Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Blincon 3-Month Disposable Lens from A-Look, The Mines Shopping Mall

When it comes to purchasing eyewear, I only go for trusted websites or physical stores that sell authentic products. Well, knowing the fact that there are so many fake contact lenses out there, we just gotta be more careful right?

One of the famous optical chain stores I usually visit is A-Look, which has numerous outlets around Malaysia but the nearest to my neighbourhood is located at The Mines shopping mall.

In the store, you will be spoilt with wide varieties of latest fashionable and trendy eyewear imported from around the world that meets the Asians' needs. Honestly I do not know what to pick when there is such a wide range of contact lenses available-- all in various brands, colors, duration of use, features, etc. They even have specialty contact lenses for Dry-Eye wearers or PC users.

While waiting for the staff to prescribe the lenses to me, I get to try on some of the frames there. Famous brands like Rudy Project, Oakley and RayBan are spotted on the sunglasses section, but what amazes me is the service of customizing power lenses into high curve sporty sunglasses which are not commonly done in other optical shops.

For glasses and sunnies, the staff there are helpful in explaining the best fit for different face shapes. For instance, round face wearers should avoid round or angled frame type whereas oval face like mine is suitable for box-type frames.

I wanted to try something new (that I have not worn before) but I have no idea what to choose until the staff recommends some according to my personal preference. I am surprised with the good deal in contact lenses they have there!

So guess what I have gotten from A-Look! It’s two boxes of 3-month disposable colored contact lenses from Blincon (www.blinconcolorlens.com). I have been using a lot of monthly disposables, but this round I try the quarterly disposables as it can last me longer at a lower cost. Plus, I don’t usually wear colored lenses at work on a daily basis.

If you do not already know, Blincon is the leading of 3 Months Disposable Cosmetic Contact Lenses that come in various fun designs and vivid colors that instantly enhance your appearance.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
• 2 Lenses per box
• 3 Months Disposable
• Material : 58% Polyhema
• Water Content : 42%
• Country of Origin : Korea
• Base Curve : 8.6mm
• Diameter : 14.2mm

With bright, natural outdoor light:
The Romantic Aqua shade from the Jazz cosmetic contact lens series that I pick looks very natural under bright outdoor lighting. Taking a closer look, I notice it is slightly "sparkly" and gives the eyes a shiny and enlarging effect.

With indoor light:

With flash light:
Under flash light, the pattern on the lens appears to be more obvious. Nevertheless, it is comfortable even after an extended hour of wear (I usually wear it early in the morning when I go out, and remove it late at night. Highly NOT recommended because contact lenses generally tire the eyes.)

A-LOOK PROMOTION
Anyway, the contact lens seem to be a good deal as it costs less than RM100 for the usage of 6 months! Definitely worth the value. Plus, currently A-Look is having contact lens promotion and other great deals in the store.

For every purchase of RM368 Armani Exchange Frame or RM298 Ray-Ban style frame (only in specified style) at any A Look outlet, you will get FREE Crizal contact lens.

Don't forget to visit www.a-look.com.my for more info!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Caffe Coffea @ Bukit Tinggi, Klang

Located a stone's throw away from Klang's AEON Bukit Tinggi shopping mall, Caffe Coffea is a hidden gem for true coffee lovers. Chilling amidst the black and white minimalist ambiance, we are pleased to enjoy more than just cakes and coffee at this European-vibe café.

The cafe is nestled on the first floor, above a Panasonic shop. You can choose to sit in the air-conditioned space or at the airy garden courtyard. Reflecting the name of the cafe, they have even planted a young coffee tree at the corner, as shown on the above picture. 

Inside the cafe, there are coffee-making facilities and chiller taking the center area. The rest of the space is filled with plenty of seating, making it an ideal location for those who are craving for a satisfying caffeine boost and tranquil place to work for the day.

There are numerous books for your reading too.

Ice Cube Coffee with Milk @ RM10

First timers must try the classic combination of coffee and milk here. The frozen cubes of espresso, when added with chilled milk, melt away slowly and form a creamy smooth texture that gives a perfect balance of bitter sweetness.

You can also try the basic coffee staples for the real taste of Javanese medium roasted beans used here which is known for its almond nuttiness with hints of chocolatey flavour.

Matcha Latte @ RM7

Non-coffee drinker may go for the new item-- Matcha Latte-- a perfect warm mug for the day. Unlike many I have tried elsewhere, Caffe Coffea prepares an ultra smooth concoction of milk and matcha which I cannot feel the slightest powdery texture at all. 

Yoghurt Ice Cube @ RM10

If you're into thirst-quenching beverages, the best-selling Yoghurt Ice Cube would be pretty interesting. The chilled orange juice is served in a glass with frozen mango yoghurt ice cube, and all you need is adding fresh milk into the citrusy concoction. The tangy orange and mango flavours somehow pair perfectly with the creaminess of milk and makes for a delicious treat.

Plenty of classic teas are available in the house too.

Chicken Chop @ RM18

For the hot food items, we are totally blown by this beautifully grilled chicken chop! It is surprisingly well marinated with just the basic salt and black pepper. Although it is served with a choice of Mushroom Sauce or Black Pepper Sauce, I personally think the meat is already good to go on its own. 

Coffea Club Sandwich @ RM12

We also order some light bites for sharing. Prepared ala minute along with fries and garden salad in Japanese sesame dressing, the club sandwich is layered between lettuce, tomato, egg, cheese and ham. Simple yet comforting!

Homemade Tartar Sauce

I love how well they execute each item with attention to details, from the dishes and beverages up to the sauce! The tartar sauce is specially prepared by the amazing team, and it turns out to be interestingly light and buttery smooth without any sharp tartness at all. Great to go with the fries. 

Dessert wise, the selection of cakes is really extensive as I notice different types of crepe cakes (Rose Lychee, Italian Tiramisu, Vanilla, Mango, Oreo Crunch, Peanut Butter) as well as chocolate and cheese cakes.

Jasmine Green Tea Crepe @ RM10

This decadent slice of crepe is surprisingly good as it exudes pronounced floral aroma on the palate, followed by faint hints of green tea flavour. Each layer of crepe is slightly thick and not too soft, which allows us to enjoy the biting pleasure as we sink our teeth into the cake. 

Hazelnut Torte Cake @ RM9

Nutty lovers will rejoice because this cake is beautifully coated with finely chopped hazelnuts and chocolate sauce. The crunchy texture pairs well with the creamy smooth chocolate mousse and duo layers of airy sponge cake. Highly recommended although you may not have a sweet tooth!

Verdict:
1. Love the tranquil ambiance here where I can easily spend the whole day here working with my laptop.
2. The food, beverages and desserts are all pretty good, and this place is highly recommended for private functions as well. 
3. Recommended: Chicken Chop, Jasmine Green Tea Crepe

*All prices are subject to 5% service charge.

Caffe Coffea
22A-1, Lorong Batu Nilam 21A,
Bandar Bukit Tinggi,
41200 Klang, Selangor.
Contact: 603-3319 8882
Facebook: fb.com/caffecoffea

Business Hours:
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 11am - 10pm
Fri, Sat: 11am - 11pm
Closed on Mondays

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