I Can Drink Alcohol Again

I finally drank alcohol yesterday after a very long time (by my standards because I used to drink at least once a week) of not drinking. It has probably been months if not a year or two. It’s just a glass of champagne and almost a pint of lager beer, which is not a lot by a drinker’s standard but it’s a lot for someone like me who has been abstaining from alcohol to heal my health and skin allergies.

 

What came as a total surprise was I didn’t get any allergies at all from the alcohol and in fact it even helped the weeping from my chronic wound stop. Alcohol has antiseptic properties and it’s drying, so perhaps that’s why it dried the weeping in the wound. However, with it being dry, my skin is more dry than usual now but it’s saturated all over.

 

It’s also good that I drank the alcohol because I had sashimi and medium raw fish. Alcohol is good for preventing worms from growing in my body. I wouldn’t want any worms in my stomach. I deliberately ordered the lager instead of Guinness which is what people usually have during St. Patrick’s Day because I had lamb which is heaty. Beer cools down the body and I don’t want to overheat, so I want to balance the heatiness and cooling of my body.

 

I actually like Guinness, nothing against it. My first sip of Guinness was when I was 9 years old and my Dad let me try a sip. Then I tried a sip of lager and I actually preferred the Guinness. The black more than white. However, as I grew older, tastebuds changed and I prefer lager. It’s more refreshing and somehow Guinness started to taste a bit like cough medicine to me. It’s like the case of changing the preference of your food choice and what you used to not like, like those pungent food (e.g. parsley, spring onion), you now like the taste of it. I used to not like the taste of olive, spring onion, garlic and parsley to name a few but now I find that it opens up a whole new palate of flavours when consumed.

 

I have always been a picky eater since young. I will pick out all the spring onion that usually is found in Chinese noodle soups and throw them away or avoid drinking the parts of the soup with them. Now I even eat raw spring onion in soya sauce which I dip my meat in. When it’s raw, the pungent level is even stronger. I somehow grew to love food and have cravings. I can eat a lot since young but I don’t crave food. I just eat when hungry. Now it’s like I want to eat non-stop but I also learnt to enjoy the taste of food. It used to be eat to live, now it’s live to eat.

 

I was actually at the Penang Irish Association’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2019 Ball. A guest, who’s a man, came and sat beside me then saw me drinking. He commented “You can drink” after he saw me finishing off my champagne. Of course I can.  I have gotten drunk growing up and learning how to drink to finally being able to hold my drink and watch other people get drunk instead. After that I can even resist drinking just to heal my health and saying no to the many offers of alcohol and even if it’s poured out and placed in front of me, I don’t touch it if I don’t want to drink. I will only drink if I want to and if I think it won’t cause me harm.

Penang Irish Festival St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2019 Ball

 

It’s all about moderation and knowing when to stop, an important lesson I learnt growing up. I used to get hives when I first started drinking, so I chose not to drink so much. Then growing up during my 20s, I drank for the fun of it, usually at clubs, sometimes the pubs and also at friends gatherings. It’s like becoming stupid and drinking without knowing when to stop. The many times my friends have to take care of me and carry me home. Sometimes I feel like I was wiser when in my teenage years, then became stupid and learning to become smart and wise again.

 

Reflecting back, I just realised that I only get drunk during social and non-formal gatherings with acquaintances and friends. I have never gotten drunk during formal events or even non-formal events where I am there for studies (like for my post graduate certification), work or business, even if there is free flow of alcohol with no limit to the amount of alcohol you want to drink or the types. I actually do have discipline growing up and there’s a serious side to me. I always thought I didn’t have enough discipline when I was growing up but now that I think about it especially in this case of drinking where I have gotten drink, drank, drunk in many situation, I’m actually impressed with myself for not getting drunk when I know I should be well behaved. I have seen men in tuxedos or women in their pretty evening gowns at formal events getting rowdy and speaking a bit too loud when they get drunk, far much different from their initial composure and it’s not a pretty sight at all.

 

Talking about alcohol, I was just walking at the supermarket and went to the alcohol section. I was telling myself that back then, this would be my favourite section and can’t help but to feel a tinge if sadness because I can’t drink now. I’m happy I get to change this  yesterday and I’m able to consume alcohol now. It’s somehow by luck that I got the ticket to the ball and I get to attend the event.

 

Whenever I travel overseas which was quite often during my 20s, I will always buy a bottle of alcohol at the duty free shop. I liked to keep a stash of alcohol and grow the collection. When I travelled to Scotland on my solo trip, I ensured that I went to the distillery and purchased a bottle of whisky. What better place to get a bottle of original Scottish Highlands whisky than in Scotland itself. Of course the place where it originated from. I went to a shop that sold only their original brand of Scottish Highlands whiskies and this gentleman there who was an expert in whiskies advised me on the types of whiskies. I didn’t know much about the nodes and flavours; smoky, peated and whatnots, but I got one that I liked and took into consideration the year of make as well. This whisky will go into the collection to grow old and age to depreciate in value. Perhaps one day I will learn to recognise the flavours of whiskies but for now, whisky is not my favourite type of alcohol. I had to lug the heavy bottle around while I explore a bit more of Glasgow city centre but it was worth it as it’s originally from Scotland.

 

With this, I am now able to drink alcohol once again but I doubt I’ll go back to drinking at least once a week. I’ll probably just have it once in a blue moon as I don’t crave for it at all. I don’t feel like drinking but I also don’t need to abstain from it. I’m actually pretty tired of ordering mocktails and I would say many places make pretty bad mocktails where it doesn’t taste like the cocktails version, where it’s nothing more than just sugary fruit juices. I’m healing, I’m happy. I have purged my body of many toxins.

Love, Bonito’s First Store In Penang

I was at Love, Bonito yesterday, at their first store in Penang. It was their launching of the store and it’s at Queensbay Mall.

 

Love, Bonito is a Singaporean brand. They have a few outlets in Kuala Lumpur/Selangor. There was a decent stream of customers purchasing their items at the store and at one point, there was a long line of customers queueing to make their purchase. Very good business on their first day of opening indeed. Even I chose a pair of shoes for myself. So many pretty clothes to choose from.

 

Love, Bonito grey shoes
Trying on my new Love, Bonito grey shoes during their Penang store launching

 

View my live video below to see a tour of their new shop in Penang and also their collection of outfits available.

 

 

Thank you, Love, Bonito for having me at your event. Do check out their store in Penang and you might pick something out of their many outfit choices. They also have their online store for you to choose and purchase their items. You can click on this link here.

 

LOVE, BONITO

Unit 1F-138(B) Queensbay Mall,

100 Persiaran Bayan Indah,

11900 Bayan Lepas,

Penang, Malaysia.

10am – 10pm

https://www.lovebonito.com.my/stores/malaysia/queensbay

CNY Cake on CNY 7th Day

Today is the 7th day of Chinese New Year. It’s a believe that everyone turns a year older today, so happy birthday to me, you and you and you and you….. basically everybody. 😄

 

My parents fried some “nin gou” (direct translation from Cantonese : “year cake”) which is  sweet glutinous rice cake. It’s also called the Chinese New Year (CNY) cake. It’s super sweet and sticky in texture. It’s one of the elements of  CNY which many must eat during CNY and it’s also used to be prayed to deities.

 

Chinese New Year cake @ nin gou, sweet glutinous rice cake

 

Do note note though that a lot of sugar is used to make this cake so it’s not wise to eat too much.

 

I have tried before the glutinous rice cake without sugar added in a Chinese restaurant and it’s mainly served as a dish or main meal with gravy, where it’s stir fried with vegetables, meat and salt is used instead. The glutinous rice cake has no taste and you eat it with the gravy, vegetables and meat for taste. It’s not sticky in texture and after eating a few pieces, I felt really full. It’s like rice, where there’s almost no favour. A better alternative to the sweet glutinous rice cake when there’s no sugar added.

 

For CNY, they need the CNY cake sweet, tradition wise. Let’s see when someone comes up with a healthier alternative. Some use brown sugar to make it but it’s still not any healthier because it’s still sugar.

 

My leg was healing well and in good, fast progress as I speed up the healing with some medication (natural ingredients, good ones) like hydrogel, chitosan and nano silver. I’m still using hydrogel. Come CNY, with feasts of meat, seafood, sweet desserts, cookies, snacks and the lot, leg started weeping and swelled up again. Not cool.

 

It didn’t help that I wore new clothes for CNY and despite washing it before wearing, it still caused allergic reaction to my skin. Some of these chemicals and dyes that they use to make the fabric and clothes are that toxic that it caused my skin to tear and seeped into my body. So much so that when I sweat, I could smell the fabric chemical and even when I don’t sweat, I could smell it and it must have absorbed onto my skin. I made some clothes for CNY, which I chose fabric that is suitable for my allergic skin. Some of the new clothes were given to me by my mother and sister. I wore a dark blue top for reunion dinner and new skirt with new undies, all dark coloured. It caused a bad reaction to my skin allergies. I notice that dark coloured clothes usually have a stronger chemical smell, not sure if it’s due to a stronger dye used to make the darker colour. Even with daily exercise, it took me about 3-4 days before the chemical smell was completely gone. I was exercising on the 3rd or 4th day of CNY and I was sweating, then I felt some pricklish pain all over my skin and I smelled the fabric chemical smell coming out.  It’s as though the chemical clogged up my skin pores and finally it was expelled when there was those uncomfortable, tingling sensation on my skin. Thereafter, my body felt cooler and my skin looked better with some open wounds closed up. I don’t know how much unwanted, toxic chemical was already absorbed into my body by then. Must be careful what you wear.

 

I previously stopped the nano silver spray, which is a disinfectant, as my leg was able to sustain the healing progress with just the hydrogel but with the recent events of the toxic fabric dye and too much of a heaty CNY feast, with the super hot weather in Malaysia, my leg began omitting yellow discharge and have open wound again. The wound was already in the process of completely drying up and growing the needed layers of skin but no thanks to these, it deteriorated the condition. I have to get the nano silver spray again. Previously I was using the nano silver spray concurrently with chitosan. After that I use hydrogel and with the nano silver, and then removed the nano silver.  Doing my research before using this, there are many that says it hasn’t been proven to be an effective medicine, while some said it doesn’t work at all while causing some to be poisoned and some said that it’s an effective old age remedy which only the rich can afford to use back in the 18th century. It works for me well as it dries up my weeping wound. I got the type that can be consumed aside from just external usage. Initially I was a bit apprehensive and was wary if I were to be poisoned. There was one time I had a slight sore throat and I tried spraying just a little into my mouth. Surprisingly, it helped to dislodge the phlegm stuck and my sorethroat was gone within 2 sprays in 1 day. Apparently some use it to treat mouth ulcers. It’s like magical water to me.

 

I increased my activated charcoal pill dosage as well and it helped me to expell the bad and excess waste in the body when I go to the bathroom. My bowel movement is pretty healthy as I can do my “big business” everyday but sometimes I feel that I have some more waste that I can get rid of. I love it when I go to the bathroom and all the waste are gotten rid of, then I come out feeling so light and like walking on air.

 

Anyway, have a great 7th day of CNY and happy birthday.