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At the last play of last Thursday’s futsal session, as we were jostling a bit for the ball, one of my futsal buddies lost his balance and fell on the outside of my right knee.

As he went down, so did I while experiencing 3 popping sounds that is very similar to cracking knuckles, but quite a bit louder. That followed immediately a sharp pain to the ankle. I managed to stand up after a while and managed to drive home too.

Dr. Gan's office, my knee brace
Dr. Gan’s office, my knee brace (will have to wear this for a while)

I thought that it could have been a minor sprain at first, but the next day I had to drive to work in the morning when I realized that walking to & from the LRT stations was going to be too difficult.

The same morning I also discovered that I couldn’t lift my leg to the rear past 20 degree or so, and any left & right pressure was unbearable.

That was when I made the decision to seek professional help, and ended up at Damansara Specialist Hospital after getting recommendations from FA who had her ACL surgery done by  the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gan.

MRI done at Damansara Specialist Centre
MRI done at Damansara Specialist Hospital

After a bit of moving my knees around and pushing here and there, the good doctor (who specializes in knee and sports injury) arrived at the conclusion that I suffered an MCL tear from the impact.

The good news is, there’s no surgery required. I was fitted with a knee brace and prescribed anti inflammatory drugs. Total cost was RM 564

  • RM 355 for knee brace
  • RM 180 for consultation
  • RM 5 medical record service
  • RM 24 pharmacy

Pretty reasonable I think. I have a Prudential insurance but that was only for hospitalization, so this was paid out of pocket. Luckily my company does allow employees to claim outpatient medical treatments up to a certain amount. This will be covered.

MRI first impression - MCL tear
MRI first impression – MCL tear

According to Dr. Gan, MRI was not strictly necessary, but a good precaution measure to check if there’s any further damage to the knee (especially the meniscus). I opted in and made an appointment for the next day and went there with Haze.

MRI is really a wonder of modern medical technology and a direct result of our understanding in quantum physics. I was sent into the machine, the friendly staff provided blankets and even a special headphones (with air tubes delivering music instead of traditional speakers since metal doesn’t play well with the giant magnet). 20 minutes of clicking and humming sound later. I was done.

Another 45 minutes later, the results were out. The initial report: MCL tear.

MRI cost: RM 900.

I’ll have to see Dr. Gan again next week for a follow up with the MRI result, but it seems like a 4-6 months from high impact exercise and plenty of cycling is all I need to have a full recovery. Lucky I already have the mountain bike. 😀

My impression of KPJ (Damansara Specialist Hospital) is a positive one. Service was good and there is no need to run around to process payment and such. The only little problem they have there is the lack of parking space, but I guess that pretty much happens to every hospital these days.

Futsal & badminton will be on hiatus for me in the mean time.


Today, lets talk about moving your body.

In this post, I will once and for all show that you too can eat (almost) all you want and live a life without being overweight. Something that I practice almost religiously these days.

I have to admit, I did not used to be like this. While my late dad was a very active person who swam & run on an almost daily basis, I was your average slob who would change the TV channel with my feet just to not move away from the couch (the remote broke).

my current weight
my current weight – 59.8 KG, at 5’5

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized this wasn’t the right way to live, I wanted to be active and stay healthy, so I found a few sports I love doing, and have been staying active pretty much since.

Here are a few tips for you to get started on an active life style:

badminton shoes

1. Find the activity you enjoy

While my late dad enjoyed jogging and swimming, they weren’t my favorite sports. After a bit of searching, I settled on futsal, badminton, and mountain biking. Futsal and badminton were fun cos they are group activities, and I found mountain biking more enjoyable than jogging due to the faster pace (see more things in the process) and that it is usually less hot with the wind blowing in your face.

2. Find activities you can do despite the weather

With mountain biking and jogging, you are at the mercy of the weather, but since futsal and badminton are indoor activities, there isn’t any such problem. You want to have at least one activity that can be done all year long. It can be gym, futsal, basketball, badminton, or even running on treadmill.

You don’t want a couple weeks of bad weather for you to lose your momentum.

KY futsal thursday

3. Participate in team sports or find partner(s)

Individual sports offer flexibilities on schedules, but at the same time it also allows the less determined individuals to easily skip the routine. With team sports, you not only foster extra friendship with people you play with, but there is a certain expectation to be there and at least make the number every week. This in turn indirectly forces you to work out, brilliant isn’t it?

A partner to go to the gym or jog together works wonder too.

endomondo screen shot

4. Use an application to track your progress

If you are a smart phone user, there are a number of sports tracking applications available for your usage, and most of them are free too. These applications helps track your progress via manual entry and even utilizing the phone’s GPS to track your biking/running trail. I use Endomondo on my phone and keeps track of every workout I do.

Since mid of June (when I started using Endomondo) till mid December, I’ve registered 77 workouts and spent some 35,000 calories. That’s equivalent to some 64 burgers consumed. 😀

 5. Make it your New Year resolution

With 2012 just around the corner, make a new year resolution that counts and stick to it. Your body will thank you.

Good luck and stay fit (or start changing that A between F & T to an I).

P/S: Do tune into 1 Sihat Malaysia to get more health tips on eating habits and healthy living. The program is hosted by Fahrin Ahmad and features stories from the local celebrities. Head to for more, this post is brought to you by Ministry of Health.

A couple months ago when I was on the futsal pitch:

The ball was on my left leg, and I passed it to the right, I did a bit of a side step, got passed one defender. Now facing the goal keeper who was charging ahead of me, I fired the ball with my right leg, it went.. straight to his knee and bounced right back …. INTO MY LEFT EYE.

It hurt like crap, I think my head was spinning a little bit. The game went on, I substituted myself out, and immediately noticed something wrong. The vision out of the left eye was blurred in a way that was almost but not quite like having a faulty air conditioner in your car during heavy downpour resulting in a fogged wind shield.

KY & cheesie at Tun Hussien Onn National Eye Hospital

My vision was fine the next day, but by night time the foggy condition came back. It was actually quite scary, so I did what everyone suggested (mostly over Twitter, follow me @kyspeaks if you haven’t). I went to the Tun Hussien Onn National Eye Hospital to get it looked at.

Among the well wishers and people who showed concern, there were quite a lot of people who joked about the injury (it’s all good, I would do the same, making fun of other’s misery is one of the greatest joys in life).

A few days later, Cheesie developed this red scar thing on one of her eyes, so I took her to the same hospital to get it looked at. The doctor said it was an allergic reaction to the colored contact lenses, she said it was the karma from laughing at me. I kinda agreed with her, hehe.

After a few weeks of putting eye drops and a return to visit the good doctor, my eyes are feeling good now. Thank goodness it wasn’t something serious.

I have a health insurance policy, so at least I didn’t feel too stressed about being able to pay the medical bill, but this incident made me realized the importance of being covered should anything more dramatic found it’s way to me (touch wood).


Coincidentally, PruBSN engaged me for this advertorial just right after this incident.

The product is called PruBSN Takaful Health.

To be honest, before this, I had no idea what takaful meant. I’ve seen them on highway billboards, and maybe even on newspaper, but the only thing I knew was that this has something to do with being consistent with the Islamic believes.

So I read up on what this is all about and found out a few things about Takaful, especially PruBSN Takaful Health

  • It is available for everyone, not just Muslims
  • It is based on the principles of  Shariah instead of conventional insurance
  • It involves participants reaching a common agreement to guarantee each other against defined loss of damage by contributing Tabarru’ (donation) to the Takaful fund
  • Main objective at the end is still similar – to provide protection

One other thing that makes PruBSN stands out is their NCB (no claim bonus) feature. The graphic above demonstrates a 30 year old male certificate holder with a Takaful Health TH200 plan who pays an annual contribution of RM 1,032 being able to get RM 300 in NCB if he did not make any claims the year before. Pretty neat huh?

Get yourself covered. For more, check out PruBSN’s website.

Futsal Anyone?

July 2, 2007 9 Comments

We’re doing it every Thursday night from 10 to 11pm at the Futsal Sports Center at Section 19, PJ. The place is also known as the “pusat perabot” since the front of the facility spots a furniture store instead.

when tired, be the goalie

This has been going on for the past few months. We have been consistently having anywhere from 9 to 15 players at a session. It is a futile attempt to pinpoint the number of participants with the commitment (or lack of) from guys these days. So if you are a dude interested in sweating it off, come join us!

On a related note, Nike Football has set up the interesting Jangan Togel site that is dedicated to street football (not exactly futsal, but close enough). The flashy site spots a comic like design, with some wallpaper, music, and videos free for view or download.

Jangan Togel
this screen is better than my picture above. :/

In case you wonder what is “Jangan Togel”, it comes from the Malaysian tradition that the team which conceded the first goal has to play the remainder of the game with their top off. We initially tried to implement this old rule, but somehow there are always some sissies who prefer to not show their tiny nipples.. or something.

Incidentally, this is also one of the websites that utilizes flash in a non-annoying way that is actually interactive and interesting. I can’t wait for the short films to be on, check out the site for yourself.

Futsal Shoes
good shoes, bad shoes, and a weird dude

Proper futsal shoes aren’t the pair of ADIDAS you wear to One-Utama for dating, as horny found out. The shoes evolved a mouth after playing for the 2nd time and had to be fed to the bin, but somehow the fella was still all smile, weird. Get a real pair of futsal shoes already.

By the way, we play futsal on thursdays night, usually 8-9pm at footy futsal next to Ming Tien in Taman Megah. Organized by the hooligans at Hantu Bola, Eyeris is the head hantu. Let me know if you are interested to join us! We’re playing tonight too.