Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pájaro en una jaula de oro

I haven't travelled in a while. This is the longest I've been in one place at a time. I've been here far too long. I need to fly. I've been too comfortable with the bird seeds, human love, my little water dish, my many, many snacks and my golden gilded cage.

I miss my freedom. I even forgot how it felt being up in the skies, flapping my wings and the wind gently caressing my feathered body. I forgot the feeling of discovering new places and trying new bird snacks. I forgot everything.

Very soon, I will be too old and fat to even fly around anymore. I guess this gilded cage that holds me will also be my casket. I've been too comfortable I forgot my principles. I remember how valiantly I fought against the gilded cage.

No puedo pedir ser puesto en libertad, la libertad tiene que ser ganada.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Annyeong Haseyo Hwangsil Jeong-Won (Hwangsil Garden)

I finally tried Korean BBQ eventhough I think it's over-rated with Daorae and the likes of it. I've never wanted to try Korean food but I love Indian, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Arab, French, Shanghainese, Italian, Spanish, Malay and generally I love all types of food, even Japanese.

I swear that the Japanese makes the most wicked tempura and nothing fries better than Panko. I have virtually no problems with Japanese food. Korean food on the other hand is an acquired taste.

No, I enjoy spicy food but I have no liking for kimchi. I do love a good wasabi though. I love good food, my friends from all over the world makes really good food and brings them to me. I've had Turkmenistan's Plov and Nigerian's Plaintain.

One of my best friend is Korean and surprisingly, even she prefers Western food and tapas to Korean. She's a huge fan of La Bodega. I guess, I'm just not a fan of Korean food. The only thing I occasionally enjoy is the Korean seafood pancake.

Anyways, Hwangsil is located at Neo Damansara. If you're familiar with La Gomera, it's in the same vicinity. We ordered pork back and pork loin and it was ok. It tasted like the pork bacon that Mom used to buy from Meaty/Tesco.

I like fuss free dining and Korean comes with lots of tiny dishes filled with tiny stuff and I think it's pretentious and snobby. I'm not used to stuff like that and like Arab/Lebanese food, I love the dips and they aren't as pretentious as Korean food.

Personally, eating Korean food is like the first dinner with your girlfriend's family. Difficult to swallow, pretentious and most of all, you feel as if you're worthless and classless.

I wrote this back in July 25, 2011 and presently, it's March 21, 2012 and I've ate here almost 3 times a month and I realized that Korean food is actually an acquired taste. Right now, I feel that most food are bland without kimchi and I love kimchi!!!

Currently, I finish 2 whole servings of kimchi every meal here. The BF even loves this place that the food is spicy and delicious. The only time I ever eat vegetables will be here... The BBQ goes real great with the fresh lettuce!!! The family also loves this place.

The bro finished 5 baskets of lettuce with BBQ most of the time.... I learnt the small portions and healthy cooking options are very much appreciated. Now, This happens to be one of my favourite restaurants!!!!

And it helps if the owner and his son has great PR and the people there makes us feel like family.

Unit F-1-01, Block F, Neo Damansara,
No.1, Jalan PJU 8/1, Bandar Damansara Perdana, P
etaling Jaya, Selangor 47820

~you know me change~
Michelle May

Little Italy, Puchong

Daddy's Risotto with chicken and mushroom. The moisture is just nice because a good risotto has to be creamy but not too creamy and not too dry. I find it difficult to achieve it but they have done a good job at it.

My dinner. Chicken and mushroom tagliatelle in creamy sauce which was delicious in its own right. I don't have any other chicken and mushroom tagliatelle to compare it to!

Little Italy is a small, cosy, homey restaurant tucked away at the corner of Bandar Puteri from traffic and prying eyes. We arrived at 7:10PM for dinner and at 7:20 Daddy's risotto arrived. My Tagliatelle arrived 25 minutes later.

Please bear in mind that the other tables that came later, already got their food. After 30 minutes, Mother's Fish and Chips still isn't ready and she got pissed off and cancelled the order.

It's a small place that has less than 15 tables and when we arrived, there were less than 5 tables. To screw up our order (then we noticed that other tables were complaining as well) is just too fucked up because no thanks to them, they ruined a perfectly good family dinner for us.

The food was moderately good, not as great but edible. Tiramisu is a turn off as well. Soggy and not a hint of rum. I may not know how to cook but I've eaten countless amount of delicacies in the world to know how they should taste.

Anyways, we take Sunday dinners very seriously. The Parentals and I are mostly busy during the weekdays and the only time we sit down as a family to have dinner is on Sundays. The place seems like a family restaurant but it's just ridiculous to make a family eat one by one.

Guess we won't be back.

No. 161, Jalan Kenari 23A,
Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong
Selangor, 47100

~you know I mean it~
Michelle May

Peach Pie.

Made peach pie over the weekend. Was craving for pie and watched French Food At Home as well as Rachel Allen Bake! so I was tv pressured into baking.

I've always used the same recipe for my You Can't Go Wrong Apple Pie. This is the best crust recipe that I've used for as long as I baked and today, instead of Granny Smiths, i decided to use a can of near expiry peaches!

It was plump, juicy, sweet and tangy. The extra crust was made into Little Men, but my Mommy accidentally burnt them all in the oven because she was too busy eating her Pork Noodle!

Poor,poor, little men!!! *sobs*

~you know I bake~
Michelle May

Craft Brews, Mutiara Damansara

I love this new place by Mutiara Damansara called Craft Brews. I love the pork ribs because it's tender to the bone and juicy while the wedges are made from real potatoes, not those flour stuff! I love it that the platter has the most delicious BBQ chicken.

The ribs was tender and juicy and even the bone tastes soooo good! The meat just falls off the bones and the marinate reaches the bones. You know me, I'm a huge fan of pork ribs and I've generally tasted most pork ribs in PJ and i have yet to find the best pork ribs in Malaysia.

The best pork ribs goes to Singapore's King Louis. But, it's safe to say that Craft Brews is more than a bierhaus. They have the best pork ribs (in my opinion) in Malaysia.

I'm an avid fan of Groupon and decided to buy the coupon for Craft Brews. Took Candy there for her birthday as well as Yan Yan and Mother. They enjoyed the food immensely. What I'm addicted to is the dessert.

We had the Moist Chocolate Brownie which was heavenly! Really satisfied my chocolate cravings!!! It's 2 pieces of the most warm, luxurious, moist chocolate brownies with chocolate sauce and nutty chocolatey goodness. But it doesn't end there, on top of those 2 brownie, a huge dollop of vanilla ice cream!!!

It's like heaven and hell, ice and fire and suddenly, the world makes sense. The warm chocolatey goo with the ice cold melt in your mouth vanilla ice cream, so ORGASMIC!!!

G3 Podium, Ground Floor,
Menara Batu Kawan 1, Jalan PJU7/6
Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

~you know you eat me~
Michelle May

Friday, July 22, 2011

MA in IR

Part of my application for my Masters required me to write “a few lines or so” to “briefly” explain why I wanted to do my Masters and what do I plan to do after my Masters.

Took me approximately 5 months to finally sit down and take these questions seriously and start on my application. In a nutshell, I wanted to do my Masters in International Relations just because I want to work with the UN or EU.

To be pragmatic, having a Masters will ensure that you get a better job with a higher pay. But I don’t think this is the same if you plan to do a MA in IR. The whole concept of IR itself doesn’t specify a job that you can earn tones of money or make your first million before you turn 35. If it’s about the money, you’re better off doing your MBA and claw your way up the ladder.

Firstly, let me define the concept of IR. International Relations is the study of relationships between countries and understanding the world and making sense of issues and finding a solution to make the world a better place.

The study of IR covers issues like poverty, gap between the rich and the poor, humanitarianism, politics, sovereignty and security. Before this, I was just a happy girl travelling and getting everything I wanted. I was so protected that I have no idea what is going on outside in the world. My world revolved around shopping, chic lits and relaxation therapies. I knew more about Christian Louboutin than people like Aung San Suu Kyi.

It was during a Globalization class during my degree that made me realized that so many things are going on and we are all connected. Just because Malaysia is in South East Asia, it doesn’t mean we are not affected by the Bali bombings or even 9/11. The whole world is interrelated and like the ripple effect, we get affected directly or indirectly.

I don’t want to compare myself to Buddha but I would say that I felt like Siddhartha Gautama when he first wandered out of his palace and saw suffering which he then decided on meditation to find a way to alleviate the people’s suffering. When he finally achieved nirvana, he was known as Buddha “Enlightened One”.

I guess I just want to make the world a better place. Once the world is a better place, people will be less mean and like a karmic circle, the world becomes a better place. Now, wouldn’t that be great?

Anyways, I have to get back to my application. Just wanted to get all these ideas out of my head or at least put them in words so I can string them into proper sentences. Come next September, I hope to graduate, I hope. Wish me luck!

Sometimes I wonder if I have what it takes? Can an empathetic heart be successful in her endeavors’? I recently thought of giving up. I’ve never given up before, until this year. This is coming from a girl who had 3 jobs in 3 months. Been attending a few funerals (3 to be exact!) in 1 month. The recent funeral was Natalie Chin’s (my cousin) grandma. Somehow I fell in love with 2 Timothy 4:7; I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Instead of associating it with death, I just read this line over and over so I won’t give up. Just keep holding on, have some faith and things will get better. Instead of trying to change the environment, I should start by changing myself. I don’t think I’m extremely brilliant, but I do know that I have a good heart and I feel too much and I’m too just.

I tend to confuse pride with principles and for me; self fulfillment in Marlow’s Hierarchy of Needs plays an important factor. Anyways, my train is getting ready to leave this station. Trains can’t stop in a station for too long.

~you know im geeky like that~
Michelle May

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Shoes To Die For!!!!

GLAMROCKCHIC Roxanna Heels in Green

I love these heels because well, I love Green and I love the tassell details. It's so adorable that tassells could be use in shoes instead of curtains. Instead of looking odd, it looks beautiful, doesn't it?

GLAMROCKCHIC Heart & Soul in Nude

These pieces are one of a kind. I love subtle designs and this one is just too cute and playful! As I was scrolling through the website, I didn't notice the heart until I saw the model wearing it. It's gorgeous!

Sam Edelman Fall 2011 Lorissa in Nude

Sam Edelman Fall 2011 Lorissa in Paparazzi Pink

I think Sam Edelman really outdo himself for Fall 2011, I love the bold studs. It's like very Beyonce in Run The World. It shows that one can be feminine as well as tough.

Sam Edelman Fall 2011 Renzo in Black

Sam Edelman Fall 2011 Renzo in Putty

Did anyone of you managed to catch the BET Awards over the weekend? I didn't sit through the whole ceremony but I did managed to see Beyonce perform Best Thing I Never Had in some shoes resembling these ones but without the studs. Maaan, It was love at first sight!

Anyways, if you love them as much as I do, please visit the links provided at the bottom of the image. The GLAMROCKCHIC is a Malaysian brand under LushIcon. Support Malaysia!!!

I'm a SIZE 7 if anyone here is feeling generous. :X

Lush Icon Boutique,
1F-1B First Floor,
Bangsar Village II,
No. 2, Jalan Telawi 1,
59100 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Tel / Fax: +6 03 2282 9619

Sam Edelman on the other hand, can be purchased only if you're in the United States. :(

~you know you love em too~
Michelle May

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Busy Bee!

Been extremely busy in making sure that the new addition to Patrick's little family is comfortable. These ones are like real babies. Unlike the previous 2 (Paddy & Pushkin) that refuses human contact, these babies love human contact.

They love being in your palm and falling asleep. They love being stroke and petted and when you put your finger near their mouth, they suckle your finger. I love them so much. It's so relaxing when you see the whole family in the cage and the babies running around.

Well, more piggies mean more poopsicles so, been busy keeping them clean and hunting for a new home for Patrick. He will have his own little cage now on. I can't possible get rid of him because, well, I love him loads.

He's my big, huge piggy!!! I wish I can quit my job and be a full time mommy to them. I guess if I ever become a Mommy to a human baby, that's what I'll do. I'm getting so atached to them that I'm so worried, if I ever give them away, I'll be very sad.

I'm off to clean them now. And like human babies, Guinea pig pups are also born with a baby scent! Their fur are so soft unlike Papa Patrick and Mama Mimi's fur which are wiry.

~you know you miss me~
Michelle May

Christmas The Guinea Pig

Christmas is the naughtiest of the lot. Very curious and stubborn. Likes to wander off on its own. Not afraid of anything. But once you start stroking it, he'll slowly fall asleep and he sometimes fight sleeping. That's how rebellious he is.

~you know you love em~
Michelle May