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Absolut-ly Cocktail at View Rooftop Bar

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When I was invited for this cocktail tasting event at View Rooftop Bar, G Tower, I was absolutely delighted. That’s for two reason.

1. Tasting large variety of cocktails with a touch of Absolut Vodka (probably my favourite brand of vodka so far)

2. Seeing real professional cocktail mixologists at work.

Upon entering the premis, I was greeted with a spread of buffet line. I wasn’t really that interested in that. What really got me going is the presentation of these following gems.

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P1 4G One Plan – Plan That Fits All

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I was invited to a launch by P1 Wimax. This launch is bout launching their latest package to the market which is called the ONE PLAN. So what exactly is the P1 One Plan. Good point. I wondered that too myself initially. Besides Digi broadband , I literally had used every single broadband there is in Malaysia. Even Yes 4G and Unifi. But I can guarantee that this package provides one thing that not any other broadband service provider provides.

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Sunway Food Marathon at Atrium Cafe

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What do you think of buffet in Malaysia? Sometimes due to the limited time, we tend to stuff ourselves as much as we could within the time frame. Being Malaysians, I think it is normal for people like me to be very “kiasu” and try to stuff myself even when I’m already at my limit. Ever wish your buffet time to be longer?

Last 26th June 2011, thanks to Rebecca Saw and Sunway Resort, I was invited to their irst ever Atrium 12-Hour Buffet Marathon. That’s right. An exact 12 hour long buffet with UNLIMITED entries. So how was it actually?

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Pentax? Tax For Pen?

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Mention that brand Pentax, you will likely be getting confused looks from most of them. When people mention about Pentax, especially towards Malaysian, we wouldn’t have a single clue of what is it? It’s quite true because I too would think that way. The brand is practically unknown to many Malaysians where they are taking up photography or not.

Image from http://www8.georgetown.edu/centers/cndls/applications/postertool/index.cfm?fuseaction=poster.display&posterID=1769

 

“What’s Pentax? Tax for Pen? Kotex or  Penthouse or Pendek or Durex I know la. Pentax I really dunno le.” Probably that’s a very common thinking in most of you right now right?

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Project One & Only Grand Finale

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After months of hard work, the Project One & Only is finally coming to an end. Project O&O is actually Malaysia’s first online search for our Youth Ambassador that will be representing the voice of the younger Malaysians. This s definitely a long and hard journey. Not only for them but for everyone.

Why is it hard?

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Going Italian with Silverspoon Trattoria

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First of all, I know I had been slacking in my blog lately due to my hectic workload. But I shall make some time for this post. Before I enter this restaurant, I did not know what to expect from it. To be pretty honest, there are so many Italian restaurants around which I had tried some, I can say not many of them are able to produce some good Italian meals.

Silverspoon Trattoria

Upon stepping into this place, I’m quite impressed by the interior design and  ambiance.  Being an interior and event designer myself, I quite like the touch of raw, Victorian and modern in its interior. I suppose an interior of a restaurant play quite a role in setting the mode of its diners. In this case, I am to expect some fine Italian dining experience.

Silverspoon Interior

Weihenstephaner Beer from Germany (RM27)

 

I’m not much of a beer person actually although I suppose I can drink. One sip of this beer, I can feel the smoothness down my throat. Definitely one of the smoothest beer I ever had. Exactly what I love about this beer. It is very smooth and refreshing to me especially after a long day at work.

 

Ms Jazz (RM13.90)

Ms Jazz is definitely one of a kind. You can only get this drink at Silverspoon Trattoria and not anywhere else as it is our host of the day, Jessica Ng who invented it. It is made out of  lychee, orange sherbet, pineapple and milk.

Oreo Milkshake (RM13.90)

Although I did not tried the Oreo milkshake, but I heard from Mei Yee that it is very good as well.

 

As for our appetizers, we had this Chargrilled Calamari Salad. By far, I can say that this is the ONE and ONLY salad that I can kept eating everyday. Anyone can ask Caroline, I’m not a fan of salad but I think I ate the most of this salad compare to the rest. I especially love the sauce and how I wish I can have more. Although one of our companions commented on how the calamari can be improved, I still love it.

Chargrilled Calamari Salad (RM23)

 

Although this stuffed mushroom is quite good and everyone prefer this compare to the Chargrilled Calamari Salad. I still prefer the Calamari Salad. However, I love how tender the mushroom is cooked and the toppings go very well with it.

Stuffed Mushroom (RM19)

Next for our main course, we had this Duck Leg Confit. The duck meat is very tender and juicy and it goes exceptionally well with its gravy. It just makes me crave for more of it.

Duck Leg Confit (RM39)

Let me make this clear first. I’m a big fan of lamb meals. Lamb stew, Lamb chop, Lamb soup and you-named-it-I-like-it. This braised lamb shank did wonders to my tastebud. The tender and juicy meat compliments well enough with its gravy to send me into a frenzy. I like the fact that the gravy is very thick but enough not to cover its lamb taste. Did I mention that the mashed potato which accompanied it tasted excellent as well? It is very smooth and taste way way way better than the ones in KFC. Trust me when I said that KFC’s mashed potato is actually one of the best around here in Malaysia.

Braised Lamb Shank (RM39)

In a scale of 10, I would rate this rib eye steak a 12/10. Steak is exceptionally hard to cook. I like my steak to be 70% cooked and this steak is definitely perfect for my taste bud. I would rarely comment on a good steak but this definitely one of the best I had. The tenderness and juiciness of the meat still lingers in my mouth the whole night till the next afternoon. And now as I blog I am literally drooling.

Rib Eye Steak (RM53)

Among all the pasta served, I love the spaghetti aglio olio the most. The rest of the pasta taste slightly above average but I still think the star among it is this aglio olio. Not too salty and the seasoning is just right.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio (RM24)

If you are a fan of salmon, this grilled salmon is the dish for you. The juicy meat and the crispiness of the skin is done perfectly well. I’ve tasted many salmon before, both outside and at home as some of my family members love salmon, it is hard to find a salmon which meat is not TOTALLY DRY or wet. This salmon is grilled with perfection. Crispy skin on the outside and soft juicy meat on the inside.

Grilled Salmon Fillet (RM43)

The Chicken Parmigiana is one of Silverspoon’s best seller. One bite of this, I can understand why it is so. Although they used chicken breast for this dish, I’m surprised that the meat doesn’t taste dry and it fact, it taste quite tender.The cheese and tomato gravy topping made the dish much more irresistible.

Chicken Parmigiana (RM29)

There are too many food to talk about here and so I would just show you the rest of what we had that night. Although I find the Risotto and Lasagna can be better, the rest said they are quite good as well.

Linguine Pesto (RM28)

Spaghetti Marinara (RM29)

Lasagna Bolognese (RM27)

Seafood Risotto (RM29)

Salmon Spaghetti (RM28)

So for desserts, we have these 3 tempting devils to entertain us. The Tiranisu, Creme Brulee and Chocolate Pot.

Creme Brulee (RM16)

Tiramisu (RM16)

Chocolate Pot (RM15)

I love the Tiramisu for it’s soft and creamy texture. Although most of us thought that it contains a bit of alcohol, our host, Jessica beg to differ. The Chocolate Pot is the one with a slight alcohol content and it taste good as well. Do judge a book by its cover in this case as the Creme Brulee taste as good as it look.

I’m seriously stuffed from all the food and beer, which made me unable to enjoy a cup of my favorite coffee. Here are the coffee that were served to us.

Macchiato (RM8)

Cappucino (RM7.50)

Hot Chocolate (RM8)

Too bad Johnson did not join us up in the group photo. I would like to thank all of them for a wonderful evening. The people with me for the night is Caroline, Lionel, Mei Yee, Johnson, Jessica and Desmond.

From left: Desmond, Jessica, Mei Yee, Lionel, Caroline, Me

So will I return again? Despite it being located in Wisma Manjalara, I still think the visit is very worthy. I would definitely return again for another dose of great Italian fine dining experience. Thanks Silverspoon Trattoria for making it happen.

Silverspoon Trattoria
No.2, 1st Floor, Wisma Menjalara,
Jalan 7A/62A, Bandar Menjalara,
52200, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel No.: +603-6277 0445
GPS Coordinates: N 3 11.728 E 101 37.973

P/S: All the wonderful pictures are creditted to Lionel and Mei Yee as during this visit, my new Nikon D90 was vacationing in Cambodia and is not able to join us at that moment.

Samsung Galaxy 5–Worth The Shot?

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Recently I got my hands on a Samsung Galaxy 5 for a short moment. I actually wanted to buy this phone before getting my hands on my current Garmin-Asus A50. At the price of only RM699, it’s normal to have some doubts whether how well can this Smartphone fares off as a low-end smartphone.

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Pic from http://my.samsungmobile.com/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy5

And in this 1 week, I get to fully experience this phone. There’s only one thing in mind when i first got my hands on this device, “Wah, so small one.”

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With the price of only RM699, I naturally have a lower expectations of the phone such as the following:
1. Slow accelerometer response
2. Low screen resolution
3. Screen too small for typing comfort
4. Lacking on functionality
5. Bad camera

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The first thing I test out on this phone is the accelerometer response. Surprisingly, it is quite responsive. I’m making this judgement based on comparison with a smartphone I previously owned which still might cost around RM1.8k to RM2k. That phone I used, had quite a slow accelerometer response and sometimes I had to wait several seconds to get the screen to align itself. While at times, it didn’t work at all. For this Samsung Galaxy 5, this is not much of an issue. Of course it might due to lag of installed apps but so is the smartphone that I compared with. I think Samsung did a fairly good job in that functionality which I think is the most important feature for a smartphone as small as Samsung Galaxy 5.

(I’m not going to reveal the smartphone that I compared with as I think  should not tarnish the brand like that. Several hints are the phone is not my current A50, running on Windows Mobile 6.5 and is one of the leading smartphone brand in the market right now)

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As for the low screen resolution, I guess this is to be expected for a price of only RM699. However, I think it is still ok and the colors are still very acceptable and nice. My judgement of its resolution are always blinded by the awesomeness of my dad’s Samsung Galaxy S AMOLED screen.

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As for the 2.8” screen, it is definitely too small for me for my typing comfort. I like my touch screen phone to be bigger. I guess this should appeal to people who want their phone to be small and elegant. it is not to my taste and I do have some problems typing on its QWERTY keypad. However, I love the Swype function in this phone. You can even choose to “write” on the full 2.8” screen itself. I’m not used to this way of typing but I think if you are used to it, this shouldn’t be a problem.

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Swype Function

The camera quality is actually not bad in my opinion. See and be the judge yourself.

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This is actually a night outdoor shot. Pretty good for such a camera.

I thought the phone might be lacking on functionality but I guess you can never go wrong with its Android 2.1 OS. You can download apps from the Android Market and if that’s not enough. There’s a market place called Samsung Apps where you can download apps as well. Pretty cool if you ask me as I get an extra market to download from.

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For those who are wondering, there are some apps on Samsung Apps that are not available on the Android Market and vice versa. So there you go. Definitely Twice the fun. It had all the basic social apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. So there wouldn’t be much complains from me.

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The design is quite cool to me. I like the combination of glossy black and black meta texture on the phone. It’s quite cool and it doesn’t really look like a low-end phone at first glance. There are some bad points on it such as it can’t watch HD videos, camera quality can be better etc. However, being at the price of only RM699, I think it is quite a catch to buy this phone. I still think it is worth all the money.

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My rating out of 10 (based on the value of money) would be a 7. 7/10. It’s worth the RM699 and definitely for those who wanted a good phone with low budget.

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