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February 14, 2012

Discovering i-City

i-City, i-City and i-City... I'm sure you heard about it and seen photos taken by others, but definitely not from me! LOL! This is my first time being there. Basically, this blog post is more to a photo post, hence, I shall let the awesome photos to do the speeches!

Evening, before the lights are on.

When the lights started to breathe with the moon.

i-City!

Ferris wheel and the moon!

Weee~ Getting darker as well as brighter at the same time!

A flock of electronic egrets!

Love is in the air?

Wuuu~ A captivating peacock!

From left to right, me, Nicholas, Alvin and Ning!

Super vivid trees.

Alvin and his DSLR.

Nicholas and his handphone.

Bokeh!

So that's all! Going there with friends is definitely fun! But if with couple, hehehehehe~ The only not so fun parts are distance (which is quite far from my place) and the parking fee... RM10 after 6pm!

AirAsia BIG Card!

Oh gosh, now my wallet is thicker by another at least 0.76mm because of one extra awesome BIG Card from AirAsia! Yeshhhh, you heard it. It's from AirAsia!


For introduction, lemme quote the words from AirAsia:

The best things in life are BIG

AirAsia has officially launched its biggest ever loyalty programme, simply called BIG.

BIG is the 'first of its kind' global loyalty programme where you earn BIG Points with every transaction and you get to redeem AirAsia FREE FLIGHTS with your BIG Points.


Why BIG?
  • BIG Shots can redeem BIG Points for that New Zealand skydiving experience or shopping in Japan as long as there is available seat. You can top up with cash if you do not have sufficient BIG Points!
  • The BIG Card doubles as a prepaid payment card, allowing you to earn BIG Points (RM2 = 1 BIG Point) whenever you spend at any VISA accepted merchants worldwide and BIG Partners.
  • Earn double BIG Points when you spend on petrol, groceries, phone calls or even casual travel. Best of all, you get to redeem FREE FLIGHTS instead of the same-old catalogue redemption.

Be a BIG Shot today by signing up at www.tune2big.com to start experiencing the BIG picture!

I'm sure some of you may ask, the fees???
  • Joining fee: RM10
  • Annual fee: RM5
  • Card Cancellation: Free
  • ATM Withdrawals: RM6/transaction
  • Replacement card: RM20/request

So, all you have to do is sign up, activate, reload, use it, collect points and redeem free flights! Just visit BIG home page @ www.tune2big.com for more details! Have fun yo!

February 12, 2012

Thaipusam 2012 @ Batu Caves

Fuhhh, this is my first time visiting Batu Caves, after staying near by since I was small... Guess what, going there during Thaipusam is damn awesome! Every year, we will hear on news that millions and millions of people will visit Batu Caves during Thaipusam. So, Alvin and I got up early and we arrived there as early as 5:30am! Surprisingly, many people were there at that hour!

I will let the photos do the talking. Observe each of the photos carefully. The first photo below is the main entrance of Batu Caves, did you realised the full moon on the left? Obviously, it looks like a bulb, but it is the full moon!


Before entering the main entrance, groups and groups of Indians will play some musics.


At the main time, the person who carries the Kavadi (refer to photo below) will dance, then, it will be brought up to the cave.


While the sun was still sleeping and the moon was shining brightly, everyone followed the respective pathway and stairs to get to the cave. Can you see the crowd?


Now, here's a closer view of the crowd, getting up to the cave. By the way, the golden statue in the photo above is the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world.


A part from carrying Kavadi to the top, the Indians will carry Palkudam (milk pot) on their head to the cave. It is believed that your wish will be granted if you offer the fresh milk to the God.


Furthermore, they will pierce hooks and skewers through their body...... It looks painful!


Hmmm, I don't know how to explain this, but it seems that he's blessing others?


Lord Murugan temple located inside of the cave, public queue for blessing.


Alvin and I lingered around the cave for hours, about 10am, we decided to go back home. OMG, look at the crowd!


As a matter of fact, the stairs to the cave is very congested until...


That's all about my trip to Batu Caves during Thaipusam! I would say it was a great experience and I definitely will go there again, if it's possible...

February 08, 2012

Doraemon World 2012 @ Genting Highlands

To commemorate the upcoming 100 years of Doraemon, on the 23 January until 5 February, one of the largest event in Malaysia was held at Arena of Star in Genting Highlands, which was Doraemon World 2012!


In Doraemon World 2012, the features included were:
  • Doraemon Mall
  • Doraemon Town
  • Doraemon Gallary
  • Doraemon Carnival

Now, let the photos below do the talking! On the 4th of February, Nicholas, Alvin and I went up to Genting Highlands purposely to join the crowd. At 10am, the queue at the main entrance started to get longer and longer. For your info, each ticket costs RM35 for an adult while RM30 for a kid aged 12 & below. Lucky we were smart enough to purchase the tickets online and collect from Wisma Genting. Hey look! That's Nicholas with his peace pose!


Once we entered, we collect our Touch 'n Go card! Frankly speaking, the main reason I wanna go there is just because of this card (worth RM15)... I'm not a big fan of Doraemon by the way.


After collected our precious  Touch 'n Go card, we queued for another short duration, to start our journey to Doraemon World. Pretty systematic, in the beginning, there will be a group tour, where 30 peoples per group, enter 5 rooms for 2 minutes each. In the first room, a brief introduction of each characters were shown.


Also, a huge comic book of Doraemon was displayed.


In the 2nd room, it was Nobita's room. Doraemon and Dorami were found at there. They are very cute I would say (obviously haha)!


In the 3rd room, it was the living room of Nobita's house. It seems that Nobita and his family were having a tea break!


In the 4th room, it was the living room of Suneo (I think, because his mum was there). Shizuka, Nobita, Suneo and Gian (from left to right) were there busy chatting!


In the last room, it was the time travelling machine room! The adorable Doraemon and his time machine were displayed at there.


After these 5 rooms, in other words, after 10 minutes, the group tour ended here. Then, visitors were allowed to move freely within Doraemon Town, Doraemon Gallery, Doraemon Carnival and Doraemon Mall, with unlimited time (you can be there until they close).

In the Doraemon Town, miniature of structures and characters were displayed there!


Next, in the Doraemon Gallery, tools and equipment that were used by Doraemon and Nobita in the comic were displayed. Uh, see that two guys... Trying to be a Skan Tako...


Just follow the one and only pathway, it will lead us to the Doraemon Carnival. There were where the activities and events going on the entire day. Never forget the food stalls as well.


Lastly, upon exit, it was the Doraemon Mall, where publics were allowed to purchase Doraemon brand items, such as T-shirts, water bottles, Doraemon plush toys etc etc and also


taking picture with Doraemon items! LOL!

So that's all about Doraemon World 2012! In a nutshell, it was a pretty fun experience entering into Doraemon World! I will be looking forward for next Doraemon World!

February 06, 2012

The Making of Nyonya Kuih Koci

Kuih koci is one of the traditional desserts in the community of Peranakan Chinese, or well known as baba-nyonya. Basically, kuih koci is a steamed dessert consists of glutinous flour and grated coconut with palm sugar. With banana leaves, kuih koci will be wrapped into the shape of pyramid.

To make such awesome desserts, everything is agak-agak, the recipe is:

Ingredients for dough:
  • 3 packets (1.5kg) of glutinous flour a.k.a tepung pulut
  • Approximate amount of water
  • Clitoria a.k.a Bunga Telang (for natural colouring)
  • 4 pieces of pandan leaves
  • Plenty of banana leaves
  • Some sugar

Ingredients for filling:
  • 2 grated coconuts
  • 1 packet of palm sugar a.k.a gula Melaka
  • 1.5kg of glutinous flour a.k.a tepung pulut
  • Approximate amount of water
  • Some salt

and last but not least, a whole lot of love! Now, let me show you the step by step "tutorial" on how to make the kuih koci.


First, boil the Clitoria, then leave it to cool and strain.


Next, we'll start with our filling. Smash the palm sugar into pieces. I mean it, smash it! Just imagine those are your enemies' heads. *wink wink*


Boil the gula Melaka along with the pandan leaves for a better aroma.


Add the grated coconut into fully melted gula Melaka and cook it until it thickens. Then, add a pinch of salt too!


Now we are done with our filling, we'll proceed with the skin of kuih koci. To make blue colour dough, pour the boiled Clitoria liquid into 500g (1 packet) of glutinous flour.


Add a little bit of sugar, then mix everything with your magical hands.


For white dough, mix 2 packets (1kg) of glutinous flour with water.


Dip the cut banana leaves into a huge pot of boiling water for a few minutes (based on your desire).


Flatten a piece of white dough and fill it up with the aromatic sweet coconut filling.


Ball up the dough and add a small piece of blue dough for contrast. Rub the dough with palm oil.


Place the dough into the pyramid banana leaf and fold it.


Arrange the undone kuih koci into a steamer and steam it for 15-20 minutes.


After "long" waited 15 - 20 minutes, you may enjoy the marvelous outcome!


Sooooo, there you go! It's pretty simple to make and eat kuih koci! With love and your magical hands, I'm sure you can do it as well! All the best! ;)