Sunday, June 03, 2012

i tres must have this: ladurée x hello kitty

I'll probably miss this by the time I get to Paris in summer (yes, I'm going.. AGAIN) which is a real shame 'cos take a look at this! Isn't this tres excellént?? Love it love it love it!

What happens when macaron mogul collaborates with kawaii kitty?? An explosion of Ladurée x Hello Kitty candylicious stationery and macaron boxes! Look at that pop-up box. Wonderful, just wonderful.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

break the cervical cancer silence

(another very belated post... eek!)

It's the time of the month again and I'm not talking about your menses. I attended the launch of Power Over Cervical Cancer (POCC) and this year the theme is Breaking The Silence. 

As a POCC blogger ambassador and even more so as a doctor, I cannot stress enough on the importance of pap smears. 

"Basically what POCC wants to do is to highlight the subject of cervical cancer and inform people of ways to prevent it. You can take a jab of HPV vaccine or/and most importantly get a pap smear examination. Seriously my corny words seem so intelligent now: don't be ignorant. If it's time to get a pap, go get it. It's not a taboo anymore. Not since The Pill was invented. With liberation comes consequences and if you're having sex, you bloody should take care of your cervix and get it checked. You service your car, don't you?? You get a blood test ever once in awhile right?? So why don't you examine your precious little cervix? You're gonna need it 'till the end of time... and it's not like some f*cked-up carburator that you can just pluck out and replace!" Read more on my previous post here.

Say it with me ladies, 'Don't be a fool. Protect your tool.' 

That's Ms Rubi-Ain of National Cancer Society Malaysia along with Dr Dalilah and GSK ripping a band-aid out of Rina's mouth! 

Sarimah did a wonderful job hosting the event along with the other POCC ambassadors: Genevieve Sambhi, Vanessa and Pamela Chong.

A group picture with the Pink Ladies. Tough as nails women who have battled cancer and lives to tell their harrowing story. 

It wasn't my smoothest moment but I just had to tell Genevieve Sambhi that I've retold her story many a time when giving cervical cancer awareness talks to the patients and people of my community clinic. She does serve to be an inspiration to us all. 

Cervical cancer trivia that I learnt during the campaign (I wouldn't trust a doctor who claims to know EVERYTHING. We don't. There's always something new to be learnt because our business it's a lifelong learning business. Trust a doctor who recognizes his/her shortcomings but is willing to find out the truth):

- Worldwide, one woman dies of cervical cancer every 2 minutes
- Cervical cancer is the 3rd commonest female cancer in Malaysia
- 99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- HPV can be transmitted via sexual (sexual intercourse, genital-genital, manual-genital, oral-genital) and non-sexual routes: extra-genital (undergarments, contaminated medical tools?) and vertical (mother-child)
- 80% of women will acquire HPV infections throughout their lives as penetrative intercourse is not necessary for infection
- Every sexually-active woman is at risk of acquiring an oncogenic (meaning cancer-causing) HPV infection

Get a HPV vaccine. Get a pap smear. Take a POCC pledge here. Educate your family and friends. Break the silence.

Friday, June 01, 2012

the BFM interview

(a very belated post)

It must be the power of affirmation or divine intervention because I was on NATIONAL freaking RADIO!!
Goodness gracious, you have no idea how many times I’ve muttered to myself, yelled in the shower or exclaimed to my friends that I wish*bisou* bonbon could get air time. So you can imagine my delightful surprise (well, shell-shocked really) when I received an email from BFM 89.9 that they’d like to have me in for a session with Freda Liu on their show ‘Open For Business’. Needless to say I leaped at the opportunity!

Turns out, the producer for ‘Open For Business’ had sampled some *bisou* bonbon products in Kaleidoscope and liked them! It’s such joy to learn that people like / love my products. I’d probably tear if I continue on this note. Like other makers who take pride in their craft, it’s the biggest compliment of all when people tell me they enjoy my product. Perhaps so much blood, sweat and tears have gone into *bisou* bonbon that I can’t help but feel so strongly about each and every one of my products. Anyhoots, I was given a sample of potential questions to answer and ultimately my homework was to listen to past shows. It was intimidating going through the string of podcasts of entrepreneurs who were on the show. There were alot of established businessmen + woman featured on ‘Open for Business’ and I’m thinking to myself “Whoah where do *bisou* bonbon belong in this sea of Titans?” That and “Man everyone sounds so darn intellectual.”

I'm at BFM 89.9! Wooot!!

There was no time for self-doubt obviously what with the interview just days ahead and so many more podcasts to go through. I didn’t sleep well the night before. Fearful that I would f*ck the interview up and appear to be an airhead on national freaking radio! Miss ChongChong had a tip for me ‘cos afew of her bosses have been on BFM 89.9: don’t say “uh...” ‘cos it sounds darn annoying on air. I arrived crazy early and took the lift to BFM 89.9’s office. A show was going on and everyone else was busy doing their own thingy. Freda came to my rescue. She was a fiery dynamic character and awfully nice. I probably looked like a deer in the headlight. She reassured me that everything would go along well. We were seated in the (airtime?) room and Freda explained regarding the basic use of headphones etc. The rest went by in a flash. I only have mere pockets of hazy memories of how everything went down.  And did I hold my ‘uh-s’? Nay, I let ‘em rip like machine guns :D And I’m reminded by them every time I play the podcast *cringe*

After the interview, I went back to the car, blasted 'Moves Like Jagger' out LOUD, did an upper body dougie and a 1-man mexican wave!!

This marked an important milestone for *bisou* bonbon. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Adeline and Freda at BFM 89.9 for taking such a warm interest in us and most of all to everyone who have supported *bisou* bonbon & *bisou* rose from the start and especially those who still do. We would not have been able to be where we are if not for your support. Thank you very much again.

(Haiya... see I’m tearing again...)
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