Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Did Atlantis ever really exist? Was it just a folk tale that caught on? Or perhaps just a metaphorical setting invented by Plato? No-one knows.
But we did know that the lost continent is being resurrected in the form of Dubai’s Dhs5.50 billion ($1.5 billion) tribute to the ancient Greek civilization.
The video below features the journey to Atlantis along the trunk of Palm Jumeirah.
AQUAVENTURE - a water playground of over 18 million litres of water, consisting of extraordinary rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids, and the Ziggurat temple reaching over 30 metres into the sky and featuring seven heart-pumping water slides - two of which catapult riders through shark-filled lagoons.
THE AMBASSADOR LAGOONS & THE LOST CHAMBERS - The lagoons will feature more than 250 species of sea creatures, some of which will include native Gulf fish which have not been publicly displayed anywhere outside of the Middle East.
THE DOLPHIN BAY - a 4.5 hectare state-of-the-art dolphin education and conservation centre allowing guests the opportunity to meet and interact with them.
Dining & Nightlife:
There are 17 restaurants, bars and lounges suit every taste - with choices from sophisticated seafood, innovative sushi, quick bites and foods from around the world.
The list of star-studded chefs:
* World-class master chef and sushi mogul Nobuyuki Matsuhisa opens Nobu with partner Robert DeNiro.
* Michelin starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, one of London's most talked about Italian chefs, welcomes all to Ronda Locatelli.
* Parisian sensation and two star Michelin chef Michel Rostang debuts Rostang- The French Brasserie.
* Three star Michelin chef Santi Santamaria, known as 'The Architect of Food,' opens his first venture outside of Europe with Ossiano, a gourmet seafood restaurant. (with a minimum charge of RM650 per person)
The Avenues, a sophisticated retail promenade of over two dozen shops features top names in fashion, design and local artistry. There is Cartier, Paspaley, Levant, Harry Winston, Graff, Ahmed Sedeqqi and Sons, Tiffany and Company, Chopard, Roberto Cavalli, Hamac, Lacoste, Rodeo Drive, Leonard Paris, Villa Moda, OndadeMar, Porsche Design, Rivoli, The Counter and Faces. Finally, Bateel Dates offers an authentic taste of Arabia.
If it's the thing for you, go ahead and stay there provided money is not an issue. But if you're not that loaded and wish to experience the Aquaventure, the Aquaventure Day Pass ($105 Adult and $75 Children from 4-12) is now available to visitors of the Atlantis Resort. The pass gives you access to all Atlantis pools, beaches, waterslides, rivers and more. Passes can be purchased on the day of arrival at the Front Desk of the Royal Towers. The passes are sold beginning at 9am and are good from 9am to 5pm. For more information, you can call 800-285-2684 or 242-363-3000.
If you would like to know more about Atlantis and the issues that were involved in constructing it, you can always hop to Johnny Ong's blog here.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The menu was extensive with curry dishes, grilled dishes and also rice dishes. It is after all an Iranian restaurant and most of the items in the menu are grilled.
This is a must have appetizer. The hot pita bread comes with a plate of mixed green leaves like spring onion and mint, some carrot and olive pickles, walnuts and goat cheese. The bread tasted very good with mint leaves and cheese. I did not try it with spring onions because I never liked uncooked spring onions or olives! The appetizer is complimentary and you could asked for a refill like those bread and balsamic vinegar we had at the Italian restaurants.
Skewers of boneless chicken, minced lamb and minced chicken marinated in yogurt sauce.
Chicken pieces on the bone, marinated with saffron, lemon and olive oil.
Baked Chicken baked in tomato paste served with white rice and topped with Persian Pomegranate Seeds (Barberry). In Chinese it's known as "kei chi" or it's scientific name-Lycium Barbarium. The chicken is hidden underneath the rice.
White basmati long grain rice topped with Saffron rice.
It was so good to the extent that I had Hatam for 3 times when I was in Dubai. My mom loves it too. We even had a take away of the eggplant lamb curry. Even the waiter recognises me and he knew exactly what I wanted eventhough I do not know the exact name of the dish! They had one Hatam express outlet opened in Dubai Mall but I still prefer the Hatam at Dubai Outlet Mall as the express outlet has less to offer.
P/S: My boss commented if the food at HATAM was not nice, then we should HENTAM ("whack" for those Malay illiterate) them! Lol...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The preparation for our stand was done quite last minute, just about 1-2 months before the exhibition date which is on the 3rd - 5th of November 2008. I was in charged for the fixtures, decoration & layout, flight and accommodation but lucky my colleague Carol had been a big help during that time as she was a seasoned traveler and exhibitor. She was in charged for exports and I really need to learn a lot from her. Sometimes I still don't get the export terms and the flow. You have to be well versed with all the container sizes, ports, shipper, liner, forwarding agents, FOB, CIF, Bills of lading and all sorts of certification. I think I still prefer selling chocolates locally - save all the hassle.
When we departed from KLIA, we had so much trouble trying to check in all our baggage. It took us almost an hour trying to negotiate with the staff behind the desk because we wanted to check in 7 cartons of goods and 1 box of POS materials. We were faced with a lady staff with PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) because her face was sour all the time and she refused to be leanient with us. In total, we have exceeded almost 75kg of weight and was charged RM5k for excess baggage. Gosh, I've never paid so much for excess baggage, or rather I have never paid any. Usually I just passed it off by pleading and some flirting. If that was bad enough, not until you hear that our flight departed at midnight and arrived in Dubai at 3.30am! We had to pay for an extra day of accommodation and the flight sucked because it was so full and uncomfortable.
We had the whole day on 1st for sightseeing and then on the 2nd, we went to the Trade Center to set up the stand. Me and my colleague had to move the cartons from the van to the main entrance of the centre without any trolley. After that, my GM managed to borrow one trolley from the contractors to help us transfer the cartons to the hall, which is about 200m away. He looked so funny pulling the trolley like pulling a cow admist such a modern structure.
The set up was completed in 5 hours with the help of the contractors. We had no idea how to stick those ink jet stickers without spoiling it. After that Carol and I filled up the shelves and the display with the boxes.
I really like the exhibition here. It was so unlike China where people are so uncivilized. They took your catalogues and then sell it as recycled paper outside the centre, they kept plastic bags in their pockets so that they can grab your samples and put them in and all sorts of antics. It was such an embarrassment to the Chinese. On the last day of the exhibition, a whole group of them will just marched into your stand and take everything without your permission. Your laptops, stationery and chocolates will get stolen if you don't tie them up. It was so terrifying. In Dubai, you don't have to worry, nobody takes anything. they will ask for permission to sample the chocolates. How nice and educated.
This is Gil from Jelly Belly. He is such a nice man and so sweet of him to send me a mail. According to him, this picture should be in People Magazine. Lol...
My colleague Carol with a box of temptation from Fidani.
Overall, it had been a nice exhibition, meeting old friends from other companies in the Malaysian Pavilion and also making new ones with other exhibitors. We have enjoyed the past three days at the exhibition centre. The organiser representative, Mei Li was so kind to buy us nasi lemak (translated as fat rice literally). It was no surprise having someone to buy you nasi lemak but the irony is that the nasi lemak was bought in Dubai from a lady whom is a Singaporean selling it! Lol... I wonder how much would it cost considering a packet of rice with meat (in Chinese we called it "chap fan") is around RM22-30. For that kind of money, I can eat a good meal at Tram Car.
This is the nasi lemak in Dubai! Defintely not as good as the ones here.
In an unrelated note, the traffic jam was so bad yesterday. It took me 2 hours to go home on a journey that is 20 minutes. Bugger....
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tram Car is actually Shiang's family owned restaurant and I managed to meet him once at Hennessy Artistry in Aloha months back. That night itself, only I realise that his cousin happened to be my classmate in my college days. What a small world. FYI, Cable Car, Windmill and Tram Car are all related in some way. This newly opened cosy restaurant is situated in Jaya32 in PJ. Where is that you asked me? I don't know. KY showed me the way and probably you can read his post to look at the "colourful" map he has always been posting for every food review.
Since he had been so detailed on showcasing the food that we have eaten that night, I might as well highlight the recommended dishes in my own humble opinion.
Delicious garlic Escargots at RM13.90 per half dozen.
I had this baked fish with white sauce and cheese served with baked whole potato and salad (RM17.90).
Grace had her Seafood platter with tartar sauce at RM27.90
This combination of Watermelon and lychee rocks. It's so refreshing and cooling after a hearty meal.
TRAM CAR CAFE
B-11-01, 32 Square,
No. 2, Jalan 19/11
46300 PJ, Selangor
Tel: 03-7958 8588
Monday, November 17, 2008
Talking about my flight, I had an interesting encounter at the airport in Dubai. When I was checking in, I met a group of Malaysian chinese men there whom just finished touring the few countries around the Gulf area and they were very friendly. We talked throughout walking to the boarding gates and the journey to the gates is a a very long journey. For example, think of the journey from the train in KLIA to the baggage reclaim area and make that triple the distance. There's a few walkalators and for those who can't walk, there'll be a buggy ride. I say good bye temporarily to them as I wanted to buy some cigars and liquor at the duty free shops.
I walked into a cigar room. Yes, a cigar room where there's hundred of boxes of cigars and no one to bug you or following every step you take. You can see, touch and smell the cigars in the boxes and open them as you wish in that room. I needed help because apparently I am not very good in the cigar department yet and I need to know that I'm not getting the wrong sizes. It's very confusing as you need to know what's a robusto, petite, siglo and all those crap. None of the staff could help me because they too knew nuts about cigars. Then, (ta daa...) a chinese man walked in and I casually asked him for some advice. He was so kind to show me what to buy and recommending me the good cigars.
I am in no position to buy a box of 15's or 20's which can cost up to thousands. I was just looking at a decent box of 10 so that I can smoke it with my wine friends , 1 for my boss's birthday and another 2 small boxes. After we were done choosing my cigars and his cigars, we proceeded to the cashier counter but I asked the supervisor to send my cigars to the counter as I need to look for a bottle of liquor. After having found my bottle, I went to the cashier and the supervisor told me that the man paid for all my cigars! I was taken aback. A stranger paid for my shopping?!! I have had people beating me to pay for meals but those are friends I know but a stranger? That was really a surprise. Let's just say that the amount that he paid for me can be equivalent to probably 80 meals at McD.
I wanted to pay him back but he insisted that he had paid for it and he told me that I can buy him a drink when he's in KL. He doesn't drink so he said I can buy him a coke! Haha... We both then say goodbye and proceed to our boarding gates. I felt bad having him to pay for the cigars so I went to the cigar shop and got another two more boxes which was meant as gifts so that I can keep the cigars he bought for me for my own indulgence! It was one hour before boarding and he found me sitting by the gate and invited me for a drink at Starbucks. He was on SQ which was departing almost at the same time as MH. He's quite a nice man, being a MD of a property company in Singapore but certainly not an aroggant one. I did asked him why he paid for my cigars and he replied "you were so charming and I couldn't resist". Just that. Haha... Is that some sort of pick up line nowadays?
That was just the part before boarding. In the airplane, the guys I met earlier kept giving me cups of liquor and "yam seng" with me onboard. It was quite embarrassing as I was sitting beside an Iranian man but then later, the Iranian man was cheering with me on his wine! Lol...
That made my flight back to Malaysia a little bit more interesting.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The view from the villa rooftop
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My Favourite Original Glazed KK
Even the Capuccino tasted great without sugar.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Among my favorite items to shop for, clothes remained at the top spot followed by accessories, shoes and handbags. Others would be souvenirs and food items. One (I mean me) can never have enough clothes. Everywhere I travelled, I'm bound to buy a amount of clothes enough to change my wardrobe for one season (yes just 1 season not 4). And my clothes you ask me? Either they will be passed down to my relatives or I'll give them away to charity homes. Most of my clothes are branded and sometimes it can be an emotional scene to part with my treasures.
Can you believe that this (Queen Elizabeth) hat cost about RM1500?!! Definitely not just a beach hat.
My Thierry Mugler Sunglasses. He might be famous for the Angel perfumes but this particular sunny looked good on me and thus the big hole in my wallet is formed.
My MNG suit skirt and a white pair of shorts from Urban Behaviour
Same top two different colours from Urban Behaviour
Two Grey dresses from Urban Behaviour
My super comfortable walking shoes from Marks & Spencer
My two pairs of heels from Urban Behaviour
This is to illustrate how high the heels were! My dad called it ultra dangerous heels.
And not forgetting the Coca cola from Arab for my dear friend Julian
This is a picture that paints a thousand words.