Thursday, December 30, 2021

Moderna Booster Shot ...

Dec 30, 2021 ~  Yesterday I went to Hong kah North  Community Club in Bukit Batok for my scheduled Covid 19 Booster Shot. As usual I went driving to the said venue all by myself . 

I was not expecting a huge crowd coz it's a weekday when people were normally mostly at work during this time around 1:30pm. Happy to see that the place was not crowded at all . Thus, I went in earlier than my time slot. Early to go in, means early to leave too . 😉😉😉. 

I didn't feel any pain at all during the first few hours but I felt a bit tired and I fell asleep for about 3 hours the moment I reached home. I woke up around 6pm and was awake during the night . I had been watching tv all night thinking I would be ok without much pain & any side effects overnight . 

Unfortunately, Today my arm where the injection was became stiff, hard as stone and very swollen. Geeezzzz, it was annoyingly painful that I had to put a warm beanbag on it to lessen the swelling several times. I even felt so tired all day that I was laying down on the sofa like a dead log. I had even started getting sick late at night too. No high fever though but I felt so so tired and my body was aching all over . Even my feet were getting cold that I had to massage them both with oil to heat them up and then wear socks. Fever had started to set in ! 
Oh My God ! 😩😪😭

photo from : asianlite.ukiA

I had the Moderna Booster shot  and the 2 vaxx before this booster were also from Moderna. I didn't want to shift into any other coz my body had already adapted to this brand. So, why do I need to look and change into something else ? I had experienced a bad case of Anaphylaxis before so I am very sensitive to certain type of drugs / meds. I cannot in fact take in any NSAIDs medication at all.

What Are NSAIDs?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs ( pronounced en-saids ), are the most prescribed medications for treating conditions such as arthritis. Most people are familiar with over-the-countern nonprescription NSAIDs, such as Aspirins and Ibuprofen.

Being sensitive to certain drugs, I am a person who needed to watch out for everything. I need to be very careful with meds I take into my body. 1 mistake could be fatal. so better be careful than sorry without coming back ! Know what I mean ?

Anyways, Now I need to rest my aching arm and find some much needed sleep. 

Now I won't worry much about being sick with covid19 coz I now had my booster. Rest assured that I am somehow protected once the virus decides to come my way, Knock on wood that it changes its course and go somewhere else tho..

LOL ...😷😷😷🙏😷🙏😷🙏


Saturday, December 18, 2021

December 18, 2021 ~ Have you ever tried making any piece of art  using wires?  The first time I saw somebody using wires to create something was my father many many years ago. I was just a kid ! I saw him making loops with pliers alternating with the hard wire. He was at that moment making our laundry line. I didn't pay much attention to what he was doing coz my mind was far more occuppied with playing rather than to watch him forever making loops. But as I grew up and started to do house chores, I came to experience hanging our clothes to dry but our clothes line snapped due to wear and tear. The wire had become rusty and brittle through years of usage. Uh oh.... father wasn't around coz he was at work and gone for several days as a train ticket conductor. I had no choice but to try fixing the wire myself. It wasn't an easy task at all. I had poorly connected some wires together and they still snapped . So we had to just put the clothes on chairs and fences to dry. Father was able to fix it again as soon as he came home. I was amazed by the way he made clean and unified loops  to secure both ends of the wire. 

That scenario was embedded in my brains... clean unified loops to securely end the wires. So when I encountered beading with wires, I tried to visualize those loops my father did with the clothes line. It took me so many trial and errors before I was able to perfect my looping.  I had gathered countless pains and callouses just to be able to perfect my loops and hold 2 pliers in bending wires alternately. Geeezzzzz.... wiring wasn't easy at all. 

I had experimented with several brands and types of wires easily available in the market too . I had used BeadSmith non tarnish artistic beading wires , Beadalon , stainless steel wires, etc. Took me quite a while but I had now I had finally settled with Beadalon German Style Wrapping wires as my favorite so far. This copper and brass wire has a tarnish resistant coating and has the perfect half-hard temper and finish for most jewelry wire wrapping uses. i find this wire easy to handle and manipulate. 😍😍😍 

If you ask me what wire is best for wire wrapping jewelry ?

It would be based mainly on my experience using the 24 gauge jewelry wire often as my no 1 all-purpose wire diameter. This wire is fine and perfect to fit through most gemstones , glass / crystal beads. Durable enough to make good wire-wrapped loops. Although 22 gauge jewelry wire is also a good general-purpose wire gauge especially when I make my earrings. I do also like the 20 gauge wire for its thickness and hardness that can keep the desired shape I wanna create permanently. 

Jumprings of all sizes is never a problem if ever I run out of supplies coz it can also be created by simply cutting out of the artistic wires. Perfect  to incorporate in my earrings design just like the pearl earrings shown above . I always try to be resourceful and maximize whatever materials I have in hand. 

Wired charm bracelet with some curled wire hanging accents to give a very unique touch , enhance and complement the look of the  beads.

with wire-wrapping, the designs you can create is simply endless !
It's such an incredible craft !