M.I.A, Where have i gone missing?

10 Nov

Hmm.. it’s been a while since i last updated my blog, when first started i promised my self not to neglect it because i easily get distracted, once i stop updating even for a lil’ while, it’s easily for me to lose interest , so for the past weeks i’ve been forcing my self to update it but due to  few obstacles (work+family+sickness+errands+laziness) i failed to do so, until now.

Here’s are some things i did during my missing not so in action periods.

I went back to Malacca for a short holiday, no i’m not a Malaccan i’m a pure K.L  town girl born and grew up in K.L but since i know Cary shes have been the bestest friend in the universe for me (like i have any alien category friends) we’re very close, i basically know her entire family from her mom, grand parents, uncle, aunties, cousins, even her neighbours and most of them know me too, cary is very blessed with a caring and loving Peranakan family, they were all very kind-hearted to this Malay girl, and i feel very lucky to know them, each times when i joined her relatives for makan session they will choose a halal joint just because they wanted me to join them, they are really sweet people, that’s why i mentioned “i went back to Malacca” instead of “i went to Malacca” the place have been like a home to me it doesn’t feel strange anymore whenever i’m there.

I came down Malacca specially to celebrate Nancy’s Kitchen 10 years Anniversary birthday bash, like i mentioned on my previous post, Aunty Nancy (Cary’s mum) is a proud owner of a well-known Peranakan restaurant in Malacca, i have a chance to make my short trip as a memorable ones by helping aunt Nancy to do some preparation and became the unofficial photographer for the function, i pretended to look busy snapping tons of photos, yes i’ll definitely update it on a specific post later.

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Cary, Vera and me taking a break from our duty to camwhoring inside the restaurant, posing like an ad models holding a bakosia (peranakan basket) i'm a such a peranakan wannabe.

It’s was such a wonderful event so many people coming to congratulate aunt Nancy for her achievements, there is some unknown people crashing the function for the free food and beer but aunt Nancy was really cool about it. Check out my new nyonya kebaya i was forced to buy this specifically for the function, but well it’s about time for me to own one, cost me whooping Rm180 just for the top.

Aunt Nancy (owner of Nancy's Kitchen) with her good friend miss Tay.

Aunt Nancy (owner of Nancy's Kitchen) with her good friend Miss Tay

i wouldn’t miss taking advantage of the cheap and incredibly delicious food in Malacca, so indulging and pampering my tummy is always my main mission in Malacca.

this is just some of the food that i have, peranakan kuehs from Baba charlie stall, halal dim sum fare in Renaissance Hotel, and chainese food fare from dragon deluxe.

nyonya kuehs from Baba Charlie stall, halal dim sum fare at Renaissance Hotel, and chinese food fare at dragon deluxe yummy all memang best!!

I  gained 2 kg just from that trip, can a person really gained that much weight from all that eating trip in just 3 days?

oh before that trip i was forced by jenny to come up with a Halloween decoration at work and we made this gory looking mummy on just less that an hour using only limited office supplies, plastic, loads of news paper, and rolled tissue paper.

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it looked more like a pocong than a mummy, huh i wished i have more time to add some ageing effect colouring to that mummy but that was good enough, thanx jenny for helping me.

Went back to my parents and spend time with my family, i had a great lunch at the new restaurant called Cozy Place located at Mangsa Maju,  great food with an english theme ambiance, very posh place to dine in. we opt for local dish really delicious you gotta try this place, thanx to my aunt Mak Tam for the treat.

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one of the best butter prawns that i've had.

Refreshing lemon sorbet, gotta try the pina colada for my next visit, such a smooth texture for a sorbet.

Refreshing lemon sorbet, gotta try the pina colada for my next visit, such a smooth texture for a sorbet.

 

 started work as usual, back to the hard reality another week to go by and cant wait for my next off day.

Went to Pavillion, BSC and Sunway Pyramid on the weekends to do some light shopping, stumble in some funny and interesting stuff,

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Took this photo from Xixili display window, notice the middle mannequin, looks like she smelling her underarm, hmm… doesn’t look sexy at all to me?

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Giordano was my fave brand during my teenage years, it was colourful, simple and affordable brand, well like i said “it was”, looking at their latest design campaign, does that smiley icon looked “cheer up” to you? wasn’t that supposed to be a “dead icon”, that lame design cost RM40!! seriously, so unoriginal ok!!

dead_smiley_sticker-p217560802465223378qjcl_400[1]This is a proper “dead” icon even if you put a smile on it doesn’t change the message of the icon, because X on the eye means R.I.P got it.

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This is rather interesting and a  lil bit funny, me and cary looking for a place to chill and have a light bite, i spotted this place and very excited to try, hoping for a nice dessert or cakes, from afar it does looked like a cafe’ but man we got duped, nothing there is edible it’s all just an illusion to tricked us to go there.

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turns out that it was a cosmetic store, selling of course cosmetics, decorated candles and decorated towels that looked like food. shop called BLOOP. we totally got punked!!!, where’s Ashton hiding???

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I spotted this Maybank ad, stare at it and got me thinking…..

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Banks came out with more creative debt and flexible payments plans  now days, is it to benefit us or them? if we are not on debt, banks will call us to take one or more? are we working our asses off every month for ourself or for the bank? how much portions of our paycheck goes to pay debts than savings??? 30% 50% 80% sheesh!!! i really gotta cut back on my spending habit. Dear, bank seriously stop call me, i don’t want anymore debts with you guys, leave me alone, if i want debt i’ll look for you, ok!!

BTW i added that “pay forever” to be more dramatic, Maybank don’t sue me ok!!! 

Bangsar Shopping Centre. 

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went to Espressamente Illy to try their espresso drinks, OMG this place is great, cool and posh ambience, skill full barista, i will write a full review about it soon together with the coffee art video demonstrated by their friendly good-looking baristas, thanx guys, for the great time, err… i mean for the great coffee experience.

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Archie trying to play a piano, he noticed me staring at him giggling, he gives up and decided to sleep it off, oh how i wish my cat can play a piano, eh, help me pay, some bills lah freeloader!! Bubble waiting for a phone call?? that damn phone is not working lah.

Have a chillax session at home during my off days,a ccompanied by dozens of dvds and my furry friends, too tired to socialize, skipped cinema, still hasitated about Inglorious Basterd, should i watch it in cinema?? or should i wait for a better “option”, being patients usually paid off, so i’ll just wait lah.

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I slept more than usual, preparing my self for hectic overtime weeks for end year, i hate working long hours, i already hate my job, i just doing it for the money, how long can i last doing things that i hate?? seriously i don’t know i wish i can just walk away from it but the world just dont work that way ok, in the mean time i just want to laze around sleeping on my lovely bed mistakenly my fluffy cat as a big soft comfortable pillow. Trouble, please just fade away, leave me alone jut for a lil while.

Bad Ass Coffee, Take a kick ass sip of it.

19 Oct

There is a new cool coffee hangout in town with damn cool name, but to some people it sounds nasty? some said obscene? some questioned how the heck they got the name approved to use it here? but to me it sounds cool.

Bad Ass Coffee, nope it’s definitely not serving coffee that coming from a donkey ass (like luwak coffee), i have asked and assured of that everything served here is edible and drinkable, the first store located at GF Tropicana shopping mall.

It’s originated from Hawaii the land of the hula dance and many breath taking beaches, we’re all always dreamed to go there but perhaps this is the only and closest way for us to experience Hawaii. I first spotted the place during my visit at Tropicana mall me and Cary is looking for a place to have a drink and a small bite while waiting for “cloudy with a chance of a meatball” to start. The name and the logo mascot made us very eager to have a try.

The front of the shop, The cozy couch arean (non-smoking), free wifi available here, the haven place for smokers comes with flat tv.

The front of the shop, The cozy couch area (non-smoking), free wi-fi available here, the haven place for smokers comes with flat tv.

I bet you who wondered why “Bad Ass”, have they run out of idea? well i did have a small chat with one of the friendly staff over there, Mr. Kamil eagerly approached me and explained more about the place and some of their specialised coffee, the well known Hawaiian grown Kona Coffee, we’ll get to that later. Back to the name, a very long time ago when car or even road was exist donkey was the main transporter of the coffee beans which they called it the “Bad Ass ones” in honor of these working hard donkeys they named it after them. Interesting huh! the donkey on their logo really reminded  me of a character from Shrek, yeah you got it the foul-mouthed one DONKEY!!.

The Bad Ass legend story

The Bad Ass legend story

For the ice blended fans they have several interesting choices here, not another boring mocha stuff like those normal coffee chains have, I wouldn’t miss my favorite flavour drinks made with Irish Creme syrup which hardly offered in other cafe’s, Jitter Juice hot coffee in 12oz (s) cost 12.50 this drink is a little bit too sweet for me if i just drink it like that but if i add extra shot or request for less syrup i think it’ll taste great, and for Cary she choose iced Monkey Mocha a combination of coffee and banana 16oz (r) cost rm 13.50, to us coffee and mocha is a good comb, similar like choc and banana it just have a bitter taste presence to it, their iced drinks is a must try and very special because they use coffee ice cubes, it made a lot of difference in taste especially when you let the drinks sit out for a while it doesn’t get diluted but the drinks gets a stronger coffee taste, this really good for a strong coffee lover.

Iced monkey mocha with coffee ice cubes, hot drinks cup, the refreshing chicken salad, iced drinks cup with bad ass legend story.

Iced monkey mocha with coffee ice cubes, hot drinks cup, the refreshing chicken salad, iced drinks cup with bad ass legend story.

There is also various types of food to choose here to enjoy with your coffee, and if you fancy to have lunch, lunch sets is available, i had a chance to try the chicken salad rm8.90 for a quick bite, it’s nothing to shout about, just a simple mixed green salad leaves with a french dressing and topped with generous portion of grilled chicken it’s enough to compliment our coffee.

100% Kona coffee, some of the flavoured coffee beans Hula Pie and Butter Toffy Rum, and Peaberry.

100% Kona coffee, some of the flavoured coffee beans Hula Pie and Butter Toffy Rum, and Peaberry.

This is the only place that i know so far that offered a 100% Kona Coffee i mean the pure original ones that grown from Hawaiian soil itself, Kona coffee is one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world and at Bad Ass it’ll cost you RM129 per bag, yeah i know this must be a really good stuff, not like other coffee place which mostly sell the Kona Blend that which usually contain 10%Kona coffee and 90% cheaper imported beans, i’ve tried Kona blend before but not the 100% original ones so looking forward to it till my next visit. fascinating types of flavoured coffee beans can be found on their merchandise rack, Hula Pie and Butter Toffy Rum coffee beans already caught my attention even the sounds of it have made me drooling writing this, a must try next  time.

Bad Ass Merchandise and coffee beans rack, Bar and pick up area, outside sitting (smoking).

Bad Ass Merchandise and coffee beans rack, Bar and pick up area, outside sitting (smoking).

According to my conversation with Mr. Kamil the management has planned to open 60 stores nationwide in 6 years, i’ll have to say that’s a very ambitious move but hey that doesn’t mean it can’t be done even Starbucks (dominant marketing strategy) takes 5 years to open 100 stores nationwide this could be a good positive competition for other branded coffee chains for local market, i really hope Bad Ass would be my new favorite place to search for good cuppa and hoping it wouldn’t turned out to be like some other coffee chains who don’t care about product quality and ended up serving bad coffee. It’s still early to say, Malaysians have a lot to learn about coffee especially for those who standing behind bars and making coffee need to change their mind sets that coffee-making is more like an art than a job, take a pride of it.

For the love of Coffee.

12 Oct

I have finally found my self a good deal for the 9 cup Bialetti Stove Top Espresso Maker, yes i lost the bid on e-bay on my attempt to get a better deal, i also tried to find it on other on-line shopping site but to no avail, the original price here is around RM170 to 150 but in search of a cheaper price i forgot that i have a few friends who still work at Starbucks until Cary reminded me. Ati gave me her employee discount and introduced me to a wonderful new coffee ICED COFFEE BLEND, all and all it cost me RM117.60 it’s really a bargain, i hope this post will not get her in trouble for giving me an employee disc. for a return i’ll do some free advertisement for Starbucks :).

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For those who in search of good coffee fix at your own comfortable home, stove top espresso maker is the next best thing after the Espresso machine, Of course it’s a cheaper choice, easy to use and easy to clean but most importantly it’s produce a good cup of coffee, this a common way of making espresso at home and most italians use the same method, using a stove top espresso maker.  Coffee experts claims that the stove top espresso makers and the electric/commercial espresso makers produce espresso of equal quality but different characteristics. Neither is superior technically, rather it is matter of taste or variety you prefer at the time, so i am sure to have a good cuppa every morning with this. The Bialetti brand itself is an Italian brand and Italian made so i’m not hesitant with the result during my purchase.

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How To Use The Stove Top Coffee Maker.

  1. Remove the top part of the espresso maker (unscrew anti-clockwise)
  2. Remove the filter funnel insert.
  3. Fill the lower part of the stove top with cold fresh water (do not past the safety valve).
  4. Fill the filter funnel with ground espresso coffee.
  5. Put the filter funnel back into the lower part of the espresso maker.
  6. Screw the top part back onto the lower part firmly (don’t force).
  7. Place the espresso maker onto stove top (boil setting), keep the flame low to med low heat the whole time let the pot work in about 5 min.
  8. Remove the espresso from stove top immediately once the top part is full with coffee (careful, the espresso maker is hot)
  9. Enjoy the freshly brewed espresso or coffee

*tips: Don’t let the Espresso pot sit long on the stove. It’s best to take it off immediately after espresso is done.

Now isn’t that easy, you don’t have to be ripped you pocket every time you need a coffee fix, it took you less than 10 min to get it done and served.

I did mentioned about a wonderful coffee introduced by my good friend that working at Starbucks, she’s not a heavy coffee drinker but when the first time she tried this coffee it’s like love at the first sight (according to her lah) since it’s free (to compliment my Bialetti purchase) i took and tried it and to my surprise, she was right it tasted really good. the usually coffee Starbucks always served as Iced Coffee is Kenya Blend and that is the best iced coffee beans ever it’s my favorite but this beans over top it.

Ice Coffee blend is a medium blend coffee beans, and have a very refreshing citrusy taste, every sip is perfectly balanced and caramelly smooth. the most favorite thing about this coffee is it’s very easy to make and serve, you can use neither stove top or coffee press it works best both methods, i usually brewed any desired amount of ground coffee and a small amount of cold water and just poured the fresh brewed coffee onto a cup filled with half ice cubes let it melt and add some more ice cubes and it’s done, i like it with some sugar syrup, sweetened or not both ways is pleasant.

Having a nice meal with my own freshly brewed coffee.

Having a nice meal with my own freshly brewed coffee.

This coffee is perfect on a hot day, if you are looking for a refreshing and a wake up drinks this beans is definitely for you, it’s also doesn’t have a strong overwhelmed taste suitable for a beginner coffee drinker. ICED COFFEE BLEND is available at any local Starbucks stores cost RM 38.00.

But this coffee is best served chilled, as i tried it in a different ways, hot and with milk, it doesn’t give the same compliment as it’s served chilled, so in conclusion ICED COFFEE BLEND is best served chilled and chilled alone, for a hot coffee drinker there’s so many other beans choices for you out there it’s only the matter of time for me to discover it, experiment it and post it here for your reading pleasure.

Shellfish galore

7 Oct

I finally found the place that sell cheap fresh scallops and mussels, scallops and mussels is one of my favorite seafood but i can’t really afford to eat it as regular as i want because it’s quite pricy, i could usually get it from any major supermarkets, a  pack of frozen scallop could cost you around rm 25 to rm40 depending on sizes and grams and that’s not even a fresh ones. I got a tips from my cooking prodigy sister where to get cheap fresh shell foods, you could find it on sunday morning wet market or “Pasar Tani” in Taman Ibu Kota Gombak (near Shell st.) you could find many types of quality shell fish and black crabs in a very reasonable price.

My monthly visits at sunday morning wet market, Various types of shell fishes available here, pic 4: Mussels, a pack of this cost rm6 if i'm not mistaken its 500grms

My monthly visit at sunday morning wet market, Various types of shell fishes available here, pic 4: Mussels, a pack of this cost rm6 if i'm not mistaken its 500grms

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I have a chance to make a nice conversation with the owner of the stall, Abang Jaafar, according to him most of the shell fishes there is a local catch but some are imported like scallops and mussels, i also asked him about the taboo status for black crabs (he also sell black crabs),  most muslims thinks black crabs is non-halal or makruhbecause it’s habitant in both nature on water and land, according to him the type of non-halal seafood is those which feed on both nature e.g. frog and some other fishes that he mentioned but i couldn’t recall now, seriously i’ m not 100% convinced but i did googled it and i found this and i’m so happy now that i can indulge black crab with guilt free.

I didn’t get the crab, instead i bought the prepackaged mussels and begged my mum to cook it for me (i’d get spoiled whenever i went back mum’s home), but she was to busy planning an open house and kenduri this weekend so the house keeper cooked me a really nice stir fried chilli mussels, it ended up in my plate with rice and some vege..ahaks.

This dish name: 3 chillis threat  mussles (not that spicy lah)

This dish name: 3 chillis threat mussles (not that spicy lah)

Last month during mid Ramadan i cooked up some nice scallops and fresh mussels just don’t have time to post it till now. I bought a pack of fresh scallops for rm13, i don’t know how many pieces or grams but it’s a lot, and i got my self a mussels rm5 for 13 pieces of mussels, yeah i know it’s really a bargain right. I have 12 hours more to break fast and i have already started to think what to do with all the glorious shellfish i have.

I don’t have much recipe for mussels in hand so i just made something easy and nice , a baked mussels nothing can go wrong with a baked mussels, well except if you over baked it or worse burn it. Before baked it i need to steamed the mussels to ensure its properly cooked, you need a big wok or a pot, add water, some salt and garlic and let it steam untill the mussels cracked open it self,  that means the mussels is done. I used my usual Italian tomato sauce (just like pasta sauce) as the base just one tablespoon of the sauce is enough make sure to leave some space for the cheese.

Fresh scallops and mussles, steamed mussels is ready, 3 cheese combinations: blue, mozarella, and parmesan cheese, baked 3 cheese mussels..yummy

Fresh scallops and mussels, steamed mussels is ready, 3 cheese combinations: blue, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese, baked 3 cheese mussels..yummy

Cary requested me to made a couscous for dinner because she never tried it before, it’s such a good idea since i don’t remember when was the last time i had couscous it seems like an ages, i never made a couscous before so i’m kinda lucky that Shalimar (Shira sister) is around to show me how, actually it’s really easy easier than boiling a pot of rice, well that is if you use a pre-made instant couscous.
As for the scallops, pan fried is always the best cooking method as it’s preserved the sweetness and moisture, i just add some salt and pepper to taste and make sure to add a teaspoon of olive oil (too much will make it soggy) pan fried it untill golden brown and i served it with a cream sauce.
Pan fried scallops, Cream base baked scallops and mussels, couscous and chicken herb tomatoes.

Pan fried scallops, Cream base baked scallops and mussels, couscous and chicken herb tomatoes.

We had a really nice break fast, i also invited Vera to join us, she happily enjoying the food, well i guess it the food tasted good because the plates is empty and nobody complaint.
Vera the honor guest

Vera the honor guest

If you are a big seafood fan like me you can visit Abang Jaafar shop and choose many variety of shell fishes on every sunday morning at Taman Ibu Kota KL (near Shell st.) and on saturday night market at Melawati open car park, be adventurous people and cook your own meal, saves $$$$$.

Abang Jaafar Contact no:  016-3230000

Paranormal Activity is the new “Blair With Project”

1 Oct

This film is most probably will never enter our market if it does probably it will take a long time and by then we all have already watched it… illegally, i can’t help to post about it because the trailer is really horrifying .. no kidding, i’m not a horror movie fan i’m a scardy cat but i’m also a curious jane which always ended up watching horror movie on a broad daylight accompanied by my loyal one and only bestfriend(she hated it too but i forced her anyway).

Do you dare to watch this? Alone?

Do you dare to watch this? Alone?

I remembered watching Blair With Project ages ago (1999), i thought it was a real video which was shot on a real event, then found out from a friend that it’s just a Movie, a documentary like. It amazes me how this movie started with a low budget of $20,000 and reaping up close to $250 mil worldwide. Paranormal Activity surely looking forward to get the same  success although i thought the idea is not original but judging from the trailer i admit it P.A does have x factor of success. It felt real to me and pure horrifying, that is my opinion, i haven’t got my hands on it yet hopefully soon 🙂 In the mean time you can DEMAND IT here.

p/s: Based on 25 reviews  the movie was rated as a “fresh” 92% from Rotten Tomatoes

Steven Spielberg encountered a real paranormal activity while watching the DVD screener, was it haunted?

Elm Street is not the address you want to live in!

1 Oct

The chilling trailer is finally revealed, i’ve watched it few days back but i don’t have much time to update untill now. the terrifying trailer shows how Freddy is born, we can see now how Freddy looks like before he got his disfigured face and return as the Elm Street for bloody revenges. If you wanna know more about the movie you can read my previous post here. Now lets sit back and enjoy the trailer.

This dedicated to all the bad Barista’s in the world, get a new job you suck at making coffee.

29 Sep

It really pisses me off when i’m craving for a good cup of strong latte and ended up getting a shitty ones, what’s the worth of my RM11.50 for a double shot latte? nothing it’s like giving it to charity on the name of  Mr. Dustbin Bin Tong Sampah, it taste bland like drinking a spoil milk with an expired shots and they called that a designer coffee place, even canned nescafe taste better that this atleast that only cost me RM2. I’m not talking about any specific brand here  Starbucks, Coffee Beans, Gloria Jeans, San Francisco Coffee they’re all the same why can’t you guys trained your Barista properly and hired a better person who can do the job right? didn’t you know you are wasting customers money?

One of my previous jobs was a Barista at Starbucks, that’s explains my addiction to coffee, it was a heavenly days when i can get my daily coffee fix for free but as a popular quotes says “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” now i really missed it and every time i spend my precious dime on a cup of coffee i felt it very burdening especially when the barista that serves me end up serving me a bad coffee, yes i’m a fussy  and complicated coffee drinker and most of the barista out there can’t make a shit of a good coffee, it’s not like it’s a damn rocket science, they just don’t have enough pride of becoming a barista, what’s the point of having a high tech expensive coffee machine if you can’t even provide a good latte’s to your customer, they think handling a coffee machine is like handling a vending machine  WRONG!! making a coffee is like an art, the temperature, the portion of beans and milk must be right, if the milk is too hot you’ll get a bland coffee, you gotta treat the milk with respect people!!! not the old steam milk that have been outside of  the counter for ages and re-use it again, use the new chilled milk for every cup, didn’t the trainer teach you that!!  every cup of it gives pleasure to the drinker so if you whipup a damn good of coffee the drinker definately appreciate your fine artwork.  sometimes i wish i can go behind the counter and make my own, sshhesss i missed the good old days.

I’m getting my self a Bialetti and make my own coffee now.

p/s: To all the shitty barista’s in the world,  you suck at making coffee, get a new job so you could stop wasting people’s money.