Laminating the numbers

Only take criticism from people who you’d ask advice from..

Here I am on a public holiday doing my revision, preparing for tomorrow’s vaccination drive and minding the two kids in the comfort of my own home. Thankfully, the husband is buying pizza for Iftar today which means I don’t have to cook. I just need to prepare drinks and plan simple meals for Sahur tomorrow. I am thinking of fried rice.

My mental noise is interrupting me every now and then with thoughts of how people will perceive this when they see this tomorrow. Harsh critics as we know is poison to one’s success. Maybe a supplement to some. There seems to be a trend that when you decide to do something good or different, there will be a few people who adopts the crabs in a bucket mentality.

Semua salah. Tak seragam. Tak ikut SOP and god knows what else.

I am hoping for a favourable response but I am kind of prepared for the crabs to come and try to pull me down.

Ramadhan 2021 – the plan

Alhamdulilah for being able to meet Ramadhan again next year. As usual, I am making plans to ensure that I have a productive Ramadhan for myself and my family. Some of my plans include;

  1. Making meal plans – most of the days, Sahur will be just me and my son whilst Iftar will be us 3, including my daughter. My husband is working in Johor at the moment. My MIL lives 5 mins away so we could easily have our Iftar with them too. As for meals, I have stocked up on my fresh produce in the freezer, my instant cooking paste and canned food. I am not thinking of cooking complicated dishes, just simple ones to whet the appetite and fill in the empty stomach. I still want my kids to know the feeling of those without food and prevent food wastage.
  2. Terawikh – this year it is at home again. I think it has always been at home for me ever since I gave birth to my first born. Perhaps I’d only get the chance to visit the musolla when the kids have grown up. Yet, I enjoy the terawikh at home because it is comfortable and I could perform the prayer in my own pace.
  3. Khatam Quran – the momentum tends to get disrupted once I get my period. I will try harder this year .. ha ha
  4. Read more – I am still on my ‘revelation’ book since many Ramadhan ago. It is a very thick book and is quite a challenge to read but I hope to make some progress until I am 40.
  5. Giving gifts – I used to send parcel kasih sayang to my friends. It seems that the practice has dwindled down due to time restrictions of going to the post office and sending them. Perhaps I can order through Shopee and send them to their home addresses instead. Come to think of it, that does seem to be a good idea.

Getting a Ramadhan ready house means not only getting the house cleaned up but setting it up so it would be ibadat friendly. Declutter the living room and activity room, kondo-ing old clothes, recycling boxes or plastic bottles, setting up a prayer area, getting out the nice cutleries for Ramadhan etc. I am so glad I bought the S6 Roborock. It helped me a lot with the maintenance cleaning. I still need to clean the windows myself. Maybe I’ll do the heavier part of cleaning during my period. LOls.

Apart from that, I am also organizing an Iftar buffet with my work colleagues. This year we are settling on Chatterz Cafe at Hatten Hotel. It costs about RM78 per adult pax and half for children aged 5 and above. We wanted to include friends in other department but no one responded. I am actually not a fan for all this gathering but I thought I’ll make an exception for this one.

TB Chapter – Part 2

I am taking Akurit-2 & Pyridoxine. My regime will be completed by the end of next week at Day 90.

I experienced mild nausea during the first few days on the meds. It reminds me of the bad morning sickness I had in my 2nd pregnancy. My urine did turn a hue of red and orange in the immediate 2-3 hours after swallowing the pills. Initially, I had thought that it would take me a few days to develop that sign. I also had horrible flu-like symptoms which is unpleasant to have during this pandemic. Coincidentally we had staff screening at the clinic that same week using the RTK-Antigen. I tested NEGATIVE for Covid-19.

I noticed I had nightmares too in the first week. I had horrible dreams of Covid-19, dengue fever and other weird disease management. Not sure if it is an after-effect of stress at work or the meds. I did not have insomnia. Instead, I have terrible somnolence. It was as bad as taking Actifed for my occasional runny nose. I did not experience major peripheral neuropathy (so far). My liver function was monitored at 2 weeks and 2 months after starting the treatment. So far, it has been normal.

The paramedic in-charge of my regime allowed me to bring home 2 weeks supply of the medicine. I don’t have to take it at the same time everyday but it would be helpful to stick to one. Akurit-2 is best taken on an empty stomach for better absorption unlike pyridoxine where you can take it at anytime you want. Obviously, I take them together.

I have had people asking me if this would KILL ALL THE TB BACTERIA in my body.

The thing is, Medicine is never 100% guaranteed. There is always a small percentage of patients that will still have active TB one day. On my part, I am doing this for myself, my family and the people around me. I also took my Pfizer vaccine shot whilst on the treatment. I did not experience any major side effects from being on the regime and taking the vaccine. Yes, I did have malaise and a mild fever 24 hours after the 2nd dose of Pfizer but that’s it. Now I feel fine.

Cost of treatment for latent TB

As a Malaysian citizen, I only need to pay RM1 for registration and for every visits to see my attending doctor. I have had two visits. That means on top of the initial RM1, I am paying another RM2. My blood works are FREE. My consultation fee is FREE. My medicine is FREE.

Staycation at Imperio Residence Melaka

I needed a short break after submitting my final assignment for psychology – the subject was Introduction to communication. Browsing through agoda – it was a choice between that blue santorini like hotel or Imperio. I decided to go for Imperio because it was walking distance to a lot of places and activities. Of course, knowing us, we’d probably be cooped up in our room enjoying food and Netflix.

This spot makes a very conducive environment to study both during daytime and night time

The studio was listed as Seaview Japanese Themed Studio JJ Home@Imperio. I made a booking for 3D2N and paid a total of RM440 – including taxes and fees. This was my first time booking an Agoda Home. The host was incredibly enthusiastic and accommodating. I received via whatsapp a pdf document explaining how to check in and out of the place. Perhaps the only thing that caught me off guard was the parking space fee of RM3 – Rm5 per entry. I am alright with paying but when I am not prepared with the sudden fee collection – I reacted quite unpleasant to the guy manning the parking area. So maybe that needs to be included in the ‘check in guide’.

Such a welcoming entrance
A studio is great for vacation but not as something that we live in. Don’t think I’d enjoy being in the same space with the kids for a very very long time. Ha ha ha.

The place looked exactly like in the pictures. Imperio Residences is basically an apartment with 2 towers. The vision was that it is built on top of a mall which has yet to open. The common facilities were at the 13th floor – sauna, swimming pool, gym, playground etc. Anyhow, the view was just amazing from our studio unit. Even the view from the bath tub was majestic. Love it! and can I just give a shout out to the scent of the towel and bedsheets! They smell so homey and wonderful, I wonder what detergent or softener the host uses.

There was a King bed with extra futons and pillows for the kids to sprawl on the floor. My daughter loved the bath tub of course. I myself did not have a chance to soak in it. The mini kitchen had all the utensils that we need including a microwave, a fridge and a water dispenser. Mothers love these conveniences. I love that they have an iron with the board too. The Kiblat signage was well placed. There was even a sejadah for muslim travellers. We had our meals from the nearby mamak and restaurants. All were within walking distance. It would have been awesome if Element Mall was opened but only MBO was in operation.

Apart from the water dispenser, the host also stocked up the fridge and pantry. The listed price was affordable and not steep but since we have bought our own supplies – we finished ours first.

Although this was a staycation, I couldn’t completely shut off from my studies. Hence, I managed to catch up with my e-lectures on Cognitive Psychology with the FREE WIFI provided in this studio. Yeay. It could have been a relaxing staycation but we were rushing to our other commitments as well – a photoshoot for Eid and my niece’s akikah. Of all weekends, it had to happen last weekend. Perhaps later, when things get more relaxed.. we will book another stay here. InsyaAllah.

My favourite spins on Youtube at the moment

When I first heard this song on the radio – I imagined it was sung by a Caucasian singer, Taylor Swift to be precise. It emitted the kind of vibe that she would associate herself with. Turns out it was Rose, a member of BlackPink who speaks in a terrific, sexy Australian accent.

I love this song. No wonder it has more than 120M views.

A classic by one of the best songstress in the country who existed during the times of Siti Nurhaliza. She is actually the queen of R&B, so to hear about this collaboration with Aubrey Suwito to record a Malay Classic album is somewhat refreshing. This rendition of Tari Tualang Tiga for example is just wow. Legend says they recorded the whole album LIVE with the orchestra outside of the studio. Meaning, those video clips you see of these songs is them recording concurrently.

The local music scene needs to pay more attention to this young man. He is like a young Faizal Tahir – have been reading comments on Youtube saying that his existence has FT’s DNA’s attached to it. Indeed. Amir Masdi after all was the champion for Akademi Fantasia some time ago, it’s just that the other winners in his batch kind of overshadowed him with their endless controversies (and talent). With his recent participation in Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL), it should open more doors for him.

I have never actually watched this KDrama but hearing this for the first time on Youtube during one of those random clicks got me attached strongly to it. The video clip was enough to make me understand the meaning behind this soundtrack. It is not Kdrama if it doesn’t make you cry.

This guy was first known (to me) as an actor. Turned out he was equally talented in singing and composing. For a newcomer to the industry, it was an underdog accomplishment when he won AJL 34 with his song, Sumpah. AJL is this popular annual music competition, organized by TV3 in Malaysia since 1986 (wikipedia). We get really hyped about this competition, make predictions and such.

That’s it for now. I haven’t heard a good Chinese, Japanese and Spanish song for quite some time. Before it was a time of Rosalinda, MIs Tres Hermanas, Richie Ren, Ayumi Hamasaki but now I seem to have lost touch.