Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

bric a brac

I'm a hoarder. And what's worse is that I hoard beautiful things. I wouldn't have bought them in the first place if they weren't awesomesauce  -_-'  and this makes it even harder to part with them. Still, they have to be rid off as my house is bursting at the seams with stuff.

So when I came across an ad in the Alliance Francaise regarding a market for used items, I immediately signed up. It's like our version of a wee Marché aux Puces de Vanves or so I'd like to think!
It started out at noon. Throngs of used items were being laid out for all to see. There was just so much bits and bobs to be sold. I thought I had quirky items but there were even more far-out stuff than mine. It's hilarious!

This is what I started out with. Not including my pile of clothes (which were the first to get sold and sold really well too!).

Noone bought my 'pulling' dress (top left in purple+lilac) which really puzzled me. I know it's a little dated.. but it is Miss Selfridge and it's a stretchy tube in UK10/12. This dress saw A WHOLE LOTTA action back in my clubbing days in Brighton. This dress used to make heads turn. All for only RM20!

Love thy neighbour: Novels For Nepal. They're an initiative to build and stock a library for the Maha Buddha Lower Secondary School in Yalbang, Nepal. Aren't they awesome?? 

They collect books donated to them and sell them off for a nominal fee of RM5. That is such a steal really for second-hand books. I've always felt that used books have such charm and personality, non?

If you ever come across their stall in bazaars / markets, just buy A book for goodness sakes. That wee bit of money would really go a long way!

The tres wonderful girls behind Novels for Nepal! They're gorgeous... and gracious :)

I love watching kids play with toy phones. 

This stall had a freebie bucket! Next time I'm gonna have one too :D

If I had a little girl I'd have sapu-ed the leotard and fairy wings already!

Guess who came to check out the market: Miss GweGwe & Miss KarKar of Tongue In Chic!

And this was what was left at the end of the day. Not too bad really.  Most of all I was pleased that my stuff had new homes. Hope you're all loved wherever you are!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

evangelione: the beret collection

This is by far my most favourite collection! I call it The Beret Collection. Perhaps Evangelione has a more demure name for them.

I've written to Evangelione requesting for a Beret doll but, alas, to no avail. She has an overwhelming waiting list and I do believe it'll probably take a year (or maybe two!) 'till it's my turn. Despite my disappointment I empathize very much with her situation. There is only so much a person can do with her two hands and so many dolls she can make in a day. Still it doesn't kill to wish. Someday little dolls, someday...

Disclaimer: all images by Evangelione

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

valentine's 2012

Valentine's Day. It's a man's nightmare and a woman's heavenly castle in the air. F*ck the haters. I don't care if it's horribly commercialized and neither do I bother that everything is 3-fold their normal price.

I've never had a proper Valentine's Day celebration. I've never had a boyfriend in my teen / young adult life. Most of my Valentine's celebration encompassed either crooning to Celine Dion's 'All By Myself' ala Bridget Jones, joining the Singles Night Out at the local club / bar or having a platonic get-together with other single mates. It was our first Valentine's in KL and I was hoping that Guy would at LEAST book us dinner.

I was chatting with my head pharmacist during our break regarding his Valentine's Day plans. He was going to take his wife to Italiennies (not the most romantic place in the world but A for efforts anyways) 'cos everywhere else was fully booked out. I wondered if Guy had put in the same effort as the other bloke. At around 3pm into the day Guy sends me a msg asking me to make a reservation anywhere.


Anywhere at 3pm?




Obviously it was impossible to locate a decent restaurant at this height of time. Add that to the excruciating traffic with everyone out to paint the town red, I arrived home late, unhappy and hungry. It was just like any other evening. I was thoroughly disappointed. He could have just gotten me KFC or sushi takeaway with some tea lights + balloons and I would have been pleasantly surprised. But he didn't and that made me sad. I threw a tantrum and he receded to the tele. I cried myself to sleep that night and he slept on the couch. He probably felt I was too petty. I felt he took romance for granted. I felt he took me for granted. And that hurts. And worst of all, this year added yet another number to the list of crappy Valentine's.

The next day we made up and he took me out for paella. It was lovely. It would have been lovelier if this was yesterday. Let's hope he redeems himself next year eh?

Hope y'all had a better Valentine's than I did. Where did you go for dinner?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

♥ for your ♥ ?

Valentine's 2012 (limited edition!)
Parfait pour that special HIM / HER.
Send some love *bisou* bonbon style...

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

kota bharu kelantan eats: Berek 12 Pulut Cendol / Restoran Sin Nam Hin / Nasi Kukus Tok Kapur / White House / Nasi Sup Tok Ayah

This is a tribute to Dddy. The die-hard Kelantan boy.

It's always been his wish for me to do a feature on Kelantan eats. We were back for Chap Goh Meh on a daystripper and it was more of a food-fest than a family reunion.

Our first stop was to cool off with some pulut cendol over at Berek 12. I have a problem acclimatizing to cendol outside of Kelantan because I'm so used to cendol coming with pulut (with the occasional tapai - fermented sweet potato.. woi woi don't hate it 'till you've tried it) that people in KL give me the quizzical 0_0 look when I go, "Pulut cendol satu!" In Kelantan cendol's pretty much a rainbow and notoriously sweet. Yum.

Zakini Nasi Kukus right opposite is popular for its Nasi Kerabu. It was closed when we were there.

Pulut Cendol
Jalan Abdul Kadir Adabi
Berek 12
15200 Kota Bharu

We then dropped by Dddy's ultimate hangout. Probably the Kelantan version of a sports bar, Irish pub or American coffee joint. All he had to do was sit there and suddenly his gang would turn up. They'd share the town's gossip and have a jolly chat. It's nice to see Dddy so happy. This is his Central Perk.

Dddy insisted I took pictures of the vintage bamboo blinds that belongs to Queen, a hairdressing school still in service since Dddy was just a kid. He was pointing to a building where he had his first fight as a kid. It was a hilarious anecdote.

Dddy proudly exclaims that this kopitiam serves the best coffee in Kota Bharu but then again he may be bias.

Restoran Sin Nam Hin
Jln Sultanah Zainab
15000 Kota Bharu

This is my MahMah. She's a doll!

This is not my favourite nasi kukus joint but it's Mmmy's. 

It's a big ass kuali to fry approximately 50 pieces of chicken per round. The smell of sizzling chicken skin is intoxicating.

Mmmy's fave: pajeri nenas.

Everyone tucks in. Look-lah at my parents and how gelojoh they are.

Tons of nasi being steamed.

Nasi Kukus
Jalan Tok Kapur
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu ritual: a visit to Kamdar.

I've been coming here since I was born. That's 30 years and the place, though aging, shows no signs of stopping. It's now run by his daughter but the uncle in the grey bush jacket is still here and grouchy as always. No food pictures as photo-taking is prohibited but their eggs are wonderful and the kaya is to-die-for! They have tasty nasi himpit and the parentsl units adore the tea there. MUST GO.

White House
1329-L, Jalan Sultanah Zainab
Kota Bharu

I've never truly understood the point of Pintu Gerbang Kota Sultan Ismail but it makes for a very easy landmark.

(Woot woot) Istana Jahar, Royal Ceremonies Museum.

I leave you with the piéce de résistance of my personal favourite Kota Bharu meal and that's Tok Ayah's sup tulang. It's yummy as hell and I eat here every lunch when I'm back. He's seen me slurping his soup when I was in primary school and here I am FAT as a cow and a medical officer *giggle*.

Nasi Sup Tok Ayah is the BEST. I wish you could've had the sup tulang when his stall was by the Kelantan River before things got flooded down there and he had to move his stall here instead. It still tastes just as good.

Gerai Nasi Sup Tok Ayah
(opposite Bazar Tengku Anis) 
Jalan Tengku Puteri
Kota Bharu
Tel: +6017-9411426

Enjoy your meals. Bon Apetit!

Friday, February 03, 2012

clip of the day: petaling street community art project

Edward D Munrow said "Difficult is the excuse history never accepts."

Is it too difficult to move the MRT path elsewhere? Do we really want to be known as a country that knows not about legacy or the preservation of history? Apparently we... hmm.

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