Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dinner at UmaiYa

Had dinner last night at UmaiYa Japanese Restaurant at DamansaraUptown. They have another branch in Damansara Perdana (where i was first introduced toUmaiYa).

Anyways, we went to try it again yesterday. The food can be said to be umai! But i still love Rakuzen @ Plaza Damas.

Soft shell crab + unagi + egg maki

A platter of Unagi! (imagine Ross in Friends)

Vege and Prawn tempura

Fried squid

Grilled salmon with yummy sauce on top

They have a dish of fried soft bones, but not always available.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Moon shine

I meant literally, not the other illegal drink.

For the past few nights, i've been sleeping with the moon shining brightly on my face. Can be very bright at certain nights and it's rare.

From my window


Friday, September 12, 2008

Mid-Autumn Festival

It's the time of year again, when we all get to eat mooncakes and play with lanterns. I remember when i was young, every year without fail i would light my lantern and walk around the neighbourhood. I used to have a few of those paper lanterns (somehow the whole thing tends to catch on fire and burn up) and then one year somebody gave me a battery operated one in a shape of a dragon. The dragon has been passed down to Josh and is sitting in his toy basket rite now.

There are so many varieties of mooncakes nowadays, all sort of fillings and crusts. But i still like the normal brown glossy crust with lotus seed paste & yolk. Don't really like those fancy ones though i don't mind trying.

The other day, me and my colleagues were discussing on the story behind the Mid-Autumn Festival. One colleague was telling his version of how some people were hiding in the forest and sent messages by hiding it in the mooncakes.............i think he got it confused with another story.

Another popular story is about a husband and wife called Houyi and Chang'e. They were kickout of heaven and sent to earth. One day, the Emperor of China gave Houyi a pill of eternal life. Houyi went home and hid it and of course Chang'e found it and swallowed it. Chang'e realised that she could fly (Weeeeeee!). When Houyi found out, he scolded her, so she merajuk and flew out of the window. Houyi went after her with his bow and chased her halfway through the heavens (how come he can fly? oh ya, he's an immortal. forgot to mention. but can all immortals fly?). He couldn't continue after that because of strong winds (i didn't make this up). Chang'e reached the moon and was quite breathless by then, so she coughed. Half of the pill fell out of her mouth. So she asked the Hare (i don't know how this bunny got on the moon) to make her a pill so she can go back to earth. Until today, the Hare is still pounding the herbs trying to make the pill. Houyi built a palace on the sun as 'Yang' with Chang'e as 'Yin'. So on the 15th day of the fullmoon every year, Houyi visits his wife, and therefore the moon on that night is shining brightly.

Moral of the story, do not get on the pill. Haha. Kidding... ;)

Friday, September 05, 2008

Bringing a Gundam to life 3

This is another edition of fixing a Gundam. But it's special this time. Why? Cause i did it alllll by myself! *pats self on the back*

We already have 3 Gundams (one of it i didn't have any part in doing it).

I didn't help with the wing Gundam in the center

Doing it all by myself

The parts and pieces

The humans involved

The tools involved. My favourite is the nail clipper


It's all so familiar now

I leisurely took a whole week to finish it. Since it's my project, i can use my own sweet time. At one point, i dropped the smallest sticker onto the carpet. It's not easy to find at all! And my carpet is brownish with stripes!

The smallest sticker is the one on the bottom right

Different parts....

......forming the body


The guns

I don't know how this happened...

All you need is a good head on your shoulders...

Completed upper half

Giving a helping hand

I don't know how this happened again...

Joker helping with the legs

Whole body completed!

Milky way or life?

I want my milky way!

Completed with wings

The whole gang

Fixing the Gundam has been really fun. You got to cut out each piece nicely from the holder and making sure there's no unwanted bits attached. And you have to make sure everything fits in properly. So you got to be meticulous while doing this.