Monday, June 30, 2008

Classes, Makan, Made of Honour


Friday night's BC class at Taipan was good again. Aeromic was working swell. :) After that, headed to Kim Gary for the usual Friday night supper with the gang.

Kicked off Saturday real early by sending SY to the airport. I drove, she slept. She went to East Malaysia for a day trip meeting while I headed straight to TF Jaya 33 for my 8 a.m. RPM class. A WHOPPING 4 members turned up but it was fun nonetheless. Haha. A newcomer, Eric sat right in front and after class, we chatted a bit. managed to convince him to try out my BC class the next day. After RPM, I met up with an ex uni mate, Kevin for breakkie at MJ's Cafe. It's good to catch up again with ol' friends.

After a hearty meal, I decided to attend Delon's BC class. Crowd was great really. By the end of the class, I was literally slushed. Pooped out. Had a quick shower before heading home for lunch with the family. Took them to Daiki Cafe @ SS15 and they liked the place. Pricing was reasonable as well, so all were happy. Rushed to TF Hartamas for my 4 p.m. BC class. Initially only 1 member showed up but as the minutes ticked, more and more came in. I had a total of 8 members that day. :)

After class, I rushed to KLIA once more to pick SY up. Very tired but also very glad to see her. We went to Bumbu Bali @ Puchong for dinner and by the time I was done, I've gulped down a bottle of 100 PLus, a bottle of Lipton Red Tea, cucumber passion mojito and a glass of chilled barley lime. Feeling so dehydrated at that time. Three classes in a day is a killer. Used to be able to hold down four before my surgery but alas ... sigh.

Spent the night relaxing and chasing chinese drama series with SY. Sometimes, that's the best way to spend a Saturday night ... just lounging around, doing nothing much with your loved ones.

Sunday morning was alright. A quick breakkie at McD's and then off to Jaya 33 for class. Teaching the new BC release there for the first time. Glad to see Eric there as well. Despite me doing this release numerous times before, it's still damn blardy tiring I tell ya. By track 6, I was panting heavily already. Hoo haa hoo haa. Nevertheless, I personally enjoy the teaching experience and seeing the members pushing hard, the intensity was simply contagious. :D

Lunch at Pavilion's Food Republic (food court). Had Fried Kuay Teow, Fried Seafood Noodle and O Chien (oyster fried with flour and egg batter), strawberry soda, iced peach tea and Pepsi Light. Of course all these were not walloped by me alone la. SY helped out as well. :)

Finally managed to watch Made of Honour starring McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey. It's a romantic chick flick. Nothing more, nothing less. The part I enjoyed most about the movie was the splendid panaromic scenes of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. I've been there years ago and seeing it now simply brought back loads of memories. The Isle of Skye ... a magnificent piece of heaven on earth. You wanna know more bout the movie ... www.madeofhonor-movie.com

Snacked at Starbucks soon after before SY did a tiny bit of shopping. Drove to Jalan 223 @ PJ to bungkus some nasi lemak and otak-otak for dinner. We ate it at home while watching more Chinese drama series lo. SY rented the entire series of TVB's Forensic Heroes II. We're up to episode 8 now and it has been a good watch so far. :)

Was suppose to meet up with my colleagues to catch the EURO 2008 Final but Mr.Sandman came knocking hard. So, I opted for a ticket to Lala Land instead.

The Germans lost by the way. KNN!!!

I apologize for the sloppy writing in this entry ... too much work to do, too little time and something's big coming up ... the mind is pretty much occupied by that.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Bangkok Kitchen @ USJ 9






Dunno what to blog about, so I'll just tell you what I had for dinner two nights ago. SY and I initially wanted to dine somewhere in USJ 10 Taipan but because the traffic heading into that area was nothing short of horrendous at all entry points, we decided to have a simple dinner in USJ 9 instead. We wanted Kiwi Express but on the way there, we passed by Bangkok Kitchen. A Thai restaurant which we've both not tried before. Ermmm ... just so you know, we're both really huge fans of Thai culinary and gastronomic offerings. *wink*

I was sold by their claim that their chef hailed direct from Bangkok. We browsed through their menu and I must say that it was poorly presented. Pictures were blurry and the descriptions weren't very helpful to say the least. A handful of scribblings here and there made the entire menu sloppish and uninviting.

The waitress soon came over to take our order and I noticed that she and the rest of the staff were Muslims. My conclusion is that they originate from the southern regions of Thailand where it's mostly populated by the Thai Muslims. Even the chef (who seemed to have a smile perpetually plastered on his face) looked Muslim.

Anyways, we ordered two set menus for 1. Included are a choice of mixed veg./kailan/kang kung, tom yam seafood / green curry chicken, tim tham grob (water chestnut with coconut milk dessert) and reg / green syrup. All for RM11.

We both went for the kang kung since the kailan was unavailable and we weren't too keen on the mixed vegs. A portion of tom yam and green curry each, desserts and iced red syrups. We added an order of deep fried beef with kunyit. Really yummy this one.

The kang kung was stir fried with oyster sauce and added with slices of tomato and carrot. Taste wise, I'll give it a 4/10. Tom yam ... according to SY tasted weird ... unlike the usual sour and spicy ones we're used to. I reckon that they used a very thick tom yam paste to conjure up this dish and didn't feel very authentic to the taste buds ... 3/10. Like previously mentioned, the beef ... thin slices of tenderloin marinated heavily with kunyit and curry powder and then deep fried. I've always liked meat cooked this way ... so a biased 7/10. Desserts were complimentary ... so won't comment to much about it. SY mentioned that it tasted like lipstick. I wouldn't know now would I. I thought it was rather ok though. :P Finally, the syrup is akin to the cordial ones you can cheaply purchase from hypermarkets.

Service was ok. We didn't have to wait too long despite there being 3 other waiting tables and that there was only one smiling chef available. Total damage ... RM34. Ok lor I reckon.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Call & The SMS

Last night, I was feeling terribly restless. Every li'll thing agitated the hell outta me. Spent the night on the phone and then attempted to learn the choreos for the new releases. Futile effort ... nothing went in the head. The grey matters just wasn't in its right state to absorb anything. At about 1:40am, I decided to shower and jump the sack.

Sent out two smses ... no replies.

Was drifting in and out of slumber ... the body's exhausted but the troubled mind refused to ease.

Sometime after 2:30am, the mobile rang. Leaned over and saw that the number which appeared was completely foreign to me. Pressed the 'Answer' button and the line on the other end went dead. 30 seconds later, an sms came in. It was from the same number and the content merely read 'Hye'.

For some reason, I began to worry about her. Decided that it's best to give her a ring. After several buzzes, she answered. Asked her if everything was alright on her side. She groggily replied 'Yes'.

Am not certain exactly what time I slept again but when I peeled my eyes open to the peeping morning rays through the curtains, I realised I'll be late for work. Breakfast was not an option. KNN.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Jason & Selina's Wedding, Oriental Pavilion, Three Kingdoms & Night Market






Disclaimer : The following entry is categorised as non-halal.

KNNCB ... it's Monday again. Sighhh ... I'm feelin' the blues man. Anyways, how was your weekend? A good one I hope.

Friday night's BC at TF, Taipan was a drag since the studio's aeromic wasn't functioning so well. Had to scream my lungs out to reach the members. The lady who stood right at the very end of the studio didn't help make my work any easier. KNN. :p After class, headed to the newly opened Station 1 Cafe with SY and Vera. Nice ambience with a rather good 3 piece live band (became a 2 piece band soon after cause the drummer left midway). A good blend of Chinese and English pop and oldie tracks were played. Haha ... looks like I'll be frequenting the place rather regularly if it doesn't close down. Why do I say that? Well, that particular location is notoriously known for it's vile feng shui. Anyone doing business there would survive 6 months at most. But judging from the crowd that night ... Station 1 could be the one to break that curse.

Kicked off early Saturday with RPM. Only two members were present for that obscenely early class. Two very eccentric members though ... you wanna know more bout these members ... ask me personally and I'll tell you. Cannot blog bout it ... later my telinga kena pulas again. Kua kua kua. Joined Delon's Combat class but was dragged on stage. The crowd was great, the intensity was definitely there ... overall it was a superbly fun class. Delon did a Muay Thai track I've never done before ... crazy I tell ya. Really tiring and immediately after that track,I quote Nicholas ... with panted breath, he said "F**king Hell!!!". Also managed to squeeze in two Body Attack tracks before I had to rush off to pick SY up. Hadn't had such a crazy workout since after my surgery.

Come evening, SY and I picked up Audrey and we went for Jason & Selina's wedding dinner at The Imperial Palace @ Puchong. Food was rather good and Desmond most definitely made his worth by polishing most of the gastronomic servings. Note the photo of the kepala babi on top ... cute ya. OINK!!! Many congrats to the happy couple and may their future be blessed with abundant happiness and harmony.

Sunday breakkie was McDs Sausage McMuffin set. The salty sausage burger layered with a sunny side up coupled with piping hot crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside hash brown and washed down with some sweet iced Milo ... one word ... DIVINE!!! It's especially delish if you're sharing it with someone special no? Don't believe me ... go try it for yourself. :p

Headed to my favourite BC class at TF, Jaya and there was a good crowd that morning. No less than 30 warriors on the floor and a cameo by everyone's favourite instructor Jack made it that much more fun. Sorry Jack to drag you up on stage with you in your teeny weeny shorts but I just couldn't resist. You looked adorable when you keep trying to re-adjust your pants. I bet some of the peeps on the floor caught an eyeful of our Jack Jack huh. :D Ladies ... you can thank me later. Ahaks.

Ermmm ... for 'convenience sake', SY and I went over to Oriental Pavilion for a light dim sum lunch. Food was good but unfortunately, the same cannot be mentioned for their service. Very slow response and the fact that they seated us right at the end corner of the restaurant sorta put a damper on the mood already. Bleh! Very noticeable however was the fact that service improved temendously only AFTER WE PAID THE BILL!!! Hmmm ... I wonder if they were trying to get us to vacate our table ASAP since it was able to accomodate at least 6 pax.

Went house hunting for a bit and realised that the property market is nothing short of CRAZY this time around. Could you imagine paying no less than RM550K for a tiny 1600 sq. feet condo in the Subang area. Furthermore, maintenance fees every month will come slightly above RM400 every freakin' month. The developer launched it last week and between then and now, almost 70% or the units have been snapped up. Where do these people get their moolah???!!! TELL ME!!! Am I the only poor soul alive? Putra Heights ... link houses ... RM400K and above ... ALL SOLD OUT. The ones left are the crappy ones and those aren't cheap either. I have to say this again ... KNNCB!!!

With all the penned up frustration, we went to the Subang night market and indulged. What we had??? Are you ready??? Here goes ... apam balik, some peanut kuih, curry fishballs, nasi lemak (tambah nasi) with fried chicken (2 pieces), fried carrot cake (large portion), sweet dessert and durian. Fooyoh ... kids, don't try this at home. Seriously ... stomach cannot tahan.

Oh, I watched Three Kingdoms on DVD last night. Awesome ... real awesome. Starring Andy Lau, Sammo Hung, Andy On and the ever sexy Maggie Q, it tells the story of the General ZiLong and how he served his Emperor Liu Bei to expand their empire. Also in the story were the famous General Guan Yu and General Zhang Fei. Battle scenes were bloody and violent. Very graphic and the kung fu cinematography was excellent. Do yourself a favour and go watch it if you're into Chinese history, honourship and gory fight scenes. This blogger feels really proud to be Cina after this movie and gives it a rating of 8.5 / 10. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

NA!!!


My colleagues and I went for a simple lunch today. We opted for economy rice since well ... it's economical. So we drove to our regular restaurant and waited in queue for the rice stall owner to serve us. My turn came soon enough and I opted for the regular 3 dishes. Minced pork, green veg and some fried eggs. The cheap stuff as usual, so I readied myself with RM4. It's standard, 3 dishes wouldn't cost me more than RM3.60 but this time around ... my lunch came UP to RM4.20!!! Bloody hell ... price increased by so much. KNNCB!!! Food portion also less already ... like that don't call it economy rice ... better call it economy RISE!!!

How la liddat? The inflation tsunami is hitting us soon? Are we ready to take it straight on?

If you've been hard hit by the recent chain reaction from the fuel price hike ... please share your story here k.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lessons my mom taught me.


Got this from an email sometime ago ...

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
'If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.'

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
'You better pray that will come out of the carpet.'

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL .
'If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!'

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
'Because I said so, that's why.'

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
'If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me.'

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
'Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident.'

7. My mother taught me IRONY
'Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about.'

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
'Shut your mouth and eat your supper..'

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
'Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!'

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
'You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone.'

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
'This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.'

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
'If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!'

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
'I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.'

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
'Stop acting like your father!'

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
'There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do.'

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
'Just wait until we get home.'

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
'You are going to get it when you get home!'

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
'If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way..'

19. My mother taught me ESP.
'Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?'

20.My mother taught me HUMOUR.
'When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me.'

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .
'If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up.'

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
'You're just like your father.'

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
'Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?'

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
'When you get to be my age, you'll understand.'

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE
'One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.

Monday, June 16, 2008

RPM, Father's Day dinners and Kung Fu Panda






Father's Day ... a day to remind oneself that without Dad, there will be NO YOU!!! A day to remind oneself to appreciate all Dad has done to bring you up, all the sacrifices suffered to make you into who you are today. My Dad is one such hero. Through the years, Dad did all he could to provide the very best for Mom, my brothers and myself. Sure everyone has his/her flaws ... but the good in Dad overlaps his insignificant faults by miles.

So to commemerate such a momentous day, on Saturday, we booked a table for six (Dad, Mom, brothers, SY and I) at San Francisco Steakhouse's latest branch located at Jaya Square, SS17, Subang Jaya. We started the meal with appetizers in the form of seafood chowder, onion soup and potato skins. Entree's were various steaks and supreme chicken. Overall, I would rate the food quality as poor. Yes, I've dined in San Fran Steakhouses located in The Summit and Damansara. Both other branches' proved to be far more superior in terms of food and service. I don't foresee myself returning to the one in Jaya Square anytime soon. The family and SY went for after dinner coffee in Starbucks @ Taipan, USJ and we simply chatted the night away. It's been a while since my entire family actually sat down to have a meal together ... a fault mostly due to my part (work and classes) and I must say, I enjoyed it irregardless of the lousy dining experience. :)

Oh and on Saturday, I taught my first RPM class at Jaya33. For those not in the know, RPM (Raw Power Motion) is essentially a cycling class developed by the good people at Les Mills. With enough intensity, one could easily burn off 900 kcal. A total of four members turned up for this 8:00am slot and suprisingly I had a jolly good time teaching it. Hopefully, this will be a good start to my RPM teaching experience. Wish me luck peeps. :)

Next up, SY and I wanted to catch P. Ramlee The Musical on its last day at Istana Budaya but alas, tickets were all sold out. So a dissapointed SY and I headed to 1 Utama to catch Kung Fu Panda instead. This hilarious animation features the voice of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie (woo hoo!!!), Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and many others. A good watch that had me in stitches for most parts. Planning to get the DVD to watch it again.

On Sunday, after class at Jaya33, SY and I headed for a simple lunch and then to Carrefour for grocery shopping. Why you ask? Well, SY wanted to cook dinner for her family and at the same time using this oppurtunity to celebrate Father's Day for her Dad. It made her grandma very happy too as the ol' lady wasn't feeling too well lately. Having her favourite granddaughter cook her a big meal put a big smile on her face indeed. Of course we had help from SY's bros and her maid who was most efficient in helping with the washing. Hehe. On the menu were sweet and sour pork, minced pork with capsicum and watercress nut, ginger chicken stir fried with bamboo shoots, 'fu yong' omelette, stir fried greens with garlic & shallots and we also bought a herbal & salted chicken (just in case the cooking turn out to be a disaster). Hahaha. But it was good ... the food was delish and am I not a lucky sod. :p Everyone enjoyed that scrumptious meal and the reserve red spanish wine at the end provided the perfect finish.

I guess both our Dads were sufficiently happy by the end of the day and we had to remind ourselves that treating our parents especially well shouldn't just be on this particular day ... it should be done and carried out every other day no?

Oh and I'm gonna do a Combat replacement class at Celebrity Fitness in Bangsar. Shall be doing the new release ... nervous yet excited as hell. :D

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I AM AN ENGINEER!!!

UPDATE!!! Aiyo you people ar ... the comments you left got me into a whole load of trouble le. Wanna sabo me izzit???!!! :P So I Adrian Lim hereby declare that I'm NOT looking for another gf ya. Me is happy and very the contended where I am right now. :PPP This entry serve only to highlight the attributes of the many single and available but shy engineers all over the world out there. My engineer comrades ... you guys can thank me later.

Am sure most of you have read this somewhere before ... but nevertheless, here's a gentle reminder ...

An Engineer For a Boyfriend

Advantage 1: Secured lifestyle
An engineer boyfriend can provide you with a secure lifestyle. At 27 years old, an engineer probably has a respectable, stable job that gives him a high income to own a car, invest, have a comfortable life, and get married and buy a house too.
Law graduates are still working as a lowly apprentice in law firm, most management graduates have just failed on their first business plan, the arts graduate is still looking for a job, and the medical school graduate is still living in a hospital.

Advantage 2: Unmatchable industriousness
An engineer boyfriend will dedicate an unimaginable amount of his time and effort to understand you. Engineers strain really really hard to understand their work. You can believe that they will try really really hard to understand women too, just like how they understand their work, once they believe that you are the one. So even if they don't understand you initially, they will keep on trying. Even if they still do not understand, they will figure out the correct method to keep you happy ( e.g. buy diamond ring = 1 week's worth of happiness.) And once they find out the secret formula, they will just keep on repeating it so that the desired results appear.
Unlike the Lawyer who will argue with you, the Management graduate who will try to control your spending, the Arts graduate who will 'change major', and the medical school graduate who will operate on you. And you know what, it's really so easy to make engineers believe that you are the 'one'. Say that you like one of their projects and they will be hooked to you forever.

Advantage 3:
An engineer boyfriend will never betray your trust. Let me first tell you what is wrong with the rest of the others -
the lawyers will lie about everything, management graduates will cheat your money, the arts graduate will flirt, and you probably just look like another cadaver to the medical school graduate.
Your engineer boyfriend is either too busy to have an affair, and even if he does, he is too dumb to lie to you about that.

Hence, an engineer is the most secure boyfriend that you will ever find - rich enough, will keep on trying to
understand and please you, has no time for affairs, and too dumb to lie to you.

So girls, why procrastinate?
Go get yourself an engineer as your boyfriend!!! Hehehe.

Just Dessert @ The Curve, Mutiara Damansara





Not so many moons ago, SY and I were at The Curve. After a movie, we prowled The Streets (open flea market area where most of the restaurants are located) for dinner. Hi and lo, we seated our starving selves at a cosy corner in Just Desserts. In their menu, one will find an array of chinese-styled cooking offerings. From Hong Kong snacks such as curry fish balls (thumbs up!!!) and flaky egg tarts (thumbs up!!!) to main staples like steamed 'bucket' rice and soupy noodles to desserts like creamy peanut paste and snowy sago lo. Hmmm ... so it seems Just Dessert does not only serve just desserts. :)

Service is prompt and I for one am constantly reminded that this restaurant's decor' and ambience mirrors very much that of the many cafes I saw in Taiwan.

Do give this place a try especially if you're having the munchies. Desserts and their snacks are highly recommended from this flogger wannabe. :p

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Starbucks @ Ngau Che Sui, Ara Damansara


Here you go Su Yee. :)

I apologize for this lousy photo peeps. It was taken in a hurry. Will snap better ones on my next trip there. Notice how there are seatings on the roof. Cool huh. :D

Life today


RM2.70 per liter ... I'm sure most if not all of you have felt the drastic impact from the fuel price hike. Was also informed that hypermarkets will be increasing their products' cost very very soon. Many people were seen stocking up on essentials over the past weekend. Sighhh ... what's this country coming too now?

A member came to my class late last week and later confessed that although she knew she was going to be late, she refused to speed up to save up on fuel.

Well, all is not lost though ... nestled amongst the busy commercial lots in SS15 Subang Jaya, there's a vegetarian restaurant and it's almost always packed with customers. What's so special bout this place??? Ok ... here's the secret ... for a serving of rice with any three vegetarian dishes (like in the photo above) ... it'll cost you ONLY RM2.00. Yes you read right ... RM2.00. Where else in KL can you still find food at this crazy low price???!!! Heck, free flow of H2O or chinese tea are provided as well at NO EXTRA CHARGE. All you have to do is to clear your own plates and utensils after your meal. Not too much to ask if you ask me no? I've seen people donating vegs for the chefs to cook and serve the customers, so I guess the owner is also relying on the contributions of charitable people. Now these are the real heroes in today's society. We need more of such people really.

Monday, June 9, 2008

How I Learned To Drive, Dumpling Festival






Another weekend came and went. So how did you spend yours? Did the fuel price hike put a damper to it? One thing I managed to observe was that there were significantly less vehicles on the road. I’m serious peeps and yours truly was not the only one to notice this particular phenomena. Colleagues and friends said the bloody same thing. I guess the bitter reality that IT IS freakin’ expensive to live in this country now has finally sunk into the minds of the people. Hmmm … no more pedal to the metal for me. Bleh.

It’s been quite a while since I went to Delicious CafĂ©. So on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, SY and I had creamy carbonara spaghetini, the three cheese sandwich and the ever scrumptious classic chocolate cake layered heavily with bitter dark chocolate sauce topped with a scoop of milky vanilla ice cream. Divineeeeeeee.

From there, we managed to catch ‘How I Learned To Drive’ at the Actor’s Studio, Bangsar. It was the play’s last performance and tells the tale of Li’ll Bit, a teenage girl who develops an incestuous relationship with her Uncle Peck as he gives her driving lessons. Narrated through a series of bitter comical flashbacks, it summarizes that one can find light and salvation even through the unhealthiest of relationships. Starring Amelia Chen as Li’ll Bit, Johann Lim as Uncle Peck, Doreen Loo as the Grandmother, Davina Goh as both Mom and Aunt Anne and Mark Beau De Silva as Grampa / Waiter … the production was done well although it can be a little monotonous at certain bits. For RM33 per person, I would rate it as 5/10 only. No WOW moments for SY and I. Infact, the WOW moment came after the play as we made our way home. At the basement of the Bangsar Shopping Center, my eyes caught the sight of an ivory white ‘monster’ … the famed Nissan GTR (R35). Even stationary, it exudes speed threateningly. So dominantly sexy, I can’t help but to whip out my point-n-shoot and capture its magnificence. Seeing the GTR in all its metallic splendour up close certainly helped made my day. :D

Had dinner with SY’s family afterwards to celebrate the Dumpling Festival. Food was good and abundant … too much in fact to feed the seven of us. The roasted chicken, the roasted duck, the bbq-ed pork, steamed pumpkin, steamed fish, stir fried vegs, soup and of course, dumplings. We were stuffed silly to say the least by the end of the meal. Luckily we had time to squeeze in a few bouts of boxing on the Nintendo Wie. That definitely helped burn off some of the prior indulgence. Hehe.

After dinner, we took a lazy drive to Ara Damansara and found ourselves in ‘Ngau Che Sui’. It’s basically a covered flea market with nothing much to offer but they have the coziest looking Starbucks there. Can’t wait to bring the gang there for a visit soon. Any takers???

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. @ The Curve, Mutiara Damansara






Well, I reckon that if you've not been hiding under some forsaken nutshell somewhere for the past month or so, you would've already been to or at least heard bout Bubba Gump. Malaysia finally have a branch to call it's own and it's located at The Curve. You can't miss it with all the crimson flashing neons and that giganto shrimp smiling at you.

I was there with SY last Saturday afternoon. Wanted to make a reservation for dinner but was informed that all their reservations were full and they only do walk-ins. *Horror* So with fingers kept crossed, we waited till evening. After the RPM workshop @ Fitness First, SY went to get a table and thankfully there was one although it was at the al fresco. Hence couldn't really see the decor inside with all the periphelia from the movie Forrest Gump. If you have never seen that movie ... go stick your head into a toilet bowl and flush!!!

Foodwise, it was good. I was prewarned that the helpings there were nothing short of HUMONGOUS but honestly, I've seen bigger. We ordered lots to share. Between Alfee, Juls, Ping, Alexander, Greg, SY and myself ... we had the 6 main courses, a soup, a portion of garlic bread and two types of sinful desserts. My apologies for not remembering all of 'em names but I was famished at that time. So I only had time to speedily take lousy shots of what's on the table and then it was all digging in. With quite a number of oh-so-hungry gym instructors there ... basically, you eat slow ... YOU DON'T EAT.

It's an option to take home the glasses of the beverages you order ... at a price of course or you could simply purchase them at the gift shop right beside. Fizzy drinks are re-fillable and my Peach Rock n Roll (peach juice with a blend of alco) was GOOOoooOOOd. Hehe. *Hic*

Wise Words!!!


Did you get some fuel into your vehicle last night??? Utter chaos at all the petrol kiosks I passed by yesterday. I joined the queue at 11:35pm and got a full tank by 11:50pm. As I left, I could still see a long line of cars waiting their turn to fill up but I reckon that by the time it reaches their turn, it would've been past midnight and they can be 'proud' to know that they were among the first ones to have purchased fuel at freakin RM2.70 / litre.

Sigh ... am bracing for a chain reaction with practically everything else to increase in pricing ... ARGHHHHH!!! Can't take this sh*t anymore ... the only thing that does NOT increase is my meager salary ... *SOB* *SOB* So I'm begging ya ... please click on my nuffnang ad above. Remember, every li'll bit helps. :p

Monday, June 2, 2008

Les Mills Workshop, Bubba Gump Shrimp & The Orphanage






Another weekend came and went. Mine just passed by like a hurried breeze … mainly because I spent both Saturday and Sunday attending the Les Mills Instructors Quarterly Workshop.

Saturday evening kicked off with RPM and the trainer presenter was Andrew Taylor. It’s a rather good release by my reckoning and the additional two bonus tracks were very much welcomed indeed. The session ended with a whole lot of huffing and puffing, sweaty floors and drenched attires. A couple of fellas (you know who you are) were rather happily distracted with the presence of a certain lady instructor hailing from Hong Kong. Tall, slender, sexy and beautifully toned at all the right places … she would fit very well into a Nike ad. (Man, I’m so gonna get into trouble with SY for this … haha)

Anyways, that was not the end. After the class, I headed to the locker room and realized that I’ve misplaced my locker key. I left it in the gents and upon returning to retrieve it, that bloody li’ll piece of cheap metal was nowhere to be seen. A quick check with the front desk confirmed that no one returned it either. So, left with no choice I have to fork out an outrageous RM100 to get my locker opened. >:( I am hereby laying a vicious curse that whoever took that key of mine shall be blessed with the a year long infection of warts and crabs or any other equivalent STIs. *grumble*

The only consolation was that a couple of us managed to get a table at the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Wanted to make reservations prior but was informed that all reservations were full. So they're only allocating a small section for walk-ins. I’ve tried it once when I was holidaying in Hong Kong before and was really looking forward to trying it out again here.

We ordered quite a lot to share and the company was great. We talked, laughed, ate and drank. Good times peeps … good times. Shall dedicate a separate entry to this soon. *fingers crossed*

The next day, I was to meet up with Juls and Alfee for breakkie at McDs. The scheduled time was 0600. But guess what, I only managed to peel my eyes open at 6:25am. Hahaha … like a madman, I washed up, showered, flew myself to McDs and made it there by 6:40am. And may I add that I was rather proud of this li’ll ‘achievement’ of mine. Ahaks.

Made our way to KLCC Fitness Center and the journey was pleasant. Hardly any traffic and appreciating the magnificence of the rising morning sun proved to be the best antidote for a heavy pair of exhausted eyelids. We kicked off the workshop with Body Combat presented by Ben Tang & Renee and I personally think this release is nothing short of AWESOME. Really can’t wait to teach it. Just when you think the good people from Les Mills can’t possibly do it any better, they so coolly proved me wrong once again and took it up a notch. A good tip for BC members reading this blog … go work on your lunges guys … no joke. :P Combat meets Attack!!! You’ve been warned k.

Proceeded to join in the Body Attack session straight after and only lasted till track 5. Super tiring man. They 'recycled' 'You Can't Stop The Beat' from the movie Hairspray for this new release. It was used in BC previously. My knees went all jello on me, so I stopped and joined the rest for brunch after a much needed hot shower to flush out the fatigue.

Picked SY soon after and we went back to The Curve. Had a small lunch at O’Brien’s before lounging at Border’s for a lazy Sunday read. At half past 3, we zig zagged our way up to Cineleisure for The Orphanage. It’s a Spanish horror movie telling the tale of an orphan girl who grew up, got married, adopted a child, came back to her former orphanage, bought over the place and is planning to set up a center for special need kids. Things began to go wrong when her adopted kid, Simon went missing and strange occurrences surfaced as this valiant mother tried tirelessly to relocate her child. Kinda creepy to think back to yesteryears where I once played the same childhood game as shown in this movie. Oh and one thing to note is that the subtitles provided are rather accurate. *surprise* *surprise* I personally enjoy watching horror flicks and this is one of the good ones. Definitely worth paying RM10 per stub to enjoy this.

I guess that’s bout it for me this time around. Till the next entry … take care and stay cool. How was your weekend???