Thursday, October 8, 2015

Buah Keluak Kari Ayam/Chicken Curry

Some things are difficult to explain, don't you agree? Well, not sure if you will agree but at least it is for me. Take for example the buah keluak from Malacca. The direct intellectual translation in English is pangium edule. That too I copied from wikipedia but seriously, what does that say for the average person like me? Nothing. Just says that I am good at copying. So let me try, try and try in the laywoman's terms. Easier said as the fruit or nut or the hard skin dark brown thingy (ahahaha!!). You will see the picture later because I made sure I took instead of taking you all over to confuse you further.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Malaysian Banana Fritters

In my house, we like to keep everything simple. Cooking is simple, home deco is simple and we try, we really try to keep to the simplest life. But sometimes we do get carried away and go overboard with food by dining at I won't say expensive restaurants but not within our budget. Then again, for food, we don't mind. After all, priority cannot always be slogging for the big showy house or car or both but for the happy tummy.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Caffe Crema Coffee & Tea - Are You Caffeine Addicted?

For every coffee lover out there, absolutely it is the coffee for waking up the senses to look forward to a bright and sunshiny day. Coffee I'm sure you will agree is a booster in the morning or anytime you like. Perhaps saying any time is inappropriate because I’ve been told caffeine-drinking “night owls” go to bed later. My system is immune. There’s no such a thing I can’t sleep after drinking coffee. In fact with or without coffee, I am alert till wee hours.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Plate Culture - Home Dining Experience

Unlike dining at restaurants, PlateCulture offers the culture of home dining with any of the hosts whose profile, background and passion for cooking essentially you must read while deciding between the various types of food. Also, if you like to learn a thing or two about cooking or simultaneously like to cook and dine, then pick the host with that expertise. Now, whether you prefer to sit back and dine or prefer a hands-on experience of cooking, PlateCulture is where you begin with the booking.

Monday, September 28, 2015

How Healthy Is Your Feet?? - MyORTHO Footcare Specialist

It is not always about food, cooking or eating. Eating I agree is one of the pleasures of life. More to that, like I always say again and again, "health is wealth". Health I'm sure you will agree is precious. Without being healthy, seriously, you have to watch everything you eat. Okay. Okay. I admit. I do break the rules. Over indulging in unhealthy things shouldn't be the excuse yet controlling the will power is easier said than done. Still, well being has and will always be my priority.

Friday, September 25, 2015

La Casa - Verve Suites Shops (Mont Kiara)

What a spectacular start on this Saturday. Everything went on right and I couldn't have asked for more at La Casa during this food review. A pat on the shoulder for getting it crystal clear with the direction. After turning left into Desa Sri Hartamas, it is all the way to the end of the road before turning left and the next first right turn. Drive along and as you see La Casa. turn to the basement parking on the left or park along the street. Arriving way earlier, I parked in front of the row of shops, walked into La Casa, met Ms May the owner and sat at the dining area sipping the creamy and aromatic cappuccino while admiring the homely, artistic and truly cosy ambiance. Carefully thought and put together, the lighting not too bright, wooden fixtures and quirky furnishings replete with eye-catching cushions and a bookshelf in a spacious 1,900 sq ft interior and a 500 sq ft alfresco dining area. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mireica Nutri-Peau Collagen Drink

In this era of social media, I take it with a pinch of salt when people say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and it is not the beauty on the outside but what is inside you. Oh! Come of it. Really! The reality we know is the other way around. Beauty is the attraction, beauty is raved and beauty is the reason for the multimillion dollar beauty industry. Under the knife perhaps is for the bold and daring but quietly, the rest are not shunning the beauty jabs neither the non-abrasive skin renewal treatments.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Okonomi - (Solaris Dutamas) Jalan Dutamas, Publika

Believe me you, I've never been to Publika. Strange and weird right? Well, presumably its the comfort within Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya and close-by areas why I am alien to the upbeat-happening Publika. Then again, nothing venture nothing gained is my philosophy as well. If not for this food review (courtesy of FOODInk), perhaps I wouldn't even have bothered to take the long drive.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hana Dining & Sake Bar (Sunway Pyramid Mall - Bandar Sunway)

Offering the ultimate fine dining experience alongside with a top notch sake bar, Hana Dining & Sake Bar opened their doors approximately a month ago. Despite its location at a mall I am familiar with, I was still unsure with the exact direction to the restaurant. Perhaps because rather than being late for this food review (courtesy of FOODInk) on this Saturday, I parked at the valet parking to avoid the long stretch of cars leading to the basement. Still, I managed to figure out. From the entrance of the mall, a left turn into Parkson and via the escalator to the ground floor where Hana Dining is. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ancient Thai Herbal Spa & Beauty - @Giza Kota Damansara

A quick lunch nearby Ancient Thai Sri Hartamas before I arrived at Ancient Thai Kota Damansara. Traffic and parking here during peak time I don't think I have to say. It will help if you don't doubt park, wait anywhere you like or go round and round to contribute to the snail moving traffic. Also, instead of arriving late for the appointment at this Ancient Thai, why not pay for the basement parking and conveniently take the staircase first and then the lift.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Earth Care Soaps - Lip Scrub & Lip Balm

"Rose Garden Body Scrub" I have already introduced and today lets get to know Earth Care lip products - the lip scrub and lip balm. Lip balm I so depend on especially when travelling. Compared to lipsticks, balm is a better choice for keeping the lips moist while sightseeing either in the extreme cold or hot weather. Easily applied without a mirror, balm also softens and prevents chapped lips. Lip scrub however I admit I've never used neither have I ever considered. Perhaps because I've perceived that scrubbing is not really needed or balm is literally good enough.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Ancient Thai Herbal Spa & Beauty (Desa Sri Hartamas - Kuala Lumpur)

Knowing is one thing, experiencing is the other. Anyone for the matter will know that Thai massage originated from Thailand and perhaps have experienced as well. I too am quite equipped but I didn't know that Thai massage existed for 2500 years in India neither have I experienced the original ancient healing art. The first experience was at Royal Thai Subang Jaya where I also met Mr Jack who in fact told me more about how the art found its way to Thailand.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Earth Care Soaps - Organic Rose Garden Raw Sugar Body Scrub

Unless absolutely sure I am, assuming that all commercial body products are loaded with chemicals can put me into trouble. Generalizing I know is wrong but for a known fact, such products are out there. I of course will strongly advice you to distant away. Chemicals by far have never been good for our well-being yet people don't hesitate to buy the conveniently available products. With the super speed virtual world we are now so dependent on, buying chemical free body products is super easy as well. That's how I knew about “Earth Care” homemade, natural and organic products. Samples I asked for and came cruising the three products. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Nasi Kerabu

In spite of knocking my head against the wall, the direct translation for nasi kerabu I can't tell. Of course wikipedia is there for copying. Then again why bother when up the sleeves I have interesting stories. The story must start with rice, the love of my life without compromising the love for my other half. Fussy sometimes the man is with food but there's always such a thing as flavouring up love similar to how rice is constantly flavoured up. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Spinz Sun-Tan Remover Instant De-Tan Cream

In between the hectic schedule of working from home, I've completely neglected to practice what I preach. Easier said than done I suppose instead of the constant reminder that no matter what, sunblock is essential to keep away sun spots. Laziness, taking the skin for granted and engrossed in cooking I know are lame excuses. Actually I've taken the indoor ultraviolet light (UV) for granted though I will never step outside without applying sunblock and covering the head with a scarf. Obviously with UV shining on the face, little brown spots started showing up. The spots were not prominent but as a beauty blogger, it is embarrassing. No point writing about skin care products if my skin isn't well maintained. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bioderma Sensibio H20

Not in the slightest moment would I have imagined I will be one of the winners of Bioderma Sensibio H20. Luck or whatever you call it has never been on my side despite persistently aiming to win contests. For the first time ever, winning struck like a thunder. Suppose a fluke of "unsure" shot is the point of happiness compared to receiving tons of products as a beauty blogger. Whatever and however it may be towards beautifying, indeed testing a new skin product is a jubilant chance. But the pitch of anticipating a bigger packaging winded down to a slight disappointment upon receiving the 20ml tiny bottle of the ultra-mild, non-rinse micellar water cleanser and make-up remover. Sincerely a bigger bottle would have led to a longer time to use instead of approximately a week twice a day. 

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.
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