Looking forward to July

I can’t deny I was a bit surprised when I realized next week we will meet July! Time passes ever so quickly these days, life feels like a dream.

Anyhow, like the tittle suggests, I have many plans happening next month. Among them would be my blog’s second anniversary. I plan to do a simple giveaway. I am inspired by Oprah’s favorite things giveaway.

Obviously, my giveaway won’t be as grand as Oprah’s but still, you will stand a chance to win some of my favorite things. I don’t plan to do any competitions, all you need to do is answer some simple survey questions! Woohoo.

Apart from that, I also anticipate the arrival of the holy month of Ramadhan. It is such a beautiful month. It would be wonderful if everyone acts like it is Ramadhan everyday. No potty mouth, backstabbers, liars, haters, etc in this world if that was the case. Oh well, as long as we don’t end up like that, we’re fine.

July will also be the month of my homecoming. I will tell you more about it when the day comes, it is a surprise. But the clue is this: Going back to my roots. Hehehe.

I have a lot of past entries to type, so be patient with me. I have set up a Recently Updated sticky post to keep you informed of the progress.

Blog more soon!

Love,
E.

 

Berulam with My Nenek

One thing I love to do on a lazy Sunday is eating with my family. What I love most about eating on a lazy Sunday is the type of food usually served. Mostly finger food and oh, delicious local salad we lovingly dubbed as ulam.

Last Sunday, mum brought us over to Nek Aki and Nek Wan’s house for an impromptu ulam session. Apparently, nek Aki found this very rare type of local mango, the Asam Kumbang, hard skin with a tint of purple before the yellow flesh (Please correct me if I am wrong…) and prepared a lovely kerabu with lots of fresh wild ferns, chillies, belacan (dried shrimp paste) and dried anchovies.

Warning: Very graphic food photos coming up next… It will make you terribly crave for them.

Kerabu Asam Kumbang

My nek Aki makes the best kerabu ever. Okay, that is an understatement, my nek Aki is THE BEST cook in Kuching. If you are wondering why I am fat, it is because my family feeds me extremely well with oh so delicious food! Dang!

The kerabu is an explosion of flavors! First, sweet, tangy, zesty from the mango, then the crispy and savory taste of the fresh wild ferns greeting you before the salty and spicy zest of belacan kicks in with a slight after taste of chili. Food orgasm!

Kerabu Asam Mudak

This dish is almost acar style, sour but oh… So good. A little bit of sugar is added so to balance out the taste a bit. Mmm…

More local veges for ulam

Sambal kassam to go with the local vegetables… This one is for serious ulam enthusiasts…

Tempe goreng sambal

Ever since I got back home from my travel, mum kept on spoiling me with my favorite food, among them is the tempe! Ohhhhhh, dang!

Sayur masak lemak 

This one is a favorite of my nek Wan and Nisa. I tried to stay away from it because once you get a taste, you will want more. So good especially eaten with steamed rice. Oh, heaven.

Some fried fish, don’t ask me what kind, I am clueless.

As for dessert? Tapai bandung…

Fermented tapioca.

Oh dear, what am I going to do with my diet? Hehe.

Candid. Hahaha.

So, what do you love to do on a lazy Sunday?

Love,
E.

 

 

Home

I feel extremely bad for neglecting this blog. First of all, I am alive and doing very well. Just a tad jet lagged at the moment.

Last week I was in New Zealand. I experienced so many firsts in that lovely country. The most epic so far would be going to Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball!

Me with the 12k+ crowd whom attended the first night of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball at Vector Arena, Auckland!

It was totally a last minute decision although months back I almost buy the cancelled show in Jakarta. It just proved that Gaga and I are meant to be! Hahaha. I will blog about this soon. Just a sneak peek, y’all!

I also tried skiing for the first time on the same trip. It was harder than roller blading. Probably one of the most challenging sports I have ever tried. Still, it was such a wonderful experience. I fell so many times, at the end of the day I got so many souvenir bruises all over me. Haha.

Yours truly skiing down a small slope before falling down. Epic fail.

I promise I will update this blog soon, right now I am trying my best to settle down after all that traveling. SO many things yet to do.

Anyway, now your favorite girl is home, stay tune for exciting giveaways soon!

Love,
E.

Tumis Cafe, Kuching

I have been hearing great reviews about Tumis Cafe from my friends on Twitter. Due to my curiosity (I should know better not to entertain that silly inquisitive nature of mine…), I decided to give it a try.

Tumis Cafe is located opposite of the main entrance to Hilton. The construction to the left of the cafe made that area looks dodgy and dirty. It is a relatively new cafe but it already looks so worn out. There are some discoloration on the floors and it seems like the staff rarely cleans the place out. I don’t know but maybe it is just the design of the floor pattern.

At the time, there were only two waiting staff and perhaps two chefs at the back. If you are short for time, do not go here because it took at least 15 minutes before our food arrived (They do warn you in the menu). The food and beverage menu is extensive but that does not mean good news.

One, not all items were available that day. I mean, why bother put it on the menu??? Secondly, due to too many dishes, I doubt it they can keep up with the standard. Third, their speciality dishes are not so special after all.

I am disappointed at how these cafes never learn. They always serve the same thing every other cafes and restaurants in Kuching serve! Are these people kiasu or something? Why not come up with something different? So what if you think you can prepare a better dish than everyone else? So generic, it bores me. Meals here are averagely priced.

One thing I must give credit to Tumis Cafe is Roti Milo. Somehow tastes better when other people makes it for you. I am sure this establishment can be a whole lot better than it is now, pity that.

Mmm... Milo.

If you are looking for somewhere to chill and have something light, Tumis Cafe is alright. The selection of the roti bakar is nice and the portion is quite big. I mean, what can go wrong with toast? :p

Mee Goreng Tumis

This dish is supposed to be one of their best dishes according to FourSquare but Aslan did not agree to that. It tasted nice but there was nothing special about it.

Ayam Bakar Solo

This dish would be a big disappointment if it was not for the sambal. Sad to say that this is not their best dish. And yet they claimed this is one of their specialities. :s

Ayam Penyet

A disappointment. Chicken was too dry.

Some people promises more than what they can handle. This cafe is one of them. They should stick to just a few unique and signature Sarawakian dishes.

Pisang Cheese

Okaylah but the banana fritter was slightly burnt.

Overall, I personally think that this cafe seriously needs to re-evaluate their menu. Don’t go overboard with the food selection, sometimes, less is more. Focus on your strong points.

Honestly, I think Tumis Cafe can do much better. Let me know when that day comes.

Love,
E.

 

Comfort Food

I have been on a diet since 2010. Dinner is a very rare meal for me. I can say, it is an almost extinct affair.

Sometimes, I cannot say no to dinner, especially when I make my special Macaroni & Cheese. What makes it special than usual is the fact I use Red Mature Scottish Cheddar. Epic.

I serve is like they do in Glasgow, with some buttered toast. Mmm...

Nothing heals a stressed soul like comfort food. Of course, must not be taken in excess lah. Life is about moderation.

I am very unorthodox when it comes to cooking. When I cook, I don’t bother much with measurements, I simply throw ingredients and hope it will turn out okay. Almost like a witch brewing a portion or something. Hehehe. But hey, what is important is the taste!

I also managed to bake Key Lime Pie while waiting for the macaroni to boil. I will show you the photo tomorrow because it is still setting in the fridge at the moment. I do hope it will taste nice.

Hmm… Well, blog more soon!

Love,
E.

 

New Swimsuit

I ordered a swimsuit online a few days ago and guess what? It arrived today! Woohoo.

It is quite a relief to see the package on the table this afternoon. My last order from Asos haven’t arrived yet. It’s been three months and no sight of it. I sent a complaint email to Asos and they replied they are in the midst of ‘investigating’ it. :S

Anyway, this time I ordered from a local company, defashion, through Ebay Malaysia. I am quite satisfied with their service. Fast, reliable and most importantly, the price of a very gorgeous one piece swimsuit cost me less than RM60, Pos Laju shipping fee included!

How the swimsuit was advertised...

How it is actually:

Close to the previous photo, very nautical, suitable for the destination too!

Here is the link to the product if you are interested to buy one for yourself. I chose the biggest size there is just in case it is ‘Asian’ size. But it is a good fit, not too tight nor too loose.

Can’t wait for my beach getaway!

Love,
E.

P/S: I sure saved a lot of money, if I were to buy at the Spring, it would have cost me at least RM200 and the choice is limited. Meh. Thank God for the internet! Don’t you just love online shopping??? Woohoo!

Lunch at Tarot Salmon Japanese Restaurant

After months not seeing each other, we finally set a date for lunch at Tarot Salmon Japanese Restaurant. Located in Batik Boutique Hotel, the restaurant is decorated in a minimalistic style, almost rustic. The dishes ranges from salad, sushi, sashimi, udon, tempura and chef speciality.

We sat at the high table near the entrance, Nutt and Zsa looked absolutely pretty with their dresses, made dear old me, in a halter top + cardigan and skinny jeans feel quite underdressed.

The table setting

Service here is average but not to say bad or anything. As I am (constantly) on diet, I ordered light dishes.

Wakame Salad RM8.90

I was quite disappointed to see this dish when it was served. When they said wakame salad, I was expecting the seaweed with lettuce, corn, tomato etc. Rather misleading, don’t you think so. Tastewise, a bit bland, perhaps a bit of chill will spice this dish a bit.

California Temaki Roll RM 7.90

I am a spoiled brat. I am so used with Minoru, I didn’t really enjoy TSJR’s version. At RM 5, Sushi King’s California Temaki Roll is tastier.

My main meal was the last to arrive. Perhaps they knew the fact I am dieting, the size of salmon was so small. It was almost two grilled salmon slices.

Very slim grilled salmon with fish roe mayo.

This is one of the chef’s speciality and I am sorry to say it wasn’t the best. Maybe it is just me. :s

Nutt and Zsa on the other hand, enjoyed their meals.

Nutt's starter: Salmon Bagel Rolls

Zsa's starter: Salmon Mayo

But I must praise Tarot Salmon Japanese Restaurant for their unique sushi choices. If you are looking for something different than the usual offering, this is the place to go.

I heard their Salmon belly dish is a hit! Can’t confirm that for you because I am obviously put off by the word belly.

Zsa's main meal: Chicken Teriyaki Don

Nutt's main meal: Prawn Tempura

I am sure this place has the potential to be better than it is at the moment. Such a pity because everything about it, apart from the food, is fabulous!

Don’t let my judgement stop you from going here though, who knows, you might like it. Price of the meals can be a bit expensive but not as expensive as Minoru.

Love,
E.

Anticipation

I have spent every single penny in my savings account for these upcoming holidays (Okay, not all but most of them anyway :p) :

Mystical island...

I look forward to my return to this beautiful land below the wind

After two lovely beach vacations, time to head to somewhere cooler!

Quite a change from the tropics!

You see the snow capped mountain range in the photo? Well, somewhere there, I will attempt skiing for the first time… Ever!

How I imagine myself skiing for the first time

How it will actually turn out like...

Once exhausted from all that adrenaline rush, a nice break in the city…

I miss you oh city of sails in the South Pacific

Then again, I could just be dreaming. Boohoo.

Love,
E.

What’s Playing on My Car Stereo

I am not such a big fan of the local radio stations due to the following reasons:

  1. The choice of music they play is limited, horrendous and too main stream. Don’t even mention some of the ear deafening remixes! Some even play the same bloody song over and over again!
  2. The presenters talk way too much, like shut the freaking up and play good music instead!
  3. Too many advertisements and odd PSAs! Hey radio presenters, what matters to you, does not necessarily matters to everyone. Please lah, the center of the universe is not you.
  4. I am getting sick of prank calls and hearing to other people’s SILLY dilemma. Attention seeking ……

Due to these reasons, I have resolved to listening to the cds of my choice. Yea, I still prefer cds coz I am so old school like that. Lately, these are some of my favourite albums to listen to when I am on the road (Mind you, in no particular order)

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

If I were to list more, this post will definitely be longer. I don’t carry all my favorite cds with me, just two or three at a time. Well, hope you find this post entertaining.

Love,
E.