• Food,  Living

    Malaysia’s Top 10 Theme Eateries

    It is a well-known fact that Malaysians love our food. Some food entrepreneurs have taken this love to the next level, with creative themes that give their cafes a unique identity. If you need some ideas on where to hang out this weekend, check out Malaysia’s Top 10 Theme Eateries, as voted by you!

    1) Chemistry Café+Lab

    Who said test-tubes and beakers wouldn’t be useful after school? This is one lab that isn’t just for science geeks. Located in Shah Alam, Chemistry Cafe is inspired by all the things you may find in a laboratory, which means you can expect your drinks to be served in scientific apparatus, and not cups. Food and cakes are also served at the cafe, which is open daily.

    2) Locahouz

    The next cafe takes us all the way to Malacca for a bit of a history lesson. Almost every hipster cafe you’d see nowadays would have vintage memorabilia scattered throughout their venues, but this one is truly special as the items here are rooted in the state’s history. So sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee in an old school Kopitiam style cup, and take in the classic vibes around you, the Malacca way.

    3) Hello Kitty Gourmet Café

    These days, even cartoon characters are worthy of cafes. Of course, with her cult global following, Hello Kitty is no exception to this. Nestled in Sunway Pyramid, fans of the pink-bowed feline can pretend they’re on a European escapade, as the decoration there certainly evokes such feelings. At Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe, you’ll also find a variety of food offerings that are of Western selections.

    4) Mamee Jonker House

    Malacca makes the cut once again, this time with a very familiar Malaysian snack – Mamee! Here, the infamous noodles are given a twist, in the form of well-loved local dishes like Bee Hoon Goreng and Curry Laksa. If noodles aren’t your thing, they even have classic Malacca favorites like Hainanese Chicken Rice. When you’re done tucking in, you can always head on over to their merchandise store where you can not only buy Mamee items but see how the noodles are made.

    5) TOKB Café

    This cafe features a menu full of  Kelantanese flavors. TOKB actually stands for “Taste of Kota Bharu” and this is reflected in the food served there, which is reminiscent of cuisine from Kelantan itself, such as the traditional Keropok Lekor. But another attractive feature is actually the WWII inspired decor, which is in tribute to war heroes of that time. Camouflage lovers will certainly enjoy taking photos of the military artifacts and items available in the cafe.

    6) Departure Lounge

    Frequent flyers, this one for you. Inspired by the airport lounges travelers wait in before jetting off somewhere, this place also has guidebooks for you to peruse over one of their famous brunch/breakfast type meals. Even the setting is somewhat reminiscent of an airport, with clocks showing the times in different countries. Explorers and adventurers will definitely have a soft spot for the interior here in this quaint Damansara Utama cafe.

    7) M2escape

    The southern state represents here, for anyone who’s heading over to Johor Bahru looking for an interesting conceptual cafe. This cafe has a distinct Mickey Mouse theme going on, and you’ll definitely be seeing lots of nods to the world’s most famous mouse throughout their Mount Austin venue. Dishes feature classic Western and Asian items, as well as chocolate beverages and cakes.

    8) Drums Café

    If it’s music that makes your heart beat faster, stopover at Drums Cafe in Johor Bahru. This cafe is inspired by the 24 Festive Drums, and these performances are very much tied to the Chinese calendar and are very symbolic and meaningful to the culture. The traditional drums used in the performances are seen all over the cafe, even functioning as tables, but lots of customers also frequent this place for the Ampang Yong Tau Foo, which is said to be delicious!

    9) Wheeler’s Coffee

    The Pearl of the Orient, Penang, is not to be left out in this list, with Georgetown’s Wheeler’s Coffee making the cut. Their theme is dedicated to bicycles, bikers and “bicycle art”, so cyclists can always make this a pit-stop on their next biking tour.  In addition to classic coffees and teas, they also have their own version of frappes, which should be a delight in the hot island weather. Meals like pizzas and pasta are served too, as are cakes, like their Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.

    10) Slurp Café

    Your inner child will definitely enjoy Slurp Cafe. Whether it’s The Caped Crusader or Son Goku you fancied growing up, you’ll find them here. When you’re done soaking up the cool atmosphere and taking pictures of their adorable superhero memorabilia, sit back and relax over a drink, or enjoy something to eat from their fusion menu, which has an East meets West concept, so you’ll see influences from local and international cultures.

  • Love & Sex

    Flirty Foods: Top 8 Aphrodisiacs That Feed Your Sex Drive

    For years men and women have sought after aphrodisiacs to increase and improve their sexual desire and sexual responses.

    Do they actually work? There are varying schools of thought on this subject but one thing is for sure, that aphrodisiacs have crossed all barriers – be it race, culture, age or gender. Everyone wants to have better sex.

    There are all kinds of foods which are aphrodisiacs and they work uniquely on different people. One specific category of foods that were thought to be aphrodisiacs are foods that resemble genitalia. Eggs and caviar, as well as asparagus, celery, bananas, and even onions, are some to name a few. Clams and oysters also have aphrodisiac qualities because of their shape, texture and their high zinc content, which could improve a person’s overall health and thus, increasing his or her sex drive.

    There are foods for all kinds of things – that especially boost energy, sharpen memory, and even fight the flab. These foods listed here are the ones that have aphrodisiac qualities but are perhaps lesser-known compared to the popular ones like the ones mentioned above or the queen of it all, chocolate.

    These snacks are listed for one reason and one reason only – to serve a sexier purpose, i.e. to improve your sex life. So, feel free to feast on these foods to feel friskier. Your loved one may just thank their lucky stars (and you) later!

    Here are the Top 8 Aphrodisiacs That Feed Your Sex Drive:

    1. Chili Peppers

    Spicy foods have long been considered to be sexual stimulants. It seems that foods that are heavily spiced often contain capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper. Chili peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain feel-good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which mimics how you feel when you’re aroused. And these are the feelings that are quite similar to the physical reactions experienced during sex.

    2. Honey

    Honey contains boron, which is supposed to help regulate estrogen and testosterone levels. It also provides a natural energy boost, which is great for upping the energy levels in the bedroom!

    3. Watermelon

    According to sciencedaily.com, this fruit is known as the ‘lycopene king’ which may have Viagra-like effects on the body. It causes the blood vessels and relax and therefore, it improves circulation, which then, in turn, helps you get into the mood.

    4. Pomegranates

    Now this one owes its passion power to the high amount of antioxidants it has in this baby! This amazing fruit protects the lining of blood vessels, allowing more blood to course through them. And the upshot? Increased genital sensitivity.

    5. Arugula

    If you didn’t know this, you’ll be surprised to know that this peppery plant has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. The minerals and antioxidants found in its dark leafy leaves have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that could negatively harm libido. So, go on. Up that salad intake today and be sure to have some arugula in it on your next date night!

    6. Olive oil

    Some may think this is strange but olive oil is known to be an aphrodisiac. Olives are packed full of antioxidants and for years, olives and olive oil have been used for health. In fact, the ancient Greeks believed that olives made men more virile! Olive oil is a source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, blood flow, and hormone production – all of which help boost your sex drive.

    7. Figs

    Figs are the fruits designed for love. It has been associated with sexuality for many years and the ripe fruit represents fertility, whilst the fig leave itself represents modesty – see Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Figs are also full of potassium and is a powerful antioxidant as well.

    8. Pumpkin seeds

    Pumpkin seeds are super high in magnesium content and it seems that helps to raise testosterone levels by ensuring more enters into the bloodstream. Time to throw some into your next dish you plan to cook up for your man!

    Source: Readers Digest & PBS Food

  • Career & Money,  Living

    Cost Of Living In Malaysia VS Singapore

    Some people say it’s much cheaper to live and work in Malaysia, while in Singapore the cost of living is so high that you’d practically need to take out a personal loan just to survive for a couple of months. But is that really true? Read this infographic to find out more about the cost of living in these two countries.

    Brought to you by Loanstreet.

  • Fashion,  Health & Fitness

    10 Trendy Sportswear to Stay Active

    Most of us really dread working out. After a long tiring day of classes or work, all we want to do is come home and not do anything anymore. One way to get yourself up and going to the gym or even just out for a jog around your neighborhood would be wearing sportswear that will make you look and feel good. What makes good sportswear is how comfortably it fits to ensure it does not get in the way of your workout. Here are our 10 favorite trendy sportswear that could possibly motivate you to exercise!

    1. ZALORA SPORT, Sport Lattice Back Top
      A simple design can go a long way in making your attire stylish.

    2. YoFit, Style Mesh Sports Bra
      Even with a top over it, you’ll still feel pumped!

    3. Under Armour, HeatGear® Armour Printed Shorty
      Comfortable and stylish, who wouldn’t love it?
    4. Adidas, Techfit Triax-Print Long Tights
      The textured design adds a very interesting twist which will help you strikeout.
    5. New Look, Must Go To The Gym Sports Tank Top
      We seriously love this top. What better motivation?

    6. The drop of Mindfulness, Stella-Maris Top
      A small touch of color will help brighten up your mood for the gym.

    7. Under Amour, HeatGear® Alpha Stripe Capri
      The brighter the better!

    8. Under Armour, UA Tech™ Space Dye 1/4 Zip
      Cover up with something bright to keep yourself feeling energetic

    9. ZALORA SPORT, Sports Burnout Batwing Top
      A simple top to wear over after a good workout.

    10. Impression, Sports Bra For High Impact Sports
      Wearing a bright sports bra underneath will help boost your confidence.

    Whether its yoga or running, wearing sportswear that makes you feel most comfortable and confident is the key to pushing yourself to the gym. We hope our picks would give you the first step of motivation to hit the gym. Happy working out!

  • Living,  Travel

    7 Things Only Spontaneous Travelers Will Understand

    As Paulo Coelho famously said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.” Are you itching to jump on a plane while you read this? No worries, we understand. Here are 7 things only last-minute spontaneous travelers like you will understand:

    1. You’re always good to go Whatever the time of day, wherever you are, you can pack up a small bag in mere minutes and have your travel gear ready to go. Your schedule always has room for flexibility and carefree ‘last-minute’ changes. That’s just the way you roll. Your friends think you have commitment issues but it’s all about experiences folks.

    2. You’re a ninja packer You have minimalist packing down pat. If your less efficient friends get stressed at the idea of packing you are enlisted, making it look like fine art. Your pals look on in awe as you ninja pack an hour before you leave without any sweat. Sarong, shorts, gadgets, done. Now, where’s that passport? Get me out of here…

    3. You have too many travel apps You have all the travel apps a person can possibly have without creating your own. WhatsApp is your buddy. You are constantly wired to travel blogs, magazines, checking booking engines and social feeds. Any hot travel deals and you’re on it. I mean, ON it. $20 flights to Bali, you got it. Hot hotel deals on the HotelQuickly app are your first priority; I mean you have to get decent digs, right?

    4. You think routine is lethal Waking up in the same country every day is far from ideal! The spontaneous traveler wants to wake up in Hong Kong and be in Seoul by lunch. Perfect. Just because they decided to go on an adventure. A life well-traveled is one well-lived. Your idea of sheer hell is being in the same place for the rest of your life. You have friends from school like this, YAWN.

    5. You’re an Instagram junkie You get inspiration for your travels from various Instagrammers. You are an adept Instagrammer yourself and have a tribe of followers due to your casual journeys around the globe. Who doesn’t want to see the stunning Borobudur temple at sunrise?

    6. Do you grimace when you hear people talking about planned travel Holiday package anyone? NOOO! This is your worst nightmare. Staying in the same place and eating at the same restaurant for two weeks? Ugh. Actually planning a holiday and looking forward to it? You get your excitement from living life on the edge. Others with kids might disagree, but you think it’s pretty awesome just getting a flight and seeing what happens. After all, that’s when the travel magic really begins.

    7. You’re booking a spontaneous weekend trip as you’re reading this
    Yes. You. Are. Stop slacking. We know you are checking cheap flights and HotelQuickly as we speak. We’ve got to admit, your weekend will probably be pretty awesome. I wish we were coming too…

  • Events,  Living

    Win A 2 Night Stay At Koh Samui

    Win a holiday for you and a loved one at Monsoon Beach, Koh Samui with HotelQuickly!


    HotelQuickly, a last-minute hotel booking app, will be raffling a two-night stay at Monsoon Beach Villas on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

    How To Join:

    New users on the app can join the contest from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan. 8, 2016 by redeeming the code ‘WINHOTEL’. Each participant will also receive a 20% discount from HotelQuickly to book a hotel of their choice.

    During this period, first-time bookings made using the promo code will also earn 3 times the normal number of BPoints.

    You can download the HotelQuickly app from App Store or Google Play.

  • Food,  Living

    Plate Culture (Review) @ Mun Wei’s My Hakka Kitchen

    A cozy home setting, friendly people and good home-cooked food. Would I recommend Plate Culture to you guys? Read on to find out:

    I had not heard of Plate Culture previously. But perusing their website I was intrigued. They have a good variety of cuisines to choose from; all prepared by home chefs that open the doors to their homes.

    From traditional Hakka to Malay as well as Western cuisines are offered. Some even offer cooking classes for you to learn about the cuisine.

    PlateCulture aims at connecting people who love cooking and hosting with people who love eating.

    “Social Dining At Local Foodies’ Houses”

    They operate in several countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  It’s really simple to use, you just request dinner on your chosen date, Chef approves, you confirm and secure your payment and head over on your chosen date to enjoy the PlateCulturing experience.


    My Hakka Kitchen

    I was invited to a PlateCulturing experience at Mun Wei’s (Yuki): My Hakka Kitchen.

    Yuki was previously a chef at a café that served fusion Italian food; however, she gave that up to be a homemaker and especially to care for her, now, a 3-year-old daughter.

    I asked her “why she decided to join plate culture and serve Hakka cuisine instead?”

    Yuki told me that she loves cooking and as she grew up on traditional Hakka cuisine, she wanted to offer the opportunity to try it to others.

    She was introduced to Plate Culture by her brother who is a Western cuisine chef.


    Getting There

    Yuki’s home is located at Jalan Kuchai Lama and the dinner was at 7 PM on a Tuesday, so any of you who are familiar with KL would know my issue here. The usual Jam. But I had expected it and had left for dinner earlier to arrive on time.

    Getting there wasn’t too much of an issue other than the short crawl along the Federal highway on to Jalan Klang Lama. Once in the housing area, it was a little confusing and there were two streets with the same name. But it didn’t take long before I found Yuki’s house.

    As I arrived, Ken (Yuki’s husband) open the door for me and welcomed me warmly, I walked in entering the hallway that leads up to the dining area. The kitchen was on my immediate right as I entered where I met Yuki.

    Upon meeting, Yuki asked if I ate pork, as she would be serving pork (it is traditional Hakka). Due to a lapse on my part and excitement, I had forgotten about asking about this earlier (sorry guys).

    After the initial meet, Ken guided me to the dining area. The home was nicely decorated with a cozy dining area that was next to a little outdoor garden (as you can see in the photo).

    Ken is an interior designer and humored my curiosity on the subject. It was no wonder the home nicely decorated.

    Before long the food came.


    Food

    Yuki served up 5 dishes that followed with a dessert. Despite my earlier mistake, Yuki did her best to accommodate, which was really nice of her.

    The dishes served were; Stir-fried roast pork (cooked with garlic and soy sauce till crispy), Fried fucuk crab balls (filled with squid, prawn and fish paste), a Hakka style Yong Tau Foo (filled with salted fish and minced pork), Ginger wine chicken, two veggie dishes and followed by dessert.

    The dishes were served along with a bowl of rice.

    As I ate, both Yuki and Ken entertain me with the delightful conversation,  educating me on Hakka Cuisine.

    As far as I can tell you, is that the food was very well prepared. The veggie dishes were well seasoned and I tried the ginger chicken that was really delicious. The ginger gave a good oomph to it and the chicken was flavourful.

    Yuki uses free-range chicken and only seek the best quality of ingredients.

    The stars of the dinner, however, were the stir-fried roast pork, fried fucuk crab balls and the Hakka style Yong Tau Foo.

    The dinner ended with dessert. I was given warm sweet soy milk cooked with egg. And trust me,  I was surprised at how nice it was. It was well balanced and sweetness did well to balance out the saltiness of the Hakka cuisine. Though Yuki usually serves barley and fucuk with ginkgo nut for desert.


    Would I Recommend Plate Culture?

    I really like the concept of Plate Culture. My first thought was to have dinner parties, where you and friends could choose a cuisine to try and have it there.

    If the experience I had at Yuki’s is anything to go by, with good quality authentic food, friendly people and a cozy home setting; I would definitely recommend you try out.

    Plate Culture Website: plateculture.com

    Mun Wei’s: My Hakka Kitchen

  • Food,  Living

    Iconic Dishes From Around The World

    The unifying qualities that good food can have is something that should never be underestimated.

    Here is an infographic on ‘Iconic Dishes From Around The World’.

    This article was brought to you by www.perfectstays.co.uk.

    We Malaysian love our food.

    And there are so many Malaysian Food Classics that no infographic can do it all justice!

    Here are some Malaysian food articles you may be interested in:

    The 8 Different Kinds Of Laksa And Where To Get Them In Malaysia

    Top 5 Nyonya Kuih Finds

    Best 10 Must-Eats On Jalan Alor

  • Fashion,  Living

    Where To Rent Halloween Costumes in KL and PJ

    Don’t want to buy or make a costume for Halloween? Here are some places for Halloween Costume Rentals:

    Halloween is just around the corner and that means parties, costumes and a night of fun.

    If you are stumped on where to rent one, here are some places in KL that you could visit:

    1. Costumes ‘N’ Parties

    This shop is literally located in the center of KL.

    They have costumes for adults and children ranging from 1920’s themed and Cosplay and Video Games inspired. You can also buy special effect/ stage makeup to complete your look.

    With over 20,000 costumes, Costumes ‘N’ Parties is one of the largest costumes boutiques in KL.

    Their store is a nice studio like outlet with visual interesting decorations – recently a spooky theme for Halloween.

    They try to update their collection with the latest costumes as soon as possible.

    For example, they already have the latest Star Wars costumes from the 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.

    Cost:  RM60 to RM170 each for a three-day rental.

    Costumes’N’Parties
    The Weld, #L2-09, Level 2, 76,
    Jalan Raja Chulan,50200 Kuala Lumpur

    Contact: 03-2164 8184

    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 11AM – 8PM
    Sat: 11AM – 6PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    2. Costumes Empire

    They have a wide variety of costumes for you to pick from.

    From Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood to Batman and Superman, you can even have your costume made to order.

    Costumes Empire also has a selection of  fancy dresses, different coloured wigs and accessories.

    Cost: RM80 – RM100  for a three-day rental

    Costumes Empire
    KL Outlet
    Penthouse Suite 7.07, 7th Floor Wisma Central,
    Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Contact: 0111-5713651

    Opening Hours:
    Mon- Fri: 10AM – 8PM
    Sat: 10AM – 6PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    PJ Outlet
    Unit B-1-23A, Block Bougainvillea,
    10 Boulevard, SPRINT Highway, Petaling Jaya.

    Contact: 0111-5713652 or 03-77311886

    3. Century Fiesta

    This store has 6000+ costumes to choose from for either adults or children – ranging from Cowboys, Cosplay, Uniforms, Lady Gaga to cultural based costumes.

    Cool part is that they are able to customize all kinds of costumes, and prices will depend on the design.

    More than 95% of their costumes are design and made by their tailors right here in Malaysia.

    Cost: RM60 – RM500 for a three to four-day rental.

    Century Fiesta
    No.44-2, Jalan 24/70 A,
    Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,

    Contact: 03-2300 2048 or 012-440 2048

    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 11AM – 7.30PM
    Sat: 11AM – 5PM
    Sun And Public Holidays: Closed

    4. Costume World

    Costume World’s selection features Star Wars Characters, mascots, as well as ethnic themed costumes, among others.

    They have different variations and styles for every category that they have.

    So you and your friends can go as the same character, but with different outfits.

    Although they buy the costumes and accessories, they will often modify them to improve on the overall look of the items.

    Cost: RM60 – RM150  per costume rental

    Costume World
    B-3A-17 Pusat Perdagangan Pelangi Square,
    Persiaran Surian PJU 6, Pelangi Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

    Contact: 03-7729 7332

    Opening Hours:
    Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7PM
    Sat: 11AM – 4PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    5. Abracadabra Costume Rental

    Abracadabra houses a selection of over 3000 costumes for rent and accessories such as hats, mask, props, among others.

    There are costume available for adults and children – even as young as pre-school kids.

    They cater for a variety of events such as TV commercials, stage shows, theater and music production – and take very good care of their costumes.

    Costume themes range from cartoon characters, Wild Wild West, Pirates and more.

    Most of their costumes are imported and they have just replenish for this coming Halloween.

    Cost: RM45 – RM 350 per costume rental

    Abracadabra Costume Rental
    No 2-1, Prima Avenue 3, Jalan Cenuk 2,
    Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.

    Contact: +603- 8071 7950 or +603- 8071 7951

    Opening Hours: 
    Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7.30PM
    Sat: 11AM – 4.30PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

  • Food,  Living

    NESCAFE’s New Mountain Wash Decaffeinated Coffee

    NESCAFE has launched a decaffeinated coffee to join their ever popular coffee range. It’s called NESCAFE Mountain Wash  and we in Malaysia are the first to get our hands on it.

    The coffee was inspired by the traditions of a hidden village in Vietnam named Tri-An, where the beans are soaked for long hours to gently remove the caffeine.

    Here is a video overview on the story of NESCAFE Mountain Wash.

    The Review

    The Name

    The name strikes me as slightly odd. When you say “mountain wash” fast, it sounds like “mouth wash”. However, since the coffee range draws inspiration from the village in the mountains, I can understand the origins of the name.

    The Packaging

    The packaging is a nice, medium sized canister with an artwork of a mountainside scenery.

    The Coffee

    The taste is very similar to that of other instant coffees by Nescafe. I like that it wasn’t as sweet and had a lighter body.

    I was suprised by the smooth texture, making it extremely easy to drink.

    The coffee has a nice smell to me(maybe because of the familiarity). Let’s just say you would know that it is from NESCAFE

    Effects

    I drank the coffee at night (11 PM) to test potential caffeine effects. Well there was none. I had no problems falling asleep that night. Since caffeine in general has little effects on me. I tested with my brother and he had no problems sleeping that night either.

    I took another cup in the morning (10 AM) and the coffee woke me up sufficiently (without a caffeine buzz).

    Price

    The Mountain Wash range retails at RM 14.84 for a canister of 12 sticks or RM 14.85 for a bag of 15 sticks.

    This is more expensive than NESCAFE’s Original instant coffee which retails at RM 13.99 for a bag of 30 sticks.

    Conclusion

    I did not expect too much the NESCAFE Mountain Wash, since it was a decaffeinated coffee, but they have done a good job overall. It is a decent  alternative to the regular instant coffee.

    I would recommend that you try this coffee out for yourselves.

    You can find out more at:  www.nescafemountainwash.com.my