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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

‘PIRATE AND PRINCESS: POWER OF DOING GOOD’


Disney Junior’s ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good’ campaign aims to introduce kids aged 2-7 to the idea and values of - caring for nature, animals, and helping others. The campaign will aim to empower preschoolers to participate in acts of service encouraged by parents and supported by the community.



Parents will need to download fun activity sheets from the website www.disneyjuniorpowerofdoinggood.com

Activities are themed around four key areas - Community, Animals, Nature and Storytelling. Online badges and certificates are simple rewards to encourage kids to complete all activity sheets and learn the ethos of doing good. In addition, there will be opportunities for kids and families to create “power promises” online- a simple promise to do something good for the world they live in.

“Through the power of our stories and characters we not only inspire kids to imagine a better world but also help them to realize, through simple acts of caring for their surroundings and their community, that they have the potential to make a positive change in the world they live in. The Power of Doing Good campaign on Disney Junior empowers kids and families with information and opportunities to engage with their friends, families and communities to make a positive impact on the world around them. We are grateful to our partners WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), SPCA Singapore and Selangor, and Singapore Environment Council for their support,” said Natasha Malhotra, General Manager, Branded Media and Content, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.

"WWF is happy to support Disney Junior's Power of Doing Good campaign. Children need to learn from a young age to be aware and care for the environment, the animals and society. This will go a long way in growing a generation who takes responsibility in shaping a healthy planet,” said Elaine Tan, CEO, WWF Singapore.

Popular Disney Junior characters Jake (from Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and Sofia (from Sofia the First) will take the kids on a journey of personal empowerment through the ‘Power of doing good’ campaign.

I've sign up an account for princess, however for now, she will not be with me.  I've told her to keep her promises, and let me know when she is back from her sleepover.  She must have a lot of fun during this holiday, and also able to Do GOOD!  With all the promises she has made, it will motivates her to keep it!

Princess also recorded some of the cartoon series which collaborates with this theme.  You may visit HERE for the special shows on Disney Junior!

So parents, don't wait further!  Let's start teaching our kids DOING GOOD!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Letzhop Sesame Street English

Princess attended Letzhop Sesame Street English Workshop just last Saturday. She had a lot of fun time, and after speaking with the principal, I guess this method works for her. It's fun, play and learn! 

The Workshop has a themed topic each time, last Saturday was on book!  Per say the principal, you must be wondering what English got to do with learning the word BOOK!  Well, you be surprise. Princess can now tell where the title, page, sentences, words, punctuation marks and all!  The programme is also a repetitive process, and the dear girl came home reciting the Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See book!!

In addition, she also has a chance to lay her hands on the art and craft related to the BOOK.  She did a brown bear, red bird and yellow duck in class, and demanding me to get her paint so she could finish the rest of the pages (talking about this, I have not got time to go find paint)!!


I had a chance to speak to the principal after the workshop, and what amazes me is that they have classes up to 12 years old! I was sceptical in the beginning thinking how can one make a 12 years old sit through a class of ENGLISH! Kids nowadays... BUT the principal assured me that the programme is so interesting that even a 12 years old will enjoy! So, not too late to send your kids if you want them to learn English!


The centre is filled with Sesame Street decorations, with printed wall paper, flashcards, workbooks, folders and even soft toys!!  It's bright and colourful in there!  The teachers or guidance are all very patience (I saw it with my own eyes how they try 'guiding' a boy who refuses to enter class). Oh my, it's really a lot of patience for that!

In order to keep the child focus, and also keeping up-to-date, the centre also uses interactive videos and games on the touch panel.  Princess had fun playing with that too!  


In addition, the centre also has classes for Special Need Child!  


I'm truly amaze with the love of teaching by the principal, and she demonstrated her much love towards the kids. I will continue the classes if not for the distance to drive there.  No worries, there are also 6 branches located in Malaysia, including Damansara Uptown, Shah Alam, Selayang, Klang, Bandar Baru Bangi and Bukit Jalil. If you are keen to know more about the centre and Sesame Street English, you may view the LETZHOP Booklet available HERE.  

Last but not the least, looks who appear at the end of the class!


A little background of the centre 
LetzHop was founded under MMSC Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (MVSB), an end-to-end e-Learning Solution Provider that was incorporated in January 2010 after a wide group restructuring of one of the most established e- Learning solution providers in Malaysia, Multi Media Synergy Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (MMSC). MVSB leverages on MMSC's extensive experiences in developing and deploying comprehensive e-Learning solution for the education and non-education market. In the spirit of expanding its service offering, MVSB has decided to bring a renowned English Language Learning product, Sesame Street English to Malaysia. MVSB is the license holder for the brand of Sesame Street English in Malaysia.  

For more info, visit 



A little introduction on Sesame Street English
The LetzHop Sesame Street English is a comprehensive English language learning curriculum for children between the ages of 3 and 12. Developed by the international educational media company Sesame Workshop, the program uses an internationally acclaimed methodology to introduce young children to English Language learning in a fun and engaging way. SSE's comprehensive curriculum consists of 720 lessons designed to be presented over a period of nine years. The lessons are grouped into three course levels, beginning with the Kindergarten Years for ages 3 to 6 (K1 to K3), continuing with the Lower Primary Years for ages 6 to 8 (P1 and P2), and concluding with the Upper Primary Years for ages 8 to 12 (P3 to P6).

For more information, please go to www.letzhop.com/sse


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fa-la-la-lidays on Disney Channel


Are you done with Frozen yet?  No? So do my little B.  She is very much still into this, and been singing the song repeat and repeat.

Now she has more reasons to stick in front of her Disney Channel, as beginning 14th November 2014, Disney Channel is running a giveaway contest!  The magical holiday season is upon us and Disney Channel(Astro Ch 615) has got a very special Frozen treat up for grabs! Stand the chance to win a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland plus other Frozen goodies!

Want to know more?  Here More Info about the Disney Channel Fa-la-la-lidays Giveaway:-

From now until 14 December, tune in and watch the great shows lined up for you this month on Disney Channel (Astro Ch 615) and look out for the cool Frozen-themed contest questions. Whether it’s counting the number of Olafs or the number of snowflakes, you wouldn't want to keep your eyes off the screen because winners will be selected EVERY DAY to receive a very special Frozen gift pack.

In addition, every week during the campaign period, one lucky winner will win a trip for 4 people to Hong Kong Disneyland to meet Princess Elsa and Anna in person! 

I have entered, have you?  Easy Process:-

Log on to www.disneychannel-asia.com/holiday

Answer the DAILY Question

Fill in Child's Details

Fill in your details, and wait for the verification email

Accept the terms & condition

 Sit back and relax.. check out the winners daily if you are one!


To find out more information, head over to: www.disneychannel-asia.com/holiday

Don’t miss the chance to have a magical Fa-la-la-liday experience on Disney Channel!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Be So Much More With Dugrostar! Part 2

Princess been to the launch event for this programme, and since she had a chance to perform on stage, she came home practising it too!  So over and over again, she been watching this on YouTube!


She tried her best to follow the steps, and come out with some on her own.. hahaha.. here she performing it.. 


With Dugrostar™, every child gets to be a star! This opportunity is open to children in two age-based categories: three to six years AND six plus to 10 years. Participants in each age category can enter in these segments - singing, dancing, playing an instrument or a combination of these talents, and perform individually or in a group of up to six children.

From now to 12 October, join proud parents across Malaysia to rejoice in the special talent of their child by participating in this unique opportunity. Parents can register their child in three ways:

i. by uploading a video of their child’s performance at www.dugro.com.my;

ii. by visiting select nationwide roadshows where live recordings can be made at the Dugrostar™ Recording Booth; or

iii. by submitting the completed registration form with a recording of their child’s performance and mailing it to the address found on the registration form.

What’s more, participation in Dugrostar™ is absolutely free, with no proof of purchase requirement!

Children can also enjoy exclusive Dugrostar™ collectibles with purchases of Dugro® 900g softpacks during the campaign period, such as piano or guitar bags, cool jackets and watches, and much more!

There will be live performances at the locations below, please bring your friends and family to cheer for the children if you have the time:-


For more information on Dugro® and Dugrostar™, log on to www.dugro.com.my or call the Dumex CareLine at 1-800-38-1038.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Be So Much More With Dugrostar!

Dugrostar is currently running the contest if you have read my earlier post here.

Now, having you as my dear friend, I encouraged that you explore the talent in your child, let them learn through performing arts.  My dear girl has always wanted to 'showcase' her talent of dance and all, and she has been practicing on how to "Be a Dugrostar".  She has thought that she could "be so much more" by "celebrate her talent".

Well, if you can't get what I mean, look at my superstar girl!


If you have missed out my previous post, let me briefly tells you again on how to enter the contest:-

1)  With Dugrostar™, every child gets to be a star! This opportunity is open to children in two age-based categories: three to six years AND six plus to 10 years. Participants in each age category can enter in these segments - singing, dancing, playing an instrument or a combination of these talents, and perform individually or in a group of up to six children.

2)  From now to 12 October, join proud parents across Malaysia to rejoice in the special talent of their child by participating in this unique opportunity. Parents can register their child in three ways:

i. by uploading a video of their child’s performance at www.dugro.com.my;

ii. by visiting select nationwide roadshows where live recordings can be made at the Dugrostar™ Recording Booth; or

iii. by submitting the completed registration form with a recording of their child’s performance and mailing it to the address found on the registration form.

3)  What’s more, participation in Dugrostar™ is absolutely free, with no proof of purchase requirement!

4)  Children can also enjoy exclusive Dugrostar™ collectibles with purchases of Dugro® 900g softpacks during the campaign period, such as piano or guitar bags, cool jackets and watches, and much more!

5)  For more information on Dugro® and Dugrostar™, log on to www.dugro.com.my or call the Dumex CareLine at 1-800-38-1038.

Now that if you are my readers, and keen to submit your entry, you may also use this Unique Code of HH0005!  This will be tracked on the entries coming from me!! hehehe... Below is the Step-By-Step instruction on how to enter using my unique code!






Hope to see more children showcasing their talents!!  Good Luck to All that participate!



Friday, September 19, 2014

New Business Venture

It's been a while I did not update on the personal matters of myself.  Things are getting on well but tough.  After a long thought, I decided to move out and stay on my own.  To start with this, it's already a difficult decision.  Financially and Emotionally I was not stable over that 2 months period.

I later decides that I should continue to bake and also pick up some business venture.  I went to into fruits selling now.  I set up a page for this purpose too.  Visit my FB page at Fresh Choice - Cynful Pleasure

I started this a week ago, so far so good.  Each week, fresh fruits will be delivered on Saturday, and I will post pictures of my 'stock'.  I got a Google Form set up and will take orders accordingly.

If you know anyone looking up for fruits weekly, do let them know that they can order from me which also at a cheaper rate, with door-step delivery!

Thank you!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

JOHNSON’S® BABY AND DOKTORBUDAK HOST MOMS AT “ARE YOU CARING FOR HIS SKIN THE RIGHT WAY?” WORKSHOP!

It was held last week in 1U, and an interactive workshop between mum and baby. The workshop titled, “Are you Caring for his Skin the Right Way?” featured two paediatricians, Dr Aileen Wee and Dr Yap Hsiao Ling, who gave moms a hands-on, interactive experience ranging from healthy skin development for babies to age-appropriate skincare before culminating in the highlight of the afternoon, a baby massage demonstration!


“Johnson’s® Baby understands and shares every mother’s passion and commitment towards giving her baby the best care. With over 100 years’ experience in baby skincare, it’s only right for us to share this knowledge with Malaysian mothers so that they can care for their baby’s skin with confidence and peace of mind,” said Ms Chen Pei Ming, Senior Professional Marketing & OTC Manager, Johnson & Johnson Malaysia.

“Many parents don’t realise just how delicate baby’s skin can be, so it’s important to be informed and to make informed choices for the sake of your baby’s skin health,” explained Dr Wee. “This includes using products that are specially formulated to care for the delicate needs of baby’s skin, especially during the first year of life, when his skin is still developing.”

Understanding and Caring for his Skin the Right Way:

1)  Baby skin is 30% thinner than adult skin, and loses water more quickly during the first 12 months of his life.

2)  The right baby-specific skincare is critical in the first months of a baby’s life because baby skin is more vulnerable to dryness, irritation and infection during this time. 

3)  While it’s important not to use harsh soaps as this can damage the skin barrier, water alone is not sufficient. Based on a Johnson’s® Baby research, babies cleansed with Johnson’s® Baby Top to Toe Wash showed no difference in several key indicators when compared to those who had been cleansed only with water. This indicates that Johnson’s® Baby Top to Toe Wash is as mild on skin as water.

4)  It’s important to wash your baby’s face, neck, hands, and bottom carefully every day.

5)  It’s more important to review the product from the perspective of mildness and safety as well as scientific evidence, rather than relying on a label that says ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. 

6)  Choosing the right cleanser for your baby, especially in the first few months after birth, can help prevent irreversible skin damage such as redness and itching, dryness, scaling and roughness, and tightness after washing.

7)  A good night’s rest makes a huge difference in baby’s disposition when he wakes! This is why the Johnson’s® Baby Bedtime range was created, with a unique formula to help relax babies, thereby encouraging them to have a good nights’ sleep. Its unique scent and gentle ingredients form the Natural CalmTM essence, which is found in the entire range comprising a bath, lotion, oil and powder. Most importantly, Johnson’s® Baby also has a clinically proven routine to help babies sleep more soundly, which we will be demonstrating in a short while!

Some Important Tips on Baby Skin Care:

A)  First of all, choose the right skincare that is specially formulated to be safe and gentle for babies. 

B)  Following bath-time, seal the moisture in baby’s skin with a lotion or massage oil. 

C)  It’s important at all times to be alert for any signs of skin irritation, especially at the folds of the skin such as the neck, inner part of the elbows and behind the knees where dirt, sweat or excessive moisture can become trapped. Any rash should be treated immediately, to prevent it from getting worse. 

D)  Moms can also help to reduce baby’s exposure to irritants by washing new clothes and bedding before use, using repellents and mosquito screens to prevent insect bites, and keeping them out of the sun whenever possible.

The workshop came to a close with the baby massage demonstration led by Dr Yap, who explained, “The sense of touch is essential for human beings, and massage has long been known to have positive benefits. Among babies, research indicates that massage can help reduce colic, encourage better growth and improve sleep.”


Find out more about the Johnson’s® Baby commitment to safe, mild and effective skincare at www.johnsonsbaby.com or stay up-to-date via www.facebook.com/iLoveJohnsonsbaby.com, where you can also post questions to be answered by the Doktorbudak panel!


About Johnson’s® Baby
For over 100 years, Johnson’s® Baby has dedicated itself to understanding babies and the special nurturing their eyes, skin, and hair require. Johnson’s® Baby uses that knowledge to provide mothers with safe, clinically proven mild and gentle products. Its range of products engages the senses and when used with baby’s routines can help evoke positive emotions and ultimately enhance the loving bond between a mother and her baby. Trusted by moms and healthcare professionals around the world, Johnson’s® Baby continues to apply knowledge and research to bring consumers safe, innovative products that live up to their pure, mild and gentle promise.

About DoktorBudak
DoktorBudak is an online platform available to all parents seeking free non-emergency advice on child health topics. It is created and managed by a volunteer panel of medical experts comprising a group of paediatricians, paediatric dentist, paediatric surgeon, paediatric dermatologist, child psychiatrist, speech therapist, pharmacist and a nutritionist. Currently, there are 25 dedicated medical experts on board and the number is expected to grow. For more information, kindly visit www.doktorbudak.com.my.

After long trust using Johnson's product, I can say I seldom use others.  Johnson has given me good confidence. #JBstoriesinabottle




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

THE 7D”: Brand New Disney Channel Original Animation Series (ASTRO CHANNEL 615)

Just have a look at the logo, what can you think of?

What does 7D means to you?

Jeng jeng jeng...

The truth is that it's Disney's The 7D, a contemporary, comedic take on the world of the Seven Dwarfs with characters redesigned by Noah Z. Jones (“Fish Hooks”), will premiere on Sunday, September 7 at 11am on Disney Channel (Astro Channel 615). The stellar voice cast includes Kelly Osbourne as the bumbling novice witch Hildy Gloom, and Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg in the recurring roles of Crystal Ball and Magic Mirror, respectively.

This brand new series takes place in the whimsical world of Jollywood, where Queen Delightful relies on The 7D – Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc – to keep the kingdom in order. Standing in their way are two laughably evil villains, Grim and Hildy Gloom, who plot to take over the kingdom by stealing the magical jewels in the 7D's mine.

Here is the trailer of the show..





Isn't these cute?

In the premiere episode, “The Littlest Giants/Gnome Alone”, it’s up to the 7D to save the kingdom from a giant who is terrorizing Jollywood and Sleepy goes solo to stop the Glooms from stealing the Royal Ruby when the 7D go on vacation...without him.

In addition to Osbourne, The 7D stars the voices of Emmy-nominated Jess Harnell (Disney Junior's "Sofia the First" and "Doc McStuffins") as Grim Gloom, Leigh-Allyn Baker (Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie") as Queen Delightful, Disney legend Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy) as Doc, Emmy winner Maurice LaMarche ("Pinky and the Brain") as Grumpy, Emmy nominee Kevin Michael Richardson (Disney XD's "Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja") as Happy, Dee Bradley Baker ("Phineas and Ferb") as Dopey, Scott Menville ("Teen Titans") as Sneezy, Stephen Stanton (Disney Junior's "Doc McStuffins") as Sleepy, Billy West ("Ren & Stimpy") as Bashful and Paul Rugg ("Animaniacs") as Lord Starchbottom.

The series is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning Tom Ruegger ("Animaniacs"). Tom Warburton ("Codename: Kids Next Door") serves as co-executive producer. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation. 


About Disney Channel: 
Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available to millions of viewers around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group. In Malaysia, Disney Channel is on Astro Channel 615. 

For more information, log on to www.disneychannel-asia.com.

Stay Tune on the 7th September.. and hopefully this show can keep your kids occupy and enjoy themselves!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dugro Gives Malaysian Children The Chance To Shine Through The Nationwide Dugrostar Campaign


Every child is a Child is a STAR! Dugro has recently roll out a campaign which celebrate a child’s star quality with Dugrostar™, an exciting performing arts platform organized by Dugro®, a growing up formula brand, to inspire children to discover their fullest potential and showcase their talents to the whole country!

If your child is within 3 to 6, and 6+ to 10, let's take this opportunity to showcase your child's talent. This campaign is open to everyone with no proof of purchase requirement!!! Your child can enter into these segments, singing, dancing, playing an instrument or a combination of these talents, and perform individually or in a group of up to six children.

From 22 August to 12 October, join proud parents across Malaysia to rejoice in the special talent of their child by participating in this unique opportunity. Parents can register their child in three ways – by uploading a video of their child’s performance at www.dugro.com.my; by visiting select nationwide roadshows where live recordings can be made at the Dugrostar™ Recording Booth; or by submitting the completed registration form with a recording of their child’s performance and mailing it to the address found on the registration form.

A total of two hundred and eighty (280) young finalists will be shortlisted for the next phase, involving live performances at seven malls across Malaysia held from 24 October to 16 November. At each location, First, Second and Third Prize winners for each age category will win great rewards, while all finalists will receive attractive prizes as a token of appreciation for their hard work!

I was at the launch of the programme last week, and have 5 minutes with some Dugrostar experts below getting to know the importance of acknowledging the child's talent, and to prepare them for the better future.

1) Ms Elaine Yong, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Sunway University

2) Ms Ruth Liew, Director of Malaysian Child Resource Institute and Child Developmentalist

3) Mr Zaid Mohamad, Bestselling Author, Columnist, Certificed Parental Coach and CEO of Smartparents.com.my

4) Mr Az'farr Baginda, Principal of Blubricks and Judge for Dugrostar


The Story Behind Dugrostar™

“We know that every child is gifted in their own way, and they each have the potential to be a star. What’s more, developmental experts around the world believe that nurturing children from their early years is essential. For example, Facts for Life, a publication by UNICEF in collaboration with other global organizations, states that children learn more quickly during their early years than at other time in life. This is why we believe that it’s essential to cultivate their talents and creativity from a young age, when they are most eager to absorb new ideas and experiences,” said Ms Monique Suryokusumo, Marketing Director, Danone Dumex Malaysia.


“Out of the many talents, we’ve chosen to focus on performing arts because it is an important avenue for children to express themselves creatively. In addition, research has shown that the performing arts can offer children many benefits, from developing confidence, discipline and motivation to improved language, memorisation and problem-solving abilities. In this way, we hope to inspire young children to dream big and show us just what they’re capable of, and we invite all parents to give their child the star treatment they deserve, by taking this opportunity to celebrate their child’s talents and sharing it with the world!”

B was given a chance to have a make up session, also to perform on stage that night.  This was her practise on that night!



For more information on Dugro® and Dugrostar™, log on to www.dugro.com.my or call the Dumex CareLine at 1-800-38-1038.

Wait no longer... take a video of your child performing, and upload to win!!

For Dugrostar, visit http://www.dugro.com.my/dugrostar


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mom’s Time Out


3 mummies decided to take leave from home, and went on a 5-day-getaway and leave their husbands in charge. Have you thought about having your own time out but can't figure what would happen?

Mummies getting ready!
Tonight, turn on to ASTRO Lifetime's Channel, 709 and watch the Premieres at 9pm (SIN/HK) for MOM’S TIME OUT of Lifetime’s 1st Asian Production.  This show will at least give you some 'ideas' of what would happen.  This is a five half-hour series showcasing the interesting and sometimes funny results when these typically hands-off dads are left in charge.

If you can't wait till tonight, watch the below trailer:


The Three Families

  
 #ThePangs 
Christopher & Julie Pang, with Marcus (12yo), Michael (8yo) & Matthew (4yo)
From Singapore, meet the Pangs… Dad Christopher and Mom Julie run a successful boutique real-estate company and have 3 boys (12-year-old Marcus, 8-year-old Michael and 4-year-old Matthew). Christopher and Julie often quarrel about their differing parenting principles – Dad is more for corporal punishment while Mom is all about positive reinforcement. What will happen then when Mom is away?




#TheBaileys 
Kenneth & Emerald, with Briah (2.5yo)
From the Philippines, meet the Baileys… Dad Kenneth and stay-at-home Mom Emerald have a 2.5-year-old daughter Briah who is adorable but can be quite a handful! With Dad being the sole breadwinner of the family working night shifts since Briah was born, he now has to take on one of the toughest challenges of his life to care for his daughter while Mom is away. Will he be able to handle it?





#TheJasons 
Jason & Leishia Kalaichelvams, with Arianna (4yo) & Olivia (2.5yo)
From Malaysia, meet the Jasons... Dad Jason is a motivational speaker who is a self-confessed workaholic who totally loves his job and probably often prioritizes it above his family. Mom Leishia is a homemaker and freelance writer who cares for their two daughters (4-year-old Arianna and 2.5-year-old Olivia). Will things spiral out of control when Mom is not around?



The Director's Word
“We wanted to explore the idea that being a mom is an attitude and not just a biological relation, so we tested this out on three fathers from Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. As our first original production for LIFETIME it was a fun and relatable subject for us to cut our teeth on,” says Chris Humphrey, Director, Production for A+E Networks Asia.

A chance for holiday
Mom’s Time Out will bring to viewers an interactive second screen experience through a weekly parenting discussion. Viewers can stand to win a 3D2N stay for 2 at Angsana Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam.  Download the ScanAd app on your Apple and Android devices and also participate in discussions such as managing a child’s social habits to handling a child’s tantrum after the show is all you need to do.  For more information, you visit http://www.lifetimeasia.com/show/moms-time-out-s1/scanadhttp://www.lifetimeasia.com/show/moms-time-out-s1/scanad

Stay tuned Tonight!

For more information about #MomsTimeOut, check out: www.LifetimeAsia.com/MomsTimeOut

Now, when is my turn for TimeOut? Hmmm....

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hidden Hunger and the new Horlicks Chocolate!

According to Professor Dr Khor Geok Lin, Professor of Nutrition from the International Medical University Malaysia (IMU), Hidden hunger is unlike the hunger that comes from a lack of food. It is a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals that often has no visible warning signs, so that people who suffer from it may not even be aware of it. Its consequences are nevertheless disastrous; as hidden hunger can lead to poor mental development, poor physical health and productivity. 

“Women and children from the lower income groups in developing countries are often the most affected, but local studies in Malaysia have shown that even school children in urban areas like KL and PJ have micronutrient deficiencies including that of vitamin D; which is important for the absorption of calcium. Zinc, iron and iodine deficiencies also have been observed in Malaysian children. Thus, it is important to inform mothers and educate children from young to eat right and have a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals.


B has been saying that she wants to be Tall, Sharp & Strong as and when she is offer with food.  She will keep saying, Mummy, vegetable is good for my body, I can grow taller and reach the switch.. and bla bla bla... also, she always very cautious when her body temperature went up a little, she is fearing she will be 'grounded' if she is sick. LOL!

Since its global introduction over 100 years ago, Horlicks® has stayed true to its original positioning as a quality, nourishing product that supports the health of the entire family. The brand enjoys the trust of generations of discerning mothers, a relationship which has been nurtured by the brand through significant fortification of its formula over the years. Today, the Horlicks® formula helps address ‘hidden hunger’, a nutritional issue related to micronutrient deficiencies, which still exists amongst children in Malaysia.

I remembered back in those days, my nanny will had us drink Horlick, and it is one of the healthiest drink to get all the nutrien in us.  BUT, I am one of the rebellious ones, who not only DIS-liking it, but hate it to max.  I am so glad I found the alternative now after 30 years!  Horlick came in Chocolate Malt!!!

Jeng jeng jeng jeng...

"We want to be tall, sharp, and strong!' says kids at the launch of Horlicks Chocolate, together with (back, left) Katharine Chen, Marketing Director, GSK Consumer Healthcare Malaysia and (back, right) Rachel Ferdinando, Vice President and General Manager, GSK Consumer Healthcare Malaysia & Brunei.

Power packed with 23 vital nutrients, including calcium to support the growth of strong bones, protein to help build body tissues, as well as multivitamins and minerals, the new Horlicks® Chocolate possesses the natural goodness of milk, malted barley and wheat to support the overall nutritional needs of children.

I prepared for B to try (yes, my girl need trying.  If she likes it, she will take.. if not, sorry) and she like it.  She obviously prefer it 'cold' but I allowed that.  For me, it's more for her to 'chop' down the drink and not having a tug of war and get her unnecessary hated it just like me.  So, if she prefers it cold, she gets it cold as long as she don't give me the 'cough' after drinking.

I find this taste 'thicker' than other chocolate malt drink, and also fragrant.  And to add on to all my other products, I use this to add in my baking too!  B had 4 cupcakes (gone without me taking photo).  
Look out for the new Horlicks® Chocolate at all supermarkets, hypermarkets and provision stores in 200g (RM6.50), 400g (RM10.50), 1kg (RM21.50) and 2kg packs (RM42.00) or in 3-in-1 sachets (RM10.50) for convenience.

About Horlicks®
Horlicks®, 'The Great Family Nourisher’, is a nutritional drink made from wheat, milk and malted barley and contains essential vitamins and minerals for wholesome nourishment of the entire family. Throughout its history, Horlicks® has provided nourishing refreshment for millions of children and adults all over the world.

About GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

At Consumer Healthcare, we bring products across four categories – oral health, wellness, nutrition and skin health   – to millions of people. Many of our brands, such as Horlicks®, Polident®, Sensodyne®, Panadol®, and Scott’s® are familiar around the world.

The Great Scott Calorie Light Challenge


Malaysians love to eat, so what could be better than enjoying favourite local treats but with fewer calories? Brand-new Scott® Calorie Light Premium Towel is specifically designed for superior oil absorbency, to help tackle one of the main concerns of fellow Malaysians – high calorie consumption. The product is made to absorb oil easily and effectively, especially the excess oil from the surface of foods, hence one could enjoy delicious great food yet with a reduced calorie intake from fat by up to 25 %*!.


Scott® Calorie Light Premium Towel is tested by an independent party, and found to reduce calorie intake from fat by an average of 25%* just using 3 sheets of Scott® Calorie Light kitchen towel to soak up the excess oil from foods like fried chicken before serving. It is made with revolutionary Fiber-Tech technology, and from 100% natural pulp in a thicker weave to support superior oil absorbency. The towel is also infused with green tea extract, an ingredient that is long known and used for fat reduction.

I have been waking up 1 hour earlier every morning now as B don't enjoy school food anymore and requesting to have her lunch box instead.  I need to make sure she has a balance diet, and on top of that, to reduce as much calorie intakes since she loves fried stuff too!  Just the other day, she requested for the Crunchy Fried Chicken for school.

I have marinated some chicken in curry powder just a 2 days ago, and decided instead of cooking curry chicken, let me fry it for her since she requested it.  It's simple and easy, fast going thing to do.  Moreover, I was walking passed this promo just few weeks back, and decided to try out the napkins!


The recipe call for below:-

Step 1 - Marinate the Chicken
1)  Chicken (any party that you prefer)
2)  Ready mix curry powder, salt, pepper to your liking.
3)  Marinated over-night(s)

Step 2 - Prepare Coating Batter - optional
1)  Flour or any seasoning frying powder
2)  1 Egg
3)  1 TBS Oil

Step 3 - Once the cooking mood kicks in, fry, air-fry, deep-fry as preferred (I use my air-fryer)

Step 4 - Once cooked, place the chicken on the Scoot Towel.

It's optional to do the coating batter, I did that since B likes the 'keropok' after frying.

Viola, simple and nice.  Being a working mother, I cannot afford to have nicely presented food for B in the morning but I will not compromise on her health and taste of food to suit her best.  Here below was what B had in school with the fried chicken.  I prepared here Miso soup with carrot bits, mee and cut out fried chicken.  The balance of it, went into my tummy!  I can eat at ease, knowing I am having less calories!


The new Scott® Calorie Light Premium Towels is available at major supermarkets, hypermarkets, minimarkets and provision stores nationwide at the recommended retail price of RM 6.20 for 2-roll and RM14.90 for 6-roll packs (West Malaysia) and RM 6.80 for 2-roll and RM16.40 for 6-roll packs (East Malaysia).

* Based on the reading of calories from fat (Kcal/100g), tests were conducted by third party international laboratories using 3 Scott® Calorie Light towels on fried chicken.

About Scott®
Scott® Kitchen Towels was first introduced in 1907 in the United States and for over a century now, generations of smart shoppers have trusted Scott® for products that won't compromise their families' comfort or their wallets. Scott® Kitchen Towel features unique ridges that quickly and effectively absorb messes and leave surfaces clean and dry. That’s why the entire family can count on Scott® Kitchen Towels to provide a sensible balance of great value and performance. Also available is Scott® facial tissues and Scott® bath tissues. Scott®, for great performance with less fuss.

Monday, June 30, 2014

THE GIFT OF WELLBEING FOR OUR PARENTS

I am not a very filial child.  YES, I admit!!  I cannot tolerate well with my parents, especially my mum.  Not that I don't love her, but seriously, it's getting all difficult to be in agreement with her 'some' times.

I don't really get sick while I was young, not even a fall or anything.  I don't have my parents caring for me on a sick bed.   I seldom see myself nursing 'sickness'.  Mostly, my relationship with my parents are more of 'material' sharing instead of 'feel'.  I can be 'manja' during sick, but not those serious ones.. just trying to pull through not needed to attend school.

BUT, on the day of the arrival of Breanna, I can totally feel my mum's love (but even so, we both are really too stubburn to admit).  I see my mum trying to fix up the mess for me, a mess which I will have to carry it through my life.  It was because of my mum, my aunt decided to come helping me out during my confinement, and my mum sorted out the food and some other stuffs too.  I figured out (just last week) that the way my mum shows her love to me is by nagging non stop and me being one rebellious one, will surely answer her! Strange but a real communication way with both of us.  Seriously, the following conversation happens, at the moment when I was wheeled out of the theatre after B's birth, and I saw my mum:-

Me:  Mum..
Mum:  Hm, how's are you?
Me:  Pain
Mum:  Ah.. pain right...

I was like, what kind of statement was she trying to tell me, I am in pain la.  At least say la you can understand and sayang me abit, ish ish.... BUT I know, she feel the pain I was going through... the pain of not just giving birth, but the pain that I am going through all this on my own.  She felt it.. really... That's why she was 'pretty' angry with me making such a big 'drama' in my life.  She can see my 'future' having the wrestle with the decision I made. She feel the pain for me.  When I am in the ward, she did present me with the 'confinement' need food such as red dates water, and also ginger wine chicken with rice la.. see see, that's what I mean with the relationship of myself and my mum.. we DO it out, but we don't SAY it... we will bring pain to each other by words, but by action, we showed the love affection of us.. weird isn't it?

I tell you, this ONCE in a lifetime drama is good enough for my mum to show her love, tolerance and care for me.  The Chinese saying goes, one time capital back!

My mum's age is also catching up while mine is growing.  One way of another to let her know that I can take care of myself now, and she should just slow down and make less worry and comment about me, aka less nagging.  I can see her fragile movement sometimes, and I am considering getting her the AIG Injury Guard.  At least, if there is any accidents, she has additional coverage.  Sometimes, elders her age, is not easy to get any more insurance coverage.  I referred to this brochure for the information.  Injury Guard can be purchased by phone or online with a debit or credit card (from as low as 93 sen a day!), without the need for long queues, tedious forms and medical check-ups, and is effective immediately upon purchase.

I can't promise my mum the sky and heaven, but all I can is to continue praying for her good health, and maybe guarding her from any form of physical injuries.  I will work towards whatever I can for her.  I know I am now can't meet any of this target.  Sad indeed but I know I can work it through.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Peppa Pig and NoQ Store


I am totally defeated by this pig now.  So helpless that my girl been sticking on the Ipad watching this over and over again.  Don't ask me how she was exposed to this, as for someone who can't read, spell and all, she found this herself!!  I am in a total fight with her since she glue herself there for a long time especially during this school holiday!  We even have to 'battle' going school tomorrow topic.. ish ish... bad pig at times!

Thank GOD I was referred to NoQ Store, which I decided to purchase some Peppa Pig books instead of letting my girl watch the show non stop over and over again.  I must now get her interest in reading, and hopefully by getting the Peppa books, she will read more and watch less!


My itchy hands went to click click some books, and ter-buy the followings.  

RM11.60

RM23.06

RM20.70

RM23.06

RM22.45

NoQStore it's an online bookstore and currently having some discounts.  I so love when I can shop at the comfort of my own home and not thinking that I need to lug all the books along and this will be delivered to my door steps.  Purchase only RM50 and above, books will be deliver for free!  How nice right?  Now I only need to sit back and relax with the delivery. 

On top of the this, I also got good 'lobang' aka 'kang tao' for all of you who read this.  If you are thinking to purchase some books from NoQStore too, you can apply a discount code CYNFUL upon checkout.  You will be entitle to an exclusive 15% discount on all purchases from NOW until 31st October 2014.  

Enjoy shopping!

Stay tune for my update on my books upon it's arrival.

Cynful Pleasure Bakery

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