About The Blogger

My name is Tammy and I've been blogging for over a decade now. I work full-time in my dream company while juggling love, life, this cute blog and a blogger's community called The Butterfly Project. People often tell me that I'm a wonder woman, but in reality - if it's something you love, you can do wonders.

When I'm not wondering, I'll be on my computer searching for the next fountain of youth or hunting down a fantastic deal. I'm also a shopaholic, wanderluster, spa enthusiast and proud hipster who loves planning special occasions and surprises for her loved ones.
  • Top 10 Female Bloggers in Malaysia
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia
  • Winner of Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia 2011



  • A&W 63rd Birthday Limited Edition My Rooty Tote Bag

    9.21.2022


    limited edition my rooty tote bag RM19.90 np
    RM16.90 with any combo purchase


    a collaboration with local artist @nassuha_


    comes in equally cool box


    you can also customize your name on the bag
    Sunway Pyramid 23-25 Sept

    It is definitely a breath of fresh air to see a restaurant chain like A&W collaborating with local artist @nassuha_ to showcase their work. Our local scene definitely needs more exposure and I am so happy to see this from A&W as they celebrate their 63rd birthday which falls on the same day as Malaysia Day! 16th September. 

    So what did they do? They release a beautiful Malaysia illustration with the Great Root Bear, Rooty! Hence the name My Rooty Tote Bag 💖

    Available at 10 A&W outlets nationwide, while stocks last. 

    Since being in Malaysia from the beginning, our beloved mascot Rooty has fallen in love with everything Malaysian, and he is deeply inspired by our fans, local heroes and Malaysian elements. Purchase our limited edition tote bag to embrace and celebrate the country’s diversity with us. 🇲🇾❤️ - A&W Malaysia.


    Want the bag? Then you can get free name customization on the tote bag at Sunway Pyramid only on 23rd - 25th September 2022. Go early to avoid disappointment! Limited to 2 customized bags per customer. T&C Apply.

    SHUGUO YINXIANG HOT POT 蜀國印象·火锅 REVIEW

    9.15.2022

     
    SHUGUO YINXIANG HOT POT 蜀國印象·火锅

    Finally, I got to try one of the chains of restaurants from Chengdu Sichuan, China, famed for their fiery tongue-numbing, throat-coughing, volcano eruption bathroom break hot pots. However, I am not a fan of that type because even the mildest level causes me to cough uncontrollably. Don't get me wrong, I love spicy food and mala! What's a hot pot without mala, right? 

    Though quite expensive, it is on par with the rest of the popular hot pot restaurants in the Klang Valley, and with each hot pot restaurant, there is a signature soup that would determine what's for dinner tonight.

    SHUGUO YINXIANG Tropicana Gardens Mall

    a rather large and spacious dining outlet

    condiments and tea is mandatory rm7/pax

    Just like the muscular guy hot pot in Uptown, they serve the special Eight Treasures Tea too, made from Chinese herbs, chrysanthemum, licorice, stevia leaf, mangosteen, rock sugar, and jasmine tea. This tea helps with the spiciness and is easy on the stomach. Just like the use of sesame seed oil in your sauces, which helps to reduce discomfort from spicy food.

    kung fu tea performance

    7pm / 9pm

    Also, if you're looking forward to some entertainment for your family or guests, this is one of the hot pot restaurants to go to as they have a special Kungfu tea performance in a way you have never seen before. The classic Sichuan opera's historical art, Bian Lian, is a face-changing performance performed by an art troupe from China.

    their sour cabbage duck soup is the best!

    Now let's get down to business. A double pot costs RM45 and a triple pot cost RM50. The soup choices are limited, but they are good! You have the usual pork bone soup, mushroom soup, tomato soup, and let's just admit it, collagen soup is becoming the norm and not a specialty anymore. Mala soups come in two options: either Beef Oil or Nature Oil Mala. Their signature? That would be the sour cabbage duck soup, which I highly recommend.


    Tan Tan Noodles a Szechuan specialty RM12

    Ring Roll RM16 / Frozen Special Tofu RM10

    Szechuan glass noddle RM12 / black fungus RM12

    Assorted Mushroom Platter RM26

    I will just list down the items we ordered and the prices since their food items are fresh and high quality! There is really nothing much to say, but I definitely would like to highlight their Chendu specialty platters, which can be pricey, but you get to sample a bit of everything in a fancy box. This place has a way to display top dishes in a fancy manner, meaning not just on a plate, so it makes an impressive display next to your hot pot.

    Signature Nine Dish Combo RM99
    beef slices, beef tripe, pork cheeks
    pork liver, daisy duck, beef tendon
    squid, fish, scallops

    Assorted Handmade Balls platters RM28
    Handmade Shrimp Paste RM28 / Squid Roe Paste RM28

    Canadian Scallop RM46 / Superior Pork Belly RM26

    Pee Beef Balls RM18 / Pork Balls RM20
    Handmade Coriander Balls RM20


    Pork Collar Slice RM26

    Duo Platter (Pork and Beef Slices) N/A
    Superior Beef Slice RM48

    That's a lot of dishes, right? haha!!! We love hot pot, so we needed to try everything once. I would say their meat slices are fresh and good quality, and their soups are really delicious. Even after I went back home, I smelled for 2 days like hot pot! I did shower and wash my hair! It is pretty expensive. Even a normal meal with 3 pax would cost about RM150/pax after taxes. These days, taxes really kill.

    Opening Hours 12pm - 11pm 
    Lunch: 12pm-4pm Enjoy 20% Discount
    Promo - Spend RM200 and get RM50 voucher*
    Birthday 10% discount
    Take Away - Self Pickup or Delivery: Enjoy a 20% Discount

    https://shuguoyinxiangarkadia.com

    I went to Tropicana Gardens and Plaza Arkadia. 
    They have many outlets in the Klang Valley.

    My Cricut Craft Corner

    9.06.2022

     behold my new inspirational craft corner

    Over the weekend, I worked on finding a place to put this A-plantar rack that I salvaged from my friend Izzati (she got it from Kawood KL). It was previously used in her garden, so it had weathered away with cracks, water damage, and the legs had some rot set in. I googled how to treat wood, so I went to Ace Hardware to get them. Online articles advised using linseed oil to treat wood, but before that I needed to sandpaper it and clean the wood. I bought linseed oil from an Indonesian seller on Shopee (more affordable).

    I did this in a span of a month, letting the wood rest after each step.

    (I forgot to take a picture of the rack before I started cleaning.)

    I bought wood cleaning wipes & sandpaper from Ace Hardware
    Linseed Oil from Shopee (Indonesian seller)

    After sanding down and another round of linseed oil treatment
    it's looking much better than before

    pupu approves this rack haha

    I decided to position this next to my work desk and my pet budgie's play area. It looked quite nice with my potted plants on top, and I moved all my Cricut materials over along with my Cricut Joy machine. Now I can clearly see what materials I have when I think of projects to do!

    It does look pretty nice right? I love the combination of colors here, pink, teal, yellow, orange all the whacky colors to brighten the jungalow up.

    The Dough Factory Bandar Sri Damansara Review

    9.01.2022


    The Dough Factory

    The other day, I followed my sister, who needed to go to HOI  to look for materials at Bandar Sri Damansara, and happened upon a cool-looking bakery nearby called The Dough Factory. It's opposite The Beam (people have been telling me this is a great place for coffee). 

    pssst.... Sis is trying to start a small business by herself by baking her infamous crumbly Belgian chocolate chip cookies, so if anyone is reading this blog of mine, do support her if you can. #blessyou


    We were hungry, so we dropped by for brunch and coffee. It was beautiful inside, not the kind of beauty that's like a Parisian cafe, but beautiful in the sense that this is the kind of interior design I love! industrial concept-grey, black, metals, concrete, cement, the works. It reminded me of my old rental in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. 

    a hidden gem in Bandar Sri Damansara

    ground floor & menu

    staircase to the upper floors

    the upper floors


    Long Black (cold) RM9

    Black Truffle Squid Ink Carbonara RM24
    Big Breakfast RM28

    Their puff pastries made us go wow! My sister could taste that it uses good butter. We agreed that this is so far the best pastry bakery we have ever eaten. So much so that we order takeaway for tea-time too. I expected their iced black coffee to be bigger than what was served (small cup). 

    We also ordered the pasta and the big breakfast for brunch. The presentation is good, and the portions are adequate, but we believe their pastries are superior. I think the black truffle squid ink carbonara has a poached egg. We anticipated a melting yolk when Sis cut through it, but it was a cooked yolk instead.


    their pastries are so good!

    croissants, sea salt kouign amann

    pain au chocolate, danishes, tars


    their egg tarts are so good it's like a creme Brulee egg tart!
    the spicy tuna puff is good too

    our takeaway bounty

    We would come back here again for the pastries because it's just that good, beyond our expectations of a small bakery hidden in an industrial area. My only wish is that they improve the way they pack for takeaways because our pastries were all damaged by the time we got home. They shouldn't pile it on top like that.

    Urban Artisan Bakery and Brunch
    Jalan Gangsa SD 5/3B,
    52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Mon- Fri 9am-5pm
    Sat-Sun 9am-7pm


    P.S: I found out they're on Beep It so I don't have to go all the way to Bdr Sri Damansara.

    Kyoto Bijin Yakiniku Uptown PJ Review

    8.17.2022

    this is my go-to Jap BBQ place in PJ

    Having discovered this gem last year thanks to sis K (one of our Hot Pot Crew sisters) this place has become my fave Japanese BBQ resto now! Just the other day, I treated my sister to her birthday dinner here as she was craving some Japanese BBQ. It was her first time too and boy she was also impressed! This is Kyoto Bijin Yakiniku Uptown and they have another branch in Subang Jaya called Tokyo Bijin Yakiniku. 


    authentic Japanese restaurant decorations


    open dining & semi private dining available
    (semi-private is separated by blinds)

    you get a feel of being in a yakiniku bar

    Green Onion Beef Tongue RM28
    Beef Karubi RM24
    Beef Rib Eye RM26

    I do recommend the beef rib eye, beef karubi, the awesome green onion beef tongue (must order!), and the green onion rice. You won't go wrong with this 3 yum! The beef tongue is like a must-have when I come here. My friends and I would order seconds if we weren't satisfied haha. I don't know how to describe this but I'm not a person to eat weird parts like the tongue, but this taste like an exquisite, chewy flavorful beef part with green onions.

    During this visit, my sister ordered the Japanese Dashi Omelet which comes with toppings of mentaiko, mayo, and green onions. This was a surprisingly refreshing yummy dish with the toppings bringing a refreshing flavor to the soft, layers of omelet melting in my mouth.


    don't be fooled by the bed of green onions
    the beef tongue is under it!

    chef recommendation: green onion rice RM14
    which suits bbq more than the ochazuke RM18
    (it started getting dense and soggy fast)

    get chicken karage free when you FB share & show it to them
    Japanese Dashi Omelet RM22

    Oyster 1pc RM20
    (the oyster is so big I kid you not)

    Unlike Korean BBQ restaurants, Japanese BBQ doesn't come with side dishes such as vegetables so you will have to order this on the side from the menu. There are 3 types of sauces available on every table which are garlic, chili oil, and soy sauce or something (I'm not sure). Prices are pretty decent for an establishment like this, but I normally come here if it's a special occasion or gathering. 

    It's normally a full house so book ahead to avoid disappointment if you want to go! 

    Kyoto Bijin Yakiniku Uptown
    103 Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama,
    47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

    Opens 5.30pm - 11.00pm daily
    booking 03-7732 7799

    OOh La La Brunch & Self Care Workshop

    8.13.2022

    Ooh La La Brunch

    Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, can do your job, can help and care for others, and do all the things you want and need to accomplish in a day.
    What's The Ooh La La about?

    For one day, we ask that you leave all your worries behind, and come enjoy yourself in a self-care workshop with 3 mini exercises by our sponsored speakers followed by a delicious European brunch buffet. 

    If you're ready to let us bring you on this journey, register now and wait for our private invite.
    Private Event
    Date: 10th Sept 2022
    Time: 11am - 2.30pm
    Venue: Lou Lou James The Kitchen, Plaza Arkadia
    Dresscode: Parisian Chic (click link for example)
    *3 best-dressed ladies will win a prize worth RM128 from Lou Lou James The Kitchen.
    As seats are limited, we won't be able to invite everyone so do register early and save the date! Register Here

    P.S: Brunch will be served after 1pm and you're free to mingle and explore the sponsor's booth to collect your goodie bags worth nearly RM1,000 during that time.

    Many thanks to Lou Lou James The Kitchen, Skin Inc, Roots Malaysia, Us For Ocean and Monin for being our speakers and sponsors for the event.

    Recycle Your Batteries & Light Bulbs at Ikea Malaysia

    8.10.2022

    RECYCLE AT IKEA

    If you're asking where you can recycle your light bulbs and batteries amongst your other usual recyclables then sis Tammy is here to let you know, just go to Ikea Malaysia and dropped them off into the chutes there. They have slots for light bulbs, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, PET plastic bottles, plastic-based waste, and paper.

    I'm lucky since IKEA Damansara is just a walk away and I often bring my waste products here as I can't bear to put sharp objects such as light bulbs and batteries into my trash thinking of what they will do to our land.

    DIM DOU DUCK THE STARLING FOOD REVIEW

    8.07.2022


    Dim Dou Duck, The Starling Mall

    My sister was craving Peking Duck for her birthday dinner so the fam went to the newly opened Dim Dou Duck The Starling Mall branch figuring it was the best place to avoid the crowd (covid). Their branch in Desa Parkcity had private rooms so we thought it would be a safer option for our golden girl mom.

    I called that branch and they told me they won't open the 1st floor where the private rooms are unless the ground floor is filled up. I couldn't understand why private rooms are made if they're not allowed to be reserved but since it's their business, I'll respect their conditions.

    Since Dim Dou Duck only accepts walk-ins, we took our chances at the Starling branch which was quieter. It looks bigger too since they took over the previous restaurant pub there. Dinner opens at 5pm so I was there early to get us a table. FYI they won't seat you unless everyone's there.

    U know what? I really like the colors and interior design of this outlet! Very quirky modern Shanghai vibes. Here are some pictures!

    big and spacious restaurant

    love the modern retro Shanghainese vibes

    the wallpapers are so nice!

    Since it's our lil' sister's birthday, we ordered a feast off the menu. The first was a whole Peking Duck with pancake and duck bone soup. Then we ordered pork belly for our mom, fish, rice, vegetables, and beancurd. Appetizers were the soups in which we could've opted out because the Peking Duck came with a big bowl of delicious duck bone soup. I like it so much because it had a preserved veggie taste in it too! Mom says it's too ducky for her.

    Roasted Peking Duck served with pancakes & duck bone soup RM95
    (half duck is RM60)

    the skin is so crispy, but the meat isn't overpowering ducky
    the soup is so good, don't bother ordering another soup!

    seafood black truffle soup RM20
    sour & spicy seafood soup RM15

    but we did so I'll share what we think about the soups here coz it was kinda exciting discovering these two soups. My sis and bro ordered the seafood black truffle soup and it is GOOD! It tastes like shark-fin soup with truffles and seafood. I ordered the sour & spicy seafood soup which was really weird. My siblings were laughing at me for ordering that. To me it tastes like tomato spicy shark fin soup haha it was weird but not too bad, I kinda grew to like it in the end.

    sizzling homemade beancurd with minced pork RM25
    stir-fried mixed vegetables & almond flakes RM28

    I love the beancurd! It had eggs on the bottom omg! nice!!! but the stir-fried mixed vegs & almond flakes was a bit of a let down because we were expecting the common stir fry vegs dish. This one was mostly eggplant in it and a bit of dark sweet sauce kind. That baby corn tho.. is so big. 

    yang chow fried rice RM25
    teochew orh ni RM12
    Lemongrass Jelly with Mint Lime Mixed Fruits RM12
    (forgot take pic)

    The Yang Chow Fried Rice wasn't to our liking as it's the oily and dense type. We prefer drier and yat lap yat lap kind (grain by grain kind). The desserts were not bad! My first time eating teochew orh ni which tasted like yam paste and the lemongrass jelly with fruits made a refreshing palate cleanser. It came in a ice-cream cup kind, topped with citrusy fruits. Really nice since I love lemongrass desserts.

    our round table feast

    Overall, the youngsters kinda OKAY the food but the boomers might feel they have eaten better Peking Ducks. Anyway happy birthday to my sister! We all got together to celebrate it early in the weekend so that my brother can relax a bit since he has to work almost every day. After dinner, we went jalan-jalan looking at the pop-up bazaars, do some grocery shopping, and headed back home.

    Jalan-jalan means walk-walk (take walks). 

    DIM DOU DUCK
    G-034, THE STARLING MALL 6,
    JALAN SS21/37, Damansara Utama,
    47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    Opens daily
    Lunch: 11.30pm - 2.30pm
    Dinner: 5.00pm - 9.00pm

    *No reservations allowed.
    *Everyone has to be there to be seated.
    * Starling has no private rooms.
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