Saturday, May 31, 2014

eat: lexy's secret service

Lately Supper clubs have been growing like lalang in KL's gastro scene. I've always wanted to go to one but the dates are constantly contradicting my schedule. I used to think it odd to have to pay to go to someone's home to eat a stranger's home-cooked gourmet dinner but I think differently now. So. Very. Differently. I met Lexy when she was interning for an F&B company last year when she was helping to a man a booth beside mine. I had just had a failed chemical pregnancy (some may want to call it a miscarriage, some may not) that day and was feeling like absolute f**ks. Being the chirpy person that she is, she introduced herself to me and started yapping about her work. She was supplying cakes to cafes at the time and mentioned herself to be quite savvy in the kitchen. Thing is, alot of people say they can make this and cook that but it's usually alot of hype before the disappointing bite. I take statements like that with a pinch of salt. In the afternoon, she offered me a portion of a taco (or was it naan.. I can't remember) that she had brought with her. I'm not usually one to accept food from strangers but I was quite hungry but since I'm greedy (and famished at the time) I accepted the offer and took a bite. To my utter surprise and the zany delight of my mouth, it was VERY GOOD. She was worth every food adjective she mentioned!  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

anthem of the day: la vie en rose (daniela andrade)

A little tune to uplift the start to the week.

When it gets overwhelming, I put Daniela Andrade on and take a moment to drift away...

I'm swooning over her side-swept do and that oh-so-raspy voice :)

"Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be
La vie en rose..."

Monday, May 26, 2014

happy mother's day 2014

Every year, I do a mini 'art' installation for my mother. I figured if I can't afford to buy her something nice I could at least give her a nice experience. Mmmy's birthday always happen to fall around Mother's Day which calls for a more elaborate celebration. Inspired by Alix' experience, this year I brought Mmmy to have tea at Chez Gabrielle Chanel which is Coco's Rue de Cambon Parisian flat.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

shape magazine: butt, hip & thighs

I'm not a morning person but I will wake up early on a weekend to support a friend (OK two!) even if it means manslaughter-ing my butt, hip and thighs with Shape Magazine Malaysia and Red.FM :)

Gym leggings: BlackMilk
Shoes: Vibram Five Fingers
Yoga bag: Nuala by Puma

Saturday, May 24, 2014

korea food fair at isetan klcc

Mmmy was uber excited to know that Isetan was having a Korea Food Fair when she received their newsletter in the mail and made a date with us (us as in me and Dddy). We were gonna try tteokbokki for the first time! My mother's a serious 'Ajumma-celup'. When Sophiekins comes home to visit, she calls the living room Seoul 'cos it's K-Pop playing, Korean soap blaring, Korean green tea and roasted rice brewing and Korean food lusting!

We went on the first day and it was bursting at the seams with Korean cuisine afficianados. People were tossing ramyun and boxes of Pepero into their shopping cart like it was Supermarket Sweep! We headed straight to the Baekje (pop-up Korean Restaurant from Seoul) booth to give the tteokbbokki a try. I've never had tteokbbokki and if you've watched enough Korean travel / foodie shows, you know that everyone reacts to it like it's the-best-shit-on-earth. 

This is Chef Kim Cheol Yu of Baekje. He has won many food awards.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

kota bharu kelantan eats 2.0 : Nasi Kak Wook / Kedai Kopi Khuan Heong Yuan / Kedai Nasi Sup Tok Ayah / Warisan Nasi Kukus / White House / Kopitiam Kita / Restoran Tye Hin

Read my previous post on Kelantan Eats here.

This post is long overdue and I hope it's worth the wait. I've promised too many to not follow through :) I'm so glad to know that many are curious and keen about Kelantanese cuisine.

My notorious father used to swim with his friends under this deck. Tambatan Diraja was used by the Sultan of Kelantan to watch water sport races.

Dress: Zara
Bag: Givenchy Pandora
Shoes: Repetto

Jalan Post Office Lama

One day I'll help my dad make a nostalgic video of what he calls his version of Jonker St.

The first engineering shop in Kota Bharu.
Me: What's an engineering shop?
Dddy: a shop selling engineering lah.

This is a M.U.S.T eat. When my dad is back in Kota Bharu, he eats this for breakfast AND lunch. When I'm back I tell him I wanna eat 'little chicken'.

Steaming rice drizzled in lemak kari gravy with a dash of sour yet spicy sambal and a generous helping of chopped fried chicken bits. So crunchy and savoury it's like a slowdance in your mouth.

Nasi Kak Wook
Lot 2961-B Jalan Long Yunus 
15200 Kota Bharu
Tel: +6 019-972 1474

Anyone an alumni of Sekolah Commercial Kelantan or wants to learn to balance a ledger? 'Cos Mrs Wee is my grandaunt :)

Sekolah Commercial Kelantan
PT160 2nd Floor, Jln Sultanah Zainab
15000 Kota Bharu
Tel: +6 09-744 1088

When spectacular coffee brings Malaysians of all races and religions together.

They do Roti Kawin as how they should be done: toasting crisp on a chicken wire over burning coals!

Kedai Kopi Khuan Heong Yuan
Jalan Che Su
15000 Kota Bharu

This is my Grandmama Bachok. She's 82 yrs old. I'm stoked she can still recognize me despite her mild dementia. Seeing how much she has aged is melancholic but growing old is inevitable. I will try to visit her more often.

Tres fun to catch up with Miss JoeJoe doing her Surgical Master's in USM. How time flies to see her little baby grow into the active young man he is now.

I've spoken of Nasi Sup Tok Ayah before and my passion for his hearty beef soup remains steadfast. It never fails to satisfy that umami bud.

Dddy: Slurping for 3 generations.
Me: 2 generations.

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

Meet the three musketeers of Jalan Kebun Sultan: Warisan Nasi Kukus, the Air Batu Kacang stall just beside and the satay stall flanking the latter. All 3 will BLOW your mind!

Nasi Kukus may just mean steamed rice (not boiled rice) but it's the accompanying dishes that really matter. They are usually meats in gravy, stewed vegetables and fried innards etc. The combining flavours makes wolfing down the rice a breeze! N.B. Brother punya leher dah macam nak putus dah melihat lauk-pauk yang mouth-watering tu!

Left: Nasi Lauk up close. Right: ABC special (special 'cos of that dollop of local ice-cream) 

Warisan Nasi Kukus / Satay Suria (I think it's called) / ABC stall - name not known
Jalan Kebun Sultan
15350 Kota Bharu

GrandAunt Wee used to wash her hair here for 50sen back in the hey days. It is still in operation with very reasonable charges.

Rose Hair & Beauty Unisex Saloon Fashion Centre
3377D, 1st Floor
Jln Gajah Mati
15000 Kota Bharu
Tel: +6 09-744 1351

Dad says the president of this White House has sustained office from Reagan until Obama.
Mum says they have the best kaya (egg jam) in town... in Malaysia in fact (huaaa!). 

A visit to Kota bharu isn't complete without a patronage to the White House so please pay your dues when you're there, will ya? And pay no heed to the 'bad-service' it's part of their schmuck-y charm LOL!

White House
1329-L, Jalan Sultanah Zainab
Kota Bharu

It has been said that Kelantan is the corridor to Mekah . What a splendid arch to welcome people to the holy land. This is Gerbang Sultan Ismail Petra.

Kopitiam Kita is a purveyor of good rice.

You will find a myriad of specially curated Kota Bharu's finest (pride of village/town) Nasi Dagang / Nasi Lemak / Nasi Kerabu / Nasi Kukus / Nasi Tumpang. One-stop-shop for nasi?? #onlyinkelantan

Sigh I didn't know where to start. I felt like having them all!

At last I opted for a Nasi Tumpang: rice-filled banana leaf cone with gravy, fish/meat and minced meat.

Kopitam Kita
4357-A, Taman Desa Jaya
Jalan Pengkalan Chepa
15400 Kota Bharu
Tel: +6 019-981 0888

A treasure trove at Restoran Tye Hin (also affectionately known as the crazy peeps kopitiam as it's located opposite the psychiatric ward and frequently patronized by their patients). I recognize quite alot of those containers from my childhood. 

Restoran Tye Hin
Jalan Abdul Kadir Adabi
15300 Kota Bharu

I was gifted this vintage typewriter and am dying to get it restored. Tried Snackfood but they were unable to take on this project because it was a model they were not quite familiar with. Anyone with suggestions / recommendations??

Monday, May 05, 2014

i n.e.e.d carly's wardrobe in 'the other woman'

Such a stellar performance by Patricia Field in 'The Other Woman'!

I watched the movie few nights ago with Mdms Cilla and was amazed by the impeccable styling. The movie was a laugh-fest of course but most of all, every single character was dressed to the tee. I was so compelled to know who styled them. Well it's no wonder the work felt so familiar... it is no other than the spectacular Patricia Field of SATC fame! Oh Patricia, you never fail to blow me away.

See something familiar here... (oh and this one's Topshop mind you.. no longer available-lah, go stalk Ebay)
Image Credit: Desmitten

Saturday, May 03, 2014

bali: lia cafe + potato head beach club + tanah lot + menega cafe + cafe bali + narandha tierandha villa

I'm sorry I neglected this blog. I was on fertility treatment which was very tiresome at times. Then I got pregnant which was to be kept a secret. After that I had a miscarriage which was devastating. But I'm back and here's a brief recap of the family's Bali trip :)

So it turned out my passport lacked a day (from the 6 months of expiry) so I was denied at check-in. The family went ahead and Guy stayed back with me. I delayed my flight to the next available flight, paid a penalty fee and practically flew to Putrajaya. The passport department was closed for renovation so we sped to Jalan Duta and just as they called my number there, the system went down! I had to re-register. Prayed and after making payment, system went down again!! Prayed again. Watched the countdown nervously and got my passport just before the break for friday prayers. We zoomed back to KLIA, parked the car, checked-in and heaved a heavy sigh of relief. Lesson learnt: a little prayer never hurts.

We touched down at dusk and headed straight to dinner. I made a reservation with Lia Cafe: endorced by Trip Advisor. They also have have a complimentary pick-up service for patrons but we did not require it. It is slightly more affordable here and the food is good but the beach isn't too clean. Also they share the space with afew other restaurants which 'overpowered' Lia in presence and presentation. We missed the sunset which probably subtracted the dining appeal though Sophiekins did see a crab scurrying into its hole which amused her (dah lama tak tengok ketam-lah). Dddy found this place a tad too dodgy for his liking. Despite it all we had a pretty yummy dinner. For menu + pricing do refer to their website (link below).

A sand-between-my-toes-and-butt-crack kinda dinner and I loved it! Sophiekins loved it too. 

Lia Cafe
Jl Pemalisan Agung
Tel: +64 08123981408 / +64 0361-709002

Coffee beans. We were dragged into a walk-through at a tourist trap with caged civets (boo!) by our driver hence I will comment nothing further 'bout the place.

Like how I fell in love with I Love Bali, I fell head over heels with Potato Head Beach Club! Get cleared by security, climb up the steep stairs by the chic club boutique and BOOM get blown away by le bobo whirlwind vibe that will literally hit you on the face. The sun on your skin, the crowd perched by their tables sipping cocktails, toddlers playing-it on the greens, bikinis frolicking in the pool and the best part: getting a (day) bed!

C'est la vie!

Friday, May 02, 2014

total eclipse of the heart

"(Turn around, Bright eyes)
Every now and then
I fall apart..."

Image credit
I lost my pregnancy 2 weeks ago. I was 8 weeks at the time and we found out the fetus did not progress after 5 weeks. I am fertility challenged and it's been quite a journey trying to conceive and battling my PCOS. I have been on fertility treatment since September last year and we have not been successful with Clomid and hormone shots till now. I can still remember the week before the bad news when my fertility specialist, let's just call him my doctor, told me that things were not looking good and I ought to prepare myself for potential bad news the week after. As much as I tried to be realistic about it, most of me was hopeful for a miracle. That there would be a sign of a fetal pole or a blinking heartbeat. The dreaded week came in and I felt like I was sitting for a major exam as the vaginal ultrasound probe looked for signs of life. I suppose being someone who is constantly exposed to failed pregnancies, my doctor is pretty used to delivering horrid news. He paused and told me that it's official: I am NO LONGER pregnant and that I had a miscarriage. I felt like an absolute failure. As much as I felt I failed myself, I felt that I failed my husband and my parents more.

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