Kee Kee Bentong Chicken Rice

Kee Kee Bentong Chicken Rice 1

Kee Kee Bentong Chicken Rice 2

This chicken rice stall is within the shop Restoran Yat Yeh Hing, which is at the corner of the row of shophouses opposite St. Ignatius Church, off LDP. Ban's mum had recommended this to me but there wasn't opportunity to try it previously because it doesn't open for dinner. Mon - Sat lunch is at the chap fan shop whereas Sunday lunch is usually at the Curve after yoga class.

However, the chance came when for a reason already forgotten, I skipped yoga class. So Ban and I headed over to this shop. We were lucky because it was already quite late (nearly 1.30pm) and so it wasn't very crowded (managed to get the table on the outer edge) and yet there was still food. Otherwise, normally it's crowded and oftentimes you'll need to wait a little while to get a table.

The chicken rice turned out to be mediocre. For its price (think it was like RM6), I rather eat at New Ipoh Chicken Rice Restaurant @Damansara Jaya and Ban would be happy just to have the roasted chicken rice at the shop near his place. The soup, free of charge, was quite tasty but since I'm not a soup lover, it doesn't hold much attraction for me.

Oh, for your information, the staff there are quite nice even though they're busy all the time. So that's definitely a plus.


Cheaper than cheapest?

Dad: Can you check Air Asia ticket on Jan 7, 8 and 9? Look for flight from 10am onward and tell me the cheapest one.

Me: Okie.

(Later, I texted him, saying that the cheapest ticket is on Jan 8, 11.05am, costing RM39. He texted me back asking me to get it. Yet, later he called...)

Dad: You got my sms?

Me: Yes, to go ahead and get the Jan 8 ticket.

Dad: Yes, the RM39 one. How about Jan 7? Is it cheaper?

Me: You asked me to check Jan 7, 8 and 9 and for flight from 10am onward. Then choose the cheapest, right? Jan 8, 11.05am is the cheapest.

Dad: Is Jan 7 cheaper?

Me: Huh? Jan 8 is the cheapest. It's RM77 on Jan 7. You want it?

Dad: Oh, no no. Get Jan 8.

Me: @@

Chap fan in Butterworth

Food is generally much cheaper in Butterworth when compared to KL, PJ or even Seremban. So let's look at this example:

Butterworth 6.4

This chap fan cost RM6.40. It has

  • fish,
  • fish that is stingray,
  • curry dish (from my experience, curry dish is a premium dish),
  • two pieces of the fish
I rarely choose fish for chap fan and so I can't tell for sure whether this is cheap, normal or expensive.

What do you think?

Incidentally, the fish is dry. What a waste of stingray. I wouldn't have it again at that shop.


Cracked me up when I saw this on my recent trip to Singapore:

Kiasu Expresso


"I'm sorry," I said. Regret. "I didn't mean to offend you."
"Don't show me humility unless you mean it," she said, still looking me over with narrow eyes. "Even when you make your face a mask, your eyes are like glittering windows."
"I am sorry," I said earnestly. Apology. "I'd hope to make a good first impression."
"Why?" she asked.
"I would rather you thought well of me."
"I would rather have reason to think well of you."

Conversation between Kvothe and Vashet in "The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss

Here and there

It's been an unsual past one week or so. This is mainly due to my mum being hospitalised.

She was scheduled for a normal surgery to treat her sinus but the surgery ended with complication. Something about blood flowing backward and so she couldn't breathe. Scary. Much later, it was also revealed that her throat was inflamed and so that didn't helping with her breathing either.

She was admitted to ICU for nearly a week before being transferred to normal ward for a few days. That period was frightening as there were a couple of episodes of non-breathing, which later traced to her biting the oxygen tube. During those incidents, I observed that she appeared to be having nightmare (she was asleep most of the times during the initial stay in the ICU) and clenching her teeth (and thus biting the tube). The nurses then inserted something to prevent that. From then onward, it was progress. Phew.

As for work, a year-end valuation project will start very soon. The bad news is that the client couldn't provide complete data and so we (the actuary and I) have to do extra work to get around it. It's definitely not ideal because this introduces yet another layer of uncertainty of which potential dispute can arise in the future.

This project is expected to go on until probably Feb. I'm hoping it'll be done before my dad's impending surgery (to remove cyst).

Chiew Kee @ Upper Cross Street, Singapore

It seems that this shop is famous for its soya sauce chicken rice/noodle but for me it's always the place to have the best dumpling noodle since I was introduced to this shop about 10 years ago.

Please note that there are 3 shops with the same name: 2 of them (one airconditioned, one not) are side by side and are at the beginning/start of the row of shophouses whereas the 3rd one is a few doors away i.e. somewhere in the middle of the row. I only go to the former.

Chiew Kee 1

Chiew Kee 2

Since the the hotel we stayed was in the same row, I made a point to have lunch there before we left Singapore. Ban didn't come as food there were definitely not to his liking.

The dumpling noodle still cost the same all these years i.e. SGD 3. Amazing. There were 7 or 8 pieces of dumpling (sorry, can't remember now), which was either the same or one less than it used to. However, I suspect they were smaller. Not sure.

The taste was about the same, with distinctive taste of waterchestnut within it. I loved the noodle gravy. The noodle itself was springy. The soup provided was also tasty, unlike the run-of-the-mill kind of soup you usually get.

From my past experience, they served quite fast regardless of the crowd.

I will definitely go there again if I have the chance to do so.

Singapore Bliss Hotel

For my recent Singapore trip with Ban, we decided to stay at a hotel as we couldn't really find accommodation at friends' place. As a result, we didn't stay as long as I would like to.

After much research (chiefly over Agoda and TripAdvisor), we decided on Bliss Hotel for 3 main reasons: clean room (from guests' review), free wifi connection (paramount importance for Ban) and easy access to MRT station (just across Chinatown MRT station). It cost SGD87.45 per person, after discount and including taxes.

Singapore Bliss Hotel

Singapore Bliss Hotel

Singapore Bliss Hotel

Singapore Bliss Hotel

Singapore Bliss Hotel

Singapore Bliss Hotel

Singapore Bliss Hotel

The hotel was less than a year old and looked modern. The decoration was simple but tastefully done in a modern way. Room could be considered a little small by some but we didn't care about the size. I just wanted comfortable bed, shower and electrical items that work, and clean room. Ban just wanted a wifi :P All these were there. What a relief.

There were a few tv channels, the wifi was fast, 2 bottles of mineral water and sachet of assorted beverage free each day and clean towels offered everyday. Four clothes hangers were provided, in lieu of wardrobe, which I felt were inadequate.

There were 2 problems. Firstly, the person sleeping closest to the aircond duct would feel significantly colder than the other person. Too cold without the comforter. Too hot with the comforter, except face that felt cold. That sort of ruined my first night there. Took a few tries to figure out the combination of aircond temperature and comforter to finally able to sleep. Unfortunately, as a result, we had to cancel lunch appointment the next day because we had to sleep in a little to catch up on sleep.

The other problem was that we could hear people talking loudly outside. The rooms were situated roughly in a square with the elevator in the middle. There was this old Chinese lady (from China, judging from her accent) who spoke loudly and repeatedly tried to persuade another person to join some of them for breakfast or something. Goodness. 

I haven't gone to higher floors. Perhaps it would be different.

Royals by Lorde

I love this song. It's refreshing. Its music is 'clean' in a sea of rather noisy songs nowadays. Almost "a capella".

Sushi Tei: Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Sushi Tei crab, originally uploaded by Jaded Jeremy.

Yes, it was really hairy lol. I wouldn't normally order crab because it takes too much effort to dig out its flesh. Too much for too little.

However, to my surprise, on that day, Ban decided (on his own! wahhhhhh) to try something totally new and out there. So he ordered this from their (presumedly) seasonable menu.

As you can tell (look at the spoon), it was a pretty small crab. Its legs, however, were meaty enough to warrant the effort. Unfortunately, there were sharp thorn-like shell on its legs.

It was appropriately 'slashed' at several places when served to us. However, it would have been better if they had provided the cracker too so that we could better handle the sharp legs. The digging utensil was very useful.

Its meat was sweet and refreshing. Clean and delicious - something that both Ban and I appreciated.

We don't think we'll have it again although it was delicious. It just took too much effort and time :P

New laptop third attempt

So following on from my encounter at Digital Mall, I decided to order online but before that, I called Dell to ask whether I could get CDs for the OS and Office. Yes to the former but no to the latter. Well, in that case, I postponed the purchase of Office as surely I could get cheaper price at Digital Mall, right?

I opted for the highest spec of Alienware 14. I didn't add anything else except to extend the warranty to 3 years.

First problem I ran into was a call from Dell to perform some "verification". They kept asking me for my office phone number and e-mail. I told them that I had none of these and that my laptop was my office (being a part-time consultant). I suspected that these questions arose because the delivery address was different to my credit card's billing address, which I did provide as part of the verification. Luckily, nothing was amiss after that call.

I was a little anxious when unboxing the laptop. I had heard people receiving defective Alienware laptops. Although they were rectified quite promptly by Dell, no one wants such trouble in the first place.

So to my dismay, I discovered that some of the keys were misconfigured. For example, the key @ was switched with ", and shift + 3 gave the pound currency symbol, instead of #.

As it was after 9pm (and so technicians were not available to help over the phone), I shot an e-mail to Dell, detailing which keys were misconfigured.

However, later, as I was looking for something else, I saw the keyboard symbol and because of the pound currency symbol, I recalled that I selected UK English as the keyboard configuration as I didn't want US English.

With Ban's help, I managed to retain UK English as the language but I changed the input keyboard to US and voila! That solved the misconfiguration issue lol.

A technician replied my e-mail and his second question was whether I selected US or not hehehe.

Recent Yahoo Mail

Five weeks after I urged a boycott of Yahoo Mail, they introduced a new feature 'Recent' that basically allows you to view, in a vertical list, the recent e-mails. You can also delete the ones that you are not interested in.

In this way, once again, I can multi-task between e-mails, an adequate a substitute for the e-mail tab function that was removed from the previous version. I don't know whether it is better or worse but it's good enough for me.

It's a relief because I tried using other alternatives. I had two problems: mapping of Yahoo Mail folders and setting up my work e-mail. There doesn't seem to be an alternative free e-mail programme that can do both. Theoretically, Thunderbird could but I couldn't get it to recognise my work e-mail setting. Weird.

Someone who set up petition for bringing back the old version managed to meet some Yahoo's personnel. They admitted to releasing the new version when it wasn't ready e.g. the Recent feature was planned from the start. They never explain why the rush and there was no mention of apology for all the problems the new Yahoo Mail caused (still has no 'Print' button!). Disclaimer: this was that person recount of the meeting.

Seems like something changed drastically when the new CEO (formerly Google employee) arrived and what a bad start for Yahoo Mail.

Rosemary Bites: Chicken Lasagna

Rosemary chicken lasagna

One day, instead of choosing one of the usual suspects, I decided to try their chicken lasagna. I do like lasagna once a while. Like pizza, I can't eat such food frequently. 'Jelak' (still don't know what's the English word for it). Probably because of too much cheese.

From the first few bites, I find it tasty. Ok, maybe hunger helped a bit :) It was tasty but later I noticed that the meat was a little drier than other lasagnas that I had. Maybe it had less oil? It was certainly not oily, unlike some lasagnas. Or maybe it was baked longer than usual. The meat consistency is similar to that of Nyonya chang.

I probably wouldn't try it again because I got 'jelak' (bored? *shrug*) of it halfway through. Besides, there's a list of usual suspects to choose from at Rosemary Bites :)

Daore Express @ Paradigm Mall

Daore 1

One day, Ban, his brother and I went to Paradigm Mall to have dinner at Sushi Q. Unfortunately, there was no more salmon sushi at the counter. So we went to look for alternative. Fortunately we didn't need to go far as opposite Sushi Q was Daore Express, a Korean eatery which we had not tried. That fulfilled my once-a-week-try-new-food objective :)

Daore 2

Ban and his brother had this Korean canned sweet rice drink. Yes, it was sweet but not any sweeter than your typical Yeo's canned drinks. It was refreshing and tasted a little like barley.

Ban's brother also had another canned drink that supposed to be cinnamon and persimmon drink. However, it had only the former and sugar taste only. The persimmon taste was sorely lacking.

Daore 3

I ordered the Janki Goksu that also came with 3 side dishes.

The soup was quite clear and not oily, and had simple flavour. The noodle itself was like mee sua (soy noodle). Interesting. In my opinion, ramen and udon taste better.

As for the side dishes, the green vegetable was normal but cold. The middle dish was kimchi, which I had never liked and this one didn't change my mind. The salad was quite surprisingly good and its dressing tasted like...passion fruit? Go try it and let me know.

Would I go there again? Yes...only if there's no food at Sushi Q hehehe. Sorry, to hard to resist good sushi. Also, I much prefer Japanese food over Korean.

New laptop second attempt

After my first attempt, I didn't do much because I was in Singapore.

Once back in KL, I researched more online, specifically the review of gaming laptops and also users' comments. The tricky part was that some of the laptops I looked at online were simply not available in Malaysia (at the moment). More importantly, I had to consider the level of after-sales service and support locally.

In the end, I decided on Dell's laptop, not because Dell had glowing testimonies all around but because it's the least problematic (in terms of after-sale service and support) among the lot. Not comforting, isn't it?

Dell website didn't allow me to opt for Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. I had heard horrendous remarks about the latter. Moreover, it wasn't clear whether they would include the OS's DVD. Similar question about Microsoft Office if I choose to purchase from them.

I remember a friend managed to customise all these at a retail store. So I went to Digital Mall and after and approached a Dell booth, specialising in Alienware. The salesperson said I could phone in to ask for the OS's DVD to be sent to me for free. Not so for Microsoft Office i.e. no DVD available.

By then, I was considering Alienware 14 and it's a matter of specification. The salesperson claimed that many of his customers opted for middle specs laptop but upgraded its RAM to be the same as the high specs laptop at the cost of about RM600.

It was a good thing I didn't commit to buying from him because the Dell website allows the option of RAM upgrade for a mere RM250 only. Hmmm I wonder I misheard him but I'm quite sure I have not.

SBB's random attire

Once a while, especially when Ban sees my attire lying around (which is rare), he'll dress up SBB, such as these:

SBB singlet

SBB swim gear

I laughed when I first saw these. Not sure about the singlet but the swimming gear looked cool on SBB, don't you think? :)

Stop using Yahoo Mail!

Remember the workaround I highlighted before? No longer works.

Despite nearly a month has passed, Yahoo has not moved forward to where it used to be (hehehe convoluted, isn't it?). There are still plenty of problems with it (e.g. no 'Print' button!) and that include the absence of the all-important e-mail tabs.

Plenty of users have complained in Yahoo's official feedback website:{toggle_previous_statuses}

Yahoo's response thus far is laughable and shows that they either don't use Yahoo Mail itself or they're not power users or they don't know how to emphatise or they simply don't care.

Meanwhile, I urge everyone to stop using Yahoo Mail. If you don't have one, don't start one.

New laptop first attempt

Few years ago, when I experienced difficulty playing some games on my current laptop (for some, I couldn't do anything once the game started!), I wanted to get a new one but that was low in my priority of expenditure, given my limited income and money. So I planned to do so after selling the house in Seremban.

As time went on, my laptop's performance deteriorated gradually. For example, it takes a good 10 minutes from start up to stabilising at desktop. Then another 5 minutes to start up Excel (I regularly use spreadsheets) and then another 5 minutes to just open an Excel file. Similar starting up issue with web browser. However, it gets easier later in the day after the first start up. At the end of the day, it takes 10 minutes to shut down. Every few months, the blue screen of death emerges.

As expected, meanwhile, there are more and more games my laptop can't handle e.g. Civilisation 5, Path of Exile, Dragon Age. Even the game I currently play, Rift, gets laggy and crashes at least once in a few hours.

I procrastinated in purchasing a new one after the house was sold. I can't remember when and why but few weeks back, I decided to really get going on this.

From scouring the internet, I got to know of the PC Expo at Midvalley Exhibition Centre, 1 - 3 Nov 2013. Since I would be flying off to Singapore on 2 Nov, the first day of the expo was to only viable choice. Besides, Friday was a better day to attend than the weekends to avoid more crow and Friday is a working day after all.

But lo behold! At almost 2pm, all carpark zones were full! This included the premier parking zone. Goodness. If I was not mistaken, there were traffic policemen direction vehicles away from the carpark zone entrances @@

Oh, just as well. I was not feeling great and so headed home for a good nap.

Socialise or not

I have these particular contradicting traits. 

Without a concerted effort to do so, I'm inclined not to go out and socialise. Lazy? Maybe. I noticed that this is more so if I am the one organising the meeting/catch-up. I guess this is where the planner trait comes in: the more people involved, the harder it is to organise and thus more stressful. The same applies when I'm networking or attend work-related meetings.

However, this is where it gets a little strange: if I do socialise, often than not I end up enjoying it. Games with friends, laughter, gossip etc. As for work-related meeting, usually it'll end up well with clients feeling at least satisfied with my work and speaking warmly with me. In short: positive benefits most of the time. Ok, friends and family, you can tell me otherwise if you wish by leaving your comments at the end :)

So, knowing this, I usually force myself to agree to meet friends and family even if I don't feel like it (yes, there are times I would want to). The impetus to do so if I'm the organiser is less, however. As for work-related meeting, I'm currently staying far, far away from it.

It also doesn't help that Ban is naturally a homebody but I'm glad he tries hard to meet friends whenever possible. However, most of the time, among the two of us, I'm the organiser, and so during those times when I feel lazy or want to have alone time, we'll both be at home.

Sushi Q

Ban and I ate at Sushi Q the first time a few years back when they were still new at One U. We quite liked it.

It was not really a proper Japanese restaurant. It has packed Japanese food in (presumably) chilled counter where you could peruse and then purchase to eat at a table there if you wish. Soy sauce and wasabi were provided for free but not drinks though, which I tried not to purchase. Sometimes I shared drinks with Ban because it was expensive, given its austere place.

Somehow we didn't eat there regularly. A few reasons: we usually don't go to One U because of the hassle to find carpark space. Secondly, when we meet with friends for meals at One U, we end up at a proper restaurant where we can sit and chat for a while. Sushi Q is hardly such place to do this.

Now with Paradigm Mall so near to us, there is even less reason to go to One U. Fortunately, there's a branch of Sushi Q over there. It serves the same food the same way except that it also serves ramen and udon. I have yet to try the noodle but we had their sushi and handroll.

I loved their sushi. The price is not dirt cheap: RM14.80 (no tax and no service charge) for a box of 6 pieces of sushi, as compared to RM13.89 (inclusive of tax and service charge) at Sakae Sushi. However, their sushi is generally larger and perhaps slightly thicker too.

The downside at eating there is firstly, you have no idea how long those sushi boxes have been in the chilled counter, and secondly, what you see is what you get i.e. you cannot order more if there's no more in the counter (except for the noodle). It happened to us before and we ended up eating at a Korean restaurant (may blog about this next time). So be prepared to use plan B.

Anger: what to do?

I read a number of (positive) parenting articles about helping children understand anger and that it's normal to be angry. What's crucial, however, is how one deals with it

It may surprise some people, especially people not close to me, that I'm naturally hot-tempered. I learned long ago that if I react to it by shouting or get into an argument with angry words with someone, inevitably I will feel guilty about it later. What bites me especially the most is that sometimes I believed that person deserves it and I hate it that I feel guilty about it.

However, later I found more important reasons not to react while angry: it could have even worse consequences e.g. exacerbate misunderstanding, being defensive even though I was in the wrong, things/relationships destroyed etc.

So I learn not to say much when I'm angry because if I should talk, it will likely result in a tirade and raised voice in anger. I'll be quiet and focus on something else. I still need to remember to take deep breaths and then breathe normally.

I'm much better than, say, 2 decades ago but there's definitely room for improvement.

So is there a place for anger? Yes, I believed there is. It could be the spark to drive one to correct, say, an injustice or to help someone but the key thing is to handle this spark constructively, rather than let loose its destructive power.


A year ago, I blogged about what the minimum standard I set for salmon sushi by using Kinpachi as a yardstick.

Recently, Ban and I went back there again to celebrate our 4th anniversary.

Kinpachi 1

The salmon sushi (RM8) was not bad but its rice crumbled easily. Yes, the price is steep but as I blogged before, it's difficult to get good salmon sushi here - posh place or not.

Kinpachi 2

The ama ebi sushi (RM18) was quite large, firm and juicy. One of the best I had thus far.

Their cawanmushi  could be softer. Its texture was no different than a normal steam egg.

The restaurant's waitresses were attentive and regularly checked on us to refill our green tea even though we were seated at a small table in the corner. At first, we were seated in a small room (with only 2 tables) that was reserved for non-smokers but we couldn't stand the people on the other table where the lady kept up with her tongue lashing of her grown-up son. Sharp voice, sharp words *shiver*. We requested to change table.

Yes, the price was on the high side but the food was good. Wouldn't mind going there once a while to have one of the better sushi around town.

Jambu air

Jambu air, or rose apple, is one of my favourite fruits. Unfortunately, firstly, it's difficult to get, and secondly, they're seldom sweet nowadays.

In fact, on my recent trip to Penang (drove), I purposely made a couple of stops at rest area to get the supposedly jambu madu air (honeyed version), which I had before. To my disappointment, out of about maybe 12 - 14 half pieces (cut pieces) in a packet, only 1 or 2 are truly sweet. The rest are juicy but bland or mildly sweet.

To my surprise, I saw a tree full of these fruits outside a house near Ban's place (see below). There were many bunches or them and some looked ripe. I thought they could only grow in cool weather and I assure you that KL is anything but cool.

Jambu air 1

Jambu air 2

Yahoo Mail goes backward

Remember the new Yahoo Mail back in August 2013? I loved its feature that allowed user to open e-mails in tabs. However, early this October, they changed yet again and this time they had gone backward without a doubt - they had removed the e-mail tab feature! How silly!

Here's a quick fix solution by "Samy" (someone's username):
Here's the tip of the day to get back the previous version of yahoo mail:
Once you are logged, you would have an url similar to the following:
(the ## are different for each users and sessions)
If you replace 'launch? ..', by 'search' as follow:
You should get the older, working version.
It really works but I don't know for how much longer.


Recently, I've been getting increasingly frustrated with my 6-year old laptop. Crashing once in a few hours in MMORPG like Rift could be excused but Chrome loading slower than usual? That's terrible. Excel's taking 5 minutes to start up? Goodness.

It was by chance I read this article: "Top tips to a faster PC" by Britta O'Boyle on Yahoo News. In summary, the tips are:

  1. Regularly clean up your hard drive
  2. Keep on top of updates
  3. Clean the air grilles
  4. Clean the registry regularly
  5. Switch to Windows 8
  6. Add more RAM
  7. Switch to Solid State Drives
No. 2 is not a problem. Most software updates I have are done automatically.

No. 3, 6 and 7 are impossible for laptop as far as I know.

I'll get to no. 5 when I get a new laptop, although I have reservation about Window 8.

As for no. 1 and no. 4, I tried the recommended software, CCleaner (I tried the portable version), and wow, it really made so much difference. My free space increased from about 16gb to 23gb and Chrome now loads almost as fast as when I first started using it. Starting Excel is much better now.

It's easy to use and free. It has good review from CNET editors and users.

Didn't stop the crash in Rift though hehehe but I supposed that's asking too much :)

Chicken Kebab @Rosemary Bites

Another favourite of mine at Rosemary Bites is the chicken kebab.

Rosemary chicken kebab

Looks substantial, doesn't it? I assure you that it was very filling. As you can tell (by comparing the food to the utensils), each of the 8 chicken pieces was quite chunky. They are interspersed with alternating onion and capsicum, which were also quite large. Mashed potato on the side, with adequate gravy, and salad with 3 kind of vegetables. This was a dish that had a variety of food on a single plate. It was no wonder that it took quite a while to cook, certainly slower than the pasta with aurora sauce.

The taste? Excellent. The chicken was juicy, unlike some kebab that needed plenty of sauce to cover up the dry meat. In fact, the mayonnaise was not needed. The onion and capsicum were grilled just right. Mashed potato was fine and salad was fresh.

How much was it? Only RM20.90 plus 10% service charge i.e. without the 6% government tax. It was a bargain.

PappaRich Nasi Kunyit

Ban's grandfather likes nasi kunyit and so when Ban's brother saw newspaper advertisement on the food from PappaRich, we made a trip to the one at Uptown.

Since I never had one before, I decided to try it myself.

PappaRich Nasi Kunyit 1

PappaRich Nasi Kunyit 2

Nasi kunyit literally means tumeric rice and so as expected, it was yellow. However, to my pleasant surprise, it was actually yellow glutinous rice. I like glutinous rice every now and then ( e.g. Nyonya chang). It was delicious but its outer layer was a little hard. I suspected that it was microwaved because I saw it being passed from the kitchen in a plastic container to the outer kitchen, presumably to be warmed up via microwave oven.

The curry chicken was tasty and not spicy - something suitable for me :) Gosh, I can't remember how much it cost but regardless, the portion was quite minimal. It would be better if they also gave an egg.

Oh, by the way, don't bother trying their chendol there. Not worth it. See, not even worth a photo here.


Gosh, I thought I blogged about this before but I couldn't find the post. Even Ban thought I did blog about it.

Strange...but anyway...

Ban once asked me if I have psionic power, what would be the first thing I do? Lol, it wasn't hard for me to answer because I thought about it before. I believe that there's a reason why I'm not granted such immense power: the street will be littered with dead people.

Oh, didn't use indicator and suddenly swerve into my lane, huh? Zap! You're dead. Next.

Oh, walk in a group and block the entire pavement, huh? Zap! They're dead. Next.

Ok, ok, ok. Admittedly, as I grew older, I mellowed. I would have let them live but would put them in an awkward position and no longer inconveniencing other people For example, in the first example above, the car, with the driver, will be magically transported in a field somewhere and with the car unable to start. Perhaps will an eerie message of "use your indicator".

So, given the above, what do you think was my first thought when I read news of someone beaten to death for jumping queue? Definitely not sympathy. 'Padan muka' (deservedly so) was what I first thought. Perhaps some sympathy later? None whatsoever.

Dark thoughts, right? See why I can't be given superpower?

Nyonya chang, oh how I miss you

Nyonya chang is my favourite rice dumpling. Unfortunately, it's not as famous as the ubiquitous Hokkien bak chang and thus much harder to get. What's worse is that it's even rarer to get good deliciously made Nyonya chang.

Luckily, my mum knows of a lady in Melaka who makes and sells good tasting Nyonya chang. Bad news is that she usually runs out of them at the wet market after 11am. Good news is that mum knows where she stays and that the seller is willing to sell to people seeking her at her house after 4.30pm. Yay!

So recently we went to get a few of them, each costing RM4 but oh boy, it's sooooooo worth it. I hope to make it a habit to get some each time I visit Melaka. Gosh, I better remember how to get there hehehe.

Plan B and Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul @ Paradigm Mall

Odd name for a restaurant, isn't it? The waitress there didn't know what plan A was and why the name Plan B. I urged her to ask her boss :P

Plan B 1

It used to be that for such restaurant, plain water was free but nowadays, more and more restaurants are charging for water. Plan B still does not charge for it.

Plan B 2

Plan B 3

Ban had the Teriyaki Salmon Soba (RM58++). Yes, trust me, the salmon was in there...somewhere. Ban said it was not bad and not too oily. The salmon was seared properly i.e. there was still some raw bit, rather than thoroughly cooked. The soba and vegetables were well cooked.

Plan B 4

Plan B 5

Plan B 6

I had the Pho Bo (RM22++). Its broth was light in taste, which was what I wanted that night. Noodle was smooth and round, similar to the one used for Seremban Beef Noodle (if I didn't get it mixed up with some other noodle lol). The sliced beef was thoroughly cooked and the beef balls were tasty. Overall, all the ingredient mixed well with the broth. The only odd one out was the sauce given: it was spicy and sour. Definitely not something I like.

Pg Rd Famous Teochew Chendul @Paradigm

After dinner, I tried the chendol at the newly opened Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul. I have seen this franchise in Penang but have not tried it there. I've had really delicious Teochew chendol in Penang, at an old coffeeshop packed with people.

This chendol was tasty...and unfortunately, that was its only good point. Its ice was slightly chunky, It was short in ingredient and even then there was a few strands of hard chendol. Goodness. They should have reduced the amount of ice (so that the amount of ingredient looks appropriate) and charge cheaper than its current price of RM4.90. Redonkulous (tm).

Swimming in KL

There's swimming pool at Ban's place. Ever since I moved in 3 years ago, I had been meaning to try swimming there but there were always reasons/excuses not too:
  • Too crowded, especially between 4.30pm and my usually dinner time of 6pm+, and during weekend
  • Too hot i.e. 11am until 4pm
  • Woke up late and so it was too hot to swim
  • Wanted to have breakfast first and time to digest. Too late to swim after that because it was too hot
  • Too cold because it rained. The water certainly felt cold
  • Work
  • Just plain lazy :P
Recently, finally I swam for the first time here (and first time since I swam in OZ in Jan/Feb) and did it again a few days later after that.

Swam around 11am+. To stave off great hunger right after the swim, I had half glass of milk before the first swim and half piece of biscuit before the second swim. Had oatmeal after each swim.

The pool's water temperature was fine by me. Just nice. In fact, the short light shower I had before going into the pool was colder lol. Maybe that helped. It was particularly windy though during my second swim.

There wasn't anybody else for both times (weekdays) and so I had the luxury of uninterrupted laps. Great.

Hope to swim more often. I need to get up earlier so as to avoid searing sun.

The Rise and Rise of Galadriel: Part 3

Previous two posts were on the strategic part of Mount & Blade: Warband. This post is about its tactical part, which is chiefly used on a battlefield and during sieges.

Warband 5

Oh yes, having a shield is so useful, especially against range attack. For melee attack, you still have the option to parry.

Warband 6

My calvaries at the back, my crossbowmen in the middle and...

Warband 7 infantries at the front. I generally aimed to have Swadian Knights, Rhodok Sharpshooters and Nord Hurscals. I need to be careful because that means my troop suffers from negative morale if we attack Swadia, Rhodok and Nord respectively for each type of unit. Now that Rhodok is no more, it's a non-issue for the sharpshooters.

Later, I changed my tactic a little: if I'm just aiming to defeat enemies on the field, I'll bring only calvary units as they are clearly superior against other units on the battlefield. If I aim to conquer castles or towns, I'll bring archery and infantry units. Of course, it's not always possible and practical to do this, especially if the holdings of interest are far away and also if enemy interrupts siege and commences battle on the battlefield. So lately, I've been running around with lots of Swadian Knights and mercenary calvary (both are capable infantry units off their horses) and some infantry and crossbowmen. This way, on the battelfield, I have more than enough mounted units to run down the enemies and yet during sieges, I can co-opt the calvary units as infantry without much loss of power.

Warband 8

My fearsome all calvary units in action :) If you look carefully, you'll see a Sword Sister (elaborated later) there running on foot.

Warband 9

Ah, the infamous Sword Sister. It is difficult to train this unit from its starting level: Peasant Woman. There are only two ways to 'recruit' Peasant Woman, One way is to raid villages, hoping to capture such unit as prisoners and then recruit them. Your existing troop will probably suffer negative morale for recruiting them, as with any other recruitment among prisoners. Second way is to defeat enemies carrying such prisoners and then you recruit these rescued prisoners, which then means no negative morale.

Given that I have distaste for raiding villages, I only use the second method. Up until she becomes a Sword Sister, she's generally quite weak, wearing cloth armour until the final upgrade where then she'll wear plate armour. Sword Sister is the only unit in the entire universe of Caladria to wear such armour.

Not only she has the best armour, she's the only unit who can either be a calvary unit (this is her default), infantry or archery unit (when she's off her horse) depending on the situation.

Warband 10

She, however, has a great weakness...

Warband 11

...that is, half of the time, she doesn't wear her helmet! That exposes her to sometimes fatal shot. Gah.

Warband 12

Warband 13

The expansion Warband introduces the Sarranid Sultanate, which is situated in vast area of desert. Definitely a boon for calvary units but not for others as they can't mingle around trees (except where there are oasis) to break the speed of calvary and then to overcome them.

Happy 4th Anniversary!

It's already been 4 years. I believed our relationship has pretty much stabilised (so far) after having living together for about 3 years. Yes, as with any relationship, there were grumpy moments and arguments but thank goodness they have been quite rare. I hope Ban thinks the same hehehe.

So here's wishing Ban and I many more years to come, with much love, manjaness and giggles :)

The Rise and Rise of Galadriel: Part 2

I couldn't resist but capture the castle nearest to Veluca i.e. Grunwalder Castle.

Warband 0

Yes, I (red) was surrounded by Rhodok holdings (green) and bordered with Sarranid (yellow) to the south and Khergit to the east but I didn't have quarrels with Khergit (purple) though.

My main problem was attracting other lords to defect to me. I didn't want lords who were sadistic and quarrelsome, which left me the choice of good-natured (most difficult to attract), upstanding (second most difficult) and martial. It took me very long time and much persuasion to finally have other lords, which I later realised one reason why: I was too quick to award newly conquered holdings to my existing lords. Leaving holdings unassigned increases the chance of attracting lords of other kingdoms to defect.

Warband 1

Warband 2

Conquered Uxkhal, which was originally a Swadian town and so gave Swadia more reasons to declare war on me. Also, managed to capture Ergellon Castle and persuaded 3 lords to defect. Oh, I changed the title "Lord" to "Councillor" as I like Ymira's idea (she was one of my 8 companions) of a council.

The following maps showed the extent of Kingdom of Kelethin after just more than a year after the rebellion:

Warband 4

Warband 3

I didn't want to conquer Dhirim, not then at least, because of its central location and overlapping claims by various kingdoms but my councillors, led by my appointed marshall, had other ideas. Gah. On the other hand, I got lucky because a Swadian lord with an existing castle (Senuzgda Castle) defected to me and it was just next to Dhirim.

As shown above, more castles were added in addition of the Sarranid town of Shariz.

Sometime later, I told Ban that I forsee the emergence of 3 strong kingdoms: Khergit (purple), Nord (blue) and Kelethin (red). Coincidentally all these 3 kingdoms had not directly declared war on each other.

The latest update is that I eliminated the Rhodoks, which was never my intention. I just wanted to crush them badly enough that they would ask for peace but noooooo those stubborn fools would rather lose than to ask for peace. Goodness.

The Swadians are holding on to their one and only holding (with 4 associated villages) i.e. Praven. They did manage to recapture Tevarin Castle back from me but I got it back without a sweat as their 40 troop surrendered to my 160 troop without a fight.

Also, Kelethin added a few more Sarranid and Swadian holdings and one Vaegir holding. By far, the most dangerous rival currently is Nord, which had taken some Swadian and Vaegirs holdings. The Khergit is in a tug-o-war with the Sarranid over a Sarranid town and a castle but it managed to conquer some Vaegir holdings.

Looks like my prediction of 3 kingdoms is coming true.

(to be continued)