I had a touch of the bug, with aches in joints and feeling sick as a dog on Monday. Not got over completely on Tuesday 14 Feb 2017 . I had a smoke on ciggie about 14:30. A drag and I then killed the ciggie with 90% left on it. With 4 unopened packs of ciggie, one 90% left unsmoked ciggie, 2 opened packs of ciggie. I decided I should go for my next quit Which I did.. I am please to shout to the world I have kicked Old Nic balls and told him to fuck off for 23 bloody hours, 49 misc minutes and 0 odd seconds. of cold turkey after about 45++ years of smoking. 50 cigarettes not smoked, saving $26.57. Life saved: 4 hours, 10 minutes. ================================================== There was an interesting episode yesterday morning. I made my breakfast of chopped spam and stewed shitake mushrooms and 2 eggs scrambled with cheese & myriad spices just like before. I nearly spewed that first mouthful out as it was so salty. It was such a labour invested I did not want to throw that away. But after eating half, I had to give that up cannibalising the spam to Mimi the kittie my silly wife dragged back. It was last night it struck on me why I found that breakfast to be so salty. My taste buds returned after just 18 hours of not smoking. I now will be looking forward to the delicious hawker food of Singapore to re-experience them again with my new taste buds. For now I can scream I have kicked Old Nic balls and told him to fuck off for One luvly day, 19 bloody hours, 25 misc minutes and 2 odd seconds. of cold turkey after about 45++ years of smoking. 92 cigarettes not smoked, saving $48.44. Life saved: 7 hours, 40 minutes. ================================================================= There had been screamings of renewals of friendship , the loudest were from that 90% left unsmoked ciggie. A couple of time, I was on the verge of flushing that down the toilet. Each time I walked to do that, the ciggie realised it was close to a watery death and put on a cone of silence and thus was saved yet again. Lots of triggers even without that 90%left ciggie on my home ashtray. Outside, there would be the ciggie stop before I get up MRT. Then ciggie stop after I left the train station. And ciggie stop before the ciggie stop. and ciggie with coffee and ciggie when in the loo. Even when walking with Kee Wah after lunch yesterday, he laughed to see how I headed for non aircond areas as a subconcious finding of smoking routes. He reminded me I could walk merrily in pedestrian walkways without fear of a $200 or more fine imposed as I not a smoker, at least in this interim period. I found I inadvertently carried an opened pack of ciggie in my backpack. Told you I had 3-4 of those. Not a squeak from that pack as yet. So quite I forgot it was there. He used to smoke before too. After lunch , we adjourned for drinks in Chinatown with Rodney and Kee Chong. That another occasion which normally demand ciggieing away to help the beer go down. I instead bought half a roasted chicken for us all to help the beer to go down making outrageous jokes and remarks at the beer girls to make their low cuts appreciated. Might surprised quite a few of you. But I am please to yell out at this point I have kicked Old Nic balls and told him to fuck off for Three luvly days, 1 bloody hour, 51 misc minutes and 33 odd seconds. of cold turkey after about 45++ years of smoking. 156 cigarettes not smoked, saving $82.39. Life saved: 13 hours, 0 minutes. ================================ Over 4 days into the fight with Bastard Old Nic. Much of the poison he gave me must be already out of me. Its been said to take 72 hours to 96 hours for the nicotine and other shit to be out of the bloodstream. Coughing to get the ickky stuff from lungs might take 4-5 days or so. Residues might take a year and still be detected. That said, within a couple of hours, much nicotine already cleared the system. Which is why the craving for another cigarette comes so fastf or you to want to light up to top up that nicotine level in your bloodstream. And why a ciggie in the morning so essential to replace what was cleared during the night. Nicotine is a deadly poison used in strongest rat poison and insecticides. So if the body did not try its best to survive by removing it, you just die. Carbon monoxides also clearing from my system. In the third day, yesterday or so, I felt a fog lifting from my mind and soul as well. And energy returning in surges. In the past should I see I have another 12 seconds to walk across the road before the light changed, I would have waited for the next cycle. I found with 6 seconds left to cross,the road, it was nothing at all for me to run and rush across the road. I also drank a lot less fruit juices lime juice etc. I drank a lot more very weak chinese tea. I should check my blood sugar level and I suspect that must be a lot better as well with much mental alertness. The bad news is that tough as the fight in the first 3 days when the ciggie toxins were clearing from the body, the fight barely started. And the fight now is in the most insidious phase. Bastard O' Nick still exist in my mind and from time to time, I seen him trying to do a mindfuck with me. I got very strong legs, and I kick Old Nick in his balls trying to drive it out of his backbone each time he appeared. Last few times he came with his hands covering his family jewels. When he saw my eyes on him, he quickly moved off. I learned from my last nearly 3 years fight with that Bastard, he is a very slimy one and he can throw very devious curved balls. The fight is all mine and must be fought by me alone. But having you guys alongside helps a lot. As said, the 3s are very deadly and must be respected. I have cleared the 3rd day. Many difficult battles ahead for me especially then the 3rd week gets nearer. And then the 3rd Month. In the meantime, I can shout out loud and clear I have kicked Old Nic balls and told him to fuck off for Four luvly days, 2 bloody hours, 47 misc minutes and 26 odd seconds. of cold turkey after about 45++ years of smoking. 209 cigarettes not smoked, saving $110.21. Life saved: 17 hours, 25 minutes. =============================================== As first said on 14 Feb 2017, I had a touch of the bug, with aches in joints and feeling sick as a dog on Monday. Not got over completely on Tuesday 14 Feb 2017 . I had a smoke on ciggie about 14:30. A drag and I then killed the ciggie with 90% left on it. With 4 unopened packs of ciggie, one 90% left unsmoked ciggie, 2 opened packs of ciggie. I decided I should go for my next quit Which I did.. I knew I could not stay at home with triggers about everywhere I turned. As a coward, I thought if I could go see a show in cinema, I could get through the nex 3 to 4 hours without getting catatonic. Even so, cycling to the train station at Jurong Point and stopping there was a trigger point where I would smoke a ciggie. The walking that bit to the train station was another trigger point where I would inhale good and deep yet another ciggie;. No smoking on train with $2,000 fine would keep me safe for the 15 minutes train ride. Until I exit at Jurong East, get out of the station and trigger for yet another ciggie. Then smoking before the cinema yet another. With that kind of backdrop, I dared not even turn my head after the train station and ran into Jem Cinema to hide from the full fury of Bastard Old Nick for the next 3 hours or so.. I had briefly referred to the shows on which showed a movie called Silence, about two Jesuit priests in Japan in the 17th century. I had not known more of that movie as it was almost chosen at random by me as a refugee for me to hide. If I was told, or I read about the incredible beauty of that movie, I would not have believed such a movie was possible. That movie was so stunning that Bastard Old Nick disappeared from my mind completely not just during the movie, but for a good hour after that as I tried to grasp what that movie was about. Silence, while of Japan, was shot in Taiwan, a country I love with my heart. I had not known then during the movie, but many of the scenes were almost recognisable in the swirling mists and drifting rain giving it an ethereal presence. How two Jesuit priests, the CIA and KGB of those days, tried to find their Father Confessor said to be in Japan. Under fierce prosecutions and deaths, and how they tried to spread their faith. Hunted by an extremely intellegient Japanese Inquisitor rooting out Christianity. I am a Taoist as I often said and confessed to you. I respect almost all faiths. Silence is such a spiritual movie that you will be touched by the movie in ways you cannot imagine. And realised that truth is truly unknown and transformed itself from different angle. And the spiritual exist within the priests and the Inquisitor as well. And what it meant to be human. Very difficult for me to write trying not to allow spoilers . The Silence was written by a Japanese Shusaku Endo. Scorsese collaborated with Endo and it was said he has been faithful to Shusaku Endo's text and to the deep questions within it . I google away after I saw the movie and smiled when the familiar sights I saw were really familiar and shot in Taiwan. I was flabbergasted to read that Pope Paul VI once urged his flock, in a sermon at Nagasaki cathedral shortly after publication of the novel, not to read Silence. He depicted the novel as tantamount to a vindication of blasphemy. After you see that movie, you wonder how he could do that. When you are at the movie, blink if you must , before the show. Do not blink in the last 2-3 seconds of the entire movie. How that was done added an eldritch touch to a movie that was already incredibly spiritual. You can read all bout the movie or the book before going to the show. I do not think you need to worry about spoilers as the movie is beyond that. And if you must know, Rotten Tomatoes gave Silence 83% The current Pope love the movie, and I presume the book too. And of course, I still stay the course. I have kicked Old Nic balls and told him to fuck off for Four luvly days, 8 bloody hours, 39 misc minutes and 59 odd seconds. of cold turkey after about 45++ years of smoking. 222 cigarettes not smoked, saving $116.75. Life saved: 18 hours, 30 minutes. ================================================== And what of now?? I have kicked Old Nic balls and told him to fuck off for Four luvly days, 20 bloody hours, 58 misc minutes and 0 odd seconds. of cold turkey after about 45++ years of smoking. 248 cigarettes not smoked, saving $130.49. Life saved: 20 hours, 40 minutes.