A Dose of History...

~ Posted on Monday, August 04, 2014 at 8:27 AM ~

We were out for lunch last weekend and saw this antique shop selling historical stuff on Malaya (that's our country name before it became 'Malaysia')

We decided to step in and browse around. We saw an old TV set and I immediately went on to explain to our 5.5 years old boy this was an old TV, how TV looks like long long long time ago.

He looked at the TV and asked me where was the remote. I wanted to laugh at this innocent child. So much to teach! I went on to explain to him the big black colored knobs at the side of the TV was how we control the TV back in those good ol' days. We can turn the knobs to adjust the volume, brightness and etc. We also politely asked permission from the shop owner so that we can snap some pictures of the items in the shop for memories.

All in all, a wonderful visit and lots of great teaching moments!

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Buying Books Online via NoQ Store

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:19 AM ~

One of the perks for being a blogger is getting vouchers to redeem for books! Yay! You see, earlier this month, I was offered a voucher for me to redeem books in exchange for a short review on my blog. Without further ado, check out my review below...

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About the company:

"Founded in 2011 as the online bookstore of Times Publishing Group, NoQ store offers a brand new shopping experience for books lovers and literature aficionados, making it convenient to purchase books and other related items, without the hassle of lining up and queuing, hence the name “NoQ.” As Asia’s online bookstore, NoQ store also fronts as the digital counterpart for Times Publishing Group’s sister companies: Times The Book Shop Malaysia and Times The Book Shop Singapore. "
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You have no idea how difficult it is for me to narrow down my choices of book in order to not exceed the book voucher amount, what more with my passion for reading books and my OCD-ness of getting more educational and fun books that I can let our kiddos use with. So here they are:

  • Disney Princess Special Celebrations Storybook and Playset (ISBN:9780794423209)

  • The Cultural Revolution Cookbook: Simple Recipes from China's Countryside (ISBN:9789881998460)

  • The Magic School Bus inside the Human Body (ISBN:9780590414272)

  • Time & Money Flash Cards (ISBN:9780769667508)

  • Frozen (ISBN:9780736430517)

I don't know what is so special with 'The Magic School Bus' book but I see the reviews are pretty good on Amazon (I always rely on Amazon for customer feedbacks) but it got our 5.5 years old boy hooked and glued into me reading it for him right after he got home from his preK.

As for our almost 3 years old girl, she just loves her 'Disney Princess' book and immediately tried to take out the stickers and playset in it. I'm actually very pleased with this book despite there is no review available on NoQ and Amazon website. I took out the stand-up board pieces for her to play with, it came with a foldable hardcover piece which can be used both sides (one side is a dance hall for princesses and prince while the other side is a picnic table for you to play mealtime and stuff)

'The Cultural Revolution Cookbook: Simple Recipes from China's Countryside' is one of my favorite books so far! I am very very proud that I found this book and despite my brother-in law asking me whether I have become a communist (NO! I am most definitely not!) after seeing the title, I really love the simplicity of the recipes found in this book, as most of the recipes can be cooked with simple ingredients found in the kitchen. I mean these are dishes made during cold hard war time, those eras where food supplies are scarce and ingredients are plain and simple yet delicious. I have roughly gone through some sections in the book and just can't wait to try them out!

 

What I love about NoQ Store?

  • The prices are significantly much cheaper than other websites I frequently use to buy from.

  • There are more than 14 million titles, spanning across genres like Children's, Educational, Parenting, Fiction, Cookbooks and many, many more.

  • Various ways to make payment securely such as through your credit cards and PayPal.

  • Free shipping for orders above RM50 (for West Malaysia) or above RM120 (for East Malaysia).

  • Online assistance via the chat widget.
  • I like that there is a mini window popping out with the summarised version of the book as you hover over the titles, I can quickly glanced through the books.

  • The books you ordered will be delivered within 7 - 14 working days after order is placed.

 

My personal recommendations on the website:

  • To also use customer reviews from Amazon (currently the customer reviews are from Goodreads.com)

  • To include more data for city in the drop-down list as my city was not listed in the selection field. Luckily I am able to get immediate assistance from the online chat widget and got my issues solved promptly.

 

This website will definitely be one of my favorite online stores now!

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You can find out more from http://www.noqstore.asia/

FYI, NoQ Store has graciously offered my blog readers an exclusive 15% discount on all purchases when they use code FTMUMMY upon checkout.
Please take note that the discount code is valid from now until 30 November 2014.

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the voucher to redeem books of my choice in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

My Thoughts on Headphones

~ Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM ~

I've seen my husband using quite a number of headphones over the past few years. Even so, they don't last for a long time and he is still looking for a good reliable one to use in his personal office room. In my personal opinion, the headphones that are out on the market should be designed to withstand the test of time as they are one of the most often use gadget at home nowadays.

Based on my research over the Internet, some of the tips for buying these gadgets include:

* What will you be using them for? Will it be for indoor use or you will be wearing them in outdoor as well?

* Do some research online as well as check out forums and asking around to get a sense for the price ranges on models that most appeal to your needs.

* Style as in do you like over-ear type (also called circumaural which cups over your ears, sealing in sound and muffling ambient noise) or on-ear type (also called supra-aural which are lighter and do not press on the sides of your head) or in-ear type? Some people may not be comfortable having the earbuds settled in their ears. If possible try out the different types to get a better feel.

* Noise cancellation feature should be considered especially if you plan to use for long commutes.

* Wireless feature is another feature to be considered for people who want flexibility and do a lot of listening on-the-go. It is now increasingly common and typically uses Radio Frequency, infrared or Bluetooth wireless technologies.

* The product brand and style is something you should look into as well if you are concerned with the reputation of the products you use.

** Disclosure: This is a partnered post. However all thoughts, opinions and words are 100 % my own.