Friday, February 28, 2020

Can Melatonin Supplements Treat Insomnia?

Whenever some Chaebol in Kdrama is having a sleepless night, they swallowed some pills like swallow candy. When feeling nervous or panic, they swallow some pills too. So easy to get those pills prescriptions, huh? Do they just buy all those from the shelf or their Doc just prescribes as they wish? Seriously, those thoughts keep coming to me for years!!!! 

I went to the GP and asked to prescribe me for a sleeping pill. Of course, my GP doesn't easily prescribe me with one bottle like I imagine can place on my side cabinet by the bed. The max I could obtain was only 2 tablets. Stingy!! Not that I am asking it for free. I am willing to pay. But the GP won't give up! They asked me to change my lifestyle habits. I wonder what kind of lifestyle I have been living that makes me having such a sleepless night.
I was dying to sleep at least 2 hours without waking up. But I couldn't. My mind seems to be very active with many thoughts. Not like I am a chaebol or a CEO in a big corporation. I am just a mere normal living human. isk isk isk....

As usual 'Mr Google' is always a wizard who will help me during this curious time. How to treat insomnia?

One possible solution is to change my habit of drinking morning coffee with an empty stomach. I am still practising IF. So I don't take breakfast except for one cup of black coffee without sugar and milk.
From the resources read, my habits of drinking coffee with empty stomach apparently disturb the process of my body producing the melatonin which is essential for sleeping. Got it!

I change my habit ...and...I am still not able to sleep. Why? Why? ...being so dramatic again.

What is melatonin?

Melatonin is some hormone released by the pineal gland which helps to regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

Some people said to try to drink warm milk before bedtime. I did. It left me a heavy swollen throat instead of having a good night sleep. Suffering at this point.
When I was hospitalized for 4 nights, I was so happy since the nurse always gave me sleeping pills at 10pm to help me fall asleep. I usually woke up at 3am then. huhuhuh.

I then interested to know more about melatonin which then led me to melatonin supplement discovery.

I found Melatonin supplement by accident during my melatonin searching. Owh!!! I can buy this?So...this is the one they consume in K drama? No wonder..they can just put the whole bottle in the drawer by their bed and pop up anytime they have trouble sleeping.

Before purchasing the melatonin supplement, I did some research online just to make sure this is drug-free and safe for consumptions. I am more than worried about the side effects. To my findings, it kind of safe for the short term. Since I was dying to sleep, I dare myself to buy one bottle from a famous online shop.

I have a search around and the results show Natrol Melatonin is safe and effective. I bought Biotin supplement from the same brand too. It's a long trusted brand by many.

Back to the title...Can Melatonin Supplements Treat Insomnia?

I don't think this will helps in the long term but for those who are searching for a short term solution, this may help you. I suggest you visit a doctor or try to look into your lifestyle including diet for a long term solution.

Is it safe to take Melatonin Supplements?

This supplement is safe in general but only for a short term solution. You can take this if you are having a jeg leg after a long haul flight in a different timing zone and also if you are having stress and sleepless night due to work or something worrisome.

Any side effect of taking Melatonin?

In general, melatonin is safe to take up to 2 years. Different people may have some side effect such as headache, short term depression, daytime sleepiness, dizziness and stomach cramps. So careful before taking any supplements and best if you consult your GP.

What is my experience taking Melatonin?

This melatonin supplement reached me last Friday. I only pop in this tablet when I really unable to fall asleep after a long time on the bed.

First time experience taking a melatonin supplement 

I was on bed at 10pm. I tried to empty my mind and stay focus trying to sleep. tik tok tik tok...1:00am still wide awake. WTH! So I pop up one tablet at around 1:30am with high hope. According to direction, it will take 20 minutes for the pill to take effect. After that, I don't really feel like I am sleeping but more like realistic vivid dreams. I was then wide awake at around 3:45am. I was like....WTH! did I just sleep or not sleep. Ya! I was awake until morning after that so-called dream or something. Hurl! 

Second time experience with Melatonin supplement

I immediately took the pill at 10pm. I then woke up at 4am. At least I have a deep sleep. I don't have any dream. But no more sleeping after 4am. I feel energized and alert.

Third time experience with Melatonin supplement 

I took it at around 2am. I end up woke up at 3:45am. Then went back to sleep and woke up at around 6am. No dreaming or anything.

After 3 times took the pills, I don't think this pill can make me sleep like a baby. huhuhuh...not as I expected though!

I stop taking it now because only take this when feeling desperate to have some sleep. I can sleep like usual but only fall asleep at around 1am or 2am without any pill and usually wake up at 4am or 5am. least something. I am trying to adjust my system and hope it goes back to normal and has some usual sleeping pattern. 

My conditions become like this after came back from the hospital last 2 weeks.

I bought a Melatonin supplement from Shopee. You can search it there. Don't forget to use a cashback online platform to earn some cash from your shopping. I use Octaplus for this. You can use my referral code which you can find on the top right of this blog

Natrol Melatonin claim:

  • 100% Drug-free and non-habit forming Melatonin is a nighttime sleep aid for occasional sleeplessness.
  • 2 layer tablet - outer layer releases Melatonin quickly to help you fall asleep faster, followed by controlled release of an inner layer to help you sleep through the night. (not really sure about this. Based on my experience above. None of this. huhuhu)
  • Contains Vitamin B-6 to support the body's natural production of Melatonin.
  • Helps establish normal sleep patterns
  • Vegetarian products
Natrol Melatonin I bought is 5mg extra strength. They do have 3mg version in the market.

Natrol Melatonin ingredients : 

Amount per servings - Vitamin B-6 10mg and Melatonin 5mg
Other ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate, Methylcellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Stearate Acid, Hypromellose, Silicon Dioxide, Glycerin

NO: Milk, Egg, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, Yeast, Artificial Colors or flavours, Added Sugar or Preservatives

Do I recommend this for those who suffer from insomnia? 

Please visit your nearest GP to find out your conditions is your best solutions. But no harm try this for short term solution. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I bought this on my own and all written based on my personal experience. If you decide to buy and consume please do it at your own risk! I don't have insomnia but occasionally I do have trouble falling asleep.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

I Don't Win Free Car at Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang

(L-R)Suhaimi Bin Mahdar, Winner of the Toyota Avanza & Mohd Zafri Mohd Shariff, Winner of the Toyota Yaris

Last Christmas, I entered a contest organised by Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang (MOP KLIA) with hoping to start the Year 2020 with a brand new Toyota. isk isk usual. Lady luck is not on my side. Why??? hihihihi drama mode starts again.

Anyway, for those who won..Congratulations! (bitter mode congratulation) hahaha

For those who missed out on this contest. Please check out my first experience visit to MOP KLIA last year,.

It was a pleasant first trip. I am not sure if you know this, MOP KLIA is Japan's branded factory outlet shopping mall. The mall management organised the 'Spend and Win a Car' contest last Christmas, where shoppers spend a minimum amount of RM300 in a maximum of two receipts to participate. Super generous prizes are offered to shoppers - such as Toyota Avanza and Yaris.

Like I said lady luck is not on my side this year. But the winners must be smiling to ears, drove away with a brand new car. The winner Suhaimi Bin Mahdar, 52 drove away with Toyota Avanza and Mohd Zafri Mohd Shariff, 52 drove away with his Toyota Yaris.

One of the winners shop 3 times at MOP KLIA to enter the contest. Worth of his spending. The family must be happy.

Tossing of Yee Sang

The winners were announced during a Chap Goh Meh celebration organised by the mall. Tenant and Shoppers were entertained with the Chinese cultural performances such as Sichuan Face Changing Show, Lion Dance and the tossing of the Prosperity Yee Sang.

MOP KLIA hosts a variety of Malaysian festivities throughout the year by offering unique experiences and excitement for tourists and local visitors alike in line with Visit Malaysia Year.

Where is MOP KLIA?

MOP KLIA is strategically located just 8 minutes away from KLIA and KLIA2 and approximately 45 minutes from KL City Centre. The outlet mall is easily accessible through various highways such as ELITE, LDP, KESAS, MAJU Expressway, North-South Expressway Central Link, and NKVE.

Getting to MOP KLIA is also convenient as there are ample public transportation services available.

Check out MOP KLIA official website for more information on upcoming offers, promotions and happening.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin, China] Don't Miss Out West Street at Night in Yangshuo

After back from exploring Ancient Town, Xingping, I get some 30 minutes rest before head out to grab some dinner and explore West Street at night. I only have one night at Yangshuo before continuing my journey to Longsheng the next day.

For those who took a Li River Cruise day trip may have a chance to explore West Street at day time for around one hour. But I was told its more happening at night. That's the reason I booked a room to overnight here.

Pavillion opposite place I stayed. Can see the beautiful Li River view from here
West Street is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the place I stayed. Seriously, this place is super convenient. Check my earlier post if you want to book this place. But before I walked over to West Street for quick dinner, I took the opportunity to enjoy the view of Li River after sunset.

It's low tide during this time. So I manage to walk down and take a quick stroll along the river. Some local will find the river snails and fish during this time too.

The view is different from this level but still, I can see a row of karst mountain. Gorgeous view! They will light up the river bank beautifully after dark.

West Street in Yangshuo exist ever since 590 AD during the Sui Dynasty and I read it is more than 1,400 years old. This makes this place is the oldest street in Yangshuo. The street was named due to its location on the West of the County.

I discovered a variety of food from local to international here. I noticed not just in Yangshuo but in Guilin overall, the locals here love to eat charred Durian. I am not a big fan of durian but really amazed on how they grilled the durian in aluminium foiled and enjoy the charred durian as a snack food. I bet it tastes creamy and delicious! 

Why I said you should consider to overnight in Yangshuo for at least a night? The West Street kind of happening with beautiful lights up and the never-ending crowds make this place more vibrant. For those clubbing goers, this place is kind of perfect for you at night too. Their club kind of in a glass shop and outside people can see through on what is happening inside. I am not trying to support women exploitation but only at night people like me who never been into the club can see what is going on in there; I have the video which I upload in my Youtube Channel. You can also view from the link below.

I grab some garlic grilled oyster and steamed yam for my dinner that night. The food portion is kind of big. So, that's all I can eat for that night. You can check out my video in the link below this post for more bizarre and exotic food which discover at West Street Yangshuo.

I mentioned in my previous Guilin Travelogue, their speciality here is Gui Hua or Osmanthus flower and Monk Fruits. So you can find many osmanthus flower tea and osmanthus flower snacks here.

Guilin is also famous for nougat and milk candies. I tried those roses nougat and it tastes seriously delicious. I thought it will be kind of you know the texture either hard and difficult to chew but I amazed the nougat here is crispy and kind of hook for more with only one bite. Most snacks come with really beautiful design packaging. Just like those in Japan. So, it really perfect souvenirs if you in Guilin.

I bought some flower tea to enjoy up in Longsheng. I read it's going to be a cold-weather up there tomorrow. So hot strawberry tarts tea can warm up my body.

For those who love chillies, here is the perfect place to shop for some those homemade chillies too. I love to wall around this place since most of those sellers not very pushy and they kind of creative when it comes to displaying their items and attracting the customers to walk into their shop. They even wear the tribes' costumes and sing the song with passion.

You can check out those in my video in the link below

This place gives me the vibes as if the night is not going to end. My leg feels really weak at this point but since my hotel kind of near, I don't really feel like going back to the room and rest. hahaha

I find one quiet corner to sit and enjoy the night and view in front of me.

The Starbuck here is really stunning too. I love the old building design. so this place kind of perfect for me too. There are many other local cafes here too. It's more worth to visit the local cafe here.

For those avid Instagrammer, you can find every corner here as a perfect backdrop. There is one basement Supermarket. I was thinking about exploring but I can't stand the smells of that place. So I made a 'U' turn and end up sit by the nearby bench to enjoy the live band.

I guess my limit has come to end. I made a move back to the Hotel and thinking about climbing up the staircase to my room really worried my knee a lot. hahaha

I will continue West Street Yangshuo exploration in the morning since my car will only come at 12 noon.

I recorded my happening Night exploration at West Street Yangshuo in below video. Check it out!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin, China] Lost at Xingping Ancient Town

Where to stay in Yangshuo?

Yangshuo River View Hotel.
Address: No. 25 Binjiang Road, Yangshuo County, China

I chose this place mainly because of the location. The location kind of away from the busy street. Just less 5 minutes walking distance from the Yangshuo Pier, its so convenient if you choose the route I took which is 4 hours Li River Cruise. Less 5 minutes to famous walking street, The West Street, Yangshuo. Li River just right opposite the hotel. Since I only have one night so the distance to all of this is very important. I don't want to waste my time and budget for transportation all the time.

I missed out the river view room. So, I got the mountain view instead of that. Anyway, I kind of love my room. So cosy and they even have a small verandah for me to enjoy 'Pu Er' tea and the complimentary fruit plate they gave me.

One complaint, no lift. My room on the 4th floor. I was like....more staircase?

The hotel in Guilin City has no lift too. Here too? OMG! Poor my bad knee. I kind of expected the consequences of this trip. I brave myself to go with the flow. I will take responsibility for myself. No complaint in the future!

Like I said, I booked car upon checked in to go to Xingping Ancient Town.

Why one shouldn't miss visiting Xingping Ancient Town if in Guilin?

This small ancient town only around 25km from Yangshuo. So expect around under one hour journey by car. 

Things To Do at Xingping

1. The Landscape of 20 RMB Note scene.

I saw this during my Li River Cruise. I am kind of not so fancy on all this. But its a beautiful karst mountain view. Most people find it is a remarkable view.

2. Bamboo Rafting

If you are adventure type, you can take the bamboo rafting from Yangdi to Xingping. It was early winter during my time. So rafting is not a good option. I am also being extra careful with my waist and knee problem too. Old traveller, like that lor....lhave to extra careful especially if in a foreign country.

3. Xingping Old Walking Street

Over here you can leisurely wander along the ancient streets, where all the ancient structure converts into cafe and souvenir shop. 

This one is less crowded compared to the one at West Street, Yangshuo. I was told this quiet ancient town has been more than 1,730 years. 

I just wandering around the Old Walking Street. I kind of tired after the long journey and I woke up very early that morning too. 

I told the driver to come back to the same spot she drops me after 2 hours. My WeChat apps not working so unable to communicate with her. That is why , I made the arrangement beforehand, for both parties convenient too.

I walked into this cafe. I made the right choice to heal my tired mind and body.

The place kind of quiet. Its a low season. Not many tourists. I gained peace here.

After getting my caffeine fix (hopefully can sleep tonight), I continue my exploration slowly, just like this town.

The locals love to dry the orange, pomelo and any citrus peels. I think they will use it for tea or food ingredients.

Guilin is famous with processed chillies, dried persimmons, rice wines and preserved vegetables and fruits. I tried the dried persimmons, is kind of sweet and soft taste. 

Cured goose, meat and bamboo rice is one of the must-try too.

For avid silver, collector this is something you can get here at a reasonable price.

Guilin is also famous with Osmanthus flowers and Loh Han Guo. I always love the smells of Osmanthus flowers. So for tea lovers, you can get authentic Osmanthus flower tea here. I bought the Osmanthus Rice cake to try instead of tea. I have the tea back home. Love the cakes. Not sweet and taste...super healthy taste to me. kekekeke... Loh Han Guo or Monk Fruit is famous as healthy sugar replacement just like stevia. Famous ingredient for those in the Keto diet too. 

What I did here at Xingping?

I walked, I eat and walk and eat again.

I stopped at a few stores to try their desserts such as tapioca and yam. I enjoy the beautiful view here and the surrounding so quaint and surreal since not many people. My kind of place.

The local love grilled sausage and steamed buns. I noticed this is a famous street snack for the local. I end my wandering around almost late evening. I was planning to roam the Night Market at West Street at Yangshuo later. So, I called off the day at Xingping and back to hotel for a rest about 30 minutes.  

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