Friday, May 30, 2008

Another Medical Visit to Lion City

Tomorrow, my husband and I will be bringing chubby kid to Singapore again to see the Paediatric Ophthalmologist and the Paediatric Neurologist. I think chubby kid will be crying lots of tears again.

Pity her.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Detoxification

* Disclaimer: Below is my experience during the detoxification process, a process I found on the internet. I do not endorse any products mentioned nor do I recommend this process to any readers. I am doing it at my own risk. Please consult your physicians or doctors before attempting this detoxification process. I will be in no way responsible for any harms brought by this process to any of the readers of this entry.

During the past few months, I kept getting allergy attacks on a daily basis. Up to a point, I cannot take it any longer and decided to go on a detoxification process. This process consists of two phases. The first phase is to first clear my kidney and bowel of toxic and unwanted elements. The second phase is to detox my liver.

I started off with drinking this herbal tea that I bought from Watson. It's called the TruDTox Botanical Tea Blend.


It tastes alot like the chinese liang teh. I had to drink this tea for five days and for that five days, my diet consists of only fruits and vegetables. This was how lunch and dinner looked like for five days.


What I did was dump those vegetables into a boiling pot for 1 minute and add a little bit of salt and it was ready for consumption. For the first two days, it was fine. On the third day onwards, I was lost on finding more variety of vegetables to eat. So, imagine, I had to eat the limited variety of vegetables for five days. But I survived. I could even sit in KFC with my husband and watch him eat with no temptations whatsoever. I even survived badminton training, albeit with less energy.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, I also drank apple juice, which was one of the requirements needed for the second phase of detox. So, after the five days of being a vegetarian, day number six came and it was time for the second phase of detox. This second phase is called the liver flush. I found this recipe for liver flush on the internet.

Liver Flush Recipe

1. For 4-5 days before your liver flush, eat as many apples, or drink as many apple juice as you can. You can take malic acid supplements if you wish if you can't drink the juice. In the last 2 days, drink 8 oz of apple juice every 2-3 hours. Doing this will help ensure the liver flush is successful.

2. On day 6, eat a light breakfast with no fat. This enables the bile in your liver to accumulate, putting pressure in your liver. This pressure will eliminate more stones in your liver.

3. At 2:00 PM, the same day, mix 4 tblspoons of Epsom Salts in 3 cups of water (or apple juice), pouring all this into some jar. Do NOT drink or consume any foods after 2 PM. This is extremely important! Put this jar in the cooler/refrigerator to make it cold.

4. At 6:00 PM, drink 3/4 cup of this mixture. It will taste very bad but you can add 1/8 tablespoons of powdered Vitamin C to make it taste better.

5. At 8 PM, drink another 3/4 cup of this mixture. Get all your errands done, and prepare for the liver flush. You shouldn't be doing ANYTHING after doing a liver flush, just lying down and sleeping.

6. At 9:45 PM, pour 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil into a jar. Squeeze the entire grapefruit into the mix, removing the pulp with a fork, or chopsticks. You should have 1/2 to 3/4 cups of grapefruit juice mixed with the virgin olive oil in the jar. Close the jar, and shake it very hard until it is all liquid.

7. At 10 PM, drink this mixture. You may drink it through some large straw if that makes it easier for you. Try to get it all down by 5 mins or so.

8. Lay down in your bed as soon as you are down. This is crucial, and most people do this wrong. Don't do any work, don't even bother brushing your teeth! Just lay down immediately! Lay on your right side, with your right knee up towards your chin for 20 or so mins. Stay still, and try not to move at all. Try to sleep.

9. The next morning, when you wake up, drink a 3rd dose of your 3/4 cup Epsom salts. You can go back to sleep afterwards.

10. Two hours later, drink the last dose of Epsom salts.

11. Only after 2 more hours can you eat anything, but do not eat solid fruits just yet. Start with liquids, and move slowly to fruit.


I prepared the ingredients needed for the liver flush. I bought the Epsom Salt from Guardian.


I also bought the virgin olive oil. Extra virgin some more! Don't play play!


I also bought organic apple juice to mix with the Epsom Salt instead of using only water.


And so, on the sixth day, I did the liver flush. On the seventh day, I passed out the so called stones. I was kind of relieved that it was over. I was allergy free for a grand total of one and a half days and then, the allergy attacks came back. But it was not as serious as before. Rather, it was much milder than before. I felt healthier and better but I was not sure if this was just psychological.

I am thinking of doing a second liver flush. Not sure when though. Time and schedule do not permit me to do anything much at this moment. I hope that my allergy will slowly be completely eliminated with each round of detox that I will go through in the future.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Champion of Champions League

Early this morning, I was awakened by shouts and jump of joy of my cousin who was sleeping over at my house. It was then I knew. Manchester United had won the Champions League.

YES!

Finally, She's Walking

At two days past 17 months old, chubby kid finally decided to let go of holding on to walls and furniture and began to take a few cautious steps. She is still rather unsteady and often falls on her bottom but luckily the fall is cushioned by her diapers.

Lately, she moves around more often and but still crawls most of the time. She also refuses to stand and move around in unfamiliar places but will happily do so when at home. So big size but so timid.

Anyway, I feel very excited to see her take her first few steps. It was kind of cute and I hope that by 18 months old, which is about three weeks away, she will be able to walk confidently on her own without falling.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Summary of Hong Kong Trip

This entry is to sum up my Hong Kong trip with miscellaneous pictures. First and foremost, the main reason why I went to Hong Kong was to present in a conference there.


This conference was held in the Regal Kowloon Hotel, quite a luxurious hotel too.


This was the seminar room where I attended one of the conference sessions. I went there early, so there were only two other people there.


The food at the Regal Kowloon Hotel was great too. They served very nice international buffet lunch. But of course, I did not stay there. It was just too expensive. Instead, I stayed at a hotel called Guangdong Hotel, which was nearby the Regal Kowloon Hotel. The hotel room was about RM430 per night. Although the room was a little small, typical of Hong Kong hotels, it was quite comfortable and pleasant. I did not take a photo of the hotel itself but I took a photo of the view from my hotel room window. A typical view of the Hong Kong streets; narrow with lots of colourful neon lights.


And of course, how could we miss out the ever famous wantan mee, noodles with shrimp dumplings.


Looks delicious eh? We also had roasted geese rice and some other local food, which I did not take photos of. We also tried out the Vitasoy drink and I liked the jasmine tea flavour. So far, I had only seen the plain Vitasoy in Kuching.


And so, that wraps up my Hong Kong trip. I had fun and enjoyed the food tremendously. Hoping for a third trip in the next few years.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Back to Kuching Finally

Early the next morning, we woke up at 5:30am, showered and woke chubby kid up at 6am. We went to have breakfast at the same restaurant that we had dinner last night. Breakfast food was great too but then I was too tired and rushed for time to really enjoy the food. We proceeded to the check in counter right after breakfast.

Damn the travel agent lady again! My ticket had check in problems again and the same procedure had to be performed all over again by the counter staff. By the time, she managed to get me a seat on the Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu flight, the connecting flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching was already full. The next connecting flight would be at 7:30pm that night, which was a very, very long wait. We had a dinner appointment that night too, so we had to reach Kuching before dinner time. The counter staff then suggested to put us on the Hong Kong to KL flight because there was a connecting flight from KL to Kuching right after the arrival in KL. OK, we thought that was great and thanked the counter staff, who really made an effort to see to our flight arrangements even though the fault was the travel agent lady's.

We proceeded to the immigration counter where the queue was a mile long again. Finally, we got on the flight to KL, which was rather empty, so chubby kid got to sleep on two seats and slept all the way to KL.


In KL, there was again problems with my ticket. I can't even describe how I felt about the travel agent lady at that moment. !@#$% Apparently, at the KLIA, they thought that my boarding pass was already issued but then, it was not. So they had to reissue it for me and by that time, I could not get a seat together with my husband. And so, we sat separately on the flight to Kuching, which was full. When we finally reached Kuching, it was 4:30pm.

The last 24 hours was really exhausting and nerve breaking. Never will I speak to the travel agent lady nor use her services again. !@#$%

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Regal Airport Hotel

Hearing the announcement of the flight being cancelled, alot of passengers immediately rushed to the ground crew and started to argue and complain. I just sat there looking at the chaos at the departure gate. I was tired and chubby kid was sleeping in her stroller.

After awhile, a ground crew took us all the way to immigration again. We went through the procedures like when we first arrived. We lined up at the immigration counter and the line was like a mile long at that time. !@#$% After finally passing through the immigration, we proceeded to collect our luggage. It's all just like when we first arrived. My gosh! I didn't know what to feel. Anxious, tired, frustrated? We then followed the ground crew, who took us to the Regal Airport Hotel, where we were given a room to sleep, before our flight at 8am the next morning.

This is the entrance to the hotel from the airport.


And this is the lobby.


My gosh! The hotel is damn luxurious. We proceeded to our allocated room after registering and picking up the room key. Just look at the corridor leading to the room.


This was our room for the night. The room was huge with a 7-foot wide bed. That's just nice for the 3 of us. Chubby kid could get lots of space to sleep that night.


Nice washroom.


After leaving our stuffs in the room, we proceeded downstairs for our free buffet meal. It was a seafood dinner buffet, which cost HKD298 per person, but of course, MAS would be paying.


The restaurant itself was really nice and the variety and quality of food left me speechless.


There's so much to eat. The variety of it and the quality of it was absolutely five star. Never had I experienced such good food before, except once at a hotel buffet in Singapore, but even that cannot match the variety that this restaurant had to offer. I was too busy snapping photos of the food on my table till some waiters and waitresses started to give me this sideway glance when they walked past. OK, I thought. I had better start eating and stop taking photos. Here are some of the photos I took. Mind you, I only took a few photos and there were lots of other food which I could not be bothered to snap photos of.

Ooh...delicious sashimi. My all time favourite!


A variety of seafood.


Scallop.


And oh, don't you think this looks a lot like our Sarawak hornbill? Hehe...


Desserts. The bunny was there because it was Easter.


Like I say, there were just lots of food that I could not be bothered to take photos of. The food was delicious, no doubt about that.

After dinner, we went back to our room and rested. We had to wake up at 5:30am for breakfast and then to proceed to check in before 7am the next day. Although I was tired, I only managed to doze off at around 1am. That was a total of 13 hours of up and about at the airport and hotel.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Flight Layover

And so the day came for us to leave Hong Kong to go back to Kuching. It was drizzling that morning and the drizzle turned into a heavy downpour when we were on the way to the airport.

We reached the airport before 1pm and checked in immediately. Once again, there were problems with my ticket. Damn that travel agent lady a thousand times! The check in counter staff did what she could and got me a seat on the plane at last. I think we spent close to 1 hour at the check in counter.

After settling the ticket issue and checked in, we proceeded to the arrival hall to savour the delicious Xu Liu Shan mango dessert one last time before leaving for Kuching. We then proceeded to the departure hall. We walked and looked around the airport. Looks more like a shopping complex rather than an airport.


Our flight was at 3:30pm to Kota Kinabalu and then we will take a connecting flight from Kota Kinabalu back to Kuching and will reach Kuching at approximately 9:30pm. We waited at the departure gate before 2pm. It was still raining heavily. At 3pm, there was an announcement that our flight will be delayed. Oh shucks! I hate flight delays. A delay here means that we will only get back to Kuching at midnight. I heaved a sigh in exhaustion.

MAS gave us HKD75 each to go have a meal because of the flight delay. And so we went to check out the food stores. We ate some rice to fill our stomach and gave some to chubby kid as well. That cost us HKD75 already. After that, we spent the remaining HKD75 on Ben and Jerry's ice creams. Oooh, it's yummy but expensive though. Three scoops cost HKD75, which is approximately RM30.

Then, we went back to the departure gate. We heard news saying that our flight has arrived and we were due to fly off at 6:30pm. OK, that sounds good. And so we waited. The clock struck 6:30pm with no sign of boarding. No announcements too. OK, something seems not right. At 7:00pm, a ground crew made an announcement. Our flight was cancelled! !@#$%

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Long Live Man Utd!

I stayed up tonight to watch the final match of the EPL season. Man Utd scored two goals against Wigan to lift the Premier League title. Such an exciting match, as we were anxious about the other game, where Chelsea was playing Bolton. Chelsea was trailing too close for comfort behind Man Utd but alas, Man Utd is the champion once again!

Champions League up next!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Xu Liu Shan

Xu Liu Shan is the name of a franchise in Hong Kong that sells mango desserts. There are a number of these shops all over Hong Kong. We went to three different branches; one in Sham Shui Po, one in Causeway Bay and of all places, one in the Hong Kong International Airport. The shops were rather small and packed most of the time and we had to squeeze and eat in small spaces. But then again, it was worth the taste of it.


Looking at the menu, it was rather hard for me to make up my mind on what I wanted to try as everything looked so yummy. And you know what? These people are so professional that whatever they prepare looks EXACTLY like how it looks like on the menu.


We tried out a few different kinds of dessert but the ones I liked best were the ones with lots of mango. This is what they call Mango Pudding in Mango Juice with extra Mango. Notice how many times the word mango appeared in the item description. Maybe that was why I ordered it.


My husband ordered the Stewed Bird's Nest with Harsmar in Coconut. See how it really looks like the picture of it in the menu behind.


I forgot what this is called but I think it's Mango Pudding.


And I think this is Mango Pudding in Mango Juice with Jelly.


I love these desserts. They're really yummy especially for a mango fan like me. They said that they imported their mangoes from the Philippines. Although the desserts are a little pricey by Malaysian standards, we just ordered to our hearts' content. I think we spent approximately RM180 for 3 visits to Xu Liu Shan. The last visit was at the airport before departure, where we managed to go to the arrival hall and savoured the delicious mango dessert before our flight back.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Hong Kong Disneyland

After watching Disney's cartoon for so many years, this is my first ever trip to Disneyland.

It was a windy day that day. As you can see from the photo, the trees were swaying violently.

At the entrance, we were greeted by a large face of Mickey Mouse.

Truth to be told, I was quite disappointed. The Disneyland Resort was quite small. If we did not stopped and looked around, we would have finished walking through the resort in 30 - 40 minutes. The resort consists of four large sections, namely, Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Needless to say, there were tonnes of people at the resort. We arrived at approximately 3pm and there was a parade going on. Everyone was lining up at the side of the streets.

To us, the parade was not all that interesting. Chubby kid, on the other hand, could not appreciate her surroundings due to her limited vision. We had a walk around the resort, stopping by certain areas to take pictures. I managed to line up for a ride on the Orbitron while my husband was feeding chubby kid her milk. I had to line up for nearly 30 minutes for a two-minute ride, which wasn't very worthwhile. That was the only ride I had because all other rides had queues as long as a mile and we couldn't wait with chubby kid tagging along in a stroller. So, our miserable Disneyland trip consists of strolling around the resort for about three hours and taking a train ride which made one round circling the resort. We did not even take any photos with the Disney characters, as again, the queue was rather long and before it even came to our turn, the characters had to leave for other stations. Anyway, here are some photos of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

This is the Orbitron at Tomorrowland, the only ride I had.

This is a photo of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Fantasyland.


Centennial Hall, Main Street U.S.A.

A picture of Mickey Mouse at the Disneyland Story.

Chip and Dale :)

Night view of Main Street U.S.A.

Extremely clean toilet considering thousands of people use it every hour.

That was about all. We spent about four and a half hours there only. We did not even stay back for the fireworks show at 8pm, as we were worried about the crowd heading back at that hour. Approximately RM300 spent on the entrance fee just for the experience of it and not for the fun of it. That's just too bad. We hope to return in a few years time when chubby kid is old enough to want to go on every ride and show. And by the way, of all places, we manage to meet a Kuching friend there. Such a small world!

Some more pictures here. This is the fountain outside the resort near to the MTR station. Nice eh? I mean the photo, not the fountain. Hehe...just kidding.

The Disney MTR station.

On the Disney train.

It was a memorable Disney experience.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Avenue of Stars

The Avenue of Stars is a popular tourist attraction located at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. It overlooks the jungle of skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island. On the waterfront itself, there were lots of stars with handprints of famous actors, actresses and singers on the walkways. There's even a statue of Bruce Lee. Why is Bruce Lee so popular there? Even Madame Tussauds Hong Kong had him.


We had been here before during our last trip to Hong Kong but we just cannot resist to go there again. This time, we managed to make it to the Symphony of Lights, where participating buildings displayed lights accompanied by music. It was like a musical lights show. The view was certainly a sight to behold. Here's the photo that I took of the jungle of skyscrapers again, similar to the one I took back in August 2005.


This waterfront was packed with tourists. Almost everyone had either a camera or a videocam. The view was fanstastic as before. It was rather windy on the night we went there. Chubby kid's stroller was almost tipped over by the wind had I not grabbed hold of it. Anyway, the wind, the lights, the atmosphere all rolled into one generated a very romantic surrounding. No wonder there were lots of couples holding hands, hugging so tightly and kissing like no one was around.

It gives us a nostalgic feeling to be back at a place where we were two and a half years ago. The only difference is that now we have chubby kid. Back then, we were still roaming freely everywhere and doing everything possible without a kid. Can't wait for chubby kid to grow up and show her the photos of her in Hong Kong and bring her there once again. Perhaps by then, the romantic surrounding can induce my husband to decide on adding to the population of the world again. Yes, darling? :p