Tammy is a malaysian beauty lifestyle blogger. This blog is now happily written by the cutest couple you've ever seen. Gareth's Irish while I'm Malaysian. We met in the most unexpected way possible and since then have been in a loving relationship.
Thanks to The Body Shop (for short "TBS"), my boyfriend came back with 4 of their new fast-absorbing body yogurts to review. As if the body butter wasn't cute enough, TBS manage to come up with body yogurts which totally makes sense for us in Asia. It's hot and humid all year long, not that I am complaining but body creams just won't do for me. It gets sticky, yucky and clingy. When I was studying in Melbourne, I needed to moisturize myself with body creams or else my skin becomes chappy, dry and sensitive. Sometimes it becomes so bad, like cracking and bleeding.
But back home now in Malaysia, I don't use body creams anymore. I prefer something lightweight, smoother and not sticky like a body oil. So when TBS announce their new 100% Vegan Body Yogurts I was like WHAT?! When did TBS become so innovative haha?
The first thing I did was opened the product and quickly test it out on my skin. True enough they are light and fluffy! You can even jiggle them in the tub and see them shake. It's a gel-cream texture, very much like a soft jelly-pudding and not exactly yogurt.
Upon massaging, it melts into your skin in seconds!
have you tested these yet?
They're available in five deliciously scented, nature-inspired flavors - Strawberry, British Rose, Moringa, Almond Milk and a Banana (limited edition). You can find other countries serving Mango flavor. I am not sure why they're not serving Mango here!
I was given 4 flavors to test :)
Strawberry smells like the strawberry jelly
Rose has a strong floral scent
Almond has a strong almond musk scent
Banana smells like the real thing!
limited edition summer scent with punchy, playful packaging
Strawberry Body Yogurt
I must agree that this is hands down, my favorite body yogurt scent in the whole bunch! It's also the sweetest compared. It's made with REAL STRAWBERRY JUICE! It reminds me of the strawberry jellies I buy from the school canteen or mom pop grocery stalls. The small triangle shape ones, where you tear the cover and pop it into your mouth or just suck it out. It smells just like that!
British Rose Body
I find that this has the strongest scent, and floral isn't one of my to-go scents. It's made with rose extracts from England but I don't quite like the scent and can't make up my mind if it does smell like roses. It definitely has a strong floral-rose musk scent. Smells a bit like shampoo? Idk, just don't like it.
Almond Milk Body Yogurt
If you're not into fruits or flowers, then a sweet and nutty scent is probably your choice. This smells like a strong almond milk to me. Somehow I feel it has a musky scent, so it's kinda sexy. If anyone can tell me how they feel about this, it would be great!
Banana Body Yogurt Honestly, I am not a banana fan and the entire line of banana products in TBS creeps me out because they're like real creamy bananas! From the Banana shampoo to this, I could feel the hairs stand - like a cat. Still, maybe you'd like this right? Especially when this is the summer edition scent that won't stay on the shelves for long. Better grab 'em all now if you're a banana fan. This body yogurt not only smells strongly of real bananas, it's made of real bananas of all shapes and sizes from Ecuador.
Moringa Body Yogurt I don't have this to test but from what I read on their website, this one's a floral scented body yogurt. Made with moringa extracts from Rwanda.
All body yogurts are made with Community Trade organic almond milk from Manan in Alicante, Spain.
lightweight, fast-absorbing, non-sticky!
TBS says life's too short and they want you to jump straight into your jeans with their body yogurts. Since it's fast absorbing (15secs) you can apply right after the shower on damp skin even and not worry about sticky clothes. The scent lasts for a couple of hours and it can keep you moisturized up to 48 hours.
Personally, I love that they have finally come to speed on a lightweight body cream that's fast absorbing. When I applied to my skin, they turn watery and my skin gulps it all up. They're not sticky or greasy, but I feel there's a slight waxy feeling left behind (maybe just me?). I hope they continue to research and improve the formula.
You can get these cuties from TBS stores near you or www.thebodyshop.com.my for RM59.90 each. Don't forget to sign up as a Love Your Body member to get exciting discounts and promotions!
No home is complete without a sofa. They provide comfort and allow family and friends to socialise, unwind and watch television together. Innovation has always been at the heart of OSIM. With consumers growing concerns about multi-purposes and design, OSIM has developed OSIM uDiva 2 Smart Sofa.
By combining state-of-the-art-design and top notch massage technologies, the newly released uDiva 2 is a smart sofa that helps users to relax, take them to the greatest states of relaxation as well as recovering from the toll of everyday stress.
one chair, 8 different ways to use
Relax in style and comfort as the versatile uDiva 2 transforms into 8 different modes that effortlessly enrich your lifestyle and suit your every mood and needs, unlike any conventional sofa.
1. Sofa 2. Sofa with ottoman 3. Leg Massage 4. Back massage 5. Back massage with ottoman 6. Upright full massage 7. Lounger 8. Reclined full massage
OSIM uDiva 2 Smart Sofa Introduction - YouTube
watch the video introduction
Independently controlled backrest and footrest with innovative massage technology. Versatile backrest for greater comfort. Hybrid Power-Ball Massage Technology
The technologically and brilliantly designed OSIM uDiva 2 Smart Sofa comes in a sophisticated package that fits perfectly in any desired space. This sleek-looking smart sofa is not just aesthetically pleasing, the Udiva 2 Smart Sofa is fully retractable to offer more living space when not in use, saving more than 34% of living space.
Another breakthrough of Udiva 2 Smart Sofa is that its backrest and footrest can be used independently. Combined with its patent-pending 'Hybrid Power-ball Massage Ball Technology' and patented 'Hyper-power Foot Massage Technology', this Smart Sofa promises to bring maximum lifestyle enjoyment to consumers.
On top of that, the uDiva 2 Smart Sofa comes with a sleek controller design that attached with an illuminated controller, exquisitely crafted with hidden wires and easy to use even under low light conditions.
not just a good looker
"The OSIM uDiva 2 Smart SOfa is one of a kind smart sofa," says Chia Sook Fun, OSIM's General Manager. "Smart Sofas are not just seating objects with mechanical functions, they have a bigger purpose. OSIM uDiva 2 Smart Sofa is a great example as it is not just a smart sofa but a combination of the best design, innovative technology, and relaxation there is to offer.
"After all, relaxing after a hard day's work is something all of us desire and deserve. We hope OSIM's uDiva 2 Smart Sofa would fill that gap for a smart sofa that meets every need."
4 colours to choose from
The uDiva 2 Smart Sofa is a perfect addition to have in everyone's living room, bedroom or workplace as it complements any interior design theme, whether it is Modern, Scandinavian, Industrial, Contemporary, Retro or Chic. Available in 4 different colours, Yellow Tan Pink & Red, the user can choose which uDiva 2 Smart Sofa best matches the style of their space.
In conjunction with this Mother's Day, it is time for us to send our mother a smart sofa that is able to relieve their fatigue and be used as a comfortable sofa when she rests. The uDiva 2 Smart Sofa is sophistically designed and topped off with outstanding features. It is the gift she will never forget!
Retail Price @ RM8,988 Promo Price Now @ RM7,988 (may change, pls inquire with Osim directly)
Ever since I discovered Trollbeads, my heart has been racing to own one and eventually I did in April, I purchase and made my very own beach inspired bracelet. Everything, from the personalised lock which I choose a seashorse to every bead, form to make a story - my story of how I would love to escape to the islands with seashells and waves from blue green ocean singing in my ears. That's what made me fall in love with Trollbeads, they're so different from Pandora. More rugged, more creative, more wild than petite controlled Pandora. With Trollbeads, I could let my imagination form into something I carry close to my heart. Everything is customisable, from the choices of locks, to bracelets, to the murano glass beads that will not crack, scratch or go bad when you hit them hard on the table, till the beads that you can shower with.
The only thing I was dissapointed at is when every bead I wanted was out of stock. That's the down point of the Malaysia Trollbeads store for those wanting to get their hands on special or seasonal beads. They go out of stock real fast.
5 stearling silver beads + 1 lock
SO when Anis asked if I saw the Trollbeads Summer 2018 "Blue Ocean" collection, I said what?! I went to their fb page and my heart just sank. The Summer 2018 collection is so so so beautiful! If you're a mermaid or someone who loves the ocean, get ready to dive into the blue ocean and be mesmerized by the treasures of the sea. The five Sterling silver beads and one lock from the Blue Ocean collection are all beautifully detailed and made by hand.
Blue Ocean Collection
Dive into the blue ocean with Trollbeads this summer. Get mesmerized by the treasures of the sea, awed by the exotic fish of the deep and find serenity in the shapes of the gentle waves.
Listen to the voices of the ocean – they are whispering a tale to you.
The collection is handcrafted from stunning, colorful glass and solid sterling silver. Each piece of jewelry is a work of art. Get ready for a swim and discover the magic of the sea.
limited edition bead Blue Ocean RM465
AND the long awaited 2018 limited edition Blue Ocean murano glass bead that I pre-order since April, is here. I was so jealous of my brother's gf who had the 2016 limited edition Deep Ocean bead, I wished it would make a comeback and it really did! But it's deep blue this time instead of ocean green. I would prefer the ocean green still but this is lovely too. Handmade to perfection, every sea treasure is handcrafted into this murano glass bead - from the fishes to the corals. You can even see the bubbles! It's like having the deep blue ocean aquarium in the palm of your hands. Btw this bead, it's EURO95 and Malaysia is selling it at RM465 (pre-order was RM347).
The size of the bead is bigger than the standard murano glass beads. It's probably 3 murano glass beads forming into one egg shape body.
2018 Summer Glass Craftsmanship - YouTube
watch the making of the Blue Ocean bead here
because of its size, it's perfect to be worn as a necklace/bracelet
Limited Edition Blue OceanThis summer, we bring you jewellery of the sea. Take a deep dive into the blue ocean and open your eyes to find a world of vibrant and vivid colours. Get fascinated by the illuminating fish of the deep, impressed by the beautiful seashells of the ocean floorand find tranquillity in the gentle waves. Take in the silence voices of the ocean - they are whispering a tale to you.
Let it stir your heart and fuel your imagination. The Blue Ocean is a place of life and true beauty. Due to the size of this bead, it is only recommended for necklaces and bracelets. The price is for the bead only.
Please note: Glass is a fantastic material. Each glass bead is handmade from red-hot Japanese glass in the open flame with no two glass beads ever being completely alike. This goes for size, coloration and pattern. Your bead is absolutely unique and may have slight variations from bead pictured.
Blue Ocean Collection range starting from RM149 onwards (while stocks last!). Available at Trollbeads Malaysia boutiques - Sunway Pyramid, Vivacity Megamall, Mid Valley Megamall. Inquire about the collection or the bead on their fb here or check for more info on their website here.
a 6-weeks intensive anti-aging program specialized by steps
If you've been following my skincare addiction you'll know that since last year, I have fallen in love with the use of essential oils in my skincare regime. I've become a believer in the use of these oils for beauty, health and aromatherapy reasons. So when belif approached me to test their latest addition to the Prime Infusion family (anti-aging line) the Prime Infusion Repair Program Ampoule, I said yes. To be honest, I have not tried any of their Prime Infusion line of products, so naturally, I know nothing of it but the magic word "ampoule" was something I couldn't' say no to.
beautiful dark glass bottles with glass dropper
What are ampoules? They're magic concentrated liquids targeted at helping you with a skin care goal. There are many kinds of ampoules though, the one I'm reviewing today is a Korean ampoule so it does not come in tiny glass vials where you break it for a one time use. The Korean ampoule is very much the super baby of essence + serum. Somewhat a super essence with a higher concentration of active ingredients, packaged in glass bottles. They will come in a program, from 4-weeks or more. It's normally used as a booster or skincare hero in addition to your skincare regime (after toner, before serum or moisturizer).
Prime Infusion Repair Program Ampoule RM525
3 different ampoules, each 15ml
Usually, if you want glowing, radiant skin just in time for your big day (wedding) you'll incorporate such programs into your skincare regime. I believe the bride and wedding forums talk about a 12-month, 6 months, 3-months and the (emergency) 1-month skincare programs. Whether you'll sign up for a facial course or have your own program, the decision is based on if you have the time and effort to do so (and money). They won't be cheap, not the price of a moisturizer or serum. I've done similar intensive programs before - L'Occitane's Immortelle 28-day Divine Renewal Program. I love the product and results after so I was excited to go on another booster program.
BUT this isn't just any skincare review, I was asked to commit myself to a 6-weeks intensive program to see the results for myself. This would mean I have to stop and also decline any skincare product reviews to see if the program actually works.
If you notice, I didn't blog, social share or review anything since April about skincare. I know you can use this along with other skincare products, but I didn't want to change anything in my normal routine so I could see if it made a change.
formulated with ‘The healing herb’ – Mountain Daisy (R)
solar infusion method (example - L)
I found it to be frustrating that the package came in Korean so I couldn't identify the ingredients list, even online. I visited belif Korea, USA, and Malaysia but there was no ingredient list. The only ingredients mention are the key ingredients used for each ampule steps and that the main ingredient formulated from is the Mountain Daisy (scientific name is Arnica Montana).
Other Common Names: Leopard’s bane, common arnica, mountain arnica, mountain daisy, wolfsbane, mountain tobacco, fleurs d’arnica (French), almindelig guldblomme (Danish), slåttergubbe (Swedish), Arnika (German).
It's a small flower with orange/yellow petals grown on the alpine grassland at 2,000 meters or above (nowhere else). This healing herb has strong skin regeneration power for collagen synthesis and cell growth. When you google Mountain Arnica, you'll find that it's been used many years back as a healing remedy:
ability to speed of healing of tissues
increase blood circulation
reduces bruises and pain
*I read that it becomes toxic when overdose.
Because of its healing points, this has become one of the herbs recognized by the European medical field for skin rejuvenating after micro-cosmetic or plastic surgery. To harness this herb, belif handpicks it and extracts its essences via the Solar Nectar Infusion method under the sun. A medicinal herbal extraction process with over a 72-hour of patients and devotion by solely using the energy of the sun, resulting in a highly concentrated extract of powerful herbs.
More commonly known as the solar infusion method. It's where the herbs are drowned in a carrier oil e.g jojoba, olive, sunflower inside a major jar for instance and left under the sun for 3 days. This age-old infusion method is probably from Napiers which is labeled right on the bottle as a herb and plant remedy company. Napiers is one of UK's leading complementary and natural healthcare company.
extracted via solar nectar infusion method a Napiers original formula
a repair program with purifying & regenerating effect
A six-week intensive care program with step-by-step ampoules. During each step, it gives more effective anti-aging by hydrating, nourishing, and returning rough skin to resilient skin.
Step 1: Prime infusion repair program ampoule – reset 15ml
A soft, non-irritating old dead skin cell removal properties, helps to turn uneven skin texture into silky and soft. Added marshmallow root as part of its main ingredient which consists of Mucilage to soften and remove old dead skin cells.
Step 2: Prime infusion repair program ampoule – recover 15ml
Formulated with various types of natural moisturizing agents that provides long-lasting moisturizing effects without stickiness. Added Grape Vine’s sap extracted through pruning which contains active properties such as Minerals, organic acid, and flavonoid which can bring benefits such as moisturizing and anti-inflammation. The recover ampoule comes in nutrient-enriched texture that softly embraces the skin and penetrates deeply into the skin and leaves both moisturizing and firming effects after application.
Step 3: Prime infusion repair program ampoule – reactivate 15ml
A highly concentrated, nutrient-enriched ampoule formula, act as a finishing touch to the intensive 6 weeks ampoule program to enhanced skin firmness and radiant. It is a highly concentrated, rich formula that can penetrate deeply into the skin to improve skin elasticity as well as care for wrinkles and leave skin with smooth and radiant finished. Added Lotus as one of its main ingredients to helps detoxify the skin with its strong anti-oxidant effects.
No Addition of Mineral oil, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic Dyes, Synthetic preservatives, Animal-origin ingredients.
each ampoule step contains different active ingredients
color, scent, texture is different for each bottle
How To Use?
Step 1 – Reset: Apply twice a day, in the morning and night, apply after toner. Dispense 2 or 3 drops on the palm and gently massage over the entire face. Reapply the formula one more time on the area with concerns such as roughness and excess old dead skin cells. After two weeks, move on to
Step 2 – Recover: Apply twice a day, in the morning and night, apply after toner. Dispense 2 or 3 drops on the palm and gently massage over the entire face. Reapply the formula one more time in the area with concerns such as dryness and lack of firmness. After two weeks, move on to Step
Step 3 – Reactivate: Apply twice a day, in the morning and night, apply after toner. Dispense 2 or 3 drops on the palm and gently massage over the entire face. Reapply the formula one more time in the area with concerns such as dryness and lack of firmness.
my journey - before and after 6 weeks
overall - happy with the results!
I began my journey in April, starting with the Step 1 - Reset which focuses on removing old dead skin cell. For two weeks, I diligently use this in the morning, (afternoon), and also before I sleep. The texture is lightweight and clear and the scent? It smells amazing like I'm at the spa. Among the 3, this one won my heart because the scent was just sublime. I felt calm, happy and relax. Just 2 - 3 drops each time, after cleansing and toner, before any moisturizer.
However, I tried not to use moisturizer after, to see how effective this would be. I finish the entire bottle in a month (exceeding 2 weeks). It was partly my fault, I thought one bottle was meant to last for 2 weeks but somehow my bottle lasted a month. When I clarify with belif, they told me I need not use the entire bottle as two weeks is just the length of time you can use, and I could upon completing all 6 weeks, go back to Step 1 again. So this would mean, a complete set could last you 2 x 6 weeks program! My face was at this point, softer, brighter and calmer.
* I have sensitive, dry-combination skin. I am in my late 30s.
I started Step 2 - Recover and this time did it for two weeks. One the first day, my face had a slight irritation. Perhaps the active ingredients in Step 2 were too strong for my skin. A few red bumps started showing up on my face and soothe it with Aloe Vera Gel. I didn't give up, but after my skin accepted it and I finish two weeks. Step 2's scent was a tad stronger than Step 1. The texture was also cloudy with a tinge of orange (darker). Since this step is said to give deep hydration and to nourish refined skin. It's officially certified to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
I don't have wrinkles, to begin with, or at least, it's not a concern. For this, I could not comment if the appearance of wrinkles worked. I will have to consider if this gave me deep hydration. Looking back, I realized did not use moisturizer for during this 2-weeks with it (except for Aloe Vera on Day 1). My face didn't peel and it appeared as if I have been using a moisturizer.
Final Step 3 - Reactivate. The bottle is the darkest and the texture & color is about the same as Step 2. It still gives off a citrusy scent just like Step 2. I am excited about this step because it's focusing on improving the skin's antioxidant level to soothe and revitalize the skin. Everything seems to be on course, as I could see my face is glowing like I have used 100 masks to achieve this youthful glow. I have this natural healthy glow and my face was absolutely blushing! (like a school girl?).
the repairing booster before bedtime & after waking up
Final verdict Drinking enough water (keeping hydrated) so your skin gets it's core food + going on this intensive program would be a good way to start. Of course, taking into account if you want to improve your lifestyle (dietary, exercise, etc) you could look even better. To summarise, I am happy with the results of the program, I'm finishing Step 3 by this weekend but I could already see the results showing on my face. My skin looks brighter, more revitalized and if I may say so, younger. I also did this with very minimal interference from using other skincare products. I only use a herbal soap as a cleanser, an ice-toner (yeap the spraying ice cool kind), the ampoules and occasionally, a lightweight moisturizer. I did mask a few times while at work.
Will I repurchase this? Maybe, if I need another booster next year to keep my baby cheeks in place. The Prime Infusion Repair Program Ampoule RM535. A six-week intensive care program with step-by-step ampoules. During each step, it gives more effective anti-aging by hydrating, nourishing, and returning rough skin to smooth and radiant. These 3 steps consist of:
Step 1: Reset - Remove old dead skin cell Step 2. Recover - Provide long-lasting moisturizing effects Step 3. Reactivate – Improve skin elasticity and care for wrinkles
Other products found in the same range - the repairing toner, moisturizing cream, eye cream, and repair essence. Available at all belif outlet(s) in Malaysia:
About two months ago, I came across Bentuk Bentuk on Instagram and immediately fell in love with their concrete creations. You see I have a thing for cement, especially when cold hard cement turns into something so aesthetically beautiful.
What's Bentuk Bentuk?
Founded by the darling couple Shahfiq and Adesh, Bentuk Bentuk is a local handmade concrete brand that creates stylish yet functional products. I admire them both for their passion and strength in this. Both married and working with full-time jobs, they manage Bentuk Bentuk as a passion project with an aim to change local artist standards and the stereotypical perception about concrete a.k.a cement. I thank them for not inflating or dumping the cost of their creations onto the local consumers (there's just too many nonsense "local" handmade brands out there with prices that is pure rubbish, it don't make sense to even buy). I believe every business, can be profitable and meaningful if one understands the local market, its buying behavior and their intent to change such perception about local handmade goods. Bentuk Bentuk's prices are still within the grasp of our pockets (woohoo!).
Wasting no time, I made my first order and it arrived a week later, by hand because Adesh was around the corner! So I took the opportunity to wefie with her because hey, I admire her for what she does (lagi lagi pompuan #girlboss)
Without further ado, the long haul post that I wanted to share with everyone what I bought! These will be added to my Scandinavian themed studio apartment and also be used in content creating (to photograph products with). I took the liberty (muka tebal) to ask Bentuk Bentuk if they would be kind to give my friends a 10% discount code in which, after a day they said yes! They have not collaborated with any bloggers yet and said I was the first, so I am feeling awesome that I got to ahem ahem... get them to give us all a 10% OFF code on anything from their web store. A min. purchase of RM50 is needed! The code is only valid for a week starting 15th May - 21st May, 2018.
SO don't miss this out! Complete your home with these aesthetic pieces or level up your content creating on Instagram (for all your flatlay addicts out there).
Oh yes, they asked what code name I wanted, I said "TAMMYAWESOME" (they laughed) so yes use TAMMYAWESOME during check-out and get 10% OFF your Bentuk Bentuk haul.
Skinny Cone + Gold Flakes RM16.00
Concrete Heart + Gold Flakes RM15
Septem Tray RM79.00
Hexagon Coasters (White) RM38.00
Septum Tray + Card Keeper RM45
Name Card Holder in Light Marble
They're also available from these locations if you want to have a look and feel of their products in your hands - Isetan the Japan store (Lot 10 Shopping Mall), Iham Gallery (Menara Ilham, KL), Ninth Gallery (Publika, Solaris Mont Kiara) and Naiise Malaysia (Zhongshan Building, KL). Many thanks to Bentuk Bentuk for agreeing to offer a 10% discount for my fans and friends so they can make their first purchase enjoy improving their homes or as props for their content creating
only available in M size, but plenty big for size UK 16 - 20
Yesterday, I went to Zara 1 Utama just to have a look at what's new here. Sometimes I can find XL size clothing here that fits, so it's like a treasure hunting place for me. While browsing around, my eyes immediately zoom into this one piece the mannequin was wearing. It had a beautiful Asian print on it with elephants, peacocks and wildlife on it. It'll be lovely for my next island getaway (this June I'm heading to YTL's Gaya Island for 2 nights!). The material is polyester but it feels like a silk scarf. Very elegant, soft, cool to the touch. I tried it on and decided to buy it, even though the price tag was kinda expensive but I have never seen such a beautiful print on a kimono style outerwear. It'll look good with jeans, a long plain dress, or just with my beachwear.
Starbucks X Paul & Joe Exclusive Limited Edition Merchandise
Today, Starbucks is releasing yet another of their cool tumbler designs which I know many of you are collectors! but guess what? it's a bit different this time. This time they're collaborating with a French Fashion House designer, Paul & Joe, yes you know Paul & Joe cosmetics that we all loved (for the cute Parisian designs).
The limited edition merchandise features Paul & Joe’s iconic Chrysanthemum floral print in soft pink and pastel blue hues, as well as founder Sophie Méchaly’s beloved pet cat, Gipsy – her inspiration and the symbol of the fashion house.
It's exclusive so you might want to head over to Starbucks to grab one soon. There'll be stylish drinkware, tote bags and the beloved Starbucks Bearista dressed up in an outfit inspired by Gipsy the cat.
The 2018 Paul & Joe + Starbucks ® collection includes the following pieces:
Paul & Joe + Starbucks® Double Walled Mug Floral (12 fl oz)
A ceramic mug with plastic lid and gold detailing
Paul & Joe + Starbucks® Thermos Tumblers (16 fl oz) Thermos stainless steel tumbler with spill proof lid.
Paul & Joe + Starbucks® Tote Bag
Poly-cotton tote bag with polyester lining featuring Gipsy, the iconic Paul & Joe Cat, and Paul & Joe’s signature Chrysanthemum floral pattern.
Paul & Joe + Starbucks® Bearista
Starbucks® Bearista dressed in Gypsy-inspired outfit, accompanied by his best pal.
This collection will be available from 24 April 2018 onwards at selected Starbucks stores across Malaysia, while stocks last.
About Paul & Joe
Paul & Joe was founded by Paris-born designer, Sophie Méchaly’s, who challenged the codes and conventions to break through fashion in 1995. While other designers were focused on black & white, minimalism, and grunge, she went against the grain with her signature style: young, fun, vibrant, colorful, reviving a black & white wardrobe, and revisiting the spirit of vintage. Paul & Joe continues to be an acknowledged brand throughout the world with the vision of “fulfilling desires” across their multiple fashion lines.
This is an embarrassing post because it's all about your cervix and the most important because it's about preventing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer claims the lives more than 270k women in the world every year? While it is one of the deadliest cancer in the world, it is also one of the easiest cancer to prevent. Yes, that's right, with early detection you can stop cervical cancer in the bud.
I must confess that even with all the awareness and education going on about STD, STI, HPV, I was too afraid and embarrassed to go for a Pap Smear until recently after attending the San Ai Global's Cervical Health talk about cervical cancer.
I attended this workshop at Amante Spa Aman Suria outlet. It was a small workshop size, right in the lobby of the spa. A fairly simple, and cozy workshop but the things you see on the projector screen are not simple, or unimportant.
thank you for opening my eyes, Margeret Wong!
I watch in horror as registered TCM Margaret Wong explains the various cervical health issues women could be experiencing. She spoke in Cantonese but Maggie assisted in translating this in English to the audience.
An itch, it more often a signal of something happening. An itch could turn into a green or yellow discharge, become inflame or infected and gets more serious. It could be STD, HPV, STI related or bacterial, viral, or parasitic.
It's when things become serious, left untreated could potentially become cancerous.
I'm not an expert or a doctor on this subject, so it is better you hear it from the workshop.
the cervical cancer workshop
they also manufacture their own products - sprays, pads, gels (e.g their pads vs commercial pads which is full of chemicals)
all the cervical problems
The workshop also talks about early screening as a prevention and how you could help to spread awareness. Since this is very much a taboo subject and it affects women who are sexually active or has been, it would be difficult step for Asian women to come out of their shell and very much talk about it.
I urged bloggers to attend the workshop and to blog about it but most were too embarrassed to even register. Afraid of knowing what's inside and probably afraid of what people might think. Well, don't worry bloggers, the purpose is to raise awareness of cervical cancer by attending this workshop. I'm not asking you to reveal your personal experience doing the screening or if you had sex.
I understand it takes some balls to go, especially when the workshop comes with a Colposcopy screening (optional, you don't have to do it if you don't want to) conducted by R TCM Margaret Wong in a one-on-one session.
I've been googling about Colposcopy, and usually, if your pap smear results come back abnormal, your doctor would advise you to go for a Colposcopy check. Now this costs anywhere from RM1,800 - RM2,000 at hospitals (not inclusive of consultation which will cost from RM150 onwards). A Pap Smear can cost from RM100 onwards at clinics or hospitals. At this workshop talk, the screening can be done as well as an awareness promotional rate of RM128 (np RM380).
However, this is conducted the TCM way (TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine) so they don't do test lab results like hospitals but R TCM Margaret Wong is experienced TCM practitioner who has dedicated herself to raising awareness about cervical cancer. Through the Colposcopy screening that she shows you, you could see in a bird's eye view if your cervix is in a healthy state. You can also see if it's in any stages of cervical erosion (stage 1, 2, 3, 4). Stages 3 - 4 would be a high risk of cervical cancer.
I would like to share a personal review here, that yes I did the Colposcopy for the first time. It wasn't painful, Margaret was gentle. You may feel surprised (well who wouldn't, being open that way). You see, a special instrument called Colposcope is used in this session. It has a scope which will show an enlarged view of your cervix on the monitor screen. Pretty scary when I first saw mine. A swab test was done to see the pH level as well. Margaret explained to me what I'm seeing, and advise me on what's next.
It's here that I discovered that there's inflammation. Who would have thought this would happen, I didn't experience any symptoms this year but last year, I had reoccurring yeast infection episode (itchy like omg). That was the first sign, and I thought it all went away, all good and better from using yeast infection pills from the pharmacy. Well, guess it didn't...
tofu-discharge is it a yeast infection?
In short, this workshop opens your eyes to the cervical health and cervical cancer, while the screening gives you an opportunity to see if your cervix is in a healthy state (an affordable one too). After this, it is all up to you, go to your Gynae if you're at risk, or if you would take the TCM natural healing way to treat or heal your cervix. The choice is in your hands.
Maybe it's an unusual discharge, an itch, yeast infection, maybe it's bacterial vaginosis, severe PMS, maybe it's something else but what's actually happening down there? You can attend the workshop, get to know more about cervical health and do the Colposcopy check. You may never know what's going on. You're not losing out by knowing more.
More information on their cervical health and screening workshops, visit San Ai Global FB
Thank you San Ai Global & Amante Spa for inviting me to your workshop talk. I'm glad I took the first step to attend and check my cervix as I have never dared to do so before. Readers, I hope you can take advantage of this workshop to find our more about cervical cancer and ways to prevent it.
having a relaxing bath at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
You know how when people were "friends" with you for a reason, and when they get what they finally wanted, they are "out"?
I get that all the time. Ever since I started blogging 10 years ago, my life has been an up and down of meeting all kinds of colorful people from the blogosphere. You would say by now, I would know by heart to see past someone and inside their soul but no, I'm still human. Still learning. Still vulnerable to the hurts of the world.
Humans are selfish in general. Depending on their poison of choice - money, fame, vanity it destroys them in the end. These don't last, especially when you "fake it", the curtains will unfold. A friend once told me, that in the cosmic world, we all belong to the same "entity" that one energy. Nothing is real in the material world at the end, when you "wake up". Deep right?
On the bright side, I've learned not to care or let it be a negative part of life.
Afterall, it's what makes this life on earth interesting.
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