Friday, January 15, 2016

Goodbye Professor Snape

I rarely cry when I hear about a celebrity passing away, but I cried for Alan Rickman. The loss is so profound. #pottermaniac

RIP Alan Rickman

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pint-Sized Chef Estie to wow us live!

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I've always loved watching cooking shows with kid chefs. Their talent and love for good food is just so cute and inspiring! And of course, this makes me super excited for the brand-new culinary competition series, Man vs Child: Chef Showdown, which will premiere on 26 January at 7pm, exclusively on Lifetime (Astro Ch 709).

While the show features many talented young chefs aged 7-14, pitting their considerable skills against fully-trained and accomplished chefs, the one to watch is Chef Estie - the show's youngest contestant!

Though she's only 8 years old, she not only holds her own against other contestants, but professional chefs too! We now have a chance to see this extraordinary child live in action here in Malaysia! Check it out:

What: Man vs Child: Chef Showdown
Where: Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
(Water Feature Area, Ground Floor) – near the skating rink
When:Saturday 16 January from 12 noon

The entrance is free and everyone is welcome! So see you there!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Compact Living Part 1: Life in a Small Home (790 square feet)

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! I'm going to kick off 2016 with a rather long post and by giving you a glimpse into my happy home. 

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I don't know about you, but I just love small homes. Despite growing up in a large two-storey terrace house with 4 bedrooms, two baths, two living rooms and two dining rooms, my childhood dream was to live in a caravan! And though I had my own room as a child. I preferred to hang out in a small room under the staircase, which was actually the store room. Very Potter-esque! LOL.

Fast forward a couple of decades, now I'm married with two kids. About 10 years ago, we bought over the two-bedroom, 790 square foot apartment that we had been renting. When we first bought the property, some family and friends were kind of shocked that we would choose such a small home. And now, years later, I can still sense that people don't understand why we would live here. Some people might think that it's a temporary home. That we're planning to buy a bigger one later. Nope, this is it. We love it here. 

Over the years, we've been slowly making home improvements here and there, as and when our budget allows. Our home has evolved along with us and we've had to change things up several times to accommodate our growing boys who are ten years apart. 

For inspiration, I subscribe to several YouTube channels that cover the small house movement and simple living trend in the West. I especially like channels like Kirsten Dirksen, Living Big in a Tiny House and Tiny House Giant Journey, where I learn how people in other parts of the world have opted to downsize and live simply, with less.

Here in Malaysia though, I think it's still very much about owning a big house, filled with fancy things and a fancy car :( But I've never been into any of that. I'm just very thankful for what I have. I once joined a local home decor group on Facebook and I left because when I shared photos of my home, people kept telling me (in a disparaging manner) how small my house was. I just don't get that mentality. It's my house people, I'm paying for it and I raise my family in it!

In Japan and Europe, 790 square feet would be considered about the average size for a home, or even slightly larger. Anyway, these days, home prices are skyrocketing, so I'm just glad to have bought one that I could afford to pay for.

In a future post, I'd like to share with you a glimpse into my living room, where we spend most of our time. But to me, it's so much more than a living room - it's a multi-functional space for my family, where we eat, spend time together and even sleep! So stay tuned for that and see you next time!
  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas Set Dinner @ Fuze, The Everly Hotel, Putrajaya

We managed to squeeze in a one-night stay at The Everly Hotel for a super quick stay-cation and to treat mum to a belated birthday dinner. So let me share with you the scrumptious fare we enjoyed there!

Dinner @ The Fuze, #everlyputrajaya
The yummy Christmas Dinner Set @ Fuze Restaurant

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Amir's bersunat experience

My eldest, Amir, is 11 years old and turning into a young man. So this school holidays, we decided that he should go for bersunat (circumcision). In the past years, he was terrified of the idea. He once made me promise he would never have to go through with it, Plus, he has always had an issue with clinics, doctors and such. But this year, after much discussion with him, he was ready.

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Amir and daddy walking to the clinic.

We  live in PJ, and didn't know of a clinic nearby that could do the procedure. So I asked around and someone suggested that I take him to Klinik Rosli in Shah Alam. My husband is familiar with the clinic, as he grew up in the area. And so, my hubby booked at appointment at the clinic and last week (9 Dec 2015), we took Amir to have his circumcision. Here's what happened...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Power of Scent :)

Hi everyone! As the title of this post suggests, today I'm going to blog about The Power of Scent. Fragrances have this amazing effect on us all. They lift our spirits, have a positive and nurturing effect, soothe us when we're stressed out and even help us to recall precious memories!

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I bet you can imagine just how wonderful this bouquet smells!

For example, my fondest memories are all tied to some sort of pleasant scent. When I was little, and found it hard to fall asleep, my mum would slip a pouch of lavender under my pillow and that helped me to drift off.

Now that I'm married, I love receiving surprises from my husband, like a bottle of perfume or a bouquet of fresh flowers. Roses are my favourite! But as a mum, my favourite smell of all time has got to be the scent of my children as newborn babies! You know that newborn baby smell? Gahh!! It's the best! What are your favourite scents of all time?

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I opened a box of Kleenex Scented Facial Tissues and Amir
just can't believe how amazing it smells :)
Lovely aromas can certainly make positive difference in our lives, and now there's a new way to infuse our days with a beautiful scent, thanks to the new Kleenex Scented Facial Tissues in Rose and Cherry Blossom!

The Science of Scent
People have used pleasant scents to positively affect a person's mood and well-being for centuries, and the benefits aren't just psychological, but cognitive and physical as well. Today, a substantial body of research supports the link between fragrance and well-being.


Did you know that the sense of smell is one of the most direct ways that we interact with our surroundings? According to Professor Charles Spence from Oxford University, an expert in multisensory experiences, fragrances influence the way we relate to something we feel.

Another expert and author, Jane C Anderson, also stresses on the importance of smell, as it is the most impactful and lingering of all our senses. But of all the wonderful scents of nature, floral scents in particular have been found to be most effective at cultivating a happier, more optimistic outlook.

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Amir wanted to share the amazing scent with his little brother Arif right away! 

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Happy moments are made of these :)

Tapping into the science of scent and the power of flowers, Kleenex brings us the first-ever 3-ply facial tissues with the uplifting scents of rose and cherry blossom essential oils. Because a wonderful scent can have an immediate positive effect on us, imagine the impact of a pack of Kleenex® 3-Ply Scented Facial Tissues at home, the office or even on the go.

Each time you use a scented Kleenex facial tissue, it elevates the normal act of cleaning up to a sensorial experience that lifts your spirits, says Mr Raman Tarun, Marketing Director at Kimberly-Clark Malaysia.


Would you like some?

Kleenex 3-Ply Scented Facial Tissues

To try these aromatic tissues for yourself, join Kleenex's “power of scent” movement, which brings softness and scent into your life and those of your loved ones! Just visit http://powerofscent.kleenex.com.my to request a sample of the brand-new Kleenex® 3-Ply Scented Tissues and share uplifting messages on social media with the hashtag #KleenexPowerofScent.

The new Kleenex® 3-Ply Scented Facial Tissues are also available in box packs (RM10.30 for four packs of 74 sheets and RM14.55 for four packs of 114 sheets) and soft packs (RM5.35 for four packs of 46 sheets). So look out for them the next time you're out shopping!

For more information on Kleenex®, log on to the Kleenex® Malaysia Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Kleenex.Malaysia) or call the Kimberly-Clark Consumer Care-line at 1-800-82-1188 (toll-free) on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

#KleenexPowerOfScent

Kleenex® Introduces a New Way to enjoy its Softness, Infusing Floral Fragrances into Kleenex® 3-Ply Scented Facial Tissues
Kleenex Scented is truly uplifting!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Play Doh sets a National Record!

My sincere apologies for this late posting everyone! I've been super busy and our family has been a little under the weather since the haze struck. So let's travel back in time a bit to 26th September, when Amir and I attended Play Doh's "Shape a Colourful Community" event at Ground Floor High Street 1 Utama.

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There was a big crowd and everyone's busy making sculptures!

We arrived a little to the event, so there was already a lot of families busy making sculptures. However, there was still much to do, as the aim that day was to create as many Play Doh sculptures as possible. Amir and I registered and got right to work!

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We made our sculptures on this little mat because all the tables were taken up :)

With PlayDoh, it isn't  hard to get our creative juices flowing. All those bright colours and that amazing texture - so easy to work with! Before we knew it, we had a bunch of tiny sculptures! We based our creations on what we love most about Malaysia - its rich diversity of wildlife!

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Here are the sculptures we made. Our theme was Malaysian flora and fauna :)

As I looked around, I could see all kinds of amazing and imaginative sculptures in the works - it was awesome!

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Here's my favourite PlayDoh sculpture that Amir made. I just love this bug and all its bright colours!

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By the end of the day, Play Doh successfully made the national record for the "Most Number of Play-Doh Sculptures Created in an Event" with 1,899 sculptures!

What an amazing feat! Next year, they should aim to break to record with 2,000 sculptures!

(Right) Ms Evelyn Hah, Country Manager of Hasbro Toy Malaysia & Singapore unveils the final number of sculptures with Ms Lee Pooi Leng, The Malaysia Book of Records Official, witnessed by Doh Doh, Play-Doh's beloved official mascot!
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We had a really great time, thanks so much PlayDoh! Looking forward to lots more fun with PlayDoh in the future :) #playdohmonth2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Check out AOC's Act It Out & Win Contest!


Since Ridley Scott's new movie The Martian came out earlier this month, the Internet's been abuzz with excitement and awesome reviews. And in conjunction with the movie, AOC Malaysia is organising four exciting contests for AOC fans.

In their Act it out and Win contest, participants need to show off their acting skills to win limited-edition premiums from AOC and FOX, as well as a grand prize trip to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA! 

Here are the prizes:
Grand Prize - A trip for two to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
2nd Prize - Limited-edition The Martian T-shirt with movie premiums
3rd Prize – A Limited-edition Mobile Phone Camera Lens with movie premiums

And here's how to enter:
• Re-enact your favourite scene from The Martian trailer (https://youtu.be/qB6ok1iWBBk) in a photo or a less than 15-second video.
• Upload the photo/ share a link to your video in the comments section below and hashtag ‪#‎TheMartianAOCcontest‬
• The photo/ video with the most likes will be shortlisted for a lucky draw.
So easy it's out of this world!
The competition will run until 25 October 2015 and the winners will be announced on 30 October 2015.

To check it out and enter, visit AOC Malaysia's Facebook page today! 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is coming!

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Lego + Star Wars = Amir's HeavenMy son Amir absolutely loves Star Wars Rebels, so we've been waiting anxiously for season 2 :) The good news is, it's coming this way soon! 

Better yet, Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is premiering with a special one-hour movie event "Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal." 

Be sure to wait for it on Saturday, October 3 at 8am on Disney XD (Astro Ch 617) and 11am on Disney Channel (Astro Ch 615).

What can we expect? Well, what I know is, the Rebels return to Lothal to save a defecting Imperial officer, only to draw the attention of the Empire’s most dreaded agent - Darth Vader!

How cool is that? The action are you ready for? May the force be with you! Check out the trailer right here:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What we love about Malaysia expressed with PLAY-DOH® :)

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Hello there everyone! We've been pretty busy around here, but we're still making time for creative projects. After all, it's the school holidays! One of the methods I use to encourage my kid to play, invent and experiment, is by using PLAY-DOH®. 

Although Amir is now 11, he still enjoys sculpting his own unique creations with PLAY-DOH®, just as he has done since he was three. A healthy imagination plays an important role in helping children learn, and PLAY-DOH® has inspired young children for over 50 years!

So to celebrate the first ever PLAY-DOH® Month, we're capturing what we love most about Malaysia by making some PLAY-DOH® sculptures :) There are so many things that we love about out country, but to represent the things we love the most, we created a symbolic sculpture for each - The culture (wau bulan), the flora (hibiscus), the fauna (turtle), the beaches (shell and waves), the spicy food (chillies) and the fruits (mangosteen).  

Check out what we made!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Thank you :)

I'd like to thank all my clients for putting their trust in me and providing me with work. Buying/ paying  for a product or service from a small company is awesome - here's why:



Friday, August 21, 2015

Do you need proofreading or editing?

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As a freelance writer, editor and translator, I'm usually asked to edit text. But occasionally, I'm asked to "proofread" it. But whenever I get this request, I insist on seeing a copy of the text, so I can gauge if the text requires editing or proofreading. Quite frankly, most people don't know the difference between the two and I don't blame them. I mean, unless you're in the publishing business, you rarely have to go through the process of editing, proof reading, copyediting and so on. So what's the difference? I found a great online article by Upwork that explains just that :)  Hope this helps!

Monday, August 17, 2015

3 more things I love from Daiso

Hi  guys, I've had a crazy few weeks, how've you been? Good I hope! Here's a short post on 3 more Daiso buys that I absolutely love!

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It's this green oven-proof ramekin, green heat-resistant silicone mat and white rice scoop.

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See, the rice scoop stands up - Love this feature! The silicone mat helps protect my wood table and these ramekins are the perfect size for serving small portions. May I also add, all of these are of excellent quality. Yaay Daiso!

PS: I am not very impressed with Daiso's ice trays & flat mops... two of each have broken on me over a short period of use - not good!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Visit from Ikea Team

Several months ago, I dropped by Ikea to get some stuff and while I was strolling along with Arif, a n Ikea staff member approached me. Basically, they were looking for people who would allow a team from Ikea to visit their homes, conduct and interview and take pictures. They wanted to understand the problems faced by home owners and create solutions that they would feature in their revamped store display. I was more than happy to sign up, and on 2nd July, the team dropped by.

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Thanks for visiting Ikea!