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Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Pavilion Bukit Jalil

Have you heard of Palsaik Korean BBQ?

From their website, Palsaik in Korean means 'eight colors'. Palsaik Samgyupsal means eight colored pork belly. These eight colors correspond to eight different flavors of pork belly that they serve.


The eight flavors are Ginseng, Wine, Pine Leaves, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso Paste, and Hot Pepper. I'm not quite sure which flavor is my favorite because they are all really delicious!


I love eating samgyupsal the ssam (wrap) style. It's basically wrapping grilled pork belly with kimchi, green chili pepper, and some ssamjang sauce in a piece of lettuce leaf.

Not forgetting makgeolli!

More photos in album below.



Personal income tax reliefs in Malaysia for 2023 (YA 2022)

It's the most "wonderful" time of the year. For Malaysians, personal income tax filing happens in March to April every year. 😬😬😬

Infographic from LHDN Malaysia FB.


Starting 1 January 2023, LHDN has changed the prefix for TIN or Tax Identification Number (Nombor Pengenalan Cukai) for all individual taxpayers from SG and OG to IG. IG stands for Individual Group.

e-Filing Portal

Everything You Should Claim As Income Tax Relief Malaysia 2023 (YA 2022)

These Are The Personal Tax Reliefs You Can Claim In Malaysia




Infographic from LHDN Malaysia FB.

To sum this up, the Bible says, "Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor."

Yep, I will definitely pay my taxes, as I have done so for almost two decades! 😬😬😬


Inspirational Oscars 2023 Acceptance Speech


Ke Huy Quan (Best Supporting Actor)

Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine—to all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive. - Ke Huy Quan, 2023


Michelle Yeoh (Best Actress in a Leading Role)

Thank you, thank you. For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that ... dream big, and dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime. Never give up. - Michelle Yeoh, 2023

Brendan Fraser (Best Actor in a Leading Role)

Believe me, if you just stay in there and put one foot in front of the other, you'll get where you need to go. - Brendan Fraser, 2023

Jamie Lee Curtis (Best Supporting Actress)

To all of the people who have supported the genre movies that I have made for all of these years, the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, we just won an Oscar together. - Jamie Lee Curtis, 2023


When February ends...


Five more days... and it will be March. March is gonna be a very busy month. Perhaps I won't be able to blog as much as I want.


There are quite a number of draft posts, I guess I will have to publish them as and when I find the time to do so.


What's happening in March?

🏀 New routine because both kiddos are in their new school year.

🏠 Settling down in new house.

πŸ“‹ Work project deadline, and then more deadlines because there will be more projects.


May the early spring awaken your soul and remind you to celebrate a new beginning with the hope and liveness it brings!


Discovering East Coast Malaysian Food


Restoran Nurul Islamiah Roti Payang

If you are in Kuala Terengganu and if you want to have freshly baked roti payang (also known as naan) with delicious kari daging cincang (minced beef curry), you should go to Restoran Nurul Islamiah.
The restaurant is open from 4pm till 11pm, so it's a great place for supper and catch up with friends over multiple glasses of teh tarik too.
Here's roti payang biasa (I believe it comes from the word tempayan) with kari daging cincang. My two kiddos have roti payang cheese (similar to cheese naan for us KL people).

If you fancy rice, try their nasi briyani.

'Gerai tepi jalan' that sells breakfast food

My father-in-law bought nasi dagang for breakfast. I have no idea what the gerai is called but if you drive along the road heading towards Kuala Terengganu town, there are quite a number of gerai that sells local breakfast food such as nasi dagang, nasi minyak, laksang, etc.

These are some of our favorite breakfast food - kayu keramat, karipap, and the round balls (I don't know these are called locally).

There are two types of karipap - one with potatoes and another type with minced fish. The round balls are filled with minced fish too.

Biskut Temangan

These Biskut Temangan are definitely my favorite pastry. It's like Tambun Piah but it's flat and super delicious!

So, have you tried any of the above East Coast Malaysian food?


Hoppy Rabbit Chinese New Year 2023 Meals


Happy Hoppy Rabbit Chinese New Year!

CNY is all about celebrating, feasting, resting, taking a break from work routine, and doing nothing else but having time for people who matter the most.

Take a look at what my parents-in-law prepared for CNY meals on different days.

Reunion Dinner on 21 Jan 2023

 Highlight of the reunion dinner was definitely the plate of yee sang with abalones!

CNY Day 1 (Lunch Menu) on 22 Jan 2023

Highlight of Day 1 Lunch is this dish called "Lap-Lap".

Lap-Lap basically means biji-biji. All ingredients in this dish are chopped / cubed / diced. There are long beans (chopped into small cubes), chicken liver (cut into small pieces), water chestnut (cubed), green peas (drained).

To enjoy this dish, take a spoonful of the mixed ingredients, sprinkle a handful of peanuts, wrap them in fresh lettuce and eat!
잘 λ¨Ήκ² μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€ (jal meokkesseumnida)! This is the Korean way of saying, bon appetit!

CNY Day 1 (Dinner Menu) on 22 Jan 2023

 Highlight of Day 1 Dinner is the Mookata.

CNY Day 2 & 3 (Lunch & Dinner Menu) on 23 Jan 2023

Family favorites are the highlights on these two days. Check out the braised whole pumpkin and bak kut teh.


Happy Lunar New Year 2023!

Wishing you and your family a joyful, peaceful, and wondrous Year of the Hopping Rabbit! πŸ‡
May this New Year bring you love, success, good luck, and may you prosper in all your endeavors!

Hoppy (yes, it's hoppy) New Year!



How does makgeolli taste like?


What is makgeolli?

I believe you have heard of soju, which is a very popular Korean alcohol. Well, makgeolli is another type of Korean alcoholic beverage.
The difference is - soju is a colorless clear liquor, with an average alcohol content of about 12-15%; whereas makgeolli is a type milky-white rice wine, with an average alcohol content of about 5-8%.

How does makgeolli taste like?

Makgeolli is sweet, tangy, fizzy. To me, it's very palatable due to its lower alcohol content.
Comparing soju to makgeolli - I find that soju (especially the non-flavored version) is quite hard to drink because I don't enjoy the "harshness" of liquor.
I will usually buy flavored soju - for example grape, grapefruit, peach, etc, and add in Yakult (yogurt drink) to tone down the soju before drinking.

So, I'm really pleasantly surprised when my first sip of makgeolli is rather good. By the way, the makgeolli that I've tried is banana-flavored because the Korean BBQ restaurant ran out of original flavor makgeolli.

I think I'll describe makgeolli as the adult version of Vitagen (the plain one). Hahaha!



16 ways to calm yourself when life gets tough


1. Walk: Walking helps clear your mind. It offers you a different perspective.
2. Indulge: Take a day off to spend a whole day doing exactly what you want.
3. Be generous: Give something to a total stranger. Acts of giving make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

4. Sit in a coffee shop or a busy street: Soak up your surroundings; you don't have to talk to people.

5.  Educate yourself: Research what it is you are experiencing. Arm yourself with knowledge and the resources to tackle the problem head-on.

6. Preparation: Write the day's to-do list the evening before.

7.  Strengths: Write down a list of 20 of your strengths.

8. Keep going forward: Keep taking small steps, no matter what. Being stagnant doesn't serve you.

9. Revisit an old hobby: If you don't have one, create one.

10. Prioritize: Decide what's important right now. Say no to extra obligations.

11. Sleep: Get enough rest. Sleep 7-9 hours each night.

12. Be silly: Do something that you did as a child. Don't take life too seriously.

13. Cry: Release all that emotions. You will be feel better.

14. Check your self-talk: Negative self-talk does not serve you.

15.  Journal: Develop a habit of journaling. This will help free your mind.

16. Remind yourself that life is a journey: Remember that what you are going through is temporary, it will pass.

Of the above 16 points, which ones are your favorite?

I think mine is no. 9: Revisit an old hobby. My old hobby is blogging. I don't have specific topics, I focus on things and happenings in my life that I want to "immortalize".

No. 11: Sleep and no. 14: Check your self-talk are part of my ongoing goals to become a better person each day!

Let me know what's yours! Thanks for reading.


7 Eye-Opening Japanese Concepts That Will Transform Your Life



#1 - Ikigai

Discover your purpose in life.
Determine the reason you wake up each morning.
Choose something that aligns with your strengths, passions, and the needs of the world.
This is what gives life meaning.


#2 - Shikita ga nai

Let go of what you cannot change.
Recognize that some things are just out of our control, and that's okay.
Let go and focus on what you can change.


#3 - Wabi-sabi

Find peace in imperfection.
Recognize that nothing in life is perfect, including yourself and others.
Instead of striving for flawlessness, find joy in the imperfections that make life unique.


#4 - Gaman

Preserve your dignity during tough times.
Show emotional maturity and self-control, even when faced with challenges.
Remember to be patient, resilient, and understanding.


#5 - Oubaitori

Don't compare yourself to others.
Everyone has a different timeline and unique path.
It's important to focus on your own progress, rather than trying to measure yourself against others.


#6 - Kaizen

Always seek to improve in all areas of your life.
Even small changes can add up and make a big impact over time.


#7 - Shu-Ha-Ri

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready, the teacher will disappear." - Tao Te Ching
It is a way of thinking about how to learn and master a technique. There are 3 stages to acquiring knowledge:
Shu: Learn the basics by following the teaching of one master, imitating the work of great masters also falls in this stage.
Ha: Start experimenting, learn from masters, and integrate the learning into practice.
Ri: This stage focuses on innovation and the ability to apply your learning to a variety of situations.

Authentic Filipino Lunch @ Laguna Filipino Bar & Restaurant, KL


We spend our first lunch of the year 2023 at Laguna Filipino Bar & Restaurant after attending Sunday Mass at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, KL.

Location: #2, Jalan Gereja. It's located within walking distance from Muzium Telekom and Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at Jalan Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur.

Laguna Filipino Bar & Restaurant KL serves authentic Filipino dishes.

We ordered Beef Sinigang. Sinigang is a type of Filipino soup characterized by its sour taste. The sourness comes from tamarind.


This hearty bowl of Beef Sinigang is packed with generous chunks of beef and loaded with vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, green chilies, white radish, long beans, and kangkung.

For dessert, we ordered Halo Halo. Halo Halo looks similar to our local ice kacang, which is also a dessert characterized by multi-layered mixtures of shaved ice, evaporated milk, and lots of other goodies.


There are a lot of ingredients in this Halo Halo - let me try to remember what I had. There's shaved ice (of course!), red beans, jackfruit (I think it's more like cempedak), banana, sago-like jellies in different colors, nata de coco, sweet potato, cincau, cereal flakes, evaporated milk, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

This restaurant also sells some products from the Philippines, so we bought two bags of chips, a can of corned beef, and beef-flavored instant noodles.