Saturday, June 9, 2018

Asian Fusion at Le Caffe & Salato | Karamunsing Capital


Sunday brunch made easy now that i found a quaint family spot that's quite reasonable and happy food for which i think would be perfect for my dad who's a full fledged Asian rice bowl. located inside Karamunsing Capital next to the old Boston restaurant, this simple yet modern cafe is a month old and is still taking baby steps improving in the cafe scene - but definitely a hands down experienced chef is cooking up one of the best chinese hawker delicacies serving meals close to home!




TOP 3 PERSONAL FAVOURITE


Salato Claypot Fragrant Loh Shu Fun –  RM9.80

their claypot loh shu fun was definitely a hit! and is definitely love at first bite for all of us there. I love how the wok taste is just nice and the flavour is light but just enough to light up your whole tastebud. the beaten egg sauce texture is just nice and the entire pot is at the right wet! 

Salato Tiger Prawn Carbonara – RM27.80

probably the fanciest among the menu. but also one of the impressive pastas i have ever tasted. the prawns are huge and the portion could actually feeds 2. Serving on Buttermilk Sauce, the pasta is infused with the fragrant of the Tiger Prawn and words just couldn't explain how impress i was with it! 

Salato Crab Fried Meehoon – Seasonal Chef’s Special

all hail best meehon i have ever tasted. i am personally is a meehoon kinda girl and i like my meehoon particularly dry. so this. was. really. super. duper. delicious. the meehoon, just like the pasta had the taste of the crab itself! the sweet fresh seafood taste of the crab and THE CRAB IS NICELY COOKED ITS SPRINGY AND SPOT ON! cooking crabs requires quite a skill to get the right texture, if its not cook enough, or over cooked you'd get a mushy texture. so yes. i used my hands to eat the crab, and i am proud! although its a little plain on the ingredients, but honestlyy- there is no better way to have it. Just Meehoon and Crab - my crab dream come true. nothing else needed. 
this menu comes only on the weekend depending on availability at a seasonal price.  

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as you can tell, i'm a sucker for shellfish so yes! prawns and crabs will always have a bonus point. and considering the noodles was so infused with the seafood taste. I am surprise and amazed how the chef did it! and will definitely come back for that flavourful meal! Also a note to remember the portion are quite big and i'd recommend sharing. unless you're a big man.


TOP 3 NOTEWORTHY YUMS

Coconut Drink - RM8

tadaaa! yes! the super darn cute nicely HAND SANDED COCONUT DRINK is among the noteworthy yums for Le Caffe & Salato! home grown from their own kampung in Keningau - these babies are driven over weekly to serve you with the best refreshing pandan coconut!

 Salato Super Flavourful Fried Chicken Wings & Drumettes  – RM9.80

these fried chicken wings and drumettes was so flavourful! we couldn't stop munching on them. its marinated just nice full of bursting flavours the moment you bite on the crispy batter. but yet, its not too salty. so it gets you really addicted to it.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets – RM9.80

the homemade sausages were shaped in balls and its a great finger food! wrapped with bean curd skin, the meat and vegetables inside really holds the flavour well. sorta like fried siew mais but bigger. much bigger and yummier. 


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so where's the fusion? they also have a variety cakes selection on display which are perfect for tea break or yumcha session. there's always room for desserts!



it was a really nice get together and thank you to clara for hosting us! 
check out the lovely ladie's love at first bite too! 

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Le Caffe & Salato, Karamunsing Capital
Price Range : RM8 - RM35
serves no pork

Opening Hours:
Tues-Sun 10AM - 10PM
Monday closed day
Closed Every 2nd & 4th Monday





until next magical day
wan

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Salted Egg Potato Chips Showdown! | IRVINS vs Golden Duck


jeng jeng jenggg! 
so i visited Singapore recently and all my friends have suggested me to the salted egg yolk chips/fish skins because they are the recent hype nowadays! and to my shock, yes! they are everywhere and a good variety of brands as well. but I hadn't had much time to really explore the options - so I went to try out for the 2 prominent ones that you can tell are probably a fair contender for this showdown. 

first off!
we have IRVINS Salted Egg Potato Chips! it took me a good 45mins queue for this purchase. and the people in front of me was buying 5-6packs each! it was sorta impulsive to me. it was my first try and I guess i might have regretted buying this limited amount. but it was also quite pricey among the competitors available. well, we shall see how it is so famous or its just because of the hype! because not only is the queue crazy, they sell off within the hour of delivery and it gets me super curious in what is in these bags of chips?!


definitely love the marketing strategy and their packaging, the graphics is spot on and i enjoy the creative side in creating that cute mascot they have. cute, yet edgy! the branding totally leaves an impression, which i think explains the queue and hype. 

they are selling at SGD16 for the large pack! thats around RM46+~! 
god save my wallet pocket.


the contender!
The Golden Duck - Gourmet Salted Egg Yolk Potato Chips! had recommendations for this brand and is to believe a well distributed brand! this brand can also be seen sold out in many places, but its available on the shelves of most supermarket and convenient stores, they have them 7-Eleven! 


the website is nicely clean-cut and simple to navigate! kudos to keeping that Asian feel to the design and details too. the packaging is not as eye catching as IRVINS, but a fair simplicity of brown that gets them stand out just as much! 

they are selling at SGD7 for their standard pack. thats around RM20+~! 
cheaper but still burns the wallet for potato chips. 


LET THE BATTLE BEGIN! 


ROUND 1 : TASTE : IRVINS

to be honest, they both tasted pretty similar with the strong salted egg seasoning while the potato thins and textures are probably my determining factor. so here's the verdict! 

IRVINS : A good equal amount of coating and salted egg taste. I like the fact that the potato taste is still prominent even though the seasonings are so strong! Plus point for being super light and crispy

GOLDEN DUCK : Has a stronger curry leaves and spice taste - if you have more you can actually taste the chilli and curry leaves. just as equally coated, but the crisp in the potato might have lacked that extra crisp! 


ROUND 2 : PRICE/AFFORDABILITY : GOLDEN DUCK


well, this is pretty obvious on the pricing! but if we do not convert it to Ringgit Malaysia,
as expected, the content is 50% of the package. In regards to this, I'd say Golden Duck might be a better option if you are craving the taste but do not want to burn your bank. 


ROUND 3 : PACKAGING : IRVINS

both comes in resealable zips on the packaging. and are well packed to make sure the yummy goodness inside is still addictive. However, IRVINS wins as they have smaller pack versions that might be more suitable for people to munch on individually, while Golden Duck has a standard package which i'd believe its better to share. 

yes. the bigger packs might be more affordable but if you are not sharing, it might be too much your taste bud can handle. I obviously had a handful and is already out and looking for refreshing drinks to clear up. 


FINAL VERDICT! REPURCHASE?

"nope. atleast not until the next 3-5months"
its definitely the hype going around that got everyone crazy for these goodies, they are really really tasty and might really get you addicted to it. but might not be long until you give up eating because of the strong salted egg taste. i'd probably won't be buying these until the next 3-5months. Main reasons being the price, but on personal thought - you can still find homemade recipes that might have cost much more less. 



would you line up for 45minutes to get these? 



until next magical day,
wan


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Wangskin Milk & Rice Moisture Cleanser | Skincare Review

milk & rice has been pretty well known for skincare ingredients.

I am always on the look out for the right cleanser for myself, it's really important to find the right one.
i've gotten advices from friends and even facial advisors that it is important to keep our face hydrated. anti-wrinkle and brightening formulas are not core focus and sometimes its unecessary to the skin, because as we used them in the early age, we are exposing our skin to chemicals.

Hence! keeping them hydrated and clean is a really good basic that should be enough for us! of course follow up with toner and mosturizers.

so here, I am reviewing for 


Wangskin's girl skin Moisture Cleanser!


which i got this at a really affordable price on Althea during 11.11 sale! but it seems to gone in most of the k-care online shops now. to be honest i was sold from the packaging because i like how it looks like paint tubes. but that's not important!

did you know rice and milk are really good for the skin?
my aunt used to recommend us to keep the rice water we get when we wash our rice before we cook them, as embarrassing as it sounds. I honestly tried it a few times wayy back my school days out of curiosity and it really does have an effective bouncy after feel. tried and tested just a few hours ago again just to make sure i wasn't hallucinating or being stupid. now, now.

i really did some research on rice, and milk too just to support that i'm not weird washing my face with rice water! haha
rice water seems to promotes cell growth, stimulates blood flow, and helps keep your skin smooth and bright. it also has a natural whitening use and high in antioxidants! Courtney at Bustle also tried washing her face with Rice water for 1 Week!  here's some more the Beauty Benefits of Rice Water from One Good Thing and The Beauty Gypsy.

milk work to reduce wrinkles and boost collagen while smoothing skin overall, especially if you have dry skins, its very moisturizing!  and here's more Milk Benefits from dermatocare. Although the milk aspect has been already known to many where i see people have milk baths and all. 


TEXTURE
its thick and as you wash it with a wet face, it gets  foamy, not too foamy though, as u can see i did a  wash test on my face, as u massage you'd get more white foams. but it wont be very bubbly. its a sticky feel to the foam, but washing it off with a sponge would be easier. 

AFTERFEEL
yasss to soft squickyy feeling! to be honest i tried alot of face wash before and i dont like it if it leaves a uncomfortable oily feeling most of them are cream based hydrating too. but i'm never a fan.
so this squicky clean after feel i likey! and I can immediately feel the softness on my first try too!

SMELL
powdery and milky, it also leaves a mild after smell after you've washed off. 

REPURCHASE?
yes! with consideration to cost. I personally liked the after feel to it, and 1 tube lasted me 3months use with an everyday wash routine. but i'm not all stuck on to it, because there wasn't any wow factor to repurchase on a loop basis. i am sure there is much more face wash to explore until i find THE ONE. 



here's a look of the after results of my hand swatch. you can tell its softer! 


hope this review helps curious people who are looking for a change in face wash! I am down to almost the last few washes, any recommendation for my next face wash explore? leave a face wash recommendation down in the comments and i might give it a try! 



until next magical day,
wan

Monday, April 9, 2018

Peripera Fashion People Carrier | Makeup Review


hey hey!

i have been always on-the-go lately for meetings and work related stuffs! while i do enjoy a good getaway sometimes to the big city, its always a hassle to pack. being a light and simple packer myself. I tend to avoid unnecessary stuffs and pack my needs. 


when i found out i won a giveaway from tammy! from her birthday giveaway post. i was in deep joyy because i get to try out this super cute travel carrier kit from Peripera and now i can really travel light minimizing myself to bring my giant makeup bag. thank you again tammy for the little makeup carrier and for the chance to win it! 

the kit comes with a DIY sticker set. and 5 miniature makeup essentials. had so much fun decorating the carrier, it was like childhood all over again where we stick stickers all over our books and toys. 
the cute little carrier can even extend handle and be pulled around just like a real travel luggage! 


so, going to be straight up honest, i was it a little disappointed with the size of the products because its really tiny and the bottle ain't that full for a week's application. probably 3-4 uses max. 


however, product wise was pretty impressive. 3 lip colours - 1 concealer - 1 multi-shadow


Petal-Like Lips
sweet light pink with the matte finish with a flowery smell too! 

Vivid Tint Water
the tint has a very watery texture but lasted really long, with quite a natural colour. smelled like apple, simply amazing!

Ink The Velvet
love the orangy bright red that comes with it! again, the colour holds quite well. fell in love with the sweet fruity smell. 

Ink Concealer
the concealer is pretty light! so if you have a tanner skin tone, it might not be suitable. even for myself, it was a little too overwhelmingly white. but its great for highlights and it blends quite well. 

Ink Multi Shadowing
i'm not really a pro at shadowing, but the colour is just nice for mild shadowing and blending with the concealer for a light contour. 


overall verdict? selling at the price RM118.12 on Hermo and RM99 on Althea
it's really really cute but definitely overpriced for a miniature set for me.


until next magical day,
wan


Monday, April 2, 2018

Coral Flyer : Zipping through majestic waters!


hey guys! 

sabah has been blessed with amazing seas and beaches, and us locals no matter how many times we've been to the island. the sea will still always caught me in awe no matter how much i am used to it - to be really honest, i am not much of a fan of the sea. but this is perfect for a getaway from the city vibes and hustle bustle streets.


got my long overdue needed dose of vitamin sea! 
its been awhile to be able to just sit back and enjoy the sea breeze.

thanks to roy and bev! i got to try out the Coral Flyer Zipliner! most island will have a variety of sea activities like diving, banana boat rides, paragliding, kayaking and the basic snorkeling! The Coral flyer is something different, that involves a little hike. but with the view and experience you get, i'd hike that trail again anyday! plus its not really a big hike anyway, so yes. worth the hike. 

thanks sherrie and roy for capturing my experience!

zipping from Padang Point to Sapi Island, its 250 meters long zipline crosses over from island to island over the beautiful sea! I was realllyyy nervous before the push, but along the zipline you'd feel sooo free and breathless at the same time.


you can get your tickets at Sapi Island Jetty for RM68!  
Bookings and more information you can always email them at info@ropeskills.com.my

journey from Jesselton Point Jetty  -  Sapi Island took about 20minutes on speedboat
the cost for the two-way fare was at RM25 ~ RM32! Feel free to do a few comparison among the booths in the Jesselton Point Jetty for discounts and group prices. 

Once at the island, you are also subjected to Conservation fee at the Island's jetty of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks:

  • Malaysian Adult - RM5  | Children Below 18years old - RM3  | Senior Citizen - RM3
  • International Adult - RM20 | Children Below 18years old - RM15  | Below 6 Years old - RM10 | Senior Citizen -  RM15

will recommend to head out as early as 8AM~9AM to start your trip, and return to Jesselton Point by 2PM~ to avoid the rough sea. and bring loads of water for hydration as well as your sunblock guys!


hope this post of the little adventure will keep you excited in trying the Coral Flyer Zipline! its really a great experience! 



until next magical day,
wan


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Up2U Cafe 10th Year Anniversary! This 31st March! | Damai, Kota Kinabalu


credits to massy at maslight's blog

HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY Up2U! 
they are having the best 10 10 10 promotion with super value meal! RM10 for selected menu on for 1 day! celebrating their 10th Anniversary this coming Saturday! Go have a treat for value!

Up2U is a laid back chill cafe, that serves simple classical western food and finger snacks perfect for the yumcha night out! they have shishas and alcoholic beverages, along with reallly creative drinks! 
it was my first time being there, but i have heard so much about this place from friends and family telling me its their hangout spot and the food there is superrrr yums. finally get to experience it myself!

RM10 FOR THESE YUMMY GOODNESS JUST FOR 1 DAY


Spaghetti Cabonara with mushroom soup and garlic bread
Spaghetti Bolognese with mushroom soup and garlic bread
pasta pasta, i've been a regular pasta eater lately. their bolognese feels so much at home! just like how mom makes it! simply yums while the carbonara really made my day, because i have found a place that serves legit carbonara for supper.


Chili Dogs and fries with root beer float
Cheesy Dogs and fries with root beer float
the doggies are new to the menu as you can see, they have yet to announce its menu price. but these are pretty packed with flavours and i personally have to say they nailed it for cheesy dogs! plus! serving with rootbeer float! yay plus point!


Big Kahuna Burger with salad and fries
mayday mayday maydayy.. if you are not a big eater, i suggest to share this piece of big kahuna! patty is spiced with herbs topped with cheese and grilled onions. it was huge as big as my palm! and can you imagine they have an XL version of it as well for the brave challengers? hahaha


Chicken chop with 3 different sauce to choose from :
black pepper, mushroom sauce and cheese sauce
loved the cheese sauce version, the chicken was cooked nicely with tender meat and so flavourful!
while the onion rings are all the rage when i arrived! it was already all eaten up! soooo.. you should already know its a must order!

credits to massy at maslight's blog
the desserts and drinks are affordable too! with price range from RM4~RM7. I love the the lychee series! refreshing and darn creative with the names! Noteworthy one as i tried the Golden Mellow, lychee and mango combination! bursting with joyyy



SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS GUYS! 
THE 10TH YEAR PARTY OFFER WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE ON
31ST MARCH 2018 | SATURDAY! 6:30PM - 1AM

Up2U if you you miss out this chance ya!
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Up2U Cafe, Damai Kota Kinabalu
Price Rage : RM8 - RM34
serves no pork | serves alcoholic beverages

Opening Hours : Tue - Sun!
Brunch  11AM - 2PM
Dinner/Supper 7PM - 1AM




until next magical day,
wan

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Tapau Goodie Bag Review | The Butterfly Project Malaysia

hello hello!
remember this little takeaway bag from my SEO+C Workshop?
if you haven't read about it yet, here's the link to What I've learnt on SEO and Content during that workshop organized by the lovely people at The Butterfly Project!


so what's inside the goodie bag? 
it filled with quirky skincares that i have never quite imagine i'd get! hahaha from lips to under arms to a watermelon looking soothing gel! you name it! i've tried it all out and compiled it into a small mini review below! 

  • Ladykin Watermelon Gel check out the detailed review soon!
i actually will be posting a much detailed  review on this,  do stay tune for it! i am already halfway through the bottle so please look forward for my blogpost for a detail review on its texture and its overview! and yes, it smells like real watermelon.

  • LANEIGE Trial kits & Water Sleeping Mask
the brand itself says it all for all hydrating glory. the trial kits comes in super cute mini packs that lasted a few applications! definitely yes to these hydrating skincare regime!

  • koelf Cosmetics Gold Royal Jelly, hydro gel mask pack
THIS IS GOLD! like literally. the mask itself is also gold. was so happy to try out a hydro gel mask! they are usually quite pricey and i breaks my wallet sometimes so i've always opt for cheaper sheet masks alternatives. but trying this out made me feel like i'm going to be burning my wallet soon on hydro gel masks! WILL DEFINITELY BUY THIS AGAIN AN DO A DETAILED REVIEW!

  • Plumeria Point Pads by Pure Smile
i have to be honest! no idea what these were for and how to use them at first! hahaha cause they aren't like the usual cucumber eye pads, but are meant for the face and parts of our body that needs some hydration! it come with 10 sheets in a resealable pack! perfect for travel use and sharing! left a soft hydrated feel! 

  • Choosy Herb Lip Pack by Pure Smile 
well, was really caught off guard that there's a mask for lips. i have dried lips and crack lips occasionally, i usually would use a lip balm to fix out of desperation cause i'm not a fan of the buttery feeling! but this was actually quite fun to use, but might not live up to its name of moisturizing it fully. my lips did become soft for awhile, but wears off after some time. might try out a detailed review on this just to test it out in the future! perhaps perfect for that date out with kissable lips? 

  • Beuins Soothing Sleeping Mask
slab on sleeping mask which I loved the light texture and the calming smell this mask has! the pack was a one time use so i can't elaborate on anything, but I will definitely consider buying the full size for a better feel for it. and look up more details for this pretty cool mask up for curiosity!

  • Angel Factory Under-Arm Perfume Peeling Pads
of all in the goodie bag that got me off guard, this was number 1! literally googled on what and how it works! its a pad that helps clear off dead skins and cleans the underarms. again had fun using it! haha

  • WHAMISA Organic Flowers Lotion sample
probably the only one i was neh hate-love relationship from the tapau pack because i didn't really like the smell of this one. it has quite the strong lotion smell which to be honest, do not really like. but but but wait! aside from the smell, it was quite impressive because it didn't really left a sticky after feel but you definitely feel its lotion-ed! haha 

  • AQUABLOSSOM White Effect OLED Cream sample
well, the cream texture and whitening effect does has a punch. I suppose people might use it for a base before make up? but cream based isn't really my cup of tea because of the sticky feeling and sometimes too heavy for my face, eventhough i have dry skin type!  but I've seen it sell of really fast on Althea. so who knows?


so that's all inside the tapau bag! hope that this might give a little glimpse of the products to everyone, because they really did hint some curiosity in me to try out some good stuffs! funky and kinda cute but also odd to know these little little stuffs exist for the beauty of it! hahaha it took awhile to finally finalized this post! but yes.! had fun trying all the goodies out! 


have you tried any of the stuffs? 
share some experiences with me so i can really consider doing a full review on some of them!


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The Butterfly Project Malaysia is a community group that helps bloggers grow and learn!

The Butterfly Project
"The name was inspired by a local magazine - Female Magazine when they showcased a series of challenges for a group of women to undergo makeovers ranging from beauty to lifestyle called the Female Butterfly Project. Much like America's The Swan without the plastic surgery and dental work. Since then, Tammy has initiated her own group of women bloggers to inspire and challenge them to makeover themselves through blogging. The community's tagline "Beauty From Head To Toe" meant becoming beautiful from the inside and out."

they have amazing people and are super friendly! all pumped and active with activities and events for the community. It really is a place to get you motivated and grow too. :) I thought they deserve this little share to bring more love to the community! and to say thank you for the goodie bag along with Althea for the goodies inside! 

so if you're wondering, come and join the lovely group and sayyyy hello! 







PRODUCTS WERE GIVEN AS PART OF THE EVENT GOODIE BAG AND WAS NOT PAID FOR REVIEW. ALL ARE HONEST REVIEWS AND THOUGHTS. :) 




until next magical day,
wan


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