World Wellness Weekend @ Chavana Spa

To celebrate the World Wellness Weekend, Chavana Spa from The Pacific Sutera Hotel invited us for a Pilates session on the 23rd of September, last Sunday.

Beach view

I’ve tried Yoga and Pilates long time ago on my own – guided by YouTube lol! I don’t even know if I was doing it right, all I know, I was really bad in balancing and breathing technique.

Thanks to Chavana Spa & Meitzeu for the invitation! Me together with Jessica and Fay decided to join at first, but Fay couldn’t make it at last since she’s not feeling well that day. Hope you’re feeling better now! 😊

Around 9am, we were told to gather at the beachfront while waiting for the coach.

While waiting the rest

It’s my first proper Pilates with a coach and I know it’s not going to be easy as a beginner, but I don’t really expect it’s gonna be that ‘intense’! Haha! I really can feel the urge to use all my energy and inner core or whatever you may call it. For a beginner like me, that was really tiring but actually fun! I’ve done HIIT before and I’m not sure if I could say it was as fun as Pilates. I remember the Pilates coach keep asking us to relax and smile to each other while we’re actually struggling balancing and at the same time breathing. I guess that’s what I love about Pilates, just like Yoga; good for physical and mental stamina.

Done! No picture during the session, we’re so focus! lol

Oh, my favourite pose from all that we’ve done that day would be the “child pose” 😂😂

After Pilates, we’re asked to have some refreshments and finger food at their spa. At the same time, we got a chance for a spa tour. It looks so relaxing and romantic but I don’t know when will I able to get a spa there. I don’t think I can afford it! It’s a 5-star hotel! 😅

Got Elemis skincare product as a door gift! And there’s cleansing oil inside which came in the right time, i just run out of makeup cleanser! Thanks!

Thanks again for the free Pilates session covered by Chavana Spa of The Pacific Sutera Hotel. Hope to join again next year!

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Bites n Sips

New post on this series! It was an unplanned visit to this coffee shop. Never heard about this cafe before, I guess it’s coincidentally I drive passing by the area.

Mong Cafe

When I open the door, I was a bit surprised there’s only me and a man who just finished his drink, and one staff (or was she the owner? idk)

For the first time, I don’t know what to order. There’s nothing on the cake shelf. Empty. And the staff was just standing there behind the counter, waiting for my order. So I look up on the menu, at least the prices for drinks are cheap. I asked for just a cup of hot chocolate. Since they have nothing on the shelf, I asked if there’s anything for me to eat HAHA. And she said, you can check on the menu, everything is available. Ugh she was not friendly at all.

Nothing special on the menu, so I just randomly ordered plain waffle. It’s raining outside at that time, I just want to sit for a while and have a good time alone. Hot Chocolate RM8 and Waffle RM10. Drink was just nice, maybe not the smoother art look. Waffle was good too but I prefer the Belgian waffle from the stall which only costs me RM2.50 each.

I don’t know if I want to visit this cafe again in the future. The only thing I like about being there was, perhaps the calmness of spending time alone.

That’s all for this series today. Thanks for reading!

Dim-Sum for Lunch @ Alu-Alu Kitchen

It was a pleasure to have Dim Sum for lunch yesterday together with some of my fellow bloggers and media influencers.

Alu-Alu Kitchen

Location:

Jalan Kolombong, Lorong Mangga 1, Kolombong Light Industrial Estate, 88450 Kota Kinabalu Sabah.

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/alualukitchen/

Instagram:

https://instagram.com/alualukitchen

There’s plenty of choices from their menu, but I’m only going to share my most favourite picks from the varieties galore alright.

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For starter, we were served with plates of Deep Fried Cheese Spring Roll with Mushroom RM8.50, Deep Fried Yam Puff “Wu Kok” RM6.50, Egg Tart RM6.00 and Fried Raddish Cake with Sambal Sauce “Chau Lobak Kou” RM 7.00 accompanied with two types of tea; Chinese Tea and Chrysanthemum Tea.

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I really like the Yam Puff! Crispy crust with soft yummy chicken filling. Another one was the Cheese Spring Roll with Mushroom. Now, to be honest, I’m not really fond of spring roll because of its dry texture (although I do know it’s not all dry for the filling), but their Spring Roll made me took another bite after bites!

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Next, the real feast begun lol! What’s on our table: Siew Mai RM5.50, Chee Mai RM5.50, Kai Kiok RM4.50, Steamed Chicken with Black Bean Sauce RM5.00, Fei Chooi Mai RM5.50, BBQ Chicken Pao RM6.00, Prawn Dumpling “Har Kau” RM8.50 and “Har Cheong Fun RM7.50“.

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My personal favorite was the Steamed Emerald Dumpling. The minced chicken with vegetables were so flavourful.

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And of course Kai Kiok, my must-have dish whenever having dim sum! Yes as you can see in the picture above, it’s actually Chicken Feet! Some may think that this part of chicken is weird to eat but OH it’s really good I tell you. The flavor was just perfect, juicy and they’ve fried then steamed it just the way I expected. Just like my mom’s version of Kai Kiok; you can even bite the tender bones lol!

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Steamed Salted Egg Custard Bun “Lau Sa Pao” RM6.00, deserves a special mention! It was my first time trying this kind of bun and why yes I immediately fall in love! It was darn good! The combination of salted egg and custard was extremely delightful, and as you can see when we halve the bun, the filling was creamy and rich. Definitely going to have this on my next visit!

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So if you’re salivating for some good dim sum, Alu-Alu Kitchen would be a good bet. They do serve more ala-carte dishes apart from dim sum though. Something great about this place, most of their ingredients (vegetables & chicken) are from their own farm which is organic and their tiger prawns and fishes are free from chemical!

For more information, head on to their pages.

Thanks for reading!