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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crafty Art Market - The Bee @ Jaya One

I went to the Crafty Art Market with etsy Malaysia team which is held from 11am till 6pm at The Bee, Jaya One last saturday. Well, it was a last minutes decisions that I decided to go to the Crafty Art Market. I went there with TY. Hubby didn't come along as he is still not back from overseas. I have been "virtually" invited in Facebook by Honey Narasiah of Honey's Hive to this event. Yes, you read it right. Her name is Honey. It is sweet name, isn't it. Anyway, I wouldn't know there is such an event if Honey didn't invited me.


Honey and her stall at the Crafty Art Market.
The one standing next to her is her daughter, Svara.

This is what she have for sale that day
Anyway, the main reason why I decided to go to that Crafty Art Market was to get my custom earrings that I have ordered quite sometime ago. Honestly, am not fond of wearing earring previously because those earring seems heavy and will sort of pull and "dragged" my ear. But now I got hooked to it and can't stop buying them. I simply love earring now thanks to the Honey's Hive.. Hahaha.. 

The paper quilled earring is really lightweight and the best part is I can choose to custom the design, color down to the hook for the earring. Well, because I really love the earring, I bought more earring when am there. There is buy 3 pair free 1 pair promotion there. But of course, the free pair is of the same or lower value and I can choose the design from the available earrings there. With this purchase, all in all I think I have at least 13 pairs or so of the paper quilled earring from Honey's Hive. :P By the way, apart from earrings Honey do sell photo frame, etc.


The earring that I bought from Honey's at the Crafty Art Market


My collection of earrings from Honey's Hive. There is one more pair
not in picture. And yeah, I know am crazy... :P
Apart from Honey's Hive stall there, I have only manage to take a quick stroll to another 2 more stall as most of the other stall there have started packing and cleaning. One of it is also selling accessories like earring and necklace while the other is more on sewing like purse, pouch, bag or even hair accessories. And again, I DID bought something from both of the stall.

The stall that selling earring and necklace do have an online store in etsy. But I don't quite remember what is the name as they do not give me any name card or sort to promote their etsy store. This stall selling many nice and unique design earrings that made from gemstone like peridot, amethyst or sort. I like the earring there but decided just get some simple earrings from the cheapest range. That's RM 10 per pair. Hahaha... I did bought another pair at RM 15. It is slightly more expensive as the the seller use peridot stone. 

The earring that I bought from the other stall.
Just realized that all the earing design that I bought from this stall is the same.
Probably that is the only choice I got from the cheaper range? :P

While the second stall name is 5* Petal Flower. The owner have the etsy account but yet to set up the online store in etsy. She told me she'll set up the stall pretty soon. She is  really a nice and humble lady to chat with. I bought a pair of hair clip from her which cost me RM 5 for a pair of it. I really love the hair clip. It is a love at first sight for me. The color really contrasting well. In fact, I did leave her my email so that she can contact me. Am looking forward to custom hair clips from her ~ it's for my daughter, of course... Just hope that it'll not turn into yet another addiction to me. Hehehe...

The hair clip from 5* Petal Flower.
I love the colour combo.

By the way, do you know that it is the International Buy Nothing Day that Saturday? I would give my support and buy nothing on that day. But too bad I only knew it is the International Buy Nothing Day after I done my shopping on that day... :P

Friday, November 26, 2010

12th World Of Chinese Book Fair (2010)

I have meant to post this few days ago. I thought I posted it to my blog and yet it is still in the "draft" and I didn't realized it.

Anyway, last Sunday morning after we have taken our breakfast, we have our family day out at a book fair. There is an ongoing book fair held at the International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC),  Mines. The 12th World Of Chinese Book Fair is being held from 19th November 2010 till 28th November 2010.

We reach there at about 10am and there is already many car queuing up to enter to the parking area. The book fair open at 11am and since we arrived there early, we just went for a walk around the mall. When it is about time we walk to the entrance and bought the entrance ticket. The entrance ticket cost RM 2 per person for adult. Didn't know it required entrance ticket since I have never been to any book fair prior to this. :P Anyway, no entrance ticket is required for TY. Hehehe... Oh yes, we bump into one of hubby's business partner there also.


There is so many people in that book fair. Kid can easily get lost in the crowds. Honestly, I don't quite understand myself as to why I decided to come for this book fair. Being a "banana" myself, I can hardly read chinese. Probably that explained why I didn't manage to buy even a single book from the tons of book that available there.


There is just so many people there.
Am glad to see there is still many people love reading.

There is tons of book in the book fair.
The book is arranged neatly and is just awaiting for someone to grab it.


Well, I didn't go home empty hand though. It's just so not me if I go home emptied hand. Hehehe... I bought some educational CD-Rom, VCD and DVD for TY. Well, I personally don't quite fond with the idea of TY watching TV or computer even if it is for education purpose. At least not for now. I know she will get "hooked" to it easily. But TY's father (aka my hubby) insisted that we buy some as he believe these programs is far more effective and easier for her to learn.


The educational DVD, VCD and CD-Rom for TY
The I bought a box of oldies song CD. Recently, I have fall in love all over again with oldies. By the way, that oldies song box set is really expensive It cost me close to RM 200 for it!! Hubby on the other hand have bought something for himself as well. He bought the Dragonball and Dragon Ball Z anime box set. Hehehe...
For myself - Oldies song box set. WH's anime box set is not pictured
I really can't believe that I can be such a failure!!! Went to book fair but didn't manage to buy any books. But bought other stuff that I should not buying instead.. Sob.. Sob..



Monday, November 22, 2010

Fabulous Mom Warehouse Clearance Sale (2010)

Fabulous Mom is having it's warehouse clearance sale from 20th November 2010 till 23rd November 2010. And yet again, I went to the sales. I went to the TTDI branch on Saturday night at about 8.30pm when it is going to close soon. Initially I have wanted to go in the morning. But decided not so as I know the place will be packed with many people.

Screenshot taken from Fabulous Mom website
on the sales
(Click on the picture to view larger)

The initial purpose am there is helping my sister to get some nursing top. But alas, those nursing top that my sister interested to get is sold. Most of the nursing top or dress is on 50% discount there. I would have grab some if am still nursing. But unfortunately, am no longer breastfeeding TY now. I have stop breastfeeding her since she is around 1.5 years old.

Since the nursing top that my sister interested is sold, I make a quick move to walk around to see if there is anything that I need as it is almost time for the shop to close. 

In the end, I spent more than RM 70 on some Bumbleebee's product in my less than 30 minutes shopping spree. Hahaha... I know in some place when there is promotion or offer, I can get up to 30% discount for Bumbleebee product but am just kind of lazy to wait for it. So I just grab some stuff since there is 20% storewide discount.

I have bought some socks and tights for TY, a bolster case and a safety latch. Am in need of the latch to refrain TY from open the fridge. She have started to love to open and close the fridge door recently and I find it quite dangerous especially if she ever trying to pull those bottle or anything from the fridge door. She might hurt herself.

Clockwise : Sock, Tights, Safety Latch, Bolster Case


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Giveaway : Are You That Lucky One..???

While I browsing the website randomly just now I stumbled upon a blog and hey, there is a giveaway on that particular blog. And to enter for that giveaway is pretty easy too. That is why I decided to enter it now. It's a last minutes entry though as the closing date is on 17th November 2010..

Wondering which blog that am referring to? It's THIS blog. Just click on the link and find out how to enter the giveaway. It is really easy to enter. Trust me.. :)








Monday, November 15, 2010

Giveaway : I WANT SEVENTH GENERATION PRODUCTS !

Honestly, I don't really what or how should I write for this giveaway. Well, luckily the organizer of this giveaway did gave some guideline for it. We got to answer the following question...

Are Am A User Of Any Eco-Friendly Product?
Ok. I'll admit it here. I think am NOT an eco-friendly products user. But wait.. Is cloth diaper considered eco-friendly? If yes, then am a eco-friendly product user, isn't it...? :P

Anyway, let's get serious here. Let me explain why am not an eco-friendly product user (yet) especially for household products.

1. Cost
I have always thought that eco-friendly product will cost more (which is quite true) as compare to the other commercially available household products. Commercially available household products (aka not eco-friendly products) usually comes with a cheaper price tag. Well, who doesn't prefer something that is cheaper?

Especially when our money don't grow on the tree....
Image : Francesco Marino / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It'll not fall from the sky freely for us neither....
And with the rising living cost....
We will try to save every single cents for future use or to locate the amount we save for other commitments that we have.

Image : graur razvan ionut / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


2. Availability of the product
There isn't much eco-friendly products available in Malaysia as oppose to the commercially available product. Plus it seems that these eco-friendly product is available only at some selected places only and it is not as widely available like those commercial product that is not eco-friendly.

I personally tends to buy something that we can get easily from shopping mall or hypermarket caused it's just convenient for me. I can just do my shopping in one of the shopping mall and then simply grab one or two of those products that is not eco-friendly on the go from the convenient store or hypermarket.


Image : Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

But I have to admit also if given the choice, I would prefer to do online shopping from the comfort of my home too.

But then again when the shipping cost is added to the purchase, it will make the product cost even much high and make me think twice whether it worth the price. If discounted shipping or free shipping is offered then it will be different altogether.


3. Effectiveness of the eco-friendly product
Ok. Blame it to those commercially available product advertisement on this. I tends to think that those commercially available product like the toilet cleaner is able to clean the toilet better than eco-friendly products. Probably I watch too many of those commercially available products advertisement. There is tonnes of those advertisement even if I don't want to watch it. Those advertisement will highlights on how great or effective is a particular product in doing it work. Me as a consumer in some way or another will have some doubt and will then buy the product in the pretext to test it but in the end will continue using it. 


Plus, most of the time when I think of eco-friendly household products, unconsciously I'll associate it as a product that use less chemical, thus less harsh and therefore unable to clean or work well. Hmm, honestly I don't know why I have such thought or mindset. 



THEN WHY DO I STILL WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GIVEAWAY?

1. It's free to enter with chances to win great prizes
This is really straight forward. It's free!! Who doesn't like freebie? It wouldn't do any harm to myself or anybody else if I participate in this giveaways anyway. :P
Plus the prizes offered quite attractive especially for the grand prize. At the very least the prizes for this giveaway is from the Seventh Generation. It's not some cheapo company product that I believe some of us come across before. 


Seventh Generation is an US based company
selling eco-friendly products.


2. Self Awareness
I do aware on the condition of the Earth today. In fact, it just hit to me naturally that we should protect the Earth. BUT I don't think I have done anything for it. At least not before my daughter is born.

After I gave birth to my daughter, I became more and more concern with the planet we are living right now, the Earth. I started to think on the consequence if I were to continue to use those disposable diaper that take ages to breakdown and disappear in the landfill. I feel horrified when I do the calculation only to know that there will be so many disposable that will be end up in the landfill. I hope to reduce my "contributions" to the landfill. That is why I started to cloth diapering my daughter.


Plus I didn't know that the commercially available household product that I use to clean the house is actually so toxic and harmful not only to the environment but also to our health. I only get to know about it not too long ago after I read THIS.

Image : renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

In a way or another, we'll pollute the environment with some kind of chemical whether we like it or not. But after I read up that article it actually make me think that I should do something about it as I do not wish to pollute the Earth with so much and different kind of chemicals. I just wanted to have a safe place for living for the next and future generations.

So I know I won't be able to eliminate it but I do hope that I can reduce it. That is why trying my luck to win in this giveaways so that I can use the eco-friendly products and helps in "hurting" the Earth any further. I do want to do my part in protecting the Earth so that my children and the generation to come can continue living in this planet.

Image : Francesco Marino / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


3. Prove Me Wrong !!!
As I have mentioned earlier, eco-friendly product gave me an impression that it can't work or clean as effective as those commercially available household product that is not eco-friendly. I believe I might not the only one who have such mindset or perception. So, let me win this giveaway so that I can try on the product myself to see if it's really as good or even better than those commercial products. Let's prove am wrong and change my thought!!


My Suggestion
Hmm.. This is not part of the giveaway requirement. After I done some read up online, most commented that eco-friendly product is good. Hmm, if that is the case then may I suggest to all the eco-friendly product seller to offer some good discount every now and then? With a good discount it'll encourage others to buy the eco-friendly products. Who knows that these people might turn to be a eco-friendly user later, right?

Ok. With that said I do hope I'll be able to win in this giveaway... :P

Anyone who is interested in participating in this giveaway, you are welcome to join me. The deadline for this giveaways have extended to 30th November 2010 instead 15th November 2010.  :)


- You may find the giveaway details HERE.
- The updated details on the giveaway can be found HERE.
- And in case if you don't know, the giveaway prizes is sponsored by Lifestyle Green Solutions. You may find their online store HERE.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pureen Stock Clearance Sale 2010

Pureen is having sales again at it's warehouse in Petaling Jaya. If I remember correctly, Pureen will have it's stock clearance sales twice a year. This time round I went to that sales again. I have been a returning customer to the Pureen warehouse stock clearance sale ever since am still pregnant with TY about 2 years ago. Hehehe.. 

Most of the time, the main reason why I go for the sale is to buy the liquid cleanser and the HAD detergent. I have been using HAD detergent to wash the cloth diaper since day 1 and I have only bought the HAD detergent from the warehouse sales as it is so much cheaper as compared to other places.

Anyway, yesterday I went to the sales again. Yeah, I have never fail to grabs something from the Pureen warehouse sales except for once. That's the previous sales which I have missed. Hehehe... Actually I didn't thought of going for the sales yesterday. I have initially planned to attend a baby wearing gathering at Fabulous Mom in TTDI. But hubby have a meeting to attend at the very last minutes and he only came back from the meeting at about 5pm. Sigh.. Thus, it was a last minutes decision to go to Pureen. 

The sale is till 6pm and I reached there at about 5.30pm. In another 30 minutes the place will be close but there is still many last minutes shopper (myself includes :P). I just took a quick glance at the sales area. Most if not all the items placement is still the same just like the previous Pureen stock clearance sales. So I just walk straight to get what I want to buy - the liquid cleanser and HAD detergent.

I manage to bought some liquid cleanser for the milk bottle. But hey, there is no HAD detergent. So I guess it's true that Pureen have stop selling the HAD detergent. Initially I thought they have only stop selling the HAD detergent in powder form. Didn't know that even the liquid HAD detergent is no longer available as well now.

Then I went to the clothing section. Have wanted to get some clothes for TY as she have started to outgrown most of her clothes. But alas, probably it's already late when I reached there. There isn't much clothing left there plus there isn't much of clothing that suit TY size. Anyway, I still manage to grab about 3 pair of clothes for her. 

There is timely announcement to reminds shopper that they are closing in so and so minutes and advise all the shopper to proceed to the payment counter. Lols... Upon the announcement, I make a quick move to check out if there is anything new in the sales.

Basically everything is still more or less about the same as the previous sale. But hey, Pureen is offering BPA free bottle for sales as well now. There is glass bottle and the price is quite cheap. I would say it's damn cheap if it is compared to the Pigeon brand glass bottle. If I remember correctly, the small glass bottle cost about RM 10 and the big glass bottle is around RM 12.

The queue to make the payment is quite long. But it's fast as well. There is 28 payment counter available there. Wow, you may just imagine what is the total sales that Pureen can make from this sales alone.

By the way, I did get a free sample for children toothpaste. Wanted to try it out on TY as am still teaching her to brush her teeth.

Anyway, I can't really believe that I actually done my "shopping" at the Pureen sales all for only 30 minutes when I usually will be spending hours there looking around. But this said to be quick shopping have done slightly above RM 100 "damage" to my wallet!! Whatever it is, hubby sure feel glad that I have done a "quick" shopping there as he is bored waiting for me in the car... :P

One of the sales section in the Pureen stock clearance sales

The last minutes shopper is queuing up to make payment.

There is a total of 28 counters to make payment

This is what I bought. Nothing much.