Sunday, August 29, 2010

Guess Who I Bumped Into ..


NAMEWEE omg omg!! At Johnnie Walker Black Label event ~

I looked silly in this pic. I always do, whenever I take pictures with famous peeps :(

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friendscino Restaurant & Bar

Blogging has become my part time job. With hardly any income, that is. But I didn't mind because I get to attend events, food tastingssssss (how to lose weight you tell me) and more.


This time around, it's at Friendscino Restaurant & Bar. I find the name rather unique.

Friendscino is an abbreviation of "Friends" and "CINO" which stands for "Culture Is Not Optional". Interesting concept. From the name you can roughly picture the ambiance and environment of the outlet to be relaxing and cosy, which also caters for large gatherings.

I kid you not.


Dome. Spacious.


Lounge. Very spacious.


Verandah. Spacious siotttt!

Yong, throw your birthday party here! I can try help you get special offers lol!

This time's food tasting session includes ..


Malaysia's beauty queen who is also a businesswoman, Chantelle Chuah.


Also a beauty queen and a fantastic songbird, Sarah Low.


Capable Lavinne (she drives a cute Beatle wehhh I also want!) and myself :D

Moving on to the main attraction. First of all, I must say. The food price is surprisingly reasonable. The only thing I thought was a lil overpriced are the drinks although the one I had was undeniably gooood ~


ICE BLENDED SPRAZZO (RM 13)

Please ignore my face. There wasn't a snapshot on just the drink :( Anyway, this yoghurt-like drink is made up of orange and vanilla. I'm not a big fan of dairy stuff but I love this drink! I can see why this is their signature drink hehe.

For starters we had the CAESAR SALAD and APPLE & MANGO SALAD (RM 12 each)


The highlight of the Caesar Salad was the cheese basket while the fresh mango stood out in the latter dish.


We also had (clockwise from left) WILD MUSHROOM SOUP (RM 16), CREAM OF SWEDE SOUP (RM 8) and PRAWN BISQUE (RM 8)

My favourite among the three was definitely the wild mushroom soup (it's better than the one served in Zouk Cafe). Bread crumbs from the bread bowl makes it even better. I kept scraping the crumbs off and drink it with the soup :D

Cream of Swede Soup was pretty good, suitable for vegetarians. However I find Prawn Bisque to be a tad too salty for my liking. FHM Tim Chew loved it though.


NEW ZEALAND LAMB SHANK (RM 27)

This dish was gooood. I like how the meat just falls off the bone and 'melts' in my mouth. It's far from being hard and rubbery.


SEAFOOD PESTO PASTA (RM 16)

The greenish thingy was actually basil leaves along with some pesto paste or something like that. The smell and taste of basil leaves were not overwhelming and me being a pasta lover, this is a must try!



Another must-try dish on the menu - SEAFOOD MARINARA (RM 16) yummmmmm! This is my favourite dish of the lot! The sauce is very much different from the typical marinara paste and it is undoubtedly a positive difference.

I couldn't get enough of it I started dipping french fries into the marinara sauce :P


KERABU FRIED RICE (RM 12)

I'm not a big fan of spicy stuff so I'll write Lavinne's opinion on this dish. She loved it because the taste and spice all complimented one another. It's just RM 12. Have I mentioned the food price here is damn reasonable?


NORWEGIAN SALMON (RM 27)

Served in barbecue sauce. First time I had grilled salmon with bbq sauce. Something new I'd say. One thing I noticed was that the salmon was very fresh. Loves!


This is the ultimate favourite for steak lovers - GRILLED SIRLOIN STEAK (RM 27)

It was cooked to medium (50 - 60%) to maintain the juiciness of the meat.



Out sinful delights - CHOCOLATE WALNUT BROWNIE and BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING. We were stuffed by the time these two arrived yet we managed to finish them up. How impressive.

One of their staff, Jimmy (I'd assume he was the outlet supervisor or manager) was very attentive and alert he actually caught my attention and so I decided to give him some credits in my blog.

I noticed there were board games available (though not as many choices as Pitstop Cafe at Jaya One) which posed another reason to why you should pay this outlet a visit. The place is big enough to hold gatherings, food price damn reasonable and they had entertainment too. And that includes live jamming sessions.

That was my second visit and there will definitely be more to come :)

You can visit their site here.


Friday, August 27, 2010

The Sweetest Guy Ever

I recently finished a novel titled "Cause For Alarm", by Erica Spindler. Yes we shared the same first name, but that's not the point.

It caught my eye first, because the author's name's Erica, and second, the plot summary seemed catchy.

Kate and Richard have the perfect marriage - marred only by their inability to have a child. The adoption agency's call fulfills that dream .. and opens the door to a nightmare.

Julianna Starr has chosen Kate and Richard to be more than the parents of her child. For Richard is the man of her fantasies, the one she's been waiting for. Stalking the couple, Julianna moulds herself in Kate's image and insinuates herself into Richard's life, determined to tear their perfect marriage apart and have Richard for herself.

But for Kate and Richard, the nightmare has only begun. Because Julianna is not alone. From her dark past comes a man of unspeakable evil. Now no one is safe - not even the innocent child Kate and Richard call their own.

The highlight here is that Julianna, dubbed as the younger and more beautiful Kate, succeeded in breaking their 10-year perfect little marriage *shudder

I have been somewhat terrified of relationships and commitment after having gone through a really terrible one (I wouldn't call it a relationship but nevermind), which involved betrayal, distrust and hatred, although, it was partly my fault for not pulling the brakes when I knew it was wrong and all.

Then there was another short, negligible one (it was definitely a mistake) which I'm not gonna talk about since it didn't really cause an impact in my life.

When I began to give up on all these, he stepped into my life. He was always there for me since we met in uni but our paths somehow didn't cross. And it stayed that way for four long years.

I wasn't exactly ready to commit and I was hesitant in accepting his advances but his assurance eventually made me gave in (it took me a month to think it through) .. well, and also because I KIND OF liked him but a bit too egoistic to say it straight and then .. there was us


But like any other relationships, there were ups and downs in ours as well. The one thing I fear and hated most was to be cheated. And this includes flirts and exchanging sweet words although there was nothing physical.

Maybe this was karma, since I was a pretty playful girl back in high school but again, that's not the point.

So here we are, crossing our 5th month (and 5 days) together and apart from the downside of things (just one), I could not have been happier :)

He is always away on job attachments but surprisingly that works out pretty well for the both of us. He once said (I can't remember the exact words used), "I'd rather you ask why didn't I look for you, than to ask why do I always look for you", which I couldn't help but to agree.

I do miss him, everyday, despite me constantly running around juggling my time between work, personal and leisure.

I just realized I got carried away lol. So anyway, I finished the novel yesterday night and I found myself feeling very restless and paranoid of .. everything! Basically whatever the future holds. I wouldn't wanna be in Kate's shoes. I wouldn't want to even know how it will hurt to catch your husband sleeping with another woman, red-handedly.

After tossing and turning for a good one hour or so, I emailed him and ended the mail with "You sayang kan?"

He did not reply the mail, instead, he waited (I'd like to assume so) for me to sign into gtalk so that he could give me all the assurance I needed, with lots of humour in it. He made me laugh and I felt stupid for being so paranoid of relationships and commitment when ..

I had found the sweetest (and cutest) guy ever :)



That's him, with a baby kangaroo :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Relationship

This is a very good article. Those who are still single may learn something from here. Those who are already married may take it as a guideline to improve your marriage & relationship.

DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?

During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question. She said, 'How do I know if I married the right person?'

I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, 'It depends. Is that your husband?'

In all seriousness, she answered 'How do you know?'

Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind.

Here's the answer. EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse/partner. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked their idiosyncrasies (unconventional behavior/habit).

Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called 'falling' in love... Because it's happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, 'I was swept off my feet.' Think about the imagery of that expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria (excitement) of love fades. It's the natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's
idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, 'Did I marry the right person?' And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment.

Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it. I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could.

And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this):

THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON; IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.

SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll NEVERjust happen to you. You can't 'find' LASTING love. You have to 'make' it day in and day out. That's why we have the expression 'the labor of love.'

Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work.

Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage.

Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It's a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable... you can 'make' love.

Love in marriage is indeed a 'decision'... Not just a feeling.

Remember this always:

'God determines who walks into your life.It is up to you to decide who you let to walk away,who you let to stay, and who you refuse to let go.

Source here.



Monday, August 23, 2010

Inch Thick Make Up

While most girls looked prettier and sexier and hotter and more gorgeous (and the list goes on and on) with loads of make up being applied the right way, I think I looked horrible UGH.

This is one damn gorgeous girl in the recent Miss Hard Rock contest. I seriously wonder why she wasn't in the Top 3.


Pretty Gracy

This is a pic of me without the crap load foundation, concealer, fake lashes and eyeshadow:


And this is a (horrible) pic of me WITH crap loads of all those:



I easily looked 10 years older T.T

Sidenote. I've finally found a decent shot of me!! Happy! :D There are loads of horrible looking ones trust me T.T



Pictures courtesy of Seelanj Photography and Andy Kho



Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Beauty of Pageants


Yes I'm one of the many beautiful girls competing for the 'crown' lol.

Probably due to my bad catwalk in sky high heels and the fact that I tripped (luckily didn't fall flat) on stage right in front of the panel judges, I didn't win anything, except a Hard Rock baby tee (which costs RM 60 wth so damn expensive but of course I dunit to pay) and friendship. I was surprised to see how friendly the girls were. While many were newbies like myself, there were quite a number of experienced beauty queens slash models as well.


Girls in bikinis oooh lala


With [L-R] Krystal and Jackie (Miss Hard Rock 1st Runner Up)

How I ended up taking part in this pageant, loooooong story. I shall not bore you. It was fun (and damn hot and tiring). Don't think I'll get myself into this kinda thing until my catwalk has improved.



Monday, August 16, 2010

Zouk .. Yummylicious!


It has been so looong since I last had a food tasting event. Remember Skewers, where Tim, Crystal, myself and a bunch others were treated to a series of good stuff?


This time was at Zouk Cafe @ The Gardens. It's situated right at The Gardens entrance/exit at the road in between Midvalley and The Gardens Mall.


Happy hour 6 pm - 9 pm, buy 1 free 1 Carlsberg mug.

Zouk Cafe outlet manager treated us to an incredible series of their best-sellers. FOUR starters, TWO soups, FOUR main course and TWO desserts for THREE people. One hungry Tim who was too busy to grab lunch, a pretty student, Stephanie Lim and myself, a huge seafood and pasta fan.

Serious can die from food indulgence and over-eating lol!


The famous FHM Tim Chew doing his domework.


Pretty student cum blogger, Stephanie Lim.


Mua screening the menu.

To begin, we had the following four starters:


Classic Chef Salad. A healthy way to start and work on our appetite. The one thing I love most about this dish is the avocados yo!


Tuna & Tiger Prawns. Marinated tuna with big fat fresh tiger prawns.


Breaded Mussels. Goes well with garlic coriander dip.


Fried Chicken Wings. They were far from being dry and shrunken, worth every bit of the price you pay. Yum!

And almost instantly, soups were served.


Cream of Mushroom Soup. Made from four different types of freshly cut mushrooms, not from those in cans or packets. It was yummy but in my humble opinion, the one in Marche @ The Curve compliments my tastebuds better.


Ahh. The soup of the day - Tomato Soup.


This little thing was delicioussss. Made from fresh tomatoes, puree thick as ever. Love this one!

Now, on to the main attractions - The main course! Guess which of the four was my ultimate favourite? Hint: I'm a fish person :D


Lamb Cutlets. The lambs were imported from New Zealand, which was denoted the best lambs ever. We had it 65% done, which was just nice for me. You can request whichever way you want it to be served.


Seafood Aglio Olio. Angel hair pasta served with tiger prawns, scallops, mussels and calamari.


The all-time favourite Seafood Hor Fun. This adds a little bit of Asian touch to the f&b outlet. The main attraction here was the super huge and juicy prawns I couldn't get enough of them.


Now, the winning entry. Pan Fried Black Cod Fish. It wasn't the risotto, nor my favourite cherry tomatoes which caught my attention to this dish, but the fresh cod fish. I could have this again and again I wouldn't mind one bit.

Told you I'm a fish person :)


The one thing which fascinates me was the fact that they even had 'leung sui' available in the menu.


Busy digging in :D


Camwhored in between food.

By then, we were so puffed BUT there's always room for .. desserts! :D


Mangomisu - Tiramisu with mango fruit and custard. An interesting combination. I'm not much of a dairy person so I didn't really fancy the custard but I love the tiramisu in between. Digging for it is like playing hide and seek.


Triple Scoop Ice Cream Gelato. What more can I say? This can never go wrong.


A pic with Tim in front of the food outlet.

Zouk Cafe Bar basically designed its menu to cater for:

- Working adults (they have very impressive set lunches)
- Families
- Shopping ladies (who can never resist the desserts)
- Teenagers
- Food lovers i.e. ME!


The ambience was great and cosy, and was strategically located right at the entrance/exit of The Gardens Mall at the road in between The Gardens and Midvalley. You won't miss it ~


My rating on that? Overall I'll give 8.5/10 :) You should go for set lunches if you're on a tight budget. It's worth it :)