Out & About : The Magical Unicorn party of the Butterfly Project

If you have reading my blog for the past year, you might have stumbled upon the post Unboxing The Butterfly Project Birthday Party Box where I shared about all the amazing goodies we received from the 4th The Butterfly Project Birthday Party Bash. In a blink of an eye, a year have passed and we just celebrated the 5th Anniversary of The Butterfly Project!

As always, Tammy Lim, whom we fondly known as Mama-san have outdone herself with the planning and the execution of this latest bash which had a unicorn theme! Unicorn itself are already mythical, absolutely magical creatures so coupled with a pastel theme …. you can imagine how it was. If you cannot, let me bring you through the party.

The butterflies (how we are known as under the The Butterfly Project) came dressed in various unicorn themed outfits, adorned with the unicorn horns too! Even the make up done was done to the theme, with glitters and pastel hue. As for me, I went the easy route of getting a onesie ordered from Lazada because I have always wanted one but never had a reason to get it, but now there is! Kudos though to the rest of the butterflies who put so much effort into their dressing.

Upon registering, we each received a goodie bag which included products from various sponsors such as NYX Cosmetics, Dear Beaute's Himawari Hair Care, Wanderlust Things, Koji Dolly Wink and belif Malaysia. More on that later one, let’s talk about the party first! The most important thing in this bag is a card which gives you access to the activities to complete at the event. 

There are four stations where you can complete the various activities such as Photo Booth from GNG Studiobooth, customize a mini flower bouquet at Everyday Flowers' flower bar, colouring an auto-inflate balloon from Brrrloon, and lastly we get to adopt a unicorn from 50GRAM!

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GNG Studiobooth

Photobooths are now a staples at any event and parties which I feel is a one of the great way to immortalise the events. It gives guests a simple souvenirs to take home and remember the event/party by. This year, GNG Studiobooth have introduced a new service which Boomerang PhotoBox where a short video is taken and a Boomerang is then created! It’s innovative and definitely appeals to the crowd to be able to get a hi-quality videos too.

To match to the theme, a purple sparkling backdrop was used and on the photos, there was a customised border on the photos too! The customised border can be used to include any messages you’d like your guests to remember by. For the The Butterfly Project Birthday Party Bash, the team have used the pretty artwork of the party.

//23, Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 6, Sri Edaran Light Industrial Park, Batu 7 1/2, 52100 Kepong Baru, Kuala Lumpur //
// 016-528 5810 (Hon Leong)  |  017-870 7290 (Ling Ching) //

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Balloon Activity by Brrrloon

One of the most interesting activity we got to do was actually the colouring of an inflatable balloon. We were each handed out a seemingly ordinary flat balloon on a stick but this balloon is one that can magically inflate itself. How it works is just by giving the balloon a hard hit on a tiny pouch, within the insides of the balloon. Just like that, the balloon will magically inflate!

Of course, there is a science behind it which you can find out more by getting in touch with the team behind Brrrloon , or you may just find out how it works by stalking their site. As I mentioned, you can customised your balloon by colouring it in any colour that you fancy which makes this the perfect activity for both children and adults too!

In addition to this, Brrrloon also specialises in balloon decorations, alongside with customised design printed balloons! In fact, any balloons you see in the pictures are actually specially made to order for this party. Making them the perfect balloon provider if you’re looking for one that does pretty decorations and is customisable to your specific theme.

// Block Gurney, Unit G-1-2, Plaza Arkadia, No.3, Jalan Intisari Perdana, Desa Park City, 52200 KL //
// 018-2777130 //

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50Gram started out as a flower delivery company where they have gained traction over the years for creating beautiful bouquets, which comes with a complementary video messages. As the years go by, 50Gram have expanded their service offerings to include various add-on bundles. And as part of the activity at The Butterfly Project Birthday Party Bash, we got the chance to adopt our very own unicorn in the form of a very adorable unicorn mug.

To formalise the whole adoption, we even filled up the adoption card where we got to name the unicorn too, along with the date of the adoption too for memories sake. :p In all honesty, the mug looks more suitable for decoration rather to be drank from. You can check out the other offerings available by 50Gram from their website, do find the details below.

// Level 18-03A & 18-06, Menara K1 Commerce One, Lorong 3/137C, Bedford Business Park, Old Klang Road, 58200 Kuala Lumpur //
// 018-2618 219 //

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Flowers Bar by Everyday Flowers

My favourite activity of the day would the flowers bouquet bar where you can choose from an assortment of flowers in vases to make into a simple bouquet. The bouquet is made by the team at Everyday Flower on the spot. How it works is that you basically choose three of your favourite flowers, placed them into the basket provided, write your name down and hand them over to the team!

The bouquet will be arranged and be ready within 5-10 minutes, depending on the queue. To be honest, this is the first time I have seen a flowers bouquet bar at a party as an activity for the guests. Similar to the photobooth activity, this is a very interactive, engaging and not to mention, unique experience. I’d never met a lady who doesn’t like flowers, so for me this is a really nice touch to the event especially when you can choose your own flowers.

I have always imagined how my dream wedding would be like and I may have just found the perfect booth activity for my future wedding guests. I believe this is a fairly new trend which I believe will catch on soon enough. So, if you have plans to include this in your event… I’d highly recommend that you do so as soon as possible! Everyday Flower’s details are as below;

Everyday Flowers
// T2-07-07 The Square, One City, 47650 Subang Jaya //
// 014-663 4913 //

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Although we had two hours for the party, it felt like the time just flew by ever so quickly.  Four activity booths, coupled with food and plenty opportunities to take pictures contributed to that, definitely! Just because the party ended, but the fun continues on with the goodie bag we received from the party which is filled with products from various sponsors. The bag that we received is specially ordered and came in the unicorn design –so cute! Here’s a breakdown on what the bag contains.

Dear Beaute (Japan) Himawari Hair Care Samples which are available at selected Watsons and Sasa Malaysia stores nationwide. Their hair care products are oil based products which are catered for ladies with different hair woes. Their wide variety of range would help to address at least, if not all of your concerns for your hair.

Next, there is the  NYX Cosmetics Malaysia Vivid Brights & Lip of the Day, where the Vivid Brights product is actually an eyeliner of a bright purple shade. This shade would come in handy when you’re planning to attend another theme party. The Lip of the Day product on the other hand is actually a liquid liner with a metallic finish. What I loved about this product is the ability for it to be dual purpose, as it can also be worn as an eyeliner.

For me, I’d always felt that falsies have been able to complete the eyes make up. I have always been a fan of Koji Dolly Wink's false eyelashes because of how subtle the effect really is without being too over dramatic. The designs of the lashes were distributed randomly, but I quite like the design on mind. There is a total of two sets in the package, which came along with the adhesive glue as well.

There is no secret that my current favourite beauty product now is by belif. So you can imagine my joy when I realise that among the goodies is the belif Malaysia Best Sellers On-The-Go travel kit! This kit contains all of their best products but in travel size. This also allows you to try their products before committing to a full sized product. From experience, it’s important to use samples for a while before committing to a whole bottle.

Last but not least is actually Unicorn Necklace from Wanderlust Things which are available from www.wanderlustthings.com, a curated website which the trendiest products you can find in the world wide web. Trust me when I say that because whatever you can think of or can’t think of, you’ll find it there. So do yourself a favour and check the site out!

Eat: Celebrating Mother’s Day at Ground Eatery, Puchong

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." – Agatha Christie
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The last few years I have struggled in planning Mother’s Day celebration with my mother because she’s no ordinary mother. When your mom is a food blogger (one is that reasonably well-known in the industry), it gets trickier to decide on where to bring her to eat. This year, I have had the opportunity to plan a secret surprise celebration with Ground Eatery, a cosy café located within Puchong.

// G-09, Ground Floor, Tower 4 & 5 PFCC, Jalan Puteri 1/2, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong New Village //
// 012 7511963 //
Open daily from 12PM to 4PM for lunch and 6PM to 10PM on weekends

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This was initiated by one of the founders of the café, Shirley who stumbled upon my blog … funnily enough, from my mother’s blog. I’m glad she did approach me because we had such an amazing time bonding time over good food. The sneaky plan we came up with was to visit the café with a pretence of attending an invited food review. 

Once we were there, everyone pretended like it’s a food review and midways, a surprise menu was presented! This surprise menu is actually their Mother’s Day Menu which is priced at RM78 per pax. It’s actually three-course menu, consisting of appetizer, main course and dessert.

| Marinated Pork Meatballs served with Sauteed Garlic Green Dragon Vegetable topped with Bunga Kantan Thai Dressing |

The presentation and plating is absolutely amazing for the appetizer and it almost looked like as good as those I’d expect in a nice, fancy restaurant. Taste-wise, it was meaty and you know that they don’t stinge on the meat. The bunga kantan Thai dressing, gave it a very unique, zesty feel.

| Pan Seared Sea Bass fillet with Mushroom Truffle Paste, Sauteed Spinach and garnished with Cocktail Pearl Onions |

For the mains, there is an option between fish  or chicken (choose one only!). This is the sea bass fillet which is pan seared and then topped with mushroom truffle paste. I’m a sucker for anything truffle, so I’m already biased towards this. But I will be honest and say, this dish is indeed delicious. The fish is very fresh too!

| Oven Roasted Chicken Thigh with Ginger Broth and Spiced Coconut Rice with Sauteed Kangkung Glory |

The chicken option is an oven roasted chicken thigh, with an optional topping of ginger broth and served with spiced coconut rice and the local’s favourite of Sauteed Kangkung Glory. This dish is influenced heavily by our Asian cuisine, given all the combination of local ingredients used. If you prefer Asian inspired dishes, you’ll like this but I have to admit that I actually prefer the fish.

| Avocado Mousse and Lychee Rose Yogurt Mousse with Buttered Crumbs and Torched Meringues |

As always the perfect way to finish a delicious meal is with desserts and we were presented with a beautifully plated dish of avocado mousse and lychee rose yogurt mousse filled with buttered crumbs and torched meringues. I like how these were not too sweet and had the balance of being sinfully good, yet not overwhelming.

Needless to say, my mother was pleasantly surprised by the whole plan and we managed to bond over yummy delicious food, in a cosy café ambiance. My favourite seat in Ground Eatery is right by the huge window and underneath their signature tree structure. I was there in the afternoon but I can imagine what a lovely mood setting it would be at night, with the lights dimmed.

If you’re interested to bring your mothers to celebrate here, you can hop on over to Ground Eatery this coming weekend on 11th and 12th May 2018 to eat their Mother’s Day Menu special set.  I have posted the details above, do remember to call them as soon as possible as reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

Beauty : Discovering Belif’s Prime Infusion Repair Program Ampoule

When it comes to skincare regime, we are indeed blessed that these days we can be spoilt for choices. There are a myriad of products of different functionality with each of these boasting specific features that our skin may need. Just as we familiarise ourselves with skincare essences, serums and creams are, we’re hit with another new type of beauty product – the ampoule.

The ampoule has been quite a thing in Korea for awhile now. It is a potent, viscous fluids, sometimes packed in vials or dropper-type bottles, which are said to produce almost instant results on the skin. You should think of it as a booster shot. These ampoules often contain a higher number of active ingredients and are used for a finite amount of time. Although this have been already been introduced in Korea, there is little exposure on the usage benefits in our regions.

belif’s Prime Infusion Repair Program Ampoule

I’ve been introduced to these wonders by one of my favourite Korean skincare brand, belif which have recently launched their Prime Infusion Repair Program Ampoule. This is a customised 6 weeks Special Program Ampoule which is designed to deliver maximized anti-aging effects through phased intensive care based upon belif Prime Infusion Range’s superior regenerative properties.

How it works is through a six-week intensive care program, you’ll be using a step-by-step ampoules. Each bottle of ampoule is considered as a step and with each step taken, it helps to hydrate, nourish, and return the rough skin to resilient skin. It’s formulated with Mountain Daisy, a traditional English medical herb that was loved by the British royal family and also fondly known as ‘the healing herb”. It is a medical herb that is known for its purifying and regenerating effect.

Step 1: Reset

This Reset ampoule helps to turn uneven skin texture into silky and soft, with its soft, non-irritating old dead skin cell removal properties. In addition, there are also added marshmallow root as one of its main ingredient. This root consists of mucilage, thick, gluey substance produced by the marshmallow root which helps to soften and remove old dead skin cells.

My thoughts on it was that it was actually a lot thicker than I initially thought it would be. But this is due to the how rich the product is packed with, hence that would explain its thickness. belif has placed emphasis on their use of natural herbs for their products, this I have discovered from using some of their Signature products prior to this. As with all their products, the scent has always been pleasant and one that I grew fond of.

So much so that I often look forward to the application of the ampoule on my skin everyday. When I started using it, my face’s condition certainly was nowhere near ideal, I had some bumps and some odd pimples over it. One of the purpose of this ampoule is to improve my skin’s condition to a silky smooth condition, which I found to be true. From the period of two weeks, I was able to notice the improvement in using the product. I regret not taking a before  picture for comparison but I can assured you, it works amazing for me.

A good benchmark on how effective this product is for me is when the huge pimple near my cheek bone have started shrinking after the usage of the ampoule. It was noticeably less inflamed and red compared to the time before I started on the product. As always, I would like to highlight that it’s not a miracle product but one that would need time for the results to show. So, be patient and diligent in using the products for it to take effect.

Step 2: Recover

The Recover ampoule is formulated with various types of natural moisturizing agents that provides long-lasting moisturizing solution without the stickiness than most of these creams or other products has. Specifically for this ampoule, Grape Vine’s sap has amazing antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.

Among one of the main benefits of the sap is that it contains a potent natural substance which can restore radiance to one’s skin. How this ampoule is designed to work is for it to softly embraces the skin and penetrates deeply into the skin and leave both moisturizing and firming effects after application. As each step takes two weeks to complete, I’m now beginning this second step. So, while I cannot go in depth on the results, what I can share about is my initial thoughts and impression based on the product.

This ampoule has a cloudy appearance, in comparison with the earlier step of Reset which is clearer and almost see-through like. In terms of consistency, it is more watery and was easier to absorb after massaging it thoroughly on the face. Just as what the product description have stated, it’s true that there is barely a hint of sticky feeling after application.

Step 3: Reactivate

The final ampoule of the this intensive program which spans over a period 6 weeks, is also a highly concentrated, rich formula that can penetrates deeply into the skin. This Reactivate ampoule will help to improve skin elasticity and leave skin with smooth, radiant finish. With lotus being one of the main ingredients for this ampoule, it will help to detoxify your skin especially since it has strong anti-oxidant effects.

Similar to the earlier Reset  ampoule, this one almost has cloudy appearance but it has a thicker consistency as compared to the previous ampoule. In terms of the scent, I loved this one the most because it has floral notes as well as some mild fragrant smell of herbs too. As expected, it was easy to absorb by the skin with no hint of residue sticky feeling.

As I mentioned earlier, I am still currently in the midst of the Step 2 so I won’t be able to comment much on the effectiveness of the ampoules for both Step 2 and Step 3 but I will be updating this space as I complete each step. Keep a look out for that. :)

Roadshow at Mid Valley Megamall

Besides sharing my initial thoughts on the belifs Prime Infusion Repair Program Ampoule, I wanted to take this opportunity to share that there will be a roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall. This roadshow is held in conjunction with the Prime Infusion Repair Program Ampoule as the main theme. But the highlight of it would be the 10% discount code of purchases made during the roadshow.

The set of ampoule is priced at RM 525 for all three of the bottles. Hence, if you are planning to get these ampoules, there is never a better opportunity to do so now. Hurry on over today, 30 April 2018 till 6 May 2018 to catch the roadshow. Note: The miniatures are not included in the prices of the ampoules above. 

Venue: North Void 2, Mid Valley Megamall (in front of TOMEI & The body shop)

Discount code: CARMENH

Do check the roadshow out and share with me on your purchases made! Plus, I’m sure there would be various activities held during the roadshow which can help you understand better about the brand as well as their wide range of products which would cater to each and every different needs any ladies can have!

Eat: A Sri Lankan Feast With Famed Gigantic Crabs at Berjaya Times Square Hotel


~ the way the Singhalese greet one another ~

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For the whole month of April 2018, Berjaya Times Square Hotel brings you the opportunity to sample the finest taste of Sri Lankan cuisine, available exclusively at Big Apple Restaurant, Level 14. Sri Lankan cuisine has been influenced by many historical & cultural factors which have been largely contributed by their strategic location, right in the middle of trading routes for sea farers in the ancient times as well as contact with foreign traders who brought new food items, cultural influences from neighbouring countries. Influences from India, Indonesia and Dutch cuisines are most evident in shaping the taste and ingredients of their dishes.

One of the most common yet a specialty in Sri Lankan cuisine are their famed, gigantic crabs. Deemed as one of the finest dishes among the Sri Lankan cuisine line-up, these Sri Lankan crabs will be the highlight of the month-long food promotion. Two distinguished chefs from Berjaya Hotel Colombo are specially arranged and flown in to prepare authentic Sri Lankan cuisine throughout the promotion.

Savour with a delightful authentic Sri Lanka dishes prepared by renowned Chef J.M.D.K. Jayawardhana and Chef H.L.M Hettiarachchi such as Pol Sambol (shredded coconut sambal), Seeni Sambol (spicy caramelized onion relish), Lunu Miris (Hot and Sour sambal paste), Gotukola Sambol (Sri Lankan Kerabu salad), Thebu Cola Sambol (Costus Speciosus), Mukunuwenna Mallum (Herbs Sri Lankan salad), Fish Ambul Thiyal with Gravy, Prawns Mellum, Chicken Kalupol Curry, Brinjal Moju, a selections of Deep Blue Seafood on Ice Display, such as King Crab Claw, Prawns, Crabstick, Mussels, Tuna, Smoked Salmon and also some selections of dessert such as Curd & Treacle (Buffalo milk yogurt with palm sugar), Laddu, and Kesari.

During the Sri Lankan Seafood Festival, guest will have the opportunity to experience Sri Lankan tea; from Sri Lankan family tea company Dilmah. Garden fresh, unblended tea is a hallmark of Dilmah and offers a unique taste of unblended Ceylon Tea.

The Sri Lanka Food Festival will be available throughout 2 April – 30 April 2018 at Big Apple Restaurant, Level 14 at 12.00pm – 2.30pm (Weekday Lunch), 12.30pm – 4.00pm (Weekend Hi-Tea), 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Daily Dinner) and will be priced at RM98 (per adult), RM61 (per senior citizen) & RM41 (per child). You will also be entitled for every 3 full paying adults, 1 dines for FREE! While Maybank credit card holders will be entitled to a 30% discount for full paying adults.

Share: Clever tricks to Enlarge Small HDB Flats and Condos

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Open spaces are becoming the norm in newer property developments. More and more people are choosing to knock down a wall or two to create a more spacious interior. What’s more, with spaces getting smaller and smaller, and developers choosing to build upwards , it becomes even more vital for you to make your space look as big as it possibly can look, such as hdb tao payoh and certain high rise apartments.

For an open-plan concept to succeed, you’ll need to make your space look cohesive, with the challenge of not using restrictive walls. “Fluidity” and “flow” are the key words to any open-plan space. However, do remember that less is more when it comes to a wall-less home.


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Dividers are your friend. Although the lack of doors and walls in an open-plan concept make your space appear much bigger than it actually is, it sometimes makes everything jumbled together. It can be hard to discern which part of the room is the living room, which is the kitchen and which is the dining area. Add in some mid-wall partitions to help split up and designate these different areas. Or you can also use an open bookshelf for this purpose. What’s more is that they can also double up as your storage space.

Low-ceilinged partitions

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A ceiling-based partition is a clever take on traditional mid-wall partitions. Rather than removing the wall completely, you can leave a bit of wall extended from the ceiling. This helps section up spaces in your home that have individual purposes in order to keep each part of the open-plan space distinct from each other. You can also think about incorporating mid-wall partitions together with ceiling partitions to mix it up and create a separate space but still maintain a space that breathes.

Brighten up

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Bright and light spaces open up the room even more. White and light color palettes give the illusion of being bigger, brighter and cleaner. White alone may be a boring choice, so add in some wood tones and pops of accents. The key here is to make sure your interior space flows from one into another to maintain the needed coherence. One way to do this is with seamless wooden carpentry such as built-in cabinets that are in a light stain. This helps maintain a bright and coherent open space that is sure to suit any modern lifestyle.

Let light flow

Lighting is an important aspect of any space, even more so for smaller apartments. Give your wall-less home a cohesive ambience with coherent lighting throughout your home. It helps give purpose to your design and makes your ideas “flow” from one room to another. For example, you can use track lighting and black connectors to tie your rooms together if you are going for an industrial design.

Vertical flooring

Just as vertical stripes elongate a person’s stature and make them look taller, the same notion can apply to your space as well. Consider adding vertical striping to your floor – it can be in the form of a wooden floor with grains laid out vertically – to help elongate your space. This concept does not only apply to your floors. You can use this idea in your furniture as well. Add in a large wooden dining table with grains that flow in the same direction as your flooring. Not only does it unify the look of your entire space, it looks stunning as well! You can bring this theme even further by emulating it through paneled cupboards and half painted walls (which is also a trick to make homes look bigger).

White all around

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Although it can be a nightmare if you have children, a white theme adds to the open space look and feel. It makes your home without walls look even more spacious and welcoming than it already is. Finish up your space with white and light furniture.

Modern design

Think you might lose a bit of privacy by removing the walls? Not to worry. You can try an approach somewhere along the middle. Replace your traditional doors with pivoting panels. That way, you can have a fun and unique way to separate your rooms when you need the privacy, and a more open breezy space when you don’t. This not only a creates a space that is special but is also functional as well. You can even go further and go for a door-less bathroom – if you have the courage, that is!

Cement it

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If you’re afraid of your space being too monotone with all the wood surfaces, consider adding a bit of ruggedness with cement. Contrast your white walls and ceilings with raw concrete flooring. While you’re at it, add in a tile dining counter to up the industrial factor.

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