Friday, April 04, 2014

Migrating to Australia: Good meh???

First of all, I am not migrating to Australia. It's a book that was in my inbox a few days ago and the title catches my sight. Come to think of it, how many of us actually buys a book and read about migrating for mass information is actually available online?

A few years ago, I have heard many of my friends raving about Australia, the life, the opportunities and good standard of living. Better than Malaysia for sure. But in reality, how many of those whom have migrated to Australia actually feels that their life have improved or have they been happier? I knew people who has a better job here in Malaysia than in Australia. Some of them are only waitresses there and some are still looking for a job. Migrating has always has its pros and cons. And this book, "Migrating to Australia: Good Meh??? written by Ken Soong and Michael Soong who both has been living in Australia since 1990s is really a good read. 


It provides an insightful view of the socio-economic and political landscape of Australia, busting myths and perceptions "hopeful" migrants have in minds. Being a migrant to Belgium now, I can relate some of the points shared by the authors. The grass is not always greener on the other side. As a long stay visa holder in Belgium, I enjoy the facilities and benefits provided by the government and also the right to vote as a resident. However, I will never forget my roots as a Malaysian as there are some things that are just not as good as home. Food for sure. Starting a new life in a new country is not easy. At least for those migrating to Australia, language is not a barrier!

Ok, I shall stop going on and on about migration... If you have this in mind, just pick up the book from major bookstores across Malaysia and Singapore for RM25. And also from now till end of April 2014, they are giving away free copies of the book to anyone who pledge a donation of RM10 to these charities:

The Association of Resource and Education for Autistic Children 
184 Jalan Bunga Cempaka, 
Off Jalan Yeap Chor Ee,
11700 Bukit Gelugor, Penang, 
Malaysia 

Tel : +6 04-6564357
Fax : +6 04-6578315
E-mail : lionsreach@yahoo.com 
http://lionsreach.net/index.htm

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Name 1 Asrama Cahaya - Rumah Wanita Cacat 
Name 2 (Part of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus - CHIJ)
Address Asrama Cahaya, Infant Jesus Convent
Bukit Nanas,
50250 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone 03-2078 0736 
Fax 03-2078 3904 
Email acahaya@tm.net.my 
Description Nursing home for women with disabilities above ages 25 years. Opens Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays 9am-1pm

Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 BOAS Home 
Name 2 (A project of the MAP Fellowship) 
Address 95G Jalan Perak,
Kampung Bukit Kuda,
41300 Klang 
Telephone 012-6175799 
Email rmfbert@yahoo.com 
Description An education and caring centre for children with disabilities. 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 House of Joy 
Address 78A, Jalan TK 1/1, Taman Kinrara,
Batu 7 Jalan Puchong, 
58200 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone 03-8070 4497, 019-3392847, 012-2246396 
Fax 03-8075 7967, 8076 5276 
Email housejoy@yahoo.com 
Website www.cybercare.org.my/homes/joy/index1.ht… 
Description Started in August 1992, home for underpriviledged children (both boys and girls) and recently for the down syndrome as well as old folks. The girls' living unit is located in 2 single-storey homes at Taman Kuchai, Puchong while the boys live in a home at Taman Tenaga, Puchong. Recently 2 other homes were set up in Cameron Highlands and in Karak, Pahang. Besides providing shelter and care for the residents, the house focuses on providing learning opportunities, preparing and equipping the children in skill training and character development.At the home, they have services such as :-Collection of used furniture, workable used home appliances and other household items, Collection of second hand clothes, shoes, books etc.

Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Independent Living & Training Centre - Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 
Address 76 Taman Garing, 
48000 Rawang, 
Selangor

Telephone 03-6093 6292, 6091 2531 
Fax 03-6091 2531 
Email iltc_malaysia@yahoo.com, francis5@tm.net.my 
Website http://www.iltcmalaysia.org.my/ 
Description The Independent Living and Training Centre in Rawang was established in 1999 by the disabled for the disabled. The Center has more than 60 disabled members under its care. The Independent Living & Training Centre promotes the Independent Living movement within Malaysia was formed. Opens Monday-Friday 9am-6pm

Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 MASIA Halfway House 
Name 2 (by the Malaysian Spinal Injury Association) 
Address 3 Jalan 12/1,
Taman Cheras Jaya,
43200 Balakong, Selangor 
Telephone 03-90803198 
Fax 03-90803198 
Email contact@masia.org.my, masia94@tm.net.my, bathma_23 
Website www.masia.org.my 
Description The Malaysian Spinal Injuries Association (MASIA) is a non profit, non religious, non political, national organization of the spinal injured individuals of all races and from all walks of life, resident in Malaysia. MASIA is a self-help group for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. It is controlled and run by the spinal injured people and their friends. MASIA assists spinal cord injured people and their families to promote their integration and full participation in Society. MASIA encourages paralyzed people to live a quality life and realize their own goals. There are many causes of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and most are the result of everyday accidents which could happen to anyone of us. These accidents happen in a second, but the effects last a lifetime. Has a half-way house in Cheras for rehabilitation 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Terencat Akal Johor Bahru (Selangor Centre) 
Name 2 (Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Association Johor Bahru - Selangor Centre) 
Address No.118, Jalan Wira,
Taman Perwira 2
68000 Ampang Jaya, 
Selangor.

Telephone 03-4251 3955 
Fax 03-4253 1312 
Email ppkktaj@handicapjb.org.my 
Website www.handicapjb.org.my 
Description The centre accommodates almost 155 children with age-range that varies from 3 years to 51 years old. Most of the residents are mentally disabled, meaning, they are unable to take care of themselves. Apart from mental deficiency, there are also cases such as Down Syndrome, Spastic, Cerebral Palsy, Hyperactive and Autism. They also have abuse cases and normal cases where the mothers are psychiatric patients and therefore unable to care for the children. 

Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Persatuan Rumah Kebajikan Rita 
Name 2 Rita Handicapped & Disabled Welfare Home 
Address Lot 6939-12, Batu 10 1/4, Jalan Kapar
42200 Klang
Selangor 
Telephone 03-32591266 / 012-2776954 
Fax 03-32591266 
Description Provides aid to the aged, handicapped and less fortunate. 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 PJ Caring Home 
Address No. 5, Jln Othman, 
Petaling Jaya 46000 
Telephone 77852997 / 016-3957859 
Fax 77821997 
Description A home for the mentally ill who are homeless or from poor income group. There are 66 patients at the home. The youngest aged 17 years and the oldest is 87 years old. They live in three houses, within the PJ area. There is a Boys' home, a Girls' home and an Elderly's Home.
Activities for patients include gardening projects, classroom activities and games, exercise programs, etc Counseling programs are also organized with professional counselors. 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Pusat Cahaya Kesayangan 
Address 7 Jalan Serunai 11
Taman Klang Jaya
41200 Klang, 
Selangor

Telephone 03-3323 8544, 016-2487960 
Fax 03-3372 5175 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Pusat Jagaan Kanak-kanak Kurang Upaya KIRTARSH
Address 27, Jalan Melor 1B 
Bukit Beruntung 
48300 Rawang

Telephone 03-60282841 / 03-60283527 
Fax 03-60282841 
Description A non-political,non-racial,non-religious and non-profitable organisation specally established to look into the needs of 'special children' in their immediate shelter, food, education, therapy, medication and general well-being. There are currently 30 children in their care, consisting of Down Syndrome children, Autistic children, Slow- Learning children, Hyper Active and Intellectually Disabled children, as well as children suffering from audio impairment and also children from poor backgrounds and broken homes. 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Pusat Kasih Sayang YWCA Klang 
Address No 9 Jalan Kilat
41200 Klang, Selangor
Selangor

Telephone 03-3372 1723 
Fax 03-3372 1723 
Description For Children with intellectual and learning disablitlties above the age of 7 years. Also a recycling centre as part of the TrEES Project.

Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Taman Megah - Home 1 
Name 2 (Taman Megah's Handicapped And Disabled Children's Home - Home 1) 
Address No. 2, Jalan SS24/10, 
Taman Megah, 
47301 Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor. 

Telephone 03-7806 1143, 017-887 6597 
Fax 03-7806 1143 
Email ppkkctm_4@yahoo.com 
Website ppkkctm.org 
Description The home takes care of disabled children of various disabilities. It provides full-time care, where the children reside in the home, as well as day-care. Each child will be required to pay a token sum to help pay for the expenses. Has 2 Homes, planning a third. Open to visitors daily 9:00am-5:30pm.

Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Taman Megah - Home 2 
Name 2 (Taman Megah's Handicapped And Disabled Children's Home - Home 2) 
Address No. 27, Jalan Melur 1B,
Seksyen BB3, Bandar Bukit Beruntung,
Rawang, Selangor.

Telephone 03-6028 3527, 017-8876597 
Fax 03-7805 1484 
Email ppkkctm_4@yahoo.com 
Website ppkkctm.org 
Operation Hours Daily 9:00am-5:30pm. 
Description The home takes care of disabled children of various disabilities. It provides full-time care, where the children reside in the home, as well as day-care. Each child will be required to pay a token sum to help pay for the expenses. Has 2 Homes, planning a third. 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Rumah Amal Cheshire Selangor (Selangor Cheshire Home) 
Name 2 (shares premise with Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti (PDK) Selayang) 
Address Batu 7 1/2, KM 12, Jalan Ipoh
68100 Batu Caves.
Selangor

Telephone 03-6138 7118, 03-6136 6151 
Fax 03-6136 3573 
Email cheshire@cheshire.org.my, selangor_cheshire@hotmai 
Website www.cheshire.org.my 
Operation Hours Office opens Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm 
Description Today it is home to 50 residents of all ages ranging from 25 to 75 years. The main aim of the Home is to train and provide residents with all the necessary assistance to develop abilities and to maximize their level of independence so that they are able to achieve as full a as possible no matter what their physical disabilities. These disabilities are the results of the known physical handicapping ailments or diseases such as poliomyelitis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, oral palsy and osteogenesis imperfecta. Some of these conditions have known cures while many are progressively disabling. Whilst at the Home, residents are given the opportunity encouragement to develop interests and hobbies as music, sports and activities that allow them to interact socially and engage in suitable employment. The emphasis of Rumah Amal Cheshire Selangor, like the other 250 of its kind around the world, is firmly based on an all-round development within a secure environment of love and encouragement rather than treatment alone.
The Home is multiracial and this makes the home unique in Malaysia 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Rumah Amal Hashimiah 
Address Lot 5612, Jalan Besar
Kampung Sungai Limau
45300 Sungai Besar, 
Selangor

Telephone 03-3224 8795 
Fax 03-3224 8795 
Category Homes and Residential Facilities 
State Selangor and Kuala Lumpur 

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Name 1 Siloam House Bhd 
Name 2 (Part of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus - CHIJ)
Address 80 Jalan Durian Tiga,
Taman Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone 03-9131 3940 
Fax 03-9131 3940 
Description Incorporated in December 2001, Siloam house was founded to provide small groups of persons with intellectual disabilties a place to call their own. Provides short and long-term stay, with an aim to teach its members independence, living skills, to become self-supportive and to have

Note: After the donation is made, get the receiving organisation to send you an email acknowledging that they have received your RM10 donation. Please ask them to CC a copy of that email to khsoong@hotmail.com and he will send out a free copy of "Migrating to Australia Good Meh???" to you within 48 hours.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

An Unparallelled & Delightful Lunch @ JAAN, Swissôtel The Stamford Singapore

I cannot believe that throughout my countless trips to Singapore, I did not discover Jaan. Situated on the 70th floor, Equinox Complex of the Swissotel The Stamford, far from my sight, it's a restaurant with a great view. The view is not only the thing to feast on here because the dishes that Chef Julien Royer is about to unravel is keeping me busy marvelling at every morsel.

It's no secret that Jaan ranks 17th in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2014 list and Chef Julien believes the beauty of food is in its simplicity and freshness.

The menu that we took for our Sunday lunch is an "Artisanal Cuisine" where Chef Julien showcases the different cuisines using the freshest and best produce according to the seasons. Here, the canapes will blow you away and what a way to start a meal! On a black elevated granite plate with prominent "Jaan" carved in the stone, we were served 3 different canapes starting with a Black Sesame Sponge with smoked eel, Chicken Pastilla with coriander and a Cantal and walnut cracker with a mini wooden peg as a holder. There is also a very cute glass jar containing the Chef's interpretation of Lentil "Humus" made of lentils from Saint-Flour, Auvergne and Chestnut paste. It is served with thin crispy cereal crackers that are quite addictive.

I love a restaurant with a good bread basket. Jaan serves at least 4 different types of bread and the brioche is the most popular! To go with our canapes, our friends bought a Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1996 which is a stunning champagne with an explosive of fruit, lemon, toastiness and balanced acidity with a lingering finish.

 Wild Mushroom Infusion
Cep sabayon, Walnut and lovage. Tastes exceptionally delicious with the smoothness of the cream and nutty flavours from the mushrooms that are in small dices. 


The next dish got us staring at the tray when the staff walked towards our table. Looks like something fancy is going on here! On the tray were eggs, half-boiled, nicely arranged in a typical paper egg tray and some dry ice below it and thus creating that mysterious look. This dramatic entrance reminded me of some Heston Blumenthal cooking shows I've watched.

55' Rosemary Smoked Organic Egg
On a square black tile, there is a round transparent glass bowl filled with ratte potato, small pieces of chorizo iberico and buckwheat. Underneath the bowl is some smoked rosemary and the egg which has been delicately poached for 55 minutes is poured into the bowl. This is definitely a heavenly dish from sight to taste.
For the next wine, we had a bottle of 1980 Clos du Mont- Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The wines from this estate is one of the finest in CDP and they have a history dating back to 1547. This is truly a wonderful CDP which I'm trying for the first time!

The top picture is a dish of Gillardeau Oyster with horeadish, grapefruit and caviar. I must say that it's quite interesting to eat an oyster prepared this way instead of just a fresh oyster with some lemon juice. The below dish is a Beetroot "Collection" with Burata "artigiana"(fresh Italian cheese made from mozarella and cream), honeycomb and preserved raspberry. It's a sweet dish comprising of different textures which was presented in an appealing way. To me, it looked very much like a dish from Nuance.


Winter Garden
The chef is using "forgotten vegetables", hazelnuts and "Auvergne" ham for this dish which was meticulously presented in a line in the middle of the plate. Guess what? I also have these plates at home and they were designed by a Belgian designer. In between the vegetables, there is some shavings of black truffles. A beautiful and delicious dish!

Blue Brittany Lobster
When it arrived at our table, the red lobster looked like a caterpillar on my plate! It was indeed a delicious dish as the lobster was succulent and cooked just right. The presentation is simple yet the flavours complements each other really well.

For the next dish, Chef Julien came out with a big black Staub cocotte. When he opened the lid, a very smoky aroma of garlic, hay and pigeon drifted across the table. It was his next dish that he wanted to show us before he had the pigeons plated. 

Pigeon "Plouneour"
The pigeon is presented in a very artistic way on a white plate. It's served with barley, winter mushroom and vin jaune (a type of white wine in the Jura region of Eastern France). The pigeon is indeed tender and well roasted. At this point of time, I really had quite a lot of food in my digestive system and in my mind, I hoped that this is indeed the last dish!

But of course at a fine dining restaurant, the meal has not ended if one has not taken a dessert! At this point in time, Frank Phillipe, the restaurant manager came to our table with two wooden trays on his hands and voila... there were two tempting cheeses waiting to be savoured. One was Tomme de Savoie and the other Marc de Raisin.
And for our delectable cheese dessert, Emmanuel brought a bottle of Chateau d'Yquem 1958 to end the wonderful lunch at Jaan! You can always expect some fantastic wines from these guys because they are all true connoisseurs...

The Chateau d'Yquem 1958 was truly unforgettable. The sweetness of the sauternes wine has developed more complexity and the colour has turned to a deep gold. Every sip is heavenly and together with the cheese, it is a lethal combination! 

An Indulgent Afternoon!

It was really a privilege to be invited by these guys to their monthly lunch gathering. I'm the only lady ever to be invited and it's an honour! Thank you to all of you for this wonderful lunch that I will not forget for a looooong time...

Jaan is indeed a superb restaurant which I found out only after dining here this year. This is truly a great place for a romantic dinner with a skyline view of Singapore. After 4 and a half hours here, I'm stuffed and it's time to fly back to Kuala Lumpur!


JAAN
Swissotel The Stamford
+65 643133322


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