Calanthe Art Cafe (Malaysia 13 States' Coffees), Melaka


This post is way overdue. We went to Calanthe Art Cafe, Malaysia 13 State's Coffees in Melaka back in August. So this post is like 2 months late. Naturally, I don't remember the food or coffee we ate/drink. LOL. Anyway, I took quite a few photos in the cafe because there were a lot of decos, and very random ones too.







Some people might not get this, but I see what you did there, Calanthe. 

















Well it was a nice environment to be in. I remember it was quite cooling but it may be because the weather was kinda good. The area is quite enclosed so it might be stuffy for some other people if it was a little hotter. 













Eunice, the Coffee. I remember the name of this coffee because Eunice ordered this coffee (with the same name). HAHA.


The layout of Calanthe is segmented to a few different areas. At the other parts of the cafe, you can seat on retro wooden sofas or even rattan chairs. We were seated on plastic chairs and table though. Hahahaha.









I just realised that a lot of bloggers that visited this place ordered their Green Tea Coffee. May you guys might wanna try it too because it seems to be one of the popular drinks there. I also found out that Calanthe is a pork-free cafe but it cannot be certified as a halal cafe because Calanthe serves beer. 

As I've mentioned before in this blog, I'm not a coffee drinker. But I heard that the coffee's not bad here. I think people who love cozy cafes with lotsa decorations to take pictures with are gonna like this place a lot. 


NST Life & Time's Travel KL Fabulous Food Hunt 2013

Just five days before the event itself, Jetty asked me if I want to join his team because one of his group members couldn't make it. I was thinking - why not?

It's been awhile I went for a treasure hunt. The last was in 2007 - YPF Amazing Race. Of course I remember when it was because I sprained my leg while running down the stairs at one of the LRT stations. LOL, clumsy rux is clumsy. 


Team #130


Phew! Thank God I didn't fall while running this time. Every time I go out for an outing or event, I am super thankful I come back without bruises because whenever I go cycling or badminton or camp or whatever, I would hurt myself. I must stop this trend. LOL.

So anyway, the event was cool. Kinda good weather for a Saturday - at least it didn't rain. Organised well I would say. It was weird though because the emcee was speaking in Malay the whole time and briefing was done mostly in BM too. Not that I have an issue with it but I find it ironic since NST is an English newpaper.

Anyway, there were 9 checkpoints in this food hunt. Traveled to places that are familiar like Velodrome and Bangsar, to places that I've never been before like Wangsa (don't give me that look please) and Pantai Dalam.

Did I mention I nom-ed down a plate of nasi daging (kambing) + taugeh + water in I think less than 5 minutes. Omaigash. And I drank coffee (which was sweet, thank God because I don't consume coffee LOL).

Anyway, my group came in 64th..naturally all of us were kinda disappointed. But we stayed through the whole prize-giving ceremony to wait for the lucky draw.


*cue Daft Punk - Get Lucky*

I know the context of the song is different HAHAHAHA. But Jetty's friend won one of the 5 top prizes for lucky draw and won a pair of AirAsia tickets. Super cool, we can't believe it ourselves. 

The top 10 prizes for lucky draw were kept till the last. The atmosphere was like drawing for grand prize lottery. LOL. I think it's purely God's blessing and somewhat miraculous because initially, the prize was for another number but the person (with the number) was not there so the draw is disqualified! And then with the re-draw, Jetty's friend got it :D If my memory served me well, for all the other draws, the lucky person was there to receive the prize.

Anyhows, it was really fun and a good experience for me. Except the fact I feel like an old granny the whole of Sunday and yesterday. I know I need more exercise but to my defense, I was carrying a bag filled with 3 bottles of water, towels and whatnot the whole day on Saturday :P

Thanks Jetty for inviting me to join his group :D!

All pictures belong to and credit back to Jetty :D


Video of the Week: Evolution of Beyoncé - Pentatonix




I love the Halo / I Was Here part best! :D

Oh by the way, Beyonce (the Facebook page) shared this video too. Woots!




Review: Criminal Minds Season 9 Episode 5 "Route 66"



Spoilers ahead!

I think I got the shock of my life when Hotch suddenly collapsed. I certainly didn't see that coming. Producers and writers already told fans that we can expect Haley and the Reaper (aka George Foyet) to reappear. And so they did, in this episode. "Route 66" is a very special episode for fans as this is the 100th episode since Haley died :( It's nice to know and remember Hotch is still human since he's always all macho and stern - this episode showed his emotional and vulnerable side.



Hey, you look good.

The case, is not too bad. A case of a father abducting her daughter, except that the daughter went willingly. The Unsub has got a terrible past but loved his daughter enough to make him surrender in the end. Got some pretty good ending in the end. The negotiation between JJ and the Unsub was emotional too. JJ revealing about her pain of witnessing her sister's death - her sister slashed her own wrist. Painful, painful.

Ah, all in all, it's quite a typical case but then so much emotion in this episode. I particularly love the exchange of words between Hotch and Haley. Beautiful.



Review: About Time (2013) Movie Review



All thanks to KLIPS, I received open passes to watch About Time. A time-traveling husband definitely reminds me of the book or movie titled "The Time Traveler's Wife".



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Review in 140 characters: Domhnall Gleeson had a fine performance, totally stole the show from Rachel McAdams. Lovely setting & good cinematography. Romance level up.

This is one of the better, if not best rom-coms out there. I think the casting was real good. I love, love the setting and cinematography, so beautiful! Oh and great soundtrack music.

Let's be real. There ought to be plot holes when it comes to applying the concept time traveling. For me, never mind the plot holes because I enjoyed the movie any way. But clearly, the screenwriter didn't put in enough attention when it comes to developing the story and make sure that the rules somehow seem logical, or at least don't contradict one another.

There is also a 'lesson' at the end of the movie.. go watch to find out :P

Oh ya, if you haven't sign up as a member with KLIPS, it's about time (see what I did there?) you do because they are giving out free tickets very frequently :D




Food: Kampachi Equatorial Bangi-Putrajaya Japanese Buffet

So I went to Kampachi on Saturday with my family because it was Ruh's birthday.

Kampachi was an oddly familiar place. Off because I was here quite a number of times when I was younger but I only have very vague memories about this place. In my faded memory, this place was dimly-lit and I had one of the best Japanese food here.




Equatorial Bangi-Putrajaya was just Equatorial Bangi many years ago. It's located in a rather secluded area, so we took some time to find this place since it's been a long time since our last visit. The seating area may not cater many people but it was not full anyways. Not crowded, so it's good for buffet there's no queue whatsoever.


Soft shell crab sushi and unagi sushi!

Not sure why unagi has been increasingly expensive over the last two years. :( It used to be affordable and now it's unreasonable. LOL. By the way random question, people do know that unagi is an eel, right? I told my friends and many of them are shocked. -_-; People, know what you eat!


The fried oyster on the right is really some good stuff!



Raw fish :D Salmon and tuna. Obviously I was still hungry when I took this picture - out of focus and horrible angle. Hahaha. 






Edamame! Spammed quite a few bowls of this. :D






Sukiyaki




Oh hey, it's a dorayaki.








Matcha icecream is the beast. Not too sweet and green tea is not too strong, I love it!










There are four main stations but I didn't take picture of the aisles except for the desserts (as seen above). I was too shy and I felt like I was intruding the chef's personal space. LOL. Anyway, I love the variety here and I love the quality. Really fresh and good. Kampachi don't have extensive variety like Jogoya or Saisaki but I love everything that they have here :D 

Service is cool, there are waiters around who will refill your drink (green tea) so you don't need to do it yourself. They are quite alert about this. I think it's also because the dining area isn't too big so they are quite efficient. By default, they will serve you hot green tea but you can also request for cold. If you want other drinks, I think you would need to pay more. I don't see any counter for drinks like other buffets.

The ambiance is okay - you might get a little smelly (smoke/oil smell) here because of the small area and the chefs have to cook at their stations.

So, what can I say except that I love Kampachi! 



Video of the Week: Alison Gold - Chinese Food


Well, whaddya know..... it's the new Rebecca Black. I'm not sure which is worst - Friday or Chinese Food? Smart move though, knowing that the Chinese population is huge... you can find a Chinese in almost every part of the world.. so great tactic for viral marketing.

And what's news? This is coming from the same producer of Friday. WOW!
-_-; 

This is definitely VOTW because I think it will either make you laugh OUT loud, literally LOL or... you'll cry.


Review: Criminal Minds Season 9 Episode 4 "To Bear Witness"


Spoilers ahead!

This episode features a serious case of sibling rivalry and ... how nasty or freaky nanotechnology is. The Unsub looks super familiar but I can't remember where I've seen him. Not Heroes or Vampire Diaries. Some other shows, can't remember. 

Not much suspense for this episode either. No spree killing, in fact come to think of it, no one actually died. o_o Now is that a Criminal Mind's first?



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Finally, the introduction of the BAU's new section chief, Mateo Cruz, who's gotten quite a good number of screen time thanks to the suspicious relationship that he has with JJ.

Fans are accusing JJ of having an affair with Cruz. I'm used 'accuse' because JJ's character is definitely not the kind that has an affair, no doubt about that. So, it will be interesting to find out how writers are going to continue this story. 

I thought it was interesting that we got to know what was going on Sam's mind and we look at how Morgan was trying to communicate with him. One thing though, I thought Sam should have sound more paranoid and afraid. Hmm. 

And oh, it's quite apparent that Blake is closest to Reid because of what they went through in Season 8 (Reid first told Blake about Maeve). Rossi's comment definitely FTW as he said : Happy Wednesday, my nerds. HAHA.

Overall, it's an OK episode. Won't be one of those that you remember...except for Cruz and JJ maybe. Their storyline is definitely the trump card for this episode.


Homemade: Durian Crepe, Durian Mooncake, Durian Tart







My mum has been cooking and baking a lot this year. So here's a few things that she made for us using durian. My mum is a supermom. :D



Mid-October 2013

Why, hello mid-October. I'm in the peak of my semester with loads of assignments waiting for me to finish them. In the last 1 month or so, it's been quite happening. Some of the things I remembered - something wrong with the house tangki when we were not around and when we were back...we found our house flooded with water... ヽ(#`Д´)ノ



So after 4 years, we finally organised another YPF Camp at 'same old place'. Much different camp than the previous 2 camps I attended. Will find time to blog about it soon, I hope.



Aki left to pursue her studies. :(

A few couple of things happened - attended another graduation ceremony this year, went to a tattoo parlour a few days ago, more makan. So yeah. I also hope to finish up my foodie posts soon.


If all goes well, there should be something 'big' happening next week. Ah.. we'll see.

I know everyone thinks I'm very free. I also appear to be very free. The thing is, I love to make time for myself and for any other time, I'll be dedicated carry on with my responsibilities.

K, back to assignments.


Review: Criminal Minds Season 9 Episode 3 "Final Shot"


Spoilers ahead!

It's a better episode! Though it's not my favourite case but I thought the sequence of the story in episode 3 left viewers to think about the complications of the case which were eventually explained, almost at the end of the episode.

This episode covered the issue of spousal abuse and the 'angel' system. Crazy abusive husband wanted wife dead. Must be a sociopath.

The Colin-Maya thing seems very suspicious the whole time. Got cheated the whole episode but who would have thought that Colin (he's not the Unsub) was the hired sniper? The Unsub's appearance was a little too short but the smirk he gave to Morgan before he died really left a mark in the episode.

Another thing that left me feeling cheated for awhile was when Colin was shot. I thought it was Morgan and JJ who fired that shot but it was Hotch's excellent shot from across in Maya's apartment and he fired it behind her. Hotch, you mad?



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Penelope asking for more resource to upgrade her server ^.^

In one of the scenes where Morgan and JJ were interrogating the criminal in prison, they acted all lovey-dovey and wanted to break down the criminal with that tactic. Loved the camera angles and shots because the focus were on their gestures. I was thinking, if Prentiss was still around I bet it would be Morgan and Prentiss in the interrogation room, not JJ. Oh, how I miss Prentiss on the show. 

Nothing much to complain in this episode, I like it overall. However, JJ seems disturbed in one of the scenes with Reid. So I'm wondering what story are they going to develop out of this. And the wait for the next episode continues :P