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Most everyone have a preferred angle when it comes to taking photos. For example, if you are to pose with Amber Chia for a picture, she will always stand on the right side (check this old post from Cheesie), therefore showing the left side of her face to the camera. This is mostly because we are not exactly symmetrical.

hidden smiles
many props were used to cover the lower half of my face, hehe

As for me, the left/right side thing doesn’t affect me. I have a very different approach instead, over the years, I have perfected the skill of  having my mouth inconspicuously covered. Variety of props were used, my hands, coffee, beer, fish ball, pizzas, etc.

The reason is simple, I don’t have a great set of teeth, or jaw line for that matter.

the overbite and not-so-aligned teeth
the overbite and not-so-aligned teeth

My teeth has several “problems”:

  • they are not aligned, lower set of teeth’s completely skewed to a side too
  • i have a pretty severe overbite, to the point where I have to cut noodles using my upper teeth and tongue (something I did without realizing)
  • I have old fillings and metal crown that’s not terribly sweet looking
  • one wisdom tooth at the bottom jaw (I don’t have any in upper jaw) is pointing side way, and the other is surfacing (yes I just reached the ripe age of 21 :P)
  • my front bunny teeth chipped (notice the “n” shaped curve?) during a fall when I was young

the model of my teeth and jaw
the model of my teeth and jaw

Haze has started putting on braces a few months ago to correct her teeth as well, and has been encouraging me to do the same.

After a pretty long research, studying, and procrastination, I am finally doing something about it. I will be getting Invisalign and some other treatments to fix these teeth once and for  all.

I wouldn’t say that Invisalign is the answer to everyone’s crooked teeth problems. You have to be a right candidate for it as it is for you. The benefit is obvious, it is pretty much impossible for others to tell when you’re wearing it, and it usually take less time to correct the teeth than traditional braces.

putting in the Invisalign starter kit
putting in the Invisalign starter kit, both trays already on in pic 4.

The disadvantages?

The biggest of them all – you can take them off.

Well, you need to take them off in order to eat. As with any method of adjusting the position of your teeth, it can get very uncomfortable/pain. With traditional braces you have no choice but to bear with it, but with Invisalign, you can take them off and throw them away. Invisalign therefore, is terrible if you aren’t disciplined enough to keep it in 22 hours a day.

Oh, and the constant cleaning. The clear trays can get dirty very quickly, and you’d have to brush it at least 3 times a day, and preferably after every meal. This is a pretty huge commitment, but something not something that is terribly difficult. After about a week of forcing myself to do that, it became sort of a habit anyway, and this is from someone who used to only brush teeth once a day.

Then of course, there’s the price. Invisalign is quite a fair bit more expensive than traditional braces in Malaysia (actual cost depends on your condition). However, since payment is pretty flexible (one shot, half-half, monthly, every visit etc), you can always spread it out. I think of it as a one year project and more than worth delaying having a new car for the same period of time. at Jalan Ipoh, I’ll be visiting this place pretty often

I am now on my starter kit with one set of trays just to let myself get used to having them in my mouth, the first set of Invisalign  trays that will actually align my teeth will be coming in a few weeks’ time. Will be documenting my journey to better teeth here.

Can’t wait!

After coming back from the Melaka trip, we decided to have some Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶). Since this is one of those dishes that is actually better in the Klang Valley as compared to my hometown that is Penang. Going to Klang would be a bit of a drive after the long journey from Melaka, so we went to Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh instead.

Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh
this is some mouth watering stuff

I have been to Ban Lee on a previous occasion, but that was for their morning/lunch session, when we got there at around 5pm last week, the night session was just getting started. That suits me just nice as I had wanted to try their night session Bak Kut Teh since more than half a year ago.

Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh
look at the amount of herbs in the soup

For the four of us, we ordered a clay pot Bak Kut Teh with mixed ingredients, a plate of oily vegetables (油菜), and some yau char kwai (Chinese Crullers – 油炸鬼).

The yau char kwai and a bowl of plain Bak Kut Teh soup was served almost instantaneously. This was a nice touch as we could immediately start to curb the penned up hunger while waiting for the main course to be served. The yau char kwai was actually good too, very crispy.

Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh
this is some nice bak kut teh

The main pot didn’t take long before it was on our table. Steaming with the proper Bak Kut Teh smell, the clay pot came with plenty of pork (fatty and non fatty), ribs, intestine, stomach, mushroom (2 types), vegetables, and some crispy fu chok (dried bean curd skin) on top. The soup was pretty strong and tasty, as you can see from the herbs that they put into it. Overall the taste was very satisfying, with the meat properly cooked and the different ingredients making up a range of taste and textural feel.

Map to Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh

It was a good meal, though i think some of the Klang shops still retains a slight edge over Ban Lee, but there is nothing to complain about, and I will not hesitate to visit there again. The dinner costs around RM 50 for the 4 of us, a very reasonable price.

Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh is located just a stone’s throw away from Dynasty Hotel along Jalan Ipoh. Parking might be a bit of a hassle, but do not park right in front of the shop by the yellow line as the police station is just right across the road. I have actually witness a Kancil get hunted down by the police as the guy parked illegally twice (the cops gave chance the first time, but the dude did it again 2 minutes later, the guy left without even paying for his food)

GPS: 3.172557, 101.691642

So we ran out of lunch idea the other day, and when that happens, Bak Kut Teh naturally comes up to my mind. Being nearby Jalan Ipoh area, we naturally went to try out the pretty famous Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh, a very short distance from the Mahameru junction.

Jalan Ipoh Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh
pretty old school setting

We got there pretty late (last table served), the owner told us there was nothing left other than pork knuckle. Most of the time I would much rather go for meat and internals, but being way too hungry at the time, we decided not to drive to another place. So pork knuckle it was.

Now this is one of the very few places that still uses charcoal fire to heat up the claypot. With the old school stoves right at the other side of the wall and the dated furniture, this place definately hits a few points in the nostalgia department. If only they use some china bowls instead..

Jalan Ipoh Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh

The soup was really great, full of heavy herbal aroma just like those Klang places. I also like the way how they just place some raw vegetables and “fu chok” on top of the serving, scoring some points on presentation. Another nice ingredient is the golden nedle mushroom (Enokitake, 金针菇) apart from the standard chinese variety.

However, the pork knuckle only main ingredient was a little too monotonous and proved a little too fatty even for me. I’d probably go there again during regular hours one of these days.

Jalan Ipoh Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh
nice map, no? 3rd time using the same template, other’s are here & here.

GPS: 3.172557, 101.691642