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Huawei nova 4 - Malaysia's First Punch FullView Display at RM1,899

I own a Huawei P9 and I'm loving it so far especially the camera! It's exciting to know the Huawei nova 4 will be coming this Valentine's with some amazing features not to be missed.
Huawei nova 4 launch in Malaysia

Punch FullView Display

This is the first ever to be sold in Malaysia! 6.4-inch Punch FullView display takes bezel-less displays to new heights with a 'hidden camera'. This design allows Huawei to eliminate the notch and achieve a screen-to-TP ratio of 91.8%, making it just beautiful.
Huawei nova 4 Punch fullview display

Industry’s smallest front camera

The 25MP front camera under the Punch FullView display measures only 3.05mm - 20% smaller than the current industry standard! The opening on the display is a blind hole, meaning the screen is not completely punched through.
Huawei nova 4 camera

Mobile photography

An impressive 25MP under-display front camera + a Triple AI Camera on the rear, featuring a high resolution 20MP primary camera, a 16MP ultra wide angle camera and a 2MP bokeh lens.

After the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20, now the nova 4 has a Triple AI Camera and ultra wide angle lens too. The 2MP lens will give you a 'bokeh effect' and make your subjects pop - it is one of my favourite P9 camera features.
Huawei nova 4 colours in Malaysia
Huawei nova 4 Crush Blue colour

Two beautiful colours

The Huawei nova 4 is available in two fashionable colours in Malaysia. You can go for the sleek black but I'm totally loving the Crush Blue! The gradient blue is simply mesmerising.

New features

One of the features that caught my eye was the introduction of video ringtones OMG! Instead of just a photo, you can record a video of your friends which will appear when they call you.
Huawei nova 4 video ringtone

Performance

Kirin 970 | 8GB RAM | 128GB ROM | 3,750mAh
The new Huawei nova 4 fully utilises the hardware processing power and AI computation capacity of Kirin 970’s NPU to deliver a powerful and smart video editing experience. After taking a video with the HUAWEI nova 4, users can activate the automatic footage analysis with one tap. This innovative feature leverages the smart aesthetics scoring engine. Trained with 60,000 basic models as well as one million facial models generated through facial recognition, the feature can automatically process and edit footage.

Apart from that, the HUAWEI nova 4 also supports a new generation of GPU Turbo. This technology greatly enhances the graphics processing efficiency of smartphones by optimising the clock speed and power consumption of the chipset, allowing the HUAWEI nova 4 to deliver an accelerated, top framerate experience even when running premium mobile games.
Huawei nova 4 launch
Made available in Malaysia starting 14 February 2019, the HUAWEI nova 4 is retailing at a price of RM1,899 and can be purchased at all HUAWEI Experience Stores, display zones, authorised dealers and major telco companies.
Huawei nova 4 launch
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NEW Starbucks Teavana Beverages & Valentine's Signature Heart Collection

I have so much LOVE for the new Starbucks Teavana drinks! We were introduced to these 3 aromatic Teavana tea beverages topped with velvety dense Cold Foam.
Matcha Cold Foam Iced Americano (from RM 15)
A wonderful collaboration between coffee and tea. Sip the iced Americano by itself and let the delicious flavour fill your mouth and then try it with the matcha cold foam. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Americano considering I usually prefer my drinks sweet.

Teavana Mango Passionfruit Cold Foam Iced Shaken Black Tea (from RM 14)
While the above had a more earthy taste, this beverage is sweeter with the sweet taste of mango passionfruit. Have fun with the 3 flavours: black tea, mango passionfruit cold foam and a stirred combination of both.

Teavana Chestnut Black Tea Latte (from RM 16.50)
Last but not least, my ultimate favourite! I've already had this several times since the release. First, the wonderful aroma will hit you and then the smooth, comforting taste. Ahh... Blended finely ground black tea with velvety steamed milk, delectable roasted chestnut sauce, and topped with a sprinkle of chestnut and sour strawberry bites. Absolutely delicious and not to be missed.
We had a lovely meal pairing the new beverages with the promotional food. I am crazy over the chicken lasagna - it was love at first bite. The chicken and cabbage foldover as well as tandoori chicken flatbread were delicious too.
The Teavana Chestnut Black Tea Latte is yummy in both cold and hot but I prefer the latter as it's just so comforting especially on a rainy day.

Starbucks Signature Heart Collection

With Valentine's fast approaching, Starbucks has also introduced their Signature Heart Collection with the super cute Hearts of Luv Cupcake, Love Me Doughtnut and Joyful Doughnut (RM7.20-8.70). I think the love-shaped doughnut coating with your choice of white or dark chocolate is absolutely adorable!!
Starbucks Hearts of Luv Cupcake, Love Me Doughtnut and Joyful Doughnut

Starbucks Signature Heart Merchandise Collection

Celebrate this Valentine's with a very sweet pastel purple range complete with hearts and arrows. I can already tell that the one on the right with a heart shaped pom pom will be very popular.
Starbucks Signature Heart Merchandise Collection
Compliment your loved one with a Heart Shaped Starbucks Card containing the message you want to convey!
Heart Shaped Starbucks Card
And that's not the end because Starbucks Malaysia has also introduced new and returning Starbucks Reserve Coffee Beans: New Peru Amazonas Huambo - a light body with high acidity and bright flavours of Morello cherry and sweet toffee finish.

Returning favourites:
Sun-Dried Uganda Sipi Falls - lemon-line acidity with chocolate and caramel accents.
Tanzania Muriba - High acidity and medium bodies with aromatic florals and notes of bergamot tea, lemon, and grapefruit.
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[Food] Namelaka Patisserie - Dessert Disguised as Real Fruits

Your Instagram followers will love this place! Namelaka caters to customers seeking something different from the usual cakes at cafes - a set of very unique desserts disguised as fruits. The only way you can distinguish them from real fruits is to take a bite!
Namelaka Patisserie fruit desserts
The current selection includes green apple, orange, pear, lemon and passionfruit. If you're ordering the entire set, you are recommended to eat them in this order starting from the lightest flavour to the strongest passionfruit. Price ranges from RM 19-23 each.

The shell is made from white chocolate and then crafted by hand to create the incredibly fruit-like appearance. They are filled with light, creamy ganache montee, fruit gel and real fresh fruit cubes! The Green Apple, Orange and Pear were really light and fresh; great to start with or if you just want to enjoy a smooth dessert. Among the three, I liked the sweet pear cubes the most, followed by the Green Apple with a dash of dill.
Namelaka Patisserie fruit dessert set
Inside Namelaka Patisserie fruit desserts
When you're ready to go for a stronger taste, try the lemon! I really enjoyed the Lemon dessert with bits of real lemon zest and fresh mint leaf. However, I must admit it may be too sour for some. Also, do not have the Lemon with the butterfly pea drink as that's sour too LOL

If sour is not your thing, the Passionfruit is your choice. Such an explosion of flavours with every bite! The combination of ginger ganache montee, passion fruit gel and fresh passion fruit was intense and delicious.
Namelaka Patisserie Bangsar review

Namelaka Patisserie
Namelaka Patisserie Bangsar
Wash down the desserts (and that Lemon!) with some fruity mocktails, coffee or hot chocolate. The colourful mocktails are really pretty in photos and taste good as well. I do recommend ordering them although I'm torn between the mocktails and a cup of good coffee.
Namelaka Patisserie fruit mocktails
Drinks at Namelaka Patisserie
Probably the best seats in the cafe; right next to the window with a view of busy Bangsar below.
Namelaka Patisserie
Namelaka Patisserie Fruity Mocktails
Namelaka is located above KK Mart on Jalan Telawi 2.

Address: No 34-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 KL
Tel: 03-22013241
Hours: Sun - Thurs: 11.30 am - 8 pm
            Fri & Sat: 11.30 am - 10 pm
Namelaka is closed on Wednesdays
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Australian SummerFruits are Sweeter When Shared

It is an amazing time to enjoy Australia's delectable summer fruits as they are sweeter than ever!~ I absolutely LOVE the sweet aroma of peaches so it was heavenly in Village Grocer. With Taste Australia's "Sweeter When Shared" campaign, now you can have a sweeter Chinese New Year and Valentine's!
Avoid the typical Chinese New Year gift baskets this year and choose unique Australian summer fruits instead! I guarantee that your friends and family will love you for it.

Peaches symbolise a long and healthy life while the round shape and vibrant colours are said to symbolise prosperity and good fortune.
Australian summer fruits peaches
Australian summer fruits gift box
Australia's succulent nectarines, peaches, plums and apricots are sure to fill your loved ones with happiness. I couldn't pick which one I liked more so I just cut them up and served a beautiful colourful platter.
Australian summer fruits peaches nectarine plum apricot

For Healthy Eaters

Australian summer fruits are natural superfoods low in calories and Glycemic Index, helping restore energy, satisfy cravings and keep you fuller for longer. They also provide significant dietary fibre, potassium and antioxidants that encourage healthy digestion.

  • Peaches have excellent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that help decrease the development of inflammatory joint conditions.
  • Nectarines are a good source of potassium which regulates blood pressure and reduce the risk of a heart attack. Nectarines also provide 33% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C!
  • Plums have a low Glycemic Index of 53, helping to control blood sugar levels.
  • Apricots are rich in vitamin A and beta carotene which are beneficial for eye health.

Belinda Chee was at the launch to show us some unique recipes incorporating Australian summerfruits including Pavlova with Summer Fruits, jelly, tea and even a healthy, fruity lou sang! If you're running out of ideas for Valentine's surprises, you can try making a sweet dessert for your loved one using these uber sweet Australian summerfruits - what better way to say "I love you"?
Pavlova with Summer Fruits
unique recipes incorporating Australian summerfruits
To taste some of the Australian summer fruits, you can head to participating supermarkets including Village Grocer.
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Razer Phone 2 Launched - True Mobile Gaming

With the growing popularity of mobile games like PUBG, it's nice to see Razer, the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers creating new products that cater to the needs of the market. After creating the category of gaming phones with the first Razer Phone in 2017, the Razer Phone 2 is now here to boost the world of mobile esports.
Razer Phone 2
First impression: You can immediately see that the Razer Phone 2 is different. It's not just another phone you can play games on. It's DESIGNED for gaming.

True 120 Hz display

Razer knows how lag and stuttering can really ruin your game. With the only true 120 Hz display - it can now offer even better performance for those who love high framerates and silky-smooth action.

Unlike other competing phones, the Razer Phone 2’s 5.7-inch UltraMotion™ IGZO display remains the only display in the industry that offers both 120 Hz screen refresh and 120 Hz touch sampling. What you see is what you touch. (So don't blame your miss on lag anymore ok?)
Razer Phone 2 in Malaysia

Performance

The second Razer Phone 2 offers up to 30% more performance. The Qualcomm 845 Snapdragon chipset and Qualcomm Adreno 630 graphics processing unit (GPU) will blitz through the most demanding apps while the Razer vapor chamber cooling system provides more surface area for heat to dissipate, while sustaining high frame rates for an overall cooler and more powerful experience.
Razer Phone 2 Vapor chamber

Battery life

Obviously with mobile gaming, battery life is very important. The Razer Phone 2 packs a 4,000 mAH capacity battery and is optimised to last 10 hours at 120 Hz.

Dual front-facing speakers

I noticed the dual front-facing speakers which have been wonderfully integrated into the front bezels so they don't stand out sorely. Enjoy incredible sound projection that is even louder and clearer than before, thanks to upgraded hardware and Dolby Atmos.
Razer Phone 2 dual front-facing speakers
The only part I did not like about the Razer Phone 2 was the outlook. Even though it's not very thick, it looked bulky and tough from the front. Rather different from the sleek design and rounded edges other brands are using.
Razer Phone 2

Camera

Recognising the growth of the live-streaming industry, Razer Phone 2's 8 MP camera supports video streaming at full HD resolution. The rear dual-camera setup offers a 12 MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 12 MP telephoto lens with 2x zoom.

Razer fans will also be delighted to find the Razer Chroma effect on the back: a Razer logo that glows in 16.8 million colors to provide app notifications. That's not all.. you can pair it with a wireless charger that also has Chroma!
Chroma on Razer Phone 2
The Razer Phone 2 is available with mobile plans at Maxis and U Mobile. You can get it at all major retailers at a recommended retail price of MYR 3,449.
For more information, visit https://www.razer.com/mobile/razer-phone-2.
Razer Chroma
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Buy from USA, UK, Japan, Korea, China or Hong Kong and Ship to Malaysia

If you shop online from international stores, you might encounter certain websites that do not ship to your country. I'm always very saddened by this as they have such amazing offers, free gifts, and BOGO deals that do NOT apply to international buyers!! Now, I am going to teach you how to buy from USA, UK, Japan, Korea, China or Hong Kong and ship to Malaysia. It will be perfect to buy clothes, makeup and stuff for your family for this Chinese New Year!
Buy from USA, UK, Japan, Korea, China or Hong Kong and Ship to Malaysia
You can use companies like BuyandShip which basically offer parcel forwarding services.

What is Parcel Forwarding Service?

Parcel forwarding is an international shipping service offered by companies to shoppers who want to purchase from online stores that do not deliver to their countries.

How does BuyandShip work?

  1. Sign up as a Buyandship member to obtain your overseas warehouse address (this address has a unique code for you so they can identify who the parcel is for). Below is an example for my US warehouse address.
    Overseas US warehouse address
  2. Make your purchase and deliver it to your overseas warehouse address.
  3. Once the seller has sent out the parcel, declare your package at BuyandShip to inform them that you have a parcel arriving. You must key in the tracking number before it arrives at the overseas warehouse.
  4. Parcels from USA, UK, Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong will be delivered to the Hong Kong warehouse where you can consolidate your purchases from all these different countries.
  5. A shipping fee from Hong Kong warehouse to your home in Malaysia will be calculated based on weight. Once you pay this international shipping fee, they will ship it straight to your house!
You can read the full tutorial on the website.

Benefits of using BuyandShip

What are the advantages of using BuyandShip international forwarding service?
  • Consolidating service - Combine all your purchases from USA, UK, Japan, Korea, China & Hong Kong at Hong Kong warehouse so you only need to pay international shipping once instead of 6 times.
    Consolidating service
  • Shipping fee based on actual weight instead of volumetric weight which is awesome if you're buying bulky items!
  • Free repacking - when separate packages arrive at the Hong Kong warehouse, they will consolidate and pack them together for free.

How much is it to use BuyandShip service?

It is a flat rate of RM15 / pound (based on actual parcel weight). This covers the shipping from overseas warehouse to Hong Kong to Malaysia, to your house. There is no additional agent fee. You can estimate your delivery fee before purchasing.

How long will delivery take?

  1. Delivery to HK warehouse: US & UK within 4-6 days / Japan, Korea, China within 2-4 days
  2. HK to Malaysia: within 1 to 2 days upon receipt of your “Consolidated Shipping” request and payment
  3. Home Delivery to your house: 2-4 working days, but in case of customs inspection the time of delivery may be delayed

What can you buy?

You can shop from a large variety of online stores such as amazon, Walgreens, ColourPop, Etsy, Bandai Japan, Gmarket, Lotte and so much more!! For me, I will be ordering from elf cosmetics as they deliver only to US and Canada addresses. I used to buy them through a middleman who charges extra for each product but I will save money by purchasing them myself! Now I can be pretty for Chinese New Year~

Get your FREE BuyandShip account by signing up now! Let's start shopping!
elf cosmetics
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Exploring the Scenic Mussoorie Hill Station, India

Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station retreat in India with a nice, cooling weather and abundance of nature. You can take a slow walk around the small town or explore some of the nature trails in the area. Here is a list of attractions at Mussoorie for your next trip there:
Mussoorie Hill Station, India

The Mall

Although the name sounds like a shopping mall, this is a long 2km road with various shops along it. It's basically the main part of Mussoorie where you can find everything you need from an abundance of local delicacies to shopping. It is very lively and you can buy clothes, shawls, shoes, bags, food and souvenirs here. Many of the hotels in Mussoorie are located here.

Camel's Back Road

Came's Back Road is situated away from the hustle and bustle of Mall Road. It is a scenic road surrounded by nature, overlooking the vast hills and valleys around Mussoorie. If you're lucky, the skies are clear enough to see the ice peaks in a distance! You can choose to take a stroll here or rent a bike for a slow, scenic ride.

Cloud's End

If you enjoy the idea of the scenic Camel's Back Road, you might like Cloud's End as well! Visitors may enter the private property for a small fee of 50 Rs, which includes entry to View point and Echo point, making it a great place for a little trekking.

Lal Tibba

From Mussoorie you can do a day trip to Lal Tibba, a viewpoint in Landour. It has a mesmerising view of the majestic Himalayas BUT you are advised to go early as it tends to get cloudy later in the morning. You may even go up at 7am to catch the sunrise! There is a Rs 100 fee for entry to the cafes which is waived if you order from them. Perhaps a cup of rich hot chocolate while you enjoy the snow view in Jan/Feb?

Kempty Falls

This beautiful waterfall is a popular spot in Mussoorie and can get crowded during holiday seasons. A pool has formed at the base of the waterfall where you can take a dip in the chilly water while enjoying the natural beauty around you. Kempty Falls is accessible by stairs but you may also take the cable car up.

Company Garden

A family-friendly location that is relaxed and filled with lots of pretty flowers. Children may enjoy the swings, boating in the small pond or taking photos with the manmade waterfall. It is recommended for families with young ones.

There are also several temples in the area, Bhatta Falls, Mossy Falls, Sir George Everest's House, Happy Valley, and other locations that you may visit. Do check out the hotels in mussoorie and book early for your trip.
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Healthy Chinese New Year Hampers from Koyara

Are you looking for hampers and gifts for your friends, family and clients this festive season?  This year, I'm switching to healthy Chinese New Year Hampers from Koyara! Out with the old hampers that contain lots of unhealthy food which are technically ironic since we wish people good health during CNY.
Koyara Chinese New Year hamper

WHAT is Koyara?

This homegrown brand is an Online Health Store which offers over 3000 health products and 100 brands on their platform. Their top categories are personal care, healthy grocery, supplements, home & living, and aromatherapy. It's nice to have healthy options so easily accessible online.

The healthier choice for CNY Hampers

They have various options from really affordable gift boxes to premium ones. Not sure which hamper to choose? Simply pick the category and choose the kind of blessing you wish for them - whether it's health, beauty or fortune!

I can testify that the hamper looks exactly as pictured and it looks quite nice! Definitely good enough to gift out. My hamper is for Eternal Beauty so it contains things like collagen bird's nest, beauty oats and virgin coconut oil.
Contents of Healthy Chinese New Year Hampers from Koyara
Teehee! My favourite part is definitely the bird's nest which I think most of us enjoy as well. It's even mixed with red dates, longan and aloe vera to add both nutrition and taste.
Koyara Healthy Chinese New Year Hampers bird's nest
My parents already 'chup' this hamper when they saw it ๐Ÿ˜‚ Good blessings are meant to be shared right?
Mountain Ginseng from Healthy Chinese New Year Hampers from Koyara
✅Free hamper delivery on orders over RM350
✅Price includes all ornaments and decorations
✅Hampers are shrink wrapped
✅Shipped within 3 days within Klang Valley only
There are also Koyara Promotion Codes and Coupons to get up to RM18 off! View the CNY hampers for more info.

** Product was provided by the company for review purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.
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