Stay on these roads…

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Friday and Cibol came to see me at the hotel after he finished work at 7.oo p.m. At 7.00!!! Thank goodness I only work 2 hours a day – 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, and earn a lot more – eat your hearts out, everybody! Hehehehehe!!!

We went for Thai food at Bangkok Jam which was just across the road but it was too dark, so I did not bother taking any photos there to post. After that, we took a cab to Concorde KL for drinks at Crossroads, the lobby lounge at the hotel. This is my favourite place to hang out in KL as it is spacious and comfortable – not dark, smoky, crowded and noisy like most clubs around, and to me, the main attraction is the bands. In the past, they used to have three bands – one Malaysian and two Filipino groups but that night, they only had two.

Cibol was not too impressed…

Cibol at Crossroads

…with the Malaysian one which to me, was not too bad but personally, I think they would need to work on their harmony. The voices did not blend well at all and it stuck out like a sore thumb…

Crossroads Concorde KL Malaysian band

As for Power J – the Filipino band, it was a different story altogether…

Crossroads Concorde KL Filipino band

The lead singer among the three female frontliners looked a bit mature but when she sang Journey’s “Faithfully“, she got herself a new fan…especially when considering that it is actually a guy song. I never liked “Poker Face” but I thought they did it better than Lady Gaga. And when the group sang “Bohemian Rhapsody“, even that difficult-to-please music critic, Cibol, had to admit that they were really very very good. The video link does not do them justice – you will just have to go there to watch them live. They simply blew me away with their rendition of that Queen’s classic… It seems that they were originally an 8-piece band but at the Crossroads, there were only 5 of them left.

When they came back for their next set as the witching hour approached, everyone was getting ready to party…

Crossroads Concorde KL party time 1

…starting with just a couple to break the ice before the rest joined in to dance the night away

Crossroads Concorde KL party time 2

…and this Mid-Eastern- looking guy in the red t-shirt was really having the time of his life – shaking away to the band’s rendition of Shakira’s song…

Crossroads Concorde KL party time 3

Should I be going to KL again, I’ll definitely be dropping by the place again, that’s for sure but I don’t know about Cibol…

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Look for a star…

I flew over to Kuala Lumpur at 11.55 a.m. on Friday on a nice and comfortable golden airlines flight and landed at KLIA at around 1.30 p.m. There to meet me were two from my radio family, Zee

Zee

…and Cash…

Cash

…even though I said that I could easily take an airport limo to the hotel. We finally got to the Bukit Bintang area at around 3.00 p.m. and since the two had not had their lunch, we went to this chicken rice place next to Bukit Bintang Plaza…

Chicken rice place next to BB Plaza

Zee had the chicken rice (roasted)…

Roasted chicken rice (KL)

while Cash and I had the nasi lemak special…

Nasi lemak special 1

It certainly was expensive at over RM11.00 but then we got a huge piece of curry chicken to go with it. Cash preferred breast (LOL!!!) but I asked for a drumstick (No, not you, Mary! You’ll be in another post!)…

Nasi lemak special 2 - drumstick

We sat and chatted like long lost friends and it was already around 5 when I finally went and checked into the hotel…

Bintang Warisan 1

Many would just walk past the hotel without realising that the hotel was there because there was no big sign with the name of the hotel in sight – just something in very small print on the glass panel at the entrance. You will have to look up…for the bintang (star) – the Bintang Warisan…

Bintang Warisan 2

At RM138 a night, which is considerably cheap for a decent hotel in the Golden Triangle of KL, you get a twin-sharing room…

Bintang Warisan 3

Bintang Warisan 4

…and breakfast for two. That, however, wasn’t much to shout about so I would not bother to post on it. Given a choice, it would be better to go to some nearby coffee shop or hawker stall to eat to your heart’s content…

So, there I was…in KL, at last! Step aside, folks! STP is in town! LOL!!!

I’ll be there…

If you’re wondering where I’ll be in the next two days, I’ll be in Kuala Lumpur for the TraxxFm Family reunion. Before I started blogging, I was very active on the radio on the “Pat & Mag in the afternoon” show Mondays to Fridays from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. In fact, I was such a regular on the show – sending messages to ask for songs, share comments and opinions on matters arising and so on that Pat once said that I was like part of the furniture in the studio or in other words, an integral part of the programme.

Pat and Mag
Pat & Mag with bloggers Cibol and Bongkersz

I made a lot of friends through the show but so far, I have only met one of those in West Malaysia – Cash, the friendly cabbie, who will be picking me up at KLIA later. Martin who listened to the show all the way from the UK will be in town, so this Saturday, the members of this “family” are getting together and meet one another face to face. That is why I’ll be flying over to KL later this morning.

Of course, I will be taking this opportunity to meet some of the blogger friends. Cibol will be expecting me…

Blogger Cibol

…as there are certain businesses that we would need to settle, and I understand from him that DanielCoolku, Drumsticks, Jing etc… will be around as well. Jim Long aka JL will be in KL around the same time, so I’m hoping to meet him and he may bring foongpc along with him.

Peteformation responded to my email and has asked me to go out for breakfast tomorrow morning at 8.00 a.m. Well, I will confirm with you, Pete, once I get to KL and have a rough idea of whatever arrangements there may be.

I also managed to get in touch with some via Facebook and got their contact numbers. I gave them mine as well and some of them took the trouble to get in touch with me. Chriso, for instance…

Blogger Chriso

…sent me an sms saying that he would like to go out with me for a makan. I also got a message on Facebook from eiling who suggested that we met for tea…and I hope to meet the first person to post a comment in my blog – zewt (but has stayed away lately for reasons known only to him himself).

Gosh! So many people and I only have one full day there. That reminds me of a waitress I saw in a coffee shop once. She was wearing a t-shirt and on it these words: “So many men, so little time!” I wonder if she knows what it means! ROTFLMAO! In view of the fact that I will not be around, therefore, I will not be posting anything for the next one or two days.

Do have a blast this weekend! Cheers to one and all! 

Who can it be now…

Who will be in the grand finale next week? Who will be going home? We’ll find out the answer soon enough in just a few hours from the time this post is published.

I thought Danny had slimmed down a bit and his 4 o’ clock shadow somewhat helped a bit to enhance his appearance. I did not really pay attention to his first song but I thought he sounded pretty okay. The judges were fine with his singing but did not like the dancing. As for his second song…

Top 3 DG

…contrary to the judges’ favourable comments, I thought he did a great injustice to one of my favourite songs of all time – “You are so beautiful”. His rendition lacked the soul and deep emotions one gets to hear in gravel-voiced Joe Cocker’s incomparable performance of the song and frankly, I felt he didn’t even do as well as Kenny Rogers or that boy band Westlife in their watered-down version of that beautiful classic.

I didn’t hear Kris doing “Apologise” which David Archuleta did really well in his duet with One Republic in last year’s most disappointing grand finale. His second song was good…

Top 3 KA

…and as I’m not familiar with it, I can only based my opinion on the way it was as Kris sang it. If we take the second songs of the two guys alone into consideration, I think Kris should be the one going into grand finale against the formidable Adam…

Top 3 AL

I wish he had not turned U2’s “One” into a rock song though – give me Mary J Blige & U2’s rendition anytime! But then, of course, that was his trademark – all that screeching and hitting the extremely high notes in perfect pitching.  His second song must be peanuts for him, rock being his genre, and there was no doubt whatsoever that it was way better than Danny’s horrifying scream in another Aerosmith’s song last week.

It was obvious that Simon was worried about how the viewers would vote and that Adam might not make it through. Well, over the years, such unthinkable upsets had happened, so let’s just wait and see. All things considered, it should be Kris and Adam in the grand finale. Watch out for the update…..

How sweet it is…

It certainly was so very sweet of Mary aka Goolooloo to go through all the trouble to get me some sau pau

The New Sau Pau Cafe, Miri 1

…all the way from the New Sau Pau Cafe at the Boulevard Shopping Complex, Ground Floor, in Miri. This is their tagline…

The New Sau Pau Cafe, Miri 2

…which, I must say, is pretty original unlike some that will copy others with maybe a little bit of cosmetic changes. Well, sau pau is actually baked buns…and Mary bought me the char siew (barbecued meat) ones…

Char siew sau pau from Miri

I loved the pastry which was flaky and very well done. Some from the local bakeries here are either hard and crusty or rubbery and tough as if they were uncooked…and they were definitely nicer than the Seremban buns that were selling like hot cakes at one time here and people lined the streets just to buy them. The char siew filling inside was just like that in the steamed char siew pao at any dimsum place…

Miri's char siew sau pau filling

All in all, I would give it a 7 out of 10. They were very nice, but I still prefer those from Kai Joo Lane in Kuching… Thanks so much, Mary and thanks to Alexallied for driving her to my house. They did manage to catch a glimpse of my Desert Roses that night, though not in full bloom, so let’s hope that it will bring lots of good fortune to the two!

Treat her like a lady…

It was Mother’s Day last Sunday and I went to church with my missus and my mother-in-law. After the service, I thought of taking them for dimsum but the two of them had just gone recently, so I had to take them elsewhere for brunch. I would not want to take them to some coffee shop though, as it was a special day for mums. In the end, we wemt to the Garden Hotel cafe.

My mother-in-law had the claypot noodles…

Garden Hotel claypot noodles

It was something like the Foochow char-chu mee or fried and cooked soup noodles, except that it came simmering in a claypot and they were very generous with the prawns and other ingredients added. My mother-in-law liked it a lot but she could not finish as the serving was huge.

My missus had the crispy seafood tomato kway teow (rice noodles)… 

Garden Hotel crispy seafood tomato kway teow

She enjoyed that very much and as she could not finish all of it, she gave me some of the tempura-like prawns and fish fillet. They tasted great, but I wondered if they were those sold in boxes for over RM11.00 at some supermarkets. We had bought the fish fillet before and it was pretty good. When my daughter comes home at the end of this month, I’m going to get the box of assorted seafood to fry and try.

I had what they called the “Garden porridge” and was served one giant bowl of plain porridge together with these condiments…

Garden porridge - condiments

There were meat fried with soy sauce and ginger (It didn’t taste like beef, so it was most probably chicken), salted fish and peanuts, canned fried dace with black beans, preserved lettuce, century egg…and fermented tofu (which I did not touch as I never like the stuff).

So that was our brunch, basking in the nice ambience of a hotel cafe and air-conditioned comfort…, just a little something special for Mother’s Day.  

Desert Rose…

It has bloomed again – our Desert Rose or as  some may call it, the Queen of the Night, Moonlight Flower or even The Star of Bethlehem – 1 on Saturday night, the 8th of May and 3 last night, the 9th of May, so all of you punters out there can go and buy 1839 pao. LOL!!! Its real name, I think, is Night Cereus, and it is a plant found in the desert in the USA. I had a post on it when it first bloomed this year on the 2nd of January.

This is the yet-to-blossom bud… 

Desert Rose 1

It is said that it only blooms once a year, but in our case, this is the second time already. There were four buds altogether, so I kept vigil waiting for them to open…

Desert Rose 2

Finally, at around 10 something – at night, that is – two started to bloom, one a bit sooner than the other. They only blossom at night and by morning, they would have closed and gone limp, all withered away.

Desert Rose 3

By 11 something, only one was in full bloom, blossoming in all its glory…

Desert Rose 4

Some people claim that it brings good luck/fortune, but I guess I’ve been blessed in so many ways already. My only prayer is that things will stay this way, or perhaps get even better.

Desert Rose 5

However, often has it been said that Man proposes, God disposes, there is no question about that. A line in the Lord’s Prayer goes, “Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” and to that, I humbly say, “Amen.”

P.S.:
In view of the speculations as to what the plant is or what the plant looks like, here is a photo of it:

Desert Rose 6