Saturday, June 30, 2007
so what about expectations? The minimum requirements to get promoted is a reasonable review from your managers and to work for a period of 1.5 years.. So what about my expectations? I expected more support from the managers, despite my rally to get good grades, i was facing people that stuck to the book of scores, and gave you a crap score if you did something so bad once, but finally agree with you that you deserve a decent score, if i didnt give them trouble.. I was only a month or two away from the 1.5 years..
So if one was to manage their expectations properly, last Thursday should not have been a problem for me, the promotion list was released. But yet the greedy part of my heart and brain said, hey you never know, miracles and surprises happen all the time.. Maybe you might be on the list perhaps? So after a long day at a client office, sneezing away in a room full of dusty files, i switched on the computer and scrolled down the list..and i didnt see my name.. But so what? if i manage my expectations, i would have been happy for the names on there and treat life as normal.. But i wasnt.. I guess i didnt manage my expectations at all.. I was greedy into taking the next step of the ladder.. I didnt want to be at the bottom of the ladder..
Then i came to know my assistant manager also didnt make it, despite her many years and with a strong technical background, because why? her scores didnt make it.. which was ridiculous.. many know that the scoring system is a way for promotion, with the support of the seniors, its really up to them whether they want to promote you.. Its no point arguing over the directors table, if your score didnt make the band.. Sigh, then i heard some more thunder, for another staff that was meant to be promoted, the order was released internally for the managers to give him the "reasonable score" and no otherwise..
At the end of the day, i guess i have to manage my expectations properly, instead of looking at your peers getting promoted and wished you were on the same page as them, some times i guess its good to just step out of the circle and wish them all the best and fingers crossed till the next promotion period in December, if i am there that is..
On the bright side, bonus and increment is bearly a month away, infact July 28th is the day.. I still remember last year, we were given a paltry sum of RM900, because we just joined but we were happy as we didnt have any expectations.. i guess this time around, i better manage it properly, if not my dreams for the DSLR and my golf set can go swimming down the Klang River for all i care..
Ok, i think i feel better, its been eons since i procrastinated on my blog.. It feels kind of good actually.. Well.. for those readers who have managed to read until the last sentence.. Have you ever failed to manage your expectations? How did you feel after that? Did you fare better the next time around?..
Happy weekend people.. i have been abit slow with the reviews and i guess it should all be coming back very soon..
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Somo is currently one of our first choices when the words "Happy Hour" are being mentioned, especially on a Friday where there is no rain and the weather has been dreadfully hot the whole day. The desire to sip on cold frosty beer controls your mind and before you know it, you are seated outside the main bar ordering your happy hour Tiger beer and you start to point your finger all over the menu as well.. this place serves pretty cheap beer, at RM50++ for 2 jugs and after happy hours, its slightly steeper at RM33-35++ which is still cheaper then most places especially for the ambience..the music is a mix of slow, jazzy and old school music which doesnt drown out your procrastination while you drink more beer..
Another good thing is they serve my favourite cuisine, Japanese which i automatically give plus points for..Strengths include teppanyaki and the yakitori..they do a decent softshell crab maki for only RM12++ and also that takoyaki with a yam twist to it..They also did do an affordable salmon and ikura bowl which is basically sushi rice with salmon sashimi slices and roe for RM32++ although we were warned to order it during the days it comes in for ultimate freshness, if not mistaken its wednesday and another day..aiks! Ok no more trying to sell like a sales man..lets have a look..
So this is in Shoplex Mont Kiara, two doors away from Terrace Bakery.. happy hours start from 5-9 and scores a respectable 7.8 out of 10.. recently i heard theres been an influx of young good looking chicks hanging around the area starting from Friday nights..unfortunately its all been heard from and not experienced first hand..Haha so at your own risk.. but definitely value for money place to have some drinks and chat all nite long..
I had no more space to fill up these goodies, unless i doggie bag of course..but it was Max! that night..control myself control myself..
Well prior to that, i present to you more pictures of my other half..
See how cakes can give you that natural high feeling..?
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
So what did we do last Saturday..We had a dinner "party" of 14 including myself and my girlfriend, having dinner with 12 virtually unknown people, some i met twice..but laugh and talk as if we known each other for years, others i know them by their online identity..So who are they?? Lets see, Jason, WMW, Sooyin, Mavis, Paprika and Hunky (Mikhail although i thought it was Mikel), Nigel and Allan, Meena and Bald Eagle, Boo and Splashie Boy and of course us.. Links? I am abit too lazy..there should be all under the exclusive list of blogs that i read..
So what else should i talk about given that i have 20 minutes before i start work at my client's office about a dinner that lasted from 8.00pm all the way to 11.30pm bearing in mind i was the first one to leave..? Tons of laugh and chatting..tons of cam whoring..for the food that is..I was suddenly intimately closer to everyone because of my infamous photo.. i am still waiting to get famous by the way.. One thing though, i went away knowing that i made a bunch of friends that i would love to keep for a very long time to come..and of course i was also brain washed and on the verge of being converted to a dslr camera user, took dummy lessons on photography and yes..finally lets talk about food..i think pictures says a thousand words..and i shall leave you with the long awaited pictures..
A beautiful portobello mushroom salad with okra and cherry tomatoes..
The Pepper Crust Rib Eye with mustard sauce..(RM50) tastes as good as it sounds..a virtually perfect combination that you just cant go wrong.. It was perfectly cooked as ordered..medium with no blood spilling out but still reddish inside..
The Two Ducks..Cooked two styles thus the name, we had a tangy and sweet one on the left..and the roasted one on the right..the left one stole the show although with only four thin slices it overpowered the more subtle roasted one on the right..perhaps i could it get it all done up in the style on the left? (RM40)
The champion dish that actually got me to go back to this place twice to order the same dish..The Wagyu Beef Cheeks..i could see WMW and Lyrical Lemongrass just about to tear as they close their eyes and had that "orgasmic" look before they cut another bite and let it melt in their mouths..its that wonderful..only for RM60
Another thing i learnt from these bunch of floggers is the appreciation for food, the taste for food instead of gobbling down everything because its easy on the throat and tastes good..The ratings and details? All in part 1..
I am just laughing alone in a meeting room as i upload all these pictures, the memories..hahaha..
Sunday, June 24, 2007
So why a preview and not just blog away as i always used to? I realised i exceeded my free bandwidth that flickr just gave me..So thats another couple of days before i can blog about the weekend..
So with that i show you one of the best photos i took ever in my life..
I would also like to use this opportunity to thank my readers out there in advance for helping me achieve another milestone.. '10000' page loads (i would like to cheat myself and say visitors instead) but without you guys, i probably would have gone crazy blogging to mid-air just like the poor fellows @ Tanjung Rambutan..
Thursday, June 21, 2007
What catches my attention is the see through windows of the kitchen, as you see the chefs in action over a plate of raddish cake or a plate of wholesome noodles.. you know the quality is rest assured and the chefs are all up to standard..
So as always dim sum that are normally done Halal style tends to lack the oomph as pork is traditionally a very common ingredient among the famous kind of dim sum like siu mai and of course, char siu bao..furthermore they are very innovative as some of their dim sum are rotated monthly or bi monthly with new fusion creations..so how did the dim sum fare this time around?..
By knowing their boundaries, this place tends to offer prawn based dim sum for example the scallop dumpling (tai chi gao)..A nice decent piece of scallop with a prawn base wrapped in a light chewy skin..this was a taste of freshness from the sea..very well done..
Next dim sum to go under scrutiny is another favourite dim sum item for the whole world, the prawn dumpling (har kau) which was once again brilliantly done..just wonderful to taste succulent prawns virtually non stop, basket after basket
Now everyone must be thinking by now..let me out of my misery and show me no more..and indeed i thought why not? Keep the suspense..after all i have way too many dim sum to highlight..so i thought this is going to be a two part post..with the second half tommorow.. so more pictures and details tommorow..stay tuned..
I am evil..wahaha! But..as promised..its now day 2..and i shall resume this post..
Continuing with steamed dim sum, here we have a vegetarian dish..with mock meat, carrots and possibly turnips..very refreshing from the overdose of prawns..
By showing off their bravery and their fusion skills, unagi was perfected with cod fish in these wonderful and surprising form of a steamed dumpling..it was plain delightful..
Next up, we had dumplings served with a tangy szechuan sauce..which was kicked up a notch with the slight spicyness.. it was again very refreshing as most dumplings would have been served with a double boil soup..
The fried raddish cake was so so, mainly because the dish was simple..abit too simple..fried with egg, bean sprout and raddish cake.. if there was a prawn or two..it would have heighten the dish..
The onion cake was one of the seasonal items in Lai Po Heen, which was a decent effort from them..i still prefer the artistic version that they did in Prince Hotel
The lotus paste sesame ball.. This was very good..no oily aftertaste..but it lacked the oomph compares to those with a sesame paste filling for some reason..bear in mind this is the original flavour..
The Mango Prawn Roll..( i guess)..you can clearly see the juicy sweet mango piece together with the bouncy prawns..a wonderful combination..
As we come to a close of an influx of dim sum photos.. my eyes spotted across one of their current promotions, the Nanjing cuisine.. they have specially flew the chefs from China and i wasnt about to miss out on their action..so i quickly sampled two dishes from them..
The meat buns..this was a very unique presentation as the claypot was decently hot as you can hear the sizzle from the meat buns.. cooked to perfection..unfortunately the filling lacked the oomph compared to the ones i had in Macau way back then.. mainly because of the "pork" factor?
Lastly, the stir fry rice flour.. ( i reckon ) cooked with some seafood in a dry style..the pieces of chewy flour was enjoying..it simple taste to it was so homely and comforting..ar..this is life..if not what is life??
Being someone who loves dim sum and his "pork".. this place still scores a very highly commendable 8.8 out of 10..i love this place for day one with their good service and friendly waiters and waitresses..
Lai Po Heen
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 (3) 2179 8885
The online menu
Ok..a finally phew..that was a very long review and it has been sometime since i did one like that..hope you guys enjoyed the suspense and the photos..drool on!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Upon cutting into it..it does look abit Medium Rare..maybe i got lucky..although the blood sort of dominated the black pepper sauce they gave me, in colour..
Then you have their sandwiches or burgers.. Here you have a chicken something sandwich..cant remember..lots of cheese and tomatoes..and tons of fries..another artery clogging meal..ouch (RM20++ or USD 6)
Then you have a new comer, a dish that tries to lure in some more asian fans..a firecracker fish fillet that is marinated and sauced with a sauce that tastes like your bottled thai chilli sauce..(RM20++ or USD 6)
The fact is this place serves enormous amounts of food in one serving..and i am pretty sure this aint your so call one proper portion or recommended portion a meal.. So avoid ordering a main meal a person, and you probably be fortunate enough to try some appetizers and the heavenly chocolate cake..So there you go..a famous franchise..a satisfying meal..less money in your wallet..and a good solid score of 7.8 out of 10 (minus marks for being too salty, or is it me being too healthy?)
This time around i dont have the address nor phone numbers..its at Mid Valley..if you dont know where that is..you might as well not eat it..Available at almost all the big shopping centre like KLCC and etc..
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Based on my taste buds, quality seemed to have dropped since the first time i visited which was almost 3-4 years ago.. Although it still manages from time to time, satisfy my cravings.. so after our extraordinary dinner at Restaurant 52, Semenyih , we did our grocery shopping at KLCC, and decided to pop over for a small snack.. lets see how it went..
There a few classic dish that basically represents Japanese cuisine, and i find that one of them that i rarely fail to order is the adegashi tofu which is a light battered tofu served with a soya sauce base with raddish then topped off with seaweed (RM10++).. This dish often tests how skilled the chef is at frying the tofu because the tofu has to remain smooth and retains the succulent texture..Yeah yeah..listen to me talk cock..I know i look like i gobble everything down but once in a while i do savour my food the proper way..
Another snack we ordered was the bittergourd which was cooked "live".. the hot pot is heated up..egg and oil is thrown in..cooked then the cooked bittergourd thrown in for a stir..the final touchup is the alive bonito flakes that waves about due to the heat of the ingredients..(RM18++)
So voila! A simple snack at a Japanese restaurant, still the only cuisine i think that you can order serious snacks without stuffing yourself and its healthy enough for you to go again..haha..
Lot 426/427 Level 4 Suria KLCC, KLCC, KL, 50888
I reckon it stills deserve a 7.5 out of 10..for the sake of old times haha..
I understand that there a few readers from the US of A.. and i will take that in mind next time with the prices..just have to start reading the forex and whipping out a calculator before i do my next post..
Sunday, June 17, 2007
As a previous life, i know that it has to be something to do with food, thats why i am so absorbed into food..so being me..today i shall open your eyes and let you guys see what i cooked..It all happened last week, when my girlfriend asked me to take away food for the two of us when she drops by from class last Saturday evening..but being in Cheras the land of lots of good food that i am ignorant of, i decided to hop over to the nearest supermarket and started to picture the following dish: A duo of fish served over a spaghetti of asparagus and mushroom oglio style and a bed of wafu pork salad.. Sounds italian or very class?.. The result?..
Not exactly what you will get in a 5 star restaurant, but it was pretty good after all..marinated salmon and dory fish with miso paste, teriyaki sauce and sugar... spagehetti was cooked with olive oil, garlic, mushrooms and asparagus and at the last 30 seconds drop a slice of cheese..the salad was even easier.. prepacked..cut up some boil eggs and pan fry some sukiyaki sliced pork with whatever marinade you can get hold off, and drizzle some bottled wafu sauce.. Voila.. Easy aint? The result..a very happy girlfriend (i hope)...
There was no accidents of vomiting or constant visits to the toilet..Just a very sleepy me at the end of the meal..And oh yeah, i am not open for business...A self praise rating of 8 out of 10..wahahaha..
PS: To the most under-rated person in the world..Dads..Happy Fathers Day!.. Just a short note..my dad has finally mastered the skill of surfing the net and hes constantly scrutinizing my blog..and your blogs too!..Faster wish my father, happy fathers day also ok!..Hes watching..I know its abit too late..but theres still one and the half hour to go..
Friday, June 15, 2007
On a separate note, a few of my colleagues plan to head down to Somo, Mont Kiara for a happy hour session which will hopefully spark off ideas for our alter ego blog that will be coming very soon..very soon i promise..thats if we dont get too drunk of course..
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Their Stout Ribs is another delight..sticky dark sauce with a whiff of stout..it is fiery hot in temperature..so make sure you blow before you swallow..(no pun intended)..We are off to a great start..
Now the price of all these dishes, bear in mind 2 fishys..costs RM100.50 only..yes you heard me right..Only RM100.50 only..which will bearly cover coffee and cakes in Starbucks or Coffee Bean or a decent meal in a Char Chan Teng (HK coffeeshop)..The catch? It is in Semenyih, and the name card doesnt have an address! Haha..until i googled and this is what i found:
52 Jalan Sungai Lalang
Semenyih Negeri Sembilan
Tel: 87238733 or 0126439892
Opened for Lunch (11.30-3pm) and Dinner (6-10.30 pm)
Closed on MONDAYS
A highly rated 9 out of 10.. since the only catch is the slight drive you will have to make..