Friday, February 28, 2014

KL Work Trip, Sep 2012: Madam Kwan & Shanghai 上海苏浙苑

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TGIF! Can't believe Friday is here again - the last Friday of Feb before another month comes knocking at our doorstep. Before I head off for another busy weekend (celebrating Leecher's birthday!), here is the 2nd installment of KL Sep work trip, which I have almost forgotten till I saw the folder (on Desktop) staring at me, alongside with many other folders, haha! Since I started Feb with an entry on this trip (Part One), I thought I should end the month with the last entry on this trip :) 
A large cup of tea as my morning perk-me-up, alongside with orange juice.IMG_3042IMG_3043
Loaded up on breakfast as I figured that I'll be stuck at client's place all the way till late afternoon. Suffered from hunger pangs attack in between but thankfully I brought along some energy bars to nibble on. 
Lunch at a local food court which looked pretty much like SG food court, with plenty of food choices for everyone.

I had a mini wok of hokkien fried noodles (black) with chicken and chili - gosh, this was really yummy! Love cheap & good food :)
It was back to the hotel after a long day of work & I was mentally exhausted. Provided one-on-one training to over 20 users; felt like a broken recorder after a while having to repeat so many times.
A quick change of outfit later - well, just switching my skirt for jeans & heels for flats, it was time to head out for dinner! 
Back to Pavilion again for dinner. Yes, I'm getting lazier (and perhaps boring) in my quest to travel to find tasty food, haha! I'll just look for the next best alternative nearby, since I'm just too tired to venture further than 100 steps.
Acting all touristy :) My trusty Pus Pus ran out of juice (aka no batt) so I had to rely on backup aka Iphone 4S instead.
After walking round the whole basement, I finally settled for Madam Kwan - well known for uniquely Malaysian dishes, from the signature Nasi Lemak to "wok" style hokkien mee.
A quick glance at the menu, I was all set to order (^^)
No brainer as to what I ordered, haha! Dived straight into one of their signatures - Nasi Lemak completed with a side dish of achar. 
Topped it up with dessert - a scope of chocolate ice cream sitting on top of shaved ice + corn. 
Madam Kwan at Pavilion Shopping Centre
Lot 1-16-00, Level 1
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2143 2297/98
After 2 nights staying in the hotel, it was time to head home. Before I board the flight home, I had lunch at Shanghai 上海苏浙苑, a leading Chinese restaurant that specializes in exquisite Shanghainese cuisine.
I was shown to a corner table and magazines swiftly arrived to keep me company as I waited for the dishes to be served. 
Extremely bloated from lunch, I was all ready to head home!
Shanghai 上海苏浙苑
JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur 
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang Level 1
55100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2 months on ...

Those we love don't go away, 
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

新年快乐 2014

We ushered in the year of the (wooden) Horse a couple of weeks back and it was also my first CNY without baby bro. Besides lil bro who had to observe customs/traditions since he was lower in rank, the rest of us were allowed to continue with CNY celebrations. On CNY eve, we made a trip to Mandai to visit baby bro. We got new flowers and hung up the mini barney that Auntie Emily got for him. Thereafter, I headed home to both sides of the parents' place for reunion dinner. 
CNY day 1 was spent rushing between 3 places - parents-in-law, grandma and great grandma. I didn't take any pics on the 1st day due to the hectic rush. I even forgot to give great-granny her angpao till I reached home and discovered the angpao in my bag :( Immediately called my mum and ask her to give on my behalf while I TT the amt to her, lol!  Nevertheless, we spent CNY day 2 at my maternal grandparents' place, gambling & catching up with my cousins.    
Gamblers' reunite a year later
with mummy dearest :) 
 Mummy dearest with her sisters :)
CNY Day 3 was spent on visiting too, In the morning, we headed over to Bernard's place to visit Baby Aden + mahjong.
Last year, I had the privilege of carrying Baby Raenee, Ryan's precious girl. This year, Baby Aden came along much to the delight of their parents Bernard & Steff :) He's such a charmer!

First time playing mahjong without any chips. We had to record our loss/winnings on paper, lol!
Then it was off to Keith's 小舅 place for another round of gathering. 舅 & would whip up lots of dishes for everyone.

The cousins unite; Leecher looked really out of place amongst all his younger cousins (^^)

Before I end off this post, this is my collection of angpao for this year! Thanks to all those relatives who still gave us angpao even though we are married :) 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

49 days

Today marks the 49th day since baby bro left the family. 

According to the Chinese custom, it will be his last day on Earth. After 11pm tonight, he will head for a new chapter of life.

As the priest performed his chanting, I told baby bro that he'll have to be on his way for a new lease of life after finishing the final meal that mummy dearest prepared for him. It was through fate that we became siblings in this lifetime & I'm very grateful for it. No matter where he is, he will always remain as my baby bro. The one that we all dote on.

Time has come for us to bid farewell (once again). I do sincerely hope/pray that he'll be a healthy child in his next life.

Perhaps, fate will let us continue our kinship in another lifetime....

Monday, February 3, 2014

KL Work Trip, Sep 2012: Arrival at JW Marriott Hotel & Dinner at Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰丰

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Another week zoomed past without me knowing it ~ Work has been keeping me busy, but I'll make myself switch to off-work-mode once I stepped out from the office building. Can't believe that we are now in Feb! Since Feb is such a short month, I'm sure before I know it, March would have arrived :p The start of this year also means that there are some changes in my role - perhaps it could be a blessing in disguise :) Nevertheless, I'll still be clearing all the backlogs that I have accumulated thus far. KL is fast becoming my 2nd home, with countless trips made within the past 2 years. However, this trip is the only time where I stayed for 3D2N in KL for clients' projects.
Air traffic control tower. I learn a lot about aviation from Rinta, who joined the industry a couple of months back. Lucky her get to tour the various airports all over the world! 
This is fast becoming the mandatory airport pic on the blog every time I travel :) 
It was rather cold in the airport (which explains the jacket) and I had to get a cup of hot tea to warm the body up. I was feeling tired, so I sat at my favourite seat and watched the planes instead. The warm sun rays that shone through the glass panels provided me with the warmth I need.
My travel buddy!
Since the toilet was empty ~ heehee!   
Time to board the plane & I took a quick nap before landing in KL 50 mins later. I was traveling with my boss on this trip, but he only stayed on for 2 days while I extended another day to visit other clients. We checked into JW Marriott Hotel this time round.
Staying in Singapore, I'm so used to pressing l for ground floor. Many a times, I'll walk into the lift and press 1, only to realize that I made a mistake when the lift door opened on level 1, lol! If there were people in the lift, I'll walk out and pretended that I have reached the "right" floor, haha! 
View from 20th floor at the lift lobby.
Nice to see a touch of green :)
Once again, I ended up with double single beds ~ is it so difficult to get a room with king sized bed?? It mostly happened to me in KL and across various hotels.
Energy bar that I'll keep in my bag to give me the extra boost whenever I'm feeling hungry or couldn't afford the luxury for a sit-down meal. 
Relaxing for a while before heading out for dinner with the boss. 
JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur, 55100, Malaysia
Tel: 603 2715 9000
In all my KL trips, I'll try to stay at a hotel that is walking distance to any shopping malls, to have access to food eateries. The plus point at staying at Marriott is that Pavilion is just across the street. 
We ended up having dinner at Ding Tai Fung at Boss's request, lol! I have the impression that the angmohs (at least those in my team) tend to associate Ding Tai Fung with good Chinese food.
Whenever Crispy is in town, we'll bring him to Ding Tai Fung to satisfy his xiaolongbaos craving. A close contender is the colourful xiaolongbaos made famous by Paradise Dynasty. I'm craving for this as I'm typing this entry, lol! 
The rest of the dishes that we ordered, which I personally find it saltier as compared to SG's version. 
Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰丰
Pavilion KL
Lot 6.01.05, Level 6
Tel: 603 2148 8292
Opening Hours: 10am till 10pm daily
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