About The Blogger

My name is Tammy Lim and I am an award winning blogger from Top 10 Malaysia Magazine and Cleo Malaysia Magazine. I have been blogging since 2008 and I am also the founder of a local Malaysian beauty & lifestyle 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 Award
  • Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia Award
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia

  • Kyoto Bijin Yakiniku Uptown PJ Review


    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


    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



    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 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). 

    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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