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Merry Christmas 2017

Christmas Tree at Penang Times Square

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my readers a very Merry Christmas! Now is the season of greetings and cheer. Many malls have put up decorative Christmas trees with tinsels, baubles, wrapped gifts and the Star of Bethlehem. I shall be going overseas for holidays from 14th onwards and back after Christmas or rather boxing day on the 26th of December. Boxing day is called as such and refers to opening of presents and wrapped gifts. In the meantime, there will be no updates during this period from 14th – 26th December 2017.

Can you find me in the picture above? It is near my dwelling place at Times Square and on the left side is The Wave still under construction. This awesome mesmerising Christmas tree was set up near Penang Times Square and is one of the better decorated ones in Penang, besides Queensbay Mall where the magic of Christmas comes alive!

Going Down South Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I shall be going down south to KL with my colleague early in the morning. We will return by Wednesday. I have already been booked for an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) on Thursday at 9:30am at a local hospital for tendonitis and frozen shoulder. The medication and doctor’s consultation of $50 cost a total of $98.05. This is just the beginning and many more visits and thank goodness, I am covered by Prudential insurance and SOCCO. The maximum one can claim from Prudential is $3,000. MRI is about $800 in another hospital that I had gone for the same condition 3 years ago. My colleague will also visit his varsity mates who will gather there for a reunion at a local club in KL.

Meanwhile, Leia, my Pomeranian puppy was sent to pet boarding yesterday while the 4 Holland Lop rabbits were sent to pet boarding during dinner time. This frees us of our time taking care of furry kids!

Dinner at New Dragon Gate Seafood Restaurant

new dragon gate restaurant

I just had dinner at New Dragon Gate Seafood Restaurant with my business partner and spouse, inside Red Rock Hotel, formerly known as Mandarin Hotel along Macalister Road. It is located conveniently near our condo and we were out for dinner at around 9:00pm where most of the eateries are closing.

lights of fortune

This lights of fortune with crystal ball on top caught my attention and I took the opportunity to snap it for posterity. It has the shape of Chinese money of gold nugget.

myself

That’s me seated on a carved wooden chair at the lobby of Red Rock Hotel just before dinner on the first floor.

ambience

This is the ambience with lilac coloured covered chairs with white ribbons and red lanterns suspended on the ceiling.

serviette

This is the printout or design of the restaurant serviette with address, logo, etc.

tofu

This was the first dish of black and yellow Japanese tofu, topped with fried mushrooms, spring onions and red chilies. It was quite delicious, with soft texture that is ubiquitous of tofu.

scallops with lotus root

Here the second dish was served consisting of scallops with sliced lotus root, green peas, asparagus and carrots.

cod fish with black Japanese sauce

This was the third and final serving of 2 piecces of cod fish with black Japanese sauce, garnished with honeydew melon scoops, radish flower and green salad on the side.

dishes

These are some of the appetisers like peanuts while waiting for the main dish to arrive which was tofu with chilies, pu-er tea, on an embroidered table cloth.

fruits

Here are free fruits on the house consisting of cut watermelon, honeydew and papaya.

leaflet of set meals

This green leaflet put on the table for the taking show the various set meal combinations with respective prices. Overall, the food was good with plenty of privacy – just the 2 of us were dining in an entire empty restaurant that can cater to a wedding banquet. I shall be going down south tomorrow morning to Kuala Lumpur and by Friday, will be down south further and come back to KL to attend the Mooncake Festival sponsorship dinner table of 10 that was paid for by our company in a hotel.

Hence, this blog may or may not be updated for another week as I shall be on the go all the time traveling for work.

Dined at Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant, Genting Highlands

2 days ago, I stayed at Tower 3 of First World Hotel with triple beds, a double and single beds for only RM 110 per night to take a good break from work. We drove to KL, met with some clients and then drove to Genting Highlands where I booked the room using my membership card.

Above was lunch with red table cloth at a restaurant halfway to Genting Highlands mountain and located near Goh Tong Jaya where there is a cheaper hotel and rows of eateries. We ordered simple meal like prawns omelette, stir-fried vegetables and steamed fish. I also bought myself oblong grapes and blueberries for $25 total. The grapes caught my attention, as the normal size is usually round, but this is apparently cultured and longish in shape.

The photo on the left shows the menu of $99++ / person with a set of 6 dishes; starting with sharks’ fin soup, then followed by abalone in thick gravy with vegetables, fried fish fillet, rice wrapped in lotus leaf, almond soup and egg tarts.

Above is the abalone in sumptuous gravy and pak choy with fish maw. It was delicious and ambroisia. Till the next post or thereafter, I will show photos of the ambience and our room.

Ian Leaf Switzerland

I have been to Switzerland way back in 2013 during a group tour with my sisters. I have also written 10 articles on Switzerland for a travel website of more than 1,000 words each article. I recalled going up Mt Pilatus, the snow capped mountain via a cable car and the view was breathtaking. It was spectacular to see the snow and pine trees growing along the Alps and I came prepared in my winter jacket and clothings.

Well, this is a once in a life time opportunity and I shall treasure the awesome experience, which is unrivalled. My sisters too love the experience. It had always been my dream to visit Europe one day, and after years of delay, I finally make it come true! This is something more valuable than money.

Going to Kuala Lumpur in a Short While

This morning, I shall be travelling to Kuala Lumpur by car. As it is part of my job scope and requirements, I am happy to travel with my colleague. I may have an enviable job to work in a home office, no doubt about it, while getting the chance to moonlight part time writing articles for Trip101, Eastasy and paid comments. I also do microjobs and paid surveys that are easy peasy. The more challenging work requires thinking and curating or researching the internet for important and correct information.

I also have had experience writing articles on gadgets and technology in the past. Well, all these experiences have honed my writing skills to a seamless structure and better vocabulary. I know people are trolling this blog for information and even my hosting provider is not absent! You may not comment but I know you are stalking it.

But I am happy blogging, as long as you don’t try to find illegitimate ways of charging me an arm and a leg with the knowledge that I may lead a comfortable lifestyle! I certainly hate dishonesty!

Ian Leaf Switzerland

Ian Leaf Switzerland

Switzerland is a beautiful country. I remember visiting this amazing country 5 years ago in 2012. The snowcapped mountains in Mount Pilatus was awesone and breathtaking. We went up there via a cable car with a helicopter view of the Alps and pine trees right to the pit stop at the top where you can rest and relax for a drink or two and buy souvenirs home such as fridge magnets, my favourite. It is also one of the top ten richest country in the world by per capita GDP of USD 41,950.00 at number 9 position, according to Forbes report last year 2016.

My trip here was a memorable one and Switzerland was one of the 10 European countries covered during a group tour with my sisters. I have also written 10 articles on Switzerland and its culture, museums, etc for a hotel booking website. Each article is about at least 1,000 words to educate and are curated from the internet.

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