Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Glory Glory Man Utd!

Date: 18th July 2009

Time: 1730 Hours

Venue: Bukit Jalil Stadium, Selangor

Event: Manchester United vs Malaysia

The 2 of us, waiting for the match to start.
The players lining up for a photo op just before the match started.

The MU backbenchers, with Grand Master Fergie.

Luis Nani injured.

Wayne Rooney face-off.

Jogging back into position.

Michael Owen in his favourite position, near the goal.

Substitution during the 2nd half, in comes Ryan Giggs.

Giggsy in action.

Game over, MU won 3-2 with goals from Wayne Rooney, Luis Nani and Michael Owen.

The players resting after the game.


Hubby grinning under the spotlight. Another satisfied MU fan.

MU gave a 4-star match.

Spaghetti Grill, Mid Valley Mall, Kuala Lumpur

The last time hubby's family was in town, we dined at Spaghetti Grill, since Chilli's was full.
We ordered 2 dinner sets which came with soup and dessert. We chose onion and mushroom soup. The crackers were a nice touch.

Hubby's mom had the fish & chips set (RM16.95++). I found the portion rather small, and I think they used Dory fish. The fries were good though.

The chicken ceasar salad topped with parmesan cheese was one of the dinner sets (RM16.95++). Again, the portions was a bit small, but the deep fried chicken was crunchy and tasty. I selected this set and regret forgetting to ask the waiter to exclude the parmesan. Not a fan of smelly cheeses.

Hubby's bro had the beef lasagna (RM24.95) which tasted rather beefy. There was a lot of filling, and we liked the gooey melted cheese.

Hubby chose the Hawaiian pizza (RM26.95) topped with marinara sauce, marinated chicken, diced pineapples and mozarella cheese. Not bad.

The dinner sets came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Spaghetti Grill
Lot G (E) 17, MidValley Megamall,
Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra 59200, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2287 2220

3-bams for decent Western fare, a bit pricey for the small portions.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Peking Duck Promotion @ Mines Wellness Hotel, Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Hubby sent me this link last Friday and that night itself, we were feasting on crispy, shiny Peking Duck (RM28.00++) at Cheng Ho Court in the Mines Wellness Hotel. That's our duck, all ready to be carved up by the waitress.
The crispy duck skin together with spring onions, was wrapped up in thin crepe. The waitress did all the assembly work, we just had to wait and eat! We had 2 plates full of Peking Duck crepes for appetizer.

I had my crepes with a generous slather of hoisin sauce.

The waitress asked us how we would like the duck meat cooked (at no extra charge!)....with ginger and spring onions, with black bean sauce, or with fried rice or noodles. We chose to have it cooked with longevity noodles. Soon after, a big plate of noodles came our way.

Our bowls were heaped with duck and noodles. The delicious, salty and the well-marinated boneless duck meat pieces were succulent and super tasty, smoky and proved to be excellent complement to the springy longevity noodles.

Our meal for 2, with a pot of Chinese tea (RM4.00), cost us RM36.80 after 15% tax. It was, indeed, worth every cent!

This Peking Duck promotion starts from 1st July 2009 and lasts till 31st August 2009. Each duck costs only RM28.00++ during this period and is available for dinner only. There are apparently no terms and conditions attached to this promotion. Yay!

Cheng Ho Court

Mines Wellness Hotel,

Jalan Dulang, Mines Resort City,

43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.

Tel: 03-89436688

Fax: 03-89435555

4 bams for a superb duck meal!

Chow Yhang Restaurant, SS2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

UCT's birthday was celebrated here a couple months back. It's my first time dining at Chow Yhang Restaurant and it proved to be a treat!
Hubby's uncle (a regular here) ordered the deep fried yam ring. I don't fancy yam, but the stir fried chicken and vegetable filling was pretty good.

We also had the braised pork ribs in honey sauce which was superbly tender, moist and tasted faintly of star anise and cinnamon. Very succulent, very tasty.

We had a whole crispy duck (RM35.00) which was deep fried and then placed upon a soy-based gravy. The meat was a tad dry in certain parts, but the skin was delightfully crispy on the parts that did not touch the gravy. I would have preferred this dish served without the gravy. I love duck in all forms, but crispy is definitely the best way to go!

4 varieties of beans stir fried with sambal belacan. This dish I loved. The sambal belacan used here was more potent than that from other restaurants and the dish had a slightly sour taste (probably from some freshly squeezed lime juice). I absoltely enjoyed this piquant dish.

Steamed patin in soy sauce. The fish was a tad under-steamed here, and there wasn't enough gravy, methinks. This dish could have done with some improvements.

And since hubby's aunt was a big fan of salted egg yolk, we added an order of prawns fried in salted egg style. The crustaceans were coated with wet, thick, salted egg yolk batter. Sinfully delicious!
UCT's birthday cake, an Oreo cheesecake.
The bill for the 8 of us came up to RM223.20.

135, Jalan SS2/6,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-78773850
Mobile: 012-3257122, 012-3215612
Closed on Thursdays.
4-bams because I love the traditional Chinese cooking here!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Goodbye, Michael Joseph Jackson

far upon the forest lawns
he rests his hat, his sequinned glove
his tap shoes all polished bright
no more dance and beat, this long goodnight
he glides a trail upon the moon
mercurial steps that stardust follow
and fairy wings in gentle flight
guide him down the yellow-bricked morrow
home, home, to neverland and then
he finds his peace, he sleeps, he mends
and outlives
the human heart,
mortal memories,
transient time.
he had no end.

- by Jessica
8th July 2009

Indian Rojak and Vadai @ SS15 Subang Jaya

We had Indian rojak in SS15 in Subang Jaya where there was a long line of people with similar intent. We found this popular roadside stall quite by accident, actually.
That's the menu, we had the one with squid and a boiled egg.

This was real good, the gravy was not too thick, nor too watery, with just the right hint of spiciness. I loved how the testure of the crunchy cucumber and sengkuang (yam bean) contrasted with the springy slices of boiled egg.

Next to the Indian rojak stall was another selling Indian savoury treats.
We bought a bunch of vadai, the best I've ever had. It was fresh off the wok, really crunchy on the outside and delightfully aromatic inside.
They have loads of chickpeas on sale too.
And what I think was the softer version of vadai.
3-bams for good snacking.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Somewhere In Time

One of the great romance classics from when I was growing up, Somewhere In Time, has a theme of love that transcends all time and space....a metaphysical romance, if you may. Some don't believe in love that lasts forever, even beyond death. I, however, can't imagine that it does not. I grew up loving this movie, its theme, its beautifully sad soundtrack by John Barry, its "Come back to me" moments...
Love, forever, with a sigh, is what it is...
For a quick view of the movie's prime scenes and soundtrack : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4N1mxN5JbU&feature=related
There are 2 versions of lyrics to the music written by John Barry. I don't know which one is the correct one, but they are both sentimental to a fault...
Somewhere in time
We met on timeless hills
And in the evening mist we kissed
And time stood still
Before the dawn, we found forever
Moments are timeless when I feel your caress

You'll always be inside of me
And I know when love is true
It's always with you

Somewhere in time
I came to realize
Love never goes
Love never goes
Once it has touched your heart
Just like the strength of wine that's left
As two lips part
A taste of love will linger after
I know the meaning of all that I see
You'll always be inside of me
And I know when love is true
It's always with you

Somewhere in time
I came to realize
Love never goes...

Somewhere in time,
We’ll share one love, one life,
And with each gentle touch,
I know this much, is true.
And when we kiss,
I see forever, and in your arms, I’m lost,
You find me again.
No words, no rhymes,
Describe this pain inside,
No matter how hard I tried,
I die inside, to let you go.
To say goodbye my heart breaks forever,
Somewhere in time,
I know we’ll meet again.
You're in my heart, you’re in my soul,
And if you go away from me,
I can’t let go.
Until the end,
I know we’ll meet again,
Somewhere in time...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I Just Love You

I just love the soft, piano-infused Adam Lambert version of this song...poignant, tender, reads almost like a love letter (if you discount the 1 line that reveals this song was written by a father to his daughter)...
I Just Love You
Lonely, yeah that's the word
I leave my heart when I leave her
The days go on forever and the nights do too
One evening out on the road
A half a world away from home
I thought she was sleeping
When the call came through
I said, Darling, it's late, is everything ok
Silence took over the room
Til she said
I... I just Love You
I Don't Know Why, I Just Do
When are you coming home
I'm coming home soon
And I just love you too
Lonely lets me be
For a while she sets me free
I close my eyes and I dream of her
She's lost in my arms
Her head on my heart
And softly she whispers the words
I...I just Love You
I Don't Know Why, I Just Do
When are you coming home
I'm coming home soon
And I just love you too
I'll never stop being amazed
How my 4-year old girl knows exactly what to say

I, I just Love You
I Don't Know Why, I Just Do
When are you coming home
I'm coming home soon
Cause I just love you too

- Five For Fighting