Thursday, March 06, 2014
LRT: Ampang Line
Direction: Towards Sentul Timur
What caught my attention was his sweet smile. Not sure what video he was watching on his smartphone (Coat West perhaps?), but it surely perked him right up. And if his smile doesn't do it for you, I'm sure his hairy, strong legs would. If only his backpack wasn't blocking the view of his torso. :P.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Thaipusam was marketing day for me. While some were braving the crowds at Batu Caves, I was braving the crowds at OUG. Couldn't find any parking so for the first time ever, I paid for parking at the multi-level car park. But truth be told, it wasn't as meriah as I remembered. The bestsellers were the biscuits, new year cakes and decorations. And people were busy buying plates and bowls too. More than usual. Breakfast was at my usual noodle stall at the lorong and I was pleasantly surprised by the 50 sen price hike. Semua barang naik. Went to Giant BK 5 after that. Yes, mum was hunting for more ikan kampung. Bought the whole fish this time. 4 kg at MYR103! Should last us a few weeks at least! Always make sure you have enough for CNY!
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Was supposed to meet Apollo for breakfast at Restoran Yoon Seng on Maulidur Rasul, but he was a no show. At noon, I sent SK to Pantai Hospital for her turbinoplasty (sinus operation lo). For the past four months, she had been suffering from a lingering case of flu, eye irritation, ear infection and sore throat due to her problematic sinuses. The ENT specialist had declared that she was non-responsive to medication and recommended surgery to shave off bits of soft bones from her nasal cavity. By doing so, those offending bits will no longer be inflamed and she will breathe better. Admission took longer than usual due to three reasons:
- Her HR is shit
- Her company's third party insurance administrator (TPA) is shit
- Her company's insurance company is shit
Practically ding-dong-ed at the adminission counter for ninety minutes. On the admission form, the specialist stated that SK needed to be warded one day earlier for a CT scan before the surgery. Based on the admission form, the stupid TPA actually issued a guarantee letter (GL) stating that only day care was required. Suddenly they are more knowledgeable than the doctor. And her stupid HR refused to furnish SK with the details of her coverage, policy number and etc earlier. Gave her assurance that her admission would be hassle free. She had to call the TPA and shout at them. Best thing was, they didn't even know the content of the GL that they issued. Idiots. All that hassle made her blood pressure shoot up.
When everything was settled, I left the hospital and went to see KH. We went for a short coffee break at My Character De Coffee. Used to be known as The Scurp. A little renovation definitely turned the business around. Just shared a cup of latte (already shared a Starbie with SK earlier) and a tiramisu (the palest I had ever seen). Just had an hour to rest before BEC that night. It was quite a big deal because it was joint gathering with two other BECs. Food, scripture sharing, fun and games. Too many varieties of food at the pot luck that I failed to try them all. Some eye candy too. Also celebrated the birthday of several people that night. When the MC asked if they knew whose birthday it was, I shouted, "Prophet Muhammad!". :D. Drained my battery to 15% by the end of the day!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Mumsy and I went to the 8:45 am mass on Sunday cause she had some charity function to attend at Kuchai Lama. So by 10:30 am, I was already in the vicinity ready to pick KH up for some paktoh time. Drove all the way to The Strand cause KH bought some vouchers to Wood and Steel, a coffee house cum furniture gallery. I'm sure you're smart enough to guess that their furniture is all made of wood and steel. Done up quite nicely with all their best pieces in the cafe. Coffee wasn't bad and the food was OK too (served in flat metal plates as though you're a cowboy eating by the fire.. hmm Brokeback Mountain style). Spent most of my time admiring their furniture and camwhoring. Didn't know what to do after that, so we explored The Strand. Basically a dead place. The mall just opened though and I'm sure it'll die soon. KH actually bought a pot of Moth Orchids from one of the lone kiosks there (after much deliberation!). By that time, mum already gave me a call saying that she was done. Sent KH home and picked up my mother. Met SK after that to go mattress shopping at SML Furniture near Kinrara. Managed to get one queen-sized mattress plus wooden bed frame at MYR2000. Quite a good deal. The kampung fish supply was running low, so we went to Giant BK5 to hunt for salmon again. Also had our late lunch there, at an outlet called Old Klang Road Kopitiam. Some fried rice and nasi kerabu. Not bad at all. Back at home, I did more room tidying. I have so much rubbish! Cleared out my book shelf, so basically I only have my dresser left to deal with. Phew.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Note: The kids and I are all sihat walafiat now
For the past few days, Big Monster had been complaining of stomach aches, headaches, flu and fever. His mother brought him to the pediatrician and they ran a few tests. He tested positive for Influenza A. The doctor put him on Tamiflu. First thing they did was to quarantine the kid to the second floor in order to protect Little Monster. That didn't quite work out cause just one day later, Little Monster starting burning up. In the end, Little Monster and his mum moved over to my place. The next morning, I picked SK up from the Nissan Service Centre and we all went to the kiddy specialist in Seri Petaling. Our queue number was 26, but the current number being served was 17. Not too bad. The nurse gave us 45 minutes to have breakfast. I had a bowl of pork noodles nearby. The whole clinic was swarming with kids and germs. Suspecting the same of Little Monster, the doctor performed the Influenza A test. It came back positive. Bundled him up and sent him back home after stopping to pack chicken rice. The kid seemed as energetic as ever. Symptoms were quite mild compared to his brother. On the other hand, I was still coughing my lungs out. Wonder if I actually have the same thing and passed it on to the kids!
SK and I went to have lunch at Restoran Leong Ya at Jalan Kenari. After we had ordered venison wat tan hor with rice wine (huge portion at MYR8), stir-fried vegetables and some YTF, the restaurant was suddenly bombarded by a huge group of people. They pulled up in 4 Hyundai Starex. Judging from the stickers on the vehicles and T-shirts, they were the promotional crew for Astro's CNY movie-- "Ah Beng: Mission Impossible". Recognized some of the MyFM DJs. One or two twinks were spotted in the group. After lunch, we went shopping for a spring mattress for SK's granny. Surprised to find that 95% of the tenants at One Puchong Furniture Centre had moved out. New plans for the place. Dropped SK at the Nissan Service Centre to collect her car. Nearby, the Bee Chiang Hiang 'warehouse sale' (I really don't wanna know what a bak kwa warehouse sale means) was ongoing. Kids were grilling pork outside with for giant fans blowing the fumes at the road. My car had a nice spritz of Eau de Porc. Before heading home, I stopped at Caring Pharmacy to get some supplies of face masks, hand disinfectant and disinfectant sprays. Definitely need to keep flu from spreading. I was in the mood for cleaning, so I started cleaning my room. Cleared all the useless men's magazines, cleaned the racks, etc. Still had the book shelf and dresser to settle but I left it for another day. Brought Little Monster out to dinner at Restoran Shun Ji. The place had been around for ages, can't believe that it's my first time there. Not bad, but I found the food quite salty. Summoned (hehehe) KH over to my place to yum cha at Restoran Rishadh. Had a couple of drinks and a Tandoori chicken with SK. It's fun even to meet for a short while. :).
Friday, February 21, 2014
Sunday was the usual routine of church just that on that day, I drove towards Damansara rather than Puchong on the LDP. Decided to revisit Kura again after nearly a year. Don't really understand why they like to seat customers deep in the bowels of their restaurant. I told the waitress, I want more light and she nodded. I guess I should have specified sunlight! Seasonal items were the sanma, but the sashimi was sold out. Bah. Just shared a chirashi-don with mum, paired with some seasonal appetisers and seafood in apple cider vinegar. Quite a satisfying meal. Loved the dainty stuff. Went shopping after that. Planned to use my Tangs vouchers, but we didn't see anything that we liked. Didn't stay too long as we had another wedding banquet to attend at night. This time round at Tropicana Spring Garden (always drop off the old and infirm at the clubhouse before proceeding to the basement car park! Else you will have to climb more than ten flights of stairs!). Don't know how many times I had eaten there. Mum's distant relative marrying off his granddaughter. The groom was very eye-catching. More than 6' tall of doctor hunkiness. Good proportions. Doesn't look too lanky at all and he has meat in the right places. Blur-blur boyish face. Could definitely model if he didn't join the medical profession. And you guessed it, his wife is very short in comparison. Food was a little better that night, and they served sharks fin soup. Yummy. I DID finish the fins. :P. The first wedding dinner of 2014!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
ChatMate was back from a long three week visit to the United States and was transiting in KL for one day before flying back to Sarawak. The cheeky fellow arranged a meet-up on Saturday morning. At about 8:30 am, I picked him up and we went to Ficelle Boulangerie Pattiserie (always a mouthful) at Taman Desa. Much to my surprise, Nicky05 arrived at the venue earlier than me (finally broke his trend of tardiness)! And with a new guy in tow. Not his boyfriend he declared, just some guy he agreed to pick up from the airport. His name was Svan. Found a table quite easily. According to ChatMate, Nicky05 looked a bit fearful in my presence. Even regarding the choice of table, he wanted to make sure I would approve. Am I such a mangzang ogre? LOL. Truth be told, I shouldn't have brought ChatMate to eat a Western breakfast. Bet he preferred wantan noodles with thick slices of charsiew after weeks of angmoh food. Got him the breakfast platter with a latte while I had the croque madame (a croque monsieur with an egg on top lol). With food on the table, the
interrogations introductions started. Turns out that just arrived from Shanghai and Nicky05 forced him to come along for the breakfast gathering. Svans was on his first trip to Shanghai to meet his boyfriend there. Judging from the sloppy smile and happy aura that he was emanating, it must have been full of mind-blowing sex. Good that Svans was a sporting guy that opens up quite easily to new people. Nicky05's a different story. Hehe. Always have to dig and dig and dig about his new love interests. Left at about 11:00 am. I brought ChatMate back to my sisters place so that he could play with the kids. Little Monster was afraid of him, but he seemed to be quite good at layan-ing Big Monster. Waited for SK to arrive before going out to lunch together at Restoran Lek Lek, Serdang. Bloody jammed with three lanes squeezing into one and with road works going on for good measure. Was a bit disappointed with the food. Only the escargot was heavenly, but boy, each was an MSG bomb! Thirsted till dinner time. Ate at Nasi Lemak Nana that night. Our first time there. Owned by a Chinese Muslim woman (interestingly shaved like Sinead o' Connor), it combines Malay with Chinese food. You get chu cheong fun and some dim sum together with your nasi lemak. Food was OK, but I found the lighting in the restaurant too harsh. Will try their other food next time.
P.S.: Thanks ChatMate for the American Eagle Outfitters underwear! And I can't believe that I can fit into an