Guess What Happened During My Christmas Eve Dinner?

It has been nine months since I last saw my dad. He planned a Christmas Eve dinner at Noble Mansion on Xmas eve and we were so looking forward to it.  I wore a new dress and put on a pair of black heels which I have worn only once last year.

Everything was fine until I stepped out of the car in the parking lot and walked to the restaurant. My shoe is a strappy design slip-on and it has 4 straps on each side.  One of the straps came off. So I thought it’s fine because I still have the other straps to hold it together.  How wrong was I! The more I walk, the more the other straps came off.  Luckily the restaurant was not too far away from the lift.  By the time I reached the main door of Noble Mansion, all the straps on the right shoe came apart and sort of disintegrated.  Boo Hoo!  I blame Covid for this!  I haven’t been going out for the past 2 years so I didn’t have a chance to wear this pair of heels.

Luckily I have a pair of Fitflop slippers in the car and so I wore that to dinner.

I better be careful with my other shoes in the closet.

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Merry Christmas From Our Home To Yours

Have a Blessed Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone!

Here is one of my favourite Christmas songs – One More Sleep by Leona Lewis.

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Learning Life Skills Through Online Food Games

The pandemic has disrupted the lives of everyone in the world and changed how everyone works, plays and learns.  Many people have to work from home, schools are closed and many major events and social gatherings are either canceled or have a limited number of people in attendance.

I was working from home for a couple of months and then went on to hybrid working days when the Movement Control Order was lifted.  Schools were closed from March onwards and Ashley did her classes online from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily.  Facing the computer all day for 5 days a week and not being able to go out because at that time she has yet to be vaccinated, took a toll on her.

Luckily she found a new hobby that she can do on weekends and that is cooking some simple meals.  She learned how to stir fry noodles, stir fry vegetables and pan-frying some meat dishes. Sometimes, she even makes some roti paratha meal after watching the cooking videos shared on TikTok. By learning how to cook, it takes her mind off the boredom and it is also a life skill that will benefit her in the future.  Since she enjoys cooking very much, she told me that she wants to learn baking next.

Recently I came across CulinarySchools.org which is highly informative, educational, and entertaining. This website is filled with wonderful information about cooking schools and food careers. I find it very useful in case Ashley is interested in going into this field. For those who are interested in a career in the hospitality industry, CulinarySchools.org has all the information about the culinary degree path to take, what are the top cooking schools in the US and anywhere in the world, the different types of careers in the food industry and more.

Besides all the above, CulinarySchools.org also has many fun food games for kids.  There is a collection of over 100 games on this website and they are so much fun to play. Ashley enjoyed some of the games here because they are related to food and cooking.  We both tried playing a few of the games and had an enjoyable time. Below are some of the games we played.

Broasted Chicken

I tried to catch the falling pieces of chicken by moving the bucket across and boy am I slow. I did not do well in this game obviously.

Yummi Fusion

This is a merging game where players merge together 3 or more adjacent desserts of the same type to the next dessert type. This game is quite addictive!

The Boiled Eggs

For this game, we have to boil the eggs in different pots and keep track of the right temperature for making hard-boiled eggs or soft-boiled eggs. It looks simple but let me tell you it is not, especially when you have to keep track of a few pots at the same time.  Ashley really enjoyed this game and it also helps her to understand that some things may look easy but it can be hectic when you need to juggle several things at the same time.

Mahjong Solitare

This is one of my favorite games – Mahjong Solitaire. It is a food-themed tile-matching game just like the classic mahjong solitaire.

Besides all these interesting games, I like that they have a collection of useful calculators such as the Workout Calculator where I can quickly estimate the total calories I can burn when I do different types of exercises such as walking, cycling and running. There are over 200 different exercises to choose from.

Its Measurement Conversion Calculator is very handy as I am always searching to convert tiny volumes like cups to ml or ml to teaspoons when I bake. I am definitely going to bookmark this site. Do check out Culinaryschools.org and explore what you can find there.

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That’s A Wrap!

Every time when these Xmas newsletters make an appearance, it means that the time has come for gift wrapping.  Yes, I still have tons of these Christmas newsletter that were printed by Mid Valley a couple of years ago. These newsletters feature all the stores that were having Christmas promotions in Mid Valley mall and some puzzles as well.  My friends and I collect them when Christmas day got nearer and nobody wanted them. I love using these as Christmas wrapping paper for my gifts. Oh not to forget, I also use many kraft paper for wrapping gifts.

*Brown papers tied up with strings, these are a few of my favourite things*

The newsletters come with stickers as well so what I do is use the stickers to decorate gifts that I have wrapped using kraft paper.

I came across this trick on how to decorate a gift wrapped with kraft paper on Tik Tok. Please excuse my messy handwriting.

Here are some of the gifts that I have wrapped since Friday.  I think I still have 3 more left to wrap.  To bring in the Christmas mood, I would play Christmas songs on my Spotify while wrapping.  Such a warm fuzzy feeling!

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Gnoce Is A Great Pandora Alternative Jewelry

I have a number of friends who are huge fans of Pandora. They will buy all kinds of charms for their bracelet and every time a new design comes out, they will be the first to own them.  I would say they are really obsessed with Pandora. Over the years, Pandora has built a huge fan base. It is famous for its unique charms that come in different designs and themes.  The charms can be worn on necklaces and bracelets.  They celebrate special moments in a person’s life thus making them the perfect gift for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas.

Honestly, I wonder why it is such as popular brand.  Could it be their marketing strategy?  I find that their prices are really high too. Recently while browsing some jewelry online, I came across Gnoce, an up-and-coming jewelry retail store that is based in New York. Gnoce has a huge range of designer charm jewelry and in my opinion, will give Pandora a run for their money.

Bulldog Charm Sterling Silver Bead White and Black Enameled fit Bracelet

Gnoce’s pretty charms and exquisite pieces are available in an array of beautiful gold, silver and rose gold.  Gnoce shares the same passion for femininity and its fine pieces of jewelry are something that everyone will be obsessed with. Like Pandora, Gnoce offers an abundance of one-of-a-kind charms in their designs. As a matter of fact, Gnoce has more choices that can be worn by anyone and everyone. You can shop an array of jewelry styles, whether it be a necklace, bracelet or charms.

Cookie Soak Milk Charm Pedant Rose Gold Plated 925 Sterling Silver

Pandora has built its brand to be a luxury product by investing heavily in marketing,  production cost and hiring talented staff.  All this means high jewelry costs and they have to sell their products at a premium to make profits.  On the other hand, you can rest assured that you do not have to deplete your savings when you are shopping at Gnoce.  Their jewelry is so affordable, making them a great Pandora alternative.  Another good reason why Gnoce is a good choice is that their charms fit most European-style charm bracelets like Pandora, Biagi and more.

A simple search online pulls up many raving reviews about Gnoce. Designed with high craftsmanship, made with high-quality material, Gnoce focuses on producing unique and delicate jewelry at affordable prices. So if you are shopping for Christmas gifts or to buy yourself a charm bracelet this holiday season, you may want to check out Gnoce, the Pandora alternative jewelry.

Motorcycle Pendant Dangle Charm Sterling Silver

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Shopping For Christmas Gifts

Last Sunday, we made a quick trip to Bangsar Village for gift shopping and managed to buy a few gifts.  Although it is difficult trying to figure out what to buy, shopping is always fun.  Here are some of the gifts I bought.

I got a Mona Lisa tee, a shopping bag and waist bag from Uniqlo, and a packet of Beeswax food wraps from one of the shops in BV. I am surprised to know that Nala has collaborated with Uniqlo and came out with some shopping bags. I googled and found out that the collaboration took place in 2020. “Themed “Saku”, the collection features a range of T-shirts, tote bag and 62 exclusive individual stickers – all inspired by Southeast Asian cultural elements”.  Would be great if I can get my hands on Uniqlo x Nala T-shirts. I still have several gifts to buy so I hope to get my Christmas shopping done by this weekend.

The best part comes next which is gift wrapping.  If you have been following my blog, you would know that I love to wrap gifts.  You can read more from here, here and here.  I love using recycled paper or kraft papers for gift wrapping. 

While scrolling FB, I came upon this hilarious post from Sarcastic Mama. How very true! 

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What I Use Every Night To Moisturize My Face

Recently while browsing Shopee, I discovered that we can actually purchase items from Korea and ship over. I quickly check out the list of ‘shops’ and saw my favorite Laneige Water Sleeping Mask from this store – Yaocos.my (https://shopee.com.my/-LANEIGE-Water-Sleeping-Mask-EX-5pcs(Sample)-i.129224129.6517080404)

It has Laneige Water Sleeping Mask in little blue travel pack size of 15ml. This shop is selling 5 containers at RM21.50.

 

I believe this is a very good buy because one 7oml Laneige Water Sleeping Mask cost RM135.  What I am getting with 5 tubs is 75ml and they cost a total of RM21.50.

This sleeping mask provides overnight recovery of skin balance and it is very convenient to use.  After I washed my face, I would slater on the overnight mask before going to bed.  It keeps my dry skin moisturized and I love how it feels on my face. So if you want to give this a try, check out the shopee store – Yaocos.my.

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Best Long Sleeved T-Shirts For Women

Although we may depend on our favorite short-sleeve t-shirts to be used as layering pieces in the fall or winter, it is often that long-sleeved tees are the go-to when we need more warmth. Long-sleeved T-shirts often get overshadowed by their short-sleeve counterparts, sweaters and sweatshirts. However when you need something that is not too warm or too light, a long-sleeved tee ticks all the boxes. 

There may be a certain styles that we often reach out to, but if you are looking for fresh womens long sleeved t shirts to give your wardrobe a mix, you are in luck. Ahead are various long-sleeved t shirts if you want some shopping or styling inspiration.

This flattering crew neck casual long-sleeved t-shirt can be worn layered under sweaters or on its own, untucked with jeans and loose pants.

This solid cream colored long-sleeved t-shirt is made from velvet and look super chic when paired with checkered trousers this season. It is soft and is a great layering piece.

Fleece is another winter staple that is making a comeback this season. This fleeced long-sleeved T-shirt is a great base layer for winter essentials.  Just add to your look with a sweater or a sleeveless dress.  You will instantly feel much warmer and more comfortable when outside. 

Striped tees are great with jeans but they look even better with leather pants. This elevated basic is easy to throw on but does not look like a loungewear like some other t-shirts. 

If you are looking for a twist on the traditional T-shirt, this stand collar, V-neck tee is ideal.  Neutrals are great, but having a couple of colorful tees is also recommended. Sneak this tee under a wrap jacket for a chic pop of color. 

All the above trendy long sleeved T-shirts are available at Ninacloak, an online fashion retailer with a wide range of apparel for women. Right now, they are having a womens blouse sale and it is the best time to stock up for yourself or perhaps as gift this holiday season. 

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Pavillion Bukit Jalil Is Open

The long-awaited shopping mall in my neighbourhood is finally opened. It is Pavillion Bukit Jalil, a lifestyle shopping mall that is similar, if not larger than its sister mall, Pavillion KL that is located in the Bukit Bintang area.  Pavillion Bukit Jalil is the biggest shopping mall in this part of the city.  As of today, only a few stores are opened like Parkson, Mr. DIY, Toys R’ Us, Hohn, Harvey Norman, The Food Merchant supermarket and a few other restaurants.

This mall is huge and has high ceilings just like Pavilion KL.  Walking around is a bit confusing because we still haven’t got our bearings together as this is so new.  We went to check it out on Monday evening to avoid crowds on weekends.

This is the center of the mall facing the main entrance. It is similar to Pavillion KL where you have to walk down a flight of stairs to reach this area.

Then there is this giant golden rooster at the main entrance surrounded by water fountains.  I think this is something to do with Feng Shui. It is a nice place for photo-taking.

I heard that all the stores will only be fully opened by next March. I cannot imagine the traffic going to this mall when that happens. As of now, the road from my place to this mall is already jammed especially during peak hours.

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Practical Gift Ideas For College Students

College students are between the ages of 18 to 21. These young adults are old enough to drive but too young to vote. Being at a crossroad can make shopping for college kids rather daunting and stressful. Guesswork is often the hardest part of holiday shopping! If you have a college student in your gifting list this Christmas, well fret not. Before you resort to stashing some cash in a card and handing it to them as gift, check out this holiday gift guide that will help you become a favorite person in their lives.

Dior Lip Glow Oil

Say goodbye to chapped lips this holiday season with this nurturing and beautifying lip oil. It is available in a variety of lip worthy shades at Sephora.

Dior - Lip Glow Oil 20 Mahogany 0.2 oz/ 6mL

Coffee Machine

Give your college student a little caffeine boost with this coffee brewer from Keurig. Studying into the wee hours of the night can be exhausting.  Besides coffee, this machine can brew cocoa and tea in minutes.  It does not take up a huge amount of space in the dorm room or the kitchen apartment. Available at Amazon.

A Journal

College years can be a stressful time for the kid and practicing gratitude can help to relieve the stress. Writing down things that one is grateful for in a journal can help to spark inspiration and remind them all the blessings they have.  Get this journal on Amazon.

College Apparel

Legacy History Pride – HBCU apparel make a nice Christmas gift for the college kid.  Legacy History Pride has a range of the coolest university apparel like varsity jackets, hoodies, sweaters, T-shirts, socks, face masks, hats and more.

Wireless Headphones

This Sony WH-CH510 Wireless On-Ear Headphones can drown out the noise when they need to focus on their assignments. These reliable headphones come with a built-in microphone and are wireless. Get one from BestBuy.com

Angle Zoom. Sony - WH-CH510 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Black.

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