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Jack the Giant Slayer

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum. 

I smell the retelling of an English folk tale by Hollywood. 

And before anyone would cry fie, Bryan Singer who brought us enthralling movies such as The Usual Suspects,  X-men, X2 and Superman Returns, weaves a well known english folk tale with a dose of updated charm of incredible imagination that would leave one reeling with glee.

Lion Dance at The Westin Kuala Lumpur


I am not sure about you but I sure miss CNY. 2 things that I miss most would be yee sang and the cute lions. So bear with me as I relive my 2013 CNY in a few more posts. 

One of the cutest lion dance that I caught this year would be the one at The Westin KL. The dancers were good and certainly funny! 
This was arranged in the middle of the lobby. Any idea what the arrangements of pineapple, oranges, lime and chinese long cabbage is? 
Cute fluffy lion! 
Ready to leap up! I am amazed at the dancers' ability to jump up. Its like they have some built in springs in their legs.  
Hop hop jump jump. The lion dance at The Westin certainly attracted quite a number of passer by and hotel guests. 
Lion says 'Take my pic! I am smiling at you! '
Lions dancing around the crowd. 
I see an orange in the lion's mouth! Is it for me?
Indeed it is for me. In fact both lions gave me oranges. One was peeled and the other intact. 
The lions were also distributing oranges to the other guests. Some came along with red packets (ang pows) for the lions and also took opportunity for a photo with the lions.
And to pet the lion after all its not everyday that we can pet a fluffy lion!
Or a lion playing with a ball - pomelo in this case:P

And since we're at The Westin..how about a read of my CNY feast at Five Sen5es?

The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2731 8333


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Limablas

Checked out Limablas on its sixth day of business last night. Have to admit that I had a lil bit of problem looking for it...it is smack next to No Black Tie but it has no sign board! Hang on! Limablas has many signboards inside but not outside...and none of the signboards even bear their restaurant name. Hehehe...

Sign board or no sign board doesn't matter. This is one restaurant that is exactly next to No Black Tie. And when you walk pass this place, for a moment you will think is someone's home.
Dark outside but its all warm and cozy inside with folks wearing their sarungs too!
The garden area that makes a lovely spot to chill...if it doesn't rain:P
The whole restaurant is filled with precious old fashion stuff that the owner Simon managed to find.  The place has been left as intact as possible. Spot the Kedai Runcit signage! That is certainly not Limablas's signage:P
...and another signage. This one says Sin Heap Aun...obviously not Limablas!
Okies...this "Blas" is almost theirs lah:P

The menu is simple and easy. No fuss whatsoever. Just simple food that a Nyonya home whips out minus MSG and whatever fancy garnishing. Just yummy and simple like its menu suggests.
Set lunches available at RM9.90. Certainly very affordable!
Remember these old fashion sugar flower biscuits? How do you eat yours? I would choose my favourite colour first which is always pink and yellow (these are what I call food colourslah:P), then bite of the sugar bits and then finish off with the biscuits:D Though when I am eating this with daddy dearest,  I give him the biscuits because I love him much! Hehehe!
More old fashion goodies in the form of sugar coated peanuts! Pretty and yummy!
Have your choice of tea - I love the milk tea RM3.50 here. Creamy and certainly not as sweet as many places. So for the locals, its really not necessary to tell them "kurang manis" i.e. less sweet. 

The Kopi (coffee) RM4 comes with some dainty crackers that you can dip into the coffee. 
Pie Tie RM1.50 each make a lovely appetizer. Crunchy and not oily hats are filled with savoury and very flavourful mengkuang (turnip), egg, carrots and topped with a prawn. So good that I am making plans to return for afternoon tea just nibbling on these lovely top hats ver a good book or chatting up with the girls (and boys).
Forget the idea of skipping rice RM2 because it is not possible with the yummy dishes and gravies to come.
Cincaluk Omelette RM10 is a good fluffy omelette. The cincaluk taste is clear and obvious unlike many places that serve it without any cincaluk kick to it. In fact over dinner last night, I think this is the best cincaluk omelette that I have had any restaurants for the longest time! 
Udang Sambal Petai RM25 is potent here! You can smell it as the waiter walks towards you with this dish. Stinky? No way! This is absolutely good! I need to make a note that the prawns served with this dish are normally bigger. Limablas ran out of the regular large prawns so had to resort to using smaller prawns because I threatened to go berserk if I do not get my sambal petai! OK...I am kidding. I begged them to come out with the sambal petai even if it was without prawns but kitchen under the guidance of  Uncle John managed to whip it out with some smaller prawns:D
This sambal makes a good company to the Ayam Pongteh that we ordered. Colour is lighter than the usual one that we're used to as this is made using only fresh chili. Not as spicy hot as I woud love it to be but this will do for most people.
No Nyonya meal is complete without Ayam Pongteh RM10 (S). This is served with lots of gravy making it an utterly comforting dish as most of us chose to banjir our rice with this delightful gravy. Yes do it eat it with the sambal belacan!
Kangkung Goreng Sambal Belacan RM12 is perfectly stir fried. Not exactly spicy enough for me (I absolutely love very hot and spicy food) but this is good enough for my dining companions. Note the gravy is not oily! Perfectly homely like how I know many healthy Nyonya home serve it.
Telapia Goreng Cili RM40 is crispy and crunchy outside yet the flesh remains tender. No complains whatsoever. We did the necessary and ate this dish clean leaving only bones behind.
More gravy goodness with the Nyonya Chicken Curry RM10. Tender pieces of meat and potatoes makes this a delightful meal on its own. In fact as I look at this dish, I wonder if Limablas serves bread because if they do, I know my next trip would be to order this bowl of rich curry goodness and have  every drop of it with bread!
No meal is complete unless we have dessert. Honesty I wanted the cendol, ais kacang, tapai and bubur cha cha but there is only a lil but of room left. So Simon treated us to the Sago Gula Melaka RM3. Fluffy sago swimming in a pool of evaporated milk and topped with fragrant gula melaka syrup. Heavenly...I know I am supposed to be very full but I could not resist finishing up one whole portion on my own. Burp!

Our bill for a dinner for 5:
Satisfying! The milk tea is so good that someone had 3 cups!

Limablas makes a lovely place to dine. Its homely. Its cozy. Its so comfortable that the bunch of us stayed on after dinner to chat up the owner Simon (fourth from left). Yes, you note his funny expression...and that is because he is a funny man. Speak to him on music, food, interior design and what nots...he is absolutely fun to speak to!

Limablas:
No 15 Jalan Mesui
Off Changkat Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
Landmark: beside No Black Tie and opposite Park Royal Service Apartment.
T: +603 2110 1289
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Limablas/583547658338186?fref=ts

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Update 10 December 2015:
Limablas has moved down the street to
24 Jalan Mesui
Off Changkat Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
Landmark: beside Pisco Bar


Mandara Spa @ Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

Monday blues? Work week's worth of sores and aches? Or just for some good pampering to rejuvenate? That's when a spa comes in nice and handy. And its a random Monday that we popped into Mandara Spa for some pampering. How the heck did we do it on weekday? We deserved it after a non stop 7 days of working including the weekends!

Mandara Spa @ 5th Floor of Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur was just a stone throw away from our office. So its the choice for this round. An abode of pampering within the city that sort of made me forget that I was still in the city that was definitely abuzz on a weekday.
Its serene the moment I am standing before the glass doors.
Chilling at the reception while I get my paperwork done. Yes, its important for them folks at Mandara to know my needs and requirements, allergies or medical conditions etc.
Paperwork done over my cups of lovely ginger tea and cold aromatherapy towels.

I am frankly quite relaxed by the time I am done with the tea and towel. It was a perfect start. Next we're ushered to our treatment area.
Shhhh
Sit back and relax if you're early. There is also the jacuzzi and steam area if you desire.

Whether you want a massage, a facial or even a day's worth of pampering, Mandara Spa has it all. Visited with the hubster for our couple recharge needs, so we opted for a massage to soothe away the knots and tension.
We had the couple room so we could receive our pampering side by side. And if you're at Mandara on your own, then fret not as the treatment rooms are divided to men and women for privacy reasons. This comes with an outdoor bathtub and shower area too. Bliss! We were transported back to the tranquility and pampering that we both love and enjoyed in Bali - that's Bali is almost our annual pilgrimage.
Foot reflexology in the privacy of one own room. If you love reflexology yet are afraid of the Ouchhhhhhh then check out Mandara Spa's Fancy Foot-work @ RM175 for 50 minutes of therapeutic foot massage based on the principles of reflexology but minus the Ouchhhhhhh factor. This therapy will release toxins and restore your body's energy flow.
Indulgence and pampering begin. I breathe in the aroma oils to relax. Close my eyes and massage begins. The music relaxes me too. My muscles unknot under the trained gentle hands on my therapy. All too soon I am sleeping only to wake up to turn my body around for the massage to continue. Again I drift off to Snooze Land and waking up to a rejuvenated me.

I know I am certain to return to Mandara Spa. And because I am a girl, I know I can even do with a few set of pamperings including a facial, some scrubs, wraps, more massage and even a pedicure and manicure. With treatments starting from RM85 (spa manicure), RM195 for a facial or massage, this is certainly a pampering that many of us can afford to pamper and rejuvenate our senses. Perfect for ladies and men alike!

I noted that Mandara Spa had lots of Elemis products around. Curiosity kicks in and I enquire. Elemis is a leading British and skincare brand for spas and elite salons. You can choose to enjoy Elemis in Mandara Spa and also take the beautiful range home to enjoy like I did - stay tuned as I share a few of the products that I tried and love.

Mandara Spa 
5th Floor @ Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur
+603 2717 9966



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XALF

I won't speak for every woman but I dare speak for myself and many ladies out there. We all love our killer heels of 4" and above. Of course I confess that I wear flats and trainers on most days but come when its appropriate and necessary, I will be donning my 4" or more. And when friends ask me doesn't it hurt me to wear such heels and walk all around, I will smile...because it really depends on making sure you get heels that look good and feel good even if you need to walk around for 3 hours. 

A new brand of ladies footwear made its way to our market. XALF, a bespoke online footwear label, has unveiled Xpression to its ranks in the shape of customisable heels for the well-heeled modern woman. 

The launch was held at the jazz-infused setting of Bentley Gallery, Pavilion KL. Certainly an apt location as, it proved to be the appropriate venue for such a joyous occasion. After all, Bentley certainly represents style, elegance and comfort with it handcrafted cars!
So what is XALF? Brainchild of Xavier Mah and designer Alfred Hor, each pair of XALF is a well thought and finely crafted pair of shoes. Every pair of XALF is a unique made-to-order beauty using only genuine calfskin leather. Your choice of peep-toe, strappy heel and sky-high platforms. First-of-its-kind heels too as the heels are interchangeable and one can determine the accessories to be placed on the heel counters.

Here's some photos from the launch with luminaries such as Datuk Yasmin Yusuff, Dato’ Ruby Khong, Mizz Nina, Dynas Mokhtar, Datin Reiss Tiara, Thanuja Ananthan, Debbie Goh, Chris Tong, Cecilia Yong, Elianna, Cassandra Patrick, Dian Sharlin and Beatrice Au parading the shoes.  More pics in my Facebook album XALF. Log into www.xalfdesign.com to view the full range of shoes!
Islip in white
Welcome address by Aliza Kim
 Latin fusion dance performance by So You Think You Can Dance1st Season winner Cecilia Yong
Ravena - Ankle boot with criss cross strap.
Purple and red contrasted strap heel with black ruffle embelishment.
Tivolib - old cracked leather wood wedged with golden spiky stud, opened toe and ankle strap. 

Two tone pump with black ruffle embelishment.
Datin Reiss Tiara in Bolivar - 
Ruffles ankle boot with contrast yellow platform and heels, detachable accessories.
Andes - Pointed pump with detachable stud ribbon, red piping and back ankle covered.
Datuk Yasmin Yusuff  in Moreau - Slingback peep-toe with elastane strap.
Thanuja Ananthan in her pair of Andes.
Debbie Goh in Ovid - Slingback with front net covered heels.
Mizz Nina in Willet - Dark olive green ankle boots with with back opened zip and detachable accessories.
Xavier Mah, Alfred Hor and the models for the night.


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