Ever since missy started attending primary school, I have been getting her 2 sets of school uniforms and a set of PE attire every year as she wears PE attire twice a week and the rest of the days will be in uniform.  This means there is laundry to do daily and also ironing.  This is definitely not something that I enjoy doing.   According to a survey in 2013,  an average mother spends four months of her life ironing clothes. Creased clothes are not an option and therefore women like me find themselves constantly at the ironing board.

I think someone must have known how much dislike ironing because I received a set of wrinkle-free uniform from MatariShop.com recently.  Needless to say, I am so delighted. This one-stop school uniform supplier is based in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.  They have an extensive range of school uniform, co-curriculum uniform (persatuan), school & co-curriculum T-shirt, accessories, stationeries, school bags, and school shoes.  MatariShop.com has been supplying excellent quality school uniform for many years.


Besides being wrinkle-free, what I like about the school uniform is that the material is very soft like silk and it is also allows the skin to breathe, drawing moisture away from the skin.  This is great for keeping the child cool and fresh.  The first time missy tried it on, she remarked happily that the shirt is so soft and it felt good on her body.


Another great thing is that the uniform is made from high quality fabric that is protracted whitening which means it will not turn yellowish after many washes in the washing machine. Although the uniform does not crease easily, some parents may still want to give it a quick run over after wash.  You can be assured that it is very easy to iron the uniform because of the soft fabric.


These uniforms are available here :-

Matari Uniform Centre Sdn Bhd
2795,2796,2797, Jalan Rozhan,
Taman Industri Cherok Tokun,
14000. Bukit Mertajam.
Pulau Pinang. Malaysia

Tel : 016-5206725

You can also do your purchase online at www.matarishop.com.  It is very easy to choose the preferred sizes online and there is a measuring chart available.  Should you have any questions while placing your order, you may also send them a message via their live chat located at the bottom of the right hand corner.  You may also head over to their Facebook page to select the products and proceed to check out at MatariShop.com.  Delivery is free for purchases above RM150 and a delivery charge of RM15 for purchases less than RM150.   Do note that there is a one-month warranty on the purchases. If in any case that the size is wrong, you may return the uniform to them by simply completing the return form on their website.  Investing in a good uniform at the beginning of the year would certainly leave you with the comfort and confidence that you would not have to do it all again until next year.

As a business that practices social responsibility, MatariShop.com donates a portion of the revenue in terms of free uniforms to the less-fortunate.  If you come across anyone or organization that is in need of school uniforms, you may leave your message in the comment section and I will inform MatariShop.com.

So if you want your children to be comfortable going to school all the time and do not want anymore backache from ironing, hurry and purchase the school uniform from www.matarishop.com right away.  Specially for my readers, just enter the code chumsy2  to enjoy 15% discount for your purchases when you check out.  Happy Shopping!

Over the past one week, I was down with a major flu and cough. My body was so tired that I slept for 12 hours on the first day of my illness.  I have not been this sick for many years and if I remember correctly, the only time I had a major flu was when I was staying in Toronto ages ago.  I couldn’t breathe properly and my mouth was tasteless.  All I wanted to do was to lie down and rest.  It was miserable and I was hoping for something that could cheer me up.

A few days later, I received a lovely box wrapped with big pink ribbons.


The box was filled with the newly launched first Kleenex® 3-Ply Scented Facial Tissues (Rose Essential Oil & Cherry Blossom Fragrance).  Kleenex® introduces a new way to enjoy its softness, infusing rose essential oil or cherry blossom fragrance into its first Kleenex® 3-Ply Scented Facial Tissues for an absolutely delightful and uplifting user experience.

The box also consists of a pretty rose made from Kleenex tissue of course and a sweet-smelling candle.  This couldn’t have come at a better time.  There is nothing like the smell of fragrant freshly-washed laundry, cookies baking in the oven, or  freshly blooming flowers to put a smile on your face. Lovely scents simply lift our spirits, making us feel more positive and nurturing, even when our environment is stressful or overwhelming.


Without a doubt, my mood was instantly lifted when I whiffed the delightful soft and calming scent of the new Rose Essential Oil & Cherry Blossom Fragrance of these soft tissue paper.

According to research, the right scent can transform a person’s mood and productivity.  Scents have positive effects on mood, self-confidence, stress reduction, sleep enhancement and cognitive performance.

Look for the new Kleenex® 3-Ply Scented Facial Tissues in box packs (RM10.30 for four packs of 74 sheets and RM14.55 for four packs of 114 sheets) and soft packs (RM5.35 for four packs of 46 sheets).

To introduce these exciting new variants, Malaysians are invited to join the “power of scent” movement and bring softness and scent into their lives and into those of their loved ones simply by requesting for a sample of the brand-new Kleenex® 3-Ply Scented Tissues at http://powerofscent.kleenex.com.my and share uplifting messages on social media with the hashtag #KleenexPowerofScent.

Kleenex, the world’s No. 1 facial tissue offers superior softness that gently cleanses all skin types. Every sheet is made from 100% quality virgin fiber that leaves no residue behind to reduce skin irritation.  This ensures not only clean skin, but gentle care and finest hygiene for you and your family.  Kleenex tissues are available in both facial and bath tissues and in a variety of attractive and convenient packaging formats, distinctive for their ideal softness, strength and absorbency.

“In essence, every time a person uses our scented facial tissues, it elevates the normal act of cleaning up a sensorial experience that lifts your spirits, making it easier to deal with the demands of daily life.

For more information on Kleenex®, log on to the Kleenex® Malaysia Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Kleenex.Malaysia

When we brought Buffy home, she was always scratching her body.  We thought it was normal for dogs to do that and maybe it was due to bites from mosquitoes since she sleeps outdoor.  Little did we know,  her body was full of ticks.   We took her to the vet and was given some strong medication to be applied to her body after wash.   We had to do this a few times before the tick problem is solved but that leaves Buffy’s hair to drop a lot.  However she was still scratching a lot.

Recently we discovered the Original WashBar Soap for Dogs on Facebook.  It is good old-fashioned soap that is filled with lots of natural goodness to help in fighting fleas, ticks and lice.  The Original WashBar Soap is New Zealand made and it is excellent for an everyday clean but gentle enough to use on a variety of skin conditions.  Its active ingredients are natural with anti allergenic, anti-inflammatory and insecticidal which have known calming effect.


The good people from The Projekt L has kindly sent us 2 miniature WashBar Soap for Buffy to try. We used it on Buffy last Sunday and I must say the soap is really good.  The smell is wonderful and her coat has a great shine after that.  The only thing drawback I find is that it does not foam up very much despite using a lot of water.  Perhaps it is due to the size of the soap.  Nevertheless, Buffy has been scratching less after using the WashBar.


Nature is a powerful force and has already created the finest ingredients so you won’t find any synthetic nasties like parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or colours in their range. Its ingredients are spray-free or organic and all of their products are vegan and cruelty free.

The Washbar soap is made with Sustainable Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Neem Oil (active ingredient), 100% Pure Lemon Scented Tea Tree Essential Oil (active ingredient), Manuka Pure Essential Oil, Neem Leaf (active ingredient), Titanium Dioxide.

According to feedbacks from some of their customers, fleas, ticks and lice fall off off within a day of washing so this is just excellent.  It is an added bonus to know that this soap is made from all-natural ingredients which is very good for the skin unlike conventional shampoos in the market.   We are going to switch to using the Original WashBar Soap for Buffy now.   Swing by The Projekt L if you are interested to get your hands on some  natural soap bars that are produced to look after the skin and coat of your dogs.

Usually on weekends, I would go to the coffeeshops nearby to pack some food for missy for her breakfast. Usually it’s wanton or roti canai for breakie. Sometimes it would be dim sum or tai kau meen (Chinese pancake).  Last Saturday, I woke around 8am and I told missy that I would make her breakfast. I thought of making her some pancakes but since I have bought some small ceramic bowls (ramekins) from Daiso, I changed my mind.

Instead of pancakes, I baked banana bread pudding for the first time.   The ingredients needed are 6 slices of bread, 2 eggs, 3 bananas, 1 tsp of vanilla essence and 2 tsp of sugar.  Butter the bread and tear them into pieces.  Whisk eggs and add  the vanilla essence and sugar. Cut the bananas into small pieces.  Put the bread and bananas into the bowls.  Slowly pour in the egg mixture and bake at 190 degree C for 20 minutes. Easy eh?  Luckily I have all the ingredients available for me to whip up something in a jiffy.


In a week’s time, schools in Malaysia will be closed for the year.  This means there will be 6 weeks of holiday for the children before the new school term begins in January 2016. Have you made any plans to go on a break?  If not you may want to take a look at the Cozy Winters Reviews for your next vacation. If you prefer somewhere closer to home, do check out Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village in Ipoh.   This is the latest tourist attraction in Ipoh.   Opened in August 2014, this lovely place is located closed to the mountains and lake is only 10 minutes away from the Ipoh city.    There are lots of things to see here such as the old memorabilia, old vehicles, replicas of old food carts, barber shops, wishing well and etc.

It is great to spend some time to explore this place.  It is so serene and calm.  There are also many bicycles or trishaws available for guests to pedal around.  You can also find some chalets for rental.  Do check them out here – http://qingxinlingchaletipoh.com.my/.


So calming




Missy exploring the caves


One of the chalets for rental


Old barber shop


Old drinks cart

If you are looking for some back-to-the-nature fun, do check them out this holiday season.


No. 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5A, Taman Saikat, 31350, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

The annual Terry Fox Run is back. This year it is going to be held at Taman Metropolitan Kepong on November 29, 2015.  The flag-off is at 8am.  We have never been to this park before so are looking forward to it.  One loop is 3km for family run/bike/walk and for those who want to run further can do a few loops.    Below is the information on where to buy the Terry Fox Run T-shirt.


See you there!

As the new school year is fast approaching, two more months to be exact, it is time to start shopping for school uniforms and shoes as well as schoolbooks and stationery.   As a parent, I am sure you have gone through some frustration and tears because of lost stationery or personal belongings of your kids when they are in school.  Mine has lost her favourite tumbler, pencils and colour pencils before.  Therefore it is important that you label all your children’s items to avoid losing any of their belongings due to innocent mix-up.

The best place to get personalized labels is StickerKid.sg.  This one-stop shop has a huge range of all the labels you need.  At StickerKid, you can find high quality stickers, name labels of various sizes, iron-on labels, wall decals and more.    For your information, StickerKid stickers are highly durable and can withstand washing machines, dishwasher, freezer, sterilizer and microwaves during a period of 10 years.


Recently StickerKid sent missy some stickers removable iron-on labels for her clothes, small name labels for belongings and shoe stickers.


Missy loves the shoe stickers because she got to choose her favourite logo and personalized her text.  She chose a rock guitar logo because she loves the rock star image and blue background as it is now her favourite colour.


During missy’s computer lesson in school, all the children have to remove their shoes before entering the classroom.  Can you imagine how difficult it is for them to identify their own shoes since most of them have similar designs and sizes?   With the funky stickers from StickerKid, missy is not afraid of wearing the wrong shoes home anymore.


These labels are made in Switzerland from the highest quality material.  Every label is protected with a thin plastic layer to ensure that they can withstand any challenge.  They would not leave a sticky residue when it is time for a change.

It is very easy to order the labels on StickerKid.com.  Their website is very user-friendly and they offer international shipping too. Another cool option available is labels with your own picture.  All you need to do is upload an image onto the website and choose the cutout you would like to display on the labels.  I am sure your children will be thrilled to have labels with their faces on them. These labels are great for cups, lunchboxes or water tumblers. Hey, these cool stickers make a good gift for birthdays or Christmas too.  I wish there were personalized labels as cool as these during my schooldays. Hurry and check them out now if you want to keep track of your children’s belongings or if you are looking for stocking stuffer gift ideas this Christmas.

It cannot be denied that there are days where we just want a quick fix up for our look. The best way any woman can think of is the use of accessories such as sunglasses. The Ray Ban glasses collection has been getting a huge attention among the ladies for years and is always the favourite accessory used to complete an outfit. For the ladies who haven’t own one, check out the must-have Ray Ban glasses and see the one which fits your style. The top choice from the Ray Ban brand is the classic black sunglasses. Black sunglasses from Ray Ban will never go out of style and women can show it off in style with confidence. Give that simple outfit a nice touch by simply wearing a pair of black Ray Ban sunglasses to complete your fashion look.


Meanwhile, the ladies who want a less dramatic appeal while still maintaining a stylish appearance can opt for the brown tint sunglasses from Ray Ban Malaysia. The brown tinted sunglasses surely give you that mysterious peekaboo effect and you can wear it with any piece of clothing you have. The brown tinted ones are more modest and will be perfect to show off anywhere you go. Match it with your basic tees, formal wears or stylish blouses and step out feeling confident as ever.


Besides that, another Ray Ban sunglass that has been among the top three choices is the polarized mirror. For the ladies who are lazy to put on any eye makeup or simply want to hide those dark circles, this sunglass will be the perfect choice to wear on your day out to town. It clearly covers your eyes from being seen by others plus giving you that edgy appeal.


On certain days when I want a change from having noodles for lunch, I would have my minimalist lunch (if there is such a thing).

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English muffin with egg and lettuce

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Tuna and egg salad with lots of lettuce and cucumbers

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This is my favourite – Rendang chicken with salad.  I bought the rendang chicken from the nasi lemak stall and added my own lettuce and egg.

So, what do you have for lunch daily?


I posted a sneak-peep earlier on what I was going to do for missy’s class on Children’s Day.  Her school celebrated Children’s Day last Friday and since it’s a day before Halloween, I decided to prepare something with a Halloween theme.

Got this idea from Pinterest and downloaded the free template.  Fold the squares into treat boxes and filled them with mini chocs and sweets.


Tadaa ….. Halloween treat bags for the children. Just something fun for Children’s Day.

Below are some of the goodie bags that I have done previously :-





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