Earlier this year, I vowed I would lose weight before my big trip to the UK.

Needless to say, I have done an awesome job.. of failing at it.
I’ve been on a slew of gastronomic adventures these few weeks, indulging in complete uninhibition of the palate. Nom all day. Which includes at work, where you will most probably find me nibbling on some chocolate bar or other.
Anyway, above is a fine-tasting, albeit slightly watery mushroom soup from PitStop Cafe in Serdang.
Went well with the garlic mantou pieces.
Apple tini at DOME Cafe over brainstorming sessions.
Seafood spaghetti carbonara. Well worth it’s hefty price tag, because it comes chock full of delectable fresh seafood, from mussels to chewy squid, crunchy prawns and soft, melt-in-the-mouth fish pieces.
Awesome coffee, topped with whipped cream, sweet and crunchy honeycomb candybars and chocolate dusting. Set to satisfy the cravings of any sweet-toothed kid out there.
Checked out Brew N Bread, a stylish little cafe tucked in a quiet corner of Shah Alam.
Fresh milk for mua, the kiddo, coz I can’t handle adult drinks.
Grilled fish with garlic butter/lemon sauce on a bed of greens : cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, green peas and carrots. The presentation was very attractive and colourful, while the tender fish was heaven in every bite: moist, succulent and melt-in-the-mouth. The sauce had a tangy, savoury flavour with the fragant aroma of garlic butter. One of the best fish dishes I’ve ever tasted, and I’m not really a big fan of fish, unless it’s raw salmon. 🙂
Rich, moist chocolate cake which had a slightly bitter-sweet taste.

Moving on… visited Haikara, a Japanese fusion-cafe located in Subang, right next to Subang Avenue. It’s a quaint little shop tucked into a corner, cozy ambience and environment, great for drinks and long talks with friends. The place is run by a Japanese couple : a tall, strapping guy in his 50s with a head of white tied back into a ponytail, and his very lovely Japanese wife.

RokkoMokko, a tender, juicy patty of grilled beef atop a bed of bright green, served with stringy, cheesy omelette.
Macaroni and prawn gratin. It’s kinda like a porridgey-soup-macaroni baked with a layer of stringy cheese, prawns and corn. Could do with a stronger flavour.

Last weekend my parents brought me to the ashram. I like just sitting around in the compound, hearing the bodhi tree leaves rustle and blend with the gentle tinkling of wind chimes swaying in the breeze. It’s a place where every barefoot step on the cool stone floor is like stepping into a holy abode, where sleeping Buddhas     smile from behind dimly lit chambers, where the noises of the city just fade away. It’s like an oasis in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Attended the 2 hour Dharma talk. It was interesting, to say the least. I’m really more happy reading on the Dharma alone though. I’m a Buddhist by birth, and I think many things the Dharma teaches are very useful and enlightening, but there are things I don’t agree with too. The beauty of Buddhism is that it allows for a lot of freedom – we are what we do. On the other hand, I like the sense of love and community that Christians have. Religions are really fascinating. I’m not ready to really devote myself to anything yet though. I guess it’s something you need to discover as life goes, for both believers and non-believers.