Thursday, December 18, 2014

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , , , , ,

December is the month of holidays and holidays and more holidays. We have various public holidays and it's also the school holiday period. So everybody be ready to give and also receive, cos its the giving edition. Let's go!

I have a few places in store for the month of december simply because nearing of the end of the year, more events simply popped out of place. Certain events require me to be out of Singapore and unfortunately since this is going to be the school holiday period, everything is going to be massive-Crowded and expensive!

That is why I am looking forward to 2015 and I have most of my plans ready, just to be executed. I hope for all the best to everyone of my readers with your future endeavours and let us all move ahead together in whatever path we are taking.

Meanwhile, here is my latest video on my youtube channel:

Blogger Tricks

Monday, December 15, 2014

Don't we all want to shop at Harrods all day long?

Upcoming Christmas Party? Birthday Parties coming up? Planning for the New Year?

Having that awesome party coming up and you do not have the right thing to wear, right shoes to match, the pretty watch to go along and NO right handbag to round it all up?

Yes, say it with me... "I need to shop"...

Its the end of the year and two of the most major holidays are coming up which also brings along a lot of partying invites to settle. Lucky for me, it is also the time of the year where there will be will plenty of discounts to go around because of all the festive season.

I have always been shopping for stuff online. Be it from sites like Amazon, ebay, ASOS, Singsale, Dorothy Perkins and my latest craze will be Zalora. I look forward to receiving the emails from my favourite vendors and there all hell breaks loose (okay maybe I am exaggerating but you get my point).

I have been working so hard and travelling harder these days that I do not have the luxury to go down to the stores to try on dresses and clothes so I have got to depend on regular brands that I shop clothes from and look at their newer design release. Familiarity breeds confidence for me to shop for clothes online.

When there is an online fashion sale in Singapore, trust me I will definitely have that page on bookmark in my Google Chrome bookmark manager that whenever I have time to take a look at the items on discount (or heck, I WILL make time to browse through the items online).

Currently I am making a shift in my wardrobe as the year is drawing to an end (I mean isn't that how we organise our closet? I am not being a OCD freak or anything cause I am far from that). But weather change do play a part in the clothes I wear everyday.

As my work requires me to move around often and I do not get to sit inside an aircon room everyday, I only have a couple of jackets and cardigans. Apart from that, I love floral, casual style wear which is so appropriate for Singapore's hot weather. Currently, I am into gold accessories and clutch handbags. It works so well for me when I travel too as it can contain all my necessities and it is always in my dear arms.

As much as I would like to get those loose chiffon dress but I do have to prepare for smart casual events. I like getting those pintuck blouse or boyfriend tops. Those are absolutely comfortable and throw on a jacket or cardigan and BAM! a whole new get up.

Now, when I buy stuff online, I love saving on deliveries too ( hehehehehe) I would combine some purchases with my friends or I would buy a whole lot of other stuff (which I need, of course) to match the whole set. Whoever will complain of too many bags, shoes, watches, sunglasses or (something else). I am thankful for the idea of having an online platform where we just point, click and select makes things easier for me. Bless the person who invented online shopping, you can't imagine how much time it save me from shopping and travelling itself. But of course there are times when I just had to go down to the store to take a look at the items and try them on before I buy. Which brings me to the awesome returns policy which online store may have, they have really cover the concerns an online shopper may face when we do bulk shopping online.

In the spirit of the festive seasons coming up to, I have to get down to buy gifts and stuff for friends and loved ones. I will keep my eyes peeled for value discounts that pop up along the way to get that perfect gift!

So what else are you considering now? Discounts are up and you can browse right from the comfort of your room, Let's Shop!


While typing this article, the author is also multi-tasking and checking out various online shops to spend some of that moneyyyyyy....XD

Friday, December 12, 2014

Before you continue reading, let me just say I have a piece of good news for my readers at the end of this post. Thank you, now excuse me...

Working was taking a lot of my time that I am spending most of it online, which is not bad and also not that good either. The only time I can be away is when I am overseas (oh i don't think so).
With that being said, upcoming festive seasons and year end brings a lot of good deals to me. I can't help it that I fell to a little temptation to shop online.

Like most of us, we like good deals and good value. I am not just referring to good prices but also the service and support of the platform that comes along with it.

 Recently, I came across Lazada Singapore and was simply browsing through the site. It gives a similar feel to other online shopping sites but one aspect of it which I truly love is the simplicity and clarity of the items on their site.

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They may not be as big and extensive as the other major players but I always love things that start small and having the exponential growth. Browsing through the 13 different categories, I decide to shop for a few items from different category (which I need of course...right?).

One of my item indicated between 9-13 days (which seems like a whoooping long time), but there is an order tracking system which allow me to find out about the most updated current status.

As a general guide for myself for a generic item, I chose the ones which have ratings and stars to indicate positive product reviews. As a bonus, did I mention that I also did a comparison of the items which I wanted to purchase across various online shopping platform and Lazada emerged as a winner.

I love receiving my items on time and in one piece, oh how lovely are these? Anything that is on sale, I will love them and even if the sale is unexplainable or there is no reason, I STILL LOVE THEM.

Received my items in good condition recently and I am so elated to open my christmas gifts early! Woo Hoo...meanwhile some other items are still on their way~

Basically certain items are on discount on days and I can save up to 50% & More!

I Love Good Value (cheap!). These period, I am so stuck on the website because of all the offers and major promotions, especially after black friday and cyber monday, and I want it to go on for more than a day at least so that I can really decide before I click "add to cart".

As much as I have a regular go-to brand for my clothes, I found Lazada to meet my needs for new gadget and home appliances (bring me that power bank and air fryer right now!). Just so you know I have a quite fantastic Wish List of my top 10 favourite items, I'm just waiting for the next moment they announced a good deal! (prays hard).

1) Naturai Air Fryer (ONLY $106)

2) Taiyo Garment Steamer (ONLY $71.90)

3) Stylux Electric Griddle, Multi-cooker XH3030 ($44.91) imagine all the korean meat bbq that I can do!!!

4) From the clearance sale category: Mini Cooli Portable aircon?!? ($12.90) prepare me for next year hot weather.

5) Travel toiletry bag (super big, cause I like it big) $19.90
6) Elizabeth Arden Summer Blockbuster Gift Set $49.90

7) Mipow Mirror Power bank $14.90

8) Dolce & Gabbana smooth eye colour duo eye shadow $19.90!!!

9) Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 @ $79.80

10) Disney Frozen Tickle Time Olaf  $59.90 (this cute dude is the most pops stuff for 2014!!!)

Where can I go wrong??? I can go on cause I would love to get more stuff but this page guided me: Join Online Revolution, knowing which day to get the best deal to shop. I mean why leave such thing to chance when you can have the certainty to know what good deal you can find on that particular day!

For all my dear readers, I have a special announcement for you! During this period, I have vouchers which I want to give away to you as a special appreciation for reading my blog. All you have to do is, tweet to me  @zsiti &/or comment on my instagram @zsiti_ "what item do you want to buy" and you may just walk away with those vouchers! While stocks last!
Meanwhile, here is a promotion code for you to spend at Lazada Singapore.

It's the festive season of shopping everybody! SHOP & Be Happy.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , ,

By the time you are reading this, well I may be gone....not for good (sorry to disappoint some of you). I am just away in Malaysia lah duh. Hahahhahaha...

Personally, I do not think Singapore is lacking in sight seeing or things to see but then again everything needs money and its so expensive here. That is why apart from the regular trip to Johor or even Batam, I decide to write a post to Malacca. Seems like the last quarter of 2014, I am going up to Malcca quite often I must say.

Things do not change that much in within a few months so this is a epitome of single trip itinerary when I am in Malacca, Let's Go!

I have stayed in various hotels, hostel and apartments in Malaysia before but nothing beats the standard of the room like Hatten Hotel. The place gives me grandeur feeling from the lobby all the way to the room itself. Driving to Malacca is as easy as 1,2,3 then it is important that we have the assurance of your car to be safe while you are there enjoying your holiday. Parking is a breeze and security seems acceptable at Hatten.

If in the middle of the night, you do not wish to go down for food yet you seem hungry, there is always that room service which you can call for. Oh my, did I mentioned that the burger was great? Succulent, tender beef patty between two piping hot buns, hmmmm mouth-watering indeed. Before I get your appetite all stucked to this burger, let me share with you samples of the other cuisine that you can get in Malacca.

That burger and soup tho 

Famous for the Baba & Nonya heritage, you should not leave Malacca without trying their Nonya dishes. Common dish that you would have heard would be like: Ayam Keluak, Lemak, etc for this time around we go for traditional dishes like: Salted veg duck soup, egg, assam fish, Squid, prawns and MORE...Scroll down to salivate (hehehehe)
Assam Fish

Steamed fish

Squid cooked in some sweet sauce

Sambal chicken

Sambal prawns

Fu Rong Dan (omelette)

Duck with salted veg soup

Another simply must have food when you are in Malacca is of course non-other than the Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball. For these 3 days that I was here, I did not ate once, twice but all 3 days, like What? I know, you can never get sick of them. I love hainanese chicken rice with such juicy meat. I do not have much preference for roasted chicken so I am not saying that it is not good but it's not my preferred option. If you think I am crazy over chicken rice, let me make this statement "if the whole world would no longer have any other food except chicken rice and chicken rice only, I will be the most happiest girl in the world #period"

Shopping is also a haven for some here. You can choose to go to the shopping malls which have most brands that you will adore such as H&M, Forever 21, Watson, Parkson and more. Alternatively, to explore more of the cultural places, you are highly encouraged to visit Jonker street. Alleys lined with shophouses selling stuff ranging from souvenirs to food by morning and a bustling, busy night market on weekend evenings. Be ready for adventure as you can be buying snacks which you can never find in Singapore ever. Do not have any heavy meal before going to the night market, cause you will simply missed out on all the wonderful snacks that you can be buying and that will be sufficient to cover your stomach for the night.
fancy some bbq dried sotong?

old-fashioned yet rich with history

The shophouses have a classic old feel to it which makes one feel connected to the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. While walking on the street, just imagine how life was many years back, everyone will be busy peddling their business to the locals and also tourist and this have not changed even now.
If you fancy some traditional kuih, you can find them here at Jonker as well. For a nice afternoon snack to be enjoyed with a bowl of Chendol (another classic not to be missed), have them with pleasure cause you are on a holiday!
Chendol, a must have in Malacca

Coconut based syrup with attap seeds, green jellies and red beans topped with iced shavings and drizzled with gula melaka, hmmmm sounds so heavenly although I must add that I go for it plain without red beans cause "personal preference" 

Back to Hatten, for a wonderful breakfast spread to start your day, they offer an awesome breakfast buffett which is an energy booster for you to get out of bed and into your seat at the table.

Breakfast is served

Apart from these food adventures, there are other places which you should visit for the first time such as the famous massage parlors such as Hua Tho or Scents & Senses, Hang Jebat Mausoleum, the historical spots such as St Paul Church, The Eye and even the Nonya Peranakan Museum. If you would like to know more about Malacca, you can drop me a message and I would be glad to help you!

For this december holiday, where would you be?


Sunday, November 30, 2014

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,

I am back this week with some new recipe which I was learning from the kitchen. For this month, I am focused on Korean cuisine and why not....I am stuck with Roommate and Return of Superman variety shows. Watching them late every evening, it never fails to get me drooling every time they filmed during meal times. Have you ever seen how tempting and delicious it can be to see children eat their meals....Aish!

As an avid fish lover, I have plenty if fish supply at home (don't ask me why, and my family do not sell fish) but I love eating fish. I was looking for korean recipes involving fish and this came up by my favourite youtuber, Maangchi.

Braised Fish and Radish, sounds tantalising isn't it? Well, it was to me. So I head out to get the necessary and start to prepare the meal. My father is someone who only takes authentic malay food such as rendang, lemak, asam pedas, etc he does not fancy western or Italian cuisine. He is also particular against taking milk or cheese or onions. With that, I do try my luck sometimes serving him the food that I am experimenting and hoping that he likes it. Feeding my brothers are easier, they eat whatever I cooked, if I do not eat it then they won't too. So it is easier for me to be the gatekeeper of my brothers' stomach.

Preparing the fish dish was so simple, because to me braised simply means putting all the items together and let them cook slowly over the fire.

In this case, I laid out chucks of radish and big yellow onions at the base of the pot, and I placed the cut pieces of fish on top. For a note, I do not personally consume onions (I know the benefits but I just can swallow them anyway) but I do not want to compromise on the dish so I cut it extra chunky so that I can move them away from my dish when I am eating them. This is also to avoid myself from accidentally biting into them. I know, my reasons are funny but oh well...

Secondly, the sauce is created by mixing all the necessary wet ingredients and then simply pour over fish in the pot and that's it. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes and then open a few times to scoop up some of the sauce at the bottom to bask the fish. Continue braising it for about 30 minutes. It is important to over the pot, so that the steam could also help to cook the fish. Since fish are more fragile and have plenty of bones, I cannot stir it as much as I would like, so the method of pouring the hot liquid over the fish at regular interval is one way to mix the flavour too.
 After the whole process of letting it cook slowly over the fire, the radish will turn to a glorious clear chunk and this means it is fully cooked and has soaked up a lot of flavour from the sauce. If you checked Maangchi recipe (braised mackerel with radish) you would see how red the end product is, but for me, I used lesser chilli cause I simply cannot take that. So it was of minimal spice level safe for me to eat.

A side dish which I prepared was the steamed egg. It was darn simple to make and come on, who does not like eggs.

I just love the set of ramyun cooking pot, but trust me it cooks more than just Ramyun for me...

Tell me, what type of authentic cuisine do you like and have you ever tried making them at home? I have seen a lot of great homecooked recipes which my friends have made and that motivates me to try and experiment with more dishes. 

"If Yan can cook, so can You, 再见"