Sundate – Of Fat Cats, IKEA, Awesome Canteen & Kaki-Gori Shaved Ice

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I had a big fight with my M on Saturday. The usual shit.

Didn’t feel like staying at home on Sunday, so I picked Evelyn up from her apartment and we went to her boss’ house to feed a fat cat. The name of the cat is Why Why…. appropriate, since I wanted to ask Why it was so unfriendly. Tried to scratch me when I put my hand out for it to smell…so I laid off any sort of petting. It then went to hide under the bed. Silly fat cat.

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Headed to IKEA for lunch. Note to self: Never go to IKEA on a Sunday afternoon. Wasted a good half an hour circling the area looking for a spot, and a further half hour lining up to get our food, then another 15 minutes looking for a clean table.

We got loads of food though. Salmon Gravlax with baby potato salad, warm, hearty cups of cream of mushroom soup, buttery croissants, and soft rolls.

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The gravlax got overwhelming salty after a bit, so it was good that there was bread so I could make it into a sandwich. The rest of the platter was delish – greens were fresh and crunchy.

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Two girls can put that much away? Believe it.

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Went to watch a Musical in KL (which I’ll blog about in another post), then headed for dinner at Taman Paramount in PJ. Evelyn is on a vegetarian diet, so she had the customary salad.

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The meat eater in me wouldn’t abate, so Beef Don it was. The generous bowl was topped with purple cabbage, onions, tender teriyaki-drenched slices of meat, poached egg and pickled radishes.

AWESOME CANTEEN 

19, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount,

46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Hours: 11AM-11PM

Phone: +60 3-7865 8048

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There was still room for sweets, so we went to the much hyped about Kaki-Gori, along the same row. Here, they serve giant Japanese shaved ice desserts, in flavours such as matcha with red bean, and roasted soy bean.  It looks impossible to eat, but when you’re two girls with a tooth for sweets, the mountain of ice depletes pretty fast.

KAKI-GORI Japanese Shaved Ice Cafe 
25, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Tue – Thu (1PM – 10PM), Fri (1PM – 11PM), Sat – Sun (1PM – 10PM)
Phone: 03-7865 8999

Juice D Fruitz, Setiawalk Puchong

C and I went out for lunch the day before her birthday. She was feeling unhappy over her old job and some ex-colleagues, so we found a cosy little cafe called Juice D Fruitz at Setiawalk, Puchong to have a meal and let her vent out her frustrations.

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Despite being a Saturday, the place was quiet, which allowed us plenty of personal space to talk without worrying about disturbing other guests.

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The place specialises in cold, pressed juices – from pure fruits to a mix of veggies, each with a particular ‘function’ such as kidney cleanse, detox,etc. They come served in unique glass beakers: perfect Instagram and hipster photo opps.

I had (left) Fruity Berry – a combination of strawberry, raspberry and a couple of other berrylicious fruits. The result tasted like liquified strawberry preserve, with generous chunks of berries in them. It was quite sweet, but to my liking. C had some sort of tropical mango thingy. Which was also good but also very sweet. The servings were big though.

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We also had a plate of creamy carbonara pasta to share. This was very cheesy and creamy; got overwhelming after more than a few bites.

Overall, I liked their juices, but the sweetness made me wonder if there was added sugar in it and if they were really ‘healthy’, since they pride themselves as a healthy juice bar. Portions were big and prices were affordable.

You can also get bottled pressed juice to go.

Juice D Fruitz

D-03-G Persiaran Wawasan

SetiaWalk, 47160 Puchong.

Selangor, Malaysia.

 

 

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2014 – 7km Fun Run

BACK in high school, I played some sports – I was on the basketball team and had a green belt in Taekwondo. But I suffered a back injury back in 2006 and have been pretty much out of commission since then. Recently, my mum decided to sign up most of the family for the Penang Bridge International Marathon, since my cousin was doing the full 42km. It was a first time for myself, mi and my bro. So up North to Penang Island we went over the weekend!

We joined the easiest, the 7km Fun Run, which was scheduled to flag off at the base of Penang Bridge 2 at 8am. Being a late riser, it was really hard to drag myself away from the comfy hotel bed lol.

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We left the hotel about an hour and a half earlier, but the traffic was still jam packed all the way to the bridge, since other categories started earlier. The 42 km flagged off at 1.30am. ._. Right before us, at 7.30am, were the 10km runners. As we made our way to the place, the sun was just rising, tinging the surrounding islands and sea in a beautiful array of blue, pink and orange.

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Approaching the Second Penang Bridge, which opened earlier this year. It is the longest bridge in South East Asia at 25km and links the mainland to Penang Island. We were part of making history as we were the first runners to use the Second Bridge, as the previous marathons were all held on the first bridge.

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There was an excitement in the air as our batch prepared for flag off. There were lots of stalls selling souvenirs, drinks and other items at the open space near the bridge. I wished they had started earlier because it was quite sunny by 8am – and we all know how relentless Penang weather is.

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We started off with a light jog as we made our way to the bridge and took in the scenic island views from the railing. Some, like us, were taking it slow and just walking + light jogging, while others sprinted ahead in full gungho-ness. The sun was directly in our faces, so we had to squint against it as we made our way uphill. A total of 60,000 runners showed up for the whole marathon in all categories, so it was a real sea of humans : at some parts we found it difficult to even move faster because there were so many people blocking the way.

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Approaching the halfway point for our 7km. Other runners were already making their way back on the opposite side of the bridge. Ambulances were on site to help with any injured runners. The only qualms I had was that they didn’t provide any drinks along the route except at the end – and only small paper cups. I don’t know how it works in other marathons, but it’s probably coz they don’t want the runners to block traffic by having drink breaks.

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As we made our way back, there was a pitstop for drinks, and the runners were all crowded around it. Paper cups and bottles were littered everywhere, and some weren’t even trying to look for bins – turning the bridge into a large rubbish bin. This girl even threw her empty water bottle over the side of the bridge , which I admonished loudly by saying that she was treating the place like her own garbage disposal at home. She either didn’t hear me or pretended to ignore me – but she wasn’t the only one. It was disheartening to see how a lot of people were just littering everywhere. This is why Malaysians can never be a first world country – because we are still stuck in third world mentality. And the cheek of some Malaysians to say that ‘foreigners’ are dirty and uncivilised! Some of us aren’t any better.

Enough grousing though. It was a great feeling when I finally stepped through the finish line – not because I won anything, but the fact that completing the run was a victory in itself. For a person who has never walked further than her neighbourhood garden and is not active in anything, being able to set my mind and to complete a 7km walk/run is an achievement. Now I know why so many people join the running movement! It’s a feeling like no other when you cross that finish line. Looking forward to joining more runs in the future – with proper training, of course.

Now to rest these tired legs.