Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Kambing Is Coming"

I saw this greeting at the shop last night - "Kambing Is Coming" and I often used this word "You Kambing?" and "I Kambing" in my text messages. Every Chinese New Year Festive was always very tension for me to prepare so many stuffs with so many last minute shopping.

This year, the routine has changed a bit with our reunion dinner being planned at my sister's new condo on the hills of Mont Kiara. We will lift our sickly mother from bed and wheel her to the dining table as she seems to have gained better appetite over the past month. The worst chores for me for the past 10 years was getting new bank notes but the last 2 years was a breeze after my sister joined a large listed company as the HR bitch! Their group has a large foreign banking chain here and new notes would even be delivered to her table! Wow! Meh! Meh!

My lovey wifey made some cookies this year and the most unique cookies is her Spicy Chocolate Cookies!! Yeah, my guests will be served some plain water in case their mouth catches fire and sparked. Oh well, the taste is good with just a slight tinge of chilly taste for a change.

Adding on, my wife made so many lanterns and CNY origami folded from my many red packets that I have collected over the years. I have photographed a few just to show off to you all and do tell me which one you love or hate, okay!

1. I will display all these 9 big Gold Fishes to swim on my dining and coffee table amongst the CNY snacks.
It will represent Enough Gold & Wealth!
I love these fishes as they look cute and alive.

2. This lantern with lots of blooming Mei Hua to bring Spring into our home. This is my Lovey Wifey's favourite.

3. Gold Nuggets Lantern for Abundance of Wealth! 
Ong Mali..!

4. This is a huge pineapple for more Prosperity and Wealth! 
This pineapple is 1 foot tall, very juicy and will be my "Ong Lai" for 15 days.


5. This is a big lantern to bring plenty of bright lights along the journey.
All will be Good, Safe and Harmony.
The height is 1.5 feet tall.

   6. The Ball Lantern with blooming Mei Hua for a Happier Spring festival.
The height is 1 feet tall.

I wish all my blogger friends and silent readers 
A Very Happy & Prosperous Chinese New Year 2015.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Chronicles Of Chinese Wedding Receptions

I attended a wedding dinner last night which was held at a so-so restaurant near the recent tragic sink-hole in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. It was an eye-opener for me once again, to share the blues of attending a typical wedding reception in Malaysia.

The wedding invitation cards are often printed "7.00pm Sharp" and the Malaysian Chinese bridal couples would often walk in after 8.30pm!! Why don't the invitation cards print 8.30pm instead? When I was younger, I had become the best man for 13 closest friends' weddings and had seen all the squabbles & woes of wedding preparations up to gangsters with armed parangs storming into a 1000 guests wedding reception. It was a bloody wedding affair with the sirens of police cars wailing to the Penang Chinese Town Hall in 1990. It was a talk of the town the next day as all the goldsmith shop towkays in town were invited too.

Some 10 years ago, I attended a close friend's wedding at a restaurant in Petaling Jaya. The restaurant was upstairs a row of shop lots next to Atria. The groom received his guests at the entrance below and gave me a big bear hug & greetings. I gave him my red packet gift and promptly walked up the stairs. Half way up, I simply turned and looked behind. My jaws dropped and my eye brows reached higher than the restaurant's high ceilings. The very handsome groom in tuxedo suit was holding my opened red packet and counted the dollar bills inside! He was shocked to see my opened mouth and his face instantly turned very Tomato Red!! @#%$*!!

Chronicle Of Last Night's Wedding Dinner

Time 07:00 pm - Almost all the guest had arrived and seated. Everyone received this cute table gift of a chocolate inside to keep your hunger pangs away, in case the bridal couple is late.

Time 07:30pm - The tables were almost filled up. Almost all guests were playing games and fiddling their phones. This is a new habit now for young and old guests.

Time 08:00pm - The groom has been outside receiving guests and the bride was ready waiting inside the private room. Guests were hungry and almost everyone were busy playing games and watsaping!

Time 08:30pm - The bride came out of the room to receive the guests at the entrance. The groom entered the same private room with 3 usher ladies from the entrance with 3 recycle bags.

They locked the door of the room and started counting all the red packets! OH MY GOD!!!!!

Time 08.55pm - Green lights given by the groom! MC announced the arrival of the bridal couple. All the guests stood up, clapped and fireworks popped the streamers out.

Time 09:15pm - The very late dinner started and dishes were brought hurriedly. The restaurant was racing for time and all tables had 2-3-4 dishes served at once! Voila! Bingo! Gila!

Time 11:45pm - Groom watsaped Twilight Man. "Thank you for coming blah blah blah and I will bring the baby in 5 month's to visit you..."

Twilight Man - (.....speechless......)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Happy Birthday To Me @ Ossoto Spa

This is not a paid post and all are being written solely based on my own personal opinion. As photography is strictly prohibited at Ossoto Spa, I had to borrow the clips from their ossoto.com video and zh.buzzhand.com to better illustrate my good experience with the hope that public will give their support to this place.

I actually discovered the luxurious indulgence of spa relaxations during my holiday trips abroad. To be exact, it was in Xian when we saw the famous Huaqing Hot Springs where the many famous Emperors like Han Wu Di, Taizong and Xuanzong soaked themselves with their concubines from October until Spring!!! From there, I made a maiden visit to pamper myself at the best spa available in Xian which was a perfect timing during their cold winter. That spa was damn huge with several whirlpool jacuzzis with aqua jets of hot water sprays to melt away all the knots & clots all over your body! So far I have checked out several other top notch spa havens in Shanghai, Chengdu, Taichung, Osaka & Fukuoka. They all had different concept for me to make a statement that we have a very own good Spa, right here in Kuala Lumpur which was being rated 5-Stars by our Ministry of Tourism.

My thoughtful wife suggested that she should treat me to spend a memorable night sleeping in the spa like those seen in Korean TV Drama's Jimjibangs. It was a truly blissful moment for us to relax, rejuvenate and rekindle our happy days with unlimited feedings of delicious buffet spread, yummy cakes and special brewed coffees of your choice!

 1. My first trip there alone, to find the surprise discovery of a very good 
& inexpensive spa in our city.

 2. I had never seen a big spa in overseas where they have such professional and attentive service by all the staff like Ossoto Spa. Their good service greetings comes with a smile and hand on their chests!! That's unbelievable!

 3. They have separate sections for ladies and men. However, the men's section is very much bigger with extra facilities since this market targets the males and businessmen. This place is suitable for the whole family as I saw many kids and grand parents too! I even spotted familiar faces with their mistresses! Ssssh!

4. No one is naked here as everyone wears clean pants. They will supply you unlimited usage of pants, pyjamas, bath robes and towels!

 5. This is the men's section which is huge and bigger than ladies section. On the left side are the Fish Spa pool, 2 Big Saunas and Steam Rooms. On the right side, you will find a gym, basketball machines, relaxing cafe, dressing rooms and many shower cubicles!

 6. These marble slabs are lovely to sleep on and dream of childhood days when we played in the rain showers before our mothers came running with a cane!

 7. They have 2 big saunas and my jaws dropped each time the waiter served me a tray with iced water & neatly rolled cold towels inside! I had never been pampered like this in other saunas.

 8. I loved to play their basketball machines to test my old skills!

 9. They have 2 gyms and the above is located in the public area for everyone.

 10. There is a big open restaurant and private dining rooms besides 2 comfortable cafes that serves special brewed coffees and cakes. One cafe is designated only for ladies to have "safe and private" chats, away from the men.

 11. I enjoyed the fresh cappuccino with 2 soft cream puffs. Just pay one entrance fee and you could eat as often as you want in the cafe or dining area in 24 hours!

12. They have a mini cinema area and many big/small VIP rooms for you to relax. You can watch their movies or browse the individual internet tablets hoisted at your luxurious comfortable sofas! We slept on it overnight like everyone else!

13. This place is very suitable for people to stay overnight if they come to KL for short business 1-2 day trips! It is cheaper than staying in budget hotels where you have no free unlimited food, spa and entertainment at one price. For a small fee, you can engage their masseurs, hair stylists and beauty experts for facials & nails!

I left the place feeling refreshed and fully recharged!
I will be back again on Chinese New Year!

Ossoto Recreation Hub
Address: Wisma Mirama, 50460 Kuala Lumpur,
Hours: Open 24 hours

This is not a paid post and all are being written solely based on my own personal opinion. As photography is strictly prohibited at Ossoto Spa, I had to borrow the clips from their ossoto.com video and zh.buzzhand.com to better illustrate my good experience with the hope that public will give their support to this place.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mindpower & Auspicious CNY Decorations

Comes this 19th February, we will be ushering the Chinese Lunar New Year when the goats will bleat happily! Last weekend, I went to the biggest store I could locate which sold the cheapest and widest variety of new auspicious red Chinese decorations in Petaling Jaya. I forgot the name but it is a warehouse-like store right behind the Ming Tien Food Court at Taman Megah.

Let me show you the photos and share my own personal thoughts why we should buy something new, very red and auspicious to welcome every new year with a LOUD BANG!! I have read far and near, in various feng shui & religious theories to understand something here.


- We, human beings live in this huge universe where everything revolves around good and bad frequencies. Learn to tap the good ones!

- We have so many remote controls to activate our home gadgets, appliances, auto-gates & car alarms etc. All used tiny batteries with invisible frequencies set to move, open and activate big items!

- Your MIND has even stronger FREQUENCY POWERS than tiny batteries to order our juniors, maids or kids to run errands/chores or even move people.

- Our MIND could activate our hearts and mouths to make someone happy or angry with the rightful words & wishes.

- Most humans have short memory & weak frequencies to precisely tap & draw all the good frequencies hovering above our homes - WEALTH, HAPPINESS, LUCK, LOVE & many more.

- So, we need to get the rightful auspicious objects to display so that everyone will only THINK precisely of the right & good thoughts. Good thoughts will help your MIND to tap the good frequencies too.

- The RIGHT magnetic thoughts will generate the RIGHT magnetic frequencies you desire. So we must always associate ourselves with good people who emit good frequencies and live & work in good environment too.

 1. So many kiasu wannabes like ME, the uncles and aunties thronged this place to grab every thing that fancied our eyes. The prices are very cheap after hefty discounts. This Golden "Fook" display caught my eyes!

2. This "Fook" sign was once popularly displayed as "福" upright until the trend & beliefs that it should be shown as falling down to you. To me, it looks a bit like my luck will become upside down.

3. Don't you agree that it will look more auspicious in the upright position like this??

4. Good wishes is a must!!! Whoever that reads them out aloud or mumble in their thoughts will generate these auspicious frequencies around your house like blessings!

5. The burning candle lights from the old lanterns would bring good tidings but these days we have to put an electric bulb inside! "Raise The Red Lantern" was a very good movie showing the Emperors & his Concubines.

6. I bought some cute Red Packets with the Goats smiling.

7. This festive fire-cracker light bulbs were the most popular item! The whole string costs less than RM10 each! Hurry there & sapu!

8. Wow! The lion heads come in many colours now and selling cheaply. You can save cost by doing your own lion dance outside your door. You could also hire the "Anay & Thambee" troupe to dance for you for free! Wakakaka

 9. In China, I have seen such well-tangled red ropes in huge gigantic displays being hung up at the entrance of buildings. These red displays will attract very solid relationships with everyone.

10. I bought one for my door!

11. I was impressed with these section where all the displays had moving parts waving, using small batteries!




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My CD & Many Birthday Surprises

It was my birthday last Friday. 

I had so much wonderful surprises lined up!

1. My bed ridden mother who has been unwell for 3 months & confined herself at home, whispered to my brother that she wanted to celebrate my birthday. My brother suggested a simple dinner nearby our homes. I was very touched as my brother had to carry her with both hands from her bed to his car and finally wheeled her into the restaurant. All mothers would always sacrifice themselves for their child's sake. Sobs!

2. Later that night, my sweet & thoughtful wife treated me to spend a night at the Kuala Lumpur's 5-Star Ossoto Spa! It was a very unique idea to do nothing but to relax and rejuvenate ourselves there. I loved that blissful moment and hope to go there again soon. 

**I will specially blog about this spa next week! Stay tuned.

3. My creative wife again,  threw an unexpected surprise dinner by dropping me off at the hotel lobby. She told me to get down from the car & collect my birthday cake which was ordered by a close friend. The above rich chocolate cake was specially baked by the Master Chef at The Mines hotel & Resort but hand carried to another hotel pula.... Wakakakaka!

4. I dashed inside the hotel and my eyes went wide with dropped jaws to see 6 good friends waiting there instead! One least expected guest on this planet showed up to safely hand deliver my CD!!!! 
It was like PosLayu's new tagline - DI JAMIN SAMPAI TANGAN ANDA!

Oooooh! Thambee showed up with my PRIZED CD,  CNY card and lovely Gift Box with pretty ribbons & a touching handmade Birthday Card! Thanks heaps!!

 5. LOOK at my sweet carbo pasted CD sticker in the centre! He knows what I love to eat! 

I am sure you would agree that he created a very professional & personalised CD complete with the winner's names inside a Ziploc Bag!!!! OMG! He is so clever! No wonder Thambee obtained his MBA with honours, so sap-sap water!

6. This is Thambee's Donut and I am proud to show off my 4th CD!
Don't jealous, yeah!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Enjoy My Own Salsa Sauce & Tortilla Chips

I am an addict for junk food when I watch movies or TV soap dramas! I learnt to eat these American habits while I was a student at the boarding school there. It was an eye opener for me to see how the Americans & foreign Asians from Japan and Korea enjoyed the food while I watched on like an alien from other planets. Soon I became hooked to eating celery dipped into tartar/mayonnaise or tortilla chips dipped into flaming hot salsa sauce!

Over here in our country, I could not afford to buy those imported salsa sauce often as they are too costly unless I could grab any clearance sales! Finally, I decided to try to make my own after hibernating for so long. My classmate once made his own salsa sauce dips during our pot luck dinner and I was so impressed.

I have made my own recently and I am extremely pleased until I must share this simple recipe. Men are Men and we hardly make records for the quantity, so just make your own estimates! I have googled hundreds of recipes and decided these ingredients on my own instincts.

My ingredients - Tomato Paste, Diced Tomatoes, Lemon, Big Onion, Garlic and Green Pepper.
I bought these brands as they are cheapest available. The whole ingredients are less than RM10 and I could easily make 3 big jars like the ones sold in the supermarket.

We are supposed to use fresh Mexican Jalapenos in the original salsa sauce but we don't have fresh ones here and the imported pickled ones are over priced. What the heck! I used our flaming hot chilly sauce instead of red chillies substitute. I prefer the bottled chilly sauce as they have added some vinegar, sugar, salt and whatever which are essential. Just keep pouring the chilly sauce until your lips are burnt with smoke coming out of your mouths!

 My wife who is a strict vegan and small eater could not stop munching all my tortilla chips. She swore that it was the best salsa sauce she had eaten after trying over 5 brands I have purchased. Ahem!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Delicious Vietnamese Dinner

This is my outdated post that was put aside when my mum was taken ill suddenly. 

We try to watch movies every weekend as it is very therapeutic for us to relax and watch a good movie. It could help distract out mind away from worldly nonsense for 2 hours. Before a movie, we would normally head to any fancy restaurants for light dinner.

I went to 1-Utama to check it out this Vietnamese restaurant which is always packed.

Nice decors. Look like bras being lighted up.

What are you thinking now? Hamsap!

Yes. The hamsap man behind the screens.

I ordered their fragrant Vietnamese Coffee which was so thick & strong. The alien green drink is the Blended Avocado which is my wifey's favourite.

I am a sworn coffee addict and could drink 6 cups a day! Anyone?

I ordered their thin paper rice rolls and requested only vegetarian for wifey.

This sinful set dinner was mine. It was yummy.

The dinner bill for 2 persons.

I will be back again soon.