Forenote: bleh, I really had a hard time uploading my pics this time round, pui. Sometimes I really dislike HelloBot as an image upload utility but what to do, unlimited bandwidth so.. æˆ‘å¿.
Stop I: HSA @ SGH
Time for blood donation again! 🙂 I’ll skip the usual rant on this issue, and go ahead to the pics, bleh.
Arrival at HSA, finally ah! Long MRT ride as usual, seeing that LS and I live in the east. *grumbles*
Initial D the movie gonna be showing at theatres, but we got Initial S (S for shock) over at our side. Why the fcuks is the place so crowded on a weekday mid-afternoon?!
We got our answer soon enough; 40-50 NSFs (aka National Servicemen Full-time) were hanging around the place waiting for their turn as well. *rolls eyes* And no, I wasn’t telepathic and neither did they have NSF nametags hanging around their necks, but the short haircuts, neat clothes and nerdy plastic specs all screamed that aloud; same ending. Long wait to come, and were we right. Well, not a very very very long wait, but still a longer-than-usual wait. So.. it was self-entertainment time for awhile.
Stop I subpart A: Playtime!
Now what does this look like? “å¤–æ˜Ÿäºº!” – LS’s comment.
Profile mug shot. Ahh.. now we see its true features. See what happens when your head gets too swollen?
Angled shot #1, courtesy of me HP cam. Idiotic turtle grinning away.
Angled shot #2, LS’s cam. Closeup shot of the moronic turtle.
Things got better after that, and we finally managed to get into the room.
Stop I subpart B: The room
Forenote: all the shots inside were taken using my A40, since some HSA guy requested that I switch the HP off upon entry (as usual), which was why I’d brought the (clunky but) trusty dcam along.
Sneak shot #1 of the room. Taken at a not very good angle, since all of my shots were taken while I was lying on the couch. Look at the guy on the right for an example.
A closeup of the stuff that’s stored beside each point. Gloves, syrings, test tubes that sorta 🙂
The new squeeze on circulation now in HSA. Last time it used to be a normal ball which you squeezed to up the rate of blood flowing into the bag; now it’s a nice red heart saying “Cross the line. Donate blood.” Dumb message IMO, since I was already all too obviously donating blood if I could read this message. -.-
No shots of the nurse injecting the initial anaesthetic or the insertion of the actual needle for the blood. Gross factor for some, I know 🙂 But since I was the one being poked, I thought it would be pretty dumb if I blurted something like, “Sorry but could you hold the needle there while I snap a shot of it?” 🙂
After the needle had been properly inserted, and all ready to go. (And yes, it’s NOT PAINFUL, be it before/during/after.)
The thick needle mercifully covered by the big white bandage. All those with a phobia of needles can stop cringing, no pictures. ;p
The bag where all me blood goes, bleargh. It was done pretty quickly today though, weird. Usually it took quite a bit longer to fill up the bag, or maybe the playing around with me dcam made time go faster ;p
Stop I subpart C: The tubes
After all the needed blood was drawn, 4 test tubes were filled for testing purposes too. Standard procedure, don’t ask me why 🙂 Prob testing for AIDS or something, incase some dumb freak decides to infect the blood bank grins.
The bloodflow stopped for a moment, while the nurse gropes around for the test tube.
Pouring it all in.
Stopping the bottle up after it’s done. There, one down. Three more. *grumbles*
Stop I subpart D: Aftermath
We stopped outside for awhile, to get a bite of the free food and drink provided. Soft toys with handwritten tags (written by hospital patients, so I read) were given out along with the refreshments today, hrm.
Note: don’t ever try the chrysanthemum tea; it looks fine but tastes like yellow colored hot water. That’s how diluted it is 🙂
The collection of refreshments, my donor card and the two stuffed animals. LS’s beanie Dalmatian that was being sat on by my duck. Interestingly enough, my duck had articulated joints at the leg parts so you could actually twist it around 360 degrees ;p However, the duck reminded me of those defeathered roast ducks you always see hanging on display at the duck rice stalls though; add a metal hook and it’ll be all set to go.
The new bandages introduced a few months back. They used to give a nice rectangular plaster to stop the bleeding, but I suppose they thought these bandages were more chic and in fashion, grins. Not exactly the entire truth, I’d say 🙂
Stop II: Maison De Poupee
I’d been wanting to hop down and have a go at the food for some time after reading about it from 8 Days and the forums, so why not today? 🙂 It’s actually a quiet cafe in the City Hall area (near the old MPH) that sells apparel for ladies as well.
Zack, the owner wasn’t around when we arrived, and a photo shoot was going on so it turned out to be quite an odd experience. LS and I had to stand at a corner while the photog snapped a few frames of the main dining area, then we changed tables three times so that we wouldn’t be seen in the shots. Talk about bad timing.
I ordered a cheese fondue anyway, and sat down to wait; LS lazing with an issue of Her World and me snapping a few shots, flipping through another mag and generally taking a look around. Like I said, pretty quiet place and we were the only customers around. French songs were on the air, playing softly and the decor was simple.
A look at the main area; you can see the apparel and bags on display.
An empty table to our left, oddly covered with plastic when the rest weren’t. (?)
Zack appeared later; that’s his head you see behind the counter. Two changing rooms to the far right. Nods, the reddish looking thingies.
The cheese fondue, with bread cubes, kiwi, banana, tomatoes and mushrooms. Hrm, mushrooms’re not exactly my favourite food in the world. Zack came by with additional cheese crackers as well. (Cheese + cheese = man.) That aside, the cheese was quite different from the usual whatever-you-buy-from-supermarket that you eat at home, kinda powdery taste to it. Not too bad, I’ll say. I ended up eating the fondue alone though, bleargh. Overdose of cheese today liao.
I hadn’t had time to try other stuff, but I’m quite sure that I’ll come back again since I’ll be studying at T-bloody-MC soon. Good place for self-study if nothing else 🙂
Stop III: Suntec City
On to Suntec City for Batman Begins! (It seemed like there’s nothing else that appealed to me for the moment on the movie listings, brr.)
This kid was staring at me during dinner at the Suntec basement food court, and I couldn’t resist taking his/her/its pic 🙂 Kids’re really kewt when they’re young; contemplate not of the assholes they become later on and you’re safe in bliss, laugh.
No offence to anyone in particular, since I believe everyone really do look their best as kids, before puberty kills all the cuteness and replaces it with acne/hair/whatever-other-crap problems 🙂
Stop III subpart A: Batman Begins
This particular Batman movie is good 🙂 I like the way the movie’s shot, flashing between the past memories and the present. His childhood. The parents’ deaths. The League of Shadows training, and the setting up of his Batman persona. The movie has quite the feel of the Dark Knight to it, albeit with quite a few technological twists. Alfred’s humors quips were also a small but welcome addition to the movie. However, the initial plot development was truly slow-paced; LS and I were beginning to concuss at a few points. The pace picked up noticeably once Bruce Wayne returned to Gotham City, however. Phew 🙂
Sonic device to summon bats? Well done.
Cape that can become an instant hang-glider? Quite an inspiration.
The new Batmobile? Nodsie, Batmobile all right. Mobile battering ram would fit the description better, judging from the trail of mayhem in the movie 🙂 Really looked like a bloody tank, unlike the sleekness of the previous Batmobile.
All rights, all in all it’s a pretty good movie, but not as wonderful as what me good kaki the leongster rants and raves about. (Note: eh don’t come and flame me ah bro, differing points of view, remember! I’m a shallow individual LOL.) Got time should catch it 🙂
That’s all for the day, gees. It’s nearly 0430 hrs and I’m finally done with this fewkin’ post, crap. SLEEP!