Gift Books for Kids, 2017

When it comes to kid’s birthday party, our kids definitely receive at least one of the toys such as dolls, logos, toys cars or similarly related kind of toys. Whether it’s from parents ourselves or guests. I started to look for more interesting gifts for my own child as well as others and they are books.

Books may sound boring to some children but I personally believein the value of reading habits which should be starting at early ages. I’ve been reading to my daughter Terena every night since she was less than 6 months and we are now reading at least a book before bedtime everyday. Terena reminds me too if I forget to do so especially after a long day or work. So yes, books. They will always be one of the greatest gifts. My daughter and I love to do book shopping at least once every two months.

Some book can be really fun and educated with interesting activities, amazing stories etc. So here are some books you might want to consider getting.

1. Maverick Children Books 

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I think Maverick children books are suitable for all children starting from early readers. They comes in high quality writing and a lot of interesting stories, and beautiful illustration. You will be spoiled by their variety of choices; picture books, board books, junior fiction and early readers. They are based in UK and publish 50 more titles this year 2017.

Some of my favourites are ‘Grandma Bendy’ and ‘The New LiBEARian’. Their price is reasonable at around £6.99. You can purchase them from www.maverickbooks.co.uk, worldwide shipping.

2. My Super Fun Playbook

Some of you may have already seen this through my Instagram platform but I will also put it up here for my readers not to miss it.

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This is a MUST-HAVE playbook for kids (from age 2-5). It’s not much about reading unless you can come up with a fun stories while playing them like what Terena and I always do. This fabric playbook is made with embroidered ornaments by sewing and stitching by hand. You can expect a very good quality of craftsmanship. It’s creative, fun, and educational at the same time. Terena and I have fun playing this together and sometimes I bring it with us whenever we travel together to keep her occupied (and try to stay away as much as we can from an Ipad). It’s lightweight and quite a time-consuming book.

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Overall. One great product to put your hands on for your children. This playbook also recently won Tillywig Brain Child Award Winner 2017. Congrats! I’m planning to get this for my friend’s son on his birthday this year too. Pretty sure he will like it just like Terena. Oh yes, it’s suitable for both boys and girls too.

You can get it from www.smarterconcepts.com.hk, worldwide shipping.

3. The Magic of My Name

This can be an awesome personalized gift with a child name customized in this book. Beside that, there are a total of 4 characteristics for each boys or girls to choose from for no additional costs, Each book will contains at least 38 pages depending on a child name. You can add in some notes in a book for free too so it could be a nice happy birthday wishes for a birthday gift for examples.

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Terena and I both enjoy this book for bedtime. I strongly recommend. Good customized story and book with beautiful illustration printed in good quality papers.

Price is at SGD41.99 (USD29.99) with standard cover or (optional) hard cover with an additional cost of SGD4.99. It’s suitable for children from 0 to 8 years old. Get it from www.themagicofmyname.com.sg

Hope it helps you with some gifts ideas and happy reading to all. x

Love, nira.

Chilling Your Fat Away by Zimmer

If you are unsure of how to get rid of your unwanted body (and stubborn) fat, this post may help you with the decision making.

Before getting into more details of how to get rid of stubborn fat; please allow me to explain why I needed fat reduction treatment so bad when some of you may thought that I am already quite a petite size. I do exercise regularly and not giving myself too much stress on controlling my diets because I love to eat good food. However, due to am unfortunate accident in December last year, I’ve sprained my ankle on the very first day of my Koh Lipe Beach trips and it’s still not fully recovered yet because I was simply careless. Since then, a doctor gave me some advices on my exercise routines; no more crazy cardio or any movements involving my ankle. I can’t really do my favorite plank to strengthen my abs as well. Imagine how much I hated seeing my tummy fat growing. Even before this injury, I still could not get rid of my all tummy fats after giving birth especially the lower part. Therefore, they are called “stubborn fat”. So these are all the reasons I went into searching for suitable treatments. But there are many choices. Liposuction is a no for me even if the results are immediate. I’m afraid of pain and my body is prone to keloid. No more scars please.

One day, I was introduced to the newest 2nd generation of Cryo-Lipolysis, simply called “Zimmer”. I decided to do more research on it and I was very interested because it is non-invasive, gentle, no side effects and no downtime.

I went for a consultation with Dr Patricia Yuen because I trusted her with all experiences, awards given, and patients reviews. She assessed my problem areas and discussed more in detail on Zimmer treatment. Although she did not consider my tummy fat to be as bad as I thought but it was still quite obvious due to my smaller body size. Thus, a onetime treatment was recommended for me to be able to see the results after 2-4 weeks.

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I wasn’t nervous since I was told that it’s pain-free and I need not worry about scars at all.

There are 4 spots to be treated altogether; left and right side waist, left and right side of lower tummy areas. One hour of treatment is needed for each spot. However, they did two spots at the same time to save myself more time so I took only two hours instead of four.

Here’s a before photo of my unflattering shape problems.

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After getting changed, Dr Yuen marked a few spots on my body where machines will be placed onto the problem areas. The next step was putting on cold gel pads to protect my skin from any damages by -5 degrees from treatment process. It might sounds a little scary but it is not at all. Keep this in mind, minus degree = minus your fat. *chuckles*

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It was a very cold pad I was told. I felt more like a facial mask I did every week, except it was on my tummy this time.

There are a total of two machines involved in the Zimmer treatment. The first machine, Z Lipo will target fat deposits by using pulsating suction and cool them down. The intensity can be set to one of ten different levels, that can also be adjusted during treatment.

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Z Lipo can set up the desired temperature of the cooling plates to as low as -10°C; to treat thicker abdominal fat. However, I was suggested to be treated at about -5°C because of a thinner fat layer and it’s more suitable for patients with a higher sensitivity to cold as well.

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The treatment started with the feeling of my fat being vacuumed for an hour. It was a little weird but there was no pain at the beginning. However, I did feel a little bit of burnt and swelling during the last ten minutes of this first machine. I do not have a very high tolerant of pain and I levelled this pain as very very minor.

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When they removed it, I had big red patches that look like a ham on my body. But still, not much of a pain.

Then, we moved on to the next/last machine, Z WavePro. This helps with skin tightening and body contouring by using radial shockwaves.

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Red patches which you see on my body was the result from first machine. And what Z Wave Pro does next; is to directly removing those patches with cellulite, unwanted fat, stretch marks etc. This step took only 5 minutes for each area and it wasn’t painful at all. It felt more like a massage machine to me. Well… I love massage (Random).

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Fat reduction results should be visible after 4 weeks. However, it depends on the individual. You cannot expect to see a slimmer body if you are still eating junk food, snacking at night, and no exercise at all. You get what I mean? So do take care of your lifestyle too.

This is my result after only 2 weeks. I put before and after photos together so you can easily see tell there are definitely some changes there.

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I can see more side curves as well as flatter lower tummy areas but not much of a skin tightening (probably because it’s only two weeks after a procedure). I hope to see more results on that soon.

As a side note, I have been on the very basics of a healthy diet (no food and snacks after dinner at least) and keeping up with minor exercises. That could also be a reason why it only takes 2 weeks to be able to see faster result.

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I’m happy with this choice after all.

Not all of us are suitable for the same aesthetic treatments so I suggest all my readers to consult a certified dermatologist before making a final decision. Lastly, I want to thank Dr Patricia Yuen and her assistants for a smooth procedure and being very informative and friendly yet professional with me.

Please do kindly take note this is a sponsored post but reviews are purely based on my personal opinions and not my sponsors.

Love, nira

Mommy’s Surprise Part 1

Hello all. I’m back again.

It’s about Terena’s 4th birthday! We already celebrated not very long ago and I’m so happy everything went smoothly as I planned 2-3 weeks ahead. The past 2 years we celebrated Terena’s birthday with a nice simple dinner with a family and this year I thought of doing something different. Something with a lot of surprises yet I don’t need to overspend on throwing such a huge fancy party.

So what came into my mind first?

Small house party? Or. Bring her to a city nearby to play? Throw a small party in her school with her classmate? Barbeque party? A few thoughts came in but I was already buying the first one.

A small house party with a few close friends of Terena and I, cousins and family. That will do. So what I really needed to plan was food, small decoration, small guest lists and some activities. Terena will not be home before lunch time so I have the whole morning! On her birthday I woke up at around 6am as usual getting some stuff ready and waiting for…

THIS. Mommy’s surprise for her 4th birthday!

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Pretty balloons!! I ordered pink, red, white and a bit of silver to go with a theme Terena would like.

Terena loves balloons and she is already so happy to have just one in her hand. The last time I bought her one was a year plus ago. haha. I’m seriously the kind who do not like to buy too many toys or unnecessary stuffs for her (her dad and grandparents already spoil her enough). I’m happy to buy her books only.  But well… I spoiled her big one on her birthday this year.

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Took me about half and hour to happily arrange them. Not only kids like balloons you know? *chuckles*

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Probably the only one nice portrait shot of myself so I uploaded it anyway. *chuckles*

Anything too fancy was out of my choice for food but easily grab-and-chill like pizza, snacks and drinks! Food which makes people feel like home! I ordered them 5 days in advance and they delivered exactly on time. Thank you!

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Why cook right? hehe.

Coming next was hello kitty cupcakes from our cousins! Oh yea.. I decided to go with Hello Kitty theme simply because Terena likes it. I also did ask the guests to wear pink if possible haha.

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Believe it or not they were not just pretty looking but so yummy (according to most guests who tasted them because I was cutting down on sweets). Thank you very much for your cupcakes ka!

Another cake was delivered right after as well but I forgot to take a clear picture of it. Never mind, next.

Terena and daddy arrived with her gift from daddy, a new bicycle! (you see who spoiling her. haha)

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ps. I love that dress on her. Credit to me please.

And the best part I was waiting…

Her first impression when she saw a surprise from me!

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Kids and their expression are just speechless. They show what they really feel don’t they. *chuckles*

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I love love love. At least now I know how good it felt to be spoiling her so bad for once.

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I didn’t keep my last surprise long. Next, a balloon twister! I called him that unless you can suggest me a better name haha. I believed all the kids will like him (some adults as well).

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And Terena had fun sword-fighting with daddy.

While we were waiting for all the guests to arrive at noon, we spent good quality time together; chit-chat, balloon fighting, taking pictures and snacking.

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One way to make a mom the happiest mom on earth is simply just to see her child happy. Although it’s so difficult and frustrating to balance my family building and work sometimes, but I’m trying my best and I hope that my best will be enough, always.

Look out for the part 2 soon. x

Love, Nira.

28th and Loved

Some updates about my life here.

Terena has just started her play school not very long ago. She did cry (and was clinging to me like a Koala bear) for the first 3 days right after I left her with the teachers but she is fine after fourth day onwards. It’s good that she didn’t take a long time to adapt. No mothers like to see their own kids tearing and begging for them not to leave right? But we have to do it anyway. Because the longer you stay, the more emotional and anxious they become. Bad for them. After 2 weeks her teacher mentioned that Terena is very observant, independent and likes to help other kids. As a mother, I’m happy to hear that and also very proud of her.

Anyway, it was my birthday last week. Believe it or not I almost forgot my own birthday this year, thanks to my family and friends. When people start asking me how am I going to celebrate this year, my answer was all the way “I don’t know”. Maybe a simple home-cooked dinner at home with my loved ones will do but my hubs wasn’t in town. I hope I’m not turning into a boring person. *chuckles* Then again, I think I’m a very lucky lady. Good things usually happens when I don’t expect them. First, a bouquet of beautiful white roses was delivered to my doorstep with a meaningful messages.

Ok. I took quite a bit of photos with this bouquet. Not everyday I have a chance to do this right. I love roses, especially white. x

This year I also received two lovely orange boxes. Thank you! Definitely love them a lot.

Richelle also bought me a cake before she was going to make her way to the airport. Even though I didn’t like the taste of it at all but I love and appreciate her thought and effort (she thought it was green tea favour but it wasn’t.. haha some kinds of nuts or beans). Oh yes, and I told her that. There is no need to lie between good friends. She herself didn’t like the taste of it too haha. But all of us (including Terena) had a great time. Terena loves cake!

You can’t see her face here but I think you can easily tell from her body gesture that she was waiting and wanting that cake! *chuckles*

Terena also received her belated birthday gifts. My girl was so happy. She loves that phone the most but unfortunately for her, I limit how much time she can play with it. My friend actually saved photos and videos of Terena since a newborn in that phone. Sweet and very thoughtful gift for her (and for me too).

And again, thank you to all of you, family, friends, acquaintances for your birthday wishes, gifts, good thoughts and efforts. Some of you’ve made my birthday so special to me and I feel very blessed with loves.

End this post with the best gift ever and forever, my Terena. I never believed love at first sight until the day I saw you as a peanut size in black and white screen.

Love, nira

Bee in Pattaya

I’m back for a short post, with some photos of Terena too.

My family and I were looking for a short getaway to another city in Thailand and we chose Pattaya because it’s pretty near Bangkok at about at about 100km or 2 hours plus drive. Honesty, I never really fancy much about this city simply because the beach are just too dirty to swim in it and a lot of single males (both tourist and local) go there for entertainment reasons. Don’t think you need me to explain further on this. However, in a positive side, there are many good and cheap seafood restaurants, fun spots for shopping and massage places. It could be a fun place if you have the right companions, and not too high of an expectation.

We spent a night in Hilton Pattaya Hotel and I simply loved that place. Good hotel and excellent services. Food is quite alright but I still suggest you to eat out since you can find many nice local restaurants over there.

A swimming pool in this hotel has a nice view of Pattaya beach and this is where I enjoyed quite a lot. The fun part is to get Terena into a pool with me in a super adorable bee swimming suit I got for her in Bangkok at only 300 Bath. It came with a cap too but somehow her daddy preferred her without it so I did a simple bun for her instead.

There are wings at the back too. I’m a serious sucker for cute baby stuffs. And this one is definitely worth every cents. I took quite a number of photos of her in this suit.

And this one is my current favourite.

While I was getting myself ready after her, I came out of a bathroom to see this…

Needless to say, she learned from me. She has been following a lot of things I do in my daily routine including what I do in my workshop, some household stuffs (simple things such as throwing rubbish into a bin, tidy up her own toys) etc.

You see, mother is definitely the first teacher of a child. I’ve became more careful of what I do and try to be a good example for her. I admit I do have bad habits too and now step is to try to kick those off. No one says it will be easy but I will try my best.

ps. Any judgement on how I should raise my kid is not necessary. My husband and I know our jobs and responsibilities. Thank you.

Love,
Nira