Sunday, December 18, 2011

Some greenery indoors

Found!! Green stuff Midvalley Megamall. Try taking a picture without a single human being in it. Quite a challenge. It's Sunday night...and the usual mad rush to finish up stuff in preparation for Monday is in full swing. This includes the usual dipping of mood when faced with the dreaded Monday Clinic!!! Boohoohoo

A pleasant surprise

 I bought some stuff...and had to use the credit card. The pleasant young man who served me told me I was to collect my token one floor above. And there I went.
 Here are my tokens...with peter rabbit designs on it
And I got ONE of these plates free:) Certainly a pleasant and welcome surprise. You know how sometimes you buy more stuff just so you're entitled to a free gift. I am proud to announce that this was not the case this morning:) All purchases were needed!!!

No no No

Sometimes we make bad choices. This morning after mass, I chose to have breakfast here.It was daylight robbery, RM12:99 for two small pieces of toast, eggs with salmon ( no sign of salmon but you can just about make out the taste if you chew slowly) and tepid water-ed down coffee which tasted so yucky I left half of it behind. Things to eat whilst at Austen Chase would include some of the cakes...but I'ld stay away from the breakfast deals. It's just not worth the trouble.

Am home sipping homemade nescafe Gold with milk.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A review of Min International Salon!

Min international is near celli Cakes....Finnegans, Burger King and RHB bank. There! I've named all the main places of interest near by in that one sentence. After intense internet researching over two Saturdays ( I kid you not)....I decided that Min Internationl would be just the place for my next hair cut. When I entered the shop the smell of ammonia hits you gently....and it slowly envelopes you. I had a slight wheeze in the first 5 minutes of adjustment. After which time, I felt well enough to look around. I called for an appointment. Lucky that I did. The place was full. Most girls were having their hair coloured/permed. So its true what the net says, Korean hair Salons do different perms. I was served within 10 minutes. The lady who washed my hair was pleasant and chatty. The stylist who did my hair make a face when I indicated I wanted it shorter but smiled when I said not too short. ( I suspect he didn't want to make my face look any rounder than it was entering the shop..clever man). He appeared to know what I wanted. But I was nervous just the same. As I sat there waiting to have my hair trimmed, I had this strong urge to walk away and live with the mop.

I'm very glad I stayed. the hair cut was done very nicely. And he layered and layered and layered it. Apparently I have a lot of hair. I think my round head makes a bob hair-do the most appropriate style for now. Until I lose the double chin and then maybe we'll think about getting a slightly different look.

Love the hair today:) I'll recommend Min International for a good hair cut. RM60!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Banana bread

I found a picture!! Of the banana bread WNN baked for us. Here it is on my desk.....:)

Please try this!!

Now let me tell you why this is a great scrub. It's gentle. The sugar bits dissolve giving you a rather warm feeling. ( nice nice) And the smell is DIVINE! Puts me in an excellent mood each and every time. So please get yourself one. You won't regret it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bread for dinner!

We had bread for dinner today. With a dollop ( a very small one) of potato renamed potato salad by the owner of the shop. Some nerve! It was tasty so I'm giving it a 7/10. The sweet mustard dressing dripped like a small leaky cauldron.

Some delicious Olio and banana bread

I have friends who cook:) YOu may appreciate how this is a lovely thing if you realise that I do not cook. I did cook once in the dark ages. Thankfully the ghastly memories have morphed into something nicer. So now, when I recall cooking, I choose only to remember the successful concoctions I did. AJ cooked olio and we had a sample of it. WNN baked banana bread and I had it two consecutive mornings for breakfast. You may wonder where the picture of the banana bread is....I forgot to take a picture. When I did remember, there was only 1.34 parts of the bread left.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I want...but I don't need!

Pssssst.....wouldn't you also want to be a proud owner of this little-wee-palm-size gadget?

Naughty cat

Naughty cat, originally uploaded by Jo Ban.
My dinner was an interrupted one due to a certain kitty who insisted on rubbing his/her body against my calves. It didn't help that the tail whisk intermittent on my calves too. Most unpleasant experience. I will say this; cats are great hypocrites. I glared at the kitty and told it in no uncertain terms to BUZZ off. The annoying kitty purred even more and sat beside my calves making sure the darn tail came in in contact every few seconds.

I'm more of a dog person. Gimme a puppy anyday. ( Could I ask for a puppy just like the one in the Andrex advert please? thanks)

Art for Asthma 2009 Winner

I'm fessing up now. I am asthmatic and have been having morning dips in the last 3 months. Still resistant to the idea of in inhaler. Don't ask me why even I can't answer it. What I have done is...hoovered yesterday night ...not missing any nook and cranny. And so no more wheezing. Which means those bloody mast cells haven't been releasing all those nasty nasty histamines,

A hoovering session a day keeps the wheezing at bay!

have a nice short haircut...

have a nice short haircut..., originally uploaded by sashafatcat.

It's time for a haircut. The ends are curling out and the top is flat. Picture this right now and you'll understand why I feel buck ugly most mornings.

Ward rounds

Noone wants to be sick here, originally uploaded by suikris.

Some days you feel like your working environment couldn't be worse...and then you see just such a picture and think...we don't have it too bad currently:) Silver lining!!! It's mid-week ...

Tidying up things before the christmas break

apple tree, originally uploaded by joanneliuyunn.

I shall be off for a week and a bit. Suddenly things start popping up and there appears (as always) the unexpected and the expected and the neglected to be seen to in the last week of work for 2011.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

its raining!

its raining!, originally uploaded by joanneliuyunn.
It rained at 3pm. The Boom Boom sound of thunder was a bit scary.( And I was indoors at the time). When I eventually decided to leave for home ( about 1 hour after big downpour) so did everyone else. Which mean I took 1.55 hours to get home. What a waste of time honestly!

I left my phone ( accidentally) at home today. Frantically called a few folks to inform this. *beam* And I only had 3 missed calls and 3 text messages to deal with when I got home.

Here's an odd thing, 1.55 hours of jam...and I weirdly feel energetic. So I've hoovered and am doing some of the laundry today. cannot explain some things:)

Monday, December 12, 2011

My presents...are all wrapped!

Almost as good as the window display at Lo'ocittane???  So here's my Christmas presents nicely wrapped and labeled. I got self some mini stickers which worked well to add to the aesthetics of the presents.

Interesting sight at the Curve

This may look nice on my shelf. Now all I need is to try and be more organize. Oh yes and practice some self control when it comes to buying chic lit books. There is seriously no more space on the shelf. The books are are piled in three no make that 4 piles in my study. It looks like a mini storeroom. And I have only myself to blame for this. Hoarder...that's what I yam.

Ma'Cik Biryani ( review yes more food)

 We had dinner here last night. A deviation from the normal. And certainly a deviation from what I wanted which was scallops from Vivo. The parents caved in to my suggestion. Psychologically a trump card for them. I then proceeded to feel bad. And we decided to not eat at the place of my choice after all. So allow me to write a brief review of the experience. We'll start with the decor. I'm giving it a 8/10 for cleanliness and I like the set-up. It was near the toilet. Which turned out to be handy.
 The mother had fried kuey teow. And here it is in the picture above. The kuew teow was smooth and texture was lovely. Really!. It tasted clean and maybe just slightly less salty than what we are normally used to. But no complains. I'm giving this 7/10. I've docked off marks for the lack of chilli-padi. We got it after asking.
 I had the sup tulang and white rice. The portion of the white rice was baby-size. Just as well I was under the weather and the appetitie wasn't the best. Tasted nice. But perhaps I would have liked it thicker. The meat bits were nice. It literally fell off the bone. So I'm giving it 7.8/10.
My father had the briyani. Yes if you come to a shop called Ma'Cik Biryani and you do not it any biryani it'll be plain ole silly. Nice and hot. And yes certainly something we may consider having again maybe early next year.  Overall experience was nice. The waiters were friendly and service was pretty quick.

I'm having scallops sometime this week tho....still feel cheated out of them;)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Spotted....a very tired longchamp

We had dinner at grandmama's at Pavillion. The food featured were similar to Madame Kwan and the concept looks similar. But I think Madame Kwan's food is tastier. Much! We saw beside a push pram. No baby inside. the baby was lolling about on someone's lap. But never fear, the push pram was put to good use as a work horse. Here it is saddled with many many bags of various shapes and sizes. Can you spot the longchamp in bilberry?

Red velvet comes in powder form apparently

I would like to know those of us out there who've tasted this and can vouch that it's nice. Saw this at Coffee Bean. Now isn't this an interesting gift set? I had hot chocolate peppermint. ( Maybe it's actually peppermint hot chocolate). Too sweet!! They could lay off the sugar a bit then maybe it'll be just nice.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Would you drink this?

Empty space....a nice feeling
Solaris Dutamas is finally coming alive. Despite vowing never to return ( after the car-towing incident by over-zealous DBKL folks...may their toes rot) I spent Sunday noon browsing the shops and enjoying the feeling of discovering new places.

I wonder what it tastes like
 The Big Independent Grocers was a treasure trove of interesting stuff to browse. I must have exerted self...because when I finally got home..I slept like a baby
FOUND it....vanilla pods!
WNN promised me some profiteroles .... my job was to find real vanilla pods. I nearly had a black-out when I found them and saw the price. A whopping RM44 something for a test tube of pods. That vanilla taste better be out of this world, or I want my money back. An interesting place what I like best about it was the great open space with few people. Hate josling elbows with folks and walking into push prams.
And so here are some of the shops I spied in my short visit there.
1. MPH bookstore with a good selection of books for children. They had seats which was nice.
2. I store  whoppee...I can pop over any time and get my ipod nano.
3. San francisco Coffee. Seriously BETTER coffee than either coffee bean or starbucks
4. Bens ( yuck I don't like their service)
5. Hallmark/tiny thots/some eyebrow threading place/ at least 3 hair saloons
6. British India homes
7. Just B
8. Caring pharmacy
9. Just Juice/I love U, Sushi trolley place I forget the name now.....and others.

Currently reading this

I enjoyed the first few chapters of this book very much. So much that I brought it along for dinner on Sunday with the parents. Today however, the dark side of the book has revealed itself. I'm not too keen on reading dark evil stories of mental torture so I must confess to skimming through those bits. Which leaves me feeling rather cheated out of the experience.  Erica James writes very well. Too well that those dark episodes which have dragged on for a few chapters has taken its toll on me. Am feeling rather gloomy. I shouldn't really. It's Monday evening, it's nearly 8pm and I'm in my jimjams reading stuff before I unwind for an early night.

Happy Week Ahead folks!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Zanmai feast

Avocado salad with sesame dressing.
 I'm back on the food topic once again there's no stopping me you see. The salad was very nice. It sounds inadequate when I describe it like that. Let me try again. The sesame dressing is a must. And when it's drizzled ( generously) over your crispy vegetable leaves the sensation as you chew is pretty darn good. The avocado bit was nice but I think salmon goes better with the sesame dressing. Together, the sesame dressing and avocado proved too creamy for it to get 10/10. I'm giving it 9/10
Japanese version of olio and chicken teriyaki

Green teat ice cream
I've had green tea ice cream before. This was WNN's choice. Apparently it was yummie:)
Ice cream with wafer and very important chocolate bit in the middle
Mine was this very generous portion of wafer ice-cream which tasted exactly like what I wanted this evening. So I enjoyed it so much...I'm having it again this week maybe.

Book sale

I've been blogging about food the last few entries, so allow me to just pop in something else in between lest you think I'm some food-obsessed soul. This is the infamous TIME booksale at plaza damas. Not to be confused or likened in any way to the Big Bad Wolf sale. But you're welcome to drop by and browse. I did and left empty-handed ( swoon a first for me)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Garrett's popcorn

Quite a long line of folk
 And so here is another food item which has arrived at our shores. The famous Garrett's popcorn. Again, if KN hadn't insisted we visit I would have missed it completely.
Not possible
Many flavours to try are just a few:
1. The chicago mix ( KN had this ) sweet and salty The saltiness is from the cheesecorn
2. Buttery crispy and creamy. I had this...I think I shall try chicago mix the next time. The creamiess made me queasy after 5 minutes of munching non-stop. I'm still queasy and it's been 4 hours since


It sizzles and pops in your mouth
 Candylicious is exactly where the old TIME bookstore used to be in KLCC. KN brought me here and oh boy did we have a field day taking pictures. It was only after I spied a tactful message saying " photography not allowed our candies are shy" that I stopped. And so here are some of my pictures ...
Jelly bean anyone? I'll have a mugfull thanks
 For a short while I was into jelly beans. Had a handful in the car but after having to hunt for lost jelly beans in the car I've decided its safer to eat them in a non-moving vehicle. Love the vanilla bean flavour. And I hate the seriously taste like washing out liquid. And I'm not making this up, I have seriously tasted ( not on purpose) some washing up liquid in the past.
Reese bowls.....and reese everything else
For them "reese's" fans out there....come on over and get your stash at Candylicious. And now, just a little about Candylicious and what all the hype is about. ( found from various sources on the net.) It's a concept of candy fantasy shop serving loads of different types and they display it in such a tantalising way you feel you simply have to have that whorly lolly or you'ld just die!!!! From the crowds inside, I'm guessing this shop will do very well. Malaysians love their candy! Its flagship store opened in September 2009. There have three stores in Singapore, Resorts World, Sentosa, Takashimaya and Parkway Parade. The one in Sentosa is 9 thousand square feet in size!!!!

Green stripey bag

STEP STEAM STAY SMILE COMPASS AHEAD. Am trying to revisit some asthma trials this Monday morning. No rest for the wicked you see.

Not one but THREE

I have a purifying mask on right now. I hope this purifies the THREE pimples sprouting on my chin. Wish me luck!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Market Hall review

Scallops anyone?
We had lunch at the top floor of pavilion just beside some restaurant called grandma-something I forget now. I've also forgotten the name of the restaurant we ate in but I'm 80% sure it's called Market hall.
Aglio Olio with white wine
 The food like the name of the restaurant is forgettable. I'm judging unfairly as just the day before we had the most gorgeous tasty olio ever. With that, this had a slim chance of pleasing us. The portion was adequate. Service was good and they went through the motions of actually saying the correct script.
Coffee in a glass cup and saucer
We had coffee there mainly because we wee too lazy to walk out and look for decent coffee. I have no complains re coffee. Nice and aromatic.

I forgot to mention, the breadsticks were yummy!

All I want for Christmas is a....

This  can be found at Parkson KLCC near the kitchen mixer and tableclothes!
Kitty-cat doorstopper!!!!!!!

Sephora ( again..)

Something interesting from "Soap and glory"
 You cannot stay away for long. And so there we were, making our way to Sephora ( in the rain...yes it started to drizzle and no we had no umbrella with us). Like the last two visits, the atmosphere was charged with women with an intent to try and buy. You can tell the good deals from the empty pots left or the 1/8 full bottle of hand cream. Some testers were missing. Those MUST be the ones to get. I bought a whole mini basket full of soap and glory stuff plus some other delectables from other unheard of brands. And I finally found the version of versace perfume I liked from the last visit. Perfume purchase saved for 2012. Today was strictly frivolous shopping.
Black tea mask for the brave
I found this in the shelf after my third round. Cost quite a bit. I wonder if I were to use wet grounded tea would the effect be "perfect" too.
Something like ShueUmura's oil cleanser
I don't use mascara so this wasn't on the much buy list. But looking at the tester bottle you can gauge for yourself whether it'll be worth buying!

And here;s the main reason why my blog entry is Sephora based....THERE's a SECOND branch in KLCC. Fancy that!!!!!!  But we still prefer the orginal Sephora because of the great crowds of women of various ages and sizes all like-minded. Bonding session at sephora can only be experienced at Sephora opposite Pavillion.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The insurmountable??

Picture from musicroom
Exams give me a headache. And I strongly suspect gives my teacher a bigger headache. I'm hoping to brush up ( a great deal) before I decide!

Obsessed with Emma

picture from theAtlantic
I've been listening ( not reading mind) to Emma for the last week. Audio books, they make your car trips so much more enjoyable. I'm almost over my obsession with Emma. What next Sense and Sensibility!