Studying Bachelor of Dental Surgery at AIMST University

I know my blog pops up on the first page of google when people search for AIMST Dentistry or whatever derivation of it. As I am the first batch of dental students at my university, I used to frequently blog about what I’ve done so far in my university. It began to slow down somewhere towards the end of my third year as restrictions on photography were carried out. LOL it was more like a rule for only me as I always HAD to take a photo of everything I did. I even wrote a letter to my dean asking for the rule to be lifted but he nicely told me about ethics since we were to start working in the clinics soon. I respected that and have since put my camera aside for only fun stuff.

As time goes by, we have started working on real patients and haven’t had much time to breathe, let alone to update about what has been going on in the school of dentistry. As a final year dental student with almost 8 more months to go, I think I am fit to write in further detail. My last detailed write up was in Year 1. I wanted to write one after I completed every year but I just didn’t find the energy to.

This is not a very good write up as it was actually a reply to someone who was asking some questions at the lowyat forums. So here we go:

Getting Into AIMST’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery Programme

I remember I was asked to use my actual pre-u results to apply for the course and the process was super stressful because I was away at National Service and had to rely on my parents to do everything. What I can remember is that your forecast results will not be of any use. As for min. requirements, please check the AIMST’s Faculty of Dentistry website for updated information. Old ladies like me might not really remember exactly what the requirements were.

In recent times, AIMST Dentistry has opened their doors to JPA scholarship holders. Back when it was still new, there were many more seats available and there’s only about five foundation students in my class. Most of us are from STPM, A-levels, SAM and various other foundation programmes ie. CIMP, Uni of Otago Foundation… etc.

But no harm trying if you meet the min. requirements on the website! But keep in mind that priorities are given to AIMST foundation students. So if you are fresh out of form5, it’s best if you take the foundation course at AIMST if you are definitely sure about studying dentistry at AIMST.  As it is, there are plenty of students in the foundation course itself fighting for spots in the degree programmes at AIMST. The hottest course is obviously the MBBS course.

The recent addition of JPA scholarships for AIMST’s dentistry course might be good news to some of you but to those of you, who are like me, not very smart, might be happy to know that up to RM100k in PTPTN loans can be available for you as long as you meet the requirements. (poor enough, results okay enough. Can you get into college with your SPM qualifications? Then should be good enough to get PTPTN.) It’s a loan that allows you up to 20 years to repay and has a 3% interest rate.

From the time I first entered, AIMST now allocate more seats to their foundation students and don’t forget that you’ll have to contend with JPA scholars as well. We first started off with about 50 seats but back then, only 41 seats were filled up. With some quitting midway to study medicine and some having to repeat a year or two, we were left with 37 students who thankfully have been together for the last four years.

Academic wise, we have mostly foreign lecturers who conduct the lessons and most of these lecturers have travelled across the globe to various universities. We have a physiology lecturer who wrote our textbook and has been to plenty of countries working as a lecturer. Local lecturers are few though. That’s for the medical faculty who used to conduct our medical subjects even though we were in the school of dentistry.

As for the school of dentistry, we also have plenty of foreign lecturers who are mostly specialists and have been extremely patient in imparting their wisdom to us noobs in the dental clinics. *suck up suck up* We have had visiting lecturers from the UK for the dentistry subjects in Year 1 and Year2 and our hospital director (who also doubles up as our Dental Public Health lecturer) who was once the director of the ministry of oral health division. She has helped a lot with assimilating our syllabus, making sure we are inline with the requirements of the accreditation board and the malaysian dental council.


Facilities At The School of Dentistry

If you are a new student at AIMST, then chances are you’ll be stuck staying in the hostels. Most of the seniors have left and gone to stay in nearby housing areas where the rent is so much cheaper.

But this bit of my post is about the facilities that we have at the school of dentistry.


I can’t find a clearer photo but this is the most recent picture I have of the entire dental building. It was taken from the admin building on the AIMST 2009 Convocation Day which explains the canopies below.

We have a simulation lab, dental technology lab, radiology department, one main polyclinic, another polyclinic for padiatric dentistry and orthodontic patients, various briefing rooms, two lecture halls that can accommodate roughly two hundred students each, oral surgery department, a reception polyclinic, locker rooms for the clinical students and a common room for the clinical students to faster faster go chup sofa to take afternoon nap.(I can usually be found fast asleep at 12-1.15pm everyday in the common room with my own blanket on one of the sofas. Don’t disturb me or I will bite.) My biggest competitors are Maxis and Poh Yee or any of the boys from 5.3.


Trying to kick CY out of my favourite sofa.


In the simulation lab, we have simulators for us to practice various procedures on. Year 2 students will spend most of their time there during practical sessions. It comes equipped with LCD screens for every seat as most procedures are explained using audiovisual equipments.


As for the dental technology lab, it is divided into a bigger one and a smaller one.


For the bigger dental tech lab, the students learn the basics of denture making, orthodontic wire bending and the likes there.


In the smaller dental tech lab, alongside a couple of permanent dental technicians, clinical students spend their free time completing dentures for their patients. We have come a long way now compared to almost four years ago where we didn’t even have our own centralized gas supply. Back in the good old days, the pioneer students shared a stove among themselves to melt wax for our denture making lessons.

In the radiology department, new patients are sent there to get diagnostic x-rays taken.

As for the polyclinics, there are 36 bays there and each bay is fully equipped with a dental chair and its supporting equipments. So at any given time of the week, groups of clinical students (Year 3 to Year 5) can be found working on their patients under the supervision of the clinical lecturers.

Here’s a photo I managed when I sneaked into the unfinished dental hospital late 2007:


A far cry from the skeletal version I saw! Each bay is occupied by an operator and a dental surgery assistant (could be a student, could be a DSA hired by the school as well.) and instruments are taken from a dispensary within the polyclinic. After each patient, the entire area is cleaned up and disinfected by the DSA.


For the orthodontic and paediatric dentistry polyclinic, the bays are fewer but it is appropriately decorated to make the paediatric patients feel at ease when they come in for their treatments.


The equipments are exactly the same as the ones found in the polyclinics.


We even have an oral hygiene instruction room where we educate the children about proper toothbrushing techniques.

In the oral surgery department, extractions and minor oral surgery procedures are done there. Most of the time our oral surgeon is there doing the more complicated procedures but he will supervise students who are carrying out normal extractions and other minor oral surgery procedures.


The locker rooms for the clinical students are for us to stash our scrubs overnight and our bags when we go into the clinics during the day. It was also an unwritten rule among us that all umbrellas are to be placed at the top of our lockers. Very pretty too!


As you can see, I wasted no time in personalizing mine. It was also a marketing gimmick for The Sticker Monster. Not to my own dental coursemates lah, but to be used as something to entice my customers on the sticker blog. I’ll remove the stickers when I graduate, or if any junior wants to take over my locker because of the stickers, LET ME KNOW! 😀 I’ll even throw a few stickers into the locker so you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 😀

As for the common room, it is fully utilized by the dental students. Actually it reminds me a little bit of my ant farm when I was young. You know the kind that you purchase from Toys ‘R Us. You put some sand inside, a bit of sugar, and wait for the ants to come in and build their home? Same thing happened with the common room.


The school made a room specially for us to chill out in between clinics/classes, and we’ve gone in and studied/munched on snacks/slept/gossiped and so much more!


Kelvin, one of my juniors from Batch 2, had this hilarious idea to do up the entire place. He even drew an artist’s impression of it. Kelvin, if you want me to remove this pic, let me know alright?

The temperature in the common room is by far the most comfortable. The most uncomfortable aircondition temperature is the corridor between the dental technology lab and the simulation lab. I’m pretty sure I once saw icicles formed on the glass panels along that corridor.

The main function of the reception polyclinic is to assess new patients and to assign them to Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 clinical students appropriately.

 

What you can expect in Year 1:

The basic sciences like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and very very basic dentistry. You’ll learn the anatomy of each and every tooth and you’ll be dealing with cadavers, focusing more on the head and neck region.


We have 10 cadavers the last time I checked (this was about 2 years ago?) in 2 tubs of formalin, fished out anytime an anatomy class was conducted. We even have names for the cadavers whom we affectionately call Stinky, Smelly and Yucky. With all due respect.

As for dentistry, you will have a group project somewhere in the middle of the first year on the public oral health services in Malaysia. We had to gather information regarding all the dental services around the country – army sector, dental clinics at schools etc etc. We made posters and they were up in the library as an exhibition. Our group walked away with second best poster I remember. Special mention, apparently. Till this day, I don’t know what my deputy dean meant by special mention.

For the practical aspect, we were started off with simple lessons in tooth carving and dental plaster manipulation. This was actually done early in the second year. As the first batch, plenty of kinks were still being ironed out (ie. some equipments were not ready yet). These practical classes are now carried out in year 1.

 

In your second year:

This is when things get heated up. Your subjects built up and you’ll get deeper into dentistry as we are then introduced to conservative dentistry (where you learn about dental caries, restorations and the likes), prosthodontics (learning how to make complete and partial dentures), dental materials, periodontology (the tartar/calculus between your teeth, scaling etc) ..and other more detailed stuff like oral anatomy (learn about the microstructure of the tooth and its surrounding tissues) and oral biochemistry (How your teeth functions, how your mouth functions…. functions and processes in the oral cavity, basically).


It’s also a very exciting year because you are finally able to enter the simulation labs and you will be learning how to make cavity preparations and do restorations on fake teeth or even real teeth (which we have to set in a plaster of paris jaw) which you have collected from dental clinics. You can finally touch the metal instruments which used to look really scary at any dental clinic. You will also learn how to make a complete denture and a partial denture.


You will learn all the basic clinical skills like restorations and scalings. Because of your denture lessons, you will be spending almost two afternoons a week in the dental tech lab. It is fun because the dental technology lecturers are really nice and the environment is really relaxed unlike a classroom or a simulation lab where you will get chided if your cavity is too big.

Second year is known to be a an extremely tedious year because there are plenty of medical and dental subjects to study. Most scary is pharmacology. You’ll feel angry because you didn’t want to be a doctor and feel like throwing away all the bloody medical subjects (pathology, microbiology, pharmacology) notes. I had like notes that reached up to my thighs okay. Studying for the final exam in second year was pure torture. Possibly the worst exams I ever had to sit for. SPM comes a close second. Throughout A-levels I was like, “wats happening..”. So was quite numb towards exams. Just surprised I didn’t fail. To this day I don’t know how I got through A-levels maths.

Aside from the medical and dentistry subjects, some humanities subjects are thrown in such as Communications and Social and Behavioural Sciences. If I’m not mistaken I had to study something to do with religion. This was not the stupid university papers we had to sit for (philosophy, psychology, critical thinking and three classes of english for general, specific and academic purposes) but actual subjects to pass dentistry. I absolutely loathed having to study for those subjects. Humanities were never my forte. They were all so vague!

 

in third year:

Your hours slow down a little. I would say it is almost a drastic change from year 2. At first my batch and the batch below me thought that the relaxed year was only for my batch since the dental hospital has yet to be ready at that time but it seems that the hours were almost as short for the second batch, and as we have recently heard, for the third batch as well.

In the first half of the year, you still have those dreaded medical subjects (medicine and surgery), but these will cease towards the second term. We get posted to nearby hospitals to observe how to clerk patients, learn to use the sphygmomanometer (take blood pressure) and basically do ward rounds. Super sien. I didn’t want to be a doctor! *struggles*

In third year, you will enter the clinics and start having patients of your own. You will start to formulate treatment plans and make diagnosis. You will then be treating these patients and it is up to you to arrange them according to your allocated sessions. (we started off with 2 sessions a week).

Your dental subjects will still be on-going. Second year subjects are studied in further detail and on top of that you now have dental public health (super dreaded subject), endodontics (root canal treatments), oral radiology, pain control and more. You will still have sessions in the simulation lab where you will start learning more detailed clinical techniques such as root canal treatments on the various teeth.

We were slowly weaned off the simulators and began taking each others’ medical and dental history in the clinics. This was before we were assigned patients. We also had to inject local anesthesia into each other during our local anesthesia practical classes. One of my classmates left the needle hanging at the back of my mouth next to my lower wisdom tooth (this was for an inferior alvenolar nerve block) because he panicked half way and returned it to my teacher. Oh my days. But thank god I was thoroughly numbed. Good times.

I just remember it was a damn relaxing year. Also because we were the first batch, so our dental hospital was not ready yet. Yes, we have our very own dental hospital which is also our dental school.

 

In fourth year:

Classes become so few that sometimes you even forget to go for class. Just kidding. 😛 This is because clinics will take up most of our time. At our peak, we had up to four sessions a week. Each session is from 9am to 12pm or 2pm to 5pm. The faster ones among us can fit in two patients. We also have four other sessions where we function as dental surgery assistants to our classmates whose groups have a session during that particular time frame.

But in the last couple of months, AIMST have started a training course for dental surgery assistants so we will have less to do and have more time and energy to focus on treating patients.

It is in this year that we are finally free of all medical subjects. We are introduced to oral surgery (extractions etc etc), paediatric dentistry, advanced cons (veneers, crowns etc). Classes are almost once or twice a week.


Somewhere in the middle of the year, under the oral public health subject, we were divided into nine groups of four to learn about the dental public sector at various parts of the country.


We travelled to Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu (i managed to visit Tasik Kenyir!), Kelantan, Johor and Perak. The more modern states were left out.


We had to do a presentation and report on what we learned etc.

 

In fifth and final year:

As for now, we have completed a compulsory oral health education visit to various kindergartens around the Sungai Petani district.


We went to these kindergartens to have some fun and to teach the kids there about good oral hygiene and at the same time, to woo them into the clinics for our paedo sessions.

We also completed a week in the oral surgery department (which is also located within our dental hospital) and there will be many more to come according to our new timetable.

We will also be going into hospitals in Sungai Petani and Alor Setar to observe their oral surgery departments and see actual procedures in operating theaters.

In year 5, we still have lectures on orthodontics, oral medicine, advanced conservative dentistry, oral surgery, dental public health, periodontology and almost all the important subjects relating to dentistry.

As for every other week, clinical sessions are going on as usual.

Since I’m only in the first half of my final year, I’ll continue to post it up here when new developments take place.


Assignments and Exams

I would say that the course is more exams orientated in your first two years with three module exams and a final exam at the end of your academic year. One year is divided into four modules with each module being approximately 3 months long.

If you fail a portion of your final exams, you will be given a chance to resit the papers sometime in August. But if you fail that as well, you would have to repeat your academic year. You are only allowed to repeat twice. This means if you fail Year 1, repeat Year 1, and say you pass it the consequent year, go on to year 2, fail it that year, then repeating year 2 is your final chance to repeat any academic year.

As for assignments, they may be few but they do contribute to your final exam results. As for those of us who are already in the clinics, our work in the clinics are being taken into consideration as well for the final results.

In the first two years, Problem Based Learning sessions are held at the end of every module. In PBL sessions, some materials such as a scenario, some diagnostic records and etc are given to the students to analyze the patients’ problems.

We were so happy when there were no more PBL sessions in the third year and fourth year. We spoke too soon because in the fifth year, we started having Orthodontic, Oral Medicine and Paediatric Dentistry seminars where it was basically PBL sessions all over again. This time subject specific too. 🙁

 

 

AIMST Dental Hospital

At AIMST, we have our very own dental hospital which is opened to anyone and everyone. Expectedly, most of our patients come from the surrounding villages. We have some who come from as far as Penang and Alor Star but these patients find it difficult to fit into our schedule as well. Treatment is free. We are extremely grateful to all the patients who have come so far to the AIMST Dental Hospital as we have been provided with opportunities to learn about a large variety of cases and also to fulfill our quota.

New patients would usually register at the reception and will be brought up to the reception polyclinic where one of our dental officers will do a thorough examination and decide which cases are appropriate for Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 patients. The patients are placed on a waiting list and when the students need new patients, they will go down to the reception and deal with the admin there to get a new case.

The student will then personally make phone calls to these patients and slot them into their schedules. From here on, the patient is assigned to a particular student and the student needs to be responsible for the patient’s treatments and scheduling.


This is what we wear in the clinics.

We even have a write-up in The Star! Link!

 

AIMST Dental Students’ Association

In 2007, the AIMST Dental Students’ Association was founded and the first event we had was the Annual AIMST Dental Dinner. The third one is taking place on the 12th of December this year and so far, it has been a grand event that all dental students look forward to. Who wouldn’t like the chance to just go all out and dress up?


Dressed to the nines at the 2nd Annual AIMST Dental Dinner in 2008.


ADSALympics is also another event established by the association and the first ADSALympics was in 2008 where dental students from all the batches congregated together to battle it out at the sports arena in various sporting events.


Cheerleaders from the third batch who stayed enthusiastic throughout the entire week of games.


We even have our own t-shirt too! But I think a new one will be coming up soon enough.

Another two aimst dental traditions are the Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations and the Juniors’ Orientation.


The juniors’ orientation was initially done by the first batch of medical students who conducted it when the pioneer batch first entered dentistry in 2005. We then took on the task when the second intake came in! Now, the ADSA committee have taken charge of it entirely but it is usually the second and third years who are in charge of the games.


As for the Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations, it was the initiative of the third batch though the seniors have had their own mid autumn festival gatherings before that. Because of the third batch, all dental students come together every year at the clock tower-cafeteria area to play with lanterns.


This year, thanks to the efforts of the ADSA committee, a bazaar was held in conjunction with the celebrations and like every year, Kong Ming lanterns are released and it was a grand success this year as other students from the university were invited to partake in the celebrations as well!


Taken during our AGM where we elect the new committee.


The 08/09 ADSA committee during one of our weekly meetings. But seeing how tense everyone looked, this was probably near one of the events.

I think I covered almost all aspects of the school. 🙂 Should anybody have anymore questions, feel free to ask me. (Sorry I cannot help you with admissions.)

For the lecturers who are worried about the pictures or information here, please feel free to let me know if there is anything I should amend!

Latest Gossips With Channel X Unlimited Facebook Via SMS

So I’ve been using the Channel X Unlimited Facebook via SMS for over a week now and it really proves to be quite useful especially when the Satio’s juice runs out and I can’t use my mobile broadband account to satisfy my social networking needs. The good old mobile phone then saves the day now that I have Channel X Unlimited Facebook Via SMS. Keep facebooking all week only for RM1, not bad right? 

As I have mentioned before, nothing beats good ol’ smsing with your fingers on an old school dial pad. This way, I can easily upload anything to my facebook be it notes or statuses, even while I’m driving. Shhh.

Oh, and if you wanna be stalking that certain someone, you can even subscribe to his or her updates! Totally convenient way of stalking, no need to be googling them or refreshing their facebook profiles to see what’s going on in their lives that you are not a part of. You now have the liberty to live your own life too! This also applies to parents who want to keep an eye on their wild children.  

I don’t know about you but whenever I see that there’s a new notification on the lower right hand corner of my facebook page, I feel happy and immediately click it. So I am definitely one to enjoy the notifications that are sent straight to my phone! Also, I get to be the first to tell my friends who is now in a relationship/who just broke up. No more “Yah I saw it on Facebook” because they didn’t have time to go home to their browsers! Ne ne ni bu bu. 

Channel X Unlimited Facebook via SMS is totally perfect for the kepochi me.

The Day I Died And Went To Bangkok

I LOVE BANGKOK!!

I loved Bangkok so much that before my shoppings were even removed from their plastic bags, I’ve already booked another flight ticket to my shopping paradise for April 2010! Um, sort of like booked tickets the day after I returned home from Bangkok. Hahaha. The shopping made me delirious, in a very very happy way.

If you think I’m nuts, you’ll curse yourself that you have missed out on the RM168 RETURN FLIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE Air Asia to Bangkok! Woohoo! I don’t know if the promotion is still on but you can go check. Also, do check out Jetstar, Tigerairways too yeah. Must take everything into consideration. 🙁 Singapore tickets damn cheap la on those two other airlines. So much cheaper than Air Asia!

This trip was planned many many months ago, even before my dad booked tickets to UK. So I felt like quite bad right, the month before just came back from UK, then the following month go Bangkok (then the weekend after that go Singapore).

When I touched down at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, I felt a little lost but thankfully I could roam immediately so I put the cabbie on the line to get directions from the hotel’s receptionist. The rest of my friends were already waiting at the hotel as I had an exam the day before, so had to go there all alone. So nice to be in Batch 2. I had classes on Tuesday, and some of them stayed on till Tuesday AND rushed back for afternoon clinics on a 7am flight from Bangkok to Penang. We are maaad shopping people. 🙂 You’ll see why later.

🙁 The nice cabbie tried to make conversation but I think it went something like this.

Cabbie: My english is not so good. (in thai)
Me: Yea….I came from KL. 🙂

*awkward smiles from both of us*

Cabbie: Where are you from? (in thai)
Me: Jolene 🙂

*awkward smiles and a little bit after that I realized he asked me which country I was from*

Cabbie: Suk Tiet Tiet? (Sukhumvit 77, where I was staying)
Me: Seventy-seven! Yes..!

*blank stare from cabbie*

Anyway glad I arrived at the hotel in one piece and without taking a breather, we hopped into the next cab and sped off to Chatuchak! It was like GO GO GO KEEP SHOPPING GO!!! With only three days in Bangkok, I lost count of the amount of markets I went to. Okay maybe I know the total. 1..2..3..4..5…6…7(if you consider the stalls I saw along the way as I walked the streets of Bangkok as one mofo huge market place. No street corner was left unhawkered.).


With Stephanie and Ei Leng, full of expectations outside Chatuchak.


With Samuel too!


Though they say Tuk tuks can rip you off, we went on one that was rather reasonable. I don’t know what tactic Cassandra used, but we were half way negotiating fares with a cabbie and a tuktuk approached us quoting us RM8 to a nearby night market. RM8 for four screaming girls in a makeshift tray on top of a motorbike, not too shabby!


Charis, Ei Leng and their clever hats! It was either too hot in Bangkok or too wet. But what did we care, we were SHOPPPINGgggG.

Ei Leng and Charis went mad in Bangkok stocking up for their blogshop SWEET TOOTHSOME with really awesome finds. 🙂 So if you want yourself some Bangkok lovveeee, head on over to their blogshop!


We went to Chatuchak on the wrong day, a Friday. We thought it was the wholesalers day but turns out the best time to go is during the weekend. 🙁 So I didn’t get to see the infamous mayhem that is Chatuchak. NEVERMIND APRIL!

A few stalls were open but not worth the whole flying to Bangkok thing though.


They have tong yuan there as well!


Ah hah! Now we know where all those little novelty mummies come from.


Disco balls! It costs like close to Rm20 for a ball that size back home you know? And if about 5 times that size, about Rm50. 🙁


Oooh ooh!! Chau lou bags!! You know the kind that people from China used to bring in to Hong Kong but in red, blue and white stripes? These days they make all these cutesie ones and blogshop owners all over have been using these babies to cart their stuff to and from bazaars. I bought myself one because I foresaw a great deal of shopping bags that needed lugging around. So very convenient!


It’s like all those deco items that I’ve always sought after back home were taunting me in Bangkok. 🙁 So difficult to find plastic beaded curtains back home okay! And even if it was available, choices were so limited and ugly.


More deco items being sold like vegetables at a morning market.


Miniature porcelain decorative items! I had no use for it but they were so cute!


This one I have use for. 🙂 Beautiful hand painted candle holders! And damn cheap too!! About RM2 for one. (hahaha, girls, now you know how much they cost..:P Sorry yeah, budget went to shopping instead of souvenirs.:P)


Transparent jewelry boxes for about RM5.00.


If you’re into crafts, we saw some buttons during our quest to find some metal studs. Stephanie wants to sew them onto clinchers!


A guard dog can be found at almost every store front but the strange part is that they are all tiny little puppies begging to be hugged. 🙂


Wooden tribal inspired earrings. ALMOST bought some, but then I thought about my abandoned earring tower and how sad my once sparkly earrings looked, now dusty and forgotten, I decided that I should not subject other earrings to the same fate.

A typical alley in Chatuchak. So….imagine. Apparently there are 8000 shops in this marketplace.


You get better treatment too with such bags, plenty of the storekeepers think that you’re stocking up. I don’t know if that translates to better bargaining power, but worth a shot right? And trust me, you NEED this bag. NEED.


Beautiful enamel plaques adorning the artsy fartsy alleys of Chatuchak. We were all fantasizing about our future clinics’ deco.


Not quite Blythe Dolls, right? I really don’t know my dolls.


Oooh nais.


Since there weren’t any opened clothes stall at Chatuchak, we went over to the nearby JJ Mall and spent the entire day there. I personally didn’t quite like the stuff that was available at that mall but the rest could spend like hours on ONE floor! They bought plenty of hair accessories, accessories, SHOES (RM10 for one pair!!) and some clothes. But the best has yet to come.

Oh right, check out how pink oriented this store is! Love the stools!!!


You know, with all the pink loving that most grown up girls are doing these days, what is truly missing is a goddamn doll house. Then our lives are complete.


Remember to check out Pink Sunday if you’re ever around Chatuchak! Get your pink fix. 🙂


See what I said about tiny guard dogs?


Preparing to ward me off.


Gorgeous prints on sling bags! But I don’t really like the super casual look. I like solid looking bags but unfortunately, all my bags are anything but solid. T_T Looks may be deceiving. T__T I’ve been through over 8 bags and it’s not even one year yet. I hate it when my bag dies on me.


Obscene amount of pork at JJ Mall!


This was when I stopped to enjoy a bowl of steaming pork noodles. Delicious. Think Bak Kut Teh Udon! 🙂 Super delicious fusion!


After devouring my bowl of noodles, I continued on my shopping journey. Saw this shop which sold ALL Barbie Doll things. I don’t know why I didn’t really go in, maybe because I felt hindered by  my huge bag.


Tons of Barbie doll dresses for the picking!


After an RM18 one hour Thai foot massage (don’t jelez), I went back into Chatuchak to check out the infamous pets section.


No photography was allowed so I could only manage a little bit of quick shots. Couldn’t get pictures of the albino hedgehogs, guinea pigs, the many many puppies and kittens, snakes, iguanas, tarantulas…. the list goes on. Chee Kiang has a friend in Thailand named Jessie, whom you will see later on in this post, told me that there are actually dog farms in Thailand! I hope it is for people to take home as pets. Apparently there are Shih Tzu farms, Maltese farms, Pomeranian farms… and the dogs will all run to you!


Sleeping wrinkled pugs. <3


Found myself at the artsy-fartsy part of Chatuchak again.


Funk handmade hair clips, love the colours but I wouldn’t wear them! Maybe the metal ones.


After JJ mall, those who have been to Chinatown went back to the hotel with our shopping bags. Phebe, Ei Leng, Cassandra and myself went on their MRT/BST (i’m confused) to have dinner at Chinatown.


Interesting ticket concept! Wonder why they use chips instead of the usual cards.


Truth to be told, the MRT/BTS is convenient but not as cheap as cabbing! Per person on the train can set you back about RM3 one way but with cab to almost anywhere it was RM8 – RM12 and you can go like four in a cab, at most five. But our record was EIGHT people, not including the driver. That was just hilarious! Photos further down! If you can get that far, that is. 🙂

Traffic is just plain shit in Bangkok, there’s no way you can get to your destination in time if you have to meet someone. So if you’re doing the whole free and easy thing, cabbing is great. I mean everything is cheap there if you don’t plan to shop! You can just go there with the money in your wallet RIGHT now and like spend the weekend there, mo man tai.


It was drizzling that night but thankfully we made it to Chinatown unscathed. Plus me and my trolleybag hobbling along. Given my history with bags, I was pretty sure that one wheel would come lose or something but thankfully it worked really well! It even lasted the 2 hours flight back to KL.


Medicinal halls double as car parks in Chinatown.


An authentic hawker stall. Who makes them like this over here these days?


We didn’t really get to check out the entire China Town but we did manage to get some food. It was wet everywhere and you were either grazing cars or other people.


Seafood was everywhere though. Lobsters were eaten by the size of road, crabs, you name it. I wanted some, but budget is for shopping!


I like this because it reminds me of Hong Kong, with all the protruding signboards. Gives it a very lovely cluttered look.


Pad Thai, not Char Kuay Teow! Sure had me fooled though. Pad Thai is sweeter than our local CKT, but so spicy=(


They wrapped it in egg, sort of like our Nasi Pattaya back home.


Hm didn’t get a good angle of it but it’s a Coke bottle with Thai words on it.


Would have been better if it’s not that spicy. 🙂 I don’t really enjoy spicy food but I managed to finish quite a big portion of this!


Not sure what this is, I’m not a foodie. Just make your own assumptions.


The four of us on our Chinatown adventure.


This was in the aforementioned Tuk Tuk ride! The Tuk Tuk’s there, no such thing as safety belts, and the place to seat in is just a damn tray, with maybe some handles around for you to hold on to dear life. Tuk Tuk drivers are kind of impatient, they don’t go slower to switch lanes, they just swerve.


Your things could fall out of the Tuk Tuk for all you know, so hold on to all your bags!


Just a few measly poles as barricade betwene me and the ground.


From Chinatown, we went on to Khao San Road which was a night market that sold mostly casual stuff like guys’ statement t-shirts and some casual dresses (by casual I mean solid colour dresses).


Me and my bag again for Shopping Round 2! Up to that point, shopping in Bangkok was still a little meh *Palm stretched out tilting left and right* to me. This was before I discovered Suan Lum Night Market and the one place where I can set up a tent and live forever at – Platinum Mall!!


Heh. I’m still so juvenile.


An attraction was cruising down Khao San Road and I had to have a picture with him. Poor guy was probably stopped plenty of times.


Khao San is actually popular for their many bars where tourists go to chill out. And no, I didn’t get to see Patpong this time around. NEVERMIND APRIL 2010!


And so here we are! The wonderful, wonderful Suan Lum night market. Since the rest arrived on Thursday evening, they have already surveyed the place. They loved it so much that none of them even sat down and had dinner together. Charis and Stephanie just bought like a bag of Lays (if you go to Thailand, you’ll be amazed at the selection of Lays there and how cheap it is) and munched on it as they continued on their quest for awesome bargains.


There was a shoe shop there that claimed to be stocking imported Korean shoes. Their most expensive ones only came up to about 399 Baht which is about RM39.00 and the pink one is 390. Baht where else the blue satin ribbony-glads was about 250 baths. I’ve never seen anything quite like the shoes they were selling over there. But they say that Bangkok’s fashion trends are steps ahead of Malaysia.


Though it looks like you can get lost in there but eventually you’ll bump back into each other.


Saw these plastic fairy-like shoes but given its material and design, I’m quite certain that they’ll give you blisters. So pretty though!


As I had mentioned it was really pouring down that night in Bangkok. In the cab, we saw a thunderbolt strike a nearby lamp post and sparks flew out and cascaded down. We were in shock! So yeah, the market was flooded that night. Fortunately, the shops were placed on a higher platform. Good thinking!


As a true blue shopaholic, I had to brave the murky waters and crossed over to better bargains with my by-then heavier chau lou bag.


Ei Leng did the same as well! In this picture you can see how dirty the water was. Like right in the middle, the water was so black that you can’t even see your feet. My feet felt a little itchy after that but it was okay, it was worth it.


Satin lingerie, didn’t get any though.


And there are some boys out there who might enjoy this stall. Miniature toys galore!


I know what I said about earrings earlier, hehe, but I promise to love this!!! (Don’t I sound just like Becky Bloomwood?!) What’s to resist? Epoxy coated cartoon earrings with metal backings? <3 <3 <3 <3!!! No one will have earrings just like me and I can be the girl with the very very unique earrings and anyone who sees them on my earlobes will want to know where I got it from…. hahaha.


Familiar kan. Seen them around in blogshops kan. Fraction of the prices!!


And if you’re into very girly stuff, plenty of ribbon accessories there. Ribbon hair ties, ribbon headbands, ribbon tops, ribbon skirts, ribbon shoes..


39 baht is like RM3.90. Okay lah at this point I still thought that was very cheap!! But wait till you see what I saw at Platinum Mall. Don’t scroll down lah, give face abit, keep reading. I spent so much time on this post you know. 🙁


Bangles that were initially too small for me, but I managed to squeeze through! *unwilling to accept one’s own fatty wrist*


I really adored the accessories at this stall because they were all so very whimsical. Aww see that cute pacman charm?


I bought quite a few of this. Since they weren’t awesome bargains, I’m not gonna dwell on the price. *self denial mode on*


My first ever earrings were something like that. Gold outline with coloured metal to fill up the spaces. It was a pair of Christmas Trees and my grandmother bought them for me at the Toys R’ Us on Hay Street, Perth when I was seven years old. It was also during that trip to Perth that I saw my aunt’s bloody amazing collection of earrings. She made her own earring hanger and had it plastered onto the side of her wardrobe, like top to bottom. At least a hundred pairs of earrings.


Cute necklaces that you and I know cost a bomb back home.


More of the cute whimsical metal earrings.


Some very 80s looking earrings on the side. As in, the kind of prints then, incorporated into grandmotherly type of metal borders. Vintage with an 80s twist.


Oh there were rings there too if they are your kind of thing.


Just one stall FILLED with Hello Kitty stuff.


I’m too lazy to upload the video here but it’s up on Facebook, so you can go see it if you’re on my FB. These strange graphics are stuck onto black t-shirts and upon loud noises such as the pulsating beats from some loud dance music, the graphics will light up in tune to the beat.


Decorative light balls! Plentiful at Batu Feringghi’s Night Market or even at The Curve’s Flea Market. I used to think they were pretty, now they are everywhere.


But still makes for good photo taking.


Cassandra found a gem of a shop selling bags for RM20!! I couldnt really find any though as they were all a little too feminine for me. I did pick up something to put my phones in when I’m in the clinic.


Love the graphic bags.


Le Sports Sac aplenty!


This was near the food courts and the bags sold at this stall were very chic.


Those are the kind of bags that I want but you know they freaking quoted me Rm300 for one bag?! Are they out of their mind? If they can’t afford to set up stall at Siam Paragon (assuming that’s Bangkok’s equivalent of KLCC), then they really shouldn’t.


And the shoes were pretty damn gorgeous too!


This is what I had for dinner. Was alright, love the kailan.


Samuel, the only guy who came along for the trip, was just as much a shopaholic as any of the other girls.


When we went back to the hotel, we got Samuel to showcase some of his brilliant finds.


Stephanie, Ei Leng’s fedora and the mess from a day’s worth of shopping madness.


Accessories all over the bed, we didn’t even know which belonged to who!


Trying out my twitter inspired earrings.


Everyone’s just so proud of their wares.


Phebe holding up her I’m assuming new wallet, Cassandra with my crochet shoes and myself with two cans of chocolates that I bought for my grandmother.


My Day 1 Stash! Please don’t faint when you see Day 2.


Samuel’s biker jacket. Problem is he doesn’t own a bike.


This one is nice! Pac man t-shirt!


Charis with her new blazer!


And Stephanie who was curling her hair in the middle of the night -_- with her new straightener/curler which she bought for only RM50.


So here we are, finally with some photos of the boutique hotel I was staying at. We stayed at this place called The Bedrooms in Sukhumvit 77, right next to a gigantic Carrefour. It would have been very convenient if only we had time to stop and get some groceries but clearly we had other more pressing matters to tend to. 🙂


This is the breakfast area! The rooms are good enough for 3 people ( but we packed four in, heh )and one room is about RM94 for one night! So cheap!!!


As you can see, for Rm94/night rooms, there’s quite a lot of effort put into the decor of the place. I forgot to take photos of the room but it’s not at all different as compared to the ones on their website. We’re coming back here again in April 2010!!! .. I mean I am. The rest of the girls and Samuel thought I was crazy. I’ve roped in Lie Yuen, Lie Peh (her sister), Poh Yee, Angela and Chee Kiang so far. 🙂 All bought their tickets already!!


It’s very nicely designed. Though the hotel is small but it looks really spacious. It also helps that the nearest BTS is only like 10 minutes walk away.


And there’s wifi and free internet on the public computer in the lobby.


Small but classy. Here’s the outside.


And that’s what it’s called.


I know I sound like I’m promoting the hotel right? Hahaha. When I love something, I’m like that.


Charis’ stash.


Samuel’s sleeping place. 🙂 Such a gentleman right?


Group photo while we waited for our cab to Platinum mall.


With the rather interesting wall.


I know this photo is damn obscene but I swear it has got nothing to do with me! (and I was wearing really short shorts…) So poll! Period stain or just … chocolate stains/fruit stains?


You think his mother gave him that name? MR. SUPER KITTY!


Loving the colours in the cab.


Samuel wanted in as well.


Taking on Day 2 with my trusty chau lou bag. Not only was this bag so useful to cart my shopping around Bangkok but it would also come in handy when I bring my stickers to meet my customers! COD ANYWHERE NOW! MO MAN TAI! Previously I only liked to COD at Drive-thru McDonalds or anywhere where I can a parking space right in front of the cafe/restaurant so that I don’t have to carry all my heavy boxes too far.


We took this picture when Samuel had to make an emergency toilet trip.


We had to take the BTS because it was just too jammed and we didn’t want to waste any more time in the taxi, so yes, we had to alight halfway.


As you can see, the architecture in Bangkok is not that different compared to Malaysia.


Right?


When he was finally done.


But when it comes to shopping districts, the Thais know it is best to emulate Singapore. Or did Singapore copy them? Ah, either way.


And not fair!! How come they have Boots in Thailand and we don’t?!


There were people selling things all over the streets.


Some were deep frying snacks..


Some were selling fresh products in such an authentic way!


Some RM5 belts…..


Some RM2 earrings! Not as nice as the ones I bought though. *snotty*


And like every major city, a river runs through it.


People coming up from their boat ride.


I just happen to like street posts.


Even the sidewalk lingerie seem to be of rather good taste.


A bit of rustic Bangkok for you to see.


The amount of pink cabs there were astounding! They could’ve made it a nicer pink shade though, but I’m sure they have their reasons.


Crossing the overhead bridge to platinum! Hardcore man. That’s Samuel checking something out.


With the surprisingly smooth Bangkok traffic.


<3!!!


Crossing the busy Bangkok roads to get to heaven.


See what I meant by Bangkok traffic? Human traffic too! And I didn’t mean to make the lady as my main focus in this picture! She just so happened to be there.


Little girl on a pushcart as her dad crosses the busy road.


*angels singing in the background*


As you can see, I meant serious business.


This was the first shop I saw and already it looked so promising! The people at Platinum Mall really know how to get you. They sell the casual stuff at dirt cheap prices and the evening wear is as per market rate. 🙁 About RM100 and above for any formal dresses. 🙁


But these weren’t too bad. It was about RM60! Still pricey for Bangkok standards, but I guess from the looks of the material, it’s pretty good! My last dental dinner dress was this material and it cost no where near that price. Don’t talk about it lah, feel so heartsick now.


Oooh! Studded singlet. I thought it was time to embrace a little bit of rocker chick so I got the one in white.


Ei Leng made friends with a Singaporean who asked if they could share to get wholesale prices. You should do that too when you shop there!

On the average, a top/dress would set you back about RM28-25.
But if you are getting their ‘wholesale price’, you have to purchase a minimum of 2-3 pieces from their shop. Wholesale price is about RM13-RM18.

And when they say wholesale, they mean that you can choose ANY 2-3 pieces of items from their shop. Doesn’t have to be like the Jalan Hang Tuah ones where you are required to buy stuff in all colours/all sizes.


Cinchers for RM10 each! There were other shops that were selling these cinchers for RM5. Don’t expect to pay anything less than RM20 back home for one.


Bags my love! <3 There was a navy blue suede bag that I really wanted but it was about RM70. Rip off.


More of the gorgeous dinner wear that was there.


Love love the black one, damn unique.


I went mad at every accessory store that I passed by.


Would you believe me that the necklaces are RM6 for one, and the hairbands and bangles are RM1.90 each?!


And if I bought like 17 pieces of items and above, it was RM1.70 for one item.


So many, how to choose right?


I’m almost there, just you wait.


Sorry yah, so many photos of accessories. I just couldn’t get enough of it.


Bet you’ve seen this for sale in Malaysia selling for RM20+.


As you can see, the fashion is slightly different than back home. More variety!


This looks nice alone or even with some plain coloured babytee!


SHOES PARADISE! This was only like a quarter of all the shoes on display!


Usually when this much of shoes are on display, they are bound to be some hits and misses but you know, they were alllll gorgeous! After buying a pair from the stash, I wanted to make my way back to get one or two more pairs but couldn’t find it anymore. It’s like a shoe shop apparition.


The other half of the shoe ‘stall’. Don’t know if it’s right to call it a stall.


The suede pseudo-glads that I bought. Laced up too! LOooove.


Can you understand the promotion?:D If you can, you’ll be very very happy.


Some stalls are a little messy but that’s where the fun is at. Sift through!


Fascinators, headbands, hairbands what have you were everywhere.


Some proper skirts for class/work. I think these were about RM20 per piece!


Slutty clothes shop.


Comes with boots too!


Speaking of boots, I saw plenty. <3


Looking up at all the other floors which I have yet to cover. Remember, it takes about 3 hours min to get through one floor if you’re a suffering shopaholic.


Getting kids to compress the bags in the trolley to make space for more shopping!


I like how they organize specific shops to each floor. I went straight up to the fifth floor where all the bags and shoes were.


Bag heaven for real! Because of luggage constraints I could only get two. =(


Luckily I was with Ei Leng and thus we could get wholesale prices together.


And some sold bags AND shoes.


After I was done shopping (was more busy procuring great bargains than photographing them, there are a lot more stalls than the ones I put up), I went down to check out this Bangkok Street Fashion contest submission. Reversible rock goddess. Not bad eh the idea.


The hot designer! We noticed that Thai men are quite hot. Most of us girls had a very good time treating ourselves to eye candies on the BTS.


I love the headbands!!


This was outside one of the shopping malls in the city centre. I think it was for the Kau Wong Yeh (Ninth god?) festival.


I didn’t get to check out the fashion show that was held on Sunday since I had to go back already. The rest did say it was rather nice.


The girls and their purchases. It might look few to you but don’t be fooled as Samuel was carrying almost all the shopping. 🙂 Poor boy has to be the only gentleman. Thank you Samuel!


The Bangkok jam that you never ever want to get stuck in. Good if you want to take in the sights of the city with plenty of time to kill in a cab.


Even the human traffic was rather severe as well.

That night, we were to meet Chee Kiang’s friend Jesse whom he met at a pharmacy student conference in Romania back in 2008. Jesse is a local and duh, also a pharmacy student at the Mahidol University in Bangkok.


Having some low fat Italian ice cream while waiting for Jesse at the Siam BTS station.


Somehow Stephanie does it sexier than me. 😛


Italian ice cream it may be but it tastes exactly like Paddle Pop.


Verdict? Mine was still the best. 😛


After meeting Jesse, he brought us to one of his favourite Thai restaurants as we they were craving for tomyam.


Charis and Stephanie busy choosing their Thai food.


Ei Leng, Cassandra and a sad looking Phebe.


And this is Jesse!

Jesse and Chee Kiang became very close during that conference in Romania because they both thought they found their long lost twin. Firstly, they both thought they looked similar, had the same sense of humour, have girlfriends who study dentistry (!! but I can’t compare to his girlfriend, she’s one of the top students at her university!), both are pharmacy students (as we already know), hate the same pharmacy subject – statistics and are both the same age. I think there are more similarities, I can’t remember now.

Jesse was a really good host, even attempted to foot the dinner bill before we went behind his back and snatched it. 😀 He brought us to have dessert and to a or the (I’m not sure if there’s only one) Sky Bar.


I’m not much of a food blogger so here goes. Something fried and cheesy. Very nice.


Some meat and veggie. Very nice too.


Something more thai.


OH THIS WAS GOOD. As if fries weren’t unhealthy enough, they had to go and add fried bits to make the fries crunchier. Very nice.


Didn’t try, so don’t know very nice or not.


I am a very boring person so I had kuay teow soup. Yes, slap me please. I’m sure Jesse wanted to. Hehe. He was like, “What?!?! How can you not like spicy food?”


Group photo before leaving the restaurant.


I didn’t know that.


Some sights while walking through Bangkok city at night.


We wanted to have dessert at this cute pastry place but most of the cakes were gone by then. Sigh. These were really cute though!


They even sold cupcake decorations!


Plenty more where that came from.


Colourful birthday candles..! I want some. 🙁 Gonna be one sophisticated birthday cake.


For dessert, we went to Ice Monster! I’m not sure if we have this at home because the name sure sounds familiar. Is there one in Pavillion?

It’s quite interesting as you can see there’s Laici, Laici ice shavings, oreo and peach/pineapple.


It was impossible to finish one by yourself.


Jesse was seriously spoiling us with more Thai dessert. This was some mango coconut pudding thing. Really nice, like something pulut.


Offering us more food.


Damn camera flash.


Frozen fruits coated with chocolate.


This was the highlight of the night!! We wanted to get a cab to Sky Bar (Se-kai bar, that’s how it is pronounced in Thai) and the cabbie was like, “Small people one cab!”

Very nice of him to say that, so we packed in. All 8 of us!! The boys sat in front and the rest us girls packed into the backseat. I was like, “Okayyy the smaller sized ones can sit on top.”

Somehow I ended up on top. LOL. Poor Ei Leng and Charis. Sorry ah babes.


Jesse was enjoying himself as well. You can see how squashed up Samuel looked.


Hhahahahaha. Trying to maintain as little body contact as possible.


Can see we were all camwhoring! It was definitely an experience, I bet no other cabbies are this cool. He even said that his highest record was 7 people. YES!! We beat it!


Why I look so proper. -_-
This was at the lobby of the building where the Sky Bar was situated at. The building has 50 over floors.


Towering decos.


Was supposed to do a sexy pose with my Sexy Kiwi drink.


If at first you are not sexy, try try again.


We wanted to have a seat under the Bangkok night sky but there were not enough tables.


Sexy kiwi makes another appearance.


There was a wall at the open air are that had all these pinhole lights shining through! Beautiful! Like the ceiling in the Emirates plane.


That’s Bangkok’s tallest building amidst the sparkling city.


Because one shot is never enough.


I love that wall so much. Maybe I’ll have one in my future house.


Hahahaha look at Samuel okay, see properly ah. He’s all “Ooh, this might taste nice.”


NOT!!! Hahaha. His face damn classic here.


Every table had a dinosaur egg lamp! Very cute to camwhore with.


Without flash.


Jesse and Me and the dinosaur egg.


With flash.


Phebe and the dinosaur egg.


Samuel trying to eat the dinosaur inside the egg. This reminds me of a scene in Disney’s The Rescuers Down Under where the evil hunter’s evil pet lizard tries to bite the american great eagle’s egg and his tooth broke.


Charis chose to look pretty with the dinosaur egg.


Libery Charis.


Another group shot before we left.


You usually see the name of the establishment on the wall or something but this was on the floor.


And this was how much I had to bring home with me after spending only two days in Bangkok! 😀 Sunday doesn’t count as I didn’t have time to go anywhere but the airport. The ride from the airport to my hotel at Sukhumvit 77 was RM30 inclusive of some airport fees but from the hotel to the airport it was only RM14!!


Jesse was kind enough to come see me off at the airport as he lives really close to the airport. He had me try the coconut ice blended! VERY NICE! (what else is there to say right -_-)


Since I already had some breakfast at the hotel I opted for some broth.


Jesse and I before I entered the departure hall. Unlike any other guy, he gave me some damn useful advice, “Go shop at duty free. You can get at least 20% off the cosmetics there!” WOOHOO! I made a beeline for MAC.


And here we are!! My spoils from my weekend in Bangkok!


Bangkok is like statement t-shirts heaven. So I got myself a few. Back here a t-shirt like this can set you back about RM30. If you’re lucky, RM20.


Got myself another Little Miss shirt for my collection. So far I’ve got Little Miss Curious and Little Miss Boobjob which are both very me. Little Miss Helpful…… depends on my mood I guess. I can be a real bitch when I’ve had a bad day in the clinics. Slamming lockers, friends glaring.. 🙁


Bought myself two decent dresses to be worn where conservative people are present.


Believe it or not, this was only Rm15.


So was this. The belt doesn’t come with it though. Without it, the dress looks quite boring. But decent, right? I had to buy two pieces from the shop to get wholesale price.

There are more clothes further down the post.. don’t know how I arranged my photos those many days ago. Worked on this post for damn kau long la okay.


The bags I bought!


Using Angel as my hairband holder. Quite a good look on her!


My preppy puppy.


This is not quite her.


Not one for accessories and the likes.


I couldn’t resist this bag!! It was only RM15 and I believe I’ll never see anything quite like it again so I HAD to get it.


I bought much hairbands and much earrings.


I know it’s a whole lot for one trip but siggghhh I wish I brought home more. You hardly see these styles here!


Hairbands!!! I’m now wearing a different hairband everyday to uni. This is not appropriate for uni lah, but who knows, I might wear it.


Furry! Only Rm1.90!!


I already wore this to the clinics, hehe. Dr. Karthik was worried that it might drop into the patient’s mouth.


A boring one for days when I don’t feel so flamboyant.


I wear this quite a lot now. 🙂 If you did see the Nuffnang Blog Awards post, it’s there.


And hair ties. Also Rm1.90! I keep forgetting that I have these.


TWITTER EARRINGS! I won’t dwell on the price as I am trying to erase the money. Cheap as Bangkok may be, but it was disgusting what I had to pay for these special earrings. (more at the bottom)


Lightning earrings. The blue part is made of enamel paint.


Ice cream cones which everyone said looks really delicious. It totally looks like the McDonald’s Sundae Cones right?


One big one small heart. Like in the cartoons when someone falls in love. <3


And something for days when I’m feeling spunky.

For days when I am feeling aunty. 😛


I thought these rocking horses look rather whimsical.


There’s a friggin’ nursery rhyme going round and round what looks like Peter Rabbit, what’s not to like? BUY!


Awwwwwww. Another whimsical set.


This one damn random, so I couldn’t resist them as well.


RM6 for one strand! Which is what the wholesalers back home sell for anyway. But they would want you to buy up to RM200 from their shop before they are wiling to sell it to you. Evil people.


Ei Leng encouraged me to get this bucket bag!


I think it looks very classy but it’s not all that spacious. RM25!


It’s not really very Paris Hilton but it does remind me of her, not so much the bags from her shop.


And there’s a nice brown suede lining inside. Got it for RM22!


And some pouches (RM8 and RM5) to carry my phones into the clinic.


Continue with the clothes now! Oh yeah I forgot I have a Little Miss Daredevil now too. Also depends on my mood one. RM10!


RM15. This is very new to me…….so might as well experiment abit lah. Hope nobody laughed at me when I wore this.


RM15! I didn’t really feel this one, but a black something is always wise.


RM13 flowery skirts!! I love this and the price too!!


I liked it so much that I even bought another skirt in a different design. The sequinned top is about RM25.


One of my better purchases! Rm18!!!!


This one not so clever… was Rm22 and I stupidly paid for it.


And got it in purple too. -_-


And on to my great big love…SHOES!!!
These were RM39 but it’s not often I can find this type for this price.


As for this, it is something that I’ve never ever seen before! Thai silk glads, GRAB! With ribbons somemore!
RM25 I think.


Crochet sandals..for RM20. With bells too!


Some decent pumps for lab sessions. Very sweet too. 🙂 RM25.


These are RM35 because they are rather unique. So feminine, right?


This is what Jesse gave me at the airport. It’s some dentistry souvenirs from his university! Apparently, second year students usually design some souvenirs to be sold to the freshmen to raise funds. Can you see that each character is a tooth?


Tooth!

It’s just an empty exercise book inside. A very clever idea!


He gave me a keychain from his university as well.


And here are my guilty pleasures just before I left Bangkok.

Okay, do comment coz I want to know how many of you are still awake/alive after spending a part of your life reading this.

If Only I had Channel X Unlimited Facebook Via SMS In National Service

I can still remember those lonely weekends in National Service, the two precious days where our phones were returned to us.

We would line up in the canteen and wait patiently as the Cikgu calls out your name from the sticker which they stuck onto the back of your phone. We’d grab it with two hands like hungry deprived children in poverty stricken nations and fumble as we plug our chargers into it. Some girls fought over the power socket but savvy people like yours truly (ahem) bought a multiple power sockets thingie to share with the other girls. I had every right to ALWAYS have one socket to myself because I was the one who bought it.

The phones were our only source to the outside world. My friends would sms me to enquire if I was still alive, my family would call me to reassure me that three months would be over soon enough and I would talk to Chee Kiang until late at night asking him how he survived his national service a year ago, sitting next to the charger looking out at the dark dorm room which I shared with 24 girls. No one spoke English by the way, all the more reason I was depressed.

What I would GIVE to have the internet with me, I thought. Blogging was at its prime at that time in 2005. But this was the era BEFORE Facebook. I did actually keep a journal with me and sent entries home for my brother to upload for me onto my blog.

But just imagine if I had Facebook that time AND the Channel X Unlimited Facebook Via Sms I’d be able to tell the world how sad I was and all the stupid things I saw happening around me. I mean National Service did get better but there were so many things that I just *had* to tell the world immediately. With Channel X Unlimited Facebook Via SMS, I could even get the notifications back to me immediately.

Like say if I saw my Cikgu punish two boys found smoking in the toilet with the “Push Ups Tahan” (to be in push up position but to hold it midway for as long as the Cikgu wanted them to), it’d be awesome if I could update my FB status straight away. Why why didn’t Channel X Unlimited Facebook Via SMS come earlier? 🙁

Hopefully the kids these days at National Service can utilize this awesome service. Only RM1 per week for unlimited FB usage. Even the burger at the burger stall in NS costs more than that. Burger Special was RM2 I remember! So Burger Special or to whine to your friends whenever and wherever? Your choice!