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Friday, October 24, 2008

Goodbye Jia Poh

Chong Moi

Born: 1920
Departed: 9 October 2008

Jia Poh passed away peacefully at 1.45am that Thursday morning in Pusing, Perak. The funeral was held the next morning.

Jia Poh CNY 2008
[A photo of Julian and his Jia Poh Tai taken during chinese new year 2008]

Alignment
[A cousin and aunt checking the alignment of the coffin]

Burial
[Burial was at the Kacha cemetary]

May her soul rest in peace. Amen.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Raya Fare

Upon returning to the low-lands on the first day of Hari Raya after our trip to Cameron Highlands, we had lunch at a coffee shop called Man Fatt in Simpang Pulai. It's located opposite the Simpang Pulai police station at the crossroad. Their noodle served in bah kut teh (herbal pork) soup was interesting.

Bah Kut Teh noodle
[Bah Kut Teh Noodle]

Later that day, my mom dished out her signature chicken rendang for dinner. The lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo with coconut milk) was sourced from the Malay kampung in the Pengkalan area, across the road from the new Tesco.

Chicken rendang
[Chicken rendang with lemang]

Schwabing Haus Inn Cameron Highlands

During our recent holiday in Cameron Highlands, we had lunch at Schwabing Haus Inn, a Swiss-German restaurant.

Our order: one medium Pork Knuckles, Ribs, and Belly (RM62 - for 2 persons) and a combo of three sausages - Bratwurst (ring shaped), veal, and Hungarian (spicy pork) (RM40).

Porky Platter
[Pork Knuckles, Ribs, and Belly]

Sausage Combo
[Combo of Three Sausages]

The overall atmosphere of the restaurant could have been better - the walls smelled of cigarette smoke and we have seen better scoured and scrubbed eateries. Fortunately, the food was not bad.

Nevertheless, we still had a bone to pick. We were charged an additional RM2 for the sauce of each dish! It was noted on the menu that home made sauce cost RM2, but little did we realise that it was a compulsory charge! Plus, saukraut with ham was heaped onto us at RM3 (usual price RM8) without prior consent. We were informed of the 'offer' when the food came.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Highland Holiday

We were in Cameron Highlands from 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2008. Mum & Dad were with us. It was Julian's second trip. He was last there about a year ago when he was 4 months old.

Accomodation: Star Regency Apartments in Brincang.
Weather conditions: Generally wet and windy. Thus quite cold.

Day 1:
Arrived almost lunch time. Checked in then fed Julian. Went to Kasimanis to buy jam (a friend recommended their strawberry jam, so we're giving it a try). Stopped by Bala's chalet to have a look at the place. Then proceeded to Tanah Rata for lunch and some shopping. After that went back to the apartment for a rest. In the evening, Julian went for his first pasar malam experience. Dinner was at a restaurant in Brinchang - not very impressive.

Deep fried stuff
[Deep fried "golden needles" and watercress: Something new at the pasar malam]

Day 2:
Visited the Big Red Strawberry Farm just next to Cactus Valley. Julian enjoyed transferring pot stands from a box into the big flower pot next to it. He also enjoyed sitting in the kiddie rides. He wasn't much of a botanist at this age! Back in Tanah Rata for lunch at Schwabing Haus Inn - a German restaurant we've wanted to try for some time now. (Review in a separate post.) Plans to visit MARDI were thwarted by rain. A visit to Bharat tea house was next. A must because we took Julian there last year, too, and wanted to do a 'repeat' photo. Evening saw us at the pasar malam again. This time we bought some souvenirs. Bought Julian a big strawberry ball which he'd been eyeing since Day 1. Dinner was at Country Lodge, just at the edge of Brinchang town - a definite improvement from the previous night's dinner. Then it was playtime for Julian back at the apartment.

Shop Assistant
[The Shop Assistant: Expert at moving pot stands]

Bronco Fish
[Riding the Highland Bronco Fish: No mean feat]

Camerons Pasar Malam
[Pasar Malam: Notice the big strawberry ball?]

Day 3:
Checked out at around 10.30am. Camerons was beginning to be swarmed by holiday makers for the Hari Raya break. Went to Sungei Palas Boh plantation. Left around noon. Were happy to be on our side of the road as the other side was quite jammed leading into town. Lunch was in Simpang Pulai. We had Bah Kut Teh noodles - delicious! On the way home, we stopped to buy lemang. We celebrated Hari Raya in the evening with lemang and homecooked chicken rendang :-) Yummy!

Julian, Grandma and Grandpa at Sungei Palas Boh Plantation
[Julian with his Grandpa and Grandma at Sungei Palas Boh Plantation]

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Julian at 16 Months

Julian turned 16 months last Sunday (28 September 2008).

In the last month, another premolar seemed to have erupted making a total of 12 teeth. Another thing we noticed about one of his incisors is that it has two edges. So, it seems that he has a "twin" incisor. On the plus side, his drooling has lessened somewhat for the time being.

We also noticed that he recognises quite a number of things besides his face parts. You see, we bought him a nursery rhyme book and we had been pointing out to him various objects such as "ducK", "bridge", "baby", "cat", "clock", etc. He has managed, in return, to point back to us when we ask him "where is" something. He could also associate a particular nursery rhyme with certain actions. For This Little Piggy, he would point to his fingers as if he wants us to play the This Little Piggy tickling game with him. For Row, Row, Row Your Boat, he would stretch out his hands getting ready to do some rowing actions.

On the talking front, he has yet to call us Mummy or Daddy. But he has learnt to say a new word recently, that is "turtle".

Nursery Rhyme
[Time for Nursery Rhymes]

Julian at 16 months
[Julian at 16 months]

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sun Cafe and USSR Restaurant Langkawi

During our recent trip to Langkawi, we had our Saturday (20 September 2008) lunch at Sun Cafe at Sunmall, Pantai Tengah. It belongs to the same group of companies as Sunset Beach Resort where we stayed.

We tried their cheese burger (RM17) and Hawaiian Pizza (RM20).

Sun Cafe
[Sun Cafe]

Cheese Burger
[Sun Cafe Cheese Burger]

Hawaiian Pizza
[Hawaiian Pizza]

The food is on the pricey side but the food was delicious! Furthermore, we enjoyed the cosy atmosphere and the staff was friendly.

Later that night, we had our new-found Swedish friends join us for dinner at USSR Restaurant. It's located at the Telaga Habour Park, Pantai Kok. The interior of the restaurant was decorated with Russian-themed memorablia which were quite interesting. However, we were seated outdoors so that we could enjoy the view of the pier and the boats.

We ordered Borsh - a Russian soup made with beetroot (RM18), Kaurdak - a lamb dish cooked with green pepper, onions and potatoes (RM29), Yaroslavna - chicken steak covered with cheese (RM29), and iced lemon tea (RM6).

USSR Restaurant
[USSR Restaurant]

Borsh
[Borsh]

Kaurdak
[Kaurdak]

Yaroslavna
[Yaroslavna]

Since Russian restaurants are not commonly found neither in Langkawi nor in Penang, we enjoyed our dining experience here even though it was expensive.