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Monday, February 29, 2016

Juicing My Way For a Healthier Start

So, I recently got into a juicing craze after winning this Panasonic Slow Juicer 
(Model: MJ- L500) from Panasonic Malaysia 

This slow juicer is priced at RM 899.00 and is able to produce high quality nutrient juice with its low speed grinding system (the screw rotates slowly and nutrients are not destroyed by friction heat) This way, the nutrition and enzyme in its original form are well preserved. There is no heat and no oxidation during the juicing process.

The slow juicer is able to keep juice longer without separation. 
The photo below speaks for itself.

One thing that I absolutely love about this Panasonic MJ- L500 Slow Juicer is that the residue comes out effortlessly on the left side of the slow juicer (externally) and unlike some other juicers, it is clogged up inside the machine.
Fresh juice that is fine and smooth comes out from the right side and the "pipe" area comes with a knob to control the flow of the juices. I find this very useful to avoid overflowing and messiness. 

This slow juicer is also able to produce smoothies besides the usual juicing. 
But I have not tried on that function yet.

More details on the Panasonic Slow Juicer 
(Model: MJ- L500) here
Recipes here

Mom and I have been discussing on the types of juices we can make every other day.
I have been studying and compiling on "what fruits goes well with what fruits" and here's my compilation list to share with you for those who are also into juicing.
Juicing with greens, seeds and not just fruits.

Discover more healthy eating infographics here

Besides juicing, you can also stay hydrated with the following thirst quenching method- fruits infused water

You can combine lime/lemon, ginger, mint leaves, cucumber 
Soak them overnight and keep it in the fridge. 
Tutorial video here

Happy Juicing and experimenting!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine Sunway Putra

A unique cultural history has made Lebanese Food one of the most popular food of all Middle Eastern Cuisine. Lebanese food focusses on herbs, spices and fresh ingredients without using heavy sauces.

Today, I had the privilege to experience the exquisite taste of Lebanon Cuisine at the Al-Amar Restaurant at Sunway Putra Mall (just opposite PWTC) 

Now, let's take a look at their interior and dining ambience.
Stepping into the doors of Al-Amar, the ambience is a sight to behold. 
 Splendid interior greeted me and is fantastically furnished.
 The lamps here are simply one-of-a-kind, with Middle Eastern influence.
 Paintings that decked the walls of Al-Amar

 Shisha anyone?
 Mirrors shaped with an architectural kind of silhouette adds a touch of Middle Eastern influence in its design. 
 A Persian carpet hanging on the wall completes the look.
 As I walked deeper into the Al-Amar restaurant, I realized the restaurant actually has an outdoor dining area that is breezy.
 Beautifully shaped lamps fill the outdoor area.
Al-Amar serves traditional and authentic Lebanese Cuisine with a 5-star dining experience.
The International Chefs at Al-Amar uses only the finest ingredients including imported herbs and spices mixed with fresh meat and other ingredients for their masterpiece.

I was presented with a mouthwatering 5-course meal as follows and I will introduce to you one by one.

Mezze is a variety of flavourful hot and cold dishes served as appetizers before the main dish.
I kick start my meal with Hommos.
Hommos (RM17.55) is mashed chickpeas mixed with sesame seed paste and a dash of lemon juice, topped with olive oil. It is a dip or spread made from cooked mashed chickpeas that is very high in protein. I love the food presentation.
 Dip it with this special bread. The smooth and creamy texture of the Hommos greeted my taste buds with utmost pleasure. 

Warak Enab (RM18.45) or fondly known as  "yabbrah" or "dolmeh" is basically rice in vine or grape leaves that are stuffed with rice and spices and marinated in a lemon olive oil sauce. They are wrapped and cooked on a layer of vinegar on a light flame. 

It has a sourish taste that is appetizing (Great as a pembuka selera) Afterall it is served as a cold Mezza that kick starts your appetite before the main course.

It's quite interesting how one food type has so many names (depending in which Middle Eastern country you live in) 

Fattouch (فتوش) (RM22.95) is one of the well-known Middle Eastern salads. It comes in a refreshing mixture of tomato, cucumber, lettuce, radish, mint leaves and rockets served with Al-Amar's special sumac dressing. The top fried stuff are actually fried pieces of bread. Looks very interesting. This salad is a combination of mixed greens and other vegetables and is usually sourish in taste. I like this salad best as it's unlike any other salad I have tasted before.

Falafel (RM20.55) or Kufteh (in Farsi) is a deep fried ball made from fried beans and chickpea paste served with tahina sauce and condiments.Falafel is a famous traditional Middle Eastern food. This dish is entirely vegetarian. No meat at all.

Batata Harra (بطاطا حارة) (RM19.35) means spicy potatoes and is a Lebanese vegetable dish. This dish is one of my favourite due to its aromatic nature. This dis consist of fried potato cubes topped with chili powder, garlic, coriander and lemon. The spice used creates a simply amazing mouthwatering combination. 

And here comes the Main Course!!!

Mix Grill (RM62.90)

The mix grill is a platter consisting of one lahem mechwe skewer, one chich taouk skewer and two kafta skewers. The marinated meat is aromatic and exquisite in taste.

 Siyyediyeh (RM44.90) 

Also known as Fisherman's rice. This dish consist of a roasted grouper fish served with fragrant basmati rice cooked with fried onions and spices, served with Al-Amar's special sauce.

Kabbseh Rice (RM13.05) uses fragrant basmati rice mixed with tomato and spices.
Between these two rice, I prefer the Kabbseh Rice as it has a rich tomato taste to my liking.

And here comes the best part. Dessert Time!
We were presented with these tiny cubes or dessert called the Baklava.
Baklava (بقلاوه ) (RM12.15) is a sweet pastry dessert. It is usually garnished with ground nuts.
I find this dessert rather interesting but let me warn you.... It's super sweet. Hence, this pint size is good enough for a sweet tantalizing taste.

Fruit Platter (RM 21.15)
This platter consist of watermelon, kiwi, apples, grapes, dragon fruit and melon.

A big shout out to Mr. Nordin Abdullah, the Executive Director of Glenreagh for his kind invitation.

Blogger friends I met at the event.

 A group shot

 In conclusion, this was what we all had.

 A picture perfect moment with Al-Amar's Executive Chef, Chef Maroun.

Look no further for a 5-star dining experience, Lebanese style.

Check out Al-Amar on these social media platforms.



Instagram: @alamarkl

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Happy Chap Goh Mei

Today marks the 15th day of Chinese New Year and it's Chap Goh Mei!!!
So what does this mean?
Chap Goh Mei is also Chinese Valentine's Day.
There is this Chinese tradition where young unmarried maidens throw Mandarin oranges into lakes and rivers with their names and telephone numbers written on the mandarin orange to help them find their true love, a boyfriend or husband. 
Guys would scoop up the oranges in hopes to find their match too!
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Here's wishing everyone a blessed Chap Goh Mei!

Guys, happy "fishing" for your right maiden.
And ladies, good luck in finding Mr. Right!

Here's wishing all a happily ever after.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The unboxing of KOSE's SEKKISEI

What a pleasant surprise!
This just arrived today and I am so excited to share with you what's inside this big box!
Thank you for sending this over, Kose Malaysia.
Now let's do the unboxing together now, shall we?

The box is filled with lots and lots of love!
And yes, it's February the month of L.O.V.E
What a lovely Valentine gift!

And at the heart of this box is this awesome SEKKISEI Trial Kit.

Glow from within with SEKKISEI's new user kit. 
The SEKKISEI trial kit is priced at RM99 (GST included)

This pack consist of the following:

  • SEKKISEI White Liquid Wash 20ml
  • SEKKISEI Lotion 100ml
  • SEKKISEI Emulsion 70ml
  • SEKKISEI Clear Whitening Mask 10g
  • Bihadagoyomi mask 3pcs
  • Exclusive Setsuko pouch (kimono style or city chic style)

The hot and humid Malaysian weather makes my skin dry at times and it is especially hot during the Chinese New Year. So the SEKKISEI trial kit arrived just on time for me to do some self pampering during this long Chinese New Year week. I can now have glowing and translucent skin when I do my CNY visitations.
Below are the prices for the full sizes.

Sekkisei White Liquid Wash (140ml @RM131.40)

This mild cleansing face wash removes impurities with its soft foam that is gentle to my skin without stripping away moisture. This delicate cleanser is taurine-based leaving my skin clean and hydrated. It also contains Rubus Suavissmus Extract that enhance skin dullness and soothes UV damage.

Sekkisei Lotion (200ml @ RM180.20, 360ml @ RM 275.60)

KOSE's Sekkisei Lotion is refreshing and at the same time enhance skin's translucency.
For a complete face care treatment, the Sekkisei Lotion can be applied around the neck area and behind the ears. This bestseller and star product contains carefully-selected out of 100 types if oriental plants and can be used as a toner or mask (see my tips below on how to use this key product with your bihadagoyomi mask)

Sekkisei Emulsion (140ml @ RM 191.80)

This deep hydrating and whitening emulsion gives me beautifully plump skin. It quickly absorbs into my skin and helps prevent freckles, dark spots and dryness. 

Sekkisei Clear Whitening Mask (80g @ RM94.30)

KOSE's Clear Whitening Mask is a gentle peel-off-mask that helps remove blackheads, dead skin cells and improves skin dullness. It hydrates at the same time too!
It also helps tighten skin for a more refined and smoother skin texture. It awakens translucency from within. It contains Red Oolong tea extract which helps tighten pores and Chinese Quince extract for sebum control. The nano-sized black powder allows the mask to spread easily.

Bihadagoyomi Mask (3 pieces)

KOSE Bihadagoyomi Lotion Mask, a convenient tablet mask that delivers maximum benefits of lotion into skin, is made of liquid absorbing materials. 
The soft edges fit different facial shapes for an effective beauty treatment.

How to use:
Place the tablet inside the bottle cap and pour your favourite lotion into the cap. When the tablet absorbs enough liquid, unfold and place it over face. Leave it on for about 5 minutes.

My skin feels hydrated and it's time to "pan leng leng"

Masaaki Hara, Managing Director of KOSÉ Malaysia, commented, “We live in a world where everything is about efficiency. We want everything quickly and instantly, and because of that, sometimes we forget to enjoy ourselves. The essence of SEKKISEI lies in using oriental plant extracts to help reveal more beautiful skin. I believe that a good skincare regime not only benefits the complexion, but also improves one’s mood. Take time to experience your favourite SEKKISEI products – after a long day, it’s very therapeutic to pamper your skin. I hope that with the introduction of our icon, Setsuko, young women in Malaysia will be able to feel the benefits of SEKKISEI for themselves.”

Ain't this a pretty Sakura inspired packaging.

Lastly here's wishing all my friends and readers 

For more information about SEKKISEI and its new special edition trial kit, follow KOSÉ Malaysia on Facebook or
visit the KOSÉ Malaysia website at


SEKKISEI, which originated from Japan has been trusted and adored by a great number of women since its release in 1985. As a pioneer in whitening skincare, SEKKISEI is committed to help women attain bright and translucent skin with glowing radiance, just like fresh snow.

SEKKISEI products are designed and created for skin translucency. They harnesses the power of Oriental Herb extracts, which are carefully-selected from about 100 different herbs. Much research had been conducted to develop SEKKISEI, and to achieve the fine balance between oil and water content to result in its fine-textured lotion. Its fine texture, hydrated “snow-white” skin effect has made it KOSÉ’s best-selling product, with more than 48 million bottles of SEKKISEI Lotion sold since its release 30 years ago.

SEKKISEI is available in 15 countries around the world. It will continue to provide high quality products and inspire women around the world to have beautiful and radiant skin.