Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It's HERE! It's HERE! When I discovered one of my favorite UK brands River Island has partnered with Zalora to make its collections available online in Malaysia, I thought that I had died and went to fashion heaven. *ecstatic dance*

In case you aren't familiar with River Island, it's another style staple of the British High Street; I really admire the Brits and their sense of fashion (yes, including those ridiculous bird hats)! I think from casual day to dinner events, and work wear to statement trends is what makes the River Island collection great as it really has something for everyone. Also, River Island offers a great selection for men too!

Here are some styling tips on how I would wear some of my favorite pieces from River Island - Blue Bell, Vivid Rouge, Berry Chic, Honey Bunny and Green Christmas (names I've given my styles).

Look 1: Blue Bell

Black Quilted Flip Lock Clutch Bag | Black Embellished Bell Sleeve Dress | Blue Floral Print Ankle Cuff Sandals

Look 2: Vivid Rouge

Navy Lace Sequin Embellished Crop Top | Metal Yellow Gold Tone Encrusted Leaf Earrings
Red Leather Toe Cap Pointed Court Shoes | Black Molly Jeggings

Look 3: Berry Chic

Dark Red High Shine Quilted Skater Skirt | Gold Curb Ring
Black Quilted Chain Clip Top Purse | Black Snake Print Mid Heel Sandals

Look 4: Honey Bunny

Metal Yellow Outline Heart Long Pendant | Mid Wash Denim Distressed Hotpants
Tan Bunny Watch | Red Peep Toe Platform Wedges

Look 5: Green Christmas

Green Asymmetric Slip Dress | Gold Filigree Cut Out Cuff | Black Zip Back Platform Court Shoes

Those are the eye-catching pieces that made me think, "I must have this!" "It must be mine!" "I'm clicking the ‘Add to Bag’ button now!"

So which look is your favorite? River Island has not announced plans to open any brick and mortar stores in Malaysia yet. So yeah, shop the collection through online retailer WWW.ZALORA.COM.MY with a discount of up to 50% off on all selected items – O-M-G get them before they're gone!

Oh my, self control is hard to muster on this site. *wallet is panicking*

Sunday, November 10, 2013

My dad and mom are here (Nov 2-17) visiting us, so I've been mad busy and my blog has been super quiet! Since they are now in Langkawi (one week here and one week divided between Singapore and Langkawi), its time to catch up with my emails, do some more work and blog. Oh, how I missed you all!

Last Friday night, we came here with a craving for some authentic Chinese cuisine. As I walked into the luxurious decor restaurant that inspired by China's Imperial era, the first thing I saw was a big Buddha statue in the centre of the main eating section.

We started with their star Shanghainese attraction, the Signature Dynasty Dumplings (RM25.80) or xiao long bao, as you might know them better. Unlike the original steamed soup dumpling with the marinated meat filling, The 8 first-of-its-kind types of xiao long bao were available in 8 multi colors and flavors - black truffle (black), Szechuan (pink), foie gras (brown), ginseng (green), garlic (grey), crab roe (orange), cheese (yellow) and original (translucent white). Not a huge fan of steamed dumplings, but I'm amazed with the chef's creativity!

The Chilled Assorted Eggs Loaf in Yang Zhou Style (RM12.80) was indeed unique. It was a blend of a few eggs (century egg, salted egg and normal chicken egg) into one unique cold dish.

Equally enticing was the Cold Tofu with Century Egg (RM10.80).

Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Dried Scallop (RM20.80) - another egg-cellent dish! *my cholesterol levels just shuddered a little*

We each ordered a bowl of handmade la mian (hand-pulled noodles); their next bestseller and the bowls are big enough to bathe a puppy in, loll! I went with one of the 18 different types of la mian, which is La Mian with Shredded Pork and Preserved Vegetable in Signature Pork Bone Soup (RM15.80).

In between all that, there was an unforgettable serving of Baby Bamboo Shoot in Oyster Sauce (RM12.80).

Already full, we finished off with something sweet - Pan-fried Pancake with Red Bean Paste (RM8.90), the perfect warm finish to a great meal!

The bill for 6 people was RM249.05 including beverages, service charge and tax.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

After an hour on the road from the Theme Park, we reached our final destination - Taipei, where we spent the next 2 nights.

Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate. It started drizzling soon after we stopped by the Grand Hotel, a gigantic replica of an ancient Chinese palace perched on a hillside. At first glance, I thought "Oh no, not another temple, please!" *lolol*

The "I've been to Taiwan" photo stop

The wife of President Chiang Kai-Shek built this hotel in the 1950s and it was named as one of the world's top ten hotels by the US Fortune magazine in 1968.

The Chinese gate at the entrance of the hotel compounds.

Worried about my camera getting wet, I simply and quickly took a few pictures from a distance and then hopped back into the coach before the rain started pouring down. We didn't get to see as much, but there's always next time, eh?

Happy (not so) Wordless Wednesday!

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