Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guessing The Price Right At SPPK, Ipoh

After sending my girl back to her university, I dropped by to pick up my friends in Pasir Puteh. It was almost 6pm and we went to a nearby coffeeshop for our dinner. I have never been there, this shop is called SPPK and when we reached there, there were already five to six tables occupied... 

Either Ipohians like to have their dinner early or.... they want to avoid the 7pm crowd... I think it is more on the latter because I prefer to avoid the crowd and do not have to wait too long for the food... that shows how "patient" I am...

There was a poster written in Mandarin with no picture and my friend told me that the specialty for that evening is the claypot beancurd which cost only RM4!  Obviously we ordered that since the price was special for that evening...
I should have taken the whole picture of the claypot...
Lots of gravy flooding over the ingredients inside..
For RM4, it is definitely worth it..
Homemade also cost more than RM4  :)
We wanted some leafy greens so this dish came out...
Young sawi with roasted meat!
And the best but most unhealthy is this....
Crispy Crayfish coated with Salted Egg
I called them "mini lobsters"
They were nicely and evenly coated with salted egg...
And the flesh was very fresh... 

When all was done and finished, we did the guessing game again...
The one who guessed the right price will get a RM5 discount cut from the share...
One guessed RM30, another RM28 and my guess is RM32...
And the actual price came to RM31.80
So I got a discount of RM5 cut from my share.. 
(Never mess with a food blogger, I was told.... )
hahahahaha...


Monday, September 29, 2014

Amica In Ipoh Garden South, Ipoh

Come Sunday, the four of us "scratched" our heads again... thinking of the place for our breakfast... or should I say brunch? It was almost 11am when we set out from our house and I drove south this time... I mean we ended up in Ipoh Garden South...

There are a few coffeeshops there and I guess most of the good food would have finished by this time.  I did not have any shop in mind when Amica caught my eye.  Amica is along the RHB Bank in Ipoh Garden South, just opposite Pretty Pets.

There were still a crowd there so I guess the food was not finished yet... True enough... food is still abundant there except for the nyonya cakes and kueh.... but the Uncle's dumplings caught my eye... I ordered a few of these to eat while waiting for the food....
 I chose one of each... they look different from the normal ones...
The black one is nice.. charcoal something?
The filling is kaya, I like it...
Then the flower type of dumpling is also nice, my girl likes it...
And the last yellowish one has black sesame fillings... 
I got up again and went to get another two types...
This one also looks special...
Has black sesame and white on the outside...
And the filling is mashed sweet potatoes!
Something I like to eat too....
Each of these dumpling cost RM1.50
Tried their steamed glutinous rice too...
Not bad... tasty... RM3.50 is not too steep...
 As for the food, we ordered Chee Cheong Fun...
My friend ordered it actually and she said "Okay-la..."
This is mine.... not a good choice... 
The noodles are just too little for me... 
hahahahaa...
 My girl ordered Hakka noodles... 
I didn't try it but she finished all of it... so it must be good...
It came with a bowl of wanton noodles...
 And her friend ordered a plate of Wanton noodles with Braised Duck....
The Hakka noodles and this one above only cost RM7... 
Good pricing!
I will try this one day.... 
And of course, the dumplings too.... 
I like all of them!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Moon De Moon At Wah Keong Garden, Ipoh

My girl came back for the weekend and she heard that Moon De Moon served very nice chicken koay teow... She suggested going there for our breakfast but upon reaching, the noodles and the fish balls were all sold out!  Okay, we were a bit too late and this weekend, we must wake up a bit earlier if we want to savour the smooth noodles.

Moon De Moon is in Wah Keong Garden, just a short distance from our place and this time we managed to catch "the early worm".....
Very popular stall... 
We waited nearly 20-25 minutes for the food to arrive... 
Very worth eating...
For RM4, the quality is there...
The soup is just enough to cover the noodles...
They have curry chicken too besides the chicken soup noodles....
I ordered the dried version...  
Smooth koay teow and the sauce suits me fine....
These are Fookchow fish balls... RM1 for each...
The difference between the normal fish balls I normally have.....
My other two kids will crave for these once they read this post!
 Soon... sons... .sooooon!

Do I Need The iPhone 6?




There's a very easy answer to this question and it's... No I don't! I have been using an iPhone 4 that I got from my son when my iPhone 3 stopped working six months ago, and though I really like iPhones generally, and find them easy to use, I wouldn't say I needed a new one until it breaks... But there is a difference between "needing" something and "wanting" it! The new iPhones look really good, so I'm going to look at whether it's worth thinking about actually going out and buying one.

Games
I'm actually not that great at technology and computers and stuff like that. What I like about the Apple system is that it's easy to use and quite intuitive, as well as the fact that it looks nice! Really I just need a phone to call people, use as an alarm clock and play a few games on, and the big-screen iPhone 6 Plus would be great for gaming. I like to play bingo sometimes, which works well on my smaller iPhone 4. But the site I usually play at is good for more than just bingo games, with slots and roulette as well, so the big screen would make everything much clearer.

Sizes
This is the most important difference with the new iPhone - the screen sizes. The old phones have started to look a bit small now that so many Android phones from Samsung and other companies come with bigger screens. The smallest iPhone 6 screens have gone from 4" to 4.7", which might not sound like much but makes quite a big difference to the screen area. The iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5" diagonally which is pretty big. You could easily watch movies on it!

Cameras

Another thing I use the iPhone for is taking photos, and the new phones have a good camera in the usual place and an improved front-facing one for taking selfies and doing video calls, if that's the kind of thing you like! I think the existing camera on my phone is fine, so if the new one is better, that's great, but it wouldn't be enough to make me rush out and buy one.

Prices

I think that right now, the iPhone 6 will be too expensive to convince me that I "need" it. When it's released in Malaysia the price will be something around RM2,500-3,500 without a contract. If I was going to upgrade my iPhone 4 I'd probably think about getting an iPhone 5S, as the prices of these will probably now start to come down. The only problem is that big screen - if I get to try out someone's new iPhone 6 my old phone is going to feel very small...!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

China Dim Sum In Greentown Business Centre, Ipoh

Never leave Ipoh without eating dim sum, so the saying goes... and this statement always seem to apply to my girl before she leaves for the new week again.  Her favourite place is none other than China Chuan Kwong in Greentown Business center.  It was crowded when we reached but we managed to get a small table for two....
Initially these were what we ordered....
Green tea sesame with red beans filling...
Dan-Dan noodles is a must...
The waiter recommended this.....something special...
Yau Chow Kwai with fish paste... 
It was too "hard" for me....
But these are "gorgeous"...
Yam dumplings...
I like this... but not the presentation... quite a small portion on that day....
Salted Fish dumpling...
We packeted back the whole plate...
But this is nice.... the glutinous rice is "yup mei" (tasty)
Yes, definitely too much for the two of us...
I wonder why we ended up ordering so much... 
But worry not, we ate most of them... 
Only the salted pao and the "hard crust" salad were not "enjoyed"....
The rest of them were safely tucked in.  :)



A New App I Get To Know

In my own hometown, I do not need any GPS to lead me to where I want to go but once I am out of town, I will be very helpless!  So far I have not install any app in my iPhone yet, yes, I know.. I am still backdated, I still rely on manual directions from my friends and worse come to the worse, I draw my own directions on a piece of paper and "study" the plan before departing from my home station.  That is not quite reliable, right?

Well, I cannot rely on the manual directions anymore as much as I wanted to.  I am planning to "migrate" to another state when I retire, plans are not definite yet but I need to prepare myself.  When I think of the town I am going to, I feel very lost!  I have to admit that I am poor and helpless in remembering directions.  I am going to need some app software to help me through this time of crisis and the only way to be independent is to download an app to my iPhone.

There are a few apps that I am interested in and I am trying to find out which suit me best.  When it comes to vehicle route planning software, I know next to nothing.  But of course, I can always log into their website.  Something that I read here about fleet route planning software, this service is very helpful for those who are leading busy life, it helps to calculate our planned destinations so that we can save time and car fuel.  For us who plan to make a few destinations at one time, this route planning software will calculate our starting point, that is from our house to our destination in the shortest amount of time, while covering all our destined places at the same time.  I am not sure of the software, all I will do is to bring my phone to the shop and let them do whatever route scheduling software they need to instal into my phone.  It sounds like very effective for me since I am always short of time doing my daily chores.

Once the software is installed, I can start planning the places where I want to go without cracking my own head.  I just have to key in the addresses of where I want to go, all ten of them is also fine with the software.  Route4Me will do all the planning and route out my whole trip.  Isn't that amazing?From what I read here, Route4Me is a Web app that allows me to input multiple destinations and addresses and after that, it will plot the most time and travel efficient course from location to location for me, to save time and energy by driving.  I guess this software is good for me when I move to a new town place.

Friday, September 26, 2014

ACUSTOP For Pain Relief

Ever since I fell down a couple of months ago, I have been getting backache on and off.   That is why old people's myth is true... "Once you fall down and never take precautions, you will get backache every now and then."  I used to shrug it off ....

Now look at me... I cannot carry heavy stuff already... I feel my back is very sprained when I do that... I cannot even sit too long in one position... when I get up, my back is so stiff!  Alright, I do not want to be a spring chicken but at least allow me to walk like a normal fat chicken!  :)

When I did my X-Ray previously, the specialist said my muscle is injured on my right side... since then, it has been healed.. no more pain.. but nowadays the pain is on the left side.... the pain has now moved over... and I have to use these again as recommended by the doc....
So far, I have used a number of plasters and this one is most "relieving"....
It cost RM10.50 for 6 pieces.... not cheap... 
I use two pieces per day for the past few days.... 
Quite big compared to others....
One piece for the day... and one at night...
Among the three diagrams here, I am one of the above.... 
aiyoyoo....