Who Wants a $100 Birthday Voucher???

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No, I’m not doing a give away or anything like that.

I did get emails from brands or shops that I’ve dealt with in the past, offering me birthday vouchers to be used for my next purchase with them.

It’s mostly $5 to $10 vouchers and I do appreciate them. A fixed amount off from my next total purchase from them? Hell yeah!

What I don’t like among all the birthday vouchers is the hidden T&C.

In my case it was from a major eye wear brand, offering $100 off simply because it was my birthday.

The catch?? I have to spend at least $300 FIRST in order to be able to use the $100 voucher for that purchase.

Binned the email.

End of story.

Here Comes the Bride!


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So we all know about the American actress who married a British prince not too long ago.

It was televised world-wide, a lot of press coverage and intense scrutiny surrounding the couple from the very beginning until now.

Sure, people can say what they want about the motives, the event, the past lives and so on about the couple.

What annoys me the most is the unflattering titles of news articles, specifically about the bride.

Why do you guys (journalists) like to start off your piece with….. being snubbed/not dressed as per protocol/not sitting the proper way/showing too much skin/not showing skin at all/not being herself/being pretentious/has already spent more than $XX on her wardrobe and so on.


1.  Write about her current work/initiatives

2. Leave the girl alone. Being married is the start of a new life, and to someone who is the total opposite of herself makes it a lot harder for her to adjust.

3. Write more positive articles. The world has too much negative press already, I don’t need any more.

4. Don’t compare her to anyone else. She only knows how to be herself.



Superstition I Grew Up With #2


That is the most common warning parents say to their children, or from grandparents to their grandchildren.

Do you know what happens when you insist on sitting there?

You’ll marry an old man.

And this is only applicable to girls.

What happens if a boy were to sit on the top of the staircase?

Who knows? Maybe he’ll marry an old woman instead?? 😂😂😂

Moral of the story: You might fall and hurt yourself when you sit at a high traffic area, which is at the top most of the staircase.

If you really really want (or need) to sit on a staircase, choose the middle or the bottom most of the staircase.

Why would you need to sit there in the first place anyway?

My Root Canal Adventure (III)

Continued from here

Why I chose root canal:

1 . I want to save my tooth as opposed to having it extracted. A loss of tooth may not be a big deal at first, but it will alter the space or gaps between the remainder teeth. A missing tooth can weaken the overall structure of the mouth which will lead to more issues later on in life.

2 . The cost of replacing a tooth with an artificial one is more expensive compared to saving the tooth by root canal. It is not only more expensive, but also time consuming.

So there you go, the story of my root canal (appointment 1) session. I have 2 more appointments to attend to and another 2 for a crown on my tooth. Stay tuned!

My Root Canal Adventure (II)

Continuation from Part (I)

Since I have not met anyone who has done a root canal treatment before, I don’t know what to expect or how to deal with post-treatment.

Will it hurt? How is the pain on a scale of 1-10? How do I manage the pain after the treatment? Those are among the many thoughts I had while I was going through my options.

The total cost is going to be a little over $1500 and because the treatment is included in our private health insurance, our out of pocket cost is signifacantly reduced. The treatment is divided into 3 appointments, so I had to pay a small-ish amount of money each time.

I think that was enough information for me to proceed with my decision and I made an appointment to see the dentist for my first session.

I told myself that I wasn’t going to Google anything about root canal because I don’t want to scare myself. Eventually I did search for more information about the procedure but I kept the reading to a minimal.

I was anxious on the day itself. My main concern was will I be able to keep my mouth open for the entire duration?

To my relief, I had this thing called a bite block inserted into my mouth and basically it keeps my mouth open throughout the session without me having to put much effort into opening my mouth. I was so relieved!

The dentist had to take 1 last x-ray of my gum and tooth before proceeding so that she could see where the roots are.

Then the dentist injected the numbing chemical and in my case she went right to the back of my jaw and about 10 minutes in I could not feel any sensation on my left jaw. Although 5 minutes into drilling my tooth later I could still feel some sensitivity, which was proceeded with more of the numbing chemical.

The dentist inserted a metal square-ish thing to isolate my tooth from its neighbours. It was then attached to a rubbery sheet to further isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth.

Extirpation. That was the word that was printed on my first appointment receipt. What it means is the removal of the nerve of the tooth. The pulp, nerve and tissues are removed using a small instrument. I remember peeking from time to time and I saw the dentist using very thin and short filament that looked more like the craft pipe cleaner!

So more of that vigorous in-out motion and more of the craft pipe cleaner looking things. I think the dentist then proceeded with putting in anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation medication in my tooth and ended with a temporary filling.

It did not hurt at all during the procedure.

Did it hurt afterwards?

No, not on the tooth itself. There was a slight pain but it came from the point where the dentist injected the numbing chemical. And the next couple of days, were just slight discomfort but nothing that requires extreme pain relief. The dentist said, if it hurts too much a normal pain relief medication is sufficient. But it should go away on its own and should not cause more pain that before the procedure.

Why did I choose to go for a root canal treatment? That will be my next post!