My name's Deb, how lovely to meet you! I'm so glad you stopped by...

In November 2008 I made my first sock monkey (yep, that's him alright)....and as they say...the rest is history...

In February 2009, Sock It To Me! was born and my life used to consist of Teza by day (Good afternoon, you're speaking to Chaos Control & Crayon Girl, how may i help?) and monkey business by night.

It was very exciting but I left my home and reality for a crazy journey of enlightenment around Asia. So, here I am soaking up the sights and sounds of sunny Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and working for CLEO, the coolest mag ever. Thanks again for stopping by, sit back, relax and Happy Reading!

xoxo Miss Deb

Saturday, May 8, 2010

KL hails monkey arrival...

Or at least that's what the headlines should read since this hit the stands....
(Please overlook my sweaty gumby look, I'd already been jumping around in excitement for a while by then)

Remember the article I was telling you guys about a while back? Well the lovely people of IM magazine weren't slacking off, they just saved it for their crafty issue! No scanner at home so these will have to do for now! What a spread...thanks IM! See the online version here.

Baby sailor monkey does the intro...

Wee plug for Kraftbomb, Cross Street and Discovery Camp..

Surely a new sock monkey on stairs record...

Couldn't leave out the culprit of my craft obsession - my mum!

And lastly, go forth and multiply my freaky toe sock creation...Muahahaha...(queue frankenstein music!)

Another big thanks to IM and viva la sock monkey revolution!

Miss Deb

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May issue of CLEO


This is my first issue!! As you can probably tell from my expression tee hee hee...

Will have to post scanned copies of my columns and articles asap but just wanted to share the excitement!

Big hugs to everyone who knew I had it in me before I did, you are loved!
Miss Debs

Saturday, April 24, 2010

This Saturday...

Hello everybody,

This post may be a little disjointed as I've been awake since 5am! I had a photo shoot to do for my feature story so we had to get in when the girls were training. We've got a gap til the last shoot at 6pm so I'm laxing with the boys at the studio. I've just had a huge lunch of Unagi Kimchi Omelette so I'm feeling quite drowsy. I've already selected the photos from this morning's shoot but I don't have the concentration to work on the copy yet. Oh well!

What else is new? I'm poorly. Things have been mad busy at work so it's not surprised that the exhaustion reared its ugly head in the form of a snotty nose and a frog in my throat. I had mad dreams last night because I couldn't breathe properly but Dean was nice enough to let me use his awesome pillow so I did get some sleep. Am hoping the hectic schedules will ease up a little but no sign of that happening on the horizon! The difference now compared to my time at acorn is that I want to have more energy so that I can keep going and going!

Anyway, gonna chill and watch some AFC before 6pm!

Big hugs to all!
Miss Debs

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bachelors, Speed Dates, Dance Rehearsals, oh my!

Hello my pretties,

It's been ages! I do apologize for my absence. My world currently consists of all things CLEO so I'm such a nana, in bed by 10pm when I can and working my behind off the rest of the time.

It's been awesome. Am loving the people I get to call my colleagues, they are just as crazy as I am so it's like I've found my tribe! There's often lots of chatter and laughter coming from our cubicle as well as interesting story swapping and food sharing.

The writing bit has been tough but good. I think having to produce usable copy at the drop of a hat is terribly challenging but I'm hoping it'll get easier. Am doing 4 advertorials for this issue and hoping to do 2 feature stories as well, oh and of course, there's the 5 monthly columns I have to do. Now can you see why I haven't been blogging???

On top of that, April is the month of CLEO's Most Eligible Bachelors!

We just had the speed date event yesterday which was a blast. Most of the guys have been super easy to deal with but of course there's the occasional whiney one that needs a good smacking hahaha. Still hilarious to get to hang with them and help them out when the pressure's on. The finale is at the end of this month so we've still got dance rehearsals going on and a heck of a lot more work to do!

Aside from the work front, all is well in Deb and Dean world. We just had a good friend of ours visit, not under the most positive circumstances but it was still a treat to have a slice of NZ in our home. Thank goodness she brought real chocolate and Marmite! Oh and my mum's coming to visit while Dean's away, which means there's lots of sewing and shopping to be had! Life has significantly changed since my stint with unemployment, no more sleep-ins or time-killing by the pool. Its all go go go from here on out. BUT, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Hugs and kisses,
Miss Deb

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jobs and kisses...

Sorry for the lack of posts my little bunnies! Work has been crazy busy. There's so much new information to absorb that I come home mentally exhausted and am sound asleep in my nana jammies by 10pm. I'm in my second week now and I think I'm slowly getting the hang of things and hoping to time manage a bit better so nobody has to suffer without their deb-fix.

Lots of exciting stuff going on, I'm learning about tearsheets and job bags and today I get to go 'shopping' for clothes for this weekend's photo shoot.

Got to run, I've got a few more things to suss before we head out to the shops. So, I'll leave you with a delectable wearable that I'm dying to get my mits on!

Straight from Chocolate Town USA, I give you the Silver Hershey kiss Necklace:

Miss Deb

Friday, March 5, 2010

Something for 'this' weekend maybe?

Have I died and gone to bag heaven? This is adorable.

Overnight bag - vintage travel design

A beautiful overnight bag with ‘Something for the Weekend’ embroidered on the poppered front pocket. The bag also has two pretty charms: a metal plane and a pvc postage stamp embossed with ‘travel in style’. A handy zipped inner pocket and phone pocket help keep your valuables safe.

Kudos to the lovely Megan from Charade for this fabulous find!

I've got a thing for maps, and old school envelopes and this vintage shape of bag...SO this is perfect!

I will have you...one day soon!
Miss Deb

While I'm at it, I think I'll have the entire vintage travel series please! Look at these...found after I'd finished the post...squeal, love the cheeky inscriptions too!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


This is so beautifully tragic!

Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

Written and Directed by: Rodrigo Blaas
Produced by: Cecile Hokes
Music: Mastretta
Art Director: Alfonso Blaas
Lighting Supervisor: Jonatan Catalán
Character Technical Supervisor: Jaime Maestro
Character Design: Bolhem Bouchiba, Carlos Grangel,
Sergio Pablos, Santi AgustĂ­
Animation: Daniel Peixe, ManueBover, Remi Hueso
Sound Design: Tom Myers and David Hughes
Post Production Coordinator: David Heras
Special Thanks: Keytoon, Next Limit, UserT38

Full credits: almashortfilm.com

Caught in a daydream...

This week has been so surreal...much like this creation by Ninja vs Penguin.

It doesn't feel like my last week of freedom and yet thoughts of Monday release the swarm of butterflies in my tummy. I've decided to tidy the house and organize my wardrobe before the chaos starts but so far, I've only mustered enough drive for the cleaning part. It's like I'm walking around in a daze...

It's been one of those weeks that so much has happened it feels like a month's gone by - we got into a car accident the other day (don't worry, nobody was hurt) and my parents came home from holiday to find the family broken into. Sigh...I know it all happened for a reason but because I've been feeling anxious about it all that now it's sorted I'm feeling numb today and tired. Boo...this is lame...

Think I'll go for a swim to clear my head!

Miss Deb

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Made me smile...

Hello chickadees,

I've had a nightmare couple of days but I was reading one of my favourite blogs - by the gorgeous Sarah Von and came across this...

If you want to learn more about this delectable functional work of art, you can go here.

Miss Deb

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I am this happy...

And it feels like the excitement is going to explode out of my body!

I got the CLEO job I was hoping and wishing and praying for!!

It sort of happened all at once yesterday...

I got 2 calls for 2 interviews - one for a copywriter position and the other for a youth camp leader position so I was thinking to myself, this is nice. Especially after my last post haha...

Then in the afternoon, I got a call from the magazine. When the call ended, I screamed and jumped around like a mad person for a bit before I regained composure to call the boy.

I am so so so stoked. I know it's going to be hard and a bit of an uphill climb at first but I finally feel, for the first time in a long while, that I'm headed in the right direction. I know this because I lay awake smiling last night while I was lulled by a montage of my thoughts, images and ideas for the job doing a happy line dance together in my head..

Mmmm, this is good.
Miss Deb

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Be gone all you obstacles!

So, why has the blog river run dry despite the fact that my iBaby is up and running?

Hit by a nasty cold - check
The kind that makes you feel like someone emptied your brains out and refilled it with cotton wool. Ugh! It was the worse timing ever because I was almost through my exercise 'threshold'! It's frustrating but I guess I know I've almost done it once, so when I try again I'll be just that little bit closer.

Popped my hip out of place - check
Before you freak out, please know that I am on the mend now. I've been to the chiropractor twice and I've got one last appointment on Friday. Now, if you move your attention to the diagram above...my S1 was the bit that popped out of place. It's the attaching bit to your hip and the bit of your spine that's closest to your behind when your sitting. I still don't know how I did it but I just happen to notice a hard bump on my lower back and it hurt when I tried to squish it away like you would a knot or pinched nerve. I found out what was really poking out when I was at the doctors and he reckons it was caused gradually by bad sitting posture...so our couch is the culprit...yeah yea yeah, and me for sitting there for long periods of time. My spine has been snapped and cracked back into place now and I even had some sort of electric pulses and a special physio ultrasound thingy done to me to help the torn tissue heal faster. Ah, chiropractic care, you've done it again!

Dang it, when it rains it sorta pours though doesn't it. I was just telling the boychum the other day that I was feeling a whole lot better about our new life here...then I get hit by one uphill climb after another. Good news is, once all the uphill bits are over, what's left? The view from the top and the easy fun ride down! So bye bye tough stuff and hello good times!

Which part of the 'hill' are you at right now? :)

Gentle hugs for now..
Miss Deb

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Unfortunately we were unable to retrieve anything off the hard drive but thankfully my last back up was in January. Funnily enough though, my most productive 3 weeks were between then and now so not a speck of those articles or photos from my birthday were saved! Alas, such is life. Everything happens for a reason right?!

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I'm back. Terribly brain dead from getting my laptop back to the way I like it so goodbye for now!

Catch ya
Miss Deb

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fried hard drive...

This is the reason for my abrupt silence. I heard little clicking noises coming out of my MacBook before my Safari crashed. I shut down the computer and when I tried to turn it back on an icon of a folder with a question mark popped up and blinked at me.

So, after some first aid from Dean's IT man at work, I've found that I fried yet another hard drive. And guess what? My last back-up was a while ago. So, if we fail to temporarily resuscitate the hard drive I will have lost all my recent photos and a couple of my articles too. What a bummer! I find writing something the second time round lacks a certain oomph factor...oh well!

I'm typing this up on the boychum's netbook. It has the tiniest keyboard that even I find cramped and I have little hands. How does he do it?

Well I better run, back up your computers now people!

Miss Deb

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wrap up of the week..

A thousand apologies for the lack of post this week! Here's why:

Monday was a public holiday but I started working on my article about green living that suits the Malaysian lifestyle.

Tuesday I put the finishing touches on that article and got to have dinner with our lovely friend Michelle.

Wednesday I emailed 2 magazines regarding freelance writing work - Expat Lifestyle and Blu Inc (the people who do Marie Claire, Shape and a bunch of other magazines here). I also started working on an article about me and my sock monkeys for a Malaysian indie magazine called I.M.

Thursday I got in touch with the editor of Cleo to see what's the latest with that prospective job and she'll be deciding by the end of the month. Keep them fingers cross for me, won't you?! I also sent through the sock monkey article to I.M. and I think they're going to publish it! I also started working on an article about my experience of growing up, leaving then returning to Malaysia for MANZA magazine. Quite a few people have expressed an interest in that story.

Today, I'm sleepy, at about 3 am last night, the fire alarm in our condo building went off! So I hope to have a relaxed one and keep working on that last article and think up a few more topics I'd like to write about in the coming week. All suggestions are welcome! There's also some thought of re-branding for my blog.

I managed to hit the pool every day this week too.

Will keep you posted, lovelies! Hope you had a good week.
Miss Deb

Thursday, January 28, 2010

An orange muffin day...

So people, I finished my 'test' article for CLEO and sent it off this morning, here's hoping it gets a gold star!

After the gym I decided it was time to break out some of the baking goodies I got for my birthday...

This is essentially what I'm like in the kitchen. :)

Anyhoo, I was lucky enough to get 3 mixing bowls in the end, a spatula, a measuring cup, an oven mit and all sorts of other non-baking items. So being unemployed and all, I didn't exactly want to make an extravagant 3 tier cake or anything so like anybody who's still plagued with student economics I first had a look at what I had lurking in the fridge. Then I had a look online and found this awesome basic muffin recipe. Here it is with my changes:


2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
Zest of 3 oranges
1 cup milk (I used the juice from the oranges and added milk to make it up to 1 cup)
1/4 cup vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar (and grate in orange zest, as soon as you hit the white bit of the skin move on to a new spot ok? Or else they'll be bitter) in a large bowl.

Make a well in the center. In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil. Pour all at once into the well in the flour mixture.

Mix quickly and lightly with a fork until moistened, but do not beat. (As you know, the key to a good fluffy soft muffin is minimal stirring) The batter will be lumpy.

Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups. (If you have a non-stick muffin tin you don't have to bother with the muffin cups and always half fill or else you'll encounter the overflowing muffin effect)

Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.

Other Variations: Blueberry Muffins: Add 1 cup fresh blueberries. Raisin Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped raisins. Date Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped dates. Cheese Muffins: Fold in 1 cup grated sharp yellow cheese. Bacon Muffins: Fold 1/4 cup crisp cooked bacon, broken into bits.

Now you should know that I have a citrus phobia, so cutting and juicing and zesting the orange was huge. I didn't think I was going to actually eat any but they smelled so good when I took them out of the oven. So I took a mouthful only to realize they tasted fabulous too. It's not too sweet so if you have a sweet tooth you might want to dust it with a little icing sugar but I swear the more you chew the flavours and the sweetness come through. YUM!

Wanna see?

Mmmm...nom nom nom!

Miss Deb

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The life of leisure...

Hello puppies...how's it hanging?

Yes, jobhunting is well, going. I have a few things in the mix that I hope to hear back from this week. Meanwhile, in my spare time, I have been going to the gym, sewing sock monkeys, watching movies while stuffing monkeys and reading lots. I wanted to share a few books and a lovely movie I watched today.

There's a library at MANZA (Malaysian, Australian, New Zealand Association) House which I visited recently. If you don't know this already, I'm a huge fan of libraries and borrowing instead of buying books. I've yet to find a public library nearby to where we live. The great thing about the MANZA library is that most of the books were donated by expats traveling around like us, so I am pleased to report that it is a treasure trove.
I finished Backpack by Emily Barr which I think is a must read for people who've travelled around Asia. It is a bit of a thriller too so don't read it while you are traveling alone if you scare easily like me. I could really relate to her experiences, not the 'charlie' withdrawals but the misconception of some travel destinations in Asia. Her skewed view of her relationship with Tom tugged at my heart strings, do we all have to go through the same thing? I guess so...

Also, finished Lolly Winston's Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted. Now that lady can write! It was an absolute pleasure to read...and extremely relatable and very funny. I highly recommend this one to anybody who loves books about falling over and finding yourself. It was a little like Eat, Pray, Love minus the zen wisdom. Looking forward to reading more stuff by her!

And lastly, I watched Julie and Julia this afternoon. A beautiful movie about learning to cook French cuisine and the cathartic nature of cooking. I loved it, Meryl Streep is adorable in it and Amy Adams wasn't too bad either, I can't say I'm usually a big fan of hers. Watch it, but if you're not convinced, think about this: Passion. Ambition. Butter. Do you have what it takes?

Our lovely friend Michelle's birthday bash is this evening. She doesn't know this yet but she's getting her very own sock monkey tonight. Yay! Happy Birthday, love!
Speaking of birthdays, yes, I know I still owe you a post on mine...I haven't forgotten, let's just say it's taken me a little while to recover. Tee hee hee!

Talk soon and I hope you're having a howdy-do-dee day!
Miss Deb

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reveling in a good day...

Aaah, I liked today.

This morning I made myself go to the gym even though my brain came up with half a dozen reasons for why I shouldn't. I defeated that silly voice and plan on making it disappear altogether one day.

At lunch time, I was so anxious about the upcoming interview but it was impossible to let it get me down with the number of supportive messages flooding my Facebook page wishing me luck and sending me warm fuzzies.

This afternoon I headed to an interview an hour earlier fearing I'd get lost along the way. I didn't get lost but I had some time to relax and collect my thoughts beforehand. By the time, I stepped into the office I was as cool as a popsicle and the adrenalin in my body was starting to wear off a little so I didn't babble like a crazy person or go too far off topic. I think I made a good impression but more importantly, I feel like I was totally myself and not a shell of the person I think they want me to be. It's nice to feel real and for it to be okay.

When I stepped out of the elevator afterwards, I was greeted by a torrential storm. How was I going to flag a taxi without becoming a drowned rat? A taxi just happened to drive up to the front of the foyer, I asked if he was waiting for someone and he said yes. So I went back to staring at the rain from inside the building, willing it to stop so I could go home. 2 minutes later, the same taxi man came in to ask me where I was headed, I told him and he drove me there.

Isn't it awesome when some days feel easy? I think I'll try and look out for how easy things can be in the hopes that more days like this one come along.

What's something or someone that made your life a little easier/better today?

Miss Deb

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Back to my old tricks...

I love my mum...her sewing machine foot peddle died and came back to life, but not before she bought a spiffy spare machine as she had some sewing emergencies. So guess who inherited the NEW sewing machine...Oh yeah, baby...

And the result:

Miss Deb

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sweaty but happy!

Just got back from one of those...

I'm trying to get into a routine before working life comes in to trample on my strong, muscle-y plans. Wanted to share with you a few tunes that help keep me pumped...

1. Heaven - DJ Sammi

2. Silence - Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan (Tiesto Remix)

3. O'Saya - Slumdog Millionaire

What's your favorite workout song? You know, the one that keeps you going for just seconds longer when you think you're really going to pass out on the threadmill this time..:)

Off to the showers,
Miss Deb

Saturday, January 16, 2010

How NOT to host an interview

I just got back from an interview this morning and realized within a matter of moments that it wasn't for me. Believe me, I'm all for giving people the benefit of the doubt but I really believe that company's need to know how to make the opportunity to work for them irresistable. I want to work for a company that is well presented, offers interesting opportunities and fuels my creativity. So, while I was sitting in the waiting room pondering my existence, I came up with a few thing employers shouldn't do if they want to find high quality employees and a maybe a few clues to look out for for the unsuspecting jobseeker.

1. Office space does not equal pig stye storage area:

Unless your dream job is to be a traveling salesman, I think it's safe to assume that you will be spending a lot of time in the office. In said work area, you will have to function tirelessly, fight off unwanted stress, channel creativity and create solutions. Unfortunately I believe it is beyond challenging if not virtually impossible to do so with perfectly functional rooms and corridors strewn with countless spare parts that can be likened to what computers would throw up, if they could. It doesn't give a very good first impression, on the contrary, makes one wonder if this is a sign of how the company does business - carelessly and disorganized.

2. Do not be late for the appointment:

It is common belief that this applies to both employer and potential employee however I've come to observe otherwise. Few companies keep to pre-scheduled appointments with potential employees. This is quite a shame as we all know that leading by example is the best way to lead. A lack in punctuality could mean the inability to to prioritize or juggle tasks effectively.

3. Do not answer your phone while interviewing me.

This is a huge No-no. It is simply common courtesy especially when a potential employee has been alloted a short period of your time, it is only fair that they receive your undivided attention. Failing to do so often results in people feeling unappreciated, worthless and therefore resentful.

4. Do not go for more than an hour.

An interview is meant to be an opportunity for both parties to meet, discuss the job on offer and figure out if the collaboration is meant to be. Discussing these details shouldn't take more than an hour as that leaves the chance to speak off topic wide open. A clearly structured meeting makes it possible to ascertain all the necessary information in the shortest period of time.

5. Do not ramble...

There is much information to be gained from an initial meeting. So, to make this easily digestible employers review CVs while chatting to applicants. In an ideal world, a similar CV-like document about the company would be given so that jobseekers can also understand or ask questions about the organization. It is important to remember that delving into an in-depth recount of the company's 10 year history is highly unnecessary. Clear, concise information is key.

6. Have some manners, please!

It is important to remain polite and courteous at all time. It isn't nice to read and snigger at a potential employee's CV in front of them, or look at their clothes and mumble something under your breath or inform them that they are not your first choice. The fact that you are taking the time to interview them surely means they possess some talent. Therefore, it is pointless to belittle or demean them when they are already anxious and wanting so much to impress you. Being gracious, humble and understanding is a skill for life.

7. Do not compromise my standards.

It is vital to be clear on the company's values and standards. Only when an employee knows of what is being asked of them can they excel and achieve. However, in the unlikely event that they uphold higher standards than the company, it is safe to assume that convincing them otherwise is unhelpful. Instead it should be viewed as an opportunity to utilize their abilities to raise the company's standards and obtain a competitive edge.

8. Sell the job to me.

This doesn't mean misrepresenting the job. On the contrary, it is speaking of the challenges while highlighting the rewards and opportunities. It is painting a picture of the possibilities. Telling of the countless long days with no breaks or overtime isn't a unique selling feature. However, if a company feels that due to previous experience or high turnover that this is absolutely necessary information to impart, it may be time to review the their priorities, values and work ethics. It is a known fact that companies that take care and care for the well-being of their employees get a happy and highly effective crew in return.

9. Do not burn bridges.

From the sea of people interviewed, there will only be one or two selected to join a company. However, every interviewed individual will take with them an idea of what the company represents. It is a small world out there, so make it a positive one. Word of mouth is a terribly powerful thing; amazingly helpful or thoroughly damaging. After all, six degrees of separation is all that stands between someone worthwhile and whether your company is worth dealing with.

10. Do what you say and say what you do.

This is a simple promise but a hard act to follow. If parameters are created, for instance, shortlisted candidates will be notified in two days, then it is essential that they are contacted within that time frame. Failing to do so, they should still be informed of the delay. It is the little things that make a company stand out in an ocean of faceless Capitalism.

Have I missed anything? Feel free to leave me a comment.

P/s Images taken from Google Images. :)

Miss Deb

Friday, January 15, 2010

25 things I want for my 25th birthday... (Part 2)

Good morning puppies!

Today's 5 potential present ideas for Miss Deb come from the awesome-mest online shop on the planet - fredflare.com

It is safe to say that I'd adore anything you choose from this website. So without further delay...

1. Hot shot! Camera ring

2. Rain parade mini umbrellas

3. This airmail pouch...

4. Gingham "I Heart You" dress - swoon!

5. And finally, everyone needs a bacon wallet!

More to come...
Miss Deb

Thursday, January 14, 2010

25 things I want for my 25th birthday... (Part 1)

10 sleeps to go, people! So, just in case any of you are feeling particularly generous, here are a few items that would do well as 25th birthday type pressies...

1. A wonderful Lomo:

2. This fabulous necklace inspired by Sophie from Mamma Mia and handmade by onelifejewellery

3. Some new togs would be nice, mine are sagging in all the wrong places! These 50s inspired ones would be perfect.

4. If possible, I'd like a big box of this...

The skill not the book...

5. This gorgeous tattoo as seen on my blog crush Bleubird Vintage:

6. A nice mixing bowl so I can stop marinating or combining things in my sauce pan and any other baking related items are much welcomed:

7. A sharp knife set so I can have sliced instead of mushed tomatoes in my sandwiches...

8. I'd like to finally know my purpose in life please...

9. I heart charm bracelets like this one from littleminds:

10. Nothing says love like stationery! Like this fabulous journal and cute note paper from Bust Boobtique

Tune in tomorrow folks, for more gift ideas!

Miss Deb
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