Sunday, 28 February 2010

Seoul(mate)










Mentari  di Seoul


This is my second time in Seoul , this city is amazing , although I was there both times for work assignments and did not get that much chance to explore it , I was glad to be there for the second time, the friendliness of people at Seoul Plaza and being able to have a mini stop by at the nearby ancient Deoksu Palace just before I left had made my visit a beautiful one.


I had dinner at one of the restaurant at Euljiro area, I have problem remembering Korean names , therefore I forgot the name of the restaurant but I must say that the owner was very thoughtful when I said that i like Gaeran Jim my favourite Korean dish and asking if the restaurant has it while flipping through the menu , he quickly called his wife and she made it for me !I think that was so sweet and I will never forget that.

The adventure that I had in Seoul was great too, one evening out , I saw many drunk citizens and I had never seen that much drunk people in my life, doing air bowling , air basketball (I was wondering ... why no Ice skating mimics from this drunkards since Kim Yu na ? the beautiful Korean figure skater won gold at the winter Olympics at that very time?)I wanted to capture these people’s picture but I respect their privacy and it’s unfair to take other’s intoxicated pictures.


Seoul brings me so much happiness!



A cream puff a  day keeps the  girl happy.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Sayangku Seoul


I am on my way to Korea, take care of yourself.



Monday, 22 February 2010

Jakarta... just as it is

Dear blog,



Recently, I was in Jakarta on business and no doubt I had a good time.Meeting friends old and new tasting food so good that I ate like it is the last day I’m on earth.Business was good too.

My life when I was in Jakarta was filled with buntut ( ox tail in English , bum/ass /backside in Malay)

Anyway since I like them backsides I end up staying late at the hotel’s famous ‘buntut buffet’.

I am lucky lately that when I’m at a hotel everyone is nice to me, none of those attitude , snobbish appears lucky me.

Ain’t it funny

When I arrived I shared a car with a banker as we feel that it is better to share a car as the traffic is bad and the cheffeur of the hotel can take us straight.As the black C200 slide on a rainy evening , I have started to feel that this will be a good visit.So Dr M , left as soon as we were checked in to the hotel as he had a meeting, we shook hands and that was the last time I saw him , But hopefully we will see each other again in Shanghai, travellers on business often think alike , we wake up ,get dressed we go to the executive lounge to have our breakfast , being taken to our meeting(s) , come back late , shower , eat and SLEEP .For travellers on business expecially when they come with their work mates , they would go out have a beer or just like one of my friend pick up girls, dancing coming back to the room at 5 and wakes up at 7 again to go to work (WARNING:this kind of behavious is not acceptable , when you’re there to work under company’s expenses, you are required to work at your fullest , coolest , freshest)

I won’t talk about my friend here because this is my blog , I rather talk about me ..(remember it’s all about ME?)I met someone, Orlando bloom lookalike, I am not sure if i were hallucinating but in Jakarta we met coincidentally like 4-5 times.

First- At the garden in the morning , I need some fresh air after breakfast , thanks to one hour time difference , I was out filled with food in my tummy at 7 in the morning instead of 8, so I walked to the garden and there was a miniature of Borabodur that I find fascinating , with my heels and tailored work trousers suddenly Orlando (let’s just call him orlando)just emerged from the garden clad in all white gear walking towards me like a hero from a Bollywood movie.At 7.30? hello! Who would got up so early especially boys at this time?... there you go he wasn’t walking towards me he head straight to the stairs and turned his head smiling at me while nodding , You know one of those geroge Clooney nod-smile .

I kept my composure and just waited for the driver my host had sent to pick me up and 2. ) here he comes again this time in suit heading for work I guess, but my car was there and we just changed a stare.I am a girl , I just stared for 2 seconds and looked down just to make sure my heels are shiny and polished.



tugu monas

3rd, We met in Senayan which was about 2 hours away (traffic were bad at the time as they were a football fan who were dancing on the streets towards senayan).I can’t believe it , this guy is following me ? or is this fate, is this the matchmade in heaven everyone’s been talking about?We didn’t smile , I didn’t look back at him, I am just afraid, if I look at him or I smile or say hello we staying at the same hotel... what will it lead to?coffee? friendship? Dinner?I don’t know ...but also at that time I was meeting my friends who is a popular Chef in Indonesia.

4th time at breakfast the last day.i think he must have thought that I am a snob but what the heck, I think he is one too.Our table was next to each other and we just did not said anything...eating omelette as if the coincidences of stumbling each other very often at odd places and time were nothing ,Oh Orlando..you certainly forgot all the half smile, nods and eye contact we ‘ve made.You've changed



I can’t be bothered with boys , they are terrible.

I had a late checkout because I don’t want to stay at the airport for 7 hours, it’s silly and beside Suparman at the concierge told me there are nothing at the airport only overpriced batiks.

Guess who was there to have a late check out with me? Final time to see Orlando and we did not said anything.I suppose it was just a coincidence .he is just not that into me!
                                                                                           My average  breakfast




Until I get out of the building to get into my car and we started to drive away , You are not gonna believe this.. Orlando came out running , I saw him through the glass door from behind my Black camry’s window.Lucky the driver had a call from his wife at home wanting him to buy some bakso(Indonesian beef ball noodle soup) so we departed a minute late.

I can’t belief he came right to the screen and knocked it 3 times, It took me 7 seconds to actually press the button and bring the window down and he gave me his business card.Orlando (not real name , I can’t disclose it here) is currently in my contact list.

Coincidence? Yes? .





Eat

1)Sup Buntut is one helluva popular dish here, i will definitely post the recipe once I try the recipes.

The best was at Borobodur hotel



2)Oyster I am not being bias because my friend works here, but the pastas here were so good ,I had a dream about it.try their oasta with mussels and spicy basil ooommmpphh pa loonpa.



3.Fisherman Chinese food chain, for it’s scallop and prawn thing, it’s really good.



4.At the airport stick to eating from the chain shops... as the local booth are not as delicious or even worse would give you bad food.I had that experience and I don’t see any point of arguing with them and i don’t want to get a stomach ache.THE WORST BAKSO I HAD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

5.Kemang... for many bars and cafes that i could not even remember of what I had eaten there.



Remember when I told you that I did not want to wait for 7 hours at the airport?I ended up waiting for 8 hours and 50 minutes as my flight were delayed.Arrived home at almost 2 am to my mother’s delicious milo and hot dishes that delicious number one in this world .

I am tired and had been sitting in pyjamas all day eating , internet and sleeping.

I need to get back into my fitness , I need to go back to my spinning class urgently, after I come back from Seoul.I am flying there in few hours.



P/S: Oh , I want to openly say thanks to Gemma and Selvatore for being there and hugging me with their kind , sweet words when what they really want to do is smack me from my weird dream.My friends are awesome.



Goodnight






Tuesday, 16 February 2010

For my love of my Samsung phone


Beautiful part of the city,I just love the bougainvillea shelter,protecting me from the sun and drizzles of rain accompanying my walk.



Old or new, you deserve to be loved.It's a beautiful building near
Kuala Lumpur's central market
Few people said  that I'm obsessed with
the sky.But the sky,Is just too beautiful, I can’t explain with words and only my photos are the proof  :)
I remember when Mum and i were struggling with this gigantic chocolate brownie a day before i head for Thailand.No matter what issue I would be struggling from time to time, mum will always be there for me to listen , offers love and later ask me to wake up, tell me to get up and reach for the sky. I don’t know what I would do without my mother.

My new friends in Makati! Shall we see each other again? You bet!

It was the motorbike fest at Siam paragon,I got hooked up with few riders! Just kidding , I made some riders from Taiwan who was fishing for some recipes from me at the food court.


 Thailand and it’s massage parlours.I do not want to make a public comment. SHUT UP

I was looking for halal vegetarian option restaurant at Suvarnabhumi airport, so i went for a bento box as it was only fish and vege at this place and NO... slow service and it wasn’t good at all.NOTE:Japanese food is all about fresh clean tasting, i wish I can say the same about this one
The reason I am glad to be home , there are always fun eating activities with my family or friends or BOTH. My former neighbour Malar and Thava took me and my brother to this place years ago, and we simply love this vegetarian restaurant , besides... we get VIP treatment there now.You not gonna believe how my tea was served in gigantic mug earlier.



Shaping and sharing onwards to victory...Yes I agree!



I snapped this after looking at a streak of cloud line made by an airplane that passed earlier...on my regular run with mum and brother


It gave me this new perspective on my view on how we think we live in the same city but we are still on the other side of the world? Like a fine line that can actually separates us or a line that actually don’t mean anything to us.Very philosophical...ha,ha or I am just being difficult again!

P.S:For those who could not see the line due to picture quality... well.. maybe a line that imperfects the sky don’t really matter at all!






These are some of the pictures that was captured by my beloved Samsung phone , Someone who was special to me , got it for me many years ago.It have been very loyal , making me doubt if I should really get a new blackberry.I know , it is just an object... but I truly appreciate the gesture and the phone.


I will be slow at updating Sayangku Azura in this coming weeks as my travel journey is packed starting Wednesday .But I will try to keep it going on my facebook page and twitter


Goodnight readers, wherever you are... have a great week ahead.

Saya sayang kamu,

Azura

Saturday, 13 February 2010

It's my town, Food town


It's my town... and it's all about eating and friendship, Gong Xi Fa Cai  to  all of my chinese friends and readers!




Where everybody knows your name...
When I fancy some oxtail soup( Only start to eat meat again after a long while)
or some good ol' hospitality, this is one place I go.Warm breadrolls,sizzling dish  and everything non fancy
Little things in life that I truly appreciate  :)


Lights coming out of dark clouds, it means a lot when  you feeling mellow  ha, ha
Poser me,just to check on myself once in a while
My brother Reza snapped this with his phone  on our way back home from dinner
He is one artist  that I adore and  respect and I wish  He knows that.

My chocolate pudding :) for an old photoshot
View from my verandah -the azure sky

My favorite lunch place offers set lunch where you get soup,  pasta and  this cute little tiramisu
at a reasonable price, I like going there for the food, ambience and how I been treated like a little princess
by Mark and the  staffs over there-P.S: Thank you  xxxx

My favorite  pasta in KL

Our old  friend Bill showing off his  prawn avocado salad and my former colleague ,  Darren(what a small , small world)
Love does taste sweeeetttt!!!!
tasted it and it's still in the back of my tongue


It's often chillax' with Mariana
                             the thing is we both are too bus with  work to hang out  often.
                    My chicken rice was 'huge' but being the campion I am ... I managed to finished it.

Lunch with mum at Madam Kwan ,I had nasi Bojari their signature dish -where we hang out  with The owner Madam Kwan herself.

Let me know  if you want any resturant advice/recommendation in KL or even South East Asia :)