Nasi Kuning, Plaza Merdeka

Rapik wanted to try out the Indonesia restaurant at Plaza Merdeka, Nasi Kuning.

I love Indonesia dishes because they are so yummy and spicy. I love anything spicy. I guess the Asian in me is quite strong.

I mean, when I was in USA for over a month, I did not have a lot of spicy food and when I got to Seoul, I had all the spicy things I could get.  Not to say American food is not nice but I have to have that spiciness man. Sometimes the solution was to flood my meal with sweet chilli or hot sauce. Hehe.

Anyway, back to Nasi Kuning. Average drink and meal for one person is about RM10.  I had Nasi Kuning Set because I fancied the salted egg shown in the photo.

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The disappointment when there was no salted eggs was epic. Meh. Overall, it is a decent meal. I like their fried chicken. Flavourful and well cooked.  The yellow rice reminds me of pulut kuning. Their sayur masak lemak is nice. Good they prepare their own carrots rather than use frozen vegetables.

Rapik tried their Ayam Penyet. Portion of chicken is very generous.  Their sambal is nice but nothing too special about it.

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Aslan was absolutely clueless on what to eat. It took him a while before deciding to try their Bakso Kway Tiaw.

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To be honest, Aslan found the bakso rather tasteless. Perhaps they forgot to give him the sambal to go with it? Mediocre meal.

Overall, we had a pleasant meal at Nasi Kuning. Their service is exceptionally fast. The restaurant setting is basic, simple but clean.  The price is a bit expensive. What do you expect from a restaurant in town right?

I find their nasi kuning delicious but I don’t think it would be my everyday staple though.

Out of 5 stars, I give Nasi Kuning 3.8 stars. I’d definitely come back, only when I crave their nasi kuning. I hope they have the salted eggs the next time I am there.

Love,
E.

Upacara Mandi Bunga

This is one heck of a late entry. Just realized next month will be the sixth month of our wedding monthniversarry. It is rather worrying how I haven’t managed to sort out the wedding album. Meh.

Today, I will share with you some photos of the Upacara Mandi Bunga (Direct translation from Malay to English: Flower Shower Ceremony?) which took place a few days before the wedding.

It was done solely to keep the tradition alive and it makes the wedding more memorable. Back then, the ceremony was done to ward off negative auras and cleanse the wedding couple. They say after a flower bath/shower/whatever you coin this ceremony, the wedding couple will look stunning and glowing with positive aura. Oh yeah, not forgetting, smells good from all the flower.

My opinion? I’m still looking for that glow or ‘seri’. Haha. All I got from the mandi bunga was a cold shock. Imagine having an cold outdoor shower on a cold day. Brr… Also, it was a bit silly of me to forget to request for flowers with scents to use for the ceremony. Oh well, it is the thoughts that count!

Enjoy the photos!

 

I should have worn something better. It crossed my mind there would be photographers and videographers to record the whole ceremony.

I should have worn something better. It crossed my mind there would be photographers and videographers to record the whole ceremony.

 

Perhaps too early to function. I still remember this day very well. Earlier on, my grandmother on my uncle’s side (I have many grandparents, very complicated to explain…) helped me with the body scrub treatment. The scrub paste is homemade, rice grains with fresh turmeric. She said I should have done weekly treatments months before in order for my skin to look absolutely glowing for the wedding day. Well, now I know, you know. So, bride to be’s, book that spa treatment early and do it often! :P

 

My mum and grandmother carrying the bucket of flowers to the shower ground. I wanted to help but they said the bride should relax. I still managed to look bossy though...

My mum and grandmother carrying the bucket of flowers to the shower ground. I wanted to help but they said the bride should relax. I still managed to look bossy though…

 

Some families have this tradition where they prohibit the bride to be and the groom to be from seeing each other a week before the wedding. I guess this tradition differs from one family to another.

Some families have this tradition where they prohibit the bride to be and the groom to be from seeing each other a week before the wedding. I guess this tradition differs from one family to another.

 

In the olden days, most weddings were results of matchmaking. Thus, explains the origin of this tradition. The wedding couple would only find out how their partner would look like on the day of the wedding solemnization. Initially, I thought of doing this but it would be inconvenient. During the final few days before the wedding, both Aslan and I were so busy with last minute preparations. Hence, it is not so relevant. Even my paternal grandmother told me not to bother with it. With smartphones, it is kinda irrelevant. Can Skype bah. Or FaceTime. Hehehe.

 

Candid

Candid

 

I was laughing at Aslan because he had his sarong up so high and was told to tie it lower around his waist. Hehe. I stopped laughing when I was told to take off my top and just pull up my sarong higher. Note: I was wearing a one piece swimsuit underneath.

 

Flower power!

Flower power!

 

"Oh God, please, make this cold water warm..." Haha. Just kidding, I was asking for His blessings.

“Oh God, please, make this cold water warm…” Haha. Just kidding, I was asking for His blessings.

 

I was screaming inside. Maintain lah since this was being filmed...

I was screaming inside. Maintain lah since this was being filmed…

 

Aslan sure looks excited here

Aslan sure looks excited here

 

Aslan's main concern about the shower was showing off his man boobs. I told him, it is normal for him to have man boobs, what is not normal if he didn't have any at all...

Aslan’s main concern about the shower was showing off his man boobs. I told him, it is normal for him to have man boobs, what is not normal if he didn’t have any at all…

 

Aslan's expressions to me at that time: "We should do this more often..." Hehehe.

Aslan’s expressions to me at that time: “We should do this more often…” Hehehe.

 

Me posing 'ayu' or feminine.

Me posing ‘ayu’ or feminine (While trying hard not to shiver too much)

Aslan in a manly pose.

Aslan in a manly pose.

 

The after ceremony pose.

The after ceremony pose.

 

As much as we enjoyed the ceremony, nothing was more awkward than having an outdoor shower with spectators and filmed on both stills and video. Once in a lifetime, indeed! Hahaha.

I will post more wedding related entries as soon as I sorted out the albums. Till then,

Love always,
E.

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Lalapan, 7th Mile, Kuching

There was a time when 7th Mile was quite a distance from Kuching city itself. It was a town on the outskirts of Kuching. Now, with better access and road networks, that is a thing of the past.

I kept on seeing King Lalapan’s advert on Facebook and well, it truly did its magic because a few weeks after, Rapik invited me to tag along for a food review there! Situated just opposite the Chinese Temple at 7th Mile, King Lalapan is almost a year in the food scene. I wonder what took us that long? Hehe.

 

Easy to spot the signboard from the main road...

Easy to spot the signboard from the main road…

 

As the name stated, they do specializes in Lalapan dishes and their recipes are authentic Indonesian. I absolutely love their sambal. It is the best I ever had so far. Plus, if you think it is not spicy enough, simply request for them to add more chillies into it.

Their drinks menu is basic but satisfying. Here are the drink highlights:

White Lady

White Lady

Apple with Plum

Cucumber with Plum

Iced Longan

Longan With Nata De Coco

Sprite with peach

Tropical Soda

 

Now, prepare to salivate because here come the best-selling dishes!

 

Special King Lalapan

Special King Lalapan

 

I absolutely love the rice for the Special King Lalapan. It has salted fish and fried onions mixed with it and tastes so good, especially when you add in the salted duck eggs. Oh. Sinful. You can choose two meats, for instance, this once is a combonation of chicken and beef.

 

 

King Lalapan Chicken

King Lalapan Chicken

 

What makes Lalapan Chicken differs from Penyet Chicken is how it is cooked. Penyet is tenderized first and then deep fried. But for Lalapan, boiled and then fried. Therefore, the meat is more tender.

 

King Lalapan Keli

King Lalapan Catfish

 

Apparently, this is their most sought after dish. In one day, they can sell more than a hundred plates! Most people do not like catfish because of their strong fishy scent even after it is cooked but not at King Lalapan. Here, their fish are fresh and marinated over night to achieve the best flavor with no smell.

 

King Lalapan Lamb

King Lalapan Lamb

 

It is quite rare to see lamb being served Lalapan style but it is quite delicious. It is quite odd to take lamb with the sambal but strange how good it tasted!

 

Sup Tulang or Oxtail Soup

Sup Tulang or Oxtail Soup

 

Full of flavor and really meaty. This dish is for those who really loves their meat. The sauce that accompanies it make it more delicious.

Apart from that, other types of Lalapan dishes like cuttlefish, pomfret, prawns and other dishes like Bakso Rice, Pomfret Assam Pedas are also available. Ala carte items from the Lalapan dishes are also available if you wish to have more.

They also have an all day breakfast menu serving up Western and local favorites such as American Breakfast, Nasi Lemak and Roti Canai just to name a few.

So, what are you waiting for? Explore 7th Mile and make sure to stop by at King Lalapan for a nice meal!

 

More info and enquiries:
King Lalapan Restaurant,
Greenville Park Shophouse,
7th Mile, 93250, Kuching,
Sarawak.
+6082-619722

Services available:
Catering
Private Function
Take away
Cash and Credit Cards are accepted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detox, Diet and Exercise…

After my honeymoon, I have gained quite the amount of weight. It is quite obvious really coz the first thing people  would say when they see me is, “Wow, you so fat now… How was your honeymoon?”

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Tell me I am fat and then change topic so I won’t be able to respond to that remark.

Honestly, it bothers me… A lot. I am now obsessed with how I look, especially with my bestfriend, the flabby tummy.

Still, my priority to lose weight is for health reason and looking good for my self and subsequently, others is just an added bonus.

I must admit it was tough to start the healthy lifestyle after the no fuss honeymoon phase which lasted about two months but I managed somehow. 

Today I ate less than 500 calories and burned a total of 437 calories through jogging and running. 

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Who knows, once I lost weight, pregnancy would be easier?

I will blog about that when the time comes.  Wish me all the best!

Love,
E.

Do I Really Need SO Many Bags?

Hello everyone. You girl is alive and well. Just a bit swamped with work and life in general.

Update on my latest job hunt: Failed. Apparently they are not so keen with part timers. If I had known that earlier, I wouldn’t have bothered. Oh well, maybe I should wait until next year and get a full time job. December will be quite a busy month for me. I am excited. You will find out why sooner or later.

I realized I haven’t been updating this blog with my travelogues of Copenhagen, Dublin, the rest of New York, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park, Los Angeles, Hawaii and South Korea. Drat. I seriously do not know where to begin. I mean, I haven’t finished choosing wedding photos to be printed, what more of the honeymoon.

My slow laptop is preventing the process and I am in the midst of waiting for the launch of the latest Mac Pro desktop.

 

Oh yes, baby, wait for mama!

Oh yes, baby, wait for mama! (Photo Credits: Martin Hajek)

 

Click here to find out more about this sweet invention from Apple.

Some may think this wish of mine is going overboard since this baby could cost me one Celine handbag. And this debate of whether I should buy a gadget or a handbag always give me a splitting headache. It always lead to the one million dollar question:

“Do I really need so many bags?”

The answer is obvious though. I am a woman and there cannot be one too many bags. The more the merrier. One is never enough?

Before the bag lady years, I was a ‘carefree’ woman (Meaning: Not obsessed with the latest must have it bags) whom does not give a damn about branded bags. My bags were often brandless and well, simple. Sometimes tacky. But most of the time, I never bothered with handbags.

My transition into a bag lady begun in December 2008. At first, it was a simple Mango tote. Next, a Topshop handbag. Then River Island. It became more high end when I was introduced to the world of Long Champ. The next thing I know, boom, a Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM. You’d think I’d stop at LV but no, then along came Chanel, with Celine and Hermes tagging along. Gah.

This story will never end because Dior, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Goyard and Prada just to name a few are calling me with their beautiful handbags! (Meaning: My wish-list is never ending) I always question myself the same thing over and over again but at the end of the day, the bag lady triumphs and somehow my bag collection keeps on expanding.

I love my bags like one would love their pets or well, babies? Haha. Mental. If it rains, I’d rather get wet and shield my baby. I handle each and everyone of them with so much love and respect. I have spent so much to buy them, of course I would treat them like royalties.

I can’t comprehend why I value bags more than gadgets. I guess, with proper care, they last longer and will stay relevant for a very long time. I could hand them down to my children one day. Some brands have investment worthy pieces. Hermes handbags, for instance, could be sold for a higher value in the near future (Not that I plan to sell ANY of my bags…).

Gadgets would only be of use for a certain period and could be obsolete anytime, especially given the fast rate of technological advancement these days. For instance, today you buy an Apple iPhone 5s and tomorrow they would announce the release of the new iPhone 7! (Of course this is purely an exaggeration but you do know what I am trying to imply here…)

So, there you go. I do need that many bags because life is too short and precious to bicker with myself whether to get it and regret the decision of not getting it the next day and end up frustrated for the rest of my life because the bag I would like to get is completely sold out or worse, seized in production. End of story.

As for the Mac Pro… Well, if you could transform into a totally cool handbag, I’d so buy you. For now, mama would settle for a Boy Chanel handbag. Oh yes.

Blog more later!

Love,
E.