December 18, 2014

End of the year

It's that time of the year again when we all start to ponder whether did we fulfil this year's resolution and start listing down next year's resolutions. It's the holiday season as well where we go for vacations and it's the year end sales where we buy gifts for each other, shop for ourselves and make the best of the shopping sale (well before GST kicks in next year April). Christmas is also around the corner and if you're Chinese, the Winter Solstice Festival is coming soon and then it's the New Year. Wow, everything happens in just one month.

I lurveee December! It's my favourite month of the year =) I love going to shopping complexes in December and be in awe of Christmas decorations and love hearing Christmas jingles and the whole atmosphere of festivity.

When I was younger, I was most excited about school holidays and receiving presents during Christmas. As I get older, of course there are no more school holidays and lesser presents and I could just count on those little things that make me smile ^^

To be honest, 2014 was a roller coaster year for me. It was a year where I had to make a lot of decisions which affects my life, future and relationships. 2014 was the year that taught me a lot. But, if I could rewind time, would I have done it any different? No. I do believe everything happens for a reason and you just gota get through with life no matter what. But, that being said, I can't wait to move on to year 2015.

Here's hoping to a smooth year ahead to not only me but to all of you out there as well.

So, what is next year's resolution's gona be?


December 16, 2014

Gone Girl movie

There were not many great movies this year much to my disappointment. However, Gone Girl was an exception and it was a really good movie to end 2014 hehe

This movie was based on a novel with the same name.
Okay, to be very honest, because I saw that Ben Affleck was acting in this movie, it made me want to watch this movie haha...I mean, just look at that face! *swoon*
He directed a similar movie of a missing person before; his directing debut in Gone Baby Gone and I think he's naturally drawn to these kind of mystery, drama/thriller movies. And because he's in a position to choose, I felt that he has been doing really great movies these past few years and I love all of them.

This movie is what the title is all about- a girl gone missing. But it's not as simple as that. The movie was told in a very clever way with flashes of the past and the present to unravel the mystery of Nick Dunne's(Ben Affleck) missing wife, Amy(Rosamund Pike).

They were portrayed as such a perfect couple in the beginning, but everything went downhill on their 5th wedding anniversary, when Nick couldn't find his wife and one after another, pieces of stories, lies, clues were unravelled. 

All evidence were pointing towards Nick that he killed his wife and he had to go out of his ways to prove otherwise. The entire 2 and half hours were used wisely to tell Nick's side and Amy's side(from her diary) of the story. It was very interesting on how the story has its own twists that you never expected.

Credits have to be given to Rosamund Pike's acting. She can be that ice cold queen to a devoted wife and many more facets revealed in the movie.

The movie will leave you with a sense of uneasiness knowing in every relationship there could be one like Nick and Amy. Sound mysterious enough? Go watch it and be mind blown!

My rating: 4 stars

December 12, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

When I first switched to Iphone from the then old Nokia phone, I was hooked and thought that I will never switch to an Android phone. Even up to now, I have upgraded to Iphone 5 and haven't bought or used an Android phone. Whenever I play with my friends' phones that uses Android, I can never get use to the operating system. It's just different.

But...there comes a day when I'm forced to use an Android phone lol.

And it's a Samsung Galaxy S5!

And this is NOT an ad haha I just wanted to share its features. I've heard good reviews about this phone but I'm still skeptical because this would be my first Android phone.

I've been getting used to it and now find it quite amusing. Samsung phones have this Samsung Galaxy Life app which gives its users great promotions from time to time. How cool is that? I mean which girl doesn't like a good promotion? Haha

You can redeem ongoing promotions from time to time.

Okay, that aside, the phone itself has a huge screen which can be a good or a bad thing. For me, I like my phones small and handy not big and bulky so bringing it everywhere can sometimes be quite a hassle. On top of that, this S5 is supposed to be my second phone so it can be quite a handful. However, good thing is that the S5 is quite lightweight and not too heavy.

Big screen also means, bigger keyboard and less typing mistakes. The S5 has a numeric keyboard on top of the qwerty so it's easier to type.

And big screens are also better for games! I rarely play games but for those who are addicted to candy crush, this would be good for you =)

The S5's best feature would be the screen's resolution. It's different from others. The screen is much brighter and vibrant. It is full HD and pictures look so much better on the S5. Speaking about pictures, the camera is another great feature. It has a 16MP back camera and 2MP front camera. Taking pictures just got better! It has HDR for brighter and vivid capture, selective focus to focus on the main subject and fast auto focus! Who needs a camera when you have an S5? hehe

Pictures taken using Samsung Galaxy S5. #noedit
Those Christmas trees are gorgeous, right?? I'm in love.

The most talked about feature is the Heart Rate Sensor in the S Health app. Galaxy S5 is the first smart phone with a built-in Heart Rate Sensor which enables you to measure your heart rate directly on your phone. You can now check your heart rate at any time of the day and manage your condition and stress accordingly. In fact, the heart rate sensor is pretty accurate! This is because I compared it with the blood pressure machine at home and both showed almost the same reading.

Place your finger right under the back camera and it will measure the heart rate from there. Not bad, huh?

The S Health app can also be your personal fitness tracker. It can be a pedometer and measure your steps as well ^^

Further, this is a 4G phone powered with LTE. It has a Download Booster where the speed of LTE & Wi-Fi can be combined to give you an unrivaled network experience! When you need to download files in a hurry, turn on the LTE and Wi-Fi together and experience approximately 80-90% of the added network speed of LTE and Wi-Fi. How cool is that?

Other features include:
-RAM : 2GB
-16/32GB User Memory + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
-IP67 certificated Dust & Water Resistant (but not waterproof)
-Ultra Power Saving Mode

Now, the cons is the cluttered screen. I'm quite OCD and the first time I on the phone and saw all the apps cluttered I went into full OCD mode and re-arranged them.

It has the main screen with shortcut apps and.. has an apps screen.

I'm pretty used to Iphone where there's only one main screen with the apps so I'm still getting used to this S5.

Although S5 is supposed to have a good battery lifespan but as all smartphones are, battery drains quite fast as well. And oh, if you have a hard time finding the 'Do not Disturb' button, it's actually called Blocking Mode where you will not be disturbed during sleeping time or in a meeting.

Overall, I am quite impressed with some of its unique features. Maybe I can get use to Android after all hehe. Never say never!

December 9, 2014

Pizza San Francisco food review

Pizza San Francisco is no stranger to me and my friends. In fact, I have been to the Kota Kemuning branch many times to date.

Coincidentally, Pizza San Francisco at Kota Kemuning held a food review for us bloggers to let us try their signature yummylicious dishes and to introduce their Christmas dish. I have always been a fan and I was delighted to be part of the group to review their dishes.

Cozy environment where my friends and I would sit for long hours to chat!

Their menu with so many choices to choose from.

They have six branches to date.

So, let's get to the yummy part! Their dishes are all mainly delicious hence why I have revisited this place many times. But let me introduce some of their signature:

Lime Special (RM5.90)
Don't be fooled by the name. It is not that sour but a mix of sweet and sour which is a thirst quencher. I love this drink especially with that asam boi hehe

Mushroom Bruschetta for starter (RM7.90)
I have a thing for breads. Hence, I'm quite bias towards this starter and I could eat this all day!
The bread was soft, the cream was cooked to perfection and it was a combination of everything delicious.

Seafood soup (RM15.90)
Again don't be fooled by the colour. Not to worry, this soup is not spicy but very light and refreshing. The seafood were all very fresh! I would prefer it a bit more spicy but if you like it spicy, you could always ask them to add in chilli flakes =)

Cioppino with seafood (RM21.90)
This is spaghetti in mixed herb sauce. Another favourite! The pastas in PSF are generally very yummy!

Same goes to the Baked Fish(17.90)
If you prefer fish rather than seafood, by all means this baked fish with spaghetti, sliced ginger, wild mushroom, garlic, chilli flakes and basil leaves will satisfy your taste buds.

Pizzaido(RM28.90 for large)
This pizza is a combination of mozarella cheese, chilli, mushroon, minced chicken and onion. Also, spot those chilli padi lying on top of the pizza. 

Mmm cheesy!
The crust is different from your normal pizza, It is thin and crunchy but actually I would prefer soft and chewy crust. It was supposed to be spicy but to me it still lacked spiciness haha prolly my tongue is too burnt with chilli all these years =p

Now, this is my favourite dish out of all!
Baked Lamb (RM59.90)
This is an oven baked lamb in honey mint sauce served with sides.
Just looking at it makes my mouth watery *slrrp* The lamb was baked to perfection, it's not tough and it has just the right chewy-ness plus the honey mint sauce tops it all off! The side vegetables were tasty as well and I'm in love with the carrots haha This is a MUST-TRY in PSF.

San Special (RM31.90 for large)
This is PSF's signature pizza with its unique shape. It's a 2-in-1; half a calzone with turkey salami(in the centre) and half a pizza with minced chicken, cherry tomato, garlic, chilli and mozarella cheese. One or two bites will be very filling because it's packed with stuffings! Guys would love this and the tomato puree is made of 18 different types of herbs! This is one fulfilling dish!

Now, PSF is introducing this Salmon Bread Crumb as a Christmas special (RM27.90)
This is a Norwegian salmon cooked with bread crumbs so that the outside is crispy and the inside is soft topped with a citrus dressing with sides to complete the dish. This is another must try this Christmas! It tickles the taste buds because it's very flavourful.

Another popular drink in PSF is the Ice Blended Kasturi (RM8.90)

What would a meal be without desserts? hehe
A classic mascarpone cream cake with finger sponge. The cake is soft and creamy but I preferred the Creme Brulee...

Creme Brulee(RM4.90)
This popular cream egg custard is hard on the surface with the 'sugar glass' but soft underneath with custard. It's light and tasty and it was a good ending to our food-filling night =)

PSF's chief executive chef spoke to us and talked about PSF. He has been with PSF for more than 10 years and he has been improving the menu from time to time. Remember the salmon bread crumb? Yeap, he came up with that dish and cooked it for us! He knows his food well and such an experienced person!

Well, thank you PSF for a wonderful night of eating, eating and non stop eating hehe
We definitely went home with a bulging tummy!

Like Pizza San Francisco's FB page for more info and their on going promotions.

December 8, 2014

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2014

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is BACCCKKKK!!! Book-a-holics this is the place you should visit!

24 hours non stop from 5th to 16th December!!

I went on the first night itself and boy were there soooo many people. There's a book for everyone there be it you're young, a teenager, an adult or a senior citizen! There's over 3 million books with discounts up to 75-95%!

MIECC was hugee and it's good that it's such a huge place so that people don't feel suffocated in there. 

Book lovers, you will go crazy in there hehe

I don't know if it was the first day craze but at that night, we were caught in quite a massive jam where everyone wanted to go into the convention. And that was at 12am! I think there's always a crowd at any hour haha

There were many books of different genre and you can spend hours in there looking through books. I was there for almost 3 hours and I had a backache from searching through books after books LOL I didn't know buying books can be quite tiring hehe

If you're a real book worm, bring a suitcase and arrange them in it or if not, BBW provide boxes for you. There's food upstairs if you're hungry and there are many stores outside on display to buy posters, shirts, subscription to magazines etc. It's quite a carnival in the convention centre =)

Well, I'm a practical person and I know for sure if I bought way too many books, I wouldn't have time to read them all LOL So I bought the ones that I would read for sure ^^ Hence, not much damage to my pocket hehe

December 5, 2014

esmé Clinic Carbon Blast Laser Skin Facial Treatment (plus giveaway)

I've had oily skin since forever and with oily skin, I have very big pores which bothers me all the time. I have been trying all ways to control the oil so that my face appear glowing and healthy, not oily with huge pores ='(

esmé Clinic approached me with this Carbon Blast Laser Skin Facial Treatment which can enhance the skin’s radiance and promote a smooth, glowing complexion. Of course, I'm up to try this treatment! Who doesn't want healthy glowing skin?
Read more to find out and at the end there's a giveaway as well =))

So, as you can see my pores are my biggest skin problem!

Lucky for me, the Carbon Blast Treatment offers these benefits:

-Deep cleansing
-Remove blackheads, whiteheads, pimples & acne scars
-Reduce pigmentation
-Whitening & shrink pores
-Control excessive sebum or remove dead skin cells
-Refine & face skin shaping

These are what my skin need exactly ^^

And so, off I went to Jaya One where esmé Clinic is located.

The cozy resting place with sofas.

I had a consultation with the in house doctor, Dr. Sivah to introduce to me about their aesthetic treatments. He was showing me that I could get fillers for my nose and you're never too young for Botox.
Well, next time perhaps? =)

Deep in conversation explaining to me how he's going to perform a Botox injection on one of the customer...

Was lucky to witness it to see first hand how is it done.
Just a swab on the affected areas..

And a few shots of injections..

to make the face to have a V shape and slimmer looking.

The customer mentioned it was not very painful and procedure was done within minutes! The effect can be seen after a week or so. So, if you're interested drop by esmé Clinic for consultation.

Now, it's my turn! See, oily face >.< I'm getting rid of that oiliness!

Carbon is applied on the face.
The famous Carbon Ion Nano-Lambency therapy combines the ND: YAG (1064 nm) laser and Carbon Ion Powder to effectively brighten skin, reduce open pores, reduce pigmentations and stimulate the regeneration of the collagen fiber of skin.

Pores will be significantly visible after application of carbon powder -.-

The eye mask is put on to protect the eyes from the laser light.

Initially I was quite afraid of the laser treatment simply because it's laser! Meaning it will be painful and skin might be more sensitive after the 'burning'.
How wrong was I! It was not that painful. It just feels like a slight burning sensation but not painful at all. You can smell some burning smell because of the carbon powder but nothing to worry about.

I felt fine and it only lasted for less than 10 minutes.

Done! As you can see, no more traces of carbon powder because every 'shot' of laser will diminish the powder.

Cleansing time.

My skin right after the laser. My pores were instantly smaller and skin was much brighter due to the removal of dead skin cell.

The laser also made some of my blackheads pop out better and so my therapist, Sylvia did some minor extractions for me.

Application of mask to soothe my skin.

Water was sprayed to lock in moisture.

And, of course, results is the most important. Here it is:

Before(left), After(right)
No explanation needed. My skin was smoother and pores were smaller.
Of course I cannot expect my pores to be completely gone in just one treatment but only 1 treatment produced quite good results.

See the significant reduction of my pores.

Yes, my skin was quite bad before this (covers face) but now it's so much better thanks to the Carbon Blast Laser Skin Facial Treatment =))

So normal price is RM720 BUT...
for first time trial, you can get this treatment for only RM149!!
Get this voucher from MilkADeal and you don't want to miss it.

And now just for Dreamer readers, esmé Clinic is offering you a FREE V-Lift Treatment.
There are 20 FREE treatments to be given away.

All you have to do is:
1. Like esme FB page and
2. Inbox or call them to mention my name(Blogger Esther) and make an appointment for your free treatment.

That's all. It's that easy!
Hurry up because offer ends on 20th December 2014.

For more info:
esmé Clinic
No. 65-1, Block D, Jaya One,
No.72a, Jalan University,
46200 Petaling Jaya. 

Tel: 03-7955 1491