salud en los tiempos de la corona

contents如果有得揀乜嘢時候唔好病,咁應該係社會動盪,又或是病毒猖獗嘅時候。我老豆從舊年2019嘅十一月九號到而家五月尾廿八號差不多折騰咗半年。乜嘢搞到佢囉囉攣?米就係偏食引致膽石阻塞膽管發炎、肝酵素上升等問題。經過兩次住院,無數次社康護士上門洗傷口、換紗布之後,上星期五那一針鈎住傷口嘅針最終鬆脫。輾轉由母親陪伴到北區醫院後,日間手術部門的醫護把傷口縫合,暫時解決了對父親來說既重複、又戰戰兢兢、又知啲唔知啲嘅家居護理服務。觀乎其飲食習慣-少飲水,少蔬菜-不出一兩年內想又要遭受折磨!所以腦筋清醒嘅時候,應該養成良好的飲食習慣,免得自己和身邊人受苦又受罪!

plastic forceps, dressing tray, sterile field, non woven sponges… these things have been repeatedly consumed for the past six months on my dad, during the two hospitalizations and as well as the many community health nurses’ at-home follow-up services. owing to his old age, my dad did not have his gallbladder removed since he had this acute inflammation and fever in early November 2019. If he were 15 years or more younger, the surgeons would have removed that gallstone generating organ without second though, as i deduced simply by eavesdropping his ward neighbour. fortunately for him, that organ is apparently back to functioning after prolonged external tube draining, wound-dressing, etc. just one and a half week short of 6 months. if there is any advice for those of you have a weakness for unhealthy, greasy, low-fiber, dehydrated daily diet, my blunt and my-own-dad-tormented advice is DROP YOUR BAD HABITS WHILE YOU ARE STILL YOUNG(ER) AND SANE. it not only hurts your eventual caretakers, in this case mostly  my mom, and part-time-wise, me, additionally it will make taking any remedial actions almost impossible, as in my father’s case who has alzheimers and his stubborn,  deranged perceptions of his own well being or the lack of therein really has been painful and brings anguish to everyone involved. he gets a break now until his bad habits get the better of him in a few years time.

charlie en los tiempos de la corona

Charlie and the chocolate factory. A fantastic children’s book by a fantasic storyteller whose original text version I finally have a chance to read cover to cover (thanks in part to the pandemic), after seeing the two major studios film adaptations. The 1971 film with gene wilder I had seen from time to time on reruns every few years on TV. I didn’t dig deep about the moral lessons going on through the story but had found it nevertheless interesting with flamboyant costumes and songs. How could a kid NOT like chocolates?
Only in my adulthood did I learn that Roald Dahl had written many popular children’s books and the 2nd film adaptation with the wacky and dark interpretation of Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka resuscitated my curiosity of the oeuvre.

In the older days before politial correctness and extreme poverty-prosperity dichotomy, the five main characters are vividly sketched. The greedy boy who eats too much chocolate all the time, the competitive gum-chewing girl, the have-it-all spoiled lit’l princess, the obsessed TV watcher and the humble protagonist fit interestingly well into non-western cultures’ DOs and DONTs handbooks for kids pretty well. Think 弟子規。 It was a pleasure to read the original lines and compared Depp’s big screen version of Willy Wonka – eccentric, bitchy, and maybe even queerness (in modern day academia gobbledygook). The Oompa-Loompas numbers’ rhyming, merciless lyrics are so hilarious that unless you are the presumed dentist father of Willy Wonka, you are bound to love Charlie and the chocolate factory, adults or kids alike.

le mal de terre en los tiempos de la corona

 

疫情之中,經朋友又發現一可以抽水的影片。吸引我是多人戴口罩的一幕。

lemaldeterre

話說歌曲唱的是環境問題、市民參與等等,但若果把covid-19放遠點跟愛滋病毒hiv、伊波拉ebola比較,人類愈來愈大的足跡,跨進少接觸動物嘅生態環境,是否一次又一次生化危機的幕後黑手?

a seemingly unrelated song on citizen engagement and environmental pollution, but the snapshot of everyone in masks caught my attention and brought us back to the current covid-19 crisis. are our footprints too big that the present and further problems are unavoidable?

conspiracy (theories) en los tiempos de la corona

no es
el amor en los tiempos del cólera
pero
conspiracy ( theories) en los tiempos de la corona

the war of words between china and usa involves pointing fingers at the origin of the covid-19 virus.

netizens pointed to the world military games 2019 which was held in wuhan, plus possibly a simulation exercise/conference involving big-shot business and public health leaders, cosponsored by johns hopkins university’s center for health security in october 2019. anyways, george gao, chief of chinese cdc and many high profile americans participated in the panel as seen in the video summary. i guess superpowers need to check their egos when it comes to reaching real global collaborations. trust it seems, is always easier said than done.

event 201 pandemic exercise
http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/scenario.html

https://youtube.com/watch?v=AoLw-Q8X174

€5.99, not cheese, 2 hours

€5.99 worth of not cheese but words.  it took me between a pre-bedtime lecture and a train ride tallying up  just under two hours in total to finish. i personally don’t have an affinity for management or self-help psychology reads. what drew me to the work is the famed one minute manager series prominently displayed inside the book by the same author. if u must also make a thin connection, how about cheese in the year of the rat?

indeed the storyline featured two mice, and two other characters who represent different attitude and psyche in their search for work, love, money, religion or whatever meaning in life.

it is not a long nor deep read and the morale is really simple – be ready and willing to embrace change.  if one doesn’t harbour any grudge against the current state of affairs worldwide  as a result of the economic systems,  it would make a good case for people who need a push out of their comfort zone for smoething more grand!

cover

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the one-page summary

morphology, sound n more

flabbergasted
shenanigans
lollygag
kerfuffle
nincompoop
pumpernickel
thingamajig
whatsit

whatchamacallit
flummoxed
dingleberry
gobbledygook
canoodle
codswallop

dumbfounded? because of the sound or spelling or “port-manteau” or other imageries evoked? here r some words that i saw circulating in an online language forum. whether or u can recall or not the dark sour bread, hope u ain’t disturbed by the not quite rubbish brouhaha but be bewildered somehow or even embrace some of this superfluous prank when ur ideas are suffering a drought.

who needs to go to monastery?

sometime in september 2019 during my extended trip, a friend suggested me to visit a monastery to seek higher meaning of life. little did he know, nor i haven’t yet shown him the collection of videos i took.

 

one of the destinations was a beach called la barra. sitting on the edge of a national park, the nearest city is buenaventura, a 40min speedboat ride away. without portable water nor internet/wifi, i think i slowed myself down, if it were just for a mere 72 hours.

ps. the beach is actually much brighter and safer than it appeared in the video, if it had gotten your heart pounding a bit faster and harder.

歲晚收爐至另行通告?temporarily closed til god knows when

能夠令極端資本主義減慢下來的,不是社會運動,而是新冠肺炎。你有否見過黃昏七點便關門的麥當勞快餐店?如果不是商場阻止,麥記打十號風球都不會停下來。然而今次這商場因為過境的碼頭停用,內裡的商舖也頓變冷清。停止營業的計有銀行、餐廳、中醫、藥房等等,但看看通告便知各家的公關手段。個別受疫情影響生意難做的,幹嘛寫成“裝修”呢?大環境影響,又不是自己錯也不敢寫出事實,這些公司內部文化真是有啲問題喎!

neither typhoon signal number ten nor the prolific social movement of 2019 can barely touch upon the religiously capitalistic machinery of hong kong. then came covid-19, who made a steady and rapid ascent with the year of the rat, and like stepping on brakes did it achieve in sabotaging the capitalistic rat race with just a few dozens of cases and counting, in february 2020. whether it is tcm clinic, restaurant, bank or pharmacy, their branches in this shopping arcade which serves also as a ferry terminal to mainland china and macao decided to temporarily close the doors until perhaps the community outbreak of the virus retreats, if their leases last that long. what perplexed me was the lie a few of the notices posted “renovation” as the pretext, what were the management thinking? it wasn’t the company’s fault, but external, uncontrollable circumstances that require cost-cutting measures. if there is anything, it makes me think thrice about the integrity of these corporations for if they need a pretext foe something they didn’t do, imagine when they really make an error or put their customers in harms way, they probably would find tons of excuses to rid themselves of responsibility! so consumers beware, separating the good crops from the rotten few in the time of covid-19.