Friday, September 19, 2014

Living Social, anyone?

Ive purchased a few things via groupon, living social and all those places. So far, no issues.

One time I bought this coupon from Groupon for a hair treatment. I was pregnant then. It didn't say anywhere on there that pregnant ladies aren't allowed to go for this treatment so I bought it. On the day of my appointment, seeing my big tummy, the hair stylist said I couldn't do it as the fume from the treatment could be harmful for the baby. Good that they told me. So I went home. They told me that I could use the voucher again after I've given birth, but not if I'm breastfeeding and this voucher is valid for another year or so. 

Since I was breastfeeding and I was planning to for more than a year, I wrote back to them explaining this and they refunded back my money in groupon credit. If I'm not mistaken, I could use it for pretty much anything. Services or products or whatever.

It is slightly different for living social. Recently I purchased a hair curler or something like that. I've been wanting it and when I saw it, I was really excited. It was going for RM155 or something like that. I paid for it and waited and waited and waited. It was supposed to arrive within a few days and it didn't. I forgot about it. I didn't follow up. Until I saw another post on it. I was like "didn't I buy this at some point?" And I checked my mail and I did. I emailed them. Their reply was along the lines.. Ops, the item is sold out so we couldn't deliver it anymore and here you go, store credit that you can use. 

I thought ok fine. Store credit is better than nothing.

Then I found out that there's so many restrictions. Can't buy products, can only purchase services but not even all services. So it's like, the store credit can only be used for some items and after going through it, I didn't want anything! I'm stuck with store credit I can't even use! 

What pissed me off even more was, the product I wanted, kept popping up again. Meaning, they're selling it again and again.  Why can't they just give me what I want? I want to buy that damn hair curler again but what if I spend another RM150 and then it becomes sold out again? Then what? I get another RM150 store credit that I can't use???? Got me thinking if this is their tactic to sell some stuff that arent selling. 

Put up some popular items for sale when it doesn't even exist or not available. Then people will buy it. Then they tell you it is not available. Then you are happy with store credit but then when you want to buy something or redeem the credits, you can only use it on items they've marked as items that aren't selling. So in the end, they still make a sale! Is this it?

I am so going to boycott this living social. I'm going to write them another email and if they still won't refund me back my cash, give me the item I want or let me use it on any other items I want on there or that's it.. Bye bye living social for me!

Pissed off and not happy! I want that hair curler!

Shortlist

Honestly speaking, I still haven't discussed with my other half if it is going to be international / local school. My plan is to have all the information ready first and then discuss it with him. Since my little one will be in year 1 international school by September 2015, my focus now is to research international schools within our area first. I'm not even looking at whether we can afford it or not yet. First step is, research all international schools that is located near our area. The maximum I am willing to go is 30 minutes drive (minus traffic). That should give me quite a few schools to start with. 

These are the schools I've listed down:
1. ISKL 
2. Sayfol International School
3. Australian International School
4. Mont Kiara International School
5. Mutiara International Grammar School
6. British International School of KL
7. ELC International School
8. Garden International School
9. Fairview International School
10. Cempaka Schools
11. Alice Smith International School
12. Taylor's International School

This is my list of international schools that I can consider. Next step will be to find out more about the syllabus I think I should go for.

From the list above, I have 3: British, American and/or Australian. Of course the most popular is the British syllabus but I heard the Australian syllabus aren't too bad and I also wonder why the American schools (ISKL & MKIS) are one of the most expensive international schools around. I have no clue and I think I need to dig further on this.

I come from British education. It's tough. We study all year and get exams at the end of the year and pretty much have to memorize everything we studied that whole year. I hated that. So do I really want my kids to go through that? But on the other hand, I am very proud of it too. 

Once I know more about these different syllabus, I will be able to narrow down and cut out some more schools from the list too.

What about you? How do you decide?
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Maths Class

I saw a groupon for this Singapore Maths class and wanted to give it a go. I have no clue if my daughter was going to like it or not. 

She does have maths lessons in school but it is very basic. I am very kiasu in the sense I think she can do more than just recognizing numbers and can do more than just basic calculations. I bought this groupon to test the class to see if it is suitable for my daughter. No harm trying. It isn't that expensive anyway.

I called the centre and arranged for an assessment. 

Before the assessment, I was really worried. I didn't know what to expect but it went ok. We will have 4 classes this month and see how it goes. Hopefully she enjoys them. 

We've had 2 classes so far and it's been great. She really likes the class. It is a one-2-one session. There will be other kids of the same age in the class but everyone will be doing different things depending on their level. There could be 2 kids of the same age and same level but they will be doing different workbooks depending on their pace. 

My daughter likes it. I think most probably we will continue the lessons after we complete this groupon. 

Their approach is teaching children maths the Singapore way. I have no idea what is the difference but I remember when I was in school, my mum would buy me Singapore math books for me to practice at home and I tell you, they're not easy. I remember having to do lower level Singapore maths. When I was 12, I couldn't do 12yr old Singapore maths. It was too difficult. I had to do 1 or 2 level below. So I know Singapore Maths is good. I just don't know what is the difference.

For my daughters age, since she is considered as level 1 (4years old), they still do really fun stuff like counting bears, and all that. She enjoys them.

I hope she will benefit from these classes. She knows all the stuff already but I'm happy that she gets to do this step by step. 


Birthday Cake

I'm in love with my birthday cake. It's chocolate cake with cream cheese. My ultimate favourite. 

I asked for a slightly different design as we ordered the same cake for my husband's birthday back in June. 

Isn't she a beauty? We wanted to put 35 candles but didn't have enough space and enough candles. 6 is enough.

My kids sang happy birthday and they blew the candles. I didn't make a wish. Didn't get the chance. Regretting it now because there's so many thing to wish for.

35th birthday. A birthday to remember. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PeterPan Baju Kurung

My new collection for AidilAdha is out. I decided to be bold and do something outside the box. I took a risk.


This zebra print was a big hit during my aidilfitri sale. It did really well and was sold out pretty quickly. Some kept asking for me to restock but I didn't at the time. All my items are ready stock and once they're sold, that's it. I don't reproduce the same one.


Seeing that this print was a hit, I decided to do the same print but in a different design of kurung. I wanted something different and not the typical baju kurung. I took a risk, I didn't know whether it would sell or not but I wanted to give it a go.


This time, I made a short kurung and gave it a peterpan collar. I think it turned out to be pretty cute. The baju itself is A cut and it can be worn with leggings or jeans later on. 2in1 if you must. A kurung but also a casual top.


Some like it and some don't but I must say I've gotten pretty good feedback from it. Someone mentioned that she didn't like the design on my instagram and that it was expensive. Well, what can I say? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is nice to me, may not be to you and I respect that. But to make such blunt comment on the page where is my 'periuk nasi' is uncalled for I feel. But like any other businesswoman, I will take note and move on.


As for the price, I don't think I need to justify my pricing. If it doesn't suit your budget, I am sorry. I try to give the best price I can and trust me, I don't make so much from this. Tailoring is not cheap, fabric I use is of good quality.


For my blog readers, I will be giving 10% discount on all my new items. Please email me if you would like to purchase anything.



Thank you for your support. Whether you buy from me or not, is secondary...but what I appreciate if your support and I welcome all feedback to make me and my brand better.


xxx

35 things

I will be 35 this month. This Sunday to be exact. WOW. I feel old. I cannot believe I am ALREADY 35. So much I want to achieve, so much I want to do...so so much. I really didn't think life would be like this at 35. I've always had different ideas of what life would be like at 35 but I guess He has other plans for me. Whatever it is, I feel blessed. Alhamdulillah, I am still alive. Alhamdulillah, I have a beautiful family and Alhamdulillah, we are all well and kicking. Amin!


Since 35 is my 'magic' number this year. I want to share with you 35 things on my head and 35 things you probably don't know about me. Just for fun...


1. I was born on Friday. Some say it is a good day to be born. I don't know.
2. I am left handed. I'm the only one in my family to be left handed. I didn't get it from my parents and none of my brothers are left handed. I don't know where I got it from BUT, my daughter got it from me. Yes, she is left handed like her mummy. "They" say left handed people are smart and creative. I didn't say it! But I choose to believe that "they" are right.
3. I'm the eldest and the only girl. Being the eldest makes me very independent but being the only girl makes me a baby. So, you see....sometimes I am confused myself. Sometimes I want to be in control and sometimes, I just want to sit back and let others do things for me.
4. I have 2 kids. A girl and a boy. Most of my blog readers already know that. They complete me and they complete my family. Alhamdulillah. I am done.
5. I don't see myself as a natural mother. I feel like I'm this type of mother because I have to be. Motherhood doesn't come naturally to me. Nonetheless, I love my children more than anything so I try to be the best mother I know how to be.
6. I have an obsession with diamonds. A diamond is a girl's best friend and yes, yes, yes, it is definitely my best friend. You can buy me diaomonds for my birthday and I'll be a happy bunny. That, or a Chanel. Those are my favourite things in the world right now.
7. I hate cooking. I have to cook at least twice a day. One for lunch and dinner. I hate cooking despite having a maid to assist me in the kitchen to cut and clean.
8. I miss having my own money (salary)
9. I love chocolates. In particular Patchi chocolate with nuts. Yumm.. Its so nice!
10. My favourite food is Japanese food. I can eat sashimi all day!!!
11. I always have so many business ideas in my head. But I lack manpower...I wish I have money to hire people to do what I have to do to get things running. Doing it alone is just not happening fast enough for me.
12. My favourite colours are yellow and green.
13. I love school days the most. (Primary & Secondary)
14. I stopped drinking coke when I got pregnant with my daughter.
15. I only drink coffee when we stay at hotels. I seldom drink coffee since I got pregnant with my daughter too.
16. My favourite malay dish is sambal tumis udang
17. My favourite malay food is probably soto
18. My current dream car is Evoque. (Dream on.........)
19. What I desperately need right now is a tailor for Kupukupu and someone who can manage the social media for Kupukupu. Please apply if you are this person!!!
20. I wish I have more "me" time because I don't.
21. I wish I have more savings.
22. I wish I am more thick skin!
23. I thank god for my best friend. She's my rock.
24. I thank god my mother is healthy.
25. I don't exercise AT ALL. The last time I went to the gym was probably 7 years ago.
26. I miss Cardiff, where I studied, lived, and worked for over 6 years. I want to go back there again
27. I forgive but I never forget. Even after forgiving, when I think back...it still hurts.
28. I don't have any Hollywood crush. I look at the females n not the male celeb. No, Im not a lesbian. I just don't find any Hollywood actors THAT hot!
29. I wish I can still watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S and I wish they still play it on TV. That was great TV I swear!!!
30. I want to be successful. I think I will be someday. You wait and see!!!
31. Im a very simple girl. I adapt well to pretty much (almost) everything and (almost) everyone. Im cool like that!
32. I don't like haters. I don't like cyber bullies and I find it disgusting that people can say rude things on the internet.
33. I love to laugh at myself and at people.
34. I don't like to think about money but I think about money all the time. (How to make money, and how to spend money!)
35. I'm really lucky to have my life. I need to remind myself that constantly.


There you go...now you know me 35x more than you did.


Now go wish me a happy 35th birthday will you?
hehehe...



Friday, September 5, 2014

Friendship

My daughter has a best friend in school and her name is Gabriel. She talks about her all the time.

I love seeing how easily she is making friends these days. 

Last week, I had a play date / mummy gossiping session. All of us came with our kids and while the mummies enjoy a few hours of non stop ranting and catching up, kids just played at the play area of Marmalade cafe by themselves. We were there to monitor them of course. 

I wish we adults can be more like children. Their friendship is so pure and there is no hidden agendas. I love seeing them talk and play. And afterwards request to call their "friends" back. It's so beautiful.

One time, we went to a nearby indoor playground and there's this girl there. She wanted to play with my daughter and my daughter wanted to play with her but they both didn't speak the same language. My daughter couldn't speak Malay and that other little girl couldn't speak English. Yet, they played together like chicken and duck. 

At the end of the play session, they hugged each other goodbye. And my little one said to her "I will miss you!" 

Why can't we adults act like that? Real honest & true friendship doesn't come easy when you are an adult. Why is that?