June 25, 2015

movie flicks

here's a few movies i've watched within the past month that's worth mentioning.

San Andreas


... not long after that, a series of earthquakes erupted.
or was it the other way round? hmmmmm.
the only movie i don't like the Rock in was GI Joe. that movie sucked.
Significant Other thinks Alexandra Daddario is hot.
when in doubt, always keep a plane or heli at bay somewhere. 

Mad Max: Fury Road




i would recommend that you not view the trailer before watching this, like i did.
i dreaded watching the movie, until i was dragged by Significant Other to watch it with him.
however my opinion turned 360 degrees after that, haha.
it is not your typical movie.
i didn't even watch the previous Mad Max movies (previously played by Mel Gibson, now played by Tom Hardy).
but i seriously enjoyed the movie. hahahahaha.
just watch lah. see what i mean.
Nicholas Hoult has a role in the movie (think the Beast, Warm Bodies). lol.


Jurassic World


who thinks CHRIS PRATT is HOT???
*raise of uncountable hands*

who thinks RAPTORS are hot???
*cricket noise from the ladies*

lol just kidding.
i can still remember watching the first ever Jurassic Park movie, and am definitely not gonna miss the latest installment.
who doesn't remember that toilet scene??? haha. morbid memory.
the movie's score has always been epic, and always will be.
funny how nobody reprised their roles from the first movie (no, that Asian guy doesn't count).
the first movie to have the dinosaur park fully functional.
gosh, i so want to ride in a gyrosphere.
oh and i want Claire's car - the Mercedes GLE Coupe.

Minions


bring the kids along.
Sophia, being the 2-year old that she is, was simply enthralled by the Dinosaur, Scarlet Overkill, then halfway throughout the movie got bored and decided that sitting in my lap and feeding me popcorn was much more interesting.
lol.
anyhow, the movie's not as boombastic as i thought it could be, but it's still very worth the watch.
who DOESN'T LIKE MINIONS???
Scarlet Overkill's character could be more evil, but hey, they call it the Minion movie for a reason.
oh, Bob knows abit of Malay. did you know? haha.
stick around until the end credits for music sung by the cast, if you're into that sort of thing.

ok the baby's awake. jya ne~

June 5, 2015

my favorite kinda lush

it's 4 in the morning and as usual whenever Significant Other has an early morning flight, i'm his secondary alarm clock.

my random rant/rave of the day is how much i like the effect of Lush's Jason & the Argan Oil bar shampoo on my hair: insta-awesome i tell you. i've only just finished my Godiva bar which i bought in September 2013 (yep, that's how long it lasted me) and i officiated the new bar two days ago.

meet Jason, my hair's latest squeeze
On a quest for stronger, shinier, softer hair? Try this argan oil-packed, Rose Jam-scented bar. Argan oil is combined with glycerine to give your hair touchable softness and lustrous shine. From this solid foundation restorative rose absolute and oil balances the scalp making this bar particularly perfect for setting fair hair ablaze with brightness and strength.

new shampoo bars!

they haven't released the new shampoo bars when i was in Prague so i tumpang my friend's order from the UK when they were released in mid-December last year. Jason smells exactly like Rose Jam, and during that time i was so into roses and was specially tempted by its argan oil content. usually i'd have to wait a couple of days for my hair's natural oils to kick back in (i hate the feel of squeaky clean hair) but my hair felt super soft immediately after using Jason. seriously, tak tipu. hair conditioner below included, of course.

usual hair regime (old photo): bar shampoo + conditioner

unfortunately now i get a headache whenever i leave the shampoo bar container open; the scent of Rose Jam can be overwhelming haha.

the other shampoo bar i was tempted to try was Honey I Washed My Hair, mainly because it's toffee-scented very similar to Honey I Washed the Kids shower gel. but since i was pregnant at the time i wasn't too fond of its caramel-ish scent. i wasn't too fond of Snow Fairy either (and yet friends were telling me how awesome it was lol). i noticed pregnancy can really affect your olfactory preferences, before and after. maybe i should try HIWMH next once my Jason finishes (which might probably be one year from now at the rate my shampoo bar shrinks =P~) now that my nose is back to normal.

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner also smells of Rose Jam. did i ever tell you that i absolutely love this skin conditioner? it substitutes moisturizing after showering, only that you rinse it off afterwards, leaving your skin feeling moisturized. however i wouldn't recommend this if you're the type of person that prefers to come out of the bathroom feeling squeaky clean. Significant Other once commented that my skin felt different (as in 'not as dry as before' *cough*) so i guess the product is making a bit of a difference on me, eh? *mode sedikit perasan*

This is chock-a-block with delicious butters and oils to leave your skin looking plumped up, gorgeous, and smelling of roses. Take this into the shower or bath, massage over wet skin and rinse off just as you would a hair conditioner. We've used deeply nourishing argan oil, which is thought to have anti-ageing properties as it's rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and added brazil nut and almond oils as well as cocoa, shea and cupuaƧu butters to leave your skin supple and radiant.

Ro's Argan BC, another favorite of mine

two other Lush body products i got to try are Dreamwash shower smoothie and Rub Rub Rub shower scrub.

shower cream and shower scrub

everyone's familiar with Dreamwash, right?

A soft and gentle shower wash that’s packed with the best ingredients to soothe and cool sore or sensitive skin. Scoop this out with your hand and use as you would a shower gel. Its soft blend of soap, soothing aloe vera gel and calamine gel will leave you feeling cool, calm, and perfected. Tea tree oil is antiseptic and antibacterial, while rose absolute calms redness.

i was sold on the 'to soothe and cool sore or sensitive skin', especially since i have very bad bouts of eczema. the nice scent was an added bonus. the texture reminds me of clay, which washes off easily and leaves your body surprisingly squeaky clean (which i normally relate with bubbles, of which this product has none). you can pair this product with Dream Cream but i'm not much of a fan of cream products (hence me using Ro's Argan BC with hopes of eliminating cream/lotion from my daily routine! =P).

Rose Jam was a limited edition shower gel so naturally i had to get one for myself =P. i ended up getting a bunch more for friends and family. i would've bought more Snow Fairy as well, but they were out of the smallest size bottle =(. the following two products were my first purchase at the Lush Store in Prague. haha! i felt like a little kid in a Toy Store. semua mau. 

Dream Cream and Rose Jam

and here's Rub Rub Rub. a girl's gotta exfoliate too, right?

An exfoliating shower scrub that can also be used to wash, volumise and add shine to hair. Packed with mineral-rich sea salt, Rub Rub Rub can be used as a gentle scrub on wet skin, or on dry skin for a really good buff before you get in the shower. Sea salt, a natural antiseptic as well as exfoliant, is combined with lots of lemon juice to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and it also adds shine and volume to hair.

i use this scrub directly onto dry skin because i like the feel/idea of buffering off all the dirt and dead skin cells from my skin (sort of like sandpapering myself haha!). i've never tried it on my hair before, since i've got my shampoo bar for that. or is the description talking about body hair? bahahahahahahah. anyway, the scent reminds me of clothes detergent, i'm not sure why. to me this product is so-so, once this finishes i'm gonna see if Lush has any other body scrubs i could try.

what's in Rub Rub Rub

on facial cleansers, i've always been an Olay user and wouldn't look anywhere else, but when one of my friends ordered Angels on Bare Skin, i just haaaaad to kepochi as well T__T. lol. i think this was the only facial cleanser that's suitable with my skin (if there are any others, please don't let me know, i don't wanna know). i like its lavender smell!

Inspired by a medieval recipe and topped off with lavender flowers, this contains kaolin to absorb grease and dirt, leaving skin clean and nourished. Lavender oil and rose absolute calm the skin. As you mix your solid cleanser with water to form a paste, the ground almonds create almond milk which helps to tone and brighten the skin. This can be used all over your body as well as your face.

unfortunately for me, they were out of the smallest tub, so they recommended me Buche De Noel, a Christmas limited edition almost similar to AOBS, minus the lavender smell. instead it has its own smell that reminds me of Christmas and nuts. HAHA. note that these two make good cleansers, but not as makeup removers.

AOBS on the left, Buche De Noel on the right

got a bathtub at home? The Comforter has got to be my most favorite bubble bar ever. i love this even more than bath bombs. to me, bath bombs provide the oils, bubble bar provides - what else - bubbles! the bubble bar is so big you can use it up to four times if you're Miss Kemut like me. it smells nice too! and it's pink.

The Comforter

due to Lush products being freshly made, i really recommend that you finish all  Lush products within the specific time period as mentioned on the packaging, unless they're self preserving. else you should store your products in a fridge to extend their shelf life if you don't want your unused/half-used product to spoil, like how my Buche De Noel cleanser did =(. i was only halfway done with that tub when it went all moldy on me. oh well. my AOBS is now safely stored away in my fridge, lol.

May 17, 2015

ramblings post-delivery

with the fourth kid (and especially after receiving yet another girl 4 times lucky lol), you tend to just recycle whatever you have assuming you've kept everything intact. everything poor Emma has worn are all hand-me-downs from her three older sisters. being born the biggest of the four, she outgrew the tiny sizes pretty quickly, probably due to the fact that she was born the longest length, but just as skinny as the rest. Emma's currently enjoying the life i secretly envy: sleeps most of the day (and turns owl at night -_-), demands milk whenever she pleases, release gas and spit ups so unladylike, and has a royal butler to pamper she soft butt every single day.

the Daddy secretly wants this job too haha.

well anyway, i'm up right now at 2am because i fell asleep earlier after waiting for Sophia to sleep first turned futile and woke up with a numb arm. the Daddy has to get up super early today to report for duty at 7am and apparently i'm his secondary alarm clock *sweat*.

i did get a few new things for the baby (and me) at the last minute, only after my gynae saikoed me that i could deliver anytime and asked was my hospital bag packed? i've forgotten how much interesting stuff you could find at a physical Fabulous Mom store (your online web is lousy btw) plus they're having a sale this month so how could i resist??!

for Emma:
i bought a baby binder, one that i kind of quite like because it actually fits my baby and it doesn't ride up like some other cokia brands i've bought before (that being said, i never binded my earlier three babies due to that factor). i bought a couple of mittens and booties for Emma which i find quite useless because irregardless of being old or new they still fly off Emma's hands (the old ones because the elastics were loose, and  the new ones were simply too big).

oh i got Emma new muslin cloths - printed ones! ladybugs and duckies! because the white ones are overrated... haha. and also because some of my old ones have been used to wipe goodness knows what so i'm using tha excuse to get new ones for the baby. new toiletries are a must, as well as diapers - i stuck to Drypers as what the other three have worn / are wearing (only because Tesco discontinued my favorite inhouse diaper). DEMC uses Huggies Ultra, which i also find to be ohsem but might ultimately burn a hole in my pocket in the long run.

lady bugs!!! with the proud older sister

it's not like Emma cares what i buy her, as long as she gets to demand and live like a boss, then she's a happy clam.

for me:
i needed more breast pads only because my old Avent ones were all yellowy and did i even want to reuse them even after failing to get them to look like new? O_o. i'm a fan of washable breast pads compared to disposable ones because i'd end up too sayang to dispose of them right away (as what i used to do with my contact lens last time; one-month? what one-month???) (don't follow me, my eyes were never made for contacts). i wanted to look for the Avent ones but i'm glad i couldn't find them; i find Tolly Jolly the most comfiest ones so far - they don't soak through like my Avent ones did, and the pads didn't stick to your nips either. i also bought two pairs of Fabulous Mom's branded pads but they tended to soak through too, also they were a tad bigger in size compared to the Avent and Tolly Jolly ones.

L-R: Tolly Jolly, Avent, Fabulous Mom

i bought myself a couple of cheap nursing tops from My Lovely Closet, the only nursingwear brand that i'm comfortable with. i also found this awesome air dry bag for my breast pump spare parts. this definitely beats storing them in a container while still wet and damp! aaaaand i can chuck in my bottles as well.

another new useful thing i got for myself that wasn't planned but i'm happy that i did was this awesome bengkung that homecare convinced me to buy during her visit to the house (which imo is ingenious, selling stuff to us innocent women who just gave birth and highly likely will end up buying it because we don't want to end up having flabby tummies hahahahhaha). in my defense, my current bengkung was falling apart anyway and was doing nothing to flatten my tummy fast enough. you know those 4-panel modern bengkung you can purchase online that uses velcro? yeah that was mine. while being a bit easier to wear than the traditional ikat2 one, it was quite a hassle to get a snug fit, because it was just one long stretch of elastic which you had to struggle to wrap around yourself. i had to pad it with a piece of cloth if not my tummy will end up all itchy due to the elastic.

the bengkung that homecare sold to me was also the velcro type, except that the back part was made out of soft material that was stitched to follow your body shape, one side consisted of three strips of velcro (this is what makes you to be able to get a snug fit) and the other side was made out of soft material for the velcro to stick. oooh i was instantly sold hahahahah what a sucker i am you thinks. but really, i like my new bengkung a lot, and i've worn it more religiously than i ever did with my old bengkung. it really feels like it's holding all my internal organs in place; what with all the horror stories people keep telling me about people's peranakan falling out and all -_- it's easy to wear too. price? rm80. i have no idea what brand is it though, it doesn't have a label.

i malas want to invest in nursing bras, simply because the good branded ones don't carry my size. i decided to try those cheapskate ones made in China instead. i bought a couple of buttoned ones during the last baby fair at mv for cheap; how i wish i had gotten a couple more, because the one with no underwire is super ohsem and comfortable to wear. but i don't even know what brand they are because there's no label, it's that cokia cheap hahahahaha. ish and i don't even remember the name of the booth i got it from T_T. next time booths should hand out their business cards to every purchaser so that nyanyuk buyers like me know where to go back to if they like what they've purchased. hee.

the last item i wanted to bebel about is the set bersalin that i'm using this time round. previously mil bought me the Set Bersalin Afiat three times in a row (three kan? ke two ek? dah lupa). i didn't really like it because i only ended up using less than half of the box's contents. i think i only enjoyed the Serai Wangi bath gel the most. and probably the Minyak Afiat because my mom uses it on bumps and bruises. so i ended up googling to see what set was worth getting, mildly out of curiosity because i've never bothered to do research before this. mil got me the Dherbs Set Bersalin this time (which i've never heard of before but apparently others have, even my mom who's not a social junkie lol), which i find wayyyy useful because i actually use most of the products in the set.

their pati herba taste really nice (like a sweet version of asam jawa),

Pati Herba

the krim panas is really panas (i actually rubbed my nostrils after lathering it onto my tummy that i ended up with burning nostrils lol),

Krim Panas

their feminine wash leaves you with a cooling sensation under there (though i wish it smells of serai =P),

just to name some of the items that i've utilized. i'm not sure what's the effect of wearing the bedak sejuk (previously known as param n pilis) apart from it smelling really nice. i'm on the fence on the mandian herba though, i tried throwing one sachet into a bucket of hut water as per instructions and don't quite see the effect on me. perhaps boiling it instead would make a difference? the only item i don't see myself using is the 'tungku' they provided, i heard it doesn't serve its purpose well. i think i benefited more with this brand than if i had gotten the Tanamera set because that one's mostly spa based and i'm not much of a DIY fan. 

so that's confinement day 14 for you. many many many days to go. i've been dreaming of chocolate cream chip and caramel frapp and fajitas and sushi and carl's junior and A&W rootbeer and that super ohsem nasi ayam bakar that Mashi has been taking us to... ish someone - anybody! - come visit me already before the crazy post syndrome starts kicking in!

until i find something else to ramble about... toodles!

May 3, 2015

D no more, hello E

hello!
i officially have a fourth kitteh. one more and i can create my own little futsal team. haha.
Auntie Enn, i appoint you to be their coach if that happens.

meet E1. yeap, D no more. i guess it's time to break tradition.


everyone, say hello to the new addition: Emma Mxxxxx.
as always, we're still deciding on a name for her. it gets tougher to decide when you have four consecutive girls in a row hahahahahah.
different letter, therefore more options to choose from =D

date = May 3rd, 2015 --- 9 days earlier than EDD of 12th May.
time = 0113 hours --- i was born 0112 hours, just sayin' =P
weight = 2.88kg --- the heaviest of the lot!
length = 52cm --- also the longest of the lot, she won by a mere 1cm haha

she came with very little warning - unfortunately due to the long holiday weekend  for the first time ever my usual Doctor wasn't around to deliver her, and the Doctor on-call arrived a bit too late =P.

April 24, 2015

spoilt for choice

i'm bored. let's talk fashion, shall we? (although, i might be the wrong person to talk about this topic. i have no sense of color coordination and i tend to be so fickle-minded).

i realize that i prefer to see and feel the merchandise in real life rather than randomly purchasing online and hoping for the best.

for one, you won't get yourself fooled by those pretty drop dead gorgeous models who wear them in photos and make them look so amazing, that you get overexcited so you immediately press the 'Add to Cart' button but end up being totally disappointed when you receive it in the mail because it doesn't make you look as thin as you thought it would be or that the material was not cut out as you hoped it would be.

haha. sarcastic, i know. but it's the truth. some people are meant to look pretty even while wearing a burlap sack, others have to try abit harder to shine. i'm part of the latter. i don't wake up in the morning looking like a hundred bucks. sometimes what looks good on on person may not necessarily look good on another. anyway models are meant to look good in anything they wear, if not how the heck are they gonna get their stuff to sell? and for all i know, they used photo enhancing apps like vscocam or 360 to make them look like human angels on earth. LOL.

i still hate them for looking effortlessly beautiful though. haha. i guess i should start unfollowing those instagram accounts now =P.

haters be haters,
players be players,
fakers be fakers,
bakers be bakers,
shake it off, shake it off,
woo hoo hoo.

anyway, i received the brochure for Scha X FV in the mail even before the collection was released. from the brochure, i'm not really a fan of her style but i have to admit, her collection are quite affordable if you compare her designs to some other brands that cost a lot more but didn't quite tickle my fancy material-wise. i wish her collection was physically available; vivy looks perfect in almost anything so i can't rely on her photos to make purchasing decisions haha. i often wonder if some of the more famous-er bloggers secretly get paid to review new collections.

i'm delighted that Scha X FV's collection are available in my sizing, just like Nora Danish for FV's collection is (although i have to say, i could barely move in her A-line skirt and Gary in the office actually noticed that i had trouble walking in it bahahah). some designers' interpretation of S size are overly underrated so i'm usually 'saved by default' from taking the plunge *roll eyes*.

heck, most of the designs were sold out fairly quick. i'm undecided as to which color i like best for the following design, what do you think?

Thentill in Grey
Thentill in Peach

last week i followed my friends to MAC. while the other two was busy dolling themselves up with eyeliners, i was busy taking a selfie:

#duckscarves #blueeclairs

i usually don't take selfies but i'm gonna pop soon and it's not always i see myself this fat, haha. i'm weighing about 53-54kg now at 37 weeks. anyway i discovered that MAC has a lip primer to prep your lips before wearing lippies. i find MAC lippies to be very dry and i always tend to steer towards matte lipsticks so with the combination of my super dry lips, it's like a disaster waiting to happen. this is definitely going into my wishlist one day.

MAC prep + prime

T - 18 days to go. the pilot is kepala pusing because his schedule is packed for May. and i baru plan nak coax the baby to come out on XX May because i'd have an easier time recalling the first 8 digits of the IC number hahhahahahhahah.

April 21, 2015

shakey's mojos

my husband is a big fan of Shakey's Mojos. i'm not sure if you've heard of them before, because i haven't, mainly because i was always a fan of Pizza Hut. well anyway, Mojos are simply fried potatoes mixed with some sort of secret seasoning that makes them simply awesome among the fans. go ahead, Google and see. you'd find a whole bunch of recipes on how to make them, but you'd have to experiment for yourself to see which one hits home.

i've tried making them quite awhile ago using some random recipe on the web, but i don't think it turned out quite the way the husband remembers it to be (i'm a fan of potato no more, especially after wolfing down so many of it during my first trimester with my third child).

recently he decided he wanted to have Mojos again (he's always looking for something to munch on while watching his favorite tv series T_T), so he handed me a recipe he found online and asked me to try it out and see, which required baking the potatoes first prior to frying. surprisingly, he likes how the potatoes turned out. i had to tweak it a little bit, because the recipe called for 6 big potatoes (takmo aku buat banyak2, nanti who gonna finish them??). so i'm jotting down here whatever i mixed into the seasoning below for future reference. i used local potatoes btw, i think if you use those russet ones or those bigger American ones, they'd taste even nicer? beats me =D.

Ingredients:

2 potatoes
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder

salt, to taste,
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
oil


Directions:

1. Rub olive oil onto the potatoes, wrap in foil and bake the potatoes at 200 C for about 50 mins or so, let cool.
2. Cut the potato into slices (how big you want them to be is up to you)
3. Heat oil.
4. Mix the flour, cayenne, paprika, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste (adjust the seasonings to your liking, which i did. paprika wasn't called for in the recipe but my husband likes it spicy, so...)
5. Combine the milk and egg. Dip each potato slice into mixture then dredge thoroughly in the seasoned flour mixture (the recipe didn't call for egg either, but i thought it to be weird to not have egg to dip in =P).
6. Deep fry the potatoes without overcrowding, until crisp and golden.
7. Drain on paper towels and serve.
8. Season with more salt if you prefer your potatoes saltier lol lol but if you're health-conscious, then by all means skip this part.

homemade Mojos

ta-da! ok fine so maybe the photo doesn't look too appealing (i've lost my touch with taking awesome photography lately) but the taste was not bad, in my opinion lah. haha. the husband polished the bowl clean and later asked for more -____-.

April 15, 2015

a little breath of aere


Brand: Aere
Hedera Glister Top in Pink & Silver
UK 6

Functional signature zippers at the side
Split sides
Semi-sheer
Glitter metallic threads in white or gold
Stretchable lightweight fabric

RM126, postage included.