Sunday, October 30, 2011

Charismatic Canada - Quebec's Parliament Building Part 9

Happy Sunday everyone....

It's a start of another wonderful day and yes, I'm still swooning about Canada (especially about Quebec!).  Here's yet another pictorial post on Quebec's Parliament Building.  The place is so picturesque and is filled with statues...actually, can be rather scary at night actually!

Parliament Bulding

Parliament Bulding

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Testing Android Photography Apps - HDR Camera on Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee

Just a quick post today...I've been checking out the Photography Apps from the Android Market.  I've bought a few but there are loads of free apps in the Market that are rather good.  One of the free apps that I would recommend is the HDR Camera app. The HDR Camera App takes three consecutive shots at different ISO settings, merges them for stronger colours, depth and clarity.   But of course, you obviously have to try to be still while the three shots are being taken, so you will need to have steady hands. I have done some brightness/contrast adjustments to the photo below but the clarity part of the pic is what I would like to emphasise on.  Would you have known that this shot came from a phone's camera if I didn't tell you?

 Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee, Kota Damansara (tastes better than the SS2 branch).  Taken with HTC Sensation using the HDR Camera app (with some post editing).

I have to admit that I've been using my HTC Sensation phone to take photos of food nowadays.  I only use my DSLR when I'm doing a proper/official food review cos it's a lot easier and simpler using the phone's camera. While of course, it might still not be able to deliver shots like pics from a DSLR, I find that the HDR Camera app does a pretty good job...don't you think so?  This is just but one of the few HDR apps around.  Camera 360 has this option too with two selections; HDR Light and HDR Heavy which works just as well too.  It takes just one shot and changes the settings.  However, while this is a simpler one shot HDR app, the processed photo is only available in a much lower resolution.  Take your pick and pic, whatever it is...these are sure great additions to pushing the phone's camera limit further; especially when one doesn't have a camera in hand.  Have fun most of all...I just love all the phone photography apps.  I'll be blogging more on such apps in the near future. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lim Kee Tang Hun off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur

My first visit to Lim Kee (yes, just Lim Kee sans Tang Hun) was a few years back with Jason. Soon, after a few more visits to this place, the shack was torn down and I wondered where it had gone! Two years later while chatting with a new found friend of mine, I was elated to find out the new location of Lim Kee.  I was told it's now located in a proper corner shoplot and wondered whether food still tasted as good as before.

Lim Kee Tang Hun

I was indeed excited at the thought of finally revisiting my long lost Lim Kee, now known to me as Lim Kee Tang Hun.  So, has any of my old fave dishes stood the test of time (and relocation)?

Fried Abacus Seeds

The Fried Abacus Seeds still tasted good to me.  The abacus seeds seem a bit softer as compared to back then.  I just love biting into the bits of dried prawns and coriander!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Le Petit Cochon Dingue, Quebec (& More on Night Quebec!)

We were feeling a bit peckish as after all that walking around and decided to have some snacks at Le Petit Cochon Dingue (which means "Little Crazy Pig").  This is a cozy little place for one to chill with some coffee and pastries.  It was a surprise to me that its bigger premises Le Cochon Dingue is very nearby and while we were having our snacks, we decided that we would do dinner later there too! Hahaha...yes, planning what to eat is very much a part of our holidays, no??? But let's get back to that later....Check out our lovely tea time :o)


What is this place well known for? Sugar Pies!  Assorted ones...

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Happy Hippo Kinder Weekend & Giveaway Winner!

Happy Hippo's been around awhile but I only got to the real thing recently. It was absolutely yummy!  One can't help but smile at Happy Hippo as he's so cute!  One of his early appearances was on YouTube, singing "Lion Sleeps Tonight".  Check out the video...

And now, here's Happy Hippo .. all wrapped up
Kinder Happy Hippo

Monday, October 03, 2011

Reminder : Oldie Golden Goodie Woo Lan, Brickfields


The family use to patronise Woo Lan quite frequently till it shifted from it's zinc roof shack (I remember, they use to have the water sprinklers on to cool the roof in the daytime!) to a proper shoplot.  I wonder why we stopped going? Lost its charm due to the move? Not sure why actually.  But finally, we did get round to having dinner in Woo Lan; dining on some old favourites.  Some things never change...yes, it may be an oldie but it's still a golden goodie!  Yup, the family needs to be reminded about this place now and then ;o), we all need a such a reminder (such as this post).  It's easy to forget with all the new restaurants that keeps appearing as time goes by (while some fade away in our memories as their doors close for business due to such changes or economic reasons).  Are there any restaurants that you have loved in the past and miss; now that it's no longer here?

So, let's us remember ...

Woo Lan, Brickfields
Woo Lan looking foreign to us ... but the food remains the same

Salad Prawn
Salad Prawn

1) The act of eating
2) An act of affection
3) A sound to express satisfaction through eating

So, yes...all of the above; eating the dishes affectionately (but not loudly! HAhaha....).