Oh Kate I've suffered from so much food poisoning over the years spent in Asia. It became a monthly affair in South Korea and almost everyday in China, one of the reasons I left - I even got it when I cooked and prepared my own food. I was living in such a cesspit. I also suffered from colds a lot in Korea - you just don't have the built up immunity that the locals do and teaching 30+ kids per class, well, you pick up just about every bug going around. Worst case ever was on Christmas Eve
I started vomiting at 2am on Christmas Day and it didn't stop for 3 days and it lasted about 5-6 days on the other end. I should have gone to hospital but was scared my boss would think I was being a pathetic homesick foreigner at christmas time and he'd punish me by giving me saturday classes
... so I soldiered on and just dashed to the loo in mid class if I had to...
I'm definitely not as careful as I should be - I eat street food (though less so in the hotter summer months) and only once got food poisoning from street food a seafood pancake I ate in Korea. It was delish, though
That was a pretty nasty bout, too. About two days after it hit, I skulked into Mackers cos I thought that was the only food I would be able to eat EVER again
I was so embarrassed about eating at Mackers, thinking all the locals were thinking "dumb foreigner can't eat Korean food". hahaha.
Shouldn't drink the tap water in Korea - everyone gets those water dispensers in their homes and they're really cheap - not like here. But I brushed my teeth in it and used it for cooking and never had a problem.
I don't think I got any food poisoning in Thailand - spent about a month there, but I did get Typhus from an insect bite. Never in malaysia or HK ... just China and Sth K - but considering i lived there for over 2 years, you'd expect that. Never drink the water from the taps - always bottled, but it's always so cheap. Even in Vanuatu we weren't supposed to have ice in our drinks etc. but I always did and nothing happened...
My uni lecturer reckons that coke or beer are best when you're travelling as you're guaranteed not to get sick from them (unless you indulge in the beer, I guess).
When I go to India in Sept I WILL be really careful. I won't even brush my teeth in the water or put tap water on my face. I will probably go veggie for the few weeks I'm there, too. I won't be disappointed if I do get food poisoning at some point, but I will be surprised if I don't. I have anti-bacterial handwash that doesn't require water which I'll take everywhere with me.
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09