21 January, 2019

CNY Special Coffee Menu in The Library Coffee Bar

The Library Coffee Bar is more than just about coffee...

Back to cafe hopping mode! ❤ It has been a while since I last explore the latest cafe trends in town, but guess what? This round, I am here at The Library Coffee Bar for lunch and unexpectedly found something new that is worth checking out for!

The Library Coffee Bar outlet in 1 Utama Shopping Mall is the most spacious one I have been to so far. Indeed a great spot to chill with friends after shopping, or spend some "me" time here by reading the books available on the racks. 
  
*NEW* Dirty Sunrise Beverages

Our initial thought of getting a cup of latte quickly vanishes as soon as we see the newly introduced beverages in conjunction to the festive season: OJ-Coffee series (iced / slush) that comes in a dash of orange - CNY festive color!

OJ Coffee (Slush) @ RM12.90

I know some of you may prefer coffee as your morning pick-me-up, while others may opt for orange juice. Now, The Library Coffee Bar allows us to enjoy the best of both worlds! OJ Coffee Slush is a refreshing ice-blended concoction of orange juice and coffee that exudes the light fruity flavours with hints of bitterness down the throat. Suitable for both coffee and non-coffee lovers. 

Popping Affogato @ RM9.90

Another new item that reminds me of Chinese New Year is the Popping Affogato, because of its "popping effect" as soon as the handcrafted espresso is poured upon my childhood favourite Popping Candy and vanilla ice cream. Every sip is just heavenly! 

Another noteworthy point is the generous scoop of ice cream (It's tall like a mountain!) served along with 2 additional packets of popping candy. Don't say I didn't warn you, the popping effect may be a little messy ya :P But you'd definitely enjoy it! 

Apart from the two new coffee-based inventions, here you also get to enjoy your coffee
with a wide array of light bites such as sandwiches, pasta and waffles.
 
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta @ RM15

My lunch of the day - spicy pumpkin cream-based pasta - is something I find more interesting than the classic bolognese, carbonara or pesto. It tastes more of spicy carbonara to me, which I personally enjoy especially when paired with simple ingredients like chicken, tomato and cheese. Portion and price wise, I have no complaints at all. 

Berries Waffle @ RM15

Our dessert is the show stopper of the day. To my delight, the waffle gives a crisp biting texture at the edges and does not turn soggy despite of the overzealous application of sweet berries sauce. Similarly, the scoop of ice cream is bigger than expected. Lovin' every bite of it! 

There are plenty of light bite options for those who are always on-the-go too.

The OJ-Coffee series and Popping Affogato are available at
The Library Coffee Bar and The Coffee Brewery outlets until March 2019.

Feel free to visit any of the following outlets below:
❤ The Library Coffee Bar, 1 Utama Shopping Mall 
❤ The Library Coffee Bar, Parkson IOI City Mall 
❤ The Library Coffee Bar, Parkson Paradigm Mall, Johor Bahru
❤ The Coffee Brewery Treats @ Petron Taman Connaught, Cheras
❤ The Coffee Brewery, D'Pulze Shopping Centre, Cyberjaya

20 January, 2019

How to Get Your Hotels and Resorts Become Highly Recommended by Locals

Getting yourself the best reviews and recommendations is not that simple. Some may really resort to very many issues including, advertisement, slashing of prices and many other related ways! But does it really serve the purpose? Sometimes it does, but it might really not last long. It's actually a disappointment when all you have been seeing in the adverts happens to be false. What will follow is a disappointing review and the loss of customers just after which automatically slashes the revenues you have been earning out of your resort!

So, how do we get our hotels and resorts to become highly recommended by the locals? This question will only be answered if certain procedures are followed!

18 January, 2019

[FASHION] CNY Wishlist from DressLily

Yeay, happy to feel the festive mood during the brand new year. 
Chinese New Year is approaching very soon, are you excited yet? 

Here are the new arrival: DressLily Pre-Spring Sale .....and it is time to refresh your wardrobe!

Best Hair Oils For Hair Growth

Argan oil, almond oil, coconut oil… the list is endless. Honestly, it looks like oils are currently having their moment in the spotlight. But, there's such a wide variety of them available in the market, how do you figure out which one is best for you? This can prove a daunting task to some. If you happen to be one of those people, don't worry because this is exactly why this article is here. If you're looking to learn more about the different hair oils and how some of them can help on hair growth, combating frizziness, dryness and even dandruff then this is where you need to be.

Hereinbelow are some of the best hair oils for hair growth.

1. Coconut Oil

The holy grail of all hair oil is undoubtedly coconut oil. Not only can it act as a heat protectant, but it can also repair breakage and damaged hair as well. However, it doesn't stop there. It also aids in the hair growth process and prevents the loss of hair too. Its moisture retaining features help ensure it doesn't evaporate and makes sure it stays in your hair. This is largely one of the reasons why it happens to be among the most effective hair oil treatment products currently available to you.

2. Castor Oil

Castor beans are what produce castor oil and it works wonders when hair growth is concerned. It contains some vital qualities the likes of vitamin E, proteins and minerals, which happen to be key ingredients in the hair growth process. It also has antioxidants in it which support the keratin found in your hair, making it healthier, smoother and stronger. The additional benefits castor oil offers include fighting scalp infection, controlling hair loss and dandruff. Actually, it's almost as famous as coconut oil when it comes to hair growth.


3. Argan Oil

Argan oil is manufactured from a particular type of tree originating from Morocco. This tree bears nuts and fruits, and it's in that nut where the oil is extracted from. Also commonly referred to as Moroccan oil, this oil is also fantastic for your hair. It's jam-packed with several beneficial ingredients. Some of them include fatty acids, Ferulic acid, vitamin E and antioxidants, which help fight hair cell damage and UV rays. Furthermore, this oil won't only moisturize, nourish and protect hair from heat, but it'll also help reduce frizziness, as well as dry and brittle hair, leaving it very soft and manageable.

4. Jojoba Oil

This oil's greatness, when it comes to hair growth, is largely due to the fact that it has a chemical structure that resembles Sebum, which is an oil that's naturally produced by the human scalp. Meaning your scalp is a lot more likely to readily accept this oil without having to experience any side effects. Want to check out the brands available to you, click here for Bombshell Beauty's store.

Everyone is different and so is their hair. Not everything will work the same way. You'll need to figure out what works for you. However, it's not rocket science, which means you can certainly find what hair growth treatment oil works best for you. There's a lot of help out there available to you, like articles such as these. Hopefully, this one has helped nudge you in the right direction. Have a great hair day!

14 January, 2019

Travel Guide for your Family Vacation in Peru

If you are thinking about going on a family vacation, Peru is definitely one destination you should consider. From watching wildlife in the Amazon to exploring the Inca ruins to riding dune baggies, Peru has so many attractions that children and adults will love in equal measure. Traveling with children means that there are some factors that you will need to take into consideration on your trip to Peru. These include high altitudes, hot sun and long distances between various destinations. With good planning, these shouldn’t pose any problem at all.

13 January, 2019

[TRAVEL] 7D6N Melbourne Itinerary: Central Business District - Part 2 (Evening Edition)

Hello, lovely evening in Melbourne Central Business District! 

In my last post, I have narrowed my focus to the city attractions that I have visited during the day in Melbourne CBD, because of the short daylight during winter and generally short business hours there as compared to Asian countries.

Here's the list of places to visit in Melbourne CBD (and those strikethroughs have been covered in my previous post):

1. St Paul Cathedral
2. State Library of Victoria
3. Riverside Quay in Southbank
4. Block Arcade (and many more shopping arcades)
5. Queen Victoria Market
6. Hosier Lane
7. Chinatown (Bourke St)
8. Alexander Gardens & Queen Victoria Gardens
9. Shrine of Remembrance
10. National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia
11. Federation Square &Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
12. Docklands

Anyway, here are some of the highlights during my trip which I'd personally recommend spending some quality evening time at.

Commuting tram is not necessary, walking will do. Or biking perhaps :)

1. Riverside Quay in Southbank

Right behind Flinders Street Railway Station is Victoria's longest river, Yarra River which extends about 22km. The morning scene is just lovely, with soft breezes caressing the hair and warmth from the sun surrounding us.

But in the evening, it transforms into a totally different scene that wows me. Starry sky, gushing wind and mesmerizing city lights everywhere; That's exactly the place I have always wanted to be. Seriously I don't mind sitting by the river for the entire evening and surround myself with such peacefulness.

Going across the bridge, I stroll past plenty of restaurants and wine bars tucked along the riverfront of Southbank. This is indeed a great spot to enjoy the evening river view that shines in golden hues, thanks to the reflection of the city.

A truly romantic casual place for lovebirds too :P

2. Hosier Lane

Melbourne's famous street art capital, Hosier Lane probably needs no further introduction. The wide laneway is full of street arts at every possible space on the wall, yet we see street painters there working on new artwork everyday. Make another visit in a month or so, you'd probably see different arts there.

Good 2 Go Cafe
7-9 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Contact: +613-9945 2100

Just a quick interesting fact about this hidden cafe along Hosier Lane. It may look a little dodgy, but actually it does something noble for the society -- Good 2 Go employs the unemployed young ones and preps them with work experience and skills. Do pop by for some coffee or cakes.

Since it is a public street, you may also pop by in the evening as the atmosphere becomes more vibrant with street lamps lighting up the arts. But be careful as I heard there are plenty of drug traders late in the evening (unverified fact from a friend; not sure how true is it).


3. Chinatown (Bourke St)

One of the most happening streets in Melbourne CBD that you can easily reach by foot is the Chinatown area along Little Bourke Street with alleys, laneways and arcades that link you to Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street.

Although we don't see much of the Chinatown's essential character which dates back to the gold rush days of the 1850s, it is still a very busy area with plenty of Chinese F&B establishments which are generally more affordable here.

We come across plenty of "China Bar", roast meat specialists, shark fin house, dim sum places, and Malaysian restaurants too! Haha....doesn't that sound very close to home?

Among the famous ones which are highly recommended by the netizens, we have found ShanDong MaMa, a famous Chinese dumpling specialist in town.

ShanDong MaMa
Mid City, 7/200 Bourke St,
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.
Contact: +61 3 9650 3818
Business Hours: 11.30am - 9.30pm daily

As soon as the clock ticks at 6pm, we see a huge crowd swarming into this Chinese family-run restaurant. We are lucky because we are here slightly earlier. Despite of the limited space, the queue is very fast-moving.

Well done ShanDong MaMa for incorporating a wide range of eastern and western flavours into their rustic, homestyle steamed and pan-fried dumplings. They are all loaded with flavours and textures, although I prefer adding a spoonful of hot garlic in chilli oil for that spicy kick.

Think modern Australian flavours in a dumpling, you'll experience that only in ShanDong MaMa!

4. Docklands

Once Melbourne's largest and busiest port, Docklands is now an abandoned industrial wasteland. But we still make our way there (by tram) to see the colourful Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, unfortunately it is closed on a Wednesday evening (no such information available online thou - it's mere unluckiness).

 Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

I realise people only gather in Docklands for concerts and sports at Etihad Stadium, so you'd expect any other day to be rather quiet. There is nothing much for us to explore in the evening except for visiting Melbourne City Superyatch Marina, the hub for casual short-term berthing, and enjoying a waterside dinner at Renzo's Italian Restaurant & Bar.

Renzo's Italian Restaurant & Bar
46 Newquay Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia.

Business Hours:
Mon - Fri: 11am - 12am
Sat - Sun: 11am - 1am

Of ravioli, penne and salad. Pretty normal meal. Nothing much to shout about.

5. Late night snack hunting!

Pidapipò Gelateria
8, Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.
Business Hours: 12noon - 11pm daily
 
Pistachio Gelato
AUD4.50 per scoop of gelato / sorbet

The darker the sky, the more crowd Pidapipo attracts. Yes, that describes how popular this famous Italian gelato shop is in the late evening. Pidapipo's gelato flavours are available on a rotational basis, but the crowd's favourite Pistachio and Nutella Swirl stay on the menu everyday.

Each scoop is so rich and creamy good! Believe it or not, it tastes extra good on a cold winter night 😛

Travelling Tips:
Food hunting is made easier along Degraves St. You'll be surprised how this unexpected alley is constantly filled with people and yummy treats be it coffee, full breakfast, desserts or alcohol!

Honestly, apart from food and drinks, I find that evenings in Melbourne City can be quite boring. But hey did I forget to mention that there are huge beautiful Zara and H&M stores in Melbourne for late shoppers.

And Lindt Chocolate Cafe for a cup of hot chocolate to end the evening
(and don't forget to bring some souvenirs home!)

Next post: We'll be visiting Melbourne City beyond the Central area. Stay tuned!

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