Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bersih 4.0 - My Experience and Thoughts

Bersih 4.0 29th and 30th August 2015. Today will be history, and I am glad to be a part of it.

I am not going to be a hypocrite by starting a debate topic about which political parties I support because really, I am not so much into politics. Hence this post shall have no detailed analysis or statistics, no hidden political propaganda but merely straightforward views from an ordinary citizen. Of course, I was of legal age during the last election so I did my part by voting! If you tell me that you did not vote, I am going to give you a condescending stare for your ignorance and lack of patriotism lol. 

The first time ever that I joined a rally was during Anwar's Suara Rakyat Suara Keramat at Kelana Jaya (blogged about it, read here). Did not attend any of the previous Bersih hence have not been through the agony of being tear-gassed. 

This time, on 29th August Saturday, while everyone was clad in their illegal yellow Bersih tshirt, I was guilty at home lying down scrolling through the live updates. The night before, my landlord has got all his survival kits lay out on the table - gas mask, goggles, salt, towel, pepper spray (to spray on any uncooperative cops I guess wtf) and a Malaysian flag to exhibit his patriotic spirit. He was all prepared for the battle, ready to be taken down (and spend the night in the lokap lol) and sacrifice for the country at all cost.

I never really intended to be a part of it until a friend randomly texted and asked if I were interested to join the rally the next day. I said yes - because I did not have any plan, and the first day of the rally seemed rather peaceful with no story of tear gas, fighting or any sort, and I was curious and at the same time wanting to do my part and contribute to the event.

So off we go the next day with a single bag pack with water bottles and zero survival kit. 

We departed from Kelana Jaya LRT station which was quite a sight because everyone was in yellow the moment we arrived. We had no fear but rather, overwhelmed by excitement as we were not alone even from the beginning of the journey. 

It was raining when we reached Masjid Jamek station. But the weather did not stop us from marching on. It was crowded with a sea of yellow! At certain spots speeches were held during which the main focus was mainly on Najib and his RM2.6bil.

My brave sister was a Bersih supporter and also a volunteer that day. So proud and amazed by our young generations today. I knew nothing about the country's welfare when I was 18! :x

The rally was an occasion for the creative bunch to showcase their witty talent.

It has also attracted opportunists, many of whom had set up food and souvenir stalls.

Really now, is this a carnival or something?? LOL.

At one part of the streets it smelled like ramly burger and keropok lekor. And there were helium balloons on sale -.- That joyous atmosphere is the least that I had expected!

The rally was a rather peaceful one. No one was pushed or shoved. Although I must comment that the noise of the vuvuzela was hell damn annoying! 

The streets of Kuala Lumpur was exceptionally cleaner than usual with so many volunteers cleaning up with the trash. Many were even handing out free food and drinks. I did not take any in fear of being poisoned (kiasi T_T)

As much as I hate to admit, majority of the rally goers were Chinese although there were also presence of Malay and other races. The urbanites are well-informed of the latest news and cause of protests, but what about the rural dwellers who have no access to social media? What will be their view on the racial imbalance turnout during Bersih 4.0? 

It is unknown whether or not the rally has made any impact, and if any, a positive one in favor of the organizer. However, it is certain that the voices of the people have been heard, the unity and strength of the urbanites have been seen and proven.

God bless Malaysia, for true democracy, fair and clean election in times to come. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

[ADV] KO Skin Specialist Product Review

Here’s the continuation of my experience at KO Skin Specialist.

As mentioned in my previous post, I visited KO Skin Specialist at Damansara branch for one-hour consultation after which I had been diligently using KO Skin Specialist products from different range.

Dermax Bio Firming Eye Essence 8 15ml RM180
Eye gel that hydrates the eye area and reduces fine lines. No doubt one of my essential daily products especially now that age is catching up! The texture is gel instead of oil base so I  don’t have to worry about getting under eye clogged pores.

KO Dermaceutical Perfect C Serum 23 40ml RM280
This serum is to be used after toner and before moisturizer. According to the skin doctor, this serum would help lighten my skin tone, refine my pores and boost collagen production. After using it for several months, my skin appeared slightly firmer and more radiant now.

KO Dermacare Miracle C Powder RM299 (2 vials – packaging will be changed)
My skin tone is rather uneven, so I was prescribed this miracle powder to reduce pigmentation and even out my skin tone for a spotless complexion. To be mixed and applied with the Perfect C Serum. These days, my skin tone has shown improvement and I’m not ashamed of going out without my BB cream.

KO Dermaceutical Perfect Block Plus Skin Perfecting Cream with SPF 80 PA+++ 30g RM380
This sun block is amazing! At first, I really doubted it as the cream looked rather dark for my skin tone. But surprisingly it was similar tone to the usual BB cream I have been using. In fact, the coverage is even better than BB cream! My skin is so flawless whenever I applied this sunscreen.  For better UV protection, it is recommended to be applied once every 2 hours.

KO Series Acne Therapy Solutions Clarifying Treatment Gel 20gm RM99
Reduces redness while eliminating acne-inducing bacteria. To be applied after cleansing and before the regular skincare routine. Not to be used on wounds though.

KO Series Multi Protection SPF41 PA++ 25gm RM120
Another sunscreen product, but not as oily as the one from KO Dermaceutical range. This sunscreen reduces surface shine and keeps skin matte. Suitable for those who want to avoid oily looking skin. When I use this, I usually don’t have to apply any loose powder.

To conclude it, my skin has been really well maintained and healthier after using KO Skin Specialist products for the past few months.

You may forget to eat your lunch, but never forget your daily skincare routine!

If you are interested in KO Skin Specialist products, feel free to visit their branches or purchase the products online at http://www.drkoskincare.com/

The KO Skin Specialist headquarters is located at:

Klinik Pakar Kulit Ko Sdn Bhd
10A-22A, Jalan Temoh,
Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,
41400 Klang, Selangor,
T:+603 3343 3140

You can also head over to http://www.koskinspecialist.com/ to find the complete list of branches.
Telephone: 1-800-22-33-22

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bali Work & Play - Lia Cafe, Jimbaran Bay & Bebek Bengil, Nusa Dua

The breathtaking sunset of Bali that is the signature view of the magical island.

We took a taxi to Jimbaran Bay for seafood feast at Lia Café which I have been 2 years ago – read here.

The set menu here is quite affordable. We picked Set C which was Rp. 500k (approx. RM146) for 2 pax with lobsters, crabs, prawns, clams and not forgetting, Bintang beer.

By sunset, the beach was already packed with tourist diners.


The crabs aren’t the freshest I have tasted, but it was acceptable being cooked with sambal.

We couldn’t have enough of the chili – so spicy yet addictive!

Do drop by the jagung stall in front of Lia Café. You have the option to go for either sweet or spicy corn. We would recommend the spicy corn with chili powder which we thought was really delicious.

Lia Café
Address: Jl Pemalisan Agung,
Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia.
Tel: 08 123981408

Next, we tried out Bebek Bengil, a dirty duck diner somewhere near The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua where we stayed.

The restaurant was surrounded by trees and diners can choose to be seated in the individual huts.

We had Bebek Bengil – the famous crispy duck and grilled duck served with Balinese sauce which was equally good.

In fact, everything was yummy and addictive when served with that bottom left chili. I finished all of it!

Balinese Sate Lilit was tender. Pick either fish, chicken or duck.

What a delightful afternoon. We could sit there, eat and listen to the distant waves all day.

Bebek Bengil – Nusa Dua Branch
Address: BTDC Complex, Nusa Dua Beach,
Bali 80361, Indonesia.
Tel: +62 361 8948111

More photos from my pool and beach time at The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua.

That sums up my work trip in Bali this year (although this post is nothing work related LOL). Where will the destination be next year? :)