Monday, February 28, 2011

Collect your Michael Bublé tickets today!

He's almost here! YAY!

To those who have purchased Michael Bublé tickets for the highly anticipate Crazy Love tour this March 13 can finally collect it at Enrich Service Centre at KL Sentral station today onwards - that if you have chosen to 'self collect' it.

At 4.30pm today, after a long day of work, I was practically panting my way to the counter, handed them a printed proof (they only need the reservation no.) and identification card and finally, they handed me the not so golden ticket. I was jumping up and down, screaming on top of my lungs...mentally. This could probably the most expensive tickets I have ever purchased, but it's worth it!

Watch out Bieber, Michael Bublé's here!

One of his songs in Hollywood: The Deluxe Edition - Hollywood

At last, it's just You and I, and other thousands of Malaysians swarming in the stadium. D'oh! See you there!

P.S: Word has it, Michael will be bringing along his Argentinian bombshell :O

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Souled-out in Seoulwise Guesthouse

Picture taken from the website.

My quick 5 days and 5 nights trip to Seoul, South Korea could never been any smoother if not for my stay in Seoulwise Guesthouse and the owner, the one and only Mr Young. You'll know why as you read further.

I think I've enjoyed being in the moment so much that I forgot to snap a few photos of the facilities. The photos above pretty much tell it as it is :)

Nestled in a quieter side of the hippiest town of Hongik University, Seoulwise Guesthouse is the place to go if you are...
  1. On a budget. It's only 20,000 won (RM54) per person, per night in 4-bed mixed dorm.
  2. Love clean toilets. Yes, this is probably one of the cleanest hostels/motels I've been too.
  3. Enjoy the night life and coffee, which kinda reminds me of Melbourne. If you love Melbourne, you'll love to hang around this area.
  4. Complete facilities for independent travelers. Everything from maps, guide books, free use of desktop PC and if that's not enough, Mr Young will pour every bits of information he has and his altruistic and helpful personality is what the other travelers like about this place. Yes, he speaks good English, which is a gem in South Korea.
  5. Complimentary goodness. Free wi-fi access in every room, free breakfast (cereal, bread with butter and jam, coffee, tea)...he even loan us T-Money card, a prepaid card best use for public transportation and F&B. Just like PASMO to Japanese, Octopus Card to Hongkies and TouchNGo for Malaysians.

With the map given, it is easy to locate the guesthouse, depending on your direction ability and the time of day, haha! It will be quite a tiring walk if you are bringing pull-up luggage or during snowy winter, which I have to experienced.

Two types of Korean rice cakes: Chapssal tteok (left) Tteok gyeongdan (right)

So what else is nearby Seoulwise? Besides the cafes and night clubs, if you ought to grab Korea's best souvenirs of all, it's none other than their local fruits and snacks. You can buy their local strawberries along the pathway near the church to Kosa Mart. They are huge! I managed to buy a few varieties of Tteok (or rice cakes) nearby the Eel Restaurant.

Having said that, this is one superb location because it's one trip away from airport since the new opening of Airport Railroad that brings you directly to Hongik University Station. YAY!

It's 4,100 won (3,600 won for the fare + 500 won deposit) from airport to Hongik University.

Had a great stay here. Fully recommended! :D

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Seoul Searching: Introduction

Gateway to the city

South Korea is one great example of a country that embrace the old and the new. Here you are walking in between the concrete jungle and smack in the middle of the city lies the remains of some ancient fortress gates and majestic mountains. An intriguing juxtaposition!

Dongdaemun Gate

Remembering scars of the past

To experience Korea like the Koreans is to eat like Koreans

Getting to know the friendly locals despite the language barrier

And who could not forget - one of Asia's best shopping destination

That's all for now. Next post: 5 days itinerary of my wintery city tour around Seoul.

And also watch out for the giveaways - awesome goodies from Hanskin (SK famous BB Cream) and Too Cool For School. Follow me on twitter (rozeboomerang) to receive the alert!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cleaning me Gently with Cetaphil

With my on and off pimples episodes, I have tried most facial cleanser that has 'acne' or 'for oily skin' written on the bottle. Surely if my face could talk, it would say...
"Ouch! Aaaeeiiiii!!!!! No more fancy schmancy cleansers, please!"
Then as I searched high and lows on what others have used to treat their sensitive, acne prone skin, and I kept bumping on Cetaphil. This product is widely used by dermatologist and it's soap-free and non-comedigenic, which means it won't give you breakouts.

Sounds like magic to my ears, so I got to try this out. I was using The Body Shop Shiso Cleansing Powder, which is gentle for every skin condition, but still feel a little too much for daily use since it has exfoliation agent. Anything gentle and neutral is good for sensitive skin.

If you are at local pharmacies like Guardian or Watson, you will find Cetaphil together with other sensitive skin range products like Eucerin, Organic Aid and Avene.

I remember bumping on another Cetaphil 'Oily Skin Cleanser' it was priced at RM54.90 (10% before discount). I thought it was a bit pricey for my first buy and I want to avoid any 'oily' word since my skin is dehydrated; it's oily, but it's actually dry on the inside.

Finally, I found the 'neutral' version, which is Cetaphil 'Gentle Skin Cleanser' which only costs RM16.90. That's like RM38 cheaper than the oily ones.

Here's my takes on this:

Drop of the clear Cetaphil

  1. Easy breezy. It's gentle and it doesn't have any fuming frangrance scent.
  2. You can use it with or without water. I still like mine with water :)
  3. Affordable at RM16.90 for 118 ml and can last about 3 months depending on usage.
  4. Remarkable results. After 3 weeks of wearing Cetaphil, my skin produce less pimples, hydrated and less dry, flaky skin peel on my t-zone. My t-zone can be oily or dry at times.

Click to see the finer details on how to use and the ingredients.

  1. It's so light and watery-like. When I first used this, I thought this stuff doesn't clean that much cos it's very blah and doesn't bubble up like most cleanser would do. I thought with the 'sodium lauryl sulfate' (common soap agent), it would bubble up, but it didn't. But it's not all that bad, right?
  2. The scary ingredients like alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and parabens.
  3. ....apart from above, I can't think of any.
I would highly recommend this for those with sensitive, oily or dry skin. Don't bother buying the skin specific type, just opt for the gentle one. It's so gentle in my opinion, that it doesn't strip you skin natural oil or dry up your skin.

P.S: Give this a try and let me know how it works for you :)
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