28112017 / Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

It was a long day at work yesterday. I spent the day waiting for results and missed a meal. I had a bit of Chipotle Chicken Sandwich and Hot Double Chocolate from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It was my first time trying out the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich from CBTL and it was seriously good. The sandwich was spread with a layer of Sweet Basil paste.

I wanted to stock up on Elizabeth Arden from Hua Ho, Yayasan. So, off I went for dinner at Kaizen Sushi Waterfront. As it is still payday period, Kaizen Sushi Waterfront is crowded. All tables are pre-booked and the available spots are the ones at the sushi bar. The downside of dining alone is that you might be assigned to the sushi bar if the place is crowded. However, the advantage of sitting by the sushi bar is that you can see your sushi prepared in live action. LOL!

Spicy Maguro Temaki | B$3.60

I’m craving for both Temaki and something spicy. You can choose between salmon or tuna for the filling and I would always go for the latter. Some would prefer the former as the meat has a smoother texture. Aside from having this in the form of Temaki, you can go for their Spicy Chirashi Don which is equivalently good but served in a rice bowl.

Agedori Spicy Don | B$8.10

Like I mentioned earlier on, I was craving for something spicy. Agedori Spicy Don is served with miso soup and some pickled gherkins. The chicken cutlets were deep fried coated with little bit of their spicy sauce.

Honestly speaking, I think it would be better if they added more spicy sauce as only a small portion of the chicken cutlets was coated with the spicy sauce. The spiciness level was average in my opinion. I personally find Spicy Maguro Temaki spicier than their Agedori Spicy Don. I think their Tori Kimcheedon would have fared better in terms of spiciness.

Kaizen Sushi Waterfront
Block G, First Floor,
Yayasan Complex,
Jalan McArthur,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2226336

Skincare Buys #15

As mentioned in my previous blog entry, I redeemed a B$50 worth of Hua Ho voucher yesterday. I intended to use the voucher for my hairdryer but it turned out that the hairdryer which I wanted is only selling for B$29.90. So, I didn’t get to use the voucher yesterday but I managed to use it on my skincare products’ purchases today!

I received a text message from Shet Fui yesterday afternoon that Elizabeth Arden is currently on 20% + 10% discount promotion for their regular priced items. However, the said promotion is not applicable for special offer items. So, I decided to seize the opportunity to check out if there is any item worth stocking up on.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer | B$60

This is the improved version of Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturing Primer. The said product has been discontinued and replaced with this. The difference between this and the discontinued version is that the former comes with foundation shade and it has an extremely powdery finishing.

Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil | B$49.90

I had been wanting to buy this since it was launched couple of years ago but never gotten round to as I always stock up on cheaper cleansing oils nowadays. Having tried Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil, I was impressed with the performance so I am hoping the same thing from this.

I scored quite a bit of samples this time round. What I love about Laneige is that they are always generous with giving away samples. Susan from Laneige gave me samples for Laneige Clear C Serum but I told her that I’m using the product at the moment. So, she gave me Laneige Mini Pore Double Clearing Cleansing Foam instead.

Laneige Mini Pore Double Clearing Cleansing Foam

Elizabeth Arden Anti-Aging Daily Serum

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Youth Restoring Essence

According to Shet Fui, this is Elizabeth Arden’s version of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. She gave me a small sample bottle to try as I didn’t quite like it when I tested it over the counter. My first impression of the product is that the liquid smelled strong of alcohol.

Of Random Things #126

I actually planned to go out after lunch for some window shopping and pampering session but I ended up staying at home. My hairdryer busted this morning while I was blow drying my hair. So, I bought myself a hairdryer from Hua Ho, Manggis Mall.

I even redeemed a B$50 voucher from Standard Chartered Bank with my credit card as I thought I could use it to pay for my hairdryer and a food warmer if possible. It turned out that the hairdryer is only B$29.90 and they don’t have the food warmer which I’m looking for. So, I still have the B$50 voucher. I think I’m going to use it to stock up on skincare products from Hua Ho, Yayasan.

Jennifer brought this back for me as one of the souvenirs from her recent trip to Singapore. Jia had requested me to help her buy a packet of this when I went Singapore back in July but I didn’t come across any of the outlets on my trip. So, I didn’t bring her back any. I unsealed the packaging this afternoon and the chips are indeed #dangerouslyaddictive. LOL!

Mom had been complaining about my “exploding” wardrobe. She even warned me not to buy any more clothes or else the hanging rail in my wardrobe will break at any time. I decided to take out some of the clothes which I haven’t been wearing to give them away for charity. Some of them are still in mint condition as I had only worn them once or twice. As a matter of fact, I even have some which have never been worn.

Review: Jade Well Restaurant

It’s my day off today after having worked yesterday. I had breakfast with Mom in the morning and completed some errands after that. Jade Well Restaurant is a newly established restaurant along Sungai Tilong, located on the same block as Jackhan Furniture, across Kapra Coffee and The German Shop.

The restaurant was empty at the time when Mom and I walked in. Probably because it’s a weekday but there was another family of three who walked in when we were almost leaving. Their menu was simple, printed on three pieces of A4 white papers. One of their house specialties is Chicken Rice but only available from 10:30AM onward.

Teh C | B$1.00

As I had been drinking quite a fair amount of coffees recently due to the workload, I decided to go for Teh C and requested for less sugar. Their Teh C was okay enough for my liking but it would be better if the tea tasted stronger. Despite I had requested for less sugar, it was still too sweet for me.

Fried Mee | B$3.50

Mom had Fried Mee, the dry version. It smells good when served. It had the charred taste a Fried Mee requires. Flavoring wise, it was pretty much tailored to the local taste buds. Mom and I both agreed that the Fried Mee was both sweet and salty at the same time. Mom had also commented that the chicken slices were tough.

Singapore Fried Mee Hoon | B$3.50

I ordered Manicai Fried Mee Hoon in the first place but was later informed that Manicai is unavailable at the time. Manicai is locally known as “Cangkuk Manis”. I was quite disappointed as it was the reason why I wanted to try out the restaurant in the first place. Their Singapore Fried Mee Hoon was okay but tad bit dry in my opinion.

Jade Well Restaurant
No: 16, Bangunan Ben Kassim & Hajah Zaliha,
Simpang: 440,
Kampung Sungai Tilong,
Jalan Muara,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam

Review: fresh Soy Face Cleanser

It has been a while since I last did a skincare product review as I had been blogging more on food recently. I hadn’t been buying new skincare products hence the lack of skincare updates. I am more of a stickler nowadays to the ones that do good to my skin. I stick to my basic essentials but alternating in between when it comes to makeup removers and facial cleansers.

My impression of fresh was limited in the beginning. Honestly speaking, I thought fresh is a Korean made skincare product but it was only later when I found that it’s an American made product. fresh has minimalist design and packaging. Despite so, they ain’t any cheaper than the regular Japanese or Korean skincare products which I had been using.

fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I bought this from the duty free shop at Singapore Changi Airport on my way back to Brunei back in July. I don’t use this as my regular cleanser due to it’s quantity. I find the size convenient for traveling. Hence I had been bringing this with me whenever I go Miri for an overnight stay or my vacation to Singapore.

I started using this on my Miri overnight trip back in September. Mom was telling me that she had forgotten to pack her facial cleanser in her overnight bag. I unsealed the packaging and handed her this to use. And guess what was Mom’s first impression of the said product after using it? She didn’t like the product as much as I do. She doesn’t like that the cleanser doesn’t lather into foams and it left her face feeling “oily” after rinsing.

True enough, the cleanser doesn’t lather like other facial cleansers do and that’s because the product came without sulfate. The texture is more towards the gel side instead of paste like texture. Fragrant wise, it is cucumber scented which smells refreshing for me.

I like that the cleanser is not harsh on my skin. When I had my first makeover back in September, I used this facial cleanser to remove all makeup after Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil. I am extremely pleased with the outcome after having removed all makeup. The facial cleanser managed to clean the last trace of makeup and dirt off my face very well, leaving a clean, clear, soft and supple skin after wash.

So, here’s what I think of fresh Soy Face Cleanser in a nutshell:

1. Mild and gentle cleanser without stripping the skin’s moisture.
2. Refreshing cucumber scent.
3. Leaves a clean, clear, soft and supple skin after wash.
4. Removes traces of makeup and dirt off very well.

1. Expensive.
2. Not available locally.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: S$21 (50ml)

Repurchase: Yes!