March 26, 2020

My life during the Malaysia MCO 25/3 - 14/4/2020

Day12  Sunday  29th March 2020





A super productive day for me! 
1.       Online teaching
2.       Prepared material to record teaching video. As in like I am talking to them, and they are looking at their learning materials.  (It has taken around 5 hours of my time only for a 30 mins video), Planned to do 2 videos. But only managed to finish one.
3.       Workout
4.       Practised toastmaster Ice-breaker speech, recorded then sent to my mentor.
5.       Hubby went out to shop for 14-day groceries , which I doubt we can finish those groceries before then lor.

Note to self:   No time for reading. Woi….must squeeze in time for reading!! No matter what!


How productive I am?
I don't even have a good 5 mins to really talked to my husband even though we are both in the same house. I kept myself in my room to do recording. I only went out for toilet only. Except when we both were having lunch or dinner then only we have time to talk.

1.       No time for reading. Woi….must squeeze in time for reading!! No matter what!


Day 11 Sat - 28th March 2020 


A busy day for me , though things were not arranged back to back, but I hardly feel like I have the chance to rest in between. Anyway, I am grateful that I get to work during this MCO. It's better to be busy than to be free. 

1. Online teaching 
2. Meeting with my boss - discuss about the content , standard to be uploaded in Google classroom 
3. No time for workout 
4. So tired,  I am sleepy as I am typing now 
5. Continue to compile teaching materials. 
6. Recorded a few scripts for listening test
7. Toastmaster speech rehearsal + meeting up with my mentor. 
8. Hubby made ABC soup today! 




Day 10 Friday - 27th March 2020 

1. Workout
2. Ordered food delivery 'Dah Makan'
3.Watched 'Easy A' , it's not a great movie with interesting plot, it's consider teen genre movie. I watched it because Emma Stone is the leading actress.
4.Watched 'Now you see me 2' for twice , not because I was too free, because I believed many of you got illusion-ed also as you watch, so I re-watch again to answer the WHY in my brain.

  - Japanese Curry Chicken Rice - Awesome! and very savoury and fulfilling! 

-Mac n Cheese! - I love to eat Mac & cheese, but this Mac n Cheese here could be more cheesy. what turned out unexpectedly delicious is the 4 giant chicken meat ball with tomato puree sauce, it was extraordinarily good! 

Hawaii Chicken Pizzagne - It was very creamy, and very kao, thus even 2 people might not be able to finish it. 

Day 9 - Thursday 26th March 2020 

1. Workout
2. Cooked
3. Lesson preparation
4. Tired/Sleepy
5. Walking around in the house, take nice photos for my instagram feed. Why?  I want to archive every of my 28 days. It will be a history.

It could be very insignificant to mention. Today is the day that my husband and me suppose to go Japan for our honeymoon. I actually quite anticipated for the trip, for I've never been to Japan. 

But amid the crisis, our case is so trivial compare to many. 

We also feel relief that Air Asia would allow for credit refund, then we can minimise our loss. 
Also, we wouldn't risk our health also. 



Day 8 - Wednesday 25th March 2020 


1.        1     .Workout 30 mins
2.       No cooking, feeling my brain processed a lot today.
3.       Dealing with Air Asia Credit Refund subject
4.       Online teaching
5.       Support a google classroom by uploading the content
6.      Watched Netflix : Black Panther  
7.       Bought a book from bookdepository.com (I shared why I love to buy from bookdepository.com in my blog)


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When PM announced MRO extended til 14th April 2020.....
Today, just when our PM announced to extend the Movement Restriction Order until 14 April. Honestly, I need to admit that I was at first feeling slightly devastated inside, like my whole soul is being consumed. I was thinking, how am I suppose to live without much source of income? How on earth I am going to live.

Now that when I reflected on my reaction this afternoon. I realised that it was the insecurity in me that trigger me to react that way.

But to think further........ Yes. 14 days extended. Economic will be down or remain stagnant during this period. All it was all in all for the long term good of the whole nation.

I was so antsy, I asked my husband to comfort me, to give me some assurance. Despite, he is quite failed (or not failed, but I just don't feel good) in comforting people, that is one thing that he said is right.

"Right now, at such critical moment. We all should do our part to bring the risk to minimum. We all can do this by a simple action....Stay at home."


Just then , I felt a bit relief hearing these came out from his mouth.

 I was so helpless previously.

Upon hearing his words, I was like...yea... that's what I can do to help the community, helping the nation. We all can do our part, despite very little, but it's was significant to everyone.

RIght now, before the matter of health, everyone matters. Everyone can play a role. Although Medical Frontliners do play a huge role, and they do suffer a lot.

So despite feeling so helpless, feeling insecure. I do agree that nothing comes more than health. We can continue to progress, though it might need extra effort , after the pandemic is over.


I also sought relief by reading the comments of others under a facebook post which PM announced the extension of MRO.


Thanks for commenting people. Sometimes, we really need to voice out our thought, esp when it is a positive ones! It console a lot of helpless , insecure soul. 



Then later, while having conversation with my mom. I voiced out my insecurity. She just simply replied that my case is trivial compare to many of the businessman, the factories who cant run their business, and their business come to a  halt for such a long period. 

There are many other traditional more of business, which dont operate online. Is now suffering a substantial money loss. And nothing can be done, except to wait for the time to pass only. 

Especially those bigger scale factories, business. They would experience more loss than any of the individual. 

This lesson teach me to always be prepare for the worst, and always have a backup plan to back ourselves up.

I mean, things might happen without any of us expect it to be. 
And that is life. 

 It is true that the worse might have come if we do not extended the MRO. 




Why did I buy book from Bookdepository.com ? 

What is bookdepository.com ?
It is an online book store that take orders world wide.

1. It offers free shipping no matter how much you buy.
2. If you cant find your book in Kinokuniya, Popular, MPH or elsewhere, you can try your luck by searching it here. (for English material) 
3. Book of the same title, when found out in some Malaysian book stores are quite expensive when I compare the price with the one from bookdepository.com.



What's the biggest flaw? 
As it offers FREE SHIPPING. It doesn't reach your house through any courier express. 

I've tried purchasing from the website one time. 
When I want to check the status, there insist that there is no tracking code. 

When I got the book, I understand why. 
Once it reached Malaysia. 
POS MALAYSIA will handle the shipping. 

so it would be very very very slow. 

It was written in the website there
It takes like 10-20 business days to reach Malaysia. 

Guess what, It reached my post box after around 45 days. So , I've warned you, if you want to buy books from bookdepository.com , you might need to wait up to 2 months. 



Still, I would still buy from bookdepository when I can't find certain book else where or when it is hilariously cheaper than any of the bookstore sells.

Simply because I am in not rush to get the book. As long as I get them in the end, and have the pleasure to read them.


February 2, 2020

Maple's Diary | Jan 2020

今天的心情是。。。原来生活是那么的不理所当然

今天, 感恩我有一个不用教课的星期天, 可以和老公睡到自然醒, 然后再去Thong Kee ate brunch. I felt totally at ease, I can adjust the time I want.

Looking at the what am I having know. It suddenly hit me that whatever I want doesn't fall by itself from the sky. I have this realisation, because for the past few months I feel very stress. As a freelancer, you dont have a stable income , how do I live the life I want in this way... what if scenario A happens, and what if scenario B happens? So I work quite hard to compensate so that I can still have a certain amount of consistent income even if anything happen. It works slowly and I am glad that it works. I feel like I have been working quite hard to achieve whatever I want right now.

差不多的收入, 过着差不多我想要的生活
今天早上这个很easy, relax的moment 原来是我在其他的364天,用hard work 换回来的, 原来这个世界就是那么的不理所当然。

原来我小时候的衣食无忧是父母365天幸苦做工, stress , sacrifice the time spending with friends , sacrifice their hobbies换回来的。

原来我小时候的衣食无忧,很表面的看起来每个星期都可以吃一餐好的, 是父母在其他工作天, 用effort, stress, tears, sacrifice换回来的。

I kept on questioning myself. Why didn't I understand this earlier? 
 如果我早点知道的话, 我一定很努力的做工, 也很努力的鞭策自己, 肯定自己的目标,execute it, and work towards the direction I want.

Why no body tell me about it? I thought. So I guess 只有自己真的亲身经历过了, 才明白那个感觉 , 也有可能之前不是没有人告诉我, 只是我衣食无忧, 不需要太担心, 所以讲了我听不明白, 自然也没有放进心里。

I glad that I slowly get to understand it now. Of course I wish I could have understand it earlier. I would then work very hard to achieve what I want. At least it's never too late I get to know it now.

I guess if I continue to work harder, I will come to more realisation, that motivates me to work harder. 



I would like to thanks my mom
My mom would ask me to quickly get marry and get pregnant so that I would have delivered by the age of 30, I will be healthier and carrying less risk to give birth.

 The moment that WS proposed to me, we are slowly getting into married life, 让我培养了要学会照顾自己和别人的想法。 and prompt me to think

What is the meaning of life ?
Why are we living in order to die at the end?
What is the life I want to have for the next 30 years ?





I would also like to thank my hubby
He taught me not to take life for granted. 

Never double park  so that you wont trouble other people, come earlier if I cant find parking
Always show up on time so that I will not delay the schedule of others

Save more money whenever you are young, so with the ideas to live the life I want, I work hard to save money every month , so that It would lead me to where I want to be in the future.

Because I need to save money every month, so I would limit my monthly expenses if I know that my monthly income is lesser that month. It leads me to spend money wisely or rather cautiously. Learn how to collect petrol fuel points consistently, because it would save me an amount at the end.

If I needed to spend, then spend in a way that I can save. For instance, paying with e-wallet, so that I can get cashback or collecting point.

I even developing  the habit of not ordering for beverage on the normal working day's meal , which I would have never done that when I was young.



So to KSH,

You have been doing very good. Although you are feeling stress. It is a good sign, it's a sign that you are living your own life. It's a sign that you take the responsibility. 所以在2020年, 把你的本分做好, 尽职尽责。The results will eventually show one.

I wish in 2020 and the years after, I would know how to take care of the people. Just like how others have done to me.
January 31, 2020

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift| Wonder in Two-Step Regime



Say hello to youthful skin that glows from within by including two key products in your daily skincare regimen: the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence, and the newly improved L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Day Cream with enriched Pro-Retinol A and SPF35 PA++!




Recognising that women are leading increasingly busy lives and careers, L'oreal paris has designed 2-step skin regimen to deliver quick and confidence-boosting results, leaving more time for women put their best foot forward at work or at home.




Key Ingredient: Centella Asiatica
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Centella asiatica grows in the wetlands of Asia. It can deeply repair and boost skin elasticity, thanks to its combination of highly-concentrated flavonoids, triterpenic steroids, amino acids, and sugars. Not only that, the plant shines in its ability to moisturise dry skin because of its powerful anti-oxidative properties.


Centella asiatica is also prized for its ability to mitigate the sun’s damaging effect on skin.



Protection from Harmful UV ray
Speaking at the launch was Dr. Kartini Farah Rahim, Consultant Dermatologist at AVISENA Specialist Hospital explained that Malaysia is blessed with abundant sunlight all year round, but the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage our skin and lead to wrinkles – also known as photo-aging.

This is why, on top of centella asiatica, the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Day Cream is enhanced with Pro-Retinol, which is a powerful but also gentle agent in the retinoid family that reduces the effects of photo-aging on skin.

“Retinoid is derived from Vitamin A, basically. To prevent skin looking aged and tired, Vitamin A is a key ingredient to look for in skincare products as it has the ability to increase skin elasticity and firmness, resulting in smoother (as in less wrinkly) and youthful skin,” said Dr. Kartini.


Siti Zaleha: The right choice for her skincare


Malaysian actress Siti Saleha also shared the wonder of L’oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essesnce. For Siti, the combination of the micro-essence and day cream has worked wonders.

 “Since starting the two-step routine, my skin looks and feels like new, and my glowing complexion radiates confidence. Of course, the quick and simple regimen also suits my hectic schedule just fine!” she said.



Get yours now
Regain crystal clear, radiant skin today in just two easy steps!






L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence
65ml  RM49.90
130ml RM79.90



L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Day Cream SPF35 PA++
50ml RM 63.40
20ml RM 29.90



Alternatively, you can also check out the latest promotion at their FB page or website






About L’Oréal Malaysia
Based on our local beauty needs, L’Oréal has successfully developed over 18 brands in Malaysia that offers the most technologically advanced products in every beauty category, for every Malaysian with over 800 employees. As market leader in the country, L’Oréal recognizes in today’s world, a company’s success is no longer simply in its economic performance, but also its ability to be a true citizen. It is our priority and commitment to reduce the impact of our activity on the planet and bolster positive socio-economic impact on the lives of people and communities in Malaysia. In addition to “Beauty for a Better Life”, our long-term philanthropic initiatives are “For Women In Science”, “Women in Business” and “Citizen Day”.

About L’Oréal
L’Oréal, the world’s leading cosmetics company, has catered to all forms of beauty in the world for over 100 years and has built an unrivalled portfolio of 34 international, diverse and complementary brands. L'Oréal’s international brands today include MAYBELLINE, L’ORÉAL PARIS, and GARNIER, KIEHL’S LANCÔME, YVES SAINT LAURENT, SHU UEMURA, URBAN DECAY, BIOTHERM, NYX, L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL, KERASTASÉ, RALPH LAUREN and many more.
January 24, 2020

Aveeno® Lotion | The Natural Colloidal Oatmeal

We are know that oatmeal is a healthy choice breakfast. But do you know that there are many oatmeal products that is made into skin moisturising lotion due to the magical healing and benefit of Colloidal Oatmeal?  




  • Improves skin dryness and scaling
  • Relief  itching and irritation
  • Moisturizes the skin 
  • Anti- inflammatory 
  • Relieves symptoms of eczema, and  dermatitis




What is Colloidal Oat ?

Colloidal oat, is ground oatmeal suspended in liquid medium for better application & absorption into the skin , has been a prized ingredient in skincare since ancient times. This is supported by over 60 years of clinical evidence indicating that colloidal oat formulas are effective in soothing dry, irritated skin






Each Aveeno® Active Naturals product is uniquely formulated and scientifically proven to harness the power of the oat to deliver real skincare benefits for strong, visibly healthier skin.


"For the past 70 years, Aveeno®’s commitment to harness the power of oat for skin wellness has made it the most trusted brand in the US for its use of natural ingredients. "

Aveeno Baby® is also number one among US’ paediatricians’ trusted brands.

Google around, you will find out that there are a lot of lotion , including those skin lotion specially developed for sensitive and dry skin and  eczema would have incorporated Colloidal Oatmeal as one of its primary ingredients. 


Seeing the magical healing power of colloidal oatmeal, Aveeno® has incorporated active natural colloidal oatmeal to moisturise the skin of many, for people of different age, as well as for baby with dry and sensitive skin. 



So on 24th Jan, I have the chance the discover the magical healing power of colloidal oatmeal by Aveeno®. Aveeno® had invited Dr Leong Kin Fon, a consultant paediatric dermatologist to explain the key ingredient in Aveeno lotion, prebiotic oat.


Dr Leong Kin Fon, a consultant paediatric dermatologist to explain the key ingredient in Aveeno lotion, prebiotic oat.

Prebiotic oat is effective in providing relief. He explained that oats have a few important functions as an ingredient in moisturisers to :
1. lock-in skin moisture by forming a protective barrier
2.reducing itchiness and redness
3. Improving the skin’s microbial balance.
 
Aveeno owned by Johnson & Johnson has done a comprehensive scientific research and stringent formulations, Aveeno® insists that colloidal oatmeal has to be process in the right way to ensure the goodness of the oatmeal. It is a lengthly and highly technical process to get the extra fine active natural colloidal oatmeal. 
Aveeno® products are formulated with a farm-to-bottle commitment. This means Aveeno preserves the freshness & goodness  and carefully select oats from its origin, the farm , all the way till it reaches women & babies in the bottle


Aveeno®’s prebiotic colloidal oats are made from

food-grade

high protein

non-GMO oat grains

harvested from fields of Canada, North America, the United Kingdom & France.


These harvests are then processed without the use of chemical solvents & finally formulated through a stringent process designed to maintain the integrity & purity of the Aveeno® Oat’s active components      








Aveeno Baby® is also number one among US’ paediatricians’ trusted brands. You can now get it in Malaysia! 







There were so many different series under Aveeno products. Amongst them, I have spotted on these three lotion for the same moisturising effects but each with different texture/usage. 


First, there is this lotion incorporated with lavender fragrant, suitable to put on before bed or if you like to smell refreshing.


Then there are Daily Moisture Lotion and Sheer Hydration. You can noticably find out that the Aveeno Sheer Hydration has lighter texture, less creamy then the Daily Moisture. Consumers can choose the lotion based on their texture as well as the purpose. 

Aveeno Sheer is suitable to apply for outdoor activities, where you will sweat profusely or you simply dont want it to be too sticky. 


Meet my blogger friends! 


Aliza's baby, Mikayla is also a consume of Aveeno Baby® products. She described that  Aveeno Baby® reduces the itchness of Mikayla after using it. 



Ivy from hiphippopo.com 






LwinLee from https://lwinlee.blogspot.com/


Aveeno Malaysia 

and not forgetting that you can get it from major drug stores including Watson, Guardian, Caring and AEON Wellness in Malaysia! 

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