Tuesday, March 03, 2015

penang 01

Penang has redeemed itself in my eyes and more. I had an awful experience the last time I was in that state about 4 years back and never returned until now. Even the seductive lure of viewing Ernest Zacharevic's murals was insufficient. That was till I received Isabella's wedding invitation who was a bridesmaid at my wedding. This time I figured I'd give Penang a second chance.

I've wanted to stay in Muntri Mews since 2011. I remember having read about Christopher Ong and his restoration efforts of a delipidated building into what he called a 'flashpacker's boutique hotel'. Fast forward 4 years later, Chris is now an award-winning hotelier with a string of highly-regarded establishments that followed Muntri Mews. I read some reviews on Agoda regarding the parking being a little tricky with regards to the hotel (if you're arriving by car). Yes and No. 

Yes, tricky:
- The parking enforcement officers are sticklers with regards to parking tickets. I suggest you purchase a daily scratch ticket from Mews Cafe for RM6 which allows you to park everywhere else around Penang the entire day.
- There are peak moments when you can't get a parking close to the hotel and may have to park at streets afew blocks away. Mornings and late afternoons seem to be the least busy period. After we found a rockstar parking smack in front of Muntri Mews we pretty much left it there and did our exploration via foot.

- You can find parking smack in front of the hotel. 
- It's relatively safe.

Oh guess what? We got upgraded to Muntri Mews Residence, the newer building opposite the original Muntri Mews which hosts their suites. Such a great start to the break! Muntri Mews Residence has 3 enchanting outdoorsy courtyards fitted with antiques and vintage paraphernalia. Stepping into the residence I felt like an Edwardian Nyonya of the house. We were even greeted with a welcome tea in the most delightful vintage tea set. I was and still am amazed with the new life Chris had given all the vintage furniture pieces and his efforts of keeping the Peranakan ambience authentic. He's a visionary. Bravo Christopher bravo!

We got an upgrade wootwoot! Hoyeaaaah thank you Muntri Mews & Agoda :D Got 3 beds to myself.

Good morning Penang. Walking by this lovely sight towards breakfast sangat menyejukkan hati (cools the heart).

Saturday, February 21, 2015

coca cola chicken

Alot of you may know that I'm abysmal in the kitchen. But I do, though, have a secret weapon. A weapon I use to, in a sense, woo my man, impress friends at potluck and surprise strangers with a conversational piece. 

Everyone has a signature dish. Mine just happens to be Danni's :) Yes, Danni from college. Nobody said one's signature dish has to be one's invention / creation! Kan? So Danni Danni Danni... Danni from Beijing. She has many signature dishes but the one that really knocked my socks off was her Coca Cola Chicken! Come on even the name is strangely impressive. Memories of slaving over the stove in that minuscule kitchenette in Brighton comes flooding back. We used to have massive cookouts back in college.. so bloody Asian of us come to think of it XD 

This was quite a success at a recent CNY potluck so I thought I'd share the joy. Read more for the recipe:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

cny snack series

As I listened to the laborious effort that went to making Mama Fong's cute lil pillows of rolls, my thoughts (and mouthful of floss) came to a standstill. Here I was popping them in every 5 seconds without taking into the consideration of how much care went into each piece. I decided there and then I would savour every crunch and be reminded that I would not practice mindless consumption especially when it comes to Mama Fong's rolls. This got me thinking... my selection of CNY snacks ought to be celebrated! Every year only selected cookies / snacks make the cut (either ' cos they're way too yummy, to return a business favour or help a business in need) and they're made with so much love that I want people to know about them! Mucking about one CNY eve morning, I decided to do exercise my Vogue Summer Course-granted creative muscle with some flat-lay still-life styling :) Hope you enjoy the series...

Episode 1: Striking a balance between the pineapple and crust is the key to a good ‪pineapple tart‬. Ms Bulat's has the pineapple filling just nicely sweetened with a hint of tart, complimenting the buttery pastry. What's most delightful is that they look TOO CUTE for consumption I was fortunate to get the last box!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

giveaway: eats, shoots and roots

I am so in awe of the people behind Eats, Shoots and Roots. I've always known of them. I follow the company on Instagram: @eatsshootsandroots and have always thought of dropping by the garden. I am so in awe of their concept to educate people about urban farming / agriculture so they can be empowered to be self-sustainable. Aargh how fantastic is that?? 

Friday, January 16, 2015

fig, vanilla bean and cardamom infused vodka

I stumbled upon Tasty Yummies infused vodka recipe while searching on Pinterest for ideas to put my spare cardamom pods to good use and have always kept it on the back burner (aka an open safari window on the iPhone) until today. Because today I found FIGS! At Village Grocer, Bangsar Village. It's so exhilarating to find that one rare (in Malaysia fresh figs are almost unheard of) key ingredient to that recipe you're itching to try. I'm sure you share my thrill :) Continue after the jump...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

hold up, a couple of makeup beauty tips s'il vous plait

If you see me alot you will realize that my make-up is pretty much the simple few รก la Taylor Swift. That eyeliner couple with a hint of blush and a statement lip shade. Occasionally I tweak the flicks and go nude on the lipstick just to give my look an edge. 

I've always been very curious about smokey-eyes but have always been abysmal at it. To compensate my #fail ability to smudge, I create drama with an eyeline-ah! I like to use Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner by Eyeko. The precision tip pleases me and it stays put even through sad Youtube shorts (films)