Enjoying the Calmness

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I sat down and sewed with the girls. It has been a long time since we could spend an entire afternoon sewing. We enjoyed the calmness. We appreciated each other's company. It felt right. It felt great. It felt so good to sit together and share our feelings about life in general. It made us appreciate and be thankful of the many blessings that we had.

I taught the girls how to put together a hexagon patchwork blanket. I sewed one for myself in remembrance of my "Ah Mah" (paternal grandmother). It brought back many wonderful memories that I had with her. She was the one who taught me how to sew a patchwork blanket. I remember cutting square templates, tacking them and sewing them together into a large blanket for myself. No idea what happened to my blankie though.

Totally unrelated : Two more days to April 24. BSF and driving - the two loves of my life. YAY! *very excited*

Monday Blues

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, again.

We all have our reasons to dislike Mondays. And mine was because it is cleaning day. My regular pay-by-the-hour cleaner of 5 years went back to her home country. She left last November. I was in the mood of cost-cutting thus decided to clean my small little place myself. It was tough initially but I have gotten used to it now.

I like to start my day with a cup of green smoothie. I feel re-energized and happier (because my tummy do not feel sluggish). I have been forcing my "green monster" unto my family all this while. They are not too happy about it but there were no complains. Can you tell that I am a mini-tyrant?

Recently, the man told me, "I feel good starting my day with your green smoothie. Thank you!" It was a proud moment for me.

Totally unrelated. I am looking forward to this Thursday (April 24), counting the hours to be honest. I am going back to BSF after missing two sessions. And I am allowed to drive again! I missed BSF, I missed driving and I missed my freedom so much! The past 5 weeks were tough!

Celebrating Easter Today and Everyday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

We went for Easter Celebration Service in the morning. Pastor Ricky spoke on Easter's perspective on us. A very powerful sermon focusing on the effects of Jesus' Resurrection.

After service we went for lunch. I had half-boiled eggs, toasted bread and coffee. It's my favorite comfort food. I have been craving for it since my surgery. Before going home, we stopped by our favorite baker to takeaway hot cross buns for tea.

"Happy and Blessed Easter to all my friends and family!" Here is a video to remind us the real reason of Easter.

Super-Easy Crispy Skin Roast Chicken

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I was so disappointed that I could not attend the Easter Prayer Virgil at church today. Arianna came down with a high fever (at 40.2 degC) yesterday evening. I had to stay home to monitor her fever and keep her hydrated. The entire morning was spent fussing over her.

Our favorite pitt-stop
After dropping Erica off for her Girls' Brigade meeting, we went to Tommy's place to satisfy the man's craving. He simply must have his fix every Saturday!

Once we got home, the man got to work in the kitchen. He was making our family's all-time favorite roast chicken that happens to be super-easy too, to him. It's challenging for me, haha.

Super-Easy Crispy Skin Roast Chicken
(Source : From a close friend)
  • 1 medium size chicken (about 2.2kg)
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp corn flour (this makes the skin crispy)
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1.5 tbsp of unsalted butter
  1. Wash chicken and pat dry with kitchen towel.
  2. Mixed salt, pepper, corn flour and mixed herbs together.
  3. Rub butter all over the chicken.
  4. Gently lift the skin and rub butter under the skin as well.
  5. Mix seasoning (from 2) all over the chicken, in the cavity and under the skin.
  6. Place the chicken breast side up on a roasting pan (tuck the wings under the chicken)
  7. Place the pan in pre-heated oven at 220deg for 15mins. Reduce to 200deg for another 30mins.
  8. Let it rest for 15 mins before serving.

Thank You, Dr Tan Boon Khim

Monday, March 31, 2014

I never trusted doctors.

I heard too many stories of how many of them have lost their souls. When I had an unusual vaginal discharge last year, I checked around for an ethical gynaecologist. The one that I was seeing past away. None of my friends could recommend one that in their opinion is patient, professional and ethical. Most had this comment; It's a pity Dr Wong Sum Keong has left for full-time ministry. Why don't you see his partner? If he can be Dr Wong's partner, he should be good ...."

I prayed to God for wisdom in selecting a good doctor.

Then I researched online on Dr Tan Boon Khim (Dr Wong's partner). There was nothing much written about him except this write-up from one of the hospital that he was previously attached too. I could not find any comments from his patients too. I prayed again for God's direction. Can you tell that I am a paranoid where doctors are concerned?

November 2013
I made an appointment to see Dr Tan. He discovered that I had a VERY large (13cm) uterine fibroid and cysts (endometriosis stage 4). My discharge was a result of the fibroid. He patiently explained my condition to me and answered all the questions that I had. He told me that surgery was inevitable unless God intervened. But he wanted to run me through a couple of tests first before deciding the next course of action. He did not rush me into surgery immediately unlike friends with smaller fibroid experienced with their doctors.

December 2013
Once all the tests result indicated that my fibroid and cysts were not cancerous he concentrated on building back my health (my red blood count was at a life-threatening level) and shrinking my fibroid and cysts. According to him, if they were smaller he could perform a horizontal incision which is far less risky. And recovery post-surgery would be easier for me too. I was touched by his professionalism and thoughtfulness.

I visited him every month and each time he would patiently answer all my questions. When I voiced out my doubts to him, he encouraged me to seek a second opinion. I never did because by then I have trusted him. His professionalism, sincerity, patience and honesty won me over.

February 2014
My fibroid and cysts shrank substantially. Dr Tan explained all the options available to me. I could either opt for surgery or seek alternative treatment (acupuncture and/or chinese herbal medication). After discussing with the man, we decided that I should opt for surgery. The decision was ours not forced upon by him. I liked how he is an advocate for patient-doctor communication. It was always a collaborative decision.

He is one out of two doctors that I could trust. I thank God for him.

I went for my first post-op check-up today. He removed my bandage, checked on my wound and told me that I was recovering well. The best part was the laboratory report confirmed that my fibroid and cysts were not cancerous. Praise the Lord!

Thank you Dr Tan Boon Khim for everything that you have done for me!