Pancakes!

I guess this would be the last time I made my own breakfast for quite some time. xD

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Dinner @ Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

I must be insane to be having Japanese cuisine twice in a week, what more at the same restaurant! I went to Kaizen Sushi for brunch on my own last Sunday. Jia told me she is craving for Japanese cuisine and wanted me to accompany her for her “sushi” fix. I invited another friend but he couldn’t make it in the end so Jia’s brother was up for replacement.

Jia actually had her first “sushi” fix on the day when she invited me to Kaizen Sushi. I couldn’t understand how can someone have Japanese cuisine twice in three days? She must be a big fan of Japanese cuisine to be able to do so. There was once when I got a little bit put off with Japanese cuisine. Few months ago, I went to Excapade Shokudo with a friend and I ended up constipated for the next few days. That wasn’t a pleasant experience at all.

We ordered quite a lot of side dishes while Jia’s brother had a main course. At first, I was craving for Japanese Curry a day before. But surprisingly, I don’t feel like eating so we went for side dishes instead. Jia’s brother complained that he would be starved to death by the time both Jia and I were done with food pictures taking. Hahaha … Both of us had the habit of taking food pictures. I did it for my blog purpose while she did it for Instagram.

Anyways, let’s start with my food pictures posting!

1. Tatsuta Miso Ramen (B$8.10)

I am never a ramen person but I have got to admit that this was good. Not out of the world good, but good! They used miso soup as their soup base. It’s thick and flavorful with a slightest hint of spiciness in the soup base. The ramen was cooked just fine, not overcooked. And you don’t feel icky after eating a whole bowl of ramen. Jia’s brother also complimented that it was good. I am so gonna try this myself the next time I go Kaizen Sushi.

2. Aji Sushi (B$2.70)

One of Jia’s favorite. I did not have any of this coz I don’t eat raw meat apart from raw salmon. It looked like it had been cooked. But in actual fact, it is still raw!

3. Gyoza (B$4.50)

Been missing so much of the Pork Dumplings from China so ended up ordering a dish of Gyoza. I am pretty disappointed with their Gyoza. The skins were not crispy at all. And the fillings inside seems to be undercooked coz it’s wet on the inside. Jia said that the Gyoza at Excapade Sushi is way better than this one. Agreed!

4. Chuka Idako (B$3.60)

For those of you who does not know what this is, this is Seasoned Baby Octopus. I don’t usually eat much whenever I order this coz you’ll ended up feeling disgusting in the stomach if you had too much of it.

5. Dragon Temaki (B$4.50)

Lots of my friends whom I went for Japanese cuisine together liked Temaki so much. No idea why, I am not a fan of Temaki. See the yellow sticking up thingy next to the avocado slice and behind the Unagi slice? Jia said it’s a cheese. How fattening!

I am not posting up the rest of the pictures coz I had already posted them before on my blog. No point of repeating the same thing. xD

Surprisingly, the bill came pretty fast this time. Hahaha ….

Till then, see ya!

iPhone: Good or Bad?

As some of you may not know, I have just replaced my old Samsung Galaxy i9000 with an iPhone 4 just two days ago. I intended to get a Samsung Note at first, but friends of mine who are using the phone complained to me that the phone is not good enough. Okay then, the phone goes off my list. And I am down with iPhone, Samsung Galaxy i9100 (S2) or Samsung Galaxy i9300 (S3).

A lot of my colleagues were using Samsung Galaxy i9100 and I have no interest of having the same phone model with them. Samsung Galaxy i9300 doesn’t look appealing to me. Probably because if it’s curvy bottom or edge. I have never considered HTC phones. Don’t know why, I just don’t like their designs. One of my colleagues had gotten himself a HTC One X, and it looked pretty cool to me. But no!

I was scouting for the cheapest iPhone 4S in the market last weekend and the cheapest that I found was B$850. Friend said I could always consider that one coz Shopping was selling for B$880 and the rest of the other shops are selling more than B$880. How can a small shop like that be selling an iPhone 4S for an amount less than what was being offered in the market? Therefore, I doubted it’s originality. So, I did not inquire further.

Two nights ago, my friend told me that he is going to The Mall to have dinner and at the same time wanna look for some stuffs. I requested him to check around for the price of an iPhone 4S at The Mall. Then he found me a reasonably priced iPhone 4. I was thinking, the only difference between an iPhone 4 and 4S is that 4S has Siri. And Siri doesn’t work most of the time anyways. Why spend extra few hundred bucks for something that I don’t need and doesn’t work as well?

So, I made my decision and got myself an iPhone 4. Friend paid for me first since I wasn’t there when he found and bought the phone. Screen protector was complimentary and I was given a free iPhone casing along with the purchase. I got myself an iPhone casing on my last visit to Shanghai last month. But I think I’ll just stick with the free iPhone casing for the time being since it’s so light weighted. iPhone is originally heavy and adding another heavy casing doesn’t help much either.

I know I have a Hello Kitty wallpaper on my iPhone, but I find it cute. That’s why I used it as my wallpaper.

After having used my iPhone for about two days, I have came up with a list of the pros and cons of an iPhone. Andrea said I should have done it before I bought myself an iPhone. But I did not have an iPhone to be tested in the first place. I don’t really like to test on my friends’ iPhone(s). Later, they think of invasion of privacy. And most mobile shops in Brunei doesn’t allow you to test iPhone. So, there you go.

Pros:
The most important thing that I see in a phone is it’s interface. I’ve got to admit that iPhone is user-friendly in some ways. It has smooth interface and you don’t get system crash or lagging that often compared to Android phones. What I don’t like about Android phone is that the system sort of slows down when you are charging up the battery. You cannot get smooth operation on the phone when it’s charging.

Internet is fast with just normal data connection from your phone. Most of my friends said that iPhone connects to Facebook faster than Android. And I have got to admit, it’s true. My previous Samsung Galaxy i9000 takes forever to connect to my Facebook account even if I am connected to WiFi. It’s even more daunting if its connected with just the phone data connection.

Can easily upgrade to the latest operating system. Unlike Samsung phones with Android OS, you need to bring to the local mobile shop and have it upgraded. You can do it yourself but it’s kinda risky. I have a friend who tried to upgrade her Samsung Galaxy i9000 herself and the whole system just crashed down on her. She had to send her phone to QQestore to have it fixed. And it took them freakin’ one month before it was fixed.

Battery doesn’t drain up fast even if you left it idle for one whole night. It’s only 1% gone after 8 hours of idling. My previous Samsung Galaxy i9000 drains up the battery rather quickly especially after I upgraded it to Android Gingerbread. Even if I left it untouched for 8 hours, one block of battery will be gone. It’s so frustrating sometimes. Let’s say if you still have half remaining battery left before you went to bed, your phone battery will be completely flat when you check on it the next morning.

There are lots of good and cute looking iPhone casings available in the market. Saw quite a lot of nice ones when I was in Shanghai last month. Even those with 3D blings aren’t expensive at all. But I wasn’t confirmed on getting an iPhone back then, so I did not get any of those 3D blings iPhone casing.

Most of the apps are only available for iPhone but not Android phones. Like Tweegram, it’s not available for Android phones yet. Instagram for Android was only launched recently.

Cons:
The first thing which I don’t like about iPhone in the first place is that they only have QWERTY keypad. I am still not used to QWERTY keypad and I ended up with lots of typos in most of my Whatsapp text messages. Jia was laughing so hard the other day when she was reading what I sent to her. The good thing about Android is that they come with 3×4 keypad, good for us for who doesn’t like QWERTY keypads on mobile phones.

No speed dial! Why iPhone have no speed dial? I am so used to speed dial with all my previous phones. I always set phone numbers of my family and close friends on speed dials. The closest that I can get for speed dials on iPhone is their favorite list. I even google-d to check if there really is no speed dial on iPhone. *sigh*

Ringtones must be in M4A format and they must be less than 40 seconds. I wasn’t aware of the 40 seconds thingy. I was so happy when I found a software that I could convert MP3 to M4A. Was wondering why the songs do not appear on my ringtone list even though it was already transferred to my iPhone via iTunes. Google-d for it and realized that maximum time duration for iPhone ringtone is only bloody 40 seconds!

Heavier than my previous Samsung Galaxy i9000 but I can get used to it.

Well, that concludes my review on iPhone today. I wouldn’t say I don’t like iPhone completely. There are pros and cons. But what can I say? There is no perfect gadget in the world.

Hope you enjoyed reading.

About Cooking …

The reason why I am doing this topic is that I had a funny MSN conversation with Andrea this morning. And she was asking me on how to cook. But it’s more like she wanted me to teach her how to gauge measurement for ingredients like soy sauce and stuffs. I wouldn’t say that I am a professional cook but not a terrible cook either. I am just a normal human being who can cook properly to feed myself and my family (if required).

My mom usually packs home cooked meal for me to work even though the company provides us complimentary lunch and dinner. But company food sucks. So, most of my colleagues brought their own food as well and we shared and ate together. And since they knew that most of the food that I brought were cooked by my mom, they assumed that I do not know how to cook at all! Unfortunately, that wasn’t true. I do know how to cook but lazy to do so. Unless I am in the mood to cook.

I was teaching Andrea how to cook Stir Fried Chicken or Pork with Ginger and Onion. She said she doesn’t eat much of both ginger and onion. And then I asked her if she eats any of the Stir Fried Deer Meat with Ginger and Onion the other day when we were having reunion gathering. She said just minimal. I found the conversation on that topic to be very funny hence I saved it up and would like to share on my blog. You may think that it’s lame, but I think she is too cute.

Me: Do you eat ginger and garlic?
Andrea: Not really.
Me: Onion?
Andrea: Nope.
Me: Did you eat the deer meat when we were in Miri last time?
Andrea: Just a little.
Me: It’s nice what!
Andrea: Not really a fan of deers, they are too cute to be eaten.
Me: What about pork and chicken?
Andrea: Can, they are ugly enough.
Me: *speechless*

It was this dish that we were both talking about. It was really nice. The meat were marinated to perfection and they were tender enough. Just nice!

Review: All Seasons Restaurant, Times Square

Celebrated belated Mother’s Day with Mom earlier this evening. She was back to hometown to celebrate the occasion with both my grandmothers. She just got back yesterday and since I am on early shift today, I suggested that we eat outside to celebrate the occasion. I was window shopping at Times Square the other day when I spotted All Seasons Restaurant. Checked the reviews of this particular restaurant, most of them turned out to be pretty favorable.

There weren’t much customers when we arrived. Just two tables of customers and we were the third. Before we went there, I looked for their signatory dishes. Most bloggers recommended their Fried Soft Shell Crabs with Salted Eggs, but both my parents don’t fancy the idea of dirtying their hands while eating outside.

The first dish which my mom wanted to order was “Buddha Jumps Over The Wall”, literally known as 佛跳墙 in Chinese. It consists of abalone, shark fin, sea cucumber and other ingredients. Basically, it requires two days to prepare the dish. The menu specifically stated that we need to inform one day in advance if we wish to order the dish.

So, let’s get started with the dish that we ordered for dinner just now.

1. Roasted Peking Duck with Pancake (B$23)

I was craving for Peking Duck since the day when I read the reviews on this particular restaurant. When I was still studying back in the UK few years ago, my housemates and I usually go to the oriental restaurant in the city center for dinner buffet. And their Peking Duck with Pancake was amazing! Extremely nice. The pancakes were still warm when served and you can put as much ingredients as your wish.

On the other hand, the waiter does it for you at All Seasons. By the time they were done with the wrappings, the pancakes were already cold. They should have smeared some of the sauce with the fillings rather than we have to do it ourselves. I think the pancake is a little too thick and perhaps a bit undercooked? It tasted too “flour-y” to me. But I like their Peking Duck skin. They were pretty crispy to me yet sinful at the same time.

The waiter would ask you what would you like the flesh of your roasted Peking Duck to be cooked with. My mom requested to have the remaining of the Peking Duck to be takeaway coz she wanted to make some kind of stew.

2. Stir Fried Hong Kong Kailan with Salted Fish (B$8)

It wasn’t this that we wanted to order in the first place. It was some other kind of vegetables but the waitress came back and informed us that they don’t have the vegetables that we wanted. So, we switched to Stir Fried Hong Kong Kailan with Salted Fish instead. Nothing special about it, I think. But my mom thought that it was nice. Perhaps, she thought that it tasted more like home cooked food?

3. Claypot Tofu with Salted Fish (B$8)

We didn’t actually realized that two out of three dishes that we ordered were cooked with salted fish until everything were served and we were halfway through with dinner. I think their Claypot Tofu was not bad, but it was too oily.

4. Coconut Pudding (B$5)

Utterly dissapointed with their coconut pudding. The texture of pudding is supposed to be like silken tofu. But the pudding that I had just now tasted like the harder version of jelly. Flavoring wise, it was okay. But I expected too much out of this dessert and ended up with major disappointment.

 Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

Verdict: I am pretty satisfied with the customer services provided. Food was served pretty quickly and it doesn’t take long for the waiter or waitress to attend to you when you waved at them. Environment was good and quiet. Price was considerably reasonable for the portion that they offered. But I think they could have done a bit better with the food. Maybe less oil on the Claypot Tofu?