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The problem with most kids.

So tell me, are you worried that your children are not getting enough nutrients from food. Are you worried that they are getting empty nutrients from all the junk food instead? And most importantly, do you have a picky eater in your brood?

Well, we are on the same level, my friend.

As parents, we should be worried. The more active our children are, the more calories they need. Boys generally need more than girls, and usually older children need more calories than younger children.

My girls, they love their fruits as much as they love their junk food.

In fact, they love their fruits so much that fruit shopping is always something they look forward to.

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If only I could make them snack more on fruits. However, it is hard as the fiber in fruits and vegetables has a satiating effect; kids will stop when they feel full. The salt and sugar present in junk food will cause an addictive eating response, which will result in the child eating non-stop, never ever feeling satisfied. Ahhhh, so that is why I can never stop munching on chips once I start. Having my girls fill up on fruits will make them full and in return, keep them from snacking on high-calorie, but empty nutrients junk food. Sure, sounds like a perfect plan. I will get them to do just that!

However, there are a couple of problems.

Firstly, how in the world do I remind myself to give them a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every single day without fail?

Believe me, I am not exactly the perfect mummy who makes no mistakes. There are days (a lot of them, in fact) when I forget to buy fruits for them. There are days when I forget to remind them to eat their fruits. They are days when they eat less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.

Next problem – my girls are pretty picky when it comes to fruits and vegetables. The fruits that my girls love to consume are mainly grapes, oranges, and bananas. Not enough to make a rainbow of colours therefore, not enough vitamins, minerals and nutrients. My girls do not exactly like the idea of having to include vegetables in their meals also. Sure, they love some vegetables like carrot, beansprout, cabbage and lettuce. Coming to think about it, actually they are not that bad.

BUT STILL?!!!

They must be able to just eat everything without studying whether the food contains vegetables or not. They should not separate the vegetables if they spot them in their food. They must not question me with

“WHAT IS THIS VEGETABLE MUMMY?”

or

“MUMMY, I AM SO NOT EATING THIS GREEN THING.”

HOW TO SOLVE ALL OF THE ABOVE PROBLEMS?

Want me to share with you my little secret?

Well, one good way is to add VMG KIDS BOOSTER to their favourite everyday beverage.

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WHAT IS THIS VMG KIDS BOOSTER?

VMG KIDS BOOSTER is an all-in-one kids product that helps in brain development, growth development and immunity development with the presence of DHA, Choline, Calcium, Magnesium, Protein, Pre & Pro Biotics and 36 Vitamins & Minerals!

So what you need to do is to simply:

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Take 1/2 a teaspoon added into their favourite beverage, up to 2 times a day.

(For 18 months – 3 years old)

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Take 1 teaspoon added into their favourite beverage, up to 2 times a day.

(For 4 -12 years old)

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Here’s the best part!

Adding VMG KIDS BOOSTER to your child’s favourite beverage will not affect the orginal taste of the beverage! After my girls stirred their drink, they drank and kept drinking, as per normal.

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They did take a sniff of the teaspoon of VMG KIDS BOOSTER though before they added it to their drink and they told me it smells as nice as their favourite cereal!

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Okay, so what are some of the key benefits of VMG KIDS BOOSTER?

  • Ensures daily nutrition with 36 vitamins and minerals for optimal all-round growth
  • Enhances brain, eye, bone, heart function and development
  • Rich in prebiotics and probiotics for enhanced immune protection
  • Great and tasty way to increase phytonutrients intake
  • Advanced heat resistant vitamins technology
  • Scientifically proven, Non-GMO, Gluten-free, GMP certified

In short, it is all in one health, growth and brain development product at an affordable price!

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And oh, if you are thinking of adding VMG KIDS BOOSTER to your child’s milk or hot beverage, you can do so because VMG KIDS BOOSTER is heat resistant. This actually means you can add it to hot drinks without having to worry about the vitamins denaturing.

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Besides VMG KIDS BOOSTER that gives our children that extra boost and energy to get on with their daily activities, we should also encourage them to continue having their daily servings of fruits and vegetables. That goes without saying.

Getting the right amount of vitamins on a daily basis will help children to grow and develop normally, both physically and cognitively. Sure, some children may be lucky enough to meet their daily nutrition needs by eating a healthy diet, but a booster like VMG KIDS BOOSTER is still necessary to prevent deficiencies.

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My dearest Nadyas, if you are girls are reading this, Mummy has some bad news for you.

I AM SLOWLY BUT SURELY CUTTING DOWN ON ALL THE JUNK FOOD! THEY REALLY GIVE ME THE CREEPS, YOU KNOW? 

THE JUNK FOOD I MEAN.

NOT YOU GIRLS.

GIVE ME THE THUMBS UP, GIRLS!

YEAH!

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So where can you get the VMG KIDS BOOSTER?

You can purchase it via their online store only. 

 TO PURCHASE, CLICK —> HERE 

 And oh, for every bottle of VMG KIDS BOOSTER purchased, you will get…

ONE KIDS TUMBLER FOC TOO!

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You know, we need to teach our kids to be as real as the food they eat.

 For a start, eliminate all the junk in life.

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Be A Star!

Just the other day, we decided to drop by Tokyo Star Optical because Hidayat needed a new pair of glasses. So since we have heard of the opening of Tokyo Star Optical’s first store in Singapore, of course we would want to check it out!

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Photo Credits: Tokyo Star Optical

What I especially like about the Tokyo Eyewear Culture is the fact that they see eyewear as a fashion staple. What this means is this; you do not wear glasses just for the sake of seeing. Nowadays, different eyewear can match a different outfit in order to exude a different style of personality. Do you agree?

Tokyo Star Optical has an extensive range of over 1,200 distinctive style elements. It is true! We were so spoilt for choices when we were there. You know how you will often go to various eyewear stores only to find the same designs everywhere? Well, I can guarantee you that Tokyo Star Optical will offer you a totally unique collection of eyewear, if you are all for being different from others.

Hidayat had his eye examination done first just to see if there was any change in his eye power.

Well, of course the girls were super excited to witness everything.

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Next, it was time to choose the perfect eyewear!

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Hidayat could not decide initially and tried on almost everything. One of the staff assisted us all the way and helped us in making the final choice.

He even tried on the shades! Super cool collection they have there , I tell you!

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We could not stop ourselves from trying out the different kinds of eyewear there.

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THIS IS THE FINAL CHOICE.

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SUPER NICE RIGHT?

OF COURSE WE WOULD WANT TO CHOOSE SOMETHING FROM THE TOKYO BEST SELLERS’ RANGE!

Meanwhile, the Nadyas were having fun at the Tokyo Junior section.

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They tried on so many different kinds of glasses in various colours and designs.

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Sharleez even asked me whether her eyesight is indeed perfect.

Can you roughly guess why she asked me that?

Come on, no prize for correctly guessing why. LOL.

Yes, she wanted to also own a pair of glasses!

I remember those good old days when I was about the same age as Sharleez. I saw so many of my classmates wearing glasses and most of them happened to also be really smart. I thought it was pretty cool to wear glasses and secretly wished that I would own one pair too.

Just look at my cute patooties goofing around with glasses on!

So intellectually cute! LOL.

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Next, they asked me to take photos of them individually.

Smart thinking, girls! Must be the spectacles. LOL

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Glasses can be a part of your fashion accessories, but sometimes people will laugh at you for wearing them. And then you will get so conscious and think twice about wearing glasses. But do not blame these people entirely. Looking good in glasses is really about getting the right pair for your face and then rocking the style with confidence. Let’s face it, how often have we seen people who do not look as good in glasses? Well, it is not because they cannot wear glasses. It is simply because the glasses do not suit their face or personality.

In other words,

DO NOT CHOOSE GLASSES BLINDLY.

(OH, PUN INTENDED, DEFINITELY. LOL.)

So how do you do it right, then?

Like how do you even decide which glasses will match you?

  1. Pick glasses that reflect your personality.
  2. Frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
  3. Frame size should be in scale with your face size.

Let me help you out a bit here!

Round face:

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Square face:

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Heart face:

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Oval face:

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And most importantly, do not act any different just because you have glasses on. You know the most common stereotype about people with glasses? They are supposedly geeks or nerds. So yeah, just be yourself even with glasses on and act normally, please.

The best thing about Tokyo Star Optical is,

THE GLASSES ARE NOT EVEN COSTLY TO BEGIN WITH!

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this brochure, which the kind staff of Tokyo Star Optical gave me.

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That’s right, you can enjoy 2 frames plus lens at just $86 each!

But you need to hurry though as the promotion is only valid until the end of November 2014!

YOU HAVE ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT, MY FRIEND!

“But how long will I need to wait before I can collect my glasses?”

FIFTEEN MINUTES ONLY!

AND ESPECIALLY TO ALL MY BLOG READERS, MENTION ETRANGLE TO ENJOY 10% OFF WHEN YOU PURCHASE ANY EYEWEAR FROM TOKYO STAR OPTICAL!

 Where are they at?

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Hidayat was indeed a very happy customer of Tokyo Star Optical!

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You can be just as happy as him too!

You know what to do. :D

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LOK MAKAN LOK!

That day we balik kampung, you know?

Read on.

I have been so curious about the whole FRC’s Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet for the longest time. But I just could not find the right time or occasion to try it out.

For Daddy’s birthday and Bertram’s belated birthday celebration, I was initially trying to figure out where exactly to bring the birthday men and the rest of the big family for dinner.

LIKE DUH! WHERE ELSE, RIGHT?!!!!

I can be such a goondu at times.

So we went to FRC’s Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet to celebrate!


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Okay I am sure some of you must be wondering already at this point of time what in the world Lok Lok is. Trust me, I did not know until the kind owner told me herself.

Lok Lok is basically a Malacca version of the ever so popular steamboat meal except that the food served is skewered. If you frequent Malaysia regularly, you will also know that Lok Lok is a kind of street food that is extremely popular in Malaysia. A wide selection of food is skewered, ranging from seafood to meats to vegetables.

Freshness guaranteed, only at FRC’s Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet!

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So what do you do with the skewered food? If it is uncooked, you just dip into a hot boiling pot of soup and errrr…you cook it! Once the food is cooked, you eat it off the skewer!

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See the gorgeous vegetable bouquet right above? Well, you can pluck each skewer out and cook it as well! It is not simply for decorative purpose, okay? LOL.

If you love steamboat, you will definitely love FRC’s Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet!

 Besides skewered uncooked food for your steamboat buffet, there is also an array of cooked dishes like noodles and fried rice.

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Oh, they have dessert too!

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And the best thing about FRC’s Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet is, you can choose two soup bases of your choice and enjoy them both at the same time!

Yup, this is how it looks like before you start to imagine the wrong things. LOL.

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4 soup bases to choose from:

  • LAKSA
  • TOM YAM
  • CHICKEN
  • SATAY

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I tried the four types of soup base, and I enjoyed them all!

If I have to choose my favourites? Satay and tom yam!

The satay soup base is basically what Malacca Lok Lok steamboat buffet is all about. It is unlike the typical soup base which we have often tried for steamboat.

This is skewered fish dipped in the satay soup base!

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SUPER SEDAP, I TELL YOU!

With the sambal kicap and other sauces which they have, you cannot stop eating. Dip here, dip there.

And since we are at the topic of sambal, let me get to the next part.

GREAT NEWS! THE SUPERSHIOK SAMBAL & SAMBAL KICAP WILL NOW BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT FRC DINING!

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YES YES YESSSSSS! YOU CAN PURCHASE IT ON THE SPOT AND ENJOY YOUR LOK LOK WITH IT!  

Now, I have always been a fan of steamboat. So I definitely came with a very empty stomach that evening. I bet the rest of my family members also came feeling oh so hungry.

One thing for sure, that particular someone ate so much that day! No need to mention names or point fingers lor. Just put up her picture enough already!

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The rustic kampung ambience at FRC’s Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet is very airy, peaceful and relaxing. When I was there, I really felt like I was dining at the kampung, right under the stars and the full moon.

Sorry do not disturb me. I was too busy enjoying my food (and looking pretty) till I had no time to look at the camera.

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Give me some privacy once in a while, can? :D

OKAY LAH I LOOK LAH!

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FRC’s Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet is really a wonderful place for you to just hang out and take your own sweet time to eat and eat and eat.

Can be a romantic setup if you want.

Can be a laidback ambience too for you and family to hang out and just enjoy the good food if you want.

Can even organize your private function here too, in fact!

 It was full house when we were there last weekend! Definitely must make reservations if you are intending to drop by!

SEE! I NEVER LIE ONE!

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 Look! They even have cute props for you to take pictures and just be silly together!

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Truly a satisfying dinner spent with the ones that matter in my life.

Once again, Happy Birthday Daddy & Bertram!

And Happy Birthday too, my darling Shaista Eman who insisted that she should also take picture with the cake! LOL.

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 Thank you FRC’S Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet for inviting us to dine with you guys!

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FRC’S Malacca Lok Lok Steamboat Buffet is only available on weekends, by the way.

People, you no longer need to go across the border for Lok Lok!

For reservations, please contact 8457 7044 or book online HERE.

How much is it?

$29.90 ++ per adult

$14.90 ++ per kid (above 7 years old)

MY BLOG READERS, YOU WILL GET TO ENJOY 5% OFF YOUR TOTAL BILL IF YOU MENTION ETRANGLE!

 (Don’t you just love me?)

Where is it?

Costa Sands Sentosa

30 Imbiah Walk

Singapore 099537


Visit their website: farasrestaurant.com

Add them in FB: FRC Dining

Add them in Instagram: @frcdining

For food tasting & other media invites, please email me at asketrangle@gmail.com

Want me to share more good halal eating spots with you? LIKE this many many first lor. 

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#ICONHOMEPROJECT

It is nice to see how most homeowners nowadays are more adventurous when it comes to the interior design of their home. It’s no longer just renovating the house for the sake of having a roof over their heads. It is no longer about thinking that they cannot achieve a beautiful house just because they have a low budget.

It is not about giving up.

Even with a low budget, you can still achieve your dream home.

Never ever compromise your good taste, no matter what.

Most of us tend to take things into our own hands and resort to DIYs with the sole intention of saving on the renovation cost. However, let’s admit it; not everyone is gifted with creativity and skills in making DIY projects a reality. When things did not end as you expected, it will cost you more money and unnecessary time on the rectification or modification.

No need to mix several themes and end up with a rojak house. In case of doubt, always consult an interior designer and get your 3D drawing done so that you have a rough idea of what exactly to expect for the final product of your house.

The amount that you will be spending for your house is a lot, no matter how low you think your budget is. It still involves thousands of dollars at least. So take pride in that, and maximize whatever amount you will be spending on your house.

And hey, it is not just about having a nice house. What use is a beautiful house if it is not well designed to suit your living habits and needs?

After I had my house re-renovated by Icon Interior Design, I received and am still receiving so many enquiries and compliments with regards to the renovation of course, and Icon Interior Design. And to tell you the truth, I have never been this excited to promote an interior design/renovation company because honestly, what is there for me to cover up or lie about? Straight from the heart and nothing but the truth.

Let me just show you some of their remarkable works which they have done for HDB flats, condominiums and also landed houses. These are real houses mind you, not 3D drawings. :D

SCANDINAVIAN THEME:

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INDUSTRIAL THEME:

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MODERN CONTEMPORARY THEME:

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ENGLISH THEME:

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Don’t they look breathtakingly beautiful?

You will be surprised to know that you can still stick to your budget and achieve something similar.

Let me tell you some insider information about Icon interior Design!

Design wise, they have it all. This is not just a renovation company like those that you can find elsewhere like under the block even. How many of you actually signed up with the void deck kind of renovation companies? I am not trying to scare you or anything, but do these renovation companies really provide you with a warranty in case something goes wrong after the renovation work is completed? Just saying.

Icon Interior Design places a lot of emphasis on design and customization. Interior designers are trained to make the toughest choices for you by firstly assessing the amount of space you have, your living habits, lifestyle, budget and definitely your taste for style.

Cost wise, Icon Interior Design is reasonably priced and price is negotiable despite the fact that they are an interior design company. In fact, they do not charge as much as those so-called reputable renovation companies. On top of that, they offer their customers a lot of free gifts! Like really a lot!

Most importantly, they are very reliable and trustworthy. No hidden costs at all, right from the start. You know why some renovation companies can often provide very low quotations? Well, that is simply because they like to hide everything under the carpet or inside the closet. The moment you sign the contract, SURPRISE! They will start to bring out their additional cost one by one to play with you. By then, you would have no choice but to play PAY.

HUR HUR.

And the best thing about signing up with Icon interior Design is this; you can always eliminate certain stuff or add more items to the contract when renovation works are ongoing, if the need arises. Your trusted interior designer/project manager will revise the contract from there. No pressure at all.

In other words, they are very flexible!

So here’s the deal.

Designer renovation packages at Icon Interior Design start from as low as $5888.

They have packages for:

  • HDB flats

  • Condominiums

  • Landed houses

Oh I am just getting to the best part right about now, people.

 

DON’T CARE ALREADY, I ASKED ICON INTERIOR FOR THE BEST DEALS EVER FOR MY BLOG READERS. I ACTUALLY SQUEEZEDTHE CREATIVE JUICES OUT OF THEM DURING MY MEETING WITH THEM FOR THIS BLOG POST. THEY ALMOST PULLED THEIR HAIR AND BANGED THE TABLE, YOU KNOW?

SEE, THE BIG BOSS WAS SO STRESSED. LOL. 

But one thing about the big boss which I really salute is the fact that he will never blow his top no matter what. Such a patient and soft spoken chap who is forever telling his staff to be patient too.

 

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(I really really think he looks a bit like that Suria actor Imam Shah, and a bit like my husband also.)

Ooops. Sorry for digressing.

Back to the topic now!

Mention Etrangle and sign up for a renovation package by 26 October 2014 and be entitled for:

  1. 20% off lighting
  2. 10% off electrical appliances
  3. 10% off bathroom accessories
  4. 10% off kitchen appliances
  5. FREE Aventos from Blum

 

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  1. FREE Antaro Tandem Box from Blum for your kitchen cabinet

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  1. FREE electrical appliances worth $500
  2. FREE Samsung door lock system

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**TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY, AS USUAL.**

ONLY FOR ETRANGLE READERS, I REPEAT.

This said, if you make an appointment with Icon Interior Design but refuse to mention Etrangle due to your ego problem or your very shy nature, you will not get to enjoy the above deals.

NYEH NYEH NYEH.

BUT WAIT, I AM NOT EXACTLY DONE.

OF COURSE I WANT MORE FOR MY READERS.

See, renovating your house can be so much fun especially if I am involved.

LOL.

If you sign up with Icon Interior Design, you will automatically be eligible for…

ICON HOME PROJECT!

Hashtag #iconhomeproject

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What exactly is that? Well, let’s just say that if you renovate your house with the #ICONHOME team from Icon interior Design and I like how the end product looks, you might just be one of the lucky winners.

WIN WHAT? 

As mentioned above,

1st prize:

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$1000 Courts voucher so that you can shop till you drop for your furniture or home appliances.

Photo Credit: Courts Megastore

2nd prize:

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$500 Marina Bay Sands voucher for you to book a staycation before you officially move in to your newly renovated house.

Photo Credit: Marina Bay Sands

3rd prize:

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$300 Carousel voucher for you to eat till you cannot eat anymore with your loved ones.

Photo credit: sg.tabledb.com

FUN RIGHT? RENOVATE HOUSE THEN CAN STILL WIN PRIZE SOME MORE!

And the prizes are all so family-oriented. Wonder whose ingenious idea. :D

DO YOU WANT MORE?

 

Okay I give you more then! Let me present you with one final free gift just by mentioning Etrangle when you sign up for a renovation package with Icon interior Design!

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YUP YOU WILL RECEIVE THE VOUCHER ON THE SPOT ONE.

Remember to also ensure that the ID attaches a printout of the above coupon to your contract, okay? Sometimes the ID might be too busy and overlook on tiny details like this.

But hey, $50 voucher can still buy you a lot of stuff!

So shiok ah all of you, get shopping voucher just like that.

You can use the $50 voucher to shop at any store within the following 18 CapitaMalls:

  1. Bugis Junction
  2. Bugis Plus
  3. Ion Orchard
  4. JCube
  5. Junction 8
  6. Lot One
  7. Plaza Singapura
  8. IMM
  9. Funan Digitalife
  10. Raffles City
  11. Rivervale Mall
  12. Sembawang Shopping Centre
  13. Bedok Mall
  14. Tampines Mall
  15. The Star Vista
  16. Westgate
  17. Clarke Quay
  18. Bukit Panjang Plaza

 

So what should you do right now?

Book an appointment with #ICONHOME team right now and sign up for a package before or by 26 October 2014.

Oh, I think I forgot one more freebie. JUST ONE MORE AND I’M DONE!

COME DOWN TO ICON INTERIOR DESIGN FROM 25 TO 26 OCTOBER 2014 & ENJOY A FREE DOOR GIFT IN THE FORM OF….

SUPERSHIOK SAMBAL!

FREE-SHIOK

SHIOKKKKKK AHHHHHHHH!

Okay here’s the thing. If Shafee from #ICONHOME team is not around to assist or attend to you on the day of your appointment, fret not. His other team members who are just as efficient will be around to attend to you!

A well-designed house will increase your home value in the long run making it a worthwhile investment.

So if you are looking for the right person or company to renovate your house, look no further than 441 MacPherson Road.

MORE DETAILS:

ICON INTERIOR DESIGN

No. 441 Macpherson Road

Singapore 368152

LIKE THEM IN FB & CLICK HERE.

Check out their official website HERE.

To book an appointment, kindly:

SMS/Whatsapp : 9431 4921

Email: shafeemn@iconinterior.com.sg

I would like to take this opportunity to also congratulate Shafee and the rest of the #ICONHOME team for their outstanding ability to convert majority of my readers who came to them into their clients.

See, you do not even need intense advertising to produce good sales.

Sometimes all you really need is sincerity.

And hey, for all my hard work and the many free gifts that you will be getting, give me 200 LIKES or more for this post first & I will think of more free gifts for you in my future blog posts. 

Tit for tat lor!

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Bunch of Typos.

I have always been a frequent patron of a very known coffee chain. Love their latte and ice blended drinks. Love their breakfast menu. Love their muffins. Love their cheesecake.

However, I decided to be slightly adventurous and tried out something different instead of the usual iced mocha latte and orange muffin. So I ordered their Black Forest Ice Blended (since quite a number of people have been raving about it) and a slice of their Red Velvet cake.

The moment Tatek and I tasted the Black Forest Ice Blended drink , we both had the same blank expression. I do not know how exactly to describe the taste. I could taste the black forest. I could taste something minty. I could taste the mocha. But I could also taste something which was pretty much similar to the taste of a cough mixture.

And I didn’t like that. But that’s just me.

Now let’s move on to the Red Velvet cake. To put it nicely, it was really dry and lacked the buttermilk taste and tangy depth. So yeah.

I did not make a big fuss about it. I did not complain. I did not ask for a refund.

I then uploaded a shot of Tatek together with our dessert and drink in Instagram. Just the usual post, without my selfie this time round.

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However, I just had this weird strong feeling that someone would say something to spoil my day.

True enough, someone did shortly after.

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Let me rephrase what she said in English (her name has been omitted to protect her identity because I am nice like that).

“Be thankful with what you get to eat because there are others who do not get to enjoy the same privileges as you.”

EH ALAMAK. WHY AHHHHHH???? WHY YOU ALL CANNOT TREAT ME LIKE A NORMAL PERSON AND LET ME BABBLE SOMETIMES AH?

I also want to talk rubbish at times, you know? Cannot every time be so prim and proper what! I cannot make spelling mistakes. I cannot make typos. Everything must be perfect. Everything must please everyone.

So boring, okay?

That aside, I got to thank this sister in Islam because she reminded me how fortunate I am to be able to enjoy good food in life. Alhamdullilah. There is no denying that, but the point of my post was not to show how ungrateful I was as a person. It was as simple as ordering something new and not liking the taste.

HOW COME CANNOT AH?

See, I am more than thankful every single day for everything in my life.

I am thankful for my family.

I am thankful for my journey in life so far.

I am thankful for every horrible and terrifying moment as well as the enchanted and unforgettable ones.

BUT NO NEED TO MENTION OVER AND OVER AGAIN HOW THANKFUL I AM, RIGHT? 

LIKE A BROKEN RECORD PLAYER.

I have days that I can’t keep my chin up no matter how hard I try. But did you know that?

I have made mistakes that I am horrified by. Did you know that?

I have regrets and often wish I could turn back time. Did you know that too?

I try to be better each day, and I am very thankful to know that although I am flawed, I am human.

We are all flawed. We are all damaged in some ways or another.

But that’s really besides the point.

SOMETIMES, WE HAVE TO BE REALISTIC AND MUST REFRAIN OURSELVES FROM GOING OUT OF CONTEXT. 

How to do a proper food review if you cannot separate facts from emotions? How to do a proper food review if you cannot be honest about it? How to do a proper food review if people expect you to always be nice?

Enough already with stuff like,

“Even if the food is not nice, do not reveal because it is not a nice thing to do.”

IF THE FOOD IS NOT NICE, THEN IT IS REALLY NOT NICE WHAT.

JUST BEING HONEST WHAT!

REVIEW WHAT!

You know, when I read not so constructive comments about the SuperShiok Sambal the first time round, I was actually very peeved. I retaliated. But subsequently, I have learnt to accept that it is all part and parcel of business. As long as they do not associate your product with judgmental comments or opinions, then that is fine. You cannot please all, but you can definitely keep trying to do your best to those who believe in your product.

Readers need to know so that they can decide. No personal attacks needed. That’s what a food review really is all about.

And that was not even a proper food review that I did, by the way. Not even close to a food review, if I have to say so.

This is exactly the reason why I often decline doing food reviews for restaurants because I have to be as honest as I possibly can. A bit difficult to do if the food is a total failure. That said, it also does not mean that I will say the untruth just because I am paid to do so. It does not mean I will say it is nice even if I cannot bring myself to swallow it. If the food is not up to my standards, I will politely decline to proceed with the advertisement.

So, if I am not paid or invited to a particular food chain/restaurant to do a review or advertisement, I am coming in as a normal patron right? I am entitled to experience the restaurant the same way that ordinary patrons do, right? I am free to give my opinions or comments right? Nobody should judge me because everyone has a different tastebud, right? It does not make me any less thankful as a human being if I do not like what I pay for right?

Money does not come easy, right? Must spend money wisely, right? Cannot waste money on food that you cannot even eat or finish, right?

And then, it all goes back to us being thankful as human beings. :/

Nowadays, everyone can say whatever they want in social media.

SO MANY KEYBOARD WARRIORS.

At least I type on a daily basis to earn a living from my fast typing fingers. It is important for us to not misuse our rights as a social media user.

CANNOT ANYHOW SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT ONE.

That day right, I lamented about a particular catering company which did not deliver all the food they promised to for my twins’ birthday. Wah it was a pretty bad experience for me, you know? First, they were late in their delivery till we had to start the class party first for the twins without the birthday brownies. When the brownies came, I was pretty disappointed by the overall presentation. Never mind that. Just make do, I thought. Then later in the evening, they were supposed  to deliver the food and dessert for the home party.

They promised me the following menu.

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So promising right?

On the actual day of the home party, she came to my house to deliver the orders but did not deliver the following:

  • Bee hoon (Yup.)
  • Mini cupcakes
  • Marshmallow
  • Cotton candy

 

Best thing was, she did not inform me about the shortage of food until I asked her. She read my messages without replying to my concerns.

Party was starting in an hour’s time. I was panicking.

So I copied and pasted the messages, and sent them as SMSes instead to the same number. I was worried what because I could possibly expect everyone to just eat soggy nuggets and sausages, together with the desserts.

You need proper food for your guests, regardless of whether they are family or not.

Still no reply from her.

So I expressed my discontentment in Instagram and Facebook.

And then suddenly she replied to my SMS and Whatsapp, and apologized for forgetting to bring the remaining orders. And she also apologized for not informing me because she forgot. She also mentioned that she was hospitalized. Gosh, no need to get so personal with the reasons.

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Funny how I saw her outing with her friends in her personal Instagram. But never mind that, I did not pursue the matter.

THE MAIN ISSUE WAS, SHE IS A FOOD CATERER. SHE CATERS FOR PARTIES. THAT IS HER SUPPOSED SPECIALITY. HOW COULD SHE EVEN FORGET THE BASICS?

And to be fair, it was not like she had to cater for 100 people for the party. It was only for 18 people.

EIGHTEEN PEOPLE. NOT EVEN EIGHTY. 

AND SHE FORGOT?!!

So tell me now. Did I not have every right to express my unhappiness and disappointment?

OR SHOULD I JUST BE THANKFUL THAT AT LEAST THERE WAS SOGGY SAUSAGES AND NUGGETS FOR MY GUESTS AND BIRTHDAY GIRLS?

Come on, be realistic here.

Want to know what one particular person commented in Facebook?

“Move on. There are more important things in life like children dying in other countries.

YA YA PAPAYA. IF YOUR KID’S PARTY SCREWS UP ONE DAY, YOU TELL THAT TO YOURSELF, OKAY? THEN TELL YOUR GUESTS ALSO NOT TO COMPLAIN IF THERE IS NO FOOD TO EAT BECAUSE THERE ARE CHILDREN DYING IN OTHER COUNTRIES. JUST EAT THE SOGGY SAUSAGES AND NUGGETS, GIVE THE PRESENT TO YOUR KID, AND GO HOME ALREADY.

Can you see what I am trying to get at here? It’s not about me being petty or anything.

IT’S ABOUT ME REACTING LIKE A TYPICAL  MOTHER.

AM I NOT ALLOWED TO FEEL DISAPPOINTED FOR MY KIDS?

SOME PEOPLE COMMENT WITHOUT THINKING. I AM NOT MADE OF STEEL LAH YOU!

You know, I can actually easily use my social media platforms to reveal the caterer’s name. But did I?

NOPE. I DO LKE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MY POWER AS A SOCIAL MEDIA PERSON.

I convinced myself that maybe it was just my unlucky day. Maybe other customers would not be as unlucky as me. So let’s not disturb that particular person’s rice bowl. No need to reveal.

But here’s the thing, and again I am using plain old logic.

Even if I did reveal, then it would simply be for the sake of educating other consumers so that they too do not get disappointed on their kids’ big day or any other special occasion. Anything wrong with that intention?

Ustaz says can, what!

SEE? I NEVER BLUFF ONE. 

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SO WHY SOME OF YOU SAY CANNOT?

And then right, there were news of a local artist stealing two handphones few days back.

It was quite appalling to see so many people in Facebook sharing the link and commenting stuff like the following:

“So embarrassing. You artist also still cannot buy handphone ah? Must steal?”

“I have never liked him anyway. He is not that popular also.”

“You are a celebrity. Please watch what you do. Do not be a disgrace.”

I just shook my head in disbelief when I read all those judgmental comments made. These people forgot one thing.

That particular celebrity is as human as all of us. He is not god. Humans are born to make mistakes. God did not make celebrities perfect.

Fine, that particular celebrity made a silly mistake. But he also had to pay for his mistake, literally.

NO NEED TO ADD DRAMA TO HIS ACTUAL PERSONAL LIFE LAH.

Want drama? Go watch the latest Suria drama Kasih Berbisik later at 9.30 pm then.

Sometimes, I really wonder how these people feel when they magnify others’ mistakes or faults.

Do they feel good?

Do they feel like they are powerful?

Do they feel that they are better?

Do they feel that they would make a better celebrity than that particular celebrity?

My next question is this.

HOW COME THEY ALL SO FREE ONE? DO THEY KEEP THEMSELVES GLUED TO FACEBOOK 24/7 FOR INCOMING GOSIPS OR NEWS ABOUT CELEBRITIES? THEN ONCE THE NEWS COME IN, FASTEST FINGER WILL CLICK SHARE AND SAY SOMETHING BRAINLESS AND INSENSITIVE FOR OTHERS TO SEE.

Bravo, bravo.

Wah these people must be removed immediately from my Facebook timeline.

Sorry for being so blunt but really, some people need to be more sensitive towards others’ feelings.

Stop being so annoying, can? 

I wish Facebook and Instagram would start charging their users for every comment that they make.

Only then would people really think twice, thrice or forever before they leave comments everywhere.

Only then would we have more constructive comments and criticisms.

Do you understand what I’m saying here? Do you really feel me? 

LIKE THIS POST THEN. 

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