Saturday, May 31, 2014

Random Saturday

1. Received a gift from Eve as I was the winner of her recent giveaway. Doesn't this looks like a beauty box?
I was indeed happy when I opened the box, cause I love beauty products!
感谢美女伊芙为我准备的礼物,你太有心啦!这个简直就是美装盒嘛!


2. Also, received a Rilakkuma file and postcard all the way from Singapore, thanks Libby.
也谢谢Libby寄来的file和明信片!


3. My mum's neighbour's dog gave birth to 5 super cute puppies lately! 3 black and 2 brown, soooo cuuuuteee!! Aden likes them as much as I do! How we wish we can bring one back home! ;))
妈妈家对面的狗生了5只好可爱的小狗啊!3只黑的2只褐色的,真的超级可爱啊!Aden和我一样都很喜欢小狗,多希望能够抱一只回家啊!


4. Lastly, kisses from Aden and I to you, wishing you all a great weekend ahead! This weekend we got no major entertainment (movies and KTV) here as a respect to our late Perak Sultan, so perhaps will just rest at home la!
最后祝大家周末愉快! 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mitomo facial masks

I am a facial mask lover and these days, I try to pamper myself with a good mask session thrice a week (sometimes 4 times a week if I have the time).
I can be very adventurous when it comes to the mask brands, thank God I have normal skin type which allows me to try different brands and different types of facial masks ;)

Recently, I discover a brand called Mitomo, a brand from Korea. 
I contacted their FB and they let me choose 3 types of masks from their range for this review!


This is the brochure showing the different types of masks they have.
What I love about their brand is that they provide mask for different purpose like moisturizing, replenish nutrition, soothing, whitening, antioxidant firming and cleansing acne.

They even have masks specially for man!
All masks are without paraben and alcohol!

These are the 3 masks I chose:
(l-r) 1. Royal jelly essence mask (moisturizing, healthy, vibrant skin)
2. Snail - For women essence mask (moisturizing, improve skin elasticity)
3. Collagen essence mask (replenish collagen, improve elasticity)

The mask is completely filled with essence! What they emphasize is, 25g facemask with extra 25% essence, you can use the extra essence on your neck and other areas too!

The mask is made of natural cotton so it's very comfortable!

(left: before, right: after)
This is my before-after photo of using the royal jelly mask, skin looks shinier after using!

Snail, for women essence mask.
I can feel my skin becoming firmer after using.

Collagen essence mask, skin looks fairer and feels firmer, plus I love the scent!


Overall, I am very satisfied with the results of the masks, best of all, the mask is totally affordable! A piece of mask cost just RM 4.90! 
I am definitely going to repurchase!

Here is the contact and how you can buy the mask online! 
(click to enlarge)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Aden says.......


Hello all aunties and uncles!
Mummy is a bit busy today so let me blog on behalf of her ;)
I got big small eyes on Sunday :( Mummy wasn't sure what's the cause, suspect it's due to 'heatiness', cause left eye was red and a bit swollen, but the condition seems better now. 
Anyway, I am down with throat infection since yesterday :( Been prescribed with antibiotic and hopefully everything will be fine soon!
Though I was down with throat infection, I am still as active as usual so I hope mummy won't be so worry la! :p


And look what I've got? Ah gong bought me this bunny tricycle and though I am not very good on it yet, I am learning ;)


And I also got new collection of cars! Thank you gugu and ah pek for the new cars! I can share with my friends already! Now who wants to play? =)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A free stay at Tune hotel Taiping

As far as I can remember, I have never overnight at any hotels in my hometown Taiping. And in my personal opinion, Taiping is a small town, we need not hours to travel from one area to another like those living in bigger city like KL, and since I got a home to live at my own hometown, it feels strange and funny to actually stay at a hotel, haha xD

Anyway, since father in law got 3 free-stays coupon at the newly opened Tune hotel Taiping, hubby brought Aden and I for a new experience. We took one room, and hubby called up another 2 friends to stay at the other 2 rooms.

在我影像里,我好像没在自己的家乡住过酒店,都说是自己的家乡了嘛,都有家可归了为什么还要去住酒店?哈哈!个人觉得有点奇怪~
不过如果是免费的就无所谓啦!:p

上礼拜这里开了间新的酒店,Tune Hotel。由于家公tender到它的冷气生意所以酒店给了3张免费住一晚固本,我们自己拿一间,另两间呢,老公就邀了两位好友一起过来。

My little big boss, we were there for one night only and was about to check out here
我的小老板~

Room design is pretty simple, we got the twin beds so we combined them together so that Aden won't fall down from bed xD
房间design很简单,空间也不大,我想经济酒店就是这样吧!

Though simple but at least they provide the basic like TV.
They also provide security box and a small working table (not in the picture), of course got air condition and a ceiling fan
基本设备都有,比如电视机,保险箱,还有一个小桌子

Bathroom is kinda small though...
冲凉房就很小。。

Basic toiletries like soap and body liquid are provided 

What I love most in every hotel is their big mirror! ;)
在房里没事做,那么就跟我的小情人自拍啦!


Nothing to do la actually, so let's camwhore! :p

Luckily Aden got no problems sleeping on new bed in a new environment~

Going to check out and back to our own sweet room at home!
我的小瓜很有小鸟依人的感觉,哈哈!

(Taken from Agoda)

The hotel is located about 10 minutes away from town area, and it has got Tesco, Taiping Sentral Mall, Food Avenue (food court), Oosten Bar n Bistro, PappaRich, Red Gym, Domino surrounded it, so it's kinda convenient to stay at la! Plus since it's new I think people will prefer to book this hotel.
I guess price is quite affordable as well since it's like a budget hotel?

酒店距离市区大概是10分钟左右罢了,附近有Tesco, Taiping Sentral Mall, 健身房,还有几间吃的所以基本上来说是满方便的。而且还很新所以我想目前为止是很多游客的选择吧!

Anyway,个人比较不满意的是:

But here's the thumbs down, based on my stay there:

1. Wifi is available (so they say) and even though they provide username and password upon checking-in, it's not working at all. Anyway I din't complain to the receptionist since I was there for a night only (less than 24 hours to be precise, we checked in at 8pm and checked out at 11am the next morning).
虽说有wifi不过试了几次都不成功!最后就放弃了,想说只是住一晚(严格来说不到24小时,晚上8点check in,隔天早上11点check out)所以没关系啦!

2. Soundproofing is fairly poor! We stayed at a connected room and I could hear people talking from the next room, serious! 
And speaking of this, I just don't understand why some people are so inconsiderate! Come on, you are staying at a hotel so please treat it as a hotel and not your own house! It was nearly 12 midnight and you were still playing and chasing around with your kid in the room, and hello did you not realize your kid is laughing and screaming at the same time?? 
I actually waited for 10-15 minutes before I lodge a complain to the receptionist, as I was thinking may be they will quiet down, in the end, my thinking was wrong :(
房间的隔音好差!我都听到隔壁房的声音呢!
说到这,有些人就是那么不体谅!都靠近半夜12点了还在跟孩子玩,又大声笑啊喊啊的。。起初我告诉自己看定先,或许再过一下下他们会sek do了,不过过了10分钟还是一样!忍不住了就打去柜台投诉!

3. No phone in the room, hubby said there's one at the walkway but I din't see it :p
Anyway, may be this is the style of a budget hotel?
房里没有电话,会比较不方便。不过老公说走廊有,我没看到!:p

4. You know how we used to slot in other cards (eg Tesco card, Starbucks card :p) into the reader so that the electricity and air condition work even though when nobody is inside? 
But we cannot do this if the room's card reader is unique and can only read the particular room key, and this is what applies to this hotel. Anyway I got no issue on this since I know it's the right way for a hotel management to carry out, to save electricity. But I wanna highlight that they only provide one room key per room and we need the key to get into the lift, so it'll be slightly inconvenient if you and your partner is coming back separately.
一间房一张门卡罢了,进电梯也需要用到卡。如果两人要不同时间回房就麻烦了。

Just sharing my personal opinions ;)

不管如何,这也算是个新体验啦!谢谢家公的固本 ;)

Friday, May 23, 2014

New me?

(I thank everyone for your comments in my posts lately and even though I have yet to reply to them, rest assured I read all of them k?)

Doesn't this photo looks familiar? 
Taken from my post in March this year.
Nope, I am not re-posting the family portrait thing but I think this photo showed the worst of my hair.Uneven color and very frizzy messy curls!
还记得这张照片吗?
这是今年年头拍的亲子照,看看当时我那把好丑的头发!颜色不均匀,发尾的卷也很凌乱~
    

And this one taken early this month, the curls I did in June last year are becoming straighter. The only thing I could do is to apply the hair gel and blow my hair a bit to make them looks slightly nicer~
因为时间的关系,所以暂时不去理它。虽然发尾的卷渐渐的变直了,不过如果有涂些发膏和稍微吹一下,还是过得去的。。。
说到卷发嘛。。算起来我烫卷发已经是3年了!说真的,的确有开始觉得闷了。。不过因为决定不了该换什么发型所以就一直拖下去。。。

友人都说我烫卷发比较好看,适合我的脸型而且也很有女人味。
不过都已经3年了耶!是时候换个look了呱?而且卷发需要时间和心机去打理~

那么不如做离直烫?直发不需要怎么打理!而且看起来也比较轻爽!
不过直直扁扁的头发也好像很闷咧!加上我有大饼脸,弄离直烫不就更糟?
(唉,女人嘛,永远都是没事找事来烦 :p)

So, I have been perming my hair in big wavy curls for the past 3 years and this time, I intended to change my hair style, when I mean change I mean CHANGE! xD
Been hesitating whether to do another digital perm or simply a rebonding.

Really cannot decide la

Friends commented I look better with curly hairs, more feminine and it suits my face shape.
But curly hairs are much more tedious to maintain! And it's been 3 years of having boring curly hairs, though nobody complains how boring and dull it is but I really feel of doing something different!

So if that's the case, why not just go ahead with rebonding? Straight silky hair, almost zero maintenance, and makes me look much younger :p
But, straight hair is kinda boring also la! The flat style will make my face looks even rounder and bigger!

(Well, that's woman, always in dilemma with ownself and don't know how to choose :P)


While I was still in dilemma, I saw this photo from Instagram. 
就在我拿不定主意时,我在Instagram看到了这个发型。

So cool! To be honest, I have never try such short boycut hair before! If I really do something like this I'm sure it'll create a totally new me!
好酷!如果我也来个boycut肯定会焕然一新!
所以呢。。。。。

So in the end............








My new look!
最新的look!

Haha, I'll never cut such short hair la, no matter what! Woman with short hair like that can be cool and nice but definitely not for me, as I have round face.

Anyway, end up, I went with rebonding, I know it's boring as well (sorry if you were expecting something very different *blek*) but it's just good for me at the moment, I mean it is almost zero maintenance and that's why I like, since I don't have much time to style my hair these days.

哈哈,虽说剪短发的女人也可以很美很女人味不过肯定不是我!说真的我没勇气,而且我知道我这张大饼脸肯本不适合剪短发!

最后呢,还是做了离直烫(希望你们不是抱着很大的希望来看我的最新look xD)

Actually I did rebonding few years ago, but my hair was shorter that time.......
记得2010年时我也做过了离直烫,不过那时头发短很多。。

(Taken in 2010)

I am still adapting to the straight hair now, and the awful chemical smells of my hair, and I was told not to tie my hair for 2 weeks (=_="), but everything will be fine, since I now look 5 years younger, LOL! xD

离直烫最大的好处就是不需要打理!最适合我这种busy mum! ;)
虽然我暂时不能邦头发,而且一做完最少两天不能洗头,还得tahan着那股药水味。。。不过没关系,至少我现在看起来年轻5岁了!娃哈哈哈!!xD

Til then, have a great weekend guys!! <3
好啦,今天就到此为止,周末愉快哦!

p/s: 最近有点忙所以没能一一回复大家的留言,不过放心,我统统都看了!感谢大家的支持啊!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Aden boy: Terrible Two!

If you follow my blog you'd remember I mentioned that Aden turned 2 about 2 weeks ago. And he is now officially in terrible two stage :(

1. Kids love to be praised and so as my son, whenever we praised him on doing something smart and clever, he'll give us the big grin smile and clap his hands *syok sendiri*
(He turned that wooden reindeer side way and sit like that =_=)


2. I believe every children can master the pouting lips expression easily, and my son is no exception :p


3. Still enjoying TV time, his favorite is still Hi 5. And HK dramas on AOD, I guess that's because his daddy and mummy are chasing those dramas every night, so it has also become his habit. Our latest favorite is of course the latest Never Dance Alone (女人俱乐部).
He loves dancing too!



4. Erm nothing much to say here, just to show his fat body, haha! Seriously he is so heavy now that nobody wants to carry him already...... But poor mummy is still the victim as he sticks to mummy like UHU glue =( And thanks to his weight, I have very strong and big arms now!! :(



5. Loves water like he used to! It's been months since I last bring him to the swimming pool since it's raining everyday. Anyway managed to bring him for a quick swim last week, see how he enjoys the sun bathing session? :p
Time to shop for a new swimming suit now! 


6. That's him doing the downward-facing-dog Yoga pose, the unprofessional one though xD
Okay boy, it's time for mummy to teach you some proper Yoga poses! :p



7. This was taken last month before we headed to a battle at the hair saloon. He looks like a girl, agree? :p



8. And this is the result of a 20-minutes non stop crying and screaming at the saloon. Hair got shorter obviously and I love it! But.... his hair is getting longer again, I am worry again thinking of bringing him to the saloon :( I wonder when will his fear of haircuts fade off?



9. This budak memang pattern banyak one.... When we introduced him to a new trick, he'll keep asking for it. 
His vocabs widen a lot too, and by 20 months old, he can already point out body parts, and recognize all family members (the closer ones). Now, he knows his daddy's and his own name, but not his mummy, sob sob~


10. See, this is what I mean by pattern banyak! Don't ask me why he bite his own feet... I guess he is just curious and finds it fun to do so~
He hardly bites now, but he still loves to throw things, and sometimes even hit people! I have told him umpteen times that he is not suppose to do so but he just keep repeating!
And of late, he loves to spit water! Arggg...
I know it's a phase every toddler will go through but seriously I am so sick of it!! I pray for this phase to be over SOON!



11. My old-fashioned boy, got handsome or not? :p
Aden can now understand more words and instructions, so when he is behaving, he'll follow instructions and that means he's a good little helper at home. But guess what happen when he turns evil? He creates more mess for me to clean up la!



12. It was 20.05.2014 yesterday, when the Chinese says it's the 'I love you' day (520, 我爱你). Of course we don't celebrate la, but thought of taking a picture with my 2 favorite boys.
Aden loves to be photographed these days, and will request to check look at the photo after that.



That's all I can think of now.
I think I won't be blogging about his progress on a monthly basis anymore, starting from now on, it'd be on a random mode. Don't ask why, I just don't have the time~

Monday, May 19, 2014

Movie review: Godzilla (2014)

(taken from imdb)

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

I think this movie needs no story line, it's like the old time Ultraman, haha! I am sure most of us remember Ultraman, right? It's all about destruction and fighting against the evil creatures.
And guess who wins in the end? Erm I don't wanna create any spoiler here but I do wanna comment that though the movie title is Godzilla, but in appears only towards the ending :(

As for the actors and actresses, nothing much to comment about as most of them are new faces to me, but the main actor (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is quite handsome! ^_*

Rating: 7/10

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Nutella craze

Hello, I wonder how many Nutella lovers out there? Well, I am surely one of them!
I baked 2 types of cakes with Nutella last and this week and the outcome is simply yummy!

First one, Nutella swirl pound cake.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 oz / 225 g / 1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar (I used 1 cup)
One 13-ounce (350 g) jar Nutella

Steps:
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Lightly grease and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, tapping out any excess flour.
2. Lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder and salt.
4. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy.
5. Then gradually beat in the egg mixture until fully incorporated. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, beating at low speed between additions until just incorporated. Continue to beat for 30 seconds longer.
6. Spread one-third of the batter in the prepared pan, then spread half of the Nutella on top. Repeat with another third of the batter and the remaining Nutella. Top with the remaining batter. Lightly swirl the Nutella into the batter with a butter knife. Do not overmix.
7. Bake the cake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack, turn it right side up and let cool completely, about 2 hours. 

Ready to bake!

And the outcome, baked this for my dear mother for Mother's Day! And she loves it! ;)


Next, Nutella cheesecake bars.

Ingredients:
2 cups Oreo crumbs1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup Nutella

Steps:1. Preheat oven to 325F (170C). Butter an 8×8 baking dish and line with parchment paper, making sure that the parchment is well pressed in the corners. Set aside. 
2. In a food processor (I use normal kitchen blender and it works fine too), pulse Oreos until they become crumbs. Add in melted butter and pulse until moistened. Press Oreo mixture evenly into the bottom of your baking dish. Bake crust until set, about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
3. Clean out the food processor. Add cream cheese, eggs, sugar, ¼ cup heavy cream, and vanilla. Pulse until smooth. Put 2/3 of the cream cheese mixture in a bowl and set aside.
4. Add Nutella and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream to the remaining 1/3 cream cheese mixture in the processor. Pulse until smooth.
5. To assemble, spread the plain cheesecake mixture over the cooled Oreo crust, being careful of the crust. Then pour the Nutella cheesecake layer on top of the plain cheesecake layer and spread evenly.
6. Bake on the center rack of the oven for about 35 minutes, or until the center jiggles slightly. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
7. When ready to serve, lift the bars out of the pan by lifting up the parchment paper (it should release easily). Cut into 16 squares and serve.
Oreo crumbs as base

The first cream layer

The second (top) layer with Nutella 

Surface cracked a bit right after I took it out from the oven, but they disappear after cool down

I think the smaller the cube is, the better it taste.

A closer look into my cheesecake bars! Need I say more? Sinfully delicious!!

Above photos taken with my lousy phone so they might not look very tempting but trust me, anything with Nutella taste like heaven!! ^_*

I hope you enjoy reading and may try baking them yourselves! Have fun and I shall see you all next week!

Have a great weekend!!