Friday, July 31, 2015

The Tribe at Perth I: Le Pont

Le Pont

Mum and The Tribe left for Perth on Thursday night. It was a huge rombongan with my BIL's family. Sounds like a perfect opportunity for KH and I to spend some quality time right? Wrong! He too flew off on Thursday night to London! Poor will.i.am. was abandoned in KL. Sniff sniff. On the first Saturday alone, I had a wantan noodles breakfast at Restoran Kong Kee. The pitiful portion of noodles and meat really put me off. Went over to SK's place at noon to keep an eye on her grandma for short period while she went out to do some chores. When she returned, we went out to our chiropractic appointment at OUG. Another amazing session of dry needling with the therapist. This time, she sent jolts of down my leg. Yikes. And also discovered a tightness in my left hip flexors. Told me to do more stretches and I would be seeing her in a fortnight. While leaving the treatment centre, I noticed a new signboard along Old Klang Road-- Le Pont Boulangerie. Turns out the place was newly-opened. Beautiful interior decoration with a powdered steel and wood concept. The ground floor is where the bakery is located, complete with a lounging area. The two upper floors are for dining. Service was impeccable with the waiters obviously delivering more than what is usual in a Malaysian cafe. SK and I tried the beef brisket and chicken leg. Huge portion of beef at RM35 and the wasabi mashed potato that came with it was quite nice. Couldn't put my finger on what they used to marinate the chicken, but it was OK. Coffee was also not bad, but no pretty latte art here. The whole experience was sweetened by a 20% discount off all pastry, food and beverages till the end of June (by the time you read this, diskaun dah tamat la). Will definitely come back to try their cakes. Back at SK's place, I had the chance to meet her younger brother's family. They drove all the way to KL to look at the Minions thing at Midvalley Megamall. The last time I saw her nephew was when he was just one month old. He's a big boy now. Found him to be quite a talkative selfie prince.

Take Away

Coffee Station

Chicken

Coffee

Crotch Shot

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mitsui Boh Sui

On the Sofa

Woke up bright and early on Saturday morning not because I wanted to do taichi or jack off, but because ... I had enough sleep. A sign of age and no thanks to the continued stiffness in my back. Lazed in bed till it was time to have breakfast nearby. SK, KH, Lifebook and Brian had arrived after 9PM. We ate at the nearby Restoran Fei Wang. The highlight of the meal was a jar of tauchu that SK passed around the table. Contained a thick concoction of birds nest supplied by Lifebook. Yummy. Now we know his beauty secret.

Birds Nest

Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang opened on that Saturday without much fanfare but with a lot of 'fireworks'. The journey there took roughly half an hour. Would have been faster if not for the bottleneck at Taman Equine. Plenty of parking was still available when we arrived. First thing we realized about the place was the many closed lots. Close to half actually. The first shops we noticed was the Isetan Outlet and a Japanese specialty store called Fan. There was a cute Japanese photographer there named Kenka. Wanna eat his unagi! Most of the real luxury brands weren't open, e.g. Bally, Aigner, Zegna. Spent most of our time at Sacoor Brothers cause they were 75% off store-wide and their checkout counter was slow as molasses. The only other outlets that we bought something from was Triumph and Esprit. Had to leave by lunch time but we were spooked by the crazy lines at the auto pay parking kiosks. Don't know what made them think that 3 machines and one manual counter could handle a parking lot the size of several football fields. Lifebook went to complain to their Japanese management. Smoke was coming out of his ears! But before he managed to get his refund, we had already paid.

Opening Day

Failed Parking Machine

Late lunch was at Restoran Kong Sai, Taman Equine. SK ordered up a host of house specials. As far as we know, she hates shallot oil and Chinese parsley but doesn't mind that the Kwangsi specialty dip that is made from the same ingredients. Misteri Nusantara! Rushed to Green Chiropractic after that for my 3:00 PM appointment. They needled my back again. This time , each pin hit my 'G-spot' with shocking results.

Stuffed Tofu Pok

After my treatment, I chilled at Midsummer Cafe with KH. An interesting recommendation from Wai. If not for him, would never have expected that there was a cafe at that old row of automobile spare part shops. The shop had a Canto movie and comics theme. Weird combination right? The furniture's made from bare unstained wood and bulky as heck. The walls are decorated with comic book covers and movie posters. Saw a large poster of my favourite art house wuxia flick "Ashes of Time" facing the restrooms. :D. Even the coasters have short write-ups about famous directors and actors. I ordered their specialty-- The Dream while KH went for his usual, coffee with ice cream. The Dream comes on a tray and it requires some 'assembly'. The Dream = Espresso Cubes + Warm Milk + Espresso Shot + Gula Melaka. Lovely. A word of caution on their cakes though-- miniscule slices. The owner came in a while later and he showed us a card trick. Those 'Pick A Card' tricks coupled with complex shuffling. Free entertainment.

Comic Book Covers

The Dream

Coffee Ice

Small Slice, Big Price

In the evening, mum and I attended a Parent's Day function at the Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. It was a dinner cum awards ceremony. Plenty of prizes for students who had written about filial piety and also an award for father and mother of the year. There were also performances (no points for guessing that they had 變臉) and speeches. But as with all Cina events, when the food comes, nobody gives a shit about who talks or performs on stage. Very disrespectful for those on the stage. Left with a souvenier photograph with mum that came complete with a magnetic frame so that you can stick it on the refrigerator. Cute!

Parents Day

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

JJ's Birthday

Lunch

Sunday saw me having lunch with SK and mum at Fish & Co., Paradigm Mall after mass. Been ages since I actually had their seafood platter. Used to oooh-ahhh over it. Now they have diversified into chicken and pizza. Seems that it is never enough to specialize. End of the day, dropping sales force restaurants to diversify their menus. A gamble. Kinda like Chatime which has introduced snacks on their menu. The girls went shopping after that. A fruitful trip. Stopped for some coffee at Pacific Coffee before leaving for home.

Orange-Poppy Seed

As usual, made a quick stopover at Giant BK5 to get some salmon steaks for the kids. Saw something in the chiller that brought back childhood memories: "Chicken Bishop Nose". Hahaha. The ass la. The original popcorn chicken. Deep-fried and served in paper bags. I give them 5 Clogged Arteries.

Chicken Bishop Nose

In the evening, we had a dinner date with Jaded Jeremy and his hubby, Bunny. KH told them 6:30PM, but told us 7:00PM. So the poor birthday boy waited for half an hour at Hokano, Damansara Uptown. Poor thing. Food was quite good. I recommend the Hokano Roll and seaweed salad with wasabi dressing.

Salmon, Salmon, Salmon

Hokano Roll

Seaweed Salad

Continued our chit-chat at Kaffa. If you're not a coffee person, do try their Phresh Pressed Smoothie which a thick concoction of a trio of fruits. Quite refreshing.

I Love Coffee

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hair & Coffee

Good Days Start With Coffee

Mum cancelled her Saturday marketing to get her hair permed at Salak South. Since she was out fixing her hair, I made an appointment with my stylist too. Managed to catch him right after his holiday trip to HK. Complained that it rained the whole time he was there. Managed to meet KH after my haircut at Citrus Park, OUG. He had just finished a hike at Bukit Gasing. That silly boyfriend of mine actually went to do such a strenuous activity just a few days after recovering from his sickness. Told me he saw stars at the top of the hill. Lack of common sense. Ish. He was fine by the time he saw me (perhaps seeing me was therapeutic LOL). Anyway, he accompanied for lunch at Nando's. And we later went to Doors Cafe for coffee. I was very happy with their latte that day. Camwhored with KH, trying out the voice-controlled shutter feature of his LG G2. Two idiots shouting kimchi to get their photo taken. Wakakaka.

Coffee

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

On Your Back Please

Pulled Apart

Since before my Penang trip, I had been waking up with a stiff back. Noticed that my foam mattress had kinda developed a crater in the middle, so I guess that's the source of my problems. During my days in Penang, the stiffness went away. And when I came home, the pain returned. Obviously my mattress was to blame. Quickly went to source for a new mattress and bed frame (it crashed during sex once!). Unfortunately, the bed took some time to arrive. The wait was excruciating cause my back pain got worse. Would wake up one to two hours before my alarm due to the discomfort. -_-". During the day, I would be fine. But the stiffness would return in the morning.

Schindler Elevators

The problem had dragged on for too long. Even after the mattress arrived (pocket spring with latex top), my pain continued. Decided to visit the chiropractor to get to the bottom of things. Visited Green Chiropractic at Medan Klang Lama 28 with SK and KH. Impressed by their elevator from Schindler that had a lighted pressure panel instead of buttons. Futuristic indeed. SK found KH and I to be so kampung with our oooh-ing and aaah-ing. Although we had made an appointment, we still had to wait for more than an hour. The chiropractor introduced herself as Abby and proceeded to diagnose my problem. Gave her all the background information before she proceeded to do the adjustments. Using her fingers, she did not find any significant trigger points, so she suggested dry needling. Unlike TCM acupuncture that target meridien points, chiropractors target muscles. Felt little pin pricks on my back. But when the needles hit problematic areas on the left side of my lower back, the feeling was very distinct. A kind of weird pulling sensation. Towards the end, she worked on my sides and that was another painful experience. So grateful that KH was inside the treatment room holding my hand. XOXOXO. Ended the treatment with a heat pack on my back to relax the muscles. A week later I would need to go for a follow-up.

Heat / Cold Treatment Beds

After the treatment, we went downstairs to have some tea at The West, a Western cuisine restaurant operated by an Indian woman. Uncommon? SK ordered their lamb chop while KH tried their wild mushroom soup. The plating was pretty good, but one bite of the mashed potatoes was enough to turn her away. Too creamy perhaps. Hopefully my problem will be solved soon. Don't want to have to try everything on the menu. LOL.

Lamb Chop

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sekinchan Slip

Paracetamol

Met KH after work on Monday and he truly looked tired and unwell. Told me he was feeling tingly, which usually means that he is falling sick. Felt a fever coming on. So I fished out some painkillers from my bag and gave it to him. He took two tablets after dinner. An hour after that, he sent me a picture of his face looking like he had been bashed up by a bunch of gay lous fighting over the last Bottega wallet at a warehouse sale. His eyes were swollen and his nose was runny. Yikes. So surprised that he knows next to nothing about what he's allergic to and the dosage of usual OTC drugs. Thankfully, he knew that antihistamines would help his condition. He took some flu meds leftover from my stash. Rested two days at home after that. Seems that I have take notes on KH's drug allergies since doesn't seem to remember them very well.

What's Your Number?

By Thursday he declared he was not well enough to go ahead with our planned Sekinchan day trip. SK and I went ahead with our leave plans anyway, while KH decided to work for half a day to clear his backlog. SK and I loitered at The Gardens Mall. Finally used my MYR15 Hui Lau Shan voucher. Ordered the Heavenly Brew-- birds nest in coconut milk, served in the shell. Even with the voucher, I had to top up MYR8. Ugh. At about 2:00PM, we picked KH up from Universiti LRT station. Drove down to Hawker Street KL, Taman Desa for lunch. Been wanting to try that Penang hawker food joint (Penang-ites would tell me not to bother). At that point onwards, SK started her conference call. Throughout lunch she was shouting into the phone. She hardly had any time nor mood to eat the pork soup kway teow in front of her. The assam laksa I ordered was pretty. Thick and spicy soup. One of the better ones. While eating, I noticed a very muhibah scene at one the tables outside. The couple ordered fish head noodles from Woo Pin next door. The guy ordered food and coffee from Le Lapin upstairs. They were just there for the ambience. LOL.

Asam Laksa

Our coffee break was at Le Lapin, a rabbit-themed cafe that's not very rabbit-y. Not that many customers too. Ordered their signature Gula Melaka Iced Coffee. Pretty mild in my opinion, both in the coffee and gula melaka department. By then, SK's con-call had ended. Next on the schedule was my chiropractic appointment. To be continued....

Rabbit Mural

Gula Melaka Coffee

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Swimwear / Underwear

New swimwear for the boys

Underwear as sleepwear

Swimwear as sleepwear

Hence, Swimwear is underwear?


Not a philosophical question, just that I noticed that I have a few swim trunks that haven't been getting much use at the pool. The reason for their neglect is basically due to a low family pool compatibility index and some cuttings which I don't quite like. Lack of use will only hasten their demise. Will end up with 'crunchy' spandex or spots especially for those in lighter colours. To solve the problem, I have started wearing them to bed. Luckily they are not super tight or it would not be practical at all. I'm not sure if anyone does this at all since swimwear is generally thicker and not so breathable. Come to think of it, some people wear swim shorts out to the mall so this isn't so eccentric after all? Haha. On that note, I do wear my swim shorts as lounge wear as I don't like to swim laps in them (has to the with the pockets restricting water flow).

Thank you for entertaining this brief moment of weirdness.