Free Samples for January 2020

January 2020 is a great time to get freebies for products you would like to try because as the Chinese New Year is also just round the corner, there will be many new product launches and brands looking to increase their membership base.

It’s only the 3rd day of January and I have managed to redeem samples for 2 brands and signed up for another with a confirmed email to collect or redeem when I get the chance. Isn’t that awesome?

Below are some of the samples I managed to get so far.

1. Sulwhasoo Complimentary Sampling Kit

How to redeem:

Fill up the form on this page, you will be asked to select a Sulwhasoo counter or boutique nearest to you and you will receive an email. Flash the email to redeem. Redemption is valid until 2 Feb 2020 and while stocks last.

Picture on the right is what I received. I received the samples minus the red angpow packet. Maybe they ran out of stock. I didn’t ask because I was in a hurry.

2. Clarins The Golden Touch Challenge and Double Serum Radiance Kit

How to redeem.

Go to the Clarins website campaign page and play a mini game. When you complete the game, you will be led to a page to fill up your email. Once you have done that, you will immediately receive an email.

Picture on the right is how my email looks like. I have yet to redeem so hopefully there will still be stock when I find my way to a Clarins counter or boutique.

Updated. Successfully redeemed the Clarins Double Serum Radiance Kit. The sample is pictured on the left. On the right is the Double Serum with its new look packaging for 2020.

3. Innisfree New Year New Start Kit

How to redeem

I am an Innisfree member so I received the above in my email. You need to flash your email in order to redeem. This New Year New Start Kit is exclusively for the first 2020 members who flash their emails at the store to claim with any purchase (no min limit). If you are an existing member, check your emails. If you are not a member, check with the store to see if you can sign up to become a member and claim. Pictures on the left and bottom are what I received.

If you are not sure what to get at Innisfree, you can try out their sheet mask (RM6) or clay mask. I love the clay mask which you can buy in small capsules of 10ml (RM10). Great for travelling. As you can see in the picture, its almost gone! Since I have these items, I bought a nail polish instead for RM14 in order to redeem my New Year New Start Kit.

4. Enfagrow A+ Milk Powder Samples

Finally, this last one is for parents. Enfagrow A+ Milk Samples sent right to your doorstep!

How to Redeem

If you arrived on this blog via mobile, you will see a pull-up banner as shown below. If you missed it, refresh or return to this blog. You will be able to see it at the bottom of the page. (Note that you can only see this on your phones and not on desktop computer)

Place your finger on the Enfagrow A+ banner and slide up. This will open up the redemption form. Fill in your particulars and your sample will be on its way to you by mail. You are not required to go to the store to redeem the free sample. Sample will be sent to you in 4 – 6 weeks.

Note this is only applicable for moms with kids from age 1 to 6 who have not requested for a sample previously within 1 year.

Happy redeeming! If you know of any other freebies or free samples for January 2020, do drop me a comment and I will update this post. Thank you for reading up to here.

A Curated Gift Box Filled With Love

Today I received a gift box from Box With Love. I won it at the Christmas Giveaway from Box With Love. I absolutely love receiving gift boxes like that. A box that has been curated with love by someone who has thoughtfully picked just the right gifts.

Box with Love has many gift boxes like this one. There are gifts for him or for her or pamper boxes etc. With Valentine’s Day not too far away from now, you can give this a try. Your loved one might enjoy it a lot. You can even customize your box.

Now, back to the box which I won. I won their Classic Box, I think that is what they call it. It is a box of memories, a nostalgic box of love! I love it. It was so exciting to open the box to discover all the little knick knacks inside together with my kids.

There were games, candies and toys from days of old. My kids don’t remember some of them but I certainly do! I had fun telling them about it and letting them try. The box went to my boy, the foodie in the house. He loves stuff like that so it is is belated Christmas present.

What’s inside the box. Choki choki, Nini, Ding Dang, White Rabbit Candy, Fizzy Kola candy, batu seremban, a little toy soldier with a parachute, paper doll and so much more! Super love!

Thank you to Box With Love. There’s even a card there for me. How thrilling! Makes me feel like a kid again!

First Time Using Spunky Beat True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

I was lucky enough to win a Spunky Beat True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds which arrived just before Christmas in a beautiful Christmas themed box. I’ve always wanted to have a wireless earbud because I love music. It will be so convenient to go about one’s business whether it is at the gym, doing some outdoor running, travelling on the mass rapid trains or just potting around the house…. without getting tangled up in wires.

True Wireless Earbuds, Tronsmart TWS Headphones with 24H Playtime, Bluetooth 5.0, Touch-Control, Charging Case, Qualcomm Chip, DSP Noise-Canceling Headsets with Built-in Microphones-Spunky Beat

The Spunky Beat True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds was nicely hidden inside the Christmas themed box. Yay! I took it out and surveyed the back of the box which gives a mention of the specifications. Eg the earbuds uses Qualcomm®  chip for faster and stable connectivity, it is splash and weather resistant and can reach up to 15m or 50 ft stable connection amongst other things.

Okay, time for unboxing. Here’s what I found inside the box. 1 x Spunky Beat wireless earbuds with charging case, 2 x Extra eartip pairs, 1 x Charging cable, 1 x Warranty card, 1 x User manual.

I love the charging case. It has a very soft and luxurious feel. The earbuds fit snugly inside when charging.

This is the back of the case. The integrated USB A Charging Cable is attached to it.

There are two ways to charge the device.

  1. Using the integrated USB-A charging cable or
  2. Using the USB-C charging cable that is provided with the device

Pairing is easy. After charging the earbuds in the charging case, all I had to do was remove both the earbuds at the same time, turn on the bluetooth on my phone and it will automatically search for the device. Clicking on the device will pair and connect it instantly and voila! I can play my favourite Spotify music!

An Unforgettable Staycation At Hilton Kuala Lumpur

View from our room during our staycation

This is the first time I went on a staycation, a first time I went on a staycation with just me and my girl so it was double the fun and awesomeness. My girl had just completed her SPM and we were very much deprived of mummy and daughter bonding session because of all the long hours she had to put in to prepare for her exams.

This is the story of our staycation. We started at The Gardens to take photos of the beautiful Christmas decoration there. It was a white Christmas at The Gardens this year. There were horse drawn carriages, swans, reindeers and rabbits all in beautiful, calming and relaxing white. It was very beautiful and a lovely start to our little adventure.

Next we headed to the Abdullah Hukum LRT station. I had written about how to get to the Abdullah Hukum station from The Gardens mall in my previous post. The walkway is now open to public.

Abdullah Hukum Station

Hilton Kuala Lumpur is strategically located just oppostite KL Sentral which is only 2 stations from Abdullah Hukum. How awesome is that! So convenient. After alighting, we easily found our way from the station to the hotel through an underground link.

We checked in and requested for a room with a view and we had this fantastic view! It was fantastic at night and fantastic by day!

Our room was very nice. It was spacious, had a huge and comfortable king sized bed. The design was very modern and functional. There were a lot of movable doors with mirrors acting as separators from one part of the room to another. It felt like a mini studio apartment!

My girl wanted to go and have a swim immediately and that was exactly what we did! The pool had “caves”, slides and a warm water Jacuzzi, in other words, something for everyone.

After the swim we had a relaxing shower and bath with overhead rain shower and a bath with essential oil burner filling the room with wonderful and relaxing scents. Just perfect!

Refreshed, we headed over to NU Sentral which was just opposite and less than 5 minute walk away for dinner and to shop till we dropped. Being only two ladies on our own, I didn’t want to stay out too late. So we went back to the hotel to watch movies at around 10pm armed with some biscuits to enjoy a hot drink in the room. There were a lot of movie channels available. I find that many hotels these days tend to have only a few channels but we had a full range to choose from.

The next morning we had buffet breakfast at Vasco’s. There were a lot of selection and all the food was in abundance with many prepared right before your eyes. Even the drinks were real fresh juices. There were plenty of choices to pick from whether you prefer to have Malaysian or Western, a hearty breakfast or a dieter’s healthy one. The choice is yours.

Then it was back to the pool for another round of swimming and playing on the slides. Another round of showers before packing and checking out regretfully.

However, since Hilton Kuala Lumpur is so strategically located, our Staycation did not end there. We hopped onto the LRT and headed over to KLCC to view the tallest Christmas tree and walk about soaking in the holiday atmosphere.

Thank you Hilton Kuala Lumpur for an unforgettable holiday. It is now stamped into our collection of favourite beautiful memories.

Dear readers, if you wish to experience a staycation, you can too. The Hilton group of hotels is organizing a #TogetherWithHilton Christmas giveaway. You can go to any Hilton Facebook pages in Malaysia to join this giveaway. Winners will be announced on 20th December 2019. I have joined it too, hoping to win a staycation for a mother son bonding staycation this time.

How to go to Abdullah Hukum Station from The Gardens or Mid Valley Megamall

Since Mid Valley Megamall is my hangout place and the bridge connecting The Gardens (which is adjacent to Mid Valley) to Abdullah Hukum MRT and KTM stations just opened, I just had to go and check it out. I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s my photo story. If you prefer to skip my grandmother story, just scroll right to the bottom of this post for my video story.

Abdullah Hukum station with Telekom building and RTM building in the background

Abdullah Hukum Station is connected to The Gardens. So if you are at Mid Valley Megamall, you have to head on over to The Gardens. Once you are at the Gardens, walk over to the Isetan side of the Mall. Isetan is on several floors. Go to the First Floor. Here’s The Gardens Mall Floor Guide

The path leading to the walkway is on the first floor of The Gardens Mall near Isetan and beside the Japanese Restaurant (Credit for image: The Gardens Mall Floor Guide)
Isetan, The Gardens Mall (First floor links to the walkway)

Then look for the Japanese restaurant. I forgot to take a clearer picture of the restaurant. If I am not mistaken it is the Ichiriki Japanese restaurant (F-237B). The walkway leading to the bridge connecting The Gardens to the Abdullah Hukum station is just right beside the restaurant, on the left side of the restaurant. There are no signage as yet.

The path leading to the walkway is beside the Ichiriki Japanese restaurant

However, once you turn round the corner, you will see a sign that says the walkway access will be closed from 1.00am to 6.00am.

Access to the walkway is closed from 1.00 am to 6.00 am

Now let’s take a walk along the walkway. You will see nice views on both sides of the walkway. Below is the view from the walkway when you look to the left and the right of you.

View on the right as you are heading to the Abdullah Hukum station
View on the left as you are heading to the Abdullah Hukum station

Below is the street view from outside St Giles, The Gardens Residences

View from St. Giles, The Gardens Residences
Street view from St. Giles, The Gardens Residences

Finally, the walkway, the stairways and escalators

Both the KTM and LRT lines run through Abdullah Hukum Station
Stairways at Abdullah Hukum Station

Abdullah Hukum Station has access to both MRT and KTM lines

Komuter train schedule at the Abdullah Hukum Station
Ticketing office for KTM rides
Abdullah Hukum MRT or LRT station
Self Service ticketing booths at Abdullah Hukum station

I noticed a self service pick up and drop off point for Ninja Van. This is convenient if you need to send or collect packages.

A Ninja delivery pick up and drop off self service booth

After a short look around, I’m heading back to The Gardens. Using escalator instead of stairs now.

Escalator at Abdullah Hukum Sation

If you have just arrived at Abdullah Hukum Station, you can head over to KL Eco City Mall, Mid Valley City or The Gardens where there’s plenty of shopping and eateries and you can shop till you drop all day long.

This is the view that greeted me upon arriving at The Gardens Mall.

Since the walkway connects to KLEC Mall or KL Eco City Mall, I decided to take a detour to check out KLEC Mall (KL Eco City Mall)

This is the sight that greeted me at KLEC Mall.

I didn’t have time to venture a lot but this looks promising – Bangsar Foodie Centre (b.f.c.)

Bangsar Market by Jaya Grocer is opening soon as well. It says New Concept. My curiosity is piqued.

No time to linger so its back to The Gardens. From the KLEC Mall, turn left to go the Mid Valley City or turn right to go to Abdullah Hukum KTM or LRT stations

It’s Christmas time so I’m greeted by a white Christmas at The Gardens mall.

… and a Red Christmas at Mid Valley City Mall.

Summary of my walk can be found in the following video. Happy Watching and thank you for reading!

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