Sharing the Softness.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

We lead hectic lifestyles these days.. with no time for rest.. no time for holidays.. no time to eat.. and not even time for our friends and family, but there are still ways to show others that we care.. The Kleenex Share the Softness campaign is all about promoting the important of softness in our everyday lives, and encouraging sharing as a way of showing others that we think of them.

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In conjunction with this special campaign, this pack of 5 tissue boxes are being sold at only RM12.60 in major retail outlets nationwide with these gorgeous new designs! Open-mouthed smileumbrellaWhite-square-big-panel-02
 

I've been so busy the past month with classes and clubs that at one point, I felt I was being spread out much too thin. At some point, I asked myself why I was doing all of this. Why should I put in the extra effort? Why should I sacrifice my time for something that wouldn't be helping me much anyway? After all, my extra-curricular activities from high school was so plentiful I wouldn't need to do anything in college and I might still be able to fill my transcript. But then, I caught myself.

That was so selfish.

How had my heart hardened like that?

This campaign comes at exactly the right time. A time where we're so busy with exams and obligations that sometimes, we forget to soften our hearts and show tenderness and care to those we love and care for.

"Sharing the softness" shouldn't just be a campaign. It should be a lifestyle.

As a responsible blogger (oh ho ho), I shall lead by example by sharing with you how I've been sharing the softness! :D

1. WACKY'S Book Donation Drive

Our goal was to collect 500 books to donate to refugees from Myanmar as well as other children homes in Malaysia. Within 2 days.. we reached our target goal!

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In a way, we shared the softness.. by sharing the joys of reading to these kids! Open-mouthed smile 

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Helping out at the booth with Shyh Jin. (Okay, okay, I admit. This picture was staged. Who would smile randomly while sorting through things??)

To increase publicity, we organized Nerd Day as well, encouraging students in campus to dress up as nerds! It was such a sight watching everyone decked out in full-frame glasses, their pants pulled high and shirts buttoned all the way to the top!

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Heehee, everyone here's so cute!

Instead of just collecting 500 books, we managed to collect 931 books in total over the period of one week! There were even more books after that till it was close to a thousand! Although I was the brainchild of the event, the other committee members of the club were the ones who contributed the most time and effort for it (while I was off irresponsibly buzzing around in Italy :P), especially Yin Li who managed it so well. So in the end, they were the ones who were mostly sharing the softness with not only the books recipients, but with me as well. :) Thanks, guys. Ya'll so sweet and kind! :')

2. MEC Visit

Yknow what else is soft?

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JELLY!

As mentioned, one of the recipients of the books was Myanmar Education Centre and since we were heading there to present the books & some money to them, us WACKY members decided to organize activities for them too!

There were..

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Cheeky boys..

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Pretty girls..

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And responsible boys too!

My group shared the softness in our own way by conducting a singing station. And boy, oh boy, do these kids love to sing!

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We taught them to sing a new worship song (along with super impromptu choreography by Florence) and they soaked it up like a sponge! Watching them sing and dance so exuberantly despite being in such a cramped up classroom was insanely heart-warming. There were a few who had their eyebrows so furrowed their foreheads were creased like a prune because they were intently trying to decipher every word of the lyrics we printed (most of them have problems reading, see) while there were others who were like Red Bull-infused monsters, just yelling out similar sounding syllables to the song! D:

At one point they were singing (more like screaming) so loudly that it was almost deafening!

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The poor little kid on the right clearly couldn't take it. :P

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I went home that day with a grateful, softened heart..

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And disturbingly dirty feet.

3. Celebrations

Sharing the softness doesn't just mean being involved in charity. Sharing the softness between friends and family is just as important to show you care.

As the Taylor's Model United Nations (TAYMUN) PR Director, I was in charge of planning the farewell party for the outgoing committee. Although we never really got to interact with them, the farewell party was a great way for us to get to know them and they were truly such warm, funny, sporting people. Smile 

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Sanity.

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Insanity.

Although we had several problems when handling the event from financial issues to attendance problems, at the end of the day, there were still several tender moments which occurred which made it all worth it.

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Adam and Matt, sharing the softness with each other.. Winking smile

On the family front, we recently celebrated the birthday of the little baby in our family, who finally turned 14!

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There's nothing quite as 'soft' as quality family time over a celebration. Smile

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Kleenex didn't just decide to have a campaign and leave us alone to handle it! They kickstarted it all by sharing on their own as well! Smile

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I was sent two beautiful boxes of super-soft facial tissue paper and..

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CANDY!

Not just any candy, but Sticky candy! Smile

It came with instructions too. Surprised smile

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And share them, I did. :)

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Sharing the softness doesn't have to be difficult. You could perform acts of charity, spend time with your family & friends, or just do anything to let people know you care.

Luckily for you, Kleenex has made it so much easier to share!

From now till the 31st of May (while stocks last), you can share a beautiful Kleenex Vintage Soft Pack with your friend for absolutely free. All you have to do is like the Kleenex Malaysia page, head to the Share the Softness section, and fill up a simple form!

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Viola!

You can even send a personalized message with your pack.

Aside from being able to request for the Share packs through the Kleenex Malaysia Facebook fan page, there are also other interactive activities online too, such as special areas where fans can share their thoughts on a particular topic of the week, including topics about the brand and products.

Throughout the year, you are also eligible to take part in contests that will kick off with the Kleenex® Moments contest (which you can read about on the FB page!!), with RM14,500 worth of cash prizes and Kleenex® products to be won.

The campaign also gives back to the less privileged as well. So for every entry in the Facebook Kleenex® Moments contest, Kleenex will donate one pack of tissues to a non-profit organization. What better way to do charity than by participating in a contest? Open-mouthed smile Not only do you have a chance to win a prize, you would definitely be helping someone else as well!

So, what's stopping you from sharing the softness?

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If you don't know how to begin, you could always start like this. :P

When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

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The locals believe that if you throw one coin into the Trevi Fountain, you'll someday return to Rome; two coins & you'll marry an Italian; three coins & off you go to get divorced. But before you single ladies start preparing your coins in pairs, our Roman guide says you must take note that all Italian men... Are mamma's boys.

With that in mind, I tossed one coin into the fountain & crossed my fingers in hopes that I really do get to return to the capital of Italy again.

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Of all the places I've been to in Italy, Rome was my absolute favourite! Ever since the Lizzie McGuire movie, who hasn't dreamed of coming here?

On the day we were there, the skies were so incredibly blue it was as though someone had turned up the saturation in my eyes.

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Our first stop in this glorious city was an Autogrill station, which is basically Italy's version of a roadside stop.

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Heh heh, fonzies..

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My beautiful mother! :D

The things they sold in Rome was supersized like crazy! Take a look at the Nutella they sell!

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Compare it with my lens cap.. Surprised smile

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AND LOOK AT THE HOLY COW GIGANTIC PASTA! Each shell pasta is slightly bigger than my lens cap! D:

Gigantic Nutella, gigantic pasta. What's next? Giant cars?

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Ah, but no. Their smart cars are tiny.. Very tiny.

When we actually arrived at the city, it was like being in a gigantic museum. Every corner held something historical or monumental.

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The Spanish steps, which is the widest & longest staircase in all of Europe. The steps in Pavilion is said to be modeled after these.

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The famous Colloseum, where hundreds of gladiators battled to their deaths years ago.

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Our guide explaining how the mechanism of the Colloseum allowed spectators to stay safe despite the murderous beasts pitted against the gladiators below.

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One of the town squares in Rome was home to hundreds of artists who gathered there to paint and sell their works of art. This was Piazza Navina.

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ANDDD, it was home to the best dang banana ice-cream in the worlddd!

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Not that I've had banana ice-cream anywhere else..

Don't panic, folks. I'm holding my mom's pistachio ice-cream, not nomming both. (Although in hindsight, I wish I did) :P

We took the chance to leave Italy and head to Vatican City, the smallest state housing the largest church in the world!

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Equipped with a headset and a ticket, we entered the Vatican Museum. The museum is so vast it is said to take 2 complete weeks to view the whole place. Surprised smile

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The corridors are filled with ancient tapestries and paintings centuries old.

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It was amazing. Even those with no appreciation for art would be impressed.

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The picture above is in fact, paintings on the ceiling, not plaster as what it may seem. 3D PAINTINGS. I stared at it like crazy and it still looked as though it was 3-dimensional. I could only tell that it was painted when looking at certain places where the paint had been damaged or faded.

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Actually, I can't remember whether this was mosaic or paintings or plaster or gold or what, but decorating a wall is already so difficult, what more a ceiling. D:

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In the pope's formerly private courtyard.

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TULIPS!! Open-mouthed smile 

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This lion came directly from Egypt as a gift to the Vatican.

The highlight of the Vatican City was being able to enter the Sistine Chapel, where Michaelangelo's masterpiece covers its walls. Move over, Leonardo. Michaelangelo is officially my favourite. :P

And I totally stole this from A Walk To Remember except that I did it by myself. T.T Can't embed the clip, but you can watch the scene HERE.

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One foot in Italy, another in the Vatican City.

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Ah, isn't it clear that Rome wasn't built in a day?

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Okay, okay, gonna stop with the Roman idioms now. Heh. :D

On a more serious note, I firmly believe that everyone should pay a visit to Italy at least once in their lives. At least, grant your eyes the opportunity to experience the beauty that is Michaelangelo's artwork in the Sistine Chapel, and give yourself the chance to climb the widest & longest staircase in Europe. If you could only go to one place in Italy, head to Rome. :)

Much love,
Ciao!

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