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Premio Dardas Awards 2015

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Greetings fellow bloggers, I thank the blogger of Words, Coffee & Lace Dresses for being kind and wonderful for nominating me as one of her nominees for the Permio Dardos Awards. And now here are my 15 nominees:-

  1. Words, Coffee & Lace Dresses

I love the idea that blogging has created a platform for young bloggers and encourage them to read, writing posts and giving genuine feedback to their fellow bloggers in the blogosphere.  To promote friendship and at the same time boosting confidence of fellow bloggers to continue their passion for blogging. Thank you my dear for showing me that this Award is a token of friendship and spreading the positives of blogging.

2. Shine On by fiftyshadesofprei

I love the way her blogging takes me to moments of flashback, like for example just a few weeks ago she posted on some of her favourite sound tracks and the moment I read her blog title, It brought me to a wave of flashbacks of when I used to carry a Walk Men in the back pocket of my jeans and bringing different cassettes in my back pack. Back then in the 90’s I was into The Spice Girls (Posh Spice was my fav),Backstreet Boys and NSync. huhu. Aww, those were the good times of music.

3. Blabberwockying

Adnan has a very interesting blog. His posts titles are very eye-catching and his content is very fascinating. He is able to breakdown complex theories into easily digestible information that can be absorbed by individual. And just the other day I learned the importance of feedback and giving genuine feedback can help an individual to grow.

4. Nancy Wong

Fashion Bloggers are slowly making way to the blogosphere. Yes, the Fashion Industry is a booming industry that is slowly evolving in Asia. I find Nancy Wong’s blog very refreshing and it’s very inspiring to see how fashion can be fun yet simple and elegant.  It would be amazing to have fashion tips and tricks from her on how to work with accessories.

5. Peave, Love Family

Breastfeeding is part of Human Nature and part of Womenhood. It’s the transition from Womenhood to Motherhood. And I cherish the moments when I was able to breastfeed. Her blog :One Year of Breastfeeding Bliss inspired me and remind me that at times when I did not have mutual support to breastfeed (be it at the workplace or even in the comfort of your own home) That there are mothers who turn to the Internet to find and learn on ways of breastfeeding and the challenges that every mother faces on a day to day basis. Mixture of fear and stress are overcome when you have courage, love, patience and planting the seed of trust within yourself and believe that you can make it through that 2 year mark to exclusive breastfeeding.

6. Surviving The Spectra

At times, living in an era where we are bound to face difficult decisions and challenges everyday in our lives are bound to crack open anyone’s can of patience. The stress and pressure can get to you sometimes. And his blog inspires me because it takes guts to spread awareness on mental health & depression. And it is ok to tell someone that you need help because you feel that is NOT ok to feel depressed. I have experience 2 events in my life where family members have tried to commit suicide because of the things that are happening to them (one was because of Cyber-Bullying and Spreading Rumors online and the other was due to Postnatal Depression) no matter the issue, you will get through it.

7. The Positive Project

Inspiring to share posts that spread the awareness of positivity on his post on How to Beat Stress and Boost Happiness and there is an app on how to get your happiness cell recharged when they are times you are feeling down.

8. Vantage Points

The blog post entitled: Embrace Your Voice. Very true.There are many times where we find ourselves liking other blogger’s theme, layouts, widgets and fonts and might have thoughts on changing the look and feel of our blog too. Blogs are like the reflection of your personality in the Blogosphere. Its your uniform and brand that represents you. It’s just like picking an outfit. You may have the different taste in colours and different fashion sense. Stay true to yourself and pick the themes that best suit your personality.

9. Photography by Alexx

His posts on Travel and Photography is very inspiring. The moment I view his pictures I am able to imagine the surrounds. It’s like being able to transport yourself through his pictures. I enjoy the idea of travelling and always wanted to travel myself. And his blogs shares wonderful places to visit.

10. Yummy Inside My Tummy

In her post Dim Sum, Want Some, what I love apart from Fashion Bloggers is Food Bloggers. You can learn about a person thorough their choices of cooking and food. You can tell about someone’s personality and culture through a variety of different dishes. I always enjoyed visiting her posts.

11. When Coffee Meets Rain

There is nothing like having a cup of tea to unwind. Crazy as it may sounds. But the moment I read her post on Grand Wedding and Meaningful Words. It transported me to the time where I spent my days going to coffee  shops to sit down, unwind and finding inspiration to start blogging.The strangest thing is I spent my days in a coffee shop but ordering a Matcha Tea or a ice-blended chocolate to help me get the creative juices flowing. Only recently this year I turned to coffee (the mineral coffee kind) to help me get through those long nights of typing.

12. The Life of A 40 Something

In her post: Naming The Cat. I was hooked on reading the part that says that it’s always very hard to naming our cats. And from experience, we had 3-4 cats that we held closely to heart. But they have already passed on. But I find myself naming them very hard. And always gave the same name as our first cat ‘Sammy’. Perhaps the sentimental value of having the name ‘Sammy’. It was like never ever forgetting your first love.

13. Thoughts of a trained wrecked pineapple:

In the post of I Love and Hate You: The Burden of Money it reminds me of those days when money used to burn a whole in my pocket.Only in when I first started my online business did I fully understand the importance of  managing cash flow.

14. Science of Mom

In her post of The things she carried and barely used, reminds me of those days when I had to packed for a long journey and being able to see and visit your family and close friends was worth-while.

15. Blog of Bobby

I always had a fascination with the ocean (and Mermaids too :p) but I was always afraid of the water, thanks to near experiences of drowning. His blog is super informative on how to swim makes me wanna join his swimming

Here are my nominations and hoping that you will visit their blogs toos.

The Premio Dardos Award Rules:

1) Include the Premio Dardos Award Picture and the name of the person that nominated you (Include a link to their blog)

2) Nominate 15 other blogs and notify them!

3) Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog and link back.

blogging 101 with 21st Century Sarah

Blogging Awards

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Yesterday, I was checking out the latest updates on my blog and in the notification pane I was surprised to see that I was nominated by Blogger of Words, Coffee & Lace Dresses for the Premio Dardos Award. It is such an honour and sweet thought. And to show my appreciation I shall re-post my 15 nominees  for the Premio Dardos Award.

Stay tuned for more updates folks!

Much Love;

Sarah@21st Century Sarah

OHAYO GOZAIMASU OSAKA : Here We Come

Osaka Japan Presentation

It was just a few weeks ago when I first saw the poster that was forwarded by our group via WhatsApp. And my heart jumped for joy when I finally see the poster that was posted up on the board in the HQ.

Osaka Japan Trip

Osaka Japan Fight Trip

In my previous post, I shared on our business trip to Miri. The previous session was conducted by CDM (Crown Diamond Manager) Kelvin who has been with Sahajidah Hai-O Marketing since 1994 (almost 21 years) he shared on the features and benefits of Bio-Velocity Technology. 

And CDM Hisham also came to Brunei and shared on the importance of managing and maintenance of documentation in your business (no matter if you are operating online or offline) such as: Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Statement and daily Expences. He also shared the many milestones that Sahajidah Hai-O Marketing Sdn Bhd has obtained since their establishment from Forbes Awards to Accredited Certifications for their products, you can visit their website for more certifications and awards: Hai-O Main website. What I love about Sahajidah Hai-O is that of course their are based on honesty (we receive our bonus entitlement and is always credited to our account every middle of the month), the foundation of their business is based on locals for locals and that even though the MLM company is from Chinese Generation but most of their members are also from Local Malays. From CDM Hisham presentation, we have learned alot from the roots, history, acheivement and also their contributions to making the economy better. Did you know that MLM Industry has contributed Specificly to Malaysia’s economy?

Why MLM?

If you are wondering why I chose MLM Industry as part of my Work At Home Mum (WAHM) program under 21st Century Dream Team (for bloggers) then you gotta read this.

After the introduction and a breakie session, the next session was an eye-opener on product knowledge that evolved on:

1. Bio-Velocity Sleep Mate

Bio Velocity Sleep Mate

2. Bio Seleza Feminie Pads

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3. Alfalfa Concentrate with Bio-Velocity

Bio Velocity Alfalfa Concentrate

4. The number one formula in beauty products by Korea: Cozuma CC Cream 

The live demo of before and after of Cozuma CC Cream.

CC Cream Demo 06  CC Cream Demo 05

CC Cream Demo 03  CC Cream Demo 04

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Below is the image of the Before and After (zoomed)

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Notice the differance? The right side is the Before. And the left side is the After.

CC Cream Demo 01

The After (complete application on both left and right side) of Cozuma CC Cream

Cozuma CC Cream

This session was very fun as we had a live demo on Cozuma CC Cream. We had demos on Bio Seleza Femine Pads and also testing Bio-Velocity toos. Here are some photos during the session:-

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This session was such an eye-opener. Hoping to attend to the next seminar soon. Want to be apart of this journey? Join us via online registration and hear from us shortly. Osaka Japan: Here We Come.

Osaka Japan Here We Come Group Photo

8 More Days till Promotion Ends

After Ramadhan, our stomach has gone through the period of being able to stand without food and water. To practise ourselfes and our Nafsu. Now Hari Raya is here, the amount of ‘Open House’ invitations we have now…alhamdulilah is very generous. True right? In one day we may have about 3 to 8 open houses invitations. hihi. Whole of Ramadhan we were able to lose the weight and throughout Hari Raya, we managed to gain the weight back. hihi.

And the July Promotion that we offer now has a combination of Slimming + Detox = Weight Managment. hihi. What great way to loosen that funky junk in the trunk with the promotion of natural passing and movement. hihi. Here is a re-cap of promotions that will end soon at the end of this month (31st July 2015):-

Min Kaffe Coffee
Min Kaffe Coffee

What I love about this robust Mineral Coffee is you are able to lose weight and kempiskan that perut! Yerr betul ne. I no joke joke. To be honest, I am not a fan of coffee that is kaw-kaw like the 3-in-1 packets. But this coffee is slightly different unlike the other coffees that I have consumed before. As mentioned in my previos other posts, I have shared that my previous weight was between 69kg to 68kg. And now I have managed to be 62.75kg. All from consuming: 1) Min Kaffe 2) Alfalfa Concentrate 3) Garlic and 4) BB Plus Collagen. Now the promotion of BUY 12 at 11 is valid till end of August 2015.

Alfalfa Concentrate
Alfalfa Concentrate

Alfalfa Concentrate has the technology of Bio-Velocity embedded into the liquid to help increase natural energy levels, re-new cells and tissues in the body. Think of it has a burst of charging batteries that have been replaced into your body. What I love about this product, when you combined Alfalfa Concentrate + Bio Seleza Panty Liner, you will truely feel the differance.

BB Plus Collagen
BB Plus Collagen

This is one of my TOP favourite product on my list as of 2015. My gosh, I love the taste, the texture and I LOVE the effects on how my skin feel and look. hihi. As I mentioned in my other posts, My boss (who is Japanese) inquired why oh why, does my skin looks so healthy and glowy? Ceewahh..when it comes to men, its hard for them to notice minute changes. But for some reason, he was able to identify the changes. And this was a little as less than 1 (one) week after consumption of BB Plus Collagen. After consuming of 3 sachets, you will be able to feel the differance and see the differance your self. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this special offer of BUY 5 at 4 till end of August 2015.

Shaklee Vivix Shaklee Vivix

Shaklee Vivix is for those who are looking for a one-stop solution for beauty, youthfullness and healthy (especially recommneded for those who are smokers, stress, cancer or low immune system).

Shaklee B ComplexShaklee Vitamin B Complex with Folic Acid

Shaklee Vitamin B- Complex (with Folic Acid) is for those who are:

1) Live a stressful lifestyle

2) Insomnia

3) For Beautiful Skin

4) Prenatal Vitamins

5) PostNatal Vitamins

6) Confinement Health Supplements

7) Breastfeeding Supplements

For orders, you can WhatsApp today at +673 7251442 for more information / collection / deliveries and orders. Don’t miss out on this special offer.

Much Love:

Sarah@21st Century Sarah

Eid Mubarak : Then and Now

Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir dan Batin. A blessed Eid Mubarak to all and may you have a blessed Eid.

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As much as I am sad that Ramadhan has gone. And praying that I we will see next Ramadhan InsyAllah, ameen ameen Ya Rabb. This year Eid Mubarak I have had the chance to see, experience and feel the different aura and environment of how Eid (Hari Raya as we like to call it here in Brunei) is celebrated outside of Brunei. This year we managed to visit Kota Kinabalu. My husband’s relative is located in Papar and we had the chance to visit the neighbouring country. We witness on how Hari Raya was celebrated there. Despite the different culture and traditions, you can still sense the Hari Raya spirit in the air. With music of hari raya songs blazing in the shopping complexs, hari raya songs of new and old playing back to back on the Radio stations. And meeting old faces of long distance relative makes the heart warm. The food is oh so my…a mixture of sweet, spicy and tangy of different varities of home-cooked meals. What touched me the most the scene of when we returned from KK to return to my husband’s aunt place (as we were staying there overnight). Its was past 12am ish and the streets were dark (literally dark as there is no street lamps) and the brightest house on the very end welcomed us of cheer, children playing fireworks, bright & colorfull festive lights and relatives from each corner of the village welcomed us with such hospitality and kindness. The warmth of the moment melted my heart away as it had brought me to a flashback moment of my childhood in the 90s and how we celebrated Hari Raya.

Back in the 90s
When I was growing up, the joy and cheer of Hari Raya can be felt as the environment was filled with young children visited every home on the street and was invited in for a glass of cold beverages, cookies of all kinds and of course, green packs for each child. The cheer of lighting fireworks during the night, the spirit of spring-cleaning the homes and re-arranging the living rooms for family and friends to get comfortable during their visits. Sights if the males going to mosques to perform their prayers and giving Zakat.

Now in the 21st Century
Now in our Era, many things have changed. There are less visits by the children, as there are all grown-up now. And more into virtual games then fireworks. Huhu. And the tradition of what used to be our joy of walking to visit our neighbours have now slowly faded. But on the other hand the Traditional Family portraits are now made of selfies and wefies, which is hip and kinda fun. Capturing moments that you can store at the palm of your hand and you can see them whenever you like.

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Traditional family portraits are now called Selfies or Wefies

Traditional family portraits are now called Selfies or Wefies.

As the ages come and gone. There are much differance of Hari Raya then and now . Apart from aging each year, I feel that some traditions are slowly fading. Hoping that youth will still carry on the true meaning of Eid Mubarak (Hari Raya). That is asking for forgiveness, being thankful that we are still well and alive and not forgetting to give to those who have less.

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Here The Deens would like to wish everyone a blessed Eid Mubarak.

Blogging 101: Day 7 – Keepin it Real by personalizing your blog

Its been almost a week since I took up the free blogging course by The Blogging University : The Daily Post. For today’s post is to create a personalize blog by creating a fun, wicked header image.

If you have read through my blog, you will notice that only recently I took blogging serious. Previously I was blogging to share on my experience, self-experiments and sharing on products that I loved and enjoyed consuming on a daily basis. That is food & health supplements. This year I took the iniative to step-up the blogging game by focusing more in-depth on what I hope and wish for my blog to acheive by the end of this year. And one of the ways is by joining this free online course that is conducted by The Daily Post : Blogging University.

Now we at day 7. What I wanna share is how I created my Header Picture. Back in 2012, I named my blog ‘TwentyFirst Century Momma’ because my focus back then was to sell breastfeeding accessories and share motherhood journey and experiences. Only recently this year, I decided to purchase the Domain dot.com (.com) and changed my blog domain from wordpress.com to 21stcenturysarah.com. The roots and foundation of why I created this blog will still remained rooted which is Motherhood, Breastfeedings, being a Bookworm, Beauty, Energy, Health and Wellness will always stay close to my heart. By investing my time into how my blog layout, images, topics and content is very important to me. And I wanted to ensure the origins of my blog is pure and closet to its natural origin (real, honest and close to the truth). My header I chose a customize image from Canvas Image Editor where you can select FREE open source images.

My header tagline is ‘The Purest Of It’s Origin Is At It’s Core’. This statement I had as my MSN Status (yes back in the day when I used MSN to chit-chat). The story of how this favourite motto of mine came to mind was when I was looking for a unique phrase to express the self-discover I had back then in the year 2007. A self journey to wearing the Hijab full-time. Until now, this motto of mine has a special place in my heart.

Now this year, am hoping to keepin it real on my blog by personalizing my blog with bits and pieces that represents me (in someway). And at the same time hoping to get inspiration from others bloggers on how they conduct the placement of the logos, headers and headerlines and tagline. Can’t wait to surf the posts.

To Blog or Not To Blog? Is that a question?

We all have heard the term: “To be or not to be, that is the question”? In this case, to blog or not to blog, that is the question. These few months has been a wild roller coaster. To be honest, I have never found myself in a position where I have hit the backspace button more in my life. At times, I have had trouble writing as if a huge gigantic writer’s block that is stuck to the inside of my skull and working it’s way like a magnetic chip. After a while, I felted that there was something bothering me, coz I was distracted by many thoughts in my head. Then I decided to sit-down and have a little ‘ME’ time and wanted to sought-out the things that has been bothering me. And here is what I found:-

1. FEAR

FEAR is a motivation

A few months back, I have decided to resign from my current workplace as my youngest daughter needs to go for Speech Therapy sessions and Early Development Programs sessions at least 3 (Three) times in a week at the local Child Development Centre. And these sessions will take 1 hour up to 3 hours in a day that will last for the next 6 (six) months. Both my girls were diagnose with Learning Difficulties and Speech Delay, with my youngest she had NASB (Negative Attention Seeking Behaviour) where she could have mild to severe tantrums at times when she felt frustrated if she could not express herself. As a concern parent, I decided to take a leap of faith and handed in my 2 (two) months resignation letter. And time flies by very fast and this month will be my last month titled as a ‘Working’ mum. Only did it hit me when some of my relatives were asking me ‘What am I going to do next’? And it occurred to me that, will my plan to run a full-time online business with a part-time income work for me? What happens if it has gone down the drain? How are we going to find an alternative income to pay the bills, to buy groceries, to buy school necessities for the little ones during back-to-school seasons, to purchase necessities during next Ramadhan and Raya (Eid Mubarak)? There was a voice inside my head that grows louder and louder by each and every day as the days on my calendar count-down. The voice was so loud that the tiny, little whisper of hope was almost gone. Then chills ran down my spine, as I realised that I feared of what the future will be.

2. LEAP OF FAITH

Now that I was able to identify the factors that created the writer’s block inside my head. I admitted to myself that I feared of something that was not certain and that it was all in my head, imagining and envisioning of things that could bring negative impact to me. I told myself and kept repeating to myself that I took ‘A Leap of Faith’ and why should I fear of something that is uncertain, when I have Allah. Only then it hit me. These 4 words meant something to me:-

“A LEAP OF FAITH”   

Leap : to transition / transport one place to another.

Faith: To believe in your faith and that your faith will guide you.

When we believe, truly believe that everything happens for a reason.

Is prescribed upon you [the] fighting while it (is) hateful to you. But perhaps [that] you dislike a thing and it (is) good for you; and perhaps [that] you love a thing and it (is) bad for you. And Allah knows while you (do) not know. Ayat Al-Baqarah, 2:216

I told myself that if I kept on thinking of negative thoughts, my body will take me to that direction. Apa yang kitani fikirkan adalah doa (What we think is apart of our prayers). Think positive, have the right intentions, set a positive mind, plenty of Doas & Prayers, plenty of Usaha (Actions), Istiqamah (Consistency), Tawakal (Trusting in Allah’s Plan) and always and always tanamkan rasa Syukur (Appreciation and Thankfulness)

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On the other side, Alhamdulilah that I am able to identify the bumps and curves that are affecting my girls development. And I know in my heart that this sacrifice will be an investment for them and their future. Now I end this post with a question:-

“To Blog or Not to Blog” It is a choice. And we all have a choice, a choice to fear or a  choice to identify that fear and do something about it.

Much Love; Sarah@21st Century Sarah

Read Away A Page Each Day

Blogging like a piece of Lamingtons - 21st Century Sarah

WHAT IS BLOGGING 101?

Blogging with new life breath into every post. I recently took up a FREE ‘Blogging 101’ course by The Daily Post (WordPress.com Official Team) and they launched this Blogging 101 series to help writers kick-start their blogging journey. Now I am on Assignment 4. The lessons learnt in these Assignments are very eye-opening as they train your mind to plan and assist with your time-management on blogging.  What I like about these assignments is that it’s very flexible as you can do it on your own terms. However, you need to be consistent to gather up the momentum. Finding your own flow and ways of keeping up with that rhythm.

BLOGGING MIGHTIER THAN THE PEN?

When I first started blogging, the first thing I had in my mind was… “Who’s gonna read my Blog on Beauty, Energy, Health and Wellness”… Only when I started my very own journey towards Breastfeeding and Motherhood, when I needed to research on some reading materials, the first thing I would do is pick up my reading lists annndddd asked Mr Google. And since going through my very own journey towards Motherhood, I wanted to make a difference by sharing products and services that was closets to my heart, hoping to inspire young mothers to breastfeed and perhaps sharing with the Youth on the opportunities for them when they decide to venture into blogging. If you have read my previous blogs, you may ask What are the criteria to be called a blogger? Do you require to have a academic qualification? certain IT skills? Some experience with writing?

BLOGGING LIKE A SLICE OF LAMINGTONS

When you’ve decided to come out of your shell, take smalls steps towards setting-up your blog. I think of blogging like a slice of Lamingtons. Why Lamingtons I say? hihi. Lamingtons is one of my favourite desserts, when you love something you become passionate about it. Just like a baker, a baker will try to make the perfect batch of treats over and over again to make sure that the texture and taste of the dessert is up to perfection and that it makes the consumer want more and more. When you manage to obtained that level of energy, you will give your writings in yours blogs, if not 110% you will invest your 150% into your posts. I personally prefer Blogging then a website. My aim is to connect with my readers and hoping to hear from them and what aspires them to blogging everyday.

Blogging 101 with 21st Century Sarah
Blogging 101 with 21st Century Sarah

InsyAllah, this up-coming August, I will conduct a brief session for my 21st Century Dream Dolls, hoping to inspire youths of Brunei to venture into blogging and hopefully giving them a chance to kick-start their very own online business through blogging. We will see how the sessions goes in the future. I will upload some pictures from the up-coming sessions insyAllah. Stay tuned for more updates soon.

Much Love, Sarah@21st Century Sarah