Loch Ard Motor Inn Quick Review - Where to stay at Port Campbell?

31 May 2018

Hello friendsss! I visited the 12 Apostles last winter and since we stayed a night at Port Campbell, I figure I'd sit down and type out a quick review on the place we stayed at called Loch Ard Motor Inn. We were there during last September so do take note that booking rates might be slightly different by now.

For starters, we chose to stay at Loch Ard Motor Inn because it's walking distance to a row of restaurants. If you are planning a visit during any season, perhaps apart from winter, the small and quiet Port Campbell Beach is less than 100 metres away. Apart from a few eateries, there's also a mini mart right across the road(not 24/7, closes in the evening). We ended up eating our dinner at the nearest restaurant to our motel called 12 Rocks Cafe & Beach Bar (click for review).

Ample free parking available.

During our one night stay, we booked their 'Family suite with kitchen' unit. It comes with 1 queen bed + 2 twin beds and comfortably sleeps a family of 4. During our stay last year we paid about RM830/night and last checked if you book now the price for this unit is around RM708+? (checked via booking.com) and guys, always remember to booking via Shopback for cashback *wink wink #Kiamsiap101WithCandace*

Moving on, here's the living hall area. The interior of the place really ain't much to talk about but rest assured the place is definitely clean and well maintained. Although the warm hues might trick you into thinking the place is cozy, it was actually pretty cold LOL. Luckily all the beds come with a heater!

The only thing I find weird is probably their cabinets hahaha. I know it's expensive to have a full length storage cabinet but these are just so oddly cute.

We didn't exactly had time to 'chill' while we were there but the weather was so nice and cooling! If only we weren't hungry, we could've sat out here at the balcony and enjoy the breeze.

 Kitchen area

The two beds are inside a bedroom. Just like the queen bed outside, both beds come with an adjustable heater as well. Super cozy to sleep in during the cold winter season!

The room had this oddly cute cabinet too HAHA. But hey, at least there's more than one storage area in the unit.

Before I forget, here are some photos of the nearby mini and quiet Port Campbell Beach.

Final verdict: 7.5/10

Overall I would say my stay here was pleasant. The decor seemed a littleeee tiny bit shabby but it really wasn't all that bad. Either the beds were quite comfortable or we were just too tired and slept almost immediately. We didn't need to drive out/walk too far for dinner so I'd say the convenience of the location was great and it really made up for it's interior. Oh and for some reason I forgot to capture any photos of the toilet but I'd like to say the washroom was pretty decent! You can view photos of the washroom on tripadvisor la. I've included the link ahaha.

I think if I'll ever go back to Port Campbell and I don't intend to cook, I'll most likely choose to stay here again simply because it's so near all the restaurants! However if you intend to cook, I believe there are other service apartments in the area. As for the pricing, factoring in the location I think it's a fair price to pay. For smaller groups, Loch Ard Motor Inn also has smaller units starting from RM400-ish.

I've always seen people staying at motels in movies but I've never stayed in one before so I guess it was nice to finally experience staying in one? If you're curious, it kinda just feels like you've just checked into a single-storey house haha.

Loch Ard Motor Inn
18 Lord St, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
Contact: +61 (3) 5598 6328          |          Website

Thanks for reading and see ya'll soon on my next post!

#CreateYourStyle with Schwarzkoph

26 May 2018

Hey everyone! The other day I visited a Schwarzkoph event so here's a quick write up on how the event went. If you're into hair care products, the brand Schwarzkoph shouldn't be an alien to you. It's a brand you probably can't pronounce or spell the name but the minute you see their iconic logo, you'll be like "Ohhhh!! that one!"

As I was saying, Schwarzkoph turns 120 years old this year! To celebrate, this year the brand is taking a step back from conventional beauty stereotypes to celebrate diversity and individual expressions of style, beauty, and fashion. Be it rocking colourful hair or your natural messy bed hair, Schwarzkoph's #CreateYourStyle campaign is telling you to embrace it all. Basically, you do you!

For years I've always pictured Schwarzkoph as a high end brand that could only be found in hair specialty shops like Hair Depot. Who knew they also carry a pretty decent range of hair care products targeted to keep your hair clean and healthy at an affordable price? Best part is that you don't have to hunt down any Hair Depot shops to get hold of these products, they're available at selected Watsons and Guardian stores! One of their best selling series is this all cyan coloured 'Schwarzkoph Extra Care Hydro Collagen' series. This particular range consists of 3 products - a shampoo, conditioner, and express repair spray.

Schwarzkoph Extra Care Hydro Collagen Shampoo - 200ml (RM18.00) / 400ml (RM28.00)

The first product I'll be sharing briefly about is the hydro collagen shampoo. There are two sizes available - 200ml and 400ml. The terms 'Hydro' and 'Collagen' already sounds like something I think my bleached hair would need. This shampoo is recommended to those with normal-dry-coarse hair and it claims to restore moisture to your hair. It has a pH value of 4-5 and it's formulated with Marine Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid for moisture absorption and retention.

Schwarzkoph Extra Care Hydro Collagen Conditioner 400ml - RM29.00

Recommended to people with normal-dry-coarse hair as well, this conditioner claims to provide long lasting hydration and keep your hair smooth up to 72-hours. When it comes to conditioners, you'll only need a small amount so 400ml is going to last you for quite some time.

Schwarzkoph Extra Care Hydro Collagen Express Hair Spray 150ml - RM35.00

The final product in their Hydro Collagen series is this hair spray leave in conditioner. This product claims to provide intensive regeneration and moisture to your hair. It's supposed to repair the hair structure and smoothes the hair surface making it easier to comb through.

Here are some other ranges in Schwarzkoph's 'Extra Care' range. The holo packaging on the 'purify & protect' series lowkey makes me feel super happy HAHA.

During the event there was also a photo studio. There were props available and we could get our photos taken by the photographer and have it printed out on the spot.
Now what's a hair event without some hair styling demos right? 3 local influencers were invited to have their hair styled by a stylist from the Schwarzkoph team. From left to right are Mawar Rashid, Emma Shazleen, and Sharifah Eleen Al-Baity. The following are some BTS photos!

After the hair demo session, it was time for a prize giving ceremony to end the event. During the event there was a 'most-creative instagram post competition' going on where the winners will walk away with RM900 worth of Schwarzkoph products and here are the lucky winners! Congratulations!

That's all I have to share today and thanks for reading! If you're interested, the mentioned Schwarzkoph products can be found at selected Watsons and Guardian outlets. Prices for these products range between RM18-RM35. Until next time!!

Event & PR by EverQuest     Website    |    Facebook 

Famous cheesecake from The Tokyo Restaurant, Lot 10 review

6 May 2018

Hello kawans!! Have you heard of the rumoured 'Best Cheesecake in KL'? I keep seeing all the food pages recommending this and my friends have been posting about this super delicious cheesecake on their instagrams too! So for a very long while, I've been eager to try this famous 6th Avenue Cheesecake from The Tokyo Restaurant (located inside Isetan, Lot 10) and a few days back, I finally did it!! 

I was in the area to check out the Chanel pop-up Coco Game Center with the bestie and after that we decided to do some shopping at Pavilion! It's been awhile since the last time both of us actually had time to shop, so I guess that day was our #TreatYoSelf day? Didn't get anything from Chanel though, still recovering my bank account sobs.

The Tokyo Restaurant is located on the 4th floor of Lot 10 Shopping Center nestled inside Isetan. We don't visit Lot 10 that often(my first time stepping into Lot 10 summore!!) so it took us awhile to find the place. Upon finding it I immediately took a liking to the interior of this place. 

As we approached the restaurant entrance, the staff asked if we're here for dinner or just desserts. We got there around dinner time so if you plan to have dinner there as well, the staffs will take you to a table inside the restaurant. If you're only there for desserts you will be seated at this seating area in front of their restaurant instead. We were lucky enough to get one of the more comfy soft chairs so while we savoured our cake, we got to take a rest from all the walking!

The 6th Avenue Cheesecake~

After approximately 5-10minutes wait, our cheesecake is served! From first glance, it looked basic. However upon taste, I think I've ascended to heaven HAHA! Just kidding ahaha! The cheesecake was very rich and moist, it tasted very cheesy. If you're a fan of slightly strong cheeses, you'll absolutely love this slice of cheesecake. However if you're not into strong cheeses you might not enjoy this as much as others? Paired together with their cheesecake is a generous amount of whipped cream. 

To be honest, I enjoyed the whipped cream more than the cheesecake haha. The whipped cream has a slightly strong milky taste that I absolutely love! The sweetness for me was perfect but I know that to some people, their whipped cream might be a little too sweet for their liking. It all comes down to personal preference. It could just be me but their whipped cream tasted almost like the cream layer on top of Koi's Macchiato drinks!!

Overall I personally think this slice of Cheesecake is really worth trying. It costs RM20/slice but for the quality it offers along with the 'fancy-ish' ambiance you'll be dining at, it's 100% worth it! Been quite some time since I've last came across cakes that I actually enjoy, so I'm definitely revisiting this place once I lose some of those calories T_T 

Kiamsap tip!! If you plan to order any drinks, you might want to order anything other than regular iced green tea(RM10)! Most of their drinks like coffee/juices are priced around RM14-RM18 so you may want to order those instead! We did not see how much they charge for green tea prior to ordering, so don't make the same mistake as us unless you're really craving for regular iced green tea hahaha! If you die die want iced green tea but you're also feeling kiamsiap, after your cheesecake you can walk back to Pavilion for Ippudo. They serve green tea for RM3!

That's all for my review! 100% recommend trying this! If you've tried their savoury food do let me know if they're any good! I wouldn't mind making a second visit to have their cheesecake and maybe try some of their mains too hehe!

Btw, I noticed it's been awhile since I've last written something casual like this and now that I've cleared off my schedule slightly(kind of...), expect more quick and fun reads here! When I'm feeling like it I'll also continue on my Australia travelogue from last year huhu! Thanks so much for reading and follow my instagram @yumizo_ for more current updates! I know I haven't been updating my IG very consistently but I'll try my best to post more!! I do however update my insta-stories pretty frequent aahhaa!

See you soon and until next time!! 

- candy -

The Tokyo Restaurant 
4F Lot 10 Shopping Center,
50, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Tel: 03-2119 2622

Business hours: 11AM - 11PM daily

Social: Facebook   |   Tableapp reservation link

New menu at Morganfield's Malaysia - Best pork sausage I've had in Malaysia?

4 May 2018

Hey everyone! It is time for another food review to grace this blog. This time round I have a quick and porky review to share with ya'll because Morganfield's Malaysia just launched 40 new menu items and I got to try quite a few of it! Before I hop into the review, thank you Racheal for the invitation! Y'know afternoon she jio me go makan durian seafood then night time she jio me for ribs leh omg!! 感恩~

Back to Morganfield's! Whenever people talk about the best place in town for some tender and juicy pork ribs, Morganfield's will always be on the list. There are 27 Morganfield's restaurants worldwide and 16 in Malaysia, the one we visited for dinner was Morganfield's Pavilion KL. Easily accessible via MRT!

It's my first time dining at their Pavilion branch and I'm really liking the rustic vibe this place has to offer. 

Here's the Thursday dinner crowd! Although Morganfield's Pavilion has a pretty decent number of seating capacity available, if you want to guarantee yourself a table, just give them a ring to make a reservation :)

If anyone tells you pigs don't fly, please direct them to Morganfield's!

Other than their famous sticky bones, Morganfield's is also a place many would visit for a drink[s]. They're open until 1A.M. so if you're craving for a rack of ribs and some beer on the side, here's a place to add to your list.

[ The food ]
The mouthwatering moment is finally here!! Out of their 40 new menu items we got to try 1 salad, 3 appetizers, 5 mains and 1 'special dessert'! This dessert is very special as it usually falls under the appetizers category! Keep on reading to find out what it is *wink wink*

01. Porky Salad - RM28.90

A bowl of salad with a whole bed of roasted pork belly waiting for me to dig in? Now that's a bowl of greens I'll say yes to anytime! The pork belly meat was juicy and tender while the skin was nice and crispy. Underneath all that siew yuk are some crunchy pork lard, an assortment of greens, cucumber, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and some almond flakes and sesame seeds for some extra crunch and flavour. I can't have a salad without a good dressing so for their Porky Salad, it's meant to be tossed with a tasty spicy soy vinaigrette. On the side there are also some prawn crackers you could eat it with! 

I've always find roasted pork belly salads delicious hahaha! No matter where I go, if this is on the menu, it's something my family would order on the centre! I really like how they've paired this salad with this vinaigrette too, despite being a spicy soy vinaigrette I think the spiciness was still bearable for someone like me that isn't that good with spicy food haha!

02. Mussels Kilpatrick - RM24.99

What came next was this plate of mussels prepared in Kilpatrick style. While Oyster Kilpatrick was something I've heard of when I was in Melbourne but never got to try, Mussels Kilpatrick was something new to me. Surprisingly, I really loved it!! This dish features a plate of 6 mussels sauteed with smoked bacon & sweet sour tomato sauce topped with cherry tomatoes. If you love seafood and tomato based dishes, I'm sure you'll enjoy this yummy appetizer.

03. Sticky Wings  (Fiery Habanero, Golden Egg Crunch, and Honey Soy) - RM22.90

Morganfield's may be famous for their sticky bones but their sticky wings are also pretty good! Morganfield's Sticky Wings are deep fried chicken wings marinated & tossed in their homemade sauce. Currently there are 3 choices of homemade sauce to choose from - Fiery Habanero, Golden Egg Crunch and Honey Soy. 

Honey Soy has always been my go-to chicken wing favour. Morganfield's take on their Honey Soy Sticky Wings feature a savory combination of honey, soy, and vinegar topped with some almond flakes. No comment on this, I've always enjoyed honey soy wings and Morganfield's nailed it pretty well!

Their Fiery Habanero Sticky Wings feature a play of flavours using sweet peppercorn and honey. Although fiery is in the name I personally didn't find it too spicy either. Tasted great and I couldn't pick a favourite between this and honey soy!

Their Golden Egg Crunch Sticky Wings is basically salted egg flavoured fried chicken wings with fragrant curry leaves. I had more than enough salted egg yolk in the afternoon and since I'm not a big fan of salted egg in the first place, I made a pass on this.

04. Seafood Chowder - RM16.90

If you typically enjoy a creamy bowl of seafood chowder, you'll love this. Asides of assorted fresh seafood, you can also expect corn kernels, potatoes, seaweed, and carrots. Because there's seaweed in this seafood chowder, drinking this made me feel like this is seafood chowder has a  Japanese twist to it? Personally I don't mind this twist at all since it's a charm that sets it apart from all the other seafood chowders I've had in the past and I actually enjoyed this seafood chowder!

05. Citrus Mojito Baby Back - RM69.90

The mains are finally here! First up is none other than a delicious rack of Baby Back ribs. The one we had is their Citrus Mojito Baby Back served along with 2 sides of your choice but we chose Mac & Cheese + flat chips. These ribs are slow cooked in the oven, then finished on the grill. The apple scent in it was pretty faint but it paired with the ribs pretty well. For a finishing touch, chunks of freshly diced green apples, lime and mint leaves covered the top of this yummy goodness!

06. Southwest Chicken B.L.T - RM32.90

If you fancy some chicken on your visit, this is their Southwest Chicken B.L.T. burger. It has a boneless chicken thigh marinated with a special blend of seasoning topped with some pork bacon strips. I mean, who says no to bacon anyways? Love the crunch this burger has to offer but if you'd ask me, I'd prefer to have the marinate a little stronger in flavour. Served along with it are some thick cut fries and coleslaw.

07. Sizzling Rib-Eye - RM69.90

This may look a little messy but I guarantee you it's a yummy plate of steak. The choice of meat used are top choice non-frozen Australian rib eye. Have this grilled to your preferred 'doneness' and have it smothered in their homemade creamy mushroom gravy. This dish is served with tasty and sweet caramelized onions, red skin mashed potato, sliced eringil mushrooms and garden veggies.

08. Smokin' Duck Pasta - RM29.90

If you're looking for some carbs, Morganfield's also has a selection of pastas available. Here we have here is their Smokin' Duck Pasta. Topped with sliced smoked duck breast, this pasta is tossed with pork lard (wow), sugar peas, chopped onions, tomatoes & garlic. Found this very cute because a slice of garlic bread was served on the side haha!

09. Captain's Catch Mini Platter (for 2pax) - RM102.90

Saved my favourite main ever for the last!! This platter features a rack of half slab spare ribs (choose either Hickory BBQ/Garlicky BBQ/Smoked Peppercorn/Asian Charred/Rib Rub) and is served with beer battered White Perch Fish Fillets, Spicy Devil sausage, Herby Hog sausage, garden salad and french fries. 

By the way, I've been looking for a place that serves pork sausage as good as the one I had at a cafe in Singapore for a really long time and I'm so happy to finally discover this Spicy Devil sausage at Morganfield's. It's savoury with a tiny hint of sweetness in it, not very spicy and so far after so many pork sausages I've tried, I think this is the closest to the one I really miss from Singapore T.T Thank goodness they offer a pork sausage platter on their menu!

10. Roasted Pork Belly - RM22.90

So after 5 mains, I told you we had a "special dessert" that is from the appetizers category right? This happened when we were asked if we were full yet and Kellaw decided to order "Porky Salad without the salad" hahaha a.k.a a plate of Roasted Pork Belly for RM22.90!

We all agreed that if there was one thing our stomach had space for after all the food you saw above was more of some of that good roasted pork belly we had earlier. Lucky for us Morganfield's actually does serve roasted pork belly on it's own! Their roasted pork belly is served their homemade Garlic Aioli sauce along with some refreshing cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

[ Drinks ]

11. Southern Fruit Tea (Mango) - RM16.90

Can't eat so much and not drink anything right? Part of their 40 new menu items is their Southern Fruit Tea. This tall glass is filled to the top with with chilled tea infused with fresh fruits and natural fruits syrup. For a final touch, this drink is topped with a scoop of natural fruit sorbet. Choices available are green apple, mango, raspberry, passionfruit, kalamansi, and lychee.

12. Sizzling Mango Iced Tea - RM14.90

Although this isn't new, I've decided to include it in this post because how often do you find a chili in your drink?? This drink features mango puree, spicy mango syrup, spicy jelly in chilled tea. Don't worry so much about the spicy word in this drink. Not sure is it that my tolerance for spiciness has magically improved but this drink does have a fizzy sizzling feel but it really wasn't all that spicy. I actually liked this drink as I'd occasionally steal a few sips of this from my bf. Order this even if it's just for it's aesthetics, you won't regret it!

Morganfield's has quite a few promotions available, click here to see all promotions available. Two promotions that has caught my interest in particular is their "Birthday 1 year free spare ribs" and also their "Oinkingly top value set lunches"! Allow me to briefly explain it here, for full details do read it up via the link above ya.

Birthday 1 year free spare ribs
If you can't think of where to celebrate your birthday, you might want to consider Morganfield's. Gather all your friends and family, spend a minimum of RM500 on your birthday(3 days before & 3 days after also applicable) and you will be entitled to redeem 1 half slab pork ribs per month for 1 year! So if you're planning to make use of this promo, remember to make a reservation first and read the TnC on their website!

Oinkingly Top Value Set Lunch
This promotion is pretty direct, and pretty worth it for those interested to try Morganfield's for a cheaper price. Here's their set lunch menu :)

That is all for my review on some of Morganfield's Malaysia's new menu! Thanks for reading and I hope you guys are as hungry as I am writing this! Also, thank you Aunty Lilly and Uncle Hong for pinjam-ing me your LED light haha!

Morganfield's Pavilion KL
C4.03.00, Level 4, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 
Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2141 3192

Business hours: 11AM - 1AM daily

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This is an invited food review however all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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