Sunday, January 15, 2017

WTF (What Tasty Food) Restaurant - Bangsar


Sorry to say, I don’t like to say, but if I don't say, my head will explored into two. What I want to really say is that I really can’t understand why people generally classify vegetarian food as tasteless, boring and unappealing. Help me out here please, please also pardon me if you are one of them who, no matter what, will not or have not tried a pure, true vegetarian delight. Anyway, it’s not for me to decide on the type of food you should pleasure into, neither do I intend to change the mind set of those who have pulled a brake forever to a vegetarian meal. In that regard as well, I am not referring to the countless ordinary vegetarian food you can just walk out and get anywhere these days. I am certainly referring to fresh vegetarian food, cooked with love and care in an up and running favorable vegetarian restaurant where we, yes, you, me and anyone will be 100% assured that food, drinks and desserts are  precisely made from a scratch without artificial flavouring and colouring. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Trivendrum/Kovalam - Kerala Day 3


A blissful overnight splendor of Alleppey Houseboat, next morning after breakfasting and thanking the boat guys for their warmest hospitality which of course didn’t come free, we journeyed to Kovalam. At least 4 hours if I am not mistaken, Kovalam is said to be a renowned “must-see-must-experience” destination for International tourists (Colombo Sri Lanka). Of course yet to be agreed upon, yet we sense that Kovalam is gonna add another feather to our traveling cap (Halong Bay) as the other gem of Kerala. Henceforth, as eagerly as we anticipated, even the route to Kovalam is an utter reflection of Kerala’s serene and beauty of nature. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

TheBalm - timeBalm Concealer


Looking back to then, I realize that the one and only concealer I have journeyed so far is Bobby Brown Creamy Eye Concealer. That too been awhile albeit I have tried not many, but a handful of concealers, mainly for masking my dark circles. Regarded as an essential under eye fixer for women in my age group of 50s, please ladies, try to invest in a concealer because we don’t want the challenging 50 and more years we have gone through in marriage, or marriages, whichever is applicable, career, raising kids and managing the home, as I like to put it, holding the fort together, to reflect on our eye area. Of course, no doubt, we must be proud of our achievements, which presumably didn’t fall from the sky, yet, let me gently remind you again. Please don't allow the monstrous dark circles (Suisse Programme Cellular Revitalizing Eye Mask) massively wrack your beauty.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Suisse Programme Cellular Revitalizing Eye Mask


I wish. I sincerely wish I can keep it simple for my weekly beauty routine. Simple in the sense that I don’t have to invest in “above my budget” eye masks to treat my under eye dark circles. But as I have said before, if not all, some affordable ones (Skinlite Cooling Cucumber Pads & Body Reviver Duo) don’t do much justice. Obviously, because I am not a sweet young thing anymore, as much I like to, I can't stop the aging process and more importantly, I am among the many who struggle with sleeping and coming with it stress. Not making it any easier is the hours in front of the laptop which definitely has taken a toll on my appearance. However, all is not the end of the road. Caring for my overall beauty is still a priority. Point blank said, I want to look good for my age. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Restoran Orkid Thai - Section 9, Shah Alam


By the third day, Iphone 7 started showing its dark side. Really a terrifying-horrible shocking discovery, it kept rebooting every now and then for no apparent reason. Obviously, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Duh! Its a brand new phone I paid from  my savings (Da De Bak Kut Teh Subang Jaya), never ever have I encountered such a problem with my previous faithfully yours 6 year old Iphone 5. Absolutely heart wracking, I really couldn’t find the time (Karaikudi Chicken Curry & Fikcles Cafe Taman Tun) to rush to the service centre amidst the busyness of getting ready for the family wedding and another travel venture (Oats Fried Prawns). Keeping my fingers crossed, hoping it’s just a minor teething problem, I went ahead with shopping nearby Plaza Shah Alam and Plaza Masalam. Accompanied by my niece, we bought a couple of things and then of course, naturally, shopping is more or less regarded as synonymous with hunger throne.  

Monday, December 26, 2016

Fikcles Cafe - Taman Tun, Kuala Lumpur


I thought. I really thought I had it all well planned for the week. But when plans came tumbling down mainly because hand phone mattered the most (Iphone 7), everything else was an unexpected domino effect. Certainly not positively, not for the best and one which literally drained off my energy (Da De Bak Kut Teh). Still, I couldn't possibly ignore neither cancel the rest of the plans for the following week as well. With a list of back to back things in line, I  went ahead to cook  for “close to my heart” friend (Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhumbu/Chicken Curryand later, shopping for a couple of hours to gear up for the family wedding.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhumbu/Chicken Curry


Waking up feeling rather exhausted because of the previous day of sorting out my phone (Iphone 7), it then struck my mind I am suppose to cook for a good friend of mine. Of course it was purely my own decision and not forced to, albeit still in daze coping with my stress level (Da De Bak Kut Teh), I immediately got down to cooking. Well, I believe a promise is a promise and must be fulfilled, thankfully I had already bought a kampong/village chicken two days ago. Also, with a pantry forever stocked up with every other essential ingredient, I didn’t have to drive around to buy anything else to cook a complete meal consisting of Karaikudi Kozhi Kozhumbu/Chicken Curry (Malaysian Chettinad Mutton Curry), a simple cabbage kootu/dhal gravy (Keerai/Spinach Kootu) and in the rice cooker saffron rice (Nasi Minyak).

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Poondu Thakkali Rasam/Garlic Tomato Rasam


Its always back to the basic once we return home after holidaying, Basic meaning nothing is more satisfying than some good old fashioned comfort food. Obviously not from afar, but food whipped up by yours truly despite coping with loads of washing clothes and tiding up the house. In our house, generally, comfort food has to be rice generously drenched with rasam/Indian pepper soup (Pineapple Rasam & Nandu/Crabs Legs Rasam) and paired with a potato (Chilli Stir Fried Potatoes) and a veggie dish (Beetroot Raita) regardless of the fact that rasam can be eaten with literally many other dishes (Sardine Varuval, Sardine Rendang & Mutton Yogurt Mint) in all instances (Fried Pompret Ginger Soy Sauce).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Oats Coated Fried Prawns


It took me a couple of years before I could gasp the true meaning and underpinning real facts to why married couples should travel together (Italy). No doubt, of course I knew that travelling by itself will broaden our horizon once we explore near and afar places. Additionally, travelling back then was one which only the rich and famous could afford, but not anymore. These days anyone for the matter can travel. Thanks to the low cost carriers and budgeted/home stay accommodations, for couples like us who have been married for donkey years, essentially, travelling is about spending quality moments as in to keep the love flame going for many more years to come. Otherwise, because of the stressful daily grind, we tend to take each other for granted. Consequently, marriage apparently becomes more of a daily routine of fulfilling marital duties instead of towards real love.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Kerala - Alleppey Houseboat Overnight Stay


I went galloping again. Yes, I did. In other words, another of my travel venture within the next couple of months upon returning from Hokkaido/Sapporo. Supposedly also so close to travelling alone (Travelling Alone When You Married) but since the couple I met during my Vietnam/Cambodia solo-tour-venture (Sri Lanka) eagerly joined in, it ended up as travelling together. Honestly, I didn’t mind because this couple presumably are the only people so far I have clicked with as travel buddies. In fact, when we travelled together to Chiangmai/Chiangrai/Myammar, we had no issues whatsoever with money matters and getting along well.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Da De Bak Kut Teh - SS14, Subang Jaya


A whole day of running around akin a headless chicken from one end to the other all for the sake of a phone (Iphone 7), thank god I had a protein drink prior to leaving home at about 9.30am. Otherwise, most probably I would have collapsed from exhaustion and frustration. Nonetheless, skipping meals for whatever may come and go I know is a pathetic lame excuse. Yet, that was the case even though I could have at least grab a snack in between. Still, food was completely forgotten due to the hack of driving, caught in the jam, as well as going round and round to secure parking. Finally, at about 6pm while passing by my once a upon a time Subang Jaya territory, I not only felt sentimental seeing the college where I used to loyally and faithfully educated students(Vanilla - The Milie Crepe Cafe), hunger also massively struck in my already noisy gut tummy. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Awakening Cafe @awakeningbyiggo - Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2, Klang


It’s all good and fulfilling to the senses at Awakening. Its modern signboard should instantly grab your attention once you reach the traffic light across the main road. But please don’t try to be a hero neither get over-excited like me and switch off Waze immediately if you are alien to Bukit Tinggi. I am not saying the inner lanes to the entrance of Awakening is confusing, yet, with Waze, you can actually save some time.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Iphone 7 - Its the latest!!


Can you imagine how I would have felt waking up to an almost malfunctioning hand-phone? Scary oh-boy! My heart started beating fast and I was literally in tears because without a hand-phone, I think life will fall apart. Even though I am not at all a hard-core social media addict, a phone is essentially a must to check my mails and to receive and make calls as well. We do have a house phone, but supposedly a hand-phone is definitely a matter of convenience anywhere in the house and also primarily for emergency purposes when I am out.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Taiwan PSK Make Up Glitter Gloss Shining Lipstick with LED and Mirror


Forever classic, forever in style and forever iconic, red lipstick undoubtedly is the epitome of beauty. A must have in every woman’s beauty arsenal, red lipstick I vouch will instantly perk up and brighten your skin tone. Believe me, just a red shade will work magically to not only enliven your complexion but also to boost your self-confidence.Yes ladies, trust me. Red on your lips indeed does wonders to your bare skin, it complements your features and when paired with just a stroke of dark eye liner, you are on the go.    

Monday, November 21, 2016

Palak Chloe (Spinach & Chickpea Curry)


I really-really don't get it why women insist on a big-modern-stylish kitchen prior to settling down. Really, it does not make sense, but you know what? Just leave it to this current generation of women power. They, yes they or perhaps also slyly instigated by their modern trendy mums, women these days somehow have mastered the art of fine tuning their future husbands for a beautiful kitchen. Included in the marriage package of course must be a proposal in Switzerland or Swaziland, wedding pictures taken closest to Eiffel Tower, or Buckingham Palace or the least should be at now not so popular Taiwan romance. Also, wedding possibly be held in a posh venue with at least 500 people and marriage must come with nothing less than a fully furnished house (more at Chilli Coriander Steamed Fish).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sapporo/Hokkaido - Japan (Day 6)


A disappointing start on Day 6, our half a day sightseeing unfortunately was cancelled due to Sapporo's (Otaru Day 5) forecasted winter storm. In fact, we were told to be prepared for delay in returning home next morning if at all the unfavorable weather continues. Hence, on this day, we couldn't visit "Okurayama Viewing Point", the venue for sky jumping event in 1972 Winter Olympic Games, also a no go to the entire Sapporo city (Sapporo Day 4) from atop the peak and to Sapporo Shrine located in Maruyama Park. I of course was expressively upset because for me sightseeing (Noboribetsu Day 3) is utmostly the real-true pleasure of travelling more than anything else (Vietnam/Cambodia). Even so, as a seasoned traveller (Solo Travel To Bangkok Govindas Perth), I have accepted that "expecting the unexpected" is not only part and parcel of travelling but one which (Lake Como Switzerland) has moulded me to be a resilient traveller (Sri Lanka & Myanmar/Chiang Rai).

Friday, November 11, 2016

Vegan Thai Fried Rice


Officially Deepavali/Festival of Lights is over. Unless of course if you are rich, then every day is a festival or an occasion to be merry. For ordinary people like me, its naturally back to the reality of the daily grind and saving until next year's festival. Nonetheless, have you noticed that Hindus have stepped up another level by celebrating Christmas as well? Yes everyone. Believe me. That's the trend now albeit I am not referring to those who have boxed-up their Hinduism roots to usher Christmas, Boxing Day, Thanksgiving and Easter once they migrate to Western countries, neither do I want to speak about those who have converted to Christianity.

Monday, November 7, 2016

L'Oreal Hydrafresh Hydration + Antiox Active Night Mask-In Jelly


Logically, we all must sleep. Whether we sleep throughout the day because we just refuse to work or because we are born with a diamond spoon, or goodnight is only at night, bottom line, sleep plays a vital role for our health and well-being. However, because of the 24 hours 365 days social media live streaming, sleep is no longer important for some people I know. For people like me, shutting down for the day is really a struggle. Even so, I don't stay up late. By 12am, I am in bed. Never mind to tossing and turning all night long or sleeping for 4 to 5 hours, rest assured, prior to switching off the lights, my skin has been nourished. At least a night cream (L'Oreal Revealing Soothing Night Cream) and an eye cream (L'Oreal Revitalift Eye Cream) for every woman there, for those who have crossed the big five boundary like me, please don't  neglect your night-time beauty routine. Remember, night care (MAC Mineral Moisture Eye Cream) is essential for maintaining our beauty now and forever.   

Friday, November 4, 2016

Gather Gather Kitchen - Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam


A true and true food connoisseur won’t mind travelling the distance for good food. Distance again of course is debatable. A few miles, a thousand miles or millions of miles, in all fairness, really, it depends on you. Basically, you call the shots. While you are still at figuring out the number of miles for your next meal, how about a trip to the heart of Kota Kemuning, specifically to Gather Gather Kitchen? Hi there, hello everyone. Welcome to my territory. The once boring, sleepy and lifeless township I regretted moving in 13 years ago and where I almost went mad as well. Well, except for coffee shops, McDonalds and a few cafes, nothing much to speak about Kota Kemuning. Oh, maybe, perhaps, I must also mention that Kota Kemuning was or is still perceived as the ground for the rich and famous. Actually, I don't think so. Its perception. I don't live in a bungalow, not even a semi-d, neither do I crazily speed around in a posh car. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Moom Sabai Restaurant - Taman Bayu Perdana (Klang)


Indian food again for dinner (A MuthuHouse of Briyani)? Nooo! Of course not. Impossible (more at Hua Xing Restaurant). Thai food at the close by Moon Sabai Restaurant, also, a familiar ground for my friend we agreed should be the take. Absolutely (Thai Thai Sunway), anytime for the truly loved quintessential Thai flavours (Thai Green Crab Curry & Thai Laksa),  thankfully the route to Moom Sabai was not through the massive jam across the shop lots on this Friday late evening. But, quite frustrating it was driving via the inner roads haphazardly double parked almost all the way from the apartments behind. Anyway, instead of the typical Malaysian mentality of double parking albeit availability of parking further up, we somehow carefully maneuvered to the nearest parking spot. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thai Red Prawn Curry


The almost knocking on our door festival of lights/Deepavali definitely calls for traditional sweets, desserts and cakes (Saffron Cinnamon Poached Pears, Kesari, Rava/Semolina Ladoo. Mango Kulfi & Rava Kheer). But really, I can’t help but wonder if people still happily and sadly tuck into those sugar loaded, milk loaded, ghee loaded and flour loaded sweet stuffs. I for once have never been a sweet tooth person (Skinny Pumpkin Pie), moreover now in my fifties when it’s extremely easy to put on extra kilos (Peach Raisin Bread Pudding & Eggless Microwave Lava Cake)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Otaru (Sapporo - Hokkaido)


On the 5th day in Sapporo, I woke up with mixed feelings. On one side, I gladly looked forward to homebound in two days’ time. Undeniably, home will always and forever be where the heart is, home is the best comfort ground and nothing can come close to sleeping on your own clean or smelly bed. Indeed, home is incomparable. But on the other hand, enough is never enough with holidaying. Given a choice, I would love to travel 365 days. But the reality check on dollar and cents will reveal otherwise. Therefore, once the practically that money does matter for travelling set in my thoughts, I bounced back for another day of sightseeing. Heartily tucking into my choice of food between the wide spread of Japanese and Asian buffet breakfast, I was up and about on exploring Otaru during the journey along the Pacific Ocean. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Muthu House of Briyani (Bandar Bukit Tinggi) Klang


It happens. Every now and then life really bites deep into my well-being. I may be perceived as a superwoman, honestly, I am not at all. No. A big no. I am just like every other woman out there who simultaneously juggle different roles. Therefore ladies, obviously, the outcome is none other than a stressful monotonous daily routine. Sadly, the reality of city life these days (more at The Spa - Club Saujana Resort). Still, instead of complaining or hoping for attention or sympathy from my other half, I become selfish. I literally drop everything aside for a nava-k’s day out. Doesn't matter where or what, but it must absolutely be in the company of a sincere friend. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Malaysian Vegetarian Spaghetti


Deepavali aka the Festival Of Lights is definitely a valid reason to spring clean my house. Even though Deepavali is not at all a big celebration (more at Mutton Gosht) as how it used to be with plentiful and bountiful of friends streaming in throughout the day (more at Mutton Rendang), spring cleaning is still a must annual tradition to dust the accumulated dirt and cobwebs inside-outside the house and also in our lives. Housecleaning may be presumed as easier compared to cleansing our internal and external well being, but both requires mental strength and energy prior to wholeheartedly ushering Deepavali by offering prayers to our ancestors and gods (more at Split Green Peas Payasam).

Friday, October 14, 2016

MURFEST (Malaysian Urban Retreat Festival) 2016


I almost cried buckets of tears during the 1 ½ hours drive to Malaysian Tourism Centre on this Tuesday morning. Escaping and re-routing back to Shah Alam was definitely on my mind, but I was trapped and Waze was trapped as well. No other escape route, I continued driving while wondering how on earth and heaven thousands actually brave the peak time crawl daily. I really don’t know. In fact I can’t even remember when my last trip to the city was. Anyway, my concern was making it on time for Murfest 2016 Press Conference. So, I thought. The smartest route presumably should be via SMART Tunnel. But sadly, Smart tunnel let me down. Smart tunnel is not smart anymore. Smart Tunnel must be renamed as hell tunnel. Still, I must thank our hell drivers for the valuable tips on how to survive the tunnel's traffic. Oh-boy! I sure am learning.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Premier Clinic Taman Tun Dr Ismail - Simply Pristine Event


Malaysians generally I think are attuned to judge people by their age. But let me tell you something. Honestly, I have and I will never ever shy away from admitting my age. Why should I? In all fairness, at 52 years old, definitely I don't have any intention whatsoever to snatch Mrs. Malaysia's neither Mrs. Kota Kemuning's crown. Yet, confidently I profess I do look good for my age and I can give a good run to the 20s, 30s and 40s I bump at blogger events. I am still in shape, I have been diligently maintaining my skin and I still have a head-full of hair. More importantly, I love myself for who I am. So, you see, I don't have a problem with my age. Therein the problem lies in the eyes of the Malaysians who fail to see and understand that age has nothing to do with looks. Anyone, anyone for the matter can look good if they want to.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Kai's Plato - Kota Kemuning


About a month back, I automatically achieved another milestone. Another year to my age, I am officially 52 years. Unbelievable. Years just flew by so quickly. Those years behind me certainly were not the route to popularity or celebrity status, but seemingly an achievement in wisdom and common sense. I ought to be proud. Wisdom and common sense are not common anymore. Apparently not on social media. Gone forever.  Not to say I am the next Confucius but wiser in the sense that I got my priority right. Love I realise is ultimately the key to happiness. Thus, I am appreciating every moment of growing together and forever with my other half.  Against all odds, absolutely.    

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cat & The Fiddle Cheesecake by Chef Daniel Tay (Online, Hopp Cafe & PappaRich)


Any slightest clue what’s new in the dessert front? Yes? No? No idea what I am talking about? Okay, okay. Perhaps I should potentially begin with the incredibly gorgeous cheesy cheesecakes I have briefly spoken about and shared on social media recently. Always a favorite among many of us, cheesy cheesecakes of course are just so divine for anytime of the day sheer satisfaction. Right now ladies and gentlemen, look no further. I am going to tell you everything, literally all of it about “Cat and The Fiddle” cheesecakes from Singapore.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Vegetarian Phad Thai


I have always regarded vegetarians as the holiest people. Well, you can't blame me. Growing up with the strictest mum on earth, there was ever other reason for a vegetarian meal at home. Tuesdays and Fridays are considered holy days whereas each time mum flipped the Indian calendar listed with religious festivals, what else is new? Back to Sambar, Sodhi, Rasam, Vegetable Curry, vegetarian side dishes (Chana Dal Cabbage, Gobi 65, Pineapple Cucumber Salad, Spices Banana Flower & Mint Chutney) and must have is Potato Stir Fry (Aloo MatarActually, I didn’t mind the added bonus of Payasam and Vadai, but vegetarian food so often? Seriously, I couldn’t take it. I literally forced myself to eat. Otherwise a knock on my head.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sapporo - ( Hokkaido - Day 4)


A very promising start on Day 4. I woke up in Hotel Maharoba feeling as though I am going to rock and shake more of Hokkaido. Maybe my instincts or gut feelings, but certainly after 3 days of exploring this part of Japan (Chitose & Hokkaido), I actually slept tight out of tiredness. Really tired battered by winter and the “long walks” while sightseeing, a big "yeh-yeh" as well because Hokkaido's winter has mellowed down. "Joy To Hokkaido" and "Here I Come Sapporo", morning was broken like the previous mornings with buffet breakfast. Comparatively an unlimited spread of Japanese and Western dishes as in Niseko Hilton Village, buffet is such a sheer waste for me. But logically, breakfast while travelling is essential to fuel up energy. So, I kicked in some food. Thereafter, Sapporo was all mine.  
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