Public Speaking Workshop for Kids

Have you planned activities for your kids for March school break? What about something that helps them improve confidence?


Speaking in front of a group of people is probably one of the fears of, not just adults, but children as well. Some of us, grown-ups, get nervous, jittery, scared and sweaty when we’re about to speak in public, like on a stage, in front of colleagues or classmates, or going for a job panel interview. 

But what if there’s something we can do to help our kids be better than us? Help them build their confidence at an early age? I believe that public speaking need not be a scary experience. It should be something natural for kids, just like how speaking to friends feels like. Children should be confident and not develop any fear from speaking, whether it’s in front of 1 person or 10 or 100. 

Good thing nowadays is that there are workshops and trainings for kids to develop and practice public speaking. Some of us may not have the skills to train our children (well, if some of us are nervous about this task ourselves…haha!) but there are good trainers out there who can help your child or children. 

This coming school holidays in March, a public speaking workshop for kids will be held at Mont Kiara by Kian Tan, founder of Kids Public Speaking Mont Kiara Academy to help kids develop confidence and clarity through public speaking and real-life activities. 

Kids Public Speaking School Holiday Workshop 
       Dates: 20 & 21 March 2017 (Mon & Tues) 

       Ages: 7 – 12 years old 
       Price per ticket: RM350
  • March 20th (Day 1) 930am-330pm
  • March 21st (Day 2) 930am-1pm / Parents session on Day 2 at 11:30am
  • Snack and lunch provided on Day 1. Snack provided on Day 2. 

Venue: Level 1, Block B, Plaza Mont Kiara, No. 2, Jalan Mont’ Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. 

Please be advised that seats are limited to 15 participants per workshop to allow time for one-on-one coaching each child.

7 benefits of public speaking development for children:
  1. Be more confident – as a child becomes more comfortable and confident in speaking, this also helps in making them confident in what they do or say
  2. Increase self-esteem – becoming more confident helps a child boost their self-awareness
  3. Be more expressive and communicative – public speaking helps a child develop stronger skills to express himself and communicate openly
  4. Have more effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills – whether it’s talking out loud, speaking to peers or writing their thoughts, children develop better communication skills when trained to speak in public
  5. Be better at planning – because public speaking requires organized thinking before speaking, children will learn how to plan a speech before they carry it out
  6. Be more persuasive – speaking in public helps children develop skills to persuade or convince an audience with what they’re saying
  7. Be better prepared for their future – once a child develops the skills to speak with confidence, persuasion and impact, this will stay with him until he grows up and help him on his way to success, whether it’s for a job or own business. Being a powerful speaker makes a big difference. 

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Let’s help our kids develop their confidence and skills! Public speaking should be fun and enjoyable for children! Who knows, maybe our child will be as good as (or better) than the great public speakers of our time!

Trainer’s Profile – get to know your child’s trainer:

The trainer, KIAN TAN (on the left)
Kian Tan started Kids Public Speaking Mont Kiara Academy to help kids develop confidence and clarity through public speaking so that they can achieve their highest potential and early start of success. 

Graduated with Bachelor of Business Degree from University Technology, Sydney (Australia) majoring in Accounting & Finance, Kian started off as professional working in Big Four accounting firm. In 2004, he is the only Malaysian candidate selected to participate in the Global Development Exchange program where he was seconded to San Francisco, USA for 1 1⁄2 years together with 100 high-performing professionals from 30 different countries. 

Kian’s passion for training started since 2003 when he joined Toastmasters International. In his 2nd public speech addressing a small group of audience, he was totally blank and began sweating on stage. He realized he couldn’t continue to let the fear of public speaking consumed him. He studied, researched and watched over 10-years of World Champion Speeches’ videos (over 500 hours) to learn everything about public speaking. Since then, he was able to breakthrough his fear and won runner-ups and champions in various speech competitions including humorous, evaluation and international speech contests. Kian is also member of D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club, Past President of DKCTM Club, Past Area B1 Governor and was voted Division B Toastmaster of the Year for District 51. 

He followed his passion and became trainer for various workshops including Youth Leadership Program, Speechcraft workshop, TLI training and Train-The-Trainer (Advanced) program. 

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He shared the same KPS’s mission to provide platform where children will have real-life experiences to speak up and share their message to the world, One Child At A Time. 

Combat2Empower: Join Celebrity Trainers to Raise Awareness and Funds for Human Trafficking Survivors

It’s always a great time to get fit, get moving and help save lives.


#Combat2Empower is a mass charity fitness extravaganza with celebrity trainers and personalities to raise funds for Tenaganita’s shelter for survivors of human trafficking. The shelter provides a refuge for survivors to recuperate, access justice and be empowered to start rebuilding their lives. The event will also be a platform to raise awareness on modern-day slavery.

The event runs from 8.30AM to 2.30PM, with 3 main activities:
Yoga with Daphne Iking & Azzie Moggie
Zumba with Patrix, Tammy & friends (True Fitness)
Body Combat with Jon Kin, David Thoong, Rene Low Lee Peng, Myke Hong, Tee Jiun Hoong, Winnie Lau & Peggy Beh
Participants will receive a Free T-Shirt, a medal, 2-weeks pass to True Fitness, and mineral water – all in a customized goodie bag!

Date: Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8.30am – 2.00 pm
Venue: Dewan d’Lavender, Pusat Komuniti Bukit Damansara, No 3, Jalan Setia Budi, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, 50490, Malaysia

Participation Fee RM 80.00 + 6%
For further information: 
016-2320002 (Jen) /

If you are not available to join on this date or if this is not your thing but would love to help, please do consider registering anyway, and your spot will be passed to a deserving person!  



Melvita and Women’s Weekly Anti-Aging Workshop

The battle against anti-aging is a never-ending challenge, isn’t it? So when The Malaysian Women’s Weekly announced an interesting workshop last August, I took the chance to learn more about anti-aging…

The free Melvita skincare items in the goodie bag

It’s always interesting for me to attend beauty workshops. I find it worthwhile to discover latest products and to observe how consumers respond to what different beauty brands have to say during such events. It’s also amazing how thirsty we are for advice and knowledge when it comes to techniques, tips or secrets to combat the dreaded ‘a’ word…aging.
How did I acquire a seat for the workshop? The Malaysian Women’s Weekly announced the Anti-Aging session in its August magazine issue. For a minimal fee of RM30, you secure a seat to the workshop, which also comes with refreshments and goodie bag.
The session was held at Lavender Bakery in 1 Utama, at the open air section, where we enjoyed the breeze of a cool morning. Before the session started, Melvita conducted this ‘spin the wheel’ mini-game to get something that addresses aging. I got a small packet of fresh raspberries. So cute.
Refreshments from Lavender were provided, together with a lovely bottle of Esprit Raspberry Sparkling Water. Don’t worry, what you see on my plate here isn’t all of it. I just chose to take a little amount of food.

Workshop items such as sponge, wash bowl and mirror were provided for each guest. We got to sample and apply different anti-aging products from Melvita, ranging from cleansers to beauty oils.

Some of the products tested at the workshop



Melvita also introduced their latest skincare range, Bio-Excellence Naturalift, which consisted of 3 products: Youthful Day Cream, Youthful Night Cream and Eye Contour. These can be combined with other items such as beauty oils and floral water.

Melvita Bio-Excellence Naturalift Skincare

This formula offers the protective and firming action of the bud complex, to smooth wrinkles and fine lines. It also contains shea butter, to nourish the skin, and the combination of rye, oat and hibiscus, which together redefine facial contours. The skin is deeply replenished and firmer; it appears visibly smoother.
I think this is a good product to try, especially for those who are looking for organic skincare solutions.  
The rich texture of this cream sinks gently into the skin, to nourish and moisturize throughout the night. In addition to the firming and protective action of the bud complex, which smoothens wrinkles and fine lines, this formula also contains nourishing shea butter, as well as evening primrose oil, known to help prevent skin ageing. These ingredients are combined with rye, oat and hibiscus, which help redefine facial contours, to provide intensive regenerating action.
For rejuvenating the skin overnight, it is good to have a night cream, which is normally a bit thicker than the usual moisturizer. This night cream has a lovely texture that is suitable for overnight skin recovery. I like the gentle scent, too.  
Formulated with the firming and protective bud complex, this eye cream is enriched with plankton – known for its draining properties, which help to reduce dark circles. It also contains rice powder, for a delicate powdery finish. Rye, oat and hibiscus provide complementary action, filling out wrinkles and fine lines.   
This cream has a light texture that doesn’t feel thick or heavy around the eyes. I guess with the rice powder ingredient, it leaves a nice powder finish so you have no risk of developing those oil seeds or milia.
The session ended with a Q&A game where 3 lucky guests bagged gift sets. Too bad I wasn’t listening carefully; I didn’t answer the question correctly, ha!
Ooohhh, and I enjoyed this yummy dessert!
Overall, the workshop is fine and enjoyable, except for the set-up of the venue. The seating arrangement is too tight, squeezing in around 30 guests. Where I sat, in front, I had to keep asking other guests to stand up so I can access food. I can’t blame the other ladies who were probably rolling their eyes but they also can’t blame me. Well, it was a non-working day for me, I don’t want to be a bitch on a weekend, and so I just keep my cool. The table setting was also tight to conduct self-application of the products. I hope these points will be considered by brands when conducting workshops. Guests must have comfortable space for beauty sessions.
We were given a RM30 voucher to use at Melvita outlets, so it’s like giving back the workshop fee paid to reserve a seat. No worries, you can buy an item with this RM30, such as natural or organic body soaps.

My beauty loot that day:
Organic Rose Floral Water 200ml – RM122.00
Certified organic and fair trade (EFT attested), our floral water is obtained by steam distillation of fresh Rosa damascena petals. Our unique extraction method enables us to obtain a floral water that is particularly rich in active ingredients, making it a naturally powerful formula. With its fresh, delicate scent, our floral water helps to combat dehydration and regenerate the skin.
I love this floral water. I’ve been using it for more than a month now and I’m enjoying the immediate hydration and convenience. It comes with a spray so I don’t really need to use cotton with it. I used to have reaction to rose products but this one proved to be safe for my skin. I spray it on my face in the morning, afternoon at work, and at night.  
Eye Contouring Avocado Oil 50ml – RM112.00
100% of the total ingredients from Organic Farming. Very rich in non-saponifiable components, avocado oil is obtained from the flesh of the persea gratissima fruit. An excellent natural anti-ageing treatment, this oil is recommended for dry and delicate skin. Extremely nourishing, it is recommended for the eye contour, the neck and for stretch marks, especially if used with shea butter, which contains non-saponifiables that are remarkably complementary.
I think it’s amazing that this product can be used on the eye, neck and body stretch marks. So I bought one for my mum-in-law. She’s enjoying the multi-function, too.
I also got myself these 2 soap bars:
Lavender Flowers Soap Bar 100g – RM20.00
Vegetable Soap Bar 100g – RM35.00
I am using the Lavender Flowers Soap Bar every morning. The light scent is just nice, unlike other lavender products that often have a strong aroma.
For an organic beauty brand, I think Melvita is worth a try. I signed up as a member as well to enjoy more privileges. My next purchase would probably be a brightening eye serum and another bottle of floral water. I’m now addicted to spraying rose water on my face every day.



Membership card came with this adorable green beauty pouch that has print of bees inside

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Neutrogena Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Neuwomen

How often can you hang out with a beauty brand’s team to share your personal thoughts and experience? Neutrogena recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with a fun session of sharing and pampering among “Neuwomen”

I’ve been converted back into being a Neutrogena fan a few months ago when I tried its Deep Clean Cleansing Lotion, Deep Clean BlackHead Eliminating Daily Scrub, Deep Hydrating Mask and Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. I’ve known Neutrogena since I was in my teens, used their acne product and found it to be very effective. I guess with the tons of beauty brands in the market, I just lost touch with Neutrogena while going through my journey of testing different brands to suit my ‘aging’ concerns.


Beautiful wall mural at Neutrogena 60th Anniversary

It was happy news to be invited to Neutrogena’s 60th anniversary celebration. This private event was an opportunity for all “Neuwomen” (a term coined by the brand for Neutrogena users and fans like me) to share their experience with any of the products.


Host Joanne Kwan

The event started with lively greetings from lovely host, Joanne Kwan, who herself also shared personal skincare and beauty habits with the rest of us. It’s amazing how we, Neuwomen, found common ground with similar habits that we have, both right and wrong, when it comes to taking care of our skin, or at least trying to, haha! 


Neutrogena brand manager, Grace Teoh

Neutrogena brand manager, Grace Teoh, talked more about each Neutrogena skincare range and what concern each one addresses. Grace encouraged us to share our experiences and feedback about the products that we have tried while she listened intently to what we had to say.


Cindy Teh conducting skincare pampering demo

Neutrogena had a guest speaker, Cindy Teh, a beauty specialist and makeup artist, who gave more advices and tips on how to properly use skincare products. Cindy also conducted a pampering demo where she showed best techniques step-by-step on taking care of the skin. To ensure the efficiency of the products we use, it is very important to apply each one in the right order and in the right way.  
A lot of women nowadays want everything to be fast or 3-in-1 or even 7-in-1. But as Cindy reiterates, skincare is just like cooking a dish. You cannot dump all ingredients in the pot and expect it to the taste the way it should. It has to be done step by step and in the right order; otherwise, your dish wouldn’t taste right. With this, I totally agree. In the morning, I do skip some products because I’m in a hurry but I still use them step-by-step. At night, I apply my full range of 7 different items, which I religiously do as a routine. To be honest, I’m surprised when some people say that it takes too long to apply beauty products when in my 21 years of doing this (I started skincare at 13), it will only take between 10-15 minutes each time. Like Cindy, I also apply my products while watching TV at night; whatever show my son is watching. I’m a working mother so I have to manage my time in taking care of my almost-5-year-old son after work, study with him, do some house stuff, do my blog which involves taking photos — editing photos — writing an article, then spend time again with my son, get him to bed, wake up early to get him ready for school while I myself also get ready for work. But I still allot 5 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night for my skincare routine. I think that at this age and technology, it’s a matter of time management, or rather task management, that we all should learn. If we want to keep our skin healthy and youthful, we need to work on it, don’t we, ladies?   
Neutrogena showcased their range of products during the event, including the range that I’m most intrigued about at the moment—AGELESS, Neutrogena’s Age-Fighting Solution.


Neutrogena Ageless Anti-Aging Skincare Range

I haven’t tried the Fine Fairness range yet but I’m excited to test the Brightening Serum and Brightening Cream once I finish my current whitening products. Hope these solve my dark spots (oh, sun, sun, why do you torment me so…)

Neutrogena Fine Fairness for Brightening

All blue and looking cool, the Hydro Boost range provides optimum hydration to the skin. I’ve tried a sample of the Hydro Boost SPF30 and I loved it. It smells great and fresh, and it’s a non-sticky SPF.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost for Skin Hydration

The Deep Clean range is best known for its cleansing efficacy, with different items that provide solution to every cleansing requirement, from makeup removal to blackhead elimination. I’ve tried several items from this range and each one is a great product that never fails to fulfill its promise of effective cleansing. I’ve tested the Deep Clean Cleansing Lotionbefore and it works great!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Skincare Range

Another product that I raved about was the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. This is seriously a MUST-HAVE for ladies. It works great on the face and body, works great with makeup, doesn’t leave a white film, is not sticky and contains SPF50. What else can I ask for? Oh, I have 1 wish for this product: that it eventually comes in a flip top cap to save me time in the morning to unscrew and screw back.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

Neutrogena came up with a variant for those with sensitive skin called Ultra Sheer Pure-Mild. Love the all-white with silver accent packaging (yeah, yeah, I’m a sucker for good presentation huh).
Cindy also conducted a makeup demo session (yep, the ladies were all eyes and ears on this one) where she revealed artist tips and tricks. Did you know that you can make your lip color stay longer with tissue + foundation + re-application of lip color? After applying your first layer of lipstick, dab it with a tissue then apply powder foundation then reapply the lip color, and voila! It will stay longer.

Cindy demonstrating makeup tricks for Neuwomen

There were other activities like nail pampering session, video testimonial taking, which allowed the ladies to enjoy that Saturday afternoon even more.


Held at CANVAS photography studio, Neutrogena’s 60th Anniversary was a fun-filled session with fellow women who share similar skin and beauty concerns. I think that it’s really amazing of Neutrogena to ask for and listen to what consumers have to say about their products, whether good or not very good. I had a great time discovering skincare and makeup tips from experts, and I did enjoy sharing my thoughts with other women, too.


Excited to try more Neutrogena products, especially AGELESS Eye Cream!

Although technology has come a long way and now has solutions that may provide immediate results, it still pays to take care of our skin on a daily routine basis. Like what Neutrogena says, Beauty Begins with Healthy Skin. So ladies, let’s all start on our journey to healthy skin. No shortcuts ya.
Thanks again to Neutrogena and to the gorgeous Neuwomen of our time.


ME (right) with Sui Ying

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Dior and Women’s Weekly present Makeup Masterclass Workshop

What do I expect from a makeup workshop? Let’s see if this one passed my expectations…

I’ve always been interested to attend makeup workshops. Although I’ve been wearing makeup since I was 16, starting with simple eyeliner at first, I know that there are new techniques, tips or tricks based on latest makeup trends and technology to learn. So when I discovered that the Malaysian Women’s Weekly and iconic DIOR are hosting a makeup master class, I got excited and I quickly signed up! How often would I get a chance to have this Dior experience?


Like a lot of ladies who fall in love with French designer brands or all designer brands, I am also mesmerized by Dior products. I don’t have a lot of it, though. My only Dior product at the moment is a Dior Addict lipstick. There’s just something about the luxury of owning a designer item that appeals to us. And I do have respect and desire for Dior skincare products as well…one day, I will have more of those…one day.
Guests were welcomed by an array of delicious, healthy breakfast (you can see what we ate on the latter part of this article). Dior Chief Makeup Artist, Matt Ng, conducted the makeup master class together with his team of makeup artists, in Hilton Kuala Lumpur.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning and all of us ladies were excited to hear what Matt had to share.


Matt began with a step-by-step guide in preparing the skin for makeup. What some people forget is that the condition of our skin affects how makeup achieves its best. On this portion, we had the chance to try and apply Dior’s luxury skincare products on ourselves, a choice between Capture Totale and Hydra Life. Since I go for anti-aging, I chose Capture Totale while those who preferred hydration used Hydra Life, meant for moisturizing the skin.

I loved that we were all provided with a Dior mirror each while we conduct our own ‘pampering’ or skincare application. And we also have a handout or booklet to follow Matt’s tips and to write some notes.
Here are some of the products I used…
I really loved the Dream Skin, which is an anti-aging treatment that also works as a skin perfector. It works instantly and over time to make the skin more youthful, to reduce spots and redness, and to minimize pores!

Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin

One of the disappointments I get with some workshops is the condition of the products to be used directly on the face. I don’t like testing products in a workshop that are obviously ‘old’ or have been used as a tester for a long time. I believe that if a brand really wants consumers to have a good experience with their products, it is a MUST to showcase products in good, fresh condition. But guess what, during this workshop with Dior, the products were mostly NEW, unopened ones, especially for skincare. I’m impressed.


Dior used new products at the workshop

When it comes to applying makeup at a workshop, I’m not really comfortable with sharing makeup tools. Say that I’m fussy or whatever, but I’d rather be safe and hygienic than sorry and infected. A lot of skin diseases can be transferred physically and I also wouldn’t want other people to get anything from me, if I do have something. This is why a daily brush cleanser is important for makeup brushes. But contrary to my bad experience, Dior executed this workshop flawlessly. They provided makeup brushes or disposable tools like cotton buds and spatula for everyone. This is how a workshop should be.

So we continued with the workshop, going through application techniques for primer, concealer, foundation, skinflash, eye primer, eye shadow, eye liner and mascara. I probably missed something, we had so many exciting products to test. I fell in love with Diorshow Maximizer, the lash-plumping serum.




Matt also revealed their new IT collection with limited edition colors and, of course, the new Dior Addict Fluid Stick. This new lip item is a hybrid of the best-selling qualities of Dior lip products: lipstick, lip gloss, lip stain and lip balm. You get that pop of color, a touch of gloss, the comfort of lip balm and the long-wear of stain. I’m not a fan of lip gloss because of the sticky feeling but this fluid stick feels great on my lips.


To complete the look and overall appeal, we also sprayed Dior perfumes, a choice between Dior J’Adore and the new Dior Addict EDP. I chose the latter.
So here’s my look before and after application of Dior skincare and makeup, all by self-application…
It was truly a beautiful Saturday morning! And I got to bring home a goodie bag with these goodies! That includes a full-size, not deluxe sample or tester, of Dior’s new Fluid Stick.
Did this workshop pass expectations then? YES, it did, beyond. I congratulate Dior and Malaysian Women’s Weekly for planning and conducting this workshop successfully. To me, this is workshop done right. The brand and products were presented very well and aligned to what an iconic designer label should be. Guests were treated as premium customers with good food and good environment. Products, testers and tools were all in good or new condition. No hard selling, just focused brand presentation and experience. Even the parking fee at Hilton KL was settled by the team for us. And to top it all, for a small workshop fee of RM60 per guest, we received all that plus a goodie bag worth over RM100.

Here are some of the yummy food we enjoyed at Hilton Kuala Lumpur:



Thanks and congratulations to Dior and Women’s Weekly. Hope we’ll have more of this kind of workshops with you.  


Dior Addict Fluid Stick enables a flawless application in a single sweep: the high-impact colour and long wear of a classic lipstick, combined with the shine of a gloss, all in a thin film that delivers sensational comfort. Colour and shine come together as one for maximum impact with intense, long-wearing lip stain pigments directly encapsulated in spheres of gloss. Dior Addict Fluid Stick does not contain wax, but water for maximum lightness, an immediate fresh effect and addictive comfort…
A pure object of desire: the illusion is maintained until the case is opened and an applicator emerges that is steeped in colour and as precise and easy to use as a lipstick.
16 explosive shades like so many flashes of brilliance. Resolutely Dior, Terribly couture…
Dior Fluid Stick – RM102
Where to buy:
Departmental stores, selected cosmetic boutiques and Sephora
My Dior Wishlist – what I plan to buy soon:
Diorshow Maximizer Lash-Plumping Serum
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl
Dior Addict EDP
Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin
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Give your Kids the Gift of Play at Bricks4Kidz

Bricks4Kidz Shares the Importance of Play for Children’s Development and Growth

Did you know that ‘play’ is very important in the development of our children, especially during their early years? When I became a mother, I made a promise to myself that I should always find time to play and engage with my son. As a full-time employee during the day, I found this quite a challenge while I was managing beauty brands a few years back.
But I discovered that some small efforts can go a long way for our children. One technique is to set aside play time for our kids EVERY DAY. It can be as quick as 30 minutes as long as we fulfill that time with our child and we focus on nothing else but “play”.


Owner and Managing Director of Bricks4Kidz Kota Damansara, Ms. Lisa Ong
Bricks4Kidz in Sunway Giza, headed by Ms. Lisa Ong, truly recognizes the importance of allowing our kids to spend time to play and be creative. The learning center held a parenting seminar where developmental psychologist, Ms. Elaine Yong, shared valuable insights in helping our children’s optimal development.

Ms. Yong shared and emphasized that ‘play’ is not wasting time but it enhances both physical and mental activity for our children. Play allows children to learn about their environment because of its interactive nature that allows them to construct knowledge.





To me, ‘playing’ gives kids a chance to learn about their surroundings and other things in a natural, fun way that make them learn faster. Observing my son closely every day, I know that playing has been an integral part of his growth. He enjoys painting, playing with cars, playing board games, and, of course, building blocks. He has learned how to analyze shapes and has acquired the skills to build something from his own imagination. And another remarkable thing is he knows how to spend his time playing alone, which to me is a good display of independence for children. I believe that in as much as it’s important for us to spend time with them, it is equally important to allow kids to have their ‘me’ time.


Speaking of ‘me’ time for our kids, now that school holidays are approaching, it would be good to send our kids to Bricks4Kidz Holiday Camp.

In the Holiday Camp, children will experience the following:
  • LEGO model building
  • Lots of unique, free-play bricks for creative model building
  • Games and challenges
  • Arts and crafts


My son enjoys visiting Bricks4Kidz. I guess he’s just thrilled by a place full of LEGO blocks. He becomes very imaginative in this center, making use of the blocks to build something that he can think of. The staff are very friendly and I’m surprised that my son gets along with them. Well, normally, he’s a snob and wouldn’t want to play with strangers. (See my son’s first experience at Bricks4Kidz, click HERE) 

Let’s make this world a better place for our kids by giving them the gift of play, spending time with them and giving them a chance to grow positively, creatively and happily. 

To find out more about the class fees, get in touch with B4K at: 
Bricks4Kidz Kota Damansara 
Tel. No.           +603 61505439
HP No.            +6016 322 3525
Unit C-12-2 Sunway Giza
No. 2 Jalan PJU 5/14
Kota Damansara 47810
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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Bricks4Kidz provides enrichment programs, preschool programs, birthday parties and holiday camps.
About Bricks4Kidz™
Bricks4Kidz™ (B4K) is a child enrichment centre which offers essential education programmes to complement children’s existing curriculum at school. Founded in the United States of America (US) in 2008, B4K programmes have since been internationally recognised in 16 countries worldwide and over 300 locations in the US.
Following its tagline ‘we learn, we build, we play’, B4K programmes are conducted using LEGO® Bricks as its main teaching tool, providing children with a fun yet educative learning environment. Specifically designed for children between the ages of four and eight, B4K programmes require students to build structures out of the LEGO® blocks using set project kits and theme-based model plans that enhance their knowledge on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) principles. B4K programmes are also designed to help develop essential life skills among children on a personal, emotional, and social level.

Make Up For Ever HD Make Up Workshop

The mummy blogger continues to explore brands that she hasn’t tried before
When fellow beauty addict Ashley Yeen announced that she collaborated with Make Up For Ever to conduct a workshop on high definition make up, I knew I had to join. I’ve certainly encountered MUFE long time ago but I haven’t tried any of the products. I guess I just didn’t have the chance or the time to really explore it before.
So it was good news when Ashley invited me to this workshop with MUFE! The agenda: High Definition Make Up. Wait, by the way, what is high-definition makeup? You guessed it right; HD makeup has something to do with video and photography. I’m sure you’ve encountered the term ‘HDTV’ or high-definition television. This type basically project images that are several times better in resolution than normal or standard types of TV. Same for photography, we have high-resolution images captured by DSLR and even point-and-shoot cameras.
And what do all these have to do with makeup? Simple. When these latest technology video cams or cameras capture your face, your makeup should be in ‘high-definition’ technique, especially if you want to hide some flaws. Professional make-up artists have undergone intensive training to perfect this high-definition technique but they also use good makeup products and tools to achieve that HD look. When the makeup technique is not HD-ready, a person’s face may reveal imperfections on video or on photos, which, of course, is something we ladies don’t like. Moreover, some make-up products or techniques make the face look overly done, unnatural and even older.
But HD makeup is not just for videos and photos. It is a great makeup technique for daily wear, especially if you have to face a lot of people. Having an HD-ready face is close-up ready, meaning your face will look great and flawless when people see you face-to-face. HD makeup effectively conceals imperfections without the look of thick application. Like what I said on Ashley’s post, HD means “Head-turning Diva”, and it was such a delight to attend a short workshop to learn how to achieve this look with Make Up For Ever.

Arriving a few minutes before the starting time, I had sufficient shooting time to explore Make Up For Ever’s store in Sephora Starhill. The façade is a welcoming display of cosmetics beautifully displayed on predominantly black walls and fixtures. The focus collection was HD high-definition makeup such as HD primer, HR elixir, HD foundation, HD cream blusher and HD concealer.
The class started with a short introduction and thank you remarks from Ashley. Our workshop make-up artist for the day was Angeline while the workshop model was a lovely gal named Izza. Here, Angeline started removing Izza’s make-up so we can see the full effect of HD make-up before and after application.

As this was a workshop, we were taught how to do it on ourselves. Here are some of the MUFE products that we used that day:


Make Up For Ever collection including HD products

I really loved that Mist and Fix because it makes your makeup look even better by adding some glow or radiance while making it last longer. For someone like me who only applies full make-up in the morning and needs it to last the whole day at work, Mist and Fix is a great make-up companion. I recommend this as a must-have item in your cosmetic kit. It is priced RM110 for 125ml.
Here are my fellow guests applying make-up on themselves:
We started by removing our own make-up (I used So Divine Cleansing Cream) then applied the HD primer blended with HD elixir, followed by the HD foundation. We also applied the HD concealer under the eyes. All these products blended smoothly and evenly on the skin. The textures were great, which allowed easy application on the face.


Here’s JL Buzzbee, whom I finally met in person that day, being assisted by pretty make-up artist of MUFE, Shiory.

Angeline also recommended using the HD high-definition concealer under the eyes to conceal fine lines and other imperfections prior to eye make-up.
The effect of the first few products was very flattering on Izza’s face. She’s lovely to begin with, by the way, but the effect of HD primer + HD elixir + HD foundation + HD concealer made her face look flawless. Compare the right to the left side and you can tell how HD make-up made a wonderful transformation in concealing imperfections without the look of overly done make-up.


The workshop continued with application of eye make-up, HD foundation powder, lip color and other make-up items. See all of us with HD-ready faces and smiles here, together with Shiory and Angeline of MUFE. Can you spot Izza in her full HD make-up look?


Can you spot where’s Izza with her new HD makeup look?

Oh, yeah, there she is, even lovelier than when we started the workshop…

While the other gals continued with their HD make-up sessions, I continued to explore the store and their products. MUFE has really nice make-up collections. Oh, please, don’t tempt me to overspend this month!

I loved the makeover tables at MUFE. Each table has a face drawing like this, showing a list of products used and by which make-up artist. Isn’t that cute and also helpful?



It’s a paradise of lipsticks and brushes!


Make-up, make-up, make-up…
I had a great time learning some tips and tricks for achieving a high-definition make-up look. Thanks to MUFE and to Ashley for organizing this session.



Bricks4Kidz – A Great Place for Creative Learning and Fun for Kids!


I’ve adored Lego since I was a young girl. I can still recall making robots, houses and human figures using those colorful plastic mini bricks. Somehow, those simple small things can bring so much fun and joy to a child. Looking at the world that our children live in today, it seems that the happiness of kids have become so high-technology (and more costly, by the way). They now have iPads, XBox, Play station, internet games and other mobile devices. Classic games that I enjoy during my time has been lost: hide and seek, snakes and ladders board game, scrabble using the classic letter tiles playing against friends who are in front of you and not strangers sitting somewhere around the world in front of their laptop or tablet. Technology has been great and we’ll definitely die without those things that we have now; but sometimes I can’t help but wonder if our children are missing out on things that we enjoyed during our childhood?
My 4-year-old son, like a lot of kids nowadays, is also exposed to iPad games but I add a lot of educational apps to ensure that his iPad is mainly for learning and not playing. I don’t let him play for long hours and I make sure that we do something ‘traditional’ every day. We draw, we wrestle, we paint, we play toys, and we read books. A few months ago, during one of his shopping sprees with the grandparents, he bought sets of Legos and I was happily surprised to see his deep interest in fixing those bricks. It’s a delight to discover your child’s creative interest!
Some people are surprised when they find out that, although I specialize in marketing management, my educational background is actually Interior Design. Yep, I was a licensed interior designer. And, yes, I have an eternal love and passion for creative things. You can just imagine how happy I was to bring my son to this amazing place in Kota Damansara — Bricks4Kidz!


Reaching Malaysian shores for the first time with its inaugural opening in Sri Petaling in September, the Bricks4Kidz (B4K) enrichment centre provides one-of-a-kind, essential enrichment educational programmes to children from ages of four until twelve. Centred on innovative project kits and theme-based models that effectively combine education with play, children can ‘learn, build and play’, as the tagline goes, with LEGO® Bricks. B4K programmes have been lauded for their success in 16 countries worldwide and over 300 locations in the United States of America (US).
Isn’t it amazing that there’s actually a learning program to help our kids with their brain development through Lego bricks? Bricks4Kidz has different programs for each age group up to 8 years old. The program is aimed at enhancing their thinking skills such as coordination, analysis and creative thinking. As the managing director of Creative Child Development Sdn Bhd and Master Licensee of B4K, Mr. Demitrius Lam said, “It’s like teaching a child how to walk before he can run. Creative thinking through Lego-building trains them to figure out things or solve problems and not give up, the way that we should be in real life when we grow up and face bigger challenges in life.”

Mr Demitrius Lam, managing director of Creative Child Development Sdn Bhd
I don’t need much convincing. I started playing Lego bricks at a young age. Although I won’t attribute my creative skills entirely to that, I do believe that it helps in training the mind for bigger things, as we get old. When you’re playing with Lego bricks, you learn to think that there’s always a way to go around building something you want to create. You learn to imagine more and visualize things beyond the norm.
My son was the first to arrive at Bricks4Kidz that Saturday morning where other mommy bloggers from the Butterfly Project and I were invited to an exclusive introduction session. Very much familiar and in love with LEGO®, he started playing around with the bricks, wanting to build a car, as usual. Mr Demitrius Lam was very kind to play with my son and patient enough to attend to his requests.

Mr Demitrius Lam playing patiently with my naughty son

Check out this genius display for Year of the Horse Chinese New Year!
Welcome the Year of the Horse!
And more display of beautiful, creative figures:


Aden’s class started with an educational lesson from Cik Siti about an octopus. For a simple exercise of building an octopus figure, I find it incredible that Bricks4Kidz provides an interactive lesson to make kids learn more about what they’re about to make. Cik Siti explained what an octopus is and gave interesting facts about this animal before diving into building the figure. I’ve never seen my son so attentive like this!


They provided a step-by-step guide, printed huge in full color, which is easy for the kids to follow. Aden patiently followed every step. Watching him closely through this class, I was very happy to see his eagerness and patience to achieve the mission.

Lego Step-by-Step guide for building the octopus

Chubby hands fixing Lego bricks
Aden’s octopus finished!
Octopus in red, yellow, blue and black Lego bricks
After the octopus exercise, Cik Siti gave the kids a quick exercise to build blocks and to color. Aden also enjoyed this part and happily colored his paper and even wrote his name.


For older kids, Ms Lisa Ong, managing director and owner of B4K in Kota Damansara, conducted an interesting exercise that involved a more advanced level of constructing brick figures. 

Ms. Lisa Ong, managing director/owner of B4K in Kota Damansara

There are several rooms for different age group classes. Notice that each room is colorfully painted and tables are in creative shapes that also come in different colors. Visually stimulating and fun for the children.

One of the rooms at Bricks4Kidz

And check out this signage. This has got to be the cutest ‘Toilet’ signage I’ve seen! Well done, B4K!

Me and my fellow mummies spent a bit more time talking to Mr Demitrius Lam about the learning program. “In all of our 130 subject lessons based on  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) topics, B4K adopts a hands-on method where our students are coached by qualified teachers who guide them through new projects and challenges each week. For example, to teach children about the Laws of Motion, we have designed six project kits over the course of six weeks that will teach them about the essential principles discovered by Sir Isaac Newton such as inertia and mass. It sounds extremely complicated, especially for kids as young as four to eight years of age. However, by using simple words and encouraging them to build a clock or a see-saw using LEGO® Bricks, they will be able to understand the concepts better and will ultimately develop a positive attitude towards science,” explained Mr. Lam. “Having LEGO® Bricks as our main teaching tool will not only make the classes more interesting and fun; it will also help develop the children in other ways. This include fostering sequential problem solving skills, advancing spatial and relational thinking, enhance EQ, foster teamwork as well as social and emotional skills, and nurturing process-oriented thinking,” Mr Lam added.
What are the educational and developmental benefits of going through the Bricks4Kidz Program?
  • Following step-by-step directions
  • Sequencing
  • Fine motor skills
  • Spatial/ relational thinking
  • Visual/ Kinesthetic learning
  • Organizational skills
  • Process-oriented thinking
  • Social/emotional skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Teamwork and cooperation

Aden was very happy after finishing one lesson at Bricks4Kidz. At home, he excitedly opened his new Lego set from B4K and we started building the figures. He really enjoys this and I’m so happy to do something fun with him! Well, yeah, I already admitted that I’m a Lego fan, too, right?
Aden’s Lego village
I think that Bricks4Kidz learning program is an amazing, genius way to develop our children’s minds and attitude as well. This is a unique and fun way for our children to cultivate sets of skills that are not necessarily developed in basic school subjects. In Aden’s first class, I’ve observed his full attentiveness and patience in following the lesson, which is quite rare for me to see. And even at home, he was more jolly and obedient after the class. Amazing!

To find out more about the class schedule and fees, get in touch with B4K at:
Bricks4Kidz – Ms. Lisa Ong
Tel. No.            +603 61505439
HP No.             +6016 322 3525
Unit C-12-2 Sunway Giza
No. 2 Jalan PJU 5/14
Kota Damansara 47810
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Get connected to Bricks4Kids Malaysia through their FB page at:
To find out more about Bricks4Kidz international, visit them at:
Bricks4Kidz provides enrichment programs, preschool programs, birthday parties and holiday camps.
About Bricks4Kidz™
Bricks4Kidz™ (B4K) is a child enrichment centre which offers essential education programmes to complement children’s existing curriculum at school. Founded in the United States of America (US) in 2008, B4K programmes have since been internationally recognised in 16 countries worldwide and over 300 locations in the US.
Following its tagline ‘we learn, we build, we play’, B4K programmes are conducted using LEGO® Bricks as its main teaching tool, providing children with a fun yet educative learning environment. Specifically designed for children between the ages of four and eight, B4K programmes require students to build structures out of the LEGO® blocks using set project kits and theme-based model plans that enhance their knowledge on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) principles. B4K programmes are also designed to help develop essential life skills among children on a personal, emotional, and social level.

International Certificate in Wine & Spirit available at Taylor’s University


Are you someone who works for a wine or spirit-related job? Do you serve or sell wine and spirits? Or maybe you are someone who is simply interested in enhancing your wine knowledge?
Working for a wine business, I know that it can be quite tough when you have no basic knowledge of wine. Luckily, I am working directly with a sommelier (that’s wine expert in layman’s terms) that knows wines inside and out. His generosity in sharing information has helped me in getting through a challenging start.
I’ve also attended some casual wine classes to learn a bit more about this very diverse and interesting industry. But then again, if you really want to learn serious, deep matters about wine, I believe that you need to go beyond informal classes to really dig down the subject.

In Malaysia, there are only a handful of sommeliers around. They are mostly working in hotels and restaurants but there aren’t many of them. And although this industry is still very small, I think that it has a good potential and the demand for wine experts will rise in the next years to come. Malaysia is a food haven of various cultures and techniques, with people who are big foodies and are willing to travel so far for good food. And the more people who enjoy food, the more chances of people exploring the exquisite delight of food enjoyed with wine or vice versa.

Great news! At Taylor’s University, you can now receive the International Certificate in Wine & Spirit or WSET for Level 2 and 3.
Taste of character
The perfect fusion of wine with food emits magic to any dining experience. Learn this charm effortlessly with the necessary knowledge, technique and skills regardless if you’re an enthusiast, beginner or professional in the hospitality food and beverage industry.
Taylor’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is well known in the industry for offering highly sought after professional wine training programme. Specifically designed for working adults to further develop their wine knowledge skills. This programme is highly recommended for staffs who sell and serve wine, and to anyone who wishes to enhance their wine knowledge. At the end of the programme, you will master the classifications of wine, match it with the perfect cuisine, recommend the finest drink, improve on wine selling skills and serve wine skillfully.
About WSET®
   WSET® provides both part-time and full-time courses that will provide you with the foundation on how to select, evaluate, taste and serve wine and other alcoholic beverages.
   WSET® is based in London. It is the leading provider of World-Class Qualifications delivering informative and entertaining courses for the wine and spirit industry, and consumers worldwide.
   WSET® is the only wine and spirit education entity approved by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority, the UK Government’s regulator for education.
   Over 17,000 candidates in 38 countries have sat for WSET® exams in 8 different languages.
WSET Level 2
Intermediate Certificate in Wine & Spirit
Provides an in-depth understanding of the principles of wine tasting and evaluation, as well as the nature, history and production of wines and spirits. Also covers basic guidance on appropriate selection, service and understanding of the broad range of alcoholic beverages. Ideal for those who wish to learn more about the subject and for people who want to upgrade their skills and competencies in the customer service and sales functions in the hospitality, wine retail and wholesale industry. After the completion of level 2, you are required to sit for an examination to receive a certification of international recognition from Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) upon passing.
At the end of the programme, you will be able to:
   Have an insight of grape growing and wine making
   Interpret the labels of the major alcoholic beverages of the world
   Give guidance on appropriate selection and service
   Know the principles of wine tasting and evaluation
   Give information on the characteristics of spirits and liqueurs and identify major international brands within each category
WSET Level 3
Advanced Certificate in Wine & Spirit
This programme is designed for working adults who want to further enhance their knowledge about wines and spirits. The Level 3 Advanced Certificate gives comprehensive coverage of wines and spirits, with an increased focus on tasting technique and of the application of the knowledge gained. After the completion of level 3, you are required to sit for an examination to receive a certification of international recognition from Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) upon passing.
You will have an opportunity to taste a vast selection of wines from major wine producing countries, such as Germany, France, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, South Africa and UK.
At the end of the programme, you will be able to:
   Explain the key factors influencing the production of the principal wines and spirits of the world and how those factors influence the style, quality and price.
   Describe in detail the characteristics of the principal wines and spirits of the world.
   Use knowledge of the principal wines and spirits of the world to make recommendations to customers in a variety of situations.
   Apply the principles of food and wine matching to the key styles of wine available.
   By the use of the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting, produce tasting notes and use the information contained within them to identify the style, quality and price band of wines and spirits.
   Provide information for customers and staff on the health issues relating to wines and spirits.
   Provide information and advise for customers and staff on the correct storage and service of wines and spirits.
• Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate awarded by Taylor’s University, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts.
•  Upon passing the examination, participants will gain a certification from Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), UK.
•  This programme is claimable from Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).
Course fee includes study packs, notes and wines for tasting
WSET is suitable for:
  • Employees who sell and serve wine
  • Those who wish to upgrade their skills and competencies in customer service and sales functions in the hospitality, wine retail and wholesale industry
  • Anyone who wishes to enhance their wine knowledge

9.00am – 5.00pm
Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus
RM3,650 (Level 2), RM 5,000 (Level 3)
Interested? Call Taylor’s University – Centre for Continuing Professional Education at +60356295000 or visit
Be connected with Taylor’s via Facebook at
You can also download the WSET brochure here


Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, No. 1 Jalan Taylor’s, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tel. +603 56295000
Fax +603 56295001

Malaysian Women’s Weekly Style Workshop at M&S Suria KLCC (part 2)

The Malaysian Women’s Weekly team invited the Style Workshop guests to some refreshments served by Marks & Spencer just right in front of their food hall. We were all treated to delicious bread, tea, jam and more from M&S. 

And so I went snooping around the Marks & Spencer’s bigger and better outlet at Suria KLCC, Concourse Level. To make it easier for us to spot style picks, the MWW team cleverly placed yellow cards on hangers of their selected clothes. 


The new M&S outlet is filled with very stylish collection for casual wear, office wear and more. There are wide selection of colors — from classic yet elegant hues to daring and trendy ones. I loved the group display of different colors and looks in every corner on mannequins which presented combination of clothes and styles that make it easy for shoppers to get fashion ideas. Just look at these gorgeous displays… 

So where did I spend most of my time (and my shopping money) that day? (Drum roll…)

At the lingerie section!

During the mini-fashion show by the MWW team, some guests were concerned about how to look great in clothes if they have flabby tummy or excess mid-part fats (ok, it’s kinda difficult to word it nicely). Aside from the great tips from MWW, the M&S team also suggested using tummy control intimate wear to have that instant sculpted tummy!

There were different kinds of Magicwear inside the lingerie section. You can find full corset, full panty, boy leg cut and more. I picked this black waist cincher which has a very light and soft material. You can immediately tell that it will be comfortable to wear. 

Take a closer look at what the front label says:

Secrets Slimming


No VPL (no visible panty lines)

Waist cincher

Smooths & sculpts waist & tummy

Lifts bum

Look slimmer in seconds!

With COOL COMFORT technology

FIRM control (just what I need)

88% of our test wearers saw an immediate reduction in measurements 

And the back label: 

COOL COMFORT keeps you cool all day (so this is not the typical corset material that makes you feel hot) 

What is Magicwear technology? Side seam free, zoned control to shape your silhouette 

Flattens tummy and shapes waist 

Integrated sling for bottom lift 

Interesting enough, right? I knew I gotta have one! My mummy fats seem to be stuck on my hips and tummy so this is just a great item to have in my wardrobe. I haven’t tested it yet but I’m having an important evening soon and this instant solution to my tummy will be my best friend! To my fellow hot mummies/ chicks who just can’t get rid of those tummy flabs, check out this Magicwear Waist Cincher.