Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Pseudo-review: HiShop.my

Been getting the emails from the current iteration of HiShop.my for quite some time now, but have never bitten the bullet or tempted to buy anything for the longest time (even though I had 100 store points just sitting there, because it's only worth RM1 IRL) until the recent MYCyberSale, where you get 10x points on purchases and what not. 

Had my eye on a couple of things, so I got those (to get "free" delivery) and the delivery took awhile (several days longer than possible), probably due to the public holidays and (perhaps?) the order overload they're probably getting from the sale. So my feelings on their delivery speed is just... meh. 

My order came in their signature pink box, and the items within are in good order (still in heat sealed plastic, etc). So no complaints there. 

If I had bought these items at a discount, perhaps I don't have the right to complain about the delivery speed; but these were full priced items.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Week 42, 2014

More haze, more rain. Such is life, but like that's gonna stop anyone.
  • Got the Sephora Black Card in the mail this week. 
  • Am about S$100 richer than I thought. 
  • Got my MOO minicards this week.
  • Got myself a ticket to the upcoming Mogwai show in late November. 
  • Diwali is now on the 22nd (Wednesday) and not on the 23rd (Thursday) as previously thought.
  • I found out this weekend that there's a carpooling app called Tripda, which is finally making its presence in Malaysia. Snag is (for some people) that you need to have a Facebook account to sign up for it. There's also a ladies only option if you're a lady driver looking for lady passengers or ladies looking to ride with other ladies.
  • Attended a friend's THIRD full moon celebration at their new place in the middle of Puchong. 
  • Cough mostly gone, unless I'm under stress or outdoors. 
  • Thinking of changing telcos. Only trouble of changing it is having to redo the TAC stuff with the banks.... 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Week 41, 2014

Damn haze. On the plus side, a lot less snot to deal with now. 4 day work week too, so big whoop.

  • Tried the Oressence body treatment on Monday. Once is enough, I think. 
  • Had to drive to Bentong, but sadly on the day the ice cream shop was closed. 
  • Would love to see (and pay RM, frankly because while I don't mind buying online, but the shipping to KL is just way too much) for this Singaporean comic artist's book, Eva, Kopi, and Matcha, but according to her the Malaysian bookstores (even Popular Malaysia, the shame!) are not confident that her books would do well here. Prove. Them. Wrong. Write, call and bug the heck out of your local bookstores (MPH, Popular and/or Kinokuniya) until they do. 
  • Still trying to get the hang of remembering to watch the new episodes of The Amazing Race on Saturday instead of Monday evenings. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Decléor Oressence Treatment, Tangs 1U [Groupon MY]

Redeemed this recent Groupon over the long weekend because I figured better sooner than later in securing appointments. I was pretty much the first appointment of the day. 

I've walked past this counter from outside numerous times, but I didn't know they do the (face and/or body) treatments in the space behind the counter in Tangs, which was pretty spacious.
ORESSENCE is the ultimate body treatment with a made to measure approach, working on the body’s 3 vital energy flows - cell, muscle and peace of mind. Featuring a unique combination of Essentials Oils and plant oils blended to meet the client’s needs, ORESSENCE includes a full aromatherapy body massage using an incredibly effective elixir of plant oils rich in Omega 6 & 9 and Vitamin E and the use of Hickory Wood which promotes deep relaxation, stimulation and circulation. 
The actual treatment is only 60 minutes long, so the extra 20 minutes mentioned in the deal copy is for the "consultation" portion which included filling out a couple of forms, including one that asks about your lifestyle so that they could blend the right oils for your ailments. 

Found out (the hard way) that if you're ill or on your period, they technically are not supposed to let you proceed with the treatment. I tried my best to explain my post nasal drip related cough and how my period came (really) that morning, but proceeded because I was already there and all that.. and it would mean that I would have to reschedule on a weekend, etc. 

Was brought to a (relatively) spacious room by Cadence (I'm going with usual spelling). It is technically a detox massage, which means for people with crappy pain tolerance, there is going to be some discomfort and not terribly relaxing at all. Application of the hickory sticks was used to great effect, some of the sensation akin to guasha and also acupressure.

I probably would not have paid the full RM178 price to try this out, but at least now I know.  

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Week 40, 2014 - Selamat Hari Raya... again

Another religious holiday, another 3 day weekend. Salam Aidiladha to whoever's celebrating and have a great weekend to everyone else. 
  • After a second week of post nasal drip and a week of coughing like a crazy person, I finally gave up and saw the doctor again in so many months. Good news was that I'm not getting bronchitis, but got prescribed a bronchodilator because I was having a little trouble breathing with stuff in the lungs, etc.
  • Monday was International Coffee Day. Didn't really partake, but I did get a free box of Wonda coffee and some sweet butter cookies thanks to MyTeksi :)
  • Backed my first Kickstarter project after being signed up for some time - the new Ostrich pillow product. Got myself the early bird pillows at $20 - whee!
  • Speaking of Ostrich Pillows, there's finally a local (Malaysian) distributor for the Original Ostrich Pillow and the Ostrich Pillow Light. Check them out here
  • Besides that, have been in the Kickstarter rabbit hole, checking out the popular projects and trying my luck in early bird backing :P
  • UberX option no longer available in the app :(

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Week 39, 2014

There's some rain, which is good. However, am going into a second week of postnasal drip, which I'm not sure the cause of (weather or allergens). 
  • Caught Joanne Kam's recent show, Super Kam 2: The Second Kam-ming on Friday. I never said it was a family friendly show. 
  • Malaysian gahmen is attempting to cash in on the Cyber Monday thing by having the inaugural MYCyberSale on Monday, which supposedly features most of the local online stores and then some. I'd be surprised if the whole site doesn't crash or something. Delivery is also being handled by Poslaju, which is not without its pros and cons. 
  • Another long weekend with Hari Raya Haji next Sunday. 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Super Kam 2: The Second Kam-ming

Won a pair of tickets to see (basically, if I'm not mistaken) the siaran ulangan of Super Kam 2: The Second Kam-ming from Esquire Malaysia (caught the Facebook post about it around 10 p.m. a few days ago, wasn't expecting to get tickets until I got a missed call and email about it the next business day). My usual problem was not wasting the other ticket and finding someone who was available on very short notice. Decided to go with Friday night, only to find out later from the person I dragged along that Thursday would've been better. C'est la vie. 

Luckily the seats we got were pretty good, and by that I mean not in the front row. It was mostly full downstairs... I think. I know it was just me and my friend in our row (she didn't want to get up because she got her knitting rhythm on). 

Lights went down around 9.15 p.m. and we were erm, "treated" to the intro video which was almost 10 minutes long. I mostly cracked up when I saw Gavin Yap overacting in it. 


This round got a number of replacements: Prakash Daniel was the audience fluffer, err... hosting instead of Papi Zak, then there was Bibi K Poh (who first came on stage dressed like Elsa from Frozen, siap with blonde braid wig and frosty blue dress). Everyone did 10, 15 minutes I think? 

Prakash Daniel: Not a bad audience fluffer. Pretty funny, mostly because I've never seen him before. 

Bibi K Poh (who came out in a white gown): Not bad, quite funny. Cabaret-ish, and she went down to interact with some of the audience in the front... which made me glad I was where I was seated. 

Shamaine Othman: Have heard some of her stuff before, but still funny. Her set was about weight loss (she lost 25kg, good on her!), single-dom and dating, with some race humour thrown in. 

Sharul Channa: Some race and cross-border (she's Singaporean) humour. Tears down my face hilarious. 

Joanne Kam: Her brand of bawdy humour is still an acquired taste, just not for me. It was okay. There's an audience interaction portion where she brought three guys on stage to learn moves for a "porn" shoot she wants to make. If nothing else, those guys really got the cajones for playing along. 

Everyone on stage noticed the white Dutch guy in the front row with his Sri Lankan wife. If nothing else, I have to give him props for being so game for playing along. 

I thought it was fun and hilarious mostly because I didn't pay to watch this. But I probably wouldn't have, because it's just so damn mahal (for me). Tonight (Saturday, 27th Sept) is the last show in PJ before it goes to Penang next weekend. Pretty sure tickets are still available. 

PS. If they want to reuse the poster also, at least Photoshop Daphne Iking out lah - kesian Bibi K Poh

PPS. Checked the ticketing website: The front row was actually the cheaper seats. Figures.