Parties Galore!

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Woohoo! What a rush! November has flown by with a lot of excitement  - Bam! Bam! Bam! - and now here we are - right in the middle of it! A big part of the excitement stems from the pleasure of attending some pretty awesome parties this month and with the end of the year coming up, nothing screams festive quite like a p-a-r-t-y!

I initially intended on being more organised with my posts by chronologically bringing you guys up to speed with what’s been going on throughout the whole of 2018, but it made no sense to keep sharing stale stories when I have so many new ones. And to be honest, if I don’t get round to writing, it’s very likely I’ll forget all about it in a few weeks’ time!

1. Dad’s 55th birthday

Although this was initially meant to be a surprise party for my dad, when he kept making suggestions to us about where we should go for dinner and who he was thinking of inviting, we ended up telling him all about it before he ruined his own surprise. When the guests turned up, they were the ones surprised because my dad was already so prepared for it.

We celebrated my dad’s birthday at Latest Recipe at Le Meridian, which is one of my favourite places to go to for a buffet because of their live teppanyaki counter. You’re presented with a choice of beef, scallop, prawn and chicken to be cooked in a creamy gravy that is so delicious, I can’t help but salivate when thinking about it. Their live pasta station is also fantastic for the pasta of your dreams. I ordered a mix of cream and bolognese sauce topped with lots and lots of garlic and prawns. My “no veggies” combo gets no judgment here.

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To celebrate the occasion, we ordered a 3D durian cake that I found online. It totalled to about RM100, which is a really decent price considering how absolutely breathtaking the cake was - both because it was gorgeous, but also because it smelled so strongly of durian. The cake itself was fluffy and light; a real treat for durian lovers. I got mine at Moonlight Cake House at Sri Petaling by ringing them a few days before and picking it up on the afternoon of the party.

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With my lovely cousin, Sarah!

2. Diwali with the Valirams

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I had the privilege to attend the party at the Mandarin Oriental, feeling like a guest in a surreal Great Gatsby-like party, where guests were dressed to the nines, there was delicious food for all and champagne on tap throughout the night. We scanned a QR code at the entrance and were soon swept into a wonderful flurry of colour and decadence. I was stunned by their generosity and warmth, as the Valirams stood by the door greeting every. single. guest. that came - and there must have been thousands!

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I was really tempted to get a traditional Indian outfit for the event because the shopaholic part of me told myself that I’d find many occasions to wear it again. Eventually, sense prevailed and as the dress code specified either Indian wear or national wear, I went for a simple kaftan with a kebaya skirt I’ve had for a while.

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Although royalty (e.g. Sultan of Perak!) and celebrities (e.g. Deborah Henry, Chef Wan) made up a portion of the guestlist, there was plenty of attention on the food! There was such a variety to try from the buffet spread, with highlights being the lobster briyani which packed such a satisfying kick in its sambal, handcrafted dishes from Nadodi and a free flow of Godiva soft serve.

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To my pleasure, I bumped into some old friends, and made some new ones too! A conversation of note would be when I met a retired lady who took it upon herself to remind me of a few choice words from Alvin Toffler’s popular quote - which in entirety, reads as “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” - but in the version that was delivered to me throughout the night sounded more like - LEARN, UNLEARN, RELEARN AND EXERCISE!!!! Sound advice! I took it gladly.

Another highlight was the brilliant music, which has now convinced me that no dance party is quite complete without some Indian music to round it off!


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With my handsome +1.

3. Chinese World Economic Forum 2018

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A friend of my father’s invited us to the gala dinner of the Chinese World Economic Forum 2018, marking diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. The event was held at the Palace of the Golden Horses which although beautiful in its grandeur (golden horses frozen mid-march across the field by the entrance and towering marble pillars in the lobby), it was starting to show signs of age with its water-marked walls and barren orchid conservatory. Even the grand ballroom we were in had water dripping from the ceiling! A few dinner tables were shuffled around and the water was left dripping in a bucket on the ground. Hmm.

The event was pretty significant for me because it was my first time hearing Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim speak in person and I even got to snap a picture with Lim Kit Siang, whose illustrious and long history in Malaysian politics have made him quite the respected veteran.

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When accepting the Benevolence Leadership Award that was presented to him that evening, DS Anwar spoke of being undeserving of comparison to Nelson Mandela and how he felt that rather than “suffering” in jail, it was a time of recuperation and rest for him as he slept and ate well. I suppose that’s a very positive way of looking at it because it would be a time in one’s life without having to spend any money, yet be fed and clothed. And you’d have time to embark on creative and mental projects such as writing a book or planning the country’s next blueprint idk. It’s not too bad as well having a relatively cushy prison cell.

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I wore a dress by twenty3 that went on sale for RM60 from RM239, which is honestly, such a steal!

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I especially love the buttons and concealed zip.

4. The Entertainer Launch Party 2019

One of the more exciting parties I went to was the Entertainer Launch Party! I love the app, which is really no surprise considering how often I use it.

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Basically a digital voucher book for buy-1-free-1 deals, you pay a fixed price for the app and in it are some pretty amazing discounts. You’ll very quickly earn back the sum you’ve spent for the app, especially if you enjoy eating out (which I most certainly do) and it’s one way to help you decide on what to eat. I’ll spend a little more time talking about this party in another post, because I want to share all about it in a little more detail.

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That’s my November so far! There’s a few more events that I’m excited about in the coming few weeks, including my workplace’s Annual Dinner and mom’s birthday dinner. 

What about you? Any parties you’re looking forward to now that 2018 is coming to a close?

Review: Drop Exchange, Mont Kiara

Friday, October 19, 2018

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It may have been a while since my last review, but don’t take it to mean that I haven’t been having wonderful meals. Although blogs have certainly died down in the last couple of years in favour of Instagram and other microblogging sites, when it comes to choosing a place for good food, I still turn to blogs for a little more detail because Instagram is good for telling you what looks good, but perhaps not too reliable for telling you what tastes good. So, here I am trying to do a little more blogging before the year ends.


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Today’s star of the show is Drop Exchange, a pork-free restaurant serving North Indian and Persian cuisine, while branding itself as the first Wall-Street themed bar and restaurant in KL. Wall-Street how, exactly? When ordering drinks, expect the prices to fluctuate (not drastically, I don’t think) depending on when you’re ordering, reminiscent of a stock exchange board that doesn’t quite close. Hmm. I can’t tell you what that experience’s like as we ordered from the Happy Hour menu, but if novelty’s your cup of tea, then you’d want to check this out. I suppose if you’re lucky, there’s a chance you’ll end up getting a very good deal.


Besides that, nothing else was distinctly Wall Street-like to me. Split into two floors, you’re closer to the bar downstairs and you’d get a little more privacy upstairs. Not too out-of-place for a fairly nice date or dinner and drinks with friends/colleagues.


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Second floor gives you a stalker pretty view of the meals the folks downstairs are having, which could prove useful when trying to decide what to eat.

Tell me about the food.. 

I was in the mood for some bread and curries and thinking of Flour (reviewed here!) so we found ourselves at Drop Exchange. There weren’t that many reviews online so we honestly wasn’t expecting much, but was so pleasantly surprised by how delicious our orders turned out to be. 


We ordered the mutton Rogan Josh and mutton Bhuna with a side of garlic naan, butter rumali and cheese naan, and boy oh boy, those flavours were incredible. Although visually similar, both curries stood out in their own delectable way, and unlike some places which stuff their curries with potatoes and onions, we got a generous portion of mutton in each bowl.


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Mutton Rogan Josh and mutton Bhuna. Honestly, don’t know which is which in this picture.


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Although I found the dishes fantastic, if I had to be nitpicky, I’d say that the tenderness of the mutton in the Rogan Josh was not replicated in the Bhuna and there’s just a little bit more jaw work to put in depending on which piece we ate. I don’t know if this is a consistency issue, but it’s minor and I’d certainly return anyway.


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Garlic naan on the left, butter rumali on the right.


Always a fan of well-made naan, I thoroughly enjoyed the garlic one, which in my view, was in a class of its own. The naan arrived to our table in its hot garlicky splendour, miraculously crisp and fluffy at the same time. Freshly-made rumali is pretty new to me as I’ve only ever had some served cold/stale with texture like thin cardboard. This was fluffy and served piping hot, a much better reintroduction to a bread that is such a predominant feature in Indian cuisine.


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Here’s a close-up of the Great Deliciousness.


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Here, have one! You’ll love it!


Greedy for more, I asked for an order of cheese naan, which unfortunately, was the disappointing call of the night. The cheese they used was simply a slice of processed cheese, not melted long enough, not distributed evenly, and although still useful as a curry vessel, you’re better off ordering a cheaper, yummier naan from your neighbourhood mamak.


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Was hoping for a cheese pull here, but alas all the cheese had pooled together on a different piece.

Minding Money Tips

Now, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t gonna help share some kind of discount/promotion.


You can use Offpeak to make a booking with up to 30% off, depending on when you go. Though I do think you have to book at least an hour in advance in order to benefit from the discount! Free to use and one of my favourite apps.


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Alternatively, if you have the Entertainer app which I absolutely love using, you could get two main dishes for the price of one! It’s basically a yearly coupon subscription, and when I used it for this meal, excluding drinks, it totalled to RM51.50 for the two curries and three servings of bread.


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Now go forth and have some curries!

#last90days: Turning chore to habit

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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Growing up, I felt that there were so many hours in the day. I could go to school, spend time with friends (either in person, online over MSN Messenger (who remembers those days?) or just chatting over the phone), attend extra classes (piano, tuition, dance classes) and still have time do to things I enjoyed such as reading and blogging. When I really looked at the difference in hours between those days in school and now, in actuality, because I had such long school hours (school would officially end about 4ish, I often stayed back for extra-curriculars till 6 and I lived about 30-40 minutes away from school), the real difference in hours between work and school is not as much as I thought it was.


Then I started reevaluating how I spend my time now and surprise surprise, a large chunk of it was spent aimlessly scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, watching YouTube videos and binge-watching Netflix shows. When I was growing up, I didn't have these and instead, read plenty of books, wrote on my blog, chatted with my parents and well, spent a copious amount of time on Neopets, but let's just call that socialisation. I know you know that I'm not saying these modern forms of entertainment are bad or are a waste of time. Instagram and Facebook allow us to connect without individual chat screens on MSN and absorbing content through YouTube and Netflix are equally valid learning opportunities when contrasted with books.


What I did realise however, is that my goals did not align with what I was consuming. I started the year wanting to read more, but what I had in mind was books not social media feeds. I wanted to write more, and by that, I meant writing on this space or working on some stories, but instead, I found myself wiling time away writing comments (without words btw, just emojis!) because it was easy. I would scroll through Instagram, see a cute outfit on my friend that I've been wanting to catch up with, and instead of genuinely trying to spark conversation, I'd send heart-eyed emojis. It's easy. And lazy.


So maybe taking the dedicated time to improve myself over the last 90 days of the year will be the right kick to get me being as productive, efficient and deliberate with my actions as can be!


Today I’m grateful for:

  1. Time to go to the gym in the day. Squeezed in a teeny-tiny run of 1.5km.
  2. A friend who graced my ears with her lovely singing voice. She’s joining a singing competition and I have the privilege of hearing her practice!
  3. Another friend who helps me buy things from Taobao and tells me all about her cute purchases.
  4. Being able to go to work early this morning, yet feeling like the day flew by.
  5. Easy-to-work-with clients who speak with a smile on their face. I don’t actually see them face-to-face but it’s so easy to hear smiles and I had two smiley clients today!
  6. Being greeted by our dog at the door when I came home from work.
  7. Having an inspiring conversation with my father at the dinner table.
  8. Having my boyfriend tell me he’ll be my buddy for #last90days!
  9. Finally completing a task I was given in August for my dad’s company.
  10. My mom, who’s been not feeling well for the past few weeks, is starting to recover!

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#last90days: Starting the journey!

I’ve always found “challenge” type things rather fun, and after reading Girl, Wash Your Face (NYT #1 best seller), I was enamoured by Rachel Hollis and her perspective of life. So here I am, diving into her #last90days challenge, which was set up with the intention for us to end the year strong.


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In essence, the challenge is built around something called 5 to Thrive and being committed to these five practices over the rest of the year is just the kind of thing that’s meant to help turn us into the best versions of ourselves. Whether or not we believe that’s true, certainly the pursuit of these 5 things are bound to yield something good out of it. Or, even if you’re just planning to revisit your New Year’s Resolutions, those work as well! Use these final 90 days of the year to really realign yourself to what you had planned to do this year.


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What I scribbled in my notebook.


I’d like to write a little more about each aspect of the challenge in another post, but for now, here are the 10 things I was grateful for yesterday (1 October 2018).


  1. The white shirt I bought from Lazada for a mere RM17.30 was not see through and made of very soft, comfy fabric. Score!
  2. Came back to work after a long weekend (took some time off for a mini-vacation for my birthday) and no work disasters awaited me.
  3. A healthy lunch which I packed from home came out super yummy. I was really just guessing when I put the ingredients together.
  4. Although I ate the abovementioned lunch early cause I was hungry, I think it’s filling enough for me to not want to snack.
  5. I made a good suggestion at work about a contract which was considered and taken on.
  6. A proposal for work-life balance at my company was approved organisation-wide last week but launched department-wide today. I’m so excited by all the flexible opportunities!
  7. I got hungry despite my optimism at item 4 above, but found a spoonful of rice leftover from my lunch flask, which was just enough to satiate me! (LOL this is a bit pathetic but about an hour later I also had an Oreo)
  8. I’m grateful that I had a delicious dinner at Way Modern Chinois, recommended by a friend and made better with a discount app I’ve been using.
  9. Signed up for the Private Retirement Scheme (PRS) which the previous administration set up to encouraging saving for retirement. Putting in RM1,000 entitled me to a free RM1,000. That goes a long way in the long term.
  10. Grateful for my mom making dinner, which I’ll bring along for lunch tomorrow at work. Fantastic!


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Shots from dinner at Way.


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Part of my fun long weekend involved a little bow and arrow adventure which reinforced that I’m better off working a desk job than living in the outdoors.


Because I wrote these as the day went along, it’s interesting to see that although I was grateful in the afternoon for feeling satiated, I ended the evening wanting to snack again. Well then! Thinking of 1 thing to be grateful for a day can be fun, but thinking of 10 is a lot tougher than I thought it’d be. I think it’s an attitude, so hoping for a more steady attitude of gratitude by the end of this year. And if it means I’ll be writing more, then that’s a good thing too!


See you tomorrow!

Aurora Italia - Your New Companion

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Look out, ladies and gentlemen! There’s a new player in the charm bracelets scene. Charm bracelets have cemented their status as a classic piece of jewellery for almost all occasions. They look completely different from one person to another and we’ve seen enough renditions of the popular bracelets to immediately have recognizable brands come to mind: Pandora, Tiffany & Co, and Thomas Sabo to name a few. I adore charm bracelets and you’ll easily spot it on my right wrist on many of my photos.


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The unique charms on display at Aurora Italia’s Mid Valley branch.


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The bangles available. The Enchanted Gold Bangle is selling for RM1798.


It is therefore my absolute pleasure to be able to introduce Aurora Italia to you. Fairly new to the scene, but with an instantly recognisable style, it stands out by having its bracelets and charms made out of 18K gold. So if you haven’t yet jumped onto the bandwagon, for long term durability and for something that will always hold value, gold is the way to go. LOLOL can resell also if the relationship doesn’t work out. If yellow gold isn’t your cup of tea, they have a range of white gold bracelets and pendants as well.


If you already have a charm bracelet, more likely than not it’s probably made of Sterling Silver. Whilst durable and beautiful, with silver there’s always the risk of the colour tarnishing and even with frequent polishing, the bracelet you first bought is in no way going to look like the bracelet you have now. If you haven’t already gotten a charm bracelet and you were planning to, Aurora’s a great choice because you can start off with a gold collection!


But as I already have a bracelet and as the charms already hold so many memories near and dear to me, I’m not interested in starting a new bracelet. However, the staff reassured me that if I ever wanted a gold charm to add to my wrist, it would fit right in with what I already have.


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Spot the Aurora charm!


While they don’t do necklaces at the moment, their charms make excellent pendants and you are free to pair up the pendant with a chain from elsewhere.


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One of their Zirconia adorned white gold charms reworked as a pendant.


They have some truly unique and highly detailed charms which the staff are very happy to let you try on and get a closer look of.


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RM438 for the Hot Air Balloon and RM558 for the I Love You


It’ll make a great gift for..


  • Your parents (which may not care as much about brand name as they do about the material)
  • Your girlfriend (perhaps the Sterling Silver bracelets seem a bit… high school?)
  • Your girl friend (matching bracelets, ladies!)
  • Yourself! (Because who loves you like you, amiright?)

Additional Information


If you’re wondering where the gold is from, you can check out Public Gold for more information. 


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Branches:


Mid Valley Megamall @ Kuala Lumpur
GK 03&04, Mid Valley City,
58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Gurney Plaza @ Penang
170-G-K13 Plaza Gurney,
Persiaran Gurney,
10250 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.


Queensbay Mall @ Penang
GF-K6(Postal No.SF-126),
Ground Floor, Queensbay Mall,
Persiaran Bayan Indah,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.


Website:
http://www.auroraitalia.net/


Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pgauroraitalia/


Contact no:
011-1050-4750


Minding Money

There are several ongoing promotions at the moment such as if you purchase above RM2388, you will get a white gold alphabet charm worth RM338 for free!


Happy shopping!


This post was brought to you by Aurora Italia. Still, no one’s forcing me to say anything I don’t believe in and if I’ve said anything nice, it’s because I mean it.

Happy birthday, Butterfly Project! Long live being extra! (and how you can be too)

Monday, April 30, 2018

I remember feeling nervous in the car on the way to the party. Although it wasn’t my first Butterfly Project event (I’ve met the community several times before), this was a costume party and somehow things were different. I had fashioned a unicorn horn out of black stiff paper, glued glitter over it and stuck a butterfly sticker onto the horn. Sewing it to a tiara I wore for my birthday party years ago, I felt like a child preparing for a school performance, which in and of itself, was a trip down memory lane worth taking.


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I'd watched enough teenage American movies to approach costume parties with a fair amount of apprehension. It was April 1st, and somewhere at the back of my mind, I wondered if I came dressed as a unicorn, would I find myself the butt of a very elaborate prank? And so, as far as unicorns go, I was as tame as could be in my white dress fit for the office. Pulling up to the party venue, I could tell I needn’t have worried. Spotted through the glass windows of the venue were a throng of pastel-dressed girls, complete with beautiful floral unicorn horns and makeup so impressive, you could call it art.


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Before I go any further, I should probably introduce the event. We were there for the Butterfly Project’s 5th birthday party. I can’t fully appreciate how far the community has gone, having just recently joined the community, but it was such a privilege to be invited that I had to go!


Tammy (the founder of the Butterfly Project) did a fantastic job with the party planning, that it seems almost an understatement to call it a party. We were treated to so many activities that it was almost like attending a private carnival. If you’re looking for vendors to bring your party to the next level, then read on!


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GNG Studiobooth

I kid you not, GNG Studiobooth produced the best quality photobooth pics I’ve ever had. The pictures came out vibrant, with two pictures per sheet and a dotted line down the middle to snap the photos into half, making them perfectly sized for scrapbooking or storing in long wallets. How they truly stand apart from the competition is that they send you high quality snaps of your shots directly to your email. You could even shoot a Boomerang at the booth, which gets emailed directly to you for your Instagramming pleasure.


This are services they extend to their clients, which means that they’d be perfect for weddings, birthday parties and even corporate events. With the chance to take an unlimited number of photos, it’s no wonder so many of us left the party with group snaps and indulgent solo shots to remember the party by.


You can find them here:

www.gngstudiobooth.com

www.facebook.com/gngstudiobooth

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Flowers Bar by Everyday Flowers

A great idea for a bachelorette or birthday party, Everyday Flowers introduces interactivity to the usual flower decor. We were all given the chance to create our own personalised bouquet. We got to choose flowers from a selection of gorgeous blooms, put em in a basket and the team works their magic. Soon after, you’ll have a beautiful bouquet to take home. For us, we got the chance to choose two flowers each.


The Everyday Flowers team then turned it into something beautiful, adding silver leaf, baby’s breath and other sprigs of gorgeousness to create a proper bouquet.


You can find them here:

www.facebook.com/everydayflowersmy


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Renness and I with our completed bouquets!


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Brrrloon

If flowers alone aren’t extra enough for you, balloons complete the party. If you’re looking to spice up an event - either an entire event venue like the Butterfly Project party, or just to get some balloons to decorate your seat in a restaurant - Brrrloon is a vendor that can bring you high quality balloons in a range of colours.


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Flowers so beautiful, but you didn’t realise I was standing by the trashcan..


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Balloons elevate any display table! Trust me when I tell you that my expression’s hiding the very real fear that I would drop the cake.


In addition to decorating the party venue, Brrrloon also provides a special activity, great for showrooms and corporate events. Introducing the auto-inflate colouring balloon. Water and limejuice react to release gas, inflating the balloon from the inside once you’ve had a chance to colour your balloon and personalise it. Once inflated, it’s meant to last for up to 30 days. What I can tell you is that it’s been 29 days and has shown no sign of deflation yet.


Stole this gif from Candace to show you how it looks.


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Find them here:

Block Gurney, Unit G-1-2, Plaza Arkadia,

No.3, Jalan Intisari Perdana,

Desa Park City, 52200 KL

Contact No. 018-2777130
Website: www.brrrloon.com (Coming Soon!)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/brrrloon


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In between the activities, we found time to eat, mingle and take plenty of selfies!


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Unicorn bag - party pack


A great host never leaves their guests empty-handed, and thanks to wonderful sponsors, we were gifted a range of wonderful gifts in our party packs. I gotta admit I didn’t think the day would come when I’d say this, but it’s way better than the candies we used to get as kids.


Thought it would be apt to show these gifts in a gif!


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I haven’t had the chance to use all the goodies but here’s what we got! Special shout out to:

If you’re looking for where to get the above, I’ve linked the product pages in the list above.


Thank you once again, Butterfly Project for such a fun party! The nervousness washed away amidst all the activities and I feel so blessed that I had the chance to go. How else in my adult life would I be able to have such wholesome family fun?

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