Unfortunate event: Charging e-scooter / bike batteries at home

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Hi Guys, its been a while again since i blogged about my life after my wedding. Now that i am a married woman, there are stuffs in life i need to keep up with; my personal well being, grooming, work, family, friends, my hubby and of course my home. Family gathering has became my priority  in life now.

Last 2 months back, we were badly hit by the news that my father-in-law passed away. Just a span of 3 years, i lost 3 of my love ones: my mother who passed away in 2016 who had a fierce battle with cancer, my grandmother in 2017 whom i couldn't even attend her funeral because of my wedding in the same year, my father-in-law who did his best to fight off infections during his stay in SGH.

My father-in-law was a healthy 70+ old man who doesn't have any problems with his mobility and health issues. Unfortunately, he landed in hospital due to an unforeseen accident.

It all happened back during 16 Feb 2019.

It was a Friday night and my love and I were going to bed at around past midnight 1 am when my hubby suddenly received a call from his elder brother (Qiang). Through their conversation, i heard words like explosions, injured and hospital. I felt uncomfortable hearing those words and decided to go down to my mother-in-law house with my hubby to have a look. When we reached the house, the fire was already put out, the floor and half the living room was covered in soot. It was not totally black but the burnt smell was terrible. Some things were badly burnt and melted , like those cables and some other batteries. The floor was wet as they put out the fire with water.

Just a little background : my father-in-law was a rag-and-bone man and those are the items which could fetch some money by selling them away.

Hubby's younger brother (Hao) and him helped to discard things that were brunt while my MIL and i  helped clear the puddles of black water in the living room. We were lucky that whole house wasn't damaged.

At the point of time when we reached his house, Qiang had already drove my FIL to the A&E Changi. However, after that, we were informed that CGH doesn't have the facilities to treat burns and was then transferred to SGH. It was almost 5 am when we were almost done clearing the burnt items. Qiang went home after that and love and i went over to SGH to register FIL for the admission. We waited patiently at A&E and waiting the doctors to update us on the condition.

After about 30 min, one of the doctors came out from the operating theater and told us that my FIL was quite badly burnt. He had 70% 3rd degree burnt. There were burns on his both legs, left arm, chest, back and partial burnt on his face. The burns on his legs and arms were severe. Doc also told us that the operation may take up to 3 hours and he may or may not pull through because of his age, percentage of burns, etc. We were devastated by the news but there isn't anything we could do at that moment since he was still in the OT. Hubby told me to go home to get some rest while he informed his family and waiting for the the OT to finish.

I went home after that and got a short rest as i was really tired from the clearing of the debris in the wee hours. At 8am, i was up and drove back to the hospital again. FIL was not discharged from OT until 9am  (if i remember correctly). He was admitted to the ICU and his entire body was covered in plaster except his right arm. Our hearts fell when we saw him like that. We were supposed to be celebrating the last day of the CNY and today, we were here at the hospital, putting our hopes on my FIL that he would overcome his fight.

He came round only the 2nd night as he was heavily sedated during the operation. He was under morphine, fentanyl and some other drugs. He couldn't speak at all for 1 week as there was a tube inserted through his mouth to aid him breathing as the over inhale in smoke had caused his air passage to swollen. His hands were tied to the side of the bed to prevent him from pulling out the tubes. 

He was in agony and things were worst when he couldn't speak or express himself. 

After a few days in ICU, he made good progress and was able to point out alphabets or even write. However, we couldn't make out what he was writing or point as it doesn't form a good word. 

The following week was better as the tube in his mouth was removed and he could slowly speak to us. All of us were dying to ask him this question: What happened?

In summary, he explained that it was midnight and the battery was fully charged. My MIL and Hao were in their room as it was late, leaving him in the living room as he wanted to make sure the battery was okay to use. After the battery was fully charged, he took out the battery from the wall socket and leave it aside for almost half an hour. There was more to it but we could not understand what he was trying to do. And after that, it exploded. 

According to MIL, she said that she heard a loud explosion and when she came out to see; the living room was already on fire and filled with black smoke. She saw my FIL was already trying to put out the fire and she went to the toilet to fetch more water. Hao said that he was gaming when he heard few loud explosions (like the sound of fireworks,) he rushed out immediately and open all windows before putting out the fire. After that, he called Qiang to ask him fetch FIL to hospital. 

It was one of his stay in hospital when he was conscious enough to describe what happened on that day. During his 5 weeks stay in SGH, there were good and bad times when his health would improve and suddenly dip to the lowest. Otherwise, most of the time he would speak things that were non-existent or doesn't make sense to any of us. The nurses told us that it was normal because he was on morphine or would say that his mind is confused because he has been staying in ICU too long. 

We were very worried.

On and off there were days when the doctors would call up a family meting to discuss his conditions and what to do if FIL health conditions were to improve/ deteriorate. In their statement, they said that FIL was close to 0% survival because the burns percentage, his age, his current health condition would add up to a probability of negative 100% survival rate. But if he were to survive, he might need 6 months to recover and the medical bill would cost very high. The cost of staying in ICU is definitely higher than other wards and for burns patients, it is inevitable to stay in ICU due to dangers of infection as the protective skin layer was already gone. Doctors also mentioned that a 100% recovery would mean that his body has to be covered with skin. So imagine you have 70% burnt skin and left with 30% good skin, how do you achieve 100% good skin? The solution was that either you use it from the skin bank or, you have to scrap part of the 30% good skin to cover the burn area, wait for the good skin to recover again and scrap and put on the damaged skin. It was a painful process.

All of us were lost for words. 

One, we had to consider the fact that the medical bills are rocketing sky high and the other, praying that FIL could recover and go through rounds and round of operations for skin grafting.

It was a difficult period.

During the 4th week of his stay, he was going through kidney dialysis as there were too much toxin in his blood due to medications. He was still hanging on the life line as his conditions were not stable. We would visit him whenever we can after work and talk to him for every opportunity that was given. On the days when he couldn't speak, he will listen to our voice and nod/shake his head. 

On 21 March, i heard news from my hubby that my FIL conditions was going downhill very quickly. I visited him on 21 March and could see that he was very weak and couldn't speak much. On 21 March, he wasn't able to speak at all. On 22 March, my love text me at 12 pm and informed me that FIL had fever up to 40 Degree since the night before. At 4pm, received another text from him that the infection worsen and his multiple organs are failing, docs has given the strongest antibiotic but still unable to fight off the infection. He may or may not pull through the weekend.

At 5 plus, doc informed us that he may not even pull through today. 

We were already making our way to the hospital and the doc called my hubby up to say FIL is showing signs of 'actively dying'. When we reached there, we called him a number of times but there was no response at all. In a while more, both my brother in laws arrived. 

He had already passed on. 

His funeral was held on the following day at my MIL void deck and his funeral processions happened 3 days after. 

At the hospital 

If you hadn't know, there were actually a lot of burns cases in hospital. Most of it were simple innocent cases of charging E-scooter/ E-bike batteries at home while the explosion happened. One of them was reported only on the news as well as the brothers were charging the battery in their room when the accident occurred. The nurses also told us that there were increasing cases ever since there were E-scooter/ E-bike on the roads.

There were also cases on mobile devices explosions, burns from electrical appliances, scaling from cooking etc.

And here is a photo of my happy FIL when i married into the LIM family last year.

May FIL rest in peace :(


Hi Guys, its been a while again since i blogged about my life after my wedding. Now that i am a married woman, there are stuffs in life i need to keep up with; my personal well being, grooming, work, family, friends, my hubby and of course my home. Family gathering has became my priority  in life now.

Last 2 months back, we were badly hit by the news that my father-in-law passed away. Just a span of 3 years, i lost 3 of my love ones: my mother who passed away in 2016 who had a fierce battle with cancer, my grandmother in 2017 whom i couldn't even attend her funeral because of my wedding in the same year, my father-in-law who did his best to fight off infections during his stay in SGH.

My father-in-law was a healthy 70+ old man who doesn't have any problems with his mobility and health issues. Unfortunately, he landed in hospital due to an unforeseen accident.

It all happened back during 16 Feb 2019.

It was a Friday night and my love and I were going to bed at around past midnight 1 am when my hubby suddenly received a call from his elder brother (Qiang). Through their conversation, i heard words like explosions, injured and hospital. I felt uncomfortable hearing those words and decided to go down to my mother-in-law house with my hubby to have a look. When we reached the house, the fire was already put out, the floor and half the living room was covered in soot. It was not totally black but the burnt smell was terrible. Some things were badly burnt and melted , like those cables and some other batteries. The floor was wet as they put out the fire with water.

Just a little background : my father-in-law was a rag-and-bone man and those are the items which could fetch some money by selling them away.

Hubby's younger brother (Hao) and him helped to discard things that were brunt while my MIL and i  helped clear the puddles of black water in the living room. We were lucky that whole house wasn't damaged.

At the point of time when we reached his house, Qiang had already drove my FIL to the A&E Changi. However, after that, we were informed that CGH doesn't have the facilities to treat burns and was then transferred to SGH. It was almost 5 am when we were almost done clearing the burnt items. Qiang went home after that and love and i went over to SGH to register FIL for the admission. We waited patiently at A&E and waiting the doctors to update us on the condition.

After about 30 min, one of the doctors came out from the operating theater and told us that my FIL was quite badly burnt. He had 70% 3rd degree burnt. There were burns on his both legs, left arm, chest, back and partial burnt on his face. The burns on his legs and arms were severe. Doc also told us that the operation may take up to 3 hours and he may or may not pull through because of his age, percentage of burns, etc. We were devastated by the news but there isn't anything we could do at that moment since he was still in the OT. Hubby told me to go home to get some rest while he informed his family and waiting for the the OT to finish.

I went home after that and got a short rest as i was really tired from the clearing of the debris in the wee hours. At 8am, i was up and drove back to the hospital again. FIL was not discharged from OT until 9am  (if i remember correctly). He was admitted to the ICU and his entire body was covered in plaster except his right arm. Our hearts fell when we saw him like that. We were supposed to be celebrating the last day of the CNY and today, we were here at the hospital, putting our hopes on my FIL that he would overcome his fight.

He came round only the 2nd night as he was heavily sedated during the operation. He was under morphine, fentanyl and some other drugs. He couldn't speak at all for 1 week as there was a tube inserted through his mouth to aid him breathing as the over inhale in smoke had caused his air passage to swollen. His hands were tied to the side of the bed to prevent him from pulling out the tubes. 

He was in agony and things were worst when he couldn't speak or express himself. 

After a few days in ICU, he made good progress and was able to point out alphabets or even write. However, we couldn't make out what he was writing or point as it doesn't form a good word. 

The following week was better as the tube in his mouth was removed and he could slowly speak to us. All of us were dying to ask him this question: What happened?

In summary, he explained that it was midnight and the battery was fully charged. My MIL and Hao were in their room as it was late, leaving him in the living room as he wanted to make sure the battery was okay to use. After the battery was fully charged, he took out the battery from the wall socket and leave it aside for almost half an hour. There was more to it but we could not understand what he was trying to do. And after that, it exploded. 

According to MIL, she said that she heard a loud explosion and when she came out to see; the living room was already on fire and filled with black smoke. She saw my FIL was already trying to put out the fire and she went to the toilet to fetch more water. Hao said that he was gaming when he heard few loud explosions (like the sound of fireworks,) he rushed out immediately and open all windows before putting out the fire. After that, he called Qiang to ask him fetch FIL to hospital. 

It was one of his stay in hospital when he was conscious enough to describe what happened on that day. During his 5 weeks stay in SGH, there were good and bad times when his health would improve and suddenly dip to the lowest. Otherwise, most of the time he would speak things that were non-existent or doesn't make sense to any of us. The nurses told us that it was normal because he was on morphine or would say that his mind is confused because he has been staying in ICU too long. 

We were very worried.

On and off there were days when the doctors would call up a family meting to discuss his conditions and what to do if FIL health conditions were to improve/ deteriorate. In their statement, they said that FIL was close to 0% survival because the burns percentage, his age, his current health condition would add up to a probability of negative 100% survival rate. But if he were to survive, he might need 6 months to recover and the medical bill would cost very high. The cost of staying in ICU is definitely higher than other wards and for burns patients, it is inevitable to stay in ICU due to dangers of infection as the protective skin layer was already gone. Doctors also mentioned that a 100% recovery would mean that his body has to be covered with skin. So imagine you have 70% burnt skin and left with 30% good skin, how do you achieve 100% good skin? The solution was that either you use it from the skin bank or, you have to scrap part of the 30% good skin to cover the burn area, wait for the good skin to recover again and scrap and put on the damaged skin. It was a painful process.

All of us were lost for words. 

One, we had to consider the fact that the medical bills are rocketing sky high and the other, praying that FIL could recover and go through rounds and round of operations for skin grafting.

It was a difficult period.

During the 4th week of his stay, he was going through kidney dialysis as there were too much toxin in his blood due to medications. He was still hanging on the life line as his conditions were not stable. We would visit him whenever we can after work and talk to him for every opportunity that was given. On the days when he couldn't speak, he will listen to our voice and nod/shake his head. 

On 21 March, i heard news from my hubby that my FIL conditions was going downhill very quickly. I visited him on 21 March and could see that he was very weak and couldn't speak much. On 21 March, he wasn't able to speak at all. On 22 March, my love text me at 12 pm and informed me that FIL had fever up to 40 Degree since the night before. At 4pm, received another text from him that the infection worsen and his multiple organs are failing, docs has given the strongest antibiotic but still unable to fight off the infection. He may or may not pull through the weekend.

At 5 plus, doc informed us that he may not even pull through today. 

We were already making our way to the hospital and the doc called my hubby up to say FIL is showing signs of 'actively dying'. When we reached there, we called him a number of times but there was no response at all. In a while more, both my brother in laws arrived. 

He had already passed on. 

His funeral was held on the following day at my MIL void deck and his funeral processions happened 3 days after. 

At the hospital 

If you hadn't know, there were actually a lot of burns cases in hospital. Most of it were simple innocent cases of charging E-scooter/ E-bike batteries at home while the explosion happened. One of them was reported only on the news as well as the brothers were charging the battery in their room when the accident occurred. The nurses also told us that there were increasing cases ever since there were E-scooter/ E-bike on the roads.

There were also cases on mobile devices explosions, burns from electrical appliances, scaling from cooking etc.

And here is a photo of my happy FIL when i married into the LIM family last year.

May FIL rest in peace :(


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Few weeks before, i received our wedding photos. There are like total around 1k + photos and inclusive of the whole day videography. Though it has been 4 months since we married, we indeed really enjoyed ourselves on our wedding. It was hard to forget such a memorable day..


After the morning session ended, we rushed down to RWS and contacted Dennis, our wedding bulter. He was a very nice guy and helped us to oversee many things. When we arrived at the lobby, he was already there, waiting for us to help us carry the barang barang. Next, he helped us to checked in so that we could save sometime to rest for a bit. My sister was there to make up already and Sammi took half an hour to do her make up.After she was done with my sis, it was my mother-in-law's turn. She only started my makeup after both of them were done. 

The banquet

As for me,i was the last one to do my make up. I was very nervous and excited  :\  Love was very busy as he needs to go through the flow of the our Wedding dinner. He wasn't at the reception most of the time

Simple decor for the photo viewing table

I was standing there alone, feeling awkward and maintaining my smiles. My mouth was feeling tired from the smile in the morning but it was my big day! Deep in my heart i am really happy.

Reception for the Groom side

Reception for the Bride's side

Ah Sen took a nice photo of our pops.

MC of the day, My younger brother and my cousin! Thank to them , Xiong and I had one thing less to think about who to control the crowd.

My Da Sao and In-law

My cousin and her boyfriend. When is it going to be your turn?

Photo with my husband family and relatives

There are many more photos but i uploaded some of them only. You can view on my facebook if you were my friend >.< When all guests had settled for the dinner, love and i were preparing for our first march in. We were wondering what if we missed a step, what if i fell, what if we walked too fast etc etc..

Thanks for the nice photo !

Preparing for our first March in

Walking towards the stage. Now i know how it feels to have everyone looking at you walking on the red carpet. Kinda like a superstar!

Alright, for this,  i have to announce that i have nothing to do with it. Love was kena sabor by his friends. I feel sad for you Bii. But my colleagues still remembered you singing that song on stage. You sang well !!

Cake cutting Ceremony

Thanks for entertaining the crowd with your singing!


 You finally get seated haha!

Our wedding over-run for almost an hour. It was not long after we had to get up and get changed for our 2nd March in. Jas helped me with my hair accessories and help me get changed.

Peeping through the small opening to see the morning express

 Finally come in liao

Champagne popping 

  And the Yun Seng follows...





Little boy is scared because its too loud.

After the Yum Seng, love and i said our thank you speech to our family and relatives. It was not that sort of touching speech and i didn't want anyone to cry. We wanted to end the wedding on a happy note. After the table photo taking session, Xiong was greeted by lots of Beer at the last table. Thankfully , his brothers help him to drink and he only drank a glass and a half? 

At the last dish, our parents and us stand at the door, to thanks each and every guest who attended our wedding.And finally, the day ended.. With the help of our friends, we managed topackd up the place and went back to the helper's room. Dennis help to bring the dinner in as we didn't get to eat earlier on. Our friends were looking really tired from a day's work and so was dear. Not long after all of the m left as our wedding finished at 11.00pm ++. Till then the cab home was pretty expensive and they had to leave. 

Love was knocked out on bed with in his suits and pants. I was lucky that he didn't throw up or otherwise i have cleaning to do. I helped him changed into his sleeping clothes and even removed his make up. After helping him, i changed out and bathed before i slept. It was almost 3am when i finished. 

The next morning we woke up early as there are some admin stuffs to do before changing to the Ocean Suite. 

Shall share more on my next post!




And here,i would like to thank Pierre Ooi Photography for all the awesome photos i've uploaded in this post.

Signing off ~~

   

It was a long wait. Love and 1 waited for 2 years so that we can have the wedding. It also means that it has been '3 years' since mum passed away. If only we could get married when we were 26, perhaps mum would be able to witness all of our happiness...

Early morning... 




As i am not a Teochew, i do not have to wake up so early. I woke up at 6.30am, bathed and had my make up on at 7.30am. My make up artist is Sammi (Whitelink) and after setting up her makeup stuffs, we began. At the sametme, my bridesmaids were there around 8.30am and all of them started preparing the gatecrash foodies. My MUA took less than 2 hours to do my hair and make up.
PG and VG were also there at around 8.30am to shoot and film for our morning highlights.

It was such a busy morning for everyone except me. I was enjoying the aircon in my room, waiting and waiting..
My cousin took a photo of me.

Soon after,  i received a text message that my prince charming has reached Ubi's carpark.

You have no idea how fast my heart beats when i saw this photo...

Our gatecrash games were pretty simple and easy. There is no qualms about what my bridesmaid are going to do to them. Life has never been simple and my cousin was telling me: So easy to marry you.
Well, love has been groomsmen for a number of times and he would have seen the worst. But i guess i love him too much that i didn't want him to suffer on our big day.

I was sitting patiently in the room while the guys are sweating and playing those games. It was so loud that i could hear the sounds outside. 

Taking selfie of myself. I love the make up!

Doing a quiz about me. He got so many errors and still tried to argue the answers after our wedding -.-

It was definitely entertaining as i heard lots of laughter outside. Not long after, i heard the sound of unlocking the gates. Love must have happy. There is no promises, no contract to sign before he entered.

So simple!

It was already closed to 10.45am when he entered and we still had to go through the tea ceremony before we left for Sengkang! 

My aunty prepared the 甜汤。 Thanks to her for making the efforts.

We started the tea ceremony right after the the desserts and one by one we greeted the relatives. It was a new experience seeing love greeted them the way i do. I felt really happy and grateful inside.

While we were busy, the groomsmen were taking photos outside. I wonder why Yang Ann doesn't wear black shoes.. Did love go easy on the shoe colour?

Kids were waiting for Uncle bear to come

We are indeed couples, even posting the same pose separately..

The weather was good after we had finished the tea ceremony in Ubi, we made our way to the carpark and time to go Seng Kang. Dad sheltered me to the car with the red umbrella ( well, they do in Hainanese Wedding and we just followed). 

Car ride to Seng Kang was relatively smooth on the Saturday morning. We reached there in about 15-20 minutes. On the road, there were many couples getting married on the same day as us.

They are ready!

We knew that we were already overrun around 30 minutes. After we entered the house, we went straight to the room to have the Tang Yuan, cooked by mother-in-law. After that we began the tea ceremony. My hubby's family is not big so we finished the tea ceremony very fast.  While going through the tea ceremony, brothers and sisters (Except Jas who helped us with the ang baos) were filling their tummies at the corridor. 



The photo taking comes along and after that my bridesmaids helped me to changed into Kua.

It looks like we are of the same height but in fact we are not. Me and my pretty bridesmaids!

Even though we are pretty much overrun to close 45 minutes, we still continued a short photoshoot in Temasek Poly. Love and i studied there from 2009-2012 (3 years, not 4!)  and it was Year 2 when we were in the same class. We were in the same FYP in Year 3 together with Wei Teck, Shi Qi and Angela and we thought that we made an odd team. But somehow , we got along well and till today, we were their bridesmaid and groomsmen for each other wedding. 10 years of friendship and still going strong.  

Credits to Wei Teck. He always has our nice photos. 

After the photoshoot in TP, we rushed (like a mad dog) to Ubi to return home with the pig. Thanks for Ah Qiang and Ah Hao helping Xiong to carry the pig to Ubi. It is really heavy. The meaning of Pig symbolise that the bride is still a 闺秀。 Dad has to cut the middle part of the pig and return the head and tail to Groom. With his brother help, we drove to Sentosa straight to check in while the brothers helped us to carry the rest of the pig to Seng Keng.

Its funny to take a photo with the pig. And mum was also in the picture! 

I will be posting about the Dinner in a while later but before i end, i will post some photos of the morning activities









Signing off~~