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#BeyondNormTravels to Ipoh!

Ipoh is a former tin-mining city that is perfect for those who love food, nature and culture. Watch the video to find out what we got up to in Ipoh! 😄 If you enjoyed it, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel: Beyond Norm Blog (it’ll really help us a lot!) and turn on post notifications 🔔 so that you get notified every time we post! 😊 Advertisements

#BeyondNormTravels to Miri!

On 19 August 2017, we finally traveled to Miri, East Malaysia for the first time! We had an exciting time exploring and discovering a new place. Watch the vlog to find out what we got up to. 😄 If your enjoyed it, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel: Beyond Norm Blog (it’ll really help us alot!) and turn on post notifications 🔔 so that you get notified every time we post! 😊

Beauty Review: Custom Lipsticks @The Lip Lab Perth

Ever since I walked pass Lip Lab in Freo, I’ve been itching for a go at customising my very own lipstick shades. However, I did also want someone to go with who would be equally enthusiastic about the experience. Fortunately for me, I had just met Tammy, my fellow lipstick enthusiast. Spurred on by Safiya’s Bite Lip Lab experience, we booked our appointments and excitedly headed down to the Lip Lab in Perth city. Prior to visiting the Lib Lab, I went through numerous reviews trying to find out if the lipsticks were worth the splurge because let’s be practical, beyond the experience, I wanted to know that I would still use my custom shades and enjoy them. However much to my disappointment, there wasn’t a peep about it. So I made it my mission to do some “fieldwork” and report back to all the wonderful people on the interwebs. 😉 I guess you could say, “I did it for the blog”. Haha. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that we were as …

Food Review: NorthSea Genuinely Belgium @ Ipoh, Malaysia

Located right across the street from Excelsior hotel is the nautical-themed Belgium restaurant – NorthSea Genuinely Belgium. Originally owned and operated by a Belgian gentleman, it has since been sold to the current owners. With the interior decked out with beer bottles on wooden shelvings, the place had a pretty clean 1800s pirate ship vibe. We started off with their Soup of the Day (RM15.00) which was a Homemade Mushroom Soup with Truffle. The truffle oil that they used was very strong and fragrant and I instantly fell in love with the soup. They also had nicely toasted olive bread that complemented the soup so perfectly. Moving on to starters… We had their Belgian Styled Scallops (RM29.00). The scallops had a nice sear to it, giving it an extra layer of texture. The dish was served with a herb garlic sauce which had a strong intensity that went really well with the scallops. The combination blends really well in your mouth. The Ostend Shrimp Croquettes (RM25.00) had a thin breaded layer which gives it a …

Food Review: Gordon St Garage

Gordon St Garage was the place where I had my first proper Perth cuppa and so you can imagine that it holds a special place in my heart. However over the past few years, apart from occasional quick stops to get some takeaway coffees before heading to Watertown, I’ve not stepped foot in here to try the food. So on this hot summery day, and with the spur of the moment decision, it was finally time to head back to the first gorgeous place that I fell in love with in Perth. Admittedly, it was daunting at first… Staring at that menu and trying to figure out what to eat. (I usually do a bit of research of the place I’m heading to before I go.) But after that initial setback, I finally selected my meal and waited in anticipation. I ordered the BBQ Salmon with quinoa, fennel and orange salad. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at dish that sat before me. The presentation was definitely different from what I had in mind. …

Review: The Cat Cafe @ Bugis Village, Singapore

When I was in Singapore for the holidays, my friends Sam and Don brought me to the Cat Cafe. Located in the heart of the ever-busy Bugis, is this accessible cafe where you can chill and enjoy the company of the resident cats. To be honest, I was kind of reluctant when Don suggested that we hang out here as I am a dog-person (and forever will be. I shall not be swayed!) But I figured it’ll be an interesting experience and so I braved on. The entry fee is $15 for unlimited minutes of cat time and a complimentary first drink. You can always have your meal there by ordering from their decent array of food items. 🙂 What I really enjoyed about the Cat Cafe is the relaxed atmosphere; with the cats lazing about/sleeping and the pitter-patter of the rain outside, it was a purr-fect little escape from hustling and bustling Singapore. Unfortunately, we got there during the cats’ nap times, so most of them were sleeping there instead of walking around the cafe. Looking at them …

Food Review: The Modern Eatery (Mount Lawley)

Their sister branch in Freo has long been one of my favourite Japanese places. So when I was invited to visit their Mount Lawley outlet, I was ecstatic. The Modern Eatery specialises in Aburi sushi, where the top of the fish is lightly cooked with a blow torch whilst the rest of it remains raw. Their decor consist of a sleek and minimalist style that holds the whole place together. Now all my friends can attest to this, I’m not the type of girl who goes to a restaurant and orders a salad. So if I said that I really liked the salad, I REALLY liked the salad. The sesame dressing and the mix of vegetables blends really well. It was super refreshing and perfect for the hot day. But my favourite part of the salad was the tiny little sweet potato fries at the top! It’s so yummy that I’m even considering ordering this salad the next time I come back. Oops. It is a pretty sizable portion and I recommend that you share this among 2-4 people if you want …