Random Reflections

World History of Telecommunication

After having dug to a depth of 1000 meters last year,

Swedish scientists found traces of copper wire dating

back 1000 years and came to the conclusion that their

ancestors already had a telephone network more than

1000 years ago.

 

Not to be outdone by the Swedes, in the weeks that

followed, English scientists dug to a depth of 2000 meters

and shortly after, headlines in the UK newspapers read;

English archaeologists have found traces of 2000 year old

fiber-optic cable and have concluded that their ancestors

already had an advanced high-tech digital communications

network a thousand years earlier than the Swedes.

 

One week later, Malaysian newspapers reported the following:

 

After digging as deep as 5000 meters in padi fields in Kedah, Malaysian scientists have found absolutely nothing.

They, therefore, have concluded that 5000 years ago, Malaysian’s inhabitants were already using wireless technology.

 

Moral of the story : Malaysia Bolehhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!

* courtesy of christinetanpc *

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Food Reviews, Reviews

Restoran Soo Kee at SEA Park, PJ

Now this is probably a well-known secret among Petaling Jaya folks, but for me it is a new found gem. Claimed by many as the best Ipoh Hor Fun (Kuey Teow Soup) outside Ipoh, I have been wanted to check this place out eons ago but never got to do so until recently.

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This Restoran Soo Kee (no link whatsoever with the Soo Kee in Imbi), in a very nondescript shoplot, is located at SEA Park, a neighbourhood better known for its famous roasted ducks than anything else. A mother-and-son duo operates this popular restaurant, and tables are limited so do come early to avoid the peak hours crowd. Parking is another headache too, as this eatery is right opposite the wet market, with high volume of vehicles coming in and out this area.

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But once you have tasted their Ipoh Hor Fun, all problems and headaches will be forgotten instantly. The kuey teow itself is excellent, with its smooth texture that can rivals those found in Ipoh (I know Ipoh langs will violently object to this statement). The thinly-sliced prawns tasted very fresh, although it was a tad too thin, and together with some shredded chicken and the fantastic broth, truly makes this an absolute delight to have.

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If you are not into soup-based food, fret not as you can always opt for the dry version. Mixed with soy sauce and with the same ingredients as the soup-version, this is very enjoyable too, with the rich taste of the soy sauce goes so well with the smooth flat noodle.

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But your visit here would not be complete without ordering their steamed chicken with oyster sauce (poached chicken a.k.a. “pak cham kai“). In fact, this fantastic chicken dish’s fame is starting to shadow over their Ipoh Hor Fun. It actually looks pretty ordinary, just normal-looking steamed chicken, with generous amount of oyster sauce over it.

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But look can be deceiving as I found out here. This poached chicken is got to be one of the best I have eaten so far. The chicken is just so tender and succulent, coupled nicely with the aromatic oyster sauce. My only complaint would be the overwhelming oyster cause that can be too salty.

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Nice prawn wantan (“sang har wan tan“) is not easy to find in Klang Valley anymore, but Restoran Soo Kee is the place to go if you want some. Instead of pork fillings, you will find one prawn wrapped inside. Chunky enough to bite enjoyably, but too small though for its price. One hungry soul can easily eat 10 of these I reckon.

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With so many good food at offer, I would come back again for sure, especially when I am craving for Ipoh Hor Fun and can’t afford to drive 2 hours up north for it. The only setbacks would be the relatively small portion, I can easily wallop 2 bowls of the Hor Fun, and the slightly high price. But then again, I am sure most of you would not mind paying a little extra to taste truly excellent food amidst all the mediocre food out there.

Restoran Soo Kee

Address: 33, Jalan 21/17,

              SEA Park,

              46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Telephone: 03-7876 7736

Operating Hours/Days: 8:30am – 2:30pm (Closed on alternate Wednesdays)

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12 Layers of Me

Tagged by wmw and ling239 to do this layer thingy. I am not a very “open” person, so now that I am putting myself in a vunerable state by revealing the inner side of myself, I am expecting dozens of proposals and fan mails from hot chicks all over the world.

Layer One: On The Outside
Name: Daryl
DOB: 31 July
Current Status: Single & Sexy
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Used to be blonde
Righty or Lefty: Right is the right way

Layer Two: On The Inside
Your Heritage: Heng Hua/Shing Ann
Your Fears: Being up on stage
Your Weaknesses: Shopaholic, glutton, procrastination
Your Perfect Pizza: Bacon and Grilled Lamb

Layer Three: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Your Thoughts First Waking Up: Conference call with difficult clients..grrrr…
Your Bedtime: About 12-1:30am
Your Most Missed Memory: Playing computer games the whole 24 hours!

Layer Four: Your Pick
Pepsi or Coke: Pepsi (I’m always with the underdogs)
McDonald’s or Burger King: Burger King
Single or Group Dates: Both has its own fun
Adidas or Nike: Adidas
Tea or Nestea: Tea
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate all the way
Cappuccino or Coffee: Cappuccino

Layer Five: Do You…
Smoke: Once in my entire life so far
Curse: No comment
Have a crush: Who doesn’t?
Think you’ve been in love: I’ll be chopped if I say no
Go to school: Duuhhh
Want to get married: Desperately
Believe in yourself: Not all the time unfortunately
Think you’re a health freak: Yes yes, that’s why I’m eating so vigorously, to cure myself of being underweight and anorexia

Layer Six: In The Past Month Have you…
Drank alcohol: Never
Gone to the mall: Every single week, as I said, I am a shopaholic!
Been on stage: My blog is my only stage
Eaten sushi: Yes, though I am not a big fan of it
Dyed your hair: Nope

Layer Seven: Have You Ever…
Played A Stripping Game: No comment
Changed Who You Were To Fit In: Hmmm…unfortunately, yes I’ve done it before

Layer Eight: You’re Hoping
To Be Married: Yea why not?
For a: Honda Civic 2.0 Mugen

Layer Nine: In a Gal
Best Eye + Best Hair Color Combination: Nothing in particular
Short Hair or Long Hair: My fav would be “bob hair”

Layer Ten: What Were You Doing
1 Min Ago: Surfing and completing this
1 Hour Ago: Working
4.5 Hours Ago: Ate a very satisfying lunch at SS2
1 month Ago: September was one of the busiest month at work!!
1 Year Ago: Started food blogging in a regular basis

Layer Eleven: Finish The Sentence
I Love: Jesus
I Feel: hungry
I Hate: pretenders
I Hide: no comment
I Miss: my childhood
I Need: to finish this asap and have dinner with my parents

Layer Twelve: Tag Five People
* Nah, almost everybody has been tagged already no?*

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Food Reviews, Reviews

Greenwood Cafe in SS2

Chose to eat lunch alone one Sunday after church as I wanted to make sure I won’t be late for futsal later in the afternoon. After driving aimlessly from Imbi to Petaling Jaya thinking of where to eat, I noticed a new eatery in SS2 commercial area.

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With its bright blue signboard, it is not hard to spot this cafe, curiously named as Greenwood Cafe, which is right opposite Coffee Bean and Wong Kok Char Chan Teng. Here they serves a wide variety of fusion food, with numerous choices from western food such as lamb chop, sandwiches to eastern fares such as nasi lemak and tomyam soup. Pork free though.

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When I got there, only two other tables were occupied. But somehow I still got to get the menu from a waitress myself, as they didn’t even noticed me entering the cafe.  Though one of the waitress did apologized and she was pretty friendly. After a short chat with her, found out that the owner/chef of this cafe, Jasman Tajuddin, used to work in La Bodega before. Also noticed some board games available for patrons to play, and free Wi-fi for those that must be login at all times.

As it was just an hour or so before the futsal game, I wanted something not too heavy (my definition of light food might differs from others ). So I opted for the Yellow Glutinous Rice with Curry Chicken (RM7.00), which is only available on Saturdays and Sundays.

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When it was served, I was quite surprised at how “small” (again, this is subjective) the serving is. Slight smaller than a Loh Mai Kai, the nasi pulut kuning came with two medium cuts of curry chicken. With a price tag of RM7, to be honest I was expecting a little more generous size. Tastewise, this is just slightly above average. While everything was definitely fresh, I thought the taste was too mild and lack any oomph factor if you know what I mean.

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The Coke Float (RM5.00) didn’t disappoint. But then again, how wrong can someone gets with a simple drink like this. A very satisfying drink still, and it did brought back sweet memories of enjoying a tall glass of floats at Esquire Kitchen when I was still a kid.

So will I return here again? Not very sure, due to the not so pleasant first impression. But to be fair to them, I only tried one item of their menu, and being new, I am sure there are a lot of teething problems and some fine tuning to be done. Might just go back there to try out their RM9.90 set lunch one day, and then I would be able to make a more concrete and accurate assessment.

Greenwood Cafe

Address: 5, Jalan SS 2/67,

              47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 

Telephone: 03-7877 8577 (Cafe); 03-78768277 (Office)

Operating Hours/Days: 11:00am – 1:00am, Weekdays

                                    10:00am – 1:00am, Weekends

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SocioPolitics

Muhibbah?!

An Indian girl and a Malay girl fought (ok more like scratching and pulling each other’s hair) right in front of Berjaya Time Square in KL recently. Apparently the cause of their catfight is because they are seeing a same guy (two-timing one).  Pity the guy who tried to stop the fight, he was punched on his face by one of the girl instead, not to mention about his drink dropped to the ground as well.


But thank God it was not because of the racial tensions that have been simmering in this country for the past few years. I was pleasantly surprised when our PM Abdullah Badawi called on everybody to face the truth and speak out, but was then rudely shocked by the laughable denial by our Foreign Minister, Syed Hamid Albar when asked about racial issues during a live interview (Hardtalk) with BBC. And then came the judiciary crisis, which the government are more hell-bent in prosecuting the whistleblowers rather than setting up a Royal Commission to investigate this seemingly blatant corruption.


So to speak out or not to? I am confused, how about you?

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J.Co Donuts & Coffee at Pavillion KL

There is a silent invasion that has landed on our Malaysia shore recently, from our neighbouring country, Indonesia. No don’t worry, it’s not the repeat of the Konfrontasi between this two nations, but rather an invasion of their donut chain.

Doughnut or more popularly known as donut, is not a pervasive culinary culture here in Malaysia, although thousands of mak ciks (old ladies) at roadside stalls and the school canteens have been selling this as long as I can remember. Then came the Dunkin’ Donuts who revolutionized the way we look at donuts, and earlier this year, Big Apple, opened their first outlet at The Curve, Damansara.

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And now, J.Co Donuts & Coffee, yet another Indonesian-owned chain, has decided to break into the Malaysian donuts market. Their first ever outlet outside of Indonesia opened end of last month at Pavillion, the latest of prestigious shopping mall in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Since then, thousands and thousands of Malaysian have made their way there and queue up to get a fix of their donuts. Now, I am not someone who are really into queuing up for an hour for my food. So imagine how excited I was when Sid told us that J.Co’s PR Executive, Intan Suraya, has invited us to check out their donuts and coffee.

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* Intan Suraya Shamsuddin, the PR & Promotion Exec *

This one helluva gorgeous PR Executive guided us through the history and background of J.Co. The owner of J.Co is actually Johnny Andrean, an Indonesian hairstylist turned millionaire who owns more than 200 salons and 30 J.Co outlets in that archipelago country. So now you know the “J” stands for Johnny.  Since opening their first outlet in Indonesia more than 2 years ago, they have now served more than 50 million donuts!

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As for their outlet here at Pavillion, it is located on Level 01 (Level 03 is on street level), right next to BreadTalk. It is not difficult to locate J.Co, just look for a long human queue and you’ll find it. According to Intan, they have unique concepts for each outlet, and the one for this Pavillion outlet is more hip and hype as their target market seems to be teens and young adults.

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Just like most of the new modern eateries, the kitchen is open for public scrutiny via glass panels instead of wall. So while queuing to order the crowd can actually look at how they prepare the donuts. It looks easy enough, bt apparently the kitchen staff has to start their shift at 4am each morning!  I hope J.Co is paying them well.

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In order to ensure customer’s satisfaction, J.Co makes sure their ingredients are sourced from the best places, and then undergo strict hygienic and fresh cooking processes. For example, their best-selling Al Capone (named after the famous Chicago mob boss) are made of almonds imported from California, and white chocolate from Belgium. This one tough looking donut is an absolute winner, with the crunchiness of the almonds outside, and the softness of the donut to counter-effect it. No wonder it turns out to be their best seller.

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Another popular one would be the Glazzy (RM2.00), the simple yet amazingly addictive donut. Instead of the standard donut which is sprinkled with sugar, this Glazzy is made using soft dough, and then glazed with American honey which will melt in your mouth, literally! While the donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts are more bready, the ones here are crunchier, more airy and light and fluffy.

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One flavour that all chocoholics would love would be the Coco Loco, a donut that is 40% filled with Belgian dark chocolate. There are chocolate filling both inside the donut as well as on the whole top surface. Slightly too sweet for me but the girls seem to love it lot.

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The “Why Nut” is a donut with unique combination, American peanut butter topped with premium white chocolate from Belgium. Unorthodox but a surprisingly good combo nevertheless. Why NOT indeed!

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With all the craze over green tea in recent years, it is only logical for J.Co to come out with a green tea flavoured donut as well. Named as “Miss Green T“, it is made of Macha (green tea powder) imported in from Japan. While I doubt the significance of the health benefits claimed by the chain, I know my tastebud immediately identified the goodness of the strong green tea flavour.

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But my favourite on that night would be the “Cheese Me Up“, the one with topping made of melted New Zealand low fat cheese, and sprinkled with bit of chives. Unlike the sweeter variants mentioned, this one is less sweet and a little hint of saltiness. Will definitely brighten up the day of anyone that fancies savoury stuff.

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Well as their name suggests, they are more than just donuts actually. Coffee is one product they are proud of as well, that’s why J.Co goes the extra mile to sources their Arabica coffee beans from five different countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Venezuela) and roasted in Rome, Italy. For non-coffee drinker, no worries as they have quite a number of non-coffee based drinks as well. For every drink purchased, you will get one Glazzy totally FOC!

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 * Cappucinno *                        * Iced Chocolate *                       * Toffee’ O *

Ok, after tasting J.Co‘s donuts, I might change my mind about not queuing up an hour for my food. I have to admit their donuts are seriously delish. I will without a doubt come back as there are many other assorted donuts that I have yet to try, including the much-talked-about JCrown Oreo. The hot topic/gossip out there seems to hover around the question of originality of these donut chains. In my humble opinion, consumers’ main concern would not be about who is copying who, but rather about the taste, service and the pricing. The pricing is almost similar if not the same, but when it comes to taste and service, I feel that J.Co has the slight advantage over Big Apple at the moment.

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While I foresee the streams of people going to J.Co and queueing up for their hot and tasty donuts won’t be stopping anytime soon, I hope the management would not take things for granted and rest their laurel. Arguably J.Co have the best donuts now, but I can’t be sure I’ll say the same thing once Krispy Kreme decided to join in the donut war here. Those who have tasted them would know what I mean. But till then, join in the queue turn yourself into a Homer Simpson!

Donut Price List

Glazzy              RM                                Assorted           RM

 

Each                 2.00                              Each                 2.30

½ Dozen           9.60                              ½ Dozen            11.00

Dozen               16.20                            Dozen               19.10

2 Dozen            28.60                            2 Dozen             33.40

 

Beverage Price List

 

Item                                                     RM

Cappuccino                                            6.70

Cafe Latte                                             8.60

Iced Chocolate                                       8.10

Oreo                                                     11.00

Green Tea                                             10.00

 

Price for Regular Beverages:

 

Item                                                     RM

Cappuccino                                            7.70

Cafe Latte                                             9.10

Iced Chocolate                                       9.10

Oreo Freeze                                          11.90

Green Tea                                             11.00

 

*prices above are subjected to 5% gov tax.

J.Co Donuts & Coffee

Address: Lot 1.05.00, Level 01,

              The Pavillion KL, Jalan Bukit Bintang,

              55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone: 017-378 0177, 03-2142 5177 (Corporate)

Email: hello@jcodonuts.com

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