Today we all ‘mandi bunga’ (bathe with flowers), including Bobby, the doggie.

I went to the market and got me serai (lemongrass), pandan leaves, limau purut (lemon) and seven flowers with different colors.

I came home and boiled a concoction of serai and pandan leaves in a big pot of water. I boiled until the leaves turned yellow. The fragrance of serai and pandan which permeated through the whole house after that was exhilarating, healing, heavenly!

Then we gave Bobby a bath, and washed him off with the concoction – I squeezed the limau purut into the water, which made it so refreshing! Bobby loved it, and didn’t even make a fuss, although he used to hate water. After that we dried him off and left him in the afternoon sun for awhile to dry off.

You see, weeks ago, Bobby was attacked by fleas…they just wouldn’t leave him, eventhough we bathed him with the anti-flea medicines that I got from the vet. The medicine was harsh on his skin, and on our hands, too. We didn’t like how it smelled. It was acidic after all.

So I decided to do some research myself. I found out, through the internet, that a good natural anti-flea treatment was lavender oil.

I thought to myself that serai or lemongrass are good and natural insect repellant. So that is how I started giving Bobby a lemongrass+pandan+limau purut spa.  Later when he is a bit dry, I would rub lavendar oil over him. The oils were bought for me by my Japanese friend Moyuko, and has a soothing and relaxing smell. You can imagine what it did to Bobby.

But the best part of it all is that Bobby has been cured of his fleas! They no longer bug him, he smells like a garden of herbs, and we as a family feel so relieved!

Seeing how this treatment can deal with insects in our home, since we live in an area surrounded by trees and greens (a blessing!) , that I went a little further. I found a serai wangi liquid for the floor from Tesco here, and we have been using it since to mop our floors. Needless to say, it makes our house smell like a garden! and it also rids our home off the insects.

This is the second time we gave Bobby a spa. This time I decided to treat my niece and myself, too. Since both of us have some quality time bathing Bobby and bonding with each other at the same time.

So I bought flowers – they’re families of crysanthemum, I guess – of seven different colors. The medicine men/women would often use this to ‘buang suay’ (or get rid of bad luck) from one’s aura by soaking them in water, then bathing the whole body with it. It helps to say a little prayer as you go along. It doesn’t matter what prayer it is, as long as it comes from your heart.

I feel entirely refreshed after this ritual, which starts with chasing Bobby to the bathroom, then bathing him. The rest is history.

People, you must try it, because it’s fun. Because it’s natural and harmless. And because there is so much love around after doing things together with the ones you love.


21 responses »

  1. anna says:

    Just wondering is it a Chinese believe or a Nyonya tradition?

  2. tourman53 says:

    Good luck to you & Bobby .

  3. wits0 says:

    Very cute Bobby, it must be a very lucky and happy dog!

  4. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆

    😆 Human being best fren !!! Hmmm 💡 DOG 💡 bcoz they are sincere,obedient,listen to their Master….n this cutie Bobby must be very lucky to have Susan as its good fren 😉 hahahahahaha After working so hard + tired 😆 🙂 sure most Dogs lovers will be very STRESS free + Happy to be with their cute Dogs around them!!! 😆


    Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆

  5. siew eng says:

    glad those fleas which quite upset me too are gone! and now everyone smells wonderful to boot! thanks for the tips but don’t know whether i’ll go through all that trouble! will definitely look out for serai wangi floor cleaner 🙂

  6. susan says:

    anna: i believe it’s a very nyonya thing and malay too.

    Siew: it’s the process of doing it that’s fun!

  7. La says:

    Can you ask that Umno Minister to ‘mandi bunga’…courtesy of Sloone. What he spewed from his dirty mouth is detestable and nauseating.

  8. Teh Yeow Lin says:

    I use Frontline (fipronil plus (S)-methoprene on my Huskie who is 4 years old now even though we go trekking almost daily he is free from any ticks or fleas. I am not a salesman just a 60 yearsold pensioner

  9. Aida says:

    Good tip about the lemon grass for fleas…..and flowers have energy so they are cleansing and my grandma used to do for us….a long long time ago in Kuching. Very cute dog and happy I am sure! Thanks for the tip! I love your blog and keep up the good fight for truth.

  10. kschen says:

    Did Tesco pay you for advertising the serai wangi liquid? I will shop for it,the next visit to Tesco.I too,has a dog which look like Bobby.Her name is Brownnie,and I used fles lotion to get rid of the flea. The vet will give an injection,and it works.No harm trying the natural way though.

  11. Kancilandak says:

    Must give DSAI a mandi bunga lah just like what Narzi say.. see whether anything change for better not? It might cool hihee..hee..hee his sexual apetit !

  12. Kancilandak says:

    Can we catch anyone and forcibily mandi bunga them or not.. ?

  13. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆

    😆 Don’t THINK NEGATIVE + PRIMITIVE la you kancil!!!!!! 😆

  14. ON RIGHT PATH WITH BATH – 190411

    There’ll be a beautiful scent
    After taking a refreshing floral bath
    Without spending excessive dollar and cent
    You can still indulge in a healthy path

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng
    Tue. 19th Apr. 2011.

  15. Kancilandak says:

    I thinking positive laa Ho Ho Ho.. We all can catch someone and forcibily give him mandi bunga so there no more scandal. Remember loud mouth Narzi sugested this person shud mandi bunga.. about 3 weeks ago?

  16. kaytee says:

    Suiyin, isn’t lima purut lime rather than lemon? And don’t forget bunga chempaka as one of the good (sacred?) flowers for mandi

  17. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho 🙄 Ho 🙄 Ho 🙄

    🙄 Ai yoyo kancil ah!!! I wonder why ❓ you @ i-4-c always like to attack on this Respected DSAI ah????? You see, Respected DSAI did not kill or c4 innocence human being to pieces n his Family (Wife + Children) all love him n that means he is a LOVING person lo!!!! open UP your pico brain la kancil n if you are free!!! then go n catch that 3 porn star@ 3 abdul n that porn star chua@snake to ‘Mandi Bunga’ la!!! hahahahahaha n hope your nazi won’t gadoh gadoh with that father of all RACISTS dr mamak no more!!! ai yo yoyoyo 🙄


    Ho 🙄 Ho 🙄 Ho 🙄

  18. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho 🙄 Ho 🙄 Ho 🙄

    🙄 Ai yo kancil ah!!! why not you forcibly put the whole bunch of that McDeath macc goons to ‘mandi bunga’ so that they will not pretend to 😥 cry inside the RCI court there!!! n ask your nazi to put mamak tiu ‘mandi bunga racist’ too n that 3 abdul + chua porn star to mandi mandi bunga????….hehehehehehe
    DSAI did not c4 or kill peoples n that’s why many RESPECT him n even his WIFE + CHILDREN also love him!!! THINK POSITIVE la kancil!!!

    Ho 🙄 Ho 🙄 Ho 🙄

  19. kookaburra says:

    I just love this Bobby fellr 🙂

  20. I will try the lemon grass to get rid of flea for my dog.

  21. monsterball says:

    Bobby is very lucky to have Susan as his best friend.
    May they enjoy each other for many more years….as we all know a dog’s life span is around 14 years….if healthy and well.

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