Pemeriksaan Perdana Jemaah Haji 2019

This is an initiative by Tabung Haji in collaboration with KKM to ensure that the pilgrims  (jemaahs) are in the best state of health to perform Haj. Primary health centres, hospitals, GPS would nominate a few medical officers to attend a crash course onto the health criterias one has to fulfill prior to flying to Jeddah.

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Most jemaahs would feel nervous attending the medical checkup but I make it a point to inform them that this is merely a stage where we try to detect any health problems and manage it accordingly so that they will be fit to fly and do Haj. And this, we try to achieve within a few months we have prior to the trip. We do not want them to think that we are sabotaging their trips. That is never the intention. In fact, we want them to be at their best.

We just had a big medical checkup event last Saturday. The turnout was about 206 people with a manpower of 11 medical officers and their respective supporting staff. Alhamdulilah, the session did not drag out till late in the evening as it was a Saturday after all.

Thankfully, we are eligible for a day off (at our chosen time) and given RM50 each as  a token of appreciation. lol.

When a patient arrives, they would first register at the counter before going to the next station where they could check their blood group, Hb and glucose levels. Afterwards, their vital signs and measurements would be taken. Then it is a waiting game for them to be called into the examination room. If they pass, they can proceed to take their meninggococcal vaccination in the next room. If they have medical issues to tackle, they would be redirected at the nearest Klinik Kesihatan for a followup review to get a pass for their medical exam.

I would advise prospective jemaahs to being their medical books, medicine and better still their latest blood investigations to the checkup to speed up the process. Especially when some of the patients choose to follow up at their respective private GP. Or buy their own medicine at the pharmacy. We just need to know if there is an acute problem within the last 3 to 6 months that needs further medical attention.

Most of my patients passed the examination leaving just a few to tackle on their high blood pressure and in some, a new diagnosis of diabetes. There were also a few tricky cases especially involving obese and elderly patients as we are divided between thinking of what is best for them and what they want. I have yet to have any clear cut fails but we will see how it is for the next few months. InsyaAllah. 

I am also hopeful to be selected as Allah’s guest one day. InsyaAllah.

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The WaterFront Hotel, Kuching

 

For our annual trip balik kampung last year, we decided to try a different hotel than our usual Lime Tree. Hence decided to give The Waterfront Hotel a try. We did not regret our choice.

Ninie being cheeky and refusing to sleep during the flight from KL – KCH.. 

 

I made a booking for two rooms. One for my Minci family and the other for my parents.

The trip was in December. I booked for myself, a Deluxe King room for 5 nights. After tax and a discount of 5% the total price amounted up to RM 1071.40. My son Ee was charged an extra RM15/day for breakfast at the hotel. But it was worth it. The breakfast spread was awesommmmeee.

We rented a car in Kuching which we drove from the airport to the hotel. The hotels parking area is shared with Plaza Merdeka. It’s a wonderful shopping mall attached to the hotel. It took a while to check in because of the high volume of visitors during school holidays. So we passed time taking pictures and kind of explored the mall.

Here are a few points I especially loved about this hotel;

LOCATION

Situated in the heart of the city, it is walking distance to most of the main attractions in the city. We could shop at the nearby Carpenter Street & India Street. Famous for its spices, textiles and local delicacies. If you’re willing to walk a bit further, you would reach the Main Bazaar where most of the souvenirs are sold. A little further, you could reach Top Spot. Tapi jenuhlah nak menapak.

Having Plaza Merdeka as a neighbour which houses most of our favourite fast food joints makes handling cravings for a McD cheeseburger, Gloria latte and Sugarbuns chicken easier with picky eaters. They even have MPH!

SPACIOUS CLEAN ROOMS

What more can I say. Our life is complete when there is a mini fridge to store those Kuching only food we buy at the store.

Housekeeping were on time and very accommodating. I particularly loved the toiletries they used especially the lemon grass like shower gel. It felt fresh.

And did I tell you they have the cutest, cosy swimming pool ever?

BREAKFAST BUFFET

We could actually sit there till 10am. I was too hungry to take pictures of the area. Suffice to say, the selections were delicious and we really enjoyed the Sarawak specials eventhough its just Nasi Aruk for that day. The Sarawak Laksa was the best. I think it is a special on a Sunday. Or was it on a Monday. I’m not quite sure cause they change these special menu daily.

But even so, you still have the star dish daily. That is the NASI LEMAK. LIkeee woowwww.. I had it everyday. And the bread pudding!

You can have your breakfast outside at the terrace too if you wish.

In general, the hospitality offered by the staff was like 10 stars. We couldn’t feel happier.  It is those little things that count you know, like the free shuttle to the nearest masjid for Friday prayers! I look forward for our annual trip this year. Perhaps, if the price is similarly great – we get to experience this first class hospitality all over again. InsyaAllah.. 

PAM’s Planner Soiree happened last weekend but I was not there

The Planner Addict Malaysia  (PAM) committee members organized a 12 hour soiree last weekend, offering workshops, talks, food and swag bags for attendees. The fee was appropriate but Timing was not really on my side. It’s not that I had a big event happening. It’s just one of those Weekend Dilemma for a woman with hobbies.

It’s one of those guilty feelings of having to leave your kids to attend something non compulsory. Especially when you have just attended another one the weekend before. Or you’re scheduled for another weekend activity without the kids in 2 weeks time. To be honest, I don’t really know how to explain.

Somehow it is fine to work on something at home with the kids around you despite them probably on a video game or just messing up your folded laundry. ha ha ha. 

The Planner Soiree welcomed kids to the event too but with no other adult with me to help watch the kids while I do my thing, it was not possible. Plus, I don’t think both Ninie and Ee would enjoy being confined in a strange place for 12 hours. Anyway, I heard that the Swag Bag was a hit. I’d really like to see what is inside. If you happen to be a fellow PAM member, with a blog, writing about the event, please share me the link yahhh..

In the meantime, this is an attempt of me making a Plan With Me video using my Samsung A7. Its damn short. The length is enough for an IG post. ha ha.  I need to find a better angle. Better pics and music. We will build up on that skill InsyaAllah.. 

 

Credit : Music by @olivialanemusic – Hey 3AM via @hellothematic

Coway. Our story

When the home water dispenser trend first came out, notably from Cuckoo and Coway – Mr Husband was very quick to sway from the crowd. Very typical of a person who choose to just disagree dulu, and then consider. Ha ha ha ha. I could still remember his words vividly,

” buying bottled mineral water is cheaper”(then he would make his calculation and lay it out)

Well sayang, of course it is cheaper if you decide to drink only 1 litre a day per person. *roll eyes* Perhaps it did not cross his mind that the one boiling water and refilling the bottles in the fridge was mostly me. Later I got tired of boiling water many times a day, and that was when I decided to buy bottled mineral water. It soon became a choice of more boiling sessions or drink less. or buy that RM1 mineral water at the clinic. 

The problem with  buying was that it was extremely exhausting lugging big big bottles and boxes of em with my little frame. Cause I do my shopping alone, you see. But I kept going. Of course, he did his part as well but I guess he soon realized that it was just too much effort to keep replenishing our stock.

Furthermore, we are both on a weight loss journey. So a lot of water drinking is involved.

Perhaps Mr Husband got inspired with the presence of that machine at my sisters house. It does not use that much electricity and maintenance service is included. Perhaps it is the hot weather which made us crave for more icy drinks.

The Neo Coway is finally installed in our home today. We went on board with this promotion and now it is here! I think everyone completed their recommended water intake today.

 

 

 

 

 

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