Tuesday, August 31, 2010

merdeka brunch

Mann I love late lunches.

It's moments like these when I'm sitting by Jln Telawi savouring my favourite Mixed Berries Meringue (I never fail to order this when I'm in Alexis) as my husband sips on his tea that I realize how fortunate we are to have serenity in our country. On a personal level, I'm just enjoying the fact I do not have to work and can spend some quality time with my husband taking it slowly as we watch Bangsar Mak Datins run their errands.

We, Malaysians, have a fine life, don't we?

Happy Merdeka babydolls!

Monday, August 30, 2010

cute eats: stuff your face

I try to be adventurous when it comes to food. So when I hear about some good grub available at BSC... I thought "Hey why not??" and grabbed my mates for lunch.

Turns out it's located at the top most floor right beside the children Jungle Gym. Perfect if you have snotty brats but not perfect if it's brunch-with-the-girls...

Still, it is undeniably cute and unpretentious with cheeky catch-phrases. Love how everything's white-washed with funny knick-knacks hanging about.

The girls: Miss ChewChew, Miss ChongChong

Also they've successfully relived our childhood candy shop where sweets are kept in jars and cupcakes are housed in stands :)

Endearing, non?

Miss ChewChew ordered Dad's Lamb Stew. She said it was quite nice but the portion's wayyy too small for the price.

I ordered their Almost Bite Size Burgers. They were YUM. Wished they came with a side of fries though the mashed potatoes and peas sufficed.

Miss ChongChong ordered the Baked Salmon Percik. She thought it was OK.

I have to admit the price is pretty steep for the miniature portions. It's like paying an adult's price for a kid's menu... even if they are healthy yummy snacks. Also it's not really place if you're there to nurse a Saturday morning hangover or catch up on girly gossips 'cos there are children shrieking everywhere. But if you're packed with rugrats then this is pretty much a deli both you and your children can enjoy.

Stuff Your Face
Lot 4-09
Bangsar Shopping Centre
285, Jalan Maarof
Bukit Bandaraya
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03- 2287 3071

Sunday, August 29, 2010

nigella express cherry cheesecake

Tweeted @ 5:04 PM Aug 29th via web: i don't think so i'm any good with pastry. i made myself a strawberry yoghurt cheesecake and gave myself food poisoning!

Why am I such a failure at this?? It looks like a no-brainer. Something is wrong with my fingers...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

phuket mini-moon haul

YEA shopping YEA!! Well this is my loot after some considerable amout of self-control. Trying to adhere to this year's resolution...

Clockwise from top left:

1. Phuket elephant motif beach sarungs: 150THB each
2. Bunny umbrella: 750THB
3. Hugging salt-pepper shaker: 80THB4. Hello Kitty tissue: 5THB each
5. Hello Kitty sandwich bag: 150THB each
6. Muay Thai shorts: 450THB (yeah.. we got conned on that one, do NOT shop in Patong)7. Fortune sticks: 200THB
8. Freeze-dried durian: 75THB9. Frangipani clips: 50THB
10. Cotton floral dress: 500THB each (yeah, conned too... oh and be careful at Karon Plaza)

Buy whatever souvenirs they have in Carrefour if you despise bargaining like me (aaargh bargaining to me is like conversing with Mumm-Ra!).

I ludacris LOVE duty-free shopping. I've always wondered if people actually do buy Cointreau but turns out, you can use orange liquer for oh-so-many things!! I found out about that on Nigella :) Flambe-ole! Oh and umm I haven't the guts to try the green fairy. Anyone's got any experience with Absinthe? Pray tell...

Bath and Bloom handwash... yea that's not too good. Prefer my Aesop. Have always wondered what's the big deal about Guerlain's Meteorites. Split it with Mmmy and Sophie. It's magic dust... me likes!! Oh and Lola MJ?? An absolute spring of dreamy love :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

phuket mini-moon 03: 7-11, cc bloom's

It was our last few moments in Phuket so we decided to chill and take it easy.

Previous posts:
- phuket mini-moon 01: ta's cafe bar, central festival
phuket mini-moon 01: tesco lotus, rawai, phromthep cape, two chefs
phuket mini-moon 02: patong, jung ceylon, carrefour, karon
phuket mini-moon 02: fantasea
phuket mini-moon 03: kata, karon & elephant trekking
phuket mini-moon haul

That and we couldn't leave the island without Guy going for YET ANOTHER trip to the fish spa. The dude's hooked!

We've always wondered how come there's a 7-11 every 500 m (on the road). It's, like, do they really even need that many 7-11s?? 'Cos there's only handsful of 7-11s back home and I hardly even visit any. You will be surprised, though, even the tiny outskirt outlets have their fair share of visitors. It's doing crazy well in Phuket. The people come here for everything: snacks, ciggies, tissues, drinks and even their work lunches. I would never have placed 7-11 in my list of food stops but apparently it's high on the working-class list for a quick filling meal.

Check out the array of instant hunger-fillers!

There's even a ton of toasted sandwiches and hot dogs to choose from.

Or if you don't like 'em toasted, there's always somewhat fresh sandwiches in a gazillion flavour combination that can pop your eyeballs in indecisive surprise.

Pizza Bologna sandwich?? Seriously??

In the end we opted for some instant wantan mee and spicy chicken rice that the lovely 7-11 girls helped heat up / add hot water to. It's so delightful and crazy cheap. Darn why didn't I think eating here before rather than succumb to terrible tourist prices in overpopulated burger joints?? Aargh...!

We also bid goodbye to CC Bloom's our honeymoon stay. Despite the treacherous hill and slightly inconvenient location, we had a pleasant stay there. The general manager of CC Bloom's, Mr Kenneth Miller is a nice chap that was very helpful and warm. If there's a good reason to stay in CC Bloom's it's him and their very flexible attitude. Perhaps it was the fact it was off-peak but they weren't uppity about check-in / out timing and accomodated us as much as they could. The other guests are also lovely... I forgot how friendly the Americans and English can be. The bed and toilet is decent and we had a real good bargain on the price (Air Asia deal) so for RM 986 (flight + accomodation for 2 pax), I consider it quite a bargain. You can't expect the Hilton on such a budget. We were happy have relatively clean sheets and air-condition :)

The ocean view from our bedroom.

The view from the bar. It's nice to have your breakfast cereal on the bar stool looking out into the blue sea.

It's also nice to have some cheap white Thai wine in the evenings and watch the sun go down.

We usually spend half an hour at sunset reading a book and just taking nature in here.


Pool... that noone uses. Why..?

CC Bloom's Hotel
84/21 Patak Soi 10
Karon, Kata
83100 Phuket

N.B. The original CC Bloom's link is no longer available. I've substituted it with the Agoda link.

Got some spare 5 million Baht lying about and don't know what to do?? You could always buy a resort! Imagine having your own hotel in Phuket... I'd call it Hotel Sawadhi-kha Shelby :)

Apparently you're prohibited from doing a whole loada stuff in the taxi cab. No doggy-style?? Damn... I guess it's an only missionary-friendly public transport.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

california gurls

Me *hearts* Katy!

She speaks to me :) Check out that pink fluffy cloud of cotton candy she wagging her legs to. That has always been a fantasy of mine. That and gummy bears coming alive...!

"You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
to the golden coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love..."

Man I belong in California!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

hello kitty galore

Used the weekend to curl up on my (yucky) sofa, drink roasted rice green tea and read up on Hello Kitty happenings.

Bet you didn't know Lady Gaga *kowtow kowtow* posed for Markus Klinko and Indriani (celebrated photographers) in the spirit of Hello Kitty's 35th birthday for a monumental shoot?? Anyhooters, the images will be attached to the inlays of her special edition Fame CD (thank god I haven't bought the CD yet... I just knew that this was gonna happen!! Don't you hate it when CDs you buy get a revamped special edition with additional tracks and f*cking bonus DVD??). Goodness gracious they're FANTASTIC!! Seriously... oh and if you look closely, you'll see that her eyes are actually closed and they've drawn those Jap manga-like eyes on her lids. How absof*ckinglutely GENIUS?? GENIUS I TELL YOU BLOODY GENIUS!!

YEA, she's totally rocking the HK plush dress!! I gathered my HK soft toys but couldn't make it enough even for a skirt. Bikini though... well that's a thought ;)

And then I found out from a friend's iPhone Facebook upload that Baby Milo x Sanrio pop store has reached Singapore shores. I knew about the collaboration line but I thought it was just gonna be a Japan exclusive. Now I'm boiling with jealousy... man why can't we be as cool as Singapore and have a BAPE pop-up store too??

Though the price weren't too exciting. I had planned on getting the All Safari jumper but after a brief internet currency conversion it's really RM1097!! WTF?? I guess all I can do is settle for a eco-friendly canvas bag (that is if I'm even in time for it) for RM148.

Not only that, the Dr Martens x Sanrio line is now available online at Sanrio!! Waaah I'm really fancying the 1460 8-eye all print :) I didn't manage to catch the Dr Martens wave 20 years back so now's the time for me to relive my teenage fantasy...

P.S. images courtesy of Daily Mail, Bape, hypebeast

Thursday, August 12, 2010

just the way you are

This song makes me smile every morning.

"Oh you know, you know, you know
I'd never ask you to change
If perfect is what you're searching for
Then just stay the same..."

... Bruno Mars, Just The Way You Are ...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

phuket mini-moon 03: kata, karon & elephant trekking

Previous posts:

This is our trusty bike. We call it 'Crazy Moon' :D It gave us freedom... the awesomeness of being at one with Phuket and having the liberty to travel at our whims and fancy. Most importantly it has brought us up and down THE treacherous hill. We likey alot this bike. Rentable at the hotel.

This is Guy and his new T-shirt (bought at Central Festival). He's hilariously corny, non??

This is THE treacherous hill. It reminds me of the Enid Blyton story of the round boy that tripped and kept rolling down the hill. Sends chills down my bones every time I think of it *shudder* (... 'cos of me being round and all).

I think the fella who lives here is Belgian. Sophiekins was telling us magnificent stories of her trip to Brussels and how the Belgians just love their Manneken Pis! That's a Manneken Pis so the fella must be Belgian! I'm a dork I'm sorry :(

Here's the post office just at the foot of THE treacherous hill. Such a cool colour right!

It cannot get anymore literal than this.. and I don't think they mean Pussycat Dolls XP

Guy wanted to have something local and you'd be surprised to know that local fare are pretty scarce in Phuket.. either that or we just really didn't know where to look. After buzzing around for 45 mins(!!) we finally found a stall..!

I went with chicken. Didn't think of trying their house special: Pock and D?? Man... those could be iguanas for all I know LOL!

Look at their spice tray! So brilliantly complete like an English breakfast :)

This is my ultimate holiday glow. Coupled with a frangipani in my hair and ruffled sleeves. Everyone gave me funny looks for not adhering to true holiday couture. F*ck 'em. I'm gonna do high-fashion anywhere I want!!

This is the most random crap on earth! I know everyone's killed for time but did they HAVE to dry their meat in their scooter basket while popping to shop for a choccie??

My mission that day, should I choose to accept it, was to go elephant trekking! I saw a bunch of elephant being loaded by tourists as we were zipping by and shouted for Guy to turn around 'cos I wanna ride an elephant!
Big animal. Big crap.

As we motioned towards the gentle creature, I couldn't help but whisper, "Be still my heart."

I lost my slipper on the first few steps. It was just such a surreal feeling riding on one of the most ancient mode of transportation. No wonder it takes people days to get from point a to point B. Getting from Kota Damansara to Mutiara Damansara is probably a half-day affair!

King: Pairs of male elephants to be released into the forests of America. There it is hoped that they will grow in number and the people can tame them and use them as beasts of burden.
Anna: But your majesty, I don't think you mean pairs of MALE elephants

... The King And I ...

The supposed high points of the trek was the jungle bit (not really much of a jungle) and the view of Le Meridien (now when I think of it, why did they think it's cool to catch a view of a hotel?).

Guy was invited to ride on the elephant's head. He later told me it was pretty freaky especially when its ears flapped on his calves. Geli oh! :D

Once in awhile the elephant would blow its snout at us giving us abit of a fright and leaving us a wee bit wet covered in elephant snot. The guide would say,"Elephant hot. Elephant hot." Turns out, elephants can't tolerate heat well and use their snout to spray retained water on themselves to keep cool.

Our elephant was 40 years old. Sophiekins said that an elephant's maturity is marked by the hypopigmentation and the older the elephant, the more extensive the markings. She learnt that on Animal Planet.

Back in the parking station. Thank you elephants. I felt like the Queen of Siam.

N.B. 16/07/12 I have recently learnt of the gruesome 'training' a baby or wild elephant undergoes in order for it to be safe for riding or other form of tourist activities. I am unable to obtain the original clip but here's an alternative video with the same message. I will not ride elephants anymore unless I am thoroughly sure that they were trained in a conducive manner. I did read somewhere that those are old cruel manners that are not in practice anymore but we cannot be too sure. be vigilant and do not condone such evil practice on such gentle creatures.

Making our mark on Kata Beach.

Checking out the sands at Karon Beach.

Shopping!! Anyways be careful with this place babydolls. They're real cut-throat.. I was conned!

Last but not least we settled for oven-baked pizza for dinner and had the most restful sleep that night.

Patak Road 25
Kata Beach 83100
Tel: +66 076 286 140

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. The views expressed in this blog are based on the blogger's personal opinions, thoughts and impressions. The material on this blog may not be used, reprinted, or published without the blogger's consent. Merci!

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