Thursday, July 30, 2015

Feeling Blue

Nothing is going wrong but today, I woke up feeling absolutely blue and down. I don't know how to explain it but I feel so tired (emotionally more than physically, I think because I have not done anything tiring yesterday and I had enough sleep!). So, it is one of those days.

I hate feeling like this. I know it is not PMS because I'm not due for another 2 weeks. What is it? I do believe that if you woke up feeling good, chances are, you will feel good the whole day and if you woke up feeling shitty, chances are, you'll probably end up having a shitty day. I guess today, I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

How to make myself feel better? Because if this feeling continues, I will probably:

1. Not entertain my kids as well
2. Let it out on people I love, somehow

So think quick….! What can you do to make yourself feel better?

For me, one thing I do to make myself feel better on a screwed up day (like this) is food! I don't usually eat lunch but today, I am going to make myself a big fat lunch. What's the easiest thing to cook when you are feeling blue????

PASTA!!! It's the easiest and yummiest.

We'll see if that will work.
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But another thing to do is to get a power nap. Power nap works wonders when you feel tired. I am going to take a power nap right after I click this "publish" button and post this.

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I also think doing light stretching will work. I don't exercise like EVER but I think doing light stretching for a few minutes will just help me get rid of my "Friday blues"… (People get it on Monday, I get it on Friday!). Don't know what kind of stretching to do? Well, so do I. Just do whatever you feel like stretching!

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Oh and another thing I do to help me kick the blues away is eating chocolates. Anything chocolates will be a good happy booster! Chocolate cakes, chocolate bars or even chocolate milk works for me.

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Another thing you can do, which I need to slap myself for not doing more is pray. I do pray but not enough, for sure. Whenever I feel blue, I pray and it works like magic. Automatically I feel better. I have not done that today. I will when I wake up from my power nap.

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Lastly, giving is always good. It will always make me feel better. When someone says Thank You, when you know you've helped someone…it almost instantly makes you feel good. Try that. Give and give! Remember that. What to give?? Anything. Like for me, today, I want to make a donation to someone I feel needs it. I don't even have to move my lazy ass. I can do the online transfer today. That'll make me feel good for sure.

So there you go, some tips to make you feel better and get rid of feeling down and blue.

What other things do you do to make you feel better? Do share!

Have a good weekend people! I have a very exciting activity planned for later today so hopefully that little activity will also cheer me up. In everything and everything you do, remember to be grateful and thankful for all you have.

Note to self!!

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Happy Friday!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Yay or Nay

Remember….. "INVESTMENT"

Bedtime Ritual

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I was reading this last night and got me thinking about my own bedtime routine. It is actually my favourite time with the kids because it is the only time I feel we really talk and it is my definition of "Quality Time" together.

I pretty much work all day. I am always busy doing my work from home. I am physically available for my kids the whole day but sometimes, I can't really focus on them because of my work. I let them play and do their own thing while I work from home.

At night when they're ready for bed, I will switch of the TV, switch off all the lights in the living room and "Bedtime!!!" or "Up in bed!"and they will come running….when they don't listen.. I will shout "where is my rotan?" and then they will come running for sure. hehe…

In bed, the room will be dark and we will all lie down and talk about everything under the sun. Normally we will talk about general stuff first and then move on to story telling. Each of us will come up with an original piece and the stories can be about anything. Normally, my daughter will come up with some princess story, my son will tell some super hero story and for me, my stories are usually about Peter & Jane or about Fifi & Hihi

Funny thing about Peter & Jane and Fifi & Hihi are they are stories about my kids. Peter & Fifi will have my son's characters and Jane & Hihi will have my daughter's characters. It's funny because both of them will be like "huh? is she talking about me" look every time.

Last night, I was telling a story about this naughty boy Fifi. He still drinks milk from the bottle and still won't let go of his pacifier. He is turning 3 in the next few weeks. I told the kids that Fifi loves to eat sausages and burgers for breakfast and my son goes "that's same like me!" and it is so funny to see both their faces when I talk about these characters.

We also read doas before we go to bed. Not every night but I try to make the kids recite Al fatihah, Surah An-Nas and Al-Ikhlas too. My daughter can recite all but my son needs more practice. He will get there I'm sure.

Finally, we will wish each other good night in 2 languages. Good night and Selamat Malam. Or Selamat Hari Raya from my son :)
We will tell each other we love each other too before we close our eyes.

I love this time with my kids the most. They sleep so close to me and almost on me all the time. I secretly love it but sometimes they're in my space so much I wish they will give me more space. I know in a few years time, they won't want to be this close to their mummy anymore so I want to treasure it as much as I can.

They grow up so fast. I wish I can stop the clock….

Natural Supplement for Cancer

I remember back when I was a kid, my mum's second cousin died of breast cancer. I remember going to the hospital to visit and she was in so much pain. I remember seeing a lot of pain. Back then, (20 years ago or so) cancer was still very rare and you hardly hear of it. When you do, it is a big deal and most of them don't survive. That Aunty had 2 kids, both grown ups (mid 20s at the time) and I still remember how sad they were seeing their mum in so much pain. (I pray to God that He will protect my mum forever. Amin)

Anyway, a few months ago my mum met this Aunty's son, who is now a very successful lawyer. His sister died of cancer a few years back too and not long after that, his aunt (also my mum's cousin) got cancer too. He sold his law firm to take care of his dying aunt in Australia. After she had passed away, he came back to Malaysia for good and told my mum his stories.

Cancer is no joke.

My Aunt (my uncle's wife)'s dad had cancer about 10 years ago. I was there when we found out, I was there when he was in the hospital and I was there during his last days because we were all very close. He's like a grandfather to me. I saw how much he suffered too and how fast the cancer took his life away. I hate cancer!!!! I remember all of us crying in the hospital. I remember how my aunt fell on the floor when the doctors told her they couldn't help him. So much tears.

In 2006, my grandma (tokmi) was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She discovered it when she was gardening and she started bleeding. They took her to the clinic and they did some tests and the results came back positive. Cancer stage 1.I was in the office when my mum called me to tell me it is cancer. I cried and cried so much in the office. I just couldn't bear seeing my grandma suffer like how I saw my aunt's dad suffered during his last days. I was also about to leave for my holiday in Langkawi for Valentines Day in the next few days. Within a week, she was scheduled for surgery. Alhamdulillah she survived and after the surgery, she didn't have to go for chemo and all that. It was over. We won the battle.

Almost 10 years later, despite going for regular check ups, we discovered a small patch on her back. It looked like a big mole. It was itchy and so she started scratching it and sometimes it will bleed. My cousin, who is a doctor saw it and suggested for my mum to take tokmi to the hospital to get it checked. Turns out, it is skin cancer. My grandma is 85 years old. Surgery is a very high risk due to her age. Other than cancer, she is healthy. No other health conditions and because of this, doctor said we should remove it. She will still have to go under GA and it was scary because we don't know if her heart will be able to take it. Alhamdulillah, she survived and this time, I gave her Izumio and Super Lutein to help her recover quicker. The hydrogen in Izumio helps the wound recover quicker and Super Lutein is an anti cancer supplement. It will also give her all the nutrients she needs to recover. And believe it or not, doctor discharged her from hospital after 2 days post op. Before the surgery, they told us to expect about 7 days in the hospital at least. I'm so thankful for the products. My grandma is much stronger post op because of the products. She doesn't take them now because she is ok and is cancer free.

You can read about my grandma's cancer journey here:
Tokmi's Skin Cancer Story
Tokmi's Cancer
Tokmi's Progress : Post Op

Cancer is so common these days. Why is that? Each of us reading this post will know someone who has been affected by cancer at some point of their lives. I heard that cancer in Malaysia is one of the top 5 causes of death. It has even taken over heart diseases as the number 1 killer in 2014. If you are not worried, I don't know what to say!!!

In today's world, our lifestyle is different from before. The food we eat is not the same anymore. Even the fruits today is not as nutritious as what it was before. Too much chemical in everything we eat now. Even organic stuff is not as nutritious as what it was. You are just paying more now! Stress, smoke, pollution and food can all cause free radicals. These are the bad guys. They attack our cells and this is what causes cancer. That's why it is important to get rid of all the free radicals.

There are many findings or scientific research done to show how IZUMIO and Super Lutein can help get rid of these free radicals. Free radicals causes not only cancer but also other diseases too.

Basically, we have 2 products which is the best Natural Supplement for cancer. To understand how these products can help, you need to understand the products more. What's in it and what it is for?

Read about Izumio here
Read about Super Lutein here

Hydrogen in Izumio can improve the quality of life of patients going for radiation therapy for cancer. Studies and research shows that Hydrogen has a potential as a radio protective agent. Izumio has the highest content of hydrogen in it and and this can help cancer patients. You can read about how Molecular Hydrogen can help  cancer patients especially those going for radiotherapy treatment.

As for Super Lutein, it is the carotenoids that can help with cancer. Super Lutein contains 6 carotenoids and is a natural supplement for cancer. It is the number 1 natural anti cancer supplement in Japan. Read more on how research shows that cancer can be prevented by carotenoids.

Here are some readings you for you if you know anyone who will benefit from taking these natural supplement for cancer.

1. Cancer Chemoprevention by natural carotenoids
2. Cancer prevention by natural carotenoids
3. The role of carotenoids in human health

At the end of the day, cancer is cancer. Skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer…. they're all cancer. My Tokmi is lucky that she found out early. Early detection is key and taking anti cancer products helps too. Prevention is better than cure.

A few weeks ago, I saw on my friend's Facebook "Alfatihah" and she tagged this other friend of ours. I haven't seen this friend since I was in high school but she was my Facebook friend. I was close to her in high school too but since I've moved to a different school, studied abroad and all…we have not kept in touch. I do see her updates on fb every now and then and that's it. I was curious so I went to her page and then somehow found out that she had passed away. She had cancer. According to a friend, she was having chest pains on and off. Went for check ups and nothing was found. But few weeks before she passed away, the pain was unbearable that her husband took her to the hospital and they did more tests and found out that it is cancer stage 4. She passed away within that few weeks leaving behind 2 young children and a husband. I was so sad. I wish I had the chance to introduce these products to her. It could save her life. It is really sad because she is my age, still so young and I feel so sad for the husband and her 2 young boys.

So please take time to understand your body even more. Do not take things for granted. Really, cancer can happen to anyone even young people like you and me. Our products are good because of two things:

1. Molecular Hydrogen
2. Carotenoids

Do your research and you will see how both these can help you or your family members. Do not wait till it is too late. What is the price of good health?

Health is wealth.

Each product cost RM435 each. 1 box of Izumio comes with 30 packets of 200ml hydrogenated water and 1 bottle of Super Lutein has 100 capsules. To consume it cheaper, please consider getting the package. Each package will give you 15 products at RM5330. Sounds like a lot of money but each package can last up to about 8 months. That is roughly about RM600 plus per month for your health. Is that a lot?

Well, it just makes more sense to get the package. We offer 0% interest free instalment with major credit cards.

Let's fight cancer the natural way!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Making extra money

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If you ask me to cut down on my expenses, I will sulk. Already I think I've cut down on so many, please don't make me cut down on more!!! I will really cry. But instead, if you ask me to make more money, I will jump from my chair and say "SHOW ME HOW!"

I never realise this trait in me but lately, I've come to accept the fact that I am a true entrepreneur. I remember when we were younger, my mum used to send us to all this summer courses on how to be an entrepreneur and I would just be like .."omg, this is so boring. Can I just marry a rich guy and just go shopping and spa all day?"

But, I've been an entrepreneur pretty much since I was in school, really. I remember when I was in secondary school, we could see stuff to make money. I remember selling famous amos cookies for valentines day or something like that. We bought in bulk and repack it into smaller pieces and sell it to other students. You can put a message on it and stuff. Many students bought from us. I don't remember making money from that business tho because we didn't really do the budgeting very well…but still, it was a big effort to do it. Especially when you are selling on a big scale like that. The whole school bought. At least few hundred students. It was a one off thing but still, it was a big project at that time.

Being a SAHM with kids running around at home, my time to make and earn some money is very limited. With the cost of living going up like nobody's business, it would be stupid for you not to try to make more money. Life is comfortable for me. I don't have to work and my husband is a good provider BUT, we never know what is going to happen next year, next few years… to me, I urge all mothers to please always have a backup plan. If you can't earn or make money, then please have a little bit of savings. Even if its just RM200 per month. Just make sure you have some money for emergencies.

I was reading about ways to make money, especially for SAHMs and would like to share with you..

“There’s a limit to how much you can save, but there’s no limit to how much you can earn.”

- Ramit Sethi, New York Times Bestselling Author

It's true! There is really no limit on how much you can earn. It's whether you want to do it or not and how bad you want it. It is also about courage and whether you are a risk taker.
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Here are some of the things you can do to make money…..

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1. Sell online
How many of you buy stuff online? I know I buy A LOT online. I'm like the ultimate online shopper. I click click click and buy buy buy ALL THE TIME. I've been doing this since year 2000 you know? Back in UK, we could buy everything online. It was so convenient. I used to work 2 jobs in UK and I hardly have any time to shop during weekdays because I come home from work at 8pm and shops close really early in UK. What I used to do was shop when I was at work. I remember my favourite online store back then was NEXT. I bought everything there especially clothes. They're cheap and stylish. And if it doesn't fit, they come back and pick the stuff up from you. No fuss at all.

When I came back to KL for good, there was no such thing as online shopping. It was unheard of. And I remember I used to find it annoying because then, I had to go out and shop myself. I hate walking around in malls. I hate finding parking and I also hate coming home and not find stuff I want to buy. I felt like it was a waste of my time. Today, online shopping is a lot better. (Either that or I'm just used to it being so behind!)

You can buy anything and everything online. You can buy groceries online too now (they had it in UK back in 2000 already!) so yes, it is picking up. Now is the perfect time for you to start selling stuff online. Although there's still a lot of competition, but still, you will have more competition later…Better start soon.

What can you sell? Anything you want, really.

I sell online too. I sell my KupuKupu stuff online and I've been doing this for 2 years now. I still have a lot to learn and it is not easy. There's social medias you need to handle, there's logistics, theres a bunch of stuff to do but, you are your own boss. That's the best part. For me, I can work 24 hours a day today and work 0 hours tomorrow. If I want more sales, I will just need to work more. Simple as that. On lazy days, I will just be lazy if I want. When you are your own boss, you are in control.

I also sell Izumio & Super Lutein supplements online too. I can have customers from all over Malaysia. That's the beauty of being an online seller.

Since I am in this business, my advice is to research your products and what you want to sell. Know your products well and time management is important because you really have to do a million things at 1 time. If you don't have your own products to sell, try considering dropship. That's a good way to start an online business because you don't have to keep stock, you don't have to worry about delivery and all that…you just worry about customer service and getting the sales. If you are interested in doing dropship for my products (Izumio, Super Lutein & Kupukupu stuff), please email me. We can discuss!

2. Surveys & Questionnaires
Few months ago, someone called me to ask if I was interested in participating in a survey. I thought it was a joke. But I think I was bored so I went along. This company (can't remember what they are called) does surveys for their clients and this particular survey suits me. They were looking for mothers who have or thinking of sending their kids to international school. I can't remember how they got my number but they did and turns out, I was planning to send my daughter to an international school. We planned to meet up in BSC one day and had a 2 hour session with this lady.

Basically they had a series of questions they wanted me to answer about international schools. Like which international schools I visited, why I chose the school to visit, their fees etc etc. I made RM300 that 2 hours. They paid me cash. It was so easy! If only they need me to do surveys everyday! :)

I'm not sure how you can get jobs like this but try looking it up. It's really easy money. But look out for scams too.

3. Mystery Shopper
I was offered a mystery shopper post once when I was a lot younger. It didn't feel like work at all. I got to know about it from a friend and she recommended me for the job. Basically, all you have to do is go into a store and pretend to be interested in this particular product. Your job is to see if the seller is promoting and selling the products right according to the requirements by the client. I was paid RM50 - RM100 each store. It was a one off assignment but it was a good one. I wish there are many jobs like this because mine was paid very well (tobacco company) but I have friends as mystery shopper for other products like mobile phone, tyres and stuff like that…they don't pay very well but still, it is a good side income.

4. Freelancer
If you have a certain skill, you can be a freelancer. For example, if you are good in designing, you can be a designer. You know how to create website, you can do that too for friends… translation jobs are quite good too. If you can write reports and stuff, you can offer your services to phD students (for example) to help them with their assignments and reports etc. I have hired someone from to do some designing work. Although not very good, but for 5 bucks, it is pretty easy money.
Check out their website to see if you can offer something for 5 bucks per job!

5. Baking and cooking
I'm a pretty good cook but I hate cooking so this is no good for me. But some people can really do well doing this business from home. Like remember my friend who sells her sambal on fb and instagram?
I also have a neighbour doing similar business too. I ordered cakes and cookies from home bakers. So perhaps, this is something you can consider to make extra money from home.

6. Blogging
I dont blog for money. I blog for fun. But I know a lot of people who blogs for money. The more popular your blog is, the higher chances you will have to get jobs to do paid reviews. For me, personally, I don't do a lot. I've done some when I think products will benefit my readers but otherwise I won't do it. I hate reading blogs with lots of sponsored posts. I mean, if they are good products then it is ok but I've read this particular blog (with lots of sponsored posts) and being a sucker I bought some of the things she reviewed and really, it is not as good as the posts. I hate that. Rest assured when I say a product is good, it is because it is good for me and my family. I am consuming or using it and not just because I get paid to say it is good.

If you are serious about making noney from blogging, then the first thing you need to do is to increase your readership. Make your blog more popular. Once you have that, advertisers will start emailing you.

So there you go, some tips on how to make extra money….
I've tried and tested all the above (except for cooking and baking but I know you can make money from it because I buy from home bakers!).

When you are rich and make money from the above…don't forget me! I like starbucks or chocolate cake, thank you!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Handbags as investment?

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I bought my first Chanel back in 2010. I was pregnant with my daughter then and I bought it from Singapore Takashimaya. The sales person was this wonderful lady Faridah. She was so helpful. I remember when I decided on buying this cream classic jumbo bag, I called KL Chanel to asked if they have it in KL and asked for the price to compare. They didn't have this colour in KL then and the price of the jumbo was about RM12,000 then. I bought it in Singapore for slightly more expensive (due to the exchange rate and we drove to Singapore so we couldn't claim tax). Buying it in Singapore, despite it being slightly more expensive felt better than buying it in Malaysia because it sounds cheaper.
RM12,000 sounds more expensive than $6000. (We conveniently ignored the currency and the exchange rate) heh!

Fast forward 5 years later.. A classic jumbo bag is now RM20530! That's RM8,000 more now. Wowsers!!!!!!! I could sell it for RM15,000 and make RM5000 profit!!! But I won't!!!

Well, since bags are such good investments (ahem! ahem!) maybe I should start thinking about my next investment. 

I need to invest on a daily bag. At the moment, I am using my Dior Panarea which I love and bought many years ago for under RM4500.00 . I would so "invest" in this bag again because it is one of my favourite bags ever. I can just throw everything in there! I called Dior KL but they don't have it.
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So I'm thinking, maybe I should just get a Neverfull. I have one too and I love it. It's such a good bag. A good "investment" indeed. I bought my Neverfull right before I started working for my mum. It was supposed to be my work bag because I could put my laptop in it. Its such a strong bag too. I carry it when I go on holidays too. I love this bag. The design, well, not so great but its a good bag.

Speaking of investment….

Would you invest on bags? Which ones?
I think Lady Dior are a good investment too… Price has recently gone up to RM16,000 for a medium. I remember it was about RM14,000 - RM15,000 when I was in Dubai this year. 

I'm not supposed to be talking about bags for at least another year…but this is not bag talk, this is investment talk!!!
Friday, July 24, 2015

Best Sambal EVER!

I'm a sambal lover. Yeah, call me kampung but I love my sambal belacan. LOL. I don't eat ulam, durian and all though. So, I'm not THAT kampung!

Anyway, I'm a huge sambal lover. I love everything spicy. I can eat non spicy food but I love it even more if it is spicy. I don't like the food to be overly spicy or anything like that but I do love a bit of pedasness in my food. My husband, is not so much a fan of spicy food. Basically, in my household, if theres anything pedas, it is for me.

Back when I was in Cardiff, the Asian store where we usually go to to get our supply of kicap and all the Malaysian stuff we need in our cooking, has this Chili that they sell. I don't know what its called but I call it the african chill. It is the most spiciest chili ever. My friend uses this chilli to cook this african dish. It is so yummy. I've never seen this chili anywhere since then…but when I was on honeymoon in Maldives, I saw this chili at the buffet table!!! I was like OMG!!! And guess what? I actually asked the hotel staff to get me a pack for me to bring back. I tapau'ed this raw chillies back to KL and kept it in the freezer for months.

(Moral of that story is to show how much I love my chilies!!!)

So yes, I eat everything better with sambal. Sambal belacan is of course my favourite. I can eat it with rice and ikan goreng and I'll be sorted.

Few months back, I saw a friend on FB posted about her sambal. She started selling them and it seems to be selling quite well. I couldn't resist so I ordered 2 bottles. Each bottle is RM15. I had to pick it up at Mont Kiara where she lives but luckily it isn't too far away from me.

OMG! I love it!!! 

It's so good that I ordered more. This time I ordered 5! To give some to my family to try and more for me. I've been eating more rice too since I started eating this sambal. I have it with pretty much everything. Even during ramadhan, I would eat it with murtabak. Really sedap. I'm hooked!

Tonight I made fried okra with this sambal and it was so easy and yummy.

I've also tried using the sambal to marinate my fish and wrapped it in daun pisang. I use it to fry some French beans too. All yummy.

I'm so happy I found this sambal. If you live nearby Mont Kiara and want to give this a go, WA the number and place your order. Follow her on Instagram for ideas on how to use this sambal.

You won't regret it!