Monday, January 31, 2011

Good Samaritan Home Klang-KFC Party & Visitation

So last Saturday, Tammy of had organised a visitation to the Good Samaritan Home in Klang. It was good to meet the other bloggers after my long stay in Sydney.  

Tammy, Stacey & Joey.
Arrivals of the Bright Red Hot Chicks in the morning!
Carrying all the goodies.
New dresses for the girls!

 Among the goodies for the children!

Face painting!

Children enjoying their yummy KFC chicken meal.

Wing being handled by Tammy..... 
The RESULT?? ......  Hot Chick with Angry Virus on Face.
Poshies (Stacey) & me!
Red Hot Chicks in Paint.
Children enjoying their cake!
KFC Party Packs for the children
Pretty Butterfly! ^^

Some Malaysian-Sydney economic differences.

Some of the things different.

Lifestyle products and services have always been premiumly priced, but there are differences in how they are priced.

1. Facial treatments
Klang Valley - Facial salons, spas & massage services, particularly those within the Klang Valley, charge between RM60- RM100. It is almost impossible to pay less than RM100 for a facial in Klang Valley. The only exception would be those operating on a home salon basis.

Massages here range from RM50 for a one -and-half hour massage, which is the cheapest I have found. THe highest was RM120 for a 120 (two hour massage) for Thai massages.

Sydney- Within the vicinity of the CBD, and up to Narwee& Ashfield, facial prices range from AUD50- as much as AUD120. The most I have paid so far is AUD120 for a Sothys facial, whereas its as high as RM350 for a Sothys facial in KL.

Thai and normal massage for one hour range between AUD75 to maybe a bit more. In terms of messages, it is more similar on a dollar to dollar basis.

2. Karaokes-

Klang Valley-
I recently heard that Karaokes charges between RM60 per person, including buffet. And that is about for three hours.

I think that's pretty expensive.

We were paying AUD15 per room for non peak hours, and AUD30 per room during peak hours in a korean noraebang in Sydney, which sometimes even threw in extra half an hour to one hour for free.

The other mostly chinese run Karaokes were charging more, and they didn't throw in any free time for that matter. So much for keeping the customers happy!

In conclusion, noraebangs are the most affordable, and value for money on a dollar to dollar basis, as the more people who went in, the cheaper per room it was.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I lost weight.

So I've been ranting recently. Its pretty natural when one crosses borders.

But then again, the way that beauty salons run here is so noticeable that unless the customer was walking around with their brains locked up in the clouds, they must be really blind indeed.

Anyways, I'm blogging this coz everyone that I've met in the last three days (since my return to KL), the first thing that they said was:

"You've lost weight!"

So I asked, "which part?"

"All over!"

"Really? How come I can't tell?"

 Before I left, I was almost going on 60 kgs. Now I'm between 54-55 kgs. But then again, 3 kilos isn't really much.

"Uh, your face is much sharper now than before....."

"Umm.. I see..."

So if I lost another 5 kilos, that would just be perfect.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Are prices of facials justified?

If there is one thing I must get off my back, it is I feel that prices of facials in the cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur sites are unjustified.

In Australia, I am more or less able to deduce the profit margin of a facial whereby a Masseur's salary AUD15/hour.

The average price of a facial in Australia ranges from AUD50 onwards. If the salary of a masseur is factored in, depending on the length of the facial, that's almost AUD30 of a profit margin of the facial remaining, before calculating the cost of the products and rent of the salon.

In Malaysia, what exactly is the average price of a facial treatment? In some of these so called "facial salons" which give you a voucher for RM50 for a facial, they exaggerate the value of the facial, and yet the rendering of these first trial/discounted priced facials leaves much to be desired.

Is RM200 for a facial treatment in Malaysia justified?

The average price of a facial in Australia is as much as AUD120, yet the average salary is AUD15/hour. In Malaysia, RM200 is almost a huge chunk off a person's salary, yet the price of a facial is unjustified where the average salary is not even RM15/hour.

Not to mention the cost of the products for the facial. Even Sothys facial are not as expensive as some of these so-called RM200 facials..

So, what do you think?

My Massage at Rest n Relax Aroma Therapy

Trial Price of RM28 (60 minutes body massage).
It was a really tiring day for me.. I was almost asleep for most of the day, and who wouldn't be after my tiring journey of almost nine hours to KL.  No doubt I'm suffering from jet lag (three hours Sydney - Kuala Lumpur) time difference.

So when my mom suggested to go for a body massage at this massage salon in their Mega Mandung outlet, which she had bought a package for, I jumped at the chance to!

As luck would have it, we managed to get two slots in. It was impeccable timing.

So when we finally entered the shop, I was quite surprised at the ambience. Though the massage salon was located in the second floor of a shop lot, there was no compromise in its decor. It was tastefully decorated.

My mom and I were given a wooden basin with heated water to warm up our feet before the massage treatment. We were then asked which type of massage oil we wanted to use for our body massage... detoxifying, slimming, muscle ache or relaxing.

Then my mom & I were ushered into the treatment room where we were asked to change into disposable inner wear for the massage.

I had to wrap myself in a sarong and then wait on the treatment bed for the masseur to come in. The masseur who served me and my mom were Indonesian, and had a very friendly demeanour. The masseur who served my mom seemed to be very familiar with the family members.... 

Apparently it was an elder aunt  of mine (who introduced my mom to the place) had bought lots of body massage packages there... as well as another elder aunt... LOL.

Our full body massage lasted for about 1.5 hours (90 minutes) at a pretty affordable rate from what my mother had bought. The massage treatments each were less than RM50 bought as part of a package, and definitely value for money.

As the body massages were quite affordable, it would be good to give some tips to the masseurs after the service.

Overall, I was quite impressed by the tastefully decorated rooms, and the service rendered. I wouldn't heading back there again.

For more information, do check out the Rest n Relax Aroma Therapy Facebook group.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Some Menstrual Must-Nots.

So, I'm currently in the midst on an all things 'menstruation' obsession.

I'm now at home, and decided to give church a miss this week. The thought of taking a bus and doing all the public transport transfers, sitting in service for three hours wondering if there was going to be any staining was just too stimulation and stress for me to take.

I've read some things on the website, in particular to the Western perspective on things

1. It is okay to have a hairwash.
There has been much debate on this old wives tale. Essentially, the thinking is that hair is a 'dead object' and washing hair is a must do daily routine.

For me, that would mean an even greasier than greasy scalp.

However, I read that there is a dry shampoo that one can use, which is available at most western chemists/pharmacies.

However, there has been readings which explain the reason for this. Apparently, the hair follicles open up when hair is washed, and is somewhat linked to the 'qi gong' and would affect the menstrual cycle.

It may also cut-short the menstrual cycle, which is detrimental in the long run, as that means your body has not fully 'detoxified' yet.

2. It is okay to go swimming.

Seriously, which female in her right mind would actually want to go swimming when she is having her monthlies?

Some tampon website actually recommended putting on a tampon, then go swimming.

It just sounds downright dirty. I know that when a female goes into the water, the bleeding will stop until she comes out of the water.

Still, exposing your body to all the pathogens, dirty water, bacteria, and goodness knows what at the time when your body is prone and sensitive to all kinds of illness, is just not right.

Better to let your body have a rest.

3. It is okay to have sexual intercourse.

Hmm, you do realise the bleeding is necessary as a 'detoxifying' regime for a female's body?

The 'bleeding' that occurs isn't the normal kind of 'bleeding', but one that contains items that the female body has to be rid of.

Why drag in a male?

Unless he's some sadist masochistic who likes blood during intercourse. Euuuu.

4. It is okay to have any kinds of food.

I've been having warm, or hot food only. Really, when your body is not feeling well, cold water doesn't really help. And cold food for that matter.

My malaysian chinese housemate says that I should avoid teas, and ice cream, and any other kind of 'cooling' food.

Anyways to help with cramps, I've had Ibuprofen to help reduce the symptoms. Its a good friend.

Sent from my Nokia phone

Health is Wealth.

So recently, my menstrual cycle decided to pay me a visit. It is worth a mention here, as the last time I had mine was more than six months ago.

About the time I first started my position at my current work place.

My cycle comes about four times a year, making it a seasonal four monthly occurrence. So it was late by two months, which is a bad thing.

About two weeks ago, I was on Christmas leave. And recently, I have had a shorter shorter work load.

Now, I've been doing some reading on the menstrual cycle, and its about two weeks, or about 12 days before a female gets her menstrual, that her ovulation takes place.

So about two weeks ago, I was on leave = essentially, meaning my body was at rest. Both physically, and emotional from work stress.

A female's monthly menstrual cycle is an indicator to the doctor whether her internal body system is functioning well. That's also the first question the doctor will ask when they come in for a check-up.

The fact that I'm getting my menses now is a good sign. I hope my Boss continues to give me the same current work load as she does now.

Sent from my Nokia phone.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 2: A surprise 'Auntie' visit.

So during the last few days, my face had been breaking out. I was wondering why.

It was definitely not any face cream I was using, nor was it the less than stellar make up removal I did. LOL.

Then yesterday, I had a surprise 'auntie' visit.

Yes, she was already seasonally late from her usual time......

The last time was just before I started work at the child care centre.

Well, better late than never. I'm only glad she decided to visit over the weekend, rather than when I was at work! At least I have Ibuprofen to keep me company.

Sent from my Nokia phone

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Exciting Plan on Return to KL.

So, I'm coming home with an empty suitcase.... Really, there isn't much for me to bring back to KL, since everything in the latter is so much cheaper.. I have enough skincare supply back in my KL home to last for the next two years.

I was actually thinking of applying for an Australian credit card prior to my return, but was advised that it would be difficult if applicants did not hold a permanent residency, and that it did not actually assist in building credit ratings in Australia, unlike in The States. So I guess Debit cards would have to suffice for now.. LOL. (But actually, I don't really think they care if you apply in person, but that's for another post...)

As for my exciting plans, I'm already definitely doing this, and this.

1) Digital Perm- Korean, or Japanese also can. Price range about RM300 + lar

2) Facial at 128 Faubourg.

3) A good nice massage?  Heh.

4) Get two pairs of glasses. and also a pair of good proper sunglasses.

No idea what my budget is as yet, since I have yet to see the local prices yet. But spectacles around here range from 70-80AUD onwards.

5) Clothes shopping - with Shirley Tan, or someone who wants to go with me. The last time I went was at Bangsar. She's got good taste.

6) As for S2 Slimming, I probably have a few treatments left at the salon.

The only problem being that since I currently do not own a car, or will be lack of one on my trip back, the salon would be a bit out of the way for me to have access to like I used to previously.

7) Meet up with peers-- my close girl friends, bloggers, Tammy, etc. ^^ If there are any events, do pass on an invitation, thanks!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

So, I'm definitely coming back for Chinese New Year!

So I'm double posting here on both my blogs.

So I spoke to my boss this morning.  At first she was hesitant, but then she agreed to let me go off.. she had to...!

I had a valid reason to come back to Malaysia, to renew my passport, and of course, to see my family.

Of course, I made it easy for her to say yes by doing my homework before asking her... I had to check which days the workplace would be less busy, so she could let me go.

All the staff will be fighting for more work hours in the weeks to come, so one going off would make planning much easier for her.

I've already started planning what I have to do before heading back to Kuala Lumpur, so that I can prioritize the most important administrative tasks first.

Not sure about shopping for new year, but will definitely be getting new clothes for the summer to bring back to Sydney. Everything is SO MUCH CHEAPER in KL, okay??

I'm definitely going to:

1) Get a digital perm at the korean/japanese salon. It's about AUD150 onwards or about there for a digital perm for mid length. So that's about RM450 after conversion, or more depending on length of hair. Yes, that's by real koreans. Korean salons abound everywhere in Sydney, okay??

2) Go for a facial at Sothys 128 Faubourg - the most we can get in Sydney is Sothys Ampoule facials, which is really shitty anyways. The Ampoule Facial I last checked in Sydney was AUD79, but may not include extractions, or eyebrow removal which is like an additional AUD12, and that makes it about AUD90 onwards.

The most I had ever paid for a facial in Sydney was in Ashfield for about AUD120 and that was a normal Ampoule Sothys facial, and that was as much as I was willing to spend. Which after conversion is about RM390 or about there.

3) Maybe get one of the OSIM thingies.. not that I would bother using it. Ha ha ha.. the last one I had was still lying somewhere in the lounge room.

4) Definitely go for a good massage. Massages in Sydney run about AUD35 for 30 minutes, or AUD60 for 60 minutes. The Thai massages run up to AUD75 and over for about an hour.

*Currency Conversion is done on a AUD 1: RM3 blanket conversion.


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