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Friday, May 27, 2016

Jurlique's Marshmallow Root Goodness

Jurlique showcased their new and highly concentrated Activating Water Essence to the members of the media recently. We walked through a beautiful garden landscape of REAL flowers. Scroll down to see how beautiful the garden is.
Beautiful landscaped garden walk through that is picture worthy!
These colourful roses were my favourite! The sight of this just cheers me up.

Members of the media simply cannot resist taking beautiful shots of this landscape.
After the walk through, we were seated in this area for the media briefing session.

Mr. Eddie Wong, Marketing Manager of Jurlique Malaysia with his opening speech.

Mr. Thomas Ng, Managing Director of  Essential Remedies Concept Sdn. Bhd that manages the Jurlique Brand in Malaysia addresses the members of the media.

The ever cheerful Ms. Virginia Wong, Marketing Director of Jurlique Hong Kong

Ms. Sharmaine, trainer from Jurlique Malaysia sharing with us the benefits of Jurlique's latest product, the Jurlique's Activating Water Essence with a special ingredient, the Marshmallow Root Extract. 
The Activating Water Essence hydrates the skin, which in turn enhances the performance of your serum and moisturiser, and leaves you with rejuvenated skin.
What’s truly innovative about this product is that it captures the vital living energy of plants to continuously hydrate*, soften and revitalise the skin.
Its main active ingredient, our biodynamic† Marshmallow Root extract, deeply hydrates your skin while improving its ability to retain moisture.

And it really works. 88% of women who used Activating Water Essence daily for 14 days said their skin felt continuously hydrated.*

The Activating Water Essence will be available nationwide at Jurlique by July 2016.
We were given a feel of the actual Marshmallow root that day. 
We were asked to feel the inner core of the roots. It felt soft, slippery and moist on the inside.

Marshmallow Root contains a high percentage of a thick, syrup-like liquid called mucilage, which has intensive hydrating, softening and balancing properties.
Our new Activating Water Essence captures the purity and potency of our biodynamically† grown Marshmallow Root to continuously hydrate*, soften and revitalise your skin.
And by doing so, it embodies our founding vision: to capture the healing power of nature to inspire people to health and wellbeing.
Activating Water Essence is the hydration activation step of every skin care ritual. When applied after our Toning Mists and before serum, it activates the skin in three ways: Hydrates, Conditions, Revitalises. It also prepares the skin to absorb the full benefit of the rest of your ritual.

The table was beautifully displayed with a variety of plants. Afterall, Jurlique is known for its organic nature.
A closer look at the props on the table for that beautiful shot!

The food they served at the event was soooooooo goood and beautifully presented.
Overall the ambience was great!
Wonder which catering company they hired.

As a memento, we each got to bring home our very own creation in a glass jar filled with a combination of dried marshmallow roots, dried roses and lavender.

Thank you for having me at your event. 
A shot to remember. Seen here are two of my gorgeous blogger friends Kelly and Illy with me.
And the Jurlique team.

For more exciting news, follow Jurlique on their social media platforms.

Instagram: @jurliquemy

About Jurlique

Jurlique has been a leader in natural skin care for more than 30 years. 
Our purpose is to inspire people to wellbeing through a connection to nature.

Goin' Coco Loco

Imagine yourself by the sea side enjoying a sip of this cool coconut water. 
Ahhhhh..that's paradise. 
You can also find your paradise in the form of King's latest limited edition of Potong Ice Confection in COCONUT Flavour.
I really love the outer box packaging and to me this is a box of paradise.
There is noting better than to indulge in this refreshing King's Potong ice pop to keep the hot weather at bay.

On first bite, I am already addicted to this product's taste. Yes it's pretty addictive! Also upon nibbling the Potong Ice Cream longer I can actually bite and feel the coconut bits. I'm not kidding you. I would rate this 9/10.

In its continuous effort to cater to the Asian taste palate, King’s Potong is continuously looking for local favourites that whet the appetite of all Malaysians so that they may enjoy a ‘Potong’ of their favourite flavour. Just as King’s was researching, the coconut – a Malaysian all-time favourite came to mind and that’s how King’s Potong now has the coconut flavour!

King's Potong rekindles the joy of the good old days where we enjoy the simple things in life. Having a potong ice cream certainly brings back memories of my childhood days.
It is fully imported from Thailand, using the freshest ingredients and is free from any artificial flavourings. The King's Potongmultipack (6 x 60ml) retails at RM9.30 per pack while the loose sticks (60ml) retails at RM1.60 per piece inclusive of gst. It is available at all leading hypermarkets and supermarkets starting May 1st.


For more information on F&N Creameries, please visit

About F&N Creameries (M) Sdn Bhd
F&N Creameries (M) Sdn Bhd (formerly known as King's Creameries) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of food, beverage and property conglomerate Fraser and Neave, Limited. The company has its manufacturing facilities in West Malaysia, and produces a full range of certified HALAL ice creams from take home tubs to sticks in both unique and traditional flavours. The ice cream is marketed to a myriad of customers including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau and Canada.

Having just celebrated its 40th birthday in February 2015, the company has been awarded Veterinary Health Mark (VHM), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and most recently, was again awarded with the prestigious Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000. This marks another milestone in the Group's objective in achieving product excellence while delivering great value to its customer. The company's other achievements include obtaining Superbrand's endorsement. This prestigious achievement represents the highest mark of brand status for the company. The company manages its own stable of established ice cream brands consisting of a portfolio of all-time favourites for instance MAGNOLIA, KING’S, JWEL and MEADOW GOLD.
The company has always believed in giving back to the community, and has generously donated to charities that support the underprivileged.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cuti-Cuti Malaysia - Sekinchan

It was a lazy Saturday morning where me and some primary school mates embarked on a roadtrip to Sekinchan. We have been planning this 2 months ahead and toying with the idea of a local gateway for our Cuti-Cuti Malaysia trip. Lush fields of greenery and clear blue skies greeted us on a beautiful Saturday morning with the sun shinning brightly. It is a great day for photography at the paddy fields. The trip to Sekinchan was about an hour plus from our place in Petaling Jaya. The ride was fun as we killed time catching up on the good old days and listening to some beautiful Korean music on the way there.
The above picture with clear blue skies were taken from Day 2 at 8.00am versus the following photos taken when we arrived at Sekinchan by 10.30am. Such a huge contrast!
So the moral of the story is that if you want clear blue skies and super green fields, take your shots between 8am - 9am. The skies do not look that blue after 10 plus. 

A closer look at the "paddy"
The crops are green and in some areas they are turning slightly yellow in time for harvest.

Our first stop was at Ah Ma House. Address and contact details are at the end of this blogpost. Don't forget to see the well planned itinerary at the end of this blogpost.
A windmill greeted us at the main entrance of Ah Ma House. Perfect for photo taking. If you notice that small hut at the side of the windmill, it actually holds a chain of padlocks.

Ah Ma House is set in a vintage looking ambience with lots of traditional items dated back from my childhood. Old cushion sofas, rattan chairs and tables, old Glass cupboards, old TV set....etc I felt that I was transported back in time...back to the 70's.

On display were even old phones and I mean really old ones where you can whack someone hard in the head (as big as a water tumbler)
A vintage sewing machine and old cameras on display

Misc Vintage items. Some I have seen and used during my grandmother and great grandmother's time.

How lovely! A Vespa made from rattan. You don't see these things often.
I jumped in joy when I saw my childhood sweets sold there. This brought back memories.

Local ice cream. Looks like Asam Boi Flavour. I tak beli to try.
We hired this Vintage Limo to take us on a tour around the paddy fields. 
It only cost RM5 per person. 
Belakang can fit dua orang.
As we passed the street a white Limo passed by. Hello there! We waved.
We passed by this much raved about container hotel which we wanted to stay but it was fully booked even 2-3 months ahead. So take photo only lor....buat kenangan. 
Our friendly driver brought us on a 20 minute merry-go-round tour along the banks of the paddy fields and allowing is to stop at the best spots for photo opportunity.
He was very patient and accommodating and even helped us take a group shot.

Here's a look at some shots that I took while circling the paddy fields.

Green Green Grass of Home

 In case you didn't know this is a Kunci air (literal translation water key)
It controls the main flow of water for the crops.

After a smooth ride back to Ah Ma House we bought some crackers and items and headed off to our hotel.

We checked in to this beautiful hotel called A+ Hotel (A Plus Hotel)
 A beautiful mural greeted me at the entrance.
 Cute barrel seats and table outside the hotel.
 Plus a bright red scooter that my friend is riding
We were well received by this leng lui at the front desk. 
At the front desk do take note on the name cards on display at the right corner. Ada tempat makan best that is recommended. If that is not enough, the Hotel was so considerate in providing and making sure you can find some good eats around. We were given a simplified map of Sekinchan and a list of restaurants with QR Codes that when you can it will lead you straight to the restaurant via waze. There is also a summary of what famous dishes to order at specific restaurants. I was truly amazed at their level of service. How thoughtful.

I love the lobby. At the front desk you can see a half body of a Volksvagen that compliments the interior so well. That piece is the centre of attraction of the whole lobby. It is also surrounded by Vintage paintings and I must say the whole ambience was amazing. 
Great for photography.

Here's a look at the rooms. It is clean and simple. We manage to fit three in a room.

What was the deciding factor that we chose this hotel? My gf did some research and found that they have a really nice garden at the rooftop of this hotel. Since we love photography, we thought this is the perfect place to shoot. Here's a virtual tour of the garden rooftop which is only accessible to guests of this hotel (cause a key card is required when you travel up the lift)


More details on the A Plus Hotel here
It is located at a very strategic location and next to the Police Station and facing the main road. You won't miss it!
For room reservation pls call 03-32415555 / 03-32417777

Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan aka finding food.
Remember the QR Code list? Well here's some of the recommended restaurants from the list.
We finally settled for this Restaurant Bagan Sekinchan for dinner.

Pantai Redang and its wishing tree.
What you see hanging here are all wishes of people who prayed at the temple and made a wish.  

Here's how I did it. With just one try, my red wishing ornament was successfully secured on one of the branches of this wishing tree. Hopefully my wish will come true. What did I wish for? Hehehe it's a secret la.....If tell already may not materialize.

So after making our wishes, we continued to jalan-jalan until we stumbled upon this Coca-Cola container which we thought looked interesting. Photo time again!

We noticed a stairway that leads all the way up to the roof top of the container. We found our " hidden treasure" in the form of a rewarding ice-cool ice cream parlour!

Besides eating ice cream, we also had a spectacular view from the top of the Coke container.

At the beach during sunset
It's not every other day I get to enjoy and view sunset by the beach. 
I truly treasure this moment.

This Pantai Redang is very popular among the locals and tourists alike, Check out the crowd.

Sea shells on the sandy beach

A sight to behold

A cute little doggie I spotted at the beach
How innovative! Chairs made to become swings hanging from the trees.
Aunties seen here leisurely reading and enjoying themselves sitting on these chair swings.

Fishing Village

Bagan Sekinchan is the main fishing village in Sekinchan. Look at the serene, quiet and peaceful view of these shots. Ahhhhhhhh......How relaxing and calm it is. Enjoy the stress free moment.

As we were walking down some alley fishball hunting, we saw another pretty sight.

 Buying Fishball and Yong Tau Foo 

Drying items in the sun
 Foo Chuck drying in the sun

Right across the road we started our "aunty/see lai" shopping session. 
We bought some fish balls and foo chuck there. Har mai is also a good buy in Sekinchan.

Fish Hunting at Bagan Sekinchan.
We went to the town area and noticed one particular shop selling fishes of all kinds. 
I bought some sek pan fish home for mom and some prawns and they were super fresh!

Day 2 Breakfast
Our adventure started on day 2 where we went and hunt for food and got lost in the sawah padi maze and going in circles. Finally we found the Riri Fatt Coffee Shop which is just a stone's throw away from our hotel. In fact it's just across the main road.

 Pumpkin Pan Mee Riri Fatt. Riri Fatt
This was pretty unique. It's not every other day you find Pan Mee made of pumpkin.

After breakfast we went back to our hotel to shower and rested till 12.30pm before checking out. Time to hunt for food again. This time for lunch. But along the way, we got lost again. Waze brought us deep into the hutan kelapa sawit. We stopped and spotted some cows crossing and wazed ourselves out again. Luckily this time the coffee shop that we have been looking for showed up in waze. We were heading towards Kedai Kopi Shin lok in Jeram where their wu kok and pau is super famous.

Lost in the woods
Finally it was reward time but we had to wait like almost half an hour for the wu kok and pau from this famous place.
The wu kok is served fresh and demand for both the pau and wu kok was so great that customers had to wait and line up for half an hour.

Overall we had a great time although we got lost twice. 
Here's our itinerary to share with you. Hope you'll find this useful.
Credits goes to my girlfriend, Woon Ida for making this remarkable itinerary plan for us.

We did not manage to cover Kuala Selangor for the fire flies due to the distance and weather. Till then and happy planning for your trip to Sekinchan. I hope you find this blogpost useful. Oh! Bring your own icebox to ferry the fresh fish home. It's a must buy!