Iftar at eWana FM with Ruhani Catering

It’s the holy month of Ramadhan as of writing and the Muslims are observing a sun up to sun down fast. Not an easy feat truthfully, especially when one are not only supposed to refrain themselves from eating and drinking, but strive to do good and be a more pious person. Like all Muslims around the world,my deejay and artist friends from eWana FM are also observing the holy month of Ramadhan, and my family and I have been privileged enough to be invited to break fast with them. It was an open invitation where we are welcome to join them for breaking fast session every day throughout the month, but of course, I kinda feel sheepish about it. :p

Nevertheless, the wonderful people in eWana FM made me feel like a family. :) Unlike my family by blood and by marriage, I don’t have to plan ahead and make appointments to meet each other for lunch or dinner. Meeting my radio family is literally fuss free. Or at least, throughout this whole month of Ramadhan, it will remain that way as they held their doors open for breaking fast session together daily.

Yes. These people feels more like family than just friends and acquaintances and they taught me quite a few things this Ramadhan. They taught me the meaning of giving without expecting anything in return, they taught me about acceptance regardless of race and religion and also, they taught me about charity and togetherness.

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A pic taken while waiting for azan and breaking fast time. Halim Brothers, host for Hai Blogger segment and my all time favourite singing traveler, Iqwal Hafiz. I bet you guys are familiar with Iqwal by now. ;) I’ve featured Iqwal countlessly in the blog since I got to know him from my first trip with Sahabat Media last year. :) Talented and mild mannered young man, I must say.

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As soon as azan is heard and a short doa (prayer) to give thanks for the food is said, everyone piles up their plate with these yummylicious food prepared by Ruhani Catering and have their fill before heading back for Terawikh Prayer or start to prepare to be on air. :) Ruhani Catering has done a great job in feeding all of us, I must say. Food for the eWana crew is sponsored by Ruhani Catering throughout the holy month of Ramadhan, but it tastes nothing like those shabby and tasteless catering food. :) The food prepared by Ruhani Catering in fact, tastes almost as authentic as homecooked food, which is great cuz as much as all of us hated to admit it, we all missed home badly. Many of us wishes to spend time and have a warm meal with our respective family during Ramadhan, but not everyone is privileged to do so. Geographically it is not possible for some.

Ruhani Catering’s service is superb. Their staff always arrives on time to deliver food and help set up the table for us, and there’s never a repeated menu delivered to us. So, if you are looking for a reliable catering company with delicious food at a reasonable price for your events and whatnot, do consider Ruhani Catering. I believe they have plenty of packages you can choose from. :) For more info, like their Facebook page HERE.

From Russia with Love Part IV: The Matryoshka Dolls

I was a pampered princess when I was a little girl. Being the first child and first grandchild, I practically had everyone wrapped with my tiny fingers as soon as I was born. I was well loved and still loved, by my family, that is. As the apple of everyone’s eyes, I get everything that I wanted as a child. All I need was to ask. Well…almost. To say that I got everything that I wanted as a child was rather exaggerating. I did not exactly get everything that I want.

One of the things that I always wanted as a child was dolls. Rag dolls, Barbie dolls…all sort of dolls. My childhood wish was to own a huge dollhouse, but I never did get a dollhouse with full of dolls in it as my parents are believer of soft toys …not pretty, girlish dolls that you can play dress up with. So, instead of having a playroom that’s full of beautiful little dolls I can play house with, my playroom was filled with all sort of soft toys. My bedroom was a zoo of teddy bears.

I’m all grown up now. I may not play with toys anymore… ahem… children’s toys that is, but I still find dolls fascinating, especially those mannequins and exotic dolls from all around the world.

I’m an avid reader, and I’ve read plenty of books themed heavily around dolls. In most mystery or horror genre novels, dolls are usually object that’s used to create a mysterious background or setting. One of my all time favourite doll themed story is Kindaichi Case File- Russian Dolls Murder Case. If you are not a fan of Japanese graphic novels, you might not be familiar with the series, but I’m a huge fan of mystery genre novels so I find the story very intriguing.

In that story, there’s a few Russian Dolls and they are actually key objects to solve a plotted murder case. I’m not going to write down that story here, but if you are interested, you can search for ‘Kindaichi Shonen Jikenbo- Russian Dolls Murder Case’ on YouTube. Kindaichi Case File was animated and made into a live action series.

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As you know, I have recently acquired a set of Matryoshka Dolls, a gift from ambassador of Russia herself. You may read about it HERE.

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Also known as Russian nesting doll, Matryoshka doll refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders.

So, why is the doll called Matryoshka? It happened so that the wooden toy was Matryoshka  and there is no information who was the first to call the nesting doll by this name. Definitely the name Matryoshka goes from Russian female name Matriona. In old Russia among peasants the name Matriona or Matriosha was a very popular female name. Scholars says this name has a Latin root “mater” and means “Mother”. This name was associated with the image of of a mother of a big peasant family who was very healthy and had a portly figure. Subsequently, it became a symbolic name and was used specially to image brightly painted wooden figurines made in a such way that they could taken apart to reveal smaller dolls fitting inside one another.


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The dolls are constructed from one block of wood in order to create a proper fit; different pieces of wood would have unique expansion-contraction characteristics and moisture content. Production involves use of a turning lathe, along with various woodcarving knives and chisels.

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First, the smallest doll (which cannot be taken apart) is made on a turning lathe, and its size and shape will determine that of the larger dolls. Next, the bottom and top halves of the next doll are made separately, with a ring on the bottom made to fit into an inset on the top portion. The upper part is placed on the lower half and allowed to dry, which tightens the ring to its upper fitting to ensure the halves will close securely. No measurements are made during this process; sizing to fit is done by eye. After all the dolls are made, they are treated, painted, and coated, before nesting them inside one another

Some historians of Russian life argue that matryoshka dolls originated from Japanese traditional dolls. However it’s known that Russian masters would make hollow detachable Easter eggs from the wood long before the first nesting doll was made. The first Russian nesting doll set appeared in Moscow in 1890′s. It was carved by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by a folk crafts painter Sergey Malyutin. The doll set consisted of eight dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. All eight dolls depicted children — the outermost was a girl holding a rooster, six inner dolls were girls, the fifth doll was a boy, and the innermost was a baby.

Despite the fact that first matryoshka dolls were intended for children, their price was so high that only adults could afford to buy them on special occasions. Matryoshka dolls were often given as a present to young women from their beloved ones. In 1900, the dolls earned a bronze medal at the World Exhibition in Paris. Soon after, Russian nesting dolls became wildly popular. The toys were being produced in several well-known manufacturing centers, the most famous of them being Sergiev Posad and Semenov. In the early twentieth century, Russian nesting dolls were being exported abroad in large quantities. The popularity of the dolls even gave rise to a few companies in Germany which produced counterfeit nesting dolls and sold them as Russian toys.

Great Deals with Starbucks Malaysia Apps

Huge fan of coffee? Starbucks? Well, I’m a huge fan of all those ice blended frappe. They’re my vice. My favourite got to be those mocha varieties, although I always prefer decaf as caffeine gives me terrible palpitations. My favourite hangout to get all these ice blended drinks fix is of course, Starbucks. Some may say it’s overrated, but it’s still my favourite place to hangout at. Things are rather busy for me these days and it’s been awhile since I chillax at Starbucks. It was first day of Ramadan, and hubby was at home, and I was desperately craving for some ice blended. And so,  before I turn into some whiny, sulky monster, we head over to our regular Starbucks lurk in Midvalley and got ourselves some ice-blend.

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We were lucky that night as I’m a Starbucks Malaysia Apps user and they are having this great deal where you can buy 1 Dark Caramel Vaeriety Drink and get another one for free, so we just paid Rm18 for two grande sized drinks. Yippie, that’s a great deal. Usually we had to spend more than just Rm18 to get drinks for two!

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The Starbucks Malaysia Apps  is exclusive for smartphone users and can be downloaded for free at Apps Store or Playstore.

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Menu checking made easy with this apps


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And there’s this Starbucks locator too. You may use this to locate your nearest Starbucks and check their operating hours too. Some Starbucks store close earlier than others, mind you, especially those Starbucks store that’s located inside a shopping mall. :(


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Right now they are having this promo where you can buy one  Dark Caramel Beverages and get another one for FREE. Promo period is from 26th June 2014 to 13th July2014. So, what are you waiting for? if you are a Starbucks addict, you might want to hop over to Starbucks right now!

Citarasa Tradisi Ramadan at Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel PJ

It was a very busy day for me and my husband. I was buzzing around going for events and whatnot while my husband was stuck at work, but I’m really glad we both managed to make time to hop over to Utara Coffee House Armada Hotel last week for their Ramadan Buffet preview. Ahemm, as usual… since it was another one of those ‘busy day date night’, I made some effort to dress up before meeting my husband at the hotel. This time around I got all excited and picked my pink baju kurung from the wardrobe, earning teasing from blogger friends who were present that night. :P  But hey…I had fun. :P That’s what mattered most. Anyway,  just like the previous year, this year Utara Coffee House is once again offering a wonderful gastronomic spread for the Holy month of Ramadan.

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Upon arrival at Utara Coffee House, I immediately spotted mouth-watering traditional and international favourites. With more than 100 dishes available, Executive Chef, Chew Teik Chye (whom I secretly dubbed as the jolly Chinese Santa Clause as he’s always full of surprises) promises to showcase a wide selection of dishes that emphasizes on a variety of flavors and scent that will titillate your palate after a long day of fasting.Since this is a buffet and I was practically spoiled for choices, I can’t really comment on every single dishes that they are offering, but I’ll show you what’s worth piling up your plates with. ;)


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There’s fresh ulams, and if you’re a fan of greens, I’d recommend you to go for it.

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I’m a huge fan of sourish stuff, so I kicked off my Ramadan feast with jeruks (pickled fruits), but I wouldn’t recommend you to do that if you have been fasting for the whole day. You might want to try something milder instead as appetizer. Or even better, start off your breaking fast with the sweet pastries that Utara Coffee House is offering.


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Rojak is something you wouldn’t want to miss too. The thick prawn paste sauce is yummy enough to send you to heaven and back.

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Salads was available too, but I gave it a miss this time around.

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One thing that you must have at Citarasa Traditional Ramadan at Utara Coffee House is their bubur lambuk. This dish is not only authentic but heavenly too, and I had two helpings of this.

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Roasted lamb and nasi briyani. Loved the roasted lambs to bits. It was perfectly done.

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Shish-kebabs and sides is also something you might want to try.

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Laksa counter.;

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Now, being a Pengangite, I’m always fussy when it comes to my laksa, but this…this earned my approval.

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Nasi rempah

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Sambal petai udang
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To-die-for curry fishead.A perfect pair for the nasi briyani or nasi berempah.

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Kambing kuzi

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Gulai ayam

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Yummilicious roti jala

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Serundings to pair your lemang with. :) Now, the Citarasa Traditional spread is very generous.

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The spread would make you wish that you have a few empty tummy to fill them up with…

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But if you want my advice, I would say that you take a bit of everything and  start off your breaking fast session with either appetizer or dessert first, then work you way through the mains, or you won’t be able to most of the things on offer, as they are really good.

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Desserts include traditional Malay Kuih, French pastries and tempting sweet delicacies such as Pengat Nangka, Bubur Pulut Hitam, Ais Kacang and Bubur Cha-Cha all prepared specially for the sweet tooth.. Do keep a lookout for the sweet Baklava. That’s their new house special and a must try. :) There’s also a variety of beverages prepared for you to quench your thirst: Cincau, Kelapa Muda, Jagung, Kembang Semangkuk, Selasih and more.

‘Citarasa Tradisi Ramadhan Buffet Dinner’ priced at RM85.00++ per adult and RM43.00++ per child from Monday, 7 July 2014 – Sunday, 27 July 2014.

For those who can’t wait for the feast to begin, Utara Coffee House will commence with a Pre-Ramadhan Buffet Dinner from Monday, 23 June 2014 – Saturday, 6 July 2014 priced at RM65.00++ per adult and RM33.00++ per child.

To mark the end of the fasting month and welcome the joyous festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Utara Coffee House will also be celebrating the occasion with a wide selection of goodies through the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Hi-Tea Buffet priced at RM60.00++ per adult and RM35.00++ per child on Monday, 28th & Tuesday, 29th July 2014 from 12noon to 4.00pm. For reservations, please call (03) 7954 6888 ext. 4557 Utara Coffee House.

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Now, on a side note, I discovered that there’s an awesome deal on the web. iBuy Malaysia, the leading e-Commerce and flash sales business in the South East Asian region, presents the Top 25 customer’s choice buffet deals to your inbox all this month from 18th June 2014 till 30th Jun 2014, through its subsidiaries LivingSocial and MyDeal Sdn Bhd.  LivingSocial and MyDeal Sdn Bhd join forces to give customers two new buffet deals everyday throughout the campaign period except on weekends. Customers can expect a variety of cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese and many more, all in one collection page called “Top Buffets”. Through this campaign, customers are encouraged to share their experiences and feedbacks by sending in their reviews. 2 customer reviews will be selected every week and will be rewarded with a free buffet voucher for 2 people.

And guess what, folks? Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel PJ is actually listed in this campaign! So if you’re looking forward to feast at Utara Coffee House or any other restaurants with generous buffet at a fraction of the price, you might want to hop over to this site and take advantage of the promotions that they are offering. ;) All you need to do is purchase the voucher, print it out and call the restaurants for bookings before dining. :)


Rivbos Sunglasses from Justeyewear

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So…I couldn’t resist the offer from Justeyewear. Sigh…I know…I know, I’m turning into a shopaholic….but who could resist discounts when it is more than 50% off for branded stuff? I’m not sure about you…but I can never resist a good deal…and therefore, I ordered this from Justeyewear’s website.

Rivboz Sports sunglasses. The sunglass is unisex and it comes with 5 interchangeable lenses, a pouch, wiping cloth and a chic carrying case. It only takes 24 hours for the sunglass to arrive at my doorstep, so I’m pleased to say that I’m satisfied with Justeyewear’s service efficiency. Highly recommended if you want to buy something and get it quick.

The Rivboz sunglass is tough although at first glance it looks rather fragile. Changing the lenses can be abit tricky, but it’s nothing I can’t handle.So thumbs up for the quality. I’m more of woman sunglass kind of girl, so I guess my husband will be using this for driving more than I do. :)

The Art of Traveling in Style

I’m a very vain person, even while traveling, I have the urge to look good. I always believe that style should never have to suffer whenever you’re traveling. Hey, don’t blame me. I’m a woman. Looking good is my prerogative. Besides, you’ll never know who you’ll bump into while you’re out traveling, so you might as well look good. :P Yes, style should never go ‘traveling’ too when you’re on the go, but but not only vain but lazy too. I hate packing up and bringing too much things with me, and so, that would mean that each time I traveled, I would have to travel light.

One would say that it’s impossible to travel light but look good at the same time, but I beg to differ. It is possible to travel light but look good at the same time. :) The trick is to mix and match, and accessorize. The keyword here is to accessorize. Acceccorize is the key to look different with the same outfit.

There’s a few must have items that I won’t go travel without:

1. A pair of jeans
2. Plain coloured shirts/dress
3. Shawl
4. Sunglasses
5. Liptint ( they doubles perfectly as lipstick and blusher)
6. Sunscreen/ CC Cream
7. Travel sized toiletries
8. Wet wipes

Take it from me folks, shawls are popular accessories that bring warmth, comfort, or just a bright splash of style and color to an ensemble. What many shawls fans might not realize is that these accessories can actually be accessorized themselves. Shawls can be paired with a range of other items that can bring out the texture, dynamism, and look of shawls. My favourite pairing, is of course sunglass. Wearing jeans and shirt while traveling makes me look like a Plain Jane, but splash up my look with a shawl around my neck and a fashionable sunglass to frame my face transform me into a completely different person. It makes me look chic and classy, even when I’m wearing my plainest pair of jeans and shirt. :) Ahh, accessories do wonders to your looks, don’t you think?

As of writing, I only have a pair of woman’s sunglass and an aviator, and I’m thinking of getting another pair from justeyewear.com.my. Justeyewear is deals site that sells vouchers for eyewear . Products that they are carrying includes sunglasses, Contact Lens and Prescription Glasses. Deals that posted in Justeyewear can be redeemed in 2 methods , online redemption – they will send you the goods after payment is made online in 3 workings days . Offline redemption – consumers may redeem their voucher at the respective optical store with no extra money needed to be paid.

Now, I used to buy glasses offline through optical outlets, but they can be rather costly and not very friendly to my pocket. Justeyewear has work together with optical merchants to carry out various promotion with discounts up to 70% or more, allowing me to save more and to enjoy better product value. Isn’t that great? I can never resist a good deal!

Now, do you think I should get myself this?

TOD’S Woman Sunglasses TO 0082 – Black Color. The very DNA of Tod’s – from fine craftsmanship and tradition to the best Made in Italy quality with 100% UV protection.

I bet it will make me look chic and classy if I paired it up with my shawls and outfits! The market price for this item is Rm448, and it’s practically discounted at Justeyewear. Buying this at Justeyewear will only cost me Rm228. Hey, that’s practically 49% off! :D Justeyewear provides free delivery to Peninsular Malaysia for this item.

I’m still thinking about getting this pair or other pair of sunglasses from Justeyewear. Will you help me choose? Just hop over to Justeyewear website, and help me choose.

From Russia with Love Part III: The Gems of Russia

Time is a really funny thing. You can be at one place today, but at a completely different place the next month on the same date. It was 19 May 2014. My husband and I were in Thailand, celebrating his birthday and also our twelve years anniversary which happens to fall just the next day. We trot around and made our way to Samila Beach in Songhkla and shopped til we drop in Hadyai. We stopped by Malaysian Consulate in Hadyai for awhile before ending our vacation. It was a lovely experience.

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One month later, on the very same date; 19 June 2014, I found myself in a different embassy, for a different reason and purpose. Yes. Time is indeed funny at times. If one month ago I was in the Malaysian Consulate in Hadyai, this month I found myself in the Embassy of The Russian Federation in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. The Embassy was established since April 1968 with H.E. Vladimir Kuznetsov as the first Ambassador, marking the beginning of bilateral relationship between Russia and Malaysia. Presently, Her Excellency Lyudmila G. Vorobyeva and a number of 20 diplomats continue the legacy to strengthen this partnership through political, trade, investment, educational and cultural exchange. Russia is currently Malaysia’s 26th trading partner.

Remember I blogged about Moiseikin, The Art of Russian Luxury not long ago? Well, if you haven’t read it, you might want to do so. The artworks is the epitome of elegance and sophistication, but even the most expensive of Moiseikin’s artwork and precious jewelries could not have prepared me for the real Russian gems; the real life Russian ladies.

Yours truly was invited to lunch with Her Excellency Lyudmila G. Vorobyeva, the Ambassador of Russia and learn more about the Russians first hand. I wouldn’t pass it for anything else in the world. I’m not someone of high stature or a VVIP and it’s not everyday that the ambassador entertain guests in her home.

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It was a very intimate lunch. Apart from my little boy, only ladies were present. Ms. Paris and her intern Ms.Nazrin, Ms. Polina Matveycheva whom I’ve met during the Russian National Day dinner not long ago was there too, along with Her Excellency and her niece. They might be in diplomatic line, but gosh, they are so strikingly beautiful that one could easily mistook them for international supermodels.

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These are what we had for lunch that day.  I was told that these food are typically served for meals in a Russian household. Unlike Malaysian food, they are something what the dietitians and nutritionists will approve. ;) Salad with smoked salmon, thick and creamy potato soup, a typical Russian dish as maincourse, and fruit cocktail to wash off the meal with.

After the fulfilling lunch, came the tea and coffee along with sweet pastries and chocolate, and that’s where the real fun and excitement begins.

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Her Excellency Lyudmila G. Vorobyeva, the ambassador of Russia, telling us about herself and her country. Now, the leaders from our country and the VVIPs from the rest of the world may have worked with her on a professional level, but that day, I had the pleasure of getting to know her on a personal level. She told us about her interesting childhood where she grew up in Thailand over a cuppa tea. Apparently growing up there has left a great impression in her life. From our conversation, I discovered that she is a fun loving person. She loves all the simple pleasure life could offer. And one thing the rest of the world might not know is that this doting mother and wife loves dancing too. The little chit chat then proceeds to some very basic lesson on the Russian language. :P I was given a Russian version of my name, which is simply ‘Liza’ and was taught on how to greet people in Russian.

Apart from that, I was also taught on how to address the Russians correctly without sounding rude or impersonal, and was taught a few terms of endearments in Russian too. :) I struggled a little bit, but I think I can get a hang on some of it now after some practice. :PPreevyet‘ is hi or hello, ‘Spaseeba‘ is Thank you,  ‘Da‘ is Yes,’ Nyet‘ means No,’Da sveedaneeya‘ is Goodbye and ‘Ya tebyaA lyublyu‘ is I love you.

I’m always intrigued by the Russians lifestyle and culture, and one of my all time object of fascination is the Russian dolls. While we were chit chatting that day, I decided to ask Her Excellency about the famous Russian nesting doll, the Matryoshka Doll. I’ve read about it in various mystery novels and seen it in the movies, but never in real life. I wanted to know the real story and the origin of the doll, and who better to ask than a real Russian, who will definitely not make a fiction out of it. ( Hollywood and authors all around the world has given me a rather strange impression about the Russians, you see)

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To my surprise, Her Excellency took out a Matryoshka doll from her collection and gave it to me as a gift. Gosh…I was a bit flustered as I was only asking about the origin and the real story behind the doll (or rather dolls, the doll is hallow and there is few smaller ones nesting inside of it) Thank you so much for your hospitality and your generosity Your Excellency. I’ve seen the Matryoshka dolls in the movies but have never even dreamed of owning one, and now they are on display in my bedroom. :) I’ll think of you and Russia whenever I see the doll. (More about the doll on the blog soon)

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Lunch ended too soon, and here’s one for the album. From left, my new friend Ms. Polina Matveycheva, Her Excellency Lyudmila G. Vorobyeva and on the right, her beautiful niece. :) They are the real life Russian gems, much more precious than Moiseikin’s art and jewelries :)


Cleffairy: Getting to know the Russians on a personal level makes me feel like visiting Russia and learn more about the beautiful country one day. There’s more Russian gems and treasures that I have yet to discover. Yes. I would really like that, to visit Russia. :)

#gilabola by Joe Flizzow

It’s past midnight, and I’m here in my regular mamak stall. Obviously I’m no Cinderella. And It’s a good thing too, otherwise my fairygodmother would have a cardiac arrest if she discovered that I’m still…waiting…waiting…after midnight at my regular mamak stall, not for food, but for the football match to start. I know I sounded footballmad, but I just love watching the games on the big screen!

Yes folks, yours truly is infected by the #gilabola fever! I can’t help it. Everyone is talking about it. Some may detest all the hype, but not me. I’ve always been a football fan. When I was still a high school student, I have this habit of going to the football field to watch the boys play football. I enjoyed it very much. I don’t have such chance anymore now considering that I’m no longer a student, but hey, there’s always English Premier League and now ongoing in Brazil as of writing, FIFA World Cup 2014.

I love the adrenaline rush while watching football match, and I went as far as Genting during the opening to meet Robbie Fowler, formerly a Liverpool star player.

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Here’s a little throwback. :) On the left: Robbie Fowler with one of the Genting big boss on the right. :)  I managed to get him to autograph my t-shirt, and I was so, so, happy! That’s definitely going into my ‘not wearing because it is so special wardrobe;. :)

I love all the hype the football fans made when the team they supports score a goal or two. Sports such as this brings so much positive energy and togetherness between family,loved ones and friends, and I’m a sucker for all of the positive energy. It makes me feel so good!

I tend to support the underdogs team, and naturally, the team that I usually root for lost the game pretty early. Last time I placed all my hope on England, but this time around, I go for Japan. I thought that they have a pretty good chance with all their player’s positive attitude, but they lost anyway. It was really sad, but I thought they played really well, and they displayed such awesome sportsmanship attitude!

Anyway, You’ve probably heard Joe Flizzow’s new song, #gilabola. I’ve been listening to that song, and it’s stuck in my head right now. Have you heard the song before? It’s pretty catchy and upbeat.If you haven’t, make sure you watch the music video here:


Song : #GilaBola
Singer : Joe Flizzow

Learn the words in the lyrics video and sing along, folks.

The lyric can also be found  HERE: The lyrics talk about the typical habits of ‘football mad’ fans of all ages and origins, like staying up all night, face painting and more.

Come on guys, FIFA World Cup does not happen everyday.  Join me in the #gilabola craze in the Football Mad Territory and make sure you also share all your football-mad moments with the hashtag #gilabola on Instagram! Who knows, your submissions could even appear in their next video.




Avenue K, A Fantastic Lurk for Shopaholics

It’s mid year, and it’s that time of the year again. What time you ask me? Why, shopping, of course. There’s loads of sale going around, and I swear I’m turning shopaholic. But you can’t blame me. The sales are just so irresistible, and I can’t help myself. I keep telling myself, it’s okay. The stuffs that I have been buying is not a waste, in fact, it’s an investment. :) I’m not a believer of restricting myself from the pleasure of what life can offer me, even if I can’t afford it. My motto is work hard, and just earn more to spend if I can’t afford something. I’ve been hanging onto this motto for almost a year and I’m much a happier person than when I saved up money and try to not spend when I can’t afford something that I like or need. Work hard is the key to all my materialistic happiness. :) Not sure if you can relate, but that’s how things works for me.


Anyway, speaking of shopping, it has come to my attention that there’s this shopping mall in the heart of KL. Avenue K is a hip shopping haven complimented by a classy, city-living address, “K Residence”. Avenue K is located opposite of KLCC. and it aims at creating a “shopping culture, where lifestyle, aesthetic and social elements converge.





Avenue K is located at 156 Jalan Ampang, 50560 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Avenue K has good rail access via the Putra-LRT line, seeing as how its concourse level already houses the KLCC station. The shopping mall has been around for quite some time, but it has been completely revamped and relaunched yesterday. :)Avenue K was officiated Avenue K was officiated by YB Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor to splendid fanfare and an impressive lineup of performances.

Also present in support of Avenue K were heroes of philanthropy, Teri Choong and Dato’ Ruby Khong. The former is known for her managing role in NGO, Generasi Gemilang and the latter is known for heading Kechara Soup Kitchen Society Malaysia based in the Chow Kit area which feeds and cares for the city’s homeless and urban poor. Both are among the AK ambassadors appointed in conjunction with AK’s grand opening campaign.

Teri Choong won RM 8000 and Dato Ruby Khong won RM 2000 for their charities respectively from Avenue K in a Treasure Hunt held earlier this month. The two were presented with mock cheques as part of the grand opening itinerary.

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Lion Dance. The dancers descending from the escalator. :)

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Impressive performance and maneuvers.

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Powerful vocal performance by a local artist.

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Breathtaking view on Avenue K rooftop during the afterparty.

A ’Connecting KL’campaign kicked off the shopping mall’s grand opening few months back involving Kuala Lumpur’s hip and trendy denizens. Avenue K (AK) is Kuala Lumpur’s latest urban hub where trends, creativity and uniqueness are celebrated. The newly refurbished Avenue K attends to your retail desires, caters to your entertainment needs and satisfies your appetite for quality dining in comfort.

Far from a regular mall, it offers exciting experiences and a trendy venue where shoppers can relax and indulge.It now claims choice tenants such as Muji, Cotton On and Original Classic who boast largest outlets in the city and several new-to-market brands, including world renowned eyewear franchise, Sunglass Hut, Korea’s popular accessories store Redeye as well as French mega brand ELLE’s lingerie outlet. Swedish fashion giant, H&M at AK will not only showcase its sought after fashion wear but will also be the very first outlet to launch H&M Home in South East Asia in July. This hip brand is indeed the crown jewel of AK’s exciting array of tenants. Offering stylish updates to your wardrobe with brands like Hush Puppies,G2000, Kitschen, Clarks, Midi, Nichii, Dressing Paula, among others, AK promises to provide the fashion savvy with a retail treat. High fliers can also jet in style at luggage specialists, Leather Avenue and Cosas United.

You may also tantalize your taste buds with over 58 exciting dining options featuring cuisine from the East and West. Award winning Bankara Ramen, Tokyo Pastry, Sushi Zanmai and the newly opened Wondermama X are following in the success of Taste Enclave Food Atrium, a selection of 18 delectable stalls and 4 mini restaurants which feature the best of truly Malaysian flavours. Indulge in the best of the west at Grappa, Swensen’s, Ayer’s Rock Butcher & Grill, Fat Boy’s Burger Bar and The Loaf. Enjoy Americana inspired food in the sprawling 13,000 sq. ft Black Bull while deciding whether to go bowling, play pool or sing your heart out in their plush karaoke rooms. Relive the 60s with America’s most iconic burger joint, Johnny Rockets featuring the original hamburger and milkshakes on the ground floor.

Savour the breathtaking KL skyline while you dine al fresco at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse Churrascaria, definitely a star attraction among KL’s tastiest dining options. Coffee connoisseurs need not play favorites as they can have a sip at Espressolab, Urbean, Delifrance, Starbucks and The Library Coffee Bar.

Playing true to AK’s uniqueness, children of all ages will enjoy Discoveria which brings larger-than-life themed amusements for the whole family, beginning with Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live!, an interactive and educational experience especially designed to engage the young. Thrill seekers can also now be entertained at Breakout on level 2 which caters to those seeking new adventures. Each room presents its own web of puzzles and tasks crafted to ensure an exciting movie-themed escape experience like no other.

Details of AK’s tenants, promotions, activities and performances can be found at
www.avenue.com.my and http://www.facebook.com/#!/AvenueKMY

Modbox Beauty Kit

I love receiving surprises in the good old fashion mailbox, be it letters or parcels containing goodies. ;) I bet you guys loves receiving stuff the old fashion ways too.

This is a big outdated, but I received a Modbox Blogger Kit from Mod box Bloggers Communities containing sample sized skincare and beauty products quite some time ago.

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I’m no beauty queen. But I’m definitely a traveler and a certified vainpot. I like to look my best, even when I’m traveling. But sad to say, not much products out there caters to travelers. But hey…I’m in luck. The goodies I received from the Modbox elves are travelers and backpackers friendly. There are five sample sized goodies in the cute box. Shaire London Fragrance Free Dry Shampoo, Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover, Human Nature Overnight Elixir, Dentists Plus White Nighttime Toothpaste and Acne Patch for Day.

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Shaire London Fragrance Free Dry Shampoo 60ml (Rm35.90) is probably my most favourite item in the Modbox. Why? Well, it serves me really well while I’m on the go or in a rush from one appointment to another. This item helps me clean my hair without having to step into the shower to wash it. Perfect for those busy days where you need to move around like a Superwoman and can’t afford to go home for a quick shower. All I need to do is just spray it on evenly on my hair and scalp and it will help me clean and condition my hair nicely. Enriched with seaweed extract, this shampoo also helps me to repair and strengthened my already salon-fried hair. If you are a busy individual, I highly recommend a bottle of this in your bag. Fabulous item to have for busy professionals.

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Human Nature Overnight Elixir 30ml ( Rm129.90). I dub this serum a miracle water. I used this religiously after shower and after cleansing my face before bedtime. After just a few days of usage, I discovered that it improves my complexion while I’m sleeping. Works wonder and moisturized my skin perfectly throughout the day. The serum features nine most luxurious, purest botanical oil. Great for those who wants to retain their youthful looks but got no time to visit the spa or beauty for facial treatments. Worth every penny spent on this, I reckon.

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I don’t really use eye makeup like eyeliner or maskara as I find it hard and time consuming to have them removed. But I guess with Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover 145ml (Rm26.90), I’ll be making kajal and eye shadows my best friend. Removing eye makeup is finally fuss free with this product, and if you are the kind of girl who can’t live without your eye makeup, this is a must have item in your beauty and skincare collection. I’ve been using this to remove my makeup and it takes just a few second to strip off my face. Bonus point: it is gentle on the skin and does not exfoliate. Instead, it helps to moisturize your skin.

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Mia Care Acne Patch for Day 12 patch (Rm9.90). Ever since I’ve given birth to my son, I stopped having pimples. They only appear during PMS or when I’m too stressed. Thank God for that. I did not try this myself, but gave it to my sister instead, and she said it is a lifesaver. This miracle acne patch hides hideous pimples effectively and can be worn underneath your makeups. It is highly invisible and absorbs the pus and accelerate healing. :) Must have item for teenagers who constantly have pimples popping up on their face.

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Last but not least, Dentiste Plus White Nighttime Toothpaste 160g (Rm25.90).Helps prevent bad morning breath by naturally increase saliva. :) Wonderful thing…as I’m a kisser. I love kissing my husband in the morning and this item practically helps me improves intimacy. Bye bye bad morning breath and hello morning kisses.

Overall, I’m happy with the samples that I received, especially the serum, the shampoo and the toothpaste.