Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bangkok, the shopping paradise

Sorry for the delay guys! I was thinking of giving up blogging about this Bangkok trip (which happened almost 2 months ago) but I figured it will be a waste not to talk about the wonderful shopping trip!
Anywayz, I'll just make it more to a photo blog...The sky in Bangkok? Probably was in an artsy mood...
So, I went to Bangkok for the first time with a bunch of colleagues because it was a staff trip. It was a very short one, 3 days 2 nights and that's it. And... That was the only time I followed a tour guided trip since erm... Super many years ago when I was probably just a kid. Our tour guide Joey (his Thai name iswrqr#@%) is a very funny Thai guy! That's why he deserves a mention here! :)
Turned out, the only place we girls followed the tour itinerary (except for the restaurants lar) was the first place we went as we landed in Bangkok, the four-face buddha. Nothing fantastic to us. So we snapped some pics before going off to have our late lunch at McD next door...So here's the famous four-face buddha...
In general, I find Bangkok as a city, probably looks very much like some parts of KL. In many ways, it doesn't look as developed as KL, yet there are many areas that we can learn from them too. I especially find the Thais very friendly. Shopping with the girls (and ladies) was FUN FUN FUN!!!
I have to admit, their temples (even though I only went to one because I'm not interested with temples) and buildings like Baiyoke Sky failed to impress me. I don't fancy their trains too because of their stupid money-changer system. And Tuk Tuk drivers are definitely cheaters but yea not bad if you are looking for an adventurous ride or a real Bangkok experience.Pink taxis! How cute!
Aaaahhhh... Finally we got to sit down for a bit! Phew~!
Took a picture with the Tuk Tuk before the very adventurous ride!

So what did I truly enjoy in Bangkok? No... I didn't enjoy the company's lame game after our seafood dinner...
And not the fact that I found my colleague wearing the same patterned top! LOL!

Firstly, massage!Evelyn and me enjoying our massage! And the lady commented that we are 'soi' (pretty)! Yahoo~~!!!
Well obviously they are not fantastic, but not too bad. Not especially with that crazily cheap price! I paid 380 Baht (RM38) for a 2-hour full body massage! So yea, I guess that explains why we actually went for massage two nights in a row there. It feels extremely good especially after a whole long day of walking!

Of course what I enjoyed the most was shopping!!! Exhausted, but very happy shoppers! :p
I've never been to anywhere in Thailand before, so I was really innocent to think that the money I brought was enough! I didn't know that the stuff there can be so dirt cheap! Seriously! I should have brought more money!!!
My favourite must be Platinum Wholesale Mall in which we spent half-a-day just to finish one floor and didn't even have time to proceed to the next floor! Aaaarrrrgggghhh... So Pek Chek! So yea I guess even if I had the money, I wouldn't have enough time to shop too!The cute shoes I bought!!!
The few pieces of clothes and swimsuit I bought and am loving them too!
Belts, earings, pictures, notebooks...
Souvenir for colleagues from the famous Naraya.
FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD!!!
In the end, I actually bought more food than clothes and I wasn't really happy about that. Like my colleague Sze Ling said, it doesn't feel right, just doesn't feel like we are done! Enough said lar, the next time I go to Bangkok, I will make sure I have enough money and time to shop!!!At the airport we were already asking each other when is our next Bangkok trip!
I really enjoyed the shopping and the food in Bangkok and that three days really wasn't enough for me to explore all the shopping and all the food Bangkok can offer! Hence, next trip to Bangkok, I wanna go all out to eat and to shop!
Wanna join???

Friday, November 25, 2011

Plan B inspried Sauteed Mushrooms

Remember how we enjoyed our breakfast at Plan B in Bangsar? I think I've recently grown into something like my grandmother, whenever I tried something that tastes really simple to make, I'll start talking about how easy this can be made at home.
And that is exactly what I did to try making the very yummy sauteed mushrooms that comes with the breaky! Our breaky at Plan B with the Sauteed Mushrooms that I was so tempted to order extra.

So here's what you need...Fresh mushrooms cut into half or slices, cherry tomatoes halved, huge amount of finely chopped garlic and English Parsley.

And here's how you make this yummy and simple dish...
1) Heat up a frying pan or wok with some olive oil.
2) Dump the garlic in and simmer till they turn a little brownish.3) Dump the mushrooms in now and stir well.4) Now dump the tomatoes and parsley in and stir well. Add salt and black pepper to taste.5) Until you see the parsley are spread well in the entire dish, you are done!

You can serve them as a side dish or you can go ahead to have it as a main dish just like us! Yea, that explains why we cooked such a big portion of it right? It was another successful try for me even though I think we (actually I think it was Deardo... :p) sort of overcooked the tomatoes a bit. But taste wise it was all perfect and we definitely enjoyed it as a light dinner dish!
Now you can go ahead and try this at home too! :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Horrible Bosses is horribly hilarious!

Horrible Bosses is definitely one of the best comedies I've watched in the past one or two years. Of course, providing you watch it outside Malaysian cinema. And guess what, it's so funny that I've watched it 1 and a half time (didn't get to finish it the second time, that's why)!
I guess you roughly know how's the plot like only by seeing the title of the movie. Basically the three mains hate their bosses and started to plan to kill their bosses.
Basically I think the movie owes its success to two factors: 1) Bloody good and funny cast, almost everyone of them are so unforgettable! 2) Freaking funny script! Which means, you have to turn on your volume very loud to make sure you don't miss whatever they say!
I like Jason Bateman's interpretation of Nick, very angry yet chicken enough to not fight back. Jason Sudeikis as Kurt is probably the most not-so-outstanding character yet you won't say you hate him. Charlie Day as Dale is probably the most interesting and funniest character! And man I'm sure we all like his voice that makes his character funnier! And how can we forget the three horrible bosses??? Kevin Spacey was 100% awesome acting as the very bossy boss! You can really feel like you hate him so much you know! Jennifer Aniston who acted as the very 'sexually aggressive' boss was bloody natural and funny! And finally Colin Farrell gave up his sexiness and good look to play the ugly boss was really good too!
I'd say it is definitely a must watch if you enjoy comedy!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's been two years! :)

This Deepavali we celebrated our second year together.It was a rather simple celebration with a dinner at Meatworks Restaurant & Deli at Solaris, nothing fancy but I guess it was good enough lar since we always have nice food even when we aren't celebrating anything. :pI love the mushroom soup! RM15.
Deardo's Sirlion was a little over-cooked. RM50.
That's my Lamb Shank. RM65.
1/2 Roast Chicken, RM30.
My Lamb Shank was standing tall!
Ha, I know, right? we had a soup and three main courses!!! It was Deardo lar, his Sirlion wasn't enough for him so topped it up lor...Together with a pot of green tea, taxes and service charge, the dinner cost us RM193.50. Not too bad a price but taste wise, not so impressive I must say. And I hate the fact that all their sides are the same for every single dish! We prefer the Lamb shank and chicken over the steak. To me, the chicken marinate which is sweet, sour a little spicy makes the roast chicken really tasty! Obviously that was my favourite of all dishes. Oh! Love their mushroom soup too! It's really 'kao' and tastes really fresh!

MeatWorks Restaurant @ Solaris
2G 3A, Jalan Solaris 5, Block H
Solaris Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
(Directly across Cold Storage)
Tel: 03-6203 0871

So... It has been two years! How fast time past? My anniversary gift for Deardo was this 'Everyday I'm Shuffling' t-shirt I bought online and shipped all the way down from the US. Bloody expensive since I bought it from the official LMFAO Party Rock online shop but we both love it so much!
To me, two years is not too long but hey we already feel like we've been together for so long. Seeing each other everyday means we already act like an old married couple. Sometimes I wish the relationship can be more exciting and I always hope Deardo can be more romantic and give me surprises like what you see in the drama series. But then come to think of it, he takes care of me whenever needed in daily life, whenever I'm sick... What else can I ask for? I think it was two days after that we gave ourselves a break having supper, beer and cocktail at Chili's KLCC.
What we had that night at 11pm!

I can't even remember when was the last time we really went out for supper...
Don't ask me about marriage. There are still some complicated issues to be solved before we can go to that level of life. I am anywayz, not such of a fan of organising and going crazy over a wedding and judging from our lifestyle now, I don't think a marriage will make such a difference to us. It will, perhaps be a marriage just so that our parents will be happy. And plus! Like I always tell Deardo, you better think of an unforgettable proposal or I could just say no to you if you give me a non-romantic proposal! :p

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Makan-makan in Bangkok

Hello people!!!

Yeah, I've been super duperly busy recently and that prevented me from publishing anything on my blog (and actually also prevented me from reading other blogs). I know, I know, that means my blog is boring without any updates but hey I'm back and I hope that although I'll still be quite busy at least until December, I'll get to update more often. I mean, bloody hell all my stuff are so backdated now!!!

This particular post on food I had in Bangkok was taken from my company's staff trip exactly a month ago! Anywayz, most food I had in Bangkok was fantastic, giving me zero excuse to skip blogging about them!

Sinfully yummy pork burger @ McDSawadee ka Mr. McD Thailand~!
Oh yeah, finally I got to try this very famous pork burger that all Malaysians don't have the courtesy to have them here in our country!!! Forget about whatever healthy diet! I'm a HUGE fan of McD pork burger!!!
The pork patty is juicy and super nice but a bit to thin lar... I suggest if they have the patty from Loong Kee to go with their sauces and lettuce at McD, it will be perfect! *ching ching ching ching~~~*I have a colleague who walluped three of the pork burgers at once!Thai McD's breaky menu.
I also tried their Spinach pie, which also cannot be found in Malaysia but it was just so-so. So... I was truly impressed by the yumminess of the pork burger. Haih... Perhaps they can consider opening an extra McD in Malaysia that is non-halal? Or like in any supermarket, open up a section that is non-halal so we can enjoy these yummy burgers too? Seriously, I only go to McD for breaky (oh and by the way they also have pork porridge in their breakfast meal! How cool!) but if there is pork burger here I'll probably visit McD more often than ever.

Seafood Dinner @ Nathong Seafood
This is one of the restaurants the tour guide brought us to and all dishes were pre-booked. Oh just FYI, it took us more than one and a half hour to get there for our dinner. Bloody Bangkok traffic... ==|||The restaurant is super huge! And I suspect they actually have buffet counters where you can go get sashimi, sushi and pork satays but ours were pre-booked so we can only eat whatever came to our table lar. They even have live band!To cut the whole thing short, I will only showcase those that I think are recommendable...This is unique! Spicy and Sour Squid.
I never liked salted fish but this fried Kailan with salted fish, me like!
The Thai Fish Cake was good too!
This deep fried fish was superb!!!
The deep fried fish was definitely everyone's favourite dish. Very crispy, fresh and delicious! See, the simplest dish won here! Hehe...Us girls who enjoyed the dinner like some hungry ghost just because we were so hungry trapped in the bloody traffic jam!

Lunch buffet @ Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Also included in the package is this lunch buffet which we only had about one hour there to sapu whatever we could simply because we were too busy shopping! Ha! Yes I'm serious, we didn't follow most of the programme throughout the 3 days 2 nights trip because we were too immersed with the shopping!!!Due to time constrain, this is the only picture I took of the food. Top left is the Tom Yam soup!
Anywayz, the only thing that really satisfied me and to say, something special was their Tom Yam! Their Tom Yam comes in a small bowl of fresh mushrooms, squids, prawns and fish and guess what, they add milk in it! Ok, maybe I'm suaku lar but that was the first time I had Tom Yam with milk and it is absolutely delicious I had three bowls of it!!!

Best ever Mango Glutinous Rice @ MBK's Food Court
Food court? You serious???
Yes, I'm serious! That is by far the best ever mango glutinous rice I've ever tried in my entire life and it was found at a food court of a shopping mall! You gotta ask ourselves why Malaysian food court can't do that, right?Irresistible mango glutinous rice! Yummmzzzz...
First of all, the mango is super sweet and fresh! The rice tastes just nice with the right amount of coconut milk and the right amount of crunchiness. And we all agreed that the small little yellow sprinkle on top of the rice made a whole lot of difference even though we really don't know what are they actually... :pAlso, beef noodles...
And absolutely colourful Pad Thai.
We also tried their Pad Thai and Beef Noodles but I think the Pad Thai deserves a mention! That's me and Evelyn, the Pad Thai die-heart fan! I think she had at least 5 Pad Thai during our entire trip in Bangkok. :S

It was really too short a trip, both for food and shopping. Food in Bangkok in general passed my satisfaction level with quite reasonable price. But going with colleagues who aren't very adventurous also means I didn't get to go the extreme. I didn't even try any of the street foods because my colleagues were worried of hygiene issue which makes a lot of sense because I did see loads of flies floating on top of their uncooked food at some roadside stalls. But oh I wouldn't mind trying once, at least! And the insects! Although I haven't really decided whether or not to really put them into my mouth, I didn't even see any of the stalls selling fried insects!
Hence, going to Bangkok for a second time is a must (of course when it is free of flood and political issues lar) when I have more money and more time because 3 days 2 nights weren't enough!!!

Till then, stay tuned for a second and final post on my Bangkok trip. Soon, hopefully~! :)