Category Archives: Celebrations

Belated Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s day and we had a treat at Richard Rivalee, a nonya establishment that’s owned by MBI with an old collonial style bungalow ambience. So many bouquets of flowers on stands were placed by business friends as congratulatory note on its opening about 4 days ago. Richard Rivalee is a designer and chef. He has placed photos taken with the world famous shoe maker, Jimmy Choo plus a few other Taiwanese actresses. The decorations were superb and of high quality.

Mr Rivalee also makes nonya kebayas and beaded shoes. Apart from cooking, he is also a talented designer. There were also buses of China tourists who came here for 3 days to redeem their MBI points via MFace. Rukun tetanga volunteers in uniform were also present to direct traffic as the place was congested with big busses. Most of them were well dressed, wearing high heels despite having to walk long distances and it was jammed packed. Tomei was doing roaring business as many diamond pieces were snapped up in no time.

Happy New Year 2017


2016 had come and gone. Now is the dawn of a new year of the rooster in 2017. Hopefully it brings more blessings, prosperity and projects to keep us busy all year round. We know the economy is not doing so well from last year and there are lots of uncertainties this year with President-elect being Donald Trump, thanks to Russia’s hacking of the electorate. As business man and woman, we just continue as usual with our work and don’t dwell too much into politics. As long as we can find projects for our many legalised foreign workers and put food on the table for our loved ones, we are happy.

I wish my readers a Happy New Year in 2017 and may your dreams be fulfilled this year, whatever your resolutions. Just need to pray for protection especially when driving along North South Highway and in KL.

Happy Easter Sunday


Yesterday was Good Friday and my youngest sister specially took half day leave to attend her church service from 2:30pm to 5pm together with my father to a Catholic church and then my mother went to her Methodist church at 7pm as she was the scripture reader. I did not attend my baptist church as I don’t know what time the service was or whether they have any service at all on Good Friday! It was the day Jesus was crucified on the cross and three days later, He rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. The resurrection power of the cross destroyed the power of the Satan over mankind once and for all. It was the ultimate love shown on the cross for the Son of God to come down born as a babe on Christmas to die on the cross so that man can be re-united with our Almighty God.

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day

We celebrated Valentine’s day at Winter Warmers Restaurant in Times Square last night, costing $149.90 per couple. My partner ordered lamb shank while I had seabass with lemon capers as the mains. Our appetizer was scallops and mushroom soup. I had rose tea while he had rose capuccino topped with cream. For dessert, we had strawberry ice-cream and chocolate brownie. Upon payment of the dinner, I was given a nice cute teddy bear in red skirt which look like a rose. Earlier in the morning, my partner bought me a stalk of rose for $12.

Thereafter, we walked around M Mall and phase 1 of Times Square which is slated to be refurbished at an astonishing $10 million face lift for the empty shop lots. Crazy Cowboy has good business every night since its inception with cowboy songs and life band at its premise.

Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey in 2016


Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve and I have tar pau my dinner already. My mum and youngest sis are in Singapore, dad and I in Penang and second sis and hubby in UK still pursuing for their PhDs with 1.5 years to go should there be no more delays. Well, I have lots of reading materials stocked up and the computer to keep me occupied this CNY. Normally we would have gone to Hatyai as a family of 4, but this year we were split. The year of the fire monkey has arrived and gone is the year of the Ram, my youngest sister’s zodiac sign. I am happy staying in my apartment instead of moving in with dad for a few days. There are a lot of events going on in M-Mall downstairs and finding food is not a problem. Dad has my replacement meal to take instead of driving out to buy food. The replacement meal is not cheap either; it cost me $14 per packet which is to be mixed with water, stirred and drunk. Anyway, Happy Chinese New Year and hopefully things don’t look so bleak as printed in the press.

Christmas Dinner at Matsuki

My second sister had done a review for The Star as a stringer at Matsuki along Cantonment Road and further up called Jalan Pemenang. Well, this Christmas, we had lunch there with their Christmas bento set for an affordable $35 and the bill came to about $271 for 7 persons with 10% discount for my sister. It was set in an old colonial single storey white bungalow with some parking spaces. The bento consists of mushrooms rolled with salmon and avocado, meat burger, chawan mushi, miso soup and some garnishings here and there with tea – hot or cold.

On boxing day, my niece celebrated her wedding at Rasa Sayang Hotel with about 5 tables for the guests after the tea ceremony. It started with 4 seasons platter, followed by crab’s meat soup without the sharks’ fins to save the dwindling population of sharks, and other 8-course-meal with dessert at the end. The food was not too bad but CRC is still better and value for money.

Celebrated my Birthday Yesterday

Yesterday, I celebrated my birthday that was brought forward to the 10th July as I was in KL on the actual birthday date. Went to Chinese Recreation Club at Victoria Green, Penang and pre-ordered 6 dishes of faux sharks’ fin soup with lots of crab meat, half roasted chicken with prawn crackers, fishball soup with Japanese seaweed, lettuce wrapped egg omelette with crab meat, and ee-fu noodles with crab meat. We had pu-er tea with ice and my spouse bought each of us a lottery ticket for $3 each. Hopefully, we can win something on this auspicious day. We also tar-pau back some of the noodles as we could not finish them in one go.

Back on Tuesday

I am now in KL since Thursday night and stay over the weekend in my apartment before meeting a client on Tuesday and then depart back to Penang. On Wednesday, will go for a cruise to the high seas for 1 night 2 days on SuperStar Libra for $447 per couple. There will be buffet dinner on board and entertainment show as well. On Friday, will celebrate my birthday with family members at a Chinese restaurant with 6 dishes comprising of fake sharks’ fin soup with crab meat, half roasted chicken with prawn crackers, green vegetable in soup, crab and scallops omelette wrapped in lettuce, ‘ee-fu’ noodles with crab meat, and seaweed with fish ball soup – all for $240 excluding peanuts, drinks, GST and service charge.

International Day of Happiness celebrated in KL


KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with the 2015 International Day of Happiness celebration on Friday, the Federal Town and Country Planning Department chose to highlight the importance of a “happy city” on the well-being of its residents.

Department director-general Datin Paduka Dr Dahlia Rosly said that life in the city could be stressful due to many factors, such as work commitments, from commuting, and the environment”.

“We want today to be a day to celebrate happiness in the city.

“A happy city is a productive city, it is a safe city, and a healthy city ” said Dr Dahlia at the official launch of the 2015 International Day of Happiness.

“We have identified several factors that contribute to closeness and cohesiveness in a community such as the increase of walkable areas in the city, more cycling paths, and urban community gardening, where residents can do the activities together,” she explained.

The day was marked with activities such as performances by buskers at Sogo shopping mall and free bus rides to certain routes in the city.

The department also set up booths in front of Sogo shopping mall to conduct free glucose and cholesterol tests for the public.

The International Day of Happiness was established by the United Nations in 2012 and is celebrated annually on March 20.
This year marked the first time it was officially celebrated in Malaysia.

Happy Deepavali to my Readers

KLCC Kolam

KLCC Kolam

Happy Deepavali to all my Indian readers here! The kolam above was taken in KLCC Suria at the ground floor recently, during my stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel for business. The theme is  peacock and you can see the designs similar to the peacock feathers. Peacocks are significant creatures during Deepavali. Most of the kolam theme is based on this magnificent bird.

Mandarin Oriental  Kolam

Mandarin Oriental Kolam

The kolam above was taken at the lobby of Mandarin Oriental Hotel recently. Here is to wishing a festivity of light and success to all, especially the Indians of this nation. Malaysia is a kaleidoscope of cultures of Chinese, Indians and Malays. It is rich in heritage brought down by our forefathers. This tradition has continue for more generations down the line.

Holiday Villa Subang Kolam

Holiday Villa Subang Kolam

This splendid kolam was shot at Holiday Villa Subang hotel during our project visit there. We have existing business project here and while waiting for my colleague, I decided to take the liberty to snap this amazing photo of the peacock kolam. There is a styrofoam design of the life size peacock on this beautiful structure. Enjoy your holidays and merry feasting! I am going to E & O hotel later to have buffet dinner at Sarkies Corner.

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