Sunday, February 17, 2019

Nature Republic Forest Garden Cleansing Oil

After finishing up The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil Runny Rich, I begrudgingly moved on to this 200mL pump bottle of Nature Republic Forest Garden Cleansing Oil Olive, not because I wanted to but because the bottle was leaking so badly. I know, two grumpy posts in a row, but I promise this post won't be as ranty as the previous :P

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Boscia Tsubaki Splash Mask

Long time no mask! It might have been a couple of years now since I last used a mask of any kind, not because I don't want to but because I have zero time. When my little one started school a few weeks ago, I had a few minutes to reorganize my stash and happened upon this 55mL/1.85fl. oz. pump bottle of Boscia Tsubaki Splash Mask, which has now been discontinued so please excuse another useless (and ranty--you've been warned) post ^.^"

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Jurlique Replenishing Foaming Cleanser

Happy Lunar New Year!

Finally finally finished Konnyaku Sabon Facial Cleansing Soap Tokyo Bamboo Charcoal a couple of weeks ago and moved on to this 200mL/6.7fl oz. pump bottle of Jurlique Replenishing Foaming Cleanser. Good thing too, because it's expiring in a couple of months :X

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Chef Zhao Kitchen, Palo Alto

On our first trip to Mountain View, we had a mini reunion with college friends whom we haven't seen for over a decade. We kept in touch via email and social media, sure, but this was the first time we all sat down together in person, had a meal, and caught up with each other's life. Knowing Chef Zhao's Kitchen would be busy, I called weeks ahead for a reservation and, boy, was I glad I did. It was a week night and there was a long line out the door at 6pm.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Chef Zhao Bistro, Mountain View

Prior to our trips to Mountain View, I solicited restaurant recommendations from friends who live and work there. When asked what kinds of food hubby and I like that we don't get much of where we live, both of our answers were: good Chinese food, preferably the spicy and tongue-numbing variety. We got three recommendations in return: Chef Zhao Bistro, Chef Zhao Kitchen, and Hunan Impression.

I checked them all out online of course. We were planning a mini reunion just like those we had in Taipei with our college friends. With everyone's work schedule, Hunan Impression was too far out of the way and so we were left with two Chef Zhao restaurants. Since I was just down the street from Chef Zhao Bistro wandering around downtown Mountain View, hubby zipped back from his office to meet me there for a quick lunch as soon as the place opened at 11:30am.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Alexander's Patisserie, Mountain View

Upon exiting Maison Alyzee, I promptly crossed the street for Alexander's Patisserie. Talk about a literal patisserie face-off--they're staring each other down from across the street. Fine with me though. More patisseries means more sweets for me to enjoy ^.^

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Maison Alyzee, Mountain View

As hubby and I grabbed a quick snack at the Hong Kong Bakery & Cafe, I couldn't help but notice Maison Alyzee right next door. After he left to do work stuff, I went in to check it out despite having had a snack. I could never pass up a patisserie. There's always room for desserts in this tummy ^.^

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mountain View, California

Last year, hubby had to make a few short work trips out to California, once to SF in late July and twice to Mountain View in the fall (beginning of September and end of November). I tagged along each time and took some photos while wandering about (and yes, I'm still perpetually behind on posts...).

Both of the trips were super short. Each time, I had just a couple of hours in the afternoon to explore and get myself some snacks while hubby got some work stuff done, then we met up with old friends for dinner and went home the next day. So I ended up just wandering up and down Moffett Boulevard/Castro Street (downtown Mountain View) and took pictures of the shops that caught my eyes (mostly food :P).

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Clarins Men Line-Control Balm

Been using this 50mL/1.7oz. pump bottle of Clarins Men Line-Control Balm for several weeks now. Yes, it's actually me who's using this balm and not hubby. I bought it for him of course, but he thought it was too rich and moisturizing and passed it on to me :)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Absolute Serum

After finishing Clarins Double Serum, I moved on to this 30mL/1fl. oz. pump bottle of Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Absolute Serum. I've seen line brand around aplenty. My local Whole Foods has several shelves of their products and several blogs I read also reviewed a few things here and there. Naturally, I got curious.

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