Saturday, March 8, 2014
(PIxs copyright Ewe Paik Leong)
Riverview Small Village is a hard-to-find fan-ventilated restaurant that is popular with office workers in Jalan Ipoh, KL. Situated on the bank of the Batu River, this restaurant offers all the standard “tai chow” dishes. Their menu is a whiteboard with their dishes written in Putonghua.
From the back porch, diners have a view of the gushing river but it’s not terribly scenic. I ate their scallop porridge, which was refreshing and full-flavoured. Apart from scallops, the dish also contained abalone and it was topped with cilantro. The restaurant also serves seafood porridge, pork-rib porridge and fish-fillet porridge.
My bill for the scallop porridge, a plate of stir-fried brussel and two drinks came to RM36. I will return again to sample their “tai chow” dishes.
Riverview Small Village Restaurant
Jalan Cenderuh 2
4th Mile, Off Jalan Ipoh
10:30 am to 3 pm
5 pm to 10 pm
Closed on Wednesday
Travel along Jalan Ipoh from Dynasty Hotel. Pass Mutiara Komplek, pass Ford/Alfa Romeo showroom of Auto Connexions. When you reach the Petronas gas station, immediately turn left. Then take the first right. The zinc-roofed restaurant stands opposite Wisma Jaya Bakti. Two mutts chained to a tree may bark at you when you approach the eatery.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Getting a table at Restoran Win Heng Seng is difficult most of the time. That's because it has several stalls serving scrumptious fare. The pork-ball noodle stall is the most popular. Both the dry and soup versions are available. The pork-ball noodle soup comes with slices of pork, kidney, liver and stomach. You can choose lou see fun, hor fun or yellow noodles. The dry version consists of minced meat, slices of Chinese sausage, spring onions and a separate bowl of pork balls.
The Chinese sausage exudes a fragrant aroma and the play of textures among the minced meat, crunchy spring onions and firm lou see fun intrigues, leaving a umami taste in the mouth.
Before going away, get those delicious mini egg tarts. They're as lip-smacking as those sold by Mon Kee. The crunchy pastry contrasts well with the firm but soft filling which packs a full-bodied flavour.
Restoran Win Heng Seng
Junction of Jalan Imbi/Jalan Barat
(Open-air parking is available beside the Honda showroom.)
Are you scared of dentists? Then go to Dr. Muhd Ajeet, a Sikh, in Batu Caves. When I need dental work, he is my first choice of dentists. Even an injection doesn't hurt because he will use anesthetic cream to numb the spots he will stick the needle in. Drilling? No problem. He will give a painless anesthetic injection. A buddy of mine -- a body-builder in his 30's -- even drives from Ampang to visit him whenever he needs dental treatment. Last but not least, Dr. Ajeet is also gentle with children.
Klinik Pergigian Ajeet
No. 34, Jalan SG 1/2
Taman Sri Gombak
68100 Batu Caves
(Same row as Maybank Islamic)
Thursday, March 6, 2014
(Pix of model for illustration purpose only)
Want to take your mutt for a walk? Go to the lake garden in Desa Parkcity at the fringe of Kepong.
Beautifully landscaped, it’s a popular spot for joggers, dog-walkers, fitness freaks and courting couples. All dogs must be on a leash and you must clean up if your dog answers the call of nature. If you go there on a Friday evening, you may see me with my pooch, Bubble.
After working out a sweat, you can adjourn to Onde Onde restaurant for a drink. This is the only eatery that allows pets to be seated at its sidewalk table. You can’t put your tail-wagger on the chair though, but have to leave him on the ground. Onde Onde's sidewalk is an excellent spot for both people watching as well as dog-watching.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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“Jesus! What happened to you, Chow Kah?” asks Jessica ()pix above).
Chow Kah fingers the Elastoplast plaster on his upper lip. “I accidentally cut myself while shaving.”
“You should be more careful.”
“I was using a razor with a week-old blade. I was also in a hurry.”
“Poor darling, let me give a few tips how not to cut yourself while shaving, okay?” She sips her orange juice and puts the glass down. “First, never use an old blade. Aways keep a few spare blades ready. Change them when you feel there’re nicks in the old blade.”
“You also need to prep yourself. Wash your face with warm water. Or leave a hot towel on your face for a minute. That will help to soften the beard or bristles.”
“Hot water will also open the pores, right?”
“Yes. For many Chinese men, lathering with shaving cream is not necessary. You should pull the skin flat when shaving areas that are round in contours like the chin. Don't shave against the grain but follow the direction of growth of the beard. Use short, downward strokes. Avoid applying too much pressure on the blade, let it glide over the skin. Finally, you must concentrate on what you’re doing.”
“Er, why don’t we go to the washroom and you can shave for me? I mean demonstrate for me.”
“Okay, you go first, I’ll come later.”
“Oh no, another of your tricks again! You’ll send Mummy Lulu to the washroom, rite?”
Jessica giggles, exposing ivory-white teeth.
Mummy Lulu (right pix) pops her head in the karaoke room. "I heard someone call my name?"
Chow Kah gasps: "It's nothing, Mummy, nothing."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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“Jessica, you know any hair loss products you can recommend to me?” Chow Kah asks.
Jessica (pix above), seated beside Chow Kah, flutters her eyelashes. “Why?” She pours more beer into his willybecher.
We are sitting in a private dining room in a golf clubhouse of which Ang Chow Kah is a member. Through the window, I see the 18-hole golf course that is turfed with Zoysia Matrella on the fairways and Bermuda Tifworf for the greens.
Chow Kah lifts his mug and takes a big swallow. “I’m losing my hair.” He puts the willybecher down. “Yesterday, I noticed lots of hair sticking to the soap I used. At this rate, I will be bald pretty soon.”
Smiling, Jessica turns sideways to look at Chow Kah’s forehead. ““My dear, why are you so hung up on hair? A bald man can still look sexy other things being equal.”
Wati (pix above) chips in: “Don’t be conscious of lack of hair. There’re a few pros with being bald. A bald man looks tidier as there is no sticky hair plastered to the head on a hot day or after he has played sports.” She grabs a handful of water-melon seeds and starts to crack them one by one.
I ask: “Do you girls find bald men sexy?”
“In a way, yes,” says Jessica. “Bald men are more mature as they don’t hide behind wigs. A guy who carries a small comb in his back pocket and combs his hair at every opportunity reeks of boyishness.”
Hussein chips in: “Bald men are also more self-confident. They have the guts to sport a shiny pate, and are less obsessed with their looks.” He takes a keropok from a platter in the centre of the table, brings it to his mouth and starts to chew on it.
Jessica takes a sip of her Chinese tea. “Yes, such men can accept change. They know their body is ageing and accept it.” She pauses to adjust a bra strap. “Yet they’re still active sexually because of their high testosterone levels. This is the culprit that causes hair loss.”
I look at Jessica. “In fact, Albert Mannes published a research paper in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science stating that though bald men were perceived to be less attractive, they were perceived to have more leadership qualities and to be more masculine.
Chow Kah asks: “Who’s Albert Mannes?”
“He’s a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania.”
Wati leans sideways and rests her hand on Hussein’s lap. “Anyhow, a man can compensate for his baldness by keeping a moustache, a beard or a goatee."
Jessica scrunches up her face. “My goodness, a bald man with facial hair looks like a villain in a movie! Also looks lecherous."
Hussein puts an arm over Wati’s shoulder. “But he’s bound to be memorable to the people he meets. He will stand out in a party or a business conference.”
A waitress enters the room and puts a bowl of fish head curry on the table. A spicy flavor tickles my nostrils. “How many rice?” asks the waitress.
Chow Kah says: “Five. Fork and spoons and plates, please.”
Jessica asks: “Do you know that men who are bald in front of their heads are good thinkers? Those bald at the back of their heads are good lovers.” She uses a ladle to lift up the contents of the bowl for a second. “Wow, got big squids and prawns also.”
Chow Kah sits upright. “This is their signature dish.” He drapes a napkin over his lap and pushes his willybecher away.
Hussein asks: “No kidding, Jess?”
“No kidding what?”
“No kidding that men who are bald in front of their heads are good thinkers, while those bald at the back of their heads are good lovers.”
Before Jessica can reply, I ask: “What about those bald both in front and back?”
Jessica puts a napkin on her lap and smile. “They only think they’re good lovers. All talk no action.”
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Sexy Sifu Sabrina, KL’s top feng shui consultant, says good-fortune symbols should be placed in the direction of one’s kua number.
(Pixs of model for illustration purpose only)
“Hello Sifu Sabrina?” I say into my cell phone. “You free for lunch? I know a nice place for oysters. We can talk about feng shui while shucking!”
“Why, you son of a -– son of a sly man.” A giggle. “Sure, where’s the place?’
“Ben’s Independent Grocer in Publika?’
“Yes. I’ll see you there at around one-thirtyish.”
An hour later, Sifu Sabrina and I are sitting on stools at the oyster bar in B.I.G.
I pick up an oyster from a pile on a tray of ice and hold it with its curved side at the side of my hand. Inserting a knife between the shells, I give a knife a twist. “What’s your advice for generating wealth?”
The shells separate and I pass the oyster to her.
“Thanks.” She uses a fork to lift the oyster to her mouth. “The easiest way is to have auspicious elements in the house or office. Hmm…the oyster tastes sweet. Many people display the Laughing Buddha, a golden frog sitting on a tray full of coins and the Fook Lo Sau in the living room or business premises. However, apart from these common objects, the power of the mirror can be harnessed to double a person’s wealth."
“Mirror?” I pick another oyster and begin to work on it.
“Yes, hang a big mirror in the dining room so that food is reflected, which symbolizes the abundance of food. Similarly, a mirror which reflects a cash register also symbolizes a doubling of cash coming in. I also recommend hanging ancient Chinese coins over the door. These ancient coins are circular in shape and have a square hole in the centre. They are tied with red strings."
I sprinkle a dash of chili sauce on the oyster, bring the half-shell to my lips and slurp. “I see. No wonder Hot Legs Karaoke & Nightclub does a roaring business. They have -– "
Sifu Sabrina raises her eyebrows. “Hot Legs Karaoke?"
I smile and shake my head. “Never mind, please continue.”
“You can also tie three gold coins and keep them in your wallet.”
The chili sauce burns my tongue and I take a sip of water-melon juice. “I don’t mean to be skeptical but I’ve seen many people putting those items you mentioned in their homes but they’re not rich. Why?”
“Good question. Auspicious objects should not be placed anywhere. They must be placed in the direction of one’s wealth direction. This is based on your kua number.”
“What is kua number?”
“A person’s kua number is calculated on the last two digits of his or her year of birth and gender. For instance, Take 1975. Add 7 and 5 to get 12. Reduce this digit to a single number.” She hooks strands of stray hair behind her ear. “Add 1 and 2 to get 3. For a man, subtract it from 10. 10 minus 3 is 7. If it is woman, add 5. So 5 plus 3 is 8.
“Another example. 1980. 8 plus 0 is 8. For a male, subtract it from 10. 10 minus 8 is 2. Woman, add 5. 8 plus 5 is 13. Reduce to single digit. 1 plus 3 is 4.”
“You’ve a piece of paper?”
I wipe my hands with a handkerchief. “Sure.” I take out a pocket spiral bound pad from my shirt pocket and hand it over to her.
She puts down her fork, opens her handbag and takes out a ball pen. “I’m going to write down a table to show the auspicious directions for the different kua numbers.”
While she writes, I shuck another oyster and put it on her plate.
“Here you are. Keep it for reference.” She hands me back my memorandum pad.
While she eats another oyster, I read what she has written.
Kua Number -- Wealth Orientation
1 -- Southeast
2 -- Northeast
3 -- South
4 -- North
5 (Male) – Northeast
5 (Female) -- Southwest
6 -- West
7 -- Northwest
9 -- East
“So, feng shui objects like a goldfish bowl should be placed in the direction of wealth. Not just any spot that has space for it. Also, you should try to face it as often as you can. When you make an important business call, if you're sitting on a swivel chair, swing round to face your auspicious direction. You get me?”
I put the memo pad back in my shirt pocket. “Any tips for corporate fung shui?’
“It is common knowledge that an office –- or house for that matter -- should not face a road with on-coming road or a cross-road. The best way to counter the bad location is to shift the main entrance either to the extreme right or left to avoid the powerful in-flowing chi. Or hang a part kua above the door.
"When renting or buying an office, choose one that faces a field or an empty plot of land. Never face a mountain, like…er, those shophouses in Batu Caves. I was there once and saw a few rows of shops facing limestone hills. That’s bad.” She wipes her lips with a piece of Kleenex tissue. “If two tall towers come up and overshadow your office building, activate the chi by lighting it up at night. The business may not be doing retailing, it may be a consultancy but a brightly-lit signboard can work wonders.” She suddenly looks at her watch. “Ooops! Time for me go to my client’s office.” She gets down from her stool. “Bye! Thanks for the lunch. By the way, do you know the quickest way to double your money?"
"Fold the money note in half."