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

  • 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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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.

Review - Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! Exhibition

~ Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:41 AM ~

Over a month ago, I received an email invitation to visit the Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! exhibition at the sprawling 13,000 sqft  Discoveria, Avenue K which is located near Petronas Twin Towers. To be honest, up until that moment I received the invitation, I have never set foot in Avenue K and I was not aware there is a dinosaur exhibition as well.

So without any doubt, of course I jumped at the chance hahahah.... but, but, thanks to the generosity of the sponsor, I managed to secure not just complimentary tickets for our family (2 adults and 3 kiddos), I also get additional 2 tickets which I invited 2 of our kiddos' favorite cousins along. I figured an outing like this, the more children the merrier, plus I can foresee our kiddos having much more fun if their favorite cousins are following as well, so yay!

Before I begin, do note that there is a sign at the ticketing counter showing no pictures allowed so the pictures you see in this post are taken sheepishly and secretly by yours truly here at the risk of my mummy blogger reputation as I would want to present as much info as possible to you guys. Without further ado, check out my review below...

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About the exhibition:

"From now until 28 February 2015, EMS Entertainment is bringing the Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! exhibition at the sprawling 13,000 sqft  Discoveria, Avenue K. Dinoscovery features a number of reengineered, life size, animatronic dinosaurs in true-to-life adventure like settings where you can hear them move and roar.

The exhibition's star attraction, the Dino Quest where children will be transformed into mini Indiana Jones complete with a Paleontologist vest, torchlight, map and a RFID band to help them in their scavenger hunt for dinosaurs' specimens. Upon completion of each activity, they'll just have to stick the relevant stickers onto the map accordingly in order to redeem either a Junior or Expert Paleontologist certificate at the end of the tour. Other attractions the may enjoy are such as scaling a wall to take a peek at Pteranodon's eggs, racing a Gallimimus in a 10-metre race and saving a herd of Diplodocuses from mosquitoes amongst others."

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We arranged for the outing on a Saturday early this month (need to arrange timing with nephew and niece) and we reached there at 2pm. 

** Location wise to the exhibition: As a first-timer to Avenue K, it is quite easy to locate the exhibition. Just go all the way up to 4th floor, you can easily see the giant half-bodied dinosaur at the exit (right outside the cafeteria). There are some games you can play outside the exhibition as well. Do note that children below 60cm go into the exhibition for FREE! In case you are not sure of your kiddo's height, there is a pillar with height wall sticker which you can get your kiddo to lean against to check on their height. Altogether, there are a total of 2 adults (hubby and myself) and 5 kiddos - age 12, 10, 5, 2.5 and 9.5months.



** Preparation before beginning the adventure:  We went in through this huge wooden door, I personally need a minute or two to adjust to the light and darkness once we stepped inside. Inside, only 5 of us were each given a Paleontologist vest (hubby and baby didn't have one), while only 1 person was given the torchlight and a RFID band, which we appointed our 10 year old nephew to be our expedition leader. We were also given a map with stickers provided which we just have to stick the relevant stickers onto the map accordingly in order to redeem a certificate at the end of the exhibition.



** The adventure:  We were first ushered into a small room to watch a mini orientation video on what to look out for and how to use the RFID band to look for clues etc. Once done, we started our expedition.


We were greeted with some very high quality dinosaur animatronics that moves its head, tails and the kiddos made a pit stop whenever they see those LCD stand so they can get clues to complete their map.


Some of the exhibits that are clearly enjoyed by our kiddos are the rock-climbing (see picture above of our 2.5 years old girl trying out rock-climbing), race the Theropod (very cool to race against the Theropod and see who wins), excavation pit (sand digging to find dinosaur fossils) and erupt an active volcano (foam balls shooting out from the air machine).


I learned some cool stuff such as spinosaurus tooth which has been found in Malaysia and how it feels like to be touching dinosaur's poop, all thanks to our curious nephew who dug into the hole and grabbed some icky gooey substance which can only be wiped off with baby wipes.


The kiddos were given some coloring paper to draw on (color pencils provided) after which their artwork will be submitted for the coloring contest. There is a small memorabilia shop next to it which you can browse and buy souvenirs from. We also sat in the 3D room to watch a documentary about dinosaurs. And of course, a Junior Paleontologist certificate for completing the map for the kiddos.


** Facilities provided in the exhibition:

  • As a mother of 3 hyperactive kiddos, I would appreciate some sort of benches or stool for tired parents to rest on.

  • You need to exit the place to go to the restroom in 3rd floor (quite a distance walk - especially when you are totting a 2.5 years old girl) and I wished there is a small room for baby - be it for diaper changing or for breastfeeding. I had to nurse our 9.5 months old girl in the 3D movie room.

  • Towards the exit of the exhibition, there is an area for kiddos to draw stuff (for coloring contest submission), a small shop for memorabilia and a cafeteria. 

  • The place is stroller-friendly so no worries for parents, bring on the strollers!

  • The staffs are courteous and friendly, fast to assist and accommodating as well.

  • There are a few photography spots where there will be a designated photographer to take pictures of you and family (and superimposed with awesome background like volcano erupting or T-rex roaring at you), you can choose to print out and buy the pictures towards the end of the exhibition at the Photo Op station (same area with kiddos coloring area). I do feel the picture fees is a bit expensive (RM20 a piece, it gets lower if you print more) but still maybe it's just me but after considering the good quality exhibits, enjoyable adventure and cool photos taken, I guess paying RM65 for 4 pictures are okay.


We spent about 3 hours in the exhibition! We enjoyed ourselves and glad to see all kiddos enjoyed themselves. You should checkout this exhibition as it is unique and have activities and games catered for children's mind and creativity not to forget for the learning opportunities as well.

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Dinoscovery is open every day from 10am to 10pm including school and public holidays.

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the complimentary tickets 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.