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Friday 30 September 2016

Sports/ Lifestyle: Get Your Bubble Sports Equipment with Inflatable-Zone

This pic of me appeared on my FB memories the other day. It was back in the day when I was active in my school committee and we had a mini team-building activity which was playing Bubble Soccer, one of the trendiest game in KL around at that time. So far, I don't think there are any businesses in JB at the moment. It got me wondering.. Is it possible to purchase these equipments to play bubble soccer in my own garden? If you had the same thought as me, you should read on!

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Community: #UberPark is Here!

Don't you sometimes feel that our cities are getting more and more congested that there's almost no free space to breathe or just chillax? Parks used to be such a common public place to hang out, before it was taken over by buildings and parking lots. Well, to combat that feeling of congestion, Uber Malaysia has decided to launch UberPark!

Monday 26 September 2016

Beauty: Mary Kay NEW Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks (4 Different Looks)

Raise your hands if you love lipsticks like me! I already have a case full of lipsticks, but I can't seem to stop buying them cos the colours are just so pretty :x My latest obsession has been these Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks! Now, it can seem quite confusing to have a gel formulation lipstick, with a matte finish? Let's see how it holds up! Plus, I was so inspired by the colours that I decided to do 4 different looks with them, read till the end to see more :)

Saturday 24 September 2016

[Guest Post] Important Considerations for Selecting a Diamond Jeweller for an Engagement Ring

Image by B_earth_photos via flickr
Whether I'd like to admit it or not, I'm already at that age where it is no longer surprising to see my friends getting engaged. I don't know about you, but as a fashion lover, I find that picking the perfect engagement ring is so important! Not only does it have to be meaningful, the quality has to be top-notch as well as you will possibly be wearing it for the rest of your life. For those of you who are looking to get a diamond engagement ring, you should read this article!

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Eats & Treats: Crab Bar & Cafe @ Akademik Suite, Taman Mount Austin

Do you like seafood? It's really one of life's luxuries for me to be able to enjoy the occassional seafood meal. So blessed that our country has abundant seafood which is readily available all through the year. One such recent seafood restaurants that have popped up is Crab Bar & Cafe at Akademik Suite, Taman Mount Austin. It's the place to go if you want fresh, delicious Western-style seafood in a comfortable environment.

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Shopping: Shop Easy with Hermo x MOLPay CASH @ 7-Eleven

It's a known fact that I love online shopping. In fact, I'd say that I get 80% of my shopping done online because a) there's not many choices in JB malls and b) prices online are way better, plus sometimes I get more savings as well. So internet banking is nothing new to me, but I've also come to understand that not everyone has that luxury nor trust in their bank providers to do online banking. For those of you who shy away from online shopping because of this very fact, I'm here to tell you that you can set your worries aside because with MOLPay CASH, you can now shop online and pay offline with a peace of mind!

Thursday 15 September 2016

Carinn x Invisalign: Opalescence Updated Method - RESULTS!

As promised, here's the results of my previous Opalescence DIY teeth whitening! Just to recap, Opalescence is a home teeth-whitening kit that comes with the whitening gel in a syringe. You are supposed to pair it with your retainers or aligners to get the best results. I have did this before following instructions from my previous dental clinic, but I received feedback from readers and the brand itself that THIS is the correct method to use the kit instead. Check it out before you proceed to the results!

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Community: LEGOLAND® Malaysia Exclusive Flash Deal Promo for Johoreans!

When people ask me about interesting places to visit in Johor, the first thing that usually comes to mind is LEGOLAND®! Come on, who wouldn't have heard of this world-class, world-known themepark? To be perfectly honest though, I myself have never been there before but this promotion that I'm going to share with you seems like the perfect time to finally go visit!

Saturday 10 September 2016

Eats & Treats/ Event: Anchor Say Cheese Campaign 2016 x Veluxe Cake House JB

Let's talk about something that everyone loves - FOOD! Hands up if you love desserts :) I was recently introduced to Anchor Say Cheese Campaign 2016, the 2nd phase of an exciting campaign by Anchor Food Professionals, that is all about about "Connecting with Loved Ones" during the festive seasons. If you love cream cheese and other sweet baked goods, check out what goodies this campaign has to offer!

The launch of this 2nd collection of breads and desserts couldn't have come at a better time, with the Hari Raya mood still going strong, so these desserts are great for Malaysians who wish to bring gifts and spend quality time with their loved ones. This campaign, a first of it's kind in the market, was designed to bring Anchor to more people in an experiential way. There are 2 bread and 2 cakes which are more European-themed in this collection. They are all limited-edition, and made with delicious Anchor-branded key ingredients such as Anchor Cream Cheese, Anchor Culinary Cream, Anchor Butter and Anchor Milk. Through this initiative, Anchor hopes to let more people savour the taste of their scrumptious desserts with a consistent taste of quality that they are known for. 

A brief introduction into Fonterra Food Services before we delve deeper into the signature creations. Fonterra is New Zealand's largest company and a global leader in dairy nutrition, some of the brands that you may be familiar with from them are Anchor, Anmum, Anlene and Fernleaf. This is their 40th anniversary in Malaysia, and I can proudly say that I practically grew up consuming food from all these brands! Under the Anchor Brand, there are a full range of dairy products, making them the market leader and the brand of choice for many professional chefs. Their products are made from fresh milk from free ranging cows that are fed with grass throughout the year, hence giving you the pure, delicious taste of dairy. Anchor is also the preferred supplier of dairy ingredients in many of the world's leading food companies and in Foodservice Channels.

First Love | RM3.30
First up on the dessert list is this sweet bread called First Love. This soft bread has an interesting exterior whereby it is sprinkled with brown sugar which is not only healthier, but gives it that extra crunch and sweetness. The filling inside is yummy cream cheese that can be consumed both chilled and at room temperature. The reason the bread was given its name was because at first bite, it hopes to give you the feeling you get when you experience love for the first time - sweet and lovely. I liked that the exterior kinda resembles a polo bun because of the crunchiness and that the overall taste is creamy and not too sweet.

Lady Marmalade | RM3.30
Yup, this was named after Christina Aguilera's famous song as it makes you feel like dancing. :p This bread is similar to First Love, but not as basic because it is filled with ORANGE cream cheese filling, topped with orange candied peel! The orange peel that was simmered in sugarcan indeed be eaten, and there are even orange bits inside the bread. No flavouring was used, only the freshest orange infused to give you that natural taste. In fact, Mr Chan of Veluxe Cake House has added more orange to make it smell and taste better. I'm not a fan of orange-flavoured food, but this was a surprisingly refreshing bread that I can accept!

Almond Rosa | RM6.50
Almond Rosa is a soft classic almond butter sponge cake with a nutty taste, and layered with cream cheese. This isn't your regular sponge cake, as it's more dense and compact, so it has more texture. The almond powder used kind of reminds me of macarons! The combination with cream cheese is great, as the smooth cream cheese layer is not too thick so it doesn't overpower the taste of the cake. Again, no flavouring whatsoever is added so all you're getting is the soothing fragrance of Anchor milk. The nutty taste really takes away the sweetness and 'jelak' feeling when eating cake for me, thumbs up! Also, did you realise that the cake seems to be smaller than most cake sold in stores? The packaging and size is designed this way so that it makes consumption on the go much easier and less messy. It's something unique to gift your guests too as party favour or what not!

Cheeznie | RM6.50
This cake has a generous cream cheese layer baked between two delectable layers of chocolate walnut brownie. So as you can probably guess, the name is a combination of brownie + cheese, hehe. Surprisingly, the decadent taste of chocolate isn't covered by the cream cheese, but rather enhanced instead. One interesting thing to note is that the chocolate used has to have at least 55% and above of cocoa content, which made me fall in love with this dessert. The dark chocolate gives it that bittersweet taste and is perfectly complimented by the tanginess of the cream cheese. All the cream cheese in this series have added lemon to it to further enhance their fragrance. The texture of the brownie is made even better with extra chunks of chocolate and fresh walnut, yum!

You can find all these desserts at Veluxe Cake House and selected bakeries from now until December 2016. Anchor might consider keeping these desserts permanently if they receive great feedback from their customers, so fingers crossed that they'll keep them! Oh yea, did I mention that with every purchase of 2 boxes of Anchor signature desserts, you can receive this limite edition Anchor spoon? The heart-shaped spoons are totally cute!

These creations were exclusively prepared to perfection by Anchor's in-house patisserie chefs that will leave you craving for more and inspire you to create your own desserts using Anchor products. This new range of desserts are available in selected bakeries, who are supportive and long-term users of Anchor products, throughout the country and for Johor Bahru, Anchor is proud to partner with Veluxe Cake House in Sutera Mall, JB where their pastries are baked fresh daily with the finest ingredients. You must be wondering why are these desserts only available in a few outlets. This is because Anchor believes in quality-control so they have carefully hand-picked these quality bakeries to carry their products. The bakers at each location usually follow the recipe and training given by Anchor, but are allowed to tweak it according to their customers' preference and skill set. Anchor also provides the packaging and ingredients which truly makes this partnership a helpful one for both parties!

Outlets in Malaysia where you can find Anchor desserts:
- RT Pastry, Klang Valley
- Bread History, Penang
- Born & Bread, Manjung
- The Baker's Hut, Ipoh
- Patisfrance Boulangerie, Malacca
- Yeast Pastry House, Malacca
- Fung Seng Cake House, Muar
- Port View Euro Bakery, Kota Kinabalu
- Taka Cake House, Kuching
- Hot Cross Buns, Miri

Mr Chan, the owner of Veluxe Cake House, hopes that this collaboration with Anchor Food Professionals will exceed their customers' expectations and let them enjoy more exclusive and delicious products. The main objective of his cake house has always been to satisfy each and every one of the customers and this is achieved by consistently providing high quality desserts, thanks to Anchor. FYI guys, we also tried out the best-selling Soy Chiffon Cake and fruit tarts from Veluxe Cake House, it's definitely something you should try also when you drop by to purchase your Anchor desserts! :P #dontsayinevershare

From left to right: Sherlyn, Mr Chan, Mr Chua, Kim, me and the bf
Ending with our group photo of the day! I find this campaign so interesting and it has probably never been done before by any other brands in Malaysia. While it may seem troublesome as you can only find these desserts in certain places, it does give that sense of exclusivity and uniqueness once you try them. After all, we Malaysians love travelling to find good food, so this should be right up your alley! :P
VELUXE CAKE HOUSE (Sutera Mall Branch)
Address: L2-042, Sutera Mall,
Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4,
Taman Sutera Utama,
81300 Skudai, Johor
(Other branches can be found in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah and Nusa Bestari)
Tel: 07-5573362
For more information on Anchor Brand and the Anchor Say Cheese Campaign, check out their Facebook page or Fonterra website!

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Thursday 8 September 2016

Shopping: Save Money on Health, Beauty & Wellness with Groupon

I'm all about enjoying life, I love getting my hair coloured, facial done or nails did. But these pampering are even more satisfying when its on a budget so it makes my wallet happy too! Don't worry, it's possible to get good quality services on health, beauty and wellness even though it's purchased on a fraction of a cost.. with Groupon! As mentioned previously, my mom and I are avid fans of Groupon because it helps us save so much money! Trust me, I've had my fair share of facial and hair services that I was introduced to from Groupon and most of the time, the experience was great. 

Thursday 1 September 2016

Carinn x Invisalign: UPDATED Opalescence Technique! (Teeth Whitening)

Happy September! Why is this year flying by so fast.. Anyway, not long ago, I did a post on my DIY teeth whitening at home using Opalescence Teeth Whitening Kit. The results weren't as impressive as I thought and I recently found out that there's actually a more effective method to use this kit, which is what I'll be sharing about with you today! Here you go, my UPDATED Opalescence method! Big thanks to the people at Opalescence for sending me more of these gel as I finished using the previous ones that I got from my dentist already :p Yay, whiter teeth~