Family trips

Our little princess Abigail has been traveling with us since 4 months old. Stay tune for more of our family trips!

Honeymoon in Maldives

A place where romance begins... And there is never a blue as beautiful as the waters of Maldives!

Sinchow Vietnam!

Go to Vietnam. Indulge yourself in the peaceful Hmong villages in Sapa, or experience cruising at The New 7 Wonders of Nature - Halong Bay.

Go West to U.S.

Napa Valley! San Francisco! And Monterey!.

Bali oh Bali~

We've done it 3 times!! Couple trip 2009, friends trip 2010, and family trip 2014.

Hello Macau, the oriental Portugal

Walking the oriental Europe. Remember to taste the most authentic Portuguese tarts!.

London

I was just a touch-and-go tourist in a short 3 days...

Babymoon in Boracay

Sea, sand, sun. And a new family member in my tummy!

Marrakech, a hidden jewel

Of palm groves, fire dancing, and dromedaries.

Siem Reap - day and night

Back to the ancient kingdom and find the tomb raider in you.

Home Cooking

Just some recipes and home cuisine for my family and baby.

Welcome to my blog!! 欢迎到访!!

No matter how you get here, I wanna say a big THANK YOU for visiting my blog. Do come back often for more! Blessed because we're given the chance to share. Thank you for visiting! 无论你是刻意或者不刻意的来到这里,都进来坐坐、聊聊天吧。幸福不是必然的,而是懂得分享人生的喜悦。谢谢到访!

December 27, 2011

Our Honeymoon in Maldives 爱在阳光灿烂的天堂 。马尔代夫 - Part 5 第五章, Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa - Our baggage finally arrived! 行李终于到了!

Some blues at Hakura Huraa the world has never seen.
And, will never see.
No blue ever stays the same at Hakura Huraa.

They were right about the sky and water. No blue ever stays the same here. All photos unedited and untouched for the first time. Too beautiful to spoil the original blue.
这里,蓝色一直都在变。所有的照片都没经过调色。蓝色都是原本的。变化多端,捕捉也有点来不及的感觉。

Sky at Periwinkle, sea at Air Force blue at the sand bank. Ooo I love LOVE LOVE the sand bank!!
爱死这沙洲了!!

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After a moment... it turned Cornflower blue! Amazing combination of blue and white. Very soothing.
蓝与白的对衬。很舒适。

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December 24, 2011

Our Honeymoon in Maldives 爱在阳光灿烂的天堂 。马尔代夫 - Part 4 第四章, Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa - lunch, water bungalow, private sun deck

The beauty that surrounds Chaaya Lagoon Hakura Huraa is so moving, visitors will learn to be still. 

For an ultimate holiday experience, the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa is your perfect destination. With a new look and better facilities, we are ready to offer you the wonders of sun, sand and sea in a backdrop of ultimate comfort.

Located 145 km from the capital, Male, it takes 45 minutes by seaplane to get to this idyllic 6-acre island paradise. Once you arrive be prepared for memorable times. Surrounded by an azure ocean lagoon replete with the wonders of the underwater world, this is a paradise for diving and snorkelling. Meanwhile, on water sports include windsurfing, sailing and canoeing.

Blissful days blend into balmy evenings. Memorable nights lull you into an idyllic state of mind. After sunset the entertainment begins with disco music and the famed Maldivian Cultural show. These are memories to cherish.

December 21, 2011

Chicago Rib House - Enjoy the "Pork"fection feast

For those who love pork cuisine, you should go to Chicago Rib House. It is famed of serving BBQ ribs and steaks. They just launched their new menu a couple of months ago, so worth a visit.

Chicago Rib House Gurney 03

Chicago Rib House Gurney 01

November 16, 2011

The Princess Wedding Diaries - The Finalé

I will never quote my wedding as a fairy tale ending because it's only the happy start of our next chapter in life. Friends and family who know me well will understand that I would opt for a crazy dynamic wedding banquet rather than pretending to be an elegant Barbie doll whole day through!

Good word to describe me -- SASSY!
Even though when I've become the bride, I'm still a sassy bride!

Lady Gagasss version of Masquerade... before our entrance dance at dinner.

November 3, 2011

Our Honeymoon in Maldives 爱在阳光灿烂的天堂 。马尔代夫 - Post-wedding portraiture


We decided to have a short session of post-wedding portraiture in Maldives since this is one of a lifetime thingy.
我们决定婚礼后在马尔代夫拍摄一集简单的蜜月婚纱照,因为这毕竟是一生人一次的纪念。

I had my make-up done in 20 minutes, all DIY. Hair as well. =)
I chose to wear something light and short instead of long bulky gown, because our honeymoon was about sea and sunshine. The gown should bring out the vivacious side of me. Of course it should carry some romantic feel too.
我亲自动手化妆,并在20分钟内完成,所有都是DIY的。头发也是。 =)
我选择穿轻而短的白色小礼服,因为背景都是海洋和阳光。这轻便的简单礼服才能带出我活泼的一面。当然,圈圈的花边还有浪漫的感觉。

November 2, 2011

Tea Secret @ Queensbay Mall Penang 蜜蜜茶



Now you get to have more choices on beverages when you shop in Queensbay Mall. Check out the newly opened Tea Secret – a brand of Bubbly Rich International Sdn Bhd, specialises in preparation and supply of premium quality take-away beverages.

November 1, 2011

Our Honeymoon in Maldives 爱在阳光灿烂的天堂 。马尔代夫 - Part 3, Sea Plane - Miles of atolls, reefs and lagoons 第三章,水上飞机 —— 一望无际的环礁,珊瑚礁和泻湖

Maldives Hulhule Island airport 05

There are 2 sea-plane terminals in Maldives - Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT) and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA). Basically there is no conflict of route coverage on contract basis with the resorts.
马尔代夫有2个水上飞机码头 - Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT)和 Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA)。两家公司基本上没有覆盖的路线,因为已和各度假村签下合同。

You may check for the list of resorts that both these sea-plane operators fly to...
两家水上飞机飞往度假酒店的名单列表。。。
(1) Maldivian Air Taxi
(2) Trans Maldivian Airways

October 28, 2011

Our Honeymoon in Maldives 爱在阳光灿烂的天堂 。马尔代夫 - Part 2, Malé by Foot 第二章,马累漫步走

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Though still feeling exhausted, I was waken up by the morning sun at 6am...
Not that surprising though... it is only a mere 3128km between Malé and Kuala Lumpur but there is a three-hour time difference!
Malaysia is probably already 9am. . . No wonder the sky was so bright. . .
虽然很累,但清晨六点钟已经被阳光晒醒了。。。
不出奇吧。。马累和吉隆坡只相差区区那3128公里,却有三个小时的时差!
大马大概是九点了。。。难怪这么亮。。。


October 26, 2011

Our Honeymoon in Maldives 爱在阳光灿烂的天堂 。马尔代夫 - Part I, Departure and Arrival at Malé 第一章,我们起飞到马累

We departed to Maldives two days after our wedding, that marked the start of our honeymoon.
婚礼后的两天,我们就出发到马尔代夫,开始了我们的蜜月旅行。




From Ipoh we took YoYo bus to KLIA, the most convenient way.
乘搭YoYo巴到KLIA,是从怡保到吉隆坡国际机场最直接与方便的方法。

Departure to Male 01

October 25, 2011

Manila Place Gurney Plaza Penang

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This meal was claimed with the discount voucher bought earlier. It came with a 3-course Italian meal with drink.

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Manila Place Gurney Plaza 12

October 23, 2011

Full of Beans - Invited private coffee session with Evelyn Wu 与咖啡公主的私人预约

Full of Beans 14

在此想說聲:77,想念你了!想念你的咖啡了。。你在臺北好嗎?

Full of Beans 18

77 is Evelyn's Wu's (吳詠琴) nickname, because she is very fond of #7. She is 卓伟民老师's assistant cum FULL OF BEANS' business partner. We call her coffee princess (咖啡公主).

October 21, 2011

Our Honeymoon in Maldives 爱在阳光灿烂的天堂 。马尔代夫 - Prologue 序


If honeymoon is a dream come true, I will definitely choose have it in heaven, and it has to be in an island.
I would love to have a Safari tour in South Africa but it's way too hectic for a honeymoon. After all, we always love the sea, sand, sun thingy.
如果说蜜月梦想成真,我一定会选择一次华丽的奢侈,享受在人间天堂,而且还要是在个岛屿国。
虽然我也很想有在南非的野生动物园上奔跑,但这样的蜜月实在太累人了。毕竟,我们都是爱好海浪,沙滩,阳光的人。

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When it came to making choices, we shortlisted Maldives, Aegean Sea, and Seychelles. (Oopss... Baby just reminded me that we thought about New Zealand too...) However, I am a true nature lover and am very concern to global warming issues. Maldives is known to be the fastest sinking islands in another 50 - 70 years, therefore I definitely want to have an unforgettable event there. Our honeymoon.
最后的3个选择,我们列下了马尔代夫,爱琴海和塞舌尔。(老公刚提醒我..还有新西兰) 然而,我是自然爱好者,而且非常关注全球暖化问题。所以就选择了被公认是未来50-70年里最快的下沉的岛屿的马尔代夫。当然我的决定紧紧牵连着这个令人难忘的目的--我们的蜜月旅行。

September 30, 2011

How to make your face looks slimmer

published in KoreaCosmetics.kr as "How to make your face looks slimmer"



The golden rule to a thinner looking face – the exposed areas of your face should be more to an angular shape, near to diamond shape. That is the summary from various articles and also personal experience.
Some key tricks to make your face look thinner, these are also my usual practice:


1. Contouring your cheeks with a combination of blush and bronzer. Sweep bronzer along your cheekbones and then blend in pink shade blush below the bronzer. This can create contrast which will reduce the roundness of your face.

2. ALWAYS choose a foundation or powder that is 1 or 2 shades darker than your skin. It does not mean you no longer need your normal foundation or powder. Apply your normal foundation and only blend in the darker shades afterwards; darker shades are used for shaping your jaw line to create a more angular effect. But you have to ensure you do not overdo, else your face will appear two tones like trying to cover up some bruises. It takes some time to master the contour technique!

3. The third trick is a hair technique. Try the eyebrow-skimming bangs rather than keeping your hair one length. It will make your face appears narrower.

September 28, 2011

In Hiatus... for wedding!

We've been eating a lot but haven't have time to post for updates recently.

Sorry to keep you waiting.

It's all because of....

OUR WEDDING!!



Yes, so much to do with such little time...

And this was only the first wedding banquet held in Penang last Saturday. One more to go in Ipoh in two weeks time, and also our actual day wedding ceremony.

We've missed attending so many functions right then... *aaaawwww*

Hereby want to thank our friends and family for giving us such a memorable night last Saturday!~

Vin, Terry, Stephanie, Rachel, Abby, Ai Chin, Edmund, Waco, KK, Choong Hao, Ching Foong, May, Rosalind, Noel, Chang Gee, Gee Hean, Khye Wen, Ruby.... and you yOU YOU!!
YOU ROCKXX!!

Another bigger wave coming up within 2 weeks, beware of the tide. The party had just begun, that was just a little warm up last Saturday.

Well alright, we promise you to give first time updates even when we're on honeymoon~ You will know which place on earth are we right then. (^.^)

September 20, 2011

étoile Restaurant, the Michelin-starred restaurant at Domaine Chandon Napa Valley

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étoile, the Michelin-starred restaurant at Domaine Chandon, is one of Napa Valley’s most celebrated destinations and the only fine dining restaurant in Napa Valley located in a winery. An extraordinary setting, innovative regional California cuisine with a French influence, and seamless service combine to create the ultimate food and wine experience. At étoile, Chef Perry Hoffman marries classic, French-influenced technique with contemporary culinary innovation and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Hoffman works closely with Chandon winemakers to explore the interplay between wine and food, enhancing the experience of both. Guests may dine a la carte, or explore the ultimate food and wine pairing experience through Chef Hoffman's tasting menus at lunch and dinner. The restaurant features a Wine Spectator "Best of" Award Wine list and received a Michelin star in the 2010 and 2011 Michelin Guide after being recommended in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
... adapted from OpenTable

September 16, 2011

More than just an essence mask



I'm pretty sure that most of the ladies are consuming essence mask sheet as part of their beauty rituals. So am I. Nice scent and easy-to-use, and furthermore, no washing required! That's the best part of it.

I super love essence mask~ My weekly usage is about 2 pieces in average. What more can an essence mask supply to you besides the nutrients for your face? Have you think about it? Paying around RM6-RM30 for more than a 15-minute temptation on your face... =)

This is what I usually do after putting on the essence pulp onto my face.

September 15, 2011

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September 10, 2011

Tips for travel make-up




Chuseok holiday is comming in Korea!! It’s time for travel! But… it is impossible to bring your whole box of cosmetics with you. So what do you need in your suitcase to stay chic? Let’s count on the MUST brings in your tiny cosmetic bag.

For skin care:
Travel pack (miniature) of your current skin care series. This is to avoid allergy or irritation to skin, it’s not worth risking during travelling.
(1) Cleanser
(2) Toner/Lotion
(3) Moisturizer
(4) Sun block
(5) Facial cotton pads
(6) Acne gel (if you have acne problem)
(7) Face mask (scrubs and essence mask sheets)

September 2, 2011

Dragon9ine Fine Dining Penang - Have you tried Chinese Fine Dining?

*Ceased operation.

Dragon9ine
hi cheryl, you are the one who own the blog of the princess diaries right???? can i have ur contact??hope to get a reply from u soon
Yup, I'm the owner of the blog. What's up? :)
yay!! so glad to heard that.. my boss in previous has promise you to treat u 2pax of fine dining in dragon9ine .. so is possible we make a date for that.. so may i get ur contact and we set a date for that my boss is glad with ur blog regarding dragon9ine. its nice enough

So... that was a surprise treat from the boss regarding my previous post on Dragon9ine! In fact, this round we have a new chef on board! Chef Pele Khor, an experienced chef who had worked in Dubai and Moscow prior coming back to Malaysia. So obviously the menu in Dragon9ine is now up one level, with fine dining. If fine dining is the "not-enough-to-fill-up-your-stomach" meal in your mind, Dragon9ine will prove the perception wrong. I've had French fine dining before and yes I only manage to fill up half of my stomach... BUT... Dragon9ine's fine dining is like enjoying the dishes of a Chinese Wedding Banquet meal, but you can have it just for 2 people, in a romantic ambiance. At RM69.90+ (10% service tax with a minimum order of 2 pax), you will be served with 11 items in total, with 4 entrées, 4 main courses, 1 dessert and 2 beverages. Menu might be changed from time to time.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with 2 glasses of red wine. That was also part of the menu.

Dragon9ine wine

August 30, 2011

CSL 3S Care Center and Northern Hub Opening Ceremony... Launching of Mi350, Princess 9200, SHE 9300, Emma DS900 & Sophie G16

“It is our dream to make every Malaysian afford to own a smart phone.”

This is the second CSL 3S Care Center launching was in line with the company’s mission to have a flagship service and office to serve customers from Northern region (namely Penang, Kedah, Perlis). The first one was at Plaza Low Yat, Kuala Lumpur. The opening ceremony started off with a speech given by Mr Edwin Gan, CSL’s country manager. He stressed on CSL’s vision of Switching Era (变) – switching from mobile to mobile internet, switching from single SIM to dual SIM, and switching from unaffordable smart phones to affordable smart phones. The emcee Adrian ushered everyone to the entrance of CSL 3S Care Centre for red ribbon cutting ceremony by Dato’ Dr Eric Chuah, Mr. Edwin Gan and 17 Master Key distributors.

CSL 3S Care Center and Northern Hub


August 29, 2011

Choy Kee Restaurant Sungkai Perak (财记饭店)- Stop over for good food when travel to the North from KL

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This was my first attemp to drop by at this restaurant while on the way to Ipoh from KL. It is recommended by my father's friends that this restaurant is famous for its fresh water fish and pork trotter. You can find this restaurant at the Sungkai town. Turn to Sungkai exit on the North-South Highway.


August 26, 2011

Yogurt for your skin


Preface: I was offered a sponsorship on cosmetics by Korea Cosmetics recently. Thus from now onward I will make regular make-up tips once a week along with the sponsorship schedule. Babes please stay tune as there will be new released cosmetic products review from time to time. Perhaps... free giveaways for the readers too.

Yogurt... lassi, yogurt ice-cream, yogurt bar, yogurt drink, yogurt cheese cake....everything that goes with yogurt is irresistable! And oh...I lost 5kg last time with just a daily dose of 2 cups of yogurt in 2 months without exercise.... I tell you Yogurt is pretty kick-ass!



So why yogurt? Because it is natural, because it is easy to get, and the most important thing - because it is budget-friendly! Yogurt is good as a natural remedy for skin problems such as acne , dry skin, dullness or excessive oiliness. It cleanses and moisturizes at the same time, and also prevents premature aging.

August 24, 2011

Wang Chao Chinese Restaurant - Cantonese style cuisine

If you like Cantonese Cuisine check out Wang Chao!

Wang Chao restaurant 01


Wang Chao has accomplished as the Gold Medalist of the World Golden Chef Competition in year 2005. The award-winning chef who knows exactly how to pamper your taste buds. It's one of our favorite restaurants for family dining and also lunch with colleagues. Cozy environment, excellent services and reasonable prices. You'll get everything worthwhile paying for a meal here.

August 22, 2011

CHI Spa at Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Penang

...continue from the previous post of Spice Market Brunch Buffet...

After the scrumptious meal, Chef Lim lead us for a tour around Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa. First stop was the CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, then to Feringgi Grill.

Rasa Sayang Chi Spa 01

Rasa Sayang Chi Spa 02

August 15, 2011

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Sunday Brunch Buffet at Spice Market Cafe - BUY 1 FREE 1 Promotion

Rasa sayang, hey!,
Rasa sayang sayang hey,
Hey lihat nona jauh,
Rasa sayang sayang hey!

Rasa = Feeling
Sayang = Love
Rasa Sayang = Feeling of Love, of course

When we talk about food, our mind will unconsciously comparing the prices from one to another, especially when it comes to non-hawker food. Have you ever think about how much you love your food or how your food loves you? How much do you know about the cleanliness and safety of food that you put into your mouth? How much effort does the chef put in to your food to ensure you eat safely and healthily? These questions have been rolling in my mind, and finally, yesterday, my doubts were cleared when we dined at Spice Market Cafe, Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa.

Spice Market exterior 01

August 12, 2011

Our favorite coffee place - The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®


Our weekly chill out place.
Simply irresistible.


Check out some interesting info on the coffee:
Nutritional guide on Cold Drinks
Nutritional Guide for Hot Drinks
CBTL store finder.

August 6, 2011

Xuan Xin Buffet Steamboat Penang (炫昇自助火锅)

Xuan Xin Steamboat Buffet 01

When our Taiwanese friend was working here in Penang for 2 years, most of our eat outs were buffet meals. He said people in Taiwan actually likes buffet, they call it 吃到飽, meaning eat until full. Out of the many buffets we had, he found Xuan Xin as the best, in terms of choices and price. We've dined there so many times but this is only the first time that I'm writing the review.

August 2, 2011

Wai Kee Honey BBQ Pork (char siu) at Sky Hotel Chulia Street - the best BBQ pork in town!

If you ask my baby where to eat char siu (BBQ pork) in town, he'll definitely tell you let's go to Chulia Street. This is it, Wai Kee honey BBQ pork.

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July 29, 2011

Behind 50 Love Lane Penang

If you want to try a vintage dining experience in an old hut, this is one of the good places you can try in George Town heritage area. At the junction of Love Lane and  Muntri Street, here's where this restaurant is located.

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July 17, 2011

Spice CSL DS700 Launch - Transformers on the go!

Be it Bersih or no Bersih protest in Penang on 9th July, we were lucky to be invited to the exclusive event of Spice CSL DS700 Transformers phone road show at Queensbay Mall last Saturday. It is the world's first Transformers mobile phone by Spice CSL and Hasbro. The launching was in conjunction with the release of blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

CSL DS700 Launching 04

July 15, 2011

RICE Etc... at Straits Quay

RICE Etc. 01

It's somewhat hidden away from the other restaurants inside Straits Quay. We searched and walked round and round in Straits Quay before reaching the restaurant... perhaps we came from the marina side instead of the main entrance. If you're coming from the main entrance at Straits Court, look to your right, it's located at the first floor. If you're coming from the other side (Quay West), try to search for the Apple Switch store, it's across the walkway down the corridor.


July 14, 2011

I love Bumblebee

I don't even have to wear yellow for Bersih. Bumblebee protests on behalf.

bumblebee

Stay tune for more Transformers...

July 13, 2011

Bee Won Korean Restaurant - Promotion!! Korean Lunch/Dinner Set Meal + 6 FREE Side Dishes + Rice + Main Course + Pancake + Soup for only RM15!!

Bee Won is having promotion again! A good chance for tummy treats for Korean fans in Penang! Woohooo~

For ONLY RM15 per voucher, you are entitled to enjoy all the followings:

Healthy and Nutritious Korean Traditioal Food

Rice
+
6 Side Dishes
+
Soup
+
Choose ONE of the following Set Lunch/Dinner:

Bulgogi (Beef) Pancake Set
or
Jejukbokum (Pork) Pancake Set
or
Dakgogi (Chicken) Pancake Set
or
Saengseon Gui (Fish) Pancake Set

Vouchers applicable on Public Holiday Eve's and Public Holiday

Click HERE to buy your voucher.

For review base on my previous visit, click here.




I miss 언니. She's been asking me to visit her since then but I still owe her a few visits...

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