Saturday, March 23, 2019

Two New Springtime Beverages at Starbucks Malaysia : Matcha + Azuki

Starbucks fans are in for a treat to help them counter the Malaysian heat with the introduction of their latest two additions of springtime favourites. Combining two iconic tastes in Asia - matcha and azuki aka red bean, Starbucks has officially launched the all knew Matcha Azuki Blossom Crème Frappuccino and Azuki Blossom Crème Frappuccino blended beverages at a media preview event at the Jaya One outlet.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Halal Dim Sum at Dodo Dim Sum and Bowls, Subang Parade

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to try out the halal dim sim and boat noodles menu at the all new Dodo Dim Sum and Bowls in Subang Parade. Dodo Dim Sum and Bowls is a part of Ri-Yaz Global Good Brands, a subsidiary of the Ri-Yaz Group. Aka the same group that owns Dash Resorts Langkawi.

We were treated to a cosy setting upon entry with bright artworks donning the walls. As we slid into our table booth, the waiter immediately came over with glasses of refreshing lemongrass drinks and a quick explanation of what we will be dining on that night.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Making Waves with Mermaids at Sunway Lagoon

Hans Christian Andersen inspired the magic of these creatures with his fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" that Disney took and warped into a children movie. Mermaids — legendary half-human, half marine creatures — have fascinated people for centuries and inspired many "sightings."

This March, Malaysians and families from all walks of life have something really unique to expect at Sunway Lagoon. Specially planned to coincide with the upcoming Malaysia school holidays, Sunway Lagoon’s Waves of Fun programme presents Mermaids Alive!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

[Review] BuyAndShip Beauty Haul from US

Who can resist the lure of cheap online shopping? Online shopping is made even better when I can buy even cheaper stuff from overseas with a reasonable forwarding service, thanks to BuyandShip. You may not have heard of it yet partly because BuyandShip had only just arrived in Malaysia last year but they have been tending to the US, UK, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea markets for a while now with warehouses in those countries to cater to your shopping frenzy.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

ANA KL - Tokyo NEW Business Class Menu by Zipangu, Shangri-La KL

I often get questions asking me which airline do I use to travel to Japan and I would always say check the price on ANA first. If you can afford it, go for it. The comfort and service is worth that extra dough. ANA is Japan's largest 5-star airline for six consecutive years and from the moment I checked-in my luggage right up to when I collect them at my destination, it was easy to see why this airline was so deserving of this rating. ANA is perhaps the ideal representation of Japan hospitality and the best way to introduce you to its country. Heck, even its domestic flights are top-notch with self-check-in luggage services that continue to impress me till this day. 

I am not sponsored to say this by the way. I am simply sharing genuine thoughts on the airline based on my experiences. But if given a choice, I would always fly ANA. I remember, once while flipping through their extensive inflight menu, seeing umeshu being served in Business Class and I thought to myself....

One day...I shall get that elusive complimentary upgrade to Business Class. 

Speaking of Business class, travellers onboard ANA flights from Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo can soon enjoy a brand new Business Class menu that has been specially crafted by Chef Nao Takeshita of Zipangu restaurant, Shangri-La KL. While steeped in Japanese culinary traditions, the renowned chef has emerged with his unique take on the much-revered cuisine. With over 25 years of culinary experience including 20 years with Nadaman restaurants in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, Chef Nao has developed skills and acquired a wide range of international flavours which has inspired him to create delicious and memorable dishes. His skills and experience has led him to curate the perfect menu in just three months.


The new Business Class menu is available on the Kuala Lumpur to Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport from June to November 2019. Guests can look forward to two sets of changing menus as following: 

Appetizer/Zensai (Morning and Evening) 
Scallop Mouse with Consomme Jelly,
Simmered Black Beans, Japanese Omelet, Prawn and Orange, 
Simmered Mackerel in soy-based ginger sauce, Vinegrets Paprika
Simmered Green Soybeans in Soy-based sauce
Wolfberry and Boiled Carrot

Appetizer/Kobachi 
Marinated tomato with crab meat, chopped onion, pink pepper (Morning only)
Smoked salmon with halal wasabi dressing (Evening only)
Pickled cabbage, yellow and red petit tomato(Evening only)

Main/Shusai (Morning and evening) 
Grilled Cod fish and Saikyo Miso flavour
Asparagus, Boiled carrot in maple shape, Zucchini

Rice 
Mixed rice with chicken and vegetables, miso soup, Japanese pickles (Morning only)
Steamed rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles (Evening only) 

Dessert
Assorted fruits (Morning only)

Appetizer/Zensai (Morning and Evening) 
Potato Salad, Simmered black beans, 
Japanese omelet, prawn and orange,
Marinated deep-fried young corn,
Asparagus rolled with smoked salmon,
Boiled radish in chrysanthemum shape, 
Boiled carrot in maple shape and banana leaf. 

Appetizer/Kobachi 
Deep fried seabass in citrus venegar sauce, (Morning only)
Cucumber, red and yellow paprika, onion(  Morning only)
Beef "shabu-shabu" salad with salad dressing, (Evening only)
Marinade tomato, lotus root, boiled cabbage (Evening only)

Main/Shusai (Morning and evening) 
Simmered mackerel in miso sauce Zipangu style
Seasonal vegetables, simmered radish, green peas

Rice 
Steamed rice with salmon flakes, miso soup, Japanese pickles (Morning only)
Steamed rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles (Evening only) 

Dessert
Assorted fruits (Morning only)

To celebrate this announcement, ANA has been having an exclusive 4 days Business Class and Inflight menu tasting experience for fans of the brand. From 7 -10 March, registered guests could experience the Business Class seats for themselves and taste the menu prepared by Chef Nao on the first floor of Shangri-La KL. There was also a VR flight simulation to try.

 

ANA currently flies daily from KLIA to Narita International Airport from 8:00 to 15:40 and from KLIA to Haneda from 14:15 to 22:05. For more information or to book your flight, log on to https://www.ana.co.jp/en/my/

Friday, March 8, 2019

OYO Celebrates Independent Malaysian Women Travellers

It is true what is said, “To travel is to live”, and more so now where more and more people find a way to lose themselves in their travels. A surge in people globetrotting has been seen owing to awareness and accessibility of newer destinations. You’ll discover places beyond your imagination, experience new cultures and find an inner nomad that you never knew existed. People travel with their own distinct purposes - to discover new frontiers, pursue business opportunities, or simply to unwind and relax. Travelling solo allows you to set your own pace, have an intimate contact with foreign cultures, and meet new people and broaden your horizon. On the other hand, travelling with a companion could allow you bond over shared experiences, excitement and newer things to explore in addition to safety. 

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, OYO Hotels Malaysia spoke to some female travellers on their take on travel.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wagyu More Buffet: All You Can Eat Steamboat Buffet for Only RM36.80

I confess, I go to Midvalley Megamall so often that I might have eaten my way through all their F and B tenants within my budget, of course. There will be days when I end up wandering around in search of something new only to eat the same thing again. Who else has the problem?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Starbucks Malaysia New Spring Drinks

Is it already the end of February?? That was fast! We are 10 months away to the end of 2019 already. Wow, wouldn't it be nice to sit back and chill with one of Starbucks' new spring drinks?

Friday, February 22, 2019

SCKLM 2019 Ballot Results Selected

Are you amongst the lucky 12,000 in Standard Chartered KL Marathon's first ever ballot draw?

I am not, mainly because I will be participating under the Run for a Reason category thanks to Dirigo Events. This year, I have selected Dignity for Children Foundation as my charity and will be once again 21km. Which means, there might be a chance I could be running alongside our very own Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. Wait, whatttttt....??

Read on, people.

Monday, February 11, 2019

SCKLM 2019 opens Balloting for Public

Hear ye hear ye! 

Is Malaysia's own SCKLM joining the ranks of popular marathons such as Tokyo and Berlin Marathon whereby you now need to ballot for an entry?

Why, yes it is! 
Due to the overwhelming response to the loyalty registration period for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2019 (SCKLM2019), there is a reduced number of slots available for public registrations as compared with the year before. There are a total of over 10,000 slots available across all categories and in order to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity of getting a race slot, public registrations for the SCKLM 2019 will be in the form of a ballot. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Disney Tsum Tsum x Cathy Doll Makeup Collection, Guardian Malaysia


Talk about cuteness overload for fans of Disney Tsum Tsum. After a long wait, the adorable Disney Tsum Tsum x Cathy Doll range of makeup has arrived in Guardian Malaysia stores nationwide.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Twist of Australian Summer Fruits Shared at CNY

We all know that CNY is notorious for tempting snacks and dessert all day everyday. So how about for a change, serve fruits instead? Australia’s freshest summer fruit produce is now in Malaysia with Taste Australia recently launching its “Sweeter When Shared” Summer Fruits campaign. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Huawei NOVA 4, RM1899 available on 14 Feb in Malaysia!

Following its global launch in December, HUAWEI recently launched the new HUAWEI nova 4 to Malaysian consumers. Running on Kirin 970 and 8GB RAM, the HUAWEI nova 4 delivers the ultimate user experience with its Punch FullView Display on everything from productivity apps to high-octane action games. Shipped with EMUI 9.0, it allows users to access work and entertainment apps easily with a few simple taps and swipes.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Razer Phone 2 for Gamers Launched in Malaysia

Mobile gamers, enjoy for the Razer Phone 2 has finally landed in Malaysia making it the first gaming smartphone to launch in Malaysia. And the pricetag? 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Starbucks Teavana Kicks off New Cold Foam range just in time for the CNY Heat!


The famous CNY heat is approaching fast and with it, a need to constant quench our thirst. Which is why Starbucks Teavana could not have picked a more opportune time to introduce their new range of Teavana Tea Beverages. Thanks to Starbucks Malaysia, I got a sneak peek and taste of their latest range and all I can say is...I love love love love it.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Instagrammable Fruit Desserts at Namelaka Patisserie, Bangsar

Bangsar continues to be the area to head on to for desserts with new dessert specialist Namelake joining the neighborhood. By now, you would have come across their incredibly life-like fruit desserts all over Instagram and why not? Their desserts were oh so very pretty and most importantly, an interesting treat to the palate.

Monday, January 14, 2019

'Light-as-Air' skincare with Olay Magnemask and Whip Moisturiser

I dare say I am quite fortunate to have youthful looks despite a non-existent skincare routine. But of course, now that I am in my 30s, there is only so much mother nature can do before my skin suffers the effects of time. Which was why when Watsons Malaysia and Olay launched their new range of skincare recently, I was like 'yassss that product has my name written all over it'.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Buy And Ship Your CNY Needs

Chinese New Year is just under a month away and it’s time to do some CNY shopping. Decorations, outfits and make up for every CNY open house and just about anything else to wow your visiting family and friends. If you’re like me, I bet you’re already scouring the internet for great shopping deals and I found some stellar make up deals from Elf Cosmetics from US. Less than RM50 for a makeup palette and brushes.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Starbucks Chinese New Year Teavana selection

Celebrate this Chinese New Year with Starbucks Offerings! Embracing the spirit of innovation and reimagination for the New Year, Starbucks Malaysia is introducing a brand-new way to experience tea with its range of Teavana™ tea beverages. These new modernized tea experiences at Starbucks reimagines Malaysian tea culture by combining classic teas with unexpected flavors, which offer warm and refreshing options for any occasion. Try out the Teavana™ tea beverages at your nearest Starbucks Store today!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Honor 10 Lite Launched in Malaysia starting at RM749

At an affordable starting price of RM749, Honor has officially launched the all new Honor 10 Lite today at KL Live, Life Centre. The new phone can be purchased in Sky Blue and Midnight Black colors exclusively on Honor Malaysia’s official Lazada store and hihonor.com/my starting 10AM on 9 January. Fans can also look forward to the 3+64GB higher spec models which comes in Shiny Red and Sapphire Blue. Priced at RM799, these two models will be made available in Malaysia at a later date.

[Interior Design] Picking the Right Belgium Fabrics for Your Lifestyle


Have you ever given thought to the kind of fabrics in your home? It’s not just about the curtain or sofa covers but rather a blend of colour, texture and practicality. Fabric can be used to frame, pull out or accent your decor or theme. One thing you may have noticed about interior designing is that designers always work around a combination of fabrics to achieve a certain look and feel of a room. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Ready, Set, Glow into the New Year with Guardian and Joanna Soh


Inspired by the idea of a New Year resolution to keep Malaysians healthy and to be better, Guardian Malaysia today ushered in 2019 with a Healthy Beauty initiative called “Ready Set Glow”. Together with Asia’s No. 1 Fitness YouTuber, Joanna Soh , Guardian is encouraging Malaysians to Join The Glow Squad and be a part of this nationwide movement to view and put these exercise tutorials to use in their everyday lives. The videos are three short exercise videos that Malaysians can incorporate into their daily routines to have a more active lifestyle to achieve a healthier Glow in 2019.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Penang "Star" Coffee, Lebuh Noordin, Georgetown

Move aside Starbucks because Penang has officially one of the best coffee with a star on it. A lot of media channels and bloggers have raved about the signature star coffee in Lebuh Noordin, Georgetown (right across Cititel Express Hotel) and I was curious to try it out.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Duck Egg Char Kuey Teow, Cecil Street Market Penang

Cecil Street Market is one of Penang's biggest food courts in Georgetown and in it, is a plethora of Penang's famous hawker food.  Sharing a wet and dry market, it's no surprise that this market is frequent by locals out to do their grocery shopping and grab a bite. When you see a queue of local Penangnites at a stall, you just know it's good and I will tell you, there were quite a number of queues. Somewhere inside this is an uncle bent over his blazing wok, whipping up individual plates of Char Kuey Teow either plain or with chicken or duck egg. After reading about this uncle online, I brisk-walked my way through rows and rows of stalls with nothing but a photo of the stall as reference. It was like a fun treasure hunt for what could be one of the nicer duck egg Char Kuey Teow in Penang.