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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cadbury Malaysia Commercial : The Most Unexpected Ang Pow | No comments:

I watch a lot of videos on Youtube,especially talk shows, music videos, cooking shows and whatnot. I am usually fine with Youtube ads because I understand that in order to continuously watch videos for free, I need to just endure the commercials.

Some commercials can be quite interesting, for example, the meaningful ones crafted by the PETRONAS team. But most of them are downright boring and some can be quite over the top where it don't make any sense or whatsoever. But for the past two months or so, this particular commercial from Cadbury sort of took over Youtube and annoyed the hell out of me and many others.

 
Oh hai Su!
 
So what is so annoying about this commercial?
The frequency of this ads is crazy. For the past two months, this commercial appeared on every single video that I watched. Every.Single.One. Thank goodness it is skippable after 5secs, or else I guess I would have just gave up on Youtube completely until this advertisement is removed.
 
But what really really really annoying is..
 
The storyboard!
 
Okay, so basically this commercial is all about Cadbury surprising Su (the "protagonist" of the video who was studying abroad in Adelaide) with a trip back to her hometown in Klang to visit her parents whom she hasn't seen for the past FOUR years. And the video showed how her parents cried because they missed her so much. And the parents talked about how a good daughter this Su is.. yadah yadah..
 
What an utter NONSENSE!
 
Let me share with you some reasons why this Su is one of the most selfish daughter in the world who only care about herself.
 
1) If Su really love her parents, she would have take the extra effort to work and save up the flight ticket back to visit her parents at least ONCE A YEAR. I made some research on Malaysia Airlines and found out that Return Flight Tickets from Adelaide to Malaysia cost not more around RM2,400.00. (Please note that this is not a promotional price.)
 
Which means, this Su only need to save up around RM200 (AUD$67) each month to buy the RETURN ticket.
 
I did further research and found out that Australian government actually encourage overseas students to work part time while studying to "complement student's study and living experience".
 
 
"Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.

Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break, but before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. Find out more at the
Department of Immigration and Border Protection website."


And I had some time at hand so I went and did some research on the salary paid as a waitress in Australia and I found this --> http://www.payscale.com/salaries/c6b62c10/Waiter-Waitress-Melbourne-Victoria-AU-Salary

According to Payscale, a part time waitress gets a minimum pay of AUD$10 per hour. Let's say Su is a little bit unlucky and she was paid less at AUD$7 per hour, let's see how much she gets in a month.

AUD$7 x 4 hours a day = AUD$28

One month = AUD$28 x 5 days a week X 4 = AUD$560 (Take note that this is counted based on less than minimum hourly rate)

So tell me why this Su couldn't afford to go home again?
 
2) Some people were saying that maybe Su really did work but she gave all her salary to her parents because she was the only one working in the family and her parents rely on her for money.
 
If she loves her parents so much, why can't she sacrifice her dream and further her education in Malaysia instead? I know I know.. education in Malaysia sucks, the quality or standard is no where near those universities overseas. But one gotta do what you gotta do right? If you can't afford and you know that your parents needed your financial support..then just freaking stay in Malaysia. Period! What's worst than having your parents cried their eyes out for you?
 
And eventhough there are many complains about how horrible Malaysian education is, mind you, there are still many successful entrepreneurs in Malaysia who got their education locally. So what's the excuse?
 
So as a Company trying to promote love and stuff I think Cadbury Malaysia failed terribly this time because the video doesn't convey Su as a filial daughter. The only impression I get is a selfish daughter who neglected her parents feelings because she wanted freedom. And let say she wasn't selected by Cadbury Malaysia to do this commercial, she probably won't see her parents anytime soon.
 
And I hate people like that.
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Letter to 30 Year Old Self | No comments:

Hi Clementine of 2015,

I initially wanted to write a letter to the 35 years old me but decided to to forgo the plan after calculating the number of years it take for me to reach the age of 35.

So, hello, I hope you are doing well. Let me do some brief explanation on why this post is written just to refresh your memory a little. The reasons I am writing to you is because I wanted to set some goals and expectations when you hit the big 30. And I have set the calendar on Google to remind you about this post on 26th April 2015, and to see if you have achieved any of the goals. (You are feeling the pressure already..I know.) Besides that, this post will remind you how was it like when you were me.

Today is 18th of December, 2013, I was in the office, listening to Hans Zimmer's epic music compilation when I was writing this post. Last night, me and hubby of 2013 were watching Thor 2 in GSC, One Utama and it was so so awesome. Loki is like the cutest villain ever.

Hubby has been more loving than ever. Never failed to provide me with love and support whenever I need him too. Although he can be annoying at times but I guessed that's how we keep our sparks alive. Argue, kiss and makeup, as they would say. Hehehe..

Baby is going to take his first step into education in another 15 days. I am pretty nervous but I am sure that he will glide through the challenges just fine. And he is like a mini socialite in his tender age so I think he will be able to make new friends quite easily.

Mom is getting older and has pretty much lost her explosives temper. It has been three months since she scolded me disruptively. That is a pretty good progress.

In the mid of 2013, I was given the opportunity to work in a big MNC as a Marcomms Exec and I am currently positioned as the Digital Exec, managing Online Marketing activities for one of the biggest Washroom Hygiene Solutions and Pest Control company in the world. I am forever grateful that I have chosen the "Road Not Taken" and entered the corporate world. Was superbly challenging at first, but I feel that this is where I belong now.

Financially, we are a little bit more stable now compared to those years before. Myself from 2011-2012 had been really terrible and had me feeling disappointed with her actions. So this year hubby and I had been working our butts off clearing off our debts to banks, family and friends. I am currently doing some alterations on the sides in order to earn some extra income so that I am able to afford little luxury in life after our hard work.

So Clementine of 2014 and 2015, now that I've told you my story, I need a favor from you. Here are a list of things that I hope you can work hard to achieve.

1) You and hubby of 2015 need to kick all your tenants out and stay on your own without any strangers in your house gagging herself and hogging the TV 24/7.
2)You need to work harder to clear off 100% of your debts by 2014.
3) I want you to get yourself a car. You might not be able to afford my dream car yet (which is Ford S Max at the time of writing, but you know well how fickle minded I can be.. hehe) but at the very least, get a Perodua Myvi.
4) Career wise, you have to at least be an Assistant Manager, earning at least RM3,800.00 monthly. I do not expect you to start a business or anything like that because I know it is not going to be easy and all the risks that you, myself of 2014 and I need to take into account.
5) And this year, you will need to start your production engine and produce baby number two.
6) You need to master Adobe After Effect and have the ability to create animation at the tip of your finger tips.
7) You need to be well verse in Online Marketing languages, knowing the tips and tricks inside out.

and lastly,

8) You need to improve yourself as a person, be humble, continue to be grateful with all the opportunities and chances given, increase your level of patience and be a better person than me.

Oh and please...DO NOT gain anymore weight!

Here's a photo of me and hubby of 2013 with no makeup and minimal edit taken on 14th December 2013 while waiting for some Char Kuey Teow which took like 30-40 minutes to serve 
So, do you think you can achieve them all? If you did, you may now switch off the laptop, get yourself to the nearest mall and reward yourself with some shopping because you have made yourself, the 2014 self and myself proud. And I think Hubby of 2013, 2014 and 2015 will be equally proud of you as well. Have faith and I wish you the very best of luck!

with lots of love,
Clementine of 2013

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Calming My Veins with Almond Dream by Reboot Cold Pressed Juice | No comments:

I have been practising healthy eating for the past few weeks, substituting my usual ribena to apple vinegar and honey drink and so on. So I was intrigued when my manager shared with us about cold pressed fruit juice.

So how exactly is cold pressing different from the usual juicing?

Cold pressed juicers extract juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. Because they don't produce as much heat, they keep more of the fresh ingredients' nutrients intact. 
- Huffington Post
I joined the train ride when my colleagues decide to buy the juices together. I did not go for the extreme like a full day detox kit because I thought I had enough fruits and veges in a day so I ought to try something different.

REBOOT Nut Milk
CACAO ALMOND - almond, soy, cacao, raisin, sea salt
Heart Supporting, Cancer Fighting, Muscle & Vein Calming

ALMOND DREAM - almond, soy, raisin, sea salt
Heart Supporting, Cancer Fighting, Muscle & Vein Calming

I tried both the almond milks and both of them tasted really good.

I actually can't wait to try the other juices especially the 1 day Cleanse kit to detox and cleanse out all the junks that I had been eating for the past few years.

Why is it important to detox? Read the information from the illustration below.


If you feel like trying out the Reboot Cold Pressed Juice, feel free to contact them via their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rebootpressedjuice

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Almond Dream tastes like cinnamon flavoured soy milk


 Yums!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Heartwarming Thai TV Commercial | No comments:


This video had me started crying in the office at 1:55.

It's brilliant, and I hope that I will be able to see these touching commercials on Malaysian tv as well instead of those lame-trying-hard-to-be-funny-ads.



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I Got My First Hair Dryer : Panasonic EH-ND52 | 1 comment:

I am one of those people who would say no in trying different style when it comes to my hair. Over the years, I have tried curling my hair into afro style, then straighten it with hints of purple, coloured it, side shaved and had rebonded it a couple of times. Add on improper hair care, I am not surprised that I ended with really frizzy hair.

Frizzy hair on my best hair day

Somewhere in September, I was so fedup with my unmanageable hair, I have decided to go for another round of rebonding session hoping that it would straighten away my frizzes. 

Saw a cheap deal on Living Social and went for it. The results were not good but it was expected because I only RM70 for it when salon usually charges RM300-RM400 for it.

But it became so much worst after I had my first wash so after reading through blogs and beauty sites, I had decided that I probably need a hair dryer, or more accurately known as Ioniser Hair Dryer.  I went shopping for it and we bought one from Panasonic. RM90, I get noise free hair dryer that helps my hair to become smooth and shiny.

hair dryer
My first Hair Dryer at 28 years of age

And it was one of the best RM90 spent ever! For RM90 I get to have smooth and frizzey-less hair each time I shampooed. Add in a couple of hair moisturisers, my hair is now at its best condition ever since I started to do all sorts of nonsense to it. 

I love my hair

Slightly wavy at the ends, exactly how I like my hair to be!


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

How To Throw a Memorable Birthday Party in the Office | No comments:

It was my colleague's birthday a few days ago and in order to make her birthday different from the normal birthday celebration in the pantry, I pranked her with a watermelon.

STEP 1:
Everyone in the Marketing was informed to NOT give birthday wish to this girl on her special day. It was purposely delayed until a week later in order to convince her that we had totally forgotten about her birthday.

STEP 2:
Get a watermelon!

STEP 3:
Wait till it was almost time to go home. Get everyone to gather in the pantry and present the Birthday Watermelon to the birthday girl with a birthday song!

STEP 4:
Get her to make a wish and blow the candle off the watermelon.

 

Her reaction : Priceless

STEP 5:
Continue talking as if the half of watermelon if the only thing we bought and make her cut them into small pieces.

STEP 6:
Bring out the cake that one of your colleague has been tasked to hide.


Make her make another wish.

STEP 7:
Continue laughing at birthday girl's reaction.


Happy Birthday my friend.

*Looking at who is next on the birthday prank list  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fashion Illustration : Lace Puffy Wedding Gown | No comments:

My colleague and I were having lunch the other and we got really excited when we were discussing about wedding gown.

I guess after the years in various working industry, the wedding business has remain my favorite industry ever, particularly when it comes to wedding wear because the first thing I did when I got home that day was to whip out my sketch book and draw.

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Lacy puffy wedding gown with fuchsia waistband
It has been one year since I left the wedding industry but I am still very passionate about it. 

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