Sunday, June 20, 2010

Long Weekend Trip to Kuala Lumpur

My friend and I headed to Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital city of Malaysia over the long weekend at the end of May. This was only my third trip to KL since I moved to Singapore seven years ago, despite its neighbourly location.
Pavilion is one of the newer shopping malls in KL, including a pretty big Forever 21 store. It's big, clean and spacious, a landmark for tourists.
Me outside Prada.
Ever so stylishly, Prada.
We stayed at The Legend Hotel, which claims it is'"5 stars" but it really isn't. The hotel is big, spacious and accomodating. But some things remain to be said, like their carpark is shockingly old and somewhat deserted. The rooms were indeed spacious but lacks warmth, and is starting to look worn out. Guests have to take two lifts, one to go to the lobby on the 9th floor to "transfer" to a different set of lifts to go to the guestrooms.
Jalan Imbi, which is actually very near to Pavilion, has some good local eating joints. I always think when you're in a different country, its good to eat where the locals eat. A word of warning though, this is not the sort of place if you're looking for air-conditioning and something that passes the health food inspector.
Surprisingly, I noticed that KL has quite a few Pancake eateries, which made my mouth water each time I walked past the sweet smelling shop, something one cannot find easily in Singapore. The Pancake place at Pavilion (basement) is hip with their bright orange interiors, however, food took ages to come and I reckon MacDonalds hotcakes beats their blueberry pancakes.
This place, known as The Curve (close to One Utama) is beautiful, with its romantic lights glistening from above. There is a starbucks here and several eateries, massage parlours, bars and even a small market.
Me at The Curve.
We headed to one of the bars called Laundry at The Curve. The place is quite happening with a dancefloor, rocking music and packed with tourists.
This is indeed, the BIGGEST margarita I ever had
I didn't take any pictures of the place, but there is a huge shopping mall located at One Utama, which is something different if you wanna explore the suburbs.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Minifesto 2010

My friend, who spins around in a stylish citrine-golden mini invited me along to this year's Minifesto that was held on 15-16 May at the F1 curcuit. I've never been to anything like this before, but lets just say after the event, I had a new profound love for mini coopers. I think the highlight for me was seeing all these minis lined up next to each other in the parking lot. From the classics to convertibles to the limited editions, it was definately something worth going there for. I've always thought minis were meant for girls, so to speak, but was actually quite surprised that most of the minis were in fact, driven by men!  

There were various games, even free candy floss and delicious popcorn for the taking. There were mini merchandise, a live band and celebrity DJs Glenn Ong and Vernetta Lopez live at the scene.
I'll take the red mini, thanks!

Flowers from DC & EJ

Before I forget, DC & EJ surprised me with this lovely flower box in April during Secretaries Week. I was very touched and have to say, the people (not only my bosses) but everyone at S&S are just the nicest people to work with.

Thanks boss!

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

It was on May 6, 2010 that I ran my first ever marathon. Some may say, 5.6km really is no big deal. Some wouldn't even call it a marathon. More than 12,000 participants, every age, every size and nationality all congested at the starting line waiting eagerly to start the race. For me, it was ever so exciting to be a part of this with my colleagues and I felt a rush each time I saw a team-mate on the way to the finish line.

Towards the end, dying of thirst and sweating like a pig, I was muttering to myself, "gee, nice move signing up for this chickie..." while attempting to make my legs work by banging my head to Bon Jovi, thank god I bought my i-pod along!

Ten of us ran for our firm, and I clocked in 4th at 46.19 mins though that's nothing to brag about. If I get the chance to participate next year, I'm gonna try my damnest to beat my time!

For the record, the French sure can run!