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

Hey little ones….

5 weeks into Paediatrics and I’m loving every single day of it! 🙂 I am usually not the type of student that will go for extra classes by his or her own initiative so when I started to attend extra ward rounds it indicates that I’m really into Paeds! I don’t know what is it about kids, but those little monsters do have their magic on me!

Today we learned about neonatal examination and had our hands on practice on a few babies (upon the approval of their mothers of course). They are all so tiny, and seems delicate and fragile. One of the hardest part of the examination to me is the moro reflex, whereby you have got to drop the baby’s head a few centimetres down to your palms from midair to test for their reflex towards the loss of support. It just seems so hard to convince yourself that it’s going to be ok and the baby will be safe. Things get even more complicated when the mums are around to observe the whole test and they will feel frightened for the baby’s safety! Managed to get the hang of it after several attempts and honestly,  as weird as it may sound like it is actually quite addictive!!!

Another thing about neonates is the ability for them to recognise their mother. As illogical and unscientific as it seems, I notice that even a one day old neonate seems to be able to recognise their mother’s touch or voice and can be immediately calmed by it. Mother-baby bond?? Or am I thinking too much?? Perhaps mothers can handle their child better?? It is just so amazing and the strong bond is just so mesmerising! 🙂

Ok, enough of baby talk for the day, time to head back to my textbook of Paediatrics! 🙂

Johor Bharu On Foot! =) Part 2 (JB Chinese Heritage Museum, Restoran Muthu, Arulmigu Temple)

*click here for part one of the story! =p*

So after the epic film, we decided to walk back to Jalan Wong Ah Fook area to have lunch in Annalakshmi, one of my favourite places for Indian meals. The people, the ambience, the food, everything will work together and never fails to transport me to a different world (if you know what I mean). Founded in Kuala Lumpur in 1984 (never knew it was from Malaysia!), it is run by volunteers and they have a unique concept of payment – you can pay whichever amount of money that you wish to! =) Currently they have various outlets around the world (I have spotted one in Singapore near Chinatown and my friend saw another in Melbourne). Definitely a place to check out! Unfortunately by the time we reached there drenched in sweat, it was 3.30pm and the shop was closed! Important to note, their opening hours are only from 12pm to 3pm daily and close on Sundays. =*( So sad, was really looking forward to it! 

Anyway with our grumbling stomachs we decided to continue on to go to the JB Chinese Heritage Museum as it was just a few doors down and our alternative lunch place was too far away. Entrance fee was RM2 for students which was dirt cheap!

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Honestly, I did not have high expectations on this museum considering that it was just a shop lot and seems to be rather small to be considered as a decent museum. But, I later found out that I was so wrong. There were so many things on display and it was arranged in a very systematic order. It felt like I was reading a live and interactive history book. 

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Apart from artefacts, the museum also had several television sets screening short video clips explaining the history of Johor Chinese and the development of Malaysian Chinese in terms of social, economic and cultural, among others.

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    (*traditional chinese medication and book!! excited!- medical student mode on!*)

The museum was well taken care of and they actually had this sensor thing going on (?) whereby the lights and TV will only on when someone passes that area! =) It was a pleasant surprise considering the minimal amount of money the collect from the visitors, as this kind of technology and maintenance will definitely cause a fortune! Later after a pleasant chat with the uncle taking care of the tickets booth, I came to know that this museum was mostly maintained by donations by the Chinese from Johor and Singapore, so touched by their effort to restore and preserve the history of their ancestors and to nurture the future generation. 

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       (* praying table: before joining one of the main brotherhood (kongsi) – Hong Men; before World War 2)

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        (*Super shocked when I saw this! All this while I have been thinking that 24 seasons drum is from China!! Its a ‘product of Malaysia’! *proud to be a Malaysian mode*)

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The seemingly small museum actually occupies 4 floors and by the end of the day we were so exhausted as there were just so many things to look at. =) Each floor has a different theme and was neatly arranged according to the timeline or categories. We spent an hour and a half in the museum and we had to leave as we were famished by then! 

Passed by this mansion that used to be owned by a rich Indian family back in the 1960s. Now it serves as a cultural hub but unfortunately only opens on certain days when there are cultural events and performances. 

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   (*past glory)

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  (*translates as: it’s more blessed to give than to receive)

And we continue walking….

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And walking……

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Had banana leaf rice and coconut water in Restoran Muthu. Friendly staff, decent food. They have this preserved dried chilli that goes with the rice which we find it special and of course, spicy!! In the end, we finished everything except that dried chilli thingy. 

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Moving on to one of the places that I was most excited of – the Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam temple just opposite the street!

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I have been to a hindu temple for a couple of times now, but have not really stepped in and observe closely, so this was my first ever experience in the temple up close and personal! Since young, I have always been mesmerized by Hindu temples; colourful, serene yet lively at the same time. And the stories of Hindu Gods and Goddesses never fail to captivate me every single time. 

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Well, I must say that it was indeed a little bit awkward as there was a prayer session being conducted at the time of my visit and we were the only visitors at that time. I did spotted some Chinese and Caucasian visitors before entering and while leaving the temple though, so I guess it was just down to bad timing, haha. But it was definitely a different experience and walking into some other religion and culture which you may not be familiar with made me realise that we are not so different after all. And it is quite interesting to study and learn from other cultural backgrounds and perspectives. I do hope to have another visit again, perhaps in another temple with some friends of that religion (so that things will be clearer?) =)

 

Then we wandered up past Galleria to Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim and also the Old Police Station.

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Unfortunately, both were not opened for public, so we can just glance from afar. They even have snipers around to guard these places, oh my! 

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   (*LOL*)

So at this point of time we decided to call it a day and so we went back and sleep till dinner time! =)

In summary:

Total time: 10am -6pm: 8 hours

*Oh, we have actually made this trip a challenge that we shall not spend more than RM30 each person! Let’s see if we succeeded!*)

Total cash spent:

  1. breakfast (Salahuddin Bakery): RM6
  2. Hua Mui: RM6 (fried rice) RM3 (coffee)
  3. Movie: Pacific Rim: RM 24
  4. JB Chinese Heritage Museum: RM 4
  5. Lunch: RM 16

Total: RM59!! (ohhhh, just nice!! >.<)