Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cipolla Restaurant - Thursday night, Jan. 29th, 2009

A little under the weather and down with annoying sore-throat...that does not stop me from having a good time with friends.

Dinner at Cipolla was very good including drinks, appetizers, main course which include pasta, gnocchi, pizza and the amazing desserts. Although, one piece of Deb's ravioli ended crashing on the dinner table...and one piece of Klevin's pizza ended up flying to the floor...oh well, minor accidents. Apart from that, everything else went well...

Dinner ended early i.e. 11.30pm because somebody needed to catch up on sleep because the next day happens to be a working day (Note: It was Klevin. The rest of us are on a break....)

Friday, January 30, 2009 | News - Jessica Alba Lashes Out at Bill O'Reilly for Insinuating She's "Dumb"

I thought this was interesting to write/deliberate.


Jessica Alba has taken to her Celebrity MySpace blog to defend herself over accusations made by Bill O'Reilly and that she is dumb.When a reporter approached her at an inauguration event last week, she tried to turn the tables on him by asking him what Barack Obama's greatest characteristic was. When the reporter said he felt uncomfortable answering because he is a journalist, Alba replied, "be neutral - be Sweden about it." later called her a "ditz" and an "arrogant buffoon" for saying Sweden instead of Switzerland when referring to the neutral country during WWII.O'Reilly - whom Alba had called an
"a-hole" at the same event - also called her "misguided" for mixing up the countries.

Upon checking via Wikipedia, here is the result...


The policy of Sweden during World War II was to remain
neutral. Swedish neutrality had been the policy for more than a century, since the end of the Napoleonic Wars. However, official "policy" and actions have often been at odds. Since the time of the Napoleonic Wars, Sweden has not initiated any direct armed combat. However, Sweden's military and government have been involved in major "peacekeeping actions" and other military support functions.

So, what do you all think?

Was it Jessica Alba's slip of a tongue and she is now trying to justify the matter?

Shouldn't one always refer to current situation and apply as a form of justification?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lost & Found

Today's entry is dedicated to dear hubby.

Why? For suggesting to throw my phone line i.e. DIGI line. (sniff, sniff.....)

Well, guess what, a friend of ours (who has happened to be our witness during our wedding ceremony at church 14 years ago - to sign documents i.e. the church documents), just called me today.

Can you imagine, I had lost all contact whatsoever with this person since 2000 and today he called. Apparently, he has been trying (in fact called my last working place several times, several departments in HQ but to no avail..)

Anyhow, remember during last Christmas party, we were just talking about couple of long lost friend(s) of ours and what had happened to them, well this friend is still alive and have since furthered his studies and was working with several banking/financial institution. Personally, he has moved on too, separated with his wife and has a new girl who happens to be a Singaporean.

So, I am NOT going to throw or CHANGE my mobile line because you never know who may try to get in touch with you. It may be good or not so pleasant. Life is short, so STOP complaining and make the best of it. Bisous (x100 to hubby).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CNY Lunch & Yee Sang - Part 3 - Jalan jalan cari bag kamera

Oh well, by now everyone is contented with lunch, coffee-break and cakes.

While in Delicious, got a call from hubby...

For the love of God, I am not able to hear a thing hubby was saying. So, hubby called Kupps instead. Managed to speak a bit with hubby (Note: Initially, hubby was frustrated with my DIGI line because he can hear me but I am NOT able to hear him on the other end. I think it is because MAXIS has a better coverage as compared to DIGI. Nevertheless, I am not going to throw or discontinue my DIGI line which I have been using since 1997. I love my number and it is so easy to remember. Sorry dear, you will just have to make do with text messages sometimes.)

The next pit-stops were to several photo/camera shops. Anjali was looking for a bag for her recently purchased camera.

Finally, found one that could have been the one EXCEPT for the colour... (Note: By now, Deb had joined us with the camera bag hunting. Her group discussion ended early.)

In the end we decided to head home. The next pit stop is to drop me off at home. Anjali, Kupps and Deb stayed for awhile before heading home. Made some cha (Indian masala tea) for both Deb and myself since Kupps & Anjali declined to have some. They were quite full with all the coffee, cup cakes and brownie at Delicious earlier.

Deb had a first dose of our Gujerati 'cha'. I think she was quite impressed and enjoyed the cha.
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CNY Lunch & Yee Sang - Part 2 ...Coffee & dessert too

After a sumptuous lunch, we drove all the way to Anjali's place & picked up Deb's laptop. Deb needs to be in BU for a group discussion with her college mates for some assignment etc. etc.

Then we drove all the way to BU to drop Deb off. Thank God we had a walking & talking personalised human GPS in the car i.e. Anjali. This GPS can made alternative suggestions too..If not, our chauffeur, Kupps will probably end up taking us to Ipoh or JB. Patutlah Kupps kena marah especially bila silap jalan...Please pay attention to GPS and follow road signs..he..he..he).

By the way Kupps, your driving skill is pretty smooth (slow and steady). After lunch, this sort of drive is nice unlike some person in foreign land now. You all know who lah, someone who thinks he is Michael Schumacher (the former F1 champion). He is tall, brown & handsome Malaysian whom I got married to 14 years ago, whose motto on driving is 'Cepat asal sampai'.

In BU, we ended up having coffee and cakes in Delicious. Neat.Alleluia & amen (I am sure this makes your day Anjali).

Part 3 - Jalan, jalan cari beg kamera. (Sight-seeing, taking a stroll & looking for a camera bag)

CNY Lunch & Yee Sang - Part 1

Today the big agenda of the day is having Yee Sang.

Yes, must have every year and having with good friends makes it more meaningful and memorable (Note: Sniff, sniff...the only person missing here is hubby. Miss you and you were in my thoughts throughout the day.)

Kupps, Anjali and Deb dropped by the house and chauffeured me to Golden Phoenix restaurant at Equatorial Hotel for lunch. The reservation was at 12pm (Note: The restaurant opens for business at 12pm). However, we arrived 15 minutes early and managed to squeeze ourselves into a 'little opening' of the front door of the said restaurant. The restaurant manager/host was nice enough to let us sit on our table and take our orders immediately.

In fact, she even managed to guess my name as the person who made the reservation (I am quite surprised since she didn't bother to ask but rather announced at the door. Maybe the only person who made the reservation...)

Anyways, when it came to having drinks, Anjali requested for some coffee and we were told that the restaurant only serves tea (and everything else in the menu like juices, wine, beer but NOT coffee. What is wrong with these people? Can't they just go next door to E'toile Bistro and get coffee (Sigh!). I could have made a scene and insisted but Anjali said it was okay and to get on with lunch...

We had the vegetarian Yee Sang (the one with pear). YUMMY. All of us had second and some third helpings. Yee Sang was wiped out!

For main course, we ordered fried Garoupa cooked in apple & thai chili sauce, home made bean curd with green vege, lotus fried with some lily vege (I think something like that) and some vegetarian fried rice. Everything was wiped out (even the fish) except for couple pieces of vege (Note: Our regular DBKL, Mr. Kupps cannot finish them...apparently he was full). Look out at the pictures whereby both Anjali & myself rubbing his Buddha lookalike belly..he.. he.. was quite hilarious.

By the way, thanks for taking the pictures and forwarding to me Deb. You are so sweet.

Overall had a wonderful lunch time with friends. It was truly fun.

Look out for Part 2 story of the day - same day, a little later in the afternoon..

Cava Restaurant

Since I am still kinda somewhat melancholic, my memories went back to last Thursday, where we had a wonderful dinner with the Jacksons (Erik & Nga).

Both Erik & Nga will be going back to States for good, sometime in June this year. Since hubby will be in Europe and after his work assignment we will be on a short vacation (location is still being deliberated). Thus, we thought this would be a a good time to get together.

So, we all had dinner in Cava, one of our favorite restaurant for tapas and Sangria. They also serve excellent Paella. Cava is located in Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar (Note: Away from the traffic congestion of Bangsar Village, BSC and Lucky Garden. Parking is ample and free. Also free from the regular night touts. Thank God for that!)

The Sangria was so good that we all ended having two big jugs. We had couple of tapas. One of it being deep-fried Brie (It was reall good. Unusual but good). For the main course Erik and hubby had vegetarian Paella. Both Nga and myself had the seafood Paella.

It was indeed a great evening with good conversation, food, drinks and being with friends.

Erik & Nga, here's wishing you both all the very best and hope to see you guys again in the future. Take care.


Feeling rather melancholic and thinking about the last couple of days with hubby prior to his trip/flight to Europe on a work assignment.

Oh well, such is life...we all need to move on and be well and get going...I will too, eventually.

Ser's Corner

Why Ser's Corner...? Sounds a little odd

There is a little story behind this name called 'Ser'.

A long, long time ago, when I was back in my uni days, one of my close friend decided that I need a simpler name with one syllabus. Apparently, my first name is rather too long. Very mind boggling because my name is rather short and simple plus I do not have a middle name! So, I was renamed and informally baptised with 'Ser'.

It is funny that I have decided to re-use this name after many years. I have had other options but I wonder why I decided to use this particular one as a pseudo name.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Another Blog

Bonjour everyone.

Another blog? Don't I have enough on my plate by having one little blog dedicated to AL-E.

What got into me? What was I thinking...? Beats me.

Well, now that hubby is away in some foreign land and will only be back sometime in the 2nd quarter of the year, thought it would be interesting to pen down some daily/weekly activities/stuff in my own blog (NOTE: Sorry AL-E, mommy needs a break too. Need to post my own story. Nevertheless, will still write about your antics in your blog from time to time but not everyday.)

With that, I welcome my family members and friends to my little corner, Ser's corner. Life is one big box of chocolates, you may find the good stuff like cream, berries, raisins, liquor and at times NUTS (Note: Not that I hate nuts but in retrospect, you do bump into nutty situations. Go figure.)

Bienvenue to Ser's World.