03122017 / Flour & Butter Cafe

I had been craving for a good slice of Carrot Cake for weeks and decided to drop by Flour & Butter Cafe for a slice of Carrot Cake on the way home. Thank goodness they still have two slices left or else I would have to go elsewhere to get my craving fixed.

Dark Chocolate | B$5.00

I ordered myself a hot Dark Chocolate as I don’t feel like having Chai Tea Latte today. I contemplated whether to go for coffee though but stick with a non-coffee beverage in the end. My Dark Chocolate was served with Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie and Peanut Butter Cookie. I like that the Dark Chocolate ain’t sweet at all but with a distinctive chocolate-y taste.

Carrot Cake | B$4.90

My craving fixed! Most of my friends don’t like Carrot Cake as they don’t like the distinctive taste of cinnamon in the cake. I on the other hand love cinnamon! You’ll get small bits of pineapple along with the shredded carrots and walnuts.

I’m posting this because I love how this picture turned out to be. I love that my camera blurred out the carrot cake in the background creating the macro effect that I love. LOL!

Flour & Butter Cafe
No: 29, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Haji Hassan Abdullah,
Menglait, Jalan Gadong,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2422323 

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03122017 / Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

We are already on the last month of the year. 2017 seems to pass by rather quickly. Anyways, I will be going Miri for an overnight trip next weekend as Andrea is back for holiday until Chinese New Year. We made plans to meet up and have dinner with Alan and his wife Emie in the evening. I’ll also take the opportunity to dress shopping for Jennifer’s wedding next month.

I woke up early this morning due to stomach upset and decided to just stay awake until it’s time for breakfast and head out for the day. I had the day planned out for manicure, pedicure, eyebrow threading, lunch and coffee break. LOL! Headed out from home at 9:15AM but accidentally took the wrong exit at the roundabout and I ended up having to make a detour as there was road block in the morning due to Bandarku Ceria.

It took me almost an hour to reach my intended destination. The manicurist at Mook & Jasmine so happened to be on her half day off today and only available after lunch. So, I decided to drive into Gadong for some Gong Cha as my period cramp was giving me discomfort. I felt a lot better after downing a cup of hot Ginger Milk Tea.

Ginger Milk Tea | B$3

This is my go-to comfort drink when I’m having period cramp (provided I have access to it). If not, a cup of steaming hot water will do. I personally find the ginger syrup wasn’t strong enough for my liking. It managed to soothe my period cramp for a while before the discomfort starts coming back again.

There wasn’t much to do or see in Gadong so I left for Bandar so that I can get my manicure, pedicure and eyebrow threading done. Most of the roads are opened after 10:30AM but it subjects to where you are coming from. After getting the above-mentioned done, I headed for lunch at Kaizen Sushi Waterfront as I am craving for a steaming hot Japanese Curry Rice.

Tori Katsu Curry Rice | B$9

Finally had my Tori Katsu Curry Rice for lunch today. I had Agedori Spicy Don the other day despite craving for Japanese Curry Rice. LOL! The curry broth is watery and paired so well with the short grain rice. The curry broth came with pieces of big onion and some sliced carrots. Chicken cutlets were juicy and crunchy from the breadcrumb batter. The Tori Katsu Curry Rice was good but I think I had better.

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

01122017 / Tien Sing Restaurant

There was no water supply when I came home from work yesterday. I think our house has been out of water supply since the day before yesterday as the water tank could at least support all four households for about 24 hours before it ran out completely. I called Darussalam hotline and the operator informed me that there was a pipe leakage nearby my house. The pipe has been repaired and they are currently filling up the main water tank.

When there’s no water, it’s hard to cook so I resorted to having breakfast outside. I went Tien Sing Restaurant as they serve fast food on weekdays. But unfortunately, they are not serving any fast food today due to shortage of manpower. So, I only ordered breakfast to eat.

Vegetarian Laksa | B$3.50

I had known what I wanted to eat prior to reaching the restaurant. So, I ordered their Vegetarian Laksa without going through the menu. The broth was surprisingly a lot redder than I remembered. Instead of having my Vegetarian Laksa with Mee Hoon, I opted for Kueh Tiaw this time round and I think I should stick with Mee Hoon in the future. The broth was not as addictive as before to be honest.

Tien Sing Restaurant
21 & 22, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Haji Hassan II,
Pengakalang Gadong,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2454988

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.