Monday, May 25, 2009

Domino's Pizza - Terminator Salvation, the charity premier

Thanks to Domino's Pizza for the charity preview screening of ... Terminator : Salvation at Cineleisure, the Curve :-)

The strong cast includes...
Christian Bale ... John Connor
Sam Worthington ... Marcus Wright
Helena Bonham Carter ... Dr. Serena Kogan
Michael Ironside ... General Ashdown
And, a very special cameo :-) by... I'll Be Back!

Loved the SFX effects and espesh the sound :-) Earth shattering! ... Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
ps - There was even a goodie box with a free pizza voucher, some decals as well as this t-shirt.

Senjyu Sushi, Cineleisure Damansara

Add: G2-G3 Ground Floor, Cineleisure Damansara, 2A Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, PJ
Tel: +603 7727 9028

Want some freshly grated wasabi ... look no further then Senjyu :-)
This was my second visit here, and the food was as good as my first visit here a few months back. I was impressed that the service had improved as well.

Some random kaitens ... Red plate (RM$2), black plate (RM$4), silver plate (RM$6). Always impresses me how fresh the sushi at Senjyu is!

Trio salmon, so fresh ... RM$10, good value!

My very delicious Yakiniku Don, RM$16.90
I was kind enough to share this with my dear movie/makan kakis L, V, M and J of course ;-)

Senjyu Wagyu Maki @ RM$39.90 ... Pure indulgence!

Unatama Maki, RM$26.90 and Senjyu Dragon Maki, RM$18.90

Two more kaitens ... the gold plates are RM$10 each. Love the freshness and the zing-factor of the mango slices!
We each had Sencha, hot japanese green tea, as well ... RM$2 each, bringing the total to RM$178 or about RM$34 a head. Another really good meal here, and we finished JUST IN TIME for the premier of Terminator: Salvation!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Birthday, J! Petroleum Club - Petronas Twin Towers

Add: 41st-42nd floor, Menara Berkembar Petronas II (Petronas Twin Towers, Tower 2) , Jln Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2166 3200

The view from the members-only Petroleum Club ... remember the Catherine Zeta Jones film, Entrapment?

Here's our western set dinner at Dulang Suite one evening, thanks to S for being a wonderful host :-) The Macallan for afters and Havanas were espesh fabulous!

Salade of Braised Osso Bocco Pommes
with mesclum mixed apple and garlic emulsion

Fresh Asparagus Soup
with almond flakes and fresh cream

Baked Tower of Seabass and King Prawn
on mushroom and onion potato cake,asparagus tips, turn parisianne carrot and swim in carrot lemon juice

Pralines, and ...
Durian Tempura
served with ice cream

Our dining table in the opulent atmosphere that can only be the Petroleum Club ... men must be attired in suit and tie, and strictly no batik!

We were there to celebrate our dear Lil Jo's birthday ... Hugs!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bak Kut Teh place alongside Sekolah Kebangsaan Cina Pandamaran B, Klang

Ever seen a man smokin a cigar for breakfast at a BKT joint, I have!!
Only in ... Pandamaran :-)

Located: In between Tuah Kiat and Elim Florist and Gifts, Pandamaran, Klang
Landmark: Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan (Cina) Pandamaran B is located diagonally across the road from this BKT place

Tea ... Aunt G brought her own Poh Lei concoction, earthy and good!

Our dear aunts had ordered piggy tendons by the time we arrived, interesting! Seems its a delicacy ... must have been why the BKT meal cost RM$60 for the four of us, which is good value considering the "spare parts" (eg tendons!) ordered.

Aunt I ordered 10 pieces of ... uh ... chicken feet :-)

Not my favourite BKT ... an experience nevertheless. I found that it lacked "oooomph!"

BMW Z3 front fender vents copy on a Proton Wira!

When I parked alongside this car in Klang, for half a fleeting moment ... I thought it was a BMW Z3 :-)
This was what I thought I was looking at, the vents on the front fender of the Z3 :-)

Hmm, when I "zoomed out", here's what I saw!

Restoran Khalifah - We are not the first, but we are the best! Shah Alam

Dissapointing lunchy at Khalifah, Section 3 (Shah Alam) ... The "ayam madu" picked by the waiter for me was lacking in meat and flavour, and the teh was weak. Sigh ... Pelita rules the roost now!

ps - Their tagline of "We are not the first, but we are the best!" seems to be mis-guided, considering the quality of the food :-(

D27 - Great registration on a Toyota Camry

Great Kelantan registration :-) of D27 on this Toyota Camry.

Proton registered cars, Shah Alam

After a decade, one still sees "Proton" registered plates on Sagas, and Wiras alike. Wonder if they allow it to be transferred to a non-Malaysian car, or (shudder) Perodua even! :-) Hmmm, imagine Proton 1 on a ... Myvi!

Warning! The above photo was taken at Shah Alam's notoriously dangerous (for bumps!) Kayangan roundabout, becareful!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 with Nikon Speedlight SB-600

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 sits comfortably in your hand ...

.. that is until you mount an external flash on the little guy! Here is our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 with a Nikon Speedlight SB-600!

Pros and cons ... We found it to be rather unwieldly, more so then when the flash is mounted on the larger Canon G9! Also, we couldn't figure out how to "go" TTL (Through-the-lens), and changing the zoom on the LX3 did not change the zoom on the flash. Likewise, when we mounted the flash on the Canon G9, we faced the same problem. Alas!

Canon G9 with a Nikon Speedlight SB600 flash

The results using an external flash, bounced to the ceiling, is obvious. Even without TTL, as the flash is a Nikon SB600 whilst the camera is a Canon G9, after various attempts at different shutter-speeds, here is the result :-)

Canon G9 - f/2.8 , 1/800s , ISO400

Canon G9 v Canon G10 v Nikon D80

Under harsh lighting conditions, shooting-macro, sans-flash, it is rather hard to tell the Canon Powershot G9 v the G10.

Canon G9 - f/2.8 , 1/25s , ISO400

Canon G10 - f/2.8 , 1/25s , ISO400

Its clear that a SLR is superior in every aspect, even with a non-Nikkor lens :-)
Nikon D80 - f/2.8 , 1/25s , ISO400