Friday, December 19, 2014

'Tis the season of giving

The only gifts that matter to others are the simple ones, the human ones, the kindness, appreciation, friendship and love. Let us remember your friends, family and even your furry family want our presence more than presents.

Blessed Christmas!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Underneath her clothes

She wasn't alone, but she was lonely.
She wasn't small, but she was invisible.
There was this girl.
This girl that I once knew so well,
probably as much as I had known myself.
She was one who begged to differ.
She wasn't allowed any dog,
so she buried a dead frog
that she found in the school park.
She would scooped glue
from the little tub and ate it.
As if it was some tasteless jam.
She would tear papers into little pieces
and chewed them.
As if they were some leafy vegetables.
In many ways, she was very much
an attention-whore.
"Look at me! Look at me!"
If only you could hear her thoughts
scream out loud.

Monday, November 3, 2014


...and now we get to the hard part. The endings, the farewells, and the famous last words. If you don't hear from me often, remember that you're in my thoughts.

Friday, October 31, 2014


I lost a brother today.
But they lost a son,
a companion,
a best friend,
a confidant,
the apple of their eyes.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reminder: trash vs treasure

Be watchful that you're not chasing trash,
while the treasure at hand slips through your grasp.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Travel marvel

We are always going somewhere.
Life is too short to stop discovering and dreaming.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Light of the world

You may capture light; try to hide it from the world, or even cage it. But you cannot contain it. When you possess light within, you will see it externally.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Spark your own fire

You have to find what sparks a light in you
so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sneak Peek & Giveaway: Human Nature Overnight Elixir

After my first encounter, I became a big fan of Human Nature for many reasons: they’re chemical-free, they give back to the community and the products are reasonably (or affordably) priced!

I was ecstatic to learn that Human Nature added a new creation with a hint of luxury into their skincare line – Human Nature Overnight Elixir. Oh well, just because… I turned 31 last Friday!

Oh well, as they say… life begins at 30! In a way, that saying is true. While many waste their twenties away, they woke up in their thirties with a different perspective of life. It seems to be a new beginning for them – a beginning to love and care for themselves, the beginning to preserve this ageing body – for healthier and perhaps, longer decades ahead.

Ageing does not stop and it definitely will not go any slower, especially with today’s lifestyle, environment conditions, food choices and the list gets longer with each passing day.

Yup, that’s why I was excited to try the chemical-free Human Nature Overnight Elixir, made from a combination of nine therapeutic oils including elemi (pili), lavender essential oil, passion fruit seed, rosehip, rosemary extract, soybean, sunflower, organic avocado and rosemary essential oil.

Just the thought of having to buy all these different pure botanical active oils gives me a shudder. Thankfully, they are all-packed for convenience into the potent Overnight Elixir.

I’m a normal-to-combination skin kinda person – oily on the T-zone and my cheeks area get dry in the day as I work in an air-conditioning environment. Sometimes, my nose area gets too dry and it gets flaky but a oil/cream base moisturiser is too rich that it makes my T-zone shine like a mirror reflection, or when applied at night, I’ll get breakouts the next morning!

Down to Earth was generous enough to provide me 3 vials to try. They didn’t just send the Human Nature Overnight Elixir to my doorstep, included in the package were a 50ml All-Natural Purifying Strawberry Facial Scrub and two All-Natural Tinted Lip Balms in Island Kiss and Pink Orchid. Stay tuned for reviews on the scrub and lip balms later on.

In the first week, I started with daily night application after cleansing and toning, and a few pimples popped on my forehead, cheeks and chin. I understand that different skin types will respond to natural oils differently. So I made the adjustment to applying the Overnight Elixir on alternate nights. Voila, after 3 weeks, my skin is softer and smoother. The dark spot on my left cheek was noticeably lightened and my pores were also less prominent.

Although I read a of lot reviews on how the Elixir can improve the skin’s resistance against breakouts, I still have occasional (but very rare) pimples due to stress, dehydration or pollution. But overall, I'd love to add the Elixir in my beauty regime.

For a person who has never invested in any serum for the past 30 decades, the 30ml Human Nature Overnight Elixir at RM129.90 is reasonably priced, minus all the harmful chemicals! But if you want to try it out without forking out your money first, Down To Earth wants to reward TWO of my readers with a full-sized 30ml Human Nature Overnight Elixir each!

Human Nature Overnight Elixir

How to win the Human Nature Overnight Elixir?
All you have to do is... share this blog post on your Facebook with “HUMAN NATURE OVERNIGHT ELIXIR IS MINE” and hashtag #jamieywritesgiveaways

Open to all Malaysian residents. Ensure your account is public. Only entries searchable via hashtag #jamieywritesgiveaways will be eligible for the giveaway. The giveaway runs from now until 31 August 2014. Two winners will be randomly selected and announced on 1 September 2014.

Happy winning!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Migrating to Australia Good Meh???

Well, the hubster and I got back from our Melbourne vacation last week and on the day we arrived, I received an email from Ken - a stranger but a fellow Malaysian, who migrated to Australia some 10 years ago.

A homely person that I am, I love supporting Malaysian talents. You see the photographer who captured our anniversary moments while we were in Melbourne is a fellow Malaysian. And I felt honoured by the humble request from this fellow Malaysian to share a book that he had co-written with his brother, Michael.

Authors - Ken Soong and Michael Soon

The book title itself caught my attention since we've heard so much about how it's greener on the other side (or down under). So if you're dwelling with the idea of migrating to Australia, you ought to read the book "Migrating to Australia Good Meh???".

The book - Migrating to Australia Good Meh???

The book is published by Gerak Budaya and retailing at RM25 in MPH, Kinokuniya, Popular, Times Book Stores and other major bookstores across Malaysia and Singapore.

But from now until 30 April 2014, the authors are giving away free copies of their book to anyone who donates RM10 to any of the charities in the list provided, simply to promote some act of kindness among our community.
  1. The Association of Resource and Education for Autistic Children 
  2. Asrama Cahaya - Rumah Wanita Cacat 
  3. BOAS Home 
  4. House of Joy 
  5. MASIA Halfway House 
  6. Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Terencat Akal Johor Bahru (Selangor Centre) 
  7. Persatuan Rumah Kebajikan Rita 
  8. PJ Caring Home 
  9. Pusat Cahaya Kesayangan 
  10. Pusat Jagaan Kanak-kanak Kurang Upaya KIRTARSH 
  11. Pusat Kasih Sayang YWCA Klang 
  12. Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Taman Megah - Home 1 
  13. Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Taman Megah - Home 2 
  14. Rumah Amal Cheshire Selangor (Selangor Cheshire Home) 
  15. Rumah Amal Hashimiah 
  16. Siloam House Bhd 

For more detail on the home and how to make the donation, please visit Migrating to Australia Good Meh Facebook Page.

Ken was kind enough to attached a copy for my review and while my mind was still fresh with images and memories of beautiful Melbourne, I finished reading the book within one afternoon. It contains real stories of migrants from Malaysia and other countries as well, and you'll read how they succeed in their studies, careers and businesses in their new "home country".

In short, you can learn the hard way by thriving blindly. But I'd recommend you to read this book and learn from real life trial and errors that will aid in your informed decision-making and smooth transition to fit into your adopted "home country".

Feel free to get in touch with Ken or Michael on their Facebook Page, should you have questions or need further advice from them. They are very friendly Malaysians who will be more than happy to help clear some of your queries and doubts.

Happy giving to charity and remember to claim for a copy of "Migrating to Australia Good Meh???" from the authors.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Lay up not those short-lived earthly riches
which may be filched and ravaged by foxes,
Covet not the mountains of silver or gold
For treasure lies at the end of a rainbow

Monday, February 3, 2014


Hey you from the realm of complexity
Yes, you there ought to speed down
Quit the chasing, take it slow and steady
Let love embrace you from sole to crown
Only fools rush in, don’t you agree?
Halt the oar – and revel in being found.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Much needed TLC from Down To Earth

Oh, don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about the so out-of-date Australian pop vocal group. They were so old school.

And in the world today, a woman needs much more than that kinda puppy love. A real woman pamper herself in tender loving care by taking care of herself, and most likely, her family too.

Well, I was introduced to Human Nature products when a dear friend gave me the body butter creme as a birthday gift. I love the scent and I love how it doesn't leave a trail of oiliness after application.

I must say, I'm truly blessed because I was also able to "test" their hair care range!

A general information - I have oil scalp and dry ends. And while I was browsing Down to Earth to select the products, I didn't know which to use. I enquired and the customer care personnel was kind enough to explain and made it so much easier for me to decide.

Voila! I chose the Natural Hair Care (Strengthening) Bundle in Cool Peppermint  that comes with 200ml shampoo, 200ml conditioner and a 50g Natural Hair Mask. The bundle is also available in Aloe scent, but I chose Cool Peppermint because it was the latest release with new formulation.

Human Nature Hair Care Bundle + Sunflower Beauty Oil
from Down to Earth

The strengthening shampoo acts to fortify hair to be stronger, healthier and shinier. And what I love most about this shampoo is the cooling sensation. On my first wash, I didn't know natural shampoos don't lather up into a "bubble room". I poured more than supposed to and I kind of had a "brain freeze" (I may have exaggerated a little bit) because we don't have a water heater, hence it's cold shower - rain or shine.

I fell in love with the shampoo right after rinsing because it doesn't leave my hair squeaky clean, meaning it is mild enough not to completely strip off my natural oils on my hair. To be honest, the conditioner does what a conditioner does - further nourishes the hair, leaving it smooth and soft.

So, besides feeling my hair is smoother and softer, I can't really judge what good these products have down to my hair until about 3 weeks into using this strengthening shampoo and conditioner, friends started commenting how healthy my hair look and colleagues even thought my goody hair was a virgin (from the invasion of chemical processes of colouring, perming, straightening).

I had my hair permed two weeks ago and boy, I can't begin to imagine how much money I'd be saving from moisturising hair treatment at the salon. The Natural Hair Mask is the saviour to the dry ends of my hair!

Oh, I forgot to introduce the magical Sunflower Beauty Oil (which I picked out as well). I added 2 pumps of the beauty oil into the hair mask and apply from mid section to the ends. The results? Super soft! You've got to try it to believe me.

I call the Sunflower Beauty Oil magical because of its multipurpose function. Besides running a drop through your hair for extra shine, the beauty oil is also a gentle yet useful eye make up remover. Packed with vitamins A, D and E, it's also supposed to erase stretch marks, get rid of dark under-eye circles, soften cuticles and lighten scars or pimple marks.

The hubster is just recovering from chicken pox and he loves the beauty oil that helps to lighten the pox-marks all over his face. I think in another 2-3 months time, the scars should visibly lightened.

The purchase process at Down to Earth is made so convenient with just a few clicks away and next thing you know, you hear a knock on your door and your orders are delivered right into your hands.

If you're looking for natural products for your hair, body and home or natural products for your loved ones or kids - click over to Down to Earth and you'll surely find something for everyone at home.

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