Thursday, January 19, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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
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
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 Curry) and later, shopping for a couple of hours to gear up for the family wedding.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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
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
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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
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
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
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
Monday, November 21, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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
Monday, November 7, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
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
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
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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
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
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
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
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
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
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 Matar) Actually, 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.