The rainy days here in Malaysia always remind me the cold weather during winter in Sydney. I miss layering my clothes with sweaters and coats, wearing gloves and boots, and exploring the city in such pleasant cold weather. Sydney is not only about the city center. If you wish to explore another side of Sydney, why not head to Katoomba at the Blue Mountains? We decided to visit Katoomba on one of the days during our trip in Sydney.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
...anything KATE SPADE! I am currently in love with anything about Kate Spade! My friend also got me the Cedar Street Dot Lacey polka dot purse during her recent trip to the UK! If you noticed, the design of Kate Spade handbags, purses, jewelries, mobile phone casings are all super sweet, cute and feminine. If you don't like anything too colorful, they have it in monochrome and soft pastel color that totally perfect for any occasions! How to not fall in love with this brand?
These bags can be really expensive if you can't find a really good deal, especially when it is not on sale. I normally will keep an eye on its official website before Kate Spade finally opened a store in Malaysia. We all know that the price is varied from the official site since it is shipped to Malaysia. Now that I plan to get one of these lovely Kate Spade handbags as a Christmas gift for myself, my sister and mom, I know I have to really hunt for a better option and compare the prices from several sites in order to not burn a huge hole in my wallet.
I was so glad that I stumbled upon this site - iPrice Singapore! There's so many other brands (designers and non designers) on the website and yes, you'll be spoiled with the choices too! The user-friendly interface makes shopping through the site much easier too. Beware, it can be pretty addictive to shop on this site!
Of course, if you're worried about shipping from Singapore why not grab awesome, great deals from iPrice Malaysia ? (｡´∀｀)ﾉ
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The Apartment Downtown, whether you have heard of it for numerous times or dined at this restaurant before, it's time for you to go back and try out their new menu! The Apartment Downtown unveiled exciting new look, menu and cocktail and champagne bar. Featuring a European styled dining concept, infused with Asian flavors into a contemporary menu, the restaurant is a place where the formal and casual coexist.
Creating a restaurant “where dining out means coming home”, The Apartment Downtown is completely renovated to showcase the large open space, vast amount of natural light and a sense of height and depth, providing an ideal setting for any crowd size. At night, diners could sit back and relax over a glass of bubbly with a scenic lake view.
We kick start our lovely dinner with the Polenta, Tomato and Basil Salad (RM25.90). It is just a simple mixture of roma, cherry and sun dried tomatoes, cucumber, basil, capers, anchovies and buffalo mozzarella tossed with shallot vinaigrette, topped with crispy polenta.
What was served next was this lovely Chicken Liver Pate (RM22.90). This allows you to enjoy the homemade chicken liver pate with port jelly served with cornichons, fresh arugula and rye toast. This is yummy and I can eat this anytime! I wish I could have that jar of chicken liver pate at home now!
And here's the Fried Herb & Potato Dumplings (RM16.90). The crispy fried herb and potato served with grilled banana ketchup. This is nice and crispy, but wasn't my favorite; the tomato ketchup that comes with it has a hint of banana taste, interesting.
Awesome stuffs for scallop lovers! Silky Scallops & Tofu (RM39.90) where the scallops and roe baked with tofu, topped with soy-wasabi butter. This is certainly perfect for quick bites and they are yums! If you wish to have something heavier, you can always opt for the Salt & Pepper Scallops Linguine (RM45.90). The linguine served with prawns, crispy beef bacon, sautéed broccoli and red capsicum with chili flakes.
Moving to more of the mains, we also ordered this huge Moroccan Beef Burger (RM36.90). For the price, I thought it's pretty affordable! You'll get to enjoy the thick and juicy Moroccan spiced patty on toasted brioche bun stacked with tomato relish, beef bacon, arugula, tomato, Portobello mushroom with a drizzle of mayonnaise. It also served with sweet potato fries topped with the house crème fraiche!
What's new? The Greek Mac and Cheese (RM30.90), macaroni in a creamy cheese sauce with fresh dill, feta cheese, and Greek spice blend topped with breadcrumbs and fried spinach.
This could be everyone's favorite for the night - Greek Style Lamb Cutlets (RM70.90)! The New Zealand lamb cutlets served along with Greek yogurt, crumbed eggplant and roasted cherry tomatoes. The lamb was done in perfect medium rare, just the way we love it!
For dessert, we ordered the sinfully delicious Baked Chocolate Pudding (RM18.90). This is my all time favorite desserts at the Apartment Downtown, KLCC! The chocolate pudding with a chocolate-coffee ganache topped with hazelnut served with vanilla ice cream. The preparation time for this particular dessert is 15-20minute, but it's totally worth the wait!
As a new feature, the champagne bar features a range of bubblies from Henkell (German) to Deutz (French). The boutique selections are harvested from biodynamic viticulture. For those who prefer cocktails, The Apartment Downtown will be serving its own home mixes such as Tokyo Snow, ‘New Orleans’ French 75, Pedro’s Revolver and Herbal Gin & Tonic. The difficulty will be in deciding which to order.
For more information or to make reservations, please contact The Apartment Downtown, KLCC, at 03-2166 2257.
The Apartment Downtown
Lot 139, 1st Floor, Suria KLCC (facing the lake)
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm
Tel: +603 - 2166 2257
Monday, November 3, 2014
Let's take a break from all the food-related post because I have a very much long overdue post here! I was first getting to know about this product through one of my favorite youtubers, Mamichula8153 and I was totally impressed with the result after she used this kit. I actually received the product - Banish Kit by Banish Acne Scars - around mid of September and I couldn't start using it due to active acnes all over my face at that time. I only started using it early October after my acne on my forehead reduced tremendously and left with those marks and scars over the treatment sessions under Dr Christina from Klinik Christina Chea.
All the products from Banish Acne Scars assembled and shipped from the United States in Los Angeles California. The Banish Kit contains an all natural Vitamin C, E, Ferulic Acid Serum, roller, storage case and cleaning container.
Please note that there's a few types of rollers available - 0.25mm (for hyper pigmentation, serum absorption, fine lines and discoloration), 0.5mm (for hyper pigmentation, serum absorption, fine lines, discoloration and acne scarring) and 1.0mm (for hyper pigmentation, serum absorption, fine lines, discoloration,acne scarring, ice-pick acne scars and stretch marks). Depending on the size of the roller you use, you can use the 0.25mm roller every week; 0.5mm roller every other week and the 1.0mm roller only once a month. This is due to it takes a while for collagen to build on your skin.
What's make Banish Roller special here?
- The bristles are created out of titanium.
- Titanium is stronger and has less risk of infection than other metals.
- Titanium is lightweight but strong, compared to steel which is much heavier.
- Titanium is non-porous, which is less likely to cause an allergic reaction compared to other metals.
- Titanium is non corrosive, compared to steel which can rust easily.
- Titanium is more expensive than steel.
** It is best to replace your Banish Roller after 8 uses. It is because the needles on it will turn dull and there may be a risk of infection to the skin from previous uses.
Frankly, I was so happy to see serum is included in the Banish Kit! (You and I know how much a C&E Serum cost out there) The serum that comes with it is natural and contains no additives, parabens, sulfates or preservative. The shelf life of the serum is approximately 6-9 months.
How thoughtful of the founder to include a container for users to use it to clean their Banish Roller! All you need is isopropyl alcohol to clean the roller each time before and after you use it.
I was excited to try the Banish Kit and tried it on my forehead after there's no more active acnes but scars. Basically, you just need to roll it 4-5 times on your skin that with the scars on it and then, gently pat the serum on the area. It was surprisingly not painful at all, it hurts much less than you are waxing your eyebrows! I can see the result after a month and as you can see, it cleared up most of the marks on my forehead area. Now I just can't wait to treat the scars and marks on my cheek areas! It is going to take longer time compared to my forehead area due to the number of active acnes, but I'm sure I will be doing another post (or maybe a vlog!) to update you guys on my skin condition! ヾ(。◕ฺ∀◕ฺ)ノ
Banish Acne Scars provide returns even if you have used the product and it does not work for you. Check out the products at HERE.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Here's a great news for fellow party goers out there!
H-Artistry returns to KL this 15th into a different dimension by setting an even more exciting stage for the anticipated epic finale premier super-clubbing experience of 2014! The Global Art of Mixing party slated for KL, rides off the success of H-Artistry Penang earlier in May 2014 and promises another epic not-to-be-missed party experience to remember. Featuring a stellar line up of artists from around both East AND West, this signature super-clubbing event will take place at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) in Mines Resort City on 15 November 2014 starting from 7.00pm onwards.
Party goers can expect to get pumped by H-Artistry’s signature super-clubbing party experience with an eclectic mix of sights, sounds and taste. Featuring the latest up and coming local, regional and international acts against a trademark mashup of genres and music styles with Unique, One Night Only collaborations, this year’s H-Artistry will definitely elevate guests into a whole other dimension of party going.
Headlining KL’s H-Artistry is London born international award winning artist, Tinie Tempah, famous for his #1 hit on the UK Singles Chart debut single “Pass Out”, Japan’s newly formed mainstream group, Cream famous for lead-single, “Shooting Star” in their debut album, “DREAMIN”- An album ranked No.1 on the iTunes Top Song Chart and the pop duo consisting of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, or better known as MKTO, famous for their debut single, "Thank You".
The epic finale of the H-artistry party will also feature Malaysia’s very own pop band Paperplane Pursuit, and the trio from Imma*Bleep*YouUp, enlivening every party with their very own brand of fist pumping house beats. Revellers will also be the first to witness the live renditions of the latest singles by these two prominent Malaysian acts, “Chasing Dreams” and “Live Forever”. The singles were an inspiration from the H-Artistry’s very own unique Global Art of Mixing platform that has connected these two artists from different genres and styles.
The nation’s most anticipated party, H-Artistry - The Global Art of Mixing is the super clubbing event of the year, certainly one not to be missed!
** H-Artistry is open to non-Muslims above the age of 18 only. For more information, log on to www.h-artistry.com.my.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I still remember my first visit to Baci Italian Café (in Citta Mall) was for a casual meeting session. Cozy ambiance, though the chocolate drink that I've ordered wasn't my favorite and the pizza was alright. I guess I enjoyed my company more than my drink for the night.
When I was informed and invited to try out their newly revamped menu, I thought why not give it a try, and boy, that was one of the best dinner meals I've had ever! When Baci is first conceived, the starting point was to re-create an authentically Italian, serving quality Italian coffee and fresh, cafe style food in a neighborhood setting inspired by the European coffee culture where people relax, share and enjoy each other's company.
I ordered myself the refreshing Mango Cooler (RM10.90) and being a coffee person, Eric ordered a cup of Flat White (RM8.90) which turned out much better compare to the cuppa he had last time here. Baci offers various coffees and chocolate drinks in the menu, there's one interesting one called Cappugiro (RM9.90) with a foamy texture, coffee mousse resting on a bed of liquid milk.
If you wish to enjoy a rather light meal for your brunch or dinner, you can always opt for the sandwich selection in the menu. We had this Spicy Chicken Sandwich (RM16.90) that comes in pretty huge portion! You'd enjoy the grilled slices of chicken breast marinated with Baci special spiced sauce with hints of cumin, spicy sauce and chili flakes served with fresh romaine, tomato slices and onions in between homemade ciabatta spread with wholegrain mustard mayo.
I love pasta! I mean, who doesn't? If you ever come to Baci and craving for a good pasta, please get yourself this plate of Smoked Duck & Shiitake Spaghetti (RM19.90)! It comes with a generous serving of smoked duck breast, sautéed cherry tomatoes, spinach and fresh shiitake mushrooms. It is a little bit spicy but I truly love the hint of sourish that somehow tantalize the tastebud in such awesome way! And yes, the pasta served with a slice of toasted garlic bread to complete the true Italian experience.
I am not really a pie person. However, the hearty Chicken & Mushroom Pie (RM18.90) in Baci's new menu certainly another must-ordered items! It certainly looks different from the ordinary pie as it serves with a puff pastry atop a pot of rich and creamy sauce that is 2-hour of slow-cooked goodness. Poke the puff pastry and scoop into the savory thick broth of leek, chicken breast, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes and green peas with a dash of Italian herbs, delicious!
Oh hey, beef lovers! I mean, oxtail soup lovers! Try out this pot of Baci's classic - Oxtail Stew (RM23.90) whenever you can as it is limited to only 6 pots a day. This is such a hearty and comfort meal that meant for sharing. With 6-hour cooking time featuring carrots, celery and juicy oxtail slowed cooked in flavorful beef stock served with warm garlic mashed potatoes and a slice of toasted Tuscan bread. The meat was very tender and we're absolutely in love with this pot of Oxtail Stew!
There's always something for everyone. Pizza lovers get to enjoy various types of pizza selection from the menu too! We had the Bolognese Pizza (RM20.90), the 9" hand tossed thin crust base topped with deliciously rich beef bolognese, fresh cubes of capsicum and arugula on a bed of melted mozzarella cheese.
In conjunction with the Yuletide, Baci Italian Café, is launching a special Christmas campaign to fund a buffet spread for the underprivileged children of Ti Ratana Welfare Society at their outlet in Citta Mall, Ara Damansara.
From 1st till 30th November, patrons will be encouraged to contribute a minimum of RM10 that goes towards organizing a Christmas buffet cum party on Sunday, 7th December 2014 for the children of Ti Ratana Society.
Baci Italian Café
Lot G47, Ground Floor, Citta Mall,
No.1, Jalan PJU 1A/48, Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel No: +603 - 7831 8051
Monday, October 27, 2014
As much as I love to do shopping at Sunway Pyramid shopping mall, it is never appear my top choice of to chill and do my work on daily basis (yeap, I work from home and remotely). One of the main reason due to the wifi connection at Starbucks in Sunway Pyramid is never stable and always pissed me off. Well, not until I found out Pacific Coffee that somewhat hidden somewhere in the mall!
It features a modernized interior with cozy ambiance for students or people like me to chill and just do my work. Business folks can also enjoy sitting on the cushioned seats and have a comfortable business talk over coffee.
You can certainly different types of coffee beverages here - espresso, americano, latte, cappuccino, hot chocolate, etc. You can always opt for the hot or iced one that suit your own preferences. Since am not a coffee person, I personally think the Chocolate Paradise tastes really good!
Do give a try to their Strudel and Donut. I love that the strudel being not overly sweet and how fluffy the donut was! If you're not a fan of strudel, order a donut as it is one of their best selling items and trust me, it is different than the ordinary one!
Of course, cake lovers get to enjoy a range of sinful and delicious cakes from the counter! My favorite would be the chocolate cake and mille crepe cake! I always prefer my chocolate to be very chocolatey and rich in chocolate taste. Though, if you're a fan of cheesecake, their original cheesecake and blueberry cheesecake - yummy!
Cajun Chicken Bolognese
If dessert cakes are too light for your meal, you can always order something like tuna croissant, egg croissant, big breakfast, big breakfast or cajun chicken bolognese. The fluffy croissant with crisp on the side and paired with salads. The big breakfast features the jumbo egg, foot long sausage, fresh salads, baked beans and ham - simply delicious!
Pacific Coffee Sunway Pyramid
(Inside the Marrakesh area)
LG2.95, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
Operating Hour: 10am - 10pm
Tel No: +603 - 5611 3170
Facebook: Pacific Coffee Sunway Pyramid