Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Year of Abundance?

District 21

I spent new year's eve at IOI City Mall again. Brought mum to the many boutiques selling plus-sized clothes. Bumped into Pidut at Factorie. Every time I meet him, he seems to be with another cute guy. At around 4:00 PM, mum and I stopped for tea time at Sepiring. Used up a free voucher I had for a bowl of curry laksa. I don't think I will ever go back to that place. They don't seem understaffed nor overwhelmed with customers, but they just don't seem to function well. Can you imagine that they took my voucher and 15 minutes later told me that I had a choice of 3 items. What the heck were they doing? And many tables weren't cleaned up although it wasn't the peak period. Definitely corroborates with the tips left in Foursquare. The prawns in the curry weren't fresh and the additional ABC I ordered was possessed by the syrup demon. Oh well.

Nyonya Laksa

ABC

As usual, there was a special new year's eve mass at church. Surprisingly, SK tagged along. After mass, there was a fireworks display and a snack pack. Our yearly routine also brought us to Restoran Kayu Nasi Kandar at Dataran Sunway for teh tarik and roti tisu. By the time I climbed onto my bed, it was already 2:00 AM.

Mini Nativity

The first morning of 2016 didn't feel much different from 2015, but I did wake up feeling quite randy. Too bad KH wasn't sleeping beside me else I would be starting the year with a bang. Freshened up, had breakfast and did some chores. Mum and I had a Christmas / New Year party in the evening so she spent the afternoon preparing food for the potluck. She stewed eggs with soy sauce and pork belly, steamed a pot of yam rice and made some preserved mango. We arrived at church pretty early. A few others were already there, so we opened up the cafeteria and set up the tables. By 7:30 PM, most of the members of my BEC and guests had arrived. Like past years, we had a mini nativity scene set up. Unfortunately, our potluck fell short this year. Too many guests, too little proper food. Bringing some fruits or a small cake just doesn't cut it when you have your whole family along looking for mains. For the first time, pots and plates were picked clean just after the first round. Normally, nobody would bother with the white rice, chiffon cakes and biscuits. But due to more than demand than supply, even those unpopular items were depleted. I was initially shocked when a BEC member baked four large pizzas for the party. In the end, I applauded her for her foresight. The activities for the party involved ice-breaking, caroling, bible readings, discussions and games. Overall, both young and old were entertained.

Whole Eggs

Split Eggs

Thursday, January 28, 2016

9

The Number Nine

Today marks the 9th year KH and I joined our hearts together.

From not knowing much about each other we learned how to read each other's moods.

From being insecure and jealous we became trusting.

From being a single entity we started sharing all we had.

From just the two of us we surrounded ourselves with caring friends.

From cuti-cuti Malaysia we explored the world together.

From sugar-coated sex to graduated to something more primal.

From an LDR we progressed to living in the same city.

From the background, KH slowly eased to the foreground of my family life.

From boyfriends we progressed to hubbies (nearly got married!). 

I love you baby.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Force Awakens

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On the 30th of December, KH took leave to service his car and spend time with me. To simplify logistics, he sent his car to the Honda service center at Taman Equine in the morning. Compared to the service consultants at Nissan, the people at Honda don't seem too experienced. Once KH dropped off his car, we went off hunting for breakfast. Packed some noodles and nasi lemak from Restoran Shui San nearby. Spied a stall with a sign that reeked of Google Translate. We ate at my sister's house with my mum and the monsters. A very lively affair.

At around 10:30 AM, we went back to my house to pick up some stuff. But that turned into a quickie sex session. Kinda messed with our schedule because we had a movie to catch at IOI City Mall at noon. We made it just in time to watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Not a bad movie really and the title is really apt. Its about awakenings, though a bit too convenient. And I'm not very fond of the angst-y villain.

Star wars-The force awakens. Kylo Ren V.2.0

Exited the cinema after more than two hours and ate at the first restaurant we saw-- Namoo Grey. We ordered the dakgalbi lunch set and a plate of honey citrus fried chicken (imagine fried chicken wings topped with honey citron concentrate). Did some walking around after that. KH sent me back to my sister's place at about 5:00 PM but he stayed on a little longer for some coffee (no, that's not a euphemism for sex).

Namoo Grey

Dakgalbi

Honey Citrus Fried Chicken

Monday, January 25, 2016

Regia Christmas & KH with Kids

Giant Lingzi

Boxing Day saw me at the wet market. Once in a while, something interesting pops up like the giant lingzhi displayed by a Chinese medicine vendor. As usual had my favourite soup noodles but spiced it up a bit with curry chicken legs.

Curry Chicken Legs

Lazed away the whole afternoon and in the evening attended a Christmas party hosted by Janvier and The Chief. Like past years, there were several factions of party guests-- BFF (DanielH was missing this year cause he relocated to Manila), TTDI-ans and The Chief's family. The BFF were represented by KH and I, BeautifulMale, JJ, Bunny and SK. It was a potluck and as usual the hosts prepared roast turkey (perfect Christmas feel) and curry chicken (perfect Malaysiana feel). Food was great but the drinks stole the limelight. Janvier uncorked bottle after bottle of sweet-ish red that quickly made BeautifulMale tipsy. And when the vodka-infused watermelon was unveiled, we went crazy. For some reason, our conversation with Bunny that night revolved around full-time YouTubers and how they make their money. For the gift exchange, a got a Dilbert book to add to my collection.

Vodka-Infused Watermelon

Dilbert

The next day, mum had a massage appointment after mass. On top of that, sis left the kids with us, so I had to babysit. KH was nice enough to help me (he came all the way to Kepong XOXO). I holed them up in Nelson Tan Cafe which had a whole bunch of toys that they could play with. Fed them a large plate of spaghetti carbonara with sausages. The kids were familiar with KH which made things much easier. Even the little one didn't mind KH bringing him to the loo. Must admit that I did that on purpose and KH passed with flyng colours. Time passed quickly with his help and he didn't seem agitated with the task. Guess it's a glimpse of a possible future if we were to have kids. LOL.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas

Since I had six days of annual leave to clear by the end of 2015, I took Christmas eve off. Spent time with the kids. KH wasn't working as well and he came over with a Christmas present from KT. The kids pester me about about opening the gifts under their Christmas tree every single day, so I let them have a go at KT's present. They were ecstatic. Inside was numerous imported candies, biscuits, chocolates and minced pies. Their favourite was the chocolate eggs.

Chocolate Eggs

In the evening, the kids followed us to Christmas vigil mass which had a cantata and a small nativity play. Surprisingly, they were quite well-behaved. Perhaps it was the periodic Koko Krunch feedings that I gave them. Had a late dinner at Carbon Brasa, Puchong Jaya. The pasta and French toast was compatible with the kids. Before going home, we stopped by at Donutes to get some bread. Of all days, it turned out to be their member's day. Only one cashier was open and the queue snaked around the bakery. Best thing was, they had seven staff manning the counter which made it look like an assembly line. Waited twenty minutes before it was my turn. All that fuss for just 5% off, not even enough to negate the GST. What a mang zang way to spend Christmas eve!

Xmas Tree

Cantata

Xmas Pasta

On Christmas morning, the kids woke up bright and early. They brushed their teeth and washed their faces before coming down for breakfast. Their parents had also turned up so we began the opening of gifts. They were so happy. The living room turned into Christmas present graveyard. The kids gave me a towel. Practical.

Xmas Presents

In the afternoon, mum and I went Sunway Pyramid for some shopping. Who would have thought it would be worse than my recent experience at The Gardens. Spent a total of eighty minutes jamming in from LDP and finding a parking space. Nearly went nuts. The Christmas decorations were quite a disappointment. An underwater Christmas. Looked quite drab in my opinion. Namor would have had a fit. Late lunch was at Paradise Inn. Similar price and taste with Pu Tien but much bigger portions. Tried the spinach in superior soup, dongpo meat in lotus bun (ordered this after all three appetizers that I chose were unavailable) and stewed chicken with mushrooms. Thumbs up for all of them. Shopped and shopped and shopped after that. My suffering was rewarded by mum being able to find some items that she liked. After all my years of experience, I roughly know which shops to avoid and which shops hold potential.

Xmas Under The Sea

Braised Chicken

Spinach Soup

KH came over in the evening with Sharky in tow. They wanted dinner so I brought them to Ipoh Home Cuisine at Taman Equine. Truth be told, I don't know what's Ipoh about that place. Half dai chow, half western dishes. Ordered a wat tan hor and found it quite good. Next was coffee and rum cake at Piccolo Cafe a few doors away. But we didn't stay long because halfway through, Sharky FFK-ed us. A very common occurrence with that fella. You owe us coffee!!!

Wat Tan Hor

Rum Cake

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Midvalley Madness & Tangyuan Time

Oriental Christmas

Right after mass, I brought mum to Midvalley Megamall to look at the Christmas decorations. I wasn't daunted by the red lights on the parking board. I summarily ignore it and made for parking zone B. What a mistake that was. I wasn't prepared for the basement bedlam. Took me forty minutes to get a parking space after inching my way up and down for many iterations. Nearly went mad and I was still feeling a bit sick. But the Christmas decorations at The Gardens Mall was quite rewarding. Very colourful and oriental. Wonder if they will retain it up till Chinese New Year. Ate a light lunch at Hokkaido Ichiba.

Queen of Blocks

Elves

For winter solstice reunion 2015, mum wasn't in the mood to slave in the kitchen because for the whole month, she had been pulling her hair out taking of the monsters day and night. It's the same year in, year out because its the busy period for my BIL's business. So, she set a budget and asked me to organize a dinner for family and close friends. Dear KH was an immense help in researching a suitable place. In terms of location and price, The Eatery at Four Points by Sheraton, Bandar Putri Puchong was ideal. We were joined by KH (goes without saying), Apollo, Apollo's mum, KT, KT's baby girl and KT's younger sister who happened to be in town. Gratitude and his mum arrived late cause of car troubles (when he arrived, he came with a bottle of red and bak zhang!). Unfortunately, SK didn't turn up due to a previous engagement in Sekinchan. The buffet spread at the The Eatery wasn't very impressive really, but for the price we were paying, I guess its fair. My favourite dish was the cream of seafood soup. Really chock full of prawns, fish and mussels. And amazingly they make a good golden custard bun. It was nice catching up with the gang.

Tang Yuan

Tuesday was the exact day for winter solstice and mum didn't ignore it although we had supposedly celebrated on Sunday. She made tangyuan with ginger soup and prepared a big dinner (blanched chicken, chili-salt prawns, grilled pork neck, enoki pork slice wrap, fried fish, radish soup). Although we had unexpected guests of BIL's siblings, there was enough to go around. SK and Lifebook were also invited. SK brought tangyuan too, but the savoury kind. Although I was still sick, luckily I had my appetite! So it turned out to be a huge reunion after all. So much for not slaving in the kitchen.

Enoki Wrap

Prawns

Monday, January 18, 2016

Distance

After School Special

Note: A topic triggered by Nicky.

I don't remember when I started having dis, but I think it was some time in 2008. For some reason, some people look up to me as their gor. I had a whole collection so to say. Not that I was collecting, but I somehow managed to get a following of sorts. First and foremost was Joe. He identified himself as the President of My Di Association. Then there was Kenzon who got me acquainted with Rich who was his boyfriend. There was also Chester and Jase. With Jase, there was a connection to KT my mei and PluBoy. Did I leave anyone out?

But I really wonder what that means to be someone's gor. How big of an did impact did we make in each other's lives? Did I dispense sagely advice? Was I their rock in a tumultuous sea of gay drama? Was I always there for them? Did they look to me for direction in life? Was I someone for them to manja with? Or was it just a taken social connection just for the heck of it? Today, my dis have all grown up, have their own careers, found love, lost love and formed their own cliques. Some drifted away, some pushed me away.

Whatever it was, the crossing of our paths did bring some good I guess. Although that connection is much faded now, it did help us grow our circle back then. And the ripples from those early connections still reverberate in our social circles today.  

Friday, January 15, 2016

Kahwin Kajang

Balloons

After attending the bride's side of the wedding, it was time to go for the groom's side. At 10:00 AM, mum, Little Monster and I made our way to my cousin's house in Semenyih. The forty minute drive brought me to an unfamiliar part of town. Paid three tolls. When I exited the last toll, we were greeted with palm oil plantations and the new township of Eco Hills. I was wondering if there was a petrol station there as I was running empty. But Waze told me that I had not arrived at my destination. Went deeper in to a place near Rinching. It was an older township. Had to make a detour because there were two roads with the same name in the area. WTF. Even the caterer got lost. The happy couple was estimated to arrive at about 1:00 PM from Karak, so I had two hours to kill. Spent most of the time making small talk with some of mum's relatives and fiddling on my phone. Mobile coverage there was spotty so we asked for the WiFi password. The password was made up of both the bride and groom's names, lucky numbers and the name of the town. Password strength: SUPER STRONG.

Bridal Slippers

When the bride and groom arrived, the first order of business was to pray at the altar. Then they had the tea ceremony. Since none of the elders were eloquent, they got the groom's younger brother to stand in as the tai gam jie. Hilarious. Next up was bridal chamber ceremony. Being the youngest boy in the whole house, they got Little Monster to punch through the spittoon. However, he had 'stage fright', so I had to help him. Truth be told, the paper they used was way too sturdy for a kid to punch through! Next, they coaxed him to jump on the bed. Once again, he was too scared and shy to do it. Funny that when its sanctioned, he refuses to do it. With all that out of the way, we went downstairs to have lunch. Food was quite good.

Tea Ceremony

Wedding Bed

Didn't linger too long as there a wedding banquet in the evening scheduled at 6:00 PM. The hosts thought that by setting it earlier, the guests would actually arrive on time. Well, it backfired. The dinner only started 2.5 hours later (the KL average is 1.5 hours). Most of the VIP guests had a hard time finding Melia Seasons Restaurant in Kajang Prima and the heavy rain made things worse. Luckily they had cupcakes and chocolates to feed the hungry horde. Once again, food quality was inconsistent. Think my table had the most leftovers. Mum mingled with her relatives. They were all quite tightly-knit because the extended family is not large. That ends the wedding run for 2015!

Balloon Lovers

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

VCR Repeat

Barista

On Tuesday morning, KH and I went to VCR Cafe again. Tried the smoke hamachi for breakfast. Downright uncommon if you ask me. We spent the morning sipping coffee and sharing a black velvet cake.

Smoked Hamachi

Yolk Waterfall

Black Velvet

Flat White

The Back

And like last week, we went to The Pavilion for lunch. Ichi Zen is KH's favourite restaurant there, so that's where we went. I was so hungry that I bit off the tip of my plastic chopstick. Happened while I was trying to get a bite of the salmon ozisushi. The crack was so loud that girls sitting beside us looked over. I thought I had chipped a tooth, but seems that my incisor is tougher.

Pressed Sushi

Then we made a trip to Fahrenheit 88 to look at their Christmas decorations. More animatronics with a large Ferris wheel and a mini carousel. And their idea of baby Jesus is an elf kicking its legs in the air.

Ferris Wheel

Kicking Baby

Did more last minute Christmas shopping and finally rested for some gelato at Gelatomio. Used the last of my 'useful' HSBC vouchers.

Double Scoop

Crystalline

SK visited me after dinner so I broke out a bottle of makgeolli and some roasted peanuts. In the middle of the night I woke up feeling nauseous and wondered if it was the drink (I avoid makgeolli because of the association with that bout of illness). The whole episode lasted till morning. My whole stomach was bloated. Felt miserable. Went to see the doctor and he declared that I had indigestion. As the day went by, I started getting feverish. Just slept a whole lot. Sipping warm water did seem to help to settle the feeling of queasiness deep inside me. As the days went by, it started to feel like a viral fever-- lingering fevers, skin sensitivity, lethargy and flu. The end of the year is the perfect time to get sick huh?