Exit, Pursued by Dogs

News on my placement for the end of the year:
it looks like I won’t have to spend it here.
I’ve been approved for Dubai in November.
And while I’m overseas, I might sight-see in December.

But amid all this talk of international rotations,
classmates posting applications to distant nations
and their seemingly never ending conversations
on the frustrations
of ambiguous indications from hospital administrations,
I can’t help but sit back and recall
how it was before
back in ‘09 when I went to Singapore.

Well, I was quite broke back then
(plus ça change, plus c’est la même)
so I scoured the internet up and down
until I found the cheapest room and board around,
I ended up in the spare room of a siao liao gal.
It was uncanny how, her life seemed to resemble a Channel 8 drama
but I guess boarding so cheap that was probably my karma
and between two months of observing her life
with apparent addiction to chaos and strife,
I was pursued by a pack of eponymous hounds
I found them hanging around at the edge of town.

See trains and buses had stopped for the night
so, out of options, I hopped in a taxi despite
the cost and not knowing my precise address
my guess was close enough that I thought it best
to just get out and walk the rest.

Within a few hundred meters of my destination,
I managed to recognise a railway station
and decided I’d just follow the train line home.
I would have checked more carefully if only I’d known.
I picked the wrong direction to walk along the MRT,
the path got quieter til there was no-one bar me.

By the time I realised I was all alone
in a nearly deserted commercial zone
and decided maybe this wasn’t quite right
I’d walked almost an hour through the moonlit night.

I decided to turn and find my way back
and that’s when I ran into a stray pack
of five large dogs ready to attack
growling and snapping trying to circle my back.

I walked backwards all the way to the main road
keys in hand (the only sharp thing I had stowed).
Fortunately, once I re-emerged into streetlight
the dogs paused for a moment on the edge of the night
then decided to leave me alone
free to return to the long walk home.

A picture of me shortly before wandering off to be chased by dogs
(Apparently that thing on the so-called lantern has its own movie too. Who’d have thought?)

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovethebadguy
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 08:49:32

    Haha! Well, at least it was a memorable holiday. ;)

    Reply

  2. renxkyoko
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 08:17:00

    Huh? What’s in Dubai? Going there for vacation?

    Reply

  3. renxkyoko
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 01:49:11

    hey, that’s great ! So, uhm, you don’t have to answer this… if that’s part of your curriculum, do you pay for everything ( plane, accomodations, food, etc ) ? Or do you get some sort of allowance ? ( Sorry for being nosy, coz you know, I’m interested to know about the course , like, after my Micro., I might go into medicine )

    Reply

    • The Rhyming Med Student
      Jul 28, 2011 @ 22:01:48

      Nah, the school doesn’t pay for anything. I’ve got a grant/scholarship from something else though so I’m using that to cover the expense.

      I don’t know if American med schools allow students the freedom to find their own placements in first year though. I’m not even sure if the other Australian schools do actually.

      Reply

  4. renxkyoko
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 03:11:47

    hmmm, it’s been awhile. I guess you’re busy huh, med student… missing the rhymes, though.

    Reply

  5. The Hook
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 19:12:43

    Crazy mutts, right? Start carrying a small bag of Milk Bones!

    Reply

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