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.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Admit it – regardless of how beauty is interpreted, a glowing skin is still the pride and joy. Let it be for the women or men, I am certain you will sense an overwhelming feeling of happiness whenever people compliment your looks. By right, there is nothing wrong with being proud of your skin because it says that you care and you maintain your skin well. Definitely I won’t deny, of course I love it, if not for looking a few years younger but mainly for my clear skin. While I do have a choice of dolling-up with layers of make-up which is rare but once a while I do, I prefer a presentable complexion defended with the daily beauty regime and the weekly home facials. However, despite applying sun block, quite a thing actually to totally prevent age spots and sun spots since I sweat profusely when I am cooking or gardening. Blame it on the hormonal imbalances, these spots are not really prominent, but instead of allowing them to worsen or trying out new skin care products, I opted to restore-rejuvenate my skin at the good hands of a professional skin doctor.
Friday, May 20, 2016
How can I possibly don't agree? Life indeed is demanding and it doesn’t help that the hustle and bustle of the city can take a toll on our well-being. Honestly, sometimes I ask myself – what are we chasing after, though obviously a better comfortable life and of course, like they say – we gotta work and strive for what we want. Then again, amidst the busyness and quest for success, I certainly hope we don’t neglect our health. Quite a thing actually, but without putting health as the priority, sad to say there goes everything.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
To celebrate the holy month of Ramadhan after the challenging long day of fasting, nothing is more rewarding than gathering with family and friends over a pleasurable festive buffet. While hotels all over Malaysia are abuzz with the preparation of meals to satisfy the hunger pangs, Cyberview Resort & Spa @Verandah Rrestaurant invites diners to delight the taste buds with its Iftar buffet within the backdrop of a serene tropical garden. Absolutely a feast on “live-on-wok” seafood galore when Chef Imran and his team generously stir-fry in action on fresh swimming tiger prawns, fish, cockles, bamboo clams and stingray ala-Thai style.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
It is once again the time of year for the much awaited Ramadhan celebrations with loved ones, family and friends. As the anticipation of gathering and strengthening bonds is growing strong with the holy month approaching, this year the Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur is sparking the traditions with enchanting ambience and favourite flavours – put forth rewarding culinary experiences for diners under the stars at its scenic poolside area as well as its all-day casual dining outlet, Charcoal. Indeed as always, the hotel takes the pleasures of dining, gathering and celebrating to a whole new level.
Friday, May 13, 2016
If you are hankering for some hand-crafted, artisan and eggless ice cream, then look no further than Melt’On. A homey, uncluttered and no fuss café with woody high tables and chairs and service counter, unlike the regular commercial ice cream outlets, Melt’On at Subang Jaya is a different kind of pride. Opened just two months ago and a delightful concept mooted by the son, dad and mum team, what sets this café apart is their appealing to the taste buds and eyes made from scratch alcoholic and non-alcoholic ice cream and waffles, indeed the creation and secret formula of Timothy’s mum.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Departing from Lion Park the next morning, in between the more than two hours coach ride to north-west Johannesburg, we stopped for lunch at The “Upper Deck Restaurant”. Busy-busy bustling with tourists, Upper Deck is a laid-back rustic grill-restaurant, boasting a huge and lively garden terrace and live music. As we sat at the outside dining area, sort of a similar concept to Kirstenbosch Garden Moyo Restaurant, lunch opened up with a salad and then we opted between the three platters - seafood, steak and lamb, indeed, huge portions paired with salad and plentiful of fries. For dessert, while we continued sipping the chilled drinks and beer, we were served the colorful assortment of sweet stuffs - really and truly sweet!
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Give in and take, approximately 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town, we arrived at Johannesburg. Later, another 40 minutes drive to North West, Lanseria and here we were at “Lion Park” - pretty much the one and only sightseeing for the day, including lunching in South Africa’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, also known as Jo’burg.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Drawing inspiration from customers feedback for a lunch menu, Fish & Co recently unveiled a whole new set lunch at its flagship store in Pavilion KL. The launch of the “Lunch Gusto“, offering affordable pricing and menu varieties was attended by 30 famous online influencers, including yours truly. After being greeted by warm and hospitable staff, the event slowly and surely took off as online influencers continued redeeming their free Soup of the Day through #GlobalFishNCo Campaign. In fact, any diner can participate by posting their dining picture at Fish & Co. outlet with the caption of “Hello from Fish & Co. Malaysia!” and #GlobalFishnCo.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Hoping to beat the evening traffic rush from one end of the city to arrive on time for this Zomato Foodie Meetup, unexpectedly I kept everyone waiting for at least fifteen minutes. Not a nice feeling as I have always been a punctual person, somehow there I was at the entrance of Bangsar Shopping Complex, a familiar ground where I used to party at Iguana like there's no tomorrow. Duh! Those were the years when Nava K was the energetic sweet young thing. Anyway, pondering over the “yay-nay” memories, I was unsure which direction I should go, and by now, my make-up ruined and my hair soaking wet because of the hot-humid weather. Moreover, as I have been wrestling the little demons which are still pulling my deep down happiness apart, I was sort of agitated as well.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Absolutely flawless, so it was and I vouch it will be for you. KimNaNa Bento - everything was spot on from the start till I delectably tucked into the Bentos - one for lunch and the other naturally for dinner. Alright, this is how it began with the ordering for me. Truly easy, between the selection of Gumiho Beauty Bento, Club Bento, Club Veggie and Dutch Bento Pizza, I opted (how to order) for the Gumiho Detox Bento and Gumiho Anti-Aging Bento. These two bento sets I thought will do a whole lot of good to rest my digestive system as I have been continuously indulging in sinful food for the past couple of days and nourishing my skin has always been my number one priority.
Friday, April 22, 2016
After the recent Cafe Aroma's 5-Star kopitiam experience, yours truly was back to Dorsett Grand Subang for the Ramadhan blogger/media review. An annual celebration for the time of year, started off with the welcoming speech by Mr Hugo Herritsen, Area General Manager of Dorsett Grand Subang, the next sight to greet the diners' eyes was the traditional Malaysian cuisine. Tucking into the array of dishes, a personal favourite of mine definitely was the Roasted Lamb and Masak Lemak Nenas Ikan Masin. The meat was tender and the masak lemak for the ever-loved salty, sour, spicy and sweet tastes. Indeed, truly captivating!
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The best of French cinema, music, dance, art and gastronomy, undoubtedly a promising list of events await us during the Le French Festival 2016 (LFF). Kick started at the recent press conference and exclusive movie screening at GSC (Golden Screen Cinemas) Mid-Valley, I certainly had the privilege of being among the invited guests and media at Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) Mid-Valley. The annual and now formerly known as French Art & Film Festival that has trilled fans for 14 years returns, yes ladies and gentlemen - a new name this year, (LFF) for an exciting French inter-cultural experience.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
I’ve said it before and I must-must say it again. Okay, I do agree, yes I do - food ultimately binds foodies during a food review as and while we incredibly delight into the array of dishes. Nevertheless, for me, yes, me indeed, it has to be the valuable experience of listening to owner(s) on their breakthrough inspiring success journey despite the failures. At “The KopiShop By Yummylicious” the genuine sharing of Jimmy the owner I still remember till this day. Absolutely a motivation not to give up, never to take no for an answer and there are god send good Samaritan(s) when you least expect (My Starbucks Story). Truly and sincerely appreciated Jimmy.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Dorsett Grand Subang’s 5-Star Kopitiam experience is set in the fresh yet familiar ambiance of Café Aroma. Cafe Aroma’s Kopitiam is open for business every Monday to Friday from 12.00 noon to 10.00 pm, serving guests with all-time favourite items from the Kopitiam menu. The menu prices start from as low as RM4.00 nett per dish, includes traditional kopitiam favourites such as; Loh See Fun, Mee Rebus, Curry Laksa and Hong Kong ‘French Toast’ homemade Roti Bakar served with butter & kaya.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Over the past couple of years, I have had my fair share of travel experiences. Certainly I have. Travelling however didn’t fall right from the sky and on my lap just like that. Years and years of hard work and sacrifices, finally in my late forties as the major commitments in life settled down, I could afford to travel. As a seasonal traveler, I have learned that travelling is not about perfection or hoping for the best, but sure, clearly a joy and pleasure for the exposure to diverse cultures and sampling various types of cuisines. Still, despite exploring new attractions while I out there, within the next 5 to 6 days, I am counting the days to return home. Somehow, truly and surely, I miss Malaysian glories food - the spicy, salty and infused with local herbs dishes, eaten with rice or noodle dishes bolstered with similar tastes. Gosh! Speak about my daily food fix.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Cape Town - Loved! Loved! Cape Town as I've said (Cape Town 1 and Cape Town 2) is an incomparable nature beauty as one of the spectacular stunning places I have travelled to. More aptly, on the third day which was also our last day in Cape, we explored the other side of the city. An early start for the day, we travelled for an hour plus to arrive at Nederburg Wines, one of the older vineyards in Stellenbosch.