Yes, that’s pretty much sums it all.  Because I can.  lol.  :)

Remember back in 2007, I had a wonderful photo shoot with Joe Low (aka potatoe).  The link back then is here.  So then, again, I decided to commisioned Joe again to take pictures for me.  Intent: Keepsake  :) Yes, I think everyone should have one of those moments.  You know what I mean.  LOL.

This time round, the shoot was pretty much different.  Studio vs On Location.  More variations, and I think I improve and mature too along the way, which is something good.  :) Anyway,  I took 3 of the pics to show you guys.  :) Hope you like it.

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For boudoir / keepsake / makeover shoot you can email joe@photicsproductions.com or drop by his flickr page at www.flickr.com/potatoe or his Facebook at www.facebook.com/joelowphotos

 

:) will try to post more soon *hugs blurdevil*


In Chiang Mai, they have 12 temples which are associated to the 12 animals (Chinese Zodiac).  It is believed that, people should visit the temple according to their Year of Birth (according to your animal Zodiac) to bring them highest prosperity.  They also strongly believed that you should visit the temple at least once in your life or if time permits, on the anniversary of each 12-year cycle (i.e. 12, 24, 36, …).

So this trip, I make it a point to visit Phra That Wat Kedkaram (Year of Dog) :) There were no tourist when I was there, and I believe that, because not many people know about this particular reason or the existence of such temples associated with your Zodiac.  Most tourist visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Year of Goat), which is the most famous temple in Chiang Mai.  I will blog about Wat Phra That Doi Suthep later.  :)

Pictures around the temple.

The Pagoda.  There’s a reason to why the Pagoda is not built straight but “senget”

The Wishing Wheel

Dogs Ornament Around the temple

I promise myself i’ll be back to the temple again :)

*blurdevil*


I have always send my Mazda for service in Bermaz.  Yup, I don’t really send in to any random workshop, cos well, I don’t really believe other people out there. LOL. Not random, but just that I believe my car will be well taken care of in Bermaz.  :) I still recommend everyone to service their Mazda at the authorised centre  - The list all around Malaysia here :)

 Rest assured you will be taken good care of in Mazda while waiting for your car :) A clean workshop to service your car.  No more messy, dirty workshop :P

 While you are waiting (if you choose to wait there), you can choose to sit at the comfy sofa watching TV

Or probably at the work station to enjoy the Free Wi Fi

Oh and enjoy complimentary drinks and cookies! cool

Or you can just check out the current new models (Mazda 2? Mazda 3?) :)

Before you know it, your car is ready :)

Time to pay the bill

And instead of the usual credit card/cash payment, I use BCard :)

Yes, you heard me right.  You can collect points using this BCard and when you have enough points, then you can redeem it on the spot (like Cash, baby.. :) ) You can either do Full Redemption (Cash in all your BPoints) or Partial Redemption (Combination of BPoints and cash-in-hand – minimum 100 BPoints).  Cool right.  The Points Value is at 1BPoints = 1 cent (i.e 100 points = RM1) IF you don’t fancy Cash Redemption, you can head on to http://www.bcard.com.my to redeem products.  Its that simple.  :)

Its easy to collect points cos they have more than 47 merchants/partners where you can start swiping for your purchase  with all these merchants. From F&B (i.e Starbucks, Kenny Rogers, Krispy Kreme, etc), Hotels (Berjaya Hotel, Piccolo Hotel, etc), Shopping (Video Ezy), Books (Borders, etc and many more.  So apply your BCard now and be rewarded. :)

Oh and by the way, “Don’t forget to take part in the Bcard Swipe and Win contest from 2nd January 2012 to the 29th February 2012 to win some cool prizes like an all expense trip to London!! Check it out on www.bcard.com.my for more details.”


Many have either try or heard about Din Tai Fung restaurant.  Din Tai Fung is an award winning restaurant originating from Taiwan.  As most of you would know, they specialize mainly in “xiao-long-bao”.  This chain of restaurant was once name one of the Top 10 restaurant by The New York Times and currently have presence around the globe (Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Japan, etc).

The first outlet, situated at The Gardens Mid Valley (2007) and currently have branches in Pavillion KL and Empire Subang.  For those who live around PJ, can now head on to the new outlet at e@Curve. :)

As usual, their food quality control is pretty much there.  :) Which is what I like about Din Tai Fung.  If you have cravings for xiaolongbao, La Mian or even fried rice with pork chop, head on to Din Tai Fung and you won’t be disappointed.  Prior to the new opening at e@Curve, i’ve frequented DTF in Pavillion and of course the outlet at The Gardens :)

I was invited for the pre opening at e@Curve.  A very cosy dining place :)

 

Let’s see what they have :)

House Special Appetizer RM4.50

Spicy Jelly Fish RM7.80

Stewed Beancurd with Honey Sauce RM7

Taiwanese Century Egg RM3.80

Spicy Vegetable Pork Wanton RM9 (yums!)

If you don’t like vege in your wanton, just order the Spicy Pork Wanton – RM10

And the Xiao Long Bao that they are famous for! :)

They have a variety of Xiao Long Bao, done to perfection (i.e. Normal, Shrimp and Pork Siao Mai, XLB with Crab, Vegetarian Dumpling etc) Price starts from RM11.80

They even have Truffle Xiao Long Bao! RM36

Deep Fried Shrimp Pork Wanton RM10

Taiwanese Spring Roll RM6

Mango Shrimp Roll RM8

Golden Pumpkin with Salted Egg RM10.80

Baby Green Beans with Minced Pork RM16

Stir Fried Chinese Cabbage with Garlic RM13.80

Shanghai Style Deep Fried FIsh RM18.80

And this is my fave, the Pork Chop :) RM10.80 never fail to impress :)

Braised Beef Soup RM14.80

Cha JIang La Mian RM12.80

Shrimp Pork Wanton La Mian RM15

If you are a Fried RIce fan, you should really give their Fried RIce a try.  Shredded Pork Fried Rice RM13, Shrimp Fried RIce RM15

The latest addition to the Fried RIce family is the Mushroom Carrot Fried RIce RM12.80

Dessert Time! :) Mini Sesame Bun RM5.50

Thousand Layer Cake RM4

Chilled Mango Pudding RM7.80

Din Tai Fung e@Curve

G17-G20 Ground Floor, e@Curve

No 2A Jalan PJU7/3 Mutiara Damansara, Selangor

Tel: +603 7728 3218

Website: Click here


 

On our recent trip to Chiang Mai,we took a day off to visit the Golden Triangle at the Chiang Rai province.  After much research, I decided not to stay a night there (most tourist do), as I don’t really see anything that I would want to explore.  But Golden Triangle is much like,  a must-do-one-time-tourist-thingy. :) So i hire a driver, and told him we just want to visit the Golden Triangle.  On the way, we stop by a Hot Spring area as well as the Long Neck Tribe.  I don’t post any picture here because, first I didn’t really take any picture at the tribe and second, I am not too sure about the tribe thingy.  Some say, its to support them, but to me it feels like a human zoo and I felt a bit sad looking at them too.  :(

 

Ok so, Golden Triangle, really its just about this hilly landscaped and you can see the three countries (hence TRIANGLE) divided by the Ruak River (and flows into Mekong River).  See the Map below.

Close up…

See the GOlden Triangle LOgo? Yup… so you can see the three countries, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.  And Golden Triangle derived the name GOLDEN is because this place use to be a place where opium trade takes place.  The real active one.  And Opium is like a lucrative business then, hence, represents GOLD and hence the name GOLDEN TRIANGLE.  :)

So from this viewing deck, you can see the three countries.

Yah, that’s about it.  LOL, then we walk to the side to take some pictures at the site.  :)

Next, we went to visit (picture taking) at the Big Buddha in Golden Triangle.

that’s all for GOlden Triangle.  Some may not really want to go, but its all up to you.  You can also do a trip to Chiang Rai town while at Golden Triangle.  Anyway, if you would like to put up a night in Chiang Rai, there’s always the Four Seasons Golden Triangle and Anantara Golden Triangle.  :)

~blurdevil~


 

 

For those who frequent Japanese restaurant with conveyor belts, would have heard of Sushi Tei.  They have outlets in Singapore, Bandung, Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Sydney and of course Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).  Recently I was invited to try their Japanese Yu Sheng and Winter Hokkaido Promotion.  Yes, you heard right.  Japanese Yu Sheng :)

 

Early “Lou Sang” for the year :) You can choose from Signature Japanese Yu Sheng or Premium Japanese Yu Sheng

Pour in all the ingredients/condiments/etc

And ready to “lou” :)

Kaisen Shabu Shabu Collagen Nabe (Salmon, Hotate, Fresh Shrimp, Ika, Assorted Vege) ~ RM36.80

Sakura Ebi Fuwa Fuwa (deep fried tofu ball with sakura ebi) ~ RM13.80

Mame Aji Karaage (deep fried baby horse mackerel) ~ RM15.80

Tara Shirako Karaage (deep fried shirako – shirako is the sperm sacs of the male specimen of Tara) ~ RM49.80

Donsako Sushi Moriawase (Red Prawn, Salmon Roe, Raw Scallop, Zuwai Crab, Salmon, Minced Tuna & Spring Onion) ~ RM46.80

Tropical Dragon Roll (Banana, King Prawn Sushi Roll – I find the combination creative, fresh and nice!) ~ RM20.80

Haru Cheese Roll (soft shell crab, avocado, cheese, rice paper sushi roll) ~ RM13.80

Crunchy Tuna ~ RM18.80

Salmon Mentai (One of my favourite) ~ RM6.80

Tempura Moriawase ~ RM13.80

Ikura Chawanmushi (Salmon Roe on Steamed Egg Custard) ~ RM12.80

Deep Fried Chicken Skin!

You can order a variety of their creative signature drinks to go with your food

Or just go with Green Tea :)

Else indulge in their ice cream (Mango, Durian, etc)

Head on to Sushi Tei :)

Tropicana City Mall

Lot G-16, Ground Floor,

3 Jalan SS20/27,

47400 Petaling Jaya

Tel: +603 7728 4299

Website: Click here

2011 in review

Posted: January 1, 2012 in Devil Ramblings

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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