Friday, November 7, 2014

5 ways to protect yourself from theft

The Threat of Burglary - Be Vigilant! 
I am grateful for the fact that I've never experienced a home burglary, but I know at least five people who have suffered through this awful trauma. Not only did the burglars make off with their cash, jewellery and personal belongings, some even damaged their homes. Some of my friends and their family members have even been threatened and hurt during the burglary. The thought of it truly sends chills down my spine...

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With the school holidays just around the corner, I imagine many families are gearing up for a trip out of town, leaving their homes empty and possibly exposed. As crime is on the rise, the nagging worry on most people's minds has got to be the safety of their homes and the security of their belongings. Their worries are, however, not unfounded.

Did you know that we are at risk everyday, in or out of home? In 2013, the Bukit Aman branch of the Royal Malaysian Police officially revealed these shocking facts:

17,470 cases of break-ins  and; burglary occurred
33,197 robberies and snatch theft were reported

Source : Malaysiakini, Crime Rates Static Over Past Year, Statistics Reveal, 29th October 2013

Unnerving isn't it? Be safe everybody!

Fortunately, there are steps that we can all take to protect ourselves and our homes. As with most preventive measures, it largely boils down to common sense, but sometimes we can fail to see that when it comes to safety, little things can go a long way. 

How to Protect Yourself from Theft
If you'd like to boost your home's security, here are five simple ways to do so:
  • Lock up - If you have a habit of leaving your windows or doors unlocked, it's time to lock up. This simple act can repel would-be intruders from perpetrating what's called 'a crime of opportunity.' The better the lock, the better your security level, so experts recommend that every exterior entry door should be secured with a deadbolt.
  • Cover up - Your windows, that is. As much as you might enjoy the view outside, consider investing in curtains, shades or other window treatments that can help keep prying eyes at bay. As frightening as it sounds, the fact is, a burglar might be 'window shopping' for a potential target in your neighbourhood.
  • Cancel subscriptions - If you'll be going out of town for a while, be sure to take the time to cancel your newspaper subscriptions. An unruly pile of soggy or yellowing newspapers on your doorstep or porch simply signals to burglars that no one's home.
  • Be cautious - Careful about drawing attention to your home, many of us do this unknowingly. For example, if you've just bought a big television, don't put the empty box out with your trash. When it's in full view of the neighbourhood, it can tempt unscrupulous characters.
  • Get AIG Malaysia’s Theft Protect One of the best ways to protect yourself from theft is with AIG Malaysia's Theft Protect, which covers you in and out of your home from just 83 sen a day. As a Malay proverb says, "Disaster cannot be sniffed out," so in the unfortunate event that something does happen, you won't be left high and dry. If you'd like to lo learn more about the plan, just visit the AIG Malaysia website.
By practicing these simple and practical steps, you're closer to guarding yourself and your family from theft. Be safe and let's not be sorry!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Inaugural Dugrostar 2014 Roadshow & Finale @ Sunway Pyramid

Recently, from 31 October to 2 November, Dugro hosted a roadshow and the Dugrostar finale at Sunway Pyramid. The event, which was Malaysia's biggest tribute to children's talents, showcased extremely adorable performances by the young finalists. Check them out!

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Top left: (2nd row far left) Connie Ang, Managing Director of Danone Dumex Malaysia and (2nd row from right) expert judges - Nur Diyana Hashim, Radio DJ and Instructor at BluBricks; Elza Irdalynna, Actor, Producer, and Speech/Drama Instructor at Blubricks; and Ruth Liew, Director of Malaysian Child Resource Institute and Child Developmentalist; (3 winners in front row left - right); 2nd Place: Vincy Kong Yun Sim, 5 years old, singing; 1st Place: Ashley Yong Hui Jing, 4 years old, dancing; 3rd Place: Cindy Lim, 5 years old, piano.

Top right:  (featuring the 7-10 year-olds): (Seated in front, from left to right) - 2nd Place winner: Alexandria Ng Shu Lynn, 6 years old, dancing; 1st Place winner: Darius Leong Por Loon, 9 years old, dancing; and 3rd Place winner: Erika Foo Hann-Yi, 8 years old, singing and keyboard with other finalists, judges, and Danone Dumex representatives.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Home made baby food without a food processor

Arif eating forst solid foods

Can you believe it? Arif's now 6 months old (adjusted age 4 months)! With a preemie, it can be hard to tell when to start him on solid foods. These days, mums are often told that we should wait until our babies are 6 months old before we start solids. But our mums tell us that they started feeding us solids at a much younger age, and we turned out fine. But as preemies have an adjusted age to consider, to me, it all boils to a bit of research and my intuition.

When Arif reached 5 months and a half, I decided to start him on solids because he still seemed hungry after having milk and he has been stuffing everything he can grab into his mouth. Of course, I read up on what foods to introduce and how much. I introduced the solid foods to him little by little, and I'm happy to report that he's taken to them really well! Now he eats a fair amount! So far, he's had pureed rice porridge, sweet potato, bananas, apples and carrots.

I decided to make all his baby food myself, but since I don't own food processor, I had to be a little inventive in the kitchen. I've managed to make all his purees by hand and it's really quite easy to do. All you need is a few kitchen tools and some elbow grease. Here's how I do it:

Disney's Big Hero Six

This looks adorable! Can't wait to see it :) I know Amir will love it!
#baymax
#bighero6


Friday, October 31, 2014

Numb

Today, I'm feeling a little numb.. though not as bad as I felt yesterday...



I am thankful for the support from my family and friends. Rezad and I are encouraged by the fact that Arif appears to be in perfect health, is growing well and is not in any discomfort. The doctors are just being extra cautious due to his medical history. Still, my heart drops each time they give me "the worse case scenario talk". As a mum, I can't help but worry. However, rather than worry myself sick, I think right now prayer, faith and courage are better ways for me to cope with what may come ahead.

His physio begins next month and his ultrasound is in three months. I think when the New Year rolls around, he would have made leaps and bounds :) All I have to do is shower him with my love and continue to have faith. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kids Showcase Their Talents via Dugrostar!

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Amir busting Dugrostar moves! 

Dugro®, a growing up formula brand, wants to inspire children to discover their fullest potential and showcase their talents to the whole country! To celebrate every child's star quality, Dugro has created Dugrostar™ - an exciting performing arts platform just for kids.

Now the campaign is coming to a resounding end - a total of two hundred and eighty (280) young finalists will be shortlisted for the next phase, involving live performances at seven malls across Malaysia held from 24 October to 16 November. Here's where and when you can catch the action:

Venue                                      Date
KB Mall, Kelantan                  24-25 October 2014
Plaza Merdeka, Sarawak         31 October-2 November 2014
Sunway Pyramid, Selangor 31 October-2 November 2014
One Borneo, Sabah                 8-9 November 2014
Mahkota Parade, Malacca 7-9 November 2014
KSL Mall, Johor Bahru           7-9 November 2014
Queensbay Mall, Penang  14-16 November 2014

At each location, First, Second and Third Prize winners for each age category will win great rewards, while all finalists will receive attractive prizes as a token of appreciation for their hard work!

The exciting mall program, scheduled every day from 10.00am to 10.00pm, also includes interesting promotions, a variety of stage and booth activities such as the Dugrostar™ Step Dance, Dugrostar™ Beat, and family photo-taking activities as well as the Dugrostar™ Wild Card video booth that allows your child to still register to perform and win other attractive prizes!

So don't forget to swing by and join in the fun!

For more information on Dugro® and Dugrostar™, log on to www.dugro.com.my or call the DumexCareLine at 1-800-38-1038.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Force Was With Us @ Kinokuniya

Last weekend, the boys and I attended the Star Wars Reads activity at Kinokuniya, KLCC, which was organised by the Star Wars Malaysia Fab Club. It was really fun and we had an awesome time :)

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Here's the panel of Star Wars experts, who provided an in-depth take on what's happening in the Extended Universe and what to expect in the upcoming Star Wars movie.

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Amir asking the panel a question :) I didn't waste the opportunity to get my geek on either, as I questioned the panel on the EU's thoughts about Anakin's true origins.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Fun Day @ Kidzania :)

Recently, the family and I had a chance to enjoy a day at Kidzania, courtesy of Lifetime's Mom's Time Out Blogger Post-and-Win activity. It was our first time at Kidzania, so it was really exciting for us! Here's a glimpse at Kidzania and the wonders that await within:

Kidzania
First, we checked in with our 'boarding passes.'

Kidzania
Then, Amir swung by the bank to cash his cheque and get some Kidzos (Kidzania currency).

Kidzania
Kidzania is a miniature town, with everything scaled down to kid size. Kidz are supposed to get 'jobs' at Kidzania. At some jobs they'll earn Kidzos, while some activities will require them to pay Kidzos. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Be a Dugrostar!

Amir posing

Every child is a star, but now he or she can be so much more! To celebrate your child's talent, let him be a Dugrostar! With Dugrostar™, every child gets to be a star! This opportunity is open to children in two age-based categories: three to six years AND six plus to 10 years. Participants in each age category can enter in these segments - singing, dancing, playing an instrument or a combination of these talents, and perform individually or in a group of up to six children.

From now to 12 October, join proud parents across Malaysia to rejoice in the special talent of their child by participating in this unique opportunity.  Parents can register their child in three ways:

i. By uploading a video of their child’s performance at www.dugro.com.my;

ii. By visiting select nationwide roadshows where live recordings can be made at the Dugrostar™ Recording Booth; or

iii. By submitting the completed registration form with a recording of their child’s performance and mailing it to the address found on the registration form.

What’s more, participation in Dugrostar™ is absolutely free, with no proof of purchase requirement!

Children can also enjoy exclusive Dugrostar™ collectibles with purchases of Dugro® 900g softpacks during the campaign period, such as piano or guitar bags, cool jackets and watches, and much more!

For more information on Dugro® and Dugrostar™, log on to www.dugro.com.my or call the DumexCareLine at 1-800-38-1038.


JOIN THE DUGROSTAR CAMPAIGN!

If you'd like your kid to join Dugrostar, visit www.dugrostar.com.my and don't forget to use my unique code HH0006 when you sign up!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

If it's steel & powder-coated white... I want it!

I confess, I have a thing for Ikea's steel, powder-coated offerings... like these beauties here: 

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1 - Ikea PS Cabinet, 2 - Kajuta Table Lamp, 3 - Gunnern Mirror Cabinet & 4 - Ikea PS Coffee Table


I own all of the above and I love them because...
  1. Strong - They're made of powder-coated steel, which is durable stuff! 
  2. Recyclable - I'll keep these forever, but if I ever have to get rid of them, they can be recycled.
  3. Easy assembly - They're not as tricky to put together as some of their wood/particle-board counterparts.
  4. Value for money - I think they're great value and priced just right.
  5. White - I love white furniture in my home, as they don't take up much visual space.
  6. Awesome design - Last, but not least, I love the classic, simple and elegant lines.
I hope they come up with more steel stuff in the future, because you can be sure that I'll keep an eye out for them! I also wish they'd introduce more PS cabinets, or at least bring back some of the options they used to have! PS lockers please!

PS: I've been coveting the Josef cabinet and the Raskog trolley for quite some time, but I don't have space for them right now.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Sunnan Lamp from Ikea

I shop at Ikea quite a lot. In fact, I profess that I am a big Ikea fan, and have been for years. I'd say about 90% of the stuff I have in my home is from Ikea, so I thought I'd start reviewing some of them on my blog. Today, I'm reviewing their Sunnan solar-powered lamp. Here it goes...

I've always liked the idea of solar-powered things, so I've had my eye on Ikea's Sunnan lamp (RM49) for quite some time. According the the Ikea US site, purchasing the lamp has an added plus point, as "For every SUNNAN solar lamp sold, the IKEA Foundation donates one to UNICEF and Save the Children to help children in India and Pakistan play, read, write and study after dusk."

SUNNAN LED table lamp IKEA
Image via Ikea.com

Having read a couple of online reviews, including the ones by Inhabitat and Garden of Shadows, I decided to pick up the lamp a few months back, as I needed a nightlight to help me see my way around when the baby wakes up in the wee hours. I would recommend that you read the reviews I've mentioned above, as well as others before you buy the lamp.

So what do I think of the lamp? Check out my review after the jump...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Share the Softness Campaign by Kleenex

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Share the Softness
Life can be hard, so a little softness is always welcome. As Malaysians celebrate the establishment of the Malaysian federation 50 years ago, Kleenex® gives Malaysians a new way to mark the occasion – by performing simple acts of softness through the Share the Softness campaign. The campaign aims to reach at least 10, 000 Facebook posts to create a tidal wave of softness among Malaysians!

“Soft and gentle care makes all the difference in our busy, modern lives and when things are tough, even the smallest act can make a change for the better. This is why Kleenex® continues to encourage Malaysians to share the softness and bring some joy to the people we care about,” said Emily Chong, Marketing Manager, Family and Adult Care, Kimberly-Clark Malaysia. 

Every occasion, big and small, can be made meaningful with a touch of softness, and Kleenex® reminds more Malaysians everywhere to make Malaysia a softer place by taking a moment to reach out to their loved ones and share a kind or caring word. From now until September 27, the brand invites Malaysians to express their care via Facebook with a simple tag and stand a chance to be rewarded with prizes worth RM10, 000.

Learn how to take part...

DIY Disposable Wet Wipes

Wet wipes

I've been trawling the Internet from some frugal living ideas and I decided to try my hand at making wet wipes that I can use for clean ups during diaper changes. For my DIY disposable wet wipes, I used this basic recipe that I found online:
  • Kitchen towel (it's best to use the best quality you can find, as it would be sturdier, but for this experiment I bought the cheapest brand I could find!)
  • 1 tablespoon baby bath
  • 1 tablespoon baby oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water (it's best to use distilled or at least filtered and boiled)
If you would prefer a more natural/organic approach, you could use an organic baby bath and baby oil. Or, you can substitute the baby oil with coconut oil and a drop of tea tree oil, like this.

Steps:
1. Cut the kitchen roll in two using a serrated bread knife.
2. Mix the baby bath, baby oil and water together.
3. Soak the kitchen roll (cut side down) in the solution for about 10 minutes. You might want to turn the roll upside down a few times to let it soak through.
4. Remove the cardboard tube inside.

Put your roll in a resealable container and it's ready to use! Be sure to pull from the centre.

Cost of my DIY wet wipes
Kitchen towels (First Choice brand from Giant): RM7.99 for 4 rolls
Cost per roll: RM1.99
Cost 1/2 roll: RM0.99

Johnson's Baby oil (125 ml): RM7.65 / *8 tablespoons = RM0.95 sen per tablespoon
Johnson's Baby bath (200 ml): RM7.20 / *13 tablespoons = RM0.55 sen per tablespoon
* 1 tablespoon = 15 ml

Cost per DIY wet wipe roll: RM1.00 + RM0.95 + RM0.55 = RM2.50 per roll


Savings
The most cost-effective baby wipes that I could find in Giant is their house brand, which costs RM5.99 (150 pcs). So, as a comparison, I can save up to RM3.49. 

Notes:
The Giant baby wipes usually lasts around 2 weeks in my home, so I'm eager to see how long my DIY wet wipes will last with daily use. I'll also be checking for any adverse reactions from my baby to the wet wipes. I'll post an update once I'm done with my first roll.

Update: The roll lasts for between one to one and a half weeks. I also use it to wipe furniture surfaces to rid them of dust and to clean my hands etc. So far, my baby has not shown any allergic reactions to the home-made wipes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cardboard treehouse

Amir's on a school break right now, due to the UPSR exams, so we've been indulging in some creative projects. Today, we made a cardboard treehouse, based on this one by Spoonful.

Tree house

Cardboard treehouse
Here's our finished treehouse :) Check out its details after the jump...