Ambuyat challenge : what was wrong with it

A lovely Malaysian Instafamous couple was under fire recently for their own personal Ambuyat Challenge. 

Ambuyat is a dish derived from the interior trunk of the sago palm. It is a starchy bland substance, similar to tapioca starch

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To those not in the know of who this couple is, the pair are founders for a local beauty product, NSA Beauty. They both work very hard as an individual and even harder when they became husband and wife. The wife, Syafiqah Aina (SA) was a renowned Muslimah model in Malaysia and was a good one at that. They enjoy displaying their affection out loud in public and announce their love for each other through grand celebrations of birthdays and such. I mean, why not… since they have the means to do so being successful business icons.

So on one fine day during their work trip to Brunei, the husband challenged the wife to try the ambuyat. I have personally tried ambuyat or linut as it is known in Sarawak, and it is a dish which may not be palatable to everybody. It is an acquired taste. So it should be simple to understand that not everyone may like the dish including the wife, SA. Everyone has the right to not like certain food. It’s a matter of preference.

So what went wrong?

SA’s dislike towards the dish was recorded on video in a public space. Naturally, anybody would demonstrate a certain facial expression when they try something strange. But not everyone would exaggerate the response. And make a scene. Unfortunately, SA was the very few who did otherwise. She had a face of disgust and purged without a single filter in the world.

Personally, I think the most appropriate response towards a dish that you do not enjoy would be to just stop eating, decline the next serving politely and just mention it is something not to your liking. And perhaps you can try try something else. If you must purge, do it quietly in a napkin.

You do not retch loudly in plain sight with other customers at the place, run towards the end of the table, grab a tissue and make sensitive comments. It’s acts like these that makes people piss off. Imagine the cook preparing their traditional dish with great pride for a non-local to try it, only to be met by such response. I would be sad. It would be enough with an expression of ‘hhmmmm.. mungkin saya tak pandai makan ni. Tapi terima kasih tau.. ” 

The video the husband made was met with critics. (of course lah.. ) He however in defense, said that it was meant to promote ambuyat to other people. Well, all I can say is.. it sure is a weird method of promoting ambuyat. I really hope they learn a few points or two from this incident cause I still think that despite being young, they are still lovely.

Malaysia Membaca Campaign

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Reading just became cool again. Thanks to our education minister, Dr Maszlee malik. Netizens are sharing what they’re reading, only that the choice of books are mostly the same. Within my circle that is. Maybe it is because we borrow books from one another. Ha ha ha.

Almost all my friends has Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist on their favourites list.  It would be interesting to see other mind-opening books you know. But yeah, those who love Mr Coelho’s book – ain’t he great?

Because of the hashtag, I have picked up my momentum in reading again. This time using the Google Playbook platform as well. It makes me look less like a nerd when I read on my phone. Friends would think I’m scrolling on Instagram when in fact I have my nose in a digital book like a modern Belle of Beauty and the Beast.

So if you’re an avid reader, a bookworm as your alter ego – do drop me a comment down below regarding good books I should read. It can be fiction, parenting books, skills book , management stuff, psychology things, history even.. or language related. As long as its a title that makes you feel awesome, happy or enlightened when you recommend them to me.

Share your good book title.

July 3rd, Adam Rayqal

Malaysians were not ready to read it in the news. Nor to receive the circulating update on Watsapp regarding the whereabouts of Adam Rayqal who went missing after being allegedly picked up by an imposter who said he was the father of the child from the babysitters house that day.

But as soon as my eyes were open to start the day – it was all over social media. The 5 month old baby was found in the babysitters house, in the fridge. DEAD.

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Netizens reacted with disbelief. Netizens played detectives. Everyone was trying to put out a theory as to why Adam was in the fridge and what on earth happened and what the hell was the babysitter thinking by having a child in there.

Credit should first be given to PDRM for their efficient investigation. We wouldn’t expect less from one of the best police forces in the world. I trust that justice will be served especially after seeing a footage of the Mom screaming at the crime scene, still in her scrubs (she is a neonatal ICU nurse) – ouh, it just breaks anybody’s heart.

The babysitter has been charged, pleaded not guilty and is still under trial in court. I am still curious how this lady who also has an adopted OKU ( = disabled) child could commit such an act. Was there an underlying psychiatric disorder? Or was she that malicious? What really happened and Why did she resort to keep Adam in the fridge, concoct a story of abduction instead of calling up the parents if something genuinely did go wrong? These are questions we still do not have answers to. And we wouldn’t know if we’d ever get to read about it in the official papers. Unless we attend the trial.

You would think that in this situation – netizens would hold hands and give support to each other, comforting the mother right? NO. BIG NO. I was appalled at how insensitive some Malaysians can be on their keyboards.

Amidst the melancholic atmosphere, a particular mom condemn openly the action of sending kids to babysitters or daycare  – and gloated about how she quit her job to care for her kids because ‘rezeki’ you can find anywhere.

A man said the mom was selfish to work (she is an ICU NURSE for freaking sake) and her place should be at home to serve the husband and family. GOsh. LIKE OHemgeee.. I would want to see if the man would allow a male doctor to conduct his wife’s delivery if all ladies are to stay at home. Sheeesshh.

Another person gave lots and lots of tips on how to choose a babysitter. While the intention was well meaning and helpful to assist other parents who will make the same choices  – it sounded condescending when certain words were used like ‘sepatutnya mak dia.. bla bla bla‘. It’s not the type of thing a parent who had just lost a child would wanna hear.

So what could help them ease their pain? I am still learning how as a medical practitioner. For not one method is the same for everybody. Not everyone likes “I am sorry for your loss”. For those who are spiritual (detected through their zikr or anything relating to religion) I would try to comfort them by saying that the child is in heaven. The child is waiting for you. The child is in good hands. Something along those lines. Sometimes the parents calm down. Sometimes they keep bawling their eyes out. There’s never one method but I’d love to know how some of you deal with loss. Either as an observer or the one who had experienced it.

As for Adam Rayqal, I hope it was not painful for him. Rest in peace dear child, may Allah take care of you.

General Election #14


I am a young mother with 2 kids. 20180509_151315.jpgI am a working mother at that  – a medical doctor. I have parents who are already in the Warga Emas category. I also have younger siblings in the belia category.

This year I voted. For the second time. In favour of the better, likeable manifesto which I feel could benefit the rakyat as a whole.



Pakatan Harapan (PH) with Tun-Minator

Tun Dr Mahathir is 93 years old. It is a rare sight to see nonagenarian patients like himself and his wife walk into my clinic and still remain sharp. Still walking without a stick or Zimmer frame. Some, as young as 60 is already in a wheelchair with their children demanding for a fast lane walhal semalamnya baru dapat jalan2 kat pasar malam.

Tun has been dubbed a lot of mean names. To me however, he is the reason why I am proud to walk on the streets of Manchester as a student because muslims there love Mahathir. MAHATHIR VERY GOOD, they would say. 5 seconds later, you are their favourite Sister. LOL.

I think people got tired of the lies and the high living cost after the GST was implemented. PH offered a way out. I also hope that they would keep their word to strictly ensure the minimum wage of RM1500 AND for that wage to be equal in both Semenanjung and Sabah/Sarawak.


The RAHMAN prophecy has been fulfilled. Its time for the MAHATHIR prophecy. LOL. 10.05.2018  – history has been made. I think I am more interested to know who the Cabinet Ministers are now that we’ve changed government. Can’t wait for the official announcement.


Interestingly, Sarawak (which is where I come from) is now under the governance of the Opposition Party. Ha ha ha. Well, if Barisan Nasional thinks they can do a good job – they’d better prove it on my yearly visits back to Kuching. I want better roads for the people, better access to healthcare, job opportunities and education and what not. In a way, it could be a blessing for Sarawak, IF lah, BN want to prove themselves.

PH for a better Malaysia. InsyaAllah.

Big Bad Wolf 2018 : Melaka Edition

Big Bad Wolf (BBW) is back in town.


BBW is a festival that sells books at a fraction of its original prize. It’s a good time to buy children books especially those with pop-ups and pictures inside. I tend to go there to get books of different genre. Business books mostly. Despite not having my own business. And self-help books. I just find that I could relate some of these ideas in my everyday service as a medical doctor – leadership, team work, how to say NO stuff.


I love to bring my son Ee there too even though all the books that he buys are comics. Well, at least at his age he loves books and reading. Later and slowly I will introduce him to books with better vocabulary and material.

Takdelah asyik menonong gi Mood Republik je kan.. which happened to be next door.

My best catch for this trip to BBW was a box set by Paulo Coelho. 10 books for RM100. That is CHEAP!!! And his books are good. The other box sets available there (that I noticed) are The Maze Runner series and The Wimpy Kid series.


Then my next catch was this.


This is like one of the very few history books that I have. I’d probably make another trip there again and browse through every single title at the Mystery and Thriller aisle.