Out in the park

Sun’s out, and the heat is ON. No, this isn’t the lovely summer sorta sun. This is Malaysia early Saturday morning in our local park. The real deal.

Which is just perfect for an annual Sports Day fun for this lil munchkin. πŸ˜€

Natural light was fantastic so naturally, I had to self-potrait a lil’.

-Hanna-

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Birthday December

How come it’s ALREADY December?! Last time I was here, I was lamenting about the long hard/easy journey of weight loss…. in July. Now it’s less than two weeks to 2019. Whoa!

But first, LUSH Cosmetics is finally here! Heck yes LUSH.in.Malaysia. πŸ’– I managed to visit the store in Pavilion KL last Sunday. Look at these colourful bath bombs! πŸ‘‡

They’ve only been here for two months but I’ve already heard mixed opinions about the price range from fellow Malaysians. Some say it’s reasonably priced yet some thinks otherwise. Personally, I had prepared myself with the fact that LUSH products aren’t gonna be cheap. I’m not gonna compare it with LUSH UK price range, which I was familiar with back when I swapped for LUSH like crazy almost a decade ago. However, I wasn’t quite prepared for some of the price tags when I was at the Pavilion store last week. RM90 bath bomb? Phew~

But overall I do feel the prices here are reasonable. Our Malaysian Ringgit hasn’t been strong these past few years to be honest. In the end, I walked out of the store with a Square Tin (RM20), 150g Golden Pear soap (RM45) and a reusable Bubble Bar Magic Wand (RM60) in my brown paper bag. *Big grin!*

With December being my birthday month, yesterday this birthday girl received a lovely birthday package from a long-time friend from Poland;

Yes, the picture is upside down and no, I can’t edit it. I need a new phone. Lol! I’m so sorry Joanna. For ruining this otherwise a beautiful image of my birthday presents.

My friend Joanna is so nice to get me my favourite Urban Decay VICE lipstick in Ravenswood. And my favourite PALMER’S Daily Calming Facial Lotion. Actually she sent me the moisturizer last month when I told her I couldn’t find it anywhere ever since I finished mine last year.

The rest are cute extras; some perfume samples, ESTEE LAUDER mini mascara, 2in1 mask, 10ml body lotion and a deoball.

She also sent some lovely birthday presents for my daughter too; a t-shirt & hair clips. Thank you!

Now, excuse me while I’m having fun with my birthday goodies…🎁

-Hanna-

Weight loss wonder

See that second graph? The one that eerily resembles a doctor’s signature? That’s how my weight-loss journey looks like. This is what I keep reminding myself; that losing excessive body weight is not just a short-term goal. It is a journey. It may take months or maybe years. But as long as I do not throw in the towel, I sincerely believe that I will succeed. One day.

I might lose just 11kg of total body weight in 16 months. But honey, NEVER FORGET that of the 11 kilograms lost, you lost about 10kg of fat and gained about 10-12kg of muscles.

Ten kilograms of muscle GAIN.

Let that sink in.

At this point in my journey, I now identified mindless-eating as my biggest weakness. Munching on Raya cookies while watching TV at home, stuffing on crunchy rempeyek while chatting with relatives during Raya visits…all of habits that I, myself am 100% responsible for.

Not my daugther’s improving health condition. Not my partner’s undivided love (I’m one lucky gal!) Not the lack of time to go to the gym.

So be accountable, Hanna. And do something about it. It’s okay to stumble once in a while. Just remember to get up again as soon as you could.

Again, weight-loss is a long journey.

-Hanna-

Before I leave, just look at how pretty my coffee is!

Negaraku

I sing and stand up to Negaraku almost on a weekly basis. The national anthem never fails to exude emotions from deep within me, no matter how much I’ve listened and sang along to it.

However, today was different.

Today.

This morning, right after Subuh and between my milk coffee, I had the urge to grab my earphones, my phone and searched for Negaraku video on Youtube.

It didn’t take long for my eyes to well-up and warm tears slowly fell down on my cheeks. My dry morning lips formed a smile as more tears fell.

Never have I felt this moved by Negaraku post General Election.

MAJOR #throwback with MAJOR major lash mascara

Oh! Hey me!

Look what I found this morning while cleaning up the back room after my coffee and cornflakes. πŸ˜„ That’s me, circa 2008-2009 right after a full on makeover from stila. Ahh stila, anyone else here feeling just as nostalgic as I do upon the mention of the very name stila?

stila cosmetics has come a long way since I first learned about the brand from seventeen Malaysia edition mag. I ADORED the brand’s on-of-a-kind illustrated ‘stila girl’ and their ever-famous lip glazes. My mind is now taken back to the very first time I went to a stila counter and bought myself a MAJOR major lash mascara, which inherently resulted to this complementary mini-photoshoot I had after the stila SA was done donning my entire face with stila products. Girl, I felt like a grown-up, buying myself a ‘grown-up makeup stuff’ from a grown-up Parkson beauty counter. Haha nostalgia! 😘

Joy Amidst Diapers

. ..that’s the title of the book I’m currently reading. It’s the fourth book for my ‘12 Book Challenge‘, and the first local female author I’ve chosen for this reading challenge.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, ( @mascarasandmotherhood ) you might have recalled my post on a memoir by Amy Tan, Where The Past Begins. Which, to be truthfully honest, still has a few more pages for me to finish. Urgh, sorry Amy! It turns out this Asian lady isn’t really cut for your memoir. I had a rather hard time finishing that book compared to the previous book I’ve read.

So what have I been up to since my last blog post in February? Plenty. In March, I started to get back again on my fitness routine; I changed my trainer (the previous one was great. But I feel like, for 2018 I need to step up my game and boy, the current trainer is incredibly fun to train with! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ˜„)

Post-workout selfie!

In March and April, I keep revisiting and discovering more cool cafes with cool coffees;

Affogato with TWO scoops of coconut ice-creams @ Sangkaya.
Gingerbread Latte @ Gula Cakery.
Bombshell @ Brew & Bread.

Then of course, some teeny-weeny budget beauty buys:

Half-priced SEPHORA lipgloss & the ever budget friendly Catrice mascara.

Not forgetting that one time my outfit of that day perfectly matched my meal from dahmakan :

Monochromed makan!!!

And the highlight of it all is; my sister’s wedding recently! But I guess I’ll wait ’till in the next post to talk more about it. It’s such a big deal for our family, it deserves a post on its own. Ha!

Happy April everyone!

Ain’t fierce in February

Secluded in the nook of her favourite play area, in my favourite cafe

2018 hasn’t been a breezy sail for us, particularly when it comes to my daughter Aida’s health. She was hospitalised for four days earlier this month due to a secondary infection, no surprise from her on-going eczema flare ups. Even as I am writing this, she has just recovered from viral fever and occasionally coughing. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to being freaked out by my child’s sudden high fever, recurring eczema flare ups or even days of coughing. Hell I have no idea how other mothers deal with these with not one, but two, three or four children. God bless them mothers.

On a lighter note, (because I cannot stand being depressed or worried sick about my child’s health twenty-four-seven) did you remember my 12-book-reading-challenge? I am indeed, currently on my 3rd book.

Third! And it’s not even March yet!

Big deal enough for me. But hey, let’s talk about the second book I’ve read shall we?

Love, Hate & other Filters by Samira Ahmed (RM46.90) was successfully read in less than two weeks. It’s an easy read. It reminds me of a similar book I read years ago as a young adult in late 2000s, Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Instead of a story centered on an Australian born Pakistani Muslim, Love, Hate & other Filters is a story about Maya Aziz, a soon-to-be-eighteen American born Indian Muslim.

Devouring Maya’s accounts, opinions and emotions made me realised just how lucky I am to be a Muslim born and live in Malaysia, a multi racial yet very-Muslim friendly country. πŸ•Œ

That’s for February read. Are you reading anything good at the moment? πŸ˜‰

-Hanna-