Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Immigration In Malaysia, My Experience

I recently went to renew my helper's work permit. This is my 7th year living in Malaysia. And this is the 4th renewal of my helper. We went on April 2014. I couldn't be more pleased with the way things are going at the Immigration Office at Putrajaya.

I went on a Thursday, drove there with my helper and my 7-month old son. Was kind of expecting a long waiting time, and instead was pleasantly surprised with the speed and efficiency of the staff there at the 2nd floor.

I got my number coupon and immediately my number was called up. I went there to show my helper's passport and informed them I am under the Resident's Pass, and they knew what it was. They went to do 2-minutes checking, and came back saying everything is okay, I just need to go to cashier to pay. I went to pay, there was just 1 person in front of me... then, went to another counter to submit the passport for immediate stickering. I asked the guy how long I need to wait, he said 10 minutes!

In 5 minutes, we received the passport with the new sticker! Wow. I was impressed. Either I got lucky or things are really getting better over there.

Kudos to the Immigration Department. Please do keep it up!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

La Juiceria on the Sun Newspaper March 2014

Exciting times. Spreading the word on juicing to more and more Malaysians!

Juice on!

Friday, March 28, 2014

La Juiceria - Customer Feedback

La Juiceria's regular customer Freda Liu, a radio presenter and producer at BFM 89.9 The Business Radio Station shares her views about our juice cleanse.

More and more happy customers coming back for juices. Do check out our Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date on what's happening at La Juiceria!

Juice on!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

La Juiceria on The Edge Malaysia March 2014

Was so happy to see the article on The Edge Malaysia this morning! They featured La Juiceria, and the story behind launching the juice company.

Will scan it soon and will check if they have it online. Meanwhile, wanted to share it here in my blog site.

Juice on Malaysia!

Breakfast at Publika on weekends

Saturday mornings are meant for family time so we went to Publika to have brekkie with little one. Nice options at the bottom of Publika, where the bakery opens at 8am and we could bring the bread over to the coffee area for some hot drinks. They had a little babycino for little Alex hence we were happy!

Not a bad morning especially if moms like me need to do some grocery shopping afterwards.

We are definitely happy there is such a thing nearby our place.

Bread area at BENs General Food Store Grocery

Seats available for tea and coffee... Still empty early in the morning. Afternoons are usually packed.

Chin-chin means let's make a toast aka "cheers!" ... Father and daughter having a nice breakfast toast with their hot drinks

Sitting area of the plan B roasters at the grocery of Ben's

Finished her babycino (with proof)!

Bill for drinks

Bill for bread

Thursday, March 13, 2014

La Juiceria's Passion: Cold-Pressed Juices and Hurom Slow Juicer

Very happy with the developments of my raw juice company here in Kuala Lumpur. I am so happy that more and more people are conscious and aware about Fresh Cold-Pressed Juices and how detoxifying the body can do a lot of good. Probably if this was 5 years ago, there is a lot of educating to be done about detoxification itself. However, now it seems like a common thing, common knowledge.

I myself couldn't recognize "ME" if I met myself probably 5 years ago. I wouldn't be almost-vegetarian and wouldn't have swapped my coffee mornings for raw juices. My life changed for the better since we have been juicing... and I wanted to spread that to the other people in Malaysia.

It's always good to do prevention than to find out when it's too late already. People around us are getting sick -- with skin problems that have no solution, weight gain that is unexplainable and hard to shed off, gastric problems that are bothering our daily lives, and many more. The more people I talk to, the more I realize that the symptoms stem from our DIET itself. We have been abusing our bodies with processed food and a lot of sugar. Imagine if you gave your body that much needed break: fill it with nutrients instead of zero-nutrients, empty-handed processed foods. Plus without having to digest insoluble fiber, the body gets the much-needed vacation that it never had.

Again, I reiterate that La Juiceria is all about spreading the love and passion for juicing. That's why it's not just selling juices. For the men and women out there who prefer to make their own healthy concoctions, I would recommend the Hurom Slow Juicer -- which produces the most potent and nutrient-rich juices that you can ever make. Definitely a worthwhile investment.

I hope to spread the word and get everyone healthier! Do join me on this journey to juicing. I give out free tips and recipes as well on my Facebook site.

Website to order the cold-pressed juices and Hurom Slow Juicer:

We accept credit card payments (use PAYPAL option). Soon we will accept credit card payments also through MOLPAY, which is a local payment gateway. That will be available before MAY 1, 2014. Of course, we also accept all the major debit cards and local bank transfers / Giro / Maybank2U, etc.

Juice on Malaysia!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Shakahari at SS2: A Must-Try Vegetarian Restaurant!

We rarely go to SS2, and thanks to a friend of mine, he gave me a tip off on a new vegetarian place located in the busy food place of SS2 neighborhood. At first it sounded like "Shakira". Lucky it was located near a Nasi Kandar place, so we easily found it.

It was easy to park on a Saturday afternoon. We went there on lunch time, and it was half-filled about 12 noon. Soon after we sat and ordered, the crowd started coming in. I guess we were early!

I brought my baby with me and despite it was tight inside, it still had enough room for my baby pram and the place looked decent and clean. Not all the staff spoke English, though we didn't have a problem ordering as their menu was very straightforward (and informative).

We honestly enjoyed our meal, hence the immediate blog post despite my busy schedule. The place was alive with people, and before the crowd came in, I did enjoy the music that they played. So plus points for that.

My daughter loved her "char siew" order, which of course wasn't really pork. It tasted authentic so for sure I will order that again next time.

They also sold some kway or kueh (local sweets). I loved their peanut ball! That was my dessert, plus a cup of their organic coffee, which they advertise as ethically sourced. It tasted okay. Perhaps next time I will just try the black coffee (this round we tried the cappuccino).

Short and sweet summary:

Will we go back? YES for sure. Even though SS2 is not our neighborhood
Food? Great! Love it. Even non-vegetarians will surely enjoy
Ambience : 8/10 Clean, music, and good service. A bit tight if you have baby pram
Price: very reasonable!!!

New Vegetarian Restaurant at SS2
The seats (before it got filled up on a busy Saturday lunch time)
Seats near the entrance
"CHAR SIEW" rice... my daughter loved it!
Little Alex munching away and enjoying her drink
Fried dumplings - it was tasty!
Super loved the double-boil soup. We ended up ordering two of these!!!
Ultra-hot double boil soup -- very tasty!
Sweet and Sour Mushrooms / Beancurd with rice
Abalone mushrooms - loved this one!!!
Puro organic coffee (came with a biscuit)
Peanut Ball - loved this one!
Total bill for 2 adults, 1 toddler. Very affordable for the meal we had.

Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant
151 Jalan SS 2/6, Petaling Jaya
It is beside the Kayu Nasi Kandar (which is at the corner)
Also near a Pool place (seemed like a billiard-food place)
Tel 03-78659997

More Pics of Mont Kiara Re-Routing

As of today, it's been more than a week since the road re-routing. It seems to be working as the traffic congestion has lightened up. Or perhaps I may be wrong, simply because I haven't been driving during the ultra rush hours. Meanwhile, here are some pics...

You enter from the right far side of the main road... This used to be just for those bound towards Penchala Link
There are ample signs to point you to Mont Kiara
Stay on the left most side of the road

You need to pass by the stoplight at the bottom of the fly-over (which has access to Hartamas). We used to just take the flyover towards Mont Kiara.
Signage to warn you to stick to the left for Mont Kiara Access
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