New Hairstyle in 2017 : EKA Hair Wellness Centre

I have always had this problem every year: hair makeover, styling, or overall upkeep is always only done in the first quarter of the year and then forgotten until the following year. Well, I hope to change that this year onwards.

I think one of the reason why this is the case is because I am always reluctant to spend a bomb on my hair. Seriously. Long hair = hell lot of money needed to get it fixed. One trip to a hair salon to cut/style, dye, and treat my hair would likely cost me between RM200-500; and that depends on how expensive the treatment is too! Not only that, I dislike salons that try to hardsell me into buying their products when I’m there. Have you ever gotten such treatment before?

Of course, not all salons are like that. Daisuke certainly wasn’t like that. And this new hair salon that I’ve been to (EKA Hair Wellness Centre) is definitely not like that. Seriously, I’m not kidding. I can personally tell you from my own experience that they do not try to hardsell their products to you. Perhaps they’ll talk to you about their products (because let’s face it, it’s bound to happen at one point in time haha) but not to be a pushy salesperson hoping to make a bang of the buck from you.

Personally though, I’d give their products (at EKA that is) a go. I’ll explain a bit more below.

A Haven of Organic Hair Care Products

EKA Hair Wellness Centre

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Cobwebs Away, It’s 2017!

I think I’m starting to dislike myself for not updating this blog at all. I have multiple drafts but nothing finalized hahaha. Seriously…this habit needs to go, especially since I’ve been meaning to polish my writing skills. Not that writing these posts will help me much, but at least I’ll get the ball rolling and continue writing all the same.

Sometimes, I wonder if I should practice writing by hand instead (would you believe it, I had to google up what’s the right phrase for that…I almost typed ‘via hand’; my goodness! I really need to buck up on my English) because my handwriting is atrocious due to lack of practice. More than half the time I’d end up squinting at my own doodles because I couldn’t make head nor tail of what I had written down during meetings at work! Tsk tsk

I’m horrible with New Year Resolutions, so I think I won’t create any crazy ones this year. It’s not like I’d follow them anyway so what’s the point? Instead, I’ll keep it simple. My resolve for this blog for this year is to write at least two posts per month. It doesn’t need to be a long-ass post, nor does it need any photos unless I really want it to have photos. I think that’s my biggest stumbling block when it comes to writing down postings – finding the right photos for the post. Which is rather ironic considering I aimed to write more and not upload photos.

Looks like it is time for me to draft out some random topics for me to write about, be it for fiction or life musings. Event updates and product reviews are excluded from this; these types of postings will come as and when it does anyway!

So, if you could challenge me to write something about myself, what would that topic be on?

Are you a fan of Nintendo Game Consoles?

If your answer is yes, then clear your calendar for November 20!*

Malaysia Nintendo Retro Video Game Console Event 2016

Malaysia Ninty Gathering 2016

A joint project by Kyo’s Game Mart and Zendersons Store, this first ever series in Retro Video Games Event called Malaysia Ninty Gathering 2016 will be held at Kuala Lumpur this month. This fan-made event came to life as the two founders wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate together with everyone the memorable retro games that were launched over the years, specifically games for the Nintendo home-based and Nintendo handheld-based consoles.

Heads up!

  • Nintendo will be launching the latest Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition on 11 November 2016.
  • The anticipated Pokemon Sun and Moon will be released on 18 November 2016

Tons of activities for everyone

Because well, what’s a Video Games Event without the fun and games, right?

Game Time

They have many retro video games and consoles available on the day itself. Remember to check out their websites for more information
Sneak peek on the games you can feast upon at the Ninty Gathering 2016
Play from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to the latest Nintendo WiiU
Choose your poison console

Grab a couple of friends and start challenging each other in these games. If you practice hard enough, you could even attain that unbeatable high score in the competition (also happening on that day itself).

Pokemon Sun and Moon

Get your hands on the latest Pokémon video game in the series! You can purchase the latest Pokémon Sun and Moon at the Ninty Gathering 2016 event. If you’re too excited to wait, start your game session at the designated play area!

Be a champion

Sure, you can game to your heart’s desire for free at the event. But did you know you can also show off your l33t sk1llz and win various Nintendo game consoles too?

There will be three tournaments on the event day. The games to compete on are:
– Donkey Kong Highest Score tournament
– Mario Kart Wii fastest lap race
– Mario Bros Highest Score tournament

Terms and Conditions apply

Games and Console Shopping

If you miss the classics, this will be the perfect time for you to buy them back! Zendersons Store will bring over their range of retro video game consoles, and they’re not just Nintendo consoles. You can even snag classics like the Atari consoles, Sega consoles, and more!

Not only that, Kyo’s Game Mart will be bringing their whole inventory for sale. From the latest Nintendo 3DS games, used PS3 games, and even clearance titles for sale, this is one heck of a sale you definitely do not want to miss!

Cosplay Competition

I love, love, love seeing game characters being brought to life! Cosplay your favourite video game character and attend the party!
The best dressed cosplayer will get to win prizes from Kyo’s Game Mart.

The PLAYground

Bring your handheld game consoles and game at the designated play area. Meet new friends and greet old ones.


Got you exited yet? Head over to their Facebook Event Page for the latest updates. A great place too if you have any questions about the event itself!

Event Details
Date: 20 November 2016
Location: Lower Ground (Theme Park) Entertainment Entrance, Berjaya Times Square.
Time: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

Not sure how to get there? Don’t worry, they got you covered.

 

*Note: The event is rescheduled to the 20th of November

#BudgetTips : How To Save Money on Food

Is it really that hard to save up on food money?

Saving money on a daily or monthly basis may be easy for some, but for others it may seem like an uphill struggle. I, for one, suffer from the latter. While I could scrimp and save by restraining my impulses towards cosmetics, shoes, clothes or even games….food is my weakness.

Each time I visit a shopping mall I’ll be assaulted by a myriad of delicious smells coming from snack bars or restaurants, which makes me salivate and want to eat them all up. Not fun especially when one is trying to control some form of weight management *cough* yeah right *cough*

So how can one save some food money for the proverbial rainy days? I took this question on Twitter and got a series of interesting answers. Some more…extreme than the rest.

 

BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)

This is an oldie but always a goodie. Not only can you portion out your meals nicely, you are in control of the amount of spices and ingredients used for each meal set.

For this project, the popular ingredients you should invest on are carrots, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cheap leafy greens like kangkung (water spinach) or long beans, chicken meat. If you wish to opt for the slightly unhealthy version, get a huge packet of frozen sausages too.

Root vegetables last pretty long, while leafy greens do not. So remember to plan your meals carefully to avoid wastage (I am still trying to work on this myself). Usually when I’m at the market (I go to Giant hypermarket because it’s the closest and the most convenient location for me, but I strongly suggest checking out NSK or EconSave if you can. Super good place to save money) I would purchase enough for about 2 weeks worth of lunch and dinner meals.

 

Budget Shopping

This is actually a reiteration from my previous point (BYOF). But yes, figuring out where would be the cheapest to shop would actually help save a fair amount of money. Just remember never to forgo quality for the sake of cost!

Start shopping at AEON, Tesco, AEON Big, Giant, EconSave, TF Value Mart, NSK more often instead of the ‘higher end’ places such as Mercato and Ben’s Independent Grocer (BIG).

Mind you, I’m not saying that the ‘higher end’ places are bad to shop at. I personally visit their stores from time to time for bargain hunting too! You just need to sort out which areas are more worth it to shop for what.

For example, I prefer buying my (organic) greens at Jaya Grocer or Village Grocer because they tend to last longer than the ones at Giant. But if I’m looking for imported goods, Jaya Grocer or Village Grocer would be my favorite go-to places. I also shop at Giant or Village Grocer more often than at other markets, purely out of convenience. However I would always make the attempt to go to NSK or EconSave when I can once a month (if I ever do at all!) to stock up on items that have a longer shelf life like canned foods, sauces, frozen food, etc.

Also, pre-plan your meals if possible! It helps if you make a shopping list on items you would like to store for the month, and perishables you need to stock up on a weekly basis. That way you won’t end up buying far too much in one shopping spree.

 

Budget “Focus” Groups

This was an idea triggered by me and my friends after we began tweeting to each other on where to get what at a cheaper cost. For example, tinned sardines are cheaper at Tesco right now if compared to Giant or NSK; but fresh spinach is cheaper by the bundle only at Giant. This, in a way, saves you loads of time trying to compare prices everywhere at the same time. Seriously.

I wish we have a real-time app for this where everyone can contribute the current prices from different markets. But for now, you can download the SmartShopper Malaysia app to start comparing prices at the convenience of your smart phone 🙂

 

El-Cheapo “Chap Fan” with (free) refillable drinks and soup

The easiest way to inflate your meal budget is by taking in loads of meat (expensive). I’m usually the cheapskate when it comes to budget rice meals, so I tend to load up with vegetables and  tofu (or one slice of egg) instead. This would ensure that my meal cost below RM6 if I’m careful enough. If you really gotta have meat, opt for a small portion of chicken. Avoid fish and red meat, as those can really rack up the RM if you’re not careful!

Refillable drinks and soups are a plus here! Instead of forking out an additional 70 cents to RM1 for a glass of Chinese Tea (I call this coloured water lol) see if you can have your meal time at a shop that provides boiled water or Chinese Tea for free! You can save up to RM5 a week just by forgoing the drink at each meal.

My tip: Opt for Malay “nasi campur” food stalls instead of Chinese or Mamak if you’re really in dire need to budget. There, try to take only vegetables and perhaps a slice of egg for your meal. I find that it is usually cheaper than the Chinese and Mamak stalls ^_^

 

Office “Om Nom Nom” Pantry

Not enough food money? Ransack your office pantry (if any) for some biscuits; perhaps a cup of hot Milo or coffee to complete your lunch set? If you’re lucky enough, you may just unearth a stash of instant noodles too! But please don’t be a dumbass and steal other people’s food k? Only take the food that is meant for everyone in the office.

If your office has one of those ‘free food’ cafe, then good for you! Just remember not to be selfish or greedy and hoard the food all for yourself. Eat moderately; the food won’t run away another day!

 

Puasa (Fasting)

Well if all else fails, why not have a go at fasting during the day and have your meal only at night? It’s not easy but well, think of the ka-chings saved!

Of course, do not attempt this if you really can’t do so due to health conditions. Also, no one’s stopping anyone from consuming drinks (office pantry yay!) from day to night anyway 🙂 so scrimp on food money but have fun with drinks like water and cheap coffee (no Starbucks for you!)


So now you’ve read a couple of what I’ve gleaned so far, what’s your money-saving tips? I’m curious to learn more! 🙂

The Essential Knowledge of Joy

Joy: A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.

Of course, almost everyone I know would connect that Joy with this Joy

Joy from Inside Out
via Giphy

No matter what you think, Joy is essentially that happy little corner in your mind that’s always trying to get out and soothe your troubled feathers. Thankfully, there’s an essential oil for that (aha!).

Why Joy is Amazing

This harmonious blend promotes the emotions of love, happiness and confidence to the heart, mind, and soul. Would you believe me if I were to tell you that it can help overcome deep-seated grief and depression too?

Young Living Joy Essential Oil Blend

What makes Joy such a Joy?

Simple! These ten single oils are the reason for that:

  • Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus bergamia) has analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is refreshing and uplifting and helps with anxiety and depression.
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) increases relaxation; balances male and female energies. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.
  • Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-depressant, and sedative properties. Its aroma lifts the spirit and releases negative emotions.
  • Rosewood Essential Oil (Aniba rosaeodora) has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-infectious and anti-fungal properties. It is emotionally stabilizing and sometimes used for depression.
  • Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) has antiseptic and immune stimulating properties. It is purifying and uplifting. A 1995 Mie University study documented the ability of citrus fragrances to combat depression and boost immunity.
  • Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale) has antidepressant and antispasmodic properties. It is emotionally uplifting.
  • Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (Chamaemelum nobile) has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and anti-infectious properties. It is calming and relaxing and is used for depression and stress.
  • Rose Otto Essential Oil (Rosa damascena) has anti-hemorrhaging, anti-infectious and aphrodisiac properties. It is stimulating to the mind and creates a sense of well being.
  • Mandarin Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata) is uplifting to the mind and body and brings happiness and peace. It reduces stress, irritability and insomnia.
  • Palmarosa Essential Oil (Cymbopogon martinii) has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It helps reduce nervous tension and anxiety.
  • Coriander Essential Oil (Coriandrum sativum) has antibacterial, antispasmodic, analgesic and antifungal properties. It relaxes the mind and releases it from fear and shock.

Joy is used for…

Abuse, acceptance, agitation, anger, argumentative, aura, clearing, deodorant, despondency, disappointment, discouragement, dying, energy, expression, frigidness (women), grief, grounding, happiness, heart (broken or heavy), injury (emotional), jealousy, loss of loved one, love, obsessiveness, personal change, positive feelings, protection, resentment, restlessness, sadness, stress, transitions, trauma, and weight loss (emotional).

Of course, these are but a few documented uses of the lovely EO blend. For me, I love diffusing Joy at work to keep me calm and focused. Plus, a good way to relax without being overly relaxed.

essential oil diffuser necklace pendant
I’ve always wanted one of these, and now I can get it in Malaysia! Get your own affordable Diffuser Necklaces at thepinkpegasus.com

How do I use Joy?

Diffuse
Invest on a good diffuser. If you’re always on the go, consider getting a diffuser pendant/bracelet for your on-the-go needs

Topical Application
For the first few stages, dilute the essential oil (EO) blend with a suitable carrier oil (I am partial to sweet almond oil, but you can also use olive oil, coconut oil, or even argan oil) in a 1:5 ratio. Gradually increase the amount of EO blend if you prefer a stronger scent. Apply it to wrists, edge of ears, neck or feet. If applied neat, use about 2-4 drops at the same areas mentioned previously.

Bath time
Ran out of bath bombs? Wanna have a pair of happy feet? Use 2-4 drops of Joy in the water and soak your troubles away.

Beauty DIY
Essential Oils are so versatile. And since Young Living Essential Oils are 100% Therapeutic Oils (meaning no fillers, no additives, etc) you only need a few drops in each batch of beauty products you’re planning to make. My fave is making a batch of body salt scrub using Himalayan Pink Salt (fine and coarse), coconut oil, and Joy EO blend.
In one 200ml jar, I use only about 5 drops of Joy. Sometimes I’d add more if I am feeling greedy hahaha.

Body Massage
Dilute Joy EO in a 1:15 ratio with a carrier oil of your choice for body massage. Again, my preference goes to Sweet Almond Oil mainly because it absorbs into my skin fast with minimal greasy leftover feeling. But any carrier oil will do. Skin becomes supple and you stay happy. How cool is that?

Bewitched by Organic Potions

I’ve always been curious about body and lip scrubs; lip scrubs in particular. After a weird incident with a pot of salty lip scrub I had gotten my hands on back at Comic Fiesta (I forgot which year, but it was held at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre then) I decided that lip scrubs wasn’t my cup of tea.

Now this coming from someone who’s pretty adventurous when it comes to trying out new beauty products, a salty lip scrub is definitely a weird one for me. While it does make sense (who would lick on salt-ridden lips?) I still didn’t like it hahaha. Plus, my lips are often dry and chapped so rubbing salt to the wound (literally!) made me feel like my lips are burning in hell.

I found this artisan brand purely by coincidence. Last month when I was at the Jaya One bazaar (I’m sorry, I am not sure what is the name of this bazaar but it definitely isn’t Markets) helping out a couple of friends in manning their booth, I kept eyeing a certain table that dished out handmade beauty products.

Being a MAD scientist myself, I thought to myself, why not find out more about them? Maybe it’s time I should check out the market and/or competition as well. Of course, having said that, it never hurts to see what others are doing. Not to ‘steal’ away their customers or product ideas. Oh no no no….I prefer to find inspiration in things that I love. It’s more fun that way, and for someone who’s been in the creative line for many years now; it is important to have a personalized edge to your products.

That said, I eventually checked out their booth. And I was pleasantly surprised too! Their items were packaged beautifully and smelled heavenly. Yes, even the ‘sweet stuff’.

Artisanal body care products by Potions
She caught me taking a ohoto, so why not smile for the camera too? 😉

Even the booth set up looks like it’s heading back to nature; how cool is that? Went to take a closer look at the products they have for sale, and of course, chatted with the two founders of Potions as well.

Handmade lotion bar and body scrub
Roses are Red; Violets are Blue (?). These will make your skin feel glad, and so will you (?)

What tickles my fancy is actually the colours more than anything. Aside from a small portion of their lip scrub range, everything else has minimal artificial coloring in it. So imagine giving yourself a well-deserved caffeinated coffee scrub, or be in the zen with their matcha body scrub. Baby smooth skin with a hint of yummy scent. Perfect!

Handmade body beauty care products
Spot the galaxy scrub! 😀

In the end after several rounds of contemplation, based on my needs and my wallet, I decided to go with the lip scrub in the end. Perhaps Lotion Bar the next round for review I hope! I am utterly intrigued by the coffee butter bar.

Handmade Lip Scrub
Hey sister, go sister, soul sister, go sister~

Bought the Lady Marmalade sugar lip scrub in the end. For RM15, the pot is pretty decent. The sugar that’s being used for the scrub is pretty fine too, very much unlike the granulated sugar you’d get from the grocery shops.

As this blend is mixed in thoroughly with nourishing oils and essential oils, the sugar isn’t too grating on the skin. Yes, even though it’s a scrub it’s actually pretty smooth as the same time. Go figure 😛

Being a citrusy sort of girl, I would of course ask more about the ingredients involved. And of course a quick peek at their website helps paint a clearer picture too.

 

Taken from their Product Page:

Ingredients

  • Caster Sugar – acts as a gentle yummy exfoliator
  • Orange Peel Powder – great in brightening and treating dull and dark looking lips.
  • Grapeseed Oil – moisturizes and nourishes chapped lips
  • Honey – a humectant, which means it will help the lips to retain moisture. It also contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids which nourish the skin.

Care & Usage
Scoop out a pea-sized amount of Lady Marmalade and scrub on your lips in a circular motion. Rinse off and pat dry.
Always use a dry spoon to scoop out the scrub and store it in a dry and coolspace to extend lifespan.

Shelf Life
Since there are no preservatives, please use within 6-8 months.

My Personal Verdict: 9/10
I love the idea and concept, and I equally love how refreshing the scrub was on my lips. The blend wasn’t too oily nor was it too rich, which made it easier to clean off as well. Because it wasn’t salt-based, my chapped lips fared better after scrubbing. Personally would prefer if there were essential oils infused in it for better nourishment but that’s something that I can fix on my own. I just wish it came with its own disposable spoon, but oh well. For that price it’s pretty worth it 🙂

Links:
Online Shop
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Disclaimer: This review is purely personal and has not been endorsed in any way.

3 Suggestions to Plan Your Travel Ahead

I’ve always wanted to go traveling. Imagine, the world is in your palm. You have all the time (and money!) in the world to hop from one foreign soil to the other.

But of course, it’s a dream. We all know that money is especially hard to come by, as we’re buggered down by this painful bite called LIFE. /heh

Still, doesn’t hurt to plan ahead and nail down that dream vacation at least once a year…right? Of course, you could always start small and have your vacation trip within the bounds of Malaysia. Don’t think our own country doesn’t have any nice, cool spots for a relaxing trip! On the contrary, I myself enjoy traveling from time to time; even if it means going from one city to another.

If you’re looking to pen down a dream vacation for either this year or next, here’s three tips I’ve garnered over the past few months that may help you in your planning process. Obviously, I’m planning my own vacation too 😛

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The Aroma of Love

Teaming up with the celebrity couple; Fizo Omar & Mawar Karim, F&N once again amazes me with interesting recipes (the beautiful words for a simplistic wannabe chef) and ideas. The Aroma Kasih Sayang campaign was launched at FIZOMAWAR Kitchen in collaboration with F&N Dairies.

Aroma Kasih Sayang, simply translated as “The Aroma of Love” was conceptualised with the aim to strengthen bonding moments for family and friends particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.

Seems that this isn’t the first time Fizo had collaborated with F&N either, though! At the launch event, he shared that he had started working with F&N on Cabaran Raja Tarik (2014) and Citarasa Teristimewa Thailand Bersama F&N (2015). He expressed his elation at being presented the opportunity to continue creating more memorable moments for Malaysia with his wife, Mawar, this year for Aroma Kasih Sayang.

Celebrity Couple : Fizo Omar and Mawar Karim
Such a silly romantic duo, their chemistry is really strong in this photo! Or could it be their love for F&N? Hmmm…..

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Lemony Crepe Pancakes with Salted Caramel & Banana (Recipe Inside!)

Hello, and yes…it has been a long while since I’ve blogged. I’m determined to blog more often now but let’s hope things will go well for me (and that I’m not too lazy to blog yes?)

Enough of me rambling about; here’s the main reason why (I hope) you’ve clicked and come to my humble blog post today: learning the recipe for Lemony Crepe Pancakes with Salted Caramel and Bananas.

Phew, that sounds like a mouthful! But so worth it; or at least, it is according to my friends! If there’s one thing people who knows me would learn, it is that I dislike having desserts though I enjoy making them. So yes, they benefit out of this more than me! How sad cool is that?

A simple DIY breakfast or dessert recipe using Young Living Essential Oils
They may look simple, but they sure pack a mean yummy punch in the end!

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Celebrate the IDEAL Hari Raya in 2016

In conjunction with the upcoming month of Ramadhan and Hari Raya season, IDEAL® Full Cream Evaporated Milk teamed up with Celebrity MasterChef Dato’ Fazley Yaakob to  share a series of cooking showcases that will ideally be useful for the festive period. The first showcase was held at AEON Mall Shah Alam, where the new IDEAL® Full Cream Evaporated Milk label was unveiled. Just like last year, I looked forward to find out what are the delectable recipes crafted by Dato’ Fazley himself especially for Hari Raya x IDEAL® this year.

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Getting almost front row seats is pretty fun and nice for a change 🙂

Media and Bloggers aside, other attendees that were present on the day were fans of Dato’ Fazley (no surprise there!), members from the Persatuan Wanita Inspirasi Negara, as well as Dato’ Fazley’s mother herself! Quite an interesting crowd this year. One thing I’d like to point out is that even though this cooking showcase had made its theme around the Ramadhan period, it doesn’t mean that we cannot adapt the recipes to be used in our daily ‘masak-masak’ session. I’d personally like to try whipping up the Fiery Creamy Smoked Chicken Pasta at home for me and my man. It’s gonna be a creamy killer!

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Full Cream Evaporated MILK is truly the ideal choice for cooking (and desserts!) 😛

To no one’s surprise (mine included), the main event spotlight was to showcase the rich creamy taste and texture of IDEAL® that is known for its gift as an international pedigree; and for producing high quality and superior culinary experiences. Did I mention how much I had looked forward to original recipes from Dato’ Fazley featuring IDEAL®?:P

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Kickstarting the event with a pretty cool unveiling session featuring a HUGE can of IDEAL®
IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
What better way to show off a huge can of IDEAL® than with Dato’ Fazley himself holding it up for a photo-op?

The whole cooking session took about 2 hours, where Dato’ Fazley guided us through the recipe for three dishes: Fiery Creamy Smoked Chicken Pasta, Banana and Peach Crumble with Vanilla Sauce, and Creamy Corn Pudding with Dessicated Coconut.

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Lesson 101: Making Smoked Chicken at home minus the charcoal and smoker

I learned an interesting cheat on that day. To create that ‘smoky’ taste and texture to the meat,  sear the meat on a dry pan (no oil!) for several minutes on both sides. Medium to high heat will do. I itched to test this tip out so a few nights later, I did experiment on my own! I didn’t marinade the chicken as Dato’ Fazley did though, but wow it DID work. The only downside to this was that my chicken was frozen (lol) so it wasn’t cooked through. Still, that was remedied by wrapping it up (once again, dry) in aluminium foil and left to bake in the oven for 15 minutes 😀

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Kinda wish I have a huge portion. But for now, miniature bite size works!

I was actually skeptical if I would like this, cause a) it is creamy and b) the colour result was somewhat unnerving to me (I am weird that way). But hey, it’s creamy YET spicy. And I love spicy food 😀 personally I think he had toned down the cili padi for this cookout but I don’t blame him for that. I’d like to recreate this dish with extra chilli though one day hahaha.

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Dato’ Fazley Yaakob with his long feeding utensil *cough*

I can’t resist adding this photo in! Here we have the chef himself feeding Mr. Lai Ming Kong, Senior Vice President of Domestic Commercial Operations, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd. It was a pretty LOL yet feel good moment as we watched this scene unfold haha.

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Next Stop: Dessert!

I am honestly not a dessert person (I get plenty of outraged gasps when I admitted this) but this is actually pretty good! I think what I like about this is that it isn’t overly sweet, and the IDEAL® full cream evaporated milk actually sort of mellowed and combined all of the sweetness into one nice blend.

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Creamy Corn Pudding! Not overly sweet, suitable to draw the curtains to your lovely meal. Or kickstart your meal during Ramadhan 🙂

Last but not least, Creamy Corn Pudding with desiccated coconut. Originally a sweet (or super sweet) dish, the IDEAL® full cream evaporated milk further enhances the natural sweetness and aroma of the corn; making it a perfect accompaniment to delight the palate of friends and family. Awesome for potluck too I might add (cause it is pretty easy to DIY at home)

IDEAL Full Cream Evaporated Milk launch
Coming together for a group photo at IDEAL®’s Cooking Showcase with Chef Dato’ Fazley were (from left to right) Ms. Eileen Chan, Category Head of Condensed Milk, F&N Dairies; Mr. Lai Ming Kong, Senior Vice President of Domestic Commercial Operations, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd; IDEAL®’s brand ambassador Chef Dato’ Fazley; Mr. Jauhar Munir, General Manager of Marketing, F&N and Mr. James Chean, Vice President, Strategic Business Unit, F&N

 

Seeing that this was a cooking showcase, obviously recipes were shared on the day. I promise I’ll write a separate post and share out the recipes to everyone 🙂 Just remember to stock up on IDEAL® Full Cream Evaporated Milk okay?

For more information on IDEAL® Full Cream Evaporated Milk, please visit www.fndairies.com