Friday, December 31, 2010

Armanee

Since I had two and half days of annual leave to clear by the end of 2010, I took leave last Friday to meet some friends and settle some banking. Updated my accounts and activated some that had become dormant. In case you don't know, an account that has no withdrawal activity for a year will be flagged as dormant and a fee will be charged on it annually for seven years before it is closed and the money sent to the central bank. Turns out that I actually have more money than I think I have. LOL. Need to consolidate my liquid assets. All over the place and unaccounted for. After finishing my banking at Bandar Park, I made a call to JJ. He gave me directions to Armanee Condominium in Damansara Damai in the most unconventional of ways:

"When you see the Sri Damansara sign, DON'T turn in. When you see the SD 1-5 sign, DON'T turn in."

Goodness. I double-checked with Google Maps. However, Armanee Condominium does not exist in the online map, only Armanee Terrace in Mutiara Damansara. Thinking it to be the same place, I drove there. Quite easy. Was quite proud of myself. Then I proceeded to call HJ. Damn, no line. When the coverage was better, I made like ten calls which went unanswered! Luckily I managed to get EDGE and contact JJ on GTalk!

Moi: Where are you?! I'm already at the lobby.

JJ: I don't see you either.


Shit * 100. Persuaded JJ to take the cab to The Curve instead. The Christmas decorations at The Curve were kinda disappointing. Kiddy and unimaginative. JJ treated me to lunch at Kim Gary. Ordered the hot and spicy chicken set. Agak sedap. However, the fish fillet in cream sauce that JJ ordered was not very good. Super bland sauce with just a hint of corn. Disgruntled JJ sent it back to the kitchen. The waitress brought it back out accompanied by a bowl of concentrated cream sauce. Tambah secukup rasa. Hehe. Halfway through, Lifebook joined us. He had a lunch appointment with a friend. Then we went down to Starbucks. Didn't feel like coffee that day, so I ordered their iced lemon tea. Refreshing with a hint of mint.

Chatted some more, but about grown up topics like investment and such. I spied a guy drawing the most convoluted Entity-Relationship diagram I had ever seen. When he zoomed out using Visio, the connecting lines were as numerous as wrinkles on a retired prune. Really wonder how anyone can make heads or tails from that. Sent JJ home after that and made my way to New Town Kopitiam to drink a cup of honey lemon and surf the net while waiting for SK to get off work.

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Back home, my mother was having one her days. All cranky. Later found out it was because she had twisted her foot earlier in the day. :S. Went to the vigil mass and the LDP was jammed up all the way from Sunway to Kg. Cempaka. Missed the cantata as a result. NTV7 was there to film the mass. Wonder if I got any airtime? :P. Before going home, we stopped by at Pappa Rich, Kuchai Lama for some supper. The Bangladeshi workers were smitten by little Cyan. Had nasi lemak, chicken hor fun and char siew pau ta-pau-ed from the nearby Restoran Ful Lai (nice, but MYR1.80 per piece!). The iced coffee was so diluted. Banned.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pee Wee Herman

If you've been to The Gardens, you most probably noticed the Premier Toilets on the 1st floor. One either pays MYR5 for a day's entry, or flash your Isetan or Robinsons card. Nothing special about it, just that there are hand towels instead of paper napkins and you get L' Occitane products to use. Another thing to note about it are the sinks. They're round and at a waist height, making them quite passable as urinals. My colleagues reported that they saw two uncles urinating into the sinks one night! One fella was even having problems, needing to tip toe to make sure he hit the mark! Oh my. So if you smell something unpleasant at the sink one day, do move to the one next to it.

Would be fun to nonchalantly walk up to the sink and wash one's hands while the uncles were doing their business... Then pull a big smile for them. :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Guitar Strings

Picture taken at Cathay Cineleisure, Singapore
I know it's not cool to make fun of someone else's name, but I just had to highlight this... It's the first time I've seen such a surname! Seen anything similar?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Babysitting II: Rain

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Nothing much happened on Sunday. Brought Cyan to church. Wasn't a troublesome affair as he was lulled into sleep halfway through. Went for lunch then made a stop at Jusco Taman Equine to restring my crystal bracelet. Unfortunately the crystal store went bust. Ugh. That kid is really quite difficult to manage when in malls. He doesn't walk~ he jumps here and there. And when roams, he takes for granted that you would be following closely behind him. He won't look behind to see if you're around. Pening. In the evening, I went for a swim. Took a chance though the sky was getting a bit gloomy. Only managed nine laps before it poured. Dried myself off and watched the rain at the gazebo. Several movers were dismantling some tents that were used for a pool-side function in the afternoon. The heavy rain did not stop them. A lala zhai and an Indonesian worker stripped off their shirts. Got an eyeful of wet bodies toned from daily manual labour. Yummm... and their wet pants clinging low... hehe. Definitely a wet Sunday!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Babysitting I: Nikko


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My sister and my BIL had a two-day photography workshop so mum and I had our hands full taking care of little Cyan during the weekend. 8:00 in the morning and the kid was so active when I opened the door. I had barely wiped the sleep out of my eyes. I lazed on the sofa while I sat the kid in front of the TV to watch the Saturday morning cartoons. Mum on the other hand went to the wet market. Was glad that he was entertained by "Barney", "Kim Possible" and "Play Dough" advertisements. Unfortunately, he was kinda freaked out by "V.V Argost's Weirdworld". Told me to change the channel. By that time, mum had come back with breakfast. Fed the fella his favourite wantan noodles and nasi lemak. Boy, that kd can really eat! Then it was back to the TV. "Barbie: Mermaid Adventure" was also pleasing. Amazing what the kid likes. At about noon, brought him to my new apartment as I had gotten my keys the night before. Am now MYR4000 poorer. Checked out the place for defects. But without the water and electricity turned on, there wasn't much to see. A new dim sum shop had opened nearby, so we gave that a try. Average fair. Cyan was already low on battery at that time, so we went home to let him nap.

The night before, I had made reservations to try Munakata's ala carte buffet. Was kinda shocked that they asked for my credit card number. To deter customers who are not serious they said. I was not aware that their number was as popular as 999. Too bad for them, I cancelled the reservation after I looked at several online reviews. Was turned off by the limited variety, so SK and I decided on Hotel Nikko's Benkay instead. Dragged Cyan out as well since my sis was running late. Made it to the hotel in just under thirty minutes. Could have been earlier if the tunnel on Jalan Tun Razak did not turn into SMART tunnel due to the rain. When we arrived, the Japan Club was having a full dress rehearsal of their cantata. Impressive.

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Was my first visit to the restaurant. What surprised me was that the service staff that we asked was not sure where the restaurant was located. :S. We managed to find it anyway. A cozy place with attentive service. But I suspect that it was due to the fact that it was only half full. The waitresses were captivated by Cyan. They brought food for him, gave him a special kiddy plate and brought him around the restaurant hunting for dessert! Differences at Benkay include a steambot right on the table and sashimi served in egg cups. And grapefruit, dragonfruit and passion fruit were found at the fruits section. They also have freshly-prepared dorayaki drizzled with honey and a chocolate fountain. Loved their ebi tempura. Thick and juicy. :P. Cam-whoring was done after dinner. Cyan was very hard to photograph. Kept on mumbling to himself and not smiling for the camera. And never one to sit still!

Overall, it was a great buffet. Go give it a try before Nikko turns into Intercontinental Hotel next March.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Dawn

Merry Christmas!
Today we celebrate the coming of the Light of the World! Give thanks to the Lord for his saving grace and His generous blessings upon us (hunk above included), although we are unworthy. Plant the seeds of love, and where it has started to grow, nurture it till it bears bountiful fruit. Remember how blessed we are and remember those who are less fortunate than us.

Have a Blessed Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Advent

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To mark the fourth week of Advent, here's an example of Christmas cheer in Bandar Seri Begawan. The picture on the top was snapped at the lobby of my hotel. It suddenly appeared after I came back from work one day. They used a dingy white table cloth to set the display. And the snowman... looks like a bleached "Angry Bird" crossed with Eric Cartman. The picture below was snapped at Lucky Restaurant. They put the Christmas tree on the stage, right in between the dragon and phoenix carvings! Kinda like its under attack. That's all for Christmas over in Brunei. Hopefully all the Pinoys there will make things livelier.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I'm Your Lady...

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Here's a little glimpse of my tardy posting behaviour! Did you miss it? Gonna talk about the birthday card that KH sent me last October. You see, the cards that he sends me are quite standard~~ not big on visuals, but heavy on the words. This card was no exception. A special card for a lover's birthday. A breeder couple's birthday to be more exact, as you can see from the silhouette of the man and woman walking on the beach. But KH was quite creative really. He pulled out a pencil and started transforming the woman into a man! It was a botched job of course, but he tried to make it up by drawing a heart in the centre. Hehe. He can be so cute at times.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Francis Yip Tuesday

Picture taken at Restoran Phongmun, Bandar Seri Begawan
I can imagine belting out "Shanghai Bund" on this stage. If I did my wedding banquet there, I would most probably be wearing a red cheongsam with phoenix embroidery. Hehe.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Revisiting Jase


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On Saturday, I went to the market as usual. Nothing changed except that the roads are now mostly one way. A change for the better I reckon. Breakfast was a mediocre bowl of curry noodles at Kuchai Lama. Mum went out to visit a friend after lunch, so I did the same. Drove all the way to the Solaris Dutamas area to visit Jase. According to him, it had been one year since we met. How time flies! Was really impressed at the way his brother and sis-in-law lived. When I saw her, she really reminded me of a painted doll. Basically hung out in his room, hiding in the comfort of his air-conditioned room. In the end, I managed to drag him out. Told him to bring me to the pool, but it was overrun by expat kids. Ugh. On a whim, we decided to investigate a shop named Rainbow that was in nearby Plaza Damas. We spotted it on the PluGuide website. Walked up and down Block E to find the place. When we found it, it was just an umarked door with a door card sensor and a peephole. So dodgy!! Jase claimed that he was on the verge of knocking. Anyway, I went home after that and had a dinner of vegetarian glass noodles that mum had packed for me.

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Sunday was church of course. The aunty in charge of the liturgy group was thrilled to see me after my month-long absence. She shoved the sash of hospitality minister to me and smiled. So short of help these days. The school holidays? Lunch was at Hokkaido Ichba since mum wanted to see the Christmas decorations at MV. Recommended by some of the BFF after a birthday gathering was done there. Ordered their Maru Bento. A selection of tempura, nigiri sushi, sashimi, nimono, unagi and chawanmushi. Quite enough for two. Dessert was melon ice cream and niagra wine sherbet, served with catoulope. It looked sooooo big in the menu! So mini in reality. But it was quite refreshing anyway. Decorations at The Gardens were quite nice and classy, befitting the upper-class clientele there. At MV, giant plush toys and a "Toy Story" rebellion was the theme. Definitely got everyone in a shutterbug frenzy. Shopped for mum's Xmas present and got her a bottle of Shu Uemura cleansing oil and a pair of Zang Toi shoes. Tried and tested gifts for women.

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Quickly left the crowds and returned home. Did not rest, but immediately went out again for a jog. My stamina had taking a beating from my couch potato ways in Brunei. Was exhausted after just one round the lake. Sigh. Bumped into Venge and she later messaged me saying that she did 8km that day! I'm pathetic. :(. Had a quick lunch at the food court and showered. Then out again to KLIA to pick up SK. Weekends definitely just zoom by!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chores


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Coming back from Brunei, I had three days of replacement leave to clear-- two for the month-long trip, and one for Deepavali. Took the opportunity to visit the commissioner of oaths to get some legal documents signed.

"You know what you are signing ah? You understand Bahasa Malaysia right?"

Legal things suck. A long-drawn affair between my late uncle and my late dad. That was quick and painless. Then went to the post office to renew the car's roadtax. Waited and waited for quite some time. The counters were busier than usual because of the whole traffic summons discount exercise. When it was my turn, the clerk told me that the insurance had not been renewed yet! Alamak! Got the number from mum, and settled with the agent. Waited for my number again! Ugh. And all the while little Cyan was running up and down the post office. Lunch was at Restoran Goon Wah. Naturally ordered their famous XO fish head noodles and stir-fried pork intestines. Cyan did not fancy the noodles at all since there were chillies swimming in the soup. Hehe. Poor kid. He walloped a whole bowl of longan tong sui instead. Back home, mum supplemented his lunch with bread and fried egg.

Later in the afternoon, I went out again to visit KK, my stylist. Found out that he opened a branch at the adjacent building. Just right next to his ex-employer. When Snips closed shop, he moved in. With a better location on the ground flor, he should be getting more walk-in customers. I asked KK to trim my unruly locks and he gladly did so. Actually, he was secretly hating my long hair. Said it was too messy. Hehe. Oh well. Now I know that KH is not alone in his thinking. With his expansion, he hired new staff as well. The shampoo boy was quite disappointing. Washed my shirt while washing my hair. Handled me like a rag doll! KK's partner quickly came over and dried my shirt with a hairdryer. Since I was there, I opted for a scalp treatment as well. Getting old, I think my hair's not as thick as it used to be! Better start some pre-emptive measures. Sigh...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

There's Life After Brunei IV: Shopping High & Lunching High


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Breakfast was oats and more skanking. Did some packing too. Before lunch, took some time to hunt for SK's Xmas present. Got her a cute little pink Skagen watch. KH made reservations for lunch at Jaan, Swissôtel The Stamford Hotel. We took the train to City Hall MRT station and tried to get in to the hotel via Raffles City Mall. Went around in cirles. Giving up, we backtracked to the lobby instead and took the express lift to the 70th floor! Ohmigosh. Greeted by several ang moh service staff. So uncommon in a South-East Asian country. The view was amazing! The waiter took us to our table and he assured us that we had the BEST view in the house. It definitely was. One could see The Eye, Marina Bay Sands and The Esplanade at one glance! I wonder if the waiter was surprised that two guys turned up instead of a straight couple. Hehe. It was very easy to order. Either take the three course set lunch, or settle for the full five course. As simple as that. I took the three and KH took the five. They explained the items to us, but I think most of the foodie terms just went 'whoosh' over my head. After listening, we immediately googled! LOL. Fearing for the bill, we said no to wine and just went ahead with still water. 1L of bottled Fiji Water was actually SGD30! Luckily it was free with the course. I could have bought a bottle of Absolut Vodka with that money. Premium price gets you an attentive waiter to serve it to you with a fancy-shmancy stainless steel holder.

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We started with canapés (dah wiki baru tahu is equivalent to hors d'œuvres). It came served on a plate that looked like a black slab of rock. Four varieties. So cute and dainty. Couldn't resist but to whip out our cameras first. Haha. My favourite was the winter melon infused with wine and topped with bonito flakes. Quite refreshing. Next up was a petite dish (I guess they were all petite T.T) of smoked eel topped with horseradish on a basil leaf. Subtle. Moving on, we were presented with two types of sheep butter, one unsalted and the other salted with sea salt. It was for the choice of bread-- baguette, black truffle brioche, sourdough and another ???. Haha. I liked the sourdough the most. Perfect to fill in the blanks in the tummy. LOL. The first course that arrived was the oxtail ravioli with cheese sauce. When they tried to clear away my unfinished bread, my first instinct was to protect 'em! :P. The size of the ravioli for the three course was larger to compensate for the fewer items. Hehe. I liked it. The filling was very good and I loved the celery at the bottom. The second dish for KH was the rabbit terrine with foie gras. Been ages since I tasted wabbit!

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Then it was Norwegian seabass with orange sauce. It was kinda funny when the waiter explained it:

"Sir, this is the Norwegian seabass with orange sauce. On the side, we have..... err.. orange."

The fish was nicely grilled, but I think the sauce was too tame for my liking. Since I did not get to eat yet, I took the time to take photographs of the wonderful view. When it was time for me to eat again, they presented a grilled chicken breast with tarragon foam. The meat was very tender, unlike any chicken breast I had tasted and the skin had a nice salty crisp to it. Excellent. The pre-dessert (!) was a panna cotta variant had layers of flavours! Citrus-infused sugar on top of a refreshing foam. Then came passion fruit jelly sitting on a sweet crust of white chocolate. And at the bottom, yoghurt. The real dessert was a foursome of pecan panna cotta (too creamy and nutty for my liking), mocha panna cotta, vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate. The chef recommended it to be eaten in that order due to the taste intensity. It doesn't end there. Coffee and pralines were next. Chose a chili and hazelnut praline from something that reminded me of a cigar box. I liked the chili, though if you didn't tell me, I wouldn't have guessed. Compliments to Chef de Cuisine Ebbe Vollmer from Sweden.

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70th Floor

After the amazing lunch, KH and I went to Orchard to see the Christmas decorations. I wasn't too impressed but I'm sure it would have been better at night. In front of The Ion was a giant walk-in Christmas tree. Inside, one is provided with special glasses to "better appreciate the Christmas lights". Incredible. Got my sister some chocolates from The Chocolate Research Facility and basically just wandered around aimlessly. At around 5:00pm, we went home. Did some more last minute packing and we were out the door by 06:00pm. Took the cab to Terminal 1 where we met Ms. L for dinner at Paradise Inn. Drank scallop pork rib soup, ate sizzling beancurd, Tong Po meat with man tao and brocoli with mushrooms. Ms. L was so slow at eating that she was afraid that I might miss my flight. But we made it in time although we took the train to T2 and subsequently caught shuttle bus to the Budget Terminal. No flight delay this time and I managed to board without a hitch. The same uncle from my last trip flagged me through immigration. I sat at the back of the plane, and by the time I reached the baggage claim, my bag was the last. :S. For the first time, I took the airport cab home. It's so stupid that passengers have to walk all the way from the arrival hall to the other end of the arrival hall to get the cab. -_-.

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Enjoyed myself in Singapore (not so much the place, but just being able to spend time with KH), but the next time that we would meet again would most probably be CNY.... such a long way to go lo! Miss you baby!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

There's Life After Brunei III: Do You Like Birds?


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Without a window in the room, I really could have went on sleeping if KH wasn't there to kiss me awake. Was so lazy to get up... But he nudged me downstairs and we had the breakfast at Beach Road Prawn Noodle House. Much better to eat there during weekdays. A good crowd, but minus the chaos. This time round, I ordered the pig tail variety. Been quite some time since I sampled that smooth variety of meat and skin. Having filled our tummies, we packed up and checked out. Our next destination was the Jurong Bird Park. Trying for it since our last attempt was a failure due to the rain. The ride to Boon Lay MRT station was still as long as ever and the train was packed at an off-peak hour. Ugh. From Jurong Point, took Bus 251 to the park. Luckily, the weather was great. We practically walked around the whole place. Saw the penguins, parrots, starlings, pelicans, lories, emus, swans, flamingos, etc. Took plenty of pics especially at the walk-in aviaries, like the Lory Loft and the Waterfall Aviary. But for those in cages, I couldn't get many decent shots.

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Some birds were hard to spot, like the Bird of Paradise and most of the supposed 1,500 species of African birds. Was also a bit disappointed that I could not get a good shot of the Toco Tucan. The easiest bird to photograph was the lory. Diabetic little birds that can't resist the sweet stuff, they're never too shy to come close. Interesting to note was a fella going around with his girlfriend taking photos with a plush Sesame Street Bert toy. Weirdness! Our final show was of the birds of prey and it was raining! The falconer, Mas was quite entertaining and photogenic, with a tinge of sarcasm and a headmistress-like approach. At the nocturnal birds section, it was so annoying to hear Singaporeans pronouncing "Owl" as "Owel" like in "Vowel". Ish.

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By afternoon, I was hot, cranky, achy and hungry already. We only shared a smoked salmon wrap and a coffee earier. The Dimbulah coffee that they served was good! Early dinner was at Hand-In-Hand Restaurant, Jurong Point. Ordered fried rice, Shanghai chive pancake, xiao long bao and siew mai. Not bad. Amazingly, their xiao long bao beat Lei Garden. KH bought me a cup of green bubble tea from KOI Cafe. Sedap!. No wonder there was a queue and a numbering system for the pick up. Back home, we downed the bubble and a guava his housemate gave us. The day's activity did not drain the boyfriend, but actually made him horny. LOL. Not that I'm complaining. :P. KH had some new tricks up his sleeve and of course I was very appreciative!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

There's Life After Brunei II: Church At Last!

On Sunday, KH and I got up early to have breakfast at food court near his place. A famous economy noodle stall that has a perpetual queue of customers. Nothing special in my opinion, but I guess Singaporeans are a deprived lot when it comes to decent hawker fare. Quickly rushed back up to prepare for mass at 11:00am. Ended my streak of sinnin' by celebrating mass at The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in town. One of the oldest churches and oe could really tell from the way the paint was peeling off the vaulted ceiling. Not a big turnout of parishioners. After mass, we took some pictures. The interesting feature of the church is definitely the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul flanking the entrance. One can easily recognize 'em from the keys and book they respectively hold in their hands.

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Then we hopped next door to the Singapore Museum of Art. A promotional junket for the Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention was going on with cosplayers dressing up as Chobits and storm troopers. Was taken aback by a cross-dressing cosplayer. Definitely a nightmare for straight fans. Having killed some time there, we headed over to Lei Garden @ Chijmes. Along the way, we took some pictures at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Singapore's oldest Catholic church. Amazingly, the mass was being conducted in Korean! Did not get to take a glimpse at the priest to check whether he was a K-Pop star  lookalike. Met up with CMon, Den, Nic, Rick and Eugene at the restaurant. Had a fantastic table facing the live seafood. Was salivating at the garoupas, lobsters, geoducks and Alaskan Spider Crabs.

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Lei Garden was kinda so-so when one factors in the food quality and the price. Peach Garden was a better experience. My biggest complain was the fact that they didn't serve siew mai! Such blasphemy! And in the place of "Phoenix Claws" they had a version made with abalone sauce and braised peanuts. Talk about luxury. The best they offered was the egg tarts. Fantastic crust and fragrant filling. The wantan-chicken soup was also good with a solid chicken broth. The rest~ char siew pau, char siew sou, chu cheong fun (erk!) and wu kok (too compact) were average at best. Also ordered half a Peking duck. Downed the crispy skin with a thin egg wrap. The rest of the meat was later served up diced and stir-fried with vegetables to be wrapped with Chinese lettuce.

"Rapunzel" was the after-dinner movie. At Cathay. Quite enjoyable though I'm not a fan of Disney animations. Paschal, the pet Chameleon was sooooooooo cute! Most of the audience enjoyed it to the point that they clapped at several points during the plot. Next, we took the bus to Paya Lebar MRT station. Picked up KW there. My first time seeing him. A man of many surprises (will elaborate later). Took the bus to East Coast Road. Alighted and joined CMon and Den. They were supposed to recommend us a nice place to eat but CMon ended up bringing us around in circles! Wanted to strangle him!

"How about this shop? Erm. Not very nice also. Let's eat here, the fish head curry is nice le."

"You tasted it before?"

"No la. Smells nice though."


Ended up ordering some dishes at XO King Crab Restaurant, and the fish head curry from the Indian-Italian stall (!!!) next to it. Not bad la. From my table, I could see the chef's butt crack. -_-". Made a stop at CMon and Den's room. Was curious to find out how messy the room was seeing that CMon's always complaining about Den being a slob. Seeing the room, I can't help but notice that it was more organized than KH's room! LOL. My only complaint was CMon's lappie... it had a layer of dust from the 1990s I gather. In the room, we grilled KW about some of his skanky encounters and we were shocked to learn that such an innocent face actually hid an adventurous streak! Without more stories forthcoming, we headed to Le Peranakan Hotel. Finished up my Global Privilege points before they expire end December. Two thousand points only got me a small room there. Painfully yellow and bright with dark laquered furniture and gold trimmings. The queen bed dominated the room and just at the foot of the bed was the frosted glass door to the loo.

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Before calling it a night, we had tong sui at the nearby C-9 Cafe. It was horrid. I ordered the yam and almond paste and it had the consistency of plaster of paris. Yuck. Being the only customers inside, we were quite boisterous with our stories. I think the kitchen staff overheard our gay sex stories as I found him trying hard to stifle a smirk. Being a Sunday night, we did not stay too long and headed back up to the hotel. Though the shower stall was small, we managed to squeeze in. Ever committed to 'saving water'. :D. We should have used the jacuzzi on the terrace! Snuggled next to KH on the big bed and watched "The Sleuth". A weird movie. Finishing that, I got KH to massage my poor calves. Definitely not one for a gentle, firm massage. I was screaming away even before the sex started.... :P.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

There's Life After Brunei I: Touchdown

Having spent thirty four days in Brunei (the immigration officer's screen flashed red~ "Overstayed for 4 days"), I found it apt to end the business trip with a trip to Singapore. It was for my sanity, my super full balls and to make up for me missing our Deepavali rendezvous in KL last November. I bought the ticket at about a week before departure and only Tiger could give me a decent price. Price is still the determinant in the end. The night before flying, I packed up most of my stuff and passed unfinished detergent and my local SIM card to Cutie #2. Disappointed that he did not open the door only clad in his skivvies. Bah. So, I departed from BSB at 9:30am and arrived in KL some time after noon. SK was waiting for me at the arrival hall. Since my connecting flight to Singapore was at 2:40pm, we had some time to kill at CBTL. The month's challenges had truly drained her a bit. Did some catching up and she sent me on my way.

Usually, the flight to Singapore only takes about thirty five minutes, but for the very first time for me, it took more than an hour. The airplane kept circling between Johor and Singapore for unknown reasons. No announcement was made. Was kinda impatient to get off the plane especially with the middle-aged couple beside me so lovey-dovey and constantly holding hands. Made me think of KH even more. I walked out of the Budget Terminal at 5:00pm. Took a few minutes to get a bottle of cK Free for my brother this Xmas. Quickly followed KH into the cab and headed back to Bishan. Was supposed to get ready to meet my brother for dinner at 7:00pm, but we still found the time to fool around fr a bit. Our bodies definitely were craving for each other. Having worked up an appetite, we headed to Tanjung Pagar MRT station.

Dinner was at Osvaldo's, my brother's favourite Italian joint. Quite classy (Aqua Panna costs SGD8 :S). The waiter did his best to explain to us the specials, but we ordered from the menu anyway. My brother had the papardelle with wild boar ragu, while I had the papardelle with duck ragu. The waiter jokingly took an order of papardelle with chicken ragu for KH. Heh. But KH ordered the pork belly. To start, we ordered the mixed meat platter and Chianti. The thin slices of meat went really well with the bread. But the pasta was kinda mild for me. I did not detect the aroma of duck! But it was delicious none-the-less. KH's cut of meat was really tender and it practically melted in one's mouth. For dessert, we ordered the ice cream spaghetti (just the shape of the ice cream really, but it was a fantastic vanilla) and ice cream with a frozen zabajone heart. Was kinda amused to see that they use giant lamps at the kitchen counter to keep the dishes warm and the waiters use a hand-held battery-operated cheese grater that I mistook for a giant barcode reader. :P.

Osvaldo's

Post-dinner, KH and I went over to the nearby Tea Chapter to say hi to w850i and his new boyfriend, Andy. It was Andy's birthday and there were loads of guests. So cute to see them wearing identical polo ts. Later on, KH brought me to Lockerroom for drinks. Wanted to go to DYMK, but at 09:30pm, only the staff were there! In comparison, Lockerroom was much darker and noisier. The staff dressed in sporting apparrel as the name suggests the theme. Ordered some cocktails and did some people-watching. They were also screening "The Naked Truth" (one of the few movies that KH and I watched together), so it was also fun to watch that. Did not like the fact that I had to scream above the loud music, but it was fun that when I went in close to whisper in KH's ear, he would steal a kiss.

Quite a bit of caucasians in the establishment, with some tellingly sitting alone, waiting for someone to join 'em. There was one weirdo Chinese speccy guy that sat behind us. With drink in hand, he walked from the entrance to the toilet for many rounds. And each time he passed by our table, he would look at us unflinchingly. Erk. Later in the night, Kidz joined us for drinks. Ever with a cap or hat, definitely eye-catching. Did not get to talk much with him. We rescheduled for breakfast on Tuesday morning as he had to leave for Malaysia in the morning. By 11:00pm, we left and the gay boys were just getting out of the woodwork. Heh. But still, had to reserve our strength for the day to come... At that late hour, we walked home with our hands linked together... It's good to be together again.

Friday, December 10, 2010

No funds for Opposition MPs

An excerpt from this article in The Star:

“Selangor, for example, though it is already a developed state, the Federal Government still provides allocations.
“That is why we have Datuk Ghani (Salleh, Federal Secretary in Selangor) here to ensure the money is spent properly.
“The important thing is the rakyat benefits from the funds.
“If we channel it to the Mentri Besar, I wonder how he would spend it,” Muhyiddin said.

I'm making a guess that if the MB was actually given the money, he wouldn't build a Balinese mansion with it.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Empress of the Empire

Note: Yes, I'm back! Was I missed? Here's a little apéritif to get things going. Need to collect my thoughts first and get back my sea legs!

I've only been to Empire Subang once. From my initial observations, though it may be small, it has a posh clientele supporting it. Looks like Subang folks are rich. Heh. Can already tell from they way they dress and carry themselves. Unlike The Gardens and Pavilion that have a mixed crowd, The Empire seems to attract less peasants and riff-raff, with the exception of myself la. LOL. Affluent though some may be, but the behaviour... oh so classy. I had noticed a small family unit that was shopping at KitchMate. The wife really knew how to buy the expensive stuff and the hubby didn't even bat an eyebrow at the prices. Overheard from the well-dressed Tai-Tai in a mixture of Cantonese and English:

"What la you! Hui sei lah nei! Everytime act like a barbarian!"

Right in front of the kids. The husband just kept quiet. I really wonder who was the real barbarian...

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Fleeing the Sultanate

My incarcetation in BSB is finally over. Packed my stuff, finished up the perishables and gave away the stuff that I did not fancy lugging back to KL. Will be getting out early tomorrow to catch the earliest flight out of Brunei. On arrival at LCCT, I will be meeting SK for a bit. But my journey does not end there! I have a ticket for Singapore a couple of hours later. :). Have to make up for my missed appointment last Deepavali. Hehe. FYI, I'm gonna be flying Tiger again. If you remember, I flamed them the last time. But they were best choice seeing that Air Asia and Jetstar are charging more than MYR100 extra. :S.

Sad to say that I did not visit Miri. I was not keen on the bus ride there and friends there weren't keen on coming. A classic case of so near, yet so far. :(. But the most disappointing was KH's friends in BSB. After more than a month I was here, they could not find the time to meet up. Aww shucks. Did not buy any souveniers either. No point getting those generic key chains. My other colleagues bought chocolates and prawn crackers like nobody's business. BND10 per packed of keropok. Premium stuff! Don't think I will miss anything in Brunei. Definitely not the breakfast! But it did teach me not to complain if I ever eat a MYR5 plate of mixed rice in KL. Haha.

The wrap up in Brunei might not be complete, but I don't want to think about that for now. Just wanna anticipate seeing KH again. How many skank sessions do you think I can fit in by Tuesday night? ;P

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Escapade to Excapade

Hotel -> Makan -> Bus!
The most famous Japanese cuisine chain in BSB is undoubtedly "Excapade Sushi". Why? It's the only one I know of. Hahaha. Anyway, ventured out to Gadong on a lazy Sunday to try it. The four walls of our room were starting to feel very stifling. My roommate and I walked out and tried waiting for the bus. We chatted. Skirted the red ants that had colonized the road shoulder. And waited. And waited. And waited. After fifteen minutes, we caught sight of the company car! With the project manager back in Malaysia, several colleagues had commandeered the Innova. They were going for a jam session. Erm. Okay. Whatever. They dropped us off at the place and we quickly headed upstairs to the restaurant. Quite a good crowd inside. Mostly Chinese. Sat down and looked at their menu. A good selection. Ended up ordering the salmon sashimi (BND15 for 250gm, thick slices, but not exceptionally sweet), butteryaki beef slices with asparagus (the meat was rough and overdone!), saba shioyaki and a Phoenix Roll. The roll came at the end, and it was super big... nearly vomitted looking at the rice. (my mouth's pretty big and can take large cocks items, but I couldn't down the roll in one bite) The prawn meat was padded with bread and cheese and it was served in the shape of a cross, granished with deep-fried kale and nestum! Weirdness. The bill came to BND39.

Needing to walk off that meal, we headed to The Mall. More crowded that when I was last there. Went down to the department store because my colleague wanted to buy Rosken Skin Repair. Just BND4.99. Half the price compared to Malaysia! He also nearly bought some Avene lip balm. (he's straight?!) Walked around for a while, then decided to leave. No cuties around anyway. The kids had a lala factor of 7.0, much higher than my tolerance level. Tried to find the bus stop. Asked the people at Centerpoint Hotel, but the staff weren't helpful at all. At last we saw the bus and we ran for it! Like those mini buses of old and the conductor had to manually operate the door. Cute. Had a tough time telling the conductor where we wanted to go. All the road names and landmarks that we threw out just drew a puzzling loo. We took a gamble anyway. The conductor must be thinking what idiots these migrant workers are, not even knowing where they stay. Reached the hotel by 3:00pm. Back to being a couch potato...

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Boating in the Rain

A conversation with DanielH got me thinking about the rain... Nowadays when it rains, we immediately frown and think about traffic jams. When I was little, the rain was much more welcome. During the monsoon period in the East Coast, the rains would come frequently. It would be cool and I remember that my siblings and I would take the chance to slip into yukata-like robes that my mum sewed. Sometimes, when the rain let up a little, we would wear clogs and venture out onto the grass (the amazing smell of rain on the grass), purposely stepping into the puddles. And most of the time, the rains would cause flash floods. My old house had the front door cemented up a bit to avoid flood waters from flowing in. However, the toilet would still get flooded and the poo would escape their dark prison. ;). To pass the time, my siblings and I would fold paper boats out of waxed paper and see them float off. A constant source of entertainment for us. And during the long drives to Teluk Intan from Kuantan (a good seven hours navigating the trunk roads), the rain would also keep me occupied. I would be lying down on the seat, watching how the droplets of water combine and flow down the window... and in the process gather more droplets. Even the windscreen wiper was interesting. Amazing what stories my mind could cook up seeing the water being wiped off the glass. The squeeze of boredom! Haha. So when you hear the pitter-patter of the rain on your window, try to relive your childhood moments and share what comes to mind.