Parking at The General Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL)

I spend an incredible amount of time at The General Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) last week. The reason was because my wife had some complications over her pregnancy and we finally had to decide our first baby go. It was kind of hard to accept the recommendation by the doctor at first, however after thinking long and hard, it had to be done sooner or later.

Anyway, what I wanted to write about in this blog post is the parking at HKL. If you’ve never been to HKL before, unlike Selayang Hospital, HKL is an old hospital and the different department are located further apart instead of just in one building. The parking inside HKL is rather limited and you’ll even have to fight for a space with the HKL staff themselves and that was at their open parking which is opened to the public.

HKL Open Parking Space

Here’s a tip for you. If you want to visit any relatives or friends and you want to get a nearer parking space, try and come after 4pm. That is of course if the visiting hours are permissible for the ward you’re visiting.

Alright, here’s the HKL parking rate as of March 2011:

HKL Parking Rate

Information from my brother in law who works in HKL, the parking operator is newly appointed. The previous operator’s contract expired and the HKL management discontinued their contract. Hopefully HKL can improve their facilities in order to accommodate their ever increasing patients numbers.

My Holiday Trip To Patong Beach Phuket Thailand (Jan 2011)

Earlier this year, my wife and I was surprised with a complimentary ticket given to us by my cousin. He couldn’t make use of the free complimentary ticket and gave away the ticket to us because the ticket expiry date was getting close. By then, we only had less than a month of preparation for this trip.

Anyway, cut the story short, we have managed to get all the arrangement done in time. This include, gathering all of phuket and patong beach information blog various blog and websites, getting a reasonable accommodation place near to Patong Beach, my wife’s international passport and most importantly information about halal food to eat when we reach there. I skipped 2 items, one is to arrange taxi from Phuket International Airport to Patong beach and two, arrangement for tour during our short visit at Patong Beach. I’ll let you know why afterwards.

Here’s a full gallery of our trip to Patong Beach, Phuket Thailand (271 photos divided into 3 days):

Alright, firstly if you pre-arrange your taxi, you’ll probably would have paid 200 baht more. I only paid 500 baht to the taxi driver. There is one thing which was quite scary, the taxi drove 120 – 130km/h and this was on a normal road since there were no highways in Phuket. I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire journey..goshh..Secondly, tour package is available everywhere in Patong Beach. There was like a stall or a booth everywhere I walk at the stretch on Patong Beach streets. During my first day at Patong Beach, I guess I walked almost 10km, took a tuk-tuk ride, slept in the hotel because of exhaustion until the evening, searched and found the most talked about Malay-Thai Kusuma Restaurant (the best tom yam soup I’ve ever had in my life) and had my feet massaged by the end of day.

During the second day, went for a cruiser trip to Phi-phi Island. Came back and had tom yam and seafood again at Kusuma Restaurant. Went shopping a little bit, took pictures and walked along Bangla Road.

Final day before returning home, we hired this Malay speaking taxi driver, went shopping for souvenirs and took the flight home.

It has been 14 years since I last boarded a flight. It was one of my most memorable experience travelling to a foreign country together with my loved one. I’ll sure be coming back to Phuket whenever I get a chance to go there again.

My Lymphagioma Treatment Experience at Hospital Selayang (Continued)

I was supposed to continue what I have wrote 13 months ago but that didn’t happen. Since I am currently doing some web assignment for my company, I’ve decided to do a spring cleaning for my blog and resume what I had left on my draft list. I have like thousands of spam attacking my blog and luckily I update my blog to the latest WordPress regularly. Anyway, I wanted to continue my previous blog post and finish it off with the end result.

After having my CT scan, I was then scheduled for surgery on the 1st April 2008 at Selayang Hospital. I’ve applied for a 4 days of leave from my company. Along with my mother and my girlfriend (now my beloved wife), I drove over to Hospital Selayang with my mother not having any food from the night before (a normal procedure before surgery). Checked-in the first class/VIP ward and waited for further instructions. The nurse took my blood pressure and sugar level and I waited for several hours before my turn for surgery was up. I had to endure starvation before the nurse finally decided to hook me up on the Intravenous therapy/IV therapy to prevent from dehydration. It was only until 4pm that I was brought into the operation theater. The nurse hook me up with the anesthetic mask. After that, I couldn’t remember anything.

When I woke up, I could move but I felt like throwing up. I somehow made a signal to the nurse nearby and the nurse used a vacuum to suck away all my vomit. I couldn’t really see well without my glasses so I just calm myself until it was time for me being delivered back to my ward. It felt very uncomfortable having a tube sticking out from my neck with a bottle attached to it. It felt even worse the last time I had the tube on my neck 11 years back. I vomited like another 2 times and I couldn’t even pee until I got up myself and went to the toilet (my family member’s didn’t allow me to get up but I did it anyway). I spent the next 5 days in the hospital and during the final day, taking out the tube on my neck was very painful with all the blood spilling over. It was awe full. 3 days after that, it was time to get the staple removed. The doctor gave me 2 weeks of medical leave.

Anyway, here’s a slideshow of the my experience before and after my lymphagioma surgery:

If you have any inquiries regarding my symptoms (swelling on the neck or lump on the neck), what treatment I had to go through and other stuff, feel free to comment below. Thank you for visiting my blog.