Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sasagawa - Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

A major confusing state of mind it is always with the skyscapes of Kuala Lumpur. Not at all a KLite, despite going round in circles, I arrived just in the niche of time at Sheraton Imperial. At once even without the wishful thinking of glimpsing at the hotel, up I went to level two before being genuinely greeted and ushered into Sasagawa. Just with another 10 minutes still in hand, seeing and taking a couple of pictures on the ambiance was the logical thing to do. Ignoring the classic display of alcohol and sake across the entrance and bar in the slightly dimmed dining area was hard as well. After all a known fact it is that the drinks are an integral part to a pleasurable meal in this classy authentic Japanese restaurant. Opening its doors on the 3rd June 2015. Sasagawa helmed by Chef Sasagawa, trained under Iron chef "Tadamichi Ota", offers genuine Japanese food with the best ingredients imported from Japan in tandem with the traditional atmosphere resembling the good old ancient city of local Kyoto.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nasi Bunga Telang Serai /Blue Pea Lemongrass Rice & Loverice

The bond with loverice is bonded with rice and all things nice. Loverice it has to be for the unlimited information about the nutritional aspects and varieties of rice and how to cook rice perfectly. A big applause too to the one stop site for featuring various rice recipes sourced from all over the world including the tiny-winy spot my "Vietnamese Fried Rice" has taken up. So it says - naturally being a typical rice lover, I carry bags of experiences about rice as well, The rice which completes our meals as the source of carbohydrate for energy and well-being.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash

For some reason or rather for reasons I can't reveal, my skin raptured. Yes!! Literally with big balls of fire. While I sincerely wish the "ugly unknown truth" must be revealed, so it is as a beauty blogger that can't be coughed out. But confirm so it is the acne which wrecked the glory, pride and joy of my complexion that almost filled up the buckets with tears for my emotions were ripped apart as well. How can it not be?? Acne free it has been for as long I can remember until this major let down. I thought I knew it all about caring for the skin but suppose "expecting the unexpected" wasn't that bad as my common sense still prevailed. Upon putting aside all the oil based products as not to aggravate the oil glands and amidst considering a suitable face wash, Himalaya products arrived (apricot scrub and nourishing cream honey wash)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Royal Thai Herbal Spa & Beauty (USJ)

Everything is truly transparent about Royal Thai. The reception area brightly lighted for customers to confidently walk in, the services profoundly mentioned and the masseurs professionally trained in Thailand. Transparent it is too about the services on their website instead of just a short synopsis. Of course I read the depth and how can I not be impressed. Transparency I've concluded is the critical success factor of Mr. Jack Ng Chong Ming in spearing other branches including the birth of the first ever Ancient Thai Sri Hartamas in 2003, a successful collaboration of Royal Thai Government. Indeed listening to Mr. Jack was interesting to understand the core values of Royal Thai, the history of Thai massage and that honesty is the best policy for success in business, success in personal life and a caring boss to the many Thai masseurs.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pineapple Rasam

Compared to eating out, a simple meal at home is healthier, cheaper and appreciated by the family. After all, as far as I know, cooking is rare these days. Well, women are no longer in the kitchen but in the air-conditioned rooms making decisions. Actually I shouldn't assume it’s only the woman who cook. My guy friends cook as well. They like to cook whereas their wives won’t come close to the kitchen except to eat. Doesn't matter who cooks for the point is back to square one. Eat healthy and eat as a family.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Krishna Curry House (Revisited) - SS9A/14. Section 51A Petaling Jaya

Ages it has been since we visited Krishna Curry House. Now that we are in another area where life is about crawling in and out of the daily traffic jam, coming over isn't as convenient as before. From Sea Park to Jalan 222  the previous location of this curry house, it was like  makan angin/ catching the air for a lazy drive every forth night on Sundays. But from Shah Alam via Kesas, driving is so stressful as the so called "formula one drivers' in the flashy cars feel the highway belong to them. They tail gate all the way until you actually feel its better to let them have the highway while you sleep in late and eat at the neighbourhood Indian restaurants with average food.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Medi Health Clinic - Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam

I will be lying if I say I don't want to look good or at least presentable. But the practically is that I can't revert my skin back to the twenties or thirties. No matter what, eventually ageing and the daily grind of life does take a toll on the look. Not making it any better is the unhealthy lifestyle. The indulgence of tipsy drinks, skipping meals and juggling between working and providing the best for the family.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Asam Fish With Chilli Dip

Very simple to make is this asam fish (fried kembung with assam sauce and asam curry fish). Various types of fish can be used but local catch is about the cheapest and the best suited for frying. Asam fish is sour, so when teamed with bird’s eye/chilli padi/fresh chillies with soy sauce and just tadbit of fish sauce, its about the true Malaysian flavours, a perfect fit for rice.  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Ticklish Ribs & 'Wiches - Sea Park, Petaling Jaya (Non-Halal)

I'm over the moon over excited. There's a couple of things I have to say about Ticklish Ribs & 'Wiches to bundle up the excitement. Where shall I start?? Well the start must start with those hay years I stayed in SS2 for 15 years and 5 years in Sea Park. Certainly whenever I return to Sea Park, its a nostalgic reminiscence of walking at least 3 times in a week to the market and to the bank. Also, every now and then supper at the mamak at the corner of the bank.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mooncake Masterclass Dim Sum Lunch - The Emperor (Dorsett Grand Subang)

I've always harboured a secret desire about how mooncakes are made. Watching food shows on TV to pick up the technique is one thing but a hands-on experience is the factual. The possibilities wouldn't have been possible without the masterclass invitation from Dorsett Grand Subang (Jewels of Mid-Autumn). Thank you. Between the 11 types of mooncakes offered at the hotel, it was truly an experience making the signature crystal skin "Honey Dragon Fruit" mooncake for the less of a guilty pleasure as the the unique flavour of Honey Dragon Fruit comes from the exotic dragon fruit, high in both antioxidants and Vitamin C. For guests who are keeping track of their sugar levels, Dorsett Grand Subang also offers low-sugar variations for its baked mooncakes.  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Jewels Of Mid-Autumn (Dorsett Grand Subang)

Come join me as I walk you through a short journey about how lovingly and precisely the jewels of mid-autumn are hand made with the traditional wooden moulds pre ordered from Hong Kong. Chef demonstrated how to made the crystal skin dough while I carefully watched. Simple it may seem to mix and roll the dough but the hands-on experience was quite a thing.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Gem Restaurant (Jalan Gasing) Petaling Jaya

I haven't been really cooking for the past week or so. No! no! Kitchen isn't permanently closed. Just that there's been other pressing priorities like the never ending family matters, attending events and I don't see a point of cooking while my other half is away. To make it easy when I'm alone, food is packed from hawker stalls rather than rolling the pots and pans to impress the neighbours. Sundays too can be about laziness especially after staying up late watching tv. Admittedly nothing like home cooked meals to please my other half. Then again, waking up late surely a luxury these days and the luxury should continue with a meal at restaurants. After all I'm sure you will agree that eating out is healthy for relationships. Relaxing and bonding over a meal it should be but please, put the Ipad and Iphone aside.       

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Botaneco Be Forest Body Wash

House brands are not too bad you know. I won't say all but some products are pretty okay. Things like facial tissues, toilet rolls, hand washes and floor cleaners certainly worth buying to save a couple of dollars. The same however cannot be said about detergents, soaps and dish cleaners. While I'm absolutely sure about which to re-purchase again, I won't mind trying new ones too. For that matter, I didn't know about Guardian's Botaneco range. Not until when I was at their Pavilion outlet. Actually as I was about to leave, I saw the Botaneco body wash that comes in three variants - 

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.
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