Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Social - Bistro & Bar (Bangsar)

Bangsar? How unforgettable. Gosh!, looking back now, I remember being in Bangsar at least once a weekend mostly for clubbing and, every now and then, I didn't mind beating the traffic and the hassle of parking to dine at some of eateries (Plan B & Marmalade Cafe). But over the years, considering the distance from where I reside and the long crawl, rare became the occasion at Bangsar. Nevertheless, just a few weeks back, I returned to the familiar ground for an appointment. Thereafter, instead of rushing back home, I thought I might as well have lunch since I couldn't hang on to my hunger pangs.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kataragama/Tissamaharama - Sri Lanka

En-routing from Nurwara Eliya (Negambo & Kandy) to Katagarama, instead of just staring out of the windows throughout the monotonous long journey, we informed the tour guide that short stops will be appreciated at some of eye-catching places should we be passing by. For whatever reason, the guide didn’t seem pleased, but since we persisted, he couldn’t say no. In fact, such a coincident actually just after that, we spotted Rawana Water Fall which seemed the spot locals and tourists were flocking towards to. We hurriedly got down at the corner of the winding road, walked closer to the gushing from high up there water, stood around to admire the serene view and then continued our journey until we came across an ancient temple further down after an hour.  

Friday, July 15, 2016

Vegetarian Nyonya Laksa

Honestly, after sharing hundreds over recipes, I sometimes can't recall what else I have not spoken about. Maybe age has slowed me down or perhaps it is better not to share too much of unwanted stories. Seriously, I don't know. Then again, a recipe without an intro I think is akin a naked start. So, the easiest way of dressing up this recipe will be conveniently linking the previous Nyonya dishes (Nyonya Steam FishNyonya Assam Fish Curry, Nyonya Style Fish Achar & Nyonya Chicken Curry) including the Nyonya Curry Laksa and Nyonya Assam Laksa.

Monday, July 11, 2016

L'occitane Eye Care & Mask Duo Brightening Correction

Eyes are the absolute beauty to our soul. They connect us to everything, they reveal everything but sometimes it all depends which perspective they touch us deep down through our thoughts and mind. My eyes on the other hand always reveal my tiredness and I of course have accepted the reality. I don’t sleep well and I sometimes over-strain my eyes until they scream for nourishment to be cared for. Nevertheless, I have never neglected the daily routine of diligently applying eye cream (L'oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Cream & Body Shop Vitamin C Duo) but I also realise my windows to my soul should be pampered at least once a week with an eye mask (La Colline Cellular Eye Mask). 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Kandy/Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka

As we hit the road again towards the next destination on the third day (Negambo & Kandy), we had a couple of in-between stops. First thing in the morning, the guide took us to a sort of departmental sari shop where you can buy nice colourful saris as well as other clothing. Packed with mostly Chinese tourist who were over excited wearing a sari and taking countless number of pictures, we on the other hand, casually browsed the things. I didn’t buy anything neither was I keen to know if the tour buddies shopped.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Thai Green Crab Curry

I'm back home. I returned late last night from another travel-lust (Indian Spicy Crab Soup) which certainly was an absolute amazing exposure to a different culture. But let you tell you that people everywhere are the same because you meet the great, the good, the bad and the ugly characters. Still. travelling is a fantastic learning curve and experience (South Africa, Turkey, Norway/Denmark, Cambodia/Vietnam & Italy) to explore the world and to expand the mind. By travelling, I have learned to be more adaptable, complain less, appreciate my country and most importantly, appreciate my own life. Right now, I am still busy with unpacking and clearing the pending house work, so I shall stop at this point and let the recipe speak for itself (Krabi/Phuket). Showcasing the quintessential Thai flavours (Thai Green Vegetable Curry, Thai Chicken Green Curry & Thai Massaman Curry), Thai Green Crab Curry is spicy, tangy and wonderfully aromatic with basil leaves (Pepper Basil Crabs).

Friday, July 1, 2016

Indian Style Crab Soup

Hi there foodies, 
How have all of you been? Hopefully, you are feeling as positive as I am and hopefully you have been cooking as well. Right. I of course have not stopped cooking, I suppose when you work from home, laziness shouldn't be the lame excuse not to cook. For me, it is a pleasure cooking for my other half because for the years I was working full time, the poor man got tired of eating out. That is that, meanwhile, let me let the cat out of the bag. Quietly behind the scene I have been saving, thus, you won't be surprise if I say I am embarking on another solo travelogue (Sri LankaChiang Mai/Chiang Rai/Myanmar & Solo Travel To Bangkok).

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Rambukkana/Mawanella/Kandy - Sri Lanka

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. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rosken - Skin Repair Feet & Heel Balm

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

L'oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Cream

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

Negambo - Sri Lanka

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

Premier Clinic - Aesthetic Beauty Treatment (Bangsar)

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

The Spa - The Club Saujana Resort

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

San Nae Deul Korean BBQ Buffet @ Nexus Bangsar

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

GRAB IT - Soft Serve & More (Utropolis Market Place, Shah Alam)

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

You Had Me at Merlot! - Best Wine Bottle Upcycling Projects

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

Vono - We’ve Got Your Back (ErgoBed Blue Series)

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

Medlite C6 QS ND:YAG Laser - Great On The Go (Klinik Christina Chea)

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

Pretoria City Tour - Gauteng Province (South Africa)

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

Microdermabrasion & Oxygen Therapy/Infusion - Klinik Dr Christina Chea (Taipan, Subang Jaya)

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

Press. Beyond Juice - Raw & Fresh

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

Verandah Restaurant @ Cyberview Resort & Spa - Iftar Buffet

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

The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur - ‘Juadah Di Bawah Sinaran Bintang’ (Fast-Breaking Buffet)

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

Melt'On - SS15 (Subang Jaya)

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

Sun City - Johannesburg (South Africa)

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

Bio Essence Miracle Bio Water Jelly Make Up Remover

So I have said and I spoke at great length about cleansing oil (Hada Labo Cleansing Oil With High Purity Olive Oil), but when I was back to the pharmacy to replenish another cleansing oil, sure enough I changed my mind. Out of curiosity I bought Bio Essence Bio Water Jelly Make Up Remover - fairly reasonably priced and packaged in a standard-basic plastic bottle with a pump, similar to other gel/ liquid based cleansers and cleansing oils (Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil).

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.

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
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