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Monday, 23 July 2012

Cafe Barbera, Bangsar

Ensconced at a high end area Bangsar, Cafe Barbera exclusively serves coffee as its location. Born in Italy serving aromatic coffee blends with full flavor of chocolate are just a prefect joint for coffeeholic. 
Lighting that surely capture your attention if you're passing by Jalan Maroof. Truly remarkable place with its  Italianate interior =) 
We had their special Italy roast. I would prefer my coffee to go without sugar, as Barbera is serving mostly sweetened coffee... I finally go for a Americano instead. Overall it is still a very good place to hang out for its ambiance =)


Operating Time:
8:30am - 11pm
Location: 
18 Lorong Maarof  
Taman Bangsar, 
59000 Kuala Lumpur, 
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2287-3628

Stadium Ipoh

I'm a Ipoh girl who spent half her lifetime travelling around for different cultures, food and experience in life but one thing for sure that will not change is my passion towards Ipoh's food. Simple and nice! Even a random stalls by the roadside will never fail you. Last weekend back to Ipoh was another fruitful trip when I can have their best local hawker food at Stadium Ipoh. There you will see a stretch of food stall along Stadium. A must go place! 


Low Kwan is popular for its fresh and big Cockles. I'm a SUPER BIG FANS for cockles! This place is the No.1 recommendation for fresh, big and clean cockles at a very reasonable fair price with generous portion. They will never over cooked the cockles =) *Thumbs up* My bestiee ordered Rojak and Sotong Bakar which is also taste good. Their rojak sauce is just nice! 
The best Wan Tan Mee in Ipoh is always Min Chee, we ordered quite a lot of stuff to eat so, instead of ordering the whole meal I only ordered their Won Ton only. I had the whole bowl myself XD My mouth can't resist good food! hehe......
So, have you heard of Jacky Chan's Char Kuey Teow? Here you go!! Seng Loong Chau Fun is far far better than any other Char Kuey Teow in town, their "Wok Hei" is just "Am Am Ho" with fresh cockles =) Whole plate for myself too... hehe!!! In Ipoh this is considered one of the best! 


If you travel to Ipoh, please do not missed out this place! You'll definitely regret! Trust me!! YOU WILL! 


Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm
Location: Stadium Ipoh










Sunday, 22 July 2012

Farmhome Claypot Porridge Steamboat, Ipoh

Started since 2011, FARMHOME Claypot Porridge Steamboat is not just any normal steamboat. They use only the freshest seafood and meat everyday. It takes 4 – 5 hours to make their porridge base everyday by using  quality dry seafood. Trust me, their porridge is 100% natural without any MSG or preservatives. Why? My mom is a  big NO NO fan for MSG, the moment she tasted MSG she will keep drinking her tea, but she didn't and she was so surprise!! so, NO WORRIES! 
Their price are reasonably fair with generous portion. Right after you enter the restaurant, you will noticed there's a Chinese words saying "steam steam har, makes life healthier" - okie, I know my chinese description wasn't that creative -.-" 
Sesame oil is added in to give the porridge extra Yummylicious. As you can see the porridge is NOT watery. Thick porridge will cause a sticky base or burnt, also that is why a clay pot is use instead of the typical stainless steel pot. For Malaysians, we can never enjoy steamboat without any proper chili sauce, guess what.... Their chili sauce is 100% homemade by the lady boss herself. To make it more tastier, the owner (my uncle) apparently advise us to add some sesame oil into it for a much unique taste. 
To make steamboat a better / unique choice for their restaurant, They creatively introduced  their homemade specialty, the 'Minced Pork & Minced Pork + Prawn' . Pork is one of a main meat in Chinese home for all cooking! It taste SUPER delicious when it is "Steam Steam" into porridge, especially when added with sesame oil, egg and vegetables.
See the sequence of how to "steam steam" the minced meat into porridge to make it more YUMMIER! Also, porridge goes really well with "Luncheon Meat" too!!!! Awwwwww..... I love this!  

Look at their fresh Beef & Pork slices. Meat are ordered fresh daily, once sold out, you gotta wait for tomorrow! I had a plate each for myself. Well, who's the leng zai? He's the owner of the restaurant and he offer pretty well good service, when he taught and help us with the steam steam minced pork & prawn =)

Being the first in Ipoh to have such a specialty, you must give it a try! The response has been excellent since they introduced 'FARMHOME' to our neighborhood! 

The restaurant is along Jalan Aeroplane, you will be able to spot it once drive passed the overhead bridge, there's only one row of shop lots next to the Pilot academy,  turn left the 3rd shop lot. 


Operating hours:
Mon - Thurs - 5pm - 10.30pm
Fri - Sat - 5pm - 11.30pm
Sun - 4pm - 10.30pm
Closed on every Tuesday

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Coffee Famille, Sunsuria Kota Damansara

Coffee Famille located at Sunsuria, Kota Damansara  is definitely a place for Coffeholic, another concept cafe which serves Home Roast Fresh Coffee
Well the reason why I love this place is because is quite and I can do plenty of reading without any distraction. The interior are similar to Taiwanese concept cafe, if you been to those you will surely know what I mean here :) For those who have not experience yet, drop by Famille and you'll know how it feels. 
It is a great place to spend some quality time with your lover. Looks who is in my blog pic again.... My hubbieee
 Latte for Hubbiee as usual and I had their Black coffee. Looking into their menu, Famille also serves after 9pm drinks such as Coffee with Kahlua???? Try it! If you want to get a little bit tipsy with some coffee after taste.
Some random pic I snapped just few lots away from Famille, is a bakery shop with plenty of cupcakes and cute cookies like HELLO KITTY candy biscuits =)

Location :6 (Ground Floor), 
              Sunsuria Avenue, PJU,  
              Persiaran Mahogani, 
              Kota Damansara, 47810 
              Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Sunday, 15 July 2012

FAM Fat Auntie Char Kuey Teow,

Craving for Penang fried kuey teow but couldn't drive up to Penang? Here is a good news to all char kuey teow lovers. Located at  Restoran Jamal Mohamed in SS5 , Fat Auntie Char Kuey Teow will not fail you and plus it is HALAL too. 

Every table had at least a plate of CKT when I was there, it is obvious that most of the visitors here are for fat auntie CKT. 

Restoran Jamal Mohamed
24, Jalan SS5A/9
Kelana Jaya

GPS: 3.095372, 101.605484


Uzbekistan The Guide

A good start for July 2012 when Bluedale Publishing finally marked a day in history for clinching the deal with Uzbekistan's Government by being their official publisher for "Uzbekistan Travel Guide"! Congratulations to Bluedale Publishing!


Uzbekistan The Guide will be published by mid of August 2012, will be launch on 1st September in conjunction with Uzbekistan's 21 years of Independent's day with Uzbekistan Embassy in Malaysia. Special thanks to the High Excellency Mr. Shukur.


Uzbekistan The Guide will be covering all major cities in Uzbekistan such as Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Ferghana Valley which will includes sight attractions, eating out, events and entertainment night life. 


For travelers in Malaysia who are planning for a trip down to Central Asia, here is your golden opportunity to obtained all relevant travel information for "FREE" either by accessing my blog or physical copies from the Embassy as well as selected travel agency in Malaysia =) 


Enjoy Uzbekistan! 

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Enak KL, Starhill Gallery

Multi winning award Enak KL serves you the most authentic Malay cuisine located at the prime location of Kuala Lumpur Starhill. 


The flavours of Enak KL are just as it would have been when great-grandma cooked for her (Sherena) family. Specializing in recipes that go generations back, Enak KL features dishes from our childhood that have long been forgotten.



Decorated in warm colours with the glow of candlelight reflecting against polished antique brassware, each one telling its own story and diners are well taken care by their well-trained staff who understand well what hospitality is.
  



Emping with Belacan Sauce is one of my favorite snack in Enak KL. What's emping? Emping is Indonesian Chips, a bite-size snack kripik cracker made of melinjo or belinjo . The emping crackers have a slightly bitter taste. 






The main course of Veggie Platter and Ayam Percik with amazing presentation on plate is exactly as amazing as it goes into your mouth. The taste of spices which is preserved well in both chicken and veggie is exactly the long forgotten authentic Malay cuisine taste. 




Along is their Daging Bakar Asam Jawa and Pepes - Fish. I'm never a big fans to extreme spice dishes but but but, this 2 dishes spices are spiced at my tolerance level. Dish that I usually do not take somehow surprise me at Enak KL. Thanks to the Chef! *Thumbs up*




Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Funny THOR memes


Looks like THOR is on trend now! It really makes my day seeing poor little THOR with so many character and FARNIEEEE THOR in different shapes and sizes!!!

Which THOR meme I like the most? Yesterday hubbiee was saying this

"Honey I will come and pick you up with my mo-THOR" as the saying continues "After you pick me up with your mo-THOR we go buy tor-THOR and then we go eat THOR-sai with ajinamo-THOR" =)


 Poor little THOR with so many THOR'ing charather! hehe

 calcula-THOR


hun-THOR / Ghost figh-THOR


  MISS THOR BEAN

  THORTLES
 PROJEC-THOR

 THOREAL! hahaha!!!!


 THOR-key


kat-THOR-se


ENJOY THOR'ing! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

General Information of Uzbekistan

Geography 
The physical environment of Uzbekistan is diverse, ranging from the flat, desert topography that comprises almost 80 percent of the country's territory to mountain peaks in the east reaching about 4,500 meters above sea level. Located in the heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan occupies more than 447,400 square kilometres, measuring 925 km from North to South and 1400 km from West to East. Along the borders on each of the former Soviet Asian Republic which is Kazakhstan 2.203 km, Tajikistan 1.161 km, Kyrgyzstan 1.099 km and Turkmenistan 1.621 km , and in the south - on Afghanistan 137 km.

General Information
Official Name               :           The Republic Of Uzbekistan
Coordinates                 :           41 00 N, 64 00 E 
Independence   Day      :           1 September, 1991
Total Area                    :           447,400sq.km
Population                    :           29million (January 2011)
Capital                         :           Tashkent (2.5 million of population)
Time                            :           GMT + 05:00
Head of Country            :           H.E Islam Karimov- President
Head of Government      :           Shavkat Mirziyoyev – Prime Minister
Foreign Minister            :           Elyor Ganiyev
Currency                      :           Uzbek Soum (US$ 1 = Soum 1,657 as of 8 February 2011)
Dialing code                 :           +998

Weather
Peculiarity climate of Uzbek with great number of sunny days. Tourist’s season in Uzbekistan falls on spring months that are March, April and May, the second half is in August, September and October. Winter month’s temperatures ranges from -10C to 30C are suitable for the lovers of mountains and winter sports such as skiing. The average annual temperature is approximately 13C.

Language
Most common language spoken is Uzbek, but Russian is a widely spoken native or second language particularly in large cities. In different regions of Uzbekistan, other languages are also widely spoken such as Tajik in Samarkand and Bukhara. Individuals spoke in more than one language are common in large cities and in ethnically diverse areas. However with present Uzbekistan’s policy moving toward the West, the knowledge of English has become increasingly common
Religion 
Predominantly the Uzbeks are Sunni Muslim (80% of population), Shia (15%) along side with Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Jewish are the minorities. Although constitutionally maintaining rights to freedom of religion, Uzbekistan maintains a ban on all religious activities not approved by state.

President of Uzbekistan
Islam  Karimov
Political system 
Under the 1992 Constitution, Uzbekistan is a secular and democratic republic country. Political system of the Republic is parliamentary democracy with a legislative organ Oliy Majlis (Supreme Council), executive body (government) and legal proceeding system. The head of executive power is President, directly elected to a seven-year term. Executive power rests with the President. The President appoints a Cabinet of Ministers with the approval of the legislature. The Cabinet of Ministers carries the day-to-day running of the country. The President also appoints regional governors.



The Culture

The People
Uzbekistan people are represented by multiple nationalities and ethnic groups such as the native nations of Central Asia are Tajiks, Kazakhs, Kirghizes, Uygures, Dungans. Minorities from Europe and East are Russians, Tatars, Germans, Jews, Lithuanians, Poles, Ukrainians, Byelorussians, Greeks and Turks live in Uzbekistan.

Traditional Clothing

National clothing for Uzbekistan is mostly bright colour, to be worn during cultural traditions. However, wearing traditional clothing is a part of norm for rural areas.

      Men’s clothing
Traditional men’s suit is a chopon, the quilted robe, tied with a shawl along with cap is called tubeteyka. Kuylak is the men’s straight cut shirt. Ishton is men’s wide trousers, narrowed at bottom. Traditional footwear is high-boots, made of leather. They were tied with embellished belt made of velvety richly handmade embroidery with silver pendants buckles.



      Women’s clothing
Traditional women’s suit is dwell of plain khan-atlas tunic-dress and wide trousers. Made of atlas fabric richly embroil with gleaming 
golden thread. Along with colourful headdress with unique patterns embroidered are the cap, headscarf and turban. Inseparable accessories are gold and silver jewelry which are the earrings, bracelet and necklaces.

The Wedding
Nikokh, wedding plays a very significant role for people in Uzbekistan and usually celebrate in a very solemn manner. Every region in Uzbekistan (14 in total) has its own peculiarities and rituals and may differ from one region to another. Some of the commonly met customs is matchmaking

One of the pre wedding rituals “Fotiha” - the engagement ceremony which symbolizes an agreement of two families to connect family ties, Fotiha determines the nature of the wedding.

Before Nikokh starts, the groom heads to pick up the bride from her home accompanied by his best man and a number of close friends. The bride’s family meets the guests with a festive table, offering “pilav,” a traditional meal of the Uzbek nation. The bride's family has to dress-up the groom with “sarpo” - the wedding robe to be ready for a wedding praying "Hutbayi nikoh" by the “Mullah” (Muslim priest)  before proclaims them husband and wife. The newly-wed then goes to the official civil registration of marriage to obtained marriage certificate, thus supplementing the wedlock in the face of God.

The culmination of a wedding ceremony is the bride's leaving her parent's house (or the place where the wedding party was held) to the groom’s house. In some regions of Uzbekistan, families follow the ancient ritual of purification, dated back in Zoroastrian tradition, when the groom carry the bride and walks around the fire three times before entering groom’s house.

Next morning after the wedding party the ritual "Kelin salom" - reception of the bride in her new family should be performed. The groom's parents, his relatives and friends give presents to the bride and she greets everyone with deep bows – three bows to each member of the groom’s family. There is another custom of a couple officially visiting bride’s parents after the wedding. And in some regions (including Tashkent) there is a tradition for bride’s parents to deliver food to the groom’s family for 40 days after the wedding.
  
The Music
Shashmaqam
The music of the Uzbeks takes a much greater influence from Persian Classical Music and the Middle East, rather than from Turkic-Mongolic Traditional Music. The centerpiece of Uzbek music is the Shashmaqam, or Six Maqams, which was named a “UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in 2003. The Shashmaqam is a modal suite that brings together lyrical and instrumental songs, poetry and dance. Traditional Uzbek music is primarily melodic, highly embellished, micro-tonal, and mono- or homophonic. Common instruments include lutes, spike fiddles and flutes. 


At heart, Uzbek music is closely tied with the traditional music of Tajikistan (both sharing the Shashmaqam), a division largely owing to Soviet policies of ethnic nationalism. During the Soviet period traditional music in central Asia was treated ambivalently: initially discouraged due to a preference for propagandistic music, and later encouraged to promote local national identity (rather than broader religious or regional identities). These recent policies, combined with independence, have led to a revival of interest in traditional Uzbek music.

Cuisine
One of well developed factor in Uzbekistan is their cuisine which is also one of the most ancient and refined in Central Asia. Their 4 seasons especially winter and summer greatly influence the composition of their daily basic menu. There are about 200 of them vary from different region in Uzbekistan.

Plov
Uzbek well known cuisine is “Palov” which consist fried and boiled meat, onions, carrots and rice; with raisins, berries, chickpeas or for variation is fruits. This is one of the pride for Uzbekistanis on their ability on preparing the most unique and sumptuous “Palov” served on the large flat plate lyagan. Uzbek cuisine can't be considered as such without the flaky pastry Somsa”, which has minced meat and a piece of fat of sheep's tail inside, or the original ravioli-like  “Manty”, which are filled with meat, potatoes or sweet pumpkin, and cooked in steam.

“Chuchvara” or also known as “Warak-Chuchvara” (pel’meni) is also the most widespread national dish. A very small dumpling mostly prepare with the same method. The traditional Uzbek community would prefer to enjoy “Kebab Shashlik” with endless cup of green tea at the “Choyhona” (teahouse)

Arts and Handicrafts 
For centuries caravans used to carry goods between the West and the East along the Great Silk Road which ran through the territory of the present-day Uzbekistan. The origins of folk art are hidden in depths of centuries of history. Uzbekistan still continues to reveal new aspects of this ancient land and its culture.

Tubeteika
Uzbek applied arts has a wealth of variety when it comes to style, materials and ornamentation (Uzbek Tubeteika). Blue Ceramics, Silk, Cotton Weaving (Uzbek Suzanne), Carpet (Turkmen), Stone and Wood Carving, Metal Engraving, Leather stamping, Calligraphy and Miniature painting are some ancient art genres developed from the ancient past
Each region has its own cultural and ethnic tradition; these unique features were established by local guilds that strengthened these characteristics through their art. It is possible to recognize someone etchic background from their embroidered skullcap tyubeteyka or by the colour and embroider style of his gown Chapan