Food Adventures: La'Vin Winery

It's been a while and I'm back with a new place to wine & dine at! I had a whole day of events last Saturday and decided to treat myself at this restaurant I found in Kuchai Lama with some fine wine and fusion food. La'Vin Winery used to be just a winery owned by the co-owner's sister but ever since he decided to help out, he has turned it into a restaurant that serves good food & exquisite wine.

Located in Kuchai Lama, a part of KL where people usually forget about. La'Vin Winery's customers are usually from around the area but Vincent is looking to expand his horizons by having people from the main city and even PJ to drop by! Believe me when I say this, Redza & I literally dropped our jaws when we found out we had to drive all the way there for food but we had such an adventure on the way. Not to mention, we caught a ton of Pokemon on our many pit stops on the way to Kuchai Lama. I find eating an adventure, and that you should never just get comfortable with what you know. Expand your horizons and literally go FIND FOOD. 

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Homemade Corn & Crab Soup

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Homemade Mushroom Soup  

I live for restaurants that serve me soups that they took time off blending and brewing. The taste is usually more intricate and intense, I love it! 

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Porkies Nasi Lemak

Something you don't have everyday. They've put together their own rendition of everyone's favorite Nasi Lemak and made it a fusion between the Western pork belly and Rendang, yum!!

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This platter had everything I loved! From the dips to the little tapas at the side, this could have been my main dish if Vincent wasn't so generous with the food he offered us. So much love!  

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The house's best selling pork chop with mash potato & bacon bits as the side. Very tasteful and rustic food. 

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By far my favorite wine pairing. Everything blended in perfectly with one another, eating everything together and having a sip of wine later just made the flavors all come together.  

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Address: No. 19, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday (12pm to 1am)

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lavinwinery/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/lavin_winery

 -Zoey

Love Them NOT Wear Them

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Campus Plus & I have been working on a fashion article together for July's issue for a while now. Two months prior to it being published, I got Sheryl, Ros, Kamilia, Karina & a bunch of other friends to help me out with the vision. The theme for July's issue was Animal Cruelty so we decided to put together a few outfits that portrayed the individual animals and got these lovely animals to model alongside. 

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Photographer:
Sheryl Ng
(@_theleftside on Instagram)

Director, Videographer & Editor: 
Ros Maizura Ramzan
(www.yvngktty.wordpress.com)
(Yung Kitty Productions on Facebook)
(@rosmaizura on Instagram)

Talent: 
Zoey Phoon Kar Yan
(@zoeypky on Instagram)

Make Up Credits: 
Kamilia Afendi
(@facebeatbykam on Instagram)

Hair Credits: 
Karina Afendi

 

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Thank you to the respective pet owners and location owners!

Charlie the dog - Desa Park City Waterfront

Prada the snake - Abandoned Field

Frodo the guinea pig - Kota Kemuning Tennis Court

Casper the cat - Desa Park City

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Langkawi with @IGersMalaysia!

A mid week break was all I needed and what more than a beach getaway to Langkawi for 3 days & 2 nights. I had the privilege of being invited by Sheryl & IGersMalaysia, a community for Instagrammers (I know right! It exists!!!) in Malaysia that targets Instagram users as their audiences to promote various products and services to fly to Langkawi and basically enjoy my holiday there. The catch was just to take pictures, get pictures taken & talk about how much I loved it, which I did! Honestly, who doesn't love a free holiday + being vain while you're at it?

#TBH #JS

We took a morning flight and touched down just before noon. The Andaman prepared transportation to pick us up from the airport and dropped us off at the resort. It was a very early morning for me so I took a nap while we were on the way, which was around 30-45 minutes from the airport. The resort is cosily tucked away in the tranquil Datai Bay between a 10 million years old rainforest and 8000 years old fringing coral reef. The view was beautiful and the rooms made me feel like I was in paradise (except the fact that I was cockblocking Sheryl & her boyfriend in the same room...). 

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Had lunch by the beach but to be very honest the food wasn't that good. It was kinda cold (?) and it just didn't taste fresh or good at all BUT I'm about to tell you about the best meal I had in The Andaman's fine dining restaurant - Jala in a bit \(^_^)/ 

Anyways, for the rest of the evening we enjoyed ourselves by the pool & beach and took a ton of pictures.

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pc: @thrumyiphone on IG

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pc: @_theleftside on IG

The next morning we headed out early to explore the Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand Beach) which didn't really consist of a legit bay of black sand...more like dark grey honestly. We took some pictures around the area and headed off to explore the Kilim Geoforest Park. 

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We rented a speed boat and headed out to explore bat caves, mangrove swamps, eagle nesting sites and more. It was such an experience that we actually went so far out on the speed boat that we were at the border of Thailand! No kidding tho, my phone reception switched haha! 

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To end the day, Sheryl & I took a mandatory beach silhouette pic before the BEST DINNER EVER!!!

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Freshly made bread with homemade dipping sauce. It was perfect! 

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I love it when my shrimp is cooked just right and when it's fresh it has this bouncy, crunch texture to it! This dish was one of the to-die-fors! 

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This is laksa with a modern/western twist. Very light and very different but somehow still filled with the same burst of flavour.

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Very fresh sea fish that was delicious but I wasn't a fan of the sauce that went with it. 

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Dessert was one of my favs! It was like deconstructed kuih with homemade ice-cream...

YUM!!!

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pc: @thrmyiphone on IG

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pc: @_theleftside on IG

Just before we headed back home, we ran around the beach and soaked up some sun all in time for our flight. Langkawi was just what I needed and it was lovely! Totally forgot to mention that duty free shopping is always amazing there. Grabbed some chocolate and snacks at the airport before we headed back home. I LOVE HOW CHEAP THINGS ARE WITHOUT TAX!!! UGH.

Anyways, big love and thanks to Sheryl & @IGERSMALAYSIA for the invite, @AirAsiaGo for the flight sponsor, @DigiTelco for the sponsor & @TheAndaman for the hospitality. Till next time!

-Zoey

Bubble Gum Wax; The Waxing Expert

It's been a while since my last underarm IPL treatment but thankfully they successfully reminded me and here I am, back at it again! 

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Bubble Gum Wax is one of the leading waxing experts in the Klang Valley with a very affordable range of prices. Waxing isn't just one thing they do; it's everything they do. You can definetly put your mind at ease the moment you step into their salon. Say goodbye to your anxiety & shyness because once you've been stripped off your wax virgin title, you're never going to stop going back! 

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A sanitary workplace for them to prepare all they need to strip you clean ;)  

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An IPL machine for those who prefer a more long term hair removal service.  

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In referral to what I mentioned earlier, IPL is basically a semi-permanent laser hair reduction solution. It lightens pigmentation, which means no more embarrassing dark shadows that happens when you shave or even epilate and better yet, say goodbye to ingrown hairs too! 

Do you prefer monthly waxing affairs or a more long term hair removal treatment? Take your pick because Bubble Gum Wax is always here to satisfy your needs and that's what I love about them!  

To find out more about their services and where their branches are, check out their website! www.bbgwax.com

-Zoey

 

 

Stylecon Asia 2016 (Day 2)

Day 2 of Stylecon Asia was all about giving us tips and ideas on filming and creating content. We even had a video making competition between groups of influencers & YouTubers.  

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The speaker talked about lighting, sound recording and the perfect angles to shoot at. Everyone was taking down notes to make sure their next published video was upgraded.  

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Jacket: H&M / Top: Zara / Botton: Monki / Shoes:  @haul.co on Instagram

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Stylecon Asia 2016 (Day 1)

The first ever Stylecon Asia has finally landed in Malaysia! Think Beautycon LA but the Asian planned and organised version. 

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Mon & I were late because Daniel & her woke up late...decided to spam their photo booth while they were busy getting ready. 

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Stylecon Asia invited amazing & successful beauty and fashion bloggers + YouTubers such as Bubzbeauty, Mina Rosli, Isabella Kuan, Emily Quak etc. to talk about their success in what they do best. It was honestly very inspiring to know how they started and where they are now. This proves that passion can take you far and although many think that being a blogger or YouTuber is a "bimbotic" career, I can honestly speak for all of us in that room that it is not easy to turn your passion into an actual career. It takes a ton of hard work, patience, rejection and perseverance to get to where you want to be. It's not a brainless career just because we do what we love. Filming, editing, producing and script writing all by yourself is not easy but just look at how many amazing bloggers and YouTubers out there managed to pull through. I'm honestly so inspired by all of them!

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My trap queen + manager

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Top: Dreamscape / Jeans: Topshop / Bag: Micheal Kors

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Obligated to take a ton of pictures with everyone during lunch break.

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After lunch, Bubz did a K-stye and K-Pop inspired make up tutorial for one of the lucky audience. She transformed the lucky girl into a Korean inspired beauty, it was really sweet of her. Throughout the makeover, she even got her assistants to pass the mic around the floor just so she could have us introduce ourselves to get to know us better. 

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Next up was a demonstration by Number76. They did a great job making over the girls that were modelling for them. 

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We even had stylists from Zalora styling us into boho chic and glam beauties. Mon and I volunteered to be mannequins/models for the show and tell. Hence, the cute kimono cardigans and accessories. 

A ton of love to Gushcloud for inviting me and here's to day 1 of Stylecon Asia! I met a lot of lovely and creative minds today, stay tuned for day 2! 

TO BE CONTINUED

-Zoey

You're 18

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You're 18,

Young and reckless,

Precious and fragile. 

You're 18 and full of crazy adventurous ideas that are deemed reckless, stupid and sometimes illegal. Those who know better try to convince you to be rational, but you're 18 and curious so you fuck up anyway. Mistakes made, but you've learned and your foundations are built. 

You're 18,

With a stomach full of butterflies,

But a heart that just broke.

You're 18 and in and out of love. The "love of your life" is now a stranger to you and so you're on to the next best thing that may or may not happen to you. You feel as if you're old enough to settle for "the one" but yet you're unsure if the one really exists at the moment. You're a roller coaster of emotions and you struggle to keep yourself together at times. 

You're 18,

Ambitious and motivated,

Confused and easily distracted. 

You're 18, you see the world from a whole different perspective. You strive to achieve your goals, but you don't exactly have a clear idea on what your goals really are. Every little spark that comes your way deems interesting to you. You're a jack of all trades but master of none. But I guess, it's still better than a master of one...and that's what you convince yourself to believe everyday.

You're 18,

Peer pressure is nothing,

Peer pressure is everything.

You're 18 and doing all the things 8 year old you would forbid her future self to do. 8 year old you wouldn't be proud of her future self at all if she saw the cigarette that was lit in her 18 year old self's hand, drinking her night away and passing out after a long night. All because her friends told her it was going to be a good night. Well, it was...until it stained her lungs and liver as one good night lead to another. Long taxing nights await and that's fun when you're at 18. 

You're 18,

Who are you really at 18?

You're 18, you're lost. You're at a phase of discovery.

You're 18 and finally legal. You're attempting to be an adult but you're only 18 and that's far from being mentally capable of handling what comes along with the means of being an "adult".

I'm 18 and I don't know what I want. I want to discover and have great memories made but yet at the same time I'm so tired and I'm only 18. 

-Zoey

 

Everyday Makeup Tutorial!

Hellloooooo!

If you've been following me on my Instagram you'd know that I recently worked with Yung Kitty Productions by Ros Maizura to film a makeup tutorial. I'm the type of person who cringes every time she hears her own sound recording. Hence, while you're reading this and about to watch the video...I'm probably dying a little inside because I'm so nervous. I know my makeup skills aren't the best but I hope it helps some of you beginners like me out there. This is the makeup look I wear (almost) everyday and I hope you enjoy the video! Constructive criticism is welcomed but please keep the negativity to yourself. 

Lots of love to Ros for filming & editing the video + Redza for helping me with the voice over recording! 

-Zoey