The Le Creuset Lifetime Guarantee – Fact or Fiction?

A little more than a month ago, I discovered, to my utter dismay and shock, that the inner enamel base of one of Le Creuset French ovens, had a big gaping chip!  I had no idea how it happened because I only discovered it while I was washing up after dinner.

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I was totally devastated.  Not only was it my most frequently used one, because of the perfect size for my family when I cook stews and sauces and soups, but it was a piece of kitchenware that I had grown so fond of.  The big crack opened up to show the iron portion beneath and it was totally unusable for it will only begin to rust.

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I know that Le Creuset offers a lifetime guarantee on its products, but I wasn’t too hopeful on how the Le Creuset guarantee would work in Malaysia, even more so because my Le Creuset kitchenware was purchased in the United States.  Nevertheless, I had to give it a try and decided to call the Le Creuset office in Kuala Lumpur to inquire how I could pursue a claim.

The customer representative informed me that I had to send the damaged item in for inspection by the Quality Control team, and after about 5-7 days, if they deem the damage is caused by a manufacturing defect, then they will arrange for a replacement.  I then asked what if it cannot be replaced, can they repair it for me?  She told me the Malaysian branch does not handle repairs and we have to send it to France, which will cost a fortune!

There was also no Le Creuset branch in Penang, so I had no choice but to ship it to KL.  After all, I could not use the pot at all, so I might as well send it in and hope for a replacement and honoring of the Le Creuset guarantee.

After about 2 weeks, someone called me to let me know that the inspection was completed.  However, before I was told that a replacement would be given, I was asked several questions like how often I use the pot and for what reason, etc. Apparently the inspection tests had shown that the enamel layer had also minute cracks that could not be seen by the naked eye.

Long story short, the lady told me she would give me a replacement, but may not be able to obtain the same color as my pot.  The colors they would be able to give are dependent on their stock, and so a week later, someone else contacted me to let me know that I had a choice of these 3 colors:

  • Volcano (an orangey hue)
  • Kiwi (lime green)
  • Cherry (red)

Before we purchased the set in blue a couple of years ago, my husband had indicated he liked the orange Le Creuset, but since the Cobalt Blue was the only color on clearance, we decided on that instead.  So now, it was a no-brainer that our choice is the Volcano pot.

Next came another problem.  Le Creuset KL WILL NOT ship the pot to Penang. Not even if I paid them to do it!  What??!!  That’s totally ridiculous!  Apparently it’s not their company policy.

Well whatever.  They can’t expect to have customers only in Klang Valley, yes?

So in the end, I arranged for my own forwarder to pick up the said item from their store and bring it to me in Penang.  This part was smooth, and after all the drama, I now have a new Le Creuset pot in a glorious orangey hue.  Ain’t she a beauty?

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Because this is so different from the color I currently have on my other Le Creuset items, it will now be treated as a focal piece in my kitchen instead.  Love it!! xx

Coincidentally, this incident happened around the same time my girlfriends and I were discussing whether it is worthwhile to invest in a Le Creuset, as opposed to other cast iron cookware from other brands, which are more reasonably priced.  I’ve only argued on and defended Le Creuset based on the taste of food, which is definitely more superior compared to using just a plain pot or slow cooker, but now it is clear to see that paying premium for a set of Le Creuset kitchenware or even just a Le Creuset French Oven is worth every penny.  We are paying for satisfaction and reassurance, and a heritage we can pass on to our future generations.  (The only thing Le Creuset Malaysia could improve on is their shipping options.  They currently do not ship outside of Kuala Lumpur and I had to arrange for my own forwarder to pick up the item to ship it back to me, at my own expense.)

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Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls: When Addiction Turns Into Action

The best cinnamon rolls I have ever tasted come from a popular bakery in Penang, situated along Nagore Road.  However, it has been more than a month now that I had a chance to fulfill my craving (and addiction) for those soft, fluffy buns.  They have always been sold out the last 3-4 times I had been there.

Last Sunday I was disappointed yet again.

So I decided I had to take matters into my own hands.  I could not stand the wait any longer and started looking for a recipe I could use.  I found this Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe, which looked divine, and decided to try it.  The blogger who shared this recipe calls it the World’s Easiest Cinnamon Rolls, but I cannot confirm that since I have never baked them before.  They were easy to make, this much I can tell you.  I substituted a few items in the recipe with the stuff I had on hand, and voila…these came out smelling absolutely heavenly from my humble oven…

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I made a very simple frosting/glaze with evaporated milk whipped with powdered sugar, and it gave the cinnamon rolls a very elegant feel.

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I had these cinnamon rolls for my afternoon snack yesterday and yes, if you’re wondering, they taste absolutely splendid with a cup of coffee!

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Errrm…I might have to bake another batch like really soon too, because the first batch is ALL GONE!  This time, I’ll remember the raisins :)

Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls (Source)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar, divided

Directions:

  1. In a large sauce pan (or in a bowl in the microwave at 30 sec increments), heat the milk and 3 Tbsp butter until warm and melted, never reaching boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to 110 degrees, or the temperature of bath water. It should be warm but not too hot or it will kill the yeast.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on yeast. Let activate for 10 minutes, then add 1 Tbsp sugar and the salt and stir.
  3. Next add in flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring as you go. The dough will be sticky. When it is too thick to stir, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or so until it forms a loose ball. (I used my trusty Kitchen Aid for this, and it saved me a lot of effort and time)
  4. Rinse your mixing bowl out, coat it with canola or grapeseed oil, and add your dough ball back in. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. Brush with 3 Tbsp melted butter and top with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 – 1Tbsp cinnamon.
  6. Starting at one end, tightly roll up the dough and situate seam side down. Then with a serrated knife or a string of floss, cut the dough into 1.5 – 2 inch sections and position in a well-buttered 8×8 square or comparable sized round pan (you should have about 10 rolls). Brush with remaining 2 butter (melted) and cover with plastic wrap. Set on top of the oven to let rise again while you preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Once the oven is hot, bake rolls for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve immediately.

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Easy Meal: Scrambled Eggs on English Muffin

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We made this for lunch the other day, my 6-year old and I.  It was so easy, and yet so nutritious, but most of all, it was incredibly yummy!

  1. Simply chop up some tomatoes and lettuce (or any other vegetables that strike your fancy.  Cucumbers, zuchinni, bell peppers…but my rule of thumb is the more colorful, the better).
  2. Heat up the skillet and melt some butter in it, or use a bit of vegetable oil.
  3. When oil is hot, crack two eggs into it and stir gently with a spatula.
  4. Add in the chopped vegetables and grate some cheddar cheese into the mixture.
  5. Stir gently for about a minute over medium heat.  Be careful not to burn the eggs.
  6. Season with some salt and turn off the flame.
  7. Slice an English muffin into 2 and spread some butter on it.
  8. Dish out scrambled egg mixture and serve warm.  Goes extremely well with a glass of fresh orange juice and good company.

This is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. :)

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An Extraordinary Life-Saving Mission and Opportunity with Izumio and Super Lutein

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If you have been reading my blog or if you have been following me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you would have possibly read lots of posts and detailed information about Izumio and Super Lutein.  These are the natural health supplements that came into our lives not too long ago, and I daresay, have changed our lives forever.

I’m sure you would have wondered why I have been sharing information about Izumio and Super Lutein.  Like a broken record, I have been going on and on and on… I’m sure some of you must have deduced, “Ohhh….she must be in the business and trying to close a sale!” or “Ohhh….must be another MLM business thingy!”

I would like to set the record straight.

Yes, I have taken the proverbial bull by its horns, and am currently on this life-saving mission of a business promoting these awesome natural healing products. But….errrm….the big question mark….it’s an MLM business, is it not?  Most people I know will run the opposite direction when they hear it’s an MLM business, discounting the fact that these are fabulous products.  I don’t blame them, because there are some businesses out there who give MLM businesses a bad name.

Yes, I have started in this MLM business …and if you know me well enough, you will find it very strange as to why and how I would even invest in this business.  Well, here’s why…

When I first started my daughter off on Izumio and Super Lutein as natural healing health supplements for her eczema, my utmost priority was to get her healed.  Period.

I had heard testimonials that show that these products would absolutely help her and I decided, against the will of my pocket and my savings, that I just gotta do what a mom’s gotta do.  So try them we did.

To our delight and relief, the products went to work almost immediately and we saw improvement in just a few weeks.  Physical improvement could be seen on her skin, hair and eyes, and overall, she just looked happier and more contented.

However, it would not take a math genius to figure out that consuming these health supplements, though they were of utmost high quality and worked wonders, would cost us an arm and a foot (and maybe much more too). So I had to look for a way to make them affordable to me.  I had to find a way to reduce the consumption cost because I wanted so much to see my daughter heal completely.

And that’s when I was told that if I shared about how these products have helped me and my family, I would be rewarded with a thank you bonus from the company.  I was also told that there are people that have successfully managed to reduce the consumption cost to the extent that they are consuming for FREE!!  I almost doubled over!  Consuming these amazing products for FREE??!!  That’s unbelievable! But believe it because it is true.

It’s like if I go to my favorite coffee place and drink my favorite latte, then I go and tell everyone about how delicious that cup of latte was.  In turn, everyone would then go to this coffee place and buy the latte based on my recommendation.  In return, the coffee place rewards me with a free latte on my next visit.  Something along those lines.

That’s why I have been sharing and sharing and sharing. I can’t stop sharing because I know these are fabulous products and it would be so selfish of me not to share, because I know that someone I know may benefit from the knowledge that these products work.  Or someone I know may know of someone’s sister’s husband’s cousin who may need these supplements.  They say sharing is caring and I can’t agree more.  Most importantly, I am giving hope to some who have seemingly given up all hope and telling them that these products are effective and they have worked to heal such-and-such a disease.

So yes, the next question you will ask is, “Is this an MLM business?”

The answer is YES.  But what next? So what if these products are marketed via MLM?  It’s just the company’s decision to market it as such, and I can safely tell you that these products will cost much more if they were marketed through, say, pharmaceutical chains.  I have done months and months of research on these products and I can guarantee you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I am totally convinced on the efficacy of these products.  Independent studies have proven how molecular hydrogen acts superbly as the most powerful antioxidants ever and how carotenoids can effortlessly and naturally treat a host of illnesses and at the same time maintain a healthy body.  We are so blessed to have this potent combo made available for us.  From the advanced technology employed to produce such stellar products, they would cost so much more if they were marketed and sold at retail stores. Who would buy them then?

If people could pay close to RM20 for a cup of designer coffee, why is it that they cannot pay RM14.50 for a pack of Izumio hydrogenated water, chockful of antioxidants and goodness for their bodies?

I understand the stigma that stems from MLM, and I too, shun away from people who go all out to promote their MLM businesses to me, because I have not had any good and positive experiences with MLMs.  To tell you frankly, I am only a member of Amway besides this Naturally Plus business, and for Amway, I joined because we installed the drinking water treatment system in our homes, which is working really well for us.  I previously enrolled myself in another MLM promoting aromatherapy products, and while those products were effective, they were costly and it was hard to succeed because there was no strong supportive team and the business plan required a hard set target each month that was stressful, at least to me.

With the Izumio and Super Lutein business, I believe I have found my own calling in a life-saving business that is offering me a balanced equilibrium where I find joy and satisfaction in helping people around me, as well as earn a decent income.  Of course, I don’t earn enough to cover the family’s expenses yet, but I’m proud to say that I have to-date won a ticket to Japan, just from sharing about these products.  Bear in mind that I have only been doing this for 3.5 months so far, and I did not need to go house to house selling these products.  Baby steps, I tell myself and I will eventually get there.  The possibilities are endless, folks, and the amazing thing is watching people getting better, heal and gaining improvement in their quality of life.  No amount of money could be better than that.

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Anyone can excel in this business if they have an open mind and a caring heart.  The fantastic team I am in is brimming with positive energy and superb teamwork.  We are go-getters and definitely driven, but yet take the time to chill and relax.  From fresh graduates to SAHMs to business professionals and executives, we form a team that is strong and supportive.  You have the flexibility to go all-out and get the results you want as fast or as slow as you want.  In this business, there are no monthly targets and no monthly and yearly deadlines.  The points you accrue will keep on increasing until you earn your bonuses, as fast or as slow as you want.  You set the pace and you decide the outcome, starting with an investment from as low as less than RM450 per month.  What more can you ask for?

Should anyone decide to join me and my team in this amazing life-saving opportunity which is so noble and rewarding on all fronts, I can guarantee you this:

  • A business that combines excellent products and a superior compensation plan.  The amazing products truly speak for themselves and the marketing and compensation plan is a very fair one that rewards hard work on all fronts.  There’s no better combination, and the business plan is based on a binary system that pays out bonuses based on 9 different bonus structures, perhaps the most in any business plan now.
  • You will be owning your very own business where you will be guided to see it grow.  The sky is the limit, folks!  Whether you want to treat this as your source of passive income or your only source of income, you call the shots.
  • I use 100% integrity to run this business and everything will be explained in crystal clear detail.  No beating around the bush and no double standards.
  • No pressure, no deadlines and no monthly targets (not if you don’t set them yourself!)
  • You will find yourself learning new stuff every day.  From emerging medical technologies to running a team you call your own, you will find yourself achieving things you never thought possible.
  • You will work at a pace comfortable to you, at an approach which I will tailor-make specific to your needs.

Come and talk to me if you want to know more about how these products can benefit you and your family in terms of life and health.  Lots of people have found renewed improvement in their life and are living such healthy lives now, doing things that they love and never dreamed possible.  Or if you think you want to learn more about this business and how you can grow it in an exponential manner, I am also open for discussion at no obligation whatsoever.  Alternatively, if you want both to attain a healthy life and create a business opportunity for yourself at the same time, I’m all ears too.  Email me at giddytiger@gmail.com or contact me at +6012-4179822 (I’m available via text, Whatsapp, Line App, Viber or WeChat). You can also check out the Izumio Penang Instagram Page or the Izumio and Super Lutein on Facebook for more details and information.  Don’t forget to mention that you came from Giddy Tigers. :)

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A Pleasant Surprise to Start the Week

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See those two white radishes?  They were part of my edible garden harvest today!! I hadn’t even planned on harvesting them, but this morning, as I was pulling out weeds in my containers and planters, I noticed these white radishes peeking through from the soil.  I didn’t even know they had grown so big!

I have a few more growing in my planters but they aren’t ready for harvesting yet.  These two homegrown white radishes will go into our vegetable soup this week!  Hurrah!!

Hopefully this is a sign of more exciting surprises in store for the week!

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