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14Aug/17

7 steps to finding your perfect home

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you could ever make in your life. One of the biggest investments you’ll ever make too.

When buying a house, there’s a few things you need to keep in mind before deciding on anything at all.

Here’s a few tips I have to make your house hunting just a little bit easier.

7 steps to finding your perfect home

Know what kind of house you’re looking for

You need to know what you want. Is it for investment? Are you buying it for yourself? Do you wanna live in the city? The suburbs? All these questions are what you need to ask yourself (and your life partner) when you plan on buying a place. Same with renting too!

Research the areas you want to live in; location is important – schools, highways, public transport, grocers, amenities

Getting a new home is exciting but you also need to think about convenience. It would really suck if you had this amazing home but had to drive 10 minutes to get to a shop when you actually want a place you could walk 5 minutes instead.

Being near highways are good too especially when getting around here in Malaysia requires the use of highways constantly.

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Think of the future; for singles? Just married? Are you planning to have kids?

If you’re getting a place for yourself, do you really need that much space? Or are you planning to get married and have kids? Of course having a huge nice house would be like a dream but we have to be reasonable in a sense that too much space is too much space.

I have my girls and I’m happy in a small house because 1. They are so messy. 2. I don’t have a maid. 3. I don’t have that much to clean (sweep and mop) haha!!

So getting a place you feel would be best cleaning wise is a good thing to think about too! :p

Consider both old and new; new homes are nice but they aren’t always better

Yes.. A new home sound oh so good. Fresh painted walls, all new fixtures and fittings, and you’re the first person to ever live there.

But what if I told you that new isn’t always the best choice.

Some old properties don’t have what new properties do. Like a nice big garden for the kids to run around in. Traditional features and architecture. Being in an established housing area.

New homes however have modern features. You spend less time and money on maintenance and repairs (most of the time). Look so nice and fresh. And of coure it’s always nice to buy something brand new.

There are so many search engines out there but I’ve found PropertyGuru to be one of my favourites. Its straight to the point and has lists going on far and wide and up to date!

Go look at the place; inspection, not all homes look like it is in pictures

It’s best to go and see the houses you are interested in first hand. Yes, the place looks gorgeous on the pictures but hey, look what day and age we’re in. They could have made it on The Sims and posted the picture but would look like a whole different house when you go.

Keep within budget; be realistic

I know quite a few people who want to live in luxury but can’t afford it and that’s really not a way to live. Why go through so much stress when you don’t have too? Try keeping within your means. Get what you can afford then build the place from the inside out. A home is a place you can be yourself and be comfortable, not a place for you to show off what you can’t even afford.

But hey! I just saw on PropertyGuru that there’s this campaign happening. The “My Dream Home” campaign. It’s a platform designed to assist property buyers in buying the home of their dreams. They’re taking things to the next level by offering a cash prize of RM50,000 to be used on your home down payment. That’s quite a burden off the shoulder right there huh?!

Picture yourself in the home and the neighbourhood; if the shoe fits, get it!

Now comes the best part.

When you’ve visited all those houses and you had a look around the neighbourhood, it’s time to finally picture yourself living there.

Just close your eyes and imagine standing at the gate/garden. Looking at the light blue skies. There isn’t much traffic (or maybe there is, and you like it).. You can imagine your kids playing around safely, there’s a park just nearby. You can walk to the shops together without dragging your feet or even having to take the car. You have great neighbours.

If you think it’s the best choice in all aspects (financially, safety, rationally, realistically), then go for it!

 

I wish you all the best and I hope you manage to find your dream home just as I have. 😊

03Feb/17

Falling in Love with TOMS

Giving some love with TOMS this Valentine’s Day!

TOMS has released its all new Limited Edition Pink Love Languages Women’s Classics just in time for Valentine’s Day! TOMS is always in the mood for love with its One for One mission. What better way to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day than with a gift that spreads love around the world.

With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair to a child in need. One for One®

Featuring the word “love” written in various languages and a heart print, wear your heart on your sole with this limited edition Classic Alpargata. The removable insole and rubber outsole on these Alpargatas are built with comfort and style in mind.

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14Dec/16

5 Ways to Avoid Sugars at Home

 

yes, yes, mummy gave in… but they earned it for being such good little girls.. 🙂

I was at an interview recently and a few of the questions had something to do with how I would try to avoid serving sugars to the family especially the girls.. The answer to that is a no brainer and for the people who know me know how nutty of a mummy I was when the girls were still babies..

Anywhooooo…. Here are a few things I practiced to avoid the use of too much (or no) sugar in the house..

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07Nov/16

Bugs R Us – skit for kids

Since I’m a drama teacher, I thought it would be fun to do a little skit with the kids for there “end of term” project..

The “production” process as lots of fun and the littles enjoyed it thoroughly..

Unfortunately, I have no documentation (or I can’t find any) of the whole rehearsal process but it was a great experience for the kids.. from choosing a story, to selecting their own bugs, memorising lines, daily practice, costume design, marketing (poster design) Continue reading

03Nov/16

Blokke Cafe – a Mummy Escape

Kids don’t know how to keep still and us mummies just wanna sit down and relax..

Every parent in Malaysia knows how tough it is to have a social life especially when our little ones are little little..

Well mummies, look no further! There is a place where your kids can run wild, older ones can sit and play Lego and us grown ups; well, there’s a café with great coffee and real good food.. Continue reading

08Feb/16

What You Need and Dont Need After Having a Baby

I’ve been asked about what I would usually need and comparing them to “what to get” lists online and of course, like most new mothers, I got everything on those lists and even combining the lists making them one long a$$ list.. LOL.. After having children, I then reaslised that all that stuff I got was such a waste of money.. So here’s my 8 things i couldn’t live without and 4 things i did get but couldn’t be bothered using.. Hope this helps you!!

Couldn’t live without

1716_hoppop_jpg_322Baby bath tub – my 5 year still loves using the tub most of the time. Both my girls enjoy taking baths together. It’s a bit tight but hey, they enjoy it!

Grobag Sleep bag – I LIVE by this! I try to give a sleep bag to every mummy-to-be for her baby shower or when I go visiting. Once baby is no longer in a swaddle, sleeping bags are the way to go. Since babies always move about when they sleep, blankets do no justice to keeping them covered. Sleeping bags also prevent children from climbing out of the cot! Continue reading

01Feb/16

Geocaching – The New Age Treasure Hunting

What is Geocaching??

I was doing some research online and I happened to find a new treasure hunting app… Well, not so new, apparently it started back in year 2000 and has slowly spread world-wide.. I found out about this about 6 months ago and I’ve found quite a few of the “caches” already… it’s seriously lots of fun!

So far, in Malaysia, there are only caches located around both Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Hopefully they’ll be available nationwide for both us “balik kampungers” and tourists who come visit Malaysia,

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13Jan/16

20 Ways to Raise Your Childs Self-Esteem

In this day and age of survival (for the average human being), too much time has been spent on wor​​king in order to support the family and bring some financial stability. Unfortunately for many of us, this financial stability has become profoundly difficult to a point where we barely ever have much time to spend with our children.. We are either in the office, at a meeting, on the road (in the horrid traffic) or on our phone working unpaid overtime.

This comes to a point where many of us parents tend to work so much that we never really spend enough time with our children. We are not very capable to be there for our children through the good and the bad in their lives. The very sad thing, is that many of us rely on others to do that for us; maids, our parents, day care centres , etc.. but what our children really need is for us to be there for them even for a while.. To be their cheerleader, their teacher, their friend and their confidence. There is nothing a children would want more than to know that you would rather be with them (than your phone)..

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Self-esteem isn’t really something you are born with, it is developed over time by learning how others perceive them. Children won’t really think much of themselves if negativity is always thrown at them. Praise and encouragement however enables your child to develop a sense of pride that will sustain them forever. Now, we’re not talking about ego here, we’re talking about self esteem.

Our job as a parent is to let our children know just how remarkable they are no matter what talent and ability they have.. this makes them different from others and they need to learn how to develop that..

A child who is brought up and grows up with self-esteem will have the ability to go out into the world with the confidence to try new things, accept the ‘different’ ideas of others and believe that they can do just about anything if they put their mind to it..
I mean, isn’t that what parenting is really about? Guidance.

Here’s just a few of infinite tips you could try with your children to raise their self-esteem…

1. Tell your child you love him/her at least once a day.
2. Take your child’s feelings seriously.
3. Let your child know that it’s ok to make mistakes. Then tell them about some mistakes of your own.
4. Always laugh at your child’s jokes (even when they don’t make sense)
5. Praise your child’s every little (and big) effort.
6. Encourage your child to ask questions. If you don’t know the answer, look it up together.
7. Always tell your child that can’t isn’t a real word, we always CAN if we put our mind to it.
8. Always, always talk out your disagreements. If you go mad or give her the silent treatment, you’d be sure to get the exact same when she grows up.
9. Never, ever let your child go to bed angry. Work things out, give hugs and kisses and let her know you love her.
10. Keep your child’s every secret. This develops trust between parent and child.
11. Make a feelings chart. Have your child put his picture next to his current feeling (of the day) and talk about that feeling, ask why he is feeling that way.
12. Spend a little time sitting down to draw and colour with her.
13. Teach your child to recycle. Caring for the earth is the way of the future.
14. Make blank cards for your child to decorate for birthdays, get well soon card or even a “just because” card..
15. Bake bread, or even a cake together.
16. Put together a cookbook of your childs favourite snacks and meals. Make sure you make them every once in a while too.
17. Instead of asking your child how school went, try asking her what her 3 best things she did today. You’d be surprised with the answers you get.
18. Share a banana split with each other.
19. Stay up late together, snuggle under some covers, have popcorn and watch a movie of your childs choice.
20. Splash in rain puddles together.

 

What other things would you do to help raise your childs self-esteem?

01Jan/16

A Trip to Zoo Negara

“Let’s go to the zoo, there’s lots of things to do and the food is finger licking good!”
If you can’t remember this jingle, you were born in a great era! hehehe…

We went to Zoo Negara recently and I must say, it wasn’t like it was a year or so ago.. There’s lots of upgrading going on and they say it’ll only be ready but August 2016.. To be honest, I’m glad they’ve actually done something to improve the place..

I’m not a big fan of zoo’s only because I don’t really like seeing animals confined in small spaces when they should actually be out in the wild but at the same time, zoo’s make a good conservation to the animals which are threatened of extinction. I mean, just recently, the Sumatran rhino has been officially declared extinct in the wild.. yup.. very sad and very true.. 🙁 So when it comes to news like this, i give the zoo’s my support.

Few years ago we went to the Sabah zoo and it was far much better. So yeah, Zoo Negara is being improved and I’m glad because our zoo is a pretty sad one. What we did see new was the butterfly garden (Ariana calls it the Butterfly Imagination Garden).. So beautiful!! And the new bear confinement was nice too.. Maybe they could do with some better food stalls though.. welling heathy foods maybe?

Oh! There amphitheater was also closed for renovation so there was on sea lion show or anything.. what they did have was a little mini-show which was also not so bad.. the only slack about that was that the tourists couldn’t understand a thing as the host was speaking in malay..

What was a bummer is that tourists were throwing POPCORN at the monkeys.. I’m skema ok.. I see stuff like that going on, I immediately go and report it.. I really don’t mind if you were feeding fruits or foods of their diet but popcorn? seriously?

All in all, the girls had a great time (so did mummy!)! Ariana is already planning her next trip to the zoo and which friends she will be inviting.. I love her and her enthusiast. Can’t wait for Ameera to get to her level!

Starting the zoo trip on the tram.. RM5 for adults RM3 for children ages 2 and up

Starting the zoo trip on the tram.. RM5 for adults RM3 for children ages 2 and up

 

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paid RM5.50 for a yucky scoop of ice-cream.. LOL..

 

At the Savanah part of the zoo where the giselle, giraffe, zebra's and elephants are

At the Savanah part of the zoo where the giselle, giraffe, zebra’s and elephants are

 

Ariana's first jump shot... :)

Ariana’s first jump shot… 🙂

 

This monitor lizard or commodore dragon was seen in the lake from the gazebo which is hidden amongst the bushes..

This monitor lizard or commodore dragon was seen in the lake from the gazebo which is hidden amongst the bushes..

 

excited to be so close to the animals yet scared at the same time.. heh

excited to be so close to the animals yet scared at the same time.. heh

 

At the mini-show.. Ariana was begging me to take a photo of her with "the guy wearing the panda suit"

At the mini-show.. Ariana was begging me to take a photo of her with “the guy wearing the panda suit”

 

it was a real hot day and big grizzly was in need of a splash

it was a real hot day and big grizzly was in need of a splash

 

And after a good 4 hours at the zoo, they were zonked!

And after a good 4 hours at the zoo, they were zonked!