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

  • My First Cervical Cancer Awareness Workshop + Colposcopy Screening


    the cervical awareness workshop

    This is an embarrassing post because it's all about your cervix BUT most importantly it's about preventing cervical cancer. Did you know that cervical cancer claims the lives of more than 270k women in the world every year? While it is one of the deadliest cancer in the world, it is also one of the easiest cancer to prevent. Yes, that's right, with early detection you can nip cervical cancer in the bud.

    I must confess that even with all the awareness and education going on about STD, STI, HPV, I was still ignorant due to fear. Fear of going for a Pap Smear, which was just a simple, easy and quick procedure and you're out of the clinic as soon as you get in.  It was all because I attended the San Ai Global's Cervical Health talk about cervical cancer. It gave me the courage to find out more.

    I attended the workshop at Amante Spa Aman Suria outlet after Maggie, a friend invited me. I have refused her many times but I decided, this is for my own good too and I said yes finally.  The workshop was held right in the lobby of the spa. A fairly simple, and cozy workshop but the things you see on the projector screen are not simple, or unimportant.

    thank you for opening my eyes, Margeret Wong!

    I watched in horror as registered TCM Margaret Wong explained the various cervical health issues women on the screen affecting women. She spoke in Cantonese but Maggie translated it in English to the audience. I could hear my heart beating harder at the photographs shown. I learn many things, like...

    An itch, it more often a signal of something happening. An itch could turn into a green or yellow discharge, become inflame or infected and gets more serious. It could be STD, HPV, STI related or bacterial, viral, or parasitic. AND it's when things become serious, left untreated could potentially become cancerous.

    P.S: I'm not an expert or a doctor on this subject, so it is better you hear it from the workshop.

    the cervical cancer workshop

    they also manufacture their own products - sprays, pads, gels
    (e.g their pads vs commercial pads which is full of chemicals)

    all the cervical problems

    The workshop also talks about early screening as a prevention and how you could help spread cervical cancer awareness. Since this is very much a taboo subject and it affects women who are sexually active or has been, it would be difficult step for Asian women to come out of their shell and very much talk about it.

    I urged bloggers to attend the workshop and to blog about it but most were too embarrassed to even register for the workshop. Afraid of knowing what's inside and probably afraid of what people might think. Well, don't worry bloggers, the purpose is to raise awareness of cervical cancer by attending this workshop. I'm not asking you to reveal your personal experience doing the screening or if you had sex.

    I understand it takes some balls to go, especially when the workshop comes with a Colposcopy screening (optional, you don't have to do it if you don't want to) conducted by R TCM Margaret Wong in a one-on-one session.

    I've been googling about Colposcopy, and usually, if your pap smear results come back abnormal, your doctor would advise you to go for a Colposcopy check. Now this costs anywhere from RM1,800 - RM2,000 at hospitals (not inclusive of consultation which will cost from RM150 onwards). A Pap Smear can cost from RM100 onwards at clinics or hospitals. It's RM1 at Klinik Kesihatan (Health Clinic). For this workshop which comes with the screening comes at a promotional rate of RM128 (np RM380) because the people behind it, are all about educating women about the issue.

    However, this is conducted the TCM way (TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine) so they don't do test lab results like hospitals but R TCM Margaret Wong is an experienced TCM practitioner who has dedicated herself to raising awareness about cervical cancer. Through the Colposcopy screening that she shows you, you could see in a bird's eye view if your cervix if is in a healthy state. You can also see if it's in any stages of cervical erosion (stage 1, 2, 3, 4). Stages 3 - 4 would be a high risk of cervical cancer.

    I would like to share a personal review here, that yes I did the Colposcopy - for the first time. It wasn't painful, Margaret was gentle. You may be surprised (well who wouldn't, being open that way). You see, a special instrument called Colposcope is used in this session. It has a scope which will show an enlarged view of your cervix on the monitor screen. Pretty scary when I first saw mine. A swab test was done to see the pH level as well. Margaret explained to me what I'm seeing, and advise me on what's next.

    It's here that I discovered that there's inflammation in there. I didn't even suspect anything (sigh). I didn't experience any symptoms this year but last year, I had reoccurring yeast infection episode (itchy like omg). That was the first sign, and I thought it all went away, all good and better from using yeast infection pills from the pharmacy. Well, guess it didn't...

    bacterial infections

    tofu-discharge is it a yeast infection?

    In short, this workshop opens your eyes to the topics of cervical health and cervical cancer, while the screening gives you an opportunity to see if your cervix is in a healthy state (an affordable one too). After this, it is all up to you, go to your Gynae if you're at risk, or if you would take the TCM natural healing way to treat or heal your cervix. The choice is in your hands.

    Maybe it's an unusual discharge, an itch, yeast infection, maybe it's bacterial vaginosis, severe PMS, maybe it's something else but what's actually happening down there? You can attend the workshop, get to know more about cervical health and do the Colposcopy check. You may never know what's going on. You're not losing out by knowing more.

    More information on their cervical health and screening workshops, visit San Ai Global FB

    Thank you San Ai Global & Amante Spa for inviting me to your workshop talk. I'm glad I took the first step to attend and check my cervix as I have never dared to do so before. Readers, I hope you can take advantage of this workshop to find our more about cervical cancer and ways to prevent it.

    Here Now, Gone Tomorrow


    having a relaxing bath at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

    You know how when people were "friends" with you for a reason, and when they get what they finally wanted, they are "out"?

    I get that all the time. Ever since I started blogging 10 years ago, my life has been an up and down of meeting all kinds of colorful people from the blogosphere. You would say by now, I would know by heart to see past someone and inside their soul but no, I'm still human. Still learning. Still vulnerable to the hurts of the world.

    Humans are selfish in general. Depending on their poison of choice - money, fame, vanity it destroys them in the end. These don't last, especially when you "fake it", the curtains will unfold. A friend once told me, that in the cosmic world, we all belong to the same "entity" that one energy. Nothing is real in the material world at the end, when you "wake up". Deep right?

    On the bright side, I've learned not to care or let it be a negative part of life.

    Afterall, it's what makes this life on earth interesting.

    Valiram Friends & Family Sales 2018


    it's back! Maybank extra 5% OFF!

    I swore not to go to any more warehouse sales but there are a few gems that I can't say no to, even just to window shop! Like last year, I decided at the last minute on the last day to just go and have a look. Who knows I could pick up a couple of candles from Bath & Body Works? Turns out I was so wrong because I went back with Michael Kors bags and ate Godiva ice-cream there (it was maybe rm8 or rm10 only!).

    Now I know you get better selections on the first day, but you won't miss out on the last day too because on the last day it's where they throw in more deals (10% off more, or additional reduction!). Both toxic days to be at the sale still IMHO.

    With Mother's Day coming up, why not give mom something she'll scream? (with a friend & family price discount hehe).

    The Body Shop Earth Day Plant Giveaway

    The Body Shop Earth Day Plant Giveaway
    14th April 2018 (Saturday)
    The Curve (The Piazza) / Setia City Mall (East Entrance)
    10am onwards until all plants are gone!

    Ever since my first purchase of the Montresa plants from Pasu, The Curve, I've been wanting to add more plants at home (feels all warm and tingly). The Body Shop came at the right time because I've missed this Earth Day Plant Giveaway for the past two years! (because I woke up late on Saturdays and by the time I reach, it's all gone). This year, I hope I can be there on time to snag those cute green babies back home!

    According to The Body Shop, there's a total of 2,200 free plants to be given away at two locations - The Curve and Setia City mall. They start at 10am until all plants are given away. SO if I calculated correctly, there may be 1,000 plants each location for 1,000 people.

    I hope I make it this time! Are you going?

    Thanks The Body Shop for organising these lovely eco activities all the time!

    Jo Malone Malaysia Price List


    Jo Malone Malaysia Product & Price List

    I was searching online for the price list for Jo Malone to ascertain if it fits my budget (birthday gifts) and I couldn't find one so I went to check the prices and updated back here in my blog for easy reference. Their website didn't indicate the prices (they should) so it's easy for their customers to refer to. I hope this is helpful for anyone out there who's thinking of buying a gift from Jo Malone.

    Jo Malone Cologne
    Lime Basil & Mandarin
    Grapefruit, Basil & Neroli
    Earl Grey & Cucumber
    Pomegranate Noir
    English Pear & Freesia
    Blackberry & Bay
    Nectarine Blossom & Honey
    English Oak & Redcurrant
    Wild Bluebell
    Franch Lime Blossom
    Red Roses
    Orange Blossom
    Peony & Blush Suede
    Mimosa & Cardamom
    Amber & Lavender
    English Oak & Hazelnut
    Wood Sage & Sea Salt
    Black Cedarwood & Juniper

    100ml RM515.00
    30ml RM265.00

    Jo Malone Cologne Intense
    Orris & Sandalwood
    Tuberose Angelica
    Velvet Rose & Oud
    Incense & Cedrat
    Dark Amber & Ginger Lily
    Myrrh & Tonka
    Oud & Bergamot

    100ml RM675.00
    50ml RM445.00

    Jo Malone Rare Teas
    Silver Needle Tea
    Darjeeling Tea
    Jade Leaf Tea
    Oolong Tea
    Midnight Black Tea
    Golden Needle Tea

    175ml RM1,500.00
    75ml RM950.00

    Jo Malone Bath & Body
    Bath Oil 200ml RM345.00
    Glass Decanter Bath Oil 200ml RM444 / 30ml RM120
    Body Creme 175ml RM385
    Cologne Intense Body Creme 175ml RM455
    Body & Hand Wash 250ml RM220 / 100ml RM125
    Body & Hand Lotion 250ml RM305 / 100ml RM155
    Shampoo 250ml RM145
    Soap 100g RM125
    Bath Soap 180g RM210
    Shower Oil 250ml RM260
    Cologne Intense Dry Body Oil 100ml RM400
    Cologne Intense Body Scrub 200g RM310
    Cologne Intense Exfoliating Shower Gel 200ml RM220
    Cologne Intense Hand Cream 50ml RM170

    Jo Malone Vitamin E
    Gel 30ml RM550
    Lip conditioner 15ml RM175
    Hand Treatment 100ml RM280
    Body Balm 185ml RM415

    Jo Malone Home
    Home Candle 200g RM330
    Cologne Intense Home Candle 200g RM425
    Deluxe Candle 600g RM980
    Travel Candle 60g RM185
    Luxury Candle 2.5kg RM2,300.00
    Scent Surround Diffuser 165ml RM400
    Scent Surround Room Spray 175ml RM315
    Scent Surround Linen Spray 175ml RM315

    This product and price list may change. It is only a reference as at April 2018. Please check with Jo Malone outlets for more information.

    Malaysian launch of Starbucks Bottled Tea-based Frappuccino



    Hey guys, Starbucks Malaysia has just introduced 2 new tea-based bottled Frappuccino - Bottled Matcha Tea Frappuccino and Bottled Black Tea Frappuccino in the ready-to-go category. The Starbucks Frappuccino tea series will be available in the bottled section of most premium supermarkets, petrol marts and major convenience stores across Malaysia.

    "Yum cha" (drinking tea) is one of the unique cultures embedded in Malaysians as part of its multicultural community. Tea beverages such as Chinese Tea, 'Teh' and 'Teh Tarik' have always been Malaysians go-to drink to catch up with friends and family. Building on their deep respect for the local tea-drinking culture, and following its popular launch amongst consumers in China, Starbucks Malaysia is bringing in the Bottled Tea-Based Frappuccino to further elevate the Starbucks experience to consumers beyond the stores.

    introducing bottled Frappuccinos RM12.50

    Launched for the 1st time in Malaysia, the Starbucks Bottled Matcha Tea Frappuccino (RM12.50) is crafted with high-quality Matcha powder from Jeju Island, South Korea. Undergoing a fine steaming and grinding process, the fresh spring tea leaves, together with high-quality milk from New Zealand, creates a refreshing and delightful taste.

    Tasting Matcha Tea & Black Tea Frappuccino sample 

    Starbucks Bottled Black Tea Frappuccino (RM12.50) features a blend of Ceylon black tea from Sri Lanka, Dianhong tea from Yunnan Province in China and Assam tea from India. Offering a rich blend with high-quality milk from New Zealand, this specially formulated product brings out the best of black tea, giving an authentic tea aroma and rich flavor, which in turn, delivers a full-bodied flavor that lingers long after the 1st sip.

    Starbucks' Research and Development (R&D) team sources the tea globally to provide more choices of high-quality Starbucks beverages for consumers aside from in-store experience. To create a tea beverage with a distinct and smooth flavor that would appeal to consumers, Starbucks spent nearly a year sourcing for high-quality ingredients from distinguished tea producing regions worldwide. Following several rounds of internal tests and consumer product testing, the final blends resulted in the Starbucks Bottled Matcha Tea Frappuccino and Bottled Black Tea Frappuccino.

    refreshing & bold ready to drink Frappuccinos for all

    Maintaining its sleek bottle design, the newly launched Starbucks ready-to-drink Frappuccino Tea series is the perfect treat for young consumers seeking a refreshing taste of Starbucks Bottled Matcha Tea Frappuccino and bold flavors of Starbucks Bottled Black Tea Frappuccino, without compromising convenience. Enhance your Starbucks experience now with the 'Frapp-ulous' taste of the Starbucks Bottled Tea-Based Frappuccino today!

    L-R: Mr. Sydney Quays, CEO of Berjaya Food Berhad, YBhg Dato’ Tunku Shazuddin,
    Chairman of Berjaya Food Berhad, Mr. Kelvin Lee, Senior Merchandising Manager of 7-Eleven Msia,
    Mr. Jordan Lung, Senior Business Manager (CPG) Berjaya Food Trading

    recycling glass bottles, here's a tip!

    Also, a great tip for recycling your bottles is to wash them out after you've finished drinking them and then re-use as a DIY Terrarium as can be seen in my pics below!

    For more info, please visit Starbucks Malaysia FB page at https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksMalaysia/

    Escape With Traveloka: The Staycation Event


    Traveloka X Butterfly Project: Escape with Traveloka
    The Staycation Event

    According to Meriam Webster, the definition of "staycation" is a vacation spent at home or nearby. A vacation, on the other hand, is defined as a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation had a restful vacation at the beach. With the typical working Malaysian getting an average of 8 - 12 vacation days a year, you can pretty much guess that Malaysians indulge in many staycations.

    The staycation options are plentiful. Malaysia after all, is a beautiful country, with beautiful beaches and islands along the east coast, hidden treasures in each town, and a string of heritage and food trails loved by both locals and tourists alike. The list is endless! I myself have yet to discover the many places Malaysia has to offer - near or far.

    With traveling more accessible now thanks to sites such as Traveloka, we can now book a flight or hotel over the weekend and be back to work on Monday rejuvenated.

    Wait, What's Traveloka?
    Traveloka is one of the leading flight and hotel booking platforms in Southeast Asia, serving more than 100,000+ flight routes and 100,000+ hotels worldwide. Traveloka work hard to provide our customers with the cheapest hotel and flight rates every day!

    Traveloka Malaysia, The Butterfly Project & KL Hotel Journal

    Sounds impressive? Even more so when you know they threw a staycation for the members of a local blogger's community to discover the most Instagrammable Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Of course, that sounded too humble, so let me rephrase. Traveloka threw a 2 Days 1 Night Staycation for 40 lifestyle bloggers from Malaysia's leading beauty and lifestyle bloggers community, The Butterfly Project! A community I founded in 2014 gathering like-minded bloggers to have meaningful experiences together and to discover the undiscovered in our local town.

    It was an all-expense paid staycation, filled with activities from dusk to dawn and no one left hungry! Yes, that's really important. We Malaysians love food!

    If you're curious about what went on, here I am today to tell the tale of Travel, Staycation and Experiences not to be forgotten. My three favorite things.

    Escape With Traveloka: The 2D1N Staycation Event

    We planned this for months before it happened and called the staycation event "Escape with Traveloka" and announced it on the community page. Over 100 members applied to be a part of it but only 40 were selected based on priority to travel and lifestyle bloggers. We also took into consideration how active they were and if they would enjoy the escape.

    I was surprised that some came all the way from the north of Malaysia, as far away as Penang to KL city, just for this staycation. When I asked a few bloggers why? They said they wouldn't miss a community gathering! Yeap the Escape with Traveloka Staycation event screams fun, friends and fam (butterfly family).

    Escape With Traveloka Itinerary
    Day 1
    10.00am  - Arrival & Registration (Tea Break 1)
    11.00am - Ice-Breaking Session
    12.00am - Introduction to Traveloka, Traveloka App, KL Journal Hotel
    12.00pm - Lunch
    1.30pm - Butterfly Releasing Ceremony
    2.00pm - Check-in Rooms
    3.00pm - DIY Workshops (Tea Break 2)

    6.00pm - Free & Easy
    7.30pm - Dinner
    9.00pm - Christmas Gift Exchange

    Day 2
    Breakfast & Check-out

    Welcome to the Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel

    the best pool photo by emi

    Amelie's all ready for the staycation - IN STYLE

    you won't get lost with the banners around

    The morning started with a good old cup of coffee greeting every blogger arriving at The Worker's Union which was a unique work, social cum dining space that combines industrial chic with eclectic details. Featuring three Studios designed for intimate meetings, The Gallery, a flexible space designed for small corporate events, private parties or social gatherings and Workers' Union Bar and Grill, a beer garden with a relaxed chill vibe.

    Worker's Union: Where the meeting rooms are

    never a moment without selfies

    Everyone was given a Traveloka nametag, goodie bag and ushered to have breakfast before the main event started. During the registration, they were also signing up to participate in one of the four available art & crafts workshops organized by Traveloka to make their staycation event memorable.

    coffee & yummy nasi lemak to wake everyone up

    The Butterfly Team comprising of 8 members (including myself) were in between floors making sure bloggers arrived smoothly as it was the first time for most of us discovering this unique boutique hotel. We make sure they're welcome with warmth, get acquainted with other members and explain the day's events.

    I have come to name the team members as Butterfly Relations Officer (BRO) because they were tasked with the most important job of all - ensuring the happiness of the community members during events. It's run via a volunteer system, something where members could give back to the community (emcees, photographer, ushers, sometimes bouncers lol).

    The Kuala Lumpur Journal is a stylish boutique hotel in KL city centre. Designed with an inviting relaxed vibe where nostalgia meets industrial chic, we're centrally located in the city's main shopping and entertainment district of Bukit Bintang. Just minutes away from the Changkat neighbourhood - the hub of KL nightlife with its thriving bar culture and KL's foodie mecca, Jalan Alor.

    With all 40 butterflies present, the main event kicked off with a wonderful welcome by Butterfly Emcees Leonard Heng and Sydney Lim follow by a fun ice-breaking session by Azzanea (Traveloka) which ended in waves of laughter, tears, and smiles. She was amazingly cool and as we found out later at night, she plays a mean guitar!

    get ready for our funny duo-butterfly emcees!

    getting to know all about Traveloka & Traveloka App

    Free Traveloka App Download
    Google Play (Android) | Apple Store (iOS)

    Then it was time to get down and serious with Traveloka. The Big Boss and his team, introduce what Traveloka is, their history and future plans of making it a one-stop platform for travelers out there. The community got to know about Traveloka App where booking flights or hotels can now be accessible in the palm of your hands. Check out the introduction to Traveloka App below to find out how you can travel anywhere, stay anywhere and work anywhere. Switch languages so you never get lost in translation. It also accepts payment with many payment partners and currency denomination. And if you forget, notifications remind you!

    Traveloka App The World in One Single App

    The best part of the discussion? Getting to know that now you can travel with ease with the exclusive Traveloka Maybank 0% installment plan. Don't wait for your next adventure Traveloka says, with this, you get to maximize your travel experience while managing your funds. Of course, don't go overboard and book a luxury Maldives trip with all the works if you can't manage your finances! We're talking about instead of waiting for a year to finally book your trip, you can actually do your trip and pay for it with the 6 or 12 months installment plans.

    Traveloka's Interest-Free Installment Payment Scheme

    5 Reasons To Fly Now Pay Later

    How To Get The 0% Installment?

    I am excited to try this installment payment out for my next trip to Sabah this June since I have a Maybank credit card. The plan looks flexible as it's open to either Visa, MasterCard or Amex. Any kind of airline and flight routes (domestic and international) and for all hotels, room types and stay period! All I need to do is make sure the minimum transaction amount is RM500 (6-months plan) or RM1,000 (12-months plan). The process takes 2 days after booking and appears on your next billing statement. The best part? You can combine with other promotions on Traveloka. Make sure to always read the terms and conditions of any promotions or plan you're getting to ensure you understand how it works.

    Q&A session with Traveloka Boss
    warm welcome by KL Journal Hotel GM

    After the Q & A session, the Boss of KL Journal Hotel was next. He talked about the unique hotel facilities, amenities, concept, and service and hoped that we all enjoyed our stay here. He was quite happy to meet such a big group of female bloggers for the first time and decided to throw in a one night stay at his hotel with breakfast for the best Instagram photo during this staycation. He teased that if the hotel's one and only suite were available, the winner could enjoy it too! The crowd went wild. I could see everyone's eyes firing up to be the next best influencer.

    fresh baked bread at Kedai Kopi Journal

    yummy ala carte meals with semi-buffet

    the best lunch selfie goes to Eintan!

    By now, it's lunchtime and everyone is super hungry. Traveloka arranged a semi-buffet lunch for everyone which consists of a choice of a la carte main course with all-you-can-eat buffet snacks, soup of the day and dessert at the newly revamped Kedai Kopi Journal (formerly known as The Bounty). A quaint-looking old-school coffee shop meets modern chic restaurant at the ground of the hotel lobby. They serve daily breakfast spread which includes freshly baked bread and pastries churned out daily from its pastry studio and a classic menu of east meets west, focusing predominately on Asian flavors for lunch.

    the most chill selfie belongs to Jerine

    the butterfly releasing ceremony
    right top: Butterfly Project Found & Lead Emcee
    right bottom: KL Journal Hotel GM & Traveloka's Marketing Manager

    we found a butterfly whisperer! (Hotel GM)

    As a surprise, KL Journal Hotel arranged for a butterfly releasing ceremony at The Terrace Bar & Grill. It is a lush green space with an open bar, weather-beaten tables, dramatic lighting and an eclectic mix of communal and comfy lounge seating it is a great place to unwind. The butterfly releasing is normally done at the outdoor section of Kedai Kopi Journal for their afternoon tea guests. I heard it's only on the weekends at afternoon tea hours. You may want to double check this with the hotel if you find this interesting.

    Tiffany won the best video on event sharing
    (butterfly releasing ceremony inside)

    After lunch, everyone gathered back at Worker's Union to get their hotel room keys. This was perhaps the most anticipated part of the staycation event - checking in to see how nice the rooms are! It was every bit, as real as the photographs on the hotel's website. Each and everyone stayed in a Deluxe Twin or King room that could easily fit three people or a family.

    the best boutique hotel mattress I've ever slept in! 

    an urban-modern mix of old-school elements

    I had the twin room of 28sqm with a queen size bed plus a single bed. The room features an ergonomic mattress with pure cotton sheets, silky to the touch, feather duck down and microfibre pillows, floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light, a 40" flat screen TV, rain shower, a functional workspace with free high-speed wifi and plugged-in connectivity. The bathroom was modern and big for a deluxe size room and if it had a bathtub, it would be perfect.

    I slept like a baby here, and I would pay just to sleep here again!

    • Posturepedic Royal Mattress
    • High thread count linen
    • Duck down & microfibre pillows
    • High-pressure rain shower
    • Free high-speed internet
    • JBL wireless Bluetooth speaker with alarm & radio
    • 40" flat screen HDTV with free satellite channels
    • Work desk with adjustable lamp
    • Lounge chair
    • Electronic safe
    • Bathrobe & spa toiletries
    • Iron & Ironing board
    • Mini fridge & bar
    • Hair Dryer

    Nicole won the best IG photo challenge

    I had some shut-eye before moving on to the next activity on the agenda. The Art & Crafts Workshops session from 3pm - 5pm.  There were 4 workshops available. Each workshop accommodated 10 bloggers. The BRO Team had the opportunity to join the workshops as well. Leonard, Sydney and I picked the Bathbomb Workshop by Wunderbath while Eros and Anis went for Leather Passport Holder making and Bo picked the Watercolour Floral workshop.

    BathBombs & Scrub Workshop by Wunderbath

    Leather Passport Holder Workshop by DiyKL

     Travel Journaling Workshop by OrangeBerry

    Watercolour Floral Workshop by Black Milk Project

    Everyone enjoyed the workshops so much! Group photos were taken, and teachers didn't even know we were all bloggers! It might have shocked them to know right? I wish I could join all the workshops on that day. It was truly a meaningful experience to end the day.

    I don’t know why, but this photo portray a happy family with Xmas sense! Hahahah 🎄🤶🏻🎅🏼 . . Over kan? But its true. During this workshop with @wunderbath.co, the feeling of celebrating Xmas is there! . . Lagi pulak ada @deeliciousmy yang selalu ada idea mengusik. @sabbyprue & me pulak jenis #mudahterhibur! Mesti ketawa bila Dee do his silly jokes! Hahahaha 😍 . . Thank you so much @butterflyproject.my, @travelokamy & @thekljournal for hosting this #escapeplan! I am so happy & enjoyed this event so much! ❤️ . . Btw, Ho... Ho.. Ho....MERRY CHRISTMAS to all who celebrated this festive & make sure you rock the jingle bell! 🎁 . . #blogcoklateyes #butterflyxtraveloka #traveloka #travel #kljournal #tvlkescape2017 #hotel #weekends #escape #blogger #klblogger #klbeautyblogger #tvlkescape2017 #butterflymsia #travelokamy #thejournalhotel #goodmorning #weekend #lifestyleblogger #klbeautyblogger #xmas #christam #merrychristmas @hellotammylim
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    best workshop photo by Innanie

    best Christmas entrance pose Syafiqah!

    We retreated back to our rooms while others went on photographing every nook and cranny of the hotel for their blog and Instagram posts. It wasn't the end of the day yet as we still had one more activity to go. The Christmas buffet dinner at Kedai Kopi Journal and our community gift exchange.  I had three rounds at the buffet table because I love the smoked duck and pumpkin soup! Everyone was peacefully eating, a sign that their batteries had come to a low after a day of fun. I spotted Santa hats and some even dressed up for it. On the tables, presents lay await.

    community Christmas gift exchange

    the girls happy with their presents woohoo

    the Butterfly Relations Team (BRO)
    (R - L) Bo, Anis, Sydney & Eros (Leonard's missing)

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    check out this sneaky video of what went on

    When we announced it was time to exchange gifts, everyone came alive and the noise level was... *cough cough* barely go unnoticed until the hotel's employees and guests were stealing peeks to see what's going on. I could cry at the sight of my community having so much fun today.

    Since I already prepare Christmas gifts for my Butterfly Team, I thought I would surprise them with a mini gift exchange to be used during their stay here. They were surprised *LOL*. I gave them l'Occitane travel size toiletries along with some keepsakes. Leonard was the only one who surprised me with a Christmas present on that day (and he's not even my roommate). It was something I've always wanted to add to my candle collection, Diptique candle! I don't know when I would dare to burn this because it costs a bomb. Thank you so much, Leonard *sob sob*.

    free cocktails & live band at The Terrace Bar & Grill (outdoor)

    Azzanea brought her guitar to join in the band

    Sydney "forced" to sing by us all

    The night ended with free cocktails as it was Ladies's night at The Terrace Bar & Grill. There was a band, and Traveloka's Azzanea brought her guitar and started playing. The vibe, the music, the lights, the people, and the sight of cars buzzing around in the city as we look over the balcony made everything perfect. I can't describe how wonderful this feeling was in words. The band called out to the crowd welcoming anyone to join in to be the songbird and we forced encouraged Sydney to go. It was the first time I witness her sing and, I just couldn't be any happier to know not only is she a beautiful person, she has a beautiful voice too.

    I always kalah with this kakak! Hahahahha! When Tammy said my roomate is Kak @sabbyprue, I tak cakap banyak, terus say YES! . . Bukan senang ok nak lepak dengan Kak Sabby. And she always have stories, gossips, fun etc! . . Last time masa pergi Korea pun, tak dapat nak pillow talk sbb THEFACESHOP bagi satu bilik sorang! . . Well, to be honest - senang sangat dapat kawan & kakak blogger mcm Kak Sabby. Yes,we are competing each other. Tapi in healthy way. Alhamdulillah. . . Missing our beloved blogger buddies @sabrinatajudin & @wiidaribbon too! . . Kita gather together masa wedding budak comel @wiidaribbon tahun depan ok! . . #blogcoklateyes #butterflyxtraveloka #traveloka #travel #kljournal #tvlkescape2017 #hotel #weekends #escape #blogger #klblogger #klbeautyblogger #tvlkescape2017 #butterflymsia #travelokamy #thejournalhotel
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    a pillow fight is a must when two bffs come together

    sometimes the best vacation is a staycation

    In the morning, it was time to say goodbye after breakfast. As we parted ways, we looked back and smiled knowing our weekend had come to an end but it will always be in our memories. On behalf of the community, I would like to thank Traveloka for collaborating with The Butterfly Project to throw a wonderful staycation event to end the year 2017. It was an opportunity, not only to get to know Traveloka better but also for the members to bond with one another. Truly a great escape, one full of memories to cherish and always remember.

    Terima Kasih Traveloka

    For more information on booking your next great escape, visit Traveloka Malaysia website and Traveloka MY Facebook for updates and promotions.

    FlowRider 1 Utama Review


    Sun, Sea, Shop & Surf all at 1 Utama

    1 Utama E has just recently introduced the 1st ever Double FlowRider (designed in S. California USA) to the only mall in Malaysia for visitors to experience the exhilarating sport of wave surfing for the ultimate water sports experience.

    Flowrider counter + if you need ROXY it!

    entrance to Flowrider

    separate male & female shower bathrooms

    Flowrider, LG Floor (outdoor)

    before you jump into the flow, read the guides first

    What is FlowRider?

    FlowRider is a relatively new sport in the extreme sports scene, which is a hybrid boardsport combining the techniques of surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, and skimboarding. 

    watch the Flowrider video here

    beginners - you'll be guided on how to flow!

    the pros showing you how it's done

    How does it Work?
    Waves are created by continuous limited sheets of water flowing at 32 km/h over a composite vinyl surface. Submersible propellor pumps located in the pool below inject a 3-inch sheet of water creating a surfable wave. The resulting wave-like shape lets riders surf up and down and perform tricks and spins. Rider's have a choice of Bodyboarding or Stand-up Flowboarding. 

    Who can participate and how much does it cost?
    Kids to Adults are welcome to surf with the minimum height of 107cm and general good health. The most basic regular ride (1 hr session) starts from Rm45 weekday and Rm55 weekend/public holiday, while day passes for unlimited rides will cost Rm270 weekday and Rm330 weekend/public holiday.

    It's also possible to book a package if you're interested in private sessions or hosting parties and events. The rental rate is Single Lane (Max 12 pax) weekday Rm450 weekend & public holiday Rm 550. Double Lane (Max 24 pax weekday Rm900 weekend & public holiday Rm1100.  

    FlowRider ONECARD membership

    Is there a membership?
    You can also apply for a FlowRider ONECARD membership for privileges such as 10% discount off regular 1-hour rides, invitations to watch FlowRider competitions, exclusive group coaching and more.

    Is it Safe? 
    Yes, the FlowRider ride surface is similar to a trampoline material and is well padded with soft cushions all around it. There are also professional instructors who are there to ensure the safety of all riders at all times.

    What kind of Amenities and Services are available?
    Towel for rental Rm5, hot showers and complimentary lockers allocated to customers, beverage counter, free WiFi and pro shops under the retail brands of Roxy and Quiksilver operated by RSH Malaysia, as well as, FlowRider official merchandise. Plans are also underway to construct a waterfall as well as wading and bubble pool to create a beach-themed event area yo compliment the FlowRider. House Boards are provided for use with the purchase of every FlowRider package.

    Rules & Regulations
    • All riders must present a government photo identification in order to ride
    • You must be over 107cm to bodyboard on the FlowRider
    • You must be over 122 cm to ride Standup on the Flowrider
    • Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with a valid photo identification for sign off
    • It is advisable to not play the FlowRider if you've had a recent accident, injury or a current medical condition such as heart problems, high blood pressure, aneurysms, neck or back problems. Also, it's forbidden to be under the influence drugs or alcohol.
    • Riders are required to wear properly fitted water sports attire, board shorts, and a basic t-shirt. No casual wear allowed such as jeans or bikinis.
    • Every rider must register and fully complete the Indemnity forms before playing the FlowRider.
    • You must arrive 1 hr before your ride time.

    Baby G trying Flowrider for the first time

    pay attention to the trainer Baby G!

    first Flowrider, next surfing in Hawaii

    My Experience  
    As a newbie and with very little experience of other boardsports, I had a feeling that it was going to be a challenge to stay on the board for a respectable amount of time without falling off! haha I was right you really need a lot of practice and balance to familiarise yourself with the waves but it's a lot of fun and I guess persistence hopefully pays off eventually...you have to learn to crawl before you walk right? The good thing about it is you can fall off and keep getting back on as many times as you like within your 1 hr session or unlimited all-day rides package. So no excuses for giving up so easily! I managed to stay on the board and ride a shortwave, although I didn't have much time to practice as closing time was fast approaching when I decided to try. I must say it's quite a thrill, addictive and satisfying like learning a new skill, accomplishing something or gaining a new experience. I hope to be back again soon to improve my FlowRider skills and I recommend anyone who is interested in trying a new fun watersport activity to get involved.  

    The FlowRider team is led and managed by well-known celebrity flowboarding champion Alfian Affandi (Singapore), who consistently ranks among the world's top flowboarders. Expect to see regional competitions, world championships and lifestyle events hosted in the near future showcasing Malaysian talents and heavyweights from the international world of flowboarding throughout the year.

    To book a ride, go online at www.flowrider1utama.com.my or just register over the counter at FlowRider's entrance at :

    LG Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 
    Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 
    47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    Operation hours:
    10am - 10pm (Sun-Thurs)
    10am - 10.30pm (Fri & Sat)
    Tel: 03-77100833
    FB & IG: @FlowRider1Utama

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