Thursday, January 22, 2015

Watercolour Cafe Mont Kiara Breakfast

Went on a run around the neighborhood with hubby before he left for his business trip. He has been practicing a lot his barefoot running and he did it again -- this time 7km run with me. I kept worrying he might step on something sharp. Thankfully everything went well and smooth. It was nice to bump into fellow runners that morning.

After our run, we went straight to Watercolour Cafe, which was on the way home. My last meal at that place was ages ago! We gave it a try many, many years ago. I was surprised to see it was newly renovated. The place was buzzing. Nice new ambience. And there were people that morning.

We gave their bread and muesli a try. Worth the money and the calories in my book. Especially also the location is quite ideal. For people who just want to walk out of their Mont Kiara condominiums and have a decent bread breakfast with egg -- this is the place!

Hubby running barefoot for 7km at Mont Kiara - Publika area
Nice new ambience

Some of their display

Bread , bread . bread!

More bread!

My brekkie

Hot chocolate yummy. Muesli scored well with my husband.

Outdoor Seats
RM40 for 2 pax breakfast with drinks

Watercolour Cafe
Mont' Kiara Meridin, 19, Jalan Duta Kiara, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
03-6207 8942

Jaslyn Cakes Revisiting Once Again @ Bangsar

This is a place that's worth the second visit for a dessert fan like myself. Wanted to come back and try the rest of the stuff. This round, I brought my family with me -- two young kids in tow.

For a weekend, I must say it's a bad idea to bring young kids to Jaslyn Cakes. Simply because there is very little space for them to move around. When we tried to sit outside, the ladies near us were smoking, so once again it didn't work out.

Lucky that after a short wait, we got seats inside. The place was filled with customers -- people like me who are there for some sweet indulgence.

This time, we tried 3 of their cakes, along with some tea.

In terms of ranking, I would rate it:

1. Must try the Cheesecake. It melts in your mouth.

2. The brownies are soft inside with a slight crunch only on the outside. Great for people who dislike those hard-type of brownies

3. Blondie - comes across a bit like salted caramel but brownie type. Can't describe. Loved it when I sampled the small pieces, however the piece I received that time was kind of on the hard side.

For dessert lovers, do stop by Jaslyn Cakes. Definitely you will be in wonderland.

Beautiful and quaint entrance

Soft Brownie

Tea and Cheesecake

Blondie and some tea

Little one enjoying a cup of milk

Jaslyn Cakes
Located in front of Antipodean and La Bodega
Jalan Telawi 2, BANGSAR

03-2202 2868

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Revisiting Yeast @ Bangsar Once Again for A Casual Lunch

Because mom and sis were in town, we decided to give Yeast a try -- this time lunch time on a weekday. It was busy for a normal weekday, which is always a good sign. Ambience reminds me again of our lunches in Paris -- a typical French bistro type which brings good memories. 

Ages ago when I last visited for a full meal, we saw some foreign staff, some French people mixed with locals. Our recent visit shows mostly local staff and some Filipinos. Perhaps it was the shift, or maybe they have changed staff already.

For the lunch meal -- worth going and thumbs up on my book. Duck confit -- I always have a weakness for duck stuff. Haven't had duck meat for a while -- so this tasted heavenly to me.

The pasta was also great Creamy and served very hot. This is my comfort food. I can imagine kids will also enjoy it.

We also ordered a "breakfast" item which was the Egg "Oeufs" Cocotte - a very French-y kind of way to eat your eggs. 2 eggs backed in a small bowl. Inside you will find it mixed with Smoked Duck, Gruyere Cheese and served with some toasted bread and a bit of side salad.

Cozy Environment for a quick catch up with friends
Oeufs "Egg" Cocotte 

Duck Confit

Creamy Pasta

Unlike my usual posts, I don't have the bill of this one. Was carried away by the conversation and bonding time with my family that I forgot to take a pic of it. My apologies as well for the poor lighting hence the poor photos for this post.

Meanwhile -- it's worth the visit especially if you want a little French flair!

Yeast Bistronomy

Jalan Telawi 2 , Bangsar - beside Antipodean and La Bodega.
Tel 03-22820118

Jaslyn Cakes at Bangsar: Lovely Desserts and Tea

I heard about this dessert place and was quickly curious about it, since I am such a dessert person. I have been trying to hold back on dessert for a while now -- to be healthier. However with the Christmas holidays and with my family visiting from Manila -- I couldn't resist giving in to a bite or two. Desserts are usually the weakness of women -- myself included. So I dived in.

Visit Jaslyn's Cakes at Bangsar. I heard it's newly opened recently, and they are doing very well in terms of foot traffic. It's right in front Antipodean (a cafe which I used to frequent when I was into tons of coffee). Easy to find -- however parking in Bangsar is as you know -- not that easy on certain days.

Upon entering the quaint little cafe, you will smell the aroma of freshly-baked goods. Ahhhh.....

There were tons of cake to choose from. We went with the easy and non-risky choice (plus of course I always have room for chocolate) -- tried out the brownies. Moist in the inside and slight (ever so slight) crisp on the outside. Went perfectly with our tea.

Service was okay -- since most of the folks are busy baking. When we ordered our tea -- they totally forgot about it and went about their baking. Had to call their attention, and immediately they attended to it. The ladies were friendly looking, and you can see that they are inexperienced perhaps with serving people -- though they definitely know their baking well. Give it a few months I am sure they will "sharpen the saw" and get into the rhythm of things. 

Their coffee -- forgettable. Latte wasn't hot enough. I guess it's not really a place for coffee critics. I had a sip of my sister's order and we both didn't enjoy it because it was a tad lukewarm to our liking. Plus points though for their beautiful cups -- both for tea and coffee. Definitely made the experience more worthwhile in terms of their beverage.

Desserts - definitely a keeper. Will visit again. Can't wait to try their other stuff. Smells heavenly. Will make room for exercise then indulge on some desserts. Do check them out! 

Beautiful Tea Cups 

Beautiful spread of desserts await!

Entrance of the quaint cafe

Open view - can see them baking cakes!!!

Bill for 3 pax. Tea is RM10. Coffee RM10. Brownie RM10.90

Jaslyn Cakes at Bangsar

Top View of our Indulgence

About to enter into Dessert Heaven!

Jaslyn Cakes
Jalan Telawi 2 - in front of La Bodega and Antipodean

Mont Kiara Condo For Rent: AMAN MONT KIARA

I moved out to a bigger unit and want to rent out our Aman Mont Kiara unit. It was a good home for us for several years. Had two kids there. Lots of luck in our life. Definitely a keeper. We hope to find a new family who can love it like their own. Walking distance to Mont Kiara International School, to One MK Mall (near grocery, H&M, etc) and accessible to restaurants, mini grocery and weekly market. 

1,668 sq ft
3 bedrooms plus 1 extra small room (helper/maid/storage)
3 toilets
1 balcony at living room, plus mini balcony at one of the bedrooms
Low Floor
Low Density & Resort Condo Living

Contact me if interested:

Aman Mont Kiara 1,668 sq ft unit for rental - low floor , with balcony

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Expat's View on the Latest Happening Places: Marini on 57th, Marble 8 and Strato Troika Sky Dining

December and January are festive months for my family. Christmas, New Year and my birthday celebration brought us to these fancy places in Kuala Lumpur.

I am glad that these new hip places are open and I purposely kept these places for this holiday season so that we can all check it out together as a family. My folks flew in from Manila and I wanted to show them some new places. They came to KL last year for the holidays and these new locations weren't open yet at that time. The new places didn't disappoint.

Sharing a picture summary. Hope it will help you make your own decision where to celebrate -- should you have a birthday, wedding anniversary or any special celebration coming up.

My youngest sister enjoying the balcony view at Troika Sky Dining
My family spending my birthday at Strato Troika Sky Dining
View from Marini's on the 57th (outdoor seats). The view was fantastic on a clear night.

The perfect spot for a quick picture, Friendly staff helped to take the pic!

Celebrated the first minute of my birthday at Marini's on the 57th

New Year's Eve at Marble 8. 

Superb view of the Twin Towers and the New Year's Eve celebration at Marble 8

Family time at Strato Troika Sky Dining. Pic taken post-lunch when we have devoured everything ;)
Me and my youngest sister at Strato Troika Sky Dining

Birthday lunch celebration at Troika - Strato 

My happy birthday at Strato. Great view for pics. Lighting was great also due to all the clear windows and perfect sunlight!

My lamb order at Strato. Didn't have time to take pics of the rest of the food. Sorry!

Overall, it was a good visit.

Marini's on the 57th - bring your guests here for a drink at night if you want the superb views of the tower up close. They also have an outdoor seating which has fresh air, nice place to chat and definitely a nice spot to have a souvenir picture even with a camera phone!

Marble 8 - after-dinner drinks will bring you wonderful views of the tower from afar. They also have outdoor seats which is great. I love the fresh air, as compared to being hauled up inside an air-conditioned room.

Strato at Troika Sky Dining - great for family lunches. Italian food that can be shared. Attentive service. Also I think on weekend lunches it is not too busy -- so if you want a special celebration with a view, this can be the place.

Marini's on the 57th 
Level 57 Menara 3 Petronas Tower KLCC, KL

Tip: Do not attempt to bring your kids to Marini's. There will be at least 3 changes of elevators, which is quite tedious if you have kids or baby strollers. This is adults-only affair in my view. Chairs and stools are all high. Great views of the twin tower up close. I have been there DAY and NIGHT time. Both won't disappoint. You can take great pics on the day time. While night time, the lighted-up view of the tower is superb. If you look up the tip of the tower at night you can see bats flying around it!

Marble 8
Lorong Kuda, 50450 KL
Phone:03-2386 6030

Tip: Very easy to get to this place. Just look for the main carpark entrance of Suria KLCC and you will see Marble 8 building already. Ample parking, love it. You can park at their open parking space easily. Preferably for adults only place. Great views of the twin towers from afar. Friendly Filipino staff.

Strato at Troika Sky Dining
Level 23A Tower B , The Troika , 19 Persiaran KLCC, 50450 KL
Tel. 03-21620886

Tip: easy to park at the basement carpark of Troika. If you have kids you can easily take elevators going up the lobby then change lift going up to the restaurants. They have 3 different concept restaurants at Troika.

Shangrila Hotel Lobby Lounge Worth Checking Out

Last December 2014 was memorable as my family came to spend Xmas with us in KL. My sister checked into Shangri-la KL and we decided to hang out at the lobby to chill. We initially wanted to go to No Black Tie for some serious music while chilling.. however they were not open on the day we wanted. 

I'm glad we decided to check out the Lobby Lounge of Shangri-la because the ambience was nice, the jazz singer was good, no smoke smell around (unlike if we went to No Black Tie), and the food selection (and beverage) are also more extensive.

Music started earlier as well, they started playing about 8:30pm. The singer had 3 sets -- which means it lasted close to midnight and we enjoyed chatting amidst the jazz music. At No Black Tie music will start a bit later - about 9:30pm if I remember correctly. Though the acoustics at NBT is definitely far better. Plus of course the quality of the singers will surely be more extensive and top notch at NBT. However, for this kind of family evening, a light jazz amidst the nice ambience of Shangri-la Lobby Lounge is good enough.

Moving to service quality. Service was okay, staff were trying their very best to help and make it a memorable stay.  I can see they were tired after a long day and still they tried their best to manage all the customers. The waitress didn't fully understand our tea order, she gave her own suggestion and served us a China tea which didn't taste strong at all -- and we wanted to change to another one which we like. However, she refused and said we cannot change and will charge us for both tea orders. Didn't want to ruin the night, so we just accepted. The food came very slow also, as we understand their kitchen was very busy.

Picture summary of the evening chill at Lobby Lounge:

Tea Selection - you can open up and smell one by one

Open up and smell the tea leaves!

Beautiful and thoughtful Xmas decor at the lobby

Dessert which hubby ordered

Japanese selection

Check-in Counter at the Lobby
Lobby Lounge
Jazz Singer and her band

Shangri-la Hotel KL - Lobby Lounge
  1. Address: 11, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Saturday, January 17, 2015

TV Bracket Installation and TV Expert in KL

For those who have experienced moving to a new place and waiting for their new TV to be installed can understand the excitement and the trouble of hanging big flat screens.

Hubby tried to do it himself however the screws that came with the bracket we bought were not decent so we decided to leave it to the experts.

We recently bought a 60" inch tv and thankfully we found Eric, who came to install it. He came with his assistant and all I can say is I am thankful to have found him.

Very prompt, replies back through SMS and very clean job. No mess. And when I requested for a little bit of help in drilling some stuff in the toilet -- he was so kind to do it!

Definitely highly recommended. He also does TV repair and Astro Installations. 

He adds a sticker behind the TV he installed for future possibilities. Smart man.

Eric and his assistant helping us to drill a drying rack in the toilet. Very kind of him!

All smiles ERIC after he installed our 60 inch tv.
His business card if you need to contact him!
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