31 July, 2021

[BEAUTY] Review: Venamine Moroccan Argan Oil

It's been awhile of me staying at home due to the work-from-home arrangement, and that's definitely a positive change for me because I get to take care of my skin and groom my hair better everyday. I get to practise a more complete beauty regime (which I didn't have time for previously), and I am glad to have Venamine Argan Oil to accompany me throughout this journey.

Venamine Argan Oil (1.7oz / 50ml)

Originated from Korea, Venamine is a relatively new entrant in the argan oil market. It is purely made of 100% Moroccan Argan Oil and USDA Certified Organic, hence more eco-friendly, alcohol-free and safe for the skin.

Why organic argan oil? I personally have tried it and believe in its efficacy to nourish, soften, protect and repair the hair and skin. Plus, it is good to combat skin aging too. 

Choosing the right argan oil is important because some products out there may not be authentic. Don't worry, because Venamine precious oil is sourced from organically grown and harvested Argan trees.

Venamine Moroccan Argan Oil is a pure cold-pressed extra virgin premium moisturiser that works best for dry and damaged skin, as well as hair, scalp, face, body and nails. I love how versatile the product is, as it suits me from head to toe!

While it is pure and organic, it smells natural without any unpleasant fragrance.
Texture wise, the oil is flowy and not too thick for my liking.

For the skin, I love how it leaves my skin soft and well-moisturised. It does not feel too dry or too oily on the skin, and the absorption is quick after application. It feels comfortable and leaves no sticky residue on the skin.

Beauty Tips:
Sometimes I mix it with my foundation too, and it gives me an overall better glowing complexion. 

Simply apply a few drops of the argan oil onto the hands and let it seal both hands with softness and smoothness, especially after doing house chores. It works especially well on dry or scaly skin like mine. 

Apart from that, I enjoy using it on my hair ends too. I often have split ends due to frequent heat curling and hair dyes, so the argan oil can help repair and strengthen my hair, leaving it soft and glossy.

For our male friends out there, this oil can help boost facial hair growth too - if you'd like to grow beards.


As for the packaging, I love how it comes in a convenient 50ml (1.7oz) bottle with a pipette cap. Small, convenient to bring around and safe from unwanted leakages. This bottle will last me a long time because the amount applied through pipette is just right.

Verdict:
Overall, Venamine Moroccan Argan Oil is a very versatile product that suits both male and female. I love its exceptional nourishing, repairing and protective properties that keep my skin and hair healthy. 

Looking forward to trying out the upcoming beauty products by Venamine too!

For more information about Venamine, please feel free to visit:

30 July, 2021

Marrybrown Nasi Lemak Day - Buy 1 FREE 1 Promo

Good news! Hari Nasi Lemak MB™ is back!

Do you know that last year, Marrybrown, the first largest homegrown Halal fast food chain, declared 1st of August as "Marrybrown Nasi Lemak Day" to celebrate the nation's favourite Nasi Lemak? It marks Marrybrown's heritage and journey of serving Malaysians for the past 40 years.

Why 1st of August? Because nasi lemak, a communal dish that we eat growing up in every household, is often the first dish that comes to mind when one thinks of Malaysia. This dish best represents the roots, culture and identity of Malaysia.

Good things are meant to be shared. Last year, Marrybrown Nasi Lemak Day received the “Most Number of Nasi Lemak Packs Distributed in Multiple Locations” title from the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) for distributing more than 10,000 boxes of Nasi Lemak MB to customers at 151 restaurants nationwide.

This year, Marrybrown, is marching into its second year of Hari Nasi Lemak MB™. To reward the customers, Marrybrown is organising Shopee Sales with 5,000 packs of Nasi Lemak MB to be grabbed with Buy 1 Free 1 deals, priced from RM9.50 (making it a total of 10,000 Nasi Lemak MB packs).

Buy 1 FREE 1 Nasi Lemak MB™ Shopee Voucher from RM9.50 onwards!
*Exclusively available on Shopee on 1 August 2021 from 12am onwards.
*Voucher is redeemable at participating Marrybrown outlets from 2 - 31 August only.
*While stocks last

I am one of the first to grab this exclusive deal, and let's enjoy this warm plate of Nasi Lemak together with our dear family. 

Mmm....smell the aroma of the fragrant coconut rice, accompanied with a sizeable piece of juicy Marrybrown's Crispy Chicken, crunchy peanuts and anchovies, fresh cucumber and pappadom chips. And not forgetting the best part - Sambal - that integrates everything together as one.

It is also the symbol of unity, teamwork and harmony of Malaysia, just like how this keeps us going as Malaysians amidst the challenging period.

While every 1st of August symbolises Hari Nasi Lemak MB, fans can also expect fantastic deals for every 1st of the month to come for Nasi Lemak MB.  

Anyway, Happy Marrybrown Nasi Lemak Day once again and don't forget to share the Nasi Lemak with your loved ones, family and friends too!

For more information about Marrybrown, please visit:
 
#HariNasiLemakMB #HidanganKebanggaanKita #Marrybrown #MarrybrownMY
#SomethingDifferent #MB40thAnniversary #MBxShopee #ShopeeMY

29 July, 2021

Taiwan Expo in Malaysia 2021 Online @ 4-6 August 2021

Taiwan Expo in Malaysia 2021 is here! 

Similar to last year's virtual Taiwan Expo 2020, this year Taiwan Expo in Malaysia 2021 is also going online via an immersive 3D virtual reality exhibition from 4 August to 6 August 2021. No worries about any travel restrictions, because you'll get to explore Taiwan Expo anywhere you want, be it at home, office or cafe etc!

Organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Taiwan (R.O.C) and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan Expo is growing bigger and better this year! Being the most important business exchange platform between Malaysia and Taiwan, this online expo features 160 Taiwanese businesses who will be showcasing their products, services, and technology directly to Malaysian business owners with the aim of building mutually beneficial business synergies. 

It features a total of 10 themed pavilions revolving around 6 major pillars: 

1. Electronic Mobility
2. Post-Pandemic Era
3. Industry 4.0
4. Taiwan Lifestyle Products
5. Tourism and Culture
6. Halal Taiwan

Through a wide range of innovative products including smart devices, electronic mobility, healthcare and infection prevention products etc, I am sure that many exciting business opportunities are coming our way! 

Here are some of the key highlight events during this 3-day expo.

There are plenty of activities to be conducted across this 3-day Expo. Featuring brand-new 3D virtual exhibition hall this time, Taiwan Expo in Malaysia 2021 offers a highly customized business matching and one-on-one business negotiation platform with many new features added to facilitate business dealings.

Amongst the many features include a pre-exhibition preview, real-time interactive chat enabling guests to connect with exhibitors, improved user interface, convenient search feature, and a brand-new collection bar function that makes browsing and organizing information a breeze. The latest improved range of online services promise to bring visitors one step closer to a live experience.

Surely everyone can explore endless business opportunities at Taiwan Expo. All you need to do is to register with a TAITRA member to gain early access to the virtual exhibition.

E-Mobility Pavilion

Taiwan is a key player in the global smart vehicle market since the electric vehicle (EV) revolution. More than 30% of the components of Tesla’s first-generation Roadster were sourced from Taiwan, and subsequent models from Tesla continue to use many Taiwanese components. So, the E-Mobility Pavilion showcases state-of-the-art EV concepts and various implementations of the technology that are guaranteed to be an eye-opening experience. 

Taiwan Healthcare Pavilion

Another important aspect that we have been focusing on over the past year is health. At Taiwan Healthcare Pavilion, you'll get to experience various in-demand infection prevention solutions, antipathogen products, telemedicine systems, as well as a showcase of medical services from the famous Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Taiwan’s world-renowned universal healthcare system. 

Taiwan Excellence

Taiwan Excellence will continue its annual tradition of showcasing the highest-quality award-winning brands from Taiwan. Other products and services not to be missed include Industry 4.0 solutions, fitness equipment, smart transportation systems and e-sports products.

Halal Taiwan Pavilion

Many boba tea brands that Malaysians have come to love are now halal certified and are expected to significantly expand their reach to more consumers. The Halal Taiwan Pavilion brings together nine manufacturers of halal certified products including food, biotechnology products, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Manufacturers are seeking Malaysian partners to break into the Muslim markets across ASEAN and the Middle East.

Taiwan in Design Pavilion casts the spotlight on lifestyle improvements, technology living, sports, tea culture, and environment protection in a perfect demonstration of Taiwanese creativity to the world.

On the other hand, MEET Taiwan welcomes visitors to experience Taiwan for themselves once the pandemic is over by offering a peek of what Taiwan has to offer. Come enjoy a sneak preview of what some of the most popular travel destinations such as Chiayi City and Taipei City have to offer in beautifully crafted videos.

Apart from the exhibition, you can participate in the 1-on-1 e-meetings, and insightful online seminars (covering segments such as smart healthcare, smart machinery and Taiwan Halal products) too. 

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Don't forget to grab exclusive offers via “My Amazing Taiwan Deals” promotion campaign at Taiwan Expo’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TaiwanExpo.mys). It is a special collaboration with 10 local Malaysian companies such as Hawooo, Youbeli, Go Leaf, Shiny, Natural Beauty, Forest Beauty, BrightStar, The Alley, Devil Chicken and Taiwan's One Township One Product (OTOP) and others. Both online and offline channels will launch promotions from 28 July to 6 August, allowing Malaysians who love Taiwanese brands to dig for amazing deals.
 
Visit https://mys.taiwanexpoasean.com/ to participate in Taiwan Expo in Malaysia 2021 Online!

For more information about the event, please contact the Taiwan Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, at:
+60(3)20312388 / +6018-9589168 or email to kl@taitra.org.tw

Looking forward to participating in the Taiwan Expo 2022 in Malaysia again!

#taiwanexpo #taiwanexpoonline2021 #taiwan #taiwantravel
#taiwanexpomy #onlineexhibition #virtualexhibition

28 July, 2021

How to Accessorize a Dress

If you want to make a dress pop with style, you'll need to know how to accessorize with the appropriate pieces. You can't simply put on some jewelry and leave it there; there is a right and wrong way to accessorize. The following tips will show you how to make your dress appear more spectacular by finding the right way to make it more than it would be on its own. It’s not as hard as you might think.

Consider the Color

When it comes to accessorizing, the first thing to consider is the color of the dress itself. When you purchase a beautiful dress, you will have various shades to choose from, but don’t worry; it shouldn't matter what color you choose, as there will always be a way to accent it with the right accessories. So, choose the color you truly want, not the color you believe would be the simplest to add to.

Once you've decided on a dress, the next step is to choose the appropriate color accessories to go with it. It's ideal to go for a hue that's close to the dress's color but a bit darker or lighter. For example, if your dress is pale pink, pair it with a little darker pink jewelry, purse, or shoes. If you're wearing a dark blue dress, lighter blue accessories are a nice match.

If your dress is multicolored, choose one of the colors that jump out the most to you and match it with your accessories. This is why we say it doesn't matter what color you wear since there will always be something to add to the ensemble.

Consider the Cut

When it comes to adorning your dress, color is the most obvious – and possibly most essential – element to consider, but you must also consider the cut or shape. Wearing a necklace from Orocal with a U or V neck dress is excellent, particularly if the necklace hangs just over the top of the dress and has the same curve as the neckline.

If your gown has a high neck or a halter neck, avoid wearing a necklace if at all feasible. There is already a lot going on around the neckline, so anything more that attracts the attention would be much too much. Switch to a bracelet instead for this kind of cut – it will balance the top of the dress and make the ensemble much more appealing.

Consider the Occasion

It's not always about the appearance of the dress; sometimes, you need to think more about the occasion you’re wearing it to, and that’s what can influence the way you accessorize. Shoes are an excellent illustration of this. In some situations, flats and sandals will be completely fine, and sneakers may even look fantastic. Other times, even though more casual shoes look great with your dress, you'll need to wear something more formal.

In these circumstances, you can work backward to determine the kind of shoe you'll need to wear, starting with the occasion and then matching your outfit to the pair of shoes you've chosen.

13 July, 2021

Purple Cane 34th Anniversary Member Day Sale

Happy 34th Birthday, Purple Cane!

Being a tea lover, I have been a loyal fan of Purple Cane thus far. From my daily tea routine with Purple Cane's tea bags to my occasional visit to Purple Cane Tea Cuisine Restaurant, the experience is amazing. 

Now, Purple Cane is celebrating its 34th anniversary by rewarding us with  an exclusive once-a-year massive sales up to 63% OFF.

If you are a tea advocate like me, it's time to get ready for
Purple Cane 34th Anniversary Member Day Sale from 13 July to 1 August 2021!

Shop during this sale period at Purple Cane E-Shop (www.purplecane.my) or any Purple Cane Tea Art Centres nationwide, and you'll get to enjoy the following: 

❤ #1. Super Value Puer Bundles up to 63% off
❤ #2. Tea Leaves & Teaware up to 34% off
❤ #3. Special Selected Purple Clay & Purple Cane House Brand Teapots for up to 35% off
❤ #4. Lin’s Ceramics Series, Cane’s Tea Bags & Nett Price Items up 20% off

Exclusively for online shoppers 
❤ Enjoy FREE Shipping within West Malaysia with no minimum spend at www.purplecane.my until 1 August 2021
❤ Checkout with ShopeePay and receive RM3 cashback daily with minimum spend of RM15
*Valid once per day per user
*While stocks last / until fully redeemed
*T&C Apply

My two favourite Cane's tea bags are Green Tea and Slimtee. Highly recommended!

I love how Purple Cane emphasizes on "Live Life Green With Tea For Immunity Boosting". Definitely something we need during this pandemic period to stay calm, boost immunity and maintain good health mentally and physically.  

Apart from the tea bags, I am particularly fond of their tea leaves collection too. I believe they carry the most extensive range of imported Chinese tea in Malaysia; perfect for tea connoisseurs! Now, you get to enjoy up to 63% discount on their limited aged puer collection. 


It is the best time to add the Purple Cane's teaware including clay and ceramic products, into your collection too.

Don't forget to grab exclusive voucher giveaways total worth RM 3 million from the participating partners (TEAX, Purple Cane Tea Restaurant, Tea+, Signature Market, Youbeli, Cite, Love18, RT Pastry and more) here: bit.ly/PC34AnnGiveaway

Get additional Purple Cane RM30 cash voucher with minimum spend of RM100 online or in stores!

Feel free to join their membership for FREE as a Star Member or Gold Member to enjoy better Purple Cane Communi-tea Rewards! Let's drink more, save more and enjoy additional perks on your birthday month, members only promotions etc. More info here: https://bit.ly/PurpleCaneMembership

Let's enjoy our tea and continue to spread the tea culture!

For more information, please visit: 
Website: www.purplecane.my 
Instagram: @purplecane_tea

28 June, 2021

[Recipe Sharing] U.S. Potatoes FB Live Talk feat. Indra Balaratnam

Yay, staying home means more time to play masak-masak! 

One of my favourite cooking ingredients is U.S. Potato as it is healthy, nutritious and versatile in whipping up any type of dishes, ranging from appetizer, soup and mains to even dessert. And this round I am glad to catch the U.S. Potatoes FB Live Talk featuring the certified dietitian, Indra Balaratnam!  

Indra Balaratnam mentioned that she is extremely happy to collaborate with U.S. Potatoes to look at the versatility in the usage of U.S Potatoes and share their nutritional benefits, especially amidst these pandemic times, to ensure everyone can cook up a nutritious meal. This is definitely a great news for me as I have been working from home for more than a year now.  


Let's learn more about U.S Potatoes nutritional goodness!

Personally, U.S. Potatoes have been one of my family's favourite food to go for. The potatoes are grown in favorable soil, in ideal growing conditions and with plentiful water. And U.S. potato growers draw from generations of in-the-field experience to cultivate a premium product.

Here are some interesting facts about U.S. Potatoes:
❤ Gives 110 easy-to-digest calories, making more energy-dense than any other popular vegetables.
❤ An excellent source of carbohydrates: the primary fuel for your brain and muscles.
❤ Rich in potassium: To aid muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system functions during long endurance events, and maintain normal blood pressure. 
❤ Rich in Vitamin C: One medium size potato gives you about 30% of your daily value. Definitely helps to promote collagen production, iron absorption, and supporting the immune system naturally.
❤ High in fibre: One medium size potato with skin contributes about 7% daily value per serving, which helps to make us feel full longer and lower blood cholesterol. 
❤ Rich in Vitamin B6, a water-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. It is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin – an essential component of red blood cells.
❤ Contains 3 grams of plant-based protein per serving - our building block for growth and strong muscles and tissues.
❤ Rich in Vitamin B6folate, and antioxidants.
❤ .....most importantly, contains no fat, no sodium and no cholesterol!
 

After learning about the benefits of mighty U.S. Potatoes, Indra taught us some easy recipes to whip up different dishes at home using U.S. Potatoes. Indeed it is a very versatile ingredient that can be used to whip up any type of dishes, ranging from appetizer, soup and mains to even dessert. 

Here are two recipes I learned during the live talk: 
U.S. POTATO VEGGIE BURGER
Makes: 5 burger patties

Ingredients:
180 grams US Russet Potato – peeled, boiled and drained well
240 grams cooked chickpeas
4 Tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons flaxseed
3 Tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning spice
1 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
1 Tablespoon cooking oil
 
Steps:
1. Using a fork, mash up the cooked chickpeas and potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add in the breadcrumbs, flaxseed, walnuts, tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning spice, black pepper and salt to taste.
3. Mix well and evenly divide into 5 balls to shape into patties.
4. Heat the cooking oil in a non-stick pan and pan-fry till golden brown.
5. Create your veggie burger with any condiment combination you like such as mustard, mayonnaise, sliced tomatoes, pickles, sliced onions, slice of cheese or salad greens.

CREAM OF U.S. POTATO & BROCCOLI SOUP
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 medium U.S. Russet Potatoes – peeled and cut into small cubes
5 cups (1250 ml) vegetable stock
500 grams broccoli – cut into small pieces
150 ml low-fat milk
4 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and crushed black pepper to taste


Steps:
1. Place the U.S. Russet potatoes and vegetable stock in a pot and simmer for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
2. Then add in the broccoli and simmer for about 8 minutes more.
3. Pour the boiled mixture into a blender and blend till smooth.
4. Pour the blended mixture back into the pot, add the low fat milk and gently reheat.
5. Do not boil. Season with salt and crushed black pepper.
6. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Overall, it was a very information and interactive session with U.S. Potatoes.
Looking forward to cooking more healthy meals at home and trying out different recipes!

For more information about U.S. Potatoes, please visit:
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