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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Inspiration: Black Milk Project

Just the other day I was asked how long I've been blogging, and man, I had to take a moment to calculate. I started blogging at the age of 14, so that makes it the 14th year of my blogging journey! Wowww ๐Ÿ˜ฑ (yes, that also makes me 28 this year hahaha secret is out).

In these 14 years, apart from the beauty of being able journal my thoughts, feelings and share special moments of my life with my readers on this blog, I've also had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the most amazing people and brands around, and one of them is Black Milk Project.

Black Milk Project was founded by a friend of mine, Wei Tieng who's extremely creatively talented. She's always been known to be able to draw and illustrate very well, and I remember envying her for being able to create super cute illustrations on her baby's photos!


Just some of the many that I stole from her personal Facebook page hehe. I remember being so inspired that I attempted doing the same for Tyler's baby photos. Well, you never saw me posting any of them because they totally cannot make it hahahaha. I gave up and continued to stick to blogging instead ๐Ÿ˜‚

One of the first products that Black Milk Project offered were adorable personalised clothing for both babies and adults- from baby rompers and tees, to even plush toys, bags, key chains and so on.

Throughout Tyler's first year, he was blessed to own a closet full of personalised rompers and plushies with his name on them from Black Milk Project!


Custom designed pilot romper for Tyler's 100 Days party.



Cloud Tie and Name Tag Romper (Link)


Father's Day "Partners in Crime" Twinning Set! (Link)


Dream Big Little Tyler Digital Print (Link)


Pokemon Go Plushie (with personalised name at the back!)


Breakfast Set Mini Plushies! (Link)


Paw Bear Set! (Link)


Chinese Panda Romper for CNY!

I'm a super fan of all things personalized, so to be able to customize Tyler's clothes and toys during his tiny, cute years really brought joy to my heart! To see how he has grown out of his personalised rompers one by one made me realise just how long he's been wearing BMP rompers!

Wei Tieng's illustrations were loved by so many that there started to have requests for her to teach others on how to also do the same. That was when Black Milk Project started to organise workshops of various kinds to cater to the growing requests of customers. 


Some of the workshops that will be held in the month of March 2017!





The workshops were held in small groups, but as BMP grew, her team also grew and with more mentors, her class was able to accommodate more and more students in one seating. Some of the workshops they organize include watercolour painting, calligraphy, floral lettering, and one of the latest additions- Pyrography, otherwise known as Wood Burning!





Catching up with Black Milk Project's business is like following E! News- there's always something new happening! Wei Tieng and her team never failed to surprise me with how experimental and bold they are to try out different crafts and new things!

Just about a month ago, they moved from their small office unit into a corner house-turned-office-slash-creative-space in Subang Jaya!





BMP used to have their workshops in cafes, but not anymore. Their new creative space is used as their official workshop venue now, and they're also renting the spaces out for different occasions such as parties, meetings and so on that comes with a huge space and a chalk wall that you can scribble and draw on! How nice ๐Ÿ˜

Wei Tieng is one who is always on the lookout for new skills to learn and perfect. She invited me to join her in learning calligraphy and I'm like, I know I suck at these things, and if I attend with you I'll know I suck even more ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

As a friend, I can only say I've seen with my own eyes how Black Milk Project has grown over the years, and I cannot be more inspired by their entrepreneurial journey. And I hope that you're inspired by what I've shared in this post too! If you have something in your heart that you wish to start or venture into, know that with hard work, persistence and passion, you can make it. 

Anyways, last but not the least...


Black Milk Project is celebrating their new place by throwing a soft launch party called 'Pendidikan Seni' where various art vendors will gather to showcase their pieces, and everyone is invited! It'll be on 22nd of April 2017, and you can find more details/RSVP at this LINK!

You can find out more about Black Milk Project's latest offerings and workshops via their:


That's all from me for now!
xx


love, Careen.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Chinese New Year Dish!

Hello guys! 

First things first, Happy Chinese New Year in advance! May 2017 be your best year yet! :)

As opposed to previous years, I've given up on New Year's Resolutions cos I'd usually get overly ambitious while drafting the list, and then 2 months down the road I'll forget everything. Then when it comes to middle of the year, I'll review my year and get all disappointed at how far away I am from achieving my New Year's Resolutions. And....that's it end of story. Hahahaha!

Since then, I decided that I won't have a specific list. Instead, I want to focus on the bigger things. Last year, I told myself that I ought to do all things excellently, in all things, big and small. And I'm glad I saw improvements in my quality of work, quality of time spent with people, quality of gifts given, and so on. I'm gonna keep doing that, while adding new goals to my new year.

In 2017, on top of being excellent in all I do, I want to learn up new skills, which include singing, baking and cooking. I love doing all three, but I never invested my time and effort into perfecting either of em'. Especially for baking cos I don't even have an oven to start with lol. But the husband got me one for Christmas, and I received a mixer from Wei Zhi, so I'm more than ready to get started on my baking journey!

As for cooking, I've cooked up meals for just me and Boon but they're very unadventurous Chinese meals ๐Ÿ˜…  This year, I aim to up my cooking game! And I'm starting with this Chinese New Year!

Here in this post, I'm gonna share with you what you can do for Chinese New Year with one of the most celebrated food ever!


MARMITE!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Every kid would have snacked on Marmite in the kitchen without their mom knowing. And yeah one of them was me ๐Ÿ˜‚

Marmite has been well-loved by every kid, every mom and every household for over decades! A lot of us take porridge with Marmite. It is so popular that you can easily find it in retail stores and Chinese medical halls. 

FApart from tasting awesome, Marmite is also full of nutrients with good source of Vitamin B and Folic. Since it tastes awesome, some people think that it's not healthy to consume Marmite. Well, good news is that not every tasty food = unhealthy!

Marmite is tasty, yet low in fat and sugar, contains no MSG, no colouring and no preservatives! Gotta love yummy food that is healthy at the same time!

So, here's the Marmite dish that I'm gonna share with you! *drum rolls*


TADDAAAAAA!
Looking t the ingredients, can you guess it already?

It won't be too difficult to guess seeing the two pieces of chicken lying there on the plate right? ๐Ÿ˜‚ You guessed it right! I'mma be cooking' up...

MARMITE CHICKEN!!

Before you applaud me for being such a domestic goddess, let me come clean with you. I stole the recipe from Marmite's Facebook page, and followed everything step-by-step hahaha! If a cooking amateur like me can do this, so can you! ๐Ÿ˜‚

What made it easier to understand was THIS VIDEO!


It's so well done and easy to follow! Watch it and you'll know what I mean.

So yours truly followed the recipe step-by-step, and here are some pictures I took along the way!


Cut out chicken slices from two of the chicken thighs I bought from the grocer (as seen in the flatlay photo above). I love using chicken thighs cos it's more tender!

Recipe recommended 600g of chicken but since I was only cooking to test out (for me and my guinea pig, Boon), I used much lesser than that. Only two chicken thighs!


Mixed in the soy sauce, salt and white pepper and egg yolk (a little less than the exact measurements given cos I have fewer pieces of chicken). Stir everything!


Once stirred, add in some cornflour, mix well and leave to marinate for 3 hours.


Meanwhile, I prepped my Marmite sauce with the measurements below:

100ml hot water
3 tbsp of white sugar (instead of Maltose as per recipe cos I read some of the comments that said it works the same!)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Marmite!


After 3 hours of marination, I put in the chicken pieces into 500ml of cooking oil for deep frying. Guess what, it was my FIRST time deep frying ever! Achievement unlocked! ๐Ÿ˜‚

BUT...sadly, I took the deep frying a little too seriously, and fried the chicken too deep. My chicken ended up a little too burnt ๐Ÿ˜…



It's supposed to be more golden brown than this. As you can see some parts of the chicken were black-ish. Lesson learnt: Don't deep fry for too long! Once the chicken turn yellow, rescue them already! ๐Ÿ˜‚

After you "rescue" them lol, place them on kitchen napkins to drain the excess oil, and clear the pan for the following.


Stir fry some chopped garlic, and add in the Marmite sauce that you prepped earlier. Stir.

Then add in your deep-fried chicken piece-by-piece. I used a tong to put in the chicken one-by-one in case I got oil-splashed ๐Ÿ˜‚ #usefultip

Stir once in a while to let the chicken soak up all the Marmite sauce! BUT, don't let it stay for too long! Cos that's what I did and the chicken started to stick to the pan and it was hard to take them out. Hahaha #anotherusefultip

And now, ladies and gentlemen, presenting to you...



CAREEN'S MARMITE CHICKEN!!

Nigella Lawson who?? Never heard before ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

To make it look more legit, I added a basil leaf on top...


...with Photoshop. Hahahaha forgot to buy basil leaves! Here you go #yetanotherusefultip ๐Ÿ˜‚

And just in case you doubt if I'm the one who cooked this,


Here you go! It's me with my Marmite Chicken, yo! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This is a trial run for what's to come during CNY! I hope Boon will be proud hahaha.

Now it's your turn! Here's the full recipe.


Aside from Marmite Chicken, there are 101 dishes that you can cook up using Marmite! Some of the recipe I saw from Marmite's Facebook page include Marmite Chicken Salad *slurps*, Marmite Longevity Noodles *double slurps*, and many others!

That's all from me for now! 
Have fun cooking up a storm! :)


love, Careen.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Doctor2U- Healthcare to Your Doorstep

I've always considered myself to be quite a carefree and "chill" person, and I always thought that I would one day be a "chill" mom. Until I became a mom.

As much as I'm not the ultra paranoid, worry wart momma, I still do worry a lot. This is bad but I seem to always find myself imagining the worst case scenario happening to Tyler, especially when someone (other than myself) is carrying or taking care of Tyler. I'd imagine people dropping him when he's a newborn, and now that he's older, I'd imagine him falling off chairs, tables, stairs (!!). It doesn't help with Papa Boon is exceptionally chill when with Tyler, not to mention super adventurous with him too, doing stunts you see in the WWE ring ๐Ÿ˜’

Whenever I imagine the worst case scenarios, my heart will drop and I'll freak out inside. These, of course, are just make believe imaginations that, thank God, never really happens.

After this one year of being a parent, I realised that while baby falling off things may be a nightmare, baby falling sick can be an even bigger nightmare. It is really no joke when a baby falls sick, this is because their immune system is still low and they can't really verbalise how they feel. So what do they do when they fall sick? Cry, whine, throw tantrums, refuse to eat, refuse to sleep, refuse everything! ๐Ÿ˜ซ


Which brings me back to middle of this year when Tyler had his first fever (click to read) when we were having a vacation in Penang. I thought he was being difficult but turns out he was suffering from a fever. We freaked out cos we didn't have any medication with us then, and weren't familiar with paediatrics in Penang at all. That was when we Googled everything we could, including symptoms and remedies, etc.

But you know how sometimes while Googling seems like the way to go, most of the time whatever we read online scares us more than they help us. Articles that pop up always seem to show us the worst case scenarios of the symptoms, which send us into further panic mode. With so much information on the net, it's not easy to find reliable sources that we can fully trust.


This is when healthcare apps like Doctor2U really helps in times like these. Developed by BP Healthcare, the Doctor2U app aims to bring healthcare to our doorstep, to get care for our family right in the convenience and comfort of our homes.

They have some really amazing features, among which are Free Live Chats, Doctor House Calls, and Medication Delivery.


For the free Live Chats feature, we can consult highly certified healthcare professionals such as Doctors, Pharmacists and Nutritionists via Doctor2U's messaging platform, where we can also send photos to enable the healthcare professionals to better understand our queries and concerns.


I find this really good because it's not all the time that we can get help from our Doctors, especially during off-business hours. During emergencies, what we need sometimes is just some reassurance and validation of our condition, get medical advice, instant prescriptions, or simply to know whether or not we need to visit the Doctor or head to the hospital urgently.


If our condition is serious, we can request for a Doctor via the Doctor House Calls feature, and a Doctor will be sent right to our doorstep within 60 minutes.

This is amazingggggg especially for elderly folks who may not be able to drive to find a Doctor in time, or moms like me who may not be able to drive to a clinic with a wailing infant who is unwell. Or simply when you're too sick to be able to drive, having a Doctor arrive at your doorstep is a wonderful solution.

Aside from prescribing medication, diagnosing and treating common viruses, infections and illnesses, the Doctor is also available if you're down with an injury, need help with treating skin conditions,  STD testings, vaccinations and injections, as well as IV hydration therapy for a quick relief from the cause and symptom of dehydration, hangover, food poisoning and exhaustion. 


And if you've run out of your medications, you can request for Medication Deliveries via the Doctor2U app and have your prescriptions sent to your doorstep.

In partnership with BP Healthcare and Lovy Pharmacy, you can simply snap a photo of your prescriptions, fill in the necessary details, and have your medicines delivered to your address as fast as within 3 hours.

One more cool feature- if you're a Doctor and would love to be a part of this wonderful solution, you can apply to be a partner at Doctor2U app here!

Overall, I really love the convenience of using this app and how it really makes our lives easier! We need more apps like this! Plus, I love the interface of the app and the user-friendliness of it, which makes it easy for anyone to use.

You can view more details over at http://doctor2u.my, 
and download the Doctor2U app available on iOS and Android for FREE!

That's all from me for now!
xx



love, Careen.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

TrumerX- New Marketplace App in Town

One of the things that has been keeping me busy (aside from Tyler) is that...

"I'm starting a new business venture!"

Can't wait to share more about it and unveil what I've been working on! Have been thinking and talking business so much that I get so excited whenever I come across products or services that aid in business.

Long gone are the days where businesses operate only as brick and mortar, and nothing more. Now, more and more businesses are getting their presence known online through digital marketing and advertising. Not only that, they're also selling BOTH offline and online. Because, why not? Audiences and potential customers are everywhere, and by putting your business online, you reach potential customers that you wouldn't otherwise do if you're solely a brick and mortar business, such as customers who are from another city or even country!


As a previous owner of an e-commerce business, I've experienced firsthand on how advertising and selling online help drive sales. In this post, I'll share with you this new app I've been introduced to that helps businesses list their products online and drive sales- The TrumerX app!


TrumerX aims to give business owners an easier and more convenient way of trading, where Trumer Members and/or Trumer Merchants can easily gain new customers without spending extra time and money on various marketing strategies. They can also buy for their respective businesses without cutting into their cash flow.


How it works?

Trumer Members and/or Trumer Merchants can start out by listing their products or services on the TrumerX Website (www.TrumerX.com) in either full TRM or TRM + xRM (part cash, in local currency). When they make a sale, they can then use the TRM and cash (xRM) which they have earned to purchase for their respective businesses.

To safeguard users, all Trumer Members and/or Trumer Merchants must confirm that they are National Registration Identity Cards (NRIC) holders and are above the 18 years of age to be eligible to sell in TrumerX.


What I like about TrumerX is that anyone and any business can list their products and services online, because they have a long list of categories such as fashion, beauty, business, automotive, healthcare and medicine, home and garden, and many more.

And the way the TrumerX app displays all the information on the business, pricing and details makes it easy to understand at one glance. The user experience of this app is definitely friendly and easy!



And here are the stuff that I got from TrumerX- from food to beauty products! The good thing about TrumerX is that it offers a real diversified range of products and services that appeals to consumers of any age and background. So anyone would be able to find something they need on the app!
And guess what, here's a special treat from TrumerX!

Download the TrumerX app and sign up as a user, 
and get a free movie ticket or RM10 off your first purchase! It's that simple :)

For more details, 
head on over to TrumerX's official website- www.TrumerX.com!

Til' then!
xx



love, Careen.
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