Why I Don’t Really Care for Contests and Giveaways

I’m a competitive person in nature. It is in my blood. I love competing in a healthy way. As a writer/ novelist, writing for contests or competition is not only a form of therapy to me to express myself, but also a way for me to compete with other great writers out there and actually get acknowledged for writing.

There are a lot of writing competitions out there, and a few days ago, a friend of mine highlighted one that offers quite a handsome reward to it’s winners as a prize: Some cash and a getaway trip to a local holiday destination of the winner’s choice. My friend was all excited about it and was convinced that I could at least bag a consolation prize.

All I need to to do is just do some writeup, submit the writing to them and play with SEO a lil bit and get the piece to first page on Google and I’ll be in the running to win myself a well-deserved getaway.

As a writer…I am honestly tempted to give it a shot…but these days, I feel that I can’t really be bothered joining all these writing contest anymore as it is a complete waste of time. Why? Read the reasons below:

1. Not all contests are genuine.

2. Some contests are just manipulating the contestants to boost up their popularity among the consumers.

3. Some contests doesn’t allow you to use pseudonym, and that is not fine with me as it does not protect my privacy as an individual.

4. Judging is doubtful and not transparent

5. Some contest would require social media interaction. Eg: Get most like on Facebook/Retweet/G+ and automatically win the contest. I think this is not very fair. That would mean popularity vs.quality. The popular ones on social media gets the prize…so why not just host a beauty peagant instead if popularity is what the host is promoting? Talented but not popular contestants usually gets overshadowed and I think that is really a shame!

6. Most SEO writing contest benefits organizers more than the prize reward could compensate for the contestants’ time and effort.

7. Organizers gets their brand on top of Google search page… But contestants…what do they get in return, actually? Winners get coveted prizes as a reward, but how about those who won nothing? To me this is cheap advertising where writers/bloggers/ contestants are actually sponsoring advertisement as at the end of the day, organizers popularity and brand recognition increased with all those social media interaction.

8. Last but not least, what I hate most about contests or online writing competition is that sometimes, no winners were announced as promised at all although in the initial stage, organizers stated that winners will be announced publicly on a certain stipulated date.

There. I’ve said why I don’t always bother to join much writing contest anymore. I hope you guys understand my frustration. Sometimes it is not about the prize money, but well deserved aknowledgment and appreciation. If I can’t even get recognized and appreciated for writing, then I might as well not waste my time and effort on it.

Flower Pot Ice Cream Cake

I have mood swings more often than I care to admit. But my tempers are short…and can easily be remedied by feeding me junk food or sweet stuff like ice-cream. When it comes to bad mood, my husband knows me best. He knows it too well that there is at least once or twice a month where he need to feed me ice-cream to keep me sweet, and yesterday he did just that, when I was feeling quite sore and emotionally down.

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We spotted flower pot ice cream cake while we were in a shopping mall yesterday, and decided to try it out.

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Ice-cream was placed in a small flower pot and topped with Oreo cookie crumbs before a plastic flower is planted on the soil-like ice-cream.

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Each potted ice-cream costs rm5…quite costly for a measly bit of ice- cream, but I guess it is worth every penny as it kept me sweet and all smiling for the rest of the day. :)

Sesame Street Live-Elmo Makes Music Media Launch

Do you know these guys?

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I’m sure you do…especially if you are born in the 80s. :) I practically grew up with Sesame Street characters. This educational children program actually taught me the basic of language and maths when I was a little girl.

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And last weekend… I was given an opportunity to meet my favourite characters in person .Creatively entertaining! That is the two words to describe the special appearance by Elmo and his friends from Sesame Street at the Ground Floor, Highstreet of 1 Utama shopping centre in conjunction with Genting Mega Fun Roadshow last Saturday.

 

Vanessa Chong, the emcee for the event

Sesame Street the popular educational television program designed for preschoolers has been a great success for 45 years, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history. ‘Sesame Street Live – Elmo Makes Music’ at Resorts World Genting will feature nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children love to sing along such as ‘C Is for Cookie’ and ‘The Alphabet Song’ during the performance from 28th November 2014 until 3 January 2015.

At the launch, Elmo was with Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie. They gave a spectacular welcome to the audience with their short and energetic musical performance.

Mr Kevin Tann giving his speech

“The Sesame Street has not been back to Malaysia for a few years. ‘Sesame Street Live- Elmo Makes Music’ is a new production that will definitely wow its audience. It’s a high energy pack musical performance that will get all the kids excited,” says Mr Kevin Tann, Vice President-  Promotions and Entertainment of Resorts World Genting during his opening speech today.

Mr Christopher Harper giving his speech

 

Christopher Harper, the Director of ‘Sesame Street Live-Elmo Makes Music’ says ” ‘Sesame Street Live- Elmo Makes Music’ comes with a brand new production that includes many new songs that kids can sing with and a lively musical performance by Elmo and Friends. I have choreographed and directed International UK, 1-2-3… Imagine! with Elmo and Friends, When Elmo Grows Up, My Little Pony Live, Big Bird’s Sunny Day Campout and many more. By far, I would highly recommend all to come watch ‘Sesame Street Live-Elmo Makes Music’ as it is very entertaining and the kids will love it!”

The performance began with Cookie Monster appearing first, followed by the inseparable BFF Bert and Ernie, and Elmo with his grand appearance….

The ‘Sesame Street Live-Elmo Makes Music’ is part of the Genting Mega Fun road show that started since 13th August. Up to 1,888 special preview tickets scheduled for 27th November 2014 to the show has been given out to lucky winners. Audience at the launch also participated in the Reading Together, muppet making workshop.

 

Group photo with Mr Christopher Harper and Mr Kevin Tann (he is in between Elmo and Cookie Monster)

 

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all other Sesame Street friends will be taking the stage to give Malaysian fans the ‘Sesame Street Live-Elmo Makes Music’ at the Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting from 28 November 2014 onwards.

The Q & A session

The ‘Sesame Street Live-Elmo Makes Music’ is proudly organized by Resorts World Genting and produced  by VEE Production. Official loyalty card is Genting Rewards card and CIMB Bank is the official bank partner of the show. Both Genting Rewards and CIMB bank card holders will be given exclusive discounts on the tickets. Grab your tickets fast. Ticket price starts from RM88 onwards.

For more information, please visit www.rwgenting.com or call 03-61011118

Sun Day Out

Families will soon get to enjoy more quality playtime with their little ones as the first enrichment mall in Malaysia, The School by Jaya One, is launching ‘Sun Day Out’ indoor cycling for free, starting from 17 August, every Sunday from 10am until 3pm.

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Taking place on the Ground Floor in The School, there will be free tricycles and bicycles for hire for kids aged between three to seven. Parents who are interested to rent will have to register at the Customer Service counter. Additionally, they can also get to redeem a limited edition The School goodie bag when they obtain three stamps on their ‘Sun Day Out’ ticket from the Customer Service counter. Families are strongly encouraged to “Bring Your Own Bicycles” (or known as BYOB).
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There will be food trucks selling a vast array of delectable street food located just outside of the entrance of The School to create a wholesome family “picnic” experience.

Jaya One is a strategically situated commercial project owned and developed by Tetap Tiara Sdn Bhd. It opened in 2008 with a vision to introduce a well-planned commercial centre and a new concept retail, entertainment and dining experience as part of a private initiative to revitalise Section 13, Petaling Jaya.

The School by Jaya One           
The School is Malaysia’s first enrichment mall that focuses on child enrichment and learning. With more than a third of its space catered for various learning needs such as languages, music, arts, sciences as well as child-development services, it is a family-friendly mall that is designed to encourage kids to play, learn and grow in a safe environment. The School is an extension of the Jaya One community that holds a class of its own. 

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Coolhijab Hair Serum

Remember I shared how to tie a shawl/scarf in 25 ways not long ago? Well…I’m really nuts about em. To me, shawl/scarves are a must have accessory to go with my wardrobe. I may not style it into a hijab on daily basis, but I do style it that way occasionally. More often than not, during Muslim related events like a nikah ceremony in a mosque or a feast in mosque area where one is required to cover up their aurah with decent clothes.

I have no issue with that, but even for a short period of time, covering your hair in a piece of cloth like shawl or head scarves is that the weather in Malaysia is not always agreeable, causing discomfort and itchiness to the scalp whenever you cover up your hair.

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But lucky me, that problem can be remedied with this product, Coolhijab Hair Serum.

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I received a sample of this hair serum last week. It is recommended for those who are wearing hijab. It is supposed to sooth the scalp and keep it cool and fragrant even though you are wearing hijab. And after trying it out for a few days, I realized that this product delivers it’s promise. This hair serum not only helps my scalp to feel cool, but it reduces itchiness, scalp dryness and hair loss too. Another noticeable changes that I noticed is that my hair smells nice all the time after wearing it and my hair is much softer too.

It is a miracle serum I must say and I would definitely recommend this even for those who do not wear hijab. :) Awesome stuff.

More information about this hair serum can be found at http://coolhijab.com

Sesame Street Live – Elmo Makes Music

Remember that familiar big yellow bird and red furry monster that we all used to watch on the television screen when we were kids? Brought to you by Resorts World Genting, Big Bird, Elmo and their friends from Sesame Street will be stealing the limelight at the Genting International Showroom this 28 November 2014 up to 3rd January 2015 for the latest musical show “Sesame Street Live – Elmo Makes Music”.
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Since its premiere in 1980, Sesame Street Live has brought the world’s most beloved characters and a child’s closest friends to life on stage. Sesame Street Live is now the longest-running children’s stage show!

Elmo, Ernie, Bert and Cookie Monster will be flying all the way from U.S. landing at the Genting Mega Fun roadshow located at 1 Utama Shopping Centre to meet the fans from 13 to 17 August 2014.  Also don’t miss out on the Reading Together, muppet making workshop and merchandise sale

Enjoy exclusive discount when you purchase tickets on the spot!
30% OFF for CIMB Bank cardmembers & Genting Rewards members.

Date: 13th Aug 2014 – 17th Aug 2014
Time: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Venue: Highstreet, 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Highlights:-
Sesame Street Mascot Meet & Greet ICE AGE Mascot Meet & Greet

FUN Kids activities – Reading together & Muppet making workshop

Magic Performance

Fun Activities with Fabulous prizes awaits! See you there!

Baked Chicken and Wild Rice Recipe

Festive season can be rather unkind to the tummy. All those open houses surely have tempted you into over indulge. I know. I’ve succumbed to such temptations… And more often than not, I suffer acid influx as a consequence of stuffing my face during festive seasons.

I was looking for a remedy for acid influx when I found this recipe provided by Gaviscon

There are many low-fat versions of chicken and rice, but this is a perfect meal for those with acid reflux, but it is also great for family meals and small gatherings. Check it out.
Nasi Ayam Bakar

Ingredients

  • 1 pound white chicken breast meat cut into
  • 1/2 to 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups sodium free chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 3/4 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon (or dried)
  • 1 teaspoon organic chopped ginger (or ground)

 

Directions

1. Pour 1 cup of chicken broth into a large nonstick pot. Add the chicken, mushrooms, celery and spices. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 8 minutes or until chicken and veggies are tender.
2. Let the mixture cool
3. Pour the rice into a baking dish and add the vinegar and remaining chicken broth. Let it soak for 30 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
5. Add the chicken and vegetable mixture to the baking dish and stir well.
6. Bake for 60 minutes, checking at 45 minutes to make sure the rice is not getting dry, and if it looks dry, add more chicken broth.

Nutritional information

Calories 330, total fat 3 g, saturated fat 1 g, sodium 180 g

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Baked Chicken and Wild Rice Recipe

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This recipe is acid influx friendly. You might wanna consider trying this out if you are suffering from nasty tummy ache too.

 

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25 Ways To Wear a Scarf

I don’t wear hijab but I have a shawll/ scarves collections that can rival those who donned hijab daily. Beautiful shawls and scarves is my vice. They are my weakness. My favourite accessory. Apart from my sunblock and liptint, I almost never leave home without a shawl.

Shawl/scarves may be just a simple piece of cloth to many, but to me, it makes a splendid accessory that makes you stand out in the crowd, even though your outfit is extremely plain. Trust me on that.

As a traveler, I always get away with wearing jeans and a plain shirt and yet still looking fashionable, classy and chic for travel photos with just tying a shawl or scarves around my neck. Here’s sharing with you a video on how you can tie a shawl/scarves in 25 ways. :)

How to Tie Scarves in 25 Ways

Things I Noticed About Me

I noticed these days I could easily recognize what I feel about certain people in my life and put the description into words.

When I’m with my loved ones, I feel:

*Peaceful
*Happy
*Serene
*Liberated
*Loved
*Appreciated
*Beautiful
*Blessed
*Accepted
*Belonged
*Positive
*Cheerful
*Inspired
*Motivated
*Free
*Unafraid
*Encouraged
*Brave

With people who ‘claimed to care’

*Unhappy
*Uncomfortable
*Never good enough
*Not respected
*Used
*Cheated
*Betrayed
*Suffocated
*Annoyed
*Angry
*Can’t be myself
*Can’t express myself positively
*No privacy
*Insecure
*Stress
*Depressed

Basically, my loved ones makes me feel stable and secure while those who ‘claimed to care’ make me feel nothing but negativities and unhappiness that consequently lead to stress and bad temper
:(

I’ve read in the motivational book, ‘The Secret’ that if you really want to attract everything good in life, you need to surround yourself with positive people… And people who makes you happy and secure and stay far away from those who pulls you down emotionally and mentally.

So I guess…it is time to practice the law of attraction. :) As far as I’m concerned…life is too short to be unhappy. I want to be a better version of myself… A happy and beautiful version of myself instead of a miserable one.

Cleffairy: Toxic people who gives me negative and uncomfortable aura deserves no place in my life.

Things I Hate When I’m on Holiday

What do you hate most about festive seasons? Traffic jams? Hotels or flights fully booked and traveling is simply a hassle? I guess almost everyone hates these stuff during festive season, but to me, these are just trivial stuff.

What I hate most while I’m holidaying with my loved ones is DISTURBANCE from inconsiderate people…in the form of ‘communications’. You know…the usual things…emails…private messages and most annoying ones are definitely smses and phonecalls just to pester me about important things.

I know this sounds petty, but I seriously can’t help but feel aggravated each time people contact me for non urgent things while I’m spending quality time with people who really loves me. It upsets me. I don’t like to be disturbed when I’m with my family doing things that actually makes me feel happy.

Sometimes I wonder if I have been mixing with the wrong bunch of people and needs to change my social circle. Obviously I need people who respects me as an individual to grow positively as a person, not people who treats me like a child to be monitored all the time.

Cleffairy: Some ties are really suffocating.