16 October, 2018

Rosegal Halloween Sale

Oh hi, it's October and that means it's almost time for Halloween! Although there is no large-scale Halloween celebration in Malaysia, it is good to see various parties coming up at several bars and restaurants. If you are planning to dress up for the theme, here's some good news from Rosegal!


Rosegal Halloween Sale has started, and you can easily shop all the dresses, accessories and props you need for this season at slashed prices.

Here's where you should start looking at if you are going after your "best-dressed" title:

Women's Zombie Ghost Bride Fancy Dress Halloween Costume 
(Direct link: HERE)

For example, I have spotted this super gothic dress. If you want to go all out fashionably, complement this with eerie makeup and perhaps a wig too! Perfect for Halloween, don't you think so?

Spider Decoration Mask Face Veil Accessories for Women - Black
(Direct link: HERE)

Personally I find that hair accessories are extra important for Halloween to spice up that creepy-looking style :P This spider face veil is somehow very attractive, especially when you put on that hot red lipstick. 

Halloween Pumpkins Tree Print Wall Tapestry Hanging Decor
(Direct link: HERE)

And if you are the host, don't forget to put on a beautiful Halloween backdrop
so that your guests can take Instagram-worthy pictures on this very special day!

So yeah, here's a special discount code for you guys!

Use code "RGTina" for all orders with over USD25, save USD3
Use code "RGTina" for all orders with over USD50, save USD6
Use code "RGTina" for all orders with over USD100, save USD12

HAPPY SHOPPING!

13 October, 2018

[TRAVEL] 7D6N Melbourne Itinerary: Great Ocean Road 1-Day Tour

Let me take you to the Great Ocean Road! 

Oh hello, I am back with another travelogue in Melbourne! Driving around Melbourne has been really fun. From Melbourne Airport to Yarra Valley and Phillip Island, we are finally departing to the Great Ocean Road on the third day of our trip. 

06 October, 2018

[Spa Treatment Review] Swan Spa Village in Malacca

Over the weekend, I spend some quality time away from the crazy hectic routine in Malacca, for some good food, shopping and of course spa pampering session. Spa has been something I really need since months ago, and I'm glad to have this opportunity when we check into our hotel, Swan Garden Hotel in the Malacca town area. 

04 October, 2018

[TRAVEL] 7D6N Melbourne Itinerary: Phillip Island, Brighton Bathing Boxes & St Kilda


Oh hello, our trip in Melbourne continues! 

Day 2 in Melbourne continues with our journey of exploring Phillip Island Nature Parks before heading back to town and spend our night in St Kilda. So it's a day of being away from the city, staying close to the nature and enjoying winter breezes!



7D6N Itinerary in Melbourne
Day 0: KL - Melbourne
Day 1: Melbourne - Yarra Valley - Phillip Island (Blog)
Day 2Phillip Island Natural Parks - Brighton Beach - St. Kilda (Blog)
Day 3: Great Ocean Road (Blog) 
Day 4: Sightseeing in Melbourne CBD - Flinders Station, St Paul Cathedral,
State Library of Victoria, Block Arcade, Docklands (Blog)
Day 5: Yarra River, Queen Victoria Gardens, NGV Australia, Shrine of Remembrance (Blog)
Day 6: Hosier Lane, Queen Victoria Market, Richmond, Southbank (Blog)
Day 7: Melbourne - KL

02 October, 2018

Tips for Growing Out Your Hair

At some point we all dream of having long luscious locks that have grown all the way down to our waist but getting that length and keeping it that long are not that easy. There’s a lot that can go wrong and one mistake can lead to a nightmare of split-ends and dead straw-like hair. One main cause of hair loss is stress, you can avoid stress with fun hobbies like gaming on top new uk slots.

So, here’s a couple of tips to get that dream length without looking like a Barbie doll that’s gone wrong.

01 October, 2018

[BEAUTY] Review: THE FACE SHOP x KAKAO Friends Sweet Apeach, Sweet Collaboration

Are you an user of KakaoTalk? If yes, I'm sure you'd know this fun and flirty peach character, Apeach (어피치)! Since in Korea, KakaoTalk is an extremely popular messaging app while THE FACE SHOP is a leading beauty brand there, what could be more perfect than having this cutest collaboration between the two industry giants?

29 September, 2018

5 Fruits & Vegetables that will Help Your Skincare Rregime

There are so many products out there that can give you the skin that you dream of. So, if you’ve just won some cash playing new online slots uk why not invest it into improving your skincare regime. 

Moisturisers and creams, face masks and more, are all designed by companies to work towards improving your skin and helping you look and feel better. Hydrated skin is at the center of all good skincare and this is something that isn’t only achieved by cosmetics. 

28 September, 2018

[BEAUTY] Neogence Hydrating Skincare from Taiwan

Do you know that water is our skin's best friend? 

At my age, people have been telling me that I need to start using anti-aging skincare but at the same time I feel the need for whitening and moisturising skincare too. Here comes the big question: If there is only one type of skincare series that I have to choose, what would it be?

26 September, 2018

[New Menu] Porkilicious Meal in MARCO Creative Cuisine, 1 Utama

Welcome to the heaven of creative food! 

After our first visit to MARCO Creative Cuisine for its value-for-money 7-course menu last year, now we are back here again to try out its all-new ala carte menu which boasts a complete selection of entree, pasta, main courses and desserts; each of which comes with creative injections of food elements from around the world. 

Surrounded by white walls with gold ribbons, the elegant ambiance in this 62-seater restaurant has never failed to exude a sense of class and comfort which enhances our dining experience here. 

Not forgetting to mention that there is a jellyfish glass display at the entrance which is also 
the center of attention among patrons who walk past MARCO.

I am sure you would love to drop by for a photo or two too.

Wanna have some porky treats? Find them right here in MARCO!

I notice the menu invented by Chef-owner Daren Leong, is very much inspired by the French cooking style. However, with Chef Daren's strong commitment in experimenting with flavours and textures of food, every dish served in MARCO is full of creativity and unique on its own.

ENTREE
Aromatic Chicken Consomme (香浓鸡汤) @ RM20

To begin with some flavours closer to our root, we savour the warm consomme of chicken broth served in a coffee plunger. To my delight, this classic French-style clarified soup tastes more intense than our usual chicken broth. 

In fact, every sip of the chicken consomme yields delicious sweetness
with refined taste of aromatic herbs and spices. Simple yet soul-comforting!

Ratatouille with Kimchi Puree (法式泡菜泥炖菜) @ RM25

Another entree we have is again, a traditional French offering, but now it is infused with Asian touches. The mosaic arrangement of thinly-sliced zucchini, eggplant, tomato, and confit in piperade sauce is a hearty appetizer on its own, but it is the tangy kimchi paste that spices up the overall flavours and keeps us craving for more. 

MAIN
Pork Loin Steak (低温调猪排) @ RM40
with choices of sides (truffle fries, roasted vegetables or salad)
and sauce (olive and butter, blue cheese or thick sauce)

When it comes to the mains, of course we would not miss the new porky dish! Unlike many rock-hard pork steak out there, MARCO's sous vide pork loin steak comes in a perfect ratio of lean meat and fatty layer, and feels extremely tender and juicy on the mouth.

The olive and butter dip is great to enhance the overall savoury taste, but for those with more adventurous taste buds, try it with blue cheese dip and you'd be surprised by the synchronicity of flavours!

Bacon & Egg Spaghetti (培根鸡蛋意大利面) @ RM33

While new dishes are worth trying, we don't mind coming back for MARCO's No. 1 signature pasta -- a very well-portioned Japanese-inspired spaghetti cooked in bacon dashi (Japanese-style stock), accompanied by streaky bacon, shimeiji mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes and 75°C egg. 

Don't forget to mix all the condiments together for a more balanced taste.
I personally enjoy the blend of gooey egg and bacons which make the dish so savoury and filling.


DESSERT
Sticky Date Pudding (马六甲黑糖枣蓉布丁配雪糕) @ RM19

As a finale of our sumptuous meal, we opt for the house-made sticky date pudding which sits boldly on a base of salted Gula Melaka sauce and is crowned with a crisp sesame almond tuile, and generous scoop of rum and raisin ice cream. Lovin' its irresistibly rich sweetness and subtle hint of saltiness in it.

Brulee Cheesecake (available from October 2018 onwards) 

As a special treat before we call it a night, we get to sample the latest creation in the house which combines our two favourite desserts -- Creme Brulee and Cheesecake -- into one. 

Cracking into the crisp burnt sugar topping of this creamy cheesecake will get you into the light and fluffy center of sweetened cream cheese and crumbly base. Don't forget to pair it with the dollops of lemon cream for a refreshing touch. 

French Press @ RM9 / Americano @ RM9 
Finally, let's wash down the meal with a cup of single origin French Press coffee. 

Apart from the above ala carte dishes, MARCO also serves weekday value lunch sets (main + soup + salad) from 11am to 5pm. And the price is only from RM19.80! Great for those working in the vicinity of Bandar Utama. 

Verdict:
1. The wide-ranging unique and creative menu in MARCO makes it a great venue for those seeking for gastronomical pleasures without burning a hole in the pocket.  
2. Recommended dishes: Bacon & Egg Spaghetti, Pork Loin Steak, Brulee Cheesecake

Marco Creative Cuisine
Lot G146, Ground Floor (Old Wing)
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Petaling Jaya,
47800 Selangor.

Reservation: +603-7731 8923
Email: reservation@marcocreativecuisine.com
Website: www.marcocreativecuisine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marcocreativecuisine
Instagram: www.instagram.com/marcocreativecuisine

Business Hours: 10am – 10pm daily

23 September, 2018

Anlene Heart Smart Workshop in Pantai Hospital KL : How to Eat Smart, Move Smart & Sleep Smart?

It is an educational Saturday morning well spent at the "Heart Smart Workshop” held jointly by Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Anlene in conjunction with the World Heart Day. During the workshop, we are lucky to have specialists in various areas to share tips on how to eat, move and sleep smart for a healthier heart.

22 September, 2018

5 Foods for a Restful Night’s Sleep

Getting some good quality shut eye is essential to everyone, so whether you need 4 hours of sleep a night or if you need your full 8 hours, you need good quality sleep to ensure you’re ready for the day of the head and for your overall health and well-being. Not only this, but good quality sleep can reduce the risks of chronic illnesses impeding on your health as-well-as keeping both your gut and your brain healthy and helping to give your immune system a much needed boost.

Why You Should Visit Las Vegas at Least Once in Your Life

Vegas needs to be every gambler’s bucket list destination. There’s something about all the glitz and glamour of the city that draws your attention. If it isn’t the flashing lights, 24-hour casinos, mix of cultures that won’t hook you, then it’s the vibrant nightlife.

20 September, 2018

[BEAUTY] Review: Kate Tokyo Liquid vs Gel Eyeliner

During the early days when I first started using eyeliner, I used to choose only crayon type liner because it is super easy to use for beginners. Soon, as I slowly master the art of drawing eyeliner, I am always on the quest of searching for the finest, most long-lasting eyeliner until I've found Kate Tokyo.

God knows how many Kate Tokyo eyeliners I have used since then, and I have never opted away from it despite of many other beauty brands out there.

18 September, 2018

How to Make the Most Out of Your Trip to Brighton

Brighton is, and has been for many many decades, primarily known as a holiday destination. In the old days it used to be a favourite holiday spot to elope from London for the money owning classes. Nowadays it is still a favourite place to visit amongst the British public, but is much more widely accessible and enjoyed by people from all over the place.

So get the train from Victoria and pop down for the weekend – these are some of the things that come highly recommended. Understandably though, not everyone has the time to go on trips so why not relax over at wizardslots.com.

16 September, 2018

[TRAVEL] 2D1N in Yarra Valley & Phillip Island, Melbourne, Australia

Greetings from Melbourne! 

It's the beginning of spring in Australia, and I am super excited to be back to Australia for its chilly end-of-winter season after my 4D3N trip to Sydney exactly one year ago. I guess when I first went to Australia last year, I have fallen in love with the country and promised myself another winter trip here. 

One year later, today I made it to Melbourne with a bunch of good friends. And the best part is, I have doubled the duration of stay here to 8 days so that I can have sufficient time to explore both the city of Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs / country sides. 



7D6N Itinerary in Melbourne
Day 0: KL - Melbourne
Day 1: Melbourne - Yarra Valley - Phillip Island (Blog)
Day 2Phillip Island Natural Parks - Brighton Beach - St. Kilda (Blog)
Day 3: Great Ocean Road (Blog) 
Day 4: Sightseeing in Melbourne CBD - Flinders Station, St Paul Cathedral,
State Library of Victoria, Block Arcade, Docklands (Blog)
Day 5: Yarra River, Queen Victoria Gardens, NGV Australia, Shrine of Remembrance (Blog)
Day 6: Hosier Lane, Queen Victoria Market, Richmond, Southbank (Blog)
Day 7: Melbourne - KL


Roamingman Portable WiFi keeps me connected throughout the trip.

For this Melbourne trip, I opt for a pocket wifi instead of local simcard because Roamingman device allows for high-speed data connectivity and can be shared among 5 devices. No issues of connecting to the Internet at all, except for some outskirt areas such as Great Ocean Road. 

Nevertheless, the device can last up to 12 hours upon a full charge and it is more cost effective for those travelling in groups. 

$$$
RM38 per day for 3GB daily data capacity
*You can collect the device one day before departure, and return the device within 2 days upon arrival

The second thing you must have here is a myki card, a prepaid 'touch-and-go' card for Victoria's public transport network including train, tram, bus and coach. Available in any 7-Eleven stores.

$$$
AUD6 per card, plus minimum reload of AUD10 (=RM48) 

Hertz Rental of Toyota Camry for 4 pax with 1 medium-sized suitcase (24") each

As we are visiting tourist attractions outside of Melbourne city, renting a car is definitely cheaper than signing up for day tours (as we are travelling in 4). Hertz is one of the most prestigious vehicle rental brands in Australia, so no doubt the rate may be slightly higher than its competitors. However, service wise, Hertz is excellent.

As we opt for car pick-up at the airport (additional surcharge applied), we save the hassle of travelling downtown with our luggages. Our Toyota Camry is in excellent condition, and overall is a comfortable ride for our first 3 days around Melbourne before returning it to Hertz Melbourne CBD office.

$$$
AUD650 for 3-day rental including insurance, full tank petrol and tolls (=RM1,950)

Now let's zoom into the first day of my trip to Melbourne...

DAY 1: Melbourne - Yarra Valley - Phillip Island

Upon arrival at Melbourne Airport around 11am, we drive 60km east (roughly 1 hour) to the cool-climate Yarra Valley wine country, the home of premium chocolate, cheese and wine. And this breathtaking mountainous view is all we see along the journey, so beautiful and soul-calming! I swear I have not seen so much of greenery for the entire year. 

They say if you are up for a tasting of good cheese and high-quality chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine, then Yarra Valley is the right place to go. The grand champagne house Moët & Chandon complete with tasting bar and cellar is located right here, but unfortunately our schedule of the day is rather tight hence we have to skip this :( 

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
35 Old Healesville Rd,
Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia.
Contact: +61 3-9730 2777

Website: yvci.com.au
Facebook: fb.com/YarraValleyChocolaterie
Instagram: @yarravalleychocolaterie
Business Hours: 9am -5pm everyday (except Christmas Day)

Well, wine aside, the next thing that probably attracts you more is the chocolate and ice cream. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is probably the sweetest destination of the day! Here we get to watch the European Chocolatiers hand craft over 250 different chocolate products.

The chocolate showroom is filled with thousands of couverture delights, including uniquely flavoured chocolates as well as bath and body products made of chocolates. Seriously, chocolate lovers gonna go gaga here!

Oh did I forget to mention that this chocolate haven offers free entry with abundant free chocolate and ice cream tastings? You can grab as many chocolate beads as you want - available in milk, white and dark flavours. 

Spotted a monster chocolate bar of 1 metre long!

After the yummy chocolate experience, it's time to get some real food (as we are feeling peckish after a long overnight flight)! Tucked at the corner of the chocolate house, there is an all-day cafe serving breakfast and lunch with specialty dessert items. 

So here goes our simple brunch - pasta, sandwiches and hot chocolate - overlooking the vast 16-hectare valley. Such picturesque view is just so comforting that we wish to stay longer here. 



And the temperature on a sunny afternoon in Yarra Valley is slightly lower than 15°C.
Perfect weather for a cup of specialty hot chocolate!

Nobody should leave without a picture with this scenic valley. 

How about some desserts after lunch? There are over 12 flavours of gelato, sorbet and froyo for you to choose from. 

Coincidentally during our visit on a Saturday, it is having a High Tea Chocolaterie event where guests are pampered with decadent delights, petite pastries plus sweet and savoury treats prepared by the French Pastry Chef! For latest updates on events, don't forget to stalk them on social media.


$$$
AUD59 per person for a high tea set 


Thank you Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery for the experience (and FUN!).


Yarra Valley Dairy
After sinking our teeth into lots of chocolate, we then hunt for some cheese and wine. Just a quick 10 minutes drive away from the chocolatier, we arrive at Yarra Valley Dairy which is famous for its handmade farmhouse cheeses

Yarra Valley Dairy 
70-80 MC Meikans Rd,
Yering VIC 3770, Australia.
Booking: +61 3-9739 0023 / 1222
Email: mail@yvd.com.au

Website: yvd.com.au
Facebook: fb.com/YVDairy
Instagram: @yvdairy
Business Hours: 10.30am - 5pm everyday (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

Cheese lovers like me would definitely look forward to having an one-of-a-kind cheese tasting experience because all the cheeses available at the cheese shop come from the original 100-year-old milking shed located right next to it. 


In short, it means that we can enjoy delicious, fresh artisan cheeses from both cows and goats milk, produced freshly from this cheese farm cum factory! 



Frankly, it is my first time tasting cheese this way! The cheese tasting is complimentary for any group of 8 people or less - YES, IT'S FREE. We get to try 6 different cheeses (randomly selected everyday) from the entire range of over 15 cheeses available for purchase.


Most of the cheeses are soft, in a style that reflects the farmhouse cheese of France and Italy, including the much loved Persian Fetta. Although I am a huge fan of cheese, I find that some cheeses have really acquired taste and may not suit everyone's palate. 

For groups of more than 8 people, just pay an AUD3 tasting fee and you'll get to experience the same cheeses - but be sure to make your bookings. 

What's better than pairing the fresh handmade cheeses with locally produced wines from independent winemakers? How I'd wish we have more time to sit down and enjoy a cheese platter while sipping on glasses on wine. 

Plenty of local jams, freshly baked loaves and handmade items are available in the cheese shop too.

Penguin Parade, Phillip Island Nature Park
Our third stop of the day, which is also the main highlight of the trip, is the Penguin Parade in Phillip Island. We have to leave Yarra Valley early because Penguin Parade is 1.5-hour drive away and the recommended penguin viewing time during winter is around 6pm. We are glad to be able to arrive on time and wait for the arrival of little penguins. 

Penguin Parade
1019 Ventnor Rd,
Summerlands VIC 3922, Australia.

Website: penguins.org.au
Facebook: fb.com/PhillipIslandNatureParks
Business Hours: 10am - 6pm everyday 


I'd personally recommend this as one of the must-visit attractions in Melbourne! Why? Simply because you don't get to watch a penguin colony's sunset waddle from the sea to their burrows everyday.


The usual ticket for General Viewing is priced at AUD26.20 (=RM79) and for Penguin Plus at AUD52.50 (=RM157) per person. But I manage to purchase my ticket at a cheaper price and skip the long queue at the counter via Klook

Just head to this website and you'll see plenty of options for Phillip Island attractions.

You can get RM20 OFF for your first purchase on Klook using my promo code:
KLOOKFISH

*Promo code is valid for all activities on Klook across the globe
including Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and more

Phillip Island Combo Ticket @ RM175 per pax
Just flash the email confirmation from Klook at the counter and redeem the tickets without queuing!

Free parking is available on site, but be sure to allocate a further 20 minutes walking time from the bridge to get to the Penguin Parade. Public transportation is a little difficult here, so joining a tour is the next best option apart from driving :) 


Spot the huge crowd in front of us! Approaching sunset, everyone is rushing towards to
the beachside to get a good viewing spot of the penguins.


As the sky falls, we can hear the ‘huk-huk’ sound of penguins as they gather in their groups and begin moving towards the shore. It is fun to watch these cute little penguins so closely as they emerge from the waves, then waddle across the beach toward their burrows in the dunes. 

Penguin Plus - our up-close viewing platform

As much as I want to take the pictures of penguins, I can't because photography is not allowed. Anyway, here's some pictures from the official website of the penguins waddling along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade. 

Yes, waddling is what they do, and they can waddle really fast!

Travelling Tips: Be sure to wear thick clothes during winter as the viewing platform can be very cold and windy in the evening. 

After such an unique penguin viewing experience, I am so tempted to bring the penguin plush toy home!


End of Day 1...
Xpress Gourmet Pizza & Pasta
Shop 1/72 Chapel St, 
Cowes VIC 3922, Australia.
Contact: +61 3 5952 2085

Facebook: fb.com/xpressgourmetpizza
Instagram: @xpressgourmetpizza_dromana
Business Hours: 5pm - 9.30pm daily /
5pm - 10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays)

Our day in Philip Island concludes with a simple meal from the famous pizza chain in Melbourne. Three whole pizzas full of meats, cheese and eggs are a tad overwhelming for us, thanks to the huge pizza size in Australia (9" small and 12" medium). Nevertheless, such warm and hearty meal is great for the cold evening. 

Finally we head to our Airbnb in Ventnor (15 minutes drive away) and call it a night before continuing to explore the remaining parts of Phillip Island Nature Parks on the following day. 


Next up: What are the other attractions in Phillip Island Nature Parks? We spend another 2 days driving around the country areas and the remaining 3 days in Melbourne CBD. Stay tuned for my next update! 


More about my Melbourne travelogue:
#1 2D1N in Phillip Island, Brighton & St Kilda
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