Ladies maxi dress night

Weeks ago, I attended Ladies Maxi Dress Nite which was held at a club in Ipoh. I registered myself just a couple of days before the event. It was on a weekday, it was on my daughter’s UPSR exam date, it was on my Zumba lesson day, and it was no close friend attending. Therefore I was a bit hesitated whether I should attend on my own.

I made up my mind to attend finally when I had got the support from my husband. All registered members would have free coach to chauffeur us from Taiping to Ipoh, free flow of drinks and buffet dinner.  Besides I had got a maxi dress ready in my wardrobe.  First and foremost, I know that I would have no problem to meet some new friends there. My curiosity made me want to see how well I was able to carry myself in a totally new environment with many new faces.

I was lucky enough to get to know a lady the minute I stepped on the coach. She invited me to sit next to her as she was also alone that trip. She is a friendly lady. During the journey, she told me that she was an ex-nurse. Apparently her husband is a doctor and also the vice president of the club. I am so lucky to know her, as she shared with me so many things about the function and the club. She is very humble and down to earth. We had no barrier keeping each other company at the event. We both won ourselves a prizes too that evening.

Because of her help, I could leave the function earlier in her friend’s car, otherwise I might need to wait till very late and return home by the coach.

After the night, I had a few new contacts in my phone, one new wechat group, several new FB friends and many beautiful pictures. 
Since I was not familiar with anyone there, I needed to selfie in toilet to snap a picture of  myself.

The lady in red is the friend that I mentioned here.

My favorite junk food

I would say no to all sorts of junk food, titbits and snacks, especially those with high calories and high sugar content. As long as I know it is fattening, I would be able to resist its temptation. I would not invest in those food myself. You must be salute with my determination and discipline, right? Or you might laugh at me for not feasting on those heavenly tasted food.

There is still something which I really like and I can’t say no when I see it. 
What would you call this pack of assorted nuts and Indian murukku? I call it “Kacang Puteh campur”, sometime I heard people calling it murukku too.  

I tell ya! I like it so much. I would keep munching it non-stop when I had it. I would forego a tub of popcorn, a piece of cheesecake, a bar of chocolate or a scoop of ice-cream with a small pack of this Indian junk food. I love smuggle it inside the cinema. I would finish the whole pack all by myself. 

Each time I saw the store selling it at the Pasar Malam, I needed to gather will power to refrain myself from buying it, because it is fattening too. Many times I failed to control my urge, because I would say to myself, “Just once in a while ma! Never mind la! Tomorrow do more exercise to cover back lo!" 


You cry, I cry too

I am actually a person who can cry so easily. I cry when 1. hearing a sad story. 2. watching a sad movie/drama. 3. feeling sad.

This picture of Dato Lee Chong Wei wiping away his tears discreetly moved me. He actually did this very quickly, but the camera shooting was even faster.

The world seems so cruel to a person so persistent like him. My heart is aching seeing him heart wrenching.  I hope that by now he has been brightened up by his lovely wife, sons, family and friends. 

Pending down my emotion after watching the badminton men’s singles final in Rio Olympics last Saturday. 

Gathering with friends during festive holiday

Throwback Raya holidays

So good to have 1 week plant shut down off working days during Raya week. So happened that I had gathering and meet-up with friends which were scheduled on that week.

These are all the Zumba dance members who are in the same lesson with me. I meet this bunch of people twice a week.
Once in a while, we had to treat ourselves to good food and forgot about the calories.

These are all my hiking buddies, I meet them once a week on weekends.

Hikers bring only healthy snacks up hill to share.

I truly enjoy the moment that I spend with friends, Get-together with friends is key to stress-relief. When people get together, the feel good hormone is released that combats the negative effects of stress. Therefore, no matter how obsess I am exercising in the gym, I will squeeze in time for these kind of gathering in group. When friends get-together, it's a time to gossip, relax, unwind and countless pictures were taken for the album.  Therefore it is a powerful contributor to health and well-being.

Product Review: Tooth Spa and Latoja

Woot! I am doing the products review today for my best friend, Hayley's online business. First of all, I want to thank her for giving me a box of tooth spa powder after leaving comment in her giveaway post. So, I got a a box of tooth spa worth MYR65 for free from her. So nice!

Before I made time for meeting up with her, I went shopping at Watson and spotted the promotion of waist trimmer. Two pieces of waist trimmer costs only MYR19. What a steal! I bought them right away. I told my husband that I hate my muffin top belly so much, I want to wrap the waist trimmer around my tummy to work everyday.

After buying these waist trimmer, I suddenly thought of it, one of Hayley's products, Latoja slimming cream that she just wrote about the review recently. Ain't it perfect of applying Latoja slimming cream on my belly and then wrap that area with waist trimmer. Fulamak! I like this brilliant idea so much.

Without much delay, I texted Hayley to order Latoja slimming cream and arrange for the meet up. Hayley is very responsive. Albeit always tied up by her two toddlers, she replies message promptly and gets thing done efficiently. I can assure you that you will be satisfied with her online business service.

I couldn't wait any longer to try out all my new products - tooth spa and Latoja slimming cream (plus wrapping with waist trimmer from Watson).

ToothSpa can effectively solve these oral health problems: Tooth discoloration due to coffee or smoking, bad breathe, dental plaque, caries, gingivitis, gum bleeding, tartar, and dental erosion problems.
I personally worry of bad breathe the most. I could easily smell the bad breathe from others and it was definitely unpleasant, but I couldn't directly tell that person about it. Therefore I worry that I may have the same problem and I myself don't aware and no one is going to tell me. Besides, I take coffee every day too. So, I wish that tooth spa will help my concerns of bad breathe and tooth discoloration.
Just one time using, I could notice the slight reduction of tooth discoloration (sorry for the low density quality pictures). The effect is really promising and my elder daughter, April is now hogging the tooth spa because she dislikes the fluoride taste in normal tooth paste. 

I like this product even more - Latoja slimming cream. I have been using it twice a day for 1 week since I bought it. The result is really good. 
I use the amount as much as 1cm long. Then, I massage evenly on my belly and I rub those balance on my fingers to my buttocks. I usually apply the cream after my shower, once in the morning and once at night. Then I wrap that area with waist trimmer tightly. I go to work by putting on the waist trimmer and I remove it only when I come back in the evening. At night, I wrap it for only 30 minutes. 

There, you see my muffin top belly? These pictures were taken 2 months ago at Pulau Pangkor. Though I am longing for six pack abs, I don't know how much effort and time that I need to put in just to have flat tummy at least. 

These pictures were taken yesterday evening, I can see the line of my abs appeared vividly. I am very happy with the result. Just one week of applying the cream and wrapping with waist trimmer, my belly is flatter than before. Lovely!

I have confidence that my muffin top belly will disappear in no time with the help of Latoja slimming cream and my exercise routine in the gym, as well as Zumba and yoga.

If you are interested in these products, please WeChat Hayley (WeChat ID: york_mei). 

Second time the champion

Why I was so busy for the past few weeks? Actually I was busy with the dance performance practices for the talent competition in the company team building event.

Last year, we were the champion in the performance event. We wanted so much to defend the champion, but we didn't have much confidence. Because other groups were getting better and they had already benchmark what we had done last year.

I had been sacrificed my gym time and my hiking time for the past 1 month, joining my division colleagues for the practices, be it in the office after working hours or out of office on weekends.

Finally, the date was here. Last Saturday 7am, the company arranged 6 buses taking us from the company to The Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh.
Me and my one night roommate were so excited and happy like small girls going for field trip.

The event was kick-started with aerobic exercise and then we were split into 7 groups for some indoor and outdoor activities at the theme park. I was so glad that my group won the 3rd prize on the day 1 program.

7pm, I bathed, changed, and got ready for the evening, which was the most anticipated team building program - Night of the star.

These were all the dance performance members. The same members that we had in our dance last year, except there were 3 new faces joining us this year. We called ourselves "Descendants of the rain".

As I said, the competition was tougher this year, none of us would think that we could be winning the champion again. All other 7 performances were great too. I couldn't believe it at all when the emcee announced that "Descendants of the rain" was the champion.

To my utter surprise, I got another champion on the next day extreme challenge activities at the adventure park.

Too good to be true,  the group that I participated won the 3rd place on day 1 activities, 1st place on the performance competition, and also 1st place on day 2 extreme challenge activities.What a fruitful event that I had!

To read more about my last year company team building, please visit the link below.

Drugstore skin care products that I use

Today, I would like to share with everyone the drugstore skin care products that I like, and I use as my regimen to substitute products that I needed to order online and get them ship from US. I can save some $$$ by getting the substitution from local drugstore. Thank goodness that the drugstore products give me the effectiveness about 95% of Daniel Kern's regimen that I previously shared in my blog post.
Morning, I cleanse my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Evening, I still use cleanser.

After washing my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, I apply the Benzac AC 5% . I can't find the 2.5% of benzoyl peroxide anywhere that is in the Treatment of Therefore, I only use a thin layer of Benzac AC 5%  just enough to cover my whole face. In the evening, I still use Treatment from as my 2nd step skin care regimen.
Wait for 3 to 5 minutes till all the BP in Benzac AC 5% is absorbed into the skin, then I press one pump of Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture combination skin and apply directly onto my whole face. This Neurtrogena moisturizer is light and good enough for day use. I still use the moisturizer from as my evening regimen.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Pure-Mild Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ is my favorite sunscreen lotion so far. I have used the 3rd tube already. I like it as it is not oily and it doesn't break me out at all. However, it will make the skin look patchy with white flake when it doesn't apply evenly.

This is me without any makeup. As it is Saturday, less people around, I need to go to gym right after work, so I don't put mascara, lipstick, blush and powder. There are still a few hormonal acne scars left on my chin. They can be easily concealed with makeup I believe.

I don't invest in expensive and branded skincare products. I don't buy serum and essence. I use only cleanser, treatment(BP), moisturizer and sunscreen (day only).  I put exfoliate and apply facial clay mask weekly. I go for facial once in two months. Lastly, I want to emphasize here that I have stopped all home remedies, such as diluted Apple Cider Vinegar and etc, because it didn't promise any significant result. Besides, keep the hands away from touching the face, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise more are all that matter for good skin.

To all Muslims, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Happy Holiday to all.