Thursday, August 27, 2015

Top 10 Most Expensive School in KL

I saw this article and almost died! GULP!

Does it really cost that much these days? How are normal people with middle or lower income going to get this kind of education in Malaysia? We are fortunate that we can afford it but anything can happen tomorrow. How can we make sure we have enough for our kid's education fund? And mind you, this is only up till secondary school. How about college and university??? How much harder do we have to work to earn this much money??? As I'm typing this, my heart is beating fast.

Here is the list

1. Mont Kiara International School (MKIS)
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM1,291,900.00
They are an American International school.

2. International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM1,170,800.00
They are an American International school.

(Why are American International Schools so expensive?)

3. Garden International School (GIS)
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM1,118,160.00
They do British Syllabus. It was our second choice.

4. British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BISKL)
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM1,116,496.00 
They do British Syllabus. It was our third choice. I actually like this school but they didn't have Islamic Studies

5. IGB International School
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM1,053,500.00

6. Alice Smith International School
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM980,600.00

7. Nexus International School, Putrajaya
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM864,560.00

8. Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM828,839.00

9. The International School @ Parkcity
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM763,360.00

10. Fairview International School
Total fees needed from Nursery level to Year 13 is RM554,060.00

I'm not sure about you but seeing these figures are making me worried about my future. I don't know if I can afford it in the future. Seriously! Like all parents, we obviously want the best for our kids and try to give them the best that we can afford. I know if we can't afford international school, we just have to find the best public or government school. Or maybe just homeschool them. I don't know.

Dont blame me for always thinking about MONEY. It is in front of my face everyday. You'd be stupid not to think about it.

Again, I will stress to all … FIND YOUR PASSIVE/SIDE INCOME! It doesn't have to be Izumio business. It doesn't have to be online business or whatever else I do but just find something! I found what works best for me with all my limitations so you go and find yours. Everything is expensive. You got to have a back up plan.

They've already done a list of the Top 10 most expensive schools in KL. When will they come up with the Top 10 cheapest schools in KL I wonder. I would like that list too…just to compare!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Getting ready for big school

I am still lost. I still don't really know what I need to prepare my daughter for big school and I have about 2 weeks to do everything. I'm starting to freak out.

1. My daughter sleeps late and wakes up quite late. We've been blessed that her current school is literally next door to our apartment unit. This is a luxury because we don't have to wake up so early to get ready, we don't have to drive out and be stuck in traffic. I need to start getting my daughter to sleep earlier and wake up earlier to prepare her for school as she will need to be up by 7am daily from September onwards in order for us to get to school by 8.30am. I think we will need to leave home by 7.40am. Not only that, I have to prepare myself too. I sleep late and I wake up late myself! I am not a morning person AT ALL!!!

2. Books. I haven't even gotten the book list from school. I don't know why I didn't do it the last time I was in school to pay the school fees. I should have. Ah well, I guess we'll have to do it next week.

3. Shoes and uniform
I think you get the uniform from school. We also need to buy white canvas shoes for her. I have no idea where to get them from. Any ideas? My friend told me you can get white shoes from BATA. I haven't been inside BATA since high school, I think. Anywhere else? Just in case we can't find the one we like from BATA.

4. School bag
What type of school bag do they need in Year 1? I've seen loads of them in Toys R Us and all those places and really, they're all ugly. Everyone will be using the same Frozen, Sofia the First, Barbie bag right? Should I get the ones with wheels? Gosh!!!!

5. She will have swimming lessons in school. Do I need to get swimming stuff?

I'm freaking out right now.
What else do I need???

Ringgit DOWN

Back when I was first sent to UK (after getting SPM results) in 1997, the exchange rate was still pretty good. If I remember correctly, it was still about 4.7 or something like that to £1. My mum did a very good job at the time by keeping pounds. As soon as she decided on sending me to the UK, she had slowly started changing RM to £ and by the time I went there, I had enough money (£) to cover my fees and expenses for a whole year.

Few months after I arrived UK, the ringgit started dropping. It went from 4 something to 6 something quite fast and at one point, it was down to RM8 to £1  It was crazy. It became really stressful because every time I wanted to buy something, I would feel guilty as I wanted to make sure that the money my mum gave me for that year will last me for a whole year as planned. During that period, one by one of our friends had to leave and within a few months, there was not many Malaysian left. Those on scholarship too had to go back. At the same time, my allowance for that year somehow only lasted me less than 6 months. Yikes.

Luckily for me, my mum's business was OK and survived the tough period. I felt bad so I took up some part time jobs here and there. Good thing about being in UK was, it was pretty easy to get a part time job at the university. I remember doing mail shots jobs. It was so easy and fun for £4 per hour's work.
I also remember some friends taking jobs as cleaners just to make that extra money while we were studying. Opportunities to make money is out there. You just need to open your eyes and look properly!

Throughout my whole time in UK, the pounds was nothing below 6. Even before I left UK it was still RM6.5 to £1 if I'm not mistaken. Only after I left, pounds started dropping in 2010 but today, in 2015 it is slowly going up again. Today, ringgit is so bad that USD1 is already almost touching RM4.5
WTH?

We don't have any business overseas and I don't think we are planning to go abroad anytime soon so I think we are ok for now but with the economy so bad, we really need to start planning for our future even more.

This is the time when everyone is extra EMOTIONAL. Everyone is complaining about $$$ and how expensive things are. Cost of living is so high and salary is still low. Some companies are not even hiring. Bonuses are cut down. etc etc so you will expect people to have emotional turmoil but just remember that it is absolutely normal. This is when somehow or rather, we just have to adjust to the new environment and regain control by taking actions. What actions? Ask yourself.
Some will cut down on unnecessary expenses, some till switch to a cheaper service provider and go with a cheaper options, some will work longer hours and like me, I choose to have a side business to earn my passive income. Every week, I log on to my naturally plus account and look forward to my weekly income. This is not a scam. Money doesn't fall from tree and this is not like any other MLM business where when you're already on top, you can shake legs while your downline work their ass off and you earn an income. This is different. You are paid when you work and when you don't, you don't get paid so much. Still, I always believe that there's no such thing as easy money BUT this is as easy as it gets and I'm so happy I found this!

When we are faced with difficult situation, we need to take control of that situation and turn it into something positive. Staying home sulking about how expensive things are is not going to help you so get up and do something positive. My mum always tells me that when you want to make money, you CAN. Even a nasi lemak seller can earn a living just by selling nasi lemak. It is not much but still, instead of sulking, they get up early, cook and sell their nasi lemak by the roadside. So really, there is no excuse. Either you want it or not.

There is always a way to restore your financial health. The opportunities are there for you to grab. It doesn't have to be by doing what I'm doing now but you need to figure out the best way for you. Whatever it is, it looks like our economy is going down…so start planning now! We need to do this for our kids. It is their future we are talking about … and it's not getting any cheaper!




Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Financial Security

Call me materialistic, shallow or whatever you want but I LOVE money! I'm motivated by money and I feel happier when I have money. There! I've said it!

You are going to tell me that "MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING" and I totally agree with you but in today's world, everything IS about money. You just can't run away from it.

I've been a full-time housewife (I hate that title!) for more than 5 years now. Right before I resigned my last job, I was earning a five figure income. Obviously my husband can't give me THAT much. He gives me quite a generous amount monthly and alhamdulillah for that. I have my own money (from him) to pay my bills, my loans and a little bit left for shopping. But with the recent price hike, GST and whatnot, theres not much I can do with what my husband give me. Cost of living is going up and everything is so expensive. I haven't asked for a "pay-rise" from my husband because I know his expenses have gone up too. Instead, what I do is to find things to do from home that can generate additional income for myself. I have a few little business that I do from home (KupuKupu & BelliButtons Party House) but income from those two aren't regular. Sometimes I will go months without sales. Raya period is good but after raya, sales from KupuKupu is slow and almost none. But still, those are my babies and I'm very happy with it.

Apart from those 2, I am also involved in the Naturally Plus business. The Naturally Plus business pays me weekly. Believe it or not, I am already slowly starting to earn some passive income. We get paid weekly based on points accumulated in that week. You can earn up to RM2000++ a day in this business. So imagine that RM2000 x 30 days. How much is that? So anyway, I started doing this business for 8 months now and my income is not fixed yet. Some weeks I earn more, some weeks I don't earn at all, some weeks I earn A LOT. But whatever it is, I already have an income every month. Every month, I have money coming in from Naturally Plus, whether or not I have sold any products/packages in that month.

Tuesday morning, I woke up and just for fun, I went on to the Naturally Plus member's website and I saw that I have an income this week. Wow. For doing nothing??? That's really awesome. I haven't sold any products this week! How awesome is that? My total earnings for this month (for work done in July) is a 4 figure income and we still have 1 more week to go. Usually I earn a lot in the last week of the month because most of my sign ups are end of the month.

So you see, this business is very doable for SAHMs like me. If you are interested to earn some side income, email me. Nothing is free in life. Don't expect money to fall from the tree. It is possible when you put in effort. But to start, of course, like any businesses, you need to have a capital. If you don't have RM5330 to invest in now, come and talk to me. I will try to help pump in some money for you to kickstart your Naturally Plus journey. What I am looking for are genuine people who wants to do the business and have the right attitude. Often I hear people say they want to do this, but don't want to sell. Whether you do this business or some other business, as long as you are your own boss…you will have to SELL something. So think about what you want (the income) versus what you must do to get that income. I'm not telling you it will be easy but when there is a will, there is a way.

This week, we have a promotion on the package where the company is giving out FREE membership. That's a savings of RM122 for you. But don't wait too long, it is only until Saturday this week by 2pm.

My friends in this business are also doing really well…. They've been doing this longer than I have and already earning five figure income. They have also told me by next year, I will be earning a five figure income too. Wow. I can't wait!

The sooner you join, the better because you will be higher up the chart. My only regret is I didn't join sooner. But you know they say, it is better late than never!

What does having financial security mean to you? To me, it means I can have a better future. It also means GIRL POWER because soon, I will be financially independent. That to me is going to be a good feeling!

What are you waiting for? And just remember……

Whether you join me or not, I still get paid! Let's get paid together! We can so totally do this!
Come join me now!!!! Email me at izumiolife(@)gmail.com to find out more
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hydrogen Mask for Pigmentation


72 years old

A friend posted this on the Izumio & Super Lutein Resource group on Facebook and I thought I'd share it here. This is a good testimonial because I've met this lady a couple of times and each time I see her, she looks better and better. In fact, she's 10 years older than my mum but she looks about the same age if not younger than my mum. I need to get my mum to be rajin like her to use the izumio mask daily!!

Helped her with her back pain too
When I was living in the UK, I loved the sun so much. When its cold but the sun is shinning, I would be happy to go out under the sun and didn't even bother putting on sunblock. To me, getting tanned and letting the hot sun on my skin especially with the cold cold air is absolutely amazing  Of course I didn't think much about pigmentation then. Until recently when I spotted some pigmentation on my face. I went nuts.

I asked my facial lady what it was and she said it is early signs of pigmentation. That is scary.

What is pigmentation? It is simply colouring that affects the skin. It is a skin condition where you find patches of the skin turns darker/lighter. Uneven skin tone is ugly ok.

Our skin gets its colour from this pigment. Theres a special cells in our skin that makes them and when this cell is damaged or unhealthy, it affects the production of this pigment. 

Too much production will make your skin darker and too little will make it lighter. Either way, it is a big NO NO in my books. For example, like when I am out in the sun without protection (sunblock), the cell production of this pigment is high and it makes the skin darker. 

Recently, I bought a sunblock. Finally, after discovering this tiny pigmentation on my skin, I decided to invest on a sunblock. So far so good. I love it. But then after I saw this testimonial from my friend and after seeing the change in her mother in law's skin pigmentation, I NEED to start putting on IZUMIO hydrogen mask more regularly. I do and I see immediate improvement because my skin instantly becomes brighter but for all the pigmentation and freckles to go away, I need to start putting it on daily like this Aunty does.

I know Izumio works wonders for anti ageing. I've written about it before. You can read it here. This time, I want to specifically talk about pigmentation because really, it works. 



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Letters

I remember when I was a kid, I must have been about between 8-10 years old then. I was still living with my dad at the time and he got upset with me about something. I got a good scolding and I was so angry, I didn't want to talk to him for days. After I had calmed down, my ego was still too big to go up to him to apologise but instead, I wrote him a letter. I obviously don't remember what I wrote but I remember his reaction. He was so happy that I wrote him that letter and told me I should write more next time.

I love writing letters. I find it easier to express myself that way than talking about it, which is not always good. I find it so difficult to express myself especially when I'm upset. When Im angry, I will always keep it inside and shut up.


My daughter is starting to love writing letters. That day, she said she wanted to write me one. So she did. She can read but she can't really write very well or spell very well yet. This was the first attempt and I couldn't be more proud. She doesn't know how to spell "mummy" so she just wrote "mum" instead. She was so happy that I love the letter and want me to write her one too. Before she left for school, she told me to write her a nice letter.


She reminded me so many times that day and I knew I had to write one. It has been a while since I last wrote a letter to someone. My daughter can read quite well and reading isn't a problem. I could write anything but for her to write something back, well, she is not really there yet. Hence, you will see her writing the same thing to me again and again. But that's ok, it is still good practice

I love this…..

KL Fashion Week

Hahah…before you proceed, please note this is not a fashion post! I am no fashionista…..

KL Fashion Week is on to its last and final day today. I had attended none. Yes, Zero. And here's why…
It cost too much to attend and I would rather spend it on …something else, right now.

1. Hair & Make up.
Unless you can do amazing own makeup (which I can't), you will need to hire a makeup artist. I guess you can just walk into one of those big salons and get your hair and makeup done. Total estimated cost for that, I would say…maybe around RM200 - RM300 (I'm just guessing! I have no clue because I've never done it before). You can get a makeup artist to come and do your make up from home and that cost anything above RM500

2. What to wear
If you go for a show, it would be nice to wear their stuff right? Better still, wear their latest stuff. I guess since I'm not a celebrity, I surely have to pay for my own dress and that will cost me at least RM1000 a piece.

3. Accessories
Handbags, Shoes, etc etc….
Yes, great you have the nice Chanel bags, now make sure you have nice shoes to go with it too, ya. Don't come in Chanel and Vincci shoes. Don't get caught by the Fashion Police!

4. Front row seats
I don't know how it works but obviously you don't want to be seated right at the back, right? So until I get invite for a front row seat, I think I'll just watch the update from Instagram je la for now.

5. Friends
Please don't be a loser and go alone. It's better to go with an enemy than going alone to Fashion Week. Gotta pretend to be happening!

So you see…..All of the above is so not me!!! I wish it was but it is not.

I don't see myself attending any shows ever.

Thank God for instagram kan?

LOL


Thursday, August 13, 2015

My son is THREE

Yesterday, my sweet little boy celebrated his 3rd Birthday. I couldn't be more proud of him at this age. I've been really busy with work that I didn't really have time to focus on his birthday celebration. I mean, being in preschool.. It is so easy to just let them celebrate in school. All fuss free. I only had to prepare 2 things. Cake & Party Pack.

For his birthday this year, he requested for an Ironman Cake. He is a typical boy. He likes everything superhero, he loves action movies and he loves everything rough. I asked my daughter what class she wanted to attend and my daughter said she wants to try piano/singing class and when I asked the same question to my son, his reply was "Fighting class" LOL.



On Wednesday, I started designing stuff for the party pack. I didn't really have time so I decided to just do the basic ones. I designed a personalised chocolate wrapper for him to give out to his friend. He was so excited. I know it looks simple but there's a lot of hard work to do this. First was the designing part, which took me quite a whole on the computer. Then I needed to rush to the printers to get it printed and then there's the cutting and sticking. But at the end of the day, it is so worth it especially when I see how excited he looks when he sees his name on the chocolate wrapper.


I also designed a sticker for the paper bag. Once the prep work is done, I gathered both my kids together to help prepare the party pack. Easy stuff which they can both do to help and fun for them.
My daughter assisted me with the sticking of the sticker on to the bag and my son, well, he wasn't much help to be honest. He sat down and ate the chocolates instead!!


They helped put stuff in to the party pack. This was fun for them. My daughter was a great help. My son, wasn't. It's ok. It's his birthday anyway. He kept putting too much in one bag! It was a fun exercise to do with both of them tho. In the end, we had some leftovers and they were excited.

On the morning of his birthday, we woke him up and started singing the Happy Birthday song in bed. He wasn't too pleased that his sleep was interrupted but he said "thank you" anyway. They got ready extra early for school because they knew that we will be celebrating it there and they were so excited to tell their friends. We went to pick up his birthday cake and got back just in time for the party.

Kids were all so excited when they saw the cake.

We picked up the cake and it was beautiful. I also gave the baker my son's favourite Ironman toy to put it on the cake. That way, the ironman looks real. I ordered our cakes from our usual baker. I love her chocolate cake and just ordered the same thing. It is so delicious and the designs are quite pretty too. Last year, my son wanted some superhero cake too but this year, after going through so many photos, he chose Ironman. He has not even seen an Ironman movie or cartoon but he loves Ironman.

The kids had a great time at their class party. After they were all high on sugar, the teacher put on some music for them to dance. They were all going nuts! It was so funny. After that, as usual, everyone sat on the floor and waited for their party pack.


The teacher will sit next to the birthday boy/girl and they birthday boy/girl will call out their friends names. Then they come up and wish happy birthday and say thank you. I love this tradition. It teaches the kids to wait for their turns (although some were jumping and screaming hoping their names will be called up next!) and teaches them to say "please" and "thank you" and also to wish the birthday boy/girl the right way. Some of them will hug, some will shake hands, some will kiss. It's so cute! Some even gave a little twirl!

After that, I left and went back to work.

When they are back from school, they had their lunch and once I was done with my work, I took them out to the mall near us for some fun time at the playground. I left them there for an hour or so. I also took them for some ice cream treat. But unfortunately, both places didn't have the flavours my daughter wanted and she was not happy. She was so angry!

We also went to Speedy to get my son a new DVD. He chose the Looney Tunes. He's never seen them but has this Looney Tunes game on his iPad that he likes. Told my daughter to choose one too but everything she wanted was not a good choice and finally she didn't get any. Instead, I bought the Home Alone movie for her although she didn't want it! (Too bad)

When we got home, it was raining like crazy. I had to cook dinner and put on the DVD for them to watch. They both really enjoyed the Looney Tunes.

After dinner, I put on the Home Alone DVD for us to watch together. I told them about the movie and somehow, I don't know why, both were really scared to watch that movie. I told them it is about this boy who was really naughty and was punished. Then his mum left him at home alone and everyone else went for holiday. My son refused to watch it at first and always hiding behind the sofa. I don't know why he was so scared and kept asking me to switch it off.

But as soon as it got to the end of the movie, where the boy bullies the bad guys and literally tortured them, both kids were laughing so much. They couldn't stop laughing!!!
Even in bed, they kept talking about the movie. Not so funny because they both discussed between them to do it to my maid.

So yea, we had a pretty good day.

I love him with all my heart. He is the sweetest boy and so precious to me. He brings so much joy and I couldn't be happier and more proud.

Happy Birthday my son, my sweet little superhero

I love you to the infinity and beyond.




How to Pick a school: Tips for Parents


I'm done with my school hunt for my kids (for now). I am so glad that I can put that to rest and move on because it can be pretty stressful. It shouldn't be a stressful exercise but somehow, for me it was. A lot of parents read my blog for this purpose so perhaps it would be good to share some of the tips I learned along the way in my search to find the best school for us. I'm no expert, please do your own research. My daughter will start Year 1 in September. Here are some lessons from my school-hunting experience that might be helpful to you and might help guide yours.

1. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Location is very important. Especially if you live in the Klang Valley, with the crazy traffic and the unpredictable weather that will cause havoc, the flood that can happen almost anytime… It is important to choose the right location. For me, personally, I've been extremely lucky to have my kids both go to a preschool next door. I don't have to go through any traffic, no driving out whatsoever. It has been good. But come next month, I will have to drive out. And because I live right in town where traffic is all around, it is important for me to choose a school that isn't too far away from me. I can't run away from traffic whichever school I choose but I told myself, the maximum I am willing to spend in the car to get to school is 30-45 minutes. I must make sure I am close enough to the school for me to drive there in case theres any emergencies too.

My advice is, pick a location first and then look for the schools in that location.

2. LABELS
Once you have identified the area, it is time to look for the types of school that is available. Try to look beyond the labels first. You'll be surprised at how good some schools are when you start your research. For example, when I was in Kajang, I had not even heard of Eaton International School. But as I continued my research, I discovered that it is quite a good school for that area. We were pleasantly surprised at the time. Don't scratch a school off just because of how it is governed just yet. Most important is that you find the right fit for your child. Be open to different options, even if it means it is different from what you planned for at first.

There are a few websites that can help you search for a school in your location. Here are some of them:
Private Schools Malaysia
Private Education in Malaysia
School Malaysia
School Advisor
Ministry of Education Malaysia

3. SPOT CHECK
You now have a list of schools in your preferred area. Next thing to do is to make an appointment to visit them. Now is time to do your research. What you should look for is:

  •  Traffic to the school. How bad it is going to be? Tips: Check WAZE during busy school hours. WAZE can somewhat tell you. (Or any other apps that can tell you the real time traffic situation?)
  • Facilities in the school. Good or bad? I like to look at their toilets, that's me. I'm weird like that. A school that doesn't look after the cleanliness of their toilets…hmm, do you really want your child there? Not me! 
  • Check out the kids in the classrooms. Do they look happy? Do they look bored? Look at the teachers too
  • Check out their canteen. Clean? How about the food? Healthy food? Good varieties? Or disgusting oily food?
  • Syllabus is also important. Look at that too. Local syllabus? International syllabus? 
  • Fees. Find out about their terms. Payment methods, payment period, penalty etc. Sometimes, the fees aren't very much but you have to pay for so many other things like their extra curricular activities which is most probably compulsory. Some schools can be super expensive but it is inclusive of food and all the other activities. So you will need to look at your budgeting. Make sure you can include the fees in the coming years too. It is no good going for a school you can afford now, but in the next few years (as they increase the fees and they do every year), you will have a tough time coping. For us, we choose something in between. Not the most expensive school and not the cheapest school. At least we know for the next few years, if everything remains the same, we have enough for the fees.


I know a lot of people will ask about the school's turnover rate. But which school will tell you they have really low turnover? None. So, to me, don't bother asking.


4. FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS
From the schools you selected and visited, do a pros and cons lists. List down things that you like and what you don't like about the school.

Also it is worth to talk to other parents whose kids are in the same school. They will know the real story. Of course, no school will be 100% perfect. If you are looking for perfection, you will be disappointed. I know I was with many schools I visited. One school can have the best toilet facilities and the worst canteen/food cleanliness. It's possible. That's when you use your instincts and pick the best one. Some things you just have to close one eye and look at the positive bit. Be diligent but don't go overboard with your expectations too.

If you don't know any parents from the same school, try looking for reviews online or you can search for these FB groups. They were quite helpful.

Malaysia Education Info (and homeschooling too) 
Malaysian Parents
Homeschooling Hub Malaysia
Malaysia International Schools Parents Support Page

My aim is not for my kids to be geniuses (good if they are) but more about the experience. I want them to enjoy school more than anything else. When they enjoy school, learning comes naturally.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bad mood

Photo from misspersia.files.wordpress.com
Every now and then, I get in this mood. Bad mood. No particular reason and it's not even the hormones (not PMSing yet) but just feel like crap. I don't have any explanation for this since I'm not PMSing. What is it?

Sometimes, I feel like I should be doing something else. Frustrated that I'm not where I want to be. Tired that my kids are always on my case. Annoyed that my maid is not like my old maid. Irritated that my husband is coming home late. Jealous that everyone seems to be doing better than me.  You know, the usual day to day stuff.

When I'm in this kind of mood, the best thing to do is just back off!!! Don't talk to me, don't try to be nice, don't offer me a hug….DONT! Just want you to shut the F**k up basically. I was browsing for photos to include in this bad mood post and I must say, it cheered me up. It's so funny. Go check it out when you feel like you are in a bad mood. Some of the stuff on Google Images are really funny.


This is so true. Because when I'm in the bad mood, everyone is just annoying. (Sorry)

I think it is quite normal to go through off days, right? I mean, being a mum is a full time job. We deserve a break too, don't you think?


Well, I need to remind myself of all the good things I should be thankful for. Really, its not a bad life. I need to remember that. Although on Instagram I see people having fun at the KL Fashion Week today while I'm in the kitchen looking like a maid cooking fishball soup, I must remind myself, it's NOT a bad life.





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Grow a Tree Project

I've never been to Myanmar. I have no clue what it is like over there. My friend Mamapumpkin is very passionate about helping the children of Myanmar because she's been there to see how hard life is for the people there. We are so blessed that we live in Malaysia. Yes, we complain about the Ringgit, the PM and the government and the price hike etc but we don't know how lucky we are to be here. From the stories I heard about the people in Myanmar, I know I should feel so lucky to be Malaysian. (Anyway, that's a different story all together, we have our struggles and they have theirs, right?).

So anyway, my friend Mamapumpkin does a lot of charity work to help the children in Myanmar because she's seen it with her own eyes how much they really need our help. She keeps in touch with the children and they will often update her on their progress.

She's been talking about this new project for a while now and announced it a couple of days back. This new project is called Grow a Tree. Another mutual friend will personally be handing the money over to them. We know that all the money collected from this project will go to the right person.

Basically these children has just bought a land in Myanmar and they plan to grow an organic farm. They will be taking care of this organic farm and hopefully earn money from this business to help build their future. So let's help them kickstart this project by donating some money to this project. Big or small, it doesn't matter. A tree is RM500. If you can sponsor a tree, that will be awesome but if you can't, share it with friends or just give whatever you can afford to help these kids. Rest assured they will work hard to grow this organic farm.

If you want more information, please visit my friend's blog and read more about it. If you search her blog you will also find the other stuff she's done for the children of Myanmar in the past. Who wants to share a tree with me??? Email me at dzuraa (@)gmail.com
A little will go a long way, trust me. And remember what I said about giving? It won't make you poor but will give you so much more. More than you can imagine.

Let's help them together!


Online Shopping with Ensogo

Have you heard of Ensogo before? Ensogo is an online shopping site that offers fabulous daily deals. Whatever you want, it is there! They offer all sorts of deals from hi-end restaurants, 5 star resorts to luxurious spa. Now, they are also offering daily essential products at the best price. How awesome is that?!

I have actually purchased some spa vouchers from Ensogo website before. They are good deals you know but now, I can also shop for my daily essentials. Stuff like formula milk, coffee, diapers, etc. Like your own little supermarket and they deliver to you too. Super convenient for busy mothers like myself. Shopping couldn't get any easier than this! You can shop from anywhere as they even have a mobile app that you can download. Click! Click! Click! And you are done. They accept online payments and Cash-On-Delivery too.


Today, Ensogo launched their latest campaign. Go check it out. Go to their website or download their mobile app to place your order.

Here's the press release on their launch today…
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You need it, we have it

Ensogo unveils Daily essential products at best price.


KUALA LUMPUR, 11 August 2015 - As a leading e-commerce business, Ensogo now has broadened its range of products with a wide offering of household essentials and needs for everyday life. Parents can now own the cheapest diapers in Malaysia by simply purchasing through Ensogo website or their Mobile App.

Managing Director of Ensogo Malaysia, Jan Hansen promises, “We will be continuously enhancing our assortment based on emerging wants and needs of our customers”. “Everyday essentials like breakfast drinks, instant noodles, household cleaners and sundries are some that we offer to our customers, at best price.Jan added. After successfully launching the new Android app in July, the Ensogo team keeps on track by finding new ways to simplify online purchases for consumers.

With the findings, apart from paying online, Cash-On-Delivery (COD) payment is now available for consumers to ensure hassle-free payment at the doorstep without any risk. This COD promotion is now available for all daily essentials on Ensogo, without having to juggle with cards or online banking services. Easy as it is, the relation to our customers is built on trust, ours in our loyal customers as well as theirs in our products and services, explains Jan Hansen.

From payment to shipping, the process is eased and accelerated. To meet the current demand of busy mothers, young professionals or spontaneous shoppers, additionally 1- day-delivery delivery was implemented for all daily essential products.

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So what are you waiting for? Go check it out! They are offering FREE SHIPPING if you use the code. Instead of going to the supermarket, why not try Ensogo this time. I've tried it and now it is your turn!

Have fun shopping.
Monday, August 10, 2015

My son's milestones

My daughter never drank from the bottle and never wanted pacifier. She was direct fed for 22 months. We tried to introduce the bottle but failed tremendously. That made it super difficult for me to go anywhere without her. For a whole 22 months, I couldn't go anywhere without her. She was glued to me. She was also demanding the breast every 2 seconds. Sometimes, while I'm driving and while she was strapped at the back seat, I have to stop at petrol station to feed her. It was nuts!!! Luckily, after 22 months she stopped and because she didn't want to drink from bottle, she stopped drinking milk altogether. I didn't even bother pumping. She never liked formula milk too. Saved my husband a lot of money too

My son is the opposite. From when he was born, he preferred the bottle. We also introduced him to pacifier to calm him down because my oh my, this boy was a cry baby. When he cries, it is so loud that often, I get so stressed and panicked. Perhaps it was just him having colic but I remember he was the opposite of my daughter who was a very calm baby. Having said that, my son wasn't all THAT BAD. Just that my daughter never used to cry much that any extra crying is considered bad. Thank god for the pacifier….. It helped!!!


My son was hooked on his pacifier. He couldn't live without it at all. He used to bring it to school even. We make fun of him so much but he doesn't care, he needs his pacifier! Even when he is on his iPad, he would still want the pacifier in his mouth. I didn't know what to do to make him stop.

Earlier this year, at the start of the new semester, the teacher told us to slowly stop giving it to him as it may delay his speech. He is talking a lot but he still baby talks A LOT. I'm not complaining because he sounds super cute when he talks but the teacher told us, pacifier has got to go! It is affecting his speech.

Being the lazy mum that I am, I haven't even potty train him. Getting him off his milk n pacifier is also in my "To Do" list.

Few days back, I was out and I left the kids at home. I was busy running some errands and had to leave them behind. While I was in the car, I called my daughter (to let her know I'll be back in a bit etc) but she refused to talk to me (merajuk) and my son grabbed the phone. I haven't spoken to him on the phone for a while (because I'm with him all the time) and as he was talking, I realised that he is starting to sound like a big boy already. Baby talks is slowly starting to go away. Although his pacifier is still his best buddy, his speech is already starting to sound good. I felt proud and there wasn't really much pressure to get him off his pacifier. I didn't see any urgent need since he is talking and sounded alright.

On Sunday, while we were on the way out, in the car he asked for his pacifier. He was holding his iPad at this time and sat on his carseat. My maid had forgotten about the pacifier so she rushed upstairs to get them. But she came back 5 minutes later and said she couldn't find them. We have about 3-4 pacifiers for him but somehow, all are missing at that day. (He usually just throws them around when he doesn't want them). When my maid came back to the car, she said sorry but she couldn't find it. Annoyed, my son gave a big sigh and gave her a jelingan maut and continued playing with his iPad.

The whole few hours we were out, he didn't have his pacifier with him. This is rare. We NEVER leave the house without it. But this time, he sort of knew it was his own fault for throwing his pacifier around and not look after it properly. I gave him a bit of a lecture in the car about taking care of his own things and he just continued playing his iPad like he couldn't care less.

Came home and we tried looking for it but still couldn't find it.

I was really worried he might make a fuss because he NEEDS it for bedtime. In fact, if he wakes up in the middle of the night, he would look for it too. But that night, we didn't have 1 pacifier in sight. God, help me!

He was surprisingly ok. He nodded and agreed that it was his own fault. He would give us big sigh and frown but that was it. 2 days went past and still, he was ok.

We eventually found it but I told my maid to put it aside. I think he is ready for this milestone. I am so happy and couldn't be more proud of him. Sometimes he would still say "Me nak pacifier" (he calls himself "me") but then we will just distract him and say something and he will forget about it.
One day, my daughter spilled the bean and told him we found his pacifier. Boy, he cried and cried but after awhile, he got over it.

Next thing is to get him off diaper. He is ready but I need to be around to make sure he doesn't have accidents and make sure he goes to the bathroom every hour. We did that for a day and it went well. But come poopoo time, he doesn't say and then it gets messy.

My son is growing up so fast. This Thursday, he will be 3 years old. I love him to death. He is so cute and adorable. He requested for Iron Man cake, which reminds me..I haven't done and bought stuff for the party pack. Shoot!


Kids say the darnest things

I wish I can record stuff my kids say because they grow up so fast and I want to remember the funny things they say forever.

Son: Mummy, put socks for me
Mummy: For what?
Son: For my feet

Things like this just makes me laugh. He is not entirely wrong too, right? Socks are meant for the feet anyway :)

Last night in bed, before we go to sleep, as usual we will have a chat about everything under the sun.
I was surprised when my son asked me…

Son: Mummy, why you get married?

He asked me that repeatedly and honestly speaking, I didn't know what else and how to answer him. My answer to that question is I got married because I love their papa and that I wanted to have children. I can't have children without getting married. He didn't understand that I think so he kept asking me why I got married.

Everytime I find it difficult to answer my kids, I always ask them the same question back. I turned the table and asked him why I got married… Guess what his answer was? LOL

Me: Why did mummy get married?
Son: Because…..you are so naughty. You are a cheeky monkey!!
Daughter: Yeah!!! You never invite us!

LOL

Silly kids!

Super Lutein Supplement for the EYES

Photo from http://a.abcnews.com
Having good eye sight are incredibly valuable. I should know. I started wearing glasses when I was about 15 years old and because it didn't really suit my image, I opted on contact lenses instead. Imagine at 15 years old having to worry about contact lenses and whatnot before school, during school, after school, it wasn't easy. My first pair of glasses was a Giorgio Armani. I remember it very well because I was so proud of it. In fact, I think I didn't even really need glasses then. I just wanted a pair of GA glasses.

Fast forward 5 years later, having to put on contact lenses was a pain in the butt. Of course, I couldn't wear it to sleep so waking up in the morning, and not being able to see when I first opened my eyes was something many people take for granted. I remember wishing how good it would be to be able to see clearly when I wake up in the morning instead of trying to find my glasses. I remember going on trips and I have to pack all sorts of extra stuff : glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, the casing, eyedrops, contact lens solutions, etc etc etc…wouldn't it be great just to pack sunglasses instead of all the other stuff?

Keeping our eyes healthy is very important to prevent age-related eye diseases such as macular degenerations, vision loss, dry eyes, cataracts and astigmatism. Do not take your eyes for granted.

How to maintain a good eye health?

One of the most important (and easiest) thing we can do to protect our eyes is to eat right. Protecting our eyes starts with the food on our plate. Eat food that are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Carotenoids/Lutein, protein and B Complex as nutrition for your eyes. It is important to make sure you eat enough:

  • Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collards
  • Salmon, tuna and other oily fish
  • Eggs, nuts, beans and non meat protein sources
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices


Eating all the right nutritious food can also prevent other diseases such as Diabetes. This is important as Diabetes is one of the leading cause of blindness in adults.

One of the most important nutrients for our eyes comes from fruits and vegetables. They are carotenoids and found in yellow, orange and red pigmentation in fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids can help maintain healthy eyes and slows the progression of eye diseases. Taking supplements for the eyes are known to be beneficial but how many of us actually do take supplements purely for the eyes? Not many I'm sure. We see people taking care of their vital organs and for the heart but we often take our eyes for granted. We forget that as we age, our eyesight will deteriorate too and luckily, we have supplements such as the Super Lutein, we can consume to prevent age related eye diseases.

Here are some facts:

#1
12 years study by Harvard researches found that those people with carotenoids in their diets were 39% less likely to develop serious cataracts

#2
13 years study found that those with the highest intakes of carotenoids has a one-third lower risk of heart disease than those with lour intake

#3
Men in the highest fifth of lutein and zeaxanthin intake had a 19% lower risk of cataract and women with the highest intake of lutein and zeaxanthin had a 22% decreased risk of cataract.


Super Lutein contains 6 types of carotenoids that will help protect and maintain our eye health. In fact, it was first designed for eye care but then they discovered that it can also help with overall health. As we age, our eyes lose vital nutrients. Living in today's digital society, we can't run away from being exposed to all the electronic devices (blue light) and harmful UV rays.

Super Lutein can act as a "sunglasses" to filter and protect our eyes from the harmful UV rays. It also provides antioxidant function to prevent our cells from being damaged. Other than that, it will also help prevent and stabilise macular degeneration. It helps support healthy eye ageing.

Click on this link if you want to know more about macular degeneration


Watch this video to learn more about Super Lutein and how it can help with our eyes.

Read more about Super Lutein as a Supplement for the eyes here.

To maintain a good eye health, you need to:
1. Eat right. Remember your fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids, Carotenoids, Carotenoids! Google on how this is important for your eyes. Don't take my word for it, do your own research if you don't believe me!

2. Stop Smoking! Smoking causes nerve damage and macular degeneration and you are most likely to get cataract.

3. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun

4. Cut down on blue light (from TV, computer, iPads, phone etc). If you can't because of your job or whatever, make sure you use anti-glare screen protector. It helps a little bit. Limit your time on your devices, especially for children.

5. Get your eyes checked regularly, especially your kids. Sometimes children don't know their eyes or vision is not so great. They sometimes don't know how to express it well so it is important you get their eyes checked regularly.

Can you put a price on the value of vision? Our eyes must rank high along with our heart and brain, don't you think? We owe it to ourselves to take care of our eyes because having good eye sight is incredibly valuable. Trust me.

This supplement is also suitable for children. If your child has vision issues, please start them on this supplement as it can really help them. These are some of the testimonials of our customers who are consuming Super Lutein Supplement for the eyes.

 This man is a blind man since birth. After consuming Super Lutein for 5 days, he says his eyes are not so dry and sandy and feels more relaxed. This was only after 5 days. He is consuming 9 capsules of Super Lutein per day and we are praying hard for his eyes to show more improvements.


 Glaucoma is a a condition which can affect sight. It is usually due to build up of pressure within the eye. We couldn't be happier to see this lady's results after 1 month of consuming Super Lutein Supplement for her eyes.

 This 8 year old's eye test results also saw some improvements in his vision.



How much is a bottle of Super Lutein?
A bottle of Super Lutein contains 100 capsules and retails at RM435 per bottle. If you are interested in getting the package, which will help you consume the products cheaper, click on this link.

Learn more about Super Lutein here
Learn more about Izumio here


Small girl in the big school

My daughter sat for her entrance exam last week. We were really anxious waiting for the results because we really didn't know what to expect. First of all, my daughter has never been in a classroom where theres more than 10 students. She's always had a private one-2-one tutor, she's never sat for any kind of exam before too. I just don't know what to expect but Alhamdulillah, all went well. They also told us that they don't usually reject a student unless they really feel like the student can't cope or has a learning disability of some sort. I was confident that she will be accepted. But still, like all kiasu mums, I was still very nervous.

It didn't help that we didn't prepare for the exam at all.
It also didn't help that we saw some parents prepping their kids before the exam.
It didn't help that we saw some kids doing revision work before they were asked to go inside the exam room.

Poor kids.

Last week, we received an email from the school to say that she's been accepted. I couldn't be more proud of my daughter. I have no idea how well or badly she did but still, I will just pretend like she passed with flying colours.

This week, we will be making payments for the balance of the fees. I hope she will enjoy her big school a lot. As much as it was super convenient having her playschool next door to our apartment unit, I feel like its time for her to move on.

It will be quite a big change.
Uniforms
Waking up early
Sleeping early
Having lunch in school
Outdoor and sports activities in school

Scary right…?

Wish her luck
Sunday, August 9, 2015

Who am I?

I always have this debate with my husband about where I come from. To me, it is very straight forward. I was born in PJ (Selangor) and raised in PJ, which makes me Selangorean, right? I studied in PJ (Primary), KL (Highschool), Cambridge (College), Cardiff (University) and worked in Cardiff, KL and PJ for a bit. (I had a short stint in JB too). Nothing in my growing up experience was in Kelantan, AT ALL. Yet my husband keeps calling me half kelantanese! Pfftt!!!

My dad is Kelantanese. He was born there but moved to KL really young too. He doesn't speak in Kelantan accent to me or my brothers. Out of 13 years (of him being my dad), I think he took us to Kelantan not more than 10x. (That is me being generous about going back to Kelantan almost every year, which we didn't!). We don't know anyone in Kelantan from my dad side. We don't know which part of Kelantan they're from and we don't know who our relatives are from his side at all.

There is ZERO kelantan in me except for my blood, which is 50% Kelantan and 50% Johor…
So to my husband, I'm half kelantan. Does blood count?

In so many ways, he is absolutely right. (Blood wise) but I don't feel it and I cannot relate to being Kelantanese at all. I've been with my husband for almost 10 years now and over the years, I've learned to understand their accent. My husband speaks Kelantan to his family members a lot still, so I hear it a lot. If I'm considered Kelantanese at all, it's not because of my blood or my dad, it will be because of my husband.

I get really annoyed when he says I'm from Kelantan. I'm not FROM Kelantan. I'm from Selangor!!! LOL

I think it all comes to my resentment towards my dad. Maybe that's it. I don't know.

But really, I can't relate to Kelantan in any way (other than their food!). No offence to Kelantanese but it's like calling Singaporean, Malaysian. We look the same, sound the same but we're not. It's like that.

My husband too gets annoyed when I am not true to my roots. He feels I'm also Kelantanese and it's rude that I don't want to admit that I am. Is it?

What's the big deal you may ask. Well, it's not really. He usually tells the whole world I'm half Kelantanese or "she's Kelantanese too!!" and 9/10 times I just smile and nod. But sometimes, I'm just like NO I'm NOT!!! Im from KL. LOL

My mum on the other hand is from Johor. Born and raised there. She moved to KL after my grandfather passed away and she took my grandma and her siblings to KL with her. For some weird reason, I feel and call myself Johorean sometimes. LOL. Which pisses my husband off too I think because why is it that I won't admit I'm half Kelantanese but I boast about being half Johorean? So I think, I better stop that.

I need to be true to myself. I am a Selangorean. Born and raised, a true Selangorean.

Yup, that's me.

I am proud that I'm 50% Johorean because I feel like I relate to my mum's side more than my dad's side who was never there in my life. That's fair right?

What say you? What would you say about where I come from?
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Raya Open House

My house is always closed. We seldom have guests over. It's just how it has always been.

I love hosting. Since it's raya and I haven't seen some of my girlfriends for years, I invited 3 of them over for raya. The last time 4 of us met up together was in my house, 3 years ago. I've seen them individually every now and then but it has been years since all 4 of us are together.

They requested for my Soto and Shepherd's Pie for the kids. Reluctantly, I agreed to cook. (Why did I agree to it, I have no idea!)
So for a few days I was busy preparing for the day. My friends are so chilled out, I don't have to prepare anything and they'll be OK but I was the one excited. I haven't seen them for ages!

On Friday, we went to the supermarket but on Saturday morning, I realised I missed some stuff out. Important stuff too. I was so pissed. I started cooking after my kids went to bed that night. I prepared the bergedil for the soto and the shepherds pie. On Saturday, I will just need to fry the bergedil and put the pie in the oven.

Saturday morning, my daughter has her Maths class to go to. My husband was busy doing God Knows What and couldn't drop her off. I also couldn't find my car keys. It took ages to find the spare key. We were already running late so I used my kuasa veto to skip Maths class. My daughter said "I'm so proud of you!" she was so happy she got to skip class. I was just happy I have an extra few hours to cook.

While I was making the soup for the soto, I received a text from someone saying she is already waiting for me near my daughter's maths class. Shoot!!! Im completely forgot that I was supposed to deliver Izumio. Oh dear!!! I rushed out. Left the kids at home with my maid (I never ever do that) and drove like a maniac to the Maths Class. I had promised someone to meet me there to deliver Izumio. I cancelled Maths class but I forgot about my meet up there. Luckily traffic wasn't bad and I managed to get there within 20 minutes.

After that, I drove to Uptown to collect some satay. I called the satay place and place an order while I was on the road. I knew I didn't have time to go back, call and pick up. The Satay place had a branch near my house but they told me I can only pick up after 1.30pm which is too late because my guests are coming over at 3pm. Luckily they have a branch near uptown that was willing to take my last minute order. Uptown traffic was quite bad too and I was so lucky I got a parking spot right in front of the shop. Alhamdulillah.

On my way back, I realised I need to buy some bawang goreng for my soto. Damn. Where am I going to find bawang goreng????? I was driving like a headless chicken. My daughter was calling me asking where I was and why am I taking too long to come home. (I was only gone for less than an hour) and while she was talking to me, I sort of missed a junction and ended up in Sentul. And on my way out of Sentul, there was this shop, I stopped there (I've never been there before) and turns out, they have bawang goreng. I think God wanted to lead me to the place to help me find what I wanted. I was so happy.

I got home and started cooking the soup, cooked the bergedil and put the pie in the oven. All set and by 2pm, I got ready. Took a shower and blow dry my hair and even got time to put on some makeup.

My husband was still not back yet.


By 3pm, everything was all set. My soto was ready and everything was perfect. My friends all arrived pretty much at the same time. All came at 3.30pm. My husband was not back yet from wherever he was at. I was so angry.


We sat down and chat and had such a great time. We were talking about how people are now so into taking photos of their food and all. We had a good laugh about that and even attempted to do our own version which all of us agreed, sucked! LOL.


For dessert, my friend brought us the MOST AMAZING BROWNIE ever!!!!!! I saw Rizalman promoting this brownie on his instagram and when my best friend asked what I want her to bring, I told her please buy and bring this brownie because I want to eat them. She ordered them from @thecuppadoodledoo from Instagram. It is THE BEST brownie. They're based in Setiawangsa. Go try it, you won't regret it!!! I even prevented my friends from eating this too much so there will be more for me.

They all left at almost 7pm. My husband came back halfway through and went out again not long after. I don't even want to say anything about it.

My friend's son cried before they left. He said he doesn't want to go home and that he really like this house. Heheh. Poor thing. Kids had so much fun and when everyone left, my house was in a total mess. It was worth it tho because everyone had so much fun

The was so much food left. We ate A LOT but still a lot more food. Today, Sunday, lazy day for me…
I woke up and ate more soto.


I love eating leftover food. Simply because I'm so lazy. This was my breakfast. If you look in the spoon, you'll see me in my batik kaftan baju tido. I really need lesson to take these flatlay kind of photo.

LOL.

Have a good Sunday.





Thursday, August 6, 2015

Which Chanel?

I went to check out Chanel's new collection today and I kind of regretted it. Why? Because it is almost 1am and I can't sleep thinking about the handbag!!! Bloody hell!!! I have 3 new bags that is still sitting in the cabinet and I have not taken them out yet and I'm thinking about another bag??? God, why do I have this problem? Seriously. It is so bad.

I'm trying to ask my husband to "invest" in another bag for me. But no guessing what he will say!

Since I don't want to suffer alone, let me share with you some of the stuff I liked today and maybe you will suffer with me. I'm dragging all of you down with me.. *evil laugh*

I don't have a Chanel Boy in my collection and I want one. I like this one so much. I've showed it to my husband and he was like "urghh.." and he said something about it being too "rocker" (because of the studs) but I promise you, this, in real life is super nice and not rocker-ish at all. It is not black, it is actually navy blue. Its sooooo nice!!!!!

This grey Chanel Boy is also quite nice. I don't mind this. I'm not screaming on top of my lungs for this but I don't mind this at all. Its a good colour to have. I prefer blue but I wouldn't mind grey.

This is not bad at all and the price is so good too for a Chanel. I had to ask twice if they gave me the right price because it seems too cheap for a Chanel. The colour is nice too.

And this, is my dream jumbo colour. Although the hardware is not the colour I like but the navy blue is my favourite for a jumbo bag because I wear a lot of jeans and I can see myself using this bag a lot. But I've just gotten a jumbo last week so I'm not too sure if I should get another jumbo or not.


Those 4 are my favourite out of all the ones I saw today. I can't sleep thinking about those 4 bags. Even if my husband says OK to get one, I wouldn't know which to pick. Argh.. I wish I didn't come to view these bags.

Dior is still sending me photos of new items. I feel like telling them "Stop sending me photos!!!!!" but they're all so nice I want them.

This has got to stop. No.More.Handbags.Talk.PLEASE!!!!!!

Makan makan

I invited some friends over for Raya this weekend. I haven't seen them for ages. They will be coming with their kids and husbands and my house will be full!!! I love it. Kids will have so much fun.

I'm starting to stress out a little. My friends requested for soto and shepherd's pie! I know I can do it easily but I'm just freaking out! I always panic when I have to cook for a large group or when I have to cook for people.

What I will be serving:
1. Soto ayam 
2. Shepherd's Pie
3. Satay (tapau from Haji Samuri of course)
4. Raya cookies and biscuits
5. Fruit cocktail salad for dessert
6. My best friend is bringing brownies

I hope I have enough food for everyone!

Stress!!

Im a sucker

My best friend has the most beautiful skin. We love to talk about our skin and beauty products. That is something we love to talk about other than bags and our hubs and kids. Last week, I visited another good friend of mine in the hospital (she just had a baby) and this friend too has flawless skin. I asked her what her beauty secret is and she said it is the SKII essence, which is also something my best friend is using. She's been trying to get me to try this for ages. I've actually tried SKII products before when I was a lot younger and somehow, back then, it didn't work for me so I stopped using. 

But now, I'm a lot older and perhaps I should give it another go. 

I pop over to the Parkson KLCC SKII counter and the lady explained to me about the products etc. Good thing is, she didn't force me to buy any products. I told her I have a lot of products at home. I am one of those who loves buying beauty products. I have like a mini Dermalogica at home. The beauty advisor told me to try their essence and include it in my normal regime first. It's good enough.

She did a skin test on me. Apparently this is the best machine to check your skin in the market. 

I was so nervous!!! I don't have the perfect skin but I know my skin is not THAT bad either. But still, I don't want them to rub it in my face that I'm ageing too because I feel I am.

She basically put this camera thingy right next to my skin and snapped a photo of my skin close up. And this came out…


Surprisingly, my skin doesn't look too bad! I was so happy…. 

And then she went on to explain each and every one of my skin concerns. And the result of my skin came out like this…

OK… My skin is 33 years old. Yippie!!! I was so happy because that's 3 years younger than I really am. Then I saw something else. The spot control is 42 years old. WTFFFFFFFF???????? I have so many tiny spots that you can't see, the camera can detect it. I wanted to cry!!!! Overall the skin is ok but I have lots of spots like a 42 year old. 

I was so depressed. 

I wanted to buy the Essence immediately. Give me all!!!!! But the beauty advisor said no. Don't buy it yet. She gave me samples and asked me to try it out first. That's really nice of her because other people would just take advantage of my depression after seeing 42 years old there!! She told me to come back next week and give my honest review of the sample she gave me. Also, they will have a promotion next week for their essence and it is a lot cheaper to get it then. OK fine, whatever!

I was so depressed, I walked over to Chanel. Chanel texted me yesterday to show me all the new stuff that had just come in so I thought perhaps it is a good idea to check it out. Why not right? I don't have to buy anything…. or maybe I should "invest" in another piece?


My mother in law was with me so we checked out whats in and new. My husband went upstairs to pick up something he purchased. It was just us ladies in Chanel.

The store was packed with people. This usually happens when they have new stuff in. Everyone is shopping like nobody's business. Who said Malaysians are poor???!


After about 2 hours, I became more stressed out. 

Note to self: Don't go window shopping in Chanel. 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

IZUMIO & Super Lutein Group Buy


I have a few people asking me about Izumio & Super Lutein Group Buys. I'm opening another Group Buy for this round. Price is RM380 per product (normal price is RM435).

To know more about the products, please click on this link where you can find all my posts on these products.

Click here to learn more about IZUMIO
Click here to learn more about Super Lutein

If you are interested to purchase from this Group Buy, please let me know by email to izumiolife@gmail.com

Thank you.
Monday, August 3, 2015

I heart Dior

Last week, just for fun.. I called Dior KL up to find out what are the latest stuff they have in store. Just for fun. The lady who spoke to me was really friendly and I told her if it is possible to WA me some photos. She said ok.

Almost immediate, someone WA me to ask me what I would like and started sending me photos. I know I'm not supposed to be looking at new bags but what the heck, no harm browsing right?

This guy was so good and helpful. He started sending me so many photos and I got a bit excited. I showed some to my husband and for some reason, he got excited too. He told my mother in law and my mum in law got excited too. Next thing I know, I organised a viewing in Dior KL on Friday. I initially planned to just go have a looksie alone but my mother in law and husband wanted to tag along. All of us went and had a fabulous time in Dior!

I've never been to this new store (or was it old, already?) and was so impressed at how big it is. We looked at so many bags but these are some of our my favourites.

This medium tricolour Lady Dior is just so gorgeous!! I love the pink, blue & grey. This is perfect for me isn't it? I love it. I can't remember how much it was but if I'm not wrong it is between RM16,000 to RM17,000

This Diorama is also nice. This is about RM14,500. A little bit cheaper than Chanel Boy and lighter too apparently. They also have it in a smaller size which I think suits me better for RM13,500 but unfortunately, they don't have it in this blue that I want. (Am I buying a bag?)


They have it in light pink and purple. Nice also but I kind of prefer the blue. They're ALL nice!!!! Argh!!!

We spent a good few hours there. My mother in law ended up buying 2 bags :) 
Both her bags are really nice too. I didn't take photos of what she purchased. The sales advisors in Dior are super friendly and so nice which made buying so easy! 

Me? Did I buy? Well….. Let's just say we "invested" in a couple of bags too…..
But it's not MINE. Hubs said it is for "investment"

Yeah OK!

Got it!!!! *wink wink*