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Inzago Day 2 & 3


The 2nd day started with practical training and it was indeed an eye opener for me after 10 years in the industry! It’s considered late despite the fact that I have been to 3 international laundry equipment exhibitions! So now you guys know what’s been happening in the past la..main main shopping saja….tsk tsk tsk…

Lunch was at the same place again for convenience since it was closest to the factory but this time it was with another guy. There were only 2 persons who could speak descent English in the factory…so he was the other guy…

Training continued and then my dinner with the marketing manager was postponed to the  next day so with my limited Italian I managed to ask the driver to take me to a supermarket. What did I say? I just smiled at him and said this, “emmm…aqua…errr..super mercato?…<grin>” Thank God he understood me! I tried looking frantically for my cartoon and cute pasta but couldn’t find any! So I went looking for my dinner, a salad and my water. I had another Korean cup noodle so that will be my dinner!

Day 3 was supposed to be casual. Met with the owner of the factory but he could not speak much English, so it was just small talk..haha. Then another supplier came to see me and passed me some spare parts. Then my very “reliable” driver took me to town to meet my shopping tour guide who was also the owner of the factory and she spoke better English..phew… (brother and sister business). However, my driver got lost despite having the GPS and we went round and round and numerous phone calls later, we finally found her.

We hopped on the train and off we went. The only place we had time to see was the Duomo of course. I went in the church the last time I came but didnt realise that we could go up to the roof! So off we went up the roof. The view was spectacular!

Then lunch was at this  open air restaurant on the 6th floor (I think) of the La Rinascente just next to the Duomo. We had the yummiest mozarella ever…

After lunch it was shopping time…and first stop was of course my favourite..Louis Vuitton!! I told myself nope I am not going to buy anything this trip…but but but…..then I saw this…my excuse was I don’t have a white bag…

It was within my so called budget so I got it la..I initially wanted another model with the same pattern but that one was a bit over my budget, so I had to give that a miss lerrr…

Then I had to get my sunglasses since I lost my Prada (the one I bought in my last Italian trip in 2008). This time I got a Chanel..a bit over my budget but what the heck!!

More of my purchases lormantik dinneer by the river in the next post…

Long Weekend-cont’d Penang


Notice the operating hrs sign? From 10.30 am to Habis ok!

After finishing (slurpss) the Funny Mountain tau foo fah, we left for Penang. Traffic was smooth all the way, since it’s the 2nd day of the weekend. First stop was lunch at this seaside place Alice recommended, forgot the name! Alice and family waited along the way for us and off we went together. The meal was really good, the fist was fresh. However, the restaurant doesn’t look too good, especially the fact that they are old, they have dogs all over the place! Emm..not very hygienic la..However, we were free from diarhea this time. Hallelujah!!!

Next stop was delivering some chemicals to my customer (Amah always bring some work in her breakaways..try to make back some $$ la..). Good thing customer was around and wrote me the cheque! Phew!

Tried to get some apam along the way (Jalan Burma, right in front of some shops next to a school) but that guy (with misai, don’t go to the wrong one, cos we went to the wrong one and ended up with food poisoning!) was booked with 100+ pieces and I couldn’t wait that long..the other crispy apam guy (this one is in Pulau Tikus, opposite the police station, stall outside a coffee shop) was just opening his stall, no luck there either..

Off we went to the hotel and it was raining along the way. It was still drizzling when we arrived and guess what? There was no covered lobby to drop off the passengers and luggage and the parking in front of the doorway were all occupied! Then we saw an empty lot with the “NO PARKING” sign but we of course ignored the sign since we needed to load the luggage and kids. I noticed there was a hotel staff holding a broom (but he was not sweeping) and he kept staring at us the whole time, from the time we parked, and loading the luggage and the kids. Then as I walked towards the door, he stopped me and told me that we were not allowed to park there. That was when I blew it and scolded him.

Me-I am aware that we cannot park here but we have not finished unloading the luggage and things. Where is the bell service? Can’t you help us get some help here? If we have some help here, the process can be sped up and we will be out of this NO PARKING area!

Cleaner-I don’t know where the bell boy is…

I was too tired to continue scolding him so I just walked off..

Then as I was waiting in the lobby, that stupid guy suddenly came up to me..

Guy-Sorry miss, I was just trying to tell you nicely that you can’t park your car there..I respect you, you must respect me also la..

Me-(WTF!!) Hello! I already told you we know that we are not able to park there. We are educated people, but I was angry with the fact that you just stood there staring at us while we struggled to get the umbrella and shaded the kids one by one and we had to carry the luggage, piece by piece and you didn’t do anything! It may not be your job but the least that you could do was run in to get help for us. Didn’t you realise we are the guests of this freaking hotel?

How dare he confront me like this? Who the f*%& does he think he is? The hotel was not exactly cheap! Ok by now you may want to know what shitty hotel this is, it’s the Holiday Shack Inn. Some of you may know, that this stupid place is divided by the road, one section is on the beach and the other is on the other side of the road. As we booked so late, we only managed to get this shack hotel and it was definitely not my first choice! I really have not come across a hotel of this standard which didn’t have the shaded drop off area! Too much, the architect that designed this place should be shot! Or maybe it was the owner who wanted to save some bucks here.

The receptionist was very apologetic but it was not his fault! Then the stupid guy didn’t stop there, suddenly there was this guy from Security with the walkie talkie who came up to Apah.

Security-What’s the problem here?

Wahhhh this time, Apah blew his fuse. For those who knows Apah, he’s one of the most patient type of guys around but this time, this ticked him bad, so bad….

Apah-What security procedure did we violate by parking there for a few minutes for loading our luggage ourselves? Tell me! (Volume = loud & stern and eyes almost popped out)

This time the receptionist pun walked out of this booth and tried to calm Apah and me down. I mean, we were guests who paid good money (money paid upfront upon booking on the internet) for a relaxing holiday and was that the way the hotel supposed to treat us?

Apah-Who is your Manager on duty? I want to see him/her now? (he thundered…)

Apah walked over the reception where the Duty Manager’s name was placed.

Receptionist-I’m soooo sorry, he’s not around

Apah-What do you mean by not around? Isn’t he the Duty manager who is supposed to be ON DUTY NOW?? Who is the person next in line, I want to see him/her now! I mean NOW!
The receptionist quickly gave us the room keys and sent us up the room but Apah refused to go up till he met with the Duty Manager and spoke his mind on this matter. Good thing the room was good, we had a good view and it was spacious. They gave us the extra bed at no cost but I reckon they could have done better than that.

Ok back to happier moments….EATING time…

Dinner was at Bee Hooi Pulau Tikus but the standard of the “Or Chien” (fried Oyster with egg) has deteriorated…not too good. Char Kuey Teow was just as good. Then we had to wait for the Asam Laksa stall to open cos they open later than the other stalls…so action….weyo? Their laksa damn good lor…Then Alice & Sue came to join us but Sue couldn’t sit down with us as her prince found the coffee shop too hot & noisy for his liking. So they ended up waiting at the Baskin Robbins next door waiting for us to finish our food.

More in the next post…

Long Weekend up North


We took off to Ipoh on Friday and the highway was of course a bumper to bumper and we ended up at Bidor Pun Chun Restaurant for lunch. It was packed with hungry people who were travelling up north also, and we waited like more than half an hour for a table. Met a friend and his family there too so we shared the table and he even paid for our lunch!! Now, the wait was somehow worth it!!

The food was of course not good due to overwhelming orders and we waited for another 45 minutes for the food! However, the texture of the noodles was still very good and so far we have not found this type of noodles anywhere else…After lunch we took off to Ipoh and joined in the crowded highway.

I chose the first exit which was the Simpang Pulai exit as I wanted to go to Gunung Rapat to get the famous Heong Peang (Ipoh biscuit) from the factory outlet. Trust me, tastes better than the ones you get in town! (more fresh!) After that was coffee at Sin Yoon Loong at Old Town but even the toast bread is sold out! Left only some butter cakes which was not to my liking of course! (Abuden? Amah’s mia butter cakes taste better than that ok!)

Then we checked in the hotel, as it was a long weekend, and we only made reservations like a week before, we had to settle with one that was not my first choice of course. It was Heritage Hotel, the sheets were grey and the pillows were smelly. Good thing I always bring my own pillow cases for double protection!

Dinner was at Yum Yum on Persiaran Greenhill, near Syuen Hotel. It serves really good Nyonya food. However, we were not quite satisfied and continued our journey to Ipoh Garden for the Ngar Choy (bean sprouts) Chicken Hor Fun but guess what? They sold out at 8.30pm!! What a spoiler!!!!

Morning was breakfast in the hotel, (as if I’m stupid enough to eat there! But it was provided, so I ate fruits la) and the kids suddenly loved cereal and attacked the counter like as if they’ve never had any cereal in their life! Breakfast of course continued at Kong Heng, Ipoh Old Town. We had the famous mouth watering hor fun (rice noodles) that I’ve blogged before and then on to Funny Mountain. It was only 10.15 am so they were only preparing to open for business. We walked over to Foh San to buy takeaway egg tarts/dim sum while waiting…yummy…

Look at that queue! The tau foo fah has not arrived ma..

Business hours – 10.30am till sold out! wakakakakaka..

Next stop..PENANG….

Chapalang..


This is going to be a mixture of events and quite a long winded post..

Kieran

There was once my in-laws proudly told me that Kieran was very enterprising as he was telling them about selling his “masterpieces”. I didn’t take much notice and brushed it aside. Then on Monday I saw one of his “masterpiece” which has this on the bottom, RM3/5..

I couldn’t take the whole of the picture..I find it kinda scary..

Me-What are you going to do with this drawing?

K-Sell to my friend..

Me-Who’s going to buy from you?

K-Joshua la…

Me-Really? I think you buy from him also, am I right?

He’s looking down on the floor with his classic guilty face..

Me-Hello,,answer me! Have YOU bought from him also?? (volumn up) You better answer me or else no dinner!

K-(looked up slowly) and nodded his head..

Me-What? Yes or no?

K-(in a small small voice) yes..

Me-I’m so disappointed in you, how much did you pay for one drawing?

K- RM3

Me-Are you sure?

K-yes…

I went on to lecture him about the importance of money and the money was given to him for emergency purposes, extra food, need to make phone call etc..but definitely not for this purpose. Then I made him kneel on the cold hard floor and pull his ears till my MIL coaxed him to say sorry. It took him quite some time to do that..showing again how stubborn he is! Mind you, he was actually very hungry and we were all eating dinner while he was kneeling!

Kylie

We went back to ApOh’s place for 2 days as she went travelling again. I had to babysit my little nephew so we brought him to the office. He’s so adorable and of course all eyes and attention went to him. Poor Kylie didn’t like it at all and was soooo jealous. The night before ApOh left, ApOh was scolding her maid..

K-Why u scold kakak (maid)? afturds (afterwards) she don’t (will not) cook for you, how?

I was so surprised she said this as I TOO always scold my maid but she has not said this to me, but then again, I cook most of the time so maybe she didn’t see that as a threat to me! hahahahaha…

My nephew, a splitting image of his daddy (my younger bro)!

He was not used to the environment in our office and was probably looking for ApOh, so he was crying all the time, the maid carrying him rocking him up and down also didn’t help! He only fell asleep out of exhaustion!

Bento

I haven’t had much time to prepare bentos for the kids…and here are 2 miserable ones I managed to make one day..

For Kylie, no space for the fruits..so had to put in another container..

The egg was supposed to be in the shape of a star but I didn’t clip on properly so it went out of shape! So I disguised it lor..this one is for Kieran…good thing he didn’t complain about the deco!

I’ve been on a bread baking frenzy..and the first attempt was brioche from a Chef Wan recipe and I was surprised at the amount of butter that was required…but the aroma from the oven was heavenly….

Tasted heavenly too…(fresh from the oven la..but after a while it turns kinda hard..I was told it’s bcos the commercial ones had bread improver and softerner..but they r not exactly healthy ingredients…)

Update on the kids


I would like to thank my friends who has lent me their ears and shoulders to cry on…really appreciate all of u..”muaks..” Because of you guys and of course my Apah and the kids..I feel much better and have the motivation to move on..

Kylie is becoming more and more chatty..here are some of the stuff she said recently that really blown me away!

Scene 1

Apoh walked down the stairs…

K-(in a fierce tone) Why u come down(s)tairs? After baby cry how? Huh? (Apoh is taking care of my baby nephew now)

Scene 2

Kylie was feeding my the other nephenw (only 6 months younger than Kylie, I really couldn’t believe this happened as she needs to be fed herself!)

K-why u eat so slow? U are a boy u know?? Ha? Eat fa(s)ter, ok! (also in a fierce tone!)

Scene 3

She has been singing this song lately, the song her teacher sings with the kids while they queue and walk to the restroom daily (it’s quite a long way to the restroom from her classroom)..

(in the tune of “Are You Sleeping”)
Watermelon 2x papaya 2x, banananananana nananana fruit salad 2x.

However, she can’t pronounce fruit salad, so I couldn’t make out what she was singing and kept asking her to repeat the song till she got so frustrated! At the end I asked the teacher and really had a good laugh!

She still comes to the office in the morning and occasionally “sleeps on the job”..

As for Kieran,

Injury from fall while riding over a bump!

…day in day out will be the same routine..

Me/Apah-Kieran!! WAKE UP!!/Hurry up!/Do your homework!/Stop dreaming!/Go to sleep!

He is still very weak in his Chinese and Bahasa Msia, either borderline pass or fail..*sweats*

He has put on some flesh as his appetite has grown quite good and I think it must be due to his latest interest in badminton and also his cycling.

CNY Shopping Part 4


Before I display my Part 4 shopping, just wanna post about my sushi making one fine day..Kieran loves Japanese food and Apah is not too happy about it (no prize for guessing why) so we decided to have home made ones but can only get fresh salmon from Jusco One Utama/MidValley!

Leng leh??? Can start a stall???

Got this from Coast at a ridiculously good price, was the last piece and fit me perfectly..at 70% off and an additional 10% off when I paid with a certain Visa card and earned 5X points!!!! I was almost in heaven…

Cheong sam top at 70% off…

Cheong sam at 50% off and fit me like a glove…

Dress from Robinsons which I eyed when it was full price but didn’t buy of course and since now it’s like 70% off, buy la of course!!!

Well I think I’m leaving the CNY buys here…there are of course more stuff I bought but I just can’t post all of them here…not enuf time and patience..kakakaka..

Penang Escapade


We did the unthinkable and left the maid at home and took off to Penang for 2 nights. Our first stop along the way was at Ipoh of course. We had our favourite Ipoh Hor Fun and the caramel custard which I bought take-away for Alice and also another for myself! Greedy me! (location: Thean Chun, Ipoh Old Town)

Upon reaching Penang, we drove straight to my customer’s place to drop off the load of stuff he ordered. Terrible, despite the fact that I drove all the way and saved him $$ on transport, he still wanted to hang on to my payment! Blek!

Then we saw a man selling the peanut Apom and I went to order some. I was waiting…waiting…n then some guy came over to collect his apom, then another person came to collect and I was wondering if the seller was kinda bias towards me since I didn’t speak Hokkien. After a while only did I realise those customers had presviously ordered earlier on and there was a long queue of orders! The seller reminds himself of the orders using coins placing them in order! So smart!! The apom was made over charcoal fire! Authentic & of course yummieee! I didn’t take a photo as I was not prepared with my camera! Shiats…(location:near the Pulau Tikus market, opposite the Police Station)

After that we checked in the hotel (supplied by APah’s company) and it was quite a big and comfortable room with quite a good view of the sea. It’s not a resort but a city hotel, go figure.

Alice came to pick us up to go to the public beach since the beach in front of our hotel is kinda not conducive for the children to play! Kieran was so excited and jumped in immediately with me screaming at him not to swim too far out. There were quite a lot of rocks and shells that he cut his feet. Both Kylie and Darrius were very happy with just playing sand and pouring water in the sand.

Then we found a crab claw and another smaller crab carcass which was huge and was immediately imagining it as our dinner….Kieran kept asking to cook it! hahahhaha…

Then suddenly we saw this couple taking their wedding photographs…very adventurous poses they made! The photograper was shooting from above the cliff with his terrer-menerrer zoom lens..but look at my shot with my miserable macro lens…booo hoooooo…..

Dinner was seafood not too far from the beach. It was tomyum cooked with coconut water..yummilicious! We had crabs of course…can’t help it can’t we?? (location: Along Ferringhi Beach)

On the way back to the hotel, I couldn’t resist stopping over at Gurney Drive Hawker centre to get my crispy Apom. It was indeed yummy and well worth the exorbitant price they charged! Sorry no photos as we gobbled em down in no time!

After Alice dropped us back at the hotel, I called Apah and told him I wanted to have my Pulau Tikus Char Koay Teow. He brought along his colleague and off we went. There was a Prawn Paste Chee Cheong Fun which Apah ordered one plate and the kids gobbled em down and asked for more! The CKT was great and after that we retired to bed very satisfied.

We kicked off the next day with Prawn noodles and more peanut apom but it was so so nya…We then drove to Lorong Delima to get my favourite Prawn Paste chee cheong fun before going to Alice’s place. (location: on the way to Penang Bridge, off Green Lane) Bought 2 packets, one for me, one for Alice. After eating & yakking  & packing..we went to the Aquarium at Teluk Maung, Alice correct me if I’m wrong about the location.

The kids enjoyed themselves despite the small size of the aquarium..

Feeding the fish..

Interesting star fish..

Very sad turtle in captivity….

Lunch was nearby and it was really good…look at the very satisfied customer…

After lunch (burp..) we went off to the hotel but detoured to get the famous cendol near Komtar and some banana apom along Jalan Burmah. The kids were tired, Kylie fell asleep first and then followed by Darrius. Upon reaching the hotel, the kids woke up from their very short nap and was all excited to get ready for the swim. It was such a hot day and the sun was blazing so we let the kids play in the bath tub first. They got carried away and we ended up with a very wet bathroom. Off they went to the pool and surprisingly the water was freezing cold despite the hot day. Kylie panicked after Kieran took her for a ride on the slide. She refused to get in the pool after that till I coaxed her and carried her along.

After the swim we took very quick showers and off we went for dinner at a Nyonya Restaurant. (Forgot the name..kakaka) and food was ok, liked especially the otak otak..After dinner it was kinda drizzling but our diehard urge to savour the charcoal fried Char Koay Teow overruled the rain. It was kinda oily but yummy nevertheless!

The next day, we let the kids go for another round of swimming and checked out after that. Aliced texted that she was down with diarrhea and couldn’t join us (no thanks to piggin out sessions with me la). We stopped over at Pulau Tikus for breakfast again and tried my luck at getting the cheque from my customer but he was not in! Rats!

We then left for more food before we leave. It was Genting at Delima again, had the rich assam laksa (only opens in the afternoon) and more Chee Cheong Fun. Kieran was hit with diarrhea at this point and completely made a mess on his underpants. This got Apah very upset and we had to throw away the underpants…eeewww..n double ewwww..it was quite a good & new one summore…bleah! Quickly ate and off we went.

Stopped over at Ipoh for tea and Kieran blasted another round and this time we decided to save the underpants! I can’t throw away 2 good underpants in one day! We hurried off and upon reaching home, Kieran again blasted the toilet and started throwing up too! It was quite a serious food poisoning episode! After they came back from the doctor, I too threw up and started purging! Kylie too had watery stool for the next few days and Kieran took 3 days to recover! Geez..we suspect it was due to the banana apom from Jln Burmah as Apah was the only one who didn’t eat those and he didn’t get hit at all!

And what was the maid doing without us around? Watching tv non stop (she was probably lying on my sofa with the air con on too!) of course, weyo? The tv was burning hot when we returned and chores were not completed!!

But after all that, I still felt it was worth it eating all those fantastic food! That goes to show how greedy this Amah is!