Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lion Park - Johannesburg (South Africa)

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.

A must-see popular destination and pitted as the biggest attraction for international tourists, Lion Park is a prominent eco-tourism destination, a sanctuary and a breeding hub for important wildlife species, such as cheetahs, rare white Lion, wild dogs, zebras, ostriches, hyenas, various species of antelopes and other animals. Certainly compared to the “Perth Zoo", I visited a couple of year ago, Lion Park was actually a different kind of experience as it truly offers close-up moments of African wildlife tranquility views.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fish & Co - The Lunch Gusto

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

Vineria.It Cucina & Bar (Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur)

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

KimNaNa Bento - Healthy Convenient Lunch Delivery

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

Dorsett Grand Subang - Ramadhan Celebration Of Two Worlds Under One Roof

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

Le French Festival (LFF) 2016 - An Exciting French Inter-Cultural Experience

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

The KopiShop By Yummylicious (Bukit Damansara) - Kuala Lumpur

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

Café Aroma – Dorsett Grand Subang 5-Star Kopitiam Experience

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

TEN YEARS @ Evolve Concept Mall (Ara Damansara)

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 - South Africa (Part 3)

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. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe - Sunway Pyramid

An absolute pleaser, yes, Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe I bet will be for all Kitty Lovers. I on the other hand am not a Kitty-Cat fan, neither have I collected Kitty merchandisers, well, I don’t like cute things crowding my house. Those Kitty stuffs I know will be a pretty soothing sight but dusting-cleaning at my age, forget it, there's way better things I rather devote my time on. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

M136 Coffee House - Maluri (Kuala Lumpur)

No, no, not in my slightest moment I would have expected a sensational dining experience at M136 Coffee House (M for Maluri, 136 the lot number). Except for returning to back then familiar area which now is quite unfamiliar and a brief background about M136 Coffee House, expectation admittedly didn’t run high. Nonetheless, within just the first minute or two, the warmest welcome from the lady owner that lasted till I left after the sumptuous meal I will remember forever. She is simply adorable with her unselfish smile and she even came over to recommend the drinks I should try. Thank you Miss. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Special Occasion - Fashion Statement

Over the years, over the many life experiences and over and over, I have drastically narrowed down my circle of friends. Treasuring the three to four good friends I believe is more meaningful compared to a wide variety of baggage-garbage friends. Not to say I am the aloof type or an introvert, I just feel pretentious friends are emotionally draining and who I let in my life will impact my happiness. Honestly, instead of wasting my time and money with unnecessary friends, I am happy with travelling (Vietnam/Cambodia, Dubai & Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai) to experience the wonders of the world and the other of course is valuing the moments with my other half (Travelling Solo When You Are Married).

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Mr Bean Body Care Mandarin Coffee Scrub

Really, honestly and sincerely, I can't think of a better way of introducing Mr Bean Mandarin Coffee Scrub except to say that it is an awesome and fabulous 100% organic coffee scrub made from premium ingredients including organic fair trade coffee beans, Himalayan pink rock salt, Demerara sugar, and organic cold pressed coconut and vitamin E oils. Absolutely yes, absolutely certain I am and absolutely I am going to tell you why. So stay tune to your thoughts and while you are at it, get to know Mr Bean Mandarin by connecting to the thought provoking product information and core value as stated on the packaging.  Between the other two options of Mr Bean Coconut Coffee Scrub and Mr Bean Coffee Scrub Man, Mandarin Coffee Scrub is known for its benefits of -

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wakon Japanese Restaurant - Damansara Utama

Two years and steadfastly growing, you can't miss the bold signboard of Wakon Japanese Restaurant (non-halal) just across the main road of Damansara Utama or within the Damansara Uptown area. The pride and joy of the humble and down of earth Chef Sundy Chim who has belted years of expertise in the F & B industry in Hong Kong, Wakon is the reflection of chef’s love for Japanese cuisine. Also, for the love of the laid back and relaxed Malaysian environment, chef decided to move his restaurant to Malaysia.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Safi Rania Gold Eye Contour Cream

Till this day, I have not regretted leaving behind my secured rat race profession to work from home and for myself. Okay, perhaps yes, perhaps for the first six months, I couldn't accept the emptiness of working alone which literally took a toll on my well-being. So, I made sure I fully occupied myself for the last one year and here I am gladly moving on despite earning half of what I used to earn before. Less income has also taught me to spend wisely by opting for best buys or value for money skin care products. I won’t say I was ignorant about the cost markup including for branding, packaging and the influence of exchange rate for high end imported products (MAC Moisture Eye Cream & La Colline Eye Mask) but these facts were brushed aside mainly because I could afford to swipe my credit card. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Cape Town - South Africa (Part 2)

Day One in CapeTown was just a slow gist start to sightseeing. Day two on the other hand opened up to more on the stunning views of the beach, shores, ocean, hills, mountains, well, pretty much to Cape's nature breather on a whole. At about 9.00am, our day kick started with the drive up and down the twinning slopes for picturesque stopovers in the cooling and wind lusciously blowing weather while admiring the bountifulness of the sea and coastline stretching from Mouille Point to Muizenberg. Later along the way, we had another stop at Karbonkelberg, a small peak forming part of the Table Mountain National Park, a prominent landmark overlooking the harbour at Hout Bay and known for its short treks among the mountain bikers.  

Monday, March 14, 2016

Penang Mee Udang (Prawn Mee)

I kinda agree that blogging is a form of hobby and when you sphere it further, blogging can bring fame or perhaps fortune may follow. So, in the name of blogging or for reasons only bloggers know best, we are engaged on the social media every day, every hour or for some people I know, it can be every minute. In fact, overall, even for those who are not blogging, this social media thing is utmost priority and the trend of being glued to the mobile device matters the most for adults while kids as young as 3 or 4 years old are learning from their parents.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Travelling Solo When You Are Married

Honestly, I find it quite annoying when people ask why I travel solo. I mean, I can't understand why others can''t accept the fact that a married women like me is comfortable with exploring places on my own. Perhaps, I'm assuming could it be because of the traditional Indian norm whereby once a woman is married, the priority must be caring for her husband 365 days? Really, I'm not sure and if at all there are other reasons, I don't know either. To say it is only the women who want to know why I travel alone is not true. Men are equally curious. But women, they won’t stop asking and they “bling-bling” are puzzled when I say I am happily married, I am not a loner and I do travel with my other half maybe once a year. Whatever said, they still tend to doubt me.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tea & Tattle - Damansara Utama (Petaling Jaya)

Indeed, as a food blogger, I have had the chance of sampling various types of cuisines. Far from that, what is truly interesting with an invited review is the one to one experience of listening to the owner(s) on how they pursued their inspiration and passion in setting up their eateries. Here at Tea & Tattle, meeting Aven the owner ultimately was what I loved the most for it was the start to the 1 ½ hours of heart to heart conversation on his passion for food, how he started the first outlet in Ipoh and subsequently setting foot at Damansara Utama with this latest branch.  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu (Brinjal Curry)

With 600 over recipes in the last 5 years, sadly, the enthusiasm to share more recipes has fizzled out. Also, as I am pretty busy with a couple of other things I like to keep close to my heart, honestly, I hardly have been cooking. However, I still have 100 over recipes in my collection but back to the same point I've said, sharing recipes has become quite mundane and boring. So, I have re-routed to focussing on food reviews, fashion and beauty and my over spilled travel ventures. Otherwise, I am afraid I may even loose the passion for blogging or perhaps still share a recipe every two weeks once.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

How To Stay In Shape

Talking about shape and size (Smart Casual Wear) I absolutely know is sensitive especially for women. Well, women including myself, we prefer to evade the reality on the negative aspects of our shape. The compliments of course, of course we embrace happily whereas the not nice words constantly hurt like hack. Then again, it all depends how we interpret shape, to each its own and I suppose it is easier said than done on how to shape-up. So ladies, by all means, if you can accept your plus size or the extra hanging flesh, stay true because no one can take away how you feel about yourself. But if it hurts when people say you are overweight, you envy slim women or you are unhappy with your naked body, it is still not end of the world. We can do something and we can do it right now. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cape Town - South Africa (Day 1)

Travelling to South Africa was like a dream came true after I returned from the short vacation to Myammar/ Chiang Rai/Chiang MaiHonestly, never in my slightest moment I would have imagined I will have the chance to see South Africa. So, I must thank my other half for this 10 days 7 nights once a year holiday together. Certainly not the average budgeted tour, we didn't mind paying for the luxury of staying in 4 and 5 star hotels, meals at decent eateries and shopping stops as always included as well.    

Thursday, February 25, 2016

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

It is still as good as ever at Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches. In fact, maybe I shouldn't say better but sure, an impressive revamped menu with a significant number of new dishes while still retaining the classic signature dishes, especially the irresistible ultimate ribs. The façade perhaps is still the same or given a slight face lift but honestly, I didn't really pay attention because the moment I met TC the owner and we started talking, as always, losing focus on the nitty-gritty things is just me. However, absolutely certain I am that Ticklish Ribs, reputed for their oink-oink food has and is still drawing a continuous line of customers.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Favful - The One Stop Virtual Beauty Platform

Not a new trend anymore, beauty websites and beauty apps has fast caught up in the virtual world. I for once believe that if beauty companies fail to understand the current social trend, they will be left behind. Well, such has been life for the past couple of years whereby we want everything including beauty information at the snap of our fingers. For that, obviously, there can't  be anything better than surfing websites or staying close to a relevant app.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara

Come to think of it, except for a couple of reviews on skin care products, I hardly have reviewed make-up products, all the more so on mascaras. Perhaps considering the Body Shop Brow & Lash Gel as one of those for beautifying the eyes, actually, the only mascara review I wrote before I have deleted. Horrendously written, I am not shy to admit I myself couldn’t understand what I wrote, thus, can you imagine how confusing it would have been for those who read it? Embarrassing, really embarrassing but instead of harping on mistakes I can’t revert back, hopefully I don’t fumble again. To hard kick start, I will be reviewing this “Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara”. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Golden Triangle Boat Ride (Chiang Rai - Thailand)

Worn out, sweaty and our legs almost wobbling apart after the few hours in Myanmar, we returned to Chiang Rai for the boat ride. Pretty much the last itinerary for the 3 days 4 nights vacation, while waiting for the long tail boat, we had about 15 minutes to view the surrounding area. Here at the small village of Chiang Saen, there are a couple of Buddhist temples and Thailand, as said before (Chiang Mai) is never short of street food, clothes and handicraft stalls. Also, should nature call at this point, be prepared to quickly dash across the road to any of the dark dungeon coffee shop toilets. Not the cleanness neither pleasant toilets, I suppose when you badly need to ease yourself, anywhere will do. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pulut Inti (Glutinous Rice With Sweet Coconut)

How I wish the true meaning of Valentine’s Day would have remained as how it was. Quite a significant day to honour love and affection, Valentine’s Day is now a different meaning all together especially on social media. I for once have nothing against people showering each other with lots of love but when they overdo it on social media, oh god! Seriously, I feel like vomiting blood and if I start believing that love is about roses, expensive gifts and meals, I will be the most miserable person of earth. Furthermore, if love is as true as perceived on social media, I am just wondering why divorce rate has not come down and why many are still miserable in love?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Smart Casual Wear - The Stylish Look

They say life is a learning curve and I can't agree more. Absolutely because having been blogging for five years, my learning curve plunged deepest down and only in the last one year, the curve slowly picked upwards. Also, true to say, everyday I am still learning. As a blogger, admittedly, behind the hours of writing while staring at the computer, blogging is tiring and there has been days I wanted to give up. Nonetheless, when reality kicks in, I realise that "when the going get tough and the tough gets going", it is about crucial discipline of perseverance and not giving up. 

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.
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