Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Milkissimo Hakodate Gelato - Da:Men (USJ)

A sweet treat by far I know is simply irresistible whether as a daily or occasional indulgence. Between the various choices of sweet snacks, generally, leaving aside the baked sweet stuffs, nothing can come close to chilled desserts when the weather calls for or simply to satisfy the craving. I for once have to say that I am pretty cautious of sugar loaded chilled desserts because overdoing it with sugar can lead to health complications. No doubt, I won’t deny I totally shun away from chilled desserts but rare is the occasion. However, with the arrival of Milkissimo gelato, it is assured I will be treating myself more often with their low fat, low sugar, no colouring, no artificial flavouring and authentic gelato.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Myanmar - Across the Border From Mae Sai

Packing your bags and travelling beyond the borders for a free and easy venture definitely is interesting. I however, so far, have not experienced "going with the flow" trips. The Solo Trip To Bangkok may or may not be considered as one alright and hopefully, in the coming future, I can explore the back wagon type of travelling. Having said that, the itinerary for this personalized tour guided (Chiang Rai) trip was flexible as well. Instead of heading to the Golden Triangle as the last stop and returning to the hotel, as suggested by the tour guide, we didn't mind paying extra for the few hours trip to Tachilek, Myanmar.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Casual Wear - The Real-Real Casual

Unlike Sarees and Sarongs, casual can be anything, I mean, there's no hard and soft rules about being comfortable with your skin to project the laid back and informal individuality. I for once admit I love knee length pants, t-shirts and slippers but these I know are not appropriate for every casual occasion. Casuals I've figured can best by categorized in my term as "real-real casual" and "smart casual". Real-real casual by far is dressing as you like whereas smart casual including for work is also informal attire, yet neat and with a certain edge of not going overboard by overdressing or under dressing to send the wrong personality signals.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Chiang Rai (Thailand)

One of the things I struggle with in a packaged tour is waking up before dawn. Not easy because I have been accustomed to staying up late working for myself and I don't see a reason for waking up early unless for valid reasons. However, I suppose for a short 3 nights 4 days vacation like this one (Chiang Mai 1 Chiang Mai 2), it wasn't all that exhausting compared to the 9 days Turkey tour especially up by 4am for the Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia, Turkey. So, here at Holiday Villa, I was ready by 8.30am for the approximately 3 hours’drive to Wat Rong Khun, also known as White Temple, the current number one tourist attraction. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

SEBCLAIR ™ CREAM - An Effective Non-steroidal Treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis

About Seborrheic Dermatitis
SD is a common skin condition (Primary Care Skin Forum 2016) that affects areas of the body with a particularly high concentration of sebaceous glands. This may include the eyebrows, bridge  of  the nose, nasolabial folds, ears and chest. It manifests as erythema, which  progresses to flakiness and  at  its  most  severe, crusting of the skin. SD of the scalp is also particularly common, and in its mildest form may be referred to as dandruff. SD also often appears as cradle cap in infants. It usually clears by 12 months but can be a persistent problem during this time. The condition is also most common in middle age or older people. It may also be associated with those with a suppressed immune system, HIV and neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease. At present there are  various approaches to the management of SD but  there is no `gold-standard' product.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bespoke Sorbet - The Frozen Treat

Unlike other food reviews which usually ends with a sweet rendition, it was a different experience at Buns & Meat. Sure enough, still a sweet treat but instead of cakes and desserts from the house, the stylish box I least expected. True to say, anticipation ran high trying to guess what is inside the box and surprise came in the form of the all-natural handcrafted-artisan Bespoke Sorbets. Artfully packed in clear bottle and tight with a string to secure the Kraft paper topper, the 4 favorite flavors in the box were

Monday, January 25, 2016

Buns & Meat - Lakefield, Sungei Besi

Walking into Buns & Meats after the long drive, I couldn’t help but be simply fascinated with the stylish, spacious and decked in contrast of bright colors atmosphere. Needless to say, to connect the casual concept and overall impression of the family-setting ambiance, the creative wall feature with colorful bottles is one of the central attractions. With options of sitting outside and two dart machines for some fun and entertainment in the inside dining area, Buns & Meat has already attracted plenty of attention within a short period of time, even before it’s one year mark.  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BIO-OIL’S ‘My Scar My Story" Garnered Inspiring Stories

The two-month long Bio-Oil ‘My Scar My Story’ Campaign which was launched on November 1st 2015 received positive response with more than 100 scar stories shared by women all over Malaysia to inspire other women who are undergoing emotional distress as a result of their physical scars.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

MONGOLIAN GRILL - Do As The Taiwanese Do At Terazza Brasserie

Located on the ground floor of Dorsett Grand Subang, Terazza Brasserie welcomes Mongolian Grill as one of their themed night buffet on every Wednesday from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Originally from Taiwan, Mongolian Grill has since become popular across the globe inspired by stories of Mongolian warriors and their culinary prowess. Using their large shield as makeshift woks, they would stir-fry their meats and vegetable over blazing fires whilst using herbs and spices to add more flavour to their meal.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Primary Care Skin Forum 2016 - New Horizon In Managing Chronic Skin Disorders

Having gone through my set of health problems over the last few years, despite the reality that the medical industry is now crowded with fresh young upcoming doctors, I will not doubt the fact that "Doctors Know Best". While I have been certified as another normal human being, whenever the relapses occurs due to hormonal imbalances, doctors are still my saviors. At the recent "Primary Care Skin Forum", it was further reinforced that "Doctors Know Best" as doctors took to the stage their years of experiences and expertise by presenting the data, figures and real case studies analysis on "New Horizon In Managing Chronic Skin Disorders". 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dr. Morita - Beauty Solutions Backed by Science and Many Years of R&D

Let’s face one important hard truth. The truth is none other than looking good and attractive for our age or perhaps even erasing a couple of years to look younger. I admit, I absolutely love it when people compliment and comment that I must be in my forties (yehhh!!). Well, regardless of the fact it is no easy feat maintaining the skin after reaching the big 5, I have never neglected the daily beauty regime and the at least once a week home facial. More so, countless products I have used especially various home facial masks and now, famed for its ultra-effective pharmaceutical grade Dr Morita facials masks from Taiwan.   

Monday, January 18, 2016

Chiang Mai (Day 2)

Couldn't have been a better second day in Chiang Mai (Day One), the fresh morning start at Bai Orkid, an amazing nature breathtaking scenery with row and row of colourful orchids. As I slowly walked into this orchid farm, I felt as though the heavenly paradise came calling upon seeing the beautiful colorful blooming orchids, also, as an educational journey on how orchids are cultivated and how they converted to beautiful accessories. The accessories were pricey but since I have set my mind not to spend on the Thai clothes, handbags and street stuffs , I bought the orchid pendant and hair clip. Those things I bought during my previous trips (Solo Trip To Bangkok), I realise were just a waste of money and eventually, all I did was to give them away.  

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Sarong - Fashion Statement

Hi Ladies,
How's everyone doing? Hopefully all of you are as strong as tough as ever. Right! Remember our first start to Fashion With Sarees? Right again. And where are going today? Well, today we are going to look and speak about the sarong, another traditional pride and joy Malaysian attire. Yes, the sarong, the love of my late dad as well. Dad’s sarong of course the cotton sarong in checked designs and in his remembrance, I am keeping one of his sarongs close to my heart. Whenever I miss him, I whiff the sarong and some days, I can't help but tear drops do fall. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Chiang Mai (Thailand)

Much explored and much more I know about Thailand. Bangkok (Solo Trip to Bangkok) was where I started, thereafter to the rest of the country including Phuket and Krabi. A year and half ago, I covered Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. My half-half as usual opted out and I went with the couple I met during the Vietnam and Cambodia tour. Such so, this 3 nights 4 days "all arranged tour" cost was higher mainly for the single room occupant.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Saree - The Fashion Statement

It is one thing to whole heartedly accept the big 5, the other is ageing gracefully. Even though some "thingies" more of less can't be the same, we ought to be proud of our age. But strange it is. I've met women who despite gently probing, they are shy or for whatever reason(s), age is a "KBI" secret. Try asking and all sorts you will hear - "I'm your age (funny!), why, why you want to know? Do I look so old? Guess and that's my age". These replies I've assumed are the defence mechanism for "what's age got to do, got to do with it". Well, logically it should be because women who look good for their age will happily profess. Otherwise, to boost our confidence, we must start somewhere and that start by right is with the face. I however would prefer to start the year traditionally with the 6 yards valuable saree Indian women don't mind spending hundreds compared to a facial (SOTHYS Premium Salon & Skin18).

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Taste Enclave - Sunway Pyramid (Revisited)

Just as I thought I'll stay put at home to welcome "Year 2016", 2 days earlier, arrived the good news. The Taste Enclave buffet invitation for two (RM150.00), generally people would say "god send", actually, it was Kelvin send. Asking my half-half to accompany me hit the wall. This man in the pretext of entertaining clients or maybe 80% true, preferred to usher New Year at the watering hole. Can I say anything? Not really because it will be same story the next year. More so, he is never comfortable with tacking along for food invitations. Well, busy man with business busyness, simple said, always busy.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Plaza Premium Lounge - Satellite Building (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)

Prior to boarding a long haul flight, it is like this for me - better early than late, check-in, a meal and then around the airport or worst comes to worst, sit-slouch somewhere before the "boarding call". Plaza Premium Lounge I have not only passed by but overlooked as well. Obviously, perceived as another criteria based membership status airport lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge actually is open to first class or economy class travellers for the "3Rs" (rest, relax and refresh).  

Monday, January 4, 2016

Flight Club (By Plaza Premium Group) - Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

Call me a standard mudguard if you like, I still prefer to fly in and out of  KLIA. Not to say I don't "Fly Away Nava K" in low cost carriers, I only do for short flights. At my age when life has settled down, let me put it in a nice way. I can afford some luxury (I said some!) and that luxury is at KLIA. A meal is also customary before flying because, honestly, after two meals on a long haul/international flight, I don't want to eat any more. Flight food? Of course, of course, carefully packaged and served with lots of love but mostly I am happy with coffee, water or juices.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Nasi Minyak

The year that was - what a year man and woman!!  One and only travel venture since friends forever stood-me-up and my forecasted solo travels had to be boxed up. Well, mum physiologically couldn’t walk and while babysitting her, she drove me up the wall until I filled the buckets with tears and she also left a big hole in our bank account. Just as we were trying to patch the hole, dad left to heaven in May and left the biggest hole in my heart. Certainly, no matter what, the hole can’t be patched even with all the money in the world. Subsequently, with the mourning and all that, travelling was forgotten and I carried on with cooking, some events and the daily routine.    

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cafe Olle, Desa Sri Hartamas (Kuala Lumpur)

Too many twisted saga on my mind until emails I skimmed through instead of getting nitty-gritty. The opening launch supposedly the following week but??  Believing I will fly up-up and away as a blogger, I came over on this Saturday. Upon realising there were no skimpy beauty queens and kings posing in front of the outlet, to bribe (under the table still a norm) the co-pilot, at first I thought of "tosai" and later, oh-well-well-well, a Western breakfast guaranteed to keep him quiet.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Backofen - Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

Looking back at Seri Hartamas, really, what should I say?? No doubt plenty of memories though those already classified as the “X-Files”. Then again, no harm in being honest, spilling the beans or letting the cat out of the bag. Such, the gist is the partying years till the wee hours. Yep, those hay years especially the Fridays and Saturdays for the “breakout, break for the weekend” at the clubs/pubs with glasses of alcohol and gallons of beer and still save and sound to drive home in one piece. But now and over the last 15 years or so? No more "this boots are made for dancing" and being seen at the action packed grounds with the so called “BFF/Swingout Sisters”. Cheaper of course entertainment at home over a glass of wine, before announcing on social media - “Got to go everyone. An early day tomorrow at the temple. God bless you".  

Monday, December 28, 2015

Skin18 - Korean Skincare Cosmetic

We women, we sure wear different types of masks. Happily or reluctantly we use the wife mask, mother mask, career mask, daughter mask, auntie mask and maid mask (whichever comes first). More so, Indian woman willingly wear the sentimental-emotional mask. Well, blame it on the family circumstances, for example, which pub and with whom husband is drinking, working hard to educate the kids as to achieve doctor social status, watching Tamil movies/dramas and feeling sorry for the dramatic characters instead for family members and on the phone day-in-day-out advising sister-in-law(s) how to be a superwoman. Such of course why conveniently forgotten is the face including the affordable face mask for the one unbelievable reason - “aiyo, where got time??  

Friday, December 25, 2015

Honey Creme - Desa Seri Hartamas (Kuala Lumpur)

So I was among the invited guests, media and fellow bloggers for the official launch of the organic premium soft-serve ice cream brand, Honey Crème Desa at Seri Hartamas. A couple of pictures first and quietly I sat at the corner before being the first or No 1 at the counter. Indeed, a wise choice for I opted for the Affogato Soft-Serve, a must try for coffee aficionados. Creamy honey cream accented by drizzles of strong aromatic espresso gives off a bitter-sweet sensation that is bound to please coffee lovers. The sight of warm espresso, cascading over the cold signature fluffy, light velvety texture and creamy milky taste with slight salty undertones, unlike conventional ice creams which can be too creamy or artificially sweet and rich, it is a comforting juxtapose for tired souls needing a pick-me-up. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Salasabaii Thai Cuisine - Cheras Taynton View

"Waze”certainly was proven as the guardian god of directions for the stress-free drive from Shah Alam to Taman Taynton View. In fact, even with the rush hour traffic. I arrived within 40 minutes at Salasabaii. And despite the slim chance of diverting to twilight zone after keying in the exact address, a little confusion (just a little) because there’s other food courts along the same route. Nonetheless, I arrived at "KK 118 Food Court", parked at the spacious open area right in front, walked into Stall No 1, grinned and shook hands with Alexander the owner. I should have (yea, should have) also shook hands with Jirapreeya (his wife/business partner) but she sure was busy and so, we just smiled. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Green Esthetics - Organic Longer Lash

They have forsaken me, I mean my long lashes and thick eyebrows are no longer there. For whatever reasons it may have been or as I like to assume age is the factor, lashes and brows certainly have withered. Age by far should be the valid-solid reason though I believe I am still young or young at heart. Then again, I have accepted that some things (ahem!!) can't be the same since the biological clock has stopped ticking way before the ripe age of 51.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Interlude - Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Interlude by far is the 1st international Tapas bar in Malaysia. The brainchild of Rabin the owner, this contemporary and edgy bar-cum-restaurant certainly has been drawing near and afar regular and new customers. With Rabin’s expertise and experience as a chef in Australia, coupled with a knowledgeable journey at a culinary school also from Australia, Interlude is the place for the affordable-inventive fine dining food and inspiring cocktails. Besides the various type of Tapas, worth mentioning are the Chilled Terrine, Laksa Bisque, Pan-Grilled Snapper and 17Hr Slow Cooked Pork Belly and the homemade “Orange Cheesecake.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cencaru Sumbat Sambal/Fish Stuffed With Spicy Paste (Baked)

Fish stories (Claypot Sri Lankan Fish Curry) I've run out. Really, I don't know what else to say. Even fishy stories for the matter has never been my plot neither do I have time to fish about your stories. Also, pretty hectic it has been because here, there and everywhere I am, I mean busy with a couple of things and writing reviews I tell you can be killer. You have to think, you have to logic out and you have to word in such a way your don't hit on anyone's sentiment. Sensitive people are especially on social media to garner likes or shall I say attention.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Rakshee - The Strand, Kota Damansara

Names (including Navaneetham Krishnan) always fascinate me and Rakshee? The moment I heard, for some reason or rather, the loving name made me happy. Well so, I was not wrong. Walking into the stylish, modern and a trending end lot café, indeed I felt the good vibes of Rakshee, meaning joyful and relaxation (derived from an informal Arabic language. Adorned in black steel, white tiles and dangling lamps, there is also the outdoor dining space and a long bench at the entrance to relax before or after a meal with friends or family.   

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Le Pont Boulangerie - Bedford Business Park (Jalan Kelang Lama)

If not for the invited event, blur-blur I will still be about this restaurant-cum-pastry/bakery shop. Occupying three floors in a modern building with modern interior, the ground floor is the pastry/bakery shop. Just as I was walking up to the second floor, I noticed customers walking into the bakery to pack back the cakes, confectioneries and pastries. So close I was of taking pictures but since I wasn’t sure if allowable. I didn’t want to take the chance. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mushroom Eggs

Husbands come and go, wives come and go and friends come and go as well. But the eggs you buy weekly and stock up in the fridge, they will forever be faithfully yours. Absolutely I know. Otherwise there wouldn't possibly be one after the other recipes (egg sodhi, cincalok omelette, rosemary potato egg salad, egg potato curry, tofu scrambled eggs, Chinese egg foo yung, egg cheesy bun, and Asian egg mayo sandwich). To stay true as a faithful egg lover, the easiest is omelette. To spiral it up further, I added other faithful and humble ingredients - canned button mushrooms, shallots, chillies and spring onion, for the mild freshness.  
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