What do you hate most about festive seasons? Traffic jams? Hotels or flights fully booked and traveling is simply a hassle? I guess almost everyone hates these stuff during festive season, but to me, these are just trivial stuff.
What I hate most while I’m holidaying with my loved ones is DISTURBANCE from inconsiderate people…in the form of ‘communications’. You know…the usual things…emails…private messages and most annoying ones are definitely smses and phonecalls just to pester me about important things.
I know this sounds petty, but I seriously can’t help but feel aggravated each time people contact me for non urgent things while I’m spending quality time with people who really loves me. It upsets me. I don’t like to be disturbed when I’m with my family doing things that actually makes me feel happy.
Sometimes I wonder if I have been mixing with the wrong bunch of people and needs to change my social circle. Obviously I need people who respects me as an individual to grow positively as a person, not people who treats me like a child to be monitored all the time.
I first heard this song, ‘Kenangan Syawal Terindah’ by DJ Teguh of eWana FM during the Iftar with eWana FM at Pak John Steamboat&BBQ, and fell in love with it immediately. The song gave me goosebumps. The singer is really talented. There is so much emotions in the song. Having heard DJ Teguh singing it live, without music during the iftar when everyone else has gone back convinced me that he could reach the hearts of many through his voice.
The lyrics is so meaningful and bittersweet. Basically it means that children often take parents for granted, and the lyrics reminds us to look back and appreciate our parents.
Meeting my parents occasionally and only a few times as we are geographically apart after I got married and have a family of my own, I could relate to this song. As adult children, we often take our parents for granted, and more often than not, by the time we realized our wrongdoings and ill ways, it is already too late. Truthfully, I owe it to the song…it reminds me how blessed I am to have parents who cares for me from afar, although I am quite ‘distant’ from them. It is indeed a meaningful song and yes, in my humble opinion, DJ Teguh delivered the song perfectly
Although I have the eWana Raya 2014 CD, I was still not satisfied and was looking forward to the soon to be published MV for the song.
And now it’s out! Fresh from YouTube, and here’s sharing my favourite Raya song this year with all of you readers out there.
This is the actual CD (no MV). With the mere cost of RM21.90 per CD, 30% proceeds of the sale of this album would go to the war ravaged victims in Gaza. There are five originally composed and never heard before songs in this album sung by the eWana All Stars a.k.a the celebrity deejays in eWana.FMHere’s your chance to give a tremendous value to your money while you entertain yourselves with some catchy but nostalgic Hari Raya songs.
One of the life changing thing that I decided to do this year is to understand more about Islam; the most misunderstood religion in the world. I thought, to understand more about it is to experience it first hand, and what better way to experience the Muslim’s way of life and how the religion itself works is to observe the holy month of Ramadhan.?
There is a few things I’ve learned about Ramadhan. The word Ramadhan comes from the Arabic root ‘ramida or ar-ramaḍ’, which means scorching heat or dryness. Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, traveling, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding. While fasting from the break dawn until dusk, Muslims must refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations and also must refrain from other ill behavior which could be perceived as sinful such as swearing, engaging in disagreements, backbiting and procrastination.One would thrive to be more pious during this holy month of Ramadhan too, and I daresay that is not an easy feat.
I was particularly excited and at the same time, nervous to observe Ramadhan this year. It’s my first year attempting to fast with my Muslim brother and sisters out there. This is not just about religious obligation, but it just doesn’t feel right to be eating when the rest of the people we know are not, what more, I think to understand Islam more is to experience it first hand. That is not all. To put the challenge up a notch, both my son and husband takes up the challenge too. Now, I can assure you that fasting alone is easy, but it’s another story altogether when your little one decides to join in too. It takes a lot of will power, motivation and most important of all, disciplined to accomplish a successful day fasting.
I’m not sure how the rest of the world coped with fasting during Ramadhan, but I find it particularly challenging, especially during the first few days. My family and I missed sahur during the first few days as we overslept, and we find it rather difficult to refrain ourselves from eating and drinking without the pre-fasting meal. (Sahur is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting. The meal is eaten before fajr prayer, or dawn. Sahur as the morning meal is matched by Iftar as the evening meal, during Ramadan, replacing the traditional three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner) But after the third day, we managed to get a grip. I set an alarm on my smartphone and make a point to prepare meals for both of my boys and wake them up to take their sahur. They are surprisingly cooperative and not once they whine about not wanting to eat at odd hours. I suppose the gnawing hunger during the day motivates them to actually wake up and eat during sahur.
It is 25th Ramadhan as of writing and we have yet to miss a single day of fasting. I find this fact particularly rewarding and I’m so proud of my boys. For some, fasting during Ramadhan is perhaps just a religious obligation, but I discovered that the whole thing goes much deeper than that. I feel much more connected to my husband and son during Ramadhan as we do the same things together and remind each other about sahur and breaking fast. This one common thing that we are practicing actually brought us closer as a family. We communicated more and spent more quality time together, especially during mealtime, and I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that I’ll be missing Ramadhan very much when it’s finally over. I’ll miss my husband making effort to come home early from work so that he could break fast with us, and I’ll definitely miss the excuse of texting my husband at work whenever he couldn’t make it back to break fast with us, just to ask him if he have eaten. I’ll also miss the motivation to be discipline and actually do things on time.
Yes, Ramadhan is beautiful in many ways if you try to actually experience it and understand it instead of being skeptical about it. I feel much more appreciated,loved and blessed this Ramadhan. We did a lot of things together as family, and one of the other memorable and worth mentioning thing that we did this Ramadhan is breaking fast with our Muslim brothers and sisters.
We attended plenty of breaking fast session with friends and acquaintance, but one of the most special one have to be the Iftar with eWana Fm at Pak John Steamboat& BBQ. The event was jointly organized by eWana FM and Pak John Steamboat&BBQ, sponsored by Nanorecords, Creativcolor, Chewy Chocs, and Santai Travel as their media partner. The event also featured special segment Hai Blogger! and Carta Bloggers 30.
So, I’ve joined plenty of events and Ramadhan buffet reviews, but what makes this one so special? Well, first of all, this would mean I would be able to meet all my Muslim media and blogger friends to catch up. A plus point: The iftar was held not only to celebrate bloggers and the members of the media who have been supporting eWana.FM, but also to celebrate the underprivileged children from Rumah Kanak-Kanak Tengku Budriah. Naturally, when my family and I were invited for iftar by eWana FM in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ at eCurve Damansara, I was ecstatic and delighted. Secondly..STEAMBOAT is on the agenda!
Steamboat refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. Steamboat has a history of more than 1,000 years and thought to have originated in Mongolia where the main ingredient was meat, usually beef or mutton. It then spread to southern China during the Tang Dynasty and was further established during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty. Steamboat is often consumed by Chinese in Malaysia, an ethnicity that is majority non-Muslims. Steamboat, although not a staple among the Muslims in Malaysia, remains one of the favourite way of dining. But it is very difficult to get good, Halal steamboat in Malaysia. Here’s a picture of our Iftar with eWana FM venue. Pak John Steamboat and BBQ eCurve outlet. The restaurant is offering HALAL steamboat so the Muslims could actually enjoy their steamboat meals without doubts. And as their tagline goes, they only serves quality and fresh food here, .
Pak John Steamboat&BBQhas a huge interior that could accommodate a maximum of 300 diners, and one can opt to sit at the common public area or the VIP room. The outlet is fully air conditioned. This photo was taken before the invited media and guests started to arrive.
Bloggers and the members of the media present that day
Guest of honour of the day: Children from Rumah Kanak Kanak Tengku Budriah, Cheras.
eWana All Stars and artists were present to entertain the guests and the children from Rumah Kanak Kanak Tengku Budriah that day too.
My artist friend, Iqwal Hafiz, The Singing Traveler singing and entertaining the guests before buka puasa time.
eWana.FM also launched “eWana Raya” album and during the event, attendees were given privilege to listen to the never heard before songs live first hand that day. Kudos to eWana.FM for such a great effort. With the mere cost of RM21.90 per CD, 30% proceeds of the sale of this album would go to the war ravaged victims in Gaza. Here’s your chance to give a tremendous value to your money while you entertain yourselves with some catchy but nostalgic Hari Raya songs sang by eWana FM deejays themselves. To place an order, do contact eWana.fm orWan Salam. I know I’ve written about eWana FM countless times in my blog, but in case you’re still wondering what eWana FM is all about, well, to cut the long story short, eWana.FM is an Internet radio (not conventional radio) using the latest technology and provide more interactive experience where listeners can interact directly with the deejays on duty. eWana.FM operate 24 hours per day or and can be accessed through www.Ewana.FM or via Tune In apps if you are an android device user. eWana.FM is accessible via Internet and online radio apps regardless of time and geographical boundaries. For more details on how to download the apps to listen to eWAna.FM, you may refer to my older post HERE
What’s Ramadhan without the spirit of love, joy and sharing? Ramadhan is all about charity and apart from all the entertainment and catchy songs, Aidilfitri contributions of Rm3,000 are made by Pak John Steamboat&BBQ to the Rumah Kanak Kanak Tengku Budriah as well during the iftar function.
Check out the video by Kaio for a clearer picture on the event.Various activities went on during the event too, including lucky draw and mini games with hampers as prizes (which I won at the end of the night), but I won’t divulge much about that, as the best part about iftar with eWana FM is definitely the food in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ.
Consider yourselves forewarned, ladies and gentlemen. This post is full of food graphic. Yours truly will not be responsible for your hungry tummy or ruined diet.
There food in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ is organized nicely according to sections. There’s fresh food aisle where ingredients like vegetable, meat and poultries is located, then there’s frozen food aisle where processed food like fishballs and surimis awaits. There’s the hot food buffet spread, of course, the ala minute counter where you can request food to be prepared on the spot, and dessert and beverage counter.
Spotted at the fresh food section, the seafood ingredients.
The ingredients for steamboat is extensive here in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ, and you’ll be spoiled for choices. But here’s showing what’s worth showing and hopefully it will help you readers to visualize on what this restaurant have to offer the diners.
Assorted fishballs and surimi can be easily spotted from afar. There’s a healthy balance of crabsticks, seafood tofu, dumplings and whatnot here. These processed food are certified HALAL by JAKIM and is supplied exclusively by CYL Food Sdn. Bhdwho have won the SME100 Award back in 2012. They have over 10 years of experience in providing a wide range of frozen food products to the local and oversea market. CYL Food Sdn. Bhd distributes many frozen food products and meal solutions to colleges & universities, hospitals, chain restaurant , convenience stores , wet market, supermarket , hypermarket, restaurant, wholesales frozen food mart and many other food service channels throughout Malaysia, so you can be assured that these assorted fishballs and surimis at Pak John Steamboat&BBQ is of high quality and assured fresh.
Poultries and meat are available too, and they are already pre-marinated with myriad of herbs and spices for your grilling pleasure. I highly recommend the marinated beef slices and the spicy chicken. They are to die for as the flavours are deeply imbued in the juicy meat.
Sensational fresh seafood and clams. Bamboo clams, fresh mussels and prawns are available for your taking. This is basically a cholesterol fest, so eat with caution for those who have high cholesterol issues.
Irresistibly fresh vegetables for those who love to have greens in their steamboat soup and grill. Crisps leaves, leafy bak choy, crunchy broccolis, juicy tomatoes, corn on cobs, assorted fungus and mushrooms will guarantee natural sweetness in your steamboat meal, so be sure to pluck some of these from the vegetable compartments.
Also at the all you can eat buffet section is the not to be missed premium food items like abalone slices, smoked duck slices, premium New Zealand Beef and lamb slice
Abalone slices. Note to all foodies: This item is unlimited! Yes! You are reading that right! So abalone fans, help yourselves with these and knock yourselves out.
Smoked duck slices was a divine thing. It was thinly sliced and made a perfect savory appetizer in my steamboat meal. There was no gamey taste whatsoever, and please don’t ask how many helpings I had.
Premium grade New Zealand Beef/ lamb slices is also available for your repeated consumption.
Fancy some carbs in your steamboat meal? No fret. An assortments of noodles, including instant Japanese Udon are available for you to cook too. Beside the noodles offerings, I can’t help but notice the eggs that’s placed neatly on the tray for diners to use as a part of their steamboat ingredients. The eggs that’s offered as part of Pak John Steamboat&BBQ ingredients are clean and adequately washed. Bonus point for Pak John Steamboat&BBQ. The ingredients are not only fresh but hygienic as well.
Yours truly spotted Dimsum counter in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ buffet while she was browsing around for more food to bring to her table. Walked closer to take a glimpse of what’s steaming…
And was duly impressed. There’s a variety of dumplings offered to diners, ranging from irresistible Siew Mai that comes with different flavours to mini pau to keep your growling tummy happy. Worth mentioning dimsum item in my opinion:the Siew Mai that is embedded with mussel on top and the Sea Urchin Bun.
Sea Urchin Bun is a kind of dimsum made from puffy fish cake mixed with sea urchin paste, fish and yam inside.You can enjoy the full sea urchin flavor inside and out. This dimsum, is not to be missed if you fancy something a tad exotic and out of this world.
Starring this Ramadhan at the hot food spread corner is The Pak John house special Coke Chicken, Nasi Tomato, Rendang, Sambal Glutinous Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf and Vegetable Tempura. Yes. These are only available during Ramadhan, so please take note. If you want to have these, do hop over to Pak John Steamboat&BBQ now before they are taken off the menu.
Coke Chicken. You wouldn’t guess just how delicious it is based on the simple ingredients. In this recipe that’s a favorite of home cooks in China, Coke and soy sauce meld to form a great sweet and savory glaze for the chicken. According to the cook, the preparation method is very similar to that of soy-sauce chicken, a common Cantonese dish. Cantonese soy sauce chicken wings are braised with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, and occasionally cinnamon and star anise. But for Coke chicken wings, they just use soy sauce and Coke in the braising liquid. This dish is not overwhelmingly sweet, or overwhelmingly salty. It tastes a little bit like Coke, but even that is very subtle. A must try dish in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ.
Nasi Tomato is one of the traditional foods that is warmly welcomed among the Malay community in the states of Malaysia, especially the Northern states like Kedah and Penang. Nasi Tomato is a type of Malay food culture, so it’s always served in special occasions like a Malay wedding and Hari Raya. Nasi tomato is one example of how fragrant and spicy additions can turn ordinary rice into something extraordinary. This dish is deliciously sensational and mouth watering. The rice is not only fluffy, but flavourful and fragrant as well, and goes very well with the next dish I’ll be talking about, the Chicken Rendang,a spicy meat dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia,and is now commonly served across the country.
Chicken Rendang by Pak John Steamboat&BBQ has it’s own twist to the traditional recipe. It’s not overly spicy and has a hint of creamy coconut milk flavour. Safe to pile onto your plate if you prefer milder tasting rendang in comparison to the overly spicy ones. Pair this with the Nasi Tomato, and you’ll find it difficult to stop yourselves from having seconds.
XO Sambal Glutinous rice is probably inspired by ‘Zongzi’ a traditional Chinese food, made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo, reed, or other large flat leaves. They are cooked by steaming or boiling. These XO Sambal Glutinous Rice, however, is wrapped with lotus leaves and has a spicy prawn sambal fillings in it. Quite a twist from the original traditional version, but this dish is delicious nevertheless. The glutinous rice was perfectly cooked and the filling is bursting with flavour.Another must try item on the list.
Vegetable tempura. My son loves these and I approve too. It was adeptly fried and not accessibly greasy. The vegetable tempura was crispy on the outside, but still freshly moist on the inside. I highly recommend having this with a side of mayonnaise or some chilli sauce dipping.
Traditional Malay/Nyonya kuih was also available during the iftar. I was told that these are seasonal and only available during Ramadhan. I can’t comment much on these as I gave it a miss, but my husband says he can vouch for the yumminess. According to him, these nyonya kuih taste authentically homemade. So go ahead, give it a try!
There are 6 choices of steamboat soup available this Ramadhan:
1. Beef Bone Pepper Soup
2. Tomyam Soup
3. Curry Soup
5. Chicken Soup
6. Prawn Soup
While the most common base for steamboat is Chicken Soup and Tomyam, Pak John Steamboat&BBQ took a bold move by introducing Miso Soup, Curry Soup, and Prawn Soup. Like every good steamboat soup, the base is made fresh without the use of MSG and therefore you don’t have to worry about getting thirsty after consuming it.The soup taste so good on it’s own. Personally I think Tomyam Soup has the kick but not the aroma, Chicken Soup and Prawn Soup was good and flavorful, while the Miso Soup has a distinctive aromatic taste to it. I cant comment on Curry soup, though, as I did not manage to sample that, nor did I manage to sample the Beef Bone Pepper Soup. I’m sure they are lovely, and I’ll make a point to try it out on my next visits.
There are 4 types of popular sauce for the steamboat and grill food: Sambal Belacan, Green Sauce, Sweet Yong Tau Foo sauce and Spicy Sauce.
But personally, I prefer dipping my steamboat and grill items in freshly fried shallots immersed in oil. I’m weird, I know.
Variety of food in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ summarized in video. Pardon the quality, I’m a writer, not a videographer. Note: The background music was two songs from eWana Raya Album, sang live by eWana deejays.
Anyway, we were really hungry, so we took these from the processed food department
And these from the fresh food and dimsum section
Iqwal and uncle. This time around I took a break from cooking and let the men do the grilling :p
Will you just look at that! While the hot pot and is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. The pot sharing concept is made with typical pot you see elsewhere but here in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ the center part of it is dedicated for BBQ purpose. The unique pot is design in a way where after a few round of grilling, the staff can easily change the hot plat on top with a new one. Margarine, butter and oil is provided at the food counter for you to use while grilling too. What you grill on top of it is up to you.
I gott bored waiting for the food to cook so I left Iqwal, uncle and my husband to cook and made myself some cup corn. The corn in cup station was located beside the ice cream machine. Scooped up some into the cup provided, seasoned with salt and butter and gobble em up and by the time I was done…the food we have raided from the shelf earlier is ready for my gastronomic pleasure
Fruit slices and jellies was also available. But as refreshing as it was, I gave these a miss this time around.
And what’s a good meal without desserts? No meal is complete without desserts. Pak John Steamboat&BBQ offers decadent ice creams as dessert. There’s a choice of the traditional ice cream potong and sundae at the dessert section. Yours truly can’t decide which one to have. And so, they say, when in doubt, just go for both, and so I did!
Tadaaa! Vanilla and chocolate flavoured sundae with ice cream potong, durian flavour. I thought of calling it a day after treating myself to the ice cream potong embedded in vanilla and chocolate but Iqwal happily came back to our table with this and I helplessly succumbed to temptation.
Iqwal offering a plate of fluffy waffle topped with vanilla and chocolate sundae ice cream to me and kiddo. How can I say no to this…this is irresistible!
The waffle was made ala minute at the waffle station. You can customize it to your liking. All you need to do is just the the chef in charge how you want your waffle to be made. Ours was filled with chocolate and peanut butter spread, and Iqwal topped it with ice cream afterwards when it when it’s done. The peanut butter was smooth, rich and nutty while the chocolate spread complement the simple waffle construction perfectly. The dish arresting enough to warrant a second helping, I assure you.
In case you’re wondering, yes… the beverages are inclusive in this buffet and its free flow. There’s coffee, tea, and of course, refreshing juices too. Personally I enjoyed the BBQ part, I grill (I mean, I made Iqwal and my husband grill the stuff :P) everything with it. My favourite that day was their Smoked Abalone Slices. The texture is simply amazing. Marinated Chicken was good,but be forewarned, the spicy one is really burning hot. Each and every ingredient is not only guaranteed fresh but is also different from what you get outside. I like the fact that Pak John Steamboat&BBQ practices an open concept where you can get creative and mix and match your food, and is offering a perfect combination of Chinese and local cuisine that is Muslim friendly.
Writing this makes me feel hungry, and I wonder if there is anyone out there who want to join me in Pak John Steamboat&BBQ? Pak John Steamboat&BBQ Ramadhan buffet promotion is still ongoing, from 28th June 2014 to 29th July 2014, priced at RM39++ per pax. Children below the age of 8 years old dine for FREE.
There is also Lady’s night promo every Tuesday and Thursday where ladies can get 20% off whenever they dined there, and if you are a student, just flash your student card to get 30% off on the buffet from 11am to 5pm daily.
Right now there is two Pak John Steamboat&BBQ outlets. One in eCurve Damansara and another one in Wangsa Walk Mall, Wangsa Maju. Below is the address for respective outlets, should you be interested to dine there.
Pak John Steamboat E-Curve
Lot LG-13A, LG-15,
Lower Ground Floor,
E-Curve, No 2A, Jalan PJU 7/3,
Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Pak John Steamboat Wangsa Walk Mall
Lot GL-02 & FL-02,
Wangsa Walk Mall, Wangsa Avenue,
No 9, Jalan Wangsa Perdana 1, Bandar Wangsa Maju
The invitation to Stanzo Collection launching came just in time for my little pet project; revamping my home sweet home. Things at home has been looking…well, rather mundane and lack excitements. I thought that if I can’t change the environment and move to a more…‘adventurous place’, then perhaps I could ‘tweak and troubleshoot‘ my house a lil bit to spice things up and make things more uplifting for me.
Stanzo Collection was launched on 19th July 2014 at 1 MK Shopping Mall, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. “Stanzo” or “Stanza” is an Italian term, which literally means “rooms”, and browsing around the showroom during the launching kinda makes me drool.
The first thing that caught my attention is the furniture set up for an office. I thought this would be perfect for my home office. It is not only minimalistic, but strictly functional as well. Definitely something that will encourage a constructive working environment at home. I have no doubt that my husband would approve this for our home office.
Mix and match chairs, coffee table and a book shelf would fit nicely in the office too, I reckon.
But one book shelf for a bookworm like me is definitely not enough. I have more than 1,500 books at home, and this shelf would definitely be welcomed at home too.
Huge dining table for entertaining… And of course during mad novel writing marathon where I allow myself to mess up the workstation with tonnes of research material…and tidbits and beverages.
Not a loveseat but this L-shaped sofa would be perfect for some cuddling during those movie marathon nights. It’s been awhile since my husband and I indulge ourselves in the pleasure of late night movie marathon. I kinda miss those times, but I guess it can’t be helped. Sometimes, work overwhelms us and we don’t really have time for such simple pleasure anymore.
And of course…a space saving sofa bed for me and hubby. this would be lovely, but I’d be sure to change the bedsheet to something more splashy or romantic. This bed is functional, but I’ve always prefer something more colourful and spicy in the bedroom.
Overall, the contemporary furniture collection is all that I would need for my little interior decorating project. They are mostly functional, space saving and minimalistic, and best of all, comes with a competitive price tag that almost tempt me into just swiping the card at first sight. If you’re looking for furnitures that is individualistic and functional, I highly recommend you to check out Stanzo Collection. They might have something that you might fancy for your home sweet home.
For more information on Stanzo Collection, check out the details below:
Check out this humble shophouses on a lonely street. Looks very old and pretty much mundane, right? But who would have known that such a small, quaint place could offer so much?
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the shop houses. The marvelous and exquisite Gartien Pineapple Cakes are sold here in the humble shop located beside the coffee shop in the picture. Who would have guessed that this shops like these produce such a gastronomic gem? I believed I’ve written about the Gartien Pineapple Cakes quite some time ago before Chinese New year 2014, but allow me to write about it again, considering that Midautumn Festival is fast approaching and I believe Gartien’s Pineapple cakes would be a splendid gift for your relatives and loved ones during the festival.
A box of Gartien Pineapple Cake Midautumn Edition is packed with 10 individual convenient packs and comes with colourful purplish Midautumn packaging on it. The artwork of this Gartien’s Md Autumn Edition is pretty eye catchy with the artwork of the Chinese Goddess of the Moon, Chang Er surrounded with moon bunnies, I must say. This will definitely make an interesting Mid Autumn Festival gift.
Curious about the pineapple cakes? Well, here’s a picture of the Gartien Pineapple Cake. The pastries are made fresh with natural ingredients and pure butter. It gives the cake milky and buttery taste yet the light and fluffy.The filling is made of 100% fresh pineapples picked directly from plantation in the village of Nibong Tebal. Love it to bits as it is not cloyingly sweet and you can have one after another as it’s positively addictive. Unlike other pineapple cakes and tarts, this one is special in the sense that while it is light and fluffy, it is not crumbly. And a special note about the filling, you can actually chew on the pineapple chunks. The pineapple cakes has no preservatives and artificial flavouring, so you need to keep it refrigerated or at dry place for freshness and avoid exposure to high temperature, humidity and direct sunlight. This pineapple cake is best serve in room temperature with warn tea.
Wanna make an order? Well then, check out their new retail outlet:
Product: Gartien Pineapple Cakes – Mid Autum Edition Company: Gartien 小田佳园 Address: 380, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang, Malaysia. (next to Kek Seng Coffee Shop/格成茶室) Contact: 604-229 0068 Business Hours: 9.00am-6.00pm daily
Gartien are having their grand opening this coming 20th July 2014, in conjunction with the Mid Autumn celebration, they having a promotion for those who place their order Before 4th August 2014:
- For 5 boxes and above, will be entitled a box free
Booking after 4th August 2014:
- For 10 boxes and above, will entitle a box free
A box of Pineapple Cakes with 10 convi packets cost RM 45. (Self Collect) A fix courier fees with RM 10 & RM 40 will be applicable to all deliveries within Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia respectively
So be quick and hurry place your order today to have enjoy the privilege.
BY 4 AUGUST 2014:
In order to get your FREE BOX of Gartien 小田佳园 Pineapple Cakes with EVERY 5 BOXES purchased, please submit your pre-order form by 4 August 2014 at http://gartien.com/shop/
5 AUGUST 2014 onwards:
In order to get your FREE BOX of Gartien 小田佳园 Pineapple Cakes with EVERY 10 BOXES purchased, please submit your pre-order form at http://gartien.com/shop/
MH17 and MH370 is probably the worst thing that could have happened to Malaysia Airlines and Malaysian Aviation history. Barely four months ago Malaysia was shocked with the news where the flight MH370 went missing without a trace, the nation was put through the aviation nightmare again. This time around it is not just mind boggling like MH370, but gruesome as well.
The ill-fated MH17 was a non-hostile civilian plane, but was shot down in Ukrainian airspace on 17th July 2014. The MH17 wreckage and debris was already found. There was no survivors. And dead bodies were scattered around in such a gruesome scene. To date, no one claimed to be responsible for the unfortunate incident yet and both Russia and Ukraine is still passing the ball to each other and still playing whodudunnit game. I’ll leave the speculations and reporting to the professionals. I’m not here to speculate or write a conspiracy theory.
Initially I do not wish to write anything about this unfortunate event, but I find it difficult to stomach that friends and family are sharing the gruesome scene in the crash site; with MH17 wreckage and dead bodies so very openly on the social media.
Such action disgust me tremendously. It is bad enough that people are sharing news irresponsibly, and now sharing the pictures of dead bodies as well? That’s not only disrespectful towards the dead but also disrespectful towards the victim’s family and loved ones too! Have you got no bloody brain at all? Why can’t you have some empathy that someone out there has just lost their husband, wife, son, daughter, father, mother or relatives? How would you feel if your father or mother has just been hit to death by a truck and their limbs and
meat are scattered around on the road and some arse decided to take a video or snap a photo and upload all of the gory scene on the social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and those who saw that posting decided to share it around and consequently that indecency of a video or photo went viral?
Not a very nice thought, isn’t it? Such act is not only insensitive but disrespectful as well, and I hope all of you out there stop sharing such things. Someone out there is crying for their loss and it’s simply an inhumane thing to do to gain attention on social media that way.
Cleffairy: Karma always gets back at you. Remember that. Today it might be the time for others to grieve in humiliation and indignity, but tomorrow.. It might be one of you!
Mom’s Care Selfie Contest, Mom’s Care Snap A Selfie Contest
I was always tired when I was pregnant with my son many years back, especially during the third trimester, and preparing for baby’s needs was a hassle back then. My pregnancy is not a bed of roses. My husband and I were still studying when I was pregnant with our son and it is pretty challenging to juggle our family life and our life in college. Between lecture classes and exams, we still need to prepare for the arrival of our baby and time is our enemy. Plus, fatique always overwhelms me. I could still remember. There was no baby shop nearby my place that actually sells everything that a baby and a new mother would need after the birth, and I actually had to hop from one shopping mall to another just to buy a few different items. Imagine that! But things has changed. These days there’s one stop centre like Mom’s Care, so pregnant mothers don’t need to worry about walking around too much and getting overly exerted looking for baby’s needs.
Established in 1995, Mom’s Care opened its first outlet in Ampang Point Shopping Centre. Mom’s Care has always been looking at catering to the larger consumer group. Therefore, with that in mind, a mere 5years later, Mom’s Care opened its doors at Mid Valley Megamall and 1Utama Phase 2. Mom’s Care mission statement is “To provide the best needs and care for your child”, hence the tag line used since its conceptualisation “the right choice for your child”. Moms Care is not only a place for new parents to shop for baby’s needs, but it is also a place the place where parents can seek advice on pregnancy, parenting tips.. Mom’s Care carries more than 20 international brands with more than 10,000skus. This covers everything from infants to toddlers and newborn up to 3 years of age. Mom’s Care offers the latest designs and most innovative products by international brands; from apparels, nursing products, feeding accessories, car seats and traveling systems, bedding as well as educational toys, to name a few, so if you are expecting a baby and wants to not only shop for products to use after your baby’s birth but also to get some parenting tips and advice, Mom’s Care is just the place you want to go.
Anyway, heres sharing some good news with you expecting parents out there. Mom’s Care is having some contest where you can win some expensive and excitingly useful stuff for yourself and your baby.
Mom’s Care Selfie Contest Prize:
Mom’s Care Selfie Contest Prize: Urban light Click Connect Stroller and baby car seat worth RM2,000. These are without a doubt, will make traveling with your baby safe and fuss free.
And another Mom’s Care Snap A Selfie Contest Prize: Contour Prestige Primo worth RM1,800 equipped with bassinet mattress vibrates gently (on a timer) to soothe the baby and is a perfect travel bed cot to care for babies and parents.The Contour Prestige baby bed is suitable for your baby from birth to about 3 years. The changing table is suitable from birth up to 15,0 kg. A removable storage tray, a box for hygiene products and a box for nappy provides a lot of room.
All you need to do is take a selfie photo on the most creative way. The theme is “fun time with Kids & family”. Participant must share their photo to get the most likes and the organizer will select the winner.
Heres how it works:
Contestants must upload a ‘selfie’ to Moms Care Facebook. The contest will be the best photo category and the most likes category. Participant must send their picture to via facebook or email, by attaching their detail and picture together with their Contact details: Name, IC, Contact number & email address. Mom’s Care Snap A Selfie Contest runs from 16 July -10 august 2014 1.Closing date for entry will be 10 August 2014 .After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: Further information can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/momscaremalaysia and www.momscare.com.my
The winner will be notified by email and facebook private message within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. The organizer will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
The Contest is open to all Malaysians who are aged 18 years old and above.
The following persons are not eligible to participate in the
(a) Employees of the Organiser, Mom’s Care Sdn Bhd and the Sponsors of the Contest and their immediate family members. *immediate family members means spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters.
(b) No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and Mom’s Care reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
So, what are you waiting for…Hop over to the Facebook page, check out all the infos and starts snapping selfies away.
Does your family knows who you really are? I mean, if you are a blogger or a social media influencer, do they know what you actually do online, read your blogs and follow your career and online life closely? I’m not sure about all of you out there, but my family did not know anything about my online life until recently. Recent, as in two months back.
You see, I’m mostly… ‘Anonymous’ online. I don’t post up my pictures openly on my blogs or on any social media platform, but these days I’ve loosen up a lil bit. I even made known to my family ( mum, dad, sister, uncle, aunties, grandpa etc) about my blog(s), add them in my social media accounts
like Facebook and Instagram, and although I still do not plaster my picture or my husband and son’s picture all over the blog, I no longer tell people not to tag me or disallow them to publish my pictures on their social media platform. Not exactly something my husband will applause as he is a very private person, but I come to realize the harsh reality that sometimes, in isolated cases, ‘privacy’ is somewhat a double edge sword, and I’m no longer comfortable with having that double edge sword pointed to my throat, threatening to take all that I hold dear from me.
I won’t divulge much about that and leave the double edge sword story as it is, but I can tell you that I feel much more comfortable now that apart from ‘people’ who are constantly ‘monitoring’ my movements and spreading ill words and lies about me, my family are in the loop of my daily lives too, so should anything unpleasant or something happened to hurt me or my son, be it mentally, verbally or physically, at least my family will be aware about it although I do not verbally inform them. I feel much more secure now that my family knows and keeping tab about my activities and my whereabouts. At least if anything goes wrong, they know how to contact the authorities and take legal action against those who meant ill to me and my little boy.
Ah! The beauty of social media. It keep you connected even though you are geographically disconnected.
Social media platform is no longer just a publishing tool for me. It is now a communication tool for me between my family too. My family is now aware of what is going on in my life although they do not openly comment, so yes…watch out and don’t treat me as if I’m an orphan. I got them behind my back, and if you mess with my life, my husband’s life and my son’s life, retribution will come without fail. I’ll make sure of that.
No. This is not a threat, but a promise to be delivered should anyone decide to continuously be an arse.
Cleffairy: I don’t really respond well to verbal and emotional threat nor do I like doing things behind people’s back.
Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak, Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak 2014, Casa Ombak, Ombak Creative
I’m not the sort of person who will talk much about how my life with my family was when I was just a little girl or when I was still living with them before getting married and moving in with my husband, but perhaps, it is time to reminisce a little bit, considering that some people that I know kinda treat me and order me about as if I have no family to back me up to begin with. I don’t like it and I wonder why I’m being a subject of bully? Is it because I’m petite in size? Or is it because I’m too polite to snap back at people when they give me attitude? I guess I can’t help it huh? I’m raised in a family who puts a high value on morality and mannerism. In my family, nobody is a two-faced hypocrite or goes around scolding or ordering others about, and unlike some family’s institution, we do not step on each other’s back or head just so that we can look good in front of others nor do we lie to our relatives about another relatives just so that we can look…’heroic’.
I could never understand that behaviour, seriously. I think those who does that needs to pay a visit to the psychologist. That person must be terribly insecure and have a serious case of inferiority complex issue! My family protects each other and work as a unit, and we appreciate each other. Nobody forgets each other’s birthdays and we make a point to greet one another on special occasions. There is no such thing as unhealthy obsession of always needing to be respected and proving themselves to their relatives and there’s no such thing as family rivalry and family politics is nonexistent. I did not grow up in a family where’s there’s constant mental warzone where you got to struggle to always look good in front of one another. My parents and grandparents made sure of that. Love is always unconditional in my family and we accept one another as we are. Unfortunately, that’s a sentiment that not many shared, and I guess, I really miss those good old times where I do not have to carefully thread around and speak my mind and actually be heard instead of ignored, but oh well, the good old times are gone and I have to adjust accordingly.
But, not all ‘changes’ in my life is bad. Some is good. I used to be so sheltered to the point that all my meals throughout my growing up years comes from my mother and my mother alone. Breakfast, lunch, dinner are all homecook. Even special birthday meals comes from my mother’s kitchen. My mother is a competent cook and my dad is a fussy fusspot who doesn’t believe in eating out. He doesn’t believe in such temptations, and nothing would ever satisfy or satiate his appetite for food except my mother’s cooking. I used to just eat at home whole year through and that can be rather mundane and routine, but not anymore. After being married, I get to eat out pretty often as my husband is not exactly a fusspot like my father when it comes to food. Thank God cuz I can’t imagine preparing every single meals a few times everyday for my family!
Lead us not into temptations…or so the saying goes. My father truly believes in that. But if temptations looks anything like Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak in Casa Ombak Bungalow, now that’s the sort of ‘temptation’ that’s most welcoming and not to be missed. I believe, even my father would be pleased to indulge himself with such temptations.
So what’s Casa Ombak? Casa Ombak Bungalow is a beautifully picturesque concept restaurant in a serene garden setting, located in Jalan Damai, Kuala Lumpur. Casa Ombak is managed by Ombak Creative and offers Ramadhan buffet promotion throughout this Holy Month of Ramadhan for an irresistibly attractive and competitive price. Ombak Creative is an event management company under the management of Casa Ombak Sdn Bhd. with over 10 years experience in managing catering, corporate events, wedding feasts and exclusive private functions.
Casa Ombak is very laid back, heavenly and romantic location for various events, including formal functions, anniversaries, wedding receptions, etc. Should you ever want to host any kind of events in Casa Ombak, rest assured that you are in their capable hands, and I reckon you will not be disappointed.
All right, enough about their background. Let’s talk about buffet. The Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak 2014. Here’s something diners should know about Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak
The lavish will be held in a romantically relaxing atmosphere with the open booth buffet that enables the diners to choose generous iftar delicacies on offer.
Some traditional Malay kuih spotted at Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak
Not particularly tempted with the ready spread prepared in the Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak? Fret not, ladies and gentleman. Casa Ombak and Ombak Creative aimed to please and indulge all it’s diners. There’s stalls available in the Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak where diners can choose to get their food prepared à la minute. Not familar with the term à la minute? Well, in the culinary arts, mainly in high-volume restaurants like Casa Ombak, à la minute refers to a style of cooking where an item, or particularly its accompanying sauce, is prepared to order, rather than being prepped in advance and held for service.
A la minute food stall at Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak
Do you know what that means? Yups, that means there’s food ready to order in Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak, so ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, should you decide to have iftar/buka puasa in Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak, head over to those fanciful stalls and tell the chef on duty what you want to have and they will whip your deliciously satisfying dish up in a jiffy! :)Now that’s what I call a Buffet Ramadhan worthy fit for royalties. Food catered and freshly prepared for you on the spot! Wonderful, isn’t it? Well, to me it is something that I’d happily go for, especially after a long gruesome day without food as our tummies definitely would welcome such a warm indulgence.
The irresistible menu offered by Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak is extensive, and it includes masakan kampung, witha variety ofsavorydishes. Plenty of authentic, home-cookeddishes along withulamand sambal belacan to whet your appetite.A wonderful reminisce of the good old kampung days where dishes are not only simple, but flavourful too.
Worried about missing your prayers while dining here in Casa Ombak? Well, fret not, Casa Ombak also provides prayer room or surau for the Muslim diners to perform their solat, so no worries about missing your prayers here in Casa Ombak.
Tempted to have your buka puasa here in Casa Ombak? The Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak will be available from 4thjune – 25th July 2014.
Check out the Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak price below:
Reservations from individual, groups, corporate bodies are most welcomed.
Casa Ombak GPS coordinate: 3.164674, 101.717336
Personally, I think if you’re looking for a wonderful buka puasa place that actually worth all your time and money, Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak is just the place that you should consider. What more you’re asking for? They have everything that even the fussiest diner could ask for. Delicious food, generous buffet spread, prayer room for solat, and all that for only a fraction of the price! So what are you waiting for? Book now to avoid disappointment!