31 August, 2016

Review: Bausch + Lomb Lacelle Diamond Daily Contact Lenses

Guess what contact lens am I wearing today?

For colored lens wearers, I'm sure you have heard of the beautiful Lacelle Jewel contact lens series by Bausch + Lomb which was launched last year. It is a great news for me when I heard that the brand is introducing something equally pretty, but with extra comfort-- Lacelle Diamond Daily, a daily disposable cosmetic contact lens.

It is because I usually wear contact lenses for extremely long hours, so I need something really comfortable and non-drying to the eyes. Hence, daily lens becomes my top choice nowadays, especially Bausch + Lomb which is famed for its comfort, functionality and safety. Plus, the brand has a proven track record of more than 160 years! 

What's best about the dailies is the unique design that no other has before! The light-reflecting facets of a solitaire-cut diamond printed on the lenses bring sparkle and shine to the eyes. More importantly, the 13mm pattern diameter makes my eyes look bigger, even without makeup.

Currently this series offers powered lens to correct short-sightedness. It'd be perfect if it comes with astigmatism correction in future!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
 10 sterile soft contact lenses per box @ RM42 /
30 sterile soft contact lenses per box @ RM110
❤ 1 Day Disposable
❤ Material :  Methafilcon A
 Water Content : 55%
 Country of Origin : Korea
 Base Curve : 8.6mm
 Diameter : 13mm

 Colours available : Aqua Glacier, Champagne Brown, Pink Rose

With natural light:

With flash light:
Both pictures above are taken without eye makeup, under two different types of lighting. The diamond-cut design is pretty visible even under natural light, and becomes more obvious with flashlight. I am sure it helps to enhance my overall look in pictures.

I am also surprised that it gives a larger and pronounced iris for a doe-eyed look even without any eye makeup! Totally suitable for a day-to-day wear. But for special occasions, the eyes will become more mesmerizing with full makeup on. 


Verdict:
1. I love how Bausch + Lomb brings comfort to the next level without compromising on the eye health.
2. The diamond-like dazzling design is so pretty and elegant, suitable for all types of look.
3. However, the price falls slightly on the higher side, but I appreciate the great value for money because comfort is the ultimate key for contact lenses. 

Don't forget to visit www.facebook.com/lacellemy for more info!

30 August, 2016

Humble, Home-Cooked Nyonya Flavours in Malacca

My recent road trip to Malacca had brought my adventurous soul to explore the Nyonya flavours in town. Unfortunately many shops were closed on Wednesday, but luck was our side, and we managed to discover a homey place that serves real authentic Peranakan dishes. 

Nyonya Taste Cuisine in Taman Kota Laksamana

The shopfront might look ordinary, but once we stepped into the restaurant, we were totally blown by the beautiful, time-forgotten paraphernalia that literally transported us back to the glorious Peranakan years. 

Kueh Pai Tee

I was excited to begin my gastronomical experience here as the humble chef had prepared many interesting home-cooked Peranakan dishes for us. Everything from the sauce to the pastry here was handmade from scratch using traditional recipes passed down from one generation to another. 

For instance, the Kuih Pai Tee featured a very crisp top hat shell that did not turn soggy despite of being generously filled with moist savoury turnip. The shallot crisps garnishing with a dollop of fiery red chilli sauce added a delicious kick to the spicy-sweet combination. So addictive!

Chicken - Garlic Fried Chicken

My personal favourite dish which kept me hooked is the marinated chicken tenders deep-fried with garlic cloves. Although I don't usually like the pungent garlicky stench, I was surprised that the garlic fried chicken actually exuded strong aroma of spice and savoury goodness. No hints of pungent smell at all! The overall dish was delicious and I loved it. 

Pajelis Terung 

If you love something milder, the blanched brinjal drenched in sweet curry gravy is great to go with a hot bowl of white rice. For the more adventurous palates, I'd recommend the Asam Fish dish laden with very rich, tangy tamarind-based sauce which was well-absorbed into the tender and moist fish.

Fish - Asam Empat Rasa

Pork - Hati Babi Bungkus

Next up was another "forgotten" Peranakan dish, as we seldom see it served in most restaurants nowadays because of the painstaking process of making the meatballs. The pork meat and liver were minced thoroughly, then wrapped in very thin layer of pig's caul (Pork membrane).

The texture reminded me of Chinese waxed sausage, but it was a softer and moist version. The flavour was very unique, and best paired with homemade fresh chilli sauce and steamed turnip slices. If you'd like to try this dish, advanced booking is required. 

Omelette

Homemade Pineapple Tart

Ending our sumptuous feast, we also tried the homemade pineapple tart, a festive favourite pastry of mine. I enjoyed the light, crumbly and melt-in-your-mouth texture without being overly buttery for my liking. Plus, the pineapple paste was nicely done at the right level of sweetness. 

Meet the humble owner of Nyonya Taste Cuisine :)

Verdict:
1. If you are feeling nostalgic and looking for old Peranakan charm, Nyonya Taste Cuisine is definitely a great restaurant to visit.
2. Surprises are aplenty here, as it serves many traditional Peranakan dishes that you may not have seen elswhere.  
3. Recommended: Garlic Fried Chicken, Hati Babi Bungkus, Pineapple Tart

Nyonya Taste Cuisine
15, Jalan 3/11,
Taman Kota Laksamana,
Seksyen 3,
75300 Melaka,
Malaysia.
Contact: 012-638 9915 / 014-661 5170
Email: rubysong64@yahoo.com

25 August, 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

24 August, 2016

Enjoying A Memorable Nature Retreat in Langkawi On A Budget is Possible If You Stay Here!

Do you remember about my recent trip to Langkawi for a perfect weekend escapade from the city? Langkawi is a beautiful heaven that I don’t mind going again as the archipelago of islands is so blessed with wonderful nature scenery. Perfect for those craving for natural hideaways!

In fact, Langkawi brings people into a memorable experience in getting close to nature, particularly through its hotel. Several top hotels in Langkawi are proudly presenting the natural sensation on the property, and the rates are pocket-friendly too. I mean, there are plenty of options for budget travellers. 

Let's prove it, especially through these special recommendations!

Desa Motel
Jalan Pantai Tengah no. 79
Room rates start from RM82.40/night

Within a walking distance to the Pantai Tengah, Desa Motel is the 2-star Langkawi hotel that transports you to a tropical haven within a low budget. It boasts 9 fully furnished rooms that spread amidst the tropical garden with the white beach sands all over the land.

All rooms are fitted with modern amenities, such as an AC, TV, Wi-Fi access, electric kettle, minibar, desk, and private bathroom. The facilities at this budget hotel are minimalists, but enough to capture a pleasant stay. Those are the Wi-Fi access, relaxing area in the landscape garden, laundry service, and the spacious parking area.

Rumours Guesthouse Langkawi Island
Kampung Tanjung Mali Lot 55, Mukim Kedawang
Room rates start from RM82.48/night

This is another tropical lodging in Langkawi that nicely taking a position really close to the idyllic yet illustrious vistas of Pantai Cenang. Take a 3 minutes stroll from Pantai Cenang, and you’ll arrive at this famous 2-star budget hotel offering 12 modest rooms that set in a traditional setting of the wooden house and featuring a fan, desk, bathroom, and verandah.

Some of the rooms are arranged in the dormitory style with AC and offered within rates start from RM30.39/night. There’s the on-site Kopitiam here, which is very popular among the tourist in Pantai Cenang.

Tstar Cottage
Jalan Pantai Tengah Mukim Kedawang
Room rates start from RM147.262/night

Declaring the motto as “Love GREEN, Love NATURE”, this 2-star Langkawi Hotel indeed obviously ushers you to experience the real hideaway amidst green nature. Nestled at the Pantai Tengah, really close to the pristine beach of Langkawi, the hotel is boasting ponds and garden, with the total of 63 rooms available to humor the guests.

Interestingly, it has Budget Rooms which uniquely come as the green tent room with a comfortable bed and shared bathroom. The other types of rooms are offered inside the wooden bungalow and complemented with fan/AC, TV, Wi-Fi access, table, and bathroom.

Tanabendang Banglos
Tanabendang Kg Belik Kedawang no.156 Lot 2118
Room rates start from RM200/night

If you prefer embracing the beauty of Kampong atmosphere with extensive paddy fields, buffaloes and fishes, Tanabendang Banglos is a 3-star Langkawi Hotel that you can consider. It offers 6 traditional wooden chalets as the natural lodging overlooking the paddy fields. The rooms are designed with the classic interior, but also supported with modern amenities, such as AC, TV, desk, refrigerator, and bathroom (with a unique wooden bathtub inside!). Additional facilities on-site are offered as the garden, picnic area, restaurant, and Wi-Fi access.

Sunset Valley
Jalan Makam Mahsuri Lot 2220.
Room rates start from RM339.63/night (minimum stay 3 nights)

If you have a little more cash to spare, how about enjoying yourself at Sunset Valley, a nature retreat overlooking the paddy fields and Gunung Matchincang? It hosts the series of 6 traditional Malay houses that spreads on the greenery landscape, where the 5 among them use the original houses aged about 70-180 years old. Those are feature 1-2 bedrooms and supported with western amenities. For the total relaxation, Sunset Valley provided the swimming pool, pavilion, BBQ area, and a breakfast house on-site.

Honestly, with so many accommodation choices available, I am tempted to go for a holiday in Langkawi now!

For more options of hotels, please visit https://www.traveloka.com/en-my.

23 August, 2016

Review: THEFACESHOP x My Other Bag Limited Edition CC Cushion Cover

I am sure that owning at least one designer bag in life is a dream for every woman. And now it's like a dream comes true with the introduction of “THE FACE SHOP x My Other Bag” Eco Collaboration: Limited Edition Cushions which come in 3 famous designer handbag prints!

 Collectible “It Bag” and skin expression all at once!
“THEFACESHOP x My Other Bag” Eco Collaboration Cushion 3-Item Limited-Edition Launch

The hand-printed premium canvas bag brand, “My Other Bag” from Los Angeles, has been very popular among Hollywood celebrities and overseas fashionistas. Currently it is an iconic fashion piece worldwide, time to get a hold of this too!

Chanel Bag ‘Jackie x CC Intense Cover Cushion’ (15g) @ RM120.73

Yay, I got my favourite cushion in Chanel bag design! It comes with a set of the It Bag” canvas pouch and CC Intense Cover Cushion which contains the color control function of CC Cream and Cushion’s moisturizing function. Suitable for those who want bright, clean and blemish-free skin.

Front design of the It Bagwhich is a trademark of “My Other Bag

Back design of the It Bagwhich is a trademark of “My Other Bag


I really love the classy black color of the case, with an accompanying cushion applicator in black too! ❤ 

Louis Vuitton bag ‘Zoey x Oil Control Water Cushion’ (15g) @ RM120.73
Express sebum-controlled matte skin, looking fresh all day long!

This collectible collaboration product also comes in other bag designs by famous brands including Louis Vuitton and Goyard onto the cushion case, and its miniature pouch of ‘My Other Bag’. Each comes with different types of cushion to meet various needs of the skin (Don't worry, it is interchangeable with other cushions as well!)

Goyard bag ‘Sophia’ x CC Ultra Moist Cushion ’ (15g) @ RM120.73
For moisturized radiant skin with glowing effect and abundant moisture!

THEFACESHOP Hand Butter Series (5 types):

Olive Radiance Moisturizing Hand Butter: Radiance, moisture and shine features.
Shea Butter Moisturizing Hand Butter: Extra moisturizing with no sticky residue.
Almond Long-Lasting Hand Butter: Longlasting hydrating function.
Rosehip Seed Whitening Hand Butter: Brightening and UV protection of SPF20++.
Jojoba Seed Anti-Aging Hand Butter: Firming, anti-aging and moisturizing.

Latest in THEFACESHOP's stores this month is the series of rich nourishing and moisturizing Hand Butter that is specially formulated with extra functional hand-care features apart from the strong moisturizing function derived from the seed and nut ingredients.  

On the first application, it feels a tad rich for me, but as I blend it evenly, it is easily absorbed into the skin and hydrates the driest of skin without leaving any sticky residue.

My favourite goes to the Rosehip Seed Whitening Hand Butter as it is not only moisturizing, but also offers good UV protection too. The fragrance is on the sweet side, but not overpowering and it’s the cream I need for a brighter complexion.  


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