Before You Depart for Holiday …

A lesson I’ve learnt from my recent 5 day holiday to Hong Kong is that no matter how prepared you are, you can never tell when you will be facing an unforeseen situation.

Before departing Singapore, I done as much preparation work such as checking the weather in Hong Kong, have the embassy information ready just in case, draw up an itinerary, have some drawing materials, games, toys to keep the kids occupy while on plane, medication, etc.  I thought I was well prepared, but when my 2 years old Genzkid was down with gastric flu upon reaching Hong Kong, I was helpless.  She was vomiting furiously and as I did not have any anti-vomiting medication and we reached the hotel around evening time on Sunday, we decided to wait till the next day to see if she gets any better.  Unfortunately, she was still vomiting and we decided not to wait further and to bring her to see a doctor.  As we are unfamiliar with Hong Kong, we visited a doctor recommended by the hotel manager.  I must say I was lucky to have met a good doctor.  He was very patient and thorough when examining my girl.  Finally, he decided to give her a jab to stop the vomiting.  After injecting her, he kept us in his clinic for at least half an hour and came out of his consultation room at least 3 times to check on her.  Before leaving his clinic, he gave us the information of a hospital nearest to our hotel and told us to send her to the hospital if her vomiting did not improve by the next day.  Thereafter, we returned to hotel for her to rest.  I was relieved that she stopped vomiting that very night and was better the next day.  Our holiday actually start only on day 3.  

I guess one of the important information we need to prepare when visiting another country, especially if it’s one you are not familiar with is to get ready some medical information such as a clinic and/or hospital nearby your hotel.  

If you are visiting Hong Kong, I would strongly recommend that you keep this doctor information handy just in case (you really won’t know when you need it) – Dr Lee Ka Ling at Room 1610, Argyle Centre Phase 1, 688 Nathan Road.  Tel: 852-2396 0023.  The clinic is near  Mongkok MTR Station.

Thank you Dr Lee Ka Ling!