Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bedroom Bucket List

James Huntsman gay by reinhardkrickelberg
James Huntsman gay, swiped from reinhardkrickelberg on Flickr.

Note: What do you know... just in time for the new year!

Some considerations for my sex life as recommended by a couple of well-meaning friends:

  1. ThompsonBoy - Speedo sex - I'm guessing that it involves having sex in swim trunks. KH and I should don the skimpiest of swim trunks and when it comes to penetration, KH should just just whip out his hard cock from the side of the pouch. As for me, KH would either push the material to the side to access my chute, OR just partially remove the trunks, leaving it one leg. Perhaps he meant f*cking in the pool. For reference, I'll need to dig out some Japanese athlete, poolside or beach porn.
  2. ChatMate - Jockstrap sex - According to him, it's a shame that an underwear king like myself does not own a pair of jockstraps. It's the perfect underwear for bottoms. Just need to raise my legs and voila, easy access (not to my dick though)! Any suggestions on what brand I should get?

So what do you think? Any other suggestions? But I think I should prioritise topping KH. LOL.

Happy New Year 2014 dear readers and friends! Hope that although harga barang dan perkhidmatan will inevitably naik, our gaji dan pendapatan will naik more. But first and foremost, I hope that the citizens and voters of Malaysia will naik awareness and do the right thing for our our country so that everyone will benefit and progress.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ramen Ranter

QueerRanter was in town for some kind of meeting (his company doesn't seem to know about teleconferencing, so they fly him in and out), so a BFF meet-up was arranged in town. The organizer, Legolas suggested dinner at Ton Chan, Wisma Cosway. The whole restaurant was practically our's, so we could kecoh all we liked. Among the familiar faces were Ken and JL, while the surprised guests were Jin and Ginger. Interestingly, Ginger was QueerRanter's primary schoolmate. According to him, he had a huge crush on him back then. But the fact that Ginger is a breeder was lost on many on us. He seemed so comfortable in our midst and Ken practically thought that he sucked dick. LOL. A very sporting fella. Anyway, it was my first time there, so I randomly gave their Gomoku Ramen a try. Loved the soup actually, and it had a good mix of charsiew, tempura, wakame, pork slices, vegetables and ajitama. Was a very fun dinner really. Discussed about much history that had mostly slipped my mind. Old, old acquaintances and drama that had been swept under the carpet. Halfway through dinner, a slim cutie walked in causing QueerRanter to do a very obvious double take (air liur meleleh dan celana dalam basah). The boy was gay and dressed in the tightest of office wear (many have this fetish, Nicky05? SimonLover?). The fella has thighs the size of my calves. I dunno where he shops for slacks. I had the best view in the house. Wakaka. Also discussed about the possibilities of visiting Miri for a short holiday. But it seemed like the only attractions there were QueerRanter's bedroom (the point with Miri's highest concentration of sex) and the rolling hills of Legolas' family orchard. Went through many, many cups of green tea before we called it a night.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Santa's in Sunway

Blue Maki by williamnyk
Blue Maki, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.

Mass and latte best sum up my Sunday mornings. For lunch, I brought sis and the monsters to an unlikely venue-- Shiang Hai Vegetarian Restaurant. Big Monster ain't a fan of greens at all, so had to mislead him a bit. On the other hand, Little Monster munches on anything, so he ain't a problem. But the latter fell asleep during lunch anyway. Of all days, we went there on the fifteenth of the lunar month, a popular day to go vegetarian. So it was quite crowded. Introduced the popular choices to mum and sis-- twin hor fun and beancurd soup. This time round, tried the blue maki and seaweed charsiew fried rice. Carbohydrate overload that afternoon. Stopped by at Sunway Pyramid after lunch. Boy, what a mistake that was. Parking was hell. Ended up at The Pinnacle. Been ages since I had to hunt for parking like that. The kids were all worked up. Perhaps it was also the free lollipops from Sticky. Took a free photo with Santa. The woman who took the pic was supposedly a 'world-renowned' photographer called Christine. In the pic, half of my mother's face was covered. =_=. I liked the Christmas decorations at Sunway Pyramid. Angel wings here and there and the giant tree was made up of empty picture frames. Big Monster had a very bad habit of wandering ahead on his own and expecting to find his mother when finally comes around. We purposely hid from his sight for a couple of times, but he seems to not get the point. Hmmm.... Cooled down at New Zealand Natural and made our way home after that. Dinner was at MaisonSK. Immediately went to her place from the mall. She made some oriental style fettucine and boiled spinach soup with a scallop and anchovies soup base. Very yummy. Brian also joined for dinner. Met up with KT's ex afterwards. Just a short yumcha session at Restoran Rishadh. Firstly to get my replacement power bank from him and secondly to catch up. Good to hear that his business is doing well and he is very much immersed in work.

Ice Rink

Framed Xmas

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Can You Float?

SugarDaddy by williamnyk
SugarDaddy, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.

Like an old granny, my Iswara fung sap again. Sent her to my regular mechanic to change the brake pads, engine oil and spark plugs. Then went for my regular WTM breakfast at Kong Kee with SK and mum. Some weeks back, mum snubbed her little toe on the sofa and as luck would have it, she got a repeat bullseye a few days later. Hard to heal, so brought her to clinic for a check. The doctor ordered an X-ray and luckily it revealed no fractures. Gave her some meds. Overdue for a haircut, so ventured to OUG with the kids (yes, babysitting again!). Chop my hair down to size, short enough to last till before CNY. Lunched at Esquire Kitchen, a restaurant that I had not stepped into for quite some time. I remember it being THE place to eat while I was an undergraduate. Didn't do much in the afternoon. Watched an episode of "Vicious". Amazed that from start till end, Ian McKellan didn't stop spewing wit, poison and sarcasm. Quite enjoyable.

AutoRosary

Later that night, TZ invited SK, Grat and I to go the Loi Krathong event at Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple, Jalan Gasing. Ate at New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice before walking over to the temple. When the bill came, we were quite shocked to find that it cost MYR157! MYR68 for one free-range chicken. My first time at the temple. Quite a crowd there that night. Lots of Thais and twinks in the crowd. Been ages since my nostrils were assaulted by so much incense and joss sticks fumes. Found our way to the office where they sold the floats or krathongs. Traditionally, its made out of bamboo stems, but nowadays its made of styrofoam. How prety your float is depends on how much you pay. Prices start from MYR30. More money means more layers, bigger candles, etc. But the basic setup involves two tiers, faux lotus petals, three joss sticks, a yellow candle and a flag for you to write your petitions. KH got a float and even SK did so because a colleague tumpang. According to Wiki, Buddhists do it to venerate Buddha and symbolize the letting go of negative thoughts, while some do it to thank the Goddess of Water.

Float

Some people brought their own floats. Some infused with Chinese influences like pineapples and Chinese character for prosperity. Unusual floats that we saw included winged Barbie, huge golden boat, red aeroplane, two-tier wedding cake, 5 kg cake and a dragon. Perhaps I should have made one with the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some lit sparklers and added LED lights. Loitered near the entrance while waiting for the monks to finish chanting. When the drums started beating, the procession began to move towards Taman Tasik Jaya that was just about 300 metres behind the temple. Many were uncertain whether to light their float or not. Logically it was much easier to walk without having to worry about your candle going out. And in the throng, people may get hurt by the lighted candles and joss sticks. Was quite a challenge to approach the water's edge to release the floats onto the lake. And when they finally did, it had started to rain. Unfortunately, all the floats stuck to each other (I wonder who cleaned it up the next day) in the stagnant water and one even caught fire. Quickly took a few photos and tried to rush back to the temple.

KrathongKraze

We weren't quick enough. Got stuck beneath the LRT tracks while waiting for the rain to stop. Waited and waited and waited, but it refused to stop. Long life rain la katakan. Decided to just walk in the rain. Considered the mamak shop nearby, but they were already closed (!!!). WTH, we just walked all the way back to the car. Walking along the dark pavement, KH held my hand while light rain fell around us. Romantic! The occasional ass grope did not reduce the romance factor I guess. LOL. Before going home, we stopped for drinks at Kanna Curry House. Nothing like a good cup of hot ginger tea to keep warm. Also munched on a couple of roti tisu before calling it a night.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Porridge & Kueh

Red Delight by williamnyk
Red Delight, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.

St. Ignatius Church organized a Family Fiesta to wrap up its 25th Anniversary celebrations and of course to raise funds. Each BEC rented a stall for MYR100 to sell food and other items. My BEC decided to sell Nyonya kueh, kaya and porridge. Mum was tasked with cooking cuttlefish and peanut porridge while another woman prepared chicken porridge. Troubleome to say the least. Preparation work had started the day before with mum chopping spring onions, frying shallots and slicing ginger. She actually started cooking at midnight and only went to sleep at 2:00 am. :S. I woke her up at 5:30 am and started moving stuff into the car. She practically brought along the whole kitchen. At church, quickly found a parking space and unloaded everything with enough time to spare to attend the 6:45 am mass. By the time we came out, nearly every thing was set up. Our stall had a very Chinese New Year feel to it (and wasn't even Christmas yet). Everything was red with flowers, Chinese opera masks, bamboo trays and baskets. And most of the women were dressed in qipao's or other traditional Chinese garb. I didn't have any Wong Fei Hung clothes, so it was just jeans and T-shirt for me. Went through all the trouble because it was rumoured that there was a big cash prize for the best stall. As expected there was some kind of chaos going on. The woman who prepared the chicken porridge was making a lot of noise and barking orders. It was as though she was so busy that she can't scoop a bowl of porridge and put in the condiments. I didn't bother, I just continued selling kueh and manning the cash box. The porridge was hardly being snapped up, didn't know what the fuss was about. All of us heaved a sigh of relief when she announced that she needed to jaga the horse ride. Go go go!

Horsie

Some two stalls away was a BBQ station. Funny thing was, their grill wasn't in the open. They did it under the shelter. The smoke was trapped and travelled to the other stalls. Best of all was the fact the underneath each stall was a fan. The smoke was blasted down and we were bathed in the fumes. Ack! Couldn't take it no more, so we complained to the organizing committee. They were instructed to move their grill, but it was still smoky. Ugh. At 8:30 am, the rest went for the bilingual mass. Considered the calm before the storm. With nothing much to do, we went around looking at what the other stalls offered. I bought some hand-made Christmas cards while SK bought a vinyl tote. As expected, things started getting busy after the mass ended, but in fact we already sold half of our stuff. It was getting hotter and smokier and with the larger crowd, it felt harder to breathe. Was sweating buckets in the fiesta. When the peak period had passed, we went walking around again and mum went for a foot massage. Numerous performances took place, but we didn't really pay attention. After the judges had given points for the prettiest stall, we immediately started to pack up. Tired, sweaty and smelly-- couldn't wait to go home! We didn't win the bunting contest but at least we won the prize for best stall. Felt a bit cheated when the prize turned out to be an MYR60 voucher for Chakri Palace. Meh.

Back home, I quickly washed the sweat off my body and ate more leftover porridge from the sale. The kids also came over. Big Monster was down with a fever and Little Monster was being his kang-kang kuan self. Switched on the TV and let them entertain themselves with "Pacific Rim". With my tummy filled, I immediately napped. The secrets of my elusive six packs revealed. When I woke up, I found the kids asleep. SK ajak dinner with her, Lifebook and KT. Felt like some hot, soupy stuff, so we ate at Restoran Hong Cha. Both KT and Lifebook didn't approve. Complained that the soup wasn't porky enough. KH couldn't join for dinner, but he joined us for drinks. Ended up at Restoran K3K Benta Kaya and introduced Lifebook to their yummy topee. Did a lot of blah-ing about relationships, work and such. Touched on KT's new boyfriend and how she was adjusting to a completely different man. An anti-ex so to say. Aloof vs clingy. Picky vs cincai. Passive vs active. LDR vs non-LDR. It's funny how we think we want something but when we get it, we wonder whether it was really what we wanted. Time will tell.

P.S.: KT gave me Part II of my birthday present-- a hand-carved seal with my Chinese name! Classy. She actually did it herself. Hebat kan?. I can now sign off my greeting cards in a very Cina way!

StampMe

Monday, December 16, 2013

Market & Wedding

Spicy by williamnyk
Spicy, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.

For a very long time, I had not set foot in OUG morning market on a Saturday. Went that day because mum wanted to get some supplies for the church cook-out the next day. Traffic wasn't too bad that day and we only needed to stop at Jalan Hujan Emas 5 and Jalan Hujan Emas 8. The pace was quite leisurely and we ate breakfast at our favourite lorong stall-- clear soup noodles with steamed chicken. Wholesome and nutritious. Mum had babysitting duty again that day, so went to my sister's place after church. Big Monster had a school field trip so it was just the little one. Little Monster was all dressed up and was hoping for more gai-gai time. Brought him along for Lifebook's shopping trip for electrical items. Can you believe that they were already playing CNY songs in early November?! The little one went crazy at the shop, opening and closing all the refrigerator doors that he could get his hands on. He would then tell me that there isn't any food inside. Cute little fella. Didn't take too long as it was only ceiling fans and an air conditioner or two. VC recently told me that Restoran Goon Wah operates on Saturdays as well, so we went there for lunch. On the way there, Little Monster's battery ran out and he fell asleep in the car. Practically passed out as he got up at 7:00 am. The whole time during lunch he slept on my arm. Just had one arm free to eat! Was worried that I might spill XO fish head noodles on him, so covered him up with a handkerchief. But still along the course of lunch, I managed to stain my shirt with Guinness Stout BBQ wings. Since Little Monster slept through lunch, we ta pau-ed WTM for him from Kong Kee Wantan Noodles. Stopped by Ocean Tea House too and while drinking my roasted milk tea, managed to spill some on my T-shirt. Poor T.

In the afternoon, I retreated back home. Slept a little, went online and freshened myself up for the wedding banquet in the evening. Took me some time to get to Ming Room at BSC. The stupid traffic light in front of the mall only allowed two cars to turn in per green light and it was equipped with a traffic enforcement camera. Mang zang-nya! And the traffic moving into the parking area was slow. Ugh. FYI, the groom's my colleague and it was interesting how they did up the cocktail area. Arts and craft and plenty of props for cam-whoring. Unfortunately, I did not the have the opportunity nor mood to do so. My colleagues reserved me a seat next to my ex-boss because they were all lazy to entertain him. Quite cramped and the newly-weds had to squeeze through a weird route between the tables to get in. The restaurant belonged to the Imperial Group, but food was so-so. Some uncommon items were the sharks fin soup in whole coconut and spicy garlic chicken. During the toasting, I was quite surprised that the groom could drag the yum seng for a veryyyyyyyyyyyyyy long time. Good lung capacity. Bodes well for the bride. :P. The pace of the dinner was quite slow and I only left at 11:00 pm. By that I got ready for bed, it was already past midnight. And I had to wake up at 5:15 am the next morning!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cranky Tuesday

Meat Lover by williamnyk
Meat Lover, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.

I got up at 4:00 am again on Tuesday. And it was a public holiday. F*ck work. At least it was the last handover session for me. In the future, I will only be involved in second level support. Left work at 8:00 am. Immediately drove to Kuchai Lama to pick KH up for breakfast. The fella wanted to eat at Restoran Kim Kee, Kota Kemuning but didn't find out how to get there. Made me a little mang zang. In the end, Waze saved the day. The address was Jalan Anggerik Varanda. Fantastic. Got a parking space smack dab in front of the shop. That helped my mood a little. We ordered wantan mee and curry noodles. KH had the curry. And when I switched my wantan mee with him for a while, he practically decimated all the noodles on the plate! T_T. So sad. Remind me not to share my food with KH next time! Hmph. For drinks, we ventured to Jalan Anggerik Vanilla pulak, a place called Brew & Bread. Was practically full. Ordered a cafe latte, piccolo latte and a French toast since KH practically ate all of my breakfast. Business seems to have improved greatly since the last I was there and they have a cute-ish barista now. Interestingly, they fill their ashtrays with coffee grind. Halfway through our drinks, I got mang zang with KH again. Whenever I point out something to him, he never seems to get it. Getting up at 4:00 am is hazardous to relationships it seems. LOL. But of course, it didn't bother KH at all. It slides past him like a well-lubricated dick.

JavaBear

Recently, KH won some Air Asia e-vouchers and he found a willing buyer on lowyat.net (so surprised that he lurks at those forums). Made an appointment for a COD transaction at Centrepoint, Bandar Utama. Arranged to meet at Black Canyon Coffee where we ordered some drinks (never order their mint fruit tea punch unless you're suffering from low blood sugar levels). Basically he came, dumped his laptop on the table and went off to withdraw money for us. Wonder if we were supposed to run off with his laptop. He handed us the money and we walked him through the whole process of buying the flight ticket. He was going to Beijing alone, but was secretive about the reason. LOL. Anyway, he asked a very cute question we he saw KH & I: "Are you guys brothers?". Definitely I'm the YOUNGER brother lo. :P. Contemplated to go to One Utama after that, but the horrible traffic around the area deterred us. Went straight to SK's place instead. We had lunch together at Restoran Shiang Hai, Dataran Mentari. Vegetarian. So unlike me kan? Anyway, it came highly recommended by SK. Tried their mango maki (sweet mango slice over nori and perfect sushi rice), twin hor fun (fried hor fun and deep fried hor fun that resembled fish maw, interesting and yummy dish), beancurd soup (amazing Sze Chuan soup with fragrant rice wine) and asam fish (nothing to shout about). With just one miss, I would say its a pretty good restaurant. And another tip, don't order their pu-er tea.

Sweet Until Die

Mango Maki

What better thing to do than to have sex after lunch? KH was itching to get me naked since he didn't manage to go all the way last weekend. Got me through all the motions and he had no sign of slowing down. He was really horny that day. And he too me seriously when I told him he could be more rough in bed (guess he was holding back all these years XD). It was a great build-up till he climaxed and I was surprised that I could take the faster pace. Nearly fell asleep in his arms after I came. Think I shot out all my crankiness into KH's mouth. XD. Sent him home after that. Surprisingly KH reported that he felt energized after that sex session! I went home and rested a while. Then showered and went over to my sister's place for dinner. Curry chicken and steamed siakap with hot bean paste. Delicious! Until next time!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cranky Sunday

Handprinted by williamnyk
Handprinted, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.

Teluk Intan gave me a present which I discovered at 3:30 am the next day. Woke up with the urge to purge! Luckily it wasn't the cramp-inducing type. Just a whole lot of stuff needed to come out. T_T. Felt a little weird after that. Slept back for another half an hour before going out to work. At the office, I couldn't do anything until 5:30 am because the back end system was running its weekly backup routine. If I knew that before hand, I would be a happier boy. The designated support staff only turned up at 6:00 am. By that time, I had finished monitoring and writing the report. I hid my displeasure and briefed him on what to do next. At 8:00 am, I went home and left it to him to look after the other transaction windows. Reached home and had a simple breakfast of yesterday's miku. The whole tribe went to church again and with my brother in tow, we needed to drive the Avanza. The whole morning I wasn't very sociable and didn't feel like talking. And when the lady from the hospitality ministry chided me for fiddling with my smartphone before mass, I just stared at her blankly and finished sending the messages on What's App before keeping it in my pocket. Really wasn't in the mood. For the fourth week in a row, we had lunch at Paradigm Mall. Ate at Pasta Zanmai this time. At first, they seated us at a round table. Little Monster refused to sit at the baby chair and kept wanting to terrorize the fragile items on the table. When we saw that a booth and been vacated, we quickly moved there. It was much easier to control the situation at that 'terrain'. Meals usually turn into wars. Hard to eat like a civilized person when you're with kids.

Did some walking around. Mum and sis got caught at Shizens and walked away with MYR532 worth of beauty products. Yikes! While they were there, I went looking for my caffeine fix at Pacific Coffee. Latte for me and a single macchiato for my brother. Amazing that he just drinks it like that without any sugar. Then sis applied for the Air Asia BIG card and managed to earn 500 points from the previous receipt. Not bad. If you shop on weekdays, you get double. Got home some time before 4:00 pm. I had two hours to kill before needing to send my brother to the airport, so I arranged a rendezvous with KH at BordelloSK. He didn't enter me, but we did a lot of snuggling. Also gave him a shoulder rub that later turned into a skankier rub. Always fun to see KH's manja side. He was determined to make me orgasm and I ended up seeding his mouth. So exhausted after that, nearly fell asleep in his arms. That definitely helped my mood. By 6:00 pm I was home. Let me brother try the Hokkien me at the Damansara Uptown Hokkien Mee branch in Puchong Jaya. Their noodles are quite decent and not oily, but still too wet for my full approval. They make a good fried rice too. Also ate a quarter portion of roast duck from the Guangzhou Roast Duck stall there. Good taste. And if you see a guy peddling guilingao there, please don't bother. Lousy. The journey to KLIA and back was very wet. Extremely heavy rain especially in Putrajaya. Was quite tired by the time we got back.

P.S.: Bro got me a Nexus 7 for my birthday this year. Not the latest model, but it's good enough for me to watch porn on a bigger screen. Thanks!

Nexus 7

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Soul of Teluk Intan

Nasi Kunyit by williamnyk
Nasi Kunyit, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.

Coincidentally, this year's All Souls' Day coincided with Deepavali. And being a Saturday, the whole tribe could travel to Teluk Intan to visit my late father's grave. Woke up at 4:00 am that day and my past working hours had made it easier for me to get out of bed. At first I thought my BIL couldn't make it, but he came anyway. The fourth quarter is always his busy period. Since he drove, I took the opportunity to catch more ZZZs. My busy working schedule these past three weeks had taught me the importance to reduce one's sleep deficit. Made good time actually. Started out before six and the PLUS highway was quite smooth. In addition to that, the trunk road from Bidor to Teluk Intan was devoid of the usual mish-mash of trucks. Arrived some time after 8:00 am. Just in time for breakfast at the Jalan Maharani food stalls. By the time we sat down, the table was already full of food. BIL had bought apam balik (too thick and sweet for my liking), the famous Liew Kee Teluk Intan chu cheong fun (my aunt says that Sam Siew Yeh is more to her liking cause its less oily) and nasi kunyit with pork and fresh water prawn. For me, I ordered a bowl of hot rice noodles (lai fun) with YTF. The rice noodles here are still genuine unlike the chewy type we see in KL used for Asam Laksa. FYI, a bowl of noodles in Teluk Intan cost MYR3.30! My aunt joined us for breakfast and after that we made our way the Teluk Intan Christian Cemetery opposite St. Anthony's Church.

Apam Balik

Anson CCF

Lai Fun

The sun was already blazing at 9:00 am. As usual, we would notice new graves but we also noticed that the old lady who did the grave constructions there was missing. We would usually see her sitting by the side of a grave with a large straw hat on her head. Already the second year. Wonder if she passed on. Some three years back she asked BIL to take a photograph of her with his DSLR. She asked him to develop a large print for use in her funeral (I remember her saying, "I got no pantang de"). Guess she finally did use it. As usual, we cleaned the weeds scraped off wax from the grave. Then offered my dad's favourite foods-- CCF, bananas and Chinese tea. Although Catholic, Chinese customs die hard. Recited the Holy Rosary, poured tea on the ground (Little Monster was so hot that he) and made three bows.

All Souls Day

Jesus  in Blinds

Horley's Shield

And what was a visit to Teluk Intan without buying heong peah. Made a beeline for our favourite confectionery factory-- Sin Joo Heong at Jalan Mak Intan. Noticed a new product on their shelves-- durian tau sar peah. Goodness. Did have the aroma, but it was spoiled by a sour after-taste. I should just stick to the classics. Immediately after that, we visited my mum's younger brother who lived in Pekan Baru. At the back of his house, he operated a business selling fat gou, miku, pau and bread. Big Monster had a fun time kneading dough and making fish-shaped miku while Little Monster was konked out on the sofa. My aunt also prepared lunch of vinegar pork trotter, steamed chicken with black fungus and vegetables. Stayed till 3:00 pm and departed for KL. I drove while the rest was lulled into sleep by the heavy lunch and cool weather. Got home at about 6:00 pm. Dinner was at Restoran Fei Wang nearby. Big Monster had a craving for their 'sand skin chicken', so we ate there again. Back home, mum suddenly went into a cleaning frenzy. Major vacuum-ing of the sofa, cleaned the ceiling fans and mopped the floor. Goodness. Not really the thing I want to do after a tiring day trip. And I had to wake up at 4:00 am the next day for production support. Ugh. Bersabar...

Sin Joo Heong

Mi Ku

Fatt Kueh

Funny Buns

Sand Skin Chicken

The Soul of Teluk Intan

Nasi Kunyit by williamnyk
Nasi Kunyit, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.

Coincidentally, this year's All Souls' Day coincided with Deepavali. And being a Saturday, the whole tribe could travel to Teluk Intan to visit my late father's grave. Woke up at 4:00 am that day and my past working hours had made it easier for me to get out of bed. At first I thought my BIL couldn't make it, but he came anyway. The fourth quarter is always his busy period. Since he drove, I took the opportunity to catch more ZZZs. My busy working schedule these past three weeks had taught me the importance to reduce one's sleep deficit. Made good time actually. Started out before six and the PLUS highway was quite smooth. In addition to that, the trunk road from Bidor to Teluk Intan was devoid of the usual mish-mash of trucks. Arrived some time after 8:00 am. Just in time for breakfast at the Jalan Maharani food stalls. By the time we sat down, the table was already full of food. BIL had bought apam balik (too thick and sweet for my liking), the famous Liew Kee Teluk Intan chu cheong fun (my aunt says that Sam Siew Yeh is more to her liking cause its less oily) and nasi kunyit with pork and fresh water prawn. For me, I ordered a bowl of hot rice noodles (lai fun) with YTF. The rice noodles here are still genuine unlike the chewy type we see in KL used for Asam Laksa. FYI, a bowl of noodles in Teluk Intan cost MYR3.30! My aunt joined us for breakfast and after that we made our way the Teluk Intan Christian Cemetery opposite St. Anthony's Church.

Apam Balik

Anson CCF

Lai Fun

The sun was already blazing at 9:00 am. As usual, we would notice new graves but we also noticed that the old lady who did the grave constructions there was missing. We would usually see her sitting by the side of a grave with a large straw hat on her head. Already the second year. Wonder if she passed on. Some three years back she asked BIL to take a photograph of her with his DSLR. She asked him to develop a large print for use in her funeral (I remember her saying, "I got no pantang de"). Guess she finally did use it. As usual, we cleaned the weeds scraped off wax from the grave. Then offered my dad's favourite foods-- CCF, bananas and Chinese tea. Although Catholic, Chinese customs die hard. Recited the Holy Rosary, poured tea on the ground (Little Monster was so hot that he) and made three bows.

All Souls Day

Jesus  in Blinds

Horley's Shield

And what was a visit to Teluk Intan without buying heong peah. Made a beeline for our favourite confectionery factory-- Sin Joo Heong at Jalan Mak Intan. Noticed a new product on their shelves-- durian tau sar peah. Goodness. Did have the aroma, but it was spoiled by a sour after-taste. I should just stick to the classics. Immediately after that, we visited my mum's younger brother who lived in Pekan Baru. At the back of his house, he operated a business selling fat gou, miku, pau and bread. Big Monster had a fun time kneading dough and making fish-shaped miku while Little Monster was konked out on the sofa. My aunt also prepared lunch of vinegar pork trotter, steamed chicken with black fungus and vegetables. Stayed till 3:00 pm and departed for KL. I drove while the rest was lulled into sleep by the heavy lunch and cool weather. Got home at about 6:00 pm. Dinner was at Restoran Fei Wang nearby. Big Monster had a craving for their 'sand skin chicken', so we ate there again. Back home, mum suddenly went into a cleaning frenzy. Major vacuum-ing of the sofa, cleaned the ceiling fans and mopped the floor. Goodness. Not really the thing I want to do after a tiring day trip. And I had to wake up at 4:00 am the next day for production support. Ugh. Bersabar...

Sin Joo Heong

Mi Ku

Fatt Kueh

Funny Buns

Sand Skin Chicken

Friday, December 06, 2013

Paradigm Party

Clown in Suit

Once again, the whole tribe followed mum and I to Sunday mass. And you get no points for guessing that we had lunch at Paradigm Mall. RHB had some kind of road show there with a giant monopoly sort of game to attract kids (and ultimately their parents of course). Just with a roll of the dice, you can get freebies. Of course the kids were interested with the balloon animals that the sullen clowns were making. Big Monster asked for a machine gun while Little Monster got a teddy bear. Big Monster had a hankering for chicken, so we ate at Nando's (A tip on Foursquare made me laugh: "Senyumlah sikit..."). I made the mistake of ordering mild instead of lemon & herbs. That made feeding time with the kids quite challenging. Little Monster kept complaining that the food was spicy and wailed a lot. Practically fat lan char. His mum calmed him down and he eventually fell asleep without eating much. Luckily Big Monster was more tolerant since we ordered his favourite chips and garlic bread. Couldn't secure a stroller from the service counter, so I had to lug the sleeping kid around. Quite a challenge. Parenting problems.

Nando's Family Meal

Little Monster's battery recharge was less than half an hour, so my back didn't need to suffer anymore. Fearing that Little Monster didn't have enough to eat, we ordered a honey roll and a blackberry tart from Komugi Cafe. He seemed more interested in the cute albino bee on the cake. He ate it in one gulp and spit the wings out. LOL. Did some shopping after that as mum was looking for a belt for the new dress that SK bought her. There was also a Popular book fair and I managed to catch Jojo Struys giving a talk about stress. I surmise that her voice gave me stress. :P. Reached home at about at 4:00 pm. No swimming for me as it was raining. The Monster's aunt appeared at the door step bearing baos from from Tanjung Sepat. That definitely helped my figure. For dinner, we just packed some claypot chicken rice, lotus root soup and soup kway teow from the nearby coffee shop. Little Monster had his appetite back and started compensating for lunch. Always a pleasure seeing him enjoy his food.

Blacberry Tart

Honey Roll

What Do You See

P.S.: Look at the bao... what does it remind you of?

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Off Day

YuTiao

Quite a stroke of luck that I managed to salvage my weekend. Colleagues covered my shift because on weekdays I prefer to come in early. Pigged on my bed till 9:00 am. Drove over to Bandar Kinrara to pick SK up then we sped off to Seri Petaling for breakfast at Restoran Alison. Been ages since I actually sat down and ate there. Naturally we ordered from the two famous stalls-- one selling chicken rice and the other Hakka noodles. The roasted items from chicken rice stall had dropped in quality. The char siew was too sweet and the siew yuk was too salty. Oh well. Jalan-jalan at the wet market after that. Didn't spend too much time there. Spotted a middle-aged gay couple there buying groceries. Wonder if one day I will be out at the pasar with KH, buying supplies for a romantic live-in weekend. Got home some time before noon and dropped my mum off at my sister's place to babysit. My Almera was due for its 5,000km (but I had only clocked 3,200 on my odometer!) service so I went to the service centre at Puchong Jaya. Didn't have to 'grow mushrooms' there as KH came to pick me up. Brought him to Bandar Puteri Puchong to try a cafe that I had spotted a week before called Old School. No surprises that the wall was full of math equations and waiters were dressed in school uniforms. Even the menu was like an exercise book. SK also joined us and we ordered Old School toast with pork curry, pork burger and pork belly ribs in Hickory sauce. The toast was quite special, something they called Zebra bread. Fancy name for swirled charcoal bread. Kinda like Tobi's mask, if you're familiar with Naruto. The pork curry was quite good, salty by itself but would goes well with some carbs. The pork burger also came with charcoal bun, pork patty, a slice of pineapple and ham. Loved the wedges. The pork belly ribs was so-so, but it came with the best mashed potatoes I had ever eaten in terms of texture and taste. And it was piping hot! No special drinks there, but the milk tea was decent.

Equations

Pork Burger

Zebra Bread

Firing up Foursquare, we found a coffee place nearby called Le Pollidor. The ambience was good but the service was less than speedy even at such an off peak hour. Our lattes actually took twenty minutes to arrive with just two other tables occupied. Yikes. Coffee was OK (I tried their roasted almond latte). A bit on the mild side. By 3:40 pm, my car was done. Thank goodness they managed to fix the annoying sound that came from the exhaust pipe during idling. Lepak-ed at SK's place after that. Had a sticky rice time with KH on SK's bed, then we later moved out to the sofa. Just kissing and lying on each other. But that was enough to get KH all randy. It was evident from the tenting in his shorts. Hehe. SK did a little packing before leaving us alone. She had a dinner appointment with Lifebook. When we had the house all to ourselves, the clothes flew off. We needed no warming up as we were both very much in the mood. Went through our favorite motions and we both exploded not long after. Unfortunately, we didn't have post-coitus dinner. Both of us went home. Mel had messaged me saying that she would like to come visit. Been a while since I saw her and Cam. The little tyke was as cute as ever with his head of thick curls and long eyelashes. He was a bit shy at first, but quickly warmed up to Little Monster and Big Monster. When the ice broke, they started tearing up the house. Expected. LOL. We ate dinner at the nearby Restoran Fei Wang. Claypot fish, fried de-boned chicken, steamed egg and vegetables made for a hearty meal. Glad to see that Mel's pregnancy was going along fine. Already five months preggers. Chatted and chatted until Momma Mel had started yawning. I too was tired from the earlier skanking. LOL. Had a good night's sleep...

Coffee-ing

Coffee Among The Greens

AfternoonTea