Monday, September 8, 2014

E/// Merdeka Raya Brunch

Three days prior to our 57th Independence Day, the company I am working with organized a "Merdeka-Raya" Brunch at our office's cafeteria. This year we combined the Eid celebration with our National day. On that day, all employees were encourage to wear traditional clothes as our MerdekaRaya outfit. It was nice to see not only Chinese and Indian but also our Swedish colleagues were sporting enough and wore our traditional baju kurung and kebaya on that day :)






Our brunch started at 11am. Prior to this, all employees were required to stand before our national anthem ; "Negaraku" was played. We sang the song proudly ;) Alhamdulillah, there were variety of food served during the buffet brunch that I had two rounds of food myself...hihi *blush*




My first portion - Fried Mee and Nasi Arab



My second portion:
 Nasi Impit Kuah Lodeh, Lemang with Beef Rendang, Satay and BBQ Mutton with black paper sauce. 
Nyums!


Yeah, I'm a big eater like that. Bear with me ya!
:D




Halfway through our meal, our Head of Country (Todd A.) gave a farewell speech for our two longest serving employees; Heilyn and Sivasundareswary who left E/// after 39 and 38 years of service. I wasn't even born yet when they first started working with E///! Hat's off to both of you! It's so hard to find this kind of loyalties nowadays..





With colleagues from different departments after we had our desserts. Hihi.



Since it's a Friday lunchtime (which is longer than the usual lunchtime) and since we gonna move out from this Cyberjaya office in few months time, we decided to have a photography session in the premises. 

 




Wonder what will be the deco for our new place since we will only occupied few floors of the building, unlike here where we have the entire building to ourselves.

Will it be the same as current (influenced by Swedish deco since we are Swedish company), or will it change???


Hmm...



Oh by the way, since I did not shopping much for this year's Eid I wore the same peplum kurung I wore for our Raya Luncheon last year (click on the link to view), with a simple twist. Instead of the blue skirt, the blue ribbon on my peplum and yellow scarf, I wore my red engagement skirt, omit the ribbon on the peplum and wore my favourite white poppy scarf from ForHawwa'. 




Last but not least...the selfiesssss or self-us, is a must since it is the "in" thingy right now. Haha!


Well, surely we will miss the building, the environment and all the sweet memories here in Cyberjaya office when we move out. Although the new office will be closer to my house, I'm a bit sad to leave Cyberjaya.....


for its free underground parking spaces and NO TRAFFIC JAM. 


The new place?


*Cries* T_T



Love,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

#MomsTimeOut


Being a mommy is not an easy task but I am not complaining because motherhood as a whole is wonderful and I am truly blessed and thankful to The Almighty for this special gift. It's just that these days, (especially since the helper left us 6 months ago) I have to admit that I miss having a lil bit time to myself... 



Hubby did offer to take care of the kids for 1-2 hours when he came back from his 6 months oversea assignment recently but I am not that enticed by the offer anymore. Once, I did left him with Faaz (when the twinnies were not yet around) just to realized that I came back home with a piles of "extra" work waiting for me *almost fainted* :P. I'm worried that if I leave the kids with their daddy at home nowadays, Faiqa (the hyperactive and cheeky twin) will ended up like this when I come back home...



*image courtesy of google*


Hahahaha!
:D

Ok, kidding!! Fadzil is not that bad ok :P



Mommies out there, what about you then? Do you too, wished to have some "Me" time? Have you ever wished you could have some time out while Daddy dearest takes care of the kids home? and have you wonder how your spouse manage the house/the kids when you're not around?



Well, three moms actually got to do just that in Lifetime’s all-new 1st Asian production, Mom’s Time Out!. It's a reality series whereby Frazzled mothers from 3 families across Asia go on an all-expenses-paid 5-day-getaway and leave their husbands in charge. OMG, they surely three LUCKY mommies!! :)



#MomsTimeOut
Premieres 28 AUGUST
THURSDAYS at 9pm
(SIN/HK)
Lifetime’s 1st Asian Production


The pilot or the 1st episode of the show has been aired on last Thursday (28th August 2014 at 9pm and encored on 31st August 2014). It's an introduction episode which introduced the 3 mothers from Singapore, Manila and Kuala Lumpur as they bid farewell to their families for a luxury getaway. 



The three chosen families are:

1. #TheBaileys



Dad Kenneth and stay-at-home Mom Emerald have a 2.5-year-old daughter Briah who is adorable but can be quite a handful! With Dad being the sole breadwinner of the family working night shifts since Briah was born, he now has to take on one of the toughest challenges of his life to care for his daughter while Mom is away. Will he be able to handle it?



2. #TheJasons



From Malaysia, meet the Jasons. Dad Jason is a motivational speaker who is a self-confessed workaholic who totally loves his job and probably often prioritizes it above his family. Mom Leishia is a homemaker and freelance writer who cares for their two daughters (4-year-old Arianna and 2.5-year-old Olivia). Will things spiral out of control when Mom is not around? 




3. #ThePangs 




From Singapore, meet the Pangs. Dad Christopher and Mom Julie run a successful boutique real-estate company and have 3 boys (12-year-old Marcus, 8-year-old Michael and 4-year-old Matthew). Christopher and Julie often quarrel about their differing parenting principles – Dad is more for corporal punishment while Mom is all about positive reinforcement. What will happen then when Mom is away?



Interesting background, isn't it? Hihi. We'll in Episode One (I tell you because some of you might already missed it..) as the social experiment begins, Singaporean father Christopher is anxious about taking their 3 sons to a fine-dining restaurant while Malaysian dad Jason attempts to cook for the first time in his life. Left with a crying toddler on his own, Filipino father Kenneth gets close to tipping point after 24 hours without a wink of sleep. 


You can also watch the trailer here:





Episode 2 will be aired tonight, (4 September 2014, Thursday) so don't forget to turn on channel 709 by 9pm sharp ok!  (Encore will on 7 September, Sunday at 7.30pm). In this episode, viewer will be shown of the activities the daddies did on the 2nd day without their wives and their attempts to keep their households and children under control. Hmmm...adjusting period, perhaps? It's gonna be interesting *grinning* hehe. Can't wait to watch it tonight!



By the way, besides watching the show, you can also download the ScanAd app on your Apple & Android devices and participate for a chance to win a 3D2N stay at Angsana Lang Co, Central Vietnam. Best!! Better still, you can also share opinions and learn from other parents when you take part in the weekly discussion on the app! So don't forget to watch the show and participate ok? You might win yourself a time-out vacation for yourself! ;)





For more info on #MomsTimeOut show, head on to this link:

http://www.lifetimeasia.com/show/moms-time-out-s1



Love,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dugrostar™ - The Child Star Search

Nowadays, almost everyone has a smartphone. It's like a necessary thing to have and in reality, it's hard for us to be parted with 'em! Not only for getting in touch with others through calls/video calls/sms, we need phones to be our GPS, dictionary, wikipedia, calculator, notebook or a camera/video camera to name some!



And if you are holding a "mommy" title just like me, I bet your Photos and Videos folders taken up most of the phone's storage, with at least 70% of it are the photos and videos of your children. kan? kan? kan? hihi. Well, they can't be be blamed, they are too adorable and they seems to amaze us each day with their smiles, the way they communicate with us, or simply with their attitude (p.s: I did recorded my kids when they had their tantrums sometimes because I found it hilarious and I plan to show the clips to them when they reach their teen years :P hahaha! *cheeky laugh*). The clips are sometimes too cute to be ignored and full of potential that we ended up sharing it with our family and friends via our social media so that they too can appreciate the kid's talent...yes? no?



Well, guess what, mommies? Danone Dumex recently has just launched Dugrostar™, an exciting performing arts platform for children to discover their fullest potential and showcase their talents to the whole country! With Dugrostar, every child got to be a star! All you have to do is to upload a video clip of your child's performance at www.dugro.com.my . It can be singing, dancing, playing an instrument or a combination of these talents. As easy as 1,2,3! ;)











The kids and I were invited to attend the Dugrostar™ launch which was held at Kidzania, Mutiara Damansara on 19th August 2014. First thing first, we registered ourselves first upon arriving at the Kidzania. After getting our tags and goodies, we were directed to the top floor where the Kidzania's Theatre is situated.




The registration counter



The kids with their ID tags, all set to attend the launch :)




The theater..


The children were then brought into a makeup room where a group of make-up artist and hair stylist were waiting for them. They were given a makeover session each. Cool!



Faaz Naqi was a bit uncomfy with the idea of  "make-up" since he's a boy :P



But the twinnies especially Falisya totally love it! The makeup artist told me that she even picked the eyeshadow color herself! Haha! Diva sangat tau :P



Faiqa was a bit shy tho... :)


My girls after the makeover. 
Alalala, cantiknya anak-anak dara mommy...eh, puji anak sendiri plak :P


After the makeover, we were then brought to Kidzania cafe where dinner were served before the event officially started. Like the Maxican says, "A full stomach makes a happy heart" :)


"You want some?"




Before we entered the theater, I brought the kids to the Dugrostar™ stage where the props were lined up at the side of the stage and the professional cameramen were on standby. A stylist then came and he started to put on the props on Faaz, Faiqa and Falisya for the photo session.


The Dugrostar™ Photo Stage


Funny thing was, the twins were pretty blurred when they were given the props and Faaz being the shy and reserved person himself the whole evening made it quite hard for the stylist and photographers to ask them to pose (or even smile! :P).  So this was the best photo that we could get from them....




LOL!!!



During her opening speech, Danone Dumex Malaysia marketing director Monique Suryokusumo said that Danone Dumex believe that it is essential to cultivate the talents and creativity in children from their early years, as it is the time when they are most eager to absorb new ideas and experiences. That is why Dugrostar™ search is open to children as early as 3 years old (they have two age-based categories: three to six years and six plus to 10 years)





Presence as well during the launch were Dugrostar™ panel of expert advisors and judges share their insights on how creative expression and performing arts help children to develop holistically.



From left: 
Mr Zaid Mohamad, (Bestselling Author, Columnist, Certified Parental Coach and CEO of Smartparents.com.my),  Mr Az’farr Baginda, (Principal of Blubricks, active in various theater productions), Ms Elaine Yong, (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Sunway University), Ms Ruth Liew, Director of Malaysian Child Resource Institute and Child Developmentalist and Ms Katrina Lau, Executive Director and Founder of Blubricks 




After the session, the children were then called up stage and joined the Dugrostar™ talent team to dance to the official Dugrostar™ catchy song before we all had a photography session for a token of memory.







Attractive cash prizes are up to be won for Dugrostar™ talent search so mommies, why not send in your application now?! Who knows, one of those clips you have in your smartphone will bring you luck to win as much as RM5000 and who knows, one of your child is actually THE Dugrostar™ they've been searching for ?! ;)


To join, just send in your application in either of these 3 methods:





1) by uploading a video of your child’s performance at www.dugro.com.my
2) by visiting select nationwide roadshows where live recordings can be made at the Dugrostar™ Recording Booth 
3) by submitting the completed registration form with a recording of their child’s performance and mailing it to the address found on the registration form.



Hurry up, send in your entries by 12 October 2014

Let the star in your child shine!! :)


Love,

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We are family, Happy 57th Day, Malaysia!

InsyaAllah, in 3 days time we will celebrate our 57th Independence Day. Although it's been a long time since I last joined the crowd and watched the parade at Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka/Independence Square), the patriotic side of me is still thick, deep within. I always look forward for 31st August each year and will make a point to watch the parade on TV instead.... 



A proud Malaysian I am :)



Among all the adverts that are currently showing on TV and social media in regards to the coming Independence day, Maxis (the previous company I've worked with) advert won my heart the most. I just love how simple and straightforward the clip is, but at the same time it carry a big message to all Malaysian out there; the multi-racial harmony of us as a big family. It's funny, and it's sooo us! It's sooo Malaysian! 


Good job, Maxis! Thumbs up! :)






and to all lovelifecompletely readers, 


"Your family is larger than you think. Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia!"

:)

Love,


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3rd Eid: The Outdoor Pleasure


Ever since my other half was confined at home due to chickenpox, we did not go anywhere during the 1st week of Eid. Pity of the kids for staying at home so long (we've stayed at home most of the weekends since Ramadhan because of Faaz), and since my husband has already went into the recovering stage, we've decided to go out on the 3rd Eid...




We chose to have a picnic at a lake because we knew not many people will be there because of Eid and public holiday for Eid is only for 2 days. I woke up very early in the morning and prepared nasi lemak for our picnic-lunch menu that day but my husband woke up quite late that day...so we ended up having lunch at home instead and postponed the picnic later that evening (during tea-time). :P





Since we have just did our groceries shopping a week before Eid, we have a huge stock of snacks so I packed some of it (yogurts, drinks, biscuits, crackers, and chocolates) and brought it together for our simple picnic that evening. We went to Taman Tasik Shah Alam, which is about 14km away from our house.



It was indeed almost empty and it was only us when we arrived at the park. So we quickly chose a spot, set up the mat and the food stuff before Faaz and his daddy started to kick the football they brought along. 






Falisya and me went for a short sightseeing, while Faiqa refused to join any of the activity. The minute she saw I unpacked the food stuff, she sat down on the mat and started requesting for food (she's the food lover in our family, btw...just like her mommy *blush* :D). She couldn't be bothered to join us at all, not until she finished off her meals..hahaha!



"I don't care, I won't get up until I finished off my yogurt and snacks, mommy"




Falisya came to visit her twins, but failed to convince her to left the mat :P



It was fun to see that the kids especially enjoyed being outdoor after quite sometime confined in the house. They ran, they jumped, they played with each other with laughters...blessed!







Since me and my husband loves photography, we brought along our digital cammie (which we did not use that often since we have iPhone :P) and the tripod. It was time to explore the camera again and at the same time brushing off our photography skills...






I just love this shot of my happy boy jumping :)




But my best shot was this candid. Unfortunately, it's not using the digital camera but my iPhone..hehe :D I just loved how Faiqa had a big laugh when she saw her own photo from the cammie screen :)





Me and my twin (not-so) babies. Thanks Sayang for this photo! :)


Since we brought along the tripod, we took the chance to snap some family photos, which surprisingly turned out quite well since the kids were looking and smiling to the camera. I guess the environment did help to cheer them up and brought the mood :) Here are some of our personal favourite shots...








Right before we went back home that evening, hubby spotted a huge tortoise swimming in the lake and it quickly catches the kids attention. I think they spent like 5 minutes at the bridge admiring and watched the tortoise while I packed our stuff to bring back home.




It was indeed a fun outing for all of us, and we were so glad that the kids enjoyed it. Should do this more often I guess :)

Love,