Passion is contagious. It is infectious. I have people in my life that are filled to the brim with that sort of passion and energy. I am lucky that way. When they share their enthusiasm with me, I can’t help but be pulled along by their excitment. The word “hobby” or “past time” would be too light a word to categorise the activity. Be it music or movies or film, the activity means so much to them. It is the very essence of their being, without the activity that inspires them, they wouldn’t be themselves.

However, they do not only just affect you with their passion but they also encourage others to try in the area of their interest. In fact, they are so happy when others show the least bit of interest in what they love. When I talk to them about their area of intense interest, I would be thinking that I should better myself in any tiny way possible, just so I can be more like them. Not only just bettering myself, I would be convinced that I am totally capable of attaining at least a certain level of skill in playing the guitar or I would be able to actually complete my novel or do whatever I put my mind to, though I have had many such attempts fail.

These people inspire me. Their energy fuel me. I am envious and just a little jealous. I wish I can be like them one day, some day. And have something that I am that passionate about. In the end, I am thankful for the passionate people in my life.


Reading and Me

Reading is more than a hobby. It is something essential to my way of life. It feeds my soul in ways that a good movie or game cannot. I started reading at a young age. My father is a avid reader and visits to the library were frequent when I was a child. That started my life long love of reading. Books and comics bring me to an alternate world in a sustained and detailed manner that is just different from any other medium.

My favourite genre has got to be fantasy and science fiction. From epic fantasy to hard science fiction I devour them all. Some of my favourite authors include:

I got into Marvel comics in my teens. I read X-men and my favourite character is Gambit. I stopped reading comics for a long time after my teens but I recently got back into reading them when I discovered Comixology. Comixology saves me the trouble from having to find space for my comics. It makes life so much easier to just read my comics off my iPad Mini. I am now back into reading X-men and discovering new and exciting titles.

At the same time, I started reading manga (Japanese comics) that were translated to chinese. I had always been a potato eater (Jiak Kan Tan) aka english speaker. My chinese was horrible both written and spoken. That all changed when I discovered manga and it helped me more than all the tuition I had when I was taking my O’ Levels. Some of my favourite series include:

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments.


A trip to the dentist

It seems that I cannot afford to keep my teeth healthy and whole. It’s the end of the year. It’s that time where every working adult realised that they have unclaimed dental benefits and everyone starts setting up dental appointments. I am one of them. I set up an appointment at a dental clinic near my office at Chinatown when my usual one had no available slots for me till 2013.

I found out that the clinic charged a consultation fee for all first time customers. That’s $20 gone without anything done. Then, scaling and polishing was $60 - $100, mine was $70. Then I was prescibed a mouth wash because my wisdom tooth is swollen. That’s another $10. The total came up to $100 + $7 (for GST)

All that is fine, since I have dental coverage of $100 every year. However, the dentist found 5 holes that needed filling. The dentist advised me to do an x-ray first before doing the filling so that he has something to go by. I had also asked him if my wisdom teeth needed removing. He told me the reason my wisdom teeth keep swelling on and off is due to the food getting stuck and rotting the teeth. It is probably wiser to remove them now before the infection spreads to the neighbouring tooth. Then, you would have to remove the neighbouring tooth as well.

How much does it costs to fill a teeth? $50 - $100 per teeth. So that’s 250 at a minimum. X-rays are going at $60 each. Finally, the extraction of all 4 wisdom teeth is a grand total of about $1000.

Conclusion, I can’t afford to keep my teeth healthy.