It was one of the products that came in Lazada’s Box of Joy a few weeks ago, and I have been putting it to good use. In fact, my hubby has been fully utilising it too!
It is compact and lightweight, making it so easy to carry it around. The best part of it is that it’s wireless, so you don’t have to be lugging around cables after cables. And for such a small speaker, the sound quality is really quite good!
Even if you’re not a gadget expert, don’t worry! This speaker is super user-friendly. There were no complicated setup steps to follow. All I had to do was turn it on, pair it with my phone through bluetooth, and that’s it!
As Christmas is around the corner, this could make a great gift (especially for the practical men in your life). You can get this exact same one that I have here, or go for other colours.
Lazada’s Online Revolution is still ongoing, with unbelievable offers/discounts/promotions, so now is the best time for you to do your last minute Christmas shopping with them!
Details on how to purchase a copy is at the end of this post.
Update: The first batch is already sold out! Thank you so much for your support. I am humbled and grateful. I am in the midst of planning another batch of printing. This new batch will probably be out in January 2017, but I am still taking in pre-orders 🙂 Thank you once again!
After three years, I have finally done it.
I have finally written a book about my journey with Alexa.
Since three years ago, I knew that I wanted to write this book, but I had always been putting it off. This year, I decided to just sit down and get it done.
Many times while writing, I wondered if it was a good time, because, I was already pregnant with baby number three. Revisiting the memories while expecting another baby might not have been a good idea.
Many times while writing, I broke down and cried. And many times while writing, I was suddenly seized by fear, and I had to take a pause to lay hands on my belly and pray for baby number three.
Yet, I found myself telling myself, that if I do not do it now, then when?
And so, I continued writing.
After finishing it, I took the longest time to re-read, edit and proofread. Because every time I looked through the words, memories would come flooding again. (In fact, my hubby told me he still can’t bear to read the book because of the emotions it stirred up within him. I totally get it.)
Some of the things that I shared in this book were in my previous blog, but that blog has since been taken down (revamped, actually, and the old posts gone…). Some other things, though, were never shared on my blog or anywhere else, and are unique to this book.
I do feel quite vulnerable, revealing my toughest time and baring my feelings in a book to be read by all. But then again, I do hope that this book will be able to help another person who may be going through a similar situation.
Every mother of a lost baby is afraid of forgetting that baby. I guess this book is also one of the ways for me to ensure that the memory of Alexa lives on forever.
The book will be out for sale by mid December in limited copies. So many of you have written to me to pre-order it, and I am overwhelmed and thankful! [Update: This first batch of books have already been sold out. Thank you!]
The next batch of books will most likely be ready in January 2017.
To pre-order or to purchase a copy, please refer to below:
The book, ‘Alexa: A Mother’s Journey of Love, Loss and Hope’, is RM29.90 each.
Shipping charges are:
Within Semenanjung Malaysia – RM7
To Sabah & Sarawak – RM11
International shipping – please email [email protected]
To place an order:
Kindly transfer the full payment (book price + shipping fee) into my bank account:
Natalie Sia Hui Chiu
Public Bank 3-1804819-14
Drop me an email at [email protected] with your payment receipt as well as shipping details:
Your Contact Number
Thank you so much for your support throughout these years, and for your prayers and love for me and my family. I am very very blessed to have you with me on this journey.
I have this deep attraction to mystery boxes. I’ve always thought it’s really fun and cool to receive a package for myself without knowing what’s inside. It’s like getting a gift for yourself and being pleasantly surprised by it haha.
Lazada has recently launched their Box of Joy for selected bloggers, and when they sent me one, I was over the moon! Unlike mystery boxes that normally have a theme (for e.g. beauty, baby, pets, food, etc), the Box of Joy is basically theme-less… which means, ANYTHING could be inside!
Let me show you the items inside my box.
Nescafe Rasa Pandan White Coffee
Coffee with pandan flavour! I’m not really a coffee person, but this does sound interesting!
Maggi! I love Maggi! I used to eat Maggi all the time. And during my first trimester with baby number three, I constantly craved for Maggi! So needless to say, I am looking forward to trying this Thai seafood tom yam flavour!
Once you become a mom, you can never have too many wipes around. The more the merrier. You need them everywhere! In your house (in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, kids room), in the diaper bag, in your own handbag, in the car… EVERYWHERE!
My hubby actually got his hands on this box before me, and when he opened it, he was the most excited about this wireless speaker. To be honest, me too! Can’t wait to test it out and get music flooding through our house!
All the products are available on Lazada, and now is the best time for you to shop there because the Lazada Online Revolution is currently on! Get crazy promotions and offers and discounts from now till 12th December 2016!
UPDATE: The contest has closed. Winners have been announced on my Instagram and Facebook page. Thank you for joining!
I am giving away Sothys goodie bags worth RM388 each to FIVE lucky readers! Read till the end to find out how you can get one!
I’ve been hearing so much about Sothys and have been wanting to try their products, so imagine my excitement when they asked me if I would like to give their latest essential ampoules a try!
Beauty ampoules have been all the rage in skincare lately, but did you know that Sothys was actually the creator of beauty ampoules?
OK. But what are ampoules?
Beauty ampoules are basically concentrated serums sealed in a vacuum sterile vial. They are enriched products that work intensively on your skin, helping you with your specific concerns.
There are basically four variants of Sothys essential ampoules.
The Oxygenating Essential Ampoules.
This is targeted to boost skin metabolism and energize dull, stressed skin. It’s also quite good for those who are going through post-acne phase as it helps your skin recover faster.
The Hydrating Essential Ampoules.
If, like me, you admire the Korean actresses’ flawless, bouncy, glowy skin, the secret is actually: hydration. When your skin is hydrated enough, it will be supple and smooth. This variant of ampoules is the perfect treat for thirsty skin.
The Anti-Ageing Essential Ampoules.
I used to turn away from anti-ageing products because I was young and didn’t need them. At least, that was what I kept telling myself. But now, I have accepted reality.
It’s not that I refuse to grow old, but if I can grow old gracefully and beautifully, why not? And if just by dabbing these ampoules on my face, I can protect my skin from the free-radicals that cause wrinkles and sagginess, I’ll do it!
The Brightening Essential Ampoules.
This helps to give you that sought-after glow and prevents dark spots on your face. It also provides a natural exfoliation to help your skin maintain an even complexion.
What I think
I’ve been trying them out for the past two months. What I did was I used one box of ampoules (7 pieces) consecutively for a week, and then rested for a week, before continuing with another box (and the cycle continues).
I started with Oxygenating, followed by Hydrating, Anti-Ageing and then Brightening.
What’s the verdict?
My skin is visibly smoother and softer, and overall it is less oily! I find that my skin is also more hydrated now, which leaves it looking more supple and plump.
My dear husband actually stared at my without-make-up face the other night and said that my skin is so smooth. It was the most romantic statement he has ever said since we had Amy. Hahaha.
It’s really easy to use too. All you have to do is pick up the small vial, break it, pour half of the content onto your hands, and dab it all over your face (after toner, before moisturiser). You can save the other half for your night routine.
Now is the perfect time for you to try out the Essential Ampoules for yourself because Sothys is having the Ampoule Mania promotion! For just RM169, you can get a set of products that includes:
1 box of Essential Ampoule (1.5ml x 7)
1 Morning Cleanser 15ml
1 Vitality Lotion 40ml
1 Hydra3Ha Gel-Cream 15ml
These products are worth RM420 in total, so this is definitely an offer you can’t miss. For more information on this, go check out Sothys Malaysia’s Facebook page!
The total worth of the goodies is RM388, and FIVE lucky readers will get a bag each!
All you need to do is: leave a comment below to tell me why you want to win!
Don’t forget to leave your email address too. This contest ends on 11th November 2016. Winners will then be announced on my Instagram (@natalie_sia) and Facebook (natthenatfactor) pages, so make sure you are following me there OK?
Lately I have been on a hunt for good lip products. To be honest, I have always been skipping the lips when putting on my makeup, simply because a) I don’t particularly like the texture of lip glosses; and b) I haven’t found any lipsticks that I like. But I’m beginning to realise that having the right lips on can make such a huge difference.
If you have a face full of makeup and no lip colour at all, you can still turn out looking very pale. On the contrary, when you have the right colour on, it can instantly brighten your face and complete your look.
The few lipsticks, lip glosses and tinted lip balms that I have tried were mostly misses. It’s hard to get the right texture and the right colour. Also, since my lips are two-toned (the upper lip is darker than the lower lip), it’s quite a challenge to find a light, natural looking lipstick that can cover the darker lip.
But today, I found this Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick in my makeup pouch!
I must have bought it a while ago… I can’t remember when and where though. And I don’t even remember wearing it before. But since I found it, I thought, why not give it a try today?
And so far, I’m loving it. It glides on smoothly onto the lips, the colour is bright and natural enough for me, AND it does a good job in neutralising my two-toned lips!
The one I have is in YR22 Orange Flavour.
I’m quite happy that I now have a lipstick that I can actually use!
Is it just me or do toddlers grow exponentially the moment they hit 2 years old?
I feel that Amy has been going through so much growth since her 2nd birthday – not just physically, but also in terms of vocabulary and perception.
She is so chatty right now, and loves to imitate everything we say (good thing we don’t habitually swear!). In fact, she can now scold herself before I do, reciting every single word that I would have used!
Amy threw her crayons on the floor and one broke. Just as I opened my mouth, she said:
“Amy! Cannot throw! Crayon broke adi. Naughty girl! No more crayon!”
She can also ‘read’ (from memory, not like actual reading yet) her favourite books from cover to cover, both the English ones as well as Mandarin ones. Sure, some of the words are skipped and some are coated with her toddlerese, but it’s about 75% accurate!
A few mornings ago, I had come back from news duties and went to bed at about 3am. She decided to wake up at 5am, and started rolling around the bed, disturbing me nonstop. Finally, at 7am, my little patience vanished and I sat upright, glared at her and hissed, “Amy! Stop it!”
She looked up at me and laughed. That fueled my anger even more. I pushed her away from my side of the bed and told her, “You go sleep the other side. Mama doesn’t want to sleep with you.”
Then I lay back down in a huff and puff, and tried to go back to sleep. To my (angry) astonishment, she bounced up and flew down the bed, opened my room door, went out and slammed it shut. She then stormed downstairs and loudly proclaimed to my in-laws:
“Amy bu yao sui jiao!* Amy bu yao sui jiao! Amy bu yao sui jiao with mama!”
* Amy don’t want to sleep, in Mandarin
She is very good in asking for her favourite food nowadays. Yesterday afternoon, I took her on a drive with me to McDonald’s to grab myself some food. The moment she saw the golden ‘M’ arch, she said:
“Old McDonald! I wan fwen fwai!”
OK fine. I got my value meal, and shared my fries with her. I also got my Oreo McFlurry which I kept hidden from her. The moment we reached home, I tried to smuggle it into the freezer, but SHE CAUGHT ME. She took one look at the McFlurry cup, and went:
“I wan ice cweam! I wan ice cweam!”
I stared at her. HOW DID SHE KNOW THAT IT WAS ICE CREAM INSIDE? She couldn’t have seen inside the cup from where she was!
She’s a demanding little girl. Perhaps after 2 years of us giving her instructions, she has decided it is now her turn.
I can’t even pee or poo in peace right now, because she would march up to the toilet door and demand from the other side of the door:
“Mama come out. Mama come out now!”
She would repeat that until I come out.
I can’t have my breakfast in peace either. I was getting ready to eat a few mornings ago, and she asked to watch videos on the iPad. So I got her iPad out and settled it all nicely on the couch for her. As I was about to return to my breakfast, she held on to my finger, and barked:
“Mama watch iPad with Amy.”
I was like, uh, mama needs to eat breakfast. You watch yourself OK?
“No. Mama watch iPad.”
Um, mama’s just going to sit there OK?
“No. Mama sit here watch iPad. Mama sit here!”
She even patted the chair to emphasize her order, just like how we do it haha.
It’s really cute to see her re-enacting what we adults do all the time. Sometimes it’s infuriating, but most of the times it’s more than amusing. It also serves as a reminder to be careful with what we say and do! Toddlers soak up everything like a sponge!