It’s Her Turn!

So, my bestie is getting married and me & the girls are all super stoked! Just goes to show that if a person is nice and likable, everyone will be happy when there’s something happy happening for the person. πŸ™‚

Think sometimes we girls may even appear to be more excited than the bride-to-be herself. Lol! That’s what happens when your good friends are getting married . πŸ˜› Can’t wait for the wedding ceremony this year end! And I realized, it’s also like another marker or checker to our years of friendship. I mean, how many close friends will we have at our wedding who has been our good friends since we’re 7 years old and have never grown apart?! Gosh!

Anyways coming back, she and her fiancΓ© are always adorable together. πŸ˜‰ This is one fairytale that am sure will have a happily ever after.

Over Chocolate & Coffee

20140118-181635.jpgIt is not often we are able to find someone who just gets us, our jokes and our snarky comments. Not to mention, they also share almost the exact same thoughts and opinions as us. Not 100% but close enough. πŸ˜› And I’m glad I found a friend in ‘Elmelda’ a couple of years ago. And a close friend at that. πŸ˜€

Dinner @ Kampai, E-Gate

A while back, me and some of the ladies from my new cell group decided to go for a dinner and some hangout, girl bonding session. Sharon suggested this newly opened place at E-Gate called Kampai.20130502-103028.jpgNow, I was confused for quite some time wondering what kinda food is served here. My first thought was Japanese, but then Sharon said it’s Chinese food. Curious. Never heard of such a name for a chinese restaurant. Anyway, when we arrived, we realized it’s more of Taiwanese food. My first thought, “Meh.” I’m kinda picky when it comes to Taiwanese food. Nope. Not cause I love it, more like I don’t like it. So it has to be really Taiwanese and yummy, if not…… *thumbs down* So anyway, not sure what to make out of the place when I first stepped in.Β 20130502-103037.jpgSo apparently, they look like (look being the operative word) they have some live seafood. Or maybe they do. I can’t really remember. πŸ˜‰ Anyways, this is like the first place with this kinda concept that actually serves beer. Various kinds of beer. Weird ones even. Good thing? Spacious.Β 20130502-103048.jpgThe chairs may not look comfortable, but for this kinda ‘food-eating’ it’s actually not bad. Bad thing? Kinda hot. Actually, took me about 15-20 minutes to really stop sweating and really feel the slight (very slight) cool air. Maybe we should have just sat outside. Meh.

First 2 things that annoyed me even before I started with my food :

1) The menu.20130502-103104.jpgAbout 50% of the dishes listed here are actually just names of the main ingredient in the dish! No indication of how it’s cooked or what it’s cooked with. I was like, “WTF!” And really, the entire restaurant, there’s not a single picture of any of the dishes they provide except for 2-3 sample looking dishes on plates, wrapped with plastic. Bad marketing plan.

2) The drinks.20130502-103246.jpgOkay, maybe some will find me kinda petty about this but, who the hell serves plain water in a beer glass?! I’m sorry but I’m kinda particular. I mean, I get annoyed when they served me Konig Ludwig in a Hoegaarden glass. What more plain water in a beer glass. Don’t you have a normal plain glass? If you wanna open a restaurant which serves beer, make sure you learn some basic restaurant/bar-tending ‘ethics’. Ugh.

Anyways, coming back to the food. I’m gonna list the name as it is given in the menu, then you’ll know what I mean about ‘annoying menus’. πŸ˜›

First up, we have the ‘Traditional Fried Noodle’.20130502-103124.jpgI like this fried noodle. It’s one of the simplest yet hardest dish to cook, in my opinion. Cause, it’s easy technically, but to make it yummy and memorable, not that easy. I’m not saying this is memorable, but it’s definitely nice. We actually thought of ordering another plate but decided against it after realizing that we ordered a total of 8 dishes for 6 ladies. πŸ˜‰

Next up, the ‘Singapore Bee Hoon’.20130502-103131.jpgBland and tasteless. ‘Nuff said.

I suggested the ‘Salmon Belly’. So we ordered that as well.Β 20130502-103211.jpgSee what I mean? Just ‘Salmon Belly’. *frowny face* Anyway, it was served with a slice of lemon and some sorta powdery stuff, which is supposed to be spices (I asked the waiter), but actually just taste kinda salty. But all that aside, the grilled (at least, I think it’s grilled… since the MENU didn’t mention it) ‘Salmon Belly’ was actually kinda nice. To me, one of the most important thing about fish dishes is their freshness and this one? Pass. πŸ™‚

We also ordered the ‘Taiwanese Chicken Nuggets’.20130502-103141.jpgIt’s not bad, but I’m not impressed. It’s like a cross breed of fried chicken and chicken popcorn…… Wait, chicken popcorn is fried chicken in small pieces. Okay, I don’t know what I’m talking bout, but bottomline, I’m not impressed but it’s definitely edible. πŸ˜‰

The ‘Bitter Gourd’. Yup. That’s all it said in the MENU. ‘Bitter Gourd.’20130502-103151.jpgI actually like this. Know why? Cause even though I can’t really remember how this taste like exactly, it’s enough to make me go around and look for bitter gourd stir-fry with egg for the following week, whenever I am at the economy rice stall. And let me just say, “Me no, and never, likey bitter gourd”. Lol. So even though I don’t remember, it must be pretty good. At the very least, above average. πŸ˜‰ And yes, not the name listed in the menu. Just ‘Bitter Gourd’. How the hell am I supposed to know if its fried or steam or raw or made into soup or etc etc!? With egg or with prawns or with chocolate or with ice cream?! Yup. Pun fully intended. Never heard of bitter gourd with ice cream or chocolate or chocolate ice cream, but if anybody has tried before, well, I’d love to know the taste and the ‘effects’ of it, if you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰

Next was the ‘Mo Po Tofu’.20130502-103200.jpgThis is averagely nice and I actually liked it. Had second and third helpings of this. So *thumbs up * from me! πŸ™‚

Another veggie dish we had was called, ‘Kai Lan’.20130502-103221.jpgLet me just say, ‘kai lan’ is actually the name of the veggie. Its actually the Cantonese name for Chinese broccoli. So you see? There you go again, listing only the main ingredient in the menu. How the hell would I know the ‘kai lan’ would be cooked like this with carrots and etc etc?! Gosh. Anyway, all that being said, this dish? Just average. Too much bark, too little leaf. I love the leafy part of veggies as compared to the barks. Haha.

Finally, there’s the ‘Taiwanese Roast Pork’.20130502-103233.jpgBeing a Penangite, living in an island where there are simply shitload of places that sells roasted pork, I’d call this a total failure. I usually prefer my roasted pork to be a little crispy, but this is more than a little limpy. And it’s sliced so thin, you don’t even get ther feel of eating roasted pork. Maybe it’s the Taiwanese style of serving it I guess. Well, sorry, but it’s a disappointment.

The food are priced averagely reasonable and it would be nice to come in a group cause then you can have more dishes. I am planning to come back and try some other stuff though. Hopefully soon.

And even though the menu was just lack of information and the food ranges from nice to a failure, I enjoyed the company. Nope. Of course not to the extend of the company of my close friends. Take into consideration, these are pretty new people in my life. New cell group members. But we gel pretty well together and I actually look forward to more outings like this. One meal and a cup of beverage from a nearby Starbucks, the ladies of the Green Lane Life Group (one or two from another group, but who cares! haha) had formed a bond. May it grow stronger. πŸ™‚Β 20130502-103303.jpg

Girls’ Catch-up @ The Twelve Cups, Beach Street

I thought the only place in Penang to have crepe cake is Humble Beginnings, Straits Quay. But I was wrong. Seems like there’s another place that’s much nicer, comfier and spacious, as compared to the small shop of Humble Beginnings at Straits Quay.

The Twelve Cups. Yup. That’s the name of the shop, located along Beach Street, Penang.20130415-180915.jpgAt first I thought it’d would probably be more of a coffee-based shop, but apparently no. Not really anyway. The attraction there it their crepe cake.20130415-180922.jpgGlad Hui suggested this place for our girls meet-up with Cherrie last Sunday. I love trying new places. Lately it’s like a ‘thing’ for me to try new places and write about it. Haha. And this is one place I’m really happy to be introduced to. Besides parking being a slight problem if you’re a lady and is suppose to go there at night (cause it’s kinda dark on the road at Beach Street), this is a really nice place to chill and hangout. The sofa chairs just makes it just that much more comfortable. πŸ™‚

Anyways, we ordered 4 cakes to be shared among the 5 of us girls.Β 20130415-180940.jpgI find it rather silly to use 80% of the plate to write words with chocolate syrup while the cake is squeezed into the remaining 20%. On top of that, whatever’s written just doesn’t make sense. Some sounds silly even. ‘Be Happy’ is kinda way too cliche and cheesy, but it’s still okay. ‘Sunday I’m In Love’? Please. Just please. Bleh. πŸ˜‰

Cake number 1. TiramisuΒ 20130415-180954.jpgPretty yummy, if I may say so. I love how the cakes, all four of them actually, are so soft, your fork just slide all the way from the top right down to the plate. The Tiramisu ain’t too creamy like some of the Tiramisu’s that I’ve tried elsewhere. The blend of the coffee taste with the rest of the cake ingredients is just nice, none of it overpowering the other.

Cake number 2. Hokkaido Milk20130415-181012.jpgThis is way too milky for my liking. Way way way too milky. It’s like the whole thing is made of solely milk. Don’t get me wrong. I do drink milk. But as a cake, it’s just too much. It doesn’t even taste like a cake. It’s more like eating milk crepe. πŸ˜›

Cake number 3. Mango20130415-181006.jpgOh gawd. This is so bad, I cringe when I took my first bite. Bleh! But I guess this depends on preference cause it seems like one of my friends, Wei Yi, actually liked it, though, I think she’s the only one. πŸ˜‰

Cake number 4. Coffee Chocolate20130415-181000.jpgThis is my favourite. It’s so yummy, I decided to buy a slice back for my mum who doesn’t like cakes. And even she said it’s yummy! So it’s a big thumbs up for this one. πŸ™‚

I actually prefer the cakes here, as opposed to the one at Humble Beginnings, despite my lack of interest in the Hokkaido Milk and Mango. The cakes here are softer and slight more moist. Though, I really have no complains for the Humble Beginnings cakes as well. πŸ˜‰

After filling our bellies with these yummy (and not-so-yummy cakes), we had a short photo session at the nearby carpark where we parked our cars. Or rather, cam-whoring session. πŸ˜‰ I gotta say, I miss hanging out with my high school friends.20130415-181026.jpg20130415-181019.jpgThe true and real ones are really hard to replace. But I guess the same goes with current adult friends, even though the number of sincere ones might be lower. πŸ˜‰ I’m glad to say, I’m blessed enough to have met a handful of really good friends over the past few years. πŸ™‚ True friends are rare, and I’m glad I’ve got them. The old and new ones alike. πŸ™‚

What A Pleasant Surprise!:)

Totally unexpected. It was supposed to be a RedBox outing to celebrate Lavinia, Sharron and Serene’s birthday since their birthdays are just 2-3 days apart. And I was helping a little in the planning. So I didn’t expect it to also be a birthday celebration for me. An early one. πŸ˜‰ And what’s surprising is that I never expected my cell group members to know when my birthday is, let alone remember it, given that I just started regularly going to cell group 6-7 months ago and I’ve never told them my birth date. Plus, I removed my birth date from Facebook on January the 1st, 2013, as mentioned in my earlier post. But somehow, they did. They care enough to find out, know and remember, though I don’t know how. Haha. And it’s a pleasant surprise. It’s just a simple cake and a birthday song, but it warms my heart to the core. Truly touched. And happy. πŸ™‚Β IMG_7447

Of Drinks & Friendships @ Berlin’s Bier Houz, Straits Quay

The week before Chinese New Year, the old ‘Saturday hangout group’ decided to meet up fro food and drinks since Denise is back. After a satisfying meal of bbq steamboat at Ding Charcoal BBQ & Steamboat, we headed downstairs towards The Library. It’s a good thing it’s pretty packed at The Library and there were barely any good seats there. Cause, we decided to go next door to Berlin’s Biew Houz instead. And even though there’s no live band at Berlin’s, but somehow, I found the atmosphere there nicer than The Library. Gives a slightly ‘warm, home-town bar’ kinda feeling. It’s nice. Sitting inside, for the first few minutes, you may find the music to be a tiny bit too loud, but once you’ve accustomed to it, it’s actually a very nice place to sit, drink and chat.20130218-133551.jpgBeen a while since the ‘old Saturday gang’ hangout like that. Since Denise left for Australia, I think. Mainly cause very soon after she left, there was a new addition to the group who made use of us all to have an affair behind her boyfriend’s back. Oh well, good to say that now she’s no longer in the group, since she don’t need us anymore. I won’t deny that all of us are actually happy. Anyways, never realized how much I missed just sitting around with a beer or two, or even a cocktail or two, just chilling and shooting shit with my good friends. The randomΒ jokes, the teasings, the laughters, etc etc. Too bad Denise was only here for two weeks. Not its back to Mich, Boo Leong, Joshua and me. Still better than having a fifth member who uses us and a sixth memeber who was trying to wedge his way into the fifth member’s steady relationship. Smirk. Yes. I can be a bitch at time. πŸ˜›

Joshua had a stroke of creativeness and I just couldn’t resist snapping a picture of it. 20130218-133605.jpg

I’m actually glad I don’t drink as much as I did in 2011 and the first half of 2012. Nowadays I just enjoy my drink or two, and chill with my close pals. But I saw this on the net, and really couldn’t resist reposting it here, just for the fun of it. πŸ˜‰
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Lessons Changes A Person ;)

Of all the things I’ve heard him say, this one’s the best! 20130109-025231.jpgAnd what he said? Is me. Exactly. The past year, I’ve learnt my lesson about being nice to people who aren’t necessarily nice to you. You’ll end up getting hurt, bad. So new principle? I don’t care who you are. You’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you sincerely. And if you’re not, IΒ won’t bother being nice to you too. πŸ˜‰

The following holds true too. 20130109-025240.jpgThe older we get, the more we realize. I can prove that. Just a short 14 months and I know who are some of my true friends and who are some……… who aren’t really true. πŸ˜‰