Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Service Excellence Experience

Thinking of where to eat? If you like Japanese cuisine, I will definitely recommend the Watami Casual Restaurant, located at Level 1, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

The Watami serves varieties of Japanese cuisine and various options of beverages. The ambience are contemporary and relaxing. Most importantly, the staffs. This I must highlight because the staffs in Watami are well-trained, polite and very friendly. I have spoken to a few of the staffs during my dinning process and all of them speak good English, very friendly, always talk to the guests with a sincere smile and very professional when serving. We can see great enthusiasm in them while performing their job. Great hospitality!
I give 10 out of 10 to their staffs.

Watami is running a promotion now and it is valid from after 5.00pm onwards. We can save 20% for a set of items from the main menu with some options to customise the set. There were 3 different sets to choose from, starting at RM90++, RM120++ (both sets recommended for 2 pax) and RM188++ (recommended for 4 pax). There were no restrictions on the number of guest for each set so you can have 3 persons ordering the set for 2 pax. The portions of the items are same as if you order from normal menu. There are starters, main course, and add-on items. I find it value for money because of the quality of foods, large portion and I like the taste. Well done to their chefs.
For the menu, I give 9 out of 10.

For any selection of the set, we are entitled to get the buy 1 free 1 promotion of selected drinks and 50% off on selected desserts.

Since the tastes and preferences for everyone are different, I can only share my own preferences. To me, I just felt that it is worth "Something to Share"! Cheers!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Bye Bye Haze

Suddenly feel like living in a totally new world. The haze has gone for good, after days of causing problems to our health and day-to-day life. Finally, we are able to see blue sky, white clouds and direct sunlights.

During the days in haze, I really felt like living in the world of darkness, like a post-war world near to mass destruction. Will the world be like this again when it comea to an end? The air were choking and hardly can breathe. People sense havoc and restless as many of us cannot do anything but to wait.

I just hope our world, our plannet can remain as healthy as before for generations to come! Wake up people, let us play our role to take care of our world!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dinner at Din Tai Fung, Pavilion KL

It is another evening that I am having dinner in Kuala Lumpur after work. Time to look for Asian cuisine and I have chosen The Din Tai Fung restaurant, a Taiwanese cuisine restaurant in Pavilion KL.

They have noodle, rice, snacks, soups, dim sum, and a variety of dishes in Taiwanese cooking style. Me and my wife just ordered a few items and its good enough for us. We had a fried rice with pork, shrimp and pork wanton, and fried prawn pancake, plus a drink, bali lime...already more than enough for 2 person because the portion were reasonably acceptable. Total bill came up to RM52.90 (included government tax and service charges).

Something to highlight - Great ambiance and clean. The personnel were well-trained and polite. Overall good service. They even provide a dedicated basket for each table to leave their belongings (such as bags) and being covered. Awesome idea!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dinner at Sushi Zammai

Despite of the air pollution, there were still many people hanging out in the city; tourists and working people like myself. We all still need to find for a place for dinner after a long working day in the haze...
In this weather, we should not go for hot and spicy food. Hence, Sushi Zammai is the choice. I went to the Zammai at Fahrenheit Kuala Lumpur for the dinner with my wife and we ordered a few simple selection - nice and simple...our favourite!

Monday, June 24, 2013

The KL Haze - 24 June 2013

Just wanted to follow up on my experience as a victim of the recent haze issue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am sitting in my office at 11th Floor, West Berjaya Times Square. I can smell burning air coming through the glass window panel (supposed to be sealed). My eyes become itchy, throat dryness, and headache. This is not good. How about you?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Haze is Everywhere!

I just came back from highly risky journey around Kuala Lumpur. Why risky? See for yourself...from Shah Alam, through Federal Highway, entered to Old Klang Road, passes OUG, stopped at Happy Garden, Kuchai Lama and head back to Taman Sri Gombak, Batu Caves, passing Jalan Sentul.

How long do we need to live in such hazardous situation?

The Haze 2013

It is getting worse. The haze from the South has reached Kuala Lumpur. When I woke up today, I smell burning and hazy outside. The situation that I never wanted to see has finally arrived. I am sure the PSI going to increase and will be very hazardous soon.

While I took a morning drive to Petaling Jaya, I can see that the thickness of haze covering the sky and can hardly see the beautiful sunrise. Something bad for the people. I started to feel dryness of my throat and eyes. Breathing becomes difficult, especially when I need to wind down my car windows for the touch n go.

Anyway, same questions going around my head there any ways to stop this? since this is not something new, and has been like a routine for years...C'mon!

My earlier post:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Night at Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Last Friday, I took a walk at night around the Golden Triangle of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur and discovered that this place is really a golden place for business opportunities. From the center of the Golden Triangle, I walk towards Lot10 and I saw many non-Malaysian, some tourists but many others are selling stuffs. The way I look at it, I don't think it is legal. However, policemen were around so I guess it is okay to do so :S

While I walk towards the Piccolo Hotel, I started to see the crowd, mostly middle east tourists having around the at the cafe (middle east cafe) with disco-like music. There, you will see dancers too...haha, as if I am no more in KL. Here, more non-Malaysian selling stuffs like replica branded watches, smartphones, toys etc.

When I headed towards Pavilion KL, the crowd consist of locals and tourists around the World, but still, mainly from middle east. This place is really awesome because it is always pack with people. Especially the design of the main entrance and the fountain. That night, there were many Lotus sports car being displayed, in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013.

A great experience discovering my own country's night life. On one hand, I am glad that many tourists visiting our country, but worry about the increasing of non-Malaysian becoming hawkers selling replicas and imitate products. We want to have good attractions within the Golden Triangle, but not like this.

Noodles Supper

When late at night and feeling hungry, the best solution is to have some noodles. Nissin instant noodle with chicken flavour, my favourite. This time, it is added with grilled seaweed roll and the taste is great! Give it a try!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Beautiful Earth: Yet To Be Polluted

While I was traveling back home, I heard from radio news reported that the the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) in Singapore and Johor state in Malaysia has exceeded 300. This mark a very hazardous level for health and may trigger breathing difficulty.

It seems like the yearly routine of burning has started again in Indonesia. I remember every year during these months, we will all talks about air pollution, and how bad this can cause to our health. News will reports the causes on this and suggest the same methods to prevent from breathing difficulty. People still suffer and felt sick. Many corporates incurred additional costs in medications expenses and lost of productivity. Yet, it was the same years after years. Now in 2013, we are still going through the same thing...haze!

Any development? Yes, we can now see that the PSI is increasing to the new record high in Singapore at 371 and Pasir Gudang, Johor at 333. Does these number means anything to you? Is there anything we cam do about it? Anyone responsible to solve the root cause of this instead of telling us how to minimize our suffering?

We can still see a beautiful scene of the sky today but I don't know if tomorrow we can still see it. Maybe the haze in the south has already charging their way to us in the central... Got to be ready and hope it won't reach us in Kuala Lumpur. God bless us.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Same Bun, Different Feeling

After seeing a friend posted the picture of the Hong Kong famous Polo Butter Bun on the WeChat Moments wall, I feel like want to give it a try. Just now, I really got the chance to have a bite on it! Thanks to my wife, she went all the way to buy it at Sungei Wang Plaza, lower ground floor before we headed back home.

It got the look as identical to the one I had in Hong Kong. However, the taste...hmm, it was different. I am not a professional, but I can just say that the moment you chew the bun with butter in the mouth, it doesn't give you the same feeling and satisfaction like the one I had in HK.

Although they claims to be a franchise, meaning, the same recipe and methods of producing it, I still find it not the same. Perhaps I am too comparative. Yet, I guess the feeling of being there at the origin place to taste the food really makes the different.

Maybe you want to try it yourself and tell the different, if any?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dining Experience at Red Bean Bag Restaurant

An exploration of food and beverages journey brought us to experience a dinng experience at this cozy restaurant located inside the Publika Kuala Lumpur.

What caught my interest to dine at this place was their message "worth the extra steps" at the staircase. Yup, they are located at 1st floor where you will have to walk up the staircase to reach them.

I find the place interesting, decorated with stuffs that are simple but looks sophisticated. Most importantly, the restaurant has limited seats which make it look spacious and special.

The menu has limited with choices, but for people who are a slow decision maker, it is something good. Most items were priced reasonably with some specialty.

Since I am not here to promote their restaurant, I can only share with you a few photos of what I had. I can only say, "not bad and with few surprises"...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Great Rainy Sunday Morning

It is raining out there, early in the morning, on a Sunday. Some might think it is another day to wake up later since today is not a working day. Some might feel weather like this is good to stay on bed and be lazy a little after a week of hard work.

To me, I enjoyed listening to the rain drops and see the clouds moving fast enough to signify the urgency of a cozzy day. No matter in what weather, we need to identify our own priority and decide how would you like to feel about the day. Like it or not, time will past in any turbulent environment. Why not be optimistic and utilise time to the maximum capacity. I choose not to waste it but enjoy every seconds of it, despite of the.uncontrollable weather.

Here I am reading for my class tomorrow, a complex and holistic subject presented by Hugo (2011) in a fascinating simplified way...The essential of supply chain management.

Have a nice day, people. Peace!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Unlimited 3G Data and Voice for Hong Kong Tourist

If you need a 3G data plan with unlimited usage with voice call while you travel to Hong Kong for a week trip, then you should consider buying the One2Free Power Prepaid SIM. It cost only HKD88 (around RM38) with unlimited 3G data usage for 7 days from activation date. In addition, they are bundling voice call and sms but with limited credit limit, which I don't really need it as long as I can go online.
The speed was great, getting 3G service everywhere I go in Hong Kong. I am able to use all the apps and post photos at any time during my recent 5 days visits in March 2013.
Where can you get it?
Once you got out from the arrival gate (ground floor), you need to find your ways up to the departure hall (level 2). Once you got up to the departure hall, head to the direction of North Departure Gate. You should be able to see many retail shops nearby. Locate the mobile shop "1010" and ask for the One2Free Prepaid SIM with 3G unlimited data. The staffs there speak good English and Cantonese (for sure). They will help you to insert the SIM and do the setting. Within few minutes, you are ready to go online!
Enjoy the fun in Hong Kong while being Connected!

Updated on 7th April 2015
The 1010 has moved to new location, the ARRIVAL HALL. Upon arrival, whether you exit from gate 1 or 2, go to the center of the arrival hall. There is a row of shops behind the staircase up to the departure hall. The 1010 shop is right there behind the staircase, you can never miss.

By the way, they are selling the started pack from HKD$100; HKD$78 will be charged for 7 days unlimited data and the balance can be used for calls and SMS within Hong Kong only. No International calls allowed.

Dinner at Ben's Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

To make a decision on where to go for dinner in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur is challenging especially when I am working here. As a consumer, the innate needs will trigger hunger. Given the many choices available around KL, the decision process tend to be complicated.

Therefore, the evoke sets plays a vital role in facilitating my selection. Today, when I face the first stage of consumer decision making process, my evoke set immediately show me the visual of Ben's in Pavilion KL. Yes, my subconcious mind is telling me to go for my favourite Pesto Spaghetti with chicken at Ben's. Without any hessitation, we headed there and consume it.

I think it is not just the pesto spaghetti (product) drives me there, but the people and physical evidence. The staffs there were trained well and attentive. The interior design of the restaurant was condusive and good atmosphere for chatting with friends.

In terms of pricing, it is very subjective depending on hoe you perceive it. To me, I think it is at the middle high side. However, for a restaurant in Pavilion KL with good ambient, it is considered reasonable.

I would suggest for occasional dining with friends after work, especially if you want to escape the bad traffic jam after work. Good place to chill out and dine while others rushing home for domestic responsibilities.