How Do You Organize Your Handbag?

A woman’s handbag is more than just a bag, it is a woman’s bestest friend. It follows us everywhere, day or night, without a sigh. Patiently, bearing the load of our entire world inside of her and also doubling as first-aid kit. How could we leave home without them?

*smile* Having a well-organized handbag is every women dream. Yours truly has been trying her best to organize hers. Weeding out the junks of abandoned mints, candy wraps undecipherable scraps of paper etc, etc every two weeks (sometime once a month…hehe…). My handbag falls into the category of medium-sized. It has one main compartment, 2 small pockets with zipper and 3 small pockets without zipper. On the exterior, there’s one pocket with zipper.

Meet my handbag and my stuffs.

In the main compartment, there are 2 small ‘assistants’; a pouch for storing my wallet and handphone and the other for storing coins. These two are great in helping me locate my wallet/handphone/coins in one swift motion. Without them, it’ll be like rummaging into a blackhole..LOL. However, having them does not solve my ‘organizing problem’ completely, because apart from them, I have a handful of other stuffs lying around.

At the moment, I do not have a proper storeroom for my keys, anti-fog spray for my pair of glasses, my miniature lotion bottle and my favourite pack of Wrigley’s double-mint gum. Sometime, I even keep a paperback handy. It’s a great companion when you are waiting for someone or something.

Why not get another pouch (or two) for the others? Well, I have seriously considered that but the idea of having too many pouches inside is not really flattering…too crowded!

Moving along. One of the pockets with zipper is safe-haven for my ‘women emergency kit’, nail clipper, emery board, safety pins, minyak cap kapak, a strip of Panadol and a few strips of plaster plus some of my daughter belongings - a pair of hairpins and a hair band. The other pocket keeps my pendrive, and a miniature multi-card holder for my library card, BonusLink, Kad Mesra and other miscellaneous membership cards in the other…some only use once. ..hehe..

As for the 3 pocket without zipper, I fully utilized them with some ‘less sensitive’ items. A notepad, pen, and some valid (and expired...*grin*..) shopping vouchers (slip between the notepad pages) and a packet of tissue occupies one of the pocket. The other 2 pocket share the task of holding my miniature mirror, facial blotting papers, a lip balm and a lipstick. *smile*

The sole pocket on the outside is stuff with parking tickets, receipts, and coins. Easy to reach during rush hour…hehe. If the amount is not sufficient, then only will I look for my coins purse.

*sigh* With all those daily essentials, I am too lazy to switch bag. It is too much of a hassle to re-organize everything. If only I have The Organize Jacq set, then it’ll be a whole different story. With it, switching bag will be a hassle-free task! I may even switch handbags every day to match my clothes…LOL.

Okay, having been exposing my handbag aka bestest friend to the whole world, I feel kinda guilty. I feel like invading her privacy pulak. Sorry my friend, but this exposure may worth it. Who knows? You may get a new assistant soon (the small Organize Jacq). *finger crossed* With this entry, we may be lucky enough to be one of the 10 lucky winners in this How Do You Organize Your Handbag Contest? organized by MomBloggersPlanet . Oh, these gorgeous- duos giveaway are sponsored by gin&Jacqie. *smile*

You want one also FOC ? Don’t worry, still got time…the contest ends on 17th December 2009. For more info, do visit MomBloggersPlanet by clicking the link above. Good luck!

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Thank you very to Denesa for presenting me with this award. :) It’s been a while since I last get one.

Simple Rules to accept the award:
[1] Post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link.
[2] Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great!

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Starry nights in the garden

I had a weird dream last night. There was some sort of home and garden decorating contest going on. Thus everybody was showing-off their fire pits like crazy. Me? No exception. LOL. This weird dream of mine had definitely something to do with my browsing during the day. Obviously, my admiration on their finest products for home and garden didn’t just end there for I end-up dreaming of having thir Starry Nights fire dome in my patio. LOL.

I was beaming with pride as all the people were captivated by the sight of it. Besides being great for warming up outdoor gatherings, the Starry Nights fire dome tells a unique tale with its figures, landscapes and patterns intricately woven together to provide a silhouette for flickering flames to dance through. Simply a terrific addition to any patio setting!

I was also complemented on my brilliant idea for grouping the torches. Placing a torch in a small garden can add ambience to an outdoor gathering, but grouping them together will provide the ultimate effect. Ahem…somebody even asked me for my opinion on oil lamps …*smile* Oil lamps are great in providing subdued outdoor lighting when entertaining on decks and patios or spending a quiet evening in the garden. Their elegant features combined with their radiant glow can help create a more dramatic effect to a gathering thus making it an evening to remember. :)

If only this dream come true…. :)

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TV en direct

Frustrated for not having enough sports channels? Well, try switching to Direct TV and transform your days to less miserable ones.

Okay, Direct TV is not just another digital satellite TV provider, they are the undisputed leader in sports programming! And they also happen to be the exclusive provider of the NFL SUNDAY TICKET! Think about all the game you can enjoy by having this golden ticket.

Above all that, you can watch every game in crystal-clear, 100% digital-quality picture and sound. You’ll bound to get a great viewing experience. Now, with all these facts revealed, it’s time to get your TV en direct already ? *wink*

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Bath robe for the ladies

Still looking for ideas on what to give your wife, girlfriend, mom, daughter, sister, nieces for Christmas this year? Why not present something simple, practical and long-lasting, like a bath robe? :)

I came across this amazing online store, that sells a wide selection of women bathrobes. They also offer gifts-personalizing service. You can ask them to personalize your gifts by embroidering or monogramming the recipient’s name or initials on it. Your gift will sure be a well-remembered one! :)

Here’s a peek at what they have in store. If you are looking for a bathrobe that is thick and warm, you should go for the terry bath robe. It is made of 100% cotton, triple sheared, terry cotton velour fabric. On the other hand, if you are thinking of lighter bathrobe, then the waffle bath robe may suits your need. It is made of 60% cotton/40% polyester woven waffle weave fabric. Best known for its high-absorbency, quick-dry characteristics making them widely-used in spas.

Whichever you choose, both have similar features : ¾ length sleeves, mid-calf length, two patch pockets, double belt loops and a matching belt.
Okay, if bath robe is not exactly what you’re looking for, you may find a perfect catch in one of the Mint bath wrap they have. These bath towel wrap are softer than terry cloth, won’t pull and guaranteed not to slip! Cheers to the last criteria!

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Battlefield: WiMAX vs Streamyx

WiMAX is coming to town. Saw it in the paper (Daily Express) today. REDtone (WiMAX operator for Sabah and Sarawak) is expanding WiMAX service to Penampang and Inanam areas by the end of this month, according to their CEO. So, anybody feel like cutting their Streamyx ? Tepuk la dada, tanya selera… :)

On different note, I’m sure we all are aware of the advertisement war between P1 WiMAX and Streamyx, right? First, P1 came up with their controversial ‘Potong’/Cut Campaign, now Streamyx counter-attacked with their “If it’s not Streamyx, it is not good enough” Campaign. The model in the Streamyx poster is said to look like P1 CEO some more…hehe…

Hopefully, both parties will not only compete against each other in their advertisement but also in their service. Kalau dalam iklan saja buat apa…masing-masing kasi majulah service barulah ngam. In view of the new Streamyx ad, will P1 launch another ad to tembak balik ? Let’s keep our fingers crossed… *wink*

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My nose not original???

I was not feeling hungry at all during lunch hour. Must be due to heavy breakfast (fried mee + fish cake + a mug of soya bean milk) I had in the morning. So I made use of my lunch hour to get my hair washed at my favourite salon. :)

I picked up an old issue of Media Hiburan while enjoying the massage on my scalp. It’s been such a long time since I last bought an issue of this magazine…macam 5 thn suda bah…hehehe… As I flipped through the pages, a local actress’s confession on her use of collagen injection caught my interest. Her confession was full of regrets, bla,bla,bla…

Somehow, her story triggered something on my mind. NO! I am NOT thinking of one, okay. I prefer to grow old gracefully…hehe..bulih ka ini macam? Anyway, few months ago, I went to have a facial session at a beauty centre on a friend’s recommendation. The beautician was a middle-aged, talkative aunty. Lucky she had her mouth covered; otherwise all her tempias would have landed on my face. :) As she was cleaning/massaging my face, suddenly she popped a question that simply caught me off guard.

Aunty aka Beautician : “Kau punya hidung ni bah, original ka ni moi?” (Your nose, is it original?)”

Me : “ Huh? Apa, aunty?” ( Huh? What, aunty?)

Aunty : : “Kau punya hidung. Original ka?” She re-iterates her question.

Me : “Ya, original. Kenapa aunty?” (Yes. Why?)

Aunty : “Baguslah begitu. Bukan apa, sekarang ni ramai betul bah orang kasi suntik macam-macam untuk kasi tinggi hidung. Mau tambah cantik kunun.” (That’s good. These days many ppl like to inject all sort of thing to get a higher nose bridge. To be more beautiful.)

After that, she went on talking about the negative effect of collagen injection, botox injection, plastic surgeries etc, etc…I tried to entertain her setakat yang terdaya. Though, most of the time only these words came out of my mouth, ‘ya’; ‘ tidak’; ‘oh”; "bah". * grin*

Well, some women are really into hormone injection to enhance their look. Probably because it is cheaper than plastic surgery and easily accessible. As beauty depends on the eyes of the beholder. These women may find themselves beautiful in their more enhanced feature but others may have different opinions. The new feature may look odd and unnatural on their face. Apa-apa pun, semuanya bergantung pada tuan punya badan kan?

So, do I really have a pretty nose? No. Hidung mancung bak seludang? Jauh sekali…But just a little bit above of what my mom’s described as ‘todung napadsakan do kalabau (hidung yang kana pijak kerbau / nose stepped on by a buffalo)” ..LOL. No matter how 'high' or not our nose is, we should be thankful for what God have given. Amen.

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You gotta see this

Contest, contest, contest…yup, I have blogged about a few lately. Here’s another one that I really love to take part. Wouldn’t you like to be $5,000 richer? I sure would. If only I am residing in the US right now, I would be the first to participate in this iLASIK Video Contest .

The organizer of this contest is Abbot Medical Optics Inc. (AMO), a global leader in laser vision correction. They want to gain insight on how better vision could improve or has improved people’s lives. Therefore, they are inviting people to submit a video showing the impact of improved vision on their daily lives.

By submitting your entry to either one of these categories - “My contacts are getting in the way of my good time”, “My favourite sport or activity would be so much cooler with better vision” or “You should see life after the iLASIK® Procedure”, you are already one step closer in winning yourself a HDTV package worth $2,500 or a Flip UltraHD camcorder worth $199.99. And who knows? Your video might just be the best of all. And being the best, you will be the Grand Prize winner of $5,000 cash!

Now, please take note of this most important part. Votes are one of the key factors in determining the winners. Therefore, after you have submitted your video, waste no time, rally your friends, family members, relatives, the entire neighbourhood, your colleagues or even your boss to vote for you. Sweet-talk them or bribe them even. *wink* Do remember that they can only vote once per day until December 10. Good luck! :)


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Are you a good payer?

I’m one of the many in the country who still owe PTPTN (Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional) a big amount of money for my study. Lamaa lagi ni… bertahun-tahun lagi baru dapat kasi langsai ni hutang. :(

I am not going to whine about how hard it is to pay the monthly installments. I just want to remind fellow PTPTN debtor out there, if you have not pay any amount these few years, you better not have any plan to travel oversea or you’ll be disappointed.

Your name is probably listed in the Immigration Department’s black book by now. Meaning, you are not allowed to leave the country unless you settle your debt (total loan amount, admin fees and semua kos yang berkaitan). Perhaps, you already know about this but I only found out about it this morning from a friend, a fellow PTPTN debtor also. In case you want to check your name, pls do so here.

Looks like PTPTN is serious in their effort to collect all this hutang. This approach may work after all. I’m sure we have our own good reason for not being to able pay back our owing as per monthly installment schedule. Whatever it is, please do not ignore your obligation, okay. Write a simple letter to them asking for delay or deduction in the monthly installment…sebelum terlambat. They do have a heart and willing to listen, you know. Me, talking through experience.

Oh ya, I have checked my name and …jeng ,jeng ,jeng…NOT in the list. Huh..leganya!

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Holiday fun eyeglasses

I have posted an entry on the $8 prescription Zenni glasses a month ago. And…here I go again…hehe.. Don’t worry; I won’t bore you with a long and winding post. It’ll be a short one this time. I promise. Cross my heart! *smile* I just want to shout about the new arrivals at Zenni Optical. I feel guilty if I do not share this good news with you, my friends. *smile*

Zenni Optical offering a wonderful selection of holiday-themed frames to coincide with Christmas, all at low, affordable price. You want a snow-covered country side-themed frame? Snow flakes-themed frame, perhaps? You can get it here. Browsing through their selection, I found myself this lovely thing. A half-rim in cinnebar red! I’m such a sucker for half-rim. *grin*

Hey, the holiday-themed frames are not limited to adult only. There are holiday fun eyeglasses for the children too you know. This one is a cutie.

Okay, that’s it. A short post like I promised. *wink*

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MomBloggersPlanet Cutest Baby in NATURE Contest

I’m in the mood for contest. *smile* The fact that I haven’t had any luck in any contest didn’t de-motivate me from entering more contest…hehe…The generous sponsors for this contest are PhotoBook Malaysia and AliceWonders. Contest runs from 01st to 15th, November. For further info, feel free to browse the MomBloggersPlanet contest page . :)

Okay, I’m counting on these photos of Vanessa to stand a chance in this contest. Photo #1 and #2 were taken at the Keningau St. Francis Xavier Cathedral’s compound. It was Vanessa’s first sight of palm oil trees and its fruits. So curious that she went to touch the leaves and have a closer look at it...under our supervision, of course.
Vanessa Avery, DOB: 05 Oct,2007

Photos #3, #4 and #5 were taken at FIL’s kebun sawit. Since Vanessa is fascinated with the palm tree at the church, I decided to expose her to more of it. Where else to gain more exposure if not at FIL’s kebun ? Coincidently, FIL and hubby are going there after all. Me and Vanessa just kinda tagged along; FIL and hubby welcomed the idea. *smile*

Instead of watching the men at work (unloading some papan (timber) for the new sulap (pondok rehat / hut), I just lepaskan dia saja and biar dia sendiri explore the surroundings. More palm oil trees and padi bukit planted by her Po-po. She was so absorbed into 'exploring' that she didn't even realize mommy was snapping her photos...hehe...Nasib baik Vanessa didn't ran off to the bushes. Kerja-kerja membersihkan semak-samun ni masih belum siap bah tapi memandangkan hari itu hari Ahad, semua pekerja cuti rehat. :)

Hubby and I always believe that nature is the best teacher. Therefore, we never discourage Vanessa to play outdoor. As with other working parents, it is only during the weekend or holidays that we can take her jalan-jalan. During weekdays, we let her follow her Mama around at the backyard…helping her Mama weeds her plants. Vanessa loves the idea so far. *smile*

I think every parent should know that nature plays an important role in children development, be it intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually or physically. Studies have proven that children with early experiences with the natural world tend to be more imaginative and have stronger sense of wonder. Wonder is one powerful motivator for life long learning.

Lagi pun, experience with nature boleh membantu dalam menyemai perasaan cintakan alam sekitar dalam jiwa anak-anak kita. I totally agree with this quote by Anita Olds, "There's no way that we can help children to learn to love and preserve this planet, if we don't give them direct experiences with the miracles and blessings of nature." Kalau diorang ni tak kenal alam sekitar, siapa lagi yang boleh diharap untuk meneruskan usaha kita untuk melindunginya?

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I want a kitchen makeover !

Do you live in Canada? If you do, you are at the right place at the right time, my friend. Now, get this.

Maple Leaf Foods is giving away a $32,000 Dream Kitchen* and 12 Frigidaire ® fridges to celebrate the launch of their new delectable site. You could be the winner of a
kitchen makeover !

A kitchen makeover?? I want! I want! But then again, I don’t live in Canada. Not even close. *sigh* In line with my growing interest in baking, I sure could use a kitchen makeover. Well, nothing like that of Martha Stewart’s but a fairly bigger kitchen complete with hanging cabinets and an island countertop will do. Right now, I do all my baking preparation on the dining table.

Hmm,I know 2 persons who live in Canada, Uncle Lee and SJB. I say, you guys should check out the new Maple Leaf Market and meet the resourceful Butcher, the Baker and the Pasta Maker. They are ever ready with easy-to-make meal ideas, useful tips, coupons and more.

Oh, if only I live in Canada right now, I’ll waste no time! I'd be working on to increase my chance of winning this contest. But since there’s no chance for me at all, you guys go ahead and win this contest for me. Get your fingers working and your mouse clicking! What are you waiting for?


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Can’t sleep without them…sleeping buddies

People! Meet Vanessa’s sleeping buddies – Dora the Explorer, Tweety Bird, Buttercup, Teddy Bear and Kiko the Harp Seal…. :) Every night, ALL her buddies must join her in bed…satu tertinggal pun tida bulih kunun. *sigh* Nasib baiklah, she relent to taking only Dora and Kiko along every time we go back to Po-po and Ye-ye’s place. Otherwise, not enough room in my Kancil. *smile*

The gang sitting on the sofa.

Every night, before I tuck-in the little princess, I will arrange her buddies at the bedside. Her courageous buddies will protect her from the scary labah-labah hitam (black spider) or the kuda hitam (black pony). *smile* Hmm, since Dora is her favourite buddy, she’ll get special treatment. Dora gets to sleep near the little master. *smile* If she’s lucky, she’ll survive the night in that position. If not, she’ll end up on the floor in the morning...kana sepak oleh si tuan kecil…LOL.

Hehe…I bet your kids got their sleeping buddies or comfort toys or anything that they just can't sleep without, right? When I was a kid myself, I used to have a favourite blanket. Every time I go to my cuz for a sleep-over, I'll bring it along…hahahha…

Okay, about that kuda hitam that Vanessa feared so much. It’s not a real pony, mind you. Hehe…it is only a rubber pony that belongs to her cuz! Once upon a time si kuda hitam looks cute and colorful, something like this pic, but now…its colour has transformed into black with “panau” (wear and tear la) here and there…hahahaa….

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