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My name is Azra, I am a Leo and a proud Malaysian. Yay! I am quite opinionated, but I don't usually say it out loud, hence the blog! And I also like to review movies and TV shows. Besides that, I am a daughter, a girlfriend to that special someone, a sister, an aunt and your pharmacist... If you are interested in any of the products in my blog or would like to be my business partner, please contact me: AZRA - nur_azra@yahoo.com. (YM or Facebook me!) Happy reading, cheers!
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Day 1 in NPCB

11/04/2008 12:48:00 PM Posted In Edit This
Today was my first day at work in NPCB (www.npcb.gov.my). Truthfully, it isn’t my dream workplace; nevertheless I am thankful that I have been given the rezeki. I arrived very early (7.10 am, for goodness sake!) and the day went pretty slowly from there on. After the long wait, I met all 8 PRPs (Provisionally Registered Pharmacists) and we were briefed on the organisation, our duties etc. Then we were introduced to some of the staffs. After lunch, the day was still slow.

Hope it won’t remain that way for long. Oh well… Staying positive is all I can do.

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Incision Care

10/30/2008 02:00:00 PM Posted In Edit This
Congratulation Kak Eju and husband on your newborn! She's so beautiful and weighs a healthy 3.21kg! Kak Eju had to undergo caesarean so I would like to share some tips on caring for incision:-

1. Keep the wound dry. It’s okay to shower several days after surgery (preferred to bathing), however ensure that the wound is carefully and thoroughly dried.
2. Watch for signs of infections e.g. puss formation, intense pain and redness, fever.
3. Avoid activities that are likely put pressure on incision. However, walking is encouraged as they help restore energy levels and digestive functions.
4. Drink plenty of fluid and nutritious food to help build tissue and heal wounds

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A Very Busy Eid

10/30/2008 05:29:00 AM Edit This
It's been an absolutely mad month, in a good way, of course. 1 week to Eid, I was busy making cookies and cakes, cleaning the house, yada yada yada. Spent Eid's eve and its 1st day with Mummy. Later that day, I travelled to my father's hometown in Sabak Bernam, stayed there until 4th day of Eid. Next day, had a little family gathering at home, so prepared all the food etc. My sis stayed for the week, so spent some quality times with them lot. Attended open house invitations every weekend too! Extremely exhausting, but definitely worth it!

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Why you must take your medicines correctly?

9/25/2008 11:38:00 PM Posted In Edit This

I find many Malaysians seem to neglect their medicines, i.e. not taking them accordingly or improperly. E.g. an antibiotic course of treatment must be finished, yet I always find antibiotic leftovers in the fridge. Many of my family members are asthmatic, but they do not use inhaler to prevent or control exacerbation. Medicines help controlling a disease, inappropriate use can cause:-

1. Recurrence of infections
2. Chronic conditions worsen and uncontrollable
3. Degeneration of body function
4. Increased side-effects
5. And above all, waste of money and efforts!

The Bourne Trilogy

9/25/2008 02:43:00 PM Posted In Edit This

Incredible movies! All three combined great casts, powerful dialogue and heart-stopping action! But, which is the best?

a. Bourne Identity - Brilliant start of the trilogy! It was definitely different than other action movies shown then and Bourne's character developed very well. (8/10)

b. Bourne Supremacy - The transition to this sequel was well-paced and well-explained. One memorable part was the sophisticated car chase scenes. (9.5/10)

c. Bourne Ultimatum - An excellent conclusion: the whole movie was very intense and successfully answered all the questions about Bourne's past. The only drawback is the camera, it made me dizzy. (7/10)

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My Favourite Mistake

9/24/2008 12:44:00 PM Posted In Edit This

This is not about Cheryl Crow’s song, but this came to my mind while I listened to that. Not many know this, but I actually failed my second year in Pharmacy. It was a turning point in my life from which I improved myself. I kept it in my mind at all time and became a better student. Due to that incident, I discovered the true colours of the ‘friends’ around me. And more significantly, Hakim and I grew closer and our relationship blossomed. :-)

Although I am not proud of it, I believe that all happened for many good reasons.

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9/14/2008 08:00:00 AM Posted In Edit This

In this rapidly growing world, I am sure that everyone is aware of the importance of punctuality. Nonetheless, there I was waiting pointlessly for more than an hour before the theory and practical driving lesson commenced. Malaysia’s Vision 2020 is not far ahead and indeed punctuality is the basis of a developed country, eg UK, USA and Japan. How can we compare ourselves to these countries with this negative attitude embedded into our lifestyles? “Time and tide wait for no man” or else, we will be twilight years left behind.

P/s: Berbuka puasa pun kena punctual tau… Sunnah Rasulullah S.A.W. :-)

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My Interview

8/28/2008 02:30:00 AM Posted In Edit This

Let’s cut to the chase. During my interview with SPA, the gentleman disagreed when I expressed that Malaysia should adopt UK system ie to legalise community pharmacies dispensing rights. He asked me further “Do you know why the system isn’t ideal for Malaysia?” before I could answer, he answered it himself, saying that Malaysia doesn’t have the workforce or the ‘space’. Without question, this will take a long time and efforts to be fully functioning, but the system must be employed to ensure the best medical service to the people! Isn’t that the point of sending us abroad to study?

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