Baan Vartika at Ping @ Chiang Mai, Thailand


They say December’s the best time to travel Chiang Mai. I couldn’t agree more. It had always been in my top cities in South East Asia to visit. I’ve heard so much about the cool weather between November to February, and it’s even better to visit during a festive season. Besides the awesome weather, the must-see temples, and the spas, Chiang Mai is also famous for its laid-back life and café culture. All the reasons for our six nights stay where we ended 2017 and welcomed 2018.
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SOU Omakase Dining @ The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur

What an honour to be invited by SOU Omakase Dining to try their special limited menu for this month, where fresh ingredients were imported from Azumino Ikeda, Nagano in Japan. It was really an interesting session and I did learn more about Japanese food, other than the usual sashimi and sushi I normally have. I also felt privileged that Tomoko-san was there to introduce all the dishes and explained the slightest details of the ingredients used. Continue reading “SOU Omakase Dining @ The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur”

After You Durian @ Siam Paragon, Bangkok

I still can’t believe I actually took up the courage and walked into After You Durian, especially I never liked it as a kid. I even cried whenever my relatives bought them since I knew my mom was gonna force me to eat them just because they were “good for health”. And that smell, goshhhh!! I really bei tahan (cannot stand)!! Trust me, I still gave it a try a few years ago to see if I’d actually change my mind about the King of fruits, but I still didn’t. Those who love durian must be questioning what I don’t like about it. OK you see, the pungent aroma is not something I appreciate. It makes me uncomfortable and gives me a headache (did you think I was just exaggerating?!). Then the mushy texture that looks like cream filling/ whipped cream. Those that I would scrape off my cake before eating them because I absolutely dislike it. Hence, I would avoid by any chance and if I could smell it from meters away. Continue reading “After You Durian @ Siam Paragon, Bangkok”

Issaya Siamese Club Thailand @ Bangkok

I was very reluctant to visit Bangkok again for the past few years due to some unpleasant experiences in the past. But all those have been erased after our recent trip, and all I can think of now is “when are we going back there again?!”. It was meant to be a work trip but somehow turned into a gluttony weekend as we did so much eating! There’s heaps of good food I couldn’t resist! Don’t ask me what happened to the work part though. It’s a stressful and long story, so that makan weekend was well deserved. Mr Gadget also thought he could spoil us to a fancy Thai dinner instead of just street food and cafés.  I did a bit of research and landed at Issaya Siamese Club. Continue reading “Issaya Siamese Club Thailand @ Bangkok”

Learning To Cook with McCormick Spices & Chefology Frying Pan

My mom has been a huge influence in my life, my upbringing, and almost everything that I do. The one biggest thing she had taught me well was eating healthy. Maybe because I was born weak, she was particularly careful with my diet. She’s a housewife who has cared for two children and basically took care of all our meals, making sure we had all the nutrients we needed growing up. Fried chicken skin and carbonated drinks were out of the question. I almost never had the privilege to indulge in this kind of “fun food” as she would label them as “junk”. Because she had to manage the entire household and cooking only makes one part of it, she only applied simple but healthy cooking methods to save time in the kitchen. Continue reading “Learning To Cook with McCormick Spices & Chefology Frying Pan”

Saturday Night Vibes @ Shook! Starhill Gallery KL

When I received the invitation to join Shook! KL for an evening of feasting and entertainment, the words that quickly caught my attention were free flow, Bollinger Champagne, and buffet. Before I go on telling you how awesome their buffet and beverage packages are, let me ask if words like champagne, oysters, and live music tickle your fancy? ‘Cause they definitely do to me!! If your answer is similar to mine, then you’re definitely going to enjoy Saturday Night Vibes – Cirque Du Culinaire experience at Shook! in Starhill Gallery. Continue reading “Saturday Night Vibes @ Shook! Starhill Gallery KL”

Spice Up Your Kitchen @ The Cooking House (Chefology X McCormick)

It was a very exciting day for me as this is my first time attending a bloggers meet and greet event. It was held at The Cooking House Bangsar, hosted by Chefology and McCormick. I was required to be hands-on, cooking using Chefology Nature Series latest cookware together with McCormick‘s herbs and spices. Well, I’ve taken up cooking classes recently (beginner stage). So, this was a great opportunity to pick up new recipes. However, I was very nervous since I still find it very challenging to be creative around the kitchen. I also found out that most of the bloggers here actually love cooking, and they CAN cook. Except me. Uh-oh! And did I mention there was a cooking competition?! Well, I only found out on that day! Continue reading “Spice Up Your Kitchen @ The Cooking House (Chefology X McCormick)”

Aroi Mak Mak @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

Thai people are not only famous for their warm and friendly hospitality, but also their amazing food. So far, I haven’t heard of anyone who doesn’t enjoy Thai food or Thai dessert at least. The distinct flavours and exotic spices used in Thai dishes really do thrill your taste buds. As a Malaysian, I could easily relate my love for Thai food because Thailand and Malaysia are neighbouring countries. Some of the food served in local restaurants are somewhat an influence of Thai cuisine.  My ultimate favourite has to be Tom Yum. Any Thai restaurant that serves awesome Tom Yum, I’m sold. Oh, not to mention it’s a great hangover remedy too! My other favourites also include Pad Thai, Som Tam, Massaman Curry, Moo Ping, Mango Sticky Rice, etc… OMG! I’m salivating already!  Continue reading “Aroi Mak Mak @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya”

Things To Do in San Francisco

At the beginning, I wasn’t sure about taking a long haul flight just for a short 5 nights stay in San Francisco. I’ve never been to the States, so I had to go through the whole mafan (troublesome) process of getting a U.S. visa in a short time frame since it was a last minute decision. The whole thought of it also made me sooooo malas (lazy). Of course, Mr Gadget did a very good job in convincing me, as I know he really wanted to take me there! I’m glad I went through all that visa hassle and that 18 hours flight as it was all worthwhile. Continue reading “Things To Do in San Francisco”

Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine @ Canton Rd, Hong Kong

So tell me now, who’s your favourite Sanrio character? Is it Hello Kitty? Or Kerokerropi?! Ok.. Maybe not the boys but you girly girls were definitely once a big fan, right? And still is perhaps? Well, I’m going to tell you mine were The Little Twin Stars. Absolutely adored them and still do now.  I had all my stationeries, probably a full set, by Little Twin Stars. Not forgetting the stickers, hand fan, chopsticks and many others I can’t even remember now. Back then, I didn’t like Hello Kitty but somehow grew fond of it a few years ago. My girlfriends and I even got ourselves a Hello Kitty tattoo as a symbol of our friendship. Yeah, we’re hardcore like that!!!

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