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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Pot

April 12th, 2015 · Nobody Surrendered

I’ve been hearing a lot of good feedback about Vichy but only knew about it too late. This brand is no longer available in Malaysia since March 2012 for reasons that we have no idea of. So I asked my sister to get it from UK.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Pot, 50ml (£16.00). Not that cheap really.

It claims that…

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light gives, for the first time, Vichy Thermal Spa Water and a micro-encapsulated delivery system of Active Hyaluronine improve the diffusion of moisture into the surface of the epidermis.

The skin feels replenished with water, as if continuously hydrated by misting micro-sprays.The skin is intensely hydrated feeling soothed. It feels supple, refreshed and velvety soft, free of sensation of tightness all day long.The skin is more resilient, with increased suppleness and radiance.It’s effectiveness is proven on 100 women under dermatological control.

The light cream is refreshing and melts into the skin. Non-greasy and non-stick with no sensation of thickness. The Aqualia Thermal range helps fortify and soothe the skin giving it 24 hour hydrating care for use on dehydrated and sensitive skin. Intensely hydrated, the skin feels soother, refreshed and free from sensations of tightness.

Just like using sleeping mask except it doesn’t leave a layer on the face. I only apply this at night either on its own or after toner as I don’t have such luxury of time to apply it in the morning because it doesn’t absorb immediately. Once it melted into the skin, you can feel the softness and suppleness. Great to replenish the moisture loss being in the air-conditioning office during the day and at night. True to its claim. I also wake up with hydrated skin, no oiliness.

As for the smell, it’s not overpowering instead the smell is quite soothing and light.

There’s another version of this, Vichy Aqualia Rich Pot, I think would be too rich for me.

Conclusion, definitely a good product just too bad why it’s no longer being sold in Malaysia, there’s many users here in this part of the world. Why?

Also got another product from Vichy and will review it soon.

Categories: Girl Stuffs · Review It!

Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Concentrate Serum

April 5th, 2015 · Nobody Surrendered

Now, another review of skincare product I’m currently using. I’ve been eying for this since its launch in Australia in 2011, priced at AUD85 if not mistaken, not sure of the price in Malaysia. Only now I get the chance to try it out. Sis got it for me from UK because of some sort of promotion. I some how couldn’t find it at Biotherm counter in tHe Spring today. Tried looking for it from Boots, UK as well. There’s no such item. Still selling in Canada’s Biotherm website though. Hmm…

To fight the most visible signs of fatigue, give your skin a new energy source – a powerful boost of moisture and radiance. Biotherm anti-fatigue revolution: Last-minute cosmetic activation to protect its natural quality and high efficacy. Biotherm creates SKIN.ERGETIC, its first signs of fatigue repairing concentrate, to reduce visible signs of fatigue and fight against their appearance, all day long. The demands of a modern life can lead to an unbalanced lifestyle; stress, unbalanced diet, smoking, polltuion, etc. The skin is also under attack from these aggressors, exhausting its moisture and vitality reserves and accumulating impurities on the surface. The skin’s natural defenses become weakened and signs of fatigue begin to set in; drawn features, dullness, more visible pores, less refined skin texture and dryness. To fight visible signs of fatigue, give your skin a new energy source: visibly boost the skin with a energy.

The one box comes with two items, a bottle and a sachet of powder that contains the “fresh ingredients” sealed in a bottle cover. You need to screw on the bottle and tap it to release the magic ingredients. The mixture will only stay fresh and effective for three months. The picture on the right shows how the bottle cover looks like after you release the ingredients into the bottle. You cannot use it immediately after that, need one day for it to activate. Then, have to shake for the first three times you’re using.

I didn’t expect too much from it, just using it because I’ve run out of daily moisturizer and it’s a gift. Not quite willing to spend that much for moisturizer :p Afraid that it doesn’t suit me and will go to waste.

I’m using it day and night as my primary moisturizer. Using it on its own. Absorb easily, non-greasy, very light weight. Enough for me to use it alone without any need of other product. Managed to cut down a lot of time for my daily skincare regime. During the day, I topped it with sunscreen. At night, will just use it on its own. Could feel that my skin condition improved, brighter and more supple. Didn’t break me out. It’s suitable for me but I’m not sure about other people. I’m currently into one month plus of using it. Love it! Already half the bottle.

The ingredients might not be suitable for some people, here’s the list. Decide for yourself.

Water, Glycerin, Olea Europaea Oil, Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sucrose Stearate, Tocopherol, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Palmitic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Caffeine, p-Anisic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract., Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract, Geraniol, Acer Saccharum Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Citral, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate

Only down side, I don’t quite like the smell, rather strong and sourish.

Categories: Girl Stuffs · Review It!

Microsoft Lumia 535 Review

March 30th, 2015 · Nobody Surrendered

After using this phone for more than 3 months, I’m now going to review it. The last time I reviewed one was in 2010 ;p This is my second smartphone. Previously using a RM2K+ (sponsored by a local telco), now downgraded to RM429 (paid from my own pocket). A lot of difference! It’s still a Windows Phone but different brand.

It took me months to finally decide on what phone to buy. I wasn’t willing to pay more than RM500, wanted to get Xiaomi but no more stock, couldn’t wait for it to replenish, I ended up buying Microsoft Lumia 535 in December 2014 when it was just launched. Not really what I wanted, I bought it simply because of the price and it’s a Windows Phone.

The specifications:
Dimensions: 140.2 x 72.4 x 8.8 mm (5.52 x 2.85 x 0.35 in)
Weight: 146 g (5.15 oz)
SIM: Micro-SIM
Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 5.0 inches (~67.9% screen-to-body ratio)a
Resolution: 540 x 960 pixels (~220 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch: Yes
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
CPU: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU: Adreno 302
Card slot: microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal: 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
Primary Camera: 5 MP, 2592 x 1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features: 1/4” sensor size, geo-tagging
Video: 480p@30fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MP
Battery: Li-Ion 1905 mAh battery (BL-L4A)
Stand-by: Up to 552 h
Talk time: Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 13 h (3G)

Come in 4 colours but I went for black. Should get orange hahaha…

There isn’t much good things to say about this phone though. Aside from being a Windows Phone which is what I’ve been looking for, it’s not heavy on the processing. Very straight forward and easy to use. I prefer the GUI of Windows Phone. Take great video even in low light; take great photos when the lighting is sufficient. The audio is awesome too.

The cons are a lot more than the pros.

In the camera mode, the sub menu cannot be pulled out, have to try a lot of times and also only will come out by luck if you swipe on the right spot which I have no idea where’s the spot. This is known problem and it’s not fixed till now. Was told that the fix will come but till now never fixed even though there’s quite a number of updates already on the OS. It’s not hardware problem.

The three buttons down there only came out when swiped the bottom of the screen. Why don’t just placed them down there rather than leaving it empty there. Refer to the photo on the right, my old HTC on the right and Lumia on the left. If you get what I meant.

If only it’s smaller, I don’t like this big phone even though this is considered standard size these days.

Internal memory is too small, apps cannot be installed into the microSD, you need to install an app for it first before you can do that but I can’t seem to find which one.

Sometimes the tiles will be deactivated for no reason and the app cannot be opened. Sometimes it will fixed on its own; sometimes just delete the tile and re-pin to start screen; if all failed, it will means have to reinstall it.

The phone would go bonkers with the app from time to time and the only way to fix it is to reformat the whole thing and start from scratch. Previosuly, few apps all cannot be used, tiles were deactivated all at the same time. Now, the current problem I’m facing, the camera app, set as “no flash” yet when I took photo, the flash just came on. Too much work to reformat the phone again. Let it be. Until more problems arise, I’ll reformat again.

The camera is bad in taking photo in low light situation. The front camera too. I never need to edit my selfies with previous phone but this is even with full makeup, you looked sickly pale. Need a lot of light to get good selfie without looking sick. Even one of the editing apps is hard to find. Sometimes I can find it but most of the time I can’t find the app I wanted to use. Don’t remember what’s the app called but you can actually enlarge your eyes, enhance your smile and so on with that app. It’s quite fun actually, till now I have no idea where to pull it out *LOL*

After taking photo, it will not give you chance preview. Will have to click on the preview button to see it and yet cannot enlarge it but just view or delete. Not user friendly.

The buttons at the side are easily pressed by accident.

The cover isn’t fitted well. Could feel that it’s loose when you’re tapping on the phone. Only way to fix it, I got a casing for it.

Overall, I won’t recommend anyone to get this phone unless you don’t mind all those shortfalls. As for me, I will still stick to it until it’s time to change a new one. I don’t regret buying it, it’s enough for me to use and it’s cheap so be it. Let’s see how long it will last. My previous phone lasted for 4 years.

Categories: Microsoft Lumia 535 · Review It! · Tech Stuffs

Kota Kinabalu 1-4 March 2015 (Part 3)

March 22nd, 2015 · 4 surrendered

Final part of KK trip. Hmmm… Time to hunt for ticket for the next destination.

Kinabalu Park on the third day. Stopped by this building that looked like battery hahah… Yayasan Sabah Tower. Lucky that the sky was clear to see the mountain when we were on the way to Kinabalu Park.

We arrived Nabalu Town for a rest. Clear blue sky with the view of magnificent mountain. Lovely! Bought the pineapple there, a-must to try. This is the only pineapple I can eat, sweet and juicy, didn’t sting or made my tongue itchy. I never like pineapple.

Left: After the brief stop, we headed to Kinabalu Park. We’re only at the visitor centre. The air was so cooling… Miss this kind of fresh cool breeze… Was just wearing a sleeveless blouse, feeling the breeze on every inch of my skin, not cold at all but just nice.

Right: Next, to Poring but we had lunch first at Nongling Restoran Poring before going for short hike, canopy walk, and dipping in the hot spring.

Let’s see if I can identify any food I ate haha… Overall food was average but at least you can feel the freshness of the ingredients. Was stuffed! Quite a lot for 5 of us (a Chinese lady joined us in our tour).

Left: Fried rice. Not bad.
Right: Corn soup, too sticky, too thick. Not my kind of soup. However, taste wasn’t bad.

Left: Mixed vegetables, ok also.
Right: We tried hard to figure out this dish, sweet and sour fish? Couldn’t taste any fish but flour. Two thumbs down.

Left: Chicken meat cooked with not-sure-what hahaha… Just average.
Right: The curry prawn was spicy but not too spicy. This is acceptable.

Left: Very fresh vegetables but too bad we had difficulty finishing it, felt very wasted. I don’t know the name.
Right: After lunch, we went to the hot spring. A stream just right below the bridge we walked.

We went on a hike to reach the canopy walk. A very easy hike, just a matter of how much stamina you have. Finally we reached the canopy walk. Thought it will be very scary but actually it’s not. The harder you hold on to the rope, the shakier it will be. No need to be nervous, just walk gracefully. Each time, only 6 persons can walk.

Left: Cold water pool. The water is from the mountain, cold! Took a lot of courage to dip ourselves in there. Brr… After got in, it’s not so bad.

Right: Hot spring. Hot! Have to mix with the cold mountain water. Can feel the slipperiness on your skin when you dip in there. Sure has curing properties which consist of hot sulphuric minerals. The lady who followed us was bitten by mosquitoes throughout her 3 days trip and after she dipped in there, the redness subsides and no longer feeling itchy. Me too. I’m always a mosquito magnet anyway.

We didn’t spend much time there, quick dip only as I requested the tour to include Desa Milk Farm. The views on the way to Kundasang. Passed by Kundasang War Memorial Park. A memorial built to remember heroes who have suffered or perished during the tragic ‘Sandakan Death March’. There are three gardens, Australian Garden, the English Garden and the Borneo Garden.

We’re here! You can see them milk the cow and the pack the milk.

This is the building where you can see the milking of the cow, packing of milk, and buying the dairy products produced by the farm. The ice cream (RM5) wasn’t creamy and milky enough, still better than Sunny Hill’s. The yogurt (RM3) was great on its own, not too sour. While the milk (RM3.50) was fresh, I like the milk. Finished the whole container of yogurt before the dinner and almost 500ml of the milk in a night after very big dinner. Luckily no “colon cleansing” that night.

The New Zealand of Sabah heheh… Sure has has the feel. The breeze was cooling. The view was amazing!

That’s the end of our tour.

At night, we went for seafood at New Luyang Restaurant (Shop No. 1, Luyang Phase 1, Jalan Kolam 838300, KK, Sabah) famous for crab. I have no idea of most of the food as I wasn’t the one ordering it, I contributed my stomach only ;p The total bill came up RM130.50, considered quite reasonable.

Left: I have no idea what’s this, I didn’t pay attention.
Right: Another vegetable that I don’t know the name hahaha…

Left: The signature crab, Kam Heong Crab. Very fresh crab and the lots of roe in there. Oh my cholesterol ;p Very aromatic indeed. Dried shrimp is one of the ingredients. I suspected that I had allergy attack right after eating it and developed itch that lasted 48 hours. I used to have allergy from eating crab when I had too much. It’s been almost 20 years I’ve not suffer from this. It’s ok… Not that bad actually, could stand the itch without needing any medical attention ;p Just rolled myself like a sushi in my blanket when I slept when I got home to Kuching. It came out full force the night I got back to Kuching.

Right: Deep fried pomfret, really big for us to finish. Fish was fresh, should get them to steam it instead of frying.

That’s the end of our final night in KK.

The next morning, we decided to walk around town as our flight was in the afternoon. Had not eaten Sheng Rou Mien since coming here so tried hunting for it in Chinese coffee shops.

Couldn’t find it and we tried our luck at Seng Hing Coffee Shop (Block E, Lot 10, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah). They didn’t serve that but we had sat down and ordered the Tuaran Mee (left) and Balsam-pear aka bitter gourd Beehoon (right). Don’t quite remember the prices, total was around RM12 inclusive of a canned drink. The two noodle dishes were just normal to me, nothing to wow. I’m just not a fan fried noodle.

We’re told Sheng Rou Mien can be found just at the next row *LOL* After we got out of the coffee shop, then I looked to the left as I was waiting for my mom who went to the toilet. Oh! There it is! Kedai Kopi Kim Hing Lee (Blk F, Lot 7, Sinsuran Complex). Saw the signboard saying “KK first sheng rou mien” at the back alley. We did walk there but from the front, didn’t notice because it’s pretty hidden. This photo here is the front, not obvious what’s more I didn’t do research on where to have this in KK :P Even if I did, I still missed the shop.

Since, we’re full, so we ordered just one bowl of soup sheng rou mien to try. It’s RM8 per bowl (if not mistaken). Very different from the sheng rou mien in Kuching. The Kuching version has clearer soup. It was good, still I prefer the one in Kuching even though it’s originated from KK. The soup in Kuchinng is improvised to suit the taste of Kuchingites I guess.

Done! That’s the end of my KK trip. Where next? Thinking of going back to Perth this year end, the flight ticket is so cheap! Well… We’ll see…

Categories: Food Porn · Going Places · Kota Kinabalu - Land Below the Wind

Kota Kinabalu 1-4 March 2015 (Part 2)

March 14th, 2015 · Nobody Surrendered

Second day, Island Hopping Day! Supposed to be going to Kinabalu Park but the guide called up the night before to inform us that it’s better to go on the second day because of the weather condition.

The tour guide came to pick us up from our staying place to Jesselton Point to take a speedboat to the islands.

Blue blue sea…

Departed at around 9.45am with another group of Malaysian tourists.

First island was Sapi Island. Seriously, you must go snorkeling or at least play at the beach. Otherwise there’s really nothing much to do. The snorkeling gear was included in the boat fare. Goodness! It’s was so bright and hot, at around 10am. I snorkeled for about an hour… Very tanned now :P

Off I changed and get ready to snorkel! My first time. Took me quite a number of attempt to master the technique. I never thought that I’ll be doing this and I did! Awesome experience. Maybe scuba next… Need to sign up for the course hahah… We’ll see…

Left: Can see the fish already even if you don’t snorkel. However, if you snorkel, then you will see even more interesting ones. I had fun. Very exciting to see those fishes swimming around you and you’re swimming along with them. You must wear the life jacket when snorkeling. If you do not know how to swim, you still can do it. Not a problem at all. Don’t ever ever try to walk in there, the corals aren’t soft at all! I tried standing and accidentally kicked one, wow… Painful! That’s why a life jacket is a must, save you from hurting your feet as you’re floating.

Right: Around 12.15pm, BBQ lunch was served. Have to queue up with other tourists to be served at the buffet line. Full! Everything was great except the fried rice and bee hoon hahah… The satay was nice but very small, tasted much better than the one we had at Tanjung Aru.

At about 1.15pm, we went to another island, very small one, nothing much there, Mamutik Island. Due to unforeseen circumstance, I had to changed back to my dry clothes before lunch at Sapi Island, no snorkeling for me here. Was planning to wear my swimsuit all the way here and snorkel again. It didn’t materialize. See how pristine the water is?

The islands were really nice! However, the toilet and changing room facilities made me cringed -.-” Oh dear… Yuck…

My advise is that, wear your bikini/swimsuit inside, reach the island, just take off your clothes at the beach. Don’t bother going to the changing room. After playing in the water, just shower off the salt water from your body. Continue wearing your swimsuit with an outerwear to another island. When it’s time to go back to the main island, just wear your clothes back, your swimsuit will dry from the sun and wind, don’t wear anything thick. For my case, because of the material of my swimsuit, it’s not easy to dry ;p So, choose easy to dry material. Head back to your accommodation after island hoping to clean up and get ready for dinner.

We left the island around 3 something.

Left: The drink we bought at the jetty. Seaweed drink great for thirst and cool down your body after being under the sun for hours. Tasted quite refreshing.

Right: We were sent back to your staying place and the evening was our free time. We decided to go the market near our apartment because it’s only 5pm and hunt for dinner. It’s Filipino Night Market. Lots to see there.

Bought some langsat there only. We didn’t dare to eat the food there afraid of getting stomach upset ;p Just looked around only. The Handicraft Market is also there, bought nothing. They’re similar to what you can find in Sarawak.

After the market, we decided to just walked over to Oceanus Mall for dinner at Nando’s :P That’s the end of Day 2. It was really tiring but fun.

Categories: Food Porn · Going Places · Kota Kinabalu - Land Below the Wind