Monday, September 16, 2013

Malaysian in Orange County, Southern California

We have a growing number of members for our Malaysian in Orange County group.  Currently we have about 40 members.

It all started when I met another Penang mom at Pretend City.  We both were attending Parenting Skill program offered by KIDA.  The program was seven weeks long and I only met her on the last week when I heard her talking to her son in Hokkien dialect. We exchanged phone numbers.  At that time she was still living in Costa Mesa and was moving to Irvine in another month.

I still remember vividly on the first week, my husband and I were sitting in the same table as her.  She has fair complexion and never in my mind would ever thought she's from Malaysia.  When she spoke in English, we could tell she is not native speaker.  My first thought was that she's a Taiwanese.  Later, I also met her husband whom is also from Penang.

Second mom I met whom also from Penang was from my son's summer school at Eastshore Elementary.  He was attending Jumpstart to Kindergarten and the other boy was also in the same program.  His mom and a friend of mine were friends.  So we would be standing and waiting together for the kids at pick up time.  We all conversed in Cantonese and initially I thought she was from Hong Kong but not long after that, I found out she is from Bukit Mertajam.  Well, by then I already knew three people from Malaysia and all from Penang.

The next person I met was Bee from Rasa Malaysia.  Another Malaysian friend who lives in Pasadena told me the author for Rasa Malaysia also lives in Irvine.  So out of curiosity, I emailed her to ask if she would love to join us, the three Penang ladies for lunch.  Surprising, she replied and said Yes. 

And from Bee, I also met another two friends, one from Penang and the other from Johor.  And our list grew longer and longer. 

Now we have gathering once every few months.  The purpose is to get together, eat and talk.  Just like back home, we always have conversation over food.  It is fun to be able to see so many Malaysians in Orange County.  If you are reading this post and you would like to join our gathering, kindly leave me a comment here.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Carter's Boys Cotton 7-Pack Briefs / Underwear

Back in April 2011, I bought the Paul Frank Toddler / Kids Underwear from Target.  They didn't last long enough.  The elastics became less stretchy after sometimes.  But I like them and used them all till now. 

When it was time to look for some new underwear, I checked out many places and couldn't find something that suit my son.  We prefer something that has shorter length from the waist to the crotch.  Most of the ones we found at Target or Kohl's (made by Fruit of the Loom or Hanes) have deeper crotch to waist length. 

Finally I found the underwear that fits well for my son at Carter's.  And they were having 50% sales during the Labor Day's weekend.  I got the Carter's Cotton 7-pack briefs at $12.  Regular price is at $24 + tax.  I think I score a good deal here.  I bought 2 packs of the size 6-7, Carter's largest size for kids.

They have the 3-pack briefs for $12 regular price, sales price at $6.  The 7-pack is a better deal.  I think this is the best offer I've seen at Carter's for the underwear.   

Friday, September 6, 2013

FREE McDonald's Breakfast for Students

Southern California McDonald's restaurants are promoting their healthy breakfast for students to kick start the new school year. 

When students from kindergarten to 8th grade accompanied by an adult visit participating McDonald's restaurants on September 10th from 6am to 9am, they may receive free of charge any breakfast muffin, apple slices and 1% milk.

Shown in the picture above is their Egg White Delight McMuffin.  This breakfast sandwich features 100% egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon and white cheddar on whole grain muffin.

McDonald's Back to School Breakfast Offer

Students: Kindergarten thru 8th grade
Date: September 10th, 2013
Time: 6am to 9am
Venue: Participating McDonald's Restaurants