Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LRT Celebrities: Mystery Hunk



It's been a while since I posted any LRT Celebrities. My sincerest apologies for my lapse in providing a continuous supply of LRT cuties. Today I present you with a Mystery Hunk that I had seen several times on the Sri Petaling line. As you can see from the spy pics, he has a gym fit body. Look at those arms and nicely-shaped torso.



From the angle of the photos, you can see his prominent nose and thick eyebrows. Hints of a macho face no? To be honest, he's not so blessed in the looks department, but from my photos, it gives an illusion that he is a handsome hunk. We all need to find our most flattering angle. Haha.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Staycation II: Hunting for Breakfast and Coffee

Tofu & Egg

All of us were exhausted. I vaguely remember the sound of the kettle boiling in the middle of the night, but I wasn't sure what time that was. KH nudged me awake and gave me a drink of water. In my sleepy state, I nudged his hand and doused some of the water on me. That didn't bother me at all, I immediately slipped back to sleep. I just slept and slept and slept, refusing to wake up until the curtains were drawn at 9:00 AM. Breakfast wasn't included in our free stay, so we had to hunt for food outside. Our first choice was the Imbi Market at ICC Pudu. We parked our car at the open air car park. The foreigner who was minding the car park was nice enough to tell us that the market was closed for Awal Muharram. Opss. Plan B was executed. We drove to Tuck Cheong Dim Sum at Jalan Kancil. That was closed too. Argh. Plan C? Randomly pick an open coffee shop.

Siew Yuk

Pork Noodles

Celebrated Coffee House looked like a good choice. Always go where a healthy crowd is present (even Myanmarese eat breakfast there). Typical Chinese kopitiam with a very 'hygienic' looking back alley where most of the food preparation takes place. While we were there, an Alam Flora truck was making its rounds. I 'chopped' the table while KH and SK went to get the food. KH came back with a bowl of pork ball noodles. So-so le. With SK, it's always 'the more, the merrier'. She ordered a plate braised tofu and egg, roasted pork, and pork noodles with kidney. I must say that the roast pork was fantastic. The pork noodles weren't quite porky enough. The soup was a tad too bland. The coffee here is really thick. The drinks uncle actually came over to ask whether I was impressed with his coffee!

Pork Ball Noodles

Kopi C Kaw

Beside Celebrated Coffee House was Kedai Kopi dan Makanan Pak Lock, a place that specializes in wantan noodles. Many customers were waiting for the breakfast there. Since it was nearby, we had our second breakfast there. All three of us shared a small plate. In my opinion, the wantan noodles weren't all that great. I've had better. That was all the eating that we could do in one morning. Rushed back to the hotel to pack and check out.

Wantan Noodles

On the way out, gave mum a call to book her for lunch. She was just about to go out with an elderly neighbour, so I asked them to join us. SK recommended us to eat at Restoran Yoke Heng at Taman Putra Indah. Their specialty is the Sang Har Meen and claypot loh shu fun. Decided not to order the latter because it just looked like a pot of hot starch. The Sang Har Meen was delicious. Deep-fried noodles were drizzled with a thick gravy infused with prawn roe and egg. The MYR90 portion gets you three large prawns which is quite a lot of meat. Other than that, we had a portion of their special pork ribs that came wrapped in foil. Inside was chunks of caramelized ribs with the fragrance of nam yue and Marmite. The garlic clams were over-rated, not to my liking. Also tried one portion of salted egg and bitter gourd noodles which was quite unique, but too rich.

Special Pork Ribs

Sang Har Meen

The interior of the restaurant was stuffy, but it still felt like an oven when we walked out. A perfect excuse to hide in a cafe and chill. Decided give Cafe Ame Soeur at Jalil Link a try. Being a new kid on the block and with Owl Cafe closed, the waiting list was quite long. Ushered mum and the old lady inside to wait while the rest of us waited outside. Most of the clientele were young girls all dolled up for a field day of selfies and wefies. Some came with balloons and other props. People who know me would be so surprised that I actually waited forty minutes for a table. KH had an appointment with his insurance agent so he left a little earlier.

Ame Soeur

Belgian Coffee

Opulence

The interior of Cafe Ame Soeur is really something else. Inspiration for its interior decoration comes from the French Baroque period. The whole main area is lined with mirrors, prints of paintings, and lots of gilt. An illusion of a high ceiling with frescoes is achieved with the use of photo prints as well. The look would have been completed if they used brocaded chairs, but perhaps they ran out of budget. The main counter is backed by a tall shelf of Royal Belgium coffee makers, which is actually a type of balancing siphon that was popular in European courts of the 1800s. All very shiny, from the days of bronze and polish. Very TWG. The lady at the counter recommended the Royal Belgium Coffee, and we randomly added on some lavender tea, hot chocolate and fruity French toast.


How It Works — Royal Coffee Maker from Royal Coffee Maker on Vimeo.

It's really fun watching the siphon work as you can see from the video. A clever contraption that basically runs on its own when it's properly set up. Like some bizarre Victorian invention. One order could fill nearly two cups of coffee and I must say that it's pretty fine coffee. The lavender tea was also good and the hot chocolate not too creamy (though some would argue otherwise). The last to come was the fruity French toast. Too oily to deserve a recommendation from me. That concluded my KL staycation.

Fruity French Toast

Hot Chocolate

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Staycation I: ShangSkank

Squid Ink Spaghetti with Soft Shell Crab

KH makes all his hotels bookings through hotel.com. To reward him for his continued support, they gave him an in-store credit of SGD175 to spend before the year is out.The timing was perfect. My quick-thinking hubby immediately incorporated that free stay into a staycation plan for my upcoming birthday. He chose the best deal, which was a night's stay at Shangri-La. On Sunday, I went to church as usual and went to lunch with mum at Le Pont Boulangerie. Recently, they launched a new menu and added more tables and chairs at the bakery. Business was brisk and they were obviously swamped.

Sous Vide Duck Breast

I chose several signature items from the new menu-- Sous Vide Duck Breast and Strawberry Symphony. The duck breast was supposedly infused with orange (sous vide means cooked in airtight plastic bags), but it was too subtle for me. However, the meat was moist and tender, and the pairing with blueberry sauce was quite good. The Strawberry Symphony was a puree of strawberries, oranges and cherry tomatoes. Served in a cup rimmed with salt, its like drinking a fruit margarita. Recommend. For mum, I got her the Squid Ink Spaghetti with Soft Shell Crab. It's perfect for those who like a thick carbonara.

Strawberry Symphony

When I got home, KH was already waiting for me. I quickly packed my overnight bag and we went to the hotel to check-in. The room was on the 19th floor with a view over Concorde Hotel. The room wasn't very big but it was good enough. Our first order of business was to *ahem* shower. Once we had washed off all our sweat under the rain shower, we proceeded with a cat shower-- licking each other clean. :P. From the stall, we moved to the tub, and finally to the bed. It was another intense session with a new-found position that really did it for my G-spot. Moaned my heart out. Right after KH pulled out, and I was still panting on the bed, there was a visitor at our door. KH quickly pulled on his clothes and I dove into the bathroom. Turned out to be a member of the housekeeping staff.

Staff: Hi sir, are you able to operate the TV? Is the remote control in the room?

KH: TV? Remote control? Yeah, the remote control is in the room.

Staff: We were worried that it wasn't in the room. Sorry for disturbing.

KH: ?!


First things first, we were thankful that it wasn't a vice raid from JAWI. But the whole remote control thing was kinda strange don't you think? I wonder if it was a subtle way for the staff to handle noisy lovemaking complaints. Can someone in the hospitality industry confirm this? Haha.

Shangri-La Hotel

Took a short nap after that and was later woken up by a message from SK and #BF. They had already arrived and were coming up. There was some time to kill before dinner, so KH suggested that we go to Heli Lounge Bar at Menara KH for some drinks. Got dressed and walked over there. We were all so spoiled, grumbling about the walk on a gummy evening.

KL Sunset

The Helipad Lounge Bar is located on the 34th floor. Before allowed entry, the men are given a pat down. Never been there, so I was surprised that the place was pretty full at 6:30 PM. To be allowed up on the helipad, there is a mandatory drink order. While waiting for our drinks we took some pictures at the bar. Surprised to see so many Malays there. To gain access, they order a MYR28 cup of orange juice. Quite a steal. Among the crowd, a Korean couple stood out. They were just sitting there, looking into each other's eyes while lacing their fingers together. Sometimes, their hands would part a moment, but their fingers tips would be connected, like some finger ballet. Masyallah.

Losing the Light

Once we had our drinks in hand, we proceeded up the stairs to the helipad. Most of the seats had been taken. From the looks of things, they've been there for quite while, reclining in the best seats and had already set up their camera tripods for the sunset. The view ain't that great, but one does a clear view of KL Tower. Didn't stay long, had to leave by 7:00 PM to meet up with the rest. Sharky, Apollo and QueerRanter-D met us at Menara KH and in the six months that we had not seen Sharky, he seemed to have bulked up a bit. Bigger arms!

At the Heli Pad II

At the Heli Pad I

From there, we walked to Drift Dining and Bar, an Australian restaurant. Everyone was there except for SimonLover who was still at work. Let KH do the ordering because he knew what was good. The portions were a bit small, kinda like tapas, so we had to order several portions. Most of us loved the Crispy School Prawns, small battered prawns served with nam prik sauce. The Walnut and Beetroot Salad tasted like how it sounds like. Haha. Fried Polenta was pretty good. It was drowned with Gorgonzola cream and topped with enoki mushrooms, providing good texture. Thyme Roasted Portobello Mushrooms was really succulent and delicious. Pumpkin Ravioli wasn't impressive. Torched Scottish Salmon was just a few slices, topped with a whole lot of cucumber. Slow Braised Baby Pork Ribs was just OK. For that, go to Naughty Nuri's or Morganfields. Slow Braised Australian Lamb Shank was really good, but it's quite expensive at MYR75 per portion. Truffle Mushroom Arancini was a great snack. For drinks, we had the Drift Jar #1, a specialty mix. I was already a bit high from the mojito (on an empty stomach) at Menara KH, adding the Drift Jar #1 really made me float a bit.

Crispy School Prawns

Fried Polenta

Thyme Roasted Portobello Mushrooms

Torched Scottish Salmon

Pumpkin Ravioli

Slow Braised Australian Lamb Shank

Truffle Mushroom Arancini

SimonLover only managed to catch the tail-end of the dinner (poor boy rushed over from work), so we brought him to Restoran Bahdushah. Some of us weren't exactly full, so we had a second round there. Tandoori chicken, roti telur and Maggi goreng all around! Our presence really added a boisterous rainbow presence for the mamak. Even gay lous that walked by did a double take. LOL. Right after second dinner, we retired back to our room at Shangri-La for another session of drinking. KH went to the trouble of bringing his own wine glasses. We let Apollo fuss over cleaning the glasses, pouring and tasting. Our very own sommelier. As always, I plied Sharky with drink. He hated the Choya Umeshu but said that the wine tasted like water. Perhaps that's a reverse of the miracle at Cana! The party ended at midnight and everyone went home except SK. Invited her to stay the night but that didn't stop KH from being a bit frisky!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nifty Nine

1st Day of the 9th Lunar Month

During my childhood, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival was an annual event that I looked forward to. During the nine days of celebration we would go there on at least two nights. Different ceremonies were performed each night, coupled with lion dances and opera performances. Several mediums oversaw the ceremonies which included fire walking, dipping one's hands in hot oil, crossing a knife bridge, body piercing, tongue slashing, and beating with a flail. Always interesting to watch. For those nine days, I would be wearing a yellow cloth talisman on my wrist. As far as I remember, we would always attend the last day where there would be a bridge-crossing ceremony. Mum would make sure that we wore a white T-shirt so that the vermilion seal can be clearly stamped on when we stepped off the bridge. Once that was completed, they would cut down the tall bamboo pole with the 九曲灯 lamp and burn the whole bridge, marking the end of the nine days. But anyway, the point that I want to make is that, my lunar calendar birthday is celebrated on first day of the ninth month, which is the start of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. LOL.

The Nine Emperor Gods

Went to the morning market as usual, then went to cut my hair. My stylist must think my face is getting 'jollier' because he styles my hair keeps getting higher in an attempt to lengthen my face. Had a late lunch at Taman Damai Utama where I ordered a bowl of Minnesota Soup Noodles which turned out to be prawn noodles. Perhaps 明州 referred to 林明 (Sg. Lembing) that produced a similar type of noodles.

Minnesota Noodles

Roasted Pork Rice

SK came over in afternoon with a whole lot of Nyonya dumplings and Kee Zhang (not really something I like) from Melaka. It was an afternoon tea that was heavy on the digestive tract. So much glutinous rice.

Nyonya Zang and Kee Zang

Later that evening, SK and I had dinner while mum had a church activity to attend. Not wanting to stray far from Taman Megah, we ate at Sushi Kame, Atria Shopping Gallery. An expensive sushi treat on my birthday. Atria didn't have much to hold our attention in term of retail options, so we just chilled at TEA Verandah until it was time to pick my mum up. She didn't have a proper dinner, so we made a stop at Kayu Nasi Kandar before calling it a night.

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Tea & Cake

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Keep It Smooth

Philips Body Groomer BG1024

Body hair is not something that I'm blessed (or cursed, depending on your POV) with. I'm smooth all over with the exception of my pubes and pits. Never had to handle a razor in my life. Whatever grooming I needed to do, I just used a pair of safety scissors. Based on my past experience, it isn't necessarily safe and it can be quite tedious. Not sure how many of you out there have tried trimming your right pit with your left hand. Definitely an awkward position. Got sick of that, so I did a little shopping on Lazada and bought a Philips Body Groomer BG1024. Not top of the line, but from the reviews it seemed to fit my requirements and didn't cost a bomb. The trimmer needs just one single AA battery to operate and is waterproof for use in the shower. Supposedly, the blades are maintenance free, so when they turn dull, its time to get a replacement for the whole unit.



Naturally I was hesitant about trying out the trimmer near my nads, so I started with my pits first. Worked well dry and at both directions. Feeling more confident, I moved on to my pubes where I used the 3 mm comb first. Growth was thicker there so there was some snagging in certain situations. Guess its best to trim a bit first with scissors. To finish off, I removed the comb for a closer 0.5 mm trim. I was satisfied with the results. But for difficult areas, I still had to finish with the safety scissors. So if you're looking for a Christmas gift for a hairy boyfriend, you can consider this nifty little gadget to turn him all smooth...

P.S.: Do watch the instructional video with the hot hunk. Doesn't matter that he doesn't speak English. It's sexier that way.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Live, Run, Love

IMU Chariofare 2016 T-shirt

The last time I attended 'A Run That Wasn't A Run' was in February of 2015-- the Alliance Pacer Runfie. In 2016, KH asked to me to join the IMU Chariofare. Woke up at 5:30 AM and by 6:00 AM I was out the door with mum. Easily found parking at the Sri Petaling LRT station and was at the starting point by 6:15 AM. The flag off for the 5 KM run was not for another half an hour, so we had a warm up session first. KH arrived at 6:30 AM.

Moi: Why aren't you wearing your skanky pants?

KH: It's just 5 KM. But I have it in my bag.

Moi: Bring already then wear lo.

KH: OK.

Wakaka. For my benefit. From my observation, there weren't many 10 KM runners. The majority came for the fun run. In my opinion, the organizers weren't very organized. The PA system they used was quite a failure. Couldn't hear a thing they were saying. And when I could hear, I found that the language they used were bordering on bossy and impolite. Perhaps they are too used to 'herding' their own students and forgot that the run is open to the public.

Morning at Bukit Jalil Golf Course

When it was our time to start, we let the kids get in front of us. We matched our pace to mum's speed, which was more often than not a brisk walk. Going slower was safer too since the organizers did not block off traffic. At the start of the run, runners were already faced with oncoming traffic on a narrow road. Even in such a special situation, motorists demand the right of way. Didn't see that many crew along the route. For some reason, the crew directed us to run on the road instead of on the pavements or grass. Baffling since we have to share the road with the morning traffic.

Morning at CCC

From IMU, we cut through Taman Esplanad and came out on Jalil Link. The route continued to Calvary Convention Center (my first time going in there) and exited on Lebuhraya Bukit Jalil! Never thought I would be running on side of that busy road with all that roadworks going on. That whole section climbs an incline so we slowed down a bit to let mum catch her breath. The last one kilometer was much easier since it was downhill all the way. At the finish line, we found a long queue for the goodie bags. Just a whole lot of coupons and some snacks really. Didn't even notice that there was a RM5 food coupon in there. It was too tiny!

Outside Taman Esplanade

We gave the charity fair a once-over before deciding to have our breakfast elsewhere. Drove over to Yan Yan Dim Sum on Old Klang Road, a place that is popular with the budget-conscious. Every single thing on the menu is priced at MYR3. Of course the portions are proportionate to the price as well. My verdict for the place ain't good. I would rather pay more for quality. Can never tolerate dim sum with soft, mushy skin. And I don't think the phoenix claws were fresh. Yikes. The only decent item was the custard bun, KH's must-order dish. Although we were not full, we just paid the bill and left.

IMU Chariofare 2016

Right next door, TBM was having a sale with some early bird specials. No wonder the roads were choked with illegal parkers and RELA was seen directing traffic. Don't know what the fuss was about. People were actually lining up in the hot morning sun to pay for mystery items that didn't seem cheap to me at all.

Dropped KH back at his home, but mum and I still had not headed home. Stopped at Taman United to buy some 4D and do some marketing. The market there was small and it was already late, so we didn't get much of anything. Mum and I shared a plate of wantan noodles to supplement our less than satisfactory breakfast.

Gambling

Back home, I showered and rested a while before needing to send mum out again. She had another society meeting, so I dropped her off and went looking for KH. Not knowing what to eat for lunch, we went to Faber Towers to have a look-see. For some reason, business was brisk at Macaroni, and for that same reason, we gave it a miss. Noticing LDG's new food menu, we ate there instead. We weren't exactly very hungry, so it was just a big breakfast for two. The portion was respectable and I liked their scrambled eggs and sautéed mushrooms. Although the bacon was bovine, I didn't mind.

Big Breakfast

Almond Croissant

Like the week before, we went to my place for some fun (just a 5 KM run definitely larat!). We already knew what each of us wanted so we quickly got to business. It was like a continuation of what we didn't cover last week. Rare that I actually felt that I climaxed in waves. Guess we did what was described in the IMU Chariofare's slogan: Live, Run, Love. I like the Love part more than the Run. Both of us were exhausted, so we snuggled and had a short nap, arms and legs all entangled. Then my phone rang... and poof, time to pick up mum.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

P.O.S.laju

Poslaju never fails to disappoint:

15 Sep 2016 08:20:53 AMItem out for delivery.
15 Sep 2016 05:29:49 PMUnsuccessful delivery. Please contact 1 300 300 300.
16 Sep 2016Malaysia Day.
17 Sep 2016Cuti Gantian (Ganti apa tak tahu).
19 Sep 2016 07:42:41 AMArrive at delivery facility at Poslaju Brickfields.
19 Sep 2016 09:30:00 AM(Tried calling 1 300 300 300 but couldn't connect. Looked up AskPos on FB and found that their hotline has been unavailable since early September. Syabas. So many livid customers there, especially those involved with e-Commerce.)

After numerous attempts, I managed to get through to Poslaju Brickfields. I gave the parcel reference number to the nice lady on the line and she helped me to check the delivery status. Based on the sequence of events on the Poslaju Tracking website, I thought that they failed to deliver on the 15th. When I wanted to arrange for a second delivery, I was told that it wasn't necessary. According to the lady, there was a fire drill on the 15th, hence they couldn't delivery my parcel on time. If that was the reason, why the heck did they update "Item out for delivery."?! Maybe the van was on fire. The good news was that it was out for delivery and I would be getting it soon. When I refreshed the Poslaju Tracking website, lo and behold, a new line was updated:

19 Sep 2016 09:04:05 AMItem out for delivery.

Anyway, I got my parcel before noon and in good order, four days later. Sigh. This is the standard of my national courier. Tater was right when he said:

P.O.S. = Piece of Shit.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Teochew Tryst

Oyster Omelette

Once again, mum was away on an official function-- Mid-Autumn Festival-related. That gave KH and I another opportunity to 'hook up'. A good part of the morning was spent on that. Once we had rested enough, we called up SK for lunch. We ate at Restoran Hoi Kee Heng Hwa, a Teochew restaurant in Taman Desa. Been a while since we ate there. To replenish lost sexual energy, we ordered an oyster omelette. Carbs were from a plate of Heng Hwa Bihun. Also ordered a round of hot watercress drinks, something uncommon at restaurants. Tastes like sweetened watercress soup.

Heng Hwa Bihun

Right after lunch, we went hunting for coffee. Gambled on Le Bon Cafe near LDG. Bad choice. We were greeted by lukewarm service and most of the tables had been reserved for God knows what reason. The owner couldn't be bothered to vacate a table that his staff used for lepaking. Sympathetic customers vacated a table for us to use instead. Coffee was meh too and here were no cakes. Won't be going back there again.

Every Day is a Good Day with Coffee

Picked mum up at around 5:00 PM and she had collected a whole bunch of free mooncakes from the function. We went grocery shopping at NSK since we didn't go to the wet market. Not been there in ages. Business was still as brisk.

Mini Lobsters