Younger me...

It was a nice weekend mainly I celebrated my birthday in advance with my family on a long weekend. Well, nothing grand but just a simple celebration and mainly it's eat and eat. I didn't post all the makan pixs here as I posted them before. September is a birthday month for my family as well as my in laws as there are lots of us born in this beautiful month. The birthdays will be follow by one another. And. next week I will be celebrating my kid's birthday as well as my wifey's birthday by the end of the month.

Here's your's truly with a Baskin Robbins ice-cream cake....thanks to the discounts due to the Merdeka celebrations
I always wanted to get a pen since mine was spoils long ago and to my pleasant surprise, my kid asked my wifey to get this Parker pen for me. They knew I love Parker and went to the mall to get it for me. Though it's not expensive but seeing that I am the sole bread winner for the family, the loving thoughts count a lot!!

And, oh.. before I returned back to Singapore, we had a simple dinner at Pekin Restaurant, not really a birthday dinner though or whatever it is... hahahaha... as we usually ordered the same food there.

Herbal chicken

'Four heavenly Kings'

Dragon vegetables

'Gu Rou' meat (Sweet and sour pork)
Next week will be my kid's turn and I needed to prepare two presents as usual, for both. So, whenever one got a birthday, the other one also got a pressie... to avoid jealously. hahaha...

Have a good week!


Randon Notes#4/2015 .....

 1. It was another long week for me as I have been real busy with work as well as my own personal workouts. I thought of going to the blogs to comment but too tired to do so after work and ended up resting and relaxing watching videos and reading articles on the net till my eyes are heavy. I will try to comment on my readers' blogs. :) 

2. Well, I have been playing badminton with this group from my company for almost 9 years but too bad, last Wednesday was the last session. The attendance was dwindling from the grand days of almost 20 players (where we booked two courts then) to four or less. Players has quitted the company and there are no new players to replace the old crop. Finally, the remaining four of us who considered 'veterans' of the group decided to celebrate after having the last game and went for beer and food. Well, as for me, I will join other groups as I still love the game, but I take a break now and focus on my two runs, which I signed up.

3. Brought my little princess last Sunday to pierce earrings as she wanted to wear earrings after seeing her kindy mates wearing. Well, I guess it's peer pressures but it's also time to poke two holes onto her earlobes for her age. She was afraid but yet, wanted to do it. The procedure was very fast, almost like a second where the sales ladies at the jewellery shop  'shoot' the earrings onto both her earlobes but half a minute later, tears started flowing down her cheeks and she hugged me and cried silently. Anyway, the pain went away quite fast and she was back to her cheerful self shortly. hahaha... 

4. The haze returned back earlier of the week and I have to resort to running on the treadmill this week. It got better on Wed and Thurs but due to work, by the time I reached home, it was quite late. Thus, I ended up going to the gym to run. I hope to run again in the open next week to prepare for my 10KM run next Saturday. Hope the skies are clear from now.

5. Oh... I will be off-work on Monday for my birthday. It's actually Tuesday but I decided to swap the entitlement to Monday for a long weekend, which also means I will be working on my birthday on Tuesday. Looking forward to the long leave while my wifey suggested going for a high tea buffet at a hotel on Sunday. I am looking forward to it.... :) 

6,. Btw, tried a new eatery in Taman Molek which specialised in Nyonya curry fish head. I didn't note down the eatery name , probably too hungry and tired then ... hahaha... next time! :) 

Nyonya Curry Fish Head - Love the fragrant and my kid enjoyed it very much despite the spiciness!

Vegetables with 'mui chai' on top

And, Kampung chicken with brands chicken essence. I love the soup since it's actually chicken essence. The meat is hard and nice!
Have a good weekend! :)


Oh... my new baby.....

I usually used my company's notebook to settle all my computing needs including blogging but somehow lately they have tighten the security where I needed to sign in to my company's VPN (Virtual Private Network) in order even to surf the net. Thus, I don't feel too comfortable with this arrangement as I got a feeling I am being 'watch'. hahaha... Then, my pathetic netbook of 4 years has already given up on me although I tried to format it and reinstall Windows. It corrupted time and time again everytime I reinstalled it and also getting slower with some keys on the keyboard spoilt. OK, I decided to get a new notebook with a requirement of portability where I can carry it around. I shopped around for the past 1 month and ended up with a good offer from Sen Heng, though I gotta wait for almost 2 weeks for it to be shipped from KL. There's no stocks everywhere in Johor as checked by their staffs. I saved around S$300 on this baby as this seems to be the cheapest when i compared with prices from shops in Singapore and Malaysia.

And, let me introduce my new baby here - Surface Pro 3... :)

Before 'unbox'

Un-boxing ...  here comes the tablet
The stylus - I have yet to try out the functions yet except for clicking

Here's the tablet and the holder which mounted on it permanently. Its very sturdy!

After attaching the 'type cover' or keyboard. It looks like a notebook now.

The typecover 
I still need to get used to it though this is a hybrid, where I can use as a tablet and a notebook. I love the hardware here especially the high resolution 12" screen but it will takes me time to get used to... err.. rather windows 8 Pro. I am still wating to upgrade to Windows 10.

Oh...btw, due to the excitement, I needed some comfort food to calm myself down ... hahaha ... and had a nice char kway teow as well as sharing egg tarts with my little princess.

Have a good week!


Back to Todak Restaurant ..

It was quite a nice weekend as some of my in laws were still around after attending my nephew's wedding two weeks ago as some of them decided to take a short vacation in JB and Singapore. Thus, the weekend was spent going to makan places around JB. After I came to JB on Friday , I decided to bring my two sis in law together with my family to the orang asli settlement near Masai and we patronised the well known Todak Reataurant, which is by the beach and opposite the Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. It was a popular haunt for locals as well as Singaporeans and the place was crowded but we managed to find seats.

Todak Restaurant

Deep fried fish 

A vegetable dish to balance the meat :)

Satay as requested by my kid

Lala - love it. It was very fresh

Salted egg Crabs ... it was fresh and the meat doesn't 'stick' to the shell. And it was affordable too, RM50 per Kg. Since we ordered two small ones, it cost us RM45 for this dish... I think cannot find this price!
I had a great Friday night lunch by the beach and all in all, it cost Rm140+ which I think is reasonable.


On insurance ...

I remember vividly in the past, whenever the typical lower to middle income folks found out someone was an insurance agent, they will always try to shun or avoid the latter. There's always the saying that I heard when I was younger that insurance is a scam and lots of people got burned. Well, of course this perception changed when I got older and gradually I realized it's actually some good financial products especially those yields good coverage and even returns.

 I just met my insurance agent who had been serving me for almost a decade. I can say she provided good services and educated me a lot on her company products though sometimes it can also be irritating when she try to push her products which gave me some kind of 'guilty' feeling if I don't invest. hahaha...  On the other hand, it's a win-win situation as she helps me to see which area of my family and I were not covered while she increase her sales. Of course, I buy intelligently and within my own means. I guess it's boils down to our own budget, coverage needs as well as find out  little on how good is the product. In my opinion, for adults, a critical illness coverage is a requisite while for kids, its nice to get them a savings policy for their education which includes some coverage.

Just some thoughts on insurance here. Over the last long weekend, my family and I was at Kinsahi restaurant in Tebrau City and we had some simple sushi and Japanese meals.

Salmon Sashimi to share 

Ebiko Sushi for my two kids - their favorites!

My lovely Salmon Sushi

A shabu-shabu for my wifey and two kids

Assorted sushi maki to share

Assorted sushis to share

And my favourite Kake Udon ... seems the pix is too dark .. hahhaa

Have a good coming weekend!