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I love Tokyo, simply from its great Japanese cuisine and the incredible vibe the city offers. I have something to admit. I’m a huge fans of Japanese food. I already knew that I would love the food before I entered it’s doors. Why do I love Japanese food so much? Simply because of the freshness and the tastes. On top of that, Japanese food seems to be more healthy compare to others so i felt less guilt having Japanese food. hehehe. Sorry if i make you drool after share some of the amazing dining experiences i had during this trip.  

First of all, Tsukiji Market 

I’m going to start with Tsujiki Market first because this is my favourite! Yum Yum......

Fish is big business in Japan, and the Tsukiji Fish Market on Tokyo’s lower east side is where it all happens. Everyone from chefs of 5 star sushi restaurants to homemakers visit this market daily to find the freshest fish around this area. If you are a fans of Japanese food like me, this is a place you can’t miss! I arrived in the afternoon.  That’s because i’m here with a different mission– LUNCH.

We choose this place for lunch, basically there is a lot of choice along the streets. I think most of them are good because everything is fresh there. Just follow the flow and see which one attracts you. 

Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime Honten 
They serves lunch set, ala carte sushi and also don. 
I ordered the signature sushi set, including 11 sushi, miso soup, green tea and chanwanmushi (4500¥) 
The food quality is good, real good! 

Of course, it is not that crowded in the afternoon compare to the morning. but there is still a lot of restaurants and streets food opening during the noon. If you can’t make it at the morning, you can still visit in the afternoon for lunch like i did. 



Don’t eat too much because there is still a lot of street food along the streets! You might need to reserve some space to try something else. I wish i can try them all. yes, ALL. 
Everything is so FRESH and the price is super affordable too! 

Enough said, go explore it yourself. I’m missing Tsujiki market already :(

How to get there :  Toei Oedo Line > Tsukiji Shijo station(E18) 


ASAKUSA IMAHAN

Trust me, this is one things you must try in Tokyo! It is authentic Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu restaurant! This place was amazing. Located right outside the famous Asakusa Sensoji Temple. It's a big restaurant with lots of small rooms. There are booth and tatami options. The waitress are all wear kimonos and are amazingly friendly and helpful.
The price range Above ¥10,001

This is my first time having a traditional sukiyaki! Everything was amazing; from the service to the quality of the food. It's slightly pricey, but it's totally worth it. Service was excellent, the waitress showed us how to eat it properly and was super attentive. 

The appetizer which comes together with the Suki Yaki set we ordered.
For traditional sukiyaki, they provide a raw egg and you beat the egg then dip the cooked meat into it before eating. The marbled beef was so tender and the flavor was epic. 
It was heavenly and unforgettable. Not even kidding. You must TRY!!!

We also ordered ox tongue as side dishes to try. Everything tastes so good.
Seriously, i never thought that Suki-Yaki can be so good. The beef is heavenly good.
Trust me, this is definitely a must try while in Tokyo! Something you won’t regret having! 

Kokusai Street Head Restaurant 
Operating hours : 11:30AM to 9:30PM (Last Order PM8:30) Open Daily

 3-1-12, NISHI-ASAKUSA, TAITO-KU, TOKYO, JAPAN. 111-0035
 TEL:+81-3-3841-1114


How to get there : Ginza Line Tawaramachi Station Exit 3 (5 minutes to walk) / Tobu Line Asakusa Station MATSUYA Exit (10 minutes to walk) / Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station Exit A4 (12 minutes to walk) / Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station Exit A2(0 minutes to walk)




KAISEKI RESTAURANT, KITAOJI. SHINJUKU

Cuisine is traditional 会席 (Kaiseki) Japanese cuisine. They provide Typical Japanese foods. And there are many small private rooms with nice views from 51st floor. Most of the food comes in courses. If you are looking for a Traditional Japanese food with a nice environment around Shinjuku area, this is a place you should pay a visit. 


The views from our private dining room. 
 The average price is Lunch 2,500 JPY Dinner 9,000 JPY. 





個室会席 北大路 新宿茶寮  KITAOHJI  Tel : 03-5909-7227
51/F Shinjuku Sumitomo Bldg, 6-1, 2chome, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo  
東京都新宿区西新宿2丁目6-1 新宿住友ビル 51F

Operating hours : Monday - Friday Lunch: 11:30 - 14:00 , Dinner: 17:00 - 22:30 
Saturday 11:30 - 15:00 Saturday 17:00 - 21:00, Closed on Sunday. 

How to get there : JR Shinjuku Station West Exit 7-minute walk, Toei Oedo Line Tochomae Station Exit A6 2-minute walk, Subway Marunouchi Line Nishi-Shinjuku Station Exit C5 3-minute walk




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Okay, I’m missing all the Japanese food i had already.
Please bring me back to Japan ASAP  T________T




The most beautiful sakura season is coming real soon. Planning for a JAPAN trip anytime soon?

I know that Tokyo is a very exciting place, especially for first-time visitors. There is a lot of places to explore in Japan. Well, If you don’t have enough time to go all of the places, then at least go to Tokyo first. I’m sure you won’t regret it. This is my third times traveling to Japan. This time, i finally get to explore the city a bit more. I’m putting this travel guide together with some tips and some MUST visit place in Tokyo. 

Photo taken at Tokyo City View Observation Deck at Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills

I’m pretty sure most of the women knows about this miracles water by SK-II
It is one of the MUST HAVE item for all of us - SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. 

What’s good about this miracle water?

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is made up of 90% Pitera, a natural bio-ingredient containing vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. Pieta helps skin retain its natural functions, so your skin stays Crystal Clear all the time. Besides that, it also helps to lock moisture from within over time to overcome dryness, which can be caused by exposure to extreme hot and dry as well as cold and dry conditions. 

Therefore, SK-II with National Geographic, four celebrities from around the world travel to some of the most extreme and beautiful places on earth to put themselves and their skin to the test with SK-II’s iconic Facial Treatment Essence. 



The series follows Chiara Ferragni, a global fashion icon, Nini, celebrated Chinese actress, Kasumi Arimura, award-winning Japanese actress and Lee Siyoung, top South Korean actress and national boxer as they subject their skin to the perils of some of the world’s toughest environments from the Yanbaru jungle in Okinawa, Japan to the Anza Borrego Desert in America. Hannah Reyes, National Geographic Explorer documents and explores diverse ecosystems, topographies and cultures with each of the four celebrities in extreme conditions such as sub-zero temperatures, harsh UV, dryness, sweltering heat and pollution. 

Chiara Ferragni, a global fashion icon
Undergoes a stressful expedition to explore the ancient topography of the parched and scorching Anza Borrego Desert, one of the most arid places in Western America, fighting dehydration, dizziness and dry heat. 

Lee Siyoung, top South Korean actress
Ventures into one of the most stunning but dangerous location on earth- Indonesia’s active Ijen Volcano taking on the strains of harmful sulphurous fumes. 

Kasumi Arimura, award-winning Japanese actress
Battles harsh UV, sweltering heat and biting insects on a photo assignment in the oppressively hot and dense Yanbaru Jungle in Okinawa,Japan. 

Nini, celebrated Chinese actress
Endures a challenging trek through a frozen and moisture-less mountain range in Northern China, subjecting her skin to the tortures of bitterly cold sub-zero temperatures and arid conditions.

Want to know how they survive in different environment and still looking good?
Here’s a full story of Chiara Ferragni put her skin to test at Anza Borrego Desert, Check it out :






For more info about SK-II, visit http://www.sk2.com






Shopping for everyday items has never been easier for me.

I’ve found a new way of purchasing, which is Visa payWave. I have been start using it to get my morning coffee from Starbucks everyday. The best part is...I don't have to carry cash around. It is safe and secure to use. Gone are the days of fumbling around for change or holding up long queues!



Visa PayWave make life easier for the savvy shopper or everyday buyers

From the creation of financial services such as credit and debit cards, here’s another payment method that aims to make our life easier! Visa payWave is the latest in secure, contactless technology. It will help you spend less time at the cash counter and give you the freedom to do the things that matter most to you. However, rumours and scares have surfaced surrounding this, causing people to question its safety and security features. Well, don’t worry about it. Scroll down and read more about Visa PayWave now. 


What is This PayWave Thing Anyway? 

Visa payWave is a fast and convenient way to pay for every day purchases. It is a secure, contactless chip technology designed to help you spend less time at the cashier.

Visa payWave can be found on credit, debit and prepaid cards, and may be enabled on a mobile phone or a sticker. The technology allows you to pay by simply ‘waving’ your card or phone when prompted by the contactless reader at the till or checkout. Most of the time, you won’t be asked to sign or enter a PIN below RM200, but for more expensive purchases you always will. 



PayWave lets you bypass this circus, and conclude payment in minutes. MINUTES. Go to the terminal, scan, swipe, and leave. That’s it.  So if you’re not the sort who visits supermarkets for fun, you might want to get a Visa debit or credit card with the payWave function. It’s more convenient as you no longer have to carry around cash

It is Safe and secure. 


Visa payWave contactless cards are as secure as any other Visa chip card. They carry the same multiple layers of security, which ensures that you are safe from fraudulent or unauthorised transactions.  Visa payWave cards work when the card is within 4cm of the card reader and the payWave terminal can only process one transaction at a time. Because your Visa payWave card doesn't leave your hand during the transaction, you remain in control of your card at all times.

Could I unknowingly have made a purchase if I walk past the reader? No. Your card has to be waved within 4cm of the card reader for more than half a second and the retailer must have first entered the amount for you to approve. Terminals can only process one payment transaction at a time, therefore reducing transaction errors.

What features of a contactless card make it secure?

The security features of Visa payWave-enabled cards and mobile devices include:
• Ultra short read range – generally less than 4cm
• Your Visa payWave card has its own, unique, built-in, secret key, which is used to generate a unique code for every Visa payWave transaction
• Every Visa payWave transaction is authorized securely
• The power and global reach of the VisaNet system to help prevent fraudulent transactions

Watch this video to get a better idea





Is there any chance that I could be debited twice for the same transaction on my contactless card?
No. For a Visa payWave payment to take place, a retailer must enter the payment amount in order to activate the contactless reader. You then need to place your Visa payWave card close to the reader for the transaction to complete. This means that multiple contactless payments cannot be made without your knowledge. In addition, as Visa payWave transactions are processed the same way as all other card purchases, the Visa network monitors so any suspicious activity can be identified very quickly. All Visa payWave readers are designed only to perform one transaction at a time. As a safeguard, each transaction must be complete or cancelled before another one can take place.

Whilst there are staged demonstrations showing how credit card details could be lifted through a contactless card, this scenario is complex to execute in reality. While it includes the card number and expiry date, the data itself offers very limited potential for fraud. So far, there are no reports of fraud from card-issuers or law enforcements globally stemming from such electronic pickpocketing fraud attacks. 


Okay, now...Where can I get a Visa payWave card? 

In Malaysia, you can get a Visa payWave card from the following issuers: AEON Credit Service, Alliance Bank, AmBank, Bank Islam, BSN, CIMB Bank, Hong Leong Bank, HSBC, Maybank, Public Bank, RHB Bank and UOB. Discover all the Visa payWave cards available here.


Visa payWave payment is available at SELECTED STORES from:   




Visa payWave card is an easier, more convenient way to pay for everyday purchases. It saves you time due to shorter transaction times and shorter queue times. What are you waiting for? 

Get yours now




For more information about Visa PayWave, visit their website at http://www.visa.com.my/personal/features/visapaywave.shtml


The views expressed in this post are my own and do not represent the views of Visa and associated companies. 
Where else can you do shopping, even at midnight, wearing your pyjamas?

You don’t have to wait in a line or wait till the shop assistant helps you with your purchases. You can do your shopping in minutes even if you are busy, apart from saving time and avoiding crowds. Because of the numerous advantages and benefits, more and more people prefer buying things online over conventional shopping these days.

Yes, We’ve changed the way we do shopping now. It is making things much better for consumers and the sellers. I can get cheap deals and better prices from online stores because products come to you directly from the manufacturer or seller without middlemen involved. Many online shops offer discount coupons and rebates. Besides that, online comparison of prices helps to buy cheapest product within a specific quality range.

WHERE TO SHOP ?

Recently, i’ve came across this - TrumerX. It is a trusted online marketplace that allows you to buy or sell your products and services. With TrumerX unique sign up process, both sellers and buyers can trade confidently with one another from anywhere in the world, on the go.

Here’s some of the products that i found from the website and it is really cheap compare to retails


Every single products with description and details photo. 
This makeup Brush cleaning glove is so tempting! Should i get one to clean my brush? :P


Here’s the hauls i got from Trumex last week :P


Guess what, You can also do your shopping in mobile apps! 

After registration, you will be receiving a verification email. 

For all the first time sign up with TrumerX mobile app, you can get a free movie ticket OR RM10 off the first purchase. 




You can also sign up from the website. It is super easy and convenience 


Hurry up! Sign up now and redeem your RM10 off / Movie ticket for FREE now!

Everything is just one click way from you 




Hello 2017, here is some note to myself



It has been a while i never share about my feelings in my blog. I can’t remember when is the last time i share about my personal thoughts in my social media. As years go by, i started to keep things to myself rather than sharing to public. I miss how things used to be in the past, i miss how true i can be without worrying about people’s opinion. I miss those days i was so passionate about everything. 

You know what, I'm a vey dependent person for the past few years. Every single decision i made, i have to asked that one person. Every single things. Even before i publish a blog post, i will show him my draft before i live it. Just to double check whether it's alright. I’m lack of self confident. Yes i know, i had been relying too much on him, which is wrong. And life taught me the hard way. 

I know..Sometimes life closes doors because it’s time to move forward. And that isn’t a bad things because we often won’t move unless circumstances force us to. After all these years, i learnt to look at what i have, instead of what i have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left. Life move on anyways. 

Recently, I’ve been struggle a lot with my career and my own business. I’m not very satisfy with what i’ve achieve thus far. I felt lost sometimes. Honestly, It's not easy being a one-man show when it comes to business. Not easy for me, but i have no second thoughts of giving up. I want something more, i want something better. You know, When you decide to get serious about growing your business, the first thing you notice is that you slam up hard against the forces of insecurity, self-doubt and limiting beliefs. I really can’t make decision sometimes. I wish i can have someone to guides me or even encourages me to go for what i want. 

Maybe i shouldn’t expect help from others. Maybe it is time to be independent. 

It’s like the old story that each of us has two wolves in our hearts, always fighting against each other to control us; one good and the other evil. Sometimes, I’ve been feeding the wrong wolf, and it’s been holding me back.  All these negativity cause me to run the other way and abandon my plans most of the time, but more often than not they just cause me to stand still, doing nothing and generally feeling terrible about myself. I really need to get through this. Well, i know i will get through this eventually. All i need is some positivity

Okay, enough of negativity for tonight. Bye
Finally have time to blog about my Harbin trip after ONE YEAR. 

Yes, i visited Harbin last January with my family. My daddy love CHINA, that’s the reason why i’m travelling to china almost every year. Well, this trip is exactly one year ago. How time flies. Somehow, it is one of the most unforgettable trip for me. Why? Because the weather is unforgettable. NO JOKE, Harbin is SUPER COLD. It is crazy, if you plan to visit Harbin this January..be prepare for the cold. This trip is around RM5700 per pax if not mistaken. It is all inclusive ( Flight, hotel, tour, food). Overall, the tour we followed is not really good. I’m not really satisfy with the arrangement therefore i’m not going to share about it. But if you plan to follow a tour, always remember to check the itinerary and the arrangement before you join for it. But still, i’m going to share some of the interesting places i went this trip. 

 December to February is the best time to visit Harbin 哈尔滨

It is also the peak season to visit Harbin because the “Ice City” is dressing up for its annual “Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. This is one of the world’s top 3 ice festivals, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world. 





Central Street (中央大街) is a pedestrian-only cobblestone street more than a kilometer (about a mile) long lined with stores, restaurants, old architecture dating from the Russian era, and malls. Central Street was part of the original town built by the Russians about 110 years ago. 

The attractions you can walk to from Central Street include the old buildings in the old district of the city and the Russian-Chinese Market area there, and St. Sophia Cathedral.

Thousands of visitors come to Harbin every year to appreciate the magnificent snow sculptures, which look more gorgeous under the lights at night. It is super cold at night, around -30-40C

( CHINA SNOW VILLAGE )THIS IS A MUST! 

Remember to check your itinerary whether it is inclusive the tour to the Snow Village. This place is really worth to visit. It is around 4-5 hours from Harbin City. The city is surrounded by mountains. Due to the web-warm air from Sea of Japan and the cold wind from Lake Baikal, the snow period here lasts more than 7 months and the average snowfall reaches 2 meters! It snows mostly five out of seven days in a week. 

The snows here is super super fine and clean! 
We stayed there for two nights. It is like a isolated village from the city, quite chilling. You can also go for skiing if you want. Apparently i didn’t go for skiing because i’m freezing, i can’t even stand more than 2 hours outdoor. Hahaha. 

We had Steamboat buffet for the first night. It is like the best things to do during winter. The food in Harbin is surprisingly good compare to the others place in China. Because Harbin is located in the northeast near Russia, Korea and Mongolia, the food in Harbin is influenced by these countries. I love the everything especially the lamb skewers. MUST TRY when you are there! 



Do you know that it is really hard to take photo during these temperatures

Here’s some tips for taking photo in very cold weather :

1. BRING SPARE BATTERIES - In cold temperatures, batteries discharge faster. It is really hard to take photo especially in cold weather like Harbin. I would suggest you to turn on your camera first before you go outdoor so that your camera can “warm up” a bit. 

2. Keep your camera, batteries, phone as warm as possible. Keeping them close to my body heat, instead of in my bag, keeps them warmer and helps them to hold their charge longer. Buy a heat pack and stick it close to the batteries helps. (Do it before you go outdoor) 



Last but not least, prepare some really warm clothes and gears. Remember to wear snow boots or waterproofs shoes. You can buy it there because it is much cheaper and it is not hard to find. So, don’t worry about it. The weather is very dry, it is suggested that you wear a mask to protect your nose and your face. Also, remember to bring Thermal bottle (暖水壶) to keep warm water inside during travel. 

Don’t worry too much about the COLD, just get everything prepared and you’ll be fine :)

Harbin worth a visit at least once in your lifetime.







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