DIY Mommy's Birthday Present

Basically this is another postponed post, dedicated to my mom in conjunction with her birthday on 2nd July. I know I know...."why so late?" <-- MAYBE someone might be having this question in their head(s) already. Because I need to wait for the present to arrive in Malaysia all the way from Melbourne. I didn't mail it by post, mom's friend helped me bring back or else most likely when the parcel arrived, there would be broken glasses everywhere >< LOL!  

Ok ok, start getting into the main point :p

Frankly speaking, I wasn't (most probably still am not) a loving daughter. Unlike my friends who would create small gifts for their parents birthdays, anniversaries and etc, I never did all of this. And my unbearable lame excuse was that I SUCK AT D.I.Y.s. Only 1 or 2 times I bought my mom a cake for her birthday, that's all. Sometimes my mom would tell me, "别人做女儿,你做女儿, why can't you be like them, know how to 撒娇" 

Believe me or not, I have no idea how to MANJA~ Somehow I feel like I'm becoming as cold as ice cream towards my family members. It's NOT that I don't care about them, I do care but I just don't feel like expressing it and also I don't know how to express it, it feels so awkward....Alright, I sound like a total jerk T__T So not filial right??

Anyway, so this year, I decided to do something different. Inspired to do so :3 I was watching Love Rain (like 3 months ago), in the drama, Hana and her mom share such a close relationship. She is such a caring daughter. Then I felt shameful of myself (Not bad la...still know how to feel shameful :p). On one day, I got scolded by my friend for not having the knowledge in being a SWEEEEEET daughter. She told me it's a daughter's obligation to know how to be SWEEEEET :/ 

(Problem is I don't like sweet-I don't like chocolate, lollipop; I like green apples and lemons--sour--IF you get what I mean here, such lame analogy)

So after all the accumulated guilt, I decided to LEARN how to be "sweet" (OMG!) And I ended up making her THIS!!!

IS IT NICE???? Looks simple, but undeniably cute and most importantly full of LOVE. I assure you, don't ever try to copy my idea or whatsoever, because you might end up going crazy ><  Cause even I myself nearly went mad. Too much hard work! 

Now is the flashbacks for step-by-step explanation why I wanted to make this. You think it's a normal glass bottle with colour paper inside? WRONG WRONG WRONG! Come on my time machine and I will bring you back and see things in chronological order ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

 I went out to search for my mom's birthday present in April. 3 months earlier than her actual birthday but I found nothing in the shops. Ended up shopping online ^^ and I bought this! The seller claimed that it's real swarovski but I doubt so because the price that I paid wasn't the price of a real swarovski. Anyway,who cares about it, I think it's totally worth the price will do cause it looks so REAL, sparkling at every edge 히히히(the fact is till now I still don't know whether it's real or fake...oh well, let it be then: I just assume if it's real, then it's my fortune; if not, just let it be then) xD

I always believe that every gift has a special meaning behind it. I have a couple of reasons why I chose this purple seashell shaped pendant. 

~Reason 1: My mom told me a sorta fortune teller guy told her that purple brings her good luck. That's why I chose a purple pendant. Apparently, I want her to have extreme good luck (DUH!!!)

~Reason 2: I want something which my mom will bring around everywhere with her. Last year I gave her a photo frame and it ended up at the living room's corner. So if I get her a necklace, she can wear it everyday without the need to take it off.

~Reason 3: A necklace should be essential because she usually borrowed accessories from me and upon coming to Melbourne, I brought everything here except for some girly earrings.

~Reason 4: I bought one for myself too because it's compulsory to buy at least 2 or else the seller wouldn't ship. Mine is a starfish. So...seashell and starfish, quite good combination right? Feel like singing the Mermaid song: under the sea, under the sea LOL!

 I wear it everyday until my friends got fed up with it ==''' Most of my photos have me wearing it :p

After receiving the necklaces, it's the packing process. I procrastinated till the end of June. Only started to get to work because I was too stressed out by my exams. I started doing this RIGHT AFTER my exams though. My exams ended at noon and I started doing this after dinner. Rare scene to be so amazingly productive!! 

Using the materials which were readily available. These colour papers were prepared for the new students who just moved into our dorm to make name tags for their room doors. I just sneaked some up into my room.

The most important tool in the process was my puncher. I punched out all the coloured circles. It may appear to be so simple but it's actually a rather insane task. Could get frustrated after doing it for a while. 

My room was a total mess when I was working on it. Alanis was like "Omg...colour circles everywhere on the floor! PLEASE clean your room lah! Can't stand it!"

Punching colour papers is suppose to be an easy job but then FILLING UP THE ENTIRE BOTTLE's a crazy mission. Imagine doing this non-stop for the whole day and night! :S Initially I thought it would be easy to fill up the bottle because I wanted to add some paper stars inside too. I even bought origami star papers online because the price for the papers here is unbelievable high ><

However, I found out that I couldn't master the skill of folding stars, so I gave up and continued with my endless punching mission. [ps: I also asked my mom's friend to bring back these origami papers so my mom can pass to my cousin or else this thing will just be left to rot in some corner of my room] 


Spent more than 30 hours on this (of course I didn't do all in one shot). I was doing this while watching Jang Keun Suk's old Korean drama and it was of 24 episodes. Upon finishing the drama, I only filled up the bottle by 60% so another few hours to fill it up till this current level. 

You have no idea how happy and satisfied I was when I finally completed this! I felt like opening a champagne and putting up fireworks LMAO!

So proud of myself NYAHAHA!!!!! xDDD

The reason for this unusual "gift wrapping" is because I want myself to realize that my mom's effort to raise me up in these 18 years is incomparable. Throughout the process, whenever I felt like giving up and wanted to wrap the necklace in an ordinary gift wrapper, I would tell myself that my mom never complained about her role as a mom for freaking 18 years. So, doing this for more than 30 hours is NOTHING AT ALL!!! Kept on telling myself until I completed it :3 SATISFACTION LEVEL --- MAXIMUM!!!!

The necklace's hidden in the bunch of colour papers. I don't think my mom will notice it :p So IF she can't figure out the secret inside, this blog post will be a sort of "handbook" for her! That explains why I only wrote this update after such a dreadful long time. 

Adding a few random selca that I took just in case you miss me mom Hahahaha :p

Anyway,once again~ HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MOM 생일 축하합니다!

Hope you like the gift ♥♥♥ 사랑해

Peace & love, xo

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  1. pretty!

    You are so talent in D.I.Y!I like it!

    Read your post that realize you doesnt like sweet?Me too!I love sour stuff!

    We can be twins!

    1. actually this doesnt have anything to do with talent :p my friends are all very pro in this field. im no match ><

      ok, lets meet in japan and find sour things :p hehehe

  2. Woho, cool :D The paper bottle looks like the gift itself :D I'm sure your mom was happily surprised :D!
    (I'm feeling some sorta urge to try the same, but fortynately(?) I don't have time :D

    xxx Lara

    1. hehehe i advise u not to try it...or else, find a SMALL bottle. because it's so frustrating when u cant fill up the bottle hahaha!

  3. Nice present that u did for ur mum!!
    Thumbs up!! =)

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    1. thank you. it's made with an app called Mei Tu Xiu Xiu.

      this is it ^^ it's free :D

  5. ohh how interesting! I think without closer look I thought they were stars!

    ^__^ cute presents!

    xoxo HitomiNeko xoxo

    1. i dont know how to make sad.... TT or else i wouldve used stars to fill the bottle (i suppose that would be much easier :p) hehe

  6. oh no, u r so sweet. I guess ur mum will be very happy. :D

    yea, i m malaysian n i stay in malacca, nice 2 meet u !

    1. malacca! cool! reminds me of the round chicken rice ^^ nice to meet u :)

  7. awwww... you so geng lar..
    hahahahahaha !!! :)

    your mom sure very happy de lor..
    take care your mom well yea...
    happy birthday to your mom also..^^

    1. thank u!! no lar...not geng pun...whole life 1st time do this thing. my friends all damn pro in this de ><

  8. thank you! have a nice day too! btw, nice blog :D



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