Thursday, May 31, 2018

Seat of Power

Huazhong CNY 2018

Remember the qipao that mum bought on the first day of Chinese New Year? It was specifically sourced for the "2018 Chinese New Year Grand Gathering" that was organized by the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia or more commonly known as HuaZhong. As it was a major event with our beloved PM (ex-PM at the time of publishing) as the guest of honour, mum had to go out quite early in the morning. While mum was out, KH and I had our skank session at home. Got KH to sit at the edge of the bed, while I saw on him. Must say that I never had such an experience on any 'chair' before! A much needed release.

Picked mum up at around 1:00 PM. Helped her take some photos in front of the giant banner with Najib's head. She told me that she met Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan at the event. 

Tea time was a carb fiesta with miku, nian gao coated with crushed peanuts, and bakzhang!

Tea Time Quartet

At night, I treated Sis to an ageLOC spa session. LumiSpa, Galvanic Spa, the works! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sister and Staycation

Years ago, I bought a cool blue and white shirt from an online merchant. The sizing was a bit off actually-- I couldn't button it all the way up. During my Vancouver trip in 2014, I brought it along, but by that time, I couldn't button it up at all! Opps. This year, I dug it out from an old suitcase, threw it in the washer, and decided to give it another try. Gosh, I could finally fit into it. Thank you Nu Skin TR90! So, I wore that to work on casual Friday. That Friday, I got a FB message from Nicky05's darling who had spotted me at my workplace. He recognized me from my shirt (I had posted in FB earlier in the day). Turns out that we both work in the same office complex. Such a small world.


I ate lunch with SK at Bankara Ramen, Avenue K. CNY was still heavy in the air because while we were eating, a lion dance was going on in the cramped restaurant! Then it was coffee at Juan Valdez.


To celebrate my sister's birthday, we had a movie night at IOI Mall. For the first time, I took the LRT down to the IOI Puchong Jaya station. I wasn't surprised by the lack of connection between the LRT station and the mall. Nobody was interested in providing a safe way for pedestrians to get to mall, which is the main POI of the station. Pedestrians actually have to traverse a big roundabout and cross the entrance of a parking ramp. So much money spent to build the extension at strategic locations, yet fail on the final mile.


Before entering the cinema, we had dinner at Dragon-i. The little one threw a tantrum during dinner and didn't calm down until after my sister bought him Jipangi soft-serve ice cream.

Fried Rice

We watched "Staycation", a CNY movie from Hong Kong about a family that goes for a family trip at a dodgy remote camp site. I was quite surprsied by how much sex jokes were in that movie. A lot. All the time. Very suitable for kids. Can't expect much, but 'watchable'.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Canine CNY IV: Bacon, BFF, & Birthday

Bacon and Eggs

The Tribe made a date with mum and I to have a porky breakfast at Bacon and Balls, Happy Garden. Although we tried to order a variety of stuff, we ended up with loads of eggs and bacon on the table. Just different combinations of it. Thank goodness we asked them to omit the bread. But I did like the Signature Meatball Platter. Platter is not a suitable word to use actually. It's actually a tasting plate of four types of meatballs-- pork, chicken, beef, and lamb.

Signature Meatball Platter

Halfway through breakfast, the neighbouring vegetarian shop had a lion dance. We went out to take a look at the 'breakfast entertainment'. The lion dance troupe looked like they forgot their morning coffee. So lethargic. And the red crackers went out so quickly that it might as well had been a sneeze.

CNY Lion Dance

In the afternoon, had a coffee and cake session with KH, Apollo, and Don. Met at MTree Hotel in Puchong Jaya, not a place I would have ever visited if not for Don's recommendation. There's a cafe in there called 3 Beans Cafe. For the whole afternoon, four gay lous had full use of the whole venue.

3 Beans Cafe

Managed to secure a dinner date with SK on her birthday. Brought her to Verona Trattoria, an Italian restaurant on the same row as Uroko's Petaling Jaya branch. Hope that the reviews were honest and I was not disappointed. Started with the Serrano Ham Platter followed by the La Mia Pizza that allows for a combination of two flavours. Our selection was Seafood Marinara and Four Cheese, both of which were delicious. Our second main was Spicy Roast Pork Pasta, which is suitable for diners who want an extra kick. In my opinion, the star of the dinner was the tiramisu that's generously spiked with Marsala wine.

La Mia


For someone who is familiar with all sorts of beauty products and fads, SK was really thrilled to received an AgeLOC LumiSpa from KH and I. Nothing beats the 5-in-1 combination of that compact and easy-to-use gadget!
  1. Remove make-up
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Massage and cleanse
  4. Firm and lift
  5. Activate collagen production

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Canine CNY III: Lovely Lunch

Egg Roll

By CNY3, we were back in church because it was a Sunday. Sis and the two monsters arrived at my place early for breakfast. A favourite for the monsters was my maternal uncle's miku. Each of them ate two! And they still wanted more. After church, we went to lunch at Apollo's home, at the invitation of his mum. A feast was prepared for us-- a total of ten dishes!
  1. Fish maw egg drop soup.
  2. Egg roll.
  3. Stir-fried jicama.
  4. Curry chicken.
  5. Stir-fried vegetables.
  6. Fried pomfret.
  7. Roasted chicken.
  8. Vietnamese rice paper rolls.
  9. Deep-fried meat dumplings.
  10. Braised chicken with sea cucumber.
Vietnamese Rice Paper Roll

CNY Lunch

All of us retreated to the living room like beached whales after that huge meal. The monsters dug out all of Apollo's party games:
  1. Ice Breaking Save The Penguin (Little Monster's favourite)
  2. Pop Up Pirate (simple and fast)
  3. Falling Tumbling Monkeys (takes ages to set up)
Falling Tumbling Monkeys

Monday, May 21, 2018

Canine CNY II: Family and Food

Anson CCF

On the second day of CNY, we made a trip to Perak to visit relatives. Supposed to start our journey bright and early, but we were delayed by an hour because mum overslept! A very rare occurrence. In usual cases, she would be so worked up over the trip that she would hardly get any sleep. The whole night long she would be going up and down, packing this and that. Our first stop was at my maternal uncle's place in Pekan Baru, Teluk Intan. Had my breakfast there of yummy Anson CCF.

And as luck would have it, my maternal cousin from Bagan Sungai Burung came in an Estima filled to the brim with my boisterous nephews and nieces. Definitely livened things up. My aunt prepared lunch, and we ate before leaving to visit my mum's younger sister. I don't remember ever going to her house. By that time, the heat was so unforgiving that we nearly melted.

Old House

The third house we in our list was my dad's sister-in-law. Whenever we visit her, it's usually in the morning, but this year, we appeared at her door step in the afternoon. That change in timing was great because it coincided with the arrival of my paternal aunt (with her hubby and son whom I have not met in a decade), and also my cousin sister and her big tribe. My cousin brothers were also there, so it was nice reunion. Been a very long time since the old house had such a big reunion of relatives. Just like the old days, we would huddle in the kitchen munching and talking. My aunt had made a big pot of choi keok, and there was Anson CCF, and Nyonya nasi kunyit.

Nasi Kunyit

Before leaving town, we stopped at Sam Siew Yeh to pack some Anson CCF. Our timing was just right as they had just opened shop at 6:00 PM. Never before had we visited that shop. Normally got our Anson CCF fix from Liew Kee. Left there with twenty packets. Huhu.

Sam Siew Yeh

The last stop for the day was Bagan Sungai Burung to visit my mum's brother-in-law. My cousin had prepared a seafood steamboat dinner for us. Fresh fish and squid, minus the preservatives that you get in markets. The kids there are so sick of fresh seafood that they preferred processed stuff like mini chikuwa. When you get too much of a good thing... Before we called it a day, our car boot was loaded with a big box of frozen fishes and prawns. From my cousin's personal stash. Probably would last us a month. Got back to KL at about 11:00 PM. No jam, but plenty of roadworks along the trunk road.



Frozen Fish

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mall Celebrities: Wefie Winston

Selfie Siblings

Spotted cutie Wefie Winston at the Gardens Mall, taking a wefie with his sister during the first day of CNY. Fair and lovely, no? And a loving sibling with a smile that lights up his face. Wouldn't mind taking a wefie with him in bed. Bwahahaha.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Canine CNY I: Church and Chow


Bright and early on the first day of the Lunar New Year, I put on my new red Private Structure briefs, red gingham shirt, and a pair of black slacks. Went downstairs to greet my mum and brother with Chinese New Year greetings, and got first few packets of ang pao. We got to church a bit earlier than usual to help out. Mum was with the liturgy group preparing for the Rite of Commemoration of Ancestors, while I was with the hospitality group, getting ready for the distribution of mandarin oranges. The turnout was huge too, so we added many chairs outside of the church. With the cooperation and coordination of all the ministries, the mass went smoothly, and it ended with a lion dance at the entrance of the church.


Ancestral Tablet

AngPau Time

Getting the Green

All Smiles Again

We went looking for lunch at Midvalley Megamall because most of its shops are usually open, even on the first day of Chinese New Year. As it was already late, and we just chose the first restaurant that looked decent-- Enoshima, along the boulevard. Not expensive, but the portions were kinda meh. But I did like their Iced Coffee Cendol. Sounds weird, but is actually pretty good.

Iced Coffee Cendol

Next up was cam-whoring with the CNY decorations. Midvalley's centercourt was decked out with giant flowers, birdcages, and oriental gazebos. The Gardens Mall on the other hand always went with the multitude of dioramas stretching the whole length of the mall. There were so many of them that even mum got tired of snapping a photo in each of them. That aside, their creative team really did a good job as usual. Also managed to catch a lion dance performance on stilts.

Knotting Art

Lion Dance on Stilts

And thank goodness that mum found a suitable qipao at Robinsons for her upcoming Huazhong CNY event. Definitely a daunting task to find the right outfit at the right price, especially when its something so seasonal like the qipao.

Apollo and his mother met us for dinner that night at Impressoul Gastrology, Sunway Pyramid Hotel West. An obnoxious name if you ask me. The brains behind the restaurant are two Korean chefs. In the menu, Chef S.K. Choi is touted as a handsome Iron Chef (Hottest Chef in the Kingdom 2013 whatever the heck that is). The story goes that he used to be a prize-winning bodybuilder before injury dashed his dreams and led him to pursue a career in the kitchen. Anyway, he wasn't at the restaurant. Probably in Thailand opening another noodle bar. The restaurant was dark, with a modern flair. My biggest dislike was the cowhide chairs that were really itchy. Nothing much to say about the food. Mostly Korean-Japanese fusion.


SK wanted dessert, so we walked all the way to Snowflake at Sunway Pyramid, going through some weird areas that I've never visited. Didn't know that Sunway Pyramid had a huge retail space dedicated to toys and edutainment. Pretty dead, that place. Funny thing happened at Snowflake-- SK put in the orders and took the UFO beeper back to the table. When the beeper started flashing, she went back to the cashier to collect. Rolling my eyes, I went to the collection counter to get our desserts. The cashier told her, "Your son has already collected.". Ketawa sampai pecah perut! Even the staff started laughing when they realized the faux pas. That really put me in a good mood. LOL.

Chinese Village

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Canine CNY 0: Doggy Dinner

Money Trees

The Year of the Dog in 2018 was celebrated with much feasting as tradition dictates. And to feast, one must make preparations. Since the morning of the eve Chinese New Year, mum, Bro, and I were out of the house sourcing for the freshest ingredients. Mum showed me a picture of a cute dog-themed lou sang that she received via What's App, so we decided to recreate that for reunion dinner. Drew up a list of ingredients and went shopping at AEON Taman Equine. Got all we wanted, and then proceeded to the nearby Fun and Cheer to complete our CNY decorations. Dog-themed stuff were already going for 50% off.

Lucky Charms

Back home, mum started on the cooking, and I figured out how to assemble the lou sang. As usual, we had 3 dishes per person:
  1. Snoopy Lou Sang
  2. Stewed sea cucumber with shiitake mushrooms, pig tendon, and pig stomach
  3. Pak cham kai
  4. Fried Threadfin
  5. Salad
  6. Pan-fried prawns
  7. Steamed pomfret
  8. Stir-fried garlic chives
  9. Lotus root soup
Just a little bite from every dish would be enough to fill one's belly. But when it's so delicious, how can one stop at just one bite? Haha. 

Snoopy Lou Sang

Reunion Dinner 2018

In the evening, KH came over with Igor, and they brought along two bottles of wine. We polished off one bottle, and kept the other for another day. 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Finding Flowers

Wrapped in Gold

At the last minute, mum and I went hunting for CNY flowers near OUG. The weather was absurdly hot, making the visit to the flower nursery a real enjoyable one. I had no qualms getting out of the car with my hoodie on. For the benefit of the CNY shoppers, the nursery 'augmented the assets' of the plants to ensure a maximum 'prosperity attraction' index. Baby pineapples with gold wrapping; bamboo pyramids topped with choi san; flower pots with all sorts of lucky charm embellishments... You get the picture. Although there were a whole lot of varieties there, we left with the classic chrysanthemums.

Pussy Willow

Dracaena sanderiana

Dracaena sanderiana Pyramid


That short trip for flowers nearly melted the scalp off our heads. so mum suggested that we go for some cendol. Found a decent food truck under a tree, and we got our hit of ice shavings in syrupy santan soup. Couldn't resist ordering a plate of rojak as well. Ah, bliss.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Pasar Politics

Senator Datuk Mustapa Kamal

With just less than a week before CNY, the  OUG morning market was a hive of activity. Even BN Seputeh tried to 'show their concern' by organizing a community event on Jalan Hujan Rahmat 2. They commandeered half of the road to put up a stage and many tables. The displaced market vendors must have been so pleased. Hampers were given out to elderly residents and those with disabilities. And of course there was free food for the public. Senator Datuk Mustapa Kamal also 'turun' padang to distribute free reading glasses (bet they can detect fake news). He tried to help mum to get a suitable pair but none they had were suitable. Countless cameras were clicking with his every 'charitable' move.


Free Reading Glasses

Come evening, I joined SK at a party with her ex-colleagues. A pot luck with lots of food. There was grilled chicken wings, char siew, vinegar pork knuckles, savoury rice, and a birthday cake.  And booze too. Someone brought their kids along, so we even had an 'Art Attack!' session making paper lanterns and canine origami for CNY. At the end of the night, we were stuffed to the brim, but still with enough leftover to tapau!

Grilled Chicken Wings

Birthday Cake