Monday, 28 July 2014

Inside Scoop, Damansara Jaya

I didn't know about the Bangsar one when I first saw this a couple of weeks ago..



With this weather and today being the first day of Raya, finally got round to checking it out. Parking was aplenty. Because it's next to the huge dim sum shop, best time to go would be in the afternoon.


Because this is a scoop shop, of course it's mostly ice cream (they also have local flavours, like teh tarik and durian, etc), waffles, coffee, tea and other drinks. Prices start from RM7.80 for a single scoop of the non-premium flavour. Only had the Valrhona chocolate and teh tarik this time, both really good, though I thought the teh tarik is a little too sweet (well okay, I like my teh tarik a bit on the bitter side) but the Valrhona was balanced it out a little. 



I personally like that they have a shoe free areas (basically where ever the faux grass area is) and swings not just for the children to expend their excess energy, but for people who miss riding the swings, but with the added benefit of indoor air conditioning.
In case anyone wants to know - they hold two skinny chicks, one not-so skinny person (yours truly), two small people/children
Valrhona choc (must try if you love dark choc) and teh tarik
I might go back and try the waffles, but I don't think I can finish one by myself... 

57, SS 22/19, Damansara Jaya
(same row as Maybank and 99 Speedmart)

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Week 30, 2014 - Long Raya weekend

Four day Raya weekend. Roads are congested, malls are crowded but some parts of the Valley are like a ghost town. I don't know why people think leaving town (when you're not actually celebrating Raya) just because it's a long weekend seems like a good idea - roads, bus stations and airports are all crowded because everyone else had the same bright idea. If you left on your vacay earlier I would get, but still. I'm only saying this because I'm only leaving town next Friday :P

This would be a good time for cafe hopping I suppose; with social media, it's not hard to find out who's open and who's not. 

Weather still hot as balls and there's still some haze about. Sigh. 
  • A Great Big World cancelled their KL gig (allegedly) out of respect for the MH17 tragedy. If nothing else, the refund would be nice and I'd be getting a breather in between gigs. 
  • Last week it was MH17, this week it's noise about the old (and I mean, OLD) A&W Drive Thru in PJ getting shut down. They had to reassure everyone that it's getting revamped and not gone for good. Oy vey.
  • Went to this year's Bookfest on Saturday. Don't know if it's because it's the first day or what, but wasn't expecting it to be so damn crowded. Oh well. Spent a pretty penny (for me) on books and some on stationery (so old already, stationery still like my crack, macam budak kecik je). 
  • Just because the Southern hemisphere is having its winter now, we're getting Christmas TV movies in July -_-"
  • Also checked out H&M Home. Who knew it was only a small section of the existing H&M store only :P

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Marshall's, Damansara Utama

I had noticed this place for awhile now as I drive along the SPRINT/NKVE (?) most days but going there on a weekday for lunch with the current parking situation is just idiotic. Found out that it was originally from Penang and has other franchise outlets around the country.

Stopped by for lunch on Sunday with a friend. Their current (at the time) promo was that you get a combo upgrade (worth RM5.50, either onion rings/fries with drink) with any beef burger purchase. I chose the fries (love me some potato) and my friend went with the onion rings. (There's supposed to be a Facebook Page just for this outlet to announce promo, but I haven't found it yet).

The fries was a nice surprise: they were thick cut, which you don't see often. My friend felt a little cheated by the onion rings, in that there were so few and how "out of the bag" they looked. Beef patties were thick, but underseasoned and dry for me. They also have pork and chicken burgers, which I hope are better than the beef burgers :P




86G, SS 21/62, Damansara Utama

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Week 29, 2014

While I technically had a 2 day work week, but spending the state holiday out of state on a work thing still sucks major balls. So took cuti ganti and used it to take my cousin and cousin-in-law shopping at the second home as they were only in town for a few days before flying back to Down Under. 
  • Saw the movie Locke at Pyramid. Not sure if I would've paid for it :P
  • So sad to hear about yet another MAS plane (this time shot out of the air). There goes MAS's stock. 
  • Have to give props to the person who thought to record the overreacting crazy minah confronting an old man about a minor fender bender :P
  • Kena jumpa doktor lagi pasal post nasal drip masih ada lagi, siap dengan batuk juga :P
  • This week I found out that the local Poslaju (not post) office works on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Finally checked out newly opened Spotlight store in Ampang Point with a friend, who went nuts in the yarn section because they were 40% off for the weekend. They are also opening stores at The Mines later in the year and at IPC early next year, so yeah.

First impressions: Spotlight, Ampang Park

Disclaimer: Sorry, no pictures. Can't be arsed. 

I hadn't found a chance to go check out the Australian mega DIY store Spotlight, which opened in Malaysia last weekend, until today. It's also not a store I'm familiar before this because I hadn't furthered my studies in or travelled to Australia and/or NZ, but people I knew who had were excited about it. I'm not really a crafty person or anything, but I like to see what's there and check out the opening promos. 

I don't think I've even heard of Ampang Point, let alone been there. It's one of those old school neighbourhood malls and not a place you would drive so far to get to (not from PJ, anyway). Had to GPS it. Went on a slight scenic route getting there. Luckily it was faster getting back once I got my bearings straight :P 

Made plans (lunch + Spotlight) to go with a friend who knits and hadn't heard of the store until I mentioned it. I had heard that mall parking was a little difficult, but I wasn't expecting it to be so bad. Luckily found a street parking outside, and because it's Sunday, we saved on mall parking (saw that it was RM2.50 for the first two hours? Correct me if I'm wrong). Whee!

Store seems huge (no wonder they opened here first, space is probably cheaper :P) - you see the bedding section when you first walk in, and then you work your way through the other DIY sections (sewing, party stuff, crafting, etc) and ending with home interior stuff on your way out. Staff there seemed pretty friendly - we were greeted while browsing, which doesn't happen too much. What I appreciated more was not being disturbed after that, but that's more because they were busy running around than to stalk you while you browse.

If I went alone, I probably won't be in there too long because I didn't buy anything in the end (friend went nuts with the discounted yarn), but got a member card for when it expands to PJ (so one of the ladies there told us - Mines later in the year, IPC early next year). You know, just in case. And it's also free, so what's another card to my stack of loyalty cards.

My only question is: Can you use the VIP card in multiple countries, or just for here? I didn't know there was one in Singapore (specifically Plaza Singapura). 


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Locke

It wasn't too hard to get a pair of tickets to the preview screening of indie movie Locke. There were probably about 20 people in the entire screening room. Well, I never said it was a mainstream, big budget movie filled with explosions and all. And I don't consider myself a Tom Hardy fan, so I wasn't there to cuci mata or anything. 
Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.
Riveting is a not a word I would use: It's literally cold medication-addled Tom Hardy, in a car, making a series of phone calls to his family, colleagues and his one night stand, slowly and gradually fucking his life up in a single 90 minute drive down to London to be present for the birth of the result of his one night stand. There's no one else in the car with him, not even his deadbeat father, whom he berates for leaving him. 

My only question about this movie would be: Why a concrete pour? To justify the night setting? Or to prove that even builders (Bob the Builder sprung to mind, haha) can fuck up majorly?

According to IMDb...It's Tom Hardy's actual cold. He wasn't faking it.
In one way, you could say it's an 85-minute ad for BMW (but it's not)'s Bluetooth calling capabilities. Me, I think it may work better as a one-man stage show somewhere. But the ending pretty much ties things up, I thought. Ambigious, but obvious to me. All I can say is that it's not for everyone - as in, if you're the type that gets excited by the Transformers or Fast and the Furious franchises, you might not like this. But if you're a fan of the guy, go ahead.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

epicuro, Damansara Utama [Groupon MY]

Bought a cash voucher Groupon to epicuro months ago for when I would have to find my own dinner, but that never came up and the deadline to use it was looming around the corner. So settled for dragging the sibling along when the 'rents had to go out to dinner and I wasn't exactly in the mood to cook/reheat leftovers. This was some weeks ago.

I wouldn't really go there for lunch during the week unless I got super lucky and got parking (or a death wish), but weekends and after business hours is fine. It was just our dumb luck that when we got there, inside seating was full and we were placed outside, where it was hot as balls even though it was getting dark. Service was spotty busy - they got the sibling's Coke order, but not my plain water order, even after asking about it several times -_-" 

We finally got a table inside after awhile. What a relief. There was this elderly couple over the next table a few inches away, taking their own sweet time, which must be tough for the three person group waiting there even after we left because the former was still not done. 

Ended up ordering the chicken cacciatore (RM24.90) and the sibling got the crispy chicken with cole slaw (RM18.90). Personally am not sure if I would come back even to try the porky or dessert menu items. But you never know.


20, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Back from Singapore with Firefly

It's been a few years, so I sprung for a Firefly flight back home from Singapore in last week's day trip, because...
  1. Subang Skypark is closer to home (important when you have family picking you up and don't want to trouble them too much). 
  2. The included 15 kg check in baggage allowance was more than plenty for my needs and it was nice being handsfree to wander the terminal before boarding. 
  3. The 9.40 p.m. flight back from Changi was the latest I could find headed back to Subang.
Left downtown on the MRT around 6 something p.m. so that I could pick the bag up from Left Luggage (downstairs by the cab queue and entrance to the Changi MRT station, $3.20 for cabin-sized luggage for first 24 hours), buy the second Peelfresh Yuzu juice from the Fairprice downstairs, and check in. At least Firefly is operating out of T2, so it's not too bad.

After all that, I had about 10 minutes before I could check in the bag and also for the flight, so kept myself occupied with posting some lame-ass pictures on Instagram and Facebook.

This guy was in the window seat in front of me on the plane
Once the counter actually opened for luggage drop and check in..
This was right before I finally joined the line, I think
Right after I checked in and got my boarding pass, the immigration line closest to the check in counter was suddenly swamped. Overheard someone said that the other side (the one servicing the non-budget airlines) wasn't as busy, so I quickly went over. Asked the security guard checking passports and boarding passes about it and he said it was because of TigerAir. By the time I got to the counter, it was shift change, so the lady was hanging on to my passport and boarding pass a little longer than the both of us were comfortable with (according to her, the computer was still loading - OMG Changi, upgrade those things already!). 

Had a quick dinner at (of all places) McDonald's - what, they had a grilled chicken salad mah - and after finding out that the gate is not open yet, spent some time with the closest OSIM foot massage machine to the gate where an Indian family was busy monopolising but the patriarch had noticed that I wanted a go at it. The quickie foot massage was quite a relief after a long day out.

They finally opened for boarding, and after the LAG screening, I had to walk down a couple flights of steps to this... 

I didn't know I had descended to the bowels of Changi. Luckily the WiFi works down here, so I put my feet up (luckily there were bathrooms and water fountain down there) and took more mo liew Instagram pictures with what little battery left on the phablet. It was also a codeshared flight so there were both MAS and Firefly flight numbers on a half-filled flight. 

Instead of walking on the aerobridge (not from down there) or walking outside on the tarmac, we boarded an airport shuttle bus to the plane. The ride was about a few minutes, but covered a lot of ground as the plane was parked (for what seemed to be) a kilometer or two from the terminal. There would be a revolt if we had to walk the distance, so I for one was relieved there was a bus to take us there.

Because it was half-filled, I had both seats to myself (yay). Because it was the last flight out, it was snacks and juice - macam kat kindergarten je, haha - apple juice with either chocolate roll (made by Delifrance, I noticed) and/or peanuts. I came right out and asked for both. 

I attempted to get some shut eye in the 80 minute flight back and failed miserably mostly because I couldn't breathe through my nose and everyone else was sneezing and coughing in the small plane. I should've brought my Ostrich Pillow with me to keep the light out.

Next time.