Hello 2017!(4 months too late)

I haven't blogged in a longggg time.
There's so many posts of mine that is in draft mode.
I've been working for a media science agency since middle of last year and it's a breath of fresh air but it also means that I'm really really busy during weekdays. Even on weekends i'm busy going here and there.

This blog has always been about the things that I like but I haven't voice my opinions and thoughts about anything in a long time as well.

I'm trying to find the mood to blog again. Hey, if the super busy Vivy Yusof can do it..why not me?

I love making lists. So I thought that I'll list down in this posts about things that I want to talk about.

1. Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

I still can't believe that this happen. It's sad to be honest..because he like to spew hate and the people just eat it up. It's crazy that a few years ago, my parents & I watched the first season of The Apprentice and we loved it. To me, Donald Trump is a reality tv star who somehow managed to be come the President of America.

It's frightening because he's clearly not fit to become a president..you can browse his past tweets on Twitter to know what I mean. All the bridges that he's burning..here's praying that there won't be a WWIII.

2.Netflix in Malaysia.

Last year when Netflix finally hit our shores, it was pretty boring. I felt that it was because my friend have the US version of Netflix (superrr awesome)and there's wayyyy more shows on it. But i've subscribed to it for..5 months now and I love it.

I've watched Stranger Things,Black Mirror,The OA, Thirteen Reasons Why,Terrace House, Chef Steps and many moreee. It's pretty cheap as well and I like that I can watch it anywhere. On my phone, tv or my laptop. Very convenient!

3.Online shopping

I kid you not..every month I spend my money online compared to offline. From international sites such as ASOS,Colourpop,Beautybay,Shopbop to our local ones like Tesco,Honestbee,Zalora and Nelissa Hilman. It saves time especially for people who ain't got time to shop leisurely at the malls.

Recently I discovered the beauty and comfort of Nelissa Hilman's shoes. I got hooked and i've bought a pair a month for three months in a row now. haha. They're well made, the service is very good (order today, get it tomorrow) and they're so comfy! I'm not ashamed to admit that I rarely buy local goods. But with Melissa, I keep coming back again and again. I already have my eye on what pair of shoes to purchase next.
My Nelissa Hilman's!

I also found out about Honestbee. Where I can shop for groceries online from one of my favorite, Ben's Independent Grocer. I wanted to buy groceries during lunch hour but didn't have much time so my colleague told me about Honestbee. I ordered on the same day and got my groceries 2 hours later. So convenient!

The service was great as well. Usually when I buy from Tesco, if they didn't have a particular item in stock, they'd just bring me whatever they feel can replaced it. But with Honestbee, they texted me what items are OOS and give me suggestions. I called them and choose a different item and they were able to accommodate me.

Also, when my groceries arrived, I was surprised to see my frozen items in the plastic bag, sitting with a big bag of ice to preserve the items. A great touch! I'll definitely shop with them again!

4. Liquid lipsticks

Last year was the year of liquid lipsticks. I've bought soooo many..3-4 in a month. From Jeffree Star (they're being sold on BeautyBay--I don't dare to buy from insta etc cos there's lotsa fakesss out there) to Ofra, Milani,Tanya Burr, Colourpop..or even drugstore like Revlon and Silky Girl..I like to buy and try them all!
Some of my liquid lipsticks collection

Even until now brands are still coming out with it. Like the recent Urban Decay Vice liquid lipsticks and Bobbi Brown came out with their own version..though I can't remember the name. I planned months back to review all of my liquid lipsticks collection..maybe soon I'll get to complete the posts.

5.Cooking/baking

If you've followed my blog from the beginning you'd know that I love to bake and cook. But because i'm so busy nowadays, I only get to cook a few days out of a week..and that's if i'm really lucky. But I did manage to try new recipes these past few months! See belowwww..

Some of the food that i've cooked and baked throughout these past few months

p/s:I update my instagram regularly, so you can see my cooking/baking there. I don't even tweet nowadays. I find it to be so irrelevant now.

I will try to blog more..but I can't promise! I've no idea if people still read my blog haha

Silk Peel Dermalinfusion treatment at Revival Clinic

To be honest, I haven’t had a proper facial in quite some time. All the facials that I’ve had throughout my life has been at spas and not at a proper skin clinic. So, I was ecstatic when Revival Clinic invited me over to try one of their facial treatment last week.

Having a clear complexion is something that I strive for but I still get some acne from time to time..even at the age of 29! I was hoping that Revival Clinic would help me out with my current skin condition (pigmentation, redness and acne).
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I went to the outlet located at Kota Kemuning which was only 15 minutes from my house. When I arrived there, I was greeted warmly by the receptionist and then there was only a short form that I had to fill up.

I saw on their wall that the doctor have many accolades within the dermatology field..so I knew that I was in good hands! I was then brought to see Doctor Jeff Khoo. I took a picture of the doctor but somehow, my camera apparently didn’t capture it. -_-.

Anyway, the doctor assessed my complexion, because he will need to choose which was the right facial treatment for my skin condition.

I like how he was very honest about what works for my skin. He told me that for acne, the best remedy is taking medicine. But of course there will be some side effect depending on your body..i.e: dry patches etc. He then said that because I have a few pimples, he recommended the Silk Peel treatment as it’s gentle and non-evasive for my skin.

I have combination skin and it’s a bit sensitive as well. The Silk Peel treatment was the right one as it’s a facial that can be done every week and doesn’t leave your skin looking red at all. Compare to say, microdermabrasion, which is harsh on the skin, Silk Peel can be done on even the most sensitive skin type.

Dr Khoo saw that I have one big pimple on my forehead that he said he can jab it..I was like..alright!

I was whisked away to the treatment room. They started by cleansing my face and then they started with the Silk Peel treatment. It felt like a tiny vacuum was hovering my face. Haha. I didn’t feel any pain at all but I can feel that my face was being “cleaned”.

They did half of my face first to show me the result and I was so surprised!! My skin looks so much brighter. You can learn more about what is the Silk Peel Dermalinfusion facial via this link: http://revivalclinic.com.my/silk-peel-dermalinfusion/. Btw, they did the treatment twice on my skin and that's how it works. Below is a video of the treatment on me:
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After the Silk Peel, Dr Khoo came and jab my two pimples ( I swear to god that they shrink and disappear the next day! Amazing!). They then use an oxygen treatment on my face which was sooo awesome and refreshing. The last step was putting on a face mask. Before I left, they applied moisturizer and sunscreen on my face.

Overall, I can honestly say that it was THE BEST FACIAL I’ve had and I love it as it didn’t leave my face looking red from extraction as there wasn’t any! My face looks so much brighter, feel so smooth and clean. I highly recommend those out there who wants to get a better-looking skin. It’s a worthy investment and rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr Jeff Khoo and his staffs.



For more info you may refer to the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/revival.medical.clinic

http://revivalclinic.com.my/

https://www.instagram.com/drjeffkhoo_revivalclinic/

Fiq's Gastronomy (new menu) review!

I love food! And when I go out to eat and spend my hard earned money, I like to eat somewhere where the food is really good. My parents always tell me that never hesitate on spending your money on good food. Which is what I usually do. haha

If you follow me on instagram, you'd know that one of my favourite places to eat is at Fiq's Gastronomy. It's located at SS19 in Subang and the space is very spacious. They have a surau there for Muslims to be able to pray comfortably(it's air-conditioned).

I know the owner/chef and I can vouch that the amount of hard work,passion and love is apparent in any of the dishes that you order there.

Chef Syafiq studied at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Culinary & Food Service Management. He did a vigorous training with 3 Michelin Star Chef Jean Gorges at his flagship restaurant in New York City of the same name and James Beard award nominee Chef Jonathan Cambra.

With that kind of credentials, you know that you'll have a great meal! Fiq's Gastronomy even works closely with local purveyors/farmers and source some of their ingredients like soft shell crab, oyster mushrooms and many more from them.

At Fiq's they make their OWN salted beef, bread, butter, fries, waffles and many more. The amount of dedication that they put when making your food for you, justifies the price that you're paying.

Before I ramble on even further, let me show you the pictures of the delicious food that I tasted there recently.



1. Roasted spring chicken (whole) RM 35

marinated pandan spring chicken, housemade mesquite bbq sauce, mashed potatoes, chives (20mins*)

This roast chicken is not unlike any other that i've tasted before. It's definitely not your run of the mill Ayamas/ Kenny Rogers/Nandos. Here they use spring chicken and served it whole. For RM 35, that's a steal! You can easily share this with 2-3 people. That delicious mesquite bbq sauce goes perfectly well with it. And of course, that bed of mashed potatoes..it's so silky smooth..you feel like shedding a tear on how perfect it is. 

2. Fish and Chips (whole fish) RM 37

a twist on classic fish & chips, fried sea bass, chili powder, house fries.



My husband and I loveee eating fish. Next to duck, that's our favourite protein. We've had our fair share of fish and chips but we've to admit that Fiq's Gastronomy version is the most unique one. Because they serve a whole fish! It's great sharing this between 2 person. Definitely money well spent!

3. Duck breast RM 39

sous vide duck breast, whipped carrot potato mashed, gramolata herbs, duck “jus” sauce


As a Muslim in Malaysia, it's hard to find halal and delicious duck dishes. But luckily, you can find them at Fiq's! And boy is this dish soooooo good! If you watch cooking shows as much as I do, you'd know what sous vide is( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sous-vide). 

If you don't, it's basically a technique whereby it involves sealing the duck in airtight plastic bath and the submerge it in a water bath and it cooks the duck while retaining the moisture. 

The sauce pairs so well with the duck and that whipped carrot potato mash is heavenly! This is a MUST TRY dish whenever you go to Fiq's.

4. Soft shell crab pasta RM 29

deep fried farm raised soft shell crabs from Perak, curry leaves, chilli padi, red chilli, butter cream sauce > linguine


This is another favourite of mine and it's so delicious. There has been moments where I think about this dish and crave for it. I love how at Fiq's they don't drown/drench your pasta with sauce. That's not the right way to eat pasta (but I see a lottt of cafes doing so...)! Here, they coat your pasta beautifully with the sauce..so every strand of spaghetti is covered in the sauce but it's not too much.

The perfectly crisp,crunch and golden brown soft shell crab pairs well with the creamy and buttery pasta.

5. Fish Tacos RM 25

tortilla bread, fried tilapia, chili citrus aioli, mango salsa, lime, sweet potato fries


I love fish tacos! But it's hard to find them anywhere. Thank God they're served at Fiq's. This dish is refreshing and bright. The mango salsa give a burst of freshness to the crispy fried tilapia. And I love their sweet potato fries. It's fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside!


6. Sea Bass RM 32
This is the dish that I've ordered twice at Fiq's because I just love it. It's a beautiful beautiful dish. A perfectly cooked fillet of sea bass served with carrot miso puree(which is divine!) and portobello mushrooms on top with crispy oyster mushrooms on top. 

They also serve a slice of potato cake on the side. This dish to me, is what Fiq's Gastronomy is all about.:)

7.Fried Chicken and Waffles RM 25

I love fried chicken and this one is one of the best that I've tasted. I don't know what's the coating that they used but it's sooo good. They serve the waffles with a side of gula melaka...the combination of sweet and savoury is really good.

8.  Banana Split RM 15

three scoops of ice cream, fried brioche, bananas,peanut butter “powder”, chocolate sauce, crush almonds, vanilla cream (sharing)

The banana split at Fiq's Gastronomy is not like the usual banana split that you get at any restaurant. In fact, I think they're the only one who's serving it this way. And it is so good! You mix everything on your plate and take a bite...you'll swoon! That warm fried brioche with the cold ice cream, the caramelized bananas..the peanut butter "powder"..it's the best banana split I've ever had! 

9.  Waffles, popcorn and ice cream RM 15

waffles, salted caramel popcorn, three scoops of ice cream, chocolate sauce (sharing)


I love waffles! And the ones served here is realllyyyy good. It's crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside. That salted caramel popcorn is addictive and goes well with the ice cream. 

10.  Granita  RM 12

an Italian version of “ABC” but we’re keeping it simple with raspberry shaved ice, vanilla cream and pop-pop!

The granita is refreshing because of the combo of raspberry syrup , vanilla cream and pop-pop. The pop-pop is just like the name..it pops in your mouth!! haha It makes eating dessert a little bit more fun :)


11. Peanut butter snickers milkshake RM 16


It's hard to find a good milkshake in Klang Valley. I've been to places that served "milkshakes" only to find that it's watery..sorry but ewww. Milkshake is suppose to contain lotsss of ice cream with a little bit of milk!

And at Fiq's they're doing it right as it is thick and creamy. You MUST order this milkshake. They blend Snickers candy bar in it as well. It's the best milkshake that i've tasted thus far.

Drinks: Fiq's Mojito RM 13 and Strawberry Cooler RM 13

Fiq's doesn't serve alcohol but they have an array of mocktails that are refreshing! Hubs and I ordered these..and they certainly quenched our thirst. 

For more information on Fiq's Gastronomy, you can refer to the links below. You can make reservations via the website! How convenient :)

Fiq's Gastronomy
No 34 Jalan SS19/1D Subang Jaya 47500 Subang Jaya

http://fiqsgastronomy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/fiqsgastronomy

https://www.instagram.com/fiqsgastronomy/

That time that I got dengue.

I'm 29 years old and I have never been hospitalized..until about 2 weeks ago. It's so weird because I never thought that I would ever be the kind person who would be bitten by an aedes mosquito. Hubs and I live in Shah Alam where it's one of the cleanest city in Selangor..we figured out that it must have been the clogged drain outside of our house where we park our car. Bullocks!

As you know,earlier this year I had a miscarriage. It was horrible mentally and physically. But I've to tell you, dengue was much more horrible. One night at the hospital, I felt like I was going to die..yes it was that horrible.

I was having fever right after Raya Haji and thought it was like any other normal fever. But then I experienced chills, body ache, I was puking,shivering..funny thing was..I didn't experience any rashes or spots on my body.

The worse part was that my dearest husband got dengue at the same time as me! That bloody mosquito bit me then bit him. Also, my father in law got it a few days after us.. It was horrible!!

All three of us got admitted to DEMC. I stayed there for 6 days! My mother in law and sisters in law was running around helping us as..I couldn't take care of my husband while he couldn't take care of me. It was quite sad as well. But our rooms were near to each other.

My husband and father in law was at the High Dependency Unit while I was at the normal ward, the same floor as them. This was because when we were admitted, my husband's platelet count was very low while my father in law had low blood pressure. The funny thing was that my husband ended up leaving the hospital one day earlier than me!

I had to stay an extra day because the dengue affected my liver. T_T

It was just such a horrible experience that I don't wish on anyone.

I'm so thankful for my parents and my in laws who were so helpful towards us during our time of need. I shared pictures of me at the hospital on my instagram while I was there: https://www.instagram.com/liyanahanim/
Yes I brought my own pillow and comforter 

I haven't blogged in more than a month because I've been so busy with work and life in general. I actually took a ton of photos of my liquid lipstick collection but I haven't edited them. I will try to blog more. The busier I get, the less time I have to update this blog so I hope that people will understand :)