Sunday, April 9, 2017

Eating Out: Marco Creative Cuisine

Came upon this new "casual fine-dine" restaurant in 1 Utama on the day it opened but didn't pay much attention. "Just another restaurant taking over", I thought. But over the next week I saw postings of their menu on Instagram and I was intrigued. Quickly made a reservation to check them out.

At MYR78 for "The Journey of Flavours", a 7-course (one of which is a drink) creative cuisine, it's quite a steal. Our whole table had the full menu but you can also opt for ala carte.
Palate Cleanser: Velvety Matcha-Lime Shooter

Appetizer: Savoury Eclair

Soup: Truffled Mushroom Soup

Entree: Chicken Liver Parfait

Main: Pomodoro Cream Seafood Pasta

Main: Squid Ink Japonica Rice
Main: Chicken Roulade with Brussels Sprouts
Main: Duck Breast with Orange Puree and Roasted Beetroot
Clockwise L-R Dessert & Drink: Raspberry Decadence, Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie,
Creme Brulee & Sparkling Iced Berry

Everything was so good! We were worried initially that the servings would be tiiiinnnyyy so we ordered an extra main to share. Which turned out to be unnecessary as the portions are substantial and a good size even for a large eater like myself. By the end of the meal, I couldn't move! I did't even need dinner that night.

Service was excellent as well, I never had to ask for my water to be topped up. The more experienced staff moved about very smoothly and the newer ones were a little nervous, shaky when serving but nothing to fault really. Pacing of the food was great, we didn't have to wait long for the next course once our meal started.

Each dish was good but the Chicken Roulade really surprised us because.. chicken. How do you make chicken into a fine-ish dish? But it came highly recommended so we ordered it as well. No doubt better than my duck (which was also good!).

Would definitely return, hopefully the level of service is still as good even after the first few "opening months".

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wedding Updates!

Almost everything is done! So far it has been quite enjoyable, the only little hiccup was the lady who was supposed to do up the table flowers for one of the ceremonies took weeks to give me her banking details for a deposit!!! Apart from that-I do enjoy DIY and crafting so I actually did up my own invites and even printed them myself. I also made some of the envelopes for the invitations given to Y*'s family as the ones I ordered were being sent to KL. So far, so good!

I've come to realize a wedding budget can be as big or as small as you want it to be. I have been given the luxury of not having to work whilst planning the 3 parts of our wedding (2 in KL and 1 in Japan) so I was able to do a lot of the sourcing myself. Some couples may prefer to have a wedding planner handle everything for them but I knew from the start I didn't want nor need one. Partly because our celebration was going to be really small (60 pax and 33 pax),  and also because I do enjoy planning parties and events. Plus, it's going to be a really simple event, nothing elaborate, pretty confident I can pull it off.

My dress is already done and fitted, and OMG I LOVE my dress. It has all the elements that I love, and I can't wait until Y* sees me in it. He's been so anxious to catch a glimpse of my dress. But no, he shall have to wait until the day itself. My mother, who initially had her concerns about my dress when I pictured it to her- too this, too that, saw me at my first fitting and was in awe. My dressmaker is so good!! Am making a second dress with her for the Chinese Tea Ceremony.

All weddings come with their fair share of drama and mine is no different. There will always be that one person with a snide comment or nitpicking on things. But to be honest, not bothered at all! I'm more excited than anything!!

Can't wait for Part 1 and 2 of #MrMrsKomai!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

New-In: April 2017

New products joining my beauty line-up in April and also additional steps in my routine. I've used hair oils on and off but I've decided to be consistent with it as my hair is really long and needs all the TLC it can get. I also decided to add a Vitamin C serum as well as eye patches for targeted treatment of fine lines.

Most of the items here were either gifted by my sister or gifts with purchase. I only paid for 4 of them. I'm liking everything so far!

Kerastase Elixir Ultime
The Odbo Hydro-Gel Eye Patch
La Mer The Perfecting Treatment
La Mer The Cleansing Gel
Alpha-H Liquid Gold Smoothing & Perfecting Mask
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate
Cosrx Snail 92 All in one Cream
C20 Vitamin Serum
Son & Park Beauty Water
Pure Smile Snail Hair Treatment

Friday, March 31, 2017

Empties: March 2017

I haven't been using makeup on a daily basis since mid last year and it's becoming even harder to finish or even hit pan on makeup items. Will try harder for next month!

Will just be listing down what I've already and also those which I plan to repurchase in the future.

Already Repurchased:
1. The Saem Snail Soothing Gel (sorry still no review, this is my super love!!!!)
2. Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum
3. Clarins Contour Body Oil
4. Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil

Planning to Repurchase (when I run out of a replacement):
1. Caudalie Grape Water
2. Naturie Skin Conditioning Gel
3. Fujiko Mayu Tint in Chocolat Brown

There wasn't any bad product in this lot, just that I decided not to repurchase some as I've plenty of replacements in my stash and they weren't exceptionally good. The Cosrx Centella Blemish Ampoule was handed over by my sister, I finished it within 2 weeks but I can't attest to the blemish fighting properties as my skin isn't problematic at the moment. It did however leave my skin smooth and I could apply other serums on top without any issues.

Wedding in about a month! Getting so excited yet nervous at the same time!!!

Empties- 14
Total Empties- 24

Friday, March 17, 2017

Of Lips & Mists

New lip products, most of them were actually bought pre-Christmas 2016 and sent to my address in KL. Now that I'm back, I can finally open the parcels. Can't resist the wine packaging from Labiotte, so great that they use wine pigments and skin/lipcare benefits in their products too. 

I've been so good (or bad?) with Chanel, in the past year and to date I've only picked up 2 lippies, a bronzer and 3 nail polishes. Been rather underwhelmed with their collection lately. Had a look at the upcoming Summer/Cruise beauty collection and nothing caught my eye. Been more interested in Coloupop lately LOL.

Also getting back into the habit of using a mist regularly. The esfolio Aloe Vera, Caudalie Grape Water and Pruvivi Organic Squalane Mist are already open. The rest are waiting in line to be used. Still have quite a number of products unphotographed but I've decided to just include them in the monthly "New-In" posts when I start to use the products.

The Son & Park has been on my beauty radar for a long while, I grabbed mine from Althea when they were having a 1+1 promo, same with the Whamisa Damask Rose Petal Mist. Such a good deal!