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!



🥁 Drum rolls 🥁 Presenting to you Hearty Party's first collaboration with @serriseni 💞 October definitely just got even more exciting as now we have special acrylic paint workshops ready for 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 kids and adults of all ages . NO DA VINCI 👩‍🎨 SKILLS NEEDED. You will be carefully guided by our Picasso👨🏻‍🎨 . . PM us to get a bigger view of your future masterpiece🖼🖼 . Kids (5y/o & above) package RM80/pax Adults package RM150/pax . Package includes: ✅Your own masterpiece🖼 ✅All art materials needed ✅FREE FLOW non alcoholic drinks🥤 . 13 October 2019 (Sun) | BIRDIE (KIDS) | 10.00am - 12.00pm 19 October 2019 (Sat) | FLORAL ACRYLIC (ADULTS) | 2.00pm - 5.00pm 20 October 2019 (Sun) | NIGHT SKY (ADULTS) | 2.00pm - 5.00pm 27 October 2019 (Sun) | MY FANCY Portrait (KIDS) | 10.00am - 12.00pm . DM us or 📞 017-3378182 to book your slots now! First Pay, First Serve! . #heartypartymalaysia #serriseniworkshops #artsyparty #artsypartykl #artsypartymy #artsypartymalaysia . #artjamming #artfun #eventspace #painttime #weekendactivity #artstudio #partytime #familyactivity #kidsart #arttherapy #artwork #artandcraft #setiaalam #creative #paintingclass #artclass #bondingtime #malaysia #bondingclass #friendsdayout #artoftheday #artlovers #iloveart #thingstodoinsetiaalam
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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!

The Bucket List Surprise

Saturday, October 26, 2019
I've always found myself weirded out by the phrase "bucket list". It struck me as a little morbid, thinking about life in relation to death and I felt like I would only give myself this sort of list if I saw death approaching - sort of like a to-do list with a deadline (aka the moment you kick the hypothetical bucket). But I think over the years, as I lived through more experiences and developed more independence with the way I spend my time and money, I started to understand the allure of constructing a list of things to do (not necessarily before one dies) but more of.. aspirations in general. Without further ado, allow me to introduce, my very much work-in-progress...

...Bucket List


And at the top, we have..

1. Bathe Elephants 


My first memory of an elephant was when I went to Thailand as a child, where we saw the cutest elephant painting with a brush in its trunk, tossing balls in the air, looking like the world's biggest puppy. And then I remember seeing its legs. Though the elephant's body was a mud-grey throughout, its hind legs were pink and raw, where chains had gripped. I still loved elephants, but did not want to see them in captivity. 

However, I always harboured a desire to be amongst them and a major #lifegoal of mine is to visit a humane elephant sanctuary and get the chance to bathe the elephants! I think it was the scene in Tarzan, where the elephants were swimming and Tarzan dove beneath them that really piqued my interest at seeing these huge animals in water! 

Random trivia about elephants: they have elephant funerals and mourn the dead - and they can't jump! 
I know that I can do this at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang, Malaysia and one day, I'll make the time to go swim with the elephants! How exciting! 

I'm also just going to throw in Swim With Dolphins as an additional Bucket List item, but since it falls within the same category of.. being in a body of water with exotic animals, I don't think it needs its own number!

2. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando 


This is the ultimate dream for every Potterhead, I reckon. Just the thought of being able to immerse myself in such a magical place is making me quake with excitement! I started reading the books when I was 7 years old, and if you started off as a Potterhead that young, there's no doubt you waited eagerly on your 11th birthday for the ever-so-slim chance of receiving that Hogwarts letter. Visiting an entirely Harry Potter themed place seems like the ultimate dream come true! I will be travelling to Japan next year, but I'll give the Universal Studios there a miss, to experience the full-blown American version instead. One day.

3. Climb Mont Kinabalu 


South East Asia's tallest mountain sits in my own country, boldly peaking at 4095 kilometres above sea level. I have aspired to climb this mountain for a long, long time, but have never made the decision to just.. go for it! I feel like it's the sort of thing that you need to simply decide to do, then train for it, then go. I keep waiting for my body to reach some sort of 'optimum fitness level' when in reality, like any exam, if you sign up, prepare for it, your body will be ready if need be!

4. Ride on a hot air balloon 


Hot air balloons rides strike me as massively romantic, straight out of a fantasy. Imagine drifting amongst the clouds over the sunset, colourful balloons floating all around, a view of the sunset/sunrise in the distance. A pink sky perhaps? Maybe a slight breeze.. Yep, we've definitely entered fantasy territory. So maybe I won't get my perfectly coloured sky. And maybe I won't get to choose the colours of the balloons around me. But I would love to ride on a hot air balloon just once! I think it'll really be an experience!

5. Publish a book


You readers know I've been writing for years and years and years. At this point, I've been writing for an audience for more than half my life. I've always wanted to write - whether its made-up stories of made-up characters, or whether its just my thoughts on this space - there's always been a lot of words inside of me and a childhood dream of mine was to see them in a book, something to hold and pass on. And though self-publishing is an option, I want the validation of writing something publishers want to get hold of. I just need to figure out what. And then, sit down to write. No big deal. Ahem.

6. Take a Certification in Chocolate Tasting

I almost forgot about wanting to do this, but glanced through this chocolate cafe review post and saw this bucket list item on it! For those who are interested too, there are different "levels" to a chocolate-tasting certification, beginning with Level 1 and progressing up to Level 3. There are combined Level 1 & 2 courses (which, if I finally do this, will be what I'll start with!) and the closest to Malaysia I can get it done is in Thailand or Hong Kong. It's probably one of those things that I'll do entirely out of passion rather than a desire to enter any sort of academic or professional chocolate career - but the world's my oyster!

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And that, folks, is my bucket list so far! A short one. A simple one? Yet goals and things that I could realistically achieve if I set my mind to it. It's not lofty - I've always been wary of dreaming too big, but I think it's really something to write these down. Items like climbing a mountain and writing a book have always been #lifegoals for me, but writing it with a hashtag can be semi-ironic, and writing it as a bucket list just makes it all the more real. 

The reason I started this post was because, as the title suggests, I did something that wasn't on my bucket list, but now that I've tried it, think it's definitely a bucket list thing! And it got me thinking about bucket lists in general, hence the post. 

So for the sake of a complete list...

7. Try on a gold mask ✔


Boy oh boy, was that an experience. 

Feeling like a million bucks! 

ID.AZ isn't new to you readers who saw my post Working on those wrinkles with ID.AZ but its sheet mask range was certainly new to me. When presented with the opportunity to try their masks, after how happy I was with their Sleeping Pack, I jumped at it. They sent us a range of masks such as their Water-Fit Mask (in blue), Bright-Fit Mask (in white) and the star of the show, their Gold-Fit Mask (in gold, of course!).
 

I initially started off trying their Water-Fit and Bright-Fit masks (retailing at RM12.90 each) and found them packed with essence, a great size for an Asian face, and had an amazing premium mesh lining on it to make it easier to adhere to your face. I was already very pleased with the feel of the masks and would place it in the same quality range or better than the popular Korean Mediheal NMF sheet masks (of which I bought many boxes of in my last trip to Hong Kong hehe and am a big fan of). Its key ingredients are some good stuff, and range from pearl extract and berry complex for the brightening mask and hydrolyzed collagen and seawater for the water-fit mask. 

By now, you would think that the good moisturiser and sheet masks would've prepared me for how good the gold mask would be.

But no.


It did not.


I was not prepared.


TO FEEL LIKE A KWEEEN. 



Oh, man, guys. This mask is definitely a pre-wedding kind of mask. Or a pre-big event kind of mask. It's one of those things that make you look CRAZY but amazing at the same time. And when I looked at myself in the mirror, it felt so surreal that I knew it was definitely a bucket list thing. Because the mask was so opaque and adhered so well to the face, it looked so seamless that I felt like a robot-android. RM19.90 per mask is not too expensive to try at least once. And if you take pictures, which I'm sure you will, tag me @talkatiffy on Instagram! 

The mask's key ingredients comprise of honey, propolis, royal jelly, red ginseng and REAL GOLD. It's hydrogel so you don't get any drip with this, and it's remarkably adhesive. I stuck mine in the fridge before use and was met with a calming, cooling sensation on my face. The after effects of the mask weren't as crazy or mind-blowing as actually having the mask on my face, but it was moisturising and I was all glowy! 



I sealed it all in with my ID.AZ moisturiser from months back and woke up the next morning with supple, moist skin.  

That post mask glow

So maybe this isn't your typical beauty review, but then again, these aren't your typical range of masks! A shout-out to ID.AZ and The Butterfly Project for the experience. 

In the meantime, I'll get working on my list. To make all those into reality, it sounds like some hustle is in order! Wish me luck. 

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