Sunday, July 31, 2011

.: Mushroom & Tomato Quiche :.

Presentation can be improved, but the taste is superb. 
Now, I should learn to bake the shortcrust pastry instead of using the ready made Kawanku puff pastry.Tee hee.
Recipe up in a bit.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

.: A Frillion? :.

Oh no, it isn't?
Looks like I may need to *coff*restate*coff* my earnings too!

Bah humbug, can't wait for my year end to end!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

.: Review : Organic Aid Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream :.

I honestly can’t get enough of my Organic Aid Vitamin E Facial Foam, so it is with much pleasure that I get a sample of Organic Aid Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream to compliment my said facial foam.

Organic Aid Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream contains natural Vitamin E and is non-comedogenic (which means it does not contain any ingredient proven to block pores aka non-occlusive) and hypo-allergenic (less likely to cause allergic reaction). Organic Aid Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream is said to benefit one skin by enhancing the skin elasticity which tones and smoothes out fine wrinkle. It also soothes and refreshes dry, irritated skin as well as protects skin against sun and wind. Because it is rich with Vitamin E, it is also beneficial in moisturizing and nourishing dry skin by retaining and enhancing the skin’s moisture balance without the greasy feel.

Now, I am one who has dry skin, hence it is important to me to have a GOOD moisturizer that prevents my skin from further drying and flaking, especially more so with the fact that I spend at least 20 hours in an air conditioned room/car. I have tried at least 4 different brands of moisturizer (on a long run) and a couple of dozens of sample packs and have never stuck to one because I am still in search of a good moisturizer that suits my skin.

And then there was Organic Aid Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream and I do have very high expectations of it, because of my positive review on Organic Aid Vitamin E Facial Foam.

After giving a good ol’ wash using the said facial foam, I opened the bottle of Organic Aid Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream. I was abit skeptical at first, because the texture looked very thick. My skepticism was amplified when I dipped my fingers into the pot and the thick-looking cream felt even thicker and creamier than it looked. I proceed to rub the cream in between the palm of my hands, and massage the cream gently onto my face, half heartedly at that. Was I pleasantly surprised that the cream absorbed very well into my skin, and left no traces of oiliness and greasiness that I earlier feared. No, I didn’t have to worry about walking around looking like I’ve slobbered oil all over my face.

Again, like the facial foam, I love that the scent of this moisturizing cream is very naturally light and natural fragrance, which I just can’t help but fall in love! Best of all, it did a great job keeping my skin moist and dry minus the grease and oiliness and the effect last for the whole day (didn’t even bother ‘topping up’). 

I am overall very pleased with Organic Aid Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream, and it comes very highly recommended! It is retailing at major pharmacies or hypermarket for an affordable RM14.90.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

.: 100 Things That Makes Me Happy :.

Nineth part to the ten part series

81. McD chocolate sundae (with warm fries – extra yummeh, but so not good for the tummeh!)

82. Playgrounds (swing, swing, swing)

83. Kites high in the sky!'

84. Traffic-free road! Wheeeeeeee

85. Playing the piano (tho I’m no good, I find pleasure in bangin those keys) *hmm, sounds so wrong*

86. Skipping *skippadidodah*

87. BBQs

88. Nursery rhymes (including those modified/dirtified ones!)

89. 7-11 Slurpee (extra sugar dose & brain freeze!)

90. Snail mail (I heart!)

*credit of pictures given to the respective owners*

Friday, July 22, 2011

.: To Strip Down :.

My vision for life in my twenties is to “strip down”- getting rid of unnecessary items and issues. Even people. But to travel light. To its bare necessities. Not accumulating baggage. Whether physical or otherwise. But to live a simple stripped down life.

- Ee May : Love Life, Live Life -
She just took the words right out of my mind.!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

.: Cinema Patron Pet Peeves :.

So I was reading an article by Time Out KL (TOKL) about annoying cinema behaviors (read here). Don’t you just hate those annoying cinema-goers that just gets on your nerves everytime? Well, here is my very own Top 5 list.

The Ringer (Y U NO SILENT PHONE!?)

This has got to be my top cinema pet peeves. I just don’t get it. There are reminders again and again to switch off your phone or leave it on silent. Why do they not get it? To top that up, instead of immediately switching it off and quietly texting the person on the other line that they are in the cinema now and will call back later or something to that line, there are those very few who answers the phone and carries out a conversation as tho as they are in a coffee shop, not a cinema.

Phone conversation goes something like this
“Harlowww…Harloww ah? Can you hear me ah?”
“Yalor, noisy here la, coz in cinema”
“Hai lor, watching Kung Fu Panda”
”Oh. neber mine can tok tok to you now, not fighting scene oso”
“Ya lo. ching chong, ling long, ting tong….Woakay! Bai!”

Irritates the life out of me!


These are the ones who shake their legs again and again like a woodpecker drilling holes into the wood. First, you give them a polite smile, hoping that they take the hint. NO. Then you look again and give a growl. No hint taken there too. You will be in your seat and being shaken almost to a 15 on a Richter scale. Like please stop vibrating! No, I am not getting turned on if you must know why I am flustering! Tsk!


Ok, being stuck in a crowded place, you will encounter those few who have really bad BO. But in a normal crowded place, you can choose to move away. But in the cinema, you fate is sealed the moment your cinema tickets are printed at the counter. So, if you’re like really unlucky, you will have Mr or Ms BO sitting strategically in front of you, back of you or diagonal to you. It gets worse everytime they move, because it means taking a whiff of their BO. I mean, there are people who have BO. Which is not too bad, but what I just can’t stand is those extremely extremely bad that they smell like they carried the whole farm with them or like they just ran from the gym or something. At least the basic hygiene, that’s all I ask of you! But please don’t over do it and come out wearing wayyyyyyy too much perfume or cologne too!


These are the ones that repeat lines after lines as if we (the audience) didn’t understand the movie. If it is to a partner who is old or to a lil kid, I can acceptably forgive. But no, they usually come alone without a partner (and you wonder why), thinking that they can do a better huskier version of George Clooney. Sorry la unker, no buying it la!


I just hate it when these people make a ‘grand entrance’ like really really late into the show. No, not talking about the five to ten minutes late (again, acceptably forgivable), but those that comes in like thirty minutes into the movie. Like seriously? And, I don’t know if it’s Murphy Law or what, but they usually have a place right in the middle of the cinema, so they have to walk thru a row of at least 10 seated people to get to their place. Like seriously! One case I have personally experience is this couple, who came in from one end of the door, walked thru a couple of people, right to the middle, only to realize that their seats are like the other end of the cinema. Like SERIOUSLY? -.-

What are your cinema pet peeves?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

.: Plus To Google+ ? :.

Think I should register just to see what the hype is all about! :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

.: Plastic Bag :.

Is there really a chance to start over again?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

.: I Am Not Happy, Bob :.

Ok, so I’m usually never this pissed at her.

Blame it on my meds.

Blame it on my stress.

Blame it on my PMS.

But I am not happy, Bob. Not happy.

Don’t ask me why.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

.: Scrabble Pendant : Starmek Creations :.

Big squishy hugz to Simple for hosting this giveaway & another bigger squishier hugz to Shalini of Starmek Creations for this lovely pendant!

Shalini sells Scrabble Tile Pendants, Jewelry and Necklaces (Custom and Wholesale).  These necklaces are unique, fun and most definitely affordable. Shalini has designs for bridal, friends, mom, niece, aunt, daddy, birthdays, weddings and wholesale.

The scrabble tile pendant is made using a wooden scrabble game piece and a high quality paper image. They make great gifts for wedding shower, bridesmaid, mothers day, party/wedding favours, personal gifts and special occasions. The pendant can also be personalized so you can have pics of your partner, kids, pets or even yourself on this unique pendant.

Like what you see? There's plenty more designs where that came from. Hop over to Starmek Creations and check 'em out!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

.: Eggs in Purgatory :.

I am really not sure of the history behind the name of this dish, but what I do know that it is a dish where fresh eggs are cracked (whole) onto a simmering tomato based sauce.

There are plenty of variations of this recipe, from a simple tomato base to a slightly more rich tomato-based sauce that have sliced bell pepper or avocadoes or onions or capers or artichokes or any combinations of those listed. Then of course, you can choose to add complimentary fresh herbs - the basils, the cilantros, whatever tickles your fancy. And lastly, it’s topped with a sprinkle of cheddar or parmesan (or you may even want to flood it with it). Then of course there’s also the method of cooking, some simmering the sauce under a slow fire, while the sauce cooks the egg or baked in the oven in an oven-proof dish.

What did I do?

Well, here is a very heavily modified recipe. Because I reached home at 9pm yesterday. And because I was craving for something with eggs. And because I have some bread left in the fridge. And because I’m cooking for one pax.

Well, here’s to all the because.

Lazy’s Version of Eggs in Purgatory 

1 egg
1 clove of garlic
4 tablespoonful of spaghetti sauce (tomato based of course)
Some chili flakes, salt and pepper to taste
Slices of day old bread

1. Lightly fry some finely chopped garlic with some olive oil in a non stick pan. Turn off the fire. Scoop all of the garlic and place it onto a ramekin. Leave behind the olive oil.
2. Add the spaghetti sauce into the ramekin.
3. Season with chili flakes, salt and pepper. Mix well.
4. Crack the egg into the ramekin.
5. Put it in a steamer and steam for about 4 mins or so, until the egg white solidifies, but don’t overdo it, coz we still want the egg yold runny.
6. Sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese on the top.
7. Toast the bread on the pan that has the olive oil, it will give the bread a nice crisp with a nice garlicky flavour. (I only did this via the pan coz I don't have an oven toaster with me, and to use the oven for a couple of slices of bread would be wasteful)
8. Use the bread, dip in and enjoy! Yummers!

I enjoyed it so much that I'm going to try it again in a more 'proper' and elaborate manner! I'm thinking canned tomatoes, bell pepper, fresh basil and perhaps free-range eggs. Mmmmmmm..........

Sunday, July 10, 2011

.: Church Bells Ringing :.

On one of those regular random (isn't it an oxymoron?) conversations I have with JC.

Kath : Did they ring the church bell* when we got married at St Mary?
JC : Yes, they did! That was the highlight of the day!
Kath : Haha, I thought the highlight of the day was marrying me?
*Long pause followed by laughter from JC*
JC : Church bell may be the highlight of the day, but marrying you is the highlight of my life!

Close one JC, real close!

*We got married at St Mary's Cathedral, and had the privilege of having the traditional church bell at the bell tower rung for us right before the wedding march. It's a privilege because not many churches in Malaysia have a traditional bell tower!

Beautiful interior of the Cathedral we got married in!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

.: ESMERIA Organic Skincare :.

A skincare range that not only thinks bout YOU (i.e. pure, natural & organic product for your delicate skin), but because it is organic, it thinks also about the FUTURE GENERATION. Afterall we have not inherited the Earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children! For the love of our skin, love of beauty & nature, love our Earth - choose Esmeria! -Kathlynn-

ESMERIA is a range of skincare products truly inspired by nature. ESMERIA brings together Bio Actives from the farthest reaches of our abundant earth; from the driest deserts to the mysterious seas, to boost the skin's natural renewal, repair and protection processes. These Bio Actives are key to making our products as effective, if not more effective than traditional skin care products.

Their product ranges from face care, body & bath care and hair & scalp care. ESMERIA is 100% organic (it's the first EcoCert certified organic skincare developed in Malaysia) and is available in countries like Malaysia, UK & Singapore. ESMERIA skincare range caters for all skin type and because it is formulated with organic ingredient, it is the answer to any sensible, earth friendly, natural beauty's search for a skincare range that keeps it real! Products are available in three ranges;

At such an affordable price (for an organic product, mind you) ESMERIA is definitely easy on your pocket. ESMERIA is available in Caring Pharmacy, Vitacare Pharmacy, Justlife Store and a host of organic stores in Malaysia. Come end August, it will be available at Watson's & SHIN's outlet nationwide. You may want to check it out!

Note : A big thanks to Plusizekitten for organising ESMERIA Organic giveaway! I am one of the lucky three winners to win a set of ESMERIA Organic range, consisting of Prickly Pear Cleansing Gel, Prickly Pear Facial Scrub, Prickly Pear Balancing Toner & Prickly Pear Moisturiser!

Friday, July 8, 2011

.: My Wedding (Cup)Cake :.

To cut cost, the cupcake tier was handmade (lotsa xoxo to Uncle Albert) & the top cake was DIYed (a nice matching fondant cake would have cost RM150, so I decided to DIYed mine for a small fraction of the cost - say RM10? Not perfect, but still look presentable no?)

On the other hand, savings on the cupcake tier is approximately RM150 minimum for something I would only use say once, at most twice?

If you're not a fussy bride or frugal (like me) just use your creativity to cut corners here & there. Honestly, it's more special to know that you have DIYed your own! And looking back at my wedding pics, I am so greatful & thankful to all those who have contributed in many many big & lil ways.  Like my mom for handsewing my ring bearer pillow. Like Uncle Albert for this cupcake tier. Like Tammie for the pic on my church invitation card. And lil Rach & Tammie for the wishing tree. I heart them all so very much!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

.: McDonalds Mid Week Special : Double Cheeseburger :.

Lovin' Mid Month Special is back
This time, it’s the duolicious tower of juicy beef & cheese

Double Cheeseburger (ala carte only)
On 11 to 13 July 2011
11am - 12 midnight

Just print out the coupon below (photocopies allowed) and redeem it at your nearest McDs restaurant

I’m Lovin It!
(and I’m sure you’re lovin it too)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

.: Dandruff Be Gone :.

I have had dandruff problems for as long as I could remember. Sad!

It is usually quite manageable, but of late, it has been getting worse.

My scalp itches most of the time, and the dandruff flakes are getting more and more. The more I scratch, the more it flakes and the more I injure my scalp.

I reckon it is because of stress, and yes, because of work problems & because of off-work problems, I am having sleepless nights of late. A snoring husband doesn’t help.

So, before my dandruff problems become more severe – my mom suggested that I use some prescribed anti-dandruff shampoo she got from our family doctor.

I tried it one day, and lo and behold – the flaking actually got worse!

I was so agitated, as I was not only flaking, but the itch is really getting to me. So, I decided to try a traditional natural remedy – apple cider vinegar.

What I did was took some apple cider vinegar and rub it on my scalp all over. There was a pain sensation on areas that I have scratched so bad that it was injured, but it’s much bearable than the annoying itch. The itch stopped almost immediately. I took a towel and wrapped my hair into a turban as I catch the downloaded Criminal Mind series (thanks to bff Dominic Shiu Mun Keith *private joke*) on TV (Yes, I finally have a TV – tho it’s a hand-me-down-comes-with-the-huge-TV-cabinet, it better than nothing huh?)

I rinsed my hair with warm water (apparently hot water damaged one’s hair) and lather a bit of shampoo coz I didn’t really like the smell. Some site says that the smell would go off, but I just couldn't bear with it, so I decided to rinse it off with a lil bit of shampoo. And guess what – IT WORKS! No more flakes, no more itch! One happy Kath!

So if any of you encounter similar problem as I did, try out this technique before throwing good ol’ hard earn cash in an expensive bottle of medicated shampoo.

P/S : Apparently it helps with thinning/falling hair also, but since it is acidic, it is advised not to use it so frequently, about once a week will do. Will try it out for the next couple of time and see if it really works!

.: Mr Popper's Penguin :.

So the bff (big-fat-friend) Ben & I watched Mr. Popper’s Penguin last night at GSC One Utama.

The movie stars Mr. Funnyman Jim Carrey as a successful businessman who’s life priority in life is all screwed up (cliché cliché). He then inherits 6 penguins – and, obviously at the end he learn from ‘em penguins a valuable lesson bout life (cliché cliché). I am not in for the whole movie storyline – just way too much clichés. But you have gotta love some of the lame jokes that Jim Carrey cracks – he is just so expressive when he crack those lame jokes that you jus gotta laugh out loud!

Cute penguins, tho I reckon that the penguins in Happy Feet 2 is way cuter.

A show that the kids would definitely enjoy more than the adults, IMHO.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

.: Wedding Album : In Progress :.

I must admit, this whole creative, photo arrangements for my wedding album is more tougher that consolidations & group eliminations.

I am still halfway thru my church ceremony, have not even looked at the dinner ceremony yet.

Gosh, this is sooooooo very tiring.

Someone help? Anyone?

Monday, July 4, 2011

.: Sugarbabes : Ugly :.

When I was 7
They said I was strange
I noticed that my eyes and hair weren't the same
I asked my parents if I was OK
They said you're more beautiful
And that's the way they show they wish
They had your smile
So my confidence was up for a while
I got real comfortable with my own style
I knew that they were only jealous cos

People are all the same
And we only get judged by what we do
My personality reflects me
And if I'm ugly then
So are you
So are you

There was a time when I felt like I cared
That I was shorter than everyone there
People made me feel like life was unfair
And I did things that made me ashamed
Cos I didn't know my body would change
I grew taller than them in more ways
But there will always be the one who will say
Something bad to make them feel great

People are all the same
And we only get judged by what we do
My personality reflects me
And if I'm ugly then
So are you
So are you

People are all the same
And we only get judged by what we do
My personality reflects me
And if I'm ugly then
So are you
So are you

Everybody talks bad about somebody
And never realises how it affects somebody
And you bet it won't be forgotten
Envy is the only thing it could be

Cos people are all the same
(The same, the same)
And we only get judged by what we do
(What we do, yeah, yeah)
My personality reflects me
And if I'm ugly then
(Yeah, you)
So are you
So are you

People are all the same
(Oh, oh, oh)
And we only get judged by what we do
(What we do, yeah)
My personality reflects me
And if I'm ugly then
(Yeah, so are you)
So are you
So are you

Friday, July 1, 2011

.: Day One of Year End :.

Murphy pulled a fast one on me.

My boss had a bad slip disk & is now instructed by the doctor to stay in bed for a long time.


I need not say more.

.: My Eyes, My Photos, My Work :.

Both my eyes are red & teary again, I reckon it’s (another) infection i.e. conjunctivitis. Sigh, I have no eye deer why it happens so frequently!

Anyways, I was struggling to learn how to use an online photo album tool to create my own wedding album. The thing is, Tammie was suppose to help me over her holidays back in May, but somehow, things were dragged and before you know it, her semester started. Now, loaded with assignment & project deadlines, she passed the baton to me.

Now, if you known me a lil better, I have absolutely zero artistic sense. Yes, zero! Nada! Zilch! I phail-ed my arts back in primary and secondary school when it comes to practical weekly submission of artwork and my only saving grace was the theory bit of it.

So, there I was, struggling to use (quite simplified) photo book tool, while trying to squeeze whatever creative juices I have (if any) to arrange the pics in a 11” x 8.5” forty pager photo album which I got it for a discount btw! Only RM64 instead for a package valued at RM 256, that’s like a 75% off! Anyways, I reckon I will exceed the 40 minimum pages, but its ok, coz it’s like only a RM 3.20 per additional page, so I reckon that this is quite a deal! :)

I digress.

Anyways, I was frustrated and all stressed out over the whole thing last night, as I tried to arrange & play with the tools. I tried to look at some wedding photo albums for some ideas on how to arrange the pictures. I don’t want it to be too sparse that it’s a waste of page, but neither do I want to cram everything in rows of 3 or 4 looking like a production line of old fashion photo album. Sigh.

To make things even more frustrating, my year end peak is near *gasp*. I really can’t breathe because I am just so worried that something big explodes right before year end (don’t you just hate when the management just love to ‘cramp’ all those fancy smancy derivatives/instruments or mergers/demergers right before year end! Management, Y U NO wait until after year end? Yerrrrrrrrrrr………!). A few major transaction already took place, thank god the clock stop ticking midnight of June 30th (that's like two hours ago!)

Sigh, I don’t like to rant bout work, but I just need at outlet to release some frustration!

Anyways, that’s all bout my eyes, my photos & my work!
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