Okonomi: What’s Your Roll?

Feeling creative in making your own customized sushi roll? I’ve found a place for you – Okonomi! Located at Publika KL, this is a fun restaurant that serves sushi ‘as you like it’.

You can start by choosing their wrap or base that could either be the traditional seaweed (nori), soy wrap for those who find the nori flavour too strong or also opt for the base prepared as a salad. White rice or brown rice is selected next. They then go on to choose their fillings which is a huge selection ranging from the orthodox items in a sushi such as salmon, unagi, cucumber, tamago to the more fusion items like smoked duck, marinated lobster, katsu chicken, mango and others. You then selects a sauce and a topping from our healthy selection which exceeds 40 different items.

Here is how the customised sushi’s menu looks like;

The rolls come in three sizes – small, medium and large with different prices and amount of fillings, as shown. I would recommend large for the hungry ones or a few small rolls for the curious and creative ones.

I’ve personally been there twice and still loving it! <3 During my first visit with Natalie, we created genius maki! This is what we would recommend you, the combo of fried salmon, soft shell crab, lettuce and tamago in the maki roll with mentai mayo and ebiko fillings.

Our favourite!!!!

We’ve also went out of our comfort zone by ordering this next roll in soy wrap. It consisted unagi, seasoned scallop and seaweed, with cheese mayo and garlic toppings!

Not forgetting about this yummy Avocado Prawn Salad as well! It’s a two-thumbs-up dish!

On my second visit with my VIPS, I didn’t do anything out of the box because I was still madly in love with the genius roll I made with Natalie earlier. Hahaha.Meanwhile, each of the girls too has their customised rolls.

Can’t remember who did this roll but it has salmon, avocado and tamago with mentai mayo and tobiko! Oh wait, I think this belongs to Cindy. Hahaha.

Here’s another one by Pui Yeen. This girl picked asparagus, salmon, forgot-what’s-another-filling with wasabi mayo and ebiko. Doesn’t it look yummy already!! :D :D

Besides sushi, Okonomi serves house rolls, pasta, rice and desserts too! What’s a great meal without dessert right? During the first visit, we ordered the soft serve ice creams. And on the second visit, we ordered the yummy parfait :D :D Love both these desserts to the max.

In short, we all did enjoy the dishes here. The place was really cozy for catch-up conversations too. And most importantly, the meals aren’t costly at all. Splitting among all, we paid less than RM40 each for what we have ordered. But brr. Honestly, we need someone to do the exotic menu! Hahaha. We girls are just playing safe with what we like to eat. This brilliant idea of having our own costumised rolls need people with more daring tummys. Hahaha.

So, what’s your roll? Let us know your wildest sushi combo! For more info and updates, you may also visit Okonomi’s Facebook page here :)

Petronas Primax95 Experience to Believe

Hoho! Last month I’ve joined the “Experience to Believe” convoy, I’ve gotten myself a chance to experience the superior efficiency of the latest PETRONAS PRIMAX95 with Advance Energy Formula during a day-long convoy which took us from Ben’s, Publika to Ipoh and then back to Kuala Lumpur.

During the journey, PETRONAS PRIMAX95 with Advance Energy Formula made my car move smoother and fuel efficiency was top notch, I only had to stop by a Petronas petrol station once throughout my journey to Ipoh and back.

Arrived at Indulgence! Ooo and look, Lewis Hamilton is waiting for us hahaha!

We had great time digging in the food at Indulgence :D Then, we had a memorable photo shoot with the rest before heading back to Kuala Lumpur. Later, we were also given the chance to get up close and personal with PETRONAS’ fuel experts while tapping on their extensive knowledge on fuel during the question and answer session.

During the session, it was shared that the fuel is designed to clean the engine to optimise fuel delivery, creates a finer fuel spray to enhance fuel combustion and energy release, and reduces friction to minimise energy loss for superior fuel economy. These three key functions combine to deliver more mileage, hence, greater savings.

In short, this whole journey gave me new insights of fuel and how I can make use of it with my car and driving. For more information on PETRONAS PRIMAX 95 with Advanced Energy Formula as well as PETRONAS SYNTIUM, or to locate the nearest PETRONAS Station, please visit www.mymesra.com.my

The Search for the “Malaysia Jay Chou” is On!

As you all have already know, Jay Chou will be holding his upcoming concert “Opus 2″ in Malaysia this 14 & 15 November. Need more deets? Click on my previous post here. And to that, the main presenter of the concert, Mah Sing will be giving away complimentary tickets worth thousands of ringgit, in conjunction with the Group’s 20th anniversary celebration aiming to provide Malaysians with the opportunity to enjoy the concert.

Jay Chou lookalikes, fans and singing enthusiasts of both sexes can participate by submitting their Jay Chou Look-alike photo into the Mah Sing Facebook. The participants must aspire to capture the cool look of Jay Chou in their pictures to garner votes. They must show their commitment to win the tickets by encouraging their friends to vote for them. The top 20 finalists with the highest number of votes will be selected with the approval of the Mah Sing’s management team. Public voting ends on October 18.

The final level requires a dash of creativity and tech savviness to out-beat the contestants to win the title. The 20 selected finalists will move on to prepare a convincing video on why they deserve to win the VIP experience and best seats in Jay Chou concert. The public will vote for the video that tugs at their heartstrings. Based on the public votes and video’s creativity, the contest organiser will select the most unique and exciting video as the winner. Closing date for the video submission is October 31. Announcement of the winner will take place in the first week of November.

On being crowned the “Malaysian Jay Chou,” the winner will win a pair of tickets, which are the best seats worth RM1,776, in Jay Chou’s “Opus 2 Jay World Concert” in November. In addition, you might win the chance to be pampered with a limo ride to the concert and cash bonus of RM2,000!!! Woots!

I won’t be missing out, and I don’t see why you should too! Submit your Jay Chou lookalike photo here now and stay tuned for details in the Mah Sing Facebook here.

Psst! There are more Jay Chou concert contests here and here too :D :D Don’t say I never tell you all! Hahaha. Join ‘em all today!!

Logging in Lombok Part 2

Here’s the continuation of my Lombok trip which I owe my readers…

After the party night we slept over, we woke up really early the next morning to view the sunrise, not! We woke up just to return to the mainland and head to our next planned destination.

But before that, the private tour guide brought us this a community store where the locals weave and sell their productions. And for that, they also allowed us to be dressed in their traditional clothes just for picture purposes <3

Could you guess where did we head to? The pink beach!!! And it took us a rough three hours by car to get there. It was literally a rough journey because the beach is still a hidden gem and no proper roads are made for it.. It also killed me but it was worth it.

I like this picture below because I think it is hilarious. Haha as though I farted and our private tour guide was suffocating from it. Lol.

Here we go! Some call it Pink Beach and some refer it as Tangsi Beach. Either names, the local will have their ways to bring you there. Unfortunately, we went to the wrong timing. We knew that we were supposed to be there around 3-4pm for the best pink view (that’s when the sand will shine in perfect pink but we didnt have enough time to waste before that so… we were there a few hours earlier than the ideal time. The beach was pinkish (not very pink)… and untouched!

You will see nothing but a few small huts around with local people chilling by the beach. We were the odd ones being foreigners.

Along the way to the beach, you will get to see lots and lots of corn farms. We went to Kuta beach next! It’s the soon-to-be famous beach and you will get to see lots of people surfing there. You can also judge how beautiful the sea is, from my pictures.

Our next destination was a local village. I actually went there unprepared and I felt myself being disrespectful for dressing up in only my tube dress but I did not have any other options during then. However, the locals were really nice and they did not disapprove me or anything. They did not say anything about it either. I was so relieved…

One of the villagers then brought us around to have a closer look into their houses and living. There were so many stories told by him but I can’t remember all of them. The best memory I had from the village visit was that we actually entered a freshly-painted house, painted by cow dung. Haha. It is part of their tradition but I was still taken aback, worrying about the smell. But I smelled nothing. Probably it was the dry and hot weather that helps. Lucky me.

It was almost evening when we finished up the itineraries and headed back to the hotel booked in mainland. It was Living Asia Resort and Spa. And it does live up to its name. Hehe. I especially loved its beach. It was peaceful and beautiful. You can view Mount Agung from the beach with no interference too!

We then had our romantic dinner by the beach and called it a day. And then, went back to the beach again after breakfast in the morning because it was just too beautiful. I needed to take more pictures there before I leave for home.

<3 <3 <3

And here’s my smelly boy having nasi puyung for lunch before we leave the place. The trip was short but it was beautiful and I wished they have better transportation options that could bring us around. People said Lombok is like an untouched Bali and soon, it might be as developed as Bali. Well. Maybe that’s when we will be going back there again! :D

What’s next in my blog? More trips’ update. Yogyakarta and Ipoh! :D

My AirAsia Free Seats!

If I had 10 AirAsia Free Seats, I would go to Phuket and I’d bring along my smelly boy, my long-time-no-holiday mama, my never-taken-any-leave brother, my pretty cousin, my awesome aunt, my same-birthdate bff, my creepy neighbour, my emo bff as well as 2 lucky blog readers – and here’s why!

I’ve been to many islands in Thailand but Phuket ain’t one. I’ve not been to its most happening island and I’m not letting this off my list when beach is just my kind of holidays. And here’s my bucket list for Phuket!

  • To be sun-kissed and have lotsa fun by the beach
  • To party all day long at the beach!
  • To discover the beauty of Old Phuket Town
  • To experience their nightlife shows
  • To do island hopping because I’ve always loved it
  • To have endless of Thai Massages
  • To eat all the yummy food (I miss mango sticky rice, tomyam, tub tim krab, orange juice and pancake with banana with condensed milk!!)
  • And not to be fat during the trip!!!!!!

    The list is not going to end but neither that I’m doing these alone!!

    Firstly, why my smelly boy? Because he is my travelling soul-mate! We are gonna travel around the globe together and to make more mutual memories and this is not going to be an exceptional. Besides, he has been wanting to have lotsa massage and at Phuket, I can afford to treat him massage for the entire day! Bet he’s gonna love it and me more.. Haha. Oh! We can finally make use of our GoPro camera too :)

    Why my long-time-no-holiday mama? The name says it all. The last and the only time I brought her for a short trip was more than a year ago. We went to Bangkok and I could tell that she enjoyed it very much. Since then, she hasn’t travel anywhere out of Kuala Lumpur and I thought I should be rewarding her. She should have some time off from house and work, just to relax and chill by the beach.

    My brother? Well, technically he hasn’t traveled out of the country since 3 year ago and clearly, he hasn’t taken any day off from his work since he started working last year. How can I not reward this hardworking little fella! He might be really interested in the local Muay Thai boxing too.

    I wanna have my cousin and my aunt along too because they sponsored a few trips for me when I was younger and this should be pay-off time! I can never pay them off by just a trip (obviously) because they have been helping and supporting me throughout my 26 years but.. I really want them to come along too. It can be a very good bonding time for the sisters and cousins. They deserve a holiday too, of course!

    And the three VIPs I cherish (I’ve got more than listed, of course) because we have this planned-219479812-days-ago holiday which has yet to be fulfilled due to hundred and one reasons. Usually it’s me and my financial commitment and our never-matching time. This would be great as we can bond ourselves while exploring the island. Shopping will be really fun with them too <3 <3 Time to show-off them bikinis!!!

    Lastly, why my readers? Because they have been supporting me and my blog since I was 17 even tho I've been hiatus for numerous times! They have been really nice and it's time for some rewarding from me too.

    Oh AirAsia, please grant me the wish and I will not be the only happy girl - but 9 other people I treasure too! I've never reward them something like this and I know nothing can be better than this :)

    Don’t be upset if you are not in my list because AirAsia is having its Free Seat Promo! That’s a call for a trip-planning on its traveling period from 1 March to 24 October 2014. Book now before this August ends!! :D

  • Logging in Lombok Part 1

    I’m speeding up in updating my blog and I’m gonna catch up with the latest ones, like really soon! Now, let me story you guys about my Lombok trip, taken place in last March. After Bali, this was my second visit to the neighbour country, Indonesia.

    Before the trip, I’ve seen so much about Lombok on the internet and I remember drooling over the beaches’ images. Damn. But one thing that I did not expect was the traveling durations. It killed me.

    So, we started off by heading to Gili Trawangan, one of the small islands located just off the northwest coast of Lombok. By a private boat from the terminal, it took us less than 30 minutes to reach the island. And it was surely a super happening island on that particular day because it was Nyepi – the day of silence in Bali. So, people left Bali and headed to Gili instead – for parties and what not.

    We were greeted with super pretty beaches and clear seas as soon as we reached the island. And lucky enough, the guesthouse we got ourselves for that night was smacked right in front of the drop-off port. It was Le Petit Gili. It was small and cozy but a little stuffy. Also, we had very limited water source due to the high capacity of guests and people on the island that night. We had difficulties but we survived it. Haha.

    After checking in, we headed to the guesthouse’s cafe straight for our first meal. I opted for Indo Mee and I loved it. I enjoyed their Jus Jeruk too. That would be our orange juice :) What’s after meal? Desserts!

    Later, we walked to the beach and chilled for awhile before we decided to get a bicycle each, to tour around the entire island. Wow. It was tiring and kinda scary for me because my bicycle… didn’t have a brake. And I am not good in cycling T__T

    Glad that I didn’t die bumping into the horse carts and still had the chance to enjoy the view around us. It was adorable.

    I don’t remember how long did we cycle exactly. How far did we really went before ending up at the back lanes of the island, witnessing the differences of the locals who stayed way humbled comparing to the tourists who were partying hard, at the front part of the island located along the beach. It was as though we’ve entered a different country or something.

    We didn’t explore too much of it because we thought it might not be good to disturb the peace of the villagers.

    I ended up getting my favourite drink in Indonesia on my way out.

    It got dark after a bit, hinting us that it was time for dinner. Everyone was literally gathered in front of our guesthouse’ cafe like a pasar malam’s sight you will see in KL. Food everywhere and we were feeling really greedy to try everything they were serving.


    And how can I miss out their seafood!!!

    That was a platter for two but we had trouble finishing it up because we were.. just too greedy. Or maybe it was only me.

    Next itinerary was actually… nothing. So, we strolled along the beach again until we found a quiet place to sit back and relax. I became the pain in the ass when it comes to nightlife. My body doesn’t approve it and yes, we did not join any of the parties when there were like hundreds of party happening in the island, that night itself. I just threw myself to bed and drown in my own dream while the others partied with maximum noises surrounding the guest house.

    It wasn’t shameful for us to skip the parties after all because we had to wake up early the next day for more adventures ahead in the mainland of Lombok! We headed to the pink beach!!!

    Well, come back again for the next post about the pink beach and stuff!! :D

    Fun Day at #Lorongbelakang

    I’ve been seeing pictures of people hanging around this Lorong Belakang place and nothing gets my interest more than seeing creative 3D mural painting in the alley! I always like all these, also pretty graffitis on the wall. Cause they are just oh-so-creative!

    Then, I got all my answers about this place by just searching for it in Google. Located in Shah Alam Seksyen 7, Lorong Belakang is literally a back alley of shops that is creatively designed and named Laman Seni 7.

    Quoted from their Facebook page, Laman Seni 7 is… “A project and a platform for the younger generations especially students, to express their talents and fresh ideas. In short, Laman Seni 7 is aimed to be the focal point for the youth to congregate to utilise the given space for the benefit of the community”.

    My girls and I got excited for this girl-and-photo outing we even set a dress code for it – denim! Though we were all drenched in our own sweat (because the weather was so so so hot and yeah, alleys made it worse with the air conditioners’ compressor and kitchen ventilator), we had lotsa fun and we were so happy with the outcome photos!

    Okay. These first two pictures were lies. They were taken in Laman Seni 2 at Seksyen 2 instead of 7. We got the wrong place in the beginning but we didn’t leave with empty hands memory cards (in the camera, lol).

    As soon as we arrived the right place, we were greeted by a sight of crowded human… all in the same alley. It was so happening! Everywhere or rather everyone you are looking at is either holding a monopod or posing for the camera on the monopod. We weren’t much of a difference. Hahaha.

    The girls are just so fascinated by this monopod I got from Taobao (its only RM2!). And they too, did not disappoint me with the amount of photo spam on my phone T_T

    Just me, attempting the Cheon Song-Yi pose directed by Cindy. Haha. Seriously, awkward.

    My favourite wall art would be this! The “Melting” because it involved ice-creams and a strong message to all. I also love the candid picture caught by Pui Yeen below. Nothing much, just being (intentionally) photobombed by the grinning dinosaur and (unintentionally) photobombed by an uncle who was amused by us being amused with wefies.

    The other favourite piece of art because it involved colour blocks! :D :D

    There are just too much of photos to be shared here. Click here to view ‘em all! :D

    Wanna get there as well? I would advise you to visit it as soon as possible because the showcased items are already not in good conditions. If you noticed, some props and painting are no longer in their best conditions despite having this place launched for only 2-3 months.

    If you are not familiar with the place (just like me). Directions are available in Waze and Foursquare. Or for easy reference, you can head up to iCity at Shah Alam. These shop lots are located just around iCity!

    #SeoulSearching; My Valentines

    This Seoul post has finally come to its end. Sorry for being super slow in updating the blog. I still blame Facebook and Instagram for this. Haha. Anyways, technically this wasn’t our last day in Seoul but we left in the next morning. And of course, it was really nice to be able to spend Valentines in Seoul with the smelly one. Nothing tooooooo cliché… we.. just went to the… N Seoul Tower for the “Love Locks”. Haha!

    We were there as early as 9am and I remember that the cable car wasn’t operating yet. Pfft. So we waited for it, because we didn’t want to climb up the hill… in winter.

    The love locks! There were so many of them and honestly, majority of these locks were dedicated to their biased Kpop idols. At least, this is what I’ve observed based on those I’ve seen.

    So here comes ours. And excuse us for being so cheesy and lame on our message because we could not come up with anything better than this. LOL. Can’t believe that I drew two stupid stickman too. Hahaha.

    After that, we headed to the observatory deck. It was nothing too impressive but I’ve found home! :D :D Wrote and sent a postcard too.

    Later on, we took the subway and headed to Hyehwa. We were supposed to head to Ehwa actually but I think we wrote/seen the itinerary wrongly. It wasn’t too bad at all because we just had our best lunch in one of the random restaurant found along the way. Best kimchi and soy bean paste stew soups ever!!!!

    Then, we headed to Ehwa Womans’ University as soon as we are done with the lunch. The shopping heaven, I would say! Everything is so cheap and pretty there… Not forgetting yummy street snacks too! We did not take a lot of pictures here because camera was kept and I was on a full-swing mode for spring shopping! :D :D

    Later, we headed back to the Hanok as we were carrying too many things for dinner. Hehehe. Found yummy chicken teriyaki stick along the way too!

    Yupe! Nooryanjin Fishery Market it was. I’ve always hated the fishy smell in the market but I could bare with this because the smell wasn’t too bad during the winter. And all stalls look almost the same to us that we do not know how to pick anyways.. So we went by gut feeling. Picked on a random ajunma who photobombed me in my pictures.

    Of course, the smelly one picked this dish he has been wanting to try – Sannakji live octopus!

    I didn’t have it because… I didn’t like octopus in the first place. I had a gigantic snow crab, all to myself instead! And also, yummy and freshly bbq abalones! The entire meal cost us only RM200, with soju and all. It was so yummy! :D Would want to have more seafood meals there again!

    And before Valentine ends, the smelly (but kinda sweet) one bought me a mini bouquet of flowers during our walk back to Hanok. It was so adorable I couldn’t resist taking another picture… Or rather the last one. Here it is!

    I’m officially in love with Seoul <3

    #SeoulSearching; Bukchon Hanok Village & The Palaces

    Besides staying in the city, we actually moved into a traditional house, Hanok for a stay for two nights. It was indeed a different experience and it was probably my first time sleeping on a heated floor while it was freezing outside, not too far from the sleeping mat. Haha.

    The traditional house was located at Bukchon Hanok Village, a Korean traditional village with a long history located between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. And jeng jeng! This post will cover all places mentioned except for Jongmyo Royal Shrine. That’s what we both covered in a day’s time :D

    But before that, I will have you to know that moving to a hanok in a village, by foot in the winter wasn’t a joke. What’s worse? We were walking along the streets before 7am while the crazy wind was blowing. And we were (technically just the boyfriend) carrying a lot of shit with us too. Hahahahaha. I can’t do bag packing style. I tend to pack my entire room over!!!

    Because it wasn’t easy.. So I thought someone needed to be pampered, with my love. Hahahaha. Cheesy much.

    Just a random picture we took of the drain cover with hangul one it. Haha.

    As soon as we have checked in, we headed straight to Gyeongbok Palace. This is one famous palace that you will come by when reading up about Seoul. Before you start the journey in exploring the palace, remember to do some homework about it so that you do not enter the palace with zero knowledge about it.

    At least to find out what is the operating hour. Well, it is closed on every Tuesdays. And you can also search for the timing of palace guard exchange! We got ourselves a booklet of the palace info while navigating around.

    After witnessing the palace guard exchange, we headed to the photo house and got dressed up like their ancient palace guard. Hehehe. It is free of charge but on a first-come-first serve basis.

    Photobombed by the smelly one!

    We walked around the crowded palace and got lost in some areas because it was too huge! And also because some renovation works were taking place too. After visiting the major palace, we use the back exit and headed out for lunch. We haven’t eaten since morning after moving into the hanok. We were already starving at this point of time.

    We hard some hard time looking for the restaurant but we still got it anyways – Tosokchon! A restaurant known for its signature samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup) made with glutinous rice, gingko nuts, ginseng, garlic and many more… Yumms.

    After that, we hitched a cab by the roadside and headed to the next palace, Changdeok. It was within walking distance but we were late for the volunteering tour guide which was booked way earlier online. And we were so glad about the decision made. The tour guide was such a friendly and nice person! Best of all, she could converse in perfect English. Hehehe.

    Changdeok Palace may be less popular compared to Gyeongbok Palace but I find it more beautiful and welcoming :D We wouldn’t have found out this place if the boyfriend wasn’t a fan of UNESCO world heritage sites. Haha! There was less crowd too.

    Within the palace, there’s a secret garden, Biwon. Not the one you find in K-drama but a real secret garden made for the royalties. And it was so beautiful and breathe-taking! Literally too. I find it hard to walk up and down on slopes during such a cold winter. Brrr.

    But to enter the garden, you will need to pay extra. The fee to the palace is not inclusive of the garden and you will be guided around too. There won’t be any free-and-easy allowed.

    We bet it would look even prettier in Spring and Autumn! Hmmn.

    After the palace visitings, we headed to another UNESCO world heritage site – Myeongdong! Lol. We didn’t realise it until…. we saw a humble ground signage hidden among the tourists’ feet. We had so much of street food that we could not eat well during the only BBQ dinner we had with a friend of mine there. And did so much of shopping that my hands could tear off by holding the make-up stuff. Haha.

    Bored of my Seoul posts yet? I’ve got one more to go! It will be the itinerary of my full-day in Seoul, celebrating valentines in N Seoul Tower, Ehwa Womans’ University and Nooryanjing Fishery Market :D