Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A reflection for 2014

There goes another year and it means it is time for another yearly reflection! 

I do a reflection post every year. This year is gonna be a little (a lot) different because there will be no pictures! haha. Truth is this year is a really slack year for me. I did not do much and my life wasn't very happening either. 2014 is a slack year for me. But anyway i will still do my reflection on it. 

January: Ok i have to think about this. What did i do in Jan? I came back from Hong Kong on the 1st of Jan. Went to school. Slack in school. Did not start studying. Celebrated my boyfriend's birthday. A month passed. 

February: I spent $100 plus buying all the groceries from NTUC for Valentine's Day. I made macaroon and tiramisu. Made soup and other food. Spent the entire day cooking. Then i told myself, i am not gonna cook for next year's Valentine's Day. We will just dine out. 

March: It was my birthday! My boyfriend baked a birthday cake for me. Started touching my books to prepare for my exam. 

April: School ended and it was revision period. Did more intense revision. Woke up at 10 in the morning and studied till 8pm everyday. Stayed at home every day. 

May: Exam ended. Free from books! Officially started my holidays. Nope i did not travel overseas for the holidays. Stayed at home everyday. My mother came over for 3 days. I was so happy and i ate so much? (Only for that 3 days) 

June: Continued staying at home. Did not hang out much. Boring month. 

July: Another boring month. Received my exam result. It was a total disappointment. This was when i knew UOL exam is tough! And now i am pretty much more clear to how i should tackle the exam question, especially theory questions. There are tons to write. I wrote too little during the exam. And so instead of graduating next year, my graduation delayed one year. I exceeded the number of subjects i can take for the following school year. So i had to split them to two years instead. I tried to give myself comforting reasons e.g. I can do my braces. I will be less stress. I have more time to do other things. 

August: Started teaching my first student! 

September: New semester is starting soon. Another boring month. Didn't hang out. Didn't do anything fun. But started getting more serious about my braces treatment. Cleaned my teeth and etc. 

October: School started. Started teaching my second student too! 

November: My grandma came to visit us. She stayed for a month. 

December: Got my braces on! This is the only thing i was happy about for 2014. At least i did something that i will remember and will benefit me in the future. 

Ok this pretty much sums up my whole year. Its been a quiet year for me! haha. I prefer staying at home this year and i don't know why too. Maybe it is because the last few years had been tired for me.

One thing i can say is that i've definitely grown more mature. Some things become clear to me. However, i'm still figuring out who i really am. I'm in this confuse stage where my true identity is unidentified. My life has a 360 degree change. I don't know which is the true me. Guess it will take time to see. 

Looking back this year, i wish i had done something crazy. It's alright. Maybe it will happen in 2015. 

I wanna ride roller coaster. I wanna go to Phuket and Bali. I wanna visit my Grandmother in China. Have not seen her for 10 years! I wish my braces will be done next year in December. What else? Oh yes i wish i win 1 million Toto. I hope i save a lot of money. I hope i save enough and be ready to do Lasik one and half year later. (That is in May 2016) I wish KCYMjewelry will expand. Honestly i'm pretty surprise that i'm still doing this now. Its been a year and a half since i first started calling it KCYM. Perhaps i will be studying about designs and stuff next year? What about learning French? I completed my basic french lesson in Poly. Maybe i can pick it up again? I will write down all my wishes and goals and put 'em inside a glass bottle! hehe. 

My bf and i haven't decide what to do tomorrow for the countdown. Most probably we will just be at home. I really am in this 'home mode' this year. 

Alright. HAVE A NICE NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

2014 going 2015


Baked some cinnamon rolls for Christmas! How did you all celebrate Christmas? This roll took me about 3 hours to do and another 1 hour plus to clear & clean everything. Taste turned out awesome but it gets harder as it sits longer. So it tasted super awesome when its just out from the oven! Soft and fluffy haha. 

Having the cooking mood recently. I'm really luck to be able to eat almost everything while having braces. And sorry for the late of posts! I've being such a home girl lately. Honestly, i haven't been out and about with anyone for months. I prefer to stay at home and be a lazy pig & chill. U know there are times when you just feel like doing this right? 

Sometimes i ask myself if this is right: I was so out-going last time and what happen now? Why am i always home? Why don't i dress up anymore but still like buying clothes & pretty stuff? What is the purpose of buying all these when i don't even go out? Am i lazy? Why is there a 360 degree change in my lifestyle? 

Anyone can answer these questions for me? I like being at home because i can save a lot of money. I can wear comfy home clothes, no make up, & just chill at home. Ah i think of a possible reason suddenly. It must be because i have very little purchasing power and that is why i feel the need to be at home(?). And also i'm just being very lazy. 

I get tired easily now. I go to bed early now. I wake up at 9am. Start to drink a cup of milk everyday. Pack my room and wash my bedsheets more frequently now. Sometimes i feel like a housewife more than a student. I get frustrated over why this is my situation and there's nothing i can change about it. The only thing i can change is the way i think now. But this is really easier said than done. You speak to yourself that you must think positive but honestly, after all this, how can you still be positive??? 

Sometimes i dream that i smash everything, walk out and never look back. Guess as you age, your troubles increase. Sigh... Things just happen, with a cause, for a reason. 

Thinking when is the day i can have a Merry Christmas. 

Another 4 more days till the end of 2014. Last year i celebrated the countdown in Hong Kong it was pretty awesome. What meaningful things can i do to finish this year's journey? This year has been so fast. 

Everyone says 'Next year will be a better year'. (Just go instagram/twitter/facebook and u will see posts like this on the 31st Dec 2014 haha) To be true, this is just a wish. We can't suddenly solve all the problems. We can't stop working just because we hate our boss or hate our job or hate our colleagues. We can't undo what we have done that make us regret. You simply just can't close your eyes and say "next year will be a better year" because truth is WHAT IS A BETTER YEAR? 

What are you hoping for??? The most irritating thing is to hope for something that you know can never happen. 

I can think of a better year perhaps, for me, that is to win 1 million ToTo. LOL. But i feel winning this kind of money has a price to take. My grandma told me this guy won 3 million lottery and the following month he spent his time in the hospital. He got last stage cancer or something. It was in the Hong Kong newspaper. So she was telling me there is a consequence to everything we do. OK WHATEVER I HOPE I WIN TOTO WITHOUT ANY CONSEQUENCE! 

TWO THINGS I HOPE FOR IN 2015: 

1. Stop my self-contradiction. Just because i always think two sides to a coin, i always contradict myself. And i effing hate it!!! Can't i just be one-sided sometimes? haha. I don't know but i need to stop being so soft-hearted. Stop putting myself into other people's shoe. This can be wrong but i think i have to be a bit more selfish if not i am only making myself VERY unhappy. You know? 为自己找想一下. 


2. I WISH FOR WORLD PEACE. Just let me read the newspaper for once that there are no wars, no murder, no political issues or whatsoever. NO NATURAL DISASTER NEXT YEAR. Think that day the newspaper company can have a day off work. lol. Ok a bit unrealistic but i really do wish to world peace. 

And that's it. I think i've grown a little more mature this year compared to last year. Can't wait to see what happens in 2015. Will i win 1 million toto? hahahaha. 

xx 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IS HAVING BRACES PAINFUL?!!

Just a quick update on my braces treatment. Picture below was the second day after putting on braces. I am only having braces for my upper set of teeth. Honestly if you ask me i wouldn't want to take away my baby canine. Unfortunately i am not born 50-100 years later where technology will be so great that we don't have to have braces to make our teeth straight anymore. Too bad i am born in this era haha.. (Not sure if there will be such a technology but i am sure scientists are experimenting it already. 10 years ago we don't have invasalign but now we have. Maybe 100 years later we can have our teeth straighten in a day. Sorry for the sudden side track. Back to topic!)  ...Have to go for braces if you want an affordable and straight set of teeth. 

Alright here is the truth from me:

DO YOU FEEL PAIN AFTER HAVING BRACES?

No leh. I felt fine and i felt nothing major. I don't feel pain when i talk too. I was already prepared for the pain to kick in an hour later after braces. I heard and saw a lot of comments that they felt damn pain & they couldn't sleep and what not. I guess i am lucky! hahaha. 

I only feel like i have something in my teeth that is all. 

If you don't touch your teeth, YOU WON'T FEEL PAIN. For the first three days i wasn't able to chew. I literally had to give up biting and consume just porridge. THE ONLY PAINFUL PART WAS TO HAVE ANYTHING IN CONTACT TO YOUR TEETH. So to avoid that, just 'drink' porridge. Your teeth will be very sensitive for the first few days after braces. BUT YOU WILL ONLY FEEL SENSITIVE WHEN SOMETHING TOUCH YOUR TEETH. E.g. if you drink water and the cup accidentally knocked slightly to your teeth, OUCH that can hurt. Or you try biting even the softest food, OUCH that can hurt too. So just don't touch your teeth la. Just eat porridge and won't feel pain. hahaha. 

Today is the 9th day of braces and i can bite and eat already. I really shouldn't scare myself by reading so much braces experience from others. 自己吓自己. 

Next question

DID YOU HAVE A LOT OF ULCERS??? 

Again, nope! I think i am really lucky because i asked my friends who did braces before and all of them said they have ulcers! Also i read all the braces experience from online and 90% of them said they had ulcers. They had tons of ulcers, super ultra big ulcers and ... just ulcers la. 

I was very afraid of getting ulcers. Who doesn't? But i also had a mental preparation of getting a few. And then that first night, i was waiting for my ulcers. Didn't come and i waited another day.. And another day until i sort of confirm that i won't have ulcers, I THINK. haha. But i am taking precautions everyday. I make sure i don't move my lip a lot and keep very good oral hygiene.

Yup i guess those are the only 2 popular questions people like to know. OH i tried eating BA GUA and i can eat! LOL. 

Wait i shouldn't be too happy first because this is just my first treatment. Maybe i will feel pain and have ulcers and feel damn horrible when i go for next treatment. But i pray not. Hope my teeth can move as fast as possible too. Felt like months of putting on braces already and its only 9 days. Everyday i check if any of my tooth has moved. So far only the front ones are working. haha. Then i keep talking to my teeth and tell them to please move faster... Sigh ok i'm getting a bit nonsensical here already. I will stop here. goodnights!

xx 

(Please click 'My Braces Journey' below under Labels for the rest of parts!)

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Oral Maxillofacial Practice/ Dental surgery for braces (Part 3)

Hello beautiful ones! I am back with part 3. After weeks of seeking for braces treatment, I'm finally settled down to Alfred Cheng Orthodontic Clinic. Dr Wee referred me to The Oral Maxillofacial Practice for my dental surgery. Unlike most people who need to remove just 4 premolars up and bottom, i am a little different from them. haha. 

Thing is, i am only doing the top braces. So whatever that needs to be done at the bottom won't be done for now. (I still have to remove my wisdom teeth and an ingrown tooth at the bottom perhaps years later). For now, I am only extracting my top 2 baby canine and 2 adult canine that are stuck inside my bone. 

So it is a surgery and thus i am given sedation. 

Located at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Specialist Centre. It just right outside Novena MRT station. Very accessible! I came for the surgery accompanied by my boyfriend :). 



Dr Wee gave me a check on my teeth. And then i went to do X-ray and CT scan. The CT scan is for him to see easier the position of my adult canine during operation. It costed $120 but it was waived off cause i am a student and he said since i am referred by Dr Wee. haha. Don't get confused. Both the orthodontist and surgeon are called Dr Wee. 

Then i waited for a while and went back in with my boyfriend into the consultation room. He then explained thoroughly what i will expect after operations and the risks involved. He is very friendly and patient! He even told us that his wife is from the same University as him. haha. That's because i met my boyfriend in University too. And he told me not to make any major decision after surgery as i will feel drowsy SO in case my boyfriend suddenly proposed i won't say YES. LOLOL. 

Ok end of joke and time for the operation! 


Last time seeing my two little cute baby canine that have been with me for over IDK how many years. 

Inside the surgical room, I was greeted by Adrian who is the anesthetist. He is super friendly too! haha. Pain level when he poke the needle into my hand? ZERO. ZERO PAIN LEVEL. I have zero pain lvl tolerance btw. So for me to say that it is no pain it really means you feel nothing. I didn't even feel a needle inserting into my hand actually. Ultra professional i must say.


One Two Three I told Dr Wee "I think i am going to fall asleep...." AND I SLEPT. 

When i opened my eyes, i saw a nurse preparing some equipments. I was like damn i woke up already the operation haven't start??? Or wait did i even sleep??? The whole thing is like you close your eyes this second and the next second you are awake. So you don't know what is going on. 

But after about 5 seconds, i regained my conscious and YUP THE OPERATION IS DONE cause i felt big cotton rolls in my mouth. 


Looks scary but it isn't at all even though i felt scared then but didn't feel scared after knowing there's no pain. lol long english.

Was very drowsy. Almost had no energy to speak. 
But i regained my strength shortly after.



Overall, I was very pleased with their service!!! Everything is clean and neat haha. 

Alright, i know you must be dying to know the cost. HERE IT IS: 

Anbicyn (Antibotics) $17 
Arcoxia (Painkiller)       $17.52
Panadiene (extra pain killer)   $10.50 
Facility Fee                 $80 
Professional Fee- Anaesthesia $750 
Anaesthetic Drug $180 
Professional Fee -surgery $1536.64
Orthopantomogram (the X-ray)  $235.36
PLUS GST $197.89 

So 

Cash payment: $874.90 (the amount i pay on spot) 
Medisave: $2150 

One tooth surgery is like $800 but can be claimed with medisave. And normal tooth extraction is $80 per tooth before GST. 


TIPS to reduce payment amount: Tell the staff that you don't need Panadiene. Well at least for me i didn't eat a single panadiene pill. I stop eating arcoxia which is a stronger painkiller on the third day of surgery. So you save $10 here! 



And then, tell the staff that you don't need the Pearlie White Mouth Wash. That cost $12 in the clinic and you can buy it from NTUC at $6.50 or Guardian at $6.90. So you save another $12 !!! Well technically you save almost $6.  

But it is really up to you. I can just take out another $16 since you are already paying hundreds for the surgery. But anyway i won't cause $16 can eat 2 pepper lunch meals. LOL. 

Alright, i hope my post helps to understand better the procedure and cost of dental surgery before braces treatment. 

BTW i saved almost two years for braces. I am paying everything out of my own pocket except Medisave. This helps me appreciate everything that i am doing now and also start to really cherish my teeth. I am drinking milk everyday and also doing decent brushing of teeth and mouth rinse too. I don't want to end up with denture when i grow old!!! 

Ok thats all for now. 
xx


Recovery period: On the third day, my face was super swollen. My nose was stretched both sides and everything just swell. I stopped bleeding after a few hours on the first day of surgery. I had nose bleed for an hour or so on the first day too as one of my tooth was very near my sinus area. After about 7 days, one side of my wound tore as i smiled too hard. You literally cannot move the upper part of your lip or else you will hurt your wound. The removal of stitches was supposed to be a week after surgery but it got extend to one more week due to the torn wound. 

Teeth was very 'sensitive' on the first and second day so i ate porridge the whole time. I got better after the 4th day and by the 5th day, i started eating nice food again. haha. On the 10th day, i can eat crab and prawn and all kind of food. However chocolate was a bit tough because it was still quite hard. 

I just removed my stitches yesterday and i am ready for braces this coming Monday. Overall, i would rate the pain 3/10. It was just uncomfortable that's all. Advise is please do not watch any comedy or laugh because you shouldn't be stretching your wound area :( . I started to bleed a little every time i smile due to the torn wound but now all the wound has healed! So i am ready for laughs and jokes. haha. Ok la i still can't laugh VERY LOUD though. 

Things to eat/do when recovering: I had pumpkin porridge almost everyday. Just buy pumpkin from NTUC, chop it into pieces and dump them inside rice grain to cook into porridge. I also eat a teaspoon of manuka honey every night before i sleep. Elevate your head when you are sleeping. Put on ice pack on your swollen area. Get lots of rest. And that is all! Not sure if it works for you but i just do the best i can for a fast recovery. 

If you are just removing normal tooth then your healing process won't be so troublesome and you can well go for braces on the second day after extraction. But for me, i'm taking almost 16 days. 


Click on My Braces Journey under Labels below this post for other parts. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

ALFRED CHENG'S CLINIC/BRACES/FIRST CONSULTATION (Part 2)

Alright! Last post i said i decided to go for an alternative dental clinic for braces because the price that Unity Denticare quoted me was too expensive. 

It was when my friend introduced me to Alfred Cheng's clinic that i decided to do it at there! YES. IM GOING TO ALFRED CHENG ORTHODONTIST CLINIC for my braces. 

I have heard of this name when i searched 'braces' on google. I have also read posts about doing braces treatment there. Initially it didn't cross my mind that i wanna put this in as an option until Unity quoted this bomb price for me. My friend also told me that they are quite good and i can go and try it out! 

I was like 'OK i know they charged $4066 (inclusive of GST) for full braces and the first time payment if you are doing the treatment will be $535.' and 'yeah... plus they are specialist i will just do at there.' oh ya plus subsequent instalment is only $107 every month. So i went ahead and called them for an appointment. 

FIRST CONSULTATION 

I was consulted by Dr Wee instead of Dr Cheng as Dr Cheng's next available slot is next month Dec 4th. lol. I didn't want to wait so long plus i don't really mind who is doing my braces as long as they are professional. 

Called them on Saturday and went for the appointment that coming Tuesday. Pretty fast right?! Just a few days of waiting!

Dr Wee looked pretty young but he had a mask covering his face so i really am not certain. haha. He was not very hyper and was pretty calm kind of person. 

So i sat there in the room, he examined my teeth a little. OH YA BTW I ASKED THE STAFF IF THS CONSULTATION WOULD BE FREE IF ITS JUST A SHORT CONSULTATION. This is because i have a X-ray photo ready and i just want to know about the prices that's all. So there is nothing much for him to do if say i don't want the treatment. So it will be quite unreasonable to charge me $60 for consultation fee for just a simple examine right? So she said it would be free if its just a short 5 min one. 

First question from him was 'Why do you want to do your braces?' 

I told him i wasn't satisfy with the top part of my teeth. The whole consultation was pretty fast as i know most of the cost from them and i know which teeth i need to extract as well. Its just that i want to double confirm that my information is up to date! haha. 

'Can i just do the upper part of my teeth? How much would it be?" 

"$2600" 

"But..." he continued, "It depends on your bite. If your bite is not good, we have to do the bottom part too." 

"Then upper and bottom braces will be how much? How much for downpayment? How much is the cost of my extraction? Which teeth do you suggest me to take out? How much will the instalment be?" 

That was pretty much the questions that i asked him. 

So pretty simple 

Full Braces: $4066 after gst
Half braces: $2.6k 
X-ray and mould: $535 (it is included inside the braces price) 
Instalment: $107 after gst 
Extraction: About $800 per tooth (those that need surgery) but can use Medisave. Normal tooth is $80 per tooth. 

I was counting that i need to extract 3 teeth inside the gum and that would be like 2.4k. But can use Medisave. But.... Medisave is also your money right? haha. And i'm using my dad's medisave. 

OK. So i went ahead to do the x-ray and mould. He said he need a copy of the x-ray and the one i took in the phone can't be use. 

So my first payment was $535 after GST. That is the X-ray and Mould. Included inside the braces price. 

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The next day, i changed my mind and decided to go for half braces instead because i only don't like my upper teeth that's all. Plus i can save close to 1.4k! The only thing i was worried about was the bite that he told me. Now i just pray that nothing goes wrong and my teeth be good. Don't play tricks on me. 

So i was confused with how the extraction will be now that i opted for top braces only. Do i still have to extract the bottom ones? So i called them back and it took quite a long while to get Dr Wee. It was after 4 phone calls back and fro that i managed to get Dr Wee. 

Anyway one of the staff was quite rude. There have a lot of dental assistants in the clinic. The first one i talked to was pretty nice. But the second one i talked to was .... SEE

I called

"Hello Alfred Cheng blahblah (talked too fast but u know what she was trying to say)"

"Hi, i called just now and i think one of the staff asked me to call back an hour later."

"And then?"

"Ah... and then?? erm... I think she said she will get Dr Wee."

"What is it about?"

"Oh, ytd i came for the consultation. Now i changed my mind i want to do just the upper part of my braces. So i want to know about how the extraction will go now... Do..." (I HAVEN'T END MY SENTENCE)

She interrupted, "Have you done your treatment?"

I wasn't sure what she meant, "Sorry what treatment?"

She did a quick sigh and sounded pissed off and said,

"Wait" and held my line. Thinking she was trying to get Dr Wee.

Came back 1 min later. She said like in a du-du train manner "Dr Wee is not around. You can call again later. Ok thanks bye bye." AND HUNG UP THE PHONE.

I WAS LIKE .... WHAT???? I haven't even said finish "oh ok thanks bye-bye." haha. Plus, her 'and then' was total rude i think. What do you expect me to say? One of the staff asked me to call back later and i do as per instructed and you asked and then? Your and then was as if you were pissed with me. Plus, i don't get what your treatment means? Does it means I'm having the braces on already? Or does it mean the first consultation? Sorry but i'm not an expert in braces and i really don't know. You don't have to let out your pissed off sigh right? 

BAD BAD ONE TIME EXPERIENCE FROM THEM. 

Well, guess they had a busy day. Nevermind. 

So when i finally got in touch with Dr Wee. He explained the bite thing patiently to me. The connection was pretty bad and it got cut off 3 times. LOL. I thought he would be pissed in the 3rd 're-trial' call but he didn't. So it was all 'GOOD' GOOD? 

SO YES I WILL ONLY BE DOING THE TOP PART OF MY TEETH. 

Dr Wee referred me to Oral Maxillofacial Practice. Called them immediately after the braces appointment and managed to book the braces to be done on Thursday. So the consultation to the extraction all happened in that week. 

OH MAN THAT WAS SO MUCH FASTER THAN UNITY I SWEAR. I'm not saying Unity is not good but i don't feel right doing the braces with them that's all. haha. 

OK. Stay tune for the extraction surgery. Will have some bloody pictures. 

xx


Part 1 braces consultation with unity denticare
Part 3 Dental Surgery at The Oral Maxillofacial Practice
Part 4 The end of my braces after 1 year 3 months

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BRACES/CONSULTATION/UNITY DENTICARE (part 1)

When i was in Secondary School, i had asked my father if he could sponsor my braces cost. He told me my bunny teeth was perfect and my teeth was perfect too. Then i asked my mother and she said braces are too expensive. So the idea of having braces dropped off my mind, UNTIL RECENTLY. The idea of having braces has always been at the back of mind but i thought i can live with my current teeth. 

My current teeth: 
See this picture, my teeth looks okay right? It is not as if it is unpresentable. But do you notice a small little tooth at the right side of my upper teeth? 

THAT SMALL TOOTH IS MY BABY CANINE! I HAVE TWO BABY CANINE IN MY MOUTH THAT HAVE NOT DROP! hahaha. Later on i will show you my x-ray and u will be shock. 

In this picture, my teeth look okay too but i can still see the shape of a V in my upper set of teeth. 

Ok in this picture, u can definitely see my bunny teeth are not balanced. They are not the same size. One is bigger than the other. The other is a little slanted. And both are resting on my lips. I look like a squirrel here. 

Ok in this picture, it is getting obvious. My baby canine plus my bunny teeth! 


Won't you be thinking now "YOUR TEETH IS FINE IN ALL THOSE PICTURES! YOU ARE TOO DEMANDING!" 

Nonono... Look at the next 2 pictures. 
Ahhhhhh! Now can you see clearly that my front two teeth are not balanced? And i have very small canine (that's because they are baby teeth) 

So it totally affects my smile, in some ways. 

AND NOW COME THE CONSULTATION PART. Mine is gonna be pretty long because i went to see two different doctors!!! 


UNITY DENTICARE (@AMK HUB) 

FIRST CONSULTATION

As this clinic is very near to my house and it looks really decent, i decided to seek consultation at here. 

The first consultation was mainly checking of my teeth and explaining the types of braces available. I was interested in invasalign first. But changed my mind to metal braces as the doctor told me metal braces get a better result and it is also much cheaper than invasalign. 

I had an x-ray done too because i need to know what is inside my gum first before anything ahead can be done. 

And he went on to tell me that i need to get filling for 6 teeth first BEFORE I CAN GET BRACES ON. So even before i had my braces on, i spent close to $250 for 6 fillings already. 

Doctor whom i see
Braces Specialist: Dr Alex Wenden 
General Surgeon: Dr Gregory  

Both are caucasians. lol. Is that why the fee is so high??!! 

Consultation fee: $85 +  
The staff told me it is gonna be $60 ++ but somehow the fee becomes $85. OH WELL... 

X-ray: $120 
(It is around this price) 

Metal braces cost: $3900 +++ (Only for one arch) 
Add $500 for complete braces treatment. So total cost would be $4400 for both upper and bottom. 

So I pay about $200++ for my first consultation.


MY X-RAY WAS DONE IMMEDIATELY ON THE DAY ITSELF AND THE RESULT IS SHOCKING. 

So i had a missing tooth at the right bottom teeth and my adult canine are inside the bone. GOOD JOB! WHY ARE MY TEETH SO NAUGHTY?!  

The missing tooth explains why my bottom can't align with my center teeth. 

Alright, and after that i went back home to decide whether i really want to have my braces on because the price that he quoted me was too high. My 2 years of savings is not enough to cover for everything. :( 

Yeap, i am paying from my own savings. No sponsors from parents. And i am still a full time student, it was really a struggle deciding whether to get the braces done. In the end, i decided that i will just save more and also work more since i can pay by instalments. 

ALL IN ALL THE WHOLE PROCESS FROM THE  FIRST CONSULTATION TO THE FILLINGS TO THE SECOND CONSULTATION TO THE THIRD CONSULTATION TOOK ME CLOSE TO TWO MONTHS. 

Dr Alex is a very busy man and he comes to amk branch only on Tuesday and Saturdays. I waited 3 weeks for my second appointment. 




SECOND CONSULTATION

Second consultation costed me a bomb which i regretted a lot !!!! I thought he was gonna to discuss with me more about the braces and probably about the extractions. I was expecting to pay for the braces cost already. And i prepared $2000 cash on that day. Enough to pay for downpayment and whatsoever. 

He did a mould and another x-ray for me and told me the prices again. 

Because my budget was only around $3900 for the braces, i totally forgot about the cost for extractions. My budget was actually $3900 including the extractions. haha. 

I paid $222.60 for the second appointment. 

Says Diagnostic Records: $222.60 

AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE PRICE OF BRACES HOLY MAN.... I paid an extra $222.60 for i think the mould and x-ray. I honestly don't know why but argh as i said i regretted i have nothing to say. So poor me took my savings from braces of $3900 to pay for the fee. I was left with $3677.40 when i left the clinic. :( 

WHY DON'T THAT INCLUDE IN THE PRICE OF THE BRACES?!! 




THIRD CONSULTATION

After a week, i went to my last appointment with Dr Alex. I had pretty much made up my mind that i most likely WILL NOT have my braces treatment done in Unity Denticare. But i just went for it to know all the prices first before i 'regret' not knowing precisely all the fees i 'am going' to pay for (if say i really need to do at unity). 

So the day before the appointment, i called the clinic (actually i can't call through because no one will pick up the call. I went to amk hub myself and asked over the counter.) and asked them if i have to pay anything for this visit. I am expecting no payment already. They said no and i went down the next day! 

Dr Alex showed me my mould and here it is 


My pretty mould. wahahaha. Can see the unbalanced front two teeth and the baby canine. Think one of my front teeth is bigger than the other. Sigh why must my teeth be so complicated?! Like this after my braces i may have to do a cosmetic filling for it u know? Complicated max teeth. Think it is because i didn't drink enough milk last time. 


Break down of the costs: 

Extraction cost per tooth in my gum: $700 ++ each 

He says i need to extract 4 teeth inside my gum. 2 adult canine, 1 wisdom and the missing tooth that is stuck in my gum. Calculating in my mind $700x4=$2800 omg but can be paid by Medisave but also omg. 

Normal teeth: $75 ++ 

Need to extract 2 baby canine and 1 bottom teeth. So calculating in my mind again $75x3=$225 ++ . 

Damon Treatment Downpayment: $2222.60 
and instalment of $222.60 for 15 times. 

Metal Braces downpayment: $1112.80 
and instalment of $222.60 for  15 times. 

Just calculate lor... I was calculating all the way. I bet you are calculating now too. $222.60x15= ??? Calculate yourself. haha. AND PLUS THE DOWNPAYMENT PLUS THE EXTRACTIONS. 

Then he went on and say i might need to do 2 cosmetic fillings afterwards for two of my upper teeth because they are significantly smaller in proportion to my front two teeth. Then calculate again lor... maybe $80 per cosmetic filling? 

YUP, JUST KEEP CALCULATING. REMEMBER MY BUDGET WAS ONLY $3900. 

So i know immediately that is it, i am not doing at Unity already. The prices are way too high for me. 

And that point of time, i had actually already made an appointment somewhere else and it is an orthodontist! My teeth need an orthodontist because it is too complex. 

I think you have read enough and i have typed enough. I will continue in my next post! Will share where is the final clinic that i decided to do at and what you need to ask and know before you go for consultation. Don't be like me and spent a few hundred dollars and ended up not doing at there. 

See you in the next post! 




Saturday, November 1, 2014

Progression of my Chilli Plant

I always feel happy whenever i see my babies growing day by day. They were just seedlings two months ago and now they have grown so big!!! 

This is just a short post featuring my plants. haha. Scroll down if you have time to see. 
About 2-3 weeks old 

Nearing end of September 

Somewhere 2-3 days after taking the previous photo. haha. Im so obsess with my plants. Took quite a few of their pictures!


And this was yesterday's!!! Aren't they getting bigger? I am wondering if i should separate the two chilli plants that are in the red and green pot. But i don't have enough space already. Plus then it means i am having 5 pots of chilli plant!!! I won't be deprived of chilli from now on. Don't have to go NTUC to buy them too. hahaha. 

I am also growing Mint!!! The picture is on my instagram. 

Alright, that's all for today. You may be wondering how come i am not uploading my selfies anymore. That is because i am getting a braces soon. LOL. I don't think i will be interested to take pictures when i have them on. Ok actually that's not the reason. The reason is that i am too lazy to doll up. I don't even put on make up when i go to school now. Everything is just kept pretty simple! 

Perhaps you will be able to see some transformation of me (my teeth in particular) two years later. HAHA. I am also getting quite health conscious lately. Drinking either a cup of water or cucumber juice every morning. Sleeping before midnight. Waking up around 8am. Start to eat fruits. And i'm brewing soup every 2-3 days JUST TO KEEP MY BODY HEALTHY ! Learn a lot of chinese soup recipe and all of them are good for the spleen and skin and eyes and blah blah... Can't wait to see if theres any difference 3 months later from now.

Ok. That's really all for today. Have a happy Saturday!
xx

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Is How You Scam The Scammer Back!

Just a week ago, my aunty from Hong Kong sent me a message and asked me to be careful of scammers on phone asking you for money. They will be messaging you via contacts from your contact list. I was like "Ahhh it will never be my turn." And then few days ago my BF told me that if someone uses his phone number to ask me for money, be sure that i don't give because he will never do such a thing. I was still like "Ok Ok it will never be me." 

AND THEN ON THIS FATAL DAY, I MET ONE. 

I was at the airport waiting for my grandma's arrival with my bf when i received this text from a 'friend' on Line. 


Initially i thought she was gonna ask me to do a survey (because that's what most of my 'friends' do on Facebook) And then i know it wasn't her when 'she' didn't reply to my first question. She asked me to buy some iTunes Gift Cards for her!!! 

BAMMM I KNOW IT WAS THE SCAM THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN CAUTIONED FROM. I immediately told my bf and we started to play along with her. 

Yup, that's how we usually scam people back. YOU OWE ME $$$ first! 

My bf started to take over me and msg her and we were just laughing away... 

I think when she replied 'lol ok', she was probably thinking "OMG THIS GIRL IS DUMB." 


Then we got more excited because it is like we know what she wants but she didn't know that we know. haha! And i just add on to the 'debt' that she 'owed' me. 


Then we started to prank her with a baby story. We actually made up a girl with AIDS and having a baby story. lolol. We were just curious how she will reply. haha. 

 
Turned out it was pretty hilarious. She just has to accept that she is a mother now and has Chlamydia. lol. Btw i hate how she always answer with a 'NO'. It is pretty dumb right?! I am asking her how is the baby and she said no. What? .... 

I was pretty angry when she asked me not to buy the wrong one. WHO ARE YOU?!!! You are here to scam my money and you order me not to buy the wrong one. 

So my bf and I finally decided not to play anymore because we were getting tired. We eventually gave her the iTunes Gift Card password, taken from Google. :) 

WE BOTH LAUGH OUT LOUD WHEN SHE ASKED "1?" hahaha. Yes 1 today, when you repay me $600 tmr, i will give you the other two. It is a nice deal right? 

Hmm... Scammer is getting angry. 

She got really angry.... 

We ended our day with a good laugh. Pretty dumb scammer. No one in the right mind will buy 3 gift cards for you and show you the password. Use a better reason next time. 

Fortunately i don't have many friends so it was very obvious that she is a scammer. hahaha. 


BE CAREFUL GUYS! And I hope you will do one nice job when you meet with this scammer on Line. Scam her back!!! 

xx

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kinsa Sushi

When in doubt, sushi.

Went over to my friend's family's restaurant again for Jap food! They serve really fresh food and the salmon roe is much tastier than the ones i ate at Genki Sushi. However, still slightly pricey for me haha. But that won't stop me from dining there because i love good food. 









A kind of fish from Japan i forgot the name. Aono or Ono sth like that. 


And my sister asked for extra topping. We didn't expect so much! haha. Love it. 

I am really hungry while looking back at all these photos. Can't wait for another sushi meal. I have been eating sushi quite a lot recently. Seems like sushi is the only food i won't be bored of eating. Fresh salmon and salmon roe i miss u guys so much :( . Have to eat them again. Ok i know why i am hungry. I haven't had my dinner! lol. Its 8 pm now. I will stop here and have my dinner now. 

Kinda a short post i know. My days are pretty mundane - studying, schooling, and planting. I am offering tuition to pri kids now! Currently have 2 and the max i will take is 4 because i want to focus on them properly. I didn't know i really do have an interest in teaching because i always can't wait to see the kid and teach them new stuff! haha. Perhaps one of my potential career paths is to be a lecturer. 

Alright, time for food. 

xx


Kinsa Sushi 
Jubilee Mall level 2 
Ang Mo Kio Central 

They have officially move to:
4 Hillview Rise, HillV2 #02-02, 669320