Monday, October 4, 2010
It's not just a sorethroat. It's effing dengue! Rashes came out after the fever subsided. Hauled ass to the polyclinic and got a few tests done (Hemoglobin, white blood cells, hematocrit and platelets). Needless to say my poor white cells are sorely depleted. Platelet count is still within the normal range but seems to be on a down-going trend. Which means, another round of blood-test is in order (my poor veins). I feel fine otherwise. No overt bleeding but damn my throat is killing me. More to report tomorrow.
I do not recall being bitten by any mosquito, but apparently I am very sweet :) Or the mozzies were sweet on me.
p/s Beautiful picture of me covered in spots. While more accurately described as peticheal rash (pin-point bruising), a more confluent pattern would be called Islets of White in a Sea of Red. Doesn't it sound poetic?
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
An odd tangy dish of minced pork, pork liver, wantan and noodle mixed in vinegar and chilli sauce. It's rather novel. An acquired taste, I'd say (first time I see people putting vinegar into their mee)
On the otherhad, the accompanying bowl of broth is rich and tasty. I give it two thumbs up! I'm told bak chor mee comes in a soupy version which I think would make a rather hearty breakfast on a cold rainy morning.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
|Awaiting to board the plane|
|Oasis @ Terminal 2|
|View from above|
|Activity table for adults and children|
|My woodblock print made by rubbing a crayon over the carved surface|
|Has a rather ethnic feel to it - a good way of promoting local art to tourists|
|An outdoor sunflower garden (doubled up as a smoking area)|
|Free gaming room|
|Another interactive station promoting Baba & Nyoya designs|
|Phoenix from the stamp|
|Another ethnic motif|
Monday, July 19, 2010
A mucocle is not to be confused with a cold sore from herpes simplex (Type 2) infection. The former is benign and painless while the latter implies that you've been naughty and have been putting things in your mouth that you should not.
A mucocele is a collection of saliva trapped within the soft tissue due to a ruptured minor salivary gland. If you run your tongue along the inner lining of your lips, you will feel small bumpy lumps that are meaty and nodular (that's the minor salivary gland). Do NOT under any circumstances bite or suck at it. Apparently, that's how I got this swelling (from chewing my lower lip) The end result is a round fluctuating nodule with a bluish tinge at the surface. You can't pop it like a pimple and it grows bigger if you keep worrying it.
If the darn thing grows bigger it is likely to be due to a blocked salivary duct and it's time to go for surgery. The procedure is to excise the salivary gland involved and send for biopsy (to rule out oral cancer). This costs RM400-450 done by an oral/dental surgeon. The minor operation takes less than 1/2 hour and recovery is expected within two days. However, a mucocele should be able to resolve spontaneously without intervention. Just leave it alone and it should disappear by its own little self after 3-6 weeks.... which was what happened to mine after some reassurance from the good doctor.
Anyways, surgery is an invasive procedure and a mucocele is likely to recur after the initial surgery so it's best to adopt the wait and see approach. I couldn't live with it at first and wanted it out immediately. I'm glad the doctor advised against it - see now, that's why physicians can't heal themselves (plus they make the worst patients). Being in the sick role messes with objectivity and judgement.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sweet Corn in Coconut Milk Jelly
- 10g Konnyaku jelly powder
- 750ml water
- 200ml coconut milk
- 150g castor sugar
-1 can creamy sweet corn
Mix sugar and jelly powder in a mixing bowl and stir evenly. Pour mixture into boiling water and stir until dissolved. Pour in coconut milk and sweet corn. Stir 5-10 minutes. Pour into jelly molds and chill in refridgerator. Serve cold. Be careful when giving Konnyaku jelly to small children as there have been reported incidences of choking and death.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I've been trying out a few new hue functions which I've steered clear of in Paintshop Pro until now. I was feeling that my usual style was getting boring. I know some of the pics are overdone and look a bit fake but I am working on it!