Destressing on a Sunday

Things have not been a smooth lately. In fact many things happened as a start of 2015. Dad was hospitalised on the second week of January. He had a mild heart attack which resulted him to undergo angioplasty. He is now with 3 stents in his arteries. 

My maid which we employed in August 2014 decided to ran away. She did it like a pro! Ran away on a Sunday evening by just casually walking out past the guardhouse. What goes around comes around. I hope she gets punished one day. 

So yeah, with what has happened, things are not so good. Not sure with the rest of the family but I felt it. To keep my mind out of this mess, I try to occupy myself by doing spring cleaning. I just spent like 4 hours cleaning up my room and I felt good about it. But once I was done cleaning, my mind felt gloomy again. Sigh! 

I decided to take the car keys and drove to the shopping mall to get my naila done. It has been awhile since I pamper myself. So thats what I did…



Im praying hard that things will get better soon.. For all of us 

Dyson Handheld DC61

The way to deal with having furry pets at home is to have a vacuum! My husband suggested me to have a go at Dyson. Coincidentally, Dyson at Harvey Norman, Ikano Power Center (IPC) offered promotional price plus you get to pick an envelope that will reveal other goodies you might be in luck with. So we went there to have a look for the handheld vacuums as we have the big vacuums already in the house.

This handheld vacuum is light to hold and easy to handle. DC61 comes with:

  • Extra tools – for cleaning hard to reach places;
  • 2 years warranty – including parts and labor but in Harvey Norman, you can extend another 3 years for a minimal fee);
  • 20 minutes of powerful suction;
  • Boost Mode – 6 minutes to increase suction power for more difficult tasks ( I hardly use this);
  • Charging cable – charging time will take about 6 hours; and
  • Manual

Why is Dyson different from other brands:

  • Captures more dirt than any other cyclone technology
    I find this true and tested myself. The suction is more efficient as compared to the normal conventional vacuum cleaners. It captures more dirt only at 1 go.No extra cost
  • No extra cost
    Because other machines are still designed to need replacement bags and filters – which can result to more cost incurred to purchase those bags/filters. Dyson vacuums are bagless and have washable lifetime filters – so there are no extra costs.
  • Built to last
    Tough and durable. They claimed that all Dyson vacuums are made from ABS and polycarbonate – the same material used in riot shields and crash helmets. Every single component is relentlessly tested to survive real life. There’s a video about this test. I dare not test it on my device though.
  • Trap allergens, expels cleaner air
    This is a plus for me as I have sinus and live with my furry-pets. It captures allergens and expels cleaner air. Approved by both the British Allergy Foundation and Service Allergie Suisse.
  • Award winning customer support
    All Dyson handheld vacuums are guaranteed for two years – parts and labour. But if you were to purchase it with Harvey Norman, you can extend the warranty for another 3 years which make up to 5 years of warranty. Once you purchase any Dyson product, you will need to register online in  order to get the warranty to kick-in.

**The specifications are taken from Dyson website.

Personally, the sad back about this vacuum is that it can only last for 20 minutes but the charging time is almost 6 hours!

We ended up buying one for ourselves anyway and we got free gift such as the additional tools that is used to vacuum cars and the envelope revealed that we got 2 USB memory stick.

We need to vacuum the room daily as our cats roam around the room and their fur can be everywhere! So far, we have been using this vacuum daily and it’s good – except for the charging part but other than that, it is all good!

And because we liked this handheld so much, we decided to buy the Dyson DC39 to vacuum our entire house – which means, we need to figure out where and how to get rid of the old vacuums.

 

Alen Peralda2 Air purifier

Last year I have been scouting to have an air purifier – mainly to help me deal with my sinus and that early of the year,  there was a bad haze going on in Kuala Lumpur. The air quality index last at that time showed readings of 225 (above than 200 is considered as very unhealthy). It was so bad that you are highly encouraged to stay indoors. Some schools were closed because of the high reading.

Photo taken from Air Purifier Reviews HQ

Photo taken from Air Purifier Reviews HQ

So I have been doing research since last year to find one suitable air purifier and came across with Alen Peralda 2 air purifier. After reading the reviews, this one seemed to be the best by far. Alen Peralda 2 with the HEPA air filter, it purifies the air and tested to remove 99.42% of airborne contaminates. Best of all it removes smoke (good for during haze), pollen, pet dander (which is a plus as we have cats in the room), dust mites, molds, bacteria and virus. It claims to remove dust but it doesn’t really suck up the dirt as efficient as I thought.

Alen Purifier box > Top view > Side view

Alen Purifier box > Top view > Side view

Alen Peralda 2 uses air filter that can be replaced and it has a replacement indicator that lets you know when it is time to replace the HEPA air filter in the Peralda air purifier.

Here’s the costing part. I have to warn you that this product is costly – to me la and every 6 months, you are recommended to change your filter. So, that filter will cost you RM499 each. But now, I think they recently signed with Maybank and you can do EZYPay for 1 year by paying the bank on a monthly basis.

My personal opinion, I have no regrets in buying this product. I have been using it on a daily basis and it is the first thing I turn it on whenever I enter my room. I now can sleep soundly without wearing a face mask (previously, I had to wear a mask – if not, I would have extremely bad flu and blocked nose during my sleep). Also I guess the acupuncture does help me to heal my sinus.

Retailers:
The Baby Loft (TBL)

Lot 43, Level G, Publika Shopping Galley
Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website

Business Hours:
Everyday 11:00am-11:00pm

Telephone: +60 3 6411 6733 (ask for Mr. Kong)

 

 

 

Flu, Sore Throat Remedy

I have not been feeling well lately – sore throat and bad cough. In fact, I think it is the weather because even in office, my colleagues or their family members are not feeling well either. I have been taking Vitamin C for this and yet it is still not cured so I resorted to this:

A home remedy to cure illness like fever, flu, and sore throat that I got from my ex-colleague back in the days.

You will need (for 1 time consumption):-

  • ½ a lemon
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
  • Honey (I use Manuka Honey from SweetMeadows, New Zealand)
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Lemon – Cinnamon Powder – Honey

 

Simple steps:-

  1. Squeeze the ½ lemon (take out the seeds)
  2. Add in a pinch of cinnamon powder
  3. Add honey as much as you like. I usually put in 3 tablespoons of Manuka honey.
  4. Drink it up! (Do not add water)

They claimed that lemon contains high Vitamin Cs and cinnamon powder will cure your throat. Repeat at least twice a day and hopefully, you will be all good.

Disclaimer: This post is to provide information on possible general health remedy. This information should not replace professional advice by a qualified medical or herbal practitioner. If you have or suspect you may have health conditions, you should consult professional medical advice.

LASIK with Prof. Muhaya: Specs~no~more

A few friends have asked me about my Lasik experience. FYI – I decided to do Lasik which is Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis, commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction (Thanks Wikipedia!)

I started wearing glasses since Standard TWO! That means since I was eight years old. Ever since then, the power of my glasses increased year by year up until 3 years ago that I felt my power had stabilized – which came up to 600+ for myopia (short-sighted) and astigmatism to 200+. I can’t even see the clock on the wall in my room without my glasses! Sob!

So, I’ve been doing some reading in early 2013 and decided to pay a visit to Dr. Prof Muhaya on 6th June 2013.

I’ve sent out SMS to the number given and provided the details. They responded by letting me know on the appointment date and time. Information on  where you can make appointment, you can refer to Prof. Muhaya’s website. Here’s the direct link: http://drmuhaya.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2

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Picture 1: The entrance to Prof. Muhaya’s clinic

The whole process went like this: You would require to visit Prince Court at least twice.

Day One – check up to see if your eyes are suitable to perform Lasik. First important note:

  1. You are  advised not to drive after the check-up.
  2. You are NOT ALLOWED to wear contact lens one week before the evaluation day

The whole process of performing all sorts of check-ups would take at least half a day including the waiting time. These tests and checks are performed by the nurses and also the optometrist (like how they run tests by changing lenses to see what power you are currently on). Of course, the last person that you will be seeing for the day is Dr. Prof Muhaya herself. She will also examine your eye and explain to you on what may happen to your vision – once you have understood and agreed, you may proceed with the Lasik operation but it will be on a different day.

What I meant by “What may happen to your vision” is that Prof explained to me that my eyes may not be 100% corrected. Reason behind this was because the thickness of my cornea was just ngam-ngam to qualify for Lasik and she does not want to risk it. Meaning, I would still need to wear glasses but only when I am driving – which I am ok with that.   So I’ve set out an appointment on 10th June 2013, paid the amount and collected some medicines that I need to take on operation day.

blog2Picture 2: The results of my eye check up and the meds slip.

Also, I needed someone to be with me on 10th June. Reason – once I am done with the Lasik operation, I will need time in order to adjust with my new vision! Poor hubby had to sacrifice his leave for me.

You can request for an MC for check-up day.

Day Two – L.A.S.I.K day
Another important note:

  1. You are NOT ALLOWED to drive after the surgery
  2. You are NOT ALLOWED to wear contact lens 1 week before the surgery
  3. You are NOT ALLOWED to wear any perfume, fragrant face wash or deodorant, make up is also a big NO NO.

It was a fine Monday morning on 10th June 2013. Woke up early – excited. Took the pills given. The pill is more of a painkiller. Me and hubs arrived at 9.00am. There were a number of patients waiting already! By 11am, my name was called. The nurses placed me in the waiting area where we need to put on the Crocs shoes, put on the hospital robe and head cover and there’s a storage locker where you can put in your belongings. The nurses then applied different types of eye drops and then just wait for your turn.

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Picture 3: The waiting time starts…. tick.. tock.. tick.. tock!

Then when I got into the operation room, I could hear nasyid music playing in the background. One of the nurses reminded me not to mention any negative words to Prof Muhaya like worry or fear but when I met her in person, she portrays peace and calm vibes.

Prof Muhaya was still working on one of the patients but I was asked to talk to that patient to ask how he was doing. Of which he replied, it was good – no pain what-so-ever. Then one of the nurses took away my spectacles. 3 minutes after that patient got up and left the room. It’s me next! At that point in time, Prof. Muhaya told me to look at the clock on the wall and asked the time. I can’t see without my glasses! I can’t see even a single number on that wall! Huh! Then I was asked to lie down on bed and was started off with one out of the two machines that are used during Lasik. Prof Muhaya began by reciting Al-Fatihah and then she starts……

Machine 1 – This is where the machine is programmed to perform the bladeless flap creation. I just love the word bladeless. It doesn’t make me worry too much =). What this machine does is that it will slice up your cornea which is again.. bladeless! Prof will perform one eye at a time. The eye will be opened using this special clip which prevents you from blinking. The whole process (for both eyes) took less than 2 minutes! OK lah, the slicing activity only took 15 seconds per eye. But most importantly, it was painless! Once done, the nurses swing the bed to Machine 2.

Machine 2 – This is where the laser will beam to your cornea and where it will re-shape your cornea to replicate like your correction glasses It is called “Laser Corneal Correction”.  With this machine, you will encounter some slight burning smell which is normal. Within 30 seconds, the process for one eye is over! After the surgery ended, Prof Muhaya asked me to tell the time from the clock on the wall. To my amazement, I can see except my vision was abit hazy! I can even see my husband who were recording the whole procedure the whole time.

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Picture 4: All went well… snap picture with Prof. Muhaya

Recovery Period

You will be able to go back immediately after the  surgery. You will be given lunch pack, sunglasses for you to wear for one day or two and you’re good to go!

Owh.. you can request one day of MC for the surgery day.

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Picture 5: My lunch pack for the day

At this stage, you are required to apply eye drops every 5 minutes! Yes.. EVERY 5 MINUTES for the next 4 hours. Which I complied as this is one of the very important stage of healing process. Subsequently, I applied the eye drops every one hour or so for 1 week – just to be safe.

Alhamdulillah, now that it has been over 9 months since the Lasik operation and it has been great! I didn’t encounter any dryness of eyes which is a plus. Only during the first 1 month, I had problem with my eyes when I am in a low light places – I see double vision and my vision were not as sharp as when I wear my glasses. But after 1 month, my eyes started to adapt slowly at low light conditions.

I went for scuba diving one month after that and it was GREAT! I see clearly without having to worry! I even went to my normal optometrist and did some eye check up. Surprisingly, all my astigmatism — gone! Meaning I don’t have to wear specs at all when I am driving.

So for those who are thinking of doing one, I think it is worth it – provided that your power have stabilized and that it is more than 300+. Worth the money despite being ……. expensive, I still find it to be of a good investment if you are ready.

P/S: PCMC offers 36 months 0% instalment for Lasik for those who are interested.

Till then.. see ya!

Poke-a-Needle

Ola! I wanted to create an entry last week but I wasn’t feeling well. Been having flu and fever! Maybe because I’ve been working extra hours for 3 days straight up to a point my body can’t take it anymore. Blame it at the year-end closing of accounts! Hemph!

I managed to get medical leave for a day after I visited the acupuncture doctor which is the topic of entry for today.

Normally in the past, whenever I am not feeling well, I would go to the clinic and the GP (General Practitioner) doctor will give all sorts of medication to take and especially for antibiotics, you are required to finish it up. So one day my parents suggested for me to have a go at acupuncture. At that time there were few reasons why they suggested me this:

1. I have a bad flu. Especially in the morning and now that I sleep with my cats, the flu gets worse – and my parents read over on the internet that acupuncture can help cure flu.

But!!! read number 2 below…

2. I am terrified of needles! Or in other words, I have serious phobia of needles. I have history pertaining to it. Lets go back when I was 12 years old – I was supposed to get a jab back then in Glasgow, UK. I fainted shortly after the procedure and because my head hit the ground hard when I fainted, I had a mild concussion and was unconscious on-and-off. So I was hospitalised at a children’s hospital for 24 hours. Ever since that tragedy, I refuse to get any jabs at all.

Well I lied! I had to take another jab 3 years after that. At that time I was due to get my braces done. So prior to that, the dentist needed to extract a few teeth out – and they had to give me the dental injection. Which went out ok until 2 minutes later, I fainted on the dentist chair!

From then onwards, I concluded that I don’t do well with needles!

So 15 years have passed from the last incident and after much deliberation and thoughts, I decided to have a go. My dad tagged along with me just in case if there’s any drama at the hospital and faint..Gheee! :p

I chose to go to Tung Shin Hospital along Jalan Pudu, KL.

Here in Kuala Lumpur, there are a lot of beauticians that offer acupuncture but from my opinion, I prefer to go to a hospital. Mainly because I am comfortable that the person doing it are those qualified doctors plus needles that they use are from the new packaging and sterilised. You can tell that they don’t reuse the needles because once you are done, they will place the needles in the yellow needle dispenser bucket. The whole treatment costs RM22 per session (RM25 for first-time customers – They take RM3 for one-time registration fee)

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So coming back to my story about being ill, the doctor confirmed that I was having a fever. The whole process took approximately 40 minutes. First 5 – 10 minutes for the doctor to examine me then she placed the metallic needles into parts of my body – mostly on my face (where affected). Was it painful? Not at all! More of like a tingling sensation or sometimes you feel like a small ant biting on your skin, but after a few seconds, that feel just fades off. The acupuncture needles are left in for approximately 30 minutes. During that 30 minutes, I will definitely doze off to sleep. ZZzzz……
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It worked! After the next day, fever…. GONE! You should try it!
Update: I did share my experience with my SMDU friends. One of my friends gave it a try and now her parents would frequently pay a visit to the hospital to get their acupuncture treatment. Even better, her parents are now persuading their friends to have the acupuncture treatment! =) =) =)