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.

 

mygirlsThis is what happens when I forgot to bring their notebooks and crayons when dining out -__-”

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.



His coffee fix

When I was single, my mom kept on telling me that a lady should know how to make a nice cup of coffee. My mom makes the best coffee, or at least according to everyone else. I don’t like coffee so I never really knew what a good coffee tasted like and I never really bothered to learn how to make one (I do love the rich aroma of coffee tho).

But according to my mom, I would need to because when I get married, I would have to serve my husband coffee every morning before he goes to work. And then I jokingly said that my future husband doesn’t drink coffee or any types of hot drink except plain water. LOL. Dasar pemalas.

Well what do you know, that joke actually came true. I married a guy who only wants to drink plain water in the morning. Haha phew! :P

For 3 years we lived in a coffee-less house. I did not have to worry about making coffee for my husband and he didn’t seem to mind (I tried making for my mom once or twice and it turned out horrible, it was such an embarrassment).

Ok, my husband actually drinks coffee but only occasionally, like when we’re out dining at kopitiam or any coffee shops.

But ever since working with this new company a couple of years ago, he has been drinking coffee almost every day, sometimes twice a day. He’s been swamped with work and projects (he’s an app developer, by the way) and every night he would stay up late with his eyes glued to his computer screen, doing programming thingy which I don’t understand a thing even tho I have a degree in IT (Ruby on Rails what?). He needs coffee to help him stay up through the night.

 

 

Of course I made him that cup of coffee – in a pink mug, nonetheless (well that’s what he gets marrying a girly girl. Tee hee).

I guess my mom was right – I do have to serve my husband coffee at some point, except in my case, it’s at night!

But my coffee-making skill has improved, thanks to this 3-in-1 sachets. I don’t have to worry about brewing coffee and the sugar-to-cream-to-coffee ratio and whatnot. Made things so much easier for me and less embarrassing!

 

My husband likes his coffee with a little flavor and I remember he always order Hazelnut White Coffee at OLDTOWN White Coffee cafe when he’s not ordering iced drinks. He said the OLDTOWN White Coffee 3-in-1 Hazelnut sachet version tasted just like at the kopitiam – creamy, nutty and aromatic, just the way he likes it.

 

Sometimes when I’m feeling a little fancy, I’d froth some milk and spoon it over his hazelnut white coffee
(I did tell you my coffee-making skill has improved, didn’t I? :P)

And when I’m feeling even more fancy, I’d make a smiley face on his coffee.

Obviously my coffee art needs more practice, but my husband thinks it’s cute. It’s the effort that counts, really *ehem*

And that, to him, is the perfect cup of coffee.
I feel like such a domestic goddess. *flicks apron*



Breakfast Day

If there’s one meal that I would never skip, it would definitely be breakfast. I don’t know about you, but I always wake up in the morning with a growling tummy and if I don’t feed myself right away, I’d spent the rest of the day feeling irritable and scatterbrained. Or worse, a pounding headache! Not a great way to start the day.

Apparently, those who have breakfast tend to have better mood than those who don’t. I noticed that with my girls too, so I would always ensure that my girls have breakfast even when we’re running late because it’s important to start the day with a positive energy. Else, they will be so cranky, it would ruin everyone’s morning!

 

My girls’ typical breakfast – Nutella sandwiches and warm Milo for Ayra, cereal with milk and warm Milo for Raina

Milo is like a food staple in our kitchen. My girls loveeee Milo and they would drink it every day, sometimes twice a day. And when they’re not feeling well and have no appetite to eat anything, they would just request to have a cup of warm Milo instead. At least they have something to fuel them with energy throughout the day.

It’s great that Milo dedicates one special day for Malaysia Breakfast Day every once a year to celebrate the most important meal of the day and to also encourage the whole nation to enjoy breakfast with their family and friends. Just like last year, there will also be Malaysia Breakfast Day Run as well as games, performances and breakfast, and everyone is invited to take part!

Here’s the details of the Malaysia Breakfast Day Run:

Date: 20th April 2014
Time: 7am – 1pm
Venue: Perbadanan Putrajaya

There will be 2 types of run – Competitive Run (7km) and Family Fun Run (3km).

For more details about this run, log on to their website at www.milo.com.my/breakfast.

 

Last year at the Malaysia Breakfast Day with si kecil molek, Yuyu Zulaikha.

 

Hopefully we could join it again this year!



Aedes Buster

My husband’s friend’s brother-in-law died last week from dengue. It was shocking because his family thought it was just a normal fever. He went to see the doctor after a few days, but then it was too late. Turned out, dia kena denggi berdarah. And just like that, he died, leaving his wife and family behind (they were married for only 2 years, if I’m not mistaken). Innalillah. I cannot imagine the sadness his family is feeling by the sudden loss of their loved one.

The number of deaths related to dengue in Malaysia in the first half of 2013 has increased compared to last year (source). It’s so scary and worrying! What’s even more worrying is that there is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection, so the best that we can do is to bust Aedes before they get us.

There are a few ways to combat mosquitoes and I’m very sure you’re familiar with most of them – using aerosols, mosquito coils, electric vapor mats, etc. I’m not a fan of using the first 2, especially because I have kids and it’s actually dangerous. I wanted something safer and non-toxic. But not to the point where I have to dance and slap like these 3 la…


Here’s an alternative way to bust mosquitoes that is safer and eco-friendly. Using a trap!

Introducing Khind Aedes Buster IK610

So not only there’s mouse trap, there’s also mosquito trap. How cool!

Before I explain how this buster thing works, you should know that mosquitoes find their prey through scent, sight and heat. They have poor eye sight but they can smell your scent from 100 feet away, especially the carbon dioxide you exhale.

Khind Aedes Buster attracts mosquitoes the same way like human attracts mosquitoes – through odour, light and heat. Carbon dioxide released by the Titanium Dioxide Coating in the buster mimics the same carbon dioxide exhaled by human beings. The ultra violet light produces a strong visual attraction to mosquitoes within 30 feet. And the heat released by the UV lamps mimics the warmth of a human body to lure mosquitoes within the vicinity of 10 feet from the buster.

What’s inside the box. Assembling the buster is really easy, even I can do it without the help of my husband (of course there’s the manual)

I don’t know if you can see it, but that white thing is a fan. Once the mosquitoes get near to the buster, they will be sucked into the mosquito collecting compartment.

This is the glue tray. It needs to be placed at the bottom of the collecting compartment so that when the mosquitoes are sucked into the buster, they will stick to the glue tray and die! Muahahaha padan muka.

Khind Aedes Buster features a built-in timer which will automatically power off by itself after 4 hours because that’s the amount of time it needs to kill mosquitoes efficiently. All you need to do is place it on a table or anywhere that is 3 feet above the ground, turn it on and switch off other lights in the room. Ensure that no one is in the room while the buster is operating because you don’t want to confuse the mosquitoes! If you want to use it for your bedroom, do so 4 hours before your bedtime so that by the time you’re going to bed, your room will be mosquito-free.

Looks like a lantern, isn’t it?

This Khind Aedes Buster is retailed at RM132 and is available in dark blue and maroon colors. You can purchase them online at their website here.

Or, you can win it! I’m giving away 2 units of Khind Aedes Buster to 2 lucky readers, and all you need to do is answer this question:

“What are the 3 ways Khind Aedes Buster attracts mosquitoes with?”.

Leave your answers in the comment section below, together with your name and email. Contest ends on the 10th of July 2013 at 11.59pm. The 2 winners will be randomly selected by me.

There’s also a Facebook contest going on where you could also win this Khind Aedes Buster. Check it out here!



Doodles

I was in front of the computer in my room, doing what I always do (browsing, what else) when I realized how quiet my surrounding was. Uh-oh. The kids!

I quickly went out of the room to check on them… and there they were, sitting quietly at the table with a book.

Ahh, how nice.

I went to have a closer look.

 

Wait is that…. my notebook??

 

Hi mama. Yes, it’s your notebook. It’s too plain and boring with so many writings so we decided to decorate it a bit.

Ayra drew a cat with spots

And people

Raina just scribbled everywhere. Haha. I love her choice of colors!

They continued drawing on almost every blank page of my notebook. My notebook is now filled with cats, rainbows, people and colorful scribbles! :)