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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Health: bloop Germ Blaster- Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel

What with the recent haze and water rationing in KL, it is important to stay healthy and safe. Your hands are a vital part of taking care of your health and it is important to keep them clean. A quick and sanitary way is to use hand sanitizers. Little things like these do help keep you surprisingly more immune to germs!

I have received the bloop Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel a few weeks back from HiShop through their bloop Buddyz program. I've actually seen these around cos they really caught my eye being so small and cute!

There are 5 designs, scent and colour in the bloop Germ Blaster series. I got the blue one with the cute little Travelling Germ Blaster, perfect for me as I'm always travelling up and down KL & JB. Because it's so tiny and light, it hardly takes up space in my bag so I bring it out with me all the time.

image from Google

image from Google
Aren't the Germ Blasters all so cute with their unique traits and colour?

bloop Germ Blaster can kill 99% of germs with its active cleansing beads (Triclosan 0.3%) and germ killers to clean hands and leave the skin lightly-scented. Mine smells like perfume or air freshener and I like it because it's so light and fresh. 

Not only is the bloop Germ Blaster portable, it's also so easy to use! Just pour a one or two drops on your hand..

..and give it a good rub.

Tada! Clean and fresh-smelling hands! 

How do you like my hipster specs? Haha. I actually bring the bloop Germ Blaster out with me and use it to clean my hands before meals. Yea, I took these photos in a restaurant to demonstrate how convenient it is to use the bloop hand sanitizers. What a quick way to get clean hands. It's like soap on the go but please don't use it as shower gel. Perfect for situations when you can't find a sink or are lazy, like me XD It's also really gentle but try and avoid broken skin areas as it will sting. 

HiShop is having a promotion now whereby for RM24.50, you'll get a 5 bottles of the complete bloop Germ Blaster series (29ml each) and 1 Germ Blaster holder or keychain. Which means one bottle costs less than RM5? There's several designs and the keychains are so cute and versatile to suit different occassions! You can find it here!

For my readers, don't forget to key in 'CARINNTAN' to get 15% rebate off your purchases on HiShop!

I'm off to Bukit Tinggi fruit orchard now, will definitely be carrying the bloop Germ Blaster in my bag heh. Have a happy Sunday! <3

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Health: TruDtox Botanical Tea Blend - Eat Well, Live Well

Most of the time when I'm back in KL, I can't seem to find proper time to eat or prepare meals. So I end up feeling bloated most of the time, and this eventually leads to insomnia. I hate it when my body feels so "unclean" and unhealthy. I bet most of you have experienced this too, what with stress, burning the midnight oil and having meals at irregular hours.

So, a solution to this will be to detox, of course. It's one of the safest and quickest ways, if you do it right. Today I'm going to talk about TruDtox Tea, a healthy Swiss natural botanical tea that encourages you to eat well and live well.

Each box of TruDtox comes with 15 + 2 free sachets of teabags of 3g.

TruDtox is made of a proprietary blend of high quality, 100% organically-cultivated herbs and floras that are traditionally used to help the body detox naturally while strengthening the detoxification organs. It contains NO artificial colouring, presevertives, pesticides, bulking agents or caffeine. It WORKS GENTLY and does not contain harsh laxatives such as senna so fret not, you will be cleansing gently and safely, without bowel dependency. TruDtox is formulated to be suitable for regular and continuous use.

TruDtox uses European herbs and is rigorously tested by a Swiss nutraceutical company, approved and qualified as food by the Ministry of Health. Since winning multiple awards since 2007, TruDtox is the consumers' choice when it comes to purifying the body. Some benefits of detoxification include:
 Flushing away toxins, waste and pollutants from the body
 Promote regularity and normal functions of your detox organs
 Relieve digestive discomfort and improve digestion
 Promote better nutrient absorption
 Improve metabolism
 Strenghten immune system
 Improve health, vitality and energy

How to use TruDtox tea?

Just add hot water and let the tea stand for about 20-30 minutes before consuming. The effect and colour may vary due to water temperature and  brewing duration.

What you will get is a dark coloured tea that is quite thick and smells quite strongly of herbs, and slightly minty. It reminds me of herbal tea and I'm tempted to add honey or sugar just to make it sweeter XD

Many TruDtox users found it to be effective in reducing bloatedness and digestive discomfort. It is recommended to consume the tea twice or thrice a week, or whenever necessary. It is also cost effective as you can use the tea bag about twice. You can also boil it in a big pot of water for your whole family! Apaprently when you detox regularly, you save the trouble, time and money from visiting the doctors.

For every bag, I tried brewing it twice and it still smells like herbs, just with a lighter shade and taste. Don't be fooled though, because the second time is just as effective as the first!

My experience with TruDtox: 

For the first two days of drinking the tea, I did not feel anything. Some users tend to urinate more often within the first hour. However, on the third day, I started to feel a rumble in my stomach around the 10th hour. After consuming the tea, I keep getting quite bad tummy aches whenever I need to use the toilet and I visited the toilet about 3 times in 4 hours. For the second brew, the effect takes on much faster as I can feel the tummyache in about 5 hours. 

With TruDtox, you can roughly plan when you want to visit the toilet and you will still have normal bowel movement with no dependency. But for me, the tummy pain is quite annoying so I do not drink it before I sleep, lest I get woken up by the uncomfortable pain. Maybe my body isn't strong enough to take the detox and it is also my first time detoxing, so I will take it less often and only when I feel bloated. I do feel more energetic and less lethargic throughout the day even with fewer hours of sleep. For those who are wondering if you will lose weight, maybe yes maybe no? It all depends on your consumption, detox regularity and individual eating habits. You can get a flatter stomach with continued use as TruDtox helps relieve tummy bloat and gassiness by removing accumulated toxins and waste.

TruDtox retails at RM29.50 for a pack of 5 teabags and RM88.50 for a pack of 15+2 teabags. You can find it in leading pharmacies such as Caring, Watsons, Guardian, and more. It is also available online on Plincco, Lazada, HiShop and Rakuten.
For more information, do visit TruDtox website and Facebook page. 


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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Eats & Treats: Absolute Thai Restaurant

It's no secret that I'm a "cili padi" since young. In case you didn't know, it basically means a small-sized person with a "spicy" or fierce personality. This Malaysian idiom is modelled after the tiny bird's eye chilli which is small in size, but packs a punch! And what better way to enjoy this ingredient than in hot and spicy Thai food?

I adore Thai food so much, it's my second favourite cuisine after Japanese food XD These few years of studying in KL, I have found the perfect place to have my Thai food cravings fixed and it's Absolute Thai or Thai Thai branches all over KL. It's also one of the frequent hangout places for my equally spicy-food-loving friends as we like to go there for a good meal to treat ourselves after exams or assignments submission. So, I was super excited when Wei Wei from Seacuisine invited me to try out Absolute Thai's new concept in KSL City Mall, JB.

Yes, I didn't know they have a few branches in JB too! 

Absolute Thai has 14 branches spanning across the Klang Valley and Johor. The three branches in Johor are situated at KSL City Mall, Mall of Medini and Johor Premium Outlets. They offer authentic and reasonably priced Thai food, made with love and served in a chic and cosy environment.

I had a question that's been nagging on my mind for a while so I decided to ask Wei Wei that night: What is the difference between Absolute Thai and Thai Thai? Apparently, Absolute Thai's concept is more of fast-dining and ala carte meals which Thai Thai is more towards family style dining. However, the food served is more or less the same and all their chefs originate from Thailand! There is also an Absolute Thai Hotpot branch in Bangsar, can't wait to go back to try it! It's an even more appropriate place for gatherings.

Fun fact: Did you know, each Absolute Thai branch has a different interior design to give more variation?
However, the main theme is still centered around an old, rustic feel that gives off a very comfortable and at-home feel. Soft lighting, black chairs, wooden counters & brick walls really portrays a vintage and cosy atmosphere. What's more, they have portraits depicting the lives of people in Thailand to really preserve that culture.

Ample seating spaces in a spacious restaurant, and they even have a waiting area for when there is a long queue!

Tip: All the recommended dishes are on the white page!
Each branch has a recommended dish that is unique to them so make sure you check with the waiter for the dish! You can view Absolute Thai menu for each branch here.

Btw, they do offer 15% discount for room guests at KSL Hotel and for all CIMB card holders, you'll enjoy 15% off your total bill. How awesome is that? There are also promotion sets for you to enjoy in a big group, at a reasonable price.

Speaking of which, what is a meal without good friends to enjoy it with right? I extended the invitation to my fellow Ma Cherie JB Blogger Girls and we had sort of a mini-gathering that night! A pity Jennifer and Eryn had to miss it for Supermag's Movie Night! (FYI, both their articles are featured on the magazine, we couldn't be more proud of them!) 
PS: Expect more selfies in the post cos we had too much fun that night XD #sorrynotsorry

Some images courtesy of A Walk With Aud.

Warning: You will drool and be hungry just looking at these photos! (cos I know I am)

Muay Thai Punch RM12
A mixture of orange, apple, pineapple and grenadine syrup was used to make this yummy fruit punch. I really enjoyed this drink as it's really refreshing especially after eating all the spicy food! It's slightly pricey, but I really enjoyed it.

Thai Iced Coffee RM9
Not a fan of coffee, but I did try one sip of this. It's surprisingly not bitter unlike most coffee! Very milky and sweet because of the condensed milk.

Thai Iced Tea RM9
I hardly order drinks at restaurants but I actually had 2 glasses of this because it's so tasty! Taste the authentic Thai taste with this sweet and aromatic tea, with a subtle smell of tea leaves. And isn't the colour just so pretty?

The Thai Iced Tea is made with this number one brand of tea mix imported from Thailand. Authentic, much?

Lemongrass Juice RM8
Not my favourite drink as I'm not a fan of lemongrass, plus it tasted artificially sweet.. I think it is boiled with pandan leaves though, cos there is a stronger pandan than serai smell. 

Look at the feast prepared for us! :o

photo credits to A Walk With Aud
Time to dig in!

Thai Fish Cakes RM9.90/ 4 pieces
This is a very good starter as it's tender and juicy as you can taste the fish, herbs and spices blended together. Fret not, there's no fishy smell and be warned because it's really spicy, even to me! This dish reminds me of otak-otak. This dish is best served with sweet Thai chilli sauce and crunchy cucumber! 

Thai Mango Salad with Crispy Catfish RM15.90
Another recommended dish on the menu. I was quite bewildered as to what's that big chunk, and was mind-blown to find that it's actually catfish! Wei Wei taught us the proper way to enjoy this dish is to crush up the catfish and eat it with the mango strips. 
It's a very interesting dish as you have the burst of sweetness and sourness from the mango mixed with some sweet raisins, crunchy nuts and not forgetting the crispy salty cat fish, all in one mouthful! Only the freshest mangoes are used.

Seafood Tom Yam Soup served in Firepot for 4 person (Clear Base) RM42.90
The star of the night, how can you have Thai food without tom yam soup right? There is a choice of seafood and chicken for the soup, and comes in different servings. Look at the generous amount of ingredients in the soup! The clear base soup may look innocent, but don't be fooled! It's actually really spicy. The spicy kick is what I love about Thai food :D

Absolute Thai is famous for their tom yam soup served in a boiling firepot so that it is warm throughout the meal.

Seafood Tom Yam Soup served  in Firepot for 4 person (Red Base) RM38.90
You know how the sides of your mouth starts secreting saliva and aches a little when you spot somethingred and spicy? This is exactly how I'm feeling now, looking at this photo XD 
This is the red base version tom yam soup and again, don't be intimidated by it but because it has added coconut milk in it, it actually tastes sweeter and less spicy than the clear base one. I actually prefer this to the clear base soup. It's also slightly sour once the soup is cooled so make sure you take it while it's hot! For me, one of the best ways to enjoy tom yam soup is to eat it with plain white rice. I swear I could finish few bowls of rice if I only have tom yam soup to eat it with XD

Packed full of goodness such as fish meat, prawn, squid and mushrooms.

Hahahaha my bowl is actually empty.. It's Aud's first time trying out tom yam soup, so proud she gave her "virgin" try to us! XD

Too many drinking tom yam photos? I think so too..

Moving on.

Green Curry Chicken RM16.90
A must-order dish whenever I visit Absolute Thai. Green curry isn't actually very spicy and I quite enjoy the chunks of tender, boneless chicken meat, cooked in sweet and creamy coconut milk. There is also a green curry beef version. Watch out for the hidden bits of brinjal and long beans in the dish. Highly recommended dish! It's even tastier when you eat the gravy with rice.

Sizzling Ming Prawns with Tamarind Sauce RM38.90
The tamarind sauce gives the dish a sweet and tangy flavour. Only the freshest prawns are used and isn't the prawn huge? If I'm not mistaken, this dish is normally served on a hot plate.

Stir-fried Beancurd with Hot Basil Leaves RM12.90
This is surprisingly spicy, but only mildly. The tofu is soft on the inside, and slightly crispy on the outside. The sweet, sour and spicy sauce is also cooked with ground peanuts for that extra crunch.

Pineapple Fried Rice with Prawns RM16.90
This was a favourite among the girls as the flavourful and slightly sweet rice is fried to perfection. The sweetness comes from the pineapple and raisin bits. To top it off, there is also cashew nuts, onion and gigantic prawn to go with the dish! For people who can't take spicy food, this dish is perfect for you!

photo credits to A Walk With Aud
Take a break for a group selfie! :D

Mango with Sticky Rice RM 11.90
This traditional Thai dessert is a must-try whenever I visit any Thai restaurant! The freshness and sweetness of the cold mango slices goes perfectly well with the sweet, sticky rice topped with coconut cream. We couldn't get enough of it!

Waterchestnut in Coconut Milk topped with Jackfruits RM7.90
If you haven't already noticed, coconut milk is a vital ingredient in Thai cooking. It can be used in the appetizers, mains to the dessert! This refreshing dessert is like the Thai version of ais kacang with its shaved ice and little chewy red rubies and sago in it. 

A cold dessert is the perfect way to end the meal!

More selfies!

With PIC Wei Wei, thank you for your hospitality! :)

Thank you girls for your company that night. We had so much fun and laughter while enjoying yummy food. It's definitely one of the highlights of my break this time!

I may be biased when I say this but I truly recommend Absolute Thai for your dose of Thai food. The service, deco and of course the food is something to look forward to if you want the ultimate Thai food experience. You might think the food is a little too costly but given that only the best ingredients are used, it's worth it. Plus, it's actually not that expensive after you divide the cost among friends :p Um, just wanna say that when I say that the food is spicy, it means that it's normal spicy level for me so just be sure you drink enough water to combat the spiciness haha. I tried so many dishes that I've never tried before that night, so going back to recommend this to my friends the next time we dine at Absolute Thai! 

For more information, log on to Absolute Thai's website and Facebook page.

BONUS: For another 5 days, Groupon is having an Absolute Thai promotion of up to 40% off! Now you can enjoy this yummy thai food at an even more affordable price! Get the link HERE.

What are you waiting for? Grab it before it's all sold out!


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