“Stop making faces or it will stay that way!”

In case you have not realised it, this is a cop out blog post as it’s infinitely easier to put up photos of my nephew and have you gushing at his cuteness than me actually writing anything substantial.

Ryan making faces 01

I’ve been busy with personal stuff (who isn’t?) and when I’m not, I’m often too brain-dead to be anywhere remotely creative. If you’d been following my Twitter, you may have noticed certain frustrations related to what I’m dealing with at the moment. If you’re not following me on Twitter, dude… :|

Ryan making faces 02

My nephew can be super cute at times (under camera direction). Please feel free to gush. If you do not think he’s gush-worthy, you’ll just have to pretend and make me happy, kthxbai!

Traffic lights to replace Rothman’s roundabout in SS2

Did you know that the landmark Rothman’s roundabout in SS2 will soon have traffic lights? I didn’t, until I saw these signs posted all over the roundabout.

Notice for Rothmans Roundabout

In short, it announces of the traffic light plans and work will commence in July 2010. If you have any questions, you can call the Engineering Dept at 03-79584221. The Mayor also apologises for any inconvenience caused to you throughout the duration of this project.

According to a report on KomunitiKini, this project will take 8 months to complete. From what I understand, the roundabout will be removed and turned into a crossroads connecting Jalan Universiti, Jalan Harapan, Jalan Semangat and Jalan 19/1 with traffic lights. So, no more selfish drivers not allowing you to take your exit? Yay!

Why am I blogging about this? Not sure. It was after all the first roundabout I was acquainted with when I first moved to Klang Valley, being the landmark that it is. I think the project will greatly ease the circus of a traffic jam situation at the area… if done brilliantly of course. But I’m just sentimental about silly things like memories.

How much would you pay for frozen yoghurt?

I am going to sound like a grumpy old lady pointing my cane at you, wheezing, “Do you know how much things cost these days? Too bloody much that is!”

After dinner, Kevin and I walked past the Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt shop in TTDI. He suggested that we give it a try, as he often see the place filled up with people by the truckload (or something like that). Okay lah, why not kan.

Kevin with Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

At Tutti Frutti, it’s essentially a self-service frozen yoghurt + topping = chargeable by weight. You take a cup, you go to any of the machines filled with frozen yoghurt of different flavours, pull the level down to dispense as much frozen yoghurt as you like, fill up your cup with as much toppings as you want to (or as the selection allows), then pay according to how much your cup weighs at the end.

Beware though, RM5.30 for 100gm can considerably lighten your wallet! In the photo above, the cup on the right is mine, cost RM6.10. The cup on the left is Kevin’s, probably close to RM17. The one holding the two cups is Kevin, who also bought me dessert. Thanks! :D

But it does make you think, doesn’t it? True, frozen yoghurt is supposed to be healthier et cetera. Taste-wise.. erm, it’s flavoured frozen yoghurt… It’s quite a bit of money to spend on dessert though! Or did everyone in Klang Valley suddenly had a significant salary increase while I was sleeping, thus equipped with higher spending power? Don’t think so… Okay, I’m also cheap, that’s why.

Are you going to the Philippines any time soon?

If yes, can I tumpang you to buy this for me???

Romulo's Garlic Chips with Chili

Romulo’s Garlic Chips with Chili!

I was at KY‘s yesterday and he offered me some of this, which his brother bought for him from the Philippines. At first I was hesitant because I do not have a snacking habit. But I gave it a try and… IT TOOK ALL MY WILLPOWER NOT TO ACCIDENTALLY MISPLACE THE JAR OF AWESOMENESS INTO MY BAG!!!

The chips or as they should be properly called, crisps are made of either banana or tapioca. I uh, can’t tell very well :P They are doused with very strong garlic which goes great with the spiciness of the chili. In short, FANTASTIC!

I’m serious, if you’re going to the Philippines, can you please help me get a few of this Romulo’s Garlic Chips with Chili? Pretty pretty please???

Taming of the Shrew: A Bollywood Cabaret @ PJLA

Last week I had the chance to watch Taming of the Shrew: A Bollywood Cabaret at the PJ Live Arts at Jaya One, thanks to The Star Property.

Most of you would know the Taming of the Shrew. No? Okay, the movie 10 Things I Hate About You then. But what is a Bollywood Cabaret? In the playwright‘s words (which I straight out copied from the booklet, heh)…

The definition of a Bollywood Cabaret is exactly what you would imagine it to be. Bollywood, as all of you know, is the film industry of India. The word ‘cabaret’, aside from being the tile (sic?) to a very cool film starring Liza Minnelli, is usually used in reference to an establishment that provides food and drink and late night entertainment such as singers, dancers, skits, etc. What we’ve tried to do with this production is to take the best elements of both (except for the food and drink part, sorry) and infuse them together (the vibrancy, colors, comedy, singers, hot chicks, dancers, stubborn men, did I mention hot chicks?) to create a ridiculously fun and entertaining night out. Enjoy.

PJLA Taming of the Shrew 01
All photos from Peter Tan Photography

And so, all that was promised was delivered. If someone would to ask me if I enjoyed myself and had a good time, I’d reply, “Very much so.” The show was colourful, fun and funny. I enjoyed most of the singing and songs, especially when the remarkable Junji Delfino performed her numbers. Not coincidentally, I was referring to Junji when I blogged about being caught in the embarrassment of not remembering someone’s name.

Also allow me to illustrate moments when one should have just kept one’s mouth shut. Or apply those brain filters, think before one speak and so on. After the show I waited around to say hi to Joanne Kam and in between, chatted a bit with Vince Chong, who is a cast member. And so I uttered, “WAH YOU REALLY CAN SING HOR…”

Of course Vince Chong can sing damn well lah. He did emerge champion in the inaugural Akademi Fantasia and I saw him perform before, being a frog in the awesome Frogway.

*smacks head, die on spot*

PJLA Taming of the Shrew 02
All photos from Peter Tan Photography

I recommend that you catch Taming of the Shrew: A Bollywood Cabaret while you can. This is their final week of screening, shows are every evening at 8.30pm except on Sunday which is at 3.00pm at the PJ Live Arts at Jaya One. Tickets are priced at RM55, RM85 and RM105. Call to purchase tickets at: +603-7960 0439 or +6012.683.2099.

As you may see from the photos in the collages in this post, you need to be 18 years old and above to watch this production. Not I say one, they say one. But I doubt I have blog readers below 18 anyway…

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All photos from Peter Tan Photography

By the way, Junji is turning 50 soon and to celebrate the joyous occasion, will be staging a show titled, Here I am, Live! from July 15th till July 17th. That’s only 3 shows and I hope to catch one of them. For tickets, call the PJ Live Arts Box-Office at +603-7960-0439.