Great Online Shops for Christmas Gifts, Birthdays and more

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Time for joy, time for cheer, time for gifting! 

With just around 2 weeks before Christmas, shopping rush is on. And if you are juggling work, home, travel and many other responsibilities, it might not be easy to get gift shopping done on time. Don’t forget, there’s still Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day celebrations to plan for. 

But don’t let time stop you from getting things done. There are a lot of online shopping sites out there. While I was “window shopping”, or should I say “screen shopping”, I came across some great gifts from different sites. So many choices, so little time! The magic of online shopping is that you can explore many options in less time and you can get the gifts delivered to your house, office or maybe even directly to your loved ones. That’s efficiency and convenience. 

For those who’d love skincare, scents, hair care and body care gifts:

Althea (tried and tested)
Althea is an online shopping site for Korean beauty products, skincare, body care, cosmetics, hair care and makeup. Find brands like Innisfree, The Face Shop, Laneige, Nature Republic, Sulwhasoo and more. 

You can find gift ideas from as low as RM13  



I ordered a few items for myself (yah, I deserve a Christmas box, too) several weeks back and it came with this pretty Holiday box!





I picked this cleanser purely because of the “killer” name!





The Body Shop
The Body Shop is a retail and online shop for skincare, beauty products, makeup, body care and more. If you don’t have time to buy from its shops, you can easily order online and get them delivered to you. 
You can find gift ideas from as low as RM35
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Sephora
From as low as RM44



For those who’d like something a bit more personalised:

Giftr
Giftr is an online shopping site specializing on gifts such as flowers, bouquets, chocolates, cakes and personalized gifts. 
You can find great gifts from as low as RM49.90, including personalised monogram cushion



Printcious
Printcious is an online shop that specializes on personalized gift items such as mugs, shirts, mouse pads, keychains, luggage tags and even ceramic tile!
You can find gift ideas from as low as RM20.30



BloomThis
BloomThis is great for those who love to send or receive flowers. They can do same day delivery, just order before 1pm between Monday to Friday and before 12pm for Saturday deliveries. 
Find gifts from as low as RM99



For those who like shiny, sparkling things

Swarovski via Zalora (tried and tested)
I’m a Swarovski fan and a Zalora fan, too. It’s great to shop online for Swarovski accessories via Zalora and enjoy fast delivery. If you’re looking for sparkling, shiny gifts, check out the Swarovski flagship store at Zalora for earrings, necklaces, rings and more. 
From as low as RM149


Look at this pretty key pendant necklace…



Jeoel
If you like the idea of collecting charms or beads, check out Jeoel and its collections of accessories with various themes such as animals, fairy tales, love, music, numbers and more including diamond-ornamented accessories. 
You can find great sparkling gifts from as low as RM84

There’s currently a promo for Buy 2 for 50% off


If you or your loved one love unicorns, you might like this one…


For those who love activities and experiences

Klook
Klook is your online destination if you’re looking for experiences such as tours, shows, performances, galleries and theme parks like 3D Art Museum, aquarium and more.
Find activities from as low as RM7





For those who love delicious cake, delivered right at your doorstep:

Cake Together
What’s not to like and be happy about this Christmas if you receive a beautifully crafted cake? Cakes can get ready in as fast as 4 hours within KL and PJ, and selections are available for Penang, too.
From as low as RM95 per cake


There seems to be lotsa love for unicorns and mermaids…take a look at this beautiful mermaid cake!


Oh my goodness, look at this mouth-watering Nutella Cake…




Eat Cake Today
More and more cakes! I’d definitely be delighted to receive any of these beautiful cakes, cookies, macaroons or cupcakes. Look, they even have gingerbread cookies!

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From as low as RM60




Happy shopping and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season! 

Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup

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Ah makeup, makeup, makeup. Can’t live without ‘em. And definitely cannot live without any foundation! 

I’m a fan of lightweight liquid foundation. I prefer texture and viscosity that feel like it’s just “second skin”. I tested this foundation in one of the retail shops (oh my, I can’t believe that I can’t remember where exactly did I buy this) and I really liked how water-like it was. So I bought one (hmmm, probably in Sephora, Aeon, Isetan, Metrojaya…). 

I’ve been using this for more than a month now and I’m enjoying how easy it is to blend and spread on the face. I normally apply it using wet beauty sponge and it easily gets absorbed by the skin. However, if you prefer full coverage, this might be a bit light for you. Although it says that coverage is from medium to full, I find that it might be light if there are dark spots that you want to blur. I do apply concealer before this foundation to even out some spots. 

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Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra-Bright Essence Makeup
SPF30 / PA++
How much: RM205 / 30ml 
My shade: 1C0 Cool Porcelain

Made in Belgium. Use within 24 months after opening.
Created for and tested on Asian skin in Asia.

It comes in a plastic bottle with frosted finish, looks like frosted glass until you touch it. The cap serves as dropper so you can dispense the liquid in controlled amount. 

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Here’s a closer look at the dropper
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Look at those drops. Aren’t they pretty to look at?
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My steps on how to apply this foundation:
1. Cleanse your face and neck. Pat dry.
2. Apply your usual skincare products: toner, essence, moisturiser and eye cream. 
3. Apply your makeup base. 
4. Based on your preference and need, apply concealer on target areas of your face. 
5. Dispense 2-3 drops of Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup on your palm.  
6. Using a beauty sponge, dab the foundation onto your face up to jawline and neck. Blend in circular motions until even. 
7. If needed, dispense another 1-2 drops and apply on selected areas. 
8. Finish with translucent or face powder. 


Throughout the day, this foundation feels great on the skin. No caking. My skin feels moisturised and I do notice slight brightening of some spots over the past weeks. It’s not massive impact but the foundation does function as makeup and skincare at the same time. Works great for me. 

It seems though that it’s not easy to find this specific product online except Amazon. I’m not sure if it’s still available in major retail stores but if in case you are looking for it, Amazon might be able to ship it to Malaysia. 

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About Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup 
(try to say that in 3 seconds, quite a mouthful of a product name)  

Every drop of this light-filled liquid foundation is fortified with skin-pampering, cooling hydration to plump skin, enhancing its luminosity. Advanced optics instantly blur and minimize uneven skin tones, dullness, fine lines, pores and dark spots. The result? A smooth flawless finish that seems one with your skin, glowing from within. Contains key actives that complement the Light Cycle Complex in the Crescent White skincare products. Medium to full coverage. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Dermatologist tested. 

  • A brightening, fluid foundation with high UV protection 
  • Gives medium to full coverage to even out skin tone 
  • Instantly hides fine lines, pores & dark spots for a flawless complexion 
  • Delivers a luminous finish to refresh dull skin 
  • Enriched with cooling hydration to plump skin 
  • Boosts skin radiance & smoothness
  • Smooth on this luxuriously sheer, fluid base to help instantly correct and minimize dull, sallow tones and dark spots with advanced optics and skin-brightening lavender pigments
  • The luxuriously lightweight formula primes skin so effectively, makeup glides on effortlessly, blends smoothly and looks flawlessly fresh

For optimum performance, prime with Brightening Makeup Base. 
Shake well before use. 

Other available shades:
  • 1C0 Cool Porcelain
  • 2C0 Cool Vanilla
  • 3C0 Cool Cream
  • 4C0 Cool Cashmere
  • 1W0 Warm Porcelain
  • 2W0 Warm Vanilla
  • 3W0 Warm Cream
  • 3W1 Tawny


For more Crescent White products, you can check Estee Lauder site 

Flexcils – Safe and Flexible Coloured Pencils for Kids

Tired of your kids’ broken coloured pencils or wax crayons?

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It’s great for children to experience the joy of colouring at a young age. It gives kids a good start to be creative, to discover colours and to develop their dexterity. It is important to allow young kids to learn how to use and control their hands with colouring materials. Plus, if they are busy with colouring, we, parents, have the choice to join them and have fun or get on with housework!

When my son was still a toddler, he started learning to colour by using coloured pencils, not wax crayons. It was fun and great. However, it can be challenging due to constant breaking and regular sharpening. I also need to keep reminding him to be careful with handling a coloured pencil and make sure that he doesn’t poke his own eyes with it or anybody else’s. 

I just recently learned that there’s a product to solve this kind of challenges with early stage colouring.  There’s a coloured pencil that doesn’t need sharpening, can be twisted or bent, and safe for young kids to use (no need to worry about pointed tips poking their eyes).  This cool thing is called Flexcils.

Flexcils pencils (try saying that 3x) feel and look different from our normal coloured pencils. There’s no pointed tip, no coloured lead, no wood. It looks cute and cool and toy-like. You might not think that it’s a coloured pencil if you see it for the first time!

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These pencils have a triangular shape, making it easy for small hands to grip and control.

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When used on paper, this pencil shows a light touch of color, not the vivid type like standard pencils. Older kids might prefer seeing bright colours but for younger ones, this is a great pencil to use because it’s safe, flexible and non-toxic.

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What makes it great for kids:
  • Can be bent and twisted unlike normal pencils (which would just break)
  • Don’t need to be sharpened and they will not break when used normally
  • Safe and non-toxic (they meet all safety standards for pencils and children’s toys)
  • Will not rub off on children’s hands
  • Come in up to twelve flexilicious colours (so there’s plenty to choose from)
  • Can be used straight out of the box (but if you want to sharpen them that’s ok)
  • Don’t use wood, so no trees are harmed (unlike normal pencils)
  • Last up to twenty times longer than your average pencil
  • Have no smell
  • Are guaranteed 100% pencil
  • Can be used by kids as young as 3



About Flexcils
Made from top-secret materials, Flexcils last up to twenty times longer than your average pencil. And unlike normal pencils, Flexcils can be bent and twisted so if you’re sick of having a box full of unusable pencils get some Flexcils. With no smell and no trees harmed, Flexcils are guaranteed 100% pencil and feature a triangle shape so they can be held easily, even by the smallest of fingers. They are safe, non-toxic, and meet all standards for pencils and children’s toys. Flexcils will not rub off on children’s hands and they won’t break when used normally. Flexcils can be used straight out of the box so they don’t need to be sharpened, but you can if you really want to. 


You can shop for Flexcils online at Mumspick www.mumspick.com and get them delivered to your doorstep. Available in 5-piece-set and 12-piece-set. 

Enjoy 10% OFF with your order from Feb 1-14, 2017 with code MUMSPICKCC and get your Flexcils delivered in Malaysia within 5-7 days! Happy shopping! 

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Visit www.flexcils.com to know more about the world’s most twisted pencil. 




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Althea Celebrates 1st Year with a Shopping Party for You

Perfect time to shop; loads of surprises in store.
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I’m captivated by Althea 🙂 

E-commerce has made beauty shopping so much easier and more convenient. When it comes to beauty products, though, I must admit that I don’t have a lot of Korean ones. I guess I often find that information on packaging can be tough to understand when there’s no English translation. But with Althea, I don’t have this problem anymore. Each product available for shopping online has product information and details, even photos of actual application!

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Witch’s Pouch POPO Lipstick 


Althea is celebrating its 1st year birthday and all of us are invited. This is the perfect time to shop for makeup, skincare, haircare and body care products. I assure you that you’ll definitely find something that will be interesting and fun to use. 

With this birthday party, Althea is also giving us a chance to win amazing prices such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers! 

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Why it’s great to shop now with Althea’s Birthday Celebration (20th – 31st July, 2016):


1. Enjoy a Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit for orders placed on 20/7 onwards. While stocks last.

2. Free Goodies for first 1,500 shoppers! Full size beauty products. While stocks last. 

3. Birthday Giveaway. Pick 3 Top Sellers for 100% REBATE!
Rebate will be credited into your account. 

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4. The #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest with total prizes worth KRW10,000,000 to be won!
Wish Althea a “happy birthday” with hashtag #altheaturns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers! Contest starts from 20th July – 15th August, 2016.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.althea.kr and Althea Facebook for more information. Hurry, hurry, hurry! This is the best time to shop at Althea!
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Althea has a great lineup of interesting makeup and skincare items (my top beauty addictions). I’ve recently shopped for a bunch, and I was so excited when I received the pink parcel. The beautiful limited edition pink birthday box is lovely, containing the DIY Party Kit, samples and my ordered items protected with bubble wrap. 

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My Althea shopping haul! 
(from left to right, clockwise from bottom)

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Angel of Firenze hand and nail cream

AirFit CC Cream SPF30 
Skin Liar Primer
Skin & Lab A Plus Lifting serum
It’s My Lip Crayon WN 01
Witch’s Pouch Perfect Cover Concealer 
Witch’s Pouch POPO Lipstick x 2 colours (Burgundy Wine and Sweet Red)
Witch’s Pouch Color Corrector CC Cream

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I came across this cutely-named and cutely-packaged primer, the Skin Liar Primer by Elizavecca. It promises to conceal pores like magic so, yes, I must try it! Witch’s Pouch has an interesting name and line of products, which tempted me to buy 4 items from this brand. 

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I love the black and white color theme of this brand

I was also in search of new CC Creams and Althea has a good lineup of them. Did I mention that products at Althea site mostly (if not all) have price specials? 


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What you will enjoy at Althea:

  • FREE Shipping on orders above RM150 – products are handpicked and packed from Althea’s warehouse in Korea, shipped to you!
  • 100% Authentic Guarantee – any suspected counterfeit can be returned and will be compensated 200% of the product value!
  • Best Price Policy – you always enjoy trustworthy and transparent pricing for all products!
  • Unconditional Returns – if you are not satisfied with your order, Althea guarantees 30-day unconditional returns. 
More details here if you’d like to know more – http://my.althea.kr/promises  

My DIY Party Kit! Happy birthday to Althea!

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I love the full colour of the lip crayon! (Sorry, can’t smile too wide…wrinkles…)

Tried here: Elizavecca Skin Liar Primer, It’s My Lip Crayon, Witch’s Pouch Perfect Cover Concealer, AirFit CC Cream

Here’s a personal tip in creating your party kit. After you have decorated your hat with the paper accessories, you can try mounting it on a headband instead of tying a string on both ends. Using a headband can allow you to position the hat to the right or left aside from the usual centre position. Plus it’s easier to wear and you don’t need to use a string. 

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Happy shopping, guys!  

Why Art Lovers will love Art Friend

If you’re a creative person or want to be one, this is the art shop for you

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Art comes in many forms. Some people like pencil art, some like charcoal, some like oil paintings or sculpture. We all have different personalities and, as such, we also have different ways or techniques to express our own creativity. Whether other people consider it art is not the question. How we define and create our own art is based on our own expression. 

I loved to draw ever since I was a child. I guess most kids do have a love for drawing or doodling. In college, I took Interior Design as a course, although I didn’t really continue with this profession after graduating. My first job did involve a bit of interior design but my interest and passion have shifted to marketing, which have become my career for life and I still love it. 

As my son continues to grow up, he exhibits an increasing interest with creative activities. I nurture his interest by providing him the tools, time and guidance. I also enjoy doing all these with him; it brings me back to the roots of love for art, just like being a child again. 

Although we can easily come up with improvised materials to do creative things, I still want to find and buy more stuff that he can use. The challenge lies in finding art items in stores or specialty shops around here. I first came across Art Friend at The Gardens Mall. Me and my son have made this a destination every time we visit Mid Valley. Art Friend has a branch at The Curve as well, which has wider and brighter spaces. But whichever branch may be convenient to you, a visit to Art Friend is always worth your while. 

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So far, this is the best shop to look for art and creative items. Art Friend covers almost every possible art material that my son and I would need. From a wide selection of coloured pencils, watercolours, oil paint, moulding clay, up to different types and brands of art papers, Art Friend has got your art needs covered. 

It’s not just a shop for professional artists. Art Friend has materials for beginners, for kids and for pros. Love rubber stamps? Look at the biggest selection of rubber stamps I’ve seen! 

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This is a pretty butterfly stamp…
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For collage lovers, you can find a lot of choices for embellishments here.
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For those who like to paint, Art Friend has  a wide selection of different art brushes. Narrow tip, wide tip, kids brushes, they’re all here.
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My son likes to paint and we found ships, cars and planes made of styrofoam. I bought him a set of Pentel Water Colour tubes and he had a great time painting this styrofoam ship. 
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It’s a common sight to see parents and their children shopping inside Art Friend. It’s such a joy to see moms, dads and kids doing shopping together for art stuff. 

My son’s interest for art has revived my art interests, too. It’s amazing how spending precious time with our children can bring out the child in us. I’ve begun to rediscover my own passion and interests to draw, color and use art brushes again. 

I remember during my college days when money was so tight and my parents had to struggle to afford buying me a set of Derwent Watercolour Pencils, which was required for my course. Back then, Derwent had very few types of products but it was the only brand with water-soluble pencils available, at least in my country. 

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But now, wow. I’ve fallen head over heels with Derwent with its wide and useful products. It even has water brushes that can be filled up with water to use easily. In my school days, we had to do the classic way of filling up a mug with water, use a paintbrush and paint palette to colour our drawings with water-based art. It is time-consuming and uses more water than necessary because we keep washing the brushes. But this Derwent water brush is genius for watercolour pencils. 

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I enjoy mixed media rendering, which means I use 2 or more different types of art materials to colour or draw. My latest colouring set is the Derwent Inktense ink pencils. If you love finishes in bright, vivid colours, this is perfect. It is water-soluble but can be used together with non-soluble coloured pencils. Here’s a sample of my drawing:

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Art items used:
Cretacolor Fine Art Graphite B for outline drawing
Pigma Micron 05 Archival Ink for fairy dust 
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Derwent Watercolour Pencils
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Here’s another one using the same colouring items but with ink outlines:

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Another great thing with Art Friend is that you can buy Derwent pencils individually. At one point, you’ll definitely finish one colour before the rest and it doesn’t make sense to buy the whole set just to get the color you need. I often finish my black, blues and purples first. It’s great that I can buy one Derwent coloured pencil at a time. 
Even if you’re shopping for your kids, you’ll more likely end up buying something for yourself, too. Believe it or not, these entire lines of shelves are all glue stuff. 

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Always having problems with stains or spots ending up on clothes or seat cover? This might be something that can help you…
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More fun activity kits for kids…
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Whatever your or your child’s art interest is, a stroll along the aisles of Art Friend will make you love art (again). 


GiveAway! A Set of TRANSFORMERS Robots-in-Disguise Hyperchange Hero

Robots that change between modes in 3 smooth steps and 1 seamless sequence!


If you’ve been watching at Cartoon Network, you’ve probably seen the new animated series of TRANSFORMERS: Robots-in-Disguise. For those of us from the 80’s, this is totally different from the version of TRANSFORMERS animation that we grew up with. The latest version has more gadgets, more tools and, of course, has cooler toy versions. What’s “hyperchange”? These new toys can switch between modes in as fast as 3 steps! The toys are cool and definitely collectibles. 



To share my love for TRANSFORMERS and such amazing toys (hey, these toys are not just for kids, I love them, too!), I’m giving away 1 set of TRANSFORMERS Robots-in-Disguise Hyperchange Hero worth RM119. How to join? Simple:
1.   Tell me who’s your favorite TRANSFORMERS hero. It can be a Deception or Autobot figure. Just comment on this blog or on my Facebook post. Provide your name and email so I can reach you.
2.   That’s it! Wait for my announcement on 8th July 2016.


If you win, you’ll need to submit the following details within 24 hours of announcement or a new winner will be selected:
  • Full Name
  • Handphone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Mailing Address

Winners will need to collect the products from GO Communications office on or before 15 July 2016 (Friday):
GO Communications
S111, Level 2, Centrepoint,
3 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
*Just use Uber or Grab if you don’t want to drive.
This is so exciting! I’m sure you and/or your kids will love any of these TRANSFORMERS Robots-in-Disguise Hyperchange Heroes!

The TRANSFORMERS are back in the new Robots-in-Disguise animated series. Bumblebee and his team of Autobots have one mission: to capture the Decepticons that are loose on earth whilst remaining in disguise from humans. Based on the series, these TRANSFORMERS Robots-in-Disguise Hyperchange Heroes figures can change between modes in 3 smooth steps and 1 seamless sequence! Effortless convert between modes so you’re never out of the action!

Lego Nexo Knights Fantastical Realm at Your Fingertips

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Multi-dimensional play? Sounds cool and fun!
Lego is always exploring and enabling newer and interesting ways for parents to enjoy uniquely curated experiences with their children. As a parent, I work hard to ensure that my child engages in different types of activities and have a diversified experience, whether it’s something creative, educational or simply fun. It’s great to see that LEGO recognizes this need for children and parents. And they have recently launched this amazing multi-platform product line, the LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS.
This one is entirely new and different from other Lego collections. The LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS enables children and Lego fans to enjoy both online and offline realms while training to be the best knights of Knighton.

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I love the concept of multi-dimensional play. This combines the physical world with the digital, allowing all of us to immerse ourselves not just in 1 platform but also across different channels or media. Gone are the days that we only enjoy the LEGO toys that we build. With LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS, we enjoy an app (Merlok 2.0) with a virtual school (the NEXO Academy website) with animated TV series (via Cartoon Network) with comics and with the LEGO building sets. All these platforms work together to give our kids the best multi-dimensional experience that we’ve never had before! Now, LEGO is truly not just a toy…it has gone above and beyond what a toy does!
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The Merlok 2.0 app is a fun game to play. My son had downloaded the game right after testing it at the Battle Zone in MidValley. This app has a special ability to scan and download as many as 170 unique NEXO Knights powers, represented as knight shields, scattered across the kingdom of Knighton.  
So let’s get started with our training! It’s very easy to join the LEGO® NEXOKNIGHTS Academy.

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Step 2: Activate your or your child’s Lego ID from the Activation Email sent to your email address.

Step 3: Log-in to your account and download the app.

Step 4: Start with your training and accomplish Quests! Scan shields from print ads, cards and everywhere you see Nexo Knights shields, including the TV series! Drop by MidValley Center Court until 20th March 2016 and discover a lot of scattered shields within the event area!

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The Academy gives you access to a lot of information such as the Nexo Knights, products, videos, latest news, events and more. My son has started his training with the Nexo Knights Academy. It’s fun and easy! Just start with a quest and every successful step earns you a shield that you can immediately scan. This is also saved in the armory and can be scanned later. You can even edit your profile with different pieces of Lego figure! 

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Of course, my son’s LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS multi-dimensional play won’t be complete without building the Lego set. He was thrilled to fix his first Nexo Knights toys: Ultimate Robin figure that comes with full armor and 2 pieces of chicken drumstick (haha!), and Beast Master’s Chaos Chariot that comes with Nexo Knight Macy. It’s cool that this new Lego line has added a female character in the team. Macy is the princess of the realm and dedicated to protect Knighton even when it’s tough for her to prove herself to her father, the king. See, I’ve been absorbed by the story already.  

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This LEGO experience is one of the highlights of my son’s school holiday. I wish you and your family a happy and “play-full” season! Drop by MidValley Megamall soon, download the Merlok 2.0 app, join the Nexo Knights Academy, build a LEGO set and have fun!
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Power Up with Lego Nexo Knights at MidValley

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Yay, Lego! Yes, that’s the voice in my head screaming in excitement. When I saw the Lego Nexo Knights display set-up at the Centre Court in MidValley, I just knew I have to bring my son as soon as the school holiday starts.

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The Lego® Nexo Knights is the latest and newest product line from Lego Malaysia. My son first knew about this new LEGO® line through Cartoon Network and he loves it. He even records the shows from Astro and watches them after school or after doing his homework. Children and adults alike can easily be captivated by the story as this combines a futuristic, high-tech world with the classical theme of knighthood where there are heroic knights, a kingdom, princess, king, queen and, of course, an evil army to conquer.

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Making this school holiday even more exciting for children, Lego® has brought the Nexo Knights experience to life at MidValley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. As someone who resides in this beautiful country, I’m proud to say that Malaysia was the first to host the Lego Nexo Knights event in Southeast Asia!
This is the perfect time to bring the kids to MidValley and allow them to explore various activities by Lego Nexo Knights. From now until 20th March 2016, every day is packed with a “training schedule” where our children can have a fun time undergoing the Knight training process. These activities are free for you and your kids to experience.
Here’s the Weekday Training Schedule:
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Love taking photos? Lego will print your Instagram photo for free! Just share a picture of your Lego Nexo Knights experience and add the hashtag #LEGONEXOKNIGHTS and you can redeem the print instantly at the Power Up Zone. This is just located within the same floor, across several zones from the event area.
My little Nexo Knight with the Clay Morrington Lego model, printed instantly for free:
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At The Power Up Zone, kids can enjoy a life-size game where they will “power up to be a Nexo Knight” by physically holding a shield and a sword to engage and battle with enemies on a TV screen. Isn’t this cool? My son enjoyed this a lot and made him feel like a real knight in battle!
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At the Battle Zone, this is at the Centre Court where all the Lego models are in display, Lego has several activities lined up for the little ones and even adults. There’s a showcase of tablets where everyone can play the Merlok 2.0, a free-to-download app available at the AppStore and GooglePlay, then battle as a Nexo Knight and fight the evil forces of Jestro. This cool app has an amazing feature where you can scan knight shields to use them as powers within the game. There are as many as 170 unique NEXO Knights powers that can be found in physical and digital forms, in building sets, print ads, books, comics and even from the TV series. (I will share more details and guide for this amazing app and the NEXO Academy in my next post, this is really exciting! I wanna play!)

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At the Battle Zone, you’ll also have access to the Virtual Lego Nexo Knights Battle Tour where you get a close-up look into the fantastical world of Knighton, as an apprentice in training for the Lego Nexo Knights academy.
The Forge Zone allows kids to play mini-models and have fun learning to build Lego figures with simple steps. It’s fun to see children having a great time building something. I believe that this kind of activity fosters imaginative and creative skills among our children.
The Lego Nexo Knight mascot also appears in the afternoon, bringing much delight to everyone. Here are the happy children at the event together with Clay Morrington and the fun team of Lego!

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Lego Nexo Knights is the first ever collection of Lego products to combine various points of activities into a multi-dimensional play and a new way of playing with technology. With the NEXO Academy, LEGO fans of all ages can engage in both online and offline realms as we all train to be the best knights of Knighton!
Love FREE and collectible stuff? Show the Instagram post of my son holding 5 different 3D cards at the Power Up Zone to get a FREE limited edition LEGO® NEXO Knights merchandise 3D card until 20th March 2016! Limited to 500 redemption, first come first served. Just grab my Instagram post at celestechoomy and start redeeming now. See you at MidValley!

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You’d want this 3D card, kids love it! I love it…look at Clay Morrington change and power up!

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Check my second post for more details about the LEGO® Nexo Knights Virtual experienceand enjoy multi-dimensional play with Lego


Get started with your Knight training process at: 
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Functional Laptop Bag at Flight 001

For the past 2 months, I’ve been looking for a functional laptop messenger bag but I didn’t want a traditional one, not the black conventional polyester type that comes free with a purchase of a laptop. I was looking for something out of the usual-looking ones, must have a pocket/sleeve for a MacBook, must have enough space for me to bring my makeup kit, wallet and other small items. Sadly, it is not that easy to find one. It’s quite surprising that with so many bag-makers around in this century, very few brands have been thinking about working women like me who need to combine a bit of style with technology and essential items inside 1 bag. I’m not asking for designer style laptop bag, just something out of the ordinary.
But yay, finally! I stumbled upon Flight 001 at e@Curve 2 weeks ago and I saw this nice, gray messenger bag!

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Dimension: 37.5cm width x 11cm depth x 26.5cm height – it accommodates my 13.3 Macbook Air with extra space

Color: Elephant Grey
Brand: M.R.K.T. Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger – isn’t that catchy?
Price: RM399 (includes GST)
Material:
Felt / Vegan Leather
95% Syn Felt
5% PU
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I love the look and feel of this laptop bag. It’s definitely not the usual type of material, and it uses vegan material by the way. It has a detachable shoulder strap; you can hold it like a business case if preferred. It’s also sturdy and structured, which means you can place documents inside without getting them crumpled.

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There’s a quick access back pocket for items like business cardholder and even your phone. I normally tuck my iPhone 6 here so I can easily take it out.

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The main compartment has speed-release buckles, one of which features the brand M.R.K.T. in rubber.

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It includes a removable sleeve that fits my 13.3 MacBook Air. If I need to bring a tablet, this sleeve also serves as a divider between devices. Cool and functional.

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See how it snugly hugs a MacBook inside. I’m sure that even an ordinary laptop can fit nicely here, without making the bag bulky.
The best part is it can accommodate my other essential items: make-up kit, wallet, sets of keys, wet tissues, sanitary pads…I love this bag!
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If you are looking for unconventional but functional laptop bags and other travel essentials, you can drop by Flight 001 in e@Curve or at Bangsar Village 2. They have brands like Hedgren, Timbuk2, Herschel and more.


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Wine Talk and Moet & Chandon Champagne Tasting

An exclusive experience for Champagne lovers!
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Oh, how we love the beautiful sparkles and bubbles of Champagne. Not to be confused with just any other bubbly, Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown specifically in the Champagne region of France. Champagne is typically more expensive than other sparkling wines here mainly because it is considered a luxury item.

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And who wouldn’t know of one of the world’s largest Champagne producers in the world, Moët & Chandon? This iconic bottle has been gracing celebrations, happy moments, weddings, parties and car races all over the world!

Moet & Chandon, together with Wine Talk Malaysia, will be hosting a Champagne tasting session on 21st October 2015, 3:00pm at Neo Tamarind Kuala Lumpur. Early Bird tickets are available for purchase now, limited seats available. You’ll enjoy tasting of 4 variants of Moet & Chandon Champagne with Maison Moet & Chandon Brand Ambassador, Pierre-Louis Araud. If you are a true lover of Champagne, you wouldn’t want to miss this exclusive experience!

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Purchase your tickets HERE or call 1300 88 9788. Tickets are in limited availability.

Early Bird Tickets – RM199
Normal Price – RM250

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