Got myself a Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine & made myself strawberry coffee!


If you have been following my Instagram account, I’m sure you are aware that I love drinking coffee. Guess I was influenced by my mum who couldn’t stop drinking coffee since she was young.

So recently we got a Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine (Genio 2) and it’s actually quite awesome. Here’s my little review of the machine that puts a smile on my mum’s face (my face also lah actually lolol).

To someone who has been handling gadgets on a day to day basis, this ‘machine’ is actually very easy to use. It only has 3 components. The main body itself, a strainer on the front bottom to trap dripping or overflow coffee & a container at the back that carries water.

The Genio 2 has a 15-bar pump pressure which is strong enough to produce golden crema on coffee, a true sign of coffee shop quality.

In the box along with the machine, we also get a cute package that consist of 6 capsules that we can use to make 4 different types of drinks: Cafe Au Lait, Espresso Intenso, Chococino, and Latte Macchiato.

Apart from the above, we also got 3 other boxes of capsules: Mocha, Latte Macchiato and Grande Intenso. (Grande Intenso is basically Long Black lah)

Did I mention how easy it is to make coffee with this machine?
- Put capsule in
- Adjust amount of water needed
- Push lever to ‘hot water’.
That’s it. All done within a minute.

For coffee with milk, we actually need to use 2 capsules; 1x coffee, 1x milk. In the photo above, I was making a cup of Latte Macchiato.


Since I have this awesome and convenient coffee machine, I actually tried to increase the challenge by making myself a unique glass of coffee.

I bought strawberries, puree jam and grabbed a capsule of Grande Intenso. Then I made STRAWBERRY COFFEE!

Here’s the video of how I made it. You can check out my ingredients and methods. It’s actually very simple.

So in case you are not aware, Nescafe Dolce Gusto is having a promotion in the month of May whereby you will get 30% discount for Genio machines when you purchase any 3 boxes of flavour capsules from the webshop.

So quickly go and check them out cos if you love coffee, this is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy a cuppa when you are at home or when you want to belanja coffee to your guests or visitors.
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You can also check out Nescafe Dolce Gusto on instagram:

How many cafes can one visit and eat at all of them? We tried. It was crazy!


So a while back, 2 Singaporean buddies of mine came to KL to hang out and to check out the cafes in town.
As a very welcoming friend and a very awesome one, I brought them to a few. We tried fitting as many as we could.

Here are some photos from the cafes we went to.

One of cafes we visited was Underground Societe. Tried their alcoholic coffee and stuff. Had desserts. It was nice.

Gotta pose a bit before moving on to the next location.

Suddenly we felt like eating pizza and pasta. So we dropped by Jibby & Co in Subang.

The food was so good! Maybe cos we were hungry.

Next was to The Front Door at Petaling street.

Had their toasts with all sorts of toppings.

Yum! Actually we went to a few more but let’s just keep those photos for another day. :)

That lunch I had with the most awesome bunch of colleagues I ever encountered


This is a super throwback post but it’s still worth posting cos the people involved are still one of the ‘funnest’ colleagues I ever worked with.

We had lunch at Metal Box Cafe. It was actually a farewell lunch for one of the ‘now ex-colleague’.

I ordered this. One of my favourite item from the menu. What is it? Check out #smashpoprates!

These girls were the most in-trend, joke-able, and family-est girls in the company. See how everyone’s Instagrammer side came out after lunch? haha

How can I not be part :D

Long story short, everyone in this pic is awesome :)

What’s the best time to book flights for Malaysians? Skyscanner shares the findings [Infographic]


If you have tried booking flights before this, I’m sure you are aware that flight prices change depending on when you book. Skyscanner has recently shared their findings on when’s the best time to book in order to get the lowest prices.


This is Pamela from Skyscanner.
Pamela knows when to book to get the lowest fares.
Pamela shares her findings with everyone in Malaysia.
Be like Pamela.

According to their findings, the best time to book for Malaysians to get cheapest flights is on average 19 weeks in advanced.

- Cheapest time to travel: 4th week of February
- Cheapest month to travel: November
- Most expensive time to travel: 3rd week of July
- Most expensive month to travel: December

This infographic below shows when you should book for the top 10 locations favourited by Malaysians.


Just in case you are afraid that you will miss the period to book cheap flights, Pamela suggests that we can set up for a Price Alert on mobile and desktop via Skyscanner. It provides daily notifications as prices rise and fall.

You can download Skyscanner on your mobile via the Apple Appstore or the Google Playstore.

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Zoolander 2 [Minor Spoilers]


Remember Derek Zoolander from 2001? He is back in “Zoolander 2″ and I just attended the premiere screening of it last night at TGV 1 Utama.

As a fan of the very first movie which was released back in 2001, I had very high expectations from the 2nd one and it turned out to be super entertaining and hilarious!

In case you have no clue what the movie is about, Zoolander 1 (and now 2) is a modern comedy movie that portrays the shallowness of the fashion industry in a very dark and sarcastic yet humorous way.

After watching it last night, I have noted 5 things that will make you fall in love with Zoolander 2.

5. Justin Bieber dies.

If you are a Bieber fan, you will love this movie as he is in Zoolander 2. If you are not a fan of Bieber, he dies in the movie so it’s a reason for you to watch as well.

4. The crazy amount of cameos will blow your mind.

I’m not gonna reveal the names of the cameos in the movie but just so you know, Benedict Cumberbatch (as seen in the trailers) appeared as a male/female model in the movie and he was AWESOMEEEEEE! Of course, the 1245465 other cameos appeared in their own mind blowing ways as well.


If you have seen Zoolander (2001) you will know the MAGNUM does not appear all the time. Being able to catch a glipse of it again in Zoolander 2 is definitely an experience you will never forget.

2. The OST is definitely loop material

The songs in the movie, especially the one during the end credits. So NICE!

1. THIS.

Wait wait. I’m talking about the blue outfit on Derek Zoolander. Whatchu looking at?!

I rate the movie 9.5/10 and it’s the first time iI’m giving a movie an almost complete rating. Go watch it!

This Front Door Is Not Your Usual Front Door


So many many.. many months back, I checked out this cafe along Petaling Street called The Front Door. The heritage outlook and casual interior looked perfect for a cafe. Guess that’s why it attracted many visitors, both local and foreign.

Apparently, this cafe is catered mostly to backpackers who stays along that street!

Ordered flat white, as usual. It was ok. Tasted like everywhere else.

Had breakkie meal and one of their popular toasts too!

I quite like the raw interior. Seems very trendy nowadays.

At the back of the cafe, there was a passage way. Where does it lead too? Hmmm… not telling :D

Woody & Buzz Say “GONG XI!”


It’s Day 2 of Chinese New Year! Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous year a head.

Woody and Buzz also want to join in an send you wishes. For more of their appearance, check out #smashpoptoy on Instagram!

A dead body, a cup of coffee


So one of the days many many months back, we visited Empire Damansara to check out the place and to hop around some cafes there.

Here are some photos from that day.

Love the light and shadow here on this stairs heading towards the carpark.

At that time they had these umbrellas hanging from the top

We found a dead body! lol *choi*.

OK another shot of the stairs. Gotta pose with it la ok .

Nice facade.

We ended our visit at Cat in the Box cafe. Surprised to receive this from the barista!

2015′s Top 10 Cafe Food In Kuala Lumpur, As Rated By @smashpop


HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! Since we have entered a new year, it’s always good to check out the best and the most awesome stuff from 2015.

In this post, we check out the top 10 “#smashpoprates” cafe food in Kuala Lumpur.

Note that these are just food that were featured on @smashpop’s Instagram only. The rating is subjective, based on individual’s taste and preferences.

1. #smashpoprates 9/10: Loco Local: pancakes w coconut, caramelized banana, caramel ice cream & Gula Melaka syrup. Fluffy, addictive. 1 of the best I’ve tried. RM15.

Munching Mob Cafe

2. #smashpoprates 9/10: Chargrilled chicken leg w mashed potato n corn salad. Super yummy omg! Perfect combo. RM18.


3. #smashpoprates 9/10: Pan-seared thick toasts w berries, pistachio & gula melaka. Gr8 texture n taste. Crunchy yet soft RM15

Metal Box Restaurant & Cafe

4. #smashpoprates 9/10: Classic Golden. Crunchy outside, fluffy inside. Very aromatic batter. Best waffle Ive tried in Malaysia to date. RM8

Fishee Coffee

5. #smashpoprates 8.5/10: Croissant w turkey ham & gruyere cheese. Croissant is crunchy n fluffy. Very fragrant cheese. Ham is smoky. Yum! Kinda exp tho. RM16

Kenny Hills Bakers

6. #smashpoprates 8.5/10: Red rice, BBQ chicken, sausage, black beans & eggs. Very big portion. Unique combi of asian n western. RM20

Bandits Coffee Bar

7. #smashpoprates 8.5/10: Belgian waffles w sides of ice cream, berry jam, choc sauce & whipped cream. Great texture, nice to look at. RM11.9

Le Pont Boulangerie

8. #smashpoprates 8.5/10: The Dark Side: choc crepe w dark choc spread, orange caramel & icecream. So good, so yumz! Recommended. RM10

Strangers At 47

9. #smashpoprates 8.5/10: Pan seared chicken, capsicum, hashbrown & salad wrapped in chili flaked crepe. SO YUM! Must try. RM17

Strangers At 47

10. #smashpoprates 8.5/10: Twin fried portobello mushrooms, hashbrown, poached eggs, beef bacon & toast. Satisfying & yummy. Big portion. Best to share. RM24

Mr & Ms. Cafe

So there you go! Follow @smashpop on Instagram for more awesome stuff.
If you have any other recommendations, do leave them in comments below :)

Sponsored Post: LOUIS XIII’s 100 Years Movie Is Truly A Movie You Will Never See


You know when it comes to movies, I get attracted to action packed, adventurous and also comedies. Throughout all these years of watching them, I have never come across one that I am teased, yet will never get to see.

I’m actually talking about LOUIS XIII’s “100 Years Movie” starring John Malkovich. The teaser was published and the release date of the movie is 18 November 2115. That’s right. 100 years from now. I was like ‘WHAT?!’… well there is a reason why it will only be released then.

So let me tell you what actually happened.

LOUIS XIII Cognac, one of the most luxurious spirits in the world, has announced an original film, starring actor John Malkovich, which envisions our beloved Earth, one century from now.
‘100 Years – The Movie You Will Never See’ was inspired by the century of careful craftsmanship and patience it takes to create each decanter of LOUIS XIII Cognac.

“When I was first approached I really loved the idea… I mean, in a way I wish all the films I made wouldn’t have been seen for a hundred years. I don’t know how much that would change the way they are regarded…” said John Malkovich.

The whole idea around this project is very intriguing as it clearly signifies the incredible legacy of craftsmanship that goes into one decanter of LOUIS XIII, and the fact that its creators will never experience the results of their work, led the creative direction of the film ‘100 Years’, which explores the fascinating concept of what the future may look like in one hundred years.

The final movie has already been kept in a state-of-the-art safe, which is locked with a countdown timer and it will only open when the countdown ends. An exclusive preview of the film’s trailer took place at the Sheats Goldstein Mansion in Los Angeles. During the invitation only event, John Malkovich, with LOUIS XIII, ceremoniously placed the film reel into the custom safe and set the timer for the official premiere in November 18, 2115.

To everyone interested to find out more, this safe will be transported around the world beginning in Hong Kong on December 11, and will finally end up at House of LOUIS XIII in Cognac. Exclusive premiere of the movie will be at the Domaine du Grollet in Cognac, France, on November 18, 2115.

Check out the hashtag #NotComingSoon and the exclusive trailer and three teasers will live on WWW.LOUISXIII-COGNAC.COM. You can also follow the updates Twitter & Facebook.

“This post has been sponsored by Remy Cointreau but all thoughts and opinions are my own.”