Thursday, July 30, 2009

Origins - Review

Today, I feel like blogging about my favorite skincare line: ORIGINS!!!

Before Origins, I've tried and tested out other numerous skincare lines, not in any specific order: Shiseido, SKII, Estée Lauder, L'Occitane, Kanebo, Kosé, Clarins, Clinique, Dior, Lancôme, Skin Food, Shu Uemura, Oil of Olay, Garnier, L'Oréal, Vichy and Biotherm. Although some of my friends and cousins continue to be loyal fans of the above, my skin prefers ORIGINS.

I have a sensitive and combination skin, more prone to oily, but it is also dry at times (what a combination!). Shameful to say, I have "problems" with my blackheads / whiteheads T T.

I switched to Origins, more specifically the Dr.Weil's Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Lotion, and I noticed a difference after 1 week of using it. It's the best moisturizer for my skin! The lotion is light and not greasy, so perfect for combination to oily skin type. Two drops is what it takes, I use it morning and night. One bottle can last 6 months. This was the product that made me fell in love with Origins.

One Origins product I'm eager to get is the Check and Balance Frothy Face Wash. I got a sample from the nice promoter at Origins counter and I love it!!! It's a cooling and gentle face wash that has a nice aromatic scent. To my surprise it does not over-dry my skin, although it left it squeaky clean and refreshed.

Another Origins product I'm using is the Never a Dull Moment face scrub with fruit extract. Unlike other exfoliators, this one is not harsh, so I can use it 2 to 3 times a week for a smooth skin. I keep it in my shower ^^

Last but not least, I'm also using the Clear Improvement, Active Charcoal Mask. My cousin had recommended me this charcoal mask several times before I decided to buy it (at that time I haven't started using Origins yet). I can be lazy and forgetful at times, so I haven't been using the mask religiously enough, which I should.

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So far, these are the products I've been using, and I love every single one of them... so it's worth my wallet (^^)

Remarks (from Origins' brochure): Origins products are manufactured without Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, Propylene Gylcol, Paraffin, DEA, Mineral Oil, PABA, Animal Ingredients. Origins products are manufactured using wind power and their cartons are made from post-consumer recylcled fiber.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Anna Sui Dolly Girl Limited Edition Nail Polish Set - Review

My friends bought me a lovely gift: Anna Sui's Dolly Girl nail polish set ^_^. This particular set includes 3 bottles of nail polish (2 sparkles, 1 pastel), 1 Anna Sui box, and 1 sheet of nail stickers.

I just love it: the rose fragrance and the color! My favorite color is the pastel turquoise (^_^). You may want to apply at least 2 layers to get the nice color effect. Anna Sui's nail polish is so addictive!

The downsides: the polish is easily chipped and it's slightly harder to paint than other brands... I think because of its thickness.

Here's a sample of swatches of the 3 colors, from layers 1 to 3.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Krispy Kreme in Kuala Lumpur

If you're from Thailand and will be visiting Kuala Lumpur soon, there is one thing you don't want to leave without: Krispy Kreme!

Krispy Kreme is very famous among the Thais. My friends from Thailand bought 6 boxes of dozen doughnuts back. At the airport, they were asked several times where they got the Krispy Kreme from (^^)

The first Krispy Kreme shop opened a few months ago at Times Square, ground floor. You can spot it from the street, it's right next to Papa John's restaurant. If you're taking the monorail, you can exit Imbi station.

The second Krispy Kreme shop opened a month ago at Mid Valley Mega Mall (lot LG-074A), next to Pizza Hut, at the Lower Ground Floor.

Hmmm... can Kuala Lumpur be a famous tourist destination for Thai people, just because of the Krispy Kreme? ^^.

Update Dec. 2010: Krispy Kreme is now opened in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Siam Paragon ground floor. Interestingly, it can be difficult to get a box of the doughnut, as the queue is extremely long since its opening 2 months ago.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Skybridge @ KLCC Petronas Tower

If you're visiting Kuala Lumpur, the majestic Suria KLCC is a must. My friends and I enjoyed shopping and dining in the Suria KLCC. We took many pictures of the Petronas Tower (day time view and night time view), and of course visited the skybridge, which connects the two towers.

To get to KLCC, we took the LRT from KL Sentral station to KLCC station, a 15 minutes sky train ride.

The ticket costs about RM1.6 per person, one way.

If you want to visit the skybridge, go early!!! Queue at the ticket counter in the basement before 8 am to get the 1,400 free tickets issued daily.

The ticket counter opens at 8.30 am. As you can see, so many people already queuing at 7.30 am!!

You can then select the time you wish to visit the skybridge on 41st floor. It's the highest you can go.

Waiting for our turn to go up.

The elevator ride is only 41 seconds, and not scary at all. This is the beautiful view from the skybridge. Each group is allowed to stay for only 10 minutes.

We had our dinner at Nando's @ KLCC. Mmm mmm delicious!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

How to go to Genting from Kuala Lumpur

My friends came for a visit last weekend. We wanted to go to Genting from KL, but couldn't find much information about the how about. I thought it would be a good idea to post the itinerary for other tourists (^_^). Hope this can be helpful in planning your trip.

We bought our tickets from the Genting ticket booth at KL Sentral, opens at 8 a.m., underground floor (same floor as Air Asia bus stop). If you need more information, you can contact the ticket booth counter at KL Sentral: tel.03.2279.8989.

(Update: there's a Genting bus stop at the Titiwangsa LRT and monorail station. If you know the price, please comment or insert link. I notice the bus color is yellow with a large "Genting" sign on the side. Are there other color buses?)

Bus & cable car fare:
KL Sentral to Genting Highlands RM8.30 (bus & cable car)

Go Genting Package:
Package price per person, normal season RM42 (weekdays/weekends)

If you take the taxi, it will cost approximately RM80 one way.

We decided to buy the Go Genting package, which includes return bus & cable car, and All Park Theme Park Day Ride. The Theme Park can also be exchanged for a buffet lunch at the Coffee Terrace.

The return time must be pre-booked.

Unfortunately, the cable car was on maintenance. The bus took us all the way up to Genting, the ride was roughly 1 hour.

This is the walkway link from the bus stop to First World Hotel, which is connected to the Theme Park.

Inside the Theme Park in Genting Highlands, we visited Malaysian Beryl's Chocolate. If you compare the price, you better buy your Beryl chocolate in KL!

On your way back to KL, remember to validate your bus ticket at the Go Genting counter booth before you board your bus. The bus number will be written on your ticket at that point.

Packing tips: wear a good walking shoes and remember to bring a sweater!!! It can be quite cool and windy up there.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Highrise has reached the Star!!!

I've been waiting for this news article for a while now, and finally it's on today's 14 July 2009 the Star online. The following link will lead you to the article, or see below full article:

The news article (in blue) is written by journalist Joanne Timbuong of the Star newspaper:

Online tool for residential communities

KUALA LUMPUR: Voicing and handling complaints concerning neighbourhood issues can be thoroughly confusing, especially when there are multiple complaints about the same thing or there’s a sudden flurry of dissatisfaction.

Such situations led Adrian Teh of Leanis Consulting Sdn Bhd and business partner Yuvan Kumar Danabalan to build a software solution that organises complaints from neighbourhood residents while helping to bring the people closer together.

The solution is called Highrise and is a web-based collaboration tool for residential communities.

As a member of a condominium joint-management committee (JMC), Teh realised there was a need for a platform that allowed residents to share information and discuss matters concerning their residential areas.

“Part of the committee’s job is to get opinions from the residents which isn’t always easy, so why not develop a private portal where residents can voice their opinions,” he said.

Teh regards Highrise as an empowerment tool that enables residents living in gated and guarded communities to collaborate towards the better management of their residential community.

But Highrise’s use is not limited to these communities only. “It can also be used in more traditional residential communities such as a kampung. All we need is a single point of communication, in this case, the village headman would be a good candidate,” Teh said.

People’s portal

Each residential community is given a private web portal to voice their opinions. And best of all, this is offered free of charge.

The portal allows residents to post announcements, opinions and complaints and also helps them keep tabs on paying their utility bills. There are also discussion forums where they can talk about issues or even exchange household tips and recipes.

Users must first prove that they are a resident in a neighbourhood, though. “Users are required to fill up a form, and the information will be verified by the condominium’s management office or JMCs.

“The users will then be issued a username and password each,” explained Teh.

Highrise also aims to bring neighbours closer. Teh said Malaysians living in high-rise buildings sometimes go about their daily activities without knowing who their neighbours are.

“We know that practically everyone has a Facebook account these days so why not have a similar platform for a residential committee,” he said.

Teh believes that it is always good for neighbours to be familiar with each other. “You never know when you may need their help, or when you can lend them a helping hand yourself,” he said. He has experienced such situations himself.

Ad space

There are plans to further improve Highrise. Among these is to market the portal as an advertising medium.

“It can be an option for advertisers that want to target specific demographics living in a certain location,” Teh said, adding that the money earned could help covering Highrise’s development costs.

Highrise is already in use at Platinum Lakes 10 in Setapak and the community there is pleased with the solution.

It’s JMC chairman, See Quai Seen, a 54-year-old teacher, likes the way Highrise helps the committee keep abreast of its tasks.

“Residents post their complaints and we get to work on them. The residents can also keep tabs on what’s being done to resolve their problems or other issues,” he said.

However, he said Highrise is only as effective as the JMC that employs the solution. Residents would still need an active and responsible JMC.

One resident there, who wanted to be identified only as Lilan, 49, said Highrise has made things easier for him and the other community members.

“You can make a complaint or suggestion to the management from anywhere and at any time,” he said. “In the past, you had to make your way to the management office and only during office hours.”

For more information on Highrise, surf to

Update, Update!!!
It's now published!!! Check your The Star newspaper today, 28 July 2009, page IT13.