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

  • Balcony Bar Malaysia Review


    MCO has taught me, your home is your sanctuary
    so make it your very own oasis

    After a year of having a balcony bar in my extremely tiny garden, I decided to take up the option to upgrade it to a stronger and more durable, weather resistant Merbau wood from the seller Balcony Bar Malaysia for RM100. It was also just in time, because Baby G is returning from Ireland for a visit after being gone for almost three years. He'll absolutely, definitely love the idea of his own mini bar with a view up here!

    Curious what my old balcony bar looked like? Check out my first balcony bar reels here. Check out my IG reels! It went viral, with over 100k views during MCO. I know a few people who got it done after seeing mine, but I'm not sure if this helped the seller. He wasn't aware of the video getting so many views.

    time to upgrade my "wood" haha

    the seller came to install the upgrade and I got a free cover as well

    the wood's nicer, and darker! I love it

    see my happy face! thx to the seller for snapping these pics for me

    and this is how it looks like in a updated video!

    The seller has expanded to larger and larger bars now. Mine is his standard start size. I was lucky to get mine when he started during MCO. Back then, the price was around RM250–RM300, but the wood was not as good. As a result of customer feedback, he has upgraded it to Merbau, and prices begin at RM350. Existing customers can get an upgrade for RM100. Simply contact the seller again! I am not sure how long his upgrade offer will stand, so do it quick.

    sunrise at my tiny balcony

    I did a lot of online and Shopee research, but I couldn't find anything that struck the right balance between looking good and being affordable. I was also hesitant to have something large and bulky shipped from another country without knowing the quality. This balcony bar is the best I've seen for the price point and design. The design is simple, smooth, and minimalist, which fits into any theme at home. It can also be installed on either straight or curved balcony railings. Mine is a curved one. It can be installed and uninstalled on your own, or you can get the seller to do it for a nominal fee.

    Balcony Bar Malaysia is one of the affordable balcony bars in Malaysia. While everything now can be source or purchase from Shopee (mostly from China) it would be great if we can support our very own local makers, crafters and small business to grow our people in Malaysia. 

    The seller can be reached via wasap 

    IG : https://www.instagram.com/balconybar.my/
    FB : https://www.facebook.com/balconybar.my

    Loccitane Big Little Things


    don't waste your second chances

    During the MCO you've probably decluttered or accumulated many wastes but what can you do with them? In my What To Do During MCO post, I have shared that you could go to recycling centers for your recyclables. For clothes, you could donate or recycle them at H&M's fashion recycling program and in return get a 15% discount card for your next single item purchase.

    If you're a beauty enthusiast, then you might want to check out your local beauty stores for their recycling program. One particular program that I am fond of is L'Occitane's Big Little Things recycling program in partnership with I-CYCLE Malaysia, a local solutions provider of waste separation and recycling.

    This is also the first recycling program for L'Occitane and if I'm not mistaken, it started in Malaysia? If that is correct, I really applaud the team for starting this sustainable initiative to help locals understand the importance of now throwing their plastics away and reducing plastic pollution in the world.

    There is hope for plastics after all and also a reward for those who start!

    L'Occitane's Big Little Things
    *last updated Feb 2023

    So How Does The Program Work?
    1. Find your closest store that accepts the recycling program (not all stores does it) *refer to list at the bottom of this post.
    2. Bring your empties, they must be qualified empties. Please refer to the list of accepted empties in this post. For disqualified empties, it will still be accepted just no stamp would be given.
    3. For every qualified empty, you receive a stamp on your e-reward page online. Once you collected the number of stamps needed to redeem a reward, you'll get the item from the store during or at your next visit.
    * An account will be created for you using your phone number. There you can check your stamp collection and recycling journey as well as the rewards.

    Ok, I'm interested! So what kind of empties are considered qualified? Well, you're in luck because the brand accepts any beauty brands! Accepted Packaging. The friendly store team will filter and check your empties when you bring it in and get your phone number to update your e-reward page where your stamps are shown in the rewards history page. A detailed list is shared here for your easy reference.
    1. Beauty packaging such as makeup remover bottles and pumps, fragrances bottles and pumps, and deodorant sticks.
    2. Skincare packaging such as face care packaging, refill pouches, and dispensers and tubes for shower gels, facial cleansers, and body lotions.
    3. Haircare packaging such as pumps and caps from shampoo and conditioner bottles, hair care dispensers and containers, hair product trigger heads, and refill pouches.

    Tip: For tubes, just cut the end of the tube to clean inside out and let dry. 

    The following accepted list may change by time. Do double check the official website for updates!

    Face Care
    All types of face moisturizers (cream, gel, balm, fluid & etc): 50ml & above
    All types of face cleanser: 125ml and above
    All face scrub: 50ml & above
    All types of face mask (except sheet mask): 50ml & above
    All types of face toners (Emulsion, lotion, softener, tonic, acid toner & etc): 150ml & above
    All types of make-up removers (cleansing oil, cleansing balm, micellar water & etc): 100ml & above
    All types of boosters, treatment, serum, essence or face oil: 30ml & above
    (We accept L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil 15ml)
    All types of face and body sunscreens: 30ml & above
    All types of face mists (face spray & hydrating mist): 50ml & above
    All types of eye care products (cream, gel, balm & etc): 15ml & above
    All types of shaving & after shave products: 75ml & above

    Body Care
    All types of shower & bath products (including baby products): 250ml & above
    All types of shower, shampoo & conditioner refill packs: 500ml & above
    All types of body moisturizers (including baby products): 200ml & above
    Body Oil: 100ml & above
    Body Scrubs: 200ml & above
    Deodorants & antiperspirants: 50ml & above
    Colognes, Eau de Toilettes, Eau de Parfum & Parfum: 50ml & above

    Hand Care
    Hand & foot creams: 30ml & above
    Hand wash: 300ml & above
    Hand scrubs: 75ml & above
    Hand sanitizers: 65ml & above

    Hair Care
    Hair shampoo & conditioner bottles: 250ml & above
    Hair masks: 200ml & above
    All types of hair leave-in treatments: 100ml & above
    (Note: Hair dye and hair styling products are NOT accepted)

    Pillow mist: 100ml & above
    Candle jars: 140g & above

    Kindly note that we do not accept health and beauty supplement bottles and makeup products such as collagen bottles, eyeshadow palette, foundation, lip gloss, lip balm and etc. Hair styling products, toothpaste, mouth wash, feminine wash, nail polishes, nail polish removers, eye lotions, eye drops, ampoules, as well as any beauty product in an aerosol can.

    *IMPORTANT* You need to clean and dry your empties. If there's grease, dirt, oily, cream it will not be accepted. Recycling is a two-way effort, you can't just bring and expect them to do the rest and get a reward. Do your part in recycling from home. Let's make this a greener world for everyone!

    List of Participating Stores

    Ten Stores in Klang Valley

    1) 1Utama (Petaling Jaya)
    2) Sunway Pyramid (Petaling Jaya)
    3) Suria KLCC (Kuala Lumpur)
    4) The Gardens (Kuala Lumpur)
    5) Pavilion (Kuala Lumpur)
    6) Sogo (Kuala Lumpur)
    7) Bangsar Village II (Kuala Lumpur)
    8) IOI City Mall (Putrajaya)
    9) Setia City Mall (Shah Alam)
    10) NU Sentral (KL)
    11) Bangsar Shopping Centre (KL)
    12) The Curve
    13) Pavilion Bukit Jalil (KL)
    14) Mid Valley (KL) COMING SOON

    Six Stores in Outstation

    1) Gurney Plaza (Penang)
    2) Queensbay Mall (Penang)
    3) Gurney Paragon (Penang)
    4) Southkey Megamall (Johor)
    5) Aeon Tebrau (Johor)
    6) East Coast Mall (Kuantan)
    7) Mahkota Parade (Melaka)
    8) The Spring Kuching (Sarawak)
    9) The Spring Kuching (Sarawak)
    10) Imago KK Time Square (Sabah)
    11) Suria Sabah (Sabah)

    thank you L'Occitane for creating such a cool program for us!

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