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MUST-TRY: AUTHENTIC JAPANESE DINING IN IKETERU



If you haven't already known, I'm a big fan of Japanese food! Sashimi, sushi, maki, soba, matcha...Japanese food tastes like heaven to me.

I was invited to Iketeru at Hilton KL for an authentic Japanese dining with my friend, Joanne. Iketeru has many years of history and has maintained its reputation as one of the best Japanese restaurants in town. It was a Thursday night, and the restaurant was filled with patrons, enjoying their fine Japanese dishes with some really authentic-flavoured ocha over hearty conversations.

And after having it tried myself, I finally know why people love Iketeru.

Starting off with the ambiance, Iketeru has some authentic Japanese set-ups (both indoor and outdoor) and they are occupied most of the time. Their outdoor area features a serene Japanese garden with a small waterfall - really calm and beautiful. (But unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures of it because it was already dark during my visit)

Let's talk about the menu.
Iketeru offers an extensive selection of Japanese delicacies, from their signature Omakase Courses to Ala carte such as sashimi, sushi rolls, steamed pots, grilled dishes, udons and sobas, etc. Impressive.
Click HERE for the full menu.

Now, let me share with you what we had.

A tableful of mouthwatering Japanese delicacies. This is what defines happiness. 

Okay, so I ordered an SUZU KAISEKI Omakase course (premium sushi course) which consists of an appetizer, sashimi platter, simmered dish, grilled dish, assorted sushi and dessert. 

This is the sashimi platter that came with my course. Every piece was so delicate in texture and fresh in taste. There was no "fishy" smell or taste at all.
This was the grilled fish with smoked duck and gingered-seaweed. I have no idea what fish is this, but it tasted really fresh and smoky at the same time!
And then, we have the assorted sushi platter - everything was chef selection, which makes it really special and surprising because you will never know what you're gonna get. But, every piece was art. Fresh. Firm. Fantastic.
Uni (a.k.a. sea urchin) is an exotic food in a Japanese restaurant. While it was loved by some people. it was also hated by some people. For me, I had a bad experience having it in a random sushi restaurant in which it tasted freaking gross and bitter. So I was pretty skeptical when I had to try this in Iketeru. I stuffed it into my mouth without second thoughts, and was immediately relieved. WHY? Because not only did it not leave any gross aftertaste in my mouth, it actually tasted really creamy and rich but not in the negative way!
Ending the course with a sweet treat - matcha ice-cream with fruits and red bean. This is honestly so good that I feel like having a second cup! The matcha ice-cream was rich in taste, and the sweetened red beans were a perfect match.
Apart from the omakase course, we also ordered a Spider Roll for sharing. The soft-shell crab was crispy and fried to perfection. As a fan of soft-shell crab maki, I have to say, this is really the best one that I've had.
Also, we ordered Unagi Roll. It was sliced and grilled to perfection. And every bite was flavourful and soft. 
My dining experience in Iketeru was nothing short of amazing!!

If you are looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant, I would highly recommend Iketeru. You get what you pay for. And I promise you will not regret.

Disclaimer: I was a guest in Iketeru, but I'm not paid or asked to blog about this. All opinions are my own!






 





SHORT GETAWAY TO SINGAPORE

It's been 3 or 4 years since I last visited Singapore and I believe many things have changed over the year! Just last week, I was stoked to have the opportunity to visit Singapore again for a 4D3N FAM trip with Klook


Basically, Klook organised this FAM trip with Resorts World Singapore and they invited influencers all around Asia, including Malaysia (and I am the lucky representative from Malaysia hehe), Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea!

In this trip, we went to a few attractions in Singapore such as Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Trick Eye Museum and Night Safari with Klook. And during my free & easy period, I got to visit Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, Singapore Botanical Garden and a few cafes! 

On the first day in Singapore, Klook brought us to Tiong Bahru Bakery to have our tea-time. They make really great croissants and all their ingredients (such as sugar and flour) are imported directly from France! If you love croissants, you really have to try out this cafe! You can also book your meal vouchers from Klook prior your visit!

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On the second day, we spent a full day in Universal Studios Singapore (which is literally my favourite activity to do because I am a freaking themed park girl hahaha). Although I've been to USS a few years ago, I still felt a rush of adrenaline and a kick of excitement! Also, I felt like my dream came true when I got to experience all the roller coaster rides in USS (without having to queue)!! My favourite rides have got to be Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™. Super exhilarating!
Don't forget to purchase your entrance tickets from Klook in advance to avoid queue!

Oh yes, you have to try this super fun Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster as well! It's an indoor roller coaster which brings you to the dark side hehehehe and I shall not spoil the fun for you. 😛

Channeling the fake LA vibes in Mel's Drive-In™hahahha! This restaurant is super IG-worthy!!!
A mandatory shot in front of the castle! 💓
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On the third day, we explored the marine realm of S.E.A Aquarium which houses more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats. As South East Asia's largest aquarium, an unforgettable experience awaits as you unfold the endless wonders of the blue planet. Get your S.E.A. Aquarium tickets at a discounted rate from Klook

Feeling so surreal and unusually relaxed seeing nurse sharks swimming right in front of me. 


You can also bring home some cute souvenirs as well from the gift shop!
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Trick Eye Museum, located in RWS is also a fun and interactive place that you can visit! There are more than 80 optical illusion paintings and installations, and they even have their own mobile app which you can play with the AR effects and experience the extraordinary!




Here are also some other places that I visited in Singapore with my Singaporean buddy, Zippy:

The colourful houses of Tan Teng Niah have become a famous IG-worthy spot in Singapore!
Stumbled upon this picturesque mosque around Little India.


Petain Road


Singapore Botanical Garden 
Orchid Garden

Garden by the Bay. Unfortunately, due to time constraint, we did not get to enter the Cloud of Dome. :(

Potato Head (Restaurant and bar) in Keong Saik Rd. 


Chinatown
So that's basically all I wanna share about my short yet sweet Singapore trip. Thank you once again to Klook and RWS for the invitation! Can't wait to be back! x 







SUMMER OUTFITS X THE JEM LABEL

Gosh, the weather in K.L recently has been insanely hot. Forget about wearing your jackets and sweaters...it's time to dig out your cropped tops and denim shorts to beat the heat.

Here are my recent outfits that keep me cool in the heat.


The 38 degree celsius weather definitely calls for flowy tops like this! 

This top is such a head-turner. Love the unusual cut-out design!

Been pretty obsessed with military-inspired looks!

Going sleeveless as much as I can hahahah so you can definitely find a lot of sleeveless tops in my wardrobe for the humid weather.

Added a sporty appeal to this outfit by wearing a pair of joggers! Feel free to switch it up and wear a pair of denim shorts or skirt with this bandage top! In my opinion, this gingham print is really easy to style and is perfect for the summer as well.

OK if you are not a fan of sleeveless tops, just go for basic statement tees like this!


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REVIEW: DR.WU HYALUCOMPLEX HYDRATING SKIN CARE RANGE



Hello all!!! Today I am finally going to be reviewing DR.WU's skin care products (as promised)!!

Here's a little background about DR.WU (just in case you guys haven't heard of this brand): 

Founded in 2003 by the renowned dermatologist Dr. Ying-Chin Wu along with his eldest son Eric Wu, DR.WU is the leading medical skincare brand in Taiwan. With 40 years of vast clinical experiences and extensive research on skin tissue structure, and a formula based on doctor's prescription, DR.WU has created a technologically-advanced skincare line of high potency products for the sensitive skin. With these products, customers are able to enjoy skincare just like having a doctor perform medical treatments at home, maintaining a perfect complexion through the most simple yet effective ways.
Currently, there are more than 10 product range in DR.WU and each product range caters to different people with different skin concerns. So today I will be reviewing their signature HYALUCOMPLEX HYDRATING range, which is designed specifically for dehydrated and sensitive skin! All the products under this range are alcohol-free and fragrance-free!!

Step 1: Toner
Alcohol-free and fragrance free, this toner has a unique gel/essence texture that attracts, retains and creates hydration and moisture all through skin layers. Although the texture is gel/essence-like, fret not, it doesn't feel sticky or oily at all on skin. 

Personally, I love using a cotton pad to apply this kind of toner (I only use Silcot Cotton Pad because it won't absorb the product as much as the conventional cotton pads). It feels absolutely comfortable after applying the toner as it gets absorbed really quick despite its essence-like texture!

Step 2: Serum 
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, active yeast extract and other key ingredients, this serum promises to lock in, replenish, retain and activate moisture in your skin. It penetrates deeply into your skin to achieve long-lasting hydrating effect. And do you know that continuous application of serum can help to reduce wrinkles and create softer, smoother skin?! 
The texture is surprisingly very lightweight and quite runny, which feels extremely comfortable on the skin!


Step 3: Hydrating Lotion / Hydrating Gel
Your third step could be applying hydrating lotion or hydrating gel! In the morning, I would usually apply the hydrating gel for a more refreshing texture. For my nighttime skincare regime, I would use the hydrating lotion - which is thicker in texture - to lock in my moisture. 
This is how the hydrating lotion looks like! As you can see, it smoothens the appearance of my skin and enhances its radiance! (Both the hydrating lotion and hydrating gel are non-sticky and non-oily at all!!)
HYDRATING MASK
As someone who applies makeup frequently, I will never forget to pamper my skin with all sorts of masks. And I LOVE DR.WU's hydrating sheet masks! Never underestimate the power of this sheet mask - it delivers intensive hydration, active ingredients and all that goodness to your skin in just 10 mins. 
My skin feels softer, smoother, firmer, more radiant and soothing after applying the mask. And I also find that it makes my makeup application easier and smoother!

Last but not least, for those who can't live without hydrating mist (like me), you will love the DR.WU Glacier Water. You can practically use this anytime you want!

Use this to
- Prep your skin before makeup application
- Set your makeup
- Refresh your skin/makeup 


They also have a travel size, which I am totally going to get it because I always make sure I bring a hydrating mist whenever I travel to countries with tropical weather hehehe.
SKIN CARE ROUTINE IS COMPLETE! TIME TO SLEEP BYE! 
Remember, when it comes to having great skin, consistency is key. Shower your skin with love every day and it will love you back. 

DR.WU products are available in Watsons, Sasa, Hermo, Zalora, etc. 
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