June 30, 2015

How I Deal With Anger

Hello guys :)

via: busylivingpretty.onsugar

So here is a story, I was pretty mad a few hours ago before I decided to write this post.  Although not the flaming i-will-kill-you kind of anger I was pretty pissed off at it that I actually ranted about it on Facebook. Not really a graceful act I admit; I try to not go around posting negative statuses online because I know how it can sometimes come and bite me back. But yeah, I was pretty annoyed.

But being angry for a long time is not healthy, time consuming and is even bad for my heart (the stress you know) so I have a few things that I do when I need to cool off. It's not in any particular order, just the things that I would mostly do to curb my anger:

1. Eat

Not a really healthy option and I can't do it today since I'm currently fasting but eating does release the tension. But make sure you don't eat out your anger by taking so much food. Take a bite of something sweet, like chocolate; it helps to release the happy hormone Endorphin and will definitely lift up your mood

2. Distract Myself with Entertainment

If I have time to spare, I will pick up a book, listen to a relaxing song (not some metal grunge genre), or even watch a funny show to ease myself up. Take my mind off the negativity and focus on something nice and positive is definitely on of the quickest way to make me happy again.

3. Take a Cold Shower

If the quick method doesn't work, a cold shower will definitely help me to release some steam. If I'm up to it, sometimes I will use some aromatherapy soap since the scent will definitely help me to cool down. 

4. Pray

As a Muslim, the best way to share my conflict is with my Creator. Talking to Him will definitely make me feel safe and relaxed. When I think of Him, my life conflict would seem too miniscule and unimportant anymore. So praying is definitely a wise way to reduce my negative feeling, be it sadness or anger.

5. Write

Writing makes me think realistically and make me think of pros and cons of something even more. So if I am angry or sad, I will write. If its too private to share to others, I will turn on to my diary. If I think others will benefit even a bit from my writing, I'll post in on my blog like I do right now but instead of telling stories about the situation and spread hate, I will try to look it from another angle.

I did almost all of the above to reduce my anger today (except for the eating part of course) and I feel happy and relaxed now. I hope this tips will help you too! If you have a unique way to release your anger, tell me!

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

What I Won from Bourjois Malaysia My Aqua Story Contest

Hi guys!

When Bourjois Malaysia released their new Rouge Edition Aqua Lacque, they announced the Bourjois My Aqua Story #bourjoismyaquastory contest on Instagram so I tried my luck. Surprisingly, I won too! There are a few other winners and we all got both Bourjois and Dr Jart+ products worth more than RM500 as the prize *lucky dance*.

So a few have been asking what I got so I thought why not just share it here:

 *sorry still bad at focusing multiple points* *fail photographer*

I was so excited to see what I got inside the bag. Some of the products I got are the ones I want to try for so long especially Dr Jart+ Beauty Balm that is quite famous. The blush has always been in my 'to buy' list too and I am so lucky to get exactly the shade I want. Bourjois has one of the best foundation formulation when it comes to drugstore brand so I am definitely happy to try another one! I am using the Healthy Mix Serum foundation so I'm looking forward to try another type of Healthy Mix Foundation.

Thanks Bourjois Malaysia for making my day!

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

June 29, 2015

Getting Pampered Like a Princess at Beauty Day Out with Beauty Guide!

Hello guys!
If you watch movies like Pretty Woman or Princess Diaries do you feel a pang of envy when you see the scenes where Julia Robert and Anne Hathway got their makeover and getting treated like princesses? Although lets not forget that Anne was literally a princess in the movie, LOL. Because honestly, I do! I thought having someone chauffeuring me around and getting pampered would something a thousand light years away from my reality.

June 28, 2015

Beauty Guide Media Trail Food Tasting @ WIP Bangsar

Hey guys!

Recently I found another gem for food lovers to try out which is the WIP Bangsar. It was all thanks to Beauty Guide for bringing me and few other Butterflies to try out their food during our Beauty Day Out a few weeks ago. I will be telling you about my experience during the day out soon so don't forget to come back reading.

That day, we arrived at WIP right after a massage so I was already hungry at that time. We were seated on a more private area overlooking the whole restaurant view. I chose my drink and started snapping pictures of us and the interior design and I've got to say it's really pretty inside.

We were given a list or course menu of what we would be having that day starting from three starters menu, four main course and two sinful desserts afterwards. The management told us that most of the menu we're trying will only be available soon after Hari Raya so you guys make sure to make a visit after it if you want to try the foods!

Greek Berry Salad

We were presented with the first starter of the day which is a very colourful plating of Greek Berry Salad. It's not just pleasant to the eye since the taste also does not fall short. Made from berry trio, red radish, olives, crispy romaine, feta cheese and honey lemon vinaigrette, I love the tanginess of the berries and also the savoury taste of feta cheese that made the salad well balanced with bursts of flavours. Having red radish in also a nice touch with its crispiness.

Bacalhau De Abras

The next dish is a creamy Portuguese salt cod fish with sweet potato chips called Bacalhau De Abras (which sounds so fancy). The sweet potato were thinly sliced and made chips and the fish dip compliments it very well. I've been eating chips or Malaysian styled 'kerepek' all my life but never had thought of dipping them in such a creamy dip made from fish. Don't take me wrong as I definitely love this one best among the three starters menu.

School Prawn

School Prawn is a really crispy deep fried prawn eaten with chili mayo and lemon and is actually a very tempting substitute for popcorn in my opinion. Its ready addicting to be munching on the golden fried prawn. Idea wise it might be a tad normal, but I can totally dig this kind of normal. Maybe I should try frying some prawn at home and starts munching them while watching Korean dramas? LOL.

XO Fried Rice

The XO Fried Rice was the winner between the four main courses because I'm definitely a rice person and the mango sauce that goes with the the fried rice and crispy fish skewer was AMAZING! I love love love the sauce so much with its spicy and sour taste. I'm pretty sure I can taste some ginger in that too and that gave an extra punch to the sauce.

Chicken Estapada
Beef Estapada

A house specialty, we also had two type of Estapada that day which was beef and chicken. Beef Estapada marinated with garlic and traditional herbs is definitely a winner between the two because of the perfectly cooked sirloin chucks red in the middle; exactly how I like it. The Chicken Estapada marinated with jerk spices is actually a nice one too, but I'm definitely leaning more on the beef.

Triple Trio Supreme Pizza

The last main course was Triple Trio Supreme pizza that comes with three of everything. Chicken sausage, chicken ham and grilled chicken as a topping and accompanied with onion ring, cocktail onion, onion marmalade and triple goodness of mozarella, cheddar and emmental cheese. Although it does not 'kick ass' as much as the fried rice to me but the toppings of this pizza does make me want to eat more.

Rocky Road Brownie with Haagen Dazs Ice Cream

Since we had both rice and pizza that day so I was quite full at the time desserts came. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of Tiramisu so I didn't think I can be fair to be giving my opinion on this one. But others seemed to be enjoying it so I think it might taste nice. (Edit: Kak Sabby told me the Tiramisu contains alcohol. The server didn't tell me but thankfully I didn't eat it since I don't like Tiramisu. I hope WIP can be more careful on this thing afterwards. I almost had a huge accident!).

The second desserts which was Rocky Road Brownie with Haagen Dazs Ice Cream and you know brownie and ice cream goes perfectly like bread and butter. But the brownie was a tad sweet for me but the texture is moist and nice so I think all the sweet tooth will like this sinful goodness!

With the pretty bloggers and Tammy (bottom right) founder of The Butterfly Project

It was definitely a pleasant experience and even until now I kept thinking of the foods especially all the starters. The three of them definitely picked up my appetite! You can check out on them on their website www.wip.com.my ; for more information you can refer on the details below. Thank you again WIP, Beauty Guide and The Butterfly Project on such a delightful lunch! It's even better to have lunch with all the lovely bloggers that day!

Bangsar Shopping Centre
LOT G111, Ground Floor
285 Jalan Maarof
Bukit Bandar Raya
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-2094 1789/2789
Email: ask@wip.com.my

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

Book Haul June 2015

Hey guys!
When it comes to shopping, I have a few places I have to be extra careful at because I tend to buy something everytime I go check them out. Those places includes makeup stores especially Sephora, and also any bookstores.

June 27, 2015

Impromptu Staycation @ Melia Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Hello guys!

I am so blessed to have a best friend who is not only caring, but also 'crazy' enough to do random things with me. I've been knowing her for more than a decade and through out our friendship, we had a done some ridiculous things together which would be too long to be summarized in one short post.

June 26, 2015

AirAsia Free Seats!

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via: doriftoboy.tumblr

I might not look like it but I'm such a huge anime fan. I might have lost the exact count, but I'm pretty sure I've watched about two hundreds different anime up until today; be it a full series, movies, specials, OVAs (original video animation), and even ONA (original net anime). The numbers might be miniscule to other big shot otaku but I think its quite enough to make people look at me as an anime mania.

June 25, 2015

Ramadhan Buffet Dining @ The Spread, St Giles The Gardens Hotel

Hello guys!

I think I'm going to gain weight instead of losing some this Ramadhan and its all because of all the wonderful buffets that's been going on around me. This time I received an invitation to feast on St Giles The Gardens Hotel & Residences' Ramadhan buffet menu at The Spread situated on the 6th floor of the hotel building. 

The venue is just great, you can reach them from an interconnected door through The Garden shopping mall. So if you're planning to do some Hari Raya shopping in Mid Valley Megamall or The Garden Mall, you can break your fast there afterwards. Its a great choice as you won't need to more rush through the traffic and you can relax and enjoy more than 100 different menu for iftar!

The Ramadhan buffet starts at 7PM to 10.30PM daily starting from 22nd June 2015 until 13th July 2015. Variety of food stations to check out there including the grilled station,carving station, stalls, barbeque station, Indian food corner and others.

A selection of sumptuous spread such as fresh oyster, mussel, tiger prawn on ice and even Japanese delicacies including varieties of sushi and melt in the mouth sashimi. I ate a lot of the salmon sashimi, it was heavenly!

For a more Malaysian taste there are kerabu, rojak buah, nasi beriyani, chicken rice, selection of noodles like fried char kuey teow and many more.

Make sure to make a visit to their grill station that serves roasted strip loin, ayam percik & beef wellington, roasted chicken/duck, whole lamb, etc. The menu changes daily so you might encounter different type of food on different days.

For the sweet tooth, you would be happy trying out all the different desserts including cakes, ice cream, pudding and Malaysian kuih and also local fruits. There were also a chocolate milkshare station and I got two glass of them; it was so sinful but good!

The price for adult is RM134 nett while RM67 nett for children aged 7 to 12 years old. Every diner gets a door gift too! For corporate rate, there is a special RM124 nett per adult price and it's only applicable on the first and fourth week of Ramadhan 2015. Advance purchase is required for the corporate vouchers. All the price quoted are inclusive of the 6% GST.

For more inquiries or reservation, you can call 03- 2268 1188 ext. 6123

The Spread
St Giles The Gardens- Grand Hotel & Residences
The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Website: www.stgiles.com 

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

June 24, 2015

Mutiara Abyra Foundation Review

 Hello guys!

If you happened to follow my Instagram @anisfarhanaaliman91 I've posted a smokey eye look not long ago and one of the product used to create the look was the Mutiara Abyra Foundation that was sent for me to review and test. I intended to post this review earlier but I was sick last weak (again) so it caused a bit of delay on the write up.

This product is one of the product by BabeSkin365 and contains pearl powder that could help to maintain the skin radiance and protect skin from the UV ray. It's really great for oily skin due to its powder form but for people who have dry skin I suggest you to not over apply the powder as it will make it looks 'cakey' and unnatural. The best solution is to use it with a sprinkle of water on the foundation sponge applicator as it will help to give enough hydration to avoid over drying; you can also use mist spray as another option to maintain the hydration.

In my case, my skin is combination dry and normal so I use the powder on the normal area which is the T-Zone. Since I use my foundation brush, after applying on the T-Zone area I will swipe the extra powder on the brush on my cheek area just a bit to even up the skin tone shade.

After applying, from the swatch above you can see that it gives a considerably good coverage with a matte finish and my skin tone does look more radiant after applying the powder. On the packaging, it claims to help minimize pore and fine lines appearances too.

Instagram embed code doesn't function suddenly so here is the picture of the Instagram post I mentioned above. You can check them out to see the list of products that I used HERE. This product retails at RM39(WM/SM) and RM49(EM/SS).For more information, you can check out their official links down below :)

Mutiara Abyra Foundation
Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

Celebrating Ramadhan and Eid - Dining with Roses from Corelle!

Hello guys!

via: World Kitchen Asia Pacific Facebook Page

In the spirit of Ramadhan, eating good home cooked meal is a perfect way to bond with our family members as we dine together for Iftar (breaking the fast). Since I stay with my parent these days, Iftar had been nothing but pleasant and fun so far. I get to eat my mom's cooking often and it reminds me how I was during the old days where I used to study in boarding school. I would be missing home even more during Ramadhan and counted days looking forward for Eid (Hari Raya) holidays.

Coincidentally this year, World Kitchen is celebrating their 45th anniversary. Both Corelle and Corningware are among the brands under it so in conjunction with the celebration, they had released a brand new collection Rosabelle. I was offered to try out and review the new collection which includes Corelle's dining plates and also a casserole dish from Corningware so I gladly accepted the offer because who doesn't like pretty plates right? Plus, my mom would be very excited to have even just one Corelle or Corningware product in her kitchen.

Corelle and Corningware has been a household name for so long and I bet the mothers would definitely know them, but since the younger generation might be a little 'lost' let me tell you a bit about the history behind World Kitchen and the brands under its wings.

World Kitchen is a well known American kitchenware product maker and distributor and has a long history in Malaysian market ever since they established their first decoration and production plant here in 1989. Up to this day, more than 200 different Corelle patterns have been decoreted in the plant and today more than 140 different patterns are available to purchase in Malaysia. For your information, Corelle is their leading dishware while Corningware is their cookware line.

The latest Rosabelle line focuses on long lasting beauty and durability as a symbolic to the long years they've gone through. They opted for an all time classic flower pattern design which features Apricot Candy Rose with shade of pink petal and green leaves. It's definitely a pretty one because my mom was swooning when I showed her the design; it's just classic, feminine and gives a Victorian feel.

I learned that the design never fades even over the course of years and Rosabelle also prides itself from being break and chip resistant. Glass that never break? I bet they learned how to do it from Cinderella's fairy godmother. LOL, just kidding! Well, the secret is actually called Vitrelle which is a remarkable three layer sandwich of thermally laminated glass. With this the plates managed to be very light yet maintain the durability and also long lasting.

By the way, do you know that Corelle's plate can be use for reheating purposes in conventional convection and also microwaves oven? Yes, they do! That's why owning Corelle or Corningware would be worthy of your investment.

I really love how light it is! I used to wonder what is so good about Corelle when I see or hear mothers and aunties raving about it. The casserole dish is just amazing and one thing I realized about both of the dishware and kitchenware is how easy they are to wash. The oil and grease doesn't stick like they do on others plate we have at home. I know this because it's my job to wash the plates ;D I'm also excited to try out new recipe and use the casserole dish for cooking. I saw a great idea for hotpot using it so maybe I should make it sometimes.

With Eid coming up soon, it would be a great gift ideas for our parent too! I bet your mom would be grinning ear to ear this Hari Raya when she serve food for the visiting family members and friends with her new plates. It would also be a great wedding gift or even as 'hantaran'. You can purchase this new collection from your nearest AEON, Jusco and don't forget to share and hashtag #CorelleMalaysia and #Rosabelle

Like World Kitchen Facebook page HERE for latest info and promotions. The new Corelle Rosabelle 16 pieces set retails at RM729 and the Corningware Rosabelle 6 pieces Casserole set is priced at RM629.

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

Variety of Menu Options @ Alessio, Publika

Hello guys!

A few weeks back I was invited for a food tasting review at Alessio in Publika Solaris Dutamas. Being free of work these days let me go around on events and stuff so I said yes for this one too. Publika is actually very far from my home but with a proper planning (read: Google-ing), I actually saved quite a lot by taking Uber there from LRT Bangsar. If you've never taken Uber before and want to try out just click this link HERE to get RM20 off your first Uber ride ;D

I arrived right on the time before the session start so I managed to take a look around the restaurant interior. It gives out a simple yet elegant feeling overall and you can choose whether to dine inside or outside. There is also a private area behind glass door which where the food session was held. We were given a list of menu before hand so I knew that I will be feasting on two starters from their menu and eight main course on the night and for that, I starved myself during the day because I wanted to eat a lot that night. LOL!

The session started with us ordering the drinks from the three options given to us. I ordered something called 'Italian Passion..' but being the usually clumsy myself I totally forgot to jot down the full name. I guess that what hunger did to me. *lame excuse, i know* but mine is the yellow one with bits of passion fruit inside. Its really good, a bit tangy but since I totally dig sour stuff, I loved my drink.

The first menu served was one of the starter Paradiso (RM19) which is a fruit cocktail salad with fresh coconut water. It tasted nice with small bits fruits especially the green and red apples and I liked it when I ate it with some of the coconut flesh scraped from the coconut bowl they used to serve the dish. I don't know if it was my hunger speaking for me or maybe it just really suit my taste, I have nothing to complain about the salad.

Moving on to the second starter which was the Lava Grilled Black Pepper Lamb Kebabs (RM15); let me say that I'm really a lamb person so I was already probably fifty percent in love with this dish even before I tried them but seriously the skewered lamb with bell pepper, pineapple and onion served with the black pepper gravy was really nice. I liked how tender the meat is and not overcooked. This dish is in my top three favourite from the night.

I was a bit dissapointed by the first main course of the night which was the Duo Salmon (RM29), mainly from the fact that the salmon being overcooked and ended up being really tough. Being a huge fan of salmon I was expecting something that melts in my mouth. Their attempt to match it up with fried Enoki mushroom , fried rice, miso butter and teriyaki sauce was not bad at all. I have quite a strong Malaysian palette so the fried rice was nice while the crispy fried Enoki was heavenly. You can actually choose to have either garlic fried rice or kampong ikan bilis fried rice to go with the dish. If the charcoal grilled salmon was cooked perfectly, I would actually love this dish.

We were also served with their hand tossed Live Fire Sourdough Crust Pizza which were the Spicy Chicken Pizza (RM25) and their Pizza Trio - Best of 3 Worlds (RM33).

Do not take lightly of the word 'spicy' from the Spicy Chicken Pizza because they were indeed hot flaming spicy. The toppings includes green bell pepper, chicken bits and also slices of spicy 'cili padi' or bird eye chili , if you're a big fan of spicy food and can actually take spicy stuff this might be for you. I ended up picking out some of the 'cili padi' slices as it was too spicy for me.

My favourite from the pizza selections is actually one of the topping from their Pizza trio. If you're the type who like to try different toppings at one go, the Pizza Trio comes with three different toppings in one pizza which are the Pepperoni pizza, Hawaiian pizza and Wild Mushroom Pizza. The first two topping were nice but doesn't leave that much impression on me but the third topping which was the Wild Mushroom pizza was my favourite as the mushroom were abundant and I can really taste the bits of them in every bite.

The next dish topped my 'Favourite of The Night' list with it's creamy and savoury yet sinful taste. The Coconut Island King (RM28) is a dish with 'XL King Prawn sauteed in curry leaves and salted egg surrounded in dreamy coconut sauce infused with bird eye chilis and served with crispy Vienna milk bun'. My taste bud was pleasantly surprised with its strong coconut taste with a hint of sweetness probably coming from the prawn. It wasn't that spicy for me even with the bird eye chili and the Vienna milk bun complement the dish well. Definitely sinful with all the creamy coconut milk taste but if I were to go there again, I might probably pick this menu again.

The Twin Duck Spaghetti (RM27) was actually a top contender for the Coconut Island King. It was such an interesting dish with crispy beef bacon, duck confit, sundried tomato, olives and fresh orange in it. The orange was a rare sight for me but it actually tasted really good with the spaghetti; despite how it looks, the spaghetti was not oily at all and the sweetness from the orange and savoury taste of the beef bacon and duck made it a very unique meal for me. It was also my first time eating duck so I was thankful it suits my palette and that made this dish the runner up in my top three favourite.

I also had a ratatouille that night which was also a first for me. The Tuscan Lamb Shank (RM49) is a' tender slow roasted lamb shank in Tuscan ratatouille served with creamy mashed potato'. Tender is definitely an appropriate word for this dish; the lamb shank literally crumble with just a slight poke from my fork which was actually a good thing. I've never had a lamb this soft before so I loved it but the seasoning wasn't bold enough for my palette. Since I never tried a ratatouille before I'm not sure if its supposed to actually taste like that but I wished it could taste a bit stronger. On the other hand, the portion is just huge! We shared and still were not able to finish all of it.

We were also served with Malaysian all time favourite dish nasi lemak but with Alessio twist. Basmati Nasi Lemak Muhibbah (RM28) comes in a big platter that if you're not a big eater, sharing between two people would still make you feel full. There were so much going on in the dish I was having quite a hard time to choose between eating the Ayam Goreng Berempah, Butter Tiger Prawn or the Kari Ikan Tenggiri first but well it was definitely a protein feast! The sambal was a tad sweet sweet for me but the Kari Ikan Tenggiri was really nice.

The last main dish of the night was the Twin Naked Lobster Thermidor (RM168) which was cooked two ways in cheesy termidor sauce encrusted in molten three cheese and also cooked naked at its best grilled with French butter. I was confused to choose which way I liked better because both were really nice!

When I thought my stomach won't be able to take anything else, the complimentary Crème Brulee and fruit slices made me eat more. I guess the saying that women have different stomach for dessert might actually be true. I really loved the sweet Crème Brulee and ended up finishing the whole bowl!

From overall dining experience, I got to say Alessio is a great choice with varieties of menu to choose from, a laid back environment and friendly servers. The price range are great so I guess you could choose the menu based on your the weight of your wallet too :D

Alessio, Publika
A2-G2-09, Solaris Dutamas,
1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3-6211 2838
Facebook: AlessioPublika

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ