Moving On Through Life Brace-less

April 19, 2013  |  Braces, My Life

The day has finally arrived, and since 2013 has been a poor year for me to begin with I was extremely happy this past Wednesday (April 17th) when I visited my dentist’s office at Bayan Dental (@BayanDentalKW) to get my braces removed.  Ten days earlier Dr. Sharma (my dentist obviously) had shown me the light at the end of the tunnel, everything had been progressing smoothly and I no longer needed the braces.

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That Wednesday morning I woke up energetic and extremely excited that I would have my teeth back sans any metal but at the same time I was worried about the pain it would be to having them removed.  Heading into my appointment I get in that dreadful chair and await the removal process.  To say that it hurt is an understatement, in order to remove your braces the dentist has to remove the bonding agent which is kind of like cement so he was pulling and tugging and at some point I felt that my teeth would come out and land in his hands thankfully 15 minutes later he was done and I had to go to my cleaning appointment to get the remaining cement/bonding removed.

Waiting those few moments and feeling my teeth with no metal felt weird, it was like a rough surface but at the same time semi-smooth.  Half an hour or so after I started my cleaning session my teeth were polished and shiny and looked even better than before and back I went to my dentist’s office after having some X-rays done.

I was given fixed retainers (a thin wire that is bonded to the back of my teeth) on both the uppers and lowers, that way I can’t possibly say that I forgot to wear my retainers or don’t feel like it.  They feel weird, being put on the bonding agent tastes bitter and kind of nasty and I hated it.  Once they were on you can’t help but run your tongue over them and feel as if it’s something insane but I guess you will get used to it.

How does it feel being brace-less?

Wonderful! I’ve begun to do the cliche things by running my tongue over my teeth and not encountering any wires, but at the same time I’ve begun to feel that they were weird, larger than normal and naked (they are none of the above but it’s an illusion since you’ve pretty much seen your teeth with brackets on them the whole time).

The whole journey took one year and four months (I got them on December 25, 2011) and it was in a way joyous and filled with cool milestones.  I lost an insane amount of weight the first month I had them installed and the funny thing is that I kept the weight off (which is great).  I had experienced some cold sores appearing on the insides of my cheeks because of the wire hitting them, I’ve had my lips get stuck on the braces, the elastics were painful every time I got a tighter or stronger band.  I had to eat my burgers/pizzas by using a fork and knife since I was afraid to bite and I just wanted to avoid that.  My deep overbite has been fixed and I have a better face look now (in a way).  And well I can actually smile now without being worried that my smile is too crooked or ugly for people to look at.

In a way I have blossomed after this whole ordeal and I can’t help but want to thank a couple of people who were really beneficial to this journey:

  • I’d like to thank PinkGirlQ8 and her post about her visit to the dentist to get a crown fixed and how I commented on it and immediately was contacted by Bayan Dental.
  • I’d also like to thank Rama from Bayan Dental for being the awesome person who gave me this referral to Dr. Sharma and told me if there was anyone who would cure my fear of dentists it would be him.
  • I’d also like to thank Dr. Suboodh Sharma who was amazing from the get-go, I had visited previous dentists and they all told me I had to remove 4 teeth in order to begin the treatment but he took one look at my case and said “Oh wow! This is such an awesome case, I can fix them without removing any teeth, and I can fix them now!” He literally didn’t give me time to breathe because a week or so later I was visiting him to take X-rays and I thought to get molds done but he was like, nope we’re installing them today!   He truly is a genius!
  • I’d like to thank someone whom you might all know from his famous YouTube videos or Twitter account @L4A who just a few months earlier had taken the jump and gotten braces and I thought if the younger population could do it, then I should get over my fears and jump onboard.
  • I’d like to thank Danderma and my friend Salmon who nagged me quite a bit to get them on before that but I kept putting it off because the fear was ruling my life and now you’re one of the first few people who congratulated me on this transformation!
  • Finally, I’d like to thank my Family, Daddy especially for giving me that gift and assisting me in achieving this dream of mine even though it came a couple years too late, but it’s better late than never right? :)

Now let’s enjoy the rest of life with a bright shiny smile!

April Fools & Early Bloggers

April 3, 2013  |  Random, Reflections

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I know this might be a tad bit late since we are now almost on the 4th of April but I was reading through some old posts and I remembered something hilarious.  The April Fools tricks bloggers used to pull off back in the day (pre-2010’s) mostly consisted of people quitting blogging, threatening to quit, or staging some other drama piece.  Nowadays, no one takes the 1st of April that seriously hehe not many pranks were seen these last few years, and well I have fizzled out in my pranks (not that I had many to begin with hehe!) and it seems that there is no real significance at all.

Back in 2006, I posted that I was quitting blogging, but in the end I came back 5 days later admitting to the prank, but what pulled me in was how tight-knit the blogging family back then how it was a different kind of community one that had every blogger remaining anonymous except to their real life friends and family who read their blog.  Company events and gatherings weren’t that popular, the only thing popular was the Safat Monthly Get-Together which was organized by the guy bloggers nibaq, forzaq8, EXZombie, and  a few others.  It was rare to see girl bloggers attending and well I was as shy as a mouse back then (Don’t be fooled I wasn’t always as cool as I am today!)

I have met many great bloggers earlier on, remember I’ve been doing this since 2004, that means 9 years worth of blogging under my belt and although I’m not as active as I was in my early days I still love it, I still cherish it and wouldn’t quit it for anything in the world.  I’d like to just thank every single blogger from the early 2000’s until today (not all of the new ones though there are plenty out there I don’t like!) for sharing your weird writing with us and simply for being you!

[Events] Scoop-a-Cone’s New Alphonso Mango Flavor

April 2, 2013  |  Events, Food

Last Thursday (wow I can’t believe I am actually typing up something that I went to this soon, anyways back to the main point) I was invited by the lovely Bibi Al-Qatami from Al-Kout Food Group to visit their newly opened Scoop-a-Cone branch located in Dasma featuring one of the first gelato drive-thru’s to try out their new flavor of the moment, the Alphonso Mango.

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I happily made my way there with my new partner in crime F (my sister otherwise known as Gina in my books) to check out their new flavors.  Upon arrival I was delighted to see that the location was very easy to get to (Dasma, Block 5, on the Second Ring Road, right inside Mangaf Street next to Burger King), the interior of the shop was beautifully designed in soft pastel like colors kind of reminds you of those retro ice cream shops back in the day (not that I went there or was born around that time it’s just you know TV and what it does to your imagination).

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[Mac App] PhotoBulk For Mass-Editing

April 2, 2013  |  Apple, Apps

The one Mac app I have recently discovered via TUAW and have fallen deeply and desperately in love with is called “PhotoBulk” available for Mac users on the App Store for only $4.99 makes your life easier.  Bloggers nowadays are being invited left and right to events in which we have to take endless shots and later come home, have the energy to turn on Photoshop to sit and edit each individual shot (changing the lighting, fixing things here and there, resizing, and later on adding our watermarks) a task that should’ve taken you maybe 30 minutes simply to write the text if not less now turns into 2 hours because of the editing you go through for the images.

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I personally turn into a lazy couch potato which is why I don’t always blog immediately after I attend an event I was invited to, I can’t just sit there on Photoshop to edit, so I found this beautiful application which allows you to simply drag the images you want to edit (you can add as many as you want) select the information you want to do to the image [optimization, resize, add watermark] and simply click “START”.  Voila 10 seconds later you have a new folder with the edited images ready to go into a post, you don’t believe me? Check out the video below and if you love it then go ahead and purchase the app and edit away! [Mac App Store]

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Unemployed Life: Chapter 1

March 31, 2013  |  My Life

Unemployed life is really crazy, in the beginning (mid-January) when we were given time off until the end of our sentence, oops I mean end of our warning period which was 28-February. However, come March I was officially unemployed and without an income and that’s when it hit me, Mama needs some dough to live the geeky life!

Thankfully Apple has decided not to grace me with some new toys to tempt me further into debt but I need to start looking for something new. I admit I have been lazy for the month of March and before that but I obviously had a good reason to be hehe (surgery & recovery).

So how does it feel to be unemployed? Well life has a different meaning: eating and sleeping pretty much defines it and you can’t really go overboard because in reality you dont

The Truth about the ‘Operation Oranges’

March 25, 2013  |  Health, My Life

Warning: The following post includes a lot of information regarding the surgery I had recently, it might be too much information but I felt the need to disclose most of it, feel free to ask questions as I have left a few things vague.

Today (Monday) marked the 5th week anniversary of the day I went in to have surgery, I have been out of the hospital now for around 4 weeks and a half and recovering quite nicely.  I went through a really weird and tough experience but the insane amount of love and support from my family was what made me stronger and aim to recover faster.  It wasn’t an easy ride/journey but them being around meant the world to me.  I was on the fence as to write about what I had to deal with the past few weeks and well I found that I would prefer to share my experience than keep it hidden as if it was a shameful secret.

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Operation Day: Pre & Post Oranges

February 24, 2013  |  Health, My Life

I’ve been out of the hospital for a day now and slowly on the road recuperating but I thought it would be best to record my thoughts and experience down just to revisit it one day in the future, and since I enjoyed the “oranges” reference I will continue using it and elaborate a little more on the condition so let’s start telling the story.

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Monday Morning February 18th 5:30AM

I woke up early that day, I had to be at the hospital an hour before surgery which was supposed to take place at 8:00 AM but since the hospital is located in Jabriya and it’s a school day usually the streets are crowded I woke up earlier and my sister F dropped  me off at around 6:30 AM and waited until I went into surgery.

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