Thursday, December 1, 2016

Awakening Cafe @awakeningbyiggo - Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2, Klang

It’s all good and fulfilling to the senses at Awakening. Its modern signboard should instantly grab your attention once you reach the traffic light across the main road. But please don’t try to be a hero neither get over-excited like me and switch off Waze immediately if you are alien to Bukit Tinggi. I am not saying the inner lanes to the entrance of Awakening is confusing, yet, with Waze, you can actually save some time.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Iphone 7 - Its the latest!!

Can you imagine how I would have felt waking up to an almost malfunctioning handphone? Scary oh-boy! My heart started beating fast and I was literally in tears because without a handphone, I think life will fall apart. Even though I am not at all a hard-core social media addict, a phone is essentially a must to check my mails and to receive and make calls as well. We do have a house phone, but supposedly a handphone is definitely a matter of convenience anywhere in the house and also primarily for emergency purposes when I am out.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Taiwan PSK Make Up Glitter Gloss Shining Lipstick with LED and Mirror

Forever classic, forever in style and forever iconic, red lipstick undoubtedly is the epitome of beauty. A must have in every woman’s beauty arsenal, red lipstick I vouch will instantly perk up and brighten your skin tone. Believe me, just a red shade will work magically to not only enliven your complexion but also to boost your self-confidence.Yes ladies, trust me. Red on your lips indeed does wonders to your bare skin, it complements your features and when paired with just a stroke of dark eye liner, you are on the go.    

Monday, November 21, 2016

Palak Chloe (Spinach & Chickpea Curry)

I really-really don't get it why women insist on a big-modern-stylish kitchen prior to settling down. Really, it does not make sense, but you know what? Just leave it to this current generation of women power. They, yes they or perhaps also slyly instigated by their modern trendy mums, women these days somehow have mastered the art of fine tuning their future husbands for a beautiful kitchen. Included in the marriage package of course must be a proposal in Switzerland or Swaziland, wedding pictures taken closest to Eiffel Tower, or Buckingham Palace or the least should be at now not so popular Taiwan romance. Also, wedding possibly be held in a posh venue with at least 500 people and marriage must come with nothing less than a fully furnished house (more at Chilli Coriander Steamed Fish).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sapporo/Hokkaido - Japan (Day 6)

A disappointing start on Day 6, our half a day sightseeing unfortunately was cancelled due to Sapporo's (Otaru Day 5) forecasted winter storm. In fact, we were told to be prepared for delay in returning home next morning if at all the unfavorable weather continues. Hence, on this day, we couldn't visit "Okurayama Viewing Point", the venue for sky jumping event in 1972 Winter Olympic Games, also a no go to the entire Sapporo city (Sapporo Day 4) from atop the peak and to Sapporo Shrine located in Maruyama Park. I of course was expressively upset because for me sightseeing (Noboribetsu Day 3) is utmostly the real-true pleasure of travelling more than anything else (Vietnam/Cambodia). Even so, as a seasoned traveller (Solo Travel To Bangkok Govindas Perth), I have accepted that "expecting the unexpected" is not only part and parcel of travelling but one which (Lake Como Switzerland) has moulded me to be a resilient traveller (Sri Lanka & Myanmar/Chiang Rai).

Friday, November 11, 2016

Vegan Thai Fried Rice

Officially Deepavali/Festival of Lights is over. Unless of course if you are rich, then every day is a festival or an occasion to be merry. For ordinary people like me, its naturally back to the reality of the daily grind and saving until next year's festival. Nonetheless, have you noticed that Hindus have stepped up another level by celebrating Christmas as well? Yes everyone. Believe me. That's the trend now albeit I am not referring to those who have boxed-up their Hinduism roots to usher Christmas, Boxing Day, Thanksgiving and Easter once they migrate to Western countries, neither do I want to speak about those who have converted to Christianity.

Monday, November 7, 2016

L'Oreal Hydrafresh Hydration + Antiox Active Night Mask-In Jelly

Logically, we all must sleep. Whether we sleep throughout the day because we just refuse to work or because we are born with a diamond spoon, or goodnight is only at night, bottom line, sleep plays a vital role for our health and well-being. However, because of the 24 hours 365 days social media live streaming, sleep is no longer important for some people I know. For people like me, shutting down for the day is really a struggle. Even so, I don't stay up late. By 12am, I am in bed. Never mind to tossing and turning all night long or sleeping for 4 to 5 hours, rest assured, prior to switching off the lights, my skin has been nourished. At least a night cream (L'Oreal Revealing Soothing Night Cream) and an eye cream (L'Oreal Revitalift Eye Cream) for every woman there, for those who have crossed the big five boundary like me, please don't  neglect your night-time beauty routine. Remember, night care (MAC Mineral Moisture Eye Cream) is essential for maintaining our beauty now and forever.   

Friday, November 4, 2016

Gather Gather Kitchen - Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam

A true and true food connoisseur won’t mind travelling the distance for good food. Distance again of course is debatable. A few miles, a thousand miles or millions of miles, in all fairness, really, it depends on you. Basically, you call the shots. While you are still at figuring out the number of miles for your next meal, how about a trip to the heart of Kota Kemuning, specifically to Gather Gather Kitchen? Hi there, hello everyone. Welcome to my territory. The once boring, sleepy and lifeless township I regretted moving in 13 years ago and where I almost went mad as well. Well, except for coffee shops, McDonalds and a few cafes, nothing much to speak about Kota Kemuning. Oh, maybe, perhaps, I must also mention that Kota Kemuning was or is still perceived as the ground for the rich and famous. Actually, I don't think so. Its perception. I don't live in a bungalow, not even a semi-d, neither do I crazily speed around in a posh car. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Moom Sabai Restaurant - Taman Bayu Perdana (Klang)

Indian food again for dinner (A MuthuHouse of Briyani)? Nooo! Of course not. Impossible (more at Hua Xing Restaurant). Thai food at the close by Moon Sabai Restaurant, also, a familiar ground for my friend we agreed should be the take. Absolutely (Thai Thai Sunway), anytime for the truly loved quintessential Thai flavours (Thai Green Crab Curry & Thai Laksa),  thankfully the route to Moom Sabai was not through the massive jam across the shop lots on this Friday late evening. But, quite frustrating it was driving via the inner roads haphazardly double parked almost all the way from the apartments behind. Anyway, instead of the typical Malaysian mentality of double parking albeit availability of parking further up, we somehow carefully maneuvered to the nearest parking spot. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thai Red Prawn Curry

The almost knocking on our door festival of lights/Deepavali definitely calls for traditional sweets, desserts and cakes (Saffron Cinnamon Poached Pears, Kesari, Rava/Semolina Ladoo. Mango Kulfi & Rava Kheer). But really, I can’t help but wonder if people still happily and sadly tuck into those sugar loaded, milk loaded, ghee loaded and flour loaded sweet stuffs. I for once have never been a sweet tooth person (Skinny Pumpkin Pie), moreover now in my fifties when it’s extremely easy to put on extra kilos (Peach Raisin Bread Pudding & Eggless Microwave Lava Cake)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Otaru (Sapporo - Hokkaido)

On the 5th day in Sapporo, I woke up with mixed feelings. On one side, I gladly looked forward to homebound in two days’ time. Undeniably, home will always and forever be where the heart is, home is the best comfort ground and nothing can come close to sleeping on your own clean or smelly bed. Indeed, home is incomparable. But on the other hand, enough is never enough with holidaying. Given a choice, I would love to travel 365 days. But the reality check on dollar and cents will reveal otherwise. Therefore, once the practically that money does matter for travelling set in my thoughts, I bounced back for another day of sightseeing. Heartily tucking into my choice of food between the wide spread of Japanese and Asian buffet breakfast, I was up and about on exploring Otaru during the journey along the Pacific Ocean. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Muthu House of Briyani (Bandar Bukit Tinggi) Klang

It happens. Every now and then life really bites deep into my well-being. I may be perceived as a superwoman, honestly, I am not at all. No. A big no. I am just like every other woman out there who simultaneously juggle different roles. Therefore ladies, obviously, the outcome is none other than a stressful monotonous daily routine. Sadly, the reality of city life these days (more at The Spa - Club Saujana Resort). Still, instead of complaining or hoping for attention or sympathy from my other half, I become selfish. I literally drop everything aside for a nava-k’s day out. Doesn't matter where or what, but it must absolutely be in the company of a sincere friend. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Malaysian Vegetarian Spaghetti

Deepavali aka the Festival Of Lights is definitely a valid reason to spring clean my house. Even though Deepavali is not at all a big celebration (more at Mutton Gosht) as how it used to be with plentiful and bountiful of friends streaming in throughout the day (more at Mutton Rendang), spring cleaning is still a must annual tradition to dust the accumulated dirt and cobwebs inside-outside the house and also in our lives. Housecleaning may be presumed as easier compared to cleansing our internal and external well being, but both requires mental strength and energy prior to wholeheartedly ushering Deepavali by offering prayers to our ancestors and gods (more at Split Green Peas Payasam).

Friday, October 14, 2016

MURFEST (Malaysian Urban Retreat Festival) 2016

I almost cried buckets of tears during the 1 ½ hours drive to Malaysian Tourism Centre on this Tuesday morning. Escaping and re-routing back to Shah Alam was definitely on my mind, but I was trapped and Waze was trapped as well. No other escape route, I continued driving while wondering how on earth and heaven thousands actually brave the peak time crawl daily. I really don’t know. In fact I can’t even remember when my last trip to the city was. Anyway, my concern was making it on time for Murfest 2016 Press Conference. So, I thought. The smartest route presumably should be via SMART Tunnel. But sadly, Smart tunnel let me down. Smart tunnel is not smart anymore. Smart Tunnel must be renamed as hell tunnel. Still, I must thank our hell drivers for the valuable tips on how to survive the tunnel's traffic. Oh-boy! I sure am learning.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Premier Clinic Taman Tun Dr Ismail - Simply Pristine Event

Malaysians generally I think are attuned to judge people by their age. But let me tell you something. Honestly, I have and I will never ever shy away from admitting my age. Why should I? In all fairness, at 52 years old, definitely I don't have any intention whatsoever to snatch Mrs. Malaysia's neither Mrs. Kota Kemuning's crown. Yet, confidently I profess I do look good for my age and I can give a good run to the 20s, 30s and 40s I bump at blogger events. I am still in shape, I have been diligently maintaining my skin and I still have a head-full of hair. More importantly, I love myself for who I am. So, you see, I don't have a problem with my age. Therein the problem lies in the eyes of the Malaysians who fail to see and understand that age has nothing to do with looks. Anyone, anyone for the matter can look good if they want to.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Kai's Plato - Kota Kemuning

About a month back, I automatically achieved another milestone. Another year to my age, I am officially 52 years. Unbelievable. Years just flew by so quickly. Those years behind me certainly were not the route to popularity or celebrity status, but seemingly an achievement in wisdom and common sense. I ought to be proud. Wisdom and common sense are not common anymore. Apparently not on social media. Gone forever.  Not to say I am the next Confucius but wiser in the sense that I got my priority right. Love I realise is ultimately the key to happiness. Thus, I am appreciating every moment of growing together and forever with my other half.  Against all odds, absolutely.    

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cat & The Fiddle Cheesecake by Chef Daniel Tay (Online, Hopp Cafe & PappaRich)

Any slightest clue what’s new in the dessert front? Yes? No? No idea what I am talking about? Okay, okay. Perhaps I should potentially begin with the incredibly gorgeous cheesy cheesecakes I have briefly spoken about and shared on social media recently. Always a favorite among many of us, cheesy cheesecakes of course are just so divine for anytime of the day sheer satisfaction. Right now ladies and gentlemen, look no further. I am going to tell you everything, literally all of it about “Cat and The Fiddle” cheesecakes from Singapore.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Vegetarian Phad Thai

I have always regarded vegetarians as the holiest people. Well, you can't blame me. Growing up with the strictest mum on earth, there was ever other reason for a vegetarian meal at home. Tuesdays and Fridays are considered holy days whereas each time mum flipped the Indian calendar listed with religious festivals, what else is new? Back to Sambar, Sodhi, Rasam, Vegetable Curry, vegetarian side dishes (Chana Dal Cabbage, Gobi 65, Pineapple Cucumber Salad, Spices Banana Flower & Mint Chutney) and must have is Potato Stir Fry (Aloo MatarActually, I didn’t mind the added bonus of Payasam and Vadai, but vegetarian food so often? Seriously, I couldn’t take it. I literally forced myself to eat. Otherwise a knock on my head.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sapporo - ( Hokkaido - Day 4)

A very promising start on Day 4. I woke up in Hotel Maharoba feeling as though I am going to rock and shake more of Hokkaido. Maybe my instincts or gut feelings, but certainly after 3 days of exploring this part of Japan (Chitose & Hokkaido), I actually slept tight out of tiredness. Really tired battered by winter and the “long walks” while sightseeing, a big "yeh-yeh" as well because Hokkaido's winter has mellowed down. "Joy To Hokkaido" and "Here I Come Sapporo", morning was broken like the previous mornings with buffet breakfast. Comparatively an unlimited spread of Japanese and Western dishes as in Niseko Hilton Village, buffet is such a sheer waste for me. But logically, breakfast while travelling is essential to fuel up energy. So, I kicked in some food. Thereafter, Sapporo was all mine.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Portuguese Devil (Debal) Curry

Remember I told you I am ready to spill the beans about sponsors previously in Dried Shrimp Egg Sambal? That’s right. Here it is. Sponsors are basically event organizers, companies, hotels or anyone who invite bloggers to events. Generally these sponsors pull out bloggers from their existing database, presumably also from time to time they look for other bloggers by surfing the net or word of mouth. Amongst the sponsors I have met, some were and are still down to earth and professional people who won't pressure neither dictate conditions on what and how I should write. As long as a decent post is up within time, you are there with them.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hua Xing Restaurant - Plaza Seri Setia, Sungei Way

Approximately within the next month or so after dining in Bamboo Park Restaurant, we met up again for another food venture. Yea, the same food buddies. Has to be because I have put a big pull-stop to friends who pretend to be food enthusiasts but have hundred and one lame conditions on where and what they can eat (more at Bone & Pot Taipan). Anyway, bygone those horrendous fussy friends, this time when I popped by at this friend's house, positively recommended and highly spoken about was the Hokkien cuisine in Hua Xing Restaurant. At once I said yes. Why not? What's there to dispute? After all, compared to the typical Indian dishes (Ennai Kathrikai/Brinjal Curry Aloo Matar) I cook for my other half (Fish Sodhi) and literally force myself to eat as well (Pineapple Rasam & Fish Puttu), I adore any kind of Chinese food (Jiu Hu Char & Fried Lotus Roots). Honest to goodness I do (Kiat Seng Puchong & Soup Restaurant Bandar Utama)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dried Shrimp Egg Sambal/Chilli Gravy

Initially, whenever I am invited for a blogger or media event, I was on Cloud 9. Call it over-excitement if you like, naturally, for the time and effort put into blogging, one must feel proud and honoured as if we have achieved the moon and sky. Blogging many claim is a hobby, but we all know that the underpinning truth is otherwise. Somehow or rather, any blogger for the matter will and should jump to the sky if their blog gains popularity and is recognised by sponsors as well. I beg to differ if you won't admit, for me, it was akin walking into new doors of opportunity. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Noboribetsu - Hokkaido (Day 3)

Time for a hot shower, time to pack, time for breakfast and time to depart from Hilton Niseko Village to Noboribetsu the next morning. Breakfast was wonderfully satisfying. Plenty to tuck into (Chitose & Hokkaido Day 1), the one I loved the most was porridge alongside the spicy and salty condiments. Incredibly a pleasurable breakfast for a typical Malaysian like me, to end my meal, I couldn’t resist the simply irresistible “Made In Hokkaido” desserts. Washed down with another helping of hot coffee, I then dashed through the massive snow to hurriedly hop into the coach. Literally trembling to my bones despite bundled up in multiple layers, thank god, I bounced back to warmness once the journey started. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Malaysian Chettinad Mutton Curry

A picture paints a thousand words. In the blogging world and social media, it paints a million of words. That's why, do or die, beg, borrow or steal (oopsie!!), the latest high megapixel camera or high quality camera phone seemingly is a must to impress the virtual world. Also, let's not pretend we don't know about software to further enhance food pictures as to garner the highest number of likes and followers. If you are not there yet, please step forward to the picture awing lifestyle.  

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bamboo Park Restaurant - Sunway PJ51A Business Park

Within the same vicinity of Sri Suria Curry House and Krishna Curry House, Bamboo Park Restaurant is located across the main road and on the ground floor of the business park. Actually, you know what? I didn't know this area is known as Sunway PJ51A. Perhaps because Sungei Way, unlike how it used to be those days, has and is still rapidly being developed. Whatsoever, as you please or as you like to call it. I came over for no other reason except to dine at Bamboo Park Restaurant with the couple from the smallest group of friends I have previously mentioned at "Chilli Sausage".

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Malaysian Coriander Spaghetti With Poached Egg

Kids these days? Seriously, I don’t know what to say. Look around and I'm sure you know what I mean. I am not referring to the adorable/super darling kids you admire on social media (more at Bread Tuna Pizza). Please. For god sake, don’t fall for that crab (Thai Green Crab Curry). I am referring to the real kids in the real world we bump into daily in the neighborhood, within the family and almost anywhere. I call them the golden emperors and empresses. Yea, boy and girls as well - the pampered lot given the best in everything, including education, electronic gadgets, birthday parties and co-curricular activities. Also, apparently the super smart/super cute ones, highly bragged by parents. But you know what, sad to say that these tiger mums and tiger dads can’t do much or are lost at instilling discipline, mannerism and good values in their kids, though they don't think twice before criticising other parents. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Coliseum Cafe - Sunway Pyramid

No plans whatsoever, just on an ad-hoc basis I dined at Coliseum Cafe. However, admittedly, I had a reason why I was back to Sunway Pyramid - the closest mall from where I stay and the mall I frequent every few months once for shopping (L'Óccitane UV Shield) and then,  generally,  a meal is also on the card at any of the eateries (Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe). On this particular Saturday, it was not about food or shopping, but to watch the sensationally spoken about horror movie "Conjuring 2". Despite coaxing my other half to accompany me, he wouldn't budge from giving up watching his Manchester United game. Asking my girlfriends was another sheer waste of time because they had a whole list of questions I couldn't and I got tired of answering, Eventually, I decided. Movie on my own for the first time ever. Done.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hilton Niseko Village - (Hokkaido - Day 2)

One of the most difficult things for us when we travel is catching up on our beauty sleep (Colombo Sri Lanka & Chiang Rai Thailand). As it is, even back home, sleeping sometimes is a struggle, but worst it can be in different hotels compared to the comfort of our own bed and unlike some people who can easily doze off literally almost anywhere. Therefore, despite a tiring long haul and immediately embarking on sightseeing the next morning upon arrival at Chitose, we couldn't easily shut down for the day even at the luxurious Hilton Niseko Village.

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.
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