Braceface No More

This post is long overdue so I shall hurry through it. I hate doing this but that’s my fault for a week’s worth of procrastination. (I wish I could use “I was too busy studying for SPM” as an excuse but I wouldn’t want to be a liar.)

Last Thursday, I went to Penang to finally get my braces off. The process took very little time, and soon those metal wires that had held my teeth captive for almost three years now were gone, replaced by the foreignness of having nothing on my teeth. The feeling was so strange I couldn’t stop running my tongue over them the entire day and admiring them every time I stumbled upon a mirror.

My scary transition from crooked yellow teeth (2009) to fairly straight whites (2012)

My parents and I spent the night and my uncle’s because I had to collect my retainers the very next morning.

And when I did, I swear, you’ve never known pain until you’ve met these little alien-like…things.

And that’s it! The end of my braceface journey. It was certainly a colourful one, but ultimately I’m glad to have finish it.

Green & Pink

I particularly love my braces today because besides sporting brand new flashy colours after two months of black and white (I got white-only braces before this but I didn’t post about it because of the whole too-busy-to-blog ordeal), I got pink chain rubbers which, apparently, are new arrivals, so I could barely stop grinning the whole day.

The doctor also said that I’m a “castry” (this isn’t the right word for it but it sounded like “castry” anyway so attn dental students, help?) patient, that’s why there’s always a gap (albeit a small one now) between the top and bottom rows of my teeth. He said he’d have to check if the closed gap between the two rows open again during the next appointment and if they don’t, then I’m on my way to getting these metal things off. Yay!

A Crammed Post About Everything That Has Happened While I Was Away From this Blog and the End of A Pretty Amazing Year

This blog has not been updated for too long, but perhaps it’s because I’ve finally gotten a life. Quite a lot has happened to me while I was away from this blog. The main reason I couldn’t blog was because I was staying at my Si Pek’s house from Sunday to Thursday, and blogging on my phone was inconvenient.

Might I add that I’d been leading a life of hedonism while I was away. Hedonism in my contextual definition means enjoying every single thing I do without really worrying about the consequences, in case you’re worrying that I’ve started picking up drinking or smoking habits or whatnot. I’m pointing it out because somehow, I finally found the guts to step out of my typical guidelines to do things -things I normally would be horrified to do- without thinking too much of the consequences, which is something I’ve never been brave enough to do before. Again, nothing serious or life-damaging, but perhaps a little life-changing.

So here’s what you missed on Michelle’s Interesting Life:

I have been attending a lot of Christmas parties. A family dinner at Si Pek’s house on the 24th, a barbecue dinner at Caleb’s house on the 25th, another Christmas party at Si Pek’s house on the 26th, a Christmas festival at Taman Laguna Mas on the 29th and an MYF Christmas party last night, the 30th. This year’s Christmas has been great. Some ups and some downs but overall pretty satisfying.

Dad started giving me driving lessons around the neighbourhood, because he said he wanted to make sure I had “steady steering skills” before I worry about manual gears during the real exams. The first time was horrifying, and I couldn’t even exceed 10 km/h. I’d brake everytime a car or a motorbike appeared out of nowhere, so you can more or less imagine the hysterical screams and laughter I emitted while my dad got more and more frustrated. However, today’s my third time driving around the neighbourhood now and safe to say, I love driving. I know I’ll most likely change my mind in a few months’ time but right now, I love driving.

This is the first non-separated post about my braces, which hurts my OCD but there’s nothing I can do about it. I got black braces yesterday. Yes, black and nothing else. It symbolises my mourning of the start of a new school year.

And now we get to the sentimental part. The end of 2011. To be quite honest, 2011 was probably the best year I’ve ever had, and I know I say the same about every year when it’s coming to an end, but this time I really mean it. I’ve been to so many different places and obtained eye-opening experiences, made new friends with wonderful people as well as strengthened old friendships, and done things I’d never, in a million years, think of doing.

But of course, there were the horrible breakdowns, painful heartbreaks and confusing obstacles that lined the path of 2011. Those are places I don’t really want to venture into but just to make it clear that 2011 wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns and pure ecstasy.

Hence, safe to say, the best and worst moments of my life all took place this year. It has been a wonderful yet disastrous ride, but a lot of lessons have been learned. They’ve helped me grow into the person I am now. I think I can safely say that I’m better than the person I was early this year.

There’s another reason why I dread the arrival of 2012 besides the fact that this year has been infinitely good to me, and that is SPM. I don’t think it has fully registered in my brain yet that in less than a year’s time, I’m going to be sitting for what would probably be the most important examination in my life. I’m not prepared yet. I don’t think I’ll ever be. It makes me nauseous just thinking about it. So I shall not think about it. Yet. For today.

And then there’s also the teeny voice at the back of my head that spews apocalyptic theories which, sometimes, even makes me doubt myself, wondering if it’s true we’re all going to die next year. I know it’s highly unlikely, but you never know these things. Unlike SPM, there’s nothing I can do about it but being a natural worrier, I still worry about it.

All I know for sure is that next year is going to be one hell of a ride. Stopping for a breather even sounds absurd. So here’s to the last two days of freedom before the gates of school finally open to welcome all of us into her arms, despite our struggles and tantrums.

I would’ve written this at night when 2012 looms closer, but there is a countdown tonight and I don’t think I’ll be able to break away from it to write a blogpost so this is it.

See you guys next year!

PS. Unfortunately, I have not completed my YNN Camp page yet. Epic facepalm. Guess you all will have to wait until next year.


Now, just close your eyes and imagine a photo of me with red and white braces, because I’ve been looking shitty the whole day so unfortunately I can’t grace this post with the compulsory braces-showing photo of myself.

Which is actually a good thing.

Today, I went to Penang with Dad and Shu Juin only. We waited for an hour at the clinic today. I got red and white to show my support for Anum’s F1 Team who will be competing in nationals in KL on the 29th of November. May the odds be ever in your favour, girls!

Then, we went to Queensbay Mall because Xuen said there was a 50% discount sale on all Murakami books and it was true and initially, I’d chosen Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami and Delirium by Lauren Oliver but ended up buying the value pack of A Game of Thrones and A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin instead for 40 bucks. I still don’t get why they couldn’t put the first and second books of the series into value packs first. Then, we had another ‘Michelle needs work clothes’ shopping session at Padini.

My packing is not going smoothly. I learned something new today: packing for a month’s worth of clothes is not something I ever want to do again.

Also, change of plans! We’re heading for KL on Sunday morning instead so there will be another day left in Alor Setar so I shall make this post simple and short for the long and dragging one I’m going to post tomorrow.

Black & White

If you see any zits on my face then you are CLEARLY DELUSIONAL.

Are you bored with my braces posts already because I really am. No matter, they’ll be gone for good hopefully by early next year.

Today I went to Penang once again for my orthodontic appointment with Uncle Lim, Kai Li and Shu Juin only. I’ve had a lot of people asking me to try the colours black and white and since I’ve already run out of colour combinations, I decided to go with it. I have linking rubbers fixed back on my bottom row and needless to say it hurt. It still does.

Before I continue, let me ask you a (rhetorical) question. What is it with Alor Setar and its lack of Form 4 Biology textbooks?

After that, Uncle Lim fetched me to Midlands because I wanted to hunt for a Biology textbook at the Popular store there, only to find it closed and, according to one of the Midlands worker, “rarely opened”. So, we went to Gurney Plaza instead and I found out there was a whole row of Form 4 Biology practical books but no Form 4 Biology textbooks (as was the case of the Union Bookstore at Jalan Stadium).

What is it with Penang (well, the little part of it that I went to) and its lack of Form 4 Biology textbooks?

Disappointed with my failure at finding a Biology textbook, I decided to stop being disappointed and start being awesome instead, so I bought Divergent by Veronica Roth, to be doubly, pleasantly surprised by an ironic finding in the book itself. Fortunately, that finding is for me to know only and for you to (hopefully not) find out.

After that, my entire day was filled with nothing but procrastinating duties. Needless to say, it was a pleasant day.

Footnote: With some encouraging and lovely comments from some friends and readers, I am slowly scraping off my writer’s block so Careful Confessions should be bubbly and alive sooner than you think! Yay!

Dark Blue & Lime Green

Okay, short post on my orthodontic visit last Friday (because I have a new one coming up).

That Friday, I was particularly excited (and admittedly nervous) about my Penang trip because I would be meeting Amanda Ng, a fellow Starstruck! writer later at Gurney Plaza. She would be the first Starstruck! writer I met in real life, and I was never good with meeting new people so I was pretty frightened, to be honest.

I changed my braces to dark blue and lime green to match my baju kurung’s colour for the upcoming school’s raya celebration.

I met up with Amanda at 12.30PM and well, it was kind of awkward (for me) at first, but I did my best to ‘de-shy’ myself, as I had promised Amanda earlier. We had lunch at Chicago Ribs after a series of “You pick what to eat!” “No, you pick!” and our conversations started off with the main thing we had in common– Starstruck! and we eventually ventured into topics concerning possible paths after graduation. This continued on as we went window shopping at Padini, Nichii and FOS before Amanda had to leave at 2PM. It wasn’t until I got into my Dad’s car before regretting not taking a photo with Amanda. Sigh.

However, it was honestly fun meeting up with Amanda, exchanging ideas and just, as Aifa would say, soksek-ing in general. Hopefully there would be more meet-ups with her in the future.

SASBAND Colours: Purple & White

So, sorry guys I’ve been missing in action for two days.

You see, I was sick.

…with SASBAND Fever!

Lame Ryan-Higa-imitation aside, yes, I had my braces changed today and yes, I changed it to purple/white because of the SASBAND fever in the air.

“Whaa? What’s ‘SASBAND’?”

SASBAND is also known as Sultanah Asma School Marching Band, my school’s band, and recently it’s all the rage in our school ever since their victory in the Zone BandComp and NatComp, earning the Number One title in the whole of Malaysia.

I know I’m not in the band nor have I actually shown much interest in the band before this but I’m just going with the latest trend in school, so.

Nah, it’s not just that. I am mighty proud of the band girls. They’ve already started practising from dawn till night a month before the Zone BandComp. Remember when I had to go to school everyday for the whole two-week holiday in June for drama practice? Not only were the band members in school for the whole two weeks too, they stayed there, and trained from around 7am to late night 11pm. (Probably not accurate but those were the hours I saw them practising in the school’s parking lot.) Then, after winning BandComp, they continued practising again every single day for NatComp. So it would pretty much be a crime if they didn’t win both competitions.

“They’ve already won! So why still the Fever?”

Still the Fever because the competitions don’t end there! WorldComp is next week, and that’s what most people can talk about in school nowadays. Despite the fact that I didn’t follow the 11 buses to KL to support SASBAND in NatComp and also despite the fact that I won’t be able to support them in person for WorldComp, I still wanted to show my supportive spirit by changing my braces colours to the band’s official colours. And also wearing my ‘I Heart SASBAND’ T-shirt for today.

Good luck guys! I mean, girls.