Sep 19, 2014

AMPM Cafe @ USJ 21


*All photos are taken using HTC Desire 816

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Cosily tucked right opposite Main Place in USJ 21, AMPM Cafe is the latest addition to the growing list of cafes in Malaysia. It is slightly tricky to find this cafe due to the road structure but if you are parked in Main Place, just take the exit next to Fish & Co. and AMPM Cafe is located on the opposite side!

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Consisting of two-storeys, AMPM Cafe has a rustic concept which is really cosy and sometimes tend to make me feel sleepy when I am there....haha. Outdoor seating is available as well! I prefer the setting at the second floor as it is more quiet and I feel more at comfortable there. 

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Check out these amazing chalk drawings on the wall! Apparently they plan to change things up once in a while so the designs will be different every now and then.

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The second level is great for any private events or parties if you plan to hold one there. I have been there about 3 to 4 times now with my friends so the below photos are a compilation of what me and my friends have ordered so far and not during a single visit! Would be such a glutton if I ordered so much..heh.

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Hot Chocolate, RM9 | Long Black, RM6

AMPM's hot chocolate has a unique presentation with a chocolate cube at the side for your to stir it with the warm milk. It taste really good! I felt that the milk could be warmer as the chocolate tend to get clumpy at the bottom. Perhaps I did not stir it enough... or was busy taking photos until the milk cooled down..haha #firstworldproblems. My friends say they prefer if it was dark chocolate so the taste would be stronger. Personal preference I guess!

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Flat White, RM9

I usually prefer my coffee to be mild as I can't take too much caffeine so this cup of flat white was just nice for me. For those who prefer a stronger cup, you can request for double shot!

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Mocha, RM10

When I've had enough of caffeine intake for the day, I would settle for a cup of Mocha :D

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Big Breakfast, RM19.90

AMPM Cafe serves all day breakfast! Their portion is generous and worth the money but a couple of stuff can be improved such as the poached eggs which my friend ordered that day...it was cooked D:

The sausages was a bit too spicy but the manager said they will be changing the sausage to be a one that is non spicy the next time we visit as they will be changing plus adding in more stuff to their menu. Other than that, food is good! Hopefully more improvements will come :)

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Catalan Baked Omelette, RM20

Yum yum yum! First time trying baked omelette as the cafes I went before only serve baked eggs. The portion for this is really filling and I took my time to finish my meal! It would be better it the bread was toasted.

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Warm Raisin Scones, RM14

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Chocolate Mud Pie

A generous amount of chocolate ice cream with a mix of cookie crumbs and banana, this chocolate mud pie is so sinful! Thanks AMPM Cafe for giving this awesome dessert on the house!

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Pancake, RM17

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AMPM Cafe
11A, Jalan USJ 21/5, Subang Jaya

Opens:
Mon - Fri (11AM - 11PM)
Sat - Sun (10AM - 11PM)

p.s: I heard they are giving out free scones with coffee or tea this weekend!

Visit their Facebook Page for more updates!

Sep 15, 2014

Arte Belle Beauty Scraping Therapy Review



When I came across the world ' Beauty Scraping Therapy', I was really curious to find out what it is as it was my first time hearing about it and honestly, it sounded scary because of the word 'scraping'. When I was told that 'Beauty Scraping Therapy' is actually Facial Gua Sha, I had a lightbulb moment as I have tried it before and the results were amazing! When Arte Belle approached me to review their Facial Gua Sha service, I was onboard for it.

Gua Sha is a traditional treatment that has been used for thousands of years. "Gua" means scrape and "Sha" means the sandy looking spots which might develops after Gua Sha. It can be in red, purple, black or brown colour. Not everyone will develops "Sha". If you develop "Sha", it might indicate some part of your body is not in a healthy state.

Usually, Gua Sha is done on your back to stimulate blood flow and healing. Same goes for Facial Gua Sha, as the face reflects the vitality and overall state of our health. Different areas of the face correlate to specific internal organs. So if you have repeated skin problem occurring at certain area of the face (e.g. discoloration, wrinkles), it could be due to an internal health problem.

Facial Gua Sha is also an effective beauty treatment as it helps to:
1) Enchance facial complexion and skin radiance
2) Increases cell turnover rates
3) Detoxification
4) Improves blood circulation and skin texture
5) Eliminates puffiness due to water retention
6) Removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin smoother and more radiant
7) Reduce pore size
8) Improves elasticity of skin
9) Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
10) Prevents blackheads and whiteheads
11) Lighten freckles and dark spots
12) Lifting and firming
13) Reduce dark eye circles and eye puffiness

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Arte Belle provides on-site Facial Gua Sha services which means that they come over to your house! It is really convenient as you don't need to travel all the way and go into the trouble of getting stuck in the jam or finding parking. It is all in the comfort of your own home. If you're afraid that your house is not suitable for such services, fret not as the setup is very simple where you just need a chair for you to sit and the rest will be provided by the beauticians!

If you are iffy about strangers coming over to your house, fret not as these girls are really friendly :) Or if you're still uncomfortable, you can get your family members to be with you throughout the session. I had my appointment with Yee Mun and Fiona on a weekend afternoon which I looked forward to as I needed a good facial treatment!

When they came over, the first step was to do a skin analysis where they looked at my skin condition and asked me what are my main concerns and did a checklist on skin problems that I am facing. Basically, I am concerned my T-Zone as that area is prone to pimples, especially my chin! They said my skin generally looks fine except my acne prone T-zone and enlarged pores at certain area.

They also shared that the 3 steps routine is not enough and should have at least 6 steps which is cleanse, exfoliate, tone, treatment, eye cream, and moisturise.

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Normally, the Facial Gua Sha will take around 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes depending on your skin condition as sometimes certain area need extra care. As for me, my session took about 2 hours because I spent most of the time talking to them! It was pretty fun as we are around the same age and interesting to see them working on things that they are passionate about!

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Like normal facial treatment, we need to start off by cleansing the face to remove impurities. It is important to keep the skin moisturized / hydrated before Gua Sha as it pulls the skin and we don't want to hurt our skin in the process. A moisturized skin helps the Gua Sha tool to glide through the skin smoothly and increases blood circulation. Look at all the products used above!  Facial Gua Sha helps to skin to absorb the benefits of the facial products we use better as Yee Mun mentioned that sometimes we may buy a good product and use it for some time but not see the result which may be caused due to the skin absorption rate, clogged pores, dead skin cells and blood circulation. With Facial Gua Sha, good blood circulation in our skin allows the product to penetrate deep into the skin!


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Since I had no makeup on, Yee Mun started off with cleansing my face! I love the scrub they used as it was not harsh on the skin.

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The pore cleansing masque was applied to suck out the impurities from the pores as sometimes just by cleansing is not enough when we are exposed to dust and pollution.

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They did the Facial Gua Sha on half of my face first to let me compare the difference.

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You can see that on the left side, the pores are smaller and my eyes look more 'awake' as they did the gua sha at the eye area to improve blood circulation and it also helps to remove dark circles. Best not to wear contact lens when you are doing this treatment!

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After comparing the difference, they proceeded to finish up the other half.

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Got a massage on my head to stimulate blood flow and also towards the outer area of my face to flush out the toxins in my skin!

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After | Before

During the session, I can really feel that my blood is circulating where my skin felt warm like when you are blushing. I felt thirsty after the Facial Gua Sha was advised to drink loads of water to flush out the toxins. The acne on my chin area was lighter and the next day the headless pimple that I had was subsided! Yee Mun said that if this treatment done continuously, it can also give the V-shape face that most girls are looking for. My skin felt more energized after the Facial Gua Sha.

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With Fiona and Yee Mun :)

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If you are interested in getting Facial Gua Sha, you can contact Yee Mun or Fiona to make an appointment! Their services are available in Klang Valley only and they are having a first trial promotion where is is only RM128 instead of RM168 (limited to first 50 customers).

For more information, you can visit Arte Belle's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ArteBellezzaAvanti

Sep 10, 2014

Brew & Bread @ One City Mall


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If you are in One City Mall and would like to enjoy a good cup of coffee, Brew & Bread is the place to go! I have been there a couple of times and love it there! Too bad it is quite far from my place so I don't go often.

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Their menu is located at the right side when you enter the shop.

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Cold drip :D

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They have a yummy selection of cakes too!

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Brew & Bread
Ground Floor, G-CF-02,
Skypark One City,
Jalan USJ 25/1,
47650 Subang Jaya.

Sep 6, 2014

Manoah Bloggers Appreciation Night


I was invited to attend Manoah's Blogger Appreciation Night last Wednesday! As I had another event to attend beforehand, I arrived later around 11pm to join the party and catch up with my friends as I haven't been attending events for some time now due to my hectic schedule at work.

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The event was held at iDarts Quad in Sunway Giza and there was free flow of Asahi! I didn't drink much as I was pretty tired after a long day. So one can was enough for the night and it was great catching up with everyone there!

I have always passed by iDarts when I was in Sunway Giza but never entered before. The place is very spacious with 2 levels! It was pretty packed that night was iDart's regular customers and Manoah bloggers. We had the entire second floor to ourselves so it was very chill.

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Don's birthday was in the month of August so there was a cake to celebrate as well!

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I don't play darts often and my all time perception was to hit closest to the centre, get more points and be the winner. However, the rules is to start from a certain point and get the closet to zero and you will win! Sorry I am a noob in this...haha. I remember playing this game with my ex-colleagues last time and it was pretty fun. My aiming was a hit and miss. By luck, I manage to win one game against Duncan...lol.

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With Melody, Siew Cheng, Joanna, Janice, and Yumi. Thanks Duncan for the picture!

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With Duncan and Janice's peace sign...lol

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With Radius from iDarts Malaysia.

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Group photo with Don before leaving! His shirt is epic! haha...

Thanks Manoah, iDarts, and Asahi for everything! It's been a pleasure working with Manoah and thanks to Don for all the opportunities! 

Sep 2, 2014

Miam Miam Cafe @ One Utama


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When Miam Miam first opened in One Utama, I saw a lot of my friends posting about it on Instagram. I did not try it until a couple of months ago as there is always a long line at the cafe and I don't frequent malls as much anymore. Usually, I would opt to go during non peak hours so that you get the seats faster. It is always filled with customers all day long... service wise, it is ok as I have encountered both staff that is good and bad.

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Crowd during dinner time. Waited outside for about 15 minutes  :)

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Berries Soda, RM13.80

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Iced Matcha Latte with Softee, RM13.80

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Matcha Smoothie with Red Bean, RM13.80

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Matcha Souffle, RM16.80

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Miam Miam Spaghetti, RM26.80

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French Toast, RM16.80

I have been here for about 3 times now but usually it is to order their famous French Toast. The wait for the french toast is minimum 45 minutes and it is really antagonizing while watching everyone eat around you. But to me it is worth the wait as the french toast is so soft and fluffy! The only thing is missing is that they use cream as a topping instead of ice cream! It would be heavenly if they had ice cream to top it off....

This caramelised banana pancake taste amazing as well! The ice cream is really smooth and tasty which I wish they put this on the french toast instead :P

Miam Miam Cafe
Lot 146, G Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
48200 Petaling Jaya.
Opens: 11 AM - 10 PM
Contact: 03 7731 8923

Sep 1, 2014

10 Step Korean Regime at Muse by Watsons


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Recently I attended a Korean beauty workshop at MUSE by Watsons courtesy of The Butterfly Project. The word 'muse' is defined as a woman who is the source of inspiration for a creative concept. MUSE by Watsons flagship store is designed with this concept in mind!

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MUSE by Watsons carries 12 exclusive skincare brands and cosmetic products for both men and women. Their idea is to create a comfortable yet warm environment for all customers to access premium skincare and cosmetics products in the journey to rediscover their beauty. Their staff consists of experienced beauty consultants, professional skin specialists and well-trained nail colour service assistants that will cater to their consumer individual needs.

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I have always been curious by how the skin of Korean woman looks so flawless and radiant...and the secret to it is their facial regime! I have seen people using more extensive regime which consist a lot more products which I think adds on while we age. For now, 10 steps still seems a lot as we are constantly exposed to the simple 3 steps facial regime which is cleanse, tone, and moisturized. Especially in our humid country, we definitely need more steps in protecting our skin from free radicals and pollution.

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Amanda Gan, the brand manager of MUSE by Watsons explained to us the 10 steps of Korean regime while their beauty consultant demonstrated it on a model.

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Step 1: Remove makeup / Pre-cleanse
Using the 'double cleanse' method, remove makeup with a gentle makeup remover fir the eyes and lips, followed by a cleansing oil for the face. Use a nutrient-rich cotton wipe which is gentle on the skin and then use a deep cleansing oil to draw out impurities within the pores.

CLIV Mediskin Cleansing Lotion, 250 ml, RM90
CLIV Cleansing Oil, 250ml, RM90

Step 2: The Cleanse
For the second part of the 'double cleanse' method, Korean women usually will cleanse with a mild cream or foaming cleanser depending on the skin type. It is to further remove any excess traces of makeup or dirt on the surface of the skin. In this step, gently massage that face to increase circulation which will bring out a brighter complexion.

Cremorlab Foaming Cleanser, 145ml, RM59
Ibling Sonic Pore Face Cleanser set, RM199

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The Ibling Sonic Pore Face Cleanser uses sonic action to deeply cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Even when placed on water, it remains calm and does not splash the water away, which I believe is beneficial to the skin as it proves that it won't be harsh on the skin.

Step 3: The Exfoliator
As our skin is constantly exposed to pollutants, we will need to scrub our face once or twice a week to remove the dead skin cells so that our pores will not be clogged. Do focus more on troubled areas that has visible pores and blackheads on the nose.

DHC Facial Scrub, 100g, RM69.90
Cremorlab O2 Bubble Energizing Mask, 100ml, RM99

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Step 4: The Refresher
After cleansing our face, we will need a toner to balance and restore our skin's pH level to allow better absorption of the next product, which is Essence. Toning also helps to tighten our pores.

Cremorlab Essence Tonic, 250ml, RM69

Step 5: The Essence
Essence is often regarded as the most important step of the Korean skincare regimen. Essence is a nourishing liquid concentrate that enhances the skin's cellular renewal process, and increases the skin elasticity and firmness. Apply to a cotton pad and tap the product into the skin

Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence, 270ml, RM129

Step 6: The Ampoule
Ampoules contain concentrated active ingredients with smaller molecules for a deeper penetration to target specific skin concerns. It targets problems like signs of aging, pigmentation, excessive oil production and many more, depending on the range of ampoule.

CLIV Mediclear Healer Ampoule, 30ml. RM200
CLIV Revitalizing C I2PL Corrector Ampoule, 30ml, RM200

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Step 7: The Sheet Mask
On top of the usual skincare routine, use a sheet mask twice a week or more if the skin condition is dry. Sheet masks are soaked in nutritious ingredients which are then absorbed into the skin. It forces the skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture intensively, before allowing the other products a chance to evaporate.

CLIV Mediclear Healer Ampoule Mask, 35g, RM33
CLIV Seaweed Mediclear Ampoule Mask, 35g, RM33
CLIV Revitalizing C I2PL Ampoule Mask, 35g, RM33
CLIV Collagen Resurgene Ampoule Mask, 35g, RM33

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Step 8: The Eye Cream
The skin around our eyes are very thin and fragile as compared to our facial skin, hence it requires extra gentle care. It is more prone to lines, wrinkles and dehydration; so it is essential to pamper the area around the eyes. Gently tap the product around the entire eye to keep the area moisturized to prevent fine lines.

Cremorlab Wrinkle Off Eye Cream, 15ml, RM89

Step 9: The Moisturizer
Replenish the skin's hydration by locking it in with a lightweight emulsion. Use the fingertips to gently massage the product into the face and neck to promote healthy blood circulation.

Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel, 100ml, RM119
CLIV Mediclear Cream, 70g, RM180

Step 10: The Night Cream
The final step is to apply a night cream to help lock the goodness of the serums or ampoules while adding moisture and firming effect (for anti-aging range). Another option is to use a sleeping pack which is a jelly-like texture packed with moisture and nourishing benefits, leaving the skin soft and well-hydrated.

However, during the day time, this step can be skipped but remember to use a sunblock or BB cream before stepping out!

Cremorlab Enriched Moisture, 45ml, RM129
CLIV Active Resurgence Wine Capsule Gel, 50ml, RM100
AM+PM 10 Peptide Firming Night Gelly, 118ml, RM69

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After the workshop, we had our refreshments. Thanks for the Starbucks as well! There was also other activity after that like express makeover and skin analysis.

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I went for the skin analysis with MUSE Beauty Consultant. This skin analysis is free for consumers where MUSE Beauty Consultant will provide you with a better understanding of you skin. As u can see, I was highly concentratinb on the computer screen that was generation the image of my skin condition. The results were ok and they printed out a elaborated hard copy for my reference which basically said that I have will have to drink more water, prevent from sleeping late, don't be too stressed, and choose products that is suitable for my skin as it is quite thin...to achieve a healthy and flawless skin, I must work hard as there is still a long way to go! 

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A group photo with everyone!

For more information, visit MUSE by Watsons Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/MusebyWatsons

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