Tuesday, December 3, 2013
[Pixs copyright Ewe Paik Leong]
I was searching for Mark’s Assam Laka but the information counter girl told me that it’s no longer in One Utama. So I popped over to Old Siam Kopitiam as an alternative. The menu is simplistic, containing all the standard economical Thai dishes. Wooden chairs and tables constituted the furniture. I ordered the following:
Pork Green Curry with Noodles RM13.90
Fish Thai Laksa RM12.90
Tham Thim Krob RM7.90
Mango Pulut RM10.90
White Tea RM4.90
The Fish Thai Laksa consisted of a bowl of gravy and a plate filled with several whorls of noodles each with a dried red chili and the leaf of a herb I could make identify. Bean sprouts, one half of a boiled egg, long beans and some unidentified vegetables completed the picture. After turning over the ingredients with the gravy, the chow was ready to be eaten. The thick gravy was mild and exuded a tangy and fishy aroma but the overall flavor differed from Penang Assam Laksa. The firmness of the noodles contrasted delightfully with the crunchy bean sprouts and long beans. The Thab Thim Krob and Mango Pulut were at par with what you get in Thailand. However, the Pork Green Curry didn’t go well with noodles. It was more suited to be eaten with rice. I rated my eating experience here as 3.5/5.
Old Siam Kopitiam
Lot LG325, Floor Oval
One Utama Shopping Centre
Monday, December 2, 2013
Bujang Valley or called Lembah Bujang in Malay is a rich archaeological site near Merbok in Kedah. More than 50 candis (temples) of Hindu and Buddhist origins have been found along the Sungai Bujang (Bujang River) and to date, eight have been restored using original materials. Situated here is the Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum. which is a treasure trove that exhibits pottery, stone statues of Hindu deities, Soong and Ming Dynasties ceramic wares, ornaments, beads and semi precious stones. Also on display are artefects that are evidence of a trading port handling cargo from Arab, Chinese and Indian traders and maritime traders from the Malay Archipelago. Within the grounds of the museum are also many candies and temples restored with original materials. Entrance to Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum is free. To get to the museum, first travel to the small village of Bedong; from here, signposts will direct you to the museum.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
On behalf of Hot Legs Niteclub & Karaoke, Jessica and Josephine (pixs below) wish all readers of The Wordslinger blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Friday, November 29, 2013
Shock suffered by the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident often results in confusion. Such a state of mind may lead to doing the wrong things or forgetting to do the right things immediately after the accident. Problems with the police and the insurance company can be avoided if one is mentally prepared beforehand on how to deal with such an unfortunate event.
1. Stop your vehicle
If you have injured someone or have damaged either government or private property, you have to stop at the scene of the accident. Examples of government property include traffic lights, lamp posts, signboards, fire hydrants and suchlike.
2. Provide or phone for medical assistance
If anyone is injured, either phone for an ambulance immediately or flag down another vehicle to transport the injured to the nearest hospital. The first option is preferable as an ambulance can move through heavy traffic faster since other vehicles will give way. In the meantime, give first aid to the injured if you are trained to do so.
3. Know who the driver is
Try to obtain the particulars of the other driver (or motorcyclist) such as name, address, driving licence number and vehicle registration number. If the other driver is no co-operative, you should at least note his identity if there is more than one occupant. There have been instances where a drunk driver has "swapped" places with a sober passenger. Also, make sure you jot down the other vehicle's registration number as soon as possible. Don't disregard the possibility that the other driver will just drive off.
5. Don't argue or comment
The driver of the other vehicle may blame you for the accident. Worse, a busybody bystander may get involved and pass judgment. Never admit fault or argue with anybody as it does not serve any purpose.
Obtain the names and addresses of people who witnessed the accident. Even the registration numbers of vehicles which were trailing behind the victim’s vehicles prior to the mishap are useful. The drivers of such vehicles can be contacted later by the authorities and interviewed.
7. To report or not to report?
If the accident is minor, you may wish to settle it privately with the other party instead of making a police report to file an insurance claim. Three questions to consider when deciding this are:
(1) How much non-claim bonus (aka no claims discount) do you have from your insurance company? This amount will be wiped out when you make a claim and you have to re-accumulate from point zero percent in a new cycle.
(2) Are you at fault that makes you liable to a fine? The police will fine the party at fault (RM300 or more) for having committed a traffic offence
(3) Do you have alternative transport? Usually, a loss adjuster needs to check the damaged car and approve the repairs proposed by the workshop. This is to ensure that no unnecessary parts are replaced and no unnecessary repairs are undertaken. The procedure takes time so you may be without a car for two weeks or even longer.
If there are serious injuries or death, there is no alternative but to report the accident. The time frame for a report to be lodged is within 24 hours. Once a report is lodged, an officer will decide whether the accident needs investigation. If it does, the officer will go to the scene to take measurements and record important observations such as skid marks, broken glass, condition of road and presence of traffic signs, etc.
Before you make any statement to the police, remember that you have the right to consult a lawyer. Be co-operative to the investigations officer and explain how the accident occurred. You will only be issued with a report number at this stage. A formal written report is available after only a few days. Once you get the formal report, you have to submit it to your insurance company.
Never trust any tout hanging around the traffic police station at Jalan Bandar who tries to lure you to send your car to a particular workshop with false promises. Common tricks are to say that "The fine will be secretly hidden in the repair cost which we will refund to you" or "We can lend you a car free for three days" or "We know their loss adjusters, we can get the car repaired very quickly."
These are lies, nothing but lies.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
What can RM1.20 buy you? At a stall in Restoran 88 in Taman Kok Lian, you can get delicious nasi lemak wrapped in banana-leaf. It contains only half an egg and a dollop of sambal. The magic is the sambal that's slightly sweet and brims with flavour. One packet used to cost RM1 a few years ago but no thanks to the government's increase in petrol price, the SOL (sweet old lady) increased the price to RM1.20. Yes, the nasi lemak is halal.
Jalan Batu Ambar
Taman Kok LIan
(This corner-lot restaurant faces the main road)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A Chinese politician went to the Sithabaram Velo Estate in Klang to give a ceramah. Standing on a small rostrum in the wood-and-zinc community hall, he said, “Vote for me and I will allot money to build a beautiful Muniandy temple in this rubber estate!”
The crowd, many of them in grubby clothes, yelled, “Malam! Malam!”
The politician, wearing a safari bush jacket, smiled and announced, “Let me represent you in parliament and I will ensure that rubber prices will not drop!”
His audience shook their fists in the air and yelled, “Malam! Malam! Malam!”
The politician said, “Now let me tour your estate to see what facilities are lacking.”
As he walked out of the community hall, a young handsome man approached him and said, “This way, sir. Be careful. Don’t step on the malam left by the cows.”
Saturday, November 23, 2013
[Pixs copyright Ewe Paik Leong]
"It's not worth coming here!" my daughter exclaimed when she saw the bill amounting to RM60.50. Earlier, when I stepped into the restaurant and saw that it was only half-full -- on a Sunday at 12:13 pm -- I knew something was not right.
We ordered four food items which did not satisfy our hunger because of the small portions. Here are my ratings:
--Assam laksa 3.5/5 (One notch below the stall at the Air Hitam Wet Market near Kek Lok Si.)
--Char kway teow with duck egg 3.5/5 (Sisters and Lorong Selamat are better.)
--Dry curry mee 2/5 (The sambal tasted weird because it was sweet.)
--Special curry mee 2/5 (Lorong Seratus Tahun tastes better).
This small frigging amount of char kway teow for RM10.90 (RM11.99 after 10% service charge)?
This dry curry mee contained adds-on of RM2 pork blood and RM2 cuttle fish making a total of RM12.50 (RM13.75 after 10% service charge)!
This is the only dish that made my taste buds come alive.
My overall impression is that the ingredient-suppliers in Penang are second-raters who have failed on that lovely betel-nut island. And the restaurant is real kiam siap! To fill the cracks in our tummies, we went to the opposite Neighborhood Food Court for more food.
16-1, Jalan PJU 5/7
47810 Petaling Jaya