Friday, March 29, 2013

MISF is back!

Shoe-0-holic alert!! :)

Malaysian International Shoe Festival (MISF) is back again this year! Yay!:) 



Being a shoe lover, I've been attending this festival for the past two years, and this year, it gets more exciting as I have been honored to witness the official opening ceremony of MISF (as media) yesterday at Hall 2, PWTC.



excited!! :)

MISF is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and organized by the Malaysian Footware Manufacturers Association (MFMA) in conjuction with the Malaysia GP Sale. The theme for this year is "1Malaysia - Walking in Unity, Sole of the Nation". 


The official ceremony started at 2pm with the arrival of Y.B Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, the Minister of Tourism Malaysia. Mr. Tony Ting, the President of MFMA gave his welcome speech before Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen took the stage for her speech.



During her speech, Dato' Sri mentioned that MISF was initiated as part of developing Malaysia as a luxury tourism destination especially to promote shopping in Malaysia. I also came to know that next year will be the Visit Malaysia 2014 and MISF is part of the promotional campaign.


MISF 2013 was then officially launched by Dato Sri, Dato' Dr. Jimmy Choo and Mr. Tony before the award presentation to winners of "Miniature Shoe" and "Creative Art" Exhibits took place. Dato Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen was also honored that afternoon by MFMA with "MISF Highest Award of  Distinction".





Last not least, before the official ceremony ended a fashion show by the participants of MISF 2013 took place. Among the brands that participate in this showcase includes U.S Polo Assn., Fiorucci, Zang Toi and Kickers.



I get to tour the exhibition hall afterwards and personally, I think MISF 2013 is more interesting than the previous years. This year, I can see more participation by big names in shoe industry. Among them includes;

 Zang Toi




 Lan Baharin




Miss Sixty



Keera Kate


 U.S Polo



Besides these, there are more attractions of of MISF 2013. Among them includes;  

1) Mahkota-Capsule Couture Collection by Professor Dato' Dr. Jimmy Choo OBE which pays tributes to use of local ethnic fabrics such as Pua Kumbu, Tekat and Songket. I will blog about it more on the next entry ;)



2) Malaysia Book of Record for the largest sculpture made from shoelace - where a 3 meter high shoe-shaped sculpture made from 40,000 pieces of shoelaces has succeeded of becoming the biggest sculpture made from shoelaces. This involves 17 design students from The One Academy which took 1 months duration for completion of this project.


*photo courtesy of The Star Newspaper*


3) Designers Pavillion from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia & Thailand. MISF 2013 will proudly present 10 famous Malaysian designers who are going to showcase their designs. Among them includes Melinda Looi, Zang Toi, Bernard Chandran, Bill Keith, Michael Ong and Khoon Hooi. Besides that, this year MISF will have 11 shoe designers from Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand showcasing their designs.

Our Local Designer's masterpieces


Booths from Thailand


some of the Thailand's shoes - aren't they cute? :)

4) Showcase of MFMA 2013 Competition pieces. Same as the previous years, the shoes that were designed for the competition were shown to public. I just love to see how creative the Malaysian young designers are!





Among my favourite..hihi :)

Besides shoes, MISF 2013 also have booths such as Good Arch and Dr. Foot  - for feet wellness products and tips on the right foot care; and MFMA booth, which showcase to use live demo on how a shoe is design using CAD application. Cool!


Foot wellness at Good Arch


Shoe design in progress!


Good news to the public, you are all welcome to join the "Shop & Win" contest by guessing the correct values of shoes filled in the Hyundai-Inokom i10 displayed in MISF 2013 and you might walk away with your very own car! ;)




Guess, guess, guess.. :)


So wait no more ladies, visit the 4th MISF, at Hall 2, PWTC from today till 31st March (from 10.30am to 8.30pm) to enjoy shopping and fun activities for you and your family :)




Last but not least, thank you to MISF for giving me such an opportunity, it was fun (especially that I got to meet Dato Dr. Jimmy Choo in person!). Thanks too for the generous gifts I received yesterday. love it!! :)


My bags of goodies...


 My favourite among all... *love*


 p.s: Stay tune for Jimmy Choo's Couture Collection post in the next entry! ;)


Love,


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What You Need To Know - Cancer


Sharing is Caring...


Read this article in Facebook and decided to share it here. At least I refer it back if I ever forgot about this...


LATEST CANCER INFORMATION
from Johns Hopkins

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY …


1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.


11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.

What cancer cells feed on:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.


b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water--best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.

Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

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Love,
Nadine

Monday, March 18, 2013

Method Gel Hand Wash: My New Obsession!

If you are ardent reader of this blog, you knew how particular I am about things. You can see it from the way I presented my homemade meals, the way I dressed up my kids for outings and events, even from the products I choose for myself and my family.  


Now that I am married with a man who is also 'semi-perfectionist' as I do, we are quite particular in most aspects of our family life, especially in raising our beloved children.


Recently, I read an article about clean, green home and  while reading, these words hit me...

"Why eat organic, but clean with pesticides?"


It's true! and I realized that some of the cleaning products that I have contains a lot of chemicals. You knew it not only from reading the active ingredients of it, but also from the strong smell it has or the dryness you feel on your bare skin each time you washed after touching it.


So when I was given a box of Method Gel Hand Wash to review, I am ecstatic! :) This is because I knew Method is a household supplies that is well known for its non-toxic and eco-friendly products in United States (and famous among big Hollywood stars such as  Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt, & Leonardo DiCaprio!). Just nice :)


For those who didn't know, Method gel hand was is:

> naturally derived + non toxic + biodegradeble + never tested on animals
> contains premium, specialty-inspired fragrances
>decor inspired by tear drop bottle (designed by Karim Rashid, no less!)
>use recyclable bottles, made with 100% recycled plastic (PCR)



My surprised parcel! :)
First thing that caught my eyes upon opening the box was the design. Sleek, modern and cute. Very fashionable compared to the hand washes that I have so far! Hihi :)


The first gel hand wash that I tested was - Waterfall .The smell of cascading waterlily plus the sandalwood made it so refreshing and cooling; the waterfall name suited it best!  Oh, it has a bit of manly scents, must be the sandalwood. No wonder it won my husband's heart the most :)




Next, it was the Sweet Water™'s turn. Sweet water is like a cool splash of grapefruit + lemon leaves wrapped in watery petals of star jasmine + lily of the valley. It’s rumored that water from the fountain of youth smells similarly. The combination of star jasmine and lily of the valley made the scents sweet, but at the same time refreshing. Erm...how can I say it ya, it's like grace meet active kind of personality. Get it? Yes? No?



The last Method's gel hand wash that I tested is called French LavenderThe lavender scents, with a mixture of bergamot, purple sage + chamomile smells so nice, made me thinking of French countryside with a garden full of sweet lavender...calming, nice and elegant. Among all 3 scents given to me, this is my personal favourite :)



For Malaysia market, Method Gel Hand Wash comes in 8 gorgeous scents and colors to choose from:

waterfall · pink grapefruit · french lavender · sweet water · green tea & aloe · hibiscus flower · botanical garden (designed for good) · mimosa sun (designed for good)

For more info, visit:
http://methodhome.com/




Aren't they the cute and stylo? ;)


I've been using hand washes everyday since I was a teen and I noticed that   most of the brand that I used will tend to make my hand dry and kind of rought once I dried my hand. But Method is different! I've been trying this product 3 days prior to writing this post and I noticed that the gel hand wash feels gentle on my hands and it moisture the skin even after my hands have been properly dried. This is because it contains naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients and contains Vitamin E and aloe. Aside to this, the scents stays! It's like you're wearing a hand lotion after washing your hand (you get the moisture and the nice smell) but you didn't. How cool is that?! 



For those who wants a better way to clean, a product that is safe and close to nature (and not to forget stylish too! :D), then Method is the answer. Method gel handwash is selling at RM13.80 per 354ml. I'm planning to get the gel hand wash for my family too. The French Lavender scent is so good that I keep wanting to wash my hands and sniff it afterwards. I am addicted! Haha :))

And where shall you get it?

Method's product is available at all leading hypermarket such as Cold Storage, B.I.G supermarket, Village Grocer, Jaya Grocer,Carrefour (Mid Valley),Isetan (KLCC) and selected Tesco outlets. 

Oh, one more thing to share; the best thing about this stylish, recyclable bottle is that you can transform it into stylish vase like this:


Inspired from Heather Jenning's blog. Best kan? Save the environment too since you recycle the bottles!


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Good news for my dear readers!! You can get Method's product for free as well! Not only you actually, you can get it for yourselves and your friends/family!! Isn't it cool?


All you have to do is join my contest - Method to the rescue! by 3 simple steps:


1) Write short story on someone you think deserves a Method product sent to them as a surprise gift. Tell me why your friend/family member need to be "rescued" - does she have piles of extremely dirty laundry? does she have children with sensitive skins? Is he sick of his house smelling like the hospital cleaner? Tell me!! :)

2) Submit your entry by commenting on this blogpost. You can submit as many comment as you like about different friends! 

3) Don't forget to leave your email address together with this entry!

Easy peasy, right?! 

5 Winning short stories get method goodies over RM50 each AND the friend in the short story gets the full-sized method product as describe in the short story. In addition, Method will add your name and my blog to the friend in the short story's parcel so that he/she will know who send out this lovely surprise to them! Double coolness aite?  Join tau, jangan tak join! :)

P.s: DEADLINE is by 31st March 2013, so hope to hear from you soon! :)

Love,


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mr. Roti Canai

If you followed my instagram, am sure you noticed that I've been busy packing for earlier this year (apparently twinnies were more busy than I was :P)...





Alhamdulillah, we already shifted to Putra Heights (PH) temporarily, and we have slowly adapted to the life here. Among the best part living in our PH house includes shorter journey to the Cyberjaya office (for me!)- via Elite Highway  and the fact that our house is so near to the Surau; which made us able to perform our daily prayer on time...alhamdulillah. As for the kids, aside from the fact that the playground is just across the house, they enjoyed the spacious garden, something we don't have in USJ house :)


Evening activity...play with balls!

We are lucky that when we bought the house last time, our uni close friend, Khairul also bought a house nearby (quite close actually, jalan kaki 2 minutes dah sampai :P) co-incidentally! And now that we have moved in, we are officially neighbours! how cool :).

So, on the second weekend we stayed in PH, our bestfriends cum neighbour invited us to have breakfast together...


Although we have stayed in Subang Jaya for quite sometime, either me or Fadzil never heard of Mr. Roti Canai before. Actually, come to think of it, we never really check out the diners around Putra Heights before...so yeah, any readers staying in PH care to suggest a good makan place here? Feel free to comment k ;)

















Our destination...in Section 3, Putra Heights  

Alhamdulillah, the twins especially, woke up early than their usual routine and they were very cheerful that morning :)


My sweet Faiqa...


and my cheeky Falisya :P

Both wearing bbluvsme sunsuits and onulaa's headbands :)




I had to convince this girl first to get a proper, decent smile from her.
LOL!

What we had that morning? We ordered the food that was recommended by Khairul and Ija. They knows best since they are the regulars! hihi :)


All four of us had this - Mr. Roti Floats
It came with roti canai banjir with dhall and sambal, & one sets of omega half-boiled eggs
Nyums! :)



 As for the kids, we ordered Mr. Kids Set - It came with 2 chicken sausages (it was missing in this photo as it already inside Faaz Naqi's stomach :P), scrambled eggs and small roti canai with dhall. 
We ordered 5 sets of this!




The roti canai was nice, and the dhall + sambal were good as well. Thanks korang recommended this place to us, we'll definitely visit this place again and try other menu as well! :) 

P.s: check out their FB page to know more about this restaurant.


It was nice having them as company for breakfast although ya, in between we were interrupted by the kids...hihi. There were lots of things to share among each other that we totally forgot to snap some photos. Next time, babe..insyaAllah, we should do this often! 


And when it's time to bid goodbye...someone became attached to aunty Ija... It was Falisya, she refused to go back with us, siap "bye-bye" lagi. Hahaha :))


Tengok tu, siap jeling-jeling kita. Pastu smile dgn cheekynya. geram ok!! :P


After the breakfast session, we decided to go for site visit to our USJ house...






The most interested person during this site visit was none other than Faaz Naqi. He asked us LOTS and LOTS of questions about the house, the structure, the materials, bla, bla, bla...

And when the time comes for posing...


We got this... 



:P


Love,