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Sunday, August 30, 2015

How Do I Look? Asia

 
Sazzy Falak & Jeannie Mai. I heart her pant skirt thing!

One of  my favourite shows on TV has got to be How Do I Look? So when I heard about How Do I Look? Asia I was ecstatic. Dubbed as "Asia's ultimate fashion fix", How Do I Look? Asia will debut on 31 August 2015 at 8PM on DIVA Universal, ASTRO Channel 702. How Do I Look? Asia is hosted by Malaysia's Sweetheart - Sazzy Falak a fashionista in her own right.

Me and other Clozette Bloggers

I was privileged to be invited by Clozette to How Do I Look? Asia Launch in Publika. The original host Jeannie Mai, a petite lady with a firecracker personality along with our homegrown Sazzy Falak were there. The highlight of the event were the makeover booths. It was like a one stop fashion fix. There were free threading, hairdos by Panasonic, Manicures, Zalora accessories and Make-Up. Once you got all dolled up, professional photographers were at hand to capture the glamorous new you! 

Getting a hair make-over at the Panasonic Beauty booth

Threading makes me cry.

At the Zalora accessories booth

Getting some fashion advice from Zalora

Playing dress up at the Zalora booth

So.. How Do I Look?

There was even an on the spot makeover. The host Patricia Knudsen identified a guy in the audience that was above average looking but could use some help in the styling department. Sazzy and Jeannie broke down his fashion crimes in front of everyone but complimented him on his handsome face and fit physique that he was hiding under his outfits. He was also wearing sandals which according to them is a big fashion no-no. Jeannie goes on to say that sandals are only okay for the beach and we were clearly not at a beach! 

The great reveal of the fashion makeover

The event ended with a performance by the energetic all girl group De Fam who were actually entertaining the crowd right from the start of the event, the great reveal of the makeover, a group photo session with the hosts and individual meet and greets.

De Fam entertaining the crowd

For the first season of How Do I Look? Asia, there are 8 contestants to watch:
  • onesie-addict/ blogger Apple (Philippines)
  • indie rock guitarist Ariana (Malaysia)
  • mismatch, mishap/ watercolor artist Choc (Taiwan)
  • sales executive, and literally “plain” Jane (Philippines/Australia)
  • overachieving, yet outdated, Lavinya (Malaysia)
  • rebel teacher Lianni (Philippines)
  • romantically-insecure Maisarah (Singapore)
  • uninspiringly-dressed motivational speaker Yessinta (Indonesia)
Clozette is the Official Fashion Social Network of  How Do I Look? Asia which is filmed at an NBC Universal International studio set built in Solaire Resort & Casino, Manila. It is presented to you by Zalora and in Malaysia it is also brought to you by Marigold Yogurt Drink and Panasonic Beauty. 

Sazzy Falak, Jaishana Logan & Jeannie Mai

For those of you who have never watched the show, let me give you some background.....Each episode features a fashion challenged individual (whom we shall refer to as 'the victim'). The host accompanied by two of the victim's 'peoples' ie. concerned family member, relative or co-worker and a professional stylist tear-down the victims unforgiving fashion sense. The worst of the victim's outfits will be sucked up by the 'eww-tube' because it's just too eww! 

The premise of the makeover is that the victim's style is often hindering them from being their greatest self. 

I remember watching one episode where the victim was hell bent on not wanting to change her style as she thought people should not judge her. Her colleague however felt that the way she dressed caused them to lose some business deals as clients could not take the victim seriously. To prove a point, the host showed her 5 ladies (i think it was just 5) in different outfits and asked the victim to label them as 'dog walker', 'finance consultant', and I can't remember the rest but let's say 'student', 'lawyer' and 'ceo'. From this little exercise, the victim actually mislabeled them all based on how they dressed ie. the real financial consultant as the dog walker and so on.

Usually during one on one time with the host, the victim will open up and share a background story of how they ended up being fashion challenged. The makeover's aim is not to belittle the victim's fashion sense but to empower and elevate these women. All this is done in a very fun entertaining way. The lucky victim gets to choose one new wardrobe and one hairdo picked out by one of the 3 accomplices.


Piqued your curiosity yet? #HDILasia on social media for more and join in the conversation.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

STRIP - Exposes Dirty Little Secrets [Are You Being Cheated On?]

The Bad Guys : The Cheating Razor, Exposed Hand and Two Timing Towel

15 August 2015 - I attended an exclusive event at STRIP Mid Valley. I was intrigued by the invitation as it promised to 'Expose Dirty Little Secrets' and went on to ask the question 'Are You Being Cheated On?' 

Warm Welcome at the Reception

I was welcomed at the counter by the warm STRIP staff who then registered me and offered me a complimentary STRIP waxing session where we got the STRIP experience. It is safe to say 'STRIP will never cheat on you!'. The wax girl (I'm so sorry I don't remember your name hun), took me in to the treatment room as per usual. However before the procedure started this time, she opened a large packet that looked like a Condom only like larger..like a horse size haha. 

The Complimentary Treatments of the day and the Hygiene Pack

The XL Condom packet is actually a cheeky way of packaging the tools needed for each treatment. Depending on what treatment you do the contents may vary a bit such as disposable wooden spatulas, a disposable razor cartridge, a pair of disposable latex gloves, wet wipes, cotton pads, cotton buds etc.. This Hygiene Pack concept is to reinforce the fact that hygiene is paramount at STRIP and that they always believe in Playing It Safe. 

To read more on waxing please click here. However, note that STRIP Sunway has updated is look as well.

With the bubbly hostess Joanne Kam
I then went out to mingle with the hostess Joanne Kam and other guests while I enjoyed the light refreshments. I didn't look like someone on a diet as a walloped about half a dozen cupcakes (shhh....). 
Working the Photo booth

The PR people were also on hand to tell us more about STRIP and the way they do hair removal.

Mini Cupcakes from 12 Cupcakes - I like the Caramel Chocolate one

I noticed our very first representative to Asia's Next Top Model arrive. I was wondering how to strike up a conversation with her and not sound lame. But to my surprise she gravitated towards me and told me that I look familiar. Yes me. She asked me if she knew me to which I laughed and said 'I don't think so but I know you."

With ASNTM Cycle 1 contestant Melissa Th'ng

The highlight of the event was the Expose! It was delivered by the very animated Joanne Kam. She started out by showing us the contents of the Hygiene Pack (that colourful giant condom packet). Here is what I learned from her:

Joanne Kam holding the Hygiene Pack and delivering the Expose

1. The second most dirtiest thing / place after the toilet is the Handphone. So can you imagine the hands touching the handphone touching ... eyuwww. That's why at STRIP they always put on new latex gloves for each customer.

2. Each IPL (that is laser hair removal) customer receives a brand new razor 

3. Each customer will receives a fresh towel, regardless where the hair removal is (even if it is eyebrows)

4. Absolutely 'No Double Dipping'. Which means the ice cream stick used to scoop the wax and apply on the customer will never be used more than once. This sounds like a no-brainer but believe it or not many establishment do 'double dipping' or even worse they use the same old ice-cream stick on all customers!

5. Especially when doing Brazillian waxing, all these hygiene steps should not be missed as it may lead to bacterial infections.

With fellow bloggers, celebrities and members of the media

The event officially ends with a group picture. Through this event STRIP wants to get the word out that every customer deserves the right to safe and hygienic hair removal. So join STRIP in saying ‘NO’ to hair removal salons that harbour dirty little secrets.


Checkout the cute campaign posters!





To find out more about STRIP’s Dirty Little Secrets Exposed campaign and hygienic hair removal practices, visit www.dirtylittlesecretsexposed.com.       

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cranbridge Centre [Home Schooling] - Affordable Quality British Education

Not able to home-school your children due to busy schedule? Looking for an alternative center to home-school your child? Look no further as Cranbridge Centre, a brainchild of Cranbridge Education Group offers that and more. Situated strategically in the Korean Village in Jalan Ampang Utama, the center provides classes for children from Pre-School level up to A Levels as well as small group tuition and language classes. 




The center opened its doors for registration on 15 August 2015 and I was privileged to get a personal tour of the premises. The first thing I realized is that the center was very easy to find, just nearby Ampang Point. It was surrounded by many foreign restaurants and convenience stores as well as a 7-11. There was abundant parking space as well. As I stepped in through the glass door I was welcomed by the center's Principal Ms. Rena Logan, a veteran in the education field and Mr. Logan the Chairman. Ms. Rena has more than 30 years of experience in teaching in international school and teaching English as a Second Language to adult students. She believes that home-schooling is the future of education. She says "Cranbridge Centre is passionate about educating the young ones with as much care and love as their parents would like to give in person."

Mr. Logan (second from left), Ms. Rena (fifth from right) with teachers & friends of Cranbridge Centre


Ms. Rena expressed that it was always her dream to open her own centre of learning. So what is Cranbridge Centre's niche?  "Cranbridge Centre is passionate about educating the young ones with as much care and love as their parents would like to give in person," she tells me. Cranbridge Center offers a no frills system without jeopardizing quality so foreign parents who cannot afford expensive international school education for their children now have an affordable option. As the classes are conducted in small groups, teachers can attend to students individual needs. Students are empowered to set goals and complete tasks at their own pace.


Teachers having a discussion in the quaint resource room

She tells me to make myself at home and tour the second floor by myself as she has to attend to walk-in enquirers. I make my way past an impressive quaint resource room to the second floor and am blown away by the cozy interior of the class rooms.


My son, following me upstairs



The gremlin has caught up with me hehe



The hallway of the second floor

I wonder to myself if I would have turned out to be a better student if I had attended a school like this!


One of the many refreshing class rooms


After I return from my walkabout, Mr. Logan elaborates more. He says, Cranbridge Centre believes that key enablers for achievement oriented learning are quality of teaching staff and education delivery system, teaching materials / resources and a conducive learning environment. 



Different set-ups for different teaching styles

Teacher – student relationship is also held in high esteem, so that students get to feel self-motivated and inspired to bring out their hidden potentials thus becoming high achievers.  Teachers are also assigned to manage students who need special counselling to handle personal or social issues that may arise from time to time.


Each classroom has its individual personality

Before I say my goodbye, I ask a very important question. "What are your plans for the future?" He doesn't take long to think and has an answer that leaves me pleased. "We plan to conduct a CSR program where we give education to refugee children," he says.

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Those who are interested or would like to be an agent, please feel free to contact Cranbridge Edu Group (CEG). They would love to hear from you.

Tel : +603 – 4265 6485          Hp: 012 3960 360 (Rena)            016 3113 197 (Ryan)

e-mail : cranbridgeedugroup@gmail

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

(Read & WIN Lancome Products!) The Blogger Babes Asia Launch by Clozette



8 August 2015 - I'm thankful I managed to get dressed and leave the house on time while having to direct latch my 3 month old and entertain my soon to be 3 year old while he picked curiously at my make up. He 'helped' put some eye shadow on my elbow too. He pulls out all the different colours and inists I use them all. He can't get over his head why amma is only using the dull brown tones. I finally manage to say good bye to them and head to Qliq Hotel, Damansara. It was a good 1 and a half hour drive on a Saturday afternoon.

I arrive at the hotel which is connected to the Empire Damansara mall. It's pretty new, about 5 months I hear and I swear I can still smell the paint. I park outside on the main road (promising myself that I won't get a summons) and stride in to the event area at sharp 3pm. 


Many people are already there and mingling. Since I am a noob I scan around for familiar faces and detect two faces looking square at me but I don't know them. However, they exude some extremely good vibes. So, I walk around the lobby just to calm my nerves and take picture at the feature wall before I join the two happy faces.


The two happy faces are Jane and Reia. We quickly and easily get a long to talking and are ushered in to the event room not long after. We sit right in front like good old nerds do. hehe. Reia then tells me sheepishly tells me "Can I tell you something embarrassing? I actually thought You were 'The Ambitionista'. Tall dark and beautiful..what can I say, not wrong for her to get all confused ey? eheh. Well throughout the talk we share laughs on this.

Reia & Mary Jane

The Ambitionista, Heidi Nazarudin is a Fashion / Lifestyle blogger based in New York who is a fellow Malaysian. She has over 200k followers in her social media and is the President of BloggerBabes - LA, NYC & KL. 

Heidi all in her element

I thoroughly enjoyed her sharing session on how to become a great blogger. She touched on areas from branding to knowing your audience. She was very animated and driven as well as being very approachable. As I focus intently in to each and every word that Heidi saus, I am suddenly distracted by a gigantic camera lens to the right side at me. Fuwah! Yes. Mary-Jane  who is a Clozette Ambassador and rightfully so proves that she is indeed a professional blogger! 

(Picture Credit to Official Clozette.Co Event Photography. Taken from FB page)

During the networking session I got to meet a few others like Stephanie Lim-Miss Malaysia World 2012, Jenny Ma-a teacher by day, Jeann who remembered me from Mifa8, Kancana, Tamanna - beauty blogger with gorgeous features, street fashion blogger sisters Blessed & Dressed and perhaps many more. 
(Picture Credit to Official Clozette.Co Event Photography. Taken from FB page)

To add sweetness to the lovely event, Clozette did an amazing job with getting some great sponsors who were nothing less then generous with their gifts namely Lancome, Nivea, Melvita, Xixili, Melinda Looi, Zalora, Wedding.com.my and Blackmores. But wait that is not all, there was a lucky draw too. The prize that was in the eyes of all was the Lancome Gift Box. 

Lucky Me!
(Picture Credit to Official Clozette.Co Event Photography. Taken from FB page)

As I joked about my luck to Mary-Jane and Reina I suddenly here what seemed to be my name being called. "Oh my god!", "Thats me! Looks like my lucks about to change", I blurt (shout) out!

You can see my finger print on the blue :p


The Gift Box consists of :
-LANCOME Hypnose Palette; Doll Eyes 5 Colour Palette

-L'ABSOLU ROUGE; Advanced Replenishing & Reshaping Lpcolour

- GRANDIOSE SMUDGEPROOF; Wide Angle Fan Effect Mascara 24 Hour Hold

- La Vie est Belle; L'eau De Parfum


WOW right? Just Wow! And guess what? I'm so stoked about winning I decided to share my vibes with you by doing a Giveaway! Yes. These cute little products below can all be yours with a few simple steps.

WIN THIS!


Products For You :
1. Hypnose Star Waterpoof Mascara
2. Advance Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate
3. La Vie est Belle, L'eau De Parfum
4. A beautiful pink Lancome flower


HOW to WIN?

Step 1
Follow me on Instagram 'themodelmom' and tag three friends and like the giveaway picture like the one above on Instagram. Make sure your Instagram is public so that I can view you and the tag.

Step 2
Leave a comment on this post that you have done Step 1 To double your chances become a member / follow my blog.

Step 3
Chill out and wait, get more friends to participate. I will contact you to send the sweetness to you!

Winner will be announced on 30 August 2015.

Thank you and cheerios =)


Monday, June 15, 2015

Stay Slim Muffin Recipe for Moms (Or anyone)


Here is a recipe for nutritious breakfast muffins. This simple recipe was given to me by husband's aunt so I don't know the origins. I do play about with the ingredients and measurements to suit my health need or taste buds at that time



Special Ingredients & Benefits


Wholewheat Flour:
Whole wheat flour (tepung atta) is unprocessed wheat flour (tepung gandum). It is packed with benefits such as high in vitamin B1, B2, B3, E, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, and fiber. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium.

Note: I didn't manage to get it in the baking store. Found it at Giant Supermarket. You can definitely find it at Indian grocery shops. This is the flour used to make chapati.


Organic Molasses Sugar:
Molasses is the byproduct of sugar refining. The most important benefit of molasses is its high mineral content. 1 tablespoon of organic molasses contains 20% of the daily recommended daily intake for calcium, 22.5% of the daily recommended daily intake for magnesium and almost 40% of the recommended daily intake for iron. Molasses is also used medicinally to cure constipation, arthritis, rheumatism, acne and depression among others.

Note: I usually use a teaspoon in the morning and a teaspoon in the evening in my hot beverage to replace sugar.


Dried Plums (Prunes)
Other than the known fact that it eases constipation, dried plums are a good source of Beta Carotene & Vitamin K that together reverse the signs of aging.They are high in soluble fibre which means it slows down the rate of which the food leaves the stomach which makes you feel full & satisfied longer preventing overeating and subsequent weight gain!


Walnuts
Walnuts have antioxidant properties and are a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids. They are also a good source of molybdenum and the B vitamin biotin (the Vitamin that prevent hair loss). Many other minerals including calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc can be found in Walnuts. Super isn't it?



The Recipe


A. 
3/4 cup  whole wheat flour 
3/4 cup all purpose flour/wheat flour  
1/3 cup packed brown sugar  
1 3/4 tsp  cinnamon 
1tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt
Measure and Sieve

Add Salt AFTER seiving


B.
1/2 cup milk 
1/3 cup molasses 
6 tbsp olive oil
2 large eggs 

     


C. 
1 1/4 cup Walnuts chopped coarsely 
1 cup Cranberries & Chopped Prunes
         
Cover dried fruit with Hot water before any other process

Preheat Oven to 160 Celcius 

Add B into A and finally add C

Scoop in to muffin cups of choice till it's not more than 3/4 full. I used 5.5cm cups so I get about 9 muffins.

Pop in the oven for 10 -15 min. It cooks quite fast because the batter is not watery.... so keep an eye...when it is slightly browned  ....than it is cooked ... you can also do the skewer/toothpick test to see if its cooked through.

Bon A petite !

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What to pack in your Hospital Bag (for Labour)

So...it's Week 35,  do you have your Hospital Bag ready?

It's best to pack 2 bags; Mom Bag & Baby Bag. Make sure everyone around the house knows where these bags are kept and label them if you need to. 

On the left is a Baby Backpack and on the right is a trolley bag


If like me you are going to Government Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan) and will be delivering in the Government Hospital, remember to have your 'pink book' in your handbag at all times. With this 'pink book' with you, should you need urgent attention you can go to any nearest Government Hospital.

For a new mom, packing these bags can be quite daunting. Here I will share with you what I've decided to put in my Hospital Bags.

Mom Bag - Stuff in my Trolley Bag

Mom Bag
1. Beach Towel

2. Long long looooong Pads
Look for the 40cm long ones. I prefer these compared to 'Maternity Pads'

3. Nursing Bra x 2
These clasps make it easy to snap off anytime and breastfeed. Just don't buy too many as your breast will still grow (OMG What?) after your milk comes in after day 3 or 5.

4. Disposable Underwear x 2 packs
I like these particular one from Guardian that feels like normal underwear. It doesn't feel like paper or plastic... its sensible to leave your normal (sexy or aunty) undies at home seriously..it could get messy.
5. Vaseline (for dry lips)

6. Nipple Butter
Be prepared for sore nipples. This my first time trying this brand - Earth Mama Angel Baby. Last time I used Palmers Nursing Butter, it was great but I can't find it anywhere

7. Disposable Nursing Pads
Once you go home you can use the Washable Reusable ones. I suggest disposable for Hospital
8. Toothbrush & Toothpaste

9. Miniature Toiletries
Shower Cap, Moisturizer, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Mouthwash

10. Baggy T-shirt / Maternity T-shirt / Nursing Blouse / Nursing Dress
For breastfeeding moms I suggest Baggy T-shirts instead of button down shirts. From experience you reveal more of your breast with a button down shirt then a Baggy T-shirt. Use your imagination and you will understand this logic. Even better if you have nursing blouses or a nursing dress to wear.

11. Sarong
Comfortable and easy to remove. 

12. Maxi Maternity Skirt 
Hospitals are cold plus more comfortable covering legs on the wheel chair ride. Yeah, I remember riding on the wheel chair from my ward to the car pick up. This is for big hospitals I guess.

13. Slippers

14. Warm toastie socks

15. Hoodie / Warm Jacket

When packing clothes for yourself, remember that you will only need them when you are leaving the ward as once you get checked in you will be handed those lovely, adorable (horrible but comfortable) hospital blouses and sarong to wear so don't pack like going for a vacay!



Additional Items that I will be packing later:
1. Loo Roll
2. Go Girl
3. Make Up (yeah right..but just bring it)
4. Hair Tie
5. Handphone & charger
6. Camera with charged batteries
7. Tab / Laptop with some movies
8. Stress Ball (last time I kept throwing it around the room during labour and my husband had to keep bringing it back to me lol)



Baby Bag
1. Swaddle Cloth x 3
I recommend you get ones that look like huge nappies from Aden & Anais. They are very versatile and can be used as swaddle cloth, nursing cover, blanket, mattress protector...

2. Newborn Diapers
You would probably need more if you have to stay over at the Hospital. Just pack some in the bag and rest can be put in the car.

3. Receiving Clothes
The first top that baby will wear. The top should be front opening as opposed to a t-shirt that you put through the head as baby's head & neck is still floppy. I would also recommend the tie string type as it overlaps the chest and provides baby with more warmth.

4. Square Hand Towels
For baby burp, wipe spills, wipe baby ...many uses

5. Wet Wipes

6. Baby Beanie Hat

7. Mittens & Booties 

8. Spare Clothes 
Just in case the stay is longer

9. Diaper Rash Ointment

Other items not in this list:
1. Baby Bath
2. Towel

When you are wheeled in to labour, your husband or birth partner may need to bring along the Baby's first clothes, newborn diaper and swaddle cloth / receiving blanket. I've neatly packed it separately to avoid and chaotic situation (I'm not dramatizing it okay..can you imagine your hubby digging your bag looking for matching baby stuff and asking you while you are having intense labor cramps?). 

Oh just a small rectangle Swaddle

Tadaaaa - together with Baby's First Outfit and Diaper

One last thing to ensure is your car is fitted with an Infant Car Seat (Group 0) for the ride home. Of all the things to scrooge on, a car sear is definitely not one of them. The Infant Car Seat can be used till the baby is about 10kg (depending on model), after that you can get a Group 1 seat which can be used up to 18kg. There are many kind of seats, do your research and get what is suitable for your budget and lifestyle. Some Group 0 seats triple up as a baby carrier as well as can be fixed on to a pram. There are also some convertible seats from Group 0 to Group 1.

Baby Suryanh at 3 days old in his Group 0 seat. At this stage it needs to be rear facing.

Hope this helps especially for new mamas out there. All the best on your delivery.