Thursday, January 3, 2013

New years post and blog overhaul 2013

Reviving my blog to track a few things, though not explicitly.
I'm outgrowing the cardboardcookie name but I don't have a new one either.

First thing's first, growing my hair-
As of today, it reaches the end of my jaw on both sides of my face.
I don't remember the last time it was past my shoulders.
My hair, despite my obsession with changing it every second day, actually grows at a decent rate.  It's averaging at an inch per month.
This time I am determined.  I have even primed it for growing it by matching the over-dyed colour with my black roots and leveled the back to minimize the growing mullet.
It should take one year to reach past the dreaded "medium".

Next - Yoga


This year I'm going to try and master the crow and headstand.
I found this great set of videos by Tara Stiles from Livestrong on youtube that focuses on building strength and balance. 
There are no photos for tracking on this one because at this point I can barely do a plank!

Last - Keto 
So here I am on NYE as Princess Bubblegum from "Adventure time". 
It's not as obvious here but the chub is outta control.
I actually started going full keto 3 weeks before this and have lost (since that photo) some more swelling.
As of the past few days, I have finally stabilised and have regained control over hunger/cravings.  At this point I really don't foresee myself "needing" carbs, unless I get ambushed by a siu long bao.
My macro ratio is averaging 10%;30%;60%
It's pretty hard to get down to 5% carbs but I don't feel the need to at this point.  Maybe when I plateau.
Also struggling to keep the calories under 1200 but it's getting easier.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Non-surgical nose reshaping

Back from hiatus!  I exported all my posts before the hiatus, and they have now been reset.  I've lost all my comments and such! :( (not that there were many) So I've only just bothered to import a few recent ones.

The post title...kind of strange coming back from hiatus and jumping into such a sensitive topic, but before I took the plunge, there were so little actual patient reviews/relevant information on this topic.  So hopefully, this will shed some light for those hunting the web for a more detailed, non-biased review.

First of all, some before and after pictures:


The night I returned from the clinic.  As mentioned below, it was a little lumpy

Day 4 (today)

I forgot to take a proper before image, but it's fairly obvious from the photo that my former nose bridge was much flatter.

Cost: £350, one full syringe of Restylane was used.
Length of effect: 6-9 months realistically.

Some background info:
I've been looking into this procedure for awhile after reading about it on another blog.  I thought it was perfect for minor adjustments that are not worth the risk of going under the knife.
The height of my natural nose bridge is not really considered flat for Asians but... girls will be girls.
Also, I wanted a bit more definition on the tip of my nose.

At the clinic:
I told the doctor what I was after and she assessed the area, pinching and poking.  We then went into a  consultation discussion. 
She made sure that I was very comfortable with everything before we moved to the chair.

First, she cleaned the general area with antiseptic wipes and explained that the product contains anesthetic elements in itself so anesthesia was not necessary.

A few pen marks were made on my nose.

I felt a slight pinch on the bridge of my nose as the first needle went in and a numbness spreading across the area.  After she took the needle out, she proceeded to pinch and press on the area.
This process continued for around 10 minutes.  

She then gave me a mirror and asked me if I was happy with everything.  (I was very amused at the fact that this is what hairdressers do when they cut your hair, except this was for my nose...)
I noticed a few uneven bumps and that the nose bridge is not wide enough, so she continued with the needle jabs and pinches.

Finally, I was given an ice pack and a hole in my wallet.

The next few days:
When I got home, I noticed some bruising of the nose and slight uneven bumps but not enough to bug me.
The next two days, my nose was slightly swollen and tender to the touch.  The uneveness was less obvious but I could still feel hard lumps in my nose.

Day 4 (now):  The swelling has gone completely.  The uneveness is completely gone.  The entire nose is now soft and "normal".  Although, the difference is less obvious.

The Verdict:
I am very happy with this procedure.  Will definitely do it again and recommend others to give it a try.

I felt like all the fears I had about this procedure were a non-issue.  The procedure was fairly straight forward.

The difference is quite subtle and natural.  

An extra plus: because the skin on my nose bridge was stretched, the procedure actually caused my eyes to lengthen slightly!

Not really a con anymore but for the first few days, my nose was lumpy so I wasn't 100% satisfied with the results.  But now, the lumps have smoothed out.

Another false-con, some areas were really hard and 'beady'.  But they have now softened.

Can see this becoming rather addictive.

This depends on the individual but for me, the difference is a little too subtle despite how high the bridge looks in the second picture (lighting).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Intuos 4 is the best thing that's happened to me

Birthday present finally arrived on Saturday :D
Compared to my old Graphire tablet...  
Actually, there is no comparison.  The amount of control you have with the Intuos 4 is quite astonishing.  

Her shirt says Carte X blanche
Looks like Cute X in the thumbnail

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ok I lied

So I didn't take any more photos since the last post...
Since Ed got into Star craft 2 again, I haven't even had a 'real' computer :(

We went to Bogan Bingo Thursday.  Super duper fun :D
There was an Air guitar comp after the first game and I REALLY wanted to rock out.  So much so, that I entered!  Not sure what I was thinking.  But the urge was relentless.
It was pretty embarrassingly fun.  There's a video.  I'll post it maybe in 50 years or so.

sometimes I paint my face

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ode to Autumn

Autumn in London is amazing!
These were just taken from a short stroll through Hyde park.

Today is another Tube strike day.  Though I welcome the extra day indoors and not out braving the cold, I'm really hating the guilt that comes with taking so many days off :/

Also, every week I am excited by the prospect of snow!  But London doth disappoint.

Last week, I bought a pumpkin pie from whole foods!  It was delicious.   And also roasted some chicken drumsticks with gravy for a mock thanks giving dinner :D
Not being American or even living in the U.S I thought a mock dinner was enough effort :O.