Keeping Track Of My Steps on My Fitbit Charge 4

I never really bothered to keep track of the number of steps I clocked in daily until we were in a partial lockdown during the MCO recently. With our days locked up at home everyday for months, I was terribly worried of being sedentary and later had to suffer from the consequences. It was then that I strapped on my 5-year old Fitbit Charge HR throughout the day to keep track of my steps. I tried to move around in the house as much as I could and did exercises outside our unit on the corridor. Later, I started to climb stairs daily from our unit on the 5th floor to the 18th floor and descended to the ground floor before walking up to the 5th floor again.  When the number of steps I clocked in increased, I got motivated to move even more. For a ‘kiasu’ health and fitness freak, it gives me such a lot of satisfaction whenever my Fitbit vibrates  and confetti rains down the screen of my tracker to congratulate me for achieving 10k steps😁

I exercise 5 times a week from Mondays through Fridays. On some days, I exercise twice a day – once from 6:20 am – 7:00 am after sending off Cass up the school van and another time from 7:30 am – 8:00 am after dropping off Sherilyn at school. On days that I exercise twice a day, my total step count for the day exceeds 18k.

My step count yesterday as of 7:50 pm was 17,116, totaling approximately 12km, as shown in my new Fitbit Charge 4. I’m loving my new tracker to bits!

With a mission accomplished, I had the allowance to buy my favorite Nyonya kuih from the roadside stall after my run this morning 🤭

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Where To Find Cheap Bridesmaid Dresses?

For brides-to-be, the deluge of wedding details and planning can be totally overwhelming.  Between finding the perfect venue and photographer, hunting for your dream wedding gown, there’s scoping out for bridesmaid dresses too. All these have to fit into a budget and this seems to be a tricky affair.

Bridesmaid dress shopping is not as easy as one might think as you’re dealing with different budgets, body types, and style preferences.  But while it’s a challenging process, it doesn’t have to be a stressful one.  Here are some tips on choosing bridesmaid dresses to help you get started with some things to consider:

1. Consider different body types.
If your bridesmaids have a variety of body types, you might not want to stick them all in the same dress design. Your bridesmaids will look most comfortable and happy chaperoning you when they feel flattered in the gown they’re wearing. You can stay open minded to a mix of dress styles, which can totally be in different or the same color, to your preference.

2. Coordinate with your wedding gown.
Be sure to have chosen your wedding gown before deciding on your bridesmaids dresses as you do not want your girls to be in dresses that will outshine you.

3.  Keep to a budget
Don’t even bother looking at dresses that are above your budget. Wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses are something that will only be worn once, so make affordability a top priority. At Alfabridal, it is the shop’s mission to offer affordable bridesmaids dresses at only $99 a piece. Yes you read that right!

4. Shop and order early
It is advisable to order your bridesmaid gowns 3-4 months in advance of the wedding, to allow ample time for exchanges or alterations if needed.

You really don’t have to spend a fortune on ​dresses for your bridesmaids. There are many top online shops that offer amazing wedding dresses for different budgets. At Alfabridal for example, you will find thousands of styles sold at factory prices. The dresses are so pretty and elegant that you may even consider choosing a bridesmaid dress as your wedding dress!

Aim to be a budget-savvy bride. With the money saved on wedding attire, you and your groom can splurge on a romantic honeymoon or spend it on your new house.

 

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Ways to Save For Your Children’s Future

3 Ways to Save for Your Children’s Future
Did you know that a child will cost its parents around $22,000 every year from birth until they are 18? This is, of course, an average, and it takes into account all kinds of different costs including housing, food, health care, transport, vacations, and hobbies. However, this figure doesn’t include any savings you might want to have for your child’s future, and when you think about this, it is an important figure to know about. After all, having a saving’s pot to help your child start their adult lives in the best possible way is something many parents are keen to do.

If the cost of doing this seems as though it is an impossible extra, there is no need to worry. There are many different ways to save for your child’s future; read on to discover some of them. 

Create a Savings Account
Before you can start saving money for your child, you are going to need a good place to put it. Leaving cash under your mattress may have worked in the past, but there are now very secure banks, many of which you don’t ever even have to visit because you can do all your banking online, and this is a much better idea to keep your child’s money safe until they need it for college, or a down payment on a house after speaking with the experts at Azembel.com.

If you set up an automatic payment every month, you will be able to save money without even having to think about it, and the sooner you start, the more you can save. If you don’t want to be tempted to use that money before you can give it to your child, you should find an account that can’t be opened for a set amount of time, or that comes with penalties if you withdraw money too early. 

Sell as They Grow 
You might not have any ‘spare money’ to put into a savings account right now, and if that’s the case you’re certainly not alone. Many people have just the right amount of money they need and no more, which makes saving hard. However, it does not mean it is impossible. 

If you sell your child’s clothes, books, and toys as they grow out of them, and put the money you make into a special savings account as mentioned above, this is a great way to gift them saved money once they turn 18 or 21, and it won’t leave you out of pocket in any way. It will also help to clear your home of clutter, so there really is no downside to this idea. 

Teach Good Financial Sense 
Saving money and giving that money to your child when they are old enough and need it for something important is a wonderful thing for a parent to do. What’s even more wonderful is to teach that child good financial sense so that they understand more about saving money and don’t necessarily go out and spend the whole lot all at once on frivolous items. 

If you can help them as they grow and teach them why saving is good and how not to get into debt, you will be doing them a huge service, and even if you can’t save money for them you will still be giving them a very important and lifelong gift.

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Foods to Avoid for Good Dental Health

Though they are the primary tool used in eating, your teeth can be damaged by the foods you eat. Tooth decay or gum disease can lead to changes in your teeth alignment, requiring the services of a Queen Creek orthodontics office in order to chew and swallow without discomfort. Cavities can be caused by poor oral hygiene and a diet filled with foods that are high in sugar or contain ingredients that erode the enamel from your teeth. If you want to focus on oral health, here is a list of some foods and drinks that you should avoid.

Sour Coated Candies

Candies, because of their high sugar content, are bad for your teeth, but sour candies are the worst. There are several different acids in candies that have a more damaging effect on the teeth. They are also a lot harder to chew, leaving the coating from the candies on your teeth for longer periods of time. Snack of a square of dark chocolate if you are in the mood for something sweet.

Alcohol

It has long been recommended that you avoid high consumption of alcohol for heart and liver concerns, but alcohol also has an impact on your oral health. Your mouth becomes extremely dry when you drink liquor or alcohol, removing the saliva that helps naturally keep your teeth clean. Saliva is instrumental in preventing oral infections, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Bread

Many who are struggle with their weight have been told to give up carbs, with white bread being one of the more well-known culprits of delivering too many carbs. However, bread is also damaging to the teeth when saliva breaks down the starch and convert it into sugar. The pasty conversion sticks to all the cracks and crevices of the mouth, increasing the risk for cavities. If you can make the switch to whole grain bread, you will do your teeth a favor.

Carbonated Drinks

Ranking as terrible as candy is the category of carbonated drinks. It doesn’t matter if you choose a diet soda or prefer a caffeine-free, the effects of carbonated drinks on your teeth have considered as damaging as using crack cocaine or methamphetamine. Plaque forms more easily and acid from the beverage attacks your tooth enamel and increases the risk of tooth decay. Sodas can also be very drying, repeating the saliva problem found in alcohol.

You can prevent cavities and a buildup of plaque from causing pain and sensitivity by choosing your foods carefully. Put these items at the top of the list of foods to avoid.

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RMCO Day 103 ~ Sunday, 20 September 2020

Feeling disappointed that my craving for sublime sugar-reduced banana loaf couldn’t be satiated after Sherilyn’s failed banana loaf, I succumbed to ordering from a homebased seller on our residential garden Facebook group 🤭

At RM18 for a 500gm loaf, the banana loaf was simply amazing — less sweet, fluffy and with lots of bananas inside out. Even the two most critical foodies in the house complimented on how tasty the cake was.

With so many homebased bakers that popped out during the MCO, I am now spoilt for choices. I can have a taste of homebaked cakes and at the same time help these people ride out this very trying period.

The banana cake was scarfed down by the second day and I only got the chance to try one miserable slice. With two homebased bakers in our Taman Facebook group now on my favorite list, I am now tempted to order another banana cake but can’t decide which type to order – from an old aunty who makes old fashioned sugar-reduced banana cake or from this millennial baker who makes sugar-reduced stunning banana loaf with lots of bananas 🍌



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Where to Buy Inexpensive Bridesmaid Dresses

Congratulations on the proposal!  Tell the world that “We’re engaged!”  Stare at the engagement ring and post lots of photos on the proposal on social media.  Contemplate the many wonderful days ahead of you.  Kiss and hug each other a thousand more times. Bask in the moment and make your engagement special.

After the joy and thrill have sunk in, it’s time to plan your wedding!  Planning your wedding is a mammoth task, especially if you are hoping to have a fairytale-like wedding. Family members and friends have advice and opinion. If you were to read just half the books, web sites, etc. written in the last decade about wedding etiquette and protocol, you’d be reading and planning for months on end! Different races have different custom and traditional practice. From the altar to the wedding banquet, what to wear, what your bridesmaids should wear, who should pay for what, establishing your bridesmaids’ responsibilities, among others.

Outfitting the bridesmaids comes with cost and who shells out for their attire? The lines can sometimes get a little blurry!  Is the bride responsible for purchasing all of the bridal party dresses, or do the bridesmaids buy their own dresses? What about the alteration costs—or what if one of the bridemaids doesn’t have the budget for the gown? Where should you shop for your bridesmaid dresses – online or from brick and mortar bridal shops?

Typically, bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own dresses and accessories, as well as hair and makeup appointments and transportation to the wedding. As a bride, if you’re asking your friend to be your bridesmaid then the chances are you want them to be assisting and chaperoning you on your big day. So forking out some money for that shouldn’t be an issue. It’s also a gesture of your appreciation to them for their time, help and friendship.

If the bride can afford to, it’s a very thoughtful gesture for her to pay for the dress or a portion of the cost for each of her bridesmaids. These days more brides are paying for their bridesmaid dresses, especially if they pick a more expensive dress for their bridesmaids to wear.

If you’re looking for inexpensive and good quality bridesmaid dresses, look no further than at Alfabridal, an online store that specializes only on bridesmaid dresses. Alfabridal has their own factory to sew the bridesmaid dresses and there’s such an extensive choice for you to choose from.  At Alfabridal, every piece of elegant bridesmaid dress is sold at a factory price of only USD99! The dresses are so exquisite that you may even consider choosing a bridesmaid dress as your wedding dress!

Planning a wedding is a big undertaking; it may as well be the first big test of your marriage. It’s a long but rewarding journey that you both will cherish forever.



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RMCO Day 101 ~ FriYAY, 18 Sept 2020

After chauffeuring Sherilyn to school this morning, I dropped by the kopitiam to tapau lunch for the girls and mil — Hailam chicken chop and fried chicken chop set for the girls and curry noodles for the mil.

This is where I bought the addictive sweet potato chips. I’d bought two tubs in a week and everything was wiped out by the second day. I was SO tempted to get another tub this morning and had to stop myself from going near the table to have a look at the chips, lest I lose myself and get another sinful tub!

Today is going to be another busy day for me with articles to churn out and Maria is not here to help.  I can’t wait for her to come again tomorrow.  Now that Maria is back at our home several times a week, the pain on my wrist is almost gone!  Praise God for his healing and blessings  🙏.



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The Best Place to Shop For Affordable Onesie Pajamas

Onesie pajamas are not just for babies and toddlers. They’re for adults too. Whether you’re planning a themed family photo, shopping for a costume party, Halloween trick-or-treating or working from home, onesie pajamas are great as a sleepwear and for all these reasons.

Cosplay onesies are known as Kigurumi in Japan. Kigurumi animal onesies first appeared in Japan in the late ‘90s. They quickly became a staple of Shibuya and Harajuku fashion culture, and has remained an iconic part of Japanese street style. Despite this popularity, Kigurumi remained virtually unknown to the Western world until about 2011.

Kigurumi – or Kigu – are quite possibly the coziest thing you will ever wear. Now you know why babies and toddlers sleep so soundly in onesie pajamas! They’re fabulous for keeping warm during a cold spell and for standing out from the crowd in just about any place –at a party, on the street, in the classroom, office, or club.  Onesie wearers love the fantasy aspect of becoming their favorite animal, cosplay or anime character, superhero and Disney character in a fun and playful way.

Life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, but your rainbow unicorn onesie from Alfagoody can be. This comfy sleep suit made from fine flannel and fleece will make you feel like the magical unicorn you are.

The animal onesie pajamas and suits from Alfagoody feature a front zipper for ease of wear and removal, a cute tail on some characters and an adorable hood. They’re not only colorful but quirky, cute, fun and most of all, affordably priced.

 

 

We can never take ourselves too seriously when we’re donning on a hilarious animal onesie.  Once in a while, it’s good to wear something silly and funny like a child to feel like a child again to remind ourselves how it feels to be one again.  We should all get back to trying stuff we all did as a child and disconnect ourselves from whether or not we’re deemed to be successful by someone else’s standards.

Alfagoody is a great online shop to look for fun onesies for kids and adults. They pay great attention to detail and uses high quality material, ensuring your onesie pajamas will last.

 

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Bountiful Harvest

Planted from just stems after we ate the leaves, these Malabar spinach are finally ready for harvest after 5-6 weeks.  They are grown on a pot on our condo’s tiny balcony.

Such a bountiful harvest! But the girls ain’t big fans of slimy vegetables. Only the adults eat them.  But the mil is replanting the stems again for another round of harvest.  Why waste something that can be replicated for free and it’s organic, right?

Tonight we’re going to have Malabar spinach egg drop soup again. Don’t care about the girls. They don’t know what they’re missing out when they don’t eat this wholesome veggie. But I believe that one day they’re grow to like this vegetable, just like yours truly who used to hate this dish each time my late maternal granny cooked it🤭



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Where to Buy Inexpensive Onesie Pajamas?

Halloween is the most popular costume or fancy dress event of the year in western society. In recent years, the culture of celebrating Halloween has spread to other parts of the world.  People of all ages have tons of fun dressing up on Halloween day for trick-or-treating.   Halloween costumes could be anything we imagined, not just scary stuff.

When it comes to Halloween, there are those meticulous people who plan their costume a year in advance — finding the perfect costume and props and then carefully sew or glue their masterpiece together, complete with impeccable make-up so that they stand out at the Halloween party  🎃.   And then there are the rest of us.

Halloween is just around the corner and if you haven’t gotten yourself a costume yet, fret not!  Halloween onesies are here to save the day!  On a holiday when you can be absolutely anything you want, be comfortable in cute and hilarious Halloween onesies from Alfagoody!  With a relaxed fit, roomy hood and super soft fine flannel and fleece fabric, becoming a rainbow unicorn or Mashimaro has never been so easy.

Onesie pajamas are such practical and affordable costumes for Halloween.  After Halloween, you can wear them to bed.  Everybody has to sleep. Unless you go to bed in your birthday suit, you need comfy pajamas. Even if you prefer to sleep in your birthday suit, you need to put on something for a stroll to the kitchen for a midnight drink of water or when you step out of the shower.

Men and women, boys and girls and toddlers too – there are many different fun themes from animals to dinosaurs, unicorns, cosplay characters and much more to choose from at Alfagoody.

 

If you are strapped for costume ideas this Halloween, why not try pajamas onesies from Alfagoody?   The Halloween onesies from Alfagoody are affordable, machine washable, with a quality so high they’ll last you for hauntings year after year. Choose from cute, hilarious or quirky Halloween onesies for an unforgettable October 31st.

 

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RMCO Day 99 ~ Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Since it’s a public holiday today (Malaysia Day) and Maria is here to help, Sherilyn has been very fruitful in the kitchen.  She baked a banana loaf and cooked Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew) for dinner complete with Samgyupsal gui (grilled marinated pork belly), Gyeran Mari (egg roll), Musaengchae (Spicy Radish Salad) and organic kombu in dashi soup.  Everything was delish but the banana loaf was a failure this time – it turned out unexpectedly with a texture similar to pudding / kuih. Even after baking it in the oven for over an hour, the loaf felt jiggly when I removed it from the oven.  From the outside, it looks like a successful loaf of fluffy banana cake but once sliced, it looks like banana pudding / kuih pisang 🤨

Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew) – the soup is made using the homemade Gochujang that she made a few days earlier. She also added dashi stock (Melaleuca brand), dried shiitake mushrooms, lots of fresh radish, cabbage, onions and organic kombu to cook up a very flavorful pot of soup.  It’s up to you what you want to put into the soup and we used fish and crab meat balls, an assortment of fresh mushrooms, eggs, organic soft tofu, 2 packets of instant noodles and a handful of organic glass noodles.

Samgyupsal gui (grilled marinated pork belly):

Organic kombu in dashi soup:

Gyeran Mari (egg roll):

Musaengchae (Spicy Radish Salad):

I’m still craving to dig into a less sweet sublime banana loaf but the tenacious side of me keeps preventing me from ordering it from my regular homemade banana cake seller on Facebook.  Each time I’m about to Whatsapp the seller, the other side of me keeps reminding me that banana cake’s loaded with sugar, butter and white flour  and haven’t I forgotten that my cholesterol reading is high?! Dang the genetic high cholesterol!

 

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How to Make the World a Better Place

The world needs people like you who want to help others and improve the world. Whether you are looking to start off on a path to positive change or you are looking for additional avenues to invest your energy, there are always places that could use your help. If you want to make the world a bit of a better place, consider these tips on how you can do your part.

Spread Some Kindness

Not every good deed must be something formal. You can focus your efforts on retail kindness, spreading the care from person to person which can cause a contagious effect. If you make the effect to spread some kindness within your own community and through your interactions, you can know that you are having a direct effect on those around you.

being kind to others

Volunteer Your Time

Another way to spread care throughout a community where you can witness the direct effects is through volunteering your time. By investing your effort and time to address issues and provide solutions, you can help others. There are volunteer opportunities for any type of interest and passion, you just need to find the right fit.

Give Your Money Wisely

You don’t have to be limited to donating your time. For those who are financially capable of donating money, monetary contributions can also be a great way to push progress. Much like how you will want to research any opportunity, you need to research different organizations before making your donation to ensure you understand what will happen to your funds.

Go Green

For those who are more environmentally focused, there is a lot that you can do in your personal and professional life to promote a healthier planet. Going green and helping those around you embrace a more environmentally conscious existence can be a wonderful way to make the world a little bit brighter and better.

Making a difference in this big world can be easier said than done. Whether you choose one or multiple opportunities from this list above, making the world a better place can be done regardless of your circumstances.

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3 Important Facts To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

If you feel like you’ve been spending too much time, money and energy lately on constantly removing bodily hair, you may have been thinking about booking a session at a laser bar and spa Manhattan. Laser hair removal can be a good alternative to daily shaving and may allow you to save time in the mornings by waking up hair-free. However, before you book a session, it’s important to be prepared. Here are a few key things you’ll want to keep in mind when considering going under the laser.

1. It May Be Slightly Uncomfortable

While having a laser directed at your skin may sound painful, laser hair removal should only be slightly uncomfortable at worst. The laser does heat up in order to kill the hair follicle, but many modern lasers come equipped with cooling mechanisms to help make the procedure feel more comfortable for you. Additionally, your technician will apply some numbing cream before you start, so you won’t even be feeling most of the procedure. If you do feel more than a slight pinching feeling, let your technician know so they can adjust the settings.

2. You May Need Multiple Sessions

While it might sound nice to walk into the clinic for your treatment and walk back out completely hair-free, the truth is that you’ll likely need multiple sessions in order to see full results. This is due to the fact that hair grows in cycles and the laser needs to catch each hair at the right moment in the cycle to stop its growth. Because of this, you can expect to book a series of six to eight sessions for best results. The good news is, you should start to see results from each session within a couple of weeks following treatment.

3. You Can Shave Before Your Appointment

If you’re worried about having to let your bodily hair grow out before your appointment, you’ll be relieved to know that shaving beforehand is fine. Just don’t wax before you go, since this removes the hair root and can render the treatment ineffective.

Constantly removing bodily hair can be tiresome and frustrating, not to mention expensive over time. If you wish you could wake up smooth and hair-free, you may want to consider whether a laser hair removal treatment would be right for you. Now that you’re equipped with the basic facts, you can make your decision with confidence.

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RMCO Day 96 ~ Sunday, 13 Sept 2020

I’ve been feeling ho-hum and shirty for the past few days.  It could be the time of the month again. And the lack of rest and sleep.  Or simply bottled up negative emotions.  I’m trying hard to purge these feelings out of my head. Tomorrow morning I’m going to the park to run in the morning sun. This seems to help me find my zen.

My body took a hit after spending the past few weeks in and out of hospitals with Cass compounded with the lack of sleep.  But I knew how to nip the bug in its bud at the onset of it and thankfully managed to stave off falling sick 🙏

High and low times come into our lives inevitably. We have to learn to embrace them and be more willing to feel the whole spectrum of human emotions and learn to find channels to discharge these negativities that attack our emotions.

Throwback photos:

Taken on one of the days that Cass was hospitalized at Pantai Hospital. Whenever I’m not at home, someone always takes the opportunity to bake and cook!  This time she baked macarons with organic ground almond – her first try and it was not too bad. Macarons are insanely costly at the shops (Ladurée!) and homemade ones are less sweet and we know what goes in.

My early dinner with the hubs after I left Pantai Hospital (and worrying about Cass staying overnight alone), at Red Kettle, my favorite neighborhood fusion cafe tucking into my favorite chicken chop and moreish Portugese egg tart, which is the best in the world!  Good food always put me in a better mood no matter how terrible the day has been.

My brunch at Papparich @ Pantai Hospital on the second day of Cass’ stay in the hospital.

On the day that Cass was admitted to the hospital, we were given a complimentary toiletry set which includes a brand new fleece blanket as well as a booklet of  discount vouchers for use at all the shops, cafes and pharmacy in the hospital. Cass and I grinned from ear to ear when we saw Tealive at Pantai Hospital. We again grinned when we saw a newly opened Tealive and Gloria Jean’s Coffees outside HKL when we were there last week 🤭

Our Sunday dinner yesterday:

Spaghetti aglio e olio with mushrooms, grilled chicken chop, mushroom soup and mashed potato from hubby’s shop.

Whenever there’s spaghetti, my life gets a little easier. Cass will have it for dinner, recess in school and lunch + dinner the next day and then have it again for lunch on the third day. She hardly gets bored of it.


Cass’ recess in school today.



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Waist Trainer For A Smaller Waist

If a waist trainer for women could help you achieve a smaller waist,  you can forget about going for a  painful rib resection or floating rib removal.   Rib removal has gained popularity in the last several years as  wasp waists and hourglass shapes have again become the aesthetic ideal.  While in Victorian fashion this was achieved with laced corsets, today this can be achieved with surgery by removing the “floating” lower ribs, numbers 11 and 12.  The operation, which is irreversible, is usually performed for medical reasons but can be used for cosmetic purposes after extensive consultation.

In Sweden, a 25-year old lady who was inspired by animated characters like Jessica Rabbit, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Holli Would from Cool World went under the knife to have some of her ribs removed.  She dreamed of having a super tiny waist, big boobs, big eyes and a really pretty face and having her ribs removed was just another step in achieving that ideal.   The extreme five-hour keyhole surgery operation cost £6,000 and was performed by a plastic surgeon.

The Swedish is not the only figure-obsessed lady who had gone through pains to achieve her dream body. In 2018 a A Barbie-obsessed mum shrunk her waist to a tiny 21 inches prior to a £15k rib removal surgery to achieve the perfect hour-glass figure. The Barbie-fanatic mum spent months eating a strict diet and wore a waist trainer designed to shrink her waistline – for five hours every day. Despite her waist shrinking by a staggering five inches, the 34-year-old wasn’t satisfied and  shrunk her waist by another three inches before the rib removal surgery where six ribs were removed to achieve her mission to look like her doll idol, Barbie 😲

FeelinGirl High-Waist Front Hooks Shaper Shorts

 

Now if you could achieve something similar while still looking like a human, why do you have to even consider removing parts of your body?  Products like double belt slimming waist trainer, high waisted shaper shorts and high waist tummy control slimming pants can help women achieve a svelte body, along with a healthy low-carb diet and daily exercise.

 

Waist trainers help you maintain proper posture while you stand and sit because the metal bones in waist trainers make it impossible for you to slouch. They improve your posture by providing the necessary support to your back. Many women and celebrities vouch that they feel more confident when they see the changes in their waistline and posture after wearing waist trainers.

Once you have weighed the benefits and disadvantages and have decided to try waist training, you can browse for the best shapewear at FeelinGirl to find a waist trainer that suits your needs, style, and purposes.

 

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Cassandra’s Appointment With Urologist – 4 Sept 2020

So the urologist’s nurse finally gave me a date to bring Cass to see Dr Susan. We waited for more than 3 months since the MRU procedure on 18 May 2020 to get this appointment with me calling the nurse every week. And if it wasn’t because Cass got a UTI attack two weeks ago, the nurse wouldn’t have given me a date so soon.   I don’t blame her as this is a government hospital with a long list of patients waiting to see Dr Susan, the head of Urology Dept of HKL.  She could get me an appointment to see just any junior urologist but I only want Dr Susan to manage Cass’ complicated issue.   I can see that priority is given to dire needs patients, i.e. those with cancer or other pressing issues.

As usual, we had to ‘camp’ at HKL for almost the entire day just waiting, from 10 a.m. through 3-ish p.m..  Cass is now scheduled to undergo two diagnostic tests before Dr Susan can decide on the next course of action: a cystoscopy (bladder scope) scheduled in November 2020 and a MAG3 scan in December 2020.  Cass will have to be sedated under GA for the cystoscopy.

A renal MAG3 (Mercaptuacetyltriglycine) scan is a diagnostic nuclear medicine test that allows the doctor to see Cass’ kidneys and learn more about how they are functioning.  A radiopharmaceutical called Technetium-99m MAG3 will be injected into one of Cass’ veins. Technetium-99m MAG3 has a tiny amount of radioactive molecules in it. A special camera, called a gamma camera, is used to take pictures of the kidneys once the radiopharmaceutical has been injected.  During the briefing by the radiologist, I was told that after the MAG3 procedure, it’s best to avoid touching Cass as the radioactive materials can be transferred to anyone touching her. She will need to drink loads of water to flush out the radioactive materials.

This is the creepy old building that houses the radiotherapy and oncology unit at HKL.  We had to wait for almost an hour to get a date for the MAG3 scan and for a briefing by the radiologist.

From the specialist clinics building, Cass and I had to walk for about 10 minutes under the drizzle to this building and stopped twice to ask the patrolling police officers for directions. HKL is a very huge place with many buildings for different units. Patients and staff often have to walk from one building to another.  We walked past the A&E of HKL, the creepy place that still gives me nightmares 😱.   If only this congenital issue is covered by our insurer, I’ll choose a private hospital, any time.



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