Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Makan-makan Mardi - Malaysian Restaurant, Antwerpen


Too bad they do not have a website. They have many selections in the menu. But still lack some essentials, like Roti Canai, Teh Tarik, and Cendol. But I'm not complaining. Any malaysian foods that I don't have to shop and cook, would make me happy. The restaurant is strategically located. In a pedestrian walkway, in front of big UGC cinema complex and surrounded by nicely looked restaurants (indonesion, morrocan and korean). There are 2 underground parkings (under the UGC cinema), very practical.

As appetizer we had satay. Unfortunately I don't have the picture of the satay. They are tasty, with the peanut sauce. The size is acceptable too. The nasi impit has the taste of lemang a bit. They are all yummy :D

Then came the dish. Actually I took Nasi Lemak Menu which comes with Soup and Satay as appetizer, then the dish (below) and dessert.

I took nasi lemak with beef rendang and chicken curry. My sister took nasi lemak with sambal prawn and assam fish. The other people on our table took Mee goreng and Rice with sizzling beef. The dishes are tasty but my sister and I agreed that the nasi lemak is lacking the santan taste.

We also took fried chicken wings in chili sauce and rojak. The rojak is like gado-gado or pecal. I like it because it has a lot of mango slices in it.


The only malaysian desserts they have are sago gula melaka and kuih ketayap. The other desserts are like rambutan in syrup, fresh fruit, mango with ice cream, ice creams, banana flambe and banana with ice cream. So I took kuih ketayap. It was OK. I was expecting Cendol, huhuhu.


Nevertheless, we were stuffed by the end of the evening and a happy camper :D


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Makan-makan Mardi - Healthy Holidays treats

Here's the season to be jolly... fla la la laa..
Aahh I can't wait for Xmas to come. The Xmas market, the pressies, and the cold outdoors but warm indoors and gingerbread. It's also the time where you said I can eat what I want, it's once a year and it's a season to be jolly!! LOL
At least that is what I'm thinking at the moment. Looking forward for the churros, olieballen, spiced orange juice, hot chocolate... the list can go on and on!

Luckily I subscribed to the Dailies Health Magazine. They started to send newsletters with all kind of suggestions (healthy guides) when facing this holidays season.

Taken from Fitness Magazine:
A few favorite holiday treats pack some surprising health benefits. Here's why you can enjoy a slice of your favorite goodie guilt-free.
By Alex Corrado

Cookies. Candy. Cake. The holidays can be one big fat trap. But before you steer clear of the dessert table, take a look at the who-knew health benefits of these seasonal treats. We're not saying to eat them with abandon (we wish!), but you can enjoy a slice of your favorite goodie guilt-free.

Pecan Pie
Research shows that pecans have the most antioxidants of any nuts, including almonds. As a bonus, they're loaded with cholesterol-lowering plant sterols and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

Pumpkin Cheesecake
A half cup of the canned variety contains more than 350 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin A, an immune-boosting nutrient. Plus, pumpkin has high levels of carotenoids, the pigments responsible for its bright orange color, which studies suggest may neutralize free radicals in your body, helping prevent disease.

A natural anti-inflammatory, ginger can reduce exercise-related muscle pain. The potent spice also aids digestion, which makes gingerbread a perfect finish to a big holiday meal.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2010.

Yummers... I was sceptic about Pumpkin Cheesecake.. but I think it's time to test it. What say you?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mamma Mia! Monday - NKOTBSB

Woohoo!!! Few weeks ago NKOTB & BSB decided to do a tour of 9 men live on stage. Both boybands performed live on stage at one of NKOTB's concert in Radio City Hall NY. Then they decided to do tour. They just released 5 venues in the US and Canada. But I think and HOPE that there will be more dates and venue. I truly hope that they will release at least 1 European date huhuhuhu...

Last Sunday is their first appearance after the tour dates announcement, at the American Music Awards (AMA). Thankful to Youtube, I could watch this great performance.
I am faithful to these 2 boybands because they showed their maturity overtime and that they use their experiences to become better person and performers. They keep being modest at the same time they understand what fans want. Despite people say that boyband era has died and they are not 'boys' anymore, they keep doing what fans want... Sing and perform!
I love every second of their performance at AMA. It must be stressful for them, I'm sure.
We laughed on Twitter the fact that Joey accidently knocked on Jordan's mic (@2:50) LOL
RT @jordanknight That was fun!!! and I'm glad I still have my teeth....that mic smacked me right in my grill!!!
RT @backstreetboys BLAME JOE!

Enough said.
Here is one of the many video posts on YouTube.

If they release a European date, my plan is to get VIP package and have the front row!! huhuhuhuhu...
All you people can't you see can't you see... N-K-O-T-B-S-B
hehehehe :D
Have fun!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Awesomeness Ahad - Ol Friends

Old friends are hard to find... I don't mean in terms of age, but it terms of how long you can stay in friendship and survive all the ups and downs and the years of lost contacts and reunions.

This is the post that I meant to write since last month, but didn't get the chance to write. Yeah yeah, I got so many things to jot down, but time does not permit. If only my memory can be transfered to a blogpost that easily.

Anyway.. last month I went to Gent, a Belgian town in Flanders region 30 mins from Brussels. I went there to meet a longtime friends. We met in the IRC (IR what??) IRC is Internet Chat Relay, this is the dinosaur time before there's IM or webchat. I spent so many nights and days on the chatrooms and met so many nice people, one of them is now my bro in law, and one of them is now my husband (LOL). We used to chat, played games, slapping trouts all around (ok this one is private IRC joke).

The friends I met are also couple formed via IRC. I met Aeon during my Europe trip in 1999. As for Orchy, we have been friends for 13 years now, but never meet in real life! I met her brother tho in KL once... So one fine day, Orchy messaged me and said we should meet. I have been wanting to meet her, mind you, we are in the same country for once!!! So I slapped (virtually, OK) my head and determined to meet my ol friend.

So we agreed to meet in Gent (halfway for us)!! After work, I rushed to Central station and took the train to Gent. Everything is fine, until I took the wrong tram to the city centre (oppss). But nevermind, it was soon recovered by asking around.

We went for a dinner in a nice restaurant and managed to have a little tour of Gent. Me as usual, blabbering... I can't stop talking if I'm too excited (LOL). I hope that they enjoyed my company as much as I enjoyed theirs. I don't want to pose any problem but I do wish that I could see them more often. On top of that we forgot to take picture of us! Duuhhhh!!

So must meet again to take picture (LOL).

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mamma Mia! Monday - 4 days weekend

Aww it's the end of my 4-days weekend... huhuhuhu It has been an awesome weekend, where I would just do nothing except watch TV, cook, eat, stay on the couch with my hubby. It's different from last weekend which was fun, yet tiring :D

I hope this week will be very productive. There are some unfinished business last week due to some slowness in some people's part. I just wish that I could tied up some loose ends as soon as possible. Sorry to talk in a generic sense here, but I need to protect anonymity.

Did I tell you that I managed to lose weight? I lost about 12kg since last summer. I didn't know that I could lose weight. The scary thing is I remember that I make peace with my weight. I thought as long as I am healthy, I am good(I went to the gym almost everyday for the past 1 year). Now that I weight 12 kg less, it's even better! The challenge now is to keep this weight. Hope I could maintain :D