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Friday, 17 February 2017

Chinese New Year is all over now :( That's some 15 days of crazy gathering, card games, sobering up with alcohol and also munching on all sorts of good food which includes the oh-so-delicious Bak Kwa.

Every year without fail, the Bak Kwa shops will get flooded with Chinese who can't loose out to get their hands on these yummilicious Chinese New Year delicacy! Even the internet has it comparing the Malaysia Sun Weng Heong vs Singapore Lim Chee Guan Bak Kwa.

I saw a video sharing the crazy long queue of people waiting in line to buy from Lim Chee Guan. So long, it reminds me of those people queuing up for some limited product launching the very next day! It made me want to try it some day but my urge died down when I saw the comparison of it which doesn't look better than our local winner!

BUT! This year I get to taste a very special and super EXPENSIVE Bak Kwa in my whole freaking life! Presenting the IBERICO Bak Kwa! The price will definitely scare you away, no kidding. I would not have bought it myself and would never had the chance to try it if some one have not bought it for me :D ( thank you :} ) because it cost a freakin' RM50++ !! Yes, that's like more than RM10 for an effin' piece! That's like the price of a super premium imported Japanese Ichigo.

So what's so special about this Black Pork from Spain? Iberico pigs are actually well-known for being a very healthy source of pork as they roam around freely and also feed on acorn which produces healthy fat in the pig itself. Well, that was a milennia ago. Now, they are domesticated but are fed on good healthy natural diet which makes them more of a high quality and prized meat product. Simply said; it's imported organic pork.

The Iberico pork meat is said to be more delicious so let's see how it fares in form of bak kwa. In comparison, on the left I have this local Seremban produced bak kwa and on the right is the Iberico bak kwa.

Iberico bak kwa is larger in piece but thinner is slice. It also looks less oily. Taste wise, I actually prefer our local Seremban bak kwa as it taste more fragrant and also chewy. The Iberico Bak Kwa was made too thinly and that actually affects the pleasure of eating it.

In my honest opinion, Seremban bak kwa definitely wins all round! It's cheaper and more delicious! The Iberico bak kwa to me, is just a highly priced imported organic pork made into bak kwa. 

I have not tasted Iberico porks made into other dishes hence I can't really say that there's nothing special about Iberico pork but in terms of bak kwa, I feel that it is a waste to use such a high grade pork and make it into something less delicious and seems overpriced. 

Anyway, should you still want to have a try at this overpriced bak kwa, you might want to try your luck in Village Grocer but I am not going to promise anything! 

Share your thoughts with me if you ever tried it. :)

Iberico Bak Kwa

Monday, 6 February 2017

HWL Jewellery Trading Sdn Bhd, a gem itself in the industry, has been delivering outstanding craftsmanship since year 1985. As of today, they supply to over 600 jewellery retail shops across Malaysia. 

On 25th January 2017, a new milestone was achieve with the collaboration of HWL Jewellery Trading Sdn Bhd x Swavorski. I was a pleasure to witness the signing ceremony of two giant branding partner in the jewellery industry of Malaysia by the Director of HWL Jewellery Trading Sdn Bhd, Mr. Low Soon Tian and Vice President of Operations from SEA Swavorski, Mr.Kurt Zbinden,

In line with HWL Jewellery Trading Sdn Bhd's corporate vision, "Eternal Sparkles" the company are always on the path to identify high quality and ever-lasting jewellery pieces into Malaysia in addition of manufacturing jewellery of high precision and fine handwork and fineness.

The fine quality of a ring is based of the craftmanship work which produces prongs which are not sharp but with smooths edges identical shapes as it is what affects the grip of the stone and also protection of the stone from being scratched but still being held with a tight grip.

There are 9 featured ring designs but this Princess Athena Crown Ring stole the heart of many during the display including me myself.

They might not be diamonds but they are stones you can count on to make heart melts. Ahemm.. that's a hint for you guys this coming Valentine. 

Once again, thanks to HWL Jewellery Trading Sdn Bhd for the invitation to witness this exclusive event in the field of fine jewellery.

HWL Jewellery Trading Sdn Bhd Swavorski

Friday, 3 February 2017

Hi guys! girls! This is going to be the last post before the Chinese New Year! One of the important task in the to-do-list besides getting new clothes before the Chinese New Year would be get a hair cut!

I got to say that Number76 is what comes to mind whenever I am in need of a salon. By the time I look forward to my salon visit, almost all branches has been booked up. I would visit Number76 Bangsar branch but they were fully booked.

So I decided to have a try and made a booking with a senior stylist, Wendy Ng at the Starhill branch. I have not had any session with senior stylist from Number76 (past visits here: Number76 Bangsar with Amy / Number76 Bangsar2 with Yamamoto-san) before but I thought to myself that a simple layering trim can't go wrong with a trained stylist from this salon branch from Japan (assuming it's Japan standard). Initially decided to get a trim just to strike off this  Chinese New Year must-do ritual every year but opted for more mid way through the appointment. 


Insta story of my visit.

I don't remember when was the last time I set foot into Starhill. Interior layout has definitely changed but the place remains quietly exclusive, looking like a gallery instead. 

Back to my hair story..

So I asked for a layered trim and in the midst of it, I asked if I would add-on a colouring service and she agreed to it. The hair cut was done in a jiffy. Really quick session but from my observation, it wasn't really a layering cut but instead it looks like a horizontal with slight layering instead. 

Refer to the picture above to what I meant by horizontal layering. The stylist also asked for the length I wanted for my fringe and we agreed on the chin level but the cut I got was what is shown in the picture above. I have to admit that it was some what unsatisfactory.

There was not much communication initiated by the stylist. All she spoke of was straight forward questions;
  1.  what tea would you like to have? (the tea didn't come by the way. It came after another staff asked me for my choice of tea later on.)
  2. how would you like to have your hair cut?
  3. how long would you like your fringe to be?
  4. what colour would your like? (for hair dye)
  5. would you like your hair to be more curly? (hair curl at the end was done by another staff and it looks like half effort job because I answered that I was going home after.)
That's probably most of what she conversed with me.

This is what my hair looks like without curling them. So unruly. To be honest, got to say I'm a little upset with the result of this appointment because of the haircut outcome and also the attitude of the stylist which doesn't seems to care much. Perhaps I should ask for a straightened finishing touch at the end of haircuts to actually verify if they did a proper job.

When I asked for a blue hair dye, she did not ask for the shade I was looking for. Neither did she show me how the colour was going to turn out. I had to take the initiative to ask her when I saw the prepared dye because I really don't want my hair to turn into some other colour which I'm looking forward to. Especially when it's for the Chinese New Year. 

The last I heard from the stylist at the end of the session; if you only wash your hair twice before the Chinese New Year, it will possibly last till the Chinese New Year.

Mind boggling indeed.  :O

I miss layered hair like these.

Gone were the curls when I got home.

It's only blue dye but the mid section looks green, doesn't it? Not that I'm complaining :)

The colour seems to be on little uneven level on both side but not very noticeable so it's all good ^^

I wake up the next morning, looking at my unruly hair. Put in some effort to curl and style it, I'm glad my hair looks fine.. Looks horrible if I straighten my hair though coz of the hair cut.. =/ Seems like I'll probably be looking forward to another hair cut after the Chinese New Year.

I'm not sure if it's the hectic pre Chinese New Year packed schedule or this is the standard of senior stylist of Number76. (my first time booking with a senior stylist) but I makes me think twice for future bookings.

Total damage done: RM372

RM296 for long hair colour. Ah.. it's a compliment for finally labelling my hair as 'long'! No bleaching. Just colouring.
RM76 for senior stylist cut.

In the end, just keep calm and eat soft serve.

Number76 Starhill

a: S4, Pamper Floor, Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
t: +603 2141 6676 / 7076

Monday, 23 January 2017

Today's a bad day with all the crazy traffic going on. Can't help feeling frustrated! I hate it every time of the year when it gets really close to Chinese New Year because everyone choose to complete their errands or go for shopping at the very very last minute.

If my description fits any one of you, please make it a resolution next new year that you will not leave your to do list until the very last minute. Let's welcome the Chinese New Year in a good mood instead. 

Anyhow, I'm SO glad to be skipping malls this year for my outfit shopping this year. Thanks to online shopping, it's fuss free and an enjoyable one this year. (; 

If you still have not got your new clothes by now, I would really recommend you to skip the mall at all cost! Try out online shopping at Toki Choi instead and you won't regret it! I got most of mine from there and what I got matches the picture and the sizing pretty well! (:

This is actually my second time purchasing from them. You can view the outfits from my first purchase here

Cold shoulder top and dressing are now making waves in every girl's wardrobe. I would understand why because they look astoundingly feminine and beautiful! Together with floral prints, Cold Shoulder Tie Front Top matches easily with skirt to give a really feminine look or even with a pair of jeans for a casual day out.

Red symbolizes Chinese New Year and it is always a must to get at least one piece or red apparel to celebrate the occasion. Are you one of those who are still sticking to this tradition as well?

Instead of one, I actually got 2 instead. One of it would be this High Low Hem Tee. Casual designs like these are my favourite because they provide comfort but yet makes you look good effortlessly.

A choice of long sleeve red casual top this year because of the crazy weather. It's maximum sun in the morning but the next thing you know, it starts to rain cats and dogs. This will save me from catching a cold ^^ Put on a long necklace to add some fun to your outfit if this seems too plain.

My second selection for a red top is this Knitted Cozy Top with Ribbon Tie Back. You would think I am crazy to be getting two very similar top but to tell the truth, I could not resist this! Right at the back is this cute Ribbon Tie Back which makes it all special!

Although named a Knitted Cozy Top, the material is actually not too warm for our Malaysia weather. In fact, it was just right for me, considering the temperature is getting low at night lately.

You like it? That's why I fell in love with. <3
Do check out the other colours which they have. The blue's love too!

If you like what you just saw, here's the links;
Hi Low Hem Tee (sold out)

Check out their Chinese New Year Promotion happening 20 - 24 Jan!

Toki Choi

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Nope, this is not about a throwback post on a Christmas Dinner at Morganfield's. That was posted here and THAT was also when I notice that the platter which was served to us was incomplete and rather different from what I saw in the menu. Of course, I was upset about this discovery and so would you, if you found out the same thing, right?

This was the menu which I saw and lead us to decide to order this Jolly Christmas Platter or, you could refer the picture below for a clearer picture on what the set offers. Every item was listed in the menu as well.

For convenience, I'll list out what the Jolly Christmas Platter (RM249.90) has to offer;
  • 1/2 slab spare ribs (choice of Hickory BBQ / Garlicky BBQ / Smoke Peppercorn /or Spicy Lemongrass)
  • Jack Daniel's Glazed Baby Back
  • Roasted Whole Turkey Drumstick marinated with Herb Yoghurt basted with BBQ Sauce
  • Grilled Footlong Farmer's Bratwurst Sausage 
  • Grilled Herby Hog Sausage 
  • Grilled Spicy Devil Sausage 
  • Christmas Stuffing
  • Seasonal Veggies
  • Garden Salad
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Flat Chips
  • Cranberry Jam & Gizzard Gravy  

Quiz time! What do you see different or missing in their advertised platter in comparison to ours? To prevent from driving you guys again, I'll just reveal the answers!
  1. Grilled Footlong Farmer's Bratwurst Sausage (***missing from the platter)
  2. Grilled Spicy Devil Sausage (no where in sight. both was definitely the same type of Grilled Herby Hog Sausage)
None of the discovery above was informed in advance; whether they ran our of the Grilled Footlong Farmer's Bratwurst Sausage or Grilled Spicy Devil Sausage.

I notified them through facebook message on the 6th of January but was only given a reply on this matter as above by 14th of January, which was a week later. 

The next week after, I received a postal from Morganfield's. I was flustered to find 2 RM10 vouchers in there. 

So.. hmm..  are these vouchers...

 a reward for noticing the missing Grilled Footlong Farmer's Bratwurst Sausage
 a value replacement for the missing Grilled Footlong Farmer's Bratwurst Sausage?
 or just a sincere apology for a customer's bad experience?

What's your view on the handling of this case by their customer service?

Morganfield's Malaysia

Monday, 16 January 2017

I've previously came across pictures of KESOM Cafe delicacies on instagram and thought I've give this place a try as they serve something unique. I never knew of the existence of these Malay delicacies until I came across this place. So let's see what I've missed all these while! 

They had a November Meal Deal during my visit which is a package of  Nasi Kerabu + Ayam Goreng Berempah + Serai Pandan Drink for only RM13.50.

The usual Nasi Kerabu (RM8.00) consist of Basmathi Rice steamed with "Bunga Telang extracted water" paired with Kesom Special Tumis, Budu, Kerisik Ikan, Kerisik Kelapa, Acar, Sambal Belacan, Telor Masin and Keropok Ikan.

Nasi Dagang (RM7.00) consist of traditionally prepared Beras Dagang (known as wild rice from the East Coast) steamed for hours with coconut milk and herbs. The rice is paired with Sambal Belacan, Acar, Telur Rebus, Keropok Ikan and some Gulai Sayur with Kari Kuah and Gulai,

I've also ordered;

  • Bubur Cha Cha (RM4.50) - one of my favourite local dessert consisting of Coconut Milk, Sweet Potato, Tapioca, Yam and sago. Yumms! There wasn't anything special but it was moderately good to satisfy my comforting craving.
  • Sambal Petai Tempeh Tofu (RM3.50) - another comforting dish for us Malaysians, a sambal type of chili dish fried with the "Stinky petai" which we would actually claim aromatic instead,  tempeh, the fermented soy beans and also the bland tofu which the local somehow finds it delicious! 
  • Gulai Ikan Raja Berangkat (RM6.00) - Fish with yellow curry gravy cooked with a mix of spices and also some salt and sugar to taste.

Sambal Petai Tempeh Tofu (RM3.50)

Gulai Ikan Raja Berangkat (RM6.00)  

When I enter the place at around lunch time on a Monday, the place was filled with many white collar patrons, making it looks like a work station canteen. :D

Ikan Goreng Kunyit (RM5.00 - RM7.00 depending on the size)  Ayam Goreng Berempah (RM5)

Gulai / Kari Ayam Kawah (RM6.00)  

Gulai Sayur (RM4.00)  Sayur (RM3.00)  Sambal Petai (RM3.50)

KESOM Cafe menu

KESOM Cafe menu

Overall, the food taste special but it does not create a craving. Perhaps it is because my taste buds are not accustomed to the different flavours. My partner who have tasted the originals at Kelantan commented that the flavours were light and accustomed to the local demands. The menu prices are set to above average but it's alright for a once in a while indulgence.

It is not easy to locate the place as the signboard above is misleading. Do look out for the "blook warehouse" signboard instead.


a: F-46-G Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya.
t: +603-7886 6559