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Monday, May 18, 2015

Food Review: Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert

Hello guys! 

So a couple of weeks ago, the family and I celebrated the momsie's birthday at Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert at 1 Utama Shopping Centre!


Was there for a food review session and they were so kind to involve my whole family! It was their first ever food review and they were so excited at trying everything!


For those of you who frequent 1 Utama Shopping Centre a lot (like myself), you would have noticed a new restaurant at Lower Ground Floor Oval (New Wing), joining an array of eateries available at the mall.

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert may be a new addition to our Malaysian food scene, but it surely is no stranger to our neighbours in Singapore, as there are altogether 18 successful outlets in Singapore alone! That's super crazy!!


The spacious outlet offers a bright, contemporary and relaxed atmosphere that is ideal for family bonding, intimate catch-ups and group gatherings. With ample space and seatings available, you'll be spared waiting and queuing time, and dive straight to the food!




Being a fan of Hong Kong dimsums and desserts myself, I was excited to taste their signature dishes! With over 60 items on the menu from HK dimsums, snacks, main dishes to desserts, it was impossible to try everything so we were served the ones that were the signatures and highlights.


The counter from which all the yummy food and drinks were served!

Alright, on to the food and drinks.


Lychee Peppermint- RM6.50

It was the perfect refreshing drink to pick up after a long day at work! Sweet, fizzy with a hint of peppermint topped with juicy lychees! Me and my sisters loved this!


Green Lime with Plum Juice- RM6.50

However, if you don't fancy fizzy drinks, here's one that'll suit your taste. Plums + Lime, the perfect thirst-quenching combo! The sweet-sour balance was just right, and promotes a good appetite too, I must add!


Crispy Salmon Skin with Pork Floss- RM6.50

For starters, we were served these wonderful crispy salmon skin pieces to tickle our taste buds. We took them in like chips cos they were oh-so-fragrant and crunchy! Salmon taste was evident in each bite, and the pork floss made a good complement to the snack plate.


Evangeline learning to handle her chopsticks.


She loved the Crispy Salmon Skin so much she had most of ours on top of hers!


Snowy Char Siew Bun- RM7.50

Combination of sweet + salty soft crust on the outside, with warm, flow and fragrant char siew on the inside! Hands down one of my favourites of the evening. 


Yum yum!


Duo of HK Siew Mai (RM6.50) + HK Carrot Cake (RM6.50)

Since we were served lots of food that evening, the lovely team at Sheng Kee gave us one of each to taste, which was perfect cos we wouldn't have been able to stomach everything otherwise!

Siew Mai was crunchy, with a big, juicy shrimp in it. Carrot cake was nice too, soft on the inside with a light crisp on the skin.

 


SK Signature Combination Noodle- RM17.90

The photo above is a sized-down version for food review purpose only. The retail portion is much bigger than this definitely! Everything in the dish was nice. The Char Siew's and Wanton's add flavour and taste to the entire dish.


Charity all excited to try!


Serene and momsie.


Braised Pork Belly with Mui Choy Rice- RM14.90

Also, another sized down version for food review purpose only. I've always been a fan of this dish and was delighted to know that they served this too! Pork was juicy, entire dish was tasty. Overall a good dish.


Yolk Custard Bun- RM7.50

This was one of my absolute favourites of the night! The warm salted egg yolks that oozed out when the bun was being torn into two tasted heavenly! 



Look at that! *heart-eyed emoji*



Quickly stole a few photos and ate it hot! So, so yummy!
Look how it matched my top too :P

Then it was dessert time! We gave the momsie a little surprise (actually not so surprising cos she saw us bringing the cake to the counter so...) birthday celebration, and the dad, being a pro at Youtube video searches, played a Happy Birthday song sung by...

Alvin and the Chipmunks! :')


Yea...we were like, errrr...dad....?


It was a wonderfully low res one too!

:')


The desserts arrived and we couldn't help arranging them nicely around the cake! :P



Awwwww #relationshipgoals


Mummy and her 7 princesses!


Family pic (missing Boon).




After quickly snapping some photos, we dived into the desserts straight away!


SK Mango Pomelo Sago- RM9.50

This was one of their signature desserts! Thick Filipino mango cubes served chilled among juicy pomelo pulps and sago. Surely a crowd's favourite because all of us loved it!


Yuan Yang Paste- RM7.50

A pretty mix of black sesame and almond soup served warm. Fans of sesame paste and almond soup would love this as the tastes were distinct.


All of us took individual photos with the moms cos we realised that we hardly do that anymore! Lots of group photos but never ones we could use for Instagram Mother's Day wish post. You know what I mean :P

A huge thanks to Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert for the warm hospitality and amazing service towards me and my family that evening! The team was quick to attend to our every request, and answered every question with precision. Food was good and I'd return with my family again, for sure. A great place for family meals, especially when everyone has different preferences for different dishes!

When I return to Sheng Kee, I'll definitely be getting my Lychee Peppermint drink along with the Snowy Char Siew Bun, HK Siew Mai, Yolk Custard Bun and SK Mango Pomelo Sago! :D


SPECIAL PROMO ALERT!

Get a FREE SK MANGO POMELO SAGO with the requirements below!

1. Order your favourite mains/signature dishes at HK Sheng Kee Dessert @ 1 Utama.
2. *Like* HK Sheng Kee Dessert FB Page, and show the staff that you have done so!
3. Mention "Sweetness with Sheng Kee KL" upon settling the bill to get the free dessert!

*offer expires 31st May 2015!


Get updated with Sheng Kee's latest news and promotions on their Facebook page:

That's all from me! Til' then!
xx



love, Careen.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Big Announcement

This is one blog post that I've been dreaming to write.

Having read so many announcement blog posts before, I had always wondered how I'll one day write mine. When will I get to write mine? Will I ever get to write mine?


For those of you who have been following my blog and social media would know that Boon and I love children, and have been planning on growing a family of our own. My motherly instincts/desire became so strong, that I dreamed about being pregnant multiple times last year. A friend told me that she also had these weird preggers dreams a few months before she got pregnant, so it could be a sign! I was excited about what she told me and kept that in my heart.

We told ourselves that we will try this year, and every single month before my period even arrives, the overly excited me would buy the most expensive pregnancy test kits to test if we managed to hit the jackpot. For the past months, I spent hundreds on pregnancy kits that got thrown into the bin again and again, and I started feeling restless and discouraged. I got so affected that in February, I totally would cry at the possibility of infertility and whenever I come across baby photos online. I grew impatient, and though we only "tried" for two months or so, I was already getting anxious and freaking out a little. For those of you who are already parents would probably be laughing at my silliness, because it takes months and sometimes years to get pregnant. It varies for different couples and despite having been reminding myself that, I still felt that maybe I have a problem, that maybe we should get checked.

February was my breaking point, I remember one night crying myself to sleep with Boon hugging me from behind, whispering a prayer in my ear, proclaiming that we will get a baby in His timing. After that, I felt a sense of peace and finally surrendered to God, that He WILL give us a baby, in His perfect time.

The month of March arrived and work started to pile like crazy. Open doors and opportunities that left me no time to be emotional about things. March was also when Boon was stationed in JB for a month for work, so we told ourselves that we will work hard on our careers til we see each other again.

Out of my busy schedule in March, I set aside one week to travel to JB to spend time with Boon. I was pretty quiet about it on social media (except Dayre and Snapchat) because I really wanted it to be a private and restful trip. Little did we know that it was going to be one trip that changes everything.

And today, it feels so, so surreal that I'm actually going to announce that...


I'M PREGNANT! :')

Say hi to our little baby, whom we're currently calling Little Bean Bean cos he/she is now a size of a bean, standing tall at 1.23cm as of our scan yesterday!

Little Bean Bean is now 7 and a half weeks old, close to two months now! *claps* Estimated due date to be 19-25th December 2015!! I'm definitely gonna be spending Christmas either looking like a whale and anticipating baby's pop, pushing a baby outta my body or confinement at home. Yayyy exciting :')

Through this, I have learned to put my trust in my Creator once again, in a whole new way. I learned once again that all things beautiful happen in His perfect timing, that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Now I do seem silly for worrying so much, when He has everything planned out and under control :') 


This was a random shot taken two days ago on Sunday, my first Mother's Day! No presents nor hugs and kisses from the baby, but I was completely happy, secretly celebrating being a mum. Not sure if it's baby bump, fats or a full bladder, but yeah I'm beginning to have a bigger tummy now!

I'm itching to see my tummy grow bigger everyday, but it's not really that obvious yet. It's been an exciting two weeks since we found out about The Bean! I've so, so, so much to share about my journey so far, which is impossible to put everything into one blog post alone, so I shall separate them into a few posts!

It's been really tiring, as most mothers would experience in the first trimester. That explains the lack of updates on the blog and social media too. I tried my best to remain active as much as I can, but 99% of the time I'm feeling tired, hungry, nauseous and tired, so I'm sleeping and eating small meals a lot these days. Totally feeling like a legit pig :')

I know some of you must be wondering why I'm announcing even before hitting 3 months, because that's what most couples do or are advised to do, to announce only when the pregnancy is more stable.

Well, I have a few reasons as to why I'm announcing now.

Firstly, I don't believe in superstitions and I'm not afraid of jinxing anything. I believe in a God that is bigger and greater than any superstitions. It's a happy news that is worth celebrating. I have a new life inside of me, and I cannot wait to tell the whole world about this miracle!

Second, even if anything goes wrong, that will be a part of my life that I'm not going to hide or deny. I will be open about it and share it on my blog like how I always do. I'd rather go through life's ups and downs with you guys than to cope alone. Whatever happens, you guys will know anyhow. So why wait any longer. It's going to be the same, to me.

Thirdly, I do want to include you guys on my pregnancy journey as early as I can! I'm experiencing changes to my body every single day and it's been a pain not being able to tweet, FB, Snapchat, Dayre and blog about them! It's only two months into being a mother to this Little Bean and it's already been exciting. So much feelings and emotions that I cannot wait to pour out on my blog.

Last but not the least, my sisters have been asking me every single day when I'm going to announce publicly because they cannot wait to tell all their friends that they're now some of the youngest aunties in the world!! Evangeline is now an 8 year old auntie :') We're all asking her to eat more if not the baby will outgrow her very soon :')


I've been oh-so-happy for the past few weeks. Going through a lot of physical changes and discomfort, but I'm feeling a joy that I've never felt before. Ever since I found out I'm pregnant, I stopped feeling alone, even when I'm driving, sleeping, or walking alone. I don't feel lonely anymore. I know that I have baby with me and he/she is now my companion. It's something I never thought I would feel. That, and many other new feelings pregnancy gives that I cannot wait to share with you guys!! I know I'll be discovering new things everyday and I'm ready to embrace every single one of em.

As for Boon, well, simply put, he's been over the moon. He's been catching himself smiling ear-to-ear for no particular reason, stepping into baby shops on auto-pilot mode, and going online to search for baby clothes (lol!). He's been a really cute, new daddy who's been super supportive and loving. I'm feeling so happy, loved and blessed currently.

Our families and close friends have been sharing our joy and excitement, which makes it all even more fun! Now that you guys know already, it's gonna get even better!

Will dedicate a full post on how we found out we're pregnant soon! Thank you guys for being such a big part of my life, that I cannot wait to tell you guys so badly! From now on, there are no more secrets! Brace yourselves for preggers posts coming your way :P

Okay, tired and hungry already.
BRB! ;)


love, Careen.

Official Launch of Microsoft Surface 3

Hello guys!


For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you'd find this photo familiar and know that I attended  the official launch of Microsoft Surface 3 last week! That was me "backstage", catching a selfie halfway working and stalking pretty dresses at Met Gala 2015 :P


This was our make believe office space! Sixthseal and I were invited to share about our user experiences, having been using the Microsoft Surface 3 for about a week and more before the launch. I used it to get my work done, just like how I get my usual work done on my laptop. Except that the Surface 3 is so much smaller and lighter! There are lots to love about the Surface 3, really. Will share more on the next post when I blog about my personal review! :)

For now, here are snapshots of the launch event!


Stars of the day- Surface 3 tablets in full display. Guests had their own share of hands-on experience with the tablet and other Microsoft products pre and post-event. 


And each guest returned home with a lovely and thoughtful door gift! We could choose our preferred size of the glass, and have our names doodled on it by a professional doodle artist!




The event was hosted by Will Quah, one of the most dedicated emcees I've come across thus far. He was involved in the whole planning process and gave his suggestions on how to make the event a better and smoother one. Talk about taking ownership of the event! 


K. Raman, the newly appointed Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia who shared about the Microsoft Surface 3 product.


Rukmani Subramanian, Chief Marketing and Operations Manager of Microsoft Malaysia who gave a more in-depth sharing on the specs and features of the Surface 3.


After the product presentation, we had a live demonstration with users who have been using the Surface 3, sharing about how Surface 3 is useful to them in their daily lives. 


Firstly, there was a demo at the home area which was set up beautifully, where two university students shared about how the Surface 3 is suitable for both work (studying, researching and doing assignments), and also play (gaming, social media, etc).


Then it was the workspace live demo where I shared about my personal experience with the Surface 3. One of the reasons why I love it is because it totally functions like a laptop, minus the weight. Carrying it around in my handbag with worrying about getting a laptop sleeve/bag makes it just so much more convenient. 


My vibrant and colourful make believe workspace, put together so nicely by the team.


Microsoft Surface 3 has now been officially launched!


A photo with the lovely organising team.


Loving all the colors!

If you're thinking if you should get a new Surface 3, go try it out and see for yourself at your nearest Microsoft retail store or any electronic outlets. You can check out the list of retailers carrying the Surface 3 at this link: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-my/buy. You can also make your purchase directly from that website :)

That's all from me for now. My personal Surface 3 product review will be up soon, once I spent more time getting my hands on the device!

Til' then!
xx


love, Careen.

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