Sunday, 12 October 2014

Zebra, Melaka Raya Melaka

Pumpkin soup
Zebra suprise

If you fancy western meal for tonight, Zebra Modern Restaurant in Melaka Raya can provide you an alternative instead of hotels or the custom Wok and Pan.

Ambience here is cozy and modern. Service is good. Food wise not too bad. I had alot more than the pictures here with friends. Salad was yumz and appetizing. Soup was also delish. I would give thumbs up for the food presentation! 

Best was dessert! As the name suggest Zebra Suprise! Worth a try if you are bored with the same old same old but be warned price is on the UP side.... It is quite pricey equivalent to Holiday Inn.

Currently they are doing set promotion on Groupon.Why not drop by and give it a try...

My verdict:6/10
Address:108 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya Melaka 75000 

The Scampi House, Kota Laksamana

Butter Scampi

 House noodles

 Tried this new place not long ago, near to Ichi Zen and Modiva.They were promoting this restaurant on groupon. Overall, the ambience in this place is simple and cozy. Food price is a little above average.

My recommendations here would be the house noodles and also the fried rice with pork and mustard. Not all the dishes are yums. The fried pork roll was to sour for my taste buds. About their star menu, the SCAMPI , no doubt they are fresh and they have a variety of preparations but I guess after eating 2 pieces can get a bit jelak.

My verdict: 5/10 (a pinch to the pocket)
Only will return for its fried rice!
Phone: 06-274 0283 / 017-641 3325 – Quinny / 012-637 6268 – Kathy (Call Tue – Sun: 11am – 2.30pm / 6pm – 10pm) 
Facebook: The Scampi House虾宴
Address:No 16 & 16-1, Jalan KSB 12, Taman Kota Shahbandar 75200 

Sunday, 2 February 2014

DIY wedding card

For my wedding I did DIY wedding card. The card was provided by the hotel. I DIY the inlet.
Programme that I used to do the inlet:
    Microsoft Publisher
 Adobe Illustrator
 Adobe Reader
I also did a e version of the card using the above programme and had it saved under pdf. (saving on stamps)
Some people prefer to spend a lot of money on these cards. Some are elegant and cute but spending RM 5 per card and eventually it would end up in the waste bin was just a NO to me.
At the end I printed the inlet on 100gsm color paper. Colour printing I had it done in the shop cost about RM 1.20 per piece. The more u print the cheaper the price. I printed about 220 pieces and paper cost about RM15. I added a ribbon on the front of the card as well. I used about 6 rolls costing about less tha RM10. All in all less than RM300 for 220 cards including glue and so on. Roughly about RM1.40 per card for the inlet.
I used publisher as the basic programme. Measured the size of the card and custom the paper according to the size I wanted. Next I did the borders. Then I look for free vintage flower illustrators. I copied and paste onto the publisher. I am able to adjust the colours as well. Then I look for fonts suitable for weddings and also the words they used to describe the wedding. For Chinese weddings apparently , the order of the name of parents indicate who is the hosting party. So if it is your parents then their names goes first. If you are hosting it( aka paying it yourself) then you can put your name.
I also searched for Chinese wording templates. You can find them online. At the end I omitted the idea. When everything is done the I go to those professional printing shop. Then they adjusted the margins and voila done! Their printing is nicer as the colour would not run went it gets wet. Some of these shops do the wedding cards as well.
I learnt to tie the double bow ribbon from youtube and glued using craft glue from Daiso.

For the e version. I look for illustrator of double happiness and try to mimick the card I have from the hotel. After editing and adjusting it in publisher. I PDF the file.Then, I sent those cards to friends and family who are overseas or to those I rarely see. Save on postage and great for the environment.


Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Chuang Kee Ku Gua Tang, Taman Merdeka Permai, Bitter Gourd Soup

Opening times

Bitter gourd soup

A frequent spot to have lunch especially on a nice windy day. Bitter gourd soup , bitter yet nutritious. Ordered pork with bitter gourd soup ,omelette and 2 rice . Cost about RM20.90. Plenty of meat in the soup and a hint of bitterness only. Yummy. Its situated near the Bridgestone tayar shop near the traffic light. Its on the left side if you are coming from Malim. It has a bright purple signboard with a cute bitter gourd cartoon.

My Verdict : Nice to have comfort food lunch . Plenty of meat in the soup for 2. Definitely would frequent this place for lunch. Check the opening hours in the picture above.

Wedding- Make Up Artist

   I had a few make up artist in mind and I have survey earlier about 12 months ahead of the wedding. Nowadays people tend to book their make up artist quite early...

My first few choices were:-

   Package 01: WEDDING ( within a day ) Price: RM900
-2 Makeup Sessions & 2 Hair Styling Sessions -Eyelashes, Ampoule/ Moisture serum -Basic hair accessories ( must be return within 7 days )
This was her quoatation .Contactable via facebook. Prompt reply. I was a bit too late... Didn't manage to book her.

2) Yen Make Up :  Eye Do Make Up Studio .contactable at : 012 2151152. AD 2 session cost about 1.2k

3) Aivy Yong : Provides air brush make up. Was not available for my date.

4) Carmen Meng : She is from the weddingisle. Senior make up artist. AD 2 session cost from RM900. At the end I have engaged her. She answers promptly via email as well.

5) Chris Fong : Cost about Rm900 for AD make up. No trial make up. Contactable via facebook.

Below are my AD make up by Carmen Meng from the weddingisle . Very natural. Hubby love the low bun for my hair.

Other artists are quite good as well. You can see their portfolio on FB.

AD morning make up

AD- wedding reception

My reception hairstyle i requested for side sweep. She suggested another bun cos of cheongsam but I preferred side sweep. She used the roses pinkish purple colour theme and pin on my hair.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Prewedding shoot locations

Dusun Fairies,Ulu Langat

After setting the date for the prewedding shoot we started doing research on location to shoot and also props we would like to bring along for our shoot.

Due to time limitation we finally settle for Dusun Fairies in Ulu Langat for half day session from 9-1pm which cost RM 300. We were considering between this and Sekeping Tengiri in Bangsar. On that day , it was raining and I was early to have my make up done on site. Above are the few selected pictures. Not bad for a shoot location.Scenic.

After 1pm with a bit of traffic jam we were on to our second location. Poco in Bangsar.It is a small cozy cafe. For exchange to shoot there we payed RM5x excluding buying lunch. We only can start shooting at around 3pm when there is less customers. Parking is a hassle in this area. We were considering Wondermilk and after asking their manager, their price was exorbitant for our pockets and for mere 2 hours.


Next shot was at UPM, initially we were told to pay RM50 for the pak guard to keep the gate open in the evening but at the end we had to pay Rm150 because there were functions going on. So had to get some official papers. So from 5pm till about 7pm we were shooting here. By now we were exhausted and who would have thought prewedding shoots are fun! By now we were forcing ourselves to SMILE!

We bought props like alphabet, heart shape blocks and glasses from TYPO pavillion. We also bought chalkboards from Kaizon (Festival City Mall) for a very cheap price like 10 bucks per piece or less. Balloons were Rm5-6 bucks per balloon we had 15 . We bought this from One Utama. Had the extra long thing spray so that the balloon can last longer.

Make up and gowns are from Valerie Fan in SS2,PJ. For brides out there, on the prewed shoot bring some snacks,water and mosquito repellents. You can choose to wear neu bra earlier if there is no changing place. Button up shirt and strapless bra is helpful to change quickly. Shorts and short skirts too. Bring slippers and wet wipes.Sometimes the costume jewellery the bridal gallery provide is not up to your taste , hence bring some spare. Especially if you have casual shots.I forgot to bring :s

When we choose the shooting location, we were ready to top up some money. If you would like free locations then consider putrajaya, lake gardens ,public places and etc... Others usually requires you to spend a bit more. Of course if you are shooting outside KL...then the charges increases :)

Plan ahead, if out of KL or overseas location the be ready to 'pau' the photographer and make up artist for food & accomodation. We were actually thinking of Cameron Highlands... but abandon after thinking about weather predictability, distance, extra day,extra cost!





Sunday, 29 December 2013

Old newton food court

pork satay and intestine
ikan bakar

pari bakar assam style

Have u been to melaka? Have you been to Old Newton Food Court at Jalan Parameswara. I used to live next to this food court. This food court have always been busy and cause of traffic jam on this road.

My favourite food here would be satay and the ikan bakar. Usually we have to wait for 30 minutes for ikan bakar on the weekends. This food court is open almost everyday and in the evening till late at night! So if you are in melaka and have a craving for pork satay at night , you could get some here!

Don't miss the ikan bakar! Yums sauce!

Verdict: 7/10
Location: Near to central ,ample parking at the back
Value for money: alittle bit expensive 70 cent per piece satay and ikan bakar for 2 cause about 16 including rice n salted egg for 2.