Medical Check-Up And Blood Tests

My medical check-up and blood works this year have shown favorable and non-favorable results.

I’ll start with the non-favorable ones first.

The fibroid in my uterus is still there and is still causing me heavy periods with blood clots every month. The pattern of blood flow will be one month heavy, the next month super heavy and the following month mildly heavy. The  position of the fibroid sitting in my uterus is causing all the heavy bleeding.  The fibroid is also splitting the uterus into half.  Red flag 🔺

The moment I stepped into my gynae’s clinic, her first comment to me was my very pale complexion. She ordered me to have a total blood count test carried out urgently.

Next is the breast ultrasound scan which shows a cyst in each breast. They do not look malignant. Anyhow, I have been referred to a doctor specializing in breast for monitoring. Again, breast lumps in my case is genetic, as with fibroids, as my mum is also very prone to getting them.

As the total blood count report only came in 2 hours later, I had to make another trip to the hospital to see my doctor after 2 days.  My total blood count is 6g/dL. Normal range is 12 – 16.  A reading of 5 is near death in some cases.  Can you see how low it is now?!!  My doctor is very concerned that after my next period, I may collapse and require a blood transfusion! In fact, she asked if I’d like to do a blood transfusion like NOW!  Big red flag!! 🔻

The doctor wants me to have a keyhole surgery done to have the fibroid removed, albeit this procedure only allows about 90% of the fibroid to be removed.  Moreover, there is high chance that the fibroid will grow again. The only way to stop the growth of the fibroid is the onset of menopause.  Yeah, blame it on the hormones.  I have never looked forward to reaching menopause but now I am having a change of mind 😱

The other option that my gynae proposed is for me to start on Esmya. Esmya is used to treat moderate to severe symptoms of uterine fibroids, which are benign tumors of the uterus, in adult women who have not yet reached the menopause.  Cost aside (over RM600 a box), I am not keen on taking this drug due to its side effects, one of which is a slightly increased risk of ovarian, uterine or cervical cancer.

My doctor has referred me to another gynae specializing in fibroids and I will be seeing him in 2 days.

The good news is that my cholesterol level has gone down!  From 6.4 mmol/L in February 2016, it went down to 5.8 mmol/L in August 2016. The latest reading (January 2017) shows 4.9 mmol/L.  I am so happy that my altered diet, exercise and continued consumption of Izumio and Super Lutein have helped to bring the reading down. My doctors had previously warned me that it would be very hard to bring the cholesterol reading down as I have genetic high cholesterol but I did it!  Praise the Lord!  Thank goodness I did not listen to their advice to start on a course of Statin.

I now have about 2 weeks before my next period starts and I feel like Count Dracula – busy gorging down on red meat, red dates (organic ones), cockles, goji berries, black strap molasses, eggs, spinach, beet root, red beans, iron tabs and everything red to shore up my red blood cells before the next war of blood begins! Survive I must!!

Medical Check-Up Tuesday – 10 January 2017

I went for my yearly ‘woman check-up’ at Pantai Medical Center two days ago. This is the second time I am seeing this gynae, who looks like a Bollywood star – pretty, elegant and cool! Many expatriates see her and I can see why they like her so much.

I reached the hospital at 9am, registered myself and found out that I was the 5th in queue.  After the nurse had done the routine blood pressure and weight check, I went to have breakfast with my man at a popular coffee shop in Bangsar.

Hubs who always has eyes bigger than his tummy ordered all these…

Pork noodles and fish fillet in seaweed and veggie soup…

Ipoh chicken hor fun with bean sprouts…

…and also a plate of wanton mee.  By the time the wanton mee arrived, he had to ask for the noodles to be tapau-ed 🙈

After breakfast, he dropped me back at the hospital and he went off to work. I spent over 4 frigging hours at the hospital to see my gynae to do a scan of my uterus, did a full blood count test and did a breast scan at the Imaging Dept.  I spent close to RM700 for all these tests including a separate cholesterol and blood sugar profile which I did the next day at a clinic in my neighborhood.

I waited for almost 2 hours at the Imaging Dept to get my breast scanned. At the dept, I heard the nurses calling out names of several Tan Sris and Datuks. One Tan Sri was an ex Menteri Besar of one of the states up North. He was on a wheel chair.  Another Tan Sri came with some bodyguards. He went in to do either a CT Scan / MRI.  You could be a Menteri Besar or a CEO, but the minute you are in the hospital in dire need of medical help, your position does not matter anymore. All the money in the world means squat.

While waiting for my turn to do the breast ultrasound scan, I went across the next block to have a quick lunch at Secret Recipe. I ordered a vegetarian lasagna and I didn’t like it a wee bit.

If you think that Government hospitals require a longer wait, let me tell you that it’s the same at private hospitals. I have been to many hospitals – both private and government and the waiting time is the same. This goes to show just how many people are unwell everyday and need medical treatment. Our health is so precious and once you start to lose it, you are willing to spend a fortune to gain it back. Never ever gamble with your health by neglecting it. I know it’s easier said than done and I am guilty as charged too. I need to get more sleep and manage my stress / anger better 😔.  I have mentioned before that lack of sleep, stress and anger create free radicals rapidly in the body.  But once you are told you have a certain condition, don’t you wish you had taken care of your body earlier and loved it more? Work can wait. Anger and stress can be blocked off your mind if you know how to tackle it.  Don’t wait till it’s too. You only have one life and one body. Love it and nurture it with only good stuff it needs.

On the results of my tests, well I have good and bad news to share. That will be for my next blog posting, so stay tuned…

Samo The Samoyed

Cass looks forward to Saturdays.  After piano lesson in the evening, it is now a norm that we walk to the pet shop next door to visit Samo, the Samoyed dog. We have named this pup Samo 🙂  At less than a year old, Samo is already as tall and probably heavier than Cass when standing on her hind legs. We both adore Samo so very much as she’s such a charmer – so cute, so smart and so friendly. And oh yes, she’s a fluff ball with thick white fur like snow.

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Samo loves to play with Cass, though they are separated by a glass panel.

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Samo is such a beauty and this is why she is with a price tag of almost RM8,000!! And this is why even after more than half a year, she is still an item in the pet shop. Had she been priced half the cost of what she is now, I am pretty sure some dog lovers would have brought her home to spoil her rotten.  I would too if we weren’t staying in a condo.  Would you spend RM8k on an imported pedigree dog?

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Cass always tells me that her ambition is to earn lots of money (we’ll see!), buy a big house with spacious land and buy three dogs for us- a Samoyed, a Golden Retriever and a Siberian Husky. She says my job will be to care for the dogs when she’s at work. We love talking about her dreams and ambition together in the car after piano lesson on our way home every Saturday evening 🙂

 

 

Almost Burnt The House Down!

I almost got a major heart attack this morning, thanks to the hubs who just LOVES to pull my leg all the time!!  Honey, I know you secretly read all my blog posts daily though you deny it vehemently.  Go have a good laugh ok, that you succeeded this time -you almost killed me OK!  You know I have a weak heart and can’t take shitty news 😡😡

Here’s his Whatsapp message to me, which I only got to read later while driving back from school. My heart zoomed to my mouth after reading the message and I really thought I burnt the kitchen down. Feeling thunderstruck, I almost crashed my car.

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I am retyping our conversation here for ease of reading:

Hubs – honey, u boiling something at home?  Cleaner said smoke coming from our kitchen window

Me – Don’t know (was driving and could not type more).

Just after reading the Whatsapp message, his car passed my car. We were about a few hundred meters away from home. I thought he had gone home to check on our burnt down kitchen!! I felt like I had lost my marbles. I called him on the phone immediately.

This morning, I had left the house hurriedly.  In the morning, after my usual morning exercise, I sent the mil to the park to buy some fish. Then went to pack some breakfast and rushed home where I gobbled my breakfast down hurriedly. Then did laundry and boiled water.

Yes I boiled water but the darn whistling kettle recently stopped whistling and in the haste to rush off to  school to beat the morning traffic jam (to pay school fees), I had forgotten all about the kettle on the stove.  Hubs was still in bed at home.  We busy mummies have so many chores to accomplish every single minute and while at them, we have to think of the next 101 things on our ‘to-do list’ and what to ask the teachers when we meet them. No one would understand what we go through everyday unless they have been there.

And the hubs just had to pull a fast one on me!  When I called him on the phone, he continued pulling my leg, probably laughing his ass off imagining how horrid I had looked and felt. He didn’t give a rat’s patootie how awful I was feeling. He told me to go home to check out the situation, wtf 😡

I rushed home and as I approached our unit, I felt slightly better that I didn’t smell anything nasty. Yay, no burnt smell.  Kitchen from the outside still looks good.  And the Whatsapp message from him did NOT sound urgent or serious.  Had there been a fire at home, he would have called me to return home ASAP where he would have strangled me or I would probably have gotten an earful from him on the phone. But all these didn’t happen.

Nothing was burnt, except that the kettle had almost no more  water left inside. And the kitchen had a good steam sterilization  for a good 1.5 hours or so 😥

 

New Year’ Eve and Happy 2017

Our New Year’s Eve on 31.12.2016 was a peaceful and quiet one at our cozy home, unlike previous years where we would either be counting down in a hotel or be gallivanting  the streets of Bukit Bintang joining other rowdy revelers. Our girls and I prefer a quiet New Year’s Eve where we could watch fireworks display from KLCC, Mid Valley and other parts of KL at the comforts of our own home in our jammies.  Two families from our usual group of friends had some emergencies at home, thus we didn’t have our usual New Year’s Eve count down. Nonetheless, we had a sumptuous lunch at Overseas Restaurant, Jalan Imbi on that day.

Below – backdrop of KLCC and KL Tower taken just before the fireworks were released at the stroke of midnight.

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On 1.1.2017, we were at the Gardens Mall. Hubs, the mil and the girls watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the premium cinema at Gardens while I did what I loved most – retail therapy 🙂

Below – Cass enthralled by her favorite author, killing time while waiting for the movie to start…

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On 2.1.2017, we hung out with our usual group of buddies. After a light lunch at The School, we adjourned to a Japanese eatery and German pub and snacked on grilled saba and pork knuckles with crackling skin while sipping on beer and sake – chatting and laughing over everything.

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2.1.2017 marked the end of the girls’ 6 weeks of school holidays. Today we are back to reality, back to structured days and me, I started the first day of ‘work’ feeling zombified and crabby, no thanks to my Aunt Flow. My darn alarm clock died down on me this morning. Thankfully I had my phone alarm as back-up!

 

Eve Of New Year’s Eve – 30 Dec 2016

Today is the hubs’ birthday. He turns 45.  For some personal reasons, he does not like to celebrate his birthday, not even to have a birthday cake. He prefers a low key birthday celebration. So we had a simple lunch at our favorite cafe – Red Kettle with no cake but with Portugese egg tarts, which are the BEST in the world. Seriously.

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After lunch, we ambled at the park across the cafe to burn some calories. We were really stuffed!  We saw a kit of pigeons and the hubs decided to feed the pigeons… with the expensive gourmet bread that he had bought from the cafe! Oh well, it’s his birthday and he probably felt he wanted to do a good deed by feeding those pigeons. Cass was excited and started to feed the pigeons without waiting. Seconds later, another kit of pigeons nearby flew together in droves towards us to catch the bread. From afar, the big kit of pigeons looked like they were about to attack us and they looked really intimidating. Cass ran away screaming lol!

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Since we had some leftover rice in doggy bag, we fed the pigeons with rice too. More pigeons flew towards us and Cass was terrified. But she soon overcame her fear and tried to pat the adorable birds.

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Today is an unforgettable day for Cass and Drama Queen. It’s a ‘Hari Ini Dalam Sejarah’ event for them.  They both learned how to cycle without training wheels! I know it’s pretty late for Sherilyn (who turns 12 in 1.5 months) and that’s because I have always been busy and never had the time to train her. But cycling is really easy to pick up and they both learned how to cycle like pros in under an hour, wooohooo!!

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I have two very happy and victorious girls today. They both went home and boasted about their little achievement to their big sister who still hasn’t mastered the skill of cycling sans the training wheels and is still not bothered to learn! 😳

Christmas Eve 2016

We spent our Christmas Eve morning doing last minute shopping for gifts…. again.  The hubs brought us to the Nike shop and bought everyone a pair of Nike shoes for Christmas :mrgreen:

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In the afternoon, my VVIP guests from Ipoh and Singapore arrived!

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Dinner was at our favorite neighborhood Chinese restaurant – Seng Kee Kitchen.

We had fried whole stuffed egg plant with fish paste, fried milk butter prawns with curry leaves…

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Sambal with petai aka stinky beans.  While I enjoy eating petai, I HATE the aftermath the next morning, don’t you? The stinky breath and the stench from the toilet activity, GAWD, such a turn-off eh?

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Steamed kampung chicken…

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Yummy ‘char siew’ – the best in the world!

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Steamed fish…

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After dinner, we went home to have some Chrismassy desserts and the adults had wine.  Our Christmas cake was a very delectable jackfruit cake with generous amounts of fresh jackfruit. We loved it.

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Gingerbreadman for the kids…

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My beloved parents with Alycia, their much-loved first grandchild.  Alycia received ang pows from her koong koong and granny as belated birthday gift.

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And then everyone opened their Christmas gifts.  We bought a smaller Christmas tree this year as the hubs had been busy with work and didn’t have the time to fish out our old Christmas tree that he had kept in his office.

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I am typing this post in my home sweet home in the land of pomeloes and crunchy bean sprouts! We got back yesterday and have been tucking into lots of yums Ipoh food 😛

 

Christmas Pie By Chef Sher

Drama Queen was itching to bake a Christmas pie so that when our guests arrive on Christmas Eve, they could have it during tea time.  She dragged me to bring her to the supermarket to buy the ingredients this afternoon and once back home, she got down to work immediately.

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After spending many hours in the kitchen preparing the dough, resulting in a very messy and dirty kitchen, the dough was finally ready. Gosh dough making is SO tedious and time consuming. Next time, we’ll get ready-made frozen dough to save my delicate hands from having to wipe the kitchen tops and floor over and over again! Though our dear part-time helper was around to help, we had to do some of the cleaning too.  With a kid playing ‘masak-masak’ making dough, I am sure you can imagine the mess! Oh I hate the buttery dough and flour everywhere on the kitchen top and floor! In fact, we have both just finished cleaning the kitchen and it’s almost midnight now!

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All the hard work we all put in was worth it. The Christmas meat pie was perfect. It stacks up to overly charged gourmet pies at cafes and pie shops.

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We’re going to save this pie for our VVIP guests tomorrow when they arrive from Singapore and Ipoh.

 

Dong Zhi 2016

Today Alycia & Sherilyn went Christmas shopping with their grandma and two grandaunts.  Cass and I had Japanese for lunch with the hubs after sending my car to the Hyundai service center for repair.

So hungry was she that the moment the server placed the bento set on the table, she grabbed the potato salad and wolved it down within seconds!

We were pleasantly surprised when the manager of the Japanese restaurant brought out 3 bowls of ‘tang yuan’ and served us – on the house.

I am not a ‘tang yuan’ fan but these rice balls made ala Japanese were yums. The manager took the trouble to explain to me that the pink balls have strawberry puree mixed into the dough, the yellow balls were made with yuzu and the white ones were plain. The rice balls were chewy and delightful in light ginger soup.

We will have another round of ‘tang yuan’ later when the whole jingbang come back from the mall to start rolling the rice balls.

I’d like to wish all my readers “Happy Dong Zhi” and enjoy your holidays!  To my niece Raelyne – happiest 5th birthday and to my big brother Ray – happy blessed birthday.  See you all on Saturday!! 🎉🎉🎇🎇😍

 

Best Travel Options When Traveling From Singapore To Kuala Lumpur

If you’re in the beautiful city of Singapore and would want to cross border to the charming capital of Malaysia, you need to consider means that will get you there comfortably and safely. The two cities are about 320 km apart and going by a personal car might take you close to 4 or 5 hours and the journey can be extremely tiring. So why not choose a cheaper and more convenient option like taking a flight, bus or train? Each of these means has its very own benefits as well as drawbacks but you can always find one that best suits your needs and budget.

Let’s take a close look at how each of the transportation routes best suit your needs.

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Travelling by bus

If you are travelling alone, and would want a straightforward and convenient travelling means, taking a bus or luxury coach can be the best option. Depending on the amount of traffic, a journey from Singapore to KL might take 5 to 7 hours. One of the best benefits about travelling in buses is that they can conveniently drop you off anywhere in the city. There are two major options to consider with bus services that are city buses and luxury buses.

Regardless of the type of buses, you can easily get a ticket via online portal at http://www.easybook.com/en-sg/bus/booking/singapore-to-kualalumpur. What differentiates a normal city bus and luxury bus is the comfort you are getting for the long journey especially when a luxury bus comes with personal TVs, Wi-Fi and even snacks. The only drawback will the hefty price tag of $40 and above as opposed to a normal bus ticket that is as cheap as $18 to $25.

 

Travelling by Flight

Taking a flight is definitely one of the quickest ways to get from Singapore to KL. A typical flight between these two places takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. However, one need to take into account of the time needed for check-in and passing the custom which might add up to another hour.

Major Singapore-to-Malaysia carriers that are budget-friendly include Jetstar, AsiaAir, and Tigerair. Prices in these airlines can go as low as $30 including fees and taxes. Be sure to check out on days these airlines offer promos for tickets. One tip will be to compare the many flight ticket prices via https://www.google.com.my/flights/.

Although you can save up the time of traveling from Singapore to Malaysia, getting to the Kuala Lumpur city center could be time consuming when the airport is situated more than 50KM away from the city. Do prepare RM 70 to RM 100 for a budget taxi to get to your destination or alternatively you can take a bus to KL Sentral too.

Do remember that there isn’t any centralized bus station in Singapore but there are multiple pick up points on the island with the likes of Lavendar, Novena, Boon Lay, Golden Mile Complex, Katong V Mall and many more. You just need to find the nearest pick up point and hop on the bus to Kuala Lumpur. It’s that simple.

 Travelling by Train

If you would want to enjoy the scenic ride from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, taking KTMB Intercity train can be a perfect choice. You can enjoy amazing view of Kampong village and palm oil plantations. Departure time for trains include 8 am and 1 pm with the overnight train leaving at 10:30 pm. A typical day train takes about 6 hours while the overnight train 8 hours with the cost of $10 for 2nd class seat, $15 for 2nd class sleeper and $40 to $45 for a 1st class deluxe sleeper that gives you a private cabin with a TV and shower.

Although it is definitely going to be the slowest among all the options until the very much anticipated High Speed Rail (HSR) starts operating in 2026, travelling by train is still preferred by most with the relatively affordable pricing and the opportunity to soak in the breathtaking view as well as having plenty of chance to get a really good nap.

Conclusion

There you have it with the numerous options that you can make use of when travelling to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore. You are definitely spoiled with choices but its best to define the urgency of the trip and your budget and put those considerations as part of your planning so that you will not make a hasty and much regretted decision. All in all, travelling by bus could still be the best option for the stability of ticket prices and the shorter journey as opposed to train. You can get your ticket easily at http://www.easybook.com/en-sg/bus/booking/singapore-to-kualalumpur.