19 September 2014

The Finer Things in Life - TGV Indulge 1 Utama Review

I go to the cinemas pretty often and I noticed that the experience is kinda dull. Don't you feel the same? There's no excitement to look forward to - just the usual ticket buying, grab a popcorn + drinks, munching in the cinema hall while watching movie and...the end. I was still in this loop...


...until I discovered TGV Indulge, the first luxury cinema in TGV 1 Utama! Thanks to The Butterfly Project for organizing this Butterfly Girls Night Out to let us enjoy a glamorous and luxurious experience while mingling with the girls. I really had a great time catching up with fellow long lost bloggers.


There has been many times where I was rushing to catch a movie and didn't have the time for a proper meal so I just settled for popcorn. I don't have a choice but to feel guilty for my pity stomach =(

My problem is now solved with the existence of TGV Indulge for I can finally fine dine with my date and fill up our starving tummy before adjourning to the cinema hall for movie. The best thing is, we can even dine inside the cinema hall if we don't have extra time to spare! Isn't that awesome?


I was welcomed by soft jazzy tones with rich purple and silver facade that provides a distinct element of class to the lounge and dining area as I was greeted by the staff. Whilst Indulge is open to the public, it is specifically targeted at those who enjoy exclusivity and the finer things in life. Careful care and consideration is taken to ensure that the cinema experience customers enjoy here greatly differs from the usual fun and "chillaxing" cinema experience that the brand is already noted for.


Besides food and movie, there's also a beauty product discovery booth by Muse by Watsons with Indeed Labs products on display. I was being introduced to Pepta-bright, Nanoblur and Retinol Reface. I ultimately chose to bring home Retinol Reface with me as it contains 3 forms of retinol to help deliver softer, smoother looking skin, while targeting the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow's feet. Gotta be prepared to age gracefully right?

My favorite photo taken from the photo booth
My favorite photo taken from the photo booth

Finally got to catch up with my blogger buddy, Choulyin!
Finally got to catch up with my blogger buddy, Choulyin!

Cindy Tong, Choulyin and yours truly
Cindy Tong, Choulyin and yours truly

Before we start our luxurious dinner experience, we headed to the photo booth outside provided by 123cheese and capture down these precious memories. It was so much fun choosing and posing with the props!

It's so rare to see our mamasan, Tammy all dolled up! She should do this more often cos she looked so stunning!
It's so rare to see our mamasan, Tammy all dolled up!
She should do this more often cos she looked so stunning!

Ms. Regina Robin, PR Manager of TGV Cinemas gave us a brief introduction on what to expect from Indulge
Ms. Regina Robin, PR Manager of TGV Cinemas gave us a
brief introduction on what to expect from Indulge

TGV Indulge Menu
TGV Indulge Menu

Salads

Pumpkin Salad - Rocket leaves with honey roasted pumpkin, Cherry tomatoes & capsicums, with Balsamic dressing (RM 15)
Pumpkin Salad - Rocket leaves with honey roasted pumpkin,
Cherry tomatoes & capsicums, with Balsamic dressing (RM 15)

Smoked Duck Salad - Smoked duck breast served with mesclun greens, Capsicum & skewed with kiwi and balsamic dressing (RM 15)
Smoked Duck Salad - Smoked duck breast served with mesclun greens,
Capsicum & skewed with kiwi and balsamic dressing (RM 15)

Entrée

Lamb Koftas - Lamb patties served with green salad (RM 14)
Lamb Koftas - Lamb patties served with green salad (RM 14)

Stuffed Potato Skins - Potato skins stuffed with turkey bacon & mozzarella (RM 12)
Stuffed Potato Skins - Potato skins stuffed
with turkey bacon & mozzarella (RM 12)

Main course

Cajun Chicken - Grilled boneless chicken thigh with Cajun seasoning (RM 20)
Cajun Chicken - Grilled boneless chicken thigh with Cajun seasoning (RM 20)

Grilled Lamb Rack - Served with seasonal vegetables & rosemary sauce (RM 28)
Grilled Lamb Rack - Served with seasonal vegetables
& rosemary sauce (RM 28)

Grilled Salmon - Served with seasonal vegetables with lemon butter sauce (RM 28)
Grilled Salmon - Served with seasonal vegetables
with lemon butter sauce (RM 28)

Dessert

Nutty Tortilla Banana - Tortilla filled with peanut butter, cornflakes & freshly sliced banana (RM 12)
Nutty Tortilla Banana - Tortilla filled with peanut butter,
cornflakes & freshly sliced banana (RM 12)

Signature Panna Cotta - Italian cooked cream topped with raspberry (RM 12)
Signature Panna Cotta - Italian cooked cream topped with raspberry (RM 12)

Let's feast and be merry
Let's feast and be merry

My dinner companions of the night - Cik Lily, Sabby Prue and Mieza! We kinda troubled the staff for asking her to help us take so many photos LOL
My dinner companions of the night - Cik Lily, Sabby Prue and Mieza!
We kinda troubled the staff for asking her to help us take so many photos LOL

We were given bite size of several dishes so we can try more varieties
We were given bite size of several dishes so we can try more varieties

In terms of food quality, I must admit that I'm surprised that the food prepared by their in-house chefs turned out to be quite delicious. Definitely up to the standard and priced decently. It was truly a gastronomic experience. My best picks are Smoked Duck Salad, Stuffed Potato Skins, Cajun Chicken and Nutty Tortilla Banana.

Best dressed girls of the night got to bring some gifts from Muse by Watsons home. Congratulations!
Best dressed girls of the night got to bring some gifts from Muse by Watsons home.
Congratulations!

If you fancy a glass or two of mocktail before or after the movie, that's possible too! There's a quaint little cozy bar for patrons to chill after a long hectic day.

TGV Indulge Bar
TGV Indulge Bar

After a hearty 10 course meal with laughter and fun as side dishes, we adjourned into one of the two exclusive cinema halls which is fitted with reclining chairs and personalised call-waiter-service to watch the latest sci-fi movie, Lucy.

Indulge cinema hall
Indulge cinema hall

Do you prefer couple seat...
Do you prefer couple seat...

...or single seat?
...or single seat?

Cozy blankets were provided for warmth and comfort of the patrons
Cozy blankets were provided for warmth and comfort of the patrons

OMG! This is so syok! Thanks to The Butterfly Project for this valuable experience!
OMG! This is so syok!
Thanks to The Butterfly Project for this valuable experience!

Got pretty ladies accompany me also - Anna and Caroline =)
Got pretty ladies accompany me also - Anna and Caroline =)

But these looks more tempting la... hahaha just kidding!
But these looks more tempting la... hahaha just kidding!

In the cinema, you can conveniently order your food by pressing on the call button and place your via your personal call waiter. Talk about exclusivity! Food will be served in smaller chunks and neatly presented in a bento box to avoid messiness.

Awesome Nutty Tortilla Banana and Signature Panna Cotta to munch on while watching Lucy!
Awesome Nutty Tortilla Banana and Signature Panna Cotta
to munch on while watching Lucy!

I actually quite like Lucy because the concept is very different from the usual movies. Who could imagine what would happen if human can utilize 100% of their brain? If you want to know, don't forget to catch this movie!

TGV Indulge is opened from 11am with tickets priced at RM 45 (meals not included).
For more information about Indulge and to book tickets, please log on to www.tgv.com.my or via TGV Cinemas¡¯ Movie Buddy app which is available on the Apple App and Google Play store.

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10 September 2014

Beauty Review: Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++

To be honest, it's very hard to find a good sunblock for the face. As I have oily skin, I hate applying skincare that will give me more shine that I already have. Not even the slightest hint of oil will be tolerated. My current sunblock is doing a good job but unfortunately it provides only SPF25 with PA++. From what I know, it's better to use a sunblock that has PA+++.

To my amazement, I came across Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ that has PA++++! What?! 4 plus? PA++++ means it has PPD (Persistent Pigment Darkening) rating of 16 or above. Do you know what this means to our skin? This means that it should allow you 16 times as much UVA exposure as would be without protection!

Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++
Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++

Senka is a unique skincare brand developed by Shiseido that aims to fulfill customers' skincare needs that are gathered through surveys on customer insight. Through the result from their survey with 100 people, they found out that women are not only worried about dark spots and freckles but also dehydration, aging and sagging.

Hence, Shiseido Senka came out with this new UV Essence that works as an anti-aging sunscreen serum made from 100% mineral water. And it's not any mineral water... it's 100% Mount Fuji mineral water! Talk about ultimate freshness!

Back of Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++
Back of
Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++

The ingredient that gives this sunblock its anti-aging properties is Coenzyme Q10, which moisturizes and upholds the elasticity of the skin while protecting it from harmful UVA and UVB rays. For extra moisture, Sodium Hyaluronate was also added into the "recipe" of this Mineral UV Essence.

Dispensing Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++
Dispensing
Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++

Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence comes in a soft orange yellowish tube that makes it easy to dispense. It's light yellow in color and looks a bit thick. When I distributed it on my palm, it looks like a white cream. Unlike my current sunblock, this one is not as watery but still able to distribute evenly without hassle. It feels lightweight on my skin.

Color and texture of Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++
Color and texture of
Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++

The most dreaded thing when using sunblock is looking like a pale white ghost after application. I'm glad Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ is working perfectly awesome! I don't look too white and it doesn't smell like typical sunblock. As it doesn't contain mineral oil, fragrance and artificial coloring, I'd definitely recommend it to friends of mine who have sensitive skin. Ease of removal is also a plus point of this product. I just use cleansing foam to wash it off ^_^

Before and After Using Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++
Before and After Using
Shiseido Senka UV Mineral Essence SPF50+ PA++++

Rating: ★★★★★

Price: RM 39.90/50 g

Where to buy: Selected Watson's outlets

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