Dinner buffet in Contango, The Majestic Hotel

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 29 April 2017 9:36 pm
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Company dinner, and we went to Contango restaurant in Majestic Hotel on a Thursday nite. So many delicous food! They are famous for their dessert, so gotta check out their dessert first… Too bad their famed chocolate cake is not included in the buffet

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Some cakes, i had the lower right one, some kinda of torte, quite nice

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All the above are so good!! The lemon tart, the carrot cake, cheesecake and the eclair. Yum!

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had lots of those salmon sashimi

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my first plate

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The braised beef short ribs is very tender and nice

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The ice cream were just okay for me

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some rice etc

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This plate of grape, cheese, nuts is really nice, the grape ran out fast and not refilled ):

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grilled salmon!

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The torte i was mentioning. Nice!


 

Invited Review: A Cut Above, Midvalley Megamall

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Sunday 16 April 2017 8:59 pm
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Thank you A Cut Above for sponsoring this review. This come timely as I am going for wedding photoshoot soon. Above is the before photo: my very unkempt hair

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I choose their Ammonia free hair coloring called INOA by Loreal. It is odorlous, optimal scalp comfort, suitable for those who wants to colour their hair but concern about chemical harshness of normal hair coloring.

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With the recommendation from friendly senior stylist Davis, i chose the warm brown series: 6,34, the lowest left most. I at first wanted red, but he said red is hard to maintain, will turn to a unsightly copper after awhile. Warm brown is suitable for those who prefer easy maintenance, and it won’t have a harsh 2-tone-hair as the root grows out.

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Above is after hair stylist JoAnne applied the hair coloring on my hair. After awhile, Davis came to examine my hair, and conclude the colour can be washed out after about 15 minutes.

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After washing out the color with Loreal INOA organic shampoo – same range as the hair coloring, JoAnn applied hair treatment on my hair. My hair turned so soft and no more tangling after this treatment.

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Wrap the whole head in cling wrap, and leave the hair treatment on for 20 minutes.

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Trim the unsightly ends, and blow drying

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Tada… The color is not obvious in indoor light, actually it is quite hard to tell i have done hair colour in indoor lighting, it just doesn’t dark-rich-colour-but-not-really black, somehow the above photo able to capture the color. I find the color is not very obvious indoor, the color look rich and shiny indoor, nice!

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For photoshoot, you can opt for slightly lighter color than what i had. My color is very slight, Davis say the color will turn 1 shade lighter after awhile, suitable for low maintenance or those looking into hair coloring for the first time – perhaps wanting to cover some grey and not wanting something too drastic.
Address: A Cut Above Mid Valley Megamall
S054 & S055 2nd Floor Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City,
59200 Kuala Lumpur,
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

Phone:+60 3-2938 3131


 

Kesom Nasi dagang/nasi kerabu, Aman Suria

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Monday 3 April 2017 6:49 pm
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This restaurant is really hard to spot, we drove by few rounds and did not notice it. The restaurant’s signage is under a big “blook warehouse” signage.

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menu

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My nasi kerabu RM8 with Gulai ikan RM6, it was okay/not bad, i kind of wish the rice or gravy is hot. All of them are in room temp.

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Nasi dagang, RM7

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Overall, worth a try, the food are flavorful and affordable

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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


 

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