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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Sabah Bakery & Hospitality Expo | An Industry Insights!



If you're planning on getting into the F&B industry in Kota Kinabalu, the 3-Day Sabah Bakery & Hospitality Expo is a good place to survey for vendors and getting in touch with suppliers of various ingredients and also packaging vendors too! the Food Trucks opportunities are there for you to inquire more information. 


SBNHE is the first bakery and hospitality exhibition held in East Malaysia which aims to invite individuals and companies to further understand this industry as well as making new bonds with suppliers of various companies. At the same time, it will enable participants of booths to showcase their brand and expand clientele at the same time. To further boost the exhibition, the organiser also invited the International Federation of Chinese Bakery and Confectionery Association (Asia) as well to be part of their guest exhibitor.


The exhibition consist of various participants from different industries such as Bakery Machinery, Food Ingredients, Frozen and Dry Food, and Packaging, Industrial/household cleaning chemical, F&B Software as well as others related to the food industries. The event itself also hosts participants from a few neighbouring countries such as China, Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia with a total of 135 booths.


Booths presented are the back-end operations of every business around and they are your ingredients suppliers like Bake with Yen, HongSeng cold storage, and Consfood which are some recognizable names, while machinery and packaging are not every time your easily accessed vendors; I had a great time learning and getting insights of the back-end of the F&B business just by roaming around and learning what the exhibitors have to offer! Food sampling and on-site displays of culinary arts are a good experience during the expo. 


One of the key booths that caught my attention is the Food Grade Packaging vendors. As a persons who is particularly attracted to packaging when I do most of my purchase; I learnt there is a difference between food-grade packaging and also non-food grade; as they are made in consideration of sanitary needs and are more suitable to handle food products. Boyyy the boxes were sturdy af for a cake! 


Anddd if you are stopping by, I highly recommend to try out the DimSum booth! It was darn addictive and yummy! I walked out happy with my own loot, can't wait to eat them at home steamed up hot and nice for brunch! 


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until next magical day,
wan
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Evening with 2-Michelin Star Chef, Emmanuel Stroobant & Potatoes USA!


Did You Know Potatoes can be just as Atas on a Michelin level? 

Well, it was a great opportunity to experience live, as 2-Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, prepares wonderous potato lovely sets of recipes with our everyday potatoes as Potatoes USA presents An Evening With Chef Emmanuel Stroobant - an exclusive cooking demo session at The Pavilion, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort.Thank you to the people at Potato USA, if you have not read my earlier post this year on the their Fries Fiesta - Calling all Potato Peoples! | US Fries Fest 2019 Kota Kinabalu you may read at the link! 

Also present was Indra Balaratnam, Consultant Dietitian and Founder & Owner of Indra Balaratnam Nutrition who gave a talk on the nutritional benefits of US Potatoes. As a consultant dietitian who has 22 years of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Did You Know?

  • 110 Calories for a medium sized Potato = 1 Orange. 
  • The skin-on potato has more Potassium than a medium sized Banana 
  • Potatoes contains Vitamin C, which is suppose to be 30% of the daily value


Indra also shared that although many people these days are worried about their carbohydrate intake, carbohydrates are one of the key nutrients in performance nutrition.  Athletes engaged in high volume and high intensity training require adequate amounts of carbohydrates for energy.  U.S. potatoes are an example of an excellent source of carbohydrates. They are rich in vitamin B6 and C, potassium, folate, fibre and antioxidants. 
“They are extremely versatile and filling, making it a convenient source for athletes” - Indra Balaratnam
photos credit to Radzie Rahman

photos credit to Radzie Rahman

 Borned and raised from Belgium, Chef Emmanuel Stroobant’s career began at a tender age of 16 with the cleaning of dishes in one of his country’s best restaurants. At 23, he opened his first restaurant in his hometown, Liege.

The real career begins after travelling the world, he made a life-changing decision by heading to Asia. His maiden stop was to Kuala Lumpur in late 1997 and was awarded the ‘1999 Best Expatriate Chef’ by World Asia Media. In that same year Stroobant and his wife Edina moved to Singapore to yet again experience another uncharted episode. Their first restaurant, Saint Pierre became the only Singapore member of the world-renowned Relais & Châteaux, the prestigious association of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants; and has been awarded 1 Michelin star by the second edition of Michelin Guide Singapore in 2017. Imagine, It was an honor to be able to meet him in-person and to even get hold of his recipes for the potato dishes he has prepared for the night!

Chef Emmanuel loves working with U.S. Potatoes because of the quality and versatility of the product. Being the staple of nearly every cultural cuisine, from comforting classics to new contemporary work of art, the US potatoes possibilities are endless.  He demonstrated 4 exciting recipes using U.S. potatoes that are sure to excite your guests when you serve them during the coming Christmas and New Year parties.  Let's break them down: 

photos credit to Radzie Rahman

US POTATO WEDGES IKURA - You know it's extra Atas when your daily cheesy wedges suddenly becomes fusion with the finest Ikura from the Favourites of Japanese Cuisines, added with Celeriac, a new to my personal taste, that has a mild hint of celery. It was a good opening to a funfilled flavourful night.

photos credit to Radzie Rahman

US HASHBROWN AND SALMON - One of my 2 favourite dish for the night! The salmon and poached egg combo is an All-Day Breakfast lover's common favourite! topped on crunchy hashbrown, you wouldn't even know you're eating sinfully. :) Loved the texture and the taste combination. 

photos credit to Radzie Rahman

US POTATOES WITH CAVIAR - Number 1 on my favourite dish of the night, served as a soupy and cropped Potatoes. It felt very expensive and to the naked eye, the potato would look like a huge yummy looking scallop. a vegetarian scallop. Wish there was more soup, because it was bursting with amazing flavour! 

photos credit to Radzie Rahman

US RUSSET POTATOES SALAD - a very easy everyday salad, that is wonderful for most lunch boxes and picnics/potlucks. Served with Breaded Japanese Cuttlefish. This salad is not your alang-alang Potato Salad. 

The line-up was nice, and it was filling to be honest, I was expecting a hungry me as it was quite of a fine dining experience. 2 Star Michelin style. I had a great night with amazing people and informative, information on the lovely potato. I shall never judge the carbs on the potatoes as much anymore. 

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Organizer Potatoes USA is the marketing organization for the 2,500 commercial potato growers operating in the United States. They promote five main good quality potato products: fresh table-stock potatoes, fresh chipping potatoes, seed potatoes, frozen potato products and dehydrated potato products.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to enjoy great potatoes with great people! 

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For more information, visit they Facebook page at MY Potatoes USA!
or Feel Free to contact Eddie Saw at 
+60 12-210 1376 / eddie.saw@totalms.com.my



until next magical day
wan


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Miniel Skinlab Hydraque Boost Serum Masks | Your Stress Free Vacation!


Let's give a big goodbye to Summer! it was the time of the year when themes were filled with vibrant colours of blue, yellow, red and a whole lot of summer beach vibes. Get your shades ready, because we will be skinny dipping into some really new products! Because... Here in Malaysia, it's an all year round of summer. with that said, Miniel Skinlab's Hydraque Collection will definitely make the cut to save our skin! 


Miniel Skinlab is a local brand focusing on minimalist skincare with ingredients that is suitable for all skin types; this product is paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free and EU allergen-free. I love supporting local brands, and its great to see more great people building their passion and sharing it to the world. As the brand focuses on minimalist, the ingredients and as well as packaging is at the best minimal yet vital.


came with the Stress Free Vacation kit ; A really nice summer vibe pouch which I am currently using for my beach necessities, A nice woven tote bag, Props that I've always contemplated to get for the summer flatlays, and the most thoughtfully waxed sealed letter. Thank you so much for the beautiful kit you have put up!


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It took me awhile as I had been trying it out on-the-go, under air-conditioned. But to my surprise as I don't sleep in air-conditioned room, the serum was not sticky and absorbs so well! Both moisturizes and hydrates the skin, while they lock in goodness to retain the the elasticity of the skin!  which definitely promoted cell regeneration and removed dull dead skins at minimal effort! 


Hydraque Gel Mask is my favourite among the 2 lovely; Watery Gel - just look at that beautiful pool inspired blue. so beautiful. Not only did it show immediate effect upon rinse off, the key ingredients are pretty interesting with Kudzu Extract, Watermelon, Apple and Lentil apart for Sodium Hyaluronate. 


Their Hydraque Boost Serum, it is what is said to be, this mini tube packs quite a juice at 3 pumps; containing Yeast Extract and Hyaluronic Acid! its anti-aging and is retains hydration to your skin.  

THE TEXTURE 

  • THE GEL MASK WAS SOOTHINGLY BOUNCY, and addictive to scoop, the texture was bouncy, and jelly-like, but soft enough to spread. Transparent with a hint of blue, the colour is so soothing to the eye. kinda like aloe vera gels, As you spread on, it takes some time to dry, means it has jammed packed of hydrating abilities to work its magic? 
  • THE BOOST SERUM was super light-weighted, with a frosted glass pump i was expecting something thick, but it was light and easily absorb! probably less than a minute; which actually makes me uses it more on the face because i feel like its not enough sometimes; no sticky feeling at all! so happy and i approves! 


THE SMELL I have a thing for nice smelling skincares, so it was a yay for me because it smelled like fresh breeze, it wasn't ocean breeze. A nice fresh flower smell like i came out from the shower! but not as prominent; only during applications you'd smell it. So what has abit of watermelon too! which is partly the ingredients for the Gel mask!


THE AFTER-FEEL


  • LOVE THE AFTER FOR THE GEL MASK! IT WAS SO SOFT AND I FELT LIKE MY SKIN JUST GOT PLUMPER JUST ON THE FIRST TRY! - To be honest I was pretty addicted to the mask, but I didn't want to use it daily.
  • The serum was love as well, not as wow as the mask, but it absorbs well and blends well with my layering of other skincare. No stings not irritations, I was very happy with the soft feeling after it absorbs. 


THE PACKAGING a big shoutout to the simplicity to the packaging but so much awe because of the frosted glass that gives out a cooling vibe for the summer theme! It comes in quite sturdy and nice on the grip. the cover is light and easily sealed. Boxes are also simple with a hint of baby blue! definitely screams hydration no?


REPURCHASE? Yes, costing at RM97 for Boost Serum and RM67 for Gel Mask, they are quite affordable. I just wished it comes in a bigger tub. but they are perfect for Travel at 30ml & 50gm! I have been using it for my travel and I am down to my last 1/3. 

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check out more details at the links below and get your own set of hydrating boost! 


MINIEL SKINLAB


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until next magical day,
wan
Monday, July 8, 2019

ARE YOU ‘THE FACE OF HEALTHY BEAUTY'? - GUARDIAN MALAYSIA | KOTA KINABALU

When we talk about beauty, I personally believes that beauty comes from within - yes. aesthetically on the naked eyes are nice to see. but it's always the heart and personality that counts in the end right? As part of the questions asked to contestants during the Round 2 session, you'd have a good grip on each's own individual personality and charisma. I like the fact that they are focused on health whether is mentally or physically, having the right mind and body plays an important part for inner beauty. 


At the launch of this nation-wide search in May this year,  Soren Lauridsen, CEO, South East Asia, Guardian Health And Beauty Sdn Bhd said:   
This search for The Face of Healthy Beauty is NOT a Beauty contest. the Healthy Beauty, is a person who lives life to the fullest in a healthy way, and has a distinctive style and pleasant personality.  She is someone with a positive attitude, gives priority to being healthy first; and looks after her physical beauty too.

One hundred (100) shortlisted participants were selected to attend each  semi-final to be held at Johor Bahru City Square, Gurney Plaza Penang, Central i-City Mall Shah Alam and 1Borneo Hypermall Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.  Four semi-finalists from each region will attend the Grand Finals in Shah Alam on 27 July 2019. 

After a hard-fought semi-finals where each of the 25 shortlisted semi-finalists had to go through challenges that display their aptitude and personality to deservedly earn the title ‘The Face of Healthy Beauty’, four finalists emerged to progress to the Grand Finals to be held in Kuala Lumpur on 27 July 2019. 


The FOUR finalists from the East Malaysia!
who will represent our the borneo team to the finals in to be to TOP 4;
Cruzellyn Alex
Elaine Audrey Lee
Palvinder Kaur A/P Savinder Singh
Vanessa Yoong Foong Woon
Congratulations and all the best! 





Each winner will sign a one-year contract as Guardian Brand Ambassador that comes with  RM10,000 cash, RM10,000 Guardian vouchers, and RM5,000 each for them to give to a charity organization of their choice. They will be featured on the Cover of Guardian’s Brand Catalogues and other collaterals and will receive products from participating sponsors.


I love how this is contributing so much to giving back to charitable organizations to empower something that they are passionate about. 






GUESS WHAT? YOU GET TO BE PART OF THIS WITH GIFTS IN RETURN TOO!

As a Guardian customers, you can vote, from 8 July – 24 July 2019 on the microsite, for your favourite finalist to win at the Grand Finals.  The votes received for each finalist will contribute towards 50% of the total scores at the Grand Finals. Customers can earn more votes with purchases at Guardian.  For one vote, no purchase is required; for 5 Votes, they need to purchase any item from Guardian and for 10 Votes, they need to purchase any participating sponsor brands in a single receipt.

BUT WAIT! HERE'S THE PLUS POINT!

If that particular contestant wins in the Grand Finals, then she will do a draw to pick her lucky voter. THAT COULD BE YOU AND ME! A total 4 draws will be done. Each Winner will pick 1 voter. The selected voter will be rewarded with RM500 worth of Guardian vouchers.


In addition to the four winners, there will be eight category winners to be awarded by sponsors.  
Most Healthy (Blackmores), Most Elegant (Bio-essence), Most Youthful (Garnier), Most Expressive Eyes (L'Oréal), Most Passionate (Maybelline), Most Confident (Nivea), Most Cheerful (Safi) and Most Charming (TRESemmé)


More details of the search, and to vote for your healthy beauty at https://theface.guardian.com.my. 
maybe I should try out next year? all the best to Team Borneo! 

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until next magical day,
wan
Monday, July 1, 2019

SABORINO Morning Masks | Pink & Yellow PART 1


Have you tried out morning masking before? Been seeing BCL’s Saborino Masks around everywhere on social media and it got me curious to try the whole 60-sec morning masks. Took a while, finally decided to try it because it was on sale in Watson during their Mega Sale with a BUY1FREE1 Promo. the only best deal yet as these packs are quite expensive without the offers with RM60+ for a first timer who is pretty at risk to try out with a lum sum that much. 

So how this 60-sec mask will impress me? 
Do I not need my morning routine now? 
Let’s find out shall we?

As mentioned in my Chronotype post – I am not exactly a morning person since - ever, because I’d rather take that extra 15minutes to snooze than to really get up and going. Most of my morning are pretty simple and fast. So, hearing about a 1 minute mask did really caught my attention, and I’ve been itching to get my hands on it for the longest time! Plus, they have the cutest packaging! which explains the extra motivation to layout this product shoot! Resistance is harder when there is aesthetic appeal. Darn.  Thankfully the legit packaging is also very convenient and hygienic! It comes with a sturdy cap and extra seal, i kept the seal for assurance - and it doesn't leak even on flights! YAY!


Then it comes to which one should I get? Well, after the long long LONG decision making process – I went for ALL AVAILABLE MORNING MASK! I was in it to risk, but heck why not try out all since it was on BUY 1 FREE 1 - atleast now, everyone can have a rough idea on all the variety to match their needs. Yes. I got them all, mostly because of curiosity - i swear  only 40% was packaging.


Because I have started opening and alternating for these 2 variety, I will be reviewing them on separate 2 Part post!  Here’s the breakdown on the details on the sheet masks ; Please note that the pink one, is a more premier version - and it contains 28 sheets in it while the yellow is their regular range of 32 sheets.


THE TEXTURE is thicker and its not as wet as I expected it, so It doesn’t drip at all. It’s lightweight and sticks quite well. It really does feel like wet wipes on your face. No mess, no stress. The mask itself is quite thick for me, and honestly can be reused after you rinse it off with water, for stuffs you'd use for a wet wipes. I put on for abour 1-2mins sometimes 5mins to get the most of the mask.


THE SMELL YASS to fruity smells. I have a thing for citrusy scents, so they get extra brownie points just because they smell fresh! But the scent might be too overpowering for people who are sensitive the moment you put on the face, but quite mild once its out on your face for awhile.

THE PINK - has a fruity berry smell that i personally like
THE YELLOW - has a herby-citrus smell - not your common scent, so some might find it weird.

THE AFTER-FEEL left a cold tingling sensation that helps refreshes the face in the morning! But it left a sticky after-feel to it as per I read in some reviews. So how I solve this was use it after I brush my teeth – and then give my face a light splash of water after the mask to reduce the sticky feeling. Pat dry and you’ll have an amazingly fresh soft skin ready for extra moisture for dry skin types like me, sunblock and makeup.

FYI - first few day's session was quite painful as it stings my skin. I was a little worried at first, but to be fair, my skin was pretty dried out from the air-conditioning in the hotel when i first tried it. but it was a cooling sting and the moment u took it off there was no redness or any continued pain. 

REPURCHASE? Will consider, But it is not needed if you have a morning routine, it’s perfect for traveling though because you won’t be needing to bring your morning skincare by the bottles and tubs, we all need our night routines to tackle certain concerns but morning for me, that is vital is the sunblock. So yes if you’re a frequent traveler like me.

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Tried the sheets out for almost 2 months everyday before I posted this, and safe to say – I quite enjoy it! As it did leave my face more hydrated. And the makeup stays quite well, doesn’t make my face oily throughout the day too. But I’m saving them mostly for my trips and alternating days if I am at home. 

There was not much reviews detailed enough to help me on decision making when I decided to get this, truth to be told, it is actually on the pricey side for a 1 month usage. But hey, never try never know right? I hope this post will be helpful for everyone who are seeing the hype and considering buying for yourself. 

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I’d tryout the other 2 varieties once this packs are done! Here's a sneak peak on the upcoming packs!


Also, I have found a similar concept 90-sec masks too! From Hana & Kent – with their own sets of AM & PM 90-sec Masks. Should I give them a try and do a showdown? Leave a comment below if you’d like me to review on those. 



until next magical day,
wan