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My KL Getaway May 3, 2008

Filed under: Food,Holiday,Places of Interest — renzi @ 2:00 pm

After going to Phuket (which I haven’t finished writing about), I needed another trip to recuperate from. That’s why I decided to go to KL with a couple of peeps. We planned it just about 1 mth back and we managed to agree on one weekend. It was a long time since I stepped into Malaysia. The last time was … in early 2006.

Anyway The ride was a painfully long- it was 6 hours of pure bum action. At least I got to watch two dumb movies along the way. All along I thought going to KL only took 2 hours, guess I mistook it for flying to Bangkok *grumble*

We finally arrived at Westin (after being tricked to get into the cab for 20 ringgit for a 10 min cab ride). Ms Lee helped us check in while I stood in awe of the hotel – it was soooo inviting and welcoming. The lighting was cosy and it made me wanna scream. Maybe I’m being overly dramatic here.

Taking random photos before heading up almost 35 storeys (or is it spelt as “stories”???)

Yeap we booked the Westin Executive rooms – the rooms were normal BUTTT we get to go to the lounge and sponge off (take drinks, they’ve cocktail hours, and foooodddd)

And did I mention that the view was spectacular? 🙂 My camera once again didn’t do justice to the view.

We took a breather at the lounge with juice etc before heading out.

We headed out after lazing around. First stop – Soo Kee Mee, this famous tze cha place that served, well, tze cha. I guess to put it simply, chinese dishes (I suppose). Ms Lee did the ordering while we waited in anticipation. As you can see, our dear Ms See here looked a little too eager for food.

Our first dish was wild vegetables fried in Sambal Blachan. It wasn’t too bad. After a while, my tongue felt numb so I let the rest of the girls finish up the vegetables.

We had horfun as well as the highlight of our first dinner – Prawn Sang Mee. It’s not just prawns, they are H-U-G-E prawns!!! The specialty of the place could most prob be this dish. Many around the world flock to KL for this. Anyway The 5 of us stuffed ourselves silly .

We managed to finish almost everything. But really, check out the size of the plate (for the Sang Mee) . Anyway if you can find your way around KL, you should give this place a try (and if all else fails, grab a cab to this place) it’s a little pricey but what the heck, u’ve BIGGGGGGGG prawns and it doesn’t really have much msg (trust me on tat):

SOO KEE MEE
No 14, Medan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 2148 1324

We wanted to dive straight into our next dinner but we decided to visit Ms Lee’s inlaws since we were so stuffed.

We had to walk through a few rows of dilapidation before reaching Ms Lee’s inlaws place. Imbi is slightly intimidating but well, it’s like Geylang I suppose – good food’s found where the area’s slightly more dodgy-looking. Even Ms Lee commented that it felt like a red-light district.

img src=”http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8db23b3127ccea8af8ba530e600000016108AcuXDVu2btX” alt=”” /> Food, food and more food!!! 🙂 We had bak kut teh after visiting Ms Lee’s inlaws. The bak kut teh was really not too bad (not too much msg) because it was tasty and had quite a flavour to it. We were looking around for erm..jis (translate tat from chinese) because the owner from SOO KEE MEE warned us from going to this bak kut teh place. The latter claimed that it was a little messy with pimps eating and patronising that particular store. We weren’t too fussed about that.

Yumzzzz…Anyway if you could, why not give it a try?

YOK YAT BAK KUT TEH
No 53-6 Jalan Barat, off Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2145 6416

We ended up walking back to the hotel. In Imbi itself I saw a couple of eating/hawker places but guess i can only go back next time if time and money allows me to.

Nope, we didn’t get lost. We just decided to take some random photos.

We ended up at this club below our hotel. It’s called Qba if I’m not mistaken.

Just a couple of shots before… Ms Low, Ms See and myself decided to call it a night while the rest of the babes partied the night away.

Cheng was nice enough to bring us around. I tell you these Malaysian drivers drive like a maniac!

We did a bit of shopping, not to mention eating at the Shopping Mall, Sungai Wang before heading to eat. Here u see a bunch of them buying kuay yummm

We managed to end up at Chinatown after 1.5 hours of driving because we got slightly lost. You see, Chengy is well, Malaysian but she’s from another state. So there you go!

We had a quick lunch before walking around in Petaling. Initially Cheng wanted to bring us to Jalan Pudu for lunch but we got lost for a while. Anyway at that stage I was getting a little irritable because of the weather so I was content just lazing and chatting with Cheng in the car while she figured her way around.

After lunch/tea, we headed back to the hotel for another round of food before heading out to Ms Lee’s friend’s place for dinner. It’s a nice quaint little place in KL itself. The decoration looked very typical of a Japanese house, clean and very “zen” hahahaha Too bad my photos don’t really do justice to the place. I must say that the food’s really good, well for the price we paid *embarrassed* Hopefully the photos will entice you to go there for yummy food!

First up – appetisers… I really had no idea what I was eating but it was good nonetheless 🙂 Only thing I know is that white blob on the wine glass – it’s sesame tofu(?) Argh I can’t remember now *mental note to self – get it from Ms Lee

If you go to a Japanese restaurant and not eat sashimi, what’s the point eh? 😉

After that, we had platters of sushi…

…and some broth…

.. and some fried delicacies followed by…

… really yummy, what tasted like wagyu beef..yummz…this was one of my facourite cos it really melted in your mouth (not in ur hands, hur hur)

Did I mention we had snow crab tooooooo?? 🙂

We washed down our dinner with yummy Sakura Ice cream.

We completed the night with our second desert – the chef. He came round our room and chatted with us a couple of occasions. Really nice dude. Apparantly he used to be one of the top Japanese chefs in Singapore when I was still a babe. No prizes for how old he is 🙂 If you really want to try really authentic, good Japanese food, why not give this a go :

Fukuya Authentic Japanese Cuisine
9, Jalan Delima , 55100 KL,
Malaysia

The next and last morning in KL, Pei Kei, her boyfriend and Cheng brought us out of KL to Selangor, south of KL via the Federal Highway. Their purpose – to let us eat the famous Klang Dry Bak Kut Teh. Klang seemed like a really sleepy town compared to the bustling city of KL but it served as a nice stark contrast to the constant towering skyscrapers which surrounded us the whole trip It was really yummy . We chatted some more, and had loads more tea before we headed back to KL for a leeeetle bit of s.h.o.p.p.i.n.g. We ended up at the The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the latest shopping mall to open in the Bukit Bintang area AND it was just opposite where we stayed 🙂

After shopping for a while, we ended up back at the hotel where I met up with Grace and we had a nice time catching up. I really haven’t seen her ages so it was good. Before I knew it we were bound to leave for the bus pickup location so I said my last goodbye to Grace before Cheng once again graciously drove us to the destination.

The KL trip was a short trip but really enjoyable one. I got to know some of my colleagues even more PLUS i met up with Cheng, whom I haven’t seen for ages! So overall it was a great, short-lived trip. I’m looking forward to my next trip and hopefully I wouldn’t have to wait long. Only thing is…I need donations to go to…Thailand, Australia and Hong kong. Any kind soul willing to contribute to the let-renzi-travel-around-asia fund? 🙂

For more photos pls click here

 

another year… February 6, 2008

Filed under: Food — renzi @ 8:19 pm

yummyyy i realllly miss the gao (thick) tea and kaya bun next to holy family church. i can’t exactly remember what the little quaint coffee shop is but i sure love it’s authenticity and the next time i’m taking leave, i’m going there man! 🙂

anyway blessed new year to all…i’m too lazy to update…but all’s good…well almost all’s good (did that even come out gramatically correct??) have a good prosperous year ahead.

and till next time…stay a virgin!

 

Authentic… SIIII GOOOIIII! May 1, 2007

Filed under: Food,Recommendations — renzi @ 10:46 am

The other day after gym (like almost a month ago hahaha!), a few of us decided to try the former MD’s recommendation. We were going for drinks one night and we happened to pass by this really small dingy looking place (it was dark lah). He then started to rave about the Japanese Ramen this place offered. As I was saying, so yeah, we decided to try out this place.

Wow By the time we got there, there was a queue already. And among the people waiting, at least half of the lot were Japanese. I was feeling really optimistic.

Gyoza Our dish that we shared – Gyoza (S$6). Like most restaurants (other than places like Sakae Sushi), they cook it on the spot. The Gyoza was very tasty and crispy. Yum. We had to wait a little while for our main dish(es) because of the crowd. I did mention on that day that the place was a little too small but I guess that’s how the management wants it to be, which it good lah, to a certain extent. And I have heard that you cannot specify what you don’t want or want more because the cook would take offence – and I guess he would only serve what he wants to serve. Cocky.

Tokusen Miso Tokusen Miso (the ramen with the original flavour – S$12.50). Well… The soup was very flavoursome, a little too salty for my liking but I must say that the noodles are so, according to Avril’s words, “springy” – It really is and I love such noodles. And I heard they constantly brew and rebrew the same stock over and over again (which kinda made me lose a little of my appetite), but that’s how and why the stock or well soup tastes so distinctly miso-y, thick and full of aroma.

Chillimiso The Chillimiso for some reason is slightly cheaper (S$12.00) which puzzles me because chilli is a spice and shouldn’t more spice/ingredients mean that we should be charged more? *shrug* Anyway I prefer this dish to the first bowl of noodles I was talkin about because of the fact that…….. it’s spicy 🙂 Hahahah…. The spiciness combined with the full body of flavours is just sooooo good.

Miso Tsukemen Ahhh…the Miso Tsukemen (S$11.50) is… unique. I know a word cannot sum it up but really, it’s just different because the noodles are cold and the soup is hot (hope I got this right becase this isn’t exactly my dish) so what happens is you dip the cold noodles into the piping hot miso-ish soup and according to my friend, it gives a certain juxtaposition and good feeling to the whole experience of eating that dish. Unique… that’s all I can say. 🙂

Basically we tried most of what’s on the menu. There are, if I remember correctly, 4 main dishes and we tried 3 of them. It wasn’t too bad and apparantly this place is very authentic. Maybe I’ve eaten too much of the shait noodles/ramen that I’m so used to this. But I will go there again because it’s just a nice experience. In fact, I will be going down today with Karen. 🙂

Miharu Sapporo Ramen
76 Robertson Quay #01-11
The Gallery Hotel Singapore 238254

Remember…if you’re there early, and are queueing, please write your name down on the waiting list – you don’t want to wait in the queue for nothing. 🙂

 

Meetups, makeups? April 26, 2007

Filed under: Food,Friends,Recommendations — renzi @ 9:56 am

Okay… i know that title was so random but oh well… As mentioned earlier, the Nittan babes always meet up. Even before I left, we often had dinners.

Like a few days before my departure of the company, the gals gave me a treat for my birthday at Chakun. And I must mention this – the food at this place is actually quite good, for the price! I always enjoy myself when I go there.

Gerri and IJuls and Avril Us – Before dinner was served.

Fried Rice I’m not really a fried rice person but this was actually quite yummy.

Duck This is one of their signature dishes and one of my FAVOURITES!!! 🙂 I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee duck!

Hor Fun When it comes to Hor Fun, you’ll see me happily eating it. You can call me a WHORE-fun 😉

TofuFried EggplantBrocolli with mushrooms

Another satisfied mealSatisfied customers We wiped up pretty much everything – we were satisfied customers 🙂 After that we just went over to coffee club to chill and chit chat.

Chakun
Market Street Carpark, 146 Market Street
#01-02/03
Tel: 6438-3510

Hmmm yeah..we did a couple more meetups but well…the camera whore (me, me, me!) didn’t bring her camera 😛 Oh well….

 

Children can be cute but…

Filed under: Family,Food,Myself,Recommendations — renzi @ 9:31 am

I really rather not have any. Every camp I go re-emphasises one very simple fact – that I don’t really want to have kids. I mean kids are fun and quintessentially innocent (at least more pure than well, adults) but… nah, I can’t really imagine having more kids around 24/7… Look at my bro – he’s 11 and I feel like wringing him in the neck almost everyday.

Yeah…I’ve been doing camps and now I look like… I’m…. Malay. I mean it’s not that I don’t like Malays or anything but I’m CHinese and I want to, well… look CHinese. Oh well 🙂

I had quite good Chinese Food at Tower Club – thank you to that special someone for the treat. It was quite stressful but I enjoyed the food nonetheless. The service was good and the food was better! Did I also mention the view? We had quite a good view of Singapore’s Citiscape and it was the first time being in the Tower Club when it was pissing outside. We were actually treated to the delightful display of occasional flashes of lightnight. 🙂

Tower Club – The Chinese Dining Room
9 Raffles Place Republic Plaza Tower 1
#62 -64 Penthouse Singapore 048619

Go on…look for a member and try the food in that particular Dining Room 😉 It’s probably the same standard as Li Bai at Sheraton Towers – same concept (fine dining) and well the service is impeccable.

Sheraton Towers Singapore
39 Scotts Road
Singapore 228230
Tel: 65 6839 5623

 

Eat and be merry April 20, 2007

For the past few weeks since I’ve been out of a job (yes I’m still jobless), I have been meeting up with my girls. Last week (Friday), we met up to celebrate our dear Juls’ birthday. It wasn’t too expensive but hey…it’s the COMPANY that counts 😉 We ate at Botak Jones and it really wasn’t too bad.

Caesar Salad Caesar Salad ($5.00) – it was too creamy for my liking. But all of us wiped it out quickly because we were s-t-a-r-v-ing.

the reason why we were starving We were so hungry because we queued for almost 1/2 an hour. Ulgh. I.dun.like.queueing.

Steak Steak with brown gravy ($14.00) – This was Juls’ choice which was good. I love steak but I wanted to try everything… so I ordered something else. Anyway the steak was tender and flavoursome. YUM

Cajun Chicken Cajun Chicken ($7.00) – I never knew chicken breasts could taste so good and juicy. This was Gerri’s choice, it’s a pity she didnt finish her food because I DID!!! 🙂

Rosemary Lamb Chops Rosemary Lamb Chops ($11) – This was my choice, and yes I LURVVEEEEEE and absolutely adore red meat. The lamb literally melts in your mouth because of the fats but hey…we’ve only one life each. *shrug*

Fish and Chips Fish & Chips ($10 – large portion) – Avril ordered this and we decided to get a bigger portion to try out the fish. This was…normal. I’ve nothing to add about it. I’d rather eat the Fish & Chips at Big Fish along Siglap.

Yeah this place wasn’t too bad I must say. We HAD to wait for another 1/2 an hour for the food. I’m not too sure whether I want to queue for my food. But I HAD TO try it because well… it’s an experience and since some of my friends were talking about this place. I give it a 7/10 (since it’s relatively cheaper than restaurants).

Botak Jones (Clementi)
Blk 325 Clementi Ave 5
Tel: 67741225

TCC We then headed to TCC HV for a cuppa each, where we started talking and talking…about everything and anything. It’s always nice to meet up with the gals, esp Gerri 😉

Catching up with the galsJust yesterday (Thurs), we met up with a couple more for drinks and dinner. It was a good time once again and I am lookin forward to meetign them again. I realised I’ve been spending quite a lot of time with the Nittan babes… what to do, we’re like super close. Last Sunday, before I went into camp (yes I’m like a blackie now), Christy came to my place and we had dinner together before meeting a special someone. It was also a good time to meet up with people whom you haven’t met in a while. For more photos, click here.

And after all these weeks, I can gladly say that I’m over being pissed and disappointed at my Managers in the previous company. I am really happy to be out of the shithole only because most of the managers have

1) no idea what they’re doing – even simple things like assuming. They have constantly assumed that I’ve done this and that and have accused me SEVERAL times of things I haven’t done. Haven’t they heard, to assume is making an ASS out of U and ME?

2) lied to me about ALOT of things – really…things about lying that my big boss hates me and wants me out of the company when in actual fact he wanted to lock me (and the 2 other gals namely Gerri and Juls) in and ONLY MERELY said that I was a little laid-back and needed pushing. EVEN IF this were a misunderstanding, how is it possible to have misunderstood so much from me needing a little pushing to the big boss (from Tokyo) wanting me out of the company? AND did they really think we would leave quietly and not find out from others about the truth?

3) isses about control (and lack the confidence in themselves) – after I tendered my resignation, the two managers pulled me and juls into the meeting room and threw their weight around (actually it’s only ONE manager who decided to be an ass), telling both of us ON A WEDNESDAY (when our last supposed day is FRIDAY) that the “higher management” were not happy that so many juniors were leaving so our so-called resignation was “pending”. And only when I clarified things with the Managing Director (MD) did I realise that that particular arsehole (PA) was just playing games with our minds.

4) no respect for the company – when Juls and I told that PA that we wanted to tell/confess to the MD that we lied not because we wanted our jobs back but only because he’s the boss and deserves to know, he told us that “it’s already over, why make the boss angry again?” and the worst thing that he sprouted out (and this is the crunch of it) was “ANYWAY, honesty is not the issue anymore”. If you have no respect for even the boss,….

5) no professionalism – from wanting to screw up their own clients to other things that I’d rather not talk about. I really cannot be bothered anymore.

Seriously…if more than 1/2 the batch of trainees left, it really spells and means that it’s really not the employees of the company, or at least the employees working at a Junior level. I’m just glad and I’m sure I’m speaking for all the people who left that we’re glad we’re out of the company. Initially I was really sad that things turned out this way especially because I KNEW that all the trainees wanted to make our company work out, but oh well… *shrug* If you have managers who constantly lie to cover their own asses, who are selfish enough to do whatever’s being listed above and managers who have no respect whatsoever for his subordinates, well…this company will fail, again.

I rest my case 🙂

 

The day I became a Zuo Bo-er April 13, 2007

Filed under: Food,Friends,Recommendations — renzi @ 11:11 am

I’m still finding the right word/phrase in English for a Zuo Bo-er. I thought of “Vagrant”, “Lost Soul” but I reckon the right word that encapsulates the meaning of a Zuo Bo-er would be a bum. *shrug*

Esplanade Anyway 31st of March was my day of freedom and well, what better thing to do than…watchin the Phantom of the Opera. 🙂 I went with Gerri, her boy and their friends. Maybe I had to high an expectation for it but I walked out feeling dissatisfied. Of course I must say that the female lead’s voice is very good and she could really sing and at some points of time, made my hair stand; however most of the time I guess it felt like they were merely going through the motion of the musical. Perhaps they’ve been already so used to performing that it’s just another-*groan* performance. Perhaps.

After the performance, the 4 of us (just the girls) decided to go to P.S Cafe (in Demsey) but unfortunately it was closed. So Mr Ah-Mad-aka-Gerri’s-boyfriend (Pat), dropped us off at Oosh, where we had a drink and snacks. Yes, it was my first and only time before the official launch (where the stupid waiter had to reveal to me…he couldn’t *GASP* take photos)

Cajun Calamari Cajun Calamari (S$8) was one of our dishes. It wasn’t too bad. The curry sauce that accompanied it could be more spicy. This curry sauce is…well…very western (ie sweet).

Seafood Mania Pizza ahhh… the Seafood Mania Pizza (S$18) was good. And I must add that… all the Pizzas are actually good. I tried two others the other day at the launch. Yummmm.

Tofu Fritters The Tofu Fritters (S$7) were just…tofu. What else can I say about tofu? The sauce was a combination of sweet thai chilli sauce and peanut (satay) sauce. Alright…but I wouldn’t waste my money on it again. I could do this at home!

Smoked Duck Salad This was my favourite – Smoked Duck Salad (S$10). It’s like heaven. It could be because of my love for duck but my incline towards this salad’s not only because of the duck. The sauce was light and tangy – very suitable for Salads. AND it’s a sweet, sourish tinge to the sauce which gives you some sorta lift when you eat it. 🙂 And yeah…among the “recommendations” that were given to us (we tried all 4 namely the Pluck Me (mojitos), High on Grass, Oosh Carat and Oosh Me), the High on Grass came up tops – all 4 of us thought it was the best cocktail.

We had fun! We had fun!

And on the 11th of April (just a few days ago), I went for Oosh’s official launch. There were SOOOOOOO many people there and I only managed to see only 1 star (if he’s even counted). But the food was good, the music brought me back to my mambo days, and it was a really good place to just chill (and chick/hunk-watch I might add)

The only decent photo I can find The guy who brought me in – thanks Jon for inviting me! 🙂

Jon's ColleaguesHis colleagues again Photos taken with Jon’s Colleagues.

But but... Classic “but…buttttt….” helpless RENZI expression hahaha… I wanted to take a photo with Jon’s Colleague but her friend appeared from nowhere and started to talk to her…oh well (nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I’m gonna eat some words)

Sigh One of the only “celebrities” I saw – HARDY, the Singapore Idol 2? 😦 damn it…to me he’s not even considered a celebrity…Anyway the guy on the extreme left is supposedly an actor, he’s on Channel 5 now (After Hours). *shrug* Oh oh..I did see Ix Shen and his other half but that’s about it…Damn it!

Goodie bag!Goodie bag!Goodie bag! Yeah…we got a very interesting goodie bag – yeah, looks innocent but among the 3 that I received, there’s this body wash called “re-charge black pepper body wash” – how wierd is that??

hehhee anyway Oosh is quite a good place to chill because you can practically find a setting that you like – there’s an al fresco portion of the restaurant, there’s a bar, a cellar room, a japanese outlet… 🙂 The food’s not bad…the drinks are unique…BUT The owner, Richard Goh (if I remember correctly), is a little wierd, maybe when I was talkin to him he was really high but yeah I’ve heard stories about him so yeah. Well….come before it closes down… I give it…another….5 mths 😛 hahahahah

Oosh
22 Dempsey Road
Singapore 249679
Tel: 6475 0002

For more photos click here.