I put my girls to bed as usual, last night. I read them a bedtime story, chatted for a bit about their day, recited a few surahs and du’a, hugged and kissed them good night.

Then Ayra asked me to urut her knee. And then Raina also requested me to urut hers as well (she likes to follow whatever her sister does hehe). So I sat on the floor, in between their beds and urut them – one hand massaging Ayra’s knee, and another hand massaging Raina’s knee.

I told them that when I get older and sakit, they would have to urut and take care of me as well, just like I did to them.

Raina replied ‘okay’, but Ayra was awfully quiet.

And then I heard her sob.
OMG. She cried!

“I don’t want you to get older and sakit, nanti you die and I don’t have mommy anymore”.

Ohh sweetheart…

I hugged her tightly and whispered that mama’s here and I’m not going to die yet (and okay, I cried a little).
I was so touched!

“If you love mama, you have to make du’a to Allah and ask Him to protect me and let me live long enough so I can be with you”, I said and gave her a kiss.

She nodded.

“I love you mama”.


I love you, sayang. Both of you, so very much.

O God, be kind to me through the survival of my children,
setting them right for me, and allowing me to enjoy them.
My God, make long their lives for me,
increase their terms, bring up the smallest for me,
strengthen the weakest for me,
rectify for me their bodies, their religious dedication, and their moral traits,
make them well in their souls, their limbs,
and everything that concerns me of their affair,
and pour out for me and upon my hand their provisions!
Make them pious, fearing, insightful, hearing,
and obedient toward Thee, loving and well-disposed toward Thy friends,
and stubbornly resistant and full of hate toward all Thy enemies! Amen!

O God, through them strengthen my arm,
straighten my burdened back, multiply my number,
adorn my presence, keep alive my mention,
suffice me when I am away, help me in my needs,
and make them loving toward me, affectionate, approaching, upright, obedient,
Never disobedient, disrespectful, opposed, or offenders!
Help me in their upbringing, their education, and my devotion toward them,
give me among them from Thyself male children,
make that a good for me, and make them a help for me in that which I ask from Thee!
Give me and my progeny refuge from the accursed Satan,
for Thou hast created us, commanded us, and prohibited us, and made us desire
the reward of what Thou hast commanded, and fear its punishment!



Handcrafted Crusted Ribs

I was invited to try out TGI Fridays’ new menu with a bunch of bloggers last week, and boy, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. I had just recovered from a terrible cold – sore throat, non-stop sneezing followed by blocked nose and a slight fever that lasted for a few days. So this food testing was like a little celebration for me after 4 days of eating nothing but porridge and soups and warm apple cider vinegar with honey. Weee!

We went to TGI Fridays at The Curve. I haven’t been there in ages and didn’t even know they had revamped their outlet. I like it! It looks urban and feels more…. homey (I think because of the frames).






IMG_0967Their latest promo. Handcrafted crusted ribs!

I don’t know about you, but the words crusted and ribs just made me drool. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in them.

But first, the appetizer.

IMG_0975Their famous Fridays Three-For-All – fried Mozzarella (my fave!), spicy buffalo wings and potato skins with beef bits. Yumminess in a platter!

And then behold, the star of the show – beef bacon crusted ribs, served with crispy seasoned fries and coleslaw. I mean really, just reading it is enough to make me salivate!


This rack of ribs is cooked to perfection, glazed with smokey BBQ sauce and crusted with crispy beef bacon. The ribs were so tender and just kind of fell off the bone, and the crispy beef bacon adds a yummy crunchy texture to it. You beef lovers would love this!

And then we had this Texas spiced lamb ribs, also served with crispy seasoned fries and coleslaw. You can either choose lamb ribs, beef ribs or beef short ribs for this.


Ok honestly, I wasn’t expecting to like this particular dish because I’m not really a fan of lamb meat. They have this funny “sheep” smell which I don’t like. I even thought, “Ok, maybe I’ll just have 1-2 bites of this ribs, just to be polite”. But OMG, this lamb ribs exceeded my expectation. So juicy and tender and tasty and no funny sheep smell! Hehe.


These lamb ribs are fire-grilled and crusted with a flavourful blend of Texas herbs and spices. It’s bone-licking good! I even had 2 of those.

We ended our meal with some desserts (why, of course).

IMG_1006Molten Chocolate Cake

IMG_1008Oreo Stack

IMG_1013And my favorite, Brownie Obsession.

Such a satisfying meal *rubs tummy*.

I’m sorry if my pictures are torturing you, but you can always go to your nearest TGI Fridays to satisfy your ribs craving. But better be hurry because this promo is for a limited time only!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Promo

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



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.


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!



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

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.




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.




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.




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.





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





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!



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!



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.










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!).




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!