My (Belated) Birthday Pressie from Sephora Beauty Insider

When I was staying Stateside for a few months, like many others out there, I too succumbed to the temptation that is called Sephora.  I shopped online because they offered FREE shipping for orders $50 and more (which isn’t hard to attain).  Plus, they gave out free samples with each order.  AND I got to register as a Beauty Insider member.

I didn’t really know what being a Beauty Insider meant, other than receiving points for my purchase, as well as newsletters emailed to me regularly. 

Then last October, as it neared my birthday, I received an email from Sephora Beauty Insider informing me that I could go collect a birthday gift from the Sephora store!  A birthday gift just by being a registered Beauty Insider?!  Cool!

One minor problem though: I was back in Malaysia and I had to ask someone in US to collect the gift on my behalf.

Long story short…my friend only managed to pass my gift (belated birthday gift, that is) to my hubby last week, when he was in the States.  And ta-daaa…here it is!! (psst…they change the gift every now and then)


  • Sephora Eyeshadow (mine is Aspen Summit No. 23)
  • Sephora Nano eyeliner (eye pencil in a very cool shade of Silver Green)
  • Sephora Lash Plumper (lash plumping mascara)


I’ve personally not used any of Sephora’s stuff, so this would be a first.  Hmm…I wonder if I’ll get another gift this coming October… :)

Are any of you guys Beauty Insider members, and what have you gotten for your birthday gifts from Sephora?


Exabytes: They go the extra mile!

How does one satisfy one’s craving for impeccable service from over-the-top helpful customer service personnel, and in addition, obtain top-notch products and services for unbelievably competitive prices?  Well, for someone who prides herself in NEVER settling for second best, I’d have to say that the decision I made when I chose Exabytes as my web host provider is one which I will never regret.

Having been a loyal customer of Exabytes for four years now (and counting), my trust and respect for this company has grown more each day as our “techie” relationship blossomed.  Of course, like any relationship, we have had our fair share of obstacles, but I’m pleased to note that almost all of the problems had been ironed out in super speedy time, thanks to the diligence of the Exabytes team.

One of the major selling point for Exabytes would be that their “hosting bundles” contain the stuff that a consumer really needs.  I now have 3 different hosting packages hosted under Exabytes, and each and every one of these serve a different need. 

My favorite from Exabytes? 

Well, it would have to be hands-down the EBiz Gold hosting package. For me, it was the provision of the Free Lifetime domain that was thrown into the package that more or less sealed the deal. This EBiz Gold package is a rather comprehensive one, complete with sufficient disk space and monthly bandwidth.  Of course, if you are kiasu and greedy, you could also pay a little extra and opt for the EBiz Gold Unlimited hosting package, which provides unlimited disk space and bandwidth.  Actually I’m KIV-ing the upgrade… hehe. :)

All relationships are built on compromise; give and take.  And I am glad Exabytes feel the same way, as they do reward their customers for loyalty and prompt payment too.  Of course, another PLUS point for Exabytes is that there are contests run periodically, and knowing me, that is something that is definitely right up my alley!

Exabytes has been such a wonderful and comfortable home for my blogs and websites, I’d hate to ever leave it.  I sleep easy knowing that all my sites are safe and securely backed up. 


Happy 10th Anniversary Exabytes!  Here’s to another 10 years and more of superior and excellent web hosting.  Now what would really put the icing on the cake is if I could add that much-coveted iPad2 from the current Exabytes Super Blogger Contest to my collection of prized possessions.  So how ’bout it, Exabytes, huh?  For old time’s sake? :)

Lovin’ my Envirosax


Long before the “No Plastic Bags” trend began, I had already been using the Envirosax.  Long before they started the “No Plastic Bags on Saturdays”, I had been carrying my own reusable shopping bags.  All the way from Malaysia to the States and back again.  Yeah, me and my reusable bags…they really go a long way :)

And now in Penang, it’s “No Plastic Bags every day”, so my handbag contains at least 2 or 3 rolled-up reusable shopping bags all the time.

Recently I had the opportunity to review the Envirosax.  Being a long-time user of the Envirosax, I was, of course, curious to find out how it had “evolved” over the years.  After all, Envirosax had been creating and producing reusable shopping bags since 2004!  Founded in Australia, the people behind Envirosax aim to protect the environment and create a greener earth for the future generation by providing an eco-friendly and (may I say) stylish alternative to the plastic bags we see every day.

I was a happy gal a few weeks ago when I received the ABC design Envirosax from the Envirosax Kids Series.  Now one thing you will notice about the Envirosax is that it comes in gorgeous prints!  I was totally wowed over and could not decide which one to choose at first.

Read on for more… is the Malaysian Etsy?


Have you checked out the swanky new site that showcases handmade creations and handcrafted wonders by our very own Malaysians?  It’s called and it is a truly a Made in Malaysia, and made by Malaysians site.

The site is structured similar to, and carries beautifully handmade products by our fellow Malaysians.  Just recently launched in mid-March, currently has over 700 listings of products ranging from jewelry, bookmarks, bags, hair accessories, soaps and so much more.

Shopping and payment terms are determined by each individual seller on, so do read the terms and conditions before placing an order.

If you love handmade products, and in that vein, uniquely crafted goods, you’ll love  And I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of talents there are too!

Valid Contact Information is Essential for Stores with Online Sites

Being an avid shopper online, I find it very useful to communicate with store owners via the electronic media.  If I have a query about a particular product or if I would like to clarify something, I search for the CONTACT US section on the store’s site, and send them an email.  Some stores provide an online feedback form, which I sometimes use too.

The question is…do store owners check their email?  If they display information on how to contact them on their site, and then they do not check their email, it just makes no sense at all.

It just frustrates the customer and might even drive a potential customer away.


A month ago, I sent an email to the feedback address provided in the Jaya Jusco online site.  The email address provided was 

But up till today, I have not received a single reply.  Not even an acknowledgement email! 

Since they also provide an online feedback form, I decided to fill that up a couple of days ago too.  No response since then yet.

I wonder if the contact information is still valid…because if it’s not and no one is responding to emails, they might as well just remove their feedback email from the website before all the customers are driven away by sheer frustration.