Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain

Its been said that we should live within our means. I try to. I really do. But you see, how can it possibly be to walk past beauty stores and don't buy anything. Skin-care and make-up products are like a magnetic attraction for me. If I don't buy at least one product, my head will explode. Talk about will power. Can we?? As it is, there's no more space on and in the dressing table. Too many mostly skin care products until some just tested for a few times and conveniently became ornaments. In fact just three weeks ago, I bought the Elianto Brilliant Riche Lipstick. Truly nice for my lips but here I am again. Thank you to the well trained TBS promoters. They don't bug you but they sure know how to pitch for sales. I look at the lip & cheek stain, she comes over, I tested the colour and I bought. About the same story always.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Elianto Brilliant Riche Lip Colour (06 - Wild)

I admit that its saver buying lipsticks/lipglosses from familiar brands (MaybellineLaura MercierRevlon or Lakme) compared to from a brand I've never tried before. Certainly those lippies were suitable for my complexion and my big mouth. Then again, being an adventurous person and a blogger who's trying to make a name by blogging about skin-care and make-up products, I shouldn't remain on a familiar ground. Otherwise how to be at par with the sweet-young-things who are given dozens of products for women at my age group despite reviewing by copying word to word from press releases. Sad it is. Such is the scenario in the Malaysian blogging world. That aside, such a waste if I don't try new products for my own personal satisfaction.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Restoran Angcle Peoh - (Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang)

I was under the impression that everyone is holidaying in Bahamas, Mauritius, Spain, Osaka and all over the globe during the Hari Raya long weekend. If you wondering how I know, perhaps you are no longer active on Facebook. I too would have love to travel but for some reason or rather, my travelling shoes have been collecting dust. It's okay for I had something more interesting to look forward to. That something is none other than meeting Ms. Ang and her husband at their restaurant.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Banh Mi Cafe - Bandar Puteri (Puchong)

Come follow me. Follow me for an exciting food trail to Banh Mi Cafe to tuck into the authentic Vietnamese dishes. The moment you walk in, its as though you are really in a cafe in Vietnam. Yes. I'm talking about the ambiance. A precise and welcoming deco to reflect the dishes featured on their menu. Certainly quite a tough call what to order unless you've been here before. Otherwise take your time, flip the menu and decide between the food and drinks illustrated beautifully and explained well. The signature dish without a doubt is the French baguettes. A few variations to suit your preference. Also its interesting to note that Banh Mi has been reviewed and featured in newspapers and tv channels. Quite a big achievement I have to say.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mayflower Restaurant - Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam (Revisited)

I think I deserve a pat on my shoulder for organising my other half's birthday celebration. Perhaps you're wondering why. Let me explain. First I had to decide on the venue. Next finalizing the number of family members who will be coming while considering the type of food which must please them. Three days before the dinner, I came over to Mayflower to have lunch, to pre-book two tables and to confirm the option between the non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Bio-Oil's Be Confident Workshop - Roost Cafe (Bangsar Baru)

Confidently I walked into roost cafe knowing very well I'm on time for the workshop. But seemed like the invited guest and like-minded fellow bloggers beat me. They were already seated confidently. Even before the workshop started, my confidence level shot high up when I saw the welcoming note on the impressive box with a bottle of Bio-Oil inside. While I can't speak on behalf of the rest, the card with my name captured my heart. So much so I knew its a promising workshop in a loveable ambiance.

Friday, July 10, 2015

JORD Wood Watch

Unlike when I was in education industry where a professional image is about wearing office attire, I'm more relieve now for I can wear what pleases me. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying I dress shabbily. I still maintained the right image but in casual attire. Quite a change I've to say. Albeit feeling sentimental seeing my office attires hanging in the cupboard, I'm trying to buy more casual clothes. Supposedly there's enough to keep going. But stocking up more stylish jeans, presentable tops and accessories won't hurt. Watches undeniable are also included as accessories. In fact a must despite having a phone which can also tell time. Creditably a watch is an evergreen fashion statement. At least for me.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ambronite Drinkable Supermeal

Life these days is all about perception. The perception we built based on what's shared on blogs and social media. Many have perceived my life as colourful. Yes. Admittedly colourful but not picture perfect as seen in the pictures. There's more behind the scene. As an avid cook, you'll be surprised I'm one of those who eat so little. In fact breakfast has never been the priority for the longest time. As I've said before, I find all sort of excuses not to the start the day with a meal. In fact eating is the last thing on my mind unless of course when I dine out. Also, life as a blogger may be fun as claimed by others. Nevertheless, its energy draining sitting in front of the laptop, figuring out what to write and adjusting the pictures for a postcard view. The same thing over and over to keep the blog going.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Turmeric Fried Fish With Oyster Sweet Sauce

The MyMahsuri Masak & Menang (cook and win) contest is still on-going. Closing soon for tomorrow is the last day. Since the previous "Fried Brinjal With Spicy Sweet Sambal" didn't impress the judges, I'm hoping this recipe can win the RM500.00. That said, seriously I'm wondering how and what's the criteria of selecting the winners. While I like to believe that simple dishes are the best, seem like a mambo-jumbo of ingredients is the critical success factor. You can't blame me for believing that cooking these days isn't about impressing our loves ones but about keeping it simple with a few ingredients for a decent meal. Guess I was wrong. Suppose perception and reality are two different things. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Launch of Supernewsroom - Malaysia's First Digital Media Relations Platform

As a blogger who've been blogging for five years, I've spent countless hours on-line. In fact I still do until my other half can't understand what's with staring at the screen and pressing the keyboard continuously. Obviously he knows I blog but he like to assume that I'm obsessed with blogging to the extent of neglecting him. Of course I admit sometimes he's neglected but since I'm also the home affairs minister, he shouldn't complain. Whatever it seems, as a blogger, its essential being connected with the rest of the world in real-time.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mahsuri Buka Puasa Event - Rumah Kebajikan Baitul Hidayah (Puchong)

Being a blogger isn't all about dolling up, attending glamorous events and rubbing shoulders with celebrities. At times it's about dressing appropriately for a meaningful buka puasa event at a welfare home. I was truly honoured to be invited to Rumah Kebajikan Baitul Hidayah organised by Mahsuri. I walked in, exchange greetings and had a chance to see and hear about how the children are cared in the home. Indeed such a meaningful way of reflecting the effort of Mahsuri and those present to make the event a success.  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mayflower Restaurant - Kota Kemuning (Shah Alam)

As said in Restoran Makanan Laut Lau Hai Jing, a special occasion calls for a family dinner. This time I was the one coordinating my other half's birthday celebration. Not a surprise sort of celebration for I've already told him. He wasn't all that excited but thought its a good idea to bring the family together for food and fun without touching on family sentiments. As for the venue, the choice was between the open concept ordinary Chinese restaurants or paying more at a restaurant offering better ambiance while assuming the food should be better too. Mayflower restaurant seemed a better choice compared to KK Mayflower since it looks quite posh. Also easier to locate after turning left from the first roundabout and driving further up along the same road passing by McDonalds.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fried Brinjal With Spicy Sweet Sambal/Gravy (Vegetarian)

Being invited for the buka puasa event this coming Saturday with Mahsuri at the Rumah Kebajikan Baitul Hidayah indeed is treasured. After all, it's going to be my first time. Certainly I am eagerly looking forward to the event. Meanwhile I've been quite curious to create dishes with Mahsuri sauces since I use kicap manis/sweet soy sauce and oyster sauce regularly for my cooking. Truly needed for the acquired Malaysian taste.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Chennai Station Curry House (Seksyen 11, Petaling Jaya)

As we parked along the narrow lane further down before Sri Paandi and Sri Grand City, at once we noticed Chennai Station. Previously where Suchan Deli was at the corner lot across the junction. Certainly we were hyped up. One way or rather and without the habitual discussion if we should try, we walked into the restaurant which resembled Suchan's ambiance. Perhaps a little touch up here and there. Of course we knew for we used to frequent Suchan many years ago. I suppose it was also a good thing. Unlike the standard ambiance of most Indian restaurants, Chennai Station appears modern. Black and white checkered flooring with tables further apart so that I don't have to listen to what other customers are talking about.  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Restoran Dulu & Kini @ KLMUC - Wisma Sachdev (Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur)

While Restoran Dulu & Kini is located in the heart at the Putra Campus in Wisma Sachdev and along Jalan Raja Laut as you turn right after Wisma Sime Darby, I as usual overlooked and drove further up. Then another drive back on the same street before arriving on time for the soft launch of the restaurant by Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMUC). Having begun its operation on the 1st June, Restoran Dulu & Kini is a joint venture between Malai Food Industries and Cosmopoint Group and is open to all students and the public.

Monday, June 15, 2015

RoLeaf Tea - Nature's Finest Fit For Royalty

Tea drinking culture goes back to ancient years. Between the many ways of how tea is consumed or enjoyed, I can recall what tea time was back then with my family. Mom made a huge pot of tea with lots of sugar and condensed milk alongside with at least one type of kuih-muih/cakes. I too used to help out in making the cakes during school breaks or whatever mum needed a break from spending all her time in the kitchen. Indeed it was exciting and thrilling that we filled up our tummy in the evening before dinner.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

TBC Cafe @Hatten Melaka (Terminal Pahlawan, Melaka)

While I couldn't possibly say no to the invitation to review TBC Cafe, it wouldn't definitely be viable to drive such a distance to Melaka. The invitation was put on hold until on the day I was in Melaka before the Ramadhan buffet at Hotel Equatorial Melaka.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Chutney Mary - Jalan Telawi (Bangsar Baru)

What I loved the most about Chutney Mary even before I tasted their food is the ambiance. Gosh!!! such a beautiful set-up with  vibrant red shade contrasted with other loveable colours as well. I sat outside with my other half and another friend and couldn't also take my eyes off the classy table layout and cutleries. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Ramadhan Buffet - Hotel Equatorial Melaka

Sometimes its worth going the extra mile for good food. Certainly I didn't regret driving for two hours all the way to Equatorial Melaka (Melaka - places to visit) for the first time. I went up to level 3 where Seri Nyonya Peranakan restaurant is and just loved the truly traditional ambiance. So nice that I couldn't just sit quietly. I had to take pictures of the rustic rich brown decor and baba nyonya decorative accessories.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ramadhan With Family, Friends & Colleagues - Dorsett Grand Subang

I so agree that breaking fast with family, friends and colleagues is something so meaningful and cherishable. I still remember back then when I just entered the working world and had to work past the normal working hours till late night. I tacked along with my colleagues for buka puasa anywhere they suggested. Indeed such a wonderful feeling of appreciating food for a relaxing one hour break. As expected it was about the same feeling at the ramadhan food review. Courtesy of Dorsett Grand Subang and with the media, bloggers and people I met for the first time.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Brahmin's Kitchen - PJ State

For the past one year or so, we’ve been vegetarian on Saturdays. Actually it’s because of my other half's religious belief. I am okay with how he feels. After all, abstaining from meat once a week is good for health and well-being though not all that easy for me. I usually cook the vegetarian dishes. 4 to 5 items for a wholesome lunch. At night, we eat tosai, chappati, nasi lemak and any other vegetarian food at the neighborhood Indian restaurants.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Restoran Makanan Laut Lau Hai Jing - Kampung Jawa (Klang)

Its customary for the family to come together for a meal when there's a happy occasion. Indeed we were told that dinner is at about 7pm at this restaurant situated along the main road just after the Kampung Jawa roundabout. We however over shot and drove further down until we realised that we have missed the restaurant. So we turned back, made a few calls and finally arrived at the huge restaurant with ample parking at the entrance.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Soup Restaurant - 1 Utama, Bandar Utama

I arrived way earlier at Bandar Utama for the Murad event. To kill time, at first I walked around the mall. Subsequently I decided that I should have an early lunch before the event starts at 2.00pm. I came back again to the ground floor and walked pass the row of eateries. Soup restaurant was like the best choice since I like Chinese soups. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

D'Fong Restaurant - Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya

I was in Damansara Kim for an audition for a tv program featuring food bloggers. As nervous as I was, I didn't fumble but I sort of knew its going to be a "no". Anyway it was a good experience of speaking Bahasa Malaysia in front of the camera and the crew. After the audition pass 2 pm, I didn't know where else to have lunch except at D'Tong situated on the ground floor of the same building. As I walked into the practically empty restaurant with my lunch companion, I was impressed with the neat-clean dining area decorated with red lanterns and large Chinese posters.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lakme Enrich Satin Lip Color

Lakme used to be my favorite brand during my teenage years. In fact it was the only brand I could afford even after I started working in my early twenties. My friends were the Lakme dealers. So buying was easy. After work, I go to their house, look through the samples, especially the lipstick shades in a huge palette and order what I want. Initially I tried a few different shades. Thereafter I knew which shades suited my skin and so I repurchased by ordering through the phone.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Body Shop Olive Shower Gel

I normally buy showers gels (lovely milk baths) at hypermarkets/drug stores for around RM15.00. In fact sometimes even cheaper for under 10.00 if there's "best buys". I bought this body shop shower while I was waiting for my other half to fetch me after attending a blogger event at the shopping mall. To kill time, I walked into Body shop store to casually browse the products. Just then the promoter came over to explain about the shower gels I was looking at. I as usual couldn't walk away without buying something(vitamin C reviver duo, brow lash gel, vitamin c face spritz, elderflower eye gel and white shiso cleaning oil). Apart from the gel, I bought another two products at discounted price. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kuih Kosui

Similar to the sago gula Melaka, rose sago gula Melaka, pumpkin sago dessert and kuih sago kukus, kuih kosui is another sweet delicacies of Malaysia. The steamed cake is sweet, soft and springy in texture, with a wonderful aroma of pandan leaves and flavour of gula Melaka. Since I'm making it for the first time after many years,  I asked my friends whether should I add alkaline water. Some vouch its a must whereas the rest weren't sure. Anyway I didn't want to take a chance by not adding. So I went from one shop to another looking for it. I couldn't find. Well, I think it was a blessing in disguise for even without the water, the cake turned out as I expected. Not 100% perfect but sure, absolutely delicious. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Skinfood Rice Mask

By all means, have a facial at beauty salons to pamper and maintain a clear complexion. Ultimately who doesn't like to lie back, ease tension and let the beauty therapist take care of the skin. Sounds amazing right???  I too would love such indulgence but since I have high expectations, a standard facial doesn't please me. I love those expensive pampering spa packages which I can only afford perhaps two or three times in a year(Jentayu Spa, Chakras Spa, Tanjung Wellness Spa and Chi Spa). At other times, its a DIY Facial - cheaper and with products bought at beauty stores (La Colline Eye Mask, Activa Action Mask and Garnier Peel Off Mask). 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Lovesick

I suppose old habits die hard. I walk pass pharmacies and I must go in on the pretext of casually browsing the products. Eventually??? I end up buying something. If its not a mask (DIY MaskActiva Mask and Garnier Lightening Mask), at least an affordable lip product (Maybelline Mascara and Maybelline Red Porcelain Lipstick) like this balm stain (around RM35,00). Buying make-up stuffs at pharmacies as you know is about standing in front of counter/shelf and testing the colours before you decide which to buy. Pretty much what I do all the time. On this day, I was lucky for the pleasant promoter suggested I try Revlon Lovesick. I tested on my hand and couldn't agree more for I didn't mind a vibrant pink colour on my lips.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cooking Demo By Nadia Lim (New Zealand Masterchef Winner)

Anyone who is invited by Berjaya University College for a cooking demo by Nadia Lim must be excited. I admit I was over the moon when I met her. For a person with world wide accolades, she is such a down to earth person. Unbelievably true. I never expected the winner of New Zealand Masterchef  second series is so genuine and sincere in sharing her background, how she shot to fame and what life is as a celebrity chef. 
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