Friday, August 26, 2016

[ADV] E Nailspa - Acrylic Gel Manicure & Magnetic Gel Pedicure

For those who follow me on Instagram would have noticed that I’ve got my nails done recently! This time, I went for acrylic gel with ocean-themed design in preparation for my upcoming trip to Redang. It will be my first visit to the island in East Coast (damn jakun lololol) and I heard that our islands are way more beautiful than the usual touristy islands we visit in Thailand. Super excited already!


Gotta show you the final outcome before anything else. Absolutely love the dual tone gel colour and the intricate waves design that my manicurist put in so much effort to draw on my nails meticulously. And those adorable seashells, starfish and tiny pearls! *heart-eyed*

My manicure and pedicure pampering session was done at E Nailspa located at Desa Sri Hartamas. It didn’t take me long to find the nail salon as it is located at one of the shop buildings right behind Souled Out. Parking was not an issue as there is a basement parking at the building itself. Alternatively you may park at the outdoor parking space outside Souled Out. As for me, I was lucky to have spotted a car vacating a perfect spot right outside the building! Teehee.



Situated on the first floor of the shop building, E Nailspa is safe from the hustle bustle of the restaurant and bar businesses within the vicinity. The salon is cosy, properly furnished with English-themed wallpaper and furniture which make you feel instantly at ease.





Super adorable bunny cushion!



It is also fully equipped with quality products and hygienic tools expected from a professional nail salon. I was impressed as unlike some nail salon, E Nailspa is well-ventilated and is free from nail polish stench.






Plenty of sample nail arts for you to get your inspiration. Meanwhile, owner  Emanda Chong gave me some suggestions for my nail art and colours. I was tempted to go for the black and white flower design but nah, I had to stick to my ocean-themed nail art! Next time perhaps.



There were altogether 5 armchairs at the nail salon! Must have been quite an investment as it was super comfy and makes one feel like a Queen. LOL. I have never felt so comfortable resting on an armchair at a nail salon. No wonder they call it a pamper session. Just the chair itself is a good form of pampering.




My manicurist who graduated from the O.P.I. Academy. Thanks for attending to my special requests. And thumbs up to her exemplary skills for making my nails so perfect! Everything was carefully done without any missing edge.




Don’t worry about the stick-on items falling out one by one as it was done by acrylic gel. Or to explain in layman term, first the manicurist would stick them one by one with glue, then apply a few coating of transparent acrylic gel onto your nails and dry them with UV light. The acrylic gel would be thick and strong enough to hold the stickers to make sure they don’t fall. Should be able to last for a month if you take good care of it.




Next up was 3-step Spa Pedicure. After some good scrubbing, my feet immediately felt so much cleaner and smoother. Foot mask was applied thoroughly and generously, after which my feet were wrapped for the next 15 minutes before the mask was rinsed off.

I had some dilemma when it came to choosing the design for my toe nails. Initially I wanted white base with stars and pearls stickers, the same as my fingernails. But Emanda did not think that it was a good idea as the stickers would not last on my toe nails since I wear covered shoes to work daily. Instead, she recommended me the latest magnetic coating which will be the upcoming trend. I have seen this effect on their Instagram which is rather new and interesting, so why not! The magnetic coating comes in either silver or gold. It works best with darker base so I opted for dark blue with golden magnetic coat.



I was intrigued by how it works. After applying the normal gel colour, my pedicurist applied a layer of that special coating onto the entire toe nails. After that, she would use a magnetic tool to make the coating gather at the centre of the nails. Couldn’t take my eyes off the whole time, never had such canggih pedicure session before! LOL.




The end result was stunning. The special magnetic coating gives you a marbling illusion from various angles.

Price list for the above: Gel Manicure RM90 + Nail Art RM120, Gel Pedicure RM110 + 3D Magnetic Art RM10, 3-Step Spa RM90.

Of course, if you want to drop by for a quick fix on your nails, they do provide the most basic express manicure for only RM25. Pricing differs depending on what you choose! :)





Referral program for E Nailspa customers: refer a friend and get 5% off your next visit!

Call up and make your appointment before you visit to avoid disappointment as E Nailspa may be fully booked especially during the weekend. We all deserve a good pampering session and beautiful nails ^^



E Nailspa
Address: 30-1, Jalan 30/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
(behind Souled Out)

Tel: 03 - 6143 2288

Operating Hours:
Tues – Sat 11am – 8pm;
Sun 11am – 6pm
(closed on Monday)


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pokemon Go: Guide for Beginners


Pokemon Go is finally released in Malaysia! The long-anticipated game has caused much excitement over the weekend to fellow Malaysians. Like many other Pokemon Masters, I installed the game and went outdoor for some actions as soon as I found it available on App Store. As for those who have no clue yet, I have listed down 10 basic guides for beginners:


1. You can get Pikachu as your starter Pokemon. When you first joined the game, you will see 3 Pokemon: Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander by your side. However, did you know that there is actually a 4th Pokemon, Pikachu? Just walk away from these 3 until they disappeared, reappeared repeatedly, and at the 4th time they reappeared, you will see Pikachu shows up. Capture Pikachu as your first starter Pokemon, not just ecause its cute, but its rare and almost impossible to be found unless it is hatched from Pokemon Egg.



2. Stop by every PokeStop you come across to collect PokeBalls, Pokemon Eggs and other items. PokeStops are those with blue icons which will change shape when you are close by. Tap it, spin it, and you will see items falling out. Once the icon turns purple, the items will automatically fall into your bags (don't need to tap on them one by one).




3. Switch off the camera function (AR at top right corner) for easier catch and throw your PokeBalls towards the Pokemon when its ring appears smaller. This would increase your chance of capturing it. There are different colours of ring, each with different level of difficulties by increasing order: green, yellow, orange, red. Some suggest spinning the PokeBall before throwing it out, but if you aren’t that skillful yet, this may cause you to lose control of the angle and end up missing an easy target.

4. Transfer duplicate Pokemon to Professor in exchange for 1 candy. But first you need to arrange your Pokemon by A-Z order. This would give you a clearer view of your catch. The candies are essential for your Pokemon to evolve later on.



5.  Place the Pokemon Eggs you have collected into the incubator to hatch. There are 2km, 5km and 10km eggs. Driving does not work as the speed limit is capped at 20kmh. So get your lazy ass out there and walk! Who knows you might be able to hatch a rare Pikachu? 

6.  At Level 5, you are to pick your team: Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue) or Valor (red) before you are granted access to gyms for fights and trainings. According to many articles online, Mystic is the most popular team followed by Valor and Instinct. Most of the fights at the gyms overseas involved between Mystic and Valor whereas Instinct is just minding its own business most of the time. Based on my observation in Malaysia, I have come across gyms dominated by Team Instinct though. Choose your team wisely as there is no switching later on. In case you are wondering, I am from #TeamValor ^^



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7.  Don’t hesitate to catch all Pidgeys, Caterpies, Rattatas and Weedles which could be found anywhere. You will need them for mass evolution later on (read point No. 9). Just catch as many as possible, transfer some to accumulate enough candies, and leave some to evolve when time is right.




8.  Never evolve your Pokemon at the early stages or you will end up wasting your candies. When you are at a low level, the Pokemon you catch are all with lower CP compared to those caught after you leveled up. If you evolve a Pokemon with low CP, chances are you will catch another same Pokemon with a higher CP and the evolved one will end up in Professor’s possession.



9.  Make the full use of Lucky Egg given after Level 9 to level up fast. You have 30 minutes to use that Lucky Egg. First, make sure you have enough Pokemon and candies to evolve. Then, you need to find a PokeStop. Place a Lure Module at the PokeStop as well as Incense around you. Both Lure Module and Incense will attract Pokemon around you (can be used at the same time cause both would attract different Pokemon). Evolve as many Pokemon as you can during this crucial 30 minutes as each evolution grants you 1000XP (500 XP only without Lucky Egg). During the 30 minutes, I managed to evolve over 20 Pokemons and jumped up from Level 11 – Level 14! In between that, catch all the Pokemons that are attracted by the Lure Module and Incense. Lucky egg doubles up the XP gained for catching them too.
  


10. Pokemons are more likely to show up around PokeStops and places where Pokemon Master gather. Despite the idea that wild Pokemon should be found at secluded forests or lakes, most of the Pokemon can be found at popular areas such as KLCC. In fact, KLCC park is like a wild life sanctuary with numerous Pokestop! Chances are you will run out of PokeBalls so make sure you keep walking and spinning those PokeStops. During my visit there, I noticed that fellow Pokemon Masters have used the Lure Module function on some of the PokeStops which as its name suggests, would attract Pokemon and benefit the public. It was no surprise we noticed there was a mass hunting outdoor throughout the entire afternoon like never before.



Let’s catch them all! XD

Monday, July 18, 2016

Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy & Food Festival 2016

[Upcoming Event]
Ever since its revamp, Atria Shopping Gallery has attracted many more shoppers with the variety of food and fashion tenants. I was truly amazed by its transformation the first time I visited after it reopened. It was new, modern and trendy, very much better than how it used to be back then. Thanks to its close proximity to my workplace, it has also become one of my regular lunch time hangout spots. 
The new Atria Shopping Gallery is OSK Property’s first flagship mall, a total transformation of the old mall to cater to today’s trends and tastes. The new Atria’s interior is inspired by the natural beauty and exquisite forms found in the Malaysian tropical rainforest, which provides an ambience that is warm and welcoming and most importantly – modern! With its new tenant mix, the shopping offers shoppers total shopping and dining experience and has everything from health and fitness, kids and entertainment, fashion, beauty, IT, home and living, and a Village Grocer.
This month, Atria Shopping Gallery will be having a comedy and food fest where you can expect one and a half hours of rib-tickling jokes as some of the top Malaysian stand-up comedians keep you entertained and help you forget your blues at special sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the Ground Floor.
The food festival will be happening on the Concourse Floor from 20 to 31 July 2016 featuring some of the mall’s tenants as well as outside vendors. In conjunction with the fest, Malaysia’s most famous culinary personality Datuk Chef Wan will share his delicious recipes and demonstrate his cooking skills.

Being a glutton, there's nothing other than a variety of good food that can gain my absolute attention. Along with the girls, I visited some of the food and beverage outlets that will be participating in the upcoming fest at Atria Shopping Gallery. All the way up to the third floor of the shopping centre which houses a whole variety of restaurants, cafes and F&B outlets.

I Love Yoo!

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I believe that fellow Malaysians are familiar with this outlet which can be seen in many major shopping malls. I Love Yoo! is known for their traditional Chinese favorites including ‘You Tiao’ and ‘Tau Foo Fah’ and they only use 100% fresh and new palm oil for frying, non-genetically modified soy bean and high quality ingredients. This was our very first stop where we had our breakfast which consisted of red bean and peanut sesame balls, soya bean, you tiao and Hainanese coffee.
What a great start to our weekend! 
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Glutton alert LOL :x

Hometown Chinese Restaurant

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Next we visited Hometown Chinese Restaurant to try their Traditional Pork Noodle Soup (RM15.90++) and Mince Pork Noodles with Chicken Drumstick (RM15.00++). According to the restaurant, these 2 dishes were the bestsellers and a favourite among patrons especially during lunchtime. The portions were pretty big and the pricing quite reasonable for a restaurant in a shopping mall.
Marble tables, ceramic tea pot and rose wood furniture - we certainly enjoyed our dining session at this restaurant setting reminiscent of the olden days.

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Pho Vietz

Pho aka Beef Noodle Soup
Pho aka Beef Noodle Soup
Pho Vietz is one of the restaurants I frequent during lunch hour. As the name suggests, this Vietnamese restaurant is famous for its Pho aka beef noodle soup (RM17.90++) which consisted of vermicelli soaked in a really flavourful broth made from beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onions, ginger, and spices. From my experience, the restaurant gets quite busy during lunch and dinner so make sure you go early if you intend to dine there.

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Vietnamese Baguette
Vietnamese Baguette is influenced by the French during the colonial era but is localised with traditional Vietnamese flavours
Vietnamese Beef Stew which comes with either baguette or rice
Vietnamese Beef Stew which comes with either baguette or rice and features deliciously tender chunks of beef in a thick sauce that we moped up with the baguette
We tried the Vietnamese coffee with milk which imparted a really fragrant aroma and a rich taste. Be careful not to add too much condensed milk though!

Go Thai

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We were served a rather scrumptious meal at Go Thai, a Malaysian-owned restaurant with an all-Thai kitchen team that specialises in Thai street fare. The restaurant is set-up with colourful street food scenes on the walls, intended to give you the feeling of being on a Thai street but in the air con comfort of a mall. BBQ skewers are a highlight, showcasing a strong inspiration from the northeastern Isan region. 
We took a tour to the kitchen and were amazed to see the division of labour – the staff specialise cooking only one (1) type of food – grill, soup and others like a true hawker stall should be. The kitchen was also squeaky clean and there’s also a hotel grade dishwasher which ensures that all the dining ware and cutlery are spotless.
The outlet at Atria is the second after the first one in SS2, Petaling Jaya and has a menu that doesn’t boast many items of food. This is intentionally done so that the quality of the food is emphasized instead of an outlet which features a huge variety of items but doesn’t specialise in any.

Seafood tom yum!
Thai dining experience is never complete without a good serving of tom yum! Our seafood tom yum was sufficiently spicy and full of seafood including squid, prawns and mussels
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My favourite of all! Moo Ping (charcoal grilled pork fillet) – deliciously tender and smoky pork fillets which are the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold Thai beer!
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Khao Kha Moo (stewed pork leg with rice)
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Mango Sticky Rice for dessert
The restaurant also has a value set for three (3) pax for just RM49.90.
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My favourite was the Thai Green Curry!
Thai Green Curry was fragrant, flavourful and rich!
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Eggu

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Last but not least, we headed over to Eggu for more desserts! Eggu serves soft serve ice cream, and crispy eggettes come in flavours such as original, choco chips, butterscotch, green tea, charcoal and banana. The signature creation is the “Eclipse”, a combo eggettes and premium soft serve ice-cream. The soft serve ice cream is creamy and not too sweet, while the eggettes add a nice variance in texture when eaten together with the ice cream.

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Eclipse (RM15.90) Twist (RM8.50) which is a combination of premium dark chocolate and milk chocolate
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Besides the outlets above, there will also be Yummy Asia, Mad Hatter Desserts, and Stick Arts – Italian Artisan Gelato.
Stick Arts is the official license holder of the World's First 3D flower bouquet Hello Kitty.
Stick Arts is the official license holder of the World’s First 3D flower bouquet Hello Kitty.
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Here’s the list of show times:
Thursday, 21 July | 8pm | Jonathan Atherton
Friday, 22 July | 8pm | Dato Chef Wan
Saturday, 23 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay
Thursday, 28 July | 8pm | Gajen
Friday, 29 July | 8pm |Jonathan Atherton
Saturday, 30 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay
Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Mashi & Friend (Opening Act)

The stand up comedians are known in the local comedy scene and will have their first ever show at Atria.
Papi Zak
Papi Zak is definitely the “biggest” stand up comedian in Malaysia. Born in Egypt and raised in other different countries, he is the true definition of a third culture child. He is a gut-grabbing performer who has no qualms about opening his mouth and letting all manner of things fly out. It’s all these things that make Papi Zak one of the hottest comedians around.

Kavin Jay
Kavin, one of Malaysia’s most underrated comics, is a rapid-fire grumpy joke telling machine. He may be grouchy but does it with such panache, you can’t help but laugh. He is an integral part of the comedy revolution in Malaysia and a regular host and performer for TimeOut KL Comedy Thursday.

Jonathan Atherton
Jonathan, an actor, comedian, traveller and raconteur, is no newcomer to the entertainment industry. As a teenager he pursued an acting carer. He made his debut in The Mango Tree, then went on to play television and theatre roles.

Gajen Nad
Gajen, also known as “Malaysia’s First Chindian Comedian” is no stranger to the limelight, appearing in Monash University student magazine Monga, getting interviewed by Capital FM, and even having NTV 7 film a documentary about his career as a stand-up comedian.

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How can you get tickets to the show?
Shoppers who spend RM100 and above in not more than two (2) accumulated receipts are entitled to redeem two (2) free tickets to the comedy show. Redemptions can be made at the Concierge Counter located at the Concourse Floor, while tickets last. Comedy ticket holders will also stand a chance to win Atria Gift Vouchers worth up to RM5,000.

For more info on Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy and Food Fest 2016, head over to http://www.atria.com.my/whats-on/news-events/comedy-food-festival-a-belly-full-of-laughs.html

Atria Shopping Gallery is located at:
Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography for Atria Shopping Gallery