Enjoying meals with Moringa Bioenzymes + Mini Giveaway!

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Hi friends!

There's just something that makes overeating somewhat excusable when it comes to communal feasting. When I'm in good company and the mood is jovial, it seems almost grouchy to not indulge. Perhaps it's because our culture is one where we love encouraging each other to eat. "Have some more!" "Aiya, a little bit won't hurt!" "Try this one, just a bit!" "Once in a while.." Although some peg it as diet sabotage, I'm of the view that in most cases, this comes out of a good place where people (especially our elders) just want to share good things. After all, to a Chinese grandmother, the worst thing that could happen is that they've found out you haven't eaten! (Jiak pa buey?)

Chinese New Year was a real culinary celebration, with lavish spreads almost every evening over the 15 days that the lunar new year is celebrated. Abundance was the word of the season - abundance in wealth, health, food.. and weight? Yikes! Although I thoroughly enjoyed the 3Fs of food, family and festivities, it was a great relief to me that I had a little digestive help to keep the food down.

I had my first bad case of acid reflux when I was 17. I was on the way to school to sit for my SPM paper when I felt a sharp searing pain at my chest. For a brief moment, I thought I was getting a heart attack! Maybe it was stress from the upcoming exam?? I quickly called my dad and he assured me that no, you paranoid teenager, you are not going into cardiac arrest and that what I was experiencing was most likely "reflux", or more commonly known as "heartburn". A glass of milk later and I was fine.

This may be a little too much information for you guys but over the next few years, whenever I had meals that were a little too late or if I had too much spicy food, I would feel gassy or bloated and boy, oh boy, the farts were not pleasant for anyone around me. To add to that, I absolutely love anything cheesy, but when I have too much dairy, I belch in a way that would put Shrek in his place.

Unfortunately, I seemed to have inherited this from my mom, which is why I was particularly excited to partner with Iviora for their Moringa BioEnzymes when they offered to sponsor their product for both myself and my mom to review. When they found out how much my boyfriend and I love bonding over good food, Iviora generously also sent him a box for him to try. With all of us on board to give these bioenzymes a try, here's what we thought!

For starters, what on earth is moringa?
Dear friends, if you are as clueless as I was, allow me to introduce you to the core ingredient - moringa.

Also known as Drumstick tree. Click the picture for the Wikipedia page.

There are a lot of uses for this plant and one of the reasons my mom, who's generally very sceptical about trying random food products, was willing to try this was because of moringa. According to Web MD, Moringa is used for - takes deep breath - “tired blood” (anemia); arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhoea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. Phew - what a list!

What do these bioenzymes do?

They claim to do 4 main things - digest, detox, restore and rejuvenate!

Uh-oh. Normally, when we hear the word detox, the thought that generally comes to mind is that this is going to be a laxative, which I was really not keen on. I didn't want to interrupt my CNY festivities with frequent toilet visits - especially as I was planning to do a lot of open house visiting! I suppose then that another aspect that reassured me about trying this product was that it was laxative free, preservative free, all-natural and had no artificial colouring. So the green you see? All natural!
Okay, okay, enough with the promo talk. How was it? For real?
The first day my mom and I had it was after a very heavy meat buffet at Avenue K (holla if you know it!), which left us feeling incredibly stuffed. We mixed a sachet with a small glass (they recommend 150ml) of room temperature water (hot temperature kills the live bacteria!) and took a sip. Ever had kombucha? Well, it kindaaa tasted like that - slightly sourish and sweet. If I had to taste rank it, it started out as a 5/10 (which was pretty meh) but over the weeks I had it, it started to grow on me and now I find myself craving its taste hahaha so maybe it's now a 7/10. I had to stir the glass very enthusiastically for it to dissolve and even then, there were sediments at the bottom of the glass. Still, it was fairly fuss-free and quick to drink.

I didn't feel immediate effects but when I woke up the next morning, I had no issues uhh.. going to the toilet. In general, when I have a lot of meat, I tend to feel a little constipated for a while, so I guess the enzymes helped get things moving. LOL and when I met my mom for breakfast, she said to me "wah, helps clean the system" which I suppose means that she had no issue with the toilet either haha. My mom actually found that it tasted quite nice, even from the first taste. I think it's because she has always been a fan of sour-sweet flavours so this suited her quite well. She particularly liked that it didn't cause diarrhoea, but still made her stomach feel cleansed and healthy. 

Over the next few weeks, despite all the heavy meals over the festive period, I was noticeably less bloated and felt that it helped regularise my bowel movements. I didn't break out at all, which is pretty incredible considering I ate plenty of oily food.

As for my boyfriend, we love trying new food together.

But too much good food can take a toll on anyone! Here's what he has to say:

"I highly recommend Moringa Bioenzymes because it really does help with the discomfort after eating. The taste takes a few tries to get used to but it became something that I looked forward to during the day. It's very easy to make though the powder could mix in better as it tends to clump. I was sad when I finished my box, so I plan to keep it stocked in my kitchen!"

Real reviews from real people, folks! I just recommended it to a colleague who's going through some bloating and if you're someone who has experienced some digestive issues - whether it's struggling to poop, being very gassy or just going through some heartburn - this is really worth checking out. When I made the effort to be consistent with it, it gave me good results! You can check out a little budget advert video I filmed here:

But don't just take my word for it! If you would like to try the product, here's a super easy-to-win giveaway for you with 2 product sachets and a discount voucher.

Just  post a comment on this post telling me why you would like to try it out AND drop Iviora's Facebook page a a private message saying "I want Free BioEnzymes Gift Set, Tiffany2019". My favourite comment will win!

Deadline is on 7 March 2019 (11.59pm) on Friday.

PS: Not paid for any of my comments, but I was given three free boxes of these to review!  

Working on those wrinkles with ID.AZ - Sleeping Pack Review

Thursday, January 24, 2019
In 2018, I started paying attention to skin care.

Perhaps it was stress, perhaps it was poor sleep, or perhaps it was the onset of new hormones your body delivers in your 20s - whatever the reason, I was breaking out and my skin was the worst it had ever been. For months, I was in denial. Somehow, I managed to convince myself that the sudden oiliness my skin was experiencing and the brash redness that spread across my forehead was temporary, and that with the power of hope, balance would be restored.

At the time, I thought my infrequent experimentation with various cleansers and moisturisers would be sufficient to do the trick. After all, I told myself, it’s better than nothing. So I washed my face for a day and hoped for clear skin the next. I slathered on moisturiser one night and expected smooth skin in the morning.

It's not surprising that it didn’t work. My skin was not used to being shocked with different types of chemicals one day, then a whole other regime the next. I ultimately decided I needed to actually go through a routine and carried out a 7-step Korean skin care routine which I blogged about before. That routine was the discipline my skin needed to finally figure itself out and ultimately clear the heck up. Since then, I’ve toned it down to a basic 3 step routine with Althea’s Bare Essentials and my skin’s balanced enough to handle new products and substitutions, which is where the fun really began!

I never truly understood how people could spend so much time, effort and money on skincare till I started paying attention to my skin. Good skin can make it look like a late night didn’t happen. Having hydrated skin actually helps me emote more because I don’t feel that stretch against my mouth and cheeks when I’m smiling too much (I don’t know if this is an actual problem that other people have lol). I definitely feel confident about being bare faced when I’m zit-free and I guess it’s just really nice when you look in the mirror and feel like you’ve got it together.

Starting last year is considered pretty ‘late’ to the game. My best friend has been trying to get me to make an effort with my skin since we were in high school and I brushed it off as expensive and vain. But, alas, this is one of those times that I will have to live with the regret, as you know what they say…

 Minimally retouched photo for authenticity ahem ahem. #rolemodel #realgirl #iwokeuplikethis

So listen up, folks! If you haven’t started caring for your skin, it’s worth making the investment now. If your skin is perfectly fine on its own, at the very least, invest in some sunblock, a good cleanser/micellar water and a reliable moisturiser. Don’t go crazy all at once with serums, ampoules and what have you because there’s an entire host of disadvantages to clogging up your pores, but I truly wish I started earlier and am here to make. a. point.

Here’s a helpful visualisation:

Completely unretouched photo for maximum authenticity. Please don't count my pimples. #realgirl #truth #aging #sucks

So according to my research online, there are many types of wrinkles due to different reasons. Some are caused by environmental factors like too much sun and smoke, etc, whilst others are due to unavoidable elements of gravity and declining collagen with age. Some wrinkles are the face tattoos of happy times, leaving creases around the mouth and eyes which crinkle when we laugh. And some are just because of silly things like us pushing our faces against our pillows when we sleep or frowning when we work, which could leave permanent lines between our brows. Terrible life hack: grow a unibrow and that wrinkle would not be an issue.

Anyway, I went on this entire tirade and specifically pointed out my wrinkles to introduce ID.AZ’s Face Fit - CU-V Tensioning Sleeping Pack (Phew - what a mouthful!). This Korean, quick-absorbing, gloriously mild smelling and indulgently rich moisturiser comes in the most satisfying packaging.

Housed in a glass-like cube, opening and closing this is an absolute dream. Call me dramatic, but every time I use it and feel the satisfying twist of the cap falling into place, I feel like I just solved a Rubik’s cube LOL.

ID.AZ makes bold claims with this sleeping pack. It promises to improve skin density, improve a sagging face, lifts and promotes anti-aging. They even patented their formula for lifting, which honestly gets the law nerd in me all excited. It claims to help with smoothing wrinkles by enhancing elastin formation, and even helps you slim your face and get that desired K-popstar V-shape.

For all of that, a jar of this is going for RM169.15 at Watson’s (it normally retails for RM199!) and is available both online and in stores.
Having used it for about two weeks, I gotta confess that in the first few days, I wasn’t impressed. I had just gone through ankle surgery and was completely bed ridden for a number of days, which meant that I spent 95% of my time in an air conditioned room, with my skin feeling dried out and bloated from the surgery. Using the sleeping pack just felt like I was slathering butter onto a dry piece of toast that simply did not want to soak it in and considering how bloated my face was, a V-shape outcome was definitely not going to happen. That was a total bummer because I wasn’t keen to write about this moisturiser that I thought was pretty mediocre.


I don’t know what changed or whether it was just an adjustment period, but after using it for a few days, my skin started loving it. I felt a noticeable tightening of my skin and though I can’t say whether I have a slimmer face due to the product because coincidentally, the bloating post-surgery started coming down, I really like how my skin feels in the morning.

So I judge moisturisers on a couple of fronts:

1. Whether they make me feel oily
2. Whether they make me break out
3. Whether they cause any irritation
4. Whether they have any extra features

For this sleeping pack, here’s my thoughts:

1. It’s a pretty rich moisturiser, so there is some sort of oily feeling leftover. But I think that’s why it’s a sleeping mask rather than a day-use moisturiser. For the first few days, I woke up and felt like it left 0 effect on my skin. But by the fourth day of use, by the time I woke up, it felt perfectly absorbed onto my skin without any oiliness leftover and my skin felt smooth and plump.

2. Once again, not a great experience in the first few days where I developed two pimples after starting to use it. But after that initial adjustment, it’s been completely fine and no abnormal break outs.

3. This is the best part for me because I don’t have sensitive skin but I do have sensitive eyes. So a lot of the time, some facial moisturisers are great for my skin, but they make my eyes sting! I wake up with puffier eyes than when I went to bed and whatever positive effect on the other parts of my face feel neutralised because I keep having to rub my eyes throughout the day. This moisturiser cause no irritation to my eyes whatsoever.

4. ID.AZ’s promises of a slimmer face and reduced wrinkles seem like a tall order, especially when I grew up believing that once your wrinkles come, your only saviour is a good face lift/fillers or Botox. I personally haven’t seen any reduction in my wrinkles as shown above, but I do feel its firming effects and am pretty confident that if I keep using it, it’ll be able to help me reduce the development of further wrinkles and fine lines. Also it doesn’t have an overly strong smell in the best possible way, which to me, is a pretty good feature.

So all in all, a solid night time moisturiser. Took a few days to adjust to it, but now that I have, I’m pretty happy to introduce it to my routine as my go-to moisturiser, specifically because of its firming effect.

If you want one of your own, feel free to check it out online or in stores at Watson’s. If there’s a tester at Watson’s physical stores, don’t forget to fiddle with the jar to experience the satisfaction of its packaging. And well, yes, test it out.  

Thanks for the free jar, ID.AZ!

Welcoming 2019 With 4 Productivity Hacks

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Time is truly relative and the year that passed happened in a quick wink. Now that the fireworks have died down and the festive season is over, real life beckons and I’m once again looking at the year to come and wondering how best to make each day count.


In my Christmas Eve outfit from Love Knot Label which I’m pretty happy about as I won it through an Instagram giveaway.

When we look at the numbers, you and I are given the same hours in a day as anyone else. To put it simply, whether we do more or less than the other person ultimately boils down to productivity and efficiency, which is why I’ve put together this list on some productivity hacks that I’d like to practice more of in 2019.

I’ve seen so many lists floating around on the internet claiming to give the “best productivity tricks” or “top efficiency tools”, but some of them spout things like “drink more coffee”, “be brave to say no” or “sit near natural light”!?!?!? If being more productive means turning down things I want to do or simply caffeinating myself, I don’t think that’s making the ‘best of your time’. Another gripe I had with the lists online which try to tell us about “productivity” is that so many of them are trying to bring back the ’old ways’ of being productive. Haven’t we heard enough about how our productivity is ruined because of the time we spend on our phones? I think the favourite productivity tip at the moment is for everyone to cut down on screen time. In my view, if you’re going to be unproductive on your phone, the likelihood is, you’re going to be unproductive without it too. But enough of throwing shade at everyone else’s suggestion.

Since I want to sleep for about 6 - 8 hours a day, that leaves me about 16 hours to use in a day. How then do I make the best of those hours?

1. Procrastinate well

I’ve been on this 3 minute rule for about 6 years now and I swear by it. If something takes less than 3 minutes to do, do it immediately. I’m no stranger to the world of procrastination, and have put aside so many things I actually want to do because I simply don’t feel like it. These can range from things like a book I’ve been meaning to read, to small things such as trash I want to throw away. But for the coming year, for tasks that take under 3 minutes, these aren’t allowed to fall within the category of “things I procrastinate”.

What that means is that rather make a mental note to reply an email/Whatsapp later, if I know it’ll just be a quick message, I do it immediately. If I have to put something away after I’ve used it, I don’t tell myself “I’ll do it later”.

If I am procrastinating something that takes longer than 3 minutes (such as blog post writing or cleaning my room), I have to procrastinate with something that I want to do anyway. So instead of delaying the inevitable by scrolling through the Facebook timeline with posts I’ve already seen, I’m going to read a book (I have ebooks on my phone), edit pictures, do in-bed exercises (like the one linked below!), or plan my Sunday School classes. The long and short of it is, if I’m not consuming something deliberately and I still insist on procrastinating, I need to do so with something that’s somewhat useful or something that I’d take the time to do on another occasion.

Some other ‘procrastination ideas’ include-

  • Shopping for birthday presents for friends/family (even if their birthday is ages away!)
  • Clearing out your purse/wallet (receipts to be sorted, random business cards to look through)
  • Messaging old friends that you’ve been meaning to catch up with
  • Data housekeeping - sort out your hard drive/phone pictures/camera memory cards/desktop

And if I really don’t feel like doing anything else, then I’m allowed to take a nap, because at least going to sleep is good for your body.

2. Use waiting time effectively

Okay, so I’m gonna confess something a little weird that I do. I mean, I think it’s genius, but whenever I share this with my friends or family, they think I’m insane.

I watch TV in the shower.

I prop up my water resistant phone on my toiletries stand and while I’m scrubbing my body or washing my hair, I’m also consuming my “fun content”. Sometimes, I put up Insta stories and just let it scroll past while I shower.

In my mind, I have to shower anyway. As this time is going to be spent somewhere where I don’t have the liberty of using my hands, I’m better off using it to do things that a “productive person” doesn’t always have time to do. And it’s worked really well for me! It helps me not binge watch as there’s only so much time you can spend in the shower, and sometimes, just 15 minutes of some entertaining content is enough to recharge and refresh you. After the shower, I’m in a totally different frame of mind from the work day that passed, which makes it easier for me to take the time to do other things I’m interested in.

You don’t just have to limit this to watching TV. I’ve used shower time to memorise notes (don’t underestimate the value of a glass screen door and some laminated study notes) and practice speeches. You don’t even have to limit this to shower time. There could be elements in your day which cannot be eliminated, but can be paired up with other productive tasks. Whether it’s in the shower, on the toilet, waiting in a traffic jam, standing in a queue for food, or even on the commute on the way to work, it’s always possible to make better use of your ‘waiting’ time.

If commuting in rush hour can make it really difficult to do anything else as you’re very likely to be squashed up against another person of if you’re driving, listening to podcasts can be a great solution for you!

3. Use technology!

With technology, so many things can be done immediately. I used to be one of those who’d say, “I’ll wait till I get home” to get things done, but as long as you’ve equipped your smart phone with adequate tools, there are so many things you can do right away. I’ve ordered food while commuting so it’d arrive when I’m at my destination, typed up draft meeting minutes on my phone on the way back from a meeting (though if you’re extra efficient, you could type during the meeting and edit it on the way back) and Googled mid-conversation instead of dealing with someone’s vague knowledge/recollection of a matter.

What I’m saying is, although there are a couple of things that still require us to be seated at a computer with information laid out before us, there are plenty of other things which we can do on-the-go, thanks to technology.

4. Have a big picture plan

When studying for my A-Levels, I used to draw up boxes on a sheet with my general study goals for the entire month, sort of like a calendar but for a particular event/goal. I did this again in university and when I was studying for the New York Bar Exam. This was super useful for me because I could see where I was at a given time on a goal, how much I had completed, and how much there was left to go. If you’ve fallen behind, it helps you reorganise your plans, so you’ll know when you need to buck up and do more.

But before I could do that, I needed milestones or “small” targets to achieve. When studying, that could be a subject/number of exam papers to go through, and when working, that could include subject matters you’re interested in exploring, or project/task milestones. Or it could just be little things that will help you be the person you want to be. You could plan out wanting to learn/master a language, pick up a sport or develop a skill.

I realised in 2018 that it was very easy to be unproductive when I didn’t have a bigger plan of what I wanted to do. Although, at the back of my mind, I knew that I wanted to blog more, exercise more, or do certain things in relation to other interests, because I didn’t have a plan, whenever I had free time, I would start another TV series or spend hours on the phone, consuming content I wasn’t genuinely interested in. So in 2019, I’m going to have little goals for each month and make it a point to complete them.


I hope the above was helpful. Do let me know if you have other suggestions!

All the best with 2019, friends! May we have a great year ahead!

7 Ideas for Christmas Traditions You Can Easily Adopt

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Choosing this photo of me posing with a chair in Celine’s house to start the post because it just exudes welcome to my Christmas-themed home vibes!

Let me start off by first saying I’ve lived through 23 Christmasses, some more memorable than others, which I would approximate to 15 years worth of Christmas memories. My family never quite had a fixed Christmas tradition. I suppose this is because our parents would adjust the celebration based on how old we were and how they could somehow make it a learning lesson for us. There have also been variations over the years purely based on how we feel. Some years, we would wake up in the morning before heading to church to open our gifts. Other years, we would sleep in, head to church, and open presents after lunch.

I’ve always been fascinated by how different families celebrate this season and as us siblings have now grown up and are scattered across different countries, I thought to document the little ways in which we’ve celebrated Christmas, which could maybe perhaps quite possibly become traditions you could start (if you haven’t already!). The ones listed here are pretty easy to replicate, and whether you want to do so with your friends, partner, or family, there's at least one you'll find relevant! 

BTW I also dug through my hard drive for some real-life straight from the archive action, so along with little Instagram plugs, you will also be getting some of that wholesome 2011 goodness in this post!

1. Gifts shopping!

I remember a vague history of being taken to shopping malls as children and being given some money – about RM10 to RM30 – and my parents would take us in turns to pick out presents for our siblings. For years, my sister and I chose Hot Wheels cars for my brother who was obsessed with cars the way young boys can be, and with my parents’ cajoling, we would pick out stationery or colouring books for each other.

My parents always got my brother to pick my sister and me the same thing, or something very similar, so we wouldn’t fight over our gifts LOL. This little exercise taught us the joy of giving, of being able to say “I chose that for you!” and though this tradition has stopped over the years as we grew up enough to buy our own gifts, every time I’m doing my Christmas shopping, I’m brought back to my childhood in Ipoh, mulling hard over what my siblings would like.

A particularly abundant haul in 2013!

2. Santa

Growing up, there was a period of time that Santa was very real to me. I remember staying up with my sister one night in front of the Christmas tree, fighting a battle against sleep to catch Santa in the act. LOL fruitless attempt as I woke up in bed none the wiser. My parents fuelled the fantasy for a while and I remember a year where my dad showed up at night dressed in a Santa costume, complete with white beard, thoroughly confusing me as I was just beginning to overcome my Santa belief.

A belief in Santa is pretty fun when growing up, and I remember years of writing letters to Santa, which our parents would read to find out what presents to get. When I eventually realized the truth, I was grateful to my parents for having made Christmas gifts seem so magical and fun!

I make a pretty decent Santa if I say so myself!

On a semi-related note, I believed in the Tooth Fairy most of my childhood, eventually realising the truth when I woke up one morning, with my mom leaning over me, her hand underneath my pillow. Screams ensued.

3. Gifts opening!

Presents were a joy to give, but were also a joy to receive. Once the illusion of Santa ended, our parents would give us Christmas presents which were geared towards helping us pursue our interests/hobbies. I got a camera the year after I started blogging (I was 10!!), while my brother got an electric guitar when he formed an interest in music. There was one year where my dad gave us all little “quizzes” to solve in order to get to our gift. For instance, he gave me a sling bag and my clue was that I “didn’t need hands to use it”. Last year, he gave me a hand drawn “gift certificate” to redeem for a camera lens.

My mom on the other hand, would be the readiest and earliest with Christmas presents. I reckon by September/October, she’d have the gift in mind. LOL then for the next few months, she’d drop hints about the gift she got. “Tiff, you like this, right?” “Is this something you would wear?” She’d be the one to arrange the gifts nicely under the Christmas tree and ensure all of us have adequate wrapping paper and tape.

One year, my sister made bento boxes with sausages cut into octopus shapes, and eggs made to look like baby chicks (lol in hindsight, that’s rather cruel). She wrapped those up for us to open, which made for a pretty interesting gift.

Straight out of the 2011 photo albums!

Maximum effort Christmas present!

We make it a point to go out and get presents for each other, wrapping them up and leaving them under a tree/bench/wherever to get us all excited as Christmas day approaches! When opening them, we do it in front of each other in turns. For example, my mom would open all her presents first, then my brother, my sister, etc. So it’s an occasion for everyone to see what we all got and gave.

Here’s one from 2013!

4. Extended family Christmas

Christmas celebration would almost always involve the extended family on my dad’s side as well! The night before, we’d have dinner and adjourn to someone’s house. There, the cousins would hang, adults would talk, and at midnight, we’d have some sort of gift exchange on a Daiso budget. The gifts were always randomly exchanged, and at the end of the night, there was always some cousin trying to exchange with the adults a candle for a towel, some soap for sunglasses, etc. Our helpers usually joined in the fun as well which made for an even livelier, bigger event.

For the gift exchange, one of the ways we do it is assign a number to each gift. When we arrive wherever it is, the presents are numbered. We then pull out numbers out of a hat/container and get allocated gifts. For about 5 minutes after that, we can swap gifts with each other to try to get something we like more LOL. One of the "disadvantages” of this system is that you’d occasionally end up with the gift you prepared!
Aww, looking back at these pictures, I almost took for granted the times we had for all of us to spend together as family. Now so many of us are based across different countries and starting careers we used to joke around about.

5. Friends-mas!

When I was a student in London, the familiar familial traditions of home were miles away. So we started our own with friends by hosting small parties and having gift exchanges.

Christmas as a student in London was always a fun occasion with friends!

When uploading this picture, my heart gave a little squeeze of longing for the great girls I was friends with at university. Nothing warms the heart quite like love, and the love of friendship can be so very warm.

Since starting work in 2016, we’ve refined further this tradition with friends and there’s a small ongoing tradition with some work girlfriends to have a yearly Christmas party, complete with gifts exchange and dress up! We set an outfit theme every year and use Draw Names which is a website built for Secret Santa/gift exchanges. Participants can join over a link, set a date for the exchange, have the names be randomly drawn up, and even choose wishlists! Since my girlfriends and I have been doing this for a few years now, we already have a group on Draw Names, which remembers who were assigned to each other the year before, and lets us exclude the same two people from drawing each others names, just to keep things interesting.

You don’t always need to be with family to celebrate Christmas and friends could always be great people to foster traditions with. For the past two years, we’ve been celebrating our Christmas parties at someone’s house, but this year, we’ve levelled up a little and booked an AirBnB for our stay!

Decorated hideous Christmas cookies as an activity on one of the years.

LOL try and guess the 2017 theme! 10 points for your house if you get it right.

6. Matching sweaters

Another more “recent” tradition is one that has been semi-ongoing since 2014, when my boyfriend and I started dating. He bought us Christmas sweaters on our first Christmas together and although it’s too warm to wear them in Malaysia, it is great fun putting the sweaters on for the pictures, just watching how we’ve changed over the years. We managed to keep this up only a couple of years but it’s certainly a cute tradition worth considering!

If you’re living somewhere cold, do it with friends or family! It’s one of those rare occasions where you can match your outfits and have it be somewhat ironic rather than 100% lame.

LDR does mean that it’s pretty tough for us to get recent photos of us both in the sweaters so here’s us poorly photoshopped onto some hideous Christmas jumpers, just so you get an idea of how cute it is lolol.

Also note that my legs have probably never been that skinny, ever.

7. Christmas decorations

I was a little hesitant to include this as a “tradition” as we don’t do this every year, but for most of my life, come December, our good ol’ Christmas tree is set up in a place of honour in our home, covered in ornaments we’ve collected over the years and sparkly tinsel. My mom hangs a wreath on the front door, and our placemats are changed to Christmas-themed ones.

Side note - I actually forgot the word for “tinsel” and Googled “sparkly Christmas string on tree”, which led me to the Wikipedia page on tinsel. Did you know that it’s meant to mimic the effect of ice, hence the sparkly strips?? Well, if you didn’t, here's tiffanykml.com bringing you bits of random trivia which may or may not help you in your next pub quiz! 


And there you go! Just some of the small ways in which I’ve celebrated Christmas and if you’ve always wanted to but don’t know how, feel free to borrow some of the traditions here and make them your own! Or if you celebrate in your own way, do share them in the comments!

The Entertainer 2019 Launch Party

Sunday, November 25, 2018

So one of the questions I get fairly often is how I get invited to some of the parties or launch events that I attend. In some instances, I receive email invitations or The Butterfly Project or Nuffnang connect me to to an event. In this particular situation, because I am such a big fan of the Entertainer app (which I bought on my own and have been using for over 2 years), I got so excited by their party announcements (and opportunities to win lots of prizes - which I looove!) that I just flat-out asked them if I could come!

You don’t ask, you don’t get, I suppose - and luckily for me, I soon received an invitation in my email.

Gotta be honest, I got all starry-eyed at so many rounds of lucky draws!

Seth and I got there on time for the opening speech by Paul Hue, Country Manager of the Entertainer, and found ourselves at the same table with reps from Beard Brothers KL, which was a load of fun, as we bonded over our love for food (of course,our table was the one closest to the buffet spread!), travel and DooIt, a quiz show game that gives you opportunities to win real money (If you’re interested, use my promo code “tiffany” for an extra life in the game!).



My dress is from loveknotlabel

Parties are always good for meeting people, and I even got the chance to meet some old friends and mingle with people I’ve only followed on Instagram! With live music by New Village Music Lab in the background, free flow cocktails and beer in the background, and the great opportunity to win plenty of prizes through the quiz questions they threw in every now and then, I was having a blast!


I mean, I’m super kiasu okay. When they hosted the first quiz round, I was up there front and centre, phone in hand, just in case I needed to Google for answers (that’s allowed!). As you’d know if you were Malaysian, people shy la right at the beginning, so I found myself being the only person who was enthusiastically rushing to the front to give my answers! I ended up winning some vouchers from San Francisco Coffee and two tickets to MCM Cartoon Studio in Johor. I’m not sure when I’d make another trip to Johor, but I have had some yummy coffee thanks to the vouchers. However, as the night progressed and people loosened up enough to join in the quizzes more enthusiastically, the emcee stopped picking me to answer (as I’ve already “had my chance” I suppose hahaha) and I didn’t get the opportunity to win the bigger prizes later on. So moral of the story? Might wanna reign it in a little at the beginning of the quiz fest.


We did not leave empty handed either, with a great goody bag to send us off, stuffed to the brim with vouchers and coupons from the Entertainer’s partners!


I had such a good time and thank you very much to the Entertainer for having us!

What is it?

Ever since I started posting about this app years ago on my Instagram, I’ve gotten lots of questions about it and the value it brings! So to give a proper introduction to the app, the Entertainer is sort of a digital coupon book, which you purchase for the year and it gives you Buy-1-Free-1 discounts for its partner merchants. You’re allocated 3 vouchers per merchant, and once you’ve used those vouchers, you can top them up with “Smiles” which is sort of like a points system they have. You earn smiles by using the deals and it’s pretty easy to rack up enough points to buy back a voucher, if you need to. But because there’s so many places on the app that they’ve partnered with, you always have the option of going somewhere else, which 1) is a good thing because it lets you try new places without breaking the bank and 2) variety is the spice of life, ya’ll!

It’s not just food (although that’s my main use for the app!) but they cover rock climbing at Camp 5, ice skating at Sunway Pyramid, archery, pilot lessons (?!?!), sunset cruises, hotel stays (buy 1 free 1 stays at super luxe hotels), facials, spas and more!


Went here for a date using the app, and HAHA I was wondering why I kept missing my shot. Turns out I close my eyes when I aim!

What about exclusions?

The app’s good to use every day EXCEPT on public holidays and 5pm onwards on the eve of public holidays. That means that if you want to use an offer on Merdeka Day on 31 August, you can use the app at 4pm on 30 August, but not at 5.30pm that same day.

The Buy-1-Free-1 deals don’t always cover set menus, and often you’ll end up only being able to order from the Ala Carte menu if you want to use the app. They’ll set it out pretty clearly in the app itself, and you can always read the terms and conditions for more information!

One offer only works for 2 people. So, if you’re going out to eat alone and hoping to tapao the other meal home, then you’re out of luck. But if you’re in a group of 6 people with you, then feel free to use 3 offers. That means that for the 6 main dishes you’re ordering, you’ll end up having to only pay for the 3 most expensive dishes! That makes it a really good deal, especially if you’re going out with friends!

Also, bear in mind that you’re not always going to get an exact half-off, as some restaurants charge service change before discounting the free item.

Where do you go on the app?

Ohh, boy this question gets me really excited! I love the app and have used it with much dedication. The people I end up eating with have started asking me to suggest places to eat on the app because dining out has ended up being a lot more affordable. When Seth and I are out dating, it brings down the cost of our dates by half and although we don’t always use the app, it’s very nice to know that there’s always a back up dinner option that isn’t going to cost too much.

Some of the places I’ve been that are really good are:

1. Gobo Chit Chat @ Traders Hotel

The buffet at this hotel is amazing, especially on Seafood Night (weekends - check it out!) and it was the first place I ever used the app for. Just using it once was enough to cover the cost of the app, so I consider it a well-worth it visit.


LOLOL cheesy group pic when I headed there for my birthday this year.

2. Daily Grind

Love this place! Creative burgers with great portions. I love the sweet potato fries and their house ketchup as well. We used to go here even before I started using the Entertainer and almost all of the food there is at a similar price point. This makes it very easy to maximise the use of the app as you are paying for the most expensive dish. If you buy two dishes with the same price, then you get the “most” out of the deal.

Had both these amazing burgers for a grand total of RM40.80. A pretty good deal with the app!



3. Drop Exchange

Blogged about this place here.

4. Pampas Reserve

Had a super yummy ribeye steak here in a classy yet relaxing atmosphere for our fourth anniversary. Buy 1 free 1 steaks is a guarantee of value for money and it was the place that Seth had steak for the first time (he didn’t always eat beef!) and now he’s hooked hahaha.

5. Yellow Brick Road & Red Bean Bag

I know those are two different places but as they’re brunch-ish places I think I can happily categorise them together. I love brunch food and being able to have them at half price is even better. Yellow Brick Road and Red Bean Bag are already fairly popular places, and I’ve been to both even before I started using the app.

6. Beard Brothers KL

Of course I have to mention Beard Brothers, our fun table mates at the party! They’re a fairly new vendor but you’ll get the chance to get a really good deal on beef ribs and brisket smoked to perfection.


Stole this shot from their FB page.

7. The Fish Bowl, Fin, Poke Bowl

If you’re into poke bowls, you can get your fix through these vendors on the app. There’s 3 of them (that I’m aware of) so that’s pretty much 9 offers to use - meaning 18 poke bowls. LOL can eat more than once a month.

8. Wondermama

Plenty of branches so it’s easy to get to and consistently decent food across the branches! Highly recommended. I’ve Instagrammed them when I’ve paid visits a couple of times.



9. Aliyaa

Another one of those Instagram reviews, and it was an alternative to Flour (only a walking distance away).


10. Tut’s Egyptian Eatery

Okay since my first visit I haven’t been back, to be honest because I know it’s not the type of food to suit everyone’s palate. But just looking at my previous Instagram review, I do have a fairly fond memory of it and will be back to have it again! Especially since everything works out to be very cheap with the Entertainer.


Other places I’ve been meaning to try that are also on the app are-

1. Rama V - fine dining Thai food

2. Mighty Monster - Australian-themed cafe food

3. Stratosphere - drinks on a roof which sounds like a lot of fun

4. La Risata - heard of this place plenty of times from friends so would love to go!


Okay, guys this has been a pretty comprehensive review of my use of the app! If you’d like to buy it, you can do so at


There’s a free trial you can sign up for and you can take advantage of the Early Bird promotion that’s on now - I think it’s only RM90 for the offers on the 2018 app AND the 2019 app.

There are a few silly things when it comes to money - one of it is deliberately spending more money when you think you’re getting a deal. Don’t do that. This app will suit you if you like to eat out and if you don’t mind trying new places. If you’re a creature of habit and would like to keep it that way, this may not suit you that well.

Another silly thing is deliberately NOT saving money, because you don’t want to “look cheap”. Look, there’s a difference between actually being savvy and being cheap. If you think this will help you save money, because you already spend a significant amount of money eating out, trying new things, etc, then don’t let the fear of being a “coupon auntie” (which one of my old friends recently dubbed me which is 100% okay!) as long as you know you’re getting value for money, and you aren’t being the type of silly in the paragraph above.




* This post was not sponsored by the Entertainer, but they did let me come to their very cool party because I told them I would blog about it.

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