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! :)



Share The Softness

Life is like a wheel. Sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down, sometimes we find ourselves somewhere in between. Life can be challenging and at the end of a hard day’s work, we often need something to boost our spirits. I know I do. Being a stay-at-home-mum is not easy, trust me. It’s fun and rewarding, but it can also wear me out physically and mentally, and I find myself needing little pick-me-ups to lift my mood. Because really, you cannot be a good spouse and parent if you’re not happy. Pick-me-ups don’t need to be big or extravagant – simple things like loving gestures and words of encouragement from your loved ones can do wonders.

Some of the simple things that make me feel better whenever I’m feeling down are:

1) Hugs – Hugs are simply the best! It’s like a handshake from the heart. One therapist even said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth”. If you see someone cranky, she probably needs a hug!

2) A nice hot cuppa tea – Mmm… I love the warm soothing feeling of tea tricking down my throat every time I take a sip of my hot tea. It is somehow very calming and relaxing.

3) Good inspirational quotes – This is self-explanatory. I love reading and following inspirational quotes, books, tweets, etc. It’s motivational and keeps me going.

 

I just found out recently that Kleenex is running “Share The Softness with Kleenex” program to celebrate the importance of sharing simple words and gestures to lift your friends’ and loved ones’ spirits to remind that amidst the busy and hectic lifestyles, we all deserve some tender loving care. This program is in conjunction of their new product launch, Kleenex Natural 3-ply facial tissues infused with cucumber extract.

 

Our skin is very delicate and easily affected by harsh dry air, irritants and most of all, excessive wiping. In fact, keeping your hands away from your face is a basic skincare tip. Stop wiping and touching your face with bare hands and start treating it with gentleness. Cucumber is known for it’s soothing and natural rejuvenating benefits (cucumber eye pads, anyone?). Wiping messes and make-up with cucumber-infused facial tissues naturally becomes a softer and more soothing experience, even when it’s done excessively.

 

 

 

Please don’t ever touch my face with your hands. Even I use a tissue to touch my own face. You don’t know what kind of bacterias are on your hands and fingers! Eww.

You can find boxes of tissues everywhere in my house, even in front of my computer. Come to think of it, there’s a box/roll of tissue in every room of the house – living room, dining room, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms. It’s an essential!

Anyway, Kleenex is having a contest where you just need to post and share a series of heartfelt words of encouragements on Facebook. To participate, go to Kleenex Facebook page and like it, then click on the Share The Softness app and start playing!

Select your mood

Then choose which quote you’d like to share with your friends and family

I love this app! There are so many inspiring and funny quotes to choose from. I tried clicking on each mood to see all the quotes and here are my faves:

And my favorite of all…

I showed this to my husband and his response was, “Baiklahh”. Hahaha. Yeah baybeh! :P

Share any of the quotes and get your friends and family to click on your quotes daily to earn points. There will be weekly prizes worth RM24,000 (including a cucumber-inspired spa package for 2) for top sharers! Contest ends on 28th April 2013.

For more information about the contest or news and updates on Kleenex products, visit https://www.facebook.com/Kleenex.Malaysia.