Friday, September 30, 2011

So This Is Why Bad Boys Always Get The Girls?!




Then again, to be fair, there are good guys who misused their good boy looks to mislead girls too!! :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

[SUPERSTARS OF MAGIC] Do You Believe In Magic


Coming 1-16 October 2011, SUPERSTARS OF MAGIC is set to wow you with a spell-binding performance at Genting International Showroom, which, all 7 acts are directed by non other than the well-known Malaysia's Mind Magician, David Lai.

 Rundown for SUPERSTARS OF MAGIC!


The SUPERSTARS OF MAGIC is undoubtedly going to break the record to be one of the best concoction of mysteries as they showcase 7 of the world's best magicians on one stage!


These 7 magicians - Danny Cole (USA), Michael Finney (USA), Kevin James (USA), Victor Voitko (Ukraine), Adrian Soler (Spain), Timo Marc (Germany) and Juliana Chen (USA) - are ready to mesmerize the audience with their best acts ever!

So stay tuned and follow my Facebook Page for more updates and info on how to grab the 1+1 invites to catch the 7 world-class magicians with their award-winning magical acts SUPERSTARS OF MAGIC, at Genting International Showroom this 9 October 2011, at 9 pm!

P/S: I'll be there for SUPERSTARS OF MAGIC premier show and press conference. Will post an entry on the outcome of the performance versus my high expectations by Saturday noon! Stay tuned ok!! :)

Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood, Kg Cahaya Ampang


Every time I mentioned Thai cuisine, Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood will always be the first to pop up. Apparently, it was HIGHLY (note the bold caps) recommended by food critics and friends/acquaintances alike.

Crabs under fire!!


Alex & I talked about dining there for the longest time and one evening, he decided to drive all the way down to Ampang from his place at Bandar Utama.

Note: He's willing to do that only if it's worth his effort/time.

We were famished upon arrival as we took slightly more than half an hour due to traffic. Plus, Ampang wasn't his forte so Alex drove slower as we looked out for that famous "little Thai shack". It's actually kinda huge to be called a shack -_-


The uncle frying the crullers was really friendly. He asked his worker to smile for the camera but that too bad that pic was blurred :(


We ordered a few of their highlights and while waiting for our dinner to be served, we had mini char koys (deep fried crullers) with pandan kaya dippings (RM 3) for starters. This was one of the must-try items here and I can see why. The crullers were fresh, crispy yet fluffy at every bite. The sweet pandan kaya dippings compliment the deep fried crullers well enough it gets really addictive.


Our dish includes the highlight of Nong & Jimmy - seafood Tom Yam soup (RM 12), black pepper BBQ crab (RM 42/kg), BBQ squid (RM 10), fried rice (RM 12), and some greens - kangkung belacan (RM 9) to complete our dinner.

It was boiling hot when I snapped this. Spot the little bubbles!

Nong & Jimmy's seafood Tom Yam soup was worth every penny, and every drop of sweat. Served with generous amount of seafood i.e. prawns and squid, the Tom Yam tasted more authentic compared to the ones we usually get around town. It was filled with spice and chilli and more spice, absolutely yummy that we continued slurping despite the fiery sensation in our mouths.


We ordered one black pepper crab to share, which was definitely enough for two. The mud crab was huge and fleshy, barbecued to the right hue with ample black pepper sauce to go with. While I enjoyed it, I think it's a pity the crab meat lost its sweet and juicy bit to the BBQ flame.


We made a mistake in ordering the BBQ squid, as we should have opted for fried curry squid instead since we had BBQ crabs already. Nonetheless, the squid turned out alright, nothing to shout about but I have no complaints either.


Nong & Jimmy's fried rice was one simple yet memorable dish. The fried rice turned out just right - not too oily - with light rice texture, fragrant smell and absolutely delicious. There were generous amount of prawns to accompany the simple dish too!


The kampung belacan was a disappointment though. It was bland and lacked flavour.


Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood Restaurant did live up to my expectations, although there's still room for improvements (especially on the greens!). I was later told that apart from the seafood Tom Yam, the grilled stingray and BBQ prawns are a must! Dang. Will definitely go back for those and more seafood and authentic Thai Tom Yam!!


Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood Restaurant
Lot 27363, Jalan Cahaya 1,
Taman Cahaya, Ampang.
Contact: 03 4251 1807

Here are some simple directions:

If you're heading from KL, go along Jalan Ampang, turn right (towards Kg Pandan) at the traffic light right after Ampang Point. Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood Restaurant is about one km down not he left near a block of flats.

If you're out of KL, head towards KL first and follow the direction above lol just joking. Use your Garmin or something! :P


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Relationship Matters: What Women and Men Should Know


I was in a cab, on my way to KLIA when the song I Finally Found Someone by Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand was on air. 

I was a fan of oldies, especially the heart-wrenching, romantic ones. It has been a while since I last played this song on my iTunes, so listening it on air made me play back a thousand times on my iTunes, whenever I can. I got addicted to it probably because I can so relate to the lyrics, and also how the music touches the soft spot in me, especially the chorus:

I finally found someone, Someone to share my life 
I finally found the one, to be with every night 
'Cause whatever I do, it's just got to be you
My life has just begun, I finally found someone

Which, might come off a lil corny to a few.

Stole this from TzeLing's entry


What are your thoughts on the statements above? 

While I agree whole-heartedly to it, one can never be so stringent. Everyone wishes to have a fairytale marriage with happy endings, but I'm sorry to say it's not going to happen. At least not to everyone. Relationships aren't easy to handle because life is simply too ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is and absence to value presence. Yin and yang.

In other words, two individuals just have to fall apart to realize how much they need each other.


Quote: A relationship is like a job. You have to work hard to get in and you have to work even harder to stay in it.


Picture credits here


What I look for is someone who really loves me so much that when he sees what a mess I can be or how difficult I can get, he would still want me in his life. There will definitely be rough patches ahead but as long as both are committed and sincere in making it work, most problems will have its solutions. 

Except cheaters and two-timers, of course.

Quote: Love is cute when it is new, but love is the most beautiful when it lasts :)

Which is why I love seeing old couples because it makes me realize someone can actually love you forever :))







I finally found someone, that knocks me off my feet 
I finally found the one, that makes me feel complete
We started over coffee, we started out as friends
t's funny how from simple things, the best things begin


This time it's different, dah dah dah day 
It's all because of you, dah dah day day
It's better than it's ever been  
'Cause we can talk it through  
Oohh, my favorite line was "Can I call you sometime?"  
It's all you had to say to take my breath away


(Chorus) 
This is it, oh, I finally found someone

Someone to share my life
I finally found the one, to be with every night
'Cause whatever I do, it's just got to be you
My life has just begun
I finally found someone, ooh, someone
I finally found someone, oooh


Did I keep you waiting, I didn't mind 
I apologize, baby, that's fine

I would wait forever just to know you were mine
And I love your hair, sure it looks fine
I love what you wear, isn't it the time?
You're exceptional, I can't wait for the rest of my life

(Repeat Chorus)


Whatever I do, it's just got to be you 
My life has just begun
I finally found someone




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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant, Grand Bluewave Hotel



As many of you may know by now, yes I love to eat. I love and appreciate anything exciting and different, from that tasty ais kacang stall around the block, the fancy creme brûlée at KL's uptown restaurant or just a simple fried rice by the drain in an alley.

Stir Fried Baby Kailan with Shrimp Paste and Cilipadi!


Driving all the way to Shah Alam for a meal at a hotel might not seem appealing but hey, you'll never know unless you try. I drove all the way to Grand Bluewave Hotel in Shah Alam to give their Chinese restaurant, Tung Yuen a shot.

The few we selected i.e. Har Kao (Prawn Dumpling), Siew Mai, etc. 


I've heard so much about their dim sum range (tasty and reasonably priced for hotel food!) but I was there to try their Chinese dishes as well! I arrived at Grand Bluewave Hotel, Shah Alam (my first time driving this far!) with ease. Then again, I was guided by my reliable Garmin. Plus, it's hard to miss that tall building with (blue) glass windows!


For starters, I had the Hot and Sour SzeChuan Soup with Bean Curd. I'm a growing fan for food rich with spices and I find this to be rather appealing, though I've had better ones. The spices were just right, with generous amount of little bite size mushrooms, bean curd, etc bits to chew on.




I find the Ginger Chicken Cubes with Dry Chilli to be surprisingly good. First of all, I didn't expect most chicken cubes to be from the tender, fatty part of the chicken. I was expecting more breast meat. That being said, it was flavourful, very tender, and very, very addictive! It's a shame we didn't order a bigger portion.




We also had the Deep Fried Sliced Venison with Lemon Slices and Honey Sauce. It smelled tempting, and tasted not too bad at first but after a few slices, I find this a tad dry and tough to chew on. The venison was slightly overcooked that it lost its juicy bit. I've tried their Stir Fried Sliced Venison with Ginger and Spring Onions, which tasted better as it was juicy and way tender.




The Stewed Eggplant in Claypot was otherwise. Plump, soft eggplants (which happens to be my favouriteee) soaked in thick, flavourful gravy! One could never dislike that, unless you're not a fan of eggplants and I happened to know many who wasn't! :)


The next highlight was the Pan Fried Soft Shell Crabs with Crab Roe. It was carefully done, not overcooked, just to the right crisp! My only complaint on this dish would be on the amount of oil on the crabs omg I felt so sinful eating it BUT I love soft shell crabs I didn't care much and went ahead finishing most of it :P



After a hearty meal at Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant, you can opt to head over to Borak-Borak for drinks and dessert! They have quite an interesting dessert range, with the one below being the highlight of the day I was there - Black Cherry Yoghurt Cheesecake. It was coated with white chocolate snow-like sprinkles! I like!


Picture credits Grand Bluewave Hotel


Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant is situated on the first floor, complete with round tables and individual rooms for private functions, and is creatively decorated with Chinese lanterns.




Grand Bluewave Hotel
Persiaran Perbandaran,
40000 Shah Alam, Malaysia
Check out their Facebook Page as well!


Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant
Lunch: Noon - 2.30 pm
Dinner: 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm
For reservations, please contact +603 55118811 ext 2616




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Of Mean Cabbies and STUPID ING Insurance Policy!


I landed at KLIA from Miri at 1.40 pm and I'm writing this at Subang Airport while waiting for my flight to Kerteh, scheduled to leave at 5pm.

I was initially very excited whenever I get to travel but now? I'm starting to get tired of all the hours wasted on the road/air and waiting. 

BTW, I think the cabbies at KL Sentral were a bit too much when it comes to charging for their service. RM 60 from KL Sentral - Subang Aiport WTFF?!! It wasn't even peak hour, thus the rate should be around RM 40 - 45. Those idiots quoted 25% higher! Idiots.



I decided to take the train to Taman Bahagia and get a cab to Subang Airport instead, since I wasn't exactly in a hurry. This cabbie's damn nice and friendly, unlike the idiots, so I tipped RM 5 :)

It always pays to be nice!

Random note. I forgot how awesome SUBWAY Tuna's like! Munching away happily as I typed this! :P

Ok my flight's here already. Till then! x.




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P/P/S: I just called ING Insurance about my medical claim. They have the WORST policy ever whereby if you're unwell i.e. fever, flu, migraine, etc; they still expect you to drive to a panel clinic, unless it's a life threatening case. WTF??! How the hell do you expect me to drive when there's heavy pounding on my head you idiot!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Store With Husbands and Wives For SALE!!


Just for laughs on a Monday!! :D


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A store that sells “New Husbands” has opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:  

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increases as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:


Floor 1 -  These men Have Jobs 
She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign reads:  


Floor 2 -  These men Have Jobs and Love Kids.
'That's nice,' she thinks, 'but I want more.' So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:


Floor 3 -  These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking.  
'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads: 


Floor 4 -  These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help with Housework.
'Oh, mercy me!' she exclaims, 'I can hardly stand it!' Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:


Floor 5 -  These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak.  
She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 6 -  You are visitor number 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor.
This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please!!!


Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.   
(scroll and keep reading!)  







PLEASE  NOTE: 

To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a “New Wives Store”
just across the street.

The 1st Floor has wives that love sex. 

The 2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th and 6th floor have never been visited.




P/S: Support this pleasee? mwahmwahss!

Of Yong Tau Fu, Nasi Lemak 2.0, Phuture and Seafood!


He turned a year older on the 25th of September.

On my side, it was a relatively simple one. Didn't manage to get a place for two at S'mores because it was fully booked :( It was partly my fault for calling in just a day before instead of a week sighs so we left for late lunch at Ipoh Yong Tau Foo at Jalan Ipoh, KL (blog write-up on this soon!) before heading home for a good rest. One night of partying really killed us. 

Photo courtesy of sloppychic.com


Both of us were so blur we forgot we bought Nasi Lemak 2.0 movie tickets at Tropicana City Mall instead of One Utama. We failed to realize this till he started to wonder why Hall 4 wasn't opened when it was already 5 minutes before time! Imagine the adrenaline when we rushed to TCM, with him cursing every driver who slowed him down lol.


Nasi Lemak 2.0 was entertaining enough, artfully directed with a tinge of patriotism, definitely far above the standards of our local movies thus far. With infamous Namewee (Hero Huang) and songbird Karen Kong (Xiao K) as the lead, the duo exerted ridiculous humour every now and then. I enjoyed the plot too, although I felt that could be further improved. The famous violinist, Dennis Lau played the supporting lead in Nasi Lemak 2.0 as the cold, mean Lan Qiao, which, was pretty convincing. Head over to the cinemas and catch this movie before it was banned (as what the rumours claimed) but do not have expectations comparable to that you have on Transformers or you'll leave the cinema feeling utterly disappointed!

And that, plus the partying at Phuture, was more or less how we celebrated his "28th" birthday! :) 

Posers Dave, Alex and Daren

 Dave's hawttt new girl!

Alex, Dave, comical Joh and even more comical Allan


His friends - Dave Ewing and Daren Yoon - organized dinner and karaoke session at Pantai Seafood and Red Box @ The Curve, respectively. Didn't join the karaoke session because I had to drag myself up at 5.30 in the morning to catch a flight to Miri :(

Boiled Tiger Prawns @ Pantai Seafood Restaurant

Dragon Grouper @ Pantai Seafood Restaurant


I postponed our dinner at S'mores to the following weekend, so stay tuned to find out how awesome their wagyu beef steak is! I can't waittt :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

KANNA Curry House


My taste buds were never good at accepting heavy and strong spices until I enrolled into University Technology of PETRONAS, where 99% of the food served in the cafeterias were oily, spicy and unhealthy. And it didn't really help when the nearest Chinese 'chap fan' (mixed rice) is about 10 minutes drive from the campus.

I eventually grew accustomed to Malay and Indian cuisine, and one of my favourite is the Indian style banana leaf rice. There was one pretty close to where I'm staying in PJ - KANNA Curry House.

Photo courtesy of vkeong.com


KANNA Curry House is not only famous for its traditional Indian curry and banana leaf rice, but also their deep fried dishes i.e. chicken, fish and seafood.

I've been to KANNA Curry House several times. Well, the fact that I returned for more says everything. My recent experience was as pleasant as ever, thus, I decided to write about them :)

As we found a comfortable spot, a waiter placed two banana leaves on the table, and that's our 'plate'. Then rice, papadums (cracker), three varieties of vegetables were dished out. Later, a variety of curry and dhall were placed on the table for more 'kick'!!

Apparently, the banana leaf rice is best enjoyed using our hands instead of using utensils. Just holler the waiters should you prefer to use spoon and fork rather than dirty your hands.

I had two mozzy bites!! >.<


I never failed to order the Ikan Bulus. While it isn't cheap, it was worth every penny. And my two other sides would always be the fried chicken drumstick and Ikan Tenggiri. I was initially fooled by how both the chicken drumstick and Ikan Tenggiri looked. My first impression spelt out dry and a little over-fried from the outside but I could tell from every bite that both were very tender and well marinated! Absolutely yummy!

Ikan Bulus. I really have no idea what this is in English. Help?!

Fried drumstick! Not to be missed! 

Ikan Tenggiri. I don't know what this is in English either. My BM sucks -_-


On any other day, I'd order fried squid to go with my standard banana leaf rice and side deep-fried dishes but that day I wasn't feeling too hungry so I skipped that. 


Kanna Curry House is strategically located in Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya. 


No. 29, Jalan 17/45
Petaling Jaya, 46400
Selangor

Tel: 03 7958 4814
Fax: 03 7958 2829

Saturday, September 24, 2011

IT'S ARTHUR'S DAY 2011!!


In 1759, history was made when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on the famous St. James's Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland. Thanks to Arthur, people everywhere have been enjoying the world's most famous beer for more than 250 years. So each year, we celebrate the live and legacy of Arthur Guinness and his brewing tradition. And what better way to celebrate great beer than with great friends and live music from some of the best artists of our time? Arthur Guinness Day brings people together in their local pubs, their cities and around the globe to share and toast the black stuff together.

The celebration of great beer with great friends and live music from some of the best artists of our time was what happened yesterday from 7pm till midnight, at Speed City KL, Selangor Turf Club.

DID YOU KNOW that Malaysia has once again been chosen to host the Asian leg of Arthur's Day 2011 celebration? It is in fact the biggest celebration aside from the originating country, Ireland!! And to top that off, the artist stealing all the headlines and drawing tens of thousands of people, is none other than TAIO CRUZ!


Read here and you'll see I ran a simple, simple contest for Arthur's Day event invites giveaway! All you have to do is to "LIKE" my Facebook page and post on my page's wall, why you want to get hold of the 1+1 invites!

I started with just 40 pairs of invites but guess what, I managed to give out 200 PAIRS OF INVITES to catch Taio Cruz live on Arthur's Day 2011!!

Kudos to those who supported my blog and page! Really appreciate your support. I even wrote an entry to express my gratitude! Really hope you guys will continue to follow my page and I'll have more coming my way!!xx

So. I was caught in the crazy traffic for TWO HOURS, and reached just in time to listen to Taio Cruz introducing himself. All 6 of us (yes we all cramped in a 3 series BMW!) panicked, quickly parked the car and rushed inside! OOoh the adrenaline!!


Guinness beer was going for as low as RM 10/cup that day. Dirt cheap! We bought like RM 100 worth of coupons to redeem 10 cups while enjoying Taio Cruz's popular No.1 singles "Break Your Heart", "Dynamite" and "Higher".

This clearly spells out our celebration of great beer with great friends and live music from some of the best artists of our time - Taio Cruz!!


Kinda sad I missed performances from other artistes - Soler (popular, drop dead gorgeous heartthrobs from Macau), Mizz Nina, DJ Skeletor and The Kartel Group which includes Joe Flizzow, Dandee (from Thailand) and Take-T (from Japan).


I had a pretty awesome time though! The only complaint I have (apart from the horrible traffic control) was that it ended way too early!! Don't you agree?? We braved the traffic just to be there for half an hour sighs but watching Taio Cruz performed live was well worth it!!


The sacrifices we all make for Arthur's Day!! :)


P/S: I really have to apologize to Calvin Sebastian & girlfriend, and Haidier & friends; for my lateness! Then again, the former got his invites from my impostor (WTF right) while the latter decided to go back due to other reasons.

Friday, September 23, 2011

My Gratitude



A few asked and I’m sure many wondered, what’s with my newly created Facebook page.


I’m no public figure and I don’t appear in the limelight often. I love writing though. I have a blog where I used to update religiously until I stepped into the working world, BUT I want to pick it back up because I intend to venture into the social media/blogging arena. It all started with me being part of a giant blogging community, Nuffnang in 2009, and about a year later, I was the first member to a growing blogging group, MHB. 


Being part of MHB gave me all the basic exposure I needed, as I was a fresh face in the social world of KL. It all started with no serious business intentions, mainly to meet new people, explore new places and to fill up my weekends with fun activities.


My mindset changed once I got to know this dude barely 2 months after I joined MHB. He finds me naïve (due to my lack of exposure), thus was very generous in sharing his business mind, teaching me bits and pieces along the way. After a year with MHB, I left; and that dude? He’s now my ‘manager’ :)


So the thing is, he laid out plans for me, but whether I am able to execute it is a whole different story because it really depends on my will and determination in the next one year. I am grateful to him for helping me out and I am equally as grateful to all of you who supported my Facebook page!! With that kind of support, I couldn’t afford to fall back and give up. So, many thanks!


My Facebook page was still very raw and new when I ran a simple contest to grab invites to catch Taio Cruz on Arthur’s Day. I was really doubtful when  I was handed 200 event invites but guess what?


I SUCCESSFULLY GAVE ALL 200!! 


Many even asked if I have any left but sadly, I don’t. All were wiped out. 


I sure hope I’m the pulling factor instead of the famous Taio Cruz but who am I kidding right :P


I hope you guys will enjoy yourselves tonight! Party on and take it ‘higher’ on Arthur’s Day with Taio Cruz! I also hope you will continue lending your support as I climb my way up in my little venture :)


P/S: I'll be giving out more event invites so follow my page ok!! :)


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On a different note, I’d like to express my gratitude here, to my senior colleague, Azwan Ismail, for helping me with my (annual) assessment in July’11. I scored better than expected, and managed to close a few elements!! :) He was the first person in mind the moment I received my results :) 


With all these awesome stuff going on, I’m undeniably happy!! :)))