More About Tooth Extraction and… WoW.

One thing bad about WordPress is that… you have to put some kind of subject heading there.  I can never think of any, so I either came up with lame ones or… I can’t be arsed.

I’m recovering quite fast from the tooth extraction, even though yesterday it was pain as hell.  After a good night’s sleep, I woke up this morning feeling way better.  Reko bought me hotcakes from McDonald’s, and what usually would have taken me 10 minutes to finish, I had took about 30 minutes to finish 3 hotcakes.  Simply because I had to cut them up into really small pieces before I can eat them.  Argh.  And I had to give up my hashbrown to Reko coz it was too “hard” for me to chew.  My hashbrown!!!  *sniff*  The sweet guy then ordered pasta from Pizza Hut for me for dinner.  Again, it took a longer time than usual, but at least I was able to eat most of it.

It was still a tad achey for the whole day today, though it’s a vast improvement from the pain I felt yesterday.  At least I was able to brush my teeth properly just now and could floss too!  Damn, I felt so odd not being able to floss yesterday coz I can’t open my mouth wide enough.

Let’s hope that tomorrow it won’t be achey anymore.  Then I can have that sumptious department lunch on Monday!  I want my sharks’ fin!!

Today, Reko finally hit level 74 on his warrior, and we were able to get to the new main town, Dalaran, in the latest World of Warcraft expansion.  Yeah, I know the expansion was out months ago, but it’s not like we were in a hurry to get level 80 or something.

Dalaran was… interesting.  Well, it has interesting vendors, nice music, but uh, I absolutely hate human/alliance buildings.  They were so freaking small!  The stairways are narrow, building entrances are small, and not to mention the town layout is as complicated as hell.  I get a headache just running around there, trying to get my bearings.  Gah.

Ah well, at least I got my bear mount.  Hur hur.  And now, to save for that cold-flying skill at level 77, as well as for the epic flying skill… zzz.  5k gold for that.  How the hell am I gonna get that huge amount of money >_>?!  Pssshh.

On a totally unrelated note…


I feel so deprived.

New Layout

Yeah, changed my layout because of below:-

  • Old layout was a little cluttered;
  • I was bored;
  • I am in a hell lot of pain;
  • This layout looks simple and nice

I should try and sleep this pain off.  If… I can fall asleep, that is.

ToofDoctor – Quite possibly the best Dental Clinic

… in Singapore, at least.

I got my upper right wisdom tooth out today.  Well technically, an hour ago, in a spacious white room, on a comfy big white dentist chair, looking up into a huge iMac monitor (with iTunes on), and very nice, soothing classical music in the background.

The dental clinic that I went to is ToofDoctor.  I’ve been to a fair number of dental clinics in Singapore, and I must say I’m most impressed with this one.  They have a couple of outlets around, and the one I went to is at Tanjong Pagar.

It was first recommended to me by Reko, who used to work around there.  Initially, I was quite worried that it’s another dental clinic who will charge “caucasian prices” when they see Reko, but no, that’s not the case. He had his wisdom tooth extraction there too, and when he still felt pain for the next few days, he went back and the dentist re-examined him for free.  Now, that’s what I call “after-sales customer service”.  They can easily charge him the standard consultation fee or something, but no they did not.  This gave me a very good impression of them.

After my horrendous wisdom tooth surgery experience with NTUC Denticare (Marine Parade branch), I decided to switch to ToofDoctor, since my company had increased our dental claim amount to S$250.00 per year.  And I’m glad I made the change.  The receptionists are always very friendly and they are never once without a smile on their face when you walk into the clinic.  My dentist, Dr Choy, is also a very nice and gentle guy, who gave me a lot of reassurance about this extraction after he heard my ordeal with the previous dental clinic.

He promised a painless extraction, and painless it is.  Well, at least during the process.  I’m feeling quite a bit of the pain now that the anesthetic is wearing off.  Well, there’s the painkillers, but Reko advised me not to take them unless it’s really too painful to bear.

My wisdom tooth was extraordinarily big, and even the dentist commented so.  It had a 3-root canal, which gave him a bit of trouble when he was trying to get it out.  XD  Anyway, it’s out now, and here I am enjoying a 1 day MC, typing this entry with an empty stomach while biting on a blood-soaked gauze.

Hur hur.  Envious?  :D

It’s Confirmed!

Yes! The summer trip is confirmed!

I know it’s getting late and I should be sleeping already, but I’m just too excited now.

Air tickets have been booked, and I’ll be departing from SG to Osaka (via SIA) to Helsinki (via Finnair) from 16th June, and coming back to SG on 28th.

Can’t wait to see how Midsummer’s Festival is being celebrated in Finland, and to visit Reko’s summer cottage (and that stretch of beach that “belongs” to them :D).

And now, the only uncertain thing is the December Christmas trip, as we haven’t book the airtickets nor hotel yet. I’m really dying to see the real Santa Claus Village… let’s hope we’ll be able to get the tickets and hotel soon!

Oh Noes…

Why isn’t my Chinese characters showing up?

Argh, this is frustrating… I’ve checked the support forums, and it seems like currently the only way is to either reinstall WordPress via FTP (which is quite a complicated process) or to tweak the config.php (which might do some irreversible damage to the database).  Even though I have made my own backup, I still lack the courage to make that change…

Aaaaahhh… guess I’ll have to stick with English posts for now…

Life’s Good… Kinda.

I’m on leave tomorrow, as I have to bring Dad to the hospital for a neurology appointment.  Since I don’t need to wake up early, I can afford to stay up a wee bit later than usual tonight.

Work has been better lately, with Jane coming back from her maternity leave.  I’ve passed her work back to her, with profuse apologies of course, for messing up all her stuff.  XD  Ey, at least I tried to keep it nice and tidy!  It’s just not easy to juggle 2 persons’ work for three months, you know… hmph.  Well anyway, it’s back to normal for me!  Yay, no more whining on Sundays about having to go work the next day.  :D

Just met Ka Wai and Yeh Yun for dinner last Thursday.  Pei Fong was supposed to join us as well, but she was totally overworked and couldn’t make it the last minute.  We headed to Sushi Tei at Raffles City (again – I kinda realised our meet ups were there most of the time o_O), and caught up with each other over dinner.  Yun will be coming back for good at the end of this year, and Ka Wai is still happily married with some *cough*goodnews*cough*. (That’s an obvious hint already, right?  XD)

As usual, gossips and rumours went around the table, and some giggles here and there.  It’s hard not to laugh or smile when I’m with them.  They knew what the right things are to say to crack me up, and my 冷笑话 never fails to crack them up either.  I have to say, I really treasure my friendship with these three ladies.  They are the only people from AHS whom I’ve regularly kept in touch with (with the exception of Chang Yuan).  Even with Facebook, I didn’t have a lot of AHS friends in my Friends list, because they only knew me by my Chinese name, not my Christian name which I used in my Facebook profile.

Of course, I could always have taken the initiative to add them and say “Ooooh, I’m Yanming!  Remember?!?”  But uh… I’ve only friended a few of them that way.  All the others… well, never mind.  I’m quite sure they won’t remember who I am anyway.  :D

On the same note, I wonder if how many of those people who are going for the OldSkool Gamer gathering that Sue organised over Facebook will remember or even know who “Scottie” is?  Haha…  I’m quite apprehensive about attending the gathering, to be honest.  I was part of the gaming community for such a short period… and I was so low profile that I’m sure I’m just “one of the faces” in the crowd all the time, despite being part of the Khabal committee.  Oh well, we’ll see how it goes, if I’m able to make it for the gathering.  :P

Oh yeah, for those who are concerned, baby Dylan will be due… in a few weeks’ time.  I’ll be a 小姨 soon!  I’ve already bought a “gift” for Dylan… hope he’ll appreciate it!  I think I’ll dote on him a lot, but don’t expect me to carry or hug him… I don’t like kids.  Or babies, in this case.  I don’t like to be near them, especially if they are unattended.  If one comes crawling towards me, I’ll run.  Doesn’t matter whether he’s my nephew or not.  No unattended babies near me.  (Sis, you hear that?  :x)

I need a new computer, dang it.  This one is lagging a lot on me, thanks to all the too-many-to-count files under the Documents and Settings folder.  I’m just too lazy to move them to other folders, so… they’ll be sitting there till I manage to haul my lazy ass to SLS and grab a new CPU (Shinji, remember to get me all the latest parts!  I want Quad-Core!! *waves fist*  :D ) and a spanking new huge LCD monitor.

Gah, it’s also because of this super-slow machine that I’ve lost interest in playing my rogue and priestess in WoW.  At least I don’t feel like playing at home.  My PC at Reko’s place is like a space rocket compared to this big clunky ’60s Beetle.  Maybe I should try moving my iTunes libary over to that PC some day and see if it will lag like this… This PC, after all, is not that bad if it could Doom 3 with no lag… (Okay, I know that game is super old, but still.)

Bleh.  Nevertheless, life’s still pretty good for me.  Though, a new PC will make my life better.  =D

Just For Fun – A First Attempt At Nature Photography

Because my dearie needed some nice photos for his school assignment, we had woken up today at 4.30am, took a cab (which we booked in advance) at 5.30am, and reached Changi Boardwalk at 6.00am.

Yes, there goes my precious beauty sleep.

Anyway, he lugged his precious Nikon DSLR there (don’t ask me what model – I don’t know), while I decided to bring my Lumix along just in case there’s some nice scenaries to take. I’ve never been there before, so I don’t know what to expect, really.

His camera, being a DSLR, is way better than mine, so he was able to take some really nice photos even though it was still totally dark, since he could set the shutter speed and take long exposure shots. My camera, on the other hand, failed in such an epic way that I’ve decided to spare you the pain of looking at all those horribly “black” photos.

See? The beauty of DSLR.

Hur hur. My camera. Epic fail.

So, yeah. We spent like, almost 2 hours there, trying to capture most of the photos while the sun just came up, as that was the nicest lighting possible. After that, Reko decided that the photos he had taken were enough, and we strolled to Changi Village Hotel for a nice, sumptious buffet breakfast at their Saltwater Cafe.

Here are the rest of the photos on my Flickr account. Please don’t laugh or cringe at them as this is kinda like my first impromptu attempt at “Nature” photography, with just a point-and-shoot digital compact camera. Enjoy. :D

A Little Update

I haven’t really been updating since the last few weeks, because I was kinda busy with the switching of webhosts to actually want to sit down and blog. But well, guess that’s out of the way now, so here’s a little update about what’s happening (or had happened) a couple of days ago.

First of all, happy Lunar new year to all! Sorry this is a few days late, heh. I didn’t visit relatives this year because both my parents are working, and to be honest, I can’t really be bothered. It’s not that I don’t like my relatives and cousins, but I just didn’t like the idea of going to their homes and sit there without anything to talk about. So when my parents said there won’t be any visiting this year, I felt so relieved. XD

Then… Reko and I celebrated our 4th anniversary this year on 23rd Jan. We didn’t really plan for anything, except to have a really nice dinner at Melt~The World Cafe. It was horribly expensive, but the ambience, the service attitude of the staff, quality of food are all exceptionally good. We were greeted with genuine smiles and hearty “Good Evening Sir, M’am!” all the way from our first step through the hotel front doors to the restaurant (which is at the fourth floor, if I didn’t remember wrongly). It made us feel as if we were one of the VIP guests or something.

The food selection was great, much better than some other hotel restaurant buffet that we’d been to. They have Thai, Western, North Indian, Chinese and Japanese food all lined up neatly in different counters. The seafood counter, which stood solitary right in the middle of the buffet area, looked delicious, with huge, red lobsters, crayfish, large tiger prawns sitting prettily on the ice, waiting for you to grab them. It’s a pity that neither of us eat seafood. :p My favourite food would be the mashed potatoes (mmmm, sinful but heavenly!), and my favourite desserts has to be that waffles with icecream. =D~~ I’m drooling again now as I write this.

No photos for you guys, unfortunately, coz I was so busy eating that I only remembered that I should take some pictures when we were attacking the fruits. XD

Hmmm okay what else… Oh yeah, I’m gonna become an Aunt soon! My sis is due in Mid-Feb, so I can expect a wailing nephew in a few weeks time. I’ve already bought something for him! (Or rather, for his cot, actually.) I’ll take a picture of it once I visit their home again.