S4Ep15 – Love Yourself & Others

We show love in various ways.

To ourselves, by taking care of our physical and mental wellbeing. Eat well, rest well and mingle with the right crowd.

To others, it can be demonstrated by being present, supportive or having their well-being in mind. There’s no manual on how to do it right. That’s good, cause that means we get to try every method under the sun to find that perfect fit. Love shows by celebrating, so show it off. Make it seen.

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TOCCA Mini Discovery Set

My favourite perfume used to be Ralph Lauren Style but it’s not produced anymore. Apart from the nice scent, I think I loved it because it has sentimental value. It was a gift from one of my best friends I call Mimie. I still keep the bottle and the very little volume it has left at the bottom. It is a scent I go back to from time to time whenever I miss her or my time back in Manchester.

My husband gifted me with a few perfume brands when we got married. My sister too but none of them have managed to topple down RL Style from its throne yet. Which makes me open to the idea of trying as many perfumes as I can. I am not loyal to anything yet.

Recently I purchased TOCCA. To be honest, I have never heard of the brand before but it looked so cute on Shopee. The trial set looked so aesthetic that I needed to get my hands on it. They have very subtle scents and it doesn’t last that long. Mine lasts for less than 2 hours which makes me doubt its authenticity.

SIMONE – Highlights: Watermelon, frangipani, ylang ylang. It has a very fresh smell to it. The kind that you would use after a shower having completed a strenuous gym session or a heavy day at work. After the shower, you prepare a meal and just lounge in the living room with Netflix and your partner. I really like this one.

FLORENCE – Highlights: Bergamot, pear, gardenia. This one has a Spa vibe to it. Almost like a Balinese spa. It’s like I just came back from the spa kind of smell.

STELLA– Highlights: Blood Orange, Freesia, spicy lily. I would wear this to a funeral. You know how you hug people to comfort them? I believe the Stella hug has a fairy godmother/grandmother-ish comfort to it.

COLLETE – Highlights: Bergamot, sandalwood, pink peppercorn. I would use Collete if I have to attend a meeting dominated by men. You kind of blend in with the masculine scent. It’s like no one would notice there’s an XX in the room.

MAYA – Highlights: Wild Iris, blackcurrant, patchouli heart. This is my least favourite as I am not a fan of fruity scents. If you want to smell like Ribena, go ahead.

GIULIETTA – Highlights: Pink tulips, green apple, vanilla orchid. Another one which I do not prefer. Maybe it’s the apple. It’s like someone will put me in the blender and make me a human smoothie sort of thing. It just doesn’t work for me. I guess fruity scents work for bubbly personalities who emits the joy and fun in the world. Maybe those in the younger age group would love it.

GIA – Highlights: Pink peppercorn, tangerine, Turkish rose. I would wear this to a dinner date where there’s steak on the menu or to the opera. It’s very phantom of the opera-ish. I need a masquerade mask for the perfect OOTD.

CLEOPATRA – Highlights: Grapefruit, Jasmine, Vanilla musk. Smells like a woman with power. The power to do anything you want with a headache. I honestly cannot stand the smell. It’s too powerful for me.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. for me, I would get the Simone in a bigger bottle if available.

Thank you to all my senpai

Recently a house officer died in Penang after jumping off the hospital building. The house officer was a fresh doctor having only started working 3 weeks. The HO must be at his/her wit’s end for making such a decision. I honestly cannot imagine the thoughts or feelings that run in his/her mind. Was it numb? Was it anger? Was it frustration? We would never know.

The first month of HO-ship in whatever posting will either make or break you.

I was in the O&G department. For the first 2 weeks, my feet were swelling due to the prolonged standing and walking. MY tagging hours start very early, ending at 10pm daily. I had to learn the ropes fast. It’s about getting the results to where they are. On top of knowing how to manage the cases safely as a medical officer. The mindset was to learn as fast as I can, efficiently in case we get our district postings in Kapit and whatnot. I was very very lucky to have my fellow HO senpais helping me out.

Stella. Wani Raul. Kak Pah. Marisa. To name a few.

I wouldn’t have survived if it wasn’t because of them. They have really wonderful personalities and I am so proud to see them becoming the specialist they are today. Blooming in their respective fields as a person with great character and knowledge. Patients under their care are in safe hands.

I pray that they will continue to serve the public with their expertise. InsyaAllah. For I know, I wouldn’t be able to do that.

S4Ep14 – a Minci Moss production

In an interview, Suga BTS was once asked if he was given a chance, which song would he like to record or again or remaster as they call it. Namjoon made an educated guess by saying that Suga would record none. To him, whatever was produced at the time was the best version and effort they have put into the piece. I understood his point.

You should always create an output, even in daily life, your best. The best meal. The best of yourself and others. Of course, there are times when you are not at your best but always do something that will make you proud in the future. It will not be perfect but it will showcase your personal growth in mind and matter.

There are plenty of tips online on how to grow your Youtube channel. The most popular one I came across from a lot of video gurus is to be consistent in your uploads. Some even suggest daily uploads of anything. I don’t think I could do that as it will compromise quality and what I hope to show on my channel. So, this is the best I can do – weekly or 2 weekly uploads.

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Pulse Grande Hotel, Putrajaya

I wish I could say I enjoyed my stay. Unfortunately, I didn’t.

I was prepared that the place wouldn’t be as gah as it would have been before the pandemic, but I wasn’t prepared for what ensued. The only commendable thing about the whole experience was the staff. The communication skills were superb, but the service and the facilities/layout, whatever you call it, are slowly going down the drain. It would be pretty sad for all these young skilled staff to go just because the place is unable to serve as an exclusive abode for travellers.

So, what could be improved?

Check-in ritual

Taking into account that the lady could be new, I just feel that there is certain information that must be conveyed automatically to the guest. Which should be included as part of the training if you are to man the check-in counter. Such as the WIFI password, breakfast time, breakfast area and highlights of the hotel such as access to the garden park, pool, and directions to the kids club room. I felt that the lady failed to recognize that I actually booked extra service from the hotel which included the birthday room decor and kids package. It would be helpful to advise guests early regarding payment and such activities.

The rooms

My room is on the ground floor because I chose the garden view. Plus point is that it is near the breakfast cafe. The minus points are that you will be walking through the hallway that has public toilets. If they are cleaned regularly, they will not smell. Otherwise, merasalah kau bau hancing sepanjang jalan menapak ke bilik. You could also feel this damp, musty feeling as you walk through the hallway and also as I entered our room. Macam bilik yang tak pernah dapat cahaya matahari sort of thing. Lembap semacam. It is honestly very uncomfortable. The room lighting is also so malap with the switches macam haywire. Like, OMG.. porque? porque?

Not only that, my room is directly beside an open hall area where activities are held. So, be prepared to have people standing outside your hotel room door during the day. It’s like dah kenapa ko bersidai tepi pintu aku.

I was also very disappointed with the gifts that my kids get from the extra room package thing. I mean, how is a puzzle that has a tank at a dataran picture spells out cute for kids? Even if you give a standard, white embroidered towel with cute animals or flowers, the type that they can bring to the pool pun budak akan suka. But puzzle? Who’s great idea is that?

Thankfully, the birthday room decor was ACCEPTABLE although I was like, why is the Happy Birthday balloon decor in black? What happened to happier colours? I would suggest the fruits to be cut up though. Guest bukannya bawak pisau nak potong epal, oren bagai untuk kongsi dengan semua. Please don’t say something like, boleh gigit kan epal tu.. haih.. hempuk jugak lah.

Husband’s 37th birthday – yep, he is younger than me

Housekeeping

As of most 4 or 5 star hotels, you wouldn’t see a water dispenser anywhere. Hence, you would depend on the complimentary mineral water and kettle in the room for drinks. Can you imagine the horror when you realize that in the room tetiba no remote control for the TV, no kettle and there is only ONE cup to drink your hot beverage. Itu pun, bila tengok supplies tu macam, kau ikhlas ke nak terima aku as guest ni? Seriouslah.. I have never been so pissed. So we called room services and had these problems sorted out.

sedihnya housekeeping macam ni

Room service

Room service is supposed to be convenient. People order room service because they do not want the hassle to leave the room to eat. They are willing to pay extra just so they could attend to their matters in the room while having a nice, hot meal. This hotel does not have the usual hard copy menu in the room. Instead, we have to scan a QR code. Only, they did not tell where the QR code is. Jenuhlah aku mencari dlm laci, at the check in card and all for this QR code. Only later did they say they will send the QR code to the room and to call 0 to place an order.

Eh.

Might as well you give me the physical menu and take my order at the door, kan? Tapi takpe.. I will take that QR code, call O and place the order before 930pm. Now, a wait of 30 to 40 mins to me is acceptable but to wait for nearly an hour – is just ridiculous. Lebih me-ridiculouskan is that the staff said they are still busy with the buffet. Well lady, I don’t give a shit. I have kids who is having trouble to stay awake but hungry at the same time.

The food finally came. My initial order was a set of chicken briyani, honey bbq club sandwich, tomato arabiatta from the kids menu, 2 cans of Sprite and 2 additional bottled mineral water. They did not provide me with the mineral water, reason being, there’s already water in the room (masalahnya aku nak extra, and I am paying for it, part mana yg tak faham tu?) My problem with the meal was the spaghetti. They should put a chilli picture next to the menu to indicate the level of spiciness. Since it was under the kids menu, mestilah kita tak expect it wouldn’t be THAT spicy kan? Well no, it was damn spicy. Thankfully, the briyani saved the day.

Final verdict

This hotel has a really nice location. The garden park is wonderful. Cuma tuhlah.

I can imagine it’s majestic reputation at one point in time. I believe it could be what it was once again with time and a bit of improvement to the facility and service. You’ve already got the people. Until it buckles up, I have to say, it is not an option for my hotel stay in the future.

We checked in at 8pm, after hadap terrible traffic on the highway for hours, and I had imagined a night where everything is in place. I imagined a night where I could take my hot shower, hair in a turban, sipping hot coffee at the desk while eating my hot meal and watching TV. I’d imagined the kids be sleeping restfully after the meal while my husband and I have a chat. But no, it did not happen. Room service was so lambat that the kids were already asleep.

ntah berapa kali aku angkat tepon, call for this, call for that.. haih.. stress sangat. I am not paying for 280 per night taw.

I am paying RM360/night with an additional RM120 for decor (&cake) and RM125 for room service meals. Can you sense the disappointment?

In short, don’t waste your money here until you read a better review this year.