Chillout @ The Twelve Cups

20130510-014342.jpgWent back to The Twelve Cups for cakes after treating Imelda to her birthday dinner at The Cruises Steak House. Think it’s gonna be one of my places to chill for cakes and hangout. Haha. Simply cause the crepe cakes are really nice, and the comfortably nice environment just makes it even better.

This time around, I even ordered a hot Mocha.Β 20130510-014355.jpgSadly though, the hot Mocha kinda sucks. I’m not sure if it’s cause they were short of manpower and rush through making all the drinks since we’d already waited almost 20-25 minutes for our drinks, or issit just their coffee based beverage suck generally. Top that with the slow service, and I almost vow not to come back ever. At that very moment, of course. But after I got my drink, the good feeling came back, specially with every bite of the cakes.20130510-014623.jpgI still think it’s really silly of them to use 75% of the plate space to write words and only the remaining 25% to squeeze in the cake.

This time, we ordered the Raspberry Cheese Cake and the Hokkaido Chocolate Cake.Β 20130510-014633.jpg20130515-000611.jpgPretty good, if I may say so. Thank got the Raspberry Cheese is not too cheesy. It’s just nice for 2-3 people sharing it. Gotta say, the Hokkaido Chocolate is so much better than the milky sweet Hokkaido Milk (mentioned in my previous ‘The Twelve Cups post’). But however nice these two are, I still prefer the Coffee Chocolate and the Tiramisu that I tried previously.

So far, both times I hung out here is with my girl pals. I think it’s an awesome place to just chill and bond over coffee and cakes. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I’d definitely go back again soon for more cakes. πŸ˜‰

Dinner @ The Cruises Steak House, Logan Heritage, Bishop Street

I found this place on the net. Angie and I decided to treat Imelda for her birthday here. The Cruises Steak House at the Logan Heritage along Bishop Street.Β 20130510-013844.jpgI was kinda excited when we arrived and I saw the main entrance. Pretty cool huh? πŸ˜‰ The inside is just as interesting.Β 20130510-013937.jpgIt’s like the more casual version of ‘The Ship’ restaurant. It looks and feels really western, as compared to many other Western food restaurants that I’ve been to. Love the fact that besides proper tables and chairs, they have the ‘raised-barrel-table-with-high-bar-stools’. Lol.Β 20130510-013946.jpgWell, okay. Maybe it’s not really a stool, but you get what I mean. πŸ˜‰ I love how the decor in the place is all really mismatched, but as a whole, everything compliments each other rather nicely.Β 20130510-013923.jpgReally loved the bar area as well. It’s…….. unique. πŸ™‚

Anyways, we ordered a snack to start off. Crispy Fried Cuttlefish.20130510-014005.jpgThought it looked like onion rings. Haha. It’s normal, I guess. Like any fried cuttlefish would taste like. Nothing too special about it.

The birthday girl ordered a Grilled Spicy Chicken Chop.Β 20130510-014132.jpgShe said it was ‘Okay, not bad.’ Haha. I’m guessing maybe the spicy chicken ain’t spicy enough, maybe? πŸ˜‰

Angie had the Grilled Chicken With BBQ Sauce.Β 20130510-014122.jpgCan’t really remember what she said, but I think she said it’s “Quite nice!” πŸ˜‰

I ordered the Grilled Cheese Chicken.20130510-014109.jpgI actually like it. It’s kinda yummy. Not extremely yummy, but definitely something that I would order again in the future. There’s a slice of ham on top of the cheese coated chicken. And the gravy, ham, cheese and chicken blended really well for me. So yup. Really liked it. πŸ™‚

The best thing is, we were all surprised with free thank you drinks which are named, you guessed it, ‘Thank You’.20130510-014218.jpgElectric blue liquid, served in shot glasses rimmed with salt. Yummmmm! But I’m pretty sure there’s no alcohol in it, not that I’m complaining. Anyway, it goes to show, a little surprise goes a long way. I think we all had our mood elevated even more with those shots. πŸ™‚

Random facts. Apparently, on certain days, they have a live band playing there. And there’s a outdoor section way out back, but we didn’t have the time to explore that. Maybe I’ll request for the outdoor seating the next time I’m there.

Nice place, pretty ‘average to good’ food, surprise free drinks and most importantly, great company. It’s a good night. πŸ™‚

Thank You, Sir Alex

Technically speaking, I knew this day would come, but at the same time, when it finally happened, it feels so unreal. Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from the football scene, after 26 six years managing my all time favourite club, Manchester United. He joined Man. Utd. in 1986, exactly the year I was born.

From the days when my dad would watch alone, to the days that he taught me to watch and I watched with him, till now, I watched alone, Alex Ferguson has been there, at sidelines, yelling commands at his players and cheering at goals scored. I won’t deny it won’t be the same not seeing him there, at the sidelines.

Though it’s really sad to see him retire, I believe he has earned this well deserved rest. The trophies he has under his belt is enough to make him a legend in the football world. 316410_447053398722963_1124600748_nOh, let me rephrase that. He’s not a legend, but he’s the legend. My most memorable season is in 1999 where he lead the Red Devils to a treble win. That was fucking awesome! I remember celebrating with my dad. Dad even got me a t-shirt that says ‘Treble Champions’. But time is sometimes a cruel thing. 14 years down the road, dad passed away and now Fergie’s retiring. I guess all good things must come to an end? I hope not, though. Hopefully new manager David Moyes will be able to continue leading the Red Devils into more victories.

Coming back, it’s definitely a loss to the club, and all it’s fans around the world. Heck, even those from the rivaling clubs feel the loss. As long as you’re a football fan, you’ll know the significance of Sir Alex Ferguson.Β 428712_171483143017563_1210524948_nI don’t care what anyone else says, but to me, Alex Ferguson is the best manager ever in the history of English football. As a matter of fact, he’s the best manager ever. Period.

All being said, I hope he’ll have a splendid retirement.

But, I’m definitely gonna miss good old Fergie.
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Trying Out New Hairdos!

Since I’ve decided not to cut my hair until it grows long enough (and by that, I mean really long cause it’s been resting on my shoulders for months!), I thought it to be a good idea to learn some simple hairdos so that my medium hair mane won’t look so……… unkempt. πŸ˜‰ So my first attempt at these two simple hairdos that I spotted and love immediately. It’s all simple, classy or sweet (depending on which one) and makes your hair look like you actually put some effort in it. Haha! πŸ˜‰

1) The poof-fringe ponytailΒ Poof-Ponytail-Kate-BeckinsaleAll I used was a bobby pin and a black rubber band. I did it somewhat right on the first time itself. Ended up with this look…Β 
20130510-013146.jpgClose enough, no? Haha. Well, I’m happy with it. πŸ™‚

2) The braided fringebraided_fringe_jennifer_aniston_All I needed was one bobby pin. BUT, I had to try braid my fringe 4-5 times before succeeding in my first successful trial. You see, I’m not really good with normal braids, what more a fringe braid. But in the end, I managed this…
20130513-122822.jpgPretty good for a first trial, if I may say so myself. πŸ™‚

So now at least I can go around looking neat and tidy instead of my mid-length uncut hair that I’m trying to grow out. πŸ˜‰

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron_Man_3_theatrical_posterGreat expectations. Reason being, I love the first and second movie, and now, everyone I know have been raving on and on about how awesome this third one is. And no, thank God I wasn’t disappointed. But it wasn’t as awesome as everyone declared it was, in my opinion of course. It was pretty good. My only complain is the middle part of the movie that is a little slow moving. Kinda made the entire movie feel a little too long. Just a little. Teeny tiny bit. But other than that, very entertaining. No disappointments at all. πŸ™‚

Robert Downey Jr. is the epitome of swag, for a man his age. Trust me. Very seldom you come across a guy at his age and yet carry the charm of a prince charming, the humour of a classy comedian, the wit of an A-class politician, etc etc. And that alone, qualifies him to be the Iron Man. It’s as if the character is written for him. πŸ˜‰tony starkI’d say this. One word summarized his performance in Iron Man (all 3 movies). Flawless. Like I said, as if character was written for him and not him auditioning for the character. πŸ˜‰ Back to the story. I wish I could have half of Tony Stark’s brains. Random thought. Haha. Love the new disintegrated pieces that will quickly and automatically combine into the Iron Man suit. Which reminds me, am I the only one who felt that his hand gesture to initiate the auto-assembling of the parts onto his body looks a little like Spiderman’s? Lol. Anyway, am not really a fan of his (what I call) ‘out-of-suit-Iron-Man’ stunt.Β IRON MAN 3Think I like it better when he’s in the suit. Feels like it’s more him. Know what I mean? Anyway, not complaining. πŸ˜‰

Let me just say that I love Pepper Potts towards the end of the show. Why can’t they let Gwyneth Paltrow play more parts like this? Tough and combative.Β pepper-potts-iron-man-3Me thinks she looks super hot in that track pants and sports bra, fighting the baddie. Lol! And it’s kinda cool that Paltrow is versatile enough to go from being all feminine to being all tough chick in one single movie. I always group her in the category of having a somewhat fixed type of role. Feminine. Could be good feminine or bad feminine, but definitely feminine. So this tough cookie is kinda refreshing. πŸ˜‰ Good job!

Another favourite character is Don Cheadle’s recurring character, Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes.Β ironman3_rhodney rhodesThis fella doesn’t even need to crack jokes. He’s just funny even though he don’t appear so. Do I make sense? πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I love it when actors have great onscreen chemistry. Cheadle and Downey have pretty good chemistry even though their onscreen time together ain’t much. I think they make pretty good partners.

Moving on. Villain Aldrich Killian in the face of good looking Guy Pearce.Β iron_man_3_aldrich killianWhat’s to complain, seriously? Lol. I never have problems with good looking onscreen villains. Lol. I always consider it a bonus. πŸ˜‰

Wasn’t too impress with Rebecca Hall’s performance though.
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It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exceptionally good too. And to act alongside people like Downey and Paltrow, you really gotta up your game. If not, you’ll just look bland next to them. Well, that’s just my opinion. πŸ˜‰

I really like the kid in this movie.Β iron_man_3_HarleyTy Simpkins as Harley. Love his chemistry onscreen with Downey. Great great job, kiddo.

I was mightily impressed when I first saw Tony Stark’s army of Iron Man appear onscreen.Β iron man teamPretty mind-blowing actually. I’m pretty sure most people’s reaction would be “WHOA!” πŸ˜‰

But I think one of my favourite ‘quiet moments’ in this show is the one shown below.Β iron-man-3-tony-stark-robert-downey-jrThis is one of the scenes that stayed with me way after the movie. Now sure why, but seeing this part really made me feel the the Iron Man itself is a being, and not Tony Stark riding it. It also feels like its a part of Tony Stark. Makes the metal man feels somewhat human. And that just impacted me. πŸ™‚

Overall, a very entertaining show. Would definitely get a copy to watch again in the future. πŸ˜‰

P.S : Love the little tidbit at the end of the show. Special guest appearance! πŸ™‚