Saturday, 22 February 2014

It is the Hippocratic Oath or Hypocrites’ Oath?

While there is currently no legal obligation for doctors and healthcare professional to swear an oath to practice medicine honestly and ethically, the Declaration of Geneva or the Physician's Oath was adopted by the General Assembly of the World Medical Association at Geneva in 1948. It was intended as a revision of the Hippocratic Oath to a formulation of that oath's moral truths that could be comprehended and acknowledged in a modern way.
The Hippocratic Oath, written in Ionic Greek is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals. It is widely believed to have been written by Hippocrates in late 5th century BC often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students.
The English translation for the Hippocratic Oath read as follow:
I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art; and that by my teaching, I will impart a knowledge of this art to my own sons, and to my teacher's sons, and to disciples bound by an indenture and oath according to the medical laws, and no others.
I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and similarly I will not give a woman a peccary to cause an abortion.
But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.
I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.
In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or men, be they free or slaves.
All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practise my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life.
While the The Declaration of Geneva, as currently published by the WMA reads:
At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:
I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
Regardless of the way these two oaths was written, both serves as a reminder that a medication practitioner must give his/her best to patients. However, these days I wonder if medical practitioners still abide by the principle of the Hippocratic Oath or they’d taken up the Hypocrites’ Oath, judging at the many incidents that are currently ongoing, from clinics hiring fake doctors as locums to private hospitals turning away accident victims without medical insurance to doctors overcharging patients with unnecessary medications and doctors intentionally maxing out patient’s medical insurance allowance, thus, turning to be hypocrites in white robes. And the most common of all malpractice is churning out MCs without the patient having to see the doctor at all.
Apart from what we read in the media about misconduct of doctors and medical professionals, hereby are some experiences that my friends and I experienced:
1.      A friend’s friend was injured during a robbery and she was driven to two private hospitals that turn her away without giving any medical assistance by citing the reason that it is a complicated case that will involve police therefore they are not free to deal with it. At the end, she was admitted by the Sg Buloh Hospital, the third hospital that she went.

2.      A cousin of mine, who had a motorbike accident, was given surgery one after another for fractured leg. Instead of curing the two fractured end of his femur in one surgery, the doctor chooses to do it twice. When questioned by my aunty, the doctor replied that “Don’t worry; his medical insurance can still cover the costs in the event that a third surgery is needed.”

3.      Once I went to a very famous private hospital in Ampang to consult a cardiologist due to chest pain. The first thing that the nurse doing my registration asked me was did I have a medical card. When I replied yes, she suggested that I check into the hospital for an overnight stay so that I can claim the insurance. I did as was told, and after doing all the checks, it was my thyroid problem that causes the chest pain. When I request for a check out the next day, the doctor asked why I don’t want to stay there to rest for a few more days since I can do so with my insurance entitlement. 

4.      An acquaintance’s mother was asked by the private hospital to be transferred to the government hospital when the family members asked if the medical fee could be cheaper because they come from a not so well do to family.  The reason they checked her into the private hospital was because of the long waiting list at the National Heart Institute for angioplasty as her family members fear that she can’t survive the long wait. This acquaintance called me to ask him I know of a way to help his mother to get a faster access at the National Heart Institute which I then referred to my MCA comrade for help.
There are many more cases regarding doctors that might take pages to write if I am to list them one by one. Therefore, my philosophical mind wondered which oath that the doctors and medical professionals adhere to, the Hippocratic Oath or Hypocrites’ Oath in this materialistic world where money seems to be everything and the famous saying by laymen that at time of medical crisis, money can prolong a human’s life.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Shame on you, Petronas Twin Towers !!

The Petronas Twin Towers should go into the Guinness Book of World Records for being one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world that do not have a proper and designated viewing platform for tourists and visitors to take a full view photo of of it. The national oil company spent US$1.6 billion dollar to build Malaysia's most famous landmark, complete with a wonderful park under strict supervision from Tun Dr. Mahathir, putting every details in consideration except for a designated viewing platform.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Therefore, for years, tour guides will bring tourists to a spot at the intersection of Jalan Binjai and Lorong Kuda to take pictures of the twin towers. It is said to be the best spot for taking pictures of the twin towers as one can get the view of the two towers, Suria KLCC and the park. Each day, busloads of tourists will be dropped off at this point. On a busy day, some of the tourists will even have to result to standing on the edge of the road to wait for their turn to take the pictures which is dangerous. I have often heard of complaints from friends who use the road frequently that they have to be very careful while driving at that stretch for fear of ramming into a tourist. Do we have to wait for accident to happen before taking any action? 

A tourist bus parked at the intersection. The driver refused to move despite honks from other motorists. 
However, what irks the motorists who use Jalan Binjai is the attitude of the tour vans and buses drivers that will just park their vehicles by the roadside either when dropping off or waiting for their passengers without any regard for law and the yellow line creating unnecessary traffic jams. These drivers will only move their vehicles at the sight of traffic police.
If we can build the world tallest building, why can’t we build a proper viewing platform and parking space around that area for the tourists to take pictures and the drivers to park their vehicles? As this has been going on for years, it is sad that the management of KLCC is not taking any action to solve the problem and this fits perfectly into former Prime Minister Abdullah’s infamous quote that Malaysia has first class infrastructures but third world mentality.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

My Guangxi journey with Wendy Wei Tours

It was quite a last minute decision that my friend and I picked Guilin and its surroundings for our short Chinese New Year holiday. We were contemplating between Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guangzhou and even toying with the idea of Taipei but Guilin won at the end because of flight and weather considerations. Once the destination was confirmed, my next task was to draft out the itinerary and to look for a tour operator that will be able to cater to our request for some off the beaten path routes.

The iconic Elephant Trunk Hill
At this juncture, Wendy came into the picture. I gave her a call, explaining the routes and places that we intend to visit and skip, entrance tickets and meals, hotels suggestions and lastly, a reliable and honest driver. Wendy was only given 5 days between the call and our arrival in Guilin to do the necessary planning and arrangements.
Her efficiency put me in awe. She diligently planned out the best itinerary for me and dutifully changed some upon my request. Wendy was full of ideas when I solicited for her suggestions. Aha…this is the person who knows the place at her fingertips; I said to myself, quite unlike other tour operators or guides that are only interested in squeezing your bucks but offers little. (I will share my experiences with other tour guides in my next posting.)
As we do not need a tour guide, Wendy assured me that we will be well taken care of by the driver that she’d arranged for us. Leo, an honest, responsible, helpful and reliable driver in his 30s picked us up from the airport. Besides that, he is friendly and he knew the places well, having been in the trade for many years.
Leo will try his best to fulfill our requests and did his best to cater to our last minute adjustments. It is also rare to find your local guide helping out in bargaining for prices but Leo did it for us on many occasions. He even brought us to a restaurant in Guilin that serves wonderful local dishes where he can get a discount while other guides will bring you to somewhere where they get a tip for bringing in tourists.
Due to bad weather condition, we were not able to visit Sanjiang, famous for its ethnic minority architecture and rice terraces which were in our original plan. To Wendy and Leo’s credit, they suggested other places for us to venture and even doing a refund to us. When I complained that Yulong River bamboo rafting cruise sucks from my previous experience, Leo assured me that he will bring us to another section of the river that will help me change my perception of Yulong River. It did and I knew we were shortchanged by the previous guide we hired during my 2009 Guilin trip.

Enjoying the beautiful scenery along Yulong River 
Another memorable thing during the trip was when I asked Leo to drive us to buy fireworks to be lit on the night of the 15th day of the lunar calendar, known as Chap Goh Meh in Malaysia or Yuen Xiao in other parts of the world (元宵节). We had a good bargain for the fireworks purchased thanks to Leo. On that night, he selected a bund next to Li River in Yangshuo, away from the crowd for us to light the fireworks. But it ended up with Leo lighting all of them while we watched the spectacular fireworks.
En route to Xianggong Hill
Another notable mention was Leo driving us to Xianggong Hill, nested between Yangshuo and Yangdi for a bird eye view of the Li River after I showed him a photo that was taken from there. Xianggong Hill was not part of our itinerary but he was more than happy to go the extra mile. Apart from that, when we were on rides along the Li River and Yulong River, he arranged for us to be on his friend's boat and bamboo raft so that we can enjoy the beautiful scenery and taking all the pictures that we want at our own sweet time. It is well known that boat operators will do the cruise as quickly as they can.

The beautiful bend of Li River and the towering peaks.
Leo selected this secluded spot for a perfect snapshot of Moon Hill
After Guilin and Yangshuo, we proceeded to Hezhou where we visited the Gupo Mountain where two famous TVB series were filmed - Plain Love 2 (茶似故乡浓) and Country Spirit(酒是故乡醇), Jade Stone Forest which is of the same formation as the famous Stone Forest in Kunming and Huangyao Ancient Town. It is rather unfortunate that the preservation work at Huangyao, once a prosperous small town during the Ming and Qing Dynasty, was not carried out properly. The rustic charm that previous travellers experienced isn’t there anymore, replaced by commercialization, much to my disappointment.
At Gupo Mountain Country Spirit filming site
One can easily get lost at this vast stone forest

The main street of Huangyao - a paradise lost. 
Hereby, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to Wendy and Leo for making our Guangxi trip a memorable one. Big thanks to Kar Lyn as well for the great company and all the beautiful pictures.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Fatehah (PBS 61571) – A Rude security officer at KL LCC Terminal

I have often heard of complains regarding rude and hostile security officers at our airports but I have not personally encountered one until last Tuesday when I was going through the security check and baggage scan before boarding my flight to China at about 5.15 am.

Prior to this, I’d always have my respect for these officers who have to work around the shift, scanning all hand carry luggage diligently to ensure the safety of all passengers. My rude awakening came that morning when a young lady officer by the name of Fatehah with the tag number of PBS 61571 shouted at me loudly just because I walked a few steps away while drinking my water.

Earlier on I’d left a half empty bottle in my hand carry luggage which I’d completely forgotten. Upon the scan, I took out the water, rescan my luggage and walked a few steps away to finish up the bottle. As there are more passengers piling up behind, I decided to walk a few steps further. However, this rude officer who behaved as if she does not want her job anymore, shouted loudly at me with her snobbish authoritative facial emotion, almost to the point of yelling “Oooi, you tak tahu kah air tak dibenarkan”(Oooi, don’t you know water is not allowed).

She was making me felt like I’m either a deft person or a moron who do not understand the rules. Besides, she can call me Miss or Madam instead of calling “Oooi” which is so unacceptable.  She could have said to me in a nice tone that liquids are not allowed beyond that point but she choose to shout. What impression will tourists have of our country if she or he is being shouted at and being called out rudely?

Dissatisfied with being shouted at, I finished up my water and walked to her telling her that she don’t have to shout at me and she can tell me nicely. Before I could even finish my sentence, she yelled again in Bahasa Malaysia “kalau nak complain, pergi, pergi, ambil name, ambil nombor, ambil semua…pergi complain!” (If you want to make a complain, go ahead, take my name, my tag number, take whatever you like and get lost to lodge your complain!)

Fed up with her rude and hostile attitude, I took her name, her tag number and left. There is no point to be involved in an argument with someone who does not take her job seriously or thinking that it is her father’s company that employs her. It is unfortunately that taking photos are prohibited at her working area otherwise I would have taken her picture. I did not have her full name too as I just took her name from her name tag – FATEHAH.  

I have lodged a complaint with the authority regarding this officer as her attitude is totally unacceptable and that she should be send back to training school on how to be polite to others, especially when she is on duty. I believe I am not the first one that she shouted at. Regardless of what, she should not have shouted at anyone. With officers like her working at our airports, it is just going to tarnish the good reputation of Malaysians for we are well known to be warm and hospitable to everyone.  

If you encounter rude officers with untoward behavior be at airports, whichever government agencies or anywhere, you deserve the right to get their name and tag number for you to lodge a report, you don’t have to be afraid of them just because they are in uniform. Always remember that we, the taxpayers pay for their salary and we don’t deserve any crap from them. Apart from that, we expect friendly, good service and helpful assistance from them, nothing less. 

Friday, 7 February 2014

In 2003, I lodged a police report over a Chinese New Year commercial too

If one can remember, many years back before the age of YouTube, self-made videos and thus self-made Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Christmas, Deepavali or any festive season commercials or messages or videos, the commercials that we see in the TV were usually produced with huge effort, with better quality, creativity and certainly, sans the politics. When I walk down the memory lane, I’ll always remember the Chinese New Year commercials on which most of them will sure have lion dance or drum performances, mandarin oranges, together with beautifully written couplets, except for one offending commercial that I will never forget.
During the Chinese New Year in 2003, I lodged a police report at the Georgetown Police Headquarters, accompanied by a few DAP comrades with regards to the Chinese New Year commercial by Perodua, the second National Car Company which was deemed a horrible insult to the Chinese community because we were portrayed at the race that are bias, without empathy, looking down at the poor and having the culture to put on a show to please the rich. I asked for the company and its advertising agent to be investigated and charge for making seditious video.
The commercial was about a family that did not give a heed to a group of poor relatives who visit them during Chinese New Year but upon hearing that some rich relatives are coming, the whole family were up in motion cleaning the house, putting up decorations including crystal chandelier and red carpets to welcome the rich. The advertisement ends there with a male voice saying “we are all relatives, not need to put up a show” - 大家都是自己人,别做戏, then a banner with the wordings “Gong Xi Fa Cai from Perodua”.
Such an advertisement was a bad taste of choice that truly shows a big ridicule the Chinese community. I tried to search in YouTube for that offensive commercial but to no avail but I am sure many of you will still remember it because for a long time, “大家都是自己人,别做戏” was widely used by the people to tease one another. In return, I do not see Teresa Kok’s Chinese New Year YouTube video can match that commercial by Perodua in terms of its offensiveness and ridicule to certain race.
However, back then, politicians were much cool headed. We did not organize flash mob to burn any mock Perodua Kancil cars or splash chicken blood on the poster of Perodua’s Managing Director or call for the Chinese community to boycott Perodua cars. We leave the investigation to the police and the judgment to the members of the public. As a result from that police report, Perodua withdraw its Chinese New Year commercial from all TV stations and issued an apology to the Chinese in Malaysia who was offended by that commercial. In return, the Chinese community accepted the apology with open hearts.
I am wondering, if that commercial were to take place 11 years later, today, what will happen?

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Kalau tidak berfasih ber-Bahasa Melayu – KELUAR DARI MALAYSIA ! apa kata parti komponen BN?

Saya membaca sebuah artikel seperti yang dilaporkan oleh Malaysiakini berkaitan dengan tindakan sekumpulan NGO Muslim yang “menconteng” muka beberapa orang pemimpin DAP dan PKR dengan darah ayam di ibu kota pada hari ini dengan hati yang amat terguris.

Bukan itu sahaja, seorang pemimpin daripada NGO tersebut, Encik Zulkifly Sharif juga mencadangkan kepada kerajaan Malaysia bahawa orang Cina dan India yang sudah tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu ataupun tidak menunjukan taat setia kepada Raja dan Negara harus dibuang negara dan dihantar pulang ke negara asal mereka.

Justeru itu, untuk menunjukan bahawa saya masih boleh membuat rencana dengan Bahasa Melayu dan fasih dalam bahasa tersebut, saya menulis blog ini menggunakan Bahasa Melayu kerana saya tidak mahu dikategorikan sebagai orang Cina yang sudah lupa kepada Bahasa Kebangsaan dan mungkin akan dihantar ke negara China kalau kerajaan bersetuju dengan cadangan Encik Zulkifly Sharif. Saya rasa saya masih sayangkan Malaysia ini. Ini kan bumi yang bertuah ? Ini kan Malaysia yang aman dan damai ?  

Tetapi, saya di sini ingin mendapatkan pendapat daripada Zulkifly, bagaimana pula dengan orang Melayu yang tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu? Satahu saya, terdapat banyak kawan saya yang berbangsa Melayu dan beragama Islam yang memang tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu. Katanya, speak English baru ada standard, baru macam Melayu Glokal yang dikehendaki oleh Perdana Menteri kita.  Bukan setakat itu sahaja, terdapat juga ahli UMNO, anak-anak pemimpin UMNO yang tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu juga, jadi, perlukah mereka dibuang negara? Kalau dibuang, ke manakah kerajaaan Malaysia perlu menghantar golongan ini?

Selain itu, terdapat juga orang Jawa, orang Bugis, orang Sumatera, orang Sulu dan yang lain lain yang bukan dalam kategori orang Melayu, tetapi mereka ini rakyat Malaysia dan mereka memang tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu. Malah, kesetiaan mereka kepada Raja dan Negara juga amat diragui. Patutkah mereka dibuang negara juga? Jikalau golongan ini dibuang negara, saya takut nanti Barisan Nasional boleh kalah Putrajaya sebab setahu saya, mereka ini memang penyokong tegar Barisan Nasional. Macam mana ni? 

Terdapat juga banyak pemimpin dan ahli ahli daripada parti parti komponen Barisan Nasional yang tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu juga. Kalau tidak silap saya, ada di antara mereka yang langsung bukan sahaja tidak tahu menulis satu baris ayat menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan kita, mereka juga langsung tidak fasih. Adakah Zulkifly akan menyuruh kerajaan Barisan Nasional menghantar mereka pulang ke negara asal mereka juga?

Sebenarnya, saya juga tidak begitu fasih berbahasa Melayu dan saya jarang menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan, jadi patutkah saya dihantar pulang ke negara China?

The list goes on and on but so far, nobody from any right wing NGO or political party has ever being charged in court for uttering seditious statements or doing things that are deemed seditious. The list is just too long for me to cite here but any learned Malaysian know what are those. Ranging from Perkasa’s nonsense to the latest “stunt shows” that involved blood. Therefore, I am wondering, can I utter something seditious and get away with it as well?

I read with utter disgust news report by Malaysiakini that members of several Muslim NGOs slaughtered four chickens and smeared the blood on a banner with the faces of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Machang Bubuk PKR state assemblyperson Lee Khai Loon.

The group of NGOs that took part in the so called Council of Islamic NGOs’ 'Protest against insults to Malay leadership, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Islam and Malay dignity by a splinter of politicians, leaders and Chinese chauvinists.' During that demonstration, which I wonder whether they have obtained a police permit, one of the rally organisers, Zulkifly Sharif urged that the government expel Chinese and Indian citizens who were not fluent in Malay from the country.

"We hope that, while the operation to flush out illegal immigrants is on-going, that the Home Ministry will also screen Malaysians, especially the Chinese and Indians who are not fluent in Malay or no longer show loyalty to the king and country to be banished," said Zulkifly.

I think I do not have to urge the Chief Inspector of Police to take any action against these protestors because I am sure DAP and PKR leaders would have made a beeline to the police station now for action to be taken. However, I am more concerned of the respond from leaders from BN’s component parties, especially MCA. 

For MCA to redeem itself; we need not Kajang, all we need is to speak out against the ever increasing nonsense from right wing Malay NGOs and even from UMNO itself and fight for affirmative action be taken against them. That is what the Chinese community wants from us. Right now, they are looking at us as a party without the guts to speak against the right wing groups. We should act fast or should we wait till our President's picture being smeared with God-know what blood then only we act? 

Kita harus berani kalau benar !! 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The secret in praying during “lap chun”(立春供神的秘密)

According to the lunar calendar, “lap chun” or “li chun” marks the first day of the Spring and thus the official day of the year entering spring. It is often mistaken with first day of Chinese New Year (初一). Different schools of religion and feng shui have different interpretation to “lap chun” but today I am not going to go into the feng shui theory of this particular day because to my understanding, “lap chun” is associated with offering to Lord Buddha and other deities for a prosperous and abundance year ahead by farmers but in modern days, by all of us as well. 
Many years ago, I was honoured to have an audience with a highly respected senior monk when he visited Auckland at the invitation of one of my Taiwanese friend. During that audience, the master preached about the right ways to make our offerings to Lord Buddha, Goddess of Mercy and other deities in our universe on important dates and among them, during “lap chun” to maximize our blessings and prosperity.
I was surprised that “lap chun” is actually ranked as one of the important dates in the calendar, equal to Wesak Day, Buddha’s birthday and Jade Emperor’s birthday, more important than first day of Chinese New Year.
On these important days, we were advised by the master to offer 10 items to Lord Buddha and other deities at home and these items must be places accordingly. They are 18 stalks of yellow chrysanthemum divided into 9 in each vase, 3 plates of fruits with 9 on each plate, 9 coil incenses stacked up, a brick of tea, a bottle of perfume, a miniature monk’s robes and 9 cups of tea.  The placing of these 9 items must be done accordingly.
It starts with the flowers on both sides, and then the fruits on both sides, the bottle of perfume, the brick of tea, and another plate of fruits in the middle follow with incense and the robes. The 9 cups of tea are to be placed before the offerings. The name of this offering is called the "Full Offering" derived from one of the sutras. 

According to the master, this type of offering was once a secret only exclusive to certain senior monks. Due to the large amount of items needed and the difficulty in finding the miniature monk’s robes, this kind of offerings are limited only to temples. However, he is sharing it with us so that everyone can reap the benefit of it.
Since then, on every “lap chun” and other important dates in the Buddhist calendar, I have been doing my offerings to the Goddess of Mercy at home following this method. After the offering, one can choose to keep the robes or donate it to the temple.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

My love affair with Mandarin collar silk jacket

This is a long overdue article as I promised my colleague that I’ll put it in my blog why I like Mandarin collar silk jacket after I seek his help to bring some of my jackets back from Beijing since July last year. He called me a fanatic for my love of things “Chinese” and is very curious why an English educated person like me would love to wear Mandarin jacket and qipao.
My love affair started innocently some 14 years ago when I was still studying in Auckland. I was to attend a cultural night organized by the School of Oriental Studies and the dress code was either qipao or Mandarin collar silk jacket. At that time, my closet consists of everything except silk. With the help of my course mate Susan who hails from Shanghai, I’d managed to have a qipao and silk jacket tailored made and couriered to Auckland in the nick of time for the event.

My favourite motive on my silk jackets is the dragon - my horoscope's secret friend. 
To everyone’s surprise and amazement, I look great in the green silk jacket with black slacks. My Chinese friends commented that not everyone looks good with Mandarin collar jacket and qipao but I look so much better in them than other evening dress. That night, I won the best dress prize.  
There was no turning back since then. I had a few more jackets made and had them couriered to Auckland and started wearing them for dinners and gatherings. Then, I received a suggestion from my best friend, Brother Xiong, whom PR is numero uno, that I should discard my evening dress for qipao and Mandarin collar jacket. I should wear them on every occasion to the extent that when people see qipao and Mandarin jacket, they will associate it with Jadryn Loo. At that time, he cite the example of the late Soong Mei Ling, wife of Chiang Kai Shek whom was always photographed with beautifully made qipao and the late Mrs. Lee Kuan Yew. Image building ! 
I have Brother Xiong to thank because his suggestion works and close friends nicknamed the jackets my social function “uniform”. People were surprised when sometimes I turn up at a function without them.  On many occasions, upon seeing me in the silk jackets, especially those red ones, friends will comment that it reminds them of Chinese New Year – usually a happy occasion that everyone looks forward to.
More than often I was asked if I will feel hot wearing those jackets with the humid weather in this region. Well, there secret lies in the silk. A real silk will keep the body warm during winter and cool during summer.  There are many type of silk available, different grade for different price. Some are not silk but satin, but unscrupulous vendor will sell it as silk to you which fetch a much higher price. However, it is easy to differentiate them – as the saying goes: nothing can beat the smoothness of silk.  Always go for the best because a good silk can last you a lifetime.  Besides, qipao and Mandarin collar jackets are designs that will never get outdated!
I’ve also build a close bond with my two tailors in Beijing and Shanghai that whenever there are new design of silk available, they will email me the sample and the artwork of their designs. When the jackets and qipao are ready, it is either I’ll pick them up during one of my many visits to China annually or pass them to my visiting colleagues. Thus, from an innocent recommendation that started during my Auckland days, my love affair with Mandarin collar jackets and qipao is now a love that will last forever.