• Surprising Kuala Pilah

    We did an impromptu visit to Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan on the first day of Raya festive season, which was a major public holiday in Malaysia. A bit about Kuala Pilah. It is about 25km more or less depending where you destined to reach from Seremban. The journey was really pleasant though we were caught in a massive traffic jam, as many were heading to Kuala Pilah for Raya visits. Well, it added about 45 minutes extra to our drive, so took us about 1.5 hours from Port Dickson to reach the town. The road condition is really good, with some hilly parts, the local government has built wider roads…

  • IGOR

    Retna introduced me to Tyler, the Creator. Elijah reinforced Tyler, the Creator music into me. Retna, later makes me to pay even more attention to Tyler, the Creator even more, when she shown me his performance on Tiny Desk by NPR. The charisma of Tyler, the Creator is amazing. With the many millions views on his performance at Tiny Desk, I guess many people like his music. I would say I was not totally convinced when I first heard Flower Boy. More so, Retna and Elijah have been showing more of Golf, Tyler the Creator’s fashion line. Once Retna told me she was disappointed that the Converse shoes designed by…

  • French Cars, Hate and Love Relationship

    I love our French cars, so much that I have written about them many times. I even asked and then shared with many Citroen lovers out there on a forum posting, which I believe was the highest in terms of page view. We got our first Citroen or French car in 2009, before our dear Inez came to this world. We learn from our previous parenthood experience that we needed some space in the car, when we have a baby. The need to pack day use cloths, stroller, easy snacks etc when you have a baby. More so, we had a helper with us that time. So a car with…

  • SEX + FART

    Attended a Leica Talk session organised and hosted by Leica Store Malaysia, Avenue K. Session featuring Khair Mahfar, a seasoned Leica photography master, as he was introduced. Some background about Khair Mahfar, or famously known as Mr. K or Master K. Khair Mahfar  is an ex-stockbroker who said he got burnt out after 20 years in the presure cooker that is the stock market. He retired early to dedicate himself to traveling to exotic places & to  photography (Taken from PhotoSafari). More about him. He was featured in Cars, Bikes and Trucks (CBT, during Yamin’s time, now Motorme portal), he loves Merc and of course Leica. Some take home key…

  • Places where we learn how to be human, again

    I have not been to that many countries just yet. Those that I have been to, some I like, some I dislike. Some places, they change the way how I am, how I behave, how I see life differently. When I was in Japan, I realised just how small we are, insignificant in many things, and how then from the insignificant, we could work together, making the nation great. Japanese are clean (in general) and generally minding their own business. During the train rides in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka as well as Nagoya, I seldom hear any sound, other than from the train. It is just quiet. People respect the spaces…

  • Simple Greenery Lunch Venue

    Great food, is always hidden from the main attraction. ‘Keong Ko’ or ‘强哥’ has been at where he is with his wife for like 20 plus years. A stall hidden in some place in Old Klang Road, some where on the Lorong Jugra, on a hill of Taman Desa, is where most weekends we will be for lunch, or brunch. We were first introduced by our dear friend at cell group, Spike Selva, he took us there for late breakfast after a morning prayer walk in Taman Desa and surrounding area, like 15 years or more back. Then we went there to discovered our dear dentist and dental surgeon, Dr.…

  • My first visit to Vietnam, DaNang

    Sin Chow, means hello in Vietnamese. Unlike in Japan, Italy, Thailand and India, we learn some simple communicable sentences while we were in a country. Anyway, to be fair, our time in Vietnam, in DaNang was rather short. I was in DaNang for a regional work meeting, and the nice client has asked or rather offered if I would like to extend my stay for the weekend, of course the expenses would be on me. I checked with Retna if she would like to join me on Friday. As my meeting finished in the evening. Some information about DaNang. Used to be and still an important port for Vietnam, as…

  • Ketupat Variety

    Ramadan and Raya are the season of Muslim Malay food and kuih galore. As this festive season is just around the corner, families will be busy bustling with ladles and pots. However, as time progresses, Malaysians are on a constant look-out for a cooking-solution that could avail them in spending more time with families and friends rather than in the kitchen or running around town shopping for various must-haves. One of the most iconic Ramadan and Raya food is ketupat. Traditionally, ketupat requires weaving skills which is intricate and will take about 4 hours to completely cook. NONA, our local food manufacturer is proud to have one of the longest histories in producing…