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

Alcon Freshlook ColorBlends Contact Lenses

There is a drawback to being a traveler, especially if you are the kind who prefers to travel backpacking style or prefers to travel light whenever you hit the road; you can’t bring too many things with you.

Traveling light means you have to reduce your clothing and keep everything to bare essentials. Indirectly speaking, you would have to sacrifice vanity and go for comfort instead. No fancy dresses or loads of bulky clothing in the travel bag, that’s for sure.

Problems? It is not much a problem for most hardcore travelers, but I’m terribly vain. I like looking good, especially in all my travel photos, so I kinda cheat a lil bit by bringing accessories like scarves, sunglasses and those travel kit sized skincare products and make-up so that I can accessorize and look attractive whenever I travel. You’ll never know who you will meet whenever you travel, and I always believe that style should never go flying when you travel.
I’ve been quite taken to bringing my scarves and sunglasses along to make myself look different with just a pair outfit, but recently, I’ve discovered that there is one more trick that I can use to make myself look good without much effort; which is by using contact lenses. Not any ordinary contact lenses, mind you, but those colored contact lenses that is catered to make you look especially exotic.

However, there are not much colored contact lenses out there that make your eyes look naturally beautiful. Some cosmetic contact lenses may give you striking eye colors or exotic eyes, but they can look rather alien and terribly fake, and worst, some is not very comfortable to wear too.
But lucky me. I was recently introduced to the FreshLook ColorBlends and Dailies Illuminate range of contact lenses by Ciba Vision, which is currently known as Alcon Vision Care.

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I’ve been using both Alcon’s FreshLook ColorBlends and Alcon’s FreshLook Dailies Illuminate contact lenses, but for now, let me talk about my favourite; the FreshLook ColorBlends contact lenses.

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It is available in 12 colours:

1. Grey
2. Amethyst
3. Brown
4. Blue
5. Green
6. Honey
7. Pure Hazel
8. True Sapphire
9. Turquoise
10. Brilliant Blue
11. Gemstone Green
12. Sterling Grey

Freshlook ColorBlends are catered for both who needs prescription and those who does not need vision correction. This means that if you needs prescription for your contact lenses, it wouldn’t be a problem for you to use Freshlook ColorBlends as oppose those contact lenses that is just purely for cosmetic use.

The 12 varieties of Freshlook ColorBlends contact lenses is quite promising, I assure you. It is known to be the world’s bestselling contact lenses that contain 3-in-1 Colour Technology which blends three colours into one to create the most natural eye colour change for a beautiful and attractive look.

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I’ve given it a try, and I’m happy to say that I’m in love with Freshlook ColorBlends contact lenses.

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This is my eyes without Freshlook ColourBlends

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While this is the picture of my eyes with the Freshlook ColorBlends contact lenses on. I tried the grey colour contact lenses on. See the difference? My eyes looks more attractive now. With Freshlook ColorBlends contact lenses on, there is subtle changes in eye colour.

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My eyes are now lighter in colour, with larger pupil hole with a much more prominent limbal ring. :)

Someone commented that I look sweeter and younger when I used Freshlook ColorBlends contact lenses and that definitely made my day. :) What I really like about Freshlook ColourBlends contact lenses is that it changes my eye colour without making my eyes looks unnaturally strange.

Unlike other cosmetic contact lenses, Freshlook ColorBlends gives my eyes subtle changes in colour and makes me look beautifully classy and sophisticated instead. I used to be a non believer of cosmetic contact lenses as I think they merely make my eyes looks strikingly weird and can be drying on the eyes hence makes it really uncomfortable when I am wearing them but I change my mind about that after trying out Freshlook ColorBlends.

Freshlook ColorBlends not only make me look younger and naturally beautiful, but it is a comfort to wear too. I’ve worn these contact lenses up to 10 hours straight while I was traveling a few days ago, and it doesn’t even makes my eyes feel itchy or dry in comparison to the previous contact lenses that I have been using. It is surprising cuz usually my eyes will itch after a maximum 8 hours of contact lenses on. My eyes does not feel dry and remained moisturized too and on top of that, throughout the time that I had the Freshlook ColorBlends on, the lenses have a firm grip on my eyes and the lenses did not occasionally move away from my cornea and I did not really have to rub it back in place in comparison to my regular contact lenses. It was a perfect fit for me.

Although I don’t encourage more than 10 hours contact lenses usage, I can vouch for Alcon’s FreshLook ColorBlends contact lenses’ level of comfort on long hours usage. Highly recommended for those who are looking for both beauty and comfort.
Alcon’s FreshLook ColorBlends contact lenses can be obtained from major optometrist outlets at a retail price of RM84 per box.

As the world leader in eye care, and the second largest division of the Novartis Group, Alcon Vision Care is committed to advancing innovation and addressing unmet patient needs for patients around the world.

Have questions and concerns? Well, you can directly contact Alcon at this number: +603- 7880 0650.

 

L’Oreal Paris’s Beauty Countdown Contest: Because I’m Worth It

These days, whenever I bumped into old friends or acquaintances, they would tell me that I looked different now than years ago. I look much happier, much more confident and definitely much more beautiful than before. Apparently, I emitted a much more different aura these days and it is much more positive than before. I was told that I have somehow blossomed, and as cocky as it sounds, I can’t help but agree with people’s general opinion about me these days.

I have indeed changed; in the way I dress up and carry myself and also the way I speak and mingle.

I used to be that woman who couldn’t be bothered on how she look like or dress up in public provided she feels comfortable in the outfit that she is wearing, but now, you won’t catch me going out of the house without making an effort to doll up or at least putting up some make up on. Yes. I’m much more vain than before these days, as I come to learn that this world is very realistic. There is no point if you are brainy or talented but you don’t dress the part. Nobody is going to give you a glance what more give you the attention that you actually deserved if you don’t present yourself well.

The same goes with relationship. Men are very visual creature and they tend to gravitate towards beautiful sweet things rather than a plain Jane. Married for 12 years, and I learned that painful lesson the hard way, I’m afraid. I used to think that men will love you unconditionally once they are committed to you but sometimes, that is not the case and they get bored with you easily though they try not to make it show.

Would you believe me if I were to tell you that today, I am not the same person I was a year ago? Well, believe it, because I am not that woman anymore. When I said I’m not who I was a year ago, believe it. I’m a different woman now. I’m somewhat transformed. I believe that I am a better version of myself today than the same day last year.

A lot of things happened to me last year that triggered me to change. Both good and bad. 2013 was the darkest time of my life, but at the same time, it was also a blessing in disguise, as it marks a huge turning point for me where I had to make important choices that leads to somewhat a I dubbed, a ‘spiritual awakening’.

I had to choose between loving people or loving myself, and realizing that sometimes, at the end of the day,the only relationship that would matter is just the relationship with yourself, and not with somebody else, I choose to change and be a better version of me in whole and love myself more. And I’m glad I made that decision, as I discovered that if I don’t love myself and put myself first, nobody is going to love me the way I really deserved, regardless of what I do for them, regardless of my role in their life, and regardless of my sacrifices.

I learned the hard way that when it comes to relationship and marriage, nothing good ever comes out of self-sacrifice. Nobody will appreciate that and will only take things for granted. Take my advice ladies, do not make your husbands or you boyfriends the centre of your world. You will resent that and it will actually destroy the love that you have for each other.

It is important to love yourself first before others, and I’m glad I made that choice, because I’m much happier now, and my happiness no longer depend on the people around me or the people that I have different kind of relationship with.

Ladies, if you made the same mistake that I did where you allowed your role as a girlfriend, wife or mother to dictate your life, please stop, and take charge of your life, right now!

Marriage and relationships is supposed to enhance you, make you shine, make you be a better version of yourself, not the other way around. If you ever feel that hallow feeling that marriage has somehow stopped or restrict you from being that beautiful and confident woman that I know you are, then you are doing it all wrong. Marriage and love relationship is supposed to make you feel beautiful, confident and secure, not ugly or inferior.

You are worth it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Every woman is beautiful. If you have been making a habit to just play Plain Jane, then it is time to start dolling up and be Fabulous Mary. Not sure how to start? Easy, start by taking good care of yourself. Your body. Your appearances. Take care of your skin, put on some makeup. You’ll never believe how much such details could change your life for the better.

Not sure how to start? Well, then…There is plenty of trustworthy skincare and makeup brands out there you can invest in.

You can start with L’Oreal products. :) L’Oreal products are all high quality with a fraction of the price. Easily obtained in selected pharmacies and shopping malls. L’Oreal products definitely a worthy investment, and if you’re just starting to buy them, I have some magnificent news for you where you could stand a chance to win a vanity table full of skincare products and cosmetics from
L’Oreal Paris . :)

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If you or your loved ones have been purchasing L’Oreal Paris’s products totaling more than RM20, you can join L’Oreal Paris’s Beauty Countdown Contest. The contest will be running from 1st Nov 2014- 31st Dec 2014.

L’Oreal Paris is giving away amazing daily and weekly prizes over the next 10 weeks to reward their highest spenders! If you spend the most overall on L’Oréal Paris products by 31st December 2014, you stand a chance to drive away with their Grand Prize – a brand new car worth over RM100,000!

So, how to join this contest? It’s pretty simple, really. Here’s how you do it:

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Step 1 : Go to www.lorealbeautycountdown.com.my

Step 2 : Sign Up and submit your entries

How to submit your entry :

Step 1 : Key in the total amount spent on L’Oreal products ONLY stated on your receipt.
Step 2 : Take a picture of your receipt and upload it to the website.
Step 3 : Select the correct answer. Please read the question carefully.
Step 4 : Click on the yellow box to tick the “I accept the Terms & Conditions“.
Step 5 : Final Step. Click ENTER to submit your entry.

Here’s a little highlight for those who intends to participate: The Terms and Conditions didn’t say anything about not allowing backdated receipts. So, go on, start fishing for your old receipts. You may submit as many entries as you can or want for this L’Oreal Paris’s Beauty Countdown Contest . Remember, the more entries you have, the higher the chance of you winning one of the prizes offered. :)

Worry that the submissions is not submitted? No fret. This contest is pretty transparent. You can keep track of your entries just by clicking on the “MY ENTRIES” tab on the top right of the website which is located in between “JOIN NOW” and “PRIZES“.

 

While you’re fishing those receipts, please allow me to motivate you a lil bit. :) Here’s what’s up for grabs:

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GRAND PRIZE : A car worth over RM100,000. 

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WEEKLY PRIZES : A mystery prize will be revealed each week on their Facebook page
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  • DAILY PRIZES : 3 x L’Oreal Paris Hampers worth over RM100 each. 

 

Here are the line ups for the Weekly Prizes(Prizes given are at the Organizer’s discretions)

1st Week: Poh Kong jewellery
2nd Week: Poh Kong jewellery
3rd Week: Poh Kong jewellery
4th Week: Poh Kong jewellery
5th Week: Poh Kong jewellery
6th Week: Kitchen Aid Mixer
7th Week: iPad mini
8th Week: iPad mini
9th Week: Slow Juicer
10th Week: Slow Juicer

 

You may follow L’Oreal Paris on every social media platforms for live updates on promo, events, contests and offers:

So, ladies…what are you waiting for? Hop over and join the contest now. Remember, you are beautiful, so strive to be the most beautiful version of yourself everyday, because you’re worth it.

Cleffairy: I invest in myself to be beautiful. I changed…Because I’m worth it.

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]

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.

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

Wacoal Salute Artistry Boho Collection Showcase

Who says you should stop being the naughty girlfriend once you’re married to your spouse? I certainly disagree that you should stop having your fun side once you’re married. Women, once married and taking the role of wives and mother tend to forget that they are once attractive and fun to be with. I don’t blame them. I was once in that situation. Motherhood sometimes take a toll and you’re just physically and mentally not interested to make effort to be attractive anymore. No more dressing up to impress your other half and you tend to trade those sexy lingeries for boring faded T-shirt and granny’s panties.

Ladies, that is a mistake. And that gives reason for men to stray and have fun outside of marriage. Trust me on that. I’m talking from first hand experience. If you are trading vanity for comfort, stop that immediately. Husbands may seem aloof about it, but men will always be men. They appreciate beautiful and sexy women, regardless of their marital status.

If things have been dull in the bedroom, it’s time to spice things up abit. Dress up…make effort to actually smell nice and look attractive. Motherhood is no excuse for you to stop being a lover and the sexy and sophisticated girlfriend.

Feeling bashful and uninspired? Not sure where and how to start? Well you can start by starting to wear sexy lingeries again. Not only for him, but for yourselves too.

Wacoal Malaysia has just launched the latest collection of its exquisite Salute lingerie line at a party held at Parkson Pavilion Kuala Lumpur last night, and you might want to get a look at that. ;) They are exquisitely beautiful.

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From the patchwork-liked pattern to the portrayal of wild blossoms in peppy hues, the new Salute collection allows creativity and individuality to flourish effortlessly. The unrestrained, exuberantly embroidered punchy surface detailing is a slight departure from Salute’s usual sheer femininity. Poetic and unconventional motifs resonate with that of the free spirit or bohemian; illustrating Wacoal’s decades of artistry in producing impeccably-tailored lingerie.

Inspired by the delicate yet spirited characteristics of women, Salute strives to fulfill women’s desire for sublime European feel intimate apparels; adornments that are unique to Salute’s bedazzle with sophistication, glistening yet dignified – a true hallmark of how tasteful and well-placed appliqués can add elegance and elevate an innerwear.

From brassieres and panties to garter belts, Salute has it all.

The latest Salute collection is available at Parkson Pavilion, Parkson KLCC and Parkson Gurney Plaza.

So, what are you waiting for, ladies? ;) Go and be that beautiful, sexy and sophisticates lady again and dress to impress. ;) You’ll be surprise how much spark and fire it can ignite. :p

The Best of You Life Exhibition

Who are you? Who is the best of you?

These are the questions that were repeatedly asked during the launch of Julie’s Best of You Life Exhibition at The Curve recently.

The Best of You is a social awareness movement celebrating everyday heroes, began sought to inspire a supportive community that revels in everyday accomplishments and milestones no matter how big or small they are.

It called on the public to submit and share their personal and inspiring stories of people, things or experiences that have brought out the best in them.

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This question was asked in many forms in the exhibition, verbally and via various artwork. ‘Who is she?’

Yes indeed who am I? Who am I to you? Am I someone important? Or someone insignificant in your life? I pondered to myself for a while. A simple but thought provoking question.

I am a woman, a daughter, a granddaughter, a wife, a lover, a mother, a sister, a friend…that is supposed to be the answer, isn’t it? That is how the world sees me. But take those away…what am I? Without my parents, my grandparents, my son, my husband, my sister, my friend, I won’t be all of those. I will be just… ‘Me’. And who is that, exactly?

I don’t usually take so long to write an article of my travels or the events that I have attended as a writer or a blogger, but this time, I did. The questions posed, although simple and rather straight forward, confused me. I realized I did not really know who I really am!

I took me awhile…to think, to do some soul searching, and I’m glad to say that I am ‘Me’, and what I do best is writing from the depth of my heart, so I guess, being able to write, and to touch people’s heart with my writing and stories is the best part of me.

And now that I have established that, let me share some inspiring exhibit items at The Best of You exhibition.

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The movement received overwhelming response from not just the public but also local artists.

About 1,000 entries were uploaded by participants from Malaysia and Singapore, where 50 submissions from each country culminated in the Best of You Life Exhibition.

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A quilt, one of the artwork displayed during the exhibition.

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A contemporary sculpture

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Various photo submissions from photojournalists, photographers and members of the public.

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Watercolour painting

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Blogger cum designer, Kitty Yiyi with her submission. Managed to catch up with her and she told me that the dress she is posing with is called ‘Memory’, a dress printed with all her beautiful memories with her friends and loved ones on it.

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A young artist posing with her artwork.

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Apart from exhibit items in the form of stories, photos and artworks, there was also a performance from various artists. :)

Other influencers for The Best of You movements includes actor Fizo Omar, TV host Owen Yap, world harmonica champion duo Aide and Evelyn, professional photographer Faizal Tan Sri Mustafa, radio deejay Sophia Chin, folk music singer Peggy Lai, among several others, with engagement from three private colleges and collaboration with Malaysian Chinese Photojournalist Association, Persatuan Rumah Caring Kajang, and House of Hope and Light.

Basically, The Best of You movement highlighted the many seemingly small actions and achievements in our lives that were often neglected and forgotten.
The Best of You represents our best efforts and stem from the love we have our lives.

During the launch, I learned that it is important that we take time out to recognise those efforts and achievements in ourselves and others.

The Best of You is indeed an eye opening movement. It helps tp open up the eyes of the public to the things that are most often gone unnoticed.

I may have missed the chance to contribute for Best of You Movement and Life Exhibition this year but this will be an annual event by Julie’s, so I can always contribute for next year’s. ;)

If you are interested to participate, you could make your submissions in any creative medium — writing, art and design, photography or film and music and share it on www.bestofyou.my