Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DIY hemp string hanging lamp

Wanted to make this lamp ever since I saw it on pinterest.
After a looong search, finally found the hemp string needed at Mr. DIY shop.

And so the project begins...

Have all the materials ready: 

1. Glue 
2. Hemp string
3. Balloon/ inflatable ball (It should be the size you expect the lamp to be)
* I chose balloon so I can control whatever size I prefer
4. Newspaper to avoid the mess
5. Something to station the ball ( I just taped it to a basket)

1. Rub glue on the hemp string part by part, and start wrapping it around the ball.
You can also get a disposable plate and dip the string in glue instead of applying it to the string by section.

2. After almost and hour of wrapping, the lamp shade is done!!
In case you're wondering why the balloon colour is different, 
the white 1 burst in the process and I gotta start over with a new one. T_T
That's the drawback of using a balloon I guess....

3. Leave the lamp to dry until the shape is fixed. 
I left mine for one day. Then deflate the balloon. 

4. Pull the light source through the centre and fix it.
(I just tie mine with the remaining hemp string)

For the light, you can get a ready cord set and just fix the bulb, 
or get the parts (wire, socket, bulb) and assemble them yourself. 

Finally, hang your lamp wherever it's intended. 
And voila!! A personalised DIY hemp string lamp is completed  ~
I'm very happy with mine and it all costs less than RM15 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Moustache Houze @ Campbell Street, Penang

There's been a lot of talk about Moustache Houze. A cafe themed with moustaches ~
So we went to see for ourselves what's the hype all about. 
Sad to say, the experience turned out to be below our expectations.

The all too familiar image of Moustache Houze

and pipe shelves...

Private room for large crowd upstairs & swings~

The decorations were pleasing 
and it's nice to see some of the creative ideas I see on Pinterest being applied in real life. 

However, the food and drinks were average and overpriced. 
I hope they'll improve on the food and beverages. 
After all, good ambience should come with good food too :)

Cheesecake was fine but the other cake (the brown one) tasted weird to us.

Orange juice and ice cube kiwi juice.
Ice cube drink is their specialty, which I do enjoy. 
But is was too small and too pricey. Not even enough to quench my thirst T_T

Moustache Houze
Address: No. 24, Lebuh Campbell, 10100 Penang Georgetown
Telephone: 04-262 2228

Kaffa Espresso Bar @ Green Hall, Penang

The Kaffa Espresso Bar at Greenhall has become my recent favourite place.
Simply put, I love it's atmosphere and food. Plus, it's reasonably priced too! 

Besides the aglio olio which I didn't enjoy because I find it too oily and spicy, 
all the other dishes I've had so far are absolutely satisfying. 

Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Portobello mushroom spaghetti RM20.90
Grill salmon RM20++
Plain water on the house

There's open air area upstairs if you prefer some sunshine ~

Aglio olio RM20.90
Grill chicken sandwich with Swiss cheese & avocado RM17.90

We enjoyed ourself so much that we stayed from afternoon till night.
Below are snapshots of Kaffa at night~

Kaffa Espresso Bar
Address: 22, Green Hall, ,
10200 Pinang George Town,
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Hours: Mon - Sun: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Phone: 04-262 2822

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cafe Bouchee @ Sunway Perdana, Seberang Jaya

Finally!! a new cafe in mainland... Cafe Bouchee
I was delighted when I spotted this cafe during my visit to Sushi Zento. It's just a few shops away. 
The decoration in front of the cafe caught my attention immediately.


Tasteful decoration in front of Cafe Bouchee

Sure enough, I love the interior atmosphere as well. 
The decor and furniture reminds me of Kaffa. Wonder if they're somehow related~

lovely corner

Will menu be added to the chalkboard soon?

The cafe offered some light snacks and cakes besides beverages.
I loved the fact that they serve plain water for free while we waited for our order.
Now we can stay longer....hehehe

I ordered croissant which came which salad and nachos.
The portion is generous and simply yummy. 
The nachos was unexpected, so we're glad we had something to snack on ^o^

The yummy croissant and assorted sauce

Happy with it, we ordered a cheesecake.
Which turns out disappointing because the cake was too hard and dry. 
Maybe I'll try the chocolate cake next time, 
the guy on the next table looks happy with it...

Varieties of cake for selection
 Surprise that I couldn't find Cafe Bouchee's information online. 
But it's easy to locate, just go to Sunway Perdana, it's few doors down from Sushi Zento. 
Enjoy ~ 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bazz Karaoke @ Bukit Mertajam

Its been a long while since I've blogged. 
Got too tied up with everything thats going on with new house, year-end, CNY and stuff.
So, I'm just gonna quickly blog about the places I've visited so far to keep things going... :)

There's a new karaoke at Pusat Perniagaan Gemilang call BAZZ. 
It's next to TongPakFu and Yes yoghurt. 
Super easy to spot with the brightly coloured chimp wearing a headphone.

The karaoke has a nice trendy touch to it.

Piano staircase

Welcome poster with paparazzi chimps

This area which feels like cinema sells food and snacks

Of course with karaoke the important part is the song selection and sound system.
We find the songs selection quite good and up to date.
However my sis who's a karaoke fan find the voice from mic quality not as good
compared to franchised karaoke. Doesn't really bothered me though. 

One thing I love about Bazz is that the drinks and snack charges are reasonable, 
and room charges (especially normal hours) are relatively cheap too.

Here's Bazz room rate taken from my last visit:

Bazz Karaoke
Address: No.1,3,5,7,9, Jalan Perniagaan Gemilang 1, 
Pusat Perniagaan Gemilang, 14000 Bukit Mertajam
04-548 4111

* Pardon the image quality as all pics were taken by phone :)