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    10 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baby Shower Shine!

    January 27th, 2015

    It’s all about babies these days!

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    A Baby Shower

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    When it comes to life’s biggest events, you don’t get much bigger than the birth of a baby. And so it follows that the shower leading up to this occasion should be appropriately meaningful. Happily, this does not require slaving over a fantastically elaborate spread, which could cost you a bomb nowadays.
    To truly honour these new beginnings and elicit “oohs and aahs” from your guests, all you need is a little creative vision and a few personal touches.

    Whether you’re looking for creative, non-cheesy shower baby shower games or simple ways to dress up your sweets, there’s a unique idea to suit any party style. I get inspired with all the tips and tricks that I stalked quite a lot from Pinterest.
    So here’s my little compilation of some “Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baby Shower Shine!”
    Happy Showers!

    1. Tea Time or Breakfast Baby Shower
    It’s quite a norm for baby showers to be afternoon affairs, but you could throw a breakfast baby shower for a friend instead! As an early morning shower is an unexpected idea and a great way to start the day.

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    You could even plan a “HOME BABY SHOWER” instead of throwing it at fancy restaurants or cafes with tea, coffee and some homemade savouries plus desserts!

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    2. Decorate Your Desserts
    To create clever sweets like these cupcakes, you could top plain desserts / food with themed flags. Add a few props to the display to make it even more eye-catching.

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    3. Creative Onesie / Romper Clothesline
    Go for unique, practical shower decor by setting up a onesie clothesline. You can even make your own cut-out onesies to create a banner.
    However by using real rompers/ onesies, you could double as a gift post party!

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    More pictures on Mini C Baby Shower :)

    If you prefer simple banners, you could do your own party flags easily :)

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    4. Popcorn Bar
    Simple to set up and easy for guests to navigate, a popcorn bar is a great grab-and-go snack for friends to enjoy throughout the shower or as a favour. I’ve been wanting to do a popcorn bar! Perhaps during next party haha.

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    5. Bib-Decorating Contest
    Let guests flex their creativity by putting together a bib-decorating contest. Even better? The parents-to-be will have plenty of options once the baby arrives!

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    6. Wishes For the Baby
    Guests can offer their best wishes for the baby, which is a special way for friends and family to give some heartfelt advice.

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    7. Diaper Cake
    As anyone who has ever been near a baby, let alone had one knows babies use a lot of diapers. A creative and really useful gift, it will make a great centrepiece too! Affordable & thoughtful, it is one of the perfect as gift for the parents-to-be.

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    8. Sweet Thank You Notes
    Pick up some adorable baby shower thank you notes or make your own!

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    9. Make the Little One his/ her First ABC Book
    Get your guests together and start showing off your artwork by drawing pictures that represents the alphabets!
    It’s really fun! You’ll get to do colouring again!

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    10. Set a Theme
    Be it a Theme Colour or Character, planning showers with a theme is much easier.
    You could also adapt these baby themes for their fullmoon or birthday parties too. Here’s some simple reference that we have done.

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    Rocking Horse Theme

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    Blue & Yellow Baby Shower for Baby Boy’s arrival

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    Pink Baby Shower for Baby Girl’s arrival

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    Congrats to @mocas and her hubby! 

    Just to share some easy ideas for throwing a sunny shower that everyone will enjoy! :)
    Happy Planning!

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    Vendors to share for parties/ showers:

    Rainbow Dreams Balloons are giving out 20% Discounts on all Balloons Deco & Dessert table settings when you quote “Brought up 2 Share”!

    That’s a great deal! So if you’re planning a party, decorate with Rainbow Dreams Balloons to celebrate!
    Email : [email protected] Or call / Whatsapp Mei Yen: +6012 379 8318

    And as for the Diaper Cake, we ordered from:
    Shene’s Diaper Cake Creations
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    Wondermilk Cafe @ Publika, KL

    January 24th, 2015

    Our ideal day of day off is not complete with a morning spent in one of its many cafes at Publika. This would be our first visit to Publika since my confinement days are over and we are quite particular on the dining environment nowadays, unlike last time.
    Why?
    Because we have a Mini C with us. Hehe.
    We have to make sure the surroundings are not too noisy cos he’s such a light sleeper, clean cos he’s still less than 3 months old, cooling & cosy so that he will feel comfortable. When he’s comfortable, we would be comfortable too while enjoying our food. Haha.

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    As our main purpose of the outing was to bring Mini C for pictures with the 1600 pandas (it’s only until tomorrow!), we had brunch at Wondermilk :)
    And I’ve a thing for cute cafes. I don’t mind spending my off day daydreaming about cozying up indoors with a hot chocolate or coffee in a cute cafe.

    We’ve known Wondermilk as a place for just cupcakes as they originated as the creator of unique cupcake phenomenon in Klang Valley labeled as “Cuppacakes” which most of us would order for friend’s birthday during my Uni days. Ever since they evolved from solely cute cupcakes to
    popular urban café named Wondermilk Café, we didn’t really pay attention to them until recently. Oops! They serve hot food too okay :)

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    Wondermilk café serves breakfast, brunch to dinner and besides just a coffee and cake, one of the menu’s highlights is their cupcakes of course.
    I love the whole design of the cafe as it’s beautifully designed with touches of youthful, colourful, vibrant & cheerful ambiance. Also a children-friendly place with a kids corner ;)

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    It’s also the perfect spot to pick up gifts for friends, as some of their cakes and biscuits are already beautifully gift wrapped :)

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    Say what you will about cupcakes, but we’re getting not over them. I personally love cupcakes (Chris don’t) if they are not too sweet. So I usually prefer butter cream icing over those sugary icing. I love looking at them though, cos they are pretty.
    What are your thoughts on cupcakes?
    Like any trend, the cupcake trend soared so high and fast that many people started questioning: “What’s so great about cupcakes, anyway?”
    But we thought they do still capture many people’s heart eyes. Haha. And I’m one of them.

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    Many cupcakes to choose from with different flavours & designs at Wondermilk.

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    Hot Chocolate – RM8
    Flat White – RM8
    Said to be freshly brewed, but I think you could probably forget about getting a good cuppa here as the hot chocolate wasn’t as rich as it claimed to be. And as for the coffee, it wasn’t up to our expectation too. Pure bitterness with no aroma. Hmm… That’s pretty bad huh.
    Maybe our perfect cup of coffee is served in a proper cup with beautiful latte art on it to cheer our day up. LOL!

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    Howdy Folks – RM19.90
    Chicken sausage, toast, scrambled eggs, turkey ham, potatoes, sautéed mushroom, cherry tomatoes & fruit salad. Was recommended by their friendly staff to try their breakfast bestseller. Scrambled eggs was too dry :(
    Others were alright but nothing really to shout about.

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    Baked Potato with Chicken filing – RM12.90
    You can choose between chicken, tuna or beef rasher but we chose chicken. Brimmed with cheese & chicken cubes, this is one sinfully filing portion. Loaded with carbs, protein & dairy! Chris is not a big fan but I liked it because I love baked potatoes!

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    Mushroom Melt Sandwich – RM13.90
    Stackes of sauteed mushrooms grilled with cheese on their homemade soft white bread baked daily. This order saves the day! Our favourite among all, flavoursome mushrooms with cheese sandwiched in between! But we find the overall presentation kinda dry with their toasted bread & fries as sides. Tastewise, it was good.

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    **We guess Wondermilk are better off with Cupcakes overall. Yikes!

    A day out with 1600 + 1 Pandas!
    Dressed Mini C up in matching Panda outfit :)

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    OOTD: all from H&M

    Through this collaboration with the artist, French sculptor Paulo Grangeon using recycled paper, 1,600 sculptures may sound like quite an amount but in truth, they represent the alarming number of pandas left in the wild. Gasp!
    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) aims to raise awareness on the state of our natural environment and the importance of panda conservation efforts and sustainable development.

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    HALAL
    Wondermilk
    Lot G2-7/G2-8
    Publika Solaris Dutamas
    Tel: +603 6211 1092

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    Naughty Nuri’s @ Desa Sri Hartamas, KL

    January 16th, 2015

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    Gone are the days when the western barbecue trend was kinda forgotten, today the city’s pit masters are smoking meat to compete with the best of them. Restaurants in KL are having it pretty good when it comes to serious smokehouses. The BBQ boom at Desa Sri Hartamas of the last few months has given rise to some of the best regional low-and-slow cooking outside the barbecue belt. Say, Naughty Babe Dirty Duck and now Naughty Nuri’s!
    Looks like competition is fierce.

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    Naugthy Nuri’s is in town!

    “BBQ Ribs with the kicking flavour! Soft meat texture penetrated with flavoursome sauce from marination that’ll not stick on the bone”

    That was what we claimed at Naughty Nuri’s in Ubud, Bali.

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    I was a little over the moon when we found out our favourite BBQ restaurant originated from Bali, Indonesia has finally reached KL. So we tied on bibs and left a trail of wet-naps behind in our quest to try their ribs here. Locally.
    Such unbutton-the-pants gusto, burning even by gluttonous barbecue standard, makes Naughty Nuri’s a great place to hang out. A funky streetside food haven, especially for the “naughty but nice!” With wicked ribs and brutal martinis, fun times and smiles are guaranteed.
    Located beside Bricks & Barrels, you will get to enjoy live music from the band performing next door too.
    The whole place is spacious, cooling and comfortable as I thought I would be very stuffy initially. Even though we were seated next to the barbecue pit (Can’t make reservations if less than 8 pax, that’s why), we don’t smell barbecued at all. Great ventilation.

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    Want a drink? You’ll won’t have to make a separate trip to the bar as they will come dance to you when you order their cocktails! Very entertaining with their “shake shake” dance.

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    Cold Beer & Pork – so meant to be!

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    Naughty Nuri’s 1995 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs (1 slab – RM39)
    Specially marinated with Balinese spices & char grilled with their special sauce till its flavour is enhanced. Finger lickin’ good ribs that everyone will order when they visit Naughty Nuri’s. Penetrated with mega flavours. However, we find the sauce was a little too much, like it wasn’t just glazing the meat but drenching it.
    Compared to the version in Bali?
    Still no “pull-off bone” yet but the flavour is great.
    Portion wise, we have no complains though some might say it’s too small. Very subjective. Try it yourself. Haha.
    All in all if compared to Naughty Babe, the latter won our heart more.

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    Grilled Smokin’ Oriental Pork Belly Salad – RM23.80
    Char grilled oriental marinated pork belly on a bed of mixed salad dressed with cucumber, tomatoes, pineapple, boiled eggs drizzled with sesame soy sauce dressing

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    Potato Bacon Grenade Bombs – RM18
    Crispy deep fried breaded bacon wrapped in potatoes melted with cheddar cheese and accompanied with cocktail sauce. We love this finger food! Not too oily, each bite is bursting with cheesy carbs and fragrant bacon bits.

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    Asian Ham Porky Fries – RM18
    Served with chillies mayonaise. Hmmm.. luncheon meat?

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    Indonesian Style Mee Goreng – RM18
    Hello “Indo-Mee”!. Stir fried mee goreng with mix vegetables, onions, chillies & sliced pork with black sauce. Great portion, the noodles was deliciously stir fried.

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    Grilled Corn on Cob – RM6
    Thought it was like the Bali version where corns are grilled over the pit, brushed with Kicap Manis. Not the case here for this one.

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    Celebrating AiWei’s birthday, we were very happy overall with the food, beer, cocktail & our BFFs meet up!

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    The pretty birthday girl, Ai Wei :)

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    Naughty Nuri’s
    2 Gr Floor, Jalan 24/70A
    Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL
    Tel: 019-3399611
    Business hours: 4pm – 2am

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    Post Natal Lymphatic Cellulite Massage by Neutrosense

    January 6th, 2015

    Pregnancy and birth have always been a magical time for mothers, be it for the first time or for successive children. We, as Asian mothers have been known to set aside a confinement period of at least 30 days to help us recover after the changes brought upon our physical and psychological being.
    Well, yes of course we gained weight. Lots of weight!
    Some will say, “It’s wind!”
    While some mentioned, “Water retention”.

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    Most of us will follow a strict regime of diet and traditional treatments such as herbal bath (I did ginger bath daily), stomach binding and massage to help us relax and recover our pre natal shapes.

    What are the benefits of the postnatal massage?

    • The postnatal massage is believed to:
    • Improve blood circulation;
    • Expel “wind”
    • Lift back the womb and keep it from sagging
    • Break down fat
    • Tone and shape the body to help the new mom get her pre-baby body back
    • Speed up overall recovery from labour and birth

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    And thanks to Neutrosense, they help me regain my confidence, my body & state of mind back.
    Neutrosense recommended me to go for their Lymphatic Cellulite Massage, which is the best option for post natal & best to be conducted during confinement.
    It’s benefits?

    • Slimming
    • Reduces wind & water retention
    • Drain toxin from our body
    • Solve obstruction problem
    • Burns fats

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    All that we need to gain our pre-baby body back, eliminate toxins & improve blood circulation.
    They uses the Alqvimia Massage Oil which helps to shape our figure in a natural and effective way, preventing excess weight and liquid retention through its draining action, activating micro-circulation, while toning the skin.
    Also, the usage of ginger oil with this Alqvimia oil concurrently helps to expel wind and warm the body as well as promoting good blood circulation and burn off stubborn fats!

    On top of that, they also uses the Chinese traditional detox Brusher for improvement of blood circulation & reducing wind. Their service also includes breast massage that will stimulate milk production. Great for breastfeeding mommies!

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    Since my pain threshold is low when they massage my tummy area, they considerately advised me to opt for the usage of machine which help to break down fats faster (also in the package). This treatment not only helps your tummy muscles realign, it also eases tired and sore muscles. The massage is also very helpful if your stomach muscles have separated.

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    Lifting back the womb

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    In today’s urban setting, where many young couples and nuclear families live far away from extended family, this reliable and comforting support system comes handy!

    Though I’ve some more kilos to loose, but my tummy area have flatten a lot & lost some inches on my waist compared to when I’ve just gave birth to Mini C. Saying goodbye to cellulites was even happier! Now gotta watch over my diet by eating healthy & adding some light exercises would definitely help.

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    Thanks to Neutrosense for the confidence :)
    Having a baby might gain you weights and fats that you fear you might not loose but with post natal massages & self discipline, we will enjoy exhilarating moments when we meet our baby. Well, life will be chock full of amazing moments from then!

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    Post Natal Lymphatic Cellulite Massage
    They also offer HOUSE VISITING SERVICES for this massage too
    For enquiries on their packages, please call for appointment:
    Ariel: 012 297 2817
    Jessy: 012318 8902

    or visit their office at:
    Neutrosense Face & Body
    C-12-6, Dataran 3 Two business centre,
    Section 19, Jalan 19/1,
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
    Tel: 03-7954 6311

     

    For dear readers who are interested, here’s a special promotion if you quote “Brought up 2 SharE” when you walk in their office:
    RM128 for a full set of:

    • 45min Foot Spa with Chinese herbs

    • 90min Lymphatic Massage + Brush

    • 20min Steam bath

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    Neroteca Italian Restaurant @ Lorong Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur

    January 3rd, 2015

    Do you know?
    When it comes to romance, lusty Italian food is an aphrodisiac.
    From pasta to pizza to antipasti, there’s an extensive library of Italian recipes and food that offers the best of this Mediterranean cuisine.
    And the diverse cuisine of Italy is showcased at Neroteca.

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    A non-halal restaurant situated in Lorong Ceylon, they specialize in authentic Italian dishes with pork. A small place with a long interior, wall-to-wall wine displays, with hanging salami, pots & pans. Love its cosy & warm atmosphere. Composed appetizers and entrees echo the rustic charms of the restaurant’s design, this Italian restaurant serves wholesome food and they buy imported meats and cheeses from Italy every week!
    The staffs were very friendly and attentive too :)

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    Wine & Dine

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    Complimentary fresh garlic bread.
    The real deal of garlic bread is served here. Spread the roasted garlic on the bread! Yum! I almost finished the whole basket LOL.

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    Affettati Misti – RM78
    A platter of 8 different selections of cold cuts. This would be a no brainer dish to start off with as we get to try the different cuts of meat that they are famous for.

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    Caesar Salad – RM28
    Baby romaine lettuces, sliced roasted chicken breast, parmesan cheese & toasted foccacia with caesar dressing. My mom’s favourite order.

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    Half Suckling Pig – RM180 (Please call to pre-order)
    Beautiful, thin crispy skin that breaks easy. Plus, the meat itself is delightfully juicy. We enjoyed it just like this. Simple with no additional seasoning. Served with sides of lentils & roasted potatoes.
    However, our preference of suckling pig is still with El Cerdo. Crispier & more fragrant skin texture (looks more golden brown exteriorly).

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    Ravioli Tirolesi – RM30
    Stuffed with homemade sausage, speck & light creamy walnut sauce. So rich & flavoursome with every mouthful of aromatic nutty aftertaste.

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    Spaghetti ai Gamberi – RM36
    Sauteed prawns, mushrooms, rocket & pork bacon in fresh tomato sauce. No complaints as the prawns were very fresh and paired great the the sweet, sourish & savoury sauce.

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    Risotto con Funghi – RM32
    Italian staple with mixed mushrooms & green peas. This rice dish is cooked in flavoursome broth to a creamy consistency. Packed full of flavour :)

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    Merluzzo – RM68
    Baked cod fish with mussels, asparagus, tiger prawns, cherry tomatoes & bacon. This dish was just mediocre as the empowering sauce have masked the seafood’s freshness.

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    Daily Special: Risotto with Pan seared Foie Gras – RM78
    Off the menu, it was one of their daily special during our visit. Risotto wise, our order of Risotto con Funghi has a more dense flavour and so we preferred that. But the foie gras was seared perfectly. Melt-in-your-mouth buttery texture? You got it!

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    Will definitely return for more Italian fix and succumb into the romantic ambiance again.

    *NON-HALAL*
    Neroteca Italian Restaurant
    Unit G-1, Seri Bukit Ceylon,
    No. 8, Lorong Ceylon,
    50250 Kuala Lumpur.
    Tel: +603-2070 0530
    Fax: +603-2070 2530
    Email: [email protected]

    Opening hours:
    MON-FRI: 10am to 11pm
    SAT: 9am to 12am
    SUN: 9am to 11pm

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    Piccolo @ Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan

    December 30th, 2014

    Piccolo
    - a half-size flute, and a member of the woodwind family of musical instruments.

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    That explains the deco in the quaint cafe located at the new shoplots of Taman Equine and this would be the very first coffee house in this new area. With a grand piano, drum set and some musical instrument that sets the place artistically, brick walls, unfinished floorings uplifted the vintage ambiance of the cafe that is located on the first floor.

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    I refrained from coffee totally when I was pregnant with Mini C. So it’s like a coffee prison break now. LOL.
    Coffee at Piccolo is decent. Love their house blend. But can work more on the coffee art we personally felt. Well, not all are bothered with the latte art but I do as I usually order coffee with milk. Haha. Nonetheless, their coffee is great :)

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    Flat White – RM8
    My usual order of flat white never fail me. Still, have to go easy on caffeine as I’m moo-ing my baby :)

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    Piccolo – RM7
    Their signature. Latte-like, this is more concentrated with more espresso. Chris love this :)

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    All day Breakfast – RM16
    Their breakfast is colourfully presented with mixtures of greens, sausage, ham, mushrooms, scrambled eggs baked beans, hash brown & charcoal bread.

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    Bagel – RM9
    Fluffy ring shaped formed from wheat dough encasing our all time favourite: Nutella & Bananas :)
    Simple servings like these are easy to make at home you might say. But we still love to order it. Haha.

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    Finally can get good coffee near our workplace! :)

    Piccolo
    15-1, Jalan Equine 1C,
    Taman Equine,
    43300 Seri Kembangan
    Business Hour from 10am-10pm daily
    FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/piccolo.equine

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    Thirdwave @ Nexus, Bangsar South: Chris Turns 30!

    December 26th, 2014

    Happy 30th birthday to a special person who I think about all thirty days (sometimes 31 days) of the month!
    Love you tons hubby!

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    The Big 30 balloons from Rainbow Dreams Balloons :)
    They are giving out 20% Discounts on all Balloons Deco & Dessert table settings when you quote “Brought up 2 Share”!
    Email : [email protected] Or call / Whatsapp Mei Yen: +6012 379 8318

     

    Since it was I mean will be Chris’s birthday, we’ve decided to throw him a little party over lunch with his best buddies. It was an advance birthday celebration and I’ve decided to do it at Thirdwave having heard so much about this cafe.

    With a cafe culture that has sprung up to Nexus, Bangsar South, looks like Thirdwave is catering their growing crowd well.

    A celebration over coffee! :)

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    Like other coffeeshops, they are envisioned like a small and inviting space that smells like coffee and tastes like chocolate. However, it’s the coziness and warmth brought by the concept itself that makes the difference.
    The simple contemporary elements and the contrast created is pleasant and beautiful. The interior décor looks rather modest & rustic and its simplicity of the rest makes it more lovable.

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    Chris turns 30!
    Here’s some of the food that we had:
    More food options for Lunch session that starts at 12pm.

    Hello Flat White
    It’s been a while since I has had you.

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    Retro Scotch Egg – RM26
    Runny yolk, juicy chicken mince wrapped, shredded beets & carrot shalls, creamy cauliflower bed & alfafa sprouts.
    A beautifully presented egg grenade with colourful elements. Crispy golden brown outer shell with liquidly egg yolk matched perfectly with the bed of creamy cauliflower and resembled the couscous texture. Extra crispy texture from the deep fried shredded veges.

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    Beef Goulash with Pappardelle – RM28
    Black angus beef, thick and smoky beef tomato sauce

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    The Hidden Gem – RM35
    Stuffed squid, charred watermelon, feta cheese

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    Southern Fried Chicken – RM20
    Deep fried whole chicken leg, served greens and chips on side, with their kicking homemade chilli sauce. So crispy and wholesome.

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    Chris’s birthday cake was their Snow Berry Cake
    Vanilla bean cake with homemade fresh berries (strawberries and raspberries) jam filling and cream cheese frosting, topped with fresh berries!
    Note: Better to pre-order if you wish to have to have their whole cake :)

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    Obligatory group photo. Haha.
    Happy Birthday Chris my love!

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    More happy faces!

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    So proud of being 30! LOL

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    Magnum Cafe @ Mid Valley Megamall, KL

    December 18th, 2014

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    It feels like it’s been ages since we last went out to wander around. My confinement period passed by so quick but yet we felt we haven’t dated for so long! Haha.
    Since it was my birthday, Chris brought me out on a “date”. Actually out to buy more baby stuffs for our Mini C.
    Chris surprised me with a “reward”, he said. For being a proud mom this year on my birthday.
    Even one of the charms has a Mommy element on it! :) Thanks love!

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    We were thinking to check out Nana’s Green Tea initially since we missed this out during my pregnancy. But as we passed by the recent rave of premium Magnum ice cream, we popped by. No lines, no crowd (it’s a weekday). That would be perfect.
    We personally love Magnum ice cream. But we have never thought of spending more money indulging on “decorated” Magnum. However, we just did. Haha.

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    Do you know?
    Magnum was the first handheld ice cream targeted as a premium ice cream for adults.

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    At Magnum Cafe, Magnum gourmet ice cream bars are claimed to be made from the finest ingredients, with silky ice cream dipped in thick Belgian chocolate. They can include such delicious layers as caramel sauce and a rich chocolatey sauce.
    From Paris, Istanbul, Hamburg, and London, the Magnum Pleasure Store now arrives in Kuala Lumpur to bring pleasure to us. You can now create your own Magnum and discover the taste of your own personal pleasure, with a variety of different unique ingredients to customize your very own Magnum ice cream.

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    Pleasure is yours for the making at the Magnum Bar!
    Choose from a wide selection of delicious toppings, chocolate coatings and the finest drizzles to create your very own Magnum.

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    Well actually, we didn’t create our own Magnum that day, as I’m attracted to their plated desserts instead. Haha.
    Plus, they also serve hot food items besides just ice cream.

    More seats are available upstairs for dine-in patrons

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    Magnum & Me!

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    Chicken & Salted Egg Spaghetti – RM22
    A Malaysian inspired pasta. Pasta served with salted egg sauce, crispy chicken, asian pesto and chickarones. We never really expected much but this portion turns out great. Very tasty and definitely will pleased salted egg lovers :)

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    Moroccan Style Braised Lamb Shoulder – RM38
    Braised lamb shoulder served with parsley potatoes, vegetables and mint salad. Soft meat texture that matched perfectly with the potatoes and greens. Looks like my birthday lunch turns out great after all :)

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    Magnum Triple Choc Cookie Skillet – RM30
    Highly recommended by the staff, this would be a cookie lover’s dream. Vanilla Magnum bar covered with cookies, served on top of a warm freshly baked triple chocolate cookie dough. A very rich plated dessert overall, the hot cookie dough was crispy on top, with more chocolate bits and soft texture inside. Paired with the cold vanilla magnum ice cream, it was very fulfilling.

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    My “birthday cake” this year was Magnum-licious!

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    Well, this was the simple celebration with Chris. And we went home to celebrate with our boy :) Another year older, another year wiser?

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    Magnum Cafe Kuala Lumpur
    T-023, 3rd Floor (same wing as GSC Cinemas)
    Mid Valley Megamall
    Business hours: Sunday to Thursday (10am to 10pm), Friday & Saturday (10am to 12am, last call at 11.30pm)

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    Baby Cayden’s Fullmoon Party with Rainbow Dreams Balloons

    December 7th, 2014

    A baby boy’s a promise Of happy things to come! Building blocks, a rocking horse A basketball, a drum There’ll be lots of noise and action We’ll be brim-full of pride A busy, loving, fun filled home With lots of joy inside! DSC_3851-20 It still feels so unreal. Motherhood is indeed a major learning curve. One minute I’m pregnant and the next we’re a feeding, swaddling, diapering, soothing machine, an instant expert in basic infant first aid and the art of latching a five-point harness. C&C: being parents now! And before we knew it, one month has flew by quick.

    Time for Baby Cayden’s Fullmoon!

    DSC_3802-6 According to our Chinese custom, when a baby turns one month old, a ceremony is held to celebrate his first full month of life in which the Chinese term translates as “full moon”. This coincides with the end of the new mum’s confinement period, and both mother and baby are formally introduced to the extended family and friends. There goes my baby holiday LOL. I’m actually quite enjoying my confinement as I’m taken good care by my superb mom-in-law :) And of course my visiting mom who helped to babysit our Mini C. Before the unveiling party, Cayden traditionally undergoes a host of rituals; going back to our ancestor’s place for prayers to notify and get blessings. Once that is over, a party is held to celebrate the health of the baby. Relatives and friends would gather to give their blessings and gifts to the new baby, and traditional treats such as ang ku kueh and red eggs are definitely on the menu. That’s what Fullmoon is about :) DSC_3786-3   We celebrated Cayden’s Fullmoon with a simple theme colour of Baby Blue & White with Rocking Horse, cos he’s born in the year of Horse! Haha. And thanks to the efficient and detailed person-in-charge of Rainbow Dreams Balloons Mei Yen, Cayden’s party was adorned beautifully with touches of blue, white & rocking horse balloons, as well as a candy table filled with customized sweet treats for the guests. DSC_3823-17 DSC_3822-16   Hello Mini C! Baby Cayden all dressed up for his party! His OOTD for half the night cos too hot! LOL. DSC_3854-22 DSC_3853-21

    Rainbow Dreams Balloons

    An online concept party service that carries a wide range balloons and party decorations catering to various age groups, festivities and events! Celebrations and parties are becoming more elaborate and original each year. These days a simple celebration with a cake, candies and balloons is just it. So why not decorate to celebrate! Just name what’s on your wish list for a party deco with balloons as main and you will find everything in one place with the best price, from Latex Balloons, Foil Balloons, Party Accessories, decorations for Birthday, Wedding, Children’s Parties and many more :) DSC_3821-15 Here are what we had :) Balloon Arch Photo 30-11-2014 06 07 35 pm-25   Rocking Horse Balloons – it says Baby Cayden! DSC_3789-4   Outdoor balloons DSC_3866-24   Alphabet Balloons DSC_3791-5   Rocking Horse Cupcakes DSC_3810-8 Photo 01-12-2014 06 05 14 pm-29   Rocking Horse Cookies DSC_3807-7   Lollipops DSC_3814-11 DSC_3813-10   Jelly Beans in milk bottles & Kit Kats in customized Baby Cayden’s wrapping DSC_3816-12 Mini boxed Chocolate Milk DSC_3811-9   Cotton Candies DSC_3820-14 DSC_3817-13

    Rainbow Dreams Balloons are giving out 20% Discounts on all Balloons Deco & Dessert table settings when you quote “Brought up 2 Share”!

    That’s a great deal! So if you’re planning a party, decorate with Rainbow Dreams Balloons to celebrate! Email : [email protected] Or call / Whatsapp Mei Yen: +6012 379 8318   The catering service we had this round was pretty good :) DSC_3839-19 DSC_3836-18   Gift packs for relatives who cant’t attend. Photo 29-11-2014 14 57 12-1 Photo 29-11-2014 14 57 29-2   Special thanks again to A Piece of Me for their “Smooth Criminal” Cake. Review HERE. DSC_4006-28   Thanks again to all family & friends who attended Cayden’s party, showering him with gifts & blessings! Lots of Love from C&C! Photo 01-12-2014 11 11 33 am-27   We had fun opening presents for our baby! Hahaha Photo 01-12-2014 10 46 41 am-26

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    A Piece of Me: The Smooth Criminal (Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake)

    December 3rd, 2014

    It was during Baby Cayden’s Fullmoon when we get to check out something richly indulgent…
    I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for us than an overdose of chocolate and peanut butter to the highest degree.

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    Thanks to A Piece of Me, specializing in home-baked cakes (a home-based baker), Cayden’s fullmoon was accompanied with:

    The Smooth Criminal

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    A pretty catchy name for a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake :)

    I’m personally not a big fan of peanut butter and chocolate as I thought it will be kinda gooey when taken too much. And we’ve not tried this combo in a cake.
    The Smooth Criminal?
    It was very creamy & rich with every sinful bite! That’s why it;s named smooth criminal I guess.

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    The sweet and salty combo of peanut butter and chocolate make this cake irresistible – decorated with sprinkles of crushed peanuts for added crunch.
    For someone who could eat chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this cake is a dream come true. Haha.

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    FYI, besides ordering from A Piece of Me, it’s gonna available at AMPM Cafe this weekend too!
    AMPM Cafe if located at:
    11A, Jalan USJ21/5
    Subang Jaya

    A chocolate and peanut butter lover’s dream come true!

    Besides The Smooth Criminal, the nice girl Dorothy from A Piece of Me has other bakes too in her oven! Do contact her for more info.
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Piece-of-Me/240181772851065
    Or you could call / Whatsapp her: Dorothy Tan: 012-283 8268

    NOTE:
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    The first 10 person who make an order by 31/12/14 for Year 2015 gets a 10% Discount!

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    Our Little Bundle of Joy: Mini C!

    November 13th, 2014

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    So our baby is here!
    What joy and what pleasure!
    Now our life is expanding,
    To make room for this treasure.
    A darling newcomer
    To have and to hold his smiles are more precious
    Than silver or gold.
    He’ll demolish our schedule
    Though he’s helpless and small;
    He’ll make his needs known,
    And he’ll rule over all.
    See, a new parent’s work
    Is just never quite done,
    But we’ll never mind,
    ‘Cause it’s all so much fun.
    When we hear his cute giggle
    We’ll start “aahing” and “oohing,”
    And he’ll soon reply back
    By “ga ga” and “goo gooing.”
    Those innocent eyes
    See a world strange and new;
    To make sense of it all
    He’ll look only to us.
    So we’ll cherish this time
    Of miraculous things
    The excitement and wonder
    That a new baby brings!

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    And yes, I’m confined at home now. Thus, all food posts will be on hold at the moment. Having a baby holiday? Sometimes I just feel like a cow. LOL!

    But it doesn’t matter as Mini C really brings lotsa joy at home, despite his loud cries for milk & poop explosions. Haha.
    My experience in the labour room was truly unforgettable. With Chris beside me holding my hand. And the moment Cayden comes out…
    And yes, Mini C = Cayden. His name is not Mini by he way LOL.
    His first cries, I cried too. So does Chris as he was really moved.

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    Thank you for the moment Cayden.
    May you grow up healthily & be a wise man!

    Till then! Soon the 3 of us will be on an eating spree again! Hahaha…
    We shall turn him into a foodie too! :)

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    Exploring New Menu with Chef Thierry @ Maison Francaise, KL

    October 19th, 2014

    Whether for a special occasion Prix fix meal or casual bistro dinner with family & friends, French food, like thick cream, still rises to the top. There was a time when it might have been merely possible to divide the city’s French offerings into the categories of casual bistro and upscale dining room, Maison Francaise, is part of a national shift in the definition of what makes a great French restaurant. A place where some of the most exciting cooking is happening.
    Thank goodness! We witnessed venerated haute cuisine kitchens like those of Chef Thierry, the brilliant new chef at Maison Francaise.

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    Here we are at Maison Francaise, a sophisticated, romantic & comfortly laid out restaurant that guaranteed pretty pictures taking, exploring their new ala carte menu whipped out by Chef Thierry & his team. With his philosophy of having said French gastronomy is based on the ingredients themselves and on detailed, careful preparation of the food. We also learned that the simpler the food, the harder it is to prepare it well. You want to truly taste what it is you’re eating, and that goes back to the trend of fine ingredients. And definitely, technique still counts. There have been so many chefs that have even spent time in France learning to flambé, sauté, and julienne, as well as learning all about sauces preparation & how a structured kitchen system would be like.
    With Chef Thierry around, he managed to pull it off as we were all impressed with the dishes that he presented. And this will dictate what qualifies as the perfect French meal.

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    Here’s Chef Thierry’s French cuisine.
    He welcomes you to Maison Francaise, where along with his team he will do everything for you to have a most pleasurable dining experience.

    Amuse bouche – veal terrine, quail egg, with gribiche sauce
    A great glimpse into the Chef Thierry’s approach to the art of cuisine. Appetite ignited with this combination of bite-sized, chilled, terrine that’s not too mushy & dry, mayonnaise-style cold egg sauce & quail egg. Laying it on a small piece of cabbage resembling a spoon that you can just grab a bite.

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    Foie gras terrine with cucumber jelly. Served with Mascarpone quenelle, diced apples (Granny Smith) & caramel sauce.
    Terrine or pâté if you ask me, I’ve always preferred terrine and foie gras terrine? Oh yum!
    The amount of fat is well balanced out with the flat top of cucumber jelly that gives off a cooling effect plus a nice gelatinous texture too. A combination of rich but refreshing at the same time. Sitting on the spooned out caramel sauce is not just 2 dollops of some ordinary whipped cream. These are the nicely shaped Quenelle foam with that natural sweetness & crunch from the diced the Granny Smith apples. Oh we’re in love!

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    Smoked Norwegian salmon, served with Dijon Mustard Cream Tuile with Orange, and some Tartare celery beetroot cream and lemon juice.
    This was another very good dish. There are a few elements going on this plate itself. Fresh, thinly sliced Norwegian salmon smoked in-house at Maison Francaise. Every bite was so fragrant with its smokiness. Then there are these “Tuile”, a thin crisp, sweet or savory wafer rolled up that is commonly used for garnishing on top of desserts. Meanwhile, Chef Thierry cleverly uses orange in his Tuile that created that zesty crisp flavour and filled it up with Dijon mustard cream that has that salty & creamy texture that complements its outer shell so well. The pretty purple element that is made up of beetroot & lemon juice serves the palate igniting purpose that heightened both the flavours of salmon and mustard cream tuile.

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    Lamb loin with Crusted Herbs, sautéed Quinoa with lamb sauce, Tomato Ratatouille and Baked Potato
    Chris had lamb and he would still prefer his portion to be medium rare instead of medium. Guess the chef might have mixed up my portion of duck and his. Oops! However, it’s beautifully presented with drizzles of hazelnuts crust on top, and sitting on a bed of sautéed Peruvian Quinoa. Flavours & the mixture of textures from different ingredients were great, it was just the medium rare issue. Even cherry tomatoes were stuffed with ratatouille in it. Such detailed!

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    Crispy duck breast, served with a Coconut foam, sides of Pepper Couscous, Apple and Cinnamon roll.
    And so I had this perfect medium rare duck breast that still retains the moisture in it & pink! These meat texture and flavours complemented very well with the right sweetness of the apple & cinnamon roll that has that crisp.
    And as for the pepper couscous, it was beautifully presented in a packed cylindrical form with great colours combination.

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    Pear sorbet, served with Tart Apple Safron Chocolate Mousse.
    You’ll get that cooling, light refreshing fruity pear flavour on one side and a rich chocolate with crumbly tart crust underneath on the other end. Of different elements, these 2 blend so well together. We wiped the dessert plate clean!

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    Overall we had a great experience exploring Maison Francaise’s new menu with Chef Thierry who he himself carefully introduced his dishes and the staffs were very accommodating too. I shall see myself and Chris stepping into this French house again of course!

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    Great companies. Great food :)

     

    Maison Francaise
    5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng
    50450 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
    Tel: +603 2144 1474
    Monday to Sunday DAILY: 11.00am – 11.30pm (last order)
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/maisonfrancaisekl

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    Mini C Baby Shower @ The Café, Royal Selangor Visitor Centre KL

    October 14th, 2014

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    We can’t wait to meet you
    So we’re gathered here today,
    To shower you with presents
    That you’re going to need someday.

    Until the day that you arrive
    And we all get to see you,
    We’ll give your mom the support she needs
    And eagerly wait to greet you.

    A Baby Shower for Mini C!

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    This is what our dear friends did for Chris and I while anticipating and waiting for the arrival of our little one “Mini C”!
    Well, his name will definitely not be MINI since he’s a baby boy. LOL

    2 years back was my Bridal Shower they threw me. Now Baby Shower. The status upgrading just in a flash! *gasp*

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    Upon our arrival, we were greeted with cheerful smiles from them. With a sunny & comfy ambiance, everything looks so bright, vibrant and cheerful!
    Where was is?

    The Café, Royal Selangor Visitor Centre KL

    The Café at the Visitor Centre offers a perfect spot for tea, with shots of fresh ground coffee, and allowing patrons to indulge in their delicious selection of homemade cakes and pastries. They also have other main meal choices like sandwiches, pasta, salads, and a daily lunch special.

    Definitely a hidden treasure in the area of Setapak. Located inside the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, where tourists and locals will get to visit or join their interactive tour to learn more about the pewter industry.

    They have proved that baby showers can be stylish and fun to decorate! Kudos to Ivy, Kampungboycitygal & SuVyen for organizing such a cute shower for us & our baby. Not forgetting our good friends who have also shower their blessings towards us with wishes & gifts that’s so memorable!

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    The food & dessert table were also cutely decorated with toys & books for Mini C!
    Sausage Rolls, Tuna Corn Sandwiches, Chicken & Mushroom Quiches, Rich Chocolate Cakes & Buttercream Cupcakes in Blue & Orange! Well, it was supposed to be yellow but it turned out orange instead. Haha. Nonetheless, they still look pretty :)
    All of these delectables are served in a sunlit space with views out to the garden.
    Love the ambiance that was very garden-like and also, the food spread was delicious too. Cakes aren’t too sweet and the savouries were up to expectations too.

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    Fatty Giraffe loves the food spread!

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    Coffee & Tea served in Royal Selangor’s Pewter Melon Teapot

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    With a Blue & Yellow themed Baby Shower, here’s some glimpse of their beautiful DIY decos!
    A welcoming wall! With blue & yellow pom-poms, MINI C Initials & cute baby romper!

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    Love this romper/ onesie that Citygal bought for Mini C. It’s blue, with the initial C and my fave Moo Cow :)

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    And it says he loves Mom!

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    Meet one of our guest, baby Arthur. He’s only a year plus but filled with many intellectual words that made our day! Haha.

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    Wishes Cards made for “Mini C”! Each and everyone of us have to fill in the blanks with the best wishes for the baby! Some meaningful while some was really hilarious, but in a good way. Haha.

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    Everybody busy with wishes!

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    Mommy writing the best wishes I could think of for my little boy. Haha.

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    While the Daddy was thinking so hard what to write for his future son!

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    After that, we played a little drawing game where we have to draw a picture with the letter of our name begins with to compile the FIRST ABC BOOK for MINI C! How sweet & thoughtful!

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    Drawing time!

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    The outcome! Here are just some of the A++ drawings by the “aunties & uncles” for Mini C to learn next time. They have it all from A to Z!

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    Happy faces pictures ahead!

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    With my Mommy dearest :)

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    Vyen & Rena :)

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    And another with Vyen!

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    Here’s Ivy!

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    Ini Uncle Kampungboy who hoped that Mini C would grow up to be like him! LOL

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    Besties KampungboyCitygal & Ivy!

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    Theng Nee the cutie!

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    Just the 3 of us :)

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    With my girls.

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    Mingling

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    Polaroids for remembrance

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    Thank you very much for the Baby Shower guys! We felt so loved & grateful!
    xoxo
    Chris & Christine

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    Thanks again!

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    When we got home, I jotted down the Baby Shower event into the Pregnancy/ Baby Diary I made for Mini C. It’s a great way of collecting our thoughts that’ll create a special gift for our little one, years later. Putting pen to paper is especially rewarding during pregnancy. Jotting down their progression & happenings are magical

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    The Café serves breakfast to afternoon tea. Ideal for events like this too! So if you’re planning a group visit, it’s advisable to call ahead for reservations first to avoid disappointment.

    The Café
    Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
    No. 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya
    53300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    For enquiries & reservations, call: +603 4145 6186
    Email: [email protected]
    Opening hours: 9am – 5pm Daily

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    Pangkor Laut Resort Spa Village & Lunch at Jamu Bar

    October 12th, 2014

    We woke up to a beautiful sunrise on our last day at Pangkor Laut Resort!
    Read our Day 1 experience HERE
    Read our Day 2 experience HERE

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    Our 3rd day at the Pangkor Laut Resort was spending almost half of our day at The Spa Village, a unique retreat that brings out the healing cultures of the region. When relaxing at the Pangkor Laut Resort, one of the not-to-be-missed highlights is this world-renowned, award-winning Spa Village. The Spa Village is rated as one of the best in the world. Be sure that you try out their spa treatments as they offer the most indulgent pampering experience ever! Rejuvenation and Longevity, Relaxation and Stress Reduction, Detoxification, and Romance… These are the programmes they offer that combine physical and spiritual health and well-being.

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    The Spa Village comprises a number of specially built structures designed to facilitate an extensive range of treatments from China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali and Malaysia. These include eight treatment pavilions, a deluxe Belian Treatment Pavilion, three ‘Healing Huts’, which include Chinese Herbal, Ayurvedic and Malay Huts, two Bath Houses, three Spa Huts, three Nap Gazebos and a Spa Boutique. 22 beautiful Spa Villas situated over the sea offer direct access to the Spa Village.

    Here’s a glimpse of our wonderful & unforgettable spa experience with Pangkor Laut Resort during the “Babymoon”!:

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    The setting at the Spa Village is very beautiful, idyllic yet luxurious, with every corner carefully decorated with lots of greenery and water features. The surroundings definitely makes one feels so relaxed and refreshing.

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    While waiting at the nicely decorated lounge area, we were each served with a welcome drink: a refreshing glass of lemongrass juice.

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    We were also told to come 45 minutes earlier to enjoy their Signature Bath House experience, which is a complimentary treat before every spa treatments. Taking my pregnancy into consideration, the attentive staffs were very careful with me :) Well trained, they know the dos and don’ts for me.

    Bath House Experience Ritual
    1. Foot pounding
    This was traditionally practiced in feudal China, where it was a status symbol to have a 3-inch lotus feet; where the feet of young girls were bound to keep them small. Women with bound feet frequently received foot pounding to seek relief from pain. The foot was carefully unwrapped and soaked in a basin of warm soapy water, dried and the soles are pounded.
    Foot pounding, is believed to improve blood circulation.
    For me, I skipped the foot pounding and just washed my feet with soapy warm water instead.

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    We were then escorted to the respective bath houses. They have separate bath houses for male and female.

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    At the changing area, I was asked to remove my clothings and kept all my belongings in a locker provided. A brown sarong was then wrapped professionally by the staff. With my locker key pinned onto my sarong throughout the whole spa experience, I was then taken to the next section.

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    Before entering the Malay Bath, don’t forget to stop by the wishing well, toss in a coin & make a wish. *Wink*

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    2.Malay Bath
    In the traditional kampung or village, the Malay family walked to the nearest river to bathe, wrapped in sarongs. Waterfalls were useful for rinsing hair. It was really beautiful & fun at the same time. The water was cold initially, but I soon got used to it. Went through the waterfall feature and into the bathing pool to rinse myself.

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    At the end of the Malay bath, we enjoyed a refreshing herbal inhalation, with choices of Passion, Calming, Uplifting & Detox by using a combination of herbs and flowers from frangipani blossoms to citrus peel, chrysanthemum blossoms to peppermints in four steam boxes. Just lean over & breathe deeply! I just felt so refreshed and calm after this.

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    3. Japanese Bath
    I was then lead to the Japanese bath house to proceed to a Japanese-style cleansing session that started by scrubbing the body with a Goshi-goshi cloth. Wet the cloth with some bath gel, wash the body, and use the wooden dipper to pour water over myself while sitting on the little wooden stool before stepping into the heated Rotenburu pool.
    And as for me, I was asked to soak my feet into the hot Rotenburu pool instead of soaking myself in as I’m pregnant. While doing so, I was served with hot green tea and a magazine was provided for me too. How thoughtful!

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    4. Shanghai Scrub
    Next up was the Shanghai Scrub. The setting of the room has the oriental touch :)
    It was previously, traditionally offered exclusively to males in Shanghai during the old days. Now ladies get to enjoy it too here. As for Chris, he was told to lie down on the platform where he gets his back scrubbed thoroughly with a body brush and rinsed with sizzling hot water. For myself, I was told to sit upright instead of lying on my tummy, I mean bump. Haha.

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    Feeling clean and freshened up, I was then wrapped in a batik sarong of my choice from the different colours and patterns provided, which I got to even bring it home! Guess what? Chris and I chose the exact same colour! :)

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    After that, we were lead back to the Library area; a pavilion facing the sea while waiting for the spa treatment service with another cup of tea.
    We really enjoyed the whole bathing rituals that has helped us to slow down, unwind & prepare our mind and body for the spa treatments.

    Spa Experience at Spa Village Pangkor Laut:
    Pregnancy Massage (80 minutes) for Christine
    Campur-Campur (105 minutes) for Chris
    The name Campur-Campur means a blending of varieties in Malay. Combining the best techniques of Malay and Thai massage, their special creation uses touch, tone and aromatherapy to give Chris a memorable experience. The scent of lemongrass and pandan leaves fills the air as steamed herbs are pressed along the body using a traditional steam pouch.

    This was what we went for :)

    We ushered into a private treatment room for the both of us. Which Chris enjoyed his Campur-Campur, I got to enjoy my Pregnancy Massage. The well trained, highly experienced masseur of mine was really good in detecting sore points on my body. Using mild rolling motions, long strokes and acupressure, she kneaded and ironed out the knots in my muscles that I had during pregnancy. She was really careful with me, asking if I’m feeling comfortable all the way as I’m lying on my sides. While listening to the soothing background music, I dozed off really fast. But with the pregnancy symptoms I’m having, frequent urination that is, I’ve to get up in the middle of the therapy for a pee. Haha.

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    After the massage, it is best to take a stroll in the beautiful landscape garden of the Spa Village.

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    Or perhaps take a dip at the Spa Village’s very own beautiful infinity pool which offers a great view of the sea.

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    Remember to pre-book your spa treatment! This is an essential to avoid last minute disappointment!
    Despite some might say it comes in a hefty price, we thought it’s worth every penny spent! A truly relaxing journey from start to finish.
    You could check out their different spa experience and rates here: http://pangkorlautresort.com/rates.htm
    Or visit their website for more info: http://www.spavillage.com/pangkorlaut/

     

    After the satisfying spa experience, we then proceeded for lunch.

    Jamu Bar

    Jamu bar serves a light and wholesome menu of Japanese classics such as noodles, tempura, sushi and sashimi for lunch. This sophisticated restaurant is located in an enclave of Spa Village overlooking the lapping Straits of Malacca. Dining on a lazy afternoon after a relaxing pampering session, overlooking the sea with breezes that brushes our face, it was one amazing moment.

    We started off with some of their refreshing drinks:
    Island Cooler – RM15
    Pineapple, apple, cucumber & ginger

    Ginger Magic – RM15
    Apple, Carrot & Ginger

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    Hotate-gai to Shiitake – RM65
    Warm scallops on a bed of shiitake mushrooms & salads with soy dressing. The fresh scallops and shiitake complements with each other’s taste. Drizzles of soy sauce brought out the fragrance even more.

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    Ramen – RM40
    The noodle texture were just ordinary but I love the clear soup base. Topped with hard boiled egg, bean curd skin, seaweed. If they used flavoured eggs with runny yolks instead, that would have scored them more points.

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    Ebi Tempura – RM45
    The batter weren’t up to our expectation and a bit too much flour we thought. Nonetheless, prawns were fresh.

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    Pangkor Deluxe Bento – RM275
    A selection of sushi, sashimi & maki. Chris had to have this all by himself as I’m restricting myself from raw meat during pregnancy. Fresh sashimis, he love the cuts!

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    Unagi Robatayaki – RM45
    We fell in love with this piece of grilled eel immediately. Juicy, flavoursome & filled with a smoky flavour that we’re pretty sure you’ll love too.

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    After lunch, we went back to our water villa to pack. Leaving our heavy hearts with Pangkor Laut Resort, we will definitely be back near future for more indulgence and self pampering!
    Thank you Pangkor Laut Resort for such an incredible BabyMoon experience!

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    **A reminder:

    • For residents of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Pangkor Laut Resort offers a “Resident’s Package” with rate that starts from RM775++ per room per night
    • This includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those travelling from 1st September to 31st October 2014, there will be a complimentary dinner upgrade to Uncle Lim’s Special Birthday Feast.
    • Return scheduled speedboat transfers to and from Marina Island Pangkor
    • Jungle Walk with their Resident Naturalist (subject to availability)
    • For more information about this package, click HERE.
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    Lord Stow’s Bakery & Cafe @ Venetian Macau

    October 9th, 2014

    Anyone who has either been to Macau, lives there, or have heard about this ex-Portuguese colony would know that Portuguese egg tarts are Macau’s most famous and popular snack :)
    Locals hang out reading the newspaper on barstools, while tourists cluster around the bakery counter. When in Macau, we just can’t miss the Portuguese egg tarts, torched to a crème-brulee-like finish.

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    Egg tarts are quite easily available from bakeries and restaurants across Macau, but the two most well-known ones are Lord Stow’s Bakery and Margaret’s Café e Nata.
    Lord Stow’s is the most famous of the 2 by far, claiming fame in international waters, with a number of chain stores in Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. There are a number of Lord Stow’s franchises around Macau, including one with its own cafe at The Venetian (the one we visited).

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    It’s original shop is housed in a tiny, two-story residence with a red-tiled roof. This café is one of the most charming parts of Macau, nestled on the sleepy beachside community of Coloane, dotted with Portuguese colonial architecture, a Buddhist temple and a fish market. This is also the place that popularized the Portuguese egg tart in the 1990′s.
    Attracting a faithful following and becoming a visible export, almost a trademark of Macau with snake-like queues of people eager to sample this “little piece of heaven”.

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    As we planned to visit The Venetian and didn’t have time to make a trip to Coloane, we decided to drop by their outlet at The Venetian instead. Well, a more modern and sophisticated environment here with no long queues of course :)
    Each Portuguese Egg Tart cost around MOP$8

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    Crispy pastry with freshly baked egg fillings that was bursting with silky smooth texture & torched to a crème-brulee-like finish. So good! It was really hard to tell which was better in comparison to Margaret’s Café e Nata’s version, but we personally love Lord Stow’s in a way it’s less oily in its pastry texture. Nonetheless, we would recommend you to try both for yourself! :)

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    At the Venetian, they do serve other types of pastries and coffee too.
    Great place to chill for a while taking a break from all the walking we did :)

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    After that we went around The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel 澳門威尼斯人度假村酒店, Macao’s first integrated resort, opened with a distinctive interior that resembles the beautiful city of Venice, Italy. It can take you from one corner of the world to another, allowing you to experience the beauty of Italy while sitting in China.

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    Since there’s a free shuttle service to Taipa Island just outside the hotel we stayed in: Hotel Sintra, every half and hours! (It’s actually buses provided by the casinos on Taipa Island, fetching tourists to their respective casinos) It’s really convenient!
    How we get to The Venetian?
    We just hoped on the City of Dreams Casino bus! Haha.

    Beautiful lights projected by the Resorts & Casinos at night: City of Dreams 新濠天地 & Galaxy Macau 澳門銀河綜合渡假城

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    It was such a waste that we didn’t manage to watch The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams as the timing wasn’t right. Should have pre-booked prior to that.

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    Taking the free shuttle bus back to our Hotel Sintra, here’s how it looks like at night. Hotel review HERE.

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    Still not getting enough of the night, we walked towards the Grand Lisboa Casino (very near to our hotel) for more night shots!

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    Lord Stow’s Bakery
    Established in September 1989 (Original Shop)
    Address:1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane, Macau
    Tel:(+853) 2888 2534
    Opening Hours:
    Open Daily 07:00 – 22:00
    How to get there?
    Bus 15, 21A, 25, 26, 26A, 50 to Coloane Village

    Established in August 2010
    Address:Shop 870, Mask Street, The Grand Canal Shoppes Venetian, Macau
    Tel:(+853) 2886 6889
    Opening Hours:Open Daily
    Sunday to Thursday 10:00 – 23:00
    Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 00:00
    How to get there?
    Bus 15, 21A, 25, 25X, 26, 26A, 35, MT3 to Venetian
    or take Venetian’s own tourist bus service

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    De Maw Restaurant 地茂馆中华料理 @ Jalan Pudu Ulu, KL

    October 7th, 2014

    We have been introduced by a few aunties & uncles around us that we should pay De Maw Restaurant a visit. Like many times already.
    “Go check out their CNY menu!”
    “Have you been to the restaurant next to PGRM? Very good Chinese food! Must try!”
    “Remember to book De Maw! Walk-in sure cannot get seats!”
    These are just some of the callings we get.
    And finally, we are here with our family! After this dining experience, we would repeat the same exclamations as the above to other friends as well. LOL.

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    How would we rate De Maw Restaurant if you asked? (personal thought)
    5 star dishes in a quaint place :)
    Do not expect a posh oriental environment, but be sure to be impressed by their dishes: unique taste, huge servings with reasonable price that are worth paying for.

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    De Maw Restaurant is located near to Shamelin Perkasa where there is a row of pre-aged shop houses. Along that row of shops at Jalan Pudu Ulu, there are actually quite a number of Chinese Restaurant that many people dined in during lunch & dinner. This small & quaint place is nestled just next to the Menara PGRM building.

    You could opt for their set meals or order from their ala carte menu.
    We had ala carte instead :)

    Shark’s fin with scallop and crab meat 干贝蟹肉包翅
    Sorry if it’s non-environmentally friendly with the shark fins issue that has created lots of controversy. But their Shark’s fin soup is one of the must-order. Would you just look at the amount of crab meat in just one bowl? Very generous with ingredients, De Maw is well-known that way. Loaded with lotsa scallops, fins and of course chunks of crab meat. Delicate taste with sweetness from the seafood.

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    Steamed Pomfret
    This is one huge fish though this picture look normal sized. Steamed to perfection too.

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    Barley Prawns
    At De Maw’s, they uses prawns from the sea, also known as “Ming Ha” 明虾 in Cantonese. Each prawns served were huge, fresh with bouncy meat texture. This order of Barley Prawns were special as the sauce that coated these crustacean are sweet, sourish, tangy with nibbling texture from the barley. Very appetizing. You’ll not be disappointed by their prawns. Just one of it made me full already. Haha.

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    Crispy Duck
    It may look dry but surprisingly their meat was juicy.

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    Treasure Pot
    A luxurious order. Loaded bountifully with abalones, goose feet, sea cucumber, scallops, fish maw etc.
    Braised to perfection, the gravy itself was very tasty.

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    Stir-fry assorted Mushrooms in Claypot
    We personally love this lots as the mixture of bell peppers, chives, garlic & mushrooms went very well together, that created an aroma and very tasty bites.

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    Glutinous rice with Wax Meat 香叶腊鸭糯米饭
    We’re no big fans of glutinous rice served in Chinese restaurants, but this serving changed our mind. It was really addictive I must say. The glutinous rice was fried fragrantly with eggs. Adding the tasty preserved meat, it has that sweet salty encounter on your tastebud. Very memorable.

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    Cold longan, lotus seeds and fungus 冻龙眼云头莲子羹
    Even their longan dessert is brimmed with ingredients! Love! Very thirst quenching :)

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    All these dishes cost us about RM1300++ for 13 pax. Looking at the dishes & quality, it’s definitely worth it :)
    Very satisfying.

    *NON-HALAL*
    De Maw Restaurant 地茂馆中华料理
    No. 18 Jalan Pudu Ulu,
    Off 3rd Mile Jalan Cheras,
    56100 Kuala Lumpur.
    Tel: +603 9285 7833
    *Located next to Menara PGRM*

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    The Bridal Shower: Yen’s Tea Party @ Le Moon’s, Jade Hill Kajang

    September 29th, 2014

    Time for another Bridal Shower this year on the month of September!
    For the past 2 consecutive years, I’ve been a part of 2 bridal showers already! One organized by my beloved bridesmaid for myself, and another for Citygal last year! Yes. Both on September too :)
    It’s definitely fun, joyous and honourable to throw our BFF, the bride-to-be, a gift-giving party in anticipation of her wedding.

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    Organizing a bridal shower could be a challenge when you do not know where to start. But lucky me, I’ve Ivy who has been such a great partner in tea-parties-organizing. Great minds think alike! LOL!
    So , let the pictures do the talking shall we?

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    The One, Two, Threes of the recent Bridal Shower that might be a little help to boost your idea if you’re organizing one for your BFF too!

    #1 Theme: Yen in Wonderland
    We love themed parties! And with themes, it would definitely be easier to plan a party. Colours, props and other arrangements. And it would be great if the theme matches the bride’s personality too.
    Since our BFF Yen, is a spontaneous, cheerful & outgoing person, we decided to go for a colourful theme with pink being the core colour and the incorporation of “Alice in Wonderland” sort of settings. For example incorporating the touch of Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And instead of wearing hats, the girls have to wear a bow/ ribbon on their hair. Girls in white/ beige while we made the bride-to-be wore bright pink!

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    #2 Project Insta!
    About 1 week before the shower took place, we would hashtag a pic that reads #yensteaparty on Instagram to create some sneak peek for the Bride-to-be. Oh! I’ve always love creating new ######!

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    #3 Venue: Le Moon’s Eatery. Bakery. Zakka @ Jade Hills, Kajang
    After a few enquiry on various places for the tea party, we settled for Le Moon’s Eatery. Bakery. Zakka. A decent and cute looking cafe that’s nestled in the Jade Hills neighbourhood in Kajang. For more detailed review of the place, you could read our review HERE & HERE.

    Why Le Moon?

    • They have ample space for party planning. Since there was only 10 of us, we occupied the 1st floor of the eatery. If you’re planning a bigger party like birthdays, weddings etc, you could utilise the top floor.
    • Discussions on how we want our party to be would be conducted prior to that
    • Comfy & beautiful table setting – small flower arrangements and heart-folded serviette on the table
    • Perfect ambiance for our theme
    • Friendly & efficient staffs
    • Delicious food of course!

    The tea party food spread are recommended by the chef and you could choose what you would like to have on your menu or don’t. Very personalized :)

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    Here’s what we had for RM50++ per pax! (Drinks not included)
    A mixture of savouries & sweets!

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    Mini Chicken Burger, Fire Cracker, Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Wild mushroom, garlic and thyme tartlet with goats cheese
    Raisin Danish, Scone with whipping cream and fruity jams, Fruit Parfait, Bread & Butter Pudding
    Mini Cupcakes, Mini New York Cheese Cake, Valrona Chocolate Cake

    I think we went a little greedy with the food and we can’t finish them all and had to take-away! LOL. So be warned! Although written as mini, the portion was huge! Overall, the hi tea spread was good! Not just good looking, but tasted beautiful too. And they were value for money :)

    Mini Chicken Burger + Wild mushroom, garlic and thyme tartlet with goats cheese
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    Smoked Salmon Sandwich
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    Scones + Fire Cracker
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    Mini New York Cheesecakes
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    #4 Handmade Settings!
    We love handmade stuffs and love making them! From banners, props & other cute signage, we got it!
    Well, balloons are not handmade though. Hehe. Balloons are one of the best props! Pink & White for the day!

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    Putting on food tags :)

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    The deco table!

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    Custom animated drawing of the bride & groom by Simply Card

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    Name tags for every girls! Since it’s a wonderland theme, we made Rabbit a main character and thus, all bunnies related! That’s the cotton wool as their fluffy tails.

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    Peter Rabbit & his Rabbit hole!

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    #5 Photobooth Props
    Downloaded printables with the tea party theme

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    #6 Crown & Sash, and Table stand for the “Bride-To-Be”

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    #7 Handmade Scrapbook with Special Messages for the “Bride-to-Be”

    Girls with thoughtful messages :)

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    #8 Crowning Session
    As soon as the bride-to-be arrives, make sure you crown her! Make her the queen! :)

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    #9 Bridal Shower Games
    Play simple games! For us, we did the “How Well do you Know your Hubby” game :)
    It was really hilarious watching her think and answer so happily and at the same time making us all laughed till we drop! LOL.

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    #10 Bridal Gift
    At the end of the session, gift presentation! Be sure to get something really useful for her upcoming wedding. Hehe.

    #11 Photo Sessions
    Can’t leave without pictures sessions! Group photos, “selfies”, “group-fies”, “wefies”! And also Instax!

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    Pretty Bride-to-Be YEN!

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    My BFF. My great partner. Love planning parties with her!
    Photos courtesy of Ivy too! (www.ivyaiwei.com)

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    *Pork-Free*
    Le Moon’s Eatery Bakery Zakka
    18-G, Persiaran Jade Hills Utama 1/1,
    Kajang

    Business hours:
    Tuesday-Thursday
    8am to 11:30am -Breakfast
    11:45 to 3:45pm -Lunch
    4pm-9:30 pm – Light Dinner & Coffee (Last call 9pm)

    Friday – Sunday
    8am to 11:30am -Breakfast
    11:45 to 3:45pm -Lunch
    4pm-6pm – Light Dinner
    6pm-10.00pm – Hearty Dinner (Last Call 9:30pm)

    Prebook with them through +6010 289 9585, or +6016-441 2127
    You can also contact them for more info on private party & function !

    FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lemoons.eatery

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    Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap 家乡牛什 @ Puchong

    September 27th, 2014

    Are you craving for a bowl of excellent Ngiu Chap (mixed beef parts)?
    When saying so, this if very often related to the famous Ngiu Chap stall in Sabah. Namely Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap 家乡牛什, they are very specialized in preparing your favourite serving of beef parts. Be it the sliced meat, tripe, tendon, intestine or other entrails, you could easily find it here to fix your crave. Slurp!

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    Learning that Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap has finally set its foot here in Klang Valley, opening their new branch at Bandar Puteri Puchong, we decided to finally pay this restaurant that is located somewhere near the Puteri Mart a visit. We’ve not had the Sabah version, so its our virgin try on Kah Hiong :)
    As usual, finding a parking spot at Bandar Puteri especially during lunch hour could be a pain here.
    Comparing to their Sabah outlet, Kah Hiong in Puchong has a better environment; air-conditioned and comfortable seats arrangement. Also, a more expensive price you have to pay of course.

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    Our order was promptly served and I must say that
    smooth-tasting beef broth, although the piece of radish that came with it was soft enough.

    Ngiu Chap Soup Noodle – RM13.90
    Their signature that came with beef tripes, beef stew, beef slices & beef balls. A generous serving and the quality of the beef noodles is pretty decent. Tasty & smooth-tasting beef broth with slices of soft radish that came together. The beef were soft too.

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    Beef Ball Noodle – RM13.90
    For patrons who are not comfortable or not a big fan of organs, beef balls noodles would be a great order. Their beef balls are dense & spongy :) Love the broth too.

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    Also remember their signature super hot chilli paste. Dipping your beef into it would definitely add in extra kick to your palate. But do be careful not to overdo it. They are also selling their own chilli sauce if you love to bring them home. Somehow strong chilli goes very well with Ngiu Chap.
    While some Sabahans might complain about the price difference between their hometown and Puchong, somehow when the craving drops by, we just can’t resist, can we?

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    *PORK-FREE*
    Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap 家乡牛什
    No.11 & 13, Jalan Puteri 4/8, Bandar Puteri
    47100 Puchong New Village,
    Selangor, Malaysia.
    Business Hours:
    Mon – Thurs: 10am – 9pm
    Fri – Sun: 9am – 10pm
    Phone: +603 8066 9829

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    Miam Miam @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre, PJ

    September 22nd, 2014

    Ever since Miam Miam open its doors in Penang last year, it has created quite a rave among foodies. And good news doubled when they decided to branch down to Klang Valley, right here at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Patrons has flocked to the place to check out their legendary treats like French toast, soufflé, signature pastas, and many more.

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    I like the name Miam Miam

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    It means “Yummy” in French. Miam Miam is a place that combines refined Japanese aesthetics with the rich flavours of the French culinary tradition to produce a unique fusion that accentuates the best of both excellent culinary traditions. It has a casual setting of French Japanese Artisanal Cafe, enriched with a a French-Japanese menu that has managed to draw a huge crowd; be it families, working people or youngsters especially.

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    We’ve heard that the queues are crazy on weekends and there were complaints about their services being bad too during those peak days. Nevertheless, we decided to drop by on a weekday for late lunch.
    Despite it being a late lunch hour already, they still have promising crowd. But lucky enough, we do not need to line up and their service was prompt too :)

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    Hand dripped Coffee – RM8
    As usual, Chris will order his daily dose of caffeine. Checking out their recommended hand dripped coffee, he loved his order of black beauty as has that bold but light bodied coffee.

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    Miam Miam Spaghetti – RM26.80
    While scrutinising at the menu, I have wondered why so many people tend to order the Miam Miam Spaghetti, which is one of their signature as it looks absolutely normal to us. Plus, they lack the pork bacon which can be found at Gurney Paragon.
    Nonetheless, we still ordered it out of curiosity. Indeed, it’s very well prepared. Al-dente spaghetti well tossed & infused with flavours of french butter, their secret broth & shoyu. Sautéed with frankfurters, tomatoes, baby spinach & turkey ham, it was also topped with a beautiful onsen tamago (soft boiled egg). Mixing the egg with other ingredients created a smoother texture & a whole new characteristic.

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    Black Rice & Omu Egg – RM28.80
    Squid ink rice with assorted seafood, topped with the Omu egg that is moist, smooth & fluffy. Love the colour combination of this dish which is very contrast. The rice was cooked with the right flavour and the amount of seafood served was pretty generous too. Must try :)

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    Famous French Toast – RM16.80
    In the menu, it reads, “An absolute must-have. Don’t ask just order!”
    One of their star dish that draws the crowd and almost every table has this french toast on it. And it’s one of the reason we were there too. So legendary. Haha.
    Learning that it will be served with maple syrup & whipped cream, we asked for ice cream cream instead. As we would like to try something hot & cold at the same time. It will be like having the Shibuya Honey Toast! (although we’ve not tried this in Bangkok…).
    And Miam Miam’s thickly sliced French toast was good! Unlike ordinary french toast, their bread is freshly made in thicker, denser form, dipped in egg mixture & slowly pan fried. Drizzle these high-piled toast with some maple syrup and pair it with ice cream. We loved it. Extremely hearty: buttery, fluffy light with a hint of sweetness! What an expensive serving of french toast you might say, but no one complains after having it. Haha.
    NOTE: Additional RM2.20 will be charge for ice cream

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    We love Miam Miam. But only on weekdays. Do you? :)

    *HALAL*
    Miam Miam
    Lot 146, G Floor,
    1 Utama Shopping Centre
    48200 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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    Bankara Ramen @ Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur

    September 16th, 2014

    **All pictures below taken with iPhone 5

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    Tokyo’s top ramen specialist arrives in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year! With over 60 outlets across Japan, this Tokyo-based Bankara Ramen, a noodle chain, has taken its international expansion into our city centre finally.
    Bankara is famous for its “Impact Taste” philosophy was developed over 15 years by Kusano-san in Japan.
    They offer 4 distinct style of ramen, each with its own distinct broth and noodle: Bankara Ramen from Tokyo, Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen, Saporo-style miso ramen and Tsukemen.
    This is definitely something great for the patrons to explore as they are not just stuck with choices of only Hokkaido or Hakata styles ramen. We are able to savour the more expressions of each type of ramen with each delivering a different multilayered taste experience.

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    Experimenting with the garlic press tool. Do add some into your bowl of ramen & it will change its broth’s character for sure!

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    Bankara Ramen is their signature ramen. Special pork bone broth infused specially with refined shoyu, served with medium thickness Tokyo style noodles. Lightly salted with a hint of sweetness, this ramen is best served with their signature braised pork belly. However, I was recommended by their attentive staff to order Assari Bankara instead of the original or the kakuni version as I was told it will be less oily compared to those 2.
    Very thoughtful of her as she noticed that I’m pregnant and better not to take too much oil. Kudos to their team.

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    Bankara Original – RM21
    Medium sized noodle served with Chashu, bamboo shoots, dried seaweeds & Japanese onions
    It was mildly sweet & fatty-tasting though and flavoursome. Great for patrons who want a more luxurious texture. The downside might be it’s fatty-taste as we find the broth kinda oily actually. Noodles texture and taste wise was alright.

    Assari Bankara – RM21
    Similar to Bankara Original but served in lighter soup base. Like what I had, this version is less oily compared to the original version. I personally loved it :)

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    Kakuni Bankara – RM30
    Bankara Original topped with their signature kakuni (braised pork belly). The braised pork belly was soft and delicious but then again, the oily portion could be one sinful order. Haha. Some people might not like it. Like my mom. LOL.

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    And as for their Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen, they employed a slow boil technique to create a milky & rich in flavour pork bone soup. Smoothness of the soup is the defining character that one could find.

    Tonkotsu Chashu – RM28
    Thin noodle in milky pork bone soup served with 4 pieces of chashu, jew’s ear mushroom, spring onion & seaweed. Very different from that sharp taste of Bakara’s signature, their Tonkotsu is lighter and creamier.

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    Goma Ice Cream – RM6
    I just gotta fulfil my cravings for this scoop of black sesame ice cream which is filled with sesame seeds in every spoonful!

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    Will be checking out their Saporo-style miso ramen and Tsukemen next! :)

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    Bankara Ramen Malaysia
    Lot 2-7, Level 2,
    Avenue K, 156, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603-2181 8618
    Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 10pm

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