Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Aqua Hair Korean Salon (Review) - C Perm Yay or Neh?

Its been a while since i blogged about something related to beauty. I've been rather constant with my hair stylist as i've become less adventurous with age. I did switch hair salons to seek a change in my looks but have failed miserably to look super stylo. Moroever, in so far no one has beaten the power hair massage of my current hair stylist. 

I am getting quite bored with my constant similar look and i've been googling on korean hair salons for a while. One salon caught my eye in terms of their pricing and reviews (not much to begin with). This suits me as bloggers may skewed their reviews and other popular korean hair salons charge exorbitant rates.

I made a last minute appointment on a weekday and was on my way to a new hair change. I was pretty surprised upon arrival as i was expecting it to be rather quiet. The stylist assigned to be is handling like 3 customers at the same time though each seemed to be in various stages of completion. Though my appointment is at 3.30 pm, i arrived at 3.45 pm, i was attended to at about 4 pm. 
  Stepping into the salon i was a bit surprised that today a weekday is packed with customers. 
 The corner where my hair is transformed for the next 3 hours. 
 The washing area is placed in the centre of the salon. 

I was offered some korean titbits to try but nothing from the titbits blow me away. One of it is a hiro like cake. Cake coated in chocolate that i used to love when i was a kid. 

The before perm messy look. This is a year after my hair rebond. I did cut my hair 3 months before. This is how the unmanageable hair looks like.

The entire process took shorter than i expected, i finished everything at 6.45 pm. The stylist Lina informed me that my hair could last for a year (great!!! i can save loads though i am still skeptical).

While perming my hair, my head weighed a tonne. Fortunately the process is quite fast like 20 minutes max. 

I was pretty freaked as it reminded me of the other time when i permed my hair and it came out look like a poodle dog. 


Fortunately, it started to look better while blow drying but ah i think i look nothing like the model in the pic that i showed the stylist hor? 

Pros: 
They did not do hard sell. The stylish commented that my hair is too dark and needed a hair colour. I informed her that i do not like to colour my hair as its a hassle to re-dye very 1-2 months. She accepted my preference and left it at that. The assistant is selling their treatment hair package and when i firmly say no did not push for other sales. 

Pricing is still reasonable in my opinion (maybe cause i am charged for short hair).

I showed her what hair i like and she did achieve the hair style i wanted. 

Cons:
I think the hair style that i like did not really suit me and it make my face look longer. Could have been better if i had a fringe? 


Final comments:
I quite like the experience at the salon, i will definitely head back there again for other services and if the hair shape still holds up. 

Review after one month, i quite like my hair as its neater. For a more tidy work look, i will just comb my hair. For a more romantic look, i will just tousled it.

I observed that the hair seems more brittle compared to before the perm and i didn't really take any other special care just the usual shampoo and condition. 

Address: 
Aqua Hair Korean Salon
Delfi Orchard #03-16
402 Orchard Road
S238876

Sunday, August 28, 2016

SAR, China - Hong Kong – 4 Days 3 Nights (Part 2 - To do/see,to eat)Day 4

To do:
Sky100
Elements International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong


There is a little twin stars event at Sky100 so you see a lot of little twin stars all around. I got a lanyard and a paper photo frame by paying additional HKD 80 on top of the entry tickets.




































When we reached the top, we got a shock of our lives! We couldn’t see beyond an inch, there is a huge downpour and visibility is zero as the building is surrounded by fog. We passed our time by stamping the multiple little twin stars station till the skies are somewhat clear.

It’s quite a good place to chill and relax if you’re not in a rush.
Waiting for the skies to clear. Hong Kong is slowly but surely showing up.




To eat:
Honolulu café 檀島咖啡餅店– 3.2 stars, budget
176-178 Hennessy Road, Wan chai, Hong Kong

This place is walking distance from our hotel. We didn’t order much except for bolo butter bun and egg tart. I wasn’t too impressed but the egg tart today is definitely better than at Kim Wah yesterday.  


Kam’s Roast Goose甘牌燒鵝– 4 stars, mid range
Po Wah Commercial Centre, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong


We heard so much about this place that this is the top of our list of food to try. This is after Yung Kee lost its  Michelin star status and this place is hailed as one of the best.


We tried and felt that it was good but it still pales in comparision with Yung Kee in its heyday. Somehow something is lacking. Atmosphere? I can't really put my finger on it.  I love how they did the century egg that the yolk of the egg is like custard.

The goose and the prince kinsen noodles is the must try.
But this is still good to eat. 

The char siew is good but I’ve tasted much better.Singapore.

Chips Republic Cafe– 4 stars, mid range
Unit 2132, Level 2 The Grand Cinema, Elements Mall, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong

As we had lunch at Kam’s at 4 pm, I opted to share our dinner again.

The burger is quite good as the beef is juicy and tender. We would never have found the place if our friend did not bring us here as its somewhat like inside the cinema. Space is comfortable and a good meal to wrap up our trip.

No photos to share (apologies) as there is a slight mishap "dinner pictures are MIA" with the last few photos from this trip. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

SAR, China - Hong Kong – 4 Days 3 Nights (Part 2 - To do/see,to eat)Day 3

To do:
Fa Yuen Street Market and Cooked Food Centre 花園街市政大廈
123A Fa Yuen Street Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong 

The wet market is very structured and has 3 levels. The top served food not unlike our hawker, 2nd floor sells pork and vegetables and the first floor is all the seafood. 

There is a few roast stalls on the first floor as well.
It was interesting to see how things are sold differently in HK. 

Particularly the fishes. The fishes look exceedingly fresh. Some stalls have the fishes laid out others have fresh fish placed in tank.

The fish with the maw is displsyed for all to see. 

The vegetables all look exceedingly fresh.

The pork is all hanged up. This is a scene we rarely see in Singapore nowadays.
The cooked food centre (da pai dang) looks like a good place to eat as well. A little similar to our hawker centre concept. 

The Peak Tram, Lion pavilion lookout, Peak Galleria
Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus
Its quite a mess at the queue

I was escatic when I see that there is no queue at the peak tram. Little did I know the the queue is now on the other side of the road. We are told the queue will last for 2.5 hours, another option is for us to purchase the Madam Tussands and peak tram package and we can head up in 30 minutes. Since, we have taken the peak tram and also madam tussauds so I am not so keen on both options.  
This is the actual queue - horrible....

Taking a cab appears to be difficult at the peak too. We walked off and before crossing the road noticed that there is lots of taxi on the other side of the peak tram building that was obscured by pillars. We took a cab to the peak in under 15 minutes and paid HK 50.
And someone's super duper happy to get to the top at last.

The rest of the time we waited around Lion pavilion to see the sunset. Today is a cloudy day but its still nice to see the sunset from the top. The change in colour is pretty to scene but the day we went, its still quite cloudy. 


If getting to the peak is a challenge, I think getting down the peak is much worse. 
There is queue for the taxi (totally random), some taxi demand a minimum of HK 300 to go down, the final alternative is to take the bus. The bus queue started to form really long and we are lucky to get on the first bus. It was a long winding road down and it is quite difficult to balance. I doubt I will head back up for sunset view again.

To Eat:

Kim Wah Cafe
金華冰廳 – 3.5 stars, budget
47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong




We ordered the must orders per our listing, milk tea, egg tarts and also the bolo butter bun. The shop also showcased that their award winning toast. So we decided to give it a try. We asked if we should order more and the waitress cheerfully told us that we should hold any other orders now as the servings is quite huge.


Yes! I saw the biggest bolo butter bun I had seen. The bolo bun though nice but its too much bread and too little butter.


The toast is quite another story! Its well fried and the butter which melts as you eat the toast is so delicious. Its quite a match with the syrup that they request us to pour on the toast.

Sing Hueng Yen 勝香園– 3.5 stars, budget
2 Mee Lun Street, Central, Hong Kong

I was still quite full from breakfast. So we only ordered a bowl of macaroni tomato with beef slices. The beef slices is tender. But I am not really a fan of tomato based macaroni, lucky we only ordered a bowl to share else we will have difficulty finishing it.

Somehow this place is extremely popular, with many tourists and locals visiting it.

Directly opposite Sing Hueng Yen is Kau Kee Restaurant九記牛腩, there is also a super long queue for it.

Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華– 3.5 stars, mid range
1A The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Hong Kong

If you want local food at the peak, there aren’t many options. I didn’t know there is Mak noodles here and since we already had it the day before we won’t be having it again.

I ordered their 4 types of fishball noodles. The noodles took me by surprise as it was expecting such a texture. It’s a little chewy and yet jelly like. I really like that very much. The fish balls is soft and QQ or tough and hard. Quite 2 different textures and taste to savour.

The pig trotters noodle that Hubs ordered is nice though its good to know that the noodle is instant noodles.
We ordered a bowl of wantons to share. The prawn wantons are quite tasty.

Hubs is in love with all things milk tea in Hong Kong. This is their ice chilled milk tea. 

Gecko – 3.5 stars, mid range
Au’s Building, Ezra’s Lane, Central, Hong Kong

I wanted to visit this place because it serves whiskey and it’s a live jazz bar. The location of this bar isn’t really fantastic as it doesn’t face the road and you have to walk down a dark alleyway in the midst of construction place.

The whole bar is empty except for us! There is no live jazz on Mondays only jazz music from the radio. The waitress is very helpful and recommended us some whiskey to sip. She suggested for us to try whiskey straight up which i firmly decline. So its on the rocks for us.


Not the type of atmosphere I was expecting in a bar but it was great for us to try our first whiskey and rest our tired legs after a long long day.