Photography Project: Brother-in-law’s ROM

Last month, a very special event happened in our family – Saucer’s elder brother Soon got married! :) With his long-time girlfriend Ling. The event was held all the way up north in Kulim, since both of them are working in the northern region. Saucer and I were there, together with the rest of my in-laws. The registration was scheduled to be at 10am, so we reached there 15 minutes earlier.


Buddhist Association of Kulim


Family members getting excited

Notice my title of Photography Project? :P Well it’s not a project really, just my attempt to shoot people instead of food. ;) They already had an official photographer hired for this event, so you could see that in most of the shots, they were not looking at me. I didn’t interrupt them for fear of getting scolded by the official photographer. *LOL*


Cute flower girl – my niece-in-law


Prayer hall at the Buddhist Association


The Buddha statue


The groom getting nervous?


Couple shot before the ceremony


Close up of the couple


The bride


With the bouquet


How sweet :)


Their wedding bands


Gold wedding band


Wedding bands carrier

Soon, it was time! The registrar was ready, and all of us went into the room to witness them signing their lives away. *LOL* It was quite a relaxed smooth process, since there was only one other couple waiting in line. They could take all the time they wanted for photography and posing. :)


Signing the papers – it’s official!


My mother-in-law as the witness


Ling’s father as another witness


Happy family!


Look at the happy groom! :)




Looking serious now as the registrar gave them a word of advice


The wedding band  bearer getting ready :)


Take a picture with me or no rings for you! :P


Ring exchange ceremony


And a kiss from me to you <3


What was she surprised at?


A red packet to the Registrar as a gesture of thanks


The newly weds with mother-in-law


The newly-weds with Ling’s father


Our official videographer ;)

The next couple was already getting ready after the signing process, so we took the chance to take a group picture of them together.


The two lovely couples




Wishing for a forever after? :)


Joss sticks


Burning incense sticks

More pictures with the family ensue. :)


Receiving a gift from the mother-in-law


Another gift from the sister-in-law


Red packets from second sis and brother-in-law


Time for them to give red packets for the first time! :) – Too bad I wasn’t eligible to receive :P


Angpow to Ling’s little sister


Ang pow to some kid :P

Then, the official photographer asked the couple to do lots of poses for photography. As usual, I was just standing by the side, trying to capture them without interrupting the photographer in charge. :)


Couple shot #1


Couple shot #2


Couple shot #3


Couple shot #4


Couple shot #5 – showing off their rings :)


Couple shot #6

And last but not least, a group picture with the family members.


Couple with the bride’s family


Couple with the groom’s family


All together now – say cheese!

The whole event lasted about an hour and a half, with photography taking most of the time. :) So what do you think of my attempt at shooting people? Constructive comments appreciated! ;)

The Celcom Xplay Shout! Party!!

Remember my previous post about the Celcom XPLAY Shout event? Well, it happened yesterday night and may I say the crowd was awesome!The party was held at Library at e@Curve, one of the hippest and coolest club in town.

Celcom Xplay Shout

Library at e@Curve

Look at the crowd outside waiting to get in!

Celcom Xplay Shout

Outside the Library

Celcom Xplay Shout

Waiting to get in

And you wonder what’s the deal there eh? Free flow all night long baby!

Celcom Xplay Shout

Free flow all night long!

Celcom Xplay Shout

The line-up for the night

Saucer and I reached in the midst of Disagree performing and the atmosphere was just hot and wild! It was my first time seeing and listening to Disagree live, and I have to say that I was impressed! :)

Celcom Xplay Shout

The performing stage

Celcom Xplay Shout

Disagree performing

Celcom Xplay Shout

Such concentration :)

We had a table outdoors where the atmosphere was slightly cooler with flowing air. But just look at the crowd! The place was packed even at just 9+pm!

Celcom Xplay Shout

The crowd in the club

Celcom Xplay Shout

witch at Library :)

Some shots with friends and strangers we met that night. :P

Celcom Xplay Shout

Saucer and Mark

Celcom Xplay Shout

witch and Saucer

Celcom Xplay Shout

Free Flow of beer!

Celcom Xplay Shout

Saucer and Bok

Right after Disagree, it was the Battle of the Bands! My the boys really rocked their socks off!

Celcom Xplay Shout

Battle of the Bands

Celcom Xplay Shout

Band Arabella

Of course, there were more bands after, including Hujan and the fabulous Mizz Nina but unfortunately, me being old-er now, couldn’t stand to be in the crowd for such a long period. :P We left earlier before we could watch Mizz Nina perform but I heard she gave an astounding performance! Way to go girl!

Next week will be the real Shout! Awards party! Have you guys got your free passes yet? Find out how here! See you there! :)

Flavours from Bali at Eccucino

I visited Bali more than 2 years ago and surprisingly, I found myself eating mostly seafood and babi guling. Back then, I was not aware of their local cuisine and missed out on a lot delicious food such as satay lilit or bebek betutu. In fact, I always feel regretful especially when I read blogs talking about Balinese food. But no problem now! For Eccucino at Prince Hotel is having a promotion of Balinese food for a limited period!

Balinese food

Balinese food

I couldn’t be happier to try out the promotion which is only available from 8th to 21st of November 2010. Eccucino actually brought over a group of guest chefs from Bumbu Bali Restaurant and Cooking School, one of the best restaurants in Indonesia.

Balinese food

Dining table and chairs at Eccucino, Prince Hotel

The Balinese promotion focuses on traditional cooking of beautiful Balinese delicacies such as slow-roasted chicken and duck in banana leaves, grilled seafood, tantalizing satays, soups from banana stems, green papayas and mushrooms, Balinese cakes and tropical fruits.

Balinese food

Buffet spread at Eccucino

I was more than delighted to sample the food there, and I especially loved the sate lilit (Minced seafood satay) and sambal udang (Spiced Prawns in Chili Tomato Sauce). Of course, words are of no use without pictures! :)

Balinese food

Another side of buffet area

Balinese food

BBQ prawns, Sate lilit and chicken sate

Balinese food

Pecelan (Assorted vegetables with peanut sauce)

Balinese food

Balinese food

Balinese food

Papaya salad

Balinese food

Tuna salad with chilli and lemongrass dressing

Balinese food

Balinese food

Bebek Betutu (Roasted duck in banana leaf)

Balinese food

Sambal Udang (Spiced Prawns in Chili Tomato Sauce)

Balinese food


Balinese food

Nasi Kuning (Yellow rice)

In the midst of savouring the delicious food, we were treated with an authentic Balinese dance!

Balinese food

Balinese dancers getting ready

Balinese food

Balinese fan dance

Balinese food

Such elegant moves

Balinese food

Esther and witch :)

Also, we witnessed a short cooking demonstration by the chef himself!

Balinese food

Cooking demonstration by the Chef

Balinese food

Delicious! :)

We thought that was all, but no, there was a fashion show as well! We were in for a treat eh? :) Some gorgeous models came strutting with beautiful Balinese outfits.

Balinese food

Balinese outfit #1

Balinese food

Balinese outfit #2

Balinese food

Balinese outfit #3

Balinese food

Balinese outfit #4 – my favourite!

Of course, all of this would not have been possible if not for the Chef from Bumbu Bali Restaurant and Cooking School himself!

Balinese food

Guest Chef from Bumbu Bali Restaurant and Cooking School

Flavours from Bali is available for buffet dinner at RM88++ per person.

For reservations:

Prince Hotel and Residence,
Jalan Conlay,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Contact no.: +603-2170 8888


Apart from the buffet dinner, Eccucino is also organizing Balinese Cooking class!

Balinese Cooking Class
16 November 2010 at 3pm
RM75++ per person inclusive of buffet lunch
Please call +603-2170 8888 to reserve

Balinese contest

Win grand prize of Air Asia return air-tickets to Bali! Dine in at Eccucino, enjoy the Bali’s most beautiful culinary delicacies and win the contest!

Grand prize: Air Asia return air-tickets to Bali with accomodation and cooking class at Bumbu Bali

Consolation prize: Balinese cooking books, Bumbu Bali souvnirs, Mandara Spa vouchers and Prince dining vouchers.

Latest Addition to the Family

Haha! I bet some of you who saw the title might have something else in mind eh? *winks* Well, all I wanted to mean was my latest gadget added to my family! :) Yes!!! I finally bought myself a new camera, after selling off my Panasonic Lumix LX3 recently. Why did I want to sell off my LX3, many people asked? The main reason was actually to upgrade it to an LX5! I heard about LX5′s release back in August, when it wasn’t even available in Malaysia yet. I got really excited with the news and I wanted to change mine to LX5 too! But I couldn’t afford to spend another thousand over for a camera, could I?

Panasonic Lumix LX5

My new Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera box

So Saucer came up with a brilliant idea! He suggested that I sell off my LX3 first, before LX5 hits our shores, so that it could still demand a good price. Bear in mind, the LX3 price a few months ago was still quite good at around RM1.5-1.6k for a brand new one! And how much did I get it for last time? Only RM1.51k! Of course, I couldn’t very well sell it off at 1.5k, since I already used it for almost 2 years.

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Inside the box – AV cable, USB cable, battery charger, Software CD, warranty card, manual, Camera, lens cap

Since it’s a good camera, I searched online and found that the second hand price was pretty good! Heck, some were even selling at 1.3k! LOL! I, on the other hand, placed my price tag at RM1.2k, complete with a 4GB memory card. If you read back my previous post, you would know that I had a free gift of a full-sized tripod (worth~RM50) from my previous purchase. I didn’t sell that off, so I guess I saved another RM50 from there. *LOL* I posted my ad online for a few days and very soon, I found a buyer who was keen to buy it for his brother! :) Amazing! I think he was very happy with the purchase too, since I kept all the things intact, including the original box. And I used a screen protector on the LCD, no scratches on the body – it looked as good as new! :) Oh, did I also mention there were about 5 months left on the warranty, so I’d say it’s a pretty good deal at 1.2k. :)

Panasonic Lumix LX5

The new Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera

That was back in August/September period. After I sold it off, I heard that LX5 reached Malaysia from Merryn, but the starting price was way too expensive at RM1,999! My budget was circa RM1.7k, so that I only needed to top up another RM500 max for a new one. Since the price was out of my budget, I persevered and waited, while relying on Saucer’s Canon 500D DSLR. :) I have to admit though, while DSLR does give excellent images, it’s a chore during holidays! When we were in China, both of us didn’t feel like lugging the heavy camera around since we would go out from early in the morning until late night, walking most of the time. It could really be a tiresome thing on your neck! That was when I was getting more determined on buying the LX5 after returning to Malaysia.

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Top view of LX5

We returned to Malaysia last weekend, and saw that there was a PC Expo happening at Mid Valley Megamall. Without further ado, we went there in search of the camera. Since it was a PC Expo, the exhibits were mainly on PCs, even though there were a few stalls selling camera. But we did not only visit the stalls in PC Expo, we also went to the camera stores in Mid Valley itself! That’s how we ended up stopping at Keycolor. :) Saucer got his Canon 500D from there previously so the lady recognized us. Upon asking her the price of the LX5, I almost thought I heard wrongly! I was expecting the price to be around RM1.6k or RM1.55k (cheapest I could find online) but she told me , RM1,499! Did I heard it correctly?

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Bottom view of LX5 – Made in Japan!

She said she’s selling this at such a special price in conjunction with the PC Expo! The normal price that she was selling at is RM1,699. It was also the last day of PC Expo so it was the last day to buy the camera at RM1,499. What were we waiting for? Of course I immediately went to the ATM to withdraw cash and purchase it from her. Did I also say that she threw in an 8BG SD Card for free? Fabulous! I was really happy with my purchase. :) Best of all, I upgraded my almost 2year old LX3 to a new LX5 with just a RM30o top-up! :)

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Front view of LX5 with lens cap

I tried the LX5 on the spot and found that it had less noise compared to LX3, and the zoom was slightly more. Also, this model is available in black and white. Since my LX3 was black, I chose a white model instead! And it’s GORGEOUS! Pearl and shiny finish.

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Leica Lens as usual

I’m not going to bore you with the list of technical specifications which you could read from here. But the main highlights as listed on the Panasonic website are as follows:

  • f/2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens with 24mm Wide-angle
  • 1/1.63-inch, 10.1-megapixel High-sensitivity CCD – better shots at low light conditions
  • Venus Engine Full HD featuring Intelligent Resolution Technology
  • HD Movie in AVCHD Lite with Creative Movie Mode
  • Intuitive Manual Control and Creative Option Featuring My Colour Mode
  • Expandability with Optional Accessories

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Back view of LX5

In terms of interface, I found myself going back to familiar grounds. It felt just like the LX3, except for the missing of the joystick, which was replaced with a click wheel. Of course, most importantly is the quality of the pictures taken with the camera. I did a few test shots at home and found it to be significantly less noisy compared to the LX3.

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Scene mode

I’m sure you are keen to look at pictures taken with this camera, yes? No worries! Since I am bringing it with my for food reviews now, you’ll see more of the pictures taken by this gem. :)

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera in white

Though the pictures will never be as nice as those from the DSLR, I’d say this camera has captured the best of both worlds – compact in size, customizable features and above-average quality photos! It’s perfect for traveling, when you want to travel light and yet take amazing photos. This is it! :)

Food Crawl in Penang with Samsung ST600 Camera

As a continuation of my camera review for the Samsung ST600 model, the following are pictures that I have taken with this camera. All of them were not Photoshopped/modified but only resized to ease loading. Most of the pictures were taken during my recent trip to Penang, and as you could see, mostly revolved around food. *LOL*

1. Breakfast in Restoran Mawar Gembira, Taman Kinrara

This was taken from our usual breakfast place, very close to where we stay. It has the biggest portion of chicken rice I’ve ever had in Klang Valley, for only RM4 (plain chicken). The portion of chicken given was also large and the rice very fragrant. :) Saucer’s pick would be the bitter gourd noodles, also with plenty of bitter gourd and pork for only RM4.50.


Roasted chicken and pork (RM5)


Big plate of chicken rice


Bitter gourd mee suah


Delicious soup


Restoran Mawar Gembira

2. Lunch at Canton-i, Queensbay Mall

Had lunch with my friend Chiao Ju here, since I was craving for roasted goose. But sadly, they don’t sell individual portion of roasted goose with noodles. :( So I had to change my order to Roasted Pork wantan noodles.


Warm pot of tea


Roasted pork noodles


Black Pepper Udon noodles


Pork ribs dim sum

Of course, one should not miss having their famous egg tarts here. Flaky pastry and smooth egg, not runny enough though.


Egg tarts

3. Dinner at Lang Sae Lee Thai Food, Tan Jetty Penang

We had dinner at the Tan Jetty Thai Food, situated just by the sea. The view at dusk was pretty amazing, save for the slightly unpleasant smell from the sea. :) Pictures below taken with Auto mode, no modifications done.


Penang bridge in the distance


The jetty #1


The jetty #2


View of the sea

Some random people shots. :)


witch and Saucer

I absolutely loved the Claypot crab with Glass noodles here. The gravy was really flavourful and the crab was huge and fleshy. Yum!


Claypot crab with glass noodles


Seafood tom yam


Seafood tom yam


Pandan chicken


Fried squid rings (taken with flash)

For the shot below, I had to use very steady hands since the shutter speed was longer to capture picture in dim condition. This was the best that I managed, at least the lights were not blurry. And yes, the moon that night was THAT huge!


Night view with the full moon

Lang Sae Lee Thai Food
97A, Tan Jetty, Weld Quay,
10300 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 014-907 1808 (Madam Lee)

4. Supper at Haagen Dazs

I know, I know, we really can eat huh! *LOL* I told you, we stayed at Eastin Hotel, which was just walking distance to Queensbay Mall. So we couldn’t stop our legs from bringing us there when we had cravings for ice-cream! *LOL*


Ice-cream fondue at Haagen Dazs


Side dishes of chocolate chip cookies, sponge cake, love letters and fruits


16 mini scoops of Haagen-Dazs ice-cream


Dip into hot chocolate and almond flakes – Heavenly!

5. Next day Lunch at Chou Shun Kan, Krystal Point Penang

Lunch was with ex-colleagues again, this time heading for Korean food. Since their lunch was only limited to one hour, I didn’t opt for BBQ set. Instead, I ordered Bibimbap!


Bibimbap set (taken with flash)


with Kwai Lee

Chou Shun Kan Restaurant
Krystal Point, B303-01-06,
Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact number: 012-4941161/04-6441161

6. Dinner at Victoria Station, Bayan Baru Penang

We visited this restaurant once before when I was still working in Penang. I couldn’t forget the taste of their sizzling steak! So that was what I ordered the second time around. :)


Self-portrait no flash


Garlic bread (taken with flash)


Complimentary salad with steak (taken with flash)


Minestrone soup


Sizzling steak (taken with flash)


Seafood Au Gratin (taken with flash)

7. Dinner at Soon Lai Seafood Restaurant, Greenlane Penang

This was dinner on another day in Penang, with our good friend Wai Lian. He brought us to this hidden gem at Greenlane called Soon Lai, famous for its seafood. My favourite dish here though, was the Roasted Pork Knuckles! It was simply amazing! The skin was crispy, but the layer of fat underneath was melt-in-your-mouth smooth, plus the juicy meat at the bottom – perfect combination!


Roasted pork knuckles – must order (taken with flash)


Kam Heong crabs (taken with flash)


Steamed clams (lala)


Restoran Soon Lai Seafood, Greenlane

Soon Lai Seafood Restaurant
15, Lintang Batu, Greenlane
11600, Penang
Tel: 04-6589799/012-4773063/ 016-441366
Business hours: 6 pm -12 am (open daily)

8. Dinner at Bella Italia Restaurant, Bellisa Row Pulau Tikus, Penang

This is easily my favourite Italian restaurant in Penang! It’s also the place that I usually chose to go during special occasions (Valentine’s, birthdays), so a trip to Penang would never be complete without stopping by here!


Interior of Ristorante Bella Italia


Tired Saucer (taken with flash)


Fresh Garlic Bread (taken with flash)


Minestrone soup (taken with flash)


Grilled seabass – fabulous! (taken with flash)

I never fail to order seafood marinara pasta whenever I dine here. It’s simply a must to me! The gorgeous sauce, the giant and succulent prawns and a variety of other seafood – they just captured my heart from the very first time. :)


Seafood Linguine – my all-time favourite (taken with flash)

Ristorante Bella Italia
368-1-7 Jalan Burma,
Bellisa Row, 10350 Penang
Tel no: 04 227 2195

9. Pan Mee at Cha Cha Restaurant, Aman Suria

This was the last batch of pictures taken with the Samsung ST600, when we have returned to KL. We visited Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria, which is Saucer’s favourite pan mee. :)


Fried dumplings


Traditional thin pan mee


Traditional pinched pan mee

Restoran Cha-Cha Pan Mee Original
K-G-1 & K-G-3, Jalan PJU 1/43
Aman Suria
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Telephone: 016-660 0971 (Lily)

There you go, 9 sessions of food outings, all taken with the Samsung ST600. How would you judge its performance? :)

My Experience at Eastin Hotel Penang

A few weeks ago, I followed Saucer to Penang for his company trip. It was about 3 months since my last visit there so I was really looking forward to it! Not to mention, this round we would be staying in the relatively new Eastin Hotel, just next to the Queensbay Mall of Penang! *shopping* :)


Eastin Hotel Penang

We initially wanted a Standard Sea view room with a King-sized bed but they only had twin beds available. So they suggested that we take the Club Deluxe Seaview room instead, which had whatever we wanted. :) I think the Club Deluxe room is pretty similar to a Standard room just that it’s situated on the Club level and we had Club lounge benefit. :)


The comfortable king-sized bed

The bed and duvet were so very comfortable! The sheets were smooth and crisp white, and the pillows were made from down and were most heavenly. It was a delight to sleep on it every night. ;)


View from the room

The room had all the amenities that we need. A flat screen LCD TV, a study desk, coffee-making facilities, bath robes, toiletries and complimentary internet access (broadband and wireless).


The study desk and TV

Each room is given a passcode for internet access which is unique to one device only. So if you have more than one device to be connected to the wireless internet, you’ll need to request for extra passcode.






Toilet and bathroom


Coffee-making facilities

All of the facilities above are actually pretty standard for a hotel room, but we had one extra benefit staying in a Club Deluxe room. We had access to the Club Lounge all day long until 10pm! Also, if we go there between 5-7pm, they also had some finger food and drinks available. On other hours, we could always go there for fruit juices or to read the papers.


Saucer reading papers at the Club Lounge


Table by the window

We ordered a few glasses of drinks during the 5-7pm cocktail period. Yes, you could also have beer, white or red wine!


Orange juice and white wine

The variety of finger food was quite decent too. There were sushi, plenty of cute canapes made from fish, mussels, cheese and vegetables. I particularly loved the seafood canapes with cheese on top. Yum!


Mini tuna burger, mussels and more

There was also a section with lots of different cheese. We could cut the cheese according to our own choice and have it with crackers.


Cheese, crackers and scone with jam


Sushi platter

Of course, some fruits to balance the diet. :)



By the time we had all those finger food, we were actually pretty full already! But we had an appointment with a friend for dinner! How were we going to have dinner?? *LOL*


Club Lounge at Eastin Hotel Penang

By the way, all the photos here were taken with the Samsung ST600 Dual Screen camera that I had it on loan previously. That’s why we could not stop ourselves from camwhoring. The front LCD is a gem really! It also has a smile detector, so it only captures the picture when we smile.


Say cheese!

The following was a shot taken at night, where the only lighting was the orange lights in the room. I would say it’s relatively dim, and I took the self-portrait without any flash.


Self-portrait taken without flash in dim condition

The next morning, we had the buffet breakfast provided by the hotel, which had the standard breakfast selection such as toast, eggs, sausages, bacon, ham, porridge, fried noodles, dim sum, nasi lemak, cereals, yogurt and fruits among others.


My breakfast

Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Eastin Hotel Penang very much. The staff were courteous and there was always someone opening the door for you at the lobby entrance, with a smile! Oh, did I also mention it’s walking distance to Queensbay Mall? Only 5 minutes! So you have access to anything you need easily. Especially shopping! *LOL!*

Eastin Hotel Penang
1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +604-612 1111
Fax: +604-612 1199
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