Thursday, December 13, 2018

Our 6 Favourite Christmas Eve & Day Dinners in KL 2018

Whether with friends or family, for two or ten, finalizing on where to celebrate and hold your Christmas dinner is always tricky. So let's not beat around the bush, here's our top 6 picks of the best the capital has to offer, featuring all sort of Christmassy dishes alongside tapas and the fusion of some British's favorites.

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JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur Festive Celebrations 2018

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur is an ideal spot for you to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The Feast Village in Starhill Gallery offers comfort food that celebrates the roots of Christmas cuisine and music throughout 24 December to 31 December. 

Shook!'s main highlight this year is the Magical Christmas Night Dinner Buffet that features more than 50 varieties of classic Christmas dishes such as the Christmas must have, roast turkey and prime ribs with Yorkshire Pudding. Along with that there are assorted festive pastries, cookies and desserts to fix your sweet tooth. The buffet will be available on 24 December from 7pm to 10:30pm, priced at RM218 nett per person, whereas on 25 December from 12pm to 3pm, there will be Christmas Day Surf & Turf Brunch buffet priced at RM158 nett per person. 

Other than that, Shook! will also be hosting their annual New Year's Eve Big Balloon Drop Dinner Buffet at Celebratory Toast from 7pm to 11pm on 31 December, priced at RM298 nett per person. The mood will be extra celebratory as the Live Band & DJ will take place from 10pm till late to further enliven the evening, starting 2019 with a BANG ! 

If you fancy for some Latin dishes this New Year's Eve, then book yourself a table at Sentidos Gastrobar - The Latin Grill, as they will be whipping out an array of signature Latin dishes with vibrant flavours such as oven-baked herb mushrooms, patatas bravas, roasted garlic chilli chicken, garlic prawns, scallops in shells, roast beef, quesadilla with cheese and chicken, apple crumble cake and a variety of homemade sweets amongst others. The New Year's Eve Latin Fiesta Dinner Buffet is priced at RM158 nett per person from 7pm to 11pm. 

Also there's a New Year's Day Tapas Buffet at The Table that will delight diners with delicious gastronomic delights on the first day of 2019. It will be served from 12pm to 3pm on 1 January 2019 at RM118 nett per person. 

It's the season of gifting after all, so if you are feeling extra generous this year, feel free to head down to JW Marriott KL lobby where children from participating homes have their Christmas wishes displayed on the hotel's impressive Christmas tree at the Lobby where the public can help grant their wishes by contributing gifts or donating funds for the purchase of these gifts. The Toys for Tots charity campaign is a benefit event hosted yearly by the hotel in support of charitable organizations for children within the community. For more information, visit

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Hotel Stripes KL Meets Bloomsbury Christmas Dinner

This festive season, Hotel Stripes KL is inviting you to celebrate the Season of Joy where STRIPES MEETS BLOOMSBURY, bringing you a Bloomsbury style Christmas dinner like no other ! The festive dinner will feature all the hearty and comforting British favourites such as Beef Wellington, Sticky Pudding, Fish & Chips and many more throughout the month of December for lunch and dinner.

As for Christmas Eve dinner, there will be a specially crafted four-course menu at Brasserie 25, which you'll get the Prawn Cocktail, Spiced Butternut with Crostini, Traditional Roasted Turkey or Pan Seared Barramundi and lastly completing the meal with the classic Christmas Pudding.

Other than that, there will also be a special menu for you to usher in the New Year. The New Year's Eve dinner menu includes Baked Tunworth with Winter Truffle and Sourdough, Cauliflower and Chestnut Soup, Chicken Pot Pie with Wild Forest Mushroom or Traditional Beef Wellington and Queen's Pudding.

Both the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve dinner is priced @ RM 180 nett per person. For more info visit their site here here.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Five Amazing Places for New Year Countdown 2018 in KL

If you are planning to head down to Kuala Lumpur to usher in the New Year and catch the breathtaking fireworks with your friends, here are a few hot spots in town that you can check out, or perhaps call in and make a reservation now. You know how busy it can be when it comes to New year's eve parties..

Fireworks in KLCC Park
The annual New Year's Eve Fireworks display, launched from the foot of KLCC park, and is visible from most part of KL. So the KLCC park is exactly right in the middle of where the New Year's Eve festivities and where the fireworks are. The park promises nothing but an incredible evening of celebrations. And plus it's totally free ! All you need is just to be there early to skip the traffic and of course to get a good spot for the fireworks viewing.

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WET Deck @ W Hotel KL
The new W Hotel KL is just 100 meters away from KLCC, aka where the festivities are. You can skip the massive crowd at KLCC park and walk across to WET Deck in W Hotel, where you can have a bird's eye view of the main event with music and DJ's performing throughout the evening. WET Deck is definitely the ultimate place to celebrate if you don't mind splashing the cash on the drinks and food. Also you'll be part of W Hotel history as it will be their very first New Year's Eve party. For more info check out their site here.

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Vertigo @ Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
 If WET Deck is fully booked ? Then you can opt for Vertigo Bar at Banyan Tree Hotel KL, which is also nearby to KLCC. They offer a birds eye view of the festivities from their stylish bar on Level 59. You and friends can now relax on bar seating while enjoying the stunning views of Kuala Lumpur with all the KLCC fireworks on display from above. Mixologists are on hand to create personalized drinks, while South East Asian inspired tapas and music helps create an unforgettable countdown to the New Year ! For more info check out their site here.

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Merdeka Square (aka Dataran Merdeka)
Located in front of the iconic State Secretariat building is KL best known landmark, the Merdeka Square. Every year, the venue hosts an annual concert with with music, performances and as the clock strikes midnight, you'll get a spectacular fireworks display from the heart of the action. The concert will usually continues until 1am as the live band plays on. The site has been closed for the last 4 years but this year things might just be different with the new government and all.

Desa Park City
Avoid the massive crowds in central KL and secure yourself a great spot in Desa Park City to watch their very own fireworks set off at midnight this New Year's Eve. You'll have an option to dine at one of the restaurants there or simply just chill out at the park to enjoy the fireworks and celebrate the beginning of a brand new year.

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The Curve
If you're looking to see in the New Year in with a splash of fun, The Street at Curve parties are renowned for being an exclusive spot to celebrate. There are numbers of bars, restaurants and cafes along the street with flea markets, live music performing throughout the evening. Plus you get to walk around the mall and do some last minute shopping. It's certainly the ultimate way to celebrate if you prefer a cozy yet fun location.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Epilator vs Waxing, Which Is Right For You?

Getting rid of body hair has been part of our routines for a long time. Guys shave their facial hair, and women shave their legs and underarms. Depends on the type of treatment you prefer to employ, it pays to know the most practical methods out there. Although you're probably not new to waxing and shaving, let's up the knowledge game nonetheless. In this article we’ll discuss the use of epilators and waxing. What are their differences? And which one is right for you?

What is an epilator?
You may have heard of the term, but haven’t really tried one. Epilators are electric pluckers, so to speak. It’s a small handheld electric device that is used to pluck out hair at the follicle level. If you’re new to it, you can follow this guide on how to use an epilator. The rotating rollers of the device contains several sets of discs or tweezers. The term epilating refers to the process of removing hair from under the skin. Epilator devices work similar to waxing, but instead of pulling out a wax strip, spinning discs and springs do the job of pulling your hair from the roots, leaving your skin smooth.

Using an epilator can be extremely painful to some people. Similar to waxing, several of your hairs are being yanked out from their roots at the same time. It can be scary and intimidating for first time users, but it doesn’t have to be. This form of automated electric tweezing gets you a long-lasting smooth skin right at the comforts of your home.

We can’t really tell how long the smoothness will last for an epilator session. Some people grow hair much quickly than others and thus would require more frequent sessions. Don’t worry though because eventually, you will notice your hair growing much slower.

There are many types of epilators out there. Some are corded, some are rechargeable, and some use batteries. The market is filled with various kinds of epilators that offer a quick and easy hair removal solution that are also very affordable.

What is hair waxing?
Hair waxing is basically removing hair from the roots using a resin-based waxy product. With this process, the hair follicle is removed at the root level. Because of this sub-surface treatment, hair grows back slower, and you will have less hair over time. This results in smoother skin that could last up to six weeks depends on your body’s growth rate.

There are several ways to perform hair waxing, depending on the body part concerned. There’s the bikini wax for the private areas down there, underarm waxing, arms and leg, back, and so on. Different waxing methods are employed depending on your needs.

There are two kinds of wax used in a treatment, soft and hard. Soft waxing uses paper strips or muslin strips, whereas hard waxing is done without strips. Generally, hard wax is used on the bikini area, underarm, and the face area. On the other hand, soft wax is used on larger areas such as the back or leg area.

So what’s the better option for you?
There are many similarities between waxing and using an epilator. Both of them work by removing hair follicles down to the root level. There’s also some pain factor to be expected from both methods. And because they work by pulling out hair from the roots, they have similar hair regrowth rates and the smoothness can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. So given that they may have more similarities than differences, what should you go for?

To be fair, you can do both but you have to consider some factors. First, the price. If you’re going to have to wax regularly, you might want to consider getting an epilator instead. Waxing can be done either at the salon or by yourself using waxing kits. Both require you to purchase over and over. Even though you can come by at the salon just once every month, you still have to go regularly. And once you’re out of waxing supplies, you know you have to repurchase. In this regard, getting an epilator wins. You can invest in just one high quality epilating device and use it for years.

Next thing to consider is your skin’s reaction. Every person reacts differently to hair removal treatments. After epilating, it’s normal to get a bunch of red bumps because it’s the skin’s natural reaction to hair being yanked out. The redness will usually subside in a few hours, and it’s recommended to moisturize after to avoid irritation. Waxing on the other hand serves more than one purpose. Aside from pulling your hair out, it also removes dead skin cells on your skin surface. This leaves you with a smooth and silky skin right after the session. While there may be some irritation depending on how sensitive your skin is, but it doesn’t happen as often with epilation.

Another thing to consider is the effectiveness of the procedure. Both methods have the same goal, to remove unwanted hair. But which method is more effective than the other? Waxing presses down hair flat on the skin before pulling them off, giving a more likelihood that they won’t be pulled completely. Epilating, on the other hand improves this method by pulling hair directly from the root while the hairs are in their natural position. You can also easily go back to the areas where some hair is missed.

Now, how about convenience? Which method is more convenient to use? Time is a big factor in any beauty treatment, and going to waxing salons or preparing your waxing kit already takes precious time. The preparation time needed to get your waxing done already makes it less convenient compared to pushing a button on your epilator. This arguably makes epilating a more convenient choice. Imagine being done removing hair in a matter or minutes, compared to hours spent booking an appointment or heating up your wax.

Those are just some of the few considerations between choosing what’s right for you. The price, skin irritation, effectiveness, and convenience all play a big part in your choice. But ultimately, there’s no denying both methods do the job impressively.

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