Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Promo

Went to check out the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at senQ in IOI Mall the other day.

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IMG_8635My girls thought those were real people from afar :P

IMG_8703I love spacious store environment like this. I can spend hours just browsing around and testing everything they have!

Now let’s take a closer look at the Note 4.

IMG_8648They have it in black and white. If I were to choose, I’d definitely go for white.

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To be honest, that was the first time I actually set my eyes on Galaxy Note 4. Just like the previous Notes, the Galaxy Note 4 also comes with the S pen but with improved digital handwriting experience through enhanced pressure sensitivity. It feels like writing with a real pen!

Of course the first function I tested was… the camera. Man, the screen is so wide with 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED display. You selfie junkies would love it. Luas pemandangan!

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Was told by this friendly sales assistant about the 1% Aeon low interest rate where you can get the Galaxy Note 4 for RM129 per month on installment plan. On top of that, they are also giving extra 1 year PlusOne warranty and a complimentary Dual Car Charger worth RM69. Pretty good deal, if you ask me.

IMG_8709You can also get RM50 cash voucher on the spot

 

Note-4-LAUNCH_col-ad-sQ-01_1200This promotion is available at any senQ outlets nationwide.

If you’re thinking of buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, go check out this promo at your nearest senQ Digital Station. You can even trade-in your old/used Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy Note 3 and enjoy rebate up to RM666.

For more info, visit www.senq.com.my.



Fluffy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

I’ve been trying a few healthy pancake recipes lately (mostly from healthy eating Instagram accounts), and this whole wheat oatmeal pancakes from Sally’s baking addiction is my favorite so far.

 

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These pancakes are made using whole wheat flour, oats, Greek yogurt, almond milk. Pretty much all the good stuff. They’re soft, thick, fluffy, moist with a tinge of cinnamon, which I totally love. And because they are whole wheat, they are more filling than the usual pancakes.

 

IMG_7645I used this organic wholemeal (or whole wheat – they’re the same) flour

 

My girls loved them too. Of course I had to throw a few chocolate chunks in their pancakes (ok fine, in mine too) because that’s how they like their pancakes – chocolatey. I guess a little bit of chocolate won’t hurt?

 

The most basic step to make pancake batter is to combine the dry and wet ingredients separately. You want to break up all the flour lumps first before combining with the wet mixture. You can sift the dry ingredients if you want. Otherwise, stirring them well would do just fine.

 

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Another secret to fluffy pancakes that I’ve learned is not to over mix your pancake batter. Over-mixing leads to flat, chewy, cardboard-like pancakes (been there, done that) which is a BIG no. I remember making pancakes for the very first time years ago. I just dumped in ALL of the ingredients in a blender and zap away! That was the worst pancakes I’ve ever eaten. I learned my pancake lesson now.

You want to stir the batter gently, just until the dry and wet ingredients are incorporated. A little bit of lumps is okay.

 

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I prefer to add chocolate chunks/chips while cooking each pancake, instead of adding them in the pancake batter. I find that they burn easily with the latter method. So what I always do is, I pour the pancake batter first onto a pan (make sure it’s hot and coated with oil), and then I add the chocolate chunks/chips on top. Kind of like sprinkling it. Then flip it over. The result is yummy pancakes with melted chocolate chunks/chips inside.

 

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IMG_7673There. Perfect for your weekend breakfast. Or brunch. Or dinner, if you must.

 

 

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Stack ‘em up and drench them in maple syrup. No fake maple syrups, please. You want the real deal – 100% pure maple syrup. It’s a bit pricey, but it makes a whole lot of difference (and healthier too)! Serve with bananas, berries, pecans, walnuts, anything you like.

Here, I layer each pancake with Greek yogurt and top with fresh strawberries. Yum!

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes:

1 cup whole wheat/wholemeal flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup almond milk
1 egg
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain or flavoured)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate chunks/chips (optional)

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients – whole wheat flour, oats, ground cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

In another bowl (I prefer to use measuring jug tho), whisk the almond milk and egg together, then add brown sugar, vanilla essence and Greek yogurt. Whisk until there are no lumps.

Make a well in your dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Gently stir the batter just until the dry and wet ingredients are incorporated. Remember not to over mix it.

Heat up your pan and coat it with oil. Once it’s hot, pour about 2 tablespoons of batter onto the pan. Sprinkle with some chocolate chunks/chips if you want. Cook for about 1 minute, then flip to the other side. Cook for another 2 minutes before transferring it to a plate. Repeat until the batter is finished (you need to coat your pan with oil for each pancake you cook).

Serve immediately!

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Giveaway!

Ok guys, I know I’ve been a very bad blogger lately. I haven’t been updating my blog in ages! Sorry about that. It’s just that I’ve been a bit busy (and super exhausted being a SAHM) and umm… I got so addicted to Instagram that I’ve kinda forgotten about my blog. Tee hee. Plus, we just got back from our family trip last week so that explains my short hiatus. Will blog about the trip soon.

Right now, I’ve some awesome news for you guys. I’m giving away my ultimate beauty product; the one that I’ve been using for the past 4 years – the amazing SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 75ml (worth RM229) to 5 of my lucky followers!

 

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Here’s what you need to do:

1) Go to SK-II Pitera House at The Square, Publika.

2) Take a selfie photo of yourself at the SK-II Pitera House (or get someone to take a photo of you).

IMG_5756Well, something like this.

3) Upload your selfie photo on your Instagram and include these hashtags: #izachangeskindestiny and #skiipiterahousemy. Remember to tag me to your photo as well (make sure your account is not private).

That’s it! This contest has been running since last Tuesday (7th Oct) and will end on 14th October 2014, which is next Tuesday. Still got time!

In case you’re wondering what the heck is a Pitera House, it’s actually SK-II’s first ever pop-up store that features a Discovery Gallery where visitors could discover and learn more about SK-II. If you’re new to SK-II, you really gotta come here (and join the selfie contest)! If you’re already an SK-II user, you should swing by too because they’re having promotions on their products – both women and men.

I went to the launch of the Pitera House yesterday. There were personal skin stories from local celebs and supermodels, as well as a mini concert, featuring Atilia Haron and Fynn Jamal. And there were macarons too! Heh heh #foodiealert.

 

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Dragged my husband to the event as well because he has been neglecting his skin so I was hoping he would at least terbuka hati to cleanse his face because he didn’t even use any skincare product (men, right). Bila naik pimple seketul baru nak cemas huhhh.

 

IMG_5701Inside the Pitera House

 

IMG_5709Checking out the Discovery Gallery. I was given a simple quiz and was told that there’d be a mystery gift if I manage to answer all correctly (I got all correct and received SK-II photo album wee!).

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IMG_5722Here’s an interesting experiment using apples and banana slices to show how SK-II Facial Treatment Essence protects the skin from oxidation.

 

 

IMG_5725As you can see, one half of the apple turned brown after being exposed to the air within a few minutes compared to the other half apple that was dipped with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (FTE). And the banana slice that was soaked in SK-II FTE was protected from oxidation and almost didn’t turn brown at all as compared to the ones in water and brand X essence. This concept applies to our skin as well. SK-II FTE helps to protect our skin from free radicals that can cause pigmentation, spots, wrinkles, aging and dull complexion. It’s never too late to start using FTE guys!

IMG_5789There’s also Magic Ring test which is an in-depth skin analysis based on your skin’s texture refinement, firmness power, spot control, wrinkle resilience and radiance enhancement. It could even determine your skin’s age!

IMG_5791*ehem* Hello my name is Iza and I’m a 24-year-old mom of 2 girls. Hehe

IMG_5823I didn’t know SK-II has CC Cream as well! Must be their new product. Tested it on my skin and I’m liking the light texture and coverage.

IMG_5845My husband also did the Magic Ring test and I managed to hasut him to try some of the men’s product. Now let’s just hope he’s rajin to use them everyday.

If you want to find out more on how you can take charge of your skin’s destiny and transform your skin to crystal clear, do come to the SK-II Pitera House at The Square, Publika from 10am to 10pm.  You can get a complimentary skin check with the Magic Ring test and join the selfie contest to win yourself a bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It’s only for a week, guys. Don’t miss this chance!

I will pick the 5 most creative and beautiful shots and the winners will be announced on my Instagram on 21st October 2014.

Good luck!



Petrosains Science Festival

So there was Petrosains Science Festival in KLCC last week. Did you guys know?

It was a week-long festival, happening from 15th to 21st September 2014, and it was open to everyone.

 

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I got the chance to attend the media launch of this Science Festival at Petrosains KLCC the other day. This festival was launched by Yang Berhormat Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Education 1.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Petrosains Chief Executive Officer, Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim giving a speech at the media launch

ISM_9996Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim, Petrosains Chief Executive Officer and Yang Berhormat Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Education 1 with the key partners of Petrosains Science Festival 2014.

This year’s Science Festival theme is ‘Music, Arts and Science’ with hope to attract and inspire the public to understand science with a broader appreciation that includes science and arts. Visitors can expect various fun and educational activities for children, youth and parents alike, such as hands-on science workshops, immersive talks and forums, entertaining music and performances, and colorful displays of artworks.

I think this is a great way to encourage people especially children and youth to appreciate science because science is all around us and this festival could give them a holistic and enriching experience.

 

ISM_0092Yang Berhormat Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Education 1, Malaysia participating in one of the science workshop during the media launch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was also a live performance that combined music, art and science at the media launch. I thought it was cool!

Some of the fun activities at the festival include baking (cheesy cheesecake, cupcake art, yummy cookies), pop-up art cards, under the microscope, world of robot martial art (LEGO Mindstorms), shadow puppet creation and many many more.

Sigh, too bad we couldn’t join the festival. My girls would have enjoyed it. Next year, maybe!

For more info about this festival, visit www.sciencefestival.my.



Spinach and Mushroom Frittata with Beef Streaks

I made this spinach and mushroom frittata for breakfast this morning. It was definitely one of those rare mornings when I felt like making something a weebit fancy (well I usually have protein shake, so yeah… this is fancy).

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Frittata is a cross between an omelette and crustless quiche, in case you’re wondering. It’s loaded with all types of fillings, but unlike omelette, frittata is cooked (broiled) in the oven. It’s super duper easy, I promise!

For the fillings, you can use any veggies, meats, cheeses and herbs that you like. Broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, basil, chives, parsley, zucchini, sweet potato, chili, asparagus, ground meats, chicken slices, pepperoni, sausage… anything really. You can even add cooked pasta if you want it to be more filling.

 IMG_2992For this frittata, I used red capsicum, baby spinach, swiss brown mushroom and beef breakfast streaks, because that’s all I have in my fridge.

IMG_2996Saute the chopped onion, garlic and the fillings in a pan (if you have a cast iron skillet, then use that).

IMG_3002Then pour in the beaten egg mixture that has been seasoned with salt and pepper (I used 6 eggs by the way). Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese and chopped scallion and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.

IMG_3003Finally, place the whole pan under the broiler. Because I don’t have a cast iron skillet, I just placed my pan like this with the handle sticking out and let the oven door slightly ajar. Broil for about 8 minutes. (excuse my dirty oven! :P)

IMG_3021Remove from oven and let it cool before serving. I find it easier to cut it using a spatula.

IMG_3008And my fancy breakfast is served! Hehe.