Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pho Vietz Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine @ Sri Petaling, KL


Vietnamese cuisine used to be an uncommon sight in Sri Petaling, but now things have changed with the opening of Pho Vietz and O Banh Mi around this busy neighbourhood area. Visiting an authentic Vietnamese place for dinner is definitely one of the more refreshing experiences for me, so I decide to visit Pho Vietz after hearing numerous good reviews about it. 

Tucked at the corner of the road, it is easily noticeable with its bright yellow signage. However, it is usually packed to the brim in the evening, so we have to queue for a good 15 minutes before securing a table for five. 

Fresh Avocado Milkshake @ RM9.90
鲜牛油果奶昔

Vietnamese coffee is available here, but due to its small serving size, we find it a little pricey, hence we opt for a healthier option instead. Fresh avocado blended into creamy and milky concoction, every sip is so thick and healthy with no added sugar. 

Vietnamese Prawn Salad @ RM15.80
越式鲜虾沙律

A great way to start the meal is to go for the Vietnamese prawn salad. Sitting on a base of crispy prawn cracker, the crunchy mix of vegetables, prawns and sesame remind me of a toned-down version of Thai salad. Nice combination of tangy, refreshing and slightly spicy flavours. 

Famous Vietnamese Baguette @ RM10.90
越南特式法包 (传统)

What not to be missed here is the crusty French-style baguette filled with a variety of fresh and pickled condiments such as pork liver pate, meatloaf, roasted pork, pork ear terrine, meatball, and the homemade sauce that tastes so close to those you have in Vietnam. The Banh Mi (bread) is crisp crunch on the outside, with a fluffy soft interior-- Highly recommended!

If you are a bread and meat person, surely you'd love it.

 Spring Roll and Lemongrass Pork Vermicelli @ RM14.90
香茅烤肉春卷檬

If I were to choose the most endearing dish to both my soul and palate, it would be this dry version of Vietnamese rice noodles-- So springy, crunchy and well-flavoured by the condiments such as deep-fried spring rolls and well-marinated lemongrass pork that exudes a nice hint of smokey flavour. To enjoy the rice noodles, pour the spicy sweet sauce into the bowl and give it a good toss.

 Marinated Lemongrass Chicken Chop Rice @ RM16.90
香茅烤鸡扒饭

I am pleasantly surprised that all dishes are so generously portioned especially this rice dish. Similar to the lemongrass pork in the vermicelli, I find that the marinated lemongrass chicken is slightly more tender and fluffy but more greasy especially when it is topped with oily spring onion.

To maintain the authenticity of the food, I notice that all the sauces and noodles used in the dishes are imported from Vietnam. If you love any of the sauces, they are also available for purchase along with famous Vietnamese snacks, coffee and noodles at the counter. 

In case you are wondering, the classic baguettes arranged at the counter are for display purpose only.
 
Verdict:
1. Great place to enjoy traditional street dishes such as Phở, Bánh Mì, Bánh Cuốn, Vietnamese Coffee, and Desserts, all under one roof.
2. Taste and portion wise, we have no complaints at all. But ambiance wise, it can be quite noisy sometimes. 
3. Recommended: Vietnamese Prawn Salad, Famous Vietnamese Baguette 

Pho Vietz
2, Jalan Radin Bagus 7,
(Opposite OldTown)
Bandar Baru Seri Petaling,
57000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-9055 4016
Facebook: fb.com/phovietz
Business Hours: 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Introducing the Jewel of Malaysia — Johor Bahru

Known as the Jewel of Malaysia, Johor Bahru takes the rank of being the second most densely populated city right after Kuala Lumpur. It is the state capital of Johor and lies just across the Causeway from Singapore. While some many argue that the city has very few attractions to offer to passing-by travelers, it is simply not true!

Being the hub of manufacturing and regional transport, Johor Bahru offers many things to do and see in a single day. And the best part is that traveling to Johor is easy from Singapore due to fantastic bus connectivity. Taking bus from Singapore to Johor is relatively easy when you can either board the bus directly at the bus terminal or book your ticket online via sites like Easybook.

How to reach Johor Bahru from Singapore?

Johor is Malaysia’s closest city to Singapore that sees thousands of commuters traveling between both the countries via the Causeway Link. Even though one may take a train or a ferry, the most popular form of transport are the buses, which the traveler may avail from either the Larkin bus terminal on the Kota Raya Bus Terminal/CIQ.

Facilities for online booking are also available to make things easier for the travelers who may prefer booking in advance. All the buses are highly comfortable express vehicles that charge very nominal rates for tickets. Once you experience the convenience of going to and fro Johor by a bus, you won’t want to avail any other form of transport.

Places to see in Johor Bahru

Apart from numerous options for entertainment and shopping centers, the city plays host to various natural attractions like Tioman Island, Endau Rompin National Park, and Kukup. Due to the city’s proximity to Singapore, it sees a steady influx of Singaporean tourists throughout the year. Tourism is also responsible for rapid growth of the economy.

Once you are tired of shopping and dining, you may either retire to the hotel to relax, or engage in a myriad of cultural activities located within the city. Some of the best places you can visit here are the following:

1. Legoland Malaysia: This is perhaps the best place to have fun with the kids as Legoland Malaysia offers a variety of fun-filled activities. Even though the park does not have extreme rides, adults who are a fan of Lego will enjoy the variety of sights and sounds this place has to offer. From exciting exhibits to thrilling roller coasters, this theme park has it all!

2. Sultan Abu Bakar mosque: For those with an unquenchable knack for culture, the Sultan Abu Bakr mosque will be a great place to visit. The historical monument is very large and spacious, well-guided tours are available to learn about the heritage and history of the Sultan of Johor. See the works of Islamic architecture at its finest and seek blessings in this place of worship.

3. Kuso Art Gallery: If you’re an admirer of magic shows and perception-bending works of art, dropping by the Kuso Trick Art Gallery would be an excellent way to spend an evening in Johor Bahru. The kids love this place as it is full of illusion and 3D drawings, fun-filled activities, and photo opportunities led by the helpful and friendly staff.

4. Pulai Waterfall: Looking for a quick day trip to refresh and your senses? Head over to Pulai Waterfall to enjoy its breathtaking view and even go on hiking in the surrounding areas. The hiking route will take you approximately 3 to 3.5 hours to complete, and in the meantime, you can enjoy the local scenery or have a picnic with your companions.

5. Chinese Heritage Museum: This little three-storey museum welcomes you to learn about the ancient cultures and customs of the Chinese immigrants in Malaysia. This beautiful location will also teach you a lot of things about Johor Bahru’s history and various events that shaped the city to be what it is today. This beautiful museum is worth a visit.

Make the most of your time!

Of course the list can go on and on and most probably you will not get tired of visiting Johor Bahru. While Johor Bahru is certainly not a “touristy” destination in any sense of the word, you can make the most out of your time here on or from your way to Singapore. The city will give you a glimpse into a rather chaotic lifestyle, which is rather in stark contrast to the organized lifestyle of Singaporeans.  Come and experience the Jewel of Malaysia like you’ve never done before.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tea Verandah @ Atria Shopping Gallery

A tea lounge has always attracted me with its posh, elegant setting but the ridiculously high price often lets it down. Until recently I bump into Tea Verandah, I couldn't be more excited than enjoying my afternoon tea without burning a hole in the pocket! 

TEA Verandah serves a wide variety of tea beverages, contemporary fusion snacks and desserts under a cozy, open-concept lounge setting. And most importantly, it emphasizes on the value for money, hence the menu pricing is from RM9.90 to RM40.60, which is just a fraction of the price tags in many hotel lounges or tea houses.

I am not kidding when speaking of the wide varieties of tea. Upon arrival, the waiter presents me with a tray of more than 24 types of tea ranging from the classic black tea, Rooibos tea to healthy, organic herbs tea and Europe fruits tea. Just get a good whiff of each flavour, and decide which to go for. 

TEA Verandah @ RM18.00 per pot / RM36.50 including tea set 
(Apple bits, lemon bits, cherries, pineapple, mango bits, papaya, hibiscus blossoms,
orange peel, rose hip peels, elderberries, peach bits, apricot bits and orange bits)

Named after the shop itself, TEA Verandah is a must-order signature tea, especially for first timers. It is my personal favourite among the Europe Fruit tea selection, because of its complex combination of dried fruits and flowers. Just brew it for 8 to 10 minutes, and let the excellent floral-fruity aroma fill the space. It tastes lightly sweet and tangy on the palate, which I think is a great choice for ladies. 

Yogurt Tea - Pinky Panther @ RM16.80 per pot / RM35.50 including tea set 
(Strawberry bits, apple bits, hibiscus blossoms, raisins,
carrot bits, yogurt bits, beetroot bits, Rhubarb bits)

For something unconventional, I'd recommended this icy concoction of Yogurt Tea! It is interesting to find that the hot fruity tea, when combined with yogurt and crushed ice, tastes extra smooth and more refreshing. The consistency is just perfect--- Slightly thick but not creamy and heavy at all. 

Regardless of which tea you pick, you can opt for: Either the serving of tea only, or complement it with a high tea set. The two-tier set comes with 3 pieces of savoury pastries on top and 4-5 pieces of sweet treats at the lower tier. 

Savouries: Tuna Filo Puff, Crabmeat Filo Puff, Sambal Hotdog Puff

If you are a huge fan of pastry like myself, you can easily lap up the huge crispy puffs on your own. I personally enjoy the huge filo pastry more as the crispy skin is generously filled with yummy chunky seafood.

Sweets: Mini Chocolate and Strawberry Tarts, Orange Poppy Seed Muffin, Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart, Scone

Among the dainty desserts, I couldn't decide which is my favourite because they are all so tasty and baked to perfection. However, unique ones such as the thick chocolate peanut butter tart is worth a special mention, because of its electrifying marriage of creamy sweet chocolate and crunchy, savoury peanut butter layers. Sinful yet satisfying!

Luck is on my side during my visit, as I get to try the homemade fruity scone which is only available on a rotational basis. The warm scone is loaded with chunks of dried orange and berries that add a nice biting pleasure to the melt-in-the-mouth scone. 

How I'd wish to have more of these! 

Fruit Tart @ RM13.80

The desserts are seriously too good that I can't help but to order another piece--- the popular Fruit Tart with a crumbly base, thick cheese filling, and fresh cream topping. I personally love this type of crust that exudes rich flavour, similar to those butter cookies.

Best served cold, the tart tastes fresh and chilly without feeling too sweet on the mouth.

Ocean Oglio Aglio @ RM25.90

Apart from light bites, Tea Verandah actually serves simple breakfast menu such as banana pancakes, poached eggs, and assorted pastries (which comes with a cup of Americano), as well as main courses such as rosemary chicken, mussels pot and pasta. If you love strong garlicky flavours, the seafood spaghetti topped with tiger prawns and mussels is a great option for its aroma and mild spiciness.

Grilled Salmon Steak @ RM25.90

Again, the thick slab of salmon steak is generously portioned and beautifully presented on a bed of mashed potato, garlic butter spinach and asparagus. Love its well-flavoured flesh with just the right amount of charness!


If you'd love to enjoy the premium tea at home, you can get your supply from Tea Verandah!


Verdict:
1. Ambiance wise, I totally have no complaints at all. Posh, trendy and elegant; Perfect venue to chill!
2. Thumbs up for the wide assortment of tea that wows me with unique and distinctive flavours. I think I'd consider reducing coffee and go for the healthy tea instead. 
3. Recommended: Tea Verandah, Yogurt Tea, Scone


Tea Verandah
Lot SK-1, Level 2,
ATRIA Shopping Gallery,
Jalan SS22/23,
Damansara Jaya, 
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.
Contact: +6 017 6699 332
Website: www.teaverandah.my
Facebook: fb.com/TVerandah
Business Hours: 10am - 9.45pm daily

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Senheng All-New PlusOne New Face & Mobile App

Hi! Do you remember this Senheng PlusOne Member Card? I have gotten this many years ago since it was first introduced, as most of the electrical appliances in my house are bought from Senheng®.

I doubt if anyone has not heard of Senheng PlusOne Member Card; It is so popular and great to earn rewards as you spend. Plus, I personally find it useful as Senheng® has more than 100 stores nationwide, so I can use the card anytime I want!

This February 2017, Senheng® gives a new facelift to the member card, introducing to us the PlusOne loyalty member card with a total new look. It is the same membership, but with a shuttlecock design that goes in line with Senheng’s title sponsor involvement in SS Purple League, the Malaysian premier badminton league.


PlusOne New Face is not just about the new look; it is card-less and so eco-friendly! Now we don’t have to worry about leaving the card at home, because we can enjoy the same rewards and privileges using the Senheng Electric Mobile App. Not only it provides Rewards but also Service Assurance + Convenience all in one single app.

Service Assurance: Enjoy the peace of mind for up to 2 years!
Extra 1 year warranty on top of manufacturer’s warranty with every purchase.

1-to-1 product replacement warranty with a minimum fee.

Convenience: Everything is just a swipe away on Senheng app!
Check PlusOne points, latest promos and deals.
Retrieve e-voucher, e-booklet, etc

Instant credit card points redemption for products.
Now, you can redeem your preferred products with the points you have collected.

Enjoy special lifetime reward point with PlusOne Lady Card.
Yay, better privileges for ladies out there!

Overall, it is something that all of us look forward to – Better value, greater shopping experience.
It’s time to get everything at your fingertip and register yourself as a PlusOne Member:

For existing member:
1. Fill up e-form via email / Walk into the nearest Senheng store to update information and present NRIC to complete renewal.

For new member: 
1. Register online / Fill up P1 e-form at the nearest Senheng store.
2. Pay RM12 membership fee to complete registration.

For more information on registration, please refer to:
www.senheng.com.my/content/71-about-plusone

Upon successful registration, you can download your Senheng Mobile App here to retrieve your new Senheng PlusOneCard:
1. Click here for Android: https://goo.gl/4wO44H
2. Click here for iOS: https://goo.gl/qJL5aL

Don’t forget to go to the nearest Senheng’s Showroom and register as PlusOne Member!
For more information, please visit www.senheng.com.my.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: The Face Shop YEHWADAM (蘂花譚) Revitalizing Anti-Aging Skincare

I always have resistance towards anti-aging skincare as it can be too strong for young skin and I have experienced massive breakouts because of that. Now when The Face Shop introduces the new YEHWADAM (蘂花譚) Revitalizing Anti-Aging Skincare, I hesitated but still give it a try and....I'm loving it! ❤ 

How can anti-aging products be so gentle and mild to the skin?! Plus, that soft Korean herbal and floral scent is just irresistible. Well, YEHWADAM did it, and I'm totally sold. Under this line, they have toner, serum, emulsion (for day use), cream (for night use), eye cream and an additional star product: the special Pearl Capsule Cream.

YEHWADAM literally means the story of herbs, plants and flowers behind the beauty secrets of Korean women. The ingredients? It combines natural ingredients from the most pristine areas in Korea such as:

   ❤ Korean Ginseng (skin revitalization),
   ❤ Safflower (improve skin tone and complexion) and
   ❤ Goji Berry (control aging for radiance and glow)

Look, the luxurious packaging itself is like a gift of love on its own, so pretty and heart-melting!

All in all, YEHWADAM delivers the essence of Korean traditional beauty regimen and has  one feature in common – Anti-aging effects – where the secret to longevity and younger looking skin lies. 

You don’t have to feel "old" for using this anti-aging line. It is specially formulated for skin aged between 20 to 30, as the first step towards preventing aging. Due to its lightweight texture, it can be used every day and night without worries. 


Now let's unveil the secret of beauty together...
Step 1: Toner
Step 2: Serum
Step 3: Emulsion (for day use)
Step 4: Eye Cream
Step 5: Cream (for night use)
Yehwadam Revitalizing Toner (160ml) RM 130.90 

Function: ★★★★☆
This anti-wrinkle toner revitalizes skin to its natural skin radiance as it gives a balance of acidity level to the skin.

What I like: ★★★★☆
It is ultra-moisturizing, refreshing and easily absorbed into the skin.
My dry skin looks plump after using it.


Texture: ★★★
Clear, translucent watery liquid without any stickiness

Fragrance: ★★
Unlike other herbal lines that have strong herbal smell, YEHWADAM smells good
with soft Korean floral scent. It suits the younger age very well.

Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum (45ml) @ RM208.90

 Function: ★★★
*must-have* It is the star product of the range, an extra soothing serum for all skin types!

For the best of revitalizing and re-energizing effects, the serum is a “concentrate” added with the
Lotus Flower Extract (soothing) and Honeysuckle Flower Extract (removes puffiness and redness).

What I like: ★★★
The lightweight serum soothes the skin and reduces the redness on sensitive skin areas very well.
The serum feels smooth on the skin and finishes as a clean and fresh layer without feeling sticky.


Texture: ★★★
Beige, glue-like dewy texture; yet not sticky at all.
It leaves a very moisturizing layer of "lotion" onto the skin. So soothing and calming!

Fragrance: ★★★
It smells good with soft Korean herbal and floral scent

If you need just one product to soothe and revitalize the skin, this is the serum you need.
But it can also be used interchangeably with the Snow Lotus Pearl Capsule cream which I will review later in this post!


Yehwadam Revitalizing Emulsion (140ml) @ RM130.90

Function: ★★★★☆
As it is liquid-based and made of nano particles, it can provide
long-lasting moisturizing and nourishing protection to the skin’s barrier. 

What I like: ★★★
Despite of the slightly thick texture, it nourishes the skin very well, leaving it soft like a baby.
It helps as a moisturizer to prep the skin before putting on makeup, best used during the day.


Texture: ★★★
Clear white serum-like texture. Similar to the serum, it is very lightweight and leaves a smooth finish.

Fragrance: ★★★★★
Just can’t stop falling in love with the beautiful floral scent.


Yehwadam Revitalizing Eye Cream (25ml) @ RM199.90

Function: ★★★★☆
It minimizes the appearance of fine lines and dark circles around the eyes using the “energy” from the natural traditional herb ingredients. Its ceramide content suits those with sensitive skin, because it does not irritate the sensitive eye area.

What I like: ★★
I always remind myself to take good care of the eyes; don't wait till the fine lines and wrinkles appear. It smooths out around the eye when I massage the cream in circular motion around the eyes. As it feels a tad thick, so a little amount is sufficient to go a long way.


Texture: ★★★★☆
Dense, balm-like cream in beige color that feels silky smooth around the eyes.

Fragrance: ★★★★
Slightly heavier in herbal scent; but helpful to freshen the eyes.


Yehwadam Revitalizing Cream (50ml) @ RM208.90

Function: ★★★★☆
This nourishing and firming cream creates a protective layer to hydrate and smooth the skin at all times. The best part is, the texture has similar structure as the skin composition, hence it is able to restore skin elasticity from deep within.

What I like: ★★★
The ultra thick texture firmly adheres to the skin, but I am surprised that it leaves no greasy finish.
As I only use it for my night skincare regime after a long day out, the cream can last really long too.


Texture: ★★★
Very thick and high adherence to the skin.

Fragrance: ★★★
It smells quite consistent for the whole series. Lovely!

The Face Shop YEHWADAM Snow Lotus Brightening Pearl Capsule Cream (50ml) @ RM257.90

Of course, the 5 basic skincare steps in the anti-aging line would be more effective when combined with the star product of YEHWADAM series – the all-new Pearl Capsule Cream, a special double care product with brightening, hydrating and anti-wrinkle benefits.

It's my first time seeing this new type of cream formula -- Real pearl-like capsules in the cream.

Function: ★★★
The pearls look so luxurious right? If you are looking for concentrated brightening skincare,
rich moisture and lifting benefits in one product, this is worth a try! 

Each pearl capsule contains concentrated glowing white pearls harvested from natural cultivation sites and rare snow lotus ingredients that help achieve the bright, glowing skin. To keep the nourishing ingredients fresh and effective, it is made into capsule form to minimize its contact with air, hence lesser oxidation and contamination of the product. 

How To Use: As a facial cream on its own / As a step before applying cream.

As Skincare
1. Use a spatula to scoop out moisturizing cream along with 3-4 pearl capsules.
2. Gently crush the pearl capsules and spread evenly all over the face.
3. Apply another layer of 2-3 pearl capsules to reduce discoloration.

Before Makeup
1. Mix 1-2 pearl capsules into your base makeup to give your skin a healthy glow.

Beauty Tips: Pat your face with your palms to aid absorption.

What I like: ★★
The brightening effect is instantaneous! It tones up the skin naturally as soon as it touches the skin. And I can use it alternately with Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum for the best of anti-wrinkle and brightening effect.

Texture: ★★★
The gel-like cream is rich and moisturizing, whereas the creamy capsule blends very well
into the gel without any sticky feeling. Plus, I like the fresh finish it gives to the skin.

Fragrance: ★★★
As I open up the luxurious bottle, it exudes a lovely floral aroma with hints of sweet peach.
So soft and calming to the soul.

My YEHWADAM Experience
Verdict: 
1. Overall, the YEHWADAM Revitalizing Anti-aging series is very different from any anti-aging line I've tried. It does not feel "heavy" on the skin or create any breakouts. ❤ 
2. YEHWADAM is effective to firm and moisturize the skin, allowing the skin texture to feel young again. I am loving it!
3. My favourite products? Definitely the YEHWADAM Revitalizing Serum and Snow Lotus Brightening Pearl Capsule Cream!

The Face Shop YEHWADAM skincare series is available at
selected outlets (http://bit.ly/2io0Zuy) and e-store (http://bit.ly/1knWHS3)

Don't forget to check out The Face Shop's latest updates too!
Website: www.thefaceshop.com.my

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