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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DO NOT OPEN MESSAGES FROM ZORPIA

 
Have any of you been receiving messages from various people saying that they have left you a message on this Zorpia thing?

Well I have and so far I have no idea who these peope are, and from what I have managed to gather Zorpia is some sort of social networking site, that will essentially start spamming people in your address book once you actually open the message.

So I just thought I'd just highlight this in case any of you out there are also getting messages from Zorpia!

Friday, February 14, 2014

SECRET COFFEE PLACE IN AMPANG

So we read about Typica in Eat Drink KL and decided we had to try it as Douglas loves his coffee. We attempted to locate this hidden coffee place several times but to no avail, eventhough we had the address. I guess it is because it really is not your typical cafe.


Typica 2 really is an old wooden house along Jalan Merdeka in Ampang (a little after the Nine Emperor Gods Temple). Also, as you were supposed to make a reservation before turning up, trying to obtain their phone number was quite a task as it is not listed anywhere. Anyway, to cut a long story short, we managed to make a reservation and the people were waiting for us at the rather colourful zinc-ed gate. We were let in and the gates promptly locked. It was that top secret.


So once we were seated (it was a really small place) and you can probably have only about 10 people or so in there at a time, we were given some cold water with lemon and then the very nice lady came over to take our order and also explain how things worked there.


The coffees at Typica are very expensive. There was nothing on the blackboard menu that was under RM40 per cup if  I remember correctly. So what's so special about the coffee here? Well the people at Typica source their own coffee and work together with the coffee farmers directly. Very often, they are directly involved in the actual picking of the coffee beans, and according to them, they only pick the finest beans.


Also, the coffee beans at Typica are hand roasted and manually brewed/siphoned. There are no fancy machines here, but rather old-school coffee grinders and what looked like equipment in a science laboratory to me. It takes a minimum of 15-20 minutes before you can savour your coffee which will be served in a wine glass to enable you to taste the different notes of the coffee as it gently cools.

It is important to note that, coffees at Typica are served black (no milk or sugar). And if you so much as asked for some, you will be given a really horrified look!

Douglas had a glass of Togos Gopas at RM55. He thought it tasted quite good and was rather surprised that he enjoyed it without a single bit of sugar as he normally likes his coffees quite sweet.

As I am not quite a coffee drinker, I made the mistake of asking for the same coffee with milk, and was turned down quite flatly. Yes they refused to make it with milk for me. And after some begging, they agreed to make me a mug of normal blend coffee with milk which was a mere RM15.


Anyway, so for those of you who are real coffee connoisseurs, do check out Typica... It's quite an experience and definitely worth a visit, even if it is just for experience. 
 
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Typica 2
342 Jalan Merdeka, Ampang
Tel: 03 4280 1711

Friday, August 16, 2013

AGLIO OLIO WITH KING PRAWNS

Douglas and I love pasta cooked in the aglio olio style, which essentially means pasta cooked in just garlic and oil. But it's actually quite hard to come by a good aglio olio. We usually feel that there isn't enough garlic, or the pasta has been over cooked, or there's no taste etc.

So whenever I'm in the mood, I would make it myself, cause it really is simple.

King Prawns cooking nicely...
Essentially all you need is some pasta, garlic, olive oil, salt to taste and some dried chilli if you want to give it a bit of a kick. Of course you can make it a bit more fancy by adding some meat or prawns and a splash of white wine...

So what you need to do is clean the prawns and season with rock or sea salt and pepper. I always add a bit of sugar which helps retain the crunchy texture of the prawns. Set this aside.

In a pot, boil your pasta (about 60g per person or more if you are a big eater) with some olive oil to prevent it from sticking together. Boil for 8 minutes max so that it will remain al dente.

In the meantime, chop a whole bulb of garlic and cut up some dried chilli. In a separate pan, fry the garlic and chilli with a bit of salt on high heat.

Put in the prawns and fry them until they turn pink/red. Turn them over and add a splash of white wine. As soon as all the prawns have turned pink on the other side as well. Take them off the heat, and set aside. You don't want to over cook your prawns!

Aglio Olio with King Prawns - Done!
Drain the pasta, and stir in a knob of butter (this is optional), and add the pasta to the garlic and chilli oil from the prawns. Sautee for about 2-3 minutes and divvy it up onto plates.

Arrange the prawns ontop of the pasta, and if you like you can add chopped parsley as a garnish, and dig in!!!

And of course you won't pay a fortune for the pasta when you make it on your own. The cost of our aglio olio pasta for 2 people with 6 large king prawns each was under RM50! - which would probably be what you would pay for one person at a decent restaurant with probably half the number of prawns...So why not try and make this yourself?
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Oh and if any of you are wondering where we get our fabulous prawns from, we get it delivered from Good4u Delivery. You can order online or call Adeline directly. There is a minimum order of RM50 and a RM3 charge for delivery within KL. They have lots of other really good stuff as well. So do check them out.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

SPA DAY AT HOME

FOR BEAUTY TREATMENTS AT HOME, 
PLEASE CALL IVY AT 014 642 0612
Introductory/Promotional Price
Facial (1.5 hours) RM100
Massage (1 hour) RM75

image from Nu Skin

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I have not treated myself to a facial in a really long time. Mainly because I just seem to be busy all the time. So when a family friend told me that she has just started her own little beauty business, I decided to give it a go, although I was quite skeptical about what to expect from it.

Basically, Ivy does beauty treatments for you in the comfort of your own home. She does facials, massages and even slimming treatments. I decided to try a massage and a facial today.

You will need to have a quiet space to have your treatments done (you can use your bedroom), and have 2 large towels handy (if you are having a massage), 2 small basins or tubs, and an electrical point with an extension cord (for her facial steamer).


Ivy came to my house at our appointed time with a large silver case (full of stuff) and a small, portable face steamer. She uses Nu Skin products for her facials and slimming treatments, and I think her own blend of massage oils for normal massages.

We started with a full body massage. She used a ginger based oil for me which had a pleasant smell that wasn't overpowering. The massage was quite enjoyable, and I have to say that I am quite critical of massages. The pressure was right and she used long sweeping strokes which were rather therapeutic.

Ivy applied some sort of warming balm to my shoulders and lower back when she finished the back of my body. That was quite good because my shoulders and lower back were particularly stiff. I particularly liked it when she massaged my head and scalp. Anyway it was over before I knew it. I think next time I will book her for a 2 hour session instead.




Next it was on to the facial. She started by applying 2 different gels. If I remember correctly, it was the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa System™ Facial Gels with ageLOC® which consists the Pre-Treatment Gel and the Treatment Gel.

The Pre-Treatment Gel helps remove impurities so your pores can breathe and prepares your skin for Treatment Gel.

The newly reformulated Treatment Gel contains all the benefits of the original and in addition ,now features ageLOC® technology, a proprietary new ingredient blend that helps slow the signs of ageing at their source.  The Treatment Gel is supposed to:
  • Slow visible signs of ageing at the source with ageLOC® technology - a revolutionary anti-ageing ingredient blend.
  • Facilitate recovery from stress; revive and invigorate tired skin by promoting cellular energy.
  • Enhance skin hydration, leaves skin feeling incredibly soft, clean and refreshed.

Anyway, Ivy used the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa II device to massage the gel into the face. The device I thought looked a little scary as it had some grooves on it, but it actually felt really nice.

The Galvanic Spa II device is a "programmable instrument with patented self-adjusting galvanic currents and interchangeable conductors for the face, scalp and body."

After that, I had a Vitamin C face scrub. I liked how the scrub felt because it was coarse enough (I don't like the really fine facial scrubs cause I think it's pointless) and yet did not scratch my face.

Then I had the steamer on my face for a couple of minutes. My face was cleaned again with the NaPCA Moisture Mist, and then I had a firming/lifting mask applied onto my face with a very nice, soft brush.

A layer of what felt like tissue was placed on top of that, and then another layer of mask was applied. Then there was a nice breeze on my face for quite a few minutes. So am not quite sure if Ivy had brought a portable fan or something along. I could feel the mask start to harden/tighten and "lift" my face. I like this sort of masks cause it really feels like something is happening. Whether or not that is true is besides the point. :)

I am not quite sure how long the mask was on for cause I actually dozed off. Ivy woke me up gently to tell me that she was going to remove the mask and it would hurt a little. Ivy removed the mask and I swear that my face felt rather lifted!

Ivy then applied another gel or cream on my face. By this time I couldn't remember what she was saying anymore cause I was rather dozy. But she did use the Galvanic Spa II device again.

Then that was removed and I had the moisturising mist again, and another layer of stuff, I remember her saying Royal Jelly at some point, was applied and left on for another 10 minutes before it was removed and that was the end of the facial.

I must say I was pretty impressed with the results. I had started the day with rather terrible bags under my eyes, and there were almost completely gone. And the lines on my forehead seemed to have reduced. And overall I thought my face was brighter and more refreshed.

I really enjoyed the facial and am looking forward to my next appointment with Ivy. I will pay more attention to what she's saying next time and perhaps take a before and after picture as well.

In the mean time, if any of you are interested to get a facial treatment, massage or slimming treatment in the comfort of your own home, do consider giving Ivy a call.

She is available for appointments within the Ampang and KL area. Her number is 014 642 0612.

Introductory/Promotional Price

Facial (1.5 hours) RM100
Massage (1 hour) RM75

I forgot to ask how much slimming treatments are, but will ask her at my next appointment.I think Ivy also sells the Nu Skin products, but she didn't ask me to buy anything at all (which I really appreciated). But if you are interested in getting some of the products for your own use at home, I guess you could also ask Ivy about it.

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