Thursday, February 28, 2019

Great Family Bonding Moments Playing Fun Games From Happy Go KL

When parents are so busy with work or doing other important things, we forget that we need relax and enjoy life a little. When I was a small girl, I used to enjoy playing Chess, Checkers, Snake & Ladders, Memory Card, Scramble Word Game and Monopoly. Even as an adult now, I find it still fun to play these games for some family bonding time especially with children. 

Recently I came across two very fun games from Happy Go KL. One is the Lizards and Ladders priced at RM 70 and the other is the educational playing cards priced at RM 35. These two games are from Happy Go KL which is a website for all parents looking for fun activities and outings with kids in Malaysia. 

Lizards and Ladders

Lizards and Ladders is similar to Snake and Ladders but is way more fun to play. This is because the rules of the games are a little different. If you roll a six on the dice, you can get a durian card which allows you to avoid sliding down a lizard's tail. If you land on a tapir or pangolin, you move forward 2 steps and if you land on a hornbill or tiger, you move forward 1 step. Hope you can avoid landing on the Orang Utan because he will eat the durian which means you need to return the durian card in the game.

You can change the rules of the games to suit the age of the players. You can make it harder by setting the rule to roll an exact number to get to the finish square. My children and I love to play this game when we have free time.

Playing Cards

This deck of playing cards has cute animal pictures and comes with educational cards about Malaysian animals. You can play Memory game, Snap, Go Fish, Old Maid, Crazy Eights or Switch, Spoons, Rolling Stone, Beggar My Neighbour or Cheat. For instructions on these games, you can scan the QR code at the back of the box. 

Children can learn more about animals from reading the educational cards. 

For every game sold at Happy Go KL, RM 1 will be donated to nature conservation in Malaysia. 

Hope you get these two games and have fun playing with your children! For more information, yo can visit Happy Go KL FACEBOOK

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Creative Products From HKTDC DG Studio (Hong Kong) Brings More Daily Fun

Recently, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) showcased the best of Hong Kong’s ingenuity in a pop-up exhibit in 1 Utama Shopping Centre and Da Men Mall. HKTDC DG Studio Promotion Event featured trendy lifestyle products from twelve Hong Kong Local brands ranging from gifts and premiums, household appliances, fashion and accessories, home decors, 3D wooden puzzles and many more. I came across some of their products at CM3, 1st Floor of Sunway Pyramid last month and was very impressed with their creativity. To read my earlier blog post, click HERE

The twelve DG Studio’s brands are Artiart, Cardhoda, Eco Concepts, Hoobbe, Hyone, Kilovest, Konstar, MH Blocks, Paris Garden, SOAP Studio, Tea Lab and Team Green. These twelve brands specialize in specific lifestyle products, usually offered as personal or corporate gifts and premiums. What makes these products different is its creative, trendy and sometimes quirky edge it takes on daily consumer products.

L-R Mr. Michael Li – Co-founder Hong Kong Asia Distribution Ltd.  李志
峰, 香港亚洲品牌代理有限公司 联合创办人, Eyka Farhana (Actress), Venice Min 陈慧敏
(Social Media Influencer), Dahlia Shazwan (TV Host) with her daughter Freda and Ms.
Hoh Jee Eng – Director, Malaysia, HKTDC 何淦杏, 马来西亚代表,香港贸易发展局
celebrating Freda’s first birthday

Artiart is an innovative design household products brand that produces home wares, drink wares and business-related items with a creative, quirky fun and colourful take. Its AR Iceberg Suction Cup, with its grip bottom, and 100% leak proof Elegance Suction Bottle is heaven-sent for accident-prone individuals and are the company’s best sellers.

I really like their spill-free bottle because the bottom has some kind of suction and your drink will never spill but it is still easy to lift it straight up to drink. You will never need to worry about children spilling drinks anymore.

Konstar specialises in small household appliances. Its design innovation simplifies how time-consuming household chores are done. 4 of its products have since been awarded the RedDot Design awards. “I still can’t get over how fast it took for me to peel an apple with the Super Apple Peeler. It does in practically seconds what usually takes many minutes to do. The Super Apple Peeler received the reddot award 2014 honorable mention. The Salad Master which clinched the reddot award 2014 is equally genius. I will not go back to conventional methods!” said TV Host/Personality Dahlia Shazwan who demonstrated the products at the event.

If you love 3D wooden puzzles, you will love Team Green’s eco-friendly and bio-degradable designer puzzles. What I like about these puzzles is that some can move and play music. The 3D Ferris Wheeler, Music Box and Eiffel Tower puzzles are quite a sight to behold and provide hours of entertainment for the receiver of these unique gifts.

For the eco-warrior, Eco Concepts bio-degradable cups and creative mugs made from 100% corn husks are attractive, innovative and fun. Its products are testimony that going green does not have to be boring.

Paris Garden’s home gardening kits allow novice gardeners to grow their own herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers from home. Anyone can have green thumbs with the easy to follow step-by-step guide included in the gardening kits. The brand’s herb growing kits are especially popular with aspiring chefs hoping to keep a herb garden.

For the ultra-discerning hostess, Hoobbe’s household products are creatively and cleverly designed to make excellent conversation starters when hosting guests at home. Forever injected with a dash of quirk and fun, its Wooly Pins Pushpin, Floaty Duck Salt & Pepper Shaker, Right Cake Measuring Cups and Thanks Giving Salad Server are bound to put arouse interest and raise smiles.

Those who enjoy the finer things in life, Tea Lab, as its name suggests indulges in all thing’s tea. Tea lovers will find the process of brewing a cup of tea more fun with the brand’s creative tea infusers and tea making accessories. Its unique tea scoop and infuser are firm favourites among the tea drinking society.

Tech-enthusiasts will love Hyone’s range of products. It markets smart and stylish design solutions for all occasions, with its focus on mobile phone gadgets and electronic accessories. Its Chic Crystal Ring that attaches to mobile phones to serve as a phone stand and fall proof Stand Firm Cup are best sellers. “Hyone’s Mini Selfie Stick with bluetooth remote and mini tripod is a super useful for Instagram personalities like me.’ said, Venice Min a social media influencer.

The tech-savvy would also love Cardhoda’s range of card protector wallet and name card holders. Its aluminum case prevents malicious parties from unscrupulously reading cards containing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFD) chips for fraudulent activities.

For the young at heart, MH Blocks are micro-sized construction brick toys to indulge the inner-child. Its miniature version of the classic HK Kowloon Bus and HK Cross Harbour Ferry are popularly purchased as uniquely Hong Kong gifts.

SOAP Studio’s collaboration with famous artist b.wing’s adorable representation of familiar superhero characters such as Wonder Woman and Batman in its gift products and collectors’ items are sure to warm the hearts of superhero fans and make them go “Awwww…”.

For those that seek a unique twist in daily items, Kilovest makes various products, like watches, bags and passport holders, all in the ever durable and versatile silicone material.

“The products from the 12 brands under DG Studio are truly interesting. I am glad to be associated with these names and I am sure that Malaysians who value creativity and interactive quality products, made well with good material and workmanship would value what we have to offer.” said Hoh Jee Eng, Director, Malaysia, HKTDC.

DG Studio products will be permanently available at these outlets: 
• Parkson Elite at Pavilion KL
• Parkson at 1 Utama Shopping Centre
• CM3 at Sunway Pyramid
• Times Bookstore at Pavilion KL
• Times Bookstore at Bangsar Shopping Centre
• Parkson Elite at Gurney Plaza, Penang

If you like these creative items, get yours at one of the above outlets. These are definitely great gifts for family & friends. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Althea Makeup Tutorial

Everytime I receive a box of parcel wrapped in pink from Althea, I get all excited because I know my beauty products from Korea has arrived. This time the box is the limited edition Hanbok box and I love it. 

This Althea Makeup Collection has spot film gel, concealers, eye shadow palette, eye glitters and lip tints. I am not good in makeup and still learning but I think these makeup products can make anyone look beautiful. I have done a short makeup video tutorial and will be explaining more on each product.

Skin Relief Spot Film Gel 
Skin Relief Spot Film Gel is made from tea tree leaf extract to cover any blemishes or acne. To be applied thinly on skin before makeup. It soothes redness and treats acne spots.

RM 19.00 (15ml)
Flawless Creamy Concealers
Flawless Creamy Concealers comes in 4 shades :
#01 Vanilla (Pink beige #21) 
#02 Ginger (Warm ivory #21)
#03 Honey (Warm peach #23-#25) 
#04 Mocha (Deeper yellow #30)

RM 15 (6g)
These concealers blend easily and are great to cover dark eye circles and blemishes on face. This is suitable for all skin type and the key ingredient is Aquaxyl which is from birch tree sap to moisturize skin. I love it because it can cover my blemishes easily. 

Eye Palette Sunrise & Moonrise BCL X ALTHEA 

RM 140

This eye palette has 8 different lovely colors to add magic to your eyes. It is made in collaboration with Bunga Citra Lestari, an Indonesian singer and actress. It is suitable for day time look and also night time look with beautiful glitters. It is better to use the lighter colors for the base and cover the whole eye lid before using darker colors and glitters.

Spotlight Eye Glitter
Spotlight Eye Glitter comes in 2 colors : #01 Gold Light and #02 Pink Light

RM 24 (4.5ml)

The Spotlight Eye Glitter can be used as eye shadow or eyeliner because it comes with a precise brush. It is long lasting and gives a nice glow. 

Water Color Cream Tint
Water Color Cream Tint comes in 4 shades : 
#01 Plum Cream
#02 Strawberry Cream
#03 Peach Cream
#04 Marron Cream

RM 20 (4.5ml)

These lip tints are very long lasting, moisturizing and comes in bold colors. It is suitable for all skin types and has Hyaluronic acid which moisturizes skin and Squalene that improves suppleness of lips.

If you use a lighter color eye shadow, it would be better to use a darker color lip tint and vice versa. Hope you enjoyed reading my makeup tutorial.

These makeup products can be purchased on Athea website To know more about Althea products, please visit their FACEBOOK or WEBSITE.

Resorts World Genting Spreads Love This Valentine’s Day To 150 Hospitalised Children

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year season, Resorts World Genting distributed tokens of love to the inpatient children admitted at the Oncology and Cancer Wards of the Women and Children Health Complex, University Malaya Medical Centre. 

Tabby the Tiger, Zarina Ramli (Nursing Employee of U42), Norhanita Ahmad (Nursing Employee of U48), Katherine Chew (Vice President of Public Relations & Communications), Puan Seri Cecilia Lim (Wife of Genting Malaysia Berhad’s Chairman), Dr. Azriyanti Anuar Zaini (Consultant Pediatrician of Department of Pediatrics), Sy Syarifah Abdol Latif (Head of Nursing U36) & Mohd Na’imullah Zul Aimi (Corporate Relations) & Allie the Elephant.

Puan Seri Cecilia Lim, wife of Genting Malaysia Berhad’s Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said, “Our visit today is just a small gesture by Resorts World Genting to spread some cheer and smiles amongst the patients. Helping children is one of the causes that is very near and dear to my heart and I hope that our visit today will be a memorable one for the children and will help in some part for their speedy recovery.”

Tabby the Tiger, Puan Seri Cecilia Lim, Katherine Chew & Allie the Elephant.

The patients who were admitted with diseases such as various forms of cancer, diabetes and dengue fever, had smiles on their faces when they were greeted by the official mascots of the Skytropolis Funland indoor theme park at Resorts World Genting. The 150 patients included month-old babies to adolescents. Allie the Elephant and Tabby the Tiger high-fived the children and bounced around exuberantly. The colourful mascots were dressed for the season with Tabby the Tiger sporting bright orange and red stripes in a bright red samfoo and Allie the Elephant looked adorable with a tuft of purple hair, glasses and a crimson cheongsam. Frankie the clown was also on hand to twist and turn balloons into an assortment of animal shapes for the children as he had the kids laughing with his silly jokes.

Colouring books, colouring pencil sets, KFC set meals were also personally distributed by Puan Seri Cecilia Lim as she was accompanied by Dr. Azriyanti Anuar Zaini, Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Endocrinologist of the Department of Paediatrics, University Malaya Medical Centre who introduced the patients and Katherine Chew, Vice President of Resort Communications and Public Relations. She also gave out red packets in conjunction with the ongoing Chinese New Year festival. Mandarin oranges and delectable pineapple tarts crafted by chefs of Resorts World Genting were also given out to the nurses of the respective wards. At the end of the day, the children had an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.

For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hair Rebonding At E3 Salon Masjid Jamek

A few days before Chinese New Year, my daughter and I went to E3 Salon Masjid Jamek for our hair rebonding. Both of us wanted to have straighter and less frizzy hair and to look good for Chinese New Year. E3 Salon Masjid Jamek has very friendly and efficient hair stylists and is located 5 minutes walking distance from Masjid Jamek LRT station. I have been there to E3 Salon Masjid Jamek to get my hair permed before, click HERE to read more about my experience and I have also brought my mom to get hair treatment and dyed our hair, click HERE to read about our experience there.

We were there on a Wednesday afternoon since other days were fully booked because it was near Chinese New Year. Getting there by LRT was the easiest and best method of transportation because it's very convenient. 

This was how my daughter & I looked before doing our rebonding. My hair still had some slight curls due to the last perm.

 My daughter's natural hair.

Both of us got our hair washed and blow dried before the hair rebonding process started.

Rebonding chemical was applied to our hair and we had to wait for about half an hour to one hour. We were not bored because there were lots of magazines to read and we could chat with each other.

After a second hair wash, my daughter did hair treatment while I got my hair dyed to cover my grey hair. After another hair wash, we got our hair straightened and blow dried. We spent a total of 4 to 5 hours there. Towards late evening, more customers came in but we were glad to be able to finish before dinner time.

Our end result was satisfying as this rebonding did not make our hair look too flat and it made our hair much softer, less frizzy and straighter. From now onwards, our hair would be much easier to manage, thanks to the hair stylists at E3 Salon Masjid Jamek.

Happy Chinese New Year to all who are celebrating and if you are looking for a good hair salon, you can check out E3 Salon Masjid Jamek.

No 42-1 Wisma Konwa, Jalan Tun Perak
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Telephone: 03-2072 2888

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Cooking Right Looking Good in 2019 With Alce Nero

Cooking Right Looking Good 2019 was a cooking class and cooking competition organized by Alce Nero at Berjaya University College. This event was jointly organized with 100 Comments and co-sponsored by OilumNutriva and Eubos for bloggers to show their cooking skills and be judged for taste and presentation. When I knew about this event, I registered for it because I love to cook and learn new recipes for my family to eat. 

Here's a short video on my fun cooking class experience.

Posing with Alce Nero organic products

I arrived early and visited some of the booths by Alce Nero, Oilum, Nutriva and Eubos to know more about the products they offer. Alce Nero is a leading provider of organic food such as pasta, sauces, jam, honey, fruit juice and biscuits. These products are healthy because they are free from chemicals and pesticides. As a mom myself, I want my children to eat organic food so they can grow up healthily and Alce Nero products would be my first choice when it comes to grocery shopping.

Posing with Nutriva nutritional yeast flakes and health drinks

Posing with Eubos cream which is for deep hydration moisturization

Mr. Andrew Tan, Director of Olium brand, products for dry skin 

The exciting part came when it was time to cook! Participants divided ourselves into groups of 2 to 3 and formed a total of 8 teams. We were given 3 recipes to cook under the guidance of Chef Athira, Chef Lecturer of Berjaya University College. She earned her Master of Philosophy (Food Studies) from Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Le Mirail, France. My team partners were Sebrinah Yeo and Shermyn Lim. We worked very well as a team and had our food prepared in a very tight schedule. We were given about 2.5 hours to cook 3 dishes.

Me, Shermyn and Sebrinah

Mr. Nathan Deverre (Strategic Marketing Advisor, Ayam Brand Malaysia) and Chef Athira with her assistants

Chef Athira taught participants how to cook Chinese Strawberry Jam Cakes, a sweet and crunchy dessert which just came in time for us to cook for Chinese New Year celebration. I was happy to learn this so I can make them for my children to eat. Chef Athira asked us to mix the ingredients and use our hands to knead the dough using crumbling method. Recipe is below for those who are interested to try.

Photo credit : Sebrinah Yeo

Yield: 4 servings (A Recipe by Berjaya University College & Alce Nero)

Traditionally pineapple are used but this can be replaced with strawberry Jam for this CNY all-time favourite.


For the Filling:
1 (270 g) jar Strawberry jam

For the Pastry:
250 grams cake flour
60 grams icing sugar
1/4 cup fat free milk powder
1/4 cup custard powder
180 grams cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
2 egg yolks

1.   To make the pastry, add all ingredients except egg yolks into a food processor. Turn on and let it mix for about 2 minutes or until it becomes little balls of dough. At first the dough will turn very crumbly as your food processor breaks down the butter, but it will eventually turn soft into the little dough balls. If you want to try the recipe without egg you can just squeeze these dough balls together to form one big ball of dough. Otherwise, add egg yolks in and pulse for about 1 minute, until smooth dough forms.
2.   Scoop out 1.5 tbsp dough balls and shape between palms to form round balls. Continue until all dough is used up. Set aside.
3.   Take strawberry jam filling from the fridge. Scoop out 1 tbsp of filling and compress between palms. Filling will be sticky and wet to work with. Gently roll between palms to shape into balls. Make enough filling balls to match the dough balls.

4.   Lightly grease the inside of your mould, by brushing them with oil. You can also shape it into your liking.
5.   Take a sheet of plastic wrap and stretch over a flat surface, keeping it as smooth as possible.
I found that plastic wrap really helped to make these cakes pretty. You want the plastic wrap to be 
smooth because your dough will have creases if your plastic wrap has creases. Take one of your dough balls and place it on top of the plastic wrap. Press down with your palm until it spreads out to a thin round. You want the round to be just big enough that it will wrap over the filling. The round should be thin because the pastry is supposed to be only a thin layer of crust. However, keep the middle section of your round slightly thicker and thin out more on the edges. This way, when you bunch all the edges together to seal your pastry, the bunched edges won't become too thick, which would make one side of your cake uneven.
6.   Place a teaspoon of the strawberry jam filling ball in the middle of your round. Lift one side of plastic wrap and peel the round from that side. You should be able to easily peel it off and the bottom side of the round should be completely smooth. Lift round completely from plastic wrap and then cover your pineapple filling with the dough, sealing the edges on top, attempting to smooth them as much as possible.
7.   Place your square mould on top of the plastic wrap. Place your dough ball inside the square, with the bunch up ends side facing up, smooth side faces down. Carefully push and spread your ball until it spreads out completely across the square mould. It may take a few tries to get the hang of it. The dough should fit completely inside the mould. Try to smooth the surface of the dough as much as possible. Flip over. The underside of your dough should look nearly completely smooth and should fill the entire square mould.
8.   Place mould, with the smooth side facing up, on a baking sheet lined with silicone mats or parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 350°F. While your oven is heating up, finish making the rest of your strawberry cakes.
9.   Bake for about 25 minutes or until the tops turn a light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes. After about 15 minutes, gently push the cakes out the moulds. You can eat immediately or wait for them to finish cooling. Store any uneaten ones in an airtight container at room temperature.

While we waited for the Strawberry Jam Cakes to bake in the oven, we were taught the second recipe which was Italian Seafood Laksa. I never thought I could cook Laksa but this dish was quite easy to cook because Chef Athira gave clear instructions. We needed to roast the 'belacan' to get the fragrance out, blend it with the cut pieces of shallots, chilli, lemon grass, root ginger and 1 tea spoon ground turmeric powder to make the paste. We were also taught how to clean the lump of hair from mussels and the correct way to clean, devein and peel prawn shells. 

Photo credit: Sebrinah Yeo

Yield: 4 servings (A Recipe by Berjaya University College & Alce Nero)

24 raw tiger prawns
500 g fresh mussels with shell (approximately 6-7 pcs)
110 g Alce Nero organic spaghetti
400 ml Ayam Brand coconut milk
50 g shelled, unsalted macadamia nuts or peanuts
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
50 g piece of cucumber, peeled
110 g beansprouts, cleaned
Juice of 1 lime
A small bunch of fresh basil, stalks discarded and leaves roughly shredded A small bunch of fresh mint, stalks discarded and leaves roughly shredded Sea salt to taste

For the paste:
3 medium red chillies, deseeded and chopped
1 dessert spoon dried shrimp paste
4 shallots, peeled
2 stems of lemon grass, trimmed and outer layer removed, stems chopped
A small piece of fresh galangal or root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 dessert spoon ground turmeric

1.   Prepare the seafood. Peel the prawns, then run the point of a small, sharp knife along the back of each one and remove any black threads that may be present. Set aside. Scrub the mussels under cold running water and remove any barnacles and pull off the little hairy
'beards'. Discard any mussels that are broken or don't close when given a sharp tap with a knife.
2.   Cook the spaghetti al dente and drain the pasta in a colander when they are ready, rinse in cold water and set aside.
3.   To prepare the paste, place all the paste ingredients, plus a tablespoon of water, into a blender or the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Now place the macadamias or peanuts in a medium saucepan and dry-roast over a medium heat until golden brown, then remove to a plate. Add the oil to the same pan and, when warm, add the prepared paste and cook over a medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk and stir, then leave to simmer gently for 10 minutes.
4.   Meanwhile, cut the cucumber into four slices lengthwise, then cut each into four long strips.
Set aside.
5.   Roughly chop the toasted nuts.
6.   When the coconut-milk mixture is ready, add the spaghetti, cucumber, three-quarters of the beansprouts and the lime juice. Now season to salt, with taste, then bring back to a simmer, add the prawns and mussels and cook for 3-5 minutes – the prawns should turn a pretty pink colour and all the mussels should open. Discard any mussels that don't open during cooking. Now add half the shredded herbs, then mix the remaining herbs with the chopped nuts. Finally, ladle the laksa into four deep bowls, then sprinkle over the remaining beansprouts and the herb mixture.

The third dish was the Tri-Color Asian Pasta Salad. This was a very tasty and delicious appetizer which I really love. Since we had to cook 3 dishes in a very short time, 1 representative from each group was asked to learn this dish from Chef Athira. In my group, Sebrinah volunteered to learn and cook this while Shermyn and myself continued cooking the Italian Seafood Laksa and decorated it.

Yield: 4 servings (A Recipe by Berjaya University College & Alce Nero)

2 cups uncooked Alce Nero organic fusilli tricolore pasta
2 large carrots, cut into 1-inch strips
1 cup snow peas, halved
2 green onions with tops, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Alce Nero Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1.   Cook fusilli according between 8 to 12 minutes. Test dry pasta for doneness after about 4 minutes of cooking by tasting it. Drain and rinse in cold water.
2.   Place the pasta in a large bowl; add carrots, peas, onions and red pepper. Set aside.
3.   In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over salad and toss to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
4.   Optional: You may add “Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Water”, drained to the pasta for added twist to this summer favourite.

We were glad to finish the 3 dishes in time for judging. It was not easy to cook under time constraint but glad we did it! Our food tasted great but we were not creative enough on food decoration. We did not win  but we had fun learning to cook as a team. Our Chinese Strawberry Jam Cakes was very delicious according to Chef Athira because she said it was very crunchy. Our Tri-Color Asian Pasta Salad tasted good too.

Chef Athira and Nathan Deverre tasting our Italian Seafood Laksa.

I really enjoyed myself learning to cook and hope to join more cooking classes in the future. If you have time, do try out these recipes. Have fun cooking at home!