Monday, 2 October 2017

The Taaras - Pulau Redang

Post Pulau Rawa, Nazrin started taking an interest in snorkeling. Being the doting father that Kimi is who loves to do things that his kids love, he is now more open to the idea of beach holidays. Yeay!! So when my sister in law suggested a trip to Redang, we jumped on board! Yeay!

We rented a car to drive us to Merang Jetty in Kuala Terengganu. We departed from Bangi just passed midnight. With stops and a detour due to road closure, we arrived in KT in the morning. It was a long journey and a pretty tiring one as I couldn't sleep at all. Luckily we arrived in time for the boat which took us to Pulau Redang.

The boat ride took 45 minutes. It was fast and slightly choppy. The poor maid was so scared the whole time! The kids enjoyed the ride!

We booked the garden room which was the cheapest at RM800++ per night. This is the farthest from the beach but it had a nice veranda with view of the forest and monkeys. If you had extra money, do book the beach front rooms! The view there was too die for!

Day 1

After checking in, we all slept in the room after lunch. We were all tired from the travelling and it was just TOO HOT outside. We waited until 4.30pm to go to the beach. The beach was the best part with super soft white sand which Aaman truly enjoyed. Nazrin went snorkeling and there were plenty of fish just by the beach. However I felt that the fish at Pulau Rawa were more colourful. We had to go to the Marine Park to see more variety of fish.

Day 2

After breakfast, we all headed to the beach again. Nazrin went snorkeling while Aaman and I swam in the water or played with the sand. We were there until midday and stopped for lunch.

After lunch we all rested and slept. Again it was way too hot to be outside in the afternoon. We planned to go to the Marine Park at 5pm. We were picked up by a van and went on a small private boat to the Marine Park. 

As it was Sunday evening, all the other tourists were gone and we were the only ones there.

I really wanted to see turtles, but there were none at the hatching centre. There were plenty of fishes when we went snorkeling and they were naughty too! They kept biting our legs! I also got the opportunity to snorkel around an old shipwreck! That was the first time for to snorkel that far and to see fishes around an old shipwreck was so cool! A turtle also swam by but I totally missed it! 

Day 3

Since we didn't see any turtles yesterday, I said to myself "we HAVE to find turtles today!!"
So we rented a kayak to search for the turtles. Apparently the tame and friendly ones were just in front of our hotel. We got a kayak for each family and off we went! We headed toward the turtle bay and lo and behold, we found them!

The turtles swam around and under us. It was so magical to see them up close! Kimi even got to touch them! If you went with the hotel boat, you can even swim and feed them. But we wanted to save money but apparently it didn't cost that much. A friend paid RM50 to the hotel to take them but the hotel sign said RM60 per person? So I suggest that you ask the hotel how much it is. 

Anyway this was the highlight of my trip! We even got many cool shots of the turtles and us from my sister in law.

So there you go! Our Redang trip. Now I am counting days to our Japan trip!

Friday, 22 September 2017

September Haul including dUCk cosmetics review

Time for this month's haul!

I am getting quite broke by this unhealthy habit! Anyways, this month's haul includes;

  1. 2 tops from poplook
  2. dUCk cosmetics - Snazzy Stella and the Nude Pallete
  3. dUCk scarves - scarves bag
  4. plates from Tupperware
  5. Random stuff from Mr. DIY
  6. dUCk scarves - kuih koci

So let's check out the Nude Palette by dUCk Cosmetics. 

When I swatched it at the counter, it was dry and patchy! I was quite disappointed and unimpressed. Then the Sales Girl asked whether she would like me to try it. So I thought, yeah sure let's give it a go. So she selected a few colours and put it on my eyelids (one side). Then after she was done she asked me to do it myself on the other side. When I put it on, it was smooth, easy to blend and soft. Totally different to the one I swatched! The Sales Girl also gave great tips on how to apply and create a look. She even did my brows using the eyeshadow. After that I was SOLD! So I was super impressed by the quality of the eyeshadows! Great job dUCk!

I also just HAD to buy the liquid matte. I chose Snazzy Stella which is a pinkish/coralish colour. I have to admit, this is a bit drying (when compared to Huda of course!) but if I put on some lip oil before that, then it great and last long too. I preferred the formula for the lipstick but didn't like the choice of colours available. Although they release new colours today which sold out and have been restocked again! I would recommend that instead of the liquid mattes. But they eyeshadows are a definite WIN!

So did you get any new make up? Fenty and new Peach line from Too Faced looked good! MUST STAY AWAY!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Bursa Bull Charge 2017

Earlier this year, our Captain of the Co's Running Club added me to the Whatsapp group (eventhough I told him that I hate running!). Since then I felt the obligation to join at least ONE run. The advantage of joining the club is that some of the runs are sponsored so it's FREE.

Prior to the Bull run, I actually joined the CIMB Colour Run. However a week before the run, my ankle was swollen so I pulled out. But luckily it has healed so no excuses for me to run! So last Thursday, I geared up for my 5km run since 2014! Our company sent 5 teams (20 members) for the run.

All set!

The girls
The team!

Before the race

One with Natte
Natte actually had a bad asthma attack after the run. When I reached the finish line, I saw her on a stretcher and she was crying and had trouble breathing. So I followed her to the Medic Tent and accompanied her while she was getting treatment. Luckily after oxygen and drip she was much better! Phew!

Workout Summary

As you can see I ran in 42 minutes and this is a new record for me! The Vice Captain of the running club wanted to run with me (ie slow) as she was not feeling well. So for the first half of the run, I was pressured and tried my best to keep up. After 2.5km I was slowing down and I told her to go ahead. After that I started walking more and got lazy! I could have pushed myself more but didn't and it wasn't like I was going for a time or anything. Plus towards the end, there was a big hill to climb so I just didn't bother :p So overall I really enjoyed the run/walk! Would love to join more runs but 5kms only for me thanks!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Root canal treatment!

I have this one particular tooth which has always been problematic. Last time I got it checked, the dentist said it was still ok but I needed to change my toothpaste to a Gum Sensitive one and if it got worse then an x-ray was needed. But after cleaning and polishing, the pain went away. That was 2 years ago! Time and time again the pain would come back, but after flossing, extra brushing it would go away. A week before the Merdeka/Raya Haji break, it started hurting again. Then we went back to Penang for the long weekend. I was hoping that the pain would subside but it was getting worse! On Raya Haji itself the pain was unbearable and with no dentists open during the holiday! I was popping painkillers like candy then.

Still smiling in the morning

Eid Mubarak from the Osmans

This is me by the end of the day. IN PAIN!

On the Saturday, I went to the dentist in Nibong Tebal. Upon examination which involved hitting the tooth with his instrument and me yelping in pain, he said "yes, there is puss under here". No need an X-ray which you should do once you get back to KL. Unfortunately they did not have the X-ray machine there itself. So he prescribed me with anti-biotics, anti-inflammitory and more painkillers.

At this point, we had one more day in Penang and Perak before we head back. The pain was unbearable, with only painkillers to help me ease it which I was taking every 4 hours!

On Sunday morning, we headed back to KL and reached there at lunch time. I promptly looked for an open dentist. A friend of mine suggested iCare Dental and luckily there is one at IOI City Mall! They took my X-ray and immediately saw the problem!

The heart marks the puss/absces in the gums. With no place to go, this is why it was pulsing and causing me much pain! The suggested a Root Canal Treatment which is done in 3 sessions.

First step was to drill into the tooth to get rid of the abscess! The injection for the painkiller for that was painful. The first time they did it, the painkiller did not work as when it was going in, the puss was also coming out. So when continued drilling, I was still feeling the pain. Then they proceeded with numbing my whole jaw! Which meant another shot to the jaw! Tears rolled down my eyes when they did this! Luckily the dentist was nice and soothing and told me to keep breathing in and out. Once the medication kicked it, my bottom jaw was numb and they carried on working.

I came in again the next day for further cleaning and they put in temporary filling. I am due again this weekend to put in the permanent filling.

The whole procedure costed me RM1,500! Later on, I am also required to put a crown to protect the tooth. Will have to search for the cheapest one! I think that will go around RM1k ++. Overall, I am satisfied with iCare Dental. Great service but quite pricey I think but I had no choice. They were open and I could no longer withstand the pain!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Make up haul Aug 2017

I have been wanting to use up my Sephora points and last time, I had my eye on the Too Faced kit but I took too long to grab it and it was fully redeemed. When I saw the Tarte Clay kit, I wanted it especially when my friends raved about the 12 hour blusher. So I dropped that in my cart but obviously I had to make a purchase and of course it had to be more than RM80 to enjoy the free shipping! But then again, when you were late night shopping, I just started adding more stuff :p

Only wanted this

Ended up spending RM250 
So here is my haul! Bought another blending brush, coz my eyeshadow always stop short of the eyelid. Need to go further up! Also wanted to try the tattoo liner by Kat Von D and loving it so far. One can never have too many travel sized mascaras! (I've got about 3 at the moment). Lastly, I wanted to try the veil primer from Hourglass as supposedly it's great for oily skin!

Here is the full Tarte Clay Kit.

Have you bought anything lately??

Monday, 21 August 2017

Sheila Majid Concert - a night out with mummy!

I remembered when I was small, Sheila Majid performed at Kuala Kangsar and I really wanted to go. At the time I was still in primary school so obviously I couldn't go. I have always been a fan of hers and have always dreamed about seeing her live. Even when I was back in the UK, I loved listening and singing to her songs. 

When I saw that she was finally performing in her own country, I knew that THIS IS IT! I HAVE TO GO! So I managed to get 2 tickets. I invited my sister (remember the last concert that we went to?) but she didn't really want to go but she told me that Mummy really teringin so I invited my Mummy along!

On the day of the concert, Mummy and I decided to take the MRT to Stadium Negara so I didn't have to think about parking. So for the first time, off we went to ride the MRT.

Waiting for our ride
I parked the car at Kajang Station which has a 4 storey multi level carpark. The whole journey took 42 minutes from Kajang Station and I couldn't help but feel proud. The MRT was on time and efficient and the stations looked modern with great connectivity to other public transport. We disembarked at the Merdeka Station and the station was directly in front of the concert venue!

Outside the Stadium

At our seat
In short, the concert was amazing! Her voice was still so good at 52 years old! She covered songs from the early days all the way to her current album Boneka. Her band was so good as well, but unfortunately our seats were to the very left of the stage. So our view was limited and we couldn't see the band. We also missed out on the great lighting too but it's ok coz we really just wanted to hear her voice LIVE! I also loved how she interacted with the audience. Telling us stories that lies behind a particular song. She shared how she struggled to put her last album together where she rejected songs from so many song writers. However when she met Toh Pati (an Indonesian songwriter), she asked for some songs to which he replied "Yes you already rejected them!". So he sent her more songs which most of it was featured in her Boneka album. Toh Pati was there to perform with her along with her husband who played the piano.  I have to admit though that I love her slow songs better than the rancak ones. 

The great singer herself

Sheila Majid
Mummy and I danced to a few songs during the concert and I obviously sang my heart out when Dia and Antara Anyer dan Jakarta came out! However, I forgot to check when the last train to go back was so after 11pm I told Mummy that we had to make a move. So we missed out on a few songs at the end, but it was enough. I was a GREAT concert and Mummy and I had a wonderful time! 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Naked Heat always out of stock I had to find an alternative!

The new Naked Heat has been out of stock in Sephora. I tried KLCC and Avenue K and so far no luck!

But actually when I look at the palette, the 2 colours that I am drawn to is Dirty Talk and Scorched. Love the orange, bronzy hues and the glitter in these two shades.

So then I went for a search of a dupe on these two shades. After browsing around I found something similar! Yeayyy!!

This is Fireball S09 from NYX. I think it's a nice mix between the 2 shades so it's close enough!

It retails for RM35 so it's super cheap. The formulation is good as well as it is smooth and velvety. What a great saving and I am super proud of myself for this purchase instead of spending RM230 for a whole palette!

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