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Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Year Baby Warehouse Sale Jan 2017



"New Year Baby Warehouse Sale is happening again on 13-15 January 2017 at One City USJ (Sky Park – Level One). Crazy discounts up to 80% on your favourite brands - Philips Avent, Disney Baby, Fiffy, Pigeon, Dr Brown, Drypers, MamyPoko, Fisher Price, Holabebe, Ichiro, Little Bean, Buds, Chicco, Pororo, Quinny, Maxi Cosi, Autumnz, Tommee Tippee, Sesame Street & more.

Exclusive Offer for 3 days only: Drypers Wee Wee Dry Mega at RM88 for 3 Pack. MamyPoko Extra Soft Fit (Regular Pack) at RM10 limited to first 100 customers before 12 noon daily. Limited sizes & while stock last. Awesome fun activities too + free gifts + candy + popcorn for your little ones! See you 13-15 January 2017!"  ---The Nuren Group

 Have fun mummies!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Famous people we lost in 2016

2016 was a terrible year for celebrity deaths and ruling leaders. So many famous people passed away, the total being over 80 people. The beginning of 2016 was shocked with the passing of famous singer David Bowie and the end of the year was mortified by the passing of George Michael. Prince, Natalie Cole, Muhammad Ali  were also sadly amongst those who passed on during 2016. Star Wars lost 3 of it's original actors: Kenny Baker (R2D2), Peter Sumner and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
Sadly Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds passed away one day after her daughter.

Leonard Cohen: songwriter "Hallelujah), Gene Wilder of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
John Glenn: first american to orbit the earth
Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sir Terry Wogan and Harper Lee author of "To kill a Mockingbird".
Long serving leaders like Fidel Castro born 1926 of Cuba and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand born 1927. Nancy Reagan wife of the late Ronald Regan. The Magician Paul Daniels. Papa Wemba the Congolese singer and many others.

With so many people passed on in 2016, it is very sad indeed to contemplate what talent has been lost but they will not be forgotten.
In a recent trip to Thailand I was amazed to see the respect the people show for their late King. Many were wearing black clothes everyday as they went to work and to their businesses. At one point on the walkway between Siam and Chit Lom everyone (except the tourists) suddenly stood still and in silence. I am not sure what that was about but it felt like they were giving a moments silence and thought to their late, beloved King.

May all of them rest in peace and our sincere condolences to all of their families and friends!

A company based in Asia has come up with a brilliant and unique idea to remember loved ones who have passed away and to honour their lives. The company Rest With Dignity offers an online memorial website with a condolence book which family members can keep and cherish. Friends and family can write tributes and memories on the memorial website and these messages are all collated in one book and sent to the family.

For more information have a look at their website here:

https://www.restwithdignity.com/

For an extensive list of all those who have passed on last year have a look at this site:

Celebrity Deaths in 2016



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kuala Lumpur now has great quality Leather shoes for babies and toddlers.



Good bye plastic and hello suede!
Goodbye squashed toes and welcome barefoot comfort!!




It has been a real chore finding some comfortable and great quality shoes for my little one. I have been reading a lot about how important the early years are for getting your child off to a right start by giving them the best footwear to support their toddling then walking and then running days!

Now I have finally found the perfect shoes. They are lovingly made in Africa with great quality leather and come in different, adorable designs and patterns.

For baby's they have soft leather shoes.



 For toddlers there are leather shoes with rubber soles.

 Have a look at some of their wonderful designs:






Prices start from RM89.
For more information drop me an email at :  expatliving@hotmail.co.uk

Best Activities for Toddlers and Babies in Kuala Lumpur

 


 


Colour Experience at Baby Sensory Classes














This is my first compilation of things I have discovered in KL to enjoy with your baby or toddler. Some of the recommendations I have joined myself but some I have not yet managed to get round too! Just wish to share this info with all the mums in KL who are looking for things to do with their young children.

One of our favourite activities is Baby Sensory/Toddler Sense. They are just brilliant and offer half hour free play and half hour structured themed classes every single day of the week. In addition the themes change every single week so your little one is always learning and experiencing something new.
They have just started a new class for kids aged 3 plus called Mini Professors, whereby the kids learn by doing different experiments.

For more info have a look here at their website:
Baby Sensory/ Toddler Sense

Toddler Sense Classes





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For baby and toddler swimming classes have a look at this blog: http://www.makchic.com

Makchic.com also has some great information about kid friendly cafes and best outdoor parks.

Have a look here:
10-restaurants-and-cafes-where-kids-can-play

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Have fun with your kids checking out some of these activities!!!

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fun things to do with kids in Kuala Lumpur: Butterfly Park

All this time in KL and we never visited the Butterfly park until recently. Entrance fee at the moment is RM22 for Tourists and RM11 for residents of Malaysia. It is no where as nearly as big as the bird park but still worth a visit with children just to see the different species of butterflies and the few live samples they have of some of the best camouflaged insects on this planet.
Long-necked Turtle






Can you spot the stick insect?








For more information have a look at their website:

Monday, February 29, 2016

Handling Stress and Loneliness when living abroad.

This ted x talk by Kelly McGonigal is absolutely fascinating because the science says that stress can actually be very good for us as long as we believe it is good for us. In addition it also proves the old saying that " a problem shared, is a problem halved!"

https://www.ted.com/Make stress your friend




So why am I sharing this message here. Well because being an expat in a foreign country can be very stressful and very lonely. For some their whole experience is marred by homesickness and seclusion not being able to integrate and make new friends. For others only the beginning of their stay is so until they find their groove and start to settle in after a major change. And for others the stress may come later, when the excitement of a big move starts to give way to some unexpected realities or boredom. In others still the stress comes when they actually move back home after several years away and find that they have changed so much that they no longer fit in to their old way of life and circle of friends.

You don't have to be an expat to experience stress or loneliness, this is not reserved solely for those moving around the world. That is why Kelly McGonigal's message is so important to help everyone stop the damages stress causes by changing our perspective on stress. Instead of " this is going to kill me", we need to realise that stress " is getting me ready to face anything that comes my way".

Changing beliefs and perspectives is something coaches are trained to do. So if you find yourself in a stressful or lonely situation and you need to halve your problem, reach out to a coach and let them help you face your challenges with support, encouragement and positivity.

You can find coaches all over the world via the International Coaching Federation:

International Coaching Federation

Here in Malaysia, KL you can reach out to:

Erika at Blueprintfive Ltd   : http://www.blueprintfive.com/
Tel: 0192212075

Anne and Jacque at Anne Munro Kua Transformations:     http://amktransformations.com/
Tel:+603-2169 7710

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mother and Baby Expo at KLCC





For all mums and dads in KL, there will be a huge Mother and Baby fair this weekend at the KLCC Convention Centre. The expo runs from the 26th until the 28th of February 2016. As a new mum in KL I quickly discovered that a lot of people do their shopping for their babies and kids at expos and fairs. Why? Firstly, because of the discounted prices and secondly because some of the goods are not stocked in retail outlets. So if you are looking for something in particular that you haven't been able to find in any of the Malls, chances are that you will find it at the expo. Be warned though, these fairs are not for the faint- hearted. Expect a lot of people, a lot of children and crying babies and a lot of walking around. Best leave the family at home and go by yourself so that you can be in and out quickly.

Entry is free and doors open at 11am and shut at 9pm on each day.

For more information go to this link:
Baby Expo KLCC

If you miss this fair you can go to several others throughout the year at different venues in KL.
The next such fair at KLCC will be on the 27th to 29th of May 2016.

A great blog to follow with updates on what to do with kids and which baby expo is on when, is:

Makchic.com




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