Girly Tuesdays: 10 Scents that Lingers in my Room Right Now

I have not take much noticed until recently that I am actually pretty sensitive to scents, and am attracted to whatever products that smells nice (ok I think everyone does this as well LOL)! Anyway these are the scents that lingers around my room recently that I have fall head over heels with! 1. Victoria Secret’s – Sheer Love

VS angel in the making =p

VS angel in the making =p

white cotton & pink lily. I bought its mist spray form back in third/fourth  year from Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) for around RM45 for 250ml, there was a promotion going on I think back then, it was a buy 2 free 1 deal. I was planning to buy gifts for two dear friends so my bottle was basically free! =p haha student budget much! All three were pretty sweet and nice, the other two being Midnight something (more sexy tinge of things, sweet scent) and another name which I could not recall but smells more matured and lighter. Mine was the lightest among the three since this is officially my first bottle of perfume spray! =) Have only hit the 1/6 mark so far so its a pretty good buy! Question: Do perfumes have expiry dates?? 2. The Body Shop –  Atlas Mountain Rose 94776m_l This is officially my first Eau De Toilette (50ml) ever! =) It was a Christmas gift by the boy’s godparents when we were staying over in London in 2014! =) This has a stronger rose approach to it and is sweet yet not overwhelming, perfect for daily use. Mine was a gift box that comes with a bottle of lotion (around 150ml), which has a pretty decent consistency and lightly scented, not  too thick and sticky, good for daily use as well! All in all it was the perfect gift as it was winter over in London and my skin was like screaming of dryness at that point of time. (I’ve even finish a bottle of 30ml body butter which the normal size took me two years to hit the bottom back in Malaysia) 3. Intimately Beckham – For her download This is another Christmas gift, from Aunty Mary, my mum’s colleague and our travel buddy during the recent Australia family trip! We were over in Sydney when she bought this if I am not mistaken and there was some crazy discount deals going on over in The Chemist. I was busy smelling scents until my nose almost dropped to buy presents for the dad and the boy when i came across this Intimately Beckham. It was so cheap!! I think AUD20 for a pack of Eau De Toilette (30ml I think) and a 150ml lotion! I thought of buying it as Valentine’s Gift so that the boy and I would have couple scents but I could not find the sample to test the scent. As I was still searching Aunty Mary has paid and she has bought for me one set as my Christmas present! LOL… Anyway the scent is pretty amazing, less sweet then what I have own so far, with a much sexy tone to it and the bottle is the prettiest that I have owned so far, and due to its petite size it was so cute! The lotion smells divine too, but its too milky and watery to have much functionality to it. Still good to put on to make yourself feels sexy sometimes, hehe. 4. Bath & Body Works – Beautiful Day

it's a beautiful day, and I can't stop myself from smiling! =p

it’s a beautiful day, and I can’t stop myself from smiling!

They have BBW in Bangkok! =) This was the first exclamation that my friend Yee Hooi said when we stepped our foot into Pratunam Mall (?) in Bangkok recently in our graduation trip. So the three of us went crazy and smelled almost everything in the shop! I was under a tight budget (since I have just finish touring Phuket and will be unemployed for the next few months) so I need to make sure I buy my favourite scent out of all! My nose almost dropped when I smelled this so I just bought it! Its a mix of floral and sweet scent, and quite hard to describe the smell. I think of sweet peas every time when I attempted to describe the smell of it, perhaps it’s because the bottle is green and has some poppy shaped flowers design. (That’s the best that I can do to describe the scent). And to me it lives up to its name, I have a beautiful day every time after spritzing it on! The mist of 236ml costs around RM50 if I am not mistaken, my travel buddies Ying Xian and Yeehooi bundled quite a number of perfumes, hand sanitizers and candles as well! The candles smells divine and I am so tempted to get it, but its bloody expensive (and I don’t know how to light a match). Le sigh… =p 5. The Body Shop – Lychee Blossom Shower Gel (200ml) the-body-shop-200-lychee-blossom-shower-gel-400x400-imadzch4vubehg5k Bought this during one of the promotion season early last year or the year before (the body shop have sales periodically each year with discounts up to 70% off!), RM29 and I think I’ve bought this bottle at at least half of the original price. The shower gels by the Body Shop has always been great since the first time I’ve tried it (bought during promo time, because I am on a student budget and it is a splurge to spend 30 bucks on shower gel). Back to this shower gel, it is a very refreshing formula and light and makes you get ready for the day (if you get what I mean). I love to use it after sports to cool me down as well as when I am feeling extra energetic and positive! =) It just has some great vibes in the scent as well as consistency. They bubble quite well after using the bath lily! =) And the lychee, definitely a sweet surprise and extra bonus as it is so subtle yet I can feel the tropical vibe! 6. The Body Shop – Strawberry Body Polish download (4) This was scored from another (or the same) promotion for members whereby I managed to get this for only RM8 for a 75ml tube bottle (Original price RM19.90). I’ve never tried body polish before and have limited experience on body scrubbing items. So far this has done a pretty good job! The strawberry scent dominates the whole experience and they even have real strawberry ‘seeds’ (?) inside the tube. Its a pretty gentle scrub and has done its job so far. I am not sure whether I will repurchase this same polish thou. 7. Sephora – Fleur d’oranger: Orange blossom creamy body wash download (3) I’ve gotten this as a birthday present last year from a dear friend Bee AND THIS IS THE BOMB! =p I seldom try homebrands and TBH I wouldn’t have buy this (body washes from sephora brand) myself. But this tube changes my view, it is a great bathing experience and perfect for winding down after a long day. The experience is enhanced by using bath lily as you will practically have those bubble bath that you have seen in TV commercials! =p By its own, the orange smell wakens me up in a morning and there is a light mix of floral scent which forms a perfect mix! (Sorry this is the best that I can describe) =p 8. Soap & Glory: Sugar Crush Body Scrub Soap+&+Glory+Sugar+Crush+Body+Scrub Okay, I cheated in this one, it is no longer in my washroom (couldn’t even remember whether I managed to hit the bottom of the bottle or not). I’ve bought the smaller version of this in year 3 (it was a splurge, around RM30) as my first ever body scrub after hearing much raves about it and it was the best buy ever! I practically look forward to go to the shower because of this! It is sweet yet not overwhelming and the scrub is just superb! It works fine and leaves you skin baby like without having the sticky feeling. =) 9. Herbal Essence: Long term relationship Hair Conditioner Mask (150ml??) 600-HE_rasberries_packs_AUS This baby here is a win purchase! It is cheap, heavy duty, functional and smells amazingly mindblowing! I think I’ve bought it over a local chemist or supermarket for less than RM20 to tame my crazy hair and it works wonders! =) I have been using their shampoo and conditioner during high school days, thus this scent has its nostalgic attachment to it, making it even more special! It is sweet, floral but not too overwhelming. The mask consistency is pretty manageable, not too heavy duty and suitable to use once or twice a week (though its more like once a month for me). And this is my first ever hair mask and it hasn’t even hit the halfway mark yet even though I have bought it over a year ago. =P 10. Crabtree & Evelyn: Hand Therapy Collection: Rosewater (3.5oz) 79440~nocolor This was a splurge, and I mean, a real splurge! After Australia last year, I went to Sabah for an elective and my hands starts cracking like shit and it feels super course which scares the sh*t out of me. So in my desperate attempt to rescue my hand from the damage of over washing from the wards, I paid almost RM100 to buy this darling right here. It works wonder and within a week, my hands were back to normal again. I seldom use this product (laziness much) but after using it last night, it reminds me of the reasons why I picked this up in the first place. The rosewater scent is calming and soothing, perfect to use at night right before you sleep. =) Even though it is pricey, it is worth it to me. I just hope that I will be able to finish it before it expires! haha p.s.: Question: the scrub beads and the oil were separated in the tube (same problem with the scrubs), how do we mix it up before squeezing it out for application?) That’s all for now! And finally I can appreciate the importance of an aromatherapist in the medical world, it does has its healing power! =) p.s.: I have just gotten my placement for my internship (or Housemanship as we call it in Malaysia) yesterday! I will be serving in the Cat City, Kuching, Sarawak for the next two years! Though I am sad to be away from the family for two years, I am kind of excited yet nervous at the same time of what has yet to come! Wish me luck! I love cats so its a start to this brand new place eh? =p

Bookish Thoughts: 10 “Medical” Books I’ve Read In Med School

Being a doctor has never crossed my mind until the age of 15, my ambition has always been being a scientist and astronaut during primary school, musician, lawyer, PR relations in high school right up till 15 years old when i suddenly realised that my actual passion all the while has been medicine!

There has been several experiences, books and ideas planted on to me, like seedlings waiting to bloom into a young tree! =) Looking back, med school has been a roller coaster rides and often other than family and friend support, several things have played a pivotal role in helping me to experience med school thoroughly!

Anyway we shall leave this to another day and focus on the title today!

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1. Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Dr Phang Cheng Kar (Clinical Psychiatrist, Malaysia)

– Recommended age: Pre-med/ year 1 (read in 2011)

– This book was born when Dr Phang was a medical student himself, fun read with loads of doodling and anecdote. A photostated copy of the book was given to me by a kind aunty from Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA) and later on I receive another signatured copy from Dr Phang (yay) from a talk that he gave to us organised by the Monash Counselling Department.

-psss: Since I have two copies of the book I am thinking of giving away one of them! Do PM/comment me if you are interested ya! =)

CAUSE i'm HAPPY! =P *google image thanks!*

CAUSE i’m HAPPY! =P
*google image thanks!*

2. 7 Steps of Highly Effective People –Stephen R. Covey

– Recommended age: Pre-clinical/ Anytime when u feel uneffective? (read in 2006-2011)

– I’ve read 50% of the book from my high school library and later on this book appeared as a recommended reading and was one of the lecture from Dr Sivalal during first year of medicine teaching study technique. I think I didn’t managed to finish the book, though I remember it was a good one, and graphic or simplified version of it? (I have rather short attention span =p)

7 steps! =) image from www.whitedovebooks.co.uk

3. Tuesday with MorrieMitch Albom

– Recommended age: Pre-clinical /clinical/ palliative care(read in 2011)

– This book is a recount of the author’s pastor from his childhood suffering from a neuro-muscular disease and is slipping away slowly. The author delicately recalls the moments spent with him while including his own emotions and reflections. I was introduced to him via his work <The 5 people you meet in heaven> by a dear friend’s mum when I was feeling lost and down 7 years ago. For that I am eternally grateful and blessed. <The time keeper> is a good read as well!

4. Escaping daddyMaria London

– R.A: Medical ethics/ Paediatrics/ Psychiatry (read in 2012)

– This book is a real recount of young Maria as a teenage sex worker forced by her father. Things get worsen when due to the circumstances she is involved in drug and drinking habits. The emotions, struggles, experiences were painfully written retold and I am truly moved by her courage and by telling the world, creating awareness the issue of child prostitution and abuse.

5. One Last GoodbyeKay Gilderdale

– R.A.: med ethics/ palliative care/ peadiatrics (read 2013)

– A heart-breaking true story of Lynn Gilderdale who was diagnosed with a rare disease of chronic fatigue syndrome (myalgia encephalomyelitis). *spoiler alert* This book was written by her mother recording the process of Lynn reaching a diagnosis, being stigmatized as ‘faking it out’ among several others. The book also describes Lynn’s decision on euthanasia under the legal age and subsequently her mother being charged for murder.

euthanasia... A happy pill?  *google image*

euthanasia… A happy pill?
*google image*

6. A Nurse AbroadAnne Watts

– R.A.: public health/ clinical/ health economics/ global health (read 2013-14)

– Scored this book for 1/2 pounds in a cancer charity shop when I was doing my electives in London! Best book choice ever! This is a autobiography of Anne Watts, a freshly trained UK nurse who inherited his father’s adventurous spirit and set sail for Canada to practice. Later, with much spontaneity and open heart to learn and experience more, she worked in Australia outback and was exposed to aboriginal health; the Arctic to work in clinics in an igloo; and participated in the Vietnam War (this is recalled in the other book, have yet to scout for it yet! >.<).

– Apart from bringing back nostalgia from UK, this book also serves as a more detailed introduction to Aboriginal Health in Australia, which I have the privilege to be exposed more about the community and Indigenous health when doing a 3 month compulsory attachment in Melbourne late January. *Monash also offers Rural Elective for Malaysian Campus students starting from my year whereby students can apply to do an elective in rural Melbourne! I did not managed to get a slot but my best friend did and it was the best experience ever! =)*

Australian Outback! =) *thanks google image*

Australian Outback! =)
*thanks google image*

7. LockdownDrauzio Varella

RA: Infectious Disease/ Public Health/ Health Economics (2014)

– Bought this for RM8 from the Big Bad Wolf (BBW) Fair in Johore Bharu. “Inside Brazil’s most dangerous prison”, the tagline is enough to pull a Brazil football fan and detective serious fanatic to buy the book! It is about how a ID doctor reach out to Brazilian prison system to spread public health, namely HIV prevention programme. It started off pretty dry, explaining the prison system and what not (took me 1/2 a year to go through) but later on the story became so gripping to me and I finished it in a week from mid-book onwards!

wouldn't mind being 'LOCKDOWN-ed" if its this cute! =p  *image from google*

wouldn’t mind being ‘LOCKDOWN-ed” if its this cute! =p
*image from google*

8. ComplicationsAtul Gwande

RA: Anaesthesiology/ Emergency Department/ Health Econs/ Medicine/ Surgery (2014- ?)

– A very big thank you to the cutest and very dedicated Monash Doctor Couple Dr Rafidah and Dr Azim who run our ED and Anaes posting and for making learning so fun, and for lending out this book to us! =) I have only managed to read the book till midway when the 6 weeks rotation ends and did not have the opportunity to finish it, but I can still remember many of the details described by this American surgeon and his point of view and observation, including medical errors; the symbiosis relationship of medical conferences and sponsors; the privatization of medical care and medical insurance to name a few.

Note to self:Definitely going to read all his books in the near future.

9. The Examined LifeStephen Grosz 

– RA: Psychiatry (2014)

– This was my 24th birthday present from Mr Liew! ❤ *shy shy* Stephen is a psychoanalyst who in this short and sweet book records the dialogues with his patient (deidentified of coourse) and his own thoughts and reflections. Was a pretty quick read, finished in one night (wasn’t sure due to the sugar rush or was a easy read in general =p) Anyway pretty great point of view and good size to toss in your handbag to read on the go!

=p *image from google*

=p *image from google*

10. House of GodSamuel Shem

– RA: final leg of med school/ Initiating internship (or Housemanship) (2014)

– Thrifted at 3 AUD from a charity shop during my family trip in Sydney after my graduation ball. Bought this on the day of “Sydney Siege” itself, a sad day where 2 hostages were gunned down by extremist =(. We were brought to a ‘safe area’ by my lil sis who which is Manly Beach as we were staying in the city area and stopped midway for a chemist and bumped into this quaint little family owned charity shop.

– This book is a fictional story of how a guy intern in UK survived 1st year of ‘hell’ internship in the ‘House of God’. The book follows the intern waddling through his way with his fellow comrades till the end of the year, with a detailed and unique insight of hospital administrators; the relationship among partners; with family members; between interns and their superiors and hospital directors ‘the boss’; and of course the interesting relationship with nurses! (though most are pretty crude ones, kids watch out! =p)

HOUSE-man

HOUSE-man

That’s all for now! =) Thanks for enduring with me and hope that it helps! =) The medical school journey for me has been a bumpy one but I am blessed to meet all the great and fun people who never failed to inspire me! And since today is World Kidney day and being Women Month, I will be MARCH-ing it on and try to post frequently this month regarding the topic, and before my holiday ends and I have to start working for real as a houseman in Malaysia! =)

38Women’s Day: Girls and Education in Malaysia

Today’s focus: girls and education. The point was brilliantly raised by this author, who currently serves in Kedah (go hijau kuning!)!

I recalled when I was fresh out from Form 5 into national service (17 years old), I had this realisation that many of my fellow camp mates are already talking about marriage and some were even engaged before they were in the camp.

I vividly recalled one of our camp commanders mentioning that us as first batch were the ‘lucky ones’ since most of us will be going to college or university or joining the army forces later on (they even further organised a further education fair for us when in the camp). According to him, the later batches were usually school drop-outs or not planning to further studies, most even alredy has children or are pregnant at the time of entering the camp and have to be sent home a few days after.

Some of the lady campmates were even being abused by their partners and was found out during the initial medical check up, but they were too scared to voice out and did not want to take further actions so there is nothing much the camp commanders could do other than giving them ‘temporary shelter’ throughout the three month period away from home.

There is more than we can do via education, empowering our girls! And I definitely agree with my friend​ the next step will be via Women’s Health. =)

p.s.:
One Book recommendation:
– pretty quick read and interesting!
– do let me know if you managed to buy the book at a cheap price ok? have always wanted to read it but its too pricey!
– (I stood at MPH to read a couple of pages thus am able to give a quick review hahaha)