Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A New Brother In Law!

When I first started dating Hubby, this girl was only in Standard Six. Fast forward to nearly twelve years later, this little girl is not only married, but siap langkah bendul two of her elder sisters lagi. *giggles*

Alhamdulillah, the wedding is now done and dusted. Thankfully, the bride was gracious enough to hire a wedding planner and exempt yours truly from making the wedding dessert table. Therefore, this whole wedding experience was soooo different from the last wedding we organized in the family. No baking cakes or carting mason jars around. Seriously, all I had to do was look good.

Hence here are the photos of all of us looking good during the day:

One with the sister-in-laws.

Hubby looking dashing in emerald green.

Photobombed by the groom.

Love this hand drawn poster.

One with the bride.

The view in the morning before the event. Tables were still naked!

The afternoon nikah.

Door gifts for our guests.

Cuties bertugas pegang bunga manggar.

Check out this cutie! 
The two boys.

The poolside wedding at night.

One with the SPK girls.

And their husbands.

Aiden completely ignored the wedding, he was too busy playing this at the clubhouse.

With the new brother in law, this brings the family to a total of 12 members!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

TV Panel

The main intent of the house renovation was to segregate the living hall from the chaotic dominance of the kiddos. Our previous living hall was like a one stop shop; not only did we entertain guests there but the kids watched TV, ate and even slept in the same space. Toys littered the floor, sofa pillows were stained with milk marks, comforter tido piled in a corner... Well you get the gist.

With the new family hall, my dreams of having a separate elegant and pristine living hall for entertaining finally came true. But first, we had to move the TV and the TV panel out of the living hall and into the family hall. Kalau tak move the TV, serupa la macam tak buat ape ape... It's like the kids gravitate towards wherever the TV is!

Anyway, Hubby being Mr Thrifty (well one of us had to be it, kalau tak habis lah our savings #imsuchashopaholic)... He wanted to salvage our TV panel. He refused flat out to pay for a new one. I was sort of on the fence. I guess I just didn't have the faith in Hubby, acting like Mr DIY and all. To add on to that, our renovation contractor had some doubts about whether they could rip off remove the TV panel without damaging its structural integrity. Ms Pushy (that would be me) told them to at least try. I mean, if it breaks in the removal process, then Hubby would simply have to accept it with a heavy heart and toss it into the bin... But at least he knew they tried.

Instructions for our renovation contractor. See how the kids conveniently laid their toys on the side?

The removal process.

Happy to report that from using a substantial number of workforce and some very careful prying, they managed to take the whole thing out in one piece. The very next day, Hubby got to work with redoing the TV panel. Using some laminated flooring from Houz Depot, he completely transformed the originally white TV panel, to a 'wooden' look that matched our family hall floor!

Work in progress.

Eons ago I had this 'brilliant' idea of painting over the brown drawers. It took me an entire night to scrape the white paint off (using a spoon!), to get them back to its original brown.

Looks easy enough! Simply cut the laminated strips to fit, and glue them to the surface.

Glue for laminated flooring.

Unfortunately the laminated strips were not long enough to fit the entire width of the panel.

I initially thought that the lines in between strips of the laminated flooring would look ugly. But Hubby was right, I barely noticed it once the transformation was complete. So so happy with the end results! But what's more important, is that we didn't break the bank to get what we wanted. Every cent matters!

Tadaaaaaa... the end results!

How our family hall looks now.

Remember our living hall sofa? We turned one sofa around 90degrees to transform it into an L-shaped sofa. Wide and comfy enough to cuddle up for a movie!

A new TV panel would have cost us more than RM2k (based on our observations at the recent HomeDec). With this DIY, we spent ~RM350 for two boxes of laminated flooring, some glue and a brush. I love DIY projects!

Bottom line is, reuse and recycle whatever you can. And, have faith in your husband once in a while. *chuckles*

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Blues

Hello peeps! How's your week treating you? Me? I landed myself a bout of diarrhea right after my sister in law's wedding. Great luck right? But that didn't stop me from hosting a post-wedding breakfast for the extended family, afternoon tea for the groom's family and attending a thank you dinner by the newly weds.

Anyway... today is my first day back at work - hence the Friday Blues. Before I get started with blog posts on the wedding and the house revamp, here is a recap of my week before the wedding!

The Interior Designer Makeover
Super happy with the end results, but unfortunately I'll keep the 'after' photos tucked away in my camera for a little bit more. For now, here are some photos from when they were doing the make over. (If you can't wait for my after photos, head over to my Interior Designer's official IG: Lentera Creative for his photos. Jangan sangkut tengok rumah Fasha Sandha jer ok... Scroll lower *chuckles*)

So happy with your work, Am!

Curtains for the dining hall.

Curtains for the living hall.

Work in progress.

Rumah Kena Terjah
Welcomed our first few visitors at our humble abode. My aunts were the first to pay us a visit. I treated them to a home-cooked lunch, a freshly baked birthday cake, followed by tea in the garden gazebo. Right after that, a neighbour dropped by too to see the house transformation with her own two eyes.

Impromptu pound cake.

Kena terjah.. aaaccckkk!

Sad News
While I was already on leave in preparation for my SIL's wedding, I received a message asking whether I knew any doctors in the neighbourhood who could attend to an emergency - it turned out to be a case of drowning at our clubhouse pool. Menggeletar masa baca that message. I immediately called a fellow doctor neighbour whom I knew was on leave and she rushed to the pool to help. Unfortunately, one of the child who drowned did not survive. *cries* If you can, please sedekahkan Al-Fatihah for adik Sakinah. She is truly an anak syurga.

Doa Selamat
We hosted a doa selamat for my SIL's wedding, two nights before the actual wedding. An hour before the event was to start, our renovation contractor finally put the finishing paint touches on the kitchen ceiling, and cleared the maid's room off their construction equipment. Talk about getting it done in the nick of time!

Gang jubah hitam... not!

My favourite step sister came over for a gossip session too!

The Alphabet Duck
A fellow duckie graciously extended her invite to me for the VIP preview of Duck's latest LE scarf - the Alphabet Duck. Coincidentally a friend received an invite too so we made it into a girly date! Although I thought the price was a bit too much for a scarf, I still ended up buying one - naturally the letter L, of course! Oh Vivy, you have turned me into a full blown Duckie!!! *quackquack* During the event, I met a lady who introduced herself to me as my blog reader! It was such a delightful experience ;)

Crazy quacks at the Alphabet Duck VIP preview.

My name is L! Or should it be an A? Hmm...

Thank You Dinner
Last but not least, the thank you dinner from the newlyweds marked the start of my diarrhea terror. To be clear, I don't think it was the spread from the said dinner as my maid and I already had some stomach discomfort earlier. Rather, we concluded it was probably one of the meals we had in between the entire wedding chaos. 

We occupied three tables at Muhibbah! Kesian newly weds had to foot the bill. *giggles*

Look at that spread... food coma!

Showing off my KL Duck in Ash Blue. This is suchhhh a hot colour to own!

Anyway, that's all from me. Hope you all have a productive weekend. Me? I'll probably be slaving over Aiden's books - it's exam week!!! Hopefully I'll get to squeeze in a movie... have you guys watched Deepwater Horizon? 

Till next time, bye!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Makeup Splurge

I am never one to experiment with things. Adventurous? Definitely not me. I am so tame and cautious, I've been using the same type of compact powder (brand and even colour) since at least 10 years ago.

(Oh, I'm a cheapskate too. I use lipsticks that I redeem from the Back-to-MAC program - the one where you return six primary packaging in return for a free lipstick. But let's not dwell on that, shall we? *chuckles*)

Talking about lipsticks, my gang pagar introduced me to the world of matte lipsticks. I love how the plush pigment rich colours would envelope my lips in a velvet matte finish. And the best part... they are long wearing too! Sooooo unlike gloss or shiny lipsticks that would wear off even from just a sip of coffee. So I tried one out, and to cut a long story short - I've been using the same brand and colour since then.

Until recently, a friend enticed me with the world of Colour Pop. Yummy mattifying lippie colours and at a cheap price too! One lippie for USD6... ~RM25. *gasp* Super cheap!! Worth a special mention is the Ultra Matte Lip range - it applies like a gloss, but dries as an opaque matte lipstick. Rest assured that almost all of their lipsticks are vegan. Click on the FAQ at the Colourpop website - it lists colours that are not vegan-friendly. Worth also to note, that certain colours may look similar, but they are quite different once applied at your lips. And last but not least, know what colours will suit your skin tone. For me, I am no Kylie Jenner - I can't pull off the whole mauve look. It made me look like a walking corpse!

Just last month, Colourpop offered free international shipping (yes free!), for orders above USD50. I spent USD65 - and in return I received 13 items - 8 lipsticks, 2 eye shadows, 1 lip primer, 1 lip liner and 1 eye liner. Dirt cheappppppp... Those lippies will definitely last me the whole year!

Since this is not a makeup blog, I won't dwell on the formula, the shades bla bla bla, but instead I''ll let the photos of my recent splurge do the talking:

Free shipping!

Oh those luscious colours.... *drool*

Happy shopping, girls! ;)
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