on Feb 29, 2012
Is time to change the brake pad for my 'Peugeot 308 Turbo' again!!! Front brake pad can last only around 40,000++km and the rear pad can last up till around 80,000++km!!! This is the fastest wearing brake pad car that I've ever drove... Not forgetting the disc rotor!!! The front need replacement real soon...

This time round, I didn't opt to use back original brake pad from 'Peugeot'... Since the original one wears out easily, I decided to give some other brand a try and not forgetting saving some hard earned cash as well... 'Valeo' is one of the biggest OE manufacturer around so I presume that the quality is on par with the original one... 

After bedding in the brake pad, I'm amaze with the stopping power from the new 'Valeo' brake pad... The brake quality is actually on par with the original one and the best part is both front and back 'Valeo' brake pad cost less than the front original brake pad alone!!! Crazy right but is true... The only drawback is the spongy feel of the brake pedal... But this occur even when I use the original brake pad... The only thing I can do to eliminate this is change to steel braided hose... But let's just wait till the warranty period is over!!! 
on Feb 22, 2012
Frankly speaking, I don't have good impression for 'Singapore' (continue reading if you're feeling piss off right now!!!) as a lot of my friends complaint about it... But most of them are still working there... I know the main reason for this is because of the conversion rate from 'Singapore Dollar' to 'Ringgit Malaysia'... So no matter how bad the country is, you will still need to tolerate... 

Is been a long time since I last step into 'Singapore' as a tourist... I went there a couple of times last year but it was purely business and the only place that I went was my customer place situated in 'Woodlands' and 'Marina Bay Sands' which was also one of our customer... That's it... Nothing more and nothing less...

We were really excited when we had the opportunity to travel to 'Singapore' and pretend to be a tourist for a day a fortnight ago... Actually we were attending a friend's 'ROM' and in the meantime, we took the opportunity presented at us and decided to go sight seeing the very next day...

After spending a day in 'Singapore', it changed my perception totally!!! It is a beautiful country and the living expenses is way lower compare to 'Kuala Lumpur'!!! (please don't convert the currency... what I'm talking about is earning the same amount of money in both country and try buying something similar... for example, an 'Apple iMac' cost around RM3600++ in 'Malaysia' whereas in 'Singapore', you can get one for around $1600++!!! RM3000 a month can't get you an 'iMac' in 'Malaysia' but $3000 a month can get you at least one and a half 'iMac' in 'Singapore'... see the difference???)...

Don't really have enough time to shop around as we got a flight to catch... Don't want to miss my flight again!!! (will blog about this in my coming blog!!! our first time missing a flight)... Brother-in-law took us to the famous 'Orchard Road' and some other shopping complexes around that area as we need to meet up with some other friends that are currently residing in 'Singapore'... 


The famous durian roof of 'Esplanade'!!!




Inside 'Esplanade'...




Going around 'Singapore' is really easy... You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out as their 'MRT' is really user friendly something like our very own 'LRT'... 


'Orchard Road'!!! Finally have the chance to get up-close and personal with it!!! In my opinion, there's nothing special about this road... But for the ladies, this is a very different story... 


This is so very cool!!! Walking advertisement... I know we have this in 'Malaysia' as well... But the ladies are not as hot as these!!! Very beautiful looking girls (not sure about the guys though)... The way they place the ad is ingenious but I wonder what will happen if there's a strong gust of wind blowing either from the front or back??? Will these ladies be blown away??? I doubt so looking at how skinny there are!!! 


Below are some random pics of the shopping complexes that we have visited... Unfortunately, I can't remember their name... Not even a single one!!!








'H&M' is very cheap in 'Singapore'... All the clothes and pants selling in double digit... Only coats retailing over a hundred dollar... Hopefully 'H&M Malaysia' will price their clothes as low as in 'Singapore'!!! But I really doubt so...

After spending almost a full day in 'Singapore', I'm starting to fall in love with it!!! I guess my friends in 'Singapore' will agree with me on this... Exchange rate is only one of the reason and there are a lot of  other good reasons for them to be staying there (cheap food/electronics/clothing and etc)!!! But good times tend to pass really fast and is time for us to come back to reality and start working my ass off again!!! 
on Feb 19, 2012
I used to love going to this particular restaurant for their lovely seafood noodles... I'm very sure those living in 'Klang Valley' will know about this establishment... There are a few reason why I stop going to this restaurant for their famous seafood noodles... Firstly, it is not as good as it used to be... Secondly, is getting more and more expensive!!! Imagine a big bowl of seafood noodle will cost you RM17!!! Too expensive for my liking... 


So what do you get for your hard earned RM17??? Two or three big prawns, some fish, clam, oyster and cuttlefish... That's about it... So I don't think is feasible to splurge on a bowl of seafood noodle where I can get better food for my RM17!!! Once in a blue moon is still okay...


You have a choice of curry, tom yam and clear broth... And my choice will always be clear as I don't really fancy curry or tom yam... So I can't comment much on those two... As for the clear broth, it is definitely not as good as before... The broth used to be very sweet and flavourful but this is not the case now... Slightly better than those normal seafood noodle stalls found scattering around but not much better but the price gap between them are huge!!! 




Normally this is where we sat... I don't like to sit in their restaurant as it is stuffy and hot... Just like sitting in an oven or sauna...




Overall Rating - 3/5

Restoran Yu Ai
No.42, Jalan Segambut Utara,
51200 Kuala Lumpur.
012-335 5563
on Feb 16, 2012
Ever since I had a very bad dinner experience during 'Valentine's Day', I've decided to stop going out for dinner during this supposedly romantic day!!! Nothing can ruin a romantic day faster than a bad dinner!!! Food quality were downright lousy and we have to wait for more than an hour before we were being served... And the best part was the portioned of the food being served... It was a joke and not forgetting it was super duper expensive!!! 


So this year, I've decided to cook for my darling (more like a guinea pig to me!!!) and I will be cooking salmon this time... I spent a few days thinking on the recipe and this was the outcome!!! Actually I'm very proud of myself for cooking all this without any help!!! Not forgetting this was my first time attempting to cook salmon!!! 


Grilled salmon with caramelized onion mashed potatoes and sautéed asparagus top with my home made sauce... Not bad huh!!!





Okay now I will go through the process of cooking this dish (bear with me please as this was my first time attempting to cook salmon and I'm damn excited to be able to pull this off!!!)... 

First, cut the potatoes into small cube and throw it into a pot with water covering all the potatoes... Add some salt in for flavouring... Bring it to boil and lower down the heat... You're done when the potatoes turn soft and mash able...


Take one asparagus and cut it around 2 inches long... Use it as a guide and cut the remaining bunch to the exact specification... You don't want your asparagus to be in different length as this will not look nice when serve!!!


Next is the onion... Peel off the skin and slice it up...


Very minimal marinate for my salmon... I marinated it with a little bit of soy sauce and black pepper... 


Add lots of butter and black pepper for flavouring and you're ready to mash!!! I've added a little bit of fresh milk in it as well...


Besides that, I've added some oregano to enhance the taste of it... 


Viola... Mash potatoes done... 


Now is time to caramelize the onions... Heat the pan up with some butter and put your onions in when the pan is hot...


Remember to stir frequently and reduce your heat so that your onions will not get burn easily... Add some salt for flavouring...


Add the caramelized onions into the same pot where you mashed your potatoes earlier...


Stir and mix it around and you're done with your caramelized onions and mashed potatoes...


Heat up the pan with some oil and we are ready for the asparagus... Chop some garlic and sautéed it with the asparagus...


Add some oyster sauce for flavouring and your asparagus is ready to serve...


Before putting the salmon into the grilling pan, lightly oil the salmon (remember to oil both side) instead of the pan... Skin side down and cook it for around 3-4 minutes and you're ready to flip it over and let it cook for around 3 minutes on the other side and your salmon is ready!!!


Nice??? I like how the diamond charred mark turn out... Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside!!!


Now for my self made sauce... I heat up some butter and squeeze half a lime in and add a dash of fresh milk... Throw some dried rosemary in and finally some sugar and reduce the sauce... Once it thickens, turn off the fire and you're done!!!


Plating time... It is up to you on how you wanna plate it... But I like mine this way!!!


Caramelized onions and mashed potatoes on the bottom, grilled salmon in the middle with some home made sauce on it and top it off with the sautéed asparagus!!! 


Total cost = Less than RM100.00
Satisfaction = Priceless!!!

That's all for the recipe of my 'Valentine's Dinner 2012'... Prepared and cooked specially for my beloved darling!!!
on Feb 13, 2012
The first time I went 'Publika', I noticed a lot of people dining at this place... As I'm curious as a cat, I decided to dine at this place in my next visit to 'Publika'... Did some researched before going over so that I got a rough idea on what's good and what's not... As a conclusion, what I get from my research was just five letter words... 'PIZZA'!!! A lot of people recommended their pizzas so I guess this is a must try dish then...



Most of their offerings are indeed very mouth watering by just reading the name and description of it... Lots of things to try but we went there quite early and I can't really eat a lot in the morning so we didn't go crazy when ordering time came!!! Since we went in the morning, we decided to order their breakfast instead of our original plan which was pizza...


 Drink to your heart's content as plain water is free of charge!!!




'Le Petit Dejeuner' that came with two half boiled eggs, hash browns, bacon and sautéed mushrooms... Nothing to shout about this but the mushrooms tasted quite nice... RM12.90...



 Acceptable looking half boiled eggs... Half boiled eggs is best eaten with soy sauce instead of salt!!!


'BIG Ben's Breakfast Pizza'... Since we decided to switch to breakfast set, I still can't get pizza off my mind... Luckily they decided to add pizzas to their breakfast menu... I really like this pizza with a poached egg sitting on top of it... Flavour was really nice when mix with the egg yolk!!! RM17.90...





'Eggs Benedict Pizza'... Again beautifully poached eggs on top of the pizza... Egg yolk oozing out with a gentle poke of the fork... Nice!!! RM15.90...



Will definitely be coming back for more... Next time I think I will go there during lunch time instead... Gonna try their pizzas offering and not forgetting lasagne which is one of my favourite food!!!


Overall Rating - 3.7/5

Ben's General Food Store
Lot No.1A, 83-95, Level UG1,
Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1,
Solaris Dutamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
03-6209 1700