Saturday, February 23, 2013

LazyBun's Chinese New Year 2013

It's been so fast, Chinese New Year 2013 celebration is gone.
Thank God we had no drama this year. I mean, my brother is married now & doesn't make a mess this year. My parents would be so relief and happy that they could enjoy this no-drama moment this year, at last.
I was in peace too, for the first time in a long time.

It seems everything goes well, but other people around me including myself, things just going not well.
For example, I'm sick, just before the week starting to work. So I am taking Medical Leave now for a week. It is true that doctor said measles need a long time to recover. I'm still not feeling well, in the same time I am worry about my work KPI. It is so stress and busy ever since our company implementing KPI, everybody wants well-perform to get higher KPI. Higher KPI means higher incentive. Anyway, taking a long leave to rest at home is pretty boring too. So I take this time to update my blog.

Let the photo tell stories :)

(9-2-2013 Saturday Morning) Always traffic jam in this particular corner during peak season/holiday like CNY, Hari Raya or simply Public Holiday. 

(9-2-2013) This is a 'kampung' path to my 'kampung'. No phone signal here, so its better be careful driving at night on this road because you might get robbed (even if you're driving a car)

(9-2-2013) Opposite traffic junction of Pasir Penambang. Beautifully standing tall. This is we call 'Kampong'.

(9-2-2013 Noon) In time for lunch with family. We call it, the reunion meal, where every single family member will be there and enjoy the meal. My mom cooks them, as delicious as always. 

My 1st time ever, pink pant! Well, my youngest brother gave it a bang, bloody red! 

(9-2-2013 Late Night) Once a year, CNY celebration. Praying is part of CNY. We thank God for everything, that our family is safe and sound, that everyone of us stays healthy; and not to forget to pray for better new year. 

(9-2-2013 Late Night) Something different in this year. I guess it just make sense. What a year we had been through. Brother got married and expecting a son coming in March 2013, I mean this is good enough reason to celebrate with this small firework! It's not as awesome as neighbours but its a start. :-)

(9-2-2013 Late Night) It seems more 'money' this year to be burned. 

(9-2-2013) Well, this year since we have new members in our family, I have to get a hotel room for overnight. Actually I could have stay in Grandma's house because there are plenty of rooms there but I feeling like I want a hotel room since we have Sun Inns Hotel in Kuala Selangor which I stayed few times before. :) So, 3 nights in the hotel. 

(10-2-2013 Morning) After Bak Kut Teh in the town mom brought me to our family little farm that dad is busying on nowadays due to jobless. I was impressed by dad's hard work. That's banana tree on the right and passion fruit on the left. That's my little sister in the photo. 

Passion fruit on the making. Still green mah...

Passion fruit on the fry pan. Very good for our body. I told my dad I want this after I tried one, so he went to his brother's little farm and stole around 10 for me. Gosh! I hope uncle wont be pissing on me. The reason is passion fruit from dad's farm are still baby. Take a look at above photo, red or pink color on the outside means it is ripe, then you eat.

(10-2-2013 Evening) This restaurant is lousy. We had no choice but to come here for dinner. Other place is either closed for CNY or full house. We waited for 1 hour for the food to come yet it tasted terrible when it came. The quality control is out of the way when it comes to festival season like CNY. Mom said something about the steam fish here is good however I will not come back to this restaurant anymore. 

(11-2-2013) Brought my 3rd aunt, the teacher; my cousin, sis and mum to Paradigm mall in Petaling Jaya, all the way from Tanjong Karang. L.O.L. Driving is tiring but once a year, remember that!

(11-2-2013) CNY display in Paradigm Mall.

(11-2-2013) We shoot this while 3rd aunt & mum were busy in the washroom. The movie we watched was 'The Wedding Diary 2' by A Niu (阿牛). It is actually quite funny because part of the movie speaks in Hokkien and we are Hokkien.

(11-2-2013) We have 'kampung' style. Speechless. Without helmet.

(12-2-2013) I was back in KL and met up my best friend Derek for movie, lunch & dinner.

(13-2-2013) Hanging out with my good friend Kim in One Utama on this particular day. 

(13-2-2013) Had dinner with Kim in Petite Millie @ One Utama. I will update you about this restaurant in next post. I had a wonderful meal there. 

(14-2-2013) Went to Sunway Pyramid for lunch with another good friend. And my partner back in town in the evening. As always, the happy feeling of seeing love one after a long break. 

(15-2-2013) This day was Friday and unfortunately I didn't take any leave this CNY, so I gotta work this Friday. Funny huh, a long holiday and then work for 1 day and weekend again. 

(16-2-2013) Went to Celestial Court for dim sum with my parents, sis & cousin and 3rd aunt. There was lion dance in the hotel and in the restaurant as well. Happy show. 

Below video shows the Chinese lion getting Ang Pao from generous people like my dad and 3rd aunt. LOL. 

(16-2-2013) After dim sum, we went to visit aunty & uncle. See the photo? 17th night they gonna burn it on the road. Bai Tee Kong, is the biggest event in celebration of CNY. Continue reading...

(17-2-2013) The road was full of vehicles & hard to move, in this residential area. I saw police and all kind of people. It was about few hundreds people there I believe. Mostly were uncle's customers & staff. Bravo! I hope this year is gonna be another great year for uncle's business. Huat ar!

This video was taken by me during the night. I was there just to collect my ang pao from my mom. kekeke. Enjoy the video.

End story.
It seems everything worked out well, except I got measles and MC for 1 week, as I told in the beginning.
Its a bless. I am in the middle of recovery.
I believe I can go to work start next week (last week of February).
God's bless.
I hope you enjoy this festival holiday like everybody else does.
Happy Chinese New Year 2013.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lou Sang (Prosperity Toss) @ Pu Tien One Utama

After New Year, now it comes Chinese New Year in Lunar Calendar. 
I bet everyone is hoping or worrying about bonus they are getting, or maybe none. Kakaka.
People are hoping for higher bonus so that they can buy some new clothes for this coming festival. Some people will save the money for raining day or big plan like getting their own property. 
Personally my bonus was gone the 1st day it released. The reason is I used up the bonus in this Chinese New Year holiday. 
Not to buy a lot of clothes (Instead, I bought only 1 pink-red pant & colorful shirt for CNY 1st day), 
but to give out, in terms of 'Ang Pao' (red packet).

Derek, the high-sense fashion guy.

Anyway, I hope you make use of the money you have. Let me talk about the 1st Lou Sang with my two close friends. 
I saw friend from Facebook posted a photo of a group of close friend doing Lou Sang together. Then it came to my mind, why not I start my little Lou Sang with my little gang? Hahaha.
So 3 of us met in One Utama on Tuesday 5th February, Pu Tien was the restaurant. 
Once a while 3 of us will plan to gather around and have talk. 
This is the best time to hang out before CNY, much more meaningful reason though.

Before we start ordering, we had Lou Sang first with waitress' help.
I just know Lou (Toss), I don't know all the prosperity words that need to be said when preparing it. 
It was interesting (not really know it during my company's Annual Dinner Lou Sang).
Then we made our dishes order. 

We took like 5-6 pics and this one is the best. LOL.

Pu Tien restaurant is serving Heng Hwa cuisine. I came here twice with my partner & first time for my two BFF. 
We all have different taste on food but there was one dish we all loved it was Drunken Cockles.

Drunken Cockles RM 9.90
Comment: It is pretty small portion. Should know it by judging the price. :) But it tasted good & fresh. Lots of garlic and sweet sauce make perfect combination. 

Squirrel Fish RM 69.90
Comment: Love it since the 1st day I tasted it. I recommended this fish to my BFF.

Pork Ribs RM 19.90 Small
Comment: I always like pork rib with sweet sauce & pineapple. But they didn't like it. LOL. This time this dish is lower than standard I must say. 

1/2 Chicken with garlic RM 18.90 
Comment: The meat was too dry. Not recommended. 

Spinach RM 16.90 Small
Comment: Okay only. It doesn't give me a wow factor. Just a normal vege dish. 

Two of them were stomach full half way eating all of this. They had too much Lou Sang before the main dish. But eventually we finished all, slowly.

I wanted to do this Lou Sang, main reason is to have a sweet memory for maybe 10 years later. Time flies. Ten years is like 10 days only. When we get older, some of the memory will be removed from our brain storage. Blogging & photography make memory last forever. (Unless Blogger website shut down. LOL)
At last, I wish everyone have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the precious moment with family members. 
May snake year brings you prosperity & fortune. The most important is take good care of health & everything else will come right after.

Gong Xi Fa Cai