I tend to write random notes in my evernote (never read by anyone especially if they’re late night intoxicated ramblings ) Wrote this a few months ago:
“I just went for my 2nd session of Brazilian IPL (weakens hair roots causing lighter and less hair growth), 4 more to go! I didn’t expect such a drastic difference after just the first session… the reduction of hair growth was so surprising! So i’m really semangat to be disciplined bout making it to my appointments now (there needs to be 5 weeks in between each app for optimum results).
Most IPL machines out there use a 3cm applicator and can only emit a sharp burst of concentrated energy on an area at a time, but Strip uses their patented Powerpac IPL machine uses a one-of-a-kind 5cm crystal applicator that emits energy gradually providing a more effective & comfortable hair reduction over a wider area. I know all this cos i studied the press release for the machine before haha!”
And then i stopped there, intending to continue as my sessions continued.
I methodically went for my 3rd session, and then… i went to Indonesia for over a month, came back and my IPL sess wasn’t a priority what with all these things i had to deal with, so i finally went for my 4th session yesterday (i’m doing treatments on my underarm and brazilian area) and got a looooong lecture from my therapist cos i didn’t go for so long!
The process for IPL is such that i undress and lie down on a bed covered with soft comfy purple towels, with another one atop me. The therapist comes in and inspects the hair growth before shaving everything off. I’m not allowed to shave until she does it for me, cos she’s supposed to be able to study where the hair is most concentrated. This is totally okay with me cos by the 3rd sess, the hair goes back in a sparse soft fuzz.
After shaving and applying powder, she hands me a pair of protective sunglasses to wear and applies cooling gel (which is very cold but necessarily so!) to the treated areas. The Powerpac machine is turned on and i daydream while she quickly moves the 5cm applicator that emits the intense pulse light back and forth over the areas. It’s relatively painless and i fall asleep sometimes, but she constantly asks me to let her know if it gets hot so she can adjust the settings or apply more cooling gel.
I didn’t know any of the names involved,
i didn’t know what i was going to watch,
i hadn’t even gone to the Temple of Fine Arts for a show before (except to eat and for Aps’ wedding haha).
I quite like the intrigue of watching a show (be it a movie or stage production) not knowing its premise. I like to think my intuition led me to watch that show, and allow the element of surprise to take over the experience.
What struck me most was the 14-instument multi-ethnic ensemble that comprised of a melange of traditional Malaysian instruments (Malay kompang, Chinese lion dance drum, Indian tabla drums) and classical Western ones (bass, drums, harp, violin, piano, etc). I’m so accustomed to listening to one of those instruments at a time, but listening to them all go at it via compositions written especially for them as a unit was wonderful to behold and hear.
It was like listening to an adventure unfold with familiar sounds stepping in. Familiar when heard by itself, but new and wondrous skipping alongside each other. I felt like dancing and just listening to the different solos filled my heart. My fave was the comedic banter amongst the three percussionists. I would gladly watch them all again anytime!
The Ankur Orchestra performed original compositions under the musical direction of Jyotsna Nithyanandan showcasing their theatre and dance adaptations of legendary Malaysian stories like those of Langkawi’s Mahsuri, Parameswara, and Hang Tuah. One of my favourites was by ballet dancer Chi Ying, whose performance was accompanied by the most perfect dress that flew around her as she twirled, and scores of petals raining down on the stage and audience for many minutes. It was magical.
Just before Aps & Jamie’s wedding in Kuching, i booked a sess @ Centro Hair Salon and showed Han the colour of my bridesmaid’s dress so he could pick whatever colour/s he wanted to dye my hair.
As usual, i’d brought my laptop to work from cos it takes so many hours – the salon is my office all day. If someone wants to see me on a particular day i’m doing my hair, they gotta come to me cos i certainly can’t move around much! Jason + Neena + little Aaron were in town from London, and the only pocket of time we seemed to have was… when i was in the salon. So the trio came by- Neena got her nails done, and Aaron managed to get (forced) a haircut too.
In the middle of the session, Jessica of Centro expertly hijacked me for a photoshoot which she promised wouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Which is true. The entire bulk of the day was spent getting my hair to look like THIS >
This morning i woke up happily squirming in bed like a little fairy unfolding herself out of a smooth leaf, and hummed to myself softly before rousing from bed. I had gone to bed at 11pm, and was asleep by midnight. Glorious!
I think it’s such a gift to be able to wake up like this.
A few years ago the way i woke up would have either been either of the below:
– wake up and check phone for messages and start replying them frantically
– wake up in horror panicking about all the things i needed to get done for the day
– wake up in a burst of energy and happiness jumping out of bed like TADA HELLO TODAY!
It was either one extreme or the other, and more often the panicky kancheong type, which really isn’t a sustainable way of sleeping / living!
I started altering the quality of my sleep from various bits of info i picked up over the past 5 years, and find myself regularly lecturing friends about the importance of sleep, so i thought i’d share all my sleep tips. Or maybe, i just want to lecture more 😆
You’ve heard the typical drill on improving sleep like exercise regularly and not to consume caffeine at night (duh).
The below is a set of personal beliefs i have…
I practice all the below, sometimes i may miss one out but i don’t stress over it.
Sleep meditation music
Whenever i have friends telling me they have problems sleeping, my first suggestion would be to try sleep meditation music beforehand. There are tons on YouTube, and they play at specific frequencies which will get your body to rest mode. Sniffing some essential oils can help calm your state down too.
One of the beautiful things i love most about Jun is his immense compassion for animals. When we first met in 2015, he sent me a picture of a dog he’d just saved – his 5th rescue named Poppy.
Jun’s first rescue, Pickles, was a scruffy-looking tricolour terrier with the sweetest face and intelligent piercing eyes.
He first found her in early 2011 when he was on the way to an important function where he was to cook lunch for a board of directors. The car in front of his accidentally hit a dog. Jun and the man in front got down from their cars to scrutinize the dog who couldn’t get back up. She screamed every time she tried to stand cos her hip had got hit. The man placed his hand on the dog’s head, said “I’m very sorry i hit you, dog”, got back into his car and drove off.
Jun couldn’t stand leaving her there with the knowledge that the 8:30am rush hour traffic directly behind him would drive over her bringing her to an end. He carried her to the roadside, and got help from two kindergarten teachers nearby who took over, leaving him free to hurry on to his work.
Throughout the day, he couldn’t stop thinking about this dog, and called every vet in Subang and Sunway to check if she had been brought in. With no news of her admission to be heard, Jun drove back to the kindergarten at 7:30pm and followed one of the teacher’s leads all the way to Puchong – where the dog had been taken in by a renegade hippie-like veterinarian who treats strays or animals who doesn’t necessarily have anyone to foot their bills (bless these hubeings!).