Jalan Jalan Japan 3rd Store @Centerpoint Seremban

Ever wonder how to get rid of stuffs when your house has space constraint?

Ever wonder that your unwanted stuffs may be useful to people who could not afford or not willing to spend at retail price?

Inspired by the Japanese,it started off with “Recycle Trend” during the 90’s in Japan. It was first created by Bookoff Corporation. Thereafter Bookoff Corporation has expand to more than 800 outlets in Japan and overseas.

Japan is a rich nation where people are able to earn high income but lack of personal storage. Hence it is necessary for them to sell fairly new stuff at ‘Preloved’ store.

Preloved is defined as previously owned or used. This concept will create a better environment and less wastage too.

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Mr. Daichi Shuzui is the Director of BOK Marketing.

In Malaysia, it is known as Jalan Jalan Japan store. A store selling preloved goods from Bookoff Corporation Japan. I was told that, goods are arriving at the rate of five to six containers a month.

Jalan Jalan Japan first landed at One City Sky Park, USJ on November 2016. Second store at 1 Shamelin Mall, September 2017 and on year 2018 the Seremban folks is expected to see them at Centerpoint Seremban. Feeling anticipated?

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Located at this newly refurbished mall is where we gonna find Jalan Jalan Japan store, Seremban.

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Welcoming people from all ages to join this shopping spree.

When it comes to shopping, everyone got excited and energized. 😀

With all these Japan goods, it eventually made you feel as though you are shopping in Japan.

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Lets begin with stationary section which is on the left hand side as you enter the store.

Well, you need some patience here to do a lil of hunting. Treasure can be off your sight. Some items are in really good condition , almost like new.

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Stamp Set (Pokemon/Hello Kitty) – RM3

Tokyo Disney Enamel Pin – RM3 for 5 pieces.

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The above purse, pointed by Jet are only RM1. What a steal. Price start from RM1 onward. Really a good bargain.

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Small Bags; i.e Makeup Pouch.

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Fabric, i.e: handkerchief.

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Home Deco.

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Children Tableware. Plates, Bowls, Cups and many more. Of Disney and Sanrio characters.

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We found this Car Serving Plate which cost only RM6 for 2. Grabbed it without any hesitation. LOL!

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More plates, pots and pans. Mom grabbed the Rilakkuma Porcelain plate for RM3 each. Also a set of 4 pcs Winnie The Pooh Ramekin Souffle Cups for RM12.

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Look, I found this adorable Alien Pillow from the character of Toy Story.

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Raincoat is also available too.

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Children party dresses, Children Winter coats are available at only RM15 per piece. If only wearing for once, why not considering a preloved piece?

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Clothing are price at RM5 onward.

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All clothing item undergoes a hot steaming process, cleaning them, and clothes emerge odorless and are ironed and prepared for shipment to the stores.

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We also noticed that the clothing are well categorized according to sizes.

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Baby items are not left out too. As a mother, I understand that baby items can be really expensive. Hence, getting preloved items may save alot. Not forgetting that its all from Japan. They got variation of strollers.

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Baby Booster Seats.

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Baby Carrier or Babywear.

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Baby Car Seat

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Baby Play Gym

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Children Tricycle.

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Selection of Children Shoes. I’ve always wanting to buy a pair of rain boot for Jet. But its very rare to get one in Malaysia. Here, there are a variety of it. But the sizes and designs are limited.

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From boot to slipper. Slipper was self pick by Jet himself. He claimed its very nice. LOL!

Slipper – RM3

Boot – RM5 (RM10 for bigger size)

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Women and Men shoes

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Kimono at price of RM20

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Children costume. The above Police set which comes with a pair of long pant cost only RM15.

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Children Luggage

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Children Bags

Also available plenty of women’s bag including some branded handbags.

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Surprisingly small furniture are also available here.

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There’s a section for Golf Equipment,

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Racquets,

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Inflatable Children Pool, Surfboards and many more….

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Gym Equipment. Other than outdoor equipment, musical instruments are also spotted here.

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This section will be the favorite section for the kids and some adults. Toys, Board Games and collectible toys; i.e: Manga Anime, Ultraman.

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Bought the Sylvanian Families House with Light for just RM70.

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Soft toys are also available at the toys section.

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The friendly cashier gave me a wide smile as I approach to pay my items. 😀

I can spend hours here to check out the items.

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Total spending for 3 big shopping bags was RM157.

So, did you spot anything you like here? See you soon during the official opening date on 2nd June 2018.  Be there early to pick your favorite item and if you are the lucky one, you can go home with some cash prizes during this opening day!

Here’s the overview of the store.

 

At Jalan Jalan Japan, we sees #quality #variety and sememangnya #hargagiler 😀

Jalan Jalan Japan

3rd Floor, Centerpoint Seremban, Jalan Dato Siamang Gagap, 70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Operation Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/JalanJalanJapan.Malaysia

 

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Doraemon @New Chitose Airport Terminal

“Doraemon (Japanese: ドラえもん) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fujiko F. Fujio. The series has also been adapted into a successful anime series and media franchise. The story revolves around a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy named Nobita Nobi. “

Doraemon fans would love this New Chitose Airport Terminal at Hokkaido. You can spend hours taking photos with your favorite icon, dine in the cafe, attending workshops, game arcade, and shop till you drop.

This New Chitose Airport Terminal is like a shopping mall. Many food stores, souvenirs shops and gifts stores. However I would not touch much on that, but I am going to focus only on Doraemon. 🙂

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First of all, you will be greeted by Doraemon upon arriving the airport. After getting the clearance from custom, luggage section, you will see him.

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Entering the ‘Smile Road’ is where we locate Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park. It is located at 3rd Floor.

At Waku Waku Sky park, it is separated into Park Zone, Kid Zone, Library, Workshop, Cafe, Gift Shop and Amusement Zone.

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Eventually this was our first stop! LOL! We were like grown up kids. I got fascinated with Japan’s vending machines.

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There were 3 different colors. Blue, Yellow and Red.

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I got both in Blue color. 😀 😀 While my friend Ashley successfully collected all 3 colors especially for her niece.

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Park Zone requires an admission fee of 800yen (Adults) 500yen (Age 13-18) 400 yen (Age 3-12) while children below age 3 is free of charge. At Park Zone, both children and adults are greeted by “secret gadgets”, themed attractions and large Doraemon.

I didn’t pay a visit here, therefore I am not sure whether is it interesting.

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Well, if you want to bring home some DIY crafts, do drop by the Workshop station. (i.e: paint Doraemon clay figurine)

The Library is adjacent to the Workshop. You can have some good read on Doraemon comics and books while waiting for your children to complete their workshop.

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Kids Zone. A spacious play room for children. And the main attraction has to be the Dorayaki slide!

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Amusement Zone. A game corner with lots of Doraemon related prizes. Lapel badges and keychains with photo are also available here.

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*are you skillful? 🙂

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Getting hungry after much workout? Don’t worry. There’s a Cafe here to serve you. Spacious dining area serving food, dessert and drinks to fill your stomach.

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The excitement will not end without visiting the Gift Shop! An official Doraemon merchandise store. Well, prices are cheap though. 😀

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Besides that, we also enjoyed the “Stamp Rally”. Feel like a treasure hunt. Complete all stamps at different floors (within New Chitose Airport) then you can claim a free gift. Choose from option A to J.

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It was really fun exploring this airport. So, are you a fan of Doraemon? Hello Kitty fans, don’t feel sad ya…because now they also have Hello Kitty Happy Flight le…  Too bad it was not ready during our trip. Else we will definitely go gaga!

With all these shops and cartoon characters, you could easily spend at least half a day in the airport. 🙂

 

Note : Travel date was on year 2016

 

Operation Hours : 10am – 6pm

Website: www.new-chitose-airport.jp/en/doraemon/

{REVIEW} PostnataLee Breastfeeding Home 李医务所 专业月子中心

Most women will go through a confinement period after giving birth. Hence confinement refers to a system for recovery following childbirth. The confinement period may vary individually but a common length is usually 28 days to 100 days. During this period of time, mothers are required to rest as much as possible. Proper rest and stress free environment makes a lot of difference.

New parents are often excited upon the arrival of their newborn. Thus, they are also stressed up because expectation is always different from reality.

Those days, we only have our mother or mother in law to take role as a confinement lady. Then we have some hired professional confinement lady to stay in. However in this era, confinement centers are so well established that some mothers would prefer to choose completing their confinement period in a center which they felt like as though they are spending vacation in a hotel. A place where you don’t need to worry about your meal, your laundry, your baby’s soiled diaper or to bath a newborn. Many new parents are still unfamiliar with these.

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A huge Bungalow unit located at Taman Permai Seremban. There are total 9 bedrooms.

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I am glad to know that PostnataLee Breastfeeding Home 李医务所 专业月子中心 is not just an ordinary confinement center for mothers to rest. But it is also known as breastfeeding home where the nurses and doctors here are fully supportive in breastfeeding. They will support and guide via action instead of verbal talking. Breastfeeding is not something new today, but there are still lack of information and support especially in Seremban. Being a breastfeeding mother myself, I understand the struggle and also the benefits of breastfeeding. (Keyword; ‘Do not give up’).

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The founder, Dr. Choong Syih Ying is a passionate and also a friendly person. A very humble person I would say. Not just a founder of the center, but she’s also a doctor herself. She has 3 years of working experiences in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Labour room ; 4 years experiences in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

New mom often feel that she’s a failure when she couldn’t handle her newborn. Dr. Choong will also provide counseling. Hence mothers and babies will put under good care of her. Dr. Choong will know what’s best for them.

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Dr.Choong also explained the difference of using diaper and cloth diaper. PostnataLee Breastfeeding Home uses only cloth diaper. It is more environmental friendly and also reduce the risk of getting nappy rash. Besides that, baby’s clothing are also provided here.

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In case the mother need some peace time, here’s the baby room. It is put under a closed circuit observation.
Besides that, they also provide in house jaundice checking using latest technology without blood withdrawing (transcutaneous) and phototherapy (if necessary) for babies.

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There are total 7 certified nurses here.

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I especially like this grand stairway. 🙂

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The spacious and bright dining area onlooking the green garden. An area where mummies can have their delicious yet healthy food here.

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A set of lunch meal complete with all the nutrition.  Besides that, daily tonic soup using Sulfur free Chinese herbs specially customized by the Traditional Chinese Medicine Master and prepared according to mummies body needs. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served daily. Not forgetting tea break in between main meals. Dr. Choong also ensured that there’s no repetition in dish throughout the whole confinement period here. (Unless there’s any request from mummy here)

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With a special focus on eating foods considered to be nourishing for the body and help with the production of breastmilk, Dr. Choong also stressed on the food quality. Ingredients used here are kampung chicken, bentong ginger, organic vegetables, oat noodle, homemade rice wine, homegrown lemon grass, sulfur-free Chinese herbs, Anxin Pork. No salt was added to the dishes, yet the dishes are filled with natural flavors.

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Superior Room

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Premium Room (with sharing bathroom)

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Private Suite (with individual bathroom)

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I was told that the baby changing table and baby crib was custom made to a height that suit mothers with caesarean. Baby crib look old-skool, but the pros are it has better ventilation and mother laying on bed could monitor her baby movement from all angles.

With current package promotion, package price start from RM7888 to RM9888. An additional free traditional post natal massage & face lymphatic facial for the RM9888 package.

Rooms here are non-sharing. At PostnataLee Breastfeeding Home, stay in husband/baby’s father is most encouraging. Dr. Choong believes that a husband should stay in together to create a good family bonding and give the best moral support to their wife.

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A bonus point here is; not just a confinement home, PostnataLee Breastfeeding Home also provide parenting guidance to new parent before the arrival of the newborn, during confinement period and even after confinement period.

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Above are some reviews.

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The team members behind PostnataLee Breastfeeding Home 李医务所 专业月子中心.

If you are interested on this place, do not hesitate to give them a call and pay a visit yourself. 🙂

PostnataLee Breastfeeding Home 李医务所 专业月子中心

Address: 503, Lorong Kurau 9/1, Taman Permai, Seremban.

Contact No. : 018-967 4132

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/postnataLee/

 

 

Ben’s General Food Store @The Gardens Mall KL

I read about list of kids friendly cafe or food joints in KL. I so wanted to bring my son to one of those. Especially with indoor playground. I’m sure he’ll have fun.

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Ben’s General Food Store at The Gardens Mall KL came in the list. Managed by The BIG Group, located at a reputable mall in KL.

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When I was at this mall, I decided to check out this restaurant. Ben’s General Food Store is located at second floor towards Robinsons.

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I was there with my family for lunch. The restaurant was already half occupied.

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Their menu was very simple with just wordings and no photos attached. Kids meal are also available on the menu. We placed our order soon after browsing through the menu.

My mom was sitting comfortably here while I went around checking out this place and accompany my son to their playground or play area.

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This restaurant is quite spacious and also stroller friendly.

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The different types of dining tables available here. You will have more options when its not crowded. The above photo is nearer to the play area.

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I preferred to supervise my kid although its an indoor playground. In case he play rough, I can correct him on the spot.

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somebody has left his/her coloring sheet behind.

 

Okay, time to get seated. I think the food is ready.

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ABC Chicken Soup – RM6 (kid portion), for my son.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice – RM30

Served with poached chicken breast, ginger sauce and a bowl of steamed rice. Rice was quite fluffy, portion was generous too. I don’t really fancy chicken breast unless you are a fan of chicken breast. 🙂

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Nasi Ulam with Ayam Percik – RM33 (sorry for the blurry photo)

A Malaysian delicacy rice dish served with a piece of ayam percik, salted egg, ulam (raw vegetables), keropok ikan and budu as condiments. My mom claimed that this nasi ulam was yummy.

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Traditional Carbonara – RM35

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I am a fan of Carbonara. Hence this serving was all for me. This al-dente spaghetti was cooked with cream sauce, then topped with crispy chicken bits, Parmesan cheese and a poached egg.

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Cakes on shelf. Types of cakes available on their menu are; Red Velvet Cake, Coconut Cake, Banoffee Cake, Lemon Meringue Cake, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cake, Black Forest Cake, Salted Caramel Macadamia Cheesecake, Apple Crumble Tart. Price varies from RM15-18.

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Food prices are above average. But I would say its a nice family store or a place that I can catch up with my ‘aunty’ friends while kids can have fun too 😀

Ben’s General Food Store

S-212, Level 2 The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603-2280 0197


*solely based on writer's own opinion*

The Play Project Mahavidya & Civitas Seremban

An introduction of The Play Project Mahavidya in correlation with CIVITAS.

CIVITAS is a Seremban based NGO that works on creating awareness , acceptance and inclusiveness in Seremban society for children and adults with special needs. Civitas aims to create network for families with children with special needs and create a vocational center that is centered around a Cafe Kitchen and Organic Garden.

Their aim is to eventually create a place for people with special needs where they can live as independently as possible, where they can thrive and live a full life. Hence, e a place that will give them dignity, value and a sense of belonging when their families can no longer take care of them.

CIVITAS also want to create a platform for differently abled people on running a cafe. By this, future generation with special needs have the chance to learn various skills on catering. Vocational training will be mainly trained on setting up the cafe, cook and prepare food/beverages. Besides that, they will be trained on setting up the cafe, cook and prepare food/beverages. They will be trained to serve food in good manner and learn to manage money. Furthermore, they also learn to make packets of (gluten free) snack by using weighing machine and gain knowledge in packing and selling.

Both Civitas Cafe and Organic Farm are in the midst of preparations before it is fully operating. In this case, volunteers are also most welcomed.

I felt this is a very good idea in order to make the special needs adult an independent person. To be a waiter, a chef, a gardener.

I was greeted by Edith Kasander (Devi) who then gave me a tour of The Play Project Mahavidya.

The Play Project is a family oriented therapy center for children with special needs. Offering occupational therapy, physio therapy, aqua therapy, speech therapy Early Intervention Program (EIP) and also kids yoga classes and drum circles.

The Play Project was founded by Parameshuwaran Punnuduray and his Dutch Wife, Edith Kasander in 2014. Initially Edith (a certified Intensive Care Nurse) or often called as Devi, only provided Aqua Therapy. Devi followed a 2 years long, hands on training in Amirs gym, a kids rehab center in KL and got certified in various aquatic modalities. To extend the services on Occupational therapist a physio therapist and a speech therapist joined the Play Project Mahavidya over the years to create therapy approach.

The center also hoping to have a Consulting Child Psychologist to join their team.

Zazen Fir Infrared Sauna is used here. Few of the benefits are boosting immune system, detoxing, improved sleep patterns and bowel movements and in some cases reduction of seizure activity due to the scaler inside the sauna.

The Play Project Mahavidya caters for children from 6 months into adulthood. Working a lot with kids with autism and learning disabilities but also down syndrome cerebral palsy and a variety of other congenitive disorders. Besides that, this center also offer stroke rehabilitation for adults.

Intensive suit therapy is a relatively new and form of therapy designed to help those with cerebral palsy improve muscle tone, movement, and posture.

It can accelerate children’s progress in sensory processing and motor skills through strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, coordination, vestibular, and enhanced functional skill training. Children who undergo intensive therapy have acquired skills like rolling, crawling, sitting, standing and walking, which they may not have been able to achieve with traditional therapy or would have taken many months or years to achieve.

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According to Pacific University’s School of Physical Therapy, intensive suit therapy consists of an orthotic suit that includes a hat, knee pads, and specially-designed therapeutic shoes. The suit also has rings that allow bungee cord-type ropes to be inserted and adjusted according to the child’s height.

Once the child has the suit on and the elastic ropes adjusted, it can help bring the child’s body into the correct alignment and correct abnormal muscle tone. It can also assist in retraining the brain to recognize the new, yet proper, body movements,

While wearing the suit, children participate in exercises in a therapeutic setting. Following an exercise regime while wearing the suit is said to help children reduce ataxia, spasticity, and other symptoms that typically co-exist with cerebral palsy.

The Play Project Mahavidya is the only center in Seremban and one of the 3 centers in Malaysia that offers suit therapy.

The Play Project Mahavidya therapists are all graduate certified therapists in the modalities that are being offered and therapists go for regular training and courses to update their knowledge to be able to cater for a variety of children.

The Play Project Mahavidya has a big therapy pool with different depths to cater for different abilities. Furthermore it is also to challenge and support kids in the water on different levels.

Hakimi who has diagnosed with “Williams Syndrome” is gradually progressing well. When Devi asked whether he wants to swim. Hakimi responded ‘Nak’ although it wasn’t loud, but he’s responding.

Naveen, age 30 who is a slow learner was seen enjoying his role as Gardener. A playful and hardworking guy.

Here’s the kitchen. Kak Fatimah, who is a volunteer was spotted busy preparing meal for the therapists of The Play Project.

She also send her son who has speech delay to The Play Project for treatment.

Visiting this center is an eye opener to me. Parents who send their children here responded with positive feedback.

“All children are gifted, they just unpack their gifts at different times”

 

Address: No.2, Jalan Dato Kelana Ma’amoor,70200 Seremban.
Contact No.: 014-6375067
Email: theplayproject2016@gmail.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/theplayproject2016/

Coming 21 April 2018, a program name “Hand in Hand we grow together” organized by CIVITAS in collaboration with Seremban Prima Mall to create awareness, acceptance and inclusiveness for children and adults with special needs. It is an opportunity for society to relief the stigma of ‘special needs’.

The highlight of this event is the fashion and talent show for and by kids and young adults with special needs.

Do pay a visit this Saturday from 3-6pm at Seremban Prima Mall.

 

 

 

Bangkok Day 3 (Pratunam, Baiyoke Fashion Wholesale, Big C Supermarket, Central World, Talad Neon Night Market)

Our hotel is just an alley away from Pratunam Morning Market. The street gets busy as early as 4am. The morning market will closes early too. At about 10-11am.

The streets are filled with street food and clothing. Mostly are female clothing, minimal of children and men’s clothing.

Assorted cooked dishes.

The Thai grilled pork from this stall was delicious. If I’m not mistaken, it was just 100 baht?

Porridge with condiments was delicious too.

Trying the Bangkok popular rubber slipper, brand Monobo. It is very comfortable and lasting wear.

Not much bargaining is allowed here because most of the prices are quite low. You can get better deal if you purchase 2 or 3 items at once. (wholesale price)

We are now walking towards the Pratunam Market. (red signboard is Baiyoke Tower)

Pratunam Wholesale Market is filled with shops and tiny stalls flowing over to the sidewalks and extending all the way to Baiyoke Towers I and Baiyoke Towers II on Ratchaprarop Soi 3.
As you can see the crowd especially during weekends. It was so packed and I felt that I am in a maze. You can also see people dragging their luggage size bags to fill their loots. Try to avoid entering this area on weekends.
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Opening Hours: 24 hours (retail shops open from 10:00 – 21:00)

Location: Intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads to Ratchaprarop Soi 3

Big C Supermarket.

Depending on which part of Pratunam you are, walking from Pratunam to Big C Supermarket will take around 5~15 minutes.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
Location: Ratchadamri Road (opposite CentralWorld)

BTS: Chidlom

Big C is one of the biggest supermarket chains in Thailand. Most of the people come to Big C Supermarket, visiting the supermarket is to shop for the local products. Wide range of products with good deals.

You may refer to this link on what is best to bring home.
Well, if you didn’t get a chance to visit this supermarket, you can also easily grabbed some of the above local snacks from 7-Eleven convenience stores which are easily spotted around Bangkok.
Central World is just opposite of Big C Supermarket.
World Food Expo which went on from 23 Mar 2017 – 09 Apr 2017, held at the entrance of Central World.
Street Food and Food trucks will operate their business throughout the 18 days of the event.
There were also other activities going on, plus cooking demonstration. But we are more interested to eat! Especially the local Thai food 😀
Time to indulge in more local delicacies. (but its more pricey)
In the evening, we decided to check out Palladium Night Market.
Located outside of Palladium World Shopping Centre slightly opposite from Platinum Shopping Mall. We seem to get different operation hours from the internet. We were here at around 7pm. However we noticed that not many stalls were there. Moreover it does not attracts us. We did not want to waste much time there. Hence, we decided to walk over to Talad Neon Night Market which is just around 10 minutes.
We felt that Talad Neon Night Market has more stuffs that suit our liking. A night market that not only focus on clothing. But also handmade items which can personalize names…best to get as souvenirs or gifts, not forgetting there are also food stalls.
Haircut at a night market? Very artistic.
Last round of shopping before we head home the next day. Bangkok is a shop and eat place. You can shop endlessly and you can eat endlessly.
Snacks stall.
We are checking out what to have for dinner.
My friend wanted Salt Baked Fish. So am I. Therefore we settled ourselves at this stall, named Pen Hnung Grill Fish & Seafood.
The grilled talapia fish was big and meaty! Only 260 baht. Compliment with raw vegetables and chili dipping sauce. The chili dipping sauce was awesome.
Grilled Seafood Set (Small) – 399 baht.
Mixed of cockles, prawns, squids, mussels.
Before I end this post, there is something you should take note when you travel.
Day 3 was really a bad day and also unforgettable day!!
My backpack was slashed! Indirectly should be I got robbed!
Where?
at Pratunam Wholesale Baiyoke Tower. Refer to above photo where I did mentioned about the crowded place and maze like area.
It was also my carelessness for carrying a backpack with my belongings. If you need to carry a backpack putting your important belongings, carry it front facing.
I felt I was being pushed as I was sandwiched in between the crowd.
I didn’t thought further. Little did I know, my backpack has such long slash as I wanted to fetch my wallet to pay a dress.
My wallet and mobile phone is gone! My friend tried calling my number. But couldn’t get through anymore.
I was like WTF! Why am I so careless. Why does it happen to me. I felt like crying but in shocked stage.
Luckily I still have my passport.
Hotel staffs were helpful to get a person to send me to and fro the nearest police station to file a police report. I even offered a small tipping to him although he was reluctant to accept. In the police station, there was another tourist who was crying while making her police report too. She was robbed too.
This police report is very important for me to come back Malaysia to redo my identity card without having to pay for penalty. Besides that, it is also useful to claim insurance from the travel insurance that I’ve purchased before the trip.
Chatuchak is also another popular place for bag slashed. The thieves are really professional!
I do hope the local authority there would do something to tighten the security and safety of the popular spots.

Bangkok Day 2 (Wat Arun, Wat Intharawihan, Erawan Shrine, Siam Square One, Terminal 21)

Day 2 weather was good. Warm but not too sunny. We started Day 2 by joining a half day tour to several destinations arranged by the tour agent. We began our journey from hotel to Wat Arun by Van then transferred to pier.

Driving through the bustling city with heavy jams, hence it took us almost 30 minutes to reach the destination.

Located on the west side of Chao Praya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier). Hence a shuttle boat/ferry is required to cross over.

It was just a short distance.

From Sapphan Taksin boat pier you can take a river boat/ferry that stops at pier 8.

Panoramic view from Wat Arun.

The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30.

Front entrance of the “Ordination Hall”. There are two demons, or temple guardian figures.

Apparently, Wat Arun is known as “Temple of Dawn”.

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple.

The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple.

Thai King passed away on October 13, 2016. The King was a very respected person. Hence the Thais would mourn for a year before their beloved King was cremated a year later.

The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower) which is encrusted with colorful porcelain.

For the foreigners, the temple charges an entrance fee of 50 baht.

There were several souvenir stalls in front of this temple. My friend and I stumbled upon this stall which offers rental of Thai traditional costume with photoshoot. The fee was 20 200 baht/person.

From Wat Arun, we were then transferred to Wat Intharawihan. The traveling time was about 20 minutes.

Wat Intharawihan or Wat Intharavihan is a wat located in the Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok.

Every colors (candles) comes with a different meaning/purpose. But all are of good cause.

The main attraction of this temple will be this 32 meters high, 10 meters wide standing Buddha.

The Wat Intharawihan is open daily from 8:30 am until 8 pm. Admission is free.

Coincidentally the temple was having a ceremony. We spotted many monks there.

They also offered free food to the public. The rice in soup was delicious!

We then proceed to gemstone factory. HAHAHA!! I knew this is a trick of every tour. They will anyhow bring us to some buying place. Anyway, we get to watch how a stone is handcrafted into a beautiful gem and made as jewellery.

*Do not ask me if I left this place empty handed. LOL LOL!

Our half day tour ended here. At Erawan Shrine.

Erawan Shrine, is a shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom (four-faced Brahma), the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma. A popular worship statue that draw people all over the world to do their prayers here.

Road side traders selling birds in cages.

Thai dance performance.

Since Erawan Shrine is located nearby Central World shopping mall, therefore we settled a quick lunch at the Mcdonalds. One thing you must not miss at Bangkok’s McD would be the ‘pork burger’ lar.

Getting to Siam Square One from Erawan Shrine was not tough. Using the skybridge linking from Central World to Siam Square. By foot it take around 10 minutes.

Our intention here was to visit Hello Kitty House Bangkok.

*duck cafe spotted*

This area is more fashionable and also filled with youngsters.

There were flea market going on during our visit. Varieties of selling items. From handcrafts to food.

Our next stop and final stop for the day will be to Terminal 21.

Hoop on to BTS from “Siam” station to “Asok”. The fare is 30 baht. Traveling time was about 15 minutes including some walking.

For tourists, you may collect a ‘tourist privilege card’ from the information counter to enjoy some discount from participating outlets.

Terminal 21 is a one floor one theme shopping mall. The concept is market streets of the world. It is decorated based on well-known streets in cities such as Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul.

1st Floor – Tokyo

4th Floor – San Francisco (City)

Food court is located at 5th floor. It is known as food court Pier 21. You are required to purchase a prepaid card from the assigned counter. The balance money in the card is refundable. There are varieties of food at this food court. However my choice of food court still Siam Paragon’s. 🙂

Since this is a theme mall, even the toilets are designed with themes. Perhaps a toilet hopping at Terminal 21 mall? hehe….

Clothing here are more expensive if you compared them with Platinum Mall.

There goes Day 2. My friend and I, we felt too tired to travel back to our hotel via BTS + walking. Therefore we sat tuk tuk, which was available at the entrance of the mall. Remember to ask the price before getting in.

 

 

Visit Shiroi Koibito Park, Sapporo

Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park by Ishiya, a local chocolate company. However this theme park doesn’t involve any thrill rides. It is more like a fairy tale world! Of gardens with beautiful flowers, candies, chocolates and European-style Tudor Building.

How to get here:-

By Subway

  • Get off at Miyanosawa Station on the Tozai Subway Line.( Approx. 20 min. from Odori Station )
    ( Approx. 10 min. on foot from Miyanosawa Station )

By Bus

  • From JR Sapporo Bus Terminal ( Otaru direction )
    Get off at the Nishimachi kita 20-chome bus stop. ( Chuo bus or JR bus )
    ( Approx. 10 min. on foot from Miyanosawa Station )

By Car

  • Take the Hokkaido Expressway ( Sapporo Junction ) from New Chitose Airport.
    ( Approx. 10 min. from Shinkawa IC )
    ( Approx. 60 min. from New Chitose Airport to Shiroi Koibito Park. )

The atmosphere in here is totally contrast to the surroundings outside.

There’s no admission fee for this park.

**For areas with admission fees.

I’m pretty sure Children would love this place too. Because there are many areas for them to explore.

The English-style courtyard is filled with colorful roses and the beautiful scenery of rose arches, and a fountain. Some roses bloom later, so the garden is colorful until late October.
About 120 types of 200 stamps of roses, such as the English rose and the classic rose.

But the best time to see more blooms would be during the Summer.

Shiroi Koibito Park housed Shiroi Koibito Factory where this well-known Hokkaido confectionery is produced, the park also has a cafe to allow visitors to savor Ishiya’s original sweets, the Cookiecraft Studio (where you can try making your own Shiroi Koibito cookies).

 

Shiroi Koibito Park is divided into two areas: the large outdoor amusement facilities and the indoor factory tour facilities. However the indoor factory tour requires admission fee. (We skipped the tour and cookie deco)

The Sapporo Automaton Clock Tower, or Gran Meister, stands as the symbol of this park. Every hourly, different characters come out to perform a parade (musical show) known as the Chocolate Carnival for spectators. It’s a must-see!

grand staircase leading us to 2nd floor.

This is where we locate Old-style Children’s ToyBox.

A whole lot of toys collections.

We then head down to the souvenir shop (Tudor House) at 1st floor.

You will not leave home empty handed without visiting the souvenir shop.

Jar of Mix Candy / Jar of Stripe Mix Candy

Large size ( 200g ) : ¥ 1,404

Small size ( 75g ) : ¥ 648

Middle Bag Candy / Small Bag Candy

Middle bag ( 60g ) ¥ 432 ( Incl. Tax )

Small bag ( 30g ) ¥ 216


You can purchase these colorful and lovely candies from Candy Labo.

Besides purchasing them, you can also get the opportunity to see candy artisans make a variety of designs by combining differently colored candies.

photo from web

What is the specialty here?

Langue de chat

A langue de chat is a french baked cookie with a light texture that easily melts in your mouth. The dough is made by mixing equal amounts of sugar and butter that has softened at room temperature, and adding flour, egg white and vanilla. The dough is formed into long, thin bars and baked in the oven.

photo from web

You can also get your favorite photo to be printed on the cookie tin.

36-cookie tin ¥3,075(incl. tax, with photo)

54-cookie tin ¥4,345(incl. tax, with photo)

A box of “Mi-Fu-Yu” which I purchased here.

6 pc : ¥ 761 ( Incl. tax ) 12 pc : ¥ 1,522 ( Incl. tax )

It is a wafer biscuit coated with milky chocolate, which tasted good!We also met Pepper, the humanoid robot. Kids got fascinated seeing Pepper.

Soft serve ice cream, a popular dessert here. Priced at ¥ 300, served in a cone. The milky and creamy soft serve ice cream here, I gotta be honest….I felt that the Mcdonald’s soft serve ice cream is much creamier! 😀 Sorry…..

We had our Ice Cream from Takeout counter at Tudor House. But if you want to enjoy your ice cream with scenery, you can do it at Courtyard Shirakaba Station. Unfortunately it was raining, therefore we had to settled it indoor.

Other than that, you can also have your meal at Restaurant Owls, with views over Consadole Sapporo’s training field.

this walkway is so romantic.

Some random flowers I shot here. Felt so romantic surrounded with beautiful flowers.

Bringing home some sweet memories, I would say that the Garden is breathtaking and spectacular. If you are a garden person and loves a relaxing place, you can consider including this place into your itinerary. Otherwise, you may skip it. Besides that, I also enjoyed taking photos of every nice spots.

Shiroi Koibito Park

Address:Miyanosawa 2-jo 2-chome, Nishi-ku, Sapporo 063-0052
Opening Hours:-
Factory Tour of Shiroi Koibito

9:00~18:00 ( Last admittance / 17:00 )

Souvenir Shop

9:00~19:00

Website: www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/english

Dining Experience @Jigger & Shaker, d’Tempat Country Club Sendayan

New Name, New Menu, New Atmosphere, giving you a total brand New Impression.

Jigger & Shaker, occupying the former Movida premise has officially open to public on 8th February 2018. Selected a good date, the opening ceremony was by the honorable Dato’ Lee Tian Hock.

BISTRO . BAR . ENTERTAINMENT

The open concept environment has gorgeous interior with a casual yet vibrant ambiance and terrace seating overlooking the swimming pool.

Serving International Food (Pork Free), giving us a wider choice. Menu is made suitable for both young and old.

J & S, the initial to Jigger & Shaker.

J & S Chicken Nachos

Guacamole, Salsa, Jalapeno, Sour Cream, Chicken Bolognaise & Mozzarella.

This can be a great snack if you wanted something light for sharing. Great to pair with a cold glass of beer too. I enjoyed munching them.

Sausage Platter

3 types of Sausage (Lamb & Chicken) served with Roasted Roots and Chef’s specially made sauces.

Linguine alle Pescatore

Olive Oil Base Pasta cooked with Prawns, Shrimp, Squid, Mussels and Clams, cooked in White Wine.

Pasta was al-dente, not too dry, flavors were well executed too. Hence its one of my favorite dish that evening.

Home-Made Pizza, Gamberetti Pizza

Hand toss Pizza topped with Cream Sauce Base, Mozzarella Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Shrimp and Broccoli topped with Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

Hands up if you are a thin crust lover. Pizza at Jigger & Shaker met the criteria of thin crust pizza.

Full concentration. The baristas were seen preparing our drinks.

Barista putting some final touch to our cocktail drink.

Varieties of drinks were served here. Be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. How knowledgeable are you into cocktails. It seems the House Cocktails are one of the specialty here.

Not any classic cocktails that we used to hear, but a twist in flavors and ingredients. At Jigger & Shaker, they served craft cocktails. Where element is handmade or tailored specifically to the drink. If you look at the menu, there’s a long list of cocktails. 🙂

Love Story

Vodka, Watermelon liqueur, Passion fruit & Lime juice.

Dark Glass

Rum, Black tea, Kaffir Lime, Calamansi & Palm Sugar.

Bo-berries Carafe (serves 2-4 person)

Vodka, Strawberries, Blueberries, Mint leaves & Lime.

For non-alcoholic drink, they also served some unique milkshakes. Above is Kaya Milkshake with hint of pandan flavors.

Apple Crumble Cheese Cake topped with Crushed Walnuts & Vanilla Ice Cream, drizzle with Caramel Sauce.

After meal dessert is my favorite session, because I have a sweet tooth. Its undeniable that I love this piece of Apple Crumble Cheese Cake. Its so compact and gives us the different kind textures on every mouthful of this cake!

Matcha Chocolate Lava Cake with Green Tea Ice Cream

Chocolate lovers would love this. Ideal to be eaten immediately when its served warm. Check out the oozing rich and chocolatey, chocolate lava.

Worried about getting bored? Fret not. Live band from Art Trio Acoustic Band will keep you entertained on weekends (Friday – Sunday) from 8pm-12am.

I was told that this is the Valentine’s Day set menu. Sounds delicious. Since they are trying to maintain the food quality, thus it is only limited to 20 couples.

Chef Sam, being the main chef, also an important person behind the kitchen, is serious in his culinary skills ensuring the quality of food. It was a pleasure to meet the person who put much effort in serving us the food.

Jigger & Shaker

PT12653, Jalan Pusat Dagangan Sendayan 1,
Seremban (City)
Tel: 012-278 5236
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*solely based on writer's own opinion*

Pedicure & Manicure Experience @The Color Shop, Palm Mall Seremban

The Color Shop at Palm Mall Seremban is now more than just a hair saloon. Recently they’ve added Nail Care & Design (Nail Saloon) into their premise. Meaning to say, ladies and gentlemen can have a nice hairdo plus nail care under the same roof. Kill two birds with one stone! 😀

Located at Level 2, the same floor as GSC cinema.

Ever since I became a mother, time is really precious to me. I rarely have time to indulge myself in hairdo, body massage or nails. One week ago, I pay a visit here for a good self pampering to groom my nails. Our nails are just like our face, body and hair which requires good care too. Hence, I must really enjoy the session.

Ling, the friendly Manicurist here has several years of working experience back in New York.

I sat on the comfortable couch, then Ling explained the nail services that are available here.

For your info, Ling uses mostly products are of OPI brand. Only the nail color, there’s a choice of OPI and BANDI. Both are already a well known brand in nail care line.

I started off with a good foot spa then followed by pedicure.

I was told to sit on this sofa. Little did I know, its not just a sitting sofa, but also a massaging chair. Wow…this is really a bonus to customers! During the whole process, you can enjoy a good back massage. Sit back, relax and leave the rest to the professional.

Ling added sea salt into the foot spa tub which was filled with warm water. Sea salt are known to be a natural cleansing agent.

She begin with applying a later of OPI ‘mask’ onto my leg, then cling wrapped my legs and finally wrapped with warm towel. This is the ‘steaming’ process. This step took approximately 20 minutes.

Then Ling started shaping my toe nails.

This foot spa tub device works like a Jacuzzi. Just soak your feet in. Bubbles and heat provide soothing relief to the soles of your feet, it also includes soft-touch massager.

Next, Ling proceed with removing cuticles and dead skin. Cuticle oil was also added during this step.

Then, removed the warm towels and cling wrap. Ling applied OPI scrub for exfoliating.

Using the foot file, Ling removes dead skin from my foot and especially heels. (Foot Scrub)

Lastly, towel dry the leg then applied moisturizer. I can feel that my legs are much smoother now.

The whole session also includes an additional 10 minutes of foot massage by the skillful Manicurist.

Ling handed over the color palate. Choosing which color suits my toe nails. Varies from pastels to bold colors.

If you fancy some studs or bling bling stuffs on your nails.

Ling applied a layer of ‘base coat’ before proceeding to the actual selected color.

I chose a pastel pink for my toes. Ling commented that my nails are so short. LOL 😀

The above is Gel Nail Polish.

What is the difference between a gel nail polish and a traditional nail enamel?
Gel nail polishes are formulated differently from traditional nail color and cure under artificial light, so they dry faster and last longer. Gel nail polish lasts up to two weeks without chipping or peeling, and retains its shine as well. 

After application, we need to cure the nail polish. The curing stage requires a special nail drying light. The curing process took 30 seconds.

Lastly, top coat is applied to protects nails while giving them the strength to take on your daily activities, without chipping, peeling or looking scratched.

The above process took approximately 1.5 hours.

Pedicure – RM40

Foot Spa (inclusive of 10 minutes foot massage) – RM80

After beautifying my toe nails, next we proceed with Manicure. Ling proposed French Nail because I told her I just want a simple one.

Trimming ,shaping and buffer my nails before applying the gel color polish.

Ling ensured that she always sterilized her tools.

Ling was very detailed when she did my nails. She applied polish away from my cuticles.

My simple dimple looking nails. They looked very presentable and its still in good condition over almost 2 weeks.

(To protect your fingernails, use your fingers when you type on keyboard instead of finger tip)

Manicure – RM30

Gel Color – RM50

French – RM10

photo by Ling

Besides nail services, hair removal service (hand, leng, underarm) is also available here. Above are the photos showing before and after hair removal. For more info, you can give them a call.

The Color Shop

Lot L2-37,Level 2,Palm Mall,Jalan Sungai Ujong, Seremban

Contact Number: 06-765 6151 / 019-2239828

Business Hour: 10am – 10pm.

Chinese New Year is coming soon. Its time to pan leng leng. Give them a call to make an appointment.

I’ve already done my reservation to give my nails a new look for this Chinese New Year 🙂

**Latest update – 11 February 2018. Done my manicure and pedicure with gel polish on my nails. Love the natural colors on my fingers that suits all occasions and clothing too. 🙂