Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Amazing Race Asia Auditions!

Just a random update, I've decided to join the Amazing Race Asia Auditions with my best bud, Sean.

Lets hope we get to the next interview!

Check it out here:

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Penfolds Wine Dinner @ Prime, Le Meridien

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Time to take a chill pill from all the travelling posts! So today's post is all about Wine and Food Pairing!

I recently went for the Penfold's Wine Dinner @ Prime, Le Meridien, organized by the Luen Heng Group. Its quite a long time since I actually went for a wine pairing dinner, and Luen Heng didn't disappoint! They had a great selection of Penfold's Wine that day, and the food prepared by Prime was truly amazing!

For this dinner i brought none other than my childhood bestie, Yunsin, as she truly appreciates wine and despite her small petite size, she can eat way more than me! =)

So lets head to the photos of that night shall we?

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Finally got to wear my new tailor-made suit! 

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Pretty Wine Glasses

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The menu of the day

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The beautiful Yunsin

Lets go to the food!

Hors D'oeuvre
Lemony Lobster and Crab Meat Salad
Avocado, Apple and Celery Remoulade
Sour Cream, Salmon Roe and Roasted Curry Powder

Wine: Penfold's Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling

It is a light dish bursting with different flavours from every mouthful and the Autumn Riesling was very sweet to make it a great pairing

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Soup Shot
Roasted Roma Tomato Soup, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Yoghurt Froth, Cheesy Brioche Croque Monsieur

Wine: Penfold's Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

The Soup was quite dense in flavour and I thought the Chardonnay's taste would be killed off by it, but surprisingly it paired well and the chardonnay fruity tastes appeared and even I felt the soup was slightly sweeter after that

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Mise En Bouche
Truffle Polanta, Thin Slice of Wagyu Oyster Blade and Coddle Egg, Foie Gras Sauce

Wine: Penfold's  Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

This was honestly my favourite dish as it had all that I loved! A succulent piece of Wagyu with truffle hints, and my favourite soft boiled egg with Foie Gras Sauce (I love my Foie Gras to bits, I know its cruel, but it tastes so damn good!)

The Wine was a medium bodied pinot noir and has a nice long after taste with sweet fruits. Really one of the best Pinot's I've tasted

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Grand Assiette
8 Hours Short Ribs Cooked Sous Vide in its own Jus, BBQ Sauce, Wilted Spinach and Slow Cooked Veal Tenderloin, Green Asparagus, "Morel Blanquette Sauce" Pan Seared Ricotta Gnocchi

Wine: Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

This was really a massive portion of main course that could be served at any event! The short rib and veal tenderloin was really prepared well, super tender and melts lovely in your mouth. The Asparagus gave a slight crunch to the dish, but I wasn't really a fan of the wilted spinach.

This wine is one of the more expensive range of Penfold's at about RM300+ per bottle. The Cabernet Shiraz has a great intense taste bursting with flavours. A nice savoury and smoky bouquet, with slight hints of blackberries and light fruits. It was one of the best pairs that anyone could offer for this dish

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Le Fromage
Crottin de Chavignol on Toasted Tartine, Grilled Almond, Bistro Olive Salad, Pan Roasted Grapes, Honey and Rocket Leaves

Wine: Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

This Delicious cheese spread on the toasted french bread, a simple dish yet elegant and exquisite. The pairing with another prized upper range wine from Penfolds, the St Henri Shiraz had a nice distinctive bouquet with a more earthy feel. The tannins were soft and it was simply delish!

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Black Cherries Tart, Rich Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Wine: Penfolds Port Father 10 YO Grand Tawny

I was stuffed at this moment but it was a great way to end the night. The Tart was crumbly with succulent big black cherries. A few sips of the super sweet Port Father was enough to compliment the dessert

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This was one of the best wine dinners I've been to so far, with great pairing and a great selection of wine. Kudos to the Luen Heng & Prime team for making such a great dinner and it was great to be part of it!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Penis Soup and Reconnecting Forgotten Friends with VW

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Some people say I travel too much, some keep asking me why I always travel and how do I cope with my schedule. For myself I always believe that there should be a balance between work & play and we should reward ourselves once in a while to keep our motivation going

I planned a drive up to Penang for the weekend, and this is actually my 4th consecutive week travelling (Cambodia/Indonesia/Genting the previous weeks) and it’s been pretty awesome! I actually planned out 6 destinations in 2 months (Singapore & Korea ahead) and yeah I know it maybe a bit too much for some people, but this is just what I like to do!

Why Penang? It is a great place with food, beach and friends which I haven’t connected with in a long time. If you have your chance of getting around, I would definitely recommend to reconnect with those friends, it’s only a drive away anyway!

As for this trip, I am blessed as Volkswagen Malaysia sponsored me a Passat 118kW (160PS) TSI for a week, which I could use to drive up to Penang (Petrol Kao Tim Leao WOOHOO!) So yeah I’m gonna talk a bit of the car in the first segment of this post. 

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I would say, the Passat is definitely eye candy on the street and it is great for the younger generation or as a family car. It is a 4 door sedan packed with a 1.8L, 4-cylinder petrol engine with a DSG 7-speed direct shift gearbox.

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Classy! With multi-function buttons on the steering and cruise control

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Pretty Simple Dashboard in the car with a Start/stop button

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Pretty big trunk space

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A 360 interior of the car

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Okay la this one a bit lebih

So I drove up to Penang, testing out the car’s performance and it’s pretty great and responsive. You’ll have a smooth ride of up to 180km/h and starts to shake slightly after that. As from 0-100km/h, it takes about 8 seconds+

The first thing which I did when I reached Penang, was to meet up with my fat bro, Chung. It has been months since our last meeting and the first thing we always do together, Drink! Ain’t nothing better than to have a nice cold Guinness

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Ice Cold Guinness

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And of course in Penang you have to try out their best delicacies! We stopped by the famous Bomba Beef Noodle Soup. They’ve relocated to 156 Lebuh Carnarvon, but the noodles are still as good as ever! Another specialty they have is their Fried Oyster, which is super light and crispy at the edges. Slightly different compared to the normal Fried Oysters you get at other shops

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Bomba Fried Oyster

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Bomba Beef Noodles

Aside from Chung, I also met up with Alvin, and what did we do? Drink! Man this trip is getting so alcoholic but it’s so good! We started off at the famous Antarabangsa Shop where you can get really cheap booze, and headed off to Flamingo beach to chill off the evening with more beers!

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Alvin argued on the best Fried Oyster, so he brought me to Air Itam’s Reservoir Garden’s Fried Oyster which is arguably the best juicy fried oyster in Penang. And damn it was super juicy! 

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Juicy shizz!

Of course, a trip to Penang is not complete without heading to the party scene at night. Chung and I decided to meet up with Janice which we haven’t seen in ages, and we headed over to V.A.C. at beach road. Such an alcoholic day, has continued into an alcoholic night.

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With the lovely Janice

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Made some new friends Veryn & Venezzia

To end the night, This is a thing that you definitely must try at Penang! Ox Penis Soup (Torpedo soup) at Sup Hameed. They’re known for their wide range of soups and it definitely is a must after a crazy night out!

What I can say is the Penis soup is delicious (no kidding), slightly chewy and if you can eat intestines and other inner parts of an ox, I think you wouldn’t have problems eating this!

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Another great part of this trip is to reconnect with my long lost blogger friend, Jolyn. It’s been already 3 years since I met her during her wedding, and now she’s busy making babies!

Jolyn invited me to her place where I could finally meet her adorable daughter (and one more son on the way). Super cute and once she warms up to you, she will not let you out of her sight!

And to top it off, some lovely Bukit Mertajam Chicken Rice with Asam Soup. Crazy combo but really delish!

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With the fam

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Less than RM30, Mana boleh dapat in KL macam nih?

All in all, it was a great trip to Penang reconnecting with all these lovely friends, and I would like to thank Volkswagen Malaysia for allowing me to take the car up!

If you have friends who have broken off from you, maybe its time for you to reconnect? :)

Happy 26th Birthday To Me

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I have no idea how I'm gonna craft this post honestly.
22nd May, the day I was born. A year after my 1/4 Century birthday bla bla bla bla

Oh I'm just gonna cut the crap. I wanna thank everyone for the awesome wishes, the free drinks from Joshua, Mervyn and the Vintry Crew, The delicious Banana Leaf Rice from Evon & Eiran, and the awesome birthday party from my SMK SS 17 group! 

Thanks so much for making this 26th birthday memorable and also for those who have been helping me through these past tough few months.

I love you all! :)