28 June 2012

Movie: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Movie: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Film Synopsis:
Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced -- as fierce, visceral, intense and bloodthristy. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings to the screen the secret life of our nation's favorite president...as history's greatest hunter of the undead.

Views and opinion:
If you're looking for an action-packed film, you'll probably be disappointed because there isn't much. The first few vampires died in lightning speed. I believe they decided to include vampires into Abraham Lincoln's film because not everyone would be interested in his real life story and to attract more audiences. Overall, it's just an OK film for me. Just need to keep in mind that the focus is on Abraham Lincoln's life and not the vampires LOL!

Action scene in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Trailer:


* Thanks to Nuffnang for the tickets! :)

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27 June 2012

Worthy Book F&B Special Edition

Hello guys!! Guess where am I now? It's Malaysia food heaven - PENANG!!! Yes, I'll be introducing them in my blog soon yea so don't worry! Speaking of food, there are a lot of yummy food in Klang Valley now that I haven't tried yet. Some are quite expensive and thus I'll normally look for deals in the Internet so that I can try it at cheapest price possible. Lately though, there has been a lot of problems related not only to one deal site but almost all of them that made me feel really annoyed. I guess I'll stay away from buying deals in the meantime until they improve their system.

As an alternative, I've got myself this book called Worthy Book that is full of F&B vouchers! Most of the vouchers will only expire on 31st March 2013 so I have a lot of time to use it.

Worthy Book

Love how they categorize the restaurants based on type of food
Some of my favorite vouchers include:
Buy 1 Free 1 - 6" sandwich from Subway

Free drinks and discounts from Brotzeit!!
IMHO, the vouchers in Worthy Book™ F&B Special Edition 2012-2013 are really worth the price of RM 29.90 because the vouchers are worth much more than that. It's available in all major bookstores like MPH, Popular, Times, Borders, Kinokuniya and selected myNEWS.com outlets in Klang Valley. Alternatively, you can order from their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/worthybook or their website at http://www.worthybook.my.

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25 June 2012

Wagyu Beef Promotion @ The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort

Well, if someone asked you what is the best meal you've ever had in your entire life, will you be able to come out with an answer? I couldn't. Until Clumsy Boy told me that THIS was the best meal he has ever tasted in his whole life. I even said that he's exaggerating because that's exactly the trait of an Aries. But when he asked me back, I couldn't help but to agree that this was indeed the best meal I've ever had too! A big thank you to the people at The Club Saujana Resort for inviting me to this Wagyu Beef Promotion food tasting session.

Exquisite decorations and menu in front of The Restaurant
Exquisite decorations and menu in front of The Restaurant

The Club Saujana Resort is a 5-star boutique resort surrounded by 160 hectares of lush tropical gardens and equipped with golf courses perfect for leisure and business travellers. Inside this resort, there is an elegant and posh restaurant that overlooks the garden and water feature namely, The Restaurant.

Posh settings in The Restaurant
Posh settings in The Restaurant

Private dining area
Private dining area

Outdoor dining area that overlooks the garden and water feature
Outdoor dining area that overlooks the garden and water feature

Cheese sticks with sour cream and butter
Cheese sticks with sour cream and butter
Before starting our set dinner, we had some casual chit-chatting while munching on handmade breadsticks and wafers provided. The Restaurant's Executive Chef, Alexander Waschl, came from Austria and is part of the team that earned 16 Gault Millau points (equivalent of a Michelin Star) in Switzerland. During the whole month of July, you will get to enjoy an array of Wagyu beef-based dishes carefully crafted by Chef Alexander at a very attractive price!

Chef Alexander Waschl
According to Chef Alexander Waschl, they're using premium Australian Wagyu Beef Grade 5 (BMS No. 8-9) for main courses and Grade 4 (BMS No. 6-7) for the rest of the dishes.

Spiced Wagyu Beef Tartar
A La Carte Price: RM 128
In order to open up our appetite, we were served Spiced Wagyu Beef Tartar accompanied by a thin and crispy potato roesti and pan-roasted quaill egg with sour cream as appetizer. I especially like the crispy potato roesti because it's not as thick as the conventional one and tasted like snack instead.

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio
A La Carte Price: RM 128
Of all the dishes served, this is my favorite and the main reason why I enjoyed this set dinner so much. Wagyu Beef Carpaccio is a thin and long slice of raw wagyu beef served with Parmesan Cream, Parmesan Shavings, Aged Balsamic and a dash of extra virgin olive oil. I recommend that you first eat without dipping on the parmesan cream and then only try another mouthful by dipping it because the taste varies a lot. Personally, I'd prefer to eat it as it is because I wanted to enjoy every millimetre of the fresh wagyu beef.

Wagyu Beef Cheek Consommé
A La Carte Price: RM 42
In this course, Homemade Wagyu Beef Cheek Ravioli was presented in 2 ways: with Vegetable Balls Shavings in beef broth just like the ones in Chinese beef noodle and .in a creamy thick sauce with minced beef. I preferred the latter because it has a stronger taste and I'm actually quite curious to taste the wagyu beef cheek on its own to feel the smoothness.

Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek
A La Carte Price: RM 98
In the next dish, braised Wagyu Beef Cheek was wrapped into a ravioli, IMHO it's similar to Chinese fried wanton but this is with wagyu beef filling. The inside tasted really juicy and flavorful while the outside is crispy and crunchy. Very fun to munch on!

Wagyu Beef Striploin
A La Carte Price: RM 218
The main course in this set was this juicy and tender Wagyu Beef Striploin with a perfectly paired black pepper sauce. I normally avoid from eating steaks with black pepper sauce because it normally tastes too hot for me but this black pepper sauce that they used was just right; no spicy hot taste and yet contains the black pepper taste. I'd love it more if it's prepared Medium-rare instead of Medium.

Chocolate Cake
Last but not least, our dessert - Chocolate Cake!! Delectable and sinful chocolate coupled with fresh raspberries is just perfect to end our course on a sweet note.

Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sorbet
Oh wait! There's Raspberry Sorbet too! The chef personally came out to add it for us :) It tastes quite sour but I really love the smoothness of it.


Chef Alexander Waschl and I

You can now get a 5 course Wagyu Beef set (excluding the first dish) at only RM 350++ in the entire month of July. I think it'll be perfect to break fast (buka puasa) there too!

If it's too heavy for you, you can also order it in a la carte style:

Spiced Wagyu Beef Tartar (RM 128)
Crispy Potato Roesti, Pickle, Pan-Roasted Quaill Egg, Sour Cream

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio (RM 128)
Parmesan Cream, Parmesan Shavings, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic

Light Smoked Wagyu Beef Striploin (RM 155)
Arugula Salad, Parmesan Shavings, Aged Balsamic

Wagyu Beef Cheek Consommé (RM 42)
Homemade Wagyu Beef Cheek Ravioli and Vegetable Balls Shavings

Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek (RM 98)
Wagyu Beef Cheek Ravioli, Brown Butter, Sage, Parmesan Shavings

Grilled Wagyu Beef Tenderloin (RM 245)
Black Pepper sauce, Truffle Risotto, Sautéed Spinach

Red Wine Poached Wagyu Beef Tenderloin (RM 255)
Horseradish Cream, Roasted Potato, Garlic, Roasted Beans

Deluxe Wagyu Beef Burger (RM 188)
Foiegras Shavings, Sautéed Onion, Portobello Mushroom, Cheddar Cheese, Home Pickle Gherkin, Hand-cut Potato Chips

Wagyu Beef Skewer (RM 210)
BBQ Sauce, Yellow and Red Pepper, Hand-cut Potato chips

Wok Roasted Wagyu Beef Striploin (RM 218)
“Teriyaki Style”, Spring Onion, Braised Vegetable

Wagyu Beef Striploin (RM 218)
Herb Butter Jus, Grilled Vegetable, Baked Potato, Sour Cream

Address:
The Club Saujana Resort
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS,
40150 Shah Alam,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia

Tel: 03-7806 7000 (for reservation)

E-mail: dine@theclubsaujanaresort.com

Websitehttp://www.theclubatthesaujana-kl.com/ppc/index.php

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22 June 2012

Sharp 100 Years: A Century of Sharpness

Those were the days when I was still in kindergarten. Every day after school, I would switch on the TV and enjoy watching cartoons before taking my evening nap. After my nap, I'd watch Hong Kong sitcom with my grandma in the living room. Thinking back, this TV by Sharp has really played an important role in bringing my family members together. Besides just sitting together, we also discussed about the storyline of the sitcoms after watching! Although the TV has been replaced now, but it has served us for 25 years. Can you imagine how durable Sharp's product is?? Kudos to them for not sacrificing quality over money! On this coming 15th September, Sharp is going to celebrate their 100th anniversary and by this, Sharp has pledged that they will continue to make more innovative and high-quality products for the next 100 years.

In conjunction with Sharp 100 Years celebration, they have organized an online contest called "Anniversary Share". Contest starts on 16th June 2012 and ends on 15th September 2012. All you need to do is upload photos or videos celebrating anniversaries or commemorative moments of you, your family and your friends. All the images and videos collected will then be compiled into a video and featured in the website during the campaign period.

Sharp 100 Years Anniversary Share Contest

Better start digging your hard disk now! Two pairs (four people) out of all applicants will be selected to win a trip to the West Coast, USA while the top 5 ranking photos and videos will be receiving Sharp products!!

For contest details and registration, kindly visit http://share.sharp100years.com.

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Shopping Online Made Easy


Flipping through fashion magazines is always a good way to awaken the hidden fashionista in each of us. However, keeping up with the ever changing fashion world could get pretty exhausting especially when you lack the resources to do so. Time is a factor for a lot of us these days, there just seems to never be enough of it no matter how hard one may try to make more time for the things that matter in life.

Thankfully, there are lots of ways to get a sense of recreation these days. The internet is a rich resource for people from all walks of life allowing you to purchase pretty much anything at the click of a button. Shopping online has literally never been easier and friendlier than it is today. Online portals like Damart provide the best range of clothing at a price that is cutting edge enough to draw the attention of fashionistas and the casual shopper. The clothes come from a wide range of brands, thus providing an eclectic mix of sumptuous designs on offer. Scrolling down the generous offerings the store has to offer, there is bound to be something for everyone. Shopping in the comfort of your own home is probably the best form of relaxation anyone could get in this busy way we live in today.

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19 June 2012

Puzzini Swedish Pizza @ Damansara Uptown

Puzzini Swedish Pizza is a tiny cosy Swedish restaurant located at Damansara Uptown, a few shops away from Pappa Rich.

The design is down-to-earth and minimalistic, nothing too fancy here. They have a lot of varieties in the menu but most of the names are in Swedish, making it very difficult to pronounce. Nevertheless, I'm glad they did include some descriptions in their menu :)

Puzzini Swedish Pizza

Puzzini
Price:
RM 19 (regular), RM 25 (large)
A mix of different fresh vegetables (pineapples, onions, tomatoes, mushroom and capsicum) with chicken chunk/beef pepperoni. Very mouth watering!

Smaka
Price:
RM 19 (regular), RM 25 (large)
Shredded chicken, fresh chilies, onions and parsley oil. Not my "slice of pizza" (adapted from "cup of tea") cos it's too hottttt!!

Pizza Karl Gustav
Price:
RM 21.80 (regular), RM 27.80 (large)
Pizza with beef kebab, lots of cheese topped with a slightly spicy kebab sauce, fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced fresh raw onions and black olives. It's Sweden top selling pizza for the past decade! Must try!

Fiskgratang med skaldjur
Price:
RM 23.50
White fish, shrimps, baked together in dill sauce and topped with lots of cheese. Served with baked mashed potatoes and coleslaw. I personally like this a lot because the combination of smooth fish meat and cheese goes very well together!

Potatis Gratang
Price: RM 15.90
Potatoes slices and onions baked in cream, cheeze and herbs topped with extra layer of cheese.

Address:
Puzzini Swedish Pizza
58, Jln. SS 21/58,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Selangor

Tel: 03-7727 8600

FB Page: Puzzini Swedish Pizza

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 11.00 am - 3.00 pm, 5.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday 11.00am - 10.00pm

Map:

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15 June 2012

Buffet Ramadhan @ Swez Brazzerie, Eastin Hotel PJ

Swez Brasserie

Juice bar
This Ramadan, savor the flavors that were a favorite of Malaysia’s most loved and versatile musical legend, the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee, only at Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya.

From 21 July until 18 August, the hotel has lined up some exciting programmes called 'Nostalgia P.Ramlee' to commemorate him. The hotel’s general manager, Jane Suppiah said that guests could also reminiscence the unforgettable P. Ramlee movies and music at the Swez Brasserie coffee house.

The hotel’s corporate social responsibility event which is co-organised by the National Archive of Malaysia (Arkib) will also display posters featuring the life story and career of P. Ramlee, including artifacts from his era.

Besides getting to savor the favorite dishes of P. Ramlee prepared by a team of chefs led by Executive Chef Alex Leong, other traditional, local, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Western cuisine will be served at the buffet spread priced at RM 98++ (adult) and RM 49++ (children).

Chef Alex Leong

Cooking demonstration for members of the media

*BUY 5 FREE 1 EARLY BIRD PROMOTION

For every 5 paying diners 1 dines for free from 21 July to 29 July, 2012.

*Offer valid till 29 July, 2012 at Swez Brasserie.

*BUY 20 GET 10% OFF GROUP PACKAGE PROMOTION

For every 20 diners, get a 10% off from 30 July to 18 August, 2012

*Offer valid till 18 August, 2012 at Swez Brasserie.

Note: Prayer rooms available.

So what are Tan Sri P. Ramlee's favorite food? They're Kari Ikan Bawal Berbendi (curry pomfret fish with ladies finger), Ikan Kering Masin (dried salted fish), Burung Puyuh Goreng (fried quail meat), Ayam Goreng, Sambal Belacan, Bubur Kacang, Cokodok Pisang (mashed banana fritters), Mee/Bihun Goreng and Kopi O Sejuk. Be sure to get these dishes during the buffet and buka puasa P. Ramlee's way!

Sambal Belacan Do Re Mi



Mee Goreng Anak-Ku Sazali

Burung Puyoh Goreng Madu Tiga

Cokodok Pisang Masam-masam Masin





Ikan Kering Masin Labu dan Labi

Kari Ikan Bawal Bujang Lapok

My favorite: Desserts!!!

For reservations or for more information, call Swez Brazzerie, Eastin Hotel PJ, at +603-7628 7397.

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13 June 2012

Travel: Khoo Kongsi (邱公司) @ Penang

Khoo Kongsi (邱公司) is a mark of the dominant presence of Chinese in Penang and it is the grandest clan temple in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years, as well as its closely-knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clanhouse. There are three entrances that you can use to reach there; Cannon Street, Beach Street and Armenian Street.

Reached Lebuh Cannon



Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi

Leong San Tong, an administrative building with a meeting hall and offices

Step in here to learn more about the history of Khoo clan

The lifestyle of their people.
You think this is a drawing? No! It's real! 3D!



Anna & The King was filmed here! *proud Malaysian*

You can sit here while watching the documentary film shown on the TV

Leong San Tong taken from a photo on the wall

The Opera House taken from a photo on the wall

The Genealogical Chart of Khoo Kongsi


The area for deity worshipping


Collection of ancestral plaques

The real Opera House

Address:
LEONG SAN TONG KHOO KONGSI
18 Cannon Square,
10200 Penang

Tel: +604-261 4609

Opening Hours: Daily, including Sundays and Public Holidays: 9 am to 5 pm

Entrance fee: RM 10 per person

If you have limited time, I'd recommend you to visit Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion though. Trust me, it's more worth it.

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