绳艺帝国

绳艺帝国

My name is Tammy and I've been blogging for over a decade now. I work full-time in my dream company while juggling love, life, this cute blog and a blogger's 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
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia
  • Winner of Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia 2011



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    Malaysia's No.1 ECommerce Platform

    5.27.2020

    Malaysia's No.1 E-Commerce Website

    Hello friends! Today I would like to talk about PG Mall if you have not heard about it before! It's actually Malaysia No.1 E-commerce platform established since 2017. Yes Malaysia, which means the other e-commerce sites you're familiar with is not a local e-commerce platform in Malaysia. PG Mall is the only one and it actually ranked top 3 on the Iprice insight report on top E-commerce websites in Malaysia.

    PG Mall ranking top 3

    Being in the e-commerce industry, you really can tell how MCO has helped fasten the phase for online shopping when it comes down to contactless shopping. All the more important during this time when retail is closed and everyone is told to stay home to stay safe.

    deals, promo codes, discounts

    And when it comes to online shopping, we know that it's all about deals. Either the prices are competitive, the promotions are a killer, or you get cashback to allow you to save when you shop! All three combined, would make an irresistible deal you can't say no to.

    And for your enlightenment, if you shop on PGmaill from 4th May - 26th June this month in their Raya Paling Gempak promotion, you're definitely getting 20%* cashback with their Maybank QRPAY!

    * capped at RM20 with min. spend of RM30.
    * 2x usage within the campaign period.

    Durian Runtuh BONUS! You get 2 times X RM20 = RM40 per Maybank account when you shop on PG Mall which btw is also the play platform that accepts all e-wallet as payment method.

    shop, share and earn via PG Mall's ConsuMerchant concept

    What's more fun than shopping and earning cashback? When you shop, share, and earn more cashback through their ConsuMerchant concept! (consumer+merchant). Simply put, you can earn money without having to leave your home! That's a forever cashback up to 3.5% via their reward system! To learn more just click here.

    Start Shopping Now on www.pgmall.my
     more info PGMall Facebook | PGMall Instagram



    Nostalgic Desserts With A Modern Twist

    5.26.2020

    nostalgic desserts with a modern twist

    A friend of mine recently transition from being an event company to creating a whole new dessert business online during MCO and boy am I impressed at what she has done. I'm not a Chinese dessert person (if I'm not wrong, these are Chinese desserts right?). You can tell that I'm not a dessert person but don't let that stop you from salivating at these pictures!

    meet Sugirl the sweet inspiration

    Named after her cute happy daughter, Sugirl brings back the nostalgic desserts with a modern twist. Worry about calories when it comes to desserts? Don't worry! Sugirl focuses on creating healthy recipes with nourishing ingredients to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt! 


    ???”No matter how life tough is, make it sweet!”? 


    But hey why desserts? Why not nasi lemak? Quoting them :
    ??
    ??One thing that truly lifted their spirits during such a tough time was making a bowl of warm sweet soup in the evening,  and sharing it among their small family of four while staying at home during the lockdown . ??

    ??Here are some of their cold and warm desserts for your eyes only and in particular I would like to feature their cold summer noodle as the first eye-candy because it's just too cute!  You can actually customize what you want for your cold summer noodles! 

    Check out their menu and order here https://sugirldesserts.beepit.com/

    P.S: They even deliver the sweetness to your doorsteps! (yeap keeping you safe right at home).


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    Inspired by the popular Japanese dish “ Hiyashi Chuka” (the chilled noodles with dipping sauce and various toppings), our cool summer noodle has made a twist base on Malaysian’s tastebud and a fun and convenience way to consume it. Check out our menu and you will be amazed by the selections. Once you receive your summer cool noodle set, just simply toss the chilled noodle, sauce, and toppings together in the packet and slurp away your yummy meal

    Noodle Selection RM2:
    udon / soba / spagetthi (select one only)

    Sauce Selection RM1:
    garlic lime chilli  / teriyaki / roasted sesame / mentaiko / hot and spicy

    Toppings RM2/each:
    chuka asari (clam), chuka idako (baby octupus), chuka kurage (jellyfish), chuka wakame (seaweed), chuka hotate (scallop), honey sakura ebi, spicy snail meat, tobiko, Ebi (Japanese Cold Prawn)


    Toppings RM1/each:
    tomago, edamame, inari, naruto maki


    step 1 customize your noodles

    step 2 toss them up in the packet & eat!

    ?????? ?????? RM9.90

    Introducing our star dessert - Sugirl Galaxy. Comes with 10 assorted fresh fruits & hand-crafted toppings, all using finest ingredients and freshly cooked for an hour every day. That are handcrafted taro balls, roasted sesame taro balls, fresh mango, juicy watermelon, honeydew, water chestnut, sago, and many more: We serve this dessert with the house milky base that you’ll fall in love which is specially create from our secret recipe. Your perfect sweet therapy is here!?


    ???? ????? ??? ???? ???? ??????? RM8.90

    More than just a classic dessert soup, this anti-aging tonic brims with health-giving ingredients. Peach gum and snow fungus, both containing antioxidant and anti-aging properties, and are known to enhance a radiant, youthful complexion when consumed regularly. Sugirl has added crushed dried rose petals to bring out the sophisticated floral flavor. This healthy delicious bowl is very refreshing and tastes best when it served chilled.?

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    With an added kick of sour plum jelly cube and the sourness of fresh calamansi, this delectable passion fruit cold dessert that is rich in vitamin C is definitely your best pick to beat the heat. Don’t forget to add in more crushed ice to enhance the refreshing goodness of this healthy summer dessert! ??

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    ?Inspired by the healthy Japanese diet which consumes a lot of sesame seeds (goma), Sugirl turns the black power seeds into a tasty nutty tofu pudding and served together with cold organic soymilk. All the goodness in one bowl and deliciously healthy! ?

    ?????? ?????? ????? RM6.90

    The popular Malaysian cooling dessert that combines silky-smooth tofu cubes with juicy longans in light sugar syrup, suitable on a hot day, and a real thirst quencher!?

     ????? ??? ?????? ???? ?????? RM8.90

    Naturally, gorgeous skin often starts with your diet. This Mildly sweet milky bowl is definitely one of the perfect desserts to enhance your skin complexion. Using local refreshing papaya to slow boiled with Australia imported milk and high-grade peach gum, you are now one step closer to your beautiful skin.

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    Soft and chewy Bentong ginger glutinous rice balls (tang yuan) served in warm red dates broth. The traditional desserts get a modern makeover in Sugirl, get a perfect hot bowl to keep you and you love one warm now.????

     ???? ??????? ???? ????? RM7.90

    Derived from Bubur Chacha, one of the top desserts that enjoyed by Malaysian, this taro coconut milk sago comes with diced taro that offers the creamy and starchy texture, while the coconut provides a smooth and exotic feel to the dessert. A satisfying, filling & delicious breakfast or light dessert drink!?


     ?????? ??? ???? ???? RM5.90

    If you simply can’t decide between the flavors (or love them all equally), this combo contains all three of them. Enjoy all goodness in one bowl now!

     ?????? ???? ????? RM5.90

    This classic dessert will satisfy every sugar craving! Each taro ball is wonderfully chewy and made with all-natural ingredients, you can even taste the goodness from the yam chunk in every bite. Come with soothing red date brown sugar syrup too. 

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    The chewy and bouncy texture of the sweet potato balls has found a way to most of our heart's stomachs. They can be enjoyed hot on a cooling night or cold in the summer heat, topped with your favorite sweet soup.

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    The deep roasted nutty flavor takes the taro ball to a new level, Its smoothness and density contrast with its chewy texture, we are sure you won’t be disappointed!

    Ginger Tang Yuan (with red date brown sugar syrup) RM5.90


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    They are absolutely decadent, with intensely flavorful, sinfully rich, and aromatic lava filling oozing out of the dumplings. Served with warm osmanthus sweet soup that packed with rich floral aromas and health benefits.

    ?????All desserts starting from RM6.90. Now Purchase above RM50 (not including delivery fee) will get one free bottle of Sugirl Collagen Booster. If you would like to order or make a pre-order, please order from : 

    ?? www.sugirldesserts.beepit.com
    ?WhatsApp : https://wa.me/60163476964
    Opening hour : 12pm - 9pm (Monday to Saturday)
    Delivery Area : Mainly focus in PJ area (plus-minus 10km radius, you may check via beepit link that attached as above)

    Facebook : Sugirl Desserts
    Instagram : @sugirl.desserts

    L'Occitane BIG Little Things Recycling Program

    5.02.2020

    don't waste your second chance

    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 V2.0

    With the success of its 1st program, the brand has since updated their program to version 2 which instead of the initial 6 qualified exchanges it is now 10 exchanges for 1 reward and gradually qualified tiers gets better. In summary, you need more empties to get a reward and they added an additional 2 reward items in the tiers. It's twice as hard now compared to the first one.

    绳艺帝国 VSNEW 
     6 empties = 1 stamp 10 empties = 1 stamp
     5 tiers 7 tiers
     *NEW* shower gel + divine youth oil added
     70 empties = bonus RM10 voucher
    comparison between old and new program

    I think the brand has realized Malaysians have many plastics and it was too easy to achieve for the first program and rewards were fast gone!

    P.S: Yes when I went for mine, the rewards were out of stock but thankfully they still honor the reward by asking me to come back again when the stocks are replenished! 

    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.

    Big Little Things V1 2019

    Big Little Things V2 (April 2020 onwards)

    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. 


    BODY CARE
    SHOWER GEL:  250ML and above
    FOAMING BATH / REFILL PACK : 500ML and above
    BODY LOTION: 200ML and above
    BODY OIL: 100ML and above
    BODY BALM: 100ML and above
    BODY SCRUB: 200ML and above
    DEODORANT: 50ML and above
    EDT OR EDP: 10ML and above

    HAIR CARE
    HAIR SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER: 250ML and above
    HAIR MASK: 200ML and above
    HAIR OIL: 100ML and above
    HAIR MIST: 125ML and above
    HAIR TONIC: 100ML and above

    FACE CARE
    FACE MOISTURIZER: 50ML and above
    FACE CLEANSER: 125ML and above
    FACE MASK: 65ML and above
    FACE TONER: 200ML and above
    FACE CLEANSING OIL: 200ML and above
    FACE CLEANSING MILK: 200ML and above
    FACE BOOSTER: 30ML and above
    FACE UV: 30ML and above
    FACE MIST: 50ML and above
    FACE LOTION: 150ML and above
    FACIAL SCRUB: 75ML and above
    EYE: 15ML and above
    FACE SERUM: 30ML and above
    SHAVING GEL: 150ML and above
    AFTER SHAVE: 75ML and above

    HAND CARE
    HAND & FOOT  CREAM: 30ML and above
    HAND WASH: 300MLand above
    HAND SCRUB: 75ML and above

    OTHERS
    AROMA ESSENTIAL OIL: 10ML and above
    PILLOW MIST:100ML and above

    ACCEPT BUT NO STAMP :
    Cosmetic / Travel sizes items / Item not available at L’Occitane



    *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

    Nine Stores in Klang Valley

    1) L'Occitane 1Utama (Petaling Jaya)
    2) L'Occitane Sunway Pyramid (Petaling Jaya)
    3) L'Occitane Suria KLCC (Kuala Lumpur)
    4) L'Occitane The Gardens (Kuala Lumpur)
    5) L'Occitane Pavilion (Kuala Lumpur)
    6) L'Occitane Sogo (Kuala Lumpur)
    7) L'Occitane Bangsar Village II (Kuala Lumpur)
    8) L'Occitane IOI City Mall (Putrajaya)
    9) L'Occitane Setia City Mall (Shah Alam)

    Six Stores in Outstation

    1) L'Occitane Gurney Plaza (Penang)
    2) L'Occitane Queensbay Mall (Penang)
    3) L'Occitane Mahkota Parade (Melaka)
    4) L'Occitane Southkey Megamall (Johor)
    5) L'Occitane The Spring Kuching (Sarawak)
    6) L'Occitane Imago KK Time Square (Sabah)

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

    What To Do During MCO?

    4.27.2020

    how I stay sane during MCO

    It is a difficult time for all of us during Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia which is just a form of lockdown but with more freedom than what you would expect from an actual lockdown. Gradually, it became stricter but I am still grateful to be able to go out for essentials in my neighborhood. 

    The Malaysia MCO started on the 18th of March 2020, and it continues till (I don't know when). I was expecting even before it was announced by the Government. Even if the Gov did not suggest it, I would have done so for my own team for fear of the pandemic. Traveling via public transportation isn't exactly helping especially for my staff who have to brave through the LRT cramped with hundreds of people every day.

    Even for myself, I take the bus, MRT, and then LRT on a daily basis just to get to work.

    (towards the increase of infections, I started taking Grab/MyCar out of my own pocket).

    I was grateful when it started, the ability to work from home is God sent, however, working from home started to take a toll on my mental health as I soon find myself in a state of depression. I am used to being alone or left to do my own activities but during MCO, it is the mere fact that one cannot escape outside that enprisons your mind, and soon eats away at your spirits.

    MCO week 2, I chop 4 inches of my hair out of frustration, or maybe because I was under the impression that I am a natural-born hairstylist - wrong.

    I started planning on how I could channel my mental state to be distracted with things that I could do right at home and today I wanted to share, in a simple list how you can do so too.

    You know besides cooking, working, etc.



    MY #MCO TO-DO-LIST

     easy to do home DIYs

    Home Makeovers
    This is something that some of us might put off in the past, but right now you have all the time in the world to actually start repairing, transforming, or upcycling something at home. Whatever the budget you have or none at all, you have the power to change your home to what you want within your limitations and capabilities. The more "hardy/talented" you are, the more you can do.

    Top 1: Go online to buy and research prices! I shop on Shopee a lot because it gives me the freedom to choose who I want to buy from and read reviews before I buy. Be sure to buy ready-stock and if you need it fast, get it from local sellers (check with them first!).

    make the best of being at home!


    turned my balcony into a tea-time stalking corner


    turned my toilet into an urban jungle poo place


    repair whatever I can find at home


    figuring out ways to hide ugly areas

    Me? I resorted to Youtube videos and Pinterest pictures to help me makeover some really annoying items that I have been putting off for the past 5 years at home. For instance:
    1. I DIY my ugly study table and then more
    2. I makeover my balcony from (ugh don't wanna sit there) to (yay let me be here whole day)
    3. I change my barren ugly toilet, to a mini jungle toilet, so now I poo in the jungle.


    I'm planning more makeovers as I have a lot of grudges at my tiny home of 500sft. It is a rental so therefore a lot of existing furnishing, mood, theme, fixtures are not exactly what I am looking for.  However, since I can't afford my own property, I will have to do makeovers that's rental friendly. Rental friendly means, you can reverse it back to the way it is or that it doesn't actually damage/change entirely what's not yours in the first place. Else, you're going to be slap with a hefty fine by your owner or risk losing your deposit.

    A lot of youtube videos home makeovers are catered to rental friendly! 

    Decluttering
    Thanks to Marie Kondo's 2019 Spark Joy movement, most of us are aware of the fundamental steps to a home where no clutter can clutter your mind no more. I am still working on this, struggling to part aways with all my "precious". As a shopaholic and box hoarder, I kept a lot of "maybes" at home, tucked away at any corner I could find. The maybes are items that maybe I would use say for as a gift, as a storage, as packaging when I deliver things. So many maybes.

    I just need to say there's no maybe! who cares!

    kitchen decluttering watch my IG-Story here

    I did declutter my kitchen, which was the first place I started in my home. The Kitchen was filled with all sorts of thingamajigs, and I couldn't understand how just two-person needed 20 cups and 30 plates at home. Besides items that could be donated, there are a lot of items that you don't realize can be clean and recycled (plastics/paper/glass). Since I live near Tesco and Ikea, there are recycling hubs there. If you live near 1Utama, they have a huge recycling program as well (including the latest food-compost program here).

    Tip 1: You can pack and donate them to those who need it, or to your building cleaners.
    Tip 2: You need a lot of garbage bags to prepare for decluttering.
    Tip 3: Clean your beauty stuff, they can be recycled at L'Occitane / Melvita stores.

    IPC recycling station

    Tesco recycling stations


    Plant Therapy

    Ok, I am ashamed that in the midst of decluttering, I am actually adding more things into my home! But wait, these things make up a part of my home. In my ultimate search for peace, tranquility, and serenity. While I was decluttering, I actually regretted spending my money on items such as beauty products that, could not stand the test of time. Either the packaging disintegrates or it expires. Why oh why I have so many of these that I pay good money for, but ultimately, in the end, is worth nothing?

    I murdered a lot of plants before I got here

    gardening as a therapeutic hobby 

    I do realize I only have one face, one skin and I do not need all these things. So yes slowly I have started getting rid of it even before MCO started. I hope to be able to sell them at a relatively cheap price to find them new homes because I still love them, just can't keep them.

    The money earned from my garage sales, I turn them into improving my tiny home. I bought plants, started propagating them as well. They make my tiny home a joy to be in. Every morning I would wake up to greet my plants all standing proud and tall with the sunlight streaming in my balcony window. 

    Never in a million years would I thought, I will be a plant person. I never had a green thumb anyway, whatever plants that fell into my hands, died in one way or another. Call me the murderer if you will. When I moved into my tiny home, I fell in love with Monsteras and brought back two. Now I had my ups and downs and even shared on social media to seek help on reviving them. They went to hell, back, and hell again with me. At one point, I wanted to give them away to a friend in a bid to save them.
    My experiences, and watching a lot of plant gurus on Youtube, helped me to stay strong and persevere through my green journey. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, I fell in love with plants and wanted MORE! I studied and plan, precisely what plants I would need. Mind you I did not just buy any plants, I wanted specific plants that would suit the ecosystem that I am building at home.


    find ways to make your home your home a healing sanctuary

    Most of them are air-purifying plants, and most of them to my dismay are indoor plants that can't stand the sun. My balcony is a south-facing one so it gets sun-like from morning till evening. I learned that my Monsteras absolutely hates this and I did torture them out there for a while before I learn, no they did not like to bath under the sun.

    There's just so much I could share about my journey but I want to keep this short, right now I have nearly 100 plants at home (started from just two Monsteras). I propagated and even gave them to my best friends and family. The joy of seeing them grow, give birth (well u know) is such a therapeutic experience.

    I now enjoy gardening right on my balcony, having the earth in between my fingers, getting down and dirty, seeing life grow right at home.

    They're the gift that keeps on giving (when they love you back).

    If like me, you're finding yourself going mental. Try any of the suggestions I shared and I hope they would help you reach the joy of being at home.


    Hope this helps! Stay strong and stay safe!


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