A waist is a terrible thing to mind

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I’ve always been blasΓ© about the stuff that I shovel into my mouth. Once dubbed The Man With The Cast Iron Stomach, I’ve been known to eat just about anything and everything to little or no ill effect. I tend to favor greasy and fatty dishes, which probably explains my extraordinarily high cholesterol levels.

Give yourself a dose of Shock and Awe with my triglycerides reading. I weigh in at a staggering 6.10 mmol/L which is way beyond anything that can be even remotely described as “healthy”. Anything above 2.26 is High while results exceeding 5.65 is Very High. I guess mine is in the non-existent category called Ludicrously High. πŸ˜‰ 


Among my many (dubious) talents, one of them is speed eating. I can eat really fast. I practically gobble food down, which is not exactly listed in Best Practices of Eating Healthy.

I have always thought of myself as somewhat invincible – heart disease and stroke? That’s for old people. Nope, nothing to do with me at all. Denial is not just a river in Egypt and all that. πŸ˜‰ 

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This just goes to show that although we may come out with witty twists of famous quotes (A mind is a terrible thing to waste/A waist is a terrible thing to mind) it still doesn’t change the fact that we’re eating more and more unhealthy food at a younger age. The perils of cosmopolitan living… 

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I’m sure you’ve all read about the rising obesity rates worldwide – even us Asians, traditional bastions of healthy eating, have succumbed to unhealthy (but delicious) food. 


I’m probably a prime candidate for a heart attack despite my age, and if I really do get one, having a bypass is going to cost well into the 5-6 figure range for the hospital bills. 


I’ll be honest; I’ll never be able to afford a sum like that. I don’t even have 4 digits in my bank account, unless it’s payday. πŸ˜‰ I have company health insurance but the problem with this is that it’s tied to the company – if you switch jobs or (touch wood) get fired/retrenched, you lose your insurance. It’ll be worse when you retire coz that’s when you need your health insurance the most!

You know what they say about buttered toast always landing buttered side down (another variant of Murphy’s law – anything that can go wrong, will go wrong).

You do see the irony of using the buttered toast analogy in a post about cholesterol levels right? πŸ˜‰ 


It’s not all doom and gloom – read the previous post to know more about their kickbacks which rewards you for being healthy. Vegetarians and health freaks would be pleased to hear about that aspect. 


Seriously though, company tied medical insurance is not portable, which is why a lot of people opt for personal health plans. PRUhealth covers you up to the ripe old age of 100 and best of all? 

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It also includes overseas coverage! Thus, if you clutch your heart after eating a hearty meal of greasy fish and chips chased down with an ultra thick chocolate milkshake complete with a deep fried Mars bar for dessert…fret not, you can still claim your hospital bills in other countries. 

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I mean, if you survive la. :p

…and of course, terms and conditions apply. πŸ˜‰

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29 thoughts on “A waist is a terrible thing to mind”

  1. U r lucky compared to those who really does care about their health. My bestie was admitted to Rejang Medical Centre for 3-4 times since last year for various of unexpected diseases. The weird things is she really mind about everything that she ate & she very care about health.. But it’s lucky that she did buy health insurance too else maybe she couldnt have chance to see the world again..

  2. Shirley Snow: I was at Rejang Medical Center a couple of times too! First when I was transfered from SGH, and second when I had my stomach pumped due to an overdose of DXM (very intense sigma plateau experience – excess of 4,000 mg).
    It’s a Goodbye reality, Hello Sigma experience.
    The people there know me well. :S

  3. Don’t sweat the small suff, HB. We all know lighter and lither is healtier. But you are wise to CONTROL your eating. now. lest you be like me, 60lbs over weight. Just for shits and giggles and to compare,; i am 49 mostly caucaisin , i think.( hey… you never know, did you ever ask your parents about their sex life? I’m just glad i’m here.)(my family has a history of high bloodpresure), here are my stats-6″ 1’260lbs,( yeh way over weight) 140/80 bp, on atenolol, 77 resting pulse,240 hdl ldl- well it got chewed up by the dog. not good though. gonna have to learn to love oats and veggies. sigh.

  4. HB, it good you’re fine now. It better not to be Andrew Zimmerman he get shots before he head out on assignments never know what he ended up eaten.

  5. Let’s be perfectly frank, most insurance companies would like you to believe it’s that easy & simple to receive coverage for surgeries/disabilities/hospitalisation but you know the drill… *T&C applies.
    The documentation, legal process and the waiting time is enough(I believe) to kill a recovering patient. πŸ˜‰
    5 years ago, my father suffered from a stroke and he had to be hospitalised for 2 weeks. Upon submitting claims to PRU through a Pantai neurologist, they refused to pay up citing numerous reasons. However, my father’s close friend who happened to be a lawyer threatened to bring PRU to court for refusing to pay up. Needless to say we promptly received RM12,000 from our agent the next day. Hand-delivered to our home to boot. It wasn’t the full amount promised to us still better than nothing πŸ˜‰ We decided to cancel his insurance policy soon after.
    I certainly hope PRU Health has improved in the recent years. Our experience was enough to put us off.

  6. Michael (Mike): Thanks! I’m feeling much better now that I’ve stopped the antibiotics. πŸ™‚
    Cheers: Hmm…wait lemme get someone better versed in insurance to answer that. πŸ™‚

  7. chefmel: Yup, in infamous Azza burger – open till REALLY late! =D
    Favorite haunt of nocturnal creatures in Kuching. They have really awesome burgers, especially their special…and yes, it tastes better than most of the Ramly burgers over here. πŸ™‚

  8. KY: Yeah, it’s a good bonus for people who travels around. The last time I took an ambulance (damn Medicare expired just 3 days BEFORE) it cost me AUD 650 for a measly 3 kms. AUD 650! πŸ™

  9. The chilli that you ate is the third hottest chilli in the world i think if i am not mistaken. It is a ripe halapeno. I only tried the unripe ones before.
    my brother use to have a very high amout of that oil when he was studying in inti last year. he was eating all arond nilai and Kl. My parents were nagging him so hard.
    I was really amazed at how you are able to stuff food in ur mouth when u haven even finsih chewing it. Awesome man!

  10. Cheong Hao: Yeah, I love spicy food. I find cili padi to be rather bland, I always ask for a handful at the local mamak where I eat for my maggie goreng. πŸ™‚
    Yeah, it’s one of my dubious skills – stuffing food into my mouth and swallowing. πŸ™‚
    kiki: Haha! I won’t. I can only scarf down certain kinds of food – gravy laden food, to be exact. I can’t eat dry food e.g. hot dogs fast. I think it’s coz I need a lot of water. πŸ™‚
    TY: Creamy is good! πŸ™‚

  11. cindy khor: Haha! Yeah I can eat really fast when I want to. It’s a bad habit really, coz you can’t tell when you’re full and overeat. πŸ™‚

  12. yea. they don’t put a lot of the cilli padi even though everyone likes it spicy. have no idea why?
    u should try to enter some competition with that skill. no joke. i remember there is a competition for speed eating.

  13. kenwooi: I’m actually quite overweight now. I need to get back to my 2005 size. πŸ™‚
    Cheong Hao: Yup, but I can only eat certain kinds of food fast – the ones with lots of gravy on top. I can’t eat dry food really fast. πŸ™‚
    suituapui: Heh! Well, I eat a lot of high cholestrol food so that’s probably why. πŸ™‚


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