Sunday, August 6, 2017

experience | marco creative cruisine (1Utama, PJ)

formerly known as Franco or Miam Miam.

Their jellyfish display is eye-catching but it's their interior which made me walk in. Exploiting animals to seem more sophisticated is sad at best but jellyfish are practically plants, with no conscious mind or awareness of self so it can't be considered animal cruelty. I googled to be sure. And I did not have the willpower to disregard the plush Tiffany blue decor!


There are only two types of girls, suckers for Tiffany blue or pink and I happen to have a weakness for both. Anyway, their dining style is a little different - with a preset menu which you can customize slightly. Here's what I mean:


At RM78 a pop, you definitely get your money's worth.

They start you off with a lime shooter which is very sour, but what better way to reset your tastebuds, hey? They follow it up with a beautiful savory eclair.


I marveled at it for a bit before biting down on the caviar, tomato confit, baby leave and pesto. The aroma of the pastry and the flavors from the topping is nothing short of magnifique!

Next up, we each had one of the soups available.


I thought I would be adventurous and try the Strawberry Gazpacho but I should have just gone with the mushroom soup drizzled with truffle oil. It is amazing! Whereas my pink concoction was pushed aside. It is sour and not very appetizing, so if you're hoping for something hearty, order the mushroom option instead.

Still feeling a little daring, I went with the savory ice cream salad - only because I wondered how ice cream could be savory and not sweet. If you're hoping to keep your curious cat alive, I suggest being patient as the ice cream will be served with dessert. However, I was quite fond of the salad as it was not your boring run-of-the-mill garden salad. They are served with edible flowers too!


Moving on to the main course, he got the Chicken Roulade with Brussels Sprout and I discovered my love for those greens hated by children all over the world. It is delicious! Sadly, I couldn't say the same for the chicken. It seemed a little on the undercooked side, tender though it may be...


But I shudder at what Gordon Ramsay might have said.

My pasta though, was perfection!


If I dream of food, this would be the star. The veggies were cooked just right, the seasoning complementing instead of overpowering and the pasta... Do not get me started on the pasta! It is not al dente because who in their right mind likes pasta lined with plastic? No, this pasta is cooked through but NOT to the point it melts in your mouth.

Lemme try again: imagine placing a firm penne in your mouth and when you chew down on it, the pasta breaks apart with enough force to slide off your teeth. God, that is how pasta in heaven (and I'm assuming, Italy) tastes. It is how it should taste. Get your fucking al dente shit away from me.

I will come back for you.

Now, I obviously didn't think there'd be anything to top the awesome main I just had but out came dessert.


This is just a normal cake. Nothing to shout about. But my creme brulee?


This gem right here? I have never had anything as smooth and rich and creamy. I would slide it down my through but that would be a waste so I savor every single bite till I'm exploding with food. And it was worth it.

If you're in One Utama, Kuala Lumpur... Do not miss this experience. It is probably the best fine dining experience I've had in Malaysia.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

you know...

I used to blog about every negative thing that happened to me. I would rant and let it all out thinking that by doing so, I'd feel better. And I do. But every time I see the post again, all I feel is a tight shame in my chest and a reminder of how upset I was when I wrote it. So I stopped.

Why bother capturing all that anger, when the best thing is to let it go?

I realized that if you set out to do something in order to send a message to someone - it makes you petty, it makes you small. And anger, anger is stupid. It is childish. Once you learn to see from different perspectives, you'll realize it is often ill-earned. You're angry because someone did something you didn't want or like, but should someone else's actions be the reason you lost your temper? Patience is a virtue, and patience is not just about waiting minutes or hours. Patience is understanding, patience is a kindness.

And you have to understand, the thing is your word cannot change anyone who doesn't want to.

I've been re-reading Animorphs and a quote jumped out at me: a fool is strong so that others will see, a wise person is strong for himself (book #23).

It hit me quite hard because just the day before, I was telling my friend about how I tried so hard to pretend like I wasn't afraid of heights just because I wanted to look brave. So I stood on a glass balcony at the roof of a hotel to prove I was unafraid. The truth is, partially, I believed that fear is nothing but a limitation on ourselves. I should have wanted to overcome it because of that, and only that, rather than showing off.

We do that a lot, don't we? Especially in the age of social media and connectivity. We post about our adventures, our conquests and materialism. Who are we trying to convince? But that's a story for another day.

Today it's about peace and love. If you can't love others, at least, love yourself.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Why People Don't Like You


I'm not going to lie, I don't understand how it feels to be bullied - not because I've never been picked on or laughed at and embarrassed. But because I never let it get to me, I don't let myself become a victim. I jibe back, laugh louder or pretend like it doesn't matter and trust me. After a while, it stops being important.

This is not an article belittling bullying. I understand that it can be tough when bullies cross over from being mean and hurting your feelings to downright evil and hurting you physically. It is my own opinion that emotional bullying builds character, but it is never right.

Now, when I was in primary school, I felt ostracized at times but come middle school, I became more popular. And I don't know about Western culture and the kinds of bullies they develop, but in my private Chinese school, bullies are just looking for a little fun. I know because I was one. If someone is disliked, you can be sure they'd find bugs in their bags, poop in their pockets or their desks destroyed. I'm not proud for what I did, but I'd say they deserved it. One for being a snitch, one for being a bitch and the poop was a joke.

There's a fine line for us, between doing something out of malice and doing something out of friendship and you'd be surprise how frequent the two coincide. If you're not egged on your birthday or doused in water, you are not popular. If you haven't been thrust against a pole or pillar by a group of people, you are not cool. If you haven't gotten jelly or gum stuck on your shirt or hair, you probably don't have any friends. And this post is to tell you WHY.

You're too much. And you don't know how to stop. You not only persist, but you pester and you go on and on. Do you want to go out for lunch? Some other time? How about tomorrow? Or tonight? We can do dinner. Oh, still busy? Hmmm... And not five minutes later you're down the same guy's throat about how yall should invite so and so. Woah, slow down there you eager beaver! Everything in moderation, learn how to hold back. People might say they like sincerity and want to know the real you, but nobody's ever ready for the candidly raw. If you suspect that you're being over the top, chances are you have been for the last 10 or 15 minutes or so. People will respond at first but over time, they'll start to give you the cold shoulder.

Go doesn't flow. If you're insistent on having a stick up your ass, soon, people are going to get real sick of you. It's not that you're not allowed to have your own preferences or comfort zones... But if you don't live a little, you're just gonna be stuck in a rut and that rut is a lonely little foxhole you dug yourself. You could learn from ringleaders, whom I've noticed knows how to say what. They make you feel like you've been heard, and somehow make their idea feel like your own. How many times have I been talked into doing something incredibly stupid is embarrassing. On one hand, it's their powers of persuasion and on the other, I just went with the flow. You want me in that baby chair? Done.

Serious is your middle name. Honestly, there's nothing that says "target" to bullies more than a serious person who takes him/herself way too seriously. Life is either a tragedy or a joke so if you don't have a sense of humor, you're gonna get tired AF. Worse, if you are pompous about it and can't unglue yourself from that high horse you're judging everyone from. You might try to act above it all, but we know that you're not fooling anyone.

"Candid" doesn't equal "Offensive".  How is it possible to mistake the two? Well, most people feel like in order to be real, they have to give their most uncensored thoughts. The truth is, people are not very nice and so, neither are what we think. But it's completely possible to be honest without being a complete dick about it. So watch out, while you're busy being as honest as you can be, you're not just making enemies but you're hurting lots of feelings.

You try to make cool happen. Sorry to burst your bubble but you can't. You either are, or you're not. And mostly, people are cool when they are just doing their own thing and being themselves. You can be cool if you're completely a geek or whatever, but not if you are doing it just so it will score you points.

If it's too hard to take in, just remember this quote when you find yourself in any kind of social situation: People will forget what you say or do but people never forget the way you make them feel.

So if you're going to make them feel bad about themselves and rain on everyone's parade, who also tries way too hard, making everyone uncomfortable and awkward... Guess who's not getting invited to the next party in town?

(If you don't know the answer, clearly I've just written a piece of trash.)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tony Roma's Set Lunches (Vivacity, Kuching)

Updated 22/5: I FOUND MY SD CARD! Pictures updated :D 

Tony Roma's has become synonymous with "expensive". Try it, bring it up with your friends and see how they react. 10/10 will agree with my first sentence. But that's not true. They now have affordable lunches starting from RM20.03, served with a drink and soup.



We started off with a Baked Potato Soup and a Chicken Vegetable Soup. The first tasted oddly like a creamy and thick mushroomy soup, with all the flavors of one. The only difference is, it's a lot more filling and congealed. I much preferred the second one which was lighter and perfect on a rainy day. A hearty soup with celery, carrot and onions.



The popiah skin gives this salad a nice proper crunch that goes superbly with fresh lettuce and other salad greens. Just as good as my first visit. At least you can be assured that when you dine at Tony Roma's, quality control is guaranteed!



Was a little disappointed with this as it looked better than it tasted and it felt like something was missing but if you like your pasta with fresh shrimp, tomatoes and basil, you can definitely give this a go! I guess I like my pasta with a more savoury kick!


It's pretty generic, it's like the very definition of a burger but nothing to scream or shout about. If you're craving for a burger and you just want one that hits the spot with nothing more and nothing less, you're looking at it!


The BBQ Quarter Chicken has an interesting blend of smokiness and tangy flavouring and it will really get your tastebuds going wow! The texture is denser than normal but it's not too dry.


The Roasted Chicken is less interesting than the one above but no less yummy. If you're looking for something which has Tony Roma's signature smokey taste but without the tang: This is it!


There's bound to be something there for everyone. As for me, I can't wait to try their strawberry walnut salad. What's your favourite thing off their menu though?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy 2


I caught this on the premiere but it left with me so much feels, I knew I couldn't blog about it without spoiling this great movie. I had to rewatch the first one to calm myself down. And you'd know why, if you've seen it. If not then don't go past this line. Click the little X now. If you haven't seen it and you're still reading, you're stupid you little rebel.


Yondu dies.

See, you've gone and done it. Spoilt the movie for yourself. But before he died, he made "daddy" okay again and I love him so much more for it. C'mon, it was freaking obvious from the first movie that Yondu loved Starlord like his own. All those evasiveness about why he kept him in first place, their bickering and his defiance at keeping Peter alive. Peter, who has to be the thickest hero on the block. Idiot little boy.

I was completely absorbed by his daddy issues, Nebula's obvious sister issues and Groot's cuteness, there really wasn't much left for anything else. It was about the same tired old thing anyway, bad guy wants to take over the world (or maybe in this case - a universe) and the good crew has to clean it all up while going on an adventure of self discovery. But with a cute little tagalong that isn't just a pretty face!


Yes, it took me 2 weeks to get that out. The OST was just as good as the first one though.