Our Chap Goh Meh aka Chinese Valentine’s Day

On the 15th day of Chinese New Year or Chap Goh Mei, the Yaps had their customary dinner at a Chinese restaurant. This year was at Super Tanker. By the time we got home, it was already 11ish pm. The moment we entered our house, we heard explosive bangsnaps of fireworks. We ran excitedly to the window to catch a better view of it.  It was a spectacular one and  was released from the Thean Hou temple.  We could watch it very clearly from the 5th floor of our unit.  Drama Queen and I rushed to our handbags to whip out our phone and start snapping the pix of the fireworks display…

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Our 15 days Chinese New Year celebration ended on a high crow this rooster year. What is so special about Chinese New Year to me?  Apart from all the reunion dinners and special food, it is the time I reminisce about the birth of my no. 2 on ‘chor 8‘ (8th day of CNY) in 2005.  This year her Chinese birthday does not fall during CNY nor on Valentine’s Day. In two days, my very loud and brazen middle child will turn 12 and will officially get her own My Kad 🙂

 

Hiring a Company to Repair Your Medical Instruments

Your instruments are very important to you if you run a medical facility. You rely on these instruments to help you perform tests and properly diagnose your patients. Therefore, instruments that are not functioning properly can create very big problems for you and your staff. You will get inaccurate readings and test results that will make it impossible to diagnose your patients. It goes without saying that you need to be very careful about which company you entrust with repairing your medical instruments. This is a huge responsibility. You need to be certain that the company you hire for this task knows what they are doing and is up to the challenge. Here are a few tips that will assist you in your search for a medical instrument repair company.

1. How long has the company been in the business of repairing medical instruments?

Experience is a critical factor to look for when you want to find a company to repair your medical instruments. You want to avoid hiring a company that has only been doing it for a short period of time. Ideally, you should only do business with a company that has been repairing medical instruments for a minimum of five years. This level of experience should tell you that the company will give you an outstanding quality of work.

2. Where do the other medical professionals in your area have all of their instruments repaired?

It would be a good idea for you to take some time and seek out the other medical professionals who work in your area. Find out where they send their instruments when they need to be repaired. You should also ask them why they use that particular repair company. How long have they been using that company? How long does it usually take for the company to complete a surgical camera repair? These are all questions you should ask when you are talking to these people.

3. What is the average turnaround time you can expect when you get medical instruments repaired?

You need to ask every company you contact how long it is going to take them to repair your medical instruments and get them sent back to you. You obviously do not want to be waiting for many weeks for a company to complete their repairs. Therefore, find a company with a fast turnaround time.

 

Neuroscience Curriculum Development

Neuroscience curriculum development is an essential task for educators. Today’s teachers with an understanding of how the brain works may apply evidence-based research to the classroom. Teachers and professors can help students reach their highest educational and personal potential.

Researchers say that neuroplasticity of the brain is highest during the early years. However, research continues to show that the brain’s neuroplasticity—and the student’s intelligence—changes throughout life. Teachers must understand the implications of how students learn to serve them. Knowledge about neuroscience can strengthen students’ necessary skill sets to 21st-century careers.

Neuroscience and Teaching Skills

Neuroscience is a valuable teaching asset. Teachers can practically use research conclusions to instruct students. Professional education of teachers must include neuroscience studies.

The study of neuroscience shows that students can “change their brains” to learn more. For instance, neuroscience studies show that students often learn best in play. Teachers using targeted games to instruct students are both well-liked and effective in the classroom.

Studies also show that activating the brain’s memory network strengthens students’ ability to recall and retrieve information. In contrast, stress and boredom in class inhibit learning. Stress studies show that students may experience alienation from the instructor and learning when they’re stressed or bored. Scientists theorize that the brain triggers a fight or flight response.

Student Behavior

Neuroscience researchers also report that, as student stress builds, the ability to retain long-term memory is also inhibited. Neuroscience provides some tools for teachers to use when stress leads to reactive behaviors. Therefore, it’s essential for the teacher to reduce classroom stress to promote memory retention and cognitive processing.

Passionate teachers with a desire to return students to positive learning experiences can help students to achieve their goals. Student empowerment is one of the first steps to returning a love of learning to the classroom.

Improving the classroom isn’t the work of the neuroscience laboratory. Teachers must study neuroscience to design strategies and tools that deliver for students.

Today’s teachers are busier than ever before. They must attend more professional development events, interact with consultants, and develop new expertise to stay current. Future neuroscience developments will develop in part between the intersection of science and classroom.

When teachers develop new strategies and students seem to learn better, their supervisors and peers want to spread the good news. Collaboration between educators and neuroscientists benefits the practicum and body of research. Success for teachers is largely about finding what works. Neuroscientists can use the practicum to feed new research studies.

Receive Hazmat Training

Hazmat is an abbreviation for hazardous materials and substances that pose a danger to the public’s health. The material may be poisonous or flammable and would be a danger to life or to the environment if released without precautions.

A hazmat suit is “protective equipment” consisting of a whole-body garment that is impermeable and is worn to protect against the hazardous materials.

Become an AHLS Provider

AHLS stands for Advanced Hazmat Life Support. There are over 17,600 physicians, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals around the world who are prepared to face the medical challenges of hazmat incidents, which could include toxic terrorism and chemical spills and to medically manage patients who have been exposed to hazardous materials.

Students may also come from a industries such as manufacturing, construction, aerospace, automotive, engineering, shipping, and government employees.

Take the Required Course

The University of Arizona offers a 16-hour AHLS Provider Course that is taught by a physician, aboard-certified toxicologist, and other expert instructors who train healthcare professionals to become AHLS Providers and care for hazmat incident victims.

The course starts with a multiple choice pre-test that assesses the participants’ knowledge. That also serves as an excellent study resource for the later multiple choice post-test. Small groups do interactive exercises. Healthcare professionals who receive at least 80 percent on the post-test are then verified as AHLS Providers for a period of four years.

No matter which state you live in, Hazmat School courses satisfy national OSHA, DOT, and DOT training requirements.

Do the Course Online

If it is more convenient for you to take a self-paced online course of 11 modules and three hours of CME, which would be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so that you can complete your training on your own schedule, you can earn your certificate that way.

Two Pertinent Organizations

The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) is an international disciplinary organization with the goal of the advancement of the treatment and diagnosis of Hazmat poisoned patients.

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety is the federal safety authority that ensures the safe transport of hazardous materials by rail, air, water, and highway.

 

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a big problem in this country; it’s the leading cause of injury for women aged 15 to 44. The best way to help stop domestic violence or prevent it from happening to you is to remember the steps listed below and try to utilize them should the situation arise.

How can I help prevent domestic violence?

You don’t have to be a super hero in order to help prevent domestic violence. Ways you can help stop this crime include:

• Not being afraid to call the police if you suspect or witness evidence of domestic violence

• Tell your family member, friend, coworker or neighbor about a domestic violence outreach organization if you suspect that she is being abused

• Encourage your neighborhood watch program to be on the alert for domestic violence as well as more typical crimes such as burglary

• Listening to the testimonies of Christian women speakers and learning how you can support abused women.

If I’m in an abusive relationship, how do I get out?

The most important step is to make sure that you are safe. Contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or your local domestic violence crisis center can be a great first step in making sure that your escape will be safe. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to these organizations, you could discuss an escape plan with a trusted friend.

I’m scared to call the police. Should I?

If someone is harming or threatening to harm you, you don’t need to hesitate to call 911. Your abuser could face consequences for his actions including arrest and conviction for domestic violence. If you really don’t feel comfortable bringing the law into the equation, see if a friend can house you temporarily while you sort things out.

I don’t feel safe at home. What should I do?

If you have been abused recently and need to leave the home you share with your abuser at once, you should contact your local domestic violence crisis center to find out how you can enter their program or take advantage of their confidential motel voucher program.

I was able to escape from my abuser. How can I keep him from coming after me?

You should consider getting a protection order from your local court house; this will ensure that you will have legal protection if your abuser gets closer than a certain number of feet near you.