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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Accidental Retiree

Thursday, November 26, 2020 0 Comments

I have not been writing for quite a while now. When it comes to writing without inspiration...It won't work for me! Its been a year now without a job. I have been surviving with my savings solely until now. I was considered lucky since I have enough funds for this kind of situation. I started working at the very young age of 19 years old. Work hard and save diligently since young really helps me.


Since young time, I was working from one job to another job. I consider myself a job hopper at a young age. To me, more salary is an important factor for my surviving in this big city alone without any support from anyone. Hailed from a small town. I started my life here by renting and sharing a room with others. Remember sleeping on a thin mattress which my roommate gave me since I only move in with my one small bag. No other belongings since I don't really have anything with me. Minibus and walking was my daily transportation in those days.


There was time, where I survive with only one instant noodles for a day and not much food to eat too. I don't earn much but my priority is my rents, savings and also 40 per cent of my salary goes to my parent to help them since I still have 2  sisters who are still studying.


I don't even remember what other things I did on my 20s except for working and struggling to make end needs. I consider myself quite stable when in my late 30s. Studying part-time in the evening and working during the day time. No such thing as social life for me. it's all about work and study. That is why I end up with no circle of close friends around me. I decided to reward myself with some travel when I was in the late 30s. The happiest treat ever and looking forward to it every year.


Now that in my late 40s, my last employer decided to make my position redundant since the market, I was looking after was relatively shrunk. Here I end up with a life with no job. I was glad that, I don't fall that hard. Being alone with no job is not that bad after all.  I have given up on my job search by now.  Age is my biggest flop for the position I am looking for. I don't even want to waste my time. Starting a business is not even an option since my entrepreneurial skill super bad. Can't afford to expose me to any risk right now. As for now, I just treat myself as a young retiree. Enjoy my daily life and try to experience new things which I don't get to enjoy when I was busy working.


How I can afford to live as a retiree at this young age? I just listed this at random order.


1. Buy Insurance  - I started my first life and medical insurance when I was in my early 20s. I never failed to pay the instalment to date. Medical insurance is especially important. Get the most basic according to your budget. do not over commit. Even if your company provide insurance, please get one and pay on your own. At least this is your back up if you suddenly no longer working.


2. Save at least 30% of your salary in the unit trust fund - Make sure to save it in the trusted and reputable unit trust that can give you yearly dividends. I wish can go into share market but I can't. I will end up insomnia or panic attack. I am a very conservative type to invest in such a volatile market.


3. Emergency funds - I remember my ex-boss used to give me a lecture about how important it is to save up at least 1 or 2 years worth of salary just in case end up in a jobless situation. I used to think, he was bragging a lot when I listened to him. I am being me. I diligently put aside some cash with thoughts of losing a job and not able to find a job for a long time. His bragging started to make sense when I reached mid 30 years old. 


4. Don't buy a fancy car - To me, the car is just a transportation and convenient. I rather buy a small and less maintenance car. No such thing as showing off sort of purchase. Buy a car when you can commit to instalment and maintenance cost.


5. Buy a small and affordable house - House is just a shelter for you. Don't need a bigger or fancy house. Just a place for you to come back to rest and have ownership to it. Don't bother if your colleague or friends tease you of living at the outskirts or whatever. At the end of the day is your own money and life. They won't top up your shortage, anyway!\Only buy when you feel, can afford the instalment plan and maintenance fees.


6. Pay your parent - I committed myself to pay my parent without failed when I started working. At least 40 per cent of my salary goes to them until I lost my job recently.  I stop giving them an allowance. My 2 sisters turn to support both of them.


7. Control your expenses - I don't go for a branded item. I only start using a smartphone when I was in the late 30s. I don't go for Starbucks or the coffee bean until I was the late 30s. Channel, Gucci, Sephora or what so ever brand item....no such thing! I don't use SK11 or Clarins like other women. I don't even dream for those brand. To me, all those branded items are beyond my reach.


Many things to list down. To me, how I live right now was my personal sacrifice and hard work ever since I started being independent of my parent. They were also struggling to make end needs. I need to help them as soon as I have the capability. 


I only travel extensively when I was in the late 30s due to work and also some travel funds that I have been savings. I don't travel abroad to show off on social media. I travel for my own personal treats of my hard work. If I don't have an extra fund to travel, I just stay home. As simple as that. Your money your own responsibility.


Everything, I own now is the basic needs for a moderate and comfortable life. As long as I am not greedy and have a more materialistic desire in life, everything will be just nice for me even if God still doesn't call me 20 or 30 years later.


I fill my time trying out something I always want to try like doing some online studies (as long as it free), fermenting my own Kombucha, Kefir water, baking some bread, painting, reading and watching my favourite dramas. 


I hardly step out from home unless invited to any event but no such thing with this situation, I only drive out if there are some orders for my small (for fun) shopee to be fulfilled. The earning from that small business is more for my retail therapy funds. My savings are not for shopping. isk isk isk..that is why I wish to start working again.


I end up in hiatus situation by force. I am still trying to accept my destiny in life. For now, I will continue living my life positively. I continue to pray for a good new year start in the year 2021. I really feel sad about my talent to be wasted at this age. I only see myself to retire at the age of 56 years old. I still want to continue working.


You may be thinking that I can do all this because I am not married. I am single and responsible to myself with no backup or someone to rely on.  Ladies! married life is a choice you made for your life. At least you have children and husband to rely on. I don't have anyone. That's the sacrifice and choice I made to live my life. You should marry someone who able to pay you if money is your issue. If your husband unable to pay you, means your man are not even ready to marry and start a family. Don't live your life as a slave to your family. If you are struggling while being married means you need to think back on whether you made the right choice. Did you marry the right person? This sounds harsh but this is the reality! We only have only one chance to live this life. So live life for your self too. Not for others. You deserve to live your life happily. You deserve to live your life a YOU. Not as a WIFE. Not as a MOTHER to someone.


No hard feeling here. Those married people always think single people have no commitment and are living a blast life. You shouldn't think that way. We, single people, have commitment and responsibility. Worst is ....single people have no backup and someone to fall back if there is anything happen to them. Don't judge each other. All of us are responsible to live with our own choice of life. If you think your way is wrong, rectify it.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Three Ingredients Bagel in Air Fryer

Monday, November 23, 2020 0 Comments

 



I was craving for morning bagel breakfast for quite sometimes. There is no bakery or cafe sells bagel near my house area. I couldn't drive too far from home during this Restriction Movement Control Oder which only will last until 31st Dec 2020. Hopefully, it lasts by then and no more extension. I bet most of us pray for the freedom again, right?


It was 12 midnight and I still unable to sleep. These days, I have difficulty to fall asleep. Perhaps due to too much computer. I am doing an online study and is chasing after the meet the due date before my course expire. So, most of the time I will be in front of my computer like more than 12 hours a day. But that night, I end up browsing on the easy way to make a bagel. kekekeke


The next morning I tried to make bagel for the first time. The recipe was super simple. Only 3 ingredients and the total time to get a fresh hot bagel is only 15 minutes. Yes! no joke. Only 15 minutes!


How to make bagel in the air fryer with only three ingredients?


Bagel ingredients

The three ingredients - All-purpose flour, Full cream greek yoghurt, baking powder.


Mixing the dough

Pardon me for the no measurement recipe since I am that type who doesn't measure when doing the baking or cooking. Everything just follows my guts feeling. hehehehe

In a bowl mixed all three ingredients until it forms a dough. I used wholemeal bread flour for my bagel. Tips to adjust yoghurt according to your flour amount. Add in more yoghurt if your dough is too dry. Once it becomes a nice non-sticky dough, divide and shape it like a bagel that you usually bought from the store.


Bagel bath

One more tip which I think its important is to boil the unbaked bagel in the hot boiling water for 30 seconds. This will give a nice crispy in the outside, soft and chewy texture in the inside. We called this as bathed the bagel steps.


How to make everything bagel seasoning?

Then its time for topping. I don't have that everything bagel seasoning. So, I created one on my own. In a bowl mixed sesame seeds, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. 


Bagel topping

Just do the egg wash on the bagel then sprinkle the everything bagel seasoning. If you don't want the everything bagel seasoning, you can sprinkle some cinnamon sugar or even some cheddar cheese as a topping.\





Time to bake the bagel

All done! Its time to bake. Since I have the air fryer, so I choose to dump my bagel in the air fryer. Preheated the air fryer for 10 minutes then just place bagel in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 180 degrees.

Ting! Ting! Hot fresh-baked bagel in the morning. I made 2 bagels for only 15 minutes that morning. I am totally proud of myself since it was my first time and I did it well! I feel so carving satisfied that morning.







Thursday, November 19, 2020

You Can Shop Almost Everything at PG Mall Online Shopping Marketplace

Thursday, November 19, 2020 0 Comments

 




I bet by now most of the household in Malaysia has been doing the online shopping either monthly or weekly for the hardcore shoppers. There are a few famous online shopping marketplaces where mot Malaysian has been frequented. One of those is our local famous PG Mall, Malaysia No. 1 e-Commerce platform. 


For those who are still new with PG Mall. PG Mall has established in the year of 2017. This local online marketplace platform is founded by Public Gold Group Founder and Executive Chairman Dato' Wira Lois Ng Chun Hau. His main intention is to help and promote locally manufactured products to the consumer. 


Recent pandemic has given more advantages to PG Mall and by now it has more than a million customers base and even the number of retailers onboard has been expanding with a wide range of product selection for its increasing customer base.




So, it's not a surprise for PG Mall has won its spot in the iPrice.com. PG Mall ranked as top 3 e-Commerce site at iPrice insight report




PG Mall has been providing a wide range of payment gateway for online shoppers convenient. The payment method doesn't stop to just conventional online banking but also various types of e-wallets such as GrabPay, TNG and many more to list down.






PG Mall also has its own version of e-wallet call PGMall c-Wallet. You can top-up the amount start with as low as RM10 using the various channel.






You can top up the c Wallet using the online banking from the various bank, credit card, GrabPay, BoostPay, Maybank QRPay, TNG and even MCash. I find PG Mall wide payment method is superb convenient for the shopper.




PG Mall was established to support local entrepreneurs and with that the launched to support local products starting from July - December 2020 where the online shopper can shop for essentials groceries, kids and baby product. health and beauty, automotive and sports, electronics appliances and even fashion.







Parallel with government recent budget announcement on some allocation to boost up the local economy by supporting local  #BarangBaikBarangKita. PG Mall offers coupon code: KBBM20 for an RM20 off with minimum spend of RM50 and coupon code: KBBM30 for an RM30 off for minimum spend of RM100. Shop local product at this link https://pgmall.my/proudly-local-campaign. Here I listed some of the local PG Mall stores which are worth for you to check out.








For those who are into aromatherapy, Bam & Co is a perfect local store where you can check out various organic essential oil kit waiting for you. I personally an essential oil fan. I even did my own essential oil blends to suit my own preference. But one needs to know the perfect ratio to make your own essential oil blends to ensure it safe for skin. So, if you find its a hassle to blends on your own , Bam & Co has a ready blends essential oil roll-on for you.  Don't forget to use the coupon code mentioned for some savings on your shopping at Bam & Co.










When I was browsing in this store, some items caught my eyes which is a joint serum, Bird's Nest serum and green coffee. They have some local food - instant porridge and snacks like Maruku with a reasonable price offer. It's totally a no burn your wallet price. 









Missing Penang food? You can check out Koperasi Perdasama Pulau Pinang Berhad for its array of Penang local snacks and items. Everything in a click of a button to be delivered at your doorstep. They are still uploading more products for you to shop soon.



 






Hoga stand for Holistic Gaharu. Do you know what is Gaharu? Gaharu or globally known as Agarwood is famous wood used as an incense and perfume. Gaharu or agarwood tea is also good for health benefits. It can help in reducing blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, improve sleep quality and even good for the bowel. You can shop gaharu tea here at Hoga.








My11e_Store

If you are looking forward to trying out local beauty products, visit My11e_store. Sometimes the local products can be as good as an international brand too. However, please stay safe by choosing the certified quality local brand for your own benefit.







Fresh Food Week Campaign

I recently, purchase local fresh food from an online marketplace. The fresh items reached me on the next day, which I find this convenient. I will continue to purchase my groceries online. PG Mall is having a Fresh Food Week from 19th November until 25th November 2020. Apply coupon code: GROCERWEEK to get RM5 off with minimum spend RM50 for a groceries contactless delivery to your doorstep. Good News! Apply Code: KBBM30 and KBBM20 to get extra discount RM30 and RM20 off respectively. Make sure to save the date since it's only limited to  2000 redemption only. Check out at PG Mall fresh food delivery here.









AEON Members 25% Off


Those days, I always shop at AEON during the members day. But now RMCO, I tried to stay safe and do most of my shopping online. AEON store at PG Mall is having a members day from 1st November to 31st December 2020. AEON member will enjoy 25% off with a minimum spend RM30 and it capped RM20 for new user only. This is limited to first 1000 redemption per month. How to apply for the 25% off AEON promo code?

1. Go to AEON app https://www.aeoncredit.com.my/to obtain your promo code

2. Shop as usual at https://pgmall.my/ and proceed to check out by key in the promo code your obtain from AEON app.

Each person is allowed to use one discount code for each transaction.

You are now able to shop a famous smartphone and tablet brand at PG Mall too. 










Huawei

I personally a huge Huawei fan. I was so excited that this brand made it in PG Mall. Huawei is having an exclusive promotion for a new user from 5th October to 31st December 2020. Same like AEON , you need to visit Huawei app top obtain a promo code and then key in the code when you shop at PG Mall Huawei store. You can enjoy RM3 off with minimum purchase of RM15 and above.








Oppo 

Other than Huawei, Oppo too, is having the same promotion. Same like Huawei, you can visit Oppo app to obtain promo code to enjoy RM3 off with minimum purchase of RM15 and above at PG Mall Oppo store.  It's limited to first 1000 redemptions.

Are you in the mood for online shopping now?

I am. Visit PG Mall website today and if you haven't registered yet. You can register for free using my PG Mall referral link here.

Checkout PG Mall Official sites link below.

PG Mall Malaysia Official website

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Suddenly Out Of Detergent? Get It Delivered to You in 15 minutes

Thursday, November 12, 2020 0 Comments
Pandamart


Recently, my online shopping pattern has changed a lot. Those days, I would only shop for my beauty care, clothing and food ordering.  I usually went out for groceries shopping twice a week. But now not anymore. Why? Things change drastically due to frequent CMCO.


There were these incidents which really makes me a bit paranoid to visit the shopping mall or even a small store for groceries replenishment. When govt and social media has been updated with all the social distancing, there are some people who still ignorant about this part. The first incidents happened in the famous big groceries store. I was queuing at the cashier counter when the woman approached me from behind and tapped on my shoulder saying she wants to overtake me since she only bought 2 items while myself has loads of things in the trolley. I was taken aback by her action. I immediately took a few steps back and told her off to keep her distance from me. By the way, this lady doesn't even wear a proper mask. I was lucky the cashier aware of the situation and told the ignorant lady to queue at the express lane instead. But the whole situation was enough to give me a chill to my spine. 



The second incident took place in a small grocers store just about 5 minutes drive from my home. A small store meaning the interior is really compact with rows of items arranged on the shelf. Only one person fits in one lane at one time. I just stop by to get glue for my online store wrappers. Who could have imagined,? When I was queuing to pay for my one tiny glue and one-man pop in out of nowhere. He has a cigarette in his mouth (which obviously no mask on) shoving the money to the shopkeeper for a bottle of coke. Yup! he was obviously cutting all the queue. Yes! the whole shop smells of his cigarettes too. I was officially a second smoker and exposed with all the possible lung cancer. 


This is the kind of harsh world we are living right now. The outside world is not safe for us with this kind of people roaming around. I was exposed to possible health hazardous with one trip to purchase a small glue. Recently, I was more and more careful about making any trip to purchase my groceries. 


I was very excited when FoodPanda launched a pandamart option. Early-stage, pandamart offer only pharmacy care items which doesn't attract me much. But I think the most recent, I checked, it has more partner retailers which even able to offer grocery delivery to the doorstep. There are many selections available such as beverages, dairy and chilled items, fresh produce - eggs, veggies and even fruits, snacks, ice cream, chocolates and sweets, bakery, cooking condiments and cleaning items. 


Currently, they are having a free delivery offer for pandamart. If you suddenly out of detergent or egg or even in the mood of baking but no butter to bake, you can get it delivered in just 15 minutes. I have tried this recently and it works!


Even my sister was bragging yesterday. She said the price a pandamart was as good as a usual online purchase. While you have to wait for items to reach you in a few days in usual online purchase but with pandamart the items will reach you in 15 minutes the same day. I was talking to my sister that I may opt to sell off my car because I don't need one when my age hit 55 years old. I would just get everything delivered and rely on driver for hire if I need one. This is the kind of life we are living right now. Technology changes our lifestyle this much where everything is possible to our doorstep with a click of fingers.



Friday, October 23, 2020

Acne Free with Cosmoderm Tea Tree Oil Skin & Body Care

Friday, October 23, 2020 0 Comments
Acne Skincare

Finally unboxed the Cosmoderm beauty box received the other day. It has been a long time again since I received such a beauty box. The Cosmoderm Tea Tree Oil skincare collection focuses on bringing solution for those of you who have oily and problem skin type. To be exact, if you are having worries on your acne skin, this is the answer to your worry!

Check it out what Cosmoderm Tea Tree Oil skincare all about below and how to apply on your skin in the correct order. :

Step 1: Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser à It removes oil, unclog pores and control skin oiliness to reduce pimples

Step 2: Tea Tree Oil Purifying Mask à Leave it for at least 15-20mins. It helps to absorb excess oil, dry up pimples and unclog pores

Step 3: Tea Tree Oil Anti-Blemish Gel à With plant-based extracts that help to reduce acne, blackheads and whiteheads. 2 types of anti-blemish gel. To apply only on the acne after applying Toner.

·         Tea Tree Oil Anti Blemish Gentle:

o   Shrink acne, removes blackheads & whiteheads within 4-5 days for oily skin

o   Suitable for sensitive and acne skin

·         Tea Tree Oil Anti Blemish X-Press:

o   Shrink acne, removes blackheads & whiteheads within 3-4 days

o   Not suitable for sensitive skin

 The are other products from Cosmoderm Tea Tree Oil too. You can check out:-

1.   Tea Tree Oil Clarifying Toning Lotion (RM20.90) – Helps to treat pimples, remove bacteria and excess oil. Uses to refresh skin when there is excessive oil on the skin

2.   Tea Tree Oil Day & Night Moisturiser (RM19.90) 2 in 1 primer and moisturizer for oily and combination skin. The water light-based moisturizer helps to protect skin against UVA & UVB that can damage the skin cells

3.     Tea Tree Oil | Oil Control Serum (RM34.90)Gel-water based serum with fruit extracts to control excess oil. Also, it helps to unclog pores to reduce acne, blackheads and whiteheads

4.      Tea Tree Oil Shower Gel (RM17.90) It gives amazing freshness for antibody odour and body acne. It provides gentle cleansing of the skin leaving skin fresh and smooth with no sticky feel. It is mild, non-irritating and anti-bacterial shower that is suitable for everyone.

5.     Tea Tree Oil Magic Body Lotion (RM22.90)It’s a quick natural remedy for body odour, body acne and sunburn. It gives cool relief to skin irritation and discomfort. TTO Magic Body Lotion helps to reduce rashes, fungal and bacterial infection. It works as repellant towards mosquitoes and bed bugs. Suitable for everyone and every age.

 Where to get Cosmoderm skincare?

Can get all these products from pharmacies like Watsons, Guardian, Aeon Wellness, and independent pharmacies near you, Cosmoderm website (www.cosmoderm.com.my) or Shopee Cosmoderm Offical Store (https://shopee.com.my/cosmoderm). Price Range is from RM13.90 – RM34.90. To be honest the price doesn't even burn out your wallet.

Don't forget to check on my cvheck on my YouTube Video unboxing the Cosmoderm Tea Tree Oil skincare Box in my YouTube Channel CindyrinaRina.




Wednesday, October 21, 2020

6 Awesome Christmas Tree Ideas For The Year 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 0 Comments


Christmas Tree Ideas



By now most of us in this world are living with the new norm with some restrictions here and there imposed by respective rulings government to flatten the global pandemic hit us world wide.

How is  Covid-19 going to affect Christmas in the year 2020? 

It's hard to predict how will Christmas be like during Covid-19 year.

Will some of us in this world be in the lockdown during Christmas day?

Are there any specific Covid Rules for Christmas season?

Can some of us meet other household and even see their own family during Christmas?

Since the normal life shuts down around us, we need a balm to the soul. Life must go on. Festive need to be celebrated even if it's in small scale to cheer us up!

That is why setting up a Christmas tree in the year 2020 could be more important than ever.


Budget Christmas Tree


1. The Wallet- Friendly Christmas Tree

Some of us has lost employment during this coronavirus situation. This means loss of income and living out of retirement savings. This doesn't mean no Christmas feels. Nowadays, you can find a fair good quality Christmas tree suit your budget. 


Christmas Tree for Studio Home


2. The Space-Saving Christmas Tree

Not many of us blessed to live in a spacious home. Don't end up purchase a shorter and smaller Christmas tree just to save some space.   For those who live in a studio or much smaller space, you can shop for a much slimmer Christmas tree. 


Millennial Christmas Tree


3. The Millenial Christmas Tree

If you are into cool theme Christmas, then the hybrid tone of green and light green may suit your style. The hybrid tone Christmas tree blends well with white, silver and blue decorations. You may end up owning a millennial Christmas tree in the year 2020. 


Premium Christmas Tree

4. Luxury Christmas Tree

For glamourous and luxurious type can opt for the premium Christmas tree. Just get yourself the bigger and taller tree. If I were given the choice to decorate this premium tree, I would mix the gold ornaments and light sparkling blue I bet this year 2020 will be the most glamourous Christmas ever to have such tree in the house.


Halloween Deco
Image credit to Pinterest


5. Dark Christmas Tree

Some of us may choose a darker colour Christmas tree. It can be a black or darker green colour tree. Darker Christmas tree doesn't mean a bad omen or something. The theme may sound like gothic kind of look but I would I say it would be an insta-worthy impact if you decorate it tastefully. You can even put it out on the 31st October for Halloween fun event at home. This may be more suitable for those who have a modern contemporary home decoration The darker theme Christmas tree is definitely dramatic and for those who love loves defying the traditional theme. 


Frozen Theme Christmas Tree

6. White Christmas Tree

" I wish for a Christmas "

Bring the white Christmas into your home. Create the 'Frozen theme' with a white Christmas tree in the house. White Christmas can give you an angelic vibe It can give you the winter Christmas feels and luxurious. White goes with many colour choice of ornaments. I bet it can be a good home project together with your loves one.


If you are in Singapore and still searching for the good quality Christmas Tree you can check out this  website at https://www.christmastrees.com.sg


The Pine Concept is one of the most favourite Christmas Tree Singapore delivery.  You can get the most hyper-realistic artificial Christmas tree. Expect the Ultra-dense Christmas tree quality with affordable price suits your budget. The tree from here can last a lifetime with a guaranteed 10-year warranty. There is no need to shop for the Christmas tree every year. All you need to do is to change the decoration creatively with Christmas Ornaments.


Just like yourself, I personally worry about receiving a product purchase online. Product misrepresentation is the biggest concern for all online shoppers. Pine Concept gives assurance on the misrepresentation on all their products since they are a consumer-like all of us too. Building up and maintaining a good online repo is one of their biggest mission for long term business continuity. After all, who wants to live the life by ruining other people Christmas celebration which only comes once a year, right? By the way, they have a showroom if you still in doubt and would like to view the Christmas trees live in front of your eyes.


Most of the Christmas tree at Pine Concept comes as self collapse branches Christmas tree for convenient assembling and dismantling. Obviously storage space saving for next festive season.


The Christmas tree is considered the main decoration for Christmas season. Whether it is cheap or expensive, it's all about decorations which will reflect your personal style and innovative to bring out the spirit of festive joy and celebration.


This year 2020,  may be not a perfect Christmas like many other usual years. But it is something we couldn't miss out and\will be the most important one for all us. Why? After a long year of uncertainty, full of worries and lack of movement freedom, we should celebrate the Christmas with joyful than ever. Setting up a good and beautiful Christmas tree, will be fun activities and create special bonding if you are staying with family. Even if you are alone, you may find the activities are satisfying and will bring you the happiness you are longing. 


Happy Merry Christmas Tree Shopping!


Friday, October 16, 2020

What is the different between Oven Toaster and Air Fryer

Friday, October 16, 2020 0 Comments



My birthday falls on the 12 October and since this year was unlike any other year, I will be away travelling abroad to enjoy my solo moment forever. This year, I decided to just have another day and not doing anything at all. I already glad to be still alive and stay healthy on that date. isk isk

I turned off the Facebook birthday reminder, so others don't feel obliged to wish me just because of that notification. It was a quiet birthday, as I wanted in the year 2020.

My sisters pool money to purchase an Air Fryer as a present for me. So kind of them! Here I end up adding a Haier Air Fryer in my little kitchen. As a first time Air Fryer user, I search on YouTube to use this new kitchen tool. My air fryer adventure begins from here.

While using the air fryer, it came to my mind...."What is the difference of Air Fryer compare to the Oven Toaster"? The basic function in the surface kind of almost the same to my simple mind opinion.

I owned an oven toaster at home. I usually toast bread. There was time once I tried baking using oven toaster but end up with baking disaster all the time. So I stop baking and just use that when wanting my food warm. hahaha... yeah! 

Heat


I was talking about this with my sister and both of us came to a conclusion both air fryers and oven toaster has an almost similar function which is both create hot air. However, the heated air from the oven toaster is pretty much basic and weaker than air fryer. I would rather compare air fryer with convection oven which my mum used to own. Even though convection oven is powerful but it doesn't offer the fried food style like air fryer though.

My first experience using the air fryer


I was very impressed when first try out the air fryer to cook a hash brown. Check my video guide on how to cook a perfect hash brown in the air fryer. I don't need to use any oil to greased or what so ever. Just throw in the hash brown into the air fryer and leave to my morning shower. The hash brown turns out perfectly crispy in the outside and moist in the inside after I have done with my shower. Non-oily and not greasy at all. That morning... I was definitely ...Wow! all the way with what else this thing can do for me.

Way of Cooking


I owned a very basic function selection oven toaster. Typically, it can bake, grill and roast. I only know how to heat up my food use this oven toaster. The air fryer has all the functions I mentioned with some additions such as air frying and even dehydrating to the mix. So honestly, I find as a newbie kitchen tool user, air fryer is easy to use and straight forward too. One thing that makes me fall in love with air fryer right away is the fried taste. I love fried food but was advised not to eat that often since its oily and unhealthy. Furthermore, fry food requires more oil. Air fryer saves the oil money and also save me from the hassle of cleaning up the oil splashing on the wall. huhuhuh

Safety issue


I still doubt about the safety issue of air fryer no matter how I love this. I used to own a microwave oven and end up with a kitchen disaster twice which I almost burnt down my whole kitchen by heating up a 'bao' and chicken dishes respectively in separate horror event. The 'bao' frightening event cause the whole apartment unit cover with smoke and the auto fire extinguisher was triggered. While the heating up a bowl of chicken dishes experience cause the whole microwave oven caught fire. huhuhuh.... frightening, right???

As for oven toaster, I barely have that frightening experience as microwave oven apart from I end up burning my food in that toaster most of the time. huhuhuh....my problem was I am bad with the manual. 

With the air fryer, since the heat is so intense and strong as if a combination of a convection oven and microwave oven, so I worried a lot. The noise from air fryer is almost microwave oven loud noise but softer than that. So I don't feel it scary for the air fryer. I did overcook my soft bun in the air fryer, though. Check the video on how to make a no-knead soft bun with the air fryer here.

In my opinion, invest in a trusted and good quality air fryer if you need one. Make sure you do a lot of research in the Do(s) and the Don't (s) with the air fryer. If you think cooking with the air fryer is faster...mmmm...I don't think so. To fry a perfect fish you require 15 minutes of cooking time. While a simple hash brown requires around 18 minutes of your time. So there's no short cut to this. 

I am still discovering the use of air fryer and so far I have done basic fryer, basic toasting, baking which I baked bun and bread for the first time in my life. Yes! I even cook spaghetti in the air fryer too. No oil in the process which is the beauty of using air fryer that I love the most.

Visit my YouTube Channel CindyrinaRina for more of air fryer adventure. Don't forget to subscribe and like me to give more encouragement. Thank you!

By the way, I am using Haier brand 4 litres analogue version.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Does the cheap 3 In 1 Robotic Cleaner works?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 0 Comments




Recently, I bought a robot cleaner. Dirt cheap version. Well, with the price I paid less RM60, I don't really have high expectation. I am more than happy if this thing is working when it reaches me. Hopefully, this fella can help me to reach out to all dust or do the wiping under my bed. Yay! my main focus is under my bed and bedroom area. I was sceptical when purchasing this. Really pray hard it won't a waste of my money.




It is a one-key cleaning as it claims. You need to press the button to let it run and you have to press the button again to make it stop. I did have a hard time when this thing running under my bed and refuse to come back outside. kekekeke
IMA has to use the broomstick to pull this naughty thing out!




Charging time around 4 hours and it will run quite long since my room isn't that big so its hard for me to track on how long it will last. I haven't use the moping function yet. You just need to open the top part to clean up the dust collected , every now and then. In my opinion, this is easy to maintain too.




So far the swivel thingy spinning well to collect hair fall and small dust. The function is good and the value as the price paid. 
I recommended this to my sis and she immediately bought this too. She also agreed on this vacuum help for dusting and hair fall collection. It works well on the carpet too according to her. 

To purchase a good quality robot vacuum cleaner is kind of expensive for me, so I settled with this for the time being. Since it helps, why not?

As long as you don't have high expectation, this is good.

Monday, September 28, 2020

How To Choose A Home Water Filter

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If you are an Asian like me, it's common hearing mum or elders nag to drink more water all the time. Well, nothing annoying about this. In fact, this is a good reminder since drinking water at least 8 glasses a day good for your body and immune system. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

I am not sure about other country but especially in Asia, we don't blatantly drink water from our pipe in the sink. We either require to boil water or get a good water filter. At least water filters remove contaminants. There are many types of water filter in the market. Some even offer hot and ice cold water features. It can be difficult to choose the best water filter. Here I list down some of the basic checklists to help you to make a good decision on which water filter suit your needs.

How To Choose A Home Water Filter?


1. Study on POE (Point Of Entry) and POU (Point Of Use) systems


Commonly, there are two types of water filters available for home use. POE systems treat all the water that enters your home and then connects to the water meter or some pressurized water tank. While POU systems, treat water at the point where it is being consumed such as the sink or even shower head. POU systems can be installed externally or internally.POU that is installed internally, filter the water usually passing through the pipe.

2. Research more information on different types of POU systems


POU filters such as built-in filters, refrigerator filters and even pitcher filters can be mounted directly to the faucet, under the sink or the countertop.

3. Check on Water Contamination level and evaluate based on your needs


This is the most important information required for your decision making to narrow down your water filtering system best suit your needs. Usually, you could easily find this information from your local government website, newspaper or any other online channel. The contamination can be in the form of visible particles or invisible bacteria.
Well, if the contamination in the water is toxic, then the POE filter is suitable since it cleans all the before entering your house water. A POU filter on the faucet, if you are only filtering the water for taste.

If you are in doubt, consider consulting a Certified Water Treatment Professional or someone who has experience in doing so.

If you are looking for water filter Singapore, you can consider filtec.com.sg who has vast experience and a passionate team with water filtration and purification. My SG friend highly recommended them for not only provide professional advice but also helps in solving the problem in their area of expertise.
Most of their water filter selection centred on lean engineering that exceeds conventional device while maintaining its effectiveness. Mostly designed for maximum simplicity in usage. Good news for us who favour a plug-and-play concept and less maintenance costs.

I was using a countertop twin water filter at home since all I need is just a peace of mind kind of filter water with better taste. Basically, the water safe for my consumption. But there are many countertop twin water filter in the market. You are spoiled with choices!

Xeltro CT22-Countertop Twin Water Filter

My Singapore friend recommended Xeltro CT22 - Countertop Twin Water Filter.

Xeltro CT22 - Countertop Twin Filter features :

  • Designed and manufactured in Japan
  • Filtech Technology for cleaner and better-tasting water
  • 7 Layer Ultra Twin Filteration
  • Eliminates up to 99.99 percents of Bacteria, Impurities and Chlorine
  • 3 mode-switch: Filtered, Unfiltered Shower, Unfiltered Stream

Xeltro CT22 - Countertop Twin Filter specification :

  • Overall dimensions : 320mm x 230mm x 100mm
  • Weight : 0.8kg
  • Flow Rate of 21/minute
  • Lifetime of 6000 L or approx. 6 - 8 months
  • Pressure: 0.1 - 0.4 Mpa


Warranty - 1 year

7 Stage Ultra Twin Filteration
1. The first filtration process is 5mm thick ceramic filter to filter sediments, heavy metal, rust giardia, cysts and bacteria of larger or equal to 0.1 micron in size while a the same time still preserves necessary minerals. Common bacteria such as E-Coli and Cryptosporidium are rejected.

2. FIR (Far Infra Red) layer is used to soften hard water which eliminating offensive odours and preventing bacteria growth. As FIr resonance with water, it activates and ionizes water molecules, which make the water tastes fresher. This provides health benefit which helps to balanced acidity level in the body and rises the oxygen levels.

3. Ion Exchange Resin percolates water through bead-like spherical resin materials. This sodium ions are exchanged for every calcium or magnesium ion removed from the water and subsequently preventing bacteria build-up.

4. Anti Bacterial Ions kill bacteria and deter bacterial growth by breaking down organic compounds that comprise of bacteria such as bacteria cell membranes.

5. Alkaline Medium raises the pH level of the water which ads in neutralising acid in your body, which can lead to various health benefits including preventing diseases such as cancer and liver disease.

6. KDF Activated Carbon which KDF stands for Kinetic Degradation Fluxion. KDF granular activated carbon incorporates absorption and catalytic reduction mechanism for embellished and augmented purification efficiency.since its equips with activated carbon filtering for removal of residual chlorine up to 99.99 percent, VOC's and other impurities, so it deodorizes, improve colour and taste of water.

7. Finally, the Filtech Hybrid Carbon Membrane Technology for further pervasive particle exclusion filtration to discard hanging colloids and eliminates up to 99.99 percent bacteria and maintain the quality of drinking water.

Filtech pledges :

* A Free delivery for all orders above SGD60 and receive the item as early as the following day

* State of the Art Purification Technology - strive to adopt the most advance and effective purification method

* Hundred Percent Tested and Certified product safe for consumption and usage

* Impeccable Quality Standards - designed and manufactured in Japan by trusted and reliable suppliers with only premium materials and ensure the highest standards for quality.

There are many reasons why every home and office should install a water filter. Why? Water is a basic human need. It just we need to keep it on top of our mind that all H20 is not created equally. You require a filter for clean water.

If you are in Singapore and currently looking for a water filter and air purifier, do browse Filtech or make an inquiry with one water filter professional consultants.



Monday, September 21, 2020

Why Flowers Make Us Feel Happy

Monday, September 21, 2020 0 Comments



If you could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change

In my youth and younger days, I used to hate flowers. Why? The flowers will be withered and it such a waste of money. Now I have grown older, I see the thing in very different ways. I have grown wiser and matured a bit!😊 Flowers will definitely withered, but the value of emotion and psychological is priceless.

Flowers are linked to immediate happiness and feeling which relates to satisfaction towards life. If you noticed, flowers are always linked to alleviation of stress, mood-lifting and ease away anxiety and depression symptoms.

Did it ever cross your mind why people used flowers in the social environment? Is having flowers decoration around just mere eye candy? The power of flowers can help to enhance the environment to create a more welcoming ambience, cheerful and warm. 

Many only think about flowers when it comes to birthdays, proposal and romantically love. Do you know during this period of pandemic and the new norm era, many people have lost their job, lost hopes or many other effects during the current slump economic situation? Life is tough for some of us? Every time, we read about a new suicidal case. It's heartbreaking news! These people have lost hope to continue living when there is a sudden change in their normal life.

Words alone are not enough to console these people. Send a simple flower delivery to someone you care. Flowers is a natural visual healing property for both physiologically and emotionally. It brings hope, uplift confidence, self-esteem and definitely positive vibes.

If you have someone in Singapore and would like to spread a 'Happy Virus' mood to him/her, just a click away. All you need is to find a good florist Singapore to send a natural healing guarantee happiness to someone you care.

I have a friend in Singapore who highly recommended Fav Florist a flower delivery Singapore . I immediately browsed over to their website and loves the unique, minimalist and rustic flower bouquets collection. The price isn't expensive at all. They offer affordable prices and free delivery. My SG friends said their flowers are what you see in the photos. No misrepresentation at all. All flower arrangements are designed by a passionate florist with at least 10 years experience and each bouquet is intricately arranged and made with love.

Here, I pulled out some of my best pick from their website, if you have a hard time to choose one.😊



Forever Young: Hydrangea Bouquet



Eternity: Mixed Rose & Carnation Bouquet



I adore you: Red Rose Bouquet


Preserved LED Flower Domes: Beauty and the Beast


 Preserved LED Flower Domes: Mystic Blue

You can choose a traditional bouquet style or a more long-lasting option such as preserved LED Flower domes where each dome is specifically designed against a unique theme such as childhood favourites - Peter Pan, Frozen, Beauty and The Beast and many more fantasy and mystical vibes. To bring smiles especially for someone you care and love.

Fav Florist does not just offer flowers, they recently introduced a one-stop solution where you can also bundle up flower joy surprise with artisanal cakes. All cakes are freshly baked by professional and experienced bakers with premium ingredients.

All delivery comes with a complimentary message card. Don't just send your surprises empty. Pour in your heartfelt note with it. Be good, be kind, send a flower to someone in Singapore today.

Fav Flowers is a middle person for you to touch someone heart sincerely. Fave florist pledged :

🎕 Handmade flowers bouquet with love - Handmade by highly and passionate florists with more than a decade of experience each and the bouquet are guaranteed to be the best of the best.

🎕 Free instant delivery - Fav flowers provide Free delivery for all flower bouquets and even a 2-hour express delivery for urgent requests.

🎕 Only fresh juicy flowers - Only use fresh succulent flowers which are air-flown for all bouquets. Pesticides free and organically produced.

🎕 Super Affordable - overpriced flowers are a BIG NO NO. Fav florist strives to ensure you enjoy the most bang for your buck spends with them.


  • Flowers feed compassion.
  • Flowers chase away worries and anxieties
  • Flowers boost up energy and happiness

Send a bouquet of flowers with Fav Florist today and spread the positive vibes to someone you care. You can change someone perception in life too

You can follow Fav Florist official instagram and Fav Florist Facebook for more information.