Thursday, February 3, 2011

WEvents - An Intimate Affair

Some time ago, yours truly came across a blog post about a WEvents organized event sponsored by Nose and well attended by working women Klang Valley wide. Check it out here. I was intrigued by the fact that there existed a group of women that organised social events for women only, to empower women of this modern era - in terms of health, beauty and more. :)

When I heard of their latest event, sponsored by Xixili and aptly entitled - An Intimate Affair, I knew I had to go. So Sabrina and I signed up and headed over to Italiannies @The Gardens on the 27th of January for a WEvents experience.

Upon arrival at the registration counter, we were greeted with warm smiles and friendly hellos. After paying the RM10 fee (exclusive for WEvents members, non-members=RM30), we were promptly handed goodie bags and asked to pick apples... yes.. apples.

The apple we picked was supposed to describe our personality, Sab picked vivacious and I picked sexy. Hmm..

The event was held in a private area inside Italiannies. Nice :)

I love looking through goodie bags hehe, who doesn't? We all got angpow packets, a golden book wallet and a discount calender from Xixili, a copy of the latest Gorgeous magazine, and a stalk of red rose each from Petalbees Florist & Gifts.

Us happy with our roses.

Part of the crowd that night.

Italiannies provided free flow canapes and ice lemon tea all throughout the event as well. Canapes consisted of 3 types of bruschetta, 2 types of pizzas and bread pudding.

Our busy waitress making sure everyone is fed.

Seafood bruschetta, tomato bruschetta and my fave, mushroom bruschetta.

Check out the spread :)

The night started off with an opening message from Joanne Khoo, CEO of Xixili Intima Sdn Bhd, who I thought looked very young for her age.

Followed by speaker Josephine Leong, who taught us about how to find the right fit in terms of cup and band size. Extremely enlightening as she even taught us how to find the right bra for different breast shapes and showed us what a wrong bra fit looked like. What helped the most was she used a live model to demonstrate all these.

After the helpful session the model proceeded to exihibit Xixili's latest collection which in my opinion was fab. Especially the bustier piece underneath the nightie shown in the pic above, it was utterly ravishing, believe me. Just go into any Xixili and look for a bustier with similar threadwork.

True to the saying "save the best for last", the Xixili team gave out vouchers for one free bra at the end of the event. Yes you heard right, ONE FREE XIXILI BRA. Woots!

Would I go for another WEvents social event? You betcha.

Click link below if you're interested. But remember, working women only. :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mak Andam and Makeup Artists.

I've been going to make-up and hair classes and just got my cert today:) well it's not a full fledged make up diploma thingy but i got enough knowledge to 'cari makan' as my teacher puts it. It has been a great experience especially because there were only 4 of us in class and we get personal attention. we learnt hands-on on brilliant malay bridal makeup which trademarks in smokey eye and shadings, and a variety of bridal buns.

the assortments of bridal buns learnt

us happy with our certs:)

Back in our parents and grandparents time, the 'Mak Andam' plays the role of a makeup artist- they do makeup, hair, and clothe the bride on the wedding day. one day before, they are in charge of rituals such as the bride's flower bath. according to our folk tales, these people do magic. they do so called incantations to make the bride appear different from what she looks like in her daily life (they call this 'naik seri') and they would know whether the bride is a virgin or not from the flower baths and if she's not one, the incantations wont work.. Sounds scary to you? but that was in the olden days. and it was a great story to pass on to our grandchildren. nowadays we have these group of people called the Make up Artists.

Make up artists fake everything. they use the arts of colours to make single eyelids into double eyelids, round faces into heartshaped ones, flat noses into sharp ones and dull, uneven skin tone into a flawless fair one. scientifically and artfully (however u put it), turns the bride into someone different, someone much more prettier than she is in the daily life. they make your hair more beautiful by making beautiful buns out of it. they might not know if you're a virgin or not, but they can make you look like one:) they do exactly what a mak andam does. so somehow or other, these magical people from back then were actually makeup artists. perhaps with some special powers which are called artsy talent, nowadays.

Martian hair courtesy of Nurul Shukor.
Not my everyday look, courtesy of Amy Janz.

Anyhoo, my makeup and hair class was a very enjoyable one and i love playing the millenium improvised mak andam minus the incantations and all don't worry, so to all u future brides out there..come give me a try:) i might have those special powers that you might like!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Apam Rambai from Negeri Sembilan

Hey all!

Have you guys seen or tried this Malaysian kuih before?

apam ice cream - pic courtesy of Jurnal Rasa
Pretty right?
What you see above is the improvised version of the kuih apam, nicely put n cups with all the cute colours mixed up. first thing that crossed my mind when i saw this pic was.."ooh malaysian cupcakes!"

Anyways, you can find these at almost all the kuih stalls, sold 5 for RM1 if i'm not mistaken. most of the time they don't come in cups and in a variety of different colours : green, pink, white. usually eaten sprinkled with coconut flakes. go try one if you haven't ok.

What i wanted to share today is in this photo:

Now these are traditional apams:) someone brought it to make up class today to share with everyone and i was amazed by it cuz i haven't seen it before. these apams are called Apam Rambai. taste the same, so i guess they use the same ingredients but they are steamed in rambai leaves and belong to the Negeri Sembilan tradition (just found out after i googled about it). p/s: Rachel is orang negeri sembilan:P

What's unique about this kuih is not just the rambai leaves, but they are usually eaten dipped in sambal tumis ikan bilis. u know, the same sambal you eat with your nasi lemak. yums.

Whoever's thinking of trying these apams can travel down to Johol, Negeri Sembilan. Good luck!:)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Exploring Rakuzen at G Tower

This is gonna be a really short one, why?
Because Sab and I were d.i.s.a.p.p.o.i.n.t.e.d with this place.

Admittedly the exterior looked nice. But the interior failed by far. Of course I'm comparing it with when Rakuzen was still at Chulan Square, as I loved the way the tables were placed cuz every table was sorta separated from the others by blinds/partitions, subsequently giving each table its own "privacy". Here at G tower however, they've adopted the "open" concept, one look and I can see what all the patrons are eating.

Sab and I went during our lunch break and found out that lunch time is not the best time to visit this place. Conclusion was made based on three horrible experiences:

1. Upon entering Rakuzen this young waiter dude turned us away, saying "sorry we have no more seats". So we said " what about those 2 seats right behind you?" THEN ONLY does the waiter dude show us to those seats.

2. It took them 15 minutes to give us the menu and another 15 to take our order.

3. It took them 30-45 minutes to bring us our food. Ok mine, still understandable why they took so long but Sab's set meal required NO COOKING whatsoever.

My Beef sukiyaki. Average edibility. -_-

Sab's Chirashidon. See what I mean by "requires no cooking"?

We think they should've stayed at Chulan Square. There. I said it.

Note to Sab: Time for us to find a new fave Jap restaurant :(

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Caught Canoodling at Bangsar Village

We treasure friday 2.5 hour long lunch times for a reason...
Time for new foodventures!! :)
Our most recent one was at Canoodling, Bangsar Village. Right beside "For Goodness Sake" (it's sister restaurant) and it was but a mediocre experience. Nice ambience though, plus you get to doodle on your table, check it out:

As per my usual standard, I ordered coffee. This was a little too sweet for my liking.

Naz had the braised beef noodles which tasted a little like korean beef flavoured cup noodles and cost RM9.90. Don't think I'd have that again.

I tried the seafood noodles. It came in tomato & salted veg soup and was actually pretty nice. Also cost RM9.90 and IMHO more worth it that the braised beef noodles.

Sab had the lam mee, also RM9.90. This was probably the nicer out of the 3 albeit a little salty.

We decided to give their snacks a try as well, so we ordered tempura kangkong (RM4.90), which tasted nice (especially with the chilli sauce) but was very oily.

And their jellyfish + wasabi salad (RM8.90). This turned out pretty good. All three of us liked this particular salad cuz the wasabi sauce went well with the jellyfish and salad mix.

Their service was pretty efficient and waiters were friendly but if ever they should keep you waiting, you can doodle on the table with the crayons provided. Which we did... just for fun :)

Me thinks its pretty easy to guess which doodle belongs to who :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pick of the week - Seremban Beef Noodles

Introducing my all time fave --> Seremban beef noodles kon lou!! weeeee!

If ever someone were to make me seriously pissed, all that someone has to do is buy me a bowl of this and I'll be your friend again :) ( yeah I'm easily contented, so what?)

There are 3 places in Seremban where you can find this beef noodles but I only go to two cuz I dont know where the third one is. Lol.

The pic above was taken at Quinn Seremban Beef Noodles, Jalan Toman 6, Kemayan Square.

Although... I prefer the one at Pasar Besar Seremban :) Tastes more authentic somehow...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Brazilian wax, anyone?

Shall we do a Hollywood, Playboy or L'Amour?

Those aren't perfume names, card game names, or porn star names.
Even a better fact, they're actually keywords for female hygiene.

As everyone may already know, the Brazilian wax has recently deemed its popularity in Malaysia. Waxing specialist salons are mushrooming everywhere in kl. Brides-to-be everywhere also make appointments prior to their wedding or honeymoon.

Waxing down there aint easy. it takes courage and guts for people with lower pain thresholds. a revolution for people like me:D some people do it for hygiene, some for boyfriends n hubbies, some for self confidence. i decided to take the plunge only recently. partly peer pressure, partly for adventure sake. haha. i pierced the belly button. what cud be more painful right? but personally, trust me, u'll get addicted to how hygienic it feels once u have it done:)

This post is dedicated for all those pink crazies brazilian waxing wannabes out there. recommended by a dear colleague of mine, i decided to tryout Honeypot Wax Boutique at BSC for my second session (yes, second). everything was so pink! *dizzy excitedd*

The christmassy mood of Honeypot. plus the pink counter n wallpaper.

The very pink private waxing rooms!
The waxing service was slower than Strip. personally, i prefer it to be done fast. do faster, less staring. lol. but anyhow, i like how the waxer do it in detail. not the staring part la. process goes like this: dip stick in wax, apply, chat to distract you, STRIP (ow) off wax, and tweeze off ingrowns or remaining short ones. the tweezing part was what i meant by detail.

By the way, for this salon, the Hollywood means all off. Playboy means all off except a strip in the middle. L'amour means u'll get a heart shape tuff on ur vahjayjay. fancy huh:) only for the fancy hearted. not this time around for me, though.
They even use pink wax. called Cherry Pie wax, i was told.
The waxer also told me how she was trained. apparently she learnt how to brazilian wax professionally from a beauty school. practice sessions are like, on each other. whoa awkwarrd. but all is good, she did a good job and only that matters. hehe.
Waxing tools.
For those who are wondering about the pain, i would say i'll rate my pain 2/10. not bad riiight. so for those who's like 50% deciding on it. go ahead and do it already. u can try any salon you prefer, and share ur experiences in our comment section too:) i would love to do a review on Strip in telawi as well but i forgot to take pictures:-/

However, here are the list of Honeypot's services n pricing if u're wondering:

ok, have fun:)
much love.

Credits to:
Honeypot Wax Boutique 
Bangsar Shopping Centre
S123 2nd Floor,
285 Jalan Maarof,

(03) 2092-5598 for reservation.

Mon - Sun
10.30am - 9.00pm