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Wine Goodness with A Touch of Gold

October 19th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

I came to appreciate wine when I lived in South Australia. I would visit wineries with my friends whenever we are free to taste various wines in South Australia. We would pair our wine with cheese, crackers, dried fruits, and so on. Whenever there’s gathering, there will be wine. Strangely, no one would get drunk for drinking wine, at least I’ve never experienced it. However, when there is whisky, gin, or other alcohol around, people will surely ended up drunk and wasted.

Was fortunate to be able to taste Wolf Blass wine last week. It’s from South Australia!! Taste like home… We tasted 6 types of wine.

Left to right: Gold Label Eden Valley Riesling 2015, Gold Label Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016, Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.

Left to right: Gold Label Barossa Shiraz 2015, Grey Label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Shiraz 2013, Black Label Cabernet SHiraz Malbec 2006.

Which wine do you think goes well with the food below? Well… To me, there is no fast and hard rules for pairing wine and food. Some said if you are having white meat, you should go with white, while red meat should go with red. At the end of the day, it is all about your own liking. Everybody has taste and preference of their own. I’m not a wine expert. I’m more of a white person but sometimes I do go for red depending my mood rather than food.

Left: Appetizer, Chawan Mushi with Local Smoked Fish & Fragrant Shallot Oil went really well with Gold Label Eden Valley Riesling 2015 which brought out crisp and clean subtle blossom notes of the wine. Some how it cleansed my palate from the taste of smoked fish and shallot oil for the second course of the meal.

Right: Cream of Onion with Lobster Ravioli was great to pair with Gold Label Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016 in which the fine acidity helped in balanced out the taste of onion in the soup. I’m not a fan of onion hahaha! With this wine, some how it made the soup tasted better. The wine tasted sweeter and smoother too with this soup.

Left: Main course, Pan Seared Local Sea Bream Fillet with Lemongrass Butter Sauce served with Ratatouille Vegetables and Dauphinoise Potatoes, went well with Gold Label Barossa Shiraz 2015 or Gold Label Eden Valley Riesling 2015. Both red and white complemented the fish and its sides.

Right: Dessert, Gold Dusted Chocolate Brownie served with caramelized banana, was great to go with any white or red. I don’t know about you but chocolate and wine always go well together for me hahaha…

Which one would you choose for your next meal?

Do you know that Wolf Blass luxury and premium ranges made up of the Black, Grey and Gold Labels? Normally people here would just go for Yellow Label which is more affordable. Why don’t you try out the premium range next time?

Wine is meant to be enjoyed in small amount or in moderation. Don’t binge on it, it’s not meant to be drank this way and not meant to make you drunk. Each wine has its unique characters, you just need to find the one that suits you best, it’s a never ending discovery. To me, no wine is bad wine unless those gone bad due to improper storage hahaha…

Wolf Blass Chief Winemaker, Chris Hatcher, shared his knowledge of wine with us. He told us that Wolf Blass was named ‘Red Winemaker of the Year’ at the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London in 2016, making it a three-time winner for this accolade, having previously awarded the honour in 2008 and 2013.


Wolf Blass was established in the Barossa Valley in 1966 and has grown from a humble tin shed to become one of the world’s most successful and awarded wine brands. A recipient of more than 10,000 awards at national and international wine shows, the essence of Wolf Blass wines is exemplified through the passion of its custodians past and present as they continuously strive to produce wines of quality, character and consistency.

Look at the box! Would you like to get a hold of it? It consists of a bottle of award winning Gold Label Wolf Blass wine and a Bordeaux RIEDEL glass. Definitely good to get if you are shopping for gift or for your special occasion.

For those in Kuching, the gift pack is available from October to November 2018 at Cold Storage Kuching, Ta Kiong, Choice Premier 101, Niche Gourmet and Aeon Kuching Mall for a suggested retail price of RM139.90.

Categories: Food Porn · Uniquely Kuching

Bidayuh Traditional Necklace (Pangiah) Workshop – WAK 2018

October 15th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

Was so excited that I managed to sign up for Bidayuh Traditional Necklace (Pangiah) Workshop organized by Pungu’ Borneo in conjunction with What About Kuching 2018. I’m always curious on how these traditional necklaces are made. In fact, I ever dream of making my own jewelry/accessories for sell hehehe… However, never get into doing it. This is my first time making a proper beaded necklace.

The class was 10am to 5pm at Pullman. Our instructor was Lucille from Pangieh Ranee. Very talented and creative lady. It’s not easy to do all these things, it requires high passion and patience.

Even though I’m half-Bidayuh, I do not know much about the tradition and culture of the Bidayuh community because my mom’s kampung doesn’t practice the customs as it’s a Seventh Day Adventist village.

Let me share a little bit about Pangiah with you…

This necklace is from Bidayuh Jagoi community in Bau area in Sarawak. The functions is for healing, ceremonial, and harvest offering. It’s a ‘spiritual’ and sacred necklace worn by a priestess or a woman healer. It has the power to gather spirit that would provide guidance and help to grant their wielders request. It is not common to be worn by common Bidayuh folks.

The charms are believed to be able to protect the priestess from harm while performing a spiritual ceremony. Ok… The ones in the photos are just ornamental. Actual charms can be from wild boar tusk, bear claws, brass bells, brass coils, ancient coins, rikis tolam(transparent green-blue beads) or rikis biru(big sized melon beads). These will be given by the ‘patient’ who would like to engage the service of the priestess as a prosih(gift).

The key components of a pangiah consist of:
1. Beads
2. Charms
3. Spacer
4. Brass coil
5. 2 old coins, for each side of the pangiah
6. Main colours are red, black, and white. It can also have mixture of colourful beads. It is usually very colourful and can be easily notice from afar.

These days, it’s being used as fashion statement. There will be no charms on them, even if there are, it’s mostly ornamental. The one we’re learning was the traditional ones.

The strands are made up of odd numbers(9/11/13) for pangiah. The motives and designs represent the nature such as bird’s eye and mountain/hill.

Here’s mine… I experimented with Boton Manuk Puni(diamond shape with small dot in the middle represents the bird’s eye). All eyes on you! Don’t play play! 😛

Left: Lucile was very passionate in teaching us how to do the necklace.

Right: It’s one hard work! Don’t complain that these things are expensive, it’s not! It’s very labour extensive! I had body ache working on it for 6 1/2 hour! *LOL* Oh man… Worst than going hiking in Bako hahaha!! See the necklace I did? Hahaha… Well… I was too eager to want to get it done, I’ve forgotten about counting the beads for the curve. Oppss… I didn’t finish my necklace because I was too ambitious, curiously testing out the patterns, and making a long one *LOL* The one in the photo is unfinished. So… I am going to remove the curve and one side of necklace to redo it one of these days.

It’s an interesting class, great for beginners. We called it a day with a group photo with Lucille (5th right). I really enjoyed it. Thanks to Pungu’ Borneo for organizing it.

A series of events are going on around Kuching this October in conjunction with What About Kuching 2018. Check it out at AboutKuching.com and see what other bloggers are doing at the various events at SarawakBloggers.com.

Categories: Fab Fashion · Public Events · Uniquely Kuching

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

October 11th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

Here comes another skincare product that I recently used. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ is one of the latest products by Biore. I redeemed the sample online months ago during their sample giveaway campaign. I brought it along with me on my UK and Japan trip.

UK weather was really dry, temperature changes was huge which could wreck havoc on one’s skin. My skin was quite dry there. In japan too, the air was dry there.

The good thing with this sunscreen is that it contains Royal Jelly, Hyaluronic Acid and Mix Citrus Essence as moisturizing ingredients. Great makeup base as well. No stickiness. The texture is between gel and water. It was easily absorbed by my skin and felt silky smooth after applying it.

However, when I came back to Malaysia, I noticed that it was not as good as when I’m using it in the UK and Japan. Likely due to the high humidity here, I felt a bit sticky on my face after application. However, if you stay in air-conditioning environment a lot especially in the office, it will be a good daily sunscreen to use.

The formulation is claimed to be highly resistant towards sweat and water. I didn’t sweat and didn’t go into water throughout the usage of this sunscreen hahaha… So I can’t say much about it. I will just believe the claim as it is ;p

Don’t underestimate the damage of UV ray can do to your skin. If you think that you stay indoor all day and you don’t need sunscreen, this is not applicable in this era. Why? You are facing your computer and your phone all the time, the light damage is as damaging as going under the sun. You will notice your face is developing brown spots and having premature aging signs over time. Also, if your office is in high rise building and/or you are surrounded by glass such as window, the UV ray can wreck havoc on you too.

So… Boys and girls… Sunscreen is very important to at least reduce the chances of developing too much pigmentation and some unwanted skin problems.

Will I repurchase? I don’t think so but I do recommend those needing moisture during the day to use it to protect your skin from harmful UV rays while keeping your skin moisture. It is suitable for both face and body. I will just go back to the good old Biore UV Perfect Face Milk.

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ThreeWood Japanese BBQ @ B Greenhouse

October 5th, 2018 · 2 surrendered

ThreeWood Japanese BBQ at B Greenhouse (3A, Persiaran St. Paul, Jalan Green, 93150 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia) can be a place to consider for seafood bbq with your friends and family. It’s the new addition to the already famous restaurant, B Greenhouse.

How does it feels to enjoy seafood bbq under the night sky of Kuching? Worry about rain? Pray hard that it will not rain hahaha… Don’t worry, if it rains, they will shift the bbq inside. Therefore, you do not have to worry about cancelling your bbq dinner when it rains. Of course, one thing though, I cannot guarantee you’ll not smell of smoke after dinner, it comes as a package for having BBQ (not just here, any BBQ and steamboat place is the same), just a matter how strong it will be ;p Unless the night isn’t too windy, make sure you don’t create too much smoke in the bbq pit, and your neighbour isn’t making much smoke, then it shouldn’t be too bad.*LOL*

Generally, you will get a basket of seafood of your choice and a basket of vegetables for your to bbq. It also comes with garlic fried rice and garden salad. The portion is recommended for 2 pax but if your group consists of average and small eaters, 3 to 4 pax to share the set and order 1 or 2 more rice should be enough to eat. I can tell you, three of us were stuffed to the brim! 4 pax would be just nice.

Lemon is to be added into that small dish of seasonings and also when you bbq the seafood if you like. The lemongrass and garlic oil is for the bbq.

It’s pretty fun to bbq with your loved ones. If you would like to check out the video of my dinner, you can visit my Instragram (@lovebellbelle) for it.

If you are curious of the set, here you go…

Left: Tilapia Fish set = RM78
Right: Saba Fish Set = RM98

Left: Threewood Seafood Set = RM128
All sets come with a basket of vegetables, garden salad, and fried garlic rice for two.
Right: If still not enough, you can always order more from the à la carte menu. By the way, they served no pork.

Last but not least, I would recommend you to call for reservation at +6012-6527447 (ThreeWood Japanese BBQ) or check out their Fb page(@threewoodjapanesebbq).

Categories: Food Porn · Uniquely Kuching

Food Safari @ Padungan – WAK 2018

September 29th, 2018 · 2 surrendered

Padungan is no stranger to people in Kuching. The famous Great White Cat statue is located in this area.

When I found out that there will be Food Safari going on at this place, I was so excited! Decided to check it out just now. Lo and behold! Surprised! Hahaha… I was a bit disappointed. It’s business as usual… Hmm… Where is Food Safari?!?!

Apparently, it’s a one-month campaign starting from 29 September to 28 October 2018. A campaign for you to try out the food that this old street has to offer. No food fair thingy… Silly me… Sorry to disappoint you hahaha… It’s great for locals and visitors to learn and discover the food and beverage scene in this area.

No food fair but still a good thing, you have one month to discover all the F&B in Padungan and be rewarded for it. If you live or work nearby or you’ve been eating at these places, you are rewarded for it. Still many places I’ve not try yet.

All you need to do is just grab the passport from any participating shop and start your journey to discover what Padungan has to offer. I collected mine from Meritin Hotel since I happened to park my car there. It’s also an excuse to step into the latest 3-star hotel in Kuching. Curious you know… As someone who worked in a hotel before(just two-year stint :P), I’m curious to see how other hotels are doing. Well… Hahaha… I just grab and go, didn’t really do much. Staffs were pretty attentive and friendly though.

Had my chap fun lunch at Country Kitchen and received my first stamp in the passport. Very simple, very easy. Collect at least 20 stamps to redeem some goodies from Meritin Hotel or Batik Boutique Hotel at Padungan. Collect another 20 to redeem again. You can check out Meritin Hotel’s FB(@meritinhotelkuching) page for more details.

There are 60 vendors in Padungan participating in this campaign. I’ve share fun facts of Padungan in my Instagram(@lovebellbelle) and FB page(@lovebellbelle), do check it out.

Till then… Have fun exploring Padungan F&B scene.

Learn more about what other programmes that WAK2018 is presenting to you at AboutKuching.com and see what other bloggers are sharing at SarawakBloggers.com

Categories: Food Porn · Public Events · Uniquely Kuching