February 18, 2016

Why It’s a GREAT idea to go to the dentist on V-Day

When I called up my dentist the week before to make an appointment for last Sunday, I hadn’t realised that it was going to be on Valentine’s Day. As I got my schedule confirmed, the lady on the other end of the line asked me if I really wanted an appointment for that day. Twice.

Puzzled, I told her that I was damn sure. She confirmed my appointment but I sensed a tinge of hesitancy in her voice. Weird, I thought. Why the hesitation?  So I politely asked if it was possible at all and she joyfully re-confirmed my schedule. In the same breath, she gently asked me *again* if I was OK to come to the dentist because I had made an appointment on Valentine’s Day.

With a “huh?!” and then a laugh, I told her absolutely! It’s not a day I care about nor a day I would consciously remember. She laughed with me and sounded pretty surprise. Maybe, nobody ever has made any dental appointments on V-Day here in this country!

Perhaps she thought I am some kind of a wacko to want to get my teeth cleaned, scrubbed and scraped on the sacred Valentine’s Day. I guess I must have been mad! It was, however, quite a funny conversation.

As soon as I got off the phone, I already forgot all about my Sunday appointment being on V-Day. We went about our week.  

So while the world celebrated the day of love 4 days ago, we were at the dentist.  And I’ll tell you one thing: It was absolutely a great idea to have a dental appointment on V-Day because apart from the receptionist who answered my call, 2 nurses and a Dentist, there were no other people. 

Usually, the appointment has to be made well in advance and for most of the time, it would be hard to get a slot. The weekends are always fully-booked. For that day, we were even able to make an impromptu appointment for Silver Bullet to go right after me, too. There was no waiting time. 

It wasn’t at all a boring affair; far from it. In fact, I think we made the receptionist’s day as she was all into the kids. She seemed to have a blast entertaining our two little imps for the whole time we were there. She played with them and gave them all the attention. She even told me that I could go shopping for a few hours and then get the kids later!

Better yet, I get to put my feet up for a little bit when Silver Bullet was inside.   

That’s why it was such a fantastic idea to be at the dentist when everyone else is schmoozing someone else with expensive gifts! A morning at the dentist on V-Day and leaving the premise with clean, calculus-free teeth and 2 happy kids? I’ll take that!

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At the dentist, putting my feet up!

There was, however, no way of escaping the day of love last weekend. The streets were filled with over-priced red roses, heart-shaped balloons, cutesy stuffed toys and young lovey-dovey couples. News about the first couple getting married on V-Day in Thailand became the main news headline. We were smothered with everything V-Day.  

But as long as we weren’t the ones spending unnecessary monies on a day created by a marketer, it was nothing too bothersome. We had a fairly good day with the kids too. They finished their lunches in good time and were in high spirits for the rest of the day; mucking about, making faces and trying to master a new trick of crossing their eyes. It was hilarious!


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With the kids in good spirits, we went for a walk-about after lunch. 

The only reminder that it was indeed Valentine’s Day that day in which everyone else was celebrating but us, was kids going around in their angel costumes, complete with halos and wings, and distributing roses to other kids. Attached to each stalk of rose was a coupon for free coffee from a local coffee place called Tom n Toms Coffee.

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It is kind of a copycat rip-off of Starbucks with the logo, colour scheme and all if you ask me. Only,  they do serve good coffee.

And a decent-sized cup of coffee for free? Well, I’m not complaining! 

The day passed like any other day. Nothing special was planned. For us, our day is always that much sweeter when the kids are not throwing their temper tantrums. V-Day is, but just another day; we do away with the unnecessary hype and the spending of overpriced gifts as well as glorifying yet another day marketed by Hallmark.

Going to the dentist, meanwhile, is absolutely OK. Having clean, pearly fangs that last for a few months is a great feeling; easily a better ROI vs chocolates or expensive flowers that would last for only a couple of days.  

Besides, (if you are looking for love) who knows if you’d meet the love of your life after you stepped out of the dentist’s chair? You know that at least you can give away your kisses with a set of clean, calculus-free pearly whites. There’s no better way than that!

The day feels much like Stomper’s Dad recent When the Stars Align post. I can relate to that and if you haven’t read that yet, you should. Because when the stars are aligned, all good things are magnified the world over and it makes you appreciate the littlest things that are otherwise overlooked. 

It is all the little things. 

Happy Diaries
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  1. Now now, no need to bashing a perfectly good holiday. πŸ˜‰ There is history behind the holiday that dates almost as far back as Christmas (I wrote about on it V-Day). I will grant you that it is as materialistic as all the rest of the holidays. Glad your stars aligned and you had a great day! πŸ˜€

    • Oh…I’m just your Vday basher – mostly because of all the materialistic things that surround it. Yes, I read your Vday post…and I think we should just stick with sending letters or cards. By cards, just the good ole hand-made cards before Hallmark decided to make money out of it. :p My biggest gripe about the whole thing is why only profess your love on Vday? Other days deserve the same treatment too, no? πŸ˜€ So that’s why I just don’t do V-Day much, although the kids are into it because their school encourages it, so there was no getting out of that. Sigh. And we do get the hand-made cards from them, which is nice!
      Still, when the stars are aligned…..:D

  2. Wait, they are open on Sunday???

    • oh yes!! Isn’t that great? πŸ˜€ Most, if not everywhere is opened on Sundays here till quite late. The malls till 10 pm, the dentists usually till about 8 or could be earlier. Definitely something I’m going to miss when we leave. The city never sleeps! πŸ˜€

  3. Sounds like an oddly great day πŸ’Ÿ And you’re right about the coffee shop. It looks like a total rip-off.

    • It was a good day and I can’t really complain. πŸ˜€ They’ve got several branches around Bangkok, and their coffee ain’t that cheap. Lots of variety and different types of flavours too. Their mint mocha is pretty good! But yeah..Starbucks copy-cat. πŸ˜‰

  4. this made me smile and reminded me of an old post of mine.

    http://wp.me/p6FwZ-4j

    • I just read your post! I’m not a big fan of dentists, but there’s just no escaping not going..not since I had to do a root canal. I don’t ever want to go back there.

  5. Great post, VDay is certainly over commercialised spending unnecessary money on gifts and chocolate shouldn’t be the way you have to show affection to people you care about. I enjoyed it with my partner but we also spent it with friends, I believe it’s about telling everyone that you care about, that you love them Xxx

    • You are my kindred spirit, Sassy! πŸ˜€ It’s just something that needs to be done every day, just not on Vday. The day itself is OK, but I guess I’m just annoyed at the commercialisation. :p Thanks for stopping by, Sassy!

  6. Lol love this post who needs a fancy Valentine’s Day!

  7. Haha! I love going to the dentist here. Ours has a fab play area for the boy and electric massage chairs for the mummies- win win!

    #fartglitter

    • Electric massage chairs? I haven’t encountered one before! you’ve got to tell me where it is!! The kids’ dentist is fabulous – they make all sorts of balloons too! It’s amazing! LOL.

  8. You can visit a dentist on a Sunday, that alone would be enough to make me very happy. Im not big into valentines day either. We did exchange cards because its our first as a married couple, but we dont need a special day to be all loved up.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #happydiaries

    • Hehee..! That’s the best thing living here – everywhere is open and you can get things anytime, anywhere. Except alcohol – you can only buy them before 2pm and after 5pm. And I agree that you don’t need a special day to be all loved-up. πŸ˜€
      Thanks for dropping by, Tracey. xxx.

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