Food Escapades: Roofino Skydining @ Trillion KL

A brand new rooftop food escapade in the heart of KL with a beautiful view of the city, food & drinks to go with it. Roofino Skydining is a brand new Western restaurant & bar that I'd say is to be one of the next new hotspots thanks to its location.  

The rooftop restaurant & bar is located at opposite ends. My favorite part of the location is definetly still the bar lounge. A very relaxed ambiance to it, perfect for pictures!

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The lounge was very relaxed with good music playing all night. It isn't your typical club or bar, I'd say it's much more classier than that. 

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The restaurant on the other hand has a very vibrant ambiance to it. I'd say it's quite the opposite from the bar lounge but it's beautifully decorated as well with a nice rooftop garden to it.

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As part of the media launch, we were the second batch of customers to try their food. I'm thankful for free flow drinks but an honest review is what I owe my readers. Hence, I would give the food a solid 6/10 as it definitely still needs work.

*Do take note that they just started so I'd say give them time to blossom. 

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The baguette was a little cold and hard but I suspect it's because of the overwhelming amount of customers so I don't blame them. The taste of the toppings were very tasteful. 

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Very tasteful but onions aren't my favorite so this wasn't something I had finished. 

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Could have been better, I suspect the fish wasn't the freshest?  

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My number one favorite dish! The garlic sauce they had on my steak was perfection. It went beautifully with my medium rare, very tender steak.  

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A VERY small Raviolli dish, I expected more and for it to be freshly made Raviolli instead of the ones I get pre packed from the supermarket...

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The dessert was my second favorite part! A beautiful mess indeed.  

Eager to try this new place out? Here's where it's located:

Roofino Skydining

34th Floor, Trillion KL, 338 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur

 

-Zoey

Ho Chi Minh City with @IGersMalaysia

I never thought that I would be in for a holiday in Vietnam because it's so underrated that people's perception of it is usually "not as good as Thailand" if you're into cheap eats and shopping. With many thanks to IGersMalaysia, I was in for an adventure in Vietnam with Mon. 

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Every tech savvy 21st century human being would be on a search for a sim card with data the moment they touchdown in a foreign country. I was surprised that Vietnam had such cheap packages at the airport itself. I got a 5GB data only package for RM25, I was shocked! 

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We got a shuttle from the airport to our small boutique hotel in the streets of Ben Thanh. Blue Diamond hotel is a very elegant in design yet affordable for a budget traveller. After checking in, we headed straight to the eateries.

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In Ho Chi Minh City, Pho 2000 is one of the two recommended traditional pho restaurants. Although it was recommended, I thought that broth was slightly bland compared to pho I've tasted in Vietnamese restaurants in KL. 

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A hot afternoon called for some sweet treats and coffee in a cosy cafe. A Vietnamese version of Starbucks located right opposite the famous Ben Thanh market. We hid in it for a bit till the sun went down to explore further. Just a heads up that mooncakes around the world pretty much tastes the same so there's not much point except for picture taking. 

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Ben Thanh market is a huge market filled with souvenirs, hawkers, florists, vegetable stalls, meat stalls and more. You can literally find everything you need and have a taste of Vietnam in here. Things I'd recommend you doing in this market are to shop for souvenirs because there a lot of stalls selling similar goods that are priced differently. Bargaining helps get you the cheapest price for whatever you're looking for. Things I wouldn't recommend is eating there unless you know a specific hawker you know of that sells good and fresh Vietnamese treats. Aside from that, being there in the evening may have affected our experience as well because the spring rolls we had were all dried up and soggy. 

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Decided to skip dinner and had a few drinks at Air 360 Skybar. You'd be surprised how vibrant the nightlife here in Vietnam is. It was a typical ladies night and we had free cocktails for the night and a few beers on ourselves. A tall tower located in the middle of the city centre that had a beautiful 360 view of Ho Chi Minh city. The bartender was also very talented in making drinks, constantly juggling a 1L bottle of liquor with a shaker while making our cocktails. A DJ and live band was also there to entertain us for the whole night. 

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The next morning, we decided to go cafe hopping around the city. You'd be surprised how cool these hipster cafes are and not to mention good food to go with. One of the cafes on our list was The Loft. There are two branches in the city and we decided to make our way to both of the branches for picture taking as the ambiance for both is very different. 

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Within walking distance, there's a lot of key tourist spots that you ought to visit. From the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica to Buu Dien Saigon. Classic architecture dated from way back with beautiful interior. Many come here for wedding and touristy photos. 

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The next day, we explored the city centre where popular cafes, shops and high end malls lit up the entire place. One of the places I really wanted to explore was this building facing the city centre that you definitely wouldn't miss when you're there. It was filled with different themed cafes and shops from floor to floor and door to door. My next visit for sure! 

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The famous statue of Ho Chi Minh himself standing tall in the middle of the city square. This place is a popular place for people to gather on weekends to just chill by the fountains for a picnic and enjoy street performances. 

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This is one of the famous eateries for authentic Vietnamese food in the streets of Bui Vien. A street similar to Changkat in Malaysia that has bars and mini street stalls selling food. Bun Cha 145 Bui Vien is a small restaurant located along the streets. Long lines usually await those who want a taste of the goodies but I swear it's worth the wait. Dishes you ought to try is the Bun Cha and Grilled Beef Wrapped in Guise Leaves.

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Just opposite the restaurant is tis mini seafood stall that was packed with people just chilling by the roadside having grilled seafood. One of the many things I love about Vietnam is that its' seafood is massive in size and yet the price is so low compared to the portion. 

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Grilled pork and seafood while having a bottle or two of beer. Watching the night come to life in Vietnam was such an amazing experience. 

On our last day, we decided to book a day tour to Chi Chi Tunnels to explore the history of world war. 

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An amazing experience that involved us getting into tiny tunnels and witnessing the traps they used to trap American soldiers back in the day. We paid extra to play with some of the AK47s'. Who knew shooting could be such a scary experience. The loud bang and the reflected impact startled me quite a bit. Thank god for the ear muffs! 

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Lunch was at an outdoor food court near our hotel and Ben Thanh market. There was a good amount of variety to the food they served and for its price, the quality and taste of it was not bad. 

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Dinner was at the other recommended pho restaurant in the city. Pho 24 was hands down the best pho I had in Vietnam. This one over Pho 2000! It's a chain restaurant that served fast food version of pho but the broth was so seasoned and the meal was so fulfilling.

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One last night called for bar hopping. We went to Glow, another famous rooftop bar/club for happy hour. A very nice place to chill but I would imagine it to be an even better place to party but we didn't stay throughout the night. 

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Another reason I'd recommend anyone who loves a good night filled with good music to stay at the streets of Ben Thanh is the fact that it's walking distance to all the hotspots in the city. My favourite part of the stay was this basement bar/club right opposite our hotel. While we were on the way back to our hotel to call it a night, we heard music playing from this basement across the street. Being the curious girls that we are, we made our way to the bar/club and found a whole new world. Good R&B, hip hop and a hint of EDM music filled the room. Bottle prices were cheap because VIETNAM. The bartenders were super friendly and we made friends from Hong Kong that night too! It was very memorable for the both of us. 

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So thankful to have had a chance to explore Vietnam with my girl, I'd definitely say it's the new Thailand and it's so underrated you'll love it! Big love and thanks to Air Asia, IGersMalaysia and Digi! 

Watch it in visuals on my travelogue! 

 

-Zoey

Food Escapades: Oktoberfest, One Utama

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Come celebrate the world famous German festival - Oktoberfest with One Utama Shopping Centre! It's been the 12th year that they have hosted one of the most major events of the year. Four consecutive days from the 6th - 9th October 2016, 6pm to 12am at the mall's Level 5 Centre Court Rooftop, a huge tent will be constructed and turned into a huge party venue. Ever wondered how the Germans partied? Don't miss your chance for an amazing time with live music, performances, games and a variety of local and international food and drinks. The best part is that entry is FREE!

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To purchase food and beverages from the stalls inside the festival venue you need to get coupons at the coupon counter by the entrance. 

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One of my favourite parts of the festival is probably the huge 1L mug that you can get to refill your beer as the evening falls into place. Exclusive discounts and offers for ONECARD members so if you're a member, note that you will be able to purchase the mug at RM50 and get a free 1L of any draught beer of your choice! 

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Crowd is slowly building up as German bands that were specially flown in took the stage. German dancers and performers were also very intriguing, my night was mesmerised! 

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Did you know that if you were to snap pictures and post it up on your Instagram whilst using the hashtag #1UTAMAXOKTOBERFEST, you stand a chance to win a RM50 ONECARD Gift Card! And that means...SHOPPING!!!

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German food all the way from the maestros from Euro Delia and German Chef Jochen Kern. I honestly never knew there were more to sausages and beer to German cuisine...

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While you're there, don't forget to check out the huge smoking hot German BBQ Big pan! BURN BABY BURN and eat up while it's still hot! 

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Cheers to a good night with good food, drinks and performances! Will you be heading out for one of the largest Oktoberfest in town? See you there! And do take note that this event is only for NON-MUSLIMS ABOVE THE AGE OF 18 (ID/PASSPORT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION). Enjoy responsibly my loves! PROST! 

 

-Zoey

Hokkaido in Summer

I've been longing to go to Hokkaido for the longest time. The food, people & scenery has always intrigued me. 

Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: H&M /Shoes: Adidas / Bag: Collete

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Landed in Sapporo International Airport and booked a car straight to Niseko, the town we were staying in for the first few nights.

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A pit stop at Shikotsuko Visitor's Center with a beautiful park by the lake and a local stall that sells the best fried cheese mochi. A sinful cheat day snack but that's what holidays are for! 

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The Snow Monkey house we rented via AirBnB. A beautiful place indeed, hidden in the beauty of nature and other chalets. 

Niseko is the best place to be during winter. Resort homes here are mostly fully rented out as ski resorts to tourists. The mountain a few meters away has the best ski experience for tourists. 

AIRBNB CHALET: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3578641?sug=51

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For the first night, we bought groceries from Aeon and made use of the kitchen we had in our holiday home. 

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Day 2, we explored the countryside that had beautiful flowers & fresh produce. Lake Hill Farm is famous for their dessert and pastries made from their fresh dairy. 

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Top: Zara / Skirt: H&M / Shoes: Zalora / Bag: Collete / Necklace: Forever 21

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A beautiful garden in the front yard of their cottage and a big farm behind where all their hard work is put in.

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I couldn't help myself, everything from the texture to the taste was so fresh and creamy. One of the many unique things about Hokkaido I would say.

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A trip to Wakasaimo which sold traditional Japanese goodies and had a famous restaurant that served highly rated Japanese food. 

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One of the best places for big, fresh scallops and oysters overlooking the famous Lake Toya. Sadly, it was raining that noon and I was not able to take a walk along the lake after lunch but if you have the chance, take a stroll and enjoy the spring breeze. 

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The next day, we had the opportunity to learn how to make ice-cream in Takahashi Farm on the way to Otaru.

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A cottage with a farm much like Lake Farm Hill except they produced their own ice-cream. They even have two cafes in the same area which were packed with locals and tourists. 

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Top: Forever 21 / Short: H&M / Shoes: Keds / Hat: - / Necklace: The Anomaly / Bag: Collete  

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After having a taste of our own freshly made ice-cream, we headed to the Nikka Whiskey Distillery in Yoichi.

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A wide variety of classic Scottish x Japanese whiskey that was very rich and had a strong kick to it.  

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My family & I always seem to end up in an orchard whenever we travel. This time, we found ourselves in Yamamoto Orchard picking fully ripe cherries.

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They were so fresh & clean that you could eat it whilst picking them off the trees. Definitely one of my favourite experiences, the cherries were so sweet and juicy. 

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By the end of the day, we arrived in Otaru. By the canal, there were a ton of speakeasy bars & restaurants I wish I had more time to check out.

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A few blocks away from the Otaru Canal are little boutiques famous for its glasswares and music boxes. Something you don't want to miss out on bringing home as a souvenir.

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The day after, we went to Tomita Farm in Furano that had a most beautiful field of flowers in full bloom.

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Serving fresh pastries, ice-cream and melons. Basically everything that Hokkaido is famous for. 

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Top: H&M / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Keds / Bag: Milktee / Shades: Forever 21

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We stumbled upon a beautiful hideout - Ningle Terrace on the way back to our place. A hidden track through the little forest that had little shops selling crafts and things. 

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We checked into a wooden lodge in the forest that night. A one of a kind experience indeed. It had all the bare necessities and nature surrounding it. From modern-esque to this, it took a while to sink in.

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I think I'm too much of a city girl to enjoy being stuck in the woods with barely a proper kitchen or toilet to be in but nonetheless, it was a good experience. Thankful we weren't on a tropical island that was humid and filled with bugs. 

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Top: MNG / Shorts: H&M / Bag: Milktee / Ring: -

We finally made our way to the city that evening and I've never been happier to see bright lights lit up at night. 

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My brother and I took a ride on the Norbesa ferris wheel that was located on the roof of the mall. A view from the top of the city with two restaurants & bars beside it. Customers usually ride the ferris wheel with their pint of beer whilst enjoying the beautiful city.

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Dinner was at a presumingly famous restaurant that served king crabs. It's a bummer that I forgot the name but it's not hard to miss at all. The big crab hanging from the front door of the restaurant that's about 5 stories high is where you want to go. We had large king crabs boiled, stewed and in every other way we wanted it to be cooked. It was so fresh and so appetising, I have never been a big fan of crab but this was something else. When you're in Hokkaido, this is not something you would want to miss. 

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Top: Monki / Pants: Bangkok / Shoes: Adidas / Watch: Daniel Wellington / Bag: Milktee / Scarf: The Anomaly 

Shopping and more shopping. Sapporo is filled with malls to explore. Mitsui Outlet is one of them that has two blocks filled with international brand outlets. Accessible via tramp and bus from the main city of Sapporo. 

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Two major underground malls run through Sapporo. Pole Town (running through North to South) and Aurora Town (running East to West) are located in Sapporo's central Odori area. Excess points can be found up and down Ekimae Street south to Susukino and along the length of Odori Park from TV tower west to block 5. 

Above the underground malls, a long stretch of shops known as the Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade is filled with tourists from all over. A vibrant street that lights up at night, one of my favourite places to shop for souvenirs and snacks. 

Walk along the area and you'll find large department stores that houses international brands for you to shop your heart out. The easiest way to get around the city is via Google Maps.

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Dinner was at the famous Ramen Alley in Sapporo. It's dodgy and mysterious but everything cooked in that alley was delicious from the texture of the noodles to the broth of the ramen. Walking distance from the major shopping streets I mentioned earlier. This is somewhere you wouldn't want to miss out if you're in Sapporo. 

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On our last day in Hokkaido, we took a tramp and ropeway up Mt Moiwa. The view from above was amazing. 

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Top: - / Jacket: H&M / Shorts: Monki / Shoes: Keds / Bag: Collete / Cap: -

Cringe worthy love locks were on the top of the observation towers but I would have bought it anyways. A cool structure with a bell was in the middle of the love locks that I had to take a mandatory picture with. 

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There was a few cafes on the observation tower but only one restaurant. It wasn't my favourite place to dine and it was kinda overpriced but the view made up for it. 

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Last stop at the central park in Sapporo city. Fully bloomed flowers and a beautiful water fountain. Tourists and locals filled the area with their hot Japanese snacks and good company.

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Didn't manage to shop much but I got a new top, sweater and skirt + a heated eyelash curler and well known mascara for Asian lashes that wouldn't stay curled. 

Watch my short and sweet travel vlog on Japan! 

-Zoey

#LegallyZoey

Turning 18 has been on my list of goals since  I was a kid. Somehow, it meant something to  me. To be of age and old enough to be free to do whatever  I wanted to was  the goal I guess.  Nevertheless,  spending it with my favourite people was everything  even though  turning 18 wasn't all that jazz.

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The famous Ruyi &  Lyn sushi is a must-try.

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A good night spent with my favourite girls from high school. We've been through all sorts of thick and thin together and I swear it's meant to be. Although most of us have went abroad to study, keeping in touch is still one of our main priorities. I miss them so much , five years and counting!

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Girls night out at SIX, Bangsar.

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Lunch at Merchant's Lane   the day after with my vain pots - Sheryl & Mon.

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Such a cosy and beautiful hideout with good food to go with. I'm definitely going back for more! The Tom Yum Macaroni & Roti Jala is my fav.

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High tea at Ritz-Carlton with one of my closer college girlfriend - Charmaine & Mon.

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It's funny how we all met but I'm glad we did. Through rough waters &  a switch in timetables. #BIMBOS.

P.S. The best part about tea was the scones.

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Look at this cutie pie *heart eyes emoji*

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Baby cakes brought me to CuBs & CuPs in  Hartamas, a pet cafe  for lunch during the weekend.  It was such a bummer that all of the in-house puff balls were not around for the weekend. Thankfully, there were a lot of customers and their pets to play around with.

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 Redza brought me to the batting cages for the  first time and I was there hitting balls like I belong in the international league.  

#proudnarcissist

HAHAHAHA LUL.

But jokes aside, I managed to hit a lot  tho...

*pats self on the back*

Lunchies with the fam bam at  Artisan Coffee.  

It didn't have much variety but the pasta and the place in general was pretty good.  

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To wrap it all up, I decided to throw a party at the W_are_house  in Subang. 

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The venue was a hidden gem, not to mention it was   topped off  with friends I've not seen for a while. 

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Thank you for spending my 18th birthday with me everyone!  Another amazing birthday up to date :p Cheers   to more good fun! 

Photography by : Keen Meng

SPONSORS: 

HAIR: HATTITUDE SALON
DRESS: LESLEY WARDROBE
WATCH:  ROSEFIELD WATCHES
BALLOONS: BALLOON PIXIES
CAKE: ART OF CHIMIE
MACAROON TOWER: LE SUCRE DUPATISEERIE  
DRINKS: PALMS MALAYSIA
 

-Zoey

Food Escapades: 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