Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hail's Soft Serve Ice Cream (Damansara uptown)

     
I have always wondered where Damansara Uptown is. I use the LDP highways regularly to travel to both Subang and PJ areas and I know the existence of these shop lots since years ago, however, I didn't know that the area itself is known as Damansara Uptown until last week when Javier showed me the way to the newly opened shopping mall called The Starling. I went to the place again yesterday with my sis and her friend. Initially, I wanted to try out the other ice cream parlor named 'Softsrve' but in the end, I've decided to try this one out instead because this shop was nearer to our place. So here we are, Hail's soft serve!


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Headed over to the counter to have our orders taken and I was a bit confused for a short moment. There are many types of ice cream combinations that you can choose from and they do serve coffee as well. Three of us decided to go for the plain ice cream in a cup option as we were still full from our earlier lunch.


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Waited for a little while for our ice cream to be served.

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They have a little self-service corner where customers can help themselves to the cutlery, serviettes or drinking water.

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Look at how cute and pretty the pastel-colored cups are!

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I ordered a plain soft serve with two flavour combinations which consisted of blue gula Melaka and teh tarik. RM9.50.

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What I would say about their ice cream is that they have a really really creamy texture, even creamier than the ice cream we had at milkcow's! It has a rich, soft and creamy texture which made me go like 'Woah'.

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Sis also had the plain soft serve with two flavor combinations which are the sirap bandung and pandan cake. Also RM9.50.

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Can't deny that they have really cute and interesting decorations in the shop.

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I liked this light decoration a lot. It's a fluffy cloud with strings of clear plastic balls.

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Looks almost like a real cloud, literally.

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Here's the total bill. And yea, my sister's friend ordered a soft serve with 4 flavour combinations which consisted of all the flavours I mentioned above. Their soft serve flavours of the month are the blue gula melaka, pandan cake, sirap bandung and teh tarik.

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Here's an artsy photo of the soft serve with the shop's decos.




What do I think of this place?
I would say it's worth the visit, however, I wished that there were more soft serve flavors available.
Definitely a nice place for a little hangout with your friends and family.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

10 reasons why I love Kuala Lumpur

     
This post was drafted a year ago and was rediscovered by me today. I didn't post this up earlier because I thought I would have had some amendments to do and to add some pictures here and there. I'm glad that I'm finally done writing this post and so.. happy reading! 😊

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Another inspiration popped in my mind today. Why don't I blog about the city that I love most in my country? When I was as young as 2 years old, I have always been wandering around the streets in Kuala Lumpur with my family. I would sit in the car quietly and enjoy every single beautiful view of the city. For those of you who didn't know, Kuala Lumpur is the main capital of Malaysia and this is the place where you will get to see all the beautiful skyscrapers along with our country's well known buildings which are both the Kuala Lumpur twin towers (Menara KLCC) and the Kuala Lumpur tower (Menara KL). I guess what makes me love Kuala Lumpur even more is because I am born and raised here. I feel very grateful to be born in such an amazing place. I cannot lie that I have so much love for Kuala Lumpur and that brings me to this topic today which is 10 reasons why I love KL. Let's go!


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1. This is the place where you can find all the amazing food.

Nasi lemak, char kuey teow, roti canai, you name it all and we have it here, like literally! What makes our country so popular is our food. We will never get bored with the food here. And the good part of it is that you can just find it anywhere in KL. Malay cuisines, chinese cuisines and indian cuisines can be found in the malls itself or at the shops outside on the streets of KL. If you're hungry in the middle of the night, you need not to be worried about it as you can just simply find a 24-hour operated food shop/store near you such as Mcdonalds, KFC or a mamak stall. If you're lonely and want to meet your friends to have a chat even as early as at 1 am in the morning, you can just ask them out to have teh ice at any of the nearby mamak stalls. Convenient right! We also have many well-known hotels located here like Shangri-la, Hilton and many more that serves great cuisines, buffet or fine dining. Basically, if you're here in KL, you should try out the different kinds of local delights and it will surely not disappoint you!

Also, we have many interesting dessert shops and cafes to satisfy both your sweet cravings and cafe hopping experiences.


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2. Most of the grand and huge shopping malls are located here.

According to wikipedia (2017), the 8th world's biggest shopping mall is located here in Kuala Lumpur which is the one utama shopping mall! To be exact, one utama isn't not located right in the city centre but still its location is kind of near to KL. For people like me who loves shopping, this might be a right place for us as we have many huge shopping malls available here such as the Suria KLCC mall, Pavilion Bukit Bintang, Midvalley Megamall, the Gardens, Starhill Gallery (for the luxurious) and a lot more. For example, if you're a tech gadget lover, you can always check out the Low Yat plaza nearby Sungei Wang plaza and if you're a fashionista, you can check out Pavilion for branded accessories and fashion or midvalley megamall for varieties of shoes and clothings.



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3. The city view of Kuala Lumpur is absolutely stunning and breathtaking no matter during the day or night.

Believe me, if you had the opportunity to wander around the streets of KL at night, you will surely be amazed by its beautiful city views, especially around the city center. If you're a person who is willing to splurge on dining at places such as the Troika skydining or at Marini's on 57, you'll get to enjoy the gorgeous kl city view during your meal and at the same time, you'll get to take selfies or portraits with the breathtaking skyline views and also with the KLCC towers in the background of your picture. In my own opinion, another way of enjoying the city's beautiful skyline is by visiting the menara kuala lumpur (KL tower) in the early evenings till late evenings as you'll get to observe how the KL skyline looks like during the day and during night time.


4. We have a lot of holidays.

Erm, this is not a really valid reason but yeah, aside from all the awesome features we have in the city of KL, the best part of being here is that we have a lot of holidays! We have holidays for festive seasons and that's already for sure but we also have holidays for Thaipusam, federal territory day and etc. Why do I love holidays? Because I'll get to sleep longer and need not to wake up early in these mornings hahaha. What a lazy fellow.


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5. You will get to see a lot of beautiful festive decorations around the place during different festive seasons.

During festive seasons, you will get the opportunity to see the decorations around the city especially during CNY, hari raya puasa, deepavali and the most anticipated Christmas season. You can see such decorations most likely in the shopping malls itself or sometimes on the streets of KL. If it's on the streets, you'll see mini lanterns, ketupats or fairy lights being hung and lit up on the street lights. I personally love visiting Pavilion KL during festive seasons to take a look at their festive decorations as they always have really impressive decorations during such celebrations.


6. Modern concepts, everywhere in the city!

Personally, I dislike traditional/olden looking places or shopping malls.. I just don't really know why but it does give me a little bit of a creepy feeling whenever I visit such places. I love going to places which seem more modern (ok don't judge) and has a clean looking feeling with a brightly-lit environment. And KL has such places.


7. Most of the country's famous attractions are here.

The most famous buildings of our country such as the KLCC twin towers and menara KL is located here. Famous cultural and religious places such as the Batu Caves, the national mosque and the large Thean Hou temple is located here as well. KL has more attractions like the national park, aquaria KLCC, national zoo, bird park and etc. People from other places would have to travel far just to come to KL and visit these places while I have the privilege of visiting these places as many times as I like since I'm living in this city. Hehehe.


8. Our people are friendly.

Perhaps you may have encountered with a few unfriendly events with our people here but I have to say, most of our people here could be the nicest people you will ever meet! We speak all kinds of languages such as Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Tamil and different kinds of dialects.


9. Lively happenings usually take place here as this is the main city of the country!

Most music concerts take place here and we always get the most main updates (in terms of food and news). Take some of the restaurants or cafes as an example, most well known international cafes or dining restaurants will have their franchise opened here in the center of Malaysia, which is Kuala Lumpur. If I'm not mistaken, the franchises of international cafes like tous les jours, caffebene and etc, international dining restaurants such as Din Tai Fung and etc and international food and beverage stalls such as chatime, llao llao and etc are firstly opened around the places in KL in Malaysia. Hence as a part of a KL-ian, we get to try out these new stuff ahead of others (oopsie, no offense guys).


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10. You will never get bored of this place.

You can never get bored here or you can never get bored of this place. Although I've been living in KL for so many years, I'm never bored of this place. On a random day, you can just do some shopping around here, go to a hipster cafe and enjoy the food and beverage there or even check out some of the places you've never been to before in KL. There's a lot of things to do in KL.



Here I've included a few KL related posts that may spark your interest:





As for other posts, you can check out the tags at the sidebar of my blog.




If you are also living in KL, what do you like about this place?
 And if you're a tourist, welcome to Kuala Lumpur!

         




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My thoughts on blogging

   
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Searchin for my motivation.


It's been almost 8 years since I've started blogging. The word 'blogging' has played a very important role in my life. It has taught me several things over the years through blogging.

1. It taught me to express myself better in words. I personally dislike communicating via social media platforms or even through texting because there are just certain things you can never be able to explain it through texts or words. It has constantly been a problem to me to be able to explain or express myself in words rather than speaking. Whenever I push myself to blog on a certain topic, I would always motivate myself to write better and to think of how I want my audience to understand what I'm trying to say. It also pushes me to learn new words and to insert it into my blog posts so that my readers wouldn't feel bored about my choice of words. Blogging encourages myself to improve my language proficiency levels.

2. It has taught me the important role of pictures in our lives. If you're a loyal reader of mine, you would have noticed that over the years, I've been incorporating a lot of pictures into my blog posts up until today. The reason is because I, myself, love reading blogs that have pictures in it and also blogs which are less lengthy (see, even your own personal style and preference plays an important role in influencing your blogging styles!). To me, since young, I love reading books with pictures instead of lengthy novels because pictures help me to visualize situations and things in my head. That's why they always say that a picture speaks a thousand words. Pictures also help to increase our understanding levels on a certain topic. Say I'm blogging about a piece of strawberry cake. Based on your personal understanding, strawberry cakes are typically made of strawberries and fresh cream. But surely you'd be curious to know how that strawberry cake looks like and whether does it look good/appetizing or not. With pictures, it'd also be easier to me to explain certain features of things in real life to you guys. I bet most of you wouldn't even bother to read my blog posts if I didn't incorporate any pictures into it. Admit it, you love pictures too!

3. Last but not least, through blogging, I've learnt about the joy of sharing my experiences with all of the people out there including you. Notice the difference between the word 'bragging' and 'sharing'. I do realise that certain people blog to 'brag' themselves and to show off their luxurious lives. In my own opinion, I strongly believe that blogging is best used as a tool to share your experiences and your life journeys with the rest of the world. Some may, through the use of blogs, express their personal feelings and emotions in words or using blogs as a personal diary. That's also a great way to share their feelings and happenings in their lives. I personally like sharing my travelling experiences and food reviews with people as I believe such information will provide some guidance or assistance (at least) to those who'd like to know about it. Also via blogging, I've known a lot of friends, virtually. However, only a few remained blogging and most of them had stopped blogging for years.

The question that I currently have in mind is,


DO PEOPLE STILL REMEMBER BLOGS?


As instagram and facebook is slowly making its way to becoming the most popular social platforms, I do realise that people no longer read blogs as frequent as they used to be before. I still the days when I was a primary school kid, blogs were the most 'hit' or 'in' thing on the internet. If you own a blog back in those days, people will label you as a 'cool kid' but now, most people prefer to 'stalk' pretty girls or handsome guys on instagram. Don't get me wrong, I ain't salty about it, I'm just merely stating and sharing my thoughts on this issue. It's cool, you can totally have your own perspectives or you may not share the same thoughts with me on this one.

I can't deny that I have also changed from a person who loves reading blogs into a person who also enjoys watching vlogs on youtube too. I guess the main reason why it is such is because vlogs are even more less wordy than blogs and are suitable for people who doesn't like reading that much. Still, I wish that people will still continue to blog and continue to share their thoughts and experiences with the rest of the world and also continue to inspire people to write instead of spending time posting pictures into instagram with cringy captions. #sorrynotsorry.

I love reading blogs and I also hope that the others will also enjoy reading my posts. I wish that the spirit of blogging will never die and people will still continue to put blogs into good use instead of thinking it as a tool merely for promoting advertisements on products. At the same time, I would also wish that I could continue to bring you guys more interesting and exciting updates instead of just boring and dry rants about certain things in life. My sincere apologies for not being able to keep this little space updated as frequent as I used to before.

At the same time, I would like to take the opportunity once more to express my gratitude to those who had inspired me and had encouraged me to blog even better and had assisted me in improving both my blog and myself as a person. I truly hope that you guys will continue to enjoy reading my little space and together we will continue to inspire better changes in the future.


Thank you for your time and I'll see you guys soon! 
xx
 




Thursday, June 8, 2017

Strangers at 47 and exploring Sunway Velocity

 
Hi lovelies! How was your day? Hope you had a good one and on a brighter note, tomorrow is friday! YASSS FRIYAYYYY! Ever since holidays had started, I've been repeating the same typical holiday routine like all the previous times/years. That includes eating, playing with my gadgets all day long and sleeping. I literally spend almost 10+ hours watching youtube videos every day. What am I doing with my life seriously lolz.

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On the other hand, I'm proud of myself because I've started on my workout journey! Of course, I'm a beginner at such things and I wouldn't dare say that I'm good at it but I'm still really pleased with myself for taking the initiative to do it. I have gained a lot of weight after my high school days, probably due to the lack of physical exercises and come to think of it, I ran a lot back then because of my hectic duties (ya know when teachers kept asking you to do this and that) that's why I was a lot thinner. I hope I could keep up with such 'healthy' exercising routines and not giving up on it because I really really need to shed some weight off. Dem fat thighs tho.

Sundays are our family days so my family and I will usually visit shopping malls in the evening. We came across a Sunway Velocity banner on the side of a road nearby ikea cheras last week so I suggested to the fam that we should give it a visit since some of my friends said that it's quite a nice mall (ok I'm the one who does the suggestion most of the time). The interior of the mall reminds me very much of sunway pyramid except that this one's a bit smaller (I think?).

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Then we had our dinner at pasta zanmai.

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Tried the black pepper chicken doria (cheese baked rice) for the first time. It was quite good but the more you eat the spicier it gets. 😣

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Every time when I walk past this fried ice cream store, it would remind me a lot of my childhood days. When I was little, I used to buy fried ice creams from a little store inside carrefour. Back in those days, one fried ice cream only costed about RM3 or 4 and now it's priced at minimum RM6-7 for one?! Crazy.

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Nevertheless, I thought I'd still give it a try. Ordered a strawberry yogurt flavored one.

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Tbh, I don't think it's worth the money. This thing is RM14 wth. It tasted like some ordinary strawberry ice cream that you can find in the supermarket with just a touch of fanciness to it. The only interesting thing about it is that it's in roll forms.

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Yesterday, I went back to school for a mini gym workout session with Dio babe and after that, we went for breakfast at Strangers at 47. I know I know, after the meal I gained back all the calories I've burnt earlier. 😓

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They have sweet or savory crepes. As for the savory, Dio and I shared a BBC crepe (don't think dirty ya). RM 24. Not bad for a breakfast platter but the crepe was quite small...

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I love the ambiance of the cafe, service was good and the staffs are friendly. That's one satisfied customer here. 😜

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As for the sweet, I ordered a red velvet crepe. It has a cute name called the 'red riding hood'. RM11.50. What I like about their crepes is that it's so so soft! But I didn't really like its fillings. I would say the taste of the strawberry jam has overpowered the crepe's taste itself. But I would give an A for the presentation. 😛

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Dio's dark chocolate crepe aka 'the dark side'. RM11.

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I would definitely come back to this place for a visit again! 😋

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Baked some red velvet cupcakes this afternoon and they turned out to be amazing!


That's all that I've got to update you guys for now.
Hope you've enjoyed the post!
See you guys again soon and take care. 💖