Birthday and Christmas presents from 2014 with some reviews and swatches

Who doesn’t love getting presents? I love it more when my presents come from my favourite people! Thank you very much to everyone that wished me and the ones who gave me these awesome gifts! You know who you are. 🙂 Take a look at what I got last year!

My birthday presents! 🙂

 

These nail polishes are apparently scented once dry, can’t wait to try these beauties out!

 

 

I love the pastel pink colour of the card! Also, I haven’t used it yet. 😛

 

One of the best gift ever! I love Marc Jacobs and I wanted to try his line too so thank you for reading my mind! Swatches will be up soon in an oncoming post!

 

These are the contents of the Clinique box and I can’t wait to start using the cleansing balm! I have never used one so reviews and swatches will be up soon too!

 

This is going to be part of my traveling kit! Who doesn’t want to smell like an angel on a vacation? This scent is one of the popular scents and if you’re into sweet with a touch of muskiness then you’ll love this! To make the scent last longer, apply the lotion after bathing with the shower gel and then spritz on the body mist!
Now onto the Christmas presents! 🙂
I gave a wishlist to my Secret Santa so she granted one of my wishes! Thank you my dear! 🙂

 

I love the colour! I can see why it was all the rage in South Korea at one point. It’s a very flattering coral colour which looks great on the lips and the cheeks as well! It has a great staying power too since it’s a stain and it’s thicker than the Benetint so application is easier.

 

Bangles are a necessity for your outfits especially the bohemian style!

 

Thank you to a dear friend for these souvenirs from USA! You know that I love my bling and I am curious about the foundation too!

 

Another big thank you to the person who knows how much I love traveling! I’m going to use this to record down the trips that I’m going to!

 

Also thank you for this cute canvas! It’s now part of my room interior!

Also, did you all visit the 1600 pandas exhibition in Publika last month? I looked from the outside and I thought I showed my support by getting this adorable towel! PANDAS UNITE!

I thought maybe we could start this what I got for my birthday and Christmas kind of post as a trend! It’ll be fun to see what you guys got as gifts! Also, whoever’s birthday that lands around this month is very lucky because you get double angpau! I hope you guys are having an awesome Chinese New Year and fellow Goats, let’s be strong to get past this year smoothly! 😀

A late birthday roundup (Three restaurants)

Here’s my birthday roundup last year because we’re already in 2015. I didn’t make any resolutions last year and usually people would be reflecting on their 2014 and what not but I’m going against the current.

I did an early celebration together with the familia to celebrate my dad’s birthday and mine. The beau treated the family to a Japanese A la carte Buffet at Mitasu Japanese Restaurant, Central Plaza. He’s officially a senior citizen so he can take advantage of the privileges like how he was able to get the Senior Citizen rate for his meal! 😛

Mi familia! 🙂

 

KL rates:
Food- 7/10
Price- About RM56 per person for Lunch
Service- 5/10
Variety- 7/10

Wrong move for us for taking the lunch buffet because I think they were being stingy with certain items on the menu, especially the Butter Fish sashimi. The few times we ordered about 12 pieces, they only brought 6 pieces out. I think dinner would be a better option.

For more information, check out their Facebook.

Address:
B-01 , Central Plaza , No.34, 
Jalan Sultan Ismail , 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours:
Mon – Fri:
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Public Holidays & Weekends:
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Then, on my birthday, the beau and I had dinner at The Red Herring for some simple homey French food with a local touch, as the chef is Malaysian.

Casual OOTD wearing Dimia Top from Doublewoot, Red Shoulder Bag from Zara, Paisley shorts from G2 and Gold sandals from Ipanema.

 

We ordered the Salmon Pate (RM15.90) as a starter. The warm bread was crisp on the outside and soft inside which tastes delish with the cool pate, filled with generous amount of salmon flesh with little seasoning to let the salmon flavour be the star.

 

My favourite dish was the Pork Chops (RM32.90) and we think it’s the best dish as well! Marinated in wine and garlic, the chops were flavourful and seared to perfection because it was still juicy on the inside! I’ll come back for this for sure!

 

The beau had the Bouef Bourguignon (RM48.90) which is beef chunks braised in red wine served with a side of mash potatoes. This was a bit bland and the beef was not as tender as it’s suppose to.

 

There was only one dessert on the menu which is the Tarte Tartin (RM12), a traditional apple tart. It was too tarty for me and the crust was lumpy because of the apple juices.

 

We suggest to have it with ice-cream to balance out the tartness, which you can add on for about RM3 if I’m not mistaken. It was way nicer and easier to eat with ice-cream.

 

KL rates:
Food- 8/10
Price- Average, about RM15 above
Service- 7/10 
Variety- 6/10


For more information, check out their Facebook or drop them an email at theredherringkl@gmail.com .

Address:
M-1-16 Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Kuala Lumpur.
 
Operating Hours:
Mon – Thu:
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun:
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lastly, the girls planned a surprise brunch at Acme Bar and Coffee and that time the restaurant was decked in pretty Christmas decor with a festive menu to boot!

I can’t help it, I love chai latte. Topped with loads of cream, it’s even better!

 

I had the Baked Eggs which was ok, I just wish the portion is bigger and there’ll be more veges underneath the eggs.

 

The beau had some seafood fettucini which had some curry flavour but it was a little bland too.

 

Spoiled Rainbow fruit cake anyone? The cake smelled and tasted weird and I know we should have complained but we were too disappointed to care. I guess the cake spoiled as it was not kept in a fridge.

 

I guess we’re not going back there anymore for meals because it’s just not worth it. Environment-wise, it is great but if only the food quality is on par.

 

Anyway, I’m grateful to have this bunch of crazies as my best friends who knows that I have a blackhole for a stomach.

 

♥♥♥
KL rates:
Food- 4/10
Price- About RM18 above for meals
Service- 5/10
Variety- 7/10

More info on their website or drop them an email at mailbox@acmebarcoffee.com .

Address:
Ground Floor at The Troika, 
Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours:
Mon – Thu:
11:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri:
11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sat:
9:30 am – 1:00 am
Sun:
9:30 am – 12:00 am

 

A night with Chvrches

It’s not a spelling error, trust me. Thanks to Samantha and her competition winning streak, I was lucky she brought me along to catch Chvrches, an up and coming Scottish electronic band when they were headlining the first Urbanscapes Satellite show on 19 November this year.

Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook released their first studio album, The Bones of What You Believe in September 2013. Ever since then, they have been touring extensively all over the world and Malaysia’s one of their last stops before they take a break to concentrate on their second album.
Plus, the band received nominations in World Music Award for World’s Best Album and in NME Award for Best New Band this year, so they’re one to look out for! Especially if you’re into electronic  and synthpop music.

 

Lauren sounds just like the songs in the album, no lip-syncing and she reminds me of a pixie or a fairy because she’s so pretty and petite! 🙂

 

The gig ended pretty early even when they came out for an encore performance! Ended the night with their famous hit ‘ The Mother We Share’!

 

One of our highlights of the night was Define Tastemaker’s photobooth too! I think every concert should have a photobooth there so that we get to keep a souvenir to remind us of the awesome nights!

If you don’t know where to start, here are some of my favourite tracks from them! Let me know what are your favourites in the comments and recommend me some similar music. I’m a little behind with the music scene these days because I rather listen to old school rock from 90’s and etc.

 

 

 

This is one of the OST for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1! 🙂

 

Look at the Three Little Birds!

Ok there was no birds but everyone has either heard about or has been to Three Little Birds Coffee. Whether it’s their second outpost in Desa Park City or their first with Artisan Roastery right beside it and, can I say it’s one of the nicest cafe I have ever been to? I finally had an opportunity to visit the cafe after a random message from an old friend, Jeradyne who wants to scout the cafe as well so Samantha joined along too as we drive all the way to Sentul.

It was dark and cloudy when we arrived so we seek refuge under the shade. Better to be shaded since it’s always the monsoon season at the end of the year or else we would have been able to chill at the Aviary. It was a weekday so it was not crowded and it was actually peaceful. A great place and time to catch up. 🙂

First things first, we were starving after the long drive so we ordered a few different dishes to share among ourselves. We went for the lunch set promo which let us pick between coffee or tea.

My Red Tea, which I think is Rooibos tea and I love it! It was refreshing even on a hot/ rainy day. Rooibos tea is like Teh Tarik without the condensed milk. The rest was not a fan of it because of the strong scent.

We didn’t expect the food to arrive in this fashion. For the Chicken pasta (Top left), I think it would be easier for people to eat if they just arrange it onto a plate. But other than that, that dish was a bit cold, the chicken and sweet potato fries was a bit soggy too. It would have tasted better if it was served hot and fresh but taste wise, the sauce was alright,I’m guessing that they sourced their dishes from suppliers because the availability for certain dishes are varied at different timings.
The Lasagna (Top right) is pretty good but the portion is a little small. It has a generous amount of minced beef and pasta sheets to fill up one stomach.
We got the Chicken sandwich too which I think is from Tommy Le Baker. Wish there was more filling and the bread to be a little softer.
The girls like their flat white because they can actually taste and feel the coffee kick that is not too empowering.

If my memory serves me right, this is called Chocolate cherry cake? One of their bestsellers and may I add, one of the yummiest chocolate cakes I have ever had? Moist, chocolaty with little tinge of bittersweetness from the cocoa or espresso powder, I presume and not overwhelmingly sweet. 

Hojo Darjeeling Tea Chiffon Cake. I. LOVE. THIS! It’s so soft and fluffy. The subtle taste of the tea with light frosting, is what makes this simple cake so good! It’s the perfect cake for people who loves tea or wants a cake that’s just touching the borderline of sweet. I would call it a healthy cake! 😛
KL rates:
Food- 7/10
Price- Typical cafe pricing
Service- 6/10 
Variety- 7/10
So from here on, the shots will be from Jeradyne! Where you can see, how photographer actually takes nice pictures and see how my not so pro pictures fare with hers. 🙂

Pretending that she’s not taking a picture. 

The last two shots are from me again. 😛
Jeradyne in her element! Do check out more of her awesome works here! 😀

BTS shot of Sam and her OOTD shoot.

I’m glad we did this! It was a good catch up and we didn’t really know Jeradyne back in high school and turns out we have some things in common. Thanks Jeradyne for initiating this scouting outing!

Random outings FTW! 🙂

Chilling at PULP on a rainy day

Well, I finally had time to check out the famous PULP by Papa Palheta which originated from Singapore. My friends and I actually drove past the cafe without knowing there’s no obvious signage other than a wooden door located in a factory lot. It’s great that it doesn’t need any flashy signs to attract fellow coffee enthusiasts. It was a nice place to chill while waiting for the rain to stop. 🙂

Since it was our first time, we asked for some recommendations from the barista based on each of our preference for our coffee. Since I wanted to try their tea and coffee wise I want something not too strong, he recommended the Cascara for me. It’s a mix of coffee and tea which actually gives out a sour plum-ish taste.
Definitely an acquired taste because the friends were not fans of it but I find it alright. Somehow, I felt like I was drinking some herbal soup instead of drinking coffee. I do taste a bit of sour plum but other than that, it’s a light cuppa.
Cascara- RM12

 

Samantha’s becoming my cafe hopping partner and she always orders a cup of Flat White or Latte first before trying other varieties. She said it doesn’t have much kick so I guess she needed one more shot in her coffee. 😛
Espresso + Milk- RM10

 

Now in front, we have the Carrot Cake and at the back, we have the Baked Cheesecake. Both tasted mediocre to me, the cheesecake was dense, not fluffy. I think the selection of cakes were curated to complement coffee so the coffee made the cake taste a little better and vice versa.
Carrot Cake- RM10
Baked Cheesecake- RM8

 

I got meself some Hot Chocolate to keep me warm and I really like it! You can really taste the slight bitterness of the cocoa and the sweetness was just right! 🙂
Hot Chocolate- RM10

 

The deets!

My advice is to come on weekdays instead of weekends because there’s not many tables available so once it’s full, you gotta wait for someone to leave. Also, the baristas would have more time to explain or recommend something just for you too so it’s more special than the usual! 🙂 You can really feel how passion for coffee as they suggest different blends to suit your taste buds. Don’t expect brunch meals here, they only have cakes, pies and popcorn which sold out before we could try.

KL rates:
Food- 4/10
Price- About RM10 for a cuppa
Service- 7/10
Variety- 6/10