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Feb 15, 2009

LOVE Is In The Air...


Here's a lil history of how Valentine's Day came about... (I'm sure most of you know...)

Paper greetings with riddles or poems on them have been used in celebration of Valentine's Day for hundreds of years. Legend has it that the original Saint Valentine was imprisoned for trying to convert people to Christianity from ancient Roman beliefs. While in prison, Valentine fell in love with the blind daughter of the jailer. Accounts vary about the original story, but some say his crime was marrying (he was a priest) soldiers when the emperor forbade them to marry. Either way, when St. Valentine was going off to be executed, he sent a note to the girl and signed it "From your Valentine". This was the first official "valentine" message. Roman men continued the practice by passing notes of love to their sweethearts on February 14th each year. In 1419, Charles - duke of Orleans, sent a valentine card to his wife from the Tower of London where he was imprisoned. This is reported to be the first true valentine card.

Notice that the first officials of valentine's all died. So, you'd had to do something for your valentine and then die, to make it No.1 in the history of Valentine's Day. (Nah, I'm just kidding. I'm blabbering...)

Today's a day filled with LOVE, A day filled with the colour RED... Fill your loved ones with your LOVE... Feel the LOVE...

A day of couples, fancy restaurants, flowers, gifts, movies... All the restaurants are going to be real packed, cinemas are all packed. I wished I'd thought of booking tickets. Even cinemas where tickets cost RM20 each, are all fully booked... Girls holding bouquets of red roses, teddy bears on one hand and boyfriends on the other.

Mine, was short (because I had to work =.=') but lovely...

So how are you guys spending your Valentine's???

Feb 8, 2009

Afternoon in the Living Room

Spent the whole afternoon in the Living Room, Westin, KL for Hi-tea today.

The atmosphere was cozy like in an actual living room. With a 45mins live band going to every table, playing songs that were requested by the guests.

The food was great. Although, there weren't much varieties to choose from, but at least there were something to satisfy my tummy and make it sort of worth the money paid. The original price per person's RM88++, but with the Starwood member card that my parents have, it was 50% off for us. So, at least the price was OK.

1st dish has to be my favourite of course, although most people will leave the best for last, but I'm afraid if i do that, I'll be too full to eat what i loved most - Pasta. Well, it doesn't look appetizing in this picture because I didn't add those garnishes that was supposed to be added to make it more appetizing. But the sauce was good - Beef Bolognese.

Next up, some Teppanyaki. The sauce they used to cook was just amazing - Mongolian Pepper Sauce they called it. It was so delicious that i just couldn't resist it and had to go back for more. 3 times more actually.
And after trying all the other dishes, it was Dessert Time!!! The dessert selections were sooo sweet looking, so tempting, so colourful, so candy-like. It was like being in a Candy Land where you had tons of selections of candies to choose from - Just that here, they had less than what Candy Land can offer, but still good enough to sweeten our taste buds. Just look at them!!! (although, the pictures taken might not be as Candy-Fantasy-Like, but at least it'll give you a picture of what I'm talking about.)

The way they displayed their chocolates was just somehow eye-catchy to me. No idea why but probably because it was kind of creative in a sense. (although i have seen displays like that before.) They displayed their little truffles and other chocolates on table spoons and hung it on to this glass-like-wall like in the picture.

And they also served lil candies in tubes which was also eye-catchy and yes, I've also seen food being served in tubes before. Well, drinks actually.

And of coz, there won't be a grand dessert finale without the famous chocolate fountain. Served with of coz - strawberries, marshmallows. and the weirdest fruit to go with chocolate but it actually tasted good - Jack fruit.
The strawberries may seem red and sweet, but in actual fact, their superbly sour. (well, according to my parents because I don't take strawberries.)

And for my parent's Grand Finale - Coffee...

Latte (I love looking at the layers and also the designs of the foam. it's so elegant and nice.)
And Dad's Teh Tarik, lol.
It was a really good lunch I have to say. Delicious, satisfying and not so expensive. Went home with a full, happy stomach. Nice to spend my off day eating, and really sick of the thought that i have to return to work tomorrow!!! Sad to say, having off day is like not having 1 at all. Time just flies too fast!!!

Feb 4, 2009

A New Tradition?

So, every year, as a Chinese, we'll have reunion dinner every year the day before CNY. And in the Lee Family, we always have steamboat for reunion. a big pot of boiling hot soup in the middle of the table and surrounding it are tons of raw food. And when i say tons, i mean tons~~~ My grandma has this thinking of hers that, without mountains of leftover means that it's not enough. Even when the amount of food is just nice to fill all our tummies, No leftovers means NOT enough. Anyway, we've been doing the same old thing since forever now, steamboat in the house without the owners around (the owners have their own reunion dinner at their father's side). Weird, i know.

But this year, the year of the OX. We, the Lee Family thought of having a change. This year, we had home cooked food instead of self-cooked food. And this year, we had the owners around to have reunion dinner together as ONE whole big family - The Lee-Goh Family. Well, although we had a change, but we kept to 1 tradition from our Lee Family Reunion Dinner, which is - No Leftovers means NOT enough. Just that this time round, we had a mini mountain instead of one as big as mt. Everest (well, maybe mt. KK) left behind on the table.

Our home cooked dishes were not bad. We decided to have Chinese-Western-Japanese style to break our reunion tradition. (You'll see what it means by Chinese-Western-Japanese style tru the pictures.) But before we start we dinner, we got to have lunch first right? So... Amanda and I went to have...

Pepper lunch!!!

We went over to Takashimaya just to have our taste buds taste like pepper lunch. Ooo, the beef, the rice with loads of black pepper drowned in Honey Brown Sauce and Garlic Sauce. Mmmm, just by describing it makes me HUNGRY!!!

This is the complete look of the set. (Amanda's set)

This is her, showing how delicious and happy she is eating it.
And this is mine. Funny and weird as it seems. I don't like corn, so yeah... Gave it all to her.
Mmm.... Yummy....
OK, lunch's over. Now DINNER!!! You guys should probably had noticed that my last few post (except my No.1 - Rafael Nadal) are all on food. This shows that lately, I've been eating a lot. Those who knows me well, knows that i already eat a lot. So yeah, these posts shows that I'm eating more!!! And I've gained 1kg from them. Ha!!!

Anyway~~~ it's dinner time, so lets focus on MY reunion dinner.

The 1st ever Lee-Goh Family Reunion.

Abalone with mushroom, dried scallop and some other things.
Grilled Salmon!!!
Grandma's Boneless Chicken cooked with cashew nuts and dried chillies.
Dad's style fish. This fish was purposely flown in from KK by my sister just for the reunion.
Western Style Pork Ribs.
Miso Soup
And behind all this yummy dishes. Well, of course we need a chef to cook those delicious dishes. And that's obviously NOT me, of coz. It is none other than....

My Dad!!!
Judging by his tummy, you know he not only cooks well, but eats well too. A lil too well if you ask me. Haha... oh, and that's my aunt - the owner of the house, watching carefully so that my dad doesn't kill her kitchen like he kills at home. which is good if you want good food.
And after over filling our tummies. A good way to digest those food would be a game of MahJong.

Jerome, Amanda, My Sis, My Mom and myself; took turns too keep my grandma happy by playing MahJong with her. (her favourite game) Of coz, Jerome and I sat through the whole game with her. And it not only keeps my grandma happy, it keeps all of us happy too. (If we win, that is.)

So, let me show you my happy moments during the game.

This game won me 6.40 sg.
And these are my heroes. These cards won me 20 sg!!!

It was a fun night. A very satisfying night. I think I won about 30 sg during that short game. But what's the use when you go loosing it the next day. Jeez... =.='

Well, have a goodnight people!!!

Feb 2, 2009

The No.1 takes it AGAIN!!!

World's No.1 indeed. The one and only Rafael Nadal crushes his biggest rivalry - Roger Federer's dream once again by taking home the trophy. It took a total of 4 hours and 23 minutes to break Federer's soft tennis heart, being the 1st Spanish to win the Australian Open. Being Nadal's 1st time competing on the hard-court, I must say that he's just a natural born World No. 1!!!

Even he's showing everyone he's No.1
A game not to be missed. Just look at how many thousands of people showed up for the game. Inside and outside of the stadium.

Judging by the game that ended about an hour or so, ago, Nadal must be sooo relieved that he can finally take a goodnight rest (actually, it should be a good morning rest over there) after just beating Fernendo Verdesco in a record breaking 5 hours and 14 minutes a day ago. In lest than 48 hours of rest, and yet another 4 hours game. Should i say, What a tennis hero? That's what his fans are probably saying now. While watching the LIVE game earlier, there was a girl fan holding up a sign stating 'Do it for me Rafael, it's my birthday today'. Weird but he'll never get to read it. 1st, he doesn't know she exist. 2nd, she so far up the stadium. and 3rd, he never even laid eyes at the spectators at all. Only had eyes for his rackets, his games, his bottles and his BANANA! And while watching Nadal play, I've noticed something really strange about him. He tends to put his things in the exact spot every time he moved them. For example, after taking a bite off his banana, he'll put it back at the exact spot and it must be laid straight and the skin closing the flesh completely. another example, when he's drinking his water. He has to hold it bottle in the RIGHT position and then putting it back at the very very exact spot it was before. Perfectionist i should say? and there's always a very funny action he does while playing. Every time he serve, he tends to do his little serving routine - picking 2 balls of 3 that was passed to him, then slide 1 ball into his pocket and straight away, he'll pull his arm backwards and pull his pants out of his butt crack. Pants too tight there Nadal? Well, although he's weird, I still LOVE him! ha! thanks to my sister who got me into the game while he was beating Verdesco. At 1st i was only going for the looks (as usual), then i slowly got to know how amazing he was in tennis. (yeah, you'd probably guessed it. I'm not a sports person. Never watched all these competition.)

OK, back to the Finals! Another exiting game to catch. So many close calls. BUT. Nadal won! Yet again beating Federer like before in the Wimbledon Final in 2005.

It's a wonder where he got his strength from. Compared to Federer, Nadal spent exactly 14 hours and 35 minutes on court while Federer - 12 hours and 35 minutes. and yet Nadal still managed to stretch himself till the end. At the very end, during the speeches, the well known gentle player, world's No. 2 - Roger Federer,27; had a hard time giving his speech. He cried and had to settle himself down while Pete Sampras gave the huge cup to Nadal. And before Nadal walked to the mic, Federer made his move, not wanting to snatch the last words, saving it for Nadal. And tried once more to give his speech, he managed to, but still cried. And after the poor girlfriend or fiance of his, sat through the whole game, tensed, Federer never thanked her. how sad! But he was quite cute starting off his 2nd chance of speech. The night (or morning) ended with Nadal's last words of thanks to everyone in the stadium.

A tennis match-made in heaven indeed.
The World's No.1, Always the World's No.1!!!