Friday, March 20, 2009

cruisin'

"Baby let's cruise, away from here
Don't be confused, the way is clear..."
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"Let the music take your mind, ooh
Just release & you will find
You're gonna fly away
Glad you're goin' my way
I love it when we're cruisin' together..."
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... Cruisin', Gwyneth Paltrow + Huey Lewis ...


Would I wanna work here...?

Told you Langkawi is pictureque.

Only in Langkawi do you get a cow-a-bunga traffic jam!




I've got a sudden obsession for frangipanis these days. Ever since Bali. I used to think they're bizarre morbid flowers 'cos Mmmy insists they're graveyard plants but I've come to think of them as island florals. They exude *'I'm Yours' on ukulele*, non?



Minum Milo anda jadi sihat dan kuat. Oh that and rent a car when in Langkawi. Mobility is made much easier and cruisin' by lagoons is such a dream :)




Thursday, March 19, 2009

maybe

Maybe I'm amazed at the way you love me all the time
Maybe I'm afraid of the way I love you
Maybe I'm amazed at the way you pulled me out of time
and hung me on a line
Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you
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Maybe I'm a girl and maybe I'm a lonely girl
who's in the middle of something
that she doesn't really understand
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Maybe I'm a girl and maybe you're the only man
who could ever help me
Baby, won't you help me understand
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... Maybe I'm Amazed, Jem ...

cute eats: mange de langkawi



First makan stop: The Loaf. You do know The Loaf right? Mahathir (ex-Prime Minister) went to Japan… fell in love with some bread in a café he visited. Persuaded the baker to do a joint-venture with him and opened his bakery in Pavilion. People went crazy over the confectioneries and Dddy got all hyped up as he usually does with new fads. Personally, I found the breads to be really stiff! Dddy said there was a big possibility we could kill a duck if we threw one at t he waddling bird. So that WAS my experience at The Loaf. I said ‘was’ because I have a new-found admiration for it now. I don’t know whether it’s because…



… it’s situated by the docks or…


… the fact that the buildings around it were in shades of sweet pastel or…




… just being in Langkawi made us more blasé and less critical hence more receptive of beauty / taste…


I gotta say-lah their Salmon bagel is a killer!! There is just something in the dressing-lah. You can just be contented looking at it: it’s a work of art.


*gobble gobble*


The crayfish bisque completed the Langkawi gastronomical experience! Look at the buddy perched by the side of the bowl with its black pearly eyes just begging you to invite it into your mouth. It was so so good.


See that great white lady on my left. It’s mine. Wahaha… mine in my past life-lah kut.


This is how I see myself in 10 years. A filthy rich b*tch that spends her weekends on her yacht and visiting posh bays. Say wooot!

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The Loaf Langkawi
Lot no. C9 Perdana Quay
Telaga Harbour Park Pantai Kok
07000 Langkawi
Tel: +604-959-4866
Open Monday – Sunday except Thursday from 08:00 – 23:00


For Chinese cuisine drop by Yong Leong for PLC (peng leng cheng) noodles and seafood dishes. Their la-las are so fat and juicy. See our ‘satisfied customer’ faces.

Yong Leong Restaurant
Lot 36, Pusat Dagangan Kelana Mas
Persiaran Mutiara 07000 Langkawi
Tel: +604-966 4895





T-Jay’s claims to make the best pizzas in Malaysia or was it just Langkawi. Whatever it is their Italian food is so good!! Pizzas yum, pastas yum, desserts yum and even fish and chips (made with beer batter y’all) is yum. It’s just yum yum yum and yum all the way. I put on 3 kg from all the drinking and noshing. Crappers.

T-Jay’s Italian Restaurant(Opposite Langkawi Underwater World)
Pantai Cenang
Tel: +604-955 3995, +6012-451 2867



It was a very very long drive (emphasis on the ‘very’) but a very very (again, emphasis on the ‘very’) out-of-this-world experience at Barn Thai situated right in the middle of the mangroves. I do suggest going over around dusk, if not daylight, to truly experience the bizarre beauty of paya-bakau Malaysia. We were quite late but managed to rush in just in time for the last kitchen call at around 21:30.





Happy face. That was ‘till I got a severe pang of gastritis while tipsy on their oh-so-delish Barn Thai Punch!! Eh don’t be fooled by how lovely it tastes ‘cos post 2nd glass and I was there!! But boy did my epigastric burned like hell. OMG… you won’t believe it but I was in so much pain I actually crouched under the table writhing in pain while the girls continued chomping on.



Don’t want to spook y’all but the 1km walk in the dark with root-lighted mangrove trees is serious creepy. It’s best to bring brave friends with you.



Barn Thai Langkawi
Kampung Belanga Pecah
Mukim Kisap, Daerah Langkawi
07000 Pulau Langkawi
Tel: +604-9666699


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sophiekins: We no likesy pricks.

March 17th, 21.54, Live from London.

While I'm sure many people visit this *bisou* blog to read whimsical nonsensical shiz that my sister posts up, which they find entertaining, as I am no exception.

However, I thought we should all be aware of this bit of current affairs.

This is like... Sleeping Beauty gone BAD. The needle-pricking bit that is.

This afternoon, at the Bernhard-Hocht Institute of Tropical Medicine situated in the Eppendorf area of Hamburg, Germany, a female unidentified researcher (who, to me, will possibly be revealed very soon as I have inside information straight from a staff member in Deutschland which I shall not share with you as I think this unfortunate scientist deserves her privacy while she's sitting there in isolation scared shitless for her life), had a bit of a booboo with a needle infected with the EBOLA VIRUS. Like REAL EBOLA VIRUS. Like the ones that come from monkeys, is responsible for many many deaths in mostly African nations i.e. Congo and on 90s movies that my Ddy used to make me watch with him as his source of entertainment.

Snippets of an earlier conversation.

Me: You'll probably hear this in the news very soon, but one of McDeutsch's colleagues might
possibly be infected with Ebola. Needle accident. *pauses for gasp of horror*

Cheerfriend: What's Ebola?

Me: . . . . . . . .

For those of you who don't know what the Ebola virus is - GO AND GOOGLE/WIKIPEDIA IT YOU MORONS!!

But the brave woman has been inoculated with a vaccine from the US, something new, THAT HASN'T BEEN TESTED (ON HUMANS) YET. (Well, it's being tested now...)

Our source straight in the heat of the "situation", McDeutsch, has high hopes for her recovery.

McDeutsch (via Skype): Either she's infected and is gonna die within the next 2 weeks, or she's
not infected. I guess she's not.


While Miss Brave-Scientist-Who's-Probably-Understandably-Scared-Shitless is reported to be suffering from a fever, it is unsure as of yet if the fever is from the virus itself or an effect of the untested-on-human-beings vaccine. She is under intense observation and poses no threat to the public. She's actually holed up in a lab in the institute's cellar y'all. Those having Fritzl flashbacks - Tut. Tut.

(For those of you who don't know who Fritzl is, please google/wikipedia that too and be a little bit more aware at what's happening in the world)

Our thoughts go out to the hopefully recovering/uninfected scientist.


Sunday, March 08, 2009

beach de langkawi

Did you know I’ve never been to Langkawi?

Yup. I am 27 turning on 28 yet never really explored much of Northern Malaysia. But hey within a month smack-boom-bang: Alor Star-Kulim-Langkawi-and thiiis close to Butterworth.





In conjunction with Miss YinYin’s vacation back home the girls decided to organize a girly-girls trip to Langkawi ‘cos we wanted a beach + booze holiday. Also Miss BellaBella adores this island and I was really curious to know why. Didn’t do anything touristy this time around but probably will the next. Hell yeah I’m coming again! It’s Shelbulous to have friends who can help out with organizing the trip ‘cos I’m buried and occupied with work, like, all the time! In the end, all I did know was my flight time and day. My job was just to show up and show up I did.

I didn’t really know what to expect of the island. When one says Langkawi I say Mahsuri. You know, the hong-pou lady who cursed the island for 7 generations ‘cos she was falsely accused of cheating on her husband and she died tied to a tree with flowing milky blood (supposedly signifies the colour of innocence). I think she was stoned to death or something. Freaky huh? Well it’s been many generations past the curse and now Langkawi’s just absolutely LOVELY.





We stayed at Sunset Beach Resort. I really like the place. It’s no Four Seasons of course but basic enough to fulfill the important amenities yet minus the sleaze factor. As y’all know I’m a 'first impression’ kinda girl… walking into a quaint Balinese mini library with wooden seatings kinda sealed the deal. Our room (more of a semi-detached hut) was not extravagant but it was very tropical and laid-back. As the feel of a holiday should be.





You’d almost think you’re in Waikiki. Not like I’ve been to Waikiki but I’m just saying Waikiki probably feels like this from what I’ve seen in ‘Travel and Adventure’. You don’t have to travel around the globe to chill. Now the word ‘chill’ is only an hour plane ride away. You even get a choice of low-cost carriers. Now isn’t that a dream?



Sir Gustav gets cosy with a new friend. I don’t really like her. She’s an airhead. Wahaha!



First thing we did, apart from chup-ing the sides of the beds we want, is grabbing our sarungs and hitting the beach. It’s so fun to trudge in sand rather than hospital linoleum paths for once.



Equally as important is bringing a good friend along. Mine today is Mr Pelican.


L-R: moi, Miss YinYin chillin’ in the sun. Wahaha that is such a lie… we were mostly busy finding spots to hide AWAY from the sun. Eh with the rate our ozone layer is going… no joke.


L-R: moi, Miss BellaBella who was trying to even out her tan. She worships Amon-ra, I don’t.

The magical thing ‘bout the hotel’s beach (this small patch of sand behind the hotel just abit further from the breakfast café, a couple of meters from the sea) is that it’s just plain pretty. No need for exaggeration or enhancement. It’s just lovely as it is.

View on the left.



View in front.



View on the right.



The sweet sun-kissed looks of serenity.



MNG Sunnies: RM30 during the sales. Pelican wine cooler: RM7. The ability to unwind to the sound of waves hitting the shore: priceless. For everything else there’s hard-earned cash.



Miss BellaBella’s got her eyes on me.




Miss YinYin had a timetable for everything! First ‘twas drinking time. Then ‘twas puffing time. Then ‘twas chillin’ time. Then ‘twas camera-whoring time. Then ‘twas listening to music time. Then ‘twas chatting time. And then came her favourite: Chor-Tai-Ti time!


Look at me with my same-flower-flush. Don’t know what it’s professionally called but it must be pretty awesome ‘cos Miss YinYin got all hyped up and started snapping pictures. She said it’s really rare that this happens… I think she also said it’s the first time she’s witnessed such an occasion. All I really wanted to do was to lose the game so I could drink ;D



One thing’s for sure Langkawi is h-h-hot! A minute out there and I feel like Wagyu on a George Foreman’s grill. Onto napping now… weeee!!



This is what we found when we returned to the room post-housekeeping. The chambermaid (with the wittiest sense of humour) stuck one of my balloon-poodle to Miss BellaBella’s can of Carlsberg. Cute gila right??



Saturday, March 07, 2009

a shopaholic’s shopper



On the day I told Guy (Nouveau no more) I agreed to be his I decided to reward myself with a cute bag. Sad buy bag.. excited buy bag.. lonely buy bag.. happy buy bag.. no boyfriend buy bag.. got boyfriend also buy bag. That, my ladies, is the confessions of a true whatchamacallit-c-callit…??




And for every stylo-milo, the basic essentials apart from a chubby purse or a delectable credit card holder is a signature shopper! My new eye-candy-turn-arm-candy is Anya Hindmarch’s new canvas totes. They’re available in 6 designs + colours but the green one that says ‘Shopping’ is sold out in KL. Typical Malaysians to be so obvious-lah. I, on the other hand, would be sticking to my signature pink so ‘Dairy’ it is. It really was a close call between that or 'Laundry’ supposedly in red but really looks fuschia-ish.

Ooooh me loves!!


OMG I cannot believe how cute this shopper makes me look. Sashay Sashay Chante Chante..! I’m all set for my Langkawi weekend getaway. Lookin’ super Cruise collection, non?

It’s RM580 in Anya Hindmarch, KLCC (yalor I gotta succumb to the tax-lor ‘cos I can’t be bothered for Sophiekins’ to help me buy one and bring home only in the summer) but if you got someone who can help you get one in the UK then it’s only £55!!

P.S: I’m thinking I want the ‘Laundry’ one too… Oh Guyyyyyy…! Ayia no-lah just kidding-lah OK.
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P.P.S: image courtesy of Anya Hindmarch

Friday, March 06, 2009

i sing, i dance, i steal things

“Open up your eyes and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free…”


The concert was absolutely mind-blowing. OMG. Seriously… So… Darn… Good.

As usual me and Ah Haz (my live gig kindred spirit *giggle*) were late. I don’t know why punctuality is always an issue when it comes to concerts. Without fail the police closed the roads down and we didn’t know where to park. Thank goodness it was a week day so the crowd was not mega heavy. Stadium Negara is beside Stadium Merdeka. Since I’ve circled Stadium Merdeka at least 4 times during the Avril Lavigne fiasco I was pretty familiar with them stretch of roads. We parked in a parking zone and walked a wee bit before arriving to the foot of the stadiums’ hill. As we trudged up I realized that we were pretty much alone. Everyone must already be in the stadium! This is not good at all. I don’t want to be missing the opening song yet again!! Aaaaargh :P



We picked up the pace and sure enough the show had begun! I was dying to rush in but ayo Ah Haz had to drop by the loo. Wahlau-eh…! It seemed like a full house out there and the crowd was super pumped up. Jason really surprised me with his excellent showmanship. I guess since geeks (in pink) are not quite afraid to embarrass themselves which in turn really pleased the crowd. I especially enjoyed the part where he thought us gestures to accompany ‘The Dynamo of Volition’.


“Good Job
Get 'em up way high
Gimme gimme that high five
[everyone put their hands up in the air]
Good times
Get 'em way down low
Gimme gimme that low dough
[everyone put their hands down to do some ass action]
Good God
Bring 'em back again
Gimme gimme that high ten
[everyone put their hands up in the air in tens]
You're the best definition of good intentions…”

Ah Haz hardly knew any of Mraz’ tracks but he sure seemed to be having fun!! Jason played most of the tracks on his latest album and a couple from Mr A-Z. He even played my favourite: 'A Beautiful Mess' (which I’ve heard him mention in an interview somewhere ‘twas his favourite track on the album also. What can I say? We’re soulmates! Jason get with the program already… be with me *pant pant*).





And the loveliest thing about the guy is that when he went backstage to change, he reappeared with a ‘I [heart] KL’ T-shirt!! That indeed is the sweetest thing.

Mraz, you rock.
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