Signature Market – Healthy Food Haul

I’m now in the process of slowly getting back into the rhythm of eating healthy again. For that, I wanted to get some healthy ingredients for my meal prep as well as snacks for this whole new journey of mine. Recently, I found out 2 of my friend, Maslight and Delores bought their healthy snacks via online at Signature Market, an online Malaysian healthy food market and I thought I should try to purchase my healthy necessities there. So I did and after waiting for a week, my package has finally arrived!

There are a huge variety of healthy, organic snacks and ingredients available on the Signature Market’s website from nut mixes, organic products like Chia seed, Quinoa and also organic coffee & teas at a very affordable price! I bought my Chia seed for only RM10.00 and it’s 200gm! If you are interested, click the Signature Market’s website to check out the products in store. Right now there is a Ramadan sale happening and for your 1st purchase, the delivery charges will be FREE! Yes, FREE! Now who doesn’t like free delivery?!

Below are my purchases!

1. Raw Almond

I’ve been wanting to try to make my own Almond milk, hence for this purchase. But if I decided not to make my own Almond milk, I can just roast it up a bit and become yummy snacks!

2. Healthy Nut Mix

In this small little packet consist of mixture if nuts such as Almond, Cashew, Pecan, Hazelnut and Peanut! All the yummy nuts, mixed together!


3. Organic Oat

Honestly, I’m not much of a fan of oats but I’ve made overnight oats before and they tasted so much better; well at least they tasted tolerable than having oats with just plain water or milk. Next 2 items that I bought have something to do with my upgraded overnight oat recipes, which I can’t wait to make!


3. Antioxidant Boost

The benefits of antioxidants are super important to good health because it fights off ageing and helps in making your skin looks youthful, not forgetting it can increase your immune system. This packet consists of dried Apricots, dried Cranberries, dried Wolfberries and dried Blackcurrants. I’ve never heard nor tried Wolfberries before so I’m looking forward to that.


4. Cranberry Blackcurrant Mix

Well, the name of the package says it all about the content. I LOVE CRANBERRIES THAT’S WHY I GOT IT! The reason why I bought 2 products with Cranberries in them! Cranberries taste really good in overnight oats!

Now 2 of my last packs..


4. Chia Seed

Chia seed is one of the popular SUPERFOODS! Chia seed really packs a punch in its benefits from promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, improves the digestive system and the most intrigued benefit of all for me is it helps in weight lost and increase the metabolism rate! 

The way I consume my Chia seed is that I put in anything that I drink, I even put it into my drinking water. It’s fun to watch the seed turns and looking similarly like frog eggs!

There you go, my healthy food haul! For more information on Signature Market, you can either visit their website or Instagram account.

I hope my eagerness to improve my health is here to stay! I still have half a year to reach my goal in losing weight this year! Wish me luck please 😊 

I shall post up my overnight oats recipes but that’s for another post in the future! 

Till then, Jess x

Ps: This is not a sponsored post. However, I’d welcome if anyone would want to do collabs, sponsored contents, etc.

Send me Nudes!

No pun intended people but by all means, it has been for quite awhile now that I’ve been obsessing over all things nude, the shade I mean and it’s kind of reaching to a new height lately. It was when Kim Kardashian started this whole ‘nude color scheme’ craze a few years ago that it got me hooked cos I’m all about her, like literally whatever Kim does, I’m all aboard. But for whatever reasons, I’m certain that my love for nudes isn’t going to go away anytime soon. That’s why for this blog post I decided to show you a few of my recent purchase that happen to be all in the nude shades. Enjoy!

This one is the nudest color that I own! It’s the Sephora’s line of nail polish in the shade of Camel Trekking which only cost me RM11.90 cos there was Sephora’s Black Card sale. I love the color very much & I get quite a few attentions on where did I buy the nail color polish!

Another nail polish, this one is Catrice’s Luxe Nudes nail polish in the shade of 14 Crème de la Crème that has a little purple undertone. It amazes me that it only cost me RM10.00, probably because it was on sale and bought 2 together with another dark purple-ish color. You can get Cartrice products in Guardian.

From nail polishes, let’s move on to makeup, shall we? 😄

This one is the newest addition to my collection of nude colour lipsticks. It’s the In2It Liquid Matte Lip Cream in the shade of 02 ritzy. I don’t really know what ritzy means but it’s pretty catchy. It has a little orangey shade when I put it on my lips and this lip cream stays the longest compared to my other matte lip cream.

My most favourite lip cream of all, it’s the Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick which cost me a hefty amount of RM99.00! It’s in the shade of Lolita II and this shade is among its bestsellers! I know you may think that I spent too much on a lip cream but so you know, a girl should splurge once in awhile. So girls, it’s okay to reward yourself to remain sane! 😉

I’m pretty sure for those who love liquid lipstick, they will definitely have NYX’s product. It’s the  NYX Liquid Suede in shade No. 04 and this is actually a pre-loved but before you feel all-grossed out, I bought it from my bestie of mine from work, Diana whom shares the love of lipstick with yours truly here. I actually bought it before this line came into retail in Sabah. Your girl here likes to be up to date as this is one of my favorite brand for liquid lipstick 😆

Another NYX’s product here, it’s the Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade of Stockholm. When I wanted to channel my inner Kim Kardashian, this is the lip cream that I would go to! NYX’s product is very affordable given that this is an American brand.

Lastly, from makeup, the last item is…

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Yes, a nude shade bikini 👙

Well, it has this orangey shade to it but to me it’s still a nude shade which I love it sooo much! I wore it last Saturday to Sapi Island and I feel muy caliente in it 🔥

I got it from Cotton On, which was on sale at RM30. When I saw it on the rack, I know I have to get this baby! 😝

I hope you guys enjoyed this short post of mine on my favourite colour/shade as much as I enjoyed putting this post together. So maybe I should produce more posts like this, yes?

Till next post, Jess x

My 8 Steps of Korean Skincare Night Routine

Hey guys! How is everybody? I cannot believe how fast time flies and now we’re in the month of May. Happy Wesak day to everybody that celebrates this auspicious day and happy birthday to Siddhartha Gautama!

To be honest, I am not keen of anything Korean, the K-Pop craze, K-Drama, K-Film but with the exception of Korean food (I LOVE Bibimbap!) and of course, the flawless and dewy skin that these Korean women have. I always wonder how they have their perfect skin and I discovered that Korean skincare product is actually so innovative and they are now taking over the beauty and skincare world and yours truly here has become so obsessed! From knowing absolutamente nada about Korean skincare routine to become semi-pro in explaining or should I say “encouraging” my friends to get into the Korean beauty craze bandwagon with me.

Before I started this Korean skincare journey, the only thing that I did is to just wash my face with a normal face cleanser that I just got from Watson or Guardian and that is exactly the only skincare routine that I ever did, every single day. But that totally changed when I met a friend of mine whom is now one of my closest friends at work, Diana and her skin is absolutely amazing and so close to the flawlessness similar to the skin of Korean women.

The normal Korean skincare normally has 10 to 12 steps to it, depending whether it’s for day or night routine. Yes my friend, you read it correctly, 10 TO 11 STEPS! I’m pretty sure that you would think  the number of steps in a Korean skincare routine is too much, which I personally agree when I first found out about the 10 steps but as I was doing my own research time after time, I really think that each of the steps actually has their own benefits that can really do wonders to your skin if you do all the steps mentioned. You have to put more effort into your skin to get the best result, am I right? 🙂

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Taken from the book The Little Book of Skincare: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy Glowing Skin by Charlotte Cho, co-founder of Sokoglam

In this particular post, I will only be focusing on the night routine. Hence, the title. Before I get into more in depth of my skincare, let me just briefly share what is my skin situation. So, I have combination and acne-prone skin whereby I can get pretty oily in my T-Zone area and I break out quite easily especially if I get really lazy to clean my face from all the make-up that I have on.

For the time being, my personal Korean Skincare night routine consists of 8 steps but it can also be 6 steps because there are 2 steps that I don’t normally do on a daily basis. However, I will still be explaining all 8 steps because it’s good to remind myself why I do all the steps and probably this post will actually help you to understand more about the beauty of Korean skincare routine and to also probably inspire you to get into this craze with me.

Without further a due, let’s go to it!

JESS’ 8 STEP KOREAN SKINCARE NIGHT ROUTINE

I. Make-up Remover

Double cleansing is basically washing off the impurities from your face, 2 times. The first step that I do is to take of the make-up from my face and for that, I am using an oil based cleanser. Koreans are obsessed with oil based cleanser because it helps in melting the make-up by just massage it onto the face, you don’t even have to put so much pressure and roughly rubbing your lids to rub that eyeliner off.

I am using a Korean cult favorite oil cleanser, Banilo Co Clean It Zero Original. This product is so amazing! I got it because I read so many good reviews about it and Youtuber Morgan from Beauty Breakdown said that this is her favorite oil cleanser. If you have oily skin, don’t be afraid of using this product because actually by incorporating oil-based product into your skincare routine actually helps to regulate the amount of natural oil / sebum production.

My tips: Use warm water to cleanse off the oil-based makeup remover as warm water helps in melting off the product and also to open up your pores for the next step.

II. Water Based Cleanser

For step 2, I use the water based cleanser to rinse-off the oil and make-up residue and my go-to water based cleanser that I use at night is the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam. The Innisfree brand is actually well-known for their skincare line because the ingredients for all of their products are all natural and high quality originated from the island of Jeju. What I love about this product is that, it contains tiny bits of volcanic clay whereby clay helps to absorb excess oil/sebum.

Korean fact: Do you know Koreans only use their middle and ring fingers to message the foam onto their faces? They believe that it will decrease the amount of pressure they put their face as too much pressure could cause their face to sag and to loose the skin’s elasticity.

My tips: Do this step at the very last of your shower / bath time because you need to use the toner immediately right after shower.

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III. Exfoliation

This is one of the step that I don’t do everyday, with a reason. It’s actually not recommended to exfoliate your skin especially the face area because it can inflammation and worst, dehydration. Prolonged dehydration can cause the very-dreaded wrinkles.

The exfoliator that I used is the coffee scrub that I have blogged about it, which you can read about it out here. I love that scrub as it does not dehydrate my skin and the price is affordable. I exfoliate 3 times a week, particularly on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

IV. Toner

Many people may think that toner is a product that just tone up the face. Well that’s actually really not the case. In Korean skincare’s terminology, toner is actually to be applied to get rid of pollutants or cleanser residue that you still might have after cleansing your face. Besides that, the most important reason for you to apply toner is that it actually balances out the PH level of your skin and this allows your skin to prepare itself to absorb the other products that you have after this step.

The one that I’m using is the Mamonde Rose Water Toner and what I like about this product is that it contains 90.89% of rose water, it has this really nice and soothing scent of rose and the scent is the original scent of rose! I just pour out a dime size of product into my palm and pat the product onto my face, I do this 5 times per go until I achieve a Mochi – kind of bounce for my face.

Korean Facts: Do you know that Koreans actually pats their toner at least 7 times onto their face?

My tips: Don’t dry your face with a towel when you’re just finished with your shower. Pat your face until semi-dry then you pat the toner onto your face!

 

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V. Essence

Essence is one of my favourites in this whole steps of skincare because it really does work! That SK-II line, yes they are essences! And to most Koreans, essence is equivalent to the heart of their skincare regime, it is that vital to have it in your skincare! Essence actually has a double purposes which acts as a toner but at the same time it has this serum hybrid that helps in repairing your skin and to boost your skin cell turnover rate that makes your skin to look brighter and smoother.

I am using the Missha First Treatment Essence, which popularly known as SK-II dupe. I JUST CANNOT SKIP THIS EVERYDAY! Similarly to toner, I pour a dime size of this heavenly essence and just pat lightly to my face but I only do it 2 times as it contains active fermented ingredients.

My tips: Quickly pat this item onto your face as leave it too long on your face may cause reddening.

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VI. Serum / Ampoules / Boosters

Serums, ampoules and boosters are products that contain a more concentrated essence that aids your skin to combat more concerning issues that you have about your skin such as pigmentation, wrinkles whereby in my case are pore-refining and acne. Since I have oily T-Zone, it makes my pores around that area to be a little more visible than other part of my face. I wouldn’t say I have a serious acne condition but I get break out easily even though it’s not the time “of the month”.

The serum that I’m using is an oil-based serum, Garden of Eden Primrose E. I know you might question me why do I use oil-based serum even though I have oily T-Zone, but I learned from a beauty guru Gothamista on Youtube that oils are really good for your skin  because it contains anti-oxidant, nutritiens and vitamins that nourish the skin and even heal the skin deeply when applied but if you use the wrong ones for your skin type, the oil can betray you and your skin, brutally! I only use 3 droplets of oil and massage the oil onto my skin until it is fully absorbed. The good thing about this product is that it doesn’t leave any greasy feeling on my hand and on my face and I realized that the next morning, my T-zone is not oily AT ALL!

This is the only non-Korean product I use in this Korean Skincare routine and it’s surprisingly cheap that cost me RM49.00, it can be purchased in your nearest drugstores Watson and Guardian.

My tips: Massage in circular motion on your face and to know what oil is suitable for your skin type, go to Gothamista’s Youtube channel and check out the video on Face Oils.

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VII. Sheet Mask

Sheet masks, how I love thee! The beauty of sheet mask is that it forces your skin to absorb the goodness from the sheet mask and you can totally see and feel the difference after leaving it on your face for 15-20 minutes. What I love about sheet mask is that it allows you to just relax and when I put my sheet mask on, I am on full Zen-mode! I don’t do this everyday, it’s a 2 times per week thing for me or just once a week depending on whether I have sheet masks in stock in my vanity. Bought these 2 sheet mask on a sale for RM5.00 for 2 at Watson 😛

It is also an Instagram-worthy selfie since your girl here is obsessed with Instagram!

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VIII. Sleeping Mask

Reaching to this point, I already have the shiny glow on my skin, Koreans call it ‘Dewy’. The purpose of this final step is to keep your skin to stay hydrated as you are sleeping. The product that I’m using is none other than La Soul Diamond Sleeping Mask. I put it all over my face and my skin absorb the product quite quickly an it doesn’t leave any stickiness.

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There you go, my 8 step of Korean skincare routine! Intimidating, much? This whole routine only takes about 10-15 minutes, 30 minutes top if I have my sheet mask on and that’s it. I find it relaxing and therapeutic that I’m actually doing something good to my face and to my skin, you need to take some time to pamper yourself and I am doing it everyday! The reality is that, I do want to look youthful even when I’m old and the only thing I can do is to put extra time and effort into taking care of my skin.

If you would like to know more about Korean skincare routine and Korean Skincare product, please feel free to check out the links below as these people are my gurus and I can totally rely on them and the information that they impart.

  1. Gothamista’s Youtube channel
  2. Morgan from Beauty Breakdown Youtube channel
  3. Joan Kim’s Youtube channel
  4. Glow Recipe’s blog

I purchased all my Korean skincare products on Hermo where you can get all of the major Korean and Japanese brands and also the drug store brands like Maybelline, Lo’real and others. And a major and big shout out to Major-B, a local tiny store located in Damai where you can just go to the shop and they also have an online store where you can check what products they have in stock before you go to the store. All the products sold in the store are bought directly from Korea by the owner of Major-B herself, she is now living both in Kota Kinabalu and also Korea and she even has a Korean boyfriend! All the products are actually affordable given that all of them are authentic Korean brands.

It’s a really long post and give yourself a pat if you read this until the end and I hope by reading this post, you will have some knowledge on Korean skincare routine and how good it is to your skin that makes you get excited to love your skin more that you want to work on your skin even more than your current skincare routine!

Until next post and Annyoung!

Jess.

Disclaimer: This post is nowhere a sponsored post by any brands mentioned. However, I am up for any collaborations 🙂

The Gaon – Korean Restaurant

So a few weeks ago, Fay and I decided to meet up after work and we went to Imago Mall Kota Kinabalu for a catch-up and bikini hunting since our beach retreat is coming soon (watch out for that post)! After the unsuccessful hunt, we were pretty hungry so we decided to have dinner at this new Korean restaurant called The Gaon, all thanks to Maslight post and recommendation on this restaurant on her Instagram post. This restaurant is located in Imago Mall Kota Kinabalu and actually situated above Souled Out.

When we first walked in, the restaurant looked très chic but very comfortable at the same time. The space was decorated minimally and there are also a few private rooms located at one side of the restaurant suitable for private events, luncheon, that sort of thing. I was looking from the main dining area, I could see that the private dining rooms has a huge glass window; rooms with view, what’s not to like! I would say that the restaurant is quite huge and spacious, so it is has that private feel that you could bring your mate, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend to go for a little romantic meal.

The restaurant offers quite a variety of authentic Korean meals from Kimchi JJigae, Sundubu JJigae, Bibimbap to Korean barbeque. Being so indecisive as always, I couldn’t decide on what to eat. So in the end, I opt for Bibimbap because you can never go wrong with Bibimbap. Fay ordered the same thing and we collectively agreed to include Sundubu JJigae with beef in our order since we wanted something soupy, which in fact these two dishes are actually our fave Korean dishes.

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All the elements in the Bibimbap were well seasoned, the Sundubu JJigae was not salty cos I have tried Sundubu JJigae elsewhere and this meal can be quite salty. All in all, I enjoyed our little din-din here.

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Until next time, Jess x

Coral Flyer – 1 of the “Must-Do” activities in KK City!

Hey guys! Much apologies for the long hiatus and now I am back with an update!

I must say that I am truly blessed being a Sabahan as I get to visit beautiful island without having to travel far! That being said, yesterday (4th March 2017) I was able to visit Sapi Island and of course, I did the Coral Flyer together with some of the #kkbloggers Maslight, Fay and two of the Hitz.fm Sabah radio announcers Calista and Farhan!

The Coral Flyer is Borneo’s longest zipline that connects the Gaya island and Sapi island. In order to experience it, you have to register yourself at the Coral Flyer counter at the Sapi Island entrance and there will be a boat that will send you to the Gaya island as the Coral Flyer starts at Gaya island and ends at Sapi island. The staff of Coral Flyer are so friendly and they really concerned about our safety and even double checking our gears!

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Registering ourselves at the Coral Flyer counter
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That fine line connecting both of the island is the Coral Flyer! It was such a beautiful day!#nofilterneeded
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Deep down so nervous, right Massy? LOL!
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Arriving at Padang Point, Gaya Island. Hi Fay 🙂

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Gear up! Photo credit: Maslight
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A little hike before arriving at the platform. Photo credit: Maslight

 

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Pouting before the scream! Photo Credit: Maslight
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A group photo before going off is a must! Photo credit: Maslight

Anybody who knew me long enough, they know that I am afraid of heights but when Maslight invited me to join them, I just couldn’t reject the chance of doing the Coral Flyer even though that I have done it once in 2015. I seriously thought that since I have done it before, I would not be afraid of doing it again but boy, I was so wrong! I was super nervous when it was my turn to go off and I screamed all the way through and even louder this second time. But all in all, it was such a good adrenaline rush and I would definitely do it again next time!

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20 seconds of pure screams and high on adrenaline! Photo credit: Maslight

Check out my instagram if you are wondering how loud I was screaming! HAHAHAHAHA

I’ll see you again, Coral Flyer!

Jess x

Lunchbox Meals To Work – Week 1

Happy Monday everyone, another week has passed and here we are reminiscing what did we do last week that made it went by so fast. How was your week? I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend, all I did was staying at home relaxing and tidying up my room for it to be revamped this year if you guys are wondering.

This year, I promised myself that I wanted to be wiser when it comes to choosing what goes into my belly and to save more moolah on buying lunch every day. With that in mind, I started to bring my own lunchbox to work during the weekdays and I woke up way earlier than my regular morning alarm to prepare for my lunchbox for 5 straight days. I didn’t expect that I would be this diligent and committed but I managed and I think deserved a pat on the back for being so devoted to my goals.

All the lunchbox meal that I prepared were super easy but of course, I need to prepare the mise en place which means all the cutting and chopping activities, I have to prepare the night before. So now, I have to spend some time in the kitchen before bed to prepare all the ingredients that I need to cook the next day so that  I won’t have to wake up super early to prepare for my lunchbox. Believe me, if you have all your ingredients ready, it saves so much time that you just have to throw everything into the pan. Beside, you don’t have to think much on what to cook, which can be a tough thing to do given that you just woke up and hating yourself for having to wake up to go to work. So prepare your mise en place the night before to avoid not knowing what to cook and wasting time cutting and chopping that could lead you to be late for work.

This is going to be a very long post as I wanted to share with you the lunchbox menus that I brought to work this week.I even include the prep time and how long did it take to cook all the meals listed below!

Day 1: Vegetarian Linguine sautéed with mushrooms, pan grilled chicken breast and boiled broccoli.

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Mise en place prep time: 15 mins (chopping garlic, cutting mushrooms and broccoli and marinating chicken breast)

Cooking time: 35 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

Ingredients:

1 cup of mushrooms
½ chicken breast
1 cup of broccoli
Vegetarian Linguine
Chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Canola oil for sauté and for pan-grilling

 I used 1 cooking and a pot for cooking the food. The first thing I did was to pan grilled the chicken because it took the longest to cook. Pan-grill the chicken breast until golden and cooked the way through and still juicy when gently pressing the protein. While pan-grilling the chicken, I boiled water in the pot and when the water boiled up, I add some salt into the boiling water and then the broccoli so that the broccoli would not taste bland. I boiled the broccoli until they change color to a really bright green and soften a little then strained them and them into running water to stop them from still cooking as I don’t like my broccoli to be mushy. I boiled some water again so that I can boil my spaghetti and the spaghetti only took 3 minutes to be al denté. While I was boiling my spaghetti, my chicken was already done and I moved the chicken into my lunchbox and with the same pan, I sauté my garlic and mushrooms. I put the spaghetti into the pan and add some salt and pepper for taste until everything combined together. I then arrange all the cooked food into my lunchbox and it was all done in just 35 minutes.

Day 2: Roasted chicken and broccoli with halves cherry tomatoes.

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Mise en place prep time: 10 mins (halving tomato cherries, cutting broccoli and marinating chicken)
Cooking time: 40 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

1 chicken thigh
1 cup of broccoli
1 cup of tomato cherries
Salt and pepper to taste

I was in fact woke up a little late on that day but thankfully, I have all my ingredients ready (mise en place is so IMPORTANT) so all I need to do is to heat up the oven, put the marinated chicken in the roasting pan and put it into the oven and go to shower. By the time I finished my shower, the chicken was done and cooked all the way through then I put in the broccoli and let it roast with the chicken for 5 minutes. Arrange the chicken, broccoli and the tomato cherries into my lunchbox. I did not do anything with the tomato cherries as I prefer to eat it raw.

Day 3: Sautéed vegetarian linguine with roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted chicken breast chunks and mushrooms.

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Mise en place prep time: 30 mins (chopping garlic, cutting and roasting cherry tomatoes, marinating and roasting the chicken breast)
Cooking time: 15 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

1 cup of mushrooms
½ chicken breast
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
Vegetarian Linguine
Chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Virgin coconut oil for sauté
Chopped parsley for garnish

Another super easy meal! I boiled water in a pot and put tiny droplets of oil so that the spaghetti won’t stick together and salt to give some flavour to the spaghetti. When the spaghetti is done, I then strained them and put them aside. I heat up the pan and I add in enough virgin coconut oil that was made by my dad. I then sauté garlic, put in the mushroom then the roasted cherry tomatoes and a little bit of water to make a sauce. The linguine then being added into the pan and let it cooked for 5 minutes, put the roasted chicken chunks in and finally the parsley for garnish.

Day 4: Newly harvested brown rice, stir-fried broccoli with chicken, Bosou and Tuhau as side dishes.

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Mise en place prep time: 15 mins (chopping garlic, cutting broccoli, marinating chicken breast and cooking the rice)
Cooking time: 15 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

Chicken breast chunks
1 cup of broccoli
1 cup of newly harvested brown rice
Chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Virgin coconut oil for sauté
Already made Bosou and Tuhau

For the rice, I cooked it while I was preparing mise en place because rice takes longer time to cook and I just leave it the rice cooker on so that the rice will be kept warm until the next day. I then heat the virgin coconut oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and I put in the chicken breast chunk and let it browned, then I added in the broccoli. Let it all cooked together then lastly I put some salt and pepper for taste. For the Tuhau, I actually made it ahead of time because I always have it in stock in my fridge and as for the Bosou, it was actually given by a friend who also gave me the newly harvested brown rice. Bless his kind heart for giving me high quality brown rice and the yummy Bosou.

Day 5: Vegetarian Linguine Aglio Olio with roasted chicken chunks and mushroom

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Mise en place prep time: 30 mins (chopping garlic, cutting mushroom, marinating and roasting the chicken breast)
Cooking time: 15 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

1 cup of mushrooms
1 cup chicken breast chunks
Vegetarian Linguine
Chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1 piece of dried chilli (chopped) to substitute pepper flakes
Olive oil for sauté
Chopped parsley for garnish

When you think that preparing Aglio Olio is hard, No! It is actually one of the easiest ways to cook your pasta and it is actually one of my favourite pasta dishes because I just love olive oil! Firstly, boil the linguine so that it will become soften and then strain it. After that I put it into a bowl and put some salt and pepper to taste and the chopped parsley. I then heat the pan with olive oil in it and sauté the garlic,chopped dried chilli and lastly I put the roasted chicken chunks. I then switched off the stove after the garlic has become golden brown and pour everything into the bowl with the linguine in it. I tossed the linguine so that it combine with the olive oil. Add a little bit salt and pepper to taste and it’s done!

I hope this post will inspire you to prepare and bring your own lunchbox to work. Not only you are in control of what’s going into your belly, you can also save up some money and use it to get a new phone, get that dress that you’ve been eyeing on or to take you somewhere you’ve been wanting to go. Besides, it can spice up your feed when you posted it up on Instagram and maybe the one that you’ve been having a crush on finally notice you and your awesome skills in cooking!

Until next post, Jessica x

Skincare Product Review: The Borneo Scrub

I would say that I am a type of person who takes care of her skin diligently, especially the face area. I have a skincare routine which I religiously follow every day that contains cleansing, toning and moisturizing but there is also one important step, which is to exfoliate the skin. It is vital to exfoliate your skin as it helps with the removal of dead skin that could lead to impurities built-up and pores clogging. Once the skin is exfoliated, it shall stimulate to regenerate new skin cells that it will leave you with glowing and healthy skin.

 

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I actually would prefer if the packaging is not made out of paper

The Borneo Scrub is a product that I saw on Instagram and at that time I was looking for a scrub that is not too rough for the skin. I was really intrigued in getting this scrub because it is made from 100% all natural and local ingredients, whereby COFFEE being the main ingredient. As per the packaging, it mentioned that the ingredients comprise of fine coffee grounds, virgin coconut oil, cinnamon, brown sugar and others. The main ingredients mentioned are in fact amongst the popular ingredients in skincare products for their proven benefits to the skin.

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Those are REAL coffee grounds
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Loveee the coffee aroma

I was really in love with this product because of the immediate effect from my first use. The way I use the product is that I put a nice amount on my palm and scrub my face and the whole body after shower. What I love about this product is that it is not harsh on my skin at all and how immediate the scrub’s effect on my skin, and I swear that I can literally feel the effect from the scrub straightaway! While scrubbing, I can already feel the smoothness of my skin. After rinsing the scrub, I can definitely feel how smooth my skin as if my skin has drink tons of water and the dead skin has all been scrubbed off.

However, I would not recommend to exfoliate on a daily basis as you don’t want your precious skin to get overly dry, irritated and redness from over exfoliation. I only exfoliate 3 times a week and usually I do it on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

To get The Borneo Scrub, visit their Instagram account by clicking here and get in touch with them to purchase.

That’s all for now, till the next post and have a nice day! x