Glam Mama Bazaar was on TV! Thank you TV3!

If you follow me on FB and Instagram (if you don't, hello I think it's time you follow me @adrianathani), you'll know that I was on TV this past weekend...and that I totally missed it. Luckily, my friend Fathin managed to record bits of it, so I was quite happy to see that.

Until, that is, my buddy Azaria sent me this copy of the whole segment! Thank you, love!!!

Sila abaikan my terrible Malay k. Kalau bahasa pasar, ok je...tapi bab bahasa baku/formal, ya ampuuuun. Hahahaha. Also, my voice is a little weird here for some reason. As for the title, I think most people can readily understand that this is salah satu cara pihak media mensensasikan sesuatu yang tak perlu disensasikan pun. What to do. 







Glam Mama at Malaysia Fashion Week 2014 - WEAR App Launch and Gala Night


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Sunday, 19/10/14 - WEAR App Launch

Photo Credit: RAPR Mileage Communications
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BLOUSE and LEATHER PANTS by H&M
SHOES by Ving Ming
So I've blogged about the WEAR app before, and of course, as the official digital partner for the Malaysia Fashion Week 2014, they had to launch it sometime during the week! And so last Sunday, the WEAR app was officially launched at Signature @ The Roof, 1First Avenue, Bandar Utama. 

My Vaser LipoSelection Experience at Ageless Medispa by Dr Alice Michael - PART 2

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As promised, here is my experience of Vaser LipoSelection in my double chin area! On October 3, I went to Dr Alice Medispa in Bangsar and was greeted by these smiling faces.


I was kind of nervous, mostly about the recovery than anything else. I knew I’d be in good hands with Dr Alice. Anyway, after waiting a few minutes, I was taken to a room to get out of my clothes and into this fabulous fluffy pink robe.



After I answered some questions about existing conditions and allergies, I got my photo taken from several angles (thank you Zarina and Charmaine for the shots!). Like mugshot, right? Hahaha. You can see the double chin here (along with my eyebags and massive “baby face” cheeks).


Then I was given a pill to relax me. It worked. LOL. I wasn’t out of my mind high, just super chill. It was really nice, actually. Then I was taken to the operation theatre, which is where I started to get nervous.


Luckily, I was distracted by the task of taking off all my ear jewelry. As you well know, I have quite a few, and they are actually tricky to take off and put on, because they’re barbells that have to be screwed on. So that took quite a while! Anyway, after that, they checked my blood pressure (low, probably because I had to fast since the night before) and started an IV line. Then Dr. Alice marked my face, which is meant to show her the specific areas that she needs to aim for during the procedure.


I knew from my consultation that I will not be under general anesthesia, which is important for me because frankly GA freaks me out. Instead, I was given a rather heavy sedative that caused me to sleep throughout most of the procedure, though I remember going in and out of consciousness. This is what they call “twilight sedation”. Mind you, it had nothing to do with sparkly vampires.


I felt no pain, just pressure around the area they were working on. For example, I DO NOT remember having my eyes closed like in the picture above, but as you can see from the picture, apparently I was happily awake! I was informed later that I had been remarking about how Ryan Gosling broke so many hearts by having a baby with Eva Mendes, and how Zoe Saldana is pregnant and her baby daddy it a total hottie. Ah, important things that float around my mind, ready to come out when I am semi-conscious, LOL!

So basically, Dr. Alice made two tiny incisions just under each of my ears (as you can see in the picture above). Then she puts in a special saline solution called “tumescent fluid” and waits for 10 minutes while it works “to numb the area and shrink local blood vessels. It also temporarily expands the volume of the target area, making fat cells easier to remove.” (Source: Vaser.com).

Then, she gets to work with her special probe, as seen in the picture above! You can also see the port to protect my skin from the heat of the probe – it’s that yellow thing near my skin. The probe is a high thermal index treatment (meaning it is very very hot), which also helps to tighten my skin in time.


Then, the fluid and the fats are taken out like in the photo above! You can see the fluid and fat cells in the cannula right? So gross OMG. And, I’ve left out the gory pictures too! LOL. These were the least gory ones I can find. All in all, the procedure took two hours.



After all was done, the nurses helped me walk to another room to sleep off the sedatives. Man, I slept sooooo well. If I could sleep like that every night, I would be in the best mood every day. So so so good.

However, my mood was a little dampened when I saw my post-operative reflection for the first time…


I mean, wtf is that?? I look like a chipmunk! Hahahah. I would not usually share such an unflattering photo on my blog but for the sake of sharing, here you see me at my very worst. I don’t blame you for laughing – this picture still makes me laugh!


The beautiful Dr. Alice (seriously, she always makes me feel frumpy. Lady is on point every time I see her!) came to see me before I left to talk about how my surgery went. Apparently my fat was especially stubborn. This didn’t surprise me, since it explained how nothing else has worked to remove the fat. But what did surprise me was that the previous treatments were probably the reason my fat cells were so dense. Apparently "virgin fat" is way easier to remove. 

She also told me that I had a couple of stitches at the incisions under my ear, which will have to be taken out after a week. She also talked about post-operative care, and gave me antibiotics, pain meds, and anti-inflammatory meds that will help with the swelling.

For the record, I did not drive myself home – I had someone to drive me. I’m glad I arranged to do that because I certainly was in no condition to drive! I was quite sleepy, in fact. Anyway, I had to go home looking like a taped up chipmunk, which the children found both scary and unbelievably hilarious, of course. And I kept the tape on all day till around 10pm, which is when I took it off and was confronted by this:


I know the bruising looks super intense, but I didn’t feel any pain. In fact, the entire area under my chin was numb! In my next post, I’ll share my post-operative recovery during the first week, so stay tuned for that!

Dr Alice Medispa 
Website: http://www.aliceantiaging.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dr.AliceTotalWellnessCenter
62-1 Jalan Maarof,
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 0322820994
Fax: 0322840994

Note: This is a sponsored post, which means that I received the product and/or service in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Obsession Of The Week: Furry Vest by Guess!


So I attended Guess' Nashville's Denim Most Wanted Denim Event recently (thank you Mary Jane of tauyanm.com for the invite! xoxo) and have officially become obsessed with one of the pieces of their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. This vest:

My Vaser LipoSelection Experience at Ageless Medispa by Dr Alice Michael - PART 1

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So, in preparation for the wedding, I’ve got my own “beauty plan”. Most brides do – you want to make sure you look for very best for your Big Day. That’s why you schedule routine facials, hair treatments, and cosmetic surgery. Wait, what?

Yes, I know it sounds dramatic. And yes, I know I don’t look like a complete ogre and to most people, I don’t “need” to do this. But this is something that I am very self-conscious about. It’s something that no amount of diet or exercise or creams or injections have been able to get rid of. What is it? My tiny bewbs? My not-so-flat belly? Certainly not my ample derriere AKA best asset (pun intended).

Nope…it’s my double chin.


Yes, I have a folder full of pics like this.
I’ve tried almost everything. I had this tiny double chin exercise equipment that could supposedly “exercise” my double chin away. I have done Thermage – basically a skin-firming procedure where you “iron” the skin which could supposedly make my double chin less obvious. I have done mesotherapy – a series of injections which could supposedly shrink the fat cells in the double chin. NONE of them worked. Not even a bit! It may work for some, but certainly not me.



And that is why I went to Dr Alice Prethima Michael of Dr Alice Medispa in Bangsar (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) to inquire about what I can do to really get rid of that fat permanently. I’d done some research online, and I knew that liposuction was an option. But I was a little scared about what it entailed – wouldn’t it damage the surrounding tissue? And wouldn’t that require more time to completely heal?

Fortunately, Dr Alice knows all the latest and greatest in cosmetic procedures and is one of the very best cosmetic surgeons in Malaysia, and she told me about Vaser LipoSelection. So what makes Vaser LipoSelection different from traditional Liposuction? According to my research, Vaser LipoSelection is more highly selective in targeting and liquefying the fat, minimizing risks of injury to the blood vessels and nerves. This selectivity for liquefying the fat cells means less tearing and injury to surrounding tissue, resulting in less bleeding, bruising and pain.

"This is why it can be done without GA or major bruising," according to Dr Alice, "Blood vessels and lymphatic circulation/channels remain intact, so there is also faster relief in terms of swelling."

According to the VASERlipo website, VASERlipo™ “produces superior results by treating areas of fat with ultrasound energy, then gently removing the fat through a small tube inserted under the skin. This minimally invasive process is gentle on the body and supremely effective, giving patients the smooth contours they want with far less pain or recovery than traditional liposuction”.

That’s why I chose to do Double Chin Vaser LipoSelection! It’s pretty exciting for me, as my double chin has always put a damper on my confidence, to the point where I dislike people taking close-up photos of me for fear of getting the wrong angles. I know a lot of people share this feeling, and I feel very fortunate to be able to do something about it, thanks to Dr Alice Michael!

Here’s an image I took off of the VASERLipo website that explains the procedure:

Source: Vaser.com
In my next post, I will tell you all about the procedure itself, and after that I’ll let you know how my recovery goes! Can’t wait to share this experience with you all :D

Dr Alice Medispa 
Website: http://www.aliceantiaging.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dr.AliceTotalWellnessCenter
62-1 Jalan Maarof,
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 0322820994
Fax: 0322840994

Note: This is a sponsored post, which means that I received the product and/or service in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Opening Bash for Malaysia Fashion Week 2014


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From last Friday till this coming Wednesday, the inaugural Malaysia Fashion Week (MFW) 2014 will feature the year's most fashionable events in a collaboration between national trade promotion agency MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), and the country's leading fashion event organizer, STYLO International, supported by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). 

Among the many many events at MFW 2014 was the Opening Bash at Sultan Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, last night! Of course, the most important job for all the guest were to look fashionable ;) And I took that job very seriously indeed.

WEAR App & The Wearista Challenge - great prizes for you Malaysian fashionistas!

So recently I went to the pre-launch of a nifty app called WEAR. It's Japan's #1 mobile fashion app and it's finally coming to our shores! WEAR is a really useful tool for fashionistas to not only post their looks, but also find style inspiration and purchase items directly from the app itself.
Add me up! Username is @adrianathani :D

How Safe Are Cosmetic Procedures In Malaysia?

I was recently invited to a really eye-opening event at Dr Alice Medispa in Bangsar. With my little guy tagging along, we attended Dr Alice Michael's Safe Cosmetic Practices Media Forum and learned many interesting about the cosmetic and aesthetic industry in Malaysia.


Now, I’ve had some stuff done before – some more invasive than others, but still, I’ve frequented enough cosmetic doctors, aestheticians, beauty salons, clinics, etc etc to know the game a little bit. Oftentimes its not till the procedure is being done that I realize – wait, I don’t think this person’s qualified to do this! Pretty terrifying when they’re aiming hot laser pulses at your face. I’ve often wondered if there was anyone regulating the industry, and what kind of laws would protect me should someone freakin melt my face off.


Now here’s something interesting I learned at Dr Alice’s Safe Cosmetic Practices Media Forum – there are actual governing bodies for the aesthetic industry here in Malaysia! The Malaysian Medical Council and the National Registry of Registered Medical Practitioners Practicing Aesthetic Medical Practice (well that’s a mouthful! Let’s just call it the Registry) are two such organizations that regulate aesthetic medical practices here. Under the Ministry of Health’s Guideline for Aesthetic Medical Practice, if you lodge a complaint against a registered medical practitioner, it can even lead to the removal of that incompetent medical practitioner from the registry.


However, what happens when the person that melted your face off, isn’t a registered medical practitioner? Nothing. Nada. There are NO DIRECT LAWS to prevent an unqualified person to perform cosmetic surgery or non-surgical procedures or to make them face criminal charges event if the patient dies or is disfigured as a result of a botched job.



This is why it is so so so important to find the best aesthetic and cosmetic practitioner if you’re thinking about getting anything done. Consult a real actual doctor who is appropriate for treatment you want to get, and is registered with the Registry. Remember, any licensed physician is legally allowed to advertise as a cosmetic surgeon, even if he or she has no formal surgical training. Get to know him or her – a good doctor would never pressure or rush you. They’d take their time and let you take yours. They’d entertain any and all questions, no matter how silly. They’ll help you manage your expectations in terms of the outcome of the procedure (no lofty “it will change your life” BS here! This is such a red flag in terms of the unqualified “beauticians”).


I’m pretty lucky that I’ve got Dr Alice as my go-to cosmetic doctor! From the time I first met her, she’s always been super patient and generous with her time and knowledge. I’ve learned quite a bit from her, actually, about things that I don’t even plan on doing in the near future! That being said, this media forum has come at the right time because I’m planning to take on my most invasive procedure to date…and I can’t wait to share the experience with you guys soon! ;)




International Babywearing Walk 2014 - Suria KLCC, Malaysia

This year there were quite a few events organized to celebrate International Babywearing Week in Malaysia. The ones in Kuala Lumpur were organized by Malaysian Babywearers and Babywearers' Haven. I wish I could've made it to both, but alas, I could only attend the babywearing walk at Suria KLCC organized by the new group in town, Babywearers' Haven.



Pics from Glam Mama Bazaar!

It’s been a couple of weeks since the Glam Mama Bazaar and Book Launch and I’m still reeling! It was a fun and chaotic day filled with lots of love, laughter, and (of course) shopping ;) Organizing it basically took all of my time in September, and I almost miss the work now. ALMOST k. ;p