About The Blogger

My name is Tammy and I've been blogging for over a decade now. I work full-time in my dream company while juggling love, life, this cute blog and a blogger's community called The Butterfly Project. People often tell me that I'm a wonder woman, but in reality - if it's something you love, you can do wonders.

When I'm not wondering, I'll be on my computer searching for the next fountain of youth or hunting down a fantastic deal. I'm also a shopaholic, wanderluster, spa enthusiast and proud hipster who loves planning special occasions and surprises for her loved ones.
  • Top 10 Female Bloggers in Malaysia
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia
  • Winner of Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia 2011

  • (Review + Discount Code) Sudio NIVA, true wireless earphones from Sudio Sweden


    I'm super super super excited that I got my hands on the latest and first wireless earphone from Sudio Malaysia - the Sudio Niva. I was using the Sudio TVÅ White for a while and I have been thinking of upgrading to a wireless earphone since it's trending. Even Apple has gone wireless (iPods). So this was a sweet surprise and I even have a 15% discount code "TAMMY2018" to give out to my friends who want to go wireless and save some moolah. 

    The Sudio Niva is priced at RM425 and it's available in 4 cool colors, two of them perked my interest. White and Black are quite common, but look at the blue and pink it's so cute! Since most of my gadgets are in white, I went with the white again. It's also unisex so Baby G would be able to borrow it without feeling embarrassed.

    Each wireless earphone comes with a built-in microphone and is compatible with Android and iOS. The sound quality is clear and crisp with a impressive bass. Overall good considering Sudio has been doing well with their line of earphones, this is the same you're going to get minus the pesky cords.

    Packaged in a fashionable portable charging casing with a built-in 500 mAh battery that gives you 4 charges with each charge giving you 3.5 hours / total 17.5 hours of play time. The plastic casing does a quick charge in 10mins, a full charge in an hour. 

    The minimalist yet elegant Scandinavian/Swedish design and style, it is also sweat-proof with three different-sized silicone sleeves for most secure fit and comfort for your ears.

    Check the instruction card on how to get started. I was struggling to get it to work since wireless earphones are new to me. In the end, I realized the earbuds works individually, you have to press them together for 3 secs until blinks blue on to Bluetooth sync with your laptop or smartphone.

    If you're planning to make a purchase, then you're going to be happy that this comes Sudio is offering free shipping for Malaysia and a one-year International warranty for your purchase. A Sudio Guarantee Certificate assuring you that your purchase did not come from some black market copy.

    They throw in additional gifts, a few months ago it was a tote bag but this time it's a pack of 4 Swedish design coasters to complete your Hygge lifestyle.

    Overall, a very good choice for wireless earphone shopping. I love that its light, convenient and also minimalist. The sound quality is good, and it cancels out the noise (you would not be able to hear anything else when you have this on). I would love if it could last up to 6 hours instead of over 3 hours (hopeful for next version). I love the coasters, as you can see I use them as jewelry coaster on my vanity table. I bought cement, brass and all but I felt they scratched my jewelry. This cork type coaster does not!

    For a limited time only, pay only RM361.25 this month when you check-out using my unique code TAMMY2018 for a 15% off the price tag from www.sudio.com/my.
    Many thanks to Sudio Malaysia for sending this to me to review.

    Starbucks Signing Workshop


    Starbucks Signing Workshop Schedule

    If you're searching for that something to make your life meaningful, why not join a signing workshop to learn the basics of sign language? Starbucks Malaysia has precisely that kind of workshop and it's free to the members of the public, in collaboration with the Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID). The signing workshop is a series of sign language classes of six modules at Starbucks Signing Store, Bangsar Village II from October 2018 onwards until the end of the year.

    Details of the Signing Workshop are as below:

    Day, date
    Introduction to Sign Language
    Saturday, 13 October 2018
    Everyday Expressions
    Saturday, 27 October 2018
    Action Words
    Saturday, 17 November 2018
    Describing & Feeling Words
    Saturday, 14 November 2018
    People & Relationships
    Saturday, 1 December 2018
    Food & Beverages
    Saturday, 15 December 2018

    If you are interested to take part in the Signing Workshop sessions, kindly email to wonder@sid.org.my together with your name, contact number and preferred session. Registration is on a first come first serve basis (Limited to 40 pax per session). Attached are the details for the Signing Workshop schedule.

    For more information, please visit Starbucks Malaysia’s Facebook Page.

    5 Steps to Glowing Skin

    Everywhere you look on social media, you will see images of women with amazing skin. In recent years, the trends have changed from promoting mattified skin to helping people showcase their natural beauty. There are countless products that are released every day which promise to do wonders for every skin type. Regardless of the many beauty products you can use on your skin, it is also true that the best thing you can do for yourself is follow a healthy lifestyle. If you treat your body and mind with respect, this will soon begin to show in the glow on your cheeks. 

    Avoid substance abuse

    There are lots of things people regularly consume which can lead to skin problems. For example, if you smoke, you may notice your skin looks dull and you break out more often. The same can also be said for alcohol and illegal drugs. While living without these substances is the healthiest route you can take, it can also be a struggle for people who have addiction problems. When this happens, completing sober living treatments will help you get your general health and skin health back on track in no time.

    Drink lots of water

    It is no surprise that staying hydrated can bring your body numerous health benefits, yet one of the best-kept secrets of drinking lots of water is how supple, soft, and clear it makes your skin. This is also a brilliant tip to follow if you suffer from dry skin, as it will reduce how many heavy moisturizers you need to use. If you are hoping to see results within a week, you should consider increasing your water intake by only a glass each day. 

    Eat plenty of vitamins

    It should come as no surprise that eating certain foods can bring out a glow in your complexion. Ideally, you should be looking for foods that have a high vitamin content, and which are rich in anti-oxidants. These can mostly be found in fresh fruits, such as oranges, which contain lots of vitamin C. You can even go one step further to make fruit masks at home and apply these vitamins directly to your skin for better results.

    Exercise regularly

    When you exercise, lots of oxygen finds its way into your blood, where it is then carried to your skin. This can help your skin heal from any blemishes, but it can also help you look refreshed and glowing after you exercise. In many ways, it also enables you to sweat out any toxins that may be blocking your pores, to reveal a smooth complexion.

    Spend time outside 

    Everyone needs a healthy dose of vitamin D to ensure their skin doesn’t look pale. Spending time in the sun ensures you get these vitamins, but you should always protect your skin from the weather by wearing sunscreen daily. Even if you are outdoors when the sun is hidden, the fresh, oxygenated air will help immeasurably, but only if you take precautions. This is often why experts suggest exercising outdoors, so that you can get as much oxygen delivered to your skin as possible.

    Origani - Australia's Luxury Organic Skincare Brand


    Origani opens it's latest beauty clinic at The Curve

    I can't believe that the same brand that I have been sneaking glances from at Bangsar Shopping Center has opened an outlet 10-mins away from me! I'm talking about Origani, the luxury organic skincare brand from Australia *excited*. Their high-performance organic and naturally-derived beauty products are one of the reasons they're Australia's leading organic skincare brand.  With over 280 stores worldwide, this would make Origani The Curve, the 7th store in Malaysia since 2016.

    Made with high-quality, natural ingredients - most of their products contain certified organic ingredients by the Australian Ministry of Health. Just look out for the mark that says "Includes Certified Organic Ingredients". Otherwise, the percentage of the certified organic ingredients within the formula would be indicated instead. Bonus point: They're also cruelty-free *bunny mark*. 

    If you're worried about the number of chemicals being absorbed by your body from the everyday use of beauty and cosmetics in the market, then organic skincare may just be what you're looking for. It's a natural way to heal and protect the skin.


    Many thanks to Origani's GM James Barton who invited me over to see their new Origani clinic. Origani Clinic because it's no longer just a store, they now offer facial treatments such as the Skinfusion Organic Spa Treatments and LED Anti-Ageing Facial Rejuvenation Treatment. The later uses LED light therapy that combines both red light and infrared light to lift, tighten, and combat premature aging. The infrared light penetrates deep into the skin (40mm) to repair collagen while the red light goes in 10mm to reduce signs of aging (wow).

    The Origani clinic is strategically located at the ground floor concourse area, the bright and colorful clinic can be seen from afar, with a beautiful butterfly "chandelier". Just walk in to get a free consultation from their beauty advisors.

    beautiful butterflies flying above you

    Origani ERDA for normal to combination sky type

    From there, I was introduced to their everyday skincare range called ERDA. The name is quite unique and it feels like it's inspired by a mythical beauty. The range focuses on harnessing the power of organic nutrients derived from plant and fruit extracts. Couple with advanced technology, ERDA is an innovative everyday skincare solution made for normal to combination skin.

    From ancient times ERDA has been associated with an Earth Goddess – a vibrant spirit, respecting and nurturing the earth. ERDA takes its inspiration from this ancient myth - to protect and nurture your skin, everyday. ERDA is derived from the roots of the Earth, combining botanical and floral extracts, essential oils and minerals. ERDA respects your skin – from gentle cleansing to specific treatments, naturally enriched with Certified Organic ingredients, for smoother softer skin.

    Apart from ERDA, Origani also has other range suited for all kinds of skin concerns and type + cosmetic and body care products. Here's a list of what they currently offer:

    Dermassure - oily & troubled skin
    Immortajell - immortal range
    Ageless By Nature - high-performance anti-ageing line for mature skin
    Erda - normal and combination skin
    God's Nectar - for dry & dehydrated skin
    Repertoire - skincare for men

    I was given two products from the ERDA line to review. The popular daily glow toning cleanser which I came to love, followed by the recommended soothing and reviving night cream for my beauty sleep. Both were going to help me hydrate, calm and make me youthful *yay*.  Read my review of the two products below!

    Erda Daily Glow Toning Cleanser 150ml RM450
    gentle | purifies | refines | smooths

    At first, I was skeptical, because of how many multi-tasking-cleansers claims to be this and that but after using this for the first time, my skin was blown away by it's power! AND after 7-days, my skin's glowing, my pores don't look like 50 cent coins (ok I'm exaggerating here), and I look not a day older. I am officially addicted to smothering my face with the gooey goodness. It deep cleans and doesn't make your skin dry out or tight. Couldn't help touching my cheeks, seriously - so soft.

    I was told that this is a 3-in-1 product which tones, gently cleanses and removes make-up. With that I thought, wow, would it be suitable for sensitive skin types like me? YES! My face didn't feel anything off, in fact, it felt so good, so refreshed, I'm sold.

    The bottle is made of high-grade acrylic. not plastic. The texture is like honey jelly, doesn't lather, smells delicious like a nectar fruit and is cooling to the skin. I use only 2 pumps, on damp skin, gently massaging it in a circular motion and then rinse with water.

    Made with certified organic ingredients. I love that it has natural ingredients such as honey, aloe vera juice, grape seed extract, and Vitamin E.

    P.S: Considering this is an organic luxury skincare product made in Australia (currency exchanged, etc) the price is on the higher side, but it lasts you 1/2 year with twice daily usage. So it's worth the investment.

    My Rating:
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

    What It Is?
    Erda Daily Glow Toning Cleanser gently cleanses and purifies your skin without any drying effects. Thanks to Aloe Vera Juice, this cleanser delivers soothing and hydrating performance that will benefit every skin type. Honey and Cinnamon Leaf Oil also give superior antibacterial protection for a clear and calm complexion.

    How To Use:
    1. Gently massage 2 - 3 pumps into damp skin and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
    2. Follow with either Erda Rich & Hydrating Day Cream or Erda Soothing & Reviving Night Cream.
    3. Use morning and night.

    Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Honey (Mel), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, CI 14700, Ci 19140.
    * Certified Organic

    Store between 5°C / 41°F and 30°C / 86°F. Avoid direct sunlight.

    Erda Soothing & Reviving Night Cream 50ml RM850
    soothes | detoxifies | de-stresses

    Just for my night time routine, I would follow with the soothing and reviving night cream. It's creamy and slightly thick but surprisingly does not weight your skin down and is smooth like melted butter when you massage it onto your skin. It's also fast absorbing and leaves the skin without the heavy sticky feeling. It does not leave any residue as well on your pillows. There's a silky feeling to it. I love that it doesn't have a strong scent like most night creams and that it has anti-oxidants, proteins, and beneficial oils as well as Retinol and Vitamin E to repair your skin while you're sleeping.

    I used this for over a week, and my skin has not flake once. Either that or the cleanser is super good. I was almost tempted to use this as a day cream but I stopped myself as I felt the ingredients would benefit me while I have my beauty sleep. I am going to continue using this for at least 4 weeks to see if aging stops (lol kidding).

    Unlike the daily glow toning cleanser, this cream comes in a lovely luxury-looking box and a spatula for dipping. The packaging is also made of high-grade acrylic.

    P.S: For sensitive skin, or if you easily get flushed cheeks after a hot day, this cream helps to calm your skin down! 

    My Rating:
    ★ ★ ★ ★ 

    What It Is?
    Night-time is the perfect time to relax and revive your skin. Erda Soothing & Reviving Night Cream is formulated using highly concentrated botanical extracts, enriched with proteins, vitamins, and exquisitely luxurious oils. Soothing Lavender and Aloe Vera help to detoxify and calm the skin, while Grape Seed Extract and Olive Oil provide superior antioxidant support.

    How To Use:
    Apply at night following Erda Firming Serum for the ultimate nourishing and hydrating skincare experience.

    Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract*, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum ParkII (Shea) Butter, Collagen, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Olea Europa (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elastin, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Seed Extract, Linoleic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Retinol), Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum.
    *Certified Organic

    Store between 5ºC / 41ºF and 30ºC / 86ºF. Avoid direct sunlight.

    Origani Malaysia is available on myorigani.com. They have 5 outlets across Klang Valley - Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, The Gardens Mall, Bangsar Shopping Center, Atria Shopping Gallery, and iOi City Mall. Follow their FB fan page for promotions and updates. 

    CameraKini KLDSLR Camera Catfish Game


    I kena catfish last Sunday

    I don't know what's wrong with the shops in Malaysia but have they ever heard of the term "bait advertising" or "misleading advertisement" from the Consumer Protection Act 1999 Malaysia

    Bait advertising
    13. (1) No person shall advertise for supply at specified price goods or services which that person -
    (a) does not intend to offer for supply; or
    (b) does not have reasonable grounds for believing can be supplied,

    at that price for a period that is, and in quantities that are, reasonable having regard to the nature of the market in which the person carries on business and the nature of the advertisement.

    the ad on mudah by camerakini/kldslr

    my drama with Camerakini (KLDSLR)
    their mudah ad here

    I know our people are mostly passive about standing up for their consumer rights but some people like me can't stand to see our local business doing things like this. While I wasted my time and money to travel to KLDSLR / Camerakini shop in SS2, I would just pen down this experience on my blog to serve as a precaution to my readers to always double, triple check and confirm something before you make your way to the shop in Malaysia.

    Their service also sucks. They don't welcome or ask what you want. When I came in I sat down and waited for someone to attend to me. They were busy, but at least tell people to hold on first. When I flag down the 1st guy, he checked the deal I came for and said he needed to check stock. This guy suddenly went missing delivering camera without telling me. After a while, I tried to get help from a 2nd guy who, just look at the deal, told me it's wrong, and offer me an import (cheaper). A total of 40mins for nothing.

    I felt it was a misleading advertisement which serves as a bait advertisement to get you to go to their store with the intention of selling other products. In this case, many import sets at a reduced price. Good for those who want that option.

    the camera ad listing on mudah

    the description has been amended to 1-year warranty
    but does not tell u it's import

    The fella on mudah apologized to me after checking, said it was wrong listing. That this was an import set from Canon Japan and not a Canon Malaysia set. I checked back the deal and the only thing changed was the warranty from 1+2 years to 1 year (since it's an import) but these two things alarmed me:

    1. The header still says Canon Malaysia
    2. The price from RM3,600 changed to RM3,299

    And the best part? When I was at the store, their sales person tried to sell me an import set at RM3,500. The same one they're advertising on mudah for RM3,299. I wonder if it's a "sudden promotion" or another bait to get people to go to their store again.

    this should be my latest avatar

    Yes, I am so free to blog about this. I want to see consumers standing up for their rights and business doing things the right way. I made a report to Mudah about my experience. I hope they do something about it. If not, Mudah you're also on my radar next.

    If you encounter any shady businesses around you can make a consumer complaint to https://www.kpdnkk.gov.my and/or http://www.nccc.org.my

    Protecting Malaysian Dolphins


     Baby G goes to Langkawi to see DOLPHINS!
    (note: dolphins do not eat people, now u know)

    Are you aware that on the west coast of Malaysia on the island of Langkawi it is possible to spot dolphins? Yes, you heard correctly, dolphin watching right here in Malaysia! A lot of people were surprised when they learned of this, as they thought dolphins were usually seen in neighboring countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. People like me, who went all the way to Bali, Indonesia to catch a glimpse of the dolphins in the wee morning.

    bet you didn't know we have dolphins right?

    That all soon change, thanks to thanks to 1 Utama, Baby G was lucky to be invited along to experience this once in a lifetime chance to witness these much loved and intelligent marine mammals in Langkawi. It was part of 1 Utama's Feed-The-Fish and Recycle-A-Bottle "Go Green" Campaigns which raised RM12,000 to be donated to MareCet for dolphin research.

    What's MareCet?
    Short for Mare and Cetacean, MareCet is Malaysia first and only non-profit, a non-governmental organization solely dedicated to the research and conservation of marine mammals in Malaysia. They're also known as Langkawi Dolphin Research. They do research, protect and educate people about dolphins in Malaysia.

    Established in 2012 by a team of young Malaysians, MareCet's Langkawi and Matang Dolphin Research projects involve collecting ecological data on dolphins to help protect them and improve marine mammal conservation. MareCet also studies the endangered dugong and their habitats.

    MareCet educating children about dolphins

    you know plastic is a dolphin's nemesis!
    (they can hurt/kill dolphins & other sea creatures)

    SO PLEASE recycle your plastic bottles. If you do not know where you can recycle, you can always bring it to 1 Utama. Look out for the collection bins shaped like a giant bottle around the mall to drop your plastic water bottles. They'll be sent for recycling and funds will be collected and donated under the Recycle-A-Bottle campaign.

    1 Utama Recycle-A-Bottle campaign

    Which is just one of the many efforts from 1 Utama's Go Green community projects as Malaysia's 1st Eco-Mall to embrace environmental sustainability since 1995. From recycling bins, to Be A Green Ninja (e-waste campaign), World Ocean Day, Kid's Field Trip, Feeding-The-Fish (charity campaign) to building the 1st Rainforest in a mall with koi ponds, suspension bridge, and lush foliage right in the heart of the mall surrounded by Mother Nature and freshwater fishes swimming in the aquarium. Which mall do you see putting so much into conserving and raising awareness?

    Some of the many conservation efforts from 1 Utama's Go Green Campaign

    Secret Garden - the largest rooftop garden in S.E.A
    (free admission & guided tours every 1st weekend of the month)
    E-Waste Campaign - Be A Green Ninja
    (electrical  & electronic waste recycle safely with 1 Utama)

    World Environment Day - I'M YOURS campaign
    (1,000 free plants giveaway)

    Hug a Shark Day Global Campaign
    Pledge To Stop Eating Shark's Fin

    World Water Day - Refill, Reuse, Reduce Carbon Footprint
    World Oceans Day - Save Our Oceans

    and many many kids field trip to connect with Mother Nature
    (Explore Secret Garden, Feeding-The-Fishes, Plant-A-Pot)

    one of the many Feed-The-Fishes CSR Campaign
    (100% sale proceeds goes to charity)

    What's The 1 Utama Feed-The-Fish campaign?
    Launched in 2004, Feed-The-Fish is one of the most successful and longest running "Go Green" community projects since 1 Utama opened its doors in 1995, as Malaysia's 1st pioneer Eco mall. It aims to raise funds and keep fishes happy and well fed at the mall's award-winning Rainforest (an actual rainforest built in the middle of Malaysia's largest shopping mall spanning 4 floors and home to more than 100 species of forest trees, plants, koi fishes and tortoises) by sponsoring and packaging fish food for sale daily, which shoppers then buy at RM1 per container to feed the fishes.

    1 Utama's award-winning Rainforest (Lower Ground)

    with multi-level ponds stocked with 3000 koi fishes

    buy fish food to feed the koi fishes for charity

    How Can You Help?
    You can donate by buying fish food for RM1 at the "Feed-The-Fish" kiosks at 1 Utama's Lower Ground Rainforest to feed the koi fishes. It's a fun way to learn about the fishes while having a day out with your friends or family. Especially for children, they just love watching the fishes eat and swim around leisurely in the ponds. There are aquariums and al fresco restaurants surrounding the Rainforest where you can take a rest too while enjoying Mother Nature.

    All sales proceeds from the fish food are donated to a charitable organization of choice every year by 1 Utama. This year 1 Utama nominated non-profit NGO organization MareCet as its campaigns' beneficiary.

    Previous beneficiaries include Sabah's Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to purchase medicine and essentials for sun bears, Malaysian Nature Society to protect Perak's Temengor Forest Reserve, HOPE (Help Our Penyu) for sea turtle conservation, Zoo Negara to adopt Malaysian elephant Teriang and WWF Malaysia to help re-establish the fish population in Sabah's Molleangan Island. A total of RM192,000 has been donated by 1 Utama to date.

    this year 1 Utama is helping MareCet (Dolphin Research Langkawi)

    and I got to witness the whole thing! (I'm the angmoh in blue)

    Baby G's "Dolphin" Story

    Day 1: I arrived at KLIA 2 all packed bright and early in the morning to meet up with other media and the 1 Utama team. After getting acquainted, it was time to check in and board our flight to Langkawi. About 1 hr later we arrived at Langkawi International Airport to be picked up by our tour guide driver who drove us to our 1st destination on the itinerary - Kilim Geoforest Park for a Mangrove boat tour. I was excited to learn that we would be traveling through one of the world's most diverse tropical ecosystems home to fish farms, birds, cheeky monkeys and creatures known by local guides as Langkawi's flying five - lizards, airborne lemurs, tree snakes, frogs, and squirrels. Unfortunately, they eluded us, I guess you gotta be lucky when looking for wildlife in their natural habitat.

    However, we did get the opportunity to witness bats sleeping on the ceiling inside a cave, cheeky Macaques, (Old World monkey species) white-bellied sea eagles and Brahimy Kites (which means Langkawi in the Malay Language) swoop down and dive to the surface of the sea to catch small fish. It's such a privilege to witness nature up close and personal with your own eyes instead of the more freely available wildlife documentaries on TV. I recommend this memorable experience if you're ever in Langkawi it's definitely worth a visit.

    We ate lunch at Floating fish farm which is located on the Kilim river and houses several water tanks where many different species of fish are kept for tourists to view. After Lunch, we traveled to Resort World Hotel Langkawi to check in for the next 2 nights and then visited Pantai Cenang for some sightseeing duty-free shopping for a few hours before having dinner at Orkid Ria Seafood restaurant.

    a collage of the fun things during the trip

    1 Utama's "Go Green" Campaign Raises RM12,000 for MARECET

    Day 2: After an early morning breakfast we assembled at the hotel lobby and proceeded to Resort World Jetty to embark and climb on board the yacht that would hopefully ferry us to catch a rare sight of some Malaysian dolphins! We were informed that sightings are not guaranteed due to the nature of these wild marine mammals. Needless to say, everyone was feeling excited and praying it was going to be our lucky day!

    Proceedings commenced with a speech from 1 Utama's PR Manager Lee Li Lian followed by a welcome speech and briefing by Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam, Founder of MareCet Langkawi Dolphin Research (MareCet projects, the different types of marine species in Langkawi & marine conservation issues in Malaysia). This was followed by a marine mammal boat survey demo (how marine mammal surveys are conducted by a boat, particularly relating to the research conducted in Langkawi)

    an educational trip with MareCet

    It was an interesting and educational talk as we found out there are purposes, dugongs, and even whales as well as dolphins roaming the seas along both west and east coasts of Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah. These marine mammals are collectively known as Cetaceans and according to MareCet, there are 27 different species of Cetaceans in Malaysia. In Langkawi, the most common species spotted are the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, Indo-Pacific finless purposes, and occasionally Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and Bryde's whales.

    During Dr. Louisa's presentation, we heard some commotion coming from outside on the deck people were shouting saying they spotted dolphins! So everyone rushed outside in anticipation and excitement to see for ourselves. Sure enough, as I gazed out into the sea was the magical sight of not just 1 but several dolphins swimming together! You had to be alert as sightings were sporadic and they didn't come up to the surface for too long, only a few secs but it was worth it.

    Soon it was time for the main purpose of the trip 1 Utama's Feed-The-Fish cheque presentation and a group picture.

    After a buffet lunch on board the yacht and free flow drinks (alcohol included!), we disembarked back at Resort World Jetty to depart for Langkawi Cable Car and Oriental Village.

    look it's a dolphin! wait, no, it's two dolphins!

    it's a mommy and baby dolphin swimming!

    It was a fun trip to be a part of, getting the opportunity to see more of Malaysia and make some new friends. As a European traveler, I wasn't aware there were Dolphins in Malaysia before I came to Langkawi so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they do actually exist not too far away from KL, only a short 1 hr flight away! So hopefully more people will realize that there is another reason to visit Malaysia other than the food! It's encouraging and heartwarming to know that a big popular shopping mall like 1 Utama cares deeply about the marine environment and helping worthy community projects in the local area.

    As Malaysia's 1st Eco mall, it has been running successful ongoing CSR campaigns for so many years since it's opening 14 years ago. I guess most people just assume that big shopping malls only care about their profit margins and getting as many customers as possible through their doors to spend money. I've often passed by the Koi pond in 1 Utama and at one point bought a packet of fish food to feed them but didn't realize the significance and extent of the small contribution I was making to help the dolphins through MareCet.

    I feel a lot better now knowing I've contributed in some way and it's not just "entertainment" for mall goers as I 1st thought. I hope many more people will become aware of this campaign and buy more fish food when they're passing by the Koi pond in 1 Utama, in order to contribute to an even bigger cheque to be presented next year!

    I'd like to say a big heartfelt thank you to Li Lian and Joey for kindly inviting me along to this truly wonderful trip creating many memories to cherish forever. I wish you every success in the future in getting the message across to everyone, about the importance of social responsibility and caring for our environment, especially our wildlife and marine mammal conservation.

    From feeding the fishes. For more info on 1 Utama’s Go Green campaigns check out their facebook.com/1Utama or www.1utama.com.my.

    written by Baby G, the co-writer a.k.a bf of plusizekitten. An "angmoh" travelling around the world, eating roast duck rice, nasi lemak and having culture shock 

    THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Review


    the one pearl to rule them all

    If you're hunting down for your next age-defying cream you may want to consider THE FACE SHOP's luxurious Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream. It is one of the three "pearls" found in THE FACE SHOP called the "miracle capsule creams". I'll list them here for you should you be interested to know what they are. The cool thing about these capsule creams is that they're actually skincare goodies encapsulated in a pearl. So when you open a tub up, you'll see these beautiful shining, mesmerising pearls trying to hypnotise you. 

    • White Ginseng Collagen Pearl Capsule Cream
      Reveal your skin’s inner glow and improve the appearance of dark spots.

    • Snow Lotus Brightening Pearl Capsule Cream
      Achieve an instant brightening effect with this hydrating cream.

    • Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream
      Ultra-luxurious capsule cream addresses the 8 main aging lines.

    If I didn't tell you it's a skincare product, you'll probably think it's food. I shared this video on my IG and many told me they thought it's the glutinous rice balls found in "Tong Sui" a Cantonese "sugar water" dessert. Others thought it was bubble pearls. Just look at that lovely pearl all wrapped in a sea of goey essence.

    So this ultra-luxurious (delicious) looking pearls are actually pearls with concentrated "Nokyong" Collagen that helps to diminish wrinkles (lines) specifically the 8 main aging lines -  partial lines on your forehead, between the eyes, eye area (crow's feet), under eyes , laugh lines and lines around the lips and neck and facial contour lines (outer lines of the face from cheek to jaw).

    The result? To tighten and lift for a firmer, youthful looking skin.

    Below is an example of how much Botox a women would need to fight the lines of aging. It gives an simple overview of the facial lines that's targeted.

    P.S: Should we call these botox pearls? lol without the injection.

    an example of the lunch time face lift (botox)

    The main star ingredient in the pearl is Nok Yong deer antler collagen which is said to be very good to promote beautiful healthy skin with its restorative power. I found another premium brand that uses the same ingredient but I can't comment on getting more information about this. Other than Nok Yong collagen, there's also 24K gold silks and pearl being used. One things for sure is, there are a good amount of amino acids, and anti-aging ingredients overall that makes this a good effective skin restoring cream.  

    Pure water, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, denatured alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, niacinamide, and antler extract (1000mg), propanediol, panthenol, phage, lipid and polybutylene glycol 8/5/3 glycerin 1,2-Hexanediol ∙ Phage / Phage-17/6 Copolymer ∙ Peony root extract ∙ Betaine ∙ Silk extract ∙ Phage-40 Hydrogenated castor oil ∙ Phage-11 Methylether dimethicone ∙ Nutmeg extract Hydroxyethyl acrylate / sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, carbomer, sodium hyaluronate, glyceryl acrylate / acrylic acid copolymer, beta-glucan, hydrolized collagen (250 ㎍) ∙ Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin ∙ Ethylhexyl Glycerin ∙ Tromethamine ∙ Adenosine ∙ Phenoxyethanol ∙ Titanium Dioxide ∙ Ma Car ∙ red iron oxide ∙ trisodium the dithiol this ∙ gold (20㎍) ∙ perfume

    comes in a big, elegant, durable box

    the cream tub & spatula inside

    My Review:

    So far this is probably the second "pearl" product I have owned and it does not disappoint. Though I must say this is definitely more suited to night care and renewal as it's rich and using it during your beauty sleep would be more effective. The packaging is not only luxurious looking but it gives a feeling of royalty as well (reminds me of the Korean  Royal Imperial Family Palace K-Dramas). Given as a gift, it would surely wow the receiver. The gold cap, somewhat reminds me of a gold gong. However, the body of the product is made of plastic and comes with a plastic spatula.

    the anti-aging beauty caviar (warning do not eat)

    the product has a seal lid, so it doesn't spill

    the pearls are the first things you'll fall in love with

    it's made of Nokyong collagen, 24K gold silk & pearl

    luxurious gold pearls, like beauty caviars for the rich

    cocoon in a sea of essences

    While it's an anti-aging cream, don't let it fool you into thinking you need another moisturiser on top.  After double-cleansing your face, tone and then break a pearl or two to be applied all over your face (targeting the wrinkle zones). You can use this around your eyes like an eye-cream but be gentle and do not over apply as I don't know it would be too much for the delicate eye skin. It feels a bit sticky or thick upon application but this feeling will sink in and your skin will feel glowing with the rich fatty acids from the cream.

    Overnight it restores and hydrates your skin so you look like a glowing queen the next day. For wrinkle / line, this improves overtime with use. I was advised to use this for at least min. two weeks to a month to see improvements.

    The texture is not really cream per se, I would say it's more of a translucent gold-ish gel (after mix).  There's a floral scent to it which I don't have any complains because it's quite calming for sleeping. Others might find this a bit too much.

    For the price of RM257++ it sums up to your average anti-aging cream.  I didn't count how many pearls there is in a 50g tub but on average, a tub like this would last you 3 months.

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    How To Use:
    The instructions says to scoop 2 - 3 pearls using the spatula provided and crushed it on finger tips, then slowly massaged onto the face including the neck area. If you're only spot correcting, then one pearl would be enough otherwise, be generous to your skin.

    step by step guide on how to use

    so satisfying, you won't know what hit you

    you can see that your skin is glowing instantly

    P.S: I've seen how others demonstrated the crushing of the Snow Lotus Brightening cream, where the pearl becomes like a powdery mix with the essence but for this Nokyong Collagen cream, when you crushed it, it's not the same. It's a bit slippery so crush with caution else your pearl ball will slip right off your hand. The tip is to put the pearl in the palm of your hand, then cup it and crush it with the spatula or your finger. Then mix it up.

    When you crush it, it breaks apart and you need to mix it up with the essence to create a silky gold cream (more like a velvety rich gel). 

    hurry! promotion ending 31/8/18

    Where To Buy:

    There are three (3) variants, the one I have is the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream 50g targeted at wrinkles and fine lines. It helps with firming, lifting and also hydrating your skin. Suitable for all skin type, makes a great night cream or sleeping mask, a gift for mothers.  Sold for RM257.90 at THE FACE SHOP website and outlets near you.

    Many thanks to hand model Sydney Lim @somethinkblack for lending her pretty hand for me during photography shots of the product! AND also THE FACE SHOP for sending me this product to review.
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