Look Like a Bombshell Effortlessly with Maybelline New York Big Eyes Mascara

I’m blessed with big eyes, but there are times that I need to go for the dramatic and intense look by using makeup for events or gala dinners etc.

Problems? Yes. There is a problem. I can’t really doll up properly. I’m an unskilled makeup artist. I usually go out with nude face or a bare minimum of makeup. Usually, just some sunblock and glide of lipstick or lipgloss on my lips to bring out some colour on my face, and that’s it.

Usually it is okay and I think I look pretty presentable, but it does not really make me stand out in photos. Sad, isn’t it?

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But my problem is about to end. :p I can now look like a bombshell effortlessly and without visiting my regular makeup artist for some touch ups. With the newly introduced Maybelline  New York’s latest innovation, the Big Eye Mascara, I can now have a dramatic look with a mere swipe of the magic wand.

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I was lucky that day when I attended the launch of Big Eye Mascara. Guests and members of the media alike were given these starter kit that will enable us to have two times bigger and dramatic eyes. The goodie bag contains Big Eye Mascara, two sets of eye shadow and a lip polish in shocking red.

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Big eye falsies. It is the first double-ended mascara from Maybelline New York complete with two brushes of different sizes so that you can get a big-eye effect with just one product. Not only that, with two brushes, you get more control and versatility as well. This Big Eyes Mascara is designed specifically to solve common problems women encounter when trying to achieve the ‘Big Eyes’ look.

Some of the problems women have are small eyes, droopy eyelids, short eyelashes or even eyelashes that just won’t curl properly, no matter how many times you try.

With a width of only 2mm, this Micro Brush perfectly and precisely coats every tiny lash, even for lower lashes. This way, you can easily reach inner and outer corners, making it less of a hassle compared to the traditional clumpy big brush. The Micro Brush also gives you better control so you can avoid smudging under the eyes.

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If you want even bigger and more stunning eyes that will make you stand out in photos, just pair with the Big Eyes Shadow as well. This is Maybelline New York’s first eyeshadow palette to give you 30% bigger eyes.

Thw 24-hour gel- powder formula glides and lasts like a gel but spreads smoothly like a powder. It also contains high-shine glitters to really open your eyes, especially when applied at the inner corners.

What you need to do is apply it using the “Apply As You See” palette design in sequence…

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And you will get a really dramatic and glamorous look like this. ;)

Maybelline New York Big Eyes Mascara is available in Black and retails at RM45.90 each, while the Big Eyes Shadow comes in 3 colours as and retailing at RM45.90. ;)

Awesomeness does not end here. I have some gold news for you ladies out there.

From 10 November onwards, take part in the “Get the Party Started with Maybelline” contest and stand to win an all-expenses paid make-up party of your dreams!!

All you have to do is :
a) Buy RM50 worth of any Maybelline New York products
 b) Take a ‘we-fie’ photo with five of your girlfriends and upload it on the maybellinesimplefab Facebook page. Tag everyone and also Maybelline
c) Write a creative caption to describe your dream party.
d) Email the photo and proof of purchase to Maybelline at [email protected]
e) The 3 most creative entries will win the makeup party of their dreams and the winners will play host to their five tagged girlfriends at the party of a lifetime, with all cost and expenses fully sponsored by Maybelline!

Dove Go Play With Your Hair Challenge

Do you like to play? Let me tell you a secret. I may sound feisty in my blog posts and Facebook status, but the truth is that I’m a very cheeky and playful person. I’ll be honest with you.I am a pleasure loving kinda girl and I love playing with myself. Oh uh. That sounds so wrong. :p No pun intended though. What I meant to say is that these days, I absolutely love to play dress up and make myself look good. Looking good makes me feel confident and happy with myself.

I like what I’m seeing in the mirror these days, but that does not mean that I’ll just stop there. I’m my worst critique and I’m constantly on a lookout to improve myself and be a better version of myself everyday. So when Dove invited me to the launching of their ‘Play with Your Hair’ campaign, I was absolutely ecstatic. ;)

I love playing with my hair. Dyeing it up, styling it up…you name it. But more often than not, I find my hair easily damaged and brittle :( Yea. Vanity is costly. A couple of months back, I even have to chop off my long tresses as my hair was irreversibly salon-fried after some perming session goes awry. I have been looking for products that could help repair the damage, but sadly none suits me well enough.

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But having seen the gig during Dove Play with Your Hair Campaign, I have to say that I’m quite impressed. These ladies had quite an extreme makeover with their hair and yet with Dove Intense Repair, their hair remains healthy.

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Demonstration were done to show us how effective Dove Intense Repair range is too. To be honest, I was really skeptical at first. But they gave us a makeover treat during the event and having my hair washed with Dove Intense Repair range of product, blow and styled, all my doubts went away as my hair remains healthy afterwards despite of the harsh styling.

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Knowing our womanly nature where we would love to look as if we have just walked out of hair salon daily, we were taught how to play with our hair too that day. We were taught the art if combing our hair…

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And styling up some classy up do with merely some rubber bands and a twist here and there.

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Apart from that, we were also encouraged to unleash our creativities and make some hair accessories for ourselves.

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Part of the stuff for us to use to create our own hair accessories.

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A prize was given to the one who made the most creative hairband, but I’m not very good with my hands and merely ended up with this, something red and pink in honour of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ;)

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One for the album. Everyone looking confidently happy after the playing with their hair at La Mode Coiffure, Mid Valley.

In conjunction with the launch, Malaysian women can participate in the “Go Play with your Hair” campaign by logging on to www.dovehair.com.my.

Steps include: -
·         Consists of five (5) Challenges as follows (names of Challenges and their respective hashtags):

o   Play With Sunshine (#DoveChallenge1)
o   Play With Colours (#DoveChallenge2)
o   Play With Curls (#DoveChallenge3)
o   Play With Straight Strands (#DoveChallenge4)
o   Play With Styles (#DoveChallenge5)

What you news to do is upload a photo based on the challenge according to their choice. Participant may submit multiple entries

Contest period: 17 October 2014 – 28 November 2014

The grand prize winner will stand a chance to win a trip to Boracay, Philippines‎ worth RM4, 500 for 4 days and 3 nights based on the most creative hairstyle and the number of challenges joined. 

There will also be 10 weekly winners who will be bringing back 6 in 1 Hair Styling Kit and Dove Intense Repair range worth RM100 each.

So, go crazy and play with your hair, ladies. Cast off the negative emotions you feel about hair damage and be adventurous instead. Feel free to experiment with different hairstyles and colours. Be bold. Be vibrant. Dove can help repair the damage. ;)

Matic Fest 2014

I used to sit still at home and stare at the ceiling. But not anymore. These days I’m constantly on the go and doing what I’ve always wanted to do; to see the world.

Whenever I am not traveling with my family on the weekends, I make a point to find some activities for the three of us to do together, be it indoors or outdoors. You see, our lives are really hectic. Husband is always busy with work, son with school and classes and extra curricular activities while me…I’m always busy going around attending events or traveling, so it is very important for us to spend some bonding time together.

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Spotted this flyer a couple of days ago and I realized that Matic Fest is back! I’ve attended it back in 2013 with my family and we had so much fun and now it’s making a comeback! You may want to read about it here: Fun Time with Fun With Family at Matic Fest 2013

I’m really looking forward for Matic Fest 2014. There will be loads of activities for the whole family and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. If you are looking for some fun time with family at a minimal cost, you might want to consider going too.

Matic Fest 2014 is happening from 31st October 2014-2nd November 2014. For information on Matic and event schedule, please hop over HERE

Autism and Marriage

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Spotted this status in the autism support group that I’m in and it hits me really, really hard. No. I won’t lie or sugarcoat it for all of you out there. Sometimes, living with a child(ren) with autism can be challenging. And quite a living hell. Yes. In some cases…it does DESTROY marriages and your social relationships and more often than not, you’d see that there are a lot of parents with autistic children out there are actually single parents. And most of these parents keep things to themselves. So…why does this happens? While I am still happily married, I could actually relate to the issue why autism destroy marriages, because I’ve honestly been in that living hell:

1. The stress of raising a child whose milestone is terribly way behind normal children, in terms of social skills and behaviour; children with autism mostly are non verbal. It makes communication impossible, especially for severe ones. Hence… couples started to blame each other for the lack of parenting skill and even will accuse each other for negligence, while in truth, it is almost impossible to raise a child with autism without professional support, early interventions or acceptance of their disorder.

2. When you have a child with autism, your bonding time with your spouse becomes almost zero. Yups. You are reading that right. Children with autism requires 1000% attention and they lacks the need to sleep due to their active neurons activities. In severe cases, some autistic kids just requires 2 hours of sleep daily and practically need to be given melatonin to help them sleep. So…you tell me…it is probably easier to work on your marriage…or just walk out that door and have sex elsewhere? Honestly…although I am a faithful person, I’d say that walking away and having my ‘needs’ serviced outside of marriage would be much easier and kinda ‘stress-free’

3. Family strain caused by your autistic children’s milestone and behaviour. Well…not all family and relatives are educated enough to actually understand that autism is a disorder and not caused by bad parenting skills. This usually caused strain and stressful relationship between couples and their respective families. Another main cause for divorce.

4. Sending autistic kids to babysitter for a mere 1 hour break is impossible unless babysitters are trained in handling autistic children….

I could write a whole book if I were to give you reasons why autism actually destroys your marriage, but at the end of the day…I come to these conclusions:

1. Only cowards walked away from their marriages because of autism.
2. Acceptance and early intervention is the most important step for a much quality life if you are a caregiver to an autistic person. Don’t get caught up on labels…just let the rest of the world call your autistic child retarded or whatever provided you get all the support that you need from those who are in the same shoes as you. Support and tips to handle kids with autism is important for your sanity.
3. Religious beliefs keep you calm. Trust me…religious people will tell you having such a special need child is a gift instead of a curse. I made a mistake of mingling with those who are not religious during the early years and it wrecked my morals terribly and practically demolished my self confidence not only as a mother but as an individual as well.

Now, although there are times I wished I’m dealing with cancer instead of autism as the society in general have much more empathy for cancer patients and make more efforts to understand cancer, I can’t honestly say that all about autism is bad. If it did not teach me much, I can at least say that I have much higher tolerance towards children with disability and unlike many of you out there, I do not judge anyone’s parenting skills nor do I make a point to compare one child with another. If there is anything that this fast moving and competitive world needs….it would be empathy. That is good enough for a kinder world, don’t you think?

Welcome Brasil Cross Culture Launching

Football fans may recognize Brazil as a nation that produces strong, football players with great track records on the field, but there is more to Brazil than just sports and football.

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and occupies 47 percent of the continent of South America. Its Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest and is the scene of debates over deforestation.

Impressed? Well, Brazil is not only geographically impressive and respectable in the sports arena but is culturally fascinating too.

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Quite some time ago I was invited to the launching of Malaysia-Brazil cross culture event in Samba! Restaurant located conveniently in Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur and was given a glimpse of what Brazil has to offer culturally; food, dance and martial arts demonstration.

Check out the videos below for a clearer picture of what Brazil could offer you:

Brazilian music by Batucada

Samba dance. Samba is a Brazilian dance originating in Bahia, Brazil, and with its roots Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions, particularly Angola and the Congo. Samba is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival and considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions.

Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game.It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants. Basically, it is a kind of martial arts dance in which the participant uses the feet to kick the head of their opponent, mimicking the movements of a zebra, and at some point one also uses all of the body to attack the enemy. Lethally interesting, no? I’d say that these are not only interesting but fascinating as well.

Interested to get to know Brazil more? Well, no fret. You don’t have to fly all the way to Brazil to do that. Malaysians will be able to learn more about Brazil and it’s culture from 24th-26th October 2014 at Avenue K through ‘Selamat Datang Brasil 2014′.

The three day cross culture event will be packed with energy and fun with both Brazilian and Malaysian themed workshops, performances and games. Some highlights of the event will include Samba, Afro dance, Silat, Banghra and Capoeira workshops.

A Capoeira graduation ceremony will also be the highlight of the event followed by Brazilian Cultural performances such as Maculele and Frevo Dance as well as Malaysian fusion dance. And oh…of course
..an unforgettable Brazilian party night.

The event is not only for adults but for the little ones too. Children’s workshops will have an eco‐friendly theme and will teach them about recycling, the importance of  reusing and reducing waste.

Below is the schedule for “Selamat Datang Brasil 2014”.

24th October 2014 (Friday)
17:00 – 17:15 Batucada Parade Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
17:15 – 18:00 Capoeira Workshop – Kids Mestre Eddy (Axé – Macau) – Mestre Fantasma
(Ebc – Philippines)
18:00 – 18:30 Open Kids Roda Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
18:30 – 19:00 Afro Workshop – Adults Tunde Slayer
19:00 – 20:00 Capoeira Workshop Acrobatic – Adults Professor Rafael (MSC – Malaysia) – Mestre Fantasma (EBC – Philippines)
20:00 – 20:30 Open Roda de Capoeira Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
20:30 – 21:30 Pagode de Mesa – Samba Steak house Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica

25th October 2014 (Saturday)
13:45 – 14:00 Batucada Parade Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
14:00 – 14:15 Opening – Introduction EMCEE – Rizal Van Geysel
14:15 – 15:00 Open Roda de Capoeira Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
15:00 – 15:15 Pops & Quizes EMCEE – Rizal Van Geysel
15:15 – 16:00 Coco Dance Workshop Graduado Titan (Axé – Macau)
16:00 – 16:15 Pops & Quizes EMCEE – Rizal Van Geysel
16:15 – 17:15 Capoeira Workshop Adults Mestre Eddy (Axé – Macau) – Contra Mestre
Claudinho (Zungu – Indonesia)
17:15 – 18:15 Open Roda de Capoeira Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
Brazilian Night
22:00 Brazilian Djs 
Pagode de Mesa
Pops & Quizes
Batucada Show

26th October 2014 (Sunday)
2:00 Performances – Capoeira /Samba
13:45 – 14:00 Batucada Parade Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
14:00 – 14:10 Opening – Introduction EMCEE – Rizal Van Geysel
14:10 – 14:20 Sponsors Souvenir Ceremony EMCEE – Rizal Van Geysel
14:20 – 14:30 Malay Dance Performance TBC
14:30 – 14:45 Maculelê and Afro Performance EBC Malaysia Students
14:45 14:55 Pops & Quizes EMCEE – Rizal Van Geysel
14:55 – 15:00 Silat Performance TBC
15:00 – 15:10 Silat Capoeria Fusion Silat TBC – Capoeira Ebc Malaysia
15:10 – 15:20 Kids Capoeira Performance
Frevo Dance EBC Malaysia Students
15:20 – 15:30 Pops & Quizes EMCEE – Rizal Van Geysel
15:30 – 15:40 Kids Capoeira Performance Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
15:40 – 16:40 Kids Batizado Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
16:40 – 17:30 Adults Batizado Professor Pimbal – Formada Lilica
17:30 – 18:00 Brazil em Festa Batucada Band Brasil em Festa Performance Company

This event is supported by Embassy of Brazil in Kuala Lumpur and open for public viewing and participations. Some requires participating fees but most are free or charge.

Yours truly might be there for some of the activities, so if you are going, do drop me a message and I’ll see you there. ;)

Unilever Food Solutions Gala Dinner: ‘Stir Up a Wokful of Dishes’

The last time I heard the song ‘ 南海姑娘’ being played repeatedly was many years back, via an old desktop running on a Trojan infested Windows and I was heavily pregnant. I was too tired to even enjoy the song. It was one of my husband’s favourite song back then. A decade later, I was treated to the same song, in a completely different environment, and it was performed live during Unilever Food Solutions Gala Dinner to commemorate the launching of their ‘Stir Up a Wokful of Dishes‘ where a few new products are actually introduced to make your kitchen life easier and fuss-free.
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I think I enjoyed this song much better with the singer and the saxophone and all. Not heavily pregnant and could even sing along. :p This makes me thinks…things are really much more different now. The past can be dreamily sweet, but who knows what the future holds? ;)

Neway, enough ramblings. Back to the Unilever Food Solutions Gala Dinner.

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The gala dinner was held to commemorate the launching of their ‘Stir Up a Wokful of Dishes‘ where sumptuous multi-course fine dining Chinese dishes were cooked with Knorr products including the newly introduced Knorr 1-step base product, Golden Salted Egg Powder and the Rock Sugar Honey Sauce.

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The Knorr Golden Salted Egg Powder, is a revolutionary product that not only provides a wonderful tasty one-step dish  base for salted egg dishes while saving on time, labor, and cost, with consistent quality and supply. This product uses quality pasteurized eggs and the latest drying technology.

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The Knorr Rock Sugar Honey Sauce on the other hand is a highly versatile 1-step premium honey sauce that gives food an inviting sheen and aromatic sweetness, and is made from real Australian honey and yellow rock sugar.

Consumers can enjoy these highly versatile products with a peace of mind as they are certified Halal, and have received the global food safety system of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) accreditation for quality assurance.

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The evening’s Stir Fry Creations Celebrations serves not only to launch the two new products Knorr 1-step product, Golden Salted Egg Powder and the Rock Sugar Honey Sauce…

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But also pays tribute to all the chefs who are committed in making constant initiative to create culinary delights by using Unilever Food Solutions range of products.

Not familiar with Unilever? Well, let me tell you a bit about them. Unilever Food Solutions is the food service division of Unilever. Unilever Food Solutions’ ingredients are some of the staples of professional kitchens in 74 countries around the world: Knorr, Lady’s Choice, Lipton, Planta and more. They’ve been in food since the 1880s.

Unilever Food Solutions create ingredients that save precious preparation time in the kitchen, without compromising on flavour or flair. And they constantly provide ideas and inspiration, not just to keep menus fresh and exciting but to help customers get that critical balance right between impressing guests and making a profit.

Unilever Food Solutions is committed to sustainable growth whilst making a positive impact on the food service industry. That means creating healthy, nutritious ingredients using sustainably-sourced packaging that generates less waste. It also means providing services that help chefs and operators run a more sustainable kitchen with healthier menu options for diners. It’s a socially and environmentally friendly way of doing business. 

That night, the members of the media and guests alike were treated to a sumptuous 8 course Chinese dishes that is prepared with Knorr’s products. These dishes are typically served in important events like a a Chinese wedding dinner or birthday bash.

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“Imperial Majestic” with Five Happiness combination platter, South China Sea Kingdom, Phoenix of the Chamber, Happiness from Blue Ocean, Golden Symphony of  the Dancing Prawn, Harvest of Spring, Knorr Oriental Fried Rice and Sweet Memory.

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Imperial Majestic” with Five Happiness combination platter consists of smoked hotate scallops, oriental jellyfish, smoked duck breast with plum sauce as well as kerabu sea whelk and snow crab. The Five Combination Dishes made a delightful starter, but on a personal level, I fancied the smoked duck breast with plum sauce more than other dishes on the platter. The taste was not only captivating but outstanding with the combination of plum sauce and the tangy but sweet tangerine orange.

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South China Sea Kingdom is a soup dish made from Knorr Chicken Bouillon with medley of seafood. The seafood absorbs the flavourings really well and the soup was bursting with flavours and one could easily mistake this dish being made from scratch instead of being cooked with Knorr products.

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Phoenix of the Chamber, is a roasted honey chicken dish cooked with the new Knorr Rock Sugar and Sour Plum Sauce. The chicken meat was perfectly infused with the sauce and was positively addictive.

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Our next dish was Happiness from The Blue Ocean; a deep fried sea garoupa enhanced with Knorr Ikan Bilis Seasoning and tamarind citrus sauce. Yours truly is not a fan of fish, but to be honest, I found this dish rather promising. The tamarind citrus sauce has somehow covered the usual muddy smell from the garoupa and brings out the sweetness of the fish flesh instead. So, compliments to the chef for tempting me for second and third mouthful of the fish flesh. :)

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Golden Symphony of  the Dancing Prawn. This dish was made by coating prawns with Knorr Salted Egg Yolk powder and then deep fried. The dish was everyone’s favourite that night and gone within minutes upon being laid on the table. The prawn was adeptly fried, naturally sweet and was bursting with flavours.

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Harvest of Spring is a vegetable dish with a combination of broccoli florets, beancurd and mushrooms cooked with Knorr Hong Kong Seasoning. The sauce somewhat brings out the extraordinary taste out of somewhat ordinary ingredients. Those who loves veggies would find this dish rather exciting, I suppose.

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Knorr Oriental Fried Rice is perfectly wok fried with Knorr seasoning, but I was unable to fully enjoy the rice as I was already too full from the earlier dishes by the time the rice is served. The rest at the table was practically moaning with despair too as it was such a delicious dish and yet we couldn’t stuff it in anymore.

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We ended our 8 course meal with Sweet Memory, a panna cotta with Knorr Lime seasoning. This is a sweet but sourish dessert that would call for second serving should the tummy still have some space in it.

To be honest…I did not had enough of the good food, but is comforted by the fact that if I am diligent enough, I could actually cook up all these dishes on my own by using Knorr products or just head over to any restaurants that is using Knorr products in their cooking
;)

Thank God for Unilever Food Solutions. It definitely makes fine dining a much feasible thing to achieve on a regular basis. :)

ChiChi & ChaCha, A New Fun Edutainment Program

Does your kids watch television? Mine does, although he pretty much prefer the ‘new’ way of watching the idiot box, which is via his iPad, through YouTube. I kinda limit his iPad usage, though, as I have not much control over quality entertainment that is suitable for his age range.

But for what it’s worth, I’m very happy that Big Fish Media is presenting the next wave of children’s edutainment with “ChiChi & ChaCha’, airing on Astro Ceria (Channel 611) & Astro Maya HD (Channel 135) on every Saturday, 11th of October, 2014 from 10.30 a.m.

Though this program, the children get explore a world of fun, games, adventure and learning with ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’. The episodes will re-run 3 times a day, everyday from Monday to Friday (13 episodes x 30 mins).

The program is targeted for children from kindergarten to early primary (ages 6-8).’ChiChi & ChaCha is an energetic, fun-filled learning and entertainment programme that is attempting to revolutionize the edutainment market of Malaysia.

ChiChi & ChaCha’ is a never seen before format of production from Malaysia and it is a wonderful addition to our TV show line-up at Astro Ceria, featuring a dynamic group of high energy TV hosts, ‘ChiChi & ChaCha utilises various mediums such as song, dance, music, as well as 3D animation to create a positive environment that teaches as well as entertains.This will be Malaysia’s first programme that synergises a hybrid world of live action and 3D animation. The adorable characters of ‘ChiChi & ChaCha will be the next-generation of edutainment characters that children all around Malaysia can learn and grow with.

ChiChi & ChaCha’ is the intellectual Property of Big Fish Media, a joint venture between Educate to Learn (e2L) and Kyanite TV. Coming from one of the premier production houses in Malaysia, Kyanite TV has been involved with high end quality productions houses like Jejak Jepun Bersama Zizam (Astro), Chalk & Cheese (AFC), Letting Go with Jojo Struys (Mediacorp), Yuna Inspired (Astro) and many others. E2L is an advanced learning hub that focuses on the training and development of teaching children and is an expert in the field of quality development and early childhoon educatio. The partnership between Kyanite TV with e2L is the ideal venture-ship to create Malaysia’s next edutainment movement.

Big Fish Media seeks to be the number one innovate leader in creating transmedia projects for the edutainment content sector of Malaysia, and eventually all over the world. The Company already has an extensive line-up of plans to develop 360 degrees of multi-platform content learning; with negotiations already underway for future mobile gaming and learning apps, licensing and merchandising, interactive toys and many others. The Company has already established a partnership with prominent Malaysia media house Karangkraf for a series of ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’ activity books and graphic novels.

As a parent to a growing up child, I’m really glad that there is a wonderful edutainment program coming our way, and I’m sure my son will not only enjoy it, but benefited from it as well.

Keep a lookout for the debut of ChiChi&ChaCha soon.

For a little sneak peak, do have a look at the following links:

· https://www.facebook.com/chichiandchacha
· http://www.chichiandchacha.com/
· http://instagram.com/chichidanchacha (@chichidanchacha)
· https://twitter.com/chichidanchacha (@chichidanchacha)

 

If you wanna follow up live updates on social media, you may look up things on ChiChi&Cha Cha by using these hashtags below:
·Hashtags: #ChiChidanChaCha #ChiChidanChaChaMY #AstroCeria #BigFishMedia

The Women Extraordinaire Forum 2014 (WEF2014)

Being a woman in this modern world is not an easy feat. There is so much expected from us women. Let’s admit it. Many of us ladies struggle to balance our traditional nurturing role where we are expected to be a domesticated goddess and a successful career women. Yes. It is indeed not an easy feat. Or at least, yours truly finds it a struggle to be truly fabulous and a very extraordinary woman, and I’m on a constant lookout to be a better version of myself. I’m always looking for positive aura and inspiration to improvise myself and now, I think I have a chance. I spotted this The Women Extraordinaire Forum 2014 (WEF2014) and it is exactly what I need; women empowerment.

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Following through from its 1st successful run in Kuala Lumpur last year, The Women Extraordinaire Forum 2014 (WEF2014) will stage its 2nd outing in Malaysia from 28th – 29th October. The forum will be held in the Sime Darby Convention Centre. In 2015, the forum will be moved to Manila, Philippines. 

The debut forum in Kuala Lumpur last year witnessed the participation of many prominent female leaders in Asia, both from the private and public sectors. Their stories and presentations inspired and empowered attendees comprising entrepreneurs, industry leaders, dignitaries and experts of both genders.

Once again, this year, the WEF2014 will bring together over 40 expert global speakers to focus the spotlight on leadership, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. 

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The forum’s panels and speakers will share their experiences and insights to stimulate and motivate delegates in 5 Key Pillars of Life: Health, Wealth, Family, Career and Lifestyle. 

Participants can garner pointers as well as learn from the experiences of these speakers on how they can enhance these 5 Key Pillars of their lives. Yes. This is something not just me, but every woman in Malaysia could actually benefit from.

The WEF will be an excellent opportunity for delegates to network, exchange ideas, learn from role models and take home great ideas on how to strengthen the five pillars of life –health, wealth, family, career and lifestyle.

The Opening launch will be done by YB Puan Hajah Nancy Binti Haji Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister Department.

Closing ceremony will be done by YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Rohani Binti Abdul Karim, the Minister of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.

Former Prime Minister, YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, will deliver a keynote address. 

Ticket price: RM1, 800.00 per ticket 
To register., please email : [email protected]

Like and follow :- WEF Forum KL 2014   and also website  www.womenforum.asia/kl

WEF Forum KL 2014 is organized by Brandt International under the license of Wealth Asia Media and supported by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community, SME Corporation, Peniagawati,Talent Corporation. Official media partner is Bernama, the National News Agency.

Official Airline is Air Asia while their strategic partners are – Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd, SEGI College, Megapadu Sdn Bhd, etc , NGOs & speakers of the Forum

Behind The Scene Tour- See, Do& Eat Interactive Workshop

We were famished but there was no refreshment provided during the Genting Behind The Scene Tour. But lucky for us, there is See, Do&Eat Interactive Workshop in our itinerary where we get to make our own food and eat em. ;)

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First, there’s a cupcake decorating session where the chef gave us a demo on how to decorate cupcakes by using cream, chocolates and fruits.

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Here’s the members of the media, social media influencers and kids bloggers decorating our own cupcakes.

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Here’s the cupcake that I decorated. :)

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And this is what my son made. Yours truly thinks the boy is much more talented in the art of cake deco than her. :p Pretty neat, huh? :)

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There was a sushi demo too. Here’s a pic of the kids and adults alike making their own sushi. :) Picture credit to Cutiemonkee and my blogger friend Miera.

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I did not make any sushi, but my husband did. :) Here’s his before it was done. This one’s for sushi rolls. The ingredients was nori sheet, vinegered Japanese rice, pickled radish slices, cucumber slices, crab sticks, tamago, tuna flakes and creamy Japanese mayonnaise.

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Here’s the final products. The sushi rolls looks delicious, no? It was delicious, I assure you. And my husband even made me an additional thing;a California Roll when I told him I wanted one. Not too shabby for a person who doesn’t really cook, I must say.

Naturally, the ‘See, Do&Eat Interactive Workshop‘ is my favourite part of the tour. :p Yes, I’m a glutton at heart, but that’s not a bad thing. I appreciate food and small details in life and these stuff happens to be one of it, and I’m sure you would appreciate it too.

Interested to join the Genting Behind the Scene Tour and take a sneak peak behind their daily operations? Well below is the details for it:

Meeting point:

First World Indoor Theme Park Wristband Tagging Counter or
Registration counter at Vision City Video Games Park (next to post office)

Tour dates available
September : 6,7,13-21, 27,28 (13 days)
October : 4,5,6,11,12,18,19,23,24,25,26 (11 days)
November : 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,28,29,30 (11 days)
December : 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21,25,26,27,28 (13 days)

Price : RM20 per person
Time : 2.15pm – 5.00pm

Itinerary:

2.15pm  – Everyone gathers at First World Tagging Counter or Vision City Video Games Park
2.30pm  – The Visitors’ Galleria
3.00pm  – Genting International Showroom
3.30pm  – Visit to First World Hotel Laundry
4.00 pm – See, Do & Eat Interactive Workshop
5.00pm  – End of Program

Pre-booking is recommended by email to [email protected] (3 days before the tour date) or call 03-61011118 ext.55678
For walk-in guest, please sign up at First World Indoor Theme Park Wristband Tagging Counter or registration counter at Vision City Video Games Park before proceeding with payment.

The tour is limited to maximum 30 pax per day. In the event that bookings do not reach the minimum number of participants of at least 10 persons, the tour will be cancelled and full refund will be made.

Behind the Scene Tour was made possible by Resort World Genting.

Behind The Scene Tour- First World Laundry Room

Unlike the visit to Genting International showroom, our visit to the First World Laundry division was nothing glamorous or funky, but it was educational nevertheless, as while yours truly knows how important and cleanliness in the line of hotel and hospitality, I had no clue how the hotel actually keep things clean and hygienic, especially the bedsheets, duvet etc.

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An overview on housekeeping and laundry division.

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No. First World Hotel does not keep elves who helped them to do the laundry nor do they have fairy godmothers who clean up everything with just a wave of a wand. There was no magic involved. Just systematic system, high-tech machines and pure hardwork to keep things clean. We were shown an A-Z process of laundry in First World Hotel, from collection of dirty linens to washing, drying up, pressing and distributing it back to hotel rooms for your usage. Everything was done using giant machines and the divisions looks more like a mini factory rather than a laundry room.

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These are clothes sent by the patrons of First World Hotel for dry cleaning and is now ready to be delivered back to the respective owners. Both wet and dry cleaning service is available upon request for those who are staying in First World Hotel.

The visit is indeed educational, and I believe, through this visit, you not only can learn how hotels manages their laundry but teaches you how to appreciate the unsung heroes who made your stay in hotels comfortable too.

Behind the Scene Tour was made possible by Genting Resort World.