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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pisanu's SMOKEY TALES



A collection of encounters, thoughts and funny tales. These are blog posts too short to have their own titles.



Whenever me and Sofia have to share a hotel room, I am not allowed to smoke in the bathroom. She will bark for hours if she smells the dang smoke when I get out of the pooh-pooh room. Waha!

Just this morning, I accidentally found a solution.

I splattered CreamSilk conditioner (which I bought in Manila) on my hair while secretly smoking in the bathroom. When I opened the door, ready to take the wrath of Sofia...she called out

“OMG! What shampoo did you use?!! Smells soooo terrific! Smells like fresh flowers in there! I luuurrrrvvv it!”

Haha! Now I can smoke in the bathroom till kingdom come. *and I don’t even know why I posted this. Darn.*

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Speaking of smoking… anyone of you heard of Champix?

It’s a drug regimen (legal!) which supposed to help you/me/us/them QUIT smoking.

Mother sent me 2 months worth of tablets, because she wanted me to stop the habit but

Dad emailed me an article from America that Champix is being recalled (?) because it was making users depressed and there were 3 suicide incidences leading to the drug. Side effects include ulcers, loss of vision and vertigo. *I can take the ulcer and vertigo but LOSS OF VISION?!!!!* Yeah, my lungs are healthy but I won’t see any darn thing! Ha!

Ma, I flushed the Champix on the toilet this morning just in case I would have the urge to take it. Thanks anyway.

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Mother, my brother and other friends including enemies say:

“Quit smoking, $%*&)=+@!!!”

Dad and I say: “Yeah, right. Die anyway."


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I met a dude on the beach the other day. He looks like a bum – homeless, dirty, skinny, dry skin and all… unhealthy...the total package.

Absolute curious cat that I am…I made an effort to make a conversation with the sickly dude.

“Dude, maybe you should quit smoking till you get well.” I said with genuine concern and much irony to myself.

He said “No, I don’t smoke. Never did.”

“Oh! Ok. Maybe you should stop drinking…or maybe stop going out to parties at night.” I said looking away.

“No, I don’t drink. And I don’t even have money and friends to go out with.”

My vision was blurring in confusion. “You don’t smoke. You don’t drink nor go out to party at night?” I took out my camera-phone

He shook his head and silently said …”No.” He was looking at my cam-phone.

“You mind if I take your photo? I’ll give you money…”

“What for?” the dude looked straight at me.

“I just wanna show my mother what happens to people who don’t smoke, don't drink and don't party.”

He let me take his photo for US$ 1. Mother, check your email.


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11 Comments:

dhawell said...

hey pisanu. been a while since i was here. hahaha. i love this post... goood thing that i smoke, drink and party.. hehehe.
oh, pisanu, im working in makati now. hope to see u on ur next manila trip. hehehe. sige, ingats!

salingPUSA said...

now this article got me wondering if the cream silk in manila smells different from the ones in Thailand.now I feel like a schoolboy asking this silly question. But I hope you can satisfy my curiosity....kkk

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

No, my conditioner is Neutrogena. It's Neutrogena line all the way. But some over eager sales lady at Watson's sold me that conditioner which I've never tried before.

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

Hey Dhawell, that's why, dude! You were busy all along. Cheers and thanks for remembering us. We just left Manila a few days ago. Back to Bangkok now.

Curbside Puppet said...

my dermatologist once forced me to at least use the neutrogena anti-residue shampoo once a week to help me get rid of teenage acne.
since then, i started to not shampoo daily, maybe 3-4 times a week only and now, use only baby shampoos, because girls love to smell 'em like a baby!

MischMensch said...

There goes your smoking in the bathroom solution :P

Have a safe trip

TAO said...

isanu,

In the US it is called Chantix...and let me tell you from personal experience...it is wild!

It does curb your desire to smoke as after a few days you will find yourself losing all desire for a cigarette...

But it is replaced with a deep desire to kill yourself, kill someone else, or you will go from being very very depressed to wanting to sing "I Feel Good" just like James Brown....and all of this occurs within minutes of each other...

Do yourself a favor and quit smoking now...otherwise you will be like me and have to quit smoking when you and your lungs depend on cigarettes to feel anything at all....

All it takes is willpower....and we know you have none of that...

Good luck...and I still have a month's supply of Chantix stored away...

Jowell said...

senseless but funny... my kind of post. haha. i think i've already said that i've been reading this blog for more than a year now but this would only be my second comment. lazy bum.

i don't smoke and i don't drink, too. mind showing me how i would look like years from now? Haha

Quentin X said...

Smoking is not cool anymore.
It is sending a message that you don't have the guts to say no. The chances of side effects from Champix happening is much lesser compared to the probability of you dying an excruciating death from lung cancer, emphysema, heart attack, or stroke. Dad's suffering from emphysema for some years now. I don't see him all that often but I see the effects of cigarretes all too often in my line of work. They come dragging their oxygen along asking for more medicines. Think about it: two months treatment now or two decades (if you are lucky to live that long) of treatment later?

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

My grandma's sister has been smoking UNFILTERED ciggies since she was like 14 or 15... that was back in 1921 (when Thailand was still called Siam).

She is now 101 years old. Still smoking, still rowing her boat accross the khlong and still can clean her own house and gardening all day.

Erique Fat Owl said...

Although I'm feeling a wee bit guilty about this, but I'm going to have to agree with Pisanu's last comment - I also do have several (underline that several) family members who smoke unfiltered kretek (kretek is a strong Indonesian clove-added cigarettes) since they're in middle school, and they're now well in their eighties and nineties and show no sign of illness.

Speaking about the health aspect, a lot of people are still misinformed about the consequences of smoking - it is true that smoking raises the chance of getting heart disease, lung disease etc - but there are no conclusive evidence that it CAUSES these diseases.

So, if you've got lung and heart disease from something else, you'd better not smoke - since this would increase the chance of your existing disease getting worse.

That said, there are lots of people who has no existing lung / heart disease and smoking does not affect their age or health risk, e.g. my and Pisanu's relatives (although this medical fact is unsubstantiated as well).

I'd say it depends on your LUCK.

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