Sunday, June 29, 2008
Two names you go by:
2. M.. W..
Two things you are wearing right now:
Two things you would want (or have) in a relationship:
Two things you like to do:
1. Karaoke singing
Two things you want very badly at the moment:
2. Happy with what I have at the moment...
Two things you did last night:
1. Had dinner with friends amidst fantastic view!
2. Had a bottle of beer with friends!
Two things you ate today:
2. Sunsweet Philipppine Grown Mangoes slices
Two people you last talked to:
1. My sis-in-law
Two things you're doing now:
1. Doing this tag!
2. Leaving comments on blogs
Favorite Day of the week:
2. Saturday (I live for weekends!)
Two Favorite Holidays:
2. Chinese New Year
Two favorite beverages:
1. Flat white - for coffee
2. Anything with a bit of alcohol (not too much)
Two things about me! Things you may have/not known:
1. I am away from my home too much till I have a messy house (no time to clean!)
2. I never let bad feelings dwell for long as I don't like feeling bad! I like to keep myself Happy most of the time.
Two jobs i have had in my life:
1. RM15 a day temp worker in a co. under receivership!
2. Temping in the music industry (just for fun) as I love it!
Two movies i would watch over and over: (and do)
1. Bride and Prejudice
2. Seducing Mr Perfect (of course, my Daniel Henney is in it!)
Two place i have lived:
1. Kuala Lumpur
2. Petaling Jaya! Hahaha...
Two of my favorite food:
1. Mee Siam
2. Kuih Tu Tu
Two places I'd rather be right now:
1. My sis's place in San Francisco
2. Anywhere, as long as I'm traveling
Two friends that I hope may like this:
I'll end this here....no need to pass along cos don't want people to pass to me. Hehehe...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Going through my archives, I realised this is one place I should blog about but had forgotten. Once in awhile, my friends and I will come over to this part of town just to eat the Pan Mee (Flat Flour Noodle Soup).
And after you're done in this coffee shop, head on outside and you will find a good old fashion mobile mini bakery stall.
The Loaf. Well, I'm glad that some things haven't change 'cos I could do with some "old fashioned" buns at times :o).
Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hoi Kee
Jalan Segambut Selatan
51200 Kuala Lumpur
(Mobile Mini Bakery located just outside the coffeeshop)
- and a mother's love
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Now, it was time for lunch and we were rather excited as we were told that we'll be having Chinese (a change from all that pita bread and hummus was most welcomed at that time!) but our hopes and expectation for a yummy meal were dashed when the first dish was set onto our table.
We gulped down our food to fill our stomachs as we needed energy for our next activity; shopping in Cairo's biggest shopping bazaar, Khan El Khalili Bazaar. So, not much words from me but here are some scenes from this place.
To be continued...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Not knowing where Sooka Sentral was exactly except for the fact that it's near KL Sentral, I drove and parked in KL Sentral. Do note that parking around Sentral can be quite an expensive affair, the rates are at RM4 for the first hour with every subsequent hour at RM2.20. One can of course, take the LRT to KL Sentral and make your way across on foot like I did. I somehow manage to head into the right direction and found myself staring at a brand new Sooka Sentral building (almost perpendicular to Plaza Sentral and KL Sentral itself) and soon found Chili Espresso.
Turns out there are a few new eating spots here and I looked forward to trying out the food at Chili Espresso as it's also by the same team who's responsible for Isthmus KL. Of course, Chili Espresso is based on a different concept from Isthmus KL; a cafe that serves up favourite local meals (well, not so local if one is talking about the Percik Ayam Siam, more on that later...).
Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience at Chili Espresso and I told myself that I will dine here again (which I did!). Added with the pleasant environment and friendly staff, I won't mind paying the pricier parking charges. Chili Espresso : A welcomed “fiery addition” to the local food scene!
G-5, Sooka Sentral
Jalan Stesen Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : Monday-Saturday 8 a.m to 8 p.m
Contact : 03-2785 1938
First Outlet : Unit B-G-5, Ground Floor
North Point, Mid Valley City
No. 1, Medan Syed Putra Utara
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact : 032282 6113
And here's my quote on my recent trauma...
Some tortures are physical
And some are mental,
But the one that is both
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I loved it whenever you held my hand as we strolled along in our outings.
I loved it whenever I stood on your feet and danced along with you as we "waltzed" together.
I loved it whenever we have whistling duels; you were the one who taught me how to whistle.
I loved it whenever you sang and I would record your singing sessions.
I loved it whenever I placed my head on your stomach and you playfully inhaled and exhaled, bobbing my head up and down repeatedly.
I loved it whenever you towel dried my hair whenever I washed it.
I loved it whenever you shampooed your hair; sculptured it into funny shapes then stuck your head out of the bathroom door and made me laugh.
I loved it whenever you scooped me up each time you found me fast asleep in the living room in front of the TV and then tucked me into bed. At times, you woke me up when you did that but I would still pretend to be asleep just so that I would feel the comfort of being in your arms.
Dad, I love you....
"It doesn't matter who my Father was; it matters who I remember he was"
- Anne Sexton
P.S. Happy Father's Day to all Daddies out there! Have a good weekend...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Catching up with Kim has always been done over a meal; this time round she suggested having halal dim sum lunch at China Treasures, Sime Darby Convention Centre. I was early and met up with Precious Pea who was there on company business. She told me she would join me for lunch if only she could slip away, hahaha...well you see, she wasn't expecting her lunch to be as good as the dim sum fare in China Treasures. She was disappointed but that didn't stop her from walking me right to the doorstep of the restaurant and we sadly said goodbye to each other :o).
Deep Fried Yam Paste with Chicken (RM6/USD1.80) was served first. I was pleasantly surprised when I took a bite of this. The crispy exterior crumbled along with the very soft yam paste as it melted in my mouth. It wasn't heavy on the tastebuds considering it was deep fried.
The Fried Carrot Cake (RM8/USD2.40) with Chili was really such a tasty dish. Fried with thick beansprouts aplenty (with both heads and tails trimmed!), this was definitely one of the better fried carrot cake dish I've tasted so far. It was flavourful; eggs, dried prawns, garlic and spring onions make this a must order for me when I come back here next.
Now, I've heard tales of their famed Steamed BBQ Chicken Bun (RM6/USD1.80). It's suppose to be so good that it's as good as the "real" thing (pork's the word). Even Precious Pea told me to eat it without thinking that it's chicken ;o).
Well I must say, it didn't taste like the "real" thing to me; I tasted chicken but of course! However, I loved how light and fluffy the steamed bun was and the chicken filling mix was tasty. I could understand why this was a favourite of many.
When the piece of quarter Crispy Aromatic Duck (RM25/USD7.50) was brought to our table before it was rolled up, it didn't look good (hence no pic of it!). However, it quickly turned from an ugly duckling (pardon the pun) into a swan when they brought it back to the table; the duck meat along with the skin shredded was rolled with julienned cucumber and spring onion. However, do eat the rolls up as soon as you can as the pancake skin hardened when I ate it at a later time. And so, I found it a tad dry but slathering some extra hoi sin (oyster) sauce on it helped.
The Steamed Chicken Siew Mai (RM7/USD2.10) looked promising but failed to deliver. It was the least tasty compared to the rest; rather bland and boring.
By now, we were quite stuffed but Kim said that she must order her favourite...
Baked Sweet Potato Puff (3 of these for RM6/USD1.80). This puff surprised me yet again, crispy flaky exterior peppered with lots of black sesame seed with such a soft sweet potato paste filling. The sweetness of it tasted so natural, hence it was not too sweet but spot on for me.
The Mini Egg Tart (RM6/USD1.80) was nice but didn't have any WOW! factor for me. Once again, plus point goes to the fact that it was not too sweet.
Me : I'm leaving now, am so full!
a few seconds later, a reply from her
I grinned as I got into my car...
Precious Pea : My lunch sucks!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Well, here's another pictorial post of my recent trip to Egypt. Remember to click on the highlighted words for more explanation and details. We start off with dinner, continuing from the previous post.
Dinner under a tent - Al Ezba Restaurant. We got stuck in a 2 hour jam (suppose to be a half hour trip to the restaurant!). By the time we got there, we were really hungry!
Along with the usual side dishes, each table was given a mini BBQ pit where we had some lovely meats; chicken, beef and lamb. They were really tasty-either that or we were just too hungry that taste didn't matter. Hahaha...The meats were tender and full of herbs, spices and were well marinated. Eaten with the bits of capsicum and onions, we got the staff to refill the pit constantly (we were hungry, remember?)
I liked the cute and simple lights here in the restaurants!
The next day, we stopped by Montazah Palace but was told that tourists weren't allowed in (seems their policy changes from time to time). Hence, only this shot taken from outside the gate.
I really liked this quaint looking house located by the sea in the same area across from Montazah Palace. This is just a section of a bigger house.
We went to the Museum in Memphis which had this large statue of Ramsesses II. They had found in six broken pieces in 1882 and it weighs a total of 83 tons! Don't ask me why I took it at this angle :p
A souvenir stall in the area. I like those hanging small colourful carpets, regret not buying any :(
We then went off to Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid, this is the only entrance to the mortuary located at the south east corner.
Upon entering, we went through this hypostyle hall that has stoned columns resembling papyrus bundles.
Look how big it is compared to the people in the foreground.
A total of 9 Cobras are featured on the enclosure wall around Step Pyramid. I thought it was a nice shot of the bird being next to the stone cobras, trying to fit in to be one of them??? Read more about this place HERE.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
The ingredients - bought an hour before we started baking!
Owen cutting the choc block smaller
Melting the coarse choc and butter over hot water
After putting slightly half of the brownie part (leaving the rest for later), put in the cream cheese layer evenly.
Then put in the remainder brownie part over it in dollops and I did the marbling effect with a toothpick.
After 30 minutes in the oven, this beauty appeared!
Cream cheese with dense fudgy brownies!
Owen and I worked together on it, and he was my hand model for the photographs. Check out Ethan's post on this (he took nicer photos than me...I was rushing to go off and didn't spend enough time on the brownie shots after it was ready).Well, I must say that after about a good 2 decades or so of not baking, these Cream Cheese Brownies were easy to make. And even if the brownie part turned out more dense and fudgy, the overall taste was great and I loved how they turned out! So, to those who want the recipe, here is the link from Joy Of Baking again (but remember to take note of the sugar part, do adjust according to your sweet tooth or not so sweet tooth).