Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Early Church, Early Work

Breakkie

Woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to have wantan noodles at Kong Kee. Mum decided not to go to OUG that day, so just grabbed a few items from the grocery stores in Puncak Jalil. On the way back home, stopped by at the playground where mum's friends were resting after their morning jog. Here's what transpired:

Neighbour: So good that your son drives you around. My son is still sleeping!

Moi: If you want, you can tumpang my car next time.

Neighbour: Good, good. But I wish my son would be like you. So good. Still not yet have girlfriend ah? Go after my daughter la! Although someone is wooing her, I'll put in a good word for you!

Moi: ..................................


My mother just changed the topic. Phew. At noon, we went out to have lunch at Nihon-Kai. It was a full house that afternoon with a family even dining out on the pavement in the heat wave. Gratitude joined us. It was good as we had not had a proper meet up in months. He paid for lunch. Always the generous one. Later that evening, mum and I went to church. When I go for sunset mass, it can only mean one thing-- work on a Sunday. Blegh. Dinner was at Heritage Village Cafe where the service was so sucky that I practically wanted to go prepare the food myself! I slept early that night to reach office at 8:00 am the next morning. Walked up and down looking for breakfast forgetting that there was a 7-11 nearby. Sheesh. Some problems here and there. By noon, my client announced that the migration exercise was a success.

Assorted Raw

Quickly jumped into my car and headed home. When I got home, mum was in super spring cleaning mode. No stopping her in that mode, so I went out for lunch alone at Restoran Joylynn, Taman Damai Utama. Needed a feel good meal, so I got a plate of chicken rice with an extra order of charsiew and iced coffee. Unfortunately an oily affair. Packed a ham and egg sandwich for mum. Before heading home, I went to the nearby pharmacy to replenish some medicine for SK. The aisle that I wanted to use was blocked by an Indian couple. The guy was squatting down, while the woman stared dumbly. They were still there after I had paid and left. In the car, I noticed that the cashier had given me an extra MYR25, so I went back in to refund it. On my way in, the couple walked out with a box of condoms in hand, looking oh-so-satisfied. Think they're gonna use it straight away. Recovered some sleep by napping a couple of hours. MaisonSK hosted dinner again that evening and KH brought some port to liven things up a little. But nothing beats the stolen kisses that KH gives me...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monday and Tuesday

YTF

For the first time, the Federal Territories enjoyed a holiday for Nuzul Al-Quran. And with it falling on a Tuesday, I declared Monday a holiday for myself. Woke up late, freshened up and went over to my sister's place. Had a quick breakfast and went out to fetch Big Monster from kindergarten. Stopped for lunch at Restoran Sun Yun Heong Yun, Taman Damai Utama. Heard about this YTF place for months, but never went looking for it. Little Monster ate the porridge and salmon steak that my mum had packed, while Big Monster had the noodles that I ordered. Both of them were super hungry. The soup noodles and YTF were actually quite good. Will come back again to try their other stuff. Brought them all out to run some errands, then got back home at about 3:30 pm. Time for Little Monster's nap. Coincidentally, SK had 'snaked' too, so we went out to AEON Taman Equine to yumcha at Wong Kok Char Chan Teng. Feeling a little masochistic, SK ordered french toast. That pan-fried bread with huge dollop of butter and peanut butter really did wonders for her GI tract after that.

Pork Rib Noodles

Tuesday was movie day with SK, mum and KH. Before going out to watch "The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", we had breakfast at Restoran Sun Yun Heong Yun again. This time, I ordered their pork ribs noodles. Not bad, but perhaps it could do with a bowl of soup. Went straight to Sunway Pyramid after that. Always a headache when it comes to parking there. But SK had it all figured out by parking at their "Preferred Parking" zone. The only catch is that you need to pay more and you need to use Touch n' Go. With 45 minutes to burn before show time, we did some shopping.

Death Wish

The film ran for more than two hours. Mum was a little bored at first, but I think she could follow the plot in the later bits. Overall, it was good movie. When we got out, Apollo and QueerRanter-D were already waiting at Coffea Coffee. But we were famished, so stopped by at O' Viet first. Surprisingly empty compared to the other restaurants. Not like it was expensive or the food lousy. Vietnamese ain't that popular? Normally I would order pho, but on that day I went for bún, dry rice noodles with peanut sauce and lemon grass grilled fish. Joined Apollo & QueerRanter-D after that. Tried the avocado mocha with ice cream. The flavour was quite good, each ingredient was well-complemented. Apollo complained about his work at a marketing agency selling Maxis corporate plans. Don't think he'll stay long there.

Bún

Avocado Mocha with Ice Cream

On our way home, got a SOS from Sis. Little Monster was sick and she wasn't able to feed him fever medication by herself. The little tyke even had red rashes on his legs, hands and trunk. Mum stayed back to cook dinner for him, while SK and I went to have dinner at OKR with the gang. Dinner was more expensive than I thought sitting outside a dilapidated wooden house with less than pleasing surroundings. Best thing was, KH's parents were having dinner just a few tables away and there I was feeding him siew yuk. XD. KT actually brought a strawberry cream cake out. Such cravings that woman has. But we decided not to eat it there. Moved the venue back to her condo in Taman Desa. We gave her fifteen minutes to make her living room presentable. Haha. In addition to the cake, we had chips, tortilla chips and some drinks. Been a while since we gathered like that...

Thai Style Tofu

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Hunt for Nasi Dagang

Note: Hello! I'm back! Was I missed? Did anyone lodge a missing blogger report? God-forbid did my visitor stats go down the toilet? Actually, I've just finished doing my laundry and reading all the mail, and my body is telling me it's bedtime although it's just 4:54 pm. Wish me luck battling jet lag and wish me luck writing about my great Canadian adventure with KH and processing the gigabytes of photos that I took! Meanwhile, I shall serve up more stale posts that are now two and a half months late! Enjoy. :D

Kelate

At Ante Kitchen the night before, Lifebook was telling me about a nasi dagang joint in Damansara Uptown. Initially, I thought it was Hayaki Cafe, a place famous for its indifferent, slow as molasses service. Turned out to be Capital Nasi Dagang (100% BUKAN milik bumiputera Melayu). Needed Waze to navigate around that confusing place. Even on a Sunday its full of cars. Thankfully, Capital was located at one of the quieter rows. When mum and I arrived after mass, the place was quite packed. Someone was packing loads and loads of nasi dagang, causing a backlog. Not many things on the menu, so we ordered two most representative dishes-- nasi dagang and laksa Kelantan. Truth be told, the nasi dagang is more value for money. The laksa was quite bare and in my opinion they should have reheated the noodles before pouring in the gravy. The nasi dagang on the other hand was quite good for KL standards. At least I did not have to pay MYR22 for it. Drove down to OUG after lunch. I had an appointment to fix my shaggy hair while mum had a yumcha session with her friends. Looking at me, my stylist suddenly realized that my hair has a nice flow to right, so he suggested to completely shave off the left side. No more undercut. That radical move was quite convenient in the sense that I could go out without combing my hair. Just push it all to the right. Mum wasn't done yet, so I walked to my car that was parked a few row of shops away. On the way, I stopped to buy nasi kerabu and some onde-onde, pulut panggang and kuih koci for SK.

Brian's Birthday

Walking in the sun made me a bit cranky as I wasn't feeling well. When I reached the car, I saw a request from KH asking me to buy a gift for Brian. Alamak! I had to trudge back to Plaza OUG. Located a random kiosk and bought a car charger for him. Took the 'arduous' journey back to my car and tested the thing. Ada lampu, takde letrik! KNS! Didn't want a repeat situation, so I parked my car closer to the plaza. Thank goodness there was a spot at the nearby cyber cafe. When I complained to the kiosk owner, only then did he produce a contraption that simulate the car's cigarette lighter. He should have bloody took that out when I first bought it! Certified dead, he gave me a replacement. And I only left after it was tested good by him and at my car. Ugh. Troublesome. Went home and rested. Wrapped the present with leftover Christmas designs and watched Fairy Tail while trying to bulk up my biceps (a long shot. Have been avoiding the pool for weeks now due to my yo-yo health condition. Hope my swim trunks don't grow mushrooms. Brian's birthday party was at MaisonSK. As usual, she cooked up a storm. As requested by the birthday boy, we didn't get a cake, but bought two tubs of ice cream instead. Ice cream cones all around! Would have loved for KH to lick my ice cream cone, but we only managed a quick kiss and grope in the room, away from the other guests.

Monday, August 25, 2014

VAN

Vancouver - 31 Jan 14 - East False Creek Sunrise

Hi guys and gals. KH is flying to Vancouver today for his Society of Actuaries’ Fellowship Admissions Course today and I'm tagging along. All his years of hard work had finally paid of. Although it sounds like my ticket to Tai-Tai-hood, I'm not quite there yet. Anyway, we'll be in Canada for a fortnight, so this blog might grow some cobwebs in that time. Wish us a pleasant journey and hope that I can get lots of spy pics of Canadian cuties! See ya!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fitting In

Market Infests the Playground

Replenished groceries and fresh produce at the wet market on Saturday morning. Nothing out of the ordinary at all. Wanted to eat my favourite breakfast soup noodles at the lorong, but they weren't open! Gasp. So unheard of. That's how the Chinese are-- work, work, work, work, work then take long leave during the Lunar Chinese New Year. Or for the more calculative, make a killing during that period. But anyway, if you're at the OUG wet market, you may wanna consider having the Penang curry laksa stall at Restoran Sun Sea. The uncle has retired and the stall is now manned by two twinks. Go check it out. LOL. Back home, mum fired up the juicer. A great combination of Taiwanese white bittergourd and apples. Not bitter, but the after-taste is very refreshing. Wanna get my hands on more of the stuff. During lunch, mum whipped up some mee suah in chicken soup and topped it with poached free-range chicken egg. Wholesome and yummy. In the afternoon, KH came over to show off his brand new Honda Civic. Quite a nice car and definitely worth it at the price that he got thanks to Talent Corp's AP. Just a short drive around my neighbourhood. Brought him to SuperSave to get an attachment for his rear view mirror. Wasn't wide enough, like my Almera. Ended up at Ocean Bubble Tea House after that. Still wasn't feeling all that great so I ordered a cup of hot tea. We had the whole place to ourselves so my hands were a little bit more adventurous.

SinHarWantan

White & Bitter

In the evening, we had a dinner date with Lifebook and couple of his friends from Penang. The dinner venue was Publika. After a long and convoluted discussion, we dined at Ante Kitchen & Bar. The place was fully booked, so we only could hold the table from 18:30pm till 8:00pm. That wasn't a problem because we the kitchen was still free and and there was ample time to eat. We shared everything, so it turned out to be a very porky course dinner. For starters, I ordered the cod fish and crab meat mash. The crab meat made taters so much yummier but truth be told, I couldn't detect the fish. Next was the smoked duck salad. Definitely smoky. LOL. A fusion dish came up too-- Char siew carbonara in curry cream (or dry curry wantan noodles). Super creamy. Can't imagine eating a whole plate of it. Then came the heavy duty meat dishes. First was the Hogger Pork Ribs. A full rack of lovely fall-off-the-bone porky goodness. Seriously a little bit too much even for the six of us. Last was the char-grilled pork steak, a signature of theirs. A very juicy cut with plenty of fat. Definitely the infidel carnivore's choice. Without the embarrassment of being shoo-ed off, we vacated the table before time was up. Did some wandering around Publika before sitting down again at Namoo on the Park. Took them some time to find us a seat. Brisk business. Shared a trio of sweet stuff. Think my favourite is still the Mat Tang with its wonderful oven-baked sweet potatoes, pumpkin and rice cakes.

Hogger Pork Ribs

Char siew Carbonara in Curry Cream

Challenging at times including mum in group dinners. Many would not risk it. Takes a certain amount of calculated confidence. Gotta watch what we say and make sure that mum doesn't get bored. And I have to balance it out between mum, KH and my friends. But I guess at times its not so difficult. Mum and I are kinda 'veterans' at it. When the opportunity arises, she does join into the conversation. And she knows to break from the group to look at outlets that interest her more. Practise makes perfect!

Cornflakes Dessert

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Little Monster, Little Eats

#DuckTales

Took half day leave on Monday to go to the lawyer's office. Woke up at about 8:00 am, freshened up and went out to buy breakfast. Ate the bittergourd noodles at my sister's house. At that time, Little Monster was already up and about. And his mood was exceptionally well that morning. Enquired my sister as to his lack of crankiness and she revealed that he had sufficient sleep the night before. In his hand was a large ham bun generously lathered with mayo. Sat him down at the dining table and his buffet continued:
  1. Milo
  2. Bittergourd noodles
  3. Bread with butter, blueberry jam and peanut butter
  4. Soft-boiled egg
My appointment at the lawyer firm was at 11:00 am. Didn't take me long to reach IOI Boulevard. Took the wrong elevator and ended up a housing developer's office instead. The dapper gentleman in tight shirt and heavily-pomaded hair pointed me in the right direction. At the lawyer's office, I was given a run through of the legal shit I was gonna get myself into. The lawyer pointed out all the salient points to me and subsequently left me to sign and initial the stack of agreements. By the time I was finished, it was lunch time. Unfortunately not enough time for me to rush back out to KL to meet Tater who was in town for a couple of meetings. Just had a plate of roast duck rice nearby. Not up to standard. Oh well, back to work.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Random Eats

Fish Head Bihun

Lo and behold, I did not have lunch at Paradigm Mall on Sunday after church. While mum was buying nombor ekor, I fired up Foursquare to look for some good eats nearby. B & Best Restaurant at Taman Rasa Sayang came out tops. Wondering where Tamana Rasa Sayang is? Better fire up Waze. So hidden in my opinion. Got there easily enough and there was ample parking. However, finding a table during lunch time was another matter. Full house! And the plaze was abuzz with activity. Seems that seafood is their specialty with all sorts of fresh, imported items. Mum and went for the basics first to gauge their skill. I ordered the dry seafood noodles while mum tried out their fish head noodles. I ordered the dry noodles because I noticed that was what the majority was eating, and for good reason. So much pork lard in there! Was nice at first, but got geli towards the end when the noodles got cold. The soup was full of grouper fish slices fishballs, fresh oysters and seaweed. I didn't like the soup as the taste was too overpoweringly sweet and salty at the same time. But the fishballs are definitely worth a mention. So springy! Amazing texture. Could practically bounce around in your bowl! Not quite "God of Cookery" standard, but good enough. On the other hand, the fish head noodles were much better. Plenty of meat in clear soup. Loved it. And their sambal is quite good. Each bowl cost MYR14. Quite steep hor? Another favourite seemed to be the fried beancurd skin with fish paste. A whopping MYR11.50 for just three pieces.

Seafood Noodles

#SpicyHeaven

Didn't loiter at the malls that day. Went straight home. Later in the evening, I made myself a cup of coffee and poured in a packet of Oat BG 22 cereal. Can't believe that they made the oat powder into cute-sy hearts. Chewy stuff. MaisonSK organized dinner again. Invited my sister and Big Monster along too. Little Monster was kidnapped by his dad and was whisked away for a day trip to Melaka. SK demonstrated her skills on the ukelele or to be exact, the lack of it. LOL. Still a long way to go...

#HealthyHeart