Thursday, June 18, 2015

Entry #87: Power of Words

The thing I've learned about life is no amount of explanation is enough if nobody is going to believe you. Words cannot prove anything unless another is willing to sit down and listen. People will talk, people will see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe in. Even if you are the victim, people will paint you as the villain. Just because you are less vocal, people think that your feelings don't matter. At the end of the day, people only see what you portray and they rarely make an effort to look beyond that. They say, silent sacrifices are what matters but what are the chances that people will notice it even if you waited patiently. Life is not a movie scene, no cameras will record what you've done behind the scenes. You know how in movies they'll always flashback to the parts where the main characters are staring lovingly into each other's gaze while the second main character is looking from afar in the background? How the second main character always appear when the main character needs it most, how umbrellas will miraculously appear out of nowhere when it's raining and how you get a free ticket to the concert that you've been dying to see? You may think that it's mere coincidence but trust me, it's not. I've watched it in movies, I know.

As opposed to the movies, I can't say the same about reality.
Silent sacrifices are not like those in the movies. In reality, silent sacrifices are those little things.
Those times when you're there for them when they're sad, those times when you give them a hug when they need it most, those times when you listened to them go on and on with their problems even if you're really busy with other things, those times when you trusted them when everyone don't, those times when you ask them if they're home safely and those times when you give them words of advice just because you're worried about them.

These little things often go unnoticed and that's okay because we did all these things out of our own free will.
But you know what's the worse part?
The worse part is when people only see your faults.
When they don't bother to listen to your explanation.
When they blindly assume the rumors to be true.
When they put all the blame on you.
It's ironic to think about it sometimes.
How much you've done for a person, only to be shunned aside like you're a speck of dust in the air.

You'll be surprised at how long a person know you and yet how little they really know about you.
The first time it happens, it really kills you inside.
The second time it happens, you'll start thinking maybe it's really you.
The third time it happens, you really don't care anymore because there's only so much you can take in.
I'm sure you've heard of this before but yeah,
"Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don't deserve to be an issue in your life"

Live with one rule in your life.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" -Dr. Seuss

Don't drown yourself in the words of others.
They don't define you.
Don't lose yourself in the thoughts of others,
They don't know you.
Don't change yourself for the sake of others,
They are not you.

Kai Wen Chim

Friday, June 12, 2015

Entry #86: Just another update

I could be working on my assignment, reading a book or watching a drama now but I decided to blog. because, well... priorities.
Not to say assignment is not a priority but it's due on Thursday so I guess there's still time??
First and foremost, please let me apologize once again for the lack of updates. 
It's been a really hectic month with assignments piling up.
Anyways, let's stop talking about assignments. 
It's time for some update about life.
Remember the six resolutions I made back in April?
Thinking back, I've been exercising regularly but maybe not twice a week. More like once or not at all when I'm really busy with assignments. (okay, maybe I can't stop talking about assignments cause that's what constitutes half my life now)
I gave up on looking for a part time job cause I can't even wake up for my lectures in the morning. How am I going to stay awake for an entire day while maintaining a social life and completing assignments. (oops, I did it again) This semester is really killing me cause the subjects are really heavy. (In case you don't know, I'm currently in Year 2 Sem 4.) 
However, I did book a ticket for Melbourne so wait for me, land of kangaroos. 
I'm looking forward to exploring the city, reading a book in a quaint little cafe and spending some quality time with my long separated girlfriend. 
Well, about blogging and maintaing my grades, I'm still working on it?
I've been drinking more water lately but sometimes there's no fruits at home so I've resorted to consuming an oral solution to help with my bowel movement. (does this sound less disgusting?) 
Okay... let's not go any further on that topic.
I'd like to think that I'm not doing too bad since I still have yet to give up.
Except the part where I'm supposed to look for a job. 

On a side note, I've been selling my pre loved items on this platform called carousell. 
Please do check it out here.
Most of the items are either brand new or worn once.
Here's a little preview of what I'm selling.

On another side note, I've been going back to the same cafe on three separate occasions for food. 
First, cause it's near to university and second, cause they serve really good pork dishes there.
Let me introduce to you, Map's Cafe.

A cafe that specializes in pork dishes and have really cute quotes in the toilet. 
Do check out the toilet while you're there. Really clean, comfortable and cute. 
My favourite quote has got to be, life's alot like a toilet paper.
You're either on a roll... or you're taking shit from an asshole.
Despite the really cute toilet, let's not stray off the main reason I'm there.
The food. 

Eggs Benny. (RM20)
Homemade brioche bun, Hollandaise sauce, Bacon and topped with a Poached egg. x2
Accompanied with minced pork and sweet corn, balsamic sauteed mushrooms and salad.  (P.S the salad is really a piece of lettuce and a slice of tomato) 
I have to say I'm really impressed with the homemade brioche bun and poached egg. 
The bun is toasted to a light brown shade and the eggs are poached perfectly. (As shown in the picture above, the egg yolk is absolutely runny) 
Simple presentation but great combination. My only regret? Not asking for more bacon. 

Porky Pancake (RM16)
Pancakes with strips of bacon and potatoes, topped with a sunny side up egg. 
Served with honey on the side. 
An odd combination but a good choice nonetheless. 

Porkball Pilaf Rice. (RM16)
4 pcs of house meatballs with slow cook brown stock herbed gravy, 2 portion of pilaf rice but 1 with poached egg, the other without. As usual they have a piece of lettuce and a slice of tomato on the side to make the meal more balanced.
I would say the meatballs are good but you can't eat too much because the taste gets a little too overwhelming. An advice would be to share if you order the Map's Porkballs (RM16).

Gula Melaka Cotton Cheesecake (RM12)
Cheesecake with a Malaysian Twist.
Japanese Cotton Cheesecake, textured with dessiccated coconut and topped with gula melaka

I had a really pleasant experience there. 
Definitely worth a try if you studying around the area.
Yes, I'm talking about all of you studying in either Taylor's, Monash or Sunway.

Quality: 8.5/10
Price: 8.5/10 (they have a breakfast set for only RM9.90 from 10-12. Served with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice)
Service: 8/10
Environment: 8/10

Map's Cafe (non-halal)
9G, Jalan PJS 11/2,

Bandar Sunway, 

46150 Petaling Jaya,

(Turn right after Petron and you'll see it on your right among the shop lots)

Opening hours: 
Weekday: 10am-5pm
Weekend: 9am-6pm
Close every Tuesday. 

Kai Wen Chim.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Entry #85: A day with mom.

A day with my mom started with church and ended with cakes.
Here's what happened in between.
Brunch at Bandits Coffee Bar

There's no signage above the shop but there's a brightly lit neon lights signage right before you push open the sliding door into the cafe.

In case you couldn't locate it, just remember it's next to WheatField Bakery and below a green shop lot.

Mom's Pick - Posh Beans Mushroom Toast (RM13)

Buttered Toast topped with posh beans, mushroom, cherry tomatoes, onions, avocado and goat cheese. A terrific combination, I must say.
I don't usually fancy peas but this time around, I find myself stealing more than a bite of this hearty, light and surprisingly, appetizing toast.

My Pick - Beef Bacon Linguine (RM18)

On the other hand, I wasn't all that impressed with this tangy linguine with squashed beef bacon and goat cheese. It's slightly too salty for both my mom and my liking. If not for that, I think I would enjoy this creative rendition of linguine.

Tea (RM10 each)

They serve very interesting combination of teas. If you're a tea lover, you ought to drop by and try it out.
Ordered lemongrass, ginger and orange peel for mom and peonies, persian rose and basil for myself.

Cheese Tart (RM9) topped with roasted macadamia drizzled in salted caramel sauce

This mini tart is like a hand grenade. Small but lethal. I'm not sure that's the right description but as long as it gets the message across, I guess.
The filling was warm and soft, the crust was buttery and flaky, when paired with the macadamia and salted caramel sauce on top, it's literally foolproof.

Nutella Oreo Cheesecake. (RM11)

Oreo cheesecake at the bottom followed by a layer of oreo cookies and topped with nutella cream chocolate drizzle.

Quality: 7/10
Price: 8/10 (No service charge but GST is chargeable.)
Service: 8.5/10
Environment: 8/10
Wifi: imsorrywhat69

Dinner at Way Modern Chinois
This year, we chose to celebrate Mother's Day at Way Modern Chinois, the sister company of Ploy which is right next door.
You would never have guessed that beyond the lift like entrance is actually a sophisticated and elegant restaurant specializing in contemporary Chinese cuisine.

For the appetizers, we've ordered Golden Rose Wanton, Snow Bun and Salted Egg Chicken Strip.

Golden Rose Wonton (RM20 for 5 pcs)

Quite appropriate for a celebration like Mother's Day, don't you think.
Shrimp fillings wrapped with wonton wrappers, deep-fried, dipped in spicy red sauce and finally, presented like a bouquet of rose. Except its edible.
I must say though, the shrimp fillings are fresh and this simple appetizer is well executed.

Snow Bun (RM10 for 2 pcs)

Basically, this is a polo bun with char siew chicken fillings. Crispy on the outside, melts upon the first bite and airy on the inside.

Salted Egg Chicken Strip (RM18)

Rather than as an appetizer, we had this dish as one of our mains and paired it with rice. The portion was reasonable, the chicken strips were marinated thoroughly with salted egg and fried to perfection. Expect a dry version of salted egg chicken strip which are very delectable and very addictive.

Finally moving on to the mains, we've ordered hong kong choy sum, drunken chicken, crispy lion fish, truffle roast duck, crab roe fried rice and yong chow fried rice.

Hong Kong Choy Sum (RM20)

Drunken Chicken (RM24)

Crispy Lion Fish (RM59)

One of the dishes that I'm not completely crazy over and the only dish that had leftovers at the end of the meal. Deboned and Deep Fried Garoupa, marinated in salt and pepper, served with sweet and sour sauce (similar to Thai sauce). For me this dish just lacks in comparison and doesn't particularly stand out.

Truffle Roast Duck (RM168)

Highlight of the day.
A dish that fills the entire dining table with the fragrance of truffles.
Duck carefully marinated with truffle sauce, double roasted with truffle oil and topped with slices of truffles on top. Can be eaten plain or paired with truffle sauce or dark sweet sauce. While eating it plain will let you indulge in the aromatic flavour of the truffles, pairing it with the dark sweet sauce and truffle sauce is another experience by itself. With the dark sweet sauce, it's like an interplay of sweet and savoury in your mouth and with the truffle sauce, you'll experience a certain kind of balance created from the mildness of the truffle sauce and the strong aromatic flavours of the duck.
I must say that this duck was roasted to literal perfection with the crisp skin, tender meat and aromatic flavours. Note that this dish needs to be pre-ordered 24-hours in advance.

Crab Roe Fried Rice (RM42)

Yong Chow Fried Rice (RM28)

To end the meal, we've ordered pomelo mango sago and honey osmanthus pudding as desserts. While I thoroughly enjoyed the meal, I don't think way is a strong player when it comes to the desserts.

Pomelo Mango Sago (RM16)

Grapefruit and Sago topped with fresh mango mousse.
I was impressed with the fresh mango mousse but it doesn't make up for the bitterness of the grapefruits.

Honey Osmanthus Pudding (RM10)

While I find no wrong with the taste, the jelly is not as chilled and dense as I expected it to be.

On a side note, Basmati Rice is available at RM7 per bowl and you are welcome to bring your own tea but at a corkage fee of RM 10.

Quality: 7.5/10
Price: 6.5/10 (10% Service Charge and 6% GST is charged)
Service: 6/10
Environment: 8.5/10
Wifi: ilikeitthatway

Verdict: For a high end restaurant, I was rather disappointed in the service.
First of all, they rarely came over to the table to serve tea or refill the water in the tea pot. This is an important tradition in Chinese Restaurant.
Secondly, the service is rather slow and the place wasn't exactly fully occupied.
The good side is that the ingredients used to prepare the dishes were all very fresh and the taste for most of the dishes are on point. I particularly enjoyed the Truffle Roast Duck, Golden Rose Wonton and Salted Egg Chicken Strip.

Headed home shortly after dinner and concluded the day with this cheesecake I baked on Saturday.

So yeah, that is how I've spent my Mother's Day.

Additional Photos from the day:

Eldest brother and his gf got balloons for mom and grandma.
Each of us had to write our wishes for both of them on the balloons.
Rather sweet and thoughtful, don't you think? Something different from the usual flowers for Mother's Day.

Anyways, I shall end this post with a group photo and I hope everyone had an amazing Mother's Day as I did. Hopefully the reviews on Bandits Coffee Bar and Way Modern Chinois were helpful too!
Goodbye for now.

Kai Wen Chim.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Entry #84: Dedication to My Mom

One day while driving, I asked her, "Mom, what's my favourite colour?"
Without hesitation, she answered, " Last time it was pink, now it's blue."
And then it hit me that, my mom is the one single person on the planet that understands me this well. 
Most times we take it for granted, we argue with our parents and then get frustrated because we think they don't understand us enough. 
In actual fact, I don't think it's because they don't understand us but rather it's because they don't agree with us and they're afraid that we might make a mistake. 
Parents are like that, aren't they. They worry unnecessarily, give unconditionally and love tenderly.
Sometimes they will even choose to place us in a cage because they're afraid of losing us and even more afraid of letting the outside world cause any harm to us but what they forget is that if they don't let us fly, we won't be able to see the beauty of the world.
Yes, the world is not perfect. There are war, discrimination, inequalities and prejudice happening all around the world. The chances are, we will be caught up in one of those scenarios and we cannot avoid it but the thing that we can do is to face it upfront, stand up for ourselves and learn to survive.
If they don't learn to let go, we will never be able to learn and we will never be able to survive. 
We will be like birds waiting to be preyed upon. 
They have to know that, letting us go is not losing us. It's giving us a chance to fall down and then pick ourselves back up. It's giving us an opportunity to grow as an individual and to brave whatever storm that comes our way. 
This Mother's Day, I just want to let my mom know that we will always keep what she taught us in mind, we will love our kids like how she have loved us and we will pass on what she taught us through the next generation.
I just want to let her know that I love her and I appreciate everything that she has done for us. 
I just want to let her know that despite our differences, I will always respect her.
I just want to let her know that she has been an incredible pillar of strength through difficult times and that at the end of the day, I know she's just worried about me.
I just want to let her know that I am who I am today because of her. 
So Thank You, Mom. 

Kai Wen Chim

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Entry #83: Restaurant of the Week

With all the hype about Kpop in the recent years, here's a new korean restaurant you guys opt to look out for then next time you're craving for korean bbq and is on a tight budget.

Restaurant of the Week: Kajak-Kajak Korean Restaurant.

It's a relatively new korean barbecue restaurant tucked at a corner in the streets of Kuchai Lama.
Truth be told, what attracted us was the infamous fried chicken and beer that everyone was raving about when "You Who Came From The Stars" was airing.
After trying it for the first time, now I know why Cheong Song-Yi loves it so much.
I guess Fried Chicken and Beer is the best cure for a heartbreak on a rainy day.

(Kong Bul Set, Kimchi Soup, Fried Chicken Combo, Makgeolli, a bottle of Tiger beer)  

Since we ordered the fried chicken combo, the chicken came in two different flavours.
On one side, we have the fried chicken which is tender on the inside, marinated thoroughly and slightly crispy on the outside.
On the other side, the chicken marinated in what tasted like tomato sauce and topped with sesame seed is equally as good.
Coming from a person that don't fancy tomato sauce since young and absolutely loves chilli sauce, it's a really huge compliment.

I wasn't all that impressed with the kimchi soup tho.
First of all, the kimchi soup is served with normal rice and I like korean food with korean rice.
I've tried requesting to change the normal rice (RM2.90) for korean rice (RM4.90) for an additional charge but I was told that I had to pay the full price if I were to change. Hence, I decided to stick with my normal rice.
Second of all, the kimchi soup is milder than expected. I usually imagine my kimchi stew to be spicy and sour but this rendition of kimchi stew tastes like ABC soup instead.

Moving on to the barbecue, I have nothing to complain because I am satisfied with my food. The waiters were rather attentive and the pork wasn't left to grill for a long period of time. With other restaurants, this scenario occurs relatively frequent as the restaurants are too packed and the waiters have a tendency to forget about a table or two and the meat dries up after grilling for too long. Although they don't serve side dishes like other korean restaurants, the vegetables are still refillable. (e.g: kimchi, bean sprout, potato)

Overall, I had a very satisfying meal in this restaurant. Despite not serving side dishes, the cheaper price, generous portion and more than acceptable taste makes up for it. The total bill only comes up to RM100.80 after deducting five percent off (cause we liked their facebook page here)

Quality: 8/10
Price: 8.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Environment: 6.5/10 
(*NOTE: Price is depending on whether I think it's worth it) 

Try if out the next time you're around the area !! Recommended for all you korean lovers.

Address: No.2-G, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Entry #82: Change.

Dear loyal readers,
As we welcome the arrival thursday, I vow to keep these 6 promises I make to myself for the next four months. This is shall be my overly delayed resolutions.
Yes, New Year and Chinese New Year is over but it's never a bad time to make a change for a better lifestyle. After all, the only bad decision is to decide to stay as it is and not make a change at all.
Here's the six simple things that I would like to change about my lifestyle and the goals I would like to achieve:
1. To exercise regularly (at least twice a week). I'm not setting unrealistic goals like getting 6 packs anymore because I'll only get disappointed when I don't and then I'll just give up. Not to mention the fact that, I love to eat.
2. To find a part time job and book my flight to Australia for the upcoming semester break.
3. To update my blog regularly. (at least twice a week)
4. To maintain my grades.
5. To drink more water and eat more fruits. Cause I have this problem with constipation and piles.
6. To stay disciplined throughout this four months and accomplish all of the goals above.
These six things may seem like it's a very simple task but between juggling studying, working, exercising and maintaining a social life, it can get tricky.
I guess here's to a slow start of my final attempt to blog and record the everyday details of my life.
Let's hope I succeed this time around !

Kai Wen Chim.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Entry #82 : Highlights of 2014

Hello dear readers that I've long abandoned but never once forgotten.
First off, I'm really sorry for not uploading for well over half a year?
It's really my fault for not finding the time to write a post or rather for delaying the post until I forget altogether what I initially intended to write.
Anyways, today I'll just write an annual recap or highlight of the year.
Truth be told, 2014 has been a really amazing year for me.
I'll summarize the entire 2014 in awhile but first, how are you readers doing?
Hopefully, 2014 turned out great for you guys too.
Regardless of 2014 being a bad year or a good year, we can always learn from it.
So even if it's bad, just know that it'll get better.
Who knows, maybe 2015 will be your year *smiles*
Moving on to the highlights of the year, 2014 was amazing for me because I've met a really amazing guy, I've successfully landed an internship I wanted, I've had some really great times travelling with the girls, I've learnt to accept myself and most importantly, I became a better person.
I'll be dividing the post into four parts since it's practically impossible to sum up an entire year in a single post and I know even if I tried, I'll probably give up halfway because it's too long and tedious.
Since slow and steady wins the race, I'll do this one at a time.
The posts will be divided to a make-up essentials post, travel post, ootd post, food review Pt.1 and food review Pt.2. 2014 may have been a great year overall but in terms of health and fitness, it's average or maybe slightly below average. I've been eating so much, I think my eating capacity increased and my fitness level decreased. Because I spend too much time eating, I have no time to exercise. I do dance at least once a week though. If that counts.

Talking about self-acceptance, I am slowly accepting the fact that I am entering adulthood in eight more months and not long later, I'll hear kids calling me an auntie. Actually, some random kid already called me an auntie when I was in the bank two days ago. FML. Do I look that old? I DID say I'm accepting the fact that I'm entering adulthood but being an adult is far from being an auntie ok. 
As much as I enjoyed my teenage years sneaking into clubs, hanging out in mamak all night, playing pool in broad daylight, cafe hopping every other day without having to worry about anything other than not having enough allowance to spend, I actually look forward to seeing how my twenties will turn out. Although I am slightly reluctant to grow old, it's inevitable and I'm not going to sit around looking back when I can look forward and make the best of it. Never let your life pass you by because life has so much more to offer. The trick is to enjoy every moment because in every moment there is a new experience to discover. 

Moving back to the highlights of the year, 

In the beginning of the year, my friends and I were in the phase where we go on hikes rather frequently and the funniest thing during the hikes were that I'm always among the first to give up.
When we reach the first stop, I'll be panting and resting and then I'll start talking about dim sum as motivation to climb back down.

This is a lie. (Everyone is smiling happily)

This is the real deal. (We are tired) 

This is dimsum a.k.a motivation 

This is the view that makes it all worth it

This is the view that makes you bang your head onto the rock because there's no view at all.  

All you see is random people posing to take pictures.

First word of advice? 

Second word of advice?
Be extra careful when it's raining or when it rained in the morning because the soil is still wet and slippery. Difficulty level greatly increased and possibility of leaving with bruises is rather high in such cases.

2014 was also a year filled with plenty of goodbyes.
This tiny girl over here left for Melbourne

and this caveman over here left for Melbourne 2

But both of them are back now so all this good.

For my 20th Birthday, a few of my bestfriends dropped by to surprise me when I was just about to watch anime in my room. They definitely caught me off guard and there goes the first successful surprise in my life. I really appreciate the balloons with embarrassing pictures and thoughtful words attached below. In case you all don't already know, I'm really blessed to have bestfriends like you guys.

Also planned this birthday celebration with a few of my section 4 classmates for our boss right here.

When I think about it, it is rather funny how we dressed up in pajamas and walked to Sunway Pyramid, attracting views everywhere we go.
But what is life without a few embarrassing moments right?
And doing embarrassing things is not something unusual in my life since 1994.
It's times like these that we remember a lifetime.

Finally attended Jay Chou's concert for the first time, ticking one item off my bucketlist.
Listening to him is like reliving all my childhood memories. Except for his rap songs cause I really don't understand a word.
It was definitely an unforgettable experience when everyone sings along together.
Only during times like these do we have a feeling of unity.

I guess overall 2014 was a year of parties, saying goodbyes, adventures, self-acceptance and finally, settling down and saying hello again.
Not to mention, growing fat.
Let's hope 2015 is a year of growing fit again.
But isn't that everyone's new year resolution?
Here's hoping it does come true ! Cheers !
Are you ready to usher the New Year's?

Kai Wen Chim