What’s the best pub in Malaysia? The Tavern at GAB!

Two reasons: 1) The freshest beer on tap; and 2) Freeeeee like a beeeeeeeeeeee!

GAB Tavern - The Tavern

For a major brewery in Malaysia, it only makes sense for Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB) to have their own pub in their brewery backyard. Named The Tavern (I’d like to believe for really obvious reasons), it serves as as GAB’s training ground for bartenders (because knowing how to pour the perfect pint is a mastery course). Visitations to The Tavern is also a staff perk.

GAB Tavern Oktoberfest 2011 - bar

So I was quite stoked to be invited to the GAB Tavern Oktoberfest Party along with 50 GAB Facebook fans who won some kind of contest to be there. There were Oktoberfest girls, the Bavarian-style Oompah Band (rumour has it that they are as English as scones), games, food, fun people and most importantly, fresh tasting beer.

GAB Tavern Oktoberfest 2011

Nah, fun people:

GAB Tavern Oktoberfest 2011 - good time

Me with a giant Kilkenny cutout, in serious contention to replace Clive Owen as the man of my dreams:

GAB Tavern Oktoberfest 2011 - Suanie

Awesome right? Pleasures that money can’t buy… :)

Benefit b.right workshop/ Guinness @ Hakka/ Don’t Duck It campaign

Just a few things that I wanted to share before the year ends. Sometimes I sit on the photos for too long that I overlook them, which is a bad habit that I need to break.

So here are some fun things that I got down to:

Attended a Benefit Cosmetics workshop where they showed us how the b.right skincare range complements makeup application.

Benefit b.right skincare

I already like the b.right skincare stuff, especially the foaming facial cleanser which I think is good for my face. Smells great too, and got my question answered on the fragrance – all natural and no additional chemical to make it smell nicer.

The fun part for me was to watch the Benefit pro teaching assorted makeup tricks. They make it look so easy but I know that it takes a lot of trial and error to get it right. We got to play around with Benefit makeup which was already a reward in itself: they make such GORGEOUS powder and stuff!

Here’s the Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Eyeliner on Joyce:

Benefit eyeliner on Joyce

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There was a dinner at the famous Hakka Restaurant in KL by Guinness to showcase how well Guinness goes down with local Chinese food. It was quite a fun experiment: eating each item on the menu followed by a drink of Guinness. At the end of the day we learned that Guinness is best enjoyed with salty food. Also the more Guinness you drink, the better the food tasted.

Also, Michael downed a shot of Guinness with fresh oyster + lemon. Apparently that’s how a lot of people enjoy their oysters, something that I’d never find out because I don’t eat uncooked oysters. Ick.

Guinness paired with Chinese food - menu Guinness paired with Chinese food - oyster with Guinness

Here’s just a photo to show you some of what we had that night. Mostly for showing off because Hakka Restaurant’s food is really, really delicious. Mmmm I think it’s time for a family dinner at Hakka :D

Guinness paired with Chinese food - Hakka restaurant food

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Tock asked me if I wanted to get splashed with paint for a breast + cervical cancer awareness campaign that he was working on. I said ok lor. This is an individual poster of me with the paint et al. Not my exact quote though, perhaps they didn’t have time to edit everyone’s.

Don't Duck It - Suanie

Don’t Duck It was a noteworthy campaign so I should talk more about it. It’s under the Passionately YOU Cervical & Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, a collaboration between Assunta Hospital, Asia Assistance, Jaya One and PJ Live Arts. The purpose: support the cause for cervical and breast cancer awareness and early detection.

You know lah, people always put off minor irritants and pain until the last minute because “this can’t happen to me”. Or they are afraid of finding out what’s wrong so they leave it until they cannot leave it anymore. Unfortunately by that time, if something really DID happen, it could be too late. Padahal if they’d have early detection, immediate treatment could and possibly would have made them well.

But you know, manusia. Anyway the campaign also helped raise funds for the Community Treatment Program at Assunta Hospital that provides aid to cancer patients from the low income group. At the end of it, a staggering amount of RM 93,082.20 was raised for the hospital. Well done you guys :)

*applaud applaud*

Here are some shots from the shoot, it was quite fun being so messy with paint. My only unhappiness with the shoot was that the paint was not easily washable so my favourite denim shorts was totally k.o. Sad, sad :(

Don't Duck It - Suanie and Niki

But I get to spray paint at Niki Cheong. Happy, happy :)

Don't Duck It - splashing paint

Here’s one with Helenness, Kal and Harinder. Mei Ying wasn’t in the photo, she had to leave early. I had fun messin’ her up with paint though :D

Don't Duck It - Suanie, Helenness, Kal, Harinder

Brandy Loh Mee @ Bandar Menjalara, Kepong

Wei Sun, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong Any Malaysian Chinese worth his/her salt would enjoy a good, pipping hot bowl of loh mee: fat wheat yellow noodles in a thick gravy with seafood or bits of meat, served with a good dose of black vinegar. Mmmmm super delicious!

My sisters took me Wei Sun in Bandar Menjalara, Kepong where they serve loh mee with brandy in lieu of vinegar. Of course a bottle of vinegar is readily available at every table, but give the brandy-mixed a try first lah!

I think their loh mee is pretty decent and above average. Can go back again one! The noodle dish is fragrant and has bits of ham, prawns, teeny weeny bits of crab meat and mock abalone in a thick, slightly starchy egg gravy. A RM25 bowl can easily feed 3-4 people, do keep some stomach space for other dishes.

Wei Sun, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong - Brandy Loh Mee Wei Sun, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong - brandy loh mee close up
Wei Sun restaurant’s loh mee

For greens, we had stir-fried young fern shoots (RM10). The vege was springy and delicious to eat but the stir-fry sauce was a tad salty. They seem quite big on pork spareribs (pai guat) and offer it in several ways. We had it in two-styles (RM25) – one half smothered in a slightly spicy salad cream and the other half in honey. Succulent pieces of tender meat, yum!

Wei Sun, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong - fern and ribs
Paku and spareribs!

There you go, another restaurant to check out :)

Restoran Wei Sun
47 Jalan 9/62A, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong.
52200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6277 9033
Directions from 1Utama on Google Map

The Samsung GALAXY Note is here!!

It’s here, it’s here!! The Samsung GALAXY Note is here!!!

Samsung Galaxy Note

Well not in MY pocket yet but that’s only a matter of time :D It’s officially launched today, aka available for sale already! Check it out at Pavilion KL (near Esprit) from today till Sunday, there are free goodies for early buyers.

RRP is RM2,299. I just browsed through a couple of mobile providers’ websites in Malaysia, they’re bundling the Samsung GALAXY Note with call/ mobile net plans so you could get the phone for as low as RM1,368.

Anyway check out one of my favourite features on the Samsung GALAXY Note, the S-Planner!

Basically it’s a demo of how easy and intuitive it is to use the stylus with the planner/ calender. Pretty important to me as I still don’t quite like using touch screen keyboards, but that’s how mobile technology is moving forward so I guess I’ll have to adapt… with some help.

Back to the planner: calendar tabs are on the side, sorted out by Year, Month, Week, 3 Days, Day, Agenda and Task to make organising simple and effortless. Here’s what the screen looks like, photo from SlashGear:

Samsung Galaxy Note S-Planner by SlashGear

Also check out how (much more) awesome Polaris Office is on the Samsung GALAXY note 5.3in screen:

For fun, there’s S-Memo which is like a combination of basic Post-It and Photoshop for…. uh, writing memos :P AND doodling, sketching, adding in colours etc. There are the usual gaming stuff which should be pretty awesome on the bigger screen. Also has A-GPS, pretty standard stuff. Camera is 8MP with HD video recording. Demo on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/4_WXm-Ml4fQ.

So, when are you getting yours? ;)

After a lengthy consideration of about 2 seconds, I decided that this would be the blog post for 11.11.11

My mom and my sister kongsi and bought me a 8-piece cookware set. It includes a couple of huge pots, so big that I couldn’t resist doing this:

The Pot and Suanie

If you know me, you’d know that I have a big head so can you imagine the monstrosity of this thing..?!?

Then I cleaned the pot and cooked beef stew in it. Then I ate it with croissant. Then I was happy.

Suanie's beef stew with croissant

Croissant? Who the fuck eats beef stew with croissant? Well I just did and it was delicious. Learned something from Cass: my house, my rules :)

Also if I’d gotten normal bread then I’d have to spread butter on it then toast. It’s a lot of fucking work. Croissant already has butter! Friggin’ genius, me.