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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Markets 21 At The School Jaya One

Hi again!

As mentioned in my previous post, Markets 21 was happening at The School Jaya One last weekend. The one thing I love about all these lifestyle bazaars is the unexpected cheap finds. Since I've pretty much done my CNY shopping, I was just basically looking around for any stalls that caught my attention. Continue reading to find out more!


The first one has got to be BentukBentuk by Adesh and Shahfiq that sells really pretty homemade concrete deco that comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes; thus the name of their brand. Look at those details, yourself. Some even have marble prints on it, how to resist you tell me! They do take customised order, depending on your design.

Next would be Naturafun, a home maker of soap bars, essential oil and more. I've heard of cold pressed juices, but cold pressed essential oil? It's definitely my first. Besides reasonably priced natural beauty solution, they do provide some interesting workshops in soap making and  aromatherapy too. 

Jeanie Botanical, another brand that emphasizes on the use of 100% natural and organic raw materials  in their skin and body care products. One of their products that attracted me the most is the beautifully layered aromatic bath salt, would love to give it a try some day!  

There are even stalls that sell stuff for your favourite canine. Besides some yummylicious treats, they do sell cute outfits for them too!


Adding another stall to the list would be Fleur Lab that sells personalized hand tied and bridal bouquets. They claimed all of the bouquets are made with real flowers that can last up to 5 years. And guess what, Valentine's Day is coming soon *hint hint


Last but not least, would be thes mouth watering brownies from Manis! They had a happy hour promo where their 3 best seller brownies are sold three pieces for RM10, which is definitely a steal. Needless to say, their brownies are as sweet as the founder herself, Adreena who is based in Ampang.



Since I was there after my brunch, I didn't get to explore the food area much but I saw a number of food trucks available selling all sorts of delicious snacks and food. Maybe next time?

After getting to know all these people behind their very own brands at Markets 21, or should I call them entrepreneurs, I have learnt one thing from them; they are really passionate in what they are doing. Start from being nothing, to running and growing their own business. They have done it, how bout you? #haveyoudoneit

So, if you already have a business plan and not sure what to do next, POP by Jaya One, Malaysia's very first pop up retail store is definitely your place to be. Open daily from 10am to 10pm, all you have to do is to walk in and talk to the consultants regarding your product or brand, they will then guide you from them. Worried about not being able to juggle between your day job and what not, no worries! Just let them do the rest! You can take up a spot for your store for a day, a week, or even a month, all at very affordable prices. 

Remember, it's okay to start small. It's either now or never.






For more deets, visit www.popshop.my 

xx

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pop by Jaya One | Markets21

Well, hello there! I know I know, it's been a while. It sure feels great to be back here :D
It's a brand new year, so what are your goals? If you are planning to start a new venture/business, well look no further! POP by Jaya One is a pop-up retail store that allows you to kick start your entrepreneurship dreams.

Located at The School, POP by Jaya One offers you a hassle-free opportunity to start your business by offering you services such as a centralised payment system, security, dressing rooms and most importantly, staffing for your store. Sounds good, doesn't it? For as low as RM 800 a week, you no longer have to wait for the weekends to open up your store! Whether it's fashion, beauty, homemade goodies of yours, handicraft or lifestyle, POP has no limitations for you to showcase your creativity and ideas, and that explains the huge variety of the stores at POP.




For more info, 
visit www.popshop.my
Instagram instagram.com/PopShopMY
Twitter twitter.com/popshopMY



Speaking of which, you can just drop by POP by Jaya One to have a better understanding or talk to the consultants, plus Markets 21 is happening this very weekend too! So if you have not done your CNY shopping, you should totally start already. To be honest, I've never had the chance to attend any of the Markets (shame on me T__T) cause it always clashes with my personal schedules. So I'm super excited this time cause I finally have my weekend free. To Markets 21, we go!  ε=(。ノ・ω・)ノ

For those who don't know yet, Markets 21 is the largest lifestyle bazaar in Klang Valley that offers old and new quality goods ranging from clothing, hand-crafted items and food trucks. I heard that there will be over 80 vendors participating in Markets this time round!


Beside the lifestyle bazaar, there will be some live performances, buyer vs seller stage challenge as well as street dance battle. The School in collaboration with Peanut Butter Studio will be having a showdown of dance battle, as well as a Junior Dance showcase category too!

This weekend, 11am - 7pm at The School by Jaya One; be there or be square (^-^*)/

xx

Disclaimer: Photos are all courtesy of POP by Jaya One.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A • Toast - Breakfast & Juice Bar

Ever since I've started working, Sunday mornings are the only day of the week where I can choose to either sleep in or hunt some new place for a hearty brunch. After seeing several posts of this humble little sandwich shop on Instagram, I've decided to drag Kev along to try it out. Their sandwiches simply look irresistible!

Located just a stone throw away from the Pudu LRT Station, this place serves a variety of sandwiches, french toasts and salad for breakfast as well as some pasta for lunch at affordable price. Open as early as 6am during weekdays, it's the perfect place to grab a healthy and filling sandwich before work. The only downside is probably the limited seats since the place is pretty small in size. Since it was the weekend, we pretty much mentally prepared ourselves to queue. True enough, there was a queue when we arrived and we had no choice but to settle with a outdoor seating despite the hot weather cause we are starving already.

Basically it's self service, so you have to head to this counter to make your order and you will have to collect your order at the same counter as well.


 What I love about this place is that they serve a variety of fruit juice as well! A cup of refreshing celery+apple+cucumber juice (RM8.90) for me and hot chocolate for him (: 

We ordered the signature Bamboo Charcoal Toast with scrambled egg and cheese (RM5.90) and the Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich (RM12.90). 

For the price we paid, we felt that it would be better if the sandwich has more than just egg, vege cheese and kimchi. Perhaps some chicken slices to complete the sandwhich? Besides, The kimchi was too overpowering as well that we couldn't taste any cheese.

On the other hand, I truly enjoyed this sandwich, the amount of scrambled egg and cheese was just perfect along with the soft fluffy bamboo charcoal toast. 

So thoughtful of them to provide some gloves; good for those messy eaters, no worries about dirtying your hands too while chowing down those delicious sandwiches!





So if you're searching for some healthy yet affordable place for breakfast, you should give A.Toast a try; especially if you love sandwiches (Y) 

A • Toast 早餐店
No. 291, Jalan Pudu,
Pudu, 55200, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel No: +6013-277 5654
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
                             Sat-Sun:9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Official FB Page: www.facebook.com/atoast.my

xx 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Happy Birthday, Althea! | ft Unboxing Video

Go, go, go, go go, go, go, shawty!
 It's your birthday
We gon' party like it's yo birthday!

 //cues "In Da Club by 50 cents" in the background // 

We surely cannot deny the fact that the Korean culture has influenced us significantly in so many ways. One of them is definitely the Korean beauty phenomenon! All thanks to Althea, we can now have easy access to  authentic Korean beauty items be it cosmetic or skin care products at the lowest price without flying ourselves all the way to Korea.  In case you haven't heard of Althea, they are Korea's premier online beauty destination where you can find the best of K-beauty products under one site. And guess what? They are turning one today, how time flies!

In conjunction with their birthday celebration from 20th to 31st July 2016, there will be a few promotions that you don't wanna miss. Good things are meant to be shared, so don't say I didn't tell you. You will receive the limited edition (pink!) birthday box with the DIY Party Kit for every order made from 20th July onwards. Besides that, be one of the first 1,500 shoppers to win yourself free goodies /cough/ we're talking about full-size beauty products here. And that is not just it,  there is a birthday giveaway as well, where you can get a 100% rebate when you pick their 3 top sellers.
Last but not least, Althea is also organizing a  #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest starting today. Once you have received your DIY party kit, all you have to do is to wish Althea happy birthday with #altheaturns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers from Althea. Sounds tempting? Just so you know, the contest ends on 15th August 2016 so hurry up and place your order today! /adds everything into the shopping cart/



I did a special shout-out along with a unboxing video as well :D In case you're curious what did I got for myself from Althea, be sure to check it out!

Once again, 생일 축하합니다 Althea and congratulations on achieving yet another milestone! Thank you so much for the generosity and spoiling me as well on your big day /kisses/

xx

Sunday, June 12, 2016

For Better Hydrated Skin — DocLab Face Ampoules

Ampoules has been quite a trend in the Korean skincare routine (don't we all admire their super smooth skin?!) for a while now. These highly concentrated, serum-like substances are basically a booster shot for your skin and they are meant to complement your existing skincare products. Just when you thought that your current skincare routine is such a hassle, be prepared because you’re about to get another step.



Claiming to be one of the best ampoules in Malaysia is the DocLab’s Hyaluronic Acid Face Ampoule that originates from South Korea. Made of natural ingredients, it is alcohol free and paraben free as well. Unlike collagen, the DocLab Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule can penetrate through the superficial layer of skin when applied. It then penetrates to the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture and gives the skin a youthful appearance.




Each box of DocLab HA Face Ampoules comes with five little bottle of the ampoules that are stored in airtight glass containers. Designed to address various concerns such as repairing, hydrating, brightening, anti-aging — they sure are a handy pick-me-up in times of skin dryness, dullness, breakouts, irritation and inflammation. Essentially, you’ll want to use one whenever your skin is not looking at its best.




Skin moisture boost and deep hydration with Hyaluronic Acid
Restore skin suppleness and elasticity with Collagen 
Retexturize skin, smoothen fine lines and reduce wrinkles with Ginseng Extract 
Natural anti oxidant and skin protection with Vitamin E 
Powerful skin whitening and lightening with Arbutin 
Skin soothing and refining with Witch Hazel Extract and Aloe Vera Leaf Extract


Basically, ampoule is being applied after cleansing and toning your face followed by serum and moisturizer. In this case, you can actually skip the latter as DocLab's Face Ampoules are rich enough. On days when you think your skin is in need of some TLC, you can apply a mask after your ampoule to aid its absorption into the skin. And oh just a tip, it is best to exfoliate (in moderation) before using an ampoule to maximise its benefits as dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin can hinder absorption.

Ampoules are filled with highly active ingredients like pure vitamins, enzymes in various combinations, and most of the time do not contain preservatives or chemicals thus once the ampoules are opened, it can only last you for a day. It is recommended to use one bottle per day for day and night.

Pour an appropriate amount and distribute them all over the face and just gently massage it. The four areas to cover are the cheeks, the nasolabial folds to the ridge of your nose, the forehead and lastly your chin line.

I tend to have dry skin cause I usually spend long hours in air-conditioned environment. So I'm a big fan of any skincare products that contains Hyaluronic Acid as we all know its super ability to retain moisture; it’s considered to have a greater capacity to hold moisture than any other natural or synthetic polymer. (Fun fact: one gram of hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to six liters of water!) Anyways, this is actually my first time trying out ampoules so I was not quite sure what to expect.The packaging of the bottle was pretty simple and easy to open. The ampoule has a watery-like texture which is really light. I've found that a little goes a very long way, and it absorbs into my skin within minutes. Definitely a plus point to me as it does not leave any sticky and oily residue on my face. So after the first application, I can really feel the instant hydration and refreshing effect on my face. Of course, you can't see a vast difference by just merely 5 days. Thus it is advised to use the ampoules for 14 days continously for better result.

DocLab HA Face Ampoules is now selling at RM138 per box but fret not, just key in the promo code doclabbeauty to get a RM50 discount from the total bill. No harm giving it a try, it might turn out to be a pretty good investment for healthier and better skin! If you're interested to purchase, feel free to contact Miss Lim at 0192062386 (: 


xx

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Zen Korean BBQ Buffet

Korean BBQ? YESS! Nothing beats grilling different cuts of rosy-red slabs of meat over a tabletop grill, to be enjoyed with complimentary sides; and not to forget soju and beer, ay? With the Korean revolution still going strong in Malaysia, the numbers of korean bbq joints have  increase over the years as well. No doubt, it has become an integral part of our lifestyle.



If you're a big fan of korean bbq, you shall not miss this place. Free flow of Samgyeopsal and Mok-sal for only RM25 per pax! Yeap, you heard me right. Zen Korean BBQ is tucked away in a corner of Ampang (slightly further from the famous Korean Village) and may look somewhat ordinary from the outside, but you know how the saying goes, NEVER judge a book by its cover.

Hidden in one of the corners of Ampang, Zen Korean BBQ is the place where you can eat your heart out  for only RM25? Yeap, I repeat. For ONLY RM25 per pax! But of course for the price you're paying, do not expect a full buffet spread. You'll basically get a set of refillable banchan and lettuce, free flow of samgyeopsal and mok-sal according to the number of pax and a bowl of doenjang jiggae. I was abit bummed that my favourite steamed egg wasn't included in the variety of side dish but it's available in their ala-carte menu for RM10 T__T 

Don't hestitate to ask for refills! 

The meats here are pretty decent quality and huge cuts,  I must say. 

And of course, there will be no server grilling the meat for you so you'll have to do it on your own. But the owner was nice enough to occasionally check on you, just in case you're not grilling it right. TIPS: Cook as a whole slab then snipped it into smaller pieces later on. And oh, keep your eye on the meat! Flip from time to time for even cooking. If a piece looks done, place it to the side so it doesn’t overcook. Or better yet, eat it! 

Mmmmm look at those heap of mouth watering and juicy pork belly! :P 


This is how you should eat your meat; wrapped with lettuce along with some chopped chilies, garlic, kimchi and gochu jang!

Super comforting doenjang soup! 

These are some charred goodness; slightly crispy on the edges. They were really generous with their meat servings that me and Kev both surrendered after the second round. It felt like eating a whole week worth of meat! *slipping into food coma immediately*

Zen Korean BBQ Restaurant offers quite an extensive Ala Carte menu as well, so you can try their kimchi pajeon or bimbimbap if you feel like having some carbs to complete your meal.


The restaurant itself is pretty spacious and they even have a private room with karaoke. Definitely the place to catch up with a bunch of friends over some grilled meat or to have a hearty family dinner! 

The downside would be their limited parking space (the road itself is always congested) and the poor ventilation. Be prepared to leave with a smoky after stench. Overall, I still personally think that their Korean bbq buffet is value for money (if you're not expecting much and just literally wanna have a satisfying meat feast) and the staff there are extremely helpful and attentive. I've visited them thrice and it never disappoints me so far.

Zen Korean BBQ Restaurant (Non-halal)
14-L2, Ampang Putra Residency,
Jalan Ampang Putra,
68000 Ampang.
Tel No:+60 3-4256 2007
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 11pm (Daily except Tuesday Lunch)

xx