Monday, December 8, 2014

Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar + Dolly Dim Sum @ Avenue K

Took my pirana out because she's back for the holidays once again, so happy to see her pretty face and there will be many more dates to come! She's one of those few friends i can really be myself with and so it's like a treat meeting her ever since she left for Kangaroo land.  

So brunch it was! we were thinking to have something in Bangsar where we would normally have our dates but nah! decided to get out and head to town. i thought of Dolly Dim Sum as it is a relatively new restaurant with a lovely modern version of a traditional chinese tea house located in Avenue K. I also heard some good reviews about their food (despite it being halal, ya no real char siew pao *sad face*).

To our utmost surprise, Fresca Mexican Kitchen was sharing half of the restaurant space! they both share the same owner :)

We were feeling mexican + dimsum so we cross-orders between Fresca and Dolly!

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flawless skin, bij gimme yo skinnnz!
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piglet and duckie
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BBQ Siew Bao
yum yum! sweetness was just nice :)
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Ordinary plain buns? totally deceiving...
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THIS!!!! My mouth waters by just looking at this picture! omg so delicious! The best Egg Custard Bun i've had so far! warm creamy custard yolk gushing out after taking the first bite omgomgomg orgasmic moment in the mouth! I swear I tasted a pinch of caramel in it!

And now.. time for some
Mexican food!
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Beer Battered Fish Tacos
crispy on the outside, flaky on the inside! *thumbs up*
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Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas
this tasted a bit bland despite the overwhelming spice mix but not too bad overall!
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we took so many pictures! the lighting was so good no editing needed :P we shall be back for more dim sum and tacos!
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Love you piraña! Thank you for the belated birthday treat!

till next time!
xx

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dinner @ La Boca, Pavilion KL

Treated my papi and mami to some latin american food, it's nights like these that are the best.. just hanging out with the two people who you're most comfortable with and thankfully my parents aren't uptight or stuffy, most people would describe them as 'Cool' and I can't agree more. Dragged them out to Pavilion's one and only Latino bar for some food because I was starving and I know mom loves nachos! Cheeky and colorful Cuban murals while cha cha beats being played in the background really sets the mood.

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Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie
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Damn girl, you need some chapstick..
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Turkey Ham Calzone 
 Their famous covered pizza filled with generous amount of turkey ham slices and ooey gooey cheese!
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Nachos  topped with Chili, Sour cream, Guacamole and Cheese (duh)
Now that's some serious nacho feast!
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Churros with Dark chocolate and Caramel dips
Yummyumm! 
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no.. it's totally candid OK!
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Felipe photobombed!
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Would you salsa with me? ;)
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xx

Monday, December 1, 2014

New Hair @ The Met KL

Plans turned a bit topsy-turvy because of a little devil's monthly visit, even though i couldn't go through with what was supposed to be in store for me, it turned out to be a great Sunday too! Decided to not only get my hair reshaped but also color it as i'm sick of it's dullness and lack of volume.

Before this my hair was fiery red, absolutely love red hair but every time i wash my hair, i'd die a little inside as i see all that red color streaming down ma body and into the drain. The saddest part is my job doesn't make it any better as i have to frequently wash my hair.

Here are a few pictures before the hair makeover!

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Look at those roots!
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Ever since i discovered The Met KL Hair salon in 2013 right before chinese new year, I've been going to them for my regular haircuts and coloring and every visit is a wonderful experience. They've got excellent service and most importantly their team is well educated, so filled with passion and have many years of experience! 

It's much a relief to find people whom you can trust your hair with. Trust me it's no fun if you've gotta feel doubtful about the person touching your crown, all it takes is one touch and you'd already would be able to judge if the person knows their stuff or not. 

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Got my haircut by Junn this time, he's such a funny person! He asked me to show this picture to my mom and say I've cut my hair short(she'd never believe that her vain daughter would do such a thing in the first place >.<). Apparently this is convincing enough to him *sweat sweat* JUNN I CAN SEE YOUR HAND (¬‿¬) so sorry we didn't get a picture together, NEXT TIME OK? hehe

I arrived at the salon looking for Teng for color consultation but she wasn't around :( (TENG if you're reading this, i miss you leh!! wuwu..)

So i got introduced to their "new" colorist...
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Introducing Randall Wong who is a professional hair colorist...and also the owner of the hair salon! My brain froze for a second when he mentioned that he is DE owner of The Met KL and the fact that he is also L'Oreal's National Education Manager.. and is now my colorist! Woah, felt so privileged! Definitely my lucky day!
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So we agreed on going lighter, but first he had to check the condition of my hair to see how far he could go with the bleaching. Apparently my hair isn't healthy enough to go too light, it's at a Medium level of healthiness(darnit, thought I could turn a complete Blondie there and then!). Anyway I got my hair bleached two rounds, my red base was getting in the way of the process so he had to improvise a little bit.
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How I kept myself sane throughout those 5 hours plus sitting! Mommy was sweet to have packed some fruit salad and barley for me.. I'm so spoilt, be jealous.

After washing off and replenishing my hair with Protein by going through the easy Two-Step Protein Treatment, it was time to reveal...

The gorgeous results!
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*picture credits to Mr. Randall 
Different shades of brown were used to create this look! The color varies under different lighting!
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Thank you Sifu Randall for the gorgeous color :)
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Chuan, who previously was my hair dresser! He happened to be there to help out with a photoshoot. It was soooo good seeing him again after months. Miss our haircut + chit chat sessions!
p.s. no editing needed, don't we look fabulous?
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Wefie time with the Boss! It was my pleasure meeting you, till my next visit :)

Basically it was one of those sit-until-butt-tear kinda day! Beauty comes with pain, but totally worth it.

I also bought new hair care products because mine's finishing! They sell a wide range of REDKEN and Pureology hair care. 

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I've been using Pureology's shampoo and conditioner for months now and it's so far the best! It definitely works well in retaining the hair color and leaving your hair soft and smooth after. This collection that I have is for colored and damaged hair, so its job is to help heal and strengthen! A little squeeze goes a long way as its formula is pretty concentrated. The middle bottle is a leave-in formula to prevent breakage and help strengthen the hair, yes I'm on my way to healthier hair! Hoorayyy! 

Let them transform your look! 

9 President House, Ground floorPARKROYAL KL
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
50250
Till next time!
xx,
Mel

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Taipei 101 Part 2 (August, 2014)

Before arriving in Taipei, the boys were bragging about how most of the girls in Taipei are gorgeous and the percentage of finding a bad looking girl is almost impossible! well obviously i couldn't believe such exaggeration -.-'

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So this is me scouting for some pretty Taiwanese babes in the morning by our mini balcony! ok..I lied, it's just me posing by the balcony :p 

Back to the topic of Taiwanese girls, I've gotta agree that a large number of Taiwanese girls here in Taipei are slim, has legs for days, owns dark colored hair (yes it's rare for you to see girls there with very bright colored hair, which really surprised me as fashion is everything over to them!) and lastly the most obvious trait would be their way of speaking Mandarin, super cute with a sing-song tone which can come across as either adorable or annoying to some people. I personally thought it was fine because it sounded pleasant to the ears, better than speaking in a rude and loud manner.. no? The boys of course were in much fascination, some kind of "eargasm" to them, tsktsk :p

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banana milk was YUMMY!

We decided to travel out of the city area to Jhuzihu, Yangmingshan! The taxi driver got lost for quite sometime on our way to our destination and to make things worse, the driver drove a bit recklessly and to top it off.. the roads in that area didn't have any bumps! HAHA it was quite a hell of a ride. With the help of strangers and the internet we managed to finally find the place! No complains though, the view on the way up was breathtaking and thankfully for the perfect weather, everything went well :)

Kuan Chen Restaurant is a 11 year old Chinese restaurant famous for its mountain chicken and everything else mountain grown, vegetables and etc!

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Being this close to nature is something we Kuala Lumpurians don't experience often at all, felt amazing to be surrounded bygreen green mountains.
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Just like the scene from 22 Jump Street! HAHAHA!
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cute windmill house by a pond with ducks, geese and chicken¯\▁(◔◡◔)▁/¯
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The amount of hungry people waiting for their turn to be seated was overwhelming!
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Sweet boy Jone had to wait for our table number and pre-order the food while we bad people went off taking pictures with the mountains :3 thank you muack muack!
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Boiled Chicken
Fresh and tender! We climbed up the mountain mainly for this and well it was worth the crazy ride ;)
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Crispy Deep Fried Intestine
You'll love this if you enjoy innards, the boys were practically fighting over the last piece!
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Steamed Yam bits with Minced Meat
THIS WAS THE BOMB! i couldn't stop eating it :3 lucky for me not everyone liked yam so LESS MEN MORE SHARE HAHA! :p

ps: the names of the food might not be accurate because everything's in mandarin so i made them up accordingly :) 

More pictures with the almighty mountains :)

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handsome boy Jone :D
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Love this candid shot ƪ(◡♡
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So there were no taxis around AT ALL, we had no choice but to walk down till we found a bus stop along the way. The sweat didn't matter when you're with great company, AWWW :3
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The bus driver was a chatterbox, he couldn't stop rattling off to Jone about what we could do in Taipei and just basically about everything under the sun. Poor jone felt so obliged to listen and respond when he was dead tired from the heat, he ended up falling asleep (his only escape from anymore grandfather stories!!). lol!

We got dropped off safe and sound around the town area and started walking once more!                                                                   
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Our legs brought us to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall located in Zhongzheng District.
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Yang took this shot which i kinda hate...LOL I can't deny i was a bit impressed though.
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spot the similarity :)
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Such weather calls for some famous Taiwanese dessert! Ice Monster here we come!
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We couldn't stop perspiring, especially me who can't stand the slightest heat.. damn the queue was hella long!
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After so much sweat, we've made it to the front ma beetches!
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SOOOOOO FRIGGING WORTH THE SWEAT NO JOKE!
During the lineup, boys asked me what flavor i wanted and being that typical girl i said "Strawberry" and all of them disagreed! wtf right? Ask me for what?? Then they even said there isn't anymore BUT TADAAAAH STRAWBERRY FOR THIS BERRYBITCH! sweet boys :3

So we got Mango, Strawberry and Peanut! A bit regretful that we didn't order their special flavors (partially my fault because i kept insisting on strawberry and mango hehehe) like Milk Tea, Red Bean and etc. They do have hot desserts too and other delish treats! Our favorite was Peanut, that bowl of peanut puree thing is sticky and gooey, goes really well with the fine peanut ice! The prices are a bit on the high side but who cares SO GOOD and underneath all that ice is a generous amount of fresh strawberries and mango! Average of $200 per bowl :)
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The REAL Ice Monster!
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HAHAHAHA, please don't kill me..
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Tired faces and an extra hand digging in.. -.-'

We stopped by 711 to get some food, drinks and snacks!
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How delicious can instant food be anyway? :p 
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cleaned up to chill on the bed for a bit before we decided to go out again for some drinks and food!

was lazy to bring out the DSLR so here are some iPhone pictures :D
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Ended up at a cute Yakitori Restaurant called Tomodachi by the alley in Da'an District which is just a 10 minute walk away from where we were staying. It's ambiance makes you feel like you're in Japan, small and cozy!
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Cheers to good food and friendship!
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Mushroom, yumm yummm!
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Pregnant fish! I can finally appreciate this :3 eggs popping in my mouth!
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FAVORITE! Potato slices topped with roe!
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Grilled Onion, ONIONSSSS!
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Grilled Fish :3
There were probably a few more plates of yakitori but we monsters gobbled it down :D camera eats first? I think not :p
to be continued...

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