Sunday, January 15, 2017

Disconnect to connect

Dont get me wrong. I love technology. I can't live without my phone and the internet. I cannot live without wifi and social media but I hate that we are all so disconnected now that we are connected. Get it?
photo from Google

Do you remember what we used to do before internet and smart phones came into our lives? Honestly, I dont remember! All I know is I cannot live without my phone and having no connection (no Wifi and no internet) is not an option. What have we become?

My first mobile phone was given to me when I was in college. It wasn't really my phone. It was my mum's phone but because she didnt want to carry it around (there was no need to back then), she gave it to me to carry around in case she needed to call me while I'm out. I remember that I was one of the few with handphones back then. It was expensive to own one at the time. Now, anyone can own mobile phones because it is getting cheaper and cheaper. We are not talking about iPhones and Samsung phones here of course. There are many China brand phones that people can buy and use and they function just the same as our iPhones and other smartphones if not better.

I dread to think about the time my kids will want their own phones. At the moment, it is tough enough to stop them being glued to the iPads and iPads are a one way street. With a phone, they can receive calls and whatnot and I hear so many stories about teenagers being lured into all sorts of nonsense via their mobile phone. It scares me.

My kids are only allowed to be on their iPads during weekends. Come Saturday morning, they will wake up at 6.30am (I want to cry every time) and look for their iPads! Luckily, they dont argue with me about this rule because I am very strict and firm about it. They know they won't be given their iPads on weekdays at all.

These days, with the technology and social media, it is difficult to even have a decent conversation without the other person checking their phones or taking photos of food. Mind you, I am guilty of it too yet, I dont understand why I do it myself. It is annoying when people do it to me but sometimes, I can't help myself! What is the point of taking photos of food??? You tell me? Is it to tell people we eat at fancy restaurants? Is it to show people the presentation of the food is nice? I dont know why I do it. I guess I do it because everyone is doing it. See, peer pressure. Even at 37 years old. What the hell?

My husband is also hooked on his phone lately (playing his car game and reading news, amongst other things!), my kids are always asking for their iPads and I am busy on my phone too. Weekends, instead of talking, we are on our gadget and it annoys me. Since everyone is busy on their gadgets, I may as well join in.



I should stop this behaviour. Am I strong enough??? I shall try.

I hate that we are so disconnected.

I hate that people know more about everyone's lives but they dont know each other in real life. I hate that people know me from my Facebook and instagram but they dont know me in real life. I hate that I know a person's life from social media when we all know that on Social Media, you only show what you want people to see instead of what is real. So yea…it is a love hate situation here.

To think that it is only going to get worse in the future, it is even scarier.

God help us!

UTC Sentul to replace IC

I've been to the Sentul UTC a few times to do our passport but I didnt know that we can also get our IC done there. So convenient. It is the closest UTC to my house.

My IC is at least 20 years old. The photo taken was probably taken when I was 16 years old or something. I look like crap, obviously but I never really bothered to change to a new IC. I was worried I might look uglier and of course older. I rather look young and ugly than old and ugly, if you know what I mean. So it stayed with me for the past 20 years or so. The address on my IC is obviously my mother's home address, where I used to stay before I was married. It was never an issue or need to change my IC address. All the letters sent to my mum's home will just stay there until I collect them from my mum. Sometimes if it is urgent, like letters from bank or something, she will open it for me and read it for me first.

Since pilihanraya is coming up soon and I really want to vote near my house instead of at my mum's area, I decided to change my IC address. With that, I needed to update the photo as well. When I found out that I can get it done near UTC Sentul, I was pleased because it is very close to my house. What I didnt know was parking there is madness. Almost no parking at all. I went round and round and round for over 30 minutes waiting and looking for parking. I could have gone to Putrajaya or something in 30 minutes. I was not happy!

Once I got my parking, I got to the right level and department. The process was fast and quick. I also had to take a photo and luckily my outfit was ok and didnt have to wear one of those oversized jacket that they have there on standby. I hate those. Ew.

Got there at 10.28am and I got my new IC ready by 12.30pm.It didnt feel all that long at all. I got my new IC! Yeay! Finally. Photo? Well, it was alright. I wish I asked the lady if I could see the photo first but I didnt. My hair looked a bit funny but it was ok. I look "matured"unlike my old IC photo. Overall I was quite pleased.

Right outside the Jabatan Pendaftaran was a Post Office where I quickly did my change of IC address for pilihanraya purposes. Hurray. The next pilihanraya I will be voting near my home. I have no idea where that is but I am excited nonetheless.

If you haven't done yours, it is very easy to register to vote. Just go to the nearest post office, fill up a form and wait for the letter. I got my letter already not long after I registered. Do it!!!

First Crush

It's been 2 weeks since my son started big school and I've been nothing but super proud of him. Mind you, he is only 4.5 years old and everyone in his class is older than him. Today, one of his classmate celebrated her 6th birthday. Some classmates are 2 years older than him. Of course being the youngest in class, I dont expect him to do well academically at all. I just want him to enjoy school, want to go to school and learn. Learning well doesn't mean he gets all As in class. Learning well to me goes beyond that. Academically, I am not pushing him as much as I pushed my daughter. I dont know why.

Being in a new school and meeting new friends, I expected him to have some hiccups here and there but he's done extremely well. Today, he got back his spelling paper and he got 5/5 for it. It is still super easy spelling but still! I am so proud because this child couldn't even recognise some alphabets 3 months ago. 

Everyday he comes home with stories and I love it. These 2 weeks, his stories have 1 thing in common. A girl.Everyday, same girl different story.  I think he's got a little crush on this girl. How cute!!!!!
He blushes when he talks about her and he wants to tell the world about this girl. Today, I overheard him telling his ustazah "Do you know who Tamara is?" out of the blue…Ustazah replied "no I dont. Who is she?"and he starts blushing. 

 I find it absolutely cute! It's nothing serious and it is really innocent. I dont remember having a crush on anyone at the age of 5 but you know kids these days, they grow up very fast. Stop the clock!!!! 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Boosting Your Child's Immunity

Cold and Flu are facts of life of a child. It's almost like part of your child's profile! You almost can't run away from it. As a mother, we always want to do our best to manage our kids. Let me share with you what I've done to reduce their number of sick days. I've been doing it this way for over 2 years now. Tried & tested and I am confident that if you try it, it will work for you too. I call this my kid's "Immune Bomb" because whenever they are down with cold and Flu, I will throw this "bomb" and the cold and flu will be gone! Try it to believe it!

1. IZUMIO & Super Lutein 
Help your child get back on their feet and back to school with this combination and I can assure you that they recover quicker.

I've been giving my kids IZUMIO & Super Lutein for over 2 years now. I swear by this! In this 2 years, we have visited the paed only a few times compared to almost every few months previously. It doesn't mean that once your child consume this they will not fall ill, it just means that their immune system is much stronger and even if they do become unwell, they will recover quicker. Many argue that it is expensive to give them this but I can assure you that it is not. Spending few hundred ringgit every few months on medication isn't cheap too. One thing I learn and believe is that we should spend on our health and not on medication. There's a big difference! 

2. Diffuse Essential Oil 
I initially bought this diffuser about over a year ago because I love my house smelling of essential oil. I didnt know its benefits at that time. But it has been over a year and I've been learning and experimenting with essential oil and it does help! A powerful Immune Bomb when my kids are not well is a combination of Thieves, Purification and RC
All you need is one or two drops of each oil and just diffuse it all day especially at night when the kids are sleeping (in the room they sleep). I find this combination is the best to build their immune system. I will mix other oil when they are well for various reasons. Each oil will have their own benefits. But for this topic to boost your child's immunity, this combo is the best!

3. Apply Essential Oil on their feet
I will apply RC, Purification, Thieves and Peppermint on my children's feet. I will dilute it with a carrier oil first because thieves is quite a "hot" oil. If you dont have a carrier oil, you can use vegetable oil or olive oil too. Sometimes, when we are away and I dont have a carrier oil, I will dilute the oil in body lotion first before I apply to their feet. 

There you go, my Immune Bomb to increase my kid's immunity. It works! 

I've been consuming IZUMIO and Super Lutein for over 2 years. It is something I cannot live without. I dont give my kids daily and I will only give it when they're not well or when I see they are tired. I give it to them as and when I see necessary. For your information, both my children do not eat any other vitamins or supplements too. We hardly have any medicine in our home because normally, they get better and recover without medication and purely rely on IZUMIO and Super Lutein with the help of Essential Oil which I diffuse daily (even when we are well and healthy) and apply on their feet when they are not well. I believe that these 2 products complement each other and works for my kids.

If you want to purchase IZUMIO and Super Lutein, you know you can get them from me! I'll be able to assist you. As for Young Living Essential oil, I am also now a member and you can get them under my membership too! I've been using Young Living Essential Oil for over a year now and I love it! 
Sunday, January 8, 2017

3 makeup bag must-haves

I've always been interested in makeup but I dont wear a lot of makeup. I remember in University, MAC store had just opened at the city centre in Cardiff at the time and every single weekend, I would purchase some item from MAC. Items I dont even use. Items that are still tucked in my makeup box. I know they expire but I just dont feel like throwing all those stuff I bought, yet.

Anyway, I love buying makeup. I can spend A LOT of money and time just browsing makeup store. But since I had kids, I dont really have time to explore and play with makeup. Now that my kids are older, I have more time to put on makeup. I've started buying more and more to put on.

I dont put a lot of makeup. My ideal makeup is the no makeup makeup look. People think it is easy to achieve that look but trust me, it is the hardest! I am very particular too about my makeup. I still haven't mastered it yet but I am working on it. Slowly but surely.

Lately, I have been buying a lot of beauty items to explore with and I want to share with you my current favourites. I chose this 3 items because I simply love them so much and can't live without them at the moment (until I find new best thing!)

Photo from Google

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Spray
OMG I am totally obsessed with this spray. I can't stop talking about this especially with my friends because I am like telling everyone to buy and try this! LOL. I started buying this September last year if you remember. I saw few people posting about this product on their IG and I was curious (a sucker) and decided to try it myself. I bought it from Ken's Apothecary which is my favourite beauty store EVER! The minute the beauty advisor sprayed this on to my face, I was SOLD. I love the smell and I love that it gives the minty feeling and refreshes my face instantly. I spray this on to my face before applying any makeup and I spray it again after I am done with the makeup. I dont know what it does to my skin but I love that it gives me a glow. Since I started purchasing this back in September 2016, I have gone through more than 3 or 4 bottles of this. I use to spray it all the time. Then I realise that it is too expensive! So now, I only stray it before and after makeup. I used to spray like every hour or something because I love the freshness that it gives. LOVE LOVE LOVE this product.

I've introduced this to some friends and they all love it. They dont see any difference in their face but they still keep using this. To me, the difference or the glow it gives is very hard to tell but if you use it constantly and regularly as I do, you will see what it does. You can feel it.

Photo from Google

Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum
Last year, I bought a Dermalogica facial package and one of the free items I got was this serum. I dont use any serum but since I got this whole bottle free, I thought why not try it. I did and it is excellent. After using it religiously for a few weeks, I could see my face is brighter and less dull. I usually apply this before makeup too. After I spray the elixir. I usually prep my skin to the max before I put on any makeup. I even apply eye cream too. But anyway, this serum is really good for my skin because it doesn't cause my skin breakouts unlike other serums that I have tried before. So this one, is a keeper for sure! Love it!!!!

Photo from Google

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
I am obsessed with this. I've been watching some Instagram videos of some makeup artists and I see many of them using this. Curious (a sucker), I went to KLCC to purchase it myself. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! It is so easy to apply and freaking awesome!!! I am obsessed with it that even when I am not going out, I will put this on for fun. I love how my dark eye circles looks so much better and I look so fresh! I'm not young anymore. I need help. There's no such thing as "natural beauty" over here because as I age, lines get more obvious, when I dont get enough sleep my under eyes will be dark, yada yada yada so this one is a lifesaver!

I'm on a mission to look for makeup brushes. I want the mermaid brush (I think that is what it is called). A lot of IGs are selling it but it is so cheap I am scared it is not the original one. Anyone knows where I can purchase them?

I am also looking to get loose powder. The current one I am using is actually quite good. I want to find a better one. I hear Laura Mercier's is good. We'll see…

Here's to a beautifuller me….


We only have 1 TV (actually 2 but we all just watch 1 TV) at home and we always fight with the kids for TV time. Most of the time, they win and we have Disney Channel or Disney XD but sometimes, my husband is firm and won't give in (until they shout like crazy). Usually, he will fight for TV time during 8pm news.

Watching the news to me is absolutely pointless. Malaysian TV news are all bias and they dont share the real news. I dont know what is real and what is not but when you watch TV3 news especially, you know what I mean. The ass kissing is real! But my husband likes to watch the news regardless.

We were arguing with the kids about how it is important to know what is going on around us. We need to watch the news to know what is happening around our environment. They asked "why are we watching this boring show?" a lot

Me: because you need to know about your environment. You need to know about what's happening around you.
Daughter: I KNOW whats happening around me. I know abut my friends. I dont want to know about strangers! Why can't we watch news about my friends or people I know?? Why are we watching news about strangers and people we dont even know???

She's got a good point there, dont you think.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

In flight entertainment

Flight to London is about 13 hours.  Flight from KL to London was good because we took the night flight. Our flight was slightly delayed and by the time we got on the plane, it was past midnight and we were all ready to sleep. I planned to sleep as soon as we got our seats but they kept feeding us and I just wouldn't stop eating. (Did I tell you I love MAS food? I'm probably the only one!). By the time I got to sleep was probably at 2am or 3am. I slept through right up till few hours before we land and had the chance to watch 1 movie. It was awesome! I mean, the journey didnt feel like 13 hours at all, which was good.

Anyway, in flight entertainment was rather disappointing. There weren't any movies I actually wanted to see. I haven't been watching any latest movies but there was one fairly recent one that I remember my friend mentioning and it was this movie called "Me before You". I had no clue what the movie was about but I knew that it was a romantic love story type of movie. I sat down watching this movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This movie is a British film and I haven't seen one since I left UK for good ages ago. Can you believe it? I forgot what it was like to watch a British film. The accent was good, the humour, the script it was different from the typical American movies that we often see. Anyway, this movie is awesomely sweet and beautiful and cute and romantic. It had all the right things and hit me at the right spot. I cried buckets at the end of the movie. It was really touching. If you haven't watched it, you should! If you do and dont cry in the end….something is wrong with you! LOL.

On our way back to KL, we took the morning flight. I dont know why we did that but 13 hours felt like  forever! I went to sleep, I woke up, I ate loads and went back to sleep and still, we had 10 hours to go! I was going mad, honestly!

Halfway through as I was browsing the movie selection, I saw a movie called "Love me tomorrow". It is a filipino movie actually. I never thought I would watch a filipino movie before but this time I did because Piolo Pascual is just so good looking! I was curious to see his character in the movie. It turned out to be a good movie to watch. It is about a cougar who fell in love with a younger guy after her husband's death. It was about love and how you discover love at a later stage in live. It is also about a guy who fell deeply in love with an older woman despite having all the young pretty girls around him and about the connection between them two. It was funny too.

So those were the 2 movies I saw during my trip to and from London. I was quite disappointed at the in flight entertainment because they didnt have video games anymore (my son was super bored and bugging me!) and apparently, they stopped it like 6 months ago. We haven't travelled that long? Hmm…

My daughter slept a lot, which was good. She did see the Peanut Movie twice or more. The cartoon selection wasn't all that good. The comedy TV shows was not great. I was quite disappointed that they dont have FRIENDS anymore.