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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Corporate Talks (Shell Singapore and Ascendas)

I have not been accepting speaking engagements because there was no telling how my body would behave. This week, I lined up 2 speaking engagements. I spoke at Shell Singapore in Metropolis Tower on Monday. Today, I spoke at Ascendas.

This morning was a nerve-racking experience. I ingested a bowl of Kelloggs corn flakes on Tuesday night. All of yesterday I was in bed racked with the symptoms of gluten poisoning. I can normally cycle about 10km but after 4km, I blacked out and had to push my bike home. The journey home felt like Frodo crawling through the mountains of Mordor, without Samwise Gamgee. 

I thought that corn flakes being made of corn, they would be safe to eat. I overlooked the mention of "malt sweetener". Malt is made from barley. Barley has gluten. Kelloggs cornflakes are sweetened with malt.

I was still running to the toilet every 30 minutes this morning and almost had to call in to Ascendas and tell them that I could not come in. I prayed for health and forged ahead. The talk went well and my stomach did not churn at all.

See! The power of a praying woman! Hah!

Parents at Shell.

Token of appreciation from Ascendas.


Astrud Gilberto said...

Thank God! Phew!!

Blur Ting said...

Wah, sounds bad. Yesterday I also ate some starchy stuff and felt terribly drowsy all afternoon. Terrible but not quite as serious your case.

Petunia Lee said...

Ting - If your starchy stuff is wheat-based maybe you wanna consider going off gluten to see how you feel?

Petunia Lee said...

Astrud Gliberto - Yes! I am thankful indeed!

Malar said...

Great that all went well during the talk! phew!!! Hope you're fine now!

Petunia Lee said...

Malar - Yup! I am grateful the talk went well too!