Friday, May 19, 2017

Awesome Brownies for Airiel's Teacher's Day

"Usually she ordered a cup of coffee and a cup of tea, as well as a brownie, propping up her sadness with chocolate and caffeine so that it became an anxiety" ~ Lorrie Moore


Hello readers.

I am just so excited about these brownies I just had to share it with you guys!



These chocolate brownies were to be drizzled with salted caramel by me before being delivered to school. I chose the premium version so it was super awesome!

You guys need to try it.

You guys can find her on instagram at uli.by.joalitreats.

Janji sedap tak tipu. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lets Get Lost 2017 - MU Hotel, Ipoh

"At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever that wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it..." ~ Suzanne Collins 

Hi readers,

So for the long labour day weekend I was attending a cousin's wedding in Ipoh. We decided to stay at the Ibis Styles hotel that got renamed the MU Hotel.

I loved my room! 





So the room has a modern contemporary feel and it has a sliding door that closes the shower and the toilet based on where you slide it. You can't close both at the same time though.


This is the seating area near the lifts 

The hallway 

It has like an internet and workspace area... 

 The lobby is pretty cute!

I do love the feel and the design. No pool though and no porter. For a short stay it was nice. Located in the middle of town and 5 mins drive from Ipoh Parade.

Rates were reasonable.

My review of the hotel is somewhere on booking.com

Until further updates, much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tempoyak Masak Dr. Zee Buka Untuk Tempahan!

" I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work. Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm..." ~ Robert Farrar Capon

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

Hello readers. 

I am soooo excited okay?

My mum who is retired has returned to one of her favourite passions. Cooking.

And dia masak apa? Tempoyak Masak.

Siapa pernah dengar pasal tempoyak masak angkat tangan. Selalunya orang perak akan tahu.

Just a view of how it looks like dengan nasi. Echewah.


Tempoyak masak tersebut adalah di sebelah kanan. Chewaah.

It's basically tempoyak yg dimasak with yummy ingredients and dimakan as a sambal. When we were kids, jarang dapat makan benda yang sedap ni sbb my mum is very protective of her tempoyak and tempoyak masak byk pakai tempoyak to make. So it's only reserved for bulan puasa. Basically akan berebut nak makan and lepastu cepat habis.

Sejak my mum bersara, dia selalu serve this dish at gatherings dengan relatives and kawan-kawan and it's a hit. So diorg la cakap, kenapa tak bukak order and jual sbb sedap? And so Dr. Zee's tempoyak masak was born.

 Ha tudia siap ada label giteww

Ini first batch postal orders. My mum happy sgt org suka makan apa yg dia masak!

Siapa siapa yang nak order please watsapp nombor di atas or get in touch with me, okay? For me I am just a daughter supporting what my mum and dad suka buat. Keeps my parents active after retirement.

So apart from part time tutoring, I am also now busy with AraCare, work and also Dr. Zee's tempoyak masak!

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.



Monday, April 10, 2017

Never Knew I Needed...

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be..." ~ Douglas Adams

For the way you changed my plans
For being the perfect distraction
For the way you took the idea that I had
Of everything I wanted to have
And made me see there was something missing

For the ending of my first beginning
And for the rare and unexpected friend
For the way you're something that I'd never choose
But at the same time something I don't want to lose
I never want to be without ever again

You're the best thing I never knew I needed
So when you walked here
I had no idea
You're the best thing I never knew I needed
Now it's so clear I need you here always

My accidental happily every after
The way you smile and how you comfort me with your laughter
I must admit you were not a part of my book
But now if you open it and take a look
You're the beginning and the end of every chapter

Who knew that I could be
So unexpectedly
Undeniably happier
With you right here next to me

Because you're the best thing I never knew I needed
So when you walked here
I had no idea
You're the best thing I never knew I needed
Now it's so clear I need you here always...

Now it's so clear
I need you here always..

#miqa
#ceriteracintahamba

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,
Mama. 

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. 



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thantophobia

"What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again..." ~ Suzanne Collins



For some it is a phobia. For Mama it was a reality, angel Akif. Today is your birthday. Today is the day you left Mama and Airiel 4 years ago. Thank you for teaching me how to survive loving and losing. Thank you for the permanent scars on my body I now carry with me everywhere in memory of you. Thank you for hugging and kissing me in my dreams. Thank you for teaching me that love hurts, and that's why it matters. Thank you for making me weak and then making me strong. Mama misses you so much. More than words can say. More than tears can ever convey. May you be blessed kid. Al-Fatihah


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Weekie 2016 - Grand Lexis Port Dickson

"And now I was older, and the wishful props of future selves had lost their comforts. I might always feel some form of this, a depression that did not lift but grew compact and familiar, a space occupied like the sad limbo of hotel rooms" ~ Emma Cline

Hello readers,

The only reason I am getting to update this today is because I am down with vertigo and is resting at home. It was only a matter of time before an attack hit, I literally felt it coming. And then boom.

Anyway, last year's end of the year weekie was awfully fun for Airiel and I. We went to Grand Lexis PD and it was simply awesome.

The villa comes with a pool which Airiel did not want to go into at first because he thought it was deep and he was afraid he would drown. Once he was comfortable though he basically refused to get out and forced me to stay in the pool with him! 



The bathroom and toilet was clean and was a separate space, although it was next to each other.

It had a nice lounge seating area. 

It had a working table which I used for work while Airiel played. 


The kitchen was a nice huge size with a microwave and basic essentials. 


The powder area is situated in front of the toilet/shower and was quite spacious as well.


The best part was of course the twin king beds. They were simply huge! Airiel and I was super comfortable.

This is one hotel that I have absolutely no complaints about. The staff was friendly, no request was too much for them and check in was fast, despite the crazy end of the year crowd.

The place was clean and all facilities were working.

I would recommend this place to anyone with kids and family. If you are aurat conscious opt for the villa with the pool that cannot be seen outside like mine. And then put your bikini on and jump in!!

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.