Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Wesak Day @ The Starling Mall

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my own discretion. 

We visited The Starling Mall again yesterday for our quick lunch at the popular Food court which is now getting crowded with shoppers. The stalls sell tasty food (halal & non halal) at reasonable prices and the modern ambiance with high ventilated ceilings is certainly a very refreshing place to laze and relax after your meals.



We adjourned to see the Buddhist Association's food fair which was held on the 5th floor. I got 2 tickets to watch & support their Hong Jie Jie Drama "Hot Hot Is Missing"I had no idea what this drama was all about.





I was indeed surprised to see the whole venue was packed with hive of activities where so many people were selling and buying many charitable items besides offering flowers, lights and prayers to the Lord Buddha at the altars, in conjunction with the Wesak Day celebrations. It was like a packed supermarket having big sales.




It was interesting to see Durian desserts, organic produce, cakes, bags, household detergents, herbal supplements and many types of food & drinks being sold. Everyone was doing a roaring and noisy business. 


 Musical & Dance Performance of Hong Jie Jie Drama "Hot Hot Is Missing"



We had a pleasant surprise to see my actor friend Fai Chen, all made up in a fancy costume on stage. It was my first time seeing him act in a live perfomance where he played the fatherly role. He really could sing and dance so well in that meaningful drama to entertain the many kids and adult spectators.



I really applauded the whole cast of performers who did a very wonderful and entertaining show. I did not expect it to be so entertaining as their make shift stage was so small yet they could all dance and prance happily on the whole stage. In the end, this drama got very teary when the young daughter really cried real tears on stage and pleaded with her father Fai Chen. Both sang very sad songs in duet with their mournful tone that made all the adult ladies wept so openly. My darling wife who had a very sad & abusive childhood upbringing wiped away buckets of tears too.

Later I had to ask Fai Chen about this wonderful drama's background and was told that it was directed by Mr. Mon Lim and produced by a former famous 98.8 radio DJ.



Happy Wesak Day To All My Readers & Friends!
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Big Bad Wolf Box Sale

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 It was such a tensed GE14 for me on Wednesday 9th May. It really drained out all my energy from all the anxiety, worries and excitement from watching the slow results reported through the television and smartphones. I am sure many Malaysians, young and old were all glued to the live telecasts to hear which party had won to form the ruling government. It was the first time the whole country came together in unity to vote out the corrupted politicians. 

Most of the voters slept after 4.00am and I was no exception. I woke up late in the morning with a blurry head and decided that we needed to get out of the house for some fresh air. I saw this Small Kuching who alerted everyone about her visit to the book fair at The Starling Mall. It was a coincidence as I wanted to eat my brunch at their food court as they have very good iced coffee that could keep me awake & alive. So I had planned to walk into the fair and browse some books since we are allowed to claim from our income tax.




I was very surprised to see the huge crowd of shoppers who came with their whole families. It was so merry and happy to see everyone with their index fingers all inked. Some shoppers smiled at me when they saw my long hands exposed my inked finger while grabbing some books on display.




My old friend Desmond just showed up at the fair unannounced. We all 3 book worms decided to pool our books together and bought the big box at RM97.90 which was a good bargain. We could only fill the box with over 20 books which would cost averagely RM4.50 per book which was still a good bargain. Some of our books were valued and sold at over RM100 at their original retail price.

We paid for the whole loot and checked out of the book fair which was held on the top floor of The Starling Mall. We passed a backdrop of boxes for their "Snap And Win Contest". My wife took out her smartphone. Desmond and I just started to act very silly without qualms. Many book shoppers walked pass and laughed at the 2 uncles like us, clowning & fighting away in full public view.




 10 days later...





What a nice surprise today. I received a text message to congratulate me!







This is our winning photo entry!





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Monday, May 7, 2018

Practical Rattan Furnitures

I have been driving past this mobile truck for a long time and always admired at his rattan wares. The seller would display them all over the sidewalk outside the 7-Eleven. At one glance, it could transport my mind to all my childhood days and my late grandfather.


Last Sunday, I had to make stop outside this particular 7-Eleven along Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. I needed to top up my Touch & Go card which had RM2.00 left. So I took a good look at all the rattan wares on display. I thought of my late parents and grandfather as they used to have several pieces of the rattan furniture and baskets at home.




I used to ride those rattan rocking horses and rocking chairs at the houses of my cousins. It was something that I truly enjoyed and happy childhood memories came flooding back to me. I chuckled when I thought of myself riding the rocking horse today. My heavy weight would definitely flatten and kill the poor horse!



I was excited to slowly browse at all the useful kitchen wares and lazy chairs for the living room. I find that they are so strong, very light and cooling to relax on the rattan chairs. No wonder I could play overnight mahjong that lasted over 10 hours as the chairs I sat were made of cane & rattan being bound together. Seriously, I am thinking of slowly converting all my living room sofas & dining chairs to rattan pieces instead. Would you agree with my ideas?



I had to run off to top up my T&G cash card when I realised the owner was sitting on his truck. He was busy firing the strips of cane with a portable flame gun and bent all into the desired shapes. It looked so easy and interesting that I am planning to visit him again this weekend. If you are interested, I would snap photos of this talented man in action making all the wares by himself! Voila!




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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Good Dinner @ Le Pont Boulangerie

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Our close & generous friend Bruce Lee & wife treated us to a sumptuous dinner. It was so delicious that a non foodie blogger like me need to share it here. This dining place has a very cozy ambiance and comes with very good service which was very prompt, efficient and indeed thoughtful. Le Pont has the same perfectionist boss as the Xenri Japanese restaurant which I had my buffet earlier on. Both the outlets are located along the same quiet lane off Old Klang Road (Opposite Pearl Hotel). They have just opened another branch at Sri Petaling which the thick skinned yours truly, is waiting for Bruce Lee to host another dinner treat and invite me. Sadly, he doesn't read my blogs cos I didn't tell him it still exists.

I am not good at describing all the details of the food and taste like these famous bloggers Kris, Ah Hong Chee, Mun and Sean. I would just chomp and swallow big mouthfuls as usual which often irritates my wife for all my bad manners. I often forgot the names of the food and overlooked the photo taking as usual. This round, I took photos of all the pages of the menu so that I would not forget the names! So clever me. I have spiced up my photos with colorful graphics to excite my readers instead of writing. Hope you like it.


Meitako Pasta - RM23.90 / Mushroom Carbonara - RM23.90 / Spicy Marinara Cordon Bleu Pasta - RM28.90 
/ Le Pont Signature Uruchimai - RM27.90


On the ground floor of the premise, they have a popular bakery section which has many trays of European styled breads, buns and healthy baked cakes for the customers who could sit with friends over coffee and tea. There is an artistic staircase that leads up to the dining area which is often packed until its closing hour at 1.00am daily! I wonder how many dining outlets would be so thoughtful to close at this hour?



BBQ Hawaiian Pizza - RM26.90 / BBQ Chicken - RM16.90 / Hibiscus Rose Tea - RM16.00+

I am very convinced that they have a team of dedicated chefs who always strive to achieve the highest standards of quality. I have observed them several times for their skill and craftsmanship in their culinary presentations where they only used top notch ingredients.



Teh Tarik Pavlova - RM17.90 / Rose Latte - RM12.00+


I was told that their well experienced Chef de Cuisine has designed a menu which serves a diverse mix of snack & comfort food and main courses that all reflect the French-European dining connections. Everything was cooked to sedap perfection to please me. We ate more cakes and drinks but I forgot to snap photos as usual. Give me time and practice to learn how to blog about food instead of just juicy gossips and spooky tales.




Le Pont Boulangerie
6, Lorong 1/137c, 
Batu 5, Jalan Kelang Lama, 
58000 Kuala Lumpur, 

Tel: 03-7783 0900
Business Hours: 10.00am till 01.00am


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Good Greetings From Jakarta

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