Thursday, December 7, 2017

[REVIEW] Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage at Amante Nail & Spa, Solaris Mount Kiara

Amante Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage at Solaris Mount Kiara
I had a tough week lately and since I had the time to spare, I decided to head out to Amante to finally experience their Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage at Amante Nail & Spa in Solaris Mount Kiara. Personally speaking, I just really like to visit different Amante outlets to experience different services, and this outlet being my third Amante Outlet I've visited, I must say that I'm impressed with their masseurs. So if you're looking for a review on Amante's Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage, scroll away!

Location is above little collins
The entrance to Amante Nail Spa & Body Care
I visited the outlet in Solaris Mount Kiara which is about 20 minutes drive away from where I stay, and parking was not that hard to find around the area. I parked at where Cold Storage is, they charge around RM2 for the first 2 hours then RM1.50 for every additional hour, thus it's not too bad. With merely 100m walk from my basement parking, all you need to find is the huge Amante signboard with pink walls, and you know you found the place! Its located on the 1st floor, which you may be required to walk upstairs to reach your destination.

The lounge area
The private rooms 
Upon walking into Amante, I can practically see why its located upstairs. Apparently, it is located a floor higher really gives the privacy that you need. They have a nice lounge where I was invited to sit and relax while I was waiting, and its surprisingly very peaceful despite being located in a happening area. Amante Mount Kiara owns the first floor and the second floor, which divides light therapy treatments and exclusive body massages. And since I opt to take the Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage, I was brought to the top floor by Ibu Nor, my masseur for the day.

What my private room looks like
Towels to change into
Being invited to my private room, there's a massage bed, a table to put my stuff, hooks to hang my clothes, and towels on the bed which i was required to change into. Also if you havent been to Amante before, they will also provide you disposable panties so that you won't get oil stuck onto your clothes. PERFECT! And once i've settled down, and changed into my towel, Ibu Nor was already waiting outside for me to be ready.

The Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage 

A review of the treatment. 
The Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage is basically the signature massage that uses a hot stone to massage the body. The treatment started with Ibu Nor massaging my whole feet, starting from my feet to my thighs on each side, and it was indeed very relaxing as she really pinpointed the right points to really encourage blood circulation followed by a massage at my upper back to mid back. Don't worry about the stone being hot as I believe that Amante's masseurs are well trained, just like Ibu Nor. I noticed that she massaged me using her hand first, then slowly started taking the hot stones into her hand to collect heat then massages, then using the hot stone itself to massage my body. So the heat gradually gets hotter, but its toleratable, cause it's the nice kind of head that is very relaxing.

Verdict

What are my overall thoughts? 
So, after about an hour of relaxing while Ibu Nor gave me the Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage, I would have to say that it was really relaxing. Within that 1 hour, I actually managed to fell asleep because the massage was THAT good! To me, massages that make me sleep is a sign of a good massage. And once I'm done with my massage, I was given ginger tea to detox right after. My body instantly felt fresh and detoxed that I could have done 50-star jumps!! hehe. A highly recommended massage.

12.12 Promotion

RM1.20 for a Signature Warm Oil Therapy Massage. SAY WHAT?!
In conjunction with the 12.12 blackout date, Amante has decided to join in the fun by having an RM1.20 offer so that YOU can experience the whole treatment yourself. The normal price for a massage would be RM132, but ONLY on 12.12, you would be able to experience it at only RM1.20. The catch is that there will only be a limited of 300 lucky customers to experience this promotion. All you need to do is visit http://www.facebook.com/AmanteKesihatanDanKecantikan on the 12th of December and register to be in the running to get an RM1.20 massage. Mark your calendars guys! I hope you found my blog write up helpful, so if you have any other questions, just leave me a comment below. xx

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

[FASHION] Kipling X Zoo Negara Malaysia | Kipling Adopts White Handed Gibbons

Zoo Negara and the White-Handed Gibbons owned by Kipling
Kipling Malaysia, a fashion bag brand has announced its partnership with Zoo Negara on the 21st of November by adopting Dan and Cutie, a pair of endangered White-Handed Gibbons at the Zoo. I've practically grown up with Kipling and to be honest I was really excited about the announcement as its nice to see big fashion brands working hand in hand with our national zoo to ensure that endangered species won't go extinct.

Unveiling the Basic Plus Capsule Collection
To celebrate the occasion, Kipling has unveiled their Basic Plus Capsule Collection, a brand new Asia exclusive limited collection in 20117 Holiday Pre-spring Season featuring a new, water-repellent nylon fabric. It has been designed to be ideal for everyday life, pairing well with all looks, offering all women a versatile bag that would suit any occasion.

Say hello to Dan, the white-handed gibbon.
Believe it or not, we even got the chance to visit these adorable white-handed gibbons and being able to see them in person was truly priceless. White-Handed Gibbons are smalls tailless apes with soft, thick fur. They live in trees and like to stay high up in the canopy of trees and have very long arms that allow them to swing effortlessly among the tree branches. They can also change direction in a split second and catch birds in mid-air and eat them after landing, making them the fastest of all primates.

The Brand New Asia-Exclusive Basic Plus Capsule
The HEBE in Purple Garden ( RM299)
In the wild, they live in nuclear families consisting of a mated pair and their dependent offspring. It's sad to find out that we have illegal activities such as killing these endangered species in order to get their babies to be kept as pets. Most countries consider them to be endangered, and they have threatened primarily by loss of their forest habitat. Contributing to their demise includes illegal wildlife trade, the use of their body parts in the manufacture of traditional medicines and poaching. So please guys, if you see these adorable babies, please don't buy them as pets.

The Experience in Winter Firework (RM839)
From left: ART M- Winter Firework (RM649) and GLEAM - Winter Firework (RM159)
Throughout the years, Kipling has remained committed to their mission of " Stylist functionality" by creating bags that are functional and durable that has helped its customers look and feel their best for 30 years and counting. And looking at their new collection, I believe that they have done their part in coming up with trendy designs featuring exclusive designs in winter firework, the Basic Plus Capsule collection and more!

VIOLET in Brilliant Blue (RM699)
Modeling the EXPERIENCE in Winter Firework (RM839)
So be sure to check out the latest collection at your nearest Kipling store, or if you're looking forward to maybe visiting Dan and Cutie at Zoo Negara Malaysia. You can look forward to visiting the gibbons at Zoo Negara which opens daily from 9am to 5pm, all year long. Plan your visit by heading over to www.zoonegaramalaysia.my or call 03-4108 3422/4/7/8.

Kipling Stores
KIPLING Mid Valley Megamall (03-22872199)
KIPLING 1 Utama Shopping Centre (03-77241293)
KIPLING Aeon Tebrau City (07-3510262)
KIPLING Queensbay Mall (04-6442992)

Zoo Negara

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

[FOOD] Christmas Buffet in Kuala Lumpur 2017 Review | Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur

Christmas and New Year Buffet at Royal Chulan Kuala Lumpur
With Christmas just around the corner, its time to start preparing for the jolly season. If you're looking for a Christmas buffet in Kuala Lumpur, then you're in luck as I've managed to sample some exquisite dishes prepared by Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur. Picking a venue for a Christmas gathering with close friends and family can be rather challenging, so why not make reservations to dine in at Warisan Cafe, only at Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur. Here's a little preview of what you can expect at the Royale Chulan Christmas & New Year Special.

And of course, they'll have christmas turkey in the spread
Prepared by these handsome chefs from Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur
We all know that Christmas is a memorable time to end the year filled with smiles and laughter, and food, in particular, plays a huge role in making those moments happen. What's even better is when you have a buffet spread of Christmas dishes to enjoy during either Christmas Eve or Christmas hi-tea (your call). In a tropical ambiance, below would be some of the featured dishes for the Christmas & New Year Special.

FOOD


Salad as appetizers or to compliment your main dish
Terrine
Assortment of Cheese
Chicken Pate
Beef Pate

Smoked Tuna with Lotus Root & Lemon Vinaigrette
As appetizers, you can enjoy an assortment of homemade pate, terrine, gelatines & cold cuts, asparagus with marinated goat cheese, smoked tuna with lotus root & lemon vinaigrette, or create your own salad with dressing with condiments. Personally speaking, I must say that their homemade pate was the highlight of it all, but it doesn't mean that the rest of the dishes aren't any better. As appetizers, this would definitely build you an appetite.

Butternut Squash Basil Soup anyone
Tons of baked bread and rolls to compliment your meal
But of course, if you're looking for soup, Warisan Cafe offers you butternut squash basil soup. This would be my first time trying out the butternut squash basil soup, and I must say that it's delicious! It has a very distinguished taste of unique flavors that would definitely make you crave for more. Great to be enjoyed with their freshly baked bread and rolls.

Lemon Marinated Roasted Turkey
Lamb Racks within the buffet spread
I was sold when I found out that they were serving lemon marinated pan roasting whole turkey in the carving station. Not only that, there's also honey glazed spit roasted Turkey, Otak Otak Wellington (something very new) and lamb within their spread. After being given the chance to savor each bite, I must say that the chefs are very much talented in preparing these dishes filled with love and flavors. The meat served were cooked to perfection to be juicy and tender the minute you get your very first bite of it.

Luxurious desserts that dont come by on a daily basis
Christmas Stollen Bread
Christmas Eclair 
Fruit Tarts
Strawberry Truffle
And how can we forget about desserts? My favorite part of all!! The dessert array features mango de le passion fruit, chocolate truffle, brownies, red velvet, gingerbread house, stollen, fruit cake, Christmas pudding and more! Just looking at the dessert spread, it already feels like Christmas to me. Hehe. I must say that I love the food spread served in this section as its very well coordinated with the festive season. If you're looking for chrismassy desserts, the Warisan Cafe at Royale Chulan would be the place to be.

PRICE


Enjoy a wonderful spread with unlimited refills
Now for the big question, how much would it be to enjoy this amazing spread? Also just keep in mind that there will be a special Christmas eve caroling performance at 7pm (24th December) and another Christmas day caroling performance at 1pm (25th December) . The price range starts from RM105 per person depending if you're planning to have dinner or hi-tea. Listed below would be the price depending on which package you prefer.

Christmas Eve Dinner | 24th December 2017
RM150 net per person
*Stand a chance to win exciting lucky draw prices and 
FREE entrance to Heritage Club for Christmas Party

Christmas Hi-Tea | 25th December 2017
RM105 net per person

New Years Eve Dinner | 31st December 2017
RM150.00 net per person
*Stand a chance to win exciting lucky draw prices and 
FREE entrance to Heritage Club for New Year Countdown Party

New Year Day Hi-Tea | 1st January 2018
RM105 net per person

OVERALL THOUGHTS


Christmas Fruit Cake Anyone?
If you're wondering about my overall thoughts, I would have to say that this would be the perfect Christmas and new years party venue to enjoy with family and friends. With the quality of food served, and the variety that they have to offer, price starting from RM105 per person is cheaper than the number of ingredients you may need to prepare everything. As seats are limited, be sure to make reservations with your friends and family to enjoy a night/ an afternoon to remember just before the year ends.

Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur
No. 5, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reservations at Warisan Cafe: 03-2688 9688
Hi-tea: 12.30pm-4pm
Dinner: 6.30pm-10pm

Sunday, December 3, 2017

My One-Day-Trip to Resorts World Genting | November 2017 ft. Snoopy and The Monkey King

Weekend in Resorts World Genting
Over the weekend, me and Haziq (a.k.a. partner in crime) decided to visit Resorts World Genting just because, why not? Haha. But ok, I'll tell you the main reasons that we visited Resorts World Genting as we planned to watch the theatrical show, the Monkey King Saga. On top of that, we were stoked to coincidently find out that they had a Snoopy exhibition, namely 'Tour the World with Snoopy' happening all around Resorts World Genting's Sky Avenue. So here's what up if you're wondering whats going on around Resorts World Genting.

From Left ; Original Snoopy, and Snoopy in its Malaysian costume
Mandatory picture with this adorable Snoopy
Calling all Snoopy fans! Snoopy is well known to be Charlie Brown's pet beagle and if you're planning to head on over to Resorts World Genting, NOW would be the best time to go with your friends and family to enjoy the exhibition and catch Snoopy wearing 52 costumes from different countries. I've grown up with Snoopy, and it just gave me a really nice nostalgic feeling that I actually got to take pictures with Snoopy all around Sky Avenue. I mean really, when can you get a photo with Snoopy on a regular day? (Hint: At Resorts World Genting till 1st January 2018)

Because we couldnt resist the beautiful deco
Christmas themes everywhere around the mall
With the festive season coming soon, Resorts World Genting is filled with Christmas tree floats, elves, sanitarinas, snowman and Santa Clause himself will be present to join Snoopy and Charlie Brown as they create a festive atmosphere this coming holiday season which pretty much gave us tons of reasons to take lots of photos. hehe. It really felt like Christmas already despite it only being the month of November. (Am I right, or am I right?) Just in case you're wondering, 'Tour the World with Snoopy' will be held from 1st November 2017 to 1st January 2018, featuring Snoopy in costumes from various countries! Try to find your Snoopy in your favorite country and snap away!

Lunch at Motorino
Specialties Pizza
Our yummy Calzone
Pizza with a malaysian twist featuring 'cili padi'. 
Rasberry Booster smoothie
And super juicy chicken wings
Since we had about 2 hours before our show starts, we decided to have lunch at Motorino, a pizzeria restaurant which originated from Brooklyn. I had no regrets dining at Motorino as it felt as if I was having a taste of New York pizza without the need to travel all the way. We had delicious Pizza, Calzones, Chicken Wings, Fried Squid Calamari and Smoothies to wash everything down. I personally ordered a Raspberry Booster and it was super refreshing cause it complemented the meal perfectly.

Monkey King, the golden hooped rod
Got ourselves 2 VIP tickets to watch the theater
And by the time we finished our meal, it was time for your Monkey King theater show. The Monkey King theater show is a 65-minutes show, scheduled for 9pm daily with additional shows at 4pm, 5pm, and 8pm on selected dates. Being there on a Saturday, since it was more like a one day trip, we decided to watch the 5pm show so that our return trip wouldn't be too late. Hehe. In case you're wondering, the seats start from RM96 depending on where you choose to sit. So enough chit chat, here are some clips and shots of the show.

The opening act
Insane core strenght and skills
And i even managed to take a shot of the Monkey King!
The stage production is a refreshing interpretation of the renowned Monkey King legend, and despite it being a Chinese legend, I can guarantee that you would be amazed by the acrobatics combined with the visuals feast created by the 3D special effects used. Beating any theatrical show I've been to, this is a one of its kind show sharing a story with moral values based on a legend. Without a doubt, the production really reminded 'us viewers' the beauty of live theatre and culture. Don't worry about not understanding the whole show as there would be subtitles throughout the show to explain what the story is all about.

Super lucky to be able to take pictures with the cast
Dinner at Coffee Terrance at Resorts World Genitng 
We were so happy to find Japanese being availale in their array of food
And yes, we practically aimed for the sashimi #cravingssatisfied
They even had a wide array of desserts too!
After all those intense acts of acrobatics, we got a little hungry so we decided to get a heavy dinner by dining at Coffee Terrace at Resorts World Genting and we had no regrets! With a variety serving you the world, you would be guaranteed to find something that you fancy. With Malaysian cuisines, Chinese Cuisines, Japanese, Western, and more, you'd be spoilt for choices. At only RM82/ Adult and RM41/child, I would have to say that it was worth it if you have a big appetite! I personally enjoyed the sashimi a lot cause I never really got the chance to eat sashimi from a buffet spread. It was delish!

So when will you head up to Resorts World Genting?
And just before the night gets late, we left at about 8pm to head back home. Trust me, I didn't think that I can do so much in a day! The only thing bothering my mind right now would be the 'burger & lobster' restaurant which I didn't get the chance to visit. Definitely sounds like another visit no? *wink. Hehe. So you've seen my 1 day trip to Resorts World Genting, and surprisingly it only takes an hour to get to Genting and to also get back from Genting. Not too bad if you're staying in Klang Valley/KL. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave your thoughts below in the comment box and I'll try my best to respond to your inquiries.

Adventures of Monkey King: The Golden Hooped Rod

Resorts World Genting 
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