Monday, September 01, 2014

A 3-day weekend


It was lovely this morning to drag myself out of bed at 0700. Sit up look sleepy and feel depress......only to have the mood lifted in a blink when I realized it 's a HOLIDAY today. I slept at 3am packing for my trip to Munich. THat's right! I'm finally declaring ( and feeling a tad excited) my trip to Munich this coming Thursday to attend the European Respiratory Congress. ( Will keep you all updated via photos if I have the internet connection and the time...failing which you will have to wait for my return for a blog update.)

What's nice in Munich? ( Munchen is the other name I'm told. This I learn from googling a bit.) My friend the cardiologist is currently in Barcelona. I see his Gaudi pictures on facebook. And think to myself DANG, why weren't my Gaudi pictures just as spectacular. Mine were so-so. But my memories of Gaudi lingers on a good year on.

* Happy 57th Independence Day Malaysia. ( Actual date yesterday....reason for holiday today)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Welcome to the respiratory Unit PPUKM


After a prolong season of drought, we welcome two new doctors to our unit. Here is a cake...which we had for our Unit meeting last friday. Happy Days!

Pasta Zanmai

We had dinner ( sushi and salad) at Pasta Zanmai at Plaza Damas on Friday. It being Friday and no meat rule for us catholics. I was a little fed up of Thosai so we decided to have a japanese meal. And for a change....we opted to go a little further. So rather than the more obvious choice of Publika, we chose the zanmai outlet at Damas. ( I feel the sushi here is much nicer)
Avacado Salad( seafood with salmon bits)


I must blog about the salad. Because it is very nice. And if you eat here, you really should consider ordering this. the avocado is nice and soft and goes very well with the salmon bits.
The amazing dressing for the salad
BUT, the real reason for the tastiness is of course the dressing. It's refreshing and just a little bit sour and a tinge of lemon taste. I couldn't decipher the ingredients and gave up after the second mouthful. I decided I should, just sit back and enjoy it.

Bak Kut Teh Post

Porcelain spoon
We had Bak Kut Teh (BKT) for Saturday morning breakfast. A bit of a rush because 1. we woke up early but the body refused to budge for a shower until it looked very much like we would miss breakfast altogether. 2. We had a meeting to attend at 0900. ( Meetings should not be scheduled on the weekend if possible).

The Eu Char Kuey was crispier than usual. ( A good reason to have BKT earlier really) and I was 30 minutes late for the meeting. I told the truth: I took my time chewing and enjoying BKT breakfast that's why I am late. Of course nobody believed me. You see, sometimes telling the simple truth is easier than coming up with a decent ( but untrue) excuse.

Ren Dim Sum

Huge selection of Dim Sum
 This was our second visit there. Sadly it will be our last. Let's just review the good things before I explain more. Huge selection of Dim sum. A major plus point. And we had porridge this morning. Which dare I add was yummy. the issue we have with this place is the service of a certain person who I suspect owns the place. The lady, Madame X ( for lack of a better more original name) served us for the second time.

Due to a bit of greediness ( on the part of WT) we had an array of little dishes surrounding us. As our tummies have a finite size...we had no choice but to "tah pau" a few back. Madame X came by and gave us two empty polystyrene white containers. She left them at our table. How rude. One would have thought the very least was she could have packed the food up for us.

And to add to that.....she also intentionally miscalculated some money when we paid. So no, I feel strongly that we should avoid this place for now. Until Madame X decides to be nicer and have better math.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ABRSM grade 7 violin exam

My violin
When you're old, you should avoid exams. It's not good for the nerves. Your sleep is disturbed one month before. And the day before the exam is possibly the worse. Your old mind decides to scare you into imagining the worse. And trying to remember the notes for the scales brings palpitations and a bit of dry mouth. Everything ( and I really mean it) appears much more appealing to do rather than play your songs.

I survived my grade 7 exam on Monday. It was held at Hotel Istana. The staff there are lovely. And they don't cringe when you frantically practice your scales quietly in the lobby. ( With the mute) Sadly I must confess to being less prepared than my grade 6 exam also the nerves got the better of me during my first song.

Was a little down after the exams ( post-mortem done ....ie high chance of failing) so I cheered myself up by changing my violin strings to Obligato ones. I must say they sound divine. My violin "sings" once again. And I don't hear the squeak from the "e" strong any more. Happy!

The weekend.

Bunga Telor
 On Saturday ( which was just yesterday) I went to a wedding. Two siblings got married on the same day. The reception was held in a new venue. ( Waze refused to acknowledge the address so we car pooled there....rational being if we're going to be lost, let us at least not be alone ) There were many cars on the road. So traffic was bad for a saturday afternoon. I got my Bunga Telor ( not very fashionable these days I am told) but I mentioned some weeks before than bunga telor is a nice tradition and I WANT this as a door gift. And my wish came true. I felt extra special because...not everyone got this. Ahem! Thank you prof RH for this.






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