Monday, April 29, 2013

Postal Vote for Malaysians Living Overseas

Monday, April 29, 2013 0 Comments
Last year, despite registering as a voter I had failed to foresee that I would not be in Malaysia for the election this year. Searching far and low online, I was only able to find one website explaining in details on the procedure of postal voting for Malaysians living abroad. I am majorly dissappointed in for failing to provide B1 forms for users to download. I know the "expiry date" has passed for this election, but there really is no harm in making the form available for all. You never know which country you'd be in the next 4 years.

So I am doing the right thing by providing you information on how to register for postal vote. First things first, you have to be a registered voter beforehand in Malaysia.

You may download the form I have from ------>here, which is the B1 form for postal vote for registered Malaysian voters staying overseas. The link will bring you to KLN website

There are a few ways to register as postal voter. They're all highlighted below in detail:

Make sure you fill in the details, expecially if you have more than one Malaysian office in your country of residence. For me, there is only one Malaysian embassy in Doha and it houses the Consular too, so all my papers get endorsed there. It doesn't matter what foreign address you put in your form, they will still post you the approval papers to the address in your Malaysian IC. If you can't retrieve these papers just ask someone to scan and email them to you so can print out and show during voting.

And finally, you have to call and check with the local embassy nearest to you if they have received your postal voting papers. On voting day, present your B1 form (I hear you can show e-copy from your electronic devices)

Good luck and if they won't let you in, just raise your voice a notch higher, Malaysians are timid they will let you in to vote

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Week In a Single Blog Post

Sunday, April 21, 2013 0 Comments
I landed last week, meet up a friend for tea, lasted an earthquake tremor and got high five nights in a row and yet managed to cook dinner no fail every single night! *pats her back*

I did good!

Tea time at Vapiano. Tomatoes topped with fresh mozzarella, olive oil and antipasto
Jagerbomb shots
Satish's friends-Gelenz and William

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dental Experience at Doha

Saturday, April 20, 2013 3 Comments
The reception desk
Let me start by saying that not all doctors are bad in Doha, and we're pretty lucky we landed a really good dentist in Doha, which is like 20 minutes of walking distance from where we stay. My tooth first started aching when I was Malaysia and my husband; good natured as he is said that his insurance covered 80% of dental expenses but he was doubtful of the doctors here because some of his friends had really bad experience with the doctors in Doha. Like I said, it probably differs for each individuals and how much they're willing to spend for medical here, and what kind of insurance they have got themselves covered. We were lucky we had Daman which is a panel of Munich Health Insurance so we had pretty much alot of medical complications covered 100%.

The Queen Dental Center is located in City Center, Doha at West Bay. I went last week to fix my lower jaw second molar but he said the problem I had was not with the tooth itself but with the cavity build up in and around my teeth. I was thoroughly scolded by Dr Mahdi (he's the consultant there) for not using mouthwash and floss. He did an Xray and used a pen-like device with camera at the end of it to view and show me the decay and cavity in my teeth and gum. There was this one particular bad cavity that was eating my tooth away and it reached deep into my enamel. When he drilled the cavity out to cover it up with composite filling he saw that the tooth next to my upper jaw third molar was decaying also. And because he covered the first wound, he opened up a whole new wound at the molar next door (second molar) which then ended up hurting a lot every time I ate and the gums around the tooth started to bleed and was swollen by time I went for a follow up today at 6 with my husband. My insurance approval was taking forever to come through so the doctor grew impatient and he did my tooth first.

The doctors here at the clinic
The X-Ray room
The waiting room, segregated of course
The first appointment cost me about 2600 riyals and 80% of it was covered by my husband's insurance. This time I went back without paying because I had scheduled a third appointment next weekend with my husband to remove my second molar on my lower jaw off its amalgam filling, decay and cavity and cover that with composite filling. Also the tooth next to it is slowly decaying too so he is going to look into it too.

My husband had a chipped central incisor so he fixed that and because he smokes, he has really yellowed teeth and about 6 more tooth to fix-so he did the smart thing. He requested the dental clinic to bill him for all the 6 tooth and then paid the remaining 20% So all his consequence appointments are no more calculable

Overall I was very happy with the doctor and he spent a good amount of time explaining my teeth conditions.  Also scaling isn't so bad-contrary to many beliefs which two doctors there recommended me to do once every 6 months. Overall, I had a very good eye opening experience with the dentist in Doha

PS-bring your own USB to save all the X Ray and before after images