I am happily writing this post with my new Macbook Air. Money well spent! This is so much more worth it than an iPad. Eyeing the new Blackberry next. Some photos from my old Blackberry...
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After a tiring albeit time well-spent in the Bay area catching up with old friends and family, we were ready for yet another fun-filled weekend in VEGAS.
A friend of a friend was celebrating his bachelor night there (as expected) so that was reason enough for us to take an hour flight down from SF to Sin City.
The sun was blazing hot but thank God it wasn't humid so we weren't sweatin' our asses off. Also, people don't really give you disapproving stares if you're wearing very little clothes because it's VEGAS!
What happens after this might be a little inappropriate and unnecessary to share on my blog but the best way to put it is... "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."
Unlike here in Asia (like in Bangkok, Singapore and KL), bottle service and table reservation are only for the high rollers. A table by the dancefloor can easily set you back at least 5 grand (US dollars). A bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label is about USD500 while at most clubs in Asia, it's about USD100.
We literally partied until the sun came up. After XS, we went to Drai's, an after-hours club. If you like hiphop, this is the place to be... But you better know someone who can hook you up otherwise you're likely to be waiting in line for an hour.
By the time we got home, it was already 8am... Slept for a few hours and dragged ourselves out for lunch a little bit of shopping.
We probably would've partied again on Saturday night after watching the show but not when we have an 8am flight the next morning. So instead, we walked along the strip, and went back straight to our hotel to rest.
Another long journey back to SF, Tokyo, Bangkok and then home in KL...
So I just turned a year older on August 2nd (holla if you're a Leo too!) and spent my actual birthday at nice, intimate dinner with a few good friends in KL.
So Charles and I actually made it to the wrong hotel. We were supposed to go to The Marriott WAIKIKI Edition but went to The Marriott on Waikiki Beach instead. They were totally on opposite sides of the map but on the flip side, at least I got to try the delicious pineapple water.
I gotta warn ya, I know this is a health & fitness blog but I've got tons of food pics in this post so if you think you're going to start binging, please click away. If you have strong willpower, continue to scroll down.
We managed to get some shut eye during our 7-hour flight from Honolulu to San Francisco and we arrived in SFO at around 9am. Dropped our stuff off at Charles' mom's house in San Mateo and quickly chowed down some Mexican food at Poncho Villa Taqueria before heading to the city to see a GIANTS vs PHILLIES game.
Part 2 of the trip comin' right up...
I just heard JJ & Ean's awesome parody of Rebecca Black's 'Friday'. Its called 'Monday'. Give it a listen if you need a little Monday pick-me-up!
In other news, I had a pretty relaxing weekend although I'm starting to feel a bit under of the weather since last night. A few of my friends and I made a roadtrip to Pahang for a mini getaway. Somewhere in Janda Baik, way up the hill, there's a resort called Saufiville... Amazing!
Felt like Bali! And this place is only an hour away from KL City. Can you believe that? It was Jeanette's birthday so she organized this little trip for everyone. Good job, JT!
Check out their Facebook fanpage if you want to find out more about the place.
I absolutely loved the view. We spent most of our time hanging out at the balcony and the pool, soaking up the sun.
The food was EXCELLENT! They served BBQ chicken wings, steak, lamb shanks and crispy fish... The sauces were all home-made and hella good too. The seafood aglio olio ran out FAST. Almost everyone opted for pasta instead of fried rice. It was so good that we ordered the pasta again for lunch the next day!
We left the day at around 5pm and drove back to KL. A 45-minute drive because there was no traffic. A blissfully relaxing weekend in Pahang yet so near to the city. Back to the grind...
I am so in love with these boots from YesStyle.com that I own 2 pairs in both brown and black. They're so comfortable and has a hidden 3-inch wedged heel so I don't feel totally short when I'm wearing them.
Should I get one in white too? ^_^
I was in Singapore last weekend to catch the Jimmy Eat World concert at Hard Rock Hotel.
There's a first time for everything and so this was my first time ever going to a concert. I know, shocking. But I've been saving the experience for my most favorite band. It means the world to me that Charles bought me the ticket because he wanted to be responsible for crossing out 'Watch Jimmy Eat World Concert' from my bucket list. Sweetness.
The crowd in the photo below actually looks a lot bigger than it actually was. I'm not complaining. I didn't get to stand in the front and center of the stage but I was close enough. I'd say there were probably only about less than 1000 fans who attended the concert which isn't surprising considering how underrated this band is...
I was so amazed by the band's energy and how good they sounded live. To say they were simply amazing is an understatement. They showcased an epic, epic performance.
There was no opening act for their concert so they started playing right on time at 8pm exactly. They opened with 'Bleed American' which I think was totally the perfect track to kick off their performance.
Charles asked to play our favorite song, '23' on J.E.W.'s Facebook fanpage which I think they must've played according to our request because they mentioned "This is a request..." right before they started playing. I didn't see anyone else request for that song on their page so it really must have been!
I was in Singapore 2 weeks ago to receive my award for being 1 of "100 Most Inspiring Real Women" and attend the Johnie Walker Singapore Jet Black Party (in Malaysia it's called the 'Johnnie Walker Black Circuit Lounge').
The public event by Cozycot is to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) and was held at Orchard Central on March 12, 2011. Coincidentally, there was also another event held in the mall - the opening of the first Cold Stone in Singapore! That is insane. I never thought it would open here...
DID YOU KNOW THAT: The worst drink in America is the PB&C from Cold Stone? It is worth 2,010 calories, 131 grams of fat and 153 grams of sugar. If you're going to eat that, you might as well not eat anything else for the day. I was very tempted to have some ice-cream as I walked past Cold Stone but thankfully, there was a huge line so I scrapped that stupid idea.
So what are 100 women receiving this award? We were nominated by family, friends and colleagues, as well as by CozyCot, with one or more of the following attributes:
- Contributed significantly to their family, or others.
- Demonstrated passion and drive for the enhancement of a cause.
- Undergone a challenging experience to obtain her goal.
- Shown passion in her career, and the interesting nature of her job.
Here's my statement:
Orchard Central was P A C K E D that day! A lot of people turned up for the event to show support and take advantage of all the bargain provided by the sponsors of the event.
For more photos from the event, check out the Cozycot IWD page!
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Time to celebrate! After the event and shopping (I couldn't help myself...) a little bit along Orchard Road, I went back to my hotel for a short nap before getting ready to go out again. The plan for the night was 1) Dinner at 1-Altitude and 2) Party at Filter Members Club.
The restaurant+bar was very posh and had a lovely view but I still much prefer Equinox & NewAsiaBar at Swissotel. Food was good but pricey. Service was excellent, even though they took forever to serve the food. The guys only started eating at about 10pm! It's quite unhealthy to eat that late. I only ordered appetizers for dinner and that came almost immediately. I try not to have such a big meal after 8pm. Speaking of which, I'm also currently working on this 'new thing' called The Super 8 Diet. I hate to call it a diet but well, it's hard to stick to this plan. Will share that with when it's ready!
I'd like to thank Dress Sense for sponsoring me the beautiful Faviana dress and clutch for this event. It received a lot of compliments and almost everyone who were 'Sex & The City' fans pointed out that it was such the kinda dress Carrie Bradshaw would wear.
Find out how you can afford this gorgeous dress without burning your pocket on my next advertorial post for Dress Sense. Meanwhile, check them out on Facebook!
Stumbled upon Real Food Café while I was on my way to a meeting with Nuffnang back in Singapore. So I managed to convince Huiwen and Amanda to have lunch and our meeting there
The dish could use a little bit more flavor - perhaps some garlic would do the trick. I sprinkled a little too much seasoning on it (I think it was paprika powder...) which made it tastier but my stomach was burning by the time I finished everything on the plate. I should really take my doctor's advice and lay off the spicy food until my acid reflux has gone down. But man, I just can't live without spice.
The Wheatgrass Apple juice was recommended by the waitress and I liked it. It tasted more like apple juice than wheatgrass but was certainly refreshing.
Thoughts: While the food is reasonably priced, the dishes are fairly easy to prepare for yourself at home. Everything on the menu is so healthy that they don't even do fries! It's nice to see that there's finally an organic vegan restaurant in town, perhaps they'll bring Whole Foods to Singapore too? Although, I highly doubt it as the prices will be insane.
Speaking of which, would I be vegan if I wanted to? The answer is yes. But I don't think I'm ready to commit on giving up fish and chicken. I could maybe try it out for a week though. We'll see about that.
KL, when are you going to catch up and start opening up more healthy restaurant/cafe spots?
Real Foods is located at Central (Clarke Quay) at#B1-52/53.