Ugh, I am so down today.
To all the women with whom I've rolled my eyes at when they go through PMS, I sincerely apologize. That's because I was within that happy bubble on the pill, where PMS, acne and bloating does not exist in that world.
Now that I'm off the pill for about a month now, I am feeling the full force of PMS for the first time in years! I feel so tired, my abdomen is cramping, and I've been pretty cranky. Its a good thing I took a day off work today after all.
I'm currently going through that phase where I'm experimenting to see what works with my body well and what doesn't. If the pill works fine with me, I might consider taking it again. But if I can be quite happy being the natural woman that I am now, maybe getting off the pill is a good thing after all.
Not too sure about the women out there and their experiences with the pill, but here's mine.
1. No More Schedules
The number one perk about no longer being on the pill is the fact that I don't have to obsess or worry about taking the pill at the scheduled time. If I go out without my pill, or if I find that I forgot to take it, I get into a panic mode; what if my hormones are imbalanced? What if I get pregnant?
Ugh, its those little things that bug me. Luckily, I've always been on time tho, and I hardly miss the time. But its nice to know that I don't have to worry about it anymore.
2. I'm Losing Weight
When I stepped onto the scales for the first time in a month, I was pleased to find that I lost at least 2kg.
Like, finally! I've been trying to lose weight for so long, but I just couldn't reduce it no matter how much less I'm eating, or how hard I hit it at the gym. My weight kept slowly climbing, and it was so frustrating. I'm now bringing sexy back!
Sometimes I wonder if my ex broke up with me because I'm getting chubbier, but then again if that were the case, I'd probably dump his ass instead.
3. I'm More Energetic
Contributing to my weight loss, I think its also partly due to an improved performance in the gym. I feel a lot more energetic than before, and I've been hitting it harder at the gym.
I read somewhere that the pill tends to lower your testosterone, which is probably why your performance at the gym may decrease a little. I think its quite true, and I do feel a lot better working out these days.
4. Confidence Boost
A month into this experiment, I do feel a lot more confident and sexy these days. However, the only downside is that I'm as horny as a teenager with raging hormones these days and it is driving me nuts.
The good thing is that I tend to use that energy to lift heavier at the gym and run faster on the track. That way, I'd tire myself out and I'm back to my happy bunny self :)
SATAN IS ALIVE! He's here, he's Queer, and he's gonna blow my uterus away!
Omg, I have never felt so down about having my period in years. Back when I was on the pill, having my period was like having a few drops of blood a day while I go out being my happy self throughout.
Now.... now it feels like a tidal wave of emotions and blood flowing out of me and I'm scared. It's so weird, but its not to the point where its something I can't take, but if you approach me, just throw some chocolates at me and your life will be spared.
I'm gonna miss my beautiful clear skin...
Of course, having the usual PMS comes with the full package including acne. Lucky for me, its not too bad, but I've had two zits this month and its already too much for me. Hope my teenage phase is over and I may continue to have that one or two occasional pimples.
Fingers crossed yo...
3. The Feels
Not sure if its the song I'm listening to, or the fact that puppies do get eaten out there in the world, but I do notice that I'm truly getting them feels these days.
Of course, with the occasional downers, I do feel exceptionally happier these days, so I guess there's a balance in my emotions, but more enhanced?
Anyway, that's what I'm going through after being off the pill for a month. Would I continue to go the natural way rather than the pill? Most likely.
Unless I'm required to take the pill by the doctors or if condoms are no longer available in the world anymore, I think I'd go au natural for now and see where life takes me. Ladies, what's your experience with the pill?
Photo Credit: Free Malaysia Today
So we've been all talking about it; the miraculous change in the government and justice being finally served in the country!
With all the hoo haa going on, our beloved new Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir spared not a moment to lose in re-opening the 1MDB case, a case of colossal kleptocracy which brought international attention, and yet has been hushed hushed within our mother country herself.
As police began work by raiding the homes of ex-PM Najib, they've found a staggering amount of 280++ Hermes Birkin handbags (belonging to Rosmah, not Najib), worth an estimated amount of a lifetime supply of Pizza's flown from Italy by a Michelin star chef for 5 and a half people daily. And 15 kidneys from Ivy League graduates with poor decisions.
Can you imagine how one Birkin handbag could change your life entirely? Like, just ONE?
I'll tell you how. Here's what I would do if I had any one of those prestigious handbags (with reference to SAYS' estimates)
1. The Fuchsia crocodile Birkin studded with diamonds: Auctioned off for HKD1.72 million (RM870,000) in 2016
Photo Credit: Just Luxe
You wake up one day, and you are in possession of a handbag worth RM870,000. Heck, first thing I'd do is to play up the market value by advertising how it once made big news, having had a mistress like Rosmah. How often do you get to be in possession of what was once involved in a scandalous event. Imagine the starting conversation with this baby!
I'd then auction it off for at least RM1 mil and I would happily purchase at least two terrace house in the urban area and start collecting rent while paying off the rest of both houses. Eventually, both houses will be paid off and I could continue to buy more properties, building my empire.
But of course, the millennial side of me would probably use that money to fly to Las Vegas, hire Elton John to be my pianist, while I sprawl across his piano, belting "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". And no, he does not get to sing along.
2. Niloticus Crocodile Himalaya Birkin 30: Auctioned off for HKD2.98 million (RM1.51 million) last year, making it the world's most expensive handbag sold at an auction
Photo Credit: Reuters
Weighing a little less than a toddler, this ridiculous "almost albino" crocodile handbag is designed with 242 diamonds on its 18-karat gold hardware and its considered one-of-a-kind.
Geez... This bag is at least one and a half million ringgit! Why do the rich wipe their asses with 100 dollar bills like that???
If I were suddenly in possession of such a bag, I would probably deconstruct the bag and retrieve the gold and jewels within. Then, I would sell off the bag, remake the diamonds into a mother's day gift and keep the gold until its value increases to buy another handbag from Jusco.
Alternatively, I would sell it off for RM1.8 mil and use the money to fly off to Grandhotel Pupp in Czech Republic via helicopter, hire the presidential room and get a full makeover. I would then rediscover myself as a woman and finally realize my worth as I try living life to the fullest by skydiving and learn how to ski.
3. A metallic bronze chèvre leather Hermès Birkin bag: Auctioned off for USD117,000 (RM465,480) in December last year
Photo Credit: New York Times
With almost RM470,000 in your hands, its still a lot nonetheless. Seriously, this could feed a nation of mildly hungry college students, craving for Starbucks.
With that amount of money, I'd probably hire an entire crew of singers and dancers from Bollywood to stalk around in KL, and suddenly (but in a timely way) burst into a highly coordinated, catchy musical so that I could finally live out my dreams of being part of a real life Hindi musical by Aamir Khan.
My time has finally come... *sari flowing in the wind*
4. Hermès Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka: Retailed for USD1.9 million (RM7.56 million)
Photo Credit: Hermes
With so much bling, it could potentially blind you, this 'bag' was created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka with 2,000 diamonds, and a pear-shaped eight-karat stone that can also be removed and worn as a brooch. Plus, the straps can be doubled as a diamond necklace! Two for one, right?
Here's what I'd do with a handbag worth RM7.5 mil. I'd use the money to first fly over to the US in First Class to Texas. There, I will be travelling the states, trying every good burger in town, in search of the best burger in the country. After years of searching and finally finding the ONE in small town Mississippi, prepared by a lovely woman with a southern accent, I will ask for her recipe, to which she tells me I would have to snatch it off her dead corpse before I could do that.
I go to the nearest gym, in preparation of the final showdown, hiring Terry Crews as my trainer and learning the art of Euro Training. I eventually develop some fighting skills, taking down Silvester Stallone and Rhonda Rousey, and finally making up the stairs of Philadelphia Museum as I stare at the sunset before the day comes.
Burger Lady eyes me as I saunter down the cafe, a tiger ready to pounce.
"One deluxe Cheeseburger." I quietly said. "And hold the pickles."
She nods. Proceeds to start frying the patties.
As the aroma of the burger wafts in the cafe, I watch as she places the plate on the table, never breaking eye contact. "Bon appetit." She says as she walks away.
I take a bite and find that there's at least two pickles in this otherwise delicious burger.
"YOU BITCH!" I yell as I hop over the counter, but she was ready as she pulled out her spatula. "Bring it!" She smiled, ready for a fight.
We fought relentlessly. I break a chair over her. She pushes me into the grill, but not before I stuff two pickles in her eyes, stinging her. I then stagger to the kitchen and start throwing knives at her, but she was too quick as she dived into the counter splashing hot coffee over me. I screamed and threw the cheese spreader clean into her head and watched as she fell to the ground.
Wordlessly, I walk over to her lifeless body. "The secret to the Kraby Patty is mine now." I sneered, as I prise the recipe out of her cold, dead fingers. Eventually, the police finds and arrests me, but not before I make eye contact with Joe, the donut loving officer from the gym. We make a secret deal in the cell as I hand over some of the Birkin money. I then escape back to Malaysia and continue to live a life of luxury, eating good burgers.
What would YOU do with a Hermes Birkin bag?
Imagine having this delectable creature come close to you, its perfume filling your nostrils, enveloping you into its seductive goodness within. You want a taste, but it teases you with a little dance........ egging you on.
Yep, that's how I feel towards food; when its that good, its probably better than sex.
Even if you're not in on the Malaysian foodie scene, you surely would've come across these eggcelent goodies floating around on social media. Basically, omurice is a specially known dish in Japan involving a runny omelette over rice.
If you're familiar with the art of egg cuisines, you would know that this would be one of the most difficult dishes to perfect, with only about a handful of chefs who could do it perfectly, and consistently.
Here's an eggcelent video on how omurice is served (and yes, I'm gonna add as many eggy puns as I can, and you can't stop me!)
Does this eggsquisite dish turn you on?
Lucky for us, we Malaysians do not have to travel all the way to Japan to eggs-perience this delegg-table dish!
Photo Credits: Omulab
Enter Malaysia's first ever Omurice restaurant! Barely open a few months and its already the talk of the town! I was practically hyperventilating when I first heard about this place and I never thought I'd live to see the day we have some rare Japanese gems here.
Of course, like any hot new cafe in town, the place was really crowded that Sunday night. We had to wait at least 20 minutes before we were ushered to our seats. Luckily we weren't that hungry yet, so if you plan to get there, make sure to get a reservation or come early before the dinner/ lunch crowds come by.
Like any other egg-stravagant things, one must be patient before it arrives. As described in the menu, the omurice dishes are a 20 minute wait as it takes awhile to take a crack on these egg-ceptional goodies.
In the meantime, you could always order some appetizers as they could certainly be whisked right away! No need to get so hard boiled about the wait, because it was definitely worth it!
All our dishes arrived on time, and we had to do our obligatory instegg-ram! Definitely worth the sunny side up.
Overall, I loved how perfect each and every one of our omurice turned out. They were very consistent, with not a singe under or over cooked omu in sight. Taste wise, I would say the best dish was the Kare Omurice and the Beef rice (sorry, forgot the name!).
Only comment I would have is that the rice wasn't as warm as I hoped it would be. I would assume that its because its been sitting there in wait for the omelette, but other than that, I had an egg-cellent meal, and it has certainly lived up to my eggxact eggs-pectation.
If it wasn't for the waiting crowd outside, I would've stayed for dessert, because they certainly looked good. But I wouldn't want to stay too long and keep them waiting. So my friends and I paid the bill (about RM20-25 per person) and we moved on to dessert at Strangers at 47 down that same row.
Taste: 3/5 stars
Food is pretty good, but I personally like those light and fluffy kind of fried rice. This one was a little on the heavier side, but otherwise tasty.
Presentation: 4.5/5 stars
Egg-cellent presentation right there! No contest on the jiggly goodness that has been consistent for all our dishes.
Ambiance: 3.5/5 stars
If it wasn't for the crowd, I would say this would be a great place to hang out. Its very bright and friendly, with some punny egg quotes here and there. But with so many people waiting outside, I couldn't help but feel that we couldn't chat too long or chill out with friends out of courtesy for them.
Service: 4/5 stars
The waiters were very friendly and quick to respond in the restaurant. One thing I would suggest is to cater to the people waiting outside by providing some chairs or even a glass of water outside. These people are willing to wait so long, so a glass of water would be highly appreciated.
Price: 3.5/5 stars
The price is neither cheap nor expensive. Keeping in mind the skills needed to accomplish these complicated dishes alone, I wouldn't be surprised if the meal might be a little pricey. But in the end, I'd say the prices here are quite decent, at a range of RM20-25 per omurice dish.
Overall: 4/5 stars
Overall, I'm quite happy with my visit here. Its definitely a dish to eggs-perience, and one to appreciate. I applaud the wonderful chef who could pull off these dishes perfectly everyday. Would definitely recommend to those who appreciate culinary skills and an eggs-periential meal.
For more information, visit Omulab's Facebook page here.
No. 7, Jalan 17/45
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Anne is the author and founder of this blog. She likes to write about current issues, travels, food and the general struggles of a millennial.