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I’m starting to think i’m not cut out to be a blogger anymore. I actually made a list of things to blog about and yet i never really got to it. Oh Jamie, queen of procrastination and “quick updates”.
I really respect bloggers who have that drive to update their blogs so diligently, especially Joyce. She does it with such grace and balance between words and images. I don’t know how she does it, really.
Anyway, i realized that i have yet to blog about my birthday. To be honest, this year’s birthday wasn’t anything special. Maybe it’s because i’ve already passed the twenty-one mark and am now dreading to accept my age as the years continue to roll it. I’m definitely experiencing Peter Pan Syndrome.
On the other hand, i get more excited about Hoongmao’s birthday than my own. We both share the same birthday month and his birthday is just five days after mine. Presents are important during birthdays, but there’s also something else that’s equally important…
On my birthday Hoongmao brought me to Hanare, a Japanese restaurant located at the Intermark.
I could tell that the restaurant was something the moment i walked in. Well, judging from the interior and fresh fish being displayed on ice, it was obvious that the restaurant serves high quality food with a price tag to match.
I honestly think that Hanare is one unique restaurant because it was the first Japanese restaurant i’ve encountered that offers an Omakase experience.
Omakase (お任せ?) is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you” (from Japanese 任す, entrust).
The expression is used at sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef. It differs from ordering à la carte. The chef will generally present a series of plates, beginning with the lightest fare and proceeding to heaviest, richest dishes. The phrase is not exclusive to service of raw fish with rice, and can incorporate grilling, simmering, or other cooking techniques as well.
Since it was my first time at Hanare, i decided to go with the omakase menu and leave it to the chef!
There were seven dishes all together including dessert. Everything was amazing, especially the sashimi.
I’ve never experienced sashimi melting in my mouth before and i finally did at Hanare. I’ve never had fish that tasted so fresh and pure before. If you’re a fan of sashimi, this is the place to be and believe me, you wouldn’t want to share your sashimi.
And for those who are curious, i got a lady watch for my birthday :)
Fast forward to Hoongmao’s birthday!
His birthday fell on a Friday, which was the day we had to go to Sepang for the David Guetta x Alesso rave. I didn’t get to bring him for dinner that day, so i brought him out on the following day instead.
I decided to bring him to a casual place that he hasn’t been to before – Acme Bar & Coffee. I thought that it was a decent place to bring Hoong to for his birthday dinner since i’ve already tried the food there during Kel Li’s hens night.
Smoked Salmon Wheatberry Salad
Grilled “Bacon” Wrapped Snails
Smoked Duck Breast Pasta
Grilled Marinated Lamb Shoulder
I thought that i should fully utilize the birthday weekend by throwing another birthday dinner for Hoongmao, but this time, a suprise dinner with his friends.
On that Sunday, everything went on as usual. When dinner time was finally approaching, we started thinking bout what to have for dinner. I said that i was craving for some meat, and since pork was my favourite meat, i suggested that we should go to El Cerdo in KL. I also casually said that it’s been a while since we went to El Cerdo, so we should go there even more.
Hoong complies. Excellent.
While we were about to go for dinner, Hoong says, “Why don’t we go to S.Wine at Publika instead?”
“NO. I want my El Cerdo.”
Ah… he understands that my craving demands must be satisfied. Excellent.
I really got him good this time because he had no idea his friends were gonna be there until he himself entered the private room that we booked. And so we ate and drank and ordered a suckling pig so that Hoongmao got to break some plates.
After dinner and drinks, everyone went home as piglets while Hoongmao and i concluded this year’s birthday. And that, my friends, was how we celebrated our birthdays this year (❁´◡`❁)
Oh and just in case you missed out on panda’s gift(s), i wrote a blog post about it already over here :)
Earlier during the year, we found out that Sensation White was coming to Asia. Being one of the most legendary music events that originated from Europe, we knew that we just had to go for it.
Fortunately for us, the nearest country to us that Sensation will be making its stop was at Bangkok, Thailand. Ah… Bangkok. It’s the one place that i’ve visited more frequently than any other place outside of Malaysia.
So we bought our flight tickets and booked our hotels the moment our tickets for Sensation were confirmed and waited for August to arrive.
When August finally arrived, it was party time.
I’ve never bumped into so many familiar faces at the airport before. There were so many Malaysians flying over to Bangkok just for Sensation! It’s quite a nice feeling to see familiar faces on the same plane, traveling to the same place and knowing that everyone’s ready to party. It makes you feel more excited, you know?
I had a moment of self-reflection when i was filling up my visa. Now that i’ve graduated for college, i’m technically unemployed since i’m not a student anymore. Ah… the look of judgement on Hoongmao’s face as i wrote that.
Our arrival at Bangkok was delayed due to the weather. Unknowing to us, there were dark clouds hovering across the city and we had to circle around for quite a while until we could land safely. Not to mention the turbulence that we experienced.
We were greeted with a wet Bangkok when we arrived. It rained a lot during the evening while we were there, which was quite a bummer. But nonetheless, we made things work.
We all decided to take the train from the airport to the city to avoid the evening traffic. It was a good idea initially, but it turned out to be a little troublesome when we discovered the amount of stairs we had to go up and down while carrying our huge luggages. Well, not we but more like the boys (n˘v˘•)
Everyone got a prepaid the moment we touched down. Aaand this is what happens
We stayed at Novotel Fenix together with Ningku and Charmander. It was a familiar place in Bangkok to return to for me and Hoongmao because it’s our second time staying at Novotel Fenix.
Our first time staying at Novotel Fenix was during our trip to Bangkok last year, which i have edited some of the pics from the trip but still yet to blog about. Ahem (n˘v˘•)
Anyway, we had dinner at a street stall that was just a minute’s walk away from the hotel. This is like the spot to go if you’re staying at Novotel Fenix and are too lazy to search far and wide for a place to eat.
Thai salad and tom yum soup
Fried pork and barbecue pork
Simply eaten with a packet of sticky rice. Simple and delicious. I absolutely loved the fried pork. I was particularly quiet during the meal because i was having a moment of silence for the delicious food. Mmm mmm! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
For some reasons, i was totally exhausted when we got back to the hotel room after dinner. We were supposed to head out for some drinks after taking a disco nap, but i just decided to stay behind and sleep while the panda heads out with the boys.
I remember Hoong was like, “You come to Bangkok… to sleep.”
Well considering the fact that we will be experiencing consecutive days of partying starting next day onwards, i personally think it’s not such a bad idea to rest for one night lor. Right or not?
Right. So anyway, being in Bangkok is all about eating, drinking and shopping. And in addition if you’re with friends, partying. But let’s talk about eating.
There’s no way you can go hungry at Bangkok. The only time you’re hungry is when you slept too long at the hotel and have had nothing to eat yet. Almost everyday, Hoongmao and i will get our first snack of the day from this little stall just a couple of steps away from the hotel on the way to the train station.
It’s kinda like lok lok where you have all these food stuff on a stick. You pick what you want and hand it over to the goodman who will cook it over charcoal for you.
We always go for sausages. Two sausages – one chicken and one pork – each. Me and Hoongmao used to share one serving, but now we just get our own cause we’re greedy like that.
We then get to choose which of the two kinds of chili sauce we want to bathe our food in. We usually opt for both sauces cause why pick one when you can have both, right?
Who would’ve thought that the simplest things can taste so delicious.
And that’s our kickstart snack for you! We would usually then head to some place else for a solid lunch. In this case, we had some noodles from a stall at the alley beside the hotel.
Thai style wantan mee, to be more precise
We didn’t do much except meeting up with some people to talk about business that day. And by “we” i meant me escorting the panda to meet some people (◡‿◡)
Later that night, the boys had a gig at a fancy club in Sukhumvit.
Charmander looked absolutely lovely and ladylike that night.
Imagine my thoughts when we both came out from our hotel rooms (our rooms are just right opposite each other) and i saw that she was dressed up fancy and all while i… was just wearing a cropped top and a black bodycon skirt, looking all slutty and shizz. Damn.
Weren’t we going for the slut look tonight?!
Foofoo in his ketupat shirt
For some reasons, the club ran out of whisky glasses and we had to use the tall ones. Look at us in that picture. It’s like we were drinking iced Chinese tea!
Sonia / Jean / Val
The girls really know how to party. Needless to say, we all drink drank drunk.
I’m just amazed that i didn’t wake up with a massive hangover the next day. I even managed to go shopping with the girls until the evening. We had to do some last minute shopping for our outfits to Sensation because the one that we brought wasn’t working out.
Initially we were supposed to dress up as sailors, but due to the fear of Sensation’s strict “white only” dress code we decided not to as the costume had quite a bit of blue.
So this is us all dressed up for Sensation!
Not bad huh considering the fact that i bought my entire outfit on that very same day. I’m just glad that they all fit me.
Redbull vodka for the journey
We experienced quite a bit of traffic outside the venue, but once we got there it was all smooth sailing. The event was very organized. We were surprised to see that there was no horrible cues at the ticket collection booths.
Booze was considerably cheap for a rave
It was truly an experience. A world-class event. Everything was excellently planned from crowd management to performances. The location that they picked to host Sensation was also a good one.
It was the first time i ever went to a music event and not sweat! And since it was an indoor stadium, the air conditioning was cool all night long and there are seats for you whenever you get tired.
The major plus point would be the fact that the toilets are very near and there’s not one time the toilet ran out of toilet paper! And everyone knows how to piss!! It truly makes me happy when i walk into a clean cubicle and not have the toilet seat drenched in piss. Amazing.
The only setback for Sensation was the lineup. It was decent, but i wished we had better acts. Nonetheless, it was still one hell of an experience.
The following day was our last day at Bangkok. We all woke up extremely late and took things really slow. Imagine having your first meal at around 5pm.
We had our first meal at this place in Siam Paragon. Apparently the shark’s fin here is absolutely delicious but yeah yeah i know we’re not supposed to have shark’s fin cause it’s cruel and all. We didn’t have any and weren’t planning to, if you must know.
They have other things here that are worth eating too.
Crab meat fried rice / Crab claw with noodles / Veggies
I know it’s not Thai food and you’re supposed to have Thai food when you’re at Thailand but what the hell. This place is worth visiting and i reckon you should once you’re done with exploring Thai food.
The Rocky Road
I knew i was going to have dessert at Cream & Fudge Factory the moment i saw it while walking pass it earlier. I imprinted myself on it. It was the chosen one. And i was right.
Right for making the right choice cause it was so damn good. It’s such a torture to blog about things (especially food) that you’ve had and can’t have right now. Torture, i say!
Later that night we had dinner with some friends at this place called…
There were condoms…. condoms everywhere.
The amount of food we had here is just too much so i’m gonna leave that out. They were all delicious but i’m just gonna save you from looking at too many food pics.
Check out Hoong’s artsy shot
And that’s bout it. This pretty much sums up what we did at Bangkok this time. Food, drinks, food, drinks, party party. Not so much on shopping but i did manage to get a couple of stuff, which i will be sharing soon :)
Week three without Juanita.
So far so good. Today, i cooked my own lunch. By making use of what i already have at home, i sort of made an “English breakfast” that consists of bacon, scrambled eggs and toast. I’m happy to say that the meal i cooked was… not too shabby.
I’m actually pretty proud of my scrambled eggs a la Gordon Ramsay. It was actually quite easy to cook so if i (of all people) could do it, so can you! :)
Today, a follower on Twitter so nicely said that she can’t wait to see my next blog update, which i took it as a hint that it’s about time i wrote something on my blog. So here i am now updating my blog!
Last Saturday, i had the pleasure of attending Kel Li’s hens night.
Believe it or not, the night was solely planned through emails! With that being said, it took like two months of discussion and preparations. And as the date approaches, i found myself shopping last minute for something to wear on that night.
The theme of the night was Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fortunately, i was able to find the perfect dress (picture on Instagram) to wear for the theme.
We also had a beautiful suite at Hotel Maya to ourselves in courtesy of the bride-to-be. The girls definitely made good use of the dressing room. We all dolled up together before being chauffeured to Acme Bar & Coffee for dinner.
Chicken Fajitas Salad / Smoked Duck Breast Pasta / Grilled Marinated Lamb Shoulder
We ordered a number of dishes for sharing, but these three captured my heart the most. Nonetheless, i’ll have to admit that the food here is quite delish. Even the bride-to-be approves!
After our meal, we played a couple of rounds of Truth and Dare and yours truly was the game master. To be honest, i felt immense pressure as it was my first hens night. But i think i did quite well in the end. Now imagine if i had tequila *ahem*
Now i’m not gonna reveal detail for detail on how the hens night went down cause i believe that’s Kel Li’s job. But where’s the fun in that right so here are some pictures! :)
Extremely cute and fun props that were DIY-ed by Joanna
Kel Li / Jen
Nora / Kel Li / Joanna
After having some fun, we returned back to our suite to get our drinking on with even more games. Obviously we headed to Zouk after cause it would be a sin not to since we’re literally right across the street!
I have to say one thing though. The bride-to-be was not drunk enough!!
Post-hens night, maybe? :D
So there i was going through my picture folder to select the next batch of pictures to edit for my blog. Hoongmao hovered over to my station and saw that i was getting started on the pictures from our Krabi holiday back in February ’12 and reminded me that i’ve still yet to finish my post on Melbourne.
He was right. And i was ashamed.
I can’t believe i’ve been putting this off since forever when it’s one of the most interesting things to blog about. And soon, it’s going to be a year since i went to Melbourne. Oh how time flies!
Going to Melbourne was one of my highlights of 2011. I can’t say enough about how it was such an experience for me – from the things that we saw and did to the food that we ate. Speaking of food, we ate so much that it’s only right to make a blog post dedicated to the food we ate at Melbourne.
Here are the food highlights we had in Melbourne.
The legendary Little Mekong
They say that Little Mekong has the best pho in the city and it seems like it’s been there since forever. When we were at Melbourne, there were many things that Hoongmao speaks of with such sentimental value. This was one of them.
But honestly it’s all the same to me. It’s delicious nonetheless, but i hardly compare the tastiness of food cause my taste buds are easily satisfied. Anything that’s good is good enough for me.
That’s the way i roll cause i’m quite the piglet (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
When we were at Melbourne, we also had a couple of good people to take us around for some food.
Like this one night when we had an Italian dinner at La Porchetta with Brandon and his kids. Another place that Hoong speaks of that’s just around Victoria Market.
Walking through Victoria Market
Again, i ate like a happy piglet.
Another friend took us to City Grill Room Steakhouse at Little Lonsdale Street for dinner one night. That dinner was perhaps the most expensive dinner during our entire trip. But nonetheless, that dinner was a good one.
Can’t go wrong with grilled food, especially when it’s meat!
This is the most delicious bread i’ve ever eaten. And it’s just bread, i know!
Delicious ribs as well ლ(´ڡ`ლ)
My pick for the night – lamb loin chops
Hoongmao’s Angus Porterhouse steak
It’s huge. It’s thick. It’s ANGUS.
And it’s downright the most expensive piece of meat that he’s ever eaten. So far, that is. It costed almost RM 200.
After dinner, we adjourned to this place nearby for drinks.
I was told that they serve bacon-flavoured beer here at Biero, so i was really looking forward to try it. You know how bacon excites me, right. Ahem. Unfortunately, it was sold out on the night we were there.
Oh well. I opted for cider instead and lucky me, there was one last bottle of cider left! :)
Rekorderlig – by far the sweetest cider i’ve had
Rekorderlig is a premium Swedish cider that comes in a variety of flavours like apple, pear, wild berries and so on. It has such a pleasant taste and it’s very easy to drink. Even Charmander (who doesn’t really fancy drinking) enjoyed drinking Rekorderlig.
Oh how i’d love to have some Rekorderlig again. However i don’t think we have it here in Malaysia :(
Hoong’s drink, which literally means ‘black’
This beer was brewed in Belgium by a brewer called Mikkeller. According to its description, it’s the strongest beer in Scandinavia. Apparently, this imperial stout is the craziest, wildest and strongest beer by Mikkeller to this date.
With ingredients such as roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast, this little badass of a beer has an alcohol content of 17.5%.
Needless to say, it tasted NASTY!
On another night, we went out with another group of friends from Hong Kong for dinner. They brought us to a really fancy restaurant somewhere in Chinatown.
Just how fancy was fancy?
Well let’s just say that the whole restaurant made us feel like we were at an extremely luxurious and posh restaurant in Shanghai. We even had our own room with our own seating area.
Sweet Jesus this snow crab was amazing ლ(´ڡ`ლ)
Needless to say, that too was one of our more expensive dinners.
Then there was one night when one of our friends, Ti (who is a Vietnamese), brought us somewhere off the city for some pho. She claimed that it’s better that Little Mekong’s. The boys were skeptical but i ate with an open heart as usual (｡’▽’｡)
Charmander giving a thumbs up for three colour drink cause it’s yumyums
So is it better than Little Mekong’s?
No idea cause they’re all good. LOL! But i did notice that the noodles here were a lot more slippery. I don’t know what does that say. And i have no idea where this little restaurant is cause we were being driven.
And just earlier on this very day, i went out to meet up with Jason and Cai Jin for brunch. We decided to meet at Animal Orchestra since it was nearby everyone.
Jason being silly as always
Chicken, potato and bacon soup
Mah roast beef panini ლ(´ڡ`ლ)
And somehow i think the cold weather has something to do with making my hair look more fabulous when it’s curled
Cai Jin! (and random angmoh posing behind, haha)
Fast forward to the part where Cai Jin walks me to Max Brenner at QV to meet Hoongmao!
Ermahgerddd why isn’t this is Malaysia yet? :(
In case you were wondering why the waffle looks like it’s been ravaged, that’s cause it was. I didn’t get a “before” picture of it cause i was at the washroom when it came to the table and Hoong just couldn’t resist.
And who could have…
Dinner date out at Stalactites with Hoongmao.
Stalactite is a Greek restaurant and it’s one of Melbourne’s longest established and well known restaurants right off Lonsdale Street.
Stalactite is famous for their souvlaki – a type of Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat on a skewer. Sometimes it comes wrapped in pita breed as well.
B x P
Hoong was in the process of growing his hair out （＾ｖ＾）
Homemade fish soup; fresh fish, rice and vegetables in a zesty lemon soup
Lamb souvlaki; tender lamb from the spit, crisp lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade tzatziki all rolled in warm pita bread
Mixed giro platter; marinated spring lamb and chicken from the spit
Wonderful place for a carnivore like myself (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
Lunch at Kenzan @ GPO.
I think we were recommended to this place by Charmander and Ningku’s sister, Krystal. They had lunch at this place earlier and told us that Kenzan had really delicious rolls.
Kenzan @GPO is a very casual eating place that’s tucked in some where at Bourke Street. It’s a popular place for quick and quality lunches.
Rolls and rolls and rolls
Ramennn. I forgot what ramen it was but i didn’t really finish it and it was quite a big bowl of ramen
It’s cute how you have to roll your own seaweed. It’s relatively easily to do since they have explicit instructions.
And my goodness, their rolls are absolutely delicious! It’s fresh and tasty and the seaweed that’s wrapped around it is simply crispy.
I’d totally recommend this place to whoever that’s visiting Melbourne. It truly is a simple and casual place that provides quality Japanese food.
And last but not least, Victoria Market!
This post would not be complete if it didn’t feature Victoria Market. It is the place to be for breakfast. If you ever visit Melbourne, you have to visit Victoria Market in the morning. You have to.
It’s basically a mandatory place to visit at least once if you’re a foreigner in Melbourne. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with going to a place where there’s lots to see and eat. You’ll never know what you’ll find.
Like this huge crab we saw
Of course, there’s bound to be a couple of highlights to a popular spot like Victoria Market.
One of the attractions in Victoria Market – American Doughnut Kitchen
The American Doughnut Kitchen is a hippie-like van that sells hot jam doughnuts. According to their Facebook page, they been operating at Victoria Market since 1950.
I don’t always eat doughnuts, but when i did, i’m glad it was American Doughnut Kitchen’s jizztastic hot jam doughnuts.
My god. It’s the best doughnut i’ve ever had!
The doughnut is fluffy with the right amount of sugar coating outside, and the hot jam inside just delish.
You take one bite and everything around you goes into a blur. Surrounding noises become muffled and all you can hear is yourself going, “Mmm..”.
All while nodding approvingly at this little hot jam doughnut.
Alright, so i might be over exaggerating. But i did nod approvingly (and perhaps lovingly) at the doughnut.
Another attraction at Victoria Market would be Mezza Table’s boreks.
Boreks are Turkish baked pastries that are filled with yummy goodness like cheese, minced meat and whatnots.
I had the spinach and cheese while Hoongmao had the spicy lamb. Both of them were equally delicious, but i think i like my spinach and cheese better ( ´ ▽ ` )
We also met up with a fellow DJ friend of the boys during one of the mornings who brought us to this corner stall called Drago’s for breakfast.
They have burgers and pizzas and whatnots, but the real deal is the pork bratwurst sausage.
We asked for a hotdog with all the toppings, and we were presented with this magnificent thing:
It be huge!
There is no way you can eat this thing like a lady. Ahem. Well at least i tried.
Just outside Drago’s
LCK & Bass Agents
And that probably sums up all the food we ate at Melbourne! I really miss it there. Although food here in Malaysia is good, the food there is just different compared to here.
I just don’t understand how Cai Jin can live there and eat so much without turning into a walrus!
A couple of weeks ago, we went on a little road trip to Penang for the boys’ Summer Tour. The initial plan was to be driven up to the island in a tour bus/van. However due to unforeseen circumstances, we ended up with five adults in a Chevvy.
And of course, i get to call front seat alongside Captain Panda.
With three grown men rubbing shoulders in the backseat and extra baggage in the boot, the car was pretty heavy. But nonetheless, the journey to Penang Island was not too shabby.
I managed to stay awake to keep the panda company. I wouldn’t say it’s a very easy job considering the fact that you only have palm oil trees and lame billboards to look at, but listening some dubstep managed to help.
We managed to arrive at the island in time for a late lunch. Once again, our first stop was McCalister Street, just like what we did last year.
Chow kuey teow / zhu zap chuk / prawn mee
After having some food, we went to check-in at our hotel. After some complications, we finally settled in at the humble Cititel, which was actually a lot better than the dodgy-looking Continental Hotel that the management initially booked for us.
Continental Hotel was very run-down. Our room had no windows at all and it was absolutely pitch black when we came in. The bed made squeaky noises and everything else just had a weird vibe. It looked like a place where hookers come and die.
Cititel on the other hand had a much better vibe. We had no problem settling in after we checked-in and took a nice nap after a hot shower.
Picture courtesy of le panda
Later at night, we were brought to this seafood restaurant somewhere along Gurney Drive. It’s such a shame that i conveniently forgot to bring my camera out because we had quite a good meal.
I can’t believe it was my first time having salted egg and oatmeal crab. We’re always having one or the other, i’m surprised why no one combined both salted egg and Nestum together to make a 2-in-1 in KL. It’s such a genius idea.
Maybe we do have it back in KL but no one ever orders it whenever we have crabs ┐(‘～`；)┌
Let’s skip to the part where we got to the club!
Michelle and Jane (｡･ω･｡)
I say, i find it odd that Penang people don’t really party on Fridays. Or i could be wrong. WWell, nothing beats KL when it comes to partying i suppose.
Fast forward to the next day!
We went to Bangkok Lane to have the legendary mee goreng for lunch before heading back to KL.
It’s funny how the party arrived Penang with five people in the car, but left with only three. Where the other two went shall be a mystery…
Until we meet again, Penang! Thanks for all the nyum nyums :D