Monday, July 18, 2016

Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy & Food Festival 2016

[Upcoming Event]
Ever since its revamp, Atria Shopping Gallery has attracted many more shoppers with the variety of food and fashion tenants. I was truly amazed by its transformation the first time I visited after it reopened. It was new, modern and trendy, very much better than how it used to be back then. Thanks to its close proximity to my workplace, it has also become one of my regular lunch time hangout spots. 
The new Atria Shopping Gallery is OSK Property’s first flagship mall, a total transformation of the old mall to cater to today’s trends and tastes. The new Atria’s interior is inspired by the natural beauty and exquisite forms found in the Malaysian tropical rainforest, which provides an ambience that is warm and welcoming and most importantly – modern! With its new tenant mix, the shopping offers shoppers total shopping and dining experience and has everything from health and fitness, kids and entertainment, fashion, beauty, IT, home and living, and a Village Grocer.
This month, Atria Shopping Gallery will be having a comedy and food fest where you can expect one and a half hours of rib-tickling jokes as some of the top Malaysian stand-up comedians keep you entertained and help you forget your blues at special sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the Ground Floor.
The food festival will be happening on the Concourse Floor from 20 to 31 July 2016 featuring some of the mall’s tenants as well as outside vendors. In conjunction with the fest, Malaysia’s most famous culinary personality Datuk Chef Wan will share his delicious recipes and demonstrate his cooking skills.

Being a glutton, there's nothing other than a variety of good food that can gain my absolute attention. Along with the girls, I visited some of the food and beverage outlets that will be participating in the upcoming fest at Atria Shopping Gallery. All the way up to the third floor of the shopping centre which houses a whole variety of restaurants, cafes and F&B outlets.

I Love Yoo!

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I believe that fellow Malaysians are familiar with this outlet which can be seen in many major shopping malls. I Love Yoo! is known for their traditional Chinese favorites including ‘You Tiao’ and ‘Tau Foo Fah’ and they only use 100% fresh and new palm oil for frying, non-genetically modified soy bean and high quality ingredients. This was our very first stop where we had our breakfast which consisted of red bean and peanut sesame balls, soya bean, you tiao and Hainanese coffee.
What a great start to our weekend! 
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Glutton alert LOL :x

Hometown Chinese Restaurant

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Next we visited Hometown Chinese Restaurant to try their Traditional Pork Noodle Soup (RM15.90++) and Mince Pork Noodles with Chicken Drumstick (RM15.00++). According to the restaurant, these 2 dishes were the bestsellers and a favourite among patrons especially during lunchtime. The portions were pretty big and the pricing quite reasonable for a restaurant in a shopping mall.
Marble tables, ceramic tea pot and rose wood furniture - we certainly enjoyed our dining session at this restaurant setting reminiscent of the olden days.

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Pho Vietz

Pho aka Beef Noodle Soup
Pho aka Beef Noodle Soup
Pho Vietz is one of the restaurants I frequent during lunch hour. As the name suggests, this Vietnamese restaurant is famous for its Pho aka beef noodle soup (RM17.90++) which consisted of vermicelli soaked in a really flavourful broth made from beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onions, ginger, and spices. From my experience, the restaurant gets quite busy during lunch and dinner so make sure you go early if you intend to dine there.

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Vietnamese Baguette
Vietnamese Baguette is influenced by the French during the colonial era but is localised with traditional Vietnamese flavours
Vietnamese Beef Stew which comes with either baguette or rice
Vietnamese Beef Stew which comes with either baguette or rice and features deliciously tender chunks of beef in a thick sauce that we moped up with the baguette
We tried the Vietnamese coffee with milk which imparted a really fragrant aroma and a rich taste. Be careful not to add too much condensed milk though!

Go Thai

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We were served a rather scrumptious meal at Go Thai, a Malaysian-owned restaurant with an all-Thai kitchen team that specialises in Thai street fare. The restaurant is set-up with colourful street food scenes on the walls, intended to give you the feeling of being on a Thai street but in the air con comfort of a mall. BBQ skewers are a highlight, showcasing a strong inspiration from the northeastern Isan region. 
We took a tour to the kitchen and were amazed to see the division of labour – the staff specialise cooking only one (1) type of food – grill, soup and others like a true hawker stall should be. The kitchen was also squeaky clean and there’s also a hotel grade dishwasher which ensures that all the dining ware and cutlery are spotless.
The outlet at Atria is the second after the first one in SS2, Petaling Jaya and has a menu that doesn’t boast many items of food. This is intentionally done so that the quality of the food is emphasized instead of an outlet which features a huge variety of items but doesn’t specialise in any.

Seafood tom yum!
Thai dining experience is never complete without a good serving of tom yum! Our seafood tom yum was sufficiently spicy and full of seafood including squid, prawns and mussels
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My favourite of all! Moo Ping (charcoal grilled pork fillet) – deliciously tender and smoky pork fillets which are the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold Thai beer!
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Khao Kha Moo (stewed pork leg with rice)
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Mango Sticky Rice for dessert
The restaurant also has a value set for three (3) pax for just RM49.90.
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My favourite was the Thai Green Curry!
Thai Green Curry was fragrant, flavourful and rich!
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Eggu

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Last but not least, we headed over to Eggu for more desserts! Eggu serves soft serve ice cream, and crispy eggettes come in flavours such as original, choco chips, butterscotch, green tea, charcoal and banana. The signature creation is the “Eclipse”, a combo eggettes and premium soft serve ice-cream. The soft serve ice cream is creamy and not too sweet, while the eggettes add a nice variance in texture when eaten together with the ice cream.

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Eclipse (RM15.90) Twist (RM8.50) which is a combination of premium dark chocolate and milk chocolate
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Besides the outlets above, there will also be Yummy Asia, Mad Hatter Desserts, and Stick Arts – Italian Artisan Gelato.
Stick Arts is the official license holder of the World's First 3D flower bouquet Hello Kitty.
Stick Arts is the official license holder of the World’s First 3D flower bouquet Hello Kitty.
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Here’s the list of show times:
Thursday, 21 July | 8pm | Jonathan Atherton
Friday, 22 July | 8pm | Dato Chef Wan
Saturday, 23 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay
Thursday, 28 July | 8pm | Gajen
Friday, 29 July | 8pm |Jonathan Atherton
Saturday, 30 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay
Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Mashi & Friend (Opening Act)

The stand up comedians are known in the local comedy scene and will have their first ever show at Atria.
Papi Zak
Papi Zak is definitely the “biggest” stand up comedian in Malaysia. Born in Egypt and raised in other different countries, he is the true definition of a third culture child. He is a gut-grabbing performer who has no qualms about opening his mouth and letting all manner of things fly out. It’s all these things that make Papi Zak one of the hottest comedians around.

Kavin Jay
Kavin, one of Malaysia’s most underrated comics, is a rapid-fire grumpy joke telling machine. He may be grouchy but does it with such panache, you can’t help but laugh. He is an integral part of the comedy revolution in Malaysia and a regular host and performer for TimeOut KL Comedy Thursday.

Jonathan Atherton
Jonathan, an actor, comedian, traveller and raconteur, is no newcomer to the entertainment industry. As a teenager he pursued an acting carer. He made his debut in The Mango Tree, then went on to play television and theatre roles.

Gajen Nad
Gajen, also known as “Malaysia’s First Chindian Comedian” is no stranger to the limelight, appearing in Monash University student magazine Monga, getting interviewed by Capital FM, and even having NTV 7 film a documentary about his career as a stand-up comedian.

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How can you get tickets to the show?
Shoppers who spend RM100 and above in not more than two (2) accumulated receipts are entitled to redeem two (2) free tickets to the comedy show. Redemptions can be made at the Concierge Counter located at the Concourse Floor, while tickets last. Comedy ticket holders will also stand a chance to win Atria Gift Vouchers worth up to RM5,000.

For more info on Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy and Food Fest 2016, head over to http://www.atria.com.my/whats-on/news-events/comedy-food-festival-a-belly-full-of-laughs.html

Atria Shopping Gallery is located at:
Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography for Atria Shopping Gallery

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Kind of Man You Should Marry

Marry a man who chose you out of love, but not out of duty and responsibility.

A man who is determined to spend the rest of his life with you, throughout all possible adversities and hardships.

A man who can grow and learn with you through the experiences you go through together in life.

A man who wakes up and tell you how beautiful you are, and would spend the rest of his life admiring your beauty. 

A man who is excited for a long-time adventure you are ready to take on.

A man who appreciates your humor, your silly jokes and your hysterical laughter which would eventually be the music to his ears. 

A man who doesn't promise not to make you cry, but would wipe your tears and hold you in his arm if you ever do.

A man who is serious in life, yet still knows how to have his fair share of fun.

A man who is ready to take your hand and explore the parts and parcels of this beautiful planet.

A man who takes you to places you have never been and feeds you delicacies that intrigue you.

A man who may have a different set of ideology, yet still able to see the world from you perspectives.

A man who teaches you how to be a better person, yet without changing who you really are.

A man who would always take your side, especially when dealing with bitches.

A man who sees no one else but you as the apple of his eyes.

A man who prioritizes your needs and respects your opinions. 

A man who would never do things that could potentially hurt you, regardless how minor it may be. 

A man who is never afraid to apologize for his mistakes, and who promises to be better next time.

A man who never raises his voice at you regardless how heated your argument may get.

A man who includes you in his plans and considers you before the decisions he makes.

A man who holds on to you and never ever leaves you. 

A man who loves you, and stays in love with you, always and forever. 



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Should You Marry Someone of Different Religion?

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Growing up, I have always been taught to respect everyone regardless of race or religion. I was born into a Buddhist family who were later on converted into Christians. My dad remained a free thinker, but he always uphold the highest respect for each and every one of our belief. Despite his tendency to lecture us on how our destiny is not controlled by the spiritual being but is within our own hands, he still played badminton with some of our church members, never had problem having short talks with our pastors and sometimes would even gladly attend the events held at the church if he isn't too busy with work. Although he has never truly believe in God, I am glad that he has never once discriminate. And likewise, we would never look down on or distance ourselves from our relatives who are of different religions. And neither would we force them into believing what we deem is is the true path, as we know that they have the rights and freedoms to their own religious beliefs.

It's a shame that religion which is meant for the better good of the world could become a reason for discrimination. My previous encounters have always been us Christians discriminating (sort of) against other religions, as we were continuously taught to only marry someone who believes in God as the basic rule to a happy marriage and blessed family unit. I totally understand where the concern is coming from, as couples of different religions may have arguments later on in life due to their differences. I never really stick to that advice, as I did not want to limit my choices within that religion :x (Besides I don't really meet that many Christians in life. Partly because I don't really go to church lol. But ask my bestie who attends church regularly and she would tell you the same) 

However, sometimes the discrimination comes from other religions who prefer to distance themselves and to avoid marrying their offsprings to Christians because they think that all Christians are evangelists who would constantly persuade them into joining the church and force them to pray before meals and sing worship songs during family gatherings wtf.

(God forbids blasphemy) I couldn't care less if one goes to heaven! I know pastors, devoted Christians and probably even my mum would frown at this selfish thought but really, it's everyone's choice and I seriously don't care. Of course, some people may feel obliged (church pressure lol) to share the gospel at any opportunity they could get because they are constantly reminded to do so, and by doing so they believe that they will be rewarded by His grace and mercy. Can't say the same about me though. 

Okay before I divert too much into sensitive insights which will probably stir up discomfort, the question is should you marry someone of different religion? *deep thoughts emoji*

By now you should have realized there is no right or wrong answer, but merely a matter of perspectives. There is a correlation between the outcome and the level of respect from one another as well as the degree of compromise from each partner. Some may ask, why start something when you foresee problems ahead? Why not go for someone that requires lesser effort? Because sometimes we just can't imagine being with anybody else but him/her. After all, they say love is unconditional. 

So, what should you do when you are being discriminated by your potential in-laws?

1. Break up with your partner
Only if you aren't sure that he is the one and if you can't tell whether he is worth the effort.  Better now or never.

2. Get married after your potential in-laws enter the grave wtf
But unless they are already sick and old and lying on their deathbed, this option may not be applicable to all.

3. Sever ties with your potential in-laws
Who in the right mind would do that though? Remember filial piety! It runs in Asians' blood. Unless you marry an ang moh :/

4. Give up on your religion
Sorry but can you say the same about giving up sex or rice? No means no lah. Even philosophies don't anyhow change overnight. 

5. Respect each other and live in harmony
Of course, this option may be easier said than done. It certainly takes a significant amount of effort from both parties. If you believe that it would work, then by all means make it happen. But if you believe that it would fail, then your relationship will no doubt crumble. 

What would you do? 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hong Kong Hot Pot 香港热锅 @ Telawi Square, Bangsar

Introducing Hong Kong Hot Pot 香港热锅, a new hot pot place located at Telawi Square, Bangsar that serves premium hot pot ingredients. Being only a month old, this hot pot restaurant located above Tous Les Jours bakery was already fully occupied on the day of our visit.  I suppose the good quality imported ingredients have got the attention of patrons who spread the news by word of mouth.




I was amazed to have found this hidden gem on top of the rows of shops along the famous Telawi street. Being a Hong Kong themed restaurant, the interior is nicely designed in oriental style with a few private rooms named after the major cities in Hong Kong.



Upon arrival, we placed our order and checked out the choices of condiments while waiting. Being someone who can barely consume her food without any chili/sauce/spices, I was overjoyed to see so many types of condiments available! There were freshly cut cili padi, soy sauce, coriander, garlic, spring onion, sha cha sauce and homemade chili sauce. My favourite that night was none other than the homemade chili sauce as it blended well with most of our dishes.



For starter, we were served Century Egg.

Soup base, we tried out 4 different types – Signature Pork Bone Soup, Szechuan Spicy Soup, Century Egg and Coriander Soup and Pumpkin Soup.


The Signature Pork Bone Soup (RM23) tasted much better than expected, and I was surprised to have rated it top although I would usually prefer something spicy. We could taste the natural sweetness of the pork bone broth which was extremely delicious even on its own!

The Century Egg and Coriander Soup (RM25) was alright but not exactly my favourite.


I found the Szechuan Spicy Soup (RM25) difficult to drink due to the overwhelming amount of spices beneath. It was great to dip your ingredients into it and have a change of taste in between this and the signature broth though.

As for Pumpkin Soup (RM25), it was sweet and thick, but it could be quite filling.



Hong Kong Hot Pot serves by ala carte menu, but you may request for their Mixed Platter (off the menu) priced at RM68 per person.  I would strongly recommend the platter as it is sort of their tasting menu for you to try out a little bit of everything.



The premium items served in the platter: Japanese Half Shell Scallop, Korean Oyster, Fresh Tiger Prawns, Local Bean Curd Skin (Foo Chook), Bean Curd Roll (imported from Hong Kong), Crispy Fish Skin (imported from Hong Kong), Homemade meatballs (prawn balls, squid balls, fish balls), Imported meatballs (mushroom pork balls, crab roe balls), Homemade Chive Dumplings, Homemade Prawn Dumplings, Enoki Mushroom, King Oyster Mushroom, Udon, Yee Mee, Premium Pork Slices, Premium Marbled Beef Slices, Pork Liver Slices, Pork Kidney Slices.



Portion is for 3 as shown in the picture.





The beef and pork slices tasted equally great! As for the seafood, they were indeed as fresh as indicated on the menu.




Some of the more memorable items were the Imported Bean Curd Roll which we were told to dip for only 4 seconds and the Imported Fish Skin which were only allowed 1 second.



It was an extremely satisfying hot pot meal that night, and definitely my first hot pot experience with so much premium items served. We stuffed ourselves mad with whatever the restaurant had to offer, and promised to come back for more very soon.




Hong Kong Hot Pot 香港热锅
Address: Lot 9 & 10, Level 2,
Telawi Square, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 2280 0242
Opening Hours: 4pm – 12am daily

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Devon Café @ Surry Hills, Sydney


During our stay in Sydney, we paid quite a few visits to brunch cafes and one of the most memorable one was Devon Café at Surry Hills.



It was a small café with hipster looking baristas.





Coincidently matching colour =D



Plenty of sunlight from where we were seated as the ceiling was transparent.

As usual, we ordered 3 meals to be shared among 4 as the portion in Australia is huge.



Breakfast with the Sakuma’s – AUD25
Miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63 ‘ egg, radish petit salad & kewpi mayonnaise



Eggs Blini – AUD20
Buckwheat blini, cured king salmon, salmon caviar, brocollini, sauce Mikado and poached eggs



Da’ Royale – AUD23
Truffle sausage, pomme puree, Lamb’s fry, fried egg, onion jus



I remember feeling impressed with all 3 dishes. Everything tasted great! Proper ingredients served generously (of course if you convert to Ringgit each dish costs triple of what we pay here FML so had to avoid conversion else really cannot eat lol). Way too much wayo on Breakfast with Sakuma’s though. Teehee.





After brunch, we went to Bondi Beach.  Stopped by a tiny patisserie on the way to get some pastries to go.






Gloomy afternoon at Bondi. The sky decided to drizzle as we arrived.






Winter was definitely not the season for beach but we had to anyhow get Bondi off our checklist!

Surprisingly there were a few surfers chasing the waves. Wouldn’t it be freezing?!





Should visit Bondi Beach during summer, next time!


Devon Café
Address: 76 Devonshire St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010,
Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9211 8777