What’s it like to be married to an entrepreneur?

When Fatty came home after a long day at work, and we’d spent dinner and half the night dissecting his day, he asked me this.

So that actually got me thinking.  A lot of people have a certain impression of entrepreneurship which may or may not be true…

Like this wtf.

Hahahaha. I’m not sure how much of the above picture is accurate la but while there is some accuracy, there are also misconceptions.

So although I only have limited experience (being married to only ONE entrepreneur wtf), I thought it’d be an interesting topic to write about.  Keep in mind that due to my limited experience wtf that this is not “what it’s like being married to all entrepreneurs” but more “what it’s like being married to this entrepreneur”.

1. It’s not all glamness

I remember writing a post about “rich kids” and getting a lot of shit from haters spitting that I’m just sitting around on my flat ass leeching off my husband’s wealth lolol.  And even people who mean well and some friends think that I got the life – being a ‘tai tai’ who doesn’t need to work and wonder why I choose to.

And then on Fatty’s end he gets put on ‘Top 10 Young Malaysian Internet Millionaires’ lists and nonsense like that.  Wah I type all this also feel very geli cos it sounds like bragging. -_-

And the truth is, yes we do live a very comfortable life.  We don’t struggle financially and we can afford whatever we need, plus some extra luxuries like overseas trips… or a Stokke high chair for Fighter wtf.

We also get invites to the happening parties (but turn down most to stay at home and party with Fighter wtf).  Fatty regularly appears in the media and I also sometimes make it too (yay wtf) so wah everyone thinks our lives look so nice and glam and perfect.

But here’s the other side of the coin (no pun intended).

2. Entrepreneurs never stop working

I don’t remember a single holiday we’ve been on… that Fatty didn’t at least once pick up his phone or laptop and do some work.  Whether it’s short trips back to Penang or month long trips to the US, he consistently gets in touch with the office and… just works.

It’s not even that people are asking him to jump in, but he just automatically checks his email and cannot resist getting in to make sure everything is all right at least.  No reason other than… I don’t think he wants to be a workaholic… but his work is his baby (besides Fighter wtf).

As a paid employee I definitely have much less trouble letting go of work while on vacation.

3. A bigger burden on shoulders

Someone working in a company may have to look after his or her team, but when it comes down to it, you really only have yourself to watch out for.  (I don’t mean managing directors or CEOs who are technically responsible for the whole company even if they aren’t business owners.)  You only have to answer to your boss and if you make a mistake, worst case scenario is you get fired.  You’ll be down for a while but eventually you get up and move to a new job.

As an entrepreneur, if you make a serious enough mistake, not only you, but all your employees may well lose their jobs too.  Because of that, they can experience a lot of self doubt.  It’s true that if entrepreneurs make it big, they can make it huge, but failure can be crippling.  Your responsibility is not only toward your boss and company, but to all your employees and their families.  And instead of losing a job, you lose everything you’ve invested and built over the years in one stroke.

And it may not even be your fault!  The world, especially the digital industry changes so fast.  A kickass competitor comes in, or products and businesses become irrelevant overnight… then how?

Fatty definitely feels the burden.  So many sleepless nights turning over work problems in his head.  When he was a few years younger he’d break out in horrible acne whenever he was stressed and at one point he was even prematurely graying. D:

4. Work flexibility

Fatty doesn’t have a fixed daily job scope so he doesn’t have a true 9-5 job.  Based on what he tells me he does different things and fights different fires every day so I’m guessing it’s an interesting (if harried) life.  Based on that, and also cos he’s his own boss, he gets to take off days whenever he wants and goes on long holidays sometimes.  Although this is all negated cos he’ll work on holiday anyway wtf and he also takes calls and emails on most weekends. :X

5. Ethics come into play more than ever

I never thought about ethics as much as I have these past few years, being married to him.  Being his own boss means he gets to make all the rules and decisions.  What’s there to stop him from screwing everyone else over? Nothing but his ethics and integrity.  (Again, not talking about criminal breaches here la cos obviously the law would be the impediment).

We’ve heard of Internet companies (even local ones and in the region) running scams and cheating people (maybe cos the Internet is still a newish ungoverned frontier…?) don’t wanna say names la wtf but like… delaying payments… charging clients but not paying the influencers… concealing or faking info and results….  But I’m very proud of my Fatty for always trying to do the right thing.  Not just about doing the ethical, lawful thing, but even going out of his way to be honorable; to be as fair as he can and to keep to his word even though the other party doesn’t deserve it.

6. Business is personal

In our early dating days, Fatty’s temper used to be much worse. o_O.  He’s actually mellowed down a lot, but in the early days every problem or obstacle to his business was a personal affront to him.  He told me, “business is personal” but I did not see why he had to get so angry at an unscrupulous competitor or a vengeful ex-staff.

But over time as he mellowed I also started to understand his heart ache.  And all these things really do affect him emotionally!

The thing with Fatty is he always goes out of his way to help, if he can.  Even if he doesn’t know the person well.  Which is something that baffled me cos I think I’m a pretty nice person wtf but I don’t always think of extending help.  So when people return kindness with meanness, it hits him hard although I think he’s slowly getting numb to it wtf.

Try as you might to do the right thing, the fair thing, there will always be someone who doesn’t see it and tries to create trouble.  Or someone who tramples over you to get their own way although you’ve given them the best you can.  I know he has sincerely tried to do his best, not just ethically but morally so I get super furious, sometimes angrier than him when someone takes advantage of that or betrays him.

I haven’t seen as much of human nature as I have through his work and it’s disillusioned me a fair bit. :( Why do we try to do the right thing when everyone else isn’t? :( But as long as our consciences are clear that has to be enough.

So I guess this article is an insight into what happens behind the scenes with an entrepreneur (written from a wife’s POV of course).  If you make it, the perks are fabulous, sure.  You not only make money, you build a legacy.  But people rarely see the price that has to be paid sometimes for achievements.  Managing and growing a business can really take a toll on your peace of mind, stress levels and even your principles.

How it affects me personally?

Oooh I forgot about that wtf.  Obviously Fatty bears the brunt of it, not me.  How it affects me is that… I do worry about his health la every day so stressful.

Younger, I used to think that it doesn’t have to be the husband working and the wife managing the household.  Wives also work what, why must she be the one cooking and taking care of the kids? Why husband cannot cook and wash clothes?  Now I still believe in that, but I also believe in the importance of equality in a relationship.  Equality doesn’t necessarily mean both must do whatever the other is doing, but it’s doing your share in a marriage.

I’ve resigned myself that I’ll never make as much money as Fatty wtf (as long as he’s in business and doing well la) and he’s bearing the financial burden of our family.  So since I cannot compete with that, I try to manage everything household related, Fighter related, even playing responsible landlord to our tenant.  At least Fatty has the peace of mind that everything else is taken care of.

So that’s how it’s affected me – it’s changed my mindset.  Is that un-feminist of me? I dunno, maybe.  But I haven’t had to sacrifice my own (blogging) career or ambitions or time with my child, so.. no? What seems more un-feminist to me is being a princess and going along for the free ride.

 

 

 

 

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Eyes on me

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I posted this on Instagram asking to guess what product I’m reviewing today. Guess guess?

Quite obvious la, but someone actually said acupuncture points HAHAHAHAHA.

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Somebody actually guessed it exactly right though. :O It’s the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum, from the Estee Lauder ANR range.

Comes in two versions – serum and gel.  The one I have here is the serum which I think would be more lightweight than the richer gel.  ^^

I’m 29 this year (*hyperventilates) and a MOM.  Not only do I have to deal with age wtf, there’s also sleepless nights and the usual stresses that come with parenting to contend with.

Cos my eyes are big, I always feel like the flaws in the area around my eyes is extra visible. :(  Eyebags, fine lines, crow’ feet, dark circles, puffiness (thanks Fighter) all also got.

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Here’s a close up look at the lines under my eyes.

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Skin and fat under my eyes also sagging already, creating double eyebags. :(

Aging is inevitable but it doesn’t mean you need to succumb to it! Which is why it’s imperative to take care of the eye area from young to prevent and minimize premature aging.   The eye area has the thinnest, most sensitive skin on the body so age and whatever problems show up there first. D:

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Eye serum comes in handy pump bottle form.

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My eyes big but eye area not so big so I usually use a teeny amount of eye product only.

As expected, the formula is light and not sticky.  Cos it is so light it’s actually quite refreshing.

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There’s a very faint fragrance to it too but not noticeable if you don’t sniff hard hahaha.

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I usually apply eye products by spreading it on my ring fingers, and tapping on my eye area gently.  Ring finger cos this finger is the weakest of all, therefore ensuring no unnecessary force is used on the eye area.

Also, never pull the skin there!  Gently tap can already.  (Same goes for removing makeup; pulling skin will stress it and create more fine lines)

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Okay so as expected, the serum is pretty light.  It goes on watery and very quickly absorbs into my skin, leaving a very clean feeling!

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There are no miracles of course – in fact I’d be wary of a product that gave instant results – but it’s a matter of ‘insurance’ for my eye area.  I do like the feeling of it – not too heavy or oily.

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You can either click here to redeem a free trial sample of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum…

Or answer this question and I will give 3 lucky winners one Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel Crème (worth RM220) each!

How do you take care of your eye area?

Since I have Facebook comments, we can message you on FB now if you win, no need to leave emails!  Just make sure you check your inboxes.  Contest ends this Sunday, 31 Aug 2014.

 

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‘Orrible Ones

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So. This is Fighter.

About 50% of the time now.

That’s right, his toddler tantrums have started.

I know, right?  Barely a year old, in fact just ten and a half months adjusted.  First tooth just cut the gum, and just mastered crawling…. and now his temper tantrums have started. O_O

Didn’t expect this to start this early!!! I thought it was Terrible TWOS, not ‘Orrible Ones wtf.  But they’re definitely here.  Take away something he was playing with (usually one of our cell phones / TV/aircon remote control / laptop) and he tantrums.  Try to change his diaper (-_-) and he’ll tantrum and try to flip over so it’s nearly impossible to get a diaper on.  For some reason he hates being made to lie down on the changing table. :X

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Here he’s wailing cos I took my phone away (and used it to snap this picture).  You’d think I tortured him with…. food deprivation.  Or Brown deprivation lol (his favorite teddy bear).

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The story is, Fighter’s turned out to be a very greedy critter and recently whenever he sees me eating something (fruit or some other small snack) he’ll shout at me and look outraged that I never offer him some. Lolol damn no manners.

So last night Fatty was having a Magnum and Fighter saw and wanted some.  I figured he’s already a year old, can be introduced to chocolate and ice cream so I told Fatty to go ahead and give it to him.

Wah! He loved it.  No doubt he’s the son of a Fatty wtf.  After every bite he’d smack his lips and wave at Fatty, beckoning for more hahaha.  But I guess he doesn’t yet understand the concept of food finishing cos when the ice cream was all eaten up, he got pissed that THERE WAS NO MORE ICE CREAM. The horror!

He started throwing a tantrum in his car seat BECAUSE THERE IS NO MORE ICE CREAM! We didn’t want to take him out of his car seat when the car was still in motion so I could only pat him and tell him there’s no more  But he wasn’t having any of it!  He kept screaming all the way home. -_-

We tried speaking firmly, then scolding, then ignoring, then patting him but nothing worked.  Only when we got home and I picked him up did his cries taper down.

Parents, what do you do with your kid when he tantrums?  Do you ignore him?  Hug him? If you hug him will that spoil him further?  Advice appreciated!

 

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Fighter’s first birthday

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Whew Fighter’s first birthday party is finally over and done with.

I wasn’t really thinking seriously of throwing a big bash, but it’s my first baby’s first birthday!  Momentous occasion!  My first anniversary as a mommy! (But to be fair hor looks like I need to do something equally nice for my secondborn wtf)

Anyway I was still thinking vaguely about it and wouldn’t have done anything if Fit For 2 hadn’t approached me and asked if I’d considered where to do Fighter’s birthday!

Fit for 2 is a mommy+baby friendly place located in Bangsar Village 2!  They have a cafe (complete with kids’ toy corner and breastfeeding nook) serving healthy food suitable for both adults and babies – the children’s menu is extensive!  They even have special baby food for babies who have just started on solids.

There’s also an attached studio providing exercise classes for pregnant moms and moms with babies/toddlers.  You can bring your kids into the classes with you cos everyone there is a mom and therefore understanding. ^^

I’ve been going to Fit for 2 since I got pregnant for exercise and after I had Fighter, we’d both go there for lunch or class and I’d always felt very at ease there.  So it was a no brainer to have Fighter’s birthday there.

So I have Fit for 2 to thank!  For mommies who are looking for an easy place to hang out with their babies, meet other mommies and just generally relax, you can check them out at Bangsar Village.  Facebook page which is updated with their weekly activities HERE.

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The signage outside Fit for 2 for Fighter!  Yep, his real name is Jude in case anyone forgot hahaha.

I went with a Beatles theme for his birthday because…he’s too young to have any real preferences yet la wtf.  Because I actually named him after  the song and his favorite song really is Hey Jude (from me singing it to him all the time in the NICU), it only made sense.

The people who did the decor and everything for the party is Think Party Thoughts, by Angeline and Jessica.  Angeline was my ex colleague and I didn’t know she (and Jessica) was so talented!

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Here’s us setting up before the party.  Hui Wen and Tze came early to help out. <3

Let me show you around the place first!

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In keeping with the theme, placemats were made to look like vinyl records.

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Wording on the record.  Background is chevron in the four theme colors – yellow, light blue, orange, and deep pink.

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Detail on the photo corner.  Angeline and Jessica thoughtfully prepared a baby chair so babies could sit and take photos too hahaha.

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Dessert table!

Background colorful squares also done by TPT.  Food was provided by Fit for 2 while I prepared the snacks and candy and goodie bag contents.

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Another look at the dessert table.

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From the top.

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Beatles goodie bags hahaha.  If anyone’s curious, the treats inside were a Mamee Monster pack, a chocolate bar, box of raisins, a jelly cup, and a box of hard candy.

And here’s the spread that Fit for 2 laid out for us!  I went with the Luxe Tea Pot package which is high tea style – finger foods and hors d’oeuvres.

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Fruit tarts!

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Tuna and egg sandwiches.

Food toppers by TPT.  It’s still a first birthday party after all, so the Beatles motifs I picked were all cute – octopus (for Octopus’s Garden), strawberry (Strawberry Fields), submarine (Yellow Submarine) and Sun (Here Comes the Sun).

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Scones!  With clotted cream and jam.  Food names were thought up between me and TPT to gel with more Beatles’ songs hehehe. Spot the Beatles references in the names!

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Hold Me Tight Vietnamese rolls.

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Mango pudding in shooter glasses.

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Moonlight Bay’s Salmon Bites.

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More Marmalade Skies Fruit Tartlets.

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Blackbird Meatballs.

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I also got bottles of water and wrapped them in customized wrappers.

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Did the same with two finger chocolate bars.

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More photos of the awesome spread by FF2!  Oh ya on the far right got Ribena juice boxes.  I named them Hey Juice. HAHAHA.

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Fairy Cakes cupcakes by FF2 who have a working relationship with Bisou.IMG-20140810-WA0131

Oh ya also got curry samosas which we named Happiness is a warm samosa. HAHAHA.

Very very pleased with how things turned out!  The food from FF2 was a very nice variety and yummy to boot!  Food toppers and decor by TPT gelled so well too.

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My little family at the photo corner.

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TPT also printed out appropriate Beatles props. Which everyone forgot to use. T3T

Now for random party and guest pictures!

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With my grandma, Fighter’s great grandma.

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“You mean I am one year old???”

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With Fatty’s HELP gang.  AKA the uncles who are going to buy Fighter a Ferrari for his 18th birthday cos he’s the firstborn son of the group.  IMG-20140810-WA0084

 

With Fat Her! Fat Her was the only grandparent who could make it unfortunately. :( Mummy Ooi is in Penang caring for my grandparents who aren’t doing too well. :(

And my in laws were actually in Singapore because my sister in law just had a new baby!  I think actual birth date trumps 1st birthday hahaha.  Never mind, hopefully we get to celebrate with all the grandparents soon.

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Mummy Ooi was present via Skype wtf.

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Family!  Everybody looks nice… except Fighter. ಠ_ಠ

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With Cheesie!  Who is dressed the most in theme possible lol.

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With Sin Thean and Hui Yuan!  Also relatively sixties vibe hahaha.  Look at Fighter going for people’s spectacles.

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Laksa moms!! From L-R: Twentylittletoes, Jigglypuff, Notaitailife, Tinkitalks, Yuetchitan, Awendyy, Omamee and their respective babies.  Especially funny are Lil E and B look at them!

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Fighter and his grandpa.  The minute he saw Fat Her, he wriggled to get out of my clutches into Fat Her’s arms lol.

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In ecstasy with Grandpa hahaha.

Nice or not Fighter’s birthday outfit? Shirt and blazer are from Poney (bought in haste cos I didn’t have anything prepared for him to wear), pants are Baby Gap.  Shoes are Ralph Lauren from Tze!

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With Zhon Wei, our most enthusiastic guy friend when it comes to Fighter hahaha.  He’s good husband material confirm wtf.IMG-20140810-WA0116

 

What’s with the puppy dog eyes Fighter?

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Aunty Hui Wen who die also must pose with her present.  It’s awesome btw!!! A baby drum set, so in theme!IMG-20140810-WA0117

 

Auntie Bobo and Auntie Hui Wen.

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Auntie Tze and a predatory looking Auntie Hui Wen hahaha.

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Auntie Ally!

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With my ex boss Joanne (who is one of the nicest people I know <3), her husband Wai Sun and boys Jared and Jake.  Fighter ruining the photo again. -_-

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With Lay See and Javier!  (Kay running around somewhere wtf) Lay See’s outfit also so sixties and adorable!

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With his second mom hahaha.IMG-20140810-WA0135

 

He doesn’t do it anymore la wtf but when he was younger I think he used to get confused between me and Bobo, like which one is mommy? Hahahah.IMG-20140810-WA0136

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Can’t believe we’re all married/engaged/with kids now! Look at this Junya sleeping like a log next to his mom hahaha.IMG-20140810-WA0159

 

Fighter was very engrossed in Baby Junya’s carrier lol damn disturbing ah.

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Our favorite photo!  So happy with the balloon and his second mom haahah.

Then it was cake cutting time!

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Of course the cake had to be a yellow submarine.  Did you expect anything less?

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Hahaha this photo because his pose is too cute!

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Here’s Fighter giving his thank you speech: “Aaaaack! Dadadada gruuuu”

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Okay tank you everyone.

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Happy birthday darling!  It’s been an amazing year with you and you’ve grown so much from a fragile skinny little preemie to a boisterous cheeky almost-toddler with a huge personality.  Nothing but the best for your future and you. We can’t wait to go through every step of life with you!

Love, Mommy and Daddy.

 

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I’ve been hit by a smooth criminal

My feet are the most uncared for part of my body. *remorse

Every time my manicurist meets my feet, she curses me for not taking care of them HAHAHA sigh. Dry skin, chipped toenails, you get the idea.

It’s true! My feet are what literally support me my whole life…

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Especially now I’m running around taking care of a baby…

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And what do I do? Go on holiday and walk like crazy…while wearing heels wtf.  Ok to be fair they’re wedges but doesn’t mean they’re much better for my poor feet’s welfare.

I spend loads of time and money on hair and face all but totally neglect my feet! Even if I do pedicure I always opt for just nail services without the scrub, massage and care because I’m cheap like that wtf.

Well now I regret it cos my feet are all gross and scaly.

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Enter Scholl Velvet Smooth! It’s a handheld device that will gently scrub away hard skin and sometimes even callouses on your feet!  It operates on AA batteries (included in the starter kit) and features a micralumina roller.

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Just fit in the batteries, turn the switch (the silver ring) and start exfoliating!

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The roller starts spinning at a pretty rapid pace.  All you need to do is hold the roller to the bottom of your foot or wherever your hard skin is and let it do its job!

Remember to make sure the device and your feet are dry.

It’s painless, and the most you might feel is some ticklishness lol.  If you don’t like it you can always adjust your grip and don’t press it so hard into your skin.  Actually if you press too hard, the auto stop safety feature will kick in so you don’t need to worry about hurting yourself!

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Here’s my foot before I applied the Scholl Velvet Smooth device. See all the white bits especially on the area under my toes?  That’s the dry hard skin.  Sexy leh.

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After thirty seconds of giggling through the process.  Hard parts shaved off and it looks much smoother!

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Thought I’d try it out on Fatty next!  He’s a willing participant ok cos he was quite fascinated with the device lol.

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This is Fatty’s feet before.  Hope nobody is eating while reading this wtf.  I thought my feet were bad I don’t know how his is this much worse! He doesn’t even wear heels; he wears sneakers every day.

Dunno what he does with them. Maybe sharpen knives with it or something HAHAHA.

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Big big difference right!!! Especially on the heel!  We were both amazed and Fatty proceeded to continue rolling away my Velvet Smooth on his feet.

Luckily Scholl sells refills for the micralumina roller!  Each refill comes with two rollers at RM49.90.  The device starter kit itself is RM129.90

CIMG2497So convenient! Beautiful smooth feet is now easily achievable at home without needing to go out to a salon or spa. ^^

Best part is you can use it every 1-2 days to maintain softness between visits to the salon. It’s easily portable so you can just drop it in handbag and bring with you.

It can also be shared by your husband/wife and friends! Rollers can be replaced or washed and used by many people so it’s more cost effective.  Each roller can be used up to 12 times (for both feet), and  one roller pack contains 2 retailing at RM49.90.  So if you calculate,  each treatment will only cost the user RM2.080 (RM49.90/ 24 treatments)!

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You can find out more info About Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi on their websiteFB page, Instagram (@schollmy) and hashtag #myvelvetsmooth.

 

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Once you go black, you never go back

Remember when Liese Bubble Dye that everyone went nuts over before?

Well it’s not only for cute bright Harajuku colors that everyone associates it with.  This product is Liese Blaune Treatment Cream Color that provides perfect grey coverage!  It’s formulated with a 60% treatment base so hair also gets nourished in the coloring process.

It comes in the signature Liese cream based bubble foam form so it’s no mess and super easy to use.  And only takes 15 minutes so it’s perfectly suited for quick touch ups. In fact you can use it for multiple touch ups – product can be kept and used again when grey hair grows in.

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There’s five different shades of brown to choose from – 2,3,4,5, and 6.  The ones I have are 2!  The three main hair care ingredients involved are lanolin acid (gloss retention extract), royal jelly extract and seaweed.

The girl from The Journey is in their TVC!

Tadah.

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There’s also a Color Me Young contest on Liese Facebook!  Just upload a selfie photo of yourself…. or upload for your friends if you really love them. Lol.

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Like this hahaha.  And answer why you’d like to have a makeover with Joanne Yew.  The Photo Contest Period will run from 27th June 2014 to 31st August 2014.

10 (ten) shortlisted contestants will be picked to attend the makeover session with Joanne Yew (sometime in September 2014).

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It will include a hairdo, makeup and fashion makeover!

Prior to the makeover session, the 10 (ten) shortlisted contestants are required to dye their hair with Liese Blaune.
After the makeover session, 10 (ten) shortlisted contestants will be placed into Liese Malaysia Facebook for voting with the period of 2 weeks. 60% of the votes will come from public votes while another 40% of the votes will be from our panel of judges. Each person can only vote ONCE in the Contest

Here are the prizes!
Prizes
Phase 1: 10 (ten) contestants will be shortlisted for a makeover session with Joanne Yew
Phase 2:

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Grand Prize: RM5,000 cash + RM5,000 Diamond Necklace Pendant Set.  (Picture for illustration purposes wtf this necklace came free with a dress lolol)

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1st Runner Prize: RM3,000 cash prize + RM2,000 Whitegold Bracelet (Bracelet here also for illustration purposes only haha)

2nd Runner Prize: RM2,000 cash prize + RM1,000 LINE 32 Fashion Boutique Vouchers

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Los Angeles and Santa Monica

Time to write about our trip!

LA is one of my favorite cities in the world to visit (besides any Japanese city wtf) so we were absolutely stoked!  The only cloud on the horizon is we couldn’t bring Fighter. T_T I was so ready to bring him and was already preparing his application for US visa… until everyone told us it’s not a good idea to bring him.  Also my parents and Fatty’s parents were revving up to take care of him hahaha so okay la he gets to spend some quality time with the grandparents.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

 

Checking in to our flight!

Our route this time was KL-HK-LA which is actually shorter than if you stop in Narita or Seoul!  Cos KL-Narita is 7 hours compared to HK’s 3 and the time from transit to LA is still the same, whether HK or Narita or Seoul!  Good to know if you wanna make travel plans wtf.

Anyway we touched down… checked in to our Airbnb which weirdly enough, neither of us took photos of.

First stop was The Grove for dinner!

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Turned out colder than I expected!!! I overestimated my tolerance for cold (actually it was about 20-25C only wtf but I was cold!) so had to wear my sole pink blazer that I wore for 19 hours on the flight. :X

Fatty is on the phone to Maxis behind (with my Z2) cos his iPhone cannot connect to data roaming while mine can. *superior smile

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

CIMG2562Guess where our first meal ever in LA was?  Guess la guess.

Ya Cheesecake Factory.  Compliments of the Fatty and his love for dessert.

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Their chocolate bread however is the bomb diggity!  It’s warm and soft and sweet – I’d happily eat that with butter for dinner only. ^^

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My entree was Cajun chicken something…forgot how big the portions are in the US. One plate for one person is like…one serving dish for a whole table in Asia wtf. Still managed to eat most of it though. *pats self on back

Went home after that and collapsed from jet lag.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Next morning!  Nah can see the apartment or not wtf.

#Audfit is from Evris!  Shoes are my well worn Emodas.

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Hello nice complexion. T3T Skin no more this color cos kena burned, thanks crazy Vegas sun.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

 

Breakfast was at a famous French bakery called Chaumont.  Look at the purty pastries!

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

 

And my smoked salmon with eggs was yummersssss.  But their key product is just a plain croissant.

Dunno how they do it but the croissant was soft, yet flaky and so tasty!  No photos cos we demolished it in a second wtf.

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Outside!

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Then uh I think we might have spent the afternoon at an outlet…

Went a bit crazy with the Carter’s and Osh Kosh.  So cheap! The most expensive also is confirmed 50% only of the price we get back in KL.

Watch out for Fighter’s OOTDs soon! Hahaha.

This was another day.  Fatty’s conference in Santa Monica had started so that’s where we went.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

The hotel the conference was at is called Shutters on the Beach.  I don’t even know how to describe it but it’s very…shutter-y…and beach-y. WTF.  Hahahaha it was like a very beautiful beach house la.  Done up in white wood and shutters, not like the Bali style beach houses we normally see here.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

I chilled in the restaurant and had breakfast by myself.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Got my breakfast stolen by a bird WTF.  I was too engrossed in my Kindle and suddenly there was this brown sparrow all IN YO FACE sitting on my plate eating my eggs. T_______T

A family sitting nearby were snickering at my problems fml.

And if you’re wondering if I ate my eggs (after I shooed away the bird)… yes. Yes I did.  I was hungry.  And it was expensive.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

After Fatty’s conference we went back to Beverly Hills and checked out Rodeo Drive.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

 

There we were surrounded by like a billion Chinese (their entire population WTF) swarming around us, lugging paper bags from Dior and Chanel.  I’d never seen so many anywhere else in LA!  Is Rodeo the only place PRCs go to hang out? D:

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Dinner was at this garlic-themed restaurant called The Stinking Rose hahaha also in Beverly Hills, really near our apartment.  Food was just so-so to be honest.  Fatty had steak and I had shrimp pasta.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

 

But when we walked in, there was a display that said, “Ask us to wear our Garlic Hats for dinner!’

Obviously I had to ask.

The waitress looked a bit surprised but acquiesced with my request.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

GARLIC HAT YO!!!!

It’s basically a big stuffed garlic perched on a baseball cap and they gave me a hairnet to wear with it, cos obviously it’s not washed with every use WTF.

Now I know why the waitress looked surprised.  Obviously nobody else wants to wear it and I’m the rare crazy person asking for it hahahaha.

I hurriedly gave the garlic hat back.

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Ok this one damn annoying.  Fatty kept going, “WAH SO FULL. SO FULL. Can’t eat anymore.”

I’m like, “Uhhh you finished your whole plate what are you talking about.”

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Oh another day we headed over to Venice Beach (which is super close to Santa Monica) to hang out again.  THere’s tons of things to see and do there.

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One of which is riding a Segway!

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Super fun!  You don’t need an balancing or cycling skills also.  All you need to do is lean forward to go and pull back to slow down or stop.

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Me and Fats and his Venice Beach outfit. -_- He was wearing conference clothes so he just bought an entire suit of souvenir clothes to wear on the beach.  Some more asked me if I wanted but hell no I ain’t wasting money on logo tees I won’t wear again.

Anyway we drove those Segways all the way down Venice Beach up to Santa Monica and back!  Sooo fun with the wind blowing in our faces, and passing by all the random cyclists and tricyclists and rollerbladers and beach volleyball players. :D

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Oh and then guess who joined us in LA!!!!

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Angela and her boyfriend Frank flew down from Vancouver to meet us! Here’s us at a burger bar on Santa Monica Pier.  Where I uhh may or may not have eaten a burger.  (Food restrictions don’t count on holiday right?)

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Us again on the pier.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

The awesomeness that is Santa Monica Pier.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Le Shorty and le Fatty.

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This time we rented tandem bikes to ride!

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LALALAA. Look ma, I can multitask!

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One without my flowerhorn forehead.

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The immense beaches of Southern California.

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Crazy woman wtf.

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Exhausted in the car after our ride.

Next stop, Hollywood!

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We took a tour of it.

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Inside is quite beautiful actually.  Although dark so a bit creepy.  Although which theatre is not dark. -_-

It’s where a lot of movies premiere, so there were some cool exhibits.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Like this!  The curtain dress Scarlett O’Hara wore in Gone With The Wind.

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Then we bumped into Tom.  No big deal.

HAHAHA IMPOSTER LA.  But a very hot one, I must say. *dreamy eyes

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Yo Johnny!

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We are so tight we even selfie together okay.

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After that, we had reservations at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant!  There was some food campaign going on in LA and apparently certain restaurants would have special packages at special prices.  And this Gordon Ramsay place was one of them.

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With Angelaaaa.

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Whole restaurant filled with Asians. :X Figures we’re the ones who go for the promotions hahahaha.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Only got this picture of dessert.  Cos the other dishes I took with my Casio which isn’t very good in dim lighting. :X

The food was pretty decent but not what you’d expect from Gordon Ramsay?  Good enough la and good pricing too.

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With Angie and Frank.

Oh funny storeh!  Angela and I went to the bathroom and we were waiting outside with another girl cos the girl told me it’s a single bathroom, not with multiple stalls.

So we waited… then when the lady inside came out, the girl waiting with us went to take her turn in the bathroom.

I got a peek at the bathroom when the door opened and I thought it looked huge!  I said “oooh it has more than one stall inside la!” and I yanked open the door WTF.

I started telling Angela, “eh we can all go in, it’s a big bathroom!” while still yanking on the door while the poor girl inside tried to hold the door shut, desperately saying, “NO. It’s only ONE bathroom.”

Hahahahahaha she must have been damn angry at me!  Some more she already told me one bathroom only but I never listen.  The bathroom decor very misleading btw, walls all covered in mirrors giving the illusion that it’s very big.

Then she stayed in there for a looong time.  Either she had to take a poop (in which case she must have been even angrier at me for getting in the way of her poop mojo) or she was hiding out in fear of me wtf.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Look at this bulldog!!! Damn cute right!!! He just sat there very quietly and guai-ly when we arrived outside the restaurant.

I was super enamored and proceeded to take a bazillion photos of this calm quiet dog.

Then after five minutes of snapping I realized it’s a statue. WTF!!!!

And everybody just stand there and let me take without telling me!!!!!  Strangers all probably slowly sidling away don’t wanna stand so near this crazy person taking photos of a fake dog.

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In my defense he looked extremely real wtf.

OK the end.

 

 

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Visiting Julia Gabriel

I am so excited to write this post!!!!

The other day I was invited by the Julia Gabriel Centre to attend a Positive Parenting Talk (the first of a series).  There are two brands under one umbrella – Julia Gabriel is a speech and drama center (enrichment center) for children aged 6 months to primary school, while Chiltern House is a preschool for kids aged 2-6 years.

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Tadah! The outside.

Ohhhh so this is Julia Gabriel Centre!  It’s located on Jalan Bukit Pantai and is located near my old office.  I used to pass it by and think it was an Italian restaurant WTF (cos of the red canopy).

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Impressed with the outside already.  Everything looks so cheerful and pristine!

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The front door.

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Here’s the lobby and reception area.

So upon arrival I was ushered into the assembly area (which is upstairs) for Julia Gabriel’s talk.  In case you don’t know (I certainly didn’t) Julia is a real person!

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Hi Julia! And Pau Lee, the center’s director.

Julia Gabriel is the founder.  She’s been teaching since 1983, and is an accomplished storyteller, performer, speaker and lecturer who has written and recorded educational TV programmes for the Ministry of Education in Singapore. In 1993, the Lord Mayor of London awarded Julia life membership of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Okay I think she’s fully qualified to teach Fighter. Lol.

Her talk was about the importance of imagination for children and how to nurture it.  Having a great imagination is crucial to a lot of things including creativity, empathy, inventiveness…

Einstein once said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited but imagination encompasses all.”

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The definition of imagination…

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It’s true right!  When you’re a kid, anything goes.  I remember as kids me and Ooib would hole up in our storeroom and tie a torchlight from a ladder and call it a light and the storeroom was our detective headquarters wtf.  And we obviously had no cases to work on so we just spied on our neighbors for suspicious activity WTF.

And a lot of other games la.  We used video cassette tapes to fashion a maze for our pet turtles who didn’t do anything besides poop in it wtf.  And we created a whole ‘nation’ with our stuffed animals complete with political system lol.

And I do feel that as an adult I have less wonder and new ideas already.  I even feel a difference now and ten years ago. :(

Julia Gabriel Centre and Chiltern House’s educational philosophy focuses on what they call a EduDrama methodology.  According to their release, “children learn by drama, role play or imaginary play – designed to motivate students to express themselves at their best, when learning is made fun for them.”

It sounds perfect because it’s very important to me that Fighter’s imagination and learning is stimulated, and not that he’s only forced to study and memorize.

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I also went on a tour of the place!  Again I was impressed how warm and clean and orderly everything looked.  I don’t know la I don’t remember my kindergarten being this clean last time wtf.

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That’s Maggie, their BookRoom Coordinator.

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And a gorgeous reading nook!

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Here’s the stairs going upstairs… walls are all plastered with kids’ handiwork and class photos. :)

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The corridor between classes upstairs.  The red shelves are cubby holes for students to put their stuff.

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Here’s me totally not being creepy staring into classrooms lol.

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Dammit! Nearly five feet!

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Sneaked in to take this photo.

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Classroom decor!  Apparently they change the theme every semester. ^^ I’m guessing this term it’s barnyard animals?

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And the bathroom!!! Sooooo cute!

The toilet bowls are all mini sized!  Some more got cute jungle decor on top hahaha.

Anyway after the visit, I decided to sign Fighter up for a trial class to gauge for myself.  I’d been thinking of sending Fighter somewhere a couple of times a week or so, just to let him see more of the world.  As it is I already don’t let him watch TV or ipad so the most he does at home is play with his toys (of which most are stuffed animals), me or the nanny.

As a result I think his motor skills are quite good for his age (cos every day practice picking up toys wtf) but I thought it’d be better for him to mingle with other babies his age and get him involved in different learning activities.

The class we attended was Playnest – for babies aged 6-18 months.  So we got to the class where the teacher and assistants already knew him by name!  They all sang out merrily, “Hello Jude!” to which he blank-stared them since he thinks his name is Fighter LOLOL.

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Before class officially began was free and easy playtime.  Fighter kinda sat there like a dungu for a while… before reaching for toys!

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In ecstasy with the teachers. Hahaha.  He lovesssss adults in general I feel.  He doesn’t really know what to do with other babies which is why I wanted to let him meet more.

Then it started with a Welcome song sang by the teachers, and a session where they met and interacted with a stuffed monkey haha.  No photos here cos I was busy getting Fighter involved in the singing and clapping.

After that they read a story and did a paper activity with the babies based on the story!  It was about monkeys so the task was to glue paper cutouts of monkeys on a sheet of paper depicting a bed.

Of course I had to do it for Fighter. Lol.  But it was something new explaining it to him and showing him the paper and glue.

Next up was snack time!

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MOST ADORABLE SCENE EVER. 3-4 babies sat at a table together and the teachers handed out snacks.  The day’s snack was rice crackers, but the teachers told me it differs – sometimes it’s cookies, sometimes fruit, etc.

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Here’s Fighter eating like a champ.

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“May I have some more?”

Super proud of him cos the other baby at the table didn’t eat hers while Fighter finished his portion. #competitivemom

Then it was art time!  Painting to be specific.

The babies were made to strip down to their diapers HAHAH.  Some parents brought waterproof aprons hmph next time I bring too.

Then the teacher showed Fighter what to do with the water soluble paint provided.

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Fighter had his go!  Not sure if he actually understood the instructions or just saw red paint and thought “oooh what’s that lemme touch.”

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I was pretty surprised he went for it though! At home if I give him food pieces which are a bit wet or mushy, he normally doesn’t like the texture and drops the piece.  I thought he might have a complex about wet textures so I was pleasantly surprised he took so well to it.

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“HERE MAH MASTERPIECE”

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A very joyful Fighter.  He super enjoyed it!

After that I cleaned him up in the bathroom sink and settled him down for more singalongs to end the day.

All in all, I think Fighter enjoyed himself a fair bit!  He seemed interested in the other babies although he didn’t make a move to interact yet, and he was extremely excited to see the teachers and other parents (and helpers).

Some of the things they asked the babies to do (like glue monkeys on paper) seemed pretty out of their capabilities to do, but that could be because they create high standards so the babies will attempt to reach it?  The other activities like singing along and clapping and other hand actions, the other babies were doing very well actually.  And the painting which I would have thought out of reach, was also pretty skilfully handled by the other kids.

And Fighter, seeing the other babies crawl around at the speed of light, or even walk around, attempted harder than he’d ever done to crawl too!  He managed one step forward before he face planted lolol but I was impressed at the effect of a group on him.

Also I liked how clean and efficiently Julia Gabriel was run!  Immediately after every activity, assistants swooped in to sanitize and wipe down the areas used.  A big plus point in my book!

Julia Gabriel Centre has another centre at Citta Mall, in Ara Damansara.  For more info on Julia Gabriel Centre and Chiltern House, go here (Julia Gabriel) and here (Chiltern House).

 

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A Sony Xperia Z2 review – the fourfeetnine way

A lot of photos coming up yo! Watch out bandwidths!

So today I thought I’d do a review of my Sony Xperia Z2. The fourfeetnine way wtf. Which means lots of photos involved!

I’ve been using the Sony Xperia Z1 for less than a year before switching to the Z2.  It was my first Android phone but I didn’t have any issues getting used to it!  Loved the Z1 but when I got the chance to upgrade to Z2 I obviously jumped at it hehehe.

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Sleek black classy box mm hmm.

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Open the top cover…

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*trumpets blaring and angels singing Design is nearly exactly the same as the Z1, but it’s slightly slimmer and a teeny bit taller.

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There was even a personalized letter enclosed! Thank you so much Sony! I guess I am known now as Fighter’s mom. Lolol.

Anyway before I really get into it, here are the key features of the Sony Xperia Z2 that make it Z best. Lolol. Actually I apologize in advance first.  I am in no way a tech person so take my tech info with a pinch of salt wtf.  In fact Imma not really focus too much on the technical details ok!

Here’s what appeals to me about the camera most.

4K camera 

4K video camera means the image is 4 times clearer than normal HD! I don’t have a HD screen to hook up to look at the footage properly but my phone still ran smoothly considering what a heavy process this is.  The only thing is even a two minute video will take up a lot of space.  But that’s okay cos the Xperia Z2 comes with a micro SD slot.  I bought a 32G one to make sure I have lots of space for Fighter’s photos and videos hehehe.

Battery life

I’ve always used an… um non-Android phone in the past and what pushed me to switch was the terrible battery life!  Everyone I know with that phone either has to carry around a power bank all the time, or keep running back to their car to charge. :X I couldn’t take the reliance on chargers throughout the day so I switched to Android.  Picked Sony because… Japan. Hahaha.  No la I’ve owned a number of Sony gadgets in the past and they always served me well.

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Check this out! I’d been using it since 8 am and still 71% battery left yo.  Not heavy use sure, but moderate.  Checked Instagram, Dayre, news apps, Whatsapped a lot and still okay!

The Stamina mode really helps too!  It turns off Wifi and data when the phone is on standby to save battery.  Sources say turning it on doubles battery life.

I don’t bring my powerbank out anymore because I don’t need it! :D By bedtime sometimes it reaches 19% which is considered critical but even this is with really heavy usage on Whatsapp, Dayre and Instagram.

Lag

Browsing is super smooth!  Scrolling is as good as the iPhone with no lags at all.  There were a few instances where the keyboard was a little laggy by maybe a second but nothing that bothered me.

The camera

This is obviously my favorite feature. ^^ The camera is a whopping 20.7 megapixels – that’s better than most point and shoots!  Comes packed with all sorts of interesting apps and features too.

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Here’s the camera options available. You can also click Add Apps on the top right and add more functions.

The camera and phone battery were both good enough that I didn’t even bother bringing a camera with me when we went to the US!  Why carry additional gadgets when the Z2 works as well or better? :D

Check out the photos I took.

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Ooh wait before that.  Here’s photos I took of Fighter in his cot.  Keep in mind that his lights were all off.  The only light source is coming from the doorway opening to our room.

In reality it was actually very dark.  Other phone cameras (and even my Casio camera) would show up a lot darker or with more noise but the Z2′s camera captures whatever light available extremely well and comes up with a remarkably clear image.

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This photo was taken when it was even darker.  The door to Fighter’s bathroom was literally cracked open like 5 cm and that was the only source of light. :D

 

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When in the US, I tested out the Info-Eye function.  With Info-Eye, you snap a picture of anything – a landmark, a product, label, book, etc – and it will tell you more info about it!

Here’s a picture I took while we were on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

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It gave me the weather, exact location with map, and even provided a list of restaurants/stores to visit!

 

Super useful for when we’re traveling but I can also see it coming in handy whenever you need some quick info at your fingertips.

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Another shot of Rodeo Drive. (where all the expensive shopping is, where Chinese tourists hang out, and where Julia Roberts was snubbed in Pretty Woman. Hahaha.)

The clarity of this photo! Amazing or what?

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The front camera is pretty great too at 2MP!  When you switch to front camera, Soft Skin mode automatically comes on.  This is us having breakfast at a French bakery in LA.

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Also tested out the Panaroma mode on Rodeo.

It’s sooo good!  I used to have a Sony Cybershot that could do this too and this mode on Z2 is comparable! Best of all it doesn’t compromise on color and clarity also.

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This is Santa Monica Pier.  It was soooo gorgeous there and the camera totally did it justice right??

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Yes Angela was with us too!!!!

I was damn surprised seeing this photo wtf.  Cos I was wearing sunglasses so everything seemed quite dim to me hahaha.  Then when Angie’s boyfriend helped us take this photo I was so surprised at how sharp and bright the colors were. :D So nice one!!!

This is due to the Live Colour LED technology (only in Sony products) that captures the true colors of the source and produces an authentic yet gorgeous photo.

We rented tandem bikes and cycled from Santa Monica pier all the way down the coast to Venice Beach!

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Took another panaromic shot on the way.  That’s Frank, Angela….

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And Fatty. Who thinks he’s Johnny Bravo. ¬_¬

The beach is gorgeous though right!  And it’s huuuuuge…the ocean is way to the back at the horizon.

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And here’s a shot of Whoville, taken at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Again the camera captured the colors perfectly.

How does it fare for night scenery?

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Tadah!  The Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas.

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Another one.  I told Fatty to give up using his phone and just stick to mine for this trip please. Lol.

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The stores inside Bellagio.

Enough of scenery shots.  Wanna take food photos? No problem!

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The best gourmet burger EVER.  With duck bacon and topped off with truffle fries omgggg.  At Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR in Vegas.

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And the yummiest french toast.  On Melrose in LA.

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Came home to our Fighter.  My camera was set to Superior Auto mode so it detected a face and gave it the soft skin treatment.  Not that Fighter needs it hahaha.

Now for the fun photo modes!

Always wanted a professional camera but no money? Have no fear Z2 is here!

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Can do background defocusing yo.  So you can bluff people you’re a professional with a kickass camera hahahaha.  Background defocus is really quite realistic!  Just tap on the object you wanna focus on (in this case, Brown) and the camera will do the rest.

 

Sometimes if you focus wrongly or tap then move the camera, the defocusing doesn’t work but just tap again and it will!

 

Then the Augmented Reality mode!  Freaking hilarious!  There’s a few modes to pick from – Fairyland, Dive, Masquerade, and Dinosaur.

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Here’s Fighter in Fairyland. LOLOL.  Rody the horse at the back really matches the environment some more hahaha.

This AR is quite cute.  All the objects appear and you can shift them around and change the size.  And they’re all animated.  For example the little pixies are actually walking around so you can wait for them to get into position before snapping a photo.

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Now Fighter has a leaf hat! Hahahaha.

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Dunked him into Dive for some underwater fun hehehe.  He seems super entertained with the fishes.

And Rody the horse is now Rody the seahorse! Lolol.

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“Hehehe Flounder that tickles!”

Got flowerhorn behind some more wtf.

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And and! Fatty sitting in Jurassic Park HAHAHAHA. Saved the best for last wtf.

He looks damn sien cos he was watching TV but I was aiming my phone at him and giggling wtf.

Watch out for the T-rex, Fats!

All in all, I love the Z2! Like I said, it fulfills my needs in a phone so Imma be sticking to it for a long time to come. ^^

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Fighter loves it too. ¬_¬ No really, he’s always trying to grab it from me.  He’s stopped trying to eat it luckily so now he just looks at it and turns it over in his hands.  And maybe slap it a bit wtf.

P/S: The Z2 is waterproof too!  Can stand up to 1.5m in freshwater up to 30 minutes.  I don’t need anything so hardcore but it’s nice to know that if Fighter ever drops it into water or spills drinks on it, it will be fine. Lol.  He also dropped it like at least once a day already and it works perfectly so I’d say it’s also baby-shock-proof. Hahaha.

 

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What Fighter can do at 9.5 months

So how was it?

By the time we got to Vegas I was dying wtf.  I asked Fatty if we could cancel the Vegas leg of the trip but we already paid wtf so we’d be burning flights and hotel and have to book a new flight back some more.  So okay……… I tahan. *meditational pose

By the time we went home I was going nuts.  The sucky thing was our flight arriving back in KL only arrived at 12 am!  Which meant that Fighter would be asleep already and we wouldn’t be able to see him until the next morning. But what to do!

Anyway we got home and checked on a sleeping Fighter.  To our surprise he woke up there and then for his midnight feed though it was 1am.  (guess he slept through midnight for once)

I happily took him into our room to breastfeed him, all eager to renew our breastfeeding bond wtf.

He wriggled.  The entire time.

Totally didn’t wanna suckle at all! D: He kept twisting out of my grasp and looking blearily around the room.  Fatty was standing around the room and he kept looking at Fatty but without recognition.

I said, “Fighter! Fighter! It’s me! Mommy!”  and he totally ignored me T________________T

At that point I was like, is this my karma for leaving him for two weeks. T________T

I gave up trying to nurse him and just got him a bottle of formula.  He started drinking but in a very sien manner, as though very sleepy wtf.

I whipped away the bottle and fasterly put him on my boobs again.  Maybe the formula whetted his appetite.  It worked!  He automatically started sucking again.  I was worried he’d forgotten how to nurse but looks like he was just lazy. >.>

The next day, everything was back to normal and he was happy as usual to see us.  Happier than normal?  Not really.  I doubt he even noticed we were gone. -_-

I guess it was only me going through withdrawal symptoms then… *shreds paper

Even then, he’s grown a lot in just two weeks! Less than that actually, we were gone twelve days including traveling time.  Whatever it is, we came home to a nearly brand new baby. Lol.

For posterity’s sake, here’s Fighter’s accomplishments for now.  He’s 11.5 months old, 9.5 months adjusted.

1. He can hold his own bottle!

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Before we departed, he could already tentatively do it.  But because I guess our Tommee Tippee bottle (which he loves) is a little big and awkward for tiny hands, he never did it consistently or stable-y.  Maybe he’d bossily attempt to hold my hand while I held his bottle, or grasp the bottle for a few seconds before dropping it.

But when we came home, I noticed our nanny giving him the bottle…and literally giving him the bottle.

And Fighter proceeded to hold it and drink from it steadily until he was all done.

Even more impressive, the next time I gave him the bottle, he held it and drank himself unconscious.  Then when he was done, he just let it slip out of his grasp, flipped over, and went to sleep.

(And that’s how he goes to sleep now.  No patting or rocking necessary.)

WHEN DID MY BABY TURN INTO A BIG BOTTLE HOLDING EXPERT?

Oh. Right. Sometime within the last two weeks.

2. He can hold his own finger foods!

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Found this out totally by chance.In the same motor skills department, I was super surprised to find that not only can he hold his own bottle, he can also hold his own snacks and eat by himself!

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We were having a family dinner and I was talking to my grandma with Fighter in my arms.  Grandma was holding a piece of mantou (a Chinese bun) and Fighter suddenly made a grab for it!

Ah Ma handed him the mantou and to my surprise, he grasped it in his fist and held it up to his mouth.  Then he took a great big bite out of it.

Dude you don’t even have teeth???

I saw he was clamping down on the bread with his gums and ripping pieces off into his mouth. Hahahahah how clever is that?? I actually gave up giving him finger foods weeks ago cos he’d just either drop them without taking a bite, or just hold it in his fist forever.  I guess in that time his motor skills had improved enough, and he now knows what is food and what is to be eaten.

I’m also very thankful that I started giving him solids/semi solids very early on because he just doesn’t like puree.  In the beginning he’d chew/mash the food up with his gums but end up spitting food out but he quickly learned to bite and chew and then swallow food.  If I didn’t he might not have learned so quickly what to do with food pieces. :)

3. He’s been eating really really well!  

He was on a food strike for four horrendous months and I was starting to resign myself to having a terrible eater.  Every day I fretted over what to feed him and mostly resorted to avocado wtf.  Also attempted baby led weaning which was a hit and miss since he didn’t know how to feed himself.

But four weeks ago he started eating a bit more.  I introduced baby pasta or rice in chicken or vege soup of which he’d eat less than a baby bowl.  Also noticed he likes egg tofu so I prepared egg tofu with minced pork and he’d also eat less than an ounce.  But he was eating!

And then right before we left, out of nowhere, he started to eat a whole baby dish of food.  Then sometimes two.

And by the time we came home, he was up to eating three quarters of an adult sized rice bowl!!!!  And he’s eating 3 solid meals a day now.

I don’t know what I did to deserve such good luck but I wish I did so I can do more of that!!!!

Feeding him is now a joy and it’s so fun thinking up new dishes to feed  him!  (Besides the usual boring porridge and baby pasta.)

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

4. He knows to call people with a yell/gruntDinner menu – shepherd’s pie, chicken version

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This one’s a tad bossy but he now knows to go NGHGHGHGH and smile at whoever to get their attention. Hahaha.

5. He can stand! (well, sort of)

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

His legs have gotten strong enough to support himself for maybe like a minute?  This is totally new too; a few days after we got back I got the idea to get him to try standing up by himself.  And he did it!

He’s even picking out his next OOTD here wtf.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

Yes? May I hepchu?

 6. He knows how to kiss!

Well, when he’s in the mood for love, that is.  I’m not sure if it’s the nanny who taught him or one of our parents.  But when he feels like it and you say “kiss kiss Fighter” he leans in and plants an open mouth kiss on your cheek.

It’s the best feeling in the world. :D :D

The other day he kissed me and then he moved his mouth like a fish and it was super geli hahahahaha.

7. He still can’t crawl forward

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Sadly he’s still on a backward trajectory with this hahaha but everyone says it’s a matter of time before he learns to do it properly.

8. He still has no teeth wtf.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

TOOTH FAIRY, Y U NO VISIT FIGHTER?

I can’t believe how quickly he’s progressing lately!  It feels like he learns something new every day.  Him as a newborn was adorable and lovely but this stage is just… FUN. :D Can’t wait to see what he does next.

 

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