The Sweet Talker

August 14, 2008

I’m Not Here Anymore

Filed under: Nothing Personal — thesweettalker @ 8:21 pm

Hi all,

I am no longer writing using WordPress as I sense something is disturbingly not right with it. Kindly please divert you attention to http://thesweettalker.blogspot.com/. Thank you.

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August 13, 2008

Big Boss Was Here

Filed under: Ministry of Entertainment — thesweettalker @ 7:04 pm

Our big boss, Puan Noorizah Hamid, the current Managing Director of PLUS Expressways Berhad (PEB), was here in Mumbai and she was accompanied by her orang kanan, Encik Mohamad Rosli Ahmad, the current Head of Business Development Department of PEB.  So, it was hubby and Yazurin’s job to welcome them. This time they decided to meet up at The Maratha Hotel, Mumbai for some coffee and a short discussion (that wasn’t short at all) on what might transpire in tomorrow’s meeting with the authorities. But why the hell was I there for? Saja gatal ikut sekali…

    

     

     

That night, no one was smiling.

August 11, 2008

Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India

Filed under: I've Got The Tickets! — thesweettalker @ 5:03 pm

No wonder this movie had been nomited for the Best Foreign Language Film at Academy Award nominations ceremony in 2002. It’s the most intelligent, inspiring, stirring, touching, based-on-true story Hindi movie I have ever seen. It’s a movie that will have you laughing and crying all along.

Not everything about India is bad. Their film making just gets better and better. Here’s one – Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India, watch it and see if you can prove me wrong.

August 9, 2008

What? Only One Channel? Arghhh…

Filed under: Nothing Personal — thesweettalker @ 9:05 am

Marahnya akuuuuuuuuu… negara sebesar-sebesar ada nih cuma ada satu channel je untuk Beijing 2008 Olympic Games?

Don’t you find it ridiculously STUPID for a country so huge, so rich with natural resources and so heavy in development, even owning one of the world’s most prominent centers for software and development called The India’s Silicon Valley in Bangalore, cannot even, for the convenience of the TV viewers, provide more than a channel to broadcast the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games???!!!!

Seriously India, just one channel? WHAT A SHAME!!! Urrghhh…

August 8, 2008

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Filed under: Nothing Personal — thesweettalker @ 3:30 pm

The Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing starts today. So, in just about 2 hours, in front of the TV is where I’m gonna be! Nothing should dare come in between me and the TV screen! The last thing I want to hear while I enjoy the opening ceremony of the Olyimpic Games 2008, is ‘someone’ mintak kopi la, mintak cekodok la, mintak air oren la, mintak kacang la. He.. he.. he…..

August 7, 2008

Don’t Miss It!

Filed under: Just Chilling! — thesweettalker @ 11:11 pm

Just make sure you do not miss The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor.

A ruthless Emperor of China (Jet Li) who was cursed and put to sleep for thousands of years by a Chinese witch Zi Juan (Michelle Yeoh), awakens only to find himself in the 20th Century. However, the immortal Emperor together with his cursed terra cotta army wanted to take over the entire world but somehow his evil plot is thwarted by the O’Connells – Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser), his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello), his son Alex (Luke Ford) and his brother Jonathan (John Hannah). With the help of the Chinese witch’s daughter Lin (Isabella Leong), they fight and destroy the Emperor.  

I kind of love the way the beginning of the story and the ending battle scene were done. So dramatic. 

August 6, 2008

The Must-Try ‘Botok-Botok’

Filed under: Do You Smell Something Burning? — thesweettalker @ 2:07 pm

Botok-botok is a traditional Johorian dish that seems more alluring than repellent (to some) and often mistaken for Otak-otak. It is made of pieces of fish fillets marinated in spicy paste and covered with many types of leaves that are shredded into pieces. Here’s how to prepare it…

  

 

As the main features, you must have pieces of seer fish (ikan tenggiri), tapioca leaves (pucuk ubi kayu) and pudding leaves (daun pudding). You may add some other types of leaves too such as daun kaduk and bebuas. Next, you need shallots, garlics, ginger, salt, sugar, fine grated coconut and fish curry powder to make the spice paste. Prepare a bowl of tamarind juice and also a few large pieces of clean, roasted banana leaves which will be used for wrapping.

Tips: For the fish to marinate better with the spice paste, it is best to use fish that is not so fresh. 

Shred all the sweet potato leaves and pudding leaves into large pieces and mix them well. Pound the spice paste ingredients – shallots, garlics, ginger, salt, sugar, fine grated coconut and fish curry powder – together until it becomes very fine and soft. Make sure you mix it well.

  

Smear the fish pieces with the spice paste and leave it to marinate for about 10 minutes. Spread one layer of mixed shredded leaves all over the banana leave. Then, put the marinated fish on top of the shredded leaves. Then again, cover the marinated fish with another layer of the mixed shredded leaves. Pour some tamarind juice over it before you wrap it up.

Tips: To ensure that the banana leave will not break during the process, it is better to double the layers.

  

Store the half-cooked botok-botok inside the refrigerator for like 2 hours, overnight if possible. Steam it for like 3 hours (the longer the better) and serve it with hot white rice. Botok-botok can last for 3 to 4 days if kept refrigated. You just need to keep reheating it. Selamat mencuba!

August 4, 2008

Salmah & Jalil In Mumbai – Day IV

Filed under: Ministry of Entertainment — thesweettalker @ 2:54 pm

Today was the last day for Salmah and Jalil in Mumbai and there’s still one thing that was bothering Salmah. She needed to bring home some kurtas for her sons (for women, it’s called kurti). So, again we went to explore Vashi for any garment shops that sold kurtas. Having to find one fine shop, Salmah bought a couple of them.

  

Then, we came to a shop called Dupatta World where Salmah spent almost half an hour in there checking out some cool scarfs and shawls. FYI, dupatta means shawls.

  

The vacation would not be complete for Salmah and Jalil if we had not checked out the Filmcity. Trying our luck for the second time, we went to Filmcity again to see if there’s any chance for us to get in this time. As we got there, we tried to talk it out to one of the staff and he somehow managed to get us the entry passes (terms and conditions apply heheheh…). Yabedabeduuuuu… At last, hajat Jalil tercapai nak tengok apa dalam Filmcity. That guy even voluteered to guide us around! Ini sudah bagusss…

Lucky us, there was a film shooting going on! So, these lucky four, ehem ehem…, managed to get a few snapshots with the junior actors, junior actress and the director (the one with the thick white beard). Wohooo jangan jelesTapi aktres tu kerek sikit la. Ada plak tanya “What is this picture for?” Ingat kitorang nih paparazi ke? Ada rupa paparazi ke? Ish.. kalau kitorang nih paparazi, takkan la nak mintak izin tangkap gambar bersama-sama. And if we were from the magazine, she would have seen name tags hanging around our necks, right!

   

  

We spent almost an hour inside Filmcity. Many of the features you see from the stack of photos in here are mainly used in many Bollywood movies! For examples, the temple, the bridge, the ghost house and the crooked roads. And there’s also a huge building built to serve as a high court, a school, a church and a jail – all in that one huge building! And we also witnessed the construction of Shah Rukh Khan’s latest movie set!

    

    

   

After Filmcity, Chavan took us all for a spin around Amitabh Bachchan‘s mansion in Juhu… I don’t need to elaborate as many of you should have already known by now who Amitabh Bahchan is!

 

… and then he took us to the filthy yet so lively Juhu Beach for a short walk – a beach in a city which is in dire need of a spring cleaning and an extreme make over! Indeed, these Indian people need to turn into a new leaf and learn not to litter and start using the garbage bins!

   

   

Before we took them off to the airport, we stopped by at Delitalia, near Juhu Beach for a snack and some hot chocolate. That place was, woohoo… romantic! And the Octopus Insalata was absolutely marvelous! The girls who ushered us in, they’re not Chinese. And they couldn’t even understand a single Chinese word at all! They’re actually Chinese looking Indians, who came from Nagaland, a northern state of India. It’s funny to see these girls speak in Hindi!

   

   

    

   

At 9.30 pm, it was time to say goodbye to these superb energetic duo! Truth be told, for three and a quarter days with them, I think I had experienced and learned many useful things from them. Without them, I would not have known that the India-made stainless steel blenders are tough and durable. Then, the Indian sweets that I used to dislike so much, but since the day Salmah introduced me to barfi, I will never look at Indian sweets the same way again. I also got to know that Lipton’s Green Label Tea produces a fresher aroma than the yellow or red labels and that I just have to get one pack of it one day and try it myself. And most of it all, if not for Jalil’s persuasion, we would not, in a million years, have the opportunity to see what was inside the Filmcity.

 

It was a great pleasure having them around. The moments we saw them arranging their bags on the trolleys at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport of Mumbai, we started to miss them already. Tahu tak rasanya macam mana? Macam anak cucu balik kampung time raya. Tok nenek happy gila. Tapi bila raya selesai, semua pakat balik bandar, tinggal tok dengan nenek kesunyian kat kampung. Hah, kitorang (hubby and I) macam tok nenek tu la…

Salmah & Jalil In Mumbai – Day III

Filed under: Ministry of Entertainment — thesweettalker @ 1:03 pm

After a good sleep last night, our energy was fully restored and we’re ready for another day of shopping marathon.

First, we took them to a couple of shops that sold steel utensils and appliances in Vashi. At one of the shops, Salmah bought a Sumeet all-in-one stainless steel blender (meaning, it can be used as juice mixer, spice grinder and meat mincer) and a Prestige pressure cooker while Jalil bought a pressure cooker of the same brand and a set of forks and spoons. As for me, hmmm… an oven would suffice for the time being.

   

  

… then to Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Drug store which was also in Vashi. The said company specialises in Ayurvedic herbal health care products focussing on developing, safe and natural remedies for healthier plus richer lives. You can get almost anything under the sun here, from hair care to skin care, supplements to nutrients, slimming tea to weight gainer, baby products to cosmetics, anything you name it, dudes! And all are made from fine herbal ingredients.

    

… and lastly, to the wholesale market in Vashi where they could shop for some basmati rice, spices and tea leaves.

   

   

  

… and then we needed something that we could quench our thirst without drowning ourselves. Perhaps, some ice-cream at Natural would do fine!

     

I wanted so much to have some beriyani at Paramount Restaurant for lunch but since the road we took did not go that way, I just had to make do with the beriyani at Bostan Restaurant, located infront of Jama’ Masjid in Bandra.

   

     

We checked out Shah Rukh Khan’s huge bungalow – Mannat – in Bandra after lunch. Pressing my luck, I asked the guard if there’s a possibility we could see and a take a photo with him. But to my disappointment, the guard simply said “Shah Rukh Khan nahi hei. He’s out of India!” Mana pulak la mamat sorang nih pegi… cuba la duduk kat rumah dendiam!

  

Next, we checked out Aishwarya Rais former apartment in Bandra. She used to live here before she got married to Abhishek Bachchan and moved into the Bachchan’s home.

 

Next destination was Filmcity in Goregaon, a place that serves as the venue for shooting of many Bollywood movies, I can say almost similar to Universal Studio. We tried to enter the area but we were stopped at the entrance gate by the guards who later informed us that we needed to get a special pass to be able to get in. We tried many tricks and approaches (we even tried to bribe them), in the attempt to get in, but dreadfully, we had no luck that day.

I just couldn’t understand why they kept this place close for visitors. They should have at least opened a ticket booth at the gate and charged the visitors who wish to go in. The should have opened the area to public and make money out of it. In a way, this will promote the area as part of the tourist attaractions! Why do they have to make it harder than entering a war refugee camp? It’s really upsetting!

 

Ayesha had invited us over to her place at Pali Hill, Bandra to have dinner tonight. As it was still early, we stopped by at Oberoi Mall, Bandra just to kill the time. 

 

On the way up to Pali Hill, we stopped by at Punjab Sweet House to buy some barfi. Barfi is a scrumptious Indian dessert made of either mango, cashewnuts or almond nuts mixed in pure butter ghee, sugar, cardamom powder and the finest quality fresh channel milk that will give you a wonderful sweet creamy lip-smacking sensation. Barfi, without being refrigerated, can last for about 3 to 4 days.

At one corner of the shop, I saw a guy making sweet jelabi. I had tasted this one before but I don’t really like it. So, I just bought myself some plain milk barfi and some mango barfi! Yummy…

    

As we reached Ayesha’s apartment, we were greeted by her and her cocker spaniel, Velvet at the door. Ayesha later then took us for a tour around her apartment and showed us where the gymnasium and the swimming pool were. As we strolled around, Velvet walked a few steps ahead of us and it’s like she was the one giving us the tour, not Ayesha.

The Ferrari you can see in one of the photos belongs to a famous actor, Sanjay Dutt. In fact, the whole building where Ayesha lives belongs to him and his family. He even has his own private gym, separated from the common one Ayesha had shown us a few minutes ago.

From Ayesha’s balcony, we could see a huge white van which also belongs to Sanjay. And the two white structures, a bungalow and an apartment building, standing behind Sanjay’s white van, belong to a famous senior actor, Dilip Kumar.

Dinner was served at about 9 p.m. It was a lovely dinner indeed. Ayesha’s adorable Velvet that kept pacing under the table while we were eating suddenly came to me and licked my foot. Startled, I gave a loud yelp(couldn’t help it!) and poor friendly Velvet got scared of the sound I made so, she scurried away.  

    

   

   

    

On the way home, we stopped by at a construction site near our apartment to get some fresh clean soil which we intended to use it for the samak later. As soon as we got into the house, kitorang cepat-cepat samak apa-apa yang patut before everyone went to bed. 

Salmah & Jalil In Mumbai – Day II

Filed under: Ministry of Entertainment — thesweettalker @ 12:47 pm

Hubby had a meeting to attend at Dua Associates Advocates (Ayesha‘s office) in the morning so all of us tagged along. After all, we needed to pass Ayesha the Bobbi Brown (Raspberry No.5) rouge she had requested us to buy from Malaysia. During breakfast, Salmah gave me a Menard long lasting lipstick as a gift. So sweet of her.

  

After spending for about 15 minutes at Ayesha’s office, and after Ayesha finally got a hold of her Bobbi Brown rouge she had been asking for, we made our way out of the office, leaving hubby behind with his business associates to continue with whatever business they’re having. All of us promised to meet up for lunch. Our driver, Chavan, drove us (Jalil, Salmah and me) straght to Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace Hotel for sightseeing. Upon reaching the place, Salmah and Jalil took the liberty to roam around and check out some stuff sold along the sidewalks.

   

 

We still had time for some shopping before hubby called up for lunch. So, I brought them to Colaba, where they could check out a huge variety of inexpensive stuff and collector’s items such as pashminas, shawls, “I’ve Been To Mumbai” T-shirts, kurthas, antic items, bangles (kada), etc, etc, etc. This could be one of their most interesting shopping experiences ever. Shopping sakan…

  

  

Hubby rang me up for lunch while Salmah and Jalil were still in the midst of their shopping spree. It was like 15 minutes later that we finally moved away from the busy Colaba Street Market and went to join hubby and the rest at the restaurant hubby had described. It’s called Moshe’s.

We had a very, very, very hefty lunch I thought my tummy was going to blow up! I had grilled beef but Ayesha’s grilled pomfret tasted better! And that slice of Gooey Chocolate Cake was extremely goooood! If you are a cake lover, this one will definitely be right up your alley!

   

    

When lunch was over, we parted with Ayesha and her collegues and hubby brought us all to Nariman Point for sightseeing. There’s nothing much to see here except some people loitering all over the area and lovers kissing each other so freely, ignoring the watchful eyes of the onlookers. 

  

Jalil and Salmah still hadn’t got enough with the brass antic stuff so, we went back to Colaba Street Market to get some more. What impressed me so much is that despite the lack of sleep, these two in fact had all the energy and force to continue their shopping spree! I couldn’t blame them anyway, these antics were really cool and cheap! I even bought myself an antic wall clock which I paid for only RM70. Believe it or not, these antic stuff still worked like brand new! Hmmm… I wonder if these things have stood the test of time and still being used today or they had been made up to look like antic items! Whatever it is, I just looooove my antic wall clock!

  

We checked out some sarees and textile goods at a ‘saree and textile town’ called Dadar (about 30 minutes from Mumbai city). We got into the saree shop at 5pm and checked out only at 8pm, imagine that! Salmah bought a whole load of colourful sarees and Jalil… he too! And I managed to get the saree storekeepers to pose for me… cute!

    

  

These fabric pieces are of good quality yet sold at reasonable prices, suitable for making pants and office shirts.

   

After spending a lot of time (and not to mention a lot of cash too) shopping and sightseeing around Mumbai city, we brought them to Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai for dinner and some music. On our way in, hubby saw a long sleeve ‘Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai’ T-shirt on the rack and he liked it very much he purchased it. Sempat lagi tu…

It was Friday. So, were out of luck to see some live entertainment that night ‘coz the live band only played on Tuesday and Thursday here. Too bad… just too bad.

    

    

It was close to midnight when we reached our home and it’s time to call it a day. Shopping for things like spices, rice and kitchenwares would have to wait til the next day.

Salmah & Jalil In Mumbai – Day I

Filed under: Ministry of Entertainment — thesweettalker @ 12:37 pm

Salmah and Jalil arrived Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai at about 10.45 pm on Thursday, 31st July 2008. The duo you’ll soon see appearing in some of the photos, are hubby’s most dearest and closest friends, who have been and will always be there for him through good and bad times, thick and thin. Therefore, it was our greatest delight to welcome them to our humble home in Navi Mumbai, India and make their visit to Mumbai ground a memory that lasts a lifetime.

We didn’t do any touring that night as it was getting really late. So we just took them back to our home and I made some hot coffee for them while they catched up with each other. The chatting went on for about two hours before everyone retired for the night. Salmah occupied our guest room while Jalil… well, as we had only one guest room, poor Jalil had to spend the night and every other night downstairs at the living hall.

As the lights went off, the night faded out slowly. The next day was presumably going to be a helluva shopping marathon!!

July 26, 2008

Nasi Lemak Mambau

Filed under: Just Chilling! — thesweettalker @ 6:10 pm

My mama and the rest of this side of family, and some of my uncles and aunties too, just love having breakfast at Nasi Lemak* Mambau. So, whenever I am around, I kind of have to tag along. And everytime we, just the family, come here (usually on Sunday morning), we will ask for…

“Braderrrrr, nasi lemak* lima! Kasik ayam goreng sama sambal sotong**! Lepas tu kasik teh tarik*** empat, milo suam satu!”
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I don’t know why people keep saying that the restaurant serves the best nasi lemak* in town and that people keep pouring in just to have it! But to me, I just can’t find the taste up to my delight! Or maybe, nasi lemak* is just not my cup of tea! But still I urge you to try it out! Who knows, you might like it like my family do! You can find this restaurant on your way to Port Dickson as you head from Seremban town. You’ll reach a small town called Mambau. When you get there, ask anyone around, I bet he can show you where the place is as it is so well-known in that area. And if you know Nabil the Raja Lawak, well, he used to work here as a waiter before he became famous.

* Nasi lemak = Coconut rice

** Sambal sotong = Cuttlefish in chili paste

*** Teh tarik = Teh tarik omputeh cakap apa aaaaaaaaa? Tea with milk kutttt

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Filed under: I've Got The Tickets! — thesweettalker @ 12:33 pm

Not my journey!

It’s theirs!!!

Well, it’s just a movie! The 3-D movie was based on a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne, about a scientist in a quest to find his missing brother. Joined by his nephew and a mountain guide, the three soon discover a fantastic and dangerous world at the center of the earth!

Hubby, lil’ bro Abshor and I went to TGV, Jaya Jusco, Seremban last to night to catch this movie. Quite frustrating that the movie was a little bit blurry as it was shown in 2-D and our seats were 4 rows from the front! If only we had watched it in 3-D at IMAX Kuala Lumpur (yeah, we should have!!), it would have been more satisfying. *Sighhhh…*

July 25, 2008

Today

Filed under: Nothing Personal — thesweettalker @ 9:17 pm

Today, some people were going off and somebody was coming home.

These two lovebirds were going to Kuching, Sarawak for a vacation. And I was there at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal Malaysia (LCCT), Sepang, this morning to see them off.

And later in the evening, my parents and I took the guy in white T-shirt back to our house in Puchong! Welcome home, lil’ bro!

Somebody Is Over The Moon

Filed under: Just Chilling! — thesweettalker @ 9:12 am

I had a conversation with Yusniza through Yahoo Messenger a few days before I flew to Kuala Lumpur. The conversation went something like this… (JIMY denotes myself).

JIMY: Hey Yus, I’m coming back to KL this Saturday and will be around for a week.

US: Hey you, good! Lets meet up. Make sure this time we really meet up!

JIMY: Is Tuesday fine with you?

YUS: Sounds fine to me.

JIMY: Great! I’ll give you a call when I reach KL.

YUS: I still use the same old number.

JIMY: Me too.

YUS: I have something to tell you but let’s save it for our meet up. It’s gonna be a surprise!!

JIMY: (Suspense nih…) Ok, that can wait! You need not tell me now.

The rest of the conversation were quite personal and unimportant so, there’s no need for you to know.

As I was tide up with a few things at my mama’s place in Seremban, the Tuesday plan was cancelled. So, we met up on Thursday (yesterday) instead. When I reached The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, KL, she was already there waiting for me and she looked like she’s having a bloated tummy! But why was she smiling so widely? The first thing she said to me was “Hey you… I am 4 months pregnant!” Whooooaaa lady, pregnant, really? I was stunned for a moment but later, I was like a dog with two tails when she confirmed it again. Whatta surprising news! And this’s gonna be her first born child!

She had not disclosed her pregnancy to me all this while just because she had been waiting for the right time to reveal it me. Apala Yus nih…  I was so happy to see her standing there, in front of me, grinning from ear to ear, looking more radiant than ever! For something wonderful that has happened to her, she’s soooo over the moon!

We had some drinks at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Yus gave me a lovely 24 carat gold plated miniature plate which she got it while she was in Japan few months back. She just couldn’t stop grinning, you know! I couldn’t stop grinning either! As were catching up with each other, some old friend whom we knew from the horse ranch, Along, happened to pass us by.

   

    

Later, we had dinner downstairs, at Sakae Sushi, as Yus was craving for some Japanese food! It was nice to see her again, happy and glowing. Wishing her all the best in paving her way to motherhood.

   

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