5 Oct 2014

Taste MIGF 2014, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre


There's nothing more spontaneous than going to a gourmet food festival at the spur of the moment (especially after you've booked movie tickets for another place).



This last-minute decision was made after mom's friend whatsapped her about the Taste MIGF 2014 event from the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre. It was a two-day event (27 Sept - 28 Sept). Her friend knew that I was a foodie and recommended it to her. We've never been to a gourmet festival and we were like, hey, let's go check it out, since we have time before the movie.

I was not disappointed. No one was disappointed. Period.

The place was divided into two sections:

The outer hall was for free sampling, purchase of certain food items and also cooking equipment such as waffle makers and kitchen knives.

Some of the food we've sampled / bought..





Fried frozen durian (RM5 for 2) which was CRAZY nice. I love how it is crispy on the outside but cold and fragrant inside. Some people may not like the smell of durian but to durian lovers, it's awesome. I've not had durian for quite some time as I've developed a durian-phobia for having too many durians when I was young (is it even remotely possible for a durian lover to have a phobia for this fruit?) but these fried frozen durians.. wow.



We also sampled some sausages which are 100% meat and they are chewy and juicy. Thumbs up!



Also, some French macarons (well, we bought them but I've forgotten the pricing). The French macarons are, well, macaron-ish. These macarons are not too sweet and the price was affordable (we've once spent RM24 on two macarons from Belgium and whilst it was tastier than the normal ones, it was just too pricey!)







Other food items include Belgium waffles, froyo, fresh Australian cow milk, healthy food, red velvet cake, and cupcakes.







And the inner hall.. Well, it was pretty much heaven on Earth (mainly because we had to purchase RM5 coupons named Gourmet Dollars to sample the gourmet food, or else it'd be simply heavenly).
Food coupons were sold for RM50 per booklet, comprising ten RM5 coupons.













You can find all kinds of food here! Oriental, Western, local... it's like a mini world of posh food. The participating restaurants are from various hotels and classy restaurants. Forgive me if I get the names wrong, gourmet dish names are definitely not my forte. I'll just write whatever is on the plate if you dont mind.

Food items range from 1-3 coupons (RM5-RM15)



Foie Gras (goose liver, if you are unfamiliar with that term)



Garoupa with a little chilli and beans on the left and escargot on the right. According to mom, the escargot was not that awesome as she prefers those at The Ship.



Broiled Salmon. Was OK, definitely something new. A little dry for me though.



Random coffee beans. I love the lighting, therefore it stays on the post.



I just had the nerves to buy something with "cappucino", "egg", and "truffles" in it. There really is a hard-boiled egg inside! Oh my. The creamy thing was *gulp* something new and I didn't really quite like it but it tastes OK when you have it together with the egg. Strange, huh.



Apparently, it's an ice-cream made from cheese? According to the friendly staff there, it is. *gasps* It doesn't have much of the cheese taste though. More like, milky taste.



Something mango (?) Sorry. I was too busy eating to notice the name. The arrangement doesnt seem much but it was quite nice.



Last but not least, my favourite for the evening - Valrhona Chocolate thingy with ice-cream.
Valrhona has got to be one of the top 3 of my chocolate list (1st being Godiva and 3rd being Lindt). I love their dark chocolate but I'd usually go for the 75% as I find it suitable for my taste.



Oh wait. It's the place from my birthday dinner this year!

For more upcoming events like this, try the Taste MIGF website.

Guess I'd have to improve on my lighting and stuff and take more photos in this kind of lighting. Tips, anyone?

P.S. I've wanted to post this for a few days now but I was really busy with revision and stuff since my exams are coming soon (and then I'll have to choose a university, oh well that's for later..)

The Maze Runner.

Finally watched the much-anticipated The Maze Runner last week after the Taste MIGF 2014 event.

It was like what I expected - good.

I've wanted to read the series since I first saw the trailer for the movie (I'm a book person and well, I don't have to wait so long for the sequels). The idea behind this series from James Dashner  really had my attention. It's fresh, it's new, it's full of action! It's like a whole new world to explore. I love that about books and movies.



Directed by Wes Ball, The Maze Runner is the first installment of the series. Obviously, there's a huge maze in the movie, with the name being The Maze Runner. The plot? A boy is sent to the Glade, surrounded by a labyrinth maze every month. They could not remember a thing that had happened, nor anything else, save for their names. It happens that they were in a supposed experiment that they had no memory of.
WICKED, the organisation which lead the experiment, did not even have a second thought about letting loose mechanical animals which could (and proven to have the ability to) kill human beings effortlessly. These, are the Grievers.



Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) is this month's boy. He was sent to the Glade and curiosity got the better of him. He got intrigued by the huge maze.



Somehow, he ended up being a Runner, someone who runs around the maze in the day time to memorise the nooks and crannies of the maze (for the record, the maze changes every night and apparently, no one survived a night in the maze until Thomas and Minho, whom we will come back to later). In the end, they finally found a way out of the labyrinth and well, they found that things were not as they seem to be..



Ah, yes. Minho. My sister still screams at the mere mention of his name. Minho, the leader of the runners, is played by a Korean guy named Ki Hung Lee. He captivated numerous friends of mine, even guys. He's a laid-back kind of guy and maybe they find his coolness attractive. Anyway, he has more fans than the main protagonist who is played by Dylan O'Brien (whom I had a fancy for since The Internship hahah). Fangirls, fangirls everywhere.

Other Gladers include:



Aml Ameen as Alby, the former leader of the Gladers, who was the first to reach the Glades and was there for 3 years.



Blake Cooper as Chuck, Thomas' chummy buddy at the Glades.



Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt, Alby's second in command (and I love that British accent).

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Will Poulter as Gally, one of the antagonists in the movie, who's quite a bully.



Kaya Scodelario as Teresa, the last Glader and also the first female Glader, who formerly worked with WICKED.

The movie is a teeny tiny bit gruesome and the Grievers dont exactly look like rainbow unicorns. My brother had to cling on my mom at some point. But he's 9, so you could do better if you're older than 9.



The suspense is so annoying! I havnt read the book but I will before the second installment screens next year. It is a must. I absolutely love this.


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24 Sep 2014

A Walk Among The Tombstones (a little ranting included)

Due a promise to my sister,  I watched A Walk Among The Tombstones starring Liam Neeson last Thursday, alone (instead of the long-anticipated The Maze Runner). She hasn't had a chance to watch The Maze Runner so I had to wait for her.. but hey, I'm not complaining. It's Liam Neeson kicking asses.

I went there with a bunch of friends but they wanted to watch The Maze Runner so I paid for another movie just to honour my promise (and of course to watch Liam Neeson in action).

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Directed by Scott Frank, this movie is based on a Lawrence Block novel of the same name. Liam Neeson stars as an ex-cop, Matthew Scudder. He quitted after he shot a girl dead, in a drunk condition. He then freelances as a private investigator who helps people, getting favours in return.

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A drug trafficker, Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens), hires Matt to track down his wife's abductors. His wife was brutally kidnapped and murdered. It appears that this is not the first case. Instead, there are psychotic serial killers about. These abductors / psycho killers (David Harbour as Ray and Eric Nelsen as Howie) methodically stalks their victims and kidnaps them. The kidnapped victims never return home, even though the ransom money was paid. So, basically it's about drug traffickers' wives getting kidnapped (and mutilated) by two sadistic killers. Matt was being helped by TJ (Brian Bradley) and Kenny's brother, Peter (Boyd Holbrook).



One of the movies I've watched starring Liam Neeson was Taken and its sequel, Taken 2. I love how he sounded when he spoke calmly to his daughter's kidnapper then: "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want ... I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you." This was one of his more famous quote. A Walk In The Tombstone also had something along the line. It's like he could talk his way out of every dangerous situation. Remarks like "Maybe I don't care if you shoot me or maybe there's a rifle pointed at your head." made my day.



In my view, this movie is pretty good because it highlights some issues such as people being careless about their own safety nowadays (like greeting two guys in a creepy-looking van outside your house). I mean, yes, being friendly is not a crime but society nowadays... people are willing to do about just anything for money and to accomplish their goals.
Another one is about alcoholics and druggies. There's a few scenes about alcohol and drugs (what with the victims being drug lords' wife and kids). Sure, there are scenes of people drinking and also of people taking drugs but there are also scenes of a therapy group, sharing their accomplishments and their stories. And astonishingly, some of the rules that they use to keep them away from their addictions apply to our daily lives too.

Of course, there are quite a lot of violent scenes here and there (it's rated 18PL in Malaysia, idk.. they like cutting scenes very much.)
The scariest part? It was a Thursday afternoon, without many people in the cinema hall. And my row was practically empty when the lights went off. Annabelle's trailer screened when I was starting to enjoy myself. I'm not a huge fan of horror movies, however, thrillers I could withstand.. I was so desperate. No one to whisper to, no one to cling to. Ugh.



More and more patrons came into the cinema hall after that. There was an auntie and her daughter on my left and a couple on my right. These people gave me quite a bad impression though. The auntie kept speaking loudly to her daughter even though the movie is playing. The girl on my right was fidgeting and even removed her shoes and put her feet on the seat in front of her. I'm OK with people removing their shoes during movies as long as they are not stinky but putting your feet on the back of the seat in front of you is really not advisable. Do these people even care about the other patrons? I guess not. Another thing that I couldn't stand in cinemas is babies crying. Seriously, why do you bring a baby into the frickin cinema..
Well, these are just my personal opinions. If I have offended you in any way, you have my apologies even though I do not agree with you.

So, till the next time! Hopefully, I get to watch the movie that I've been wanting to watch this weekend.

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14 Sep 2014

Tian YaKe Ban Mian, Chow Kit.


After so many movie reviews and stuff, let's talk food.

A few months ago, my mom's colleagues introduced her to this authentic traditional pan mee place in Chow Kit. Since then, I've pestered her to bring me there but obviously those attempts were wasted as she had no idea how to get to that place.

My first trip was a spontaneous one as she and her colleagues picked me up from school one random day. I was expecting a small shop at least but well, it turned out that it is a roadside stall.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against roadside hawker stalls. I think that some of the best food are found at hawker stalls.



Notice those umbrellas at the bend of the road? There's where the stall is!





Ban mian, pan mee.. They are the same thing, if you are wondering.

The photos here are from my second trip there, about 2 months ago (oops.)



I've always love the irregular hand-pinched noodles for my pan mee. Sometimes I even help out in the kitchen at home just for this particular dish.
You don't have much choice here. They only serve hand-pinched soup mushroom pan mee with veggie. The price of a small bowl is RM4.00 whilst the bigger bowl is RM4.50. 

I prefer mine with an egg, which costs a little extra but totally worth it. You can add in lime too but I'm not a huge fan of it so none for me. There's chilli sauce too but despite the fact that I enjoy spicy food, I don't like the taste of chilli sauce .-.



The first time was superb but it kind of deteriorated the second time I went there. Perhaps it was the shocking number of patrons the second time round. It was a very hot day but it didn't discourage the people who made up their minds to have lunch there.


Zoomed in, again and again..


The first time we had our lunch there, the noodles were not too soft but a little chewy as I like it. The mushrooms were tasty and lovely (A LOT of mushrooms). Fried onion sprinkled on top of the noodles added to the taste and to be honest, it was quite divine.

However, the second time was not so satisfying. The noodles were a bit soggy and that spoilt the whole thing. The soup was not that good either. I believe that the stove fire was a little too much.



No kidding. These people didn't mind the heat at all as there aren't any cooling fans there. I'll give it another chance as the first time was really, really awesome. 

Side note: I shouldn't post close-ups of food at 11pm in the future, since I've vowed to not take supper unless it's really necessary .-.


Food: 8.5/10
Ambiance: 5.5/10 (come on, you are not looking for a fine dining ambiance so why do you care about this section)
Price: 9/10
Service: 7.5
/10
Overall: 7.6/10
(for reference only)

Tian YaKe Ban Mian
Lorong Haji Taib 5, 
Chow Kit,
50350 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Operating Hours: N/A :( Leave a comment below if you have an answer.


13 Sep 2014

等一个人咖啡。 Cafe.Waiting.Love.


So, this will be a dual language post. (OK, now it sounds like a TV audio choice)
It's a first for my blog though!
The reason I want to do this is because the movie Cafe.Waiting.Love is a Chinese movie so I'd like to post in Chinese too. For an English translation, please scroll down.

这篇会特别些..
由于《等一个人咖啡》是部中文片,我会以中文为主 :3 但还是简体字啦不好意思。



“每一个人,都在等一个人”

我真的很少看中文电影。但预考过后我们这班人就跑到了附近的电影院去看《等一个人咖啡》,我本来虽然不怎么想看这部电影 (我还想看别部之前还没看的电影)但为了跟随大众我只好去看这部电影。
之前问了看过这部电影的朋友,她们都说很好看而且很搞笑。我就因为“搞笑” 这形容词而进去看了。

看了这部电影后,我认真觉得这部由九把刀的小说改编的电影票房成绩果然不是盖的。

虽然说这部电影跟小说里的情节不完全一样(看了小说的朋友说的),但如果把它完完全全当作一部独立的电影而不是小说改编的电影的话.. 我真的觉得这部电影很值得一看

电影里搞笑的情节真的很多很多但催泪的部分不会过多,就那种心酸酸的感觉..



这部电影是讲述一位女大学生李思萤(宋芸桦)到一家名为 “等一个人咖啡” 的咖啡厅打工后的故事。她在那里认识了阿布思(赖雅妍),一位什么特调咖啡都能做得出(又很帅)的拉子。
她也在那里认识了等一个人咖啡的老板娘(周慧敏)及因为与朋友打赌而留级了七年且非常阳光的阿拓(布鲁斯)。



在咖啡厅里,她知道了等一个人咖啡的老板娘及咖啡厅背后老板(张立昂)的故事、找到了喜欢的男生... 结果发现他不是想象中的普通..

在电影里,还有许多很搞笑的配角,连蓝心湄跟李㼈都在电影里有许多搞笑的对戏。哪有电影片名叫做《屎就在心中》的啊..

就算你不是很喜欢看中文电影,这部电影真的很不错,而且有不少朋友都去看了第二次呢!那天,几乎被我们学校的同学包场了,出了电影院看见了不少熟悉的面孔..




[ENGLISH VERSION]

I'm not usually a huge fan of Chinese movies. This movie, however, is an exception. It is a romantic comedy if you are wondering about the genre. I was reluctant at first but I couldn't pass up on a comedy and of course, my friends are all crazy about it so I've decided to give it a try. The cinema was full of students from my school that day. Familiar faces all around.



So anyway, back to the movie. Cafe. Waiting. Love is a movie based on one of Taiwan's best-selling author, Giddeon's novel of the same name. The plot of the movie is quite different from the one in the novel, so says my friend who read the novel. If you look at it as an individual movie, I think that it's pretty awesome.

Cafe. Waiting. Love is about a university student Li Si Ying (Sung Yu Hua), who found a part time job at a cafe named "Cafe. Waiting. Love". She met A Bu Si (Megan Lai), the barista of the cafe who is a remarkably handsome tomboyish girl and also the lady boss (Vivian Chow).
She also met a guy who likes to make ridiculous bets with his friends and often ended up looking silly, A Tuo (Bruce).

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After a month, she found out about the tragic love story of the lady boss and the boss (Marcus C). Since then, the lady boss would just sit by the cafe window and is trapped within her memories of the boss.

Even though the story is a little teary, there's a lot to be laughed at, since it is a romantic comedy. Taiwanese actors like Pauline Lan and Lee Luo have hilarious scenes too.



Many of my friends went for a second round of the movie and they love it so much. So, even though you are not a huge fan of Chinese movies, you could try this movie as it is both funny and a little teary (actually, more on the funny part).

In short, it is an awesome movie.

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