Guy Laroche

Finally get to change my extremely worn out ELLE key pouch which I bought for myself like two years ago. But now it’s completely worn out, I decided to get a new one just in time before Chinese New Year. Andrea was back to Miri for a few days last Christmas. So, I asked her to buy me one and pass over to a friend who is visiting her few weeks later. But unfortunately, Andrea was bedridden for a couple of days when she was back to Singapore. In the end, she asked Patrick and another friend to buy one for me from TANGS.

So, this is what they got me. Well, approval from me first before they paid for the item though. Hahaha … xD

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Liked the texture of the leather. It’s soft but I kinda regretted for getting blue when I saw the real thing last Sunday. But it’s too late though. I was given the option to choose between purple, orange and blue. I wished that I’ve chosen orange in the first place. But it’s too late now. Even Andrea asked me why I chose blue. Coz it’s half price cheaper than the rest? Hahaha …

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But when I opened up the key pouch, I am not as regretful as I used to be when I first saw the color of the key pouch. This is actually a key pouch wallet rather than a usual and ordinary key pouch. It came with a cash note compartment. Good for me when I am out running errands for the office. I wouldn’t have to shove all my cash notes into my pants’ pockets and fearing that they might slipped out when I was retrieving other things from the same pocket. And there is also a zip compartment for coins. Quite handy, I would say. Hahaha … What do you think? Blue may not be the best color, but I think it would do me just fine.

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Review: Gyoza Ramen @ Excapade Sushi, Times Square

Was supposed to go Hua Ho, Manggis Mall yesterday evening after work to look for some stuffs. But seeing the queue of cars at the road entrance leading to the building was so horrendous, I decided to go Times Square instead. Wanted to check out whether Tony Moly had already restocked some of their sheet masks. Indeed they did, but I did not get any apart from their Egg Pore Nose Pack.

Anyways, I bumped into a friend – Kaylie, at Times Square yesterday while I was considering which restaurant to go to for my dinner. Intended to go Excapade Sushi but from my experience, the place is usually crowded during payday period. But surprisingly, the place was only half packed when I arrived. And since Kaylie had nothing to do when her boyfriend returned to work after dinner together, she decided to stick around with me and accompanied me for dinner.

Still craving for ramen after my unsuccessful attempt to order ramen at Kaizen Sushi Waterfront the other night, so I ordered a bowl of Gyoza Ramen for dinner yesterday evening. Not what I expected, but still could do the job on fixing my craving. So wanted to go Singapore so that I could try Ippudo Ramen! Ramen broth are usually milky in color because Japanese cooked the broth with pork. But since Brunei is a Halal country, therefore having pork in the broth is definitely out of the question.

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Price: B$8.00

Ingredients were generous but I think the ramen were overcooked a bit. Kimchi was added in as well. The kimchi was preserved well, not too salty or sourish. Just perfect for my taste bud. Gyoza filling was a bit bland though. But I personally think that the dish would have tasted been a lot better without the carrots and spring onions!

Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Review: PUREDERM Moisturizing Cucumber Pack

Hello! Here comes a very much awaited beauty product review from me.

I got it two Sundays ago when I was window shopping at The Mall. Was browsing through the selves of skincare products at Paloma when I saw a bunch of cheaply priced wash-off masks displayed on the selves. There were quite a lot of variations but I ended up with four only. Don’t wanna spend too much on them just in case they don’t work well with my sensitive skin.

I had also found out that Paloma is selling Cure Natural Aqua Gel! For those who is not aware of this product, it’s one of the bestselling skincare product in Japan. It’s an exfoliator made out of 90% of revitalized hydrogen water. You can not only use it on your face but on your body as well. But the bad thing is that it’s priced super expensive in Brunei. I think it was priced about B$59 at Paloma. Was itching to get the product but seeing the price made me took a step backwards. I shall reconsider again when I have used up my Kose Seikisho Exfoliating Massage Gel and Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel.

Anyways, back to our original topic.

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Before I found this product on the display shelves at Paloma, I was totally unaware of the existence of this brand. Did not even know that this brand existed. If you are wondering where PUREDERM is originated from, it’s from Korea. This is a wash-off mask which contains ingredients like collagen, Vitamin E, cucumber extract and olive oil. According to the product packaging, this product is formulated to suit any skin type. Olive oil can help in skin brightening and softening while cucumber extract ensure moisturizing effect as well as keeping the skin healthy.

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Glad to find out that there is English language instruction on how to use the product at the back of the packaging. Unlike some of the other brands in the market whereby the language used to explain product usage is mostly in Korean.

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Upon removing the seal of the product, you can smell a strong whiff of cucumber scent coming out. It smelled exactly the same like the usual cucumber you had as food. The texture of the wash-off mask is gel type which contains tiny granules that act as exfoliating agent. They were tiny hence they are not harsh and wouldn’t damage our skin. Gently massage the gel mask onto your skin in circular motions and avoiding both the eyes and mouth area. Glad that the product doesn’t cause any stinging feeling on my skin. Leave it on the skin for about 5-10 minutes before washing them off with lukewarm water.

Now here comes the part on how my skin felt when washing off the gel mask with lukewarm water. To be honest, I don’t feel anything special at all after washing off the gel mask. My skin did feel a little bit softer than usual and it brightened up my skin complexion. The effect was only temporary and it doesn’t even last till the next morning. It’s not something that I’ll go crazy about and repeat purchase.

Pros:
1. Inexpensive and affordable.
2. Nice cucumber scent.
3. Brightened up skin complexion.
4. Skin felt a little bit softer compared to before.
5. Doesn’t sting my sensitive skin during application.

Cons:
1. Effect was only temporary.

Despite my pros outweighed my cons by a lot, it’s not something which I think I would be purchasing again. But if you are looking for an inexpensive wash-off mask, this shall do the job just fine. Perhaps I had tried better products, so I don’t think I would be buying this again. I preferred Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack better.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Price: B$1.00

Review: The Face Shop New Zealand Volcanic Clay Black Head Aloe Nose Strip

Good morning!

I am officially a huge fan of nose strip right now. Reason being, I think they could remove my blackheads a lot better than any facial scrubs which I had been using previously. When I was previously trying out Tony Moly Tea Tree Nose Pack, it worked wonder. Ing advised not to rely so much on nose strip as it hurts the skin rather badly during peel-off. She suggested me trying out Artistry Essentials Pore Cleansing Masque or maybe something equivalent of Bioglo range from Cosway.

A reader once asked me if I had tried those nose strips from The Face Shop. To be honest, I had never tried one until yesterday evening. I had pedicure at one of the beauty salon in town while friend was window shopping at Hua Ho, Yayasan. I made a detour to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to get my daily caffeine fix and passed by The Face Shop while on the way to meet him at the basement parking lot. Couldn’t find the above mentioned hence I asked their Shop Manager. She led me to the shelves whereby they displayed their nose strips. Unfortunately, the above one was the only range left as their charcoal range was sold out already.

Seeing that it was a lot cheaper compared to the nose strips which I got from Etude House or Tony Moly previously, I decided to get one for myself to try. And oh boy, it was indeed effective and it was well worth the money spent!

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If you ask me what does the New Zealand Volcanic Clay had to do with the nose strip, I am sorry but to tell you that I really have no idea at all. There are actually two types of this nose strip at The Face Shop – charcoal and aloe. But since they do not have the former, I decided to go for the latter.

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And as usual, majority Korean branded nose strips in the market were written in Korean language. Just like the Tony Moly Tea Tree Nose Pack which I got the other day. But the little images illustration shall be more than enough to show you on how to use the product. Be sure that you dampened your nose with a little bit of lukewarm water before applying it onto your nose. Remember, do not apply water directly onto the nose strip lest it won’t work at all!

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This is the best shot which I can take. The blackheads extracted this time were not as much as compared to the other time when I was using Tony Moly Tea Tree Nose Pack. Reason being, my nose blackheads population had been decreasing over time due to my frequency of double cleansing my face as well as using facial scrubs! But I can still see that there were a couple of blackheads removed. I can see that my nose area is less oilier the next morning when the pores are cleared. The scent is far more nicer compared to the usual ones which are made out of green tea or tea tree. And the major advantage is that it’s cheap! So if there is sales promotion, it’s even more cheaper!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: B$1.40

Repurchase? Yes!

Review: Yugo Barbeque & Shabu Shabu Restaurant

Couldn’t sleep well yesterday night despite I had flu pill before going to bed. Woke up before 7:00a.m. in the morning with a blocked nose. Went out for breakfast at Lian Fu Restaurant & Catering with parents in the morning and did a little bit of grocery shopping later on before going home to get ready meeting friend for lunch. Drove to his office and picked him up to go Yugo Barbeque & Shabu Shabu Restaurant. He insisted that I drive him today since he had been my personal chauffeur all the time before I got my driver’s license.

Anyways, Yugo Barbeque & Shabu Shabu Restaurant was only opened about a month ago. When I first heard of this restaurant, it was when they were having a job fair at BRIDEX about few months ago. I searched online for this restaurant but received no search result until when a friend posted a picture of them having a meal at Yugo on Facebook before the restaurant was officially opened for business.

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The restaurant was located at the far end of Gadong Central building. It was located on the next block of KFC. It was easily spotted when you were driving in from the junction coz the signage was pretty obvious with it’s red color theme.

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As you can see from the above pictures, the color theme of the restaurant is mostly black and red. The restaurant is kinda spacious but the dining area is not as big as Shabulicious Restaurant though.

Anyhow, time for food pictures!

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Price: B$3.00

Had Mushroom Soup for my soup base. Friend claimed that the soup is full of mushroom flavor and he liked it. To me, I think it was only so so. The mushroom enhanced the flavor of the soup and it turned sweet. I am not a soup person, so soup is not exactly my cup of tea. Hahaha …

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You can choose between noodles or rice to go with your soup. Various of noodle choices, but I opted for the above one.

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Mini Set | B$6.00

For a mini set, I think this is value for money. But the vegetable wasn’t very appealing though. They was a bit rotten part, which is quite normal.

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According to Yugo, “charcoal grills offer more significant advantages over gas or electric. They burn hotter and you can add wood to your charcoal for a more flavorful taste. Charcoals also provide more intense smells and a more hand-on experience. Most grilling enthusiasts agreed that charcoal grills provide a more superior, smoky flavor over gas or electric grills.” I couldn’t vouch for the previous statement because I did not have any of the grilled meat. I had a throat infection couple of days ago and it had just recovered. Don’t wanna worsen it when Chinese New Year is just around the corner.

Friend asked me why does stew chicken is more flavorful compared to grilled chicken. Reason being, stew chicken is boiled with flavored broth in slow fire for quite some time. On the other hand, grilled chicken is cooked for like 5 minutes only. So whether the meat is flavorful or not, it depends on whether the marination process are adequately done and the duration whereby the meat had been marinated.

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Friend ordered for Marinated Chicken Drumstick, which a set is for B$9.80. The prawn doesn’t come with, it’s one of the ingredients from my mini set.

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Egg, which is supposed to go in my hotpot ended up on the BBQ sizzling plate!

In overall, it was a satisfying meal. Customer service was good too. Food were served promptly after placing order. However, the sauces offered were limited compared to the other Shabu Shabu restaurants in Brunei. Seating were comfortable and spacious. Bottomless plain water is provided as well.

Yugo Barbeque & Shabu Shabu Restaurant
Unit B23, Ground Floor,
Simpang: 21, Gadong Central,
Kampung Menglait, BE4119,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Tel: +673-2427790