Friday, 6 December 2013

Ad: Food Review - Burger Junkyard @ The Strand, Kota Damansara

Hey everyone! How is everyone doing? Hope you're all good. I'm back with a food review on one of the most essential food items in the world - the burger. Yes everyone, the burger IS a necessity. As you all may know, the 'burger bakar' or grilled burger has gained a lot of popularity recently. Just like how everyone was crazy about cupcakes and macarons and of course, the durian crepe, burger bakar is the cupcake of the now.

 Malaysians have always loved burgers; the 'Ramli burger' is the obvious choice when you're too lazy or tired to prepare dinner or just when you want something really, really satisfying. But of course you can't compare a burger bakar to your typical ramli burger. The burger bakar is all about using good quality meat and ingredients. So how well does Burger Junkyard do on the burger scale? Read on to find out.

Burger Junkyard is located at The Strand, Kota Damansara. I was here at night, so there was plenty of parking (woohoo!) but I'm not too sure about what it's like during the day. The exterior is simple - the black and orange signboard is at the front of the shop and instead of a wall, the front side of the place is made of see-through glass. The interior on the other hand is just plain awesome. It's bright, unique and totally hipster! The walls are covered in super cool graffiti art and stuff that you would expect at a junkyard. There are wooden boxes which act as stools, chains and metal scraps cleverly used as wall ornaments. Absolutely loved the decor!

Photo from Burger Junkyard Facebook Page

Photo taken from Burger Junkyard Facebook Page
Now, on to the most important bit - the burgers. I was here with my family so we all had different burgers (we were all equally thrilled about that). We decided to have two beef burgers and two chicken burgers. They have quite a selection of burgers on the menu (and with cute names too!) - steamin cheeseburger, brooklyn burger, vampire slayer, beef in blanket and so on. They even have burgers for vegetarians, which is a nice surprise. How many burger joints out there cater to vegetarians? Kudos to the founders for that! Burger Junkyard uses high quality meat to make their burger patties. They make the burger patties themselves (a must for true burger-enthusiasts) and chicken thighs for their chicken burgers.

Cool grafitti!

Love that they stuck to their Junkyard theme. Awesome decor on the wall.

We couldn't decide on what to get so we got the founder/chef/grilling master to help us decide. We got the vampire slayer, buffalo soldier, fromage et fungi and balsamic beefin' onions. The vampire slayer is the chicken burger that is slathered with garlic butter sauce. Let me repeat that: Garlic. Butter. The buffalo soldier got its name from the the buffalo hot sauce the chicken thigh is grilled with. The name says it all for fromage et fungi; if you don't know French, that just means cheese and mushroom. Four different types of mushrooms are used to make this burger so mushroom lovers are sure to love this. The balsamic beefin' onions burger is made with some balsamic sauce to give it a tangy taste.

The counter and the menu on chalkboards

The Menu
More stuff on the menu

Even more burger goodness

After we ordered, we paid and were given a table number. The table number isn't some boring single-coloured triangular plastic place card with a number on it; instead, we were it was in a form of something are likely to come by at a junkyard which was, a cute soft rat plush toy wearing an earring with a number on it. Think it's gross? Take a look at the photo. It's just so darn cute!

Our table number. Isn't he cute?

Just by reading the menu our mouths were starting to water so imagine our delight when the burgers were served. Oh and I forgot to mention this earlier, but the moment you walk through the front door, you will immediately be greeted by this amazing aroma of grilled meat. Meat heaven I tell you, and what a way to awaken your senses! The burgers looked so good when they came, that - unfortunately, I didn't put much effort into taking good photos. Sorry! I was reaaaallly hungry and dying to take a bite out of my burger - and everyone else's, lol!

Presenting the Vampire Slayer

The burgers come with a side of fries. The buns were fluffy and had some kind of seeds on them - not too sure what they are but I guess that just means I have to go there again and ask them. I loved the buns. Have you ever had stale buns? This was the complete opposite - fresh, light and fluffy, and it doesn't distract you from the flavours of the burger. I have to note that they only start preparing your burger when you order, so when you get your food, they've literally just come off the grill. And oh the burger. They were all just so full of flavour. The moment you take your first bite, your taste buds are greeted with this whole burst of flavours. Mind blowing, really. Each and every one of those burgers tasted different but they had one thing in common: they tasted so good. The beef burgers were grilled to perfection - not too rare, not overcooked. I hate that some burgers are cooked to the point where they are no longer juicy. A burger without its natural juices just isn't the same. As for the chicken thighs, they were so succulent and smooth. The garlic butter went so well with the chicken. If you don't like garlic, don't be afraid, the vampire slayer may just change your mind. I loved the buffalo soldier too. This too was one of the chicken-thigh burgers. The sauce had just the right amount of heat. Loved the homemade sauce - so full of flavour and it leaves you craving for more. The fromage et fungi was another winner. I personally have always loved the combination of mushrooms and beef so I had high expectations of this burger, and it did not disappoint. If you've ever had a burger at a steakhouse of some sort, well this burger was on par in terms of taste and quality. The balsamic beefin' onions had a nice tang to it and goes surprisingly well with the grilled beef patties. There was also a slice of beetroot under the meat patty which just made the burger look even more appetising because of its striking colour. I say it looks appetising because I don't really know the taste of beetroot. Every time I try it, I feel it has no taste, but that's a good thing, because you don't want anything else to distract you from the star which is the beef patty. Ok, as I mentioned earlier, the burgers come with a side a fries and they were nice and crispy and well-seasoned. Love! Did I mention the sauce that came with the fries and burgers? The sauce was goooood. I'm not too sure what it was, but it was a little creamy and we all loved it. When we asked for extra sauce, they had run out of the original sauce but they gave us their homemade barbecue sauce and it was THE best bbq sauce I've had. I guess everything is just better when you make it yourself huh? I said it at the shop and I'll say it again here: I could drink this sauce!

The Buffalo Soldier. The burgers were cut in half so that we could all share. No photos of the beef burgers because we were too busy eating :(

 What about the drinks you ask? They have the usual soft drinks like coke, A&W rootbeer (and float), mineral water, etc but I did not expect them to have good quality cafe-standard drinks. We tried the iced latte and the iced mocha and were pleasantly blown away by how good they tasted. I mean I would come back for JUST the coffee if the food wasn't great. Great quality coffee coupled with even better burgers just lead to happy tummies and smiling faces.

The genius who started it all. Meet Nicholas! Didn't expect him to be this young right? We had a fun chat with him.

Let's talk about service and price. The service was good. All the staff were friendly even when we got there right before they were about to close. Fuss free service :D As for the price, it's basically about the same price as any other burger bakar - even the ones being sold by the road side, so considering the fact that this is an actual shop with comfortable seats and all, their price is reasonable. Their burgers' price range is from RM11.90 to RM19.90 or so. They also have set meals that pried from RM13.90 (if I remember correctly) which come with fries and a drink so you know what you should have for lunch next time. As for the portion, it may not be as huge as the ones at chili's or tony romas BUT it is enough to keep you full and considering that it's much cheaper, it really is a steal. One thing you don't have to worry about is the quality of the food. I'm proud to call them gourmet burgers.

Absolutely LOVE this piece.

To sum up, is the food good? YES. Is the service good? YES. Is the price reasonable? YES. Will I come back? YES YES YES. The only thing that I wish I could change is the business hours. They open Monday-Saturday and close on Sundays. Their business hours are 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-9.30pm. I think it's too short but it'll do for now! So spread the word, tell all your friends! I can't wait to come back here again. Psst, they're planning to open another branch at Damansara Perdana. Watch out for that!

You can check out their Facebook page for updates!

For more food adventures, do keep checking this blog for updates. See you next time!

Ad aka Adlina aka Miss I-Need-To-Write-More

Verdict: 5 out of 5!!

Note: This restaurant serves certified HALAL meat. The sign says pork-free because they are still working on getting Halal certification from JAKIM.

Burger Junkyard
Address: 16 Jalan PJU 5/20d, The Strand, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Business Hours: 12:00 pm - 2:30pm, 6pm-9.30pm 
Phone: 03-6143 4305
Instagram: @burger_junkyard

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Ad: We're still alive!

Hey all!

I'm so so so sorry that we've been gone for soo long and that it seems that every post nowadays seem to come with this apology!

Here's a little update of what's been going on in our writers' lives (and unfortunately keeping us from updating this blog as often):

1. Far had safely given birth to a BEAUTIFUL baby girl, Hani, and she is now 5 months old!

When she was first brought into this world. Awwwwww
1 month old!

This should be when she was 2 months-ish

Aww isn't she precious at 3 months?

4 months old!

The most recent picture of Hani at 5 months old!

So you can see that Far has her hands with this precious angel! Bet you enjoyed all the adorable photos! Photos courtesy of Far & Farhan, taken from their instagram.

2. Lina has been living the glamourous life going to product launches and events while working part-time! She's also the beauty blogger ambassador for! Check out her personal blog

Guess Luxe launch

Brazillian waxing event

Murad Malaysia Breast Cancer Awareness Event

And so many more events! She's been busy!! (photos from Lina's instagram)

3. Aiysha has been super busy with uni as she is in her final year and is currently writing her thesis! We appreciate your support and prayers that she'll get through them well!

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4. Haneesa has her hands tied up with work. A true career woman indeed! It was just recently that Haneesa had celebrated (I couldn't find a better word for this lol) her first year anniversary since she started working :) Congratulations to Haneesa and we all wish you success :D

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5. Emma too has been busy busy busy with work. So she, like everyone else, has been looking for and appreciating small joys in life.

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6. Finally, yours truly has been busy adapting to work life. I now understand how precious weekends are. I now understand why people who work can end up being super grumpy/moody. I now understand that having to rely on other people and work together with them to get something done can be impossible. But scariest of all, I kind of just got a glimpse of the real world and all the scary responsibilities that come with being an 'adult', whatever that is (hey, I'm just starting to figure that out myself). I believe I value time better now, especially since I spend majority of my time in the office and end up having very little time for myself. But hey, as scary and as not-so-fun growing up can be, it wouldn't be fair to just comment on the negatives without talking about the good that comes with this experience.

I am thankful for my loved ones for always being there for me; for listening to me whenever I feel like I'm going to explode and for plotting revenge scenarios together (lol!). I am glad that I've met so many wonderful people along the way at work. We work together (more like suffer together) but we celebrate small joys together too. I really appreciate my teammates, my leads and my boss. I have heard of horror stories from my other friends/colleagues about real-life horrible bosses and I really cannot complain! I have learnt a lot along the way and I'm just trying my best to be positive about the entire experience (though this doesn't mean I'm going to be a saint and not complain about the crazy stuff).

I just hope that one day, we all do get to achieve our dreams, whatever they may be. Let's all work towards our ultimate dream and promise ourselves to work harder to achieve that dream.

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Hope you've all enjoyed my mini update. Keep checking for more updates soon!

Much love,

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Garden Wedding: tips and inspiration! by Far

Garden weddings are all the rage in Malaysia this year, but is it perfect for you? When my brother had a garden wedding, I knew it wasn't for me but it sure makes a pretty wedding! Read on to find out all the nitty gritty on 2013's biggest theme wedding.

What to keep in mind when choosing your perfect garden wedding venue:

- is there anything ugly or unpleasant within view of the garden?
- how warm will it be? What can u do to make it cooler.
- Bugs! Is the garden well kept? N how can u make your guests more comfortable- perhaps insect repellent in cute bottles could be provided as a entrance gift.
- are the other facilities nearby? Toilets, prayer rooms, parking.
- is there sufficient parking for your guests?
-is the venue's sound system suitable? Because of its open space, the quality of the sound and it's volume may be affected.
- privacy! Is it too open? Or "terdedah" to the public? Or is it nice and slightly secluded for the enjoyment  you and your guests.
- how and what can the venue and the organisers do for you if it rains?
- can it accommodate the number of my guests? Is it more suitable for sit down weddings or "running" weddings.

There is so much potential in a garden wedding! You can make it big and glamorous or small and intimate with a trendy theme like rustic chic or fairy tale.

Pros of a garden wedding

Because chances are your venue is already beautiful, you can even save some cost in decor.

You have a clean and somewhat neutral setting to play with. If indoor venue, the present decor of the venue might disrupt your theme and colour choice.  Covering the surrounding walls with fabric or changing the colour of the carpet is possible but expensive.

If your wedding is at night, fairy lights are a great and cheaper way make your wedding beautiful. Here are some pics to inspire u! Candles and lanterns are also good options-

Garden Wedding Cons

It will get hot! Keep in mind the comfort of your guests and especially YOU! The last thing you want is make up running all over your face on your big day. You want to be happy not uncomfortable, so consider the cost of portable fans and air-conditioning. 

You and your guests can't wear heels! Or stilettos because your heel will sink in the ground, but there are pretty wedges and flats these days.

It might rain. Heavily.

However, most of the time the prettiness of the garden wedding  outweighs the risk! Fall in love with these images and let them inspire your dream wedding.

These images are not mine, for more pics and their sources check my pintrest board here.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Ramadan Kareem

Hello dear readers! As you can see from our recent updates (or lack thereof until about a day or two ago), we've been a little busy. However, we want to wish all Muslims Ramadan Kareem and have a very blessed Ramadan ahead.

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We apologise for wishing you a week into Ramadan, but hey, better late than never right? Hope you're all having a great Ramadan so far and will continue to do so.

Thanks for still staying with us and stay tuned for more updates! We promise we'll try harder to post more regularly!

Btw, have you all been going to any Ramadan bazaars? Do share with us your experiences in the comments!

Lots of love,
Ad & the Awesome Project family

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Malay Wedding Planning 101

Congratulations on your engagement! As a pengantin to be the excitement of it all is tremendous. Wedding gown, themes, colours, flowers and the ring?? But before you allow yourself to drift off leafing through page after page of dreamy wedding magazines, there is a lot of things to consider and do for your wedding and not to mention the paper work that goes along with it. Your wedding day is Your day, and of course you want it to be perfect. But with so much to do while balancing your prior responsibilities (ie work!) it can definitely be stressful and overwhelming.

To make wedding planning smoother, consider grouping all your tasks under these few categories.


- consider your options, where is convenient? Is there a location that you have been eyeing on? Book it as soon as possible so that you won't get disappointed. The more famous venues are usually booked a year ahead!
-for even easier planning, consider venues that offer packages on food, pelamin, flowers etc.

Guest list

- first discuss and identify with your parents  if you would like a sit down dinner wedding or a "running" wedding.
- group people into must invite, would like to invite and maybe
- straight away create the seating arrangement if u are organizing a sit down dinner.


- consider what kind of entertainment would be suitable for your wedding. There are so many options in the market now so do some research because the last thing lousy entertainment can ruin the whole wedding.
- entertainment also includes the Emcee. Choose and book your emcee as soon as possible. Family or friends can act as the emcee too, this will not only cut costs but can create a more intimate atmosphere.


- The marriage course or kursus kahwin is quite a tedious must do. A two day course taking up your precious weekend is best done earlier on. Don't leave this to the last minute.
-Assure that you have all your documents, for more information check out...

Pelamin and catering and photographer

-Consider a wedding planner who can do all of your big day's hassles, but u can cut serious costs doing it on your own with the help of your loved ones. 

-Identify and choose which pelamin designer, caterer  and photographer that best suits your taste.
- A professional photographer is a must have. Your beautiful wedding only lasts a day, so let the professional capture all your precious moments. Try not to rely on friends and family, they want to be a part of your big day too!

Dress, hair and make up

-The most important highlight of the night is you! So have fun browsing through weddingphotos for inspiration. But make sure to book your dress maker and make up artist atleast 6 months before your wedding. For make up always request a trial run.

Invitations, wedding favours and decor

The invitations, wedding favours and your overall decor should reflect your wedding theme and personality. Take your time to choose your best option while keeping in mind your budget. Best to bring a family member along for opinions.

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Dear Loyal Readers!

Hello! we must apologize about our long hiatus. Most of us are working our first jobs, finishing our last semester and yours truly, Farhana, just had a beautiful baby girl! anyways, I had already created a series of useful blog post on all about weddings for anther blog, but since that is no longer happening, I will post them here! Hope you forgive us and enjoy these upcoming posts!

Far and all of us!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Far: Everyday Makeup tutorial / Benefit Make up review??

hello! because I have been feeling uber lazy to think up of hijab styles and also I dressing up because I am a whale, I am going to make it up to you by sharing this simple benefit makeup tutorial and review!

We shall start of with my lovely (not) bare face!

Next, I applied Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW. This is a sample I got, but am loving it! it really covers naturally, doesnt cake and is hydrating and already has SPF! SCORES! will buy this when the sample runs out. I am using Champagne color.

before Hello Flawless

after Hello Flawless, and looking better already!

Next, I am using Benefit's Fake Up concealer. It doesnt really cover like their Boing, but its super moisturizing and doesn't settle in the creases under my eyes. Yes I have major lines now and my baby isn't even out yet.

 This is how it looks like, see the white opaque ring? thats the moisturizing ring:) cool isn't it? it also glides easily so it doesn't pull on delicate skin.

Just glide under eyes

and dot on your various blemishes and pat in and blend!

 Like I said natural but not industrial concealing, hehe

I got this Benefit Kit from my brother and sis in law for my birthday called Do The Bright Thing, and for this simple everyday look I will be using the Dandelion all over face powder, the eye liner and mascara.

how it looks on the inside.. I love benefit things because they are so pretty! and fun to use:)

This is dandelion face powder, it looks a little dull, but it goes on really sweet and light. You can apply this to the whole face or just the apple of your cheeks. Like I did:

Apply a few time on the cheeks as it can be quite faint, any excess you can sweep on your forhead, nose, and chin for extra subtle glow. See how my cheeks are flushed but not overly pink? i like it like that, you can always sweep on more :)

This is the mini BadGal waterproof eyeliner. It packs a mean punch and doesn't drag on your skin! win!

Apply on bottom lashes all the way in if possible and on top! I usually thicken my lines on the outer corner of my eyes.

Next I apply Benefit's creme eye shadow in 'no pressure!' over my lids while smudging a little of the eyeliner in, I prefer to do it this way that eyeshadow first then eyeliner because I feel it gives me a better smudge. You can skip this if you feel that the eyeliner is just enough.

Last but not least, my number one favourite Benefit item ever!!!! "They're Real' mascara in black.

So here's the trick, there are tiny brush spikes on the top of the wand, which you are suppose to push your eyelashes up like so.. 

Then apply mascara like normal, I do about two coats.

Just look at how crazy thick my eye lashes are!! and this is taken by my crappy camera phone!

so tadah! thats my everyday look! well, when I feel like it, hehe. 

ps: look at my lashes!! please go and buy the mascara, trust me you will never regret paying Rm 90 for it!

also i just put lip balm on my lips:)

love, far!

pss: my baby is due this week! please pray for us!

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