A Day At The Popular Book Fest 2014 – 29 July 2014

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As planned, we left the house at 9ish am today to escape the crawl into KLCC.  Traffic was pretty good and we breezed into the KLCC car park.

This is the KL skyline at 10am, which was very hazy and not a single cloud was seen in the sky.

 

We charged the English books level first and the girls scooped over 20 books from this section!

 

 

 

Roald Dahl, Wimpy Kids,  39 Clues, Geronimo Stilton and most of the popular kids story books are on a 25% discount!  Alycia and Sherilyn were on cloud 9 at the book fest!  It was like a dream come true for them when their daddy gave them the green light to  fill up the trolley luggage bag that we brought along with books!

Enid Blyton hard cover books going for RM8 each for purchase of 2 and above!

 

Some of the activities lined up at the book fest — experiments for kids and cook shows.

 

All the halls were sardine-packed with book lovers. I could hardly stretch out my arms at the halls.  Every available space was filled up by people.  I hate being in such a horribly crowded place but the strong air-conditioning and good ventilation made our 2-hour shopping spree bearable.

Part of our loot, from the English books section only.  Next, we charged the Chinese books section, the school workbooks section and lastly, the stationery section.  Hubs had never been that patient doing shopping (for 2 long freaking hours!), all for his 3 princesses.

Alycia and Sherilyn the moment we reached home…

 

Part of the girls’ loot…

 

 

Flavours magazines for the foodie hubs.

 

Tumblers of various brands are going at half price. I got this Gemeilia tumbler for Cass at only RM8 (half the price of RM15.90).  I wanted to grab a Paul Frank tumbler for myself and get more BROS tumblers but I was worried that hubs would flip when he pays for them. So I placed all the tumblers back with a heavy heart.  He had earlier paid RM400+ for a bag full of books *GULPS*!

 

I also bought workbooks for the 3 girls to be used for next year.  All workbooks are discounted and some with a 50% discount.

The total damage at the Popular Book Fest was about RM500 and the amount that we saved is substantial.

After spending 2 hours at the book fest, we went to Isetan  to have lunch at the Japanese eatery, did some grocery shopping and then had tea and cakes at Harrods Cafe.

When we left KLCC 5 hours later, our car park bill was a choking RM16!!

Would we come back again next year?  Tempted too but I really hated the crowd at KLCC.  It is bad this time as it is the long Hari Raya holiday.  It was a sea of people at the entire KLCC and the Convention Centre.  The majority of the people at KLCC were foreign laborers.   We had to inch our way up the escalators, queue up to use toilets and I had a phobia of losing sight of my girls.  When the queue at one of the toilets was too long, I went to the pay toilets and was told to pay  RM8 for my girls and I to use the toilets!  I rolled my eyes and walked up the escalator to find another toilet.  I spent over half an hour just to bring my girls to pee, shoots!

I hope you’ve had an enjoyable and relaxing Raya holiday.  Tomorrow Cass has to attend kindy while her 2 che ches are off school until Sunday.

The Popular Book Fest held at the KL Convention Centre is ongoing until Sunday, 3 August 2014. If you want to breeze your way into the KLCC, plan and start your journey early. Be sure to reach the place before 10am. Have a good breakfast at home first to get the energy that you need to walk, scramble your way and wade through the flood of people and to shop for at least 2 hours ;)

 

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Day 1 Of Our Raya Holiday, 28 July 2014

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We left the house at 11ish am for KLCC today.  Alycia has been bugging us for weeks to go to the 2014 Popular Book Fest. When we were about to reach KLCC, the roads leading into KLCC were all jammed up.    Hubs said that it would be crazy to join in the craze and be part of the crowd.  First our car would have to crawl into KLCC or KL Convention Centre at snail’s pace.  Then we would have to brave our way into the Convention Centre.  Outside KLCC was a sea of people, made up mostly of foreign workers. It was scary to see KLCC flooded with so many people!  He suggested that we go for lunch instead and to leave the house at 9am tomorrow for the book fest.

So we  detoured from KLCC and went to ACME Bar & Coffee for a sumptuous lunch.  After lunch, we went to China Town as MIL wanted to get some flowers.

For dinner today, we had a simple one at our favorite neighborhood coffee shop.

 

The blackish dish in the foreground is stuffed whole brinjal with fish paste and is so delish!

 

The bookworm of the house, burying her face in her storybook even when she eats!

 

At home, the girls kept themselves really busy making Rainbow Loom bracelets, with tutorials from You Tube.   They were fighting for the Rainbow Loom kit as I only bought one. For challenging designs, the kit must be used.  So tomorrow I’ll get them another kit.  There goes my RM40, to buy peace at home.  Would you do that too?

 

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PULP By Papa Palheta @ Bangsar

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The foodie hubs brought us to this new cafe that boasts to serve one of the best gourmet coffee in town. We went to PULP last Tuesday morning, which was a public holiday.

When we were outside the cafe, for a moment, I had second thoughts about the cafe, given that this cafe is located at a very unlikely place – at a printing factory vicinity!  From the facade, it does not look impressive to me.

But I should not have judged the book by its cover just yet, not until I stepped inside.

According to hubs, this cafe opened with a big buzz with famous people attending the opening.

Pulp is located behind the NSTP (New Straits Times Press) building in Bangsar, a standalone building which is previously a storage facility that belongs to the printing press factory next door.

This independent coffee boutique is operated by the respected Singaporean boutique Papa Palheta, the people behind Chye Seng Huat Hardware and Loysel’s Toy cafes, specializing in roasting and purveying specialty coffee.

I would never have guessed that this is a cafe from the outside!  It looks like a factory canteen to me honestly!

 

 

 

 

But this is how is looks like inside.  Pretty impressive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specially brewed, thick and aromatic coffee that we ordered.  Our girls hijacked our coffee as usual!

 

Actually we did not plan to have breakfast at PULP.  We wanted to have steamboat for brunch at a Japanese restaurant but it was not opened yet.  To kill time, hubs brought us to PULP to sip some coffee and indulge in some cakes.  This is his interpretation of a public holiday – eat, drink coffee and relax!  This man of mine lives to eat, unlike his wifey.  He ordered cakes but these days, I am not in the mood to eat creamy carbs.   But what the heck, life is short and unpredictable.  So what if I gain a pound in a day?  So just whack la! lol!

 

Scones…

 

And quiche…

 

Will we go there again? Yes likely, given that hubs, mil and I are all coffee lovers (not to mention the girls), the persnickety hubs and mil love their gourmet coffee and this cafe is not too far from where we stay.  So yea, we will probably pop by at Pulp again soon!

 

Pulp By Papa Palheta
29-01, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2201-3650

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Hectic Day

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The past few days have been hectic for me. I have been in a checking + packing frenzy, to rush out my customers’ orders. Total is the last day for courier pick up before the Hari Raya holiday. Since last week, I have been receiving stock from my supplier almost everyday. The house is in a mess. Clothes and parcels are everywhere. On the dining table – the girls’ school books and workbooks are piled high up. It’s the exam week for Alycia and Sherilyn. Everyone in the house has been busy busy busy! I am a ONE LEG KICK entrepreneur  work-from-home-mum with no help.

This is  part of my customers’ parcels for Pos Laju collection today…

 

The past few days, I have been churning out smoothies for the girls.  This is just what they need now – an extra boost of vitamins and antioxidants to fight the exam stress and haze.

Today I made ice-blended orange + pineapple + chia seeds + fresh coconut water and coconut flesh smoothie with our Blendtec blender.  Love this blender as it can churn out 3-4 glasses of smoothie at the touch of a button.    Boost Juice uses Blendtec too. And it is super easy to clean!

 

This  glass of immune system booster, blended with all natural goodness is so refreshing and good to the last drop.

 

And this is kept in a glass bottle in the fridge, for Sherilyn when she comes home in the evening…

 

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Eve Of The Girls’ Exam

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It’s the exam season once again. My desktop PC was dominated by Alycia and Sherilyn for the past 2 days.   I prefer to use online Tatabahasa notes (mostly prepared by teachers) to guide the girls as there are more visuals to accompany the notes and they remember better when shown information in colorful slides. Sample UPSR test papers can also be found and printed online.

It is only now that I get to warm my seat and have control over my PC and it is slightly over 11pm now.  I have only 15 minutes to do a short post before I hit the sack.  My day begins at 4:45am once again tomorrow.

It’s the eve of Alycia and Sherilyn’s exam today and as usual, they only started to feel a slight pressure to do some serious revision at the eleventh hour.  Someone still daydreams and needs me to gawk at her like a hawk. Each time I leave the table, her mind and eyes will stray off! She is like an airplane that needs close monitoring on the radar. I felt like strangling her!! It is me who always likes early preparation but not my girls.  Nothing that I say would make them panic and start preparing earlier. I always tell them the rules of reaping what you sow but they are still as cool as cucumbers! *roll eyeballs*! I hope Cass will be easier to manage next year.

Despite being the eve of their exam, we had a nice dim sum lunch at a Chinese restaurant today and then went groceries shopping at Bangsar Village.

Dinner was strictly no cooking as I did not want to do much washing. I wanted to use my golden hours to do as much revision as I can with Alycia and Sherilyn. There are so many topics to cover and I think I missed out some.

So for dinner, I ordered Papa John’s pizza to be delivered to us.

 

 

Good luck girls and I really hope you will remember all your last minute stuffing and overloading of information tomorrow!

And to those with kiddos sitting for their exams tomorrow, all the best to your kids too! :)

 

 

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Mamil PreceNutri For Healthy Guts

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Remember my earlier post where I mentioned that I may want Cass to try out Mamil’s growing-up milk that contains Prebiotics Oligosaccharide Mixture scGos/LcFos as one of the ways to help her counter her poo poo problem? Well, Mamil was kind enough to send me a big bagful of Mamil with PreciNutri milk (for 4-5 years old kids) to try!  How awesome! Thank you so much Dumex!

I was worried that Cass would not like the taste of Mamil PreciNutri. To begin with, Cass was a fully breastfed baby who rejected milk formula all her life. She later accepted cold fresh milk. Mamil PreciNutri does not have a strong and pungent milk taste. It has a very mild taste. Most of all, it is not sweet as there is 0% sucrose in the formula. Finding a brand of milk that is sugar-free is my topmost important criteria and Mamil’s formulation meets my criteria. In fact, there is no sucrose in all of Mamil’s formulation. To my surprise, Cass accepted Mamil’s milk without kicking up a fuss or telling me that it tastes yucky!

Cass has been drinking Mamil Active Precision for 7 days already. I have been giving it to her only once a day. For the first three days, I could not see any significant change in her bowel movement and bowel type. However, on the 4th day, she poo-ed three times! I am not sure if it was the prebiotics in the milk taking its effect on Cass’ guts or it was the red dragon fruit that she ate. Most of the time, red dragon fruit would not produce such effective evacuation of the bowels. Whatever it is, I am very happy that Cass has been able to move her bowels effortlessly for the past few days.

Mamil® with PreciNutri™ contains a combination of Prebiotics Oligosaccharide Mixture scGOS/lcFOS (9:1) that is scientifically proven to promote a healthy gut environment. Mamil® also contains the highest level of DHA** and has the important nutrients to support a child’s optimum growth and development.

Dumex is now having a “Try Mamil For 7 Days And See The Difference” promotion. If you are keen to get free samples for your child to try, you can go to participating stores and exchange your child’s current non-Dumex brand of growing up milk (500g and above)1 for a FREE Mamil® 600g starter kit!

For store locations near you, you can refer to the list of store locator here.

** Compared to other growing up milk brands in the market as of Jan 2014 (Mamil®Learning DHA content, 81mg per day)

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Mommy’s Simply Whack Pizza

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This is my simply whack homemade pizza for lunch today…

 

 

I used Mission wholegrain wraps as the crust and it turned out to be very crrrrrrispy!

Sauce base is tomato paste for Alycia and homemade pesto sauce for Cass.

Toppings are fresh button mushrooms, sweet corn kernels, juicy sweet cherry tomatoes and Emborg Natural Cheddar Cheese Slices.

 

Preparation time = 15 minutes

Baking time in oven at 160 degrees Celsius = 15 minutes

Alycia and Cass loved this simply whack, cincai pizza. I think this is anytime better than store-bought pizzas! :P

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Ecover Cleaning Products Give-Away – Reminder For Closing Date!

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Ding dong ding dong, ding ding dooooooong!!

Announcement:  7 more days to the closing date for submission of the Ecover cleaning products give-away!

If you are do not already know, Ecover is now having a give-away in my blog for 3 lucky winners.

1st lucky winner gets to receive one bottle of lemon & aloe vera washing up liquid (dishwashing liquid) worth RM18.90
2nd lucky winner gets to receive one bottle of camomile and marigold washing upliquid (dishwashing liquid) worth RM18.90 and
3rd lucky winner gets to receive one bottle of cream cleaner worth RM12.80

Since 1980, Ecover is the world’s best known brand of environmentally friendly household cleaning products. Ecover products are made in Belgium and the bottles are made from sugar cane-based polyethylene and are 100% recyclable!

How Do You Stand A Chance To Win?

All you have to do is to comment in this post with a slogan (not more than 100 words) as to why you deserve a bottle of Ecover dishwashing liquid or cream creamer.

Closing date for submission of slogan is 23 July 2014 and I shall announce the winners in a separate blog post.

Hurry submit your slogans now. Just click on ‘Leave A Comment’ to type out your e-slogan. Each reader is allowed to submit only one slogan ya.

You can read more on Ecover’s give-away and leave your comment / slogan here

Good luck! :)
 

 

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Looming Danger In Rainbow Loom?

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My girls have finally been bitten by the Rainbow Loom bug!  When Rainbow Loom first landed in Malaysia some time last year and became popular amongst kids and adults, I did not buy my girls a set.  Reason being this el cheapo  mummy said it was just too expensive.  I ain’t going to splurge over RM100 on colorful rubber bands!

Now that the Rainbow Loom bubble is almost bursting and  is sold very cheaply almost everywhere, I bought them 2 packs, which cost less than RM10 a pack for a few hundred bands.  I got the Rainbow Loom bands from Art Friend @ Gardens Mid Valley.

Cass was immediately addicted to it.  The moment we brought the Rainbow Loom bands home, she quickly hopped over to You Tube to search for online tutorials on how to tie them into bracelets. Within an hour, she made 2 bracelets!  This girl sure has nimble fingers and good dexterity.

 

 

She made over 10 bracelets and gave them to her 2 che ches, teachers and friends.


Cass bugged me to buy her more Rainbow Loom bands in other colors but wait, there is looming danger in these bands!

Just a few days after Cass got hooked on these colorful bands, news on a boy who got blinded in one eye by the Rainbow Loom and another boy’s finger turned black after a Loom band was tied to his finger flooded Facebook and the media. I showed the pictures of the 2 boys who got injured to Cass. My mil also read the news in the Chinese newspapers.

Do you allow your kids to play with Rainbow Loom? This hobby is way healthier than being hooked on the idiot box and other electrical gadgets. But there is a looming danger too in these pretty Rainbow Loom bands. Sigh!  Cass told me that she would wear goggles should she want to tie  the Rainbow Loom bands.

So how now brown cow? Loom or no loom now?  What say you?

 

 

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Black Monday

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Black Monday and Monday Blues, that’s how my Monday is today.

Damn that alarm clock of mine, that died down on me, it failed to wake me up again!  I always have my mobile phone alarm as back-up to wake me up but dang it, I had left it at my work desk last night!

So instead of waking up at 4:45am, I was jolted up from bed at 6:15am when I took a closer look at the damn alarm clock in the still of the darkness.  With just 15 minutes before the transporter arrived, I quickly woke Alycia and Sherilyn up. Told them to settle their drinks themselves.  No time for breakfast.  No time to dilly dally. No time to even poo.  They just had to get dressed up first and do the rest later, if they have the time. Poor girls didn’t even get to eat breakfast.

I felt as if I was rushing to catch a train or plane that was about to leave.  But we managed to reach the lobby just in the nick of time, phew!  I. Hate. Waking Up Late!

Today’s mission is to buy another alarm clock. Perhaps I should even buy two alarm clocks as back-up!

 

 

 

 

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