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Friday, 28 April 2017

Cheesy drinks are spreading like wildfire in the local scene! One after another, brands offering Cheese Drinks are sprouting in just a short period of time. Joining in just recently is Regiustea, a Hong Kong pioneer in the market which already has about 73 outlets worldwide!

The first branch in Malaysia was launched just beside the Sunway Velocity, Cheras. It consist of 2 floors for comfortable seating on both levels.

// Reguistea Beverage Menu & Price // 

Choices of drinks are pretty similar but with a twist of it's own from Cheese Tea and Cheese Coffee Drinks to their special Reguis Durian and Sun Moon Lake (Taiwan) Milk Tea. Durian Lovers, now it's your favourite fruit in a drink! Drink it and let me know if it gives you durian breath! Haha..

For matcha lovers, available is also the Uji Matcha Latte range; Uji Matcha /  Reguis Uji Matcha / Red Bean Uji Matcha / Oreo Uji Matcha Cheese.

This time around, I ordered an Uji Matcha Regius Cheese and a Regius Coffee (without cheese foam), both available at RM12.90 each. Let's try it and see how it fare!

Regius Coffee: Ice Milk Coffee with Cream + Coffee syrup on top. The Coffee was milky and sweet, definitely the choice for those who like syrup coffee!

 // Uji Matcha Regius Cheese //

Uji Matcha Regius Cheese: Ice Matcha Latte + Cheese Cream Foam on top. This was not really my cup of tea as the flavour of the uji matcha seems to be different from those I have tasted from Japan before. I felt that the uji matcha here taste similar to artificial matcha flavour. However, the mixing of uji matcha drink away from Japan can be a very individual preference hence, there's no judging on the taste.

The Cheese foam on top is very thick with a hint of cheese flavour. Although I would prefer the cream foam thickness to be lighter, this is good news for those who crave for thick creamy cheese foam for a maximum diary experience satisfaction! *wink

The cafe plays up a simple industrial cement and contemporary brick style. The simple design cancels out distractions and promotes comfort to be used as gathering or work space. 

 // Regius Tea - Cheese Tea //

Have you tried it yet? If you have not, hurry over this weekend while the queue is still bearable! During my time of visit, there was just short queue. Share your thought on your drinks with me if you ever drop by for visit! :)


a: Sunway Velocity ,Lingkaran SV 55100 Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Yet another Japanese cheese fever have landed in Malaysia! Everyone just can't get enough of cheese! Usually in food but now real cheese in drinks too! Japanese are known for their light but aromatic flavours. Let's see what Chizu has to offer!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

I used to have a healthier lifestyle with yoga practice in my schedule twice a week. Well, that was 2 years ago. I have to admit that life without exercise is taking a toll on my body and I am feeling the urge for a change towards a more active lifestyle (but has been procrastinating).

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Hello there! It's almost the weekend and we could all see the rainbow at the end of the tunnel. *big wide smile* How about picking up a tips or two for home manicure / pedicure pampering?

We were supplied with a basic start-up kit as above which consist of;

  • Nail Clipper
  • Cuticle Nipper 
  • Cuticle Pusher Double Ended
  • Orange Woodstick
  • Nail Files / Buffers
  • Fake Nail Display (for practice)

It is important to at least understand the basics about how to take care of our hand and nails before beautify them with nail lacquers.

First step is to remove any current nail polish if there is any. It makes it easier to remove when you place a piece of cotton pad soaked with nail polish on top of your nails for a few seconds before rubbing it to remove.

Second step is to soak in warm water / salt soak for a short while, say about 1-2 minutes to sanitize and also soften the skin, cuticles and nail for easy cutting and clean up later. Once soaked, just gently pat your hand on the towel to dry it up. 

Next, clip your nails with nail clipper into the shapes that you desire. We were introduced to about 10 shapes (oval / squared oval / rounded rectangle / square / round / flat top / edge / diamond / point / almond) and the most popular ones are almond and point fingernails as they portray an elegant image. My favourite all the time is the rounded rectangle because I can never keep them really long as they keep chipping. Once done with cutting, file them nails with nail files / buffer. The coarser surface followed by the finer surface, from inwards to outwards at about 45 degree and in one direction all the time.  

Fourth step is to apply on the cuticle softener so that we can remove them easily. Shape and clean up the corner of the nails by pushing it with the Orange Woodstick / Cuticle Pusher Double Ended

People whose hands are in constant contact with soaps and harsh chemicals like me will tend to have sidewall hangnail and visible cuticles by the edges on our nails and skin. It is not hard to clean up the hangnails and visible cuticles with the cuticle nipper.

Fifth step is to exfoliate your hand with mild scrubs and apply mask to improve the condition of your skin and nails. Rinse after.

For ease of the steps above, there are also Mani/Pedi spa packs available. Voesh New York Pedi ina Box Deluxe available for purchase at The Touch. The 4 steps in the pack are; Sea Salt Soak + Sugar Scrub + Mud Masque + Massage Cream.

It provides you with safer skincare with no parabens, no phthalates, no mineral oil, no synthetic Sulfate, no triethanolamine and no gluten.

Now all nails are clean and neat and all it's left is to beautify them the way we like it.

Sixth step is to apply the nail polish base coat, followed by 2 layers of colour nail polish and lastly the top coat.

Once it is dried up, clean up any unwanted stained edges. To keep your hands and nails in good condition, always remember to moisturize your hands and apply cuticle oils.

For nail colour application, it is important to first apply a base coat to keep our nail paint / design stay longer and also protects our nail from other less favourable ingredients of nail lacquer paints. 

We were taught 2 nail art designs; Shattered Glass and Ombre / Gradient which looks like they need to be done at nail salons but in actual fact, can be done easily at home.

The shattered glass nail designs look best with dark shades as background. I have chosen a dark Maroon as base colour and it looks as if black from some angle. Once left to dry for a few minutes, we will apply on a top coat and sticking on the cut out triangle shattered paper (iridescent paper) on top randomly while the coat is still wet. Mix the placings with two different colour shades to make it more interesting.  

As for Ombre / Gradient Nail Art Design, Choose 2 or 3 colours which can pair well with each other. Either in the same range such as warm colours / cold colours or colours with different shade. Being less ambitious, I tried it on with a different shade of green. One really light as a base and the other really dark for the ombre pattern.

First up, paint the nail with the lightest colour. Wait to let it dry before the next step; paint the make-up-sponge with both shades on it accordingly as to how you want the design to be. Make sure it is not too wet on the sponge. Place the side of the sponge with the nail lacquer on the nail pressing it rolling from one side to the other to create the pattern on the finger. Roll it a few times to create a nice gradient and walla, we're done!

Nature Inspired which was founded by Tam Chia Li and Elle Chin carries these two brands of nail lacquers which are Sheswai Lacquer and Lacc Laquer.

Sheswai Lacquer is not only formulated free from formaldehyde, toluene and dbp's, making it less toxic but it is also a brand close to the community at heart. Sheswai has their caps made from sustainable woods by volunteers at a non-profit organization which provide jobs to adults with development disabilities, do not test on animals and donates a portion of its profits to organization that helps to sustain our planet.

Lacc Laquer on the other hand is 10-free, skipping 10 common chemicals as ingredients which are;
  • Toluene
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
  • Formadehyde
  • Formadehyde Resin
  • Campor
  • Xylene
  • Phthalates
  • Paraben
  • Fragrance
  • Animal Ingredients

I have personally tested these two brands on my nails as your can see and I absolutely love them! They are amazingly smooth and also fast drying in comparison to the conventional nail lacquers which are mostly available at drug stores locally.

Thank you Nature Inspired and The Touch for hosting this working! I have definitely learned a lot more about the proper ways to take care of my nails and also prepping up my nails right at home for any events!

The Touch

a: The Touch, Level 5, Commune, Sunway Velocity, Cheras.
t: 016-756 5990

Nature Inspired

Monday, 10 April 2017

Hey there! I will be blogging more about beauty and healthy lifestyle this month before resuming on my travel post! If you miss my beauty posts, this month is going to be a good read for you! Let me start on today's beauty DIY post!

Friday, 7 April 2017

One day ahead of World Health Day, Asia's leading beauty and health retailer, Watsons has taken a step to launch #GETACTIVE. It is an initiative to encourage fellow Malaysians to start and maintain an active + healthy lifestyle.

Friday, 31 March 2017

道頓堀 Dotonbori is full of iconic 3D figurines on their shop signboards. These fun and eye-catching figurines plus bright LED signboards makes the place like a fun theme park, or maybe this is where young adults hangout for fun. ^^ They get a lot of  awe attention from first time visitors including myself.

There's this chain, かに道楽 Kani Douraku which has a huge 3D crab icon on the signboard, it's hard to be missed! I'm pretty sure it provides some really good and authentic taste of japanese crab cuisine! Why the confidence? Well, because there's 3, yes there's THREE outlets on the same lane in Dotonburi! I never got to try it but I definitely will make it a must visit during my next visit! 

Kushikatsu Daruma is also a chain of stores famous for their three flavour kushikatsu; original sauce, coating and good oil. It is also available at the busy street of Shinsekai.

The street is packed with people almost all day around especially during nights but it is still comfortable enough for a stroll. The eateries are mostly full if not packed. It is a great place to explore as they have stores selling different types of items to cater to most patrons. 

Shopping for omiyage? They have it here too! As I have said of the local Japanese omiyage culture, that is why you don't only find foreigner tourist in the shop but also a lot of local patrons. I find it really fun to shop and also to receive omiyage because they are all made so unique and outstanding in their own way that it's interesting to find out what's that different omiyage that I will encounter this time around, kind of like a treat injected with "fun".

It's Takoyaki again! くくる 本店 Kukuru Honten is said to be serving the best Takoyaki in Dotonbori. Right inside is a hidden Expo café in the first basement floor exhibiting about local food! Do check it out if you happen to be there. It should be an interesting sight to understand more about the local cuisine :)

大阪王将 Osaka Ohsho beats all the other contestants and gets my visit for the night! Haha.. The first floor is a standing gyoza bar where price are at a discounted rate in comparison with the restaurant rate which is on the 2nd and 3rd floor. Standing eateries might be a new idea for some of you but it has been around Japan for quite some time. It promotes food at a cheaper price for a quick and less comfortable meal.

// Pan fried gyoza ¥220 for 1 person portion (6 pieces) //

// Set of Fried Rice + Chasu Ramen ¥890 //

The gyoza seems to be relatively cheap at ¥220 only for 6 pieces! Taste wise, everything was pretty standard and normal, nothing to highlight. I would label it as an asian fast food place with the type of food served and the environment of the place. Nothing to complain about if you're not too fussy and just want to get a standard meal to fulfill your hunger :)

After filling up our tummy, we went to meet the famous Running Man! No, it's not the Korean but the Japanese. Haha. The LED Glico Running Man Signboard can be said to be the most iconic in Dotonburi and most people make it a must to take a photo with him! *mission accomplish*

Do take a walk on the street of Shinsaibashisuji as it is another well-known shopping street just beside Dotonbori. We came across a mini truck selling charcoal sweet potato and just could not resist getting it in this chilly weather. *yums* 

Some beauty items which I got from the Cosme Store which sells a variety of beauty products as well. They update the best 10 recommended item from time to time to introduce the most sought item at that time. 

Shopping never ends in Japan! <3

Here's a short list of links on Dotonbori which I have compiled for your convenience;
道頓堀 Dōtonbori:
かに道楽 Kani Douraku:
Kushikatsu Daruma: