Saturday, January 23, 2016

An Oriental Journey With SilkRoad

Look what showed up at my doorstep last week - an exclusive, traditional invitation by Silk Road! I blogged about Silk Road before in my previous post and I'm overjoyed upon receiving this invitation because I can experience the eastern culture in this modern era, thanks to Silk Road.

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The invitation is so traditional but still used in present times. Love it :)

The event was held at Metal Bee, Sunway Damansara Technology Park. As we arrived, there's a cocktail area for us to mingle around as we wait for the dining rooms to open. 


Refreshing cold whiskey was served. :)

There are two kiosks for guests to explore consisting of The Art of Tea Making and The Rainbow Calligraphy that promotes oriental in this modern era, just like what is Silk Road is all about - an ancient network of trading routes that were central to cultural interaction through Asian continent.


We were introduced a few types of Eastern tea and proper blending of tea is truly an art form. Although it's rich in history and tradition, tea is really very simple, with a basic look at its origins, varieties and preparation.

The Rainbow Calligraphy master, Jacky Chow crafted and translated guests name into chinese with meanings and signs of their own. A very beautiful and impressive masterpiece.

We were then ushered into the dining room by ladies dressed in cheongsam at 8.30 P.M.



Silk Road very much surprised me!! The ambiance of this dining place is oriented with chinese music and beautiful traditional setup - floating pretty ornaments and long tables decorated elegantly with eastern and modern blend.



Performances courtesy of Diana Liu & Chinese String Quartet to enlighten our mood. :)


Settled down while waiting for the 4 course dinner to served. :p

 
Look of the night ♥


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The menu of the night by Chef James Won & Effin Culinary Team. Chef James Won personally introduced and educated us about each of his finely crafted dishes as it served. Notice the atmosphere in the pictures changes from time to time to suit our mood as different dishes was served, so awesome!!

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 Entrée One
Scallop, calamari, citrus, mints and petals 
A total sensorial experience that refreshes from smell to taste
Taste delivery: Aromatic, creamy and smooth 





Always loved scallops and this is the best I've tasted so far! Chef James Won purposely flew in XL Hokkaido Scallops just for tonight's dinner. So soft and juicy, not forgetting the sweet and tangy flavors from the salad.

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 Entrée Two
Green tea salmon 40°, smoked cucumber, texture of potato and green beurre Blanc
A fresh and delicate experience that is balanced
Taste delivery: Refreshing, fragrant & floral



 

This salmon is so delicate that it melts in my mouth. The crispy caramelized skin and potato chips deliciously adds texture & a hint of green tea flavor was added to for a refreshing but not too empowering dish. Just perfectly balanced.

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 Plat Principal
Cordyceps chicken on chlorophyll carpet, porcini mushrooms and pâtes de riz
A balanced, crisp offer with a clean aftertaste that lingers on the palate
Taste Delivery: Woody, bittersweet



Super soft chicken breast that goes so well with the broth, mushrooms and pasta rice. It was my first time having pasta rice & it's really special and yummy. It's too good that I finished this entire plate although I'm already so full. So rare for me. :p

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Dessert
Plum, cheese, chocolaté and basil



Such a good way to end the night when dessert is served with premium chocolates! The cheese cake was coated with white chocolate, along with the sweetly stewed plum and dark chocolates. Major love! 

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It was such a pleasure to experience an oriental journey with Silk Road. It was an unforgettable night when the eastern culture meets modern times, accompanied by tasteful and exquisite 4 course meal.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

[Silk Road] American vs Korean Makeup Look

In the ancient time, Silk Road, which is also known as Silk Route, is the network of trade routes through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea. Back then, Silk road is the central to cultural interaction in the Eastern world which influences people around the world to recognize traditional Eastern culture. Now, Silk Road is a platform that represents a journey of discovering unknown and enrichment of self, to showcase the luxurious and modern culture of the orient. Due to the adaption of different cultures, beliefs and lifestyles from all over the world, people are inspired to have new ideas from different perspectives.

One of the best example is art, in terms of makeup. Makeup of the modern era has changed in so many ways technically from the products itself to the way it is applied. The Eastern and Western influences 21st century makeup with the advance of research and development, creating more technical products. There are many brands and products available all over the world, with promising different outcomes and suitable for different skin types. However, it's not just about the product, but it's also about how it's applied.

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Let me show you how I applied my makeup.
American vs Korean Makeup Look ❣  


Left: American Makeup, Right: Korean Makeup

American Makeup Look
 


- Matte foundation for a full coverage look
- Concealer to cover up dark circles, side of the nose & any other imperfections.
- Highlight under the eyes, forehead, bridge of the nose and chin.
- Contour forehead, cheekbone, nose and jaw.
- Arched brows.
- Lots of eye shadows and thick lashes.
- Eyeliner angled upwards for a cat eyed look.
- Lip liner, big luscious matte lips.


The American makeup look is more tanned and the arched eyebrows adds personality and sass to the looks. The thick eye makeup is applied for a smouldering and dramatic look. Not forgetting the crazy bronze and contour which creates very sharp features - who needs plastic surgery when there is contour?!!

Korean Makeup Look

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- Light, glowy foundation for a healthy and dewy look.
- Concealer to cover up dark circles, side of the nose & any other imperfections.
- Lightly contour jaw for a sharp chin.
- Rosy blush on the apple of the cheeks.
- Thick and straight brows.
- Bright/pink eye shadow and natural curled lashes.
- Eyeliner angled downwards.
- Small, candy pink/ombre lips


The Korean makeup look is more of a natural and fair complexion. The straight thick brows creates soft and youthful look. Light eye makeup is applied for a natural, sweet and innocent impression. And again, the candy pink lips and blush adds a natural, soft and youthful looks.

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In summary, beauty comes in various shapes and forms varying from culture to culture. The Eastern culture is influencing and changing the way of makeup in modern times. The Korean makeup look is more natural and youthful whereas the American makeup look is more sophisticated and sexy. Personally, my everyday makeup is a mixture of both!! ❤