Phoning It In

21 October 2017 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

In the last month or so, the battery life of my Samsung phone which I bought over 2.5 years ago shortened and shortened. I thought it was bad when it only had an hour of energy at full charge. In the end it only had about 5 minutes of life at full charge. I had bought a fresh new battery when I was at Langkawi in July and clearly I was swindled.

Spiderwebbed

Physically, the phone looked like it had been beaten up by school bullies.

Cracked Rear View

The battery looked pretty chubby in the end.

Do I look fat from this angle?

I needed to buy a new phone as mobile communications appear to be paramount at work.

 

A Sojourn To Jerteh

19 October 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

And so it came to pass that Irfan, Ain and I took a vacation back to Pasir Mas, Kelantan. And during our vacation in Pasir Mas we took a sub-vacation south to Terengganu.

Our primary objective was Kuala Besut, Jerteh.

Testicles

Kuala Besut was famous for its keropok lekor and other such seafood.

Tok Bah and I

For some reason, traffic was heavy. We randomly took roads that eventually led us to this keropok restaurant.

Ain and Irfan

Ain and I miss eating the Terengganu keropok lekor, which we once had quite frequently as I once worked in Terengganu.

It's a factory too

As we ate keropok and satar at the restaurant, the proprietors there were also processing raw keropok right there behind the sales counter.

 

Mini Six: The Seaside Catastrophe

17 October 2017 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Teaching Plays, Role Playing Games, Teaching
 

And so it came to pass that I was given the opportunity to present my ideas for tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) as a language learning tool to the workplace. During the workshop, I also ran a Mini Six session for the participants. For the first time ever, I gamemastered (GM) an RPG session for colleagues, which was something I never thought I would do.

The GM is in red

The GM has no idea what he's doing

This entry chronicles the epic events that transpired in-game during the session:

Mini Six: Agents of CIL

The Seaside Catastrophe

If this actual play report sounds familiar, then it is because it is the same scenario I ran for my class last month. This time though, the pregenerated player characters (PCs) consisted of a whole new mix of agents.

Dramatis Personae

  • Alex and Farahhein as Agent Mustonen the Finnish combat medic
  • Sareepa and Masturah as Agent Khoo the Malaysian sniper
  • Ivy and Angela as Agent Takeuchi the Japanese engineer
  • Syakira as Agent Petrovic the Bosnian driver
  • Yuzy as Agent Hussein the Yemeni linguist

A Peaceful Drive

It was March 2011.

The five Agents of Central Intelligence League (CIL) had been sent to Fukushima, Japan in 2011 by their Agency Director (who was at the time about to undergo a medical procedure) to investigate the disappearance of their colleague Agent Yamaguchi (which Agent Mustonen reminded was nicknamed Tamagotchi at the office). CIL was an independent international intelligence agency that helped governments to keep the peace worldwide.

Initiative list

Some whiteboard or something

Petrovic drove their car through the Japanese countryside towards the town of Ōkuma which was the last known location of Agent Yamaguchi. Everyone else was drowsy and lethargic except for the supermodel-by-day Agent Khoo who somehow (with a Perception roll) noticed that a car behind them was driving up towards them fast! Khoo noticed that the driver wore a completely black outfit and a cloth mask that covered his mouth and head.

Khoo alerted Petrovic who at the last moment (with a sucessful Drive Vehicle roll) swerved out of the way. At this point everyone was wide awake, jostled about by Petrovic's wild manoevre. As the car skidded past them, Mustonen drew his weapon - a big and shiny Magnum .45 - and fired at the driver of the attacking car. (The Shooting roll and its Damage score were both high.) The bullet hit the driver squarely in the face, causing his car to veer sideways and smash against a large tree.

Petrovic brought their car to a skidding halt approximately 50 metres away.

Agent Mustonen was sure that their attacked was dead. He jumped out of the car with his gun trained at the wreck ahead and approached carefully. Takeuchi accompanied him. When they both arrived at the car - which was wrapped around the tree - they discovered that there was no driver. There was no body. A pool and splatter of blood were the only proof that there was someone at the driver's seat. According to Takeuchi (with a Techonology roll) anyone involved in such a collision would be immediately killed. How was this possible?

Mustonen took a sample of the blood on the seat with a vial he had in his medical kit.

Mustonen

The Finnish agent

Meanwhile a police car stopped behind the agents' vehicle. A police officer approached them, asking, "What happened here? Why are there so many foreigners here?"

 

17th Anniversary Dinner

15 October 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

It is now our seventeenth year together, Ain and I. So many hardships along the way and against hostile odds here we are still together, still in love; and with Irfan still in tow although he is not as little as he used to be.

He's a trooper

We thought we would try out the BIG Tas'TEA restaurant by the roadside at Arau.

Mulling over menu

We have always wanted to stop by, but we had to have extra change in our pockets before we could splurge on the more expensive Western food and smoothies and such.

We made sure in advance that we had the cash to visit BIG tas'TEA on our anniversary.

This is mighty big tasty

Sure the cholesterol level might be through the roof, but the chicken in this meal tasted fantastic.

 

Teaching Without Power

14 October 2017 | Hisham | | Teaching
 

This semester I have to help teach another English course to a class of professionals in another learning institution. Today, during my class in which I have prepared a ton to slides to be shown on the screen, the unthinkable happened.

There was a blackout.

I'm clearly in red

So I took the class outdoors. Luckily there was a cafe right outside the class, which was closed on a Saturday.

Forty's a crowd

The students helped me transport the whiteboard out to the corridor.

A matrix

I tried my best to think of an exercise they could do in groups which would compel them to do research, write then speak.

 

Theatre Was Suddenly In My Repertoire

07 October 2017 | Hisham | | Teaching
 

Did I not join this university as a language translator?

How did I end up teaching English Theatre Arts as a co-curricular course?

It really matters not, because I am enjoying my role as an language educator here. More so because I love teaching enhancement of soft skills.

Tanah tumpahnya darah ku

So my course began this week. We began with the obligatori Negaraku anthem song.

Game over man

I tried getting the students to read part of the Aliens script - slightly modified - to get them to emote (with and without stage direction).

Randomisation of emotion

I dealt them this random lines exercise between two students to get them to emote better, but during the first week even "sadness" elicited an unstoppable wave of giggles.

ELCA 2017 script reading

During the second week I got the students to read the script that I wrote for students involved in another programme. Perhaps I need to write a blog post about that programme soon.

The students also watched an episode of the TV series Community to break down sections of plot. The show is fantastic in this regard as it sometimes comedically break down its own stories metatextually.

The class

Class will resume in a couple of weeks after the mid-semester tests and Deepavali break.

 

The Kido Watcher's Guide to Bavva

29 September 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Dice For Brains is an amazing Star Wars RPG actual play podcast, gamemastered by Ross Rockafellow using Fantasy Flight Games' Force and Destiny rules.

Dice For Brains

What makes the podcast stand out from other actual play podcasts is threefold: it is recorded well, crisp and clear voices of the players with hardly any disruptive external noises. Secondly, it sounds like the games have been edited professionally which presents the action very clearly to the listeners. Finally, the gameplay is extremely story-oriented whereby plot points AND dice result intepretations are sometimes repeated to ensure listeners do not get lost in the story. The players, like the professional actors they are, annunciate very clearly and speak out loud the action they are about to do and periodically what their player characters think of.

This makes for an extremely dramatic actual play record of the game sessions being played, which are also enhanced by original music and sound effects.

Listen to their podcast starting from the first episode here.

Recently I was asked to design a t-shirt for the Dice For Brains Teepublic merchandise store! The first design was released here recently. Click on the link here to view and/or purchase it.

The t-shirt was seen on Twitter recently, worn by @karohemd: 

Blew my mind. Anyway here's a close up view of the flame-rumped kido bird:

Flame-rumped kido
 

Nia Takes Leave

25 September 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Nia spent several days with us. Her sense of fun and humour kept us amused for the whole time.

Peekaboo

She played with Ain.

Watching Trolls

She watched movies (well, just the one, mostly) with Irfan.

Group photo

Soon it was time for the Seri Kembangan crew to leave.

The crew of the departing vessel

Ayah Cik Farid, Cik Ma, Cik Su and Nia Nia packed up and prepared to leave.

The town crier

Nia wept sadly. Not because she had to leave us, mind you, but because Cik Su pretended she was not going back to Seri Kembangan with her. See you later, guys.

 

Nia and the Beach Cats

22 September 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

We went for an early dinner at Kuala Perlis with Ayah Cik, Cik Ma, Cik Su and young Nia Nia. The restaurant was by the promenade, right by the sea.

Abang Irfan

Irfan knew exactly what would float Nia's boat: Cats.

Meow Cat!

So he introduced her to a stray cat by the beach.

Rollers!

At first Nia more fascinated by the giant stone balls scattered all over the promenade. 

Ooh cat!

Then it struck her: Perhaps this can will not merely be a bystander or a passer-by. Perhaps she could make friends with this cat.

 

15th Birthday Plus One Nia

21 September 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

In a blink of an eye, Irfan is now 15 years of age. He is more or less an adult, as I myself do not remember 15 being any different than 25 besides more experience by dint of being the latter.

They both are adorbs
 

Even when he was much younger, I tried listening and talking to him as though he was an older teen. These days we are able to converse with each other in a multitude of subjects maturely - even if Irfan, Ain and I are prone to sudden infantile jokes and giggling like babies.

Nia looks like my sister

It so happened that on the day of Irfan's birthday, Nia, Cikma and Ayah Cik Farid came a-visiting and it was a far better day with their presence.  Nia even wore a cap!

Imprisoned!

The last time Nia was here she saw a cat. She awaited for the appearance of Abang the Cat from next door at the front grille.

Caked in frosting

We ordered a small-ish chocolate birthday cake for Irfan.

Happy birthday Irfan

Also, Ain made bihun goreng for everyone! 

Thanks for coming Nia Nia

It was only the first day of Nia's visit. More adventures were yet to come.

Happy birthday Irfan!

 

Mini Six: A Day By The Sea

21 September 2017 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Teaching Plays, Role Playing Games, Teaching
 

For the third time I ran a tabletop RPG session for my class using the Mini Six system, and this time I have integrated it with the English curriculum we had. The week's lesson theme was Natural Disaster and I also had to teach them about Descriptive Essays.

The RPG became a teaching tool in this situation, because students were able to interact verbally with each other in the context of the narrative. I did some research on the seaside towns in Fukushima, Japan to prepare for the session. During the game they also had to roll dice to determine that the action they declared succeeded or failed. And then had to write their game experiences as in-universe stories for homework using a structured set of questions I sent them via Google Forms.

Mini Six: Doom Agents

01 A Day by the Sea

Should have been 'Doomed Agents' instead

Dramatis Personae

  • Sabrina as Berry, the scientist
  • Athirah as Tirr, the engineer
  • Malvinder as Michale, the reporter
  • Nasha as Musk, the spy
  • Haqqi as Captain Lucci, the soldier
  • Lutfi as Naruto, the bodyguard

Here is the actual play report as taken from the students' written homework (with some paragraphs written by the GM) and edited for grammar, spelling, punctuation and clarity. A number of students who did not play listened in and submitted their homework as one of the characters being played:

Sabrina as Berry: Agent Berry was a nerdy scientist who wore round glasses and a white lab coat. One of its pockets was constantly filled with junk food such as chocolates or cookies to energise herself during work. She was a timid person but actually she had hidden skills that not everyone knew of.

Athirah as Tirr: Agent Tirr was a metallurgy engineer from Dubai who likes to research about new metals or minerals. She was constantly invited by well-known companies to join them in their team to handle big projects. However, she became a secret agent for her second career.

Malvinder as Michale: So basically I’'m reporter and my job is to update everyone what had happened and how it had happened. I came all the way from America and I'm a professional reporter.

Nasha as Musk: The six agents were sent to find a missing agent named Ishikawa in Japan. He disappeared near Okuma at the east coast of Honshu, Japan. The last messange that was received from him was that someone is trying to create "an evil thing".

Going into Fukushima

Gamemaster (GM): It was a lovely morning when the team drove a black Range Rover into town. Arriving at Okuma, they stopped at a takoyaki eatery. Agent Naruto showed the owner a photo of Agent Ishikawa and asked if he had seen him. (A successful Diplomacy roll occurred.) "I have seen him before. He loves my takoyaki. He said he was staying at the Sakura Hotel."

On the way to the hotel up the street, a pompous police officer by the name of Saito stopped them, asking why there were so many gaijin in a car. "Will you be making trouble here in Okuma?" Hot-headed Agent Naruto who was Japanese wanted to punch the cop, but the others held him back. Agent Michale managed to sweet talk the officer into letting them pass.

Malvinder as Michale: As the bodyguard was from Japan and we told the policeman that all of us had come to visit him.

Mini Six charsheets

GM: Before long they pulled up in front of the Sakura Hotel.

 

Irfan's Jaunt into Robotics

10 September 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Some time last month I received an email notification of an Introduction to micro:bit Workshop for schoolchildren to be held at the Mechatronic school at the university, and so we enrolled Irfan.

Ain and Irfan

It was a full day's programme. Ain and I decided to save our transport fuel by hanging around at the expansive computer lab. Because of that I got to play around with micro:bit as well.

With his new desk partner

To my surprise all the desktop computers in the lab were installed with Linux Mint.

Drag and drop then enter the variables!

The micro:bit is a small but multi-functional system with a processor, sensors, output jacks, LEDs and USB port. It can be used in conjunction with other hardware to create amazing tools. It can be programmed using a Javascript Blocks Editor online. The online editor has a handy virtual micro:bit for you to test out your program live. You can experiment with the micro:bit code yourself here. And then your program can be saved into and run by the meatspace micro:bit.

 

A Sad Raya Haji in Sitiawan

04 September 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha from the whole lot of us in Sitiawan...

...or something.

Daphnis at the ring

It was Eid and it was Sitiawan's turn this year.

Cold Enceladus

The trip to Sitiawan was not stressful for traffic was more than manageable. After nearly three years, I am still getting used to raya traffic being bad in the opposite direction.

Swimming in the Titanian Methane lakes

Irfan and I performed solat Aidiladha at the temporary masjid in town as a new one was under construction at the site of the old.

When I grow up I want to be Iapetus

Before long it was time to head home.

A sad footnote:The day we before we travelled to Sitiawan I had heard that an old family friend - my parents' good friend and my former classmates' dad - had been hospitalised. We visited him the next day and were met by his entire family, people I have known since I could remember and rarely meet these days. Sadly the next day - the day beforEid, he passed away. Innalillahiwainnailahiraajiun, Uncle Kamaruddin.

 

The Star Wars Show Fan Art

31 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News, Star Wars
 

The Star Wars Show crew asked for some fan art of the Star Wars Show from the Twittersphere, so being a Twitterspheroid (or a spheroid of some sort) I thought I would oblige them.

Click to Expand

Check out the full artwork on ArtStation here. Also, click on the image above to expand it.

So here we have Andi Gutierrez in an Imperial gunner costume, Anthony Carboni in some smuggler's outfit with CH-33Z in his arms and Pablo Hidalgo at the back with the Star Wars Sourcebook. I tweeted the image a couple of days ago (see Appendix A below) and then it was featured (for about 2 seconds) on the latest Star Wars Show on YouTube!

Here be the latest episode of the show:

Don't forget to check out the other fan art submissions (and the rest of the episode) in the episode above.

Click to Expand

The relevant screenshot of the video. Click on the image to expand it.

96-page Galaxy Guide?

Wonder what were Galaxy Guides 17-36.

Also in the original tweet was the illustration I drew laid out as the cover to one of West End Games' old Galaxy Guides. This fake cover sadly did not appear in the episode.

In closing, I surmise this was as close as I would possibly get to being on Star Wars in a semi-official capacity.

Appendix A: The Actual Tweet

 

SWD6: Out of the Red

20 August 2017 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays, Role Playing Games, Star Wars, Time is the Hunter
 

Episode 6

Time is the Hunter

Episode 06: Out of the Red

Continuing the adventure I ran for Ain and Irfan last December...

Bounty hunter Jax Hunt and amnesiac lady who called herself Iris Helena were waiting in the Corellian Engineering Corporation VCX-100 light freighter assigned to them, the Screeching Arrow, by the rebel fleet when the Togorian rebel coordinator Meow Skywalker came to them with a job:

"The mission will require you to travel to the Chandrila system in the Core Worlds to extract Imperial bureaucrat Ton Kelauae, his wife Aklu and his daughter Wencie. Land at Nayli Spaceport. The Kelauaes are holed up in Apartment 7C, Blackback Building. The Empire is looking for them and it will be a matter of time before they are discovered. Get to them before the Empire does and bring them back here."

Then they went off on their mission...

The character sheets

Check out the character illustrations on the PC sheets.

And Now, a Standoff!

A dozen visible Imperial stormtroopers were waiting on the streets, blasters pointed at the entrance door Blackback Building. Some of the troops were behind cover of an Uulshos Manufacturing Chariot command speeder.

Jax and Iris pulled 10-year-old Wencie Kelauae close. Jax was preparing two grenades to throw when he considered talking his way out of the standoff. He whispered the idea to Iris, who while slouching as usual, called to the stormtrooper, "Mr. Stormtroopers. Why are you pointing your guns at us? We were just walking out of here. I cook well. Can I cook some lunch for you-" (Failed her Con roll.)

"Drop the weapons, rebel scum," the platoon commander barked at them. "Now! Or we will shoot. Do you want the child to get hurt?"

As Jax quickly mulled over the words, four stormtroopers were moving towards them. Jax was at his wit's end. Neither Iris or he knew what to do next.

Irfan loves the Westward dice

A photo of Irfan as Jax and Ain's arm as Iris.

That was when the Chariot speeder exploded in a ball of flames. Half a dozen armoured troops flew into the air among debris and flame like rag dolls. The Imperials were caught in a crossfire from different attack points across the streets. This allowed Jax, Iris and Wencie to turn and retreat back into the building foyer.

One of the stormtroopers who had fallen in at the lift lobby had regained consciousness and about to fire at them. Jax dropped him again with his Relby-k23 blaster pistol. Iris grabbed a discarded E-11 blaster rifle from the floor. An explosion rocked the building, a cloud of dust billowed into the lift lobby from the foyer.

Lift lobbies are perilous places

Fleeing back into the building!

"Into the storage room!" Jax herded them into the room where he had earlier pilfered new weapons from some crates. The loading bay door was closed and locked. To open it, he fired at the door controls, an action that served only to destroy the door controls and nothing more.

Another explosion rocked the building from within. They now heard blaster fire tearing concrete and plastic in the lift lobby just outside their closed door. Eerily, the sound of battle suddenly ceased.

Jax and Iris pointed their blaster at the inner door, pushing Wencie behind them.

The door slid open. A dark-haired man wearing a dark brown overcoat carrying an A280 blaster rifle stepped in from the lift lobby. He looked at Jax and said, "Why are you here, Jax? Once again people will die because of you, just like Mom and Dad."

Jax said, "Fell?"

It was Jax's brother Fell Hunt.

 

Patreon: Troops on the Ground

15 August 2017 | Hisham | | Patreon Paperminis, Role Playing Games
 

The latest Patreon paper miniatures were released hours before August arrived, but I forgot to feature them here on the blog. So here are the Troops on the Ground series of modern soldiers for any modern role-playing games that require soldiers as player or non-player characters. Easily used with games like Covert Ops, Delta Green or The Laundry.

The four variations

The image above showcases the four basic designs. Each design has three discreet variations.

Sweep forward!

There is space for you to write down character names.

The gang's all here

Click here to go to the Patreon entry to download the PDF file for printing and assembling!

Or be a patron. Or share. Or something.

Many thanks to our patrons on Patreon for the opportunity to create these paper miniatures over the years.

 

A Nasal Epilogue

14 August 2017 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

After last week's surgery, I had splint and padding up my nose to hold things together as the parts within healed. The doctors gave me little bottles of saline solution and a syringe to douche my nasal cavity to cleanse it of blood, snot and other assorted blood-covered snot.

The tissue paper is to stop blood from dripping out

On Saturday, after my regular nose douche and a shower I felt something shift uncomfortably up my nose. The string taped to my nose which connected to the splint was slack. Something sharp and stinging had moved down my right nostril. More blood than usual was dripping down my nose.

We went to a clinic to get it looked at, but the doctor there referred us to the ER at the hospital. There was a referral letter and all. The ER doctor who attended me called up the ENT physician on call. The ENT doctor (who correctly guessed who I was over the phone) said that if there was no excessive bleeding, I can go home, but have to return to the ENT clinic for a check Monday instead of Thursday.

Emergency Department

However, the stinging pain in my right nostril disappeared Sunday morning. Did the splint move back into its normal position as I slept? Was the pain some injury that healed itself overnight? The reason will forever be unknown to me.

First thing Monday morning (well, second thing after breakfast), we were back at the ENT clinic at the hospital. The chief ENT specialist decided to remove the stuff up my nose and further explore their handiwork with an endoscope. I thought it would hurt more as they did inform me before the surgery that it might sting momentarily, but there was a slight pull and my nose was clear with minimal pain.

All appeared to be well.

I need to keep douching my nose apply the nasal steroid spray daily, to ensure the nose heals proper and to suppress polyps regrowth respectively. I hope all goes well as I have a class to teach on Tuesday which I could not postpone any more.

Finally, the spot on my right hand where the teddy bear-encased cannula was removed five days earlier still hurts for some reason. I wonder why...

 

Porg Dameron

13 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

What if Poe Dameron was a porg? What if he still had his helmet and Glie-44 blaster pistol?

What then? What then?

Porg Dameron

I drew the above a couple of days ago, posted on Twitter and Facebook. It was even featured on Star Wars Reporter!

 

Suddenly, The Emergency Room

12 August 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Recent News
 

... but upon my return home from my three-day hospital stay, I discovered that Opah Irfan had a high fever and could not sit up. She was extremely weak from illness. So, we took her to the Klinik Kesihatan downtown before it closed, leaving Irfan alone at home to do his homework.

When we arrived, Ain and Atok Irfan got a wheelchair for Opah.

No sign of Eriq La Salle

After a blood test, the medical personnel there discovered that Opah's blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature were sky high. The nurses there had to inject some insulin into her system.

Insulin time

Then, they called an ambulance to transport her to the Emergency Room of the hospital next door - escorted by Ain - while Atok & I returned home to get her medical records. What followed was a six-hour wait at the ER for the lab to return a new blood test to see if Opah needed hospitalisation. We took turns having dinner at nearby restaurants and staying by her side.

Fortunately, a hospital stay was unnecessary. Her blood was clean of any infection although her urine was.

We returned home just after three in the morning.

Back to the first pic

When Atok and Opah headed home to Sitiawan, Opah was feeling much better.

 

Finally, A Surgery

09 August 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Recent News
 

Atok and Opah Irfan came to visit last Saturday for a medical reason.

FIVE DAYS EARLIER

The photo of them above along with Irfan was taken the day they left for Sitiawan on the 12th. Several days earlier, on Monday the 7th, I was hospitalised and surgery was scheduled for the next day.

Not my stats

There I was, once more unto the breach. This was my fourth attempt at surgery. A FESS to remove what was left of a couple of polyps and a septoplasty to fix my right air hole which was apparently too small. The first attempt back in early 2016 was postponed because of high blood pressure. The second was postponed on account of getting sick while under observation in the hospital ward, and I missed a work excursion to Terengganu in vain because of it. I was unable to go for surgery the third time earlier this year because of a priority cancer patient who took my slot.

Still the two of us after 17 years

Ain sat with me at the ward while Atok and Opah ensured Irfan was okay at home with school and dinner and such. I prayed that this time there would be no problems.

Hey a faucet on my hand!

They stuck a cannula in my left hand at the ENT clinic before I went to the ward.

Soon, it was Tuesday morning and they wheeled me to surgery. I was first on their schedule that morning. Thankfully my blood pressure was within acceptable tolerances, so they carted me off to the freezing operating theatre, transferred me from the gurney to the table, put some thing that warmed my body up -- I was unable to see what they were as they were putting the mask over my nose and mouth.

I thought I heard them say something about unable to get medication through the cannula.

Then I remembered no more.

I'm still alive?

When I was under, the doctors did stuff to my nose. Four hours or so later, Ain took the photo above after I was wheeled out of recovery and back at my bed at the ward. There was blood on my teeth. I hoped it was not because of me biting any doctors when I was unconscious.

I brushed my teeth as soon as I could.

I think this is the kids' version

For some reason a new cannula was on my right hand. (The one on my left had disappeared.) Also, there were teddy bears. Teddy bears. It must have been some sort of bonus achievement.

Final selfie before leaving

I have some padding up my nose where they dug in. They also cut away some septum to enlarge the right nostril, which could explain why I get out of breath quickly back in school when I was running. (I never run these days. Not enough dogs up here to chase me.)

A string was taped to my nose. The doctors will pull on it to remove the padding next Thursday. I am not looking forward to that sensation.

Finally, I was released from hospital Wednesday afternoon.

To be continued...

Edit: A Nasal Epilogue