Dec 29, 2018

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre: Launching in January 2019

If you're looking forward to freshening up your wardrobe, the fastest and easiest way is to get yourself a new scent. You might not notice it, but fragrance plays a vital role in appearance. Other than leaving an impression, it is also something personal - just like a hidden tattoo under your sleeve.

I'm embracing the new Chanel Chance Eau Tendre as my everyday perfume starting right now. Just in time to welcome 2019. The perfume is a new interpretation of the previous Chance Eau Tendre that comes in eau de toilette form. With the new eau de parfum form, it is more concentrate, giving an intense scent which lasts longer and at the same time, has a longer time to react to different skin type.

You can smell the fragrance as being powdery in the first whiff. But as the perfume evaporate and the longer you wear it, the fragrance leave a floral/fruity smell. It depends on different nose whether it is being floral or fruity, that is because it has a fruity top notes (grapefruit and quince) and floral middle note (jasmine and hyacinth). The different characteristics of the notes are bind together with musk and amber for its base notes. Overall, the notes are very powerful, but not overpowering. If you're not a fan of Chanel No. 5, do give this fragrance a try. It has a playful and modern take, unlike the other conventional Chanel's fragrance.

The Chanel Chance Eau Tendre will be available at all Chanel Beauty counters starting from January 2019. 

Dec 25, 2018

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Christian readers a Merry Christmas. And to everyone, Happy New Year. May joy and happiness will forever be with you. 

Dec 9, 2018

2nd Floor Coffee House Melaka

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Price range: RM8 - RM15
Pork free
Address: 25, JALAN TKL 2/17, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 MalaccaPhone number: 017-611 2865Business hour: 12PM - 1AM (Closed on Thursday)

Melaka has plenty of cafes to explore, but the famous ones are usually packed with customers during the weekend and especially during holiday season. One of these worthy cafes to try out is the 2nd Floor Coffe House Melaka, which you can find plenty of parking spots even on the busiest weekend. The cafe is located same row as the white restaurant building, Bei Zhan.


Nov 28, 2018

Huda Beauty New Nude Palette Review

Looks like the pink hue eyeshadow is going to be the next big trend in makeup. Or is it already happening now? First, there was the Urban Decay Naked Cherry. And now, this - Huda Beauty Nude. On the first glance, it doesn't resemble the usual nude that we are accustomed for which is the skin tone browns. It has pink-peach tones which don't resemble the nude that we are familiar with. But according to Huda Kattan, this palette is a game-changer to all the nude palettes ever made. It embraces confidence and not the "naked nude".

Brand: Huda Beauty
Product name: New Nude Palette
Purchase from: SephoraPrice: RM275
Product explanation: A game-changing palette that reinvents nude with revolutionary textures and colours.

Initially, I thought the pink tone eyeshadow palette is so overdone. For example, the peach palette was quite a good investment for me, and then I put it aside because I couldn't figure out how to use it on a daily look.


Nov 22, 2018

Jill Stuart Loose Blush Review

This blush is extremely pretty - that's enough excuse to get one. I got drawn to it because of the unique packaging and the very girly salmon pink shade of the blush. I'm really into salmon pink shades at the moment because it lifts up the spirit whenever I look at it. Plus, the delicate dandelion applicator adds the fun of it.

  • Brand: Jill Stuart
  • Product name: Loose Blush
  • Shade: 02 Fluffy Flower
  • Price: RM160
  • Product explanation: Just like cotton candy, this Loose Blush is sure to keep you sweet! You’ll be pretty in pink when you use the soft puff stick applicator to apply a hint of colour to your cheekbones. The powder blush even has a delicate shimmer for a naturally radiant finish.

Let the review begins!


Nov 17, 2018

Travel Journal Tokyo 2018

Since I spent most of my time filling in my Traveler's Notebook, I will show you guys how my travel journal looks like. The style that I adopt is mostly collage, using scraps of paper goods I collected during my trip, washi tapes, stickers, etc. 


The Traveler's Notebook that I enjoy using now is the Tokyo Station Limited Edition brown cover. I bought this from Tokyo Station. The limited edition Traveler's Notebook is limited to 2 per person. I begin to like the brown cover a lot because as it tarnishes, the colour becomes more vivid. It is slowly becoming of a character of its own. 

Nov 13, 2018

Halal Nyonya Restaurant in Melaka: Big Nyonya

School holiday is approaching. If you're planning on a trip to Melaka, and you have to tick off the bucket list for good Nyonya food, I highly recommend the Big Nyonya Restaurant.

Big Nyonya is one of the best Nyonya restaurants in town because of its reputable owner, Datuk Kenny. Datuk Kenny was a famous comedian in Malaysia who played a Nyonya character in the longest running comedy Baba Nyonya for 509 episodes. It's not because of the famed owner that the Big Nyonya Restaurant is good. Beyond the star-studded signboard, there's a team of passionate staff who keeps this restaurant running after Datuk Kenny passed away. The chef was personally trained by Datuk Kenny and now his legacy continues in the food they are serving here. This restaurant is a legit Nyonya Restaurant that puts the importance on fresh ingredients and authentic nyonya way of cooking.

In terms of pricing, you can expect to pay about RM80 for 4 dishes which is enough for 4 people. I think it is quite affordable and worth the trip.

Gerang Assam Fish (RM48)

Sambal Sotong (RM28)

Ponteh Chicken (RM20)

Kangkong Belacan (RM14)



Big Nyonya also has a good recommendation from TV3's program Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan. If you are a food lover, you'll know that the Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan's recognition is reliably honest.

Big Nyonya Restaurant is strategically located in Melaka town within walking distance from Hatten Hotel, Imperial Heritage Hotel, and Equatorial Hotel.

For reservation, call: 06-286 3536 
Address: No. 33 & 33A, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya
Closed on Monday.


Nov 11, 2018

Reusable Straws Comparison

Many states in Malaysia will ban single-use plastic straws. This is a good news to a lot of restaurant operators because it will reduce their cost.

We can definitely do without the straws. But I always have this philosophy that - if you want to embrace zero waste lifestyle, incorporate small steps into your current lifestyle. Don't go for a drastic change because you won't be enjoying the sudden evolvement. So, if you are used to drinking with straws, look for an alternative to those single-use plastic straws that we have gotten used to.

In this post, I have 5 different straws to compare and I have ranked it according to my preference. Of course, you can always choose the reusable straws that suit your own preference.

#1 Stainless Steel Straw

My ultimate favorite is the stainless steel straws. I believe that stainless steel straw is easily acceptable because we have gotten used to using eating utensils like spoon and fork from stainless steel materials. It is durable, easy to clean and probably last forever.

There was an article circulating somewhere on the internet that the stainless steel materials are not harvested in an eco-friendly way. I totally disagree with the article because we have been harvesting the raw material for many reasons - construction, semiconductor, automobile, and other industries are relying on stainless steel. If the material is made into straws for each person on this planet, it would take up less than 0.001% of the harvest raw material. The idea is having 1 stainless steel straw for you to use it over and over again. Unless we are using the stainless steel straws as single-use straw, then there is a problem with

#2 Glass Straws

I also love glass straws, except it isn't durable as stainless steel straws. I avoid bringing it out because I'm afraid it might break in my bag after knocking and friction inside the case. While at home, I'm afraid the kids might drop it. The only problem with the glass straw is the fragile nature.

Other than that, glass straw is great for those who are OCD on the cleanliness of the inside of the straw. You can see clearly if there is something stuck in it. Glass is also aesthetically beautiful when serving juices or coloured drinks.

#3 Bamboo Straws

Some may argue that bamboo straw is the most eco-friendly and sustainable straw of all. I think that depends on the production itself. We can't use the bamboo as straw in its raw form. There is a few steps of the process that needs to be done. Some manufacturer might add bleaching or chemical in the cleaning process. Plus, the hollow of the straw needs to be smoothed out. Plus, the bamboo straws won't last forever as compared to stainless steel or glass (provided it doesn't break).

I don't prefer the bamboo straw as much as stainless steel and glass because there is debris of the bamboo which might be caught inside the straw. Plus, it isn't the most hygienic method because the pores of the bamboo can trap some bacteria if not cleaned properly. Most of all, I don't like it that we have to keep harvesting and process the bamboo just for drinking. For this fact, I don't think I would rate it as the eco-friendly straw. Anyway, that is my take on the eco-friendly or zero-waste concept. Of course, you can have different thoughts about it.

#4 Paper Straws

Paper straws shouldn't be on the top priority when looking for an alternative to plastic straws because it is also a single-use product. However, it is easier to decompose, which makes it better than plastic straws. In the event that you need to serve straws in a bigger scale, such as at parties, paper straw is a good solution.

I also find it convenient to have when you're staying in hospital or at office. In the situation where I don't have the time to wash my reusable straws, I would opt for paper straws.

#5 The Last Straws

The worst reusable straw of all is the Last Straw. You probably have seen this going viral on social media and gained lots of backers on Kickstarter.

First thing first, the production of the straw involves a lot of materials - plastic for the box, stainless steel for the straw structure and rubber for the straw backbone. When there are so many materials involved, the process of making the straw also becomes more complicated. In most cases, the product will be sent to a different manufacturer to complete each part. This increases the carbon footprint.

I seriously don't advocate the Last Straw as an eco-friendly straw. Although they have good marketing and brand presence, it really isn't eco-friendly. If you understand how manufacturing works, you'll totally detest the concept of Last Straw as eco-friendly.

In terms of practicality, I don't see it as good as other straws. The rubber works as the backbone of the straw where you drink from and it has a stainless steel casing to hold the structure. There is a gap in between the two and this gap allows water to trap in there. There is no way you can clean it. The brush that provided only cleans the inner part of the rubber. Imagine all the sugary water getting stuck in between the stainless steel and rubber.

The only good thing about the Last Straw is the casing. It is small and compact which is convenient to carry around. But for all the negative reasons discussed above, I won't be using this.

I often carry my stainless steel straws or glass straws in my straw case. It's made of plastic, which is super durable. I've been using it for almost a year now, and it still working perfectly fine. Someone suggested me to use bamboo case. I tried, but it doesn't last more than a month, then the cover cracked.

Sometimes when I can't wash my straws, I just throw it into the case and wash it when I'm home. It's really convenient.

Stainless steel straw + brush =  RM 12.90 from wanderlustthings.comReusable straw case = RM12.90 from wanderlustthings.comGlass straw + brush = RM8.90 from wanderlustthings.comBamboo straw + brush = RM4.90 from wanderlustthings.comPaper straw from Shopee
Last Straw = USD14.90 from

Nov 5, 2018

Oedo Onsen Monogatari @ Odaiba

First thing first, if you ever been to an onsen resort, this place may be lack of wow-factor for you. But if you are an Onsen-virgin, I highly recommend you to visit the Oedo Onsen Monogatari. Located at Odaiba, you can easily walk to the Oedo Onsen from the Museum of Emerging Science or take a bus there. The place is sort of a mini family amusement park with the onsen as main feature.

When arrived, you will be given a wrist tag. Whatever you spent here, it will be recorded in your wrist band. The payment will be calculated when you exit. It can be said as pretty dangerous because you might slack of tracking how much you spend there. Generally, admission is only ¥2720 (around RM100) for adults on the weekday. That being said, if you don't spend on other stuff such as food, massage service, games, etc. Book your entrance ticket on Klook for better deals, almost 40% cheaper.

I didn't take a lot of photos here because a lot of places are photos-prohibited. Most of the time I leave my camera and phone in the locker.

One thing to take note, this place is not tattoo-friendly, despite it is quite mainstream and touristy. Do take note if you have a tattoo. If you entered mistakenly with tattoo on, you are required to leave the place and pay for the entrance fee as well.

After changing into the yukata provided, you will enter the common area where food stalls and games stalls are the focus attraction.

The foot bath area is an open area with Japanese garden concept. It is really pretty to take photos here. It is probably the only bath area that allows photo since you are not required to strip.

After a 45-minutes bath and sauna, we treat ourselves with ramen and beer. I really love the tatami seating area. It feels a very cozy and warm, almost feel like you're at home.

Here are some tips:

  1. You need to strip bare. Yes! No exception or towel is allowed.
  2. If you're feeling shy (like me) hide in the micro bubble bath tub. The micro bubbles make the entire tub look like it's white, so it is safe to hide inside. 
  3. The place isn't wheelchair-friendly or pram-friendly. 
  4. Best time to go is in the morning 11AM or at night after 9PM. The bath area closes between 9AM-11AM for maintenance. Other areas are open 24 hours.
  5. There are resting area and sleeping area here. You can spend a night here if you're short of cash to book a hotel room or just want a quick nap in between your trip. 
  6. They serve really good cold Asahi beer on the tap.
  7. Be mindful of how much you spend on the food, games and souvenir. It is hard to keep track of your spending with the wrist-band. 
  8. Shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, comb, hairdryer and everything you need is provided for. You don't need to bring it because you will need to leave your belongings outside and no chance to use your own toiletries anyway. 

I highly recommend you to spend your time here, especially towards the end of your trip for a relaxing day at the bath. I know I didn't provide much info and you probably can't imagine how it is like there. So, I found a video that really explains everything about this place. I'm not sure how this guy get to shoot his video there since it is no-photo area, but his video is really helpful. Enjoy:


Nov 1, 2018

Types of Flowers Commonly Used for Bridal Bouquets

You can never deny the fact that women usually search for bridal bouquet ideas before reaching this memorable day of their lives. This can be an advantage because with different types of bridal bouquets that you can choose from, making an advance research will save you time and will also help you come up with the best flower arrangement. As much as possible, you have to go for a bridal bouquet that you can easily match to your outfit so you don’t have to change your mind over and over again.

Popular Flowers for Bridal Bouquets
With the selection of wedding bouquet flowers that you can choose from, it is just normal if you’ll have a hard time decided what flowers to use for your bridal bouquet. Listed below are some of the best types of flowers for the bride and bridesmaids.

  • Tropical Flowers – The weather can be very unpredictable. However, if you are planning a wedding during the summer, then you have to choose flowers that could withstand the heat. You can consider the cymbidium orchids with waxy petals that serve as their defense against the heat and from drying out.
  • Succulents – If the venue of your wedding has a warm and dry climate, then succulents can be an ideal choice for bridal flowers. They have a cool and sculptural look that can be used in creating a unique bridal bouquet.
  • Spray and Filler Flowers – These types of flowers are perfect to fill out a bouquet if ever that you want to add volume. You can come up with a beautiful arrangement if you know how to put them into place.
  • Local Flowers – If you want to save money and get away from the hassle of waiting for the flowers to be delivered, then it is best that you go for local flower shop for your bridal bouquet. This can guarantee you of having fresh flowers on your wedding that will add beauty to your gown.
Getting married definitely requires a careful planning. So if you want to have the best bridal bouquet for this special day within a budget, then you can start your research online as early as possible. Look at the images of different flower arrangements and compare the cost. It is also important that you look for a trusted florist online that could deliver you excellent service at reasonable rates if you want to avoid breaking your wallet.

Oct 31, 2018

The Remainings of Tsukiji Market

You might have read the news that the world-famous Tsukiji market was torn down to make its way for a multi-level carpark construction. The entire market operation has moved to Toyosu, which is about 15 minutes away from the previous location. Although the new location has a better facility and cleaner environment, it can't be compared to the 83-year old Tsukiji market that offers raw fish market experience.

Tsukiji has been the heartbeat of seafood trades for many years and everything it has left there are the results of its heyday. I visited the outer market 2 weeks ago and there are still some stalls operating as usual, even though the internal fish market is no longer there.

Here are some of the food stalls I tried at the outer Tsukiji market:

Despite having an empty stomach, I jump into the grapes and that is the first fruit stall I saw. One small cup cost ¥500 and has mixed red and green grapes. The red ones tasted very riped and you can almost taste the dry red wine aftertaste. And the green ones have a tangy sweetness. I could eat a hundred cups of these grapes. If you were to buy a bunch of these from Isetan, it would probably cost around RM300+. It was a good experience to try them out.

There are a few stalls that are selling Tamagoyaki (egg roll) in Tsukiji, but there is one stall that stands out among the rest. The Marutake tamagoyaki is a popular stall because the owner of the stall is actually a celebrity in Japan. The queue is always long. It cost only ¥100 per stick and it is served fresh and piping hot. It has a sweet taste, it doesn't taste like the usual tamagoyaki we have in sushi restaurants. It took me a few bites to register the taste in my head because I was expecting it to be a bit salty. 

I needed my coffee, so the Yazawa Coffee stall appeared in front of me just in time when I needed a pick-me-up. They use the slow dripping method and all the beans are self-roasted from Ethiopian beans. This stall was featured in the Good Coffee blog, so it's worth a try. My cold milk coffee cost ¥600, which is the price of a Starbucks venti coffee. It isn't cheap in comparison to other stall-based coffee, but the silky smooth taste is all worth every penny.

Spotted some flame-torched hotate (scallop) and immediately I have to try it out. To be honest, I didn't enjoy it much because there are a lot of sands in the scallop. The scallop is huge, even though it doesn't look so in the photo. It took me a while to chew them into pieces and the random sand that pops up really annoyed me.

Most of the food we tried we from random stalls and they were finger food. We finally chose an unagi (eel) store to have a proper lunch. The store has a busy skewer business that sells unagi on skewers. The mixed bowl of unagi and rice is a perfect meal for a busy day. The unagi are freshly cooked and the portion is generous.

If you are a fan of inari sushi, you have to try the inari from Tsukiben stall. They have a few flavours to choose from and I picked the kani ikura (crab with fish roe). The topping is really generous and for ¥500 you will get a filling snack in hand.

There are a lot of stalls that sells premium beef like wagyu. You have to try it because it is cheaper to have it here than going to an actual restaurant. The mister doesn't eat beef due to his religion, so out of respect, I didn't eat any beef as well. If I ever go back there without him, I'll definitely give it a try.

What better place to have fresh oysters than Tsukiji itself? There are plenty of stalls that sell fresh oyster and they are really fresh. Some are just caught in the morning. Just dropping some tips on how to pick your best oysters - choose those oysters that long in shape, instead of those fat and round (just like how you choose a supermodel for a catwalk). The reason is that those fat and round ones have accumulated "dirt" and not safe to be eaten raw. Those oysters need to be cooked before consuming. I learn this from my boss when working in a Chinese restaurant when I was living in Australia. My boss has good knowledge in picking seafood, so I definitely trust him in this department.

Lastly, you have to try the Hokkaido crab. They usually boil it and you can eat it with the sauces that prepared by the stall owner. For ¥2000 for a quarter of the crab, the price is a steal. If you are a fan of crab you will love this a lot.

You can easily spend half a day at the Tsukiji market. Now that most of the stalls have located to Toyosu, the crowd is not as pack as before. But there are also a lot of stalls that moved to the new place. These are the remaining stalls left, which might relocate or maybe they're here to stay.

The market is still very touristy. After the fish market moved away, this place have lost its purpose and retained entirely for the tourist attraction it is famous for. Do expect to pay the tourist price as well. Our entire meal there cost about ¥10000 approximately. So it isn't that cheap. Do bring lots of cash because none of these stalls accept card. As a respect for the Japanese culture, you are not suppose to eat while walking. After you paid for your food, do stand beside the stall to finish your food. Also, bring some wet wipes and tissue paper, you will need that. 

Oct 30, 2018

Tokyo Travel Tips You Have to Read Before Going

There are thousand travel tips on Tokyo on the internet, but I want to share my piece.

  1. Booking AirAsia flight with BigPay
    If you haven't signup for the BigPay card, you have to do so, even more, if you frequently travel. When purchasing my tickets on AirAsia site, I noticed that the add-ons are significantly reduced in price when you pay with BigPay. The meal was supposedly RM40+ for 2 pax, but it was reduced to RM18. And the luggage allowance for 40kg was supposed RM80+ and reduced to RM40+. Initially, I was planning to pay with Maybank2u, but after finding out the BigPay privilege, I closed the window and booked with BigPay.

    Not just that, you can use the BigPay card as your Mastercard when in overseas. The exchange rate is also better if compared to the bank credit cards.

    Signup for your BigPay with my referral code and each of us will receive RM10 bonus: N6HVME9SJZ
  2. Booking hotels
    Do you usually book your hotels on Agoda, Booking or other hotel booking sites? If so, you need to sign up for Shopback cashback program. Shopback partners with many online merchants and when you shop online, you will be entitled to a certain percentage of cashback. The cashback activates when you click on the link in Shopback. The link will redirect to the merchant site, in my case, I book my hotel from Agoda. Once your travel is complete, the cashback will be credited into your account. I have used Shopback multiple times and also withdrawn some of the cashback earnings. I usually go to Shopback then click on the Agoda sites and do my booking as usual.

    Shopback also partners with Lazada, Sephora, 11th Street, Zalora and Hermo, which are the merchant I usually shop at. Within 6 months, I have already claimed RM400+ from the Shopback service.

    Sign up to Shopback with my referral link <<here>> and receive RM5

  3. Wifi
    We booked our pocket Wifi from Klook, picked up the device from KLIA2 departure hall and return it to the same counter. I think the service provider is called Roaming Man. The device was quite durable in terms of battery life. It is much better than the Travel Recommends. The line was uninterrupted and fast. There's really nothing to complain about. In terms of pricing, it is also cheaper compared to buying individual Sim card. I don't have any referral code for this, but I do highly recommend you give it a try.

  4. If you travel by Air Asia, you will reach Haneda Airport around 10PM. After immigration clearance and luggage pick-up, you will probably done by 11PM. My advise is to book one night of hotel stay around Haneda. I check-in into JAL City Haneda Hotel which is around 3km from the airport. There's a 24hour Sukiya restaurant and Family Mart opposite the hotel, so food wasn't an issue around midnight. Other than JAL City Haneda Hotel, there are also Royal Park Haneda and Haneda Excel Tokyu. From the airport, there is a 24 hour free shuttle to these nearby hotels. The price can be expensive, but I think it is worth it to get a good rest and recharge for the next day.

  5. When arriving, as soon as you get out of the immigration and custom checking, you will find the public transport and visitor counter on the right side. I bought my Pasmo card from the counter and it is really convenient. The Pasmo card can be used for train, bus ride and also a payment method in a lot of stores. It's like our Touch N Go card. The card cost 3000 yen, with 1500 yen of credit in the card. Subsequently, you can top up the card at any convenient store or train station if you run out of credit.

  6. Most retails and malls have tax-free shopping available for all tourists. But you can only activate the tax-free privilege when you purchase above 5000yen. Do plan for your shopping in one shop or within one mall. If your purchase is below 5000yen you won't enjoy the tax-free privilege. The tax refund can be claimed at the cashier counter itself, in some cases at a bigger mall, they have a special tax refund counter. This situation is different from another country where you do your tax refund at the airport before leaving the country.

  7. And if you do claim for refund of tax, make sure that your credit card name matches your passport. You can't take your husband's card and your passport to claim for the tax refund.

  8. Don't take it too literally on the distance of train station printed online or on any marketing materials. Trust Google map instead. It might say 100m from the station, but in fact, the distance they measure is from the entrance of the to, let's say a hotel. They didn't factor in the distance you have to walk underground to the actual platform. Expect to walk averagely 5km in a day when you're in the city.

  9. I would recommend you to book a tour package if you're going with elderly or with kids. The walking was OK, but there are a lot of staircase to walk up and down toward the train stations or crossing the pedestrian bridge.

  10. Despite any attempt to resist shopping, you will succumb to all the beautifully arranged merchandise in the shop. Tokyo is well known for the amazing shopping experience. If you are planning to shop a lot, I recommend you to pack a hand carry inside your check-in luggage. When returning, you have an additional hand-carry to pack your stuff. That gives you a lot of space to pack your shopping goods.

  11. For travel tips like where to go, what to eat, what are the new stuff to check out in Tokyo, I highly recommend you to watch the YouTube channel from Paolo from Tokyo. I find his tips are really useful, accurate and worthy to try out. I actually load his video while doing my makeup before leaving the hotel and kinda memorize the places he recommends. So far, his guide was really helpful. After my trip, I actually sent him a small tip for his effort to put up all the videos. If I were to hire a local guide, it would have cost me USD100. I really appreciate his work, so I do recommend you to watch his videos if you're planning your own trip to Tokyo. I think he's Filipino but he speaks perfect English.

That's all for this post. I'm trying to compile all my photos in one place. Unfortunately, I don't have the time at the moment. I hope to share with you some amazing places I went to in Tokyo soon. So, stay tuned. 

The first photo I took when arrived Tokyo.
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