HKTDC DG Studio Showcase @ 1Utama Shopping Centre

6 March 2019

Hi kawanss! It's been awhile since my last blog update and it's been an even longer while since the last time I attended any events. But hey, I've finally crawled out of my little cave (for a few hours) to check out DG Studio's showcase of fun and quirky lifestyle products from Hong Kong - courtesy of HKTDC a.k.a Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Their job is to bring in products and services from Hong Kong to all over the world! So yes, other than TVB dramas, Hong Kong also has a number of homegrown brands carrying fun and innovative lifestyle products that may even come in handy if you're in the midst of gift shopping!

I'm not gonna dilly-dally any further, so if you're interested, do read on to see some of the cute and interesting products that caught my eye!


Over at DGStudio's showcase, you'll see beautiful displays by 12 homegrown brands from Hong Kong showcasing their star products. The products displayed varies from quirky and innovative kitchen appliances all the way to cute home decor pieces. The 12 brands featured were - Artiart, Konstar, Team Green, Hoobbe, Hyone, Tea Lab, M.H. Blocks, Eco Concepts, Paris Garden, Cardhoda, Kilovest, and SOAP Studio. If you missed their pop-up booth, no worries as you can still find their products at selected Parksons, Times Bookstores, and CM3(Sunway Pyramid). Full list of which outlets are carrying DG Studio products can be found at the end of this post :D For now let's take a look at my personal favourites.

Paris Garden. This brand is known for their DIY home gardening kits. Each kit comes ready with soil, seeds, and the container itself, all you need to prepare on your own is water. Depending on what you're looking to plant, Paris Garden offers a variety of kits like kitchen herbs, fruits, vegetables, and even flowers.

The brand has also came up with a series of mini cute packaged kits perfect for kids to learn more about gardening from a young age. This one here is from their 'Ocean Animals Grass Hair Kit' series!


Tea Lab. Ok even though I'm more of a coffee person, lately because of all the constant sore throat, I have started drinking more tea than coffee whenever I'm home and I think these tea infusers would make the perfect gift for those that finds the process of making tea therapeutic?

If you haven't guessed it already, these quirky tea infusers are part of Tea Lab's goal to provide tea lovers a more enjoyable tea drinking experience. Take this cute piggy tea infuser for example, it's my favourite out of the bunch and I don't host 'tea parties' but if you do, I can definitely see this being a great conversation starter.


There was also a live demonstration session during the event and here we have Eyka Farhana demonstrating Tea Lab's ELIXIR+ Glass Tea Stick


Artiart. If you often find yourself spilling your drinks at the table, Artiart's gotchu covered. Their brand specializes in kitchen/home appliances with an innovative twist. Their bestsellers are the AR Iceberg Suction Cup and the AR Elegance Suction Bottle.

As you can see from Venice Min's demonstration, the suction at the bottom of the bottle will cling onto the surface lowering the chances of you spilling your drink all over your desk. However I'm not too sure on the types of surfaces the suction would cling onto.

Konstar. Here's yet another brand with innovative kitchen appliances that will make your life easier. Some of their bestsellers are their Salad Master and Super Apple Peeler. If you find it a chore to 'dry off' your vegetables after washing em, the Salad Master is probably gonna be your best friend as all you have to do is pull a handle and it'll wash your vegetables while separating all the water for you.

Dahlia Shazwan was invited to demo the Salad Master for everyone to see.

SOAP Studio. Now enough of kitchen appliances, if you're into comic books and crafts, here's the section for you. SOAP Studio is a toy company from Hong Kong known for their figurines. They're best known for their DC figurines series in collaboration with Hong Kong artist b.wing.

If you're looking for a mini cute Wonder woman figurine and you think pop figures are a little too mainstream for your liking, you could probably consider this one from the SOAP Studio X b.wing X Justice League series!

Team Green. Finally we have Team Green and their 3D Puzzles. In case you couldn't tell, I saved my favourite for last. This pretty display are 3D puzzle sets you can buy home and assemble on your own to double as a cute home decor piece. The following are my personal favourites!


Super cute right? This one here with the green tram really takes me back to my trip to Hong Kong during CNY earlier last month!

I did not manage to cover all 12 brands in my post but if you're looking to check out the rest of DGStudio's products, you will be able to find em at the following locations:

  • Parkson Elite at Pavilion KL
  • Parkson at 1 Utama Shopping Centre
  • CM3 at Sunway Pyramid
  • Times Bookstore at Pavilion KL
  • Times Bookstore at Bangsar Shopping Centre
  • Parkson Elite at Gurney Plaza, Penang

That's all for today and thank's for the invite EverQuest Marketing!

-candy-

12 Apostles attempt 2 and Brighton Beach in the winter - Day 3 in Victoria, Australia

7 February 2019

#ThrowbackToSeptember2017
Hello 朋友们(friends)! Happy Chinese New Year!! I'm spending CNY in Hong Kong this year at my uncle's so since I'm having my short sembreak at the same time, I've decided to pick up my long forgotten Australia Travelogue! Without any further ado, here's what I did on my 3rd day at Victoria, Australia(last last september :'D).

By the way, this is part 2 of what I did during my Great Ocean Road-trip so if you have not read part 1, you can read it HERE. Rest of my posts related to this Aussie trip will also be listed at the bottom!

First things first, a quick recap. During our first visit to the 12 Apostles, we arrived late afternoon and the weather wasn't exactly photo-friendly thus we made a second attempt on the following morning(thank goodness we decided to stay a night at Port Cambell). Next morning, just before heading to the 12 Apostles, we made a quick stop at Gibson Steps first.

Here you get to see the Two Survivors.


I know a lot of people would head down to capture more photos but it was drizzling when we got there so we made a pass and captured a few photos from above instead.


I procrastinated so long to write about this trip my hair colour has probably changed 3 times since this bright pink LOL.

Once we're satisfied with our touristy photos at Gibson Steps, we took a short drive to the 12 Apostles. By the time we got there it was no longer drizzling. We were lucky that the sky was starting to look pretty clear too!












The 12 apostles (well, what's left remaining at least) looked clearer compared to the day before despite the slight haze/mist going on! Just when we were about to leave for our next destination, we also spotted a double rainbow! Can ya'll spot the 2nd rainbow?

About noon-ish we began our road trip back to Bella Apartment at Southbank, Melbourne to stay a night before catching a domestic flight to Uluru(Ayer's Rock) next morning. As we were driving back, we made a quick 1-2 hour stop at Brighton Beach for some mandatory 'Melbourne tourist photos'




Every bath house is painted differently, giving you many photo ops!


Spotted cute birdies too!


This trip was when the iphone 7plus just came out so here we are testing out the iPhone portrait camera LOL 


Randomly snapping a few tourist photos with my then pink hair! Thinking back, I really do miss my pink hair but I guess for the next few months I'm gonna have to grow my hair out and treat my hair fall/dry scalp problems first before playing around with colours again :( Plus I really can't  stand how my hair colour fades to a golden retriever brown after a month+ so for now I'll just keep my hair dark.

PS. If you rented a car for your trip, there's an outdoor carpark right in front of Brighton Beach. Carpark rates are approximately 5$ per hour...? (I can't remember exact prices though) 

Just before sunset, we checked into Bella Apartment again for one last night. Just like the previous nights, we got a city view again :>

For dinner, we wanted to eat at an Italian restaurant called 'Gradi' located within Crown Melbourne. It was dinner time and since we didn't make any reservation beforehand, there was a long waiting time ahead of us. 

At the time, we were already super hungry, so along with an hour++ waiting time, we left our contact number with the waitress and walked over to the nearby Ten Miles stall at Crown Food court area for a snack.


Ten Miles serve what we call 'zap fan' a.k.a mixed rice dishes. They also have fried rice/noodles to pair up with the dishes.

Just to fill our stomach a little, we all ordered a plate of noodles + sweet and sour chicken to share while we wait for a table. Can't remember exact prices but I do remember that 'zap fan' here was yummy and affordable(or at least compared to everything else at Crown)!

After maybe an hour or two wait, one of the staffs finally contacted us to inform us that a table is available. When we got there, we probably had to wait for another 10minutes-ish before we were actually seated.


Entrance of Gradi

Linguine Pescatore ($38 AUD)

Spaghettini al Granchio ($39 AUD)

Margherita Verace ($27 AUD)

Overall I think the food at Gradi was just alright?? Perhaps it's because I've tried better pastas back in KL so after seeing so many good reviews on Gradi, I've set my expectations a little too up there.

I'd say the pricing at Gradi is just a tiny bit pricier than your usual italian restaurants in Melbourne (plus it's in Crown Casino itself), so pricing wise, I think it's pretty standard(but after converting to MYR, your wallet will cry la). The waiting time on the other hand was probably what made our dining experience not that great because after we were seated, we still had to wait another 20-30minutes for our food to be served.

All in we waited almost 2 hours for pastas that tasted just okayyyy so it was clear that dinner that night wasn't exactly satisfying :( Pastas aside, personally I think the only one worth ordering again was probably their famous Margherita Pizza.

With this said, this dining experience was from one year++ ago so who knows maybe they've improved since then. Despite the long wait and so-so food, the staffs there were all in smiles though!

and that is all for now! Until next time!!

- candy-

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