so i felt it's natural to love them the way they are.

They are not perfect people, some people might even not get along well with them, but they are my parents. If i dont love or care for them, no one will.

I hope our readers can take some time out of your busy schedules and show more concern to your loved ones. We only live once, so make it a meaningful one, not just to ourselves but also people around us. Starting with your parents.

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