Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fibrocystic Breast

Gone to a specialist few days ago to check on my breast. The first doctor scanned my breast and said a lot of cysts on my breast and I have a very lumpy breast. Then I asked whether is normal or not, then she said it happened to a lot of women.

She referred me to a radiologist (another lady doctor). I think this scanner is more high tech than the previous doctor. She also said a lot of cysts on my breast and I have a lot of fibrocystic tissues. But she was not convinced that the cysts are dangerous, and asked me to come for check up a year later. Currently, I am fine.

Being a Science student and not knowing what exactly 'fibrocystic' means.I googled it and wikipedia's explanation:

" Fibrocystic breast changes or fibrocystic breast disease is a condition of breast tissue affecting an estimated 30-60% of women. It is characterized by noncancerous breast lumps in the breast which can sometimes cause discomfort, often periodically related to hormonal influences from the menstrual cycle."

" The changes in fibrocystic breast disease are characterised by the appearance of fibrous tissue and a lumpy, cobblestone texture in the breasts. These lumps are smooth with defined edges, and are usually free-moving in regard to adjacent structures. The bumps can sometimes be obscured by irregularities in the breast that are associated with the condition. The lumps are most often found in the upper, outer sections of the breast (nearest to the armpit). Women with fibrocystic changes may experience a persistent or intermittent aching in their breasts related to periodic swelling. Breasts and nipples may be tender or itchy.

Symptoms follow a periodic trend tied closely to the menstrual cycle. Symptoms tend to peak immediately before each period and decrease afterwards. At peak, breasts may feel full and swollen. No complications related to breastfeeding have been found."

OK, as long as it says "NON-cancerous". I am fine. Can sleep peacefully until next year.

California Park

After the Disneyland, we went into California Park, located just opposite [we bought park-hopped day ticket]. This park has more adventure and more challenging rides.

Paradise Pier.

Condor Flats.
A photo with Pluto.

Grizzly Bear water ride.

Redwood Creek.

Ariel's Grotto, a restaurant. When we went in and wanna have some light snacks at 3pm, they told us that they have sold out all the food. Swt lor. You are located in a theme park and you have sold out your food by noon??? what nonsense.

I miss my long front hair. Look how it flow nicely with the wind!

See the Mickey Mouse logo wheel behind me? It is known as Ferris Wheel. We waited 40 minutes to go on to the wheel, thinking that we can capture some nice photo at high level. Little did we know that this wheel is divided into 'swinging gondola' and 'non-swinging gondola' [we found out after the ride]. We went onto the swinging version and opposite us was one fat lady and one fat boy. When I say fat, I mean they were like 150kg together ok. Double our total size.

So when the gondola go up, it slipped down according to the wire and it swing! It swing lop-sided! Our side were so high up due to the unbalance of the weight of each side. And I panicked. Immediately I grabbed on to the wire at the side. I was so scared that I fall onto the fat lady. And I closed my eyes. Couldnt see a thing. Dem it. So scary. There were total of 4 swings. When I came down I kept on swearing only. Stupid wheel.

After all the heat, finally we couldnt bring ourselves to walk anymore at 4.30pm. So we sat down along the road and wait for the parade. We sat at the front line. The parade starts at 5.15pm and ends at 5.30pm. I have loads of photos of the parade but decided to post the main 'vehicles' from the movies. Some of the characters walked around and a lot of them stopped in front of me!

Toy Story.

Finding Nemo.

A Bug's Life.

My all-time Pixar favourite movie: The Incredibles.

Monster Inc.

We left at 6.15pm. Waited for the hotel shuttle. Didnt get to see the parade in Disneyland cause it will only starts at 6.30pm and we have to rush back to hotel to check out for our flight at night. Nevertheless, it was totally worth it.

Borrowed Nurul's Minnie mouse hat for a photo.

I definitely will bring my kids next time to Disneyland and I will buy them a mickey mouse hat too!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Disneyland, California

On the last day, we went to Disneyland. It opens at 8am and we went in at 8am. Kiasu a bit la, coz we need to leave this place by 6.15pm, going to the airport at 8pm. So, we wanted to fully utilize the time in Disneyland since lots of people said that it will take at least 2 days to cover all the rides. I went to Disneyland Japan 10 years ago, and all the rides were in Japanese. So, this time finally I can understand what Mickey says. Hahaha.

Sleeping Beauty Castle. As awesome as always.

First ride we took was Alice In Wonderland since there is a movie out, and we must be 'up-to-date' a bit.

Next, we went to It's a Small World ride, which is on my must-ride list. Yes, indeed, I urge you guys not to miss this ride if you are in Disneyland. It was so fun! The songs, the decorations, the characters, the culture etc. all are so cute! Cute to the max. I really felt so happy during the whole journey.

Then, we went to Toon Town, where all the 'characters' are.

Since it was 9am only (consider early), the Q for Mickey Mouse was short (like 7-8 person in front of us). After taking photo with Mickey Mouse, we went through his house for a tour.

Minnie Mouse's Q was a bit long and we didnt bother wasting time with her.

Instead, we went for Goofy!

We wanted to play this Mountain Ride around 9am and the officer said it is not opened yet due to track problem. However, when we left Toon Town at 10am, we went back here and saw the Q was super duper long. swt! We have to forgo this.

Tarzan's Hut.

Indiana Jones Adventure ride, where we waited for 45 minutes. The people start pouring in at 10pm and it was 'people mountain people sea'. Seriously packed! All the rides have a waiting time of at least 45 minutes. So different from 8am where there was no Q for Little Small World.

Pirates Of The Carribean ride. Yo Ho Yo HO!

After that, it was 1pm and it was so hot (Second day of spring = cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon and cold again at night). We were a bit tired and decided to venture into California Park (next door beside Disneyland).

My sis will love this pic because of the horsey.

Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream.

I think a person should go Disneyland at least once in their lifetime regardless what age you are. And I think I will bring my children to Disneyland next time. Although the ticket price was a bit pricey (USD99 for 2 parks), I think it was all worth it as I managed to take photos with Mickey Mouse!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

LA by Night - Part II

Hollywood Walk of Fame

This street is super duper long and both sides are covered with all celebrity stars. The driver only allowed us 40 minutes to see see look look. It was impossible for us to complete the whole stretch of walk. I think we only walked 1/10 of the street.

Kodak Theatre is located there too.

Mann's Chinese Theatre where you can see lots of celebrities' hand and shoe print on the floor.

Star Walk. I found Celine Dion, Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, Bee Gees, Halle Belle, Ryan Seacrest and etc. stars. However, it is just too many photos to be put on the blog.

I didnt expect to see this 'celebrity' in the Walk of Fame.

Madame Tusaud.

It was just too short of the time to cover all stars on the pathway. I think they should give us 2 hours to complete the whole walk.