Review: Tropical Spa, Setiawalk Puchong

Update: This outlet is permanently closed.

Been some time since I went to Setiawalk Puchong – the place seems to have lost its luster from when it used to be THE spot for Puchong-ites to hangout, just a couple of years ago. These days, weekends are still fairly busy, but visitors come mostly for the bars and the cinema. Some shops have closed down and lots lie vacant, but there are also a few new shops to check out. Saw a new massage/spa center there recently when I went to catch Logan at the theatre. They seemed to have some pretty value-for-money promotions, so I went to check it out.

The receptionist was very friendly and helpful, as she explained the different promotions and packages on offer. There were shorter treatments lasting an hour or so, but I opted for one with a 15-min footscrub, half hour herbal pouch treatment, and an hour aromatherapy massage (RM128 nett). Waited for 10 minutes for a therapist to be available, before I was ushered inside. The interior was too dark so I didn’t get to take any photos. Since it was a weekday afternoon, the place was empty and I could enjoy my treatment in peace and privacy.

PS: The therapists are Indonesian, not Thai, and they offer Balinese massages. Which I prefer over Thai anyway because they don’t stretch and pull you like cray.. not my cup of tea lol.

The footscrub was done in an open chamber with rows of cushy chairs. Soaked my feet in warm water scented with a bath bomb, and got them scrubbed and massaged. I was then led into a small room with a huge mirror and a bed. Soothing gamelan music played from the speakers overhead. My therapist was very friendly and all smiles – although she didn’t speak English, I could understand her Bahasa well. The pressure applied was just right and I actually dozed off a couple of times. The air conditioning was way cold though.

All in all, I think the service and environment was excellent. Considering how places like Thai Odyssey charge, I think this was value for money. Will return if I ever feel like splurging and pampering myself again.

PS: They also have branches in KL.

THE TROPICAL SPA – Setiawalk Puchong Branch 

C-5-G, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong
Puchong
Phone: 03-8600 1216
Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM

facebook.com/tropicalspasetiawalk/

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Huo Lu Ai Korean BBQ, Setiawalk Puchong

Update: This restaurant is permanently closed. 

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Had an urge to go swimming over the weekend. Our National Aquatic Center is closed until 2017 (!?) in preparation for the Southeast Asian games. Boo, because that’s the closest public swimming pool to my house. Thankfully C was in the mood, so we went to her apartment at Koi Kinrara. They have an infinity pool that looks over the Puchong skyline. Pool was quiet in the evening and weather was perfect.

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We negated all the calories we burnt from swimming by having dinner at Huo Lu Ai, a Korean BBQ joint in Setiawalk, Puchong. Each table had an exhaust to suck up the smoke, and a grill for cooking. Guests can opt to have the food cooked in the kitchen, or have a server cook them at your table.

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Korean music played in the air. The wall was also papered over with posters of Korean boybands.

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I was in the mood for noodles, so I ordered the Korean Spicy Noodle. I’ve seen the Korean Spicy Noodle Challenge online, so I was worried as to how spicy the dish was gonna turn out…but it was fine. Had to down cold water a couple of times but the spice level was manageable.  Noodles were springy, well-flavoured and cooked with slices of carrot, chilli, onion, spring onion and garnished with a side of nori (seaweed).

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Also ordered the Kimchi Pancake. These are best eaten hot. They were not too oily, and I really liked the crispy edges.

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We got two grilled dishes, which come served with banchan (side dishes) like pickled radish, stir-fried spinach and potatoes.

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And the customary kimchi. This was fresh, well marinated and not too spicy.

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Salad with thousand island sauce.

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The Chinese style of cuisine (which I grew up with) often broils/stir-fries vegetables, leaving them limp and tasteless unless drenched with sesame oil/soy sauce etc. Which I don’t like. I really prefer fresh, crispy greens. K BBQ serves corral lettuce to go along with the grilled meats. Perfect.

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Spicy marinated octopus. The octopi was sizable and well flavoured with gochujang (hot pepper paste – made from red chilli, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt. The taste is similar to the Japanese miso, but spicier.), although slimy and chewy in the middle.

20160131_194846-tile Wrapping a piece of octopi, topped with a piece of garlic and some sesame oil/more gochujang paste (I can’t get enough of it!) before popping the entire thing in my mouth. Divine

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Our second grilled dish was pork belly. It was kinda oily, but tasty. Good balance of lean and fat. Went the same way as the octopi – dip in sesame/gochujang, wrapped in lettuce leaf and nom.

The bill came up to RM80, which is reasonable since we ordered so many dishes. Good place for Korean food.

Huo Lu Ai Korean BBQ 
D3A, Ground Floor, Block D, Setia Walk Mall, SOHO, Persiaran Wawasan Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Selangor
Tel: +6017 399 7142

PS: Ladies, did I mention that the servers here are all super cute? 😛

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Went over to have some rice wine at C’s house and to play with Genie. She is so light and small.

Accidental Blonde

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This is ash grey hair. 

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….This is definitely not ash grey hair.

 

 

I went to Setiawalk in Puchong to see if they have any good salons today, to get a new haircut for the New Year. Some were expensive, but there was a new one called Urban that had a relatively affordable price (RM100 for colour, RM30 for cut). Me being a cheapskate   bargain hunter, I went in. My stylist was a friendly Indonesian guy who did a nice haircut for me. When it came to the colouring, I picked out a darker ash grey.

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Original hair colour.

Imagine how stunned I was when I finally put my glasses back on and found that I had become… BLONDE.

I told him: “Wow, it’s so ….yellow.”

Stylist: Oh, it’s fine, you wanted a light colour right? It looks nice on you.

Me: Er, but it’s not ash grey at all

Stylist: Oh dont worry, after a couple of washes it’ll be fine. *laughs*

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…..

I know, if I wasn’t happy about the colour I could have asked them to recolour it (the salon owner did ask me if it was okay) *inner self screams: IT IS NOT OKAY* , but it was already late and I didn’t want to sit for another two hours when my scalp was itching and burning from chemicals. So I just thanked them, said buhbye and proceeded to cry at home lol.

This will be my one and only visit to Urban, sorry. I mean, the staff and owner are nice and all, but how can ash grey turn into fricking blonde?

The latest I can get my hair fixed is on Monday.. at C’s mom’s house. I’ve been doing my hair there since I was a kid, but her business has gotten so busy that sometimes I’d have to wait for weeks on end for an appointment.

For this hair rescue mission, I have no choice but to wait for Monday morning. D’:

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It doesn’t look bad here coz my front camera’s selfie game is on point, but when I look at myself in the mirror, the shiny blonde along my hair lining is so bright that I can’t help thinking how jejemon I look with the ratchet blonde hair lol. It also does not suit my skin tone at all.

In the meantime, I am wearing a beanie whenever I go out of the house.

MONDAY PLS COME EARLY PLS 

C’S MOM I AM SORRY I EVER THOUGHT OF GOING TO ANOTHER HAIRSTYLIST SOBS 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Dakgalbi, Setiawalk

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Image credit: Groupon Malaysia… because I forgot to take a pic of the outlet D:

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of Korean food because of the insane amount of veggies they have, and the sour/spicy/pungent taste.

So when C suggested we have Mr Dakgalbi for dinner at Setiawalk Puchong, I was a bit reluctant. She was pretty insistent we have it, so I tagged along : on the condition that there weren’t going to be too much veggies in whatever we were ordering. That meant severely limiting our options, coz most of the dishes here are chock full of them.

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We ended up ordering the outlet’s signature Mr Dak fried rice (for 2pax). A waiter will cook the food for you on a flat pot in the middle of your table. First up: loads of spring onions and pieces of chicken meat in a spicy red sauce.

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Rice is dumped into the mix, before being topped over by cheese bits which melt into the rice.

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Last but not least, bouncy ramyeon with gochujang sauce is thrown in as well, but cooked separately from the rice.

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The end result was actually pretty yummy! It’s not surprising that the restaurant is very popular with patrons and was packed by 7.30pm. I personally prefer the ramyeon (which tasted like Ibumie ala Korea) because it had that springy, al dente texture. The rice was not bad either – gooey from the cheese, tender chicken chunks, savoury with just a hint of spiciness.

The set for two also came with a strawberry sauce salad (yeah strawberry. pretty weird imo) and a salty soup of unknown ingredients.

Overall the food was good, but the service has room for improvement. For one, it wasn’t very hygienic – our server had no gloves on and cooked like he was trying to kill our food (ie the ingredients were flying everywhere and left the table littered with bits of rice and sauce). He was also quite brusque when answering our questions. Bad day at work, dude?

Mr Dakgalbi (Puchong) 

Ground floor, Setiawalk

Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong,

47100 Puchong

Selangor, Malaysia

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Finished off the night with Starbucks! 🙂

Coffee @ Caffeine Cafe, Setiawalk Puchong

I used to like going to Starbucks because of the environment, but everyone seems to have more purchasing power and a penchant for overpriced coffee these days. Gone are the days where I could sit with my green tea frappe and my lappie, and just write or blog there. Now there’s always screaming children who can’t sit still. @-@

When I’m in Setiawalk, I prefer going to Caffeine. Tucked in a cosy corner on the first floor, it’s a relatively quiet and chic cafe that serves good coffee and cakes. Their cakes are quite pricey (RM15+) but good. They also serve local home made ice cream from Fat Baby, with flavours such as Vanilla, Peanut Butter and Fudge, and Chocolate. (RM7.50).

Altho FatBaby isn’t bad, it can’t beat Forty Licks at another cafe nearby called Tipsy. I used to go to Tipsy a lot, but it’s also getting crowded these days. Sooner or later I’ll run out of quiet cafes to hangout in D:

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Cosy environment with wood and brick accents, white tables and a comfy pouffe corner which I sunk into with my books.

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New book! Also, I want that bear pouffe.

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Ice blended vanilla with coffee shot. The coffee was quite strong and bitter, but was offset by the vanilla.

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CAFFeine; (I just realised it’s spelled that way, lol)

G-09-1, Level 1, Block G, SetiaWalk, Persiaran Wawasan,

Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Mon: 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed – Fri: 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
PS: I’d hang out here more often, but it also happens to be my ex’s favourite cafe and it’d be awks running into him lol.