Friday, August 19, 2016

Sinking Land


A civil engineer replied: "Land reclamation should not be an issue if it has been technically done up properly, like providing surcharge for specific period of time.

"Often, the contractor or project owner just ignore and complete it in a very short period of time.  The people become the victims eventually.

"Sinking could be due to poor foundation design, poor ground condition or disturbance caused by adjacent activities.  Or even poor drainage system."

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an accident waiting to happen

This is why I don't really like land reclamation.  The land is prone to sinking and this is what happens when the land starts to sink.

Can you convince me otherwise?  Civil engineer, soil expert, anyone?

Over The Moon, and a little overwhelmed

snowskin and traditional baked mooncakes at Wan Li Chinese Restaurant

of the Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel.

Patrons can get four pieces of traditional baked mooncakes at RM98 nett, or RM25 per piece.

For the snowskin which comprises of dark chocolate crunchy pearl, coffee truffle, taro paste truffle, mango paste truffle, green tea matcha truffle, passion fruit truffle, peppermint chocolate truffle and raspberry fizzy truffle, it is priced at RM15 each or RM98 nett for eight pieces.

There's also the fresh durian madness priced at RM25 each or RM158 nett per box of eight pieces.

For the traditional baked variety, there is pure lotus paste, lotus paste with single yolk, lotus paste with double yolk, green tea paste with single yolk, jade custard and assorted fruit and nuts.

I am not a fan of mooncakes, but those who adore mooncakes or celebrate the mid-Autumn festival on Sept 15, and may want to present the mooncakes as a gift, the ones at Wan Li are handmade.

These fusion dishes which were served at Wan Li today was just exquisite.

The dish above was the starter called Wan Li Fusion Three Combination Platter made up of fried
Japanese scallop and prawns in herb on a cashew nut green pea puree, Asian inspired Chicken Kofta with Szechuan sauce and oven baked fresh oyster with cheese and curry leaf.

Yes yes yes, very long name.  The scallop (in the middle) topped with fried ginger shreds was to die for.

This Japanese style oven baked cod fish with dang gui and special honey sauce was also heavenly.

And the Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, a soup double-boiled for 8 hours, was superb.  Delicious and replenishing. This recipe is said to boost one's overall vitality and complexion.  I am a fan of soup.

Wan Li is a halal-certified restaurant.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Footsie Foodie

I walked into Shoe City again but this time it was purely "window shopping".  The pair of sneakers above looked really nice.

So many footwear designs ranging from chic to classic to choose from.

pic snapped by me

Before heading home, stopped by at Triple Seven Three Restaurant at Jalan Indah 28/2 in Bukit Indah, Johor Baru, for dinner.

Some of the hawkers whom I ordered my meals from were very pleasant, and the food was nice.  Like the guy on the far left of the pic that I took, he was selling "lok lok" and patrons have a choice whether to have the skewered food dipped in boiling water, or fried.  So, he took the time to explain which one was better fried and which one to be "dip dip" which was what "lok lok" literally means.

Should I add the sneakers to my new footwear collection? 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Shoe-gar Spike and A Lovely Night Out

Found myself smitten by these shoes at Shoe City, an outlet in Aeon Bukit Indah in Johor Bahru. I haven't bought a pair of shoes for quite a while.

The flat heel red shoe is perfect for shopping, while the two on the right can be worn to the office and after work. Ideal for shopping, too, as the heels are not high.

The one on the left is just plain stunning and can go with just about any attire. But don't take my word too seriously.  My fashion sense is at par with my sense of direction.

Now that my shoe cabinet is filled with foot wear for various occasions and activities, I better avoid Shoe City till the eve of Deepavali.

Women are like that la.  Some of us just can't resist shopping.  Time to hide the credit card and start saving money again or my goal to retire comfortably will go kaput.  Ok, I will avoid Shoe City till Christmas!

a lovely dinner at the Cafe BLD of the Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel

A wonderful night out with my sister who is in town.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Where Conscious Meets The Subconscious


Mention of the word *lover below refers to the subconscious. Always go to sleep thankful and glad, never angry and bitter.

amazing sunrise

I've been to paradise and back.  I will go there again someday, and everyday.

My thoughts are mine, and mine alone

To roam as wild and as free as I wish to be

In sleep and in prayer I meet my lover who delivers all that I desire


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Derailed By Distractions

The link below is a "must read" for all.

Malaysians would need to save 4 years longer to prepare for retirement, says study

I remembered a recent incident where I nearly dropped my handphone when it rang.  I was holding it and when I saw the person's caller ID, and I freaked out.

My friend, who is a unit trust consultant, is going to ask me about my finances again, I thought. I don't know if I was right or not because I didn't pick up.

However, I have to admit that I was rather indulgent in the past, and I only learnt the importance of saving money for retirement because of this friend of mine.  She was the one who asked me to reduce my credit card spendings. I still like to pamper myself to a massage and enjoy a good meal every once in a while.

It is easy to stray from one's goal to save money regularly.

Fried rice and pineapple juice

A meal like this cost me RM12.70 yesterday, with the pineapple juice at RM4.50, fried rice (RM7.50) and GST (72 sen.)

How much will it cost to have a meal like this 10 years from today?

I have another friend who is currently feeling troubled due to her work.  A month ago, she told me she wanted to save money but two days ago, when I met her again and I asked her whether she had done so, her reply was: "I've got a lot on my mind right now.  No time to think of anything else."

But why is she letting her troubles distract her from saving money?  When you are financially strong, you don't need to worry if you were to lose your job tomorrow or don't feel like working there anymore.

Friends who ask you to save money are not bad people.  They may freak you out, and they can be  annoying but they're asking you to save for your own good.

Of course they gain a little too if they're unit trust consultants, but it is a win-win situation.  No?

Whether you want a unit trust consultant to serve you want to do it on your own, it is up to you.  The important thing is that you do not stray from your goal and don't get into debt, quit smoking and stay happy, ok?

My hope is for everyone to achieve financial freedom one day.  No need to whine about GST and the rising cost of living, diss your boss or curse the bitchiest man that ever cross your path. Just focus on making the best of your own life.

The bitchiest man to one may be the sweetest man to another.

May everyone be well and happy.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


I'll be back to work today. Briefly, I want to share how I had spent my time while waiting for my next flight home.

After arriving at the KLIA2 from Manila at 8.55pm, my travelling companions and I parted ways and I set off for the Tune Hotel.

Watched the Black Swan before falling asleep.

Had a complimentary breakfast at The Glass House Cafe and Bar of the Tune Hotel before going to the Thai Odyssey.

Pampered myself with a soothing aromatherapy massage which is packaged with a shower priced at RM146.

Went back to the hotel room and the electricity supply automatically went off at 11am, signaling that it was time to check out.

My connecting flight back to Johor Baru was at 2.05pm, so I guess it was time to head to the airport.  I reached the Senai International Airport in Johor Baru at 3pm.  The cab ride back to my house cost RM46.

This pretty much rounds it all up --- my trip to the Philippines, an archipelago in the Southeast Asia with more than 7,000 tropical islands waiting to be explored.

Thank you AirAsia and the Provincial Tourism Office of Palawan, and also to the establishment that I am in for making all this possible.