Minci travels Macao 2019. Tickets and the start.

This is Part 1.

I am a Malaysian. I am a Muslimah and is traveling with my two young children. Let’s face it Macao is expensive. So it is very hard to create a budget itinerary when you want to be comfortable. Or maybe there is a way but I have yet to find how. We shall learn from other bloggers. I am not going to lie. I felt a bit anxious wearing a hijab there but thankfully nothing bad happened.

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Here are our preparations for the trip. It is a 4D3N trip using Air Asia. Mr Husband was very generous as he ordered in flight meals for the  direct 3 hours 45 mins trip from KLIA to Macao. Perhaps he did not want Ninie to be irritable and hungry. Yes, young girls need to be fed before she starts rolling on the floor like a mop. The ticket was booked in less than a month prior to the trip. We went there on the 29th of March. The ticket was booked on the 13th of March. Very last minute. Geram pun ada. Tak sempat nak inform boss. 

Packing the suitcase

  1. Brahims instant meals. While Mr Husband and I are adventurous when it comes to trying new food – we were just worried that both Ninie and Ee being unaccustomed to new dishes may not be able to stomach their meal very well. So we brought something more familiar to their tongue from home. A few other instant meal options I discovered out there was the delicious Sharifah (Nasi Briyani GAm) which I ate before the trip and Kembara Meal that was a bit over my budget. The latter is sold at selected petrol stations. In Melaka, they have it at MITCs Petronas station.
  2. Medicine and ointments
  3. A simple notebook. For me to document anecdotes for my blog and hobominci
  4. Extra coffee and hot chocolate beverages with snacks
  5. Entertainment for the kids in the hotel. In our case, the ultramans and raksasa. 
  6. Socks and light jackets
  7. BABY WIPES!!! Very useful for easy, effective, quick sanitation. Basically to wipe everything from bums to food and stuff.
  8. My doTERRA oils – I handpicked Peppermint, Wild orange & Forgive Roller Blend to bring with me. And since we will be doing a lot of walking – the deep blue rub.

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Currency

I exchanged RM500 of spending money into HKD. In Macao, we can use HKD but the change will almost all the time be given back in their own currency, the Macanese Pataca (MOP). I made my husband keep my money and basically spent it on souvenirs like magnets, food and taxi fares.

Since coming back from the trip I have yet to receive any change, so I guess we have spent it all. Ha ha ha.

Starting the Journey

We left Melaka at 0530 in the morning by car and stopped at Seremban RnR for Subuh prayers. This time we parked at Salak Tinggi instead of the Long Term Car Park centre. From Salak Tinggi we took the KLIA Transit train and hopped off at KLIA2. Since we are traveling with an infant, we have to check in at the counter which was a breeze that morning. We bought a 25 kg baggage and ours was already a freaking 19Kg. macam heran ada jugak.. bawak apa lah.. LOL.

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We had a light breakfast and it did not take us long to board the plane. Our flight was at 1005AM and e.t.a was 1355PM. There is no time difference between Malaysia and Macao. Only the prayer times are slightly early. I did have a bit of difficulty to locate the baby changing room once we’re in the departure hall. I did find one at the L2 area. It had a water dispenser in the room hence easy to prep Ninies milk. It also had a small curtained area for privacy in case a mom needs to breastfeed or do some pumping.

Ninie amazingly behave throughout the flight. The in flight meals were delicious. The prebooked meals we had were Potato salad, choc banana muffin (highly recommended),  milk coffee, chicken teriyaki with rice, bukhara chicken briyani and uncle chins chicken rice. We had a similar menu on our flight back home.

2 adults, 1 child, 1 infant : Return tickets + in-flight meals + tax = RM 1595.00

With Air Asia, everybody can fly.

Our plane landed 15 minutes early. There is no prayer room at Macao airport but it is okay, we can perform our jamak prayers at the hotel.

Immigration was simple. Because we have no hidden agenda of course. No questions. They check your passport, look at your face and soon you are on the way. Not even a Hello was exchanged. We then took a cab to our hotel which was located in the city itself. The Metropole Hotel.

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

Acah2 blogger

Blogging used to be the IN thing. Now it’s the time of the InstaFemes or Youtubers. I am not quite sure if that is how I want the direction of my hobby to go.

I love writing. I like it when people make comments on what I write about. Which are mostly close friends in real life and those I love connecting to on social media. I am not so sure if I can handle blog readers by thousands like the more famous, colourful and outspoken ones.

patient perli kawan aku pun aku terasa kena cubit. apatah lagi kena maki if opinion tak sehaluan. kah kah kah. 

I used to give one of these cards out a long time ago. It was something I designed WITH the help of the available templates on Photobook. Acah2 femes. pastu gelabah bila orang yang ko ngumpat jumpa blog kau. Terus private post. 

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But I missed moments of making new friends. Especially non medical friends which is why I think I got drawn into doTERRA. It’s another form of social adventure alongside being part of the butterfly blogger group.

Anyway, I have a social engagement this weekend. Organized by the group in collaboration with an F&B business. Kinda like a blogging assignment which I applied for.  LOL . If I do this right, I might just be able to reconnect with bloggers during ‘my time’ and forge new relationships. And perhaps get more fun assignments. Hihihi.

Cheers to a wonderful year. Gitew.