At home Spa – The Body Shop Spa of the World™ French Grape Seed Scrub

The Body Shop is one of those internationally well known cruelty free brands that has quality product for affordable price. What i really liked about the brand other then shower products and scents, are how the company works to prevent testing on animals as well as striving to be more sustainable and natural as possible.

I went to visit a store whilst in Indonesia to get my mom some body soap, and saw a lot of products within the “Spa of the World” line. The sales lady told me that this “Firming Ritual” part of that line was the latest in Indonesia, and as i like me some spa experience that won’t break my bank or when last minute fix before a wedding that got me on hook to try the scrub out.

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The scrub is said to be formulated with grape seed powder from France and Community Trade sugar from Paraguay, which makes the scrub less harsh on the body as there are powder that are mixed in with oils.
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Ingredients (from Official Website):

Glycerin, Sucrose, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Parfum/Fragrance, Polyacrylamide, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Aqua/Water/Eau, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil/Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oenothera Biennis Seed/Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed, Laureth-7, Geraniol, Vitis Vinifera Seed Powder/Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Powder, Limonene, Vitis Vinifera Bud Extract/Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Bud Extract, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens.

Based on the ingredients list, sugar still plays a huge role therefor you still can feel the scrub on your body although less harsh. The oils mixed in helps soften and moisturises the skin.

Recommended method of use

Apply it on arms, tummy, tights and bum area, with a circular motion technique twice a week.
Enjoy the Firming Ritual Spa Routine by using the French Grape Seed Scrub with Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream, Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil and Thai Wooden Massager

The sales person persuaded me to try this specific product out before getting other products from the collection or recommended use, and I did not regret one bit of this product. As i have caught the flu bug these past few of days, all i wanted to do was to treat myself to a spa retreat. As much as i wanted to go for spas and saunas, my body just did not allow me to be outside for more then an hour before feeling feverish. Therefor i could only stay home and have hot showers to help ease stuffy nose. It was the perfect opportunity for me to start cracking the scrub more often.

The sugar particles were small and fine, therefor made easy to scrub onto the body. Being under the air-conditioning  very often, my skin got quite dry skin. And with the hot humid weather, i haven’t found the best body lotions that suits my skin. After the use of The Body Shop’s French Grape Seed Scrub, it helps moisturise after getting rid of rough, dead skin. The last time i tried out a scrub by The Bodyshop, it was a good 4 years ago which you can read here: Chocomania Sugar Body Scrub – The Body Shop. I didn’t like them as much since the sugar particles were a lot larger then the current ones, and not as moisturising.

Price & Size:

499,000 IDR – Approximately SGD50 for 350 ML

 

Overall, The Body Shop Spa of the World™ French Grape Seed Scrub provided me with an enjoyable DIY spa session at home. It made showering in hot water less painful and drying after, as it brings moisture back to the body. It would probably last me for a good 6 months before running out, but I’m up for getting the recommended accompanying products.

AB Steak Jakarta by Chef Akira Back

Don’t think i’ve ever mentioned my love for food, not just for eating and its taste, but also for the artistic visuals that the chefs are able to create. If you’ve ever watched cooking shows, either America’s Iron Chef or Korea’s Please Take Care of My Refridgerator, Chef Akira Back (백승욱) shouldn’t be a stranger. AB Steak Jakarta hasn’t been opened for long, just slightly under 6 months of opening and there are already a steady flow of guest from opening to closing, so please book your tables in advance to avoid disappointment.

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When I found out that AB Steak Jakarta was to open, i remember looking on my laptop in Switzerland on who to ask to go with me. Thank goodness for a close foodie friend of mine, Phoebe who kindly came with me although she had already went the day before knowing that i am a fan of Chef Akira Back. Below are what we have ordered:

Starters/ Side Dishes

Cold Tofu (IDR 65,000)

Seasoned perfectly & a perfect combination of soft and crispy. The seasoning wasn’t too spicy, yet providing a small kick of flavour.
Akira Back

Wagyu Steak Tartare (IDR 185.000)

Did someone say tartare and steak together? Switzerland has pampered my palette for beef tartare, and having ended my education there meant ending my accessibility to tartare. That was what i thought before coming to AB steak! The main differences between this tartare and the usual tartare are the texture of bread and meat and of course its ratio. The meat is usually equal or more then the usual toast, bringing a balance of softness and crunchy. The toast here are much fluffier, and the tartare isn’t too seasoned. The nuts that are in there gives it the crunchy i love!
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Fat Duck Fries (IDR 90.000)

Technically i won’t call it a fat fry cut, but with the generous toppings in this dish you would wonder why its called “Fat Duck Fries”. Its loaded!
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Scallop Crudo (IDR 135.000)

This would be perfect for my taste butts, if only i have not been accustomed to less sodium. The texture of the scallops were perfect, the chives helped balance the yuja soy and kimchee gel but i wished to have more of them just because of my palette.
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Main Course – Steak Time!!

These are the highlight of the meal – meat. What i really liked about AB Steak’s concept would be its east meets west style on meat. Half the time i would love Asian barberque, at the same time missing steak that i had in Europe. This brings them both together, not making a meal too elaborate nor too simple.

The meat that we have chosen:

Flat Iron – Australian Wagyu 9+ (IDR 230.000/100G)
45 Days Porter House – 200 days grain fed Australian Angus (IDR 210.000/100G)
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As expected from a wagyu 9+ cut and a grain fed beef, melts in your mouth leaving you for more.

AB Steak provides 5 types of salt and sauces. For salt: garlic, kimchi, truffle, yuzu and Himalayan whilst the sauces are soy wasabi, ssamjang, sesame oil, chimichurri and bulgogi. As i personally feel that with this good of a meat quality, it should be tried on it’s own without sauce to not disturb it’s original taste. As to my understanding on the process of dry aged meat, there are a lot of salt involved, that making my second reason to on why i chose to not touch the salts or sauces as it might make it more salty. But if you like strong taste, please feel free!

Akira Back
AB Steak’s meat are from the United States, Japan and Australia and categorised to Fresh Cut or Dry aged. We pick a meat from each category, and happened to chose Australian as I am more familiar with Australian beef from Osia Restaurant.

I would like to return for more meat cut in the future, so anyone else coming with me next time?

Information:
AB Steak by Chef Akira Back
Jl. Setiabudi Selatan no. 7
MD Place Mezzanine Level, Kuningan, Jakarta 12910
RSVP: +6287772278325
Opening hours: 18.30-22.30

EarthBake Brownies – Medan, Indonesia

Awhile ago a friend of mine started baking brownies from home and have them sold. Initially it was only sold to people in Medan and after awhile, he started to ship them off to all over Indonesia. His brand of brownies are called EarthBake.

These are what he usually have to offer, and mind you that delivery fee is only applicable within Medan. As I am from Jakarta, I have to order 2 large ones and the express delivery fee is around 100,000 IDR but it didn’t arrive nicely. You can’t expect too much with indonesia’s delivery system although it is labelled as food and be extra careful.

For Christmas, i decided to try order and try some out.

Saturnian Brownie

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72% Dark Chocolate, Golden Age Caramel Sauce, Citron, White Sesame and Walnut

 

I really love nuts and my brothers have sweet teeth, so this one attracted our attention best due to it having chunks of walnuts and being drizzled slightly with caramel sauce. Don’t let chocolate and caramel scare you, 72% black chocolate and the walnut helps cancel out the overly sweet taste the usual brownies give you.

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72% Dark Chocolate, Roasted Walnut and Salted Pumpkin Seed

 

Totally forgot the salted pumpkin seed being one of the main uniqueness in this recipe. It is almost like the baby size of the Saturnian brownie due to its smaller walnut size. The saltiness is just right! i really wish i could bring it over to Hong Kong with me during my internship.

This one i did not order as it just came out

The Venus Brownie

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72% Dark Chocolate , Belgian Chocolate Chips, Citron Cheese

Chocolate with chocolate guys i can’t even with this one! and there is cheese as well!!!

 

So fellow indonesians! if you are ever interested in quality brownies please contact my buddy Rong Lee through Line. His ID : Rongzlee

Etude House Haul February 2013 – 30% Off

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Since I’m done with mock exams, it means I have more time to blog now, until my real exam starting April until May. Then I graduate from high school. Here’s my Etude House haul I did during the week where they were having 30% off (in Singapore), the whole month of February where there were promotions (In Jakarta, Indonesia) and while I was in Taiwan. So this is a collective haul from end of December till mid February. I will list which I got from which country.

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3 days valentine – Pre, the actual day and Post

So~ I came back to Singapore the day before valentines day with daddy since I wanted to study on valentines day to make up for the “long weekend” which I spent in Indonesia for Chinese New Year visitations. I did bring some stuff back home to study, but I didn’t do much. My plan to study practically failed since the plan to have lunch only with Joan ended up to be a half day hang out. Well, after she left I did my business homework, which was alright.

Although I don’t have a boyfriend, I had 3 “valentines date”, a pre valentines dinner with dad, a brunch and dinner with Joan on the day of valentines and a post valentines dinner with Veronica. It was epic how much I have spent these 3 days, and I fell into temptations of buying 2 BH 88 Palettes, 1 matte 1 shimmery. 4 eat outs and 2 eyeshadow palettes. I think I’m killing myself. Not to mention I repurchased my favourite Chanel eyeliner and got a mac blacktrack fluid line to try. That on make up I’ll post on a different post since I really bought a lot of things. Those red packet money was suppose to be set aside for church, abit of fan girling and presents. Crazy me! Anyways, lets get on to the food pictures!

Out of all the places, Kenny Roger’s at Parkway was extremely disappointing, Joan approves as well about this.

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