DIY Chinese New Year Wreath For 2023

I try to make my own Chinese New Year wreath every year after seeing how expensive these wreaths are selling from the shops or online. This year I did not have the inspiration to do any until like 2 weeks ago after seeing some being sold in Mid Valley Mall (over RM200 each). I went to check out a shop in Sri Petaling that sells Chinese New Year decor items without any wreath designs in mind and got myself some plastic leaves and orchids spray-painted in gold. I also got some red berries and a red Chinese knot. When I got home, I was contemplating if I should use a weave basket or a wreath as a base and decided on the latter.

The Before.

Tada…the After. Actually I didn’t have to use any glue for this wreath. I just stuck all the items around the wreath. I also added the plastic gold fan thingy to give it a bit of balance. So this year, my DIY Chinese New wreath does not contain any peonies and it is all gold and red.

Want to know what I did previously? Here are my DIY Chinese New Year for 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022. I skipped doing the wreath in 2020 because I wasn’t in the mood but I did decorate my bamboo plants.

Gong Xi Fa Cai Everyone! May The New Year Brings You & Your Family Great Health, Prosperity And Happiness!

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Revamp Your Work Space With Cool Stationeries

There are several things that can hinder our productivity such as lack of organization. This can make us lose focus during working hours but with the right tools, we can easily give our productivity level a boost. Studies have shown that tidy workspaces or positive environment can increase productivity.

As we have just welcomed the new year, there is no better way to give the year a fresh start than to get organized for the year ahead. It is the perfect time to get organized for better productivity and mood to tackle big goals. We spend a third of our lives at work and when we become tired of the workspace, our motivation can decrease. As such, it a good idea to give our workspace a refresh and thankfully, there are many ways to foster our well-being on the job. Something as simple as this leather desk pad from Galen Leather is enough to perk us up.

This stylish executive desktop pad from  is made from vegetable tanned bridle leather and is large enough to offer protection to your desk. This versatile pad is soft to touch, durable and can be used as a laptop and mouse pad, and desk blotter. It offers a smooth and firm surface for writing on. It is available in several colors from tan to pink, orange, green and bright blue to match your personal style and taste. This luxe desk writing pad can further be personalized with any 3 characters printed on the front bottom corner of the mat. Besides keeping your desk tidy, protecting your devices or surfaces clean from scratches, this desktop pad can instantly make it a more inviting and stylish space to work in.

You can further power up your productivity with a leather jotter pad. In order to work more efficiently, it is a good idea to jot down any important notes with a proper writing pad. Having stray bits of paper everywhere can add to stress so this undyed leather jotter pad is a good choice. It is perfect for taking notes on-the-go, making lists, setting goals, and prioritizing work tasks. This leather jotter pad will help you to stay on top of tasks stylishly.

When you have a jotter pad, you should also have a pen handy to write things down. Good pens such a Scrikss fountain pen writes well as the the ink from it glides effortlessly over the surface of a paper. Featuring a retro design, this fountain pen comes with a sensitive medium nib and a transparent window barrel for easy gauging of ink level.

Tweaking the workspace with high quality, visual pleasing stationery and chic accessories is the key to being productive. Check out Galen Leather for more beautiful and practical leather products.

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My Birthday Gifts

I celebrated my birthday last week and received a pleasant surprise from my sisters and my friends. My sisters gifted me a lovely carrot caramel cake from Keesho and it was so delicious. Just what I needed as I was craving for some cakes. I find the caramel a bit sweet but maybe because I haven’t been taking any sweet food for a few years.  I am eating a slice a day and it is so so good.

Then later there was a delivery from Grab and my friends gifted me some Italian cheese and cured meat. The best gift for a keto-er like me.

It was an ordinary day for me and we did not go out for dinner. Saving my tummy for the coming Chinese New Year feasting. Below are the birthday messages from the gifts.

My friends like to make fun of the keto cakes that I have been eating and they said the cakes tasted like cardboards! But I do love the idea writing the messages on a recycled cardboard *chuckle*

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Where To Buy Quality Charm Bracelets

A charm bracelet is a bracelet that has small decorative trinkets attach to it. These are charms to create a customized bracelet that holds meaning and value to the wearer. Charm bracelets are the ultimate accent piece as they let the wearer express themselves through details whether big or small. These accessories have been around for a long time and the tradition of modern charm bracelets that feature the chain link design in silver or gold originated from the Victorian era. Its popularity grew rapidly during the 50s when actresses adorned themselves with these bracelets. 

Charms usually symbolized love and inspiration. A four-leave clover or horseshoes charms are popular and said to bring luck to the wearer. Charm bracelets with cross symbols, angels and doves are also worn for religious purposes and are popular common gifts given during baptisms and christenings. 

Gnoce Lucky Horseshoe Golden Flower Shaped 925 Sterling Silver Ideal Gift for Her Jewelry Bead Charm

One of the most appealing features of a charm bracelet is that it can be personalized to commemorate special occasions like birthdays, graduations, marriage and children.  The Guardian Angel” Wings Heart Personalized Photo Charm bracelet is the perfect gift for mothers as it can be customized to include a photo of the child in the charm. 

Gnoce Guardian Angel Wings Heart Personalized Photo Charm

Charm bracelets are not only great for celebrating milestones but they can keep a special memory in your life. We all can use these charms to remind us the happy and meaningful moments whenever we look at it. During these special occasions, charms are added to the chains for memories. 

This wonderful bracelet does not go out of style. Today, charm bracelets are more about showcasing personal style. You can find charm bracelets in a variety of designs, from dainty chains to chunky cable bracelets. The possibilities really are endless. 

18K Rose Gold Plated racelet Causal 925 Sterling Silver

If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate life’s special moments, you can buy quality charm bracelets at Gnoce, a leading online professional jeweler that offers a wide range of delicate and unique jewelry made with superb craftsmanship that includes personalized jewelry, charms, bracelets and more. Gnoce’s collection of charms are made of high-quality silver that sparkle with a polished finish. 

Its stunning charm collection is fun to collect and they make ideal gifts for family and friends. You can find silver and colorful charms and pendants that cover every theme from animals, anime, hobbies, symbol of love and more. With such great choices to choose from, you can make gift shopping fun, start your own collection or expand an existing charm bracelet set. 

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Dinner At Restoran Sin Chua Kee

My friends and I had an early Chinese New Year gathering at Restoran Sin Chua Kee a few days ago. I have been to this restaurant more than 10 years ago and it is quite close to where I live.  This restaurant is a no-frills eatery and food is affordable and delicious. It is famous for crabs but we did not order any that night.

Here is what we ordered that night:-

Our first loh sang of 2023

Tossing of loh sang while shouting out auspicious phrases

Homemade tofu with minced meat

Fried brinjal.

Stir fry intestines.

Braised pork belly with salted fish. A very savoury dish.

This is pork ribs with superior sauce. It is one of their signature dishes. It is a bit too sweet for me.

Paku Pakis Kerabu. This is a very flavorful dish that is served cold and we like it very much.

The dinner was also to celebrate 3 of our birthdays. There were 2 old school coffee and vanila butter cakes for Elaine and Annie, and a keto burnt cheesecake for me.

Restoran Sin Chua Kee

No. 47, 1, Jalan Kuchai Lama, Taman Lian Hoe, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah  Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
012-688 8022

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Not Ready For It

Last week while I was walking out to the market in my neighbourhood, I spotted some red things bobbling in the air.  They are none other than red lanterns! Yes, the red lanterns are all up on the main roads surrounding the market area.

Red lanterns are being put up every year for Chinese New Year to give it a festive feel. I was quite surprised this time because we haven’t celebrated Christmas yet.

Chinese New Year 2023 falls on the 22nd January and I find this too early. I have not even started doing anything around the house or getting things ready to decorate the house for the festival.

Just to put this here for memories – This Christmas, I got missy to help with the wrapping of gifts. We were invited to a friend’s house for a BBQ on Christmas day and there’s a gift exchange event. So after shopping for all the gift at Mid Valley (My friends and I call it Mad Valley because this mall is totally packed on weekends), missy was delegated to wrap them. I did give some pointers on how to wrap the gifts.

We had a quiet celebration on Christmas Eve. Ordered in Texas chicken which was a good idea as I didn’t have any mood nor energy to prepare anything shopping for 6 hours at Mad Valley that day.  Then we went to the Assumption Church in PJ for midnight mass.

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Free Interactive Money Games Online

When Ashley was little, I did not really teach her about money or help her to build a responsible understanding of financial literacy. Now that she has become a teenager, she enjoys purchasing things without really budgeting her finances. Even when I advice her on her spending, she is still not careful with her money.

As parents, it is important that we teach our children positive money habits by learning the basic concepts such as budgeting and savings so that they will practice good financial behaviors when they become adults.

These days, there are many ways to teach children about money and the best thing about it is through online games that are fun. Online games are easily available and have become a popular tool to educate children about the important things in life.  These money games for children cover an array of financial topics that is easy to understand. 

Playing online money games has many benefits that can help children learn key life skills and they play an important role in their personal development. The games encourages strategic thinking and creativity. Some of the benefits include:-

  • Boosting early learning skills – problem-solving, negotiating, planning and much more. 
  • Concentration – online games require quick actions, patience and concentration. Playing online games has shown an increase in the concentration skills of players. 
  • Analytical Skills – Usually the games require players to solve problems in order to advance to the next level. This will challenge their analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Understanding The Value Of Money – playing money games gives children more awareness of the value of money and understand that different costs are associated with different value items. 
  • Understanding Scenarios – Playing shopping games will help children to learn more about real life situations that involve money. 
  • Math Skills Addition and Subtraction Skills – Children will learn how to work out how much an item cost and how much change is required and this will improve their addition and subtraction skills. 
  • Saving Habits – Researches have shown that children who interact with money often tend to have better saving habits when they get older. 

Money Games.

If you would like to introduce some fun and educational money games for your children to play, you can check out the games at MortgageCalculator. Ashley and I had some fun time playing these games and she finds them very useful.

Grocery Cashier

This is a game that is great for younger children to practice their maths. When she was younger, Ashley wanted to work as a cashier at the supermarket when she’s an adult as she found it fun to ring up the cash register. So when she saw the Grocery Cashier game, she wanted to give it a try as it brought back memories. This game involves ringing up the cash machine by entering the price of each item as it comes down the conveyor belt. Then tap the plus button to add the things up. After entering, click on the total button and then enter the amount that the customer paid and click on the pay button. Then click on the bills and coins to complete the transaction. 

Bitcoin Tap Tap Mine

Bitcoin Tap Tap Mine is an idle clicker game that is based on the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Players will collect the bitcoins by tapping on the screen to mine the Bitcoin. You have to click as fast as you can and once you have collected enough, you can use the Bitcoin earnings to improve electricity cost, mining pools, hardware and hashing algorithms. Every time you upgrade your mining, you can increase the Bitcoin production rate to mine faster. You can also collect random gifts and spin the wheel for a chance to win. This game is a good learning tool to explain how Crytopcurrencies work. 

Farm Town

Another enjoyable game is Farm Town that is similar to one that I have played many years ago. This is also a clicker game that involves farming & food processing simulation game with different stages. Firstly, you need to plant the seeds, harvest the crops and also raise animals when you have enough money to buy them after selling your produce at the town market. You can also use the money to buy more seed, purchased commercial equipment and also research new food production techniques. Every level has a unique goal to accomplish and it ranges from cash earned to create certain food items in the kitchen. Let me warn you first that this game is pretty addictive. 

Do check out these exciting money games online at MortgageCalculator with your children. Money games are one of the best ways to introduce the financial concepts to children. MortgageCalculator has games that are ideal for young kids, preteens and teenagers. Even adults can enjoy them too!

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Happy Winter Solstice Festival

Today is Dongzhi festival and this year, we did not roll any tang yuan (glutinuous rice balls) but I cheated and bought the frozen ones. Missy said they taste different. Usually my mom would buy the glutinuous rice flour from the market, add coloring and roll them the night before. Since she is in Ipoh now, I didn’t buy any flour and just bought the frozen ones. Ashley prepared the sugar syrup last night and woke up early to boil them this morning because she said she wants to learn how to do all these. Next year she said we should buy the glutinous rice flour and roll them.

Happy Dongzhi Everyone!

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Start A Green Business With Silicone Products

Are you thinking of starting a business selling silicone products? Well congratulations on the new business venture. Being an entrepreneur is very exciting indeed. Silicone products are used in many fields and industries such as the aerospace, healthcare, electronics, personal care and construction. As it is a very commonly used material, a business involving silicone is a good business idea.

Silicone is a type of synthetic polymer that is highly heat resistant. It is durable, easy to manufacture, and stable over a wide range of temperatures. Silicone made products are better for the environment compared to plastics. They do not contain any harmful chemicals, making it safe for human’s health. It also does not contain BPA and toxins that are harmful to the environment.

Silicone is more environmentally friendly compared to plastic. Made from silica, which is derived from sand, manufacturing silicone does not involve mining for crude oil, which most plastics are made from.

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If you are looking for some guides on how to start this business, here is a list of things you should consider:-

  • Create a business plan
  • Check the testing regulations for these silicone products
  • Find a good silicone products manufacturer that is reliable and trustworthy
  • Place a sample
  • Design your brand and packaging
  • Build your website or platform page

The Best Silicone Manufacturer

The most important step is to find a reliable manufacturer who can offer you the best support in your business. Choosing a silicone manufacturer to partner with and creating your products may be daunting and there are many factors to consider. Search for an established silicone manufacturer that has a positive history of producing quality products and has the right expertise.  One of the best custom silicone mold manufacturer is NewTop Silicone. They are one of the industry’s leading silicone manufacturers in China. NewTop Silicone supplies high-quality silicone products such as silicone products for households, baby silicone range,  as well as customized products for industrial and medical applications.

Why Should You Choose NewTop Silicone?

With over 15 years of experience, NewTop Silicone provides custom products that include silicone O-rings, extruded silicone profile and more. All their products are manufactured with stringent quality control throughout the entire production process. They have a team of skilled and knowledgeable professional engineers who can formulate practical solutions for all your needs. No matter what your silicone manufacturing needs are, Newtop Silicone is dedicated to making sure your silicone products are of the highest possible quality and will help you scale your business.

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Charming Penang

About two weeks ago, my sisters, mum, Ashley and I went for an all-girls’ trip to Penang. It was a belated birthday celebration for mum and also she wanted to meet up with her schoolmate. They haven’t seen each for decades.

I haven’t been to Penang since more than 6 years. I just love how charming this city is. I love to spend time walking around the streets and looking at the pre-war shophouses. Some of them have been beautifully restored to become boutique hotels, cafes, museums, and art galleries. I also love the old floor tiles on the five-foot ways. There is just so much to see in this beautiful island. Alas, we didn’t get to walk around Love Lane, Jalan Masjid, Muntri Street and all the little streets around this area as mum can’t walk for too long.

I managed to take some photos near Jalan Melayu when we had coffee and pastries at La Vie En Rose and along Jalan Penang the next day during breakfast at Kheng Pin cafe.

This is the corridor right outside La Vie En Rose. Missy finds it very funny as it’s so low. I also wonder why it was built at this height back in the day.

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