Thursday, 24 November 2016

Holiday Activities for Kids and the Family



School holidays and yearend are here! Are you looking for fun activities for your kids and for the entire family? There are various places to visit across Malaysia and many interesting things to do. 

Here are some great activities for the kids (and for you, too!):

1-Day Play at Little Kingdom - Level 3, Parkson Maju Junction Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur
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A magical-themed play land boasting of 40,000 sq.ft., Parkson Edutainment’s Little Kingdom is a first-of-its-kind personalised learning edutainment park. It’s a place where kids and parents experience various realities, from fairy tales to space missions. This play land features technology games, Amazon rides, magical shows, learning workshops and beautiful classrooms that children will enjoy. Enjoy a full day of fun where your kids can have different activities in 1 place. 

Little Kingdom is the very first iconic edutainment park in Malaysia. Featuring more than 35 Happy Toon World characters from the United States, it appeals to children aged between 3 to 15 years old.   

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If your child’s birthday is coming up soon, you can even celebrate his or her birthday party at Little Kingdom. The birthday package includes full day unlimited access to  for 30 guests, allowing the celebrant and friends to have fun before, during and after the celebration. It’s a great way to celebrate and the venue is perfect for taking photos, too.


Laser Tag games at Laser Battle, available at 4 locations: 
7th Floor, Berjaya Times Square, 1 Jalan Imbi, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
3rd Floor North Zone, Queensbay Mall, 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas, Penang
4th Floor, Innercity, Johor Bahru City Square, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru
3rd Floor, Ipoh Parade, 105 Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, Ipoh

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Laser tag is a fun, fast-paced painless shooting game that can be played with friends and family. Bring your classmates, your gang, playmates, colleagues and have a wonderful time at a Laser Battle arena! Laser Battle allows you to have the most enjoyable experience possible with laser tag games. You can choose from 40 different games or even customise them to suit your preference. Play from various types such as Standard Solo, Standard Team, Capture The Flag, Base Flags, Power Ball, Midnight Madness Solo, Zone Collector, Friend or Foe.


Laser Tag games at Laser Warzone, available at 2 locations:
e@Curve Damansara - 1st Floor, Lot L1-93, No. 2 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, PJU 7, 47810, Selangor
Level 4, Lot 170-04-20B, Gurney Plaza Mall, 170, George Town, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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Laser Warzone uses a multi-interactive laser tag arena, armed with the most advanced laser tag system in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. It has a large and wide 4000-square-feet multi-interactive arena, VIP function rooms and manned by veteran marshals. These marshals ensure that everyone knows what to do before starting any game. They provide guidance, tactics and make every session a fun and memorable game for you, your friends, your kids or your gang.


Intelligence Program at BrainFit Studio - Lot 118, First Floor, The Curve Mall, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya

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This program is great for kids who want to do fun activities that also help nurture their development and build confidence. BrainFit Scholar programmes have increased school results, improved athletic performance, accelerated artistic abilities in both visual arts and music, raised confidence and motivation for learning and enhanced emotional management in thousands of children. BrainFit Studio collaborates with four internationally-renowned neuroscientists who are also the founding members of Scientific Learning Corporation – Dr Michael Merzenich, Dr William Jenkins, Dr Paula Tallal, and Dr Steven Miller, whose expertise is based on more than 30 years of scientific research into how the brain learns.


Escape the Room Games at Mission-Q - 3F-21 & 22, Queensbay Mall, 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

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Experience "escape the room" games for real! If you enjoy mystery, problem-solving, excitement and fun with friends, this game is perfect for you, your kids, family and friends.
The objective is to escape from the room by collecting items, identifying clues, solving puzzle and riddles, as well as unlocking the doors. Mission-Q (Real Escape Game Room in Malaysia) brings you 5 unique adventurous escape rooms, each with its own theme. The objective is to physically escape from the room within an hour by collecting items, identifying clues, and solving puzzles and riddles. This game requires observation, teamwork, creativity, communication, and courage.


Melaka Wonderland Theme Park and Resort - Lot PT 17178, Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Hang Tuah Jaya, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka

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Melaka Wonderland is a unique water theme park that features 16 attractions such as Tornado Chaser, Lazy cum Crazy River, 1 Big Wave Pool, Adventure Island and is surrounded by 360 hectares of natural recreational forest. Melaka Wonderland’s water splashing rides and attractions is filled with a whopping 2 million litres of water. High speed water slides, Aqua Bubbles is a feature awaiting to excite visitors to the theme park. 

Melaka Bird Park - Taman Botanikal, Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka

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Let your child have an amazing time discovering one of the widest variety of bird species! It’s great for children to see and learn about different birds, to have a better understanding of these magnificent animals. At Melaka Bird Park, children will see different sizes, colours, types and habitats of various bird species.


Melaka Zoo or Night Safari - Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Hang Tuah Jaya, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka 

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Learning about animals and seeing them for real help our children understand these living creatures deeper. From the colour of fur, feathers, body size up to the type of food they eat and the habitat they live in, these realities help us and our children discover more about life and this planet. It’s great for them to read books and see photos of animals but nothing can replace seeing them in real life.




Visit www.nenerland.com for more details, prices and to explore more activities for kids, for young adults and for the entire family. Enjoy 10% OFF when you book any activity for the first time, use code HAPPY upon checkout. 


Happy holidays!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Octo Baby for Clean Devices

I’m not sure about pokemon and digital pets but I’m definite that I need Octo Baby for my gadgets

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I’m very fussy when it comes to clean gadgets, specially laptops. I don’t like the thought of my fingers continuously touching dirty keyboard. Although it’s quite easy to clean the surface with cloth, it’s challenging to get into corners and to grab dust resting in between the keys. 

While visiting Harvey Norman in Mid Valley Megamall to take a look at laptops and earphones, I saw this eye-catchy, colourful gel stuff inside a plastic jar. It looks cute and it’s unusual so I checked it out. It says “Have Fun Cleaning!”, something you’d rarely see in an IT/hardware section. 

The Octo Baby makes it easy to clean devices such as your PC keyboard, MacBook, speakers, mobile phones and other items that have small parts or holes and are not water-safe. 

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Price: RM17.00 per jar

What makes the Octo Baby great:
  • Absorbs dirt, dust & germs in cavities
  • Anti-bacterial & kills 99.99% of the germs
  • Does not leave residues
  • Simply press it against surface then pull and the dirt is gone
  • Portable & Convenient to bring it along
  • Use with dry hands
  • Does not contain damaging formula
  • Ideal for home, office, car, computers, ventilation, consoles and more
  • Alcohol - Free

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It might feel icky at first because it’s a blob of goop that you use with your hand to clean the device. But it works! 

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It’s very simple and convenient to use. Just take the entire goop into your palm. Press it on the surface of your device (as long as that part of your device is safe for cleaning and a little bit of pressure, not the internal, sensitive parts). Lift/pull the Octo baby and you’ll see that dust and dirt are already caught in the goop. 

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If you have speakers with those tiny, round holes, the Octo Baby jelly is a great cleaning material. Press the whole goop lightly into the speaker surface then lift it.

See how the gel effectively goes into those holes from the marks here?

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After you’re done using the jelly, you can put the whole thing back into the jar and use it again. Once you notice that the jelly is getting full of dirt within, it’s time to buy a new one, which will probably be several month unless you use it on big dirty devices all the time. It lasts long enough and it’s affordable at RM17 a piece anyway. 

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So if you like or prefer clean devices like me, you can give the Octo Baby cleaning jelly a try. Enough of those cloths and tissues that may leave residues on your devices. 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Scott’s Launches DHA Gummies for Kids!

Here’s an exciting solution to help your child get enough healthy nutrients for brain development
 
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I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to a mother or parent’s challenge of getting children to eat healthy food and take vitamins or supplements. It involves testing, convincing, story-telling, rewards and many other possible ways to convince my son to take his vitamins before. I can’t even recall how many different brands and types we’ve tried. Eventually, we found some that he liked and it’s been good. 

But as kids grow older, their preferences and tastes also change. Based on experience, it’s more about the taste. It has to be something familiar and natural to them, not something that tastes too “medicine-like”; something fruity is good. Again, it has to be a type of fruit that he knows and likes, maybe orange, strawberry, apple or grapes. But the challenge is not just about the taste; vitamins must contain enough nutrients like protein, Vitamin D and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a type of Omega-3 fatty acid which is a building block of the brain and eyes.

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Scott’s of GlaxoSmithKline has recently introduced a new supplement for kids: Scott’s DHA Gummies! It is an addition to the bestselling product, Scott’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil, which my son also takes (it has an orange flavour that he likes). 

Scott’s DHA Gummies provides the goodness of fish oil without the fishy taste and smell. The challenge that I had with other fish oil kids’ supplements is that it’s too fishy and oily. What I do is to add some apple or orange juice with it so my son can take it without possibly vomiting. It requires more effort and the medicine cup ends up being very oily and hard to wash. The good thing about Scott’s DHA Gummies is that it already combines fruit and fish oil so our kids can take it happily. It comes in delicious orange or strawberry flavours and in the shape of three different sea creatures! 

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During the press launch held on 30th July 2016 at Aquaria KLCC, GSK General Manager Stacy Wallace explained that this new Scott’s DHA Gummies will help mothers in providing a tasty and enjoyable way for children to meet their daily intake of DHA. DHA helps support normal brain function and development. A well-functioning brain help support cognitive abilities such as learning, attention, memory and problem-solving. Scott’s DHA Gummies aims to provide moms challenged with busy schedules a helping hand when it comes to contributing to the DHA intake of their child. 

The packaging says it all, look how fun and attractive these are!

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Prices: Pack of 3 pieces - RM0.99, Pack of 15 pieces - RM9.90, Bottle of 60 pieces - RM34.40

Great idea to have pack of 15 pieces, this is perfect for travel!

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Children are naturally curious and willing to learn something new and exciting. Together with the launch of  Scott’s DHA Gummies, Scott’s also introduced its ‘Bright Little Explorers’ campaign to raise awareness on the importance of DHA in children’s development and to nurture curiosity and adventurous minds. This includes fun activities in partnership with Aquaria KLCC (my son loves this place) with programmes such as ‘Discovery Hunt’ and ‘Sleep with Sharks’. Sounds exciting!

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Follow Scott’s Malaysia’s Facebook page and stay tuned for more updates!

Fun Facts about DHA and Scott’s Gummies:
  • For what age is Scott’s DHA Gummies? 4 years old and above.
  • What flavours are available? Orange and strawberry.
  • How many pieces should my child take daily? A serving of 3 gummies contains 40mg of DHA, which can supplement the daily diet of children and meet their daily DHA intake. 
  • What is the source of DHA in Scott’s DHA Gummies? This comes from high quality, ultra pure fish oil that was stringently tested and conforms to global quality and purity standards, including those established by the EU and US FDA. 
  • Is this Halal certified? Yes, Scott’s DHA Gummies is Halal certified by JAKIM.  



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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Althea Celebrates 1st Year with a Shopping Party for You

Perfect time to shop; loads of surprises in store.


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I’m captivated by Althea :) 

E-commerce has made beauty shopping so much easier and more convenient. When it comes to beauty products, though, I must admit that I don’t have a lot of Korean ones. I guess I often find that information on packaging can be tough to understand when there’s no English translation. But with Althea, I don’t have this problem anymore. Each product available for shopping online has product information and details, even photos of actual application!


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Witch's Pouch POPO Lipstick 

Althea is celebrating its 1st year birthday and all of us are invited. This is the perfect time to shop for makeup, skincare, haircare and body care products. I assure you that you’ll definitely find something that will be interesting and fun to use. 

With this birthday party, Althea is also giving us a chance to win amazing prices such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers! 

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Why it’s great to shop now with Althea's Birthday Celebration (20th - 31st July, 2016):

1. Enjoy a Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit for orders placed on 20/7 onwards. While stocks last.

2. Free Goodies for first 1,500 shoppers! Full size beauty products. While stocks last. 

3. Birthday Giveaway. Pick 3 Top Sellers for 100% REBATE!
Rebate will be credited into your account. 

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4. The #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest with total prizes worth KRW10,000,000 to be won!
Wish Althea a “happy birthday” with hashtag #altheaturns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers! Contest starts from 20th July - 15th August, 2016.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.althea.kr and Althea Facebook for more information. Hurry, hurry, hurry! This is the best time to shop at Althea!

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Althea has a great lineup of interesting makeup and skincare items (my top beauty addictions). I’ve recently shopped for a bunch, and I was so excited when I received the pink parcel. The beautiful limited edition pink birthday box is lovely, containing the DIY Party Kit, samples and my ordered items protected with bubble wrap. 


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My Althea shopping haul! 
(from left to right, clockwise from bottom)


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Angel of Firenze hand and nail cream
AirFit CC Cream SPF30 
Skin Liar Primer
Skin & Lab A Plus Lifting serum
It’s My Lip Crayon WN 01
Witch’s Pouch Perfect Cover Concealer 
Witch’s Pouch POPO Lipstick x 2 colours (Burgundy Wine and Sweet Red)
Witch’s Pouch Color Corrector CC Cream

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I came across this cutely-named and cutely-packaged primer, the Skin Liar Primer by Elizavecca. It promises to conceal pores like magic so, yes, I must try it! Witch’s Pouch has an interesting name and line of products, which tempted me to buy 4 items from this brand. 


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I love the black and white color theme of this brand

I was also in search of new CC Creams and Althea has a good lineup of them. Did I mention that products at Althea site mostly (if not all) have price specials? 


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What you will enjoy at Althea:

  • FREE Shipping on orders above RM150 - products are handpicked and packed from Althea’s warehouse in Korea, shipped to you!
  • 100% Authentic Guarantee - any suspected counterfeit can be returned and will be compensated 200% of the product value!
  • Best Price Policy - you always enjoy trustworthy and transparent pricing for all products!
  • Unconditional Returns - if you are not satisfied with your order, Althea guarantees 30-day unconditional returns. 
More details here if you'd like to know more - http://my.althea.kr/promises  

My DIY Party Kit! Happy birthday to Althea!

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I love the full colour of the lip crayon! (Sorry, can't smile too wide...wrinkles...)
Tried here: Elizavecca Skin Liar Primer, It’s My Lip Crayon, Witch’s Pouch Perfect Cover Concealer, AirFit CC Cream

Here’s a personal tip in creating your party kit. After you have decorated your hat with the paper accessories, you can try mounting it on a headband instead of tying a string on both ends. Using a headband can allow you to position the hat to the right or left aside from the usual centre position. Plus it’s easier to wear and you don’t need to use a string. 


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Happy shopping, guys!  

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Why Art Lovers will love Art Friend

If you’re a creative person or want to be one, this is the art shop for you


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Art comes in many forms. Some people like pencil art, some like charcoal, some like oil paintings or sculpture. We all have different personalities and, as such, we also have different ways or techniques to express our own creativity. Whether other people consider it art is not the question. How we define and create our own art is based on our own expression. 

I loved to draw ever since I was a child. I guess most kids do have a love for drawing or doodling. In college, I took Interior Design as a course, although I didn’t really continue with this profession after graduating. My first job did involve a bit of interior design but my interest and passion have shifted to marketing, which have become my career for life and I still love it. 

As my son continues to grow up, he exhibits an increasing interest with creative activities. I nurture his interest by providing him the tools, time and guidance. I also enjoy doing all these with him; it brings me back to the roots of love for art, just like being a child again. 

Although we can easily come up with improvised materials to do creative things, I still want to find and buy more stuff that he can use. The challenge lies in finding art items in stores or specialty shops around here. I first came across Art Friend at The Gardens Mall. Me and my son have made this a destination every time we visit Mid Valley. Art Friend has a branch at The Curve as well, which has wider and brighter spaces. But whichever branch may be convenient to you, a visit to Art Friend is always worth your while. 

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So far, this is the best shop to look for art and creative items. Art Friend covers almost every possible art material that my son and I would need. From a wide selection of coloured pencils, watercolours, oil paint, moulding clay, up to different types and brands of art papers, Art Friend has got your art needs covered. 

It’s not just a shop for professional artists. Art Friend has materials for beginners, for kids and for pros. Love rubber stamps? Look at the biggest selection of rubber stamps I’ve seen! 

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This is a pretty butterfly stamp…
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For collage lovers, you can find a lot of choices for embellishments here.
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For those who like to paint, Art Friend has  a wide selection of different art brushes. Narrow tip, wide tip, kids brushes, they’re all here.
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My son likes to paint and we found ships, cars and planes made of styrofoam. I bought him a set of Pentel Water Colour tubes and he had a great time painting this styrofoam ship. 
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It’s a common sight to see parents and their children shopping inside Art Friend. It’s such a joy to see moms, dads and kids doing shopping together for art stuff. 

My son’s interest for art has revived my art interests, too. It’s amazing how spending precious time with our children can bring out the child in us. I’ve begun to rediscover my own passion and interests to draw, color and use art brushes again. 

I remember during my college days when money was so tight and my parents had to struggle to afford buying me a set of Derwent Watercolour Pencils, which was required for my course. Back then, Derwent had very few types of products but it was the only brand with water-soluble pencils available, at least in my country. 

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But now, wow. I’ve fallen head over heels with Derwent with its wide and useful products. It even has water brushes that can be filled up with water to use easily. In my school days, we had to do the classic way of filling up a mug with water, use a paintbrush and paint palette to colour our drawings with water-based art. It is time-consuming and uses more water than necessary because we keep washing the brushes. But this Derwent water brush is genius for watercolour pencils. 

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I enjoy mixed media rendering, which means I use 2 or more different types of art materials to colour or draw. My latest colouring set is the Derwent Inktense ink pencils. If you love finishes in bright, vivid colours, this is perfect. It is water-soluble but can be used together with non-soluble coloured pencils. Here’s a sample of my drawing:

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Art items used:
Cretacolor Fine Art Graphite B for outline drawing
Pigma Micron 05 Archival Ink for fairy dust 
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Derwent Watercolour Pencils
Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils

Here’s another one using the same colouring items but with ink outlines:

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Another great thing with Art Friend is that you can buy Derwent pencils individually. At one point, you’ll definitely finish one colour before the rest and it doesn’t make sense to buy the whole set just to get the color you need. I often finish my black, blues and purples first. It’s great that I can buy one Derwent coloured pencil at a time. 

Even if you’re shopping for your kids, you’ll more likely end up buying something for yourself, too. Believe it or not, these entire lines of shelves are all glue stuff. 

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Always having problems with stains or spots ending up on clothes or seat cover? This might be something that can help you…
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More fun activity kits for kids…
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Whatever your or your child’s art interest is, a stroll along the aisles of Art Friend will make you love art (again).