Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bad experience in Melbourne.

Hi. My name is Sabrina Loh and I am a 19y/o Malaysian currently attending university in Melbourne, Australia. I'm Chinese and I speak Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hainanese.

DISCLAIMER: By no means am I calling EVERYONE a meanie, okay? This is just based on my personal experiences whilst in Melbourne. Also, this is going to be a wordy post. And maybe a slight bit crude, I think. Too much feels. #emotionalblogging


Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to study overseas. Living away from home and being independent just seemed so.. Rebellious and appealing. Despite my daily tweets of complaints regarding mundane household chores, I've always liked the idea of having to juggle studies along with responsibilities.
I envisioned university life to be both rewarding and tedious at the same time. Tedious because of tests/assignments/revision etc, rewarding because you get to mix around with people from all over the world. I personally think of university as a mini melting pot. You get the opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and traditions.

Not long before leaving for Melbourne, I was casually surfing Facebook, randomly going through pictures of friends studying overseas. And here's what I noticed: a majority of them would only hang out with other Malaysians (at least those I've seen on FB do). Very seldom do I find Malaysians with angmohs (Caucasians) or mainland Chinese.

And what came to mind was: "WTF Y U SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY TO STUDY ABROAD BUT ONLY HANG OUT WITH OTHER MALAYSIANS?! JUST STUDY IN MALAYSIA THEN!"
It seriously didn't make sense to me at all. If you're privileged enough to study abroad, you should try to mingle with people from all over the world as much as possible, right? 

Fast forward to my fifth month in uni, I finally understood why Malaysians tend to stick with other Malaysians. It's not that we're shy. It's just too damn difficult to get other people to treat you as their equal. Does that make sense?
Basically, what I'm trying to say here is that discrimination (this word is used rather loosely) is too profound.

Aside from the usual "NI HAO!" or "KONICHIWA!" from random angmoh passersby and the occasional ignorant "how was winter in Malaysia?", here are a few mean remarks I got that contributed to the bad experience as a whole.


INCIDENT 1
I was at 7-11 wanting to topup my Myki. I just got to Melbourne, didn't have much small change so I gave the guy at the counter a hundred dollar note. He was about about to place it in the till drawer when his son-of-a-bitch colleague decided to say this: "Hey dude, better go examine the money. Chinese always love to use fake money."

OH NO YOU DID NOT.


INCIDENT 2
I was taking a stroll in the park one afternoon. A local came up to me and shouted "YOU DISGUSTING BASTARD!" 
How rude. Like wtf? I was minding my own business and wasn't doing anything wrong. Stupid old lady. 

To be fair, there could have been a myriad of reasons as to why she did that: 
  • she was having a bad day;
  • she dislikes Asians;
  • she's jealous of young, pretty women;
  • I remind her of her horrible daughter-in-law;
  • blablabla...

But the thing is: It doesn't matter what was going through her mind when she saw me. She should have kept those nasty thoughts to herself. 

Hello auntie, just coz you're old and wrinkly doesn't mean you can anyhow fling your nastiness around as you wish hor?  


INCIDENT 3
This happened to me in class.

I was next to a group of locals. They were talking and I didn't want to sit there not contributing, so I made an attempt to join the conversation.
And here's what one of them said to me: "Hey, if you're Chinese, stop speaking with a fake accent!"

I'm sorry, what do you mean by fake?
Is the fact that I speak English fluently bothering you? Is the fact that I can pronounce THREE and TREE correctly annoying you?
Fuck you. Just coz I'm Chinese doesn't mean I have to speak with the typical Chinese accent, okay? Accents depend on where a person is from, and the environment s/he was brought up in. Stupid. Really behtahan. 
YOU LANJIAO PLS GO JIAKSAI, UNDERSTAND? I NOW USING MY CINA-APEK ACCENT LEH, U HAPPY MOU CHAO ANGMOH? YOU LIKE MY ACCENT LIKE DIS SIBOH? VELI VELI NICE HOR MY MALAYSIAN ACCENT?


INCIDENT 4
I was walking just outside Flinders Station. Brisk pace. Not slow or anything as I was already late (no surprise there) for dinner, so I definitely wasn't holding anyone up. Then this cheebyekia angmoh in a hoodie walking towards the opposite direction as me stopped, put his hands on my shoulders, AND SHOVED ME ONTO THE GROUND WHILE SAYING "GTFO OF MY WAY". 

I'm not sure if he did that coz he has anger management issues or I look like his ex or what, but either way, he shouldn't have done that. Nothing could possibly justify his actions. 

Fortunately some kind soul was kind enough to help me up. Yay. Cookie for you!


INCIDENT 5
This.
Yeah, I know giving your number to a random stranger at the club probably isn't the wisest thing to do, but I've done that a couple of times and met a quite a number of well-mannered guys through that.

It's just once in a while I get real douchebags. You know, there was this time at a club I got asked "HEY IS YOUR NAME CHING CHONG?"


INCIDENT 6
Oh, btw, it's not just the Caucasians who give me a bad time. Some Chinese just love to discriminate their own kind. And this seriously annoys the fuck out of me.

I was IKEA with my parents, shopping for a study desk. I spoke to my dad in Cantonese (because that's how we talk) and approached a sales assistant nearby to clarify some stuff right after that.
Before I could say anything, she went "sorry I don't speak Chinese."

Like WTF YOU LANJIAO. Do I look like I can't speak a word of English?
Just cause you're Chinese and fluent in English doesn't make you any better than me, okay? Fuck you, understand? 


INCIDENT 7
I was at the lecture hall when I spotted a vacant seat next to two mainland Chinese. I asked in English "excuse me is this seat taken?" They both said no. So okay la right? I sat there.

The next thing you know, they started bitching about me in Mandarin. WTF?!
I was so bothered that I actually spoke to them in Mandarin casually to shut them up. Like "你好!请问你门是从中国来的吗? 哇,墨尔本真的好多国内人咧!"


Sometimes I think it's difficult being a Malaysian. Most of us speak three languages or more. Being a Chinese in KL normally means you can speak Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin and Cantonese/Hokkien. (Refer to Paragraph 1.)

Unfortunately, chances are, your proficiency in all the languages is half past six (neither here nor there). What I'm saying is that you can be good at English, but chances are it's not gonna be as good as the angmohs. You can be good at Mandarin, but chances are it's nowhere as good as the mainlanders.

It doesn't matter how many languages/dialects you speak. Sure, most foreigners will go "WOW!" when you tell them you're fluent in xyz, but at the end of the day, you still get shunned by both angmohs and mainlanders 75% of the time. 

I think Malaysians are very often misunderstood. If we speak fairly good English, we get accused for "faking it." If we speak poor English, we hear things like "CHING CHONG LING LONG!"
So confusing lah.
I tend to stick with Malaysians or Singaporeans nowadays. THEY UNDERSTAND MY PAIN.

Don't get me wrong, I do have awesome angmoh friends, but not that many. I think after this post I'm gonna lose friends, hahaha. Why am I doing this to myself. #socialsuicide
Tbh, I don't even know why am I so suey to kena shit like that. Some friends say it's coz I haz face problem. 
Idk what to feel :(
Okay, end of long rant.

x

ps; sorry for such a negative post just before 2015. I've been working on this for quite some time now, and I'm glad to finally be done with it. Time to leave this shit behind and welcome the new year! Woohoo!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Dolce and Gabbana The One (Collector's Edition) Review.

Hello! 
Hope you've all had a great Christmas (: 
2014 is coming to an end soon, so it's time to stock up on new perfumes for 2015 if you haven't already! Here's one to consider: The One by Dolce and Gabbana. 

Dolce and Gabbana celebrates the timeless elegance of The One with a powerful Collector's Edition in a shade of the brand's iconic red, a colour flattering on all. 
The One Collector's Edition takes inspiration from iconic symbols treasured by the designers. The flacon bears the imprint of a gold coin, a strong motif in Dolce and Gabbana's 2014 fashion collection, representing a journey of discovery of ancient Sicily and the Greek culture that lies deep within its history. 

The profile of a mythical Greek god is emblazoned upon the coin, representing wisdom, courage and intelligence. She personifies the voyage to Sicily's roots and captures the spirit of The One Collector's Edition, crossing between reality and surrealism. The colour of the solid lacquered flacon was selected to epitomise the fragrance's characteristics: Dolce and Gabbana's signature red as a symbol of ultimate luxury.


The rich oriental floral perfume opens with a sparkling and modern interpretation of fresh topnotes of zesty Bergamot and Mandarin combined with juicy Lychee and Peach. 
The journey to the heart of the fragrance follows into the timeless scent of the Madonna Lily with its voluptuous intensity and enveloping feminity. 
The fragrance finally unfolds to reveal a deep and sensual base of rich Vanilla and resinous Ambery notes combined with smooth Musky notes to leave a lingering presence.


Okay, done with the artistic fanciful descriptions. 
Come come, I give you artistic (somewhat) photo. I tried la, okay?
If you're a perfume hoarder, this is definitely a good addition to your collection.
... I should just quit business school and become a rapper.

The bottle is pretty solid and feels very luxurious and atas. As for the fragrance, I don't think it's a suitable scent for younger girls. Personally, I think it's more for ages 20-ish and above?

But hey, this is a subjective matter. Go take a whiff and decide for yourself if possible!



The Lineup
Dolce and Gabbana The One Collector's Edition 50ml RM348
Dolce and Gabbana The One Collector's Edition 75ml RM463

The One Collector's Edition by Dolce & Gabbana is available starting November 2014 in major department stores and perfumeries nationwide. 

Disclaimer: Product sent to me by Dolce & Gabbana as PR sample for review consideration. As with everything on my blog, my opinions remain 100% honest.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Review.

No matter what the season, I always have to have a lipbalm with me. I'm a self-declared lipbalm junkie. If you've read my What's in My Bag? and April 2014 Faves posts, you'd probably be able to tell I go through them like craaazy and am always on the hunt for new ones.

So here is my latest addiction!
It's the Lip Nourish in Lemon and Mint by Luk Beautifood.


MORE ABOUT LUK BEAUTIFOOD:
Cindy Luken, the founder of Luk Beautifood, became aware of how beauty products were made in 2005 at a body care centre. With a degree in Food + Nutrition and a Masters in Science, she seized the opportunity to create innovative beauty products made from healthy active foods instead of harmful chemicals.

Luk Beautifood has since then been the 'go-to' natural beauty brand for cultivating a healthy glow by making beauty products from natural and organic foods, supported by a holistic nourished lifestyle.



The Lip Nourish was created in 2011, and is 100% natural, made with edible and clean active ingredients. There are 7 sheer shades, each one named after its unique flavour combo as below.
Click to enlarge. 

The Lip Nourishes are all chock-full of Vitamins A, C, E, antioxidants and Omega 3+6 essential fatty acids from avocados, sesame seeds and plant lipids to fight free radicals and moisturise, keeping lips soft, smooth and shiny.

Oh, and they each come beautifully hand-wrapped in reusable fabric!
I have the one in Lemon and Mint, and it tastes just like it smells! Sooo yummy I can't help but reapply it over and over again after I lick it off hahaha.

Luk Beautifood describes the shade I chose as "tea rose brown".
I think it's the perfect my-lips-but-better shade. Doesn't look like I have anything on my lips, yet they still feel hydrated (god forbid chapped lips!)
Here's a big picture of me wearing the Lip Nourish.
Excuse the eyebags. #unistudentprobs


You can get the Lip Nourish in any of the 7 tasty shades available for $24.95 (AUD) at www.lukbeautifood.com.
They ship WORLDWIDE, whoop whoop!

Check out Luk Beautifood on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated!


Disclaimer: Product sent to me by Luk Beautifood as PR sample for review consideration. As with everything on my blog, my opinions remain 100% honest.

x

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Giveaway: Gillette MACH3 Turbo Razor.

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY OVER!

Winners:
Brian Kok
Tan Xin Wen
Wan Cheng

Isaac Lim
Alezender Tan

Congrats!


Ling ling long long! Christmas is just around the corner, meaning it's time for another Christmas giveaway!

This year, Gillette will be giving 5 lucky readers a MACH3 Turbo Razor each! Keep reading to find out how you can win :D


Post shaving redness is a common problem and typically, few make a fuss. Despite the high number of men experiencing redness, the majority claim to be satisfied with their current shaving regime. This suggests that both men and their partners live with the misconception that redness is an unavoidable consequence of a close shave.
Recently, Gillette launched the "Close Shave. Zero Redness" Challenge and called for men to stand up to post shave redness by using a razor that is tried and tested for ZERO REDNESS. To support this claim, Gillette is offering a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE for any customer who is not satisfied with the performance of the Gillette MACH3 product!


HOW SHOULD I SHAVE?
According to Gillette, there are 5 easy steps to the perfect shave.

1. Soak Before You Shave
Beard hair is about as tough as copper wire; soften it by washing your face and neck with warm water and a mild soap, removing natural oils and perspiration that inhibit water penetration. After approximately three minutes of soaking, your beard hair will be optimally softened; in fact, the force required to cut beard hair is reduced by almost 70 percent after only two minutes.

2. Apply Plenty Of Shave Gel
Although water is an essential softening agent, it evaporates quickly. Shaving cream or gel moisturises and softens beard hair, creating a protective layer of lubrication to maximise razor glide.

3. Use Light, Gentle Strokes
Use light, gentle strokes whether shaving with or against whisker growth. For ultimate comfort, use Gillette MACH3 razors.  The blades of Gillette MACH3 are developed to reduce pressure on the skin and result in a clean, close shave in a single stroke, reducing the cause of shaving irritation and redness.

4. Shave Tricky Spots Last
The toughest hairs grow on the chin and around the lips. Save these areas for last as more time soaking in shave gel will soften them further.

5. After Shaving, Rinse Your Face With Cool Water And Pat Dry
At the end of every shave, rinse your face and neck with cool water to close pores and soothe freshly exfoliated skin. Pat dry. Rinse your razor thoroughly and shake off excess water before storing. Do not wipe the blades, as this can damage the fine shaving surface.



FAQs
Over the many years, Gillette has had many people ask them shaving related questions; Here's a list of the most commonly asked one.
Q: Is it better to use hot, cold or warm water to shave?
A: Warm water is best for hydrating beard hair. Soaking in warm water softens hair and causes it to expand, making it 70 percent easier to cut.

Q: What is the difference between shaving with shave gel and with soap and water?
A: Shave gel tends to be less drying than ordinary soap and water and won’t clog your razor the way soap can. Shave gels help retain skin moisture, making hairs easier to cut.

Q: What is the best way to avoid razor burn?
A: If the skin is not properly prepared before shaving or if the blade on your razor is dull, you are more likely to end up with razor burn. Make sure to hydrate hair in warm water for three minutes and apply plenty of shave gel. Also, be sure to change the blade on your razor at the first sign of dullness or discomfort.

Q: Is it okay to let my girlfriend or wife borrow my razor?
A: It’s not a good idea to share your razor with your partner. Women have a much larger area to shave and you may find that after only a few shaves, your blade has dulled considerably, increasing the likelihood of nicks and cuts. Tell her to try a razor specifically designed for the way a woman shaves.

Q: Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker?
A: Scientists at Gillette have conducted extensive testing on the effects shaving has on both male and female hair growth, texture and color. This testing has proven that shaving does not affect hair growth, color or texture. Shaving does, however, alter the tip shape of the regrown hair, which may initially change the way hair feels as it grows back. But if hair is left to re-grow completely, it will return to its former state.

Q: In what direction should I shave to achieve the best shave?
A: Men’s facial hair tends to grow in different directions. Most men find using light, gentle strokes and shaving in the direction of whisker growth provides the closest, smoothest shave possible.

QHow do I avoid nicks and cuts, particularly above my upper lip?
A: The area above the upper lip is tricky for many men. Always leave it for last. Apply plenty of shave gel and allow this area to soak up as much lather as possible. Shave slowly and don’t apply too much pressure. 



To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is:
  1. Email your answers to these questions to sabbyloh[at]gmail.com:
    Q1: Why is it important to use light, gentle strokes? 
    Q2: Name one of the ways to reduce razor burns.

    Q3: What is the name of the Gillette campaign launched recently?

  2. Be sure to include your:-
    Name:
    IC No:
    Mailing Address:
    Email address:
    Phone No:

  3. Keep your fingers crossed, and check your inbox on the 17th to see if you've won!
It's that simple!

GIVEAWAY STARTS ON: 12th December 2014

GIVEAWAY ENDS ON: 17th December 2014 (12PM)


Gillette's MACH3 Turbo Razor retails at RM15.90.

Disclaimer: Prizes sponsored by Gillette. I am not paid to host this giveaway. As with everything on my blog, my opinion remains 100% honest.


x

Friday, December 05, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men 2014 Edition Review.

Hello! Can't believe it's already December!
I apologize for failing to post regularly (I swear I say this every single time), but really, uni life is crazy busy. 

If you're a new reader, welcome, and bear in mind that if I ever say I'll update at fixed intervals, it's probably a semi-lie and you shouldn't hold me to my words.
If you're familiar with how I run this blog, yay. 

LEGGO.

As you can see, this post is going to be about Dolce & Gabbana's The One for Men 2014 Edition. 
Then again, 2014's coming to an end so... Head over to your nearest Parkson/Isetan and grab yourself a bottle before 2015 please! Perfect Christmas present too, if I may add!


The One for Men is definitely a very masculine scent, opening with the combination of grapefruit, coriander and basil, before transitioning to a slight spicy scent of cardamom and ginger. The dry down leaves a deep trace of cedarwood and tobacco along with some ambery notes.
It is overall a pretty classic scent, and not at all overpowering, making it suitable for any occasion. 

Packaging-wise, the flacon is metallic all-over (and therefore making it a bitch to photograph).

The Lineup
The One for Men Limited Edition 50ml RM212
The One for Men Limited Edition 100ml RM298

The One for Men Limited Edition by Dolce & Gabbana is available starting May 2014 in all major department stores and perfumeries. 

Disclaimer: Product sent to me by Dolce & Gabbana as PR sample for review consideration. As with everything on my blog, my opinions remain 100% honest.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 2014 Favourites.

Why, hello there, May. It's shocking how quickly the year seems to be slipping by. Anyway, April has seen the resurrection of my blog (hooray!). April has also seen me in total desperation when the temperature fell below 10 degree Celsius on certain nights when I just so happen to have missed the last operating tram and had to walk 30minutes home. FYI, that walking home thing happened twice. 
Sad story aside, here's what I have been loving the past 30 days! 
Click to enlarge.

Shoulder bag from Forever New 
Although I am not a huge advocate of light-coloured bags (too high maintenance), I am absolutely in love with this new buy! It's very versatile and comes with a detachable gold chain shoulder strap. 
Also, because of the limited space available, I am forced not to lug around unnecessary garbage, which is something my shoulders will thank me for in the long run. 

Escada sunglasses
I hardly ever buy designer shades. Simply because I am a klutz and will destroy them after a week. But when I do get one, I make sure it's big enough to give me bug-looking eyes. So much more flattering on my chubby face. 
Btw, tortoise shell frames are the way to go. Black is too plain, sorry.

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
You can never go wrong with S&G. The scent of this is to die for! Please check this out if you get the chance. Rub this on after a hot shower and you'll smell delicious for the next few hours. Warning: it doesn't taste as good as it smells. I would know (; 

Tresemme Heat Tamer Protective Spray
After hearing so many YouTubers rave about this on and on, I caved and got myself a bottle last year while on a trip to Bangkok. Never really got round to using this before coming to Australia, as I seldom use heat on my hair back in KL. It's a different story altogether here in Melbourne. Should you decide to step out of the house with dripping wet hair, you will freeze to death.
Not 100% sure if it works in terms of protecting your tresses, but this shizz definitely smells ahmayzing.

EOS lipbalm in Sweet Mint
The packaging is cute, but impractical. I mean, how does one fit this in one's evening clutch without it ending up with awkward bulges? So for that reason, this egg-shaped lipbalm doesn't get the privilege of being toted around by me. Instead, it earns a permanent spot on my nightstand. 

Maybelline Baby Lips in Berry Crush
I was running out of my other Maybelline tinted balm and decided to give this one a try. I just picked the reddest of the bunch and went straight to the cashier. Didn't swatch it at all but ended up loving it! It's really pigmented for a drugstore lipbalm and pretty moisturising as well. 

Sportsgirl rollerball perfume in In a Daze
This has been my go-to fragrance in April. I normally layer it on top of VS's Secret Charm body mist, but this smells good if you wear it on its own too. The only way I can describe the scent is: summer in a bottle! In a Daze is light and fruity and sweet :D 

Danone Greek yogurt in Raspberry and White Chocolate
Cannot stress how delicious this tastes! The texture is super creamy and you get bits of raspberry in the yogurt. Danone has other flavours like Honey, Apple & Rhubarb, Strawberry, etc but this is by far my favourite.

Sherlock kissing Molly
In case you didn't already know, I have been binge-watching Sherlock.
And I present to you my favourite scene:
*swoons* That coat fix. *hyperventilates* That hair ruffle. *ovaries quivering*


You have no idea the amount of times I have hit replay on that scene. 
Now here's me selfie-ing with my tortoise shell sunnies.
x

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dolce EDP by Dolce & Gabbana Review.

It's Summer 24/7 in Malaysia, so I always love me a nice and light perfume for everyday use. You know, one that is suitable for both work and play. Oh, and also to spritz around my room. Am I the only one who does that? 

Cue Dolce & Gabbana's latest fragrance. 
Dolce is like a fresh bouquet of white flowers with occasional whispers of fruitiness and a warm dry down of earthy musk and Cashmeran accents. It opens with a sweet-smelling burst of Neroli leaves and Papaya flower, dissipating into an opulent combination of White Amaryllis, White Daffodil and White Water Lily as the core of the fragrance emerges. If you love fresh florals, Dolce will probably capture your attention.

The elegant packaging is reminiscent of a vintage flacon, while the clear glass and softly curved lines lend a contemporary edge to the bottle. 
As for the flower stopper, the design is carefully handcrafted; the petals fan out in three rows, with colours graduating from milky-white, through to cream, and soft pink at the center. (My photos do no justice T.T)
The overall packaging is just so girly and romantic.  

This is an EDP with reasonable staying power. It lasted about 7hours on me before needing another spritz. Having said that, Dolce is one of those "lighter" EDPs. It is a feminine and complex blend but still unoffensive and undetectable unless at close range. Very suitable if you're in a professional environment. 

Psst, if you spray this around your room, the entire place is going to smell like a garden in Spring!

My attempt going all floral! :D


For those of you out there with sensitive olfactory receptors, this might be helpful:
Top notes: Neroli leaves, Papaya flower
Heart notes: White Amaryllis, White Daffodil, White Water Lily
Dry down notes: Cashmeran, Musk, Sandalwood

The Lineup
Dolce Eau de Parfum 30ml RM244
Dolce Eau de Parfum 50ml RM331
Dolce Eau de Parfum 75ml RM439
Dolce Perfumed Body Lotion 200ml RM160
Dolce Moisturizing Perfumed Shower Gel 200ml RM148

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana is available starting April 2014 in all major department stores and perfumeries. 

Disclaimer: Product sent to me by Dolce & Gabbana as PR sample for review consideration. As with everything on my blog, my opinions remain 100% honest.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System Review.

WOOHOO! This much awaited review is finally live!
The Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System. Is it any good?

Ever since my post on the Olay Aquaction Long Lasting Hydration Gel Moisturiser, I've been getting a lot of requests to review Olay's dupe for the insanely expensive Clarisonic. Thanks to Olay, I got sent the product so here's my two cents!

This is what you'll get for RM99.90:
  • A brush head
  • The device
  • 2 AA batteries
  • A 20ml tube of the Olay Regenerist Skin Renewal Cleanser

In terms of size, this thing is quite handy and easy to travel with. The only complaint I have is that there isn't a case to store the brush head. Without a proper container, the brush head might get squashed in your travel bag and then the bristles will go all wonky :/


Before getting to test this baby out, I spent about 10minutes trying to open the battery compartment -.-
IT. IS. A. PAIN. IN. THE. BUTT. TO. OPEN.
This may seem like an easy task, but it's sealed so tightly that you'll have to pull and yank and wiggle the battery cover before it pops open. It does get easier after the first few times though.
Why is it fitted so snugly? Because the device is water resistant. Yes yes, you multitaskers can use it in the shower.

To install the brush head, you just have to press it onto the connection pin until it locks into position. You'll hear a click sound. For the Cleansing System to really work, be sure to replace the brush head at least every 3 months.


I like how the device has a smart memory component installed. Once you set a speed, the Cleansing System remembers your setting, so you'll start with the speed you last used.
A word of caution: The HIGH speed is quite cray cray. Be sure to start off with LOW first. Don't be overenthusiastic!

Speaking of over-exfoliation, Olay recommends you use this no longer than 60seconds. To make your life easier, I've created this guide. So whip out your phone and set the timer!
Also, while Olay says it's alright to use the brush morning and night daily, I'd suggest you don't go all gungho in the beginning. Save it for nighttime use, okay? Over-exfoliation can cause your skin to go berserk.


Another thing is that the brush rotates in a clockwise motion. Why is this so important for me to point out?
Answer: If you place the brush too near your hairline, your hair WILL get caught in the bristles and swirl around your face. You'll end up with wet, sudsy hair. All over your face.


How to use the Cleansing System?
Dampen brush head slightly. Dampen hands. Dispense the Regenerist Skin Renewal Cleanser on palms and massage over face. Switch on cleansing brush and move it around face for 60seconds according to face diagram above. Avoid the eye area!
Rinse face and brush head with water.

Oh btw, the Skin Renewal Cleanser contains micro scrubby beads. If you find it too harsh, you can use your regular cleanser instead. It also has a creamy scent, if that makes any sense.


On to how well does the Cleansing System work! 
Here's a test*. As you can't see, I've drawn an invisible line down the middle of my heavily made-up face. I've also labelled the two parts A and B respectively.

Part A will be removed with a regular cleanser, while Part B will be removed with the Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System.
Both sides will then be wiped with a cotton pad.
Cleanser X vs. Olay's Cleansing System!

After the "experiment", here's what's left:
SHOCKING RIGHT?!
SO AMAZING. I actually spent quite some time rubbing cleanser A over my face. But check what remains :O
For B, look at the brush hahahah. Most of the makeup/dirt/grime got caught in the bristles. The cotton pad is relatively clean.

*Test done without makeup remover. Yes, I know this isn't the correct way to remove makeup. Bear in mind that this is just to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Cleansing System. Don't flame me for not using a proper makeup remover. Results would have been be harder to capture on camera if makeup remover was used.


VERDICT?
I SUPER LOVE THIS THING!

Apart from giving your face a thorough cleanse, the brush leaves you with nicely exfoliated skin as well! Products you use will also be better absorbed too! :D
Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System is available at selected Watson pharmacies and is priced at RM99.90.
Extra brush heads can be purchased separately. RM25 for a set of 2 brushes.

Product sponsored by Olay. 

PS:
Are there any products you'd like me to review? If so, leave a comment in the suggestion box over in the sidebar! 

x

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I AM BACK!

Hello there, lovely readers of this blog. This very much abandoned blog.

First of all, I believe apologies are in order, so.. AYAM SORRY. I know I've been on hiatus for two months.

Now on to the big question: WHY?
Well, for those of you that do not know (obviously because you bunch don't follow me on Twitter & Instagram - shame on you! :P), I am now a university student.

Yeap. I'm currently living the hyped-up, once-in-a-lifetime university life. Translate: no sleep, shitload of assignments, caffeine, instant noodles, negative bank balance and cereal for breakfast/lunch/dinner/supper.
That's my main reason for being MIA. Settling in and being independent for the very first time while juggling coursework and homesickness is no easy feat. It feels damn shitty coming home after a long day and still have to do your laundry, cook, read pre-lecture materials, etc.

Education related excuses aside, I haven't exactly been happy with my site's design and layout before this. Took me quite a while to finally get it to look the way I want. Will write more on that in an upcoming post.

Anyway, I'm currently on a one-week Easter break, so I foresee a couple of entries getting published over the next few days! :D (no promises though!)

Short story shorter, I hope you guys will give poor me a second chance at reviving this dead thing I call a blog.
(And maybe a third chance in future as well, cause you know what they say: third time's the charm!)

SO GLAD TO BE BACK!

PS:
What should I blog about? Any thoughts? Leave an idea in the suggestion box over in the sidebar if you wanna! (:

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kai Zen Japanese Restaurant @ Bandar Puteri.

Ahh, Jappie food. I love Jappie food.
Read on to find out what Kai Zen has to offer!

First of all, I'd like to remind everyone that looks can be deceiving. Prior to entering Kai Zen, I was a little sceptical bout the restaurant, since the sign board umm.. Has room to improve. It doesn't do Kai Zen justice.

Anyway, the moment I walked in, I went all @@
What sorcery. The interior does not match the signage at all.
The Ground Floor. 
I personally prefer the First Floor as they've recently renovated it. Very comfy and spacious, with huge mirrors to take #ootds!
First Floor: The interior is not your typical Japanesy bamboo decor. 

Kai Zen has a large menu. I do not know how well do they cope with that, but should be alright since they've been in business for 6 years.
Ocha! 'Coz that's what I always drink at Jap restaurants.

Their wasabi's shaped like a ball. Reminds me of green tangyuan haha. Quite unique.


Here's a display of the different types of sashimi you'd usually get:
I have no idea what's what except for 5 of them.

Thanks to the Head Chef, Danny Chua, I had the opportunity to sample a few of Kai Zen's bestsellers :D
How can one have a Jap meal without ordering sashimi?
The sashimi platter consisted of Shima Aji, Tai (seasonal), Toro Tataki, Salmon Belly, Bottan Ebi and Kapachi.
For those of you who would like to try, but are afraid of weeping upon seeing the bill, I'd suggest you try at least these two: Salmon Belly & Toro Tataki.

I guess it's an acquired taste to fully enjoy the rest of the platter. Especially the Bottan Ebi (fresh prawns). Don't get me wrong, everything's super fresh, but just not my cup of tea.

This isn't in the menu. You'll have to order it separately.


So fascinating how you can see the layers :O :O :O
This is the Toro Tataki I liked a lot!
They didn't serve it raw like they did the rest. For this, the Toro fish was briefly seared over a hot flame so as to enhance the natural flavours. Super juicy and yummy :D
Highly recommend!


I was extremely amazed by how fresh everything was. Heck, Kai Zen actually has a huge aquarium where they keep live oysters. 
These were DELICIOUS. The texture was soft and fleshy, yet crisp to taste. The lemon complemented the oysters perfectly. I cannot emphasise enough how fresh they were!


While we're on the topic of shellfish, here's another dish that made it onto my favourites list.
Huge scallops, prepared Teppanyaki-style, drizzled with Hollandaise sauce. At RM20 for 2, it may seem a bit overpriced at first, but trust me, these were so so so good! I loved how the meat was tender and succulent. The sauce paired so well with the scallops. FYI, I finished the remaining sauce. #noshame


On to sushi!
I suppose most of you are familiar with Dragon Rolls. They're everywhere O.O
This was okay. Nothing to shout about. Oh, and the cut pieces prepared were impossible to consume in one mouthful. Had to split into 2 servings. This proves that the portion is quite reasonable, yes? So you know you're getting your money's worth :P


Another roll! Man, aren't we on a roll?! (I think I'm so punny sorry)
This was more manageable than the previous one in terms of size. I like bite-sized stuff. At least you don't have to worry about the mess. But again, taste-wise, pretty ordinary. The homemade sauce was fairly pleasant though. 


For those of you on a diet or just want something light:
Fresh prawn salad. I enjoyed the homemade miso dressing. It was sweet and slightly savoury, with a hint of crunchiness thanks to the fish roe. There was a generous amount of prawn bits as well. 

  
Priced at RM26 for one prawn, this Ebi Mentaiko dish smelled heavenly upon serving. Unfortunately, I was busy snapping photos/camwhoring and the dish became cold. -.- So wasn't as yummy as it could have been.

Also, the prawns were slightly overcooked by a new chef, so the meat had stuck to the shell and it was a pain to remove.


If you're a fan of BBQ, you might want to try the Kobe Beef. Priced at a whopping RM50 for just 3 pieces, they were well-marinated and juicy. 
As for the pork, they were alright.


According to the staff at Kai Zen, customers tend to order the Shoyu Ramen. Picture above is just a mini version as the chef knew I couldn't eat anymore :P

The broth was tangy, savoury yet fairly light on the palate. The noodles could have been springier, in my opinion. 


At last. Dessert! 
This mango pudding was prepared by the Head Chef himself! 
It wasn't smooth like the more commercialised ones you'd normally find. This had more of a pulpy texture, as Danny blended pure mango. I found it refreshing and not cloying at all. The sweetness was just nice. Plus, I think the pulp managed to trick me into thinking it's a lot healthier haha! Human nature.


Okay, done with food!
Now on to other things I'd like to point out.
  • THEY HAVE FREE WIFI.
  • The toilets are REALLY clean!
It's awesome how they pay attention to stuff like that. Having clean toilets and free wifi makes a huge difference.


Taadaa! A picture with the Head Chef! He's got over 20 years of experience preparing yummy Japanese dishes :O 

30, Jalan Puteri 2/4,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

603-8063 5118

Business hours:
11.30am - 2.30pm
6.00pm - 10pm


This is a sponsored food review, but all my opinions are honest. The Teppanyaki Hotate was very good okay!!

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