Monday, 26 November 2012

AN UNFORTUNATE WEEKEND: ICE-SKATING + A&E

So I started off the weekend on a happy note - meeting up with my girl, Stacey, on Saturday for lunch despite the awful weather outside. 
We tried out New World in Chinatown after hearing that they do the dim sum trolleys (I love dim sum trolleys!). It wasn't as busy inside as we had expected it to be on a weekend, and we were promptly seated upstairs. Trolleys started coming by and we selected a few of our favourite picks. 

I'm not going to post any photos of the meal because...they were just not worthy enough to be mentioned. And once I start my rant it could go on and on and on...
(I've already ranted away about it on my TripAdvisor review haha)

But the main point is...I would advise to AVOID this place because it's one of the worst dim sum meals I've ever had. And believe me, being Asian, I've tried A LOT of dim sum, inside and outside of UK.

It was Traffic Free Shopping Day as well on Saturday, but the rain didn't really do it for me - it was bad enough already trying to dodge all this clumsy tourists with their umbrellas!
I did grab myself a red Amex balloon though (yes, I still feel like a kid inside), which I painstakingly held on to throughout the walk...only to accidentally pop it when I finally got home (Doh!)

Overall, still a lovely day whenever I get to meet up with girlfriends x

Fast-forwarding to Sunday...

It started off as a good day - sunshine, man in hand and the kid inside me bouncing with excitement.
We had breakfast at The Riding House Cafe - both of us ordered the chorizo hash browns (which were abso-bloody-lutely scrumptious! - sorry having a bit of a Sex and the City moment!), and fresh orange juice.

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Happy tummies = Happy smiles

We then headed off to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which was when everything went downhill...

We'd both never done ice-skating before and thought it would be a good idea to give it a go. Collected a pair of skates - damp, smelly and awkward to wear...a little voice inside me (not the schizophrenic 'I hear voices' creepy sort of thing!) started to tell me this wasn't a good idea.

Not used to standing on ice, my legs sort of froze and I held onto the railings as I clumsily tried to gain some stability. 
Mike who seemed to pick it up pretty quickly came to my rescue and held my hand whilst I anxiously attempted to skate round. 
All seemed to be going well (with constant moments of me squealing - of excitement or panic, I can't really be sure now), until we both lost balance...and fell down.
I don't really know how Mike landed, but I fell HARD...straight down on my chin!
Probably because I was holding his hand and I didn't have anything to break my fall.

I had a moment of panic as I checked that my teeth were still intact (yes, I actually SWORE as well...which was very unlikely for me to do).
I really felt like crying hard but didn't want to cause a scene seeing that I am in my mid-twenties!
I was in a bit of shock that I didn't realise how much blood was splattering down my white jumper.
After being escorted to the First Aid room and cleaned up, I was told I had a deep gash on my chin which may need some stitches.
We took a taxi to St Mary's A&E where they examined my injury. 


Me attempting to smile when I really wanted to cry like a big baby teehee x

A bit of confusion as I was seen by two different persons who had different ideas on how to fix me up.
The doctor initially wanted to close it up with 2 stitches, but in the end the nurse decided that gluing it up would be better since it was my face and there would be less scarring. 
Phew - hearing the word stitches made me really uncomfortable as I really HATE needles!

After almost 2 hours, we finally got out.

So at the moment I've got a red scar-line with 5 awkward-looking steristrips on my chin - not very flattering, but it'll hopefully heal in a couple of weeks.
The jaw sort of aches a bit when I chew (or yawn) so I'll be sticking to soft food for now - I'm really craving some proper congee right now.

I was feeling pretty down yesterday - not because I had an inch-long gash on my (almost flawless) skin (okay, maybe a bit - I can be so vain sometimes), but I cringed at the thought of worse outcomes that could have happened:


1. Injurying my wrist/hand

Which would mean I wouldn't be able to play the flute or the piano, draw, and just general everyday things.

2. Injurying my ankle/leg

Meaning I wouldn't be able to dance or keep active

3. Falling on my head

I would have blacked-out and probably be bed-ridden for a while...


They should probably put gruesome injury photos outside the ice-rink - I bet that would really put some people off ice-skating haha.
I guess I over-estimated my balancing abilities, having seen all smiley faces of people ice-skating.
My advice to first-timers on the ice...if you are injury-prone, this sport is not for you.

I was apparently the 5th injury case from the dreaded ice-rink since it opened on Friday...some of the earlier ones sounded not-so-lucky with broken bones... 


I texted Mum back in Malaysia before I went to bed, which is never a good time - because late-night calls (or early-morning calls for them) always doesn't bring good news!
We chatted on Skype for a bit - mum giving the concerned-mum talk, whilst dad tried comforting me with his tales of broken bones in his Jujitsu days... -  thanks Dad :)
I love how we can appear as matured grown-ups in public and still be the little princesses in our parent's eyes. 

Sarah said that my jaw looked a bit swollen this morning - not too sure if it's because of the injury or that I'm just getting chubby...
Let's just blame it on the injury for now!

I'm now contemplating if I should awkwardly attempt to wash my own hair and avoid wetting my wound, or pop into the hairdresser's to get pampered hmm...

Anyway, hope everyone else had a much better weekend.

Happy Monday people x




Monday, 19 November 2012

WHEN I'M SAD...

1. I walk

Distance approximately 2.5 miles

Today I decided to walk instead of taking the underground, because walking helps to clear my head...and I needed the exercise anyway.


2. I eat 

Particularly sweet things - today I devoured half a tub of japanese black sesame ice cream. 


3. I look at food

Or rather pictures of food...

That I have eaten during the weekend... 
 

 
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Crab linguini @ Montpeliano
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Beef bibimbap @ Assa
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Crepe Complet @ Cote Brasserie

As well as food that I plan to eat in the near future...


5. I watch random TV

Like 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here'...

 

Cockroaches...eww...


6. I browse YouTube

And found this cute short clip...





And I feel a little better...


Good night x