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Packing My JuJuBe Blush Chromatics Midi Backpack


JuJuBe Blush Chromatics Midi Backpack

The JuJuBe Midi Backpack is an affordable, durable, super adorable mid-sized structured backpack. Its attractive versatile design comes with adjustable straps, five pocket stash-capacity, and two elasticized bottle pockets.
Mine is called Blush Chromatics. I love the lovely shade of pastel pink.
The removable brown vegan leather hand sanitizer pouch with attachment clip comes from JuJuBe's Beyond Collection Day 2 Night Crossbody Spice.

Can you spot the lovely limited edition Pink October ribbon pin that I pinned on the front pocket? I purchased it from the Cancer Centre @ Block B, Ground Floor at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 🎀🩷🎀🩷

What Did I Pack for My Daycare Hospitalization?

Here's the list of the stuff that I packed for my daycare hospitalization at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

1. Extra sanitary pads & underwear
2. Sunscreen
3. Wallet
4. Reusable tote bag
5. Small towel
6. Phone charger
7. House keys
8. Extra disposable face masks
9. Notebook & pen
10. Mobile phone

 So much packing space left.

If you notice in the flatlay photo above, I have 3 smaller bags with striped print. Those are from JuJuBe's Classic Collection - Be Set (Shoreline).
Speaking of sunscreen, I brought along three different types of sunscreen by Round Lab (bestselling sunscreen brand in South Korea). They are:
Birch Moisturizing Sunscreen (tube)
Birch Moisturizing Sun Cushion (compact cushion)
Birch Moisturizing Sun Stick (stick)

You might be asking why did I need to pack sunscreen when I was gonna be indoors? Well, that depends on your belief. Some experts say yes to wearing sunscreen indoors because UV light can penetrate windows. The window glass can block the UVB light (UV burning), but UVA (UV aging) can still make it through to damage your skin even if the sun isn't out.


Daycare (Day Surgery) Hospitalization Experience at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur


Why Was I Admitted to the Daycare Ward at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur?

To give some context, here's the background story. Long post ahead!
I hadn't experienced debilitating period cramps for years after giving birth to my two children, with the last birth in 2016. However, in late 2019, I began to experience unusual and occasionally unbearable period cramps. I didn't think much of it initially and simply endured.
When the pandemic struck in March 2020, the monthly pain became so severe that I resorted to painkillers. I started with basic Panadol but eventually needed stronger painkillers like Ponstan, Celebrex, and even Arcoxia.

In August 2021, I visited SJMC and received a diagnosis of adenomyosis. At that time, the O&G specialist suggested a biopsy to rule out more serious issues, but I wasn't ready for further procedures.
As time passed, I continued to rely on painkillers every month during my periods. Despite the excruciating pain, I didn't experience unusually heavy bleeding, and my cycles remained regular. I attributed the increasing discomfort to the natural process of aging.
In September 2022, I developed a lower abdominal pain that persisted for days after my period. I underwent an abdominal ultrasound at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, which didn't reveal significant issues. Therefore, I didn't pursue any follow-up appointments based on the results.

Fast forward to August 2023, after enduring so many months of severely debilitating cramps, heavy bleeding with clots, and having to take medical or emergency leave every month, I decided to consult with the staff MO. She advised me that for a woman of my age, who has given birth before, experiencing such debilitating period pain was unusual. She sent me for an ultrasound focusing on my uterus. The results confirmed the adenomyosis diagnosis and the presence of a possible growth, perhaps a myoma. The MO recommended that I consult with an O&G specialist for further treatment.
Given that Dr. Paul Ng, the obstetrics & gynecology doctor who delivered my second child, practices at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, I naturally chose to seek his expertise for further treatment.

Consultation with Obstetrician & Gynecologist Dr Paul Ng and Treatment Options

Based on the reported symptoms, initial diagnosis of adenomyosis, and a transvaginal ultrasound performed by Dr. Paul, there were basically four treatment options available:
1. Monitoring: This entailed continued painkiller use for approximately another decade until menopause. Oh dear.
2. Oral contraceptive pill (Visanne): I ruled out this option due to concerns about potential weight gain associated with oral contraceptives, which I have read online and heard from other fellow mothers.
3. Hysteroscopy D&C + Mirena (IUD) insertion: Hysteroscopy D&C would serve both diagnostic and treatment purposes, addressing abnormal uterine bleeding and removing endometrial polyps. The Mirena, which is a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system helps alleviate heavy menstrual bleeding and pain associated with adenomyosis.

4. Hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery): Dr. Paul advised against this option, considering that my condition wasn't severe enough to warrant such an extensive procedure.

After conducting research over a few weeks, I made the decision to proceed with option 3, which involved hysteroscopy D&C and Mirena IUD insertion.

Daycare Admission Checklist


A few days before the procedure, I visited Dr. Paul's clinic to sign the consent form. At the same time, I also received the checklist above from his nurse, which served as a guideline for the necessary preparations prior to admission.
In my case, I refrained from bringing any valuable items like rings, necklaces, and earrings. I was also advised to pack spare underwear and sanitary pads. An important reminder stressed the avoidance of Chinese herbs or medications both before and after surgery to prevent any contraindications.

I also needed to fast for 6-7 hours before the procedure.

Admission Day

I registered myself at the Daycare Ward at PHKL @ Block B, Level 1 at 7:30am.

Here's the patient registration band with my name, IC number, MRN (Medical Record Number), and registration number (the string of alphanumerics that start with PHKL). My height and weight were also recorded after registration.

Then, the nurses brought me over to my room. Look at the size of the single-bedded room that I was assigned to!

Another angle of the hospital bed.

Super clean toilet.

A cabinet to store my stuff.
Patient gown and surgical cap.

Making myself comfortable while waiting for the procedure scheduled at 12 noon.

Within 20 minutes of registration, the nurses promptly and efficiently measured my blood pressure, conducted an ECG, and drew my blood for blood tests. Awesome!

Meeting Anesthesiologist Dr Lim KY

At around 9:30am, Anesthesiologist Dr Lim KY and a nurse came to see me for preoperative assessment. He inquired about my medical history, prior surgeries, previous experience with anesthesia, medication allergies, recent illnesses, and other pertinent details.
During our discussion, I mentioned a past experience where I felt choked when anesthetic drugs were administered. This happened during my knee arthroscopy procedure. I also informed him of two slightly loose teeth in my lower jaw. Dr. Lim attentively noted my concerns.

From the Ward to Operating Theater and Back to Ward

At 11:20am, one of the nurses came into the room and asked me to change into the patient gown. Then, around 11:35am, I was transported on the hospital bed from Block B (Daycare Ward) to Block C where the Operating Theaters (OTs) are located.
Upon arrival at the OT's waiting and preparation area, the OT nurses transferred me to another bed and verified some procedural details with me in a record book. Subsequently, they pushed my bed to an adjoining waiting area, which one of the OT nurses humorously referred to as the "transit area." I distinctly remember checking the wall clock, and it showed 11:48 am, precisely when I settled in.

After a wait of approximately 20 minutes, I heard someone call out, 'Where is Dr. Paul's patient, Lee XXX XXX?' I was then transported to one of the OTs where Dr. Lim and his team were stationed. They directed me to move onto the operating table, where a heated pad was placed, and I laid down on it.
Dr. Lim introduced one of the operating room nurses, who began preparing the necessary equipment on my body. Dr. Lim also skillfully administered the IV catheter, all the while engaging in lighthearted conversation to help alleviate my apprehension. In response, I shared that I was simply curious about the entire process.
Then, Dr. Paul arrived, greeted me with his reassuring presence, provided a brief overview of the procedure, and then it was showtime!

Thanks to Dr. Lim's attention to my past anesthesia experience, I didn't experience the choking sensation this time. I vividly recalled my eyelids becoming heavier until I eventually blacked out.

Upon waking up, my first instinct was to check the wall clock, which read 1:20 pm. Two other patients shared the recovery area with me. I rested for a while, and to my relief, I didn't feel overly groggy or nauseated, a significant improvement from my previous experience. Around 1:50 pm, I was transported back to my ward.

Arrived at my room safe and sound.

The IV catheter.

The drip to prepare me for hydration before I can eat and drink.

Plain water, sandwich, and Milo to break my fast. I rested for a while before I decided to eat. Then I also changed out from the patient gown into my own clothes and went to pee.

Due to the hysteroscopy D&C procedure, I experienced some light bleeding, which was entirely anticipated. I simply used the sanitary pad I had brought with me earlier in the day.
Around 3:30pm, Dr. Paul came to my room and explained briefly regarding the removal of polyps during the D&C earlier on. He also informed me that he would be issuing a medical leave slip. Then he mentioned I could be discharged after all necessary paperwork were completed by the nurses.

My next follow-up appointment at Dr. Paul's clinic is scheduled next week (7 days post procedure).
I took a quick nap until 4:30pm before I called my husband to let him know when could I be fetched from the hospital. I wasn't allowed to drive post GA.

Antibiotics for the next 7 days.

Panadol Extend were also prescribed for pain management since mild cramping and abdominal discomfort were expected. However, I haven't needed to take any Panadol yet as the discomfort has been quite mild in comparison to my usual period cramps prior to the procedure.


At approximately 5:30 pm, one of the nurses handed me the office phone. It was Dr. Lim on the other end. He kindly reminded me to take it easy, avoid driving, no swimming, and refrain from engaging in strenuous activities over the next few days.
Following this, I was discharged once all the required paperwork was completed.


Overall, my hospitalization journey was exceptionally pleasant. Choosing Dr. Paul and Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur for my treatment was undoubtedly the right decision. Dr Lim and the anesthesia team, OT nurses, and daycare ward nurses were all friendly, professional, and supportive. I have no regrets!

Speedy recovery to myself!



My Sunscreen Collection and Essential Insights for Sun Protection


Why Sunscreen Matters

In my previous blog post "#SunProtectionSeries: A Guide to Safeguarding Against Harmful UV Rays", I blogged about the importance of sun protection and how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Let's do a quick recap about UV rays. The sun emits UVA and UVB rays, which penetrate our skin and cause damage at the cellular level. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, while UVB rays cause sunburn. Both can lead to skin cancer, the most common form of cancer globally.
One of the most effective way to protect our skin from UVA and UVB is sunscreen. Sunscreen acts as a protective barrier, reducing the amount of UV radiation that reaches our skin, and preventing these harmful effects.

In this blog post, I'll talk about the different types of sunscreens, my personal sunscreen collection, and how to use sunscreen correctly.
Long post ahead!

Types of Sunscreen

Chemical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon-based) compounds or filters that absorb UV rays, converting them into heat, which is then released or dissipated from the skin. Common filters include oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone.
Chemical sunscreens often offer lightweight, non-greasy, and invisible protection. They are easier to apply and leave no white cast on your skin.

Physical Sunscreen

Also known as mineral sunscreens, these formulations contain active mineral filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Physical sunscreens work by acting as a shield or barrier, reflecting UV rays away from the skin. 
Physical or mineral sunscreens are less likely to cause skin irritation, making them suitable for sensitive skin. However, they are harder to apply, and may leave a white residue / cast on your skin.

Hybrid Sunscreen

Hybrid sunscreens contain both physical and chemical filters. They work like a sunblock (reflects UV) and chemical sunscreen (absorbs UV) at the same time. They are also suitable for most skin types and leave slight to no white cast on your skin.


My Sunscreen Collection

That's my little kiddo in the photo. ❤️❤️

Before I go on to talk about my sunscreen collection, let me share about 3 things that I have been doing that improved my skin.

First, double cleansing at night. The proper way to double cleanse is by using an oil-based cleanser first, followed by a water-based cleanser. Check out my blog post about how I practice my simplified skincare routine.

Second, focusing on hydration and moisture barrier care. My favorite skincare ingredients are ceramides, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and panthenol.

Third, applying sunscreen everyday. No compromise on this and I have managed to make this step a daily habit! I can personally attest that since I began using sunscreen diligently every morning without fail for the past year, I have noticed a distinct reduction in the appearance of new sun spots.

And hence, let me show you the many different sunscreens that you can add to your sun protection routine.
Note: I only use Korean and Japanese SPF brands because they work way better than Western brands and cost much less too. Western SPFs generally leave a horrible white cast on my skin, sting my eyes, and they are too expensive.

Gel / Lotion type sunscreen: Lightweight, usually acts as a moisturizer too, give a natural finish.

Cream type sunscreen: The most common SPF, some can act as a moisturizer too, great for daily use, some may give a dewy finish.

Sun serum: Lightweight, gives a dewy finish, can be greasy.
Sun stick, sun balm & sun cushion: Compact, travel-friendly, good for SPF reapplication throughout the day because they resemble makeup.
Spray / Mist type sunscreen: Not pictured here, but this type is usually found on body SPFs that you bring along to the beach or poolside.

Travel-Friendly Sun Sticks

Why do I have so many sun sticks? It's because they are so adorable! They come in different packaging and even the sticks come in different shapes!
My sun stick stash (from left to right):

1. Mary & May Vegan Blackberry Complex Multi Sun Balm SPF50+ PA++++

2. Beauty of Joseon Matte Sun Stick Mugwort+Camelia SPF 50+ PA++++

3. Dewytree Urban Shade Cool Calming Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA++++

4. Benton Mineral Sun Stick SPF50 PA++++

5. Abib Quick Sunstick Protection Bar SPF 50+ PA++++
6. Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA++++

7. AHC Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++
8. Round Lab Birch Moisturizing Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA++++

The different shapes of the sun sticks.

My Favorite Sunscreens

If I remember correctly, all my favorite sunscreens are chemical sunscreens. My skin doesn't react to chemical filters, so I'm very happy with the formula.

Below are the brands of sunscreens that I'm currently using.

Left: Round Lab Birch Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++
Right: Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun : Rice + Probiotics SPF50+ PA++++
Why I love them: Lightweight texture, moisturizing, absorbs quickly, no white cast, non-pilling, non-comedogenic (contains ingredients that won't clog or block pores), layers well under makeup, slightly dewy finish, affordable

Left: Thank You Farmer Sun Project Skin Relief Sun Cream SPF50+ PA++++
Right: Herbloom Calming Days Vegan Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++
Why I love them: Lightweight texture, moisturizing, absorbs quickly, no white cast, non-pilling, non-comedogenic (contains ingredients that won't clog or block pores), layers well under makeup, natural finish, affordable
Left: SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF50+ PA++++
Right: Hada Labo Perfect Series UV Perfect Gel SPF50+ PA++++
Why I love them: Lightweight texture, moisturizing, absorbs quickly, no white cast, non-pilling, non-comedogenic (contains ingredients that won't clog or block pores), layers well under makeup, natural finish, affordable

Left: AXIS-Y Made for Me by Me Biome Double Defense Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++
Right: Hatomugi The UV Milky Gel SPF50+ PA++++
Why I love them: Lightweight texture, moisturizing, absorbs quickly, no white cast, non-pilling, non-comedogenic (contains ingredients that won't clog or block pores), layers well under makeup, dewy finish (AXIS-Y), affordable

These two are not my favorites: COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream (left) and Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Moist Sun Serum (right).

I don't really fancy the above two. The COSRX aloe sunscreen makes my skin feels oily at the end of the day. The BOJ sun serum stings my face.

There are also tone up sunscreens that help to brighten your skin tone and even out any discoloration and dullness. Using a tone up sunscreen is similar to using a tinted moisturizer.

Seen in the image above are Round Lab Birch Moisturizing Tone Up Sunscreen (left) and SomeByMi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen (right). I like the Round Lab sunscreen but I totally dislike the SomeByMi sunscreen because it dries up my skin so badly I can see fine lines and wrinkles.

How to Use Sunscreen Correctly

Simply slathering sunscreen on your skin is not enough; proper application is key to its effectiveness. Here's how to use sunscreen correctly.

1. Choose the Right SPF

Criteria of selection: Identify of your skin type (dry, oily, normal, combination); select the type (chemical, physical, hybrid), broad-spectrum (minimum SPF 30).
If your skin reacts to certain chemical filters (reaction means redness, irritation, stinging sensation, itching), I suggest that you take a look at the list of ingredients. Most chemical sunscreens contain more or less those few chemical filters. So, if you are unsure, get a physical sunscreen.

2. Apply Generously

Use enough sunscreen to cover all exposed areas of your skin. Use the two-finger rule for your face. Dot the sunscreen around your face before spreading it for a more even coverage.

However, if your sunscreen is difficult to apply such as leaving a significant white cast, try splitting application into two layers - one finger per layer - instead of applying both fingers at once.

Don't forget your neck, ears, and behind your neck.

3. Timing Matters

Apply sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes before sun exposure to allow it to bind to your skin properly. Use a fan to speed up drying time before applying makeup to avoid disturbing the sunscreen layer.

4. Reapply Regularly

Sunscreen effectiveness diminishes over time, especially if you are sweating or swimming. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you are engaged in water-related activities. Sunscreen is not just for sunny days. UV rays can penetrate clouds and windows, so apply sunscreen daily, regardless of the weather.


How Do I Practice Skinimalism (Minimalist Approach to Skincare Routine)


What is skinimalism?

Skinimalism is a beauty trend of embracing a more minimalist approach to skincare routine. The term "skinimalism" comes from a combination of "skin" and "minimalism," emphasizing the idea that "less is more" when it comes to taking care of your skin.
Skinimalism involves minimizing the number of skincare products and simplifying your routine. This means focusing on products that are multi-purpose and that do not contain a lot of unnecessary ingredients, and eliminate any products that are not actually benefiting your skin.

How does my skinimalist skincare routine look like?



Cleansing is the first step in my skincare routine. Cleansing is important because it removes sweat, dirt, oil, and other pollutants that my skin naturally collects throughout the day and night.
I use a gentle cleanser for my morning cleanse. At night, I double cleanse, which is a recommended step for everyone who uses SPF (sunscreen) and makeup during the day.
For double cleansing, the first cleanser I use is either a cleansing oil or cleansing balm, followed by a gentle cleanser (could be milk, gel, or foam depending on my skin needs).
Find out more about the different types of cleansers here.
Source: TASH



Toner helps to set the stage for the remaining skincare regime. It helps my skin retain its moisture and prepare my skin for specialized treatments, while balancing the skin's pH level loss during cleansing.
There are a few ways to use a toner and I usually decide which toner to use based on the type of toner and what I feel my skin might need.
For example, if I'm using an exfoliating toner (with AHA/BHA/PHA), I will apply the toner onto a cotton pad first before swiping it gently over my face. If I'm using a hydrating toner, I usually apply it directly on my palms before patting it gently over my face.


A serum helps deliver active ingredients directly into the skin quickly and targets specific skin concerns such as discoloration, dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, etc. Serums are applied before moisturizers for maximum absorption.

There are many types of serums and they typically come in the form of a bottle with a dropper. To avoid complicating my routine, I identify the skin concerns that I want to deal with the most.
I have shortlisted reducing hyper-pigmentation due to years of neglect and not using SPF, and uneven skin tone. So, I have been using serums that specifically help with those concerns. I usually use one type of serum during the day, and two types of serums at night.

By the way, do not let the tip of the dropper touch your skin because you might be introducing bacteria into the serum bottle. Apply 2-3 drops of serum over your face and neck, gently pat for absorption, and wait for about 3-5 minutes before applying moisturizer.


For night time routine, moisturizer will be the last step before you go to sleep. A lightweight, hydrating moisturizer will help seal and lock in all the serum goodness with a gentle layer of hydration. It also moisturizes, soothes, and keeps your skin soft and supple.
Moisturizers are best applied with upward strokes, including on your neck.



Did you know that sunscreen is a very important step in your day routine? I remember reading somewhere, even on the most hectic of days, sunscreen is the one essential step that should never be overlooked or skipped.
Sunscreen helps protect your skin from premature aging due to too much sun exposure. It is recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days.
I can personally attest that since I began using sunscreen diligently every morning without fail for the past year, I have noticed a distinct reduction in the appearance of new sun spots. The existing sun spots may not disappear unless I go for laser treatment, but I'm happy there are almost no appearance of new sun spots.

Skinimalism 101 Infographic


In a nutshell, skinimalism is about embracing a simpler, more mindful approach to skincare. By focusing on the essentials and eliminating unnecessary products, you can help promote healthy, glowing skin without overwhelming your skin or your wallet!

8 Inspirational Skin Health Quotes

Self care starts with skin care.

Your skin is an investment, not an expense.

Invest in your skin. It's going to represent you for a very long time.

Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness.

Loving your skin isn't vanity, it's sanity.

Healthy skin begins the moment you decide to take care of yourself.

Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.

Skin.vest.ment is about investing time and money into a healthy, glowing skin future.


How an Ambivert Like Me Enjoys a Beach Holiday at Club Med Cherating

What's an Ambivert?

I took this quiz: Introvert, Extrovert, Ambivert Quiz. The scoring goes like this:
0-59 - Introvert
120-180 - Extrovert
60-119 - Ambivert
My score is 70. So, I'm an Ambivert. I'm somewhere in the middle of the spectrum and display characteristics of both an introvert and extrovert such as likely to be more flexible - can adapt to different social situations; feel comfortable in different social settings, but also enjoy time alone; know when to talk and when to listen; and ambiverts are usually well-balanced people who can wear many different hats and be successful at it.

So, how does an Ambivert like me enjoy a beach holiday at Club Med Cherating?
The key to have fulfilling experiences during a beach holiday is to find the perfect balance between partying and embracing solitude and self care.

#1 - Take time to explore the grounds

For me, when I just arrive at a resort, it's always a good idea to take some time to roam around and explore the grounds - architecture, pathways, etc. Take time to soak in all that serenity, calmness, and freedom of being away from work!

#2 - Capturing timeless moments on video

When I come across something delightful or memorable, I'll record those moments for my personal keepsake. Whether or not I choose to share them on social media right away is entirely optional.


#3 - Sunset contemplation

Watching the sunset skyline can be a mesmerizing and solitary way to end the day.


#4 - Exploring nature

Look what I found when I was roaming around the area. I saw bats, monitor lizards. Monkeys too actually.


#5- Quiet reflection

Beaches offer a tranquil setting to reflect, meditate, or simply relax. No frills. Just the sun, breeze, and peace.


#6 - Solo beach walks

Strolling along the shoreline solo to enjoy the serene beauty of the beach and my own thoughts. 

#7 - Enjoying drinks at the bar

Need I say more? The main bar (Orchid Bar) at Club Med Cherating offers bottomless drinks - coffee, tea, mocktails, cocktails.

 #8 - Relaxing by the main poolside & Zen Pool

You just have to spend some time in the water.

#9 - Participate in the themed night celebrations

Club Med Cherating has themed nights with different dress codes every night after dinner. This is a fun way to participate in the night's theme.
When I was from Thursday to Sunday, we have the following themes.

Asian (Thursday)

Thursday featured an Asian-themed lion dance performance.

Black & Glow (Friday)

During the Black & Glow theme on Friday, we enjoyed a captivating neon lights performance, followed by a lively Glow Party on the dance floor. 

White & Jeans (Saturday)

The White & Jeans night on Saturday included the Music Factory show, followed by an evening of dancing to 80s and 90s hits.


#10 - Moonlight appreciation

Finally, after all that vibrant and lively festivities come to an end, there's nothing quite like a peaceful stroll back to your room beneath the moonlit sky.

In summary, anyone can make the most of a beach holiday by embracing the tranquility and opportunities for self-reflection that coastal settings offer, creating a restful and rejuvenating experience.