Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Eid 2012: The Makings of a Family Photo shoot

I initially wanted to post photos of the happenings during Eid-ul-Fitr but then I thought, why not do something different? These are snapshots of our family photo shoot on the 3rd Syawal, right before our open house. 

First step, calling all family members to the proposed location (which incidentally is our very own living room). 

As you can see, the biscuits and cakes are on full display, it is the 3rd Syawal after all and we were in the midst of preparing for our open house. As usual, for any photo shoot, the kids would never sit still so photographers have to act fast in order to avoid any sudden movements that will result in blurry photos.

After a couple of minutes (and post touch up and make up) family members start to gather around the sofa.

Just in case you're wondering, opposite of the sofa is a huge mounted mirror that can be used to check your appearance while you pose.

Next step, aligning and positioning family members.

Voila! All are in position (except for me, just in case you haven't noticed).

And this is our final photo, slightly cropped to omit the air-conditioning unit. I have to admit, the photo is slightly imbalanced, if you look at the curtains and the sofa and the seating arrangement and there's a slight opening of the curtains. But yes, this is the photo for our family for Raya 2012 (psst: all the other photos involved blurred heads so I have to make do with this one).

Hope you had a blessed Eid-ul-Fitr =).

xoxo Mrs Fashionista

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Eid Mubarak

Wishing all my Muslim readers Eid Mubarak. Have a blessed Syawal everyone =).

If you're wondering about the fabrics, these are two of my Eid outfits (Eid is a big thing here in Kuching) that I will unfortunately not be putting on. One does not fit me well and the other, well, let's just say that there was a slight mishap with the fabric I chose to accompany it with.

However, Eid is a time to be thankful and I am definitely thankful for all I have (even the wonderful country that I'm living in and the wonderful family and friends that I'm blessed with). Alhamdulillah. 

Love and positivity always *hugs*.

xoxo Mrs Fashionista

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fashionista's Review: Iftar at Waterfront Cafe, Hilton

Hilton is another one of those places that I love to go for breaking fast. The choices of food is incredible and they taste amazing too. This year the buffet is priced at RM89++ or roughly at RM103.24 per person. We had iftar here last Tuesday and here are the photos:

Fresh from the sea.


The chocolate fountain is a must.

The salad table.

Their selection of bread.

Noodles and Bubur Pedas Station.

Next to it is the sushi station offering freshly rolled sushi and raw seafood. Obviously, the sushi station is my favorite station and best of all, I was sitting right opposite of it! That certainly made it easier for me to get second helpings *wink*.

This is what you can find at the sushi station.

And this is what we (me and my friends) had:

Sushi, baby octopus, takoyaki (which was not so delish) and raw salmon (which I love!).

Mussels and prawns with a slice of lemon.

Sambal belacan and raw veggies.

Umai ikan and midin.

Roti john, nasi beriani and various dishes.

From the barbeque section, we had otak-otak and grilled prawns (I ate a LOT of prawns that night).

Pasta. Or more specifically penne alfredo. Unfortunately, it wasn't as tasty as it looked.

All the dishes that were grilled/ barbequed was delicious. Absolutely recommended. And the sauces are to die for (FYI: there are four different sauces to choose from). Yummeh!

This dessert is absolutely divine! I don't what it's made of, but it's called omali and is absolutely delicious.

And some ice cream to end of my dinner.

Compared to Grand Margherita (and it's Macam-Macam Ada buffet spread), I still love Hilton for iftar. I had iftar at Grand Margherita during the first week of Ramadhan (sorry for the lack of review on Grand Margherita, there were too many people and it was kinda difficult for me to take photos of the food) and although I would have to admit that the food at Grand Margherita is better this year compared to last year, but Hilton still has better choices of food (the selection of food is slightly less that Grand Margherita) but the food is delicious (except for a few hiccups here and there).

I also love the fact that Hilton is not as crowded as Grand Margherita so your dining experience at Hilton is definitely better and more comfortable.

If you're interested to break your fast at Hilton, you can contact them at 082-223888.

Happy dining!

xoxo Mrs Fashionista

Monday, August 6, 2012

Food in Borneo: Topspot Permata Foodcourt

There is no doubt that one of the best food attractions in Kuching is its seafood. Although it's always mentioned that Sabah offers the freshest of seafood (and I don't doubt the freshness of Sabah's seafood) but the seafood in Kuching is equally delicious.

Every couple of months I'd be having dinner at Topspot. I'd like the dinner to be more often but the thought of calories and high blood pressure scares me so we'd be having dinner here whenever our seafood craving strikes. 

This is what I'd have to say my favorite stall. There's plenty of stalls offering seafood but Bukit Mata Kuching (the name of the stall) is my favorite. Alternatively, it's also called stall no 25.

Went there last week for iftar and this is what we ordered:

Oyster pancake.

Crunchy keropok-like pancake sprinkled with oyster and served with salted sauce.

A choice of chili and garlic sambal.

Soft-shelled crab fried with butter and nestum. A combination of sweet and salty and to me it tastes even better than buttered prawns =).

Steamed fish.

Bitter gourd (peria) cooked with salted eggs.

The best seafood ever. All food are my all time favorite. If you're new to Kuching, I'd totally recommend stopping by at Topspot for dinner. Dinner for three costed us less than RM70. Super-cheap, right? For more reviews on Topspot you can click [here].

And we also ordered barbecued prawns with cheese from the next stall. Unfortunately it's not as good as it looked. So, that's not recommended unfortunately. 

A word of caution, 7.30 pm to 9 pm is considered as peak time for dinner so seats might be a little bit limited.

xoxo Mrs Fashionista

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fashionista's Review: Iftar at BCCK

For the past three years, I have been going to BCCK for iftar and it has never disappointed me. And this year is no different. Here are the photos:

There's a few stalls lined outside selling Raya stuffs for some last minute shopping before breaking fast.

Entrance to the main hall.

The venue. Surprisingly, although the seating chart showed that the place was full, it certainly didn't seem as if it was jam-packed with people. I think it's due to their clever arrangement of seats and tables. The place felt very cosy and comfortable, and it certainly gave us a great dining experience =). 

First up, desserts:


Some more desserts. Mango pudding, strawberry pudding, cheese tartlets, chocolate cake and many more to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. 

Chocolate fountain. Popular with not only the kids, but adults too! 

Fruit on sticks, ready to be dipped into the chocolate fountain.

Another table full of desserts.

Blueberry chocolate cake layered with cream cheese on top.

Traditional cakes are also available.

And a definite favorite, the cheesecake.

Next, the main dish:

Beef lasagna. Which was absolutely delicious. Just the way Garfield would have wanted it, haha!

Nasi Arab. 

Barbecued chicken with gravy. 

Butter prawn.

Curry ambal. 

Mashed potatoes. Next to it is blackpepper beef.

From the salad table, fresh prawns and oh, I forgot the name of this fish, unfortunately.

And from the stalls:

Ikan bakar.

Ikan kembung bakar.

Chicken shawarma or this is what I'd normally call as kebab.

Whole roast lamb (with assorted gravy on the side).

Barbecued duck and chicken rice stall.

And this is the barbecued duck. 

And this is what I had:

Cream of pumpkin soup.

From the salad bar, some seaweed, salad (sprinkled with crouton and cheese), smoked salmon, fresh prawns and fish.

Chicken shawarma, beef lasagna and barbecued lamb.

And desserts, mango pudding and carrot brownie with cream cheese. 

The buffet at BCCK only costs about RM72 nett and to date, it has never disappointed me. Oh, I almost forgot, they also serve a variety of drinks (ice bandung, cappuccino, americano, teh tarik etc) inclusive with your buffet dinner.

And if you're wondering, there are plenty more food that I didn't manage to snap photos of like the roti canai, roti jala, ice kacang, mee kolok, a variety of cucur (pisang, udang and sayur, I think), and many more. The last day for iftar at BCCK is on the 15th of August so if you're planning to break your fast at BCCK, I'd say you have only about 10 days to go. For bookings, BCCK can be contacted at 082-392888.

xoxo Mrs Fashionista