5 facts you must know to see the Northern Lights (Aurora)

This Year 2017 was a magical year for me as I got the best Birthday Present in my life that only God can give. 
I got to see the Aurora.

Do you know that It's just based on pure luck to have a chance to see the Aurora or Northern Lights?
These kind of luck does not happen everyday or even all year round and it all depends on how long your vacation time is in that area.

We actually did a lot of research about the  best timing and chances to get to see the Aurora / Northern Lights in Norway since we knew this would be an expensive trip and hope to not waste the effort of our trip going al the way north Norway and then not able to see the Nothern Lights.
Our research did not failed us and having friends with us up in Lofoten whom worked as tour guide, they gave us very good tips on finding the Aurora.

Our luck was like a jackpot as we arrived on a full week with the best weather in Lofoten that month.
A full straight 7 nights of dancing Auroras.

Since we stayed in Arendal, (South Norway) We planned to have a 7 day trip and took a sleepover train ride up North to Bodø which is the end of the line.
Our trip Started From 1 March til 10 March 2017.


And If you want to know our full itenary,
Here to Read more on our Full Trip Catching the Aurora in Norway, Lofoten.


1.  Not every part of the country gets to see Aurora or Northern Lights.

Especially in Norway, 
I had never ever seen the Northern lights in Oslo during winter.
Even Norwegians would travel far north of Norway in order to see the Northern lights.
So if you think if you can have a trip to Norway in 5 days, thinking of seeing the Midnight sun,
Northern lights and Trolltunga .
 You might be on an impossible ambitious quest.
Check the map, and if you think Bergen or Stavanger is quite north,
it's not even half of Norway yet.
The further north, the higher the chance you get to see the Northern Lights.


2.  Aurora can not be seen all year round
The worst mistake tourists make is to think they can see the Aurora / Northern Lights in Summer.
The season in Northern Norway 
is much different than southern Norway in Summer,. They would have the midnight sun where the sun never sets. Whereas, southern Norway , the sun would set and be darker by 1am.

Even in the ending of Autumn and Early winter would not be the best timing as it would still get pitch 
dark late night.  If you like darkness, the chances of seeing Aurora in Winter season all depends on 
which month you come. 
There are months where the sun only comes out for 3 hours where another month , it is up for 6 hours. It all depends if you prefer more day light or darkness.

The aurora forecast app can be downloaded and it would help you to determine your location as well as the strong activity of it. 
Best visibilty for our human eyes is  above 3 ! 


Norway even has a website for Tromsø where you can see webcam activity of the Northern Lights.
Well, as you can see they are taking a Summer break now. 


3. Don't go to big cities to catch Auroras
Tromsø , 
was not in our itinary because we knew how difficult it would be as we would need to travel night time in the cold to catch the northern lights. 
So, dont expect to walk out of your hotel in the middle of a big city like Tromsø to expect seeing the Aurora.

The Aurora is always there up in the sky, 
but when light fights light, you wont be able to see their beautiful colours. 
Only darkness, super pitch black darkness would make their colours stand out.
The lights in big cities like Tromsø would be a cause of light pollution and blind your eyes from being able to see the Aurora.

We were in Svolvær , the biggest town in Lofoten but still very small with quite some light pollution .
At times I had to cover the side my eyes making a shape of binoculars in order to see the Aurora in the city. But then walking out of the city takes 5minutes walk ! It was very convenient to find a dark spot. 
   
Plus, we also chose the time where the Moon is smallest. 
The light of the moon can also be a cause of Light pollution so remember to go the time where the moon is not big. Even with a small crescent, we were hiking through the snowy mountain at night, 
the moonlight was our torch throughout our hike. Can you imagine a small crescent with reflecting white snow, how bright would  it be if it was a full moon then ?




4.  The Weather in the Artic is Unpredictable

Always have a second plan to go somewhere else if the weather doesnt work in one destination.
Our friend got unlucky with the weather in North Norway and rented a car , drove to Finland which is not that far. Then, they got to see Aurora there instead ! But of course , they did check the weather forecast before driving there. 

Many Norwegians we had met up North told us how lucky we were with the weather as they had 3 weeks of snow and cloudy weather. Especially in Lofoten, the area is surrounded by Mountains and fjords. Thus , the weather can be less friendly compared to Finland. 
So don't forget to prepare warm outfits if you are not used to the cold. Plus, the temperature drops a lot from day to night so always prepare extra wool scarf  to keep yourself warm.
Never hike alone in the snow if you have no proffesional equiptments nor a guide.
Always bring emergency food in case the bad weather keeps you stranded.

To be Honest, It was not a very cold winter up in Lofoten when the weather was so good and the max cold I experience was only  -10 °C  and it was not very windy. The gulf stream passes through Norway and that's why Norway is much warmer with so much fjords surrounding them. The more inland, the colder it becomes.


But then the locals said again, we were very lucky with the weather as It was a perfect week with no clouds. Taking a timelapse without clouds seemed a bit boring as we had seen some photos of Aurora with clouds and they were beautiful !



5.  You need to put effort into finding the direction of Aurora.

Now, if you got perfect weather, or almost perfect weather and the forecast for aurora states quite strong 3 and above . Pack up your bags and go out !!
Depending again on your luck, the Aurora does not appear all directions.
When we were in lofoten, we realized the direction of the Aurora always came from 
North.
We had 7 nights in Svolvær and 7 nights of beautiful sky
but we were so spoilt by just that 1 direction only Aurora.
Some nights it wasn't strong enough like the ones we seen on the first day where it literally dances with a mix of white and purple colour. 

The green colour became so common to us and we wanted more.
We wanted the super strong one Aurora that dances above us which only lasts for 1 minute or few seconds.
Well, it was just so beautiful that if felt time past so fast when it just go away.

The light usually starts with Green beem from North and then it usually travels.
Most of the time, it only shows at North and it goes across like a rainbow from afar and now directly above us.
If we wanted to be in that direction we needed to sign up a tour to go together with a group.
So, if you want a guarantee to be able to spot nice Aurora , I recommend to go with a tour group.

Meanwhile, luck was on our side after 3 days of wishing the Northern Lights would appear in the direction we wanted which is West to East and all the way across the island opposite Svolvær town, at Svinøya, we finally took this amazing shot of us on the Norwegian spark sledge just at their well known fish hanging racks.
An iconic spot of Lofoten, Norway which makes this picture so special.
The moment the Aurora appeared so strong, we ran like crazy in order to get to this location as we knew that the strong Aurora light would not last long. 




And that's my personal tips on our experience on a weeek straight of Auroras.
Watching these beautiful lights is definitely my best  birthday present ever and I couldn't Thank God more for such a perfect weather and amazing trip we had.

Thanks for reading and
All the best in your Aurora hunting in Winter or Early Spring !

XOXO
Feliciazoe




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New Summer Outfits from Collin Street Review

Heya All ! Recently I got some outfits from Collin Street  through their website

So I got these 2 , the culotte pants
and also their Braided top

It only took 2 days for my parcel to arrive with Pos Laju and I was quite worried if the pants wouldn't fit but S Size fitted me perfectly !!
And the descrption of the product picture was exactly how it was.
Actually , even better !

Purchasing this on their website was super easy as well.
What I love is their Online website layout shop is so clean and simple to understand the purchasing method. 
I added my own hat to give a summer look  to this outfit. 


You can see how detailed and fine the braided top looks like .
I feel super eco friendly and sweet in this braided top ! 



So usually if I buy pants, they are super long but thankfully this one was not too long for my legs because it's high waist and I can pull it up higher a bit.
So if you are tall, you don't need to wear it that high up like me. 

This pants is currently the highest waist pants I ever had so far and I love high waist pants cause 
they lengthen my legs.

The Braided top was a bit loose so I match it with a beige tube top.
So if I pull the braided top up higher, you can see how high waist this pants is and it makes my waist look super small.  Love also that it comes with the belt ! 
And when i sit down, it doesn't look like a super loose pants.
But what I like most is the quality. 
It took me only 5 mins to iron the pants and them I came back hang them up 
and realize, I don't really need to iron this pants all the time. 
It doesn't get wrinkly even after wearing it.


But don't forget to wear seamless underwear so the lines wouldn't be obvious.
The waist part was definitely tight fitting which means it wouldn't make me look chubby 
and also tight on my ass so I had to wear a seemless underwear if not the lines would be obvious.




I would totally wear this outfit when I travel. 
It's so comfortable and cooling to walk under the hot sun in it.
I mean for RM59, I was very impressed on how good the quality of clothes they have 
on Collin Street ! I must say RM59 for this pants is a steal !
It has a quality of those working wear pants and so comfortable.

Meanwhile the braided top is just so unique and I always love crochet kinda tops
cause they feels like handmade.

So, if you are thinking of what to shop next for this summer or vacation,
Go to
to pick you perfect quality Outfit that would arrive your doorstep
within just 2 days !

Go Be Beautiful !!

XOXO
FeliciaZoe.
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Latest Facial Aqua Oxygen treatment available at De Era Wellness (DEWS) !

Hey Guys n Girls !
Just about a month ago, I attended the launch for
Dews, De Era Wellness at Kota Damansara, PJ !
Their location is super easy to spot and walking distance from the Strand Damansara. So parking there wouldn't be an issue.

Since they are newly opened, their products and machines used are also very new and modern.
A facial experience that I never tried before and was very impressed with this concept.
I chose the Aqua Oxygen facial as I have oily and combination skin and prefer something more soothing and hydrating.

Can you believe this machine is also touch screen and has 3 different functions such as timing, Releasing high pressure Oxygen and Releasing  also high pressure saline solution.

So if you are wondering how different is this machine like, do keep reading further more.
I was honored to be in the Vip room 2, which was really huge ! It even has a corner where someone can just sit there and monitor me. But too bad, I don't have a bodyguard or someone patient enough to wait for me.

Arriving a bit late at 2.20pm , I ended my session roughly around 5pm.

It started with consultation which treatment I should take.

And then changing into their provided outfit as well as placing my bag in their cupboard. No keys needed since It's a private room anyways.



And when I mean spacious, It could also fit another bed perfect to get friends to do the facial together.
 I love their rose gold satin outfit. It was very comfortable and the colour is so nice !
Then it started with the usual cleansing . I like their scent and the beautician was very gentle to my skin as well. I must say she massages my face quite a lot.

It then proceed with extracting and this I must say was not that painful. The beautician was very caring and kept asking if Im ever in pain, do let her know. However, the extraction was not throughly extracted as compared to my other usual beautician. 
Nevertheless, I must say after extraction , I was impressed with their Aqua Oxygen machine as she started to spray my face with saline solution. It was cold , soothing and not too painful. In fact, i love the cold effect on my skin . 
 Next, she places the serum into the Oxygen treatment and this time, I felt a much higher perssure and it was quite painful near my eyes.
The beautician was also caring and told me if I can't tolerate the pain, just tell her to place the nozzle further away from my face.


Lastly, a soothing mint mask as after the extraction , my face got really red.
It worked well and reduce the redness on my face and I love this kind of cooling mask. 
She ended with a really good shoulder massage since I prefer not to massage my face.
Overall, their service treatment and ambience was very good. 
It felt super classy and their products smelt super natural and of quality.

And now, Im gonna rest my face and go makeup- less for days to recover my skin from their extraction treatment.

Have a great day and with a beautiful skin , it surely give you more confidence.


for their latest promotions and update


This is the Branch I went which was at Kota Damansara

No.1, Jalan PJU 5/10, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Well, they have a bigger branch in Ipoh and I hope to check that place out someday ! Their interior decoration is gorgeous !

XOXO
Feliciazoe


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My Culinary workshop review of Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia

Ever wondered what's like to learn a short culinary course in Le Cordon Bleu ?
This year 2017, would be a great opportunity for you if you are interested to learn how to make fancy gourmet in Malaysia and honestly the price is very worth it !

So,  Why you should study or learn at Le Cordon Bleu ?
At these workshops, you will be taught by their french main chefs whom expertise from cuisines to desserts.
Plus, main ingrediants are fresh, imported, top quality and very much worth which is included the fees you paid for.
It's a step by step guidance with assistance chefs to monitor your performance and guide you personally.
The chefs are precised, perfectionist and gives detail instructions.
Kitchen utensils are all provided and the staffs will help out with all the washing and cleaning as well.

You can even take away your prepared dish home and share with your friends and family !

Lastly, you will not only get a nice folder, apron and towel of le cordon bleu and most of all a recognition certificate from Le Cordon Bleu !
My a day with Le Cordon Bleu Workshop started off early. 
I decided to take the Handling Crustaceans Heavyweights of the Sea, Class 1 : Lobster
because I had never cooked a Lobster dish ever !
For only RM630, the class was suppose to start 10am and end at 2pm.

The ingrediants itself especially the Lobster imported from Australia was Huge and plus, 
there were usage of liqours and wine in this dish.
I arrived 9.45pm and ended the class at 4pm instead !

My estimation of their ingrediants cost would totally be half of the price and the extra hours of teaching by Chef Rodolphe Onno made it seemed priceless.

He was so caring, helpful and very patient which result in a delay of our cooking.

First, I registered at lower ground and collected my folder which includes the hair net, cooking hat , apron and also towel !!
We then proceed to their demo room where they prepared light refreshments which was a surprise !
Sandwiches and some local delicacies, coffee and tea.


 I find it interesting to see how they even have a special computer like this that looks like a game !
 Since we were early, we had the time to mingle and get to know those whom attend this workshop as well. One of them was even a chef  from Iran !!


Coiincidently, I met
the Miss Petite Spokesperson 2nd Runner Up,  Ms Litsan Chong !
Chef Rudolphe Onno came in and taught us how to wear the apron, hair net, towel and also the cooking hat. 
Our belongings were places in their cabinet in the kitchen itself. Safe and sound !
In a blink of an eye,  Chef Rudolphe started to demostrate the lobster and teaching us the first step 
plus answering our questions.

 I chose the most Unique Lobster, it was greenish in colour and he even told me that it's different colour than others because of the environment it lives in. It could be in a algae zone and this lobster
sure was a fiesty one and after cooking it, it even has a beautiful coral in it's head ! He even said that the this coral can be prepared into another dish. How well informed and knowledgable.

 Getting the lobster off it's shell was surely a tough task but his method of deshelling the lobster made it looked super easy. The utensils in their kitchen were surely fancy as we only used this huge oven which not only can steam but also bake and place in all our lobsters. Each of us even had our own Kitchen aid blender on our desk !

 I got my Lobster steamed and ready to crack it up nicely.

Chef Roldoplhe sure has a very strong arm and thick fingers cause even cutting or cracking this lobster is so painful. Parts of the body were spikes but thankfully, the chef assistance were there to help me out with my lack of strength, height and technique. If you  have short term memory like me, there is also a paper of recipe hanging in front of us refer to. Otherwise, just ask the others whom has better memory.

During the teaching demo process, the Chef was showing us the technique and explaining why would he do this. For example, burning a cognac like this.
His explanation makes so much sense and it helps out in future my reference for cooking !
It's like a course where you are not instructed but also where you can relate his explanation and
understanding it, then apply this at home in making other dishes.
I had no idea burning the alchohol would take away the alcohol.
Hmm I probably didn't pay much attention in school afterall.

 Well, kids don't play with fire but we adults have fun seeing how it burns without burning the dish.
In my mind, I assumed the Ravioli would be done but no, we actually learnt how to make from scratch by cooking the fillings and even how to fold them.
Not only that, we also learnt how to make cannelloni which was one of the most challenging 
tast compared to the rest !

All together, we learnt more than just the recipe, but techniques of cutting, cracking the lobster nicely, dishes and ingrediants that blends well with seafood recipes, techniques of boiling soups or bisque, making  sauces from scratch and  lastly, we were even able to make some friends through this fun workshop sessions with other 10 whom has joined this class as well !

I love how when Chef Rudolphe says: Voilla ! and there, our Lobster cuisine is finally read to be served.

Lobster Bisque Soup with Lobster Ravioli

Pan fried Lobster tail with vegetable cannelloni drenched  with delicious Basil bisque sauce with a touch of baked parmesian.
Rich Lobster Bisque Soup with Lobster arm.
And since, some would prefer to take away for their dinner and sharing with their families.
The Chefs and team had even prepared for us a tasting pallate of finger food of what we had cooked !
It was heavenly delicious !! 

My favourite is definitely the main dish. Lobster tail with their basil bisque sauce. 
I had no idea we could prepare a dish where you can still taste the lobster as well as a sauce that blends so well with it enhancing it's aroma and taste.
A million Thanks to our Master Chef, Chef Rudolphe Onno,
( do not he has a very strong french accent )
But it's not that hard to understand after awhile and he makes me feel like I'm learning in Paris.

My impression of Chef Rudolphe Onno
He may seem quite stern and smile not often but I can see
how much he cares for us, to learn and understand. 
Even we had some time strain but he was will so patient to work overtime just to teach us.
A teacher, master dedicated to teach till the students understand and not bringing the class fast through like a Shinkansen train.

*There was a case a student burnt his dish and guess what Chef did ? He threw the burnt dish and helped him recook it all over again, guiding him step by step.
Imagine if it was Gordon Ramsey, that guy would pee in his pants right now. 

*Even when a student had to leave early, he insisted on her staying hoping she can learn all of cusine. Unfortunately, she couldn't but then he offered to pack all her ingrediants and so that she may go home and follow the recipe to try out on her own !
How caring of him ! 
I saw the Chef literally doing all the packing himself without asking the helpers to help him out .



So if Chef Rudolphe Onno, if you ever see this again, I want to tell you that
your students are very lucky to have you.
I could feel how dedicated you are
and the passion to teach others which I haven't felt awhile 
since I had graduated long time ago from my University.
Thank you !
Merci beaucoup !!

And also Thanks to all the handsome young kitchen helper Alvin whom helped me when I had not much strength to crack open the shell, or carrying heavy pots, got me a plaster cause I cut my finger and some ice when I burnt my finger and even teaching me how to slice and chop correctly.
I am super greatful for their help !!
Thanks !

Obviously, I had a very positive, good impression on Le Cordon Bleu in just 1 day workshop.
What more would the students studying there would feel like?

Since Chef Rudolphe is the Technical Director and Cuisine Chef instructor
and being the Director, to be so humble and dedicated, 
I believed the other chef instructors for other workshops would be the same as well !

It's so worth it and in this year 2017, can you imagine that you can also take various workshops like I did ?!

The next would be 17 June 2017 ,
for another Handling Heavy Weightsof the sea : Crab.
Making Crab Dishes with Chef David Morris for RM530 ( which is Rm100 less than my course)


And then 18th June 2017
Chef Sylvian Dubreau 
to learn 3 quick 3 course elegant meals !! 
If you check their website, this price has reduced fromRM 699 to RM630
and  RM599 to RM530
https://www.cordonbleu.edu/malaysia/workshop2017/en
Plus, it's inclusive of GST too !

These chefs will have their summer breaks on July and then commence more classes in August , October and December !

Only 12 seats per workshop 
Sign up Up to 4 Classes and get 15 % on total bill !

Here below are the workshop information of Le Cordon Bleu I got for this year 2017 !
During June, August, October and December, the Le Cordon Bleu 2017 Workshops Marathon is of 4 to 6 hours per session. There is also a great varieties of workshops to choose out of fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and even foie gras !

Participants being awarded with the Le Cordon Bleu certificate for this workshop too is totally making this workshop much more worth it. I'm so proud to say that I got a Le Cordon Bleu certificate and now can make a cuisine with Lobster.

Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia Workshops 2017

 
This year 2017, Le Cordon Bleu
even have a Vegetarian cuisine Workshop which is prefect for those vegetarians out there !

 And this class again by Chef Rudolphe Onno is so tempting isn't it ?
Foie Gras is such a cuisine delicacy  !!




For More info of their workshop.

 just call 6(03)- 56321188
And Like their FB PAGE


Where will this Workshop be conducted?
@  Sunway College !


 XOXO
Feliciazoe



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