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Da Nang Honey Time (Part 2): Cà phê (coffee) at a café


Drinking Vietnamese coffee (cà phê) in Vietnam is one of the things I looked forward to the most during our honeymoon in Da Nang.

As I have described in my previous post, the weather was insanely hot and dry in Da Nang. We were strolling along some streets under the scorching sun when we came across a lil' quaint café called Greeny. My eyes shone in glee when I saw the selection of cà phê, my love.

I recognized two types of cà phê on the menu: cà phê sữa đá (iced coffee with milk) and cà phê sữa nóng (hot coffee with milk). Sữa means milk.



I chose cà phê sữa đá.

At the bottom of the short glass was a layer of condensed milk. A steel canister was placed on top of the glass. Steaming hot black coffee dripped slowly from the steel canister into the glass.



As you can see, the black layer on top was coffee in contrast to the white layer of condensed milk at the bottom.



Ice cubes were served separately. When the dripping stopped, I removed the steel canister, poured ice into the glass, and stirred. Voila! Sweet and refreshing!



We took a peek at the remainder of drained coffee powder in the steel canister before we left the café. :)

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Da Nang Honey Time (Part 1): The "Hot & Horny" Summary & Highlights ;)



Day 1
  • Touched down at Da Nang International Airport around 3:05 p.m. Note: Time difference is one hour.
  • Checked in Rainbow Hotel (22 Bach Dang Street, Hai Chau District), about 3km away from the airport. See map below:
  • The weather was freaking HOT!!! The sun was like a merciless giant ball of angry flames! HOT!!!
  • Had our first bowls of authentic Vietnamese beef phở.
  • Shared our first plate of Vietnamese kem (ice cream) at Kem Ky Co Phong, Tran Phu Street.
  • By the way, why did every single vehicle, big or small on the road "practice" obnoxious horn-honking like no one's business? This explained "horny" in the title. Now, what were you thinking huh? ;)
Day 2
  • "Splurged" on sunblock SPF110 before we ventured with "faith" onto the streets. The weather was still insanely hot.
  • Hubby and I spoke zero Vietnamese and the Vietnamese's English was barely understandable.
  • Found a lil' quaint cafe and indulged in my long-awaited Vietnamese iced drip coffee with milk (cà phê sữa đá).
  • Took a taxi to My Khe Beach in the evening. Due to traffic redirection at the nearer bridge, the taxi driver had to take a longer route (and more expensive hmph!) via another bridge further north.
  • So so so... disappointed to find My Khe Beach packed with sardines, I meant human beings. Didn't get to flaunt my bikini, I was too shy!
  • For some adventure, we decided to take the 4.3km romantic night walk back from the beach, across the Han River via the nearer bridge, back to our hotel on the other side of the river. See map below:
 
  • Stopped by roadside food stalls to satisfy our curiosity. At our first stop, we had bánh mì or bánh mỳ, a kind of short baguette sandwich stuffed with roasted pork, basil leaves, onions, and chilies.
  • At our second stop, we had the scare of our life when we realized this foreign delicacy called hột vịt lộn that we ordered was half-hatched duck eggs! Argh!
  • Had local beer called Bia Larue (resembled Tiger Beer) for supper.
Day 3
  • Took a "sleeping bus" from Hanh Cafe, Da Nang to Hue City at 9:30 a.m.
  • Passed by scenic Lang Co Bay. 
  • Reached Hue around 12:30 p.m. and checked in Thai Binh Hotel II (02 Luong The Vinh Street).
  • Had my first bowl of bún bò Huế, a kind of beef phở with lashings of chili oil. Hubby had bò kho, Vietnamese beef stew served with baguette.
  • Took a taxi to the Citadel and spent our entire afternoon exploring this place.
  • For some more adventure, we decided to take the 2.2km romantic late evening walk from the Citadel, across the Perfume River, back to our hotel on the other side of the river. See map below:
 
  • Had some really nice dry noodles salad called bún hến and dessert by the roadside.
Day 4
  • Took a cyclo to Chợ Đông Ba (Dong Ba Market) in the morning. Bought some souvenirs.
  • Took the "sleeping bus" again at noon to go back to Da Nang.
  • Reached Da Nang around 3:30 p.m.
  • Lugging our luggage with us, we took another 2.3km late evening walk from where the bus dropped us, to get back to Rainbow Hotel.
  • Stopped by a stall selling bánh canh and I happily slurped down the entire bowl of porky soup with gelatinous noodles.
Day 5
  • In the morning, we took the yellow bus No. 1 (Da Nang - Hoi An) to go to Ngũ Hành Sơn (Marble Mountains), 12km from town.
 
  • Bus tickets for foreigners were notoriously hiked up to 40,000 VND per person (locals pay 15,000 VND only). We managed to settle at a total amount of 60,000 VND for both of our tickets. Oh well, better than gotten thrown off the bus. Note: RM1 = 6,500 VND.
  • Spent almost the entire afternoon at the mountains and did some minor caving. I was thrilled, I couldn't believe I actually climbed up and down those narrow passages and rocks.
  • Our bus tickets back to Da Nang were 50,000 VND (total amount for both of us).
Day 6
  • Walked to Chợ Hàn (Han Market). Bought some Vietnamese durian, coconut, and banana candies, and some snacks.
  • Reached airport slightly after 12:30 p.m. Our flight back to KL was 3:30 p.m.

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Stay tuned for more blog posts about places of interest and our gastronomic adventure, WITH photos. ;)

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Movie: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

President by day. Hunter by night.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) is an action fantasy horror movie based on the novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith. Tim Burton is the producer. The director is Timur Bekmambetov, well-known for his dark fantasy action movies, Day Watch and Night Watch. Another notable movie by Timur is Wanted.

Synopsis: America's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) has a secret life and an untold story that shapes the nation. Upon discovering the vampires' plan, led by Adam (Rufus Sewell) to take over the country, he takes on the mission with his mentor Henry (Dominic Cooper), and friends William (Anthony Mackie) and Speed (Jimmi Simpson) to eliminate the undead, thus becoming history's greatest vampire hunter.

The concept of mixing a real-life historical figure with the myth of vampires sounds like a joke to me but such a clever twist is surprisingly entertaining.

The main premise of the movie is that the vampires are the main force behind slavery in the South and the Civil War starts when Abraham Lincoln as the President of the United States campaigns to abolish slavery by eliminating the vampires.

Apart from a good story, this movie is also packed with impressive action scenes. The battlefield scenes between human and vampire soldiers are epic. Superb visual effects include elegant splatters and sprays of vampiric blood (black) and gore from slow-mo decapitations. Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov give us their lethal doses of Gothic gore!

Another point, the entire cast is effective. Great chemistry and superb performance! Young actor Benjamin Walker who resembles a young Liam Neeson portrays both the young and old Abraham Lincoln effectively. Mary Elizabeth Winstead portrays Lincoln's wife Mary Todd almost effortlessly. Rufus Sewell, the ruthless vampire leader gives you the jitters with that dirty, semi-insane look on his face.

Overall, this is one helluva movie that lives up to its trailer, I would say it exceeds our expectations. I believe most of us leave the cinema in awe.

Now I wonder, will the novel Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A. E. Moorat be made into a movie too?

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Movie: Prometheus (2012)

They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end.

Prometheus (2012) is a sci-fi horror movie directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, 1979). It is said to be the prequel to Alien and its storyline takes place in the same universe.

Synopsis: In 2089, archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map among several ancient earth civilizations. They believe the map is an invitation from humanity's creators called the "Engineers". In 2093, they are traveling in stasis in star ship "Prometheus" on a mission to meet the "Engineers". The mission is funded by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), CEO of Weyland Corporation. The ship's crew includes mission director Vickers (Charlize Theron), Captain Janek (Idris Elba), an Android named David (Michael Fassbender), a biologist Millburn (Rafe Spall), and a geologist Fifield (Sean Harris). Upon landing, they discover several alien structures. A series of events is triggered after the crew explores the structures, thus leading to what could be humanity's destruction.

I believe most of you have watched this movie and some of you might have been warned about how lousy it was. But before I continue, let's understand the context of the Prometheus' universe by asking these two questions: How did life begin on earth? Where did we (humans) come from? Answers to these questions form the basic premise of the movie.

So what are the answers?

Prometheus is supposedly based on one of sci-fi's most speculated premises: the possibility of mankind having extra-terrestrial origins. Note: Okay, I know. But for once, please take God out of the equation.

However, as grandiose as that may sound, I have to agree that Prometheus lacks of substance. Both Alien and Prometheus are directed by Ridley Scott. It maybe unfair but I have to say that Prometheus doesn't have the vibe as powerful as that of Alien. It doesn't live up to the audience's expectations even though its trailer looks so much more promising. In fact, the lack of a believable story is the main problem. Some plots are questionable, underdeveloped, and don't do the storyline any good. 

[Spoiler alert] What's the significance of the opening sequence of an alien committing suicide? What's the reason David infecting Holloway with alien-contaminated drink? What's the purpose of showing us that Peter Weyland wants to become immortal by meeting the Engineers? These just don't make any sense to me.

Another point, character development is very weak. Charlize Theron (evil Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman) and Idris Elba (Heimdall in Thor) are clearly underutilized. What's with Guy Pearce playing the dying Peter Weyland anyway? Logan Marshall-Green is the most unconvincing scientist I have ever watched. His character (Holloway) died within the first hour of the movie and you won't remember him at all.

Also, there's zero chemistry between Green (as Holloway) and Rapace (as Shaw) although they are supposed to be THE archaeologist couple. Seriously, after Holloway died, you will soon forget Shaw had a boyfriend before.

However, kudos to Noomi Rapace! She's a really good actress in the Swedish trilogy - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. Playing Shaw, she looks like the younger version of Sigourney Weaver. Her emotions of fear, helplessness, and "I-must-survive-to-find-out-the-truth!" are pretty believable.

[Spoiler alert] The best horrific scene involving Rapace in this movie is the "caesarean" scene. It's pretty gut-wrenching although not as memorable as Alien's "chest-bursting" scene.

Alright. That's enough.

To watch or not to watch? Well, it's really up to you to make the decision.

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Project: Reflect 52 #25 - 3 popular questions people ask us after we're married


Our wedding bands

#1: Where did you go for your honeymoon. How was it?

Honeymoon was really good. We went to Da Nang in Vietnam. Weather was scorching hot. We walked to wherever we wanna go everyday for 6 days. Follow this tag for more upcoming blog posts and photos. :)


#2: How's married life?

We're still in love. We got our own nest, I mean house. Hubby says it's our kingdom. :D We're spending more time together compared to before we're married. Everything's really great! Marital bliss is real. :D


#3: When are you gonna have a baby?

Not so soon, but we have plans to produce a 2013 year-end baby, either boy or girl is fine. We have names for them already! :D


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In case you missed, you might want to read these posts:



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By the way, I really like this charm bracelet we got from Han Market, Da Nang. One of the charms is inscribed with the LOVE character in Chinese. It pretty much summarizes my mood all these while. :)

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We're Married (Part 3): Our Wedding Mass


This post is a continuation from my previous posts:

We're Married (Part 1): A Thank You Note 

  
A Catholic wedding Mass has a universal order. However, the couple has the choice to select Bible verses and hymns.

Here's the content of our wedding Mass booklet.

ENTRANCE PROCESSION

The Bridal March: As the Deer (Instrumental)
Entrance Hymn: This is the Day

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Penitential Rites
Opening Prayer

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39
Psalms 112: 1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8, 9
Mark 10: 6-9
Homily

RITE OF MARRIAGE

Declaration of our consent to marry
Blessing & Exchange of Rings
Prayer of the Faithful

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

Offertory Hymn: Take Our Bread
Invitation to Prayer
Prayer Over the Offerings
Eucharistic Prayer
Doxology of the Eucharistic Prayer
Nuptial Blessing
Communion Rite
Sign of Peace
Breaking of Bread
Communion Hymn: One Bread One Body
Thanksgiving Hymn: Give Thanks
Prayer after Communion

CONCLUDING RITES

Final prayers and blessings

SIGNING OF THE MARRIAGE REGISTER

Concluding Hymn: In Moments Like These


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If you are planning to have a Catholic wedding, I have written this: A Guide to Catholic Wedding Preparation in Malaysia


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Joshua 24:15b
But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.


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We're Married (Part 2): A Summary

This post is a continuation from my previous post - We're Married (Part 1): A Thank You Note


A) Venues
  • Wedding mass (morning) at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Kelana Jaya
  • Wedding luncheon (1st reception) and tea ceremony (family members only) at Rahsia Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
  • Wedding dinner (2nd reception) at Ocean Restaurant, Kuala Terengganu
B) Attire
  • Wedding gown and long veil from Just Wardrobe, Damansara Uptown
  • Lace cheongsam from Cove, Damansara Uptown
  • Tailor-made wedding heels from San Lee Shoes, Taman Midah, Cheras
  • My accessories are my mom's pearl necklace and bracelet, and my sister's pearl earrings
  • Hairdo and makeup (during wedding mass, luncheon, tea ceremony) by Juanne Pang
  • Manicure and pedicure by Posh! Nail Spa, TTDI
  • Tailor-made groom's suit from Amcorp Mall
  • Groom's white long-sleeved white shirt and tie from Robinson's
  • Hairdo and makeup (during 2nd reception) by Pam, Kuala Terengganu
C) All floral arrangements by my mother-in-law
 
  • 7 main arrangements (sunflowers, yellow gerbera, carnations, chrysanthemums, ferns)
  • Bridal bouquet (sunflowers, yellow gerbera)
  • 20 church pew ends
  • Maid-of-honor and 4 bridesmaids' bouquets (yellow gerbera)
  • Groom, best man, and 2 groomsmen's boutonnieres (yellow gerbera)
  • Giant single sunflower for wedding bands
D) Wedding bands
  • Gold bands from Tanah Merah
  • For those who ask, my engagement band is from Dublin, Ireland
E) Wedding car
  • My father-in-law's Prius
  • Car decoration by my mother-in-law
F) Photographers
G) Wedding luncheon venue decor


  • Same floral arrangements during wedding mass in church
  • Church pew ends tied to VVIP chairs in restaurant
  • Canopy and stage by Rozman Canopy
  • Table numbers by Leona
  • Glasses (doubled up as vases) from IKEA
  • Wedding favors (cream rosebuds soap from Kuala Terengganu)
H) Guests registration table

  • Guest books from Borders
  • Jigsaw puzzles from Puzzle House (they were initially blank but hubby spray-painted them with 4 colors - yellow for joy, red for love, blue for health, orange for abundance)
  • Pre-wedding photobook by Creative Visual Studio
I) Entourage
  • My godfather Uncle Francis walked me down the aisle during wedding mass
  • Maid-of-honor: Judith
  • Bridesmaids: Cheryl, Patricia, Leona, Melissa
  • Wedding mass commentator: Jian Xin
  • Wedding luncheon registration table caretaker: Windy
  • Best man: TK
  • Groomsmen: Merce, Fly
  • Wedding luncheon MC: Chris
J) Wedding invitation cards
K) Wedding booklets
  • Booklet covers from Salvation, Summit
  • Photocopy at SS15, Subang Jaya

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Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

In His Love,
David & Joyce Bates


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Update:

We're Married (Part 3): Our Wedding Mass

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We're Married (Part 1): A Thank You Note


A lovely note from Father Gerard Theraviam

Wishing you JESUS on your escapades through LIFE + LOVE



A lovely note from Uncle Pakiam and Aunty Angelique

Wishing you God's blessings
as you start your life journey together,
And may He always be
the heart of your marriage,
the light of your home,
and the ever-present partner in your
life together.


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We would like to express our most heartfelt thanks to:

Our Heavenly Father, for joining us together in faith and love; for blessing the day we begin our lives as one; and for being our true source of hope, joy and love, always.

Father Gerard Theraviam, for graciously celebrating our Wedding Mass and making it a true celebration in God's presence. This is indeed the day that our Lord has made.

Our beloved parents and family members, for your unconditional love in bringing us up and selfless sacrifice for both of us all these years. We hope to walk in your footsteps.

Our dear relatives, for your strong support and taking time to bear witness to our sacrament of marriage.

Our entourage of bridesmaids, groomsmen and helpers, for your great effort and timely help.

Our friends and colleagues from near and far, for taking time to attend our wedding luncheon and reception.

May God bless you with everlasting joy, always.

Thank you all for your well-wishes, gifts and prayers.

Thank you!!!

In His Love,
David & Joyce Bates

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Kim Harrison's "For A Few Demons More"


Kim Harrison's "For A Few Demons More".

Synopsis:

Bargaining with demons has left Rachel Morgan in constant danger of losing her soul.

As if being famous in the underworld - for all the wrong reasons - and sharing her home with a vampire and her jealous girlfriend didn't make her vulnerable enough, one night Rachel finds demons ransacking her home with no fear of sanctified ground. They are searching for something they believe Rachel to possess - a danger that Rachel thought was well hidden and secret.

But when the human morgue starts to fill up with partially-turned lupine women who have been brutally murdered, Rachel realizes that someone else knows the Focus still exists and that she may have been betrayed.

Here's the list of Kim Harrison's books that I owned.

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Project: Reflect 52 #23-24 - Good, good life!


After a long well-spent hiatus, I'm back. :)

The past one week plus was exhilarating - our wedding mass and receptions, honeymoon, and my birthday. Good, good life indeed!

Now that we're back in KL, stay tuned for more blog posts. You know you want to read 'em. ;)

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your guidance, protection, good graces, and so much more. All glory, thanks, and praises to You, Heavenly Father. Amen!

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Menya Musashi - Shiro, Kuro, Aka - Ramen


Does the photo above look familiar to you?

A little back story: Malaysians, those staying in Klang Valley to be exact, are generally trend-setters when it comes to FOOD. Ramen for instance, is the current in-food. I have compiled a list of popular Japanese Ramen restaurants around PJ/KL area.

Back to the question. Yes, the photo above shows the paintings on the wall of the famous Menya Musashi at Level 2, Eat Paradise, Isetan @ 1U.



I like the selections of oils. Shiro - onion-flavored oil; Kuro - special oil combined of fried shallots and garlic oil; Aka - homemade Musashi chili oil.



 Shiro Ajitama Ramen



Kuro Musashi Ramen



 Aka Ajitama Ramen



The noodles' prices.

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Verdict: All three types are delicious but they are equally unhealthy, definitely not something fancy for the health conscious. You will become very unhealthy and equally poor. :P


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Gorgeous sunflower card


Ain't this sunflower card gorgeous? That cute little ladybug is 3D! My colleagues' signatures are at the back of the sunflower. In fact, this is an early "Happy Birthday!" card. :)

Thank you lovely peeps!


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Movie: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is an action-fantasy movie based on the "Snow White" fairytale.

Synopsis: Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is imprisoned in the castle after her father, King Magnus (Noah Huntley) is killed by the evil sorceress Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). Ravenna stays young and powerful by draining the youth of beautiful young virgins captured by her brother, Finn (Sam Spruell).

One day, Ravenna's Magic Mirror reveals that Snow White is both her ruin, and her salvation, and if she takes the young girl's heart she will become immortal. Ravenna sent Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to capture Snow White when she escaped into the Dark Forest.

If you ask me whether this movie is good or bad, I'd say it has its good and bad moments. Kristen Stewart still looks quite expressionless at times but she does give Snow White in this movie some surprises she deserves to have. She possesses a certain kind of quiet beauty and fierce spirit that triumphs over evil in the end.

Remember Mirror Mirror? Mirror Mirror is a comedy; Snow White and the Huntsman is a dark, twisted tale; both being the latest adaptations of Snow White the fairytale. Being so, Snow White is no more a vulnerable princess. She retains the conventional looks of a princess - lips red as blood, skin white as snow, hair black as night - but she's also a wily and graceful warrior.

Award-winning Charlize Theron is as frightening and wicked as Queen Ravenna should be. She steals every scene she is in with her commanding presence and thundering roars whenever she's angry. On one hand, she's still the fairest Queen as one should be in a fairytale. On the other hand, she's ambitious, capable, and powerful - the traits of a modern woman. Without Charlize Theron, this movie won't be as entertaining.

Now about the guys. Well, who doesn't know Chris Hemsworth from Thor and The Avengers, right? As the Huntsman, he has charisma, he looks rugged, and he isn't your typical finely-chiseled, cleanly-shaven prince charming. His onscreen chemistry with Kristen Stewart is so-so but not too bad.

This movie wins with great epic action sequences, wonderful visual graphics, and breathtaking cinematography, especially scenes at the Sanctuary, the homeland of the fairies.

Overall, this is an entertaining and satisfying movie. No doubt it's a popcorn flick but hey, it's got great performances and a tale full of heart. 

Or maybe we should try not to stereotype Kristen Stewart. :P


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Won Korean Dining @ Level 2, Eat Paradise, Isetan, 1-Utama


Won Korean Dining's menu has a catchy tagline and explanation.

Korean Food is Healthy

Koreans often say that food is like medicine and that the body and the earth are one.


As usual, in Korean dining, you can't run away from Dolsot Bibimbab, Jigae, and soups especially Galbitang (Beef Ribs Soup) and Samgyetang (Chicken Soup with Ginseng).



Jeyook Dolsot Bibimbab

This is a rice dish mixed with spicy stir-fried pork and vegetables in hot stone pot.

If you dine frequently at Korean restaurants, bibimbab is a common dish. The rice is usually dry so I recommend you pour all the red chili-looking sauce into the stone pot and mix with the rest of the ingredients while they are still hot. I didn't and ended up with a bowl of dry rice, meat, and vegetables.

One thing that I find undesirable is the banchan. They only serve three types of pathetic looking banchan and worse, there's no kimchi and they don't provide refills automatically. :(


Galbitang
 
This is Beef Ribs Soup with chunks of beef ribs (obviously), Enoki mushroom, radish, dried red dates, vermicelli, and spring onions.

I have tasted better-tasting Galbitang before at Haeun Khon Korean Restaurant in Amcorp Mall, so I find this one rather bland and tasteless.


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To be honest, I'm not sure if I'll come here again.

Next time, I'll rather sacrifice my time queuing up for my turn to dine at Menya Musashi (next to Gantetsu which is next to Won), the most crazed Japanese ramen restaurant in town at the moment.


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Movie: Red Tails (2012)

Courage has no color.

Red Tails (2012) is a WWII movie produced by Lucasfilm. It's based on actual events, i.e., Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American United States Army Air Force (USAAF) servicemen during World War II.

Synopsis: 1944, Italy, WWII - Captain 'Easy' (Nate Parker) and his squad, 'Lightning' (David Oyelowo), 'Joker' (Elijah Kelley), 'Smoky' (Ne-Yo), and 'Junior' (Tristan Wilds) are part of the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American aerial combat unit of the USAAF. However, due to prejudice from the white-dominated army force, these dedicated 'colored' airmen are discriminated and are only assigned to eliminate ground-based enemies. Finally, they have a breakthrough when their superiors, Colonel Bullard (Terrence Howard) and Major Stance (Cuba Gooding Jr.) manage to get them the chance to prove themselves in the sky.

I'm not exactly a fan of 20th century war movies, but I have watched at least two of them - The Red Baron (2008) and Flyboys (2006).

In Red Tails, the aerial combat scenes are fast and pretty exciting to watch. On top of that, I quite enjoy the movie's tone and pace. It's a mild war movie without too much violence, death, and destruction; and it doesn't have too much high-end military politics.

It's a story that interjects the right amount of racial prejudice and discrimination that doesn't arouse too much tension. But most importantly, it's a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.

David Oyelowo as the hot-headed 'Lightning' is easily the most remembered star in this movie. His cockiness and temperament give the movie something to watch about in terms of character development. 

Red Tails might not be one of the best war movies out there but if you're a fan of modern war movies, it's good to add this movie to your viewing list.

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Project: Reflect 52 #22 - TV, DVD, happy!


Today, we watch our first DVD - Red Tails on our brand new 42" Panasonic LCD TV. 

*beams*

The TV cabinet is brand new and we have gotten ourselves a new DVD player too.

On top of that, we have other new household stuff too, i.e., bedroom set, dining table, shoe cabinet, and kitchen cabinets.

The fridge arrived last month.

What about a mini housewarming with our close family members and friends when we're more settled down after our wedding and honeymoon? ;)

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Kim Harrison's "A Fistful of Charms"


Kim Harrison's "A Fistful of Charms".

Synopsis:

There's no rest for the wicked, even when the taint on your soul isn't your fault.

It would be wise for witch and bounty hunter, Rachel Morgan, to keep a low profile right now. Her new reputation for the dark arts has piqued the interest of Cincinnati's night-prowlers, who despise her and long to bring an end to her interference, one way or another. Nevertheless, Rachel must risk exposure. Her ex-boyfriend, Nick, has stolen a priceless Were artefact, and, as tempting as it may be to let the Weres tear him apart, Rachel feels obliged to attempt a rescue.

But other sinister forces also covet the relic Nick has hidden. Some who desire it so badly, they will take the city - and everyone in it - apart to wield its frightening power.

Here's the list of Kim Harrison's books that I owned.


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