Friday, December 5, 2008

TGIF Babies!

It's mid-afternoon on a Friday afternoon and I am waiting for my two tuition classes to commence. I can't believe it's Friday. Time seems to be flying by... I am sure the teachers agree with me. Their hard-earned holiday is almost coming to an end???!!! Poor, poor dears... Embrace the hols whilst you can! :D

Anyway, apart from allowing the day to idle past, Alan and I have been stuffing our faces with HK DVDs. we've just finished watching a 22-episode series called Last One Standing and now have started on Forensic Heroes II. Ahhhh... eye candy is always welcomed, especially for the bored women. hahaha.

I am waiting for my family to join my idleness is a few days time. On Sunday, Jean and Mum will arrive by coach at Corus Hotel and we will pick them up at around 2pm, marking the beginning of a One Week KL Extravaganza- filled with lotsa good food, fantastic opportunities to help the economy in Malaysia and body-soothing goodness (read: massages / facials etc).

Last night (4 Dec) we went to the Shang to celebrate Hayden's 6th birthday. We had an international buffet at Lemon Garden- oysters /abalone etc etc.. Yumz. we even brought home half of his chocolate birthday cake. :D

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Raving Mad Woman in danau terrace

Yesterday, for dinner, we decided that CHEAP was the way to go. Also since I wasn't feeling well, I didn't feel like the usual pigging out session - let's leave that till when my family comes this weekend till the next! :D

Anyway, I digress..

We were heading towards the Desa Food Court when we decided to turn into Danau Villas to take a look at the houses there and see whether any were up for rent. The guard at the guard house just waved us through without even taking note of our particulars. (Lack of security -10 points). We drove around for a bit and admired the very pretty houses and decided to stop by the roadside and chat up this lady who was watering plants with a vengeance.

The lady had greying hair and looked to be in her 60s. She had a VERY WARY look when we parked the Volvo next to her and stepped out of the car. She watched us like an eagle and Alan made the first mistake by addressing her in Mandarin.

She gave a snobbish "I don't speak Mandarin." and continued to watch us warily like we had "MAFIA" craved on my foreheads. When we explained to Madam Snob who were we and what we wanted to find out she gave monosyllabic answers - actually frankly, they weren't answers to our questions at all. We wanted to find out whether the neighbourhood was savoury to reside in and she told us to drive around and call up the agents with their tel numbers on the signs in front of vacant houses up for rent/sale. Very unhelpful.

We tried to persist and queried her again whether the neighbourhood was safe or not and she asked us where we were from. We replied that we are Singaporeans and immediately she repeatedly insulted our intelligence by saying our question was a "silly" one a couple of times and said that OF COURSE Singapore is safer than Malaysia.

By this time, my impatience had surfaced and I looked at her incredulously unable to comprehend how a woman could grossly lack that much IQ and EQ. Alan still was pretty patient but I was fuming inside. hahaha we can't be sure that the neighbourhood is safe, but we are ALMOST CERTAIN that the neighbourhood is as unfriendly as it gets! Soon, a security guard came and kinda requested for us to leave. SHEESH MAN.

As we made a turn out, we immediately came face to face with a HUGE MOSQUE and Allah help me, I would not want to get my peace and quiet interrupted by the loud prayer sessions daily (a couple of times per day at that) and also the roads will be jammed when the men all turn up in tow to pray for blessings in this turbulent and UNFRIENDLY world.

Alan and I left in a huff and went to put some Ipoh Horfun in our stomachs before buying some fruits and heading for home.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Homely Weekend

Hey guys, do you know that I've been here in KL already for more than a year? I got here on the 17 November 2007! Amazing, but true. Time has flown by (with many tuition sessions, pigging out sessions, Cantonese DVDs, and cheap movies) and I hardly realised that it was my "one-year anniversary" until afew days ago! hahaha. Thank goodness I am so versatile and at the same time thank heaven's it's KL and not some ulu pandan country that we are living in :D

The next visit back home is only during CNY, for all you who are asking. Since we will be spending X'mas in Jakarta, we will not have any other opportunities to travel back to the sunny island of Singapore till reunion dinner. Dad has already booked us for dinner at the raffles town club and we will be feasting (again) on 25th January.

And good grief, I will be spending my birthday fending off questions from the kaypoh uncles and aunties about me bringing a Tan into this world to join the other 34million Tans in this world fighting for survival....Unless we can take a short trip AWAY!!! It's my BIRTHDAY god damn it! And if I were to add a few wrinkles on my already crinkled up face, I DESERVE to CELEBRATE this once in a year occasion HAPPILY!

After CNY, we will be looking for a cheaper accomodation to stay in in KL. In recent economic times, everyone has been seen to be tightening their belts and therefore we too are no exception. This decision also stems from Alan's expat package being cut as his company is trying to cut costs leaving us less money to spend ostentatiously. :P

A change from this apartment will also be good. We are incredulous to find out that rental can be THAT cheap (like RM1+K / month) for a two-storey house! Of course, we are not compromising on safety and security. I hope to find a gated community near at least a shopping complex. Of cos, if the house is near an international school or two that would be great. I will go a job-hunting again! :P

Anyway last weekend was spent saving money. ahahaha.

After Dania left on Friday, we went to the under the bridge stall to have bakutteh and steamed fish for RM40. and Saturday, before our facials, we had only meesiam and a drink each to sustain our bellies. After the facial, we went grocery shopping as we had to wait for our car wash to be completed. Then, we went home to bring the doggies for a walk downstairs and to later
commence on a HK DVD. :D

Dinner was aglio olio pasta - Alan's speciality. It came with clams and squid. Yumz!

30 November 2008 (Sunday)
We woke up late (and I mean LATE). I wasn't feeling too well since Friday and I felt especially on SUnday morning. We lazed around the house and then started our DVD watching. In between, we cooked porridge (dried oysters and scallops and peanut) for lunchThe plot for this show is pretty predictable but at least there is a hunkie on the small screen.. :P

Dinner was also home-cooked. hahahaha. It was basically us lazy to get outta the house to fill our bellies. We baked two chicken thighs with potato and I cooked pilaf rice with raisins and also Indian raita (yoghurt with tomato and onion finely chopped and mixed inside). All items were deeeeeeelicious! :D
p/s: :Ladies and Gentlemen, I've been too lazy to upload the below pix till today but please take a look at what we all have been putting into our stomachs.
The below pictures depict food that has been bubbled with oxegenated water and that has produced a layer of toxic chemicals-not unlike plastic. After bubbling meats for approximately half an hour, this solid, dirty, plasticky layer of foam was collected. Apparently, if you try to burn this foam, it will not burn. Some scary shit. We got this because we have a friend whose dad passed away from cancer and he is very passionate about living healthy and eating well. The brand of the machine is Okamizu- made in Japan and it can be used to bubble anything- from rice to vege to meats to your own feet! hahahaha. Go take a look. Homecooked food is not as healthy as we THINK it is! So now, I can live to a ripe of old age and retire in KL :P