My Birthday Celebration

Last week was my birthday and I received a surprise gift the night before.  My dear friends sent me a keto dinner which consisted of a fried cauli duck rice, a slice of lemon blueberry cake and a cappuccino. Together with the meal were 2 tubs of keto cookies.  Just in time for Chinese New Year. The dinner was sumptuous and it was ordered from Thirty Seconds, a keto restaurant.

A few days before my birthday, I received a package from Shopee. It contained 2 jars of keto chocolate spread.  There was no messages on the package and I didn’t know who sent them to me.  Initially, I thought they were from my friends or sisters but they said no.  In the end, I found out that it’s from hubs.

The dark chocolate nut butter is simply delicious. It’s so soft and easy to spread.

On the day of my birthday, I received a surprise delivery.  It was a keto lemon cheesecake sent to my office.  They ordered the yummy cake from my favourite bakery – Suchan.  One week after my birthday and I am still eating this cake. That’s how big it is.

A little later, there was another delivery and one of my friends sent me this lovely box of goodies.  It contained my favorite salted pork skin and pork rinds.  On top of that, there were 4 packages of different types of bacon.  Man, I have gone to porky heaven!

I am so blessed.  Later that night, my sisters treated me to dinner at Three Little Pigs and Wolf in Bangsar Village. It was a memorable birthday for me.

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Things That Make Me Happy

I love succulents. I guess you can tell from the theme of my blog.  There is just something about these little green plants that make me smile. I have blogged about my previous buy here.  I even made paper succulents as gifts for my friends.  There is a plant seller that comes to my neighbourhood’s market once a week and I usually would pop over to have a look for some plant therapy. I spotted this cute one and cannot resist.

Repotted it to my hexagon planter and it looks perfect!

I also bought a few and repotted them into a little pail.  These babies are for my friend who is into plants too.

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Where To Buy The Best Water Dispenser In Malaysia

Drinking enough water every day is important for our overall well-being. Water keeps us hydrated and it is recommended that a person takes between 1L to 2L of water a day. This will keep us healthy and refreshed.  Therefore, many people choose to install a water dispenser in their homes.  Doing so will make it more convenient for everyone to drink the recommended daily intake.  What are the benefits of having a water dispenser at home?

Convenience

​Having a water dispenser at home makes it easier for one to stick to drinking the required amount. All we have to do is just go to the kitchen and dispense a glass of refreshing water, no matter if it is a glass of warm water, cold water or room temperature water. 

Safe and good for health

Water dispenser offers filtered water that has harmful contaminants such chlorine and lead removed, keeping the natural essential minerals for our consumption.  One of the most important benefits of a water dispenser is that it provides us with easy access to clean, safe and healthy drinking water.

If you are looking for a Malaysia water dispenser, you may want to check out Thanos. This water dispenser brand is trusted by over 100,000 households in Malaysia. Besides being very easy to use and durable, Thanos water dispensers are very affordable too. For only RM65 a month, we can have clean water in our home.  The water dispenser features three different water types such as cold, room temperature and hot water. The water is dispensed from three different outlets. 

Malaysia water filter

How To Use Thanos Water Dispenser

  • Once the water dispenser is installed, it is connected to the tap water directly. 
  • Switch on the water dispenser machine.
  • Water will go through five filtration processes.
  • Press the switch to dispense clean water.

Why Choose Thanos Water Dispenser?

Space Saving

Built with an ergonomic design, this attractive Malaysia water filter machine is compact and will not take up a lot of space to give your kitchen a neat and organized look.  You can also eliminate the hassle of having bottles or jars of water around.  

Fuss Free

Thanos water dispenser has the right temperature for hot water and you do not have to boil any water in the kettle to make your coffee or any hot drinks. With just a touch of a button, you can have instant hot water when you need your caffeine fix. 

Less Clutter

There is no need to store bottles or jars of water in the refrigerator to keep the water chilled because the Thanos water filter machine can dispense water at exactly the temperature you want. You can also create your own mix of hot and cold water.  

Thanos water dispenser can transform your home’s tap water into purified, great-tasting water for everyday use with its high-quality Korean filters.  This water dispenser is available for only RM2,588 with multiple payment options and plans.  The normal price is RM2,988 so you get a savings of RM400 if you purchase now.  The Thanos water dispenser will be delivered to your doorstep for free and they also offer free installation by their experienced installers.  

If you want access to clean, safe and healthy water, hurry and place your order now. 

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Trending Bridesmaid Dresses 2022

Planning to say I Do this year? There is a lot to look forward to, especially if your wedding plans have been postponed due to the past two years. Just like the fashion trends, with every new year, there is a fresh wave of new trends and in the bridal world, there are no exception.

One of the toughest thing to do while planning a wedding is to pick out the bridal party dresses. The bridesmaid dresses are an important element to tie your wedding theme together.  These dresses will create a cohesion between your wedding gown, the groom’s attire, the decorations, floral arrangements and the overall aesthetic of the venue.  Finding styles and colors that will make every one of your bridal party feel beautiful is a challenge.

There are factors to consider such as what are the flattering designs and the color. It can be daunting trying to please all your bridesmaids and make sure that they are comfortable and happy wearing the dresses that you have picked for them.  No matter if your wedding is going to be held in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, you will be able to find  bridesmaid dresses from My Chic Dress that will give a fresh and on-trend look as well as something to please everyone’s style and budget.

Ahead are the cheap bridesmaid dresses 2022 that your bridesmaids would want to wear again.

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

A great way to let everyone of your bridesmaids feel unique in their dresses, while looking cohesive is to give them a specific color, silhouette and fabric and then allow them to pick out the neckline of their dress. Do you know that a neckline can have a big impact on how a dress appears on different body types? As such, letting your bestfriends choose a dress that looks best on them will not only make them happy but also let them be creative with their choices.

mismatched bridesmaid dresses

One Shoulder Mermaid Bridesmaid Dress

If you prefer a bit of dramatic flair on your nuptial day, this elegant royal blue one-shoulder dress would be just the option to really sweep your bridesmaids off their feet. These are one of the top bridesmaid dress trends in 2022.

One shoulder bridesmaid dressOff Shoulder Satin Midi Bridesmaid Dress

Midi length dresses like these are perfect for semi-formal wedding celebrations in summer and outdoor receptions.  This midi length dress is made of sleek woven satin that shapes an off-the-shoulder neckline. The rust color and luxury texture of satin photograph beautifully with the bride’s gown.

off shoulder midi bridesmaid dress

One Shoulder Sequin Bridesmaid Dress

Want to make your bestfriends shine with a hint of Old Hollywood glam? Just give your squad some sparkle on your big day by outfitting them in sequin bridesmaid dresses. Sequin dresses will make your bridesmaids look like a million bucks for less.

long sequin bridesmaid dress

Halter Neck A-Line Bridesmaid Dress

Halterneck bridesmaid dresses are a gorgeous and incredibly flattering choice. They are ideal for full busted women as they provide a lot of support but a halterneck dress also work on many body types.  The design shows off the shoulder and back and draws attention upwards. If you are looking for a contemporary classic, this twisted halter neck dress is the one. It gently drapes down the body for a sultry, Grecian goddess vibe.

halter neck long bridesmaid dress

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I Got My Booster Jab 4 Months After Taking The Astrazeneca Vaccine

A little over a week ago, I was surprised to see my booster appointment on the MySejahtera app. This is because I was the last one to get my 2nd vaccination amongst my friends and they have not even gotten their booster yet. Also because I just took the 2nd  Astrazeneca vaccine on 13th September 2021 so it is still not even 4 months yet.  The booster shot was at Le Quadi Hotel in Cheras and I have heard horror stories about this PPV.  The queue was long and my friend’s parents got turned away eventhough they have an appointment to get the booster last December. 

I was so not looking forward to it and was going to click cancel hoping that they would give me another date and another location.  Then, my husband also received his appointment on the same day, time and location as me. Since both of us were sent to the same location, we decided to go ahead.  Hubs 2nd vaccination was in July so it has been 6 months already.

Last Friday I suggested that we go early for our 1.30pm booster appointment and left the house at 11.15am.  Alas, we were caught in the horrendous Kesas/MRR2 highway jam that started as soon as we passed Sri Petaling.  Actually, Waze showed us to the MEX highway  route but my smarty pants husband said we shouldn’t follow Waze because sometimes it takes us a few km further eventhough the road is only slightly jam.  So we were sitting in the jam for 1 hour and 15 minutes because of the ongoing highway construction work.  On a regular day, it only takes 10 minutes for us to reach Cheras. 

Anyway, we reached Le Quadri Hotel at 12.30pm and parked beside the road.  The PPV offsite was on Level 11 and we were keeping our fingers crossed that the crowd will be manageable and we do not have to wait for hours. Lo and behold, we were so relieved to see that the whole place was almost empty except for the frontliners and a few people who came before us. It only took us about 15 minutes from the time we filled in the questionnaire, spoke to a medical officer and then took the vaccine.  Super fast!

See all the empty chairs?  This is where we sat to fill in the questionnaire.

The area before we go in to take the booster. So empty!

I have been Pfizer-ed.  This is the details of the vaccine I took.

Side Effects of The Pfizer Booster Shot

So a few hours after the booster shot, my left eye became swollen. I was a bit worried but monitored the situation without taking any antihistamine.  The swelling came down at night.  The next day, I felt tired so luckily it was Saturday so I rested in between doing housework.  Today is Day 4 and I still feel a bit tired.  

As for hubs, the side effects are quite bad.  He said it is worst than the first AZ jab he took.  He has flu symptoms, body ache and felt very hot inside his body.  He only took 2 Actifast (panadol) yesterday morning and at night. Today, he is feeling better but not 100% back to normal yet. 

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Best Ways To Style A Sweater This Season

It is the time of the year where we have to bring out all the thick clothing from the closet.  It is only natural that focus will be on knitwear especially when the temperatures dropping.  Sweater trends for this year are carried over from 2021.

If you are a little tired about your closet and want to know how to style your sweater or look for fresh pieces to brighten up those dreary winter days, well look no further than this guide below.  You will be able to find ideas on how to style cheap sweater for women.

With Maxi Dress

The over the top proportions of a chunky knit sweater and a long floor-sweeping dress instantly look high fashion. This is a great combination during the winter since it keeps the whole body covered and you can easily hide additional layers underneath the dress like a fleece-lined leggings.

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Pair With Combat Boots

Combat boots add a grunge look to the ensemble.  Go for a sweater with joggers, mini skirts, cargo pants or legging with these boots.

a black oversized turtleneck sweater, a leopard mini skirt, white combat boots and a white bag

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With Bright Pants

A head-to-toe colorful look works throughout the year.  Pairing a simple neutral color sweater like this with a bright colored pants are perfect if you want to stand out and look good.

Pink sweater and red pants

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Wear With A Collared Shirt Under The Sweater 

Layer a collared shirt under a sweater.  This is a casual and chic look that will keep you extra warm with another layer.

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Pair With A Chunky Belt

Throw a chunky belt over the sweater to create an exaggerated silhouette. The more fabric that hangs over the top, the better it is.

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Go For Monochromatic Ensemble

Sweaters come in every color of the rainbow so pick a few your favorites and start looking for matching bottoms. This is like a cozy and casual pairing that is an alternative to wearing a suit.

STYLECASTER | How To Style Oversized Sweater

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While the way you style these pieces may come and go with trend cycles and seasons, these womens clothing online remain timeless because there are so versatile. Whether you prefer a cable knit or a colorful pattern, you can always use a wide belt or knee-high boots to pair it.  If you do not already own any of the above sweaters, now is a good time to purchase a high-quality style from Berrylook and wear it at least a few times each season.

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Stylish Valentine’s Day Gift For Men

We have just celebrated the holiday season and the next big celebration is Valentine’s Day which is just around the corner. Yes, it is another gift giving affair to show our significant other how much he mean to us. Although some of you may think that Valentine’s Day is a fake holiday but no matter how much your giftee dislike celebrating this day, they may be secretly disappointed if you do not buy them a gift.

It is never easy to pick the perfect present for your husband, boyfriend, a friend or a special man in your life, it can be rather impossible to find just the right mix of sweet, indulgent and practical.  You may want to choose the right present for your type of relationship. It is not an easy thing to do but for this year if you want to skip the heart-shaped chocolates, here are some clever and stylish gift options for him.

Short Sleeved Knit Polo

A collection of plain tees is one of the fundamentals of a man’s wardrobe. If you want to give his basic tee collection a little upgrade, this short sleeve knit polo makes a good gift. It is stylish and comfortable to wear.

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How about mens vintage clothing like this jacquard knit polo that looks very 50s?

Soinyou

Retro Jacket

Up his jacket game with this retro multi-pocket corduroy jacket. This will keep him nice and warm.

Soinyou

Sweater

Give him the gift of comfort and style with this simple and stylish lapel pocket cardigan.

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Overalls

Just like other fashion items from the 90s, overalls are making a strong comeback as one of the most popular items in men’s fashion.  Whether for work or fashion, mens overalls are incredibly durable and versatile. The cool fashion overalls for men will take the street-style to the next level.

Soinyou

An item of clothing will last longer than over-priced roses or candy for Valentine’s Day.  Regardless of what he is into, clothing gift is a thoughtful, dapper and practical gift that he will appreciate on the most romantic day of the year. Check out Soinyou for more choices.

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First Day Of School In 2022

Today is the first day of school for missy.  It is her last year in this school as she is in Year 11 now.  She has to attend full physical classes and not hybrid classes because it’s her final year.  Missy must be very looking forward to today because she couldn’t sleep well last night and woke up a couple of times.

She has been sleeping late and waking up late during the school holidays.  This year she has to work really hard because of the IGCSE exam in October/November.  The last 2 years were dampening because the kids couldn’t go to school due to lockdowns.  I hope she will enjoy her final year in this school and have lots of pleasant memories with her friends and teachers.

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Happy New Year Everyone!

May 2022 brings lots of joy, great health and happiness to everyone!  Have a good year ahead!

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Get In Shape With The Best Waist Trainer

So the season of merry-making is coming to an end soon and we will be ushering a new year.  If you are probably making your new year goals and resolutions for 2022 to be losing weight and getting fit, well you are certainly not alone.  The new year is a good time to start planning about your fitness regimen.  

One of the best ways to start clean is to do a detox of your system like cutting down on caffeine and carbs. You will be surprised how energized you will feel after that.  If you want something to jumpstart your goal, you can try a one-week slimming challenge.  All you need to do is to consume healthy food, workout and wear a waist trainer.

A waist trainer is a high-compression garment that is worn around the tummy area to slim down the waistline. It can be worn during workout to supplement your fitness goals.  Waist trainer for women can stimulate thermal activity on the core and makes you sweat more, making your workout more effective. 

No matter what your goals are, there are many waist trainers that can help you achieve them.  You can wear a waist trainer under your clothes for up to 8 hours a day to train your waist and also wearing one can remind you to eat smaller portions. 

Below are some of the best waist trainers that are available at Shapellx, a leading online retailer specializing in a wide range of exceptional-quality shapewear and also the best plus size shapewear that are effective and can help to meet your goals.

For Every Day Wear

Designed for casual or formal wear, this Neosweat Waist Cincher is invisible under your clothes and create a flawless foundation for a sexy look. It features 3 row of hook and eye closure for better fit and 11 steel bones to prevent rolling. This waist trainer is best worn at work, after work or just about anywhere. 

For Workout

NeoSweat® Abdominal Binder Latex Tummy Wrap is designed to intensify your workout routine.  It increases the body temperature and perspiration for a more effective workout. The strap is woven from high quality polyester and latex and is very resilient. It features 3 pieces of segmented hook and loop fasteners for easy adjustment.  It is perfect for active lifestyle. 

Vest Waist Trainer

This NeoSweat® Sport Vest with Triple Belts is designed for maximum support and slimming whether for daily use or special occasions.   The vest design provides additional support for the bust and coverage for your back. The triple belts offer extra compression to the lower abdominal and strengthen the control level. Its wide straps can help to relieve back pain and reduce back pressure. 

For more information about waist training, check out the waist trainer before and after to see what this amazing garment can do for you.

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