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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Be My Valentime - The Kelvin's Version

No, I'm not making a speed dating event of my own but rather like what I mentioned in my earlier blogpost (http://www.ktheblogger.com/2013/02/be-my-valentime-maju-junction-mall.html), the Be My Valentime speed dating event by Maju Junction Mall was held on the Saturday that past aaaaand I was a part of it:
This is the first time that I ever participated in such an event and to be frank, I was as nervous as a cat in a minefield who's too afraid to walk across but had to. The response were overwhelming until they added in an extra session in the morning. Good thing I wasn't in the morning session because I'm not really a morning person. LOL

Having a well deserved rest the night before by skipping the party at the INTI Edge festival just so I don't go home late and get to sleep early, I woke up feeling refreshed, partially thanks to the day off that I took on Friday, as well. I headed out with eager anticipation with a sense of adventure as if I'm an explorer conquering new territories.

Because of my uncertainty of how to get to the destination and how long it takes to get there (fully relied on my phone GPS. LOL) I arrived at Maju Junction Mall early. I saw a lot of signs up on the event but had no clue on where's the exact location. Scouring floor by floor, I finally arrived at the place where the speed dating event was held.

During my arrival, I was still way too early for my session which is the noon one and the 1st session was just ending but there were those from my session who were early as well and so I just hang around for awhile and consume the snacks and drinks that were laid out courtesy of Starbucks, haha:
When the time came and the 1st session ended, I boldly stepped forth and registered myself.

They passed me an indemnity form (they're not liable for damage and what not, blah, blah, blah) to sign that I agree to it. They then passed me my badge for others to identify me and a heart shaped box that look like a coin box. LOL.
As I was still fairly early till the session starts, I had a walkabout in the vicinity of the mall since I've never been here.

As the time nears, I head my way back to the area where I find very apparent nervous people around.

When the time comes to start, the rules of the Speed Dating was conveyed.

Initially the ten ladies will take their places on one of those cocktail tables with 2 bar stools.
After that, the males then proceed inside and will randomly take a spot at the cocktail tables where one of the female participants would already be seated at.

Each couple will have about 3 minutes to chat with each other hence your "speed date". No one is allowed to exchange their contact information at this juncture nor before the speed date to reduce pressure to accept or reject a suitor to the person's face
When the time is up, they will ring a bell and the couple will have to rate each other on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 the best) on a piece of paper where you will proceed to dump the piece of paper into the partner's heartshaped box.
The male participant (including moi) will then move on the the next table and will repeat the process again until everyone has been matched up.

At the end of the session, the scores are tabulated to see which 2 has compatibly rated each other the most and were treated to a makeover with dinner that night. :)

Well, it's quite a fun thing actually as humans are social creatures, even a quiet one like me. :)

I may not have found "The One" nor had a free meal with a date that night but I would say the session ended well where even after results were announced, everyone kinda just stuck around and chatted with each other making new friends. If you like to meet new people while trying your luck on finding a suitable partner and you don't get to socialize much, this is the kinda event you would want to participate in. True story!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ippudo Ramen - Malaysia

Ippudo has now officially opened it's doors in Malaysia, starting with their 1st outlet at Pavilion.

Situated on the fourth floor of Pavilion tucked in the corner of the outer parts, the illuminated sign "Hakata Ippudo" brightly lits up with what seems to be a reception area outside for staff to welcome it's customers in.

If you've not heard of Ippudo, it's a Ramen shop outlet that that was founded in 1985 at Hakata, Japan's ramen capital and had since gone international starting in 2008.

A day before the grand opening of Ippudo in Malaysia, I get to taste first hand on how's the ramen is like and some appetizers to boot. I've tried ramen in Japan before but only at the Yokohama area which aren't famous for ramen and so to me, that one was only so-so.

Upon entering, I really get the spirited and motivated Japanese greeting of "Irrashaimase" which means "Welcome" and a great Japanese feel to it (probably because most ARE Japanese!) unlike most Malaysian Japanese restaurants which implements this greeting thing too but don't really sound proper but rather kinda like being shouted upon or they do it half-heartedly. LOL. (This is what I noticed way back in 2005 http://www.ktheblogger.com/2005/10/may-i-help-you.html and things still haven't changed much in my perspective)


Anyway, inside, the ambiance is much like their Singapore outlets design with a big seating table in the middle and some booths at the side and some bowls and spoons decorated at the walls.
Also a bar at the ramen station.
Also interesting to me of them having a chair where it contains a box to put your bag underneath so that it won't get in your way. But remember to take back your belongings if you plan to use it!
Before starting, I had hot green tea to quench my thirst. Had a whole pot to myself:
The green tea had a unique taste to it. It tasted a bit sweet as you sip into it. It tasted like some honey was added to it but I'm not entirely sure.

So then onwards with the first appetizer being served. It's called the Goma Q:
Normally, I don't like cucumbers because some stalls serve really bitter cucumbers plus it's taste is not exactly what I would enjoy but somehow the combination of the sauce blended well with the refreshing feel of the cucumber in this appetizer made it one of my favorite.

The next appetizer that was presented to us are the Crispy Corn:
Corn that has a crispy crunch to it with seaweed seasoning on top.

This other appetizer is called the Curry Cheese Haru Maki:
It's spring roll served with the curry cheese sauce.

The Pork Bun is also one of my favorite appetizer here:
Maybe it's because I love pork! LOL.
2 other appetizers left for our consumption were the Spicy Shrimp Mayo:
and the Hakata-style Soup Gyoza:
I'm also not a fan of shrimps but the Spicy Shrimp Mayo is acceptable to my taste buds and as for Gyoza, anytime's a good time for Gyoza to me!

For ramen, there are basically 3 types which differs in the soup that they're served in.
They are Shiromaru, which are served in a white bowl:
  Akamaru, which are served in a red bowl:
 and Karaka-men, spicy noodles where they put in a red & black bowl.
Shiromaru is with Ippudo's original tonkotsu broth with chashu, bean sprouts, kikurage (a kind of mushroom) and spring onions.

Akamaru is with Ippudo's original tonkotsu broth that's enhanced with special blended miso paste and garlic oil. The rest of the ingredients are the same.

The Karaka-men is with Ippudo's original tonkotsu broth with spicy miso paste and ground pork.

All 3 versions also has the combination with Tamago (egg), Chashu or the special which contains both and seaweed.

We were also educated not to let the noodle 'sit in' too long and to eat it when it's served as it diminishes the taste of the noodle.

Intrigued by this, I tasted the one that had been at my table for more than 5 minutes and one that they brought in immediately. To me, there really was a difference in the noodles taste. The noodles are more springy when it's served and goes well with the hot soup in contrast to one that had been left for awhile where the noodles will be way soggier and the soup not as hot and tasty as eating it when it's served.

When I was in Japan, I didn't had a chance to taste these tasty ramen (the one in Yokohama doesn't count because it's only so-so) and now with the opening of Ippudo, I would say that I would definitely come back for it if ever I craved for ramen.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Be My Valentime - Maju Junction Mall Speed Dating Event

With Valentine's Day happening right on cue on February 14th, it definitely sets the mood for love for couples and the time where a lot of singles gripe for being in aloneville! Though this time around it may be overshadowed by the Chinese New Year (based on the fact that I'm seeing less griping on my Facebook timeline this time around), Maju Junction Mall is having a speed dating event come February 23, 2013. 

 Why February 23rd??? Isn't Valentine over by that time? Well, I DID say before that Chinese New Year overshadowed it being in the same week and all, hence, February 23rd would be perfect to set the lovey dovey mood back into place!!!
Plus on the 24th of February, it IS Chap Goh Mei, the Chinese version of Valentine's Day, right? Right? So it would be nice to try and get a date by then. LOL.

Since the event is held by Maju Junction Mall, it's only apt that the venue would be at Maju Junction Mall.

February 23, 2013 is a Saturday, so most of you office workers don't have to worry about work and all.

There'll be 2 sessions for the speed dating:
Session 1: 12pm-3pm
Session 2: 3:30pm-6:30pm
(eligible participants will receive e-invite by 18 Feb, 2013)

The main criteria for participation are as follows:
  • Age 25-35 years of age as at event day
  • SINGLE (No cheating on your partners!)
  • Minimum SPM or equivalent
  • Working professionals
  • Must know English
  • Must have a valid Facebook profile
 By the way, if you noticed, I didn't spell Valentine the way it intended in the title.
This is because since it's a speed dating event concept hence it's Valentine + Time added together.

Oh, and did I mentioned 3 couples from each session (so in total 6) would stand a chance to win an expense paid dinner that evening? Not only would you get to find a potential date, but dinner will be paid as well! If you're afraid that you'll not get the dinner, don't worry. Participants will get some gifts as well so everyone's a winner.

So if you're interested and you qualify, come sign up quick by Sunday 17 Feb, 2013 as registration closes on 17 Feb!
Sign up at:
http://www.majujunction.com/?page_id=2740
or through the Facebook portal at:
https://www.facebook.com/majujunctionmall/app_527226410655741

Monday, February 11, 2013

Flight (2012) Movie Review

Captain "Whip" Whitaker, a skilled pilot was just going through another day, living his life with the vices he so grew to love, girls, booze & drugs.

After a night of heavy drinking, he will always take some cocaine to wake him up so that he can get on with his job.
One fateful day, he launched his aircraft heading towards Atlanta and it was just another day's work with his quirky ways. This certainly frightens some people (like his co-pilot) while others are just use to his style of flying (like the head stewardess). Initially, the flight met with some turbulence due to heavy rain in the area, that's where Captain Whitaker decided to head up way above the sky to get out of the rainclouds which he manages. But before doing so, he had made an announcement of suspending beverage services due to bad weather. After charging away from the rainclouds to a bright sky, Captain Whitaker started to take 2 bottles of Vodka and mixed it with orange juice for his consumption where he took a nap after that.

He awaken to technical difficulties on the aircraft and steered the plane to had a much softer crash landing. Due to a stuck tail elevator, the plane was heading towards a nose dive. But Captain Whitaker's quick thinking started to fly the plane upside down so that the plane stabilizes again while the co-pilot helplessly in panic mode as he can't control from his side since the hydraulics failed. When nearing the ground, Captain Whitaker steered the aircraft and tried to roll as much as possible instead of a heavy crash. As the plane hit the ground, Captain Whitaker was knocked out cold when his head hit the steering wheel.

Captain Whitaker awakens in hospital and later on found out that the NTSB (investigators on the aviation accident) had taken a toxicology test and had found alcohol in him where if convicted, it could mean life imprisonment. Hence, Charlie, a long time friend of Captain Whitaker who's now with the Airline's Pilots' Union had Hugh Lang, the attorney to represent Captain Whitaker.

But Whitaker initially refused to cooperate and acknowledge his drinking problem, and shuns everyone and isolates himself away which gives Charlie and Hugh a hard time to help him out.

The results of the findings of the NTSB investigation hearing nears and time is running out. Will Captain Whitaker get out of this situation or face imprisonment? Watch the movie to find out!

This movie had elements that I love in them, particularly booze! What I like about the movie is although it may show the consequences of alcoholism, yet, it's not the cause of the catastrophe but somehow it had to be taken into account due to it being against the law. I somehow like this movie a lot. I give it 4 stars out of 5.


Saturday, February 09, 2013

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) Movie Review

The fifth installment to the Die Hard series starring Bruce Willis way back in 1988.

John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back again but this time around, he's just traveling to Russia to retrieve back his son who he thought was working with the bad guys and had landed himself in prison for murder.

Upon arrival in Russia, John McClane Sr. wanted to talk with his son, but his son was in the midst of escaping with another convict from the trial of the courtroom where there was a big explosion and they took the planned opportunity to escape in the confusion. So McClane Sr. gave chase while helping his son by giving trouble to the bad guys that were chasing after him to kill him and retrieve the convict.

All of that had ended up with both of them having an unpleasant reunion in the beginning and teaming up together for McClane Jr. to finish his task as a CIA agent.

McClane Jr's mission was initially to extract the political prisoner, Yuri Komarov, out of Russia and later to get Yuri to cooperate in disclosing the whereabouts of the alleged documents that contains evidence that links the powerful political figure, Chagarin, with the Chernobyl incident which Yuri seems to know where it's kept. When extraction plan failed due to McClane Sr. delaying McClane Jr, they went with plan B that is to get to the safe house.

In the safe house, Yuri agreed to tell them where the documents are in exchange for him and his daughter to get out of the country and this led to McClane Jr moving with Yuri and McClane Sr on tow to get the documents and Yuri meeting up with his daughter. This happened after there was an ambush on the safe house.

At the designated place, Yuri met his daughter and after retrieving the key, it seems that they were betrayed by the daughter to the bad guys. This is where the bad guys whisk away Yuri to get the documents while McClane Sr & Jr were left to fight for their lives.

After getting out in that bad situation, McClane Sr & Jr team up to set out to finish the job at hand.


I've NEVER watched any of the Die Hard series before but presume it must be good for them to come out with so many sequels to it. I know 1 thing for sure is that Die Hard is a guns ablazing action pack movie series just like The Expendables. You don't need to watch the previous series to know the story. You can just watch this and get along fine. One thing about this is that unlike The Expendables, this doesn't fancy my taste to it plus the beginning of the movie kinda bored me a bit. To me it's just an ok movie. So I rate it 2.5 stars out of 5.