Saturday, 14 March 2015

It could be Thyroid

I have been losing weight at an amazing rate.

Somewhere in mid January this year, I was shocked to see my weighing scale tipping at 48kg. So I decided to go on a diet, meaning I skipped my dinner. My weight dipped to 47kg one day later. I was satisfied with the result, so I continued to abide by the skip-dinner routine. Within one or two days, I was a 46kg.

My weight continued to dip. By the end of January, I was a 44.9kg. 4 days later, I was a 44kg. 2 and a half weeks later, I saw 43.9kg. 2 days after that, it was 43.3kg. 2 weeks later, I became a 43.1kg.  3 days on, I was a 42.8kg. Today, which is the third day after my last weigh-in, I am a 42.5kg.
Yesterday while talking to my 2 sisters who have thyroid, one of them commented that I had lost weight. I replied, as usual, that I had gone on a diet. A vendor and some colleagues had also noticed my weight loss and I gave them the same reply.

My sisters said it could be thyroid. They asked me to stretch out my arms and noted that there were tremors in my hands. I asked my mother who was standing next to us to do likewise, and surprisingly, there was no tremor.

They persuaded me to see a doctor.

So I did.

The doctor timed my heart rate and decided that it was too fast. He said that it was likely Hyperthyroidism. I know I have heart palpitations but I had seen a doctor who suspected that I drank too much Coke which contains caffeine. Although my heart still beats very fast, I don't hear loud pounding of my heart when I lie down anymore, so I'd thought it was back to 'normal'.

He drew my blood to send for a blood test. After that, he asked if I often feel hot, which I do all the time. It got so bad that the much-fatter William would say it was cold while I continued to feel hot and needed the fan or air-con to be on full blast.

I had thought it was age when I found it difficult to wake up in the morning this year even when I had enough sleep. 

I have these symptoms so far:
- rapid weight loss
- tremors
- heart palpitation
- feel hot
- fatigue

I would know the answer when the report is back from the lab next week. Meanwhile, the doctor gave me some medicine for heart palpitation.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Casa Hotel

The exterior of Casa Hotel
I had chosen this hotel for its location and its price.
Cityview Hotel had become too expensive for us and since Casa Hotel is also near Yau Ma Tei MRT Station, and cheap, I booked it for our stay.

I had read that it was 'very small'. This is not the only hotel that other travellers had said is 'small'. The hotels in Taipei and London had their fair share of 'small' reviews but they were okay for me. So I decided to give it a try.

The moment Coco opened the door, she felt that it had hit something.
When the door was finally opened, we were quite shocked that the room was that small.
This time, the reviews hit the nail.
The bed facing the door was an extra bed for Coco.
These two single beds were for William, Baby and me.
Hard beds.

Where William and Baby were, was the door.
The bathroom was equally tiny.

The bathroom
The shower area was very small. 
When someone showers, the whole bathroom would be wet.

 
Even the lifts were very small.

The receptionists were not very helpful. Quite cold, in fact. 
The hotel didn't offer cab-booking service. 
You could not even ask the receptionists for directions to tourist attractions.

The only good thing about the hotel was its proximity to Yau Ma Tei MRT Station. 
It was just one or two shops away. Other than that, it really was not fantastic.

Will I stay here again? 

Probably not.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Day 6 & 7: Tim Ho Wan, Hello Kitty Cafe, Yuk Lok, The Peak & Star Ferry

It was just about the last day in Hong Kong. We would be flying back early next morning.
So we were back at Sham Shui Po


for Tim Ho Wan again!

Crowded as usual

We ate almost the same thing as we did the first day we were here.

I gave up the idea of going to Hello Kitty restaurant as it was quite out of the way, but there was a Hello Kitty cafe at Sogo.
We saw some tiny doughnuts of different flavours. Of course we had to buy them.

It was actually located in a corner of the supermarket at Sogo.

Lots of yummy-looking pastries
A China lady asked the salesgirl,"When we cut open the apple, will we see a Hello Kitty inside?"
The salesgirl laughed,"No. That would be too high a standard."
We bought 4 macarons and 1 was given to us free.

Happy with their purchase

Outside Times Square

The short ride in a huge bauble was free-of-charge!

I told William that we were at the Orchard Road of Hong Kong.

A sea of people

There was an adoption drive for St Bernards!

William missed the meal at Yuk Lok.


We were there at 5pm, and again, their goose drumstick rice was sold out.

Roast pork and char siew were their signature dishes too!

They were great, but too much for us.

Their wonderful geese

We made our way to The Peak and stopped at a building for our toilet breaks.
As we waited for William, we watched the howling wind bend the tall trees outside the building.

We braved the strong wind and reached The Peak Tram ticket booth.
It was not too bad. We just thought it was rather windy.

I had read that you should never come to The Peak on weekends.
On seeing the crowd, I concluded that it does not make any difference whether you come on a Thursday or Sunday.

But this time round, it was more organised. 
We moved in groups. 
Only one group was allowed to move to the waiting area for the tram at any one time.

On the Tram

It was very cold up there. 
The view was still as stunning as ever, though.

Coco put her head out of the glass barrier to show how strong the wind was.


At alighting

We boarded a bus after alighting the tram to go to the Pier.

Waiting at the pier


Boarding the Star Ferry

On the Ferry

Just a 10-minute ride from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui



We followed the signs to the MRT Station and took a train back.

The next morning, we took a cab to the airport to Scoot off.



Leaving the Hong Kong Airport

In the Business Class seats


Lovely Scoot, hope to board you again!