Archives for November 2011

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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 ๐Ÿ˜› 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:

So, when are you getting yours? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

TeaRoom by BelJee, Bangsar

Update 2013: This cafe is no longer in operations at Wisma Volkswagen.

TeaRoom Bangsar - Belinda I was invited to TeaRoom by BelJee, a cafe at Wisma Volkswagen in Bangsar. They serve breakfast, lunch and my favourite meal of the day, tea. Tea time is so great, it should be everyone’s favourite meal!

Never been to Wisma VW before but it isn’t hard to find, quite near to Wisma UOA in Bangsar. Parking shouldn’t be a problem if you’re a bit, uh creative ๐Ÿ˜€

TeaRoom is on the ground level at one corner, opposite the VW showroom. Small cosy little cafe, decorated in baby blue and white. Lovely place for a delicious cuppa, can feast your eyes on the latest VW models or occasional hot guys ๐Ÿ˜‰

TeaRoom Bangsar - a cuppa
A hot cuppa with yummy biscotti, flower plant and notebook not included

First we had the Shepherd’s Pie (RM7.80). Well seasoned minced beef (or chicken if you like, we had the beef) topped with a proportionate amount of mashed potato crust, served piping hot with a side of creamy potato salad. Very simple and enjoyable – hearty, scrumptious and most satisfying!

TeaRoom Bangsar - shepherd's pie
TeaRoom’s Shepherd’s Pie

We also sampled the Baked Pasta and Moussaka (RM7.80). The former had chicken if I remember correctly, it was a little dry when we had it that day. The moussaka was interesting: minced chicken and eggplant in a tomato ‘n herb sauce topped with white yoghurt bechamel sauce. At first I didn’t recognise it as yoghurt, thought it was a very fluffy egg. It was lovely to eat, perhaps better accompanied with some bread?

TeaRoom Bangsar - baked pasta, moussaka
Baked Pasta and Moussaka

Next up, my kryptonite: cakes! Nyam nyam nyam nyam nyam! We had the Double Chocolate Brownie which was SO unbelievably chocolatey, almost fudgy and deliciously so. This is a serious, serious chocolate brownie; you better believe it!

The Gooey Butter Cake was only okay because our taste buds were so affected by the chocolate brownie and the cheese cake below, hah!

TeaRoom Bangsar - brownie, butter cake
Double Chocolate Brownie and Gooey Butter Cake

Now my favourite, the White Chocolate Lychee Cheesecake. If I could adequately describe how I’m so in love with the cheesecake, I would but right now I just can’t because the only thing on my mind right now is planning on how to get my grubby hands on yet another lychee cheesecake at the TeaRoom tomorrow.

That was quite a mouthful and so was this cheesecake. If I remember correctly, Belinda uses mascarpone for this recipe. The little bits of lychee wedged between the cheese and the crust only serve to complement. You should go try it out if you can.

TeaRoom Bangsar - lychee cheese cake
Lychee Cheesecake

There are other cakes and cupcakes available. At the moment it’s on a rotation basis while they’re getting business started. So do check out TeaRoom if you can, let me know what you think!

TeaRoom by BelJee
Ground Floor 2, Wisma Volkswagen,
No. 7 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Te: +603-22011806
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Opening hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Saturdays: 10.30am – 3.00pm
Sundays and public holidays: Closed

Samsung GALAXY Note in Malaysia… 11.11.11!

Smart phones with 3.5in screens? That’s old news, it’s now time for the smart phone with a 5.3in screen, the new Samsung GALAXY Note! ๐Ÿ˜€

Let’s see what magic this baby can do…

Impressed? Excited? Itchy hands? Want one? Me too! ๐Ÿ˜€

One of my favourite features is this: that even with the large 5.3in screen, it’s thin and mobile enough to fit nicely in your pocket!

Check out this unboxing of the Samsung GALAXY Note by Amanz who is well lucky enough to have one already!

Want more? Check out more unboxing vids from: Donovan, Winnie, Randy and Sham.

The Samsung GALAXY Note… coming our way 11.11.11… more soon!

The Best Scrambled Eggs in the World!

It seems that I’m really into this whole ‘the best …’ series, eh? But I can’t help it when the best of everything hits me at once ๐Ÿ™‚

Grill Sergeant Lance was teaching me how to make the best clam chowder in the world (that post will come later) and while it was cooking, he showed me how to make the best scrambled eggs in the world, Gordon Ramsay-style.

I took some photos of the process but I think it’s better if you just watch the video:

Some things to note:
– If you’re out of butter, margarine is an accepted but very poor substitute
– The poor man’s creme fraiche is processed cheese #sux2bp00r
– If you’re anal about calories, this recipe is not for you. Neither is this blog ๐Ÿ˜›
– The pot has to have a thick base. Time to invest in a decent pot!
– The mixer/ stirrer has to be silicone not plastic for obvious reasons

Here be Grill Sergeant Lance stirring the s*** out of the eggs.

Best Scrambled Eggs in the world - stirring the pot

Here be Grill Sergeant Lance with proper (but expired, hence why we didn’t use it) creme fraiche and processed cheese Happy Cow.

Best Scrambled Eggs in the world -  Lance with cream and cheese

Here be our breakfast that day, yum!

Best Scrambled Eggs in the world - with chives

Here be the super big breakfast I made for me and Ryan the nephew when we had a wonderful Ryan’s Gr8 Weekend. I left the eggs in the pot a bit too long because I was tending to the other stuff so it wasn’t as runny. But still awesome!

Best Scrambled Eggs in the world - big breakfast

When are you going to make the best scrambled eggs in the world? ๐Ÿ˜€

The Best Mobile Phone in the Market Now

… is the Samsung Galaxy SII. True story.

Samsung Galaxy SII

Look at how sleek it is, doesn’t it make you want one already? In the interest of boring but important disclosure, I do not have a Samsung Galaxy SII… yet. This situation will be rectified once a certain telco contract ends in January next year, and I’ll be ready for the phone that I’ve been pimping to friends and relatives alike.

In the meantime, I’ve been pretty good at ignoring people like Kimberlycun, YukiSQ and my cousin when they proudly brandish their brand new Samsung Galaxy SII in front of me. Yes it’s the jealousy, look the other way, look the other way…!

This Android device is slim, fast and powerful (as are the basic requirements of a smart phone these days) and as the crash test video below shows, durable. Very important point for someone with butter fingers like me!

I’ve played around with the phone for a bit and am quite taken by the camera, an important feature for me as I like taking a lot of photos but do not like lugging my digital camera around. The Samsung Galaxy SII’s camera is 8MP with a single LED flash, here are a couple of photos that I found on Flickr taken using the Samsung Galaxy SII.

Sushi to Go, Narita Airport

The End Of The Earth?

Awesome, right? The SII also records and playbacks HD videos. Other features that I tested was reading books on the SII, good experience thanks to the super bright big screen. Loads websites quickly, even flash ones.

There’s an on-going video submission microsite for SII appreciative owners and fans, this one got me laughing heheh:

I like Yap Thomas‘ video on how he uses the SII for work on the go. He’s in a travel agency so I bet it’s pretty nifty to be able to respond quickly to his clients while not having to bring a heavy laptop around.

And not forgetting Kim’s:

Has she told the story of when her SII got stolen for a few hours and how it was finally retrieved? Well you should ask her, in fact it’s so intriguing that they should make a short movie out of it ๐Ÿ™‚

For more on the Samsung Galaxy SII, check out:

So when are you getting your own? ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Best Som Tam in Klang Valley!

Thanks to Grill Sergeant Lance, I’ve found the best tasting, most delicious som tam in Klang Valley!

… which could possibly be an exaggeration as I don’t eat a lot of som tam in Klang Valley. But the ones that I did eat in Klang Valley (even the few in Bangkok) pale in comparison to this one!

So here I say to you: the Best Som Tam in Klang Valley according to Suanie (which is the only opinion that matters according to me) is at the Thai market in front of the Thai temple Wat Chetawan, Off Jalan Gasing!

Actually the market bit consists of several Thai vendors peddling their food and assorted goods out of the back of their cars. They are only around every Sunday from noon onwards. The best som tam I’m talking about is from this vendor:

Thai market Jalan Gasing - Som tam seller

The husband is Malaysian and the wife is from Northern Thailand. She’s been here for nearly 20 years, their oldest son is already 18 years old and she took the initiative to learn Mandarin. She also makes a mean som tam!

Thai market Jalan Gasing - making the som tam

On weekdays the couple operate a food stall in Sg Long selling Thai food other than som tam. On Sundays they’re at Wat Chetawan till about 4 or 5pm.

I was chatting so much with them about other things that I forgot to ask for their names. Well they’re the only green car there and she’s almost always in the same outfit, can’t miss them!

Thai market Jalan Gasing - with the som tam

One serving is RM5 and you can choose the level of spiciness. The normal level is very shiok but the more I ate, the more it burned. It’s also because I like to let it soak for a bit, let the marinade seep into the papaya to make it more flavourful.

Thai market Jalan Gasing - Som tam

Young papayas + long beans + tomatoes + dried crunchy shrimps + chilli + fish sauce + lime juice + sugar + peanuts… so yum that you need to try it now!

… or every Sunday at the Thai market, Wat Chetawan, Off Jalan Gasing.