Friday, 3 July 2015

Weekend trip to Penang

The month of June has been crazy. So many events, short trip to Langkawi, AGM to attend, and on the last weekend, my parents came to Penang. I'm skipping the blog entry for Langkawi as there's just too many photos to sort. So, here's the story for our time in Penang.

Nibong Tebal - Chang Kee Seafood Restaurant:
I met my parents at Nibong Tebal for lunch on the Friday that they drove up from KL. This restaurant is very popular and usually you won't be able to get a seat if you arrive after 12.30pm. Luckily, after my GPS sent me to some deserted kampung, made a few u-turns, I managed to arrive at 12pm.

Must try Curry Crab. Its finger licking good. Usually the crabs in Semenanjung isn't as sweet and tasty as the ones in Sabah. However, the cooking style made up for that aspect. Imagine if the cook had fresh crabs from Sabah combined with the delicious curry sauce.....yummy!

 Fish ball soup. Something light to balance the flavourful curry crab.

We then drove to Penang island and went to visit our relatives. Soon, it was time for dinner. Two hourly eating is the norm when we go to Penang.

Wu Jia Zhuang Claypot Prawn Noodle, Jalan Siam
It an air-conditioned restaurant. Suitable for us in this hot weather. There's limited parking so make sure to go at off peak hours. 

 Hokkien Mee aka prawn noodles. Somehow all prawn noodles taste the same to me in Penang. The only unique thing about it is the claypot keeps it hot till the last mouth.

We ordered Lor Bak but it wasn't that special.

My aunt recommended the famous Char Kuey Teow at the end of Jalan Siam, so we decided to take away one portion as we were still full from dinner.

Char Kuey Teow, Jalan Siam 

 This uncle has been frying Kuey Teow for 3 decades. His son is the one in the green T-shirt. Heard that the son tried to take over the business when his dad plan to retire but the business became bad as the taste changed. In the end, the old man had to come out of retirement and the son because sous chef. Place your order with the son as he's in-charge of remember them. We had to wait for half an hour for our takeaway. A frequent customer said that's the average waiting time and it can go up to an hour. Watching him fry the kuey teow, he uses charcoal instead of gas and he fried portion by portion. That explains why it's so delicious.

It is very fragrant with prawns, cockles, egg, lap cheong, spring onion and bean sprout mixed into it. Really worth the wait.

Chowrasta Market
My mum's favourite place to go in the morning when she's in Penang when the shopping malls are still closed. There's a lot of places for nice breakfast too.

 Kuey Teow Teng. The soup looks clear but is very flavourful, the noodles springy and cooked just nice. One thing I noticed is that the prices of food has gone up. It's now minimum of RM4 per portion. Gone were the good old days where you can get a bowl of soup noodles for RM2.80.

 Chee Cheong Fun - the dish in Penang is prepared differently as compared to KL. The major difference is the sauce where it is made from prawn paste whereas in KL, the sauce is made from beans. I like both version. My dad said the Penang version is an acquired taste for some people so I have acquired taste. Hahahhaa.

Walking around, I noticed that I was at the ideal height.

After breakfast, my mum said she wanted to find the famous Penang street art as none of us went there before. Following a map taken from the hotel, we went hunting for street art.

Street Art, Lebuh Armenian
We parked our car at the start of Lebuh Armenian. It felt like I've stepped into the 1970s. The shop houses there were so old and small. 

 My mum found her first street art - the boy on chair.


The famous kids on bicycle mural 

 The two tourist. Hahahaha. There were many souvenir shops around the area too.

Balik Pulau
It is durian season and Balik Pulau is the place to go for good durian. However, it's not recommended to stop at the stalls along the way as the durians are not as nice and it's the same price as in Balik Pulau town.

My dad surveying the durians 

King of fruits 

This stall had a special device to open durians. Should get it patented 

Red Prawns Durian - I don't know how it got the name but I'm guessing it's because of the red tinge. When choosing durian, go for those which are round in shape so that there's more fruit inside. Durian in the photo is one you should avoid. 

When you go to Balik Pulau, you should eat the Laksa there. There's two types of Laksa, the orginal Penang Laksa and Siam Laksa. I prefer the original one. The Siam one has coconut milk in it so it's more creamy.

That's the end of my Penang entry. Hopefully I'll have time and motivation to start on the next post. It's going to be a long entry.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

PL&C Chinese Wedding

It would be my second time becoming Ji Mui for a close friend's wedding. After all that preparation, luckily the games went well and everyone had fun. Most importantly, all the girls look beautiful.

 The fans turned out to be very useful as props and to cool us in the hot weather.

 The happy parents

 The beautiful bride

 Ji Muis and the bride

 Important question of the day - what colour is the heart? Pink. Agree? One of the games was to make the heart redder. The catch is, we are colour blind that we can only recognise the red of bank notes. Hahahaha.

 Which really caught the groom by surprise as he only prepared blue and green notes. Somehow he succeeded to make the heart redder and that's the end product.

Finally, the bride and groom are together!

All the Heng Dai, Ji Mui and the couple. Good work guys.

Chinese Dinner at Starview Restaurant
 Photo with a Disney princess. I love the dress!

 The other Ji Muis with the bride and groom

 Group photo

The food was delicious but the place was a bit crowded. PL had some difficulties getting around in her princess dress and there was a part where she even lost both shoes. Hahahaha. The prince can't find Cinderella if you lose both.

More to come....

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Exciting Friday

Lunch talk at Isshin Japanese Restaurant Juru Autocity

I was lucky enough to be invited by Nestle for a lunch talk on Childhood Obesity just yesterday. Not only was the talk educational, it really highlighted the dire need to tackle the obesity problem in Malaysia. We've been recently crowned champion of obesity in South East Asia. No more carbonated drinks. No more fast foods for all of us.

 I really liked the food at Isshin restaurant. Not only was the portion worth the money, the sashimi was fresh too. Would come back next time.

EPL's Hen Night

 Initially the plan was that I go over early to help EPL cook. I did go over early, but ended up not doing anything as Chef C took over the food preparation and also stepped in as the professional food photographer. We chased him away after he's done his job. Hahahahaha.

Cute mini cupcakes from The House of Mini

 The Ji Muis and the bride to be! What we did after will forever remain a secret. The only thing I can reveal is that there was a lot of brainstorming and even a Eureka moment for me. Hahaha.

 EPL brought D and I for breakfast after the sleepover. Penang Hokkien Mee is still the nicest.

The pork ribs was also delicious. I hope I can fit into the dress tomorrow.

The big day awaits. Need to conserve energy first.

APC and Kami Nak Sihat dan Ceria Program

I realised that my past entries about work was mainly about bad experiences and difficulties. This entry will be a good change as it is about how proud I am working at my small clinic.

Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang 2014

I didn't expect that I was nominated by my specialist and managed to get it for the year of 2014 as I'm not one of the more senior doctors. However, it was a very big motivating factor as my work and effort have been recognised. My dentist colleague next door also got it this time around. See that batik baju kurung? It was a last minute, day before the ceremony, purchase from one of the shops at Tesco, Kulim. The shop is called Arsley - Batik Asli Malaysia. Really saved me the trouble of worrying that I wouldn't blend in. Material was cotton and the price was reasonable. This will be my uniform for any official events from now on. Hahaha.

Kami Nak Sihat & Ceria at Klinik Desa Jubai

Who would have thought that a health program planned just one week before the event would turn out to be this successful! I am so proud of my team. While I was worrying about my stupid stage fright, needing to give speeches etc, my organising team was working this hard in the background. The aerobic session at the beginning was one of the most fun sessions that I've attended

 My clinic staffs and committee members from Kospen, Panel Penasihat, the local library, volunteers, and many others. I even joined in the 10,000 steps walkathon, which explains the hat, towel and the tired look.

 The interesting part - Kerabu cooking and towel arrangement competitions. I love cooking competitions as I get to taste the food after. Hahahaha. Guess who won the towel arrangement competition. The only male participant cause his creation was one of the kind. Thanks to all who participated.

 Colouring competition for the kids - Van Gough in the making. Thanks to the local library committee who sponsored the prizes.

Chocolate collecting competition. Kudos to the kids who managed to get chocolates.

That's the end to a wonderful and interesting day. I'm actually looking forward to planning the next event.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Short Getaway to Singapore

This short trip was the badly needed break. Work had been stressful since February and I felt like I was about to break down. Note to self - need to take breaks once in a while.

When I told LC the good news that my leave was approved, the first thing that she asked was, what do I want to do in Singapore and my standard answer is anything also can. So, I left it in her good hands to plan the whole trip. Somehow it ended up as non-stop eating from the moment I touched down till the day I left. Hahaha.

Food picture overload. You've been warned.

I took Malindo airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore on Labour Day. There was bad weather in Singapore and my flight was delayed about 20 minutes as the plane circled around Singapore trying to land. With all the accidents happening to planes, I was just glad to reach my destination in one piece.

It was funny how LC couldn't really recognise me as I waved at her after passing customs. Has it been that long? We couldn't stay to catch up that long at the airport as we had to rush to the Japanese buffet booked for 6.30pm at Ikoi Japanese Restaurant.

Ikoi Japanese Restaurant, Hotel Miramar

The place was packed. Luckily LC made a booking earlier or else we wouldn't have the opportunity to dine here. I don't think the hotel guests even have the chance to have their dinner here. Off we go to order.

California and Salmon skin Temaki (handrolls) with a pot of complimentary fish soup. The ingredients were really fresh and tastes delicious.

Itadakimasu! Place was a bit cram but somehow the waiters and waitresses were experts in arranging and clearing out plates.

From ebi tempura, breadcrumb ebi, grilled salmon, chawan mushi, tomato bacon maki, tonkatsu, salmon and tuna sushi, to 2 big plates of sashimi. I really love the sashimi especially the salmon and octopus sashimi. Price for the buffet is just below SGD 50 after including taxes and charges. Highly recommended.

Day 2
I spend most of the morning hibernating as I didn't have the chance to hibernate properly previously. Poor LC had to go to work while I caught up with my beauty sleep. Hahaha. This is the life, starting my day waking up just in time for lunch.

This day was all about shopping and eating. We made our way to Jurong East Station where there are three malls for us to shop.

Dian Xiao Er, Jurong East
Anyone who walks into this restaurant much try their duck. It was well seasoned with herbs and the sauce was delicious. I could just eat the sauce with rice and be satisfied.

Stir fry mushrooms. Just realised that adding ginger to the mushrooms can make it taste much better. Part of dining out is to learn how to improve my own cooking.

Steamed fish - I really love this dish. The fish meat was not overcooked and there was a dash of Chinese wine with small pieces of pork and bamboo shoot. If only I can replicate this at home.

Guai Ling Gou - bitter herbal jelly eating with honey. Known to be good for the skin.

After refueling, it was time for intensive shopping. I won't disclose how much money was spent during this shopping therapy.

Sailormoon soft toy! I want!

Dinner at Miam Miam

Miam Miam has branches in Gurney Paragon, Penang and One Utama too. I just had to find LC all the way in Singapore to visit this restaurant. Sometimes it's the company.

Two shopaholics

Miam Miam's chef recommendation. Highly recommended.

Look at the size of the plate! Luckily we ordered to share. Highlight of the place is the desserts. Remember to save some space for that.

Can't wait to dig in

I have never expected french toast to be that good. Best french toast that I have ever tasted. Must order!

Pancake - again, managed to impress me.

Poured the syrup and divided to share.

JEM shopping mall, one of the malls we did our shopping at.

Day 3
I have a really funny story to tell. It is so funny that I will remember this for life.

Lunch at Peperoni

Queuing up

LC is in love the pizza here. She was telling me that the salmone flavour was the best and she couldn't eat enough of the pizza as it was that good. She confidently ordered the largest size which was 21" and even told me that she's ordered the same size the last time she was here. I actually suspected something was amiss when the waitress moved us to a larger table after we placed that order as she said the small table will not be enough to fit the pizza. Hmmmm

5 ways to eat pizza. I can tell you now that I actually had to use all 5 ways this time.

The culprit! I'll let her enjoy her drink first.

When the pizza arrived, you have no idea how big was the shock and how big my eyes were. It was as big as the small table. No wonder we had to change table. We ordered half Salmone and another half Prosciutto Crudo di Parma (Parma ham with rocket salad).

As you can see, the pizza was that delicious that we managed to finish the whole thing. I was glad that the crust was very crunchy and thin. Or else I would have raised my white flag a long time ago. This story will be passed from one generation to the next. Moral of the story, never let the pizza enthusiast order the largest pizza.

Time for some serious exercise as LC told me she booked a buffet for dinner. I know, we're crazy.

Alive Museum
Lots of photo shooting sessions and posing! The photos did come out nicely but you have no idea how physically challenging to get some of the effects. Very good arrangement for us to burn as much calories before dinner.

I totally feel like this after that pizza.

Save me Charlie Chaplin!

Trying Michael's anti-gravity lean but not very successful.

Off to save the world with the penguins

Attacked by zombies

Tadah! Ran away to join the circus

Luckily this boat didn't sink with the weight of two of us.

2 pieces of me

Naughty jumbo


Stencil elephant

Many many more fun photos

Dedicated to my dentist friends. The traditional way of teeth pulling.

Enjoying the view of the fountain of wealth for almost 2 hours after our workout at Alive Museum. Hopefully I've absorbed enough essence from this fountain to be wealthy.

International Buffet at Amara International Hotel

It was my first time trying so many different types of shell fish. There were spider crab, Atlantic crab, oysters, prawns, lobsters. Ended my meal with macaroon and cheese cake.

That's the end of my trip to Singapore. Thanks LC for entertaining me and leaving unforgettable memories. Now to start my exercise and diet. Note to self - not to check cholesterol levels for at least 6 months.