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Cervical cancer, take that! *POW*

So, continuing the fight with cervical cancer, POCC (Power Over Cervical Cancer) will be throwing the biggest pink party in Singapore, at Zouk next saturday!

I can’t wait! It’s going to be a full day of excitement starting with an afternoon bazaar (yes, at Zouk, too), followed by a night of fun, fun partying!

The bazaar with start at 12 pm. POCC ambassadors and celebrities will donate items for sale at the bazaar stalls, so expect to find lots of interesting goodies!

I’m donating a big bundle of stylish, fashionable watches for sale. Come and grab some! Limited edition, only one piece per design! ;)

Watches

You don’t just have to be a shopper. You can rent a stall and put up items for sale, too!

[Register for a stall at POCC Pink Bazaar here]

Do it quickly to reserve your space. Yes, this is open for everyone!

The bazaar ends at 6 pm so you’ll have plenty of time for shopping! At 8:30 pm, the real party starts. 1,000 goodie bags are up for grabs at the party!

(Psst! You really want one of those goodies bags because in each bag is an exclusive, limited edition POCC wristlet specially designed by international label Muiik!)

POCC wristlet

Expect to be entertained by a magic show, a stunning pole fitness performance and a “Fashion Walk” by POCC ambassadors.

Yes, I’m part of that. I can’t give you the details now. Come and see for yourself!

[Grab a ticket for POCC Pink Party here]

You’re highly encouraged to come dressed in pink or teal (POCC official colours) to show your support for the fight against cervical cancer.

I really, really can’t wait to see how it will turn out. Surrounded by all that pink. Such happiness!

POCC Pink Party

Which brings me to a more serious note.

This will be a fun and happening party, yes, but it comes with an earnest message. And it’s not just for the girls.

MEN ARE WELCOME, TOO.

The message is that we can totally prevent cervical cancer from happening to ourselves and our loved ones. This cancer claims the lives of one to two women every five days in Singapore.

That’s like 100 lives a year unnecessarily wasted. WE have the power to reduce this number to 0. We do. By learning about the ways to prevent cervical cancer.

That’s why this is not only for the ladies. Men also have female loved ones to protect, so you can play a part by telling your loved ones about this!

One of the ways to prevent cervical cancer is to receive a vaccine against the HPV virus (which causes the cancer). The recommended age to start being vaccinated is 12 because girls of that age can be infected by the HPV virus.

But it’s okay if you weren’t vaccinated at 12. Females of all ages should consider getting the vaccine. It’s just that the earlier you do it, the earlier you are protected. Don’t wait till it’s too late.

I just got mine!

In response to the POCC call for action, I made Nanny Wen get the vaccine together with me! We decided to go to Karri Family Clinic, the one owned by Dr Leslie Tay from ieatishootipost.sg because we know his clinic offers the vaccination against cervical cancer.

Vaccine

He’s such a kind, friendly doctor, so the first thing we did was to admit our fear of injections.

He said with a cheeky smile, “Well, it can be painful if you want it to be, or it can be painless. Your choice.”

Vaccine

So, I sat down and said, “Of course I want it painless. How?”

Vaccine

He started shaking up the muscles on my shoulder and arm, all the while chatting with me and Nanny Wen.

“First, you have to loosen up the muscles… blah blah.”

Vaccine

And then, while he was still talking, I suddenly felt a quick little prick in my upper arm and it was over.

Dr Tay is cool. He has apparently mastered the art of distracting patients while administering injections so that it’s hardly painful.

So, when it was Nanny Wen’s turn to get the jab, she, too, got surprised by it even though she already knew his trick.

That was very good. We both got our first cervical cancer vaccination without much trauma. It was even a little fun. Haha.

Vaccine
(This is me being a bit scared before it all started.)

We’ll need to get two more jabs, one a month later and another six months after that. Then we’re protected for life! =)

It takes so little to protect yourself from cervical cancer. Seriously. Please help spread this message to protect the women you care for! Don’t forget yourself, too. (More info on cervical cancer here.)

Oops, that was a rather long sidetrack. Let’s get back to talking about the really fun stuff!

Well, the POCC Pink Party’s not till next Saturday. In the meantime, you can get ready for it by getting a spa treatment!

3,000 spa vouchers by Subtle Senses worth $160 each will be given away to the first 3,000 people who pledge their support for the cause!

[Pledge your support and get a spa voucher here]

POCC - Subtle Senses

While you’re at it, do also head over to the POCC website to pledge your support there.

[Pledge your support at POCC website here]

POCC aims to have 20,000 pledges. Please help us reach that figure! You can help by clicking at the Pledge button at the bottom of the page!

Pledge support for POCC

Thank you for your support. I hope to see you at the POCC Pink Party!

POCC PINK PARTY will be held at Zouk on Saturday, July 24, 2010.
Bazaar 12 pm – 6 pm
Party 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

And don’t forget the important message. Stay protected!

Watch my very short TV interview

Okay, I’ve posted my interview on YouTube. (Read about the trauma I went through for this.)

It’s not as bad as I expected, thanks to clever editing by MediaCorp, but I could have done better, really.

I only appear for 30 seconds, answering two questions. I said more at the recording, but maybe those were so bad they couldn’t include them. :P I seriously can’t remember. When I’m undergoing traumatic events, my brain kind of goes into a daze and stops functioning. Haha.

Anyway, the video here:

How amazing is it that, out of the three minutes of clip, YouTube has chosen to freeze this very particular retarded expression of mine to be the video thumbnail!

(Yeah I know it usually takes the mid-point of the video. Just my luck! T_T Or maybe I look retarded all throughout anyway cos I was struggling so much with my words.)

Oh, and you can hear that my voice is a little hoarse, right? I was still recovering from laryngitis on that day!

Anyway, after watching that, please go pledge your support for POCC! It’s a good cause! Don’t let my bad Mandarin fool you! :)

My Mandarin is worse than Ris Low’s English

My Mandarin has never been as bad as it is now. I mean, it has always been bad — I was a chronic F9 case in school — but it’s really bad now, if you can imagine anything worse than F9.

I can do very basic conversations like, say, discussing a shopping trip with the girls, if I’m allowed to pepper my speech with English words.

But ask me to be interviewed in Mandarin, on national TV no less, and I am suddenly struck dumb. I mean that quite literally.

POCC Interview - Channel 8

That was actually what happened last week.

I received a call from my manager:

“Channel 8 news wants to do a segment on POCC (Power Over Cervical Cancer) and they’ve requested to interview you in your capacity as POCC ambassador.”

“Um… um… in Mandarin??”

“Yes.”

“My Mandarin is very bad. I can’t do it.”

POCC Interview - Channel 8

In the end, I was talked into doing it. I would be given the questions and a list of key terms I would need to use in Manadrin.

On the night before the interview, I received a list of six questions. I typed my answers out in English and attempted to translate it.

It took me an hour to translate just the first two lines because I couldn’t figure out how to structure my sentences correctly. I had about 35 lines to translate.

POCC Interview - Channel 8

First: “Cervical cancer kills one to two women every five days.”

The only way I knew how to say it was: “每五天,子宫颈癌杀死一到两个妇女。”

Well, at least my Mandarin is good enough for me to know that THIS IS VERY BAD MANDARIN.

For my non-Chinese readers: What I did was a literal translation almost word for word. But what results in Mandarin raises an imagery more like: “Cervical cancer picks up a chopper and hacks one to two women to death every five days.”

Simply put, very crude.

POCC Interview - Channel 8

Here’s another example of my butchery of the Chinese language:

“The earlier people know about this, the more lives we can save.”

My translation: “如果大家越早知道这个消息,就会越少人死。”

If you can read that, you now understand why I rejected the interview right off the bat.

Actually, I wasn’t even aware that my Mandarin had degenerated to this degree. I had eventually agreed to do the interview because I believed if I could prepare my answers beforehand, I would be able to do it.

It was only when I was attempting to translate my answers that I realised my Mandarin is now effectively 87 keys short of a piano.

POCC Interview - Channel 8

I finally sent out an SOS on Plurk, Twitter, Facebook. I received lots of good translations for the two sentences above. But no one offered to help me translate all 35 lines of my answers.

Thankfully, I managed to get a friend to help me. By the time I received the two pages of translated answers, it was midnight. The interview was the next day. And I’d only had two hours of sleep the night before so I was rather exhausted by then.

But I had two pages of Chinese to memorise. It wasn’t simply a matter of remembering the points. I had to memorise everything word for word because, if I were to answer in my own words, I would come out with something embarrassingly rubbish like: “POCC 希望会有两万个人去他们的网站支持他们和子宫颈癌打架。”

POCC Interview - Channel 8

I didn’t have enough time to memorise everything so I had to wing it and hope I didn’t look too bad.

If you happen to watch Channel 8 news this Sunday, and you see me stuttering on TV and looking quite bimbotic, you know why.

To compound matters, my laryngitis had not totally recovered, so I was still sounding rather hoarse.

Maybe with clever editing, Channel 8 will manage to make me look halfway decent, but I’m not too hopeful about that.

Look, I think my Mandarin is even worse than Ris Low’s English. So that’s why I never laughed at or criticised her. We can’t all be good at everything!

POCC Interview - Channel 8

In any case, I think I’d better not accept anymore interviews in Mandarin. Or I’d better go back to Chinese school.

Now I hope I won’t set POCC’s efforts to reach out and save lives back by a millennium because of my disastrous Mandarin.

I mean, I hope people won’t see me on TV and say, “She sucks,” and then not watch the rest of the segment. Lives could be lost because of that!

Seriously. I’d feel really bad!

Anyway, it’s this Sunday (July 11), 10 pm, on Channel 8. I don’t know what time the POCC bit will be aired but it’ll be a short segment. Around five to 10 minutes.

I don’t think I’ll dare to watch myself.

POCC Interview - Channel 8

A cancer you can prevent

Okay, public service announcement time!

No, seriously, you want to hear this because it could save your life. Or maybe that of your loved ones.

I’ll make it very easy for you and just give you the most crucial facts.

Fact #1

Cervical cancer kills one woman every two minutes, worldwide.

Woman

Yes, this is a female issue. But if you’re male, you should know this, too, because you want to protect your loved ones, don’t you?

Fact #2

In Singapore, more than one woman dies of cervical cancer every 5 days.

Woman

Fact #3

Females as young as 15 and as old as 80 can get cervical cancer.

Chart

Fact #4

Death by cervical cancer CAN be prevented.

Vaccine

There are two ways to do that:

  1. Go for a PAP smear once every three years.
  2. Get a cervical cancer vaccination (you can ask your GP about it).

Even if you don’t get a vaccination, a PAP smear can help. If cancerous cells are detected early enough, a life can be saved. Although you really don’t want to get it in the first place. Cancer treatment is NOT fun.

But let’s do something even better. Let’s reduce our risks of cervical cancer by reducing our risk factors.

Women

Risk Factors of Cervical Cancer

  1. Becoming sexually active at a young age.
  2. Having unprotected sex with multiple partners.
  3. History of other sexually transmitted diseases.
  4. Having sex with a partner whose sexual history you don’t know.
  5. Smoking. Women smokers are 10 times more likely to develop cervical cancer.

Now that you know the crucial facts, I’m sure you want to know more details.

What’s cervical cancer exactly? How does it grow? What does it look like? What are the symptoms and effects?

All your questions will be answered at the Power Over Cervical Cancer website.

Power Over Cervical Cancer

Don’t procrastinate! You can protect yourself and your loved ones starting now.