She’s 15

Last Sunday which was also the first day of Hari Raya was missy’s 15th birthday.  We had a lil celebration for her at home because we are still under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).  Actually even if there is no CMCO, she won’t be going out to the mall with her friends just yet.  It is still too risky to be going to crowded places.  2 days before her birthday, she received a lovely bunch of flowers from her friends, twin brothers Fearles and Cruz who also share the same birthday and birth year as her.  Yeah, they are almost like twins.  She was so happy with the surprise.  Thank you Annie, Fearles and Cruz!

Missy requested for Dim Sum for lunch and her por por treated her to it.  Hubs and I went out to the nearby dim sum eatery to take away some of her favorite dim sum which includes har gao, siew mai, fish ball, fried prawn rolls, and we got some steam pork ribs and chicken feet too.  We forgot to take photos of the dim sum lunch.

The night before her big day, I baked her a chocolate cake.  This is the first time I have baked her a birthday cake.

I followed a simple recipe online and it turned out pretty well.

As the cake looked pretty plain, I decided to whip some frosting using heavy cream, cocoa powder, vanilla essence and sugar.  Oh boy, I sucked at decorating the cake and smoothing it out.

In order to cover the imperfections, I crushed 3 pieces of Oreos to top the cake.

Missy received another surprise from her aunts who gave her a pint of Blueberry Ice-cream from Inside Scoop.

Right after the candle blowing session, she went up to her room to have a Zoom birthday party with her cousin and a few friends. This is the new normal kind of birthday celebration.

For dinner, she wanted to have the Super Ribs from Down To Bones and was treated by her mah mah (paternal grandma).  Super Ribs are two stick pork ribs coated with melted cheese and Super Ring snack crumbles. We also ordered the Ultra Ribs, Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Creamy Mushroom Pasta.  I ordered the food earlier and went over to pick them up.  The food was delicious.

Missy told me that she had an enjoyable day and it was one of the best birthday celebrations.

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Fashion Trend Must-Have For Summer 2020

So far 2020 has been unusual and nothing is certain.  The world has come to terms with the reality of pandemic life and many of us have canceled special events, from weddings to birthday celebrations. There are even fewer outings like brunch with friends which means we are swapping our usual clothing for comfortable loungewear.

But while we may be lacking reasons to put any ‘real’ clothes on right now, never mind our favorite ones, there is a lot to be said for looking ahead.  Just as we are finding joy in daydreaming about the places we will go once it is safe to do so, many of us are also looking forward to having fun with fashion again.  With that in mind, let us all distract ourselves with the season’s trending looks which include fresh prints and fun colors because we all need something to look forward to for when we can go outside again.

Animal Print

Animal print is the one trend that will outlast all the others.  Whether it is your leopard-print coat or the snakeskin printed items, the animal prints of all kinda are the trend that will never die.  For this season, we will be seeing abstract versions of leopard print clothing, while the styling is all about mixing the prints with neutral tones.

Drawstring

By no means a new phenomenon, the drawstring was all over the spring/summer 2020 runway. Whether it is sitting at the top of shorts, at the waist of jackets, this trend is hot now.

Tie-dye

Remember the time when you spent hours tie-dying as many clothes as you can during your childhood days?  Well, the 2020 tie-dye clothing trend is alive and well. From the runways to street style looks, there is no denying tie-dye is back.  It is time to re-live your childhood and keep up with current trends at the same, especially when your wardrobe needs a little something else other than floral.  Shop the best tie-dye pieces to add to your closet

American Flag

Nothing says ‘I love the USA’ better than American Flag clothing.  Apparel featuring an American flag print is the epitome of summertime, especially with the Fourth of July approaching.  The contrast vibrant of the colors white, red and blue flag pop beautifully against one another. It creates a bold fashion statement that you can see from miles away.
From shorts, tees to denim jackets, American flag-printed clothing are chic and stylish.

It might be a good distraction to start planning for those summer outfits, or even experimenting with some new looks around the house.  From sporty drawstring details to feisty color combos, these are the styles you will be seeing once those temps warm up and everyone can go outside again.

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How To Buy The Right Costume For Your Dog

Some dog parents love dressing up their pooch.  You will see dogs in cute costumes during holidays like Halloween, Fourth of July, on their birthday or National Dog Day.  Dogs are not only in sweaters to keep warm or raincoats to keep dry, many enjoy dressing up their dogs on a daily basis.  Rather than a pet, dogs have become like our family members.  This is the reason why it has become essential to dress them like one.  Clothing for pets is a bit of indulgence and it is a fun dressing up your pet.  It is the right way of showing affection towards them.

It is also important to note that care has to be taken into consideration when dressing them up.  Ensure that it is comfortable to your dog, safe and stress-free. Here are the steps to dress up your dog.

  1. Know the perfect size of your pet by measuring from the neck first.  Then measure the length of the dog from the neck until the base of its tail.  Lastly, measure the circumference of your pet from the point just behind front legs and measure it around the side and take note of the readings.
  2. Make sure to buy the perfect fitted clothes for your pet according to the measurement you took. Check for the material of the apparel which should not be itchy or discomforting. Avoid buying a dress with small ornaments which can be a choking hazard.
  3. Avoid any toxic ingredients like glitter or dye.

4.  Avoid things that are too tight and can  that obstruct your dog’s vision, or just irritate him.  Comfort is the key.

Your four-legged friend’s comfort is the most crucial aspect in the complete process.  There are many cute dog clothing online where you can find a suitable dress for your buddy.  If you need advice, do consult your vet on what are the type of cloth is suitable and comfortable to make your pet less anxious.

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My Favourite Vegetarian Curry

One of my favourite dishes is vegetarian curry.  I can actually eat this the whole day.  One of the good things about this MCO (Movement Control Order) is that I finally learned how to cook this dish.  Yes, all this time it is either cooked by my mom or I would buy the curry from the stalls.  I can’t believe I did not learn how to cook it earlier because it is so simple.

I used 3 tablespoons of Baba’s Meat Curry Powder and mixed it with some water and chopped garlic and onions.  Then fry this mixture till it becomes fragrant.  Add more water, followed by the vegetables. Simmer for about 30 mins and the vegetarian curry is cooked.  I love the tau fo pok (fried beancurd) in this dish. 

BABA'S MEAT CURRY POWDER 250G | Shopee Malaysia

I used MasFood Vegetarian Curry Paste during the 2nd time I cooked it.  With MasFood paste, I used the whole packet.  This is less spicy compared to Baba’s meat curry powder. 

MasFood INSTANT VEGETARIAN CURRY PASTE | Shopee Malaysia

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Cheap Bridesmaid Dresses That Look Expensive

Looking for trendy bridesmaid dresses for your best friends or have you been invited to be the maid of honor at your best friend’s wedding? Being chosen as a bridesmaid is an honor.  However, it can be a rather expensive affair.  It is difficult to decline the invitation once the process begins. One of the biggest expenses is the dress. So if you would like to find cheap bridesmaid dresses, do read on to find found some beautiful bridesmaid dresses that will not put a dent in your pocket.

Bridesmaid dresses do not come cheap and with a group of girls who often have different styles and sizes, it can be a slightly stressful experience. Shopping for bridesmaid dress at the right places can take away some of the stress, and actually make shopping for a bridesmaid dress easy and seamless. To make your shopping a breeze, do head over to  Yesbabyonline, an internationally renowned one-stop shop for all things bridesmaids.  This retailer has one of the largest collections of bridesmaid dresses around and won’t have you dig deep into your bank account.  Choose from a variety of flirty florals and effortless silhouettes which are the perfect complement to your fairytale day.

Check out a few of their beautiful and stylish bridesmaid dresses below:

A-Line Sleeveless Train Dress

V-Neck Short Dress With Lace Applique

Spaghetti Strap Long Slit Dress

The above are fun, fashionable, totally adorable bridesmaid dresses that are all under $120. You will adore the array of on-trend hues and fabrics like chiffon, lace, and satin, as well as the variety of playful necklines (deep-V or off-the-shoulder).   There are many different hemlines that these stylish bridesmaid dresses are available in.  Yesbabyonline focuses on affordable bridesmaid dresses for any kind of wedding aesthetic. Whether you are a bride looking to keep down the cost of the big day, or a well-meaning bridesmaid hoping to send a hint, Yesbabyonline will supply your squad with gowns at a price on which everyone can agree.

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Best Sandal Trend For Women With Minimalist Style

With many aspects of our day-to-day lives currently on hold due to the unprecedented time, what we are choosing to wear at the moment might look quite different from our normal get-up. Whether we are spending the whole day in PJs, loving our loungewear or trying to dress up, there is no better way to lift up our mood than some forward-thinking and escapism over some drool-worthy sandal trend for this year.  Do read on to view some trending casual shoes for women.  There is a variety of options ranging from trendy to functional that will put you in a better mood just by looking at them.

Sandals are the most iconic summer shoes. They are cool in every sense of the word. Not only do they keep our feet cool in warm weather, but they also look cool, which means they marry fashion with function.  Many summer sandal trends have come and gone, but the most powerful sandals are also the simplest ones.  When you take away any unnecessary frills, embellishments, and adornments,  the timeless design of the sandal speaks for itself. Keep scrolling to see the best sandal brands for minimalist women from Shoessee. Whether they are heeled or flat, these sandals are the pinnacle of summer style.

This strappy sandal adds a trendy vibe to your summer shorts outfit.

Low heeled sandals can lend a little lift to our assets and add an extra inch to our height. This pair is fun and colorful, and guaranteed to breathe new life into your wardrobe.

A pair of platforms is a comfortable everyday alternative to a pair of heels this summer. Add a few extra inches to the soles of your flat sandals, and voila! You have the perfect platform sandal. This pumped-up kick will take you to new heights this season, and are practical too.

This flat-heeled shoe is the go-to tourist shoe and its super comfortable style is here for another season.  Pair it with high-waisted trousers or casual maxi dress.  A great choice for grocery runs or social distancing walk.

There are plenty of minimalist sandals in comfortable styles that are as stylish as they are practical. Whether it a tourist-inspired sandal for a long solitary walk, a flip flop to accompany your backyard swim look, a cozy work-from-home slide, the above is some of the best summer sandals that are suited for every “socially distanced summer” occasion.

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Cheapest 3-Ply Surgical Face Masks In Malaysia

I have been buying 3-ply surgical face masks since the MCO started.  I paid RM85 for a box of 50 pieces.  Then when the pharmacies in my neighbourhood restocked their mask supplies, I paid RM15 for a pack of 10.  The price is really exorbitant and I don’t have a choice as I use one mask a day because I go to work.  I would wear the mask the whole time I am in the office.  I also use a mask when I go to the market or supermarkets.

Last week, I saw Mr. DIY‘s ad on Facebook and they are selling 3-Ply Surgical Mask at RM49 a box (50 pieces).  That is the cheapest price for mask so far.

I bought 2 boxes from Mr. DIY.  Delivery is very fast too and I received the masks in less than 2 days.  If you would like to order, check it out here.  Delivery is free for orders above RM60.

 

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Cheap Bridesmaid Dresses You Can Buy Online

Being someone’s bridesmaid is an honor, but it usually comes with a serious price tag. Considering all the costs that go into being a bridesmaid these days, saving where you can could really help your bridal party in the long run. Style, silhouette are colors are always on top of the mind when choosing bridesmaid dresses.  It is also important to consider budget limitations since bridemaids typically pay for their own attire. Asking your friends to dig deep into the pockets for a custom-made couture number which they will only wear once is not easy.

 Deciding on a style and budget for your bridesmaids’ dresses can be a tricky affair, especially when you want to make sure all of your girls are happy!  Therefore, if you cannot afford to give your friends their gowns as a gift, they would appreciate your thoughtful gesture when you choose cheap bridesmaid dresses.   Making sure the price, style, color, and fit work for everyone is important.

You do not have to sacrifice style for a great price.  There are plenty of retailers that specialize in beautiful frocks that will satisfy your very specific dress code and still leave you with some dollars left over for your after-wedding party.  You just have to know where to look and think outside the box. Bridesmaid duties can be quite stressful for many women.  It is best to talk to your best friends and find out what is a good budget before you go ahead to choose a dress.

Get savvy about savings by shopping at online stores that offer huge discounts and free shipping.

Simple Chiffon Long Bridesmaid Dresses | V-Neck Sleeveless Side-Slit Prom Dresses

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Protect Your Dog From Rain With Affordable Dog Raincoat

We all use the umbrella or wear raincoats when it is raining.  Dogs will need raincoats for the same reason as us.  If you bring your pet out for walks to vacate his bladder, then very likely that it will need a raincoat.  This is more so if you live in an apartment or townhouse and do not have your own back yard.

The reason for getting your pup a raincoat is probably for its comfort.  You do not want your dog to walk in the rain especially if the weather is chilly.  Also, a raincoat is helpful to keep the dog dry or you may have to bring a wet dog back into your home and that can be messy.

While our raincoats are usually zipper closure, dog raincoats can be closed with velcro, straps or zippers. You can choose what style you prefer or which your dog does best with. Dog raincoats that are designed to fit your dog snugly but not restrict its movement.  The most important factor is that it gives plenty of space for him to do his potty business.  If you are shopping around for a raincoat for your pup, here are some cheap dog raincoat that can keep your pup comfortable and look cute at the same time.

This lovely blue raincoat has reflective strips that go around the plastic shield which covers the head and the front body.  There is a leash hole that is protected and reinforced, unlike some leash slits that appear to be simply cut an afterthought. It is secured around your dog’s neck and hidden so as to prevent rain leaking in or irritated skin from the buckle rubbing your dog’s skin.

Cute Dog Jumpsuit Raincoat Adjustable Lightweight Breathable Rain Poncho

This cute dog jumpsuit raincoat is lightweight and breathable enough for your pup to prevent overheating. It is great for offering protection for your dog from both wind and rain.

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What Can You Replace Cream Cheese With?

Saw this useful tip on Facebook yesterday and thought I would share it here.  I use a lot of cream cheese and heavy cream for my bakes as I am following the keto way of eating.  Lately, cream cheese and whipping cream are sold out in many places and I am guessing that it is because many people are trying their hands on baking Burnt Cheese Cakes.  So what do you do when you run out of cream cheese?  According to the tip below, you can try to make your own with a few items.

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If you do not have Whipping Cream, try this.

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