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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Different Ways to Work From Home (+ Pros & Cons)

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Oh my freaking goodness, guys. It is March of 2020. The world has pretty much been, for lack of a better word, plagued with tragedy after tragedy, drama after drama. With Malaysia on a colloquially deemed 'lockdown', or more accurately known as a period under a "Restricted Movement Order", businesses have found themselves sending their staff to Work From Home during this period. 


I'm sure we all have seen the memes on working from home which looks more like a holiday with a laptop in front of you than actual work. What was interesting to me in managing the team I work with is the way in which we would carry out work from home. Before deciding on what we're currently doing, I put some thought into different ways that people could work from home. 


Different Ways to Work from Home (Pros and Cons) 


Without further ado, here we go: 


1. Task based 

This is the most 'flexible' way of working from home, where you are assigned certain tasks to achieve by end day or end week and you use your own discretion to figure out when or how you wish to get them done. This is very suitable for sales companies, which may need to make a number of phone calls or send out a number of emails in a day. It is the model in which freelancers carry out their work from home and it is outcome focused. 

However, some issues with this are that unless you have extremely clear independent goals, it can be difficult to structure your day to achieve what needs to get done. For instance, if your role typically involves revision or input from your team members, you might experience some complications or needless waiting around as different members are working at different times. In addition, less disciplined team members can affect your own productivity and you may find yourself being frustrated with another's schedule. 

Another downside of this is that if your team is new to working from home, it may be difficult to anticipate or understand how much time is required to complete a task. Although having clear time frames are important, if achievements are defined by 'how much got done in a day', it may not encourage employees to think more deeply about the task they're completing and expectations may not always be met if someone comes across a hurdle they struggle to solve on their own. 

Often, task based working from home styles are not time bound, and you may find those on a task based routine difficult to contact on an ad-hoc basis as they may not always be on when you need them. This could also mean that as an employee, your boss may contact you at any time (whether super early or late in the evening) and you may not get time to 'switch-off' in the day as your home is now effectively your office. 

2. Time based 


This is meant to emulate the work office time structure of working. You 'start work' at your designated time, by being completely available at your designated work hours. You stick to a fixed lunch schedule and you also 'clock out' at a particular time. Your colleagues are able to contact you at any time during the 'work day' and you meet your usual work obligations in the normal way - except at home. 

Meetings may be requested through video or phone call and as you're meant to be 'working', you will be expected to meet those obligations the same way you would on any other office day. The 'downside' of this method is that it does take away that flexibility of working from home that people normally expect. You should not be taking time away from your work to watch TV or relax, or do the laundry or fulfill other household obligations. However, at the end of your work day, your boss and colleagues are unlikely to make demands of you and you are mentally better able to segregate your day into 'work' and 'home time'. In addition, you save a lot of time without having to commute! (or wear pants)

This was the way I chose for our team to work. It makes it easier to see what's going on and we utilise team management tools such as Trello to optimise our efficiency. In this way, every team member is aware of what the other is doing and it's so neat and clear that I'm inclined to continue using these sort of task management tools even when we're back in the office. In addition, as we work alongside those in healthcare who are still working in this time, it makes it easier to contact those who are in the office because we operate within the same working hours. 



3. Meeting centered 


One of the most popular ways I've seen on social media now for working from home are those which are centered around teleconferences. A particular time is set for all team members to log on, dial in, and communicate with each other over Skype, Zoom or whatever else they've chosen. These online conferences are meant to work the way a meeting would, but sometimes for smaller companies, or in different teams, they're used as an online 'monitoring' mechanism to ensure staff are all invested in working and are on their computers.

One downside I envision is that in efforts to digitally recreate an office environment, everyone is connected on ONE chat room, fostering distraction. Although it is a good way to keep that sense of solidarity among a team that could feel isolated and lonely, it can also be a big drag on some staff's limited Internet access or productivity and is the kind of communication medium that favours extroverts. Rather, meetings should remain a tool in the work day and all of us could use this time working from home to consider how we could function more effectively with fewer meetings, as opposed to recreating all the meetings online, bringing along its inefficiencies. 

4. Free for all / On Call 


It is interesting to me that quite a number of companies have decided that their employees are to work from home, without sharing with them a plan of how to do so. Staff are expected to simply be available IF there's something for them to do and find themselves checking their phones frequently just in case their boss gives them a call. 

This method reminds me of when doctors are on call at the hospital. They are alert, on standby and are prepared for any sort of work that may come and are compensated for their availability. A person adopting this method does not give specific tasks in advance but instead may randomly call you up to get something done. This is also a 'flexible' way of working, but in my view, it does not maximise the resources at your disposal, could result in some anxiety by staff as they're in the dark on whether or not they have a busy day ahead and puts a lot of pressure on the immediate manager to achieve undefined goals. 


Conclusion


In reality, organisations adopt a variety of work from home methods, some of which are hybrids of the above. Different functions require different ways of dealing with them but I'm happy to see that many employers are using this time to explore the different and modern ways in which online tools can help improve the flexibility and productivity of a regular work day. 

If I have left out a type of work day that you think belongs on this list, please feel free to leave a comment! The opinions I shared above are just what I think would work for my team, but as we have only been working from home for a total of 2 days, I think it still remains to be seen whether we would change our mind moving forward in favour of another way.

Till next time! 

Kitohana Night Cream Review

Monday, December 30, 2019
Can you believe it? 2019 is almost over and we're on a cusp of not only a new year, but a whole new decade! Being in my mid-twenties, the past 10 years have truly been formative. I tried putting myself in the shoes of 2005 Tiffany to see if I am proud of who I've become, and truly, I can't do it. My life has pivoted and pivoted and pivoted into something beyond my imagination and although I always pegged myself as a dreamer and a creative, somehow at the age of 15, being in my mid-twenties was so far into the future that I could simply not imagine how it would be. 

Certainly I never envisioned being a champion of skincare. I was genetically blessed with good skin and throughout highschool, it was something I easily took for granted. In my early twenties after having returned from university in the UK, the drastic change in weather and adulthood hormones (ugh) gave me the worst breakout of my life, with huge zits across my forehead and mouth, weekly soreness and eyebags that wouldn't go away. To be honest, I was in denial for a couple of months, thinking it would all go away if I just left my skin alone. 

News flash, avoidance was not the answer. 

I later invested some time in an elaborate skincare routine (which you've probably read about here already so I won't go into any more detail) and when I noticed improvement, I was hooked! I now derive comfort from my morning and night time routine, and have happily brought back my skin into a nice stable balance. It is only with this stability that I have happily embarked on this skincare review journey, which you've seen glimpses of every now and then on this site. Trust me, you do not want to be messing around with different sorts of products if your skin has not calmed down. You need to take some deliberate time with products in order to see if they work for you, and if you are constantly attacking your skin with a plethora of different things, it is unlikely that you will see the results you want - because you're confused honey, and so is your skin.


Lecture aside, I am here to introduce the latest product I've reviewed - the Kitohana Night Cream. Literally only one of you have asked for this, but I'm giving it to you anyway,  and here's the process I go through to review a product. 




1. Looks


Okay, this probably seems the least important of all, but the way a product looks is the first thing you notice. Part of the review work involves explaining that first-impression look and feel of a product. 

If you're handling a hefty solid glass bottle, it may feel expensive and look luxe on your bedstand, but it's not going to be a practical product to take when travelling. If it's colourful and cute, maybe it'll be a good gift for your girlfriends, but for that pal of yours that's accustomed to fancy adult products like SK-II or Lamer, it'll be tough trying to get her to try a new product that seems a little too cute-sy to be more than a novelty. 



 

For Kitohana's night cream, I was pretty impressed with the PR box they sent. Some companies just stuff it in a bag and mail it over, so when you get a pretty package to unbox, it shows you that the company, at the very least, is interested in optics and therefore, are more likely to make an aesthetic product. This later helps if you're planning to make a gift of it or just simply want something nice for yourself. 

The bottle itself comes in its own box, is super lightweight (so easy to take when travelling!) and has a gorgeous frosty glass, that won't mess with your minimalist aesthetic. 

2. Ingredients




This is something that I've only recently learned to do thanks to my more experienced Instagrammer friends but checking out the ingredients of a product can be really useful to help you assess the quality of the product. Bear in mind though that sometimes, you can find products that will have surprisingly poor effects or surprisingly effective results on you despite its ingredients. One site I use is https://incidecoder.com/decode-inci.

According to the site, Kitohana's night cream has these highlights: 

#alcohol-free #fragrance & essential oil-free

Key Ingredients





















Its website further breaks down that Sodium Hyalurunate and Sodium PCA work to deeply moisturize and vitamin E promotes healing and cellular turnover. Collagen enhances firmness and elasticity while Argireline tightens the skin and reduces wrinkles.  An abundance of antioxidants from pomegranate seed oil and vitamin C fight free radicals and deliver a brightening, youth-boosting action.

3. Actual use 


THIS is the part that takes the 'work' but it is also the most enjoyable. Actually reviewing it! 



For some background information, on a general basis, I use Laneige's Water Bank as my daily morning moisturiser and before I go to bed, I use the ID.AZ Sleeping Pack. If I'm reviewing a product, I stick to my normal routine but swap out one of the products for the one I'm trying. I'll do this for at least two weeks to a month to give it a fair chance. 

For the Kitohana product, my verdict is..


I LOVED IT! 

Love is a strong word, but I was really happy with the way my skin felt using this product. I initially started using it as a night cream, as that's what the product's for, but I soon realised how quickly it absorbs into my skin, so it became really suitable to use in the day as well. Before I realised it, I was using it as my sole moisturiser for over a week, even preferring it to my usual products on some days. 



I'm currently spending a lot of time at home in preparation for an exam I will be taking in January. This means a lot less exposure to airconditioning from the office (weirdly enough, I like to sit in the heat - no fan, no aircond) and less exposure to skin-drying pollutants from going outdoors. The Kitohana product is the perfect product for some lightweight moisturising that packs a punch. 


From the moment you slather it onto your face, it absorbs very very quickly, which is not usually what happens with night cream, and your skin will feel significantly more plump and moisturised immediately after. However, if you have dry skin or are exposed to dry air or a lot of aircond, this product may be better off as your morning moisturiser and you stick with your heavy-duty work for the night time. 

I don't recommend this for those with super dry skin because it may not be effective enough for you, but for my combination skin, I found it worked perfectly! In fact, in my view, it works even better than the SK-II moisturiser I bought. 

If you watch those celebrity night time routines, you'll find that rarely do they use products from only one line. I think it's somehow kind of impossible to get that perfect line-up of products and you will have to mix and match between different brands to get the right one. 

So if you're looking to try something new (and relatively unheard of), BUT something that I promise you, feels super good on your skin, do consider the Kitohana Night Cream! 

At RM85 per bottle, it's a worthwhile purchase! 

A Friend's Milestone

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


I posted my first ever blog post on my first ever blog some time in 2004. I did it because I realised that I loved reading - which probably meant that I would enjoy writing.. right? That proved to be true. By hand, I wrote a story of three imps trying to escape from a hungry, misunderstood giant. Already back then, I knew that my handwriting needed some work, and rather than rewrite the entire story, I decided to type it out. 

My first blog began! 

Since then, I've documented an array of incidences and stories on this site and it has proved such a lovely time capsule of my going-ons, whether mundane or note-worthy, that I want to do more of that again. Beginning with this - I'm going to write about one of my best friend's engagements! 

Ili and I have been friends from 2005 and more than half of our lives have been spent caught up in ridiculous, irrational laughter, taking an astronomical number of selfies and gossiping about anything and everything. In March this year, she sent me a text to tell me the news that every childhood best friend imagines - she was engaged! 

When my sister, Chloe, got engaged, I was beyond thrilled! Her husband (at the time, boyfriend - then eventually, fiance!) had gotten my parents' blessings and was plotting with me on when the best time would be for him to pop the question. There were several botched attempts and I very nearly blew it by calling him when they were together the weekend before he popped the question. Needless to say, when he finally did it and she said the big Y E S, it was an absolute joy that got us glowing with happiness. But in that case, none of us were surprised!

With Ili however, her engagement hit me out of the blue. For starters, we are the SAME AGE. I guess the reality of really being adults came to me all of a sudden. Don't get me wrong - Seth and I have been double dating Ili and her fiance, Reezal, quite a number of times and those two are so incredibly compatible, I knew without a doubt that this pairing was one for the long haul. But to suddenly find out that one of your oldest friends was engaged? I literally squealed aloud in the middle of a work-day to the slight shock of my colleagues. I was so incredibly happy for her that my heart started thudding in excitement. At the same time though, it was a total pinch-yourself moment. Was this real?? Are we really at that age where people get married?!?

Since then, I've come to accept reality and am honoured to be one of her bridesmaids! I mean, she didn't really have a choice in this matter, it was all decided even before we ended up with our partners.

We had a meet up the other day for some of her bridesmaids to get to know each other before the wedding. All of us are people from different phases of her life - some from kindergarten, some from high school, some from college and some from university - but coming together to celebrate the love and happiness of a dear friend is a great way to meet new people and when we met up at a Japanese restaurant in BSC for dinner, we got along so well!

 Put on fancy earrings for work to quickly transition to dinner.
 
My delicious hot pot. Which I devoured all on my own. Although they gave me two bowls which seemed to imply I should've shared it. I also had a cawanmushi and a plate of deep fried mini crabs. It was AMAZING.


All of us happily cradling our boxes with our bridesmaids outfits and a heartfelt card she wrote for each of us. When I read mine, it took all I could not to tear up and cry, but I looked across the table and one of her other bridesmaids, Syaza, had no such reservations, unabashedly wiping away tears. I now reinforce here that for the wedding day, we will be requiring a lot of tissues.





This is just one of those simple posts for posterity.

I later on had the chance to be a budget photographer for her and Reezal. I had some experience working with couples for Chloe and En Yaw's pre-wedding shoot so this was, as they say, not my first rodeo. That didn't mean it was any easier though! 

The night before the shoot was an absolute crisis! I wanted to charge my DSLR only to discover that my charger was broken! It was the middle of the night, the shoot was early the morning after and I had one flickering bar remaining on the battery meter. With no extra battery to spare, I contemplated calling off the shoot entirely! BUT when I dropped message after message to the couple, they were left unreplied.. They'd gone to bed early to look fresh the next day. I frantically left messages suggesting a postponement to the couple, and woke up early the next morning in case they didn't have available weekends after. And that proved to be true!

GAH.

So. Without any extra time to find a replacement battery or charger, we forged ahead with one bar on the battery. There was no time to review in between shots and we had to shoot fast fast fast.

It was actually so much fun and I think we did it all in slightly over an hour. Fortunately, we got a couple of great shots in there (in my view heh heh) and I would say it was a day of good work all in all.

I also proceeded to buy a China-made Nikon charger (the last one in the store!) the same day so further crisis averted!

Congratulations, Ili & Reezal! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

A facial review / Korean Glow Facial @ OZHEAN A.M. Clinic, Bangsar

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Have you ever gone for a facial? How was it? It has been approximately 10 years since my first facial and I still vaguely remember how foreign it felt to have someone else cleanse my face and squeeze out my blackheads. Since then, I’ve had several more facials, some wonderful and relaxing, others painful and left me blinking away tears.

More specifically, a facial I went to last year was so incredibly agonizing I just have to talk about it here. But don't worry, this story has a happy ending and I've found a great facial place for the pain-averse to try. Before the rainbow, there's some rain so let's take a trip down memory lane for one of the most painful facials of my life. 

For starters, the room was dead silent. It is the WORST when you know pain is coming and there’s nothing else you can really concentrate on. The room was freezing and I was lying there, shivering in that weird towel wrap they make you wear when you go for facials. The cleansing and exfoliation was fine. Sure, I felt like she was dragging the skin from my cheeks all the way to my forehead when she was scrubbing, but it felt like a thorough clean so I was okay with it. But I really started to regret it when the extraction process started.

For the uninitiated, a facial generally includes a process to extract your pesky deep-seeded pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. There are various ways to do this. 
  1. Sometimes, they use a metal stick and press it against your seed to pull out an oil seed. It’s painful, but fairly quick and bearable. 
  2. I have gone for a facial with a small “vacumn cleaner” type thing, which sucks against your skin and pulls out anything that shouldn’t be there. It isn’t very painful, but it does leave some redness even the day after. 
  3. And the most unpredictable? The manual, finger squeeze extraction. They press their fingers against your face, press hard against it and try to exorcise all your past horrors and childhood dreams along with the impurities in your face. 
I recall during a particularly harrowing extraction, I lay there with music playing FROM MY PHONE because I needed to listen to something, anything, and blearily wondered to myself how I would ever be able to handle childbirth if this was already so terrible. I left the facial spa with my knees wobbly and face that was harsh and red. I also got suckered into paying for extra “serums” and “ampoules” for soothing purposes.

Thankfully, this isn’t always the case.


The latest facial I’ve had was at OZHEAN A.M. Clinic (pronounced like "ocean"), strategically located at Jalan Maarof in Bangsar, a stretch of shophouses that’s popular in the area. As it has its own driveway, you won't have to worry about navigating Bangsar parking. 

I do believe that as much as you can maintain your own skin, every now and then, it’s a good idea to leave it to the professionals, especially if you have a lot of unearthed pimples or scars which could use some help.

OZHEAN originated in Korea but is fairly new to the Malaysian scene. It's been getting increasingly popular over the few months its been open, which could perhaps be due to the special RM88 promo price on facials that they're having for first-time visitors. It is honestly such a good deal and I highly recommend it. But before you make that appointment, allow me to share my experience at OZHEAD A.M. Clinic:


Arrival


From the moment you arrive, service is good. 


One of the staff rushed to greet me by the door and I was given a form to register, accompanied by hot tea. 

They ushered me to a treatment room where I could hang up my clothes and get changed into that towel wrap thing... and wonderfully, a robe to keep me warm.

Double Cleanse


We started with a double cleanse and my face was kneaded gently yet firmly. It was so soothing to get  my face cleansed and they even include a light temple massage in the process which was so relaxing I wish the cleanse went on longer.


Skin analysis


After the cleanse, it was time for a skin analysis. 


You guys know how competitive I get with exams, but this was a test I could not really prepare for. Although at surface level, my skin looked pretty good at the point, the analysis showed problem areas invisible to the naked eye. They pointed out to me that my forehead was showing early signs of sun spots and pigmentation whilst my cheeks were fine. 


Embarrassingly enough, the consultant at OZHEAN immediately guessed that the way I apply sunscreen was the root cause and I was just applying them to my cheeks, then smearing the leftover on my forehead.


Bingo!

She was right!

The blush I apply on an almost daily basis also has SPF protection which meant extra sunblock for my cheeks and full on neglect for my forehead. Since the visit, I've been a little more diligent with my sunscreen and I'm looking forward to another analysis to see if it's helped.

It's a good opportunity to understand your skin better!

Exfoliation/extraction

By using a machine from Korea, the exfoliation process is so simple and hygienic. It felt like a gentle scrape against my skin, occasionally a little more firm around areas with more impurities like the area around my nostrils. 

This was proceeded by a really gentle extraction. No suffocating steam to open up the pores, but thanks to the thorough exfoliation job, the extraction wasn't too difficult. 

I tend to develop a lot of blackheads around my nose due to enlarged pores in the area and my squishy nose is pretty hard to cleanse, so I really appreciate how this process was able to successfully remove my blackheads without leading me to tear up or bleed.

Vitamin C infusion

The next process was a Vitamin C infusion that felt like a science experiment in the best way. Once again, OZHEAN's use of technology really stood out here. 


By applying serum onto our faces with charged rods, penetration into the skin was much quicker and there was a satisfying tingly feeling with every circular motion of the rod.

LED Mask

This process was followed by a calming mask which soothed and cooled the skin in preparation for a step I've never tried before - a LED mask. We had our eyes covered by some "rubber sunglasses" and were placed beneath LED rays which emit different light for different outcomes, from removing bacteria to brightening the skin. LED light therapy can stimulate collagen production, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, as well as eliminate acne-causing bacteria, which improves skin clarity and has been increasing in popularity in recent years.


It's definitely worth trying as it's pretty different and with the promotional price of RM88, you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal.

But take note that if your eyes are sensitive to light, which mine are, the initial few minutes of the facial can be pretty uncomfortable as you adjust to the brightness.

Clay mask

The LED mask was then followed by the incredible clay mask, which left my skin feeling taut, plump and radiant! I loved this mask. 


It was so cooling and soothing after the entire process that I couldn't help but feel so pampered. I think this mask is the highlight of the entire treatment and I have to confess that at this point I felt so relaxed I don't remember anything about what the ingredients are or what it does for you, but it feels very very nice.

Conclusion


All in all, I had such a great facial experience at OZHEAN A.M. Clinic and left with glowing, dewy skin that felt smooth to touch for days after. 





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Try it for RM88

If you want to experience the same facial I did for only RM88, please feel free to make an appointment with OZHEAN A.M. Clinic through their Instagram page or contact them via Whatsapp at +6012 678 8086.

Thank you for the invitation, OZHEAN. It was an absolute pleasure! 

What went down at the Butterfly Coachella Party

Thursday, October 31, 2019
I love parties and the Butterfly (Coachella) Party was no exception. The effort, expense and coordination behind planning a party like this must be immense. Truly, truly, truly, hats off to Tammy Lim, the founder of The Butterfly Project, who has succeeded in creating a community of bloggers/Instagrammers and YouTubers that support and lift each other up in our respective creative endeavours. It is no small feat to create a culture of encouragement in a competitive industry, but by hosting regular events with a healthy mix of new and old attendees, incorporating a “butterfly” and “caterpillar” distinction to alert us to new members, and monitoring our deadlines, the community has grown from strength to strength over the years and I couldn’t be prouder to be a member.



I’ll tell you one thing about these parties: there are cameras everywhere. And man, some of these people sure know how to werk it - like we were in an episode of ANTM (the A can be for America or Asia - it’s up to you). I cheesed at the camera in most instances, comfortable to smile and twirl rather than smoulder and relax before the lens. For some reason, it made me self conscious to look like I was “trying too hard” though I think, trying hard’s the point. “You need to think about your viewers,” a friend told me. She told me to keep the volume of my Instastories in check and to strategically post to not overwhelm the viewers. “They’ll skip your Story otherwise.” It was all very matter-of-fact. You can learn a lot from these events. The theme was #coachella or #bohochic and the idea was to adorn myself with bags and tags and necklaces and facepaint and this kimono nightgown to completely overwhelm your senses for what I hoped was the right amount of dishevelled for The Fashionably Homeless Look. I received a message about my outfit saying I am brave and bold for dressing up this way, but in all honesty, when you’re dealing with a crowd like the @butterflyproject.my, it takes looking a little extra to present as normal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Later that night when @sethwk drove me home after hanging around the barren landscape of Shah Alam for 6ish hours, I told him how happy I was. That he threw a surprise birthday party for me that morning. That he was willing to wait for me till the party ended so I would have an immediate ride home. That he successfully figured out I was painting a pineapple at @heartypartymalaysia and was willing to give it a home! “I’m glad you’re happy” he told me. And I really am.
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One of the key things I learned over the years from all the great parties I’ve attended is that a THEME is vital. The theme for this event? Coachella. Coachella is a music and arts festival held annually in California, drawing celebrity attendees and crazy fashion. The Coachella with the Butterfly Project involved such a wide range of sponsors and entertainment that succeeded in giving it that festival feel. I spent most of my time with Joanne and we explored the event together. It’s always fun to have an event buddy and I’m glad she was mine.

Without further preamble, let’s dive right in.

OUTFIT

I've always wanted to dress a little crazy, and this event was the perfect excuse! With a blue silky kimono I received as a bridesmaids gift from my sister, some messily drawn eyeliner hearts on my face, a sparkly tiara from my boyfriend for my birthday, a sparkly bum bag and some tribal accessories, I hoped I conveyed that wild, festival, there's-a-lot-going-on look that's popular at Coachella.

LOCATION 


Hearty Party is located in the heart of Shah Alam, a three storey building with party at its heart. Parking at the venue itself is limited, but the entire stretch of road is filled with cafés, shops and other restaurants with parking available.



Hearty Party x The Butterfly Project was truly a one-of-a-kind Coachella event that filled 4-floors with exciting activities 🤯 Every floor was packed with different surprises that kept the Butterflies 🦋fluttering all night long🌃 . Joining in on the summer fun was Althea, Voir, Signature Market, Avantgarde Blooms, Curmudgeon's Brew, Jom Party, Lerz, Tagbooth and a special serenading performance by Sidh Haizad Yusoff👨🏼‍🎤 . Pssst! 😏 There will be more Hearty Party x The Butterfly Project pictures coming your way and we will also be announcing the 3 lucky winners to attend our 🎃Halloween Special Artsy Party on the 26th October 2019, so do stay tuned for it ya! Photo credits 📸 to @fishmeatdie @homesickkitten @nerdgypsy and @gotoemi @heartypartymalaysia @butterflyproject.msia @tag.booth @altheakorea @voirmalaysia @signaturemarket @avantgardeblooms @curmudgeonsbrew @lerzmalaysia @jomparty @sidhaizadyusoff #HeartyPartyMalaysia #ButterflyMsia #ButterflyCoachella #tTagbooth #AltheaKorea #VoirMalaysia #SignatureMarket #AvantgardeBlooms #CurmudgeonsBrew #Lerzmalaysia #JomParty #SidHaizadYusoff #eventparty #eventspace #eventplanner #eventdecor #partyplanner #setiaalam #shahalam #thingstodoinsetiaalam
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Every floor gives off a different vibe and the whole place could be a venue host for an entire party (just like this Butterfly Coachella), or you could book out rooms individually for smaller-scale events. I particularly liked the third floor space and its styling, which makes a good location for small corporate parties or even a quirky wedding!


They host activities there monthly and you can keep track of them on their Instagram page. Definitely a place to have a fun date!



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ARRIVAL + DETAILS 

The Butterfly Project is truly a community and this collaborative feel is no accident. Tammy takes deliberate steps to foster inclusion amongst us and always goes a little extra mile to make us feel special. As a September baby, I even got an extra gift for showing up!

This cute pineapple bag was filled with travel-sized goodies and was also a great way for us to identify the other Butterflies born in September!

Upon arrival and registration, we immediately got busy with the photobooth.

Tagbooth Photobooth

A photobooth is an absolute must for a good party and having Tagbooth there made the experience so fun! We were given the chance to take as many pictures as we wanted, which were all emailed to us in full resolution. Everyone was dressed so elaborately that the props they prepared blended right in with our outfits!



As a party vendor, they are extremely friendly and smiley. The pictures printed so quickly and were crisp, and they sort out the backdrop and props as well. It's such a fuss-free arrangement to create memories of a lifetime and having gone to parties with grumpy photobooth managers or blurry shots, I can assure you that a good photobooth makes a world of difference as to whether those lifetime memories turn out great or.. well, grainy.

1st FLOOR

Althea Korea

When we made our way to the first floor after having our fill of the photobooth, we were greeted by an entire event space filled with vendors! Althea was there, with their A'Bloom mask sets (Avo-Cuddle-Me, Water-Me-Long, Sparkle-Me-Bright and Ac-Me-Peach) alongside the adorable A'Bloom Meringue puffs.

New to the pack was the Brow Wow Eyebrow Pencil, once again coming at you with an adorable name. Check out the ad with some members of the Butterfly Project:


Our task? What we do best - Instagram.

Once we posted about the products on our stories, we got to ‘redeem’ our goodie bag from Althea, full of sheet masks and the entire range of eyebrow pencils (I had 3 and gave one of them to a friend on Instagram). These sheet masks are such great night time masks and because of the affordable price point, can be incorporated into a daily routine without breaking the bank.

If you're interested in checking out Althea, you'll find an array of straight-from-Korea skincare and makeup, with an authenticity guarantee! You might find your new favourite brand on it:


Voir Gallery


Pronounced ‘wah’, Voir Gallery has made its name in the Malaysian clothing scene with its on trend and affordable clothing. They set up a lovely display and gave each of us a bag! I chose a cross-body gold strap green bag, which was so versatile because you can wear it across or on your shoulder for a more casual look. Wrap the strap again and you've got a little handle too!

I recently brought it out on a date and you can see it peeking out on the table here:


If you browse their website, you'll find some pretty bags as well. I personally believe that investing in bags that last years, made from established fashion houses for basic pieces is the way to go, but when you're experimenting with a new style or exploring trends, you may consider reaching for one with a lower price point.

Now I'm not going to say that these are the best made in the market, but the plus point of Voir Gallery bags is that they have outlets all over major shopping malls in Malaysia! This puts it well above exclusively online stores where you don't have the chance to meet the bag 'in person'. 

Here are some that caught my eye!



Explore their site here: 
 

Signature Market

By now, who hasn't heard of Signature Market - THE place to get nuts and snacks. Not too long ago,we’d go to the US to buy back kilograms of nuts, taking up valuable luggage space LOL. Is that a thing other Asian families do.. or just us?


Anyway, with Signature Market, nuts for reasonable prices are easily accessible online. Their booth at the party was stocked to the brim with products, from soup packets (I didn't know they made those!) to their signature nuts as well as hand soap!


Avantgarde Blooms


We made our way across the room and were greeted with gorgeous hand wrapped imported roses, with petals so lush, velvet to touch and a scent so distinct, I couldn't help but be amazed by nature and the world's most romantic flower. To preserve its freshness for longer, the flower was equipped with a little - oh, I don't know - water bottle? I got a fair amount of attention on my Instagram because of this and it is so useful if you want your flower to last. Mine lived the whole week, and the flowers are gorgeous – suitable for drying.

Avantgarde Blooms also decorate for events - floral wedding perhaps? Their prices are affordable and if you're looking for a monthly treat, they also do floral subscriptions starting from RM50 a month!



Curmudgeon's Brew Cold Brew Coffee 
Although this was a mouthful to pronounce, it was a very delicious mouthful of coffee indeed. Curmudgeon's Brew prides themselves in their high quality cold brew with only the best milk. In flavours such as Peanut Butter latte and Mocha latte, you know you'll be spoilt for choice. I was expecting a super sweet concotion, perhaps like the Nescafe canned Mocha, but the flavour was entirely different. The richness of the coffee came out without being too rich, cloying or sweet.

They're easy to reach – just message them online on Instagram @curmudgeonsbrew

However, if they sold it at convenience stores that would be preferred. Maybe I should get them to sell at iHEAL?

3rd FLOOR

Yep we bypassed the second floor and made our way further up to a gorgeous set up. This truly set the Coachella mood.


JOM PARTY


The spread by JomParty was honestly, so gorgeous and surprisingly, so good! I think I’ve come to accept that beautiful food can taste pretty meh, and it was such a pleasant surprise that the colourful burger sliders served were moist and flavourful, the buns were soft and the cheese was perfectly melted despite it being cold! The hot food themselves tasted fresh and unlike those drummets that get refried and refried to crispless oblivion. 


Their desserts were also yummy – even better than the buffet desserts at some premium hotels. It was a good catered spread which was both beautiful and delicious. Please consider them for your next party – I was impressed!

Lérz' Tea & Coffee Fruit Tea


Joining the fray of delicious fruit teas, we had the pleasure and treat of being served by Tommy himself. If you had the budget to serve something better than oversweetened iced lemon tea at your event, Lerz is a solution.


Their fruit teas were pleasantly sweet without being sickly and truly a treat for an evening outdoors. They even had those chewy aloe vera chunks that's - unpopular opinion - better than tapioca pearls. Outdoor wedding vendor perhaps?


 You can try their drinks at Starling Mall, Damansara Uptown. 

Sidh Haizad Yusoff, Singer



The music part of the Coachella event must not be missed and long-time KL busker, Sidh Haizad Yusoff was there to serenade us with live music beneath the stars. Such relaxed vibes that put all of us in a good mood.

2nd FLOOR


The event closed soon after, with the butterflies left mingling on the roof. Some of us had signed up for a painting workshop (we paid a nominal fee for this) and headed to the event space on the 2nd floor for our painting activity. After all, Coachella is all about music and art.

Given the option between painting 4 different fruits, I chose the pineapple for its bright colours.

 Laughing at this ambiguous fruit with its green skin.

Lol I was not charmed by the green pineapple – convinced that its brown, and made my own brown from the mix of colours available. 


They equipped us with apron, paints and canvas as well as a guide. I had a lot of fun – definitely not art-talented and now this painting hangs in my boyfriend’s bedroom where he says he wakes up and sees something bright to start his morning. Phew! At least nice enough to be hung up la.. or he really loves me LOL.


I had so much fun at the event and dream of one day, hosting my own party extravaganza! 

What fun!

Would you want to attend a party like this? Leave a comment – I know there are some of you still reading (I can see statistics) but I don’t know who you are or what you like to read so please let me know. I miss interacting with readers.

See you next time!

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