Langkawi Loving

Langkawi means reddish brown eagle in colloquial Malay. The Malay word for eagle is helang – which is shortened to “lang”. Kawi means the colour reddish.

Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca, is a district of the state of Kedah in Northern Malaysia and lies approximately 51 km west of Kedah. The total land mass of the islands is 47,848 hectares, while the main island of Langkawi itself has a total of 32,000 hectares. The main island spans about 25 km from north to south and slightly more for east and west. The coastal areas consist of flat, alluvial plains punctuated with limestone ridges. Two-thirds of the island is dominated by forest-covered mountains, hills and natural vegetation.


I love this island and hope that the respect for nature can be maintained…as it develops on. Extremely thrilled that from our jungle resort, I saw a few of the rare flying lemurs :)while my friends spotted a pair of Hornbills (which are common in the resort and often sighted near the pool area 5-6pm daily).

Airasia flies to Langkawi daily from singapore (1 flight every day to and fro). Due to the National Holiday week , we paid about $258 per person per ticket which IMO is pretty steep.


Favourite Eats: Orkid Ria

Notorious for having very grumpy bosses (apparently on reviews on tripadvisors, it was what we experienced first hand as well)

Lot 1225, Pantai Cenang  Mukim Kedawang, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

+60 4-955 4128

Favourite Activity: Mangrove Boat Tour (RM250 to book the 1hr boat tour, seats up to 8pax)

Priceless sight: Eagle Island. With over 60 eagles living in harmony on 1 lovely island.

(we rode our jetskis here, however on our Mangrove boat tour where we boarded at Kilim Geopark, we were taken to yet another island with loads of Eagles. This time the guide threw some chicken meat into the water, I’m definitely not in favor of this…as it interferes with an eagle’s hunting instincts and creates dependency.)

Langkawi has been given a World Geopark status by UNESCO. Three of its main conservation areas in Langkawi Geopark are Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest park (Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake). These three parks are the most popular tourism area within Langkawi Geopark.

Missed out on Jungle treking with Dev / Jungle Walla as they were fully booked on Hari Raya :(

Expensive but fun: Megawatersports Jet Ski 8 Island Tour. (Prepared to feel seasick on this one). Photos to come soon since it was taken mostly on our guide and our friend’s waterproof cameras . Cost was about RM500 per person.

We stayed at Berjaya and booked this via agoda, the room costs about SGD$200 a night.

A little steep in my opinion since my travel habit is more on the practical side, I would spend more on activities than a hotel room since mostly I wouldn’t be in anyway. This was shared with a friend and worked out to $100 a night.

Rooms are really huge and spacious- easily accomodates 3 pax. You can either pay $100 more for an extra bed, or a 3rd person can sleep comfortably on the couch.

Berjaya Langkawi Resort – Malaysia
Karong Berkunci 200, Burau Bay
07000 Langkawi, Kedah

+ 60 (4) 959 1888
+ 60 (4) 959 1886

L’Oreal EverPure + Decleor Aromessence Sculpt

L’Oreal EverPure

The media has spoken at length about that and so many hair care brands now have a sulphate free formula.

Well the main reason to avoid Sulfates is that: It’s the foaming agent found in countless hair care products. This chemical detergent can aggravate scalps and damage hair fiber. Healthy hair becomes dry and hair colour becomes dull.
Besides Photo damage which is some times quite unavoidable – we should all do what we can to protect our tresses.

Delicate hair strands and sensitive scalps easily fall victim to sulfates, especially since the main aim of these detergents are to completely encapsulate dirt and all oils, including the good ones so that water can wash it away. In fact, sulfates are actually used as the baseline standard irritant for sensitive skin, meaning that all other irritants to the skin are tested against it.

Sulfates can be absorbed through the hair fiber, skin and scalp, and the problem with sulfates lie in the fact that it is very difficult to completely remove foaming agents even after washing the hair, leading to a growing amount of sulfate deposit on the hair and scalp. This is exacerbated by the foam it produces which coats the scalp and hair, leading to a higher chance of depositing its particles in every part of your hair. (vicious cycle …urgh)

Developed by L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Laboratories to protect hair (and scalp) from the irritation of Sulfates, the Hair Expertise range includes four franchises specifically formulated for every hair type to ensure beautiful hair without chemical harshness:

EverSleek (to smooth frizzy hair without the heavy additions)
EverPure (to protect coloured hair for a longer-lasting colour and a healthier scalp)
EverStrong (to strengthen weak and brittle hair)
EverCreme (to nourish and restore lost moisture to dry hair)

A few months ago I started out on using EverCreme, and now that I’ve finished up my mask I’m ready to use EverPure and EverSleek.

Here’s a study conducted by L’Oreal on how shampoos here fare with smoothness and detangling which is one of the top things Singporean women look out for.

Want to give it a try?

From mid June 2013 to July 2013, join L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise in its Sulfate-Free revolution by trading in any of the bottled hair care products that contains sulfate for a 59ml bottle of L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise shampoo and conditioner at selected retail outlets. While stocks last. You can even bring them empty bottles! yep

For enquiries, please contact the L’Oréal Paris Customer Service hotline at 1800 838 3388.


L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise retails in supermarkets, pharmacies, and departmental stores island- wide.


So I’ve got my hair covered.

Next up:

Decleor – Arromessence Sculpt

Perfect to get you beach ready. Or in this case – me since I am going to Langkawi this Aug, perfect for me.

This serum of Immortelle, Rose, Camomile, Lemongrass, Lemon, Grapefruit, Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils,has fine and silky texture, is specifically formulated to help firm the body. Said to help skin feels firmer, toned and energized.  Going to be using this religious now till Aug.

The sun sand and sea beckons – and my L’Oreal EverPure + Decleor are coming with me!