Monthly Archives: March 2001

22 March 2001 — 23.12

I’ve had enough – this morning I brought Sarah to Emergency section of Birmingham Children Hospital.
To my surprise, they didn’t get mad (like that idiot in City Hospital) and actually understand why I went there instead of trying to get an appointment for her GP (which, I was told, I can have in the next several weeks – by that time Sarah will have no skin left on her body!).
We have some useful discussion and now our confidence are restored that Sarah can be cured. We just need to be persistent and patient with her condition. (well, easy for me to say indeed)

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18 March 2001 — 19.38

I was sick for several days. Throat infection – this usually happens when my condition is down. This hasn’t happened to me for quite some time (those badminton sessions sure helped) but with Sarah’s sickness and other people getting sick all around me, I knew this would happen.
The last time I got this problem (throat infection) I went to my GP and was given paracetamol. what the ??? however I was a nice boy and intended to play by their rule – and got sick for three weeks. Ugh.

Now I’ve wisen up, I use the medicine prescribed by my doctor in Indonesia (Amoxicillin 500 mg) and in 3 days I’m almost clear.
You know, Indonesia is supposed to be a third-nation, developing country, very poor, etc. But how come the doctors are way more competent than the ones in UK? S*ckers…


18 March 2001 — 19.31

Sarah’s eczema returned – now with rubella/measle, great.
Her skin was already very smooth just like other babies, but suddenly she got this rubella. Then her eczema just had to flare up again. And she got cough. And runny nose. And high body temperature. Poor baby, she cried because of all the pain…
But that’s not all – then NHS just had to refuse seeing her at all.
First, I brought her to NHS walk-in center. The nurses there are very friendly, but granted, they’re not GP so can’t prescribe anything. They told me to contact my out-of-hours GP and give their letter describing Sarah’s condition. So I did. But what that GP said? He told me that those nurses are unreliable, so just sit tight, and you’d be fine. ??????? what the *#*!)*# unbelievable. By the way; this is over the phone, he hasn’t actually see my baby. Yeah dude, why don’t you just confess that you’re so lazy! (it was 11 pm)

So I wait until Monday morning and bring Sarah to her GP directly. This time, they refused her flatly on my face. “No can do until the next 3 weeks” basically is what they said, and they turned their back on me. I felt like I’m falling in a bottomless pit…

And some people are wondering why people flocked to the hospitals… I think I’ll do so, because I have the right for the service (the tax here is high!) that would cost NHS more money? See if I care.

What we’ve done so far, we visited our local pharmacist, asked for some medicine, and that’s it. A week goes by already.
A bit helpful, but still she shouldn’t suffer this way if NHS service was a bit better.

Some friends are suggesting that we should complain; problem is, to whom? Deaf ears are everywhere, I need to find a way to make the complaint actually heard and processed. Otherwise I won’t bother wasting my time.


07 March 2001 — 12.33

Sarah is still a very happy baby – I’m overjoyed.
Hopefully her eczema doesn’t have any plan to return any time shortly – better yet, don’t return at all 😉

I REALLY need that Xircom Rex 6000 to remind me of my own schedules and enabling me to take notes anywhere, without inconveniencing me as with other bulky PDAs …. *sigh* later perhaps, especially to remember that we just did a buying spree recently.


07 March 2001 — 12.24

My Intel PocketPC camera just arrived today! and you can see the sample pictures (my brother picturing himself, being a megalomaniac) here Hamdani Harman Rukun aka Megaloman and here

The picture is pretty good for sub 100 poundsterling digital camera indeed. And not only that, it comes LOADED, such as the fact that it can become a Digital Video too (granted, only around 2 minutes, but still enables you to record that funny moment), be a webcam (you read me right) so finally I’ll be able to teleconference with my family in Indonesia! yipee. And with 8 MB of RAM I can snap 64 pictures.
Then it comes with quality software too… a lot of them, and not too shabby as well. Especially I’m looking forward to its Reality Fusion games – where you can play virtual games such as Virtual Basketball with PocketPC – cool.

It was a hard decision for me to choose between Intel PocketPC and Logitech Quickcam Traveler. But after looking at its sample pictures, Intel PocketPC is very clearly the winner – and cheaper too! Kudos to Intel for this gadget.


02 March 2001 — 06.33

Oh WOW… can’t believe it, finally for the first time since Sarah’s illness, her cheek is now smooth and supple again – just like a normal baby.
Still a bit red, but it’s smooth and not itchy anymore, and she’s very happy for that.
My wife broke into tears of joy when she realised it. Hopefully from now on we can just become a normal happy family again.

We had a very heavy snowfall this morning, I even have trouble looking when I walked since the snow keeps on falling on my eyes – it quite hurts 🙂
Unfortunately it stopped for now, but hopefully it will continue again so we can play in the snow again in the weekend – yeah!


01 March 2001 — 14.04

It looks the change of presidency from Abdurrahman Wahid to Megawati is imminent now; mostly to Wahid’s own faults. Amien Rais (head of People’s Council) is very sure that Megawati will be able to bring Indonesia into better situation.
I beg to differ. The most visible potential problem is her husband, which has had some bad track records. I’m afraid she’ll end up just like Benazir Bhutto – in which her husband was the cause of her fall from her PM position.
Then, as Head of PDI party, she has been proven to be easily swayed by people around her. Unfortunately, most of them are opportunists, and have proven so previously in many occasions. Imagine what will happened when she rose to presidency – the power on her hand.

People also talked about her unproven track record as a leader, that she was just a housewive, she just taking opportunity of the fact that she’s the daughter of Soekarno – the charismatic, and first, president of Indonesia. I don’t know about those, but I think most of them are correct.

But of utmost interest to me is the lack of her interest to Muslim’s issues. I can’t blame her 100% on this to be fair, because the problem mostly lies on her close friends – quite a lot of them are Muslim-haters and some of them are responsible for the death of many Muslims during the Soeharto’s regime.

We just wish for some peace, but still, the future looks bleak for us.


01 March 2001 — 12.59

FUN dept:
Anyone wish to get to know me better (yeah, like there are any!) try visit this website –; and enter my first name (eg: “harry”), then press SUBMIT.

Funny enough, the description there matched me perfectly! However I don’t think I understand “Also, you are prone to suffer from weaknesses centering in the head“. Whatever.
And of course the description there doesn’t describe me fully, although it does come damn close.

Thanks to Steve for that one 🙂