The secret to good popiah - and taking blood

Just like how a popiah hawker practises to make his dish better, I am reminded that practising drawing blood helps me become better at my work.

A popiah made by a hawker whom medical student Faye Ng had encountered at the hospital. PHOTO: COURTESY OF FAYE NG
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SINGAPORE - What the uncle did not realise was that I was also scared. We were equally afraid.

I tied the tourniquet tighter and flicked his veins with my finger, waiting for them to become more prominent. Moments passed and they remained as unremarkable as ever, that elusive run of blue underneath his variegated skin.

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