Saturday, October 17, 2020

My Pre Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery - CABG X3

Many have asked me what actually prompted me to go for a heart check-up without any heart related crisis. The last one year I started to feel chest discomfort whenever I cycled up hills coupled with slight short of breath and it happened for many occasions.
01 June 2020 - I decided to do a check-up and my first visit to IJN (Institut Jantung Negara) or National Heart Institute in English located at Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.

A clip of my visit click here.

Since my first visit to IJN Private, I have consulted Dr. Emily Tan and went through several tests where the stress test was the most crucial, the report could indicate a high possibility of artery blockage in me.

13 July 2020, I visited Dr. Emily again and decided to do an angiogram test. And if required I was willing to go ahead for any angioplasty procedure. The date for angiogram test was then fixed on 17 July 2020.

16 July 2020 - I was back to IJN and to be admitted into the ward for angiogram test.
IJN Private clinic and the wards are located on the 6th floor.
Here I was, at the ward undergoing the necessary preparation for the angiogram test.
17 July 2020 - I was the first patient sent to the theater for the procedure. The room was super cold. Then Dr. Emily came and conducted the test, a screen was hung beside me and could see my heart and its arteries. The finding wasn't good, 2 severe calcification and 1 mild segment. In another words - 3 blockages found and require to be cleared.
While waiting for the next course of action to be taken, a substantiate amount of medication was prescribed, eat healthy and to go back to see Dr. Emily on the 17 August 2020 to decide on choice of revascularization. To stent or go for a triple bypass heart surgery.


Monday, July 27, 2020

The Lost World of Penang - Permatang Damar Laut

The day when Penang held the inaugural Penang International Bridge to Bridge Ride (PgIB2B) 2019. The date was June 30, and it has drawn an overwhelming response from 3,900 particts. It was initially limited to 3,500.
In the wee hours of a Sunday morning I rode from Farlim to Weld Quay to meet up friends for a ride to somewhere themed as the lost world of Penang and will be lead by Chin Huat. While the participants for the Bridge to Bridge ride were assembling at Queensbay Mall we went for another cycling adventure.
It was the first time I use the coastal cycling lane in the early morning.
The initial 5 of the us crossing the bicycle bridge over Sg. Pinang. Chin Huat was waiting at the end of the bridge to capture a picture.
After a simple roti canai at a nearby mamak shop we gathered at the Kapal Singh Drive's Four Pillar for the final regroup for the ride. The time was before 7am.
And off we went for the adventure while we could see participants of the B2B up at the elevated Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Highway. In fact, we waved and were able to speak to a few of our friends from the cycling lane.
The spiral bicycle and pedestrian bridge near Queensbay Mall is one of the new features of the cycling lane and it is named as the Harapan Bridge.
Somewhere opposite Pulau Jerejak as we resumed the ride after visiting the spiral bridge.
A stop for a toilet break at Kompleks Selera Sri Pantai Dan Medan Ikan Bakar and a view of the fishing village with the rising sun. GPS : 5.311558, 100.299518
The fishing boats docked at the shore on a Sunday morning.
On of the several bicycle bridges along the coastal cycling lane. The bridge would be attractive if it were to be painted with multi colour.
Nearing to the end of the coastal cycling lane with a view of the second Penang Bridge at the background.
W completed the entire stretch of the coastal cycling lane and continued on with this gravel road to proceed further to Batu Maung. I came back to this spot a few months later and was glad to see that the trail is now being tarred.
I love this shot taken by Sim Lan with the Penang Second Bridge at the background.
Sam Poh Foot Print Temple - The last time I came to this place would be probably during my pre-school days and always remembered as a fishing village with a foot print on a rock by the beach. I guess the place is now different from from the past due to the vast changes and development of Penang. A mural of Admiral Cheng Ho and his ship on the wall.
A temple with a well enclosing the huge foot print found inside the temple.
Pretty Good Kopitiam has many good stalls for local food and it is worthy to come back again if I am around the neighbourhood. Located at GPS : 5.287712, 100.280706 Taman Iping, Batu Maung.
Along Jalan Batu Maung and a little further up we will turn left to Permatang Damar Laut. GPS : 5.280270, 100.271913 just before a pedestrian bridge.
We turned left after passing by the Pondok Polis of Permatang Damar Laut.
Shortly after the turning, there isn't anymore tarred road ahead as we followed Chin Huat making his lead.
The trail got interesting and were lined with boulders and earthed wall.
Suddenly we were astonished and could see a beautiful sea view as we arrived at a beach known as Pantai Essen. The narrow road to this spot can only cater for the most for vehicle like motor bikes. Our bikes did well coming into this paradise surrounded with many tall coconut trees and dense vegetation.
There was a man at the sea shore busy collecting siput clams, this was his collection in a bucket.
Essen Beach is getting popular especially for those who like to enjoy a quiet and serene beach. In fact the Tourism Department is promoting the place and hope it will become one of the attractions in Penang.
There was a couple seen relaxing at the beach and the single chap patiently in the water collecting siput clam. These were the only human beings found at Pantai Essen on a beautiful Sunday morning.
We joined in the tranquility of the beach, spent sometime relaxing, having fun and chatting with the couple. What a nice lovely beach away from the city centre.
One for the album, simply love Essen Beach.
The end of the road for our bicycles if I remember Gan & Sherine volunteered to keep an eye on the bikes while we hiked to the peak.
A rest hut found at mid way to the top with a good sea view and ideal spot to chill and relax. Pondok Rehat Pantai Indah as seen on the eave of the hut.
Another paradise for natural lovers who like to hike and enjoy the lush greenery.
A Tua Pek Kong Temple at the top of the terrain, we were invited to stay back for some food after their special prayer. It was one of the auspicious days for the temple to celebrate and we were fortunate to witness the activity. Mineral water were also offered to us but we did not wait until the completion of the prayer and left the temple to continue our exploration.
Rolling down in between cut trench was fun as we maneuvered to civilisation. Just wonder whether it will collapse during raining season.
The road running near the tip of the runaway of Penang International Airport. Sometime there are people stopping by at the road side to view at planes either landing or taking off from the runway.
A pit stop for toilet break and replenish our drinks at this petrol kiosk (Caltex) located along Jalan Permatang Damar Laut GPS : 5.283000, 100.257363
Interestingly we saw a densely vegetated land full of greenery after we have detoured off the main road to Kg. Sungai Batu then suddenly emerged a lovely seaside spot with people picnicking. Apparently there is a hidden pond within the area and is worth to check it out.
Little did I know there is such a beautiful seaside at this part of Penang as we arrived at Pantai Teluk Bayu for a popular Malay prawn mee.
One of the best Mee Udang in Penang, the prawns were fresh and succulent. Highly recommended.
Pak Tam Mee Udang located at Pantai Teluk Bayu, Sg. Batu GPS : 5.278657, 100.241808
In deed a fantastic view of the beach so scenic and serene. Even our Bromptons were also enjoying the atmosphere.
Enjoying our Mee Udang by the seaside with a superb view. I remembered we double up our drink order we were really thirsty.
From this picnic haven, we further indulged ourselves riding through Bayan Lepas (Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim), Sg Ara, Bayan Baru then Sg Nibong before a stop for coconut drink at an open space at Jalan Aziz Ibrahim. I then parted from the group where I detoured my ride to Farlim at the junction of Jalan Ahmad Nor from the cycling lane (another 7km for me before I reached home).
It was a long ride for a Sunday by the time I reached back my mum's place I was totally exhausted and needed a recharge badly but it was a memorable discovery ride. Thank you once again to Tan Chin Huat for leading this amazing ride.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Back to Penang During Bridge to Bridge Event - The Day before

A plan to visit Penang during the inaugural Penang International Bridge to Bridge Ride (PgIB2B) 2019.
Friday 28th June I took a bus from Old Train Station, KL to Sg. Nibong Bus Terminal together with my Brompton. As usual I will use the bicycle coastal lane to go downtown. Penang Island will be inundated with cyclists over the weekend.
My first eating stop at Fisherman's Wharf Food Court for a Indian Mee Goreng, I have tried it twice and was back for it again.
Old George Town here I come again and will be checking in Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel and I  hope to meet some of my KL there.
Joe joined us for a street food dinner at Kimberly Street.
One of my favourites Kuay Teow Th'ng stalls in the island is at the road side of Kimberly Street GPS : 5.415660, 100.334018
My KL buddies Feejin, HS Tan and Soo enjoying the duck meat Kuay Teow Th'ng and glad they like it too.
I met Simon Yeoh leading a group of Singaporean friends around the city and conveniently he asked me to be in the front line. I am not too good with Penang routes and yet I was tasked for it. Let's the blind leads the blinds hehehe ...... at the bicycle bridge over Sg. Pinang.
Cecil Street Market 七条路巴刹 (the 7th street street as the local refer it) for a local variety of breakfast delicacies and we also bumped into Brenda & friends who were having their food here too.
Feejin was in the mood of buying local kueh in the wet market.
Meanwhile the KL buddies were eating at the Chinese temple next door and keeping a watchful eye on the small bicycles.
Time to terrorize the streets of Penang with our easy ride and enjoying the heritage value of Penang. 
One of the oldest clan house in Penang, the Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi is also the Ancestral House of the Tan clan. Beautiful roof architecture located at Halaman Sei Tan GPS : 5.413138, 100.336364
A rare sight which is seem to becoming a norm to see Ang Mor tourist basking at the road side for extra dough. 
Fun to cruise around the UNESCO World Heritage zone of George Town and good to see many efforts to preserve and conserve the tangible heritage buildings. There are so many of them in Penang and what a gem.
Kapitan Keling Mosque is a Penang landmark. Built in 1801 by Penang’s first Indian Muslim settlers (East India Company troops), the Indo-Moorish structure is set at the junction of Lebuh Buckingham and Lebuh Pitt (now known as Jalan Kapitan Keling).
It is the largest mosque in Georgetown and looks sublime at sunset. It was named after the ‘kapitan’ of the Keling (a leader of the South Indian community similar to the leader of the Chinese community), Cauder Mydin Merican. The whitewashed mosque is topped with large golden-yellow Mughal-style domes, crescents and stars and features a single, typical Indian-Islamic minaret from which the sound of the azan (call to prayer) can be heard.
In the vicinity of Jalan Kampong Kolam surrounded by budget accommodation and decorated with recycled materials that is worthy of Instagram posting.
Another group photo taken with a GoPro camera at this huge mural.
Pg Cycle Spot was the last place I took the group to visit at New World Park, Andy was gladly busy entertaining the Singaporean and they do really love to shop.
It was then back to my mum's place at Farlim and this time was surprised with new visitors staying with her in the apartment. Good to be back with my mother again. As for tomorrow many will be participating the Bridge to Bridge while I will be going for a new discovery ride with another group.