30 August 2015

Malaysia - Happy Independence Day

So, the Prime Minister of Malaysia commented on the Bersih 4.0 rally saying kita nak sambut Hari Merdeka, ada pula orang nak tunjuk perasaan. Well, in my opinion, the Bersih 4.0 rally is done at just the right time, 2 days prior to Malaysia’s Independence Day. To me, the Bersih 4.0 rally coincides just nice with this year’s National Day theme “Sehati Sejiwa” (One Heart, One Soul). You can see many people, regardless of race and religion, even those in Switzerland and other parts of the world are fighting for justice and to end corruption in the country.

I don’t know about the rest of the Malaysian citizenS, but sometimes when I listen to those patriotic songs, tears fill my eyes – simple because I know many people have fought to achieve independence for Malaysia and it’s just a beautiful country. But then, as of today, it’s sad to see too much corruption, too much discrepancy.

Everyone knows that the government is not just. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be thousands of people participating in the so-called illegal Bersih rally. Well, when things get tough, we have to do the right thing to ensure that Malaysia, being our promise land is back to being a peaceful country, ruled justly and really unite as One Heart, One Soul.

May we, the citizens of Malaysia fight for a just and clean government that is not selfish or that works for self-benefit.

This is Malaysia, a beautiful and peaceful country, rich with cultures with a diversity of race and religion. May we fight to keep Malaysia as such.



18 July 2015

Hotel Review: The Guest Hotel & Spa, Port Dickson

The Guest Hotel & Spa is located 15-20 minutes from PD Waterfront in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

Being in the 3-star hotel category, it was quite a good experience when I stayed there. I booked a Twin Room (about RM 240/night – promo price) and it was quite comfortable. It was furnished with a working air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, kettle (with only 1 sachet of tea), and a cupboard. As far as my memory can remember, there were only 2 plug points (power source), which I think is sufficient.

Check out the room photos.

The Twin Bed room (ignore the folded blanket.. hehe)

The bathroom

The hotel also provided other facilities such as an indoor swimming pool (kids pool & 4.5ft pool), a steam bath, sauna and a (so-called) Jacuzzi. Oh, I forgot, a gym too. All these located at Level 1 of the hotel. It’s worth it if you could use all these facilities during your stay. For free. Cool way to de-stress.

The 4.5ft deep swimming pool

The swimming pool overlooks the main road

Sauna (the wooden door) & steam bath (glass door next to sauna)

The gym

There was also a spa, Thai Odyssey, which provided services like half & full body massage, aromatherapy massage, and of the like. Also located at Level 1, this doesn’t come for free though. You’ll have to pay base of the kind of massage you want. You can have a visit and check out the packages and prices they have to offer. You can make an appointment by just calling them from your hotel room. I didn’t try this out though.

The hotel is a little far from the city and from the beaches. So, you can’t actually see the beach from the hotel room. They do have a balcony room available, but I’m not sure if you can see any beaches even from there. The beaches are about 20 -30 minutes from the hotel. The nearest would be PD Waterfront. It’s quite a good place too.

By the way, the hotel did come with a free breakfast, 7.30am to 10.30am. Breakfast was not bad I would say. Note that the hotel is also next to Giant hypermarket. 

So, the next time if you’re heading to Port Dickson for a holiday, try to check out The Guest Hotel & Spa.

For more info, visit www.guesthotelspa.com
4704, Jalan DS 3/1,
Bandar Dataran Segar,
71010 Lukut, Port Dickson,
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Check-in Time: 3pm (but you can call them if you need to check in earlier)
Check-out Time: 12pm
Telephone: +6 06 651 7799
Fax: +6 06 651 7886

*All information are correct at the time of this posting

13 May 2015

Pizza Hut's New Menu

So I went to Pizza Hut last night and was quite surprised to find that they actually had new menu (it's been awhile since I went to Pizza Hut).

I always liked Pizza Hut's baked rice. So, I decided to order that. Opened up the menu and found out that they have a new kind of baked rice.

Flaming Prawn Rice (RM 12.70) - Flavoured  rice in Arrabiatta sauce, topped with juicy prawns, crabsticks and mozzarella cheese. This is what I got:

Looked good with chili flakes. But guess what? Notice the oil on the spoon i scooped out? There was even more of it. Looking at that much of oil, I didn't feel like even eating it! The taste was so-so due to the oil.

I also ordered an appetizer. Mushroom Chicken Treasure (RM 4.90)- Crisp tortilla shells filled with chicken, mushrooms, onion, and tomato salsa!

Well, there were 3 pieces of it. I decided to eat one piece first before writing about it. This was really good! Forget the side salad because it wasn't fresh at all! But the tortilla was really good. Eat it immediately when served. Otherwise, you wouldn't feel the crisp. This was quite good. A good choice to snack on.

21 April 2015

The Dentist @ USJ 9, Subang Jaya

It was about time for me to go for scaling after about a year from my last dental check up. As I was quite new to the Subang area, I asked my colleague if when knew and would recommend any good dentist around the corner. She took out a card from her purse and passed it to me. It happened to be a dentist which she visited the last time.

It's called "The Dentist". I thought the clinic name itself sounded cool. My colleague did mention that the dentist she met previously, Dr. Siti Marini was a good dentist and was quite gentle too. Visiting the dentist always scares me. So, I always look for those gentle dentists.

I called up the clinic to make an appointment at 8.30pm. However, the receptionist said that Dr. Siti Marini was not in for the day and Dr. Bala was available. I was a little afraid since this wasn't the dentist my colleague recommended. But I set the appointment anyway.

After dinner, I headed over to The Dentist located at USJ 9. I had to wait awhile but it was ok. The receptionist even asked if I wanted something to drink (eg: green tea). Well, I just had plain water while I waited at the waiting area. They were playing Mind Your Language on the tv, so I had quite a good laugh as I waited.

Just so you know, the waiting area is so nice - it literally looks like you're in a 4 star hotel lobby (not that big though but good setting). It was all so purple-ish and relaxing. Good vibes. It was quite cold though after some time, so, you might want to bring a jacket the next time you visit The Dentist.

Anyway, after I was called in, I met Dr. Bala. He was such a nice dentist and was very much patient and gentle too. I had my wisdom tooth, which wasn't causing much of a problem other than some slight pain I used to feel occasionally. He easily explained to me the condition of my teeth. My scaling was done so nicely at the slightest feel of pain!

If I ever had to go back for whatever reason, I would definitely go back to The Dentist (considering if I'm still staying around the area... LOL!). I believe Dr. Siti Marini would be as good as well. Apparently, as of this writing, they only have these two dentists. I would very much likely recommend The Dentist to whoever who needs to see the dentist. On a normal price, scaling & polishing would only cost RM120 (as of 21 April 2015). But there was a promotion, so I actually got it for RM80 =)

For more info, visit www.thedentist.com.my
Klinik Pergigian The Dentist @ QHC (above Bank Simpanan Nasional)
1st Floor, No. 6-2,
Jalan USJ 9/5R
47620 UEP Subang Jaya
Opens Monday - Sunday, 8.30am - 9.30pm
Tel: 03 - 8021 7747 / 03 - 8022 1748
Fax: 03 - 8022 1749

17 February 2015

Valentine's Day @STG Tea House, Ipoh

 My fiancĂ© took me out on Valentine’s Day to a nice fine dining place in Ipoh, known as STG Tea House. Located at Taman Kinta, the place looked so beautiful even from the outside. Looking at the English architecture,  I bet it was previously a house turned into a dining place. They had outdoor and indoor seating. We took the indoor seating at Level 1.

As it was Valentine’s Day, apparently they only served the Valentine’s Day set. Menu looked good!

We started with the Seared Scallop with Mango Salsa & Oyster Rockefeller with Beetroot Puree as an appetizer. The oyster is one of the best I've tasted so far. Nicely cooked and not yucky! Of course, they served us drinks before that.

Once we finished the appetizer, our plates were removed and we waited for the next food which came in about 10-15 minutes later. Cauliflower & Cheese Soup with Herb Garlic Croutons were next. The soup was thick and creamy. Was definitely filling! It took us some time to finish that.

Again, once finished, they removed the soup bowl but this time we had to wait for quite some time. The main course was only served after about 30 minutes or so. Probably a strategy since the soup was quite a heavy one. But we were anxiously waiting for the main course.

There you go – the main course; Mint-Crusted Lamb Rack, Pepper Duck-Breast (or should I say slices of pepper duck-breast because there were only 3 slices of it!) & King Prawn Spaghetti, all in one plate! The portion looked small (I expected bigger!) but turned out to be just nice! The lamb was tender and juicy! Loved it!

As we were about to finish, we were served with dessert, the Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis.

It was quite bland. I had to add a little brown sugar to it to give it some taste. LOL!

All in all, it was a good meal, good vibe and nice lighting, regardless of the price! Yup, as you can see on the menu, it’s written RM108/pax. Per pax can mean “per person” or “persons”. For a Valentine’s Day meal, per pax should mean per couple. Rarely does anyone go alone to a fine dining place on Valentine’s Day. Anyways, RM108 was actually per person. The “per pax” thingy shouldn’t have confused the customers. Plus tax, you could roughly guess how much the bill was. $$$$$

But once in awhile, it’s good to treat yourself to some fine dining places like this.

For more info, visit www.stgtea.com
STG Tea House Café
2, Jalan Taman Kinta,
Taman Chateau,
30250 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opens daily, 11am – 11pm
Tel.: 05 – 2550188 (may call for reservation)

09 February 2015

Pulse Soundworks – The New Pulse in the Music Industry

Pulse Soundworks, founded in 2010 by Madan “Psytrus” Theertha Pathy made its first public appearance on January 22, 2015 at Heli Lounge Bar as a record label. Located in SS18, Subang Jaya, Pulse Soundworks also functions as a distribution label that looks forward to providing a user-friendly distribution service.

Personally working with Madan on my debut single, Me and My Guitar (and definitely more in the future), I strongly believe that the passionate music-makers behind the Pulse Soundworks label will be creating new and better experiences for artists in the music industry. I remember Madan mentioning to me that they provide management, artist development and marketing services to ensure that “artists do what they do best without worrying about all the other administrative tasks.” The team has good knowledge in what they are doing and they are always giving their best to produce high audio quality and services.

Pulse Soundworks currently has 5 artists who have collaborated with them namely Armon, Psytrus, Alex Chandran, HardCandy and Notyra.

The best is yet to come for Pulse Soundworks. Being the new pulse in the music industry, we wish them a successful journey ahead. #PulseIt

For more info, please visit:

How I Discovered Pulse Soundworks

I totally remember how I discovered Pulse Soundworks.

The moment I got a job in Subang, I gave myself a little time to settle down and on one hot, sunny Saturday afternoon in September 2014, I remember how I was looking for a recording studio in SS15 and at the same time discovering the new place. I walked almost the entire SS15, searching for a recording studio which my friend recommended – just to find out it closed down.

To not disappoint myself, I thought to myself, “You know what, let’s see if any of the music stores here could suggest any good recording studios nearby.” I did just that, walking almost from one end to another in SS15. And I had some people suggesting to me another 2 more recording studios in SS15, of which I found out to be closed down as well. One of the recording studio (somewhere opposite INTI College) looked empty even though the sign board was still there. Totally forgot the name of the studio but there was a contact number. So, I called the number to ask and the guy said they are temporarily closed down due to “kompressor kena curi” (translation: compressor was stolen). Not sure if it’s up and running now.

So, I kinda almost gave up at this time. Seriously, it was freaking hot that day. But I still gave it a shot to visit some of the last music stores before leaving. And there I was, in one of the guitar stores (forgot the name – forgive me, my memory can be bad at times), and I just asked. Arnold was his name and he suggested, “There’s one in SS18, you can call the guy. He’s good.” So, I took the number, thanked him and later called the “guy”. Madan was his name.

I left SS15 right after that. I was tired. Though I only had one contact in 2 hours, I trusted Arnold’s words, “he’s good.” I called Madan and made an appointment that very night. Upon entering Pulse Soundworks studio that night, it was kinda creepy – a scribbled looking door, no sign board that it was actually Pulse Soundworks (until I entered the recording room). I was like, “Really? A recording studio?” Less did I know that Pulse Soundworks had big realistic dreams in the music industry.

But after meeting and talking to Madan in his studio, there was a very positive energy. I could just feel it. (Or was it the couch I was sitting on? The couch is to die for!!! It’s freaking comfy!) Madan was nice. He knew his stuff. And everything else, began from there. After about 2 weeks, we came to an agreement and things just fell into place until the final masterpiece of Me and My Guitar was produced.

Music Download:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/16jJ3IM (not available in Malaysia for download)
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1zdch6B (not available in Malaysia for download)

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