Thursday, May 29, 2014

Logitech Colour Collection M235 Mouse review

Having this little candy at the palm of my hand instantly makes me feel very chirpy and happy. It was just the subtle accessory I needed to brighten up my workstation which usually consists of my laptop, my headphones and my usual old fashioned wired mouse. My usual old fashioned mouse with its long wire that always comes out of my bag all tangled up.

Not only does Logitech's Colour Collection M235 Mouse come in four spunky colours (Bubble bath Red, Green Envy, Daring Diva and Blue Bliss), it is wireless too, making it handy to have especially when you need to shift workstations occasionally.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Corpick, Malaysia First Modern Home & Gift store

Jeng Jeng Jeng!

I got a special gift for my readers! Ta-da!

Thanks to the people at Corpick, you can get RM50 off to spend on anything in their store with no minimum speed required. All you need to do is email and your gift card will be sent to you.

Bare in mind though, that this is limited to the first 250 people who email in, so hurry up and drop them an email!

What is Corpick to start?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Japan 2014 - Day 4: Kyoto - Cycling Through Time

Cycling in Kyoto was a must. Or so my friend insisted. And I must say, I was glad I took her advice and did it despite not knowing my way around the city. We rented a portable wifi router to help us with the directions and loaned our bicycles from Hana Hostel Kyoto free of charge.

The Kyoto Imperial Palace was an interesting and iconic place to visit when in Kyoto and it was free. I had selected and booked the 10am tour slots for my group three months prior our visit through their website. According to the map, the palace was just up the road from our hostel and at 9am, we set out on our bicycles.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Humble Pie Co, Section 17, PJ review

With so many coffee and dessert eateries popping up all over Petaling Jaya, one is certainly spoiled for choice but when the familiar name of a well-known online dessert shop opens up in your backyard, a visit is due.

Calling out a friend, I paid a visit to the newly opened Humble Pie Co on its opening weekend, keen to try its famous Banoffee Pie. My friend was running late and to curb my hunger, I decided to grab a light brunch there and found myself staring up at the menu board behind the counter. The menu while limited at the moment in terms of food, had very interesting combinations of coffee and tea.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Goku Raku Ramen, Midvalley review

If there was a place where I could get real good authentic Japanese ramen in Kuala Lumpur, it would be Goku Raku Ramen in Midvalley Megamall. On my previous visits, I found out that this restaurant served delicious ramen that was similar to the ones in Japan, with ample toppings (a lot of char siew slices and a whole lava egg) and at affordable prices too. Needless to say, Goku Raku Remen quickly became my go-to place to curb my ramen cravings.

During an invited food review by Ivy of Food Malaysia recently, I found out why the ramen here resembled the ramen I love so much in Japan. It was because the chefs themselves were either Japanese themselves or trained in Japan for several years. I admit that besides the ramen, I wasn't familiar with their menu.

Heck, I didn't even know they had Shanghai Fried Ramen (RM13.90). Served on a hot plate and right off the fire, this dish arrived sizzling and the smell of fried noodles and vegetable immediately invaded our nostrils. The fried ramen came with a lot of fresh juicy vegetable such as bean sprout, carrots and cabbage. This would a healthier version of our chinese fried noodles and non-meat eaters will like this.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Standard Chartered Half Marathon 2014: Running for a Reason

I have a confession to make. Well, several actually. 
1) I wasn't going to sign up for the Standard Chartered run (taking place 12 October 2014) in the first place
2) I have never done a half marathon in my life
3) I don't really like running. I prefer obstacle races.
4) I am pretty sure I was doped up on cough mixture when I did sign up in the end.

My first half marathon was supposed to be at the Malaysian Women's Marathon run in March 2014 but due to the haze, I ended up cutting the distance by half for health sake. After that, the thought of having to retrain myself and go through the running part again grounded me to the lazy sofa once more. And my running shoes hasn't seen daylight since.

Then the Standard Chartered KL Marathon registration rolled up and everyone I know seemed to be joining it. It was THE race to run and my initial thought was 'pfft. I am not going to run in a sea of thousands of people in KL!" I joined the 10km last year and the heat nearly did me in. But somewhere along the line, I realized that if I was to complete my first full marathon next year, I had be able to run at least 21km and still walk back to the car after that.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Signature Cafearo by Yves, 1 Shamelin Cheras review

In this unpretentious mall in Cheras called 1 Shamelin shopping mall, there is a hidden jem of cafe and it is called Signature Cafearo. Signature Cafearo has a bright future as a crowd-bringer due to its wide range of scrumptious food, drinks and desserts. And what a crowd it was with 18 bloggers heading there for a food review.

Much like finding the mall, locating the cafe can be quite tricky but as Isabel told Elie and I on the day of the review, "just look for Share Tea and Ipoh White Coffee." The entrance to Signature Cafearo is just down the corridor next to a Japanese cafe.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Japan 2014 - Day 3: Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine

After two days in Kobe, I was ready to move on to the second leg of my trip which was Kyoto. I was glad to be going back to Kyoto because during my first trip there, I barely scratched the surface of what the ancient city had to offer. There was only so much one could do in half a day and having learn that lesson, I allocated three nights to Kyoto this time. 

We left Kobe in the morning via the the Hankyu Kobe line from Sannomiya and disembarked at Juso station to transfer to the Hankyu Kyoto line that took us to the center of Kyoto. After one more train transfer, we arrived at the main Kyoto station and walked about five minutes to our Kyoto accommodation,  Hana Hostel Hybrid Inn. (Review here)