I pledge to…

Remember the AIG Pledge for Tomorrow contest?
Well, I managed to fulfill it!

My mom is a really good cook (and I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom – she really is!), and she had been wanting to pass down her cooking skills and recipes to me ever since I graduated university. I think I have only managed to learn about 3 recipes from her (I was a little busy back then; you know, what with work, then got married and have kids. I just couldn’t find the time) – and that is why for this AIG contest, I pledged to cook with my mom and have meals together. Better late than never!

Anyways, we spent last weekend at my parents’ place after about 3 weeks of not seeing them. The only time we are able to visit them is on the weekend and public/school holidays. But it depends on our schedules too. Sometimes my parents are away on outstation trips (my dad is a busy man) or sometimes we have things to settle, so we had to postpone our visit to a later date. It’s a good thing my parents live only 30 minutes drive away from us!

They were both at home last weekend, so we decided to come over for lunch. We came a little bit early so I could help my mom to prepare my favourite dishes, just like old times. We made lauk kampung, and mom taught me the step-by-step – from the ingredient preparations to cooking them. (Now I know why my sambal tumis always didn’t turn out good – should have waited until “naik minyak” before adding the air asam jawa! Hehe).


IMG_5867Preparing the ingredients for sambal tumis udang.


IMG_5893Helping her to season the kuah. “Always, always taste your dishes!”, she said. Yes mommy.


IMG_5926Our lunch spread: Ayam goreng berempah, masak lemak tempoyak pucuk ubi, sambal tumis udang, kerabu taugeh, ikan masin and ikan bakar with kuah asam. Soooo delicious, I had 3 plates of rice!



The girls were excited too. They are always excited to come to their Atok and Wan’s place. So manja, especially with my mom. Sheeshhh! #noimnotjealous 😛

We talked and laughed at dinner, updated each other about whatever that’s happening in our lives. It felt good to hang out and spend time with them. Even tho we text like every day on our family Whatsapp group, it still feel more special when you actually see and talk in person.


Have you made your pledge and fulfilled it?

You can still join the contest even after the Fulfill Your Pledge Day, as the contest ends on 30th November. Remember to upload your photo on your Instagram and include this hashtag #pledgefortomorrow, and make sure that your Instagram account status is set to public. Who knows, maybe you and your family could be one of the 5 lucky winners to win either one of these 3 prizes!

  1. High tea session at a 5-star hotel
  2. A family trip to Bukit Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
  3. A family cooking session with Le Cordon Bleu trained chef

Log on to www.pledgefortomorrow.com for more info.

Stay tuned to my blog and Instagram on the 21st November as I will be revealing a special treat for you!

Pledge for Tomorrow

I love this photo of my family.


Just us siblings and our parents together and no one else….

Okay, and my bro-in-law. Well, it was taken a few years ago, the day he married my sister, so of course he had to be in it :P.

My point is, I love it when the whole family gets together – be it at family gatherings, weddings, dinner or just hanging out. Because it rarely happens, now that we are all married and have our own little family. We tend to spend less time with them because we are busy with our own life.

Now that I’m a parent myself, I’m starting to understand everything that they have done for me – the cans and cannots, curfews and all. It may all have seemed a little cruel to me back then, but now I understand why they did that. I guess being a mother teaches you a lot of things, and one of them is appreciating your own parents.

Sometimes I miss being a kid. I miss having my mom and dad around. I miss having my mom cook my favourite dishes every day. I miss going holiday together. Sigh. Those good ol’ days.



AIG is having a contest where they want to encourage participants to make a pledge to spend more time with their parents. I think it is a very good initiative from the company to do activities like this that reminds us to be good to our parents.

Here’s what you need to do to join the Pledge for Tomorrow:

  1. Make a pledge to spend more time with your parents.
  2. Fulfil your pledge and take a photo of your special moment with your parents.
  3. Upload your photo to your Instagram with hashtag #pledgefortomorrow.

There will be 5 winners selected and each winner will be able to enjoy a lovely day with 9 other family members at one of these 3 family outings:

  1. High tea session at a 5-star hotel
  2. A family trip to Bukit Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
  3. A family cooking session with Le Cordon Bleu trained chef

Contest runs from 7th October till 30th November 2015. For more info about the contest, log on to www.pledgefortomorrow.com.

As for me, I pledge to visit my parents at least twice a month, and to cook together with my mom for the family, just like the old days – where my mom will be happily passing down all her knowledge as we cook, and the satisfied expression on my dad’s face when he tastes the food.


Let’s pledge to spend more time with our parents, people! It would mean the world to them 🙂

Beauty Bound Asia – Phase 2

I had the chance to witness the National Finals of the Beauty Bound Asia held at Ruyi & Lyn, Bangsar Shopping Centre, along with several other beauty bloggers earlier this month.




There were a total of 29 finalists participated in the finals, and each of them had to take part in a hackathon challenge where they had to do a full makeover in 30 minutes. 30 minutes! I need at least 1 hour to do a proper makeup (and that does not include wearing falsies – that would require an extra half an hour, at least). These girls are pro, I’m telling you.


IMG_4469Each participant was given their own makeup station. How fun is that!


IMG_4476One of the participants, known as PinkBoxCereal.


IMG_4478Just look at her stuff – sooo many pink!


There were also 2 workshops that the participants had to attend during the finals – Skincare Lab and Beauty Trend workshops.

The Skincare Lab workshop was led by the famous makeup guru, Khir Khalid where he shared his makeup and beauty tips and tricks.


IMG_0448Showing how to do smokey eyes using only kohl pencil.


The other workshop; the Beauty Trend workshop, was led the managing editor of Eh!, Cosmopolitan and Jelita magazines, Izza Ibrahim.




IMG_4466Now here’s something interesting. The participants were asked to guess which makeup look matches the runway outfits. Me and Tammy, who sat at a corner, decided to join in the fun… and I got all correct! I guess I uhh know all these runway beauty trends *blow nails*. Haha #itwasjustluckyguessla




Following this National Finals, all of the finalists are also required to take part on an online challenge to be eligible for the next stage. This online challenge is made up of 2 parts – unboxing challenge of a box of skincare goodies that they received before they left the event that day, and also the “no makeup, makeup look” video demo. Only 2 finalists will be selected and they will join the Asia Finals in Tokyo this November! So exciting!


IMG_2555All 29 finalists. Wonder which 2 will join the grand finals in Tokyo!


All the best to all the finalists! 🙂

SK-II Beauty Bound Asia

I have always loved watching makeup tutorials and product reviews on Youtube. In fact, I learned a lot of makeup techniques from Youtube videos (winged eyeliner, the “no makeup” makeup look, how to apply falsies, etc). I think it’s great that these beauty gurus share their knowledge and expertise because you know, some of us don’t have the chance to attend makeup classes and whatnot, so these easy-to-follow videos are a saviour!

My favourite Youtubers are Michelle Phan (there’s just something about her voice that makes me wanna watch more. So captivating!) and MakeupByTiffanyD (I love all of her makeup looks!).

Recognizing the growing importance of digital beauty influencers, SK-II proudly presents Beauty Bound Asia on Youtube, the region’s premier digital search and creator cultivation program in search of the next Michelle Phan. It is a part of SK-II’s #ChangeDestiny philosophy to inspire and empower women to take control of their own destiny.

Beauty Bound Asia is a ground-breaking initiative designed to help discover and cultivate the next generation of online beauty experts with mentorship programs and workshops curated and led by top beauty influencers in Asia. It’s open to all legal residents of 11 cities where the contest is taking place including Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta and Syndey.




Phase 1 of the challenge in Malaysia was held in KL at Makespace, Quill City Mall on 12th September. A total of 73 contestants made it to Phase 1 and each of them was given a box of SK-II products worth RM2,000 before they left the event and they were supposed to capture on video their reviews of the products as part of the online challenge to qualify for Phase 2 of the challenge.


JT150393The 73 contestants who made it to Phase 1 of the challenge


JT150337Makeup Artist KF Bong showing the contestants the right way of applying foundation


JT150440Some of the contestants with the SK-II products which they’re supposed to review as part of the challenge.


And hey, guess what?

I was also given the same box of SK-II products. Yay!! #excited (Thank you SK-II!).



Let’s take a look inside, shall we….





So these are the contents of the box:

  • SK-II Pitera Essence Set (comprising Facial treatment Essence 75ml, Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 30ml & Facial Treatment Mask 1pc)
  • SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence 50ml
  • SK-II Mid-Night Miracle Essence 50ml
  • SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream 80g
  • SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence 50ml




I may sound bias because I am an avid SK-II user, but really, I love all of these products! It’s so hard to pick just 1 favourite. I’ve been using the R.N.A Power Radical New Age cream and essence for more than a month now and I really love them. I’ve tried numerous brands of moisturizers before, and so far SK-II works the best for my skin. It hydrates and plumps my skin well and gives that lovely fresh morning glow. Yes it’s a bit pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for. I don’t know about you, but I believe a good moisturizer is an investment for your skin (besides essence) and I won’t ever skimp on one.

But if I were to pick just 1 favourite from the box, it would be this.




The Mid-Day Miracle Essence. This is something new to me as it is kind of like a facial spray/mist. It contains a high level of Pitera and the Mid-Day version can be used over makeup and lock in moisture. It’s designed to help maintain your morning look and hydrate your skin. I think this comes in handy, especially after taking wudhu because I rarely touch up my makeup or re-apply my moisturizer after that (I just couldn’t be bothered to and because I like to limit my daily moisturizer usage to 2 times a day hehe). I can just spritz this onto my face instead. Easy-peasy! It’s now one my must-bring items in my bag, along with my other necessities.  This Mid-Day Miracle Essence would be great for long-haul flights too as skin tends to be more dehydrated and tired because it gets very little oxygen during flight time.




Anyway, Phase 2 of the BBA challenge will take place at Ruyi & Lin, Bangsar Shopping Centre this Saturday, and I’ll be joining the contestants. There’ll be workshops on beauty trends, skincare, tips and tricks from industry experts and lots more. For more info about the Beauty Bound Asia program, you can log on to www.beautyboundasia.com.

From flat to fabulous

Attended Dove’s event at DoubleTree by Hilton last month. They just launched their latest hair care range, the new Dove Volume & Nourishment.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling with flat hair almost all my life. I was born with naturally fine, wavy hair (pretty much like Raina’s), but as I get older, I noticed my hair becomes flatter and finer. The case gets worse especially after spending a whole day out because after wearing hijab for a whole day, my hair is further flatten with heat and grease. I never really tried anything tho because I’m so lazy and couldn’t be bothered to (heh), but Dove’s new Volume & Nourishment hair care range sounds pretty promising and simple.






I’ve heard of women doing back combing, using curling irons and even braiding their hair and leaving it overnight just so they can wake up with volumized hair. I’ve never done any of those as I wear hijab, but I can totally understand their concerns! I suppose having a bad hair day is kind of like the same as having a bad tudung day as it affects our confidence, or probably worse!


IMG_8226They showed a live experiment of how the new Dove Shampoo and Conditioner instantly adds volume to hair after washing.

The new Dove Volume & Nourishment hair range with Oxyfusion Technology contains oxygen-infused ingredient that instantly dissolves into the hair, giving deep down moisture, while adding up to 95% of volume, so women with dry, flat hair can have smooth, bouncy hair without having to worry about it being weighed down, even hours after washing. It’s a hair care savior! Best part is, this shampoo and conditioner is gentle enough for every day use. Smells nice and fresh too!



The Dove Volume & Nourishment range retails for only RM15 each for the shampoo (340ml) and conditioner (340ml), and is available nationwide. If you’d like more info on the products, or even get the product samples, you can log on to www.dovehair.com.my.

Now it’s my turn to try this out and volumized my hair! 🙂