radiologic sky and Pasar Johar

June 4, 2007 § Leave a comment

Fascinating day.
Today is quite a strange day, although it’s noticeable only through careful observation. My mother, a development consultant/archaelogist/non-governmental organization conservation activist, has obviously been very distracted of the latest effort by the mayor of Semarang, SS, to demolish Pasar Johar, destroying the building, turning it into a mall and displacing thousands of small retailers there. She’s been busy calling local and central government officials to lobby them into opposing the destruction plan. It seems like the mayor is somehow bribed by the developer of the mall, so that he insists on getting rid of the current Pasar Johar for a modern mall with and for rich people inside. This is once again the battle between Good and Evil. The mayor seems to have made false reports regarding the building, as if the best solution for the flooding problem there is erecting a completely new building. I feel for these small retailers. If you want to be religious, then you have to fight for goodness and social justice, as I understand from Islam. Then this is the cause worth fighting for. This is a fight for the right of the poor people.
This is my third week in radiology rotation. And… I have found my brain very much distracted by radiology from time to time. Yesterday on my way to the hospital I looked up to the sky, found this amazing orange hue in the morning with a streak of white cloud, and I immediately thought: patchy homogenous opacification, DD: pneumonia, tuberculosis (a very common description in thorax radiologic imaging). I was looking at the sky for God’s sake, and I could only remember a chest x-ray picture!!! The same thing happened again this morning. Now I really believe that your speciality in medicine can determine your philosophy of life and your outlook on anything on this earth. Very bizarre.
Because of the unconscious and continuous analysis of my surroundings using radiology terms, I have decided to get inspired and stimulated by more colours. So today I finally put up some new posters for my wall. Of course this means adding some new nails on the wall for hanging the frame and taking down two old giant posters. The new one is a gigantic part of Van Gogh’s famous painting, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, bought in Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, 90cm x 60cm solid with a white glass frame. Beauty again, at last. Another one is a smaller print of “Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles”, from the painting at Musee d’Orsay in Paris (bought also at the museum).
I have decided to keep the blog in English unless I write something to be expressed only in bahasa Indonesia. I hope you all won’t mind!



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