Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Holiday & Funeral

Just when I had happily packed my luggage for my trip to Thailand tomorrow for the long awaited reunion with my entire family and cousins in Songkhla, I received a bombshell that jolted me into paranoiac and highly tensed head the whole day.

My cousin in Bangkok sent me a Facebook message in the morning that her ailing father was dying and fading off quickly on his hospital bed. I quickly called my mother to alert her that her only brother was dying any minute and my cousin wanted her to speak to her dying brother's ears via mobile phone to assure him to go in peace! It gave me creeps for this kind of modern hi-tech comforts for the dying.

My old mother sadly started to get emo and didn't know how to call overseas from my brother's house. My brother was away in Bangkok as he runs a business there. I tried frantically so hard to guide my old mum over the phone the way to dial my cousin's mobile phone in Bangkok but fruitless.

As a child, my uncle studied in the most prestigious Debsirin School in Bangkok before graduating as a medical doctor from Siriraj Medical School, also in Bangkok. He married a gracious Thai royalty and migrated to work in US where he served at hospitals and clinics in Philadelphia and Fresno, California before returning to retire and lived in the elite area of Soi Rajkroo which is wholly owned by the families of my late uncle the ex-premier Chatichai Choonhavan who was overthrown in the 1992 coup. His grand daughter is the most famous actress who graced SK-II counters in Thailand today which I blogged once.

My uncle finally breathed his last yesterday afternoon after being in coma as a result of stroke many years ago. My family's debating dramas started whether to forgo the 11 air tickets to Ha'adyai and proceed to Bangkok for the funeral. Ding, Dong, Ding, Dong, finally my mother broke the shocking news to us that my uncle requested for NO FUNERAL and had pledged to donate his whole dead body to the Siriraj's Medical School for research! OMG! I had endless goose bumps and sweats of confusion! He was so selfless and kind till the end.
I do not have the guts to do that, not to mention pledge my organs, YET. Would you donate your body for medical research and let the undergrad doctors to slice into pieces for studies? The Buddhists believe that the heavens will bring all the souls with them when they have pledged their organs upon death. Since I am so sinful and I should consider to pledge too. Will you do it?

Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital which is located by the Chao Phraya's River.

Let me tell you briefly about this famous Siriraj Hospital & Medical Museum where even many Korean pop stars had purposely made visits to see the bizarre exhibits! It is the oldest hospital in Thailand and was founded by King Chulalongkorn in 1888 who named it after his young Prince Siriraj who died very young. Today it houses 6 museums being grouped into 1 with creepy exhibits dedicated to the death and illness. Macabre fans could see the embalmed bodies of murderers, ghastly deaths besides all the wrong births, twins and many others. Blek!

A male human's Elephantiasis-infected human scrotum

The head of a real victim of a gunshot wound where the head is neatly sawed in half lengthwise, to illustrate the path of the bullet-hole

A real Siamese twins who died

I will make my first visit to that world's grimmest museum someday and hope they won't display my uncle's body there for any reasons.

All the photos were swiped from various internet posts for illustration purposes only without permission, so forgive me please la dei!


  1. sorry and sad to hear about it.. anyways, nice post for the picture...

  2. hope the family can cope with it. i'll donate my whole body since we're not attached to it anymore after we die. attachments are one of the reasons human cant escape from the cycle of rebirth too. :)

    and gosh! the head! @@ gvs me chills.

  3. I guess only a doctor really realizes how much good he can bring by donating his body to science. My condolences.

  4. may your uncle be at peace... and not to be an exhibits at the museum.

  5. My deepest condolences. Yeah I have pledge to donate all my organs since 80's. tQ for the pixz.

  6. my deepest respect to ur uncle. his contribution is gonna help a lot of the young medical students there.

    my condolences to you and your family.

  7. your uncle is great till the end.

    I never knew such place exist. Must go there when I balik kampung next time.

  8. sorry for your lost. My condolences to you and your family. Your uncle had a selfless heart indeed. Our physical body is not important anymore after we die. It is our soul that matters most. I haven't pledge mine though.. will start consider doing so :)

  9. i am so sorry to hear about your family's loss Arumugam, so Arumugam is now in Haadyai, or just came back from Bangkok?? may Arumugam's uncle rest in peace..

  10. Hi There, OH MY---what emotions you must be going through: excited about a great upcoming family reunion and then hearing about the death of an uncle... I'm am so very very sorry... But I am glad that the Family Reunion will go on --as I'm sure your uncle would only want that to happen.

    They encourage us here in the USA to donate our organs to help someone else --and my hubby and I will do that, if it will help someone else live. We both will be cremated --and our ashes will be strewn over a waterfall somewhere....

    Death does not scare me because my faith tells me that there is something much better waiting for me on the 'other side'.... However, I'm certainly not ready to die. BUT--when there is no quality of life left in me, then I'm ready to leave this ole world.

    Have a wonderful trip and take tons and tons of pictures.

  11. he is really a great person, so selfless and his wish to donate his body for medical research is just a true act of altruism that is so respectable!!

  12. didn't know there's such a place showing all those live samples of human organs, Arumugam that is really spectacular!! Thambee in a way wanted to see, but in another way so afraid to see, some are actually quite gross..

  13. I saw almost similar exhibits at UM's medical faculty!

  14. Sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  15. Uumnnccllleeee Twilight, posting eery pictures again ha. Sorry bout the sad news.

  16. First time here,mmmmm and yes i'd pledged all my organs since the 90s cos i won't need them when i go up and see HIM kan?

    nice meeting you here

  17. May God bless his soul... ]
    after seeing your post here, I am going to google this hospital and museum in a short while..

  18. Your uncle is really selfless! I dun know whether if I have the guts to do that. Take care man!

  19. Sorry to hear that, my friend.

    I'm not a religious guy, so they can take whatever healthy organs they want from me when I'm gone.

  20. so sorry to hear the news~
    Hope that your family will hold it through this hardship~~

  21. Accidentally fall onto a different planet seeing such a weird display.

    If I am one of these one day...?

  22. Wow! the ex premier of Thailand is actually your uncle! Can't believe it!

  23. May your uncle rests in peace.

  24. I would personally not prefer to visit the museum, freaking me a lot seeing all those specimens!

  25. the real siamese twins... ><

  26. very sorry to hear of this. be there for yr mum during this difficult period

  27. I'm an organ donor. Are you? But horr... please dun put me at the museum. Dowan ppl to see my ugly body lah after I die!

    ps: My condolence to u and ur family.

  28. so sad to hear about it.
    may your uncle rest in peace.
    my deepest respect to him and my condolences to you and your family.


    p.s. have a wonderful and safe trip.

  29. My condolences. :-(

    on the other hand, omg... those pictures r really freaky. what kinda group has a fanbase on these stuff? tsk tsk tsk

  30. so sorry to hear bout this teilight

  31. hmmmm i dont want to donate my body too but maybe for someone who's been very dedicated to his field (medical field in particular), maybe they know how helpful it could be if they will donate their organs to med schools... just y opinion

  32. Oh i've seen these photos on TV too... so creepy if you ask me

  33. happy blogging and have agreat day my friend

  34. Sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathies to you and your family. May he rest in peace...

    P.S. You were planning on a holiday to Thailand. Not Sibu kah? Sobssss!!!!

  35. actually i don't mind being sliced when i am dead...:=)

  36. my deepest condolences to you and your family. your family must have gone thru a tough time.

  37. i'd donate my organs upon my death. infact, I wish more people would come forward to pledge their organs to save more lives and help others live a better life.

  38. ewww those exhibits give me the creeeeeeps. i hope i won't get nightmares tonight.

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  40. Mr. Lonely - Thanks for your wishes. I thought my pictures were gory.

    KYH - Your heart is so brave and kind like GOLD.

    Wiliam - I agree and wonder if Medie007 will do the same. Thanks for your wishes.

    James Alexander - Thanks for your wishes. I have been told that my uncle's body parts will be exhibited in some jars.

  41. Bananaz@ - WOW! You have been a donor since a long time ago. You have a place in heavens!

    Media007 - Thanks for your wishes. My uncle's body parts will be kept in jars at Siriraj Hospital. You want a jam bottle too?

    Thomsonboy - Go check it out first and come back to tell me. I agree that he was great till the end.

    Ying Ying Dai Tao Har - Thanks for your kind wishes. Should I get you the pledge forms? LOL

  42. SK Thambee - Spot on, you got me in Haadyai dei. So pandai la you. Let's go visit that hospital together. So scary dei.

    Betsy from Tennessee - I love your kind words and wisdom. It makes sense and encouragement for me to pledge and fear not over death which is inevitable. I hope we could meet up someday.

    Anonymous- I heard that it is true that UM has such exhibits. I would like to see them too.

    Calvin - Many thanks for your kind words.

  43. Legolas- Eeeeeee I must have scared you again. Sorry la dei. I thought you have evaporated from my blogs.

    Eugene - What a nice meeting to know a kind blogger like you.

    Reanaclaire - Thanks for your kind words. Do make a visit to that hospital when you visit Bangkok.

    Chris Au- my uncle's guts took us by surprise. So you have no guts like me?

    Wenn- Thank you so much.

  44. Shingo T- You are so brave. I am speechless.

    Xjion89- Thank you friend. We stayed strong and dumbstruck.

    Rainfieldq61- You can be one if you wish to. Good merits indeed.

    Jam- I had 3 great uncles in that same family who became premiers, no kidding. I have no guts to see those exhibits too.

    Fufu- I thought the Siamese twins were fakes but they are real.

  45. Cleffairy- I am not a donor yet. Thank you for your kind words.

    Betty Manousos- Thank you for your kind words.

    Coffee Girl- In the western countries, there are groups who love to explore the unknown and unseen, not to mention gory sights.

    Bluedreamer27- thank you for your sympathies and kind words. Go pledge your organs and earn a trip to heavens.

    Suituapui- thanks for your kind words. I will come to Sibu and go makan makan with you!!!!!

  46. BengBeng- my brother took my mum there. She wept so terribly. Oh dear.

    WebbieLady- Now you are another brave lady with logic thinking! Great and do visit again......

    Life Ramblings- Many thanks for your kind words. Go start an awareness campaign to get more organ donors to help. I will support you.

  47. woot . . . skip the top part.

    the 2nd part of those picture make me terbalik perut lol . . . :)

    I am selfish la, I rather tell my sis or bro or my future son burn my body and keep inside a URN

  48. and sorry to hear about your uncle. peace.

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  50. Sorry to hear that bro. Your Blog is awesome, I will be following it ....and thanks for commenting on my Blog too. Sorry I hide my face in my Blog, it's privacy issue, apologize. Hope to meet you in person one day bro!!! Cheers and keep coming!!

  51. why the twin died, still keep in the bottle... mmm not good!

  52. Scary picture.

    I was thinking of organ donation but. ...kinda keep postponing it

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