Pick-Me-Up Desserts & Snacks Kuchai Lama

Pick-Me-Up is this rather new desserts shop in the vicinity of Kuchai Lama. My initial thoughts when I heard of the name was that it is unique, a place to go to for some "pick me ups". With a tagline that reads "scrumptious desserts and snacks", Pick-Me-Up got me interested to try it out from the start.


Pick-Me-Up Kuchai Lama
Pick-Me-Up Kuchai Lama

St Patrick's Day 2012 Launch Pavilion

It was the launching of Guinness' St Patrick's celebrations at Malones Pavilion tonight, an event which I had the chance to attend. The event held in the vicinity of Malones Irish Restaurant and Pub showcased lots of laughter and fun to give everyone a small taste of the main event happening this 17th March 2012 over at Changkat Bukit Bintang.

St Patrick's Day Launch at Pavilion KL
St Patrick's Day Launch at Pavilion KL

Nuffnang 5th Birthday Party Neverland Club

Still reeling from the efffects of the last big Nuffnang event (Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011) a couple of months back, here we are again at another important milestone event in Nuffnang's timeline. It was Nuffnang's 5th Anniversary / Birthday, and we celebrated it with music, food and drinks over in Neverland Club KL.

Nuffnang 5th Birthday Party
Janice and I @ Nuffnang's 5th Birthday Celebration

7atenine Ascott Kuala Lumpur

It was a night of music with friends over at 7atenine Kuala Lumpur tonight. Thanks to ChurpChurp, a few of us got to experience the second installment of "Sessions with Heineken at 7atenine" featuring the new lady of Malaysian Jazz, Atilia. It was a good performance by Atilia where she focused her repertoire on Motown classics backed by a 4 piece band with 2 back up vocalists.

7atenine Ascott Kuala Lumpur
7atenine Ascott KL

I Love Yoo Gurney Plaza

Now this franchise is not new, neither is it only confined to central Malaysia but there are more than 30 outlets all over Malaysia now. I Love Yoo brings the traditional Chinese breakfast and tea time favourites in a modern cafe setting, and it does it rather well even though if given the chance I will still jump at the chance to have "you tiao" at my nearest local market for breakfast. 

I Love Yoo Gurney Plaza
 I Love Yoo Gurney Plaza Penang

Future Music Festival Asia 2012

Something really big is coming to town, and it's coming really soon. It's the inaugural Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA for short) to be held in KL and it's coming this March 2012. This post shall be a promotional writeup to announce the coming of FMFA brought in by Future Entertainment and Livescape featuring numerous International, Regional and local line-up of DJs.

Future Music Festival Asia 2012
Future Music Festival Asia is Coming to KL!

Future Music Festival Asia Event Info
Where : Sepang International Circuit
When  : 17 March 2012
Time    : 2pm till late
Admission  : Super early bird RM98, Early bird RM138, Pre-sale RM158

The first edition of Future Music Festival Asia will take place at the Sepang International Circuit and will be the official opening event for the upcoming F1 Grand Prix week on the 17 March. The festival is scheduled to kick off at 2pm and go for 12 glorious hours of ground-breaking music. Tickets go on-sale now with prices from RM98 via www.airasiaredtix.com and its ticketing outlets.

Future Music Festival Asia 2012
The Banner for Future Music Festival Asia

So what is expected at this Future Music Festival Asia? FMF Asia’s debut will see The Chemical Brothers (DJ set) headlining the monster event. Other international acts performing include Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, The Wombats, Pendulum (DJ Set), Grandmaster Flash, Sneaky Sound System, Cosmic Gate, Eddie Halliwell and many more.

Future Music Festival Asia 2012
Overseas' Future Music Festival Edition

The list of regional acts features some of the best in Asia and it includes, Shinichi Osawa (Japan), Jalebee Cartel (India), Nikhil+Pearl (India), Pet Conspiracy (China), Electrico (Singapore), Inquisitive (Singapore, Agrikulture (Indonesia), Sandwich (Philippines), Good Night Electric (Indonesia), Project E.A.R (SEA) and The Great Spy Experiment (Singapore).

On the local Malaysian front, we have Kyoto Protocol, Goldfish + Blink, Twilight Actiongirl, They Will Kill Us All, Mini Compo, Enterprise, Oh! Chentaku, Bud Culture, Terence C, Victor G, Fono, Bass Agents and Phil K Lee + Ian Ross.

Future Music Festival Asia 2012
Another Banner promoting Future Music Festival Asia

To replicate the same atmosphere and set up of Future Music Festival in Australia, there will be four stages to entertain the thousands of patrons expected to attend the party. Malaysia, being the first ever Future Music Festival venue outside of Australia will hopefully see the attendance of neighbouring countries around the region. Well, as for me, I'm pretty excited to catch this event this coming March which will definately be another new experience for me!

P.S: Good news, the pre-sale tickets to Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) has been extended until March 11, 2012! Get it now while it's hot!


Han Dynasty Restaurant Damansara

The other night, I had the opportunity to catch the "Ace Youth Charity Dinner" over at Han Dynasty Restaurant in Damansara which was previously known as Damansara Palace. It was my first time stepping foot here, and I was taken aback by the amount of youths and tables opened up for this charity dinner. 

Three Combinations Dish
#1 Three Combinations Dish

Han Dynasty Restaurant (Formerly Damansara Palace)
Plot A, Persiaran Surian, Jalan PJU 3/31
Damansara PJ

Reaching the venue at around 8pm, it was already dark outside, coupled with the fact that the basement parking had no lights, I could actually feel the darkness when I stepped out of my car. It was not until 9pm plus that most of the attendees arrived, and we could begin our meal. That was when I realized a certain politician had arrived to lend support for Ace Youth's charity dinner. Anyway do check out the dishes we had that night as below.

han Dynasty Restaurant Damansara
Our menu for the night
Chicken Soup with Corn
#2 Chicken Soup with Corn
Roasted Chicken
#3 Roasted Chicken

After the first dish which was okay with the three different combinations, the subsequent dishes that arrived was the Chicken with Corn Soup and Roasted Chicken. I did not find it really tasty, in fact it was a bit too bland for the taste. Also, I'm not sure about you, but I do find including the chicken head in the roasted chicken dish a bit too disturbing for me. 

Butter Prawn with Oats
#4 Butter Prawn with Oats
Steamed Halibut with Soya Sauce
#5 Steamed Halibut with Soya Sauce

The Butter Prawns with Oats was the saving dish for the whole night, as I love the taste of the oats. The prawns itself wasn't extremely fresh, but together with those buttered oats, it was tasty enough. As for the Steamed Halibut dish however, I found the flesh really soft, just a tad too oily. 

Braised Gluten with Mushroom
#6 Braised Gluten with Mushroom

Braised Gluten with Mushroom, now this was a rather nice vegetarian dish with the mushrooms. A quick check online on what Gluten is, and I'm rather surprised to see a lot of articles promoting Gluten-Free dishes. So why are we having Gluten here? Probably it's a sign. 

Anyway, I managed to get a photo of the VIPs that attended that night together with some of the children from the home that the Ace Youth charity dinner was raising funds for. It was rather interesting to note all the happy faces that night.

Dr Chua Soi Lek with Sexy Ladies and Children
Ace Youth Charity Dinner

Overall, it was an eventful dinner, where we got to see so many youths gathering in one large hall having a feast. The food however was not as good as I hoped for, probably because they had to prepare for a over 80 tables? Han Dynasty Restaurant, the restaurant itself was huge enough to cater for large scale events and dinners any day.


New Toyota Prius C Media Launch

Toyota had their launching of the New Improved Toyota Prius together with the much awaited All-New Toyota Prius C recently over at Sunway Convention Centre. I had the opportunity to attend this and witness first hand the unveiling of these 2 very cool hybrid vehicles. The moment I laid eyes on the new Toyota Prius C, the first thing that went through my mind was, "This Prius C will definately be a hit among car lovers!".

Toyota Prius C Launch Event
Toyota Prius C Launch Event

Sitting though the product (Toyota Prius C) introduction, I was surprised to find out this chic youthful looking car is going to be sold for RM97k, cheaper than the current sub 100k hybrid which was the Honda Insight. Just looking at the Toyota Prius C got me all excited as I realize for this price range, with the looks, 1.5L engine capacity, and the rather spacious interior and boot, this hybrid is going to rock the market.

Toyota Prius Price in Malaysia
Unveiling of the price for Prius, Prius Luxury and the latest Prius C

The event was to showcase the new Toyota Prius and Prius Luxury on top of the new baby on the block, Toyota Prius C. However this post will be concentrating more on the Toyota Prius C as it is really an evolutionary new vehicle brought to Malaysia by Toyota. (http://www.toyota.com.my)

The all new Toyota Prius C
The Sparkling New Prius C
Sexy Girls at Toyota Media Launch
Got distracted momentarily by these ladies

The new, improved PRIUS is driven by a hybrid system with a 1.8 liter petrol engine and electric motor offering class leading fuel efficiency and low emissions yet offers performance equivalent to a conventional 2.4 liter car. In addition, the new improved PRIUS comes with EV (Electric Vehicle) mode. 

The new improved PRIUS offers 2 variants (PRIUS 1.8 and PRIUS 1.8 Luxury). New key features of the new improved PRIUS are exterior design which expresses excellent aerodynamic performance and functional beauty, additional premium features such as LED headlamps, daytime running lights, JBL premium audio with reverse camera and leather seats.

Toyota Prius C Media Launch Questions
It was question time for the media present

Coming back to the highlight of the event, the all new Toyota Prius C comes off being slightly smaller in size than the original Toyota Prius. Its body length of 3,995 mm is 485 mm shorter than the Prius while the overall width of 1,695 mm (excluding door mirrors) is just 25 mm less on either side. To match its compact proportions, the overall height is also lower at 1,455 mm.

Modified Version of Toyota Prius C
The slightly modified version of Toyota Prius C
under the hood of Prius C
Under The Hood

Toyota’s proven Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) system, proven in the Prius, has been adapted to suit the smaller size of the Prius c. Components such as the engine, transaxle and battery have been made more compact and lighter, resulting in the HSD of the Prius c being 42 kgs lighter than that in the Prius.

Much of the powertrain mass is located lower and closer to the middle of the car while the battery is installed under the rear seat, contributing to better weight distribution and a lower centre of gravity for more stable handling.


Battery for Toyota Prius C
That's the battery located under the rear seat

The engine is a 1NZ-FXE type and comes from the same family as the 1.5-litre VVT-i engine in the Vios. However, it runs on an Atkinson Cycle which has a higher compression ratio and different valve opening/closing characteristics. However, the operating temperatures are well controlled so RON95 unleaded petrol can be used even though the compression ratio is 13.4:1.

Toyota Prius C sports a rather futuristic design with two toned colours being used. Everything is set up in such a way that it actually feels much larger and spacious than it actually is. Going eco friendly without compromising on space, now that's one thing I like about this car.

The Back View of Toyota Prius C
The Back View of Toyota Prius C
The Toyota Prius C's boot
The Toyota Prius C's boot

For a car this size, Toyota Prius C again surprised me with it's boot space. I had expected the space behind to be inadequate, but as can be seen from the photo above, there was ample space to fit a sub-woofer with lots of extra luggage.

The new, improved Prius comes in four colors and is priced at RM 139,900 for the Prius Standard and RM 145,500 for the Prius Luxury variant (on the road price with insurance), while the all new Prius C comes in five colors, with a starting price of RM 97,000 (on the road price with insurance). Both models have a 3 year or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first).

The new improved Prius and all new Prius C will be available at selected Toyota Showrooms in Peninsular Malaysia from 24th February and East Malaysia on the 2nd March onwards. UMWT has targeted sales of 1,500 units for the new, improved Prius and 2,500 units for the all new Prius C this year. So what are you waiting for, if you are looking for an affordable sporty hybrid vehicle, the new Toyota Prius C is definately a viable choice!


Pin Xiang Restaurant Aman Suria

During the final few days of the Chinese New Year festive holidays, I had the opportunity to dine at another eatery in Aman Suria. This round it was to be a complete Chinese dinner at Pin Xiang Restaurant where they are well known for their fresh and nicely cooked crabs. 

Pin Xiang Restaurant Aman Suria
Pin Xiang Restaurant Aman Suria

Restaurant Pin Xiang
H-18-G, Jalan PJU 1/45
Aman Suria, Damansara
47301, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 603 8945 8733
Fax: 603 8945 5733

Reaching the restaurant at around 8pm, it was nice to see the place bustling with diners which means the food there had to be good to garner so many customers. I managed to see a lot of big families dining there, with most tables having Pin Xiang's signature crab delicacies. My apologies for not being able to publish the prices as this was a dinner treat, and I was not informed of the prices. Check out below on what we had that fine evening.

Salmon Yee Sang
#1 Salmon Yee Sang

As it was still technically Chinese New Year at the time of dining, the 13th day to be exact, we were served with the traditional Salmon Yee Sang. Some high tosses later, we were ready to dig into more delicious dishes. 

Yam Ring with Pou Ging Pork Ribs
#2 Yam Ring with Pou Ging Pork Ribs
marmite Pork Ribs
#3 Marmite Pork Ribs

Now I'm a meat lover, love meat much more than seafood, hence when the first two dishes that came in the form of the Yam Ring with Pou Ging Pork Ribs and Marmite Pork Ribs, I was virtually grinning as I brought these delicious meaty pieces to my mouth. I do love pork being served this way, as they really brought out the taste. Nothing really special about these dishes though, it just happens to hit the right spot.

Braised Chicken with yam
#4 Braised Chicken with Yam
Stir Fried Bittergourd with Chinese Pickled Lettuce
#5 Stir Fried Bittergourd with Chinese Pickled Lettuce

Up next were the poultry and vegetable dishes before the seafood. I was told the Braised Chicken with Yam was one of Pin Xiang's signature dishes as well. It came in thick yam sauce which was okay, except I'm not too much of a yam fan. The Stir Fried Bittergourd with Chinese Pickled Lettuce was okay as well. From this point onwards, it was a seafood galore as fishes, prawns and crabs were brought out. 

Fresh Garoupa Chunks
#6 Fresh Garoupa Chunks
Two-taste Prawns, Buttered and Salad Mayonnaise Prawns
#7 Two-taste Prawns, Buttered and Salad Mayonnaise Prawns

For the fish lovers, the Fresh Garoupa dish had big chunks of fish inside which was just lovely. My eyes were fixated on the prawns though. We were served with one huge plate of prawns cooked in two different flavors, one side being the Buttered Prawns and the other the Salad Mayonnaise Prawns. To truly enjoy this dish, we had the option of using our fingers to peel off the shell, which we did. As the prawns were fresh, the shell fell off easily revealing the tasty white flesh underneath. What can I say, I liked the prawns.

Fried Mantao
#8 Fried Mantao to be dipped into the Crab sauces
Butter Crab
#9 Butter Crab
Sweet and Sour Crab
#10 Sweet and Sour Crab

Pin Xiang is famous for its crabs, and that evening we had not one crab dish, but two different dishes with a truckload of crabs in it. I'm glad to say the crab dishes here really lived up to their top dish of Pin Xiang as it came out perfectly cooked. The Butter Crab had this creamy butter sauce which were perfect to be dipped with the Fried Mantao. Personally I don't really take a lot of crab, but from the small portions that I took, I would say the Hot & Sour Crab ranked higher that the buttered one as the combination of sweet, spicy and sour sauce blended well into the crab meat. 

Waxed Meat Rice
Waxed Meat Rice

We ended the dinner with some Waxed Meat Rice which was good, perfectly sealing off a good night out with nice Chinese cuisine at Pin Xiang Restaurant. Do check out this restaurant should you be in the vicinity of Aman Suria and plan to get some nice Chinese food for dinner with the family. 


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Igentis Tropicana City Mall

The other day I was at Tropicana City Mall to catch the premiere screening of The Descendants when I dropped by this simple restaurant just beside the cinema on the 2nd floor. The name itself intrigued me, Igentis with the mandarin words which roughly translates to "Ice Shop" if I'm not mistaken. I did see more food dishes than desserts here though, which got me confused for a moment.

Igentis Tropicana City Mall
Igentis Tropicana City Mall

Igentis冰点
L2-10, 2nd Floor,
Tropicana City Mall.
Tel: 03-7728 1334/1258

Igentis Tropicana City Mall
Diners that night at Igentis

Igentis Tropicana City Mall was located just a couple of metres away from the cinema, hence it was packed with diners when I was there. The location was pretty strategic if you ask me. The eatery itself had this rather colourful ambiance from the wallpapers to the restaurant menu.

Igentis Tropicana City Mall restaurant menu
The colourful restaurant menu

As the movie was going to start soon, we just went for a quick meal for two ordering Igentis' Herbal Chicken Soup with Rice and the Bittergourd Fish Bee Hoon. Check out what we had that night.

Herbal Chicken with Rice
#1 Herbal Chicken with Rice - RM10.90

My Herbal Chicken Soup wasn't bad, with a strong herbal taste in it. Of course it wasn't the best that I have tasted, but with enough herbal ingredients and a huge piece of chicken inside, I'm contented with my order. It came with one bowl of rice, which I couldn't finish though.

Bittergourd Fish Bee Hoon Soup
#2 Bittergourd & Fish Bee Hoon Soup - RM8.90

Personally, I'm not a big fan of bittergourds for the simple reason that they're bitter. However the Bittergourd & Fish Bee Hoon Soup came with a really nice fragrant. It was Janice's dish, but I did try a bit, and it tasted really good. The bittergourds brought out the taste of the soup complemented by pieces of fish, and vegetables.

Janice Soon
Janice enjoying her Bittergourd Fish Bee Hoon

Overall, Igentis at Tropicana City Mall served rather good dishes and should be doing rather well with its strategic location just next to the cinema. I did not however try their bubble tea that evening, which I heard was Igentis' signature dessert. Probably next round when I find myself catching a movie again in Tropicana CIty Mall. 


A Li Yaa Restaurant Bukit Damansara

Located just beside Aria Restaurant in Bukit Damansara, is yet another homely restaurant A Li Yaa Restaurant & Bar, offering Sri Lankan cuisine which was new to me. I had the opportunity to dine there with a group of friends to try out their signature cuisines.

A Li Yaa Restaurant Bukit Damansara
A Li Yaa Restaurant & Bar

A Li Yaa Restaurant & Bar
48G&M, Medan Setia 2,
Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, KL.
Tel: 03 2092 5378
*Pork Free Restaurant
Website: http://www.aliyaa.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aliyaamalaysia

A Li Yaa Restaurant Bukit Damansara
The Interior

Reaching the restaurant just before nightfall, there was already a crowd gathered to have their dinner at A Li Yaa. The ambiance inside the restaurant was pretty good, with warm lights illuminating the Sri Lankan stone-themed decor. Now, I don't usually have Sri Lankan food, so I was rather excited to dig into some of A Li Yaa's Sri Lankan food. Do check out what we had that night.

Fish Cutlet
#1 Fish Cutlet - RM15
Lamb Rolls
#2 Lamb Rolls - RM15

The first two opening appetizers that arrived were the Fish Cutlets and the Lamb Rolls, which were both savory and stuffed with lots of spices. Crispy on the outside, and tasty inside, I could not get enough of both these appetizers. Taken with A Li Yaa's special chilli sauce, it did open up my appetite for more spicier dishes to come.

Sambals
The Different Types of Sambol

A Li Yaa called these "sambal" as Sambol, which to me were the same except these Sambol came in various unique flavours to complement the Sri Lankan dishes. We had the Seen sambol, Pol sambol, Katta sambol, Karuvappilai sambol (curry leaves) laid out on the table for us to savor with our dishes.

String Hopper Kothu Seafood
#3 String Hopper Kothu Seafood - RM28
String Hopper Kothu Chicken
#4 String Hopper Kothu Chicken - RM18

The String Hopper Kothu Seafood and Chicken were similar except one came with seafood while the other came with minced chicken.These 2 dishes were cooked akin to the way fried rice was cooked except instead of rice, A Li Yaa used these fine "muthumayam mee hoon" like strings made from unprocessed brown rice flour dough which was a delight to the taste buds.  Served hot, these 2 dishes topped my favourite dishes list for the night.


Mutton Paal Poriyal
#5 Mutton Paal Poriyal - RM21
Fish Sothi
#6 Fish Sothi - RM19

We were served with the Mutton Paal Poriyal a mutton dish which had a heavy spiced taste. I heard this dish was their top seller as the mutton came in small bite-sized portions cooked with curry leaves and lots of chillies.  The Fish Sothi was good too, cooked in coconut milk lemongrass, with added garlic, shallots and curry leaves to produce this mild and thin creamy curry. Now if only there were more fish portions in the dish it would have been great.

Eggplant Sombol
#7 Eggplant Sombol - RM8
Brinjal Moju
#8 Brinjal Moju - RM8

For a person that does not really fancy Brinjals or Egg Plants, surprisingly I found myself wanting to try out A Li Yaa's Brinjal Moju and Eggplant Sombol just because it smelt so good. I found most dishes that were served had a lot of spices in it very similar to Indian cuisine except these were from Sri Lanka origins.

Devilled Crab
#9 Devilled Crab - RM11.90/100gm
Colombo Styled Crab
#10 Colombo Styled Crab - RM11.90/100gm

Are you a crab lover? Then these huge crab dishes served by A Li Yaa should suffice to satisfy that craving. We were served with 2 huge crab dishes in the form of the Devilled Crab and Colombo Style Crab dish. The difference between these two would be the way its cooked and the contrasting flavours. A Li Yaa's Devilled Crab was cooked in a sweet and sour sauce while the Colombo Styled Crab was prepared with hot and spicy black pepper. I much preferred the Colombo Styled Crab for its spiciness and great taste.

Lumprice Chicken
#11 Lumprice Chicken Version 1 - RM24
Lumprice Chicken
#12 Mixed and baked Lumprice Chicken - RM24

Next up on the menu was the rice dishes, Lumprice Chicken to be exact. We were served with two different versions, one unmixed and the other one with all the ingredients mixed and sent for a short oven bake to release the sweet aromatic flavour. Wrapped in a banana leaf and served with fried egg. roasted cashew nuts and vegetables of the day, it does remind me of Penang's Nasi Kandar.

Plain String Hopper Kothu
#13 Plain String Hopper Kothu - RM8
Doosra Roti
#14 Doosra Roti - RM8
Normal, Egg and Sweet Appams
#15 Normal, Egg and Sweet Appams - RM6

We ended the evening with A Li Yaa's plain String Hopper Kothu (our first few dishes was this string hopper kothu fried with seafood and chicken), some Doosra Roti and various sweet and savory Appams. It was an explosion of tastes that evening as we had savory, spicy, sweet and sour dishes all prepared with great tasting spices. A Li Yaa Restaurant is a pretty good place to dine in should you be in the vicinity of Bukit Damansara and will like to savor some authentic spicy Sri Lankan food.


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