Saturday, 29 August 2009

Shigeaki Hinohara

Who is he? Got this from here.

Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara


At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world's longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara's magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke's College of Nursing. After World War II, he envisioned a world-class hospital and college springing from the ruins of Tokyo; thanks to his pioneering spirit and business savvy, the doctor turned these institutions into the nation's top medical facility and nursing school. Today he serves as chairman of the board of trustees at both organizations. Always willing to try new things, he has published around 150 books since his 75th birthday, including one "Living Long, Living Good" that has sold more than 1.2 million copies. As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself.

Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It's best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.

All people who live long — regardless of nationality, race or gender — share one thing in common: None are overweight. For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.

Always plan ahead. My schedule book is already full until 2014, with lectures and my usual hospital work. In 2016 I'll have some fun, though: I plan to attend the Tokyo Olympics!

There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65. The current retirement age was set at 65 half a century ago, when the average life-expectancy in Japan was 68 years and only 125 Japanese were over 100 years old. Today, Japanese women live to be around 86 and men 80, and we have 36,000 centenarians in our country. In 20 years we will have about 50,000 people over the age of 100.

Share what you know. I give 150 lectures a year, some for 100 elementary-school children, others for 4,500 business people. I usually speak for 60 to 90 minutes, standing, to stay strong.

When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure. Contrary to popular belief, doctors can't cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary pain with surgery? I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine.

To stay healthy, always take the stairs and carry your own stuff. I take two stairs at a time, to get my muscles moving.

My inspiration is Robert Browning's poem "Abt Vogler." My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.

Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it. If a child has a toothache, and you start playing a game together, he or she immediately forgets the pain. Hospitals must cater to the basic need of patients: We all want to have fun. At St. Luke's we have music and animal therapies, and art classes.

Don't be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: You don't know when your number is up, and you can't take it with you to the next place.

Hospitals must be designed and prepared for major disasters, and they must accept every patient who appears at their doors. We designed St. Luke's so we can operate anywhere: in the basement, in the corridors, in the chapel. Most people thought I was crazy to prepare for a catastrophe, but on March 20, 1995, I was unfortunately proven right when members of the Aum Shinrikyu religious cult launched a terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway. We accepted 740 victims and in two hours figured out that it was sarin gas that had hit them. Sadly we lost one person, but we saved 739 lives.

Science alone can't cure or help people. Science lumps us all together, but illness is individual. Each person is unique, and diseases are connected to their hearts. To know the illness and help people, we need liberal and visual arts, not just medical ones.

Life is filled with incidents. On March 31, 1970, when I was 59 years old, I boarded the Yodogo, a flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as Mount Fuji came into sight, the plane was hijacked by the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction. I spent the next four days handcuffed to my seat in 40-degree heat. As a doctor, I looked at it all as an experiment and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a crisis.

Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do. My father went to the United States in 1900 to study at Duke University in North Carolina. He was a pioneer and one of my heroes. Later I found a few more life guides, and when I am stuck, I ask myself how they would deal with the problem.

It's wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one's family and to achieve one's goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it.


None are overweight....gotta work on that. Look at what he eat.. we eat chicken everyday! Ignore rules of lunchtime and bedtime? hmmmm...

Retirement later than 65...yeah, if you were to live up to 90 but you retire at 55, that's 40 years of retirement!

My inspiration...many knows, none other than Tun M (yes, say what you want to say...) but can you even be half of him?

Liberal and visual arts to understand illness.....what's that?

Don't be crazy amassing material are right wiseman...(but I likeee...sigh)

About the hospital and major disaster stuffs....I don't think Malaysian hospitals are ready for any major disaster, HKL maybe, I don't know...oh my, how did they cope when Highland Towers crashed? I must find out...

A volunteer at 65...hmmm never too late to become one.

MasyaAllah, he himself is like a history book..imagine being alive to see how the toilet evolve...

Renungan Bersama..

Siapakah orang yang sibuk? Orang yang sibuk adalah orang yang tidak mengambil berat akan waktu solatnya seolah-olah ia mempunyai kerajaan seperti kerajaan Nabi Sulaiman a.s.

Siapakah orang yang manis senyumanya? Orang yang mempunyai senyuman yang manis adalah orang yang ditimpa musibah lalu dia kata "Inna lillahi wainna illaihi rajiuun." Lalu sambil berkata,"Ya Rabbi Aku redha dengan ketentuanMu ini", sambil mengukir senyuman.

Siapakah orang yang kaya? Orang yang kaya adalah orang yang bersyukur dengan apa yang ada dan tidak lupa akan kenikmatan dunia yang sementara ini.

Siapakah orang yang miskin? Orang yang miskin adalah orang tidak puas dengan nikmat yang ada sentiasa menumpuk-numpukkan harta.

Siapakah orang yang rugi? Orang yang rugi adalah orang yang sudah sampai usia pertengahan namun masih berat untuk melakukan ibadat dan amal-amal kebaikan.

Siapakah orang yang paling cantik? Orang yang paling cantik adalah orang yang mempunyai akhlak yang baik.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Hotel Halal

Ada berapa hotel di Malaysia?

Ada berapa hotel halal di Malaysia?

Masa tengah surf internet, terjumpa senarai hotel yg sijil halalnya masih sah.

Tapi ada 35 saja?!

Saya cuba cari2 tempat nak klik "next" tapi tak jumpa pulak...

Halal ke hotel2 lain yang tak tersenarai ni?

Atau JAKIM belum update list?

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Persediaan Mantap Ibu Mengandung

Kalau hari tu saya telah memberi satu cadangan kpd Kementerian Pendidikan, hari ini saya ingin pula menjolok Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat. (Kementerian Kesihatan? tungguuu...)

Apa kena mengena ibu mengandung dgn KPWKM? Ini bukan tugas KKM ke?

Saya bukan nak cakap pasal kesihatan ibu mengandung. Itu telah dijalankan dengan cemerlang oleh KKM (cemerlang berdasarkan statistik maternal/perinatal mortaliti yg rendah berdasarkan piawaian WHO--cemerlang dari segi kepuasan pelanggan? lambat lagi...)

Saya nak menyentuh tentang persiapan menjadi ibu/bapa dan persiapan membina keluarga. Sebab itulah KPWKM yang patut terlibat.

Jadi cadangan saya ialah selain daripada kelas antenatal (yang cover senaman, pemakanan, proses kelahiran, kebaikan susu ibu dan apa jadah semua), ibubapa yg bakal terima cahayamata patut diberi pendedahan tentang beberapa aspek 'early years education'.

Termasuk saya, termasuk saya ok... kesian Adam...

Bukannya nak ajar semua benda, cuma cukup sekadar mencetus keinginan atau exposure saja. Sekurang2nya beberapa isu seperti rangsangan awal bayi, early education toys, dealing with tantrums, teaching techniques dan sebagainya boleh diperkenalkan.

Supaya ibubapa lebih bersedia. Ibubapa yg bersedia dari segi ilmu (bukan baju kain lampin saja) boleh memaksimakan potensi anak2 ini.

Pengalaman mengandung Abid di perantauan

Dari segi penjagaan antenatal, ada sedikit berbeza. Dari mula mengandung sampai keluar hospital bila Abid dah lahir, seorang doktor pun tak pernah tgk saya. Memang disini normal pregnancy hanya midwives yg uruskan. Scan sonographer yang buat. Masuk labour room pun yg tengok hanya midwife. Di wad posnatal pun hanya midwife. Hanya ada paediatrician yg periksa Abid sebelum keluar. (Tapi saya terfikir camne houseman diorang belajar kalau normal pregnancy pun tak pernah handle? ada keraguan disitu).

Tapi yang saya nak kongsi ialah support system yang ada disini untuk mempersediakan ibubapa kepada parenthood. Ia diberi kpd semua ibu mengandung tak kira kandungan yg keberapa.

Mula2 ibu diberi oleh midwife satu fail yg didalamnya pelbagai info dan voucher barangan bayi. Terdapat juga borang keahlian pelbagai kelab spt kelab Pampers, kelab pakaian bayi yg menawarkan diskaun barangan dan newsletters kpd ahli.

Cuba klik gambar contents buku dibawah dan lihatlah betapa komprehensifnya tajuk2 yg dibentangkan. Topik2 ni selalu menjadi kerisauan ibubapa.

Yang ini pulak inisiatif kerajaan disini mengajar ibubapa pengurusan kewangan keluarga. Setiap ibu diberi satu fail cantik siap dgn cd tentang isu2 kewangan keluarga. Antara topiknya ialah savings, child trust funds, tax benefits...ada jugak topik going back to work yg membincangkan hak2 seorang pekerja yg berkeluarga spt flexible working hours, emergency leave dan bantuan kos childcare!

Sebenarnya ada sedikit takde kena mengena antara cadangan saya dgn pengalaman saya ni. Tapi saya cuma ingin berkongsi kesungguhan mereka disini untuk mendidik bakal ibubapa tentang kekeluargaan. Sedangkan bukannya ada kementerian keluarga kat sini....

Saturday, 22 August 2009


This life is temporary...
It is only a journey...
A realm of tests, uncertainties...
(only death is certain)
A transition to a permanent After
Victorious After?
Disastrous After?
You traveler!
What's on your shoulders?
(what are you carrying with you?)
for The destiny?

Will you cry and beg in great desperation at the Checkpoints?

Will you stab your loved ones to save yourself?

Ohh the day of Chaos!


Salam Ramadhan....

Friday, 14 August 2009


Semalam berlaku kejadian paling ngeri. Ammar tercekik rumah monopoly. Tiba2 Ammar menangis sambil tersedak-sedak dan jarinya cuba mengorek2 mulutnya. Adam pula menjerit "Mamaa! Ammar muntah.."

Saya bergegas dapatkan Ammar. Kelihatan dia tercekik sesuatu. Saya pegang kepalanya dan paksa buka mulutnya. Tak kelihatan apa2 didalam. Saya terus melakukan Heimlich's Maneuver, sambil berdoa banyak2. Alhamdulillah 2 kali 'thrust' keluarlah rumah monopoly hijau bersama air liur berdarah2. Dah luka tekak Ammar. Kemudian Ammar muntah sekali lagi- darah saja keluar.

Semua berlaku kurang seminit. Seminit yang paling lama..

Mama tulis ni supaya satu hari nanti Ammar boleh baca. Sorry Ammar, Mama terleka sampai Ammar tercekik. Lepas kejadian satu hari ammar trauma, tak banyak main sangat, asyik nak berdukung saja.

Ini pertama kali saya terpaksa buat Heimlich's Maneuver pada manusia. Selama ni memang buat pada mannequin saja. Tak sangka pulak anak sendiri. Dah lama saya tak pakai 'emergency mode' ni.

Heimlich's Maneuver

Semua orang patut tahu kaedah ini. Sebabnya bila tercekik dah takde masa nak telefon 999. Bila paramedik dah tiba mungkin orang tercekik dah pengsan. Waktu ini terpaksa buat CPR juga. Lagi satu kalau tengah seorang diri tercekik. Ini lebih menakutkan.

Berikut beberapa gambar Heimlich's Maneuver. Sumber disini.

Bila dah dapat 2 posisi di atas beri tekanan kedalam dan keatas (inward and upward) sampai objek keluar.

Untuk bayi bawah 1 tahun pula...

Kalau seorang diri, pertama, batuk dgn kuat, kalau tak boleh, buat seperti gambar 1 (pakai tgn sendiri) atau cari kerusi / bar / kaunter, dan tekan bhg abdomen atas dgn kerusi tersebut.


Monopoly dah pun disorokkan dari pandangan Ammar...

Malam tadi berborak dgn Adam..

Mama : Adam, kesian Ammar tercekik tadi kan...naseb baik tak jadi apa2..
Adam : yeah.. why Amai eat the green house?
Mama : dia kecik lagi, tak tau...terperanjat mama..
Adam diam jer...
Mama : Adam, do you understand what is 'terperanjat'?
Adam : no, what's that?
Mama : terperanjat is shocked, surprised..
Adam : (senyum) ooo like happy birthday surprise!


Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Good News For Mommies in Malaysia

I just got an update from Pn Halimahton, the author of the ebook 'Genius in 28 Steps' (you can register for newsletters/updates at the website I copied the email here, and it is really something that mommies out there should grab now.

I'm delighted to say that we have now returned to Malaysia. We've
spent the last month settling in, and it's been very interesting to see
how things in Malaysia have changed over the years and how it
differs from the UK.

Genius Preschool Programme

We've just launched the Genius Preschool Programme in KL/PJ,
which is a series of interactive workshops for parents with children
aged 0-5. These classes will be focused on teaching the basic skills
that will give your child a substantial head start in the crucial first
five years.

Among other things, I'll be showing you how to teach your baby or
toddler to become excellent at reading, writing, and basic maths.
For example, many people ask us how exactly they can get their
child to read and write before age 3 -- and we'll be demonstrating
how to do such things in the classes.

As in my book, we'll emphasise teaching in a way that is fun for the
child, with learning activities that are built upon your child's natural
curiosity. We'll also discuss practical issues such as what to do
when your child doesn't want to learn, how to teach a highly active
child, and so on.

If you'd like to know more about the Genius Preschool Programme,
check out the website. Or just call us on 012-355 8792 to book a
free appointment (we live near 1 Utama and the Curve in PJ), so we
can discuss what is possible with your child.

New payment methods for Genius in 28 Steps

Many people have asked us about other payment methods for my book,
Genius in 28 Steps. I'm happy to say that it's now possible to pay for
the book via Maybank or CIMB bank transfer; click here for more
details. If you want to pay any other way (e.g. by cash or cheque), just
contact us and we should be able to figure something out.

Free sample chapter

We've also uploaded another free sample chapter to the website on the
important topic of feedback. In this chapter, I talk about the importance
of listening to your child, whether you should praise or criticise your child,
how to respond to your child's questions, and so on.

Don't wait anymore! (Now I wish I'm in Malaysia...)

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Ruginya kanak2 Malaysia...

Beberapa minggu lepas pembelajaran subjek sains dan matematik telah ditukar semula ke Bahasa Malaysia. Ramai yang beri hujah2. Ada yang bentangkan keputusan statistik kajian, ada yang mempertikaikan kredibiliti kajian tersebut. Orang sains kata camni, orang sastera kata camtu. Ramai juga yang beri cadangan2 bernas seperti laksanakan penggunaan Bahasa Inggeris secara berperingkat, wujudkan semula sekolah aliran Inggeris, tingkatkan dulu penguasaan bahasa Inggeris dsbg.

Topik ini membahagi Malaysia (yang telah pun berpecah belah) kepada lebih pecahan, yang menyokong dan membangkang (biasalah tu).

Yang sokong atau bangkang dua-dua tak salah. Mana2 kumpulan yang anda masuk pun tak kisah sebab memang dua2 kumpulan ada benarnya.

Kesian ek pada budak2 kampung dan cikgu2 yang terpaksa ajar mereka tu. Tekanan mereka kita tak tahu sebab Alhamdulillah kita pandai berbahasa Inggeris. Tapi semua kitab2 sains dan matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris begitu juga jurnal2 antarabangsa. Nak kerja bagus pun English kena tiptop. Kitorang bentang kes2 pesakit pun semua dalam English walaupun di Univ Kebangsaan dan semua yang hadir hanya orang Malaysia. (Kalau tukar cakap Melayu boleh pening dibuatnya, yelah 'heart' tu kan jantung tapi kalau tafsir 'you are the love of my heart' ialah 'andalah cinta hati saya' bukannya cinta jantung saya).

Perkara ini heboh sebab rakyat Malaysia masih sayangkan negara. Ini masalah pendidikan negara jadi ini memang masalah SEMUA.

Tapi apa masalah kita sebenarnya?

Baru2 ini sahabat saya ketika sekolah dulu menceritakan dalam blognya tentang hilangnya roh utk belajar di kalangan mahasiswa kita. Sampai lemah lutut kawan saya tu dan membuatkan dia berazam utk cepat2 menghabiskan PhDnya supaya cepat kembali ke Malaysia dan buat apa yang boleh utk anak2 Malaysia. Bertuahnya UIAM dapat pensyarah lulusan Oxford yg bertanggungjawab sepertinya. Mudah2an anak2 saya akan dapat guru sepertinya.

Bahasa Inggeris memang penting tapi kita perlu rapatkan jurang. Buatnya saya dihantar bertugas di ceruk hulu mana2 tak perlulah saya risau tentang sekolah anak saya.

Ya, sesuatu perlu dibuat kepada sistem pendidikan kita.

Setelah berada di bumi penjajah kita dulu ini hampir 2 tahun, dan setelah Adam habis sesi persekolahannya seminggu lepas, saya mula terasa yang budak2 di Malaysia lambat masuk sekolah.

Saya rasa umur 7 tahun sangat lambat utk mula pendidikan formal.

"alah..takpelah budak, biar dia puas main dulu baru mula sekolah" Dulu pun saya berfikiran begini bila dapat tahu yang budak di UK ni mula sekolah seawal 3 tahun.

Tapi ini mungkin sebabnya budak Malaysia suka main saja. Kita telah terlepas peluang keemasan utk mendidik mereka semasa mereka masih selembut rebung.

Imam2 besar dulu pun belajar dan hafaz Quran semasa usia pra-sekolah lagi. Ini umur ketika otak mereka seperti 'sponge', boleh serap apa saja.

Memang ramai yang hantar anak2 ke tadika awal tapi bayaran sgt mahal. Saya tengok di internet ni rata2 RM 2ribu lebih satu semester. Input pun tak selaras. Kalau yang miskin atau gaji banyak tapi anak ramai macam mana pulak nak hantar semua ke tadika yg mahal2 ni.

Jadi saya cadangkan daripada kita buang duit tukar silibus sana sini sampai semua pening ,apa kata kita mulakan sekolah rendah pada umur lebih awal, darjah 1 umur 5 tahun. Saya cakap dengan siapa ni? Muhyidin Yassin? Kalau ada yang kenal dia bolehla bagitau tapi saya sebenarnya cakap dgn ramai kawan2 yang berada dalam sistem pendidikan. Saya rasa mesti nanti salah seorang akan duduk dalam kabinet.

Pengalaman Adam bersekolah umur 3 tahun

Saya mula2 agak was2 tentang menghantar Adam ke sekolah terlalu awal. Tapi disebabkan Adam jenis pemalu dan kami inginkan dia lebih berani dan berkeyakinan diri, kami masukkan juga dia ke sekolah.

Hari pertama hingga ketiga ibu bapa dibenarkan utk menemani anak supaya mereka boleh sesuaikan diri. Jadi kami dapat lihat bagaimana guru2 ini menangani murid2 yang masih cakap pelat dan kebanyakannya English bukan bahasa ibunda. Kelas Adam memang hanya penuh dengan mainan. Dari jigsaw puzzle, blok2, main masak2 sampailah ke pasir dan air.

Kalau di rumah, haramla nak bagi Adam sepah2 buat lukisan atau kerja2 kraf. Itulah gunanya sekolah, utk buat benda yang kita tak buat kat rumah.

Sebenarnya banyak juga input dari cikgu yang membantu kami lebih memahami Adam. Sekolah pulak banyak bagi 'award'. Kalau 'polite' di dewan makan pun boleh dapat sijil yang diberi semasa perhimpunan mingguan (yg boleh dihadiri ibubapa). Jadi budak2 lebih berkeyakinan.

Adam berpuas hati dengan sijil yang diterima......

Bersama penerima2 sijil yang lain

Adam berlagak dgn kawan...

Pada minggu terakhir persekolahan ibubapa dapat 'report card' anak masing2.

Hari terakhir Adam di sekolah bersama cikgu2nya...(tak reti saya camne nak susun cantik2 semua gambar2 ni)

Rakan sekelas Adam (perasan tak berapa kerat je org putih)....

Jadi, apa pendapat semua? Itu saja buah fikiran saya. Kalaulah dari kecil mereka boleh ditanamkan sifat dahaga ilmu, jadi tak kisah belajar dalam bahasa apa pun boleh berjaya. Pada umur ini kalau nak diajar bahasa cina dan tamil pun mesti diorang boleh tangkap. Saya tak pasti negara Jepun, Germany atau Amerika macam mana.

Ruginya kalau umur 7 tahun baru nak belajar...

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Genius in 28 Steps- Fundamental Skills (3)

I know it has been a long time since I last reviewed this book. I finished reading it before Abid's birth so to write this review I need to read it again. Actually last month I had the opportunity to meet the author but the event was canceled. I also found out that we actually went to the same secondary school in Seremban.

The other 2 fundamental skills are writing and independence.


Of course it is an important skill. Benefits? to a young child?- he will be able to express himself, take pride in his work and build his confidence. Also writing can improve memory, concentration and attention to detail--if you remember, this will help him in acquiring the first skill, FOCUS.

1. Copy a passage from a book
2. Write about his hobbies / interest
3. Write shopping list
4. Write letters or cards
5. Write about holidays / major events

I remember my parents got us siblings to write essays after every holiday when we were still very young. Frankly , it is quite difficult to get Adam to write what I want or make him copy a passage from the book. But he loves writing cards. I guess because he sense that there is a purpose to it, rather than just copying passages. I think I will try him songs next. Just bought a lined notebook for him because his writing keeps on getting bigger and bigger.

Ammar? He still conteng-conteng.


To be honest, I don't know how to summarize this topic with my own words. I had to reread it many times. But the gist is that for the child to be independent, he has to be self-motivated. It is a long process, but vital. Some ways that the author suggested:

1. Give your child his own free time which he can choose to do whatever activity he wants to (ni macam terlebih je bagi kat Adam- "mainlah apa nak, mama nak masak")
2. To instill self-motivation : try put him with other children that do well in their studies to motivate him to work harder.
3. Slowly delegate tasks to him- increase his responsibility of a task over time.
4. Give him a clear goal- this will motivate him to work towards the goal.
5. Give him hints, instead of guiding him to full solution.

Now is the summer school holiday. 6 weeks Adam will be at home all the time. So I made him a timetable, just a simple daily activities and aims- no specific time or duration for any activities. But surprisingly he is quite motivated to follow the timetable, and wants me to fill up the blank boxes of his achievements (eg. Monday 3/8/09 - read Little Red Riding Hood, Jawi-page 8 Muqaddam).

The next part of the book is teaching techniques. Till then!