2OX French Bistro Afternoon Tea set

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 11 March 2017 12:24 am
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Value for money afternoon tea RM60 for 2 pax’s afternoon tea set, this is by far the tastiest afternoon tea goodies i remember having.

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The pastries are realllllly tasty, probably all made from quality french butter. All the pastry and scones, and sandwiches, and creme brulee are really good. I was surprised i like their creme brulee topped with a thin layer sugar layer which you crack open to reach the luscious cream pudding. And there is salmon scramble egg! And the chicken slices in the sandwiches tasted very moist, instead of what i expect the chicken breast slice to be dry.

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Go for it, all really good.

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yummy chocolate cake and lemon meringue

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that’s a really good creme brulee, not expect to like it, but go try… The food doesn’t look like a lot, 3 of us share this 2-person set, ordered additional bread with dips which fortunately didnt arrive, we feel just about right, quite filling actually.

Address: 2OX
54, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone:+60 3-2692 2233
Afternoon tea is available from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on every Saturday and Sunday
RM60++ for 2 pax

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Buy from US Website: Comgateway vs Global Shopaholics vs Borderlinx

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Sunday 5 February 2017 9:25 pm
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I had previously used Comgateway – around 3 times, the items always arrive prompt and perfectly, as they are using DHL, but they are a tad expensive, so i am trying out new forwarder hoping to get better rates. So, i am trying out Global Shopaholics this time

My previous 3 post on buying stuff from the US:

Rambling on few forwarders

My experience with Comgateway

One of my shipment with Comgateway which is $140 shipment fee!

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My 7 pairs of shoes was repack nicely into a box, actually weight only about 4kg after repacked and consolidated into above box, it is billed for 16lb (about 7kg) because dimentionally it is large.

I got a shock when i log in and was shown the shipping fee is $170!!! Turn out that is only the initial estimation, and the final shipping fee is much reduced to US$93.46 after repacking and consolidating of 3 or 4 shipments.

According to Global Shopaholics, shipping charge for is US$93.46 for 1lb. When i proceed for payment, there is 2 additional item billed, ie US$ 5 processing change (minimum $5 for each shipment – which is for 5 packages, any additional package is $1 each) & $4.33 bank fee, so total shipment paid is about US$102

One thing i am not fond of is that they don’t have a pay rate per kg or lb kind of table. Unlike, Comgateway who has this rate table table for each country. For comgateway, their current rate for shipping to Malaysia is like below:

First 0.5kg $20.75

Subsequent 0.5kg 3.25

fuel surcharge: around US$ 10

repack: depends [$7 for box cut down / $5 box to bag (per package!!!)]

insurance: around US$3

So for shipping of my shoes (billable weight 7kg), shipping charge would be only US$63 with Comgateway. But from my previous 3 or 4 shipments with Comgateway, they will charge fuel surcharge and insurance, so minimum will add about additional US$13 i think, making total US$76, which is still much cheaper than G.S.’s $102.

But one of my previous shipment with Comgateway, i actually have 6 packages, and they charge me a whopping $30 repack fee due to having to repack all of them. So making total $76 + 30 = $106.

Back to G.S, for my this shipment with Global Shopaholics, once the shipment reach me, i paid another total MYR135 in custom and handling charge (paid before hand by DHL, G.S is also using DHL by the way)

Basically, anything worth more than MYR500 (including shipping fee) will be charged by Malaysia custom. For this package of shoes:

Item declared value: US$200

Shipping charge: US$102

So, the malaysia custom add them to totaled $302, converted to MYR (exchange rate: 4.6252) to about RM1,376. For this time i got charge 6% tax, ie RM1396 * 6% = RM82.56. And DHL charge me RM53 listed as disbursment Fee!!!! So there goes RM135 to be paid to DHL when the items get delivered to your house.

so to buy US$200 worth of shoes, i paid US$102 shipping fee + RM135 custom fee! So much for buying stuff from US

Conclusion, i think both companies are comparable, the price is comparable, but i have a slight leaning towards Global Shopaholics because there is no repack or consolidation fee, also free 180 days storage, where Comgateway only 30 days free storage. With that leeway in storage days, you can buy from multiple shop in 1 or 2 months span, then combine them to ship them over.

Although some online mentioned about Viabox being reasonably priced, but their rate is actually quite expensive for shipping to Malaysia, maybe it is cheap to other countries like Singapore etc.

Another shipping company – Borderlinx seems to offer better rate than G.S $82 for 16lb item, but they do collect tax and duties amounting US$28 which i am not sure what that’s for, probably for paying to custom, which converted to about MYR129, about the same as what i paid the customer for my shipment using G.S. So you may give Borderlinx a try. Borderlinx is 30 days storage only by the way.

Actually i think all these 3 companies’s – Comgateway/G.S./Borderlinx rate as around the same. For now, i think i will stick to Global Shopaholics, because i like their fixed rate for US$5 for repack+consolidation, and free 180 storage although i won’t store it past 1 month normally.

And also for Global Shopaholics, i don’t quite like it that they need the 3 digits security number if you gonna pay using credit card, so i used Paypal for payment instead.

Website: Comgateway

Website: Global Shopaholics.com

Website: Borderlinx


 

Swine, Publika Shopping Mall

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 21 January 2017 9:12 pm
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Pea and Ham soup which gots lots of good review online, but i find it just so so, maybe i am just not liking the smoky ham flavour.

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Swine House Salad, RM25, quite nice actually because the green are very well chilled.

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Chiffon egg roast pork, around RM27, and now this is comfort food at one of its best form, though the price is definitely much expensive than outside food stall. But i could imagine myself craving for this: plenty of omelette, salty pork, salted vege soup and lots of rice underneath. The ginger condiment is kind of tasteless though, else it would been pretty perfect.

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Another look of my salad, with edamame, and some bits of avocado, go for those days when you want to eat healthy 😛 i would prefer the dressing to be slightly less sweet, but that is just me. The portion for this is huge as well.

Overall, delicious food in big portion size, go try!

Address: Swine

Inside BIG grocery store

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Wafflemeister, Bangsar Telawi, next to InsideScoop

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Sunday 8 January 2017 11:09 pm
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classic liege drizzle with high quality callebaut dark chocolate and cream, RM20 and that’s mango smoothie, RM15. The waffle is nice, not too sweet as it is dark chocolate, and yummy freshly whipped cream.

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My savoury vegetarian waffle with pesto, feta, olives and tomatoes, yummilicious!

We went there while they were having 50% off through Offpeak.my. Overall, i would say the food tasted very delicious, made of high quality ingredients, although the wait is kinda long. Their chocolate is from Callebaut, and they seems to have a nifty machine pumping out freshly whipped cream, instead of those fake non-dairy whipped cream 😛

Go try!

Website: Wafflemeister (looks like this is a high class shop originating from the UK, having branches in UK, Qatar, UAE etc)

Address: Wafflemeister
7 Telawi 3
Bangsar
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours
Monday 11:00 – 23:00
Tuesday 11:00 – 23:00
Wednesday 11:00 – 23:00
Thursday 11:00 – 23:00
Friday 11:00 – 01:00
Saturday 10:00 – 01:00
Sunday 10:00 – 01:00

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Ori Taste Mix rice, RM6 Zhap Fan, Old Klang Road below OUG Parklane service apartment

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Monday 2 January 2017 8:47 pm
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After reading this RM6 all-you-can-take-in-one-plate zhap fan from Follow Me to Eat La, colleagues and I went there to check it out.

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My plate, not exactly a lot of stuff, but i enjoy take bit of this and that without worrying how much i am going to be charge, the plate is smaller than usual, so you can’t take awful lot. Went there twice, and the dishes are pretty much the same in both visit. Free soup and chinese tea. Takeway is RM7, and the container is smaller than usual as well.

Taste of food are quite decent, can give it a try.

Address: Ori Taste Mix Rice

Below OUG Parklane Service Apartment

Business hour: 10am – 10pm, closed on Sunday

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