Monday, December 28, 2009

I Wish You'd Catch My Eye.

Currently listening to- Painting by Chagall by The Weepies

We had a joint celebration/ shopping outing for Kit Mun and Ka-Yee's birthdays who are just a day apart a few weeks ago.

This is Kit Mun looking all supermodel-ey with her oversized sunnies holding part of Ka-Yee's pressie.

Finally, Ka-Yee arrives to claim her birthday pressie.
Woman, I'm so glad you managed to make it that day. We hardly ever get to see you man! :(

And it seems like she likes her gift! :D

Operation Get Ka-Yee To Wear More Dresses
is sucessful!

I also realized that I have not introduced Delicious under Gastronomic Adventures yet which is travesty since that's one of my favourite food joints.

Anyway, this is my all time favourite Watermelon and Lychee Blast. I almost always order this when I am there. It's usually that or their Frosty Lemon Tea.
Both drinks are very refreshing and are best served on a super scorchingly hot day!
This is another one of my favourites - Duck Confit Spaghettini

It tastes a bit like aglio oglio, only more yummylicious! The sun dried tomatoes add that extra flavour and the duck is always marinated to perfection.

Lately, my sisters and I have also been addicted to their Pesto, which is also extremely scrumptious. Another must try though we didn't order it that day.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

This was Ka-Yee's choice and it turned out better than expected I must say! (coz I usually order their Caesar which is pretty standard)
It is however, a dish for peanut lovers only since the dressing is peanut sauce. (I'm a peanut sauce lover as you can see)
Ann didn't like it coz she doesn't like peanuts. :(
Loved the presentation though. The thinly sliced zucchinis are so cute!

Mun's favourite - Spaghetti Carbonara

A pretty standard dish I would say. Their sauce is rich and creamy (as the best carbonaras should be even though the original ones aren't creamy at all =.=), making this dish super filling. I advise sharing for this one if you want to avoid filling jelak!

In my opinion, this is the best dish is Delicious - Shoestring fries with Aeoli
It sounds deceptively simple but it tastes superb! I'm sure you're probably going: "You go ALL the way to Delicious to eat fries?!"
But trust me on this one. Delicious makes the best shoestring fries ever! They are usually crispy at all the right places and coupled with their to-die-for aeoli, I'm in carbohydrate heaven. :D
And the best news is, their amazing aeoli is now for sale at Delicious Ingredients at only RM10! We already have to two little pots sitting in our fridge. Hehe. And aeoli has replaced chilli sauce at the dinner table. Fattening, but in my sister's words: you only live once and we're ALL going to die anyway! Lol XD
Good food, good company and good ambience. What else can you ask for?

All the Ssaps minus Ieka. :(

One more before we hit Telawi for some retail therapy!

Oh, we made Ka-Yee try her dress first though, just to make sure it fit properly.
Doesn't she look stunningly gorgeous in it? ;)

My college ssaps are the awesomest bunch ever. I love you guys!
Moving on girls, bazaar this weekend on? :P

Painted in Grey.

As I walk into my room, I can smell the aroma of the newly hung oil painting. Looking at the black and white contrast of the interconnected webs of branches and dots of leaves with the background always forces me to stop, stare and mavel. Art really is beautiful thing.

I remember the exact moment this painting caught my eye so many months ago. I was walking unsuspectingly in Jusco, One Utama. I wasn't even looking for anything in particular even though we were all supposed to be on the lookout for additions to our new sanctuary. And then I saw it. From afar - in all it's contrasting glory. And I knew I wanted to have that painting. Must have it, even. I had no clue what my room would be like, what colour I'd paint my walls, what style my future furnitire would look like, but I knew I wanted that painting. Crazy isn't it?

And so many months later, I finally have it. At a fraction of the original price because I managed to find the exact same painting with a tiny flaw at a stall in Plaza Damas. The artist who sold me the painting said they all came from China. Oh, how they over-inflate the prices at these commercial stores!

But I digress.

I was saying how art is such a beautiful thing. And it is. I find it so amazing how the same piece of art can mean so many different things to different people. I see mine as a tree of life. The vendor sees it as a money tree. (and so does my dad) 0_o But it works just as well I suppose. I love how, in that sense, each piece of art is unique to every individual. And I'm not just talking about art in the form of paintings, but art in the form of words, architecture, buildings, songs, photographs, sketches, food - everything.


Creating something out of nothing.
That's probably what I admire the most about artists. It's times like these that I wish my art was good. That I am able to create all these wonderful, amazing things which will make people stop in their tracks and think for a moment about what it means to them. How wonderful that gift would be!

But I cannot create, I can only imitate. Or re-create. Even when I took art lessons as a kid, my best drawings and paintings were imitations of my teacher's work. I always had to have an example to look to, before I could do anything on my own. But I think I've come to terms with that. It's probably why I admire writers, artists, architects and even engineers so much.
Oh well, in the meantime, I'll just admire my pretty tree of life everytime I walk past it. :D


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone's Christmas was filled with lots of warmth, love, joy, laughter and fun!


Btw, can you believe that my Christmas tree is older than I am? And most of the ornaments on the tree too come to think of it. =/

P.S: I'm loving how our Christmas tree is sitting in the corner of a very oriental/ Chinese-y living room. The best of both worlds indeed.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

All About Us.

Last month, I spent a few days helping Ea and Jowee with their music video.
We filmed most of our shots in Monash, some in my house and on Pyramid's roof top.
Although it was super tiring for the most part, it's also one of the fun-est things I've done in awhile. So thank you girls! For inviting me to be a part of this wonderful experience.
I can now say that I've been a part of a music video production. :)
Before you guys watch the actual music video, take a look at the behind the scenes shots!
Our direction/producer-Zaleha on the left taking her lunch break! Check out her mouthful of spaghetti on the left. :P

Introducing the other director/producer who was doubling up as a crew member!

On a completely unrelated note, I think the dead cat(the fluffy mike) is so cute! It amuses me for some weird, inane reason.

This was how dedicated everyone was! The sun was glaring and we were all sweating buckets but we persevered for the sake of art! ;)

Director/Producer er... instructing her main actors while the other director/producer sets up the equipment.


At one point, one of the wheels came out and ALL the future engineers came to the rescue.

Sometimes, having boys around can come in handy! :P


Transporting the dolly!


The equipment.


Day 2 of the shoot was done on Pyramid's roof top.

If either Jon or Ea were to slip, it's a LONG way down. Yikes!


This was the final day of the shoot.


The two directors/producers taking five while waiting for the actors to get their act together.

It was an awesome experience girls, I'd relive it in a heartbeat even though it involved lots of hard work.

Anyway, here's the final product! I hope you guys enjoy it/ understand the storyline!

PS: See if you can guess my feet correctly! :D

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Neither Here Nor There.

The question isn't about staying together forever- with the right amount of patience and perseverance, anyone can do that; it's about staying HAPPY together forever.
Anyway, this will probably be a pretty long, picture heavy post. If you're not in the mood for on those posts I suggest you read these bite sized versions:
1) Andrea's concise version
2) Jowee's short, sweet and fun version
3) Adele's two in one version
My version will be a more detailed one since it was my 19th birthday after all and it was a time to remember. :D
Let the shrine of narcissism begin!

So I fetch Mel and Wee down to Sheraton to check in and thus began our epic hotel sleepover!
It was super jammed on Imbi that day die to those good-for-nothing traffic policemen so bear with our continuous shots!

The Octopus mouth is the easiest thing to do when you need to change facial expressions I've noticed. :P

My friends are so comel laaa... <3

Once my dad and sis checked us in and we were done oogling the room, camwhore time begun!
My right and left hand girls. Don't pway pway!

And then we decided to get ready for dinner. Look at all the gorgeous dresses! Wee and Mel had a dilemma choosing which one to wear so we decided to have a mini fashion show trying on each other's dresses since we had to wait for Ann to arrive anyway.

The fashion show begins! I guess girls never tire of playing dress up do they?
That's Mel in my dress and Wee peeking out of the closet.

Loving Jowee's hair here! So pwetty.
And I'm trying on Mel's dress which has a gorgeous back! You guys can check out Five Fashion Friends to see our complete outfits for that day! ;)

Once our outfits were settled, we started to take jump shots.
And this was the perfect jump, except that we look like headless chickens.
Ah well, at least it's funnier this way.
Touching up our make up was next in line and here you can see the look of intense concentration on my face as I try not to poke my eye whilst trying to make myself look good.
Oh, the things we do to look pretty!

Now, it's time for a gastronomic adventure!
We decided on Dome for dinner at Pavilion and this is my all-time favourite drink at Dome- Cranberry Cooler!
Basically, it's just cranberry syrup and sprite but somehow Dome makes the best Cranberry Coolers. I've tried similar ones in Alexis and Chinoz before but they just don't do the drink justice.
If you like something with a bit of fizz in it, this is a must-try!

Next up, Chocolate Brownies with Vanilla Ice-Cream.
This was pretty standard with the gooey, sweet, sticky chocolate.
The only thing that left me slightly irritated was that they served this as the second or third dish. Hello? Desserts are meant to be served AFTER dinner. At least ASK before you serve it la right?

Pesto Caesar Salad
So we alternated between super sweet dessert and savoury starters and mains.
Their Caesar was pretty good because of the pesto sauce- which made it slightly similar to The C.Club's Caesar.
Back in the day, I remember my sister would go to Dome JUST to eat their Caesar Salad coz it had a full egg in it. However, they have since changed their resipe but it tastes just as good if you ask me.

This is another all-time Dome favourite of mine too- Creamy Seafood Pasta
It's sinful with all the cream and pretty flavourful too. What more can you ask for?
Best served with lashings of black pepper! ;)
Oh and their prawns are fresh! Not the artificial chewy kind. Urgh.

After our filling dinner, we walked around Pavilion trying to let the food digest and guess who we bumped into at Diva? Nicole Chin!
I seem to always be bumping into people at Diva- that store feng shui good la.
I bumped into Debbie and Wei-Lin at the same time in Diva MV.
They shoudl be called: Diva- Bring People Closer Together By Their Love For Accessories.
Lol XD

And this is, as Ann calls it- a commercial break from all the picture viewing. Drink Coke!
It was actually pretty funny watching this dude decide whether or not to continue walking while we were taking the picture. In the end, he decided to walk right when Jowee thought he wouldn't, and this is the end result- Drink Coke!

Pavilion's Christmas deco this year is superb! With all the fairy lights and ginormous Christmas trees, it was truly magnificent indeed.
Group picture before Adele had to leave because she had her IELTS the next day.
Thank you so much girl for coming even though you had a pretty important exam the next day. It means a lot to me. *hugs*

Headed back to the hotel for Wee and Mel to do an outfit change and oh, funny story!
On the way back to the hotel as we were exiting the parking lot, we were held up as this car was blocking the exit. While we passed by the car that was holding up traffic, we saw this shiny black 2 door BMW parked right at the exit, a girl throwing up as she sat in the passenger seat and her boyfriend (presumably the owner of the BMW) frantically wiping her puke off his car door, looking up at her in concern and asking if she was okay, and then resumed wiping his precious car.
And this is why dating car lovers suck. The car is more important than you.
Bah, humbug.

Love that spotlight from above, midnight sun indeed! :D
And for the record, standing on pebbles in heels is really no joke. =.=

They had a massage table next to the pool!
And I already said this is a narcisstic shrine so big ass pictures of me are compulsory! :P

I love this candid shot of Mel and Ann! We were waiting for Kit Mun btw, that's why we had so much free time.

Improved version of See No Evil, Speak No Evil and Hear No Evil.

A really nice Caucasian lady offered to take this photos for us! Her angle was really awesome!

Kit Mun finally arrived and we headed out to Maison.

Despite having a bit too many lecherous guys filming ugly podium girls dancing as well as ah bengs, I think we managed to have fun!

This first drink we scored for the night which... nobody drank.
I swear Malaysian guys, or more specifically ah bengs are a complete failure at picking up girls!
You do not, let me repeat, you NEVER walk up to a girl's table hold a drink, plop it down, and then leave without saying a word! Jeez. Who is going to drink your drink like that? We have no idea what it was or if it was spiked and when we tried asking him, he remained tight lipped and walked away. Epic PHAIL!. So we just left it there at the table.

Now this guys was a bit smarter- he took an entire bottle of Chivas and poured it right in front of us and clinked glasses. Thank you Waleed, for having some common sense!

It was a pretty good night I felt and we hit the dance floor shortly after our Mission For The Night was accomplished. ;D

My present from the girls. So suspicious lol, what is it?
I told Kit Mun I wanted Taboo, and lo and behold, they got me Taboo!
Ask and thou shalt receive indeed. :D
We spent the rest of the night or morning I should say playing Twister and Taboo! So much fun!
It is actually quite hard to play Twister when you've got a slight buzz going in your head but we did it pretty well and burned some calories holding super hard positions till like 7 in the morning! :D
The party don't stop just because we were back in the hotel room yo!

Unfortunately Mel K.O-ed for awhile but woke up when we beeped the Taboo beeper in her ear 2 hours later. Lol XD

And of course, we continued our Langkawi tradition of taking bikini showers.
Except we decided to do bikini hot tub first!
It is super relaxing to soak in hot HOT water after a long night out. Props to Jowee who ran the bath!

We popped in a DVD (Ghost of Girlfriend's Past) at around 7.30am but all of us crashed and took some much deserved rest on the fluffy hotel beds.
We woke up again around 10am, and I found it amusing how we all got up at exactly the same time! Our brains are so in sync it's not funny! Anyway did our make up and showered before checking out and heading off to have lunch.

Check out our bikini line! :P

Ann's intense concentration look! Eh, curling lashes also needs skill and concentration okay!
Btw, Ann I love your lashes- they're so long!

Decided to try out Pepper Lunch and it was really yummylicious!
But being the glutton that I am, I forgot to take picture and dug right in so I can't really do a gastronomic adventure post. :(
Oh well, suffice to say, it was good and you should try it one day!

And so ends my epic brithday sleepover. Thanks to all of you darling girls who made it.
I love you guys like crazy!
I think what made this sleepover so crazily fun was that we all gel-ed together so easily and all of us liked to dress up and do all the girly, fun things together. Outings with you guys are always awesome! Sg. Wang next k, girls! Can't wait!