Sorry for the long silence. I've been disheartened. I can no longer link my flick pictures to this blog easily. Youtube tells me there is a way. But it must be a glitch because despite following instructions, there is no embedded code to copy and paste.
While I sort this problem out with more trials....allow me to introduce you to my new blog on wordpress started last night. On Food. here is the link. Hungry Hungry Hippo
It's also on the sidebar.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
You may wonder why the long silence. There is a problem with Flick, well my account at least. I cannot link any of my pictures to this blog despite changing the privacy settings. Without pictures, I am forced to write more. And I am lazy that way. We're in the month of Sept already. I have many things planned for the year end truthfully they should have been done earlier in the year. Ever heard of the word procrastination? Lovely news! Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is pregnant with her second child. If you haven't seen pictures of videos of Princess Estelle , her first born and future Queen of Sweden, please google. It is worth it. Estelle is adorable. And the videos posted on the net show her playful personality.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
|SPF50 from Holika Holika.( Bought in Seoul)|
During our last trip to Seoul ( thankfully before the MERS scare) we stayed in a hotel just beside Myeong Dong shopping area. ( Swoon so exciting I found myself energized for long walks just to look at things and ooh and aah over what they had in store) Anyway this long introduction leads to wearing SPF50 ( ladies are you reading this?) to remain freckle and pigmentation-free. Very important that. And if you already have one or two possible marks, save up for laser therapy which is the effective method of getting rid of it. Laser is costly so I recommend SPF50 as prevention. Cheaper in the long run.
Pictured above is a gem I found in seoul. Water-proof SPF50 from this Korean brand called Holika Holika ( So good you have to say it twice....I'm kidding)
|myeong dong catheral|
Saturday, April 04, 2015
|Found at Kalaeidoscope at Publika|
I made a quick trip to Singapore last month. ( Pictures and post separately soon)
Almost forgot. it's my dad's birthday today and we had nice carrot-walnut cake and I gave him this lovely sardine chocolate tin set ( which looks so sardine-like you would be hard pressed to be persuaded otherwise).
* It looks like I have seen silent for the entire month of March ( yikes!)
Monday, February 23, 2015
I was caught in a 4 hour jam yesterday afternoon. This saw me arriving back in KL slightly after 8pm. Now the slow crawl was expected but the sudden heavy rain on the outskirts of KL just before the toll was not. What started as a dry and warm drive suddenly became a tough drive with minimal visibility. The reflector i.e. divider was one of the two markers I used to drive, the other being the lights of the car ahead. Everyone oddly enough wasn't going very slowly despite there being water leveling up to about 2-3 inches at most. It was a scary drive. Am glad to be back safely. And now, back to work. But first, morning mass because this is Lent.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
|Picture taken from the Daily Mail|
It was slow going initially. I must have been less than 10 and perhaps unable to appreciate tales on Veterinary medicine even when written elegantly and simply. But a few years on, i re-read the book and went on to buy all his books, reading it greedily and absorbing the lovely quirky tales of country life.
I am currently reading " The Real James Herriot" a biography written by his son. ( I've come almost full circle) Someone ( it could have been me but I'm not sure) bought this book at a discounted price at one of the many booksellers. It's priced at a mere RM19.90. That's how I know it was bought at a sale.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
This year, I decided to be organized. Upon arriving home, I brought my bags and violin down from the car straight away. And unpacked the violin and violin stand, putting the music scores in order as well as taking out my paperwork.( Paperwork still untouched...we're not perfect yet. Getting there getting there) And I also unpacked two of my storybooks ( One I was 80% through and this book by Marian keyes untouched)
The first few pages was slow going but after the third chapter it hooked me in. I was still reading it intermittently until yesterday when the story got interesting and have whizzed through it finishing it just before 12:30am today.
Here are the main characters: ( Let me see whether I can remember them)
Stella ( the main character whose life we follow through the entire book)
Mannix( the second main character, a close fight with Ryan, Betsy and Jeffrey because they all feature in almost every page)
Gilda ( I can't hate her really, only maybe a bit)
Karen: Stella's sister
Enda: ( Karen's husband who is a Gardai and is depicted as a boring person but turns out he is human too at the end of the chapter, he gets a whole paragraph about him)
Stella's mum and dad ( who don't really have names, Mannix's mum and dad ( who have names but I can't remember them)
Roland; Mannix's older brother,
Hero and Rosa: Mannix's twin sisters and their husbands and their children.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Missing from this are two of my other favourite dishes:
1. Jiu Hu Char (shredded cuttlefish with vegetables) Nobody does it as nicely as mum. ( I bet all daughters say this!
2. Another dish called charr su-wee ( pronounced this way. Not sure whether it is actually as well known a dish as number 1, but my paternal grandmother used to cook this, and now mum cooks this for us)
Happy Year of the Wooden Goat!!! I shall end with a baba CNY greeting ( I received from an old family friend)
Boleh Panjang2 umur, sihat2 dan happy selalu,peng ann in family & murah rezeki:)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
|Very nice type of Jam!|
I've taken a day off work and will be traveling back tomorrow morning. All things being well, I hope to wake up,brush teeth, shower, have coffee and lug all my things to the car boot and be in the car by 0530.Do keep your fingers crossed that I shan't be caught in a jam.( On the side, crabtree and evelyn has very nice tasty jam....buy one and try)
Tomorrow everyone celebrating CNY will be on the road to end the day with the reunion dinner. Which is very important and a nice thing I think. The essentials are fish ( for brains...kidding it's actually for abundant year), lettuce ( for vigorous something...life I think) and shallots for wisdom and onions or is it celery I forget now. I'm pretty sure we're not having fish. I checked with my last weekend and unless I miss something, there will be no fish this year.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
|Look, they're almost sold out!|
In celebration of Longchamp's 20th anniversary, they got Sarah Morrison to redesign the La Pliage collection. The La pliage is a staple bag for most women, certainly true for me. It was first introduced to women in 1993.
Morrison the artist has created three different lines for Longchamp. Of the three, i have one from the Le Pliage Sarah Morris Palette collection.
This collection comes in eight shades ( the handles may be either white or black); robin's egg blue, banana, pink, light grey, kelly green , red blue and classic black.
This version features eight bespoke shades in either white or black handles.
Here is the Kelly Green and no I didn't get this one. The size and handle was a little odd for my liking.
It's been a while since we attended any bengkels. This is my first for 2015. It's on history-taking for the year one medical students. And my first class with them will be the week after Chinese new year. I've actually done the topsy-turvy thing and taken a group for the clinical skills session without attending this bengkel lady year. So this year, I'm doing it the right way around. Bengal first....and then teaching session.
The preclinical building is up and functioning. This means we don't have to travel to the KL campus for these sessions. Saving a lot of time. And making it possible to still head back to the wards to do rounds ( if needed) once these sessions are over.
I'll put up a picture of the new building later. It's on the other phone which isn't linked directly to Flickr.( I need to sort this out too)
Saturday, February 14, 2015
|Forms to fil|
|Posters welcoming Pope Francis|
|Our room for the night in Manila|
We then got a taste of the good life in Manila. We arrived at Edsa Shangrila to find ourselves greeted by very pretty ladies at the door, we were ushered to the lobby seated and served some delicious drink. Here is our room, nice and spacious with very comfy pillows to dig your head in should you wish. More pictures in another post. Time for break for today
|You can see the volcano crater in the middle of the lake|
And so here is Tagatay at its best. Tagatay is pretty near Manila a mere 55km away so with minimal traffic you can get there in 1.5 hours. There is a highway leading out of Manila to Tagatay but once off the highway, the roads become narrow and a single-lane up and single-lane down from the highland area. The scenery is lovely as we drove up. And the best thing of course if the cooler climate. We saw a lot of corn being sold along the way, some furniture shop and tart shops.
We drove back to Manila on Saturday evening. And oh boy, we saw the long line of cars heading uphill enroute to Tagatay. Definitely a popular getaway from traffic laden Manila.
In 1729, the Taal volcano destroyed the entire place. There have been signs of unrest as recent as 1991 but I'm glad to report, we had no worries during our short working trip. On arrival, all of us went crazy admiring the beautiful scenery and enjoying the weather, we walked and stared and breathed in the fresh air.
In the evening we headed out and found a starbucks nearby and sat outside drinking coffee. Lemme just say, with the wind blowing it was freezing. Almost felt like winter. That was a very nice experience.
|Anya Hindmarch's lovely "eye" bag|
|Stickers can be seen here|
|Barbacue meat and Banchan dishes around the pit|
So let's get back to the business of review of lunch. I know some people dislike it ( from the comments on foursquare) but I like the canteen feel to this restaurant. You cant eat korean in a posh set-up it feels too hotel-lish. I had googled and read some blogs. And I think somebody mentioned this blog but when we chose this restaurant I wasn't too sure whether it was the same one. I didn't take down the name of the restaurant.
It has been almost 5 years since I ate in some of the restaurants along this row. The main change is the workers. We were served by Bangladeshi workers. Even the cooking of the meat was done by them. I thought the pork wasn't so nice. I remember having some very nicely marinated pork the last time. It was too die for. Today's version was okay but way below the standard of the last one.
Still, the banchan dishes made up for it. We had a nice selection all of which I enjoyed nibbling and poking through. We had the mandatory Kimchi soup which was very nice. They served us miso soup too I think. Due to the get-fit-motto for 2015, we hardly touched the rice. Yes evil carbs are something we no longer wan to enjoy to the max.
I'm giving lunch an overall 7.5/10. Am docking off marks for the tastiness of the barbecued meat. We will be returning but perhaps not to the same restaurant. Thanks WT for a lovely lunch!!
Monday, January 26, 2015
|A very feminine looking goat|
Just as a recap ( for me, for me) there are 12 chinese zodiac signs. And they are;rat, cow, tiger, rabbit,dragon, snake, horse,sheep, monkey, chicken, dog and pig. What animal you are, depends on the year you were born. But here's the catch, when is the start of the chinese new year? All this while I thought it starts on the first say of CNY every year. Beep! Wrong, the Chinese astrological year starts on the first day of the tiger month, which is around the Feb 4th every year.( Which is the start of Spring) According to mr Internet, the easiest way to find out what animal you are, is to consult the chinese astrological chart, all you need is the year and time you were born. There!! You ( and I ) have learnt something new today.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
My version of wanton noodles this morning was with char siu and leafy veg served together with the noodles. And the soup came with the meatballs. We were given a selection of chilli; green chillies ( to me the perfect choice), chillie padi, Sambal ( yuck!) and some preserved onions which took some getting used to.
|Cake and gifts! Dare I ask for more?|
I had a great week. My birthday was on Tuesday the 20th of Jan. The celebration started on Thursday the week before, where KN gave me bottles of crush juice as a birthday gift. Absolutely delicious and I now crave for it daily. I shall buy loads when I next see it. The weekend saw the parents eating Italian ( my choice because it was a birthday treat) at Publika. We had pizza, olio, chicken wings and caesar salad. When written like so, it sounds boring but let me tell you, the restaurant is worth going to. Recommended by KN. ( She's brilliant and many thanks!) It was so tasty, the parents even said they would return on a non-birthday treat meal. ( These are the same people who only are happy eating Asian food. Malaysian food to be exact. Noses wrinkled when we ate Korean a few birthdays back)
On Tuesday, WNN gave me a gift and card in the morning before scope. And Prof RAM gave me a present during our vetting session. Amazing that she remembered my birthday. Isn't that a sweet thing? And then on Thursday, Sopian and the gang of MOs ambushed the clinic and brought cake with them.
Sopian does a cheeky thing and made me celebrate my 21st birthday ALL OVER again:) Older and wiser and more comfortable with my skin. I love where I am now in life. Many thanks to each and everyone of you, who helped me celebrate my birthday week.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
|Here i am wall-climbing|
It's best to park your car on the rooftop. At level 5. Which is where the rock climbing place is. Its a short walk from the carpark depending on where you park. Today being Saturday, we parked a fait bit away. The picture above is the second wall we were given to climb. I'll show you the first after this.
The folks in red were our marshals.At least I think they're called that. They were both lovely. Giving us encouragement and yelling which colored stones to either hop on or grip on. And more importantly they had enough enthusiasm for all of us.
|This is at the entrance of Camp 5.|
|My rented shoes.|
Here are my shoes. The marshal said it must be super tight otherwise climbing would be difficult. So these were super-duper tight. My toes were a little curled up inside. And I felt like the width of my feet was slowly being morphed into a size 2 cm smaller. But that feeling was only at the beginning, once we started our exercises, the shoe felt just nice.
|Baby walls to start with|
|This is me, at the baby wall|
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
|Sunny day at the pool|
Swimming burns calories. I am sure. But I think you have to swim at a decent pace and not lol about like a baby whale...floating like a porpoise. That would burn all of the 4 calories only.
Here is new semi-obsession. Crepe cake. Do you think I have the skill to make thin tasty crepes? And do you think I have the patience to make 20 layers of crepe cake? It's close. I may depending on my mood. In the meantime, I'm trying to decide whether I should buy this ( very nice) crepe cake book I saw at the local bookstore. I saw it in mid 2014 already. Nobody has bought it. Which makes me think, maybe it's not that good. But the recipes sound very do-able. And they explain it in clear language for a novice like me
Monday, January 12, 2015
|Old and new phone side by side|
Here are the shops I went to:
1. Machines ( The gardens ) They put up a poster at the entrance which you can see from a distance.
2. Machines ( Midvalley) Same status. They didnt put up a poster tho
3. I-store (Publika) No stock boo!
4. Loop ( Plaza Damas) No stock
5. Apple store at the shopping centre near the curve....they had a Gold iphone 6-plus. ( Gold is hard to love so I hesitated )
These are the shops I called:
1. Machines (KLCC) No stock
2. Epicentre (Pavillion) No stock
With such a bleak outlook, I'd almost given up hope of owning one in January. Lo and behold, I remembered epicentre at Fahrenheit as a shop tucked in a corner on the ground floor. Generally, Fahrenheit is less well known. Although it is in the Golden triangle of shopping tucked between Lot 10 and the other posh shopping place the name of which has totally slipped my mind now. ( It''ll come to me soon enough)
Ring Ring ( And yes they had stock of Iphone 6-plus in Silver)
And so I now have my very own.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
|Quiet but a tad chilly|
|1/4 chicken with some "posh" salad|
|Sauces arranged neatly by an OCD person surely|
|Interesting wash basin...tap and soap dispenser|
|30 minutes and you will feel THE pain|
I used this machine for the first time ever in my history of visiting gyms. ( Haven't been to many truthfully) This was because the treadmills were all used and the bicycle was also utilised. Turns out....this here machine can cause you some pain. And i worked out quite a sweat just by pedalling away under the program " cardio". the heart rate went up a bit and I walked funny a few minutes after this.
At the end ( after a round of weights ) I returned to the treadmill ( this one...it was unoccupied) and did 10 minutes of running. That felt like a breeze. In comparison to this cycle. Woohoo. Perhaps my stamina has increased. Still no sign of loss of weight.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
2015, I have a request for you. Can you not gallop your way through this year? I have plans to enjoy the days and weeks,savouring the different days and I also plan to enjoy the nice sunny weather we appear to be blessed with currently. A small request. Thank you.
On a different note, my shoe fetish will have to take a back seat. After bombing out slightly over a thousand at French Sole plus the unlikely event they should have another 50%-store-wide-sale so soon.....it looks very much like I shall be left to enjoy my purchases in peace. With little distraction of buying more shoes. I read somewhere that shoe-shopping is a favourtie for most because despite gaining weight ( pregnancy odema being the exception to this rule) you always get to fit the same shoe size....making the feel-good-factor right up there, just slightly below winning a lottery.
Happy Wednesday everybody. And 2015....please remember my request.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Once in the water it's best not to try and walk. Otherwise you will soon realise there is little friction and the slippery feeling isn't pleasant. I suggest you start swimming straight away. It felt heavy at first and my first 5-6 kicks weren't great. It felt like a drag and initially I didn't move fast and my limbs felt a bit heavier than usual. But very soon after, I felt the gliding movement and it felt absolutely brilliant.
I also bought mits and after 3 laps or so felt brave enough to put them on. Once I made sure those ladies were still absorbed with each other that is. Together the mits and flippers made the swim a good good good one.
*note this isn't a long-blade fin. So it's not a cheating fin. heheh
Monday, January 05, 2015
This is what you may hear from anyone near any meal time. Since the middle of last week, I've had this urge to have mee siam from Nyonya Colours. I got my wish on Sunday evening. Persuaded the parents to eat at Nyonya Colours at the Gardens. We were lucky, we got a parking spot almost immediately, we also got a good place to sit and the queue wasn't long.
Mee Siam is a nyonya dish. the real deal has some gravy with it and tastes sour from lime. It is definitely inspired by some dish from Thailand. Even the name is a dead giveaway to where the inspiration comes from. This version is dry....and the taste is just sour enough to make me happy.
Sunday was way better. And Monday has been peaceful with the smooth traffic because the school holidays have been extended by a week. ( The flood victims up north have some extra time although I think 1 week is barely enough to get over the shock. The shock of losing ones house for some, the sorrow of losing a loved one, be it family or friend.) My prayers are with the families who have to rebuilt their homes and their lives as they usher in the new year.
2014 has been a sad year for Malaysia. We have suffered tragedy and bad publicity from three air flight accidents, two our of the 3 plans remain missing and the third more recent one flight accident just days before the start of 2015 served as a reminder of the two previous accidents.
Closer home, we had he flood in Kelantan in particular and many parts of the East Coast.It is not uncommon for floods in Kelantan. However, this year, the floods affected many many many more areas with higher water levels and lives and houses lost.
We bid farewell to 2014, and we welcome 2015 with hearts filled with hope for a peaceful country and closure for the family members of the flight accidents, enough resources for the families affected by the flood and finally a less bumpy road for our country and its citizens.
|The gym at my new condo|
|Flipper and watermelom|
And I also got around to having my toenails painted. Watermelon but slightly more pink than usual. It turned out okay. Creative nail boutique at Hartamas really does a good pedicure. And their colors last and does not stain the nails. I wouldn't recommend Nail Parlour at Publika. Not good service. It felt rushed. And the place was too brightly lit. And the girls talked TO each other as they did the nails without paying much attention to detail.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
So far, I've gone to the gym 3 times. And apart from aching limbs I don't feel any lighter. I shall persevere just so I'll be able to get into my cheong sam this chinese new year. Wish me....a lighter new year.