Monday, October 31, 2011

How To Peel Garlic Faster Faster

Is this a cooking blog? Hell no. But I found an interesting video tutorial on How to Peel Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds.

Try la!

Friday, October 28, 2011

When I Grow Up...

... I mean older, I want to be:

1. A kindee teacher. Who dresses up as cartoon characters including Disney princesses, and teaches science and art the fun way!

2. A professional printer. Letterpress and hand-printing. Nombor Satu di Malaysia.

3. A Herbalist / Naturalist / Healer. Altogether. Harnessing the goodness of nature and the universe's energy. How do I do that? I have absolutely no idea, but I will find out someday and share this here.

4. A craft hobby shop owner. This is a secret dream and there is this panting-larang that if you reveal it, it won't come true. What I'm not revealing is the little details about my dream shop.

5. An entrepreneur. With a new awesome brand of products under my shiny belt. Stationery and homeware.

I need 4 clones please thank you.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Precious Times

These days I've been preoccupied with crafting at home (preparing wholesale orders for Christmas) that I feel like I miss out on something and it makes me feel really bad. Daniel's bedtime rituals, our weekend shenanigans, silly games and just-hang-out has taken a backseat and in a blink of an eye, I felt like he has grown up so much and doesn't need me to tuck him in bed anymore :(
But almost always, you find something that will give you a second a chance :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Ever since I became a mother, EVERYTHING seems to be moving non-stop... time, movements, surroundings, little boys etc. For the life of me, I cannot remember when was the last time I had NOTHING to do.

This is the best way I can explain the drastic change in perspective caused by immediate arrival of offspring(s)... hehe. By the way, this is drawn using MSPaint. Cowabunga!

Somehow, there are ALWAYS things to do. And when you spend a lifetime always doing something, you get so used to it that when there is nothing to do, you CREATE something to do. Crazy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Toddler Run Over and IGNORED

This is not the first case, and there are probably a LOT more, not captured on video. The first video I watched some time back, of a young boy run over by a van, sent chills down my spine. At least the driver realized and stopped to help. But in this recent outrageous case, the poor little girl was run over twice, AND ignored by passers-by. Is this the state of morality in China now?

Read the full story here. Don't watch the video if you can't, I understand the mental disturbance it can cause.

There's this cold fear that radiates through your body when you are a mother and you read such news. Your mind starts to imagine your own child in that situation and at the same time you are telling your mind "DON'T. GO. THERE."

And then you go hug your kids. Real tight.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Game For Everyone

I thought I'd share this with parents, and aging people (like me) who feels that their brains are rotting sometimes.

It's just a simple game. You can play with your kids in the restaurant while waiting for your food, or in the car while traveling a distance. Or just play for fun.

You'll need papers (REUSE THOSE PESKY BANK LETTERS AND ENVELOPES and WHATNOTS!) and a pen or pencil.
Draw 5 objects, OR draw 50 objects, up to you.
Show them to your opponent. Count to 10 seconds, OR count to 2 seconds.
Have your opponent name all the objects you drew.

It's seriously fun. Not only does it test your memory, it also makes you think of countless objects to draw!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


A couple of years ago, I started to love vintage things, or things that look vintage and nostalgic.
Like this enamel bowl by BeautifulLifexDesign

And this tweed messenger by catherineaitken

Me is getting old!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Some news and events lately have made me ponder deeply about my life and death, and about how close you are to your life partner that you discuss about whether you want to be on life support system if something dreadful happens.

I've always wanted to write an instructional, if I would to go suddenly. I have not written a will, but I reckon the major stuff gets straightened out by law. What I'm more concerned about are the itsy bitsy stuff that law don't even want to bother with, like who gets my handmade pouches at home, sewn with love.

I guess I can start here, now, today.

1. My etsy shop.
The thing that made me sane, driven and an enormous sense of satisfaction. The cards, pouches and other fun stuff I have made since 2009 to be sold on my etsy shop, have brought me a kind of joy that says Hey, I HAVE a life!
If I go, someone will have to log in/report to Etsy to have my shop and account disabled or something. If someone just bought something, I wish the order would be delivered for the last time. I know this is trivial, but I am a responsible seller.

2. On life support.
Geez, I have no stand on this one. Would I want to be in a vegetative state? On life support? I really don't know. I guess what's practical is to just go, instead of lingering in hope and misery. I understand it is a burden. I just want to go and let my loved ones move on. But if I'm brain-healthy, and can afford nurse/helper, I guess I would want to be kept alive so I can still see my kids grow up, and I can watch all the movies and series I want. But it would be bad for the husband because then he can't really move on, can he. What if he met someone nice, I would be such a hindrance, just sitting and lying there watching DVDs all day, wouldn't it. Put me in another room, with a great sound system, and maybe a blink-activated remote to do simple tasks. Introduce me to the nice lady, please. She better be good to the boys.

To be Continued.

Friday, October 07, 2011

What Turns A Woman On

Lately, I see commercials with a new age rather good-looking well-buffed dad playing with his kids, or doing a house chore.

Do you know that's the top turn-on for women? ESPECIALLY mothers? There's something about the lethal combo of biceps, THE HAIR and domestication.

When the husband tuck the boys to bed at night or take the little one for night bike ride to chill him out, while I get to shower earlier and do whatever I need to do, my heart swells with adoration and appreciation. In other words, I'm his bitch.

That's why I LOVE this book, Porn For New Moms.

LOVE the way certain keywords are bold, like You, relax, take a nap, have a break.

It's hard to explain why. It's like these men could be out drinking/working/entertaining/playing their favorite sport/hanging out with the guys, BUT NO, he is at home, looking after the baby that you two SHARE together, not because he has to, but he WANTS to. O. EM. GEE. Can you hear my panties drop.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Green Crafting

How wonderful it is to be crafting all week long at work, for a company charity flea market. The best part is recycling items, and making them into something new. You'll be amazed what toilet and paper rolls can be remade as! (will have photos)

And those unwanted jewelry with beads? They can be fillers for lovely cute Five Stone beanies!

Reuse glass jars.

Are you a Padini fan? Have you collected enough Padini carrier bags you don't know what to do with them? Have your friend recently had a baby and you want to give her a pack of diapers (plus other baby stuff of course) but you don't know how to present it? Here, get a big Padini carrier and embellish it with pink ribbon. I covered the 'PADINI' word with matching pink card stock with scalloped edge and the word B A B Y hand-stamped on it. No stamps? Draw it.

Dark brown and pink is sweet colour combination. By the way, this fit a Mamy Poko Jumbo pack.

How about that for Green Crafting!