If that sounded like a riddle, here’s why the above sentence makes sense to me! When I was in primary school, someone brought a birthday cake to class. A sponge cake delicately sandwiched coffee-flavoured cream, topped off with even MORE coffee cream. Everyone in class hated it except me (and probably the poor child or parent who decided it was a good idea).
Because there was half a cake left untouched, I was given most of it to take home since I was the only kid who loved the taste so much. One of my fondest childhood decadent-eating memories is experimenting with that coffee cream by freezing it and eating it solid. I decided right then that I adored the flavour that is coffee.
My relationship with actual coffee has evolved from one of necessity – 19 years ago while cramming for exams – to one of pure enjoyment today.
My relationship with actual coffee has evolved from one of necessity—19 years ago while cramming for exams—to one of pure enjoyment today. A steaming mug of it was my go-to when I needed to stay awake to study for SPM. Then, in my days of entertainment journalism, I’d sip on cups in the middle of the night to plough through article deadlines.
I learnt how to enjoy it at the end of dinner when I was in London and France, but decided I wouldn’t have it past 6 p.m. in Malaysia lest I couldn’t sleep. It got a little out of control during my advertising days, with me consuming 3 to 5 cups of it daily… Then I went off it cold turkey for a whole year, wanting to prove to myself that I could focus without it.
After I was convinced and satisfied with my self-control, I turned back to it. Not because I needed it to function, but because I loved the taste and smell of it so much! I would smell the aroma of it when people had it in the mornings and lust after having its flavour in my mouth.
So I am a little different. Most people drink coffee because they need it—I drink it because I want to.
The easiest way to have a perfect cup of espresso coffee at home is to use a capsule machine like Nespresso—the brand that revolutionised the way millions of people have been enjoying their coffee since 1986. I used to have a machine in #CasaFairy that Jun brought over, but when we split he took it back with him. Now I have one all to myself in lipstick-red, a perfect match to my vintage enamel basin and table fan.
Pictured above is the Nespresso Inissia, with a compact design that fits perfectly into any space cos it’s so small and cute! Barely any effort is required to make a cuppa… i just need to momentarily press a button and wait for 25 seconds. If you’re looking to save time especially when it comes to shopping, then some caffeine is gonna have your back.
Were you shopping last 11.11?
I didn’t think i was going to… then i kinda (totally) lost the plot and spent hours on my phone. HOURS. The timer on shopping websites displayed countdowns, and i kept casually throwing products into my cart. When it was finally time to re-evaluate them all – i was freaking out in a daze of sleepiness because i didn’t want to throw in the towel after ALL THAT effort and time spent selecting products!
Val was waiting for me to watch a movie on Netflix, but I told him to give me more time.
“I have 25 items in my cart!! Just… go do something else first!” So he gamed, while I mulled over what to keep and buy. After a successful shopping spree, I mentally patted myself numerous times for a good job done. :p
Yet another upcoming (read: dangerous) sale is Black Friday this 23rd November.
To keep us alert and away from committing regrettable shopping decisions, Nespresso will be having a Long Black Friday sale two days prior for promotions on their machines! For example, the Inissia machine that’s in my apartment is going for RM399.
And they’re also giving KBF readers an additional fairy discount!😉
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Last Thursday, I attended the ENTERTAINER Malaysia launch party for its 2019 products at Hugo’s KL @ Ramada Suites KLCC. I was one of the few people to arrive early at the launch and was greeted with a drink and extremely cute little canapés. With a drink in hand and a happy tummy, I walked around to explore the place, and boy did I fall in love with the aesthetics right away!
The colourful lights that hung from the ceiling of the bar gave the place a strikingly picturesque appearance. I loved the vibe and how beautiful the setting was.
Organised and hosted by Michelle Francis, the Marketing Manager for the ENTERTAINER Malaysia; we learnt how the ENTERTAINER is a lifestyle Buy-1-Get-1 free app that offers amazing deals from food & beverages at your favourite cafes + restaurants, epic weekender activities like rock climbing and theme parks, and pampering sessions with 50% off facials and massages. Back with a bang, The ENTERTAINER 2019 has even bigger and better deals for us to look forward to!
The launch kicked off with a speech from Paul Hue, the Country Manager of the ENTERTAINER Malaysia, who welcomed everyone to the party. Once the speeches were done, modern soulful jazz band New Village Music Lab featuring Mazlina Manan serenaded us with her beautifuuul voice. She’s an amazing singer! I’m a pretty big fan. The crowd was on their feet and undeniably having a great time, mingling around while enjoying the delightful tunes by the band.
While being entertained by the band, our stomachs started to rumble! Dayana and I headed to the buffet table and found an amazing spread from Nasi Lemak to Aglio Olio.
Oh yeah! There was also a photo booth set up by BROTHER&CO where guests at the launch could take as many photos as we wished with extremely cute and funny props.
Despite having drank many-a number of Mount Gay cocktails, i recently learnt that the handcrafted rum is the world’s oldest rum producer..! Proven by a legal deed dated from 1703 confirming the existence on their sugar cane estate in Barbados, Mount Gay rum is still made using only the finest sugar cane molasses and pure water filtered through the coral heart of the island.
“Perpetuating a long-standing Barbadian tradition for more than 310 years, Mount Gay rums are handcrafted from a blend of single column and double copper pot distillates and matured in toasted oak barrels, delivering aromatic, flavorful taste, body and refined character.”
If you’re wondering why it’s called Mount Gay rum, its name honours the dude who perfected it back in the day, dear Sir John Gay.
I walked into Joloko to be greeted to select a cocktail. Managed to sample both that afternoon
The Woulinewa had Mount Gay Eclipse, roasted coconut water, creme de cacao white, and fino sherry.
The Mondo Bongo had a funky name alongside ingredients of Mount Gay Eclipse, saffron & mint liqueur, passionfruit, pineapple and lime.
Mount Gay International Brand Ambassador, Miguel Smith, was present at the luncheon to take us through the brand story.
Born in Barbados and based in London, Miguel amassed over 15 years of experience in the drinks industry in Barbados and the UK (including time at Brompton Brands’ Mahiki, which i went to in 2010!, and Brompton Club); before joining the Mount Gay team to run marketing initiatives for for Europe, Asia and Pacific regions.
“Being born and bred in Barbados, I have a personal passion for this award-winning rum. […] what makes Mount Gay so unique and special: our unparalleled history, our British heritage, our Caribbean roots, our artisanal production and of course our complex flavours.
By understanding that rum has a real history and over 300 years of refinement into the quality spirit that it is today, people can appreciate rum as a fine drink for all occasions.”
The Mount Gay portfolio in Malaysia includes Black Barrel, XO, and Eclipse.
Mount Gay Eclipse is matured between 2-7 years in American whiskey casks. Its intensity hits you at first sip, before your tastebuds adjust – allowing a smooth disposition to follow. So if you’re doing a tasting and tempted to reach for water, don’t! Let your body do its thing.
Friends are typically fascinated when they enter my apartment for the first time, mostly because of all the trinkets i place around. If one’s home is a reflection of the inner workings of one’s mind, then mine is undoubtedly colourful, quirky and a little whack.
I love product design (used to be obsessed with chairs?!) and spaces; and fulfil this hobby of mine by subscribing to ID mags, and picked up some ID books from Chelsea (where all the fabric and furniture stores are in London) which i hand-carried back to KL cos i was overweight with check-in luggage :p
I try to decorate each corner or space via colour and theme, so if i have something that has a slightly illustrative or lighter tone in colour, they subsequently go into said corner, and some get elected out. I have a hoarder issue… and sometimes just close my eyes and donate things which i feel contribute to clutter.
I recycle pretty alcohol bottles to place leaves in (which i buy from Dianthus’ floral store at BIG in Publika). Leaves can last MONTHS in some water, so it’s a budget way to have more greenery at home. Really should have bought new ones for the pic but didn’t think about it. Other natural deco are dried flowers, stones, pinecones and feathers. See, hoarder issue.
My lipsticks are kept by the dining area (cos i like to decide which lipcolour to wear just before dashing out based on what i’m going to eat and drink that day) atop a mirrored tray i got from Peter Hoe’s store @ The Row.
Triangle mirror from Publika, glass pyramid from Lourdes, paper girl with silver triangle from SweetEe, wooden Madu Cosmetics box from Hunny, wooden DBR pendant from Burning Man, that furry thing is a horsehair necklace from Jimmy Lim, and riding trophy not won by me… It was given to me by a super sweet family friend Nick Motmans who won it when i was in Belgium for my 18th birthday. He sadly passed away in a riding accident a few years ago.
This metal shelf was initially bought for my main balcony, but the crazy strong storm winds made me decide otherwise. It now holds memorabilia like a teapot that belonged to my late babysitter from Penang, and prints from Matisse, Warhol, Thomas Ruff, Joseph Albers, Alexander Calder, and Victor Vasarely. When i want to bring prints home but don’t think i can fit posters into my luggage, i pacify myself with postcards from museums in Tokyo, London and Paris. I have wayyyy more but the ones here made the cut!
The bar which divides the kitchen and living area holds mostly drinks, Japanese homeware, and tiny toys. Oh and that #takhalal French rugby calendar which sits on a cookbook stand Didi + Nini gave me. I jokingly said i’ll stick all the posters on the front of the bar, and Val dissuaded me from it before adding, “This is my nightmare coming to life!”
After being away and not hitting my regular gym for 5 weeks (save for some hiking in California and cycling in Nevada), i decided it was time to really get back in to it cos i had lost whatever arm muscles i’d previously attempted to build up, and all the food + partying had just gone to my belly -_-
The first week back was ridiculous… i would curse and then laugh hysterically to myself during the sessions (blame the lack of oxygen flowing to my brain).
During this pic i laughed, “I shouldn’t have eaten nasi lemak for lunch!”
I had a 30-min window for lunch alone and ducked into the nearest restaurant (which happened to be Madam Kwan’s) before my next meeting.
Mentored by Malaysian artist Raja Azhar, Yuri Azzari exhibited early signs of being an artist since the age of four – when he sketched a petrol station down to great detail, and Menara TM from six angles. With his parents’ guidance and encouragement, Yuri has sold more paintings than he can count, placing himself as an individual on the spectrum who’s able to be self-sufficient.