Redken x Toyako : Product Launching and New Opening at Paradigm Mall, Johor Bahru


Year 2017 is gonna be a prosperity year, as 3 new shopping malls opened in JB before the end of this year.
Paradigm Mall, one of the latest shopping mall have their opening in the end of November 2017.
Toyako Salon have their new branch in this latest shopping mall, located at 2nd floor of the mall.





Toyako Salon provides variety of service, from hair cut, colour, perm, rebond and treatment. 
One of the service that you can only get it at Toyako Salon will be the treatment with Redken product. 
Redken is an American hair care brand, which have wide range of product for different condition of the hair. 



Redken launched the latest product and treatment with Toyako Salon-- the Clean Maniac Micellar series, which highly focus on clean, fresh and healthy hair care.  
Micellar shampoos offer a new type of hair cleansing experience that gently washes away dirt, grit, pollution, product build-up and excess oils.
Micellar technology is quite common to be see in skincare. The micelles are helping to get your hair as clean as possible without being too aggressive on your hair.

I tried their Clean Maniac Micellar treatment, using Redken Clean Maniac product. 


The shampoo and conditioner are silicone and sulfate free, which make it suitable for most of the users. 

The whole treatment took about 1 hour. It started with pre-art treatment, then continue with applying the thick cream to my hair. The hair left for few minutes, then rinsed and washed with Clean Maniac shampoo and conditioner.


The Clean Maniac shampoo and conditioner have a nice pleasant smell, which is notable everytime after I used it. My scalp is clean and fresh after using the Clean Maniac product. The Clean Maniac series is suitable for all hair condition, especially if you are stay outdoor for long time.
It's very comfortable and pleasant experience to have my hair treatment with Redken and Toyako Salon. 

If you are not sure which type of Redken treatment is suit to you, you may drop by any of the Toyako Salon in Johor Bahru to have personal consultation on your hair condition. Besides the newly open in Paradigm Mall, Toyako Salon also have their outlets in Sutera Mall, Holiday Plaza, Johor Jaya, Aeon Tebrau City and Plaza Pelangi too. 

More information about Redken and Toyako Salon :
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/toyako/
Phone for reservation : 016-771 2933
Address: 2F-76, Level 2, Paradigm Mall, Johor Bahru



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11D10N South Korea travel guide: itinerary & tips



South Korea, one of my top bucket list to discover and travel, mainly because of the influence of k-pop and k-drama.
The moment when I decided and bought the flight ticket, I was so excited, thinking about so many plan, place and thing I would like to do in South Korea.
One of the main barrier I worried so much will be the language, which almost stop me from planning for the trip itinerary.  I’m glad that I have the courage to step out and plan the trip to South Korea by myself, without following the tour package.
I chose to travel to South Korea during summer, a long 11D10N trip to 3 main cities in South Korea- Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island.
In this post, I'm going to share my itinerary in South Korea and some basic spending and tips.



1. Flight
For all my travel, the most important thing is to grab the Cheapest Flight ticket. With cheap flight ticket, I can spend money on other aspect, such as food, better accommodation and things to buy. For this trip, I purchased the return flight ticket to Incheon International Airport, depart from Kuala Lumpur at RM758 per person (without check-in baggage) with Air Asia.  Air Asia Ticket Price is always very competitive and budget, especially during the off-peak season.


Good news to most of traveller who like to go Jeju island, Air Asia will be commencing the direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeju Island, starting from December 2017.  There are more options in arranging your South Korea itinerary.
Anyway, I used AIR BUSAN, a domestic flight in South Korea to Jeju Island. It’s very sudden and last minutes decision to add in Jeju island in my South Korea trip. The price of domestic flight ticket can be cheaper if I can purchase in advance, and avoid the weekend peak period.
Here’s my spending on my flight ticket (per person):
Air Asia return ticket (Kuala Lumpur- Incheon International Airport)
RM 758.00
AIR BUSAN one way ticket( Busan- Jeju Island )
RM 122.40
AIR BUSAN one way ticket( Jeju Island – Seoul )
RM 180.45



2. Accommodation
Basically, I don’t have much request on my accommodation, as long the room is clean, comfortable and with private bathroom. This is mainly because I don’t spend much time in hotel room during my travel. To choose a good hotel, you will need to take some time to search and read the review from other travellers. Another thing I will consider when I choose the accommodation will be the location. Normally I chose the accommodation that is accessible to public transport, and near to city centre.
Here’s my spending on my accommodation (per person):
Accommodation in Busan- near Seomyeon  (3nights)
RM 414.11/2 = RM 207.10
Accommodation in Jeju Island- near Seogwipo (3nights)
RM 317.55/2 = RM 158.80
Accommodation in Seoul- near Dongdaemun (4nights)
RM 544.44/2 = RM 272.20



3. Stay alert with the promotion with Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Malaysia.
Before depart to South Korea, remember to check out any promotion or discount booklet give away by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Malaysia. For those who going to travel before 31st March 2018, do check out this DKYW2017 discount booklet. Here’s the website link:
It’s free to redeem from Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Malaysia, as long as you are Malaysian. Just show them your IC and flight itinerary. I really save a lot by using the discount booklet from KTO.


4. 11D10N itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival at Incheon International Airport à Brunch at Food on Air (in airport) à KTX to Busan à Check in Hotel à Bujeon Market à Seomyeon Shopping and Food Street

Day 2 : Gamcheon Culture Village à Jagalchi Fish Marketà Yeongdodaegyo BridgeàYongdusan ParkàBusan Towerà40-step Culture & Tourism Theme StreetàNampodong Shoppingà Taejongdae Recreation Area


Day 3: Dongbeak ParkàHaeundae beach àHaeundae Marketà Haedong Yongunsa templeàLotte Outlet Mall à Shinsegae Centum City




Day 4: United Nations Memorial Parkà Busan Museum (Cultural Experience Hall ) à Pork Rice Soup à Depart to Jeju Island à Arrival at Jeju Island International Airport à Check in Hotel à Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market



Day 5: Cheonjeyeon Waterfall à Jusangjeollidae à Teddy Bear Musuem à Halim Park à Hyeopjae Beach


Day 6: Follow one day Jeju World Natural Heritage Bus Tour (East) with Hana Tour (Gimnyeong Beachà Manjanggul Lava tube à Seongsan Sunrise Peak à Daheeyeon Green Tea Foot Spa à Saryeoni Forest Path)


Day 7: Depart to Seoulà Arrival at Seoul Gimpo Airportà Check in Hotel à  Dongdaemun’s food alley à Jongmyo Royal Shrine à Arko Art Center à Ihwa Mural Village àFortress Wall of Seoulà Dongdaemun history & culture park, Dongdaemun Design Plaza



Day 8: Gyeongbukgung Palace à  Bukchon Hanok Village à Insa-dong à Unhyeongung à Myeong dong Shopping


Day 9: Nami Island à Petite France


Day 10: Ewha Universityà Ewha University Shopping Street àDeoksugung Palace àDongdaemun Shopping



Day 11: National Museum of Korea à Check out Hotel à Depart from Airport


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Batam DIY guide for Malaysian ( Updated version 2017)



Batam Island, an island which is not far away from Singapore , is well-known for Singaporean to have a short escape during the short holiday or weekend.
I never been to Batam before. What I heard the most from my friends around me about the Batam island-- " nothing to see lah" , " No attractions lo",  " Just go and relax" .....
Ok, never expected too much, but still curious about this island, the island that I haven't leave my footprint.
When I did my research about Batam travel guide, most of them are written by Singaporean.
Curiosity came into my mind~~ " Is Malaysians not interested to visit Batam Island? "
Well, after my 2 days 1 night trip to Batam with my family, I think I know the answer. 

Here's in this post I summarise my 2D1N trip into few points and tips, especially for Malaysian.


1. About the Ferry to Batam Island. 

You may book in advance the ferry ticket via online-- RM126 (2 ways)
Here's the link:
http://www.berjayawaterfront.com.my/booking

Note:
Note that the seaport tax is IDR115k or RM40, must be paid at the counter in Batam before boarding the ferry. The ticket bought from online didn't include Indonesian's seaport tax. So, spare your Indonesia rupiah money.
For Malaysia side, you not need to pay any extra tax before boarding. After book the ticket online, exchange the ticket in the counter in Malaysia. They will give you both go and return ticket. Keep the return ticket, and later show to the ferry counter in Batam to redeem the ticket for returning trip.



2. Taxi in Batam
The most convenience and budget public transport will be taxi, especially if you have a group of 3-4 person. Beware of the scam. Most of the taxi will offer a higher price, especially to the tourist, you need to do a little bit of bargain and negotiation.
I used Bahasa Malaysia throughout my trip in Batam. It's seem ok and understandable for them. Here's some price guideline that I paid for my taxi for your reference.

Batam Centre Ferry Terminal --> Nagoya (1 way)  -IDR75 000
Nagoya --> Barelang Bridge + Citra Utama 188 --> Nagoya -IDR200 000
Nagoya --> Batam Centre Ferry Terminal (1 way) -IDR 70 000

Tips: Make a reasonable bargain and don't over bargain. Don't spoil your pleasure of travel and it's more important to travel safe.


3. Accomodation in Batam

After some research on the accommodation in Batam, I chose the hotel near to Nagoya ( aka Lubuk Raja) . I stayed at Hana Hotel, which is located near to Nagoya Shopping Mall. Here's the website of the hotel. ( http://www.hanahotel-batam.com/ )
Even it's 3-star hotel, most of the basic toiletries is available. The breakfast included is much more than expected with the price paid. 


4. Shopping Mall in Batam

One of the biggest and best shopping mall in Batam- Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, according to what I research from some website before going.
Don't expect this shopping mall will be something like in JB or Singapore. I would say this is just a very normal shopping mall.
As for Malaysian, I found that most of the price of the thing is almost similar like in JB, not very cheap, but a bit lower if compare to JB.
I went during weekday. There are some promotion offered by restaurant in Shopping Mall, which is quite cheap -such as IDR 8800 ( approx RM3 ) for a decent meal per person.






5. Food in Batam

You have to try some Indonesian cuisine when you are in Batam. In the Nagoya Shopping Mall, I tried Mie Goreng Jawa in Warung Cobain (Ground Floor inside the mall)


If you go the top floor of Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, you can find few restaurants offered promotion price for their meal during weekday. Taste is ok, portion not very big and it's really cheap.


5. Place of attractions in Batam
I didn't plan to go any beach or seaside during my stay in Batam. Therefore, I chose to visit the remarkable bridge in Batam- Barelang Bridge.
It's a bit far from the Nagoya, about 40 minutes drive of journey.
There are positive and negative argument about whether worth to visit this bridge.
Overall, I went at the right time, before the sunset, which the scenery is beautiful together with the bridge. 


After taking few picture with the bridge, I went to the seafood restaurant- 188 Citra Utama, which is just less than 5 minutes from the bridge.
This is really a good place to see the sunset, and in the same time enjoying your seafood feast.

You can see the Barelang bridge in another view, from the restaurant.

Address for 188 Citra Utama- Good place to view the sunset



Besides that, I went to the Tua Pek Kong Temple ( aka Vihara Budhi Bhakti )










6. Enjoy Massage in Batam

There are a lot choice of massage centre around the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall. I chose Reborn Massage (https://www.facebook.com/RebornBatam/ ) , which I got 30% discount due to weekday happy hour.
Do make appointment if you visit during the weekend.
I tried Balinese Body Massage for 1 hour, only IDR 84000 ( approx RM 26 ).
It's optional whether you want to give the tips to the therapist.







Hope the tips are useful in planning your trip to Batam, especially those depart from Johor Bahru.

Summary of my basic spending ( for 1 person) :

Ferry ticket (JB-Batam-JB) 
 RM126
Accomodation (1 night, include breakfast ) 
 RM38
Transport fees in Batam (Taxi)
 IDR345k ÷4 =  IDR 86.25k
Seaport charge, Batam
 IDR115k

Total Basic Spending : RM 227


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Lazior MayterLynn - healthier drink for your life.


Most of us didn't realise the importance of having a proper breakfast in the morning.
A healthier drink will definitely a great start to begin your day.
Came across this brand in social media- Lazior MayterLynn, which is generally a mix purple sweet potato powder with oat bran beverage.




In fact, there are 20 types of quality ingredients in Lazior MayterLynn --- Purple Sweet Potato Powder, Brown Rice, Black Sesame, Oat Bran, Oat Flakes, Black Glutinous Rice, Black Bean, Red Bean, Green Bean, Soy Bean, Black Eyed Pea, Pearl Barley, Wheat, Buckwheat, Sorghum Rice, Soluble fiber, Inulin, Apple Fiber, Flaxseed Oil Powder and Stevia Extract.

There are a lot of high nutrition value in purple sweet potato, such as selenium, amino acids, anthocyanin, cellulose, vitamins and iron element.




When I just open it, I can smell the very pleasant fragrance sweet potato.  The powders is finely ground.


It's easy to make the drink with MayterLynn. Just take 2 tablespoons of MayterLynn. Pour 200 ml hot or warm water into the cup and stir well. It's quite easy and fast for the powders to dissolve well after stir.
I like the sweet potato taste, nice to drink while it's still warm. It's smell good, not sweet or salty overall. Personally, I don't really like to eat raw sweet potato, but I can accept the taste of sweet potato for MayterLynn drink. 

MayterLynn is an all natural ingredients with no coloring, no preservatives and sugar free. This drink is well suit with all range of age , from 1 year and above children, pregnant lady, elderly and normal adult. It is highly recommended for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Vegetarian also can drink MayterLynn too. 


So, why still drink your milo, coffee or tea in the morning? Let's drink MayterLynn Healthy beverage to start your great day.

For more information about Lazior MayterLynn :
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/laziorskincare/

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My experience with Jonlivia LED Compression Pants


Exercise benefits everyone. No matter what your age, everyone benefits from exercise.
Recently, I'm looking a suitable pant for my Tabata training session.
Came across the brand Jonlivia after reading some recommendations from social media.
Jonlivia LED Compression Pants is one of the popular workout pants from the brand.




I took M size for the pants. When I just received my pants, I was scared about the length of the pant. ( since I'm quite tall, about 166cm). The pants look short in length.
I'm surprise when I tried it, it perfectly fit me.
As the name of pants highlighted - 'LED' and 'compression', Jonlivia workout pants is different from other brands of workout pant, with unique design of LED strip at the side of pants.
It's well suite for those who wanna do night run or workout in the dark.




For 'compression', I felt fit and tight when I wear this Jonlivia workout pants.
In the beginning, I'm worrying about the tightness of pants will make me uncomfortable or look fat.
I get rid of my worry after looking myself in front of mirror with the pants.
The pants designed with skinny leg opening cutting, which look slim after wear.
The material of pants is elastic,anti-pilling, breathable and stretchable , which make you feel comfortable and great even wearing for whole day. ( 87% nylon, 13% spandex)




I tried this pants while doing my Tabata session. Even I sweated a lot, the fabric of the pants doesn't look wet. Since the pants is stretchable, I have no problem to do some big movement and stretching with the pants.
I did wear this pants for my most recent vacation. I walked a lot with this pants and I don't feel uneasy after long hours.
Well, this pants can be in casual and stylish too, not limited to workout only.




So, what you waiting for? You can now purchase your LED-compression pants via their official website!! 

More information about Jonlivia: 

Offical Website & e-shop : www.jonlivia.com

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Visit to Omaya Korean Spiced Chicken @ Mount Austin


Since the Korean wave, there is growing number of Korean Restaurants in Johor Bahru in the recent years.
You may easily find the Korean food, which Korean Stars eat in Korean Drama.

Omaya opened their 3rd outlets in Malaysia, which located at the new shoplot in Mount Austin,JB, after the success of first 2 outlets in Subang Jaya and Mont Kiara.



Great interior design can do as much for a restaurant as good food and drinks can. As you step in Omaya Mount Austin outlet, you will feel the strong industrial element, from the staff uniform, the indistrial interior design and the box putting the sauces and side dishes.

As like other Korean restaurant, there is TV playing the K-Pop MV, which is visible when you having your meal.


All the set in menu looked interesting, I chose some sets for my dinner.


1. 1200mm Korean BBQ Skewer
It's really a woah~ when you just see this 1200mm BBQ stick served in front of you. It will hanging from the top. The long stick consists of different types of meat, from the bottom you can see the pork, and later the middle portion with chicken, and lastly the seafood. In between the meat, there is some bell pepper, onion and lemon, which can be eat together with the meat.

The friendly staff will help us to take out the ingredients from the stick and grill on the pot. Well, the staff cooked the meat in the right temperature, to make sure the tender and freshness of meat. 
One of the thing I found inconvenience will be the the meat is cut in big pieces, which you may need to further cut using your spoon, so that it can be easier to wrap with the lettuce. 
Besides the meat, you can see there is grilled egg around the pot, which is included in the set. 



2. Deep Fried Squid Cheesy Toppokki Stew
For those who love cheese, you should not miss this chessy toppokki stew. There are few other options of cheesy toppokki stew besides the squid. This includes the pork ribs,clams and fried chicken.
The fried squid are dipped in the cheesy sauce. You can coat your squid as much of sauce as you like.





3. Shimson Stew
One of the most recommended set if you have no idea what to eat in Omaya. 3 in 1 set, which included the army stew at the center of pot, cheese spicy Stir-fried Toppokki Chicken around the pot, and once you finish the army stew, they will served the Korean cheesy fried rice. 
In menu they recommend 2-3 person to share this pot. If you have a gang with small appetite , this set can definitely share with more person. Decent portion with reasonable price. 
For those who never try Korean meal before, this is the good start to have Shimson stew, to taste 3 different Korean food in the same time.     





4. Honey Makgeolli
Besides the food, you may try this Korean alcoholic drink- Honey Makgeolli. 
No worry, the alcoholic content is not high, with pleasant sweet taste from the honey. 
I like this drink, which is match well with the cheesy food I ordered. 
They served this Makgeolli with unique, small bowl.  


5. Rainbow Slush
For non-alcoholic drink, one of the special from the menu, which attract me will be this rainbow colours, with stylish drink bottle.
One of the funny thing when we had this drink will be difficulty in having our first sip. Hahaha, due to tall size of bottle, it's take time ( and effort!! haha!!)  to have the first sip.
The drink is sweet and frozen. I will like it more if it's not sweet~~


Come and try Omaya, which located at new shoplots area in Mount Austin. ( Better to make reservation before go. )



More information:

FB page : https://www.facebook.com/OmayaMalaysia/
Website: www.omaya.my
Call for reservation : 07 364 3183 / 017 632 6618

Address: No.49 & 51, Jalan Mutiara Emas 2A, Tmn Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.


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Things to do in Sekinchan


I still remember when I’m still a kids, my mum told me that the rice we eat everyday are mainly from Thailand.

As I grow, I realised that there are paddy fields in Malaysia, which supply part of the rice we eat everyday. The paddy field are located mainly in Kedah.

In recent year, due to the filming of few scenes at the paddy field in Sekinchan, it’s goes viral and become one of the most popular attraction in Malaysia.

Sekinchan, a small town which is located about 100km from Kuala Lumpur. The town have the wide area of paddy field , which supply the rice, and in the same time, it is also a fishing village, which supply the fresh seafood.

Before I visited Sekinchan, I was once amazed how fast Sekinchan gain it’s popularity and become the top tourist attraction in Malaysia. Before that, It’s just a quiet fishing village.

I believe the power of social media help in spreading the beauty of Sekinchan.
The most viral photo you can see in Facebook and Instagram about Sekinchan will be the greeny paddy field.

“ The beauty of nature can’t replace with any other attractions”

It’s explained well why Sekinchan become famous. When your life is full of works and study in the busy bustle city, you will look forward a place that you can slow down your pace and relax your mind.
Sekinchan is the place for those “big-city, busy” people looking for an escape. 

Here’s I would like to share with you some guide about Sekinchan.

1. How long I should spend in Sekinchan? I would recommended to stay at least 1 night in Sekinchan. There are quite a few accommodation nearby Sekinchan for your choice. ( Check out here for more Sekinchan Hotel )

      
2. Avoid arranging your visit to Sekinchan during public holiday or long weekend. Sekinchan is much nicer to experience with less crowd. When there is crowd, heavy traffic can be expected.


3. Transport- It is more convenient to visit Sekinchan using car. Highly recommended to take a car pool. Alternatively, you can get public bus to Sekinchan at Pudu Sentral. ( Counter KT40). You may check the bus schedule at this website : http://www.sekinchan.org/how-to-go-sekinchan.html . You may rent the bicycle to get around Sekinchan.


4. It’s a must to visit paddy field in Sekinchan. Best time to visit the paddy field in the month of May and November, when the paddy is mature, and you will see a brillant of golden yellow field.  If you want to know more about paddy field in Sekinchan, you may visit paddy processing factory and museum .


5. Another must do thing in Sekinchan will be having a seafood feast. The seafood is extreme fresh as they just caught from the sea. You may busy some snack (keropok) back home from fishing village.

Source: sekinchan.org


6. You can enjoy the breeze and sea at beach ( Pantai Redang ). It’s great place for picnic.


7.  Remember to make a wish and throw a red ribbon onto the tree, which is also nearby Pantai Redang.


8. What to buy in Sekinchan?? You may buy the brown rice which is produced Sekinchan. Besides that, you can look for mango, which you can find nearby Paddy Processing factory. The mango is sweet and big.


9. Sunrise/ sunset in Sekinchan. It’s worth to have a view of sunrise and sunset in paddy field and the beach.

Source: sekinchan.org
Sekinchan is a great place friend and family to have bonding time, put away all your worry, reflect and peace your mind. It’s not costly to travel to Sekinchan. Personally I don’t spend much when I visited Sekinchan with my friends. Overall, What I remember the most about my Sekinchan trip will be full of laughter and great memories.

“Travel is to discover the hidden beauty”


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