February? Fabulous~~~

February had been an exciting one to boot: had quite a number of gatherings, food adventure, best movie of the month, new environment and just plain awesome…

GATHERINGS (Not by orders):

1. Bowling session with Su Ming, Lilian and Yee Fong

The day after Valentines, bored at the residence in Krystal Point, so asked them out for bowling. For a first-timers, Su Ming and Lilian did fine… My first time getting a 3-digits figure in bowling (Penang). Cool~~~ Also bought all necessary and two not-really-necessary stuff, but was satisfied of not getting bored to crazy… ^O^

2. CNY meeting with Yen Cheng, BK and Xin Yee

Still a regret not asking prior taking decision. Always had my schedule slot set out straight and nicely; but, this time round, I might had been a bit side-tracked. Never thought it would be this way. Alas! I was unable to meet up with Yee Min… Miss her lots~~~ but then again, I have to still say grace to meet up with him again after a year plus plus…

3. Karaoke session with Chee Leng, Yee Fong, kim Keok, Grace and Ken Nee

That was my first time having karaoke session with them. Usually, it is only Yen Cheng and I. The result was a bit out… perhaps with them (those that I hardly met), it is better to have the gathering in a restaurant. Reason? Well… most of the time we would then be singing, no? Yeah… that was what I thought…

MOVIES:

1. I LOVE HK

Initially I actually wanted to see another movie, but as reviewer, Yen Cheng, said that I LOVE HK is much more hilarious, I went for it… alone… haha… No problem with that…

Hmmm… it shows the reality of Hong Kongnese, trying to survive and how closely knit is a community, especially in those new villagers (direct translation)… how a misunderstanding turns two friends into enemies (actually only one felt so, not knowing the other did so for his friend)… anyhow, it was a happy ending for all, as a CNY movie should be… it sure has its realistic moments combined with lots of laughter. Like it~~~

2. Burlesque

My my my~~~~ Love this a lot… the best cabaret movie so far seen… plot is simple: a country girl who seeks fame for herself, landing herself in a club called Burlesque, sang her way to stardom, was in a complicated relationship which turns good in the end and save Burlesque from bankruptcy… Simple, yet the cabaret performance was splendidly drew all over the scene.

Song piece that I love, especially the lyrics is none other than “Haven’t seen the last of me” sang by Cher. She sang beautifully, with emotions pouring out of her. You felt the vibe, the energy and the inspiring moment… all when you heard her sing. You could say that this song was made for her exclusively. I bet nobody could sing like her, such a nightingale. As the only movie clip that has the full song is quite dark, I will just show you the one with the lyrics…

You know that Malaysia’s movies that contains sexual indications will be taken out, right? What I love about this song is it is playful yet still could go through all the process without being censored. Love the pearly dress-up as well…

 

The rest of the songs are good as well… you could check them all out in Youtube. just type in Burlesque and you should be able to see all of their movie clips ^O^

FOOD ADVENTURES:

1. TGI Friday @ Queensbay Mall

Gave Chee Leng a treat for her help getting my new job. We had a Friday’s Three for all, Sizzling Chicken & Shrimp and Candied-Orange margarita.

2. PHOP @ Queensbay Mall

 

3. Agua @ Straits Quay

For Daddy’s birthday (well, one day after), we went for Agua @ Straits Quay. Had a savoury feast that filled our tummy to the max.

For starters, we had SPICY SWEET PEPPER AND TOMATO SOUP WITH CROUTONS, ALBONDIGAS, BABA GANOUSH and MIXED MUSHROOMS PAPRIKA, TARRAGON AND CREAM SERVED ON TOAST.

 

 

 

 

 

Spicy Sweet Pepper & Tomato soup

 

 

 

 

Mushrrom Paprika, Taragon and CreamBaba GanoushAlbondigas (Savoury Tomato sauce with meat balls)

 

 

 

 

 

 
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creme brule with dark chocolate, berries, strawberry with strawberry ice-cream

 Don’t forget the drinks we had as well. Dad had the Morrocan mint tea, me the apple lemonade and Brother double shot of expresso.

 

 

 

Morrocan Mint Tea Apple LemonadeDouble-shot expresso

 

Orange slices with Red wine, cinammon and clove

 

The stated dishes below are the main courses we had.

Mousakka (Ratatouille Type with lamb meat served with savoury salad without creamy dressing)

Pork Medallions

the fish dish

 

Desserts-wise, we had ORANGES IN CARAMEL WITH RED WINE, CLOVES AND CINNAMON and something like creme brule but with dark chocolate, strawberry, berries and strawberry ice-cream…

… Quite different…

What? It has been like second week of my new job. Initially, i was already told that I would need to follow the public holiday and the working hour of the countries that I am supporting.

My bad for not checking the calendar before I agreed to come into work on the 1st of february. Therefore, i already had my heart prepared for not being able to celebrate CNY, although it is not like i am getting any red packets anyway…

Unexpectedly, I was told to go along with Malaysian public holidays and working hours until further notice. Better still, on the eve of CNY, we were even allowed to go back 1 hour earlier. Woohoo~~~~

The ambience and environment are all quite new to me. During my previous work, i was in a team; yet as my partner and I (yes, only “partner” without s) were in charge of different area, it seems like we were owners of respective areas. This time, it was really in a team, no doubt. a team of maybe 20 (have yet to count those in Barcelona yet)

Other than that, i eat with my team members here more often  than then. Most of us are in either the Tiger year or the Rabbit year. Mostly, Rabbit year… Also, seems like the pace is slower here than then. I remembered the first when I walked a bit faster, a colleague enquired me whether i was famished. LOL

The systems here are also definitely different from before. i was a bit stressed at the beginning; but, now, a bit better. Hopefully, i could handle it… that is all for now…

New Phase Begins Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a whole new phase for me.

Tomorrow I am going to work in another company.

Only yesterday did I found out that the route I had been visualize might be incorrect… OMG! I guess there is nothing to do now but to scout the area today…

Anyhow, it is goodbye work of the past and hello to work of the near future… (Crossing fingers) Hopefully nobody would take me for a fool (due to me doing any foolish antics)…

But by all means, it is a good start… I guess… Ganbatte ne for tomorrow onwards~~~

Hooray and Ouch~~~ (17-23 Jan 2011)

Monday (17 Jan 2011) : My fellow colleagues were so kind to treat me for my farewell. I really had no idea upon their enquiries. Perhaps I was still dumbfounded by the Friday Lunch at Azuma. ^^ So, one of my colleague drove us to a restaurant called ” Double Good”. I think they should change their name to “Triple Good” as the food there were extremely delicious…  There were three signatures dishes that anyone ought to order, which are “San Bei Ji” which means 3 glass chicken, the Indonesian Prawn and the Beancurd with special sauce. He ordered an additional vegetable dish as well.

 My my~~~ Really fell in love with the Indonesian Prawn. Scrumptious and fresh prawns soaked in creamy yet savoury sauce… Just the sauce itself would make you go gaga over it…

San Bei Ji was marvellous. The just-right saltines with the aroma of rice wine just makes your mouth waters. The quantity of the wine will not make you drunk, but it really help your appetite to grow and all warm inside when you sink your mouth onto the tender chicken… Hmmmm…

And have you ever eaten steamed egg before? Could you imagine the same texture and taste in a beancurd? Without the sauce itself, I was already in heaven… The silky texture and the oh so taste-alike steam egg is just plain superb… Although I read an article that advises us to stay off rice (lesser, you might say), I just could not resist myself from asking for another bowl of rice… (^O^)

Wednesday (19 Jan 2011): We went out for lunch. A place called “Yu Choo”. The dishes are quite okay; but, that did not matter much as we finally could gather again (briefly… 1 hour only), but it is the first time in 2011 that we could all hang out together and catching up – Kim, Yin Men, Hooi Lin, Saw Im, Yu Ying and I. We did asked Jack to come along. Unfortunately, his schedule did not permit him to do so.

Saturday (22 Jan 2011): Karaoke time~~~~ Yippee~~~6 of us went (Kim, Yin Men, Jack, Yu Ying, Joan and I) to Queensbay Neway for the morning session. Food, drinks and salad buffet are provided. We sang from 1100 to 1500 and they were awesome. Kim sang “xing bu liao qing” and captured my heart instantly. I just could not fall in love anymore than that. ^^ Then Jack and Yin Men had several duets. Cool~~~ Jack definitely had the voice to sing Wu Bai’s songs… Electrifying~~~~ Joan had a pretty voice too… ^^

Sunday (23 Jan 2011): It is hooray for all the posts above and now it is the ouch time… Yes, the first painful and embarrassing event of 2011. I will just skip all those embarrassing details and keep the story short: I fell face down and had bruises and scratches on my knee, leg and elbows… Trying in vain to rub those off… (TOT)

The Best and the Worst (14-16 Jan 2011)

Remember the milo advertisement that shows numerous sumo wrestlers wanted to cramp into a small mini cooper-like vehicle? That was how Friday, Saturday and Sunday were for me. ^^

Friday (14th Jan 2011): My my~~~ I never went for lunch for so long an hour before. 3… woah~~~ Our supervisor will (okay, the tense that I should use now is “had”) left us, going back to headquarter to take up another role. 14th was his last day; hence, we went to Azuma for lunch. Again, I had the most. The funniest thing is that Kenny predicted me like a piece of paper. Haha… who could blame me since salmon is on promotion? (n_<) I had the butter terriyaki salmon set, the salmon sashimi, grilled salmon in sweet soy sauce, salmon sushi, unagi sushi and kappa maki. No pictures as I forgot 😛

Saturday (15th Jan 2011): I had an orientation training. It was initially scheduled at 1100; however, I said that I would go there the earliest I could. Perhaps she thought I was just joking and was surprised – I came in earlier than she was.

Breakfast sucks though. Really sucks! I never tasted anything that was just plain horrible. If I did not purchase a milo mocha, I would had been in intense agony, having to sink my teeth into those two devilish sweet but extremely horrible pandan muffins. Eeeew~~~~

Hence, the orientation ended early, just around 0930 max. I was on a mission though – to buy movie tickets for “Great Day”. Tay Yeng said I should had book them first, which I did not. Oh well, I will just try my luck and Lady Luck was definitely at my side. I got the tickets eventually, after wandering aimlessly and had a 6 minutes massage. Later on, did I knew that I was indeed very lucky as I was not stopped by the security at all from entering the building, Queensbay Mall in the wee morning. While waiting for Saw Imm, Tay Yeng and I went to have a bite – the Famous I love Yoo soya bean and porridge. Yum~~~ No pictures though… 😛

The only flaw during the movie is that Saw Imm misunderstood my message and came late. I know I am bad, showing my ugly face, but I just could not helped myself. The previous experience gnawed at me. Poor her, but I cannot miss anything on-screen. My bad~~~ then, she had to leave right after the movie, so left only Tay Yeng and I. We went shopping at Nichii and both of us bought something. I hope she would be buying either one tomorrow~~~ Then, we had pancakes and western food at Paddington House of Pancakes (PHOP). Nice, but again, my bad… too much honey at the end was quite unbearable. Here are the photos that were taken then:

PHOP Dollar Pancakes with marshmellow, nuts, honey and ice-cream (744)

Flat white or white flat... plus the pancakes only RM7.90 (not inclusive of 16% tax yet)

Tay Yang had this. Don't know the name though... (n_<)

Cappucino... ^^

Arrived safely at home, Dad took me out for dinner. We went to the food court near Heng Yee high school for loh bak and ice-kacang. I also ordered a glass of iced red bean milk. Yum~~~

Then, tonnes and tonnes of clothes poured heavily down on me. I found lots of treasures buried deep within. Hehe… more concubines to my collection… (winks)

Sunday (16th Jan 2011): Started to try out all those treasures I received yesterday night in the wee morning. Then, went for wantan mee and dim sum with Dad. Later on, Brother and I went for bowling. Yippee~~~ Had 1 strike and 2 spares in the first game with 54 points and the second game with 53 points… Not bad, I would say? Brother achieved 64 in the first and 95 in the second. 95?! Wow~~~~ After that, we went to Gurney as he needed to buy something for his friend. We went to Pastamania for lunch… Not bad…

Pastamania's Mushroom Roasted Chicken set (inclusive of carbonated drink and soup of the day) RM15.90 - no tax

Chocolate Mousse... Moo~~~

At night, Dad took me to Khoon Heang at Jalan Dunlop. We had fish, chicken and vegetables. Here are the photos as promised:

Fried Ang Sai with sweet and sour sauce (Dad says this fish is better to be steamed... did not tell me earlier~~~ (TOT))

Stir-fry kailan... yum~~~

Sambal Chicken... nice~~~~

Now sleepy already. That is for all for those 3 days. ¡Hasta luego!

Looking back at 2010~~~

2010 experiences that are embeded in my mind:

1. Post Chicken Pox mouth-barring policy

It was the second worst experience of the year 2010. After my pox subsided, I could not simply eat whatever I want and like. I have to stay away from beans, meat, poultry and many food that I had lost track off. It was a nightmare indeed, especially when it came to Chinese New Year… (TOT)

2. Eateries

2010 was the year where I tried lots of new cuisines: Tex-Mex such as TGI Friday, Chili’s; Japanese such as Azuma, Chikuma, Ichiban Boshi; Korean such as Dao Rae; Western such as No Eyed Deer; Italian such as Bravo Italiana and so on…

3. The inevitable

It was also the year where the inevitable happened. It was my first loss in life… I am always speechless when the mention of her came into ear, especially from Dad… Sigh~~~  

4. Shopping-cum-eating trip

It was also the year where I went down to KL, first and last time for year 2010. We went shopping, eating, chatting and gathering… it was quite nice…

5. Most time bowling…

It was also the year where I bowled the most… First time in 2010 was at Sunshine Square: high-tech and new, no doubt. Was my first time meeting brand new friends as well. Next was in Penang Bowl – inclusive of yesterday, would had meant three times already. More than when I was in Kuala Lumpur… ^^

6. Making New Friends

I had met with brand new friends in year 2010: From Kim, I knew Joan. From Joan, I get to know Benjamin, YH, TK (just a glance), Sheryl, Ian and their baby daughter, Mike, Foo Kit, Elric, Jason, Carol, Tony and also not to mention about Nicholas… Lots of new friends in one shot… ^^

7. Gathering, gathering~~~

Lots of gathering too for year 2010: I also get to meet up with some hard-to-see friends. Some of the names are Yvonne, Lilian, Yee Min and Mei Yean. I am grateful I am given the chance to meet them up and chit-chat once in a while… ^O^

Overall, it was quite a nice year. Of course, if the inevitable did not happen, it would be so much better… still, life has to move on… So just be positive and see the best throughout our journey~~~~

The clumsiest Christmas ever… (so far)

I was invited to join Joan’s friends (Benjamin, Ying Fun, Sheryl’s friend and Sheryl, Yew Hann, Ian and his baby daughter, Elric and Mike) for dinner at Bravo Italiana. It was good, the food… but some accident did happened, maybe unnoticeable among them, but oh I know~~~ pssst, the first one is when I wanted to cut the brocolli in half. (twing) it shot back my salmon and spilled some of it on my skirt. Thank god it was not tomato puree. It would looked so obvious. Then, when the tequila key lime pie arrived, I knocked down the knife. My my, what had gone wrong with me on Christmas Eve?? Below are some photos for you to see before I continue. By the way, I guess you had guessed it right – I ate the most that day~~~~ LOL… all the attendees ordered only a main course and drink, but I had four – an appetizer, a main course, dessert and drink. \(^O^)/

Brushetta RM8.80 (yummy~~~)

Salmon Alla Tuscany (either RM29.90 or more like 30++) love the olives... mama mía

Italia Dreamland (RM12.90 i believe)

Tequila Key Lime Pie (RM9.80) sourish and I like~~~

Later on, I found out the reason to the clumsiness or so-called uneasiness… It was an omen for me. Or can I think so, blaming my clumsiness to the omen?! Hehe… Anyhow, my carefully laid-out plan was not going smoothly… Yes, a few of my friends became ill, so they cannot join me. When the plan came out, it was supposed to be Lilian, Su Ming, Bee Ling, Chee Leng, Saw Imm, Yee Fong and Soon Ying. Then, people started calling or messaging saying they are ill (Lilian, Saw Imm, Yee Fong and Su Ming). Bee Ling had to accompany her boyfriend, which is, frankly, predictable. So that means only Chee Leng, Soon Ying and her beau and I. Oh my god! It was like lighting bolt struck me in the face~~~

Thank god there was a sudden change: I managed to make some adjustment and at least this time, Saw Imm and Yee Fong could join us… finally!!! Yeah~~~that makes 6 of us… So off we went, first for lunch at Ryan’s Gourmet.

Seafood Spaghetti Dragon Fruit Juice (no sugar at all - healthy)

Then, we headed to Penang Bowl for bowling… Everyone has their own technique; however, I like most about Saw Imm… Slow and steady, yet still able to score… She was the promising champion; however, in the end, something went amiss and I was given a chance to be the champion. Hehe ^^

Then we went to Coob to eat as Soon Ying and her beau were hungry by then. Again, I ate… LOL… Ooops, I forgot to take the picture, but it is yet another plate of spaghetti, this time it is grilled chicken spaghetti. Yummy~~~~ My friends noticed me eating twice spaghetti and wondered the reason to it. I brushed their comments away… Hehe

We also had Penang Teochew Cendol (by-the-road style) before parting ways. Then Chee Leng and I went for the Christmas drama presentation. It was her first time attending such an event that I almost broke out in sweat when the spokesperson kept on talking and talking and talking. Finally, when they decided to have the show on, I could not helped myself but blurted out “FINALLY”. Chee Leng nudged me… My bad, but hey! You cannot blame me, right?

The very next day, I told Dad what fun did we had bowling and how I wanted to learn to walk and bowl. Dad gave in and we went bowling… again~~~~ Yahoo! As far as I know, my limit for bowling is 2 games. More than that, I could not… But that day, miraculously, I played four games, but of course, with a very lousy score each time. Dad could even gotten himself 3 digits figure, but me… (TOT)

Oh well, at least we are spending quality time together~~~~ Hehe ^^