Haze, Part 1

Final week of the semester! Just bear with me for about 1 month until my semester break really begins.. then I make more food reviews and ramble more k? =p The past seven weeks has been really interesting. I was forced to make new friends (yeah, forced because I had no friends in the class initially), finally had an awesome lecturer who really gave us a lot of insights, had some terrible time completing group assignments and.. won an iPad! :D More on that later..

For now, I'm suffocating because of the terrible haze originated from Indonesia. I'm sick (not literally) and tired of not getting to breathe in fresh air for the past one week. Somebody DO something! :( Okay la, it's so typical of Malaysians to not to say anything until we face the problem ourselves. Good thing this haze problem is now out of hand and now Malaysians and Singaporeans (not sure about Indonesians) are forcing the governments involved to do something. I think it's almost 2 decades that this problem has been going on.. and yet - no improvements. Instead of working together to improve, there is this blame-game going on. My goodness, is this the third-world mentality? I wonder what would the first-world countries think of us...

K. Enough ranting. Only God can save us now. Rain, please, rain.

Homemade: Okonomiyaki, Broccoli with Beef Tenderloin

Mama's been spending a lot of time in the kitchen over the past few years. And she's pretty good in what she does. Now, now there are experimental moments too. But overall, it's a pleasant experience for us, children. Teehee.



Okonomiyaki. Yums



Broccoli with beef tenderloin. Weehee. 


Mum's pretty generous when cooking or baking, she include other people's portion too. Now, she don't take orders and request for now..but maybe in the future? xD


Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II (A16) NON-VC, NON-BIM (Nikon Mount)


Glossary:
NON-VC: Non-Vibration Compensation
NON-BIM: Non-Built-In-motor
BIM: Built-in-Motor
AF: Auto focus

I was hunting for a Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 NON-VC+NON-BIM for quite some time now and finally got myself one. You can no longer buy this model as a new unit because this model was discontinued, replaced with Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 NON-VC, BIM.

Recommended for DX cameras. NON-VC BIM can be used across all the current DSLR models in the market, and it is definitely very useful for lower-end Nikon models like D3100, D3200, D5100 and such because these camera bodies got no AF motor. But if you have a D90 or D7000 or camera bodies with AF motor, I would definitely recommend you to go for the NON-BIM version. I have tried both the NON-VC BIM and NON-VC NON-BIM version and it is true that the AF is much faster on the latter model.


I got my unit from a dude via Free Trade Zone Malaysia, the aperture ring has a little friction when you use manual focus, but it is alright and doesn't affect AF performance. Also the aperture ring was missing ._. so I've put a wristband on it instead.




Of course, since this lens is around for quite sometime now and it would be normal to have dusts inside a zoom lens. My lens have got dust too but it's alright, cause it doesn't affect image quality either. I mean it's not like I noticed anyway :P

Overall, I like this lens a lot simply because it works great for what I need for group shots. I do admit, it hunts a lot in low light but with the help of AF-assist illumination, the lens can perform better.

This lens is definitely value for money since it's cheaper than the Sigma 17-50 F/2.8 or the very expensive but awesome Nikkor 17-55 F/2.8. Nikon should really come up with a more inexpensive mid-range zoom fixed aperture DX lens :1



Food: Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, Bangsar Village (Non-halal)



Pretty call cards.

I noticed that restaurants get popular by word of mouth, especially among youngsters. It doesn't have to be direct, ya know. Posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or even check-in on FourSquare is enough to indirectly tell people about your opinion about the food. So, I've seen a lot of people posting on Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf at Bangsar Village. Pretty 'trendy' place as a lot of people have been frequenting for its porky-food.

So it was my first time there for Shanon's birthday. Here's some foodie picture. Again, I hate places that are poorly lit up and this place happens to be one of the places with very little lighting. Probably to create ambiance. Thankfully I brought my external flash this time and I was shooting away. Sorry guests for the glaring flashes.


Pink lemonade



Garlic roast pork



Lasagna



The Wolf's Favourite (One of the best-sellers here)



Empty area.



Pork Burger


Overall, I find the food here good but nothing spectacular. I think my expectation of food has gone up a bit. Cause there's so much of good food (especially Western cuisines) around nowadays but nothing stands out. I'm looking for food that makes me crave for them every single day - like sushi LOL. 

Anyway, come here if you like ambiance and pork. Well price-wise it's the normal range you pay for Western. I would say average RM20-RM30 per pax if you go for the 'not so expensive meal'. The service's so-so and some would rate it quite badly. Just check out other people's comment on their Facebook wall :1

I would say the root problem would be because the people serving patrons are not local, thus having difficulties communicating properly. Patrons not understanding the waiter/waitress and waiter/waitress not understanding patrons well. No offense and no discrimination towards these foreigners though because I've seen foreigners with excellent skills and efficient in other restaurants. Perhaps they should be supplied with more training.

Location: Ground Floor, Bangsar Village 1, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m till 11 p.m
Phone: 03-2283 2270




Oh June!

It's June already. :( What have I achieved? Did I actually achieve any of my resolutions I've set earlier this year? 

Let's have a quick update over the past few months shall we? January till May was packed like mad. I think I've watched less than 3 movies in the cinema within the 5 months. 6 subjects in one semester is no joke since I've only been taking a maximum of 4 subjects per semester usually. 



Uni aside, I've got lesser time to join contest. And the ones I've joined usually is.. #kalahlagi... So actually I've not win anything since last December. Anyway, I joined a photo contest by Embassy of the United States: Celebrating Women's Achievements Photo. Got honorable mention on the website (link



Cousin gave birth to lil nephew. So I'm really Aunty Ruxyn now.



Completed all Year 1 subjects, CGPA is enough to apply for Year 2 scholarship. Thank God. : ) Also got A- for design and LLS :D Super happy, since not many people got an A-. Ironically, I was hoping I got an A- for Persuasion in the Media and Media Writing because of the high carrying marks and supposedly "easy". But it turns out that I might be "overconfident" or just didn't study enough. -_-




The post on where to spend BB1M voucher hit 18000 page views, with more than 160 likes and 50 comments. That's a milestone for me, lol. 



Attended sis' convo. >_> My gosh, pix so grainy : (

Okay, besides that.. I'm pretty much lifeless. And oh, just got my Jelly bean update for my phone. Perhaps I'll blog about that soon if I have the time. Till then. Toodles. 



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