Thursday, August 21, 2014

A wish for today!


A dear friend is battling cancer. There! I said it. It doesn't sounds right. At times it appears unfair. And while the symptoms may have been minimal the disease appears to have quietly progressed. I wish you a speedy recovery with a minimum of fuss along the way. As well as a good response to treatment. May God be with you giving you strength to go through this journey.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sausages and bread.

Breakfast
This is a much better way to have sausages and bread. It avoids the usual dreaded slipping away of the sausage. Not seen in this picture is the generous amount of butter spread on the bread. Taste factor definitely right up there. Calorie count? Don't even go there. Is it any wonder my waist is slightly thicker these days?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bakso

The pakcik who worked efficiently.
 I went to Sandakan to give a talk. This was my second visit there. The first was about 10 years ago when I flew there from Tawau to get on a ship for a tour. This time we stayed at Sheraton Four points, very new, very nice and very strategically placed in the city centre making walking about town a feasible option. There were not many shops selling souvenirs like T-shirts and K chains and other stuff. Different from Kota Kinabalu which is more touristy. The only decent shop we found was in within walking distance from the hotel but the prices were ridiculous. I didn't buy any.

Anyway I am deviating. We found this delightful stall by chance in town after walking in the scorching hot sun for an hour or so. Bakso sold here the sign said. And the tables and chairs were small and the people sitting down eating looked like they have been here a zillion times already. All thoroughly happy and slurping away. So we entered made out orders and waited.
It looked like foam initially
No regrets at all. The dish came pipping hot smelling of spices and we had some samba to be put in the amount to be decided by you. The taste was super. Loads of stuff once you dig in and it was SO GOOD I returned on Sunday after church to have the same thing before flying back to KL.
The goodies when you dig inside

Anniversary

Crepe Cakes
My parents celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on the 2nd of August. And our very close ( and dear) family friend celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary that weekend.  I got all creative this year and decided the cake should reflect my current obsession with crepe cakes. So I got them three pieces and lined them like so. The parents were pleased and tucked into 1/3 of them, They left the other two for me. Hmmmm...I wonder why.

May God Bless my parents with continued good health and may the grace of God always be with them.

** crepe cake from Coffee Stain, Publika

Hair cut!

French sole Henrietta shoes.
This picture was taken during my second visit to J creation. ( Jay from Min International at his very own shop in Kota Damansara) I made an appointment before starting my ward rounds that morning. It was  one day Raya and parking was a breeze. There were loads of empty parking spots all around. And the roads looked wider because nobody was double-parking on the road.

Unlike the first visit, when I circled the area twice before finding a spot. And only because someone came out unexpectedly. Otherwise I would have been forced to park quite a distance. Jay was lovely. ( As usual) And I got my hair trimmed back to its original shape. ( Not that it looked bad before but I suspect I am losing hair and the puffiness was less) After some layering I am proud to declare that my head looks like its full of hair once again. No Yun Nam needed.

Here is the full address:
J Creation Hair Studio
12-1, Jalan PJU 5/10, Dataran Sunway
Kota damasara, Petaling Jaya

Tel Number 03-61417591
Opening hours 10am to 8pm


Bak Kut Teh Breakfast



It rained this morning. I couldn't swim. And even though the whole scene was catered for a lazy lie-in, I woke up at 0700 to practice my violin. ( Exam is on Monday and the stress level is high high ) What is the best breakfast for a rainy Saturday morning? Bak Kut Teh of course!!! So we drove through heavy rain and bits of water to this stall in Taman Batu, Segambut. ( Or it could be in the fringes of Kepong, my geography of this area is bad.) I saw one shop which claimed to cover Kepong and another with the name " Taman Batu". It is an area parallel to the main road i.e. Jalan Kuching you turn off into this abyss of houses and after 4-5 turns you arrive at this stretch of stalls.


Red and green chillies ( necessary condiments)
 I like my chillie bits to be spicy. This stall leaves you with a whole big bowl and the green and red chillies share the same bowl but are separated only by a miracle. Its best to take what you need and enough of it because this one bowl is shared with the other customers. Once other people arrive the bowl is taken away. There was also a bowl of garlic. It didn't look so nice in the picture but for bak kut the garlic is a very important condiment. ( Raw so you need to brush your teeth after)
Yu Char kuey ( must be hot and crunchy)
 And then we have this crunchy breadstick pastry to dip into the soup quickly before putting it into your mouth.I had a whole bowl of this to myself.
White rice.
Here is my bowl of rice. Nice and warm and a little bit gooey. But not too much. Just writing about this makes me hungry all over again. ( Am not greedy the current time is 7:22pm and I haven't had dinner.
And here it is....nice pork bits...meaty section in one clay pot and the bony section in the other
And here it is....the meat dish served like so. Nice and hot. Imagine eating this while you get a breeze and some dots of rain water on your feet. Certainly a very nice way of spending Saturday morning. Thank you WT for bringing me here for breakfast. And introducing me to authentic chinese food.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ramadhan traffic standstill

 There is a lot of construction for the new MRT in the city centre. This indirectly has led to more cars using the same route I use to head home. The jam was terribly consistent throughout the month of ramadhan. 1.5 hours to get back on average. And the record was a staggering 2.5 hours by which time I was nauseated from the air condition in the car.

Am hoping the roads start clearing up soon by the year end.

St Joseph's Catholic Church, Sentul


I now attend morning mass at St Joseph's. A few reasons for this. Top of the list is the easier parking followed by the smoother drive to church and the slightly later mass time i.e. 0900. Yes I'm now finding it rather difficult to wake up at 0600 like a few months ago. Aaargh!!

Hidden object game

My study. ( After tidying up)
I've gone back to paying hidden object games. And this picture of my study (sadly) looks very much like a scene from the game. Am I a hoarder? Yes I am!!

Very good Wanton noodles

Wanton anyone?
WT and I had a lovely breakfast last weekend. We opted for wanton noodles with some chinese chicken curry. Here is the picture taken by WT. The lighting was good ( all natural mind) which makes this a rather nice picture I believe.

Where is this place you ask? Taman Batu...Segambut. Service was a little slow but the food was nice.

Has it been 4 months?


I haven't been blogging. The reason is laziness and quite a few distractions in the last month. I shall not bore you ( or fuel your curiosity with cryptic messages) Suffice to say I'm in a happy place now. So let's just see what my few obsessions have been since I last blogged.

French Sole shoes (KLCC)
French sole in KLCC had a storewide sale last month. Everything 50% off with the use of CIMB credit card. I was lucky to visit the shop. My credit card company failed to update me this very important message. Fools!! I bought 3 pairs. One bling bling pair....one tai chi-like black pair ( I've been eyeing this pair for some visits now...but the last sale...it was not discounted or if so very little) and a crocodile skin with red trimmings. That's my latest haul. I've worn them ALL. As expected...not a single blister in sight. And this is wearing them for long ward rounds with minimal sitting down.
Salt and pepper fried taufu

After quite a while, we've returned to this chinese restaurant near Burt's Bees at the Gardens. I can't remember the name. They serve this dish above. It is mouth-watering and very very nice. I dare you to eat it and not like it. I shall return very soon for another quota.
Tiramisu crepe cake
Do you know of any place in Kuala Lumpur that sells good crepe cake? Coffee Stain ( I have been to two branches, one in Publika and the other in Fahrenheit) serves this. So does 8 ounce and I think they have one in the Gardens and the other in KLCC. 

The best so far is the tiramisu cake. the raspberry is too sweet and leaves a taste very much like cough syrup. the mango crepe ( which I had last week only because they were out of tiramisu) was a bit on the creamy side.

Geogette Heyer books for  fraction of the original price

During the same trip to Fahrenheit, I went to book excess. Must nearer than heading to Amcorp mall. And here they are....some delightful books at a fraction of the price.  I don't understand why Georgette Heyer books must be so expensive. It's daylight robbery. Really! Book excess is nice. Small selection but if you wait long enough you'll get some good books ...new ones at a good price.
Oh yes and you can drop  by coffee stain after buying books. This branch is particularly quiet. Much nicer than Publika. 

Friday, April 04, 2014

Amanda Brooke's second book


The intensity of Jodi Picoult 's books scares me. So I can only admit to ever reading one and a half of her books. Amanda Brooke's first book was a little bit like Picoult's writing but the emotions evoked were less so. And the effect was pleasing.( To me at least)

Having said that, this book is about knowing that you're dying.