December 31, 2016
OMG, I can't believe that 2016 is going to be over in a few hours!! This year has been a hell of a ride with a lots of ups and downs, and plenty of firsts. I've experienced so much changes in these past twelve months that I can truly feel like I'm growing more as an individual. Therefore, before I'm starting my new year, I think it's time to highlight some of the important events in this year so I could take a look back at it whenever I want in the future to remind myself how blessed am I at this point of life.
2016 is almost over, and honestly, I am all excited for 2017 already. This year has been a hell of a ride; there were pleasant hellos and painful goodbyes, a lot of firsts and surprises. Taking all the ups and downs into consideration, I realised that it has been a pretty good year for me; amazing actually. It will be a bittersweet parting but I am also looking forward to a lot of exciting plans next year, and because of this I wish to say goodbye to this year with style.
December 30, 2016
The new year is coming and I am thinking of maybe going for a solo weekend gateway somewhere to just chill and relax. I don't know about you guys but I think spending some quality time with myself is a great way to reflect back on lots of things. Plus, I genuinely love to have some 'only me' time once in a while. In my previous 'solo weekend escapade' a few weeks back, I got pampered by the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, experiencing a 5-star treatment in their newly revamped Deluxe Room. The short gateway was truly an effective healing time for me, despite being located less than 20 minutes away from my home.
December 29, 2016
Keeping up with food trends in Malaysia is hard. Every month, we can see new craze popping up one by one but keeping the craze alive is not an easy feat. Baked cheese tart is one of the most noticeable 'food rave' these days and being a true food lover, of course, I don't want to miss out on the excitement. I have been following the trend closely by trying different cheese tarts available in the market and guess how excited I was when I learned that Pablo is opening their first store in Malaysia?!
December 28, 2016
My (semi) fine dining experience continues after the first one and this time, I was invited to dine at Tanzini, one of the best Fine Dining & Italian restaurants according to Time Out KL 2013. Located on the 28th floor of G-Tower, the restaurant has been adding new dishes into their menus to cater to the crowds' evolving taste. My visit there was to try out their chefs newest creations that offer modern European cuisine inspired by their tagline 'from farm to table'. With 7 different menus, I was spoiled that night dining with fellow blogger friends trying delicious foods that managed to excite our taste buds in every bite.
Food adventure is never boring, especially when it's done with your best friend. Me and my bestie adore foods, we love trying new foods and we know how to enjoy them too. Gosh, I can't imagine if my bestie is not a food-person. I guess if she is not, we would never been best friend in the first place. HAHA! Friends that eats together, stays together. That is why when I was invited to review the foods at Eastern Crab at Plaza Ampang City, the first person I want to go with that came into my mind is her. We both love seafood and plus, I needed a driver hahahahahah *evil friend*
November 29, 2016
Let's be honest, new year resolutions can be pretty useless if you don't decide to stick on it. Take me for example, a majority of my new year resolutions for the past ten years had either been totally forgotten or been given up on. I know. My determination is probably the size of a peanut. BUT! Yes, there is a but. This year, surprisingly (even to me), I realised that I managed to fulfil about six out of ten aims that I set for myself last January! OMG! Right? *pats me on the back* That's a lot okay, especially when you consider my past records. Unfortunately, my dream of losing a lot of weight is still, well a dream. I might not be able to complete it by the end of 2016, but I am pretty sure that I am on the right path these days.
November 25, 2016
November 01, 2016
When I think of the words 'fine dining', my brain will automatically think of it as something fit for a royalty; which means I have never expected myself to be inside the equation. Considering my usual clumsiness, I always think that 'fine dining plus me' will result in something like this:
*The Princess Diaries, such a classic, I heard the 3rd movie is in the making!*
October 31, 2016
Wow, I can't believe that it's been three months since my first gym session at Impulse Asia. Up until now, I still can't really grasp the fact that I have successfully been through 10 hellish trainings there; which also means enduring the never-ending muscle pain afterwards. The number might seem minuscule to some of you but for someone as unfit as I am, that is actually a really huge accomplishment. *pat myself on the back*
October 20, 2016
Lately, I have been trying a lot of masks in office. We started with Tuesday and Thursday as a 'mask day' just for fun and because of that, my skin condition is now getting much better than it has ever been for awhile. The twice a week masks session is now becoming more frequent and we kind of influenced our other colleagues to join in the fun too. Seriously, working with a face mask on feels really nice as it's cooling and makes you feel fresh all the time. Thanks to that, my masks stash have been diminishing faster than usual. I'm not complaining though since I got an excuse to shop for more. *giggles*
October 05, 2016
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it helps the body to regulate itself after an overnight fast and personally, I am a big breakfast person. It's the driving force for me to start my day better and I consider breakfast as my favourite meal of the day. I usually find myself feeling grumpy, sleepy and demotivated when I skip my breakfast so I always make sure to get my stomach filled before I start the day.
September 21, 2016
September 01, 2016
Woah, the weekend is here and I am finally back to check up on my really dusty blog. I know that I haven't been diligent in posting, mainly because I am too busy settling on other life stuff. Yeah, same explanation but what can I do? 24 hours a day is just too short for me, I have a bunch of stories to share but less free time to spend. It has been giving me a headache but I decided to tackle it one by one.
August 26, 2016
A few years back, if you come to me asking what do I think about a spa treatment, I will definitely say that it is not within my financial capabilities. I used to have this sad mentality that a beauty treatment in any spa is something only possible for the elites and commoners like me shouldn't even dream to experience those kinds of thing in my lifetime. I guess those images planted by soap operas and dramas did cloud my judgement. #dramaqueen
July 20, 2016
Weeee~!! Today is a super amazing day for me and Althea team. Althea is officially one-year-old and we are celebrating it big! Daebak right? It seemed like just yesterday when I was doing the beta testing for the launching of Althea Malaysia site and of course joining Althea team! Working in Althea so far has been the bomb. The expansion has been happening really fast too! Coincidentally, we are also launching Althea Thailand today so if you are living there, do check out the Thai website for a separate grand launch promotion!
July 01, 2016
You can call me a total newbie when it comes to travelling. As much as I want to escape from my mundane daily routine and just go breathe in the air of other countries, other 'worldly' commitments (read: job and student loan) made me put a temporary pause on my dream to just hop on a plane and travel. I am not the abrupt type so whenever I want to go somewhere I have to make sure my fund in my bank account is enough to support me post holiday. But recently I made a totally spontaneous decision and finally booked a ticket to fly to South Korea! *giggles* It was mainly because my boss is going to have his wedding ceremony there soon, but an excuse is a great start for someone who thinks too much like me. Yayy! So lately, realizing how clueless I am on travelling, I have been reading a lot on travelling looking for tips, do's and dont's, travel hacks, travel trends etc.
June 26, 2016
Let me be honest with you; I've heard about ampoules for the longest time but I was never really curious about them. I mean they can be crazy expensive for such a little amount of product. I just couldn't fathom the reasoning behind spending such big bucks if I can opt for a cheaper and more affordable alternatives. That was basically my main opinion on ampoules before I discovered DocLab. Now, my thought on ampoules had been greatly changed. They are currently my Felix Felicis, my liquid luck. And yes, that's a Harry Potter reference.
June 25, 2016
Menara Kuala Lumpur invited me for their Buka Puasa Ramadan Buffet for two consecutive years and once again, they do not disappoint. I remember how good was the foods last year so I was totally ecstatic for being able to come and experience iftar in the sky 288 meters above ground at the Megaview Banquet Hall all over again. The Kuala Lumpur view from there is so breathtaking regardless of how many time I've seen them!
June 17, 2016
Beauty products are my guilty pleasure. If it's Korean, it's better. I love their products because they work for my skin and are usually worth every penny. Not just that, I dare say that in these past few years, the spotlight in latest beauty culture and trends has now shifted more towards Korean brands and technology.
June 16, 2016
Here is a quick update for 2016 iftar from me as I am trying to not go to too much iftar buffet in order to control my diet but some are just too tempting for me to resist. *giggles* A lot of my friends mentioned Pullman Hotel as one of the best hotels to go for 'buka puasa' or iftar because they have such wide range of food selection so when I got invited, I just couldn't say no to this one.
June 04, 2016
I received another surprise from Mentholatum just a few weeks after they sent me their brand new Sugar Lips Coloured Lip Balm which I have also reviewed. It was a pretty good timing because my brother had ran out of his cleanser and the Oxy Whitening Oil Control Wash is just perfect for his oily skin type. On the contrary, my skin is on the drier side on the cheeks but my T-Zone can be either normal or a tad oily depending on the weather. I did use it on my T-Zone to at least have a better idea on how this cleanser work on my skin but thankfully I have an extra person to experiment on for this review!
My potato-filled journey with US Fries & Burgers Fiesta in this whole month brought me to another participating outlet called Mini Mini Cafe, which is located on Level 3, Mid Valley Megamall. Both visits I had prior to Mini Mini Cafe was really splendid so I was hoping to keep it that way until the end. KGB Bangsar showed me that even a burger can taste like million dollars (gourmet) while Tryst Cafe let me experience a very laid back tasting session. The two of them have a totally different dining concept with each other so it made my review became even more interesting. That's why I couldn't seem to contain my excitement before going this last one.
June 02, 2016
What causes dry eyes? It's a very simple question but sometimes we are too neglectful to care. The hecticness of daily schedules without giving a rest to the eyes and over-reliance on technology devices like computers, laptops, TVs and mobile phones are the reason why we frequently the feel the dryness and strain. Not just that, environmental irritants like smoke, dust, hazy weather and usage of the air conditioner are also a contributor to this issue. A quick and refreshing solution to the weary eyes would be by giving them some eye drop treatment.
My food-venture with US Fries & Burgers Fiesta continued at Killer Gourmet Burger (KGB) branch in Bangsar. The outlet is very easy to find, just a few shop away from Devi's Corner and was really crowded that Sunday evening. It was my first time eating at KGB so I was really curious about the food they serve. Like, why gourmet? Especially with their name being eerily similar to that Soviet Union security agency. LOL. I was crossing my fingers hoping to get a taste of a killer burger from the get go especially when I have been hearing about this burger joint from my peers a lot of time. Since I was there to specifically try their US Fries & Burgers Fiesta menu, I was served with two different dishes. They are:
May 25, 2016
Remember my post on the launching of US Fries & Burgers Fiesta 2016 in Kuala Lumpur? It's been going on from 1st-31st May, and 19 different cafes and burger joints in Klang Valley areas has started showcasing their special U.S fries and burgers menu for public to try out. Not wanting to miss out on all the gastronomic fun, I went to check out two of the participating outlets over the past weekends with my foodie buddies (read: food bloggers). Our mission? To try both of the featured menus in each outlet.
May 24, 2016
I struggle a lot with weight management since as long as I can remember. Born a chubby baby, the fact that I enjoy different types of foods while growing up on top of my craving tendency when it's 'the time of the month' doesn't really help with my weight issue. I realized crash diet is not effective at all. Starving myself will give the opposite result which normally includes a bad case of gastritis attack. The best way to lose weight is to control my meal portion (challenge number one) and exercise regularly (challenge number two). Yeah, I know what should I do. I'm just bad at realizing it. So, I need help. A motivational push.
May 15, 2016
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May 10, 2016
Do you know what else that goes as well as bread and butter? It's fries and burgers! Everyone who agree with me on this, let your tummy rejoice as the US Potato Board has kicked off its first U.S Fries & Burger Fiesta in Kuala Lumpur! Starting from 1st-31st May 2016, a variety of unique creations of U.S fries with burgers which have never seen before will be available at 19 popular burger joints and cafes in Klang Valley.
May 07, 2016
Mother's day is coming up tomorrow! Are you done planning a special surprise for your mom or still thinking about it? Because if you are looking for somewhere nice to spend time with your mom tonight *calling last minutes procrastinator like me hehe*, how about a nice BBQ Buffet Dinner at Kontiki, Federal Hotel International? Located at one of the crowds' favourite part of Kuala Lumpur, the venue is easily accessible by public transports like Bukit Bintang monorail station or you can just Uber your way there! Use my code UBERXANIS for a free first ride *wink* If you need a landmark guide, look for Low Yat Plaza lobby and you will see the hotel nearby.
May 03, 2016
Cracked lips are no fun. It hurts and it makes your lipstick looks ugly on you, especially when you're wearing a matte type lippies. There are a few methods on how to get rid of chapped lips, and they can be done through:
April 29, 2016
Lately, I have been obsessing over cushion products more than I should be. I kept getting new ones on top of the bunch I already have but thankfully the cute packaging is more than enough to keep me content. Like seriously, have you seen them? Korean cushion pact design is too cute to resist! It's not weird if I ended up buying more just because I want the lovely casing. I'm such a hoarder, that's a fact that I have learnt to accept in these past few years. I'm also the attached type so even when my cute products are finished I usually have a hard time to throw them away.
April 27, 2016
I think I am undeniably good at finding a way to torture myself. It's ten at night and I suddenly have the mood to write about the food tasting session I had a few weeks back in Pretz n' Beanz at Solaris Mont Kiara. Well, it's better to write when the inspiration is here so I guess I'd be scouring for some foods in the kitchen after finishing this review. LOL. I highly respect full-time food bloggers, I wonder how they cope with all the cravings while writing!
April 20, 2016
Planning a date with your mom on this upcoming Mother's Day? Want to do something nice but you just don't know what to do? No worries, you are not alone. Personally, it's very hard for me too! So, how about going on a movie date with your mom? The movie Mother's Day is coming up on 5th May 2016 and thanks to 1 Utama and TGV Cinemas, I'm going to be giving away a few pairs of movie premier tickets for my readers!
April 08, 2016
Since I started my working life in a fully air conditioned space, I gradually became quite obsessed with lotions; especially hand creams . Nowadays, my bag will definitely carry a tube of hand cream every time I go out. So, I always find new excuses to stock up on my hand creams and lotions every time I found a new one that I like. Even when I have more at home to finish up. LOL #girlproblems
April 07, 2016
This is again, a super delayed entry. I feel so bad for putting off a lot of reviews but I've been truly busy and I just don't like to post out half-hearted writing here. For me, it's better late than doing it 'cincai' and carelessly. On the brighter side, all those delays actually enable me to truly try the product and for the first time ever, I managed to finished it up before putting my thoughts out in the open. In this review, I'm going to share about a serum from Indeed Lab called the Fillume.
April 06, 2016
What is your biggest worry these days? As cliche as it might sound, I have been having a real headache over money management in these last few months. Although I don't think I suck at it, but I wish I can do it better. So at the end of almost every month, I will face a rather common question. Where did all my money go? *laugh at myself* Undeniably, the cost of living in Kuala Lumpur has increased tremendously. Really, it's insane. I have to cut cost on a lot of things, especially on beauty products. No more crazy shopping and haul. There were some inevitable accidents though (excuses haha). At least now it's done minimally (can't help myself sometimes, I'm an addict lol) because I know that I still need skincare products to take care of my already bad skin. So in order to save more, these days I'm turning back to all the trusted and affordable drugstore products.
March 30, 2016
I know I am a bit late to enter the bandwagon but I'm so happy that Sephora launched their online store! I mean, shopping in the physical store is fun but sometimes for a hermit like me, I like my shopping done from the comfort of my own room. I've been doing some virtual window shopping on their website (yes, it's a thing!) for the past few days and I already have a long list of things that I want. For example, those gorgeous looking Rose Golden brushes from Zoeva! Gosh, they are so pretty I probably can't even bear to use them but I still want them. LOL #weirdfemaleproblem
March 03, 2016
About two weeks ago I posted my unboxing and first impression video on the Kose Sekkisei Trial Kit surprise that I received. I've been using them for a good three to four weeks now and is all ready to talk about my experience with this little bag of magic. When I started, I realized that I actually have very little experience with Japanese skincare products but after using Kose, I think I might venture out more into trying the beauty brands from the land of the rising sun.
February 24, 2016
Great news, I'm well and alive. *giggles* I know that this is a long overdue post but you see, I have been trying to write about last year for so many times but I just can't seem to get the right 'feel' to start. So yeah, my writing muse is back and I hope that he is not just dropping by but staying for good this time.