Archive for June, 2008

Smurfilicious!

Posted in family, love, random bits on June 30, 2008 by twotwoeight

La la la la la la…la la la la la…

If you do not know who the Smurfs are, chances are you’re probably not from my era! I spent a good deal of my childhood watching Smurfs, CareBears, Woody Woodpecker, Jem and the Holograms and tons of other good cartoons. I remember sitting on the round footstool and watching cartoons on Saturday mornings with my sis while eating fried beehoon cooked by popo. 🙂 That was a loooooooong time ago! Cartoons nowadays are not what they used to be. I still watch a great deal of it…but give me Smurfs anyday.

Fot the benefit of those who have never heard of them, The Smurfs are a group of over 100 bluish, three-apple tall creatures who live in the mushroom homes of Smurf Village. They are led by 543-year-old Papa Smurf (who doesn’t look a day over 530).

Their lives would be perfect were it not for the villainous Gargamel, a wizard who spends his days trying to capture them to eat, turn into gold, or for some other evil reason. Gargamel’s cat Azrael adds to the menace, always looking for a smurfalicious snack.

My collection started when I was in Brussels earlier, what with Belgium being the birthplace of the Smurfs. Recently I had the chance to expand my collection with my trip to Bandung!

Happiness!!! 🙂

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Scorching heat into Senses

Posted in gastronomical delights, kindred spirits on June 28, 2008 by twotwoeight

Today was a scorching day. According to my crosstrainer, it was more than 30 degrees in the evening! Was very tempted to squeeze myself into the fridge…so went for a swim to cool off instead! After achieving some relative hypothermia, decided to go somewhere nice (= with air-conditioning) for dinner, and that’s how we ended up in Senses.

It’s a fairly new place in Melaka Raya, never been there before. The ambience is good; the interior classily decorated with niches for privacy.

The food was great too! We tried the chicken and pineapple salad, which had a light and tangy sauce, with a generous sprinkling of raisins. I had the pan fried salmon on a bed of sauteed onions, mushrooms and bell peppers which was delicious! Hss had the lamb shank which was so tender you could tease the meat off easily resting on a chunk of mashed potatoes. Generous helpings indeed, leaving the both of us stuffed, with happiness! At least enough to carry us over our call tomorrow. Sigh…I wonder if there’ll ever come a day when I won’t dread weekend calls.

Now, to jump into the car and then back to my air-conditioned room! 🙂

Something to think about…

Posted in professional tourist in the making, random bits, through the lens on June 28, 2008 by twotwoeight

Not life’s greatest mysteries, but…

still took up some brain space for awhile.

One of the first signs I saw on arrival at Bandung…while choking on cigarette smoke. Can literally feel my airways going into spasm as I digest this message and wonder what’s going on in their minds.

Pintu darurat…the doorway to?

Something to tempt your palate…if you’re Oscar the Grouch, that is.

Hahahaha…that’s why he’s on the menu now lah!

Bandung, the shopping and spa haven!

Posted in family, gastronomical delights, love, professional tourist in the making, through the lens on June 25, 2008 by twotwoeight

Last week, I went for a trip to Bandung with my parents and sister…have not gone for a family holiday in a long time. It was a fun-filled trip of shopping and spa! 🙂

There was not much sight-seeing planned, as the main aim of the trip was more for retail therapy…hehe…but we did go and visit the famous active volcano, Tangkuban Perahu. There is actually a fable behind this place. Legend has it that there was once a leng lui by the name of Dayang Sumbi who disowned her young son, Sangkuriang for being disobedient. So, the gods granted her immortality in return. After many years, this Sangkuriang decided to balik kampung, and through a cruel twist of fate, he fell in love with his mother! One day before the wedding, she suddenly recognized a birthmark on him and so to prevent him from marrying her, she asked him to build a dam on the river Citarum and a large boat (perahu) to cross the river before the next sunrise. Sangkuriang actually managed to call on myhtical creatures and gods to help him. Seeing this, Dayang Sumbi had to fool him into believing he had failed and therefore cannot marry her. Well of course he was beside himself in anger when he thought he had failed, so he kicked the unfinished dam and boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of what we see today as Tangkuban Perahu…an upsidedown boat.

Drama, right? Haha…but it’s a popular tourist spot now. Another place we went to was Kawah Putih (a misnomer, if you ask me). It’s also another volcano spot…with blue-green ‘lakes’ permeating the air with the smell of sulphur! The colours are captivating!

We had dinner at some local eating places…the food is a little bit different from what we get here in Malaysia. The ambience in most of the restaurants is really good. Food needs some getting used to, though.

Because the weather there is cooler, there are lots of strawberry plantations in the outskirts. The strawberries are soooooo cheap! They use it everywhere…in drinks, in their cooking and even in their spa treatments! Yummy…

All in all, it was a lovely 5 days! But then again, I may be biased simply because I love travelling! 🙂

Ipoh through my eyes…

Posted in gastronomical delights, kindred spirits, professional tourist in the making on June 24, 2008 by twotwoeight

Warning…the following will either make you salivate or ruin your diet (if you’re on one) completely. Proceed with caution. You have been warned.

So, I was up in Ipoh last weekend, for work and of course for fun as well. The work part was good, but nothing beats the FOOD!!!

Met up with Karen and we all had dinner at this lovely restaurant Indulgence. It was featured in The Star recently, and this was where Ng Choo Seong’s (Sepet’s main actor) wedding dinner was held! The ambience was spectacular…food was great too.

After a round of fine dining, we went round covering all the famous makan places of Ipoh with what limited time we had…and I must say, we did quite a good job!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you in advance!! 😉

Places we went…

By the way, Karen, Lupus-san says he misses you…and that he will never forget that wonderful night in Heritage. 😉

Malacca – PJ – Bandung – PJ – Ipoh – PJ – Malacca

Posted in professional tourist in the making on June 22, 2008 by twotwoeight

Phew!!! Here, there and back again. After a 9-day hiatus from work, it’s with a heavy heart that I return here. Sigh…still hoping to be a professional tourist someday 😉

Will share some interesting shots from my trip later!

when the going gets tough…

Posted in cloudy days, doctoring tales, kindred spirits on June 12, 2008 by twotwoeight

the tough gets going.

So no one told you life was going to be this way
Your jobs a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
And it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year
but..

I’ll be there for you
When the rain starts to pour
I’ll be there for you
Like I’ve been there before
I’ll be there for you
‘Cuz you’re there for me too…

Hang in there, kay? Coz’ there comes a point where it can’t get any lower, and the only way things can go is up. You know like the ECG?

Now is the S wave. After this, comes the T wave which is upright. Which means things will go uphill. Ka yau!!! 🙂

If all else fails, be happy that you’re not the loo-roll!!! Hahahahaha