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Monday, May 30, 2011

Malaysia News: Power rates up 7pc June 1, gas prices also hiked

Power rates up 7pc June 1, gas prices also hiked

May 30, 2011
Visits here will be dearer by an average of 7.12 per cent come June 1. — Reuters pic
PUTRAJAYA, May 30 — The Najib administration announced today it will raise electricity prices by an average 7.12 per cent from June 1 in an effort to trim its burgeoning subsidy bill, but promised the hike will not affect some 75 per cent of domestic consumers.

Officials said natural gas prices would also rise by RM3.00 per mmBtu each six months until it reached market levels, according to a report by the Reuters news agency. The government said it will still spend some RM25 billion to subsidise the gas bill this year.

Power prices will now rise by as much as 2.3 sen per kilowatt hour.

The price charged by state oil company Petronas for power generation will also climb to RM13.70 per mmBtu from RM10.70, government officials said.

Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin today said the 7.12 per cent increase in electricity tariffs was due to the rise in natural gas prices.

Industrial and commercial consumers will experience an average increase of 8.35 per cent in their power bills.

However, domestic consumers with a monthly consumption up to 200kWh (lifeline band), along with the next 100kWh (300kWh total), will not be affected by the tariff increase.

Domestic consumers in the 301 to 1000 kWh per month band will experience a “minimal” electricity bill increase, from RM0.07 to RM30.30.

“The lifeline band is maintained at 200kWh/month... around 3.3 million households will continue to enjoy the subsidised unit rate of 21.8 sen/kWh, and encompasses 200,000 poor households,” said Chin.

The increase will not affect 75 per cent of domestic users, he added, sparing around 44.4 million from a total 59.4 million households.

Chin also said the waiving of electricity bills for domestic users who record less than RM20 per month would cease this coming December. The government is currently spending RM122 million to provide free electricity to 900,000 users in this category.

A 10 per cent discount from the standard tariff price will be given to educational institutions which are partially funded by the government.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop said that despite the increase in gas prices, the government would still be spending an estimated worth of RM25.64 billion on gas subsidies alone this year.

He told reporters that the gas price increase is expected to cause an inflation level of 0.27 per cent this year.

“This decision is consistent with the government’s efforts in reducing subsidies in stages until it reaches a market price level,” said Nor Mohamed. Source: The Malaysian Insider 30/5/2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cinema Movie: Paul


Release Date: 12 May 2011
Language: English
Subtitle: English / Chinese
Genre: Adventure / Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 44 Minutes
Director: Greg Mottola
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechne

Synopsis:

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Collings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. Paul is directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg & Frost. Joining the comedy's cast are Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver.

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My Comments: Welcome back to yet another edition of Movie Hunt and today ME & Kimmy had visited e@Curve to watch movie and the place to be is definitely Cathay Cineplex Damansara. We had a great day shopping and both of us manage to buy some stuffs home. This time around, we have decided to watch a comedy which is really something to watch as it had been a long long time where ME & Kimmy have not watch this kind of Alien movie and it gives us yet another great experience to watch this movie. Guys & girls, be prepared because this movie is rated as 18 and it contains lots of explicit words such as "Fxxx" and "Axx" "Anxx" and so on. Overall this comedy really gives its audience a great laugh especially when you're at the cinema and the same goes to where I watch this movie. I laugh all the way almost from the start of this movie until the end of this movie. It was a very unpredictable Alien movie that I've ever soon so far and I would say this is a must watch Alien saga. With the actors performing well such as Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, this movie promises to be a kick and you will definitely won't feel bored when you watch this movie. The storyline meanwhile is very easy to understand as it is very straight forward as there's no twist or turns on this movie that need you to think. An awesome movie that you would want to laugh at and I would recommend you to watch this movie. You may catch this movie with a bunch of friends and this would really live up the atmosphere at the cinema as well. It's definately not suitable for children to watch this. Enjoy! MY RATING: 4/5 ; KIMMY RATING: 4/5


UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1


Barca masterclass seals trophy

Scoring Summary

Barcelona Manchester United
Pedro (27')Wayne Rooney (34')
Lionel Messi (54')
David Villa (69')

For the second time in three years, brilliant Barcelona denied Manchester United Champions League glory with a sensational performance at Wembley.

Brewin: Barca machine purrs
Fergie: Barca the best
Guardiola delighted
Vidic: Barca deserved it
Jolly: The long hard goodbye
Champions League Gallery Photo Gallery
WIN! Messi shirt with ESPN

Although United could take some small consolation from the knowledge they were more effective than that 2009 letdown in Rome and even managed to level Pedro's first-half strike through Wayne Rooney, once again the better team won.On the ground where the Catalans lifted their first European Cup, Lionel Messi also laid his personal ghost to rest, scoring his first goal for Barcelona on English soil, belting home what proved to be the winner nine minutes into the second half.David Villa curled home an equally splendid third with just over 20 minutes to go to set the seal on Barcelona's fourth Champions League win and end all arguments about their right to be regarded among the truly great teams that have ever played the game.It was a gut-wrenching night for United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who started it by making one of those brave decisions for which he is so renowned. Not even finding a place on the bench for his record signing and top scorer, Dimitar Berbatov, was a big call.United could not have made a better start either. Park Ji-sung set the tone, nipping in to whip the ball away from Dani Alves. Just as Jack Wilshere advised, the white shirts got right in Barcelona's faces, pressing them, allowing no room for them to settle.Unlike two years ago, Ferguson's team did not create a clear-cut chance. However, former Red Devil Gerard Pique was very fortunate to get away with a back pass to Victor Valdes, when his goalkeeper was much closer than he realised. With Javier Hernandez closing in, Valdes scrambled the ball away.It was the template United needed to follow. To have done it for the entire 90 minutes would have required additional lung capacity. And once Barcelona got into their stride, they were relentless.For once Ryan Giggs looked every one of those 37 years as Xavi and Andres Iniesta flashed around him, holes appearing everywhere.Pedro prodded wide at the near post. Villa hit exactly the same point in the advertising hoarding with a 20-yard effort that had Edwin van der Sar scrambling.If there was one consolation, other than Nemanja Vidic's colossal performance at the heart of their defence, it was that United had prevented Messi running at them from deep.Unfortunately, he soon started doing it, his close control near-perfect, as was a Vidic lunge to stop the world's best player as he was about to break clean through.It was just a matter of time. Another hole for Xavi to chase into. He looked. He looked again. He rolled the ball to Pedro, who beat Van der Sar with ease.Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola sat back, sensing United would not be able to respond. His opposite number urged more from his team, particularly Antonio Valencia.The Ecuador wide man was not at his best. However, it was Rooney who needed a performance on the biggest stage, having failed so miserably at the World Cup.And it was Rooney who delivered at the end of a move which saw the Premier League champions carve Barcelona open with their own game.A quick pass from Fabio to Rooney, to Michael Carrick, to Rooney, to Giggs, to Rooney, into the corner from 15 yards. Simple. Football is never that. Not at this level, and not when Messi is involved.You had to feel sorry for United. Barcelona were back into their rhythm almost immediately after the break, the concentration required to always be in the right place at the right time phenomenal.After more stoic defending, Iniesta rolled a pass to the Argentinian, a worthy heir to Diego Maradona.Offered a couple of yards to dart into, he did exactly that, then beat Van der Sar with a 20-yard shot that required barely any back lift, the veteran Dutchman unable to get down to it.Vidic was on hand to hack away when Van der Sar spilled Messi's next effort, although, playing in his fifth final, the former Ajax man redeemed himself when he brilliantly turned away a Xavi shot that would have ripped away any hope.By introducing Nani for Fabio and pushing Valencia to full-back, the United boss was attempting to push Barcelona towards their own goal. Before the strategy could be applied, Nani committed suicide by gifting the ball to Messi by the touchline.In attempting to atone for his error, the winger made it worse. Sergio Busquets quickly laid the ball off to Villa, who took one touch before curling a sublime shot into the top corner. From that hammer blow, there was no way back.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Soccer: Birmingham and Blackpool down, Manchester United are 2010/2011 Premier League Champions

Blackpool were relegated in agonising circumstances on Sunday, dropping out of the Premier League by a single point on a dramatic final day of the season. The Tangerines finished below Wigan and Wolves, who both survive, departing the top flight following a brave 4-2 defeat to Manchester United.

Birmingham players
PA Photos Birmingham players stand dejected

They are joined in the bottom three by Birmingham, who also fall into the Championship by a point after they were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham. That result means Wolves stay up despite a 3-2 defeat to Blackburn, while Wigan join them in their celebrations after they completed a miraculous escape by beating Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

Ian Holloway's Blackpool side began the day knowing a whole catalogue of scenarios could save them from relegation, they could even afford to lose and still stay up if other results went their way. However, after leading 2-1 in the second half at Old Trafford, the Tangerines eventually slumped to a fatal defeat.

They should have had the dream start at Old Trafford, the ball falling to Keith Southern inside the opening 60 seconds, but the midfielder dragged wide when it was surely easier to score. The game was so open that a goal had to arrive, and it did through one of the league's most in-form players, Park Ji-sung, who brilliantly dinked Matt Gilks after 21 minutes. The lead could then have been 2-0 on the half-hour as Gilks made a point-blank save from Dimitar Berbatov, but instead it was Blackpool who scored next thanks to a brilliant free-kick from Charlie Adam - momentarily lifting Blackpool out of the relegation zone.

The great escape truly looked on when Gary Taylor-Fletcher nudged Blackpool ahead in the second period, but United were not going to allow their title-winning party to be ruined, hitting back through Anderson, an Ian Evatt own goal and Michael Owen to condemn Blackpool to the drop.

Birmingham join Blackpool in the Championship following a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham, which sees Blues finish a point below Wolves. Alex McLeish's side were five minutes from safety when they were level with Spurs and Wolves were two goals down against Blackburn but it went wrong as Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice to ensure Spurs finished fifth - guaranteeing Europa League football next season.

Wolves had looked destined for the drop at half-time when they trailed Blackburn 3-0 at Molineux. Jason Roberts, Brett Emerton and Junior Hoilett all scored to ensure a comfortable afternoon for Blackburn, but Jamie O'Hara and Stephen Hunt struck back for Wolves to nudge them to safety as the game finished 3-2.

Wigan also survive after they secured back-to-back victories, defeating Stoke 1-0. The result sees the Latics finish two points clear of the drop zone thanks to Hugo Rodallega's winner.

Liverpool will have no European football to look forward to next season, although that may prove a blessing in disguise as Kenny Dalglish bids to return the club to the Champions League. A sixth-place finish is still something of an achievement for Dalglish after he inherited a club slumped in the bottom half of the table, but the Reds signed off with a 1-0 defeat away to ninth-placed Aston Villa. Stewart Downing lit up Villa Park with a super drive to beat Pepe Reina for the only goal of the game 12 minutes before half-time.

Manchester City are guaranteed a place in the group stage of the Champions League next season after they defeated Bolton 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium. Victory secures a third-place finish for the FA Cup winners, meaning they do not have to negotiate a Champions League qualifying round.

Roberto Mancini's men were far from impressive in the first half, but they should have led when Gareth Barry inexplicably missed from three yards. City did eventually find the net before the interval though, Joleon Lescott nodding home although he knew little about it. Edin Dzeko then added a second after the break, before Daniel Sturridge was sent off - leaving him suspended for the start of next season.

Arsenal paid the price for their brittle end to the league campaign, finishing fourth to leave Arsene Wenger's men facing the minefield that is the Champions League qualifiers. Having won one of their last six in the league, they ended with a 2-2 draw away to Fulham.

Missing the injured Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal paired Robin van Persie and Marouane Chamakh in a rare front two at Craven Cottage, but they still fell behind midway through the first half when Bobby Zamora squared for Steve Sidwell to score against his old club. The lead only lasted four minutes though as Van Persie lifted the ball over Mark Schwarzer for his ninth consecutive goal in away league fixtures.

Arsenal's defence has been shaky all season though, and Zamora nipped in front of Thomas Vermaelen to restore Fulham's lead, only for Zoltan Gera to get sent off. Theo Walcott then grabbed Arsenal a share of the spoils late on.

Carlo Ancelotti will head into crunch talks over his Chelsea future on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Everton, who finished with 10 men at Goodison Park. Ancelotti led Chelsea to second place in the league table but, having spent £75 million on two players, a trophyless season may well see this become his last match in charge.

Everton will be without Seamus Coleman for the start of next season after he was sent off in the second half for two bookable offences, but it did not stop Jermaine Beckford hitting a 74th-minute winner.

Elsewhere on a packed day of action, West Ham signed off from the Premier League with a 3-0 defeat against Sunderland at Upton Park. Boudewijn Zenden opened the scoring, although he knew little about it, before Stephane Sessegnon doubled the advantage five minutes after half-time. Cristian Riveros then added a third in injury-time.

And Newcastle ended the season in 12th place after a 3-3 draw at home to West Brom. Steven Taylor made it three goals in as many games with a 16th-minute opener, and Peter Lovenkrands added to that strike before the break. Jonas Olsson then diverted into his own net as the Baggies appeared to be heading for their summer holidays early, only to spark a remarkable comeback thanks to a Somen Tchoyi hat-trick. Source: Soccernet.com 22/5/2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Food Hunt: Domino's Pizza, Mid Valley Magamall




Dear All,

Welcome back to yet another edition of Food Hunt and today ME & Kimmy are at Mid Valley Megamall to walk around and visited the mall since quite a long time since we visited Mid Valley Megamall. Besides windows shopping, we also went for a movie before settling down for dinner. We had walked on the Basement of Mid Valley Megamall on what to eat and after we walked about 10 minutes, we've decided what to had for dinner.

We had chosen Pizza this time as our dinner menu for the night. We went to Domino's Pizza located at Mid Valley Megamall. We reach the restaurant at about 7.30pm and it was crowded where we need to wait for about 15 minutes before we got a seat. Once we sat down, the waitress immediately served us with the menu and it was great although the restaurant was crowded. We browse through the menu and then saw a lot of set to choose from and a wide range of pizza's to choose from. We had chosen Set 1 which contains 1 Medium Pizza, 1 Plate of Onion Rings (5 pieces) & 1 Plate of Twisty Bread (3 pieces). The costs for this set costs us about RM20.00. Since there's no drinks for this set, we are eligible to add on drinks and mushroom soup for an affordable price. We've ordered Ice Lemon Tea (RM2.30) and a mushroom soup (RM2.80) and the mushroom soup is refillable.

The pizza flavor that we've ordered would be Spicy Tuna and the pizza was simply fantastic although we ordered the classic crust pizza. ME & Kimmy really enjoying eating the pizzas. For the bread and onion rings, it was just normal and nothing special about it. But since we've ordered mushroom soup, we did serve together with the Twisty Bread and it was great and nice to eat. The Ice Lemon Tea was pretty sweet and it could be nice if the taste it not so sweet. Finally, what impressed me is the mushroom soup as it was much better than the ones served at Pizza Hut. In addition to this, the mushroom soup is refillable as well. We had a great time enjoying our meal and vowed to come back again to try out other pizzas as well in future.

The bill came and it costs us about RM27.60 only and we get to enjoy a lot of food at the set as well. It was very cheap compared to take way and delivery. But since the price is cheap, it's only valid during dine in and not take away. We love the price and the food and it was awesome. Enjoy! MY RATING: 5/5; KIMMY RATING: 5/5

* Food & Drinks rating are based on the food & drinks we've ordered and not overall food & drinks.

Address:

Unit LG-012, Lower Ground Floor,
Mid Valley Megamall,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Telephone: 03-22826676
Business Hours: 10.00am - 10.00pm Daily


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Cinema Movie: Insidious


Release Date: 19 May 2011
Language: English
Subtitle: English / Malay / Chinese
Genre: Thriller / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
Director: James Wan
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

Synopsis:

The creators of Saw and Paranormal Activity team up to reinvent the haunted-house genre for a new generation with Insidious. Renais (Rose Byrne) and her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) are still unpacking boxes in their family's new home when she first senses a sinister presence. Eerie events steadily escalate into supernatural attacks, until one day their oldest son slips into a mysterious coma. Renais and Josh abandon their ghost-ridden home and attempt to heal their broken family, turning to an unorthodox expert in supernatural occurrences (Lin Shaye). They soon discover: It's not the house that's haunted.

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My Comments: Finally, ME & Kimmy managed to plan for an outings after such a long time that we did not plan for an outings after I went back to my hometown last week. We've also heard that there's a exhibition show at Mid Valley and that's a great point for us to go there. In the meantime, we had also planned to watch movie as well. Finally we have chosen a horror and thriller movie. As you know, I seldom watch horror or thriller movie but since I read through comments from the website, it's really worth of watching. Finally I manage to step into the cinema to watch this movie. It was a great, entertaining and of course thilled and horror movie that combines all in one. The starting looks a bit eerie with the background music and it was a really scary movie to watch. There's a lot of scenes which left you guessing and to make this movie sounds much more scary is of course the music which really makes us scared!

The plot was well planned and it left us guessing throughout the movie. In the first place, I do not understand what it try to says until someone explains when it comes to the thrilling part. It was a great movie and this movie sounds a little bit like inception, where they need to come out from their souls and enter the second world. It was a great adventure as they entered the second world and someone is trying to save his son from the second world. If you love Inception, you would probably love this and if you love suspense and thrilling movie, this movie is also suitable for you. I would highly recommend you this movie as I would say it's the horror movie of the year as well after Inception. The storyline was quite tough to understand and it will kept you guessing until someone explains it at almost end of the movie. I can tell you that it's not so suitable to bring your children to watch this movie and just watch it among the adults as it certain scenes contains a very scary part as well. Enjoy this horror movie yeah! MY RATING: 4/5; KIMMY RATING: 4/5

Leisure: Pirates Of The Caribbean Decoration, Mid Valley Megamall


Dear All,

Welcome back to yet another edition of Mall Decorations where ME & Kimmy had visited Mid Valley Megamall to visit the decorations setup by MAS & HSBC in collaboration with Mid Valley Megamall itself. It was very packed with people especially during weekends (Sunday) and there are lots of people taking advantage to take photos there.

I've heard they spend around RM1 Million to get the decorations up and running. It was an amazing decorations where there's a huge pirate ship that was displayed in the middle of the Centre Court of Mid Valley Megamall and it's worth every cents to take pictures from there. We had a great time taking some photos but we are rather disappointing because we could not take nice angle and pictures due to the large crowd that thronged the exhibition place today.

It's a recommended place to be here and do come on over to take some nice photos with the pirates ship. This exhibition starts from 19th May 2011 and ends on 05th June 2011. So do not wait now, come on over! A small tips for you where try avoiding to do during weekends because it will be very crowded and try to visit the exhibition during weekdays to avoid any disappointment of taking nice photos. Surrounding the exhibition would be some stalls setup such as souvenir shops selling the Pirates of The Caribbean merchandise as well. Last but not least, do check out some photos that ME & Kimmy took that day during the exhibition. Enjoy! MALL DECORATION RATING: 5/5


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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Malaysia News: Seven landslide victims buried together

May 22, 2011
Boys wait during a funeral prayer ceremony for several victims of yesterday’s landslide, at a mosque in Hulu Langat, May 22, 2011. — Reuters pic
HULU LANGAT, May 22 — Seven youths killed in yesterday’s deadly landslide that ravaged the Al-Taqwa orphanage here were buried in a joint grave at a nearby cemetery today.

A man and 15 boys were killed in the landslide that trapped 25 people at the orphanage yesterday. Seven boys and two men survived the ordeal.

About 400 people watched under the blazing sun as the bodies were lowered into a six-foot-deep grave this afternoon at the Dusun Nanding Muslim Cemetery here.

Zaitun Abdullah, 38, sobbed uncontrollably as she watched the burial of her 17-year-old nephew, Dzahir Haziq Mohd Muin, who was to have started his matriculation next week.

“I took care of him since he was two-years old,” she said, crying as her relatives tried to console her.

Siti Arbiah Nor, who is Dzahir Haziq’s grandaunt, said he was a smart student who scored six or seven As in the SPM.

“He’s a good nephew... every weekend, he goes there to help the orphans,” Siti Arbiah told The Malaysian Insider in a breaking voice.

The businesswoman said Dzahir used to spend weekends at the orphanage after taking his SPM last year to study Islam and to teach the children mathematics.

“His father sent him there to impart knowledge... he’s a teenager who was willing to help young kids... but his life was cut short,” said Siti Arbiah, crying.

Farihan Sulaiman expressed shock about the unexpected demise of his 10-year-old nephew Iman Fahad.

“Twice a month, he goes there... to learn tuition and Islamic studies,” Farihan, 32, told The Malaysian Insider.

The secondary school teacher said Iman spent alternate weekends at the orphanage, but stayed with his family in Cheras.

“He’s a good kid,” said Farihan, who drove here from Temerloh in Pahang this morning.

Many family members and residents of the small town of Batu 14 Hulu Langat wiped their tears as they grieved under the bright, blue sky.

Police said the deadly landslide killed 16 people, most of whom were boys.

The youngest was aged eight years while the oldest was a 34-year-old warden.

Some of the dead were orphans while others still had parents.

Nine survived with injuries while 24 others escaped unhurt.

The seven buried at the cemetery here today were Iman, Dzahir Haziq, Mohd Hazim Sapri, 10; brothers Mohd Azrel Azahari, 8, and Mohd Zaim Azahari, 14; Wan Ahmad Hasril Hazim, 11; and Mohd Mustakim Mamat, 12.

The other nine were claimed by family members who wished to bury them in their respective hometowns.

A woman who attended the burial here today said she had cooked dinner last night, as well as breakfast and lunch today for 300 members of the rescue team.

“I feel sad. Poor orphans,” said the 55-year-old Malay woman, who refused to be named.

“I cooked simple meals – sardine, salted egg, fried noodles,” added the woman dressed in black.

Some family members were too distraught to speak to the press, waving reporters and photographers away.

The burial ended at about 3.30pm after flower petals were sprinkled on the fresh grave as the sky darkened. Source: The Malaysian Insider 21/05/2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Food Hunt: The Big Mouth, USJ Taipan Subang


Dear All,

Welcome back to yet another edition of the Food Hunt where we are back again to introduce some good food to you. This time around, we would like to thank our brother Kee Lian Hoe for introducing a restaurant for us to dine in and overall the food was fabulous. Overall we love the food over here and we had a great time enjoying our food especially on a Friday afternoon where it's almost to the weekend.

We arrived at the restaurant at around 12.30pm and the crowd looks pretty less. It started to build in when it reach 1.00pm. And yes, according to Kee Lian Hoe, the restaurant is packed and full during the weekends where many food lovers would love to come here to try out the desserts and food over here as it was great and the price is pretty reasonable as well. Once we arrived at the restaurant, we looked at the menu and it took all of us (5 of us) 10 minutes to look at the menu. Of course, they also offered set lunch as well during weekdays and we ordered that one which comes with a choice of either a cold/hot tea or special brewed coffee.

I've ordered the Ayam Pandan Chicken Rice (RM7.90) and also with a cup of Cold Tea. For my colleagues Wei Wen, he ordered Nyonya Chicken Rice (RM8.90) and also with a cup of cold tea. Alex Chew meanwhile ordered Rendang Chicken Rice (RM6.90) with also a cup of cold tea. Kee Lian Hoe and Gina Sie; both of them ordered western food which is the Chicken Mushroom Chop (RM9.90). For drinks, Kee Lian Hoe ordered a cup of Cold Tea while Gina ordered special brewed coffee (hot). Both Alex Chew and Wei Wen did ordered desserts after their main course meal which is the Mile Crepe Cake (RM5.90) while Wei Wen ordered the Apple Streusel (RM4.90). Gina Sie also ordered the Sandwich set (RM7.90) as her takeaway portion as well.

According to the feedback, the food were amazing and it was nice. But for my Ayam Pandan Chicken Rice, it was pretty disappointing. Although the rice has fragrance in it but the portion of the chicken is rather small. It only provide Chicken Wing and it was so tiny where definitely it was not enough for those who is big eaters. The taste was just so so particularly the portion was pretty small as well. Try not to order this! For Wei Wen Nyonya Chicken Rice and Alex Chew's Rendang Chicken Rice, both are very nice and the portion is very big indeed and it beats the price of RM6.90 and RM8.90 respectively. For Kee and Gina's Mushroom Chicken Chop, it was nice as well and the portion are pretty big as well. Most of them enjoyed their food except me which I was pretty disappointing with the food I ordered. For the desserts, the Mile Crepe Cake and Apple Streusel was very nice indeed. I try some and found it melts in your mouth quickly and the cake has it different taste on each of the layers and it was 'fantabulous'. The Apple Streusel was good as well. There's nothing special about the drinks because the cold tea that we drank are actually tea powder that used to serve us. The special brewed coffee is also quite normal and nothing special about it.

Overall, the food was great and nice and I can guarantee you most of us walked out of the restaurant happily after the meal. It was because of the unbeatable price and unbeatable great food that we've enjoyed. I highly recommend you to come over here to try out their food especially during lunch break during office hours. You may also come at night or evening but the prices is slightly expensive just like normal cafe's are charging. Enjoy! MY RATING: 3/5; OTHERS RATING: 5/5

*Food & Drinks Rating are based on the food & drinks we've ordered and not overall food & drinks.

Address:

24-1, 19 Jalan USJ 9/5N,
47620, Subang Jaya,

Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Telephone: 03-80249095
Business Hours: Mon - Sat (11.00am - 11.00pm) ; Sun (3.00pm - 11.00pm)


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Europa League: Porto 1 Sporting Braga 0

Prolific Falcao leads Porto to glory

Scoring Summary

FC Porto Braga
Radamel Falcao Garcia (44')

Teams

FC Porto Braga
1 Da Silva Arruda Helton1 Guilherme Moraes Artur
5 Álvaro Pereira15 Angelo Moita Miguel Garcia
21 Cristian Sapunaru3 Junior Afonso Santos Paulao
14 Jorge Pires da Fonseca Rolando2 Valdelomar Junior Alberto Rodriguez
30 Nicolás Otamendi28 Silvio
8 João Moutinho45 Miguel Hugo Viana
6 Fredy Guarin27 de Castro Custodio
25 Francisco Reges Fernando88 Vanderson Valter Almeida Vandinho
17 Silvestre Manuel Goncalves Varela30 Osorio Costa Silva Alan
9 Radamel Falcao Garcia9 Rocha Paulo Cesar
12 Givaldinho Hulk18 Lima
Substitutes
24 Antonio Alberto BetoCristiano Pereira Figueiredo 42
4 Roque MaiconClaudio Bezerra da Silva Kaka 4
19 James RodriguezUwa Echiejile 20
7 Fernando Daniel BelluschiMarcio Jose da Costa Mossoro 8
28 Ressureicao Ruben Micaeldo Carmo Leandro Salino 25
23 Josef Dias SouzaAlbert Ze Meyong 19
18 WalterJorge Leal Rodrigues Helder Barbosa 10
Substitutions
Fernando Daniel Belluschi for Fredy Guarin (73)
Marcio Jose da Costa Mossoro for Miguel Hugo Viana (46)
James Rodriguez for Silvestre Manuel Goncalves Varela (79)
Claudio Bezerra da Silva Kaka for Valdelomar Junior Alberto Rodriguez (46)

Albert Ze Meyong for Lima (66)
Yellow Cards
Cristian Sapunaru (49)
Miguel Hugo Viana (24)
Da Silva Arruda Helton (90)
Silvio (30)
Jorge Pires da Fonseca Rolando (90)
Angelo Moita Miguel Garcia (55)

Marcio Jose da Costa Mossoro (59)

Claudio Bezerra da Silva Kaka (79)
· Squads: FC Porto | Braga

Andre Villas-Boas wrote his name into the history books as he followed his illustrious predecessors in leading Porto to glory with a 1-0 victory over Braga in the Europa League final in Dublin.

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Falcao's header just before the end of the first half was enough to give the 33-year-old Porto boss his third trophy of an incredible first season in charge which sees him become the youngest coach to win a UEFA competition.

Braga substitute Mossoro wasted a golden chance to equalise when he fired straight at Helton when clean through, but otherwise the Arsenalistas never looked like threatening the Portuguese champions.

The match may not have been a pulsating affair, but that should not detract from the magnitude of Villas-Boas' achievements.

The young coach has enjoyed a stellar first full campaign in management, clinching the league unbeaten and the Portuguese Super Cup before the victory, which guarantees him a place alongside some of Porto's coaching greats.

Two of Villas-Boas' mentors, Sir Bobby Robson and Jose Mourinho both won Europe's second club competition with the club and the fact that the Dragons have rampaged through Portugal and Europe this season will only serve to strengthen rumours linking the Porto boss with a summer move to one of the continent's heavyweights.

The match had been billed as an entertaining encounter but the majority of the opening 45 minutes slipped by without barely raising a pulse of the 45,391 fans inside the Aviva Stadium.

Hulk was Porto's best player in the opening exchanges, drifting down the right flank, skipping past the wayward full-back Silvio on a few occasions.

The Brazil striker, who has been linked with a number of Europe's top clubs, used his skill to slip past Silvio and Paulo Cesar before firing just past Artur's far post from six yards.

Silvestre Varela's ambitious overhead kick sailed over the bar, but the Braga goal was rarely threatened.

The underdogs looked cagey and unwilling to take the risk of racing at their opponents, perhaps mindful of the threat that Porto posed on the counter.

Porto goalkeeper Helton rushed out to prevent Lima from shooting from 15 yards but Braga otherwise looked impotent.

Hugo Viana entered the book for a sliding tackle on Hulk, who then wasted a 35-yard free-kick by shooting at least 10 feet over the Braga goal.

Fredy Guarin found Varela in the box but the Porto forward spectacularly miscued a diving header wide as the game dithered on.

A brilliant flick from Guarin allowed him to slip past Alberto Rodriguez, but Paulao covered to deny the Porto man an opportunity to shoot.

Artur almost paid a high price for his lethargic attempt to clear when his kick was charged down by Falcao but the ball bounced wide of the Braga goal.

The prolific striker soon had the ball in the net though when he lost his marker to meet Guarin's cross and nod home from six yards with 90 seconds of the first half remaining.

It was the Colombian's 17th goal of the competition proper, with an additional strike coming in the club's play-off against Rapid Vienna in September.

Braga boss Domingos Paciencia brought on Kaka and Mossoro for Hugo Viana and Alberto Rodriguez at the break and the move almost paid off immediately.

Mossoro could not have wished for a better opportunity to equalise when he dispossessed Fernando to race through, but he dallied and the Porto stopper saved with his legs.

Cristian Sapunaru clattered into Paulo Cesar and went into the referee's book before Braga duo Miguel Garcia and Mossoro also saw yellow moments later.

Braga looked more lively in the second half but Mossoro's opportunity aside, Helton was still not being tested.

Paciencia looked to Albert Meyong for inspiration, the Cameroon striker coming on for Lima with 25 minutes left.

A pacy ball across the box eluded Falcao's head as Porto looked for the killer blow before Paulao headed just over at the other end from six yards, although he was correctly ruled to be offside by the linesman.

Villas-Boas crouched nervously on the touchline as Alan played in Meyong but the Porto boss had little to be worried about as Helton easily claimed the striker's weak shot.

Kaka became the fifth Braga man to see yellow when he was harshly adjudged to have fouled Falcao.

Porto substitute Fernando Belluschi sent a swerving shot just wide of Artur's near post with five minutes left as Braga struggled to get into the game.

Porto dominated possession, but the Arsenalistas had a good chance to threaten the leaders' goal with a corner three minutes from time but Alan sent the ball too deep.

Meyong was presented with a chance in the final minute of injury time but he volleyed over before being correctly called offside.

Braga keeper Artur had a header saved in the last move of the match before the final whistle went and Villas-Boas was mobbed by his victorious team on the pitch. Source: Soccernet.com 18/05/2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Food Hunt: Thean Chun (天津茶室), Ipoh


Dear All,

Welcome back to yet another edition of Food Hunt back to our Ipoh town. Today ME & my family had decided to go Thean Chun (天津茶室) located at Ipoh Old Town and I would guarantee that not many people especially those are not local knows about this place. This restaurant is situated quite near to the famous Sun Yuan Loong and Nam Heong. Perhaps you may key in your GPS to locate this place.

This place is just like a hidden gem where not much people knows about it and the Sar Hor Fun here is very good indeed. In my opinion, it's better than the ones in Lou Wong or Onn Kee. The Sar Hor Fun mee was very smooth, tender and juicy as well. I did not try out the chicken but when I see on the chicken on displayed at the stall, it seems nice and juicy as it was fresh too. You may try it one day. The soup was super great as it was so sweet and nice to consume. This is one of the best hidden gem in Ipoh that you must try. We've also ordered the Bean Sprout and the taste was also good and the bean sprout was large size too. The price meanwhile was cheap indeed. The price of per bowl is roughly RM3.50 - RM3.80 and it was so reasonable. Besides selling the Sar Hor Fun, this restaurant also serves the best of Satay. The gravy and the chicken and beef satay was great and super nice. I can tell you that I really enjoyed it very very much and it was mouth watering as well. By judging at the pictures, you'll simply love it. You can order 10-30 sticks in one shot but the seller only count on how many sticks you took and this reduces the risk of unable to finish if your stomach is full. Nice and reasonable isn't it. It sells at RM0.50 per sticks.

It's a great place to go and also please bear in mind that this restaurant does not have a restaurant plate displayed outside so perhaps if you're new to this place, you might have a tough time locating it. Just search through your GPS or ask the local people nearby and they will be able to show you the place. Overall, it's a cheap and reasonable to have such a nice food in Ipoh city again! Enjoy! MY RATING: 5/5

* Food & Drinks Rating are based on the food & drinks we've ordered and not overall food & drinks.

Address:

Thean Chun (天津茶室)
73, Jalan Market,
30000 Ipoh.
Business Hours: 8.00am - 3.00pm (Please call for Off Day)
Telephone: 05-2553076


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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lifestyle: Happy Birthday Dad! Cake courtesy of Jelly Cake House


Dear All,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my dad Happy Birthday Dad! It was my dad's birthday and since I had a long weekend, I wish to spend with my family back home because I miss them very much. Almost every year since I am staying in KL, I would never forget about my family's birthday and I would always wanted to come back for holiday. This time around, I found out the jelly cake, which is suitable for my family to eat instead of the normal cake which is very sweet sometimes.

I logged on into http://www.jellycakehouse.com and then I found out that there's a lot of design of cakes available. I was shocked and impressed with the design of the cakes and without thinking too much, I've ordered via online and I have chosen the 'I Love Dad' where I put a remark for them to change to 'Happy Birthday Dad' Jelly Cake. They will process your order within 2 days and you need to start ordering your cake 2 days in advance before you can claim your cake. The location to pickup your cake is actually wary from different places but limited to KL/PJ only. You may also have the option to be delivered to your house but with additional charges.

The design of the cake was simply marvelous and it was nice. All of our family love the design and we are eager to try out the cake as well. The jelly contains several layers and it was perfectly done. The taste of the cake is simply great and it was not sweet either. It's just perfect for the hot weather and once you put it on your mouth, it tastes amazing and great to melt at our mouth. I would say it was simply irresistible with the design and the taste as well. CAKE RATING: 5/5

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!