Posted by Jasmine on Aug 25, 2014 in Teeth
So.. After years of talking about it, I finally got started on invisalign.
I decided to write more frequently about this process to assist others if needed, and also to keep a record of my journey.
Anyways, prior to starting invisalign, my orthodontist went through the whole process of explaining about what is was, and answered questions that I had. To be honest, my main worry was only about the cost, so I didn’t really ask about other stuff (and a lot can be found online actually). So after saving up for it (for a few years too mind you), I just went straight into it.
The first session before it they took X-Rays of my jaw, a few photos (side view, smile, relaxed, etc) and also some putty stuff to get a mould of your jaw. Next session saw them explaining about what to correct, and also the cost.
Third session was after you confirm that you would like to do it, and they did another mould, this time using another mixture. This was the more tedious and unpleasant visit so far, and my teeth was pretty messy so they took about 3 times to get the bottom teeth. 5 mins each where you can’t really breathe with the putty stuck to your teeth :X
My orthodontist is pretty popular, and each session was almost 1 month in between *faints*
So anyways, I FINALLY GOT MY ALIGNERS last THursday.
Basically, they give you a kit for you to keep your aligners, and you change it after 2 weeks.
Here’s basically what happened (to me at least – everyone’s body will react differently to change and have different tolerance levels):
Day 1: After soaking the aligners as instructed (in water only), I put it on. It felt very tight and uncomfortable but the pain level was low. Pain level: 2. I talk with a lisp
Day 2: Still talk with a lisp. Went to work and I felt like my head was very stress and painful. Head. Because all bones are connected? Pain level: 4. Teeth felt shaky and didn’t want to eat at all. But the good thing is that I can take it out. I let my teeth rest a bit after my food, and then put it back.
Day 3: Pain level: 2. Still talk with a lisp. I figured out the more I talk the lesser I lisp. LOL. And also the more I put it on, it gets comfortable.
Day 4: Pain level: 0? I decided that some parts of the aligners were a bit uncomfortable to my mouth, which may be why I lisp, so I went to observe how my tongue was avoiding some areas while talking with the aligners. I don’t have a nail file to file it, so I used the wax given. Seems to be much better.
It’s day 5 today. My colleague said that I talk okay, and I can’t pronounce properly for “s” or “x” words, but otherwise it doesn’t hurt anymore. Teeth don’t feel shaky.
Will keep updating here as much as possible. Not sure if anyone’s reading but if you are, feel free to ask questions if any.
Posted by Jasmine on Aug 9, 2014 in Interesting
2 years ago, I went to a 3D visual illusion museum when I was in Korea with my family. We had tons of fun and didn’t have enough time to finish all the exhibits before we had to leave (with a tour group). So when I heard that Singapore was going to get 2 3D visual illusion museums, I was quite excited. It’s obviously much nearer than flying to Korea (lol) and I can bring Eugene. heh.
Anyways, omy.sg kindly gave a treat for bloggers to go to the Alive Museum and I got to go!
This museum was definitely different than the one where I went to at Korea, and hence it’s a new experience for me. This was different in the sense that it has more object art and sculptures (kinda like the science center actually).
Anyway I brought my prime lens which was a huge mistake and in the end I used my phone which had a more wider lens.
All pictures taken with SAMSUNG S4.
Eugene wasn’t feeling too well at first, but somehow midway he recovered.
Now, the only few things that could be improved on was the lighting and so many of the exhibits that I saw on their website (that I wanted to take with) were under maintenance
This for example
Space constraints are something that can’t be helped, but we opened a few doors to realise that it was too packed to be opened because there are people behind taking pictures. And it was on a weekday where there was already lesser people :/
Anyway, Alive Museum will update approximately 30% of their exhibits from time to time every 12-18 months and they’ll be doing a Singapore 50 Project as well in future! Do check them out!
Lastly, when you get your ticket, remember to check out the promotions that are offered here: http://alivemuseum.sg/news-events/promotions/. You can get a free BK meal if you flash your Alive Singapore Museum ticket!
Location: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 and 4)
Ticket Prices: $25 (Adults), $20 (Children 3-12 yrs)
Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily (Last Admission at 9pm)
Tickets currently bought online are on a 20% discount!
Disclaimer: Tickets are courtesy of Alive Museum Singapore via Omy.
Posted by Jasmine on Aug 7, 2014 in Thoughts
Hey it’s been 3 months since I started work at the new place!
I was just confirmed of my employment just a few days ago!
Everything’s been awesome. I’ve been learning, doing new interesting stuff, and of course each job has it’s normal routine things to do, but it’s been my interest, so it’s great!
But you know what the best part is? Work-life balance.
It was probably something that I had neglected in the past – thinking that going home late means that I’m hardworking and that I will be successful from it.
But no, what I realized is that, sure, if you have something to work on or rush, going home late is okay. However, if there’s no peak or trough in your work, then it’s not good. Not good for health or even your mental health.
Been there, done that!
Posted by Jasmine on Jun 21, 2014 in Friends
Just a quick post here.
Met up with Tommy yesterday for dinner after he came back from US.
We talked about many things, and there was one thing that I hadn’t noticed myself subconsciously saying after her pointed it out:
“Why are you always emphasizing on free gigs?”
He went on to say that it’s a sad thing that most Singaporeans won’t want to pay to watch good music or support people doing the arts. Most of the time, our mindset is that if we don’t earn money from it, we don’t do it. Or how we are going to earn money if we’re doing music or anything related to the arts.
I guess I don’t realise it but it’s true. Most of the people I know don’t turn up for shows unless they don’t have to pay for it. Or they would rather support others than their friends. Or people would ask for free or discounted tickets. It’s quite sad isn’t it. Only a few would kindly pay however much they can to support. And I’m not just talking about one band, but in general. I’m not well experienced in the local scene, but yea, I guess our mentality should change. Heck, people don’t even support the local bands most of the time who open for others. They’ll just get boo-ed off stage or something.
No wonder people go away to do what they want. It’s not even about the non-governmental support. It’s about the people.
Treasure is chosen because it has been ringing in my head since the topic on Bruno Mars came up yesterday. lol
Posted by Jasmine on Apr 26, 2014 in Life
Everyone always tells you how stressful it is to join a new company or get a new job.
No one really tells you how stressful it is leaving a company.
Packing up is the hard.
Telling your clients you’re leaving is harder.
People ask “Why?”
Why did I want to leave?
Because I am tired of working here? Because I really want to see how it is like out there? Because I’ve finally had enough?
So many answers to this, that I cannot really pinpoint a reason, so I just tell them it’s because I’ve ben here for so long already and they usually just nod.
I’ve met so many different people the past almost 5 years working here. Majority of them are awesome people, but there are a few who really stood out in a bad way. Like that first client that boss ever sacked.
Then I’ve met a pretty famous singer, a sports commentator, and a Gakkai member even.
Not sure how it will be like at that new place. But for now, I’ll only ask for forgiveness if I become cranky. I’m both physically and mentally stressed right now, despite trying to not think about it.
Could be the changing of the seasons, but I hope to be back to myself soon.
Posted by Jasmine on Jan 26, 2014 in Friends
Once in a while, I surprise myself with a photo like the above. It isn’t perfect, but it captured what I wanted to at that point in time.
It has been a very tough period for me since last year till now: work, family, and my personal battles to fight (about Photography and music). I wanted to quit playing music as well as doing photography and just do nothing. But the other part of me really enjoys it to not want to quit.
I get loads of encouragement as always, and usually I’ll tell myself to give it one more shot before giving up. And that one more shot usually gets me back.
It has been a rough week as well. But well, looking forward to CNY. Very glad that dad is better now!
Posted by Jasmine on Nov 11, 2013 in Food
So a few weeks ago, I saw lots of celebrities post Ramen Burger photos on Twitter, and to be honest, it looked really delicious!
Googled a bit and found out that it’s actually quite easy to make (see recipe at Mashable here: http://mashable.com/2013/09/22/ramen-burger/)
So yesterday, we tried a bit but with our own variation (and saladdd).
Got the ingredients above. For the burger itself, we got Muji Ramen (SGD$1.90 for a pack of 4 small ones), lettuce pack from NTUC, and some beef patties (pack of 10).
Note that the pack of 4 Muji Ramen is enough for 2 burgers. We made like 8 packets which was an overkill, enough for about 4-6 people.
The recipe’s easy to follow and takes about 2.5 hours (for about 5 people in our case).
The whole dish including mushroom salad.
We didn’t put spring onions as per the recipe (because Eugene doesn’t like them), but I reckon it would have been nicer with it
Posted by Jasmine on Oct 20, 2013 in Music
*There’s a part of the video where I keep hearing frequency sounds.
Sometimes I don’t really know what I am doing. Especially when editing photos.
I seriously need someone to guide me along. Zzz
Since the last post, I jammed with 2 other bands: One was almost a professional band, and another were made up of teens (they had a good bassist though).
Anyway, I did badly for the professional band due to nerves, PMS, etc so I shan’t post the songs that we did.
1) Slither – Velvet Revolver
2) Still into You – Paramore
3) You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi
4) Animals – Neon Trees
5) Time is Running out – Muse
6) I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
To be honest, the songs here were the stuff that I’m most comfortable playing with.
I’m someone who gets better the more I work on songs, so basically I screwed up song number 1. HAHA but afterwards was okay.
The bassist of this band was quite good. When the rest of them went for a smoking break, I tried free jamming with him. I finally understood what my bf meant about trying to push to change a style but it wasn’t easy I felt. Anyways, I think this was a band that had potential if they listened out more. They were way better than the first band that i went to try out for.
Not sure if I got in to be honest. They’re trying out another drummer this week. OH wells.
TBH I can’t wait to jam with my colleagues again.
Posted by Jasmine on Aug 2, 2013 in Thoughts
Seems that today is a bad day as compared to the other days of the week where I am braver than today. Go figure.
Muscles still lag 2 days before it aches. That jam from 2 days ago is causing both my right arm and leg to hurt.
Clients are being rude.
Things are happening that I would rather be dormant. Why do people stir shit?! I didn’t offend you in anyway and yet you say things like this.
Guess I have to be brave.
Posted by Jasmine on Aug 1, 2013 in Life
[Disclaimer] I don’t claim to be a very awesome drummer, or someone who is veryyyy nice. Here are just some thoughts about what people should not do when organising a jam.
So a few weeks ago, I actually went on Soft and contacted someone who’s looking for a drummer.
(Sidetrack) As I’m doing a course online on Social Psychology, the first thing that was taught is hindsight bias. Before I look back in hindsight at all these, I shall post my thoughts here.
I had to contact the person twice before I got a reply if they were still looking for a drummer. “But okay, that’s alright”, I thought. Perhaps they were busy.
I got the set list just last week, and they were:
1) Try – Pink
2) Diamonds – Rihanna
3) Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
4) Yellow – Coldplay
5) Rolling in the deep – Adele
6) Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
7) Separate Ways – Journey
8) I will Survive – Gloria
They added another song yesterday: Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
Problem #1: Too long a set list
I raised this issue to them, that usually when I jam, we play about 5 songs, for 1 hour+, unless we get bored, we might think of more songs to do on the spot. They asked me how many songs I can do. So I told them, I can play all the songs, just won’t work on all of them.
Problem #2: Safety
Okay, let me continue my rant.
I know Singapore is a relatively safe country, but if someone tells you that they don’t have facebook. And we can’t have an audience at the first meeting, it gets creepy, and weird. And I am a girl. I may be paranoid here, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Problem #3: Timing
So I messaged them that I will meet them directly at the jam studio. The reply I got was “8pm. Don’t be late.”
Out of respect, I went early to meet Eugene for dinner, and then we went in at 7.50pm.
Guess what time they arrived?
Eight. Twenty. PM.
They took 10 minutes + to set up.
C’mon la. If you can tell others not to be late you at least should be on time too right? I had to message twice to ask where they were (after 8pm) and was only told that they’re coming.
They didn’t even apologise for being late. Thanks ah.
Problem #4: Was it even a jam?
There was a guitarist, a bassist, and a lady.
The lady was the supposed singer.
Suddenly, one shorter guy came in, and asked me about my drum score, and was told to sit down. Whut?
Who was he? I wasn’t intro-ed. I thought no audiences were allowed?
Then halfway through, this girl dashed in to ask for money from the organiser coz of her cab or something. And then she sat down. Again, no introduction.
I found out from my bf that the shorter guy was to be the next drummer after me. Oh so this is now an audition? So who is that girl?
Then suddenly the first lady left, and the second took over to sing. ?!?! No explanation again.
Problem #5: I paid 1/3 of the jamming fees
They booked for 2 hours -> $18/hr so $36.
I was told to pay $10.
Summary: This has been a very confusing jam. LOL. I would conclude that there are some rude people out there. Shouldn’t you be nice and at least explain that it wasn’t a jam? I don’t really care about the money tbh. But just to highlight that there are such people out there.
I’m not sure if they will read this, but I really don’t think I will jam with them.
Shall quit the group chat next week if no sound no picture. Haha.