Halal Steamboat in KL: Pak John Steamboat &BBQ Wangsa Walk Outlet

Pak John Steamboat& BBQ is one of the Halal steamboat that you could find in Kuala Lumpur. There is two outlet. One in eCurve and another one in Wangsa Walk Mall. If you are my Facebook friend or have been following my blog, you would noticed that I have blogged about it and posted about dining in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ quite a few times a few months back, during Ramadhan.

I was immensely pleased and impressed with the food varieties in Pak John Steamboat and BBQ in their eCurve outlet, which is adopting the eat all you can buffet concept, but after winning their writing contest that awarded me with 3 pieces of RM100 worth of dining voucher which enables me to dine at their Wangsa Walk outlet, I find that apart from reasonably priced meal deals that they are offering, I have nothing much to talk about their Wangsa Walk outlet.

I seriously preferred both food and service at their eCurve outlet better, and that’s not just because of their eat all you can buffet concept.

To date, I went back there 4 times in a huge group as a paying customer (used the voucher merely as a reduction to my total bill) and even threw a birthday party for my son’s birthday there with my eWana FM deejay friends, and although I am somewhat okay with the food served, I wasn’t particularly impressed with their staff, which are not always attentive and doesn’t communicate well with us when we were there. My friends who dined with me, although happy with the fresh food that’s served, was not particularly pleased with the service either…which is sad, as I hoped to be a good and entertaining host. :(

The latest visit annoyed me and my husband the most. Some misunderstandings occurred when we were clearing the bill, but I am so happy to report that regardless of whatever thing that they are lacking, Pak John Steamboat&BBQ bosses and managements are always ready to serve you and surprisingly, after receiving honest feedbacks from their patrons, they have improved greatly, and that’s just within 2 weeks time frame. Kudos to the management for making great effort and initiatives to provide the best service to their customers.

Sure…there is hiccups here and there, but improvements have been made. Credits should be given where it’s due.

So, as of writing, I can safely recommend you to dine there if you are looking for a Halal steamboat joint to dine with your friends and family.Pak John Steamboat&BBQ, Wangsa Walk Outlet
is quite a safe bet.

There’s a few things you should note while you are dining there:

*It is not a buffet concept. But they do provide reasonably priced steamboat set meals starting from RM29.90 that is great for individuals and small eaters.
*They have lunch set menu and cake is also available during lunch hours and tea time. Price for these set meals range from RM9.90 and above.
*Premium items like beef, lamb and smoke duck slices is available for separate orders.
*Dimsum platters are available on certain days and certain hours.
*Chicken soup is free of charge, but other flavours of steamboat soup like Tomyam soup, prawn soup, curry and whatnot is chargeable at rm10.
*Soup refill is free of charge, and you could request to change the hot plate to fresh ones after grilling at no charges too.
*The outlet is constantly full house during weekends, so I would advice to make reservations in advance to avoid disappointment.
*Service charges and government taxes applies.

Being a glutton, I prefer the eCurve outlet more, but if you are a busy working individual or a small eater, you would definitely prefer the Pak John Steamboat&BBQ Wangsa Walk outlet more. Why?

Here’s the reason:

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Unlike the eCurve outlet, Pak John Steamboat &BBQ Wangsa Walk outlet provides take-away service. Which means…if you drop by for lunch or something and couldn’t manage to finish your food, you won’t have to worry about wasting your food. :) During my last visit, I wasn’t particularly in the mood to finish up my food, so I asked them to pack up the leftovers for me.

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There was quite a lot of leftovers; corn on cobs, vercimille, steamboat noodles, beef slices, smoke duck slices and chicken eggs. We could also request to take away the leftover soup too, but I opt out of it.

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I mixed and matched the leftovers after that and pleased to say that it did not go rotten.

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Here’s my version of Pak John Steamboat &BBQ Beef Slices Noodles. ;) Tasted not bad, actually… And having this at the comfort of my own home makes me wonder if they would consider my suggestion to sell packed meals like this on regular basis to their patrons.

Below is the information that you need should you be interested to dine at Pak John Steamboat &BBQ Wangsa Walk outlet:

Pak John Steamboat Wangsa Walk Mall
Lot GL-02 & FL-02,
Wangsa Walk Mall, Wangsa Avenue,
No 9, Jalan Wangsa Perdana 1, Bandar Wangsa Maju
Kuala Lumpur

Website :
http://www.pakjohn.com

Business Hour:
Daily: 10:00 – 22:00

Facebook :
Pak John Steamboat & Yong Tau Foo

BRIM 4.0 2015 Application Form

Malaysians…worried about the cost of living? Well, fret not. Our government do provide a one off relief to those who qualifies annually. BR1M 4.0 will be back in 2015 and the application form will be released on 1st Dec 2014. Those who qualifies, please mark the date and apply for the relief. You can apply for BRIM 4.0 online here https://ebr1m.hasil.gov.my/

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Check the info graphic above to see if you are qualified and if you do, don’t forget to visit the site to apply or update your details. :)

ChiChi & ChaCha, Edutainment Show and Star Search for Kids

Some say that motherhood is a walk in the park. Sure…I would agree with that statement…only that my ‘park’ has dinosaurs and all sort of horrifying monsters in it. No. That was sarcasm.

Seriously speaking, motherhood is not a walk in a park for me. It’s not a breeze as anyone elses’s experience and far from enjoyable as my child is different. Very different. He is not your regular child. He have autism. If you are not familiar about it, I’d suggest you to look it up on Google and do some reading before you blast me with all sort of frequently asked questions.

Having autism means my child is somewhat socially impaired. He is almost non-verbal and have developmental delays. He is not your regular kid and no, unlike other children his age, he does not excel academically nor he interact well with peers or people around him. My son also does not take interest in things other normal children takes interest in and when he was younger, he often have sensory overload that leads to mini seizure and meltdowns.

The uneducated and uninformed would accuse me for being a negligent parent and questioned my parenting skill, but the truth is that a child with autism is not your regular child although they look physically all right and good looking, even.

The earlier years was hellish for me. I had to face society’s judgment on me and I lack moral and emotional support and not to mention resources on how to deal with my child. Frankly speaking, I did not know how to deal with my own child.

But things can’t be bad forever. When I joined an oversea based autism support group on Facebook, things changed. I get real tips, real advice from real parents who are taking care of children with autism themselves. That alone beats all ‘advises’ that I get from ‘professionals’ and people around me who couldn’t possibly know how it is really like to deal with autism first hand.

My life and my son’s life started to change and improve for the better when we started to do things differently. I ditched all the normalcy in raising a child and used different methods to deal with life, and wow…things really got better.

My son, who was completely non-verbal previously started to developed eccholalia and started to have interactions with people around him. From not having eye-contact with anyone when spoken to, he started to look into people’s eyes. From not being toilet trained at an advanced age, he started to use the toilet on his own. From being afraid of being in the crowd, he followed me everywhere to events and even go on media trips with me.

So…what did I do to help my son improve? The answer is simple. I stopped listening to judgmental people who are mostly friends, family and relatives with normal children, and instead of trying to teach my son and force him to excel academically like other normal children, I started to concentrate on giving him hands-on experience on how to survive the world. Instead of locking him up at home upon people’s suggestion like I used to as he doesn’t have any sense of manners or skills to deal with the society, I started to bring him out and let him get used to things. I bring him to work with me…attend events and food reviews with me, travel to loads of places in Malaysia with me and he improved tremendously. Instead of spoiling him and being overprotective, I taught him to familiarize himself on how to take public transport with me and he now no longer feel so at loss whenever we take public transport or LRT to move about in the city.

Instead of restraining him, I give him freedom to explore the world around him and allow him to experiment with things instead of stopping him like I used to. I adopted cats as pets and encourage him to bond with the pets. It is a wonderful form of therapy, I kid you not. It instill the sense of responsibility and empathy in him.

We also started doing things like attending cooking demonstrations together, taking photos together at every opportunity that we get when we are outside, do painting together etc. I’m happy to say that he improved greatly when I stopped pushing him academically. Basically, I just concentrate on what he can do instead of what he can’t do.

Here’s a video of us taking on the world, our way. We did various things together in our venture to get out of our comfort zone and be extra-ordinary. ;)

I treat my son more like a younger brother rather than just a son these days too and unlike other parents who used smart phones and tablets as a ‘babysitter’ or as a tool to keep their children occupied, I use it as a form of communication and educational tool. I installed all sort of autism friendly apps like Talking Tom and Talking Angela to get my son to learn how to talk. I also installed piano apps to improve his concentration skills and listening skills.
I allow my child to use his iPad without restricting him, so he have access to the Internet and he is now able to search for things that he want and watch things that he want via YouTube too. He may not be able to read or write in the normal sense of the word like other children his age… But he could when using iPad, so for now, that is good enough for me. :)

Some disagree with what I’m doing…allowing him to use iPad whenever he like, but I beg to differ. Like I said, we use it as a communication and a learning tool instead of a babysitting tool. I never allow him to use it outside of the house, ever, and bringing it to the dining table to fiddle with is strictly prohibited. iPad at dining table, regardless of the circumstances to keep him occupied is a no no. And same goes when we are traveling or visiting relatives.

And speaking of an unconventional ways of teaching my son, I also allow him to watch all sort of edutainment programs.

And the most recent one that caught my attention is Chi Chi & Cha Cha, a locally produced edutainment show.

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ChiChi & ChaCha is Asia’s 1st Live Action & 3D animation edutainment program for children.

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Through Chi Chi & Cha Cha, both parents and children can look forward to learning a wide variety of topics from their live-hosts.

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Learning about these varied topics will also be done through songs…

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And dance too. All of these fun and educational things run throughout the episodes for both children’s learning enjoyment. Chi Chi & Cha Cha edutainment show include 3D animation, which are exciting ways for children to remember the lesson.

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There is also an arts and crafts segment to nurture the budding talents of the child.

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I’m always careful on what I let my son watch, but I can safely recommend Chi Chi& Cha Cha to all parents with young children out there. The show’s 3D animated cast consists of twins, who are the male and female tigers ChiChi & ChaCha, along with Atan who is an orangutan and Hujan the jungle boy.

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The host for the show is five friendly kid stars of Astro, Harris, Afiq, Sweet, Leen and Farisha.

ChiChi & ChaCha is catered towards kindergarten and early primary children between the ages of 6-8 and aired at 10.30am on Astro Ceria 3 times a day, from Monday to Friday. The language used for this edutainment program is Bahasa Malaysia and ChiChi & ChaCha can be viewed on Astro Ceria, which is channel 611 and also Astro Maya HD Channel 135.

More detailed information on Chi Chi & Cha Cha edutainment show can be obtain from http://www.chichiandchacha.com/. So if you wanna do a lil homework about it before allowing your lil tots to watch, just head over to their website.

Having screened Chi Chi &Cha Cha personally, I think it is not only a good show but also a good platform to give more exposure to my son, leading me to wonder if I can take things further with my son by getting him involved directly in the show itself. And well…as if it’s a sign from above, I spotted this:

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proPassion, Taylor’s University’s student PR consultancy is collaborating with Kyanite TV and Big Fish Media to organise “Be The Next ChiChi & ChaCha Star”, a star search for kids and teens aged between 6 to 18 years old to perform live with the hosts of hit TV show, ChiChi & ChaCha (CC2) in 2015.

The event will be held on 15-16th November 2014 at The Main Place, USJ 21 to find the most talented boy and girl who will walk away with RM 1,000 cash each, be featured on YouTube and join the 2015 tour with Chi Chi &Cha Cha celebrity hosts. Both winners will be invited to train, choreograph and perform with the five ChiChi & ChaCha hosts – Sweet, Afeiq, Farisha, Leen and Harris – to unlock and refine their future potential.

To participate in the Be The Next Chi Chi & Cha Cha star all you need to do is:

1. Register yourself at http://goo.gl/forms/YlQy3bx5VC

2. Take a video of your talent in less than 15 seconds on Instagram (sing, dance or act) then share it on your Facebook account

3. Shout out “Saya nak jadi bintang ChiChi & ChaCha” in your video 

4. Tag one of your favorite hosts ( @afeiq, @farisha_iris, @jazashazleen, @harrisalif, or @fqisminaa) and @chichidanchacha )

30 entrants will be picked for the Challenge Round on 15th November where they will be given 90 seconds to showcase their talents.

From this group, the Top 10 will be selected to proceed to the Grand Final on 16th November. They will be tested based on 3Ps – Performance, Potential and Personality. All finalists will be given maximum 4 minutes to showcase their talents and dance to Chi Chi & Cha Cha songs.

Apart from that, there’s is also “Be The Next ChiChi & ChaCha Star” Nominating Contest waiting for you! This contest provides a special reward for the nominators where they have to nominate only ONE talented person around them and showcase the person’s talent within 15 seconds or less. Should the nominees be selected as a finalist on the Challenge Round, he or she will win RM100 in cash and a free autographed ChiChi & ChaCha T-shirt.

Well, well, well…how about that? A child star search. :) I’m still contemplating about this, but if you think your child have what it takes to be a child star, then hop over to https://www.facebook.com/propassioncommunications to find out more about the event and in the meantime, let me pen down and go have some fun time with my son. ;)

American BBQ at Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel PJ

There is a recipe to a long-lasting marriage; which is to fall in love over and over again with the person that you married. Not particularly easy as we tend to get too comfortable as time goes by and consequently, we are prone to take our spouse’s existence for granted. Resentments will then get bottled up, leading to all sort of problems that will breaks marriage apart.

I learned things the hard way, and therefore, I try not to take things for granted and try not to get too comfortable or feel too secure in my marriage and strive to have a more quality relationship with my husband with each passing day. And I believe, he strive to do the same too, despite the fact that we are now no longer the carefree teenagers we once were when we both just met, and have our own commitment to our work and our career.

I don’t want to fall out of love with my husband. Despite of his flaws…I couldn’t imagine my life without him, and I believe the feelings is mutual. I’m not the brightest crayon in the box, but I make a point to find something that both of us could enjoy doing together as often as possible, and in return, my husband will make an effort to find time to be with me and our son.

One of the things that we enjoy doing is sampling good food. We can never go wrong with a dinner date, and so we make a point to dine somewhere good once a month or attend and invited food review.

One of our all time favourite feel-good place to dine in is at Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel PJ. There is nothing not to like there. Good food, relaxing ambiance despite the fact that it is located in the midst of the bustling city, friendly and accommodating staff, and not to mention wonderful chefs who strive to prepare fabulous meals for us to sample.

Food in Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel, PJ is usually good, but their most recent promo is to die for. They are having this American BBQ promo and I have to say that there is nothing on the menu that I don’t like.

Here is what my husband and I managed to try last week:

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Chicago Beef Ribs (RM 45.00). Braised spare rib in sweet onion BBQ sauce,served with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. The ribs was juicy and tender and while I’m usually put off by onions, this combination works surprisingly well for me. The mashed potato was buttery and creamy enough for me too. Beef lovers would definitely approve this.

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Latin American Chipotle Spring Chicken(RM 32.00)Marinated smoked dried Jalapeno chicken charbroiled, served with potato and farmer’s vegetables. The spring chicken was not only tender but was juicy and bursting with flavours. It was delicious and the potatoes and fresh farmer’s vegetable on the side makes this quite a balanced meal. Recommended to hungry eaters who wants a lovely balanced meal that won’t really ruin their diet.

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BBQ Salmon Steak (RM 32.00) Lemony marinated salmon steak grill,served with avocado tomato salsa, potato & farmer’s vegetables. I’m usually put off by the smell of fishes, but this one’s an exception. Compliment to the chef for a well executed dish. The salmon steak had no fishy smell whatsoever and to be honest, I won’t mind to having seconds.

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Texas Osso Bucco (RM 43.00) Quite a tongue twister to pronounce but this lamb shank with honey BBQ is marinated and charbroiled to perfection. Served with ginger mustard BBQ sauce and a bed of buttery and creamy mashed potatoes, this dish is simply irresistible. Then lamb shank was fall off the bone tender and flavourful. The best part of it? The lamb shank does not have any unpleasant smell whatsoever that could put you off from eating it. Thumbs up for this dish. It was done with a flair only an experienced chef could.

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Hawaiian Barbeque (RM 40.00) If you fancy some variety, then go for this hearty mix of tasty beef, chicken and lamb cutlet. They are charbroiled to perfection and paired with with hot pineapple and pepper sauce. Mildly spicy and tangy at the same time. Rather exciting on the palate.

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And last but not least, Fisherman’s Treat (RM 38.00). Any seafood lovers would be tempted to reel this in. This platter consists of a grilled combination of seafood, fish, prawns, mussels and squid, served with garden salad and lemony BBQ sauce. My husband prefers to have all the seafood with the specially concocted lemony BBQ sauce but personally I thought that they are already deliciously flavoured to have on their own.

Overall, I highly recommends the American BBQ at Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel PJ. The American BBQ will be ongoing from 1 Nov 2014-1 Dec 2014.The food is not only fabulously prepared but have an affordable price tags too. So, ladies and gentlemen, if you are looking for a place to dine with your spouse, friends or colleague, just head to Armada. You couldn’t possibly go wrong over there.

For booking and reservation please contact:

Armada Petaling Jaya
Lot 6, Lorong Utara C, Section 52
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia
Tel : (603) 7954 6888
Fax : (603) 7956 8088
Email: [email protected]

Make Up Kit for Travelers

Friends who knows me says I changed a lot. I’m not the person I was a year ago, and I tend to agree with their opinion. I suppose going through something that had a huge impact on me pushed me to be the woman I am today. You see, some people went through something that made them changed into a completely different person and could never be who they were before, and I happened to went through just that.

Some said I changed for the better, but some said I changed for the bad and they couldn’t even recognized me or could feel the connection with me anymore. Well, whatever their opinion is, they are right. I’m better now…and also in some ways, bad too. It depends on your own perspective. Doesn’t matter though, as I am a happier person now. I feel more comfortable with myself and feels much more liberated, regardless of people’s opinion on me.

I have more fun now and I don’t just stay in my comfort zone. I adopted traveling as a hobby and get lost very often, but as I do, I discover more and more things about myself and life in general.

If there is one thing that I learned about myself these days that I like to take photos while traveling. Read: Selfies. :) I like making new memories in places that I visit and I like looking good in pictures. Therefore, I make it a point to doll up while I’m traveling. :) it is not always convenient as I prefer to travel light with just my trustworthy pink backpack, but hey…I always believe that style should not go flying even when we are hitting the road.

Friends always wonder how I managed to doll up every now and then when I’m on media trips and whatnot these days.

Well, here’s my secret. ;) ice recently quite taken to taking some beauty survival kit whenever I travel.

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Products from Victoria Jackson’s Cosmetics. Victoria Jackson’s Beauty Diary (RM199) , Foundation Powder (RM60) and Lip Addiction (RM55).

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These are the products that I have been using regularly to satisfy the vain woman in me. The foundation powder is mineral based, with SPF15. It works quite well in covering up my flaws while the lip addiction gives my lips some healthy but natural colourings. I used these whenever I go for events etc.

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But when I go travel, I omit the foundation compact powder and Lip Addiction lip colour in favour of Victoria Jackson’s Beauty Diary, the ultimate lifesaver for a vain traveler like me. It’s compact in size and could easily fit on the palm of your hand. Designed to fit your daily handbags and backpacks. It contains everything that you need for a complete make up look; foundation powder, eyeshadows pallete in a few different shades, blushers, maskara, lipstick pallete, lipliner and eyebrow pencil. Brushes and mirror is included for easy application on the go.

For the price of RM199, I’d say that this is quite a worthy investment in the long run for a vain traveler like me. Great for beginners who just started to fiddle with makeup too.

You can buy these at selected Watson’s outlet nationwide.

Staying Ageless with New Image Alpha Lipid Bee Venom

An old friend whom I haven’t met for quite some time commented that I look much more beautiful and younger these days in comparison to a few years back when I went for a food review a couple of weeks ago. I was naturally flattered, of course. It’s been awhile since someone told me that I looked younger and better than before. Perhaps, all the skincare routine I have been doing is paying off after all. :)

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I used to be quite afraid of ageing, but I think it is not that scary anymore after using this Bee Venom Intensive Anti-Aging Moisturising Cream.

Bee Venom Intensive Anti-Aging Moisturising Cream is a multifunctional cosmetic which kickstarts the body’s own production of Collagen and Elastin – the key factors to restoring younger, healthier, skin by decreasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It works in harmony with the body’s systems and is non-invasive or painful like surgery, skin peels, or injections.
Alpha Lipid Bee Venom Intensive Moisturising Cream is the only skin care product containing New Zealand’s Alpha Lipid Colostrum which provides TGF (Transforming Growth Factors) to promote skin cell repair and renewal.
Key active ingredients:

Bee Venom
Natural exotic oils such as jojoba, almond, macadamia seed
Manuka Honey
Evening Primrose
Shea Butte

I’ll be honest with you. Before trying this out, I was a tad skeptical about using a product that contains bee venom. I thought; hey…won’t it sting? Will it have any side effects? But despite of my initial reluctance to try this product, I tried nevertheless.

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During the first week of usage, my skin had a breakout. I freaked out, but discovered that after continuous usage, my complexion started to look clearer, and I have the dark rings under my eyes are not so obvious anymore, so I decided to continue to use it, and I’m glad to say I did.

There is noticeable differences after using a jar of this for two months. My skin is actually much more moisturized, and whenever I used it as a makeup base, my make up lasts even longer and I have that blushing, glowing effect even without blusher on, which is really great! :)

If you are looking for an anti ageing cream that actually works and have that botox effect, you might want to go for this too.

This product is suitable for use by all men and women except those who are allergic to bee stings. I personally would recommend to test on a small area of skin before first use and wait 20 minutes. If there are no adverse effects then continue applying to your face.

Everyone’s skin is unique and different, so some might experience a slight tingling sensation which is normal.

You can also use this product as a Night Cream. All you need to do is apply a generous layer over the face and neck and leave on overnight. In the morning use it again as a Day Cream. For best results apply twice daily and use within 12 months after opening.

So where to buy this product? Well, you can hop over HERE for more information or directly contact +60 19-217 2162 to place your order.

Kitschen Loves Hello Kitty

I’m quite a big fan of Hello Kitty. Apparently I have a soft spot for everything girlish and pink. Yes. I’ve been a huge fan of Hello Kitty, the fictional character produced by the Japanese company, Sanrio. She is depicted as an anthropomorphic white Japanese bobtail cat with a red bow.

I used to think that Hello Kitty is a cat, but apparently my whole life is a lie. The character is a gijinka, an anthropomorphism or personification of a cat. In August 2014 an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii was told by Sanrio that Hello Kitty was not simply a cat, describing her as a little English girl called Kitty White, from outside London. The name Kitty was inspired from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, where in a scene early in the book Alice plays with a cat she calls Kitty.

So there you have it, folks…the truth about Hello Kitty that not much of you probably know. She is more than just a what she seems, a mouthless cat. She is a little girl, who is every girls’ best friend, and last week, I was given an opportunity to catch a glimpse of her at the launching of her clothing line at Kitschen, Fahrenheit 88, Kuala Lumpur.

Sanrio’s Hello Kitty range of products are usually quite high priced, but now you can wear the Hello Kitty themed collection by KITSCHEN which is tagged affordably between RM39.90 to RM159.90.

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Hello Kitty, posing with models during the launch of Hello Kitty clothing line at KITSCHEN.

Check out the video for the collection line up. The amazing exclusive Hello Kitty themed collection features a wide range of silhouettes that brings out the rock and roll, and funky side of Hello Kitty and in the collection includes maxi column dresses, stretchable knit covers, cropped tops, oversized tops, mini dresses, denim shorts and baseball jackets. Also, drawing inspiration from the wild, the exciting collection features Aztec and Tri-colour leopard prints in a variety of ultra-fashionable colours, ranging from Pink, Turquoise, Grey and Black.

A variety of fabric materials are used in producing the silhouettes, which ranges from jersey, PU leather, fleece, sequins, neoprene, netting and denim. These exciting pieces of the Hello Kitty themed collection will leave KITSCHEN’s wearers thrilled with a whole lot of fun to play mix and match with the pieces.

To celebrate the launch of its exclusive collection, KITSCHEN is organising a ‘KITSCHEN Loves Hello Kitty’ contest from November 15th to December 15th, 2014. Customers who purchase any Hello Kitty items are entitled to one entry token. 10 lucky winners will be selected at the end of the contest period. 2 x Grand Prize Winners will each win two Special Hello Kitty Meet & Greet passes, two admission tickets to SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN Nusajaya and one RM500 KITSCHEN cash voucher. 8 x Consolation Winners will each receive two admission tickets to SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN Nusajaya and one RM200 KITSCHEN cash voucher.

Apart from that, customers with purchase of RM50 and above worth of KITSCHEN’S Hello Kitty Collection are entitled to a 20% discount on SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN Nusajaya admission tickets.

SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN Nusajaya is the first SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN theme park outside of Japan. SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN Nusajaya consists of various walk-through attractions, as well as interactive activities and rides based on the iconic Hello Kitty character.

Still contemplating on purchasing the cute clothing?

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KITSCHEN is also throwing these freebies in! ;) So, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls…what are you waiting for? ;) make a grab at the collection before they are gone!

For more information or ticket purchase for SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN Nusajaya, kindly visit www.playtime.com.my. For news and updates follow facebook.com/SanrioHelloKittyTown.

To Each It’s Own

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Cheesy fried banana have been quite a rave on the social media these days, and I could always see people posting pictures of it with positive caption attached to it. As usual, I would jump in the bandwagon and give it a try too, after all, the cheesy fried bananas people are raving about looks absolutely delicious. I couldn’t possibly resist the temptation so a couple of days ago, when I was walking with my husband in the night market and saw a stall selling these, I just make a grab at it. My husband have a sweet tooth and he wanted to try it too…so…why not…

We bought a set of it at RM5. There were a lot flavours being sold, chocolate, Oreo, rice chocolates etc but we decided to stick to the original cheesy flavour.

The bananas was fried to perfection before being drizzled with condensed milk and topped with grated cheddar cheese.

But as interesting as it looks, this dessert is not to our liking. It tasted absolutely weird to me and to him too. The combination wasn’t exactly appealing to my palate. It’s too sweet and I must say that I prefer the good old original fried bananas with no toppings whatsoever on it.

Well, I guess I won’t be buying these ever again…to each it’s own and whatever everyone else thinks tasted nice, doesn’t necessarily mean will suit me.

Life’s Little Pleasure

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Life… Can be very overwhelming sometimes, and sometimes, you wish that time would just….stop, so that you can just enjoy the moment, to just breathe and to take things in.

But time never stops for you, and as you look in the mirror every day, whether you admit it to yourself or not, you grow a day older. So it is important to take a breather and just enjoy the moments.
:) Yesterday was an absolutely eventful day. Spent quality, quiet time with husband and son in the morning, went to a fashion show in the afternoon, an impromptu shopping trip after the fashion show and a dinner date with my girlfriends at night. By the time I arrived home, I was busy writing for my novel and by 11pm, I was dead tired and was about to hit the sack, but not before indulging a little bit by nibbling on the strawberry custard pastry that I managed to buy after coming back from dinner.

I know it is unhealthy to have meals just before you sleep, but hey…I only live once. Just once. So why not pamper and indulge a little bit and give myself a little pat for the back, for all the things that I have done for the day, and for having a better day than yesterday? I think each and everyone of us needs that. We often forget that if we don’t love ourselves and appreciate ourselves, other people most probably won’t either. :)

I never used to take a breather. I think  in some ways, I take myself way too seriously…perhaps because I have always felt that nobody else care…or take me seriously, but these days I’ve learned to lay back a little…and just…enjoy the moments. My life changed for the better the moment I start doing that. I feel much better, more beautiful and more confident with myself.

So yes, go ahead. Give yourself a little pat on the back, for having a better day today than yesterday. :)

Seafood Buffet Dinner at Chatz Brasserie, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur

A fan of seafood? I am. Growing up by the sea makes me a huge fan of seafood, but as I grew older, I discovered that fresh seafood is a rare commodity, especially when you are living in a concrete jungle. But lucky me, there is a few places in KL that is offering seafood buffet with a reasonable price. Chatz Brasserie, Parkroyal KL is one of the leading restaurants in KL that is offering such a sinful seafood indulgence.

Here’s sharing with you the seafood feast galore that’s offered by Chatz Brasserie, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur.

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I made it a habit to check out the salad counter whenever I go for a buffet lunch or dinner, and I’m pleased to say that the usual suspect is there. Fresh, crisps green for you to assemble the salad bowl.

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Assorted dressings to suit your fancy

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Pre-made seafood salad

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More salads

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Assorted canapes for you to nibble on before going for the heavier stuff.

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Assorted cheese. The good ones, mind you. I noticed they have Gouda, Edam, aged cheddar, chevre etc.

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Freshly baked bread, right from the given for you to go with your cheese or soup of the day.

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Fresh seafood for grilling at the grilling stall.

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Grilled seafood items are prepared for you upon request. ;) so don’t be shy, the chef doesn’t bite. Just walk over to the counter, take your pick and have them grill whatever suits your fancy.

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While you are at the buffet, be sure to keep a lookout for the large Garoupa with Asam. The fish was naturally sweet and perfectly done that I wish I could have the entire fish to myself. But of course…my tummy is small and having the whole garoupa to myself is not exactly possible. :)

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Prawn sambal tumis is a must try item in the buffet too. I swear it taste almost like the sambal that my late grandmother used to cook for us.

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Irresistibly fresh sashimi is available too, so if you are a huge fan of raw seafood items, do give it a try.

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Japanese noodle fans wouldn’t be disappointed either. I spotted the Udon and Soba noodle counter where you can customise your own cold Soba or Udon noodles. I’m a fan, but I gave this a miss in favour of other things, though.

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Fresh mussels

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Prawns on ice

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Fresh scallops is available too.

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Assorted smoke salmon slices for salmon lovers.

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Squid in spicy dried chilli sauce and ginger

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Curry fish head. Lovely but rather spicy to me, so I’d recommend you to pair this dish with piping hot steamed white rice or a thickly cut bread slice.

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Buttered mantis prawns.

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Baked oysters is lovely. I had three of these before I pry myself away from it in favour of other offerings at the buffet.

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There was Crab pudding too. Savoury and creamy, this dish is substance over style. It may look ordinary on the outside, but packed quite a satisfaction inside with generous chunks of crabs in cream.

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Spotted a Beggar’s Chicken lying around in the midsts of seafood galore too, so if you want a lil break from your seafood marathon, you might want to have a go at this.

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Sang Ha Noodles is one of the suspect that warrants a second helping in the buffet.

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I managed to slurp a bowl of this and I must say that it is divine. Sang Ha Noodles is basically wok-fried egg noodles and fresh water prawn done “Cantonese” style. It was a dish that’s executed rather well with fresh water prawn that’s packed with the roe, and accompanied by blanched spinach providing it with that extra jolt of savory taste. A decent version of Sang Har Noodles, I must say.

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Fish head soup noodles is available for those who prefers something milkier and creamier.

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Two items caught my attention at the action counter; Oyster Omelet and Lobster Porridge.

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The Oyster Omelet was a wonderful rendition of an otherwise ordinary street food. It was generously served with fresh, succulent oysters and a side of tangy and sweetly spicy sauce.

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Lobster Porridge on the other hand, brought the humble porridge up a notch with it’s expensive ingredients. Another one of the item that I think worth trying at the seafood buffet, in my opinion.

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There is also a small dimsum corner over here at the buffet.

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Fried Sui Kow for those who love some crunch while having dimsums.

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And of course, steamed dimsum varieties like siew mai and mini pau is also available.

Apart from the things that I mentioned above, you might want to take a note on this too;

Seafood Buffet Dinner Diners are entitled to order Seafood Plates of Pleasure;

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Mud Crabs cooked in six flavours, (Kam Heong Crab, Butter Meat Crab, Wok-Fried Meat Crab with Salted Egg, Wok-Fried Chilli Meat Crab, Wok- Fried Meat Crab in Marmite Sauce or Sweet and Sour Meat Crab), Steamed Grouper or Sea Bass cooked in Three Styles (Superior Shoyu Sauce, Sichuan Taupan Sauce or Garlic Sauce) and Braised Sea Cucumber in Sichuan Style.

The crabs are priced at RM78nett for 1 crab, RM138nett for 2 crabs and RM268nett for 4 crabs. The garouper and Sea Bass is priced at RM78nett per fish while the sea cucumber is priced at RM108nett for 2-4 person and RM158nett for 5-8 person.

Not quite sure what to order? Well here’s helping you decide. ;)

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Wok-Fried Chilli Meat Crab

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Kam Heong Crab

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Wok-Fried Meat Crab with Salted Egg

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Steamed fish cooked in Superior Sauce

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Steamed fish cooked in Sichuan Taupan Sauce

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Steamed fish cooked in garlic sauce

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And last but not least, the Braised Sea Cucumber cooked in Sichuan Style.

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Apart from being entitled to ordering the Seafood Plates of Pleasure, buffet diners are also entitled to a glass of Beauty Booster, a drink concocted from beetroot, dragon fruit and red sourplum.
The drink costs RM18, but Seafood Dinner Buffet diners are entitled to a complimentary glass of the Beauty Booster Drink.

This drink is rich with vitamin C and antioxidants. It is said that the concoction could help lower blood pressure, calms the nerves, helps the body to detox, improves blood circulation and appetite and also helps to improve your eyesight and memory.

I have initially mistook this drink as pomegranate juice so I had a bit of a shocker when I had a sip, but I think the drink is not too shabby. It has a good combination of sweet and sour, and quite a pleasure to drink. Go for this if you are feeling guilty for over-indulging with all the fabulous seafood at the buffet. ;)

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However, if you are not the adventurous kind, just head over to the juice bar and customise your own fruit juice with the fresh fruits settled nicely at the juice bar. These are freeflow. ;)

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A food marathon is never complete without desserts, so go ahead. They have local Nyonya kuih.

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Crepe Suzette, a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice and zests at the ala minute counter.

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Chocolate Fountain to dip whatever finger food you fancy

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Assorted cakes

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And the all time favourite Ice Kacang.

Overall, your truly think that the buffet gives quite a gastronomic experience and seafood lovers would certainly appreciate the variety that they are offering.

Below is the information on the buffet:

Dinner: Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Price: RM128 per person
(with unlimited flow of juices and soft drinks)

RM168 per person
(with unlimited flow of juices, soft drinks, three glasses of wine or Tiger draft beer)

Prices quotes are inclusive of service charge and government tax

For reservations or enquiries, please call 03 2147 0088 or email [email protected]

PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2782 8301
Email: chatz.prkul@parkroyalhotels,com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Parkroyalkualalumpur