Peanut toast, and whole wheat bread toast. And kopi.

Travel: Penang Foodie Trip 2014, Day 2

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Day 2′s plan was pretty simple and worked out once e had went through the check list of things to do left after day one – and because our hotel’s in a pretty good location, it was decided that we will wake up and get our asses to the cafe once it opens – at 8am.

As you can imagine, with me around… that didn’t really go as intended hahaha. We arrived at 830am approx after a 5minute walk, and was greeted by a sight of a full cafe – but still we managed to get seats quickly because someone was leaving, whew!

(P.S. – To save y’all the trouble cos this is one super duper long post, the list of places we went to for day 2′s at the end of the post!) 

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Toh Soon Cafe (多春茶座)

Toh Soon Cafe’s located in a narrow alleyway, and all clad in green, along with a pretty old looking hand painted signboard. I really loved looking at all these hand painted signboards when I was in Penang!

They open at 8am and closes at about 630pm – a pretty long working day, I must say! But we can have toast any time, I don’t really care! :D

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I didn’t see it, but I was told by Trish’s BF that they cooked their toast below O_O and that egg maker looks familiar. Like that I just buy that and make my eggs can already hor?

What was on the menu

What was on the menu – various kinds of bread and I regret not trying egg on toast!

Penangites eat their eggs with light soy sauce, and in Toh Soon we were served this in a glass cup which made slurping it up all the easier!

Penangites eat their eggs with light soy sauce, and in Toh Soon we were served this in a glass cup which made slurping it up all the easier!

TOAST! I love Toast, and this cafe does it really well!

TOAST! I love Toast, and this cafe does it really well! Lightly toasted with just the right amount of kaya inside. Yums.

Peanut toast, and whole wheat bread toast. And kopi.

Peanut toast, and wholemeal bread toast. And kopi.

A table of food! I loved the barley here too - you can chew on the barley bits!

A table of food! I loved the barley here too – you can chew on the barley bits, which I loved! We paid a total of about $22.50 RM at this place for quite a bit of food, which was still really reasonable considering that we had quite a bit of food! 3 toasts, 5 drinks, a packet of nasi lemak, one curry puff…

Toh Soon Cafe's located right beyond this sign (I'm standing at where the cafe is). It's not hard to miss but it's in an alleyway so it might not be immediately obvious.

Toh Soon Cafe’s located right beyond this sign (I’m standing at where the cafe is). It’s not hard to miss but it’s in an alleyway so it might not be immediately obvious.

This cafe was one of the must tries on the list too, but we didn't have space for this...

This cafe was one of the must tries on the list too, but we didn’t have space for this…

Or so we thought. Barely 20 steps and 10 minutes later (stopped by a convenience store to get Pi Pa Gao lol), we later decided to stop by the Kheng Pin Kedai Kopi Cafe which was super near the hotel and nibble some more. o_o;;;

I enjoyed the cafe's Luo Han Guo drink immensely! It had jelly bits inside which was really welcomed. It was sweet, refreshing and the abundance of longans in the drink were a great plus!

I enjoyed the cafe’s Luo Han Guo drink immensely! It had jelly bits inside which was really welcomed. It was sweet, refreshing and the abundance of longans in the drink were a great plus!

Lor Bak in Penang, aka 五香 / Ngoh Heong in Singapore!

Lor Bak in Penang, aka 五香 / Ngoh Heong in Singapore!

Uncle frying Lor bak... The cafe's famous for the Lor Bak I heard, and the boys really liked it. They even ordered a second plate which they finished with no regrets.

Uncle frying Lor bak… The cafe’s famous for the Lor Bak I heard, and the boys really liked it. They even ordered a second plate which they finished with no regrets.

The place also had other local delights like Wanton Mee, Hokkien Mee & Curry Noodles!

The place also had other local delights like Wanton Mee, Hokkien Mee & Porridge!

I didn't try it, but from what I saw on their faces it was normal wanton mee to them. Everyone seemed to have a bowl of noodles on their table though...

I didn’t try it, but from what I saw on their faces it was normal wanton mee to them. Everyone seemed to have a bowl of prawn noodles on their table though…

Utterly full, we went back to the hotel after this and took a short nap as it was drizzling and PERFECT for a nap – how can you not in that weather!?

Looking down at the rows and rows of shophouses - and then I noticed that there's a zouk spa hahaha. And in fact they've got branches all over Penang! I keep seeing it around.

Looking down at the rows and rows of shophouses – and then I noticed that there’s a zouk spa hahaha. And in fact they’ve got branches all over Penang! I keep seeing it around.

After a good nap our guide, Yo, came by to get us and bring us for lunch.

Cecil St Wet Market & Hawker (七条路巴杀)

I wanted good white curry mee and she brought us to this place, 七条路巴刹 – one side’s a wet market, and the other side is where all the food are.

Wet market on one side...

Wet market on one side…

Food market on the other!

Food market on the other!

That's like barely $1 in Singapore dollars. : O

That’s like barely $1 in Singapore dollars. : O

Plenty of snacks here too if you wanna grab some to munch along

Plenty of snacks here too if you wanna grab some to munch along

Authentic Penang White Curry Mee, served with Pig's blood! Erm, I skipped the pig's blood of course.

Authentic Penang White Curry Mee, served with Pig’s blood! Erm, I skipped the pig’s blood of course.

This bowl of white curry noodles was very quickly finished by all 4 of us! It was nice, spicy and tangy and was soooo shiok. Really hit all the right spot because it was actually pouring while we were in the market! I thought that we could have even better though but the guide said that it's one of the best places already. So there's that hahaha.  I asked my parents (who lived in the era of when pig's blood was available) how do they do it and they told me that they just let it bleed out. *shudder* and I googled - here's how they do it as answered by infomaniac.

This bowl of white curry noodles was very quickly finished by all 4 of us! It was nice, spicy and tangy and was soooo shiok. Really hit all the right spot because it was actually pouring while we were in the market! I thought that we could have even better though but the guide said that it’s one of the best places already. So there’s that hahaha.
I asked my parents (who lived in the era of when pig’s blood was available) how do they do it and they told me that they just let it bleed out. *shudder* and I googled – here’s how they collect pig’s blood as answered by infomaniac.

The husband did a quick search on foursquare and made a beeline for the duck kway teow soup but apparently it was a disappointment - the soup had a really bitter after taste and I gave up eating it even though I love noodles. It's also served with duck's blood.

The husband did a quick search on foursquare and made a beeline for the duck kway teow soup but apparently it was a disappointment – the soup had a really bitter after taste and I gave up eating it even though I love noodles. It’s also served with duck’s blood.

Roast Pork w/ Rice. The pork was really, really tender and I found it quite okay, but everyone commented that the skin was too hard and crusty.

Roast Pork w/ Rice. The pork was really, really tender and I found it quite okay, but everyone commented that the skin was too hard and crusty.

Char Koay Kak, aka Carrot Cake / Cai Tao Kway in Singapore. Unlike the savoury sweet version in Singapore, the Penang version is meant to be cooked like their Char Kway  Teow (salty) so don't expect to like it if you're used to Singapore's version. They also use duck's egg instead of chicken's egg, which is tastier and has more yolk (and also higher cholesterol). You can request for chicken egg if you prefer that!

Char Koay Kak, aka Carrot Cake / Cai Tao Kway in Singapore. Unlike the savoury sweet version in Singapore, the Penang version is meant to be cooked like their Char Kway Teow (salty) so don’t expect to like it if you’re used to Singapore’s version. They also use duck’s egg instead of chicken’s egg, which is tastier and has more yolk (and also higher cholesterol). You can request for chicken egg if you prefer that!

Right after lunch, the gungho us wanted Chendol. Okay, actually it was just me because the rest didn’t fancy it that much. BUT HOW CAN YOU NOT EAT CHENDOL WHEN YOU’RE HERE??!

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Penang road Famous Teochew Chendul. There are two famous stalls just opposite each other (Loh & Tan, foursquare links for you), and we went for the one with ladies manning the stall which is supposedly much more famous with more reviews(Tan)! They have plenty of pictures with famous people – first pair of famous people we spotted were our very own PCK and Rosie (aka Gurmit Singh & Irene Ang haha) on their wall of fame!

The stall was busy, but hte ladies were still relatively friendly and there wasn't too much of a queue - everyone was just standing around and slurping up their chendol happily (and in the drizzle too, may I add).

The stall was busy, but hte ladies were still relatively friendly and there wasn’t too much of a queue – everyone was just standing around and slurping up their chendol happily (and in the drizzle too, may I add).

You can stand around to eat your cendul (which is supposedly the way they typically enjoy theirs) or bring it into the coffee shop (if you can find space!) and enjoy assam laksa inside too. I think standing is way faster, but bring wet tissues okay, it’s definitely gonna get sticky on your hands!

Chendol / Chendul / Cendol. This small bowl of brown sugar + coconut milk with plenty of ingredients cost me $2.30 RM!

Chendol / Chendul / Cendol. This small bowl of brown sugar + coconut milk with plenty of ingredients cost me $2.30 RM!

I had asked for "more atap chee" but I think the lady misheard me and gave me none D: So we went back and asked for more - paid $0.50 for it too - and yikes, some of it was still pretty hard (frozen) while some were soft! That kindda sucked but I guess it's because they go through the ingredients too fast.

I had asked for “more atap chee” but I think the lady misheard me and gave me none D: So we went back and asked for more – paid $0.50 for it too – and yikes, some of it was still pretty hard (frozen) while some were soft! That kindda sucked but I guess it’s because they go through the ingredients too fast. Still, it was a really enjoyable treat to me. Wish I tried more around the area but oh my god SO MUCH FOOD TO GO THROUGH.

The guide told us that she would be bringing us around and up a mountain - we rejected the idea of visiting the famous Kek Lok Si (aka Guan Yin Temple) because I believe it would be damn crowded. So her little car climbed up a hill and we arrived at this mountain top viewing place which also sells fruits, with a great view! i also briefly toyed with the idea of eating....

The guide told us that she would be bringing us around and up a mountain – we rejected the idea of visiting the famous Kek Lok Si (aka Guan Yin Temple) because I believe it would be damn crowded. So her little car climbed up a hill and we arrived at this mountain top viewing place which also sells fruits, with a great view! i also briefly toyed with the idea of eating….

... Durians. We were in Malaysia you know! I decided not to court death (still have 1 more day in Penang you know, can't let my throat die on me now) so we passed it on. ANOTHER REGRET IN PENANG.

… Durians! After all, we are in Malaysia you know! Those we durians hanging off trees XD But I decided not to court death (still have 1 more day in Penang you know, can’t let my throat die on me now) so we passed it on. ANOTHER REGRET IN PENANG.

The viewing place's largely deserted but still had a  toilet and some stone seats for you to enjoy the view with a durian or two!

The viewing place’s largely deserted but still had a toilet and some stone seats for you to enjoy the view with a durian or two!

We went up even higher and it began to get really thrilling at this point because the roads were SO bloody narrow and we were also getting swiped by fruits  haning off the trees (lychees, dukus, etc everything!) I was hanging on for my dear life hahaha.

We went up even higher and it began to get really thrilling at this point because the roads were SO bloody narrow and we were also getting swiped by fruits haning off the trees (lychees, dukus, etc everything!) I was hanging on for my dear life hahaha.

And then we even spotted a peacock!!! It is said that if a peacock fans itself in front of you, you'll get huat. We waited a while - It didn't lei.

And then we even spotted a peacock!!! It is said that if a peacock fans itself in front of you, you’ll get huat. We waited a while – It didn’t lei.

And after what seemed like an eternity going up Bukit Genting, we arrived at this place which looked like an abandoned toyland of sorts. Or some kind of farm with abandoned statues.But actually it’s Bukit Genting Hill Leisure Park & Restaurant (they serve Chinese/Thai food)! We didn’t get to eat anything there cos the restaurant wasn’t open for business yet (but you can get drinks and snacks). It was free to enter and you needn’t feel obligated to purchase anything at all.

It had gigantic flower and ant figures to greet us at the entrance.

It had gigantic flower and ant figures to greet us at the entrance.

They also had like figurines of elephants, etc etc etc and then I started laughing at this really weird looking horse with its veins popping out and a very happy grin LOL

They also had like figurines of elephants, etc etc etc and then I started laughing at this really weird looking horse with its veins popping out and a very happy grin LOL

Decorated steps to a pavilion. I was glad I wore covered flats cos it rained earlier on the day (and then became hot as hell later, very much like Singapore)

Decorated steps to a pavilion. I was glad I wore covered flats cos it rained earlier on the day (and then became hot as hell later, very much like Singapore)

Apparently, this place holds a restaurant and I swear it has the most AMAZING view ever. Although it was rather grey and foggy, this place offered you a really good overview of a part of Penang and the shoreline! And it's so beautiful with the fruits hanging off the canopy which provide some kind of shade for us.

Apparently, this place holds a restaurant and I swear it has the most AMAZING view ever. Although it was rather grey and foggy, this place offered you a really good overview of a part of Penang and the shoreline! And it’s so beautiful with the fruits hanging off the canopy which provide some kind of shade for us.

I was told that this is Passionfruit!

I was told that this is Passionfruit!

Amazing view 1 (from the other side)

Amazing view 1 (from the other side)

Amazing view 2 - from the balcony area nearer to the restaurant.

Amazing view 2 – from the balcony area nearer to the restaurant.

Since we’re at such a pretty spot, must take photos lah! XD

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After about like 10 minutes here exploring the place, we began our descend down which took like all of 3 minutes. Some how going down was so much faster than going up!

And on our way down we saw a peacock (probably the same one!) again!

And on our way down we saw a peacock (probably the same one!) again!

Our guide also brought us to the beach!

Was too lazy (and feeling TOO HOT and bothered)  to get off the car so I wound down the windows and snapped a picture of the beach! Beautiful.

Was too lazy (and feeling TOO HOT and bothered) to get off the car so I wound down the windows and snapped a picture of the beach! Beautiful.

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Our guide later took us to the snake temple, which was touted to be one of its kind in the world. It was built after the death of Tan Chiauu Eng, which was a healer and also provided shelter for snakes - and apparently after it was built, snakes came to the temple themselves! Wiki here.

Our guide later took us to the snake temple (originally called the Temple of the Azure Clouds / 清云岩), which was touted to be one of its kind in the world. It was built in 1850 after the death of Tan Chiauu Eng, which was a healer and also provided shelter for snakes – and apparently after it was built, snakes came to the temple themselves! Wiki here.

The temple isn't too big - there was another guan yin temple at the back of this nearer to the snake garden / breeding ground. I didn't find anything "demonic" about this temple at all - please, no hail hydra jokes. lol

The temple isn’t too big – there was another guan yin temple at the back of this nearer to the snake garden / breeding ground. I didn’t find anything “demonic” about this temple at all – snakes are deities too, aside from being portrayed as bad in certain dramas and movies.

There were no fees for entering the temple, but of course if you decide to offer some prayers you have to pay for the joss sticks / incense. They have a photo taking section with a huge python, but they charge for that – the money goes to caring for the snakes and up-keeping of the temple.

And yes, there ARE snakes in the temple. I was reading this and was like... huh where?

And yes, there ARE snakes in the temple. I was reading this and was like… huh where?

*looks higher* Oh my god are they real!?! (They are)

*looks higher* “Oh my god are they real!?!” was the first thing I said because they looked so immobile and shiny. (They are real, and they’re pit vipers.) They have snakes for you to take pictures with (actually a very harmless looking python like you’d find in Singapore’s zoos) but please do not just anyhow-ly grab one for a photo. They have people to help you with the snake placement!

And more snakes in the breeding garden! The snakes just laze about anywhere and you can find them perched on doorways, and even picture frames. If you're afraid of snakes... please don't!

And more snakes in the breeding garden! The snakes just laze about anywhere and you can find them perched on doorways, and even picture frames. Needless to say, if you’re afraid or cringe at the sight of snakes… you should just go somewhere else haha. It didn’t really bother me at all because the snakes were mostly chilling out. Folklore says that incense paralyzes the snake, but of course, that’s just ancient chinese myths!

It was like SUPER DUPER HOT out there so we escaped to a mall for some air conditioning, hahaha. The guide brought us to the nearby Queensbay mall, which is still in Bayan Lepas. It’s actually quite a huge mall and we went shopping at the supermarket (I love this couple because I also love supermarket shopping hahaa) – they got some wine, and I was just going “oooooohhh” at the sheer variety of noodles they have in Penang! Their instant noodles section spanned over 2 entire shelves, you know?! Much amaze hahaha.

I had to stop by the pharmacy and get myself some Difflam with anti-bacterial properties. It was good relief for my throat which felt like it had been scratched by sandpaper! There’s also a Sephora & Kiehl’s here if you want to grab some essentials!

P.S. – An interesting fact if you do not know – Both Queensbay Mall & Gurney Plaza are owned by CapitaMalls Asia. 

After that we took a really long drive over (crossing the bridge) to Butterworth to get some seafood! We initially wanted to head to Bukit Tambun but the guide advised us to try her recommendation in Butterworth instead – Restoran Ah Keat!

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Seafood in Penang is definitely cheaper than Singapore (unless you go to those rip off places along Gurney), but the mantis prawn’s prices really put me off so we ended up not ordering that. Here’s what we got:

Sweet & Sour Clams. THIS WAS SHIOKKKKK!

Sweet & Sour Clams. THIS WAS SHIOKKKKK!

Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves. Loved it! The chilli was phwoarrrrrr!

Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves. Loved it! The chilli was phwoarrrrrr!

Seafood Tomyum soup! It ended up being too sour, unfortunately. But otherwise it's spicy, and got kick ah!

Seafood Tomyum soup! It ended up being too sour, unfortunately. But otherwise it’s spicy, and got kick ah!

Salted Egg Crabs - unfortunately they gave us one crab which wasn't too fresh, and that was sad cos otherwise the food we've tried so far were nubbad at all.

Salted Egg Crabs – unfortunately they gave us one crab which wasn’t too fresh, and that was sad cos otherwise the food we’ve tried so far were nubbad at all.

Hot Plate Tofu! It was cooked really nicely - the tofu didnt taste too overcooked or chaotah, if you know what I mean! And it had a whole egg yolk hidden at a corner - I was the lucky person who pierced it and got to enjoy it with my bee hoon!

Hot Plate Tofu! It was cooked really nicely – the tofu didnt taste too overcooked or chaotah, if you know what I mean! And it had a whole egg yolk hidden at a corner – I was the lucky person who pierced it and got to enjoy it with my bee hoon!

Which brings me to... the fried bee hoon cooked with flower crabs! It's pretty good and sweet - wish I could have had more of this but we needed space for penang hokkien mee right after this so....

Which brings me to… the fried bee hoon cooked with flower crabs! It’s pretty good and sweet – wish I could have had more of this but we needed space for penang hokkien mee right after this so….

On the overall the dishes were really not bad! (That or we were super famished). The total cost came to approximately 160 RM and I thought that it was a fair price given the number of crabs we’ve had, although I feel that it could be cheaper.

Map for reference.

Map for reference. Butterworth on the right, Georgetown on the left!

At this point of time we’ve actually went on the bridge, scaled the mountains and ended up on the other side of Penang (Butterworth) so what we needed to do was to take a ferry back to Georgetown!

It was most interesting for me because this is the first time I’ve taken a ferry which allows cars on it. There was a neat queuing system, and ferries come and go every 30 minutes! You can see the information on a screen while you wait in the car patiently for the ferry to arrive and to be allowed on board.

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That’s us driving onto the ferry!

On the ferry... cars lined up neatly. They also allow passengers without cars aboard - they're all on the second deck.

On the ferry… cars lined up neatly. They also allow passengers without cars aboard – they’re all on the second deck.

You're free to roam around, but don't go to close to the front where these barricades are! Water splashes in as the ferry moves forward.

You’re free to roam around, but don’t go to close to the front where these barricades are! Water splashes in as the ferry moves forward.

Approaching Georgetown! Waiting for the connector to come down, if you can spot it.

Approaching Georgetown! Waiting for the connector to come down, if you can spot it.

As we were arriving, the guide told us about the accident that occurred back in 1988 – the ferry terminal bridge collapsed due to overcrowding (there were two major events going on at the same time) – and according to her, it was on the 31st of the 7th month festival and she said 31 people died from the accident (I later googled and it says 32 though).

If you’re interested, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Abdul_Halim_ferry_terminal_bridge_collapse — in George Town, Malaysia.

I wasn’t feeling too well by the time we reached Georgetown, so I opted out of supper, was dropped off at the hotel and the guide brought Casey & Trish over to Lebuh Presgrave Hokkien Mee (三條路888福建面) instead! I AM SO FULL OF REGRETS FOR NOT MAKING IT.

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LOOK AT THIS FANTASTIC BOWL OF NOODLES. PORK BELLY, INTESTINES, CHILLI, SHALLOTS. OH MY GOD.

LOOK AT THIS FANTASTIC BOWL OF NOODLES. PORK BELLY, INTESTINES, CHILLI, SHALLOTS. OH MY GOD.

They very nicely tapao-ed a pack back for me and I rolled around in bed in pain till a few good hours later. And even though it was cold, the prawn noodles were still extremely enjoyable and oh my god the salty roast belly coupled with the spicy soup was too good. I miss this already as I’m typing this. The RM8 Instant Hokkien Mee I brought back from Penang had nothing on this (confirm la!)!  And it’s only RM5.50 for a bowl with pork belly additional topping. AHHHH!!!

We actually wanted to try the prawn noodles on our first nigh, but it was Thursday and they close on thursdays. Please take note of the opening dates and timing – refer to the list at the bottom for easier reference! ; )

That very fantastic dinner marked the end of our Day 2. Hehehe.


 

Food Places:

{ Toh Soon Cafe }
184 Campbell St, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
8am – 6pm, Closed on Sundays – foursquare link

{ Kedai Kopi Kheng Pin }
Jalan Penang (Jalan Sri Bahari), 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opens 630am, Closed on Mondays – foursquare link 

{ Cecil St Wet Market & Hawker (七条路巴杀) }
202 – 218, Lebuh Mcnair, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opens (supposedly) 11am – 4pm. Operates all week –  foursquare link

{ Penang Road Cendol }
Lebuh Keng Kwee (at Penang Rd), 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
1030am – 7pm – foursquare (tan)

{ Restoran Ah Keat }
6881, Lorong Merbau 1 (Off Jalan Raja Uda), 13000 Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia
5pm – 1.30am – foursquare link

{ Lebuh Presgrave Hokkien Mee (三條路888福建面) }
67-A Lebuh Presgrave, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opens from 5pm – 11pm. Closed on thursdays. – foursquare link


 

Places of interest:

Bukit Genting Hill Leisure Park & Restaurant (小云顶中泰海鲜)
Jalan Balik Pulau, 11000 Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia - foursquare, tripadvisor

Snake Temple aka Temple of the Azure Clouds / 清云岩 
Jalan Tokong Ular, Kawasan Perindustrian Bayan Lepas, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia – tripadvisor

Queensbay Mall 
100 Persiaran Bayan Indah 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia – website

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OOTD: StyleStalker On The Road Romper

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“Romper crazed” would be be the best words to describe me now!

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StyleStalker’s a brand from down under and they have some really gorgeous apparel!

StyleStalker is the creation of Sydney duo Sue-Ann San and Rachel Zeilic. With backgrounds cemented in marketing and business the two best friends were fueled by an insatiable aesthetic appetite, and what began as a small online boutique has evolved into a brand which is currently stocked in department stores and premium boutiques all over the world.”

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This isn’t my first time wearing the romper (actually it’s my 4th, thats how much I love this one) but so happened that I wanted to pair pink with white as it was an event / brand’s colors – a french skincare brand fresh on our shores, Creme Simon! Should be blogging about their skincare soon but if you’re already checking their stuff out online and will be purchasing, use the code 2PZQRCS for 10% off! ; ) P.S. I love the eye treatment and foaming facial wash!

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It’s a piece that’s fully laced and lined at some parts – but still so very sheer and light which makes it quite perfect for Singapore’s weather. It’s fully sleeved and a little hard to pull it up though, cos they’ve got an elastic band around the wrist part.

It’s some what lined (selctively) but you need to wear an inner piece as it’s quite loose in front.

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It’s probably one of the easiest rompers i’ve worn because there are ZERO zips for you to fumble with – everything’s elasticised! I was initially worried that it’ll look a little tacky as it’s fully laced but with the right shoes and accessories it’s doesn’t look like that at all! Oh and the right hair too.

The only annoyance I have with this piece is that my hair keeps getting caught at the button behind. Argh!

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I actually got the romper from @myhighendcloset on Instagram, and she brings in a LOT of other mid to high-end dresses and apparel – it’s quite enjoyable to scroll through her instagram to find pieces that I like because of the sheer variety! Whenever I get a dress from her it’s usually for a special event because I know that no one’s gonna show up in the same thing hahaha. Plus she’s located in Singapore so it’s quite assuring to deal with someone over whatsapp instead of waiting 2-3 weeks for it to arrive.

Outfit: StyleStalker On The Road Romper (stylestalker.comrevolveclothing | myhighendcloset )
Shoes: NineWest (singapore facebook)
Bag: Zara
Ring: Lightning Strike Ring in Silver by 3.V.0.7 (carteblanche-x.com, gunmetal)
Shades: Aviators from Shopunk

Shot with love by our favorite blogger Yina Goh, using her Samsung NX3000 equipped with a 45mm lens. Hehehe included this shot of someone blatantly staring at me lol. I’m sure Yina got her fair share of stares too and I’m really grateful that she gets into all sorts of situations to help me take OOTDs. LOVE YOU!

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p.s. sorry about the black roots and crummy hair – it was a REALLLLLY hot day and I actually perspired buckets before this! trying to grow out my roots a little more before going for a round of bleaching again.

And oh yes! I did my nails to match everything too!

Deborah Lippmann's La Vie En Rose, a sheer pink with orange shimmer and Urban Outfitter's Afterhours on the accent nail.

Deborah Lippmann’s La Vie En Rose, a sheer pink with orange shimmer and Urban Outfitter’s Afterhours on the accent nail.

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Review: Clinique’s Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush!

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If you’ve seen me in real life or been reading my whines about my skin, you’ll know that this beauty blogger has a HUGE problem. ACNE. The worst part is that they’re hormonal so I can’t go on medication since I’m trying to conceive.

Other than cutting down on junk food (I think I’ve more than halved my instant noodles and junk food intake), cutting off dairy where I can help it (no more fresh milk, etc), I’ve also been changing bed sheets and towels more frequently, and even sanitize my work area from time to time. Alas, they still come (so it’s definitely hormonal). But by doing all these, I’ve most definitely very much lessened the chances of developing acne due to clogged pores and dirty skin!

I’ve done extra research and reading about the ways in my quest for better skin (examples listed above) – and one of the extra steps I’ve taken to prevent pimples and acne, starts at the very first step - cleansing.

As you know, a face not properly cleansed of make up at the end of the day spells disaster. When the face is clean and free of make up, you absorb skincare better – allowing your skin to repair itself better during your sleep from the damage taken in during the day.

I have a VERY bad habit of coming home and then sitting at my desk for a while instead of removing my make up immediately – that has to change, because I get stuck at the computer for very long hours and that would mean that in 24 hours, I’ll spend more time having make up on THAN off! D:

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Have you heard of Clinique’s customizable 3-step skincare system? They’re a leader in the cleansing category with a deep dermatological heritage – and their philosophy for skin care is easy - simply cleanse, tone, moisturize your way to good skin. Which is good, because when you have skin problems, you’ll want to pare it down to the bare minimum to find out what’s causing your problem.

And after 3 years of R&D (over 300 sketches & 100 prototypes) and getting it dermatologist-tested + swiss engineered, they’ve finally created a perfect and wonderful new skin-changing item to enhance the 3-step system - the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, to deliver a whole new kind of clean!

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The brush is meant to complement Clinique’s 3-step skincare system. Gentle on the cheeks while lifting makeup, dirt and oil that traditional hand washing may miss, the swiss-enginereed brush provides mechanical exfoliation to weaken the bonds, or “glue” between dead skin cells so that your skin can appear more radiant when the dead skin cells are effectively removed!

I was part of a focus group (not related to Clinique methinks, and it was good money to just talk beauty hehe) last month, and one of the questions asked was for us to bring/list down something that we think is innovative, a break-through item related or in the beauty world.

You’ll be surprised by how many people mentioned cleansing devices (from various brands), citing how much cleaner their skin feels and how it has helped them achieve better skin. Everyone at that table brought different items, but it seems that we all love trying new things and love gadgets which can help us save time, do something better or much more efficiently. If you’re like that too, this is something that you have to try out!

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Let’s begin with the features of this new Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush:

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Anti-microbial Bristles
Anti-microbial bristles = they stay clean, longer. The brush head is replaceable if you’re a stickler for cleanliness!
Plastic Cap
This slip on / off cap protects the bristles from going out of shape and keeps dirt and grime away while drying! 

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Firmer Green Bristles
Green bristles are firmer, and tapered at one end for deep cleansing (on areas like forehead, nose and chin)  
Gentle White Bristles 
White bristles are softer, gentler and are perfect for cleansing delicate areas like your cheeks! 

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View a video of how gentle this brush is on a flower (The other Nuffnang bloggers and I tried it out for ourselves and all of us went “WHOAAAA” when the wet tissue we used it on DIDNT BREAK at all.)

Well designed device
Lays flat on most surfaces, fits into your palm, and 30-sec timer means you won’t overuse it! 
Lasts 180mins per full charge
At 30secs each cleanse, that’s 180days if you use it both day / night, which means 6 months PER charge!

One of the bigger problems I had with my other cleansers was actually storage – Some weirdly shaped ones laid in extremely awkward positions which was harder to dry, but this one lies flat on your sink both ways – which I find really handy, plus the small size means it’s not obstrusive!

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Love how the cap protects it from getting dirty and keeps the bristles from getting out of shape even if you lay it downwards.

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The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing brush is small (fits into my palm) and light – which makes it an ideal partner for travelling! I brought it along with me to Penang, but the toilet wasn’t very presentable hence… no pictures of it in the lousy hotel haha.

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At the event where were shown an exclusive preview of the brush, we were also matched by their advisors to a liquid facial soap meant for our skin type (step 1!).

I was obviously of oily skin type (that’s type 3/4 – type 1 is for very dry skin and type 2 is normal/combi skin) and was given this enjoyable face soap - enjoyable because I love minty anything (almost) and this gentle facial wash had a cooling effect due to the menthol in it!

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We all got our very own brush to try and the first thing I did when I reached home was to give it a full charge!

IMPORTANT Things to note:

  • Charge it for a full 24 hours before usage
  • Use it once a day first, and when your skin gets used to it, you can use it both day and night
  • It doesn’t rotate – instead it pulses for a gentler cleansing action as compared to rotating devices
  • There is only one speed and one timer – 30 seconds
  • White bristles for cheeks, green bristles for forehead, nose and chin  
  • REMOVE your make up first before using the brush to deep cleanse
  • You can apply the soap directly on the bristles, but I prefer foaming it all over my face first then go on it with a dampened brush.
  • Towel dry the brush a little after dampening it – if it’s too wet you’ll get sputtering droplets all over 
  • I use this in the shower so I don’t mind using it wet (too dry and you’ll get abrasion)
  • Be GENTLE – there is no need to apply pressure; glide lightly in circular motion
  • When the battery is low (3 hour / 180 mins battery life) the LED indicator will light up 

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I use one full pump to for cleansing my face and neck!

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Verdict:

I’ve been using this for 2 weeks now, and the changes noticeable to my eyes are lesser clogged pores – cleaner nose, my forehead seemed to have stopped breaking out, and my overall skin tone radiance and clarity has improved! I don’t use it as much on my chin due to the hormonal zits I still have, but the other areas (cheeks, forehead, nose) seemes to radiate a certain kind of glow!

Extremely happy with the results and I’m hoping that my hormonal acne will back off one day, but in the mean time, I shall do what I can to keep the rest of my face clean and supple so that I don’t break out beyond those pesky hormonal zits!

At $149 SGD, it’s actually really affordable and a good price to start at if you’re new to such cleansing gadgets. It is definitely gentle on your skin (we’ve all tested it on a wet tissue – the tissue didn’t tear at all!), plus this is from Clinique, which heralds from a long standing history of being a dermalogical brand – 100% fragrance free and allergy tested means that it’s suitable for the most sensitive of skins.

You can the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (try it!) at all Clinique counters! Plus, get a free 10-day  supply of their liquid soap customized to your skin type when you make a purchase. If you’d like to know more, check out the details here!

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OOTD: Motifs on Nude ft. Love Bonito’s Vilina Bodycon Dress

By | Fashion, OOTD | One Comment

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I hope you guys are not too sick of my #OOTD posts yet! I do love taking them actually, just that I have to keep troubling my friends to help take photos so they don’t come easy (thank you, Ron!). Have been in a mood to take outfit photos so here they are! Editing is enjoyable to me too ; ) I do photoshop some unsightly bulges (and also cos my ass is rather flat) but I try to not misrepresent the clothes – anyhoos this thing is skin tight!

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Yes, yet another outfit post with a LB piece! I can’t help it – most of their clothes really fit my shape very well, and you know how some people stick with a certain brand cos they’ve got the cutting right? That’s me.

They call it a Bodycon dress, but to me it isn’t really bodycon – more like ruched stretchy material and it’s extremely comfortable plus tight fitting – but not unflattering at all! Just the way I like it. I’ve been really lazy these days and prefer one-pieces – I’m not really that good at coordinating hahaha.

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I love the prints on this form-fitting piece – it draws attention to the right places, cutting you a slimmer silhouette and the material ends at just the right length for me. Plus the material is so lightweight and perfect for hot sunny weather in Singapore! I’m wearing size S.

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I love my faux snakeskin leather clutch!!! It’s actually handmade by a dear friend, Gazel! <3 So much love cos it even comes with a tag inside that says for Evonnz by GazGoh hehehehe. AND A LINED ZIPPERED COMPARTMENT (with cute prints!) on the inside too. Woman, you need to start selling your handmade stuff.

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Ferragamo makes the most comfortable high heels, ever. They’re incredibly comfortable and I can last for hours in them.

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If you’ve noticed, my hair has been changing color through the OOTD posts hahaha. The initial color was turquoise-blue but it’s faded to purple in this shoot… and at the time I’m typing this, it has hints of pastel pink even! I adore my hairstylist very much.

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(P.S. – The red marks are my birth marks ;) )

Dress: Love, Bonito’s Vilina Bodycon Dress (Sold out, sorry!)
Shoes: Ferragamo Peeptoe Pumps (purchased 2011)
Bag: Handmade clutch by Gazel Goh
Accessories:
CC Skye Lucky Horn Rosary Bracelet from JustTangy , Star Ring from Curated Editions
Hair: Gary of Salon Vim

Photography credits to my dear friend, Ron Lee ; )

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Travel: Penang Foodie Trip 2014 (And some other touristy things) Day 1

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** NOTE: REALLY LENGTHY POST! **

So just last weekend, the husband and I + another couple made our way to Penang for a foodie trip! I was really looking super forward to it – all the cheap and good local food *rubs hands* and since I’ve started to eat spicy food I’ve been more appreciative of local fare and the timing couldn’t be better! (Till I fell sick, that is.)

Okay, some tips for you!

I made 3 mistakes before going on the trip:

1. Not booking the flights early enough 

We paid like, $100 more per couple because we booked 1 week later (which was about 3 weeks before we left). So, book like at least a month earlier, or watch out for good deals!

I’m glad we booked our flight with AirAsia (everyone thought I was asking them to book AirAsia because of the Nasi Lemak hahahaha) because it departed and arrived on time - which was most important for me. I HATE waiting and delays.

(p.s. AirAsia’s having a DBS promo from now till 29th July! $50 (one-way) all in fare to Penang. Fly by 31st Oct. DAMN.)

2. Bad choice of hotel

It was slightly cheaper than some others in the area and also the proximity to places with food good was a plus, but getting served terrible initial service just left me a really bad impression on all of us. Asking us to wait 30mins for the rooms to be ready (check in time was 2pm, we arrived at 2:50pm) was fine – what was not fine, was that they had the cheek to tell me this ridiculous line: “1 room = 30 mins. 2 rooms = 2 x 30 minutes” when we went back to ask about the room after 30 mins. WTF.

And in the end, my room had stained sheets, a stray hair on it (I have blonde hair and that black curly strand surely wasn’t mine) AND a dirty bath mat. BAD HOTEL. We just wanted to take a nap before we continued with our food hunt but because of this we had to wait listlessly around the lobby.

Maybe we should leave a comment about this hotel on tripadvisor because I’m really unhappy with my experience. *arrows husband*

3. Falling sick before my trip

Not that we could control that, but on hindsight I should have taken extra care of myself so that I could enjoy my trip. My entire trip was all about poisoning myself with heaty food and then trying to counter it with lozenges, pi pa gao and cooling drinks. SIGHHHH.

Anyway, that all being said, I had quite a bit of fun! I was amazed at how soundly I slept (and how early each night too) and how much I managed to eat without landing myself in hospital given the condition of my health, heh.

A few things you’ll want to ask me cos I had these questions too:

Transport? 

You can walk, take buses (they actually have hop on / off bus trails) or you can be like us lazy folks and hire a driver for RM250 / day (really great rate we got!) or RM30-80 an hour. Our driver is female, and she does this on a freelance basis so to avoid her getting spammed, email me if you’d like to get her contact details!

Footwear? Clothes? 

Slippers are fine but it was rainy and there were puddles everywhere so I was happy to have worn my slip ons. Temperature’s like Singapore so just wear whatever you would if you’re headed out for a long time. Don’t expect to duck into a shopping centre when you feel hot. SUNSCREEN IS A MUST. I took Heliocare oral pills every 4 hours, and also applied sunblock / reapplied my bb cushion (with high SPF) every 4 hours. Kiasu, Kiasi.

How much money to change? 

A meal in Penang typically costs RM$2.5 – RM5.5 for a plate or bowl of anything. Drinks are even cheaper! It came up to less than RM10 for the 4 of us for drinks. We changed $400 SGD (250RM was for the driver) and still had PLENTY left over even after buying snacks and kopi. I didn’t buy anything at the ONLY mall we went to.

Flight to Penang took approx 1hr 20 mins via AirAsia, and thankfully we experienced no delays at all so we arrived on time and it was instantly agreed upon that we should all just head straight to get some food before checking in at the hotel!

Okay la, enough rambling. Now let’s go to the food!

First stop:

{ Sunshine Market Food Court at Bayan Baru }

Opens: 8am – 11pm (but stalls have their own opening hours) 
Address: Kompleks Sri Selera, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, Jalan Mayang Pasir 1, Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Recommended: Refer to foursquare list (but there are so many recommendations (conflicting ones too) that it’s best you just TRY.

Tom Yum Bee Hoon! I quite liked it despite my sore throat. Then again I've been on a spicy food addiction recently...

Tom Yum Bee Hoon! I quite liked it despite my sore throat. Then again I’ve been on a spicy food addiction recently…

Orr lua! They liked the egg but I didn't hear "WAH!" from them (I don't take oysters so I can't comment on this)

Orr lua! They liked the egg but I didn’t hear “WAH!” from them (I don’t take oysters so I can’t comment on this)

Jawa mee (aka Penang's Mee Rebus). It looks good, but that's about it.

Jawa mee (aka Penang’s Mee Rebus). It looks good, but that’s about it.

Tom Yum Fried Rice - It's like claypot tom yum rice served on a plate - the "claypot" taste is really strong and it kind of took away all the tom yum taste for me.

Tom Yum Fried Rice – It’s like claypot tom yum rice served on a plate – the “claypot” taste is really strong and it kind of took away all the tom yum taste for me.

My girlfriend Trisha is a noodle addict like me hahaha and she saw someone order it and tailed the auntie back to the stall to order a plate of their wanton mee. Here they serve it with soy sauce and I think it wasn't too bad, but nothing spectacular either.

My girlfriend Trisha is a noodle addict like me hahaha and she saw someone order it and tailed the auntie back to the stall to order a plate of their wanton mee it looks like wanton mee, but it’s actually maggie mee in sauce with fried fish. Here they serve it with soy sauce and I think it wasn’t too bad, but nothing spectacular either.

MUAH CHEE WAS THE BEST, PLEASE BUY THIS.

But THIS…  THE MUAH CHEE WAS THE BEST, PLEASE BUY THIS. SOFT. FRAGRANT. Practically melts in your mouth (if you take a piece that is small enough, haha). Oh my god I’ve never tasted muah chee this good before. And I thought the muahchee I had when I was a kid was good enough. This one comes with shallots which was weird to me but tastes SOOOOO good you’ll be surprised!

Thank you Casey for being so persistent on buying the Muah Chee even though the uncle was having his lunch break hahaha. I miss it already because I know I’ll never find something like THAT in Singapore!

Now we all needed to walk it all off before having dinner and the guide took us around Penang to the famous touristy spots (aka Wall mural spots lol) so that I could take some photos and admire the art!

George Town, the capital state of Penang, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - "officially recognised as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia" - Read more about George Town on Wikipedia.

George Town, the capital state of Penang, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – “officially recognised as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia” – Read more about George Town on Wikipedia.

I enjoyed looking at these old buildings, hand painted signboards, aged walls and the blue sky behind these beautiful buildings without a skyscraper in sight. But oh yeah it WAS hot.

I enjoyed looking at these old buildings, hand painted signboards, aged walls and the blue sky behind these beautiful buildings without a skyscraper in sight. But oh yeah it WAS hot.

Penang, like Singapore - is a multinational country. The road signs are mostly in Malay, but you'll be surprised that the Chinese Penangites speak Hokkien! Their Hokkien is a little different from Singapore's though - it's interesting to read the differences (I wiki-ed cos I couldn't comprehend some of their hokkien)

Penang, like Singapore – is a multinational country. The road signs are mostly in Malay, but you’ll be surprised that the Chinese Penangites speak Hokkien! Their Hokkien is a little different from Singapore’s though – it’s interesting to read about the differences (I wiki-ed cos I couldn’t comprehend some of their hokkien)

About Penang Street Art


There’s a great deal of street art in Penang and I think it’s really good for tourism and business – plenty of stalls around there to quench your thirst should you feel parched while walking around to take photos – whether its good food or not is another thing though, haha.

When you arrive at the airport (which is small, but clean and new, btw) you can grab brochures at the departure gates for maps, food recommendations and there’s a map with a list of street art for you to check off! The most famous ones are the Motorcyle and Kite ones by the fantastic Ernest Zacharevic (facebook, website)  - some of the others, as a reader highlighted to me on dayre.me (thank you, @szemin!) are imitation art, but in my honest opinion, they’re really good too!

Alternatively, you can read up about the various street art here or just look around on Penang Global Tourism’s facebook page.

We started off at one end of Gat Lebuh Chulia and found some gems in an alleyway! 

You can spot minions from Despicable Me everywhere - they're drawn in all sorts of situations and costumes!

You can spot minions from Despicable Me everywhere – they’re drawn in all sorts of situations and costumes!

The minion painting was located right at a warehouse and even at the doors there were plenty of scribblings and some very interesting Chinese words which elicited a chuckle from me when I read them both (one on each door).

The minion painting was located right at a warehouse and even at the doors there were plenty of scribblings and some very interesting Chinese words which elicited a chuckle from me when I read them both (one on each door).

And this was my first "realistic" wall art. It might look creepy but I think there was plenty of effort put into this! This isn't by Earnest but an imitation - nonetheless, well executed and admired by many!

And this was my first “realistic” wall art. It might look creepy but I think there was plenty of effort put into this! This isn’t by Earnest but an imitation – nonetheless, well executed and admired by many!

This was painted by a local artist, Louis Gan. It's also full of effort and it must be hard to work on a scale like this but still get all the proportions right!

This was painted by a local artist, Louis Gan. It’s also full of effort and it must be hard to work on a scale like this, given the height of the mural!

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"The cats walking for animal awareness mural is the 8th of 11 murals created for the 101 Lost Kittens project, to generate greater awareness of stray animals."

“The cats walking for animal awareness mural is the 8th of 11 murals created for the 101 Lost Kittens project, to generate greater awareness of stray animals.”

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Down this abandoned alleyway you'll find even more street art, but the more notable piece is the Bruce Lee one!

Down this abandoned alleyway you’ll find even more street art, but the more notable piece is the Bruce Lee one!

""Bruce Lee" is one of the murals painted by ASA, Artists for Stray Animals, in George Town, Penang for the 101 Lost Kittens project."

“”Bruce Lee” is one of the murals painted by ASA, Artists for Stray Animals, in George Town, Penang for the 101 Lost Kittens project.”

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This one's an original Ernest Zacharevic!

This one’s an original Ernest Zacharevic!

And so is this more famous one!

And so is this more famous one!

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