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My name is Tammy and I've been blogging for over 8 years now. I started blogging because I wanted to share my beauty hauls and lifestyle experiences. I'm also a pro-consumer, which is probably the fire in my life.

This blog is now happily written by the cutest couple you've ever seen. Gareth's Irish while I'm Malaysian. We met in the most unexpected way possible and since then have been in a loving relationship. He loves to eat, drink and try new exciting things (even extreme sports) while I love the quieter things in life, like spas, massages, shopping and beauty! But we have something in common, we both love travelling.
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  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia
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Looking For Robot Vacuums?

12.28.2017

don't you wish you have more time to clean?

We're all living increasingly busier lives these days working long hours and not enough hours in the day to finish all of the household chores that need to be done. Don't you wish you had a little bit of help with doing the boring daily task of vacuuming around the house?

imagine a clean floor without lifting a finger!
(well maybe a push of a button)

Well, now you can breathe a big sigh of relief with the help of Robot Vacuums zooming around and zapping up all the mess from your floor in a few minutes. Now that you've been offered a solution, I guess the next thing you're probably thinking about is which Robot Vacuum to choose, as we all know it can be confusing when you walk into a Home Appliance & Electrical store and are faced with so many different kinds of brands and models. 


Let me introduce you to Product Nation, a website which offers help to consumers in Malaysia in finding latest genuine independent product reviews and recommendations that are consumer favorites at the right price, on-trend, up to date and available in your region.

Not only that, it also connects you directly to the leading and trusted online shops where you can purchase your items. It's like a one-stop shop that saves you time and effort from the boring, monotonous task of searching Google and browsing through numerous websites. Their dedicated team of Editors, who are experts in their own category, put hours of research into finding the right product for you, every search is done manually and covering everything from home and living, home appliances, tech gadgets, beauty products, travel and more.

search for product reviews under categories

In Product Nation's website under the Appliance category, you can find an intricately detailed article reviewing and evaluating 6 different brand models of Robot Vacuums that are recommended for you according to your requirements and budget. For instance, the cheapest recommended Robot Vacuum is the Dexona 3-in-1 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Wet Mopper DXN205, best for maintaining hardwood and laminated flooring RM293.00.


Alternative Options: 

Phillips Robot Vacuum Cleaner FC8710
best for high pile carpeted areas and thick rugs, and cleaning up all kinds of pet hair RM989.99

IROVA Microfiber Cloth Wet Mopping Z8 Robotic Floor Cleaner
best for those with allergies, and easily cleans up wet messes on any surface RM975.00

IROVA F1 Vacuum & Dry Mop Robotic Floor Cleaner
best for the money – effective for small apartments and also large areas RM888.00

The most expensive option is the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner
best for hard floors, cleaning up tough stains and has long battery life RM1399.00

The best option at the most affordable range is the Good Robot Thinnest Robot Vacuum Cleaner
best for cleaning carpet and tile surfaces, also effective on wood flooring RM495.00 

In my opinion, Product Nation is a very helpful and innovative website that delivers information which is straight to the point all you need to know, easy to understand and absorb. The website design and navigation are user-friendly and well thought out. But most of all, I got the feeling that they try their best in helping their readers with genuine and detailed reviews and recommendations based on their comprehensive research.

written by Baby G, padawan in training

Whole Apartment Hue Connected

12.26.2017

it's not every day that I make a vlog

Merry Christmas! I'm excited to share the finishing touches I made to my apartment a.k.a home improvement project. After cleaning and hiding all my things away from sight, I could finally show how my apartment is after changing all my old lights to the new Philips Hue lights! No kidding when I said all the lights. Well, I only needed 7 lights because I live in a studio apartment with an amazing view of Mutiara Damansara. Classier known as Pearl of Damansara.

If you don't know what's Philips Hue, my first post explains it all! Check it out here.


My vlog on my apartment lights makeover

Watch my video here on my mini apartment tour showing off how my apartment is now wifi-connected to change the lights any color or ambiance I want with my smartphone!

I'm extremely happy about this because now I have a smart apartment muahahaha and it the lights does whatever I want as it's queen. If you're curious about Philips Hue and want to get started, check out the Philips Meet Hue website. 

Where To Buy?
Philips Lighting store located at Menara Axis, authorized Philips Lighting specialists and selected Apple Reseller stores, and Lazada Malaysia.

Philips Hue WACA Starter Kit: MYR 899
Philips Hue WACA Bulb 10W A60 E27: MYR 279
Philips Hue Bridge: MYR 279
Philips Hue WACA Light Strip: MYR 129 – MYR 399

Next: How I install LED Striplights behind my bed

Meet Hue, My New Boyfriend

12.21.2017

meet Hue, he's really smart

I'll be honest here. I would have never thought of changing my home lighting until Philips Malaysia contacted me to review their Philips Hue products. For every review, I take on, I am quite picky. I don't like to review rubbish on my blog, I rather review things I love, or ones who spark my interest otherwise it's just a big waste of time for me. It also won't benefit my readers to read it. However, for Philips Hue, I went googling information and reviews by tech bloggers and was intrigued to take on the challenge to also get on the bandwagon of the smart home lighting movement. I call it a movement because we're moving towards the era of connectivity, from our smartphones to Google Home and Alexa.


before and after Philips Hue

However, there are pros and cons to everything out there, in which I will break it down in my review. here. Bear in mind that I'm not a tech blogger, so I'll be reviewing this from a consumer point of view.  The one who hates to read manuals, set up things and messing things up in the end. I like it easy, simple and fun.

With Philips Hue you can transform your everyday lighting into an extraordinary experience. Connected home lighting offers infinite possibilities for playing with colors, syncing lights to your music, TV and games for immersive effects. And with hundreds of apps to choose from, the only real limit is your imagination.


SO What is Philips Hue?


this video explains it all plus the guy is so cute

Philips Hue is a smart lighting system that combines brilliant and energy-efficient LED light with intuitive technology. It can last 15,000 hours according to Philips Malaysia. That's 2 years if you have all your lights 24/7. Philips Hue is based on ZigBee Lightlink, a low-power, safe and reliable technology to control your lights. New improvements and updates are a continuous effort to make home automation the future of smart homes.

Why Would I Buy This?
First I love the idea of being able to change how I feel at home. I could make it Christmasy, party ready or romantic (aha). Second, I love that I can make my home beautiful instantly just by coloring the walls with lights. Lastly, I love that I am able to control my lights from my smartphone without getting up or on the timer, whether I am outside or inside the home. Many people will find this useful, especially when you're away from home, you could turn on your lights to show "someone's home".

Reason 1 - you get to set the mood

  Reason 2 - your home looks much better 

Reason 3 - controlling your lights from smartphone
(good for lazy people like me)

Curious to find out more? Then here's more information on how you can get started. First, you must have the following in order to control and experience Philips Hue - LED Light bulbs (3 types), the Bridge and the Smart Controls (Philips Hue app).

all you need to be smart (I mean your home)
1. The LED Light Bulbs
There are three types to choose from, all in different shapes, sizes and models for different usage. I shall explain the different light types:
  • Hue White 
  • Hue White Ambiance
  • Hue White & Colour Ambiance
Hue White - easy control and comfort
This is what I call the basic. They're soft white lights with smart control, away from home control and light schedule.

Hue White Ambiance - relaxing warm white light to cool daylight
Choose from 50,000 shades of white to create the perfect ambiance at home. You can also choose from the app, preset lighting scenes like relax, read, concentrate, and energize. It comes with the same smart functions.

Hue White & Colour Ambiance for an immersive experience
16 million colors, 50 thousand shades of white, brighter and more vivid colors that will turn your home into a light playground. With this, you can also sync with music, games, and movies.

2. The Bridge
This is the small square wireless device that connects your lights to your apps so you'll be able to control them whether at home or outdoor. I called it the command center haha! 

3. The Smart Controls a.k.a Philips Hue app
Download Philips Hue app or one of the third-party apps developed for it to control your Philips Hue system from any device (android/apple) wherever you are. With this, you can set brightness, create timers, change colors, sync with your music, game, or movies to create a world of endless possibilities right in your living room.
  • turn your lights on/off
  • dim them
  • change colors (not applicable for Hue White)
  • create ambiance
  • select ambiance recipe e.g Savannah Sunset / Tropical Twilight (my fave)
I tried one app that allows me to sync my lights to music and eureka! There's a new private disco club in town with my name on it. Syncing means the lights would change colors or frequency of change according to the sounds of your music, movie or gaming. Pretty neat right?


the Philips Hue Starter Kit RM899

information behind

3 white & color ambiance light + 1 bridge

I would recommend getting the Philips Hue Starter Kit RM899 which comes with 3 white and color ambiance LED light bulbs and the wireless control bridge. You can buy it from Lazada Malaysia but I bet with all the promotions and deals going on the site, you can save more.

I'm going to make my whole apartment, hue connected!

I was fortunate to be able to test the Starter Kit and White and color ambiance LightStrip Plus thanks to Philips Malaysia. The lightstrip is a cool way to complete the whole ambiance by adding more light to under bars or cabinets and entertainment systems. It's flexible to bend, cut and extend. I use this behind my bedframe instead (stay tuned for a separate post on this).

How To Set Up Philips Hue?
Make sure you jot down all the serial numbers of the light bulbs before you start adding them to your app. I had to unscrew some of my lights because it couldn't be detected by the app.

changing my old light bulbs to Philips Hue

the step-by-step easy guide

Step 1 - Putting up your lights
Change your lights as normal. Remember to write down the serial number in case the app could not detect it automatically.

Step 2 - Plugging in your bridge
The bridge comes with a charger and a router plug. Just plug it into your wifi-router and power on!

Step 3 - Install & Connect to Philips Hue App
Download the Philips Hue app, and follow the step-by-step installation to pair it with the bridge. This is user-friendly so don't worry about being stressed out about apps. Once you successfully paired it you can add your lights automatically or manually. The app will auto-detect the lights (make sure the lights are on) and then you can name your lights anything you want. Lastly, group them to according to rooms e.g Kitchen, Living, Bedroom.

Step 4 - Enjoy!
You can now paint your rooms with colors from the app! I use the preset scenes since I'm still exploring hue. I want to try commanding Siri to turn on my lights lol. 

selecting scene & the brightness level

Now, wifi-lighting (smart lighting) isn't new but Philips (being one of the first) is getting really good at it by coming up with a whole ecosystem for consumers to use. From lights to lamps, motion sensors, to accessories and apps that you can pair and make your home smarter. It's relatively easy to get started even without needing to read the manual if you're like me but if you need help, get on Youtube and watch the many videos dedicated out there to installing and getting started (which is what I did when I needed to know something (hate reading manuals).

 my bedroom before Philips Hue

My bedroom after Philips Hue

There are of course some issues that I read from joining the Philips Hue FB Community that needs to improve but overall if you're looking to start making your home smarter and fun, why not invest in Philips Hue? For more information about this click here. I'll be writing another post specifically on my home improvement project by making my whole apartment Hue connected so watch out for that. I'm going to show you how awesome it is.

Pros:
Philips is a trusted brand
Wide selection of smart lighting products (lamps/bulbs/apps)
Easy to use, set up, control
Dimmer, color change, ambiance maker
Music, gaming, movie
Alexa, Google Home, Apple Home Kit (Siri) ready
Can purchase from Lazada.com.my
LED lighting (energy efficiency)
Configured and controlled via your smartphone.

Cons:
Expensive
Hard to purchase offline

Where To Buy?
Philips Lighting store located at Menara Axis, authorized Philips Lighting specialists and selected Apple Reseller stores, and Lazada Malaysia.

Philips Hue WACA Starter Kit: MYR 899
Philips Hue WACA Bulb 10W A60 E27: MYR 279
Philips Hue Bridge: MYR 279
Philips Hue WACA Light Strip: MYR 129 – MYR 399

Got a question about Hue? Ask me!


Berjaya Langkawi Resort Malaysia Review

12.20.2017

Baby G's first trip to Langkawi

A couple of weeks ago I was once again invited by the lovely PR team Berjaya to review another of their luxurious island resorts. This time I was very excited to learn that it was going to be an extended 3 Days 4 Night trip to Langkawi with some familiar friendly faces from the Media Fam again. I had never been to Langkawi before in all my time spent here in Malaysia, so I was looking forward to seeing another popular part of this enchanting and diverse tropical country. Langkawi is a popular tourist destination located about 30km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. Known as the Jewel of Kedah, it is an archipelago of 104 islands rich with natural beauty, history and culture surrounded by turquoise waters of the Andaman sea, picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills.

I had already heard many great things about Langkawi Island from some friends I had met while backpacking in Australia, vlogs on youtube and also from friends here in Malaysia. I had heard one of the most popular reasons a lot of tourists visit Langkawi is to indulge in and take advantage of the cheap duty free alcohol that's on offer (being an Irish man who naturally enjoys the odd tipple from time to time, I'm not gonna lie I was already getting excited by this!)

Boarding Firefly Flight to Langkawi @ Subang Airport

The trip began this time with a fairly early Sunday morning 8.30am meet up with the media fam for breakfast @ Subang airport and check in with Firefly airline for a 10.30am departure flight to Langkawi International Airport. This was my 2nd time flying on a small propeller plane compared to flying numerous times on much bigger Boeing 747(AirAsia) and Airbus A320 commercial airplanes (Etihad, Emirates) so luckily I wasn't feeling too apprehensive about boarding the unknown. Indeed, I was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism and service from Firefly as they offer passengers complimentary light refreshments of drinks (mango or orange juice) and snacks (curry puff or peanuts) for such a short flight as opposed to a much bigger and popular Asian airline who don't offer their passengers anything! On arriving at Langkawi International Airport, we were picked up in a minivan by a driver from Berjaya resort and transferred to Langkawi via Kuah town where we stopped off to enjoy lunch @Arts Cafe and some duty-free shopping before arriving at Berjaya Langkawi Resort, which is located about a 20-minute drive from the airport.

Welcome to the Premier Chalet my humble abode for 3 Nights




Gift from Berjaya PR Team

View from room balcony



On 1st impression driving through the resort to my room on the shuttle, after checking in at reception and a welcome drink at the Lobby Lounge, I was impressed by the layout and planning surrounded by the lush tropical rainforest environment. On entering my room which was a Premier Chalet, I noticed that although the interior was a bit dated, it was also quite spacious 56 sqm with a King-sized bed, bathtub and a balcony with breathtaking views of the Andaman seafront overlooking Burau Bay. One look at the spectacular scenery and view of the sea with the mountains in the distance immediately puts you in a relaxed holiday mode. Truly a picture-perfect view straight out of a postcard, definitely worth getting up out of bed at the crack of dawn to catch the amazing sunrise. You can easily spend hours on the sunlounger relaxing reading a book, listening to music, meditating or looking for some creative inspiration. For me, the balcony view is the USP of this room and I indeed did spend a lot of my free time out there. All of the amenities work well, the rain shower is of adequate pressure, the bed is comfy, equipped with a range of cable TV channels and the wifi signal is pretty decent. A/C works best at its lowest setting temp of 16℃. The best available rate is Rm935 per night late deal or alternatively, book a 3D2N Romance Package @Rm1,144 which is better value.
















After checking into our rooms and freshening up, we had a short tour of Taaras Spa and some of the other rooms available at the resort. There are over 400 rooms ranging from the most affordable Rainforest Chalet to the most exclusive and expensive Presidential Suite.

Pahn Thai Restaurant


Papaya Salad & Deep Fried Shrimp Cake

Tom Yum








Soon, it was time for dinner a media review @ Pahn-Thai Restaurant, which is uniquely built on stilts over the ocean water and serving exquisite Thai cuisine in a fine-dining setting. Guests can enjoy a relaxing open-air dining experience here surrounded by the beauty of the Andaman sea and the Mat Chinchang mountain range while feasting on authentic Thai specialties. 

For starters, we were served with Tom Yum Tha Lay Sai Nom Soup (Spicy Mixed Seafood Soup with Coconut Milk) and Sum Tum Thai & Tod Mun Goong (Papaya Salad & Deep Fried Shrimp Cake). Both starters full of flavor, not too spicy and tasting of fresh quality ingredients. Main courses consisted of Pla Kao Yum Ta Khrai (Deep Fried Garoupa Fillet with Lemongrass, Chilli & Lime), Kaing Khiew Wan Gai (Green Curry Chicken with Eggplant), Brocolli Pad Hoi Shall (Stir-Fried Brocolli with Scallops) Goong Pad Med Mamuang Himmapan (Stir-Fried King Prawns with Cashew Nuts & Dried Chillies) and also Khao Pad Sub Pa Rod (Fried Rice with Pineapple). Again all were perfectly cooked with fresh quality ingredients and bursting with flavor, I recommend the Green Curry Chicken it's one of the best I've ever tasted. For dessert to finish everything off we had one of the most famous and popular Thai dishes, Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango.

As there was a packed itinerary for the next day, breakfast was earlier @Beach Brasserie (Located right on the beachfront where you can watch the sunrise) or Dayang cafe, a traditional Malay style and themed restaurant serving authentic local and international gourmet dishes made with local ingredients. All meals are served here in a buffet style for breakfast lunch and dinner with a diverse menu range catering for all tastes.


After breakfast, we had a fun activity with Dev (tour guide) on his nature walk throughout the resort. We learned a lot of interesting and fascinating facts about all the different types of trees, plants, and animals that are native to Langkawi. I definitely recommend it to all of you nature lovers out there as it's very educational, you are encouraged to ask questions and get involved.






Next on the itinerary was an opportunity to experience the exclusive Premier Suite on Water. With a modern and contemporary interior design of 65 sqm and a Semi-Outdoor Lounge & Jacuzzi Hot Tub facing the Andaman sea, this room is the perfect luxurious room choice for a honeymoon. It's also an ideal location for that picture perfect Instagram post, which is sure to get many likes for that wow factor!









In my opinion, one of the most fun activities of the trip was next and that was to experience the facilities of the resort including the swimming pool and sea activities. The sunken pool bar serves reasonably priced cocktails and tasty bites while you relax on a seat under water. Among the sea activities, you can try at the Boat House Bar are the banana boat, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. The banana boat is the most fun as it's a fast and exhilarating ride with others on board and you never know if or when you're going to fall into the water.





A short walk from the Boat House Bar lies the Mangrove walk, I recommend to go for a short tour with the volunteer guide Abang Shah you learn a lot about the significance and importance of the mangrove in protecting and conserving the environment. He's very informative, clearly passionate about his job and has a lot of interesting stories to tell you about the mangrove, as well as, the local environment and the island in general. Don't worry you don't get wet or dirty, as there is over 500m of PVC tubing laid down to walk on.







Later that evening, we had another fine dining food review this time @Beach Brasserie. I was happy to learn from reading the menu that not only was it all seafood but also my favorite fish, Salmon! For starters, we had Salmon Salad, then Seafood Chowder served with Garlic Bread. For main course Pan-Fried Salmon and for dessert homemade red velvet cake.






The next morning we traveled to the Seven Wells (Telaga Tujuh) Waterfall, which is a popular tourist attraction in Langkawi a short drive from the Berjaya resort. It was quite a sweaty work out climbing 600 steep steps to the top, with most of the team too lazy or unfit to proceed any further than the shop at the entrance serving drinks and snacks! haha Anyway, when the few of us reached the top we took some pics and enjoyed the spectacular views of the surrounding jungle with the mountains and sea on the horizon. There's also an opportunity to go for a dip in one of the natural pools to cool down, as I could see there were quite a few people enjoying that. You can't really see much of the waterfall at the top I only found out when I reached the bottom from one of the team that the best views were about halfway up. Other popular tourist attractions nearby include Langkawi Cable Car and the Sky Bridge.

For Lunch, we were treated to a complimentary meal of our choice from the a la carte menu at The Red Sky Bar & Restaurant when we stopped off @Pantai Cenang. I ordered the Beef Rib Eye Steak very tasty washed down with a fresh mango juice. Do go check it out it's one of the recommended restaurants in Pantai Cenang.
























We had about 1 hr to explore the area before we headed off to the harbor for a Sunset Dinner Cruise kindly sponsored by Dato Alex from Tropical Charters, who also sponsored Lunch so a big thank you to him for his generosity, it's much appreciated. We experienced the 3 hr package trip worth Rm275 per pax, although there is also a 6 hr day cruise package available @Rm375 per pax. On board the boat, you can order as many drinks (Freeflow Beer, Cocktails & Soft Drinks) as you like and eat as much from the delicious buffet spread as it's all inclusive of the price. Pretty good value considering everything included in the package in my opinion. You can also experience jacuzzi in the sea as the boat crew will attach a net to the rear of the boat and you can hold on or lie on the net as the ship is sailing, with the propellors generating a whirlpool effect! How cool is that? The beautiful sunset at sea makes it a perfect romantic trip for couples. I was more than satisfied with everything wish I can come back one day with the love of my life.

The next morning we enjoyed one last breakfast before it was, unfortunately, time to check out and leave for the airport to catch our flight back to KL. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and had a great time @Berjaya Langkawi Resort, hoping it is possible to come back again someday.


As always, a big thank you to Shyan & Sophia from the PR Team for inviting me once again and indeed to everyone involved in making this trip a memorable experience. Jumpa Lagi!

Berjaya Langkawi Resort Malaysia
Karung Berkunci 200, Burau Bay, 
07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Phone: 04-959 1888

Email: langkawi.rsvn@berjayahotel.com
Website: https://www.berjayahotel.com/langkawi

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