Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wan & Annabelle.. at the courtyard

Because I love her, I need her

Like Earth needs the sun

I need the one I love

To keep my hope bright

My head right

My heart fighting on

Until I am back in her arms

Your happiness begins

With your wonderful wedding day.

You’ll share everything together;

Through it all, your love will stay.

XOXO..muah..the gals!

Congratulations to you,

As you begin your happy life.

May all good things be yours,

As new husband and new wife.

The courtyard garden took me completely by surprise. The wedding decorations had transformed that simple garden, into a gorgeous Midsummer Night's Dream!

We were happy to be present at this wonderful occasion - our good friend and ex-colleague, Wan ... finally tying the knot!
After a scrumptious meal, the Groom and his posse and their rocking band, serenaded the bride... (as well as the guests).

The song, "Chasing Cars" by snow patrol ,was the couple's special song.

How romantic :D

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see

Congratulations Wan & Annabelle :D make beautiful babies!

XOXO, the gang.

Courtyard Garden,
10 Lorong Dungun,
Damansara Heights,
50490 Kuala Lumpur

Friday, July 25, 2008

A powerful place to be!

On my recent trip to Brunei, I nearly had a heart attack.

Yikes! Good thing that nice gentleman of an officer pointed it out to me - just under 6 months on my passport. Spotted just in time too.. in a couple of months I'll be travelling again!

Is this some new hobby ?


No.. this is what you do (if you are clever) in the 2 hours they give you to come back for your passport.. Anyone who has to renew their passport at Terminal 2 (you will see the immigration sign just before terminal 3), Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SAAS), Kampung Baru Subang, knows that there is nothing much to do, during the waiting time between submission of forms and collection of the renewed passport.

Not fun.

Too lazy to drive home to PJ, we decided to explore ye old subang airport area..

Wow.. boy were we glad we did!

What luck! We chanced upon the morning market...

We noticed that eventhoungh this area looked rural and kampung-ish and all... the people were pretty comfortable, in that each family seemed to own a minimum of 2 cars! This one we spotted own 3! Plus a makeshift garage as well.. how cool.

Anyway , introducing Kampung Baru Subang! Nice place to kill 2 hours!

And restoran KFD.. as in KFC's brother. lol.

What can we say... though the place was packed.. the duck and siew-yok was so so.
The charsiew did not hit the spot either...
The entire portion for two, costs us RM8.

We decided to explore the area some more....

A Burmese restaurant! Oh darn..we should have eaten here instead. The place looks clean and the aroma of something sweet, on the boil, is intoxicating.. we spoke to the nice, friendly owner and he told us that there is a huge Burmese population in Kampung Baru Subang..

Next time, we may come back to sample his cuizine!


Everywhere you turn, there is lush, gorgeous, fresh produce.

Eggs, straight from the farm. Introducing.. the WET MARKET.

The term wet market alludes to poor lighting, poor air circulation, floors that are always wet and slippery. Add the smell of fresh fish, herbs, freshcut poultry, and vegetables and viola.. you have a stinky, pulsating environment that any prissy city gal would steer clear of.
erm.. but not this one.. The Kampung Baru Subang market is airy and open.
It doesn't smell at all.

The wet market is a powerful place to be!

The aunty is yelling at me in an indecipherable language,and pointing at the weird sea creatures, scallops, mussels, squid, cuttlefish and fish heads.. the uncle is putting on a show for me and gesticulating wildly at me in cantonese " SHOT ME! SHOT ME!" .

What an exhibitionist.

A born performer. Madman. He cracked me up.

Obviously, no one speaks English here, so I had to communicate with my pathetic, broken cantonese and my girly charms.. harhar. When it came to telling me the price, they typed in the numbers on their calculator .. thinking I couldn't count in cantonese. What la these people... so action one.

I mean.. what do i look like..? a tourist? Pfft.

Uncle.. posing again. This man kills me. Honest.

A supermarket named HERO.

This is the JERING.

This next section is written in MALAY. Our indigenous language. Read on for the interpretation.

"Buah jering bernilai tinggi dalam perubatan tradisional terutama untuk mengubati batu karang. Ambil tiga biji buah jering, ditumbuk halus bersama sedikit halia sebelum direbus dengan lima gelas air. Bila mendidih, biarkan sejuk dan minum airnya secawan sehari.

Jering yang dikenali sebagai Pithecellobium jiringa dari segi saintifik dan berasal dari famili Leguninosae. Jering juga berkesan untuk merawat penyakit kencing manis. Bila memakan jering, kulitnya jangan dibuang sebaliknya direbus dengan air hingga mendidih. Bila sejuk minumlah secawan sehari pada setiap pagi.

Buahnya pula dimakan sebagai ulam tetapi jangan dibuang kulit airnya kerana bahagian itulah yang berkhasiat untuk mengubati penyakit kencing manis.

Selain daripada buah, kulit pokoknya turut dapat mengubati kencing manis. Caranya sama seperti menggunakan kulit buah jering iaitu merebusnya hingga mendidih dan diminum secawan sehari pada waktu pagi atau malam."


In other words, Jering is of the genus species Pithecellobium jiringa, of the family Leguninosae. This gorgeous little fruit is used in the treatment of GOUT. It is normally pounded then boiled. All the parts can be used for medicinal, healing properties.

The extract is good for gout, the skin is good for treating diabetes.

Needless to say, i bought a whole bundle. (The amount of meat we eat, we should be prepared for gout.. you think?!)

Some other interesting paraphernalia we saw, walking back to the car...

"Essentials for Robbing a bank in 5 minutes!" ;P

Pushing 2 hours. Almost time to go back to SAAS for my passport.
But not before a quick pit stop ... still dissatisfied with the duck.. we just had to try something else to placate our stomachs.

Man in the Stall! We want!

The stall is situated on the corner, at the top of the street where the morning market starts (there's no other way to describe it as there is no sign).

The wantan mee was pretty good. For RM3.50 .. it was affordable and tasted fresh and juicy. The noodles were done just the way we like it!


Well, well, 2 hours wait for the passport was not such a bad thing after all.

If you are in the area, we strongly recommend you check Kampung Baru Subang out :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sugar vs Fat

in the Icing vs. Whipped Cream poll... or Sugar vs. Fat,

majority of the readers chose







Whipped Cream vs. Sugar.. the final round in the Heavy Weight Championship
Round 15

It all comes down to this: one round to crown the World Champion of Obesity. Fat (Whipped Cream), the longtime Champ, is clearly in trouble but still has enough points to win, thanks to its mid-fight dominance. But Sugar has owned the latter rounds thanks to heavy lobbying, effective marketing, deregulation, and public misconception. Fat was barely on his feet at the end of round 14 and his corner is working furiously to limit the damage. The question is, does Sugar's corner have one last trick up its sleeve?

And here we go . . .

FAT still manages to show some swagger, and comes out flashing heart disease as the number one killer, recently eclipsing lung disease and cigarettes—no slouch in the death department.
But Sugar barely flinches and counters with type II diabetes, the fastest growing illness in the world, that's almost single-handedly controlled by Sugar. It's like Ali's "anchor punch" against Liston and it sends The Champ sprawling.

Down goes Fat! Down goes Fat!

And I don't think that FAT will be rising from this one. Nope. Fat is out cold. The Hammer's reign is over. There's a new kid in town. Sugar is elated, dancing around the ring and pointing at the crowd, screaming, "I want YOU! I want YOU!"

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the NEW heavyweight champion of the obesity world: SUGAR!

"Pour some sugar on me Ooh, in the name of love - Def Leppard"

Just sayin.

Who shoe? Wushu!

It's all happening down this road - Jalan Puteri 2/5....
I want to try everything.. from the Japanese Kikyo...
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to the Kiwi Express bakery.. or even the wholesome vegetarian joint called Mushroom Culture...

DSC08387 DSC08388 the crab place, Tak Fok, with its RM20 per KG promotion!



I even want to try my hand...


at the WUSHU! ( bless you! teehee)


Pick a weapon.. strike a pose..! I wanna be a hero in the movies!

In the end, we decided on an old favourite.. this place has been around since the middle of 2004... and since we haven't had Balinese food in like erm... well, since our last trip to bali, we thought it was a good choice.

Stepping inside Bumbu Bali, you feel like you have been transported back to an art shop in Ubud.

The paintings and carvings on display make me wish i was in flip-flops, hanging around on holiday... exploring the Ida Bagus Marka gallery in Kemenuh Ubud, or something holiday-ish like that...

oh well... one can always day dream.

Back to the Bumbu - this place is really pretty hip and happening. You can even make reservations/ check promotions via their business enquiry SMS. Not bad huh?

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So what did we eat? Since we've been over-eating of late, this time round, less carbo.. more meats!

The famous BBQ combo, and the campur-campur tiga.

The BBQ combo was essentially BBQ chicken and squid (RM26.80). This turned out to be too salty and marinated to death - too much of a sensory overkill really. We could not distingush one taste from the other. The chicken tasted like squid and vice versa.

The campur-campur tiga was a mix platter of BBQ chicken wings, satay lilit and deep fried calamari - with 3 types of dips (RM30.00). This was also on the salty side, extremely greasy and the chicken wings were soggy.

I think Bumbu Bali has seen better days.. :(


On our way out , we saw this sign and were briefly tempted to sign up...

But only ever so briefly... ;)




Salt levels: high

Oil factor: high

Address :Bumbu Bali, Jalan Persiaran 1, Bandar Puteri, Puchong.