If you look at my profile picture, you might mistake me as a local. You are not alone. So how a Hong Kong girl migrated to Australia but ending up in Singapore and eventually calling Singapore home? Let me tell you a story which a young girl travel far to follow her heart of finding true love.
I met my husband when I was in university. We meet online. Back in those days, only geeks would spend time on the internet because you will need certain technical skill in order to log on to server and initiate conversation with people on the other side of the world. Fast forward, in year 2000, I decided to come to Singapore to give our relationship a go and since I was hired by one of the local bank to relocate to Singapore. I thought, why not?! If I failed in the relationship part, I suppose I could tell people that I work overseas after being headhunted in Sydney! So after working for 3 years in Singapore, I went back to Sydney engaged and then to everyone’s surprise, I was back in town as a trailing expat following my husband’s project posting in Singapore. For the past 12 years, I have been calling Singapore home where I met wonderful people including Fong Ting as our children are attending the same school.
When I moved to Sydney 26 years ago, that was the first time that I get to know alternative medicine/therapy. Back in Hong Kong while growing up, I was not aware of what alternative medicine was about nor have any idea of non-toxic lifestyle. To me, when you are not feeling well, you are going to see doctor and take medication. If it works, great! If it doesn’t, try TCM as I’m from a Chinese background. If even THAT doesn’t work, too bad! You would not go and change your diet. You would not think about if it’s the chemical filled environment is giving you trouble. Growing up, the most troubling thing that I have is having sinus problem and allergy problem. I always have rashes on my skin growing up. I would find patches of itchy rashes or small fluid-filled blisters called vesicles appear on the fingers, hands, and feet. It’s not a pleasant thing at all. When you go and see the doctor, prescribed medicated cream might not work. And I remember taking so much antihistamine and found it not much used. Little that I know when I moved to Australia, my sinus has mysteriously disappeared. My itch still happened but less frequent. Then I realized that it might be got to do with the environment that I am in. It was an encouraging change that I have. My quality of life has suddenly improved. Then since Australian are generally pro-natural. That means, when we had certain condition, there are so many alternative treatments that we can try.
Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. Some people would refer these treatments as “integrative” or “complementary” medicine. This is where I was introduced to the term of non-toxic. Natural therapy has the goal of treating condition in a non-toxic and safe way. This includes chiropractic treatment, homeopathy, acupuncture, Craniosacral therapy, NAET (NAMBUDRIPAD’S Allergy Elimination Techniques) and etc. This is a great introductory article on alternative medicine.
After I have settled in Singapore, I gave birth to 2 beautiful daughters. My older girl had not just inherited my beautiful face(!!!), my chillax altitude but ALSO my irritating allergy!!! There were a couple of incidents extreme allergy reaction that leads to swollen eyes, swollen tongue and swollen lips. We all know that these conditions could be fatal. This might lead to suffocation due to swollen throats. But I feel hopeless because at that point in time, I know this can only be treated with medication such as antihistamine. I also knew it might not eventually work after consistently taking it for a period of time. I will probably eventually need to carry an EpiPen on standby. Imagine how much medication you need to pump in! I suppose God is watching all the time. I met a lady in a dinner party at my friend’s house. She recommended me NAET (NAMBUDRIPAD’S Allergy Elimination Techniques). You can read more in the link. To me; no drug, non-invasive treatment for adjusting the “Qi” in our body and it could treat the allergy forever! What more can I ask for. I straight away went to see a NAET therapy. After starting this therapy, my daughter no long requires visits to the ER at Thomson anymore. Yay! It works! However we had to put our stop to our treatment because due to personal reason, our NAET practitioner can no longer give treatment. It was a sad decision from her which we all have to accept. But at least we don’t have to keep running to the ER!
So I’m like back to square one. Even though we do not have to run back to ER but rashes still happens and my girl would scratch here and there. I remembered sometimes the condition would be so bad that even Fong Ting’s daughter would notice and tell Fong Ting about it. That’s why Fong Ting introduced essential oil to me. She shared her experience which you can read from her e-book. She urged me to give essential oil a try. The idea was to treat the rashes in natural way using the oil, boost up the immune system and maintain a toxic-free environment.
I have used essential oil before when I was in Sydney. I used it more for DIY purposes like making soap and face scrub. Or diffuse it in the room so it smells nice. I haven’t even thought of using it as to treat a condition like allergy. As a Chinese, we grew up using plant based ointments such as Khuynh-Diep Eucalytus Oil, Red Flower Oil and so on. So I’m quite open minded of trying to use essential oil. At the same time, Fong Ting also recommended the brand Young Living to me which remains the most popular brand of essential oil in the world. It was approved by FDA and can be taken orally. And the support is great. I remember what my grandpa said, “if you don’t know how to choose, buy the most expensive one in the market and it won’t go too wrong”. So I took a leap of faith and started using the oil on my daughter to make her feel more comfortable when dealing with rashes. I would say the outcome has been satisfying. The blend that we made, we call it “Allergy bomb” (a blend of lemon, lavender, peppermint), which my daughter used on the back of her neck/sole and affected area works great. Whenever we are about to feel sick, we diffuse thieves and use it on the sole of the feet to boost the immune system. I also used the oil to make freshener for my daughter to bring to camp. My younger daughter would also blend her own blend “Sweet dreams” (a blend of lavender and lemon) to help her get better sleep and stay away from “monsters”. And when they are not feeling well, the first thing is that they would get the oil out, help boosting the immune system and fight the virus. Also it turns out to be the cost of all these DIY is much lower than buying the commercial chemical ones. That makes me one happy mama.
Alternative medicine would sound a bit too “hippie” for some people. The only way to have an open mind is to educate one-self on this area. Building this website, I’m hoping to raise awareness on how we can to improve our quality of lives in a natural way. Make informed choices and take charge of your health.
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