30 January 2012

Virgin Giveaway: Vanity Hairven Vouchers Giveaway!

Hey dearies! I'm back with a good news this time!

Guess what? I'm organizing the Virgin Giveaway for In Piscean's Heart! *blush*

Big thank you to Vanity Hairven and My Destination Kuala Lumpur for the vouchers!

So here's what I'll be giving out: 5 pairs of RM 50 vouchers from Vanity Hairven!!! Which means, each winner will get 2 vouchers worth RM 100 in total. So if you won the vouchers, you can bring your bff or lover along instead of feeling #foreveralone!

What you gotta do is very simple. No, you don't need to write slogans cos I personally hate it too XD
Just follow the steps below:

  1. On the right sidebar, click on 'Join this site with Google Friend Connect' and follow my blog.
  2. Like my Facebook Page at  http://www.facebook.com/inpisceansheart.
  3. Follow my twitter at  https://twitter.com/#!/pualiping
  4. Share this giveaway page to your FB.
  5. Leave a comment stating your Google profile name (hover to your profile pic after following my blog and you will be able to see your profile name), link of your FB profile (e.g.  http://www.facebook.com/pualiping) and your twitter handler.
Only 5 steps! Simple right? Winners will be picked using randomizer and will be announced in the next post so you really need you luck here and remember to stay tuned for updates!

And oh, before I forgot here are some T&C of the vouchers:
  • Valid for chemical services only (e.g. coloring, perm, rebonding,scalp treatment, etc.)
  • One voucher per service only. Cannot be combined.
  • Voucher expiry date: 31 March 2012
  • Location:
    Sunway Giza Block D S.08
    No.2 Jalan PJU 5/14
    Kota Damansara
    47810 Petaling Jaya
    Selangor
Submission dateline: 12pm, 20 February 2012

HURRY UP AND SUBMIT NOW!
GOOD LUCK! :p

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27 January 2012

Automated Chinese New Year greetings from Chairman of BN Wangsa Maju?!

On the first day of Chinese New Year, I received a weird call from an unknown number (03-20355599).
When I answered the phone, it started babbling like nobody's business. I didn't really pick up long enough to listen to the content though cos I was afraid it might cost me money if I continue listening so I hung up within 2 seconds.

Right after I hung up, I received an SMS. My reaction was: What?! I've just been phone call spammed for the first time! I've been spammed via SMS and e-mail but phone call is definitely new.


The message read: Ucapan Gong Xi Fa Cai itu tadi adalah ikhlas dari saya Mohd Shafei Abdullah, Pengerusi BN Wangsa Maju, Selamat Maju Jaya, Selamat Tahun Baru Cina. T.K.

Translation: The Gong Xi Fa Cai greeting just now was sincerely from me Mohd Shafei Abdullah, Chairman of BN Wangsa Maju, All the best, Happy Chinese New Year. T.K.

My thoughts: Hmmm... only big corporations can afford to send SMS to so many people. I hope it's not our tax money :/

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22 January 2012

The Meaning of Chinese New Year to Me

As I became older and older, Chinese New Year has became more meaningless to me. In fact, it made me realize that people are realistic, stingy and selfish the most during this festive season.

Why did I say so?
  1. When my dad was in the climax of his career, many people sent him hampers and CNY cards. As year passed, it got lesser and lesser and finally decrease to nil.
  2. Last time, the only way to avoid giving out angpau to your neighbour's kids is to hide yourself in the house. If you're caught outside by the kids, consider yourself unlucky. But now, even if I saw my neighbour and wished them Gong Xi Fa Cai, they still pretend nothing happened. I should have wished them Gong Xi Fai Cai instead.
  3. During reunion dinner, everyone talked in Hokkien, not bothering that I couldn't understand.
  4. As usual, aunt didn't eat reunion dinner with my grandma (mum's side) and mum didn't eat reunion dinner with my grandma (dad' side) due to unknown family problems. CNY will only make me realize how disunited my family is.
So... these are the reasons why I don't really look forward to CNY. I like Christmas more because we shower our loved ones with gifts instead of money and the process of picking the right gift for them is more meaningful. It's the thought that counts.

Anyway, here are some photos I took during CNY Eve.

It was raining so heavily my grandma's place flooded! Lucky that I didn't buy new shoe cos my whole shoe was soaked!

Dishes for Reunion Dinner. I realized this year we didn't have chicken :(

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY READERS! LOVE U ALL!

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19 January 2012

Chinese Horoscope Fortune for Year of Dragon by Master So 苏民峰

Master Peter So 苏民峰, a famous Feng Shui master and fortune teller from Hong Kong elaborates what to expect in year 2012, the year of Dragon for all 12 Chinese Horoscope.

鼠 Rat


牛 Ox


虎 Tiger


兔 Rabbit


龙 Dragon


蛇 Snake


马 Horse


羊 Sheep


猴 Monkey


鸡 Rooster


狗 Dog


猪 Pig


HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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17 January 2012

Food Review: BlackBall @ Sri Petaling

Story of BlackBall
The name BlackBall was taken from the main ingredient, 'Xian Cao' which is a type of 'black' jelly and taro 'balls' in their dessert creations. The founder, Mr. Tang was an accomplished tour guide and dessert connoisseur in Taiwan. He made his own recipe using 'Xian Cao' and gets his supply from 'Guan Xi' district, a place that is famous for its high quality 'Xian Cao'. The first outlet in Taipei was opened in 2006 and since then, the signature BlackBall has gained success and is one of the biggest dessert chains in Taipei, having over 20 outlets there.

BlackBall in Malaysia
The first outlet of BlackBall is located at SS15, Subang Jaya. Due to overwhelming response, it is also now available at Sri Petaling, Damansara Uptown, Johor Bahru and Penang. I had the chance to visit the Sri Petaling outlet on one sunny afternoon, craving for something cool to relieve my dehydration.

Phew~ We're finally at BlackBall!

Clean and neat arrangements makes me feel welcomed

Blackball Signature Cold (RM 6.50)
A combination of chewy pearls, red bean and handmade taro balls, this is a refreshing and cooling dessert.
Perfect on a hot day like this! Besides, it's so colorful it instantly lifted my mood up :)

Blackball Signature Hot (RM 6.50)
The air conditioner inside the shop is actually quite cool... Maybe it's time for something hot!

NEW PRODUCT: BlackBall Winter Melon Ice (RM 6.90)
Although the toppings looked almost the same, don't be fooled.
The difference lies beneath the toppings. It's Winter Melon!! Love the natural sweetness of winter melon as it's a better choice for health conscious people

Red Bean Ice Combo (RM 6.50)

Grass Jelly Ice (RM 6.50)
Can you see the smooth texture of the grass jelly? Just so you know, grass jelly is beneficial for health as an alternative to relieve heartburn.

Cranberry Crushed Ice with Milk (RM 6.50)

'Jiu Fen' Taro Ball Crushed Ice (RM 6.50)
Taro balls were originated from 'Jiu Fen', Taiwan. At BlackBall, you will be able to taste the authentic 'Jiu Fen' Taro Balls and crushed ice that were prepared 3 days before serving to ensure dryness.

Red Bean Crushed Ice with Milk (RM 6.50)

L-R: 3Q Passion Fruit Green Tea (RM 5.90), Winter Melon Tea with Jade Jelly (RM 5.90),
Fresh Milk with Grass Jelly (RM 5.90), Cranberry Lemon Juice (RM 4.90), Boba Milk Tea (RM 5.90),
Signature Xian Cao Tea with Grass Jelly (RM 5.90)
If you're a first timer, I'd recommend you to order Boba Milk Tea before trying other flavors. Boba Milk Tea is prepared by mixing freshly brewed tea and milk imported from Taiwan. Drink it with the chewy and gummy pearls and feel them dance in your mouth!

NEW PRODUCT: 'Xian Cao' Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Jelly (RM 5.90)

Address:
BlackBall
79-G, Jalan Radin Bagus,
Bandar Baru Sri Petaling,
57000 Kuala Lumpur.

Website: http://www.blackball.com.my/

Map:

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Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BlackBall.my

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15 January 2012

Movie Review: Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes 阿炳心想事成 (2012)

Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes 阿炳心想事成

I was lucky to be able to catch this movie during the Premiere Gala Screening at Pavilion yesterday thanks to HTC. Clumsy Boy was chosen in their ticket giveaway :)


Synopsis:
It's the eve of The Lunar New Year in a village. Every household is busy preparing to receive the auspicious God Of Fortune (GOF). Comes midnight, people of various races impersonate the GOF. They walk up to each household to offer mandarin oranges and lucky numbers in return for an "Ang Pau". Ah Beng's father being poor, dishes out only coins to these GOF. The worst dressed scruffy GOF who receives a tiny token from Ah Beng's father, is in fact, the true and almighty GOF. Without realizing, Ah Beng's father comments that he should be better dressed and wishes him good luck and good health, very sincerely. The true GOF is surprised but touched by Ah Beng's father's sincerity and grants him 3 wishes.

Not-so-bright security guard Ah Beng works at an open car-park, is being bullied by a group of rich brats with luxury cars, over their parking fee. A mysterious guy comes in and helps Ah Beng. Grateful for his help, Ah Beng invites him into his life and things starts to change around him.

One day at work, Bobby is injured while filming and with the help of Ah Beng, Rain and the mysterious guy, Bobby is brought to the hospital where they see both Ah Lian and Salted Fish Lian. Salted Fish Lian was collecting her medicine from the pharmacy. Ah Beng and the gang secretly investigates Salted Fish Lian's condition and is shocked to find out that Salted Fish Lian is very sick.

Back home, Ah Beng and the gang, are thinking of ways to save Salted Fish Lian. Bobby then spots a Talent Search contest in a newspaper with a massive grand prize of cash. Rain, Bobby and Ah Beng quickly form a singing trio to join the contest. Do they win? Who is the Mysterious Guy? Why is he there? What will Ah Beng's father's 3 wishes be?

Release Date : 19 January 2012
Genre : Comedy 喜剧
Language : Cantonese 粤语
Director : Director Silver
Casts : 林德荣Jack Lim, 颜薇恩Gan Mei Yan, 陈志康Royce Tan, 邱文博Bernard, 曾洁钰Ah Yoke



Verdict:

  1. It's a perfect Chinese New Year movie because it's really funny and has a good ending too!
  2. Not touching enough though and lack of originality because the idea in talent show part is same like the videos we used to watch in Youtube.
  3. Guys would especially love the action in car drifting part.
Rating: 7/10


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09 January 2012

Modeling PRO @ Amber Chia Academy

Last month, I have finally gathered my courage and enroll for a course (Modeling PRO) in Amber Chia Academy. It has been my childhood ambition and although taking this course doesn't guarantee that I can become a model, at least I can learn more and take this as an experience (syok sendiri pun boleh lah).

Needless to say, I have became RM 2,800 poorer but I believe this will be a worthwhile experience. I'm currently very worry though on how I'm able to walk in a 5 inch heel. I only wear high heels when there are wedding dinners or Chinese New Year and my high heels are only 1 inch. I foresee that I will go through a lot of pain during this 6 weeks course hahaha *fingers crossed*

5-inch heels from Amber Chia Academy
5-inch heels from Amber Chia Academy

T-shirt from Amber Chia Academy
T-shirt from Amber Chia Academy (luckily I can fit size S :p)

Below is the sneak peek of what I'm going to learn in this 6 weeks. The classes have only 1 shift which is 7pm - 9.30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I was hoping they have day classes though :/

Modeling PRO is a fundamental modeling course that will equip you with essential skills, know-how, practicality and trade secrets, for you to embark on your path to becoming a professional model. This 6-week course will also help you develop confidence in your image, posture & social prowess. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to work as a professional model for general fashion shows & photo shoots.

Chapter 1 ORIENTATION   
  1. Introduction
  2. Meet & Greet 
  3. Course Overview
  4. Rules & Disciplines of the Academy
  5. Introduction to Modeling Agencies & Casting Houses

Chapter 2 MODEL ESSENTIALS
  1. What makes a professional model
  2. The image & discipline of a model: hair, eyes, skin, makeup, body, wardrobe, diet, exercise
  3. The contents of a model’s bag
  4. Shoes for modeling
  5. Posture of a model
  6. A model’s communication skills
  7. Beauty Tips
  8. Health Tips
  9. Exposure
  10. Casting Calls: what to prepare, what to wear, what to do.
  11. Understanding dress code
  12. Understanding different types of events: what to wear, how to behave
  13. How to carry various gown types
  14. Career outlook
  15. Benefits of a modeling career

Chapter 3 PERSONAL GROOMING   
  1. Day makeup / Casting makeup
  2. Night makeup / Fashion Show makeup
  3. Hair techniques & looks
  4. Different techniques of fashion show hair buns

Chapter 4  BASIC CATWALK
  1. The importance of good body posture
  2. Head, shoulders & hips posture
  3. Casual catwalk

Chapter 5  PRO CATWALK
  1. Expressions, & posing
  2. How to be camera ready on the runway & at events
  3. Full turns & half turns
  4. Hands expression

Chapter 6  PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
  1. Public speaking: 
  2. how to introduce, express & communicate yourself
  3. Hair talk: 
  4. how to take care of your hair & scalp
  5. hair styling
  6. Fashion Sense:
  7. sense & trend
  8. body proportions
  9. colour combinations
  10. style
  11. Nutrition & Diet:
  12. What to eat
  13. Calories
  14. Exercise
  15. A model’s diet

Chapter 7  PHOTO MODELING
  1. Introduction to photography
  2. Things to do/prepare before shoot
  3. Basic tips for snap shots
  4. Basic posture: how to look tall & slim
  5. Face angles


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06 January 2012

Alicafe vs. Cafe21

Erm OK, first things first. This is not an advertorial although I'm going to compare 2 brands in this post. I'm actually doing it to educate consumers on how to choose which brand/type of coffee to buy cos I'm a coffee addict. My favorite coffee is Alicafe but because it's not cheap, I was planning to switch to another brand. I've previously tested Cafe21 and felt that it tastes almost the same as Alicafe and the price is also a lot cheaper so initially I thought of switching to Cafe21. BUT, when I read the Nutrition Information at the back of the packing, I was a bit shocked to find that Alicafe is actually healthier than Cafe21!

Alicafe
Cafe21
   Cafe21 vs. Alicafe   
Energy (per 100g)
   420 kcal   
   496.1kcal   
> 76.1 kcal
Carbohydrate (per 100g)   
75 g
60.6 g
< 14.4 g
Protein (per 100g)
2.5 g
6.1 g
> 3.6 g
Fat (per 100g)
12 g
25.7 g
> 13.7 g

What I concern most is energy and fat since these 2 are the key elements that will make a person fat :p
However, we must also take note that Cafe21 only contain 12g per stick while Alicafe has 30g per stick. Therefore, I think Cafe21 is healthier for people who only drinks one cup per day because you only drink 12g serving size. Meanwhile, if you drink 2 cups per day, I'd suggest you buy Alicafe and divide 1 pack to drink twice.

Actually after analyzing this, I think I'll buy Cafe21 next time because I only drink once a day!




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04 January 2012

Finding My Dream Car @ Carsifu

Anyone remember about the accident I've gotten myself into last year? After I got back my car from the workshop, things were never the same again. Seriously. The parts of my car started to break down one by one. So I needed to send my car to workshop once every two months and it's not cheap.

If you haven't known, I'm actually a money savvy person. From my analysis, it would be wiser to buy a new and higher quality car than maintaining an old car. BTW, my little Kenari is already 8 years old and I maintained it quite well so I guess it could fetch a good second hand price *proud*.

Anyone can guess what kind of car I have in mind? Hehe my car preference is none other than Honda! My dad used to own a Honda Accord 2 decades ago so I guess I'll go for Honda Accord too (the latest design of course :p). But the big question is: Where can I find the best bargain for Honda cars?? Of course, reliability is a must too cos we're not buying vegetables here if you know what I mean.

After a round of Googling, I stumbled upon this website called Carsifu.com which is a car trading portal. People can post their cars for sale and they can also buy cars from here. Sounds interesting! So I explored around and figured how this portal works. It's as simple as ABC really. You just need to register as a member or login if you're already a member, browse around for your dream car and click on it to see the spec of the car. If you're interested, leave your contact and they will call you back for viewing. When it comes to purchasing car, how can you not view it and just buy right?

Carsifu has a large variety of Honda cars to choose from!

Well, I guess that's all for now. I'm still in the midst of shopping for the right car with the right price for me.
Till then, ciao!

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Photo: Straits Quay @ Penang (Night)

As promised in previous post, these are the photos I took at Straits Quay during the night. Enjoying the cool sea breeze made me feel so relaxed as if my problems are being taken away by the wind. Plus, it was Christmas season! So I went with Clumsy Boy, my bestie and her bf to take some Christmas-y photos.

The Bazaar area

Main Entrance of Straits Quay with Christmas tree

Clumsy Boy and I <3

Christmas Deco @ Straits Quay

Bestie and I <3
Thanks for being our tour guide!

After enjoying some sea breeze, we started taking crazy photos like this...

...and this LOL!

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03 January 2012

Photo: Straits Quay @ Penang (Day)

Hey guys! I just wanna share some photos of Straits Quay that I took during the day :) Take it like a tour haha! Stay tuned for night time photos too! ENJOY!

Perfect place to chill in the evening :)

Coming from the carpark (back entrance)

Roofs that allow direct sunlight to shine through

Straits Quay Main Entrance

Straits Quay Main Entrance with a Christmas tree!

The view of the dock from Level 2

Envying people's boat LOL

Just a random staircase :p
I went there on a weekday and it's really quiet. Not many people there and I was wondering whether it'll be dangerous to walk alone. Most eateries are high class and expensive too. Not for people like me :p

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02 January 2012

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion @ Penang

Firstly, I'd like to say that this has got to be the most value for money tour ever. With an entrance fee of RM 12 per person, I got to hear exciting stories and history about Cheong Fatt Tze (張弼士) and his blue Mansion from a plump middle aged lady for an hour. Her story telling skills surprised me and she's quite funny.

According to her, Cheong Fatt Tze was a successful Hakka Chinese businessman and politician back then and he is a person who believes strongly in Feng Shui. Many things about him are related to the number 8. For instance, he started building the mansion in 1880 and it took 8 years to complete the whole construction in 1888. The mansion consists of 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. The place was once known as Lotus Flower Lane but there's no lotus flower there anymore.

He also had 8 wives (W.O.W!). The tour guide even mentioned that it is a pity he only found his true love with his 7th wife when he was 60+ and she's 18! But I was like: What?! Pity him? I pity his other wives more because he married them for business purposes! Further more, the tour guide did mention that he got the capital to start-up his business because his father-in-law was very wealthy.

She also explained about the architecture of the house but it is too long to explain here so I advice you to go there and listen it yourself :p 

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion has been sold in year 1989 after his 7th wife and her son died. He has made this condition in his will because he doesn't want his beloved wife to be homeless after his death. His descendants has since emptied the mansion and sold it off. The property has now been privatized and the investors have put in a great amount of money in reconstruction and buying furniture that are similar with what the mansion previously had. In year 2000, Cheong Fatt Tze mansion has won UNESCO 'Most Excellent' Heritage Conservation Award. It is also a Boutique Heritage Hotel now so you can stay in this state of the art building.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #1

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #2

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #3

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #4

Trishaw #1

Trishaw #2

Architecture of the roof

UNESCO 'Most Excellent' Heritage Conservation Award

Taken from the outside of the mansion. Entrance that is said to have a strong Qi.

Waiting before the tour starts

Beautiful furniture

The main entrance of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
Tour available at 11am/1.30pm/3pm daily.

Admission fee: RM 12 per person

Address:
14 Leith Street,
10200 George Town,
Penang

Tel: +604 262 0006

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