My Birthday 2014

I had a quiet birthday celebration this year (it was on 24th September 2014_. My wife’s cousin, CS, baked me a red velvet cake. It was a little bit bitter but it was the gesture that counts.

Here’s #LiviaFoong and me when we were cutting my cake. She likes being carried on my shoulder. But she will eat my hair sometimes.

Wife brought #LiviaFoong and I to Hyatt 38 to celebrate my birthday in advance.

We were here few months ago to celebrate Mummy’s day for my wife.

I must say this place is expensive. We had to pretend to be rich to be here.

Sparkling or still?, asked the waiter.

“Still”, I replied.

Then came the RM22 bottle of Aqua Panna mineral water. Must have came from an extinct mountain in Italy.

My RM170 lamb ribs. It was pretty good!

This is their signature cake. Apparently a must have in Hyatt 38. Chocolate mousse topped with caramel. Tasted abit like Mars bar. It also came with yummy banana ice cream.

Great view of the city.

#LiviaFoong on a baby chair. Apparently this baby chair costs RM1200. Made of wood and it looks like a stair. Wtf.

RM20 parking fee. I can eat 3 – 4 plates of wan tan mee with this amount!!!

One thing about Hyatt is that it doesn’t have a diaper change room. So we have to change #LiviaFoong on the car boot. She seems to like it there.

On my birthday, my parents and I had dinner at Canton-i, Mid Valley. Purple Cane, Our usual place to celebrate birthdays, was closed for renovation. Mum was a little bit disappointed.

Before dinner, Dad came early to see #LiviaFoong. He spent couple of hours with her. This is the first time he spent such a long time with her.

I’m starting to dislike my birthday celebrations. So much so that I hid my birth date on Facebook so that no one knows it’s my birthday. But some great friends still remember it!

One special thing about this year’s birthday is that it’s my first birthday as a father. Hope for many more ones to come!

My Birthday 2013

This year’s birthday celebration was pretty quiet. No house parties, just meeting up with friends for meals. I even spent half a day in the Court of Appeal waiting for my case to be called.

When the clock struck at 12AM, my wife and her sister presented me with a green tea cake. YUM.

Aakiang and I celebrated our birthday together at Daikanyama, Changkat Bukit Bintang on a Monday night. Great food and we had two bottles of Umeshu before moving to Magnificent Fish and Chips for drinks. It was also our first time having dinner with the newly wed couple Ping and Yoke Chin as husband and wife. They had their wedding ceremony a night before that.

Aakiang admiring his drink.

My wife brought me to Prime at Le Meridian for dinner. They are known for their steaks. I had a Wagyu beef steak, which was awesome, whereas my wife had lobster. Complimentary bread with three types of butter were served. Food was really good but it was extremely pricey. My steak cost me a few hundred bucks.

4 different types of sauce + mash potatoes.

I told my wife that we should take home some cutlery to compensate for the high prices. She covered her face in shame.

Umeng came back for the weekend. He moved to Macau from Brisbane and he’s designing casinos now. KF, WK, Umeng and I gathered at Hen’s place for wine and karaoke. He has a karaoke room in his house!

We went home around 5AM. I don’t remember the last time staying up later than 3AM. I had a hangover the next day!

On the same day, my West side friends held a joint celebration for Eric C and I. We had dinner at Fish Village Steamboat, Puchong. Will write more about this place in a separate post.

Instead of heading to Mid Valley, My parents, my wife and I had dinner at Padi House, Seri Petaling for dinner. My Dad bought me a book called, “Richest Man in Babylon”. I’ve heard of the book but I’ve not read it. Dad left a note there stating, “Be Inspired”.

My friends from the West Side joined me and Eric C for dinner to celebrate our birthday at Restaurant Fish Market Steamboat, Pusat Bandar Puchong. Eric C’s birthday was on the 19 September while mine was 24 September. Thus, 22 September, which falls on a Sunday, became the most suitable date for us to celebrate our birthdays.

Eric’s best man, Charles, ordered the best dishes from the restaurant. Salt baked crab was the highlight of the night. It was humongous and tasty.

Steamed Prawns were also good as well. I love the sauce that came with it.

Lala fried noodles is also highly recommended.

We supplemented our dishes with a big bowl of steam boat!

There’s always room for dessert. We drove to Tang Shi Fu at Puchong for some dessert before heading home. It was an alcohol free night for me!

It’s amazing how time flies. It’s October now and 2014 is approaching. Have a good year ahead everyone!

Chinese New Year 2013

This year’s Chinese New Year is rather quiet as compared to last year’s celebration. Last year, my friends from Australia were back hence we had activities almost every night. But this year, the night activities were cut down tremendously. We had late night sessions for the first few days but eventually died down.

Before the fireworks started to go off, my Eastside hengtais came to my house to play card games. I must say that my luck is pretty good this year. While playing BlackJack, I had 21 points three times consecutively.

As usual, my family had a low key reunion dinner. We had our reunion dinner at Padi House, Seri Petaling. On the next day, we had dinner at Secret Recipe.

My sisters Anna and Jenny organised a steamboat dinner at Anna’s place. My niece, nephews and grand nephew were there to join us too.

We had a day trip to Mentakab on the second day as my parents in laws were there to visit other relatives. The traffic to Mentakab was okay but it was extremely jam the next day.

Not my tyre shop!

On the same day, we made a trip to Sg. Pelek, Sepang. It’s a small town located near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. One of my wife’s relatives had an open house and I must say it was a culture shock for me. This relative took over a park, erected a tent and hired performers to sing and dance on stage!

Wife’s aunty brought Rocky a long for the trip

On the 3rd day of Chinese New Year, my wife and I had a little open house and invited my friends from the West side (we refer friends who live in PJ as Westside while those who live in Old Klang Road, East side). We served them snacks and coffee. We ended the evening with card games.

Sui Lin (in cheongsam) was back from Sydney for Chinese New Year

Who can forget about our Prime Minister’s controversial angpow?

This Chinese New Year also marked the death of Timothy Tan’s father. He was not well and subsequently succumbed to his illness. My hengtais and I used to see him every Christmas as we would go to his place for Christmas dinner.

Speaking about tradition, I made sure that I attend En Peng’s Pai Tin Kong session at his house on the 8th day of Chinese New Year. I’ve been attending it since high school and I thought I shouldn’t miss it at all. But the attendance by the gang was rather poor. Only me, my wife, WK and Kiang could make it. Nevertheless, I am glad that I attended it.

Long red firecracker for the year of the snake

Although it was a quiet Chinese New Year, it was an enjoyable one. I hope the year of the Snake will bring joy, happiness and wealth to everyone. HUAT AH!

My Birthday 2012

A little leap from the big three O. I turned 31 in September.

What made it better is that it’s different from last year. Last year, I was working for someone, unmarried and working hard to save the little money I get from my salary so that I can save up for a house. Then I realize the few hundred bucks a month can’t get me anywhere. 

Early this year, I got married and started my own law firm. I never looked back.

But this years birthday parties were not as massive as the years before, there was once I had 5 parties.

This year round, my wife organized a little gathering at our house. She took the pain to decorate our food. It was a social media themed party.

The gang

By the way, she’s starting a party decoration eCommerce website soon. So watch this space. 

My former colleagues threw a potluck cum birthday party at TY & YS’s house.

It was also Alfred’s, TY & YS’s son, birthday hence we shared the cake. I ate so much that my stomach also exploded. 

My former High school friends and hengtais had a BBQ at WK’s house to celebrate the September babies birthday. I was late as I had to attend a wedding dinner. I didn’t see much of the party but I did cut the birthday cake with the September babies.

Ever since my first year in university, my Sheffield University mates would throw a birthday party for me. Well, most of them have moved to Singapore. One even became a Singaporean.

Janet tried to organize a dinner but only KF, his wife and son could make it. But our little pot luck party turned fine. Thanks Big Ass J.

My parents no longer like to travel far for birthday dinners. At one point, we went to Klang for dinner every birthday. Then it became nearer. We went to Mid Valley instead. And this year, it’s even nearer. We went to Seri Petaling, about 5 minutes drive from the house. Dinner was at a Chinese coffee shop. Short and sweet dinner. 

At this age, news of friends’ parents passing away have become often. But I am glad that both my parents and my wife are able to be with me on my birthday. 

Thank you everyone for the wishes. I look forward to 2013!

Jamie Toh’s Pre-House Warming Party

After winning RM600 from Him, Kiang, Ping and me on the raw siham (cockles) challenge, Jamie Toh (JT) decided to make a living out of the challenge.

After making some money out of the challenge, JT got himself a nice house. To celebrate the occasion, he invited my high school friends and I to his new place for BBQ and drinks.

Hen and Umeng were to first two to arrive. Together with JT and his bro, they started the BBQ pit.

Even JT’s dogs have a new home for themselves.

Soon, guests started trickling in.

Some guest were given a tour of the hour by resident guest, Kiang.

Nice stairs!

Food was plenty. The ladies sat and waited for food while the men cooked it XD

We had live crab. Timothy was tasked to kill them before cooking them.

This is how you kill a crab..

JT’s uncle caught some live prawns for us to BBQ. The prawns’ legs were wriggling even when we were cooking them -_-

Timothy again was tasked to “penetrate” the prawns with skewers. Definitely King’s Scout material.

So after food, we had ‘some’ drinks. Someone decided that we should ‘shotgun’ all our beers -_-

Shotgun is basically a process where one drinks from a can at a single gulp. You can read how it is done here.

Some of my older readers would remember an entry on shotgunning some time in 2006. It was our Old Klang Road v PJ beer drinking contest.

You can read the awesome post here. Brings back good memories!

En Peng ‘shotgun’ a can of 100 plus though. Not one but two cans!!

KF on the other hand, ‘shotgun’ a can of Soya Bean. ZOMG

While some were battling with others with drinks, some spent the night playing JT’s Wii. Like Kiang below..

Slowly, the crowd started thinning away. Each of us thanked JT for his excellent hospitality and great party. It’s always good to see my good friends doing well in life.

p/s I was kidding about him making money from continuing his raw siham eating challenge… what he has today was all hard work. Harder than eating 10 sticks of raw siham.

DJ Anatta @ Boardwalk, KL Hilton

DJ Anatta spins at Boardwalk, KL Hilton every Thursday to Saturday from 8pm to 11pm. Boardwalk is a newly established poolside bar. However, it is still in its experimental stage and not officially open. Heard that it will be officially open in March.

Since its not officially open, there was no crowd.

A group of us decided to visit Dj Anatta at Boardwalk on a Saturday and also check out the place. As some of you may know, KL Hilton and Le Meridian share a pool. The pool is quite massive.

You can also get a great view of KL City. It’s even better if you get a seat at the VIP area.

Overall, it’s a nice place with awesome ambiance.

Of course, with hot DJ Anatta spinning, the place becomes perfect!

My only complaint of this place is the drinks. It is too expensive and they are not very generous with their drinks.

My RM30 Strongbow…not even full!

If they did reduce the price a little or be a little bit more generous with their drinks, this place would be perfect.

Can’t wait for it to be officially open!

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010 started off with drinks at the newly opened restaurant/pub at The Hill @ Jalan Dungun.

The Hill is one of the many bungalows turned restaurant/pub on Jalan Dungun. It is just a stone throw from Jarrod Rawlins. Parking is scarce but one can opt for valet parking. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to park at one of the secluded spots around that area. A friend of mine got robbed one night when she was there.

To get to the place, you need to hike up a stairway. I wonder how many drunkards have stumbled down the stairways.

Notwithstanding the packed venue, we managed to secure a spot on the upper floor. Prices were hiked up 20% for Christmas eve celebration.

We were given a party pack each. In the party pack, there was a small led light. We took some pictures with it.

Supposed to be an angel..

Buck? #fail

On Christmas day, Melvin had his annual Christmas party at his place. For the first time, we had gift exchange session.

The highlight of the night. Melvin cheese baked potatoes and roast turkeeeeyyyy! Yummehhh!


Irenehai brought home made tiramisu. Made with extra alcohol. Perfect for all the alcoholics in the house.

A and I brought French Toast ice cream and Horlicks ice cream from The Last Polka. Horlicks ice cream is my favourite. French Toast on the other hand has a tinge of cinnamon in it. I’m not a big fan of cinnamon hence I think this flavour is so-so. Other than these two flavours, they have other flavours such as Guinness, green tea, peanut butter, Nuttella and teh tarik. I tried their Bacon ice cream few months back when they had a tasting session. I was quite good! I wonder if they’ll have Wan Tan Mee ice cream next time!

You can order The Last Polka’s ice cream from their website and pick it up from a few designated locations.

We managed to finish up most of the food this year. Turkey was left with bones. Melvin said he will make porridge out of the bones. Wow.

Looking forward to Xmas parties!!

November Babies Birthday 2010

I haven’t been blogging about my activities for a while now. I thought I would take the opportunity to blog about my high school buddies’ birthday celebration for those birthday which falls on November.

Dinner was held at Dorae Korean restaurant at Hartamas. Food was awesome. Side dishes came in non stop. BBQ pork, lamb and beef were tasty!

We had a private room. It was nice and cozy but it was a little bit hard to get the waiters’ attention. When ever we wanted them to replenish the side dishes, we will scream “MOAR!!!!!!!!!!”.

We shared a gift for the birthday boys/girl.

KF and Timothy both got a pair of Massimo Dutti cuff links each.

Peng got a bag full of moisturizer and cream.

This was WK’s reaction after we told him we forgot to buy him a present.

WK’s reaction after we told him we were just joking.

After dinner, we had drinks at Smoke & Fire at Gardens Mid Valley. The place was rather dead. There were only a few people there and we took up almost an entire section of the club.

We started off with couple of beers and stout and then moved to whiskey.

The highlight of the night is probably the Flaming Lamborghini. For RM70, I thought it was a little bit pricey but when we saw the thing being served, it was VALUE tou hai kamion!!!

It came with 3 additional shots of shitty stuff.

The entire bar table was on fire! I was reluctant to approach it initially as I fear that the fire will burn my hair and eyebrows -___-

Almost all of us vomited when we took a sip. Peng vomited all over the floor after a few gulp -___-

About 7 – 8 of us shared 3 flamings but we were defeated by it in the end. For the first time, we couldn’t finish our flamings!

We took it back to our table and drank it as shots. It was the worst drink ever.

Towards the end of the night, some of us decided to mix all leftover drinks together and drink it. It was a mixture of stout, beer, flaming and Graveyard.

I went home crashing on the bed immediately. I had to swear off drinks for 2 weeks. Until I meet this fellow…

Guinness and Strongbow mix. Stay tuned for this entry!

My Birthday 2010 – Part II

Well, my birthday post is not complete without a posting on this particular gift.

My buddies got me an awesome gift for my birthday. It came with a rather “cute” wrapper.

My buddies knew I got a new iPhone 4 hence they got me a iPhone dock. It’s a speaker cum radio 😀 It also can act as a battery charger.

It fits my iPhone 4 perfectly.

Even my iPad! But the problem is that it doesn’t charge my iPad’s battery. Non Apple iPhone battery charger doesn’t work on iPad.

The highlight of the present was actually the awesome birthday card.

29 years old baby boy -_-

Hand drawn Doraemon! With dokodemo-doa (pintu suka hati) innit! Totemo daisukiiiiii~ arigatou gozaimasu!

My Birthday 2010

As I get older, I thought this year’s birthday will be a quiet one. But I was so wrong.

It started with a nice dinner with A at Favola, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur.

Thereafter, we attended a surprise birthday party for one of my high school friends, Cross. His girlfriend gathered a group of us and gave us a custom made shirt with the words, “Turning 30 but obviously not the waist line!”.

We got a barrel of beer. It came with an interesting ice box cum beer dispenser.

Cross’ girlfriend also got him an awesome cake. BMW shaped cake!

But it was involved in an accident with Cross’ face…

So after a few beers and flaming Lamborghini, we went wild.

Since it was also Kiang, Elaine and my birthdays, we had to drink extra and hell broke loose thereafter. There were a lot of “brotherly” love. Heh

A week thereafter, my parents, A and I had dinner at Purple Cane restaurant to celebrate my birthday. A and I brought my mum here on Mother’s Day and my Mum suggested that we go there again. It was Dad’s first time there. Dad bought me a book entitled “Renegate – the making of a President” by Richard Wolffe.

After dinner, I bought drinks for my hengtais at Somo. After ordering a bottle a Moet champagne, the manager came to my table and wished me happy birthday. She then gave us some complimentary finger food and also a Flaming Lamborghini. -_-

We also ordered 3 sets of “Tokyo Rush”. Tasted horrible.

The total damage was RM1K plus. Ouch..

2 days later, my ex-Sheffield Unimates gathered to have lunch. It is my 9th year celebrating my birthday with them. Thanks to our permanent organising committee comprising of Big Ass J and Mitciao.

I used to have this practice of keeping all birthday wishes but I got a little bit lazy and scrapped it this year. One thing I notice is that birthday wishes now come vide Facebook and Twitter. I used to get a lot of them vide text messages and IM (msn msg, IRC) messages. This year, such messages were less than 10!

Looks like times have changed.