Exactly one week ago, I was food poisoned. It was so bad that I had to abandon my JP class halfway, vomitted on the taxi ride home (sorry uncle), and could barely stand up straight without feeling like fainting.The 24+ hours that followed when I started vomitting in class was miserable, utter hell. At one point I was stuck in the toilet for about 30 minutes because I was both puking AND having diarrhoea at the same time. The body’s immune response will do everything in its power to purge any poison. Only after I had vomitted out all of my dinner and lunch was I finally free of the basin. Also, H-Two-O is the greatest isotonic drink ever invented in the history of man. … So the most important question is: which stall poisoned me? I ate at two different stalls from the same food court: nasi padang for lunch, and a Chinese fried food stall for dinner. The most logical assumption was the nasi padang stall because the food there isn’t exactly served fresh: the ingredients are cooked at a certain time and then left on the shelf for hours to be served to customers. High chance for bacteria to accumulate and find its way into the food, right? But I only started to feel my symptoms after I ate at the Chinese stall. I was perfectly fine before that. Yesterday I returned to the scene of the crime for lunch and was quite amused that the Chinese stall had suddenly closed down. Coincidence? Perhaps. But that stall is supposed to be fresh: the ingredients are cooked on the spot, which should instantly kill most bacteria. I’m starting to suspect that the stall’s vegetables were the contaminants: the lettuce that they serve always come as a garnish, it’s not cooked with the main dish. So much for being a good boy and eating your damn vegetables. In the past year or so I’ve started to become very picky about my food. A simple snack like popcorn is enough to repulse me. I once had to make up a white lie in order to escape a drinking session with my classmates, even though they understood that I couldn’t drink. And I have practically stopped taking soft drinks altogether (no more of my favourite ice lemon tea). So now, I have to add another consideration to my growing List of Things You Must Never Eat: the food must be cooked and served fresh. OMG, that means no more Isetan bento for dinner. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I believe that you owe your body. It is your responsibility to look after yourself and not put crap into it.