Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Kid

"Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of light and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere and  saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favour by trying to shield him from reality. The most important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil..." ~ Walt Disney 

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Almighty, the Most Merciful.

Happy Birthday Son. You are 8 today.

I have to tell you this in the hopes that one day maybe you'll come across this blog and read it. Perhaps then you will realise how much you mean to me.

Your brother died, My world was empty. My relationship with your dad was in shambles. After we went our separate ways, there were days when I thought I would not be able to make it. That I was done with this harsh, cruel place. 

But you, you never gave up on me. You forced me to live, every single day. You made me laugh, you wiped my tears away. You were always there. And bit by bit, over time, I realised that I was happy. Happy things turned out the way they did. You always thought the world of me, and I would think to myself, if this kid thinks I am awesome, than perhaps I am worth something.

I want to tell you how instrumental you were in me getting to this stage in my life. The acceptance, the happiness, the peace, the calm. New beginnings. How I am happy with co-parenting with your dad now. How I am happy to be where I am at in my career. How I am happy with our new life. Happy, blissfully happy. Things truly do happen the way they are supposed to happen.

It's been a hell of a journey these few years kid. I am looking forward to many many more.

I love you very much. Never forget that. 

Thank you.

With Love,

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Weekie 2017 - Holiday Villa Subang

"It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you, if you see what I mean..." 
~ Neil Gaiman

Hello readers,

Some updates on my previous weekie I had with my little family.

We went to Holiday Villa Subang, an old hotel in the Subang area.

The lobby was spacious and airy and really cozy. We got complimentary drinks!

 Airiel and I!

The bathroom was huge with a shower and a bathtub.

It had a sort of living room and couch in front of the bed and of course a working desk.

Couldn't beat the view too. Lovely

I loved how spacious the rooms are and despite it being an old hotel, they did a lovely job of refurbishing it.

The kids enjoyed the pool and the rooms itself, and had a fine time in the bathtub too!

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a weekend away.

Much love from Airiel and I. Peace and love to everyone.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fernweh 2017 - Part 1 - Coaley's Peak

"She had a wild, wandering soul but when she loved, she loved with chaos and that made all the difference..." ~ Ariana Dancu

Hello readers,

I have returned from my travels in the UK and it was lovely. But in the midst of my travels a lot happened.

So much death in March 2017. Death is only a breath away it seems and someone beloved to me was lost. Still pretty much reeling.

This is Coaley's Peak in an area called Stroud. I was pretty much tired of the normal tourist spots in London, so I left for the countryside. Whilst most days were cold and windy and dull, temperature was around 8 degrees on average, the day I went it was sunny. 

Sri and I also went for a walk cum hike around the area. Absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. 

More on the hotel I stayed in the countryside soon.

Much love from Airiel and I. 

Peace and love to everyone.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fernweh 2017 - Part 1

"We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there..." 
~ Pascal Mercier

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Hello readers.

I am getting the itch to travel. And I do have places planned this year.

I have had to cancel a trip due to my grandma's ailing health.

But this trip, I promised I would take.

So off we go.

It's time to return.

Soon. Soon.

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.

Monday, February 6, 2017

AraCare is Up and Running #bethechange

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world..." - Mahatma Gandhi

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Most Merciful.

Hello readers.

I just have to share my excitement and joy with all of you.

The family, especially Airiel's atok has been helping people in need for as long as I can remember. We grew up in that environment and it has become our way of life.

Late last year we decided to make it official in the hopes that more people can join us for change and to perhaps cover a bigger ground in so far as assistance is concerned.

Aracare was born.

We just managed to put up our FB page


Like and follow us at Aracare!

Spread the love by sharing the page. 

Let's effect change, one life at a time.

What a start to Monday.

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

My Go To Websites to Buy Cosmetics and Skincare

"You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful" ~ Amy Bloom 

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Most Merciful.

Hello readers.

I have been asked by one of my readers to list down my go to websites to buy skincare so here goes.

First and foremost, I must say that I have pretty much moved away from European and Western brands when it comes to skincare or makeup (I use very little makeup, but still). I find that it just doesn't suit me or the climate and weather I'm in. Plus the price point with the exchange rate these days are downright ridiculous. We can get much cheaper options which are equally or even better suited to our skin from Asian products. So the websites I visit to buy stuff reflects my inclination. Dah namanya dasar pandang ke Timur kan? Hehe.

5. Elf

The ELF brand is perhaps the only Western brand that I regularly use. The products are not expensive and they do worldwide shipping. I am a huge fan of their setting spray which is such a good dupe for the Urban Decay setting spray and Mac setting spray, both of which I have stopped using once I knew they were on the BDS list. For those who want to join in on the BDS movement go to buycott app and learn how to use it effectively from here.

My fave setting spray is below:-

There are some really good bargains on GemFive depending on what is on offer. I sometimes buy my B.liv products from Gemfive depending on the discounts, so watch out for the offers and bargains.

3. Hishop

I absolutely love this online shop, which offers great bargains on predominantly Asian skincare and makeup. And at the checkout you will ALWAYS, ALWAYS get some free samples of new and upcoming products that you can try! #IlapyouHishop

I am definitely going to go get this after I am done with this post!

Althea sells predominantly Korean products which is what I use apart from Japanese ones these days. The array and brands offered are endless and all products come with verified reviews before you decide to buy something. The thing about korean products is that the packaging is soooo cute!

I usually buy my Etude House toner here and I also get most of lipsticks, lip glosses and cushions from here as well.

My go to toner from Etude House:-

Awesome for dry skin. And my skin seems to glow with this! If you order above RM100 you are entitled to free shipping and everything is shipped out from Korea directly so if your products are running low, make sure to order in advance and not wait until its completely finished as it may take around a week for you to get your order.

1. Hermo

Hermo started their website some years back with a bang and have been on the forefront for online Asian makeup and skincare ever since. It is a local Malaysian startup so I have been told so #malaysiaboleh!

Their sale deals are some of the best I have ever seen, with really competitive prices. I usually buy my Missha Time Revolution Essence and b.liv products here, depending on the sale prices because I make a comparison with the rest of the websites I listed here before buying. The products are also packed with verified reviews so you can always read before you buy.

I must of course show you my fave SKII dupe essence which I will be permanently switching to since it suits my skin so well at 1/3 of the price of SKII.

How can you resist these websites right? Do have a click and see these fabulous products that are way cheaper and works better.

You're welcome, hehe.

Hope I have answered your query reader! XoXo

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.