Sunday, December 13, 2009

Another idea materialised! : SYAZWAN CHAIR

I love sketching. I love designing cloth, furniture and practical solution for daily life. I always wanted to study industrial design but I guess it wasn't that famous in the 90s (or I have limited resources back then), so I just settled for architecture.

Beside my lil book of howtos, I also have an "Idea Book" that I keep in my drawer at the office. It is full of sketches and of course, ideas. One day, my dad browsed through the sketches and he saw "Syazwan chair". It actually an S-shaped chair [and the S is for Shamrizal - my dearest husband), but later I changed it to Syazwan, name of my kids.

5ive of us went to my in-laws house on Saturday and when we came back, my dad said,"Come here, I want to show you something". To my surprise.... I saw Syazwan chair at the corner of the porch. THE Syazwan chair. Yes, he hired a carpenter to build THE chair. They bought two types of wood, cengal emas and meranti. My dad chose cengal emas (it is a very solid wood and the chair is sooooo heavy!). They made the chair within a few hours.

I love it. I love it. I love it.
I can look at my hubby (OK, or my kids) whenever we spend our lazy Sundays - reading or chatting - on THE chair. It is easier to teach my kids to read and write, and suap nasi there.

I was informed that a couple of our neighbours dropped by and captured some photographs of THE chair during the construction.


Friday, December 11, 2009

chocolate pudding

One boring evening, I surfed the web on any recipe that uses CHOCOLATE as the main ingredient. And I came across a very simple CHOCOLATE PUDDING recipe. I SMSed myself the recipe (going paperless now) and I gathered the ingredients in 5 minutes (I told u it is simple.. I have it all in the kitchen). I made the pudding twice for the whole family. They like it very much and the kids fought over it.

Thanks Kak Hana for ordering 300 cups of chocolate pudding for Irfan and Ifrah's aqiqah. I made it for fun. Experimenting on the possibility to start a chocolate pudding business. But, Naahhhh.... It is time consuming and we have a lack of fridge space. Plus, I am pretty occupied with works and 3 kids so NO, I dont take any order (*hint*hint* for Azah and Wana). LOL.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hotel Review 02 : Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore

I have a chance to accompany a group of VVIPs to Singapore for an official visit in August 2009. It was a very fun trip although it involved protocols from the moment VVIPs arrived at KLIA until the moment they took off from KLIA after the trip.

We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore. One of Singapore hotels with Halal kitchen. So I was told. This 5-star hotel is located at the heart of Singapore. About 15 minutes from the airport.

The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food are great. I like the room. They have kiblat direction sign. The interior is very clean and neat. I have yet to post my review in TripAdvisor.

Hotel Review 01 : Imperial Boutec Hotel, KK, Sabah

I travel a lot to Borneo in 2009. And for every trip, I will make sure I stayed at different hotel. Don't ask me why. I just enjoyed doing it.

Imperial Boutec Hotel is a 4-star boutique hotel located at the 7th floor of the famous shopping complex - the Warisan Square - in the middle of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Only 10 minutes from the airport (RM30 for taxi). I reserved a court-room without knowing what it is (I guess that is the bad side of an online reservation). FYI, court room is a windowless room. RM170++/night. It is only a 5-10 minutes walking distance to Philipino Market (and seafood stalls at night).

Boutique hotel
is a term popularised in the States and the UK to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quirky hotel environments. Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from larger chain/branded hotels by providing personalized accommodation and services / facilities. Sometimes known as "design hotels" or "lifestyle hotels". Typically boutique hotels are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or aspirational manner. They usually are considerably smaller than mainstream hotels, often ranging from 3 to 50 guest rooms.

You can surf the net for the detail on room prices, location and all. And you can [click here] for my honest review on this hotel via TripAdvisor. I am not putting it here, just sharing photographs.
I just love to experience the different ambiance, detailings and the hotel concept.

Nabil loves Bean

Monday, November 30, 2009

ohh... they are ONE and FOUR

It is hard to believe Nabil is already FOUR (Well, it is still hard to believe I already have 3 KIDS *wink* sungguh laju). It was all happened very fast. Two days prior, baby Nazran turned ONE. Yay! Two birthdays in one week. I have a greaatttttttttt ideas for their party decoration. But, we have yet to pick a date.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Corporate Club Annual Dinner : Retro Night

The preparation went smoothly. Be it for the costume for the whole family or the Retro hall itself. Kudos to all, esp the decoration team. I know you guys worked hard towards the end.
Now, let's talk about the baju. I've spent quite some times to search for the right retro cloth for my kids. To no avail. Since I decided to be a hippie myself, so, I bought two tie-n-dye mini dresses and transformed them to be a little hippie shirt for my boys. It only took a few hours. Skill : Basic.

Then, the dress for me. Tie-n-dye. I planned to make my own, but since I am pretty occupied with piles of work, so, I bought it. I have different [great] plan, but it turned out to be otherwise. The combination was actually disastrous, well, hippie to combine with the classic 70s granny look, but since people liked it, well, I dont mind bringing back the hamper :o) [thank you! thank you!] So, I assume I managed to pull it off, despite constant mumbling by my sister - "what is so retro about your dressing?", "how do you define retro by this?" and bla bla bla... It was actually amusing. HEHE.
I dont eat much because I am wearing a [very] high heels and my mom's sunglasses. Disoriented and pretty hard to balance. So a trip to the *yummy* stall outside the hall seems impossible. LOL.

Retro Night Aftermath : The queen is folding the vinyl floor cover. Permaisuri2kan selalu kena buat kerja amal...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

of RAYA Prep 2009

I am blessed with a wonderful and hardworking husband. A very good cook. Our food preparation for Raya was smooth. I made 3 cookies, but ONE couldnt make it to Raya. It TOTALLY finished within 24 hours. Kids...
Nabil (and his cousin Haziq) helped  decorating the house, change the curtain/sofa covers and vacuuming the house. 
Nazreen helped with the ketupat. 
My personal chef was working hard in the kitchen until midnight. The food are TASTY!

Friday, October 16, 2009


The Corporate Club is holding their annual dinner on 30th October 2009 @ Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam. The theme chosen is RETRO.

Retro is a term used to describe, denote or classify culturally outdated or aged trends, modes, or fashions, from the overall postmodern past.

Last year, I won the Best Dress (Female). This year, well.... let others to have it. I really into fashion and this is the least I can do to help. NOW, for those out there who will be attending the dinner, here are some pointers that I wanted to share. ELEMENTS of RETRO.

Bold patterns

Bright un-coordinated colours


Bell-bottom jeans

Big sunglasses

Funky jacket (Commonly Adidas Classic)

Bright red lipstick

Pampadour hairstyle


Heavily-lined eyes

Platform shoes

Mini dress


Flared trousers



HUGE shoulder pad (Think of Dallas / Dynasty)

Peep-toe pump

etc...etc...[ endless ]

I received some questions regarding the theme :

Dear Garlic, I am more interested in Hippie style. Can I be a hippie that night?

Well, retro can be anything before the 90s. Hippie is specifically in the 70s. Yes, you can.

(Info : Hippie style – head band, tie-and-dye shirt, bell-bottom, long hair, tight shirt for men, gypsy-style skirt)

Dear Mrs Butter, I am a cute girl but I have a wide waistline and huge bottom. What do you suggest?

I would suggest an empire-cut maxi dress.

Garlic Ma’am, I love vintage clothing.

Sir, that is a statement. Not a question.

Garlic Ma’am, I love vintage clothing. Is it okay if I wear one of those for the dinner? Sorry, I accidentally click on the “SEND” button before I finished typing earlier.

Oh, alright. Vintage is term used to attribute something as old or antique. Retro is vintage. You can wear them. You can also go for Victorian or Edwardian. They are vintages as well.

Where can I find something RETRO?

There are many online stores and blogs that sell used retro clothing. Due to the strict garlicandbutter blog policy, I could not publish them.

Off the record ;

[ or you could just RENT them ]

But, I have a dear cousin who collect and sell retro clothing [only] to her close friends. I borrowed a few for Retro 101 education purposes, snap some photos and I mix-n-match them with retro accessories. In case anyone interested, she is selling them at RM10 – RM15 per piece. Stay tune (still updating).

Dear Mdm.. u mentioned kaftan... is it the one we usually wear to bed?
That is the basic kaftan.
The Hippies of the 60s had brought with them clothes from other ethnic groupings which had often never even been seen before in the west. They were suited as glamour dressing when sewn in exotic fabrics and edged in silver, gold or other metallic embroidered trims. I've attached relevant photos for you, Puan Zoora.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

siapa nak tengok orang bogel

Reading Sofa

During Raya break, we scout around for WHITE furnitures. Now I know I am very particular when it comes to furniture selection. After visiting 10 (or was it 13?) furniture centres, I did not find anything that suit me and out of pity [ to our tired kids after running around in 13 furniture centres ], I bought these.

We call these "Reading Sofa"s. They HAVE TO read a book if they want to sit on it. Am trying to create a reading habit in the family. Suprisingly, they are getting attached to books (walaupun tengok gambar saja) - since the sofas are soft and irresistable :o)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bed oh bed

My brother went to Germany last August. He took some interesting photos. I like these beds with sleeping bags. Mmm… I need to travel more.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I have a lot to give : UNICEF

I've been involved with UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) for quite sometimes. (Being a mother of three, it really means A LOT to help unfortunate kids around the world).

Couple of months back I received a certificate of appreciation from them. Not to mention endless letter from Mr Youssouf himself telling me how my contribution had helped a 10 yo girl - who works as a brick breaker since she was 8 - go to school and learn to count. She is now able to tell when her boss (intentionally) miscalculate the brick, so he can pay her lower. *jahat..jahat*

Last time there were a group of celebrity came and join our activity. I didnt know him but since everyone snap their photo like crazy, so, here it is... I manage to get a few. Just to show it to my hubby and ask him, "Siapakah orang-orang ini?"


It is heartbreaking to see them (Nazreen and Baby Nazran) on this every 6 hours.

baazar again and again

I have to be in hiatus mode again.

The Nabell team is pretty occupied this time around. We received invitation after invitation since the beginning of this holy month and until today, it is endless. We have to pick the suitable location and study the target group in that area *first* before we can say YES.

In the same time, we have to scout around for an urgent romper / kids wear supply since it runs really fast. So far, we have two baazars in Damansara Town Centre (and TWO more to go!) and currently (1 - 4 September 2009), we are @ Menara 2 DBKL (or PKNS building), Jalan Raja Laut.

Here are some of the new stock for Ramadhan. We cant post it in the blog since it ran fast.

*Vibrant colours*Bold pattern*Retro*Celebrating stripes*Cute dresses*Cheeky*

Thursday, August 6, 2009


still looking for white background n black polkadot wallpaper (wah, so specific ah??). We have this small wall in front of the toilet that we need to re-design. I've sketched a design and demand the same outcome on the wall.

Have been looking for it since last year but to no avail. Browsing wallpaper webs everyday turns me into a wallpaper freak and i think all walls shud be cover with wallpapers. Now they even have wallpaper with swarovski crystal to match my baju kurung.

Monday, July 6, 2009

First book from our family

My brother (the only and youngest) had published his first book. I am proud to be the first one to buy his book [although I didn't understand those mathematical things he wrote], right after the publisher sent some of it to our house :o)


This is what happened when we have a lot of kids in the house and a LOT OF used t-shirts lying around. Toppey!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mr Bean going to the Zoo

Nabil really likes art. And craft. He also likes Mr. Bean. We made simple zoo for Mr. Bean to visit, using what we can grab around the house. He was very proud. [me too].

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Trying out

Trying out my digicam. My son's. He was a model for Wear Me.

stroller power

Nazreen really wants to see UNTA (camel). So, in Feb09, we went to the National Zoo. NO, it is not hard to bring all the kids - who will be running around - to the zoo, or some other public places. All you need are sufficient food and liquid, plus a very strong stroller :o) You don't even need your patience.

Monday, June 15, 2009


We are going to have Futsal Tournament on the 20th. And some other sports (badminton, bowling, volleybal, etc) afterwards. I am the head of the TERJAH clan (don't ask where they got the name). We are going to have Terjah's own T-shirt. Thanks for the help from YM Tengku Azam from Tay Art & Trading.