25 February 2013

MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013 (Valentine's Edition) + GIVEAWAY

After receiving MIVVA beauty box X'mas Edition, I really fell for it already!! Whenever my friends ask me which box to subscribe, I'll recommend them MIVVA :D

On one fine day during February, my dad handed me a parcel and I was like "Eh... I didn't order anything online pun...". To my surprise, it's MIVVA Beauty Box Valentine's Edition!! I feel so loved! Wee~~~ Thanks to the awesome folks at MIVVA! ♥♥♥ Sorry for the late review though... I was busy...LOVING! Hahaha did that sound lame? :p

MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013 (Valentine's Edition)
MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013 (Valentine's Edition)

So let's see what exciting products MIVVA has prepared for me this month, shall we?

Content of MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013
Content of MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013

Murad Vitalic Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask
Murad Vitalic Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask

1. Murad Vitalic Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask
Sample product worth: RM 16.50 for 7.5ml

An antioxidant-rich, weekly treatment that restores, revitalizes, and balances the skin. Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask provides instant, intensive smoothing and hydrating benefits. Each single-dose treatment dissolves dull and dry skin creating a complexion that is fresh, clear, smooth, and bright.

Nature's Lab Refreshing Body Whip
Nature's Lab Refreshing Body Whip

2. Nature's Lab Refreshing Body Whip
Full product price: RM 69 for 250ml / RM 103 for 450ml
Sample product worth: Not sure since the packaging didn't indicate product size

A light and freshly scented natural whip with Shea Butter, Cocao Butter, Grapeseed & Chamomile extracts, to moisturize and nourish your body every morning and night. This feather-light, non-oily and non-sticky body whip will leave your skin feeling hydrated, smooth and refreshed. An all-time favorite and most suitable for the hot & humid summer climate.

Considering the size, it's really convenient to be brought during travel and the scent helps to relieve stress!

Besides beauty products, they added something extra into the beauty box, I got a cute purple flower hair pin and heart shaped marshmellows!!! I'll definitely share it with le boyfie =)

Beautymate Purifying and Brightening Nano Toner
Beautymate Purifying and Brightening Nano Toner

3. Beautymate Purifying and Brightening Nano Toner
Full product price: RM 49.90 for 120ml

WOW! A FULL PRODUCT! *thumbs up*

Contains Gentiana Lutea Root Extract and Black Pearl Extract to ensure optimal skin condition. NMF Sodium PCA and Hyaluronic Acid to retain up to 6000 times of their weight in water to keep your skin continuously hydrated and seal in moisture to defend against outside influences. Vitamin B3 can hinder transformation of melanin and minimize the amount of melanin to keep your skin fair and bright.

Paul Penders Natural Cream Lipstick
Paul Penders Natural Cream Lipstick

4. Paul Penders Natural Cream Lipstick
Full product price: RM 79 for 3.5g

A lovely variety of matte shades made with LevensESSSENTIE Gold (a 100 years old, time tested, holistic extract made from 22 certified organic herbs) and natural plant oils for extra moisture, without chemicals. Free from artificial colours and chemical dyes. For added moisture and prolonged wear use Paul Penders Lip Gloss after application. Available in 9 delicious shades.

Another full product! YAY! I've got a Clear shade that looks sweet and pinkish. Mad love this color! ♥

SKIN79 White Reviving Miniature
SKIN79 White Reviving Miniature

5. SKIN79 White Reviving Miniature
Full product price: Solution RM 90 for 30ml / Softener RM 67 for 150ml / Emulsion RM 72 for 150ml
Sample product worth: Not sure since the packaging didn't indicate product size

It gives caring clean & clear skin by improving dull surface of the skin, and contains ingredients that soothes the skin which has been exposed to the environmental aggressors. It also helps to revive elastic and healthy skin.

RM 30 Murad Gift Voucher, Product Guide and brochures are included too!
RM 30 Murad Gift Voucher, Product Guide and brochures are included too!

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Get your BFF to take a photo with MIVVA angpaus, upload to them and get 200 MIVVA points!

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24 February 2013

HAKATA IPPUDO Ramen (一風堂) @ Pavilion, KL

Great food is never enough! Don't you agree? That's why I always feel excited when there are new eateries opening around me! It just gives everyone more choices and with competition, the food scene can be improved! That being said, I'm here to announce a great news to all ramen lovers in Kuala Lumpur - HAKATA IPPUDO ramen is finally here!

Entrance of Hakata Ippudo
Entrance of HAKATA IPPUDO

Hakata Ippudo KL from outside
HAKATA IPPUDO KL from outside

Greeted by energetic and passionate staffs as soon as I walked pass this door - Irashaimase~~
Greeted by energetic and passionate staffs
as soon as I walked pass this door - Irashaimase~~

If you haven't known, IPPUDO was founded in 1985 at Japan by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King and CEO of Chikaranomoto Company, which encompasses some of Japan’s finest restaurants. Today, there are over 65 stores in Japan, and globally in places such as New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Shanghai. IPPUDO has become the most popular ramen restaurant over the years.

Love the dimly lit ambience in the restaurant that gives a casual feeling
Love the dimly lit ambience in the restaurant that gives a casual feeling

I love the fact that they have a tray beneath your seat so you can put your belongings securely!
I love the fact that they have a tray beneath your seat so you can put your belongings securely!

Hot Green Tea
Hot Green Tea

If you're a fan of Japanese appetizers, you'll certainly love HAKATA IPPUDO as I find that their appetizers are one of a kind ♥. If you're not, feel free to scroll down and read about the ramen reviews but I assure you that it'll be your loss :p

Goma Q
Goma Q
Price: RM 9

Goma Q is a refreshing and cold appetizer made of fresh cucumber slices topped with sesame and chilli flakes. The special sauce gives it a sweet flavor, enhancing the taste of this crunchy appetizer. Great choice for health concious people!

Fried Young Corn
Fried Young Corn
Price: RM 8

Curry Cheese Haru Maki
Curry Cheese Haru Maki
Price: RM 10

Fans of fried food might wanna try Fried Young Corn, a garlic-flavored deep-fried young corn with seaweed seasoning and Curry Cheese Haru Maki, deep fried spring rolls with a plate of curry cheese sauce to dip in. The Japanese curry cheese sauce is very addictive and the cheese blended very well in the sauce. Definitely a great snack!

Pork Bun
Pork Bun
Price: RM 7

From the time we saw the menu, Pork Bun is the most anticipated appetizer of all! Apparently, it's an all-time favorite in IPPUDO! It certainly didn't let me down as the steamed bun was soft and fluffy and most importantly, the succulent braised pork tastes very good coupled with IPPUDO’s original sauce.

Spicy Shrimp Mayo
Spicy Shrimp Mayo
Price: RM 15

The lightly battered shrimps in Spicy Shrimp Mayo was deep fried and eaten with their home-made spicy mayonnaise dip. I love the texture of the succulent and fresh prawn oozing with sweetness although the mayonnaise doesn't really tastes spicy.

Hakata-style Soup Gyoza
Hakata-style Soup Gyoza

Gyoza
Gyoza

Hakata-style Soup Gyoza is a great alternative to the dry pan-fried gyoza as this one is boiled gyoza that comes with IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth plus some added ginger! Perfect for soup lovers, it's smooth and flavorful!

And now, let's head to the ramen department, shall we?

Shiromaru Motoaji
Shiromaru Motoaji
Price: RM 26

The most classic Hakata-style ramen, Shiromaru Motoaji is definitely a must-try especially if you're a first timer because I believe that the classic one should be good enough or else you can forget about the rest. They're serving ultra thin noodles in IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth with belly chashu, bean sprouts, kikurage & spring onions. The tonkotsu broth was flavorful but yet not too thick, making it less salty compared to other ramen chains like Yamagoya ramen. Belly chashu has a good balance of fat, some to melt in the mouth and some to chew.

Akamaru Shinaji
Akamaru Shinaji
Price: RM 28

Akamaru Shinaji is known as the refined, modern-style ramen as they have enhanced the IPPUDO original tonkotsu broth with special blended miso paste, chilli and fragrant garlic oil to suit local taste that demands mild spiciness in their classic recipe. I'd certainly choose this as tummy warmer on a cold rainy day!

Karaka-men
Karaka-men
Price: RM 28

Karaka-men was the spiciest among all 3 ramens that I've tried since it is categorized as 'IPPUDO Spicy Tonkotsu' in the menu. IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth was mixed with special spicy miso and served with ground pork and spring onions. As a person who has low tolerance towards spicy food, I think it is still tolerable but I would prefer Akamaru Shinaji more.

The one thing I love most is their service. Noticing that we took quite a long time shooting the ramen, they offered (and insisted) to change a new bowl for us because they wanted us to try it as soon as it was served because leaving it for too long will affect the texture of the ramen to become soggy and coarse. Although customers are allowed to choose whether they want the ramen to be soft, normal or hard, but the staffs strongly recommend that we order the hard one. The reasoning is because normally Malaysians will take some photos, cool off our food by blowing on it, etc. so after all these gestures, the texture of ramen will be in best consumption condition if you order it hard.

Oh my! Look at those succulent belly chashu!
Oh my! Look at those succulent belly chashu!

Even he can't resist the temptation!
Even he can't resist the temptation!

Last but not least,

A Charmaine-was-here shot :p
A Charmaine-was-here shot :p

Address:
Hakata Ippudo (一風堂)
Lot C4.07.00, Connection Level 4,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 603-2110 6233

Opening hours: 11am -11 pm


Facebook Page: Ippudo Malaysia

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21 February 2013

Don’t Lose It All, Time to Get Data (Part 3)

If you've been following my blog, I'm sure you know that Xpax has came out with a series of short videos about long distance relationship. Just in case if you've missed it, do head on the links below to catch up!

Episode 1: http://youtu.be/FCnNYgrEw7c
Episode 2: http://youtu.be/6pDcf73J9YI

And here's the latest episode! http://youtu.be/wnSaxejvj6U


After all that we’ve seen in the long distance relationship between Amy & Nick and the love Joe had for Amy, it’s obvious that keeping in touch is so important. A quick glance on Facebook on your loved one’s wall or a tweet on your latest makes a world of difference. So it’s always important to fuel up on data to constantly stay connected with our loved one to maintain an amazing relationship. So dial *128#, pick a pack and get data now!

It make me wonder who will Amy pick in the end! I secretly wish it's Nick :p
What do you think? Who do you want it to be?

To get more info or view all the videos, check out: http://bit.ly/dontLoseItAll or http://www.xpax.com.my/c1.php.

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20 February 2013

Maggi Goreng @ Restoran Yunus Khan aka Jiao Sai

Many Penangites have been raving about the Maggi Goreng here at Restoran Yunus Khan. Among the Chinese, it is better known as 'Jiao Sai' which means bird shit. Why bird shit? From the story I've heard, the restaurant is called 'Jiao Sai' due to their old location at Jalan Phee Choon where birds always poo poo there! LOL! As they've moved to this new location, you need not worry about the poo poo anymore!

Maggi goreng tomyam
Maggi goreng tomyam

Maggi goreng biasa
Maggi goreng biasa

Look at those eggs!! *drools*
Look at those eggs!! *drools*

I think besides the awesomeness of the Maggi goreng, the super smooth fried egg is the real bomb! I'm not sure how they did it, but this is the first time I've ever eaten a fried egg with such texture!

Restoran Yunus Khan aka Jiao Sai
Restoran Yunus Khan aka Jiao Sai

Address:
Restoran Yunus Khan (Jiao Sai)
159, Jalan Agryll,
10200 George Town, Penang

Business hours: 5pm - 5am

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19 February 2013

Product Review: Hada Labo Air BB Cream

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!! Most of my friends started to 'hoi gung' today so the atmosphere is a bit blue, right?

And I'm sure many of you are in half asleep mode now. Don't worry, I'm sure my ugly face will be able to wake you up! LOL!

So I was at the launch of Hada Labo Air BB Cream few months back and I got myself one to try too! The shade I've got is Ivory Beige, the fairer color and luckily the shade suits my skin color well!

Hada Labo Air BB Cream
Hada Labo Air BB Cream

Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion
Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion

My ugly face before applying anything. I have uneven skin tone and occasional breakouts.
My ugly face before applying anything.
I have uneven skin tone and occasional breakouts.

The color of Ivory Beige under daylight
The color of Ivory Beige under daylight

How I applied Hada Labo Air BB Cream:
  1. Apply Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion, the much hyped moisturizing lotion that is sold 1 bottle every 4 seconds in Japan on palms and gently pat onto skin in order to prep the skin with moisture.
  2. Squeeze some Hada Lado Air BB Cream and distribute it to different areas on face.
  3. Instead of pushing, gently pat the BB cream on your face to even it. As the BB Cream is matte formula, it is difficult to push because it's not so watery.

After applying Hada Labo Air BB Cream
After applying Hada Labo Air BB Cream

Results:
  1. Skin tone became more even and radiant.
  2. Pimple became less visible although the redness could not be concealed 100%.
  3. No breakouts after using Hada Labo Air BB Cream. Some brands claimed to be non-comedogenic but still clogged my pores and new pimples surfaced.
  4. Face is protected with SPF 50/PA+++.
  5. Great oil control, suitable for oily skin.

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14 February 2013

Humble Beginnings Mille Crepe @ Bangsar

Humble Beginnings has been around for some time now and due to their high quality Mille Crepes, it has gained much popularity since they started the business in year 2007 at Johor. Back then, orders were placed via their online store and customers will collect their orders from the pick-up points, normally florists or cafes.

Last month, we were at Humble Beginnings, Bangsar for a review. The shop was very tricky to spot as it was quite hidden. It was previously a florist, one of their pick-up points so they decided to acquire the place when the florist ended their business.

Humble Beginnings: French Vanilla
Humble Beginnings: French Vanilla
I love the fact that it's not too sweet as my teeth is extremely sensitive with sweet stuff.
The light and subtle taste of French Vanilla suits me and oh-so-creamy!

You can definitely see the passion they have for mille crepes from the effort they put to make each of it. To ensure a high quality mille crepe, it is free from preservatives, additives and all ingredients are of premium grade.


Apart from fresh ingredients, skill is very important too as it is not easy to arrange all 20 layers of crepes flat and balanced. What makes Humble Beginnings special is, everything is hand-made and hand-layered, a true labour of love! ♥♥♥

Humble Beginnings: Royal Milk Tea & Matcha Latte (Green Tea)
Humble Beginnings: Royal Milk Tea & Matcha Latte (Green Tea)

As the trend of milk teas began to rise, Humble Beginnings has also introduced Royal Milk Tea flavor mille crepes that has a flavorful and rich milk tea flavor. For green tea fans, indulge in the strong green tea taste from the highest grade pure green tea powder from Japan, loaded with red beans in Matcha Latte mille crepe.

Oreo Cookies 'n' Cream
Oreo Cookies 'n' Cream

My personal favorite mille crepes flavor: French Vanilla, Peanut Butter Blueberry Blizzard, Oreo Cookies 'n' Cream

Chocolate Chip Mocha Cheese Cake
Chocolate Chip Mocha Cheese Cake

Strawberry Mille Sponge
Strawberry Mille Sponge

Besides yummy, smooth mille crepes, Humble Beginnings also offer cheese cakes and sponge cakes! And I have to say that they tastes equally great too! This gives consumer more choices, just in case if mille crepe is not your piece of cake. Chocolate Chip Mocha Cheese Cake is made of chocolate chips with marbled cream cheese and mocha cheese on an Oreo's base. Definitely sinful!

Musetti coffee: Cappuccino
Musetti coffee: Cappuccino

Humble Beginnings serves coffee from Musetti that originated from Italy and choices ranges from cappuccino, doppio, espresso, cafe latte, long black to cafe mocha. Besides, they also offer chocolate drinks, teas and a variety of sodas.

Humble Beginnings
Humble Beginnings

Charmaine's been here! :p
Charmaine's been here! :p

Address:
Humble Beginnings, Bangsar (Next to Subway)
30, Jalan Telawi,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur

Humble Beginnings, Straits Quay
3A-G-23, Block A, Ground Floor
Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang
10470 Tanjung Tokong,
Penang

Tel: 03-2282 8035 (Bangsar) / 04-890 7112 (Straits Quay)

Facebook: Humble Beginnings Mille Crepe

Website: http://www.humblebeginnings.com.my

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11 February 2013

Chinese Horoscope Fortune for Year of Snake by Master So 苏民峰 2013

Master Peter So 苏民峰, a famous Feng Shui master and fortune teller from Hong Kong elaborates what to expect in year 2013, the year of Snake 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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10 February 2013

Celebrate Your Valentine's Day at Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel

Make an impression and surprise that most special lady with a romantic candle-lit dinner in Terazza Brasserie’s cosy ambience influenced in a trendy Mediterranean setting and be tempted by their fine selection of four-course set menu to make you fall in love over and over again.

Smoked Salmon Rose Served with Honey Mustard Dressing and Feta Cheese &  Grilled Watermelon With Balsamic Glazed
Smoked Salmon Rose Served with Honey Mustard Dressing and Feta Cheese &
Grilled Watermelon With Balsamic Glazed

Le boyfie and I were very excited about this review despite being stuck in the jam at LDP for 1.5 hours. First, appetizer was served and it's called Smoked Salmon Rose Served with Honey Mustard Dressing and Feta Cheese & Grilled Watermelon With Balsamic Glazed. Fuh! What a long name right? Taste wise, I love the smoked salmon rose a lot, it has a very flavorful smoky taste, fresh and juicy. I wish they have more of these! The grilled watermelons and feta cheese in heart shape was an awesome creative combination! The sweetness of the watermelon matches very well with the salty Feta cheese. Thumbs up!

Roasted Tomato Basil Oil Soup Served with Herbs Bread Rolls with Butter
Roasted Tomato Basil Oil Soup Served with Herbs Bread Rolls with Butter

In the soup department, we had piping hot Roasted Tomato Basil Oil Soup Served with Herbs Bread Rolls with Butter that warms our tummy on a cold rainy night. The herb bread was wrapped with seaweed, tastes perfect when dipped in the soury roasted tomato soup. Dashes of basil oil was added to enhance the flavor to another level.

Orange Sorbet on Love Shape Ice Carving
Orange Sorbet on Love Shape Ice Carving

After a delicious and appetizing soup, we were presented with Orange Sorbet on Love Shape Ice Carving. The presentation of this dish was really unique as the orange sorbet was put on top of a heart shaped ice carving to prevent it from melting too soon. There was also a flashing LED light that changes color under the ice carving.

Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillet with Balsamic Drizzle served with Tri Color Sweet Potato Mash and Avocado Tomato Salsa & Green Pepper Corn Foam
Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillet with Balsamic Drizzle served with
Tri Color Sweet Potato Mash and Avocado Tomato Salsa & Green Pepper Corn Foam

Oven Baked Rack of Lamb Glaze with Apricot and Fig Confit served with  Wild Mushroom & Potato Ragout and Sage with Asparagus Fitters
Oven Baked Rack of Lamb Glaze with Apricot and Fig Confit served with
Wild Mushroom & Potato Ragout and Sage with Asparagus Fitters

As for the main course, you have the choice to choose either Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillet with Balsamic Drizzle served with Tri Color Sweet Potato Mash and Avocado Tomato Salsa & Green Pepper Corn Foam or Oven Baked Rack of Lamb Glaze with Apricot and Fig Confit served with Wild Mushroom & Potato Ragout and Sage with Asparagus Fitters. Le boyfie and I decided to have one each. I took the pan fried sea bass fillet dish. The fish meat was surprisingly smooth and sweet due to the freshness. I personally prefer it without the green pepper corn foam because I think that a fresh fish should be enjoyed alone. On another note, I love the taste and smooth texture of Tri Color Sweet Potato mash, the combination is a perfect one! I felt that sweet food complements Valentine's Day the best. That's how lovers should feel! =)


A romantic celebration is incomplete without deserts. Health conscious couples are sure to go gaga over Pinky Creamy Macaron with Raspberry Fruit. Indulge in different berries coupled with sweet pinky macaron, you can even spoon-feed your spouse!

Date: 14th February 2013

Time: 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Price: From RM260.00++ per couple inclusive of 2 glasses of sparkling wine or your choice of freshly squeezed fruit juice and a stalk of lovely rose for the ladies.

Address:
Terazza Brasserie
Grand Dorsett Subang
Jalan SS12/1, 47600 Subang Jaya,
Selangor

Tel: +603 5031 6060 ext: 1912

If you're a fan of Chinese food and would want to celebrate Valentine's Day with Chinese dishes, I strongly recommended you to try it at The Emperor Restaurant.

Emperor Appetizers Four Seafood Combination
Emperor Appetizers Four Seafood Combination

Emperor Appetizers Four Seafood Combination consists of Chilled Smoked Salmon with Apple Sauce, Deep-Fried Fresh Soft Crab with Spice Powder, Stir-Fried Scallop with Capsicum and Topped Dry Scallop and Wok-Fried Peeled Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk and Japan Seaweed.

Double-Boiled Phoenix Consommé with Fish Maw and Wild Bamboo Pith
Double-Boiled Phoenix Consommé with Fish Maw and Wild Bamboo Pith

Baked Fresh Water Prawn with Homemade Mayonnaise and Golden Garlic combined with Stir-Fried Crystal Noodle with Chicken Shredded and Ordinary Extra Sauce
Baked Fresh Water Prawn with Homemade Mayonnaise and Golden Garlic combined with
Stir-Fried Crystal Noodle with Chicken Shredded and Ordinary Extra Sauce

Chilled Avocado Puree Cream with Royal Black Jelly and Topped Vanilla Ice Cream
Chilled Avocado Puree Cream with Royal Black Jelly and Topped Vanilla Ice Cream

Date: 14th February 2013

Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Price: From RM260.00++ per couple inclusive of 2 glasses of sparkling wine or your choice of freshly squeezed fruit juice and a stalk of lovely rose for the ladies.

Address:
The Emperor Restaurant
Grand Dorsett Subang
Jalan SS12/1, 47600 Subang Jaya,
Selangor

Tel: +603 5031 6060 ext: 1954

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