Sunday, March 31, 2019

2 Chains of Promenade Hotels Went Dark in Support of Earth Hour 2019

Promenade Hotels in Kota Kinabalu and Promenade Hotel Bintulu respectively went dark in support of Earth Hour yesterday beginning at 8.30pm for 60 minutes and it was indeed a little different how the hotel marked the Earth Hour for its 8th consecutive year.

Besides switching off non-essential lights at the hotel's exterior, lobby, cafe, lounge even at the hotel's restaurant; Dynasty Restaurant during the 60 minutes, there were also other activities beginning with Foot Reflexology in the Dark (from 10am till 10pm) by Sabah Society for the Blind.


As my fellow blogger friend and I arrived at the hotel at 6pm, we headed straight to Mawar's Room and treated ourselves with massages; our way to show some support to the society.


Sakura @soulmatehyeon went for foot massage.

I, myself decided to go for a head and shoulder massage as I'm not gonna lie; it's been such a long month as I've been working and helping my parents setting up our own office here in Kota Kinabalu as well. The massage was invigorating I'd say as my stiff arms and shoulders got better with my head feeling lighter; I slept really well last night! I should totally go for massage frequently as advised.

After the massage, we both went down to Promenade Cafe to enjoy our dinner buffet while waiting for the next activities.

Overall, I really did enjoyed the buffet as there are various dishes available; quite extensive I'd say and I really do like the salmon and there's even taufu fah at the dessert section which I went back for seconds actually.

Around 8pm, some of crews already preparing for the Candles Lighting activity and I've seen the kids were given some glow sticks! Nice!

During the Earth Hour, we were served with a plate of delicacies which kind of intimidating at first as they were looking weirdly I'd say; almost like seeing those exotic food in Vietnam but their idea to enjoy this dishes in the dark is somewhat interesting with all your other instincts being heightened an all.

I gotta say, the pineapple-raw veggies shot was actually really nice and oh, not forgetting the 60 Minutes Facebook Contest! Check out my submission below!

In the hotel's Earth Hour Campaign message to hotel guests and diners, the General Manager and Hotel Manager of Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu & Promenade Hotel Bintulu respectively encouraged all to commit to actions that go beyond the hur for sustainable future that we desire, and our children deserve.

It was such and eventful yesterday and I'm glad to be part of it. I guess that's all from me, I'll see you guys on my next post. Take care!

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Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu
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Location| No.4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Api-Api Center, 88000 Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia.
Contact | +6088 265 555 Catering Hotline: +6088 251 415

Friday, March 29, 2019

Happening | #EarthHourWithPromenadeKK

Do you have plans this Saturday? Come and join the activities at Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu in conjunction with Earth Hour 2019!

I'll see you guys there!

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Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Website |
Location| No.4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Api-Api Center, 88000 Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia.
Contact | +6088 265 555 Catering Hotline: +6088 251 415

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Throwback Thursday | RIP iPod Classic

So I just saw the boy; main character was playing his iPod in one of ONE OK ROCK's latest music videos and man, I miss mine so much. That's Danny, by the way. It was supposed Danny's 10th birthday this year but I haven't been able to turn it on since last year I actually. 

Honestly, I do miss the days when I can just turn off the phone and listen to music all day while sketching in the studio; trying to sketch is more likely.

Stand out and fit in. Don't lose yourself along the way. You do you and don't let anybody else tells you any different.

Like LINKIN PARK, ONE OK ROCK is another band that I want to grow old with. Well, BTS too for that matter. God, I hope BTS still makes sense when I'm 50. Is that too much to ask? The way RM, Suga and J-Hope make their music is surely going to bring them even further. Are you excited for their comeback?

Signing out!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wordless Wednesday | Like Traveling Back in Time

Lighthouse in Croatia |Source

Monday, March 18, 2019

Motivational Monday | First Impression

I'm pretty sure that you guys must've those moments when you are terribly misunderstood the first time you're meeting someone and that just sets the tone of your interactions for the rest of the meeting and maybe the next few days or months even years after that. But of course, things will be different once you and the person breaks the wall and get to know each other better. 

First impression lasts forever so think about it.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Favourite Friday | Colour

Shirren Lim | at the crossroads ii: disruptions. Shinjuku

At this point, you guys probably have already been noticing that I'm into monochromatic black and white with the accents of grey being the ultimate shades of colour that I love the most. I find it weird when people ask or joke about whether I've read 50 Shades of Grey or not though.

... you might say that I picked this thing up while I was in architecture school. True! I've always love one colour at a time; pink for most of my childhood, orange when I was 16 and purple for most of my twenties but throughout my days back in studio, I wear black; tops, bottoms, bags, with white-coloured shoes, accessories, etc. for most of the time. Now that I'm entering my 30s, I prefer wearing dusty, muted colours over bright ones especially dusty pinks and purples but this year I've also started collecting wearables in turquoise and teals! I've started loving these two colours ever since I watched Black Butler anime several years ago and I just got some tops and makeup with these colours and boy, they're so pretty!

When it comes to huge purchases like cars, gadgets, etc., I'm pretty sure you guys can relate to having difficulty to choose the colour for them; between what's trendy and your ultimate favourite colour because I'll be honest, I only change my smartphone every 2 years being DiGi Postpaid user since 2008. Given the limited choice of free iPhone that comes with my high monthly plan, I went with white iPhone 2G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5S, rose gold for iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 Plus (decided to step back from iPhone 8 or X as the brand discontinued rose gold devices beginning 2018) so finally after 10 years of being loyal to Apple, I've got myself  an Android smartphone. Guess what's the colour?

I'll see you guys on my next post! Take care!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday | A Cup of Matcha With...

I know lots of people bond over so many different things like books, cars, drinks and for me, it's a cup of matcha. I know some of you might say, not coffee? Well, it's not that I haven't tried going out with some people and bond over cups of coffee but maybe because there are so many reasons why I love matcha; the fact that I always fancy traditional Japanese culture like tea ceremony, flower arrangements even kendo! 

I once picked up a tip from Korean actress that she drinks hibiscus teas to avoid her face being puffy or bloating in the morning but hibiscus tea is a bit hard to get for me compared to Japanese green tea but of course I'd like to indulge myself in it sometime. Maybe a quick trip to Chinese herbal store down at the Gaya Street during the weekend perhaps.

... but this is a throwback post! Almost forgot! So yeah, the above is one of the firsts green tea latte that I had at October Coffee and if I remember well, it was at the Latitud 6 branch. The thing is, everything was pleasant about that cup of latte except that it reminds me of someone that I haven't seen for over a year and actually quite disappointed that the person messed up so much that I had no choice other than to cut ties as friends. 

I haven't been to the cafe since then although I feel a year over would have sufficed to somewhat neutralise the location so I can go and have another cup of the delicious green tea latte at that cafe. Maybe in October?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wordless Wednesday | The Path I Want to Take

Northern Iceland | Credit: Getty Images

Monday, March 4, 2019

Local Delights at Brunei Satay House, Indah Permai, Kota Kinabalu

Last Saturday was fun as I personally got invited to a local restaurant serving some interesting masakan panas but I'd say people definitely come to this place for their own-prepped-and-smoked satay but that's not all! They're serving ambuyat; local dish made off sago and it's the most popular delicacies mainly among Bruneian Malays but we Bajaus (granted, I'm somehow mixed with a little bit Bruneian and Sarawakian) love it, too! 

Before we go to the dishes, let's go into some more details on this place first!

The restaurant is located at Bangunan Kedai Indah Permai, alongside the Jalan Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu. The place was easy to spot from the road with their huge signboard outside the restaurant but if you're loyal Grab rider like me then you can just type in the restaurant's name and your driver should be able to drop you right at the front door. 


The place is like an average-looking local family restaurant with a small counter at the front where the restaurant display their Beaufort-sourced kelupis and kochung; local delicacies made off glutinous rice. You can just get some of these and go without having to sit inside the restaurant while waiting.


The staffs were friendly and the tables were cleaned as soon as the customer left to make payments at the counter. Going cashless? Not to worry as you can clear your bill via Malaysia's top e-Wallets right from your smartphones.

Now, let's go to these yummy delights!

Of course, Brunei Satay House's signature satay! They have chicken, red meat, lamb even beef intestine served with sweet and a little bit spicy peanut sauce. I'd prefer for it to be spicier but that's just me and probably the rest of my fam bam. :D The perks of getting used to my aunt's oldest peanut sauce recipe.


Satay Set B with chicken and meat satays, nasi impit, onions, cucumber and fries on the side!

Unlike most places that also serving satays, Brunei Satay House added deep-fried fries to their Satay sets which is nice especially on those nights you decided to hangout with your friends and family as this place opens till 10.00pm!


As I've mentioned above, the place serves kelupis, local dish made off steamed plain glutinous rice that I'd prefer to dip into the peanut sauce and as for the kochungs, those were already with chicken/peanut fillings so it's okay to just have them on their own; yes, I doubt you're gonna just eat one.

There are various of food selections at this restaurant and here are among the most popular dishes!


Nasi Butter Chicken BSH and Nasi Kambing Hitam Berapi

The butter chicken was juicy and so buttery; I loved it! Even better, it's served with chicken satay so that's different texture! If you're craving for some lamb meat then the Nasi Kambing Hitam Berapi is for you and be careful though! It's kind of spicy!


Nasi Kuning Ayam Madu and Nasi Ayam Penyet.

You guys know I don't eat red meats so these are the ones that I'd go to! Both of these are delicious especially with the sambal! The chicken were nice, tender and so savoury.

If you're big on fish soups like me, not to worry! The place is serving fish soups and boy, I can't get enough of this. There were cutlets of deep-fried fish in it which makes it even tastier.


Fancy some over-the-top beverages? They have lots of choices and the above iced Milo sprinkled with Milo powder and colourful chocolate rice are just some of the choices!

Now, onto the dish that we were anticipating for the most; the ambuyat!

The above is for 2 to 3 person and the price is just so affordable at merely RM12.90 per set! Comes with limed-chillies, broiled plain vegetables, vegetable dish, ikan basung ampap and of course, the watery gravy from the ikan ampap which is the essential dip sauce for the almost tasteless ambuyat itself and not forgetting the candas; made off coconut tree leaves' stick, folded into some sort of fork for you to pick up and toll the ambuyat with before dipping it into the fish gravy and into your mouth! Don't forget to say bismillah~


 How to use candas, demonstrated by yours truly. 

With Mr. Ag. Shahril Ag. Ali (first on the left), owner of Brunei Satay House and my fellow #SabahanBlogger and social media enthusiasts (from right) Jun (@jun.zie), Lan (@curiostraveller), Joe (@joehairie), Yatie (@yatieowner), Linda (@lindacalista80), Liza (@lizaaryannazaara), myself, Mia (@miakassim) and Yazid (@yazidizzat). You guys can find the links to their blogs on the sidebar. 

I guess that's all from me! Thank you so much to Brunei Satay House for having us as it was such a pleasure discovering (at least to me!) not just another restaurant as you have been carrying the legacy; part of our culture in terms of food and delicacies. I'd sure love to bring my friends and family for a quick visit down to a memory lane of eating ambuyat back when we were little. To you guys out there who love (re)discovering our local delights, make sure to check out this place! More details on the place below.

Signing out!

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Brunei Satay House
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Location | Lot 6, Ground Floor, Block E, Indah Permai Shoplot, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact | 016-8435981/019-586 8772
Instagram | @brunei_satayhouse