Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More pyrex love

Hi everyone, how was your Chinese New Year break? I hope it was good :) I worked on several writing projects over the break and I hope I'll be able to wrap them up soon. Meanwhile, I de-stress with my growing pyrex collection. Here are some recent gems that I've acquired.

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First is this incredible surprise from my husband, who says this is my pre-anniversary present. This is my first Butterfly Gold! Thank you my darling! I love it soooooooo much!!

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Second is this awesome space saver stand, which my mum found in her store room and gave to me to complement the Toledo space saver she gave me a long time ago. This is happiness!

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Last, but not least is this gorgeous Corning Ware Spice of Life Sauce Pan, which is a gift I received from a FB friend and fellow pyrex enthusiast :) 

Do you like the new additions? Stay tuned for more updates on my pyrex collection!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I am in love with Sia

I have to confess that I usually listen to songs from the 80s up to the early 2000s, basically the hits from my youth. I always felt that the pop songs of "today" just don't speak to me. But, I'm happy to say that there are a few exceptions, and here's a prime example. You can consider me a latecomer to the awesomeness that is Sia, but I'm glad I found her. When I saw her video for Chandelier (below), I was just blown away. This, to me, is amazing on so many different levels. Of course, this video wouldn't be quite so memorable without Maddie Ziegler, an incredibly talented dancer (she's just two years older than my son Amir). Thank you Sia for your music and Maddie for the breathtaking performance. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Happy flowers

My pyrex passion continues... here are my latest acquisitions - a Sunflower butter dish and a Spring Blossom refrigerator dish (502).

Happy flowers on vintage pyrex

Monday, January 12, 2015

Amish butterprint for my vintage pyrex collection :)

I may be new to vintage pyrex collecting, but I'm quite picky, since pyrex is expensive here in Malaysia, and the patterns I like are hard to come by locally. That makes finding the items I covet the most even more meaningful. I scored some lovely new pieces recently and I'd love to share them with you! Hurray for pyrex passion!

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Check out my new Amish Butterprint small cinderella bowl (Pyrex USA). It's too cute!

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But that's not all! I also got these Amish Butterprint fridge containers, without covers.

   Amish butterprint pyrexDisplayed alongside my Carnaby Tempo dinner plate, I think the fridgies make this simple shelf display complete. I'm in pyrex heaven :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My vintage pyrex collection

Warm greetings everyone! I've started off 2015 with a brand new hobby (I say "hobby," when what I really mean is "obsession"), and it's vintage pyrex. I'm not sure how it all came about, but it happened quite suddenly. The story goes, my mum gave me some of her pyrex and they've been collecting dust in my kitchen for the longest time. 

Then, late last year, I spring cleaned my kitchen and saw just how gorgeous they were... and I was hooked. Pinterest has certainly had a hand in exacerbating my pyrex passion! Fast forward a few months, and now I have a pyrex display in my living room and acquired a few pieces of my own :) Here's my humble collection as it is now...

My pyrex collection

I didn't want to spend too much for a display cabinet, so I used an old Billy bookshelf that I already had. All I did was buy it a door. I opted for a half-glass door because I think it'll be safer for when Arif becomes a toddler. This means I'll have to display my pyrex on a rotational basis, much like a museum does. I'm hoping that by limiting my collection to this tall and slim cabinet, I won't have pyrex overflowing all over my small apartment! We'll see!

Let's have a closer look at what's in the cabinet, shall we?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Disney Junior’s ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good' campaign

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Hiya do-gooders of all ages!

They say sharing is caring, and I'm really happy to share with you Disney Junior's brilliant new campaign - ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good.’ The idea behind the campaign is to introduce kids aged 2-7 (and older kids like Amir, who's 10) to the idea and values of caring for the environment, animals and society.

By empowering kids with the information and opportunities to engage with their friends, families and communities, the campaign also encourages kids to make a positive impact on the world around them. 

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"Caring for living things means looking after little plants too!" says Amir.


Interested to take part? Here's what you need to do:

1. Visit: Drop by www.disneyjuniorpowerofdoinggood.com and create an account for your child.

2. Download: Check out the activity sheets on the website. They are themed Community, Animals, Nature and Storytelling. 

3. Encourage: Get your child to do a caring activity and take a photo of him or her doing it.

4. Upload: Share your photos on the website so your kids can earn online badges and certificates. 

And that's it, the more activities your kids do, the more badges they'll gain. Plus, they'll create some great memories to boot! While you're at it, help your child to make a power promise - a simple promise to do something good for the world they live in.

Amir and I have checked out the website and we think it's awesome! I really like the fact that the campaign engages parents and offers us an excellent means of teaching our kids about the simple act of caring.

Well, what are you waiting for? Let's get right into it!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

For the love of stop motion

I absolutely love stop motion animation and I'm glad that it has rubbed off on Amir. I can't explain why I love stop motion so much... perhaps it's the artistry involved, or their handmade quality. I just know I love them.

Since we've been watching some of our favourites over and over again this past few weeks, I thought I'd pay tribute to the ones we've enjoyed the most as mother and son. 

To start with, let's take a look at my personal favourite stop-motion movie of all time - Coraline (2009). Why is it my favourite? Well, firstly because Neil Gaiman is simply incredible and secondly because it was brilliantly directed by Henry Sellick. I had always wanted to share my love for stop motion and Coraline with Amir, but when he was younger, he found Coraline too scary. But now that he's 10 years old, he absolutely loves it too!

He has even memorised this awesome number by Ms Spink and Ms Forcible - it's hilarious when he sings like them!


Amir certainly has a thing for catchy tunes. When he watches Pirates of the Carribean, he loves Jack Sparrow and the pirate shanties the most! Speaking of pirates, here's another stop-motion movie that we've enjoyed watching together - The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists (2012). 

 
It's based on a book by another of my favourite authors, Gideon Dafoe, and created by the makers of one of Amir's stop-motion favourites - Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). 


Actually, come to think of it, 2012 was a good year for stop motion. Besides Pirates, we also had ParaNorman and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie


Amir has yet to watch James and the Giant Peach (1996), another Sellick/Burton masterpiece, but he has just watched the Sellick/Burton cult fave The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). I dare say he loves it more than Coraline. The one that we haven't had the pleasure of watching yet, is The Boxtrolls (2014), from Laika, the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman. I'm so glad that they've come out with this one. I hope they'll do more!


Check out the trailer, it looks so awesome! We can't wait to watch it :)



I read online that Sellick is working on adapting Gaiman's Graveyard Book, which I love... love.. love! I really can't wait for that one and Disney better not shut it down for whatever reason!

Friday, November 7, 2014

5 ways to protect yourself from theft

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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:

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