Sunday, January 31, 2010

FlyMAS.mobi - as easy as BREAKING UP?



FlyMAS.mobi - as easy as BREAKING UP?

Yeap! The irony! Do watch it first and soon you know what it means :) Er, so what do you guys think of the video? *biting fingers*

I think most people can relate a lot with the video. We always have this urge to get out of town whether for quick getaway, escapism or in this case, guy hates her cats and pimples! LOL!

I never knew there's MAS on mobile (MHmobile), until I saw advertised in Nuffnang early this month. It's one neat app, for the fact that you can even BOOK and view flight prices on your mobile.
"Umm, I wonder how much is a one way ticket to New York?"


I'm now checking the price on my mobile (as I'm writing on the PC), it's RM2290 inclusive of tax. Wait a min, there's even a 'HOLD' option next to the 'Purchase' button. Now that's awesome!
Let's do a walkthrough on this for L.A. in commemoration of the above video.

Grab your mobile and test the awesomeness by typing this on your web mobile browser...
flymas.mobi or http://flymas.mobi

Let's scroll up and press 'Book Flight' instead. Shall we, Totoro?


3.15pm flight for RM 1481...one way ticket to ride! Weeee!!!


Now this is my favorite function, the 'HOLD' button. You use this to reserve the ticket without making ANY payment within 8 hours. 8 hours is enough for you to get your friends to give up their passport no. and surrender to few days of leave and holiday experience with group of friends.

*speaking from experience* hahaha! Weekend for Java Jazz Festival in Feb 2009

The site doesn't have a fancy, flashing thing, so accessing airline info on mobile browsers never been so smooth and fast such as this. Simple, quick yet very effective!

I have quite a few blog entries of my travel experience, but believe it or not...

I would love to win this cos...

  1. Travel is my passion. I give up buying a car so I can travel, at least every two months to go to educational exhibition, music events, conventions, etc.Yes, I'm that poor.
  2. Turkey has been in my list-to go travel for quite awhile. Nope, never been to Europe too.
  3. Halal food is always a concern for my travel partner, so most of the time, I go vegetarian or no meat diet for most of my travels be it Philippines, Australia, Bali, Japan, etc.. I LOVE food and that's why Turkey is a dream destination for me cos I know I won't have problem eating.
  4. Why not ask from parents? Never receive any financial support from my parents for travel. All from my pocket money, huhuhu. Except the time when my dad gave me RM50 during my first trip overseas when I was 16. Kedekut!!! Having said that, most my income goes to either travel or PTPTN..or good food. T_T
Could MAS make this silly, old girl's dreams come true?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Real Glee Cast Audition to Glee Club's Audition

My self-portrait of GLEE
"Glee makes you special!"
Wow, that's what I felt after watching Glee. Also that weird, fluffy feeling...could it be Euphoria? Well now, musical on prime time? Now that's BRILLIANT!!! It makes the new 90210 as plain as the early 90's.

It's funny a few days before, I'd a conversation with a friend about on screen musical. We both agreed how cheesy most are (exhibit A: High School Musical). Not to forget Across the Universe. I'm a Beatlemania, and for some reason, I can't stand the movie. Don't get me started on "Mamma Mia". The list goes on and on...

Not until Glee came to the picture. It didn't have the "burst-out-into-songs" scenes and I somehow love how each songs cleverly fits all the scenes. Bare in mind, as I'm writing here, I've only watched the pilot episode and Leelodoyle's Glee music compilation on youtube and that 51 secs of "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat". OMG! I can't get it out of my head it's so funny, towards the end!

Some of the Glee cast (real) audition song have been made to the first Glee Club (on TV) audition, which is part of the pilot episode. Thanks People for the video!

Lea Michelle's "On My Own"



Cory Monteith's "Can't Fight This Feeling" (well, its his 'shower' audition)




And Chris Colfer's "Mr Cellophane". I want to give this fella a hug :)



The rest whose songs didn't make it in the pilot are Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale and Amber Riley. But hey, we still love them!

Jenna Ushkowitz "Intense".


Kevin McHale's "Let It Be". Yes, he rocks the wheel chair!


More Glee, coming right up!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Between you two, I choose you...

I love eating good food and part of eating is choosing the best among the rest. So many brands out there that offer identical food. Here are some of the choices of the same old peas with different brands.


1. The Choco-pies: Marshmallow centered chocolate covered sandwich.


WINNER: Orion Choco-pie
The sandwich's texture is more fluffier than Lotte's and you can definitely savor the taste of the soft marshmallows. You can definitely taste a lot of difference between Orion's and Lotte's. If I'm not mistaken, there is a halal label for this product. I will double check on this fact during my next groceries trip.

Not so lucky: Lotte's ChocoPie
I'm a fan of this Jap's foodie especially their mochi ice cream, but for the choco pie's, not so much. In fact, it was rather upsetting to having buy this (mistakenly) cos both this and Ori on have the same red and white packaging. Unlike Orion's, the texture of this sandwich is less fluffier and that definitely makes the whole eating experience less enjoyable. Another thing, no halal label to be found.



2. Single Processed Cheese: Individual wrapped cheese?

WINNER: Bon Appetit's Australian Processed Cheese Slices
I spent my childhood years nibbling on Kraft's singles, but ever since I discovered this in the groceries, I never looked back. I was a bit skeptical on buying this reading the 100% vegetarian label. Is this cheese gonna taste like tofu or something? It all changed after I tasted it. The cheese melts in my mouth and goodness, its soft and perfect for me! I like having my cheese in room temperature before consuming it. Heaven!

Not so lucky: Kraft Singles
Quality deteriorate...like most local Kraft's products in Malaysia that I used to love (including Toblerone), most of their dairy goods tasted lousy and having such 'cheap', less creamy texture. Last time when eating both Kraft Singles and Toblerone (white choc particularly), it melts in your mouth and there's more creamy milk taste rather than 'powdery'...

Others of similar brand but different source;

PRINGLES: I prefer buying the imported ones (the one with the printed label on the top opening) rather than the local version (with white labe on top). The local one tastes like Mr. Potato - very hard, super crunchy and you can't hardly taste or enjoy the flavor of the chips.

Whereas the imported ones (in most Cold Storage stores), still retain the thin layered crisp texture, and when you bite it, it slowly crunches to pieces, cleverly...all over your mouth. Goodness! I need to eat!

TOBLERONE: I was a Toblerone freak until they started selling the lousy 'powdery' choc quality. Try comparing the quality by buying the normal size Toblerone and find the mini fun size version! You'll know...you'll know...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Let's kick off the American Idol Season 9


I guess by now, those who watched the Atlanta's AI audition already know General Larry Platt aka Mr. Pants on the Ground.

Here's the full lyrics of Pants on the Ground. Enjoy!

Pants on the Ground
Pants on the ground
Lookin` like a fool wit` yo'ure pants on the ground!
With the gold in yer mouth, Hat turned Sideways
Pants hit the ground
Call Yourself a cool cat, Looking like a fool
Walkin` down town with your pants on the ground
Get em up
Hey! Get your pants off the ground
Lookin` like a fool
Walkin`, Talkin` with your pants on the ground
Get em up
Hey! get ye pants off the ground
Lookin` like a foool with your pants on the ground
Go with them all, hat turned sideways
pants hit the ground
Call yourself a cool cat, loookin` like a fool
Walkin` Talkin` with your pants on the ground
BOOM!
Pants on the ground
Lookin` like aa fool
with your pants on the ground
Gold in your mouth , Hat turned sideways
pants hit the ground
Call yourself a cool cat!!!!!!

Techies and iPhone enthusiast might find this video intriguing...



On the other note, to be honest, I'm not jumping up and down on the new celebrity judge. Victoria aka Posh Spice Beckham for example, spent most of her time with stoned, expressionless (but still model-esque) face. BORING!

Mary J. Blige was a bit entertaining, especially hearing her laugh watching Mr General Platt screaming his head off...but I'm still looking forward for Ellen 'Dori' DeGeneres to come soon.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Facials...facials....


Happy belated New Year, y'all. Hope you all had a fun filled sparkly celebration with a jug full of resolutions. I literally spent my new year's eve chasing fireworks around KL. It was a "meh".

2010 got me in a wrong...face, pretty much. It gives me PIMPLES, ACNE, ZITS...whatever you call it. I usually have an occasional t-zone, but OMG, ever since my visit to Leonard Drake in MidValley, KL, my pimples have migrated from forehead to my cheeks, which is quite rare especially when it comes with sets of twins...triplets at once.

Last week I had my first facial treatment at Yves Rocher, Sunway Pyramid. It was a leap of faith coming here, having no reviews on the treatment from friends nor the internet. Couldn't find any local reviews online! I actually wanted to go here with my friend but they don't have an empty slot for the whole weekend. Must be quite popular, I thought.

Price list on services @ Yves Rocher

Moment of truth. As I stepped inside the bright white store, I was attended by one of their aesthetician, Kak Siti. With my skin condition, I opted for the facial Botanical Intensive Treatment (Ultra Matte: For oily/combination skin). It is priced for RM165, but after member's discount, I got it at RM132. Kak Siti gave me quite a lot of good tips on facial care and she pretty much knows her stuff! Unlike others I've been to, they just explain on what's been put on my face and more $$$. The extraction didn't hurt that much, she was pretty gentle and get the job done. Two of my ugly pimples have now recovered thanks to her.

My face feels so clean and smooth after rituals on washing, scrubbing, steaming, antiseptic (using a glide machine) , extracting and lastly the heavenly mask! Wait...there's also shoulder massage at the end for like, 5 mins?

All in all, I'd say it's the best, modest facial treatment I've been to so far.

You only need to purchase any of their products (as cheap as RM7.50) to become members and receive discounts of their service and products. LOVELY!

Summaries on facial treatment I've been to:

Yves Rocher
High recommended for cheapo minded but wants a decent facial such as moi. Definitely a pampering experience and I love the smell of their products, natural and fresh! And you gotta love their icy cooling mask! It was thick-skin like and feels so heavenly cool on the face. A very good ending to a wonderful facial experience. Good value for money too. 10% for members! I definitely coming back again, next month we'll see.

Star rating: 4.5/5

Unisense Slimming Centre near Bukit Raja, Shah Alam
It was okay. I went here with a friend for a discounted price. Extraction is okay, not painful. A bit pushy on buying their products. I bought this one perfecting gel serum from Monreo, which kinda works but a bit pricey (more than RM100). I'm sure their specialty is more on slimming regime, not much on facial.

Star rating: 3.5/5

Leonard Drake, Midvalley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur
I went here with my friend, who's a guy. I received a RM100 voucher and it only valid for treatment RM160 and above. My friend has a sensitive skin, so he opted for RM190 intensive treatment. Mixed reviews between me and my friend.

My friend: Painful extraction but good results on the face 2 weeks later.
Me: Painful extraction and painful ending. I don't have a sensitive skin, but they did quite a few damage on my forehead.

All in all, it was quite pricey for a first timer. Mine cost RM120 for a session. They called me and my friend the following week, just to follow up on the results of our face, which I think its sweet of them...but when I mentioned I got a few break-outs, they just replied "it's normal". :p

Star rating: 2.5 stars

Lancome Beauty Institute, Bangsar Village II
I went here two weeks after my Yves Rocher visit. Due to my project location and excellent reviews online such as this and this and this, I went here expecting what the reviewers been through. It was definitely the state of art/technology, I'd say one notch higher than Leonard Drake, with all the facial scanner that was able to check the size of your pores, your sebum amount, hydration level and fine lines/wrinkles just by poking your face with some rod.

Being a newcomer, I thought I'd be getting RM105 (np: RM 150), but the aesthetician, Lynn, told me to get the eye treatment (RM 120, after discount is RM84) or else I won't be getting the 30% discount. From what I thought RM105, has not only become RM 150 but RM189.

Fine, a 5-star wallet surely equals to 5-star treatment. I like the nice decor details from the white roses on the washroom and storage place...white and white.

Now let's get to real deal. The extraction was EXCRUCIATING! I know I have a series of bombastic pimples, but I would appreciate a TLC on them, not the other way round. Despite a few "ouchie" reaction, she keeps popping those injured bombs...and later the ELECTROCUTION aka antiseptic... OMG! WHY??? WHY??? It's like trying to disturb the dead...

I cringed and uttered a few profanities in my head, hoping that these painful experience would make my face as soft and flawless as Alicia Keys...

For me, I judged my facial session from the extraction and the ability/service of the aesthetician. Don't get me wrong, the one who attended me was friendly and all-smiles, but I'm not sure she's your girl when it comes to extraction.

Update: I went there second time (in June '10) cos I always happen to be in Bangsar. Again, extraction was painful, but my acne scars recovered faster than usual. Thumbs up! But too bad it's expensive :(

Star rating: 4 stars (super deco and tech, painful extraction, acne scars heal fast)

Dewi Sri Spa, Alam Sentral, Sghah Alam (no longer around)
Lovely interior, with Balinese decor. Went here with my mom. I've no complaints on the extraction, but my mom wasn't too lucky with hers. I went through a full body massage here before. It was nice, until they massaged my upper areas...erm...

Star rating: 3/5

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