Saturday, 12 October 2013

Linden Leaves Body Oil 60ml with Prestige Magazine October issue

I just came back from the Gardens Midvalley today where i saw this offer which i'm inclined to share.

The poster says it all. This is exclusive to Borders The Gardens though.  This came at the right time since i was looking for a good body oil, I find the oil really moisturizing and non-sticky (the most important feature for me).

The girl at the payment area told me i could chose from Rose, Lavender, Lemon and Avocado. I chose Avocado since Lavender, Lemon and Rose were such typical scents. I wanted to try something new. Turns out she was slightly misinformed about the scents.

The actual scents were:

  • Absolute Dreams (a blend of lavender, sandalwood, cedarwood and orange).
  • In Love Again (a blend of neroli, vanilla and sandalwood).
  • Memories (a blend of rose, geranium and ylang ylang).
  • Pick Me Up (a blend of mandarin, petitgrain, rosemary and lavender).
I chose In Love Again without knowing.I rather like it though since the scent was rather nondescript and non overpowering. The cashier lady was right about one thing though. It did contain avocado oil.

Till stocks last. Not too sure how much stock they have, but there were around 20 bottles on the counter.

My Pregnancy Journey

My pregnancy wasn't too bad. It was the post partum that was very eventful.For completeness sake though, i thought i'd document this part here too.

Like most newlyweds, my husband and i decided we didn't want children so fast.So one year passed with us happily leading a family life as a couple (2 people can be a family also wat). Then i decided i wanted to pursue a master's degree to specialize in pathology, hence the start of a long distance relationship for a good one year. I was in KL and he was in Slim River. We would take turns travelling to meet each other on weekends. Sometimes he came weekdays too It was about then that i decided it was time to have a child. It was logistically difficult. Ovulation kits did not work for me (never got a positive test before!) due to my irregular periods. Hence i never quite knew when i'd be ovulating. I did an ultrasonographic evaluation just in case. I was worried i had cysts in my ovaries. Thankfully structurally i was normal. Pressure off me somewhat. Anyway at the time i was blaming my lack of weight (i weight 40kg) , hyperthyroidism (technically should not be a problem).. etc.. but thinking back perhaps we never really tried. To cut short an already long story (grandma syndrome kicking in sorry for the longwindedness) we conceived after 2 and a half years of marriage at a rather unfortunate time.

My early pregnancy symptoms were the usual. But of course i only felt all the symptoms after i knew i was pregnant. Dunno psychological effect or what.

When i found out i was pregnant, i was in Jb staying with my parents and brothers, with my husband working in Slim River. Had morning sickness except it was more like all day sickness. I would retch and feel nauseous the whole day buy it was worse at night. I would vomit once a day after dinner. Especially if dinner was late. Late meaning later than 6pm. You could see what a nuisance i was to my parents who usually ate at 7pm- 7.30pm. It was a particularly trying time.

As i was in a post graduate programme, there were times where i had to travel to KL from JB for presentations. Not only was i already having 'all day sickness', now i have to add on the risk of possible motion sickness? I was terrified of the prospect of puking on the bus during the 4 hour journey as not only is it embarrassing, i don't want to be stinking up the whole bus with the other poor passengers having nowhere to run.

Also because of my postgraduate programme, i moved to KL for continuation of my course. By that time my husband had tansferrred to Selangor. So now i get to live with mu husband (yeah!) but i missed my family in JB terribly. Throughout my pregnancy, i walked 15-20 minutes daily to work while i was working in HUKM.

We ate out daily and i would just pray i don't puke in public. One particularly gross moment was while we were having dinner at Ying Ker Lou in Pavillion. I had just finished a huge bowl of 'Lei Cha'. I was stuffing my face with the stuff since i had not eaten 'lei cha' for a long time. (I ate it rather regularly in Slim River). Only When i had completed eating did i realise i had overfilled my stomach with food. I started retching, and my husband rather alarmingly (he was by now used to my vomiting episodes in public or otherwise) asked me if i needed to go to the toilet. He also helpfully pointed out that the toilet was located conveniently nearby. I was burping a lot at the time, and said rather unconvincingly that i was okay.

One minute later i started retching again rather violently and i was scurrying out of the restaurant cupping my hand to my mouth. I think during that 1 minute dash t the toilet some vomit had escaped my mouth onto my cupped hand. I dashed into a booth and vomited ALL MY FOOD (what a waste of money). Luckily this was pavillion and they had ample toilet cubicles so i didn't have to  run into a claustrophobic toilet with a toilet line. Still, i think i did scare a little boy who was in the toilet at the time as i dashed while retching into a booth (he probably wished he could have gone to the men's room instead).

Oh, ya.. that probably was not the most embarrassing moment. I now recall a day during the fourth month of my pregnancy where an unsuccessful dash to the toilet at a certain Tesco in Cheras left a pool trail of vomit from the food court to the toilet. Yeah.. that was probably the most embarassing.The cleaner who thankfully very efficiently mopped up the mess even before i was done with my vomiting in the toilet, was rather forgivingly blase about it. No bitching (not that i heard anyway, unlike during this incident), nor evil eyes my way. In fact they were rather expressionless while i ran sauntered from the crime scene.

 It did not help that i had postings in various places and that i don't drive.For 1 month i was doing attachments in HUKM, 3 months in the National Blood Centre and 3 months back in KL for clinical haematology posting.Thank God Jin Hui got me some really good quality compression stockings that made standing for extended periods in the ward more bearable.Appreciation from a specialist was also a welcome motivation for slogging in a department which i was supposed to be on 'attachment' in. Two pathology MO's manning a medical ward by themselves due to medical MO shortage for a rather substantial amount of time? Go figure.It was a great learning experience though, much better than just passively following ward rounds.

Somehow we managed to pull through.My husband was my pillar of strenght for much of my pregnancy period. Though he's not the type of husband who would go the extra length to satisfy a pregnant woman's food cravings, he was very practical and anticipated my needs before i knew it myself.

Nothing though (even if i had helped deliver a few babies as a medical student and house officer) could have prepared me for the adventure that was delivery.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

The reason

The reason for my long hiatus from blogging was because i got pregnant, had some complications, delivered had more complications, breastfed, more complications, work, cue even more complications.

So you see, i've been pretty knackered dealing with the lethargy of pregnancy and the multitudes of complications. A new mother would probably be cursing if she experienced one complication of pregnancy. I on the other hand seem to be encountering everything in the medical books, one after another. Dear God please stop training me anymore. I think i'm mentally strong enough now, but thank you anyway.

I really want to one day write my ordeal down and really purge it out of my system. Also, if i quarrel with my girl in the future i can direct her to the webpage.

Anyway, the main purpose of my blog post, to introduce to you baby Kim.

She makes me feel everything is worth it.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Freebies at Kinokuniya

It's been ages since i've blogged and for a good reason too! But the reson is so long i'll reserve it for the next blog post. What i want to blog now is so that you know the wonderful offers in Kinokuniya at the moment. I was scratching my head as to which one to buy.

Tatler Malaysia August 2013 magazine comes with a Linden Leaves Radiant Exfoliating wash apparently full sized and apparently worth RM118(based on theSkintopic facebook page). Offer while stocks last in Kinokuniya. But when i saw the freebie (there was a sample at the counter), it looked more like a sample size to me.It was a pretty decent sample size though and the colour of the exfoliating wash looked really interesting.

But then the Cosmetic Surgery and Beauty magazine August/September issue comes with a dr.dream andvanced anti-aging starter and travel kit worth RM550. Granted this magazine is RM5 more expensive than the Tatler, it still made more sense to go with dr dream which is apparently from a well known Korean cosmetic surgery group. There were no examples of the starter kit displayed, but since it's limited to one per customer i figured it must be good.

And i was not disappointed. The box was huge, and came with 5 products, 4 of which were encased in glass bottles/containers and 1 sachet.

The starter kit consists of a sachet ofUrban Protective Advanced BB Cream1ml, Advanced Facial Treatment Cream 8g, Hydramemory Deep Active Moisturizer 15g, Advanced Facial Treatment Serum 8ml, Advanced Facial Treatment Toner 20ml.

The magazine was an interesting read as well. Only available at Kinokuniya KLCC while stocks last.

(Picture credits to Cosmetic Beauty and Surgery FB page - too lazy to take my own pics)

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Lanvin freebie with Harper's Bazaar 10th Anniversary Box

Another great freebie with a mag spotted.

Harper's Bazaar limited edition Lanvin Me box set. The box is seriously heavy and can be reused. Buy it at the end of your shopping trip though cos it's pretty heavy to lug around. Love the pretty blue box.

It comes with a notebok, Harper's Bazaar clear pouch (i think i've received 2-3 of these clear pouches already) , and the pièce de résistance a 4.5ml Lanvin Me miniature in a cute glass bottle.

The scent is sweet and fruity, slightly reminiscence of the majoromantica fragrace.

You can get it at the bookstores above.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Borders bookstore and Kinokinuya magazine freebies

It has been a while since i blogged, but i guess I just had to share this good deal. Went to Borders at Midvalley yesterday and bought a Malays magazine called Eh!, mainly because of this promotion:

Yup, if you reach there fast enough, you buy a RM 7 magazine and you get products from Neutrogena worth RM97.80. It's a great way to try a product to see if it suits you in the long run. As of yesterday night there was still stock available.

But please don't go and hoard millions of copies cos the expiry date for these products are August and September 2013. The firming lotion is a 40ml bottle.

At the same time there was also a NuYou magazine promotion going on.

It looks like a pretty good deal too, but i gave this a miss.

Apparently NuYou is also running the Neutrogena promotion in Kinokinuya. Not sure if there is still stock left though.

Not bad deals ya? If you see any good deals around do drop me a comment.


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