Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Eating From Toilet Bowls

On Monday, it rained all day and night. Unable to hang out at the beach or Gurney Drive, we decided to check out Queensbay Mall, the biggest shopping mall in Penang. 

It is located at Bayan Lepas and is as big as MidValley MegaMall. The design is a bit similar, too, with the North Court, Centre Court and South Court. The anchor tenant is none other than the ubiquitious Jusco, while the usual big names that you find in KL make up the rest of the tenants.

But tucked away in a corner on the third floor, is a novel restaurant that you don't find in KL. Its T-Bowl, the "T" representing "Toilet". No, I'm not joking. This is the restaurant where you can poo right where you sit without having to go to the bathroom. 

The seats are real toilet bowls, and the tables are wash basins and bath tubs, albeit covered with a piece of glass. The proprietors even installed shower heads and shower curtains, to give you the ambience of eating inside a bathroom! And....the food is served in toilet bowls!!!

Patrons sitting on the toilet bowls eating from toilet bowls

The toilet bowl with the pink cover has a picture of a pile of poop

I opened two of the seats to check the cleanliness of the toilet. 
Note the shower heads on the wall.

And the food served in toilet bowls......
Hubby ordered baked cheese rice with fish fillet (RM13.90) while I ordered baked cheese rice with curry seafood (RM14.90). And the verdict? Yummy......(slurpppp)

GoodHope Inn, Penang

Good morning, everyone (yawn!). Well, not exactly morning, since it's 11:47am now. But hey, I just woke up an hour ago, so I'm entitled to my morning. My noon begins at 3pm and evening begins at 12am if you're interested (hubby says he has to teach me how to tell time la)....LOLs.

We stayed at GoodHope Inn, a place we've never tried before....I like to try different hotels just as I like trying different food all the time.

GoodHope is located at Jalan Kelawei, next to Evergreen Laurel Hotel. It is a modest 3 storey inn, modified from an apartment. 

What I like about it:
- It's clean and well maintained.
- Central and convenient location to Gurney Drive, Pulau Tikus and town, where all the wonderful food is.
- Reasonable rate, at RM85 nett per night 

What I don't like about it:
- Parking is inconvenient. 
There's limited parking space......only ten cars can park inside the premises. The staff at the reception told us that we could park at the hotel next door, from 9pm to 10am the next morning, for RM2. He said they will reimburse us the parking fee when we check out.

On the surface, the parking deal looks ok. But being on holiday, we discovered that we do not wake up before 10am. We woke up at 10:40am the  next morning, and hubby dashed out to remove his car without combing his hair or changing. 

The next night we wanted to park outside the hotel at the city council parking bays, but were told that it's not safe to do so. Apparently, the chances of having our car's window smashed and broken into are very high. 

On the whole, we felt very inconvenienced. I guess it didn't help that it was raining cats and dogs and we had our shoes soaked wet in two inches of water walking from the car to the hotel.

What We Saw and Bought in Penang

Did any of you know that James Bond has a restaurant and pub in Penang? Well, I saw this pub and restaurant at Jalan Burma, just before the police station at Pulau Tikus. 

No, I didn't buy the restaurant, nor did I eat there. It was just after noon, and we wanted some of the great local food at Pulau Tikus.

But the night before, we had a chance to visit the night bazaar at Batu Feringghi and I bought a pair of cute slippers for wearing inside the home. 

It's only RM8 a pair, though I think the design was in 2006. But, who cares? I like cats, and there aren't any more up-to-date cat designs.


We're back!!

Mr & Mrs Potato are back!! And we just missed being stranded in Penang....heard it reported on telly just now that Penang is immersed in 1 meter high flood waters. I'm not suprised. 

It had been raining day and night on Monday, and by night time, some parts of Penang were already flooded (about 3 inches of water).  In fact, we were rather apprehensive that we might be stranded there and unable to make it home to KL today.

Well, more reports on my trip later.....got to go to bed now. **Yawn!**

Friday, 26 September 2008

Selamat Hari Raya & Away For Two Nights

To my Muslim friends, I'd like to wish you and your family
Selamat Hari Raya Adilfitri 
and to my non-Muslim friends, Happy Holidays!!

My hubby's office is closed one week for the Raya holidays, and their annual leave deducted. No, they don't have a choice. They can't say they want to come in to work and not have their leave deducted. 

What are we going to do to amuse ourselves for one whole week? Eat, sleep and poo? Yes, that too. But besides that? 

Well, hubby wanted to go and soak in the sun along the beach in Penang. Yes, he fancies himself as a baked potato now!

As for me, I'm so looking forward to eating, eating, and eating in Penang. Oh yeah, let's not forget the poo part. Wouldn't want to bloat up and explode like a frog....LOLs...

So, Penang, here we come!!!!! We'll be leaving tomorrow morning (28 Sept), and will be back on Tuesday evening (30 Sept). Try not to miss me too much, friends.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

White Cat Lost In Sungai Buloh

A friend's sister lost her cat at Sungai Buloh. If any of you see this cat below, please contact Abgraldo at http://forums.petfinder.my/showthread.php?p=12183#post12183 . Thank you.

Name of Cat : Bluereen (DLH)
Color : Pure White
Eyes : Odd eyes (Left Blue, Right Green)
Size : Medium


Blackie's Identity Card and Girls' Night Out

My hubby is always telling my cat, Blackie, that he's an illegal immigrant because he doesn't possess an Identity Card. I have been meaning to get him an Identity Card ever since he was born, but due to my nature to procrastinate, I tend to hold off what I can do today to some other day.

But last night, during a girls' night out with another cat friend of mine, June, I was reminded of Blackie's lack of warganegara (citizenship) status. 

Hubby had to attend official buka puasa functions for three nights in a row, and I took the opportunity to meet up with June, whom I've never met but felt close to. She recommended that we ate at Sari Ratu Restaurant in Bukit Bintang area. 

To make sure I do not get lost, June emailed me a map to the restaurant. There, we ate, laughed, talked and basically did what all girls did when they got together. When the shop closed at 10pm, we proceeded to PizzaHut next door and continued yakking.

Twenty minutes before the clock struck twelve, the PizzaHut staff came to tell us they had to close the shop and we were chased away, like homeless strays. That was when I remembered that I had yet to get Blackie his Identity Card. So, tadaaa.......here is Blackie's MyKad...!!!
So, what do you guys think? Is it nice?.......lol.....

Monday, 22 September 2008

Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia, Here I Go Again...My My

Help! I just can't seem to stop singing this song...well, my definition of what singing is. 

My hubby thinks it's more like draging a cow up a tree (translated directly from Cantonese). Anyone ever tried to drag a cow up a tree? Or drag a cow against its will for that matter? 

Well, not that I've ever dragged a cow or come that close to a cow before, but I can imagine the moooooos of protest..........and that's what my hubby likens my singing to.... Hmmphh!!  Thanks, hubby, love you too. 

Anyway, the day that I had been waiting for finally arrived yesterday - the Premiere Screening of Mamma Mia! The Movie by Nuffnang. I made my hubby come home early (early means he gets home at 7:00pm) so that we could have dinner at 1-Utama before the show.

Nuffnang had set up a booth for us to collect our tickets. They had some cool badges, too. Hubby and I took one each.
Above: The ticket   Below: The badge
I was a little disappointed that I didn't see my friend, CazzyCazz there. I kept a lookout, and did see a hip couple making a beeline for the stairs to hall 9, but could not be sure if it was CazzyCazz.

At 9:00pm sharp, the movie began without any trailers or commercials. Yes, they don't believe in wasting the audience's time. 

And now, without further ado, let's get to the point of this post....what I thought of the movie. 

The long and short of it is, I enjoyed every minute of it, though my hubby found the opening act rather nauseous. He's not one for giddy, girly scenes to be stretched to ten full minutes. As for me, I was just waiting impatiently for former James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) to make his appearance.

I haven't seen Pierce Brosnan's movies for ages, and couldn't help drooling when he finally appeared. He has aged quite a bit, but still looked as gorgeous as ever. However, I must say I have a little difficulty with the "Don Juan" role....

I thought he looked really hilarious when he sang those Abba songs while trying to look like he has some tender feelings for Donna, Meryl Streep's character. Instead of looking passionate, tender and whatever else that comes with lovey-dovey feelings, he ended up looking like he was having some chronic constipation.

And....he can't sing. The whole cast can't sing, as a matter of fact. If you are an American Idol avid fan like I am, you could just picture Simon Cowell giving them the thumbs down. Yes, the delectable Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep and others are American Idol rejects....albeit very cute and entertaining rejects.....

Another thing.....it's not very appealing to see women past their prime prancing around with their sagging boobs showing, and generally behaving like teeny-boppers. It would have been a better movie had the producer and director gotten a younger cast, and perhaps filmed it in Copenhagen. After all, Abba is a Swedish group.

But that said, there are two things that I really like about this movie. First, it is obvious that the cast are truly having a great time, enjoying themselves despite the heat on the island (perspiration could be seen trickling down Meryl Streep's neck while dots of sweat formed on Pierce Brosnan's forehead). 

Second, you could sense the chemistry between Donna and her two best friends. They are there for her. It really inpsires you to treasure the friendships you have - I would want my best friend to remain my best friend 20 years on.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Indinine Restaurant at Jaya 33

Last night, our friend TC was up in the clouds again. But unfortunately, due to my insomniac vampiric activities the past few nights, I was too tired to stay up till 4am for another night.

Instead, hubby and I decided to go to Wendy's for a charbroiled burger. He thought there's an outlet at Jaya 33, Section 14 PJ, which is nearer to our home than the outlet we know at Sunway.

However, when we arrived at Jaya 33, we could not find Wendy's. Hubby asked the guards, who told us that Wendy's is at Jaya 1, Section 17. To a sleep-deprived person, the idea of having to be on the road again wasn't too appealing. 

I opted, instead, to try one of the restaurants there. Hubby wanted to eat at Subway (yeah, he has a penchant for junk food), but a tiny, empty Italian restaurant, called Indinine had caught my eye. I liked the deco, and the long sofas looked really comfy. Hubby was a bit reluctant as not only were there no customers, there wasn't a single staff around.

Undeterred, I walked towards the kitchen and hollered, "Is this place open for business?" A voice hollered back, "Yes". Hmmm.....we are such a polite society.

Choosing the two most comfortable sofas, we settled down. A waiter came out, passed the menu to us, and said, "This is a vegetarian restaurant". My carnivorous hubby immediately stood up to leave. Voicing my wish to eat there, I asked him to take a look at the interesting selections on the menu.

Five minutes later, we ordered:-
- two bowls of wild mushroom soup
- a potato salad
- a bruschetta (french bread toasted with a layer of tomato sauce, topped with fresh tomatoes, olives, parsley and goat cheese)
- a linguinie pesto con funghi

The food arrived in quick order. And surprisingly, everything tasted very good. They had that fresh from the farm taste. And the linguinie in pesto sauce had lots of pine nuts in it. Yummy.....even my hubby was pleasantly surprised and full of praises. 

And the damage? At RM42.90, it's a bit more than what we would normally spend for just the two of us, but there are not that many good quality Italian restaurants in this price range. So, my overall opinion is, it is value for money.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Not So Happy...

How am I feeling today? A bit blue, moody, restless and yeah, generally, not too happy. Yes, I know, I've already made my feelings clear on my Happy Meter on the right. 

I bet some of you must be wondering why on earth would I put up a Happy Meter to measure my happy or unhappy state like a temperature reader? Well, that just goes to show how bored and restless I am. 

I don't even understand myself, why I'm feeling so moody....maybe it has to do with my lack of sleep. Insomniac has struck again, and the most number of hours I slept was --- three and a half hours, and that was last night.

I think I've gotta cut back on the caffeine in the day. It's making me like this.....
Even my cat Blackie ran away from me this morning when I emerged from my bedroom looking like this.

Friday, 19 September 2008

What A Boring Life....

Well, that's what my cat thinks, when he looks at me. He thinks my life is boring, not his....lol

This is him lying on top of my desk watching me as my fingers danced away at the keyboard. He can't understand why I'm always at the computer and not lying down and enjoying life like he is....

Cotemplation is hard work, and he is now tired and ready to sleep. A cat sleeps 16 hours of the day, and can't understand why their human slaves do not wish to emulate them.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

I Won The Mamma Mia Premiere Screening Tickets!!

I just checked my email, and guess what?? I received an email from Nuffnang that I had secured two tickets to watch the Premiere Screening of Mamma Mia! The Movie next Monday night (22 Sept) at GSC 1-Utama. 

Oh man, I am so happy, happy, happy!!! **Running around in circles chasing my own shadow now**

Just to give you a brief background, Nuffnang was giving out tickets to the Premiere Screening to 215 Glitterati members who posted on their blog what they look forward to in the movie....hehe, now all of you know why I posted that post titled "Mamma Mia! The Movie".......it was in the hopes of winning the tickets....!!!

Oh wow, oh wow, let me go dance a little victory dance......I'm gonna watch James Bond sing! Yaber-dee-yaber-dee-doo.

Ikea Serves Horrid Meatballs Now

After looking at Cazz's cat balls and reading of Lupie's balls in tupperwares, I had a sudden craving for Ikea's Swedish meatballs. So off I went to Ikea with my hubby in tow. Yes, my hubby works in Selangor and so it's a public holiday for him today.

I think everybody in town must have the same idea, or all the eateries in town are closed today and they have nowhere else to go. The line at Ikea's cafetaria was a mile long, despite it being already 2pm. And for once, surprisingly, my hubby was rather patient and did not grumble at the long wait. Maybe he was in need of some balls, too?  ;)

At long last, just before my legs gave way, we got to sit down and chomp on the balls. Eeek!!! Why does it taste different? I cut up 1 ball into half to take a closer look. Oh man, instead of the regular meatballs that I'm used to, Ikea has now chosen to make Malaysian local meatballs.....balls made primarily of flour (those fish balls like bouncy texture). It's no longer minced beef shaped and formed into balls.

We felt so ripped off. Ikea has not only lowered the standard and quality of their food, they have also raised their price from RM8.90 to RM10. Shame on you, Ikea.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Anwar's Press Conference Live Video Disappeared

The live video that I saw at 2:20pm today has disappeared (the link I posted in the earlier post titled "PKR has enough numbers to form a new government). However, you can read his full statement given to the media at http://www.anwaribrahimclub.com/2008/09/anwar-pakatan-rakyat-ready-to-take-over/.

I wonder what happened to the video? Was it banned? But it wasn't seditious or anything, surely? Oh well, what do I know......I'm just a mixed-up, confused  housewife who can't even tell East from West.

PKR Has Enough Numbers To Form The Government

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has just announced at a press conference that he has the numbers needed to form the new government. When one reporter asked him for the numbers, he said he has more than the numbers required. 

He has asked the current government for a smooth transition of power, that they do not shred any parliamentary documents or evidence as they had done when the government lost the Selangor and Perak seat to Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat on March 8, 2008.

He also asked that the government not to arrest any of his supporters, or the MPs under ISA to prevent them from forming the government. You can watch it in www.anwaribrahimclub.com

Wow, I never thought I'll live to see the day when a new government can be formed by the crossing over  of MPs. This will be a classic case study for political science students. 

Monday, 15 September 2008

English version of Sin Chew Jit Poh

If you are a yellow banana (Chinese but can't read or speak Chinese) like me and have always wanted to know what some of the Chinese media are reporting in their papers, you'll be glad to know that Sin Chew Jit Poh has an English version which is available online. The URL is http://www.mysinchew.com/.

I'm sure the English version has been around for some time, but I only discovered this while reading Tan Hoon Cheng's report on her 18-hour ordeal under ISA in The Star. Star had, with permission from Sin Chew, reprinted the article.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Mashed Potato

Hmm.......all this talk of potatoes, mashed potatoes, fries, curry with potatoes are making me hungry. I think I'll make some mashed potato today. I just bought some nice potatoes from the market in Kepong this morning, by the way.

Lupie, this is specially for you.... :D

Ok, let's gather all the ingredients. As the recipe is my own, and I kept adding and stirring without pre-measuring the ingredients, you'll have to adjust the measurements by adding a bit at a time until you get the flavour you like. I like it really soft and smooth with a buttery flavour so I do use quite a bit of milk and butter.

5 potatoes
Fresh milk (warmed it slightly first)
Butter
A pinch of salt

Method:
1. Bring water to a boil,  with a bit of salt in it to bring it to a higer temperature.
2. Add potatoes and boil for about 20 minutes till soft.
3. Drain the potatoes.
4. Mash the potatoes with butter and fresh milk.
5. Add a pinch of salt to give it a fuller flavour.

If you don't have ready fresh milk, you can substitute with powdered milk. I've done that before.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Reporter Tan Hoon Cheng Released

I just returned home from dinner to hear it announced on telly that the Sin Chew Daily reporter, Tan Hoon Cheng, who was detained under the ISA on Friday was released at fourish this afternoon.

She is now reunited with her family in Bukit Mertajam. Yay!!! I hope she is not too traumatized by the ordeal. I know I would be, were I in her shoes.

A Housewife's Plea: Please release Tan HC

This morning, I woke up to a shock! The Sin Chew Daily reporter, Tan Hoon Cheng, and Teresa Kok were arrested under ISA last night at their homes. What for??

As I mentioned yesterday afternoon, Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested at his home at 1:10pm. That, I could understand, as the government has been eyein
g him for some time now. But Tan and Kok? What have they done wrong? And Tan was in handcuffs like a big time criminal!!

Photo source: The Star at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/13/nation/2022372&sec=nation

Tears filled my eyes when I saw the picture. She is just an ordinary person, not a politician and was only carrying out her duty as a journalist to report on what transpired. What she wrote had to be approved by the editorial board. And if what she wrote wasn't true, why did Najib publicly apologize for what Ahmad Ismail said?

Please do not make her the scapegoat. Please release her.

Friday, 12 September 2008

List of Nicknames.........

Oops, what am I doing, posting the third post of the day? Looks like the verbal diarrhea medication I took last night was not effective. If anything, it's only making matters worse...I'm now having my third verbal diarrhea in the span of six hours!

So, let's look at the list of nicknames my creative hubby has given me over the past eight years we've been together, in no particular order.......

1. Mrs Potato (that came about from the nickname I gave him, which I'll go into details later)
2. Egg (not very complimentary, as it's to refer to my directionless self, always getting lost)
3. Squeeze (hmmm......)
5. Insomniac Vampire (gasp!!)
6. Flower (hopefully he didn't mean the world's largest flower that stinks to high heaven???)
7. Queen of the house (hmm......not sure how I feel about this)
8. Mushroom (yikes!!)
9. Mosquito Repellent (huh??)
10. Verbal Diarrhea (referring to my blog.....definitely not complimentary!!)

And my nicknames for him??

1. Mr Potato (because he loves potatoes)
2. Mr Potato (because he is a couch potato)
3. Mr Potato (yes, again, because he now looks like a potato!!!)

Oops, I'd better run before he throws a brickbat at me!!! Ta-ta everyone, until next time.... ;)

Thursday, 11 September 2008

RPK Arrested Under ISA

Author of Malaysia Today blog, Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested at 1:10pm today in his house under the Internal Security Act section 73(1).

The arrest came at the same time as the order to the Multimedia and Communications Commission (MCMC) to re­instate access to all blocked websites, including the controversial Malaysia Today.

It is reported in the Star's website five minutes ago that the Energy, Water and Com­mu­nications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the order was made because there were other “harsher” laws in the country, under which authorities could take action against the owners of blogs and websites, instead of blocking it.


Read more in The Star.

Movie Review: Meet The Spartans

A parody of the movie 300, this has some of the best scenes from big, epic blockbusters with a few laugh out loud moments.

It's a watchable movie if you like parodies, and are not selective about what you watch. My bone of contention is that the laugh out loud moments are too few in between. But on the whole, it is enjoyable, if you are a retard wannabe like me (hehe, disclaimer included so no brickbats if you hate the movie, please).

Those who displease King Leonidas are thrown into the Pit of Death, including Tom Cruise, The American Idol judges, just to name a few.

The sexy Carmen Elektra as Queen Margo

Hubby Calls My Blog Verbal Diarrhea!

Just now, as I was chatting online with my cousin, my hubby walked in and asked if I'm having verbal diarrhea again. He wanted to use the computer and thought I was blogging again.

First he calls it self-indulgence, now he calls it verbal diarrhea. Hrrumphh!!

So, my dear friends, today's post is simply this: I have taken some diarrhea medication and my verbal diarrhea has stopped. Until the next post, ta-ta. :)

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

How To Make Money From Your Blog

If you're wondering why there are so many extra widgets of late, those are opportunities for you and I to make money out of our blogs.

The PayPerPost works like this:-
i) If you sign up, you could choose from a myriad of companies to write a review of their products. The fee ranges from USD15 onwards. Your blog needs to be at least 30 days old (counting from the first entry) and must have a minimum of 30 posts.

ii) Or, for immediate gratification, if you review my post, both you and I will make USD7.50 each. To review my post, click on the PayPerPost link below. This also signs you up to post product reviews in your blog for a fee ranging from USD15 onwards.

The Sponsored Review is literally that - a company pays you to review their products in your blog.

The Bidvertiser is both a referral program as well as provides you with per-pay-click ads. But unlike AdSense, the advertisers will bid for the space on your blog, and you get to approve or decline the bids. It gives you more control on who advertises on your blog as well as gives you a chance to choose the highest bidders.

So, go ahead and click on the square logos on the right to sign up for those great programs! They pay better than AdSense.

Thanks, Lupie and Ms Kay Poh, for bringing me to my senses that I should explain what those logos are for.



Monday, 8 September 2008

Musical Breasts, Anyone?

A friend emailed the following to me today.

"Apple announced today that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The i-Tit will cost between $499 or $599 depending on cup size. This has been hailed as a major breakthrough because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them."

Thanks for sharing this, Tom Cat. ;)

No Room For Personal Vendetta, Ahmad Ismail...

Last night, I couldn't believe what I was seeing on telly. Ahmad Ismail called for Gerakan to leave the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional. And to add further drama, his supporters took down Dr Koh's poster and tore it to bits and pieces.

Hello.....we know you have a personal vendetta against Dr Koh, Ahmad, but you are a politician, and you should know better than to turn a personal quarrel into a racial discord. If you have made a mistake in one of your speeches, just apologize for it. We won't think any less of you for that. In fact, we might even respect you more. All great leaders are not afraid to apologize. Learn from them.

Or, learn from Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz. Below is an excerpt taken from The Star dated September 9, 2008.

"Earlier, Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said Malaysians should not question each other's racial backgrounds and issues regarding nationality and loyalty."

Such a mature and wise outlook. She is truly the Malaysian equivalent of the Iron Lady (Margaret Thatcher of London). She really deserves all the respect I have for her.

And what is this talking about silat and tai chi, Ahmad? Are you looking for a physical fight? Why don't you just go to the nearest cyber cafe and have a virtual boxing game? Or, if that's too tame for you, why don't you pop over to 1-Utama and race radio-controlled racing cars with Dr Koh? That way, you can crash his car, overturn it or whatever and both of you would still be unharmed. You are just behaving like an unneutered tom cat, looking for fights in every corner.....meowwww!! roarrrrrrr!!

Restoran Fooke Kee

Gee, am I glad the weekend is over and Monday is here. I love Mondays and any weekdays for that matter. I bet none of you can say the same. I bet all of you live for the weekends and hate Mondays...LOL.

Now that I've had a good rest from last weekend's mad rush, I'm ready to yak about yesterday's dinner. One of my hubby's former classmates from MBS who had settled down in Singapore was here for a few days and they decided to hold an impromptu micro MBS boys' gathering. Micro because there were only three of them.

If you're wondering what MBS stands for, it is Mother's Backside Smells. Well, that's what my hubby says, and what do I know.....I'm just a mixed-up, confused housewife who is part cat, part human.

Anyway, TC recommended Restoran Fooke Kee in Queen's Park. According to him, this restaurant used to operate out of a shabby place (I forget where) under the name Chooi Mau, which means Drunken Cat. I was a bit apprehensive at the name, but he assured me that no cats, dead or alive, are on the menu.

Being a long time customer of the restaurant, TC was given free reign to order the dishes. He ordered the signature dish, a prawns and sotong dish that came in a mini wok, a steamed talapia in beans sauce, honey barbecued spare ribs and a vegetable dish.

Hmmm......I do like the signature dish. It was piquant and slightly tangy......yum-yum. The total bill came to RM78, which was reasonable for four of us.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

What A Busy Weekend

These past two days have been extremely hectic for me. First, Chuckie, my car, decided that it wanted to cook me for its lunch yesterday. It baked and microwaved me at the same time! How nasty can Chuckie get?

I had no choice but to take Chuckie to its regular 'vet', the mechanic at Selayang, to find out what was making it unhappy. The mechanic found that the vibration was due to the mountings at the gear box and timing belt which had broken due to wear and tear. And the reason the air con was not cold? Chuckie had consumed all the gas! It cost me a whopping RM280 and the mechanic three hours to replace the mountings, fill up the gas and service Chuckie.

After taking Chuckie home, my hubby and I rushed off to Shogun in 1-Utama for our belated anniversary dinner. Shogun serves only buffet lunch and dinner with its spread leaning towards Japanese food. The price per person from Mondays to Sundays is RM55++ while on public holidays it is RM58++.

My verdict of the food? Nothing to shout about. The baby tuna and salmon are not as fresh as they should be. And the general quality of the food is mediocre at best. They also had a rather strange concoction - gingseng chicken porridge. I tried it, and hated it at the first taste. It was sugary sweet with a strong flavour of ginseng and water chestnut! And it's supposed to be a savoury porridge, eaten with preserved mustard leaves (canned chai sim).

After the dinner, on our way home, we found that the slip road from the LDP to Kepong was closed and we had to detour to some housing estates. Instead of the ten minutes' drive, it became a forty minutes' drive.

And today is just as hectic, too. My hubby needed some documents which he had left behind in his office in Cyberjaya. So after a hurried trip to the market, we drove to Cyberjaya, which is like the other end of the world from Kepong. The only redeeming factor is, I got to eat at Restoran Yap Beng, a shop that sells dry bak kut teh. It's one of its kind and is not available anywhere else in KL. Yum-yum.

And now, we're dashing off to another gathering. Life this weekend is just one mad rush after another. I've only been home for half an hour! I spent my entire weekend mostly on the road instead of relaxing at home. Is it any wonder that my misguided cat thinks this is his home and I am a trespasser? (He stood in the doorway trying to prevent me from entering my own home!)

Cuz, if you are reading this, you know why I haven't emailed you yesterday or today. And if you think this post reads like it wa
s written in a hurry, it was. I wanted to write it all down in this 'cyber journal' before I forgot. :)

Friday, 5 September 2008

Slot Machine Tips

Ever since winning RM600 at the slot machines in Genting, I've been intrigued by how they work. Is there a way to beat the system? With that thought, I decided to do some research on slot machines and see if I could beat the machines at their own game. Yeah, yeah, I am always looking for ways to beat the system.

After an hour's crash course, I am now in a position to advise on how to increase your chances of winning at the slot machines (gasp!).

1. Money management - Don't play with money you can't afford to lose. Set a loss limit before you enter a casino. Discipline yourself and stop playing once you've reached that pre-determined limit.

2. Know the payout table - Read the pay table on the machine first.
Choose a machine that offers the most winnings for the lower and medium symbol combos, because these are the ones you will be hitting most often, which consequently will keep you playing longer. Do not play a slot machine simply it has a high maximum payout because your chances of winning the maximum payout are a lot lower than winning smaller payouts.

3. Hit and run - The longer you stay at any slot machine, the greater the odds against you. The casino’s built-in mathematical advantage takes effect, which is, the longer a gambler plays, the more likely the house will win. So, do not be greedy. Quit when you're ahead.

Now you're ready to have fun! Did you guys seriously think there is a way to beat the slot machines??!! Lol... :-)

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Salmon and Milk Drops Treats

I bought a couple of cat treats, Angel's salmon and Milk Drops, for King Blackie, my master, at the Merdeka Cat Show for RM7 and RM5 respectively. I haven't opened the Milk Drops yet, but Blackie loved the salmon treats and has whalloped all of them.









Up In The Clouds and RM600 Richer

It's been three days since I last posted here. I've been real busy......resting and relaxing....haha, what did you expect??

The past weekend was significant not only for Malaysia but for me and my hubby. While Malaysia celebrated its 51st birthday on 31st August 2008, my hubby celebrated his birthday and our anniversary on 2nd September.

Usually, we would take a 3 days 2 nights trip to the beach where we could sunbathe and watch the sunset, like this......
But this year, a friend took us to Genting. He is a Genting Silver Card member which gives him access into the International Room, where the stakes are higher. Since we've never been inside the International Room where all the 'movers and shakers' are, we accepted his invitation to be his guests.

There, in the International Room, we decided to play the slot machines instead of sitting at the tables where everyone was betting a few thousand ringgit per bet (we are risk averse). We were prepared to lose only RM50 at the slot machines as 'entertainment fee'. Imagine our surprise when we won a total of RM600 for just sitting around and punching buttons.

And our friend walked away RM800 richer, too. He was so delighted he bought us supper that night. Hmmm.....not a bad way to spend our anniversary. Thanks, TC, for taking us there and giving us a great time!

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