3-day Getaway to Penang – Part 3 (finale)

After the 2 days of my Penang getaway here and here, it was finally our last day in the Pearl of the Orient! Since my mom’s visitors needed to leave Penang in the afternoon, we woke up early for breakfast. Looking for food in the early morning was not my forte, since I’m not really a morning person, :P but thankfully, I remembered the place that Wai Lian brought me to once! The place with Super Hokkien Mee that you need to go preferably before 9am or risk it being sold out. Breakfast was at One Corner Cafe at Jalan Bawasah, where the signature dish is the Super Hokkien Mee.

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Super Hokkien Mee

The Loh Bak here was just average but the Char Kuey Teow was a hit! My mom’s friends ordered a plate after another!

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Loh Bak

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Char Kuey Teow/Fried flat noodles

After breakfast, it was shopping time! I had stayed in Penang for almost 5 years before this and never knew of the places that we went to until that day. We actually went to this place in Tanjung Bunga with a row of shops all selling souvenirs! The first stop was at the Cocoa Boutique, where all kinds of chocolate were displayed and sold. The customers were also allowed to taste the chocolates before buying them and seriously, the variety was just humongous! There were chocolates with all kinds of flavours – orange, alcoholic, strawberry and even durian!

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Cocoa Boutique in Penang

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Interior of Cocoa Boutique

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with my mom and her visitors

Just a few doors away, was the Penang Coffee Tree shop. Penangites! Have you heard of this coffee brand before? I still haven’t! Until then, that is. Which makes me wonder whether this brand was just created for the sake of tourists or was this really Penang White Coffee as claimed by their signboard?

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Coffee Tree brand

The shop was huge and filled with all sorts of coffee. Again, variety was aplenty such as Hazelnut, Cinnamon, Green Tea, Chocolate and possibly 20 others.

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Interior of Coffee Tree shop

Visitors were allowed to try any type of coffee they wanted to, with the coffee coming from these thermos flasks.

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Coffee tasting?

Surrounding the shop were very cute coffee beans and decor made from coffee beans.

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Coffee beans in a sack

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More coffee beans

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Coffee bean grinder

The visitors loved the coffee very much and ended up buying them by the bags! Yes, a luggage bag, no less! Every purchase of 12 packs will be given 3 packs free, and on top of that, a luggage bag was complimentary too. The luggage bag could fit EXACTLY 15 packets of coffee. Coincidence?

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Packets and packets of white coffee

Look at how happy he was, buying 2 luggage of coffee!

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Coffee luggage

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Coffee for sale! :P

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Penang White Coffee at Tanjung Bunga

Just next to the White coffee place was a Batik place! This was again a shop made for tourist, judging from the looks of it.

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Well Known Souvenir and Batik Centre

We were there just in time to watch someone painting a piece of batik cloth. I guess the consolation is that the batik from this shop is really hand-made.

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Drawing batik

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Interior of batik shop

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Some paintings on the wall

Finally, it was time to leave! Before we left, Saucer and I insisted to go for lunch at our old-time favourite Kuey Teow Thng shop in Sungai Nibong cafe.

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Toasted Bread with eggs

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Awesome kuey teow thng with pork soup

And that, my friends, marked the end of our 3-day Penang getaway! It was very satisfying to finally savour some of the food that I missed after moving to KL. Definitely there will be a return trip! :)

3-day Getaway to Penang – Part 2

Day 2 on my 3-day getaway to Penang! After I was done with my work in the morning, Saucer and I met his brother for lunch! We went to Penang road for their famous cendol and laksa. :) Parking can be a big problem here so it’s advisable to go during off-peak hours. Still, no guarantee! We had to make 2 rounds before finding a car park. First off, Penang cendol!

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Penang Road famous cendol

The service was really fast and efficient. Just tell the guy how many bowls and you’d be served within seconds! I love the cendol here because it’s full of coconut milk fragrance, with lots of fat cendol and thinly shaved ice. Oh, not to forget the delicious gula melaka (palm sugar) of course! The combination just rocks!

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Famous Penang road cendol

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Saucer enjoying it!

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Delicious and cooling on a hot afternoon

Next, we proceeded indoors to the coffee shop Joo Hooi Cafe, for the Assam Laksa and Loh Bak. The portion was quite small, which meant we could eat more variety. Ah, I miss Penang Loh Bak already!

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Joo Hooi Cafe Assam Laksa

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Loh Bak

Every time I visit Penang, I never forget to buy their famous Tambun biscuits! There are simply too many shops making/selling it now, but I’m forever loyal to the one and only Him Heang. :) There’s only one shop selling it and it’s located at Burmah road. I love the biscuits from this shop as I found them to be very fragrant, light and flaky skin with compact filling. If you’re lucky, you might even get some which just out from the oven. Best!

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Him Heang biscuits

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The delicious Tambun biscuits

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Yummy!

For dinner, I met my mom who was there with her visitors from China. We had a fantabulous seafood dinner at Bali Hai, located along Gurney Drive. Their tagline is “If it swims, we have it”. Let’s see if they really have anything under the sea? The restaurant was incredibly packed that night! Tuesday night! Amazing.

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Fully-packed restaurant

My mom and her friend did the ordering and before long, our table was brimming with seafood. Plates and plates of them!

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Oyster Omelette (RM20)

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Blanced Lady’s fingers (RM12)

The Blanched Baby Octopus was really good! Some people may not be used to this type of cooking but it’s really the best form to retain the freshness and original sweetness from the octopus. This was really fresh and chewy!

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Blanched baby octopus (RM25)

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Steamed fish

We had fish done 2 ways, a Steamed Fish and another Assam Fish. The fish was fresh and smooth but we all agreed that the price was a bit too steep for the size given. Both the fish cost a total or RM253!

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Assam Fish

The Nestum Crabs were huge and meaty, something that I would recommend on a return visit.

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Nestum Crabs (RM90)

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Kam Heong Lala (RM25)

Have you ever had Snails before? Or better known as Balitong? They come in small and hard shells, with a hole at the end for you to ‘suck it in’, literally. Some people might find it gross to eat, but after a while, it’s actually pretty fun! The Balitong fried here was very hot and spicy and flavourful! It makes me keep eating one after another. *LOL*

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Escargot/Snails (RM15)

In my previous visit to Bali Hai, I had the chance to taste the cheese-baked lobster, so I suggested this to my mom. We had a medium-sized one to be shared and everyone loved it! The lobster was fresh, the meat was succulent and the cheese was fragrant. Bali Hai really trumps in making this dish.

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Cheese-baked lobster ‘Thermidor’ style (RM149)

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Stir-fried seafood noodles (RM20)

Overall, there were some hits and misses with the food here, but there must be something they’re doing right to keep getting return customers and a full house on a weeknight! Incredible business really. Guess how much dinner cost? We had 5 bottles of beer as well, and there were 8 of us, costing a total of RM770!

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Bali Hai Seafood restaurant

Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant
90, 90A, 90B, 90C & 90D, Persiaran Gurney,
Georgetown,
10250, Penang
Malaysia
Telephone: +604-2288272 / 2281272
Fax: +604-2288273
Website: http://www.balihaiseafood.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Manhattan Fish Market’s Pirates of Mediterranean

Ahoy matey, “X” marks the spot and the spot is your local Manhattan Fish Market! Back by popular demand at everyone’s favourite fish restaurant is the delicious Mediterranean Baked Fish.

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Mediterranean Baked Fish (13.90)

Shiver me timbers this is the tastiest dish, healthy and wholesome, and real value-for-money at just RM13.90. Everyone will be saying yo ho ho – the real treasure is at Manhattan Fish Market!

Exquisite fillets of white dory hauled from the deep blue sea are marinated with coriander and slowly baked till tender and flaky – Aaar me hearties! This is served with Manhattan Fish Market’s famed Garlic Herb Rice and broccoli, carrots and corn on the side. It’s a genuine Mediterranean feast and no mistake.

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Pink Lemonade (RM5.90)

For those with a proper seafarer’s appetite there are four brand new add-ons – Mediterranean baked mussels, shrimps, clams and calamari for an extra RM2.90 each and a chunky Pirate Chowder starter and Pink Lemonade at RM5.90 each.

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Pirate Chowder (RM5.90)

Set sail on your very own Jolly Roger for a Captain Hook moment with a deliciously healthy meal that will leave the pieces of eight in your pockets.

This promotion lasts until 6th November, 2010, so hurry to the nearest The Manhattan FISH MARKET restaurant.

3-day Getaway to Penang!

Taking a break from KL food, I have some pictures of Penang food that were taken about a month ago when Saucer and I were there for about 3 days. We stayed at the Gurney Hotel, located strategically at the Gurney drive itself, facing the sea. The room was huge in size, and even though the hotel is a little old, most of the furniture were still well-maintained. The room rate was RM250nett/night and it came with a huge King-sized bed!

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Huge king-sized bed

Love the view from our room! This picture was taken in the morning, when the sun was just rising, giving the sky hues of orange. So pretty!

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View from our room – hues of orange from the sun

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Another view from our room

The room was well-equipped with business facilities, such as the study table and most importantly, complimentary broadband access.

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Study desk

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Coffee-making facilities and complimentary mineral water

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Bathroom

We reached there in the evening on the first night, and as usual, Saucer‘s best man Wai Lian became our tour guide. For dinner, we went to Khun Thai restaurant, dubbed as the Best Thai Food in Penang. We were there once quite some time ago, and were pretty pleased before.

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Dining area of Khun Thai

The environment of Khun Thai is very tropical and rustic, with bamboo seats and tables, as well as thatched roof. During our first visit there, we ordered the refreshing sugar cane juice which was very useful in countering spicy food!

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Refreshing Sugar Cane Juice (RM12/jug)

The hot and fiery Seafood Tom Yam Kung arrived first and I found it to be very spicy and sour. Saucer loved the taste of it but I personally found it a bit too sour for my liking, perhaps due to my gastric history. However, I enjoyed the seafood in it a lot! The huge and fresh prawns, the squid rings and fish fillet were all pretty generous in portion.

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Hot and red Tom Yam Kung

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Big and fresh prawn

Next dish was the Steamed Lala and Squid, something that we ordered in our first visit before. This time, we found the taste to be a little different, lack of lime juice and the aroma that came with it perhaps. Somehow, the first visit was much better.

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Steamed Lala and Squid

Of course, we wouldn’t miss out on the Pandan Chicken, another dish synonymous to Thai food. The chicken was marinated with lots of herbs and spices, making it very delicious and fragrant. The meat used was usually chicken thigh, hence it was very tender and juicy.

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Pandan Chicken

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Fried Kai Lan (RM6)

Overall, I would say Khun Thai still provides the best value when it comes to Thai food. The experience of dining here was just different, very tropical, very Thai, and the price wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket. :) The only gripe is  the rather long distance (about  30 minutes?) to get there from Penang island you have to cross the traffic-laden Penang bridge every time.

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Khun Thai in Butterworth, Penang

Khun Tai Restaurant
104, Permatang Tengah,
13000 Butterworth,
Penang.
Coordinates: 5°26’41″N 100°23’14″E

Tel.: 04-3327523
Opening hours: 11am – 12 midnight

After the dinner, we went to Batu Feringghi night market, hoping to get some ‘you-know-what’ but we found out that since 2 weeks before we went, all the stalls selling ‘you-know-what’ were closed down after a raid! Oh well, no luck for us! So we went back to Gurney drive and this Saucer with a never ending appetite suggested that we went to Gurney drive Hawker centre for supper!

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Asam Laksa Stall no. 11

We had Asam Laksa from Stall no. 11, which was the only laksa stall opened that night. The laksa noodles were smooth and springy, while the broth was thick and filled with fish meat. Mixed it around with some prawn paste and you’re good to go!

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Asam laksa

Saucer ordered a plate of Oh Chien (Oyster Omelette) which came with rather huge oysters! But the amount of oysters was quite little, probably less than 10 pieces, and the omelette was a tad too oily for my liking.

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Fried Oyster Omelette (Oh Chien)

Last but not least, the Tau Fu Fa (bean curd dessert) from Stall no. 80 below.

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Tau Fu Fa (Bean curd) stall 80

We asked for brown sugar for Tau Fu Fa and found it to be very fragrant, smooth and soft. Yum!

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Yummy Tau Fu Fa

That was the end of Day 1 in Penang. Of course, being in Penang means more gastronomic adventures! More to come in next post! :)

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre
Located at Gurney Drive just outside of Gurney Plaza

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Moet Champagne for Grandpa’s Birthday

A long delayed post from back in September! It was my dear grandpa’s birthday and we’re all back to celebrate with him. My mom who just came back from France brought a little something for all of us. It’s a bottle of champagne from none other than Moët et Chandon itself! :)

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Bottle of champagne

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Bubbly for everyone!

Before dinner started, grandpa made a toast, and all of us clinked our glasses together.

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A toast

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Cheers!

Dinner was held at East Ocean Restaurant in Kampar, and we were given a private VIP room. So very cool!

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Saucer & witch <3

As with most birthday dinners that we have, we started with a big dumpling or ‘sau pao’ for longevity and prosperity. Inside the big dumpling contained a number of small dumplings filled with lotus paste.

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‘Sau pao’ for longevity

The first dish came in such grandeur. It was a two-tiered dish filled with a variety of hot and cold appetizers such as fried yam with prawns, scallops, crab meat salted egg roll and salad. All of the items were really delicious! Especially the fried yam with prawn, very aromatic and crispy. Yum!

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2-tiered platter of appetizer

The next dish was Steamed White Pomfret, which I thought was decent. The meat was not as flaky and smooth as I’d imagine it to be. I guess most of the time, bigger fish tend to have flesh which is not so smooth, don’t you agree? Just like this HUGE fish I had in Maldives last time, the flesh was also not very smooth.

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Steamed White Pomfret

The Giant Sea Cucumber was served next, apparently called ‘Chu poh sam’. This was the biggest sea cucumber that I’ve ever had! And it was very well done – soft and springy with full of flavour. It was also served with a side of gigantic scallops, which not only improved the aesthetics but gave the gravy much flavour.

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Giant Sea Cucumber (Chu poh sam)

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Side of Scallops

When the next dish came, everyone was looking at it in awe! It was this huge bamboo basket filled with Prawns and Glutinous rice. Seriously, when it comes to portion, East Ocean Kampar never disappoints! The prawns were all of above average size and the glutinous rice beneath was delicious. It was as if the gravy used to cook the prawn plus the goodness of prawns were seeped inside the rice! Yum!

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Basket of Prawns and Glutinous rice

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Twin style Chicken

Look at the vegetable dish below, you would think that it’s seaweed right? Wrong! It’s actually deep fried Kailan shreds! I thought the chef was really creative in making this dish. The vegetables platter came with 2 other dishes as well, so you could have several choices of vege in one serving.

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Platter of 3 vegetables

Synonymous with longevity is also the ‘Cheong sau meen’ or Longevity Noodles. The longer the noodles are, the better as it symbolizes long life. This is also common to be served during birthday dinners.

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Longevity noodles

As for dessert,we had Lotus Seed with White fungus in soybean.

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Soybean and white fungus with lotus seed dessert

After that, it was time for cake! Before that, a loving picture of my grandpa and grandma! Don’t they look radiant?

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Grannies

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Ice-cream cake

My grandpa was really cute! In the midst of us singing birthday song, he sang as well! But he sang ‘Happy birthday to ME’ *points to ownself*. *LOL*

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“Happy birthday to ME”

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Candle blowing

Even though we were full to the brim, the ice-cream cake was gone within minutes! I guess it goes to show that there’s always room for ice-cream in every stomach? ;)

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Mint chocolate chip Ice-cream cake

Before I end this, a cute picture with dear grandpa! Look, he even made a peace sign to follow me! :D

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with grandpa dearest!

Dinner’s bill: RM570 for 14 persons

East Ocean Restaurant Kampar
33A, 35, 36, Jalan Perdana,
Taman Kampar Perdana,
31900 Kampar,
Perak, Malaysia.
Tel: +605-465 8890/8879

The Launch of M Privé – Exclusive Network of Successful Women

When Farena told me about her ‘baby’ called M Privé over the phone, I had trouble figuring how to spell it. Pronounced as “M Pree – veh”, this name is a combination of Magenta (Farena’s PR company) and Private (which is Privé in French), which aims to gather a select group of successful women for a monthly activity, while exploring and enjoying different experiences of the lifestyle.

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It was really a new and refreshing idea to me, that no one has done it before in Malaysia baffles me. I thought the idea is pretty genius, to gather the successful women from all sorts of background into a network, where every one of them is able to leverage from each other, while sharing different experience and ideas. The possibilities are limitless! Being alone, I was feeling awkward at first to be in a circle of strangers, but really, there was no need to. From the time I came out of the elevator at Il Lido, I was met with warm smiles by everyone. Every lady I met was with a smiling face, ever so willing to make friends, to mingle and to chat. I felt like I was part of them.

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Tables for lunch

Before long, I met a few fellow media friends who write for famous online magazines, and we hooked up instantly! Boy, such is the power of a women’s network. Everyone just felt like family, like sisters.

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M Prive Application form

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Table for media

Of course, the birth of M Privé would not be possible had it not been for Farena, the founder of M Privé, who is ever so passionate about what she’s doing. I think she might have inspired a few of us that day, with her dedication and passion to bringing women together.

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Farena and Geoffrey Cooper

Guess who I met that day as well? Dilly from Red FM Breakfast show! OK, I have to admit I’m not really a loyal listener of Red FM but getting to know Dilly as a person was really quite something! I’ve always thought celebrities to be perhaps a little snobbish or only mix with their own clan, but not Dilly! She’s so fun and chirpy and I could talk to her about everything. :) And of course, now I’m a convert to Red FM Breakfast show. *LOL*

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Dilly from Red FM and witch

There were about 80 fabulous ladies during the launch, all of them looking gorgeous and had this successful aura around them. Best of all, these people don’t only come from Malaysia, but all over the world! There were ladies from Sweden, India and Brazil just to name a few.

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The fabulous ladies

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New found friends: Geraldine, Ariel, witch and Eleanor

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Emcee Brigette Liberty Yu

The event started when everyone reached and was seated comfortably, with Farena making the opening speech. Apparently, to make this idea possible, she had help from 10 other gorgeous women from around the world! One of them was even a hot super model from Brazil! Can you spot her in one of the pictures below?

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Opening speech by Farena

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Gorgeous Brazilian model Danielle Maia

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The ladies behind the scenes

After the speeches, there was a cake cutting ceremony, with a gorgeous and HUGE cake sponsored by Al-Amar.

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Gorgeous cake by Al-Amar

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The ladies who made it possible

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Cake-cutting ceremony

Soon, it was time for lunch! :) Our menu was specially prepared by Il Lido, with dainty portions but more courses.

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Lunch menu by Il Lido

The complimentary bread was served first and my goodness, it was really good! It was slightly warm and soft, tasted like it was freshly baked. It went very well with vinegar and olive oil and most of us on the table had second servings of the bread.

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Complimentary bread

For appetizers, we had a trio of Penne Pasta, Beef Carpaccio and Baked eggplant. I loved the Baked eggplant the most! It was layers of very thin eggplant stacked on top of one another, with creamy layers of mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil. It was a clever play of flavours, not to mention it was  fragrant and delicious.

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Penny Pasta with spicy crab and Taragon

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Beef Carpaccio with Rucola, Parmigiano cheese and Truffle

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Baked Eggplant and Mozzarella cheese cake with tomato and basil

A glass of white wine goes a long way.

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White wine

For Mains, we had another trio of Risotto, Pan Roasted Atlantic Cod and Wagyu Beef Cheek. I loved both the Cod and Wagyu cheek! They were both soft and melt-in-my-mouth texture, and I just loved the way they combined a white and red meat together. Very delicious and a well done job!

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Risotto with wild mushroom

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Pan Roasted Atlantic Cod with Savoy Cabbage and Pumpkin Sauce

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Wagyu Beef Cheek with Celeriac Pure’ and Fava Beans

In the midst of our lunch, we were treated with some eye candy – a fashion show by popUP showroom. The pretty ladies strutted in with their best outfit and walked around the tables to be admired. Some of them were wearing exquisite jewelry by Heidi Klum jewelry collection, presented by Mouawad.

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Fashion show by popUP showroom

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Jewelry by Mouawad

The theme that day was Animal Print Chic, and there was a Best Dressed award! Guess what the prize was? It was this white dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City 2 movie!

Prize for Best Dressed Award (Also the same dress worn by the emcee)

And the lucky winner Geraldine, one of my new found friends! *applause*

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Winner of best dressed – Geraldine

After our long lunch, it was time to proceed to the bar on the top deck. It was more mingling and more drinking!

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Couches on the deck

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Gorgeous view of KL Tower

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Bubbly

It was indeed an event filled with fun, joy, laughter and new friendship. Well done to Farena for bringing this come together in such grandeur! I’m definitely looking forward to the future monthly events happening!

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Friends from M Privé

More information can be found at www.m-prive.com and www.magenta-lifestyle.com.