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Nail Avulsion

At the beach

Two weeks ago we spent a fun-filled day at East Coast Park. We built sandcastles, played tennis and kicked ball. When we returned to the car I stopped in mid-track because there was a sudden sharp pain in my left big toe. I bent down, inspected it and spotted a small black plastic splinter-like object near the fold of the nail which was removed easily so I thought nothing of it after that.

A few days after, the nail fold area turned red, swelled up, and was basically a pain in my… toe. You know how nurses love to self-diagnose, self-treat, and self-medicate? Well that’s what I did. I expressed whatever exudates (pus) I could daily. I also religiously soaked the toe in chlorhexidine solution.

After one and a half week of somewhat bearable sufferance, I caved and went to a trusted friend who is a GP to make sure that I wasn’t going to die from a toe infection. He got me started on antibiotics as a optimistic first choice of treatment because we all know how unpleasant the other option would be – SURGERY.

But it didn’t get better.

So I went to Mount Alvernia’s 24h Walk-in Clinic and was advised to get to the root of the problem with a minor outpatient procedure with a referral to an Orthopaedic specialist.

The process is supposed to be relatively quick, simple and painless. You get an injection to numb the toe, the offending nail (or part of it) is removed with surgical pliers, and the nail bed is “explored” to remove debris (if any).

Before Avulsion

Waiting for procedure

// This was how it went.

The Doctor injected the base of my toe with local anaesthetic (LA), waited a few minutes for it to work its magic so that he can work his. He pinched the tip of my toe with a toothed forcep and asked if I could feel that, and I reply with a yelp (that means yes).

So there was more of wait, pinch, LA not working, inject more LA, wait, pinch, inject more LA. I got a comment that my big toe was unusually “resistant” to the LA. I apologised on behalf of my toe.

The Doctor proceeds to yank out half of my toe nail with surgical pliers, forceps, and scissors. I felt the full effect of it and wore a brave silent grimace while colourful words exploded in my head.

Then he began to explore. There was digging, poking, prodding – this was done when I was mostly sensorially intact. Then I could hear the forceps scrape against something repeatedly, every movement triggering more unkind words held back through gritted teeth. The Doctor smiled and said, That’s your bone.

After Avulsion

After traumatic avulsion

To say I was traumatised is a gross understatement. On a side note, I think I have an unhealthy tolerance for pain to the extent of being a lil’ BDSM 😑


Recipe: Juicy Wet Thighs…

Things have been a little unhinged around here. We have dinner parties coming up this weekend and menu planning has been a pain in the arse. Thank god for Redmart otherwise I would be going to Fairprice every other day to restock on groceries. Saturday we have the husband’s friends over for dinner, and Sunday we will have friends from my previous workplace over for… what do you call a meal eaten between lunch and dinner at 3pm? Lunchner? ?

Last week we attended a bachelor and bachelorette’s night for close friends of ours and it was really fun. The “sisters” and “brothers” had a cook-off at Cookyn, Inc.! I will share more about the night out in a separate blog post. It was a fruitful evening – we picked up neat knife skills and new recipes, which I will bravely attempt to recreate this weekend. And because sharing is caring, here is a recipe that I plan to use this weekend!

Juicy thigh recipe

Juicy Wet Thighs in Sexy Raspberry Dressing (Hen’s Night Style)

This is a vietnamese dish, so naturally it will be a tad spicy. I tweaked it a little to my preference. Leave out the chilli if you don’t do spicy – it should taste just as nice!

Cooking time: 20 minutes
Portion: Serves 4

You will need:
8 pieces of bone-in skin-on fresh chicken thigh

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Dipping sauce:
1 clove of garlic
1 shallot
2 stalks of red chilli
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp raspberry vinaigrette


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Mix all the marinate ingredients in one bowl, add chicken thighs in and set aside in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Blend all dipping sauce ingredients in one bowl, set aside. You can use a hand-held blender for this, or if you have ninja knife skills feel free to manually chop everything by hand.
  4. Remove marinated thighs from fridge and bake in oven for 15 minutes or until cooked-through.
  5. After the chicken is cooked, do not throw away the juicy chicken grease in the baking tray! Add juicy chicken grease to dipping sauce and mix well.
  6. You have the option to serve chicken with dipping sauce separate, or simply drizzle dipping sauce on the chicken thighs. Serve and enjoy!

The cure for anything

At the beach

The cure for anything is water – sweat, tears, or the sea.

I first read this quote many years back at a period in time where it felt like I have lost everything important to me, and its meaning resonated with me deeply. Until today, this advice stands true.

When I feel lost and blue, sitting on the beach helps me put things in perspective. I could sit for hours. It’s not a happy place. It is where I can go to be sad by myself for a while, and then the waves and breeze will lift me like a kite. Then I soar. And I simply accept wherever the winds may take me.

Life Uncategorized

Our Papi

My Papi

Isn’t she a beauty? Our friend borrowed Papi for the week as a prop in their wedding photoshoot. This was taken at One Marina, picture courtesy of their photographer.

I got Papi last year as a birthday gift from my husband. Unfortunately I’m not very adept at cycling, so I rode on her for a meagre 3 times. Pretty basket, eye-catching cream colored wheels, lovely leather seat (frequently conditioned with leather lotion). We also invested in a really good Yepp child seat in a funky lime green color!

Cycling and Fishing trip

There. Taken during my first or second ride on Papi. Pictorial proof that I am a terrible cyclist… 10 minutes into my ride and hello new injury. Up till today, the scar on my leg serves as a reminder of my love-hate relationship with Papi. Not that it’s Papi’s fault though! It’s not you, it’s me. ?

So now that we have moved to a cosier (smaller) home, we have decided to sell and rehome Papi. If you are interested do drop us an email!


Family Love


My Mother

This is my mother. She is holding my 2.5 months old daughter, Amelie. I captured this photo when my mom was with my baby girl at our balcony, cajoling her to look at the passing vehicles on the road. It warms the cockles of my heart to revisit this beautiful moment. Amelie, you must know that you are so very blessed to have Grandmama present from your birth and she watches you grow everyday. Your first smile, every coo and fart.

This is my mother. And I love her so.








Riding the Korean Wave


I had my hair done recently! After the birth of my second one, those sleep-deprived nights really depleted my mojo. I was so busy caring for our kids I barely took notice of myself, simply bunning my hair up to keep it out of poopy diapers. My make-up pouch has ceremoniously collected a thin layer of dust, and my face hasn’t seen a drop of moisturiser in the past 2 months. Because we like to leave our main door open to welcome in the breeze, our neighbours have been treated to the daily sight of a disheveled mom. Not pretty.

Now that it’s getting closer to Christmas (think parties!), I decided to “rejuvenate” myself a little while my husband takes over baby duties. I went to my usual salon at JEM where my favourite stylist Elva never fails to make me feel brand new again! Their Korean Wave package albeit a little pricey at $330, pampers you with hair treatment, c-curl perm, and a free bottle of Kératase shampoo. The entire process took about 2.5 to 3 hours.


Love the results! It makes the hair look and feel so voluminous, and it’s pretty easy to maintain if you have a hair dryer at home. Just flip the hair dryer on and aim it at your hair ends, while using a finger to twist your locks in a curl-out motion. Takes me 10 minutes, tops.

I really enjoy returning to Elva for my hair done every 6 months to a year. While I let her hands work their magic, we exchange life stories. The amazing part is that she could recall nearly everything we talked about during my last salon visit a year ago! Great skills, great personality – what’s not to love?

Are you looking to switch up your hair game too?

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