my dental appointment

20 Jun

london 12.05pm 27.3C sunny tuesday 2017

rather a painless visit to the dentist. both financially and painwise. she recemented the crown, gave me a checkup and a scaling, and it came to £20.60 which is the stage 1 of the scale of fees charged by the nhs. that is rather less than i expected thinking she will charge me for stage 1 and 2 work.nowadays they dont polish the teeth anymore after scaling. and she did not suggest taking bitewing xrays… it might bung up the cost to stage 2, so perhaps just as well she did not take xrays.

since i wont want any fillings even if the xrays shows caries, the xrays wont serve any purpose anyway. in fact, i know there is a potential caries in my upper right first molar… but being an ex dentist, i can assess whether fillings can wait. sometimes caries take a long time to progress… esp if i dont have a sweet tooth, so i can afford to wait and watch it. 

so now i shall have to make sure i put no pressure on that crown. can be a bit difficult, but it means i must resist the temptation to bite anything with my upper front teeth. so will have to chop food small now, instead of tearing it off with the teeth. ah well, if it let me use that crown for another 4yrs i shall be quite satisfied. i think one day it will need to be remade. i asked how much a private crown would cost, she said about £600, and this is with a crown and bridge specialist. i daresay it will be more. 

i had an interesting conversation with the dentist. she said she likes doing root treatments, and in fact is doing a diploma in it. strange isn’t it because it is because of the root treatment , for molars and premolars and their difficulty as i got older that made me give up dentistry. she did not like doing post crowns, saying it was so difficult to get a good impression of the root, so maybe that explains why the previous dentist did not do a laboratory made post. yet, if she do lots of root treatments a lot of teeth will need post crowns afterwards, or in the future. dead teeth are brittle and will fracture over time, or discolour , both good reasons to have a post crown made.

maybe the dental graduates nowadays dont have much experience in getting good impressions of the root… it is a bit of skill to do it. or post crowns made by the laboratory are so expensive now that it is not cost effective to do it on the nhs. that might be the real reason. even in my day as a nhs dentist, it was not very profitable to do it, but i did it anyway, as i was trained to do it and it is the best way… that crown will last a lifetime and wont fall off unless it was hit with a strong force.

 its another pleasant day today, not as hot as before which makes it better. yesterday i was looking at the weather in subang,malaysia ; near my family home, and it was exactly like what we get in london that day, only exception was the humidity… 47% here compared to 80% in malaysia. that might explain why it is so uncomfortable in malaysia but not in london even though the high of about 31C is the same. and i noticed it was just as humid in the night in malaysia. it doesnot abate even at night. in fact it seems to get higher, ie more humid at night and early morning.

isn’t it funny, i just made myself a hot cup of coffee after my meal of hot noodle soup… in this heat, and i still want these hot foods. and me sweating away… haha. though i have noticed that sweating can cool me down. so there is method in the madness. haha. 

added. 4.10pm 28.5C i just got back from shopping in tesco. it is the one near kennington where i have to take two buses to get there, but both times the two buses came so close to each other, i did not have to wait.

even returning, the bus arrived just as i reached the bus stop, so brilliant timing.

anyway i went there to buy coffee and milkpowder. it is sure quick to finish off that 100mg bottle of coffee. it is 79p, gone so much up from 50p which it was for so long. i have got into the habit of having coffee… fortunately, this basic brand is still cheaper than the branded coffee. a lot cheaper actually … compare to those costing £4. if other people finish off a 100mg bottle in 3 weeks like me, just think how much more they will spend if they buy those branded coffees.  though if u compare it to a paid cup of coffee from the coffee shops which  cost £2.70 a cup, i guess it is very cheap. it is all relative isn’t it?

of course u might argue what about the taste. surely a weak instant coffee must taste terrible. perhaps u will be right, but then i find ordinary coffee as sold in the coffee shops not much better really. blame it on my bad taste buds which cannot seem to differentiate good coffee from bad.

in fact, i dont know what bad coffee taste of, as it all taste the same to me just different bitterness…and i dont even add suger. i bet if u add suger it will taste even more the same…  as i paid up and left i saw a woman carrying in her shopping basket a pack of frozen cornetto icecream and remembered that tesco is selling them for £1 for 4. but i was allready leaving the store so did not feel like going back… i guess better not buy any, as i should not be eating any sugery stuff.

and coming back i found that just making ice by putting water in the ice box is so easy and putting it in tap water makes the water so cool and quite delicious actually without adding sugery syrup. in the past i used to think i have to add suger syrup to the drink. it is a habit right? been doing it since i was a kid, so that it never occurred to me that u can drink tap water with ice in it, and it would be quite nice to drink.

it is so cheap to do, to make ice i mean, that sometimes i wonder why simon buys ice costing £1. and then putting them inside the freezer so that it occupies so much space. 

another hot day

19 Jun

london 12.41pm 30.3C sunny monday 2017

cant really help talking about the weather really. it hit a high of 30.6 at 11.47am. and the day is not over yet.

i have just got back from my free breakfast at primeburger in the st pancreas concourse. i got there at about 10am just before a huge bunch of young people clutching the photostat copy of their voucher. haha. and i read in the website that if u order a breakfast you can get a coffee for £1. so i got a cappuchino to go with my bacon bun.

last time i was there , there was a crowd of people sitting by the benches outside the cafe… and this time i was early enough to see them gather. so it was all my fellow voucher eaters. haha. many took it away. i stayed to eat in, and quite pleasant it is, with free wifi, from the st pancreas people, u dont have to give any details if u just use their 10min wifi. u can always log in again if u wish to continue after 10mins.

as usual, it is pricey for what u get. £3.45 for a single component bun. and their coffee comes in a paper cup, and not really very frothy… i would not consider it worth the money at the normal price of £2.70. i think only travellers must be wanting to eat breakfast there. though if i were travelling i would bring my own breakfast or food and coffee in a thermos. haha. from what i see, everyone of the other stalls in that area put their coffee in paper cups too. so u might not really get any better coffee in that area. 

but of course i mustn’t carp seeing it is free after all. and really, if u can afford it, go ahead and give them some business. i have good wishes for them just because they have this free promotion which they dont have to do , it is generous of them really. the rent in that place must be very high. i can only wish them all good things and huge success with the business. as it is they provided me with some fun free food.

i noticed also u can enter their summer festival contest using the number in the receipt. the main prize is a free ticket to the music festival in chelmsford… not of interest to me, but u might get the other prizes of free burgers etc. which i much prefer. but it is all a lucky draw, so u might not get anything at all, which is what happened to me when i entered my receipt number this morning.

i came back by bus which i would not recommend if u are wanting to get to anywhere in a hurry. better take the tube. that area round kings cross is very congested. there was almost stationary traffic going west. those two train stations , st pancreas and kings cross brings in a lot of people and taxis. and then there is the cross london traffic which uses that east west road , it is no wonder it is so congested.

and i was able to get a dentist appointment. i went to the clinic in person, rather than call them for an appointment… as i was passing by… and was given one the next day at 11.15am. that was quick, and i did not even say it was an emergency. just that i want a checkup. it seems i have not been there since nov 2013…(and i only know that because when i got back i wanted to put their telephone number in my address book and noticed the last date i had there was when i had the crown done.)

hope when it is recemented it lasts me another 4yrs. haha. though it is not likely. in fact looking at it i am surprised it lasted that long.

 added 1.16pm. i got a text message from the hospital reminding me of the 29june appointment. they are rather good at sending these reminder text nowadays… it is a long way from the appointment but still it might make people keep it in mind. i certainly will attend as i want to give them back the crutches and the surgical boot. and hope they will reuse it rather than throw it away. 

added/ 9.51pm 27.4C dry 


first time this year that my nhs thermometer is showing the highest temperature. 27C in the flat. in fact, i dont recall it ever hitting this high before.

might it be a record high temperature today?

18 Jun

london 28.7C (it was 31.5C at about 4pm) 8.21pm now sunday 2017

it must be a record high today. i expect the newspapers will be talking of it tomorrow. and maybe monday hitting a further high.

i was out at about 12pm. and also at about 3pm. went to the library in paddington, and later to the pimlico library to print out the voucher for a free breakfast bun for monday given by primeburger in their monday giveaway, ( i had expected another free hamburger, but i guess that is too much to expect them giving out one every monday. i think the next monday might be free chips… still there are a lot of mondays in june and july during the whole period of this promotion…so there might be another one with a free hamburger. )

and experienced this heat. most of the time i was in the bus or the library so i cannot say i was out all the time, far less sunbathing in the sun. must be mad to sunbathe in this heat. but the little community garden near my flat have people picnicking on the grass, and two men were sunbatheing. with long shorts on too, which is silly, if u are going to sunbathe, should wear as little as possible… or u will have a ghastly white middle bit bisecting two burnt legs and upper torso. haha.

but i was not out in the open all the time, so maybe that might explain why i was not very uncomfortable with it.

on the way back from the paddington library, at hydepark corner, i saw they have closed the road to piccadilly, and looking down it i saw the huge towering structure of the juggernaut that the hara krishna people always use when they have this procession to trafalgar square for their annual festival. usually it is held the sunday after the naked bike ride on saturday… so it should have been on 11june. i thought i had missed it, but they are on today… but i decided to skip going there because i dont fancy it with all this heat… they give out real nice herb infused tea and a free meal and lots of bottled water i remember, but this heat is not going to be comfortable. (oh, i just realised that i must have just missed them when they were stopping all traffic at the hyde park corner junction. so that was lucky not to be stuck in the bus waiting for the tail of the procession to clear.)

i suppose when people ask me years later what did i do during the record heat on 18th june 2017 i shall have to say lamely… that i was indoors in my flat with the curtains drawn to keep out the sun and that at about 6pm i slept through it all. haha. interestingly my hay fever was not bad. strange that.

the libraries were blessedly cool i remember, so was the waitrose opposite the library when i went in there looking to see if they have any bargains. they have a lot of reduced priced loaves of bread, but not enough reduced for me. haha.

i guess i am from malaysia and high temperatures are something we dont like really. so this high is not something that excites me. i have experienced worst in malaysia, and it is a commonplace there.

ah well, just another day to endure it and then we get back to normal temperatures. 

summer sale now on.

17 Jun

london 2.56pm 29.1C sunny 2017

yes, that is the temperature now it seems. they have forecast it will be hot this weekend, and the thermometer seems to bear them out. there is not much breeze so that it feels hotter.

first sign that tells me there is something , an event, happening in whitehall is when the bus driver of the 453 asked me where i want to go. he was being diverted to go over waterloo bridge instead of westminster bridge . it seems whitehall is blocked off.

 i had wondered why they closed it. when i got back and googled it, all i could find was the horse guards changing of the guards… but that happens everyday so no call to close the road… it might be the queen is opening parliament. that has been postponed due to the election. it normally takes place in May. so this could be it. the delayed opening of parliament and the queen’s speech spelling out the agenda of the govt for the year.(that one, opening of parliament is on 21june it seems) it was only when i was looking at the tv guide that i saw today was the trooping of the colour, an annual thing to mark the birthday of the queen. so that was what it is all about. i thought it was last week,  10june. i remember it always used to be on the morning of the day the naked bike ride was on. but i think the election must have knocked everything out of kilter this year. this weekend was supposed to be the westend live show in trafalgar square or so i thought, but googling it i find it is changed to the 24/25june instead. not that i go there to watch it. it is too crowded and also i am not that interested in the musicals they do these days. it was better in the old days. haha. 

but the buses are still running, even though diverted. so that is all right then. haha. it is nice to see london so busy with so many people out and about. and the buses are nicely air conditioned so the waiting and delay is not a great inconvenience.

all along regent st, the shop windows were having signs that say up to 50% off and SALES in big letters. so it looks like the summer sales are on now. usually they gradually reduced the prices until at the end when everything that was not sold is then drastically reduced to get rid of it. but this year they are starting to cut it by half, right at the start. only some items of course, as they are not stupid.haha. but those things they know wont sell they are cutting to the chase and just reduce it by half to attract shoppers who might want to hang fire till the end of the sales. its a bit like a cat and mouse game with their customers. this way u get them coming regularly to the store just to check out their target choices for fear it might be reduced by half. allready reports are in that uk has got the highest spend  of the tourist money for the year. a record it seems. and not surprising when u consider everything is 15-20% reduced just from the fact of the £ dropping by that much. great if u are a tourist. i am glad i dont like all this stuff they are selling… haha. so never feel i am losing out to the tourists. they are most welcome to it all , that is what i say.

there have been lots of unsettling things happening in uk recently… so that these everyday scenes i see about me as i sit on the top deck of the bus, or even on the lower deck and seeing the guys walking about in shorts and flashing a lot of leg is harking back to what is a normal summer’s day. 

my post crown fell off

17 Jun

london 8.10am 20.5C sunny 2017 saturday

rather a strange thing happened yesterday night. i was brushing my teeth and my crown fell off. but the strange thing is it was so quick i did not see it fall. it just disappeared.

i assumed it fell down the sink hole in the bathroom. in fact, i did not even hear the clatter sound that you would expect if it hit the sink.

i was thinking of all the possibilities of how to proceed with this. all of which eventually getting a new one made and all the palaver that goes with it. i was rather disturbed that i could not find it, as it is easier to cement it back if i have it. if it is lost, then i will be forced to have the dentist make a new one. it did seem strange that it fell through the sink hole without making any sound. that should have alerted me that it might not have gone down the sink hole.

i cannot remember when i got this crown made.( i just now searched my blog but none of my words brought up that post. i wonder if i did not mention it at all… ) it must be at least 3 yrs ago.

it was on a upper right canine. one that died due to fixed orthodontic work that i had when i was doing a postgraduate degree in eastman college in london.

i had fixed braces, cemented by brackets onto my front teeth to correct the two lateral teeth which were rotated.  it lasted my course, and the teeth were straightened, and in fact were so perfect that when i went on holiday to san francisco, the guy who manned the desk at the hostel just could not stop exclaiming how perfect my teeth were… i think he was attracted to me, because he said the hostel was closed and invited me to stay with him… he stayed near the sea, where there was a pier, and asked a friend along and gave me dinner … i was rather innocent in those days and just took all this as a matter of course, and the next day he took me back to the hostel where i checked in and i did not see him again. or if i did i did not recognise him… i was really very clueless in those days. haha.

  because i asked for it to be removed when the course ended. the teeth were straightened out, it was to correct the two upper lateral which were rotated giving me a dracula appearance (as a dentist that was not a good look haha), but you need to keep the wires on to let the tissues rearrange themselves in the new position. that is why it was not stable, and when i broke the tooth and the crown was made, it stopped blocking the rotation, and the lateral incisors started to rotate… so after all these years i have gone full circle and the two canines have resumed their rotated position, though they dont jut out that much and are not so obvious.

now of course i am so much older and so it is not so bad, or rather i am not so conscious of my appearance, and can accept this happening. it is life i think. just glad that when i was younger, i had such nice straight teeth.  it helps in getting sex partners haha. not to mention it was a good appearance for a dentist to have straight teeth…

but one of the side effects of orthodontic treatment is that moving teeth can disrupt their blood supply and the tooth can die. that happened to the canine. i had a root treatment done to it, when it developed an abscess, and it had not given me any trouble since, just gradually darkening as dead teeth tend to do… and dead teeth are very brittle so after all these years, the crown broke away when i ate a chicken wing. so that was why i got a post crown made.

and it got loose, i noticed it a few days ago but did not bother to see a dentist about it. and now it has come off and disappeared.

well, when simon got back from his shift work this morning, i asked him that after  he has slept to open up the u bend in the bathroom sink.

he went and did it there and then… (he usually dont go straight to bed when he comes back from work… he says he is too tense and need to wind down first) . but anyway he got the ubend out and there was no crown. so after he put it back, he said it leaked and he will need to buy another ubend that will fit better… i searched the bathroom, but nothing.

then and went back again and searched the pile of towels near the sink, thinking i heard nothing when it fell, so it must have landed on something soft… and i saw it. it was on top of the bottom-most towel, in that pile. how it got there i have no idea. i would have expected it to land on top of the pile and be obvious to find…one of those perverse things that inanimate objects do… makes u wonder if there is a imp that make these things happen.

anyway i found it and i saw it was not very well made. the post was short and did not fit the canal at all… it was a bad dentist, or someone who has not got the experience yet. so now i put it back and will make sure i dont put any pressure on it and be careful when i eat and will see my dentist to have it cemented in. … at least it covers the gap in my teeth.i suppose in the future it will have to be remade… we shall see. i am glad that tooth held out all these years. if it had happened when i am younger it might be more disturbing to me. but not now. when one gets older and reach a certain age, the mind tends to accept imperfections and adapt. it had better i think, otherwise you will get a very upset person, who is mentally overwrought and unhappy. 



warm weather here now

16 Jun

london 1.47pm 21.9C sunny friday 2017

6.25pm 24C sunny

its been like the mediterranean all day… i suppose this weather makes people think of holidays.

yesterday i was with a fellow naturist, he is visiting london from devon, where he lives. and he mentioned he is thinking of holidaying in vera playa for 2wks in september. he has just retired in march this year. he has travelled mainly in europe, when he takes his holidays from work.  he says he has been working non stop since the time he started working.   but he has not been to any naturist place.

i seem to be meeting quite a lot of guys who are retiring… it is inevitable i guess, more people are now coming up to retirement age. so there are long days stretching out in front of him where he will have no need to do anything. travelling is a good way of filling up the time, and for most people that is the popular option. i hope he does go to vera playa as i would like to know how it is now, and whether it has retained its naturist ways. 

i have been seeing tv programs about buying property in europe, and i find they are becoming irrelevant, now that we are leaving the EU. i think those programs will be abandoned in future. does any brit still want to buy properties there when it is so uncertain if they will be allowed to live there… or when their  health care is not free any more?

after we leave ,  we can only go there for short visits, though if they give 6month visitors visas like they do when foreigners visit the uk, ( i think it is very generous to give visitors 6months stays) even a visitors visa is long enough really.  and so maybe a tv program about places to rent might be more relevant. haha. though not so exciting to watch.

i have done all my travelling when i was working, so i dont feel that travel bug anymore. just as well, isn’t it? its quite expensive to fly to europe. in the past we could fly for £30 rtn, that is now impossible to get.

people complain that old people always say it was better in the olden days, but it really is. i suppose it could be said that we (oh look, i said we, does that mean i have finally acknowledge i am an old man then?) tend to look on the olden days with rose tinted glasses… but i try hard to find fault with the olden days and i find it difficult. it really is better in the olden days. and this is not only because all of us were younger and healthier too , bursting with good health, and so why shouldn’t we look at those days as being better.





high rise fire in a tower block in london

14 Jun

the two cherries that i had hoped to eat , but this morning i see someone else has picked them and presumably ate them. haha. i ate one before this. this is a rare cherry tree that not only have blossoms but fruit as well.

london 1.17pm 25.4C sunny wednesday 2017


feels hotter, i was waiting at the bus stop, and the wave of heat bowling towards me makes me think of the mediterranean. i was thinking it is very nice, in small doses; but also thinking glad that it does not happen often nor for long in uk as this kind of heat means that if prolonged everything will dry out, and plants will wither and grass die, and turn the ground to dust and that means the wind will whip it up into dust blowing all over the place. you see that in france or spain, and it can be really uncomfortable. it just adds more discomfort to the high heat allready from the relentless sun. 

i used to think what a dull life i must seem to lead when u read my blog, talking of things like free meals, and shopping bargains like the chillis yesterday, until simon showed me in his laptop this morning about this resident tower block in west london going up in flames. all the floors are affected and report of people dying and unable to escape. and then i am glad i dont have to have that happening to me and all my excitement is simple things like those.

this tower block fire is unusual, in that usually one flat catches fire and it is confined to that flat alone, or maybe the one above it and that is it. the fire is usually limited. this one must have really bad fire walls, as it seems it started on a 2nd floor flat and spread rapidly throughout all the floors.

and this fire reminds me of the reason why i dont like living in high rise, even though many are now considered luxury places to live. how to escape a high rise is something none of them have been able to allay my fears on that score. though i suppose modern high rise must have good fire walls that prevent any fire from spreading. but i dont think i will bet on it, as i have seen fire spreading fast in some high rise fires in dubai.