Hello, London!

Monday, September 30, 2013

I’ve been getting all sorts of questions about where I am and what I’m doing because of my haphazardly and disorderly arranged blogposts so let’s clear up a couple of doubts!

1. I am not in America! I was there for a holiday in June which is ages ago, but am only posting them now, hehe. I have a few more posts on the US to go before I can be done with my US trip and although it’s late, I love blogging about my holidays because whenever I want to relive the trip, I just go back to an old blog post and revel in the memories from the pictures and words!

2. My birthday was on the 26th of September and was absolutely amazing! I will blog about that as well, but the reason it was confusing was because I celebrated it about 4 times in total. Heh?

3. I am in the UK now! I flew into London last night and will be pursuing my studies at London School of Economics, so that’s really exciting!

So, now that everything’s cleared up.. lemme share my first day in London with you! It was absolutely fantastic and I had so much fun!

The only picture really worth showing from that gruelling 13-hour flight with 4 crying babies (who found it enjoyable to take turns crying throughout the night) is the food!

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Nom nom!

After freshening up, En Leang and I met up with Melvin, Baby J, & Donald for some little London touring. Of course, I was being an absolute embarrassment, carrying my camera everywhere and snapping at every corner. Smile with tongue out

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Still in the midst of unpacking so all of my clothes look really mismatched, and probably will continue to do so for the next couple of days. Flirt male But I didn’t think I looked that bad.. Till my sister and Baby J both pointed it out. Sad smile Hahah, whoops?

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We took the tube (exciting!) to Leicester Square a.k.a. Chinatown which doesn’t differ too much from country to country.

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A little taste of home, if you’re interested! For a hefty price though. D: For those who aren’t aware, the pound to Ringgit is around 1 pound to RM5.3. Broken heart

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Chinatown!

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Jocelyn being photobombed by Donald (on the left) and Melvin (on the right)!

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After some pretty impressive Cantonese from Baby J, we skipped a queue for a Chinese restaurant and had fantastic dim sum! Of course, having just flown in, I wasn’t craving it as badly as the rest but it was still really good!

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Nom nom.

It was such fun being tourists in a place you knew you would be staying at for years to come and I got excited over everything! We headed to that famous M&M store in London and although didn’t buy anything, came back with loads of pictures. Smile with tongue out 

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London!

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The rest kept saying the M&M on the left was like me – nerdy-looking and bespectacled, likely to succeed (lolol thanks guys), and of course… brown. Annoyed

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*embraces tanned skin and misunderstood chocolate M&M*

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We were taking so many pictures, we must’ve been a ‘royal’ pain. Smile with tongue out

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‘Bear’ with our vanity for a little while. Smile with tongue out 

We walked from Chinatown to Picadilly Circus just taking in the sights and sounds of London City! It has the busy-ness of New York, but it is so much more endearing and warm with its wide streets and smiling passerbys. The buildings aren’t as cramped but there’s always so much happening I don’t think I’d ever be bored here! Open-mouthed smile 

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Baby J, who came all the way from Coventry! It’s about a 2 hour train ride from there to here so it was good seeing her. Open-mouthed smile 

 

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And with Melvin, our tourguide, who’s just a stone’s throw away from my place!

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All in all, it was a fantastic first day thanks to the great company and wonderful weather, complete with British tea, some drinks, Primark, and the tube station.

And ladies and gentlemen, let me leave you with this.

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You’re welcome. Winking smile 

PS: I can’t really categorize this under “Travel” so bid hello to a new category – UK! It’ll be a subsection under Life so you can access all my new posts from that section on the right, or just click the label at the bottom of this post! Open-mouthed smile

MY NOSE JOB. No, not really.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I realize now that it is probably best I actually let people know when things happen in my life because although I’ve been a very diligent blogger (of late), I’m not a very efficient one and posts tend to come up months after an event has occurred.

AND THUS.. On the 13th of September, I went for a turbinectomy and septoplasty.

Deviated septum surgery (septoplasty) is surgery to correct a deformity in the nasal septum. Turbinectomy is the surgical reduction or removal of an enlarged turbinate (nasal tissue) inside the nose. Both surgeries are done mainly to improve airflow or improve sinus drainage but may have other purposes such as nosebleed control.”

To be honest, how I ended up undergoing this surgery was due to something that happened back when I was in Taiping rather than nosebleeds. I was sharing a bed with my brother and in my sleep, my brother said he heard me choke, spazz a little, then continue sleeping.

Surprised smile 

Turns out, I was experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that’s characterized by shallow breathing or pauses in breathing during sleep. Basically means there are periods of time when I stop breathing. Now, as a child, I used to suffer from sleep apnea and as a result, had to undergo a tonsillectomy to remove my tonsils and widen my airway.
Now let’s take a moment to be grateful for all the new knowledge we have gained today. Open-mouthed smile 

Since I pretty much don’t have my tonsils, appendix, and turbinates, I would say my lack of these three organs should give me a free pass to parking at those disabled lots. Smile with tongue out

*ba dum tss*

JUST JOKING, I DON’T DRIVE. LOLOLOL. –.-

Pathetic jokes aside, I went for a check up and found out that my turbinates were so enlarged that only a marginal amount of air was able to enter my nasal tract. A surgical appointment was scheduled and in 4 days, I was back at Princecourt Medical Centre for another surgery. You can read about my appendectomy here!

For easier consumption, here’s how the surgery went in bite sized portions! Open-mouthed smile 

BEFORE

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Trying to look glam before the surgery. See how I have slight tendrils of escaped hair framing my face lololol. Yeah, they made me tuck ALL of that in later. Disappointed smile

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Getting checked in!

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I had a slightly ominous view of KLCC from my bed! Very nice at night though! Open-mouthed smile 

AFTER

(this section could be slightly disturbing)

I was put under general anaesthesia, went for surgery at about 9am and was conscious by 12pm.

IMG_9956I really do not understand why we have to be naked when the surgery was just for my face. T.T

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Haha, post nose job. Smile with tongue out I pretty much gave up trying to look good after the surgery because my nose hurt so badly and I was bleeding so much!

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In a few minutes..

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And about half an hour later, there was so much blood that I had to get my bandage changed. Thumbs down

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YAY FOR HYGEINE!

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In fact, I had to change my shirt when they changed my bandage because I accidentally sneezed and blood splattered everywhere!

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So fresh and.. red.

HAHA, I am disgusting. Is anyone even still reading? Yes?

Okay, shall resume! Smile 

The throat and nose are all connected and I had a huge dilemma between sitting up and lying down. Whenever I sat up, my nose would bleed, but whenever I lied down, the blood would flow to the back of my throat. I had to learn that the hard way and ended up collecting a lot of blood in my phlegm. And so..

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Okay, you deserve an award if you’re still here. Kudos to you! But the worst is over so you all can relax! Smile

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I had to stay overnight so they could administer antibiotics in that ridiculously gigantic syringe (which hurt like crazy homg).

FOOD

As usual, Princecourt serves pretty good food and I enjoyed my meals there save for the fact that they were all cold. The doctor didn’t let me have any warm food because it would aggravate the nose and cause further bleeding.

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Yum!

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Pancakes. Open-mouthed smile 

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Ewww. Cold porridge. Sick smile Worst meal of the lot!

COMPANY

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It’s no surprise that I had Dustin with me! I’m turning 19 tomorrow and still lugging around a soft toy but no, ladies and gentlemen, I harbour no shame. Open-mouthed smile 

Some of my friends dropped by to see me which was really nice of them!! Open-mouthed smile 

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Ryan, looking absolutely adorable next to the twin towers. Open-mouthed smile 

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Shane, being very sad.. For some reason.

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Baby J dropped by too and brought me a super cute Rilakkuma! Open-mouthed smile Look at how Dustin looks so sad and downcast thanks to the new addition to the family, hehehe. En Leang came by as well! Open-mouthed smile 

It’s so nice that you guys actually took the time to visit me. Although I wasn’t hospitalized for very long, it’s heartwarming to know that I have friends who would go out of their way to make me feel better and I appreciate it so much. :’)

All in all, it was a pleasant stay LOL and I’m recovering well! I have to go back to the doctor’s tomorrow for yet another check up though but I’ve stopped bleeding for the most part, except for a few incidents every now and then so all’s good. Open-mouthed smile 

ANDDD, I got a new pendrive!

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Um.. Thank you, Prince Court. Open-mouthed smile 

Have a great day, folks! Tomorrow’s my birthday so I’m really excited because I love love love birthdays! Open-mouthed smile I know I’ll have a fantastic day, and I hope you do too! Smile

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