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.. 

Change demands patience

Remember the promo video I made for our upcoming Family Day?

Well, let’s just say that the precious hours I spent creating it over the weekend seems to be of no value to some people. Despite the date and venue has been pre-authorised prior to my appointment as the president of the programme – we are expected to make changes to the plan.

To the drama kings and queens, if you have already got an idea of what you’d like to do for our family day, then by all means  … such suggestions should be presented to the floor during the meeting. Not after. Not behind my back. tetiba condemn. tetiba tak puas hati.. nak gempak tapi tak nak bayar. spesis mcm ni memang aku tak faham. 

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Tackling the Problem

There are a few ways on how I can react to the news.

I can be a dick (not that I have one, perhaps I need to surgically attach one), be oblivious to the drama, go ahead with the original plan and suffer a boycott of the event.

I can also be a witch. Cancel everything and refuse to carry out any look-alike programmes for the whole year. Or if I morph into a bitchy witch, then a hiatus in clinic social activities for the next half decade. No jamuan raya whatsoever.

In the end, I choose to be an angel after a few hours of dissing ( I am human after all). Let go. Clear my head. And start all over again. At least it made me learn more about the dynamics of staff relationship within the clinic. I do know that the walls have ears. It seems that they can talk too.

HOBOMINCI

Consequently, my HoboMinci needs a revamp. I will need a big sticker to cover that FDKKC part. Thankfully I have bought new die-cuts, washi and what not from Lootersbox the other day. Through the most trustable shopping app in Msia i.e. Shopee.

Lootersbox is an online based shop that sells planner/journal related stuff and these peeps are based in Melaka. Oh how I wish that they would open a store like Stickerrific one day and hold workshops! I would be a regular patron. Sokay,  I will include them in my prayers to be successful and own a physical store. InsyaAllah. 

As of the matter earlier, I guess I just have to be patient. Keep my mouth shut. Refocus and re-prioritise. I suppose we could repurpose certain ideas. Not all are redundant.

*yawn*

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Why I did not join an oil sharing session prior to my enrollment

When I enrolled with doTERRA on my own – meaning I registered myself under a sponsor without any consult, I did not attend any oil sharing classes. I did not even join the brand competitors oiling class.

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Most of the time, if I choose to commit to something for a long time, for instance my Hobonichi – I’d have studied independently the matter of interest for a few months already. I get my information through the company/brand website or social media and process on how these products seem to portray itself at first sight and evaluate if their corporate values coincide with mine.

Then, I would do a hashtag check and see if the people using the brand/product are people who I’d like to be around with. Meaning are they kind? Are they being honest or pure malicious plus greedy? Again, first impressions count.

Then I would (still) go blog hopping and read on reviews. Especially blogs that highlight words like ‘fake’, ‘waste of money’ or a blunt scam. Of course at the end of the day, I make an informed decision of whether I still want to make the purchase despite the negative review (if any). Although the option of joining the free classes are there, I still didn’t go.

orang kata hati kering. Part of the reason is how I choose to prioritise my time. You know how a session due to start at 9am can end up being delayed an hour later? malaysian time.  Other reasons being, I worry that once I attend these classes I would change my mind due these factors.

  • overconfident claims or pure bullshit stories
  • advocates not knowing their stuff (gosh, now I am one, I feel so pressured to fulfill my own expectations)
  • pushy advocates – they make you feel guilty for not signing up. Trust me, these people exists. They shouldn’t be called advocates for all they care about is enrollments and how they could earn commissions.

 

In a way, this also highlights how powerful social media is if you know how to use it properly. I was influenced to use doTERRA by 2 main individuals. Mr Iman Wan & Fera (my sponsor).

I like that in Mr Iman’s personal family instagram account – he does not push doTERRA to our faces in every single post. There’s a bit of show and tell but they were not the main highlights of his IG account. Therefore, as a person interested in the oils, we do not feel overwhelmed. Instead, there will be moments of “oooh” or “aaahhhh” which would intrigue you to find out more.

Which brings on to Fera’s personal accounts. Her IG is more ‘outspoken’ when it comes to introducing the use of essential oils. Her strength in her social media presence was that she was able to make us relate to her personal experience using the oils. We feel that we could also integrate the use of such EO’s in our daily lives. In fact, the message is so clear, honest and true that once I started using the oils, I felt that I have finally found what I was looking for to make my life better.

In short, social media can be so powerful nowadays in promoting things. Thus, also open to criticisms. Which can be destructive sometimes. It is only now that I have started to join doTERRA activities and oil sharing sessions hosted by my more experienced fellow advocates. The aim is more to consolidate what I know with regards to the use of the oils and of course to meet nice, like-minded people.

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🧕 doTERRA Malaysia : I did the 125PV for December

Simply because the promotions are oh.. so… seductive and tempting. Hence, I piled up my purchases up to 125PV under the Loyalty Reward Programme (LRP). 

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I wanted to set up the LRP template because over time, I can get discounts up to 30% for my oils. In the early days of using and exploring the benefits of the oils, even if I do not wish to enroll anybody in the beginning, I already have at least a 10% discount first for the first 3 months upon enrollment.

I just need to make sure I have 1PV point each month on the LRP to keep my account active and have my priviledges as an advocate. This is important to note because I believe there will be times when I’m just on a tight budget.

If I manage to keep a 100PV per month, I am eligible for a commission. That is if I enrol someone under me.

A purchase of 125PV gets me the Product of the Month (POM) for free.

The LRP is processed on the same date each month of your choosing. You can either have the items shipped to the respective address at a flat postage fee of RM15. Or you can collect the items at headquarters in Eco City. Once you have received your goodies, do revise the items list and adjust according to what you need the following month. If not, the same items will be despatched to your address in the next scheduled postage.

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So for December, my shopping cart is full with Lemongrass, Tangerine, Rosemary and part of the Verâge Face Line – Face wash, toner and moisturiser.

125PV = nearly RM500.

Wah. makan rumput. 

Mohon plolesssss.. 

🧕 doTERRA : My citrus selection

I ordered 5 types of oils, mostly in the citrus category in my November LRP.

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The popular Wild Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lime and Litsea. Well, Litsea or may chang is actually a shrub but has a lemon-y smell.

The oils do have an overview on what they are in the Malaysian doTERRA website. It is however very brief and I am sure any well meaning advocate would want to learn more about their oils right? So if the oils are truly what they are, it would not be wrong to say, Google Search ‘Lemon” and read the many , hopefully trustable sites regarding the compounds in Lemon. And how it can add that extra value in our lives.

On another note, reading up on these things are important for me as a medical doctor because you know how in adverts of products, they would put a disclaimer like ‘consult your doctor first” sort of thing. Well, most of my colleagues would be very quick to say ‘nope. don’t’ template answer. However, in my limited experience working as a doctor, I find that patients still go ahead with their intended choices anyway. And their health would deteriorate when there is an inevitable interaction between these substances of natural and modern medicine. So perhaps the best thing that I could do is to read up, learn stuff, see if I can assimilate certain practices or try to achieve the middle road where we give and take with the patient on some routines or practices.

Natural stuff can be poison if it is not consumed or used in a proper manner. Just like modern medicine. Which is why we have regular appointments to assess and adjust medications accordingly and monitor progress or presence of side effects through blood investigation or technical modalities. We cannot for now, measure effectiveness or monitor adverse outcomes of these natural products. The  best we  have are testimonies/ word of mouth. Therefore it is very important to try and practice what is safe. Boleh share benefit tapi jangan terlalu excited. What may work for Person A may not work for Person B. 

Example, a person with a BP of 140/90 may not require treatment yet and can benefit from regular monitoring and if they like, safe use of essential oil. But you cannot advocate the same for someone who has a baseline BP of 200/120, tell them to stop their meds and use the oils only. It would tarnish doTERRA’s good reputation. If as advocates, we start making hyperbola claims then we are no different from those selling fishy products and sponsor a show for example. An advocate would know where the limitations are. doTERRA has clearly mentioned in their manual,

No Curative or Drug Claims

doTERRA claims

Back to the point of this post. So far, the basic information I gathered regarding citrus is that they;

  • are used best to energize and uplift the mood. They are also rich in both antioxidant and antibacterial properties
  • are photosensitive because of a compound called bergapten found in almost all these fruits. Hence, it is not wise to apply a citrus based oil on your skin and then sunbathe or go for a tan. Unless you want to be ikan masin.
  • apart from being diffused, they can be ingested. However, I must caution that users who intend to do so, must do them at their own discretion and AFTER reading up on what is safe and what is not. jangan diminum mcm air 100 plus plak.  Be Safe.

I also chanced upon in my reading regarding organic properties which are specific to certain citrus oils which I feel compelled to share for our own knowledge. I mean, most of the things I write here are available on the world wide web. I am just extracting these findings and documenting it here for my own references.

Bergamot

From pictures, we can say it is close to Limau Purut. Correct me if I am wrong. I bet you can imagine the aroma already. Tak lain tak tumpah gitew. Bergamot in doTERRA is harvested from Italy. In fact, doTERRA have the Global Botanic Network where they work with farms all over the world to help source their oils.

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The Statin like property in bergamot was an interesting fact for me. It could be a useful point in assessing my patients with dyslipidaemia.

 

Grapefruit

Grapefruit or the ‘forbidden fruit’ as it is known in Barbados is rich in Vitamin C. It boasts of having a low GI index hence suitable for diabetics, I guess. In our local setting, it looks like Limau Bali. 

Interestingly, grapefruit has a compound called furanocoumarin compound in it which may affect the metabolism and clearance of drugs in our system.

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As for the remaining oils, I have yet to find any significant compound that could influence a user in how they choose to use them.

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Lemon at work in the antenatal clinic

Nowadays, I  use my citrus oils more in the diffuser and as a topical application.

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Diffusing Lime as a single oil

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Sometimes I make a blend. Peppermint & Wild orange is heavenly

I have been making my own Foot Rollerblends too. I buy the glass bottles through Shopee and mix doTERRA oils with carrier oils for safer application. I think I will elaborate more on that in my next post – on dilution and carrier oils. InsyaAllah