Tree Monk Coffee Roaster – Indulgence of Café Hoppin’ with Jess (KK City Series)

Hi guys! My last post for this mini project of mine was dated wayy back in July. I NEED TO GET THIS STARTED AGAIN! So without further a due, let’s go into it shall we?

A few months ago, Clarence and I went to Tree Monk Coffee Roaster located at Lintas Jaya Uptownship, the same area as OUM and Boulevard Hypermall in Kepayan Bypass. I first found out about this café through my students as they know me well how much I love coffee.

The interior of the cafe was nice and it has the hipster vibe to it although I have to say it didn’t wow me as much as The Workshop café (Click here to read about The Workshop café). However I love how the coffee mugs are being kept nicely in rows in the barista area where they also have their blackboard  on the wall and the menus are handwritten. I also love how they display their coffee beans, which they have these small compartments where the coffee bean is in and covered with a clear glass so that the customer able to see the coffee beans. There’s also a few fake trees inside to fit the name of the café and I really like how they look.

I must say they have quite a number of variety in their coffee beans as they have coffee beans as far from African region like Kenya and also Costa Rica, South America. I guess they roast the coffee beans on their own because they have a coffee roasting machine in the café. Besides that, they also have a variety of cakes on display too.

I had the Brewed Coffee in a syphon with Lime Cake and Clarence had the Iced Mocha Latte with Chocolate Tart. Both of out drinks taste fine but we were a tad bit disappointed with our dessert as the Lime Cake is very dry and the tart is so hard.

It’s a nice café to hangout at if you’re in that area or if you just want to visit a new café. So to those live in Putatan or Kepayan area, check the place out!

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How I met Clarence, the love of my life and my first impression of him!

Clarence and I decided to be in a relationship exactly on this date, 5 months ago! So hubby, if you are reading this, Happy 5th Monthsary, mon amour!

The reason why I wanted to share with everybody the story of us is because I want to let all of you know that love isn’t dead. Don’t give up on love because I believe that there is a person that you’re destined to be with, there is somebody who is praying for you that one day the two of you WILL cross each other’s paths and then you’ll know that you’ve found each other. So get yourself comfy and please know that I absolutely have no intention in my heart to be boastful about our relationship.

So before I met Clarence, I was single for 1 year and 9 months. Of course during the earlier part of my breakup, the wound is still fresh that it hurts A LOT! But when I moved on, living and loving life, I thought that my heart is ready to be loved again. I did go for a few dates but none of guys that I’ve dated stick or stood up to me. I remember I was having a heart to heart to session with my bestie at work, Esther about how I wanted to be loved and I was ready to be in a ‘real’ationship. I never thought that from that particular heart to heart conversation, it led me to the introduction of Clarence into my life.

A few days (or weeks, I couldn’t remember) after that, Esther told me that she has a friend that she would like to introduce to me. She told me that Clarence is one of her close guy friends back in her hometown, Beaufort and being a curious cat, I asked her to show me his Facebook profile so that I can see how he looks like. She did and my first impression of him is mehhh, normal looking guy, a little old 😅

Esther wanted to introduce us face to face so we decided to meet I think at Kenny Rogers but I didn’t come due to something that I really can’t recall what it was so I basically cancelled last minute. No, it wasn’t that I chickened out okay 😅 I felt pity that Clarence drove all the way to KK hoping that he would get to see me but didn’t. I haven’t ask Clarence what he thought when he found out that I cancelled back then. I should ask him that hahaha!

So Esther and I decided to plan another meet up for a drinking sesh at KDCA on 30th May 2017 & that’s when we first met! He was looking casual with just plain tee and jeans, normal guy. We shooked hands and I sat beside him, he was shy and didn’t talk much at first. As we drink, beer after beer, I think then we started to talk a lot. I remembered that I even put my head on his shoulder, he put his hand on my back as we sang “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis out loud together! At that moment, I can sense that we’re going to have so many things in common and now that I know him more and better, we really do have a lot in common!

He was such a gentleman when I told him I was about to leave early that he accompanied me to meet my siblings. The next day, Esther told me that Clarence forgot to ask my number so she asked for my permission to give my number to him. I said yes then he texted me moments after that and that’s how we started our relationship.

Being in a relationship with Clarence has widened my horizon when it comes to love and relationship. I never thought that I could have this much fun being in a relationship. Although that we are in a long distant relationship, to some people it seemed hard to keep up but he makes whole lot easier that he is willing to meet me half way in everything! I thank God everyday that we’ve found each other.

Once again, happy monthsary mon amour & I can’t wait to meet you and be in your arms again cos there is where my home is.

I hope you guys enjoy this little story of mine and to those who still haven’t found your other half, please never stop praying for someone to love and keep looking. You may never know that he or she is just around the corner 😊

 

 Till next time, Jess x

What’s New: Skincare

Over the past few weeks, I’ve acquired some of these items and I thought that I’d put together a fun post to share with you a little bit about the new items in my skincare regimen.

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I’ve been wanting to try out micellar water for so long and as soon as I finish my Banilla & Co Clean It Zero, I then head out to the drug store and boy there are so many brands that have micellar water in their product line. After contemplating on the brand, I decided to get the Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water since the Simple cleansing makeup wipes is my go to makeup remover when I travel. In terms of the effectiveness in removing makeup, I would say that it works absolutely fine and I really like the after feel of this micellar water as it leaves my skin super fresh. I just drop a few droplets of the liquid on a clean cotton pad and just massage it on my face to remove the makeup. I usually use 2 cotton pads to clean off if I only have BB cream, eyeliner and got my eyebrow done.

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This is the products that I’m most excited to tell you guys and it’s the L’oreal Pure Clay Mask and I got the Anti-Pores one cos as you all know, I have big pores and they get clogged very easily. Hence, I breakout quite a lot. After the 1st use of this clay mask, I fell in love because it has this cooling sensation when I have it on my face and I feel super fresh after cleaning the mask off. The clay mask is so soft and with just a small amount, it can cover my whole face. It is green in color, such a fun color to wear on your face. Clay has the benefits to absorb all the impurities not only on the skin but also beneath the skin surface. It also sucks out the sebum and bacteria, while it is also a good exfoliant to remove dead skin and blackheads.

My skin type is actually a combination of oily, dry and acne prone. Quite recently, I realized that my skin was in such bad condition whereby I have so many tiny bumps on my forehead, chin and I have more breakouts on the cheek area. From my personal reading and studies that I’ve done, I know that my skin is very dehydrated and this causes my skin to produce more oil than before to keep the moisture of the outer skin. Therefore, these tiny bumps occured and they actually contain oil. So I decided to get the Hada Labo Gyokujyun Hyluronic Acid Lotion Lotion to quench the thirst of my skin. I came across the existence of this amazing product when I was watching one of Renee’s of Gothamista video on combating dry skin. She was so informative and I learnt so much about the ingredients in skincare products. She explains everything in the scientific manner and that excites the geekiness in me so much! Okay so back to the Hada Labo Gyokujyun Hyluronic Acid Lotion , it contains Super Hyluronic Acid in which it has a more luxurious feel, a lot thinner, not sticky and it holds a thousand times its weight in water. Renee is huge a fan of this product and so do I! This product helped in decreasing the amount of small bumps I have on my skin because I know my skin is hydrated. It will definitely stay in my skincare regimen unless I found other product as good as this Hada Labo Gyokujyun Hyluronic Acid Lotion.

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I’ve been eyeing The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil for a very long time to combat the breakouts that seen to just keep appearing on my skin. I got it when it was on sale and it helps a lot in controlling and to subside the redness of the breakouts, it also controls the size of pimples. I always have it in my makeup bag just so that I can reapply the oil on the pimple areas. You can also use it on your acne even if you have your foundation on. That’s how good the penetration of this product is.

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So those are the new products that have come onto my radar. I hope you guys enjoyed discovering these items with me and do share what’s new in your skincare item as I’d love to explore new products as well! Besides, my toner is almost out.  Any suggestions for me to try out, please comment down below as I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

Jess x

A rant, the return of a missing blogger…

So yeah, I’m back after so long. The reason for the long hiatus is because I just can’t seem to find the muse to blog. It’s just that I’ve been so overwhelmed with the things that I do on a daily basis, work and other responsibilities until to a certain point, I honestly feel that blogging is just another “added burden” into my already busy life. I am occupied even during weekends cos since I am in a long distance relationship with Clarence, we only get to see each other and spend time together only on weekends. And when we are together, we are not on our phones all the time, what more with other devices.

I just need to voice out this thing that I’ve been keeping it in for so long and it is actually about moving out! I’ve been living with my parents for as long as I could remember. I never had the chance to live away from my parents even during my study years cos I was studying in a local private university. Well, I did stay away from my parents once but that was only for a short period of 4 months during my practical at Shangri-la Rasa Ria, Tuaran. Those 4 months of living out is actually one of times where I feel truly independent cos I can just go out whenever I want, going home how late and wake up early or late according to my own decision.

I’m so sure that there are times that all of us just wanted to sleep in, not caring what time do we wake up cos we are just so tired with work or life. But with me still living with my parents, I can’t just do that. My parents will definitely yelled at me for waking up so late in the day and start to tell the tale of teenage girls during their time and girls in this era and start yapping about how lazy the girls are these days that need the parents to wake them up instead the girls wake themselves. They just couldn’t fathom that I can get so mentally stressed from work at this young age and sleeping in is not an option. For them sleeping in is only for lazy people.

Now that my sister, Marsha has just recently left us to move to KL cos she got a new job there made me want to move out even more! Maybe not moving across the sea to KL but still within the KK radius. Her moving to KL for me is a brave act cos she herself has never live away from home before in her life and she has taken the bold step not to just move out from our parents house but to move to another state. I admire her boldness so much and now I want to follow her footsteps too.

As much as I want to move out so badly, my parents just won’t let me. I’ve actually discussed with them about my intention of moving out but they are just not keen of the idea of me having to spend extra money to pay for rent whereas they just prefer that I live with them forever or up until that I get married and to live with my husband. Being the eldest means nothing to them, basically. They have this mindset that I need to be protected at all times just because among my siblings, you could say that I am the most delicate, the most pampered one, the most soft hearted, soft spoken. But I know in their heart that they know I’m the sensible, more responsible and since my dad still works with the offshore industry, so I have to replace my dad when he’s at work to take up some of his responsibilities when he’s at work.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a space that you call your own that you could decorate it according to your dream space? I’ve complaint to Clarence before that I want to move out but I guess he’s on my parents’ side on this one.

So what a good comeback, right? Sorry that it is more of a rant than a real content. I’ll be back with more real contents soon okay.

Love,

Jess x

 

‘The Workshop’ – Indulgence of Café Hoppin’ with Jess (KK City Series)

Hi guys! I’ve been having this idea of a project for a very long time, which is to do a monthly post dedicating to cafés that I’ve visited. Since I am a hardcore – everyday coffee drinker, this project is definitely a way for me to share my love for coffee as well as cool cafés in KK (Kota Kinabalu) that you can visit. Not forgetting to all you Instagrammers, the cafés that I shall be featuring in my blog series are all “Instagram-worthy”!
I’m posting the first entry to my monthly post of  “Indulgence of Cafe Hoppin’ with Jess (KK City Series)” this month as July is my favorite month! I know the name of this project is quite a mouthful to read but I feel that it suits the purpose behind this project of mine, which speaks about indulging coffee, the heavenly liquid and also me hopping café to café to be blogged about.

The café that I’m featuring in this month’s series is the The Workshop, located in Australia Lane, KK. The Workshop is exactly the opposite of SaltXPaper, one of my favourite stationary stores and a few steps from October Coffee House and Sharikat Biru-Biru! The exterior of The Workshop is very ‘hipsterly’ cool as there is a red bicycle hanging on the red-brick wall! Went there a few weeks ago with Clarence since I’ve always wanted to have a café date with my man. Surprisingly, he does know a thing or two about coffee as he used to work as a part-time barista during his university years!

I love the interior of The Workshop because of its high ceiling and even though the furnitures are not really matching with each other but I still find it very cohesive and it makes the cafe feels very cosy! The cement flooring, the mixture of red-brick and white walls give a ‘lofty’ vibe to the café, which I really love because I have such a huge thing for anything industrial looking interior!

I also love the contemperary chandelier in the middle of room, it completes the whole ‘lofty’ vibe that I mention earlier. Even the selections of arts are well thought of because they add colours and focus point on the wall; I was particularly intrigued by the ‘Wall of Doors’ because I never thought that doors can be used as art in such way.

There is also a counter, where you can sit as you watch your coffee is being prepared by the barista. Plenty of seating areas suit for 2 and even up to a group of 8 people.

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The interior


The contemporary ‘industrial’ chandelier
The counter with bar stools

There is even an outdoor seating area at The Workshop and it looks so romantic at night because of the fairy lights surrounding the area.

The cafe also serves beers and other alcoholic drinks

Loving the fairy lights, so romantic!

The prices for the food and drinks are standard compared to other cafés that I’ve been to. The good thing about the café is that besides from cakes and desserts, there are also real food on the menu like burgers, salads if you are opted for a heavier meal. But Clarence and I ordered coffees and cakes because we were quite full at that time. Clarence ordered Mocha and a slice of ‘Sweet Dreams Baby’, a chocolate cake made of dark Belgian chocolate; I ordered Cappucino with extra shot because double shot is for the sissies and a slice of ‘Great Balls of Fire’, a three layered cheese cake with fruit and chocolate bits. Our drinks are delicious but the cakes unfortunately are not made by them as I’ve eaten cakes with the same taste from a different bakery in Lintas, which I need not to mention. It would be so good if the café bake their own cakes but probably they do not have the skills hence selling the marked-up price cakes.

Loving the black and white design of the menu

Clockwise: Mocha, Great Balls of Fire, Cappuccino with extra shot, Sweet Dreams Baby
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I would say that I really like the ambience there, although it can be pretty crowded inside the cafe but I guess it’s because we went there on a Sunday. But if you prefer a little bit of privacy, go sit at the outdoor area as it will be less people there because people prefer sitting inside the café for the air-condition. The outdoor area is an open space with fans so you won’t get sweaty. The music selections are great too, Clarence and I were singing throughout the entire café date!

A selfie wouldn’t hurt, right? 😊

Can’t wait for my next café sesh and rest assured it will be a cool and exciting one too!

Till next post, Jess x

July ’17 Goals

July, we are reunited at last!

Oh July, my favourite month, you are finally here! I love July because I’m a July baby. Hence, the serious love for this particular month! With that realization, I am hitting the 28 this year! How do I feel about adding another year into my life? Well, that’s for another blog post.

Since July is here, I want to make a good use out of all 31 days of them! I need my July to be a good bang as July don’t come very often. Therefore, starting July, I decided to make a list of small goals, which all these goals have very high success rate for me to achieve. This idea of creating list of small, achievable goals came when I was reading Brooke’s blog post, which really inspired me on putting my goals into words.

Personal

  • To be more diligent when it comes working at the office.
  • To wake up earlier than usual.
  • Need to do room cleaning once a week.
  • Get a tattoo before July ends.
  • To get the Haruki Murakami’s newly translated book “Men Without Women”, which I just found out it’s already in store here in Kota Kinabalu!

Financial

  • Start making real saving because I’m now in a serious relationship so most probably you’ll be hearing wedding bells in the near future. I need to get ready cos my wedding is going to be lit!
  • Less buying things that I don’t really need cos I don’t really need another nude lipstick nor nail polish but that can be a tough one!
  • Need to cut down my expenses to just the primary necessities like my phone bill, car fuel, student loan.
  • Not to overspend at Sandakan & Kuching!

Health

  • Start running at least twice a week.
  • Doing some Freeletics when I’m not doing anything.
  • Need to hydrate even more!
  • Get more sleep. 

Blog

  • To at least blog once a week for the whole month.
  • Keep creating new content this month.
  • To finally post my new blog project/series.
  • Hopefully to finally get my own domain before July ends!

I hope I can achieve all the goals that I have for July 2017. My July is going to be pumpin’ and so hectic as I have so many travelling to do! I will be heading to Sandakan next week and on the 15th to the land of the feline *purrr*, Kuching Sarawak for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2017 with some of my girlfriends, mi hermano and for the first time ever, I am travelling with my boyfriend, Clarence. Never travelled with a boyfriend before so I am pretty excited to see how this trip will test our relationship.

I wish everybody to have a great month of July!

Until next post, Jess x