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the hole story: things that go bump in the night

19 Jan

As a continuation of the post I wrote getting a body piercing a couple of months ago, I felt it was time to write about how to deal with the infamous nose bump that a lot of people get from their nose piercing. A lot of people get it in the morning because they tend to rub their nose or sleep on it at night. Which explains this dumb title.

Anyways, I’ve had my bump on and off for the past 7 months and it was a pain. It’s basically this red bump that appears really close to the hole. As most things that happen to your body, I was obsessed with removing it even though most people didn’t notice it until I pointed it out. For the past 3 months, however, my nose has been bump-free after I found a method of cleaning that seemed to really help.

This bump usually occurs when you accidentally rub your nose, pull your jewelry, have improper piercing, have improper jewelry or irritate it too much when cleaning. Pretty much anything can cause one. Some bumps are really big and red (Google image that if you really want to) and mine was… an average bump.

Now, I’m not an expert on nose piercing or cleaning so I would follow the instructions your piercer gave you on how to initially clean it. However, when dealing with the bump, I went to my piercer twice and there wasn’t anything they could give me to make it go down except some suggestions. They looked at it and confirmed that it was not a keloid. A keloid is what a lot of people think their bumps are initially because we tend to expect the worse. I’m not going to get into describing a keloid because I didn’t have one but you can find that info on Google.

Anyways, my piercer recommended a couple different methods of dealing with it and I also found lots of different methods out there that people have posted online, so I tried them all.

Methods of dealing with the “bump”

  • Soaking in a hot salt wate solution several times a day – I admit that I am lazy and did this once but it was too much work. So it didn’t work for me. Did this for a day…
  • Applying tea tree oil. Recommended by the piercer. I would soak a Qtip with water and add a drop of tea tree oil on it and then rub it on the bump. This worked somewhat but made my nose really dry. Did this for about a week.
  • Crushing aspirin and mixing it with water. Too much work! I don’t think I crushed it properly because I don’t have one of those spice-crushing things (forgot what they’re called. A pestle?). So I would apply this thick chunky paste to my nose when I was at home but I didn’t notice a difference. Did this for about 3 days.
  • Applying vitamin E. Also recommended by the piercer. Didn’t work. Just made my nose look greasy and oily. Also applied in conjunction with tea tree oil but no results. Did for about a week.
What worked for me!
  • Applying tea tree oil + polysporin. This worked! I read that you shouldn’t apply polysporin to “puncture” wounds (e.g. a piercing), but I didn’t apply it inside the piercing. Just around it on my skin so I figured it was OK.  I decided to apply polysporin when the bump started….pussing white stuff…out (TMI, sorry). After a routine cleaning with a saline solution, I applied the tea tree oil with the Qtip (diluted in water) and then applied some polysporin on the bump and surrounding area. Did this for about a week and noticed results in a couple of days. Every time a bump starts to reappear, I apply this combination and it goes away in a day or so.

Again, I’m not an expert at piercings so use at your own risk (though I genuinely feel that it shouldn’t do much harm). I’d just like to share what worked for me and if you’ve tried all the methods like I did, try this one and let me know if it worked for you!


things i’m looking forward to

12 Jan

Late post, therefore not a good one.

These are some of the things I am looking forward to.

1. Snapseed…for the Mac! My beloved photo editing app for the iPad is making its way to the Mac. I love Snapseed and it’s easy-to-use interface while offering excellent features such as control points where I can take a formerly rejected photo to something worthy of a photo album spot. See below for example. It will be $19.99 when it comes out and that date is unknown so I’ll be following my blogs to find out. Or stalking the Mac App Store.

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Doesn’t it look like the sun came out in the edited picture ?

2. OnLive Desktop for iPad. This free app will bring Windows 7 Functionality to the iPad. Think cloud-based access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint all for free! This should be interesting and I want to test run it for the blog. I could see it replacing Quickoffice on my iPad which works but is not my favourite word editor on the go.

3. Investing in a sewing machine. While contrary to my minimalist desires, I would like to get a sewing machine to begin altering my clothes to fit me properly. Over the past few months I’ve become more picky with my clothes and want to buy things appropriate to a petite frame. This usually means shortening tops and hemming pants so having a machine would make things faster.

Anyways, those are the things I’m looking forward to in the near future (aka this week).

longchamp bags and theories

9 Jan

A bit late on the posting for today so this will be something small. Let’s see what do I want to share today…

I learned (learnt?) that Longchamp bags are very durable and easy to clean. I put my tea tumbler in my bag and didn’t close the lid well enough so some liquid leaked into my bag. I emptied the contents and went to the bathroom. I turned the bag inside out which was easy cause of the bag’s structure and wiped away. It took a couple of minutes but it cleaned up nicely. It needed a cleaning anyways.

My theory with Longchamp bags is that the only people who carry them are Asians or people who went to Europe and saw them everywhere and decided to buy one too. I am both.

I also have other theories which are based on personal observations and are probably not very good theories, lol.

1. Asians have nice nails. Look at an Asian boy and a non-Asian boy’s nails. Seriously – I don’t know why but Asian nails for both men and women are almost always naturally long and almond-shaped which seems to be the ideal shape for nails. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed an Asian woman with thick and square nails.

2. The younger child of the same-sex is usually better looking. Also based on personal observations. But I guess this means my younger sister will turn out better looking than me.

Anyways those are my two strange and probably easily rejected theories, lol.

your life in squares

31 Dec

Apologies for the lack of posts lately – you know how it is with the holidays. Shopping, socializing, travelling, and lounging in front of the tv. I’ll be working on some new ones for next year that I hope you’ll find interesting.


Today’s post is about a really interesting website I found when I used to use StumbleUpon a lot. It really made me think and put things into perspective. Somewhat depressing actually but thoughtful…..Happy New Year!

Seize the Day

by Derek Lim

Here’s a puzzle for you: What do you see in this grid above? What do you think it represents?

Okay, it’s not a difficult puzzle. The answer is “one year.” The columns represent days and the rows are the twelve months of the year, so each day of the year occupies one square.

“Okay,” you ask, “so what’s the big deal?”

When I look at this grid I get a chill because I’m used to thinking about one year as a long time. Chances are, you do too. But when a year is represented like this, and you can see every day of the year at a glance, suddenly a year doesn’t seem so long anymore.

This grid is the layout of a typical table blotter calendar that you can find in any office supply store. It’s quite an ordinary, everyday thing. Why should it be any different from a regular yearly calendar that shows the same thing month by month? I’m not sure. Perhaps it is because we’ve also been conditioned to think of a month as a long time. Perhaps the irregular number of days in a month and the space between months all contribute to that illusion.

In any event, confronting the grid and contemplating its meaning is a sobering experience for me. You cross out a square with each day passes, and no power in Heaven or Earth can bring that day back for you. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. And when another year has passed, all the squares will be crossed out, irrevocably lost. You move on to another grid.

How many more grids do you have? For me, perhaps forty more, if I am lucky. And what is the number forty? It can be expressed as a five-by-eight matrix. The number of table blotters I have left fill the matrix, representing my life. With the passing of each year, one square from this tiny matrix disappears, never to exist again.

If I am lucky. If not, then my matrix – yours too – contains considerably less squares. For all I know I may have just a few more table blotters remaining. The same is true for you.

When you see it this way, you come to the inescapable conclusion that, indeed, life is too short. We hear this platitude so frequently, it has all but lost its power. But now, seen from a fresh angle, the message regains its dark potency. We, all of us, really don’t have that much time in this plane of existence. If life is a lesson, it’s a crash course.


Article sourced from: Taoism.net

my fifteen minutes of fame: product testing for a tv show

9 Dec

(Not my picture – Sourced from Creative Director’s twitter feed )

Random experience of the month – Two nights ago, I was browsing Craigslist and for some reason went to the Volunteer section of the site to see what kind of stuff is posted there. There was a posting that called for product testers in Vancouver so I clicked on it. I like trying new products and have done it a couple of times before.

This casting call was for people to try out a product for an upcoming show “Buy.o.Logic” that will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada. It is produced by Anna and Kristina of the Shopping Bags and Grocery Bags which is often featured on the W Network. I figured, sure why not, I don’t have anything else planned for tomorrow morning. I sent them an email and they emailed me back with information about what I would be testing and where.

This morning I made my way to the Vancouver Film School cafe on West Hastings to try out dental floss, seriously! The objective of the show was to get 100 people to try the product while being filmed for the episode. This was a 3 hour ordeal and I tried out 5 different types of dental floss which are available now at most drugstores. At first we given numbers to wear on our clothes and sat down at a bunch of random tables.

I sat with these three middle aged women – one was an aspiring actress, one was a comedian, and not sure what the other did. We chatted briefly and I felt really awkward since I didn’t have anything interesting to say to them. I can get pretty quiet when I’m with a bunch of people I don’t know.

The creative director ( I think?) for the show stood on the stage and welcomed everyone. We were told what would happen for the rest of the day. We would go around and try out 5 different types of floss. At the end, we would choose which one we liked best and would film scenes with the host of the show. My favourite floss was the Oral B Glide, so smooth and minty fresh!

Most of the time, I stood around and talked to other people that were there. Such a random bunch of people! I was really interested in going just to see who actually went to these things and how they even got into it. A couple said they saw the ad in an Actor’s magazine or something, a few saw it on Craigslist like myself, some had done product testing for the show before and one was persuaded by a friend who decided not to come, haha. A lot of people came from far away like Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge far away which is surprising. I guess if you have a chance to be on camera, you’ll jump at the opportunity. Some people even flossed their teeth right in front of the cameraman – glad it wasn’t me who was chosen to do that.

As “compensation” for our time, there were some door prizes like vacuums, ab workout stuff ( from the last episode), and a cookbook. I think these items were past test items. I didn’t win anything but they gave goodie bags to everyone at the end which was nice. I got: a Cobs Bread reusable bag (great, now I have 10 reusable bags), $5 to Cob’s Bread, gift card (amount unknown) to Caya, Bonchaz pastry coupon, Riceworks chips, trial size Udderly Smooth cream, and a 225 gram bag of roasted coffee beans from Caffe Artigiano.

Would I do it again? Maybe – depending on the product being tested and I would definitely go with someone I know next time. I think I would have felt more comfortable without having to make general conversation with strangers. Clearly, I have some social issues…haha. I didn’t care much to be in front of the camera but, you might catch me in the background or in the closing scene with the host and our favourite dental floss.

Should have taken some pics while I was there but wasn’t sure if I was allowed! Anyways, the episode is supposed to air in March 2012, so I’ll let you know when it is so you can catch my fifteen minutes of fame, lol.

If you are interested in doing product testing like what I did, this is the website for the show and they post casting call info on it as well.