Saturday, August 31, 2013

Water Crisis in Klang Valley Malaysia

Woke up early this morning on a Merdeka Day (National Day) and found no water supply. Wondering why there were no notice from Syabas, I tried to go to their website to check what was going on. Seems like the water disruption was due to the closure of the Sungai Selangor water plants for cleaning works. Why clean? Thanks to a diesel spillage 10km away from the water intake area.

According the Syabas (not really their fault this time), the districts affected include Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Shah Alam, Gombak, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor.

Now, I am surviving with some few drops of water from the tap...(lucky to have that few drops of water in the pipes). A memorable 56th Years Celebration of Merdeka Day! Selamat Menyambut Hari Merdeka yang ke-56!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Godiva Chocolatier Experience

Once awhile you need to pamper yourself with some nice desserts and a cup of good coffee. I would recommend to you the Godiva Chocolatier at 1st Floor Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. A simple and relaxing cafe surrounded by famous brands like Omega, Fendi, Mont Blanc and others, you can feel like you are on holidays (actually, still in KL).






This cafe may give you the exclusive feeling but the desserts and beverages are well worth it with reasonable price (slightly higher than average cafe in town). I had a German Black Forest cake for RM16 and a cup Mochacino for only RM13. There is not GST, only service charge.




Thursday, August 15, 2013

Special Wanton Noodle

Always thinking of where to go for lunch? If you are around Berjaya Times Square or Shaw Parade Mall, go try out this special wanton noodles (wanton mee) stall at Jalan Brunei. It is located at the end of the shop houses  row along Jalan Brunei, Kuala Lumpur. 
Large noodles with 2 prawn wanton and 1 dumpling plus barley with ginkgo for only RM7.60 
Small little stall with few tables, but crowded with people during lunch hours

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Qixi Festival, Chinese Valentines Day

After having some fun with the Qixi festival game on Google, let us explore a little bit more about the Chinese Valentines day. After work, on our way home, me and my wife went to visit the Qixi Temple at Jalan Pahang. This temple has been celebrating the Qixi festival since many years ago. Many people come to this temple to pray for a good relationship.

Chinese Valentines Day (Qixi Festival)

Today is the Chinese Valentines Day, also known as Qixi Festival.

What makes me to share about this festival is because of Google. They have updated their google homepage with the Qixi theme. In addition, they have integrated a mini-game into the theme where you have to grab the birds using your cursor and place them on the bridge according to its color. This will help to bridge the gap for the historical lovers. Failure to complete the mission will resulted the couple to fall and cannot be together...interesting? Go play it now!

A very engaging effort by Google.

Happy Chinese Valentines Day to everyone!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Update Samsung Galaxy Firmware Using Kies

For those of you who wanted to update your Samsung Galaxy smartphone with the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, wait no more for the push update. I think the upgrade to the latest version requires larger files to be downloaded to the smartphone so it is not feasible for Samsung to push it to the users. Through the Kies, you do not need to root your Android phone and all your contacts, applications, messages, photos (basically all data) will not be erased. Of course, it is always good to backup your files before the upgrade as contingency.

Okay, lets get it done! First, you will need to install Samsung Kies software on your computer or laptop. You can find the download link for Kies at samsung website (http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/). There are two version of Kies, for Windows and for Macintosh. Kies is something like iTune for Apple products. It act as a driver, a sync station for all your contacts, photos, playlists, messages etc. Most important, it will help to detect your galaxy model and the firmware.
Second, you will need to fully charge your phone. This is one of the condition for the update to run using Kies.
Once your Kies and phone is ready, plug the USB cable to connect your phone with the PC/Mac. Make sure your PC/Mac is connected to the Internet. Once connected, Kies will try to detect your Galaxy model and the firmware version. This will take a little while for the first time as Kies tries to search for the relevant details of your phone, and download relevat drivers.
After Kies identified your model and existing firmware, it will show you the details. If your firmware version is not the latest, it will automatically pop up a window asking if you want to continue to install the latest firmware.

Follow through the steps recommended by Kies and make sure your phone is connected all the time until the process completed. Kies will first download the latest firmware, which will take some time (about 10-15 minutes depending on models). Then, it will push it to your phone, which will take another 10-15 minutes. Once it is done, your phone will reboot into the installation mode and it will start updating your firmware. Through the process, it will optimise all your applications. Once it is done, it will then reboot again and finally, it is ready for a brand new experience!
Welcome Jelly Bean!!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Penang-Style Fried Kuey Teow

You can now taste the famous Penang-style fried kuey teow in Kuala Lumpur. It is just a food stall in a restaurant in Kuchai Entrepreneur Park, Kuchai Lama. The restaurant is located behind Paparich Kuchai Lama (you can see from the main street).

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mee Jawa

A good morning starts with a nice breakfast. Had a mee jawa this morning at a nearby restaurant, prepared by an Indonesian and it cost RM4.50.

Mee Jawa is a famous dish in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. At some places, it is called Mee Rebus because it is basically the same preparation and ingredients. Mee Jawa is made of yellow egg noodles and with a special gravy - slightly sweet and spicy. The ingredients used to prepare for the gravy includes potatoes, curry powder, water, salted soybeans, shrimps and with some peanuts. It is normally served with hard boiled egg, spring onions, green and red chillies, tofu, fried shallots and bean sprouts.

Where else you can find this?
At some hawkers stalls, restaurants, and food courts. So next time when you are looking for something different, try Mee Jawa!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Selamat Hari Raya

Today is the eve of Hari Raya. Most people who are celebrating the Raya has already on leave, but some are still working, not able to go home a celebrate the Raya with their family and friends.

While I was leaving my office at 6.00pm, I saw my office cleaner, a young man in his early 20's who are very polite, hardworking and never fail to say hi to me everytime when I bump into him. While we were waiting for the lift, I asked him if he is going back hometown to celebrate Raya (not knowing that he is not a Malaysian). He replied to me with a soft voice, no. Then he told me he was from Indonesia. The moment he replied me, I can see that his eyes turn red and watery. Then I asked him, how long have you been here? He replied, 3 months. By then, I can see that he really miss his home, especially during the Raya. I feel so sad and deeply in my heart, I wish I can do something for him...but at that moment, I couldn't think of any ways. I really feel so sad....

Everyone gets to celebrate with the family, but this young man couldn't. All he can do is to think about his family from a strange land to him, and see others celebrating. I feel so down the moment I stepped out from the lift at LG. In my mind, I thought of buying him dinner for buka puasa but he didn't got out at LG. The lift was crowded and I don't know how he might feel if I suddenly offer him money for dinner. At the end, I managed to wish him and saw him smiling back to me. I just hope he is fine.

I belief he is not the only young man out there who have left the family for work in other places. It is not an easy move and many challenges awaiting for these people, but I just hope during the festive seasons, everyone can be happy, no hatred and fill with forgiveness. Appreciate the opportunity to be with you love ones...

Here, I would like to wish my Muslin friends, Selamat Hari Raya and happy holidays to my non-Muslim pals.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

More Happiness

McDonald's Malaysia is running a promotion for their Happy Meal today (after the craze of Minionsl). The are giving you a free Sundae for every purchase of a Happy Meal; they call it the Happier Sunday. You will still get a random toy for your Happy Meal, but don't expect for Minions.

Have a great Sunday!