Category Archives: Health

A Hammam Spa Treatment For The Best Friend

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Few weeks ago, I decided to bring my best friend, Aliana for a spa treatment in Hammam. She is 8 months pregnant now and I thought that it would be great if I could bring her somewhere that could help her unwind her and relax. Hammam would be the perfect idea since they also provide pre-natal service to those who are expecting. So. just what is Hammam? (If you’re wondering.. lol)


Hammam is a  Moroccan version of the Turkish Bath. The word ”Hammam” means ‘Spreader of Warmth’ in Arabic and has its origins deep in ancient Greek-Roman bathhouse culture. It’s a practice which has charmed and influenced thousands from different cultures throughout history. Since its inception, the Hammam has been a gathering place, to relax, socialise, build connections, even to do business, and to celebrate life events like bridal parties, baby showers and birthdays.”


I’ve heard of this place quite some time ago when I was in Publika and I’ve always been curious and wanted to try. Initially, I wanted to treat and bring my mom here, but ever since I went with Aliana, okay, the thought of bringing my mom to this kind of place is a big NO NO! I ain’t gonna see my momma naked in front of me!!!! Let me tell you about my Hammam experience.


It was the first time for the both of us, she didn’t know that this place existed until I mentioned to her about it. And boy, was I excited! Getting my body scrubbed! Hah! I bought the “Hammam & Gommage” and the “Aromatic Massage” package respectively for the both of us. You can click on this link here to see what packages they have to offer according to your Hammam needs. lol. “Hammam & Gommage” is their popular signature spa treatment that detoxifies, steams and purifies our body. Traditional Moroccan Black Soap are applied on our body by trained Hammam Therapists that prepares our skin for a vigorous exfoliating scrub from head to toe, with the skilful use of a traditional Hammam glove. Feel your cares melt away as your skin is gently sloughed of impurities as you are rinsed from head to toe, by bucket after bucket of delicious water.


If you’ve been to Publika, you would have never thought that such place like this existed. Publika is like any other conventional malls, except that it is full with hip cafes and trendy restaurants that attracts the younger generation. Hammam is located above the heart of Publika. We were awed by the lovely tiled space in the Moroccan styled architecture. It was simply beautiful and breathtaking. The atmosphere and the idea of a mall could suddenly change into a relax and tranquillizing place. The experience began in a lovely changing room where we were asked to strip, left nothing on our bodies except our disposable undergarment accompanied with the wrap of a robe. Then we continued our journey by proceeding to a room that felt like a cave because it was warm in a dome shape ceiling with three marble beds. We took off our robes and our undergarments later to commence the rubbing session. It felt awkward having someone showering and scrubbing you while you’re naked, but after a while, you kinda enjoy it! lol. I felt like a queen for a moment. It was slightly painful as the therapist scrubbed  all my dead skin away because it felt as if like my skin was peeling off. I could see the dead skin covering all over the marble bed as she scrubbed more and more, as it was still painful for me, I told myself to hang in there for a little while more. Aliana was enjoying every bit of her time there and suggested that this should be our routine once a month!


After approximately 45 minutes of scrubbing, showering and being hair washed by the therapists, we were wiped and wrapped with a robe and were guided to a lounge. We were then served with a sweet Moroccan tea accompanied with a plate of baklava. The fact that we were scrubbed at every inch of our body and soul (lol!), we have never felt so clean. Our skin is  smoother than ever.


We ended our spa journey with a 60-minutes aromatic massage by using a blend of precious Argan oil to release all tension with the combination of deep pressure applied and long rhythmic, gentle strokes at specific points. It was soooo good, it relaxes and soothes my body,mind and soul. It was such a stimulating and vitalizing experience that we would definitely come again. Why don’t you give it a try?










XOXO

Jawbone UP

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I’ve always wanted to post this up, but I didn’t had the time to do it. I got my Jawbone about a year ago from London, and now, it came out with a newer version, Jawbone UP24. I hope I’m not too late to write this post.

 

Jawbone UP is a fitness wristband that tracks the user’s steps and sleep. It syncs with Jawbone app via the head-phone jack and transmits all the data gathered from the Jawbone UP. The app show users progression of their steps and sleep statistics on their phones. The app can also be used to track workouts, calorie intake and more. I wear my Jawbone all the time, removing it only when I need to sync it and when I shower (although it is waterproof).

 

It calculates my steps, how far I’ve walked and how many calories I burnt. It is really useful when I’m overseas, because I walk a lot, like probably 15,000 steps which is about 8.5km. Here in KL? Hmm. I roughly walked about 3,000 steps. It’s not wise to walk here and I prefer driving. I can give a lot more reasons why but people just don’t walk here but I’m not going to as you all know most of them. LOL.

 

When I want to workout, I press the button twice to enable timed-activity mode. This allows the Jawbone UP to track my performance within the time limit that I set. To end the workout, I just have to press the button again. In addition, timed-activity mode is also good for band calibration to ensure better accuracy when reading and taking your steps progression. When I sleep, I press the button longer till it turn to sleep mode. It can read how well I slept the night before, whether I was in deep sleep and how many times I woke up. It’s pretty accurate I must say. Every time the band is synced, the app will let me know the goals and tips whether I need more sleep or  exercise to keep fit.

 

Have you ever wonder how it works? I was curious myself and did a lil reading. In this strip of rubber, there is an electronic component that includes a lithium-ion battery, a motion sensor and a vibration motor. The motion sensor detects changes in acceleration. Acceleration has two components: speed and direction. If an objection in motion experiences a change in either speed or direction, it has a change in acceleration. Motion sensors detect these changes through tiny electromechanical elements. Geddit?

 

In the app, it also display my fiancé’s data so that I can track his progress too! The app has a food diary feature that lets me enter my meals during the day as well so that I can see if I am burning more calories than I am consuming.

With all the information shown on the app, it provides me insights that can help me make decisions to feel my best and further motivate me to do better. I love my Jawbone UP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taken in London.

XOXO

Women wearing high heels

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A few days ago, Tuesday (17.09.2013) to be exact, I was invited to be a guest on a women’s talk show on national television (NTV7) called Bella. The topic discussed on that day was about women wearing high heels and the repercussion from it. I as a talent, wear high heels for long hours when I’m on set. What can I say, I’m also obsessed with heels! Besides me, Christine (a mother), Soraya (a yoga enthusiast) and Dr. Sam Hunter (a chiropractor) were also interviewed by Daphne Iking.




Most women that wear high heels often experienced discomfort on their lower back, knees and ankle. Well, this is all due to the pressure that is brought forward to the front of the feet while balancing body weight. This causes the body to be misaligned, thus in the long run this can cause severe lower back and leg pain. Dr. Sam, explained more about it and how it can be treated on the show. Do watch it here to know more about it, episode 181. I apologize as it is a hassle that you are required to register as a member, and the site takes a while to load.




Special thanks to my darling cousin Nawal for putting me up on the show! And for the photos!

I’m just too crazy over shoes….

XOXO

P/S: If you are looking for a chiropractor to seek for treatment, go look for Dr. Sam Hunter! His price is reasonable!

Ampang

Level 6-2, Menara HSC,

No. 187, Jalan Ampang,

50450 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Tel: +60327880312

Eating right during Ramadhan

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Malaysia is not only well known for the multi-racial country, but also many kinds of delicious food! Especially in Ramadhan month! Why? Because during fasting month, there is always bazaars in every district. And they sell tons of mouth-watering food! So many choices that I simply can’t decide what I want and I end up getting a lot of food just for myself. Greedy ey? :p



 


What should I get? There’s so many choices!!!



Roti Jala



Kebab anyone?



Otak-otak



Cendol



Rojak


 


Nasi Tomato! OMG



Sotong bakar



Ayam bakar



Asam Laksa


 


My favourite, tepung pelita



I was outta ma mind



Yes, there are kinds of food that you simply cannot resist. But that doesn’t mean it’s alright to eat so much at one time or simply a lot! Let me share you some tips, that is also useful for our daily lives.

When we break fast, we tend to start by drinking or eating something sweet. Well, maybe because it quench your thirst, other than that, it does nothing to you but only adding up your calories count for the day! Sugary drinks may have hundreds of calories and they don’t make you any fuller. So it’s best to drink plain water or calorie-free drinks like tea. Eating something sweet, I meant by all those kuih-muih, it’s fine to have it once in a while, but not every day! I know it’s puasa month, but you gotta chill k. LOL. Start with fruits or dates which are inherently high with carbohydrates.




After a whole day of fasting, some of us are just so darn hungry, we head straight to the main course. Some, just take it slow and easy or 5 minutes break for praying after they’re done break fasting with drinks and dates. Well, for those who eats rice as high as mountain (or makan macam tak hengat dunia), take it easy and remember that your stomach is as big as your fist! Don’t expect to stuff 10 times that amount of food into it without negative consequences. Something many people don’t realize is that your stomach will stretch when you’re used to eating a lot. If you only eat small amounts of food at a time, your stomach won’t ever stretch out like it does when you gorge yourself on a big meal, and then, with a smaller stomach, it won’t take as much to make you feel full. You can do this by only taking small, right-sized portions of food onto your plate, and when you’re done with that, sit back and feel whether or not you’re still hungry. Give yourself 10 to 20 minutes. If you really are still hungry after that time has passed, take a tiny bit more. However, if you give your body time to signal your brain, you’ll find that you’re usually not still truly hungry.




Eat slowly and chew properly. Chew your food till it has turned mush. Even I have to remind myself that because I’m always on the go. Try to take small bites and chew 4-5 times. Remember that it takes 15-20 minutes for your satisfied feeling to get to your brain even if your stomach is bloated and regardless of how much you eat. Give your system time for the digestive and hormonal processes to take place so that the signal gets to your brain! Eating slowly helps to keep the amount of food you’re eating small until you feel the satisfied feelings.  It also prevents you from gorging yourself, and gives you more time to accurately reflect on whether your stomach feels full yet or not. It takes about a whole 15-20 minutes for your stomach to send the message to the brain that you are full, so you could be eating 15 minutes more than your body wants. Eating slowly prevents overeating and will get you satisfied with less calories without feeling hungry or deprived.




So there you go, eat right ya’ll!



 


We kinda went overboard. Lesson learned!




Selamat Berpuasa and stay healthy!




XOXO

Eczema Attack

I have not updated my blog for weeks now nor do I go out to socialize with people. I’ve been suffering due to my eczema for about 4 weeks now. Eczema is a form of chronic inflammation of the skin. I have red patches of rashes from tip to toe,  itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, and bleeding (ALL!!!!). My eyes are swollen pretty bad that I barely can open my eyes, my neck is the worse and also other parts of my body. No pictures taken because I’m simply not ready for that. This really affects my lifestyle, because with this condition, I just wanna stay home and hide from everybody. Then how am I suppose to work and meet people? And when I read or do my school work, I can’t concentrate and easily distracted because it ITCHES LIKE MAD!!!!



Eczema is believed to result from a genetic defect and weak immune system. I often get sick very easily. Eczema will permanently resolve by age 3 in about half of affected infants. In others, the condition tends to recur throughout life. Unfortunately, I have eczema since I was a baby and it seems like I will have this for a lifetime! It comes on and off, but this time is pretty chronic. The condition is not contagious and can’t be spread from person to person. There is no cure to it, just that I have to manage it with medical treatment and by avoiding irritants. By means, I have to avoid seafood coz I’m allergic to it. Trust me, I was trained since I was young not to eat seafood so, I have absolutely no cravings for any sorts of seafood. Well, I can only eat Salmon and cod fish. Seafood, no biggie. BUT, sambal belacan or asam laksa. I cried and beg my mom for it when I was a kid. Most malay food has  sambal belacan (contain dry chrimp) in it, and Asam Laksa, most of them is cooked with mackerel fish. Pretty sad case. Other irritants would be type of soap or lotions I can use, my type of soaps and lotions are those with no chemical and no foams. And these types of soaps and lotions are not cheap at all. Probably cost 4 times than any normal soap. I’m high maintenance NOT by choice. (Don’t know whether I should laugh or sob about it coz I spent so much just for my skin already!)



I can’t be feeling too hot or too cold, as it may cause an outbreak. Stress may cause the condition to worsen. OMAIGOD!!! How la?!



This is really suffering, I don’t think anyone understand how I feel unless you’re experiencing the same thing. I feel really low about myself at this moment that I just don’t want to do anything at all. It’s depressing. But I have to keep moving forward and be positive. I know by just sitting and crying won’t do a thing.



Yes, I’ve seen many doctors and specialist. They all gave me the same thing which is steroids. This is one thing, that I would much want to avoid. I’ve been taking this since I was a kid, it only helps for a while and it aggravates even more in future.  So, I had enough of that and chose to go for natural remedies. The only thing with natural remedies is that I have to be REALLY patient because it won’t work overnight, it will take about at least two months till you see the result. I’ve tried Chinese herbs but I kinda gave up coz of the boiling process. I do still take herbal supplements like Olivenol. I’m trying other methods that might help my eczema, I will blog about it after two months! I hope and pray this will be over soon.



I cannot give up!



XOXO