Monday, August 31, 2009

Anna Sui Dolly Girl Contest

This is the natural and flawless party look I created for my Anna Sui Dolly Girl contest with Tongue in Chic. The theme for the contest is black and purple.

What is natural flawless beauty? For me, it's when you have a radiant baby skin look and feel, just like when you wake up in the morning from a good night sleep.

How base make-up foundation can help achieve the look? A good foundation will even out the skin tone of my Dolly Girl. The skin will have a natural look of a vibrant baby skin, which does not appear to have excess foundation on it.

What you can win (5 sets of the following Anna Sui products are available):
- Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation x 2 (worth RM134 + RM268)
- Moisture Rich Powder Foundation Case (worth RM52)
- Moisture Rich Powder Foundation Refill (worth RM108)
- Lipstick B (worth RM77)
- Eye Color Accent B (worth RM77)
- Nail Color N (worth RM54)
- Color Powder (worth RM77)
- Super Black Mascara Volume Up (worth RM93)

I used to create the look for my Dolly Girl. If you're interested in joining the contest, here are the links Anna Sui microsite and Tongue in Chic. Deadline is noon, 3 September 2009. Good luck gals!

Date Cake Recipe

Today is Hari Merdeka, which marks Malaysia's 52nd independence day from the British colonial rule (31 August 1957).

This year, the celebration coincides with the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is the fasting month of Ramadan. During the Ramadan, after sunset, you can find food night markets on the sidewalks in certain areas ^^

This is a date cake I baked. It's eggless. It tastes delicious... self-praise is no praise, but I'm not kidding! mmmmm I can bake more because I can find lots of dried dates here in Malaysia, especially during Ramadan ^^

If you don't like eating date, maybe this recipe can change your mind? Try it out!

(1) Mix and grind to smooth paste: 18 dates (remove seeds), 3/4 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar; (2) Add 1/2 cup of oil into mixture; (3) Slowly add, 1 tablespoon at a time, 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix slowly and bake in preheat oven. I don't have a regular oven, only a very small baking grill, so I baked it for 25 minutes under 180 degree Celcius.

I adapted it to my own taste, but if you want the original recipe you can go to this site:

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pulasan - Malaysian Fruit

Did I scare you? Have you seen this fruit before? It's called pulasan (scientific name: Nephelium mutabile). It's a Malaysian fruit, which can be considered as the cousin of the Thai rambutan, only larger. I think in Thailand the pulasan is known as "ngoh-khon san"... have you heard about it?

It's my first time trying the pulasan! It looks like a mix of rambutan and lychee. The inside is fleshy, juicy and very sweet!

It's a good try, but still prefer the Thai rambutan, because of the flesh consistency ^_^

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Makeup Brush Collection and How I Clean Them

This is my makeup brush collection. It's a small collection of my most useful and favorite brushes: MAC 217 blending brush, MAC 219 pencil brush, Smashbox 10 crease brush, and Everyday Mineral brushes for my mineral powder makeup (flat top kabuki brush, long handle kabuki brush, angle blush brush, eye kabuki brush, and foundation brush).

Notice that some of the brushes are not clean? I'll show you in a short while how I clean my makeup brush... just scroll down below and see...

I love my Everyday Mineral makeup and brushes. The brushes are soft and very reasonable in pricing. You'll notice that the EDM brushes I have are the old version... with the old logo.

See how soft they are?

For the eye brushes, I like using the MAC and Smashbox brushes for softness and quality. I've read many reviews before I bought those specific brushes. I decided to get only the few essentials, so I can afford for the good quality ones ^^

Remember to clean your brushes from time to time, depending on how often you use them, to avoid bacteria built up on the brushes, avoid pimples on your face, and to keep the brushes longer.

How I clean my makeup brushes

For small brushes, I use the MAC brush cleanser:

1- Pour a small quantity of the MAC brush cleanser in a container, it's better to use a Petri dish... I don't have one so I'm using this plastic container;

2- Dip your brush for a few seconds in the liquid;

3- Softly paint back and forth on a kitchen paper towel, you'll see some colors coming out on the paper towel;

4- Repeat steps 2 and 3 on a clean part of the paper towel until there's no color on it (I don't rinse it in water);

5- Lay flat on kitchen paper towel to dry your brush (see last picture below).

For larger brush, I use light shampoo with conditioner (because I don't want to waste my MAC brush cleanser (^o^):

1- Put 1 drop of shampoo in the crease of your palm;

2- Under running water, preferably lukewarm, brush it back and forth on your palm;
3- Do not wet the ferrule area!

4- Softly paint back and forth on the kitchen paper towel;

5- Lay flat on kitchen paper towel to dry your brush.

They're now clean!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Nur Kasih - Malay TV Drama

I'm now following an interesting Malaysian TV drama, called Nur Kasih. I'm happy they have English sub-titles, otherwise it would be impossible for me understand. Nur Kasih helps me understand more of the Malaysian culture, which I find quite interesting. Not my intention to compare... but can somehow relate to Thai culture, however Malay culture is a bit more stricter (nothing wrong though) ^^

In tonight's episode, Sarah (the jealous sister of Nur Amina) was at home alone and she pretended to faint, because she wanted to "entice" Aidil to go inside the house to "help" her. But Aidil, being a good man, hesitated before entering the house and called out Sarah's name to wake her up without even touching her.

Not long after the incident, Sarah's neighbor was visited by JAIS, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council. JAIS is known as the Syariah Law enforcement officers. Someone made a false call thinking that the neighbor were cohabiting without being legally married.

I will spare you from the whole story. I hope to understand more in the next episodes ^^

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Magic of Wynn

I was watching this magic show on NTV7 at 8.30pm. I believe it's a weekly show, but tonight the show caught my eyes, because the magician is a woman. I'm not sure from which origin she is, but she looks so Thai, with beautiful big eyes, long hair, chubby cheeks and a charming smile. Her voice is soft spoken and her gestures are very womanly. In her magic show, she incorporates some modern Thai costumes as well.

I tried to google her up, but couldn't find anything on her profile, except for some video clips on Youtube. Here's one of the few links:

Her name is Mai Wynn, a female illusionist, and she currently lives in the USA. If you know anything about her, please let me know!!!

10/03/2010 update: thanks to a reader, Joelin, Mai Wynn's real name is Ngo My Uyen!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thai Airways souvenir

Souvenir from Thai Airways... as you can see, I didn't open them... they're too cute to be used! I just keep the package as a souvenir ^_^

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hot Milk and Honey

Every time I had a hard time sleeping at night and kept on turning on my bed, my Mom would prepare me a nice cup of hot milk mixed with honey. It's a very comforting drink, especially during the winter season, and it helps you sleep better at night.

Just pour a cup of milk in a pot and put it under medium-high fire. When you see a light vapor slowly steaming up from the milk, it's a sign that the milk is ready. It's hot enough to drink and won't burn your tongue. Pour the hot milk into your mug, with 1-2 teaspoon of honey.

It tastes delicious!!! I like to drink it at night before I go to bed. Try it out!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What to Eat in Malaysia

Some interesting dishes to try out in Malaysia.

Nasi Lemak... my favorite is at Malee's Corner at Platinum Walk

Assam laksa... my favorite is at Jusco (MidValley or One Utama)

Steamed mixed vegetable: Yong Tow Foo or Yong Tau Foo

Fried dumpling and fried bean curd

Penang rojak: mixed fruit with peanuts and sweet sauce

Meatball soup at the marketplace. One bowl costs RM3.50.

Chicken and beef satay at Satay Kajang HJ Samuri... it's a Halal restaurant

Satay sauce and rice cake to go with the satay

ABC dessert

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ikea in Malaysia

I'm writing this blog for my friends in Thailand, as their first IKEA in Thailand is expected to open in 2011, at the Mega Bangna, Bangna Trad Km9.

Note that I went to Ikea Malaysia, located at Mutiara Damansara, two months ago, so I don't have much pictures, but I'll update you guys with more pics on my next Ikea visit (^^). Here's a small preview... hope you like it! Thanks for the topic suggestion Jern!!!

Ikea is filled interesting products, nice designs at affordable prices. You can have fun figuring out some of the products functionality.

Ikea flags

I like Ikea's cafeteria. I like their food trolley, their cute drinking glass, the tables, chairs, lamps, and of course the food they serve. The flavor is nice, the price is reasonable (RM10 to RM14 per dish), and the portion is just good enough.

Food trolley... ooops, missed the handle part.

Ikea Swedish meatball dish (RM10.50).

Ikea chicken with Swedish lemon sauce (RM10.40).

IKEA was founded in Sweden and is now an internationally renowned home products retailer. It became famous for the flat pack furniture concept, also called knock-down furniture or ready-to-assemble furniture. This means that each furniture is manufactured and designed to be easily and quickly assembled by the consumers. The main advantage is space efficiency, and therefore reducing storage and shipping costs, which in turn, is good for the buyers.

If you've been to my place, you'll know that I'm an Ikea fan (that's how the topic suggestion came about ^.^). My apartment is furnished with Ikea furniture and household products: Billy, tables, chairs, rugs, counter stool, blanket covers, blanket, bed sheets, pillow cases, glasses and so on.

Just showing you my kitchen cupboard... I like the uniform plain white tableware ^_^

Friday, August 21, 2009

Hollywood Fashion Tape

This product has been my companion for years, but I'm now blogging about it because my DH ("dear hubby") uses more than I do!!! He puts it on his shirt collar to make it stand up when he goes for his meetings.

Can't clearly remember how he got the idea of using it for himself, but I guess it's because I like to show DH my girly products, such as cosmetics, nice fragrances, and including my Hollywood Fashion Tape. It's very thoughtful of him though to cut the strips into smaller pieces, to not waste them ^^

I've introduced it to a few of my girlfriends, but some of them prefer the "natural flow" of clothes... hmmm... good fashion reasoning though.

Basically, this double sided tape is especially made for body skin and delicate fabric. It closes your blouse gaps in between buttons, it prevents your revealing neckline from falling down, it holds your straps, it keeps your bikini in place, etc.

I bought mine from ebay for a good deal when I was in Canada. In Malaysia, you can find it at the TopMan or TopShop cashier counter, they sell it for RM39 for 36 strips.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Swarovski & Crystalline Swarovski Elements

I love Swarovski products. It looks so shiny and classy. It's lovely to look at and a joy to wear ^^

A close friend gave me this Swarovski blink heart pendant as a gift. The heart is plump and has a unique shape. You can change the style by adjusting the necklace length.

The Swarovski figurines are nice and glittery to look at too, especially under the lights. These Swarovski budgies or parakeets is also a gift from another friend.

In 2007, Swarovski launched a website for Crystallized - Swarovski Element, a brand name for Swarovski crystals. You can Google search for other online stores that sells Swarovski loose cut crystal beads to design your own Swarovski crystal jewelry. Can't wait to try them out!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cooling tea for hot weather

Do any of these look familiar to you? These herbs are known for their "cooling" properties. Consuming it is supposed to help reduce your body heat, and prevent sore throat. My mom likes to prepare these cooling herb drinks for me. Now, I prepare it for my hubby.

My favorite is the luohan guo or lo han kuo. All you need is 1 dried luohan guo fruit, crack it open in half, and bring it to a boil in a pot of water. It's naturally sweet, so you don't need to add rock sugar.

Sometimes I like to mix the luohan guo with dried chrysanthemum. You can also make an infusion from the chrysanthemum by simply pouring boiling water onto it. Found out from my mom that I can also mix dried Goji berry with a small amount of chrysanthemum. It's a good drink for your tired eyes, if you work a lot in front of your computer ^^

This is known as the American ginseng root, or Yang Shen Xu, supposedly cooling too. Ginseng grown in North America is known for its cooling effect, but ginseng grown in Asia is known to be heaty. Bring water to a boil, then add ginseng root and continue to boil for 5 minutes.

My mom likes to boil the ginseng itself for me during exam periods. Now, I refrain from drinking ginseng tea or ginseng root tea at night because it will keep me awake for a long while.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Money tree and Poysean plant

When my husband and I recently moved in our new apartment, my mom gave us two plants: the money tree and the Poysean plant. She said that these plants have good symbolic meanings. Based on the Chinese beliefs, the money tree brings good financial fortune for businesses, and the Poysean plant, popular among Thai-Chinese Teo Chew households, is believed to bring good luck.

Money Tree

In the beginning, I made the mistake of over watering my money tree T T. The leaves turned yellow and fell off. I almost lost it. I stopped watering it for almost a week, and it finally recovered. Now, I water it twice a week.

Commercial name: money tree
Common name: Malabar chestnut
Scientific name: Pachira Aquatica


It's an easy to care for plant. Avoid direct sun and allow soil to dry between each watering. This one is a Thai hybrid.

Thai and Teo Chew name: Poysean (means eight saints)
Common name: Crown of thorns
Scientific name: Euphorbia Milii

I'm now thinking of getting some indoor plants that can help get rid of harmful chemicals. Hmmm... which of these should I get: philodendrons, ivy, or spider plant?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Axara Paris

Have you heard of Axara Paris? I like their line because of the trendy design and quality fine fabrics. When I was in Thailand, I bought the Axara Soft collection, which was on sale for 50%. The fabric is SUPER SOFT and very comfortable. I just love wearing them!

Here are some pictures of the Soft collection:

I love Axara leggings!!!

Axara Paris since 1975. Made with love / Fabriqué avec amour.

If you're from or visiting Thailand, you can find Axara at Isetan Central World, and at The Mall. Can't find Axara stores in Malaysia though... if you have spotted one, let me know 'ya!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Follow Me Shampoo

I have oily hair. It got worse when I stayed in a hot country. I tried not to over-shampoo but sometimes I have no choice but to wash my hair every single day. Not only oily hair, I also have problems with "excessive" hair fall. So many hair strands collecting on the floor when I walk in my apartment. This frustrates my eyes a lot... my place has to be clean from dust and falling hair at all times!

I've tried all the brands on the shelves, from the moderate price to the expensive ones... until I found this brand when I came to Malaysia: Follow Me Green Tea Shampoo with Anti-break Tech from Japan. After using it, I noticed a reduction of hair fall, a clean scalp, and softer hair.

It is said to be "used by the strongest hair woman (Malaysian Guiness Book of Records)".

The price is reasonable, but nonetheless I like to stock it up when there's a 15% sale ^^. It's a housewife thing.

Here are a few tips that can help you care for your hair:
- Use reasonable amount of your shampoo, not too much
- Conditioner should be applied to the ends of the hair
- Don't blow-dry your hair when very wet. Allow it to naturally half-dry before blow-drying it.

Any extra tips, share them with us! Anyways, if you have the same problem as me, try it out, and let me know if it's working for you.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What's Your Favorite Perfume?

A few years ago, I attended a dinner function and was sitting next to a pretty working woman. We were chatting casually, and I just loved the perfume she was wearing. It was a sweet fresh scent that makes you remember that person. Until now, I much regret that I did not ask her which perfume she was using T T

Nonetheless, here is a list of my favorite perfumes. The first one I own and like most is Incanto Dream by Salvatore Ferragamo. It was suggested to me by a nice gentleman staff at the perfume counter in 2005. Incanto Dream has this fresh, fruity and floral scent. It's my favorite.

I like the Salvatore Ferragamo line a lot, so I couldn't resist when they launched the Incanto Charm. Charm has a warm and very sweet scent. I introduced the line to one of my girlfriends (who used to prefer cologne over perfume), and we finally bought it together during our trip to Hong Kong in 2007, the greatest place to shop.

Each perfume bottle has a story behind ^^. In 2009, I went to the Estee Lauder sale with my fun & forever happy girlfriends gang and one of them was avidly looking for the Delicious Green Apple. She told me that it's the best perfume and even better than the Red Delicious. The staff at the counter said that it was all sold out, but was kind enough to show us the Be Delicious Green Apple shower gel and 1 perfume stick (the only one left). So it was out of luck and kindness from my girlfriend that I got the DKNY Be Delicious Green Apple for a great price ^^ It has this fresh and energetic scent, a favorite for many!

This last perfume, I do not own it... yet. It was introduced to me by another of my fun & forever happy friend. It's the DIOR Miss Cherie perfume. They have three different fragrance: the perfume, the eau de toilette and the cologne. I prefer the fresh green cologne smell, but others might prefer the sweet pinkish perfume smell, which has a sweet girly scent. Couldn't stop smelling it.