Just 11 days ago, I took off happily from Singapore to wander off with Karen
to Taipei yet again!
Karen won the ambassadorship to be traveling the different states of New Taipei City and honorably brought my humble soul along!
The trip was planned to be 2 week event where we shuffle from resort to hotels to ‘MinSu’ almost daily
Exploring the goodness of each town in New Taipei City
At this point, you might ask: What’s the difference between New Taipei and Taipei itself?
You’re welcome to read my previous entry telling you all about New Taipei City Tourism
I bought an urgent flight out and back to homeland Singapore on Sunday (the 9th day) afternoon
Just 4 hours before flight time, I confirmed the flight booking and also a driver to take me out of the mid mountains and straight to Taoyuan Airport
At that moment, I couldn’t fathom having to be amongst trees and flowers any further, not even a single hour was considered bearable
The very fact of not having immediate medical care made me very insecure & I just wanted to get out of that place
The above will be the only beautiful photo in this entry, taken by my bff Karen
and for the brave souls, you may continue to read on…..
For the first 7 days, we were also surrounded by nature – the blue skies, the rocks, the seas and the sands
Right after arriving in Shuangxi, we checked into a beautiful ‘Minsu” which is named as ‘Venice in the hills”
The apartment was isolated in the middle of some kind of forest where we can hear the sounds of nature ringing at all times
like the owls hooting at night, the crickets and many kinds of insects and trees lived harmoniously there
On the first night, I went to bed comfortably – absolutely tired – covered myself with the sheets and said good night to Karen
The next morning I woke up with this!
Ain’t any professionally taken photos since I was already in distress
This was officially DAY 1
It’s giving me creeps right now as I’m writing this
what seemed like insect bites got me really worried, coz I know it’s likely to be what I had years ago when I visited my friend Angie
at her home in New Territories Hong Kong
That time, for 5 days I suffered – seeing doctors and specialist seeking help to end my misery
Twin would remember this as well, since she went through my itching holiday together
This round, there wasn’t 5 days for the rash to multiply
I got it full blown just after one night
After getting help from a local chinese pharmacy, they insisted that bed bugs/flea bit me
funny thing was – Karen had nothing
As I walked on till later part of the day, 3 appeared on my arms
The last doctor at IFC Hong Kong gave me a full course of antibiotics and steroid cream for application
It worked and the spots never went away, leaving behind scars for a year or 2
and I still see some remnants now
The doctor warned me to avoid going to rural areas as it is a form of skin allergyYears on, I completely forgotten his advice and placed myself in the midst of greenery again
The spots got redder and there is some kind of white circumference around the spot
The medication didn’t work and I couldn’t sleep all night
Both my legs were HOT – totally not amusing this time since I know I say I’m Hot all the time
But this is FOR REAL
The itch was way beyond those of sandfly’s bites, even after applying medication and topping it with Aloe Vera gel
I wasn’t feeling very good by then
Being a natural bug-magnet, I have this huge fear for all kinds of bugs!
I know for sure they will harm me in one way or another….
After hearing that I have to continue to stay in a Minsu for the next 2 nights
I completely gave up
I wanted to leave ASAP
I’m sure amongst those spots, there are definitely some that belong to bug bites
If they can attack me while I’m under the sheets, they didn’t give me any chance for self defense =(
On Day 2, I flew back
Looking at the beautiful skylines of Singapore, I’m really happy to be back!
The spots have darkened
I washed my legs with Potassium Permanganate and applied steroid cream and also took oral medication to help me sleep better
The doctor told me it was some form of skin allergy and can be also due to bug bites that went literally went VIRAL
Quite a few people have told me they feel itchy just by looking at my legs
I’m really quite smashed
Having to take care of my legs and knowing that the scars will be there permanently is really not helping at all
This pair of legs have always made me proudNow that this is ruined, I can’t be trotting around with my hot shorts and mini skirts anymore
People are now looking at my legs for the wrong reasons…
– Just SUPER UPSET –
How is it that I’m destroyed and Karen is untouched (yea, maybe a few spots)?
According to a study from Smithsonian.com
Bugs are more attracted to me because:
1. Blood Type – Type O people get it: No prizes to guess what blood type I belong to
2. Carbon Dioxide – Large people exhale more gas compared to small people
In this case, it’s obvious right!
3. Metabolism – I already have a higher body temperature to start with, adding on the fact that I exercise frequently, I’m the exact target for bugs
4. Beer – Drinking Beer makes me more attractive to bugs as well especially since Karen doesn’t drink at all =(
5. Clothing Color – Black, Dark Blue and Red will stand out to bugs
I wore sky blue and black shorts to sleep that fateful night
I hope some miracle scar removing cream befall on me, that’s the biggest wish for 2015