About The Blogger

My name is Tammy Lim and I am an award winning blogger from Top 10 Malaysia Magazine and Cleo Malaysia Magazine. I have been blogging since 2008 and I am also the founder of a local Malaysian beauty & lifestyle 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 Award
  • Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia Award
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia

  • Japan Beauty Trend: Onsen Hair Spa


    the Japanese enjoys a healthy bath by going to the onsen
    (onsen = hotsprings bath place)

    I like to try new beauty stuffs whenever I can and there's this particularly one which I have tried early this year but took the longest time to blog about is the introduction of soda spas and CO2 hair wash in salons that's operated or influence by Japanese culture. From the healthy benefits of soaking in an onsen now your hair gets to be onsen-fied too.

    Buy 1 Free 1 Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

    I haven't got my salary and the #mycybersales a.k.a Malaysia Cyber Sales is already out! OMG and my favourite sleeping mask is for sale at buy 1 free 1! Althea already sells them cheap and now you pay RM90 to get two sleeping masks. Just add into cart, it shows RM180 but discount will be rebated when you check out of your shopping cart! Only from 28/9 - 2/10.

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    All You Need To Know About SK-II's Beauty Bound Asia


     all you need to know about the Beauty Bound Asia competition

    I'm so sad that I didn't join the SK-II Beauty Bound Asia Youtube competition that went on in August (screams & throw pillows) but I'm happy seeing my fellow blogger sisters joining the competition and most of them got into the semi-finals! Of all beauty brands, you wouldn't have imagine luxury skin care brand SK-II would embark on a online beauty talent search to find the top beauty content creator from South East Asia. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be recognise and learn from the best beauty gurus on youtube like Michelle Phan and work with beauty brands #youtubecinderella.

    Hey Look Ma! I sat in a JAGUAR!


    the day I got lucky with a Jaguar!
    (saja letak logo to make it look cool)

    Remember I blog about GrabCar's August Merdeka promotion where rides would be 31% off and lucky passengers might have a chance to ride in luxury cars released by Grab Car for FREE to their booked destination? I was one of the lucky passengers who got a JAGUAR driver *yippeee jumps up and down like maniac*. That Saturday morning, I think it was nearly the end of August I decided to go shopping at Avenue K H&M (because they have H&M home, I wanted to see if I could deco my room). I booked GrabCar (economy) and suddenly a big nice shiny silver car arrive in 10mins.

    Ultrasonic Platinum Review Number 76 Style Mont Kiara


    this month's candy for readers

    Last month I facebook a selfie of myself that looks like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. My hair was frizzy, dry and damage after the constant bleaching and colouring (three times) this year. I think Number 76 Style saw my pic and decided to take pity on me by inviting me to review their newly upgraded Ultrasonic Platinum treatment which is a better treatment than the Ultra Sonic Iron that I tried in May. Recommended for all hair types, especially those with dry, fussy, frizzy and damage hair due to frequent colouring / perming services.

    Estee Lauder Pink Charity Ride 2015


    Estee Lauder Pink Charity Ride 2015
    Click Here To Register

    Wow... every year Estee Lauder comes up with the usual pink tower walkathon and this year it's something different! They're all going for a 12km pink ride from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka to Mid Valley back. The rides starts from 6.45am and everyone will be wearing a pink t-shirt cycling into the city. OMG I think this is so cool actually. I have signed up already ^___^

    Test Shots Using HTC INK (One M9) Camera


    can you believe these were taken with a phone?

    Finally I said goodbye to my HTC Desire Eye phone and switch to the HTC Ink which is a limited edition model of the HTC One M9+ featuring an unique tattoo design by Cally Jo. The face of HTC Ink's commercial is none other than Jourdan Dun. What I love about the HTC Ink is that it embraces art, design and individuality. As a person who appreciates design and creativity, I find this inspiring and beautiful. I now now a proud owner of the gold HTC Ink, the only one available in Malaysia. Throwing away my cameras to experiment and create my own photographs using just the HTC Ink (One M9+) to show how you can embrace life with just one phone alone.

    Check out my first few photographs (above) done using this phone. It was captured around 6pm outside my balcony floor on a piece of white paper.




    Calling all Narsissist. You're going to love the latest two eye products released by NARS this Fall 2015. Introducing the Audacious Mascara and Kohliner now available at all NARS boutique in Malaysia. I had the first hand to try the products at NARS first flagship boutique in the heart of the city. Located at concourse of KLCC, opposite MAC Cosmetics. The 3rd NARS boutique is designed with sleek and sharp lines by Founder and Creative Director Fran├žois Nars and Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron.

    Superdry Pavillion KL VIP Day

    retail therapy bulan September

    Last Tuesday, the gang and I went to Superdry's VIP Day at Pavillion, KL. The shop was closed just for VIP members to enjoy shopping after the emcees introduce the highlights of the day which is 20% storewide discount but it was not applicable for any other in-store promotions or to be used with your membership card benefits. The in store promotion was RM50 OFF RM250 and RM100 OFF RM450 which was good until I found out it's not a off your purchase promotion. The RM50/RM100 is a voucher given for your next purchase so that deterred a lot of us from going all the way. It would have been super if the 20% can be used together, then I would've shopped over RM450.

    I DIED Laughing at Korea's Best Comedy Group Ong-Als (KLICFEST)


    not to be missed Ong-Als from Korea

    If you're a fan of stand up comedy be sure to catch the KL Comedy Festival this weekend by buying tickets from TicketPro. You can also get day passes which enables you to catch a day's shows (anywhere listed anytime) from Kuala Lumupur International Comedy Festival (KLICFest) FB page.  The shows would be held at Black Box (Publika), White Box (Publika),The Bee (Jaya One), Crackhouse Comedy Club (TTDI), Manhattan Ballroom, Berjaya Hotel (KL) from 16th Sept - 23rd Sept, 2015. Don't miss it! Guarantee to make you laugh like hell.

    Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival 2015


    the KL International Comedy Festival
    16 Sept - 23rd Sept, 2015

    OMG I am such a happy girl. Just working from home, I lost track of time and suddenly I realise it's already DAY 2 of the KL International Comedy Festival! GOSHHH but nvm.. I know which dates I'm going for already after attending the press conference last month with Harith Iskandar and 6 renowned comedians who made us the media laugh with their introductions at Berjaya Times Square Hotel. The whole interview was held with a live video connecting the audience to the comedians on the big screen. It was such a pity that my favourite comedian Paul Ogata wasn't present for the interview! so I'm going to stalk him down at his shows on 20 (the grand finale at Berjaya Hotel), 21 and 22 September at Publika and The Bee respectively.

    My Romantic Bali Exploration 10D9N


    Santi Mandala Villa, Ubud

    Just so excited about going on my first romantic trip with my boyfriend (let's call him G). It's just so weird calling him my boyfriend. Is there a not so intense word to use? beloved, darling, sweetheart? It's all new and exciting to me since he's my second boyfriend *blushes*. Sure I go on dates for the past year, but I never expected to fall in love again. The occasional crushes and likes are fine up till now and the thought of going into another relationship scares me. We will take it slow and easy, get to know each other and enjoy each other's companionship. Darn I sound like some old woman now.

    3.5 hectares hillside garden

     Santi Mandala Villas - Garden Villa

     the outdoor bathroom

    When I told G I'll be celebrating my birthday (year end) in either Korea or Bali. He asked why not go on a romantic trip together for my birthday. He said Bali would be perfect for me. I do love Bali, and I hope to relive Bali in another light, this time with someone special. We will be flying to Bali on Christmas day itself and be back after New Year's. This makes it a triple kill trip - Christmas, New Year and Birthday all together so we're going to make it count, not only in staying longer but also at beautiful places I picked out myself.

    We pretty much decided and booked accommodations for Day 1 - 3 (Kuta) and Day 6 - 10 (Ubud). Day 3 - 6 is not decided entirely. For the moment, G is going to research but it takes him ages to research and he's a very indecisive person so I made back up on Agoda (free cancellation) for a nice Balinese budget place called the Puri Kelapa Cottages. Only Rm500 for 4 nights stay :D 5 mins walk to Sanur beach. Surrounded by eateries and bars, heard it's cheaper there than Kuta / Seminyak beach areas.

     Kuta - Bali Prime Villas

    Kuta - Bali Prime Villas "Pool Villa"

    Kuta - Bali Prime Villas

    While I'm still researching what to do, where to go and if we both die of boredom? (my bff says why are we staying so long, we'll be bored there). Thinking of all the possibilities and making this the ultimate Bali trip, I came up with an itinerary for a 10D9N Bali exploration.  Here's what I planned out so far covering must see places in Bali from West, East, South and North region. Comments are welcome! Nothing is set in stone yet except for staying in Kuta and Ubud.

    Day 1


    Reaching just in time for check in at Bali Prime Villas, I booked a private pool vila that look just like The Banjaran Hotsprings, Tambun (Ipoh). Though from the pictures it seems like a beautiful replicate, I hope it lives up to it's reviews. Located at a quiet area, out of Kuta's busy night life situated in between Seminyak & Kuta. The Villa provides free shuttles to the nearest Seminyak Beach and Kuta town. I think it's great that we have the best of both world to explore for the next 3 days.

    Free & Easy
    Seminyak Beach
    Kuta town

    Meals :                   
    Accommodation :     Bali Prime Villas

    Day 2


    Groupies greet the morning, and their driver, at 4am ready for a day of guided sightseeing. Enjoy the sunrise as you arrive at Lovina Beach, a chilled-out 12km coastal stretch to the west of Singaraja in Northern Bali. Take to a boat for a closer look at the scenic area and the pods of dolphins that call this part of the coast home. Refuel with an included breakfast before taking advantage of a unique opportunity to meet a dolphin for a memorable photo.

    4am - 2pm
    See the playful pods of dolphins at Lovina Beach in Northern Bali
    Get up close with the unique creature for a memorable photo opportunity
    Enjoy an included breakfast
    Marvel at the towering GitGit Waterfall, surrounded by lush rainforest
    Visit Bratan Lake and Kuning Temple

    Meals :                      Breakfast
    Accommodation :      
    Bali Prime Villas

     Day 3 


    Quietly tucked away in the midst of green surroundings, Puri Kelapa Garden Cottages is Natural, Serene & Peaceful. Puri Kelapa can be your home away from home. Equipped with pool and spa, the hotel is located in the heart of the traditional Sanur village and only 5mins walk away to the famous sunrise beach of Sanur. There's a lot of places to eat here that I hear is cheap and still not touristy like Kuta or Seminyak. 

    Check out
    Kuta town
    Check in Sanur
    Beach walk

    Meals :                      
    Accommodation :      
    Puri Kelapa Cottages

    Day 4


    An ocean sunset, cliff-top fire dance and stunning views of Bali’s legendary surf breaks are the three pluses of this tour. The actual highlight, though, is the Uluwatu Temple, one of the most spectacular Hindu temples along the Bali coastline. 

    Built by a high Hindu priest from East Java named Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 11th century, this beautiful temple is located atop a limestone cliff towering 90 meters above the Indian Ocean. Here, enjoy a performance of The Ramayana epic-based Kecak Dance with the majestic temple and sunset as its background, then continue on to a small fishing village at Jimbaran, where a seafood dinner will be served right on the beach, concluding the memorable evening.

    Nusa Dua BeachUluwatu Temple, Bali's famous cliff-top temple
    Kecak Dance, a dramatic performance with sunset as backdrop

    Jimbaran Seafood Dinner

    Meals :                      Breakfast
    Accommodation :     
    Puri Kelapa Cottages

     Day 5


    Bedugul and Tanah Lot Sunset Tour is an impressive experience to visit Ulundanu Temple with breathtaking view of Beratan Lake Bedugul and Wonderful Sunset At Tanah Lot Temple. Visit places interest in Bali like Taman Ayun Temple with Royal Family Temple.

    Tanah Lot temple is anyone will think about the beautiful sunset, awesome rocky beach, and graceful beachfront temple. Tanah Lot temple was built around sixteenth century, seeming like an islet surrounded by the sea. Particularly when it comes to sunset in Tanah Lot beach, you will be mesmerized by the magnificent view of the sun descending into the horizon. This concept of 3 temples has also influenced the smaller unit of Balinese settlement in the level called " Desa ". The temple as a whole is dedicated to the god of the sea.

    Mengwi royal family
    Ulun danu temple
    Beratan lake
    Tanah lot

    Meals :                      Breakfast
    Accommodation :      
    Puri Kelapa Cottages

    Day 6


    Breakfast at the hotel and maybe some sight seeing before Santi Mandala picks us up to Ubud. Santi Mandala Villa is a beautiful resort with traditional Balinese architecture on a 3.5 hectares hillside garden with rice paddies & tropical gardens. It's actually located near Sukawati, right by Ubud (25mins drive). Free shuttles 5 times a day to Ubud's cultural town. This is another place away from the busy town.

    Check out to Ubud
    Ubud exploration

    Meals :                      Breakfast
    Accommodation :      Santi Mandala Villa 

    Day 7

    New Year Eve - FREE & EASY

    I think everywhere will be so pack and traffic will be so bad. We'll explore the surround areas of this hillside garden. Rent a bike and cycle around this place. At night we will be having a New Year Eve Buffet with countdown and performances! Can't wait. 

    Meals :                      Breakfast, Dinner 
    Accommodation :      
    Santi Mandala Villa 

    Day 8


    First journey during east Bali tour is visiting the beautiful goa lawah temple or more known as the bat cave temple located near the beach, the unique in this temple is there a cave where thousand bat hanging up in the cave. Then continue the tour to visit the Tenganan village is the traditional village in east Bali which still used the old traditions, ceremonies and rules of ancient Balinese, and its unique village layout and architecture. The east bali tour continue to visit the Taman Ujung water palace, is beautiful water palace was built by King karangasem for recreation place for royal family and then we will stop at local restaurant for having lunch with Indonesian food, after lunch we will continue the east Bali Tour to visit the last site in this packages is the Tirta Gangga Park is the water palace with beautiful setting and the function was same like ujung water palace is for recreation park for royal family. Is great full day tour to east bali we offer to complete your journey in this amazing islands, the tour will using private car and English speaking Bali driver to make your more convenient during the amazing full day east Bali.

    Meals :                      Breakfast
    Accommodation :      
    Santi Mandala Villa 

    Day 9


    The best full day tour in Bali to visit Kintamani Village with breathtaking view of an active volcano and lake Batur from the top. Kintamani Tour will visit places of interest in Bali Starting from Tegalalang rice terrace, The holly Spring water of Tirta Empul, visit Coffee plantation and than Lunch at Kintamani at local restaurant with view volcano of mount Batur and lake Batur from distance.

    Batuan temple
    Tegallalang rice terrace
    Cofffee plantation
    Mount Batur/Kintamani
    Tirta empul

    Meals :                      Breakfast
    Accommodation :     
    Santi Mandala Villa 

    Day 10


    The last day is reserved for some peace and quiet. A "no drama day", perhaps a walk around the resort and take the resort shuttle to Ubud / Sukawati market exploring and eating. We have to be back at the resort so we can get our airport transfer to Denpasar to catch our flight at night.

    Meals :                      Breakfast
    Accommodation :      -

    Decorate Your Own BB Cushion Cover

    Althea's Cushion Cover Deco Step-by-Step Guide

    they even made a video to show how to!

    Sometimes I am surprised by Althea Korea's creativity to snatch our hearts away. Already they're killing me with their prices and pink beauty box, now they're having a promotion where if you buy a cushion cover they'll give you a deco parts kit with glue to decorate your bb cushion. I didn't know how cute this would be until I saw their step-by-step guide. Sure I know all this while, girls has been decorating every single shit they own - camera, handphone, lipstick, bags, etc. Bling it, stick it, washi tape it, paint it anything.

    The full light of how cute decorating your cushion cover didn't dawn on me until I see the pictures. Now I want one to personalise a cupcake, or candy covered BB cushion to show off *damn*. Althea strikes again. How many times will they drain my money?.

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    BOH Introduces BOH CHAM


    let's play masak masak with BOH

    to create a yummy new drink together

    and not gain weight from drinking it!
    (Stevia is a natural sweetener with zero calories)

    If you haven't heard, BOH came up with another sensational creation to keep their fans excited. By combining two of Malaysian favourite drinks; the Teh Tarik and the White Coffee into one authentic Malaysian drink called BOH Cham. Forget asking for Teh Tarik kurang manis as well because you won't need to worry about the calories with BOH Cham as it's formulated with a natural sweetener known to weight watchers as Stevia.

    P.S: If you're wondering about the posters, I did the posters to show what's BOH CHAM haha.

    My Name Was Stupid Fat Pig


    expressions of the self part 2

    Since young, I learnt never to expect anything from anyone and have empathy in life. It is with empathy that I can see through the darkest of all souls and a glimmer of light in each one. It is without holding on to expectations that I cannot be disappointed. I thank myself for having this two strengths in me because it has shape who I am today. Emotions are strength, food for the soul.

    A broken family at 10, days I eat only a simple meal, raised by a single mom, molested by my own relative, witness my stepfather abuse my mom, had an ex fiance who degraded me everyday for 13 years, and whom I gave up my education and future in Australia, for the one man that did not love me in the end.

    it was piggy, fat pig then stupid fat pig

    You would think I am stronger because of the pain of growing up. I wasn't but slowly, I did. What hurts the most was being called stupid fat pig by the one person whom you gave your heart to. What started as a teasingly funny nickname soon turned into a daily greeting accompanied with eyes that haunt you for years. I forgive him believing one day, he would call me baby again. He was going through depression from working, lost his job and wasn't working for nearly a year. While I was living and caring for him, we were strangers in the same home. He would ignore me, go out whenever he wants to. I should give him some space I said to myself. After all we are going to have a whole lifetime being married together. I didn't rush the wedding plans; the timing wasn't right with all that is happening.

    As I looked into the mirror at the end of my relationship with my first love, I was shocked at how I did become stupid fat pig in the end. My self-image, was shaved till I could no longer recognise myself.

    even the strong cries

    I said to myself, no more. Finally letting go of this man, who fell in love with a China girl on a business trip. I gave them my blessing for the better of us both. I did not make it hard for him. I left peacefully when I was asked to get the f*** out, cried my heart out at the home I helped built together, leaving empty handed. I remember hiding in the wardrobe, warm tears on my cheeks, clenching my fists over my heart. Praying to God to take the pain away. When I confronted him about the cheating affair with evidence, he denied it and said it was "none of my business". With those very words I finally was set free from the demons I grew myself.

    it's not weak, to be weak

    Empathy is a powerful reason for living. Things happened and some things happens for a reason, even before you know it. God has everything planned for everyone, and it takes a good deal of life, to get there. I am not who I am today, if it wasn't for all the experiences I went through. My life can't be unfold in a mere few sentences but it is the reason why I continue to feel for people. My passion to help and care for my friends, even strangers can be my weakness. I trust without trusting, I give without expecting anything back. While many don't believe there are people who genuinely want to make a better world out there, in paying it forward, in the greater good of people, there are people born out of life circumstances that do not see the world by merely materialistic wealth.

    Are you in a emotionally abusive relationship? Know how to spot the differences between being hurt and being love by reading my first expression here - behind the smile

    Some things, are priceless like friendships, kindness, compassion and understanding. I am grateful for all the support and friendship from everyone till now. For my friends who feel it's hard to keep going, uncertain of what the future holds for you, being hurt secretly behind closed doors. Don't give up and don't let anyone take you, away from you. Dedicating this song Weak by Daphne Koo to you.

    Weak by Daphne Koo

    It's hard to smile
    at my reflection,
    when I wake up, I wonder why
    all I see, are the imperfections.
    All the proof that i'm not alright.

    Oh and I confess
    that none of this makes sense,
    A new struggle everyday, ohhh
    But I know sometimes,
    we gotta be lost to find,
    to find our way
    don't be afraid

    Even the strong cry,
    when no one's looking
    we try not to scared on the outside,
    but I know that there's strength from the fall,
    it's not weak, to be weak at all.

    behind these eyes,
    a world is hiding
    where I feel safe, but so alone
    all my scars, they keep me fighting
    for a place I can call my own

    Oh and I confess
    that none of this makes sense,
    A new struggle everyday, ohhh
    But I know sometimes,
    we gotta be lost to find,
    to find our way
    don't be afraid

    Even the strong cry,
    when no one's looking
    we try not to scared on the outside,
    but I know that there's strength from the fall,
    it's not weak, to be weak at all.

    Drying Flowers For Potpourris Part 1


    red roses & pink roses

    hang your flowers in a drying area

    I subscribed to bloomthis for a month and my subscription has ended last Thursday *sob*. I don't think I will continue the subscription although I enjoyed getting surprised every Thursdays with fresh flowers but I have to save up for my Bali trip this year end!. Yes I'm going Bali for 10D9N with my boyfriend (smiles). It's a long distance relationship and while I don't know how this is going to work out, we are going to try :) and see where things goes.

    Anyway yes so my flowers, they're really beautiful for a few days but then they start dying and I don't have the heart to throw them away. Instead I tied them up loosely and dry them at my balcony, hanging down from my cycling bike. It takes a week or more to let them dry up, you can see the colours changing. Too much sunlight will destroy the colours, so be careful not to over dry them.

    I'll make nice potpourris out by Christmas to giveaway to my friends.  All I need is essential oils and another stage of "curing" them in the oils. 

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    Sephora GlamGlow FlashMud Workshop


     GlamGlow FlashMud Workshop with Talika

    It's been some time since I enrolled myself into a consumer workshop. I remember how much fun it is just to chillax and enjoy a workshop without worrying about taking every detail in thought and pictures from every corner. I did take pictures still but that's just for fun. So I was lucky enough to be able to join Sephora's GlamGlow FlashMud Workshop for Sephora Black Card members today. My session was at 3pm - 5pm and there was a morning session at 11am - 1pm at Chinoz by the Park, KLCC. Here's some pictures of the fun workshop today.

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