Surgery!!!

Tammy finally went for a surgery to conclude her back achy problems. We went for many consultations and the solution was a surgery to be done at NUH. The surgery is over already and she’s fine and well at home now. Shall just recall the events that happened.

It started with Tammy’s parents, herself and I bundled up in a taxi to NUH. At the Day Surgery Center, we spend a hell lot of time discussing about payment. I mean it’s a hell lot of money (not a lot of hell money), so proper arrangements have to be made. We chose a private room so that I could stay over! Haha, but I had to sleep on a little couch/chair. I don’t mind, so long as I can watch over my darling.

We hung around at the ward for a little while before nurse after nurse came in asking questions after questions. It’s to make sure of stuff but boy, did it get monotone.. Tammy had to change to this Kimono that was quite cute.

Tams in a Kimono!

Atas Japanese girl removing nail polish

Not long after, she was wheeled out to the Recovery Centre to await surgery. Nobody’s allowed in except authorised personnel but I’m BF so I authorise myself! Tam’s parents did the same. So we prayed first. Helped calm us down. It’s much easier to enter surgery knowing that God is in control and not the surgeons ūüôā We were told that Tams had to wait for about half an hour to an hour because the person before her hasn’t woken up from anesthesia yet. Bummer. My self-authorization wore off and I went back to the ward after saying goodbye.

Tam’s parents decided to walk around the hospital so I just stayed in the ward myself. Tams prepared some videos for me to watch on my PSP, so I was watching a philosophy lecture (interesting but a very repetitive lecturer) and My Neighbour Totoro. Totoro is damn cute! I watched it because I bought a giant Totoro for tams recently. Haha! So after that I was walking around NUH, coordinating meetings with Tam’s frens. I got really anxious when her surgery took longer than expected, factoring in waiting time as mentioned earlier. So I headed off to the Visitor’s Lounge where there was a telephone with which I could enquire the status of the patient and I was told she was still in surgery. Okay, so she started late, felt abit better. Headed back to the ward where tam’s parents were waiting and report. Continued watching Totoro in the ward and met up with Delphine later.

Delphine is super sweet, she bought stuff for Tams to eat and drink. I think she’s a really good friend! Haha. After she arrived I brought her with me back to the visitor’s lounge to enquire about Tams. A nurse called me more than an hour before to say that Tam’s operation is over and she’s under monitoring at the recovery centre. So it’ll take around half an hour to an hour more before she would be released back to the ward. But it’s been more than an hour and she’s still inside. The nurse told me that they were waiting for a porter to send her back. I was WTH?? What so special about a porter? I asked if I could just send her back because waiting for a porter would take 20 minutes. No way I’m going to wait any longer. So of course I wasn’t allowed to send her back, I told them to hurry cuz Delphine was already waiting and Ame and friends were on the way. So I suppose they got a random guy and a nurse to send her back within 5 minutes. See? Gahmen agencies always need a push in the right direction!

So Tams was wheeled out in a bed but she was already awake but really groggy and I was SUPER HAPPY!!! The worst was over kind of thing. I’m just so glad that she’s alright. Delphine and I tried to talk to her and she was quite herself already. All her¬†anaesthesia¬†fears didn’t come to pass. WHEW!

Soon Ame and friends came over and we all started talking. Ame brought milk bubble tea for Tams and everyone was sort of playing with the bottle of slipped disc. (Yes the doctors, put the portions they cut off into a little bottle and gave it to us to keep. It looked like white mush in a dilute red solution.) Everyone was talking and chatting, Tams was pretty awake alr. Oh, Tam’s parents left after she returned to the ward because it was getting late.

Once everyone left it was just Tams and me in the ward. Finally we could eat dinner which was about 11. I tar pau-ed food from home which I cooked before lunch. Rice with Yaki Niku beef and veg packed into my brand new locknlock lunch box. Tams had really bland porridge. She actually ordered a western menu which TWO nurses took down but she wound up with a Chinese menu instead. She was pretty angry. So I donated some beef to flavour the porridge.

NOTE TO ALL:

If, for whatever reason, I am hospitalised. ALL visitors MUST BRING FOOD. Not fruit baskets, but proper food like beehoon and bak chor mee or sth. I will NOT eat hospital food as well as fruit unless absolutely necessary. Period.

So thus I conclude that hospital food is terrible. That night shattered my notions of hospital food tasting like airline food. Because I absolutely LOVE airline food. They always serve¬†sachets¬†of salt and pepper… Lovely..

Night time was pretty romantic even if it’s in a hospital. We talked about stuff and basically kept each other company even if she has a drip on one arm and a blood-pressure strap around the other. I slept at the foot of the bed stretched out onto a sofa/chair. Tams thought I was cute beyond measure and insisted on taking photos of me asleep. I was extremely annoyed since I was really tired. My theory was that Tams had loads of energy since she was asleep for a pretty long time. But who can get angry at such a cute gf right? (heh heh)

A very annoyed me holding Tam's hand.

Throughout the night, my sleep was rudely interrupted by the hourly whooshing of the blood-pressure machine attempting to take a reading from Tams and also by the random visits by the nurses who do the weirdest things like inject antibiotics into Tams via her IV drip connector thingy on her hand which I fondly recall as a wrist-mounted blaster. PEW PEW lasers! Lolx. Therefore I was still very tired in the morning and Tams was still wide awake and still VERY amused with me sleeping at the foot of the bed. Breakfast was bread and butter and jam. Heck it wasn’t even butter, it was VEGETABLE FAT. Not butter, not margarine but vegetable fat. And I thought that vegetables were healthy. Apparently you can squeeze oil out of Kai Lan or cabbages or something. Pardon my ignorance towards botany and whatever natural science field the study of vegetables belong to, I’m only joking so let me be. So therefore, I would like to reiterate:

NOTE TO ALL:

If, for whatever reason, I am hospitalised. ALL visitors MUST BRING FOOD. Not fruit baskets, but proper food like beehoon and bak chor mee or sth. I will NOT eat hospital food as well as fruit unless absolutely necessary. Period.

Because I simply detest eating bread, especially with only butter¬†margarine vegetable fat and jam. DOUBLE period. Hence, I went over to the resident Kopitiam franchise and bought breakfast for myself as well as some other breakfast top ups for Tams. The only saving grace of hospital food is the milo. Gosh, it’s Milo-Gau (or very thick milo with loads of evaporated milk) all the time. Yums and hooray for tooth decay!

Very soon, nurses came in to check on Tams and feed her with medicine and pump more antibiotics into her wrist blaster. A very incompetent nurse went to poke around Tam’s wound causing intense pain and prompting intense cursing once the nurse left. So we stayed in the ward until the pain subsided while watching Discovery Channel. Some man was trying to survive in a jungle and another looney Ang Moh man was trying to get a tattoo from a weird native¬†Philippine¬†tribe.

Tams and I left the ward at circa 12.00 pm and my story will end here because the story that comes after would just be a sleepy me dragging my fatigued body back to simei for a nice good rest.

Crazy Ass Friday

True enough,  Friday was indeed crazy ass..

First up was fishing in the morning with Yenreil. Sa was supposed to come but she woke up late. Not much luck with the Taman fish. Apparently the rain on wednesday scared them all off. In total we only caught two. Lols… But here’s the catch (mind the pun), this guy at the jetty caught the monster of a fish. Who cares if we didn’t catch anything. Watching how he caught the fish made it all worthwhile.

First we saw this huge white shimmer flip out of the water. All of us at the jetty was going.. WHOAAAA!!! TUA HE LAI LIAO!! (meaning, the big fish is here in hokkien) And everybody crowded at that part of the jetty. The man who caught the fish was playing the fish till it was tired before someone helped him scoop it out. When the fish surfaced, it was MOTHER-BIG!!! I cannot stress how big it is. It’s just that HUGE. Eerie how we sail over these kind of fish weekly..

The fisherman was kind enough to let us take photos with it. So here they are!

Me with the fish. The line I was holding snapped shortly afterwards, the fish was too heavy for the line

Yen Riel and I with the fish. It's HUGE!!!

So after that I went with Tammy to see a back surgeon or sth like that. Turns out she really had a slipped disc. One portion of the disc is pressing against a nerve controlling her right leg. She doesn’t feel pain any more but she experiences weakness in the calf. Meaning she can’t tiptoe nor jump. So Mr Danny (the surgeon) explained the medical procedures and gave her a month to consider surgery. We decided that she should try exercising and see if the strength returns after a month since some people can apparently live with it. So after that we went to submit her scholarship form and encountered a very nasty receptionist. Nasty in the patronising and¬†condescending¬†way. *Bitch slap*

Haha, so after our exhausting day we went to do facial mask at her house!

Face mask duo!

Haha, the point was to look like Avatar, but apparently we failed. Lol, Na Vi fail!!

Till next time!

A Long Post

Sighs, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged anything. So many things have happened that I really ought to write down but haven’t found the time to. I shall just write in chronological order from most recent to the least recent.

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Darling and I went to visit Bodyworlds exhibition at the Singapore Science Center on the 23rd of Feb 2010. I’ve been for the previous one held at Singapore expo but I’ve forgotten pretty much everything. ¬†So anyways it was a really awesome experience. There’s this really mellow atmosphere as every exhibit is of human origin. So when we entered, the first exhibit were human embryos and then real foetuses. So the both of us felt a pang of sadness as these babies never had the chance at life. But otherwise, I recommend that whoever that has the time and money to go to go. (to go to go sounds weird but it kinda makes sense) I especially loved the part about smoking. A huge section of the exhibit was devoted to the ill effects of smoking. I hate cigarette smoke. I really hate it especially if smokers blow it obliviously at you. Smokers should quite smoking because, it harms them and harms non-smokers. A public menace. There’s also an exhibit of a giraffe, giant squid and an octopus. Tammy and I had this running joke about little drain covers hidden under the carpeting. We had this joke that it was some sort of Sweeny Todd device to trap people and turn them into exhibits a la House of Wax. So we were giggling everytime we heard a clank of metal under the carpet as we walked. Then we saw the giraffe. Must be some sort of arcane trapdoor to catch a giraffe in Singapore.

Posing outside Science Center, please pardon me, I'm not very photogenic.

Tams insisted on pretending to kiss the styrofoam fish for some odd reason

So after our outing which ended at 6, we went to IMM for dinner. We found this really affordable taiwanese restaurant called Dian Xiao Er if I’m not wrong. The ambience was really good. We ate the set meals and total bill came out as $25. No service charge, only GST. At the end of our meal, we were full and very satisfied. The food was good, not excellent but for the price they charge, we had a pretty good deal.

Super chopsticks!!!

Pictures on the wall!

minced meat with salted egg

Sliced beef with THREE VARIETY SUPREME DARK SAUCE

Ok, since we were at IMM we went to this MEGA Daiso store. Seriously, it’s MEGA. The floor space is larger than the one at plaza sing multiplied by at least 5. So we took a little walk and bought some little snacks. I was kind of in a hurry because mom wants me back asap when she called me at 8. Too bad I reached home at 11.30 I had the scolding of my life. And I’m feeling really angry and depressed till today.

  • What is wrong with being with my girlfriend after we’ve been separated for so long during our A level studies
  • I mugged my butt off during A levels and I was promised that I could do WHATEVER I WANT after that. But I don’t quite see that happening. My parents lied to me.
  • What’s wrong with spending time to take care of injured gf? She has a slipped disc and moving around is really difficult.
  • I obediently followed every instruction given for 18 years of my life, why can’t I do what I want now? I’m not hurting anyone nor myself or causing any public mischief, I just want to lead the life I want and not the one they want for me.
  • What’s wrong with not doing anything concrete after A levels? Taking care of injured gf doesn’t count apparently although through that I learn how to cook and how to take care of people with spinal injuries as well as UNDERSTAND spinal injuries. If anyone tells you that you don’t have a slipped disc from looking at an X-Ray, slap the person and demand a refund because discs don’t show up on X-Rays.
  • Is 11.30 that late a time to come home? I’m not partying till 3-4 am ya know.. Just sending gf back home. My fault she lives so damn far away?

Bah.

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Gundam update!

I’ve been really busy with stuff right now, so I’ve been stuck at the upper torso.

Upper torso Unicorn mode

Upper torso with transformed right arm

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Anyways, me volunteering at Fei Yue Community Services now, voicing the character Kan Guru as part of their video series encouraging youths to discuss certain issues such as internet addiction, love and emo-ness??

Also, me doing translating work for CNEC. Helping them translate letters that the children in myanmar write to their sponsors in US and Canada? Dunno where the sponsors are but my job is to translate to English. I don’t blame them but their Mandarin is really bad. It’s not because they’re stupid but because of the teacher’s education level. They mix jian ti and fan ti with a weird mix of words I’ve never seen before. It’s a real hassle but I’m doing it out of love for them. Haha, so noble hor?

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As part of my mom’s slave labour program, she shipped me off to Chinatown to work at the NETS flashpay card roadshow booth to fill in for

Busy busy day

Today has been a day of NON STOP ACTION!!! Straight after breakfast I was zipping over to Tammy’s place to accompany her while her back/hip/leg heals. If there’s one thing that sucks in the morning, it has to be the morning crowd. At circa 0815 hours, the crowd is already packed. I once boarded the MRT at 8.45 and it was HELL! The only consolation was that I had a free copy of Today newspaper to read on the train. BUT!!! How on earth are you supposed to read the papers when.. it’s just another nose-length away from your face and you don’t really have the space to flip it. I did manage to flip it, but due to my height, I ended ruffling the hair of the lady standing in front of me. Best thing is, I can’t see her pissed off face. Because, newspaper is blocking line of sight and she was facing away from me and she doesn’t have the space to turn! HAH!

Ok, so the crowd at 0815 is bad enough, slightly better but bad enough. I was squished to one corner reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. Good book, but I was supposed to read it 4 years ago. Got off at AMK and bought a lot of goodies for my “bedridden” darling.

We went swimmering later on in the afternoon after we ate our sumptuous japanese-style lunch. We made soba, tamagotch egg omelette (I can’t spell it, it’s tamagoyaki egg or sth, basically some japanese omelette that you can find tied to your sushi with seaweed) and french fries and a calamari ring each. I know it’s whacked out, but we’re nuts anyway. But each individual dish was good. Especially the egg which was prepared with TLC. ‚̧ Ok Tammy didn’t exactly swim, with her hip/leg/back in such a condition, all she could do was to splash around and paddle around abit with her foam noodle. And don’t diss her foam noodle! It has a detachable netting that can serve as a chair!! ZOMG!!!!

Straight after that was tuition till 9.45 reached home at around 10 with my packet of Ba Chor Mee dinner. I’m blogging this because I’m too full to sleep lol. Anyway once I sleep, it would be the end of mah busy day.