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I giggled at a dentist’s office today. SAY WHAT!!!!

So after my root canal treatment, my orthodondist told me, you should be numb for a good number of hours, so maybe get a smoothie or something for lunch, I numbed you enough for a 450 pound gorilla!  (He wasn’t lying!)


And ladies and gentleman, this was the only time I have ever had a real laugh in a dental office, I hope it will not be the last.

My orthodondist Dr Evan Lynn is great, his bed side manner and how he dealt with a super nervous patient was beyond comparable to any other medical care, that I have ever gotten from ANY medical professional, ANY where else in the word. He explained part by part, what he was going to do, told me how long each part was going to take, what the burning smell was going to be about, why it occurred, etc etc. Throughout the procedure, he asked if I was alright, stopped immediately and did not reproach me or get irritated when I raised my hand for him to let me take a moment to compose myself. He even reminded me once or twice to continue breathing!   He was so kind and really a good person. I say that because of how patient and nice he was to me, as well as how he was super polite and thanked his assistant helping him throughout the procedure. He had a patient immediately after me and even tho he was 20 minutes late, he took all the time he needed to make me feel safe and comfortable. He’s one of the first? dentist who took time to ask me about the about the roots (pun intended) of my dental phobia and then calmly and professionally assured me that he will take good care of me. Even the injection was relatively painless. To be honest, I’m not afraid of needles, I’m afraid of the drill, more specifically a drill that touches an un-numbed tooth, the pain LITERALLY SHOOTS THROUGH YOUR BRAIN. I cringe every time I think about procedures I did in Singapore when my dentist refused to give novocaine and mocked me for being a pansy.

But today, I am formally erasing those bad memories from my head, because I realized if you find the correct oral surgeon/orthodondist/dentist for you, there is literally no pain. I had a (GASP) almost pleasant experience during the root canal surgery, his demeanor and professionalism made me trust him, and it not an unpleasant experience. My usual dentist (who’s also the sweetest lady I have ever met, Dr Park who I have told everyone I met in NYC about and its so hard to make an appointment with her now, but good things, MUST SHARE!), had actually prepped him before I even came into the office and told him about my fears and he did such an excellent job in making me feel safe and comfortable. 8 hours later, I am still in awe of how nice and kind they both were to me.

Kris was there with me the whole time, he’s the world’s best husband. When we got married, he told me that he will always take care of me, and it is in times like this, that I am reminded of what an amazing man I married. Never once did he laugh/mock/chid me for my fears, but instead he comes with me for every appointment and holds my hand every single time. I’m not going to lie, the extent of my dental phobia is somewhat hilarious. The uncontrollable shaking, sleepless nights and countless nightmares! He is really the most dependable person in the world! It is really easy to say that you will love a person in good times and in bad, but not many people actually follow through in bad times!

It has been a very trying time, first the wisdom teeth extraction, then today’s root canal and another possible another root canal AND/or major cavity filling looming in the near future. I have the worse dental genes! The allergies I developed from the antibiotics, and the pain that woke me up for nights because of the abscess in the root has been no walk in the park. I woke up one day and I was like covered in hives and a ear was getting bigger than the other. I was thinking to myself, OMG I FINALLY MUTATED!!!!

BUT!!!!!! Despite all the shitty times, I’m very glad for a husband who’s there for me all the time, a family who listens to me whine across the oceans and true friends that have been texting me non stop before and after procedures to make sure I’m alright and of course finding good people in the dental profession that I actually trust. I feel very lucky! I decided to cancel spring break vacation in order to pay for the huge dental bills, but its okay I’ll have more time to work on my papers. I’m kind of behind schedule these days because of all the freaking out, lack of proper sleep at night and the pain that has been gnawing at the jaw.

I am hopeful tho, that maybe after these series of good experiences. I will believe that dentistry is not supposed to be a hellish experience and that its possible to not shiver constantly in a dentist’s chair!

Today, I accept that as I age, life is not going to always be easy. But I am confident that with my own mental strength and the support/love I get from the people around me, I will be better and braver than I was yesterday, everyday.

pain is real but so is hope

My Funny Bunny Husband … Or so he thinks

Conversation 1 with the hubs

Me: Christmas is definitely coming, I get targeted flyers from all the brands I buy from, telling me to get this or get that, on a daily basis.

The hubby: Well ….. they do track if you open up their emails and they probably go, THIS ONE IS EASY, GET HER GET HER!!!

Me: -__-


Conversation 2 (When he went on a business trip)

Him: I couldn’t sleep very well last night

Me: Is it because you miss me?

Him: It’s because the bed was too big, your elbows weren’t in my face as usual.

Me: -_-


Conversation 3

Him: I want more beer

Me: *pokes his potbelly*

Him: What? It’s one big muscle

Me: hahahahahahahaa


The Human Things

Sometimes, I look back to a couple of years ago and marvel at how far NS1 has grown. Even before Kris had co-founders, he told me he had a project he was working on. A project that started out with his fine tip pilot pen and his black moleskin notebook. Without lines, because apparently he cannot use notebooks with lines.

A couple of months and many hours of tinkering later, 2 co-founders were found and they all began working on my couch, alternating between each others couches really.

2 years and a little more, they now have XX employees and are growing really rapidly.

I admire the tenacity and intelligence of my husband. It is not easy to start and grow a business. 

However, I am also exasperated sometimes. Like now, I’m trying to study for my midterm tomorrow and he’s asking me 100000000 questions. Where is the brush, where did you keep the humidifier, are you sure the fan can be dismantled, can I take out the scones now? Where is the butter. Oh. My. God. 

Sometimes, I feel that he needs me — just to do the human things. 

How to make your husband come home early from Work

Step 1: Learn how to make his fave food from his mummy.

Step 2: Procure fresh ingredients for said dish.

Step 3: Bake Fresh Apple Pie.

Step 4: Take a photo of said Apple Pie and text it to him.


Step 5: *feel great for being such a smarty pants* and watch him drool his way home


PS: The apple pie is ugly as hell (I have still yet to master the delicate art of rolling pie crust and not having it break into half!!!)  but it sure tastes of buttery goodness.

First Date with the American Husband

My in laws told me about their first date, some 40+ years ago. It was such a cute story and made me recall my first date with Kris in Singapore.

We arranged to meet in Plaza Singapura, halfway between my office and his. We were talking about pizzas so I suggested Pizza Hut because I didn’t want the pressure of dressing up and it being all official. I mean who has the time to go home and change after work just to meet a guy right? We both are pretty laid back and valued our time and convenience so there we went.
When I first saw him, I remember thinking, not bad, quite cute but I think he needs to rectify that jarring GAP in his two front teeth. I have since accepted them as his trademark “Gappy Grin” and would have it no other way. 😛 Also, his shirt was a size too tight, I have solved that problem. Being male, I don’t think he noticed or remembers much about my dressing, according to him, he thought I was cute among other things.
Superficial things aside, we had a great time over dinner. We talked till pretty late into the night about everything and anything really. We talked about our work for a bit but really lighted up as we talked about our travels, where we have travelled thus far, where we were planning to visit next, and our aspirations to travel all over the world. We had a very easy and light hearted discussion. He was very fun, very easy going, and well travelled. He didn’t strike me as someone eager to impress but very confident, comfortable, and yet almost wide-eyed, at the new culture he was immersing himself into. He spent quite a bit of time talking about his family and his hometown too, which I thought was very sweet.  At the end of the night, we both remarked about how that few hours chatting flew past so quickly.
I remember thinking that he was very intelligent and different from a lot of people I’ve met but never really thought that it will end up anywhere. After all, he was only working in Singapore (for what I assume) to be probably a short time. I did not truly understand American culture, and my perception of the dating scene in America was mostly from POP culture. But, it was always good to know more people and share life experiences from outside my little Red Dot.
At the end of the date, I remember him saying something like, “So will I see you again?” I coyly replied, “Maybe, if you’re lucky.” Inside however, I was chuffed!
As we parted ways in front of the train station, he leaned in for a kiss and I just instinctively ducked because I wasn’t prepared for it. He ended up missing my cheek and landing on my ear. #awkwardmuch! I think he got the impression that I wasn’t interested in him. HAHA!
On the way home, I got a text from him asking if I was free in the same week. This my friends, was the very beginning of a 6 year (and more) relationship.
Stay tuned for more #TheBotsLoveStory entries …….