My Fuss-Free Vacation to Malacca.

They say travelling broadens the mind, nourishes the soul and heightens the senses. They also said that travelling can reduce stress because it is something we enjoy doing and an activity that doesn’t kill us like our jobs do. Except that it does drain your bank account if you don’t plan carefully. The whole of…

Best 5 Kitchen Holiday Gift Ideas For Christmas

They were not wrong when they said, “The way to someone’s heart is through his or her stomach.” So, whether you’re shopping the perfect gift for a budding chef, holiday hostess or your home baker sibling, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We did most of the hard work for you and whipped up a…

A Double Birthday Celebration at Kim Ga Nae.

So last night my husband and I had a double celebration dinner at Kim Ga Nae, a Korean barbecue restaurant in Damansara Uptown. The dinner celebrations were in conjunction with my dad’s belated birthday (the actual day was on 29 June) as well as my aunt’s (my mum’s sister). My sister and her male companion…

There is a Time for Teetotallers Like Me.

10 months ago on August 4, 2016, I joined the company I’m currently at today in a bid to escape the humdrum of unemployment. Last year (2016), I was out of a job (and out of sorts!) for 5 months! 5 months is a long time for someone who graduated with a degree, is well-read…

Book Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

No. of pages: 284 pages Date published: 2014 by Alma Books (first published 2008) Setting: Mumbai (India), London, Lumiere and Paris (France) Original Title: The Hundred-Foot Journey Because I’ve seen the movie, I knew what the story was about. At least, the story that was told in and by the movie. So when I saw the…

Four Birthdays at Portofino and a Crying Child.

Seriously, what are the odds of celebrating your birthday on the same day at the same place with three other people? With mine, there were FOUR people celebrating their special days that same night! Last Friday, December 2, had been the first significant turning point of my life. Many of my friends had already turned thirty…

Measure It Right!

I’ve always had trouble with measurements when I’m in the kitchen. It’s always too much of one thing and not enough of the other thing. Miscalculations which has often led to leftover food. Some measurements may not always make sense in each state, and unless you’re a seasoned baker or one who bakes to pass…

Of Work, Hot Chocolate and Reading.

Hey guys, It’s been awhile since I last posted anything here. I’ve been busy with work, that’s why. A marketing executive role for me has taken over three-parts of my life and by the time I get home, I’m too tired to do anything else. Also, after wading through heavy traffic from the office back…

Oh, For the Love of Coffee!

It was International Coffee Day on October 1 over the weekend, how did you celebrate that special occasion? How does one even celebrate such an occasion, since it isn’t a day where you pay visits to your relatives, or collect red packets of money from your elders, or attend open houses with big scrumptious feasts……

What’s Your Poison When You Read: Coffee, Tea or Booze?

  Once upon a time, I used to have my daily dose of caffeine in the morning, and probably another mug later on in the day when I want to read. Ever since my bowels went on strike after having a cappuccino, these days, a hot cup of freshly-brewed tea is the drink for me…

Of Coffee, Caffeine and Abdominal Pain.

  Did you know that coffee can cause stomach cramps and abdominal pain? I didn’t know this because once upon a time, I had been an avid coffee drinker. I had to have at least one cup of coffee a day or I’d get cranky. Also, many scientists, studies and surveys have claimed the importance of coffee…

Food Review: Portofino, Bangsar.

It was a truly enchanting and delightful dinner that I had last night with my parents, my husband, and another friend. It was my dad’s birthday yesterday, so we decided to have the celebration at Portofino, an Italian restaurant located at a corner of a row of shophouses in Lucky Garden, Bangsar. Upon entering the…

Food Review: Flingstones Cafe.

A three-day weekend is normally a time for me to go on a road trip or get busy with finding new cafes to visit. Or, it could just be a time for me to relax at home, gaming or reading. Sadly, I spent my long weekend hibernating because I had a mild fever. Mild yes,…

Food Review: Strangers at 47.

It was a rainy day that drove us into the open arms of the Strangers at 47. A torrential downpour that left us stranded at a row of shophouses, restaurants, and cafes, with our car parked a little too far to reach if we walked in the rain. And so, we found ourselves at the…

Food Review: Sudo Brew.

It was another one of those days when a new cafe sprouts like a wild mushroom in the middle of Klang Valley, which is already over-populated with many new and existing hip and independent cafes. Well, this cafe had already been opened for awhile now until a friend told me about its existence. Sudo Brew…

Food Review: Mikey’s Original New York Pizza.

This was one pizza parlour where the famous line from the Lord of the Rings trilogy would fit right in. Except that you’d have to adapt it to suit the atmosphere. When Sauron created the Ring from the fires of Mordor, his objective was to turn nine Men into his Death Knights. “One Ring to…

Food Review: Giggles & Geeks.

I’m sure most people think of food reviews as almost positive, and hope that they can find out all the good things about a cafe, restaurant, pub or bar. What food and drinks they serve, how they feel about the environment, whether the interior or exterior design is attractive or not, to the kind of…

Hello, Is It Tea You’re Looking For?

Let me tell you something about myself. I used to swear by coffee and I always had to have my cup of coffee in the morning before starting my day. I always had to have that early morning jolt before I could focus on anything. That was then. Lately, however, I’ve been drinking more tea…

The Evolution of Cups and Mankind.

Controversies keep us on our toes. That’s what I think. Because when there’s a controversy, there are all kinds of people who suddenly become geniuses overnight. They spout nonsense, thinking that they look or sound smarter. They start acting as if they know everything and that other people don’t and therefore, need to follow their…

Of Coffee and Macarons.

When I think of relaxing with a cup of coffee and my book, I always ask myself, “Where should I go to have my daily cuppa and maybe something to nibble on while reading my book?” That question never fails to escape my thoughts before planning my day. Sadly, not many cafe joints here can…

But First, Coffee.

I was never a coffee drinker until I tasted the magic of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. When I was young, my dad used to take the family out for supper and it almost always was to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at a neighbourhood mall. Back then, life was much simpler and we needn’t…

Beat Monday Blues with Brownies.

Let’s be honest, shall we? — I didn’t have a good weekend. There, I said it. The reason why I didn’t have a good weekend was because I foolishly promised my manager that I’d get back to her on a few tasks that had been left on the back-burner for a week. I foolishly assumed…

Coffee Variants, Personal Opinions.

Many independent cafes have been mushrooming all over Klang Valley and in other popular cities such as Malacca, Johor Bahru, Ipoh and Penang. These cafes provide more than just specially-brewed coffee, from the ambience and atmosphere to the wide selection of pastries, cakes and other food-based items on their menus. While each cafe is unique…