Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bread Tuna Pizza

If you start believing everything you see and read on social media, you will be doomed. Seriously, it can be depressing if you do because almost everyone seemingly is an achiever, life is about fabulosity and let me not even speak about being surrounded by such fantastic family and friends. Well and good, I am not envious, I am not jealous and sincerely I am happy for them. But the underpinning, underlying and unspoken truth I know will reveal otherwise. Social media I realise has become a fake disillusioned world.. No doubt there are some genuine friends, but the rest, I can’t comprehend and I don’t want to either. Anyway, not for me to judge others, relatives on social media is even worst. In fact, these so called family of mine and their close associates I know have been silently stooping on me.   

Thursday, August 25, 2016

L'Occitane Reine Blanche Illuminating UV Shield SPF50

Block the sun. Literally block it away from your skin. Of course, no doubt, I agree sun is our natural source of energy, light and heat, a touch of morning sunshine is good for our overall well-being and a bronzed complexion under limited sun exposure seemingly is more attractive. Nevertheless, I still fear the sun. Honestly I do (Heliocare Advanced SPF50). The slightest sunlight or even indoor infrared/visible light (Laura Mercier Moisturiser SPF20) is disastrous on my precious face (Medlite Laser Treatment and Microdermabrasion Therapy). Therefore, no matter what, come rain or shine, defending my skin against UVA & UVB rays (Olay Regenerist Moisturiser SPF30) ultimately is a must.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Chilli Sausage

I can still clearly remember how enthusiastically we entertained friends every year without fail during Deepavali (Semolina Rava Ladoo &.Mutton Gosht). Also, every now and then when friends came calling, I made it a point to put up a decent meal despite rushing and sweating in the kitchen. However, over the years, the enthusiasm fizzled out. I realise it is pointless entertaining those who have never invited us even for a small meal, moreover, when it came to their festive season, they prefer to holiday or celebrate within their own family.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chitose & Hokkaido (Japan) - Day 1

How time flies. More than a year passed by so quickly for me to eagerly pack (South Africa) for another love-travel lust with my imperfect soul mate in a tour group. Everything planned 6 months earlier, this 8 days 6 nights travel will be our first full blown winter holiday compared to the summer coldness I couldn't tolerate previously in Norway & Denmark and in Turkey where I experienced snow for the first time during my solo travel (Century Sultanhani Caravanserai & Koru Hotel, Bolu).

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cempedak Bijan Hitam Goreng/Fried

In my previous recipe (Malaysian Banana Fritters) I spoke about simplicity. Then in the other Malaysian dessert (Malaysian Banana Flambe), I briefly touched on alcohol and my hay years with it. Today, l shall introduce another Malaysian kuih-muih (Kuih KosuiKuih Sagu Kukus & Pulut Inti), simply said a sweet snack or perhaps can be considered as a dessert. Now, before anything else, lets get to know cempedak which sorry to say does not have an English name, yet it is the cousin sister or if you like, call it the cousin brother, uncle or auntie of Jackfruit.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Colombo - Sri Lanka

By now, we had traveled thousands of miles by road from Colombo to Negambo, Kandy, Nurwara Eliya and Katagarama. Subsequently, departing from Galle/Koggala, another loop back to Colombo where we will be for 2 days before returning home. Honestly, I felt as though we were journeying often instead of touring other interesting places. That’s why, eventually, after the third day, we literally pushed the guide to take us to places not included in the itinerary and for which we didn’t mind paying on our own. The lame guide on the other hand, even from day one had a hundred and one excuses which then rang the bell indicating he is merely a driver rather than a trained tour guide.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Precision Chef Knife Series (Edge of Belgravia) & Salted Fish Curry

As far as I can remember, I have been cooking for the longest time. Cooking during the initial years was mainly due to the endless indirect hints from my Indian man who prefer home cooked meals instead of eating out. He of course didn't openly pester me but when I had to constantly listen to how spectacularly his mum and sisters cook, I had enough. I thought I made the biggest mistake in my life by marrying this man, not realising it is the same story across the board, if not all, in a typical Indian household. So, to keep his mouth shut and to prove a point I can cook too, I started rolling the pots and pans. Never mind I messed up massively with the dishes which was still acceptable with my man, eventually I learned to cook and here I am today as chef of my house.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Butter

Tough call. Really it is to ensure my skin is always hydrated and smooth. No matter how much of fruits and vegetables I include in my daily meals and drinking water throughout the day, my skin can never bounce back to how it was back then let’s say ten years ago. In my early fifties once my biological clock stopped ticking seven years ago, I have lost it. I have lost the “rhythm and blues” of my body system, I mean keeping my skin supple is not an easy feat as how it used to be. Still, for the longest time from those years till now, I have been faithfully applying body cream/lotion every day after showering (Botaneco Be Forest Body WashBody Shop Olive Oil Shower Gel & Himalaya Honey Body Wash). So, what else is new except at least every three months once replenishing body moisturisers from different brands though generally, I buy the affordable within 20 dollars products.  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Malaysian Banana Flambe

Banana Flambe, oh-wow, sounds amazing right?. Oh-well, for me, banana flambe is a banana dessert (Banana Chocolate Cake & Bingka Pisang) anyone can make. Especially this version of mine without alcohol, or if you like, tip in some towards the end to flame it up before removing from heat. Speaking about alcohol, shhh! Just the thought of it is buzzing me up right now. Wish I still have the capacity like yesteryears (Orange Fruity Sangria & Grapefruit Sangria), whatever to the good old memories, to make this flambe, you don't need to search far and beyond for the ingredients. More or less, similar ingredients as for the Malaysian Banana Pancake & Malaysian Banana Fritterscome, follow me, I will show you the way to this sweet indulgence.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Galle/Koggala - Sri Lanka

Four days in Sri Lanka, (Negambo, Kandy & Nurwara Eliya), before journeying to Galle/Koggala the next day, we started our morning with an impressive freshly prepared traditional Sri Lankan breakfast at Katagarama. In fact, I would say it was one of the best among the rest of the breakfast so far despite waiting for at least half an hour. Worth the wait because the steamed rice cakes eaten with the fish curry and spicy blistering coconut chutney were superbly delicious. Truly my kind of food on which the tour buddies agreed, though one of them earlier sulked loudly about the slow service. Whatever, by the time we polished off every bit of the meal, temper and tantrum had fizzled off. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Korean Spicy Pork (My Style)

Love is such a significant word. Because of love, we compromise, we give in and we tolerate. The next question is what do we tolerate? Well, we tolerate the individual differences of the people we love, I am not saying we must give in all the time, but we learn to adjust and adopt. Otherwise, we end up battling love and too much of battling will lead to sadness and misery. Not easy I know, still, we try. Speaking about love, let me tell you that what to cook, whether you agree or not, is about compromising. And mostly, we women always put our family ahead even before we plan the meal for the day.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Social - Bistro & Bar (Bangsar)

Bangsar? How unforgettable. Gosh!, looking back now, I remember being in Bangsar at least once a weekend mostly for clubbing and, every now and then, I didn't mind beating the traffic and the hassle of parking to dine at some of eateries (Plan B & Marmalade Cafe). But over the years, considering the distance from where I reside and the long crawl, rare became the occasion at Bangsar. Nevertheless, just a few weeks back, I returned to the familiar ground for an appointment. Thereafter, instead of rushing back home, I thought I might as well have lunch since I couldn't hang on to my hunger pangs.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kataragama/Tissamaharama - Sri Lanka

En-routing from Nurwara Eliya (Negambo & Kandy) to Katagarama, instead of just staring out of the windows throughout the monotonous long journey, we informed the tour guide that short stops will be appreciated at some of eye-catching places should we be passing by. For whatever reason, the guide didn’t seem pleased, but since we persisted, he couldn’t say no. In fact, such a coincident actually just after that, we spotted Rawana Water Fall which seemed the spot locals and tourists were flocking towards to. We hurriedly got down at the corner of the winding road, walked closer to the gushing from high up there water, stood around to admire the serene view and then continued our journey until we came across an ancient temple further down after an hour.  

Friday, July 15, 2016

Vegetarian Nyonya Laksa

Honestly, after sharing hundreds over recipes, I sometimes can't recall what else I have not spoken about. Maybe age has slowed me down or perhaps it is better not to share too much of unwanted stories. Seriously, I don't know. Then again, a recipe without an intro I think is akin a naked start. So, the easiest way of dressing up this recipe will be conveniently linking the previous Nyonya dishes (Nyonya Steam FishNyonya Assam Fish Curry, Nyonya Style Fish Achar & Nyonya Chicken Curry) including the Nyonya Curry Laksa and Nyonya Assam Laksa.

Monday, July 11, 2016

L'occitane Eye Care & Mask Duo Brightening Correction

Eyes are the absolute beauty to our soul. They connect us to everything, they reveal everything but sometimes it all depends which perspective they touch us deep down through our thoughts and mind. My eyes on the other hand always reveal my tiredness and I of course have accepted the reality. I don’t sleep well and I sometimes over-strain my eyes until they scream for nourishment to be cared for. Nevertheless, I have never neglected the daily routine of diligently applying eye cream (L'oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Cream & Body Shop Vitamin C Duo) but I also realise my windows to my soul should be pampered at least once a week with an eye mask (La Colline Cellular Eye Mask). 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Kandy/Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka

As we hit the road again towards the next destination on the third day (Negambo & Kandy), we had a couple of in-between stops. First thing in the morning, the guide took us to a sort of departmental sari shop where you can buy nice colourful saris as well as other clothing. Packed with mostly Chinese tourist who were over excited wearing a sari and taking countless number of pictures, we on the other hand, casually browsed the things. I didn’t buy anything neither was I keen to know if the tour buddies shopped.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Thai Green Crab Curry

I'm back home. I returned late last night from another travel-lust (Indian Spicy Crab Soup) which certainly was an absolute amazing exposure to a different culture. But let you tell you that people everywhere are the same because you meet the great, the good, the bad and the ugly characters. Still. travelling is a fantastic learning curve and experience (South Africa, Turkey, Norway/Denmark, Cambodia/Vietnam & Italy) to explore the world and to expand the mind. By travelling, I have learned to be more adaptable, complain less, appreciate my country and most importantly, appreciate my own life. Right now, I am still busy with unpacking and clearing the pending house work, so I shall stop at this point and let the recipe speak for itself (Krabi/Phuket). Showcasing the quintessential Thai flavours (Thai Green Vegetable Curry, Thai Chicken Green Curry & Thai Massaman Curry), Thai Green Crab Curry is spicy, tangy and wonderfully aromatic with basil leaves (Pepper Basil Crabs).

Friday, July 1, 2016

Indian Style Crab Soup

Hi there foodies, 
How have all of you been? Hopefully, you are feeling as positive as I am and hopefully you have been cooking as well. Right. I of course have not stopped cooking, I suppose when you work from home, laziness shouldn't be the lame excuse not to cook. For me, it is a pleasure cooking for my other half because for the years I was working full time, the poor man got tired of eating out. That is that, meanwhile, let me let the cat out of the bag. Quietly behind the scene I have been saving, thus, you won't be surprise if I say I am embarking on another solo travelogue (Sri LankaChiang Mai/Chiang Rai/Myanmar & Solo Travel To Bangkok).

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Rambukkana/Mawanella/Kandy - Sri Lanka

The first stop for the day once we departed from Negambo to Kandy was at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. A must visit if you are within the same route in Sri Lanka (Maetaeng Elephant Park (Chiang Mai), there are a couple of activities in this huge area (Lion Park Johannesburg) to occupy your time for at least a few hours. We arrived at about 10.30am and walked towards the river alongside all walks of life people (Istanbul Topkapi Palace) in the scorching heat for approximately 500 yards via the dusty road lined with souvenir and clothes shops on both sides. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rosken - Skin Repair Feet & Heel Balm

Hello all you great people,
For the next 15 minutes at least, let’s forget about beautifying our face (Medlite Laser Treatment) and for once, pay attention to our feet. Hopefully, I can also keep it short and sweet instead of diverting to other topics like I always do, come, let's get going. But, before I pin my thoughts on Rosken Skin Repair & Heel Balm, if you really don't mind, please take a good look at your feet and then honestly ask yourself how do do feel? Are you feeling proud or you are disappointed you don’t know what to say? Aha, that’s right. I believe some of you have been diligently caring for your feet, whereas the rest of us have conveniently ignored the wear and tear of our soles as well our feet - says it all as the foundation of our mobility. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

L'oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Cream

I agree age is just a number, I also agree age should not be an excuse to strive positively in life, But, people, remember, aging does take a toll on our looks. A couple of valid reasons, mainly the stress we are tying our best to avoid, still, we don't have neglect our peepers (Safi Rania Gold Eye Cream, Garnier Brightening Eye Roll On & MAC Mineral Moisture Eye Cream) where visible signs of aging will begin to emerge. In fact, for that matter, it can be the same for anyone who feel caring for the eyes should come at a later age. For me, the notable few fine lines around my dark and hollow eye area is getting to me since I like to preserve my youth for as long as I can. Thus, at the pharmacy, between the red and white colour themed L'oreal skin care range, I picked up this anti-wrinkle & firming, reasonably priced (at least for me) eye cream after reading its product information/ ingredients listed on the cardboard box.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Negambo - Sri Lanka

Back from the splendid 9 days South Africa tour, within the next few months, I decided to venture out to the world on my own again (Solo Trip To Bangkok). With no clue whatsoever where I should head to, I spoke to a couple of travel agents (Vietnam & Cambodia). Ultimately, I was destined to the paradise of Sri Lanka in an all arranged affordable 7 days tour, inclusive of accommodation in 3 star hotels. Despite feeling guilty leaving behind my other half-half who definitely will be lonely without me (Perth & Turkey), I still eagerly departed (Travelling Solo When You Married). No hiccups whatsoever all the way to the airport, except I couldn’t understand why the Indian and Sri Lankan women kept staring at me when boarding and what’s with the two huge Sri Lankan men I sat alongside on board who wouldn’t stop grinning cheekily throughout the flight.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

Premier Clinic - Aesthetic Beauty Treatment (Bangsar)

I like to believe beauty is only skin deep. Honestly, I like to. In all fairness, while I am a strong advocate of inner beauty, unfortunately, the unspoken truth based by our bias sight will reveal otherwise. Don’t believe me? Go on then, go ahead and preach that true beauty is a reflection of the soul. Alright, to a certain extent, I won’t deny, but seriously, who are we kidding? Are you telling me you won’t take a second look at the skin-flawless-physically attractive women and men? I definitely will because beauty absolutely is the magnet of attraction. In fact, given how we live in a world riddled with environment pollution, stress and other ageing factors, I must applaud those who take care of their skin regardless of age. Consequently, in this era of beauty, the rules are changing and has contributed to the rapid boom of the beauty industry. Today, it is no longer a taboo to undergo aesthetic medical treatments as part of a normal health routine to maintain a natural and healthy appearance.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Spa - The Club Saujana Resort

Take the moment. Be Selfish. Take your moment. For once, ignore everything, everyone and stop worrying whether the world will come crashing on your head. Trust me, a life of routines, sameness and monotony eventually is the hidden road to internal unhappiness, correct me if I am wrong. Oh, all right, whatever said, breaking free even for a few hours aptly is the key to rejuvenating the body, mind and soul. In that sense, whenever I feel trapped in my own cage, nothing is more fulfilling akin splurging in a blissful spa treatment. Having had my fair share of previous indulgence in a number of reputable spas, for some reason or rather, I am yet to explore “The Spa” at The Club Saujana Resort.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

San Nae Deul Korean BBQ Buffet @ Nexus Bangsar

They say marriage is made in heaven. Maybe yes, maybe no. In our case, cupid struck our arrow when we were clubbing and getting tipsy together. Eventually, our marriage was made in the most basic simplest ceremony instead of a lavish wedding to impressively trend on social media. Amidst the hardest kick start to build our tiny nest together, it has been so far so good with our love bonding.  Really, no complaints. We have survived many donkey years despite the every now and then minor or major wars. That is not all about our imperfect marriage. While I like to believe we are compatible, when it comes to food, for oh-my-man, it must be typical Indian food, no pork, no chicken and Korean BBQ Buffet is definitely out of the question because apparently the tiniest bit of cooking involved is like a major thing.   

Sunday, June 5, 2016

GRAB IT - Soft Serve & More (Utropolis Market Place, Shah Alam)

Impressive – it is. An unassuming simple industrial ambiance for grabbing a meal on the go, “Grab It” is the latest new kid on the block at this rapidly booming mall. Located on the right hand side across the main entrance, Grab It offers quite a selection of food and drinks for you to take-away or the pleasure is yours by dining-in. Rather a realistic concept to reasonably priced and filling meals, at the self-service counter, I glimpsed at the menu and between the bento series, mantou buns, coffee varieties, soft serve ice-cream and drinks, I settled for the smoked duck and salted egg sauce fried mantou, and caramel latte along with the coconut soft serve.

Friday, June 3, 2016

You Had Me at Merlot! - Best Wine Bottle Upcycling Projects

In my house, we love wine. One of my roommates is a Sommelier which means we get spoiled with not only an infinite amount of knowledge about the wine we are drinking, but an endless supplies of wine bottles for DIY projects. I started off with painting them for Halloween and making them into cute flower vases, but the bottles kept coming home and I was starting to run out of places to put flowers in my home. So a year into living with wine bottles everywhere, I’ve had to get increasingly more creative with their uses. I’ve gathered my favorite projects I’ve done or seen so that even if you don’t have hundreds of bottles lying around like we do, you can put the ones you have to good use!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Vono - We’ve Got Your Back (ErgoBed Blue Series)

For me, nothing, nothing really matters at the end of a tiring day except at least a few hours of good sleep. A good sleep indeed will ensure the next day’s energetic start, otherwise there I go - trying to sneak a cat nap in the afternoon and there goes again a couple of productive hours. Honestly, how I wish I can fall asleep just like that but generally, tossing and turning because the mind is still active and shutting down is not as easy as I presume it should be. Whatever/whichever, while I am still working on cultivating healthy sleep habits, I also realise that a fundamental factor for a coveted good night’s rest is the mattress. Obviously, uncomfortable mattress is not only worst for those who struggle with sleep deprivation, notably it does contribute to sleep discomfort and pain for all of us. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Medlite C6 QS ND:YAG Laser - Great On The Go (Klinik Christina Chea)

Alright, while I am certain you will agree my skin is aesthetically radiant after the first Microdermabrasion & OxygenTherapy, I returned again to Klinik Christina Chea to undergo the Medlite C6 QS ND: YAG laser treatment. Taking just an hour out of my busy schedule, apart from deemed as an anti-ageing and photo rejuvenation treatment, Medlite also has the ability to treat a variety of  other conditions:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pretoria City Tour - Gauteng Province (South Africa)

Two more days in South Africa after touring Cape Town, Johannesburg and Sun City, no doubt I didn't mind returning home despite the fact that it is gonna be back to the daily grind. Still, compared to the great moments while holidaying, home will always be where the heart is and nothing like the comfort of my own bed and home cooked meals. Logically, as always, every tour must end with a cut-off point, today we embarked on a city tour of Pretoria. Basically peeping out of the coach to see the significant buildings and picturesque stops, Pretoria is South Africa's administrative capital and home to government departments, ministries, foreign embassies and diplomatic missions. 
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