Life’s Simple Pleasures

It’s 10 o’clock in the morning.

I’ve bathed my girls, dressed them up in their school uniforms, prepared their breakfast, sent them off to school (and by sent, I mean, sending them to the door), did the laundry…. and now I’m sitting serenely at my desk, enjoying my morning snack. Ahhh… Bliss.

 

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I love my morning time. It’s the only time of the day I get to spend on my own, doing whatever I want while my kids are at school. 3 solid hours of quiet me time – that’s pretty awesome, if you’re a mommy like me.

I can read my favorite book or take a nap without being interrupted. I can watch Food Network on TV (I’d go crazy if I hear one more song from Hi5. Please). And I can have a looooong hot shower if I want to.

But most importantly, I can eat in peace. I’m sure all moms would appreciate this. Once you have a kid, mealtime can be one of the most challenging time of all. You’d wonder how someone that small can make that huge amount of mess! I’ve had a few cases of missing spoons, broken plates, flying broccoli and lots of “drama” at the table.

 

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I get that kids this age are so active and they just have to have some kind of activity to keep them entertained, so when I get the chance to have my meal in peace and quiet, I would savour it.

 

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I love dunking my biscuits/crackers in a nice steaming hot cup of tea. I love how the crackers absorb the hot tea, making them all nice and soft and just kind of melts in my mouth when I eat them. Sometimes when I’m feeling a bit fancy, I’d eat the crackers with brie cheese, maple syrup and strawberries. So simple yet sooo good (you have to try it!), just like the simple pleasures in life.

Often times we tend to ignore the simple things in life and take them for granted. We are too busy with our work and hectic schedules that we forgot to enjoy the little things. And we wonder why we’re so stressed out! Just snap out of it and embrace the good things around you. It doesn’t have to be luxurious (altho yes, a romantic getaway or a Chanel bag would be very nice).

Life is filled with simple pleasures.

The warmth of the early morning sun.
Your morning cup of coffee (or tea for me).
Hearing your favourite song on the radio.
Hugging your child tightly.
Having a good laugh.
Fresh, clean bedsheets.
Sleeping in on a rainy day.
A beautiful view.

Sometimes, simple is the best – just like my cup of tea and Jacob’s crackers. So simple, yet fulfilling!

 

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Jacob’s is running a photo contest where you can share a photo that depicts your Simple Pleasure moment with #simplepleasures. There are 2 options for the contest: via desktop or mobile.

Desktop – register at Jacob’s Facebook tab, submit your photo and share with your friends to get “Like”.

Mobile – register at Jacob’s Facebook tab, upload photo on your Instagram with hashtag #simplepleasures. Your photo will be saved on Jacob’s Facebook page and you can get your friends to “Like” your photo.

The best photo with the most creative caption will win the Grand prize of a year supply of Jacob’s products worth RM2,400 and the Philips Sacco Coffee Machine. There’s weekly winners too and 5 winners will be selected to win the weekly prizes (Jacob’s products worth RM200) for 6 weeks, based on the number of votes.

Share your simple pleasures now and win some prizes!
For more info, visit Jacob’s Facebook page.



Raya 2014

It’s the 9th day of Raya today. I hope it’s still not too late to wish you guys selamat hari raya!

One of the things I like about Raya (besides the food and visiting family and friends) is seeing families in colour-coordinating Raya outfit. And now with Instagram, Facebook and whatnot, it gets even better! I was on a “Liking” spree on Instagram during the first few days of Raya, double tapping on every photo of Raya OOTD with family that I saw on my feed.

So here’s our family’s Raya OOTD. Hehe.

 

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IMG_9613My girls in kurung Kedah from Littlenista (DNA at Setia City mall). Totally a last minute purchase!

IMG_9546My favourite Raya dish has got to be my mum’s lontong.

We celebrated Raya in KL this year. On the morning of Raya, we had our customary “bermaafan” session with the whole family in the living room. My parents would sit on the sofa and they would start the session first – mum salam and seek forgiveness from dad and vice versa. Then it was our turn (the siblings) to salam and seek forgiveness from our parents, then sibling to sibling, and not forgetting the little cucus as well (of course they only salam to get their angpau). I love this tradition. I know we should always seek forgiveness from our parents but having a special day just for that makes it even more special and meaningful (and because sometimes we tend to forget to say sorry or we just do it over the phone/sms). Too bad both my sisters weren’t around on the first day of Raya (they still owe me an apology. Haha) so it was just me and my brother.

 

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After saying my sorries to my dad, he said sorry too for any lack in the way he raised and brought me up. It almost teared me up. My dad is a very stern and strict man (he’s way cooler now tho hehe). We grew up with rotan and bulu ayam, and we’d be punished when we did something bad. But I get where he’s coming from and now that I’m a parent myself, I totally understand that he did the best way that he knew how. Plus, my dad (and mum) didn’t have a quick access to the internet on the best parenting style and parenting advise and whatnot at that time like we all do now, so everything he did was based on his upbringing, his beliefs and his best intuition on how to handle us.

My brother made a little forgiveness speech to my mum that must have touched her deeply that when he hugged her, she broke into tears. I don’t know how serious the mess he got himself into (kidding, kidding!) but it was such a touchy moment. Made me realize even more how important it is to have a strong family bond.

I would also like to take this opportunity to apologize to you, my dear readers and followers for my wrongdoings and if I have ever offended you in any ways through my writings, emails and everything. I hope you guys are enjoying this Raya with your loved ones, but let’s not forget our brothers and sisters in Gaza. Do make du’a for them and do our best to show our support. It’s so heartbreaking to read and see the gruesome news and photos of what’s happening there. May Allah bless them and grant them Jannah.



Rakuten Online Shopping Mall

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Japan’s number 1 online shopping mall, Rakuten, is now available in Malaysia. It’s basically like a shopping mall, where they have different shops under one roof except… well, it’s online! They have heaps of products – over 100,000 products ranging from electronics, home and living, baby and maternity, books, fashion, beauty and many more. Heck, they even have food and beverages on their website!

If you’re looking for something for your home and family, do check out this website especially their beauty/cosmetic and kitchen sections (I have yet to khatam browsing everything on Rakuten. So many items!).

The first thing I saw on Rakuten website was “SK II” at their Hot Items tab (you know how much I love SK II!). I was impressed with their range of SK II products, especially the trial sets. I don’t think you can get them over the counter (unless if you purchase a certain amount of products), so this is great for those who want to try SK II for the first time or even for traveling.

As I browsed more, I saw SK II Facial Treatment Essence 215ml selling at cheaper than retail price (RM480 instead of RM565) and decided to purchase it right away. I also decided to purchase 1 piece of SK II Skin Signature 3D Refining Mask because I forgot whether I’ve tried that mask or not. Heh.

 

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Purchasing from Rakuten is hassle-free and pretty straight forward. Add items to shopping cart, click checkout button, fill in your shipping details and proceed to payment page.

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They have a few payment options too – you can pay with your Visa or MasterCard credit cards, online banking (Maybank2u, CIMB Clicks, etc), ATM/Cash transfer, Celcom AirCash, COD (if merchant allows) and even Rakuten Super Points.

Once you’ve made the payment, an email will be sent to you with all your order details. They will email you again when your order has shipped together with the tracking number so you can track your package online.

I received my items after 5 days, which is not so bad. I don’t know about you, but I always get so excited when my package arrived. It’s like opening present! :D

 

IMG_8953Tadaa~ my daily essential. Can’t get enough of this stuff!

I received a note in the invoice saying that the Skin Signature 3D Mask is out of stock and that they will send it to me when it’s available. They ganti with SK II Facial Treatment Mask for the time being. That’s ok by me. Overall, it was a smooth shopping experience with Rakuten and I’m happy with my purchase!

Now, here’s a good news for my readers. Rakuten is giving away RM30 shopping coupon a.k.a RaCoupon for all my readers who signed up as Rakuten members. You can sign up here! Simply key in this coupon code “RAKUPINK30” at the payment page to receive RM30 discount for your purchase of RM120 and above. This coupon is only valid from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014 so hurry and use it!

On top of that, you can also join Rakuten’s Spend & Win contest where you can stand a chance to win prizes worth more than RM5,000 when you purchase anything from Rakuten Malaysia website. This contest ends on 31st July 2014 so there’s still time to join it! More details about the contest here.

Here’s a few merchants (and their items) that I would recommend, in case you don’t know where to get started:

1) BEAUTY DE HOME

This merchant sells a variety of skincare, fragrance and makeup products from various high end brands – Chanel, Lancome, Dior, Burberry and SK II, just to name a few (I purchased my SK II products from this merchant btw). If you’re new to SK II, I would recommend either one of these basic trial sets:

Rakuten1SK II Pitera Essence Set – RM213
SK II Trial Set 5  – RM210
SK II Trial Set 2 – RM155

 

 

2) BigSpoon Kitchenware

They have everything that your kitchen needs! Cookware, bakeware (saw a donut pan and immediately thought of Joy The Baker’s Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts because she baked her doughnuts using donut/doughnut pan like this one), tableware, utensils, kitchen storage and cool specialty tools like the turning slicer in the pic below which can easily slice fruits, veggies, onions, cheese, etc into 5 different shapes. And how fun is that lattice cutter? I’ve never made pies and pastries before, but I might try and make one if I have it.

Rakuten3Donut Pan 6 Cups – RM12.46
KASSPO Turning Slicer – RM899
Plastic Lattice Cutter – RM11.90

3) MYND Furniture

Cool furniture and storage solution for your house. I love their jewellery cabinets especially. In fact, I have this exact Mirror Jewellery Cabinet in white, which I purchased from the same merchant some time ago.

Check out these other cool products from MYND Furniture:

RakutenMAGNO Side Pumping Mirror Jewelry Cabinet – RM799
Louis chair – RM489
Wooden Tower Bookshelf Organizer – RM269

You can go to Shop Directory to view the full list of merchants available on Rakuten website.

Rakuten is also having Raya Sale up to 70% off in conjunction with this festive season. Browse their Raya Sale here.

Happy shopping!



Sun, Sand and Sea(food)

Went for buka puasa at Aroma Ikan Bakar in Jeram yesterday. Not the best seafood place I’ve ever been to, but for the past few weeks we’ve been having iftar at malls and hotels (besides at home of course), so it was a nice change of view and venue. Sun, sand and sea! The kids enjoyed it the most.

 

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(I’m secretly jealous coz I don’t even get to hang out with my friends once a month)

 

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Can’t believe we have less than 2 weeks to enjoy this holy month. Let’s make the most of every remaining days guys, especially the last 10 nights of Ramadan!



Free Meal

I remember the first time when I got my first handphone. It was given by my dad a few days before I started university. Just before my parents were about to leave me, far far away from home (I studied in Melaka), dad handed me a box.

“Here, you’ll need this”.

It was a Nokia 3310 (no smartphone at that time ok).

Boy, was I happy. I felt like a grown up. I had my own handphone!

I spent the next few days playing around with my new baby. Dad got me a postpaid plan so I did not have to worry about credits and stuff. I sms-ed my friends, downloaded ringtones and picture messages every single day. So cool to have your own phone!

And then the bill came – to my dad, of course. 5 pages long! I was shocked (and scared, haha). I didn’t know ringtones would cost that much! I only downloaded like 20, I think. Pffft.

Let’s just say, my dad wasn’t happy at all and he decided to teach me a lesson by switching my postpaid plan to prepaid. He only provided RM50 top-up a month; pandai-pandai la kau berjimat guna. It could be worse – he could have taken away my handphone! But he did not.

But still, it was hard at first. I was always worried about how much credit I had left. Sometimes I even had to cut down my meal expenses and eat express noodles instead, just so I can buy extra top-up credit.

uMobile came up with something that I think students especially, would appreciate.

 

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They’re having a promotion where you can redeem free Mamee Express Cup (curry flavour) and Revive Isotonic drink when you purchase RM50 top-up. Why didn’t they have this kind of promo when I was a student?! Sheeesh.

 

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Redeeming it is easy too. Just go to any 7-Eleven outlet and present your uMobile top-up card at the cashier.

 

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IMG_7936Make sure you have topped up your prepaird first before redeeming it.

 

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You can also redeem a bottle of Revive Isotonic when you purchase RM30 top-up credit.

This promotion is valid until 31st August 2014. For more info, you may log on to their website at https://www.u.com.my/prepaid-packages/top-up-locations.