Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mostly OOTDs + Some Happenings

If you are following me on Instagram, you should be able to see some of my OOTDs. I don't do it on a daily basis, but whenever I feel like its a fresh coordinate or whenever I'm wearing a new piece, I'll do an OOTD.
So anyway, here are just the few OOTDs I have posted on IG over the past few months...
Wore this really elegant yet sexy dress with sheer details from Dressing Paula to Maggie's wedding and it really looks like I was standing on a red carpet isn't it? :p Clutch from Aldo, heels from Zara, earrings from Forever 21 and necklace from a bazaar.

Maggie's wedding was although a typical Chinese banquet, was quite an interesting one with a Doraemon theme, since she is an avid Daraemon fan.
Giant Poster backdrop and Dorayaki were just some of the highlights at the wedding.
Maggie was my classmates back then at The Voice Academy when we were both taking hosting courses with Karen also in the class. So the wedding was a great opportunity to catch up with our fellow classmates and teacher.

Some photos taken with old friends at the wedding!

Here's the next OOTD...
Got into the hang of long/maxi dresses ever since finding one for our wedding, and this black with gold polka dots maxi from Tee Too was the first casual one to join my wardrobe. Belt was an old one don't know from where, bag from Gucci (ah, Christmas gift from Deardo Wong yo~!) and old wedges from Charles & Keith.

This is me in a long sleeve (which is very rare) ombre effect top from i-Perfect, shorts from Zara and cute pastel purple and white show from Top Town Shoe and Gucci bag, as usual.

Also very rare that I wear long pants but I really couldn't resist this really nice patterned pants from Zara! I wore it with my old Cotton On peplum top, Charles & Keith wedges, Gucci bag and an old necklace.  

I saw this lovely jock-strap back dress in many online shops but I got mine from Kei Mag. It's proven that I recently just have a thing for details at the back! Heels from Zara, necklace from Promod, Gucci bag and an old headband. 

I was at Delicious for a hi-tea with Karen. Bought the Groupon deal to pamper ourselves with a relaxing Sunday hi-tea. Environment at Dua Residence was not bad despite the place looking a bit old but personally think the hi-tea is overrated. We ordered extra stuff though... Boy we must have been very hungry! :p
I called it us acting as 'tai tai' for a day! :p

Okay, enough of food commercial break...
Here I was wearing a really cool and unique dress from F Block with an old belt, Charles & Keith wedges, Gucci Bag and earrings from Forever 21. Check out the details on the dress cos they are the reason I actually bought the dress! 

And my latest addition to my maxi collection is this sweet yellow maxi from Mimosa Closet! Very girly and very Spring! I paired it with my H&M belt, sandals from Principle by Debenhams, Gucci bag and Diva headband. 

And then, I realised I didn't post anything about CNY this year except for our syok-sendiri fashion shoot!
Like it or not, it did feel weird during CNY as someone's wife and daughter-in-law. Reunion dinner with a different group of people with entirely different-looking dishes on the dining table was quite a sad experience but yea I guess a lot of you girls or women out there understand that it's just part of life. In fact we are actually quite lucky because we are from the same hometown! I can't imagine how is it like for couples who come from different parts of the country! :S
A rather quiet and small CNY reunion dinner this year.

I should say I was lucky enough that Deardo was open enough to bring me home for short gatherings with my family almost every night. So I still get to eat some of my favourite home-cooked from Mamo and Ah Ma! :) I was also sleeping with my sisters for about two nights and had great fun laughing to sleep! LOL!!!
Mamo's Red Wine soup is simply unbeatable. Period.

The craziest and funniest thing in this photo of us on bed together was that this photo was taken by our Papo! 

We also gave out Ang Pows for the first time as a married couple. Extra money spent but you know what, I had extra fun giving out Ang Pows! Forcing the kids in my family to say nice wishes to us before getting their red packets was super fun! Hahahaha... Love that session really! :p
Uncle Deardo preparing to give out some red packets!
I don't remember why all these photos came, I think it was totally Deardo's idea..
See, I think everyone had fun at the Ang Pows session! Haha! 
And Lil' Jolie getting her Ang Pow too from 'Au Mou'...

Finally, had our annual CNY gathering this time around at McDonalds just because we wanted to escape the crazy crowd in town! Only 4 of us made it this year and once again I think as the only girl there that day, I owe a lot to Deardo who have given me a lot of freedom during CNY because some other girls were just busy with their in-laws! :)
And we found out we were too old to have good selfie skills... LOL!

So to my dearest Lao Gong, thank you very much! I know we have love each other more since we got married and I hope this will continue to grow stronger! YOU KNOW I LUP YA~! *wink~*
Us during CNY this year! :D
More CNY photos here!

That's all for now, ciao~!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Healthy Hummus Recipe (Updated)

Time for some cooking!

... Actually, this recipe doesn't involve any cooking on stove or oven at all, isn't that cool?

I know Hummus is a very common dip for the Ang Mohs although the dish is actually originated from the Middle Eastern. While you can easily find tubs of Hummus (sometimes even with some fun flavours) in supermarkets such as Cold Storage which sells imported goods, I've recently learned that it is overly easy to make your own Hummus! I mainly followed this recipe but in stead of Paprika I added pepper (Malaysians' favourite Ajishio) to taste, and that's according to 2e's recipe. I think the recipe also calls for some cream and yoghurt which I took out too.

What you need:
A can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained, about 2-3 tablespoons of Tahini (it's sesame paste, get this from supermarkets that sells imported or organic food), 1 clove of garlic finely chopped (you can have more than 1 clove if you like strong garlic smell), juice from a lemon, olive oil, ground cumin, salt and pepper or Paprika to taste.

What to do:
1. In a food processor, dump the chickpeas in.

2. Now scoop in some Tahini.

3. Then the chopped garlic.

4. Add in some salt, pepper and ground cumin (love the smell of cumin).

5. Add in the lemon juice.

6. Add in generous amount of olive oil.

7. Blend them all up, stopping occasionally to stir the ingredients together. Add olive oil to get smoother texture.

7. Stop after 15 minutes or until you get a smooth texture. Add in more pepper or Paprika to taste and you are done!

I have it to go with sticks of carrots, cucumber and celery but it goes damn good with pitta bread and water crackers (oh this has proven to be addictive). Some research from the Internet tells me the dish is low in fat and high in protein. So pretty healthy it seems. If you keep it in the fridge it can last up to five days, and if it dried off in the fridge, you just need to add some olive oil and stir them up. Of course if you have added enough olive oil when making it this will not be a problem.

For a first timer, I think my Hummus wasn't smooth enough. I think it requires longer time in the food processor or perhaps more olive oil or some water to smoothen it up. It tastes good to me, although I might want to try using freshly-boiled chickpeas or look for some imported canned chickpeas next time around for a more natural taste of the chickpeas.

It's definitely a great dip to go with vegetables for a light and healthy snacks and it's too easy to make! So happy trying people! :)

*Just made Hummus again, using Italian canned chickpeas (paid double the price by the way), upped salt, cumin and pepper for better taste and added water and it was such an improvement! Smooth texture and greater taste! Oh yummmzzzz... 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Some other Coffee Places

As time past, I've become more and more picky and critical about coffee. Like any other Malaysians, I love my coffee to be 'kaw' although I still can't put myself into drinking black coffee. Also, I'm officially a coffee lover who doesn't add sugar into my drink anymore... Unless if the coffee is yucky. 
We've tried out some coffee places and I think it's only fair if I share a some of my reviews of those worth going. Interestingly, compared to the last time I blogged about cafes, the cafes this time around all have only one shop, expansion might be in progress? I'm not sure.

Lewis Gene
Location: 2-1, Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
The Coffee: Tried their normal latte and it was not too bad at all. I mean, it wasn't fantastic but it was one of the better ones. What I like about them is that you'll probably find them having one of the most comprehensive menu of all! They have all kinda flavours, including those with liquors such ah Kahlua and Bailey's, pretty fun right? I didn't try that night but one day, that will be something I would like to try. Coffee aside, the cafe serves a variety of cakes and waffles of many flavours! I couldn't help but ordered a waffle with the chocolate chip base and it was superbly awesome (although super fattening)!!! :)
The Atmosphere: We went there on a weekend night and the cafe was fully packed! It is a small cafe and with so many people in it at one go simply means you won't be able to enjoy your cuppa with your mates because it will just be way too noisy. Door to smoking area is often left open pulling in annoying smells and I totally hate that.
The Price: Definitely on a higher range.
Verdict: Great place to try out coffee with a twist and some dangerously delicious waffles. 3 out of 5.

Flat White
Location: 73, Jalan SS15/8a, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
The Coffee: In my opinion, the coffee bean used here are slightly milder to the 'kaw'-ness I usually like. The aroma however, is there hence it's still not too bad. Been there a few times and find the latte and flat white pretty nice but Mocha a bit too sweet. They also serve hot food and that's a big plus point to me. Tze Yang and I shared their American Breakfast and it was quite satisfying, especially the nicely done fluffy scrambled eggs! Ooooohhh... Yumzzz...
The Atmosphere: Again, it's a small and compact upstairs cafe. When you are there with lesser crowd, it can be very comfy but when it's crowded it's gonna ruin your coffee date. I especially love their choice of music, pretty unique and interesting. 
The Price: Medium range.
Verdict: Totally worth trying but my advice is to go there during odd hours for comfy's sake and also easier for you to find a car park space, unless if it's walking distance from your house. Food are impressive too. 4 out of 5

Cosans Coffee
Location: No. 30, Jalan SS15/4, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
The Coffee: Honestly, I think their coffee taste quite normal, almost like what you get at Starbucks or Coffee Bean. In fact, just like the big names, there are choices for the size of your beverages!
The Atmosphere: They spent  A LOT OF MONEY on their renovations, decorations and furniture. Those neon lights with vintagy concept glass windows and those uber cool yet comfortable chairs! Perfect place for those who want to hang out for a long while or perhaps do photoshoot?
The Price: On a higher range.
Verdict: Coffee is too expensive compared to the not-so-impressive coffee. But for the awesome-looking cafe, one must pay at least a visit just to experience it. 2.5 out of 5

*Purely based on personal views and preferences. :)