So, in the past 20 years of my life, Hari Raya was just a Public Holiday. I mean, the reason I look forward to it, it’s because it’s holidays. So, what do you do during Hari Raya? I don’t know if it’s because I got older, or maybe perhaps, the ads all over the place sink into me this year. And I felt a lil more of the Raya spirit. I looked forward to some Rendang and all; though I did not have any invitations. I shamelessly offered myself. Haha. Nah, just kidding. But I think it was more productive than the usual Rayas. I spent most of the days with my family
being a good boy, like I always am. Went for a family war, bowling! Okay, we do that quite often, especially when we get to hang out together. But it was really fun, especially when I get to beat my brother in bowling! You know, I feel damn semangat after that! 😛 Taken with my iPhone LOMO App. And we had quite a simple dinner and I thought it’s pointless I blog about it. Being a Malaysian, it’s Raya, so we became a lil more Malay; where we actually went to Rasa Utara for a great dinner. I felt like a VVIP, no one was in the restaurant except us. 6 staffs to serve and cook for us. Yes, the kitchen area is visible. Here you get the Rendang with Rice. The rendang is a lil sweet but spicy. If you’re not too afraid of chilli hot, yeah, try it. I’ve to say that the rice is unique. I can’t describe la.This is the Mee Rebus. So, thinking about it, my dad said that Mee Rebus in Rasa Utara is a lil inconsistent. But well, he took the risk and ordered it anyway. I don’t know why. I wasn’t too impress with the menu. And I went on with an ordinary choice. Fish and Chips ala Malaysia. Eh, still got the Malaysia word behind okay? I’ve to say the fish was amazing! The chips were ordinary. But the fish. Yes, very power la! So damn best! This is another amazing dish. It’s a lil pricy. But I’m sure it’s good stuffs. The meat is just succulent and juicy. It’s the Rasa Utara Satay! The sauce is damn good too. There you go, the sauce. Best tau! Mesti cuba! All in all, I’ve heard of it’s inconsistencies but I think it’s no harm giving it a try. Good food doesn’t hurt right? And if it’s bad, just tell the world like we always do la! ____________________________________________________________________________ Address: G-12, 13, Ground Floor, West Wing Telephone: 03 – 2144 7118
So, turning 21 was all the happy moments. Apart from the last minute frustrations of who to invite, when to have it and you know it, Imma just a great procrastinator. And maybe, I work best at such times. So, track back a lil. On my actual birthday, my boss at (@ilovediscountmy) actually brought me and Yen Fen for lunch. We somehow walked around and we ended up at Marmalade, Bangsar Village. Being a pasta fan, I went for the Grilled Chicken Pesto Spaghetti. I thought the taste was weird initially, but after a bite or two, i started to fall in love with it. It’s addictive. If you hate the smell of vegetables of pesto, this is so not yours. The olives makes it taste great too. Thinking about it, I should just head there and grab a bite one of these days. I love indulging in good food. At night, my parents decided to bring me out for a walk. I ended up getting myself some really good tees and some jeans and khakis, which I thought it actually summed up the 2 years I’ve not bought pants. Being someone who has a sweet teeth, mum offered for Haagen Dazs. Apa lagi? Sapu only la right! The last I had a proper Haagen Dazs (not in scoops, but in a mega serving) was a few years back in Penang. So, here you go. I indulge in this great stuff. I won’t mind going back for it again. Any takers? It’s best to have it when you share it with friends la. No selfish selfish all. =) And here comes the weekend, where I had a party. Well, a dinner in a way. I don’t party hard anyways. Imma good boy. So, in a celebration, the Malaysian way; we can never do without food right? So, here’s all the super fooood you can see. And of randomness, I actually think that the Yong Tau Fu is super good, and the Satay is more than just awesome! Betul la. Tak tipu. Now, I feel like heading to the Haji Samuri near MRR2 for some good good satays! Another offer, anyone? As usual, this is the bunch who takes the most pictures most of the time. They are just best best crazy kawans! Lovin’ them to bits. They make my days on the weekends, and maybe sometimes, the weekdays too. Some friends and family over at my party. See, I just proved my point. They take more pictures than I do. And, here you go. I am hungry looking at it all now. Serious. No Joke! See the Yong Tau Fu? 😛 I don’t know what to say, but look at her face! Someone asked me about the caterer, and the interior. So, I’ve got a horse there. Thinking about it, I think I was actually born in the Year of the Horses. But I don’t know how to ride a horse, neither do I talk to the horse. Satay Satay Satay! I am going back to Haji Samuri sometime this week. I don’t care! Me with the fatness looks. I call it indulgence, but many call it fattening. But this picture definitely beat my picture hands down la! Nick, you win! Ice kacang. I have this weird thing I don’t know why. I ask for Ice Kacang kosong; where there’s only crushed ice. I will then pour cordial in it and just eat it that way. I think, now, I have issues kan? I had my food. I felt like a superstar. People came to take pictures of me. This is shameless captions of myself (and the food) They wanted to be superstars that day too! So, I gave them a chance. Err, I said I gave them a chance.Sorry for the hideous pictures. My sister held the camera all the time. I hardly took my phone out for pictures except for Tweeting. I think my iPhone pictures might look better! Family. =) We don’t know which camera was flashing so, we just turn our heads 180 degrees. A bigger family, with aunties and uncles. 😀 This was a photo I insist that I must take. My grandma (dad’s side) and my grandpa (mum’s side) that I told myself I’ve gotta take this. Not that I’m thinking of anything mean, but hey, they are my grandparents. They are oldies. They watched me grow. Okay, the other 2 apes that came out of the jungle. They drive me up the wall but yet at times, it’s still all good. Some church friends that came. I think Min Han looks really fierce! 😛 See, I think the jungle opened up it’s way for them to be there with me. I am blessed. =D I thought I’d just show something to make you remember this post. So, this was the only picture that might put this post in your mind. How a guy tried to kiss another guy on his birthday. Not just an ordinary birthday, but my 21st birthday! More church friends. I remember how I grew up with them every time I see this picture. How can my Uni mates be exempted right? I wanna highlight the girl on the right. She is as usual, crazy. If the pictures below shows her jumping and all, I think she came out from the jungle too! 😛 I actually really love this pic! =) And here’s where the game actually began. I was splashed, more like poured water on. No ice water this round. So, I think it’s still cool. And I think it was like drama. Everyone’s watching! Here’s my dad secretary who was reluctant, but made to take a picture of my wet self. I was like all wet. Wet to the very wet. See, I told you. Drama kan!?!?! Everyone’s looking! 😀 Got changed. More uni friends came later to hang out. Check out Edmund’s face on the right. I don’t know what his mouth was trying to do. I really don’t. From the jungle? Or maybe more like from APIIT. Jeng Jeng Jeng. I tak tau what’s this. So, this was a belated party with the I Love Discounts team. We rock. So, they celebrated mine and Yen Fen’s (Web Designers) birthday together. Hers was later in August. So, a small cake. We got Starbucks vouchers too! Our company loves us to the max. Super max! 😀 And of course, these are the gifts I got. Truly happy about it. The Super Heroes thingy was awesome. I got a Superman iPhone 4 cover. I think thats just too awesome. I feel the power now. Topman and Soda gave me great attires. Machines? Don’t be deceive. It’s still tshirt! But with all your generosity, I am buying a MacBook. So, I’ll still be a happy boy! 😀 Next post, I will do an official Thank You message la! I’ve actually written down all your names and all. It means a lot to me. =)
The bad thing about having a birthday party is when everyone you know for quite a period of time comes to you and say, “Wah, so big boy already. I saw you grow up” and things that revolves just that. Oh, and maybe another thing, “Wah, so big boy already. So leng chai. Got girlfriend ah?”. I think that this was definitely one of the hottest question I was being asked when I turned 21 a few weeks back. I actually so wanted to blog about my birthday itself, but then I thought, let’s make this a little more elaborate than my usual posts. I thought I wanted to really reflect (yeah, big word) on how things have been in my life the past 21 years? Without a shadow of doubt, I am grateful for even just the 21 years of (good) life I have had. And of course, there have been many “highs” and “lows” in my life, but I am actually grateful that I scrape through it all. So, let me go through some bits here and there of my life before turning 21. Been a child, I have always been called “Andy Lau” by my uncles and aunties. Don’t ask me why. I think I was MADE to take this picture. And one of my kindergarten buddy – Dorcas. And yes, that’s my blur face.Then I grew up slightly older, got cooler and entered a kindergarten. When I took a flash back on all these pictures, I chuckled to myself and say, “Oh, cutenya!” Yes, obviously my SYOK SENDIRI moments. This was when I was 4, 5 and then I went on to be a specky at 6. And yes, I graduated okay. I was a brilliant student. Haha. To look back, I wasn’t an outstanding student back at St John’s – Primary. Nothing amazing I did. Or prolly, just being a nice guy who always gets bullied. Either that, or I was always being punished by my teachers. Yes, I’ve been punished crazily many times. I am not ask good as you think I am lah. And to cut the primary school story short, i was just an ordinary student. Going through life like you did. But life became more interesting when I got into Secondary School. It’s because I finally know how to fought back. Hahaha. In fact, I got more active in my Secondary School years. I had more friends. I had more feelings. I had more emotions. But one thing for sure in my early Secondary School years, I had a crush. Shh. What Where How Who? No gossip girls here. I’ve said it and it ends here. But one of the things I miss about high school? My amazing alma mater and my school mates. We at St John’s, we do everything except studying. Okay, I speak for myself lah. Yes, we don’t care even if we are in the lab. We go all out to fool around. So, who says guys can’t pose again? Yes, when we try to act nerdy. We tend to fail miserably. And yes, I miss wearing my blazers. Yes, we tried to pose AGAIN.. And we obviously FAILED. Chiu and Bryan’s fault! It was Chiu again, and did you spot the headphones wire? 😛 This took us sooo long okay? And well, yes, being involved in DRAMA. I miss being a part of the Drama Team. Okay, in actual fact, I think I actually miss skipping class for 2 months more. 😛 But we had loads of fun. We acted, practised and changed scripts. How amazing is that right? Yes, we acted champions even though we aren’t champions. Are we over confident or just “syok sendiri”? And of course there were many other memories that happened back in high school. And in this period of time, I came to know someone, and we became like the bestest friends ever. The happy moments flew by in a year. Things were all good, all great, all going the way it should be and until something cropped up. Being someone sentimental, I find myself trapped in my own emotions. I was a slave to my own emotions for quite a while losing this friend of mine. I told myself so many things, I had so many sleepless nights, I did so many things to save the friendship but to no avail. I told myself I would never wanna get so dependent on a friend or on anyone at all anymore. But recently, I think I found myself being in the same similar situation AGAIN. Yes, I’m trying hard. But sometimes, it’s really easier said than done? I wish I could care less. I wish I could brush off these disappointments. I wish I could just say, “Oh, it’s okay lah. Anything. Up to you.”. But you know, sometimes, LIFE IS LIFE. And maybe that’s just my weakness. But I don’t want to be a slave to my own emotions again. It’s really tiring. And life goes on.. Not too long later, a friend of mine, a classmate of a highschool passed away in the Cornell. It was declared sudden death. At that point of time, I did wonder why was life this way. He was the smartest boy in St John’s. He is the one who challenges all the answers from the teachers. And it really came as a great surprise. I’ve came to a point where “Life is Short” sink in. I then of course came out of high school and I knew another bunch of new friends. If you are asking me if I got culture shock, I think I did for a short period of time. Haha. But things got better. I actually thought college life was easier. I met a brand new bunch of
apes friends. Cool bunch I’d say. A good mixture of studious and notorious kids. I am of course the good boy la. So the studious kind. Yes, they often much torture me. But yeah, it’s still all cool. No, we’re not nerds. And one of the highlights of my past few years, I thought.. Would also to have successfully brought ADORE up, by the grace of God. A concert which has happened for the past 3 years and has blessed over 1500 lives of the youngster. Truly an awesome thing I’d remember in my life. The team that was behind my back. The team that gave me great support. Yes, they are a bunch of adorable awesome gang that I’ve ever had! :))
I won’t mind working with them again. Like, really. I am excited to see how ADORE will continue to be an event that will bless the youths around. And in the above particular year, DrummerforChrist joined us as special guests too! I think these are just some of the highlights of me before turning 21. There could be more. BUT NEXT UP: My 21st Birthday. It’s gonna be a long long one!
Like it or not, everyone has our own bad side. Just that this little picture here says that I Love My Bad Ass Attitude. It does has some attitude in it, don’t you think so? Located at one of the new PJ Hangout Spots, Tropicana City Mall is definitely one of the place you have to go. With reasonable crowd and spacious walking space, it’s definitely a place to chill out, do some window shopping and just take a break from the jams. Bad Ass Coffee, a very unique name, located at Tropicana City Mall; near towards the Office Towers, is definitely one place that caught my eye. You get a real Hawaiian feeling in there because of the setting. It’s not just any ordinary coffee shop or coffee chain, but this one stands unique because of the food, pastries, cakes and of course drinks they serve. My personal favourite? The doughnuts and the Double Chocolate blend is definitely something to go for everytime I head there. I’ve been drinking the same drink for at least 5 times now, and it never fails me. And I thought I might as well mention it, I think I’ve had at least 3-4 times of the doughnuts now. It does sometimes runs outta stocks though!
Bad Ass Coffee is probably one of the very few places that serves Kona coffee – a type of coffee beans cultivated all the way from Hawaii. It is one of the most sought after coffees in the world, but via some wonderful cosmic arrangement, the relatively unsophisticated coffee drinking crowd here in Malaysia gets a franchise. – KY Speaks And this is just 1 of the few doughnuts pictures I took, it’s big huge and sugary. And the texture of it is just beyond words. But caution, you might have to have a big mouth to finish it. Haha.And really, please go grab yourself this Double Chocolate Blend thingy, it’s just worth all your money; and of course the ever so delicious doughnuts.
Bad Ass Coffee
G-37/38A, 1st Floor
Tropicana City Mall
3, Jalan SS20/27
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7728 2622
You know when I was trying to post this up, I was thinking to myself if I should defend myself for not updating this page, or should I just act like I didn’t know that it has been THAT long I’ve not updated. Fine. I decided to elaborate on how life has been. No, I ain’t whining. Life has changed a lot since I have (proudly) entered my next chapter of life; as I stepped into my 21st. Things seems “real” to me, things seems “scary” to me, end seems “near” to me. Cut the crap, things has changed. Emotions in and out. Reminiscing about the past heartaches, the past heartbreaks. I ain’t sure if it’s something I am proud of, but I now stand tall because of the things I’ve gone through in life. Though there are still a few wishes that I really hope to fulfill, or to get it; but my point is, things has been different. I’ve grown up. Cut the crap, Urbanscapes was another event I told myself I shan’t missed after going for last year’s. It is the city’s all day creative art festival. Being an artsy person, this is something that you shouldn’t missed. I got my tickets from FONGFEIKEI. The huge Entrance. This was something I think it’s really amazing. It’s a role play by 3 persons in a 2 character slot featuring Kueh Jen Han, Douglas Lim and one more, I can’t remember. They call for pause as and when they wanna replace a character, and they get to change the entire plot. It’s really really funny! 😛 It sounded terribly wrong too! :p This was from KakiSeni, it was a very cool cherograph. Something I’ve not seen, but I won’t mind seeing it again. I get to admire people spraying the “i dont know what”, and these people were really creative. This is true Malaysian, if you are asking me What is true Malaysian? The smiles, the hope, the love, the sincerity in the picture below, you know Malaysia has hope. Different people of different colours coming together, for one common purpose. It’s cliché but it’s true. The picture below, I just wanted to show the amazing light weight, convenient, stylish chair. Don’t you think it’s so comfortable? It was selling at RM 25 per piece. You get LIVE Bands performing, and I thought the sound was really good. Some futsal game, or ping pong games? You can get a drink, chat, lepak too! 😀 This is another side stage where you see more performance. Truly, Malaysia has too many hidden things and talents. One amazing poet, I admire. I truly admire her bravery, her sarcasm and her heart. She has a heart with such great conviction of the future of Malaysia and what she really believes him. And what Malaysia is currently like. She was sarcastically enough to be understood by people of all there! More chairs. I told you I love them! 😛 Some other random shots taken. And I really do think this is something you should not and cannot miss. Urbanscapes is an amazing place for you to express yourself through arts and music. See amazing Malaysians and their gifts and talents. I am sure we can go far.