Agathians Shelter & IQ70 +

~ Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:54 AM ~

We had our 1st charity donation as a family yesterday. Hubby told me to look online for orphanages or shelters that are in need of donation and I found 2 and we started packing up and arranging and labelling all the items for easier sorting. Preloved clothes from our kiddos, myself and hubby. Toys, books new and old, groceries items and some laptops as well.

Hubby and our almost 6 years old boy went through the toys in our storeroom, hubby made our boy choose out the toys he no longer plays with, those that he wanted to give away and pass on to other children who will enjoy the toys.

We went to 2 charities home/shelters.

Agathians Shelter (Address: No. 22. Jalan Kelah 8/6, Seksyen 8, Petaling Jaya, 46050, Selangor)

"Agathians Shelter is a legally registered welfare home under the name: Pertubuhan Kebajikan Agathians Malaysia (0061-04-7). We are a welfare home located at Petaling Jaya. We have 40 boys who are either orphans, abandoned or from broken family, the age ranges between 5 till 20 years old."

We first went to the boys' shelter and gave away hubby's preloved working clothes, ties, casual shirts, T-shirts, preloved laptops and bought some groceries as well. As you can see from the picture below, I snapped the pictures from our car as our both our girls fell asleep while we were on the way to the boys' home. Some of the boys came out to help carry the items that we donated to them and while waiting, I told our almost 6 years old boy why there is such a place for the boys.

Malaysians, I know some of you might think that shelters and homes in Petaling Jaya (where I'm staying) are all funded by churches and NGOs, but Agathians Shelter doesn't seem like it. I think they deserve more exposure and help in any way you can. I snapped another picture as we drove off slowly while letting our boy peeped from our car on how the boys living conditions is in the shelter. I can see the boys lining up to wash their hands, getting ready for tea break or something.

 

IQ70 + or Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Terencat Akal Malaysia (Malaysian Association for The Welfare of Mentally Challenged Children)

"As an embracement of love and responsibility towards mentally challenged children, Malaysia Association for the Welfare of Mentally Challenged Children has established since 27 March 2012 (registered on 4 January 2011) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The association provides an all-day comprehensive humane assistance for children with mental disabilities and endeavors in building a safe and open living space to offer the children the superior conditions for healthy psychological growth.

The quote, “IQ70 +”, does not serve the purpose to tag mental disabilities. The “+” sign reflected our mission in leading the children to move forward by continue to seek more breakthroughs and hopes within the limited intelligence. It is a bridge built not only to break the gap between social responsibility and the public society, but to lead mentally challenged children to embrace and back to the society. IQ70 + can also be recognized as a home-liked shelter which is filled with laughter and loves for the Angels!"

We then continued our mission and went to the childrens' home and gave away our preloved clothes (kiddos and mine), toys, books (new and old) and again we bought some groceries as well. We had a bit of a difficulty trying to locate the place but that was partly because we overlooked the directions. By the time we reached there, our boy started feeling sleepy. But still, we got him to help carry the groceries from our car into the childrens' home. I stayed back and waited in the car with our girls while I told hubby to bring our boy in to have a look and to expose our boy into how other childrens' living conditions and situation is. The childrens' home is well kept and clean and smell of bleach, I can see up to 3 maids cleaning and taking care of the place.

Overall I feel happy to be able to give something to people who is less fortunate than us. I hope our children learn to be more appreciative, to share and be thankful with what they have.

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Christmas Gifts Idea From 2008 To 2013

~ Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM ~

Every year, a few months before December comes, hubby and I will get busy cracking our heads thinking of what gifts to give to his business clients for Christmas. We mostly DIY and made the gifts ourselves. We thought that it would be a nice gesture, with the added personal touch and feel to the gifts for each of our clients.

Let's reminisce through the gifts we made for our clients since 2008... Ready? Here we go...!

For 2008, we bought some 3 feet tall Christmas tree, bought tons and tons of sweet treats ranging from mini packets of M&Ms, Toblerones, mini packets of raisins, and not to forget mini packs of junk foods. (yes, yes, what an unhealthy choice of food!) I still remember hubby telling me someone in the elevator asked him  whether the gift is for sale and whether he could order one too while hubby delivered the gifts personally to one of his clients. I was 7 months pregnant with our first kiddo at the time, so it was quite a feat to be doing all this decoration then!

Christmas Gifts Idea

 

For 2009, still not too far from previous year's sweet treats, hubby thought that we should give the sweet treats in a candy jars. So we bought some glass candy jars from Ikea, bought some Famous Amos cookies, bought tons of sweet treats again and stuff everything into the glass jars and wrapped them up in a nice fluffy red ribbons.

Christmas Gifts Idea

 

For 2010, we stuck to the same sweet treats idea but with a bit of a twist, in the sense that I baked some cookies as part of the Christmas treats. The original idea was for me to bake enough cookies to fit into 2 biscuit tins (1 large, 1 small) but after baking a few batches which could only fit into 2 big and 2 small tins, I gave up and told hubby it was really tiring and hectic for me to be doing all those baking with a hyperactive toddler around. As much as I wanted to bake all those cookies, I really had to accept the fact that I simply can't take this challenge...

Christmas Gifts Idea

In the end, hubby asked me whether we could put the few batches of cookies I made into all the smaller size tins while we put sweet treats into the bigger tins. I mulled over the idea and thought it's a good solution in the sense that all the clients will still get to try my cookies (although they are all squeezed into the smaller tins) and we are still able to give both the big and small biscuit tins to each clients at the same time.

Christmas Gifts Idea

Christmas Gifts Idea

 

For 2011, just a month or so after delivering our 2nd child, we made ribbon Christmas tree with treats and snacks in a basket decorated with fake pine leaves. The ribbon tree was my idea after searching the Internet for inspiration and the basket with treats was hubby's idea. This is by far my favorite gift ideas, you can check out my tutorial on how to make these awesome Christmas ribbon tree as well.

Christmas Gifts Idea

Christmas Gifts Idea

 

For 2012, we made 2 types of gifts, one was a repeat from our 2008 gifts idea which we used 2 feet tall Christmas tree that comes with LED fiber optic blinking lights with treats around in a basket...

Christmas Gifts Idea

and the other idea was where we made cute little houses using bars of chocolates and yummy treats and stuff. We also put in some miniature Christmas trees for decoration and the Christmas-sy feel.

Christmas Gifts Idea

 

For 2013, it is really getting MORE and MORE challenging. With 2 kiddos and a newborn in tow and time constraints as well, it is really a tough task to complete, though thank God, we made it! We made papier mâché snowman using plastic containers (for body and head) and filled them up with treats and candies inside. 

Christmas Gifts Idea

Christmas Gifts Idea

 

In summary, it took lots and lots of planning and co-operation from the entire family members to play their part in order to produce these Christmas gifts every year. I would say, it was tiring but it was well worth it. As for this year's idea, plans already started and will be sourcing for supplies soon! Stay tuned to find out what we are going to make this year!

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My Birthday, Your Presents Giveaway - Ciinolin Baby Steps Cards

~ Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM ~

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