Friday, 19 December 2014

Din Tai Fung @ eCurve

Hey everyone! I'm back again, this time with a review for Din Tai Fung!

All you lovers of Chinese food would know that Din Tai Fung has made a name for itself over the past few years of it's establishment in Malaysia, and is certainly most well known for their Xiao Long Bao, which is a soup-filled dumpling.

Hence I was truly excited to find out I was going to do a review for them, and to try the branch in eCurve.

 Spicy Pickled Cucumber
As the name suggests, the cucumbers had a nice mix of spiciness and sourness to open up your appetite.

 Shaoshing Wine Marinated Chicken
 The chicken was delicious as the taste of the wine was not overpowering. 
Instead, the marination complimented the meat bringing out the sweetness of it.

Din Tai Fung House Special
The main ingredients to this dish were the strips of bright green seaweed and bean curd.
The seaweed gave the salad mix a fresh and salty flavour.
 It's chewy and crunchy texture makes you feel like sinking your teeth in once more after each bite.
The bean curd provided an appetising sourish taste, again, opening your appetite even more.

Fragrant Pork with Crushed Garlic
This was one of my favourites. 
The flavours of the spring onions and garlic was evident in this dish. 
The garlic was mixed with chilli, creating a wonderful burst of flavours.

Some advice from Din Tai Fung on how to savour their sauces.
What's best about them is that their soy sauce is homemade with their secret recipe.
Therefore it's taste is much lighter and fragrant compared to the normal soy sauces you get from the grocery stores.

Pork XiaoLongBao
One of Din Tai Fung's signature dishes, which is a must try.
A bite into this little dumpling, and it greets your tastebuds with a gush of rich tasting soup.

Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shaomai
The shrimps were fresh and had a certain crunchiness to it, which will leave you wanting more.

Steamed Vegetable and Pork Dumpling
Something mouthwatering yet healthy to savour.
 Fragrant Spring Onion and Shredded Pork Noodle
Another one of my favourites, their noodles are made fresh daily.
Hence, their noodles are especially soft to bite yet springy.

 Noodle with Pickled Mustard Greens and Shredded Pork
For those who love the taste of pickled foods, this would be a good choice.
However, I still prefer the dry noodles which I mentioned above, to this as the noodles were much springier, making each mouthful satisfying and heartier to chew on.

 Shrimp Fried Rice
The rice was fragrant and you can literally savour the fragrance of the shrimps in every bite.

 Stir Fried Pea Sprouts with Garlic
This dish was delightfully refreshing and fried in way where not a trace of oil could be seen.

 Red Bean Paste Rolls

 Golden Yam Paste Rolls

 Cincau with Purple Glutinous Rice
This desert had a rather unique flavour to it.
It was sour and sweet at the same time.
The Glutinous rice was what gave it a hint of sourness I suppose.
Definitely not a plane jane in its department but requires someone of a certain experience in taste to thoroughly enjoy this.

Mango Pudding
What can be more delightful than a rich and creamy pudding topped with slices of sweet mangoes

Getting all head over heels with mah deserts.

To conclude everything, Din Tai Fung certainly has not lost its sense of originality and creativity over the years. Their dishes are wonderfully seasoned, while the quality of ingredients used are retained.

For the sum you pay, Din Tai Fung offers a comfortable dining experience with professional service, and last but not least, good food. 
Hence, making it ideal for a simple mealtime with the family or just a good pampering for you and your colleagues with quality Chinese food.

Do check out eCurve's Din Tai Fung if you've never tried the branch there :)

It's located at G17-G20, Ground Floor.
For more information you can contact them through this number:
 603 7728 3218

Lastly, thank you so much Worthy Book and Din Tai Fung for inviting us over! It was great fun savouring all that delicious food!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

First Time Contouring

Just a head's up. This post is gonna just be full of my selfies HAHAHA.

Yes. My church's Youth Rally is next week and everything's been more chaotic than ever. There's so much left to do with such a short amount of time left, I'm actually quivering at the thought of it..

Anyway, I have some free time now and I don't feel so tensed anymore, so here's just what I've been doing lately!

Everyone already knows makeup does wonders.

Ya but I never thought it could apply to me. I guess most of us would have the 'it will never happen to me' mentality, and same thing applied to me.
So out of curiosity, I tried to use a random brown colour on my eyeshadow palette to do some contouring on my nose.

Because no duh, Sherlock, my asian nose is pretty flat and non existent to the human eye. And very often we get bombarded with pictures of asian girls who have the most perfect noses.

So I thought to myself, why not give it a shot and see whether I can turn out to look like I actually have a nose in photos too. Without editing of course.

Lol I thought seeing my nose looking so good in photos would be something that was once in a lifetime, so I just snapped away.
And it isn't everyday I get to look like this.
Somehow I couldn't recognize myself when I looked back at all these pictures.
I mean honestly it doesn't look like me o.o 
 I don't look like that in real life unfortunately.

So girls, don't worry. 
Whatever problems you think you have on your face is beyond saving grace, makeup fixes almost everything. Not that I'm encouraging you to use makeup, but I just wanted to remind everyone, again, that what you see in pictures aren't real.

It's all an illusion and a combination of well-play with colours.
Don't feel down because of a stupidly stunning picture. 
I know I've been there, and still go through that at times.
But, the key is to always snap out of it and realize that anything could've been done to these images.


Anyway this was all unedited, without the help Meituxiuxiu and all the beautifying apps.
But then again, this was when my skin was better :( 

Now I'm breaking out to the core with red scars all over my face. 

Alright thats all for now!
 I'm late again T_T

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Information Is Not Knowledge

Hey everyone! I know it's been so long since I've been here *gasps*.  I finally decided to update this space before I forget or procrastinate again. 

I have been working on a few things recently and it really took almost all my free time away. The first one would be looking for a place to study. I think I'm considered as a 'drop-out' (or not haha), because I just decided to stop after much contemplation. It's a really long story on how I came to that decision on just stopping my studies altogether, but I hope it was the right choice and even if it wasn't, it was the best option available.

So I stopped because mainly I wanted to resume my studies overseas. I wanted to gain experience not only in Malaysia but elsewhere as well, be it New Zealand, US or actually anywhere at all. The problem was, education in those places are expensive and if I chose to continue the semester which I dropped, chances are I wont have the opportunity to further my studies elsewhere. 

I know some may ask why not just complete your studies in Malaysia, but it has always been my lifelong dream to step out of my comfort zone, into the wild and gain new experiences. Haha now I sound like an animal from the show Madagascar trying to escape the zoo.

My mum was talking to me the other day about my education, future and my plans. Then she started talking about knowledge and this quote she read by Einstein.

To say I was left in awe by this quote would be an understatement.
I was awestruck. Dumbfounded. Mind blown. 

The words kept playing in my head again and again. I always thought information was something to do with knowledge. Like whatever we read or heard, I always thought it was of some value close to knowledge. But now I realise, all these little bits and pieces of information we obtain from others are nothing without experience.

There's only so much a teacher can teach and a student can absorb. And now it finally makes sense why many of us feel that half the things we study for exams cannot be applied after that. 

Heck, some of us can't even remember what we studied after our exams because everything we have been focusing on was... gathering information. We were so focused in trying to accumulate all these information in our brain we forgot to pay attention on how to apply it. We get so caught up with memorising stuff that most of the time when a question which we know the answer to is twisted in another way, we become stunned in shock, not knowing how to respond.

I guess I really want to experience places as they are, and not just gather blank information on all of them thinking I know what is out there, when in actual fact I don't. This is why I have been yearning to further my studies overseas. At the end of the day, it's experience that counts.

I just thought this was something really interesting to share. Hopefully you were as mind boggled as me hearing about this quote.

Just some photos I took while I was away.

 Went to Anselm's hou- *cough* mansion *cough*, for a small bbq party.

 We celebrated Gillian and Anthony's birthday there as well.

We didn't get to swim because it rained and according to Anselm, the water wasn't that clean.
It was a nice place to take pictures though.

Besides that, I have been helping some of my friends from IACT for their assignments. 
I have a feeling that they have alot of assignments right now because my friends asked me to help be a 'model' for them.
And no one would ask me to model for them unless their condition is critical LOL.

I can't model gaisss. For nuts.

I mean I'd like to think I can, but the actual fact which will always remain a fact is that I just don't look that good in the camera.

For some reason Blogger makes my photos a little more yellow than it is.

 My sister says I look scary here haha.
I couldn't really smile because otherwise there was a chance my braces would be peeping, and I know most photographers/ people who looks at photographs do not like braces, so I didn't dare take the risk.
Therefore all I did was try to contain the metal in my mouth. 
Sigh, brace face problems.

Yeap that's pretty much what I have been doing, looking for universities, going for gatherings, helping fellow friends in their assignments, serving the youth ministry in church and oh, I started dancing again! 

Going back to Urban Groove for classes but right now it's pretty hard to juggle as the biggest event of the year for my Youth Ministry - The Youth Rally, is in 3 weeks. There's so much to prepare, and so much things that need to be done in this 3 weeks and I'm freaking out. We are having practices like 4 times a week now and next week I think we will be having everyday practices. Not to mention it's time for a spring cleaning around the house now that Christmas is coming.

I will try to update soon, as I will be off to camp for this weekend! :D So excited. I just hope I don't get fat when I come back with their 6-meals-a-day plan -.-"

Did I mention I bought a new phone too HAHA. So much to update. Till the next post! Will talk about my new phone then.