Tuesday, June 30, 2015

More Babysitting

Meat & Noodles

Woke up bright and early on Saturday not because I had to go to the market, but because the kids were already banging on my door. Groggily, I got dressed and went out to breakfast with them. Mum no longer favoured our usual wantan mee haunt, so we went to the kopitiam next door instead. The wantan mee there is good too! Springy but the meat's kinda sweet though. Back home, I started a Peppa Pig marathon for the kids to shut them up. At 11:00 AM, sent Big Monster out to Seri Petaling for his science class. With all the recent development, Seri Petaling has gone from bad to worse. Too many cars, too little parking. It was just an hour, so we waited for him. Mum did some chores and we had some time to spare for lunch with SK. Lunched at Ipoh Chicken Rice 1977, away from the horrible hustle and bustle. Little Monster got up just in time to makan. Just as I was leaving, Sharky turned up. But sadz he never tegur me lo... (but he messaged me afterwards, that's how I know LOL)

White Chicken

Since KH wanted to paktor on Sunday, we went to sunset mass on Saturday. Dropped Big Monster off at SK's, while the little one followed us. He napped in the car again. When we arrived at church, he was all groggy. For half of the mass, he just sat on the pew, staring blankly into space. Perfect. LOL. For the second half, we gave him a bun to munch. Surprisingly, sambal ikan bilis is no problem for him now. Dinner was at MaisonSK's. Not a week goes by without her organising a dinner party. The main course was a seafood BKT that was whipped up by Apollo's mum. KH opened yet another bottle of wine. I gave it a pass as my throat was being problematic. Opted for Earl Grey Lavender tea instead...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Holy Week: Food & Faith

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday: Jesus rides into town on a donkey.

Bibimbap

Lunch at Dae Jang Geum right opposite my church. I love vinegar-ed wakame!

Good Friday

Good Friday: Jesus dies on the cross.

Hot Cross Bun

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
one a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!


Easter Lights

Easter Vigil: The resurrection of Jesus.

Awaiting Baptism

Dinner at OIC Cafe, a huge, standalone cafe at Aman Suria.

Weird Cup

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Late for School

along the way
By Wendy Andrews (Flickr)
On Friday morning, Sis and BIL took an early flight to Guangzhou. At 2:50 AM, Little Monster was wailing for his mum. He looked out the living room window, calling his mum to return. It continued upstairs and repeated downstairs. Finally quieted down after twenty minutes. I continued to sleep on the couch. At 6:25 am, the doorbell rang. The neighbour was at the front door waiting to pick Big Monster to school! The best thing was, he was still asleep. Told her to proceed, else the rest would be late too. Mum didn't wake up too cause she only slept after the Little Monster episode. Mum quickly got him ready and we jumped into the car to get him to school on time. Luckily we made it by 7:00 AM. Things have changed so much now. Schools actually look like prisons. Grills all around and guards at every entrance. Headed home after that. Phew! By evening time, I was already kinda pooped. Wanted to go paktor with KH but my plans kinda got scuttled. My boss called me in to talk about abandoning ship. Things weren't looking great under the new management and we were discussing options, both internal and external...

Will You Marry Me?

Marriage Equality

In the United States of America, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Although in another continent, this landmark ruling caused a huge reaction in Malaysia with my FB stream cumming six colour rainbows the whole day! And its great to see even straight friends showing their support.

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

On the subject of marriage, KH did broach the subject during our visit to Vancouver last year (Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 2005). He actually did some research and contacted a marriage commissioner (she had a cute e-mail handle-- itheewed) to try to arrange something.  She explained the procedures and requirements for a license and witnesses. Knowing how clueless people can be, she also readily suggested ideas for the ceremony:

"I'm attaching some ideas to help.  The sentences that are highlighted in yellow are legally required.   Other than that, you can have any words you want, as long as there are no religious references."

It's nice that they know how to properly separate between Church and State. At the time, it seemed all so ad hoc to me. I wasn't thrilled at the idea of getting a shotgun ceremony in a hotel room with random people as witnesses. To keep a long story short, we did not get married in Vancouver. But that does not mean that I rejected KH. Undoubtedly KH is my husband. Not a single day goes by that "I do" is absent in our thoughts and actions. Perhaps some day we will get that official piece of paper and celebrate surrounded by those we care about.

"I  choose you KH as my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live."

Friday, June 26, 2015

Check Your Neck

Red Cross

Ever since mum came back from her East Coast trip, she complained of pains in her shoulder and arms. I gave her nightly massages, but it didn't seem to go away. Best choice was to see the doctor. Revisited the Orthopaedic surgeon in Tung Shin. Her last visit was in 2009! Arrived at Tung Shin bright and early, but obviously not early enough because there was already a crowd at the waiting area. Turns out that the queue number begins at 7:00 AM! Oh well. For some reason, the hospital attracts loads of PRC patients. When it came to our turn, the doctor asked mum some questions and did his thing. He surmised that she must have hurt herself during the long drive. Not good to sit without back and neck support, with your head lolling about during the car ride. Bound to hurt some muscles and nerves. He gave her medication and advised her to do daily neck and shoulder exercises. Hopefully she will be diligent. The last I remembered, Tung Shin had a manual parking payment system. Got a surprise when I found no attendant at the gate. I tried to reverse but a lady behind me really couldn't get the point. She just stayed behind me and honked although I gestured for her to reverse. What a wool-headed woman!

Old Hospital

Since we were already in KL, we went to The Pavilion for lunch and jalan-jalan. We were the first customers at Ichi Zen. Took advantage of their cheap lunch sets with super cheap add-ons. Just MYR10 for 5 pieces of full-sized nigiri sushi Even the 5 pieces of white tuna sashimi was more expensive than the set. Roamed through Parkson and Ms. Read and later ended up at Sinma. The whole shop was full of fake bling and dazzling lights. Very uncomfortable to be in there. The heat from the lamps and the constant sparkle... I'm sure there's not a day that passes without a faint or a seizure among the employees. Cooled down at Azzurro Cafe, an airy and comfortable place for coffee and cake.

Sushi

Frog Prince

Bling

Mezzo & Mezzo

As usual, dinner was at MaisonSK. The special for the night was meat dumplings. Nom nom nom!

Meat Dumplings

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Journey to the East III: TheTribe Returns

Forgotten Card

With no need to go to the market, I scheduled a visit to the doctor on Saturday morning. Decided to do a full blood test after a lull of nearly two years. Curious to know if the oat powder that I had been taking twice a day was working. The elderly doctor took some blood after enquiring about my medical history. When I opened my wallet to pay, I found that KH had secretly slotted my RapidKL card into it. It was his way of making sure I didn't forget to bring my card on weekdays.

Breakfast at Piccolo

SK joined me for breakfast at Piccolo Cafe. Shared the big breakfast. Not that great at all. Their stuff is always over-fried. Out of the blue, SimonLover buzzed me and we quickly made an ad hoc lunch appointment at Tropicana City Mall. Made a quick call to JJ and was glad that he and is hubby could join. To appease JJ and Bunny's discerning tastes, we ate at Sushi Tei. Main topics were SimonLover's health and Bunny's bed bug infestation. Moved to Hui Lau Shan for a second round.

Triple Mango

The Tribe arrived in KL that evening. They had bought lots and lots of vegetables from the highlands so naturally dinner was at home. Big Monster found some new botanical pets-- a bunch of potted succulents and a pair of wheat grass dolls (they look VERY salah). The pearl corn that they bought was oh so sweet! Ate it raw and it was awesome. And chilled was Yacón also a refreshing snack. Judging from the stories I heard, it was quite a trip. While in Kuantan, mum visited many old friends and neighbours. Also met up the the kid that she used to babysit and he's so grown up now. And of course it was a JJCM trip. Poor Little Monster got sick while at Bukit Gambang and was just plain cranky for half the trip.

Radish

Scarecrow

On Sunday, it was church as usual. MaisonSK hosted another dinner party, this time to celebrate her bonus at work. There was satay, sushi, pizza and fried vegetarian noodles. I supplied the hard liquor. As usual, Brian babysat the kids. He's a natural with them. I'll suggest him to my sister. Hehe.

Booze

Chicken Wings

Salmon Belly Sushi

P.S.: The blood test results weren't pretty. My cholesterol levels were way over the maximum. Looks like the oats don't work for me any more. Judging by my age and family history, the doctor suggested that I start taking statins. Oh well!

Atorvastatin

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Journey to the East II: Dim Sum Dollies at Dolly Dim Sum

Halal Dim Sum

Friday night was paktor night for KH and I. We met at Avenue K and had dinner at Dolly Dim Sum. Fresca, their sister restaurant had plenty of vacant tables, but the dim sum place was quite full. Took them some time to clear up a table for us. Nearly felt like doing it myself. Impressive business for a halal dim sum place. Seems to be a hit with the Malays. Looked at their menu and the first thing that caught my eye was their prices. Averaging at MYR8, it's nearly on par with hotels and high-class restaurants. To gauge the quality of their food, we ordered the classics of siew mai and har gao. Both passed the test. Fresh, good taste and texture. Although the pan-fried radish cake looked simple, the aroma was amazing. According to Foursquare, they make a fantastic custard bun (KH's fave), but it didn't strike a chord with me. However, I loved their spicy Szechuan dumplings. And their beef balls were way better than what I had at Tim Ho Wan. Can give their wasabi prawn dumplings (they look like currypuffs) a miss though. And do make sure you order all you need in one go as add-on orders take ages. They need to fix that else would eventually fail as a good dim sum place. After dinner, we went shopping at Isetan Food Market. Our paktor style is already halfway to Homo domesticus. Hehe.

Beefballs

Szechuan Spicy Dumplings

Wasabi Prawn Dumplings

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Journey to the East I: Fruit Ninja

William @ Starbie

The school holidays were starting in a few days and all of a sudden mum told me that she was going for a week-long trip with my sister! My eyes lit up because it would mean quality time with KH! Turns out that they would be heading out on Sunday morning to the east coast city of Kuantan, my home town. Two days there, then two days in Bukit Gambang Water Park and the final two days in Cameron Highlands. Quite a journey. Early Sunday morning, I went to English mass and went to Paradigm Mall (where else?) to kill some time before my appointment with my hair stylist. Got a replacement clock at Kaison and other knick-knacks that caught my eye. Then sat down to a latte at Starbucks. Not long after I got my drink, two fellas occupied the table beside mine and my gaydar immediately bleeped. Turns out it was PT from FF doing some marketing. They were close enough that I could catch their serious conversation on fitness, nutrition, exercise and sagging muscles. With a swipe of my fingers, I posted a spy pic on FB and it took no more than ten minutes for our mutual friends to tag him. Such a small world.

I arrived at my hairdresser's slightly early, but thankfully he was ready for me. Got it short again. Can't believe that my last visit was three weeks before CNY. Settled lunch at Esquire Kitchen. Just a simple plate of signature stir-fried Shanghai noodles. Can remember the days when Esquire Kitchen was considered THE place to eat. Things are different now. Also loitered a while at the magazine shop. Something caught my eye-- "IMAN: Cara Mudah Dapat Pahala Berterusan". Even had Ridhuan Tee's icky face on one corner. A magazine that teaches Muslims how to earn religious brownie points easily. Sounds simplistic.

Majalah Iman

KH said that he would visit me at 3:00 PM, so I went home to prepare (read: douche). He appeared at my doorstep in a trench coat and nothing underneath(if only). As usual, the first he does is kiss me and we proceed to take a shower together. We make sure each other's naughty bits are clean and then we open the floodgates. Much to my surprise, we climaxed together, something that never happened before during our lovemaking. Definitely a personal milestone. Rested in each others arms and later freshened up for dinner cum Japanese fruits fiesta at MaisonSK. Gave QueerRanter-D ¥5,000 shopping money and he came back with premium apples, strawberries, tangerines and passion fruit. In addition to fresh fruits, he added on a box of Tokyo Banana. Yum, yum, yum.

Japanese Fruits

Apple Times Two

Flower Fruit

Tokyo Banana

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MACC: Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians

Pre-Dentist Visit Breakfast

Did my yearly dental check-up on Saturday. For some reason, I always eat wantan noodles before getting my scaling and polishing done. My dentist never commented about my impacted wisdom tooth. He knows that I will come begging and crying when the pain sets in.

Snake, Lamb & Donkey

Later in the afternoon, KH and I went to The Gardens Mall for a paktor session. Coffee at Jamaica Blue, then we went to watch "MACC: I Want To Touch a Douglas" at The Gardens Theatre. Susahnya nak cari tempat tu. Have to go up from a very specific escalator. The show was quite funny, with a series of stand up comedy from Jason Leong, Phoon Chi Ho (I remember him from Shear Madness), Kuah Jenhan and of course Douglas Lim. All sorts of jokes about politics, religion and race. Jason's material was mostly about his career change from doctor to comedian. Chi Ho talked a lot about his wife. Kuah shared an interesting personal story about interracial love. And Douglas really hates one of our national badminton players. And of course a lot of the more controversial jokes came from him. We didn't sit together, that was kinda weird, but I did enjoy the show anyway. Douglas kept asking the crowd to buy his posters for RM10 a piece. Evil eye for audience members who left empty handed. LOL.

Latte


MACC: I Want To Touch a Douglas

Final event for the day was a BEC gathering. Had to rush home from MV for that. Phew...

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Celebrating 34

34

Truth be told, my own birthday had never been a big thing for me. Unlike some, I do not look up whether it falls on a weekday or a weekend. I don't throw parties nor do I take a day off. As an exception to the norm, KH took leave on his birthday this year. As his loving boyfriend, of course I would do the same! Bright and early, I picked him up and we both mulled over the idea of breakfast. I was thinking of dim sum on Old Klang Road, but was concerned about the rush hour traffic and lack of parking. The birthday boy decided to go to his favourite dim sum place in Pudu. Switched on Waze and it guided us to Kampung Pandan. At a critical turning, we screwed up and ended up on MEX heading back to Bukit Jalil! 天啊! Then when we tried to go back to KL again via MEX, I got on the wrong direction towards Putrajaya! F*ckity-f*ck! Sigh. Skipped the idea of breakfast and directly drove to Corus Hotel. Had half an hour to spare before our massage appointment at Danai Spa (they were having a Groupon promotion), so we nibbled some roti jala at Nasi Kukus Warisan, Avenue K. After finishing our cup of hot cham, we headed upstairs.

Maneki Neko

A very small spa indeed with the treatment rooms lining the same corridor as the guest rooms! The lady at the front desk greeted us cheerfully and gave us the run down. Chose the type of massage, the oil blend, and the post-massage organic tea and also filled up a customer profile form. Such a lengthy process. I chose the couple's treatment room, but we weren't gonna be using the jacuzzi. As usual, it started with a foot bath. First time putting my leg in blue water. I was immediately reminded of toilet sanitizers. LOL. Based on my past experiences, the signature massage was quite disappointing. Hated the way they applied the pressure, or the lack of it. Neither here nor there, like diluted soya milk. Ugh. We were so oily after the massage that we decided to opt for a shower. They left us in the room and we both shared the shower stall. Perfect place to steal a kiss and cop a feel (or a quick f*ck?).



Next on our itinerary was lunch at The Pavilion. Easy enough to find parking on a Tuesday afternoon. Didn't really have an idea of what to eat. Gave Cafe de Paris a try with its interesting Eiffel Tower design. Shared a small pot of creamy chicken stew. Not bad, but a tad salty. And if you dine there, do consider sitting closer to the entrance because you might end up smelling like the kitchen.

Chicken Stew

And what's a date with KH without watching a movie? Bought tickets for "Chappie" at 1440. Didn't expect the movie to be so immersed in South African gangster and Zef culture, with Yolandi and Ninja from Die Antwoord providing much of the colour and spice. And Yolandi's Afrikaans vocals were quite attractive.



Before dinner, we lepak-ed at Cafe Azzuro. Been meaning to try their coffee. Surprised to see that they had a huge selection, kinda like Espressamente Illy. The adventurous birthday boy ordered the Kathay, a latte that uses santan instead of cow's milk. The resulting coffee was super lemak! I went for the Mezzo & Mezzo, a typical cold mocha drink. And of course he got a slice of his favourite Red Velvet cake.

Gold & White

At 6:30 PM, we walked over to Kaihomaru at Starhill Gallery. It was located where Gonbei used to be. Even retained the wall full of Japanese family crest carvings. It seemed like we had booked the whole restaurant as we were the only customers. A must have at Kaihomaru is of course the imported unagi kabayaki. KH goes crazy over the stuff. And since it was Tuesday (air-flown fish delivery every Tuesday and Friday), we ordered a selection of premium nigiri sushi and gindara teppanyaki. The cod was really nicely done without the usual over-powering aroma of fishy oil. Sent him home after dinner and gave him a good night kiss below his condo. XOXO.

Mon / Japanese Family Crests

Unagi Kabayaki

At the end of the day, KH did not get any birthday sex. Good things come to those who wait! Happy 34th birthday dear!