Category Archives: plaster

Escape From Sea Of Misery

Not quite as fascinating as Jason’s Odyssey but for an ancient set of walking fossils like me – or whatever remains of a body after 6 decades on planet Earth – these vintage Japanese analgesic plasters provided legendary relief from the aches and pains all over.

For those who read Chinese, the name is “Tuo Ku Hai” – meaning escape from the sea of misery.  What an insightful name !

Tokuhon came into my life at a very young age.  After a game of badminton, or a day’s work of sawing firewood for the family, my arms would ache at night, and dad was ready with his favorite patch-up job using pieces of this Japanese wonder.  From there, the old habits stuck on for life.

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Intimate Cover-up Of Old

Haha !   Sorry, no juicy scandals here.

As active kampong boys, rough-and-tumble outdoor play activities were the norm.  And in the process, inevitably our bodies received cuts, lacerations, gashes and an occasional nasty insect bite.

No worries, we got home and perhaps after a nice dressing down from our parents, we looked forward to dressing up with our good old friend, the medicated plasters from Elastoplast.   The pic shows the packaging during those days.

Never mind the misadventures that caused the injuries, those plasters (came in many sizes and forms) provided a much needed comforting cover-up for the wounds in a well-cushioned intimate embrace.