Saturday, May 9, 2009

Lunch at Jogoya

Hubby and I took some 'couple time' off on one of the weekdays recently to have a Japanese buffet lunch at Jogoya Restaurant at Starhill, KL.

It was hubby's first time and a second time for me. I wasn't much excited this round compared to the first round when I ate and ate. Hubby and I love the sashimis, grilled eel, steamed garoupa, fresh oysters, steamed crabs, stir-fried beef and the soup. The garoupa was as big as me and the oyster was huge. The fragrant coconut was very nice - sweet and refreshing. The free flow of Haagen Dazs didn't seem to be satisfying as it was very hard to scope out from the ice-cream tub. Oh, of course, there's lots to offer - the tempuras, stir-frieds vegetables, claypot stuffs, pastas, handrolls, sushis, grills and teppanyakis, alcohol and wine, coffee and tea, fresh fruits and more..

I guess I shouldn't have taken my breakfast that morning and should have went on an empty stomach to fully feast on the spread they offered there.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Tomorrow morning, we'll all be going back to my hometown to celebrate Mother's Day with my mum as well as her birthday celebration.

As I was driving to work this morning, I heard a live call on radio about this lady who lied to her mother about busy to avoid going back to visit her mother during one Mother's Day weekend. Her mum was really upset. The most unfortunate thing that happen in that same week was that her mother passed away very suddenly and she didn't even got the chance to see her to say goodbye for the last time. It brought tears to my eyes to think of that.

Today, I had lunch with two lovely mothers and bought quite a number of gifts to give away to some friends who are mothers. Most of them were surprised by the gift, but for all that these mothers went through, and for all their devotion to their families, I thought that would bring joy to these lovely mummies...

Here's wishing all mummies, Happy Mother's Day to all.

Would love to share this story tand some beautiful verses that I received via email quite some time ago.

As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing.He asked her what was wrong and she replied, "I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother".

But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars." The man smiled and said, "Come on in with me. I'll buy you a rose."

He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother's flowers. As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, "Yes, please! You can take me to my mother."

She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother's house.

The Mother's Day artcraft card that my darling Brendan made for me :-)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Pulau Ketam

As it was a public holiday last Friday, the whole family joined some friends and their familieis for a half day trip to Pulau Ketam. We boarded a ferry we booked from the South Port of Port Klang early in the morning to avoid the crowd.

It was the first time for the kids to ride in a ferry or a boat. In fact, it was hubby's and my first time going to the little Island. As we didn't want to go far and didn't want to spend unnecessary money to go on a trip admist all the jam and crowd, we decided to go 'local' after debating whether to go for an outstation trip or somewhere nearby.

It was quite a pleasant experience for us but I think the place could do better, with rubbish strewn everywhere under the houses. I see bottles, baby diapers, packages of rubbish all over. These stuffs takes hundreds and hundreds of years to be disposed of.

With only a population of around 20,000 people, the place is actually quite tranquil. Transportation is only via bicycle on land, with no sight of any vehicles or motorbikes on the road. There isn't much things to do there but the number of visitors coming to the Island after lunch hour does surprise us. We found out that most people go there to see the sunset and for seafood. I personally think that the seafood in other places are much more delicious.

On the way back to mainland, we made a quick stop at the fish farm. The most scary thing about the place is that it is guarded by 5 rottweilers. We were all told not to touch anything at the fish farm as the dogs will come charging at intruders who touch the things there, thinking that thieves are in action. This is because they are trained to identify thieves who normally come in the middle of the night to somehow steal some of fishes and things on board.

Overall, it was worth our Labour Day break outing.

The ferry we took to Pulau Ketam

Visit to the fish farm, which is on floating platforms and drums in the middle of the sea

Our very fresh seafood lunch.

Boats and vessels in the water.

The small little village in Pulau Ketam

Sound of Music

I came across this video on youtube and was overwhelmed with joy just watching the video.. Imagine how much this could turn someone's dull day into a bright one! There were more such similar stunts and I'm so amazed at this video that I just have to share :-)

It was a publicity promo for a Belgian tv program that is looking for someone to play the lead in "The Sound of Music" musical. Performed in the Central Station of Antwerp, a city in Belgium, more than 200 dancers performed to their version of "Do Re Mi" on the morning on 23rd March 2009.


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