Archive for October 2011

Praline Mocha Starbucks

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It is not a doubt that I love Starbucks coffee. I used to just drink instant coffees. But since a friend introduced me to Starbucks coffee 11 years ago, I started to like drinking real, brewed coffee.

But of course, when in Starbucks cafe, I'd order a frapuccino when I want it cold. I love Java Chips frap. I'd order Caramel Macchiato if I want a hot drink.

Recently, they offered Creme Brulee Macchiato which I missed. Really wanted to try it but... hmmmm... nevermind.

I and the hubs had a 3-hour escapade yesterday and we went to Starbucks Subang Parade. I saw a flavour I haven't tried before - Praline Mocha frap -  and I tried it. It was oh-so-divine.

Starbucks Praline Mocha - Moderately sweet with a hint of bitterness. Its coffee base is the Anniversary Blend.


A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

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For Twilighters who can't wait to see The Breaking Dawn Part 1, here's the soundtrack of the movie. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

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Let me know what you think of the love song: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. K?

Anyways, my sister and I can't wait to watch Edward and Bella's wedding at Breaking Dawn part 1. Is Edward going to give Bella one of those titanium wedding bands ? LOL. I am so into that story. Of course, not as much as the first time I read the books and watched the first Twilight movie installation. I guess I have mellowed down a lot. But since my sister is still into it, I kind of happy to go with her flow. ;)

Kona Coffee

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Considered as one of the most expensive coffees in the world, Kona Coffee is grown in Kona, Hawaii. It's been told that Samuel Reverend Ruggles brought the coffee from Brazilian cuttings. The combination of sunny mornings, little wind and mild nights in a porous, mineral rich volcanic soil creates a distinct taste of Kona coffee. It is only called Kona when it's grown in Kona, Hawaii.

Because of the rarity and and high price of Kona, some retailers sell Kona Blends where Kona is combined with Colombian, Brazilian and other foreign coffees. They usually contain 10% Kona coffee and the rest is comprised of other cheap coffees.

My sister  Joy, who now lives in Hawaii,  sent me several packs of Kona Blend coffee from Royal Kona. It's 10% Kona blended with other type of coffee. But there's one pack of 100% Kona Coffee from Muldavi she sent. I haven't opened the 100% Kona coffee yet. I am reserving it for special occasion. :P

How to enjoy Kona coffee?

If you have a Kuerig (which I don't have, it would be great). You can even serve a K-Cup coffee.

The taste of Kona coffee is affected by the quality of water you use. So when the water has a high mineral content, don't use it. Use the bottled water instead. Kona coffee is best prepared using French Press (which is what I have been using).

I like my coffee latte so I use fresh milk when I prepare my coffee. Here's how I prepare it. Warm the milk in a microwave oven, use the milk frother until the milk has enough froths/bubbles. Pour it over freshly brewed  Kona coffee. I use 3 teaspoons of sugar for a mug of coffee. Mix it. And enjoy it. Best when the person you drink coffee with loves coffee as well. LOL. My husband is not a coffee drinker but he drinks coffee with me from time to time.

The Third Has Come

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It is a happy news. Our third has finally come! It's such a touching story that our cousin, who is a practicing doctor has delivered his own baby. I can't just imagine the emotional thing that took place while he was delivering his own baby. This baby girl is the 3rd princess in the family. Meaning, in Peter's side of the family, she's the third girl.

We are happy to welcome the third princess in the family. The family is indeed getting bigger and bigger, with cousins getting married and giving birth to babies. I think the next thing we know, we would all be checking out prom dress at for our girls. But that's a little too advanced to think about.

For now, all we need to do is enjoy the kids while they're young. I sure do.

Photo Challenge: Lifestyle Photography

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Hello, photography buffs!

I am back to my photo challenge once again. And this time, I'm on lifestyle photography.

My family and some friends drove over to Port Klang to visit Logos Hope ship. We wanted to buy some books for the kids. On the way though, right at the gate of where the ship was, one of tires of the car was punctured. We parked on the roadside and while our husbands were busy fixing the tires, my friend and I went to this field and took some shots with my girl.

First photo was photo processed.

Second photo was taken right off the camera.

Which one do you prefer?

The Benefits of Net10

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Net10 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Because of people’s busy schedules and work tables, sometimes basic things like reloading airtime are forgotten. Some people only realize this when they try to call or send a message only for it to fail because of lack of airtime balance. Doing a postpaid would also be so expensive so we need to look for a silver lining. Thanks to Net10, we do not need to look for it anymore.  I guess a Real NET10 customer can say the same thing.

The benefits of Net10 are great: unlimited calls, texts, and data for only $50.00 a month and you can choose your own phone from any of the most trusted brands like LG, Nokia, Motorola, Kyocera and Samsung. Their services can easily be availed through buying your own Net10 phone then activating the service online in their website, . Here, you will see what What Rob has to say. By clicking the activate/reactivate button on the top of the page, the phone is easily activated. Try your new service by sending a message, calling or downloading any data. You can reload airtime balance online, in stores or even directly from your own phones.

They also offer and automatic plan which starts at $15.00 for 200 minutes through their Easy Minutes Plus plans. You can opt to Pay-As-You-Go and carry on your minutes just by adding whenever it is convenient for you. You are not also strictly bound to your plans as you can change it anytime you want without paying for any penalties.

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez

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It's going to be Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez in November this year. In fact, Manny has gone to the US to prepare for his match against Juan Manuel Marquez.

People, are you ready for Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez match?

My Very Own Spa

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Being a stay at home mom, I oftentimes dream of being massaged and pampered. I am glad that once in while when I go on trips, I could get massaged, or have a manicure and pedicure. It’s also one of the things that I look forward to when I travel to Thailand. Their hair and body spa services are a lot cheaper than what they have here.

I was amused when I read about Orbeez Soothing Spa. It is such a colorful and enjoyable way to have your hands and feet pampered and massaged! I was thinking , wouldn’t it be great to have my very own spa here at home? That way, I can be pampered anytime I want!

Breaking Dawn Wedding Photos

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For all you who are waiting patiently for The Wedding of the Century, Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part 1 Wedding photos are here. I took some print screen shots of them from their official trailer.

The Dashing groom, Edward Cullens

The hot vampire guests!

Breaking Dawn Part 1 is showing on November 18th in the US. Just not sure when it's going to be shown in Malaysia. But I and my sister are definitely going to watch it. :D

Hope you enjoy my Breaking Dawn wedding photos!

Galaxy Nexus | Ice Cream Sandwich

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Have you seen this new hype?

Galaxy Nexus. Ice Cream Sandwich. LOL.

I know how people can get crazy with naming gadgets nowadays... but to name it Ice Cream Sandwich is really catchy. People would easily buy it.

But what are the features of this New Ice Cream Sandwich machine? See the youtube video below:

Galaxy Nexus is the next generation of Nexus devices co-developed by Samsung and Google. Nexus combines innovative hardware with the newest version of Android, 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the latest Google mobile services.

Planning a Road Trip to Thailand

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My husband and I decided that we take our kids to his work in Thailand at least once a year. Last year, we went to Ranong twice. One in June and one in December. The kids truly had some fond memories in Thailand.

And so, at the end of the year, we're planning a road trip again to Thailand. Plan on driving from Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai, stay there for a couple of nights, head on to Ranong for a few nights and to Phuket to celebrate Christmas! Of course, since we're driving with the kids, we make sure roadside assistance will be within reach. But really praying nothing will happen.

I am sure we'll have a blast!

The Avengers | We're in this Together

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The Avengers, which is showing on May 4, 2012, is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based upon the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.

Here's the official trailer for The Avengers.

When an unexpected enemy emerges who threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

I am pretty sure, basing on the trailer... The Avengers is going to be awesome. Iron Man seems to be the hottest of them all. I just love his wits!

And yes, The Avengers soundtrack is We're in this Together performed by Nine Inch Nails. Check it out!

I wanna watch the Marvel Superheroes movies again though. I watched Captain America with my sister a couple of months ago at TGV Sunway Pyramid. We watched Thor on DVD that's connected to TV with long hdmi cables last month. I also watched Iron Man 2 with the hubs awhile back.

Really... The Avengers, basing on the trailer, spells A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

The Great Ocean Road | Aerial View

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This was probably my highlight when we went to Melbourne, Australia for a family trip. Okay. Not probably... but it definitely WAS my highlight. When we were planning for our itinerary (things to do while in Melbourne), a friend suggested we did the Great Ocean Road tour. I googled it and was interested with what I saw.

I have seen some great images and what struck me the most was the beautiful 12 Apostles and you could actually take the 12 Apostles Helicopter ride to view Port Campbell, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and yes, the aerial view of the 12 Apostles. My heart skipped a bit at the thought but at the same time, thought it was impossible for me to so. But my ever supportive husband encouraged me to do it.

And so, yes... we went for the Great Ocean Road tour and took the 12 Apostles Helicopter ride and saw the magnificent Great Ocean Road and its world famous attraction, the 12 Apostles.

Here are a few of my photos I took from up there, Down Under:

This was right after we took off.

The Great Ocean Road along Port Campbell aerial view.

To be able to take aerial photography of the 12 Apostles still blows my mind away. God, my Father, is that awesome to let me experience this "explosive out of the world experience." I am indeed so blessed.

When we came home the other day and when I was looking at the photos I took, I just broke down in tears, in awe of God's faithfulness in my life. And to be able to do this with my son is priceless.Yes, Schenker was with me and I was thrilled he could come with me. Really. I can't thank the Lord enough. 

More photos are coming, by the way. These are just teasers. :P

Steve Jobs

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He has contributed much to the technology world. Steve Jobs has done so much. But what can I say? He is a great loss to world of technology. But his time has come. It has come to an end.

It is just a sad news. But some things we never dare ask why. It's all in God's will.

Steve Jobs just lost his battle to cancer. And all the world's in grief.

I am pretty sure we will miss Steve Jobs greatly. I posted his culmination speech in one of the university graduation on my Facebook last time.I thought it was the best and most inspiring speech to give to the graduates. Ever. Really. It's hot! I must find the link again.

Anyways, Steve Jobs...  you have truly left a legacy. May you rest in peace.

I pray God will comfort the family and friends you have left behind.

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Pregnancy and Birth in the US

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My friend S just gave birth to a bouncy little boy, J. He is such a darling. And for a few days old, he's such a strong boy. I thank God for him.

While holding him, I was toying with the idea... Hmmm... would I want another one? The kids had been asking me for a new baby and I keep telling them no, not really.

Pregnancy for me is a happy moment. Giving birth is, as well. But taking care of the baby for the first few weeks has always been a struggle for me. And I am not sure whether I would want to go through the challenge for the 3rd time.

And so I am presenting you this graphic. I like it because there's a lot of information about pregnancy and child birth. Take a look.


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Unemployment has become a worldwide problem. I mean I have heard of this in our home country for years, but who would expect that this would be the same dilemma in the first world countries nowadays?

The news about so many people getting laid off by the day is just so disheartening. I hope this worldwide crisis will end soon. But there will always be opportunities for those who are patient enough to search online. ERP Jobs, for example, offer great opportunities for skilled people looking for a job.

So if you are one of those who are applying for a job the traditional way, try browsing online—there might be a job there waiting for you!