Friday, April 18, 2014

The Mugshot Cafe, Georgetown

In conjunction with the previous blog post on 55 Cafe, I feel that I'm obliged to post an article on The Mugshot Cafe.

CAUTION: If you are looking for a legit food/coffee review, feel free to exit now because below are a bunch of insane selfies that we took in the cafe! HAHA!

This was the next destination that we headed to after coming out from 55 Cafe. In fact, we walked there from 55 Cafe under the scorching hot sun. By the time we reached The Mugshot Cafe, we were as dead as ikan masin (salted fish ==''')!!

I was too tired to even eat anything, yet I had to force myself to take photos around hahaha~ In fact, to be honest, if it wasn't for Chun Keat who was demanding for his yogurt, we wouldn't have to walk all the way there. 


You'll see the front counter once you enter the door. 

This is the place where you should place your order.


Because Chinese New Year was around the corner (now you guys know I've delayed this blog post for how long ><), they had those little red lanterns around.


Because of this yogurt....and I had to walk so freaking far!

They really had a huge variety of yogurts to choose from.


So after Chun Keat bought his yogurt, we went to the 2nd section of the cafe. Because this is a heritage cafe, which was converted from an old house, it's really big in the inside and the architecture is also unlike any modern buildings in our current era.


Nangka (jackfruit) yogurt that Chun Keat got for himself. I think it's around RM10 for this cup if I'm not mistaken (a little too expensive for a yogurt though)

Foolish boy showing his so called happy face upon getting his yogurt ><


I shall do a good deed to put on a slightly better photo of him so that he won't blame me if he's forever single and alone >< HAHA!




Chun Keat and I acting all stupid haha! This is an usual routine anyway, it's our obligation!

Fun fact: This guy had been my RUMOURED boyfriend for around  8 or 9 years ever since we were 8 years old until everyone grew up and stopped creating this bullshit rumour! It was a pretty funny and interesting memory though because our relationship is forever platonic even though we do intentionally flirt playfully most of the time. I just love this buddy so much!!!


Why are you soooo serious my dear? Preparing for an interview or what?!?! HAHA



 Hui Tee was our primary school monitor. We used to sit together behind Chun Keat when we were 12. Then, we got into the same class during high school. We have always been close as usual.

Even though I've left them for Australia, whenever we catch up the very few times, we will still be really comfortable mingling with one another.

And I have to say, Hui Tee is the one who takes nice photos of me during our heritage trip. I COULDN'T THANK HER MORE~


I had been seeing a lot of photos with this background on FB, until I went to Mugshot Cafe, and I was like "OHHH SO IT'S THIS PLACE"


My height is not a secret anymore! HAHAHAHA!

I don't know about you, but according to Xixi, she said she THOUGHT I'm at least 165cm judging from my usual photos...Bubble burst ya! I'm short like that ><"


In case you don't know, I'm quite a HASHTAG person! HAHA!



Then I kinda went insane with endless selfies >< with stupid faces!


  This is my favourite random pic!!!


Chun Keat just looked at us with that WTH face! Spot my amazingly designed power bank on the table!

That's all for today!

The Mugshot Cafe

Address:
302 Chulia Street, 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

Contact Number:
+6012 405 6276

Opening hours:
Mon-Sun 8am-12am

ps: They only accept cash, no cards.



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

55 Cafe @ Lorong Stewart, Penang

From my previous blog post, I mentioned about me going to heritage cafes with my friends right? Today is another little cafe that I wanna share with you all.

Seriously...since when do heritage cafes start mushrooming all over Penang? Typically Georgetown! I suppose this is a good thing because at least nowadays youngsters (like me and my friends) wouldn't merely choose to hangout in shopping malls, we would even suggest going to heritage areas to chit chat and gossip over a cup of coffee or a slice of cake.

That day when I went on a "tourist-y" day with my primary school friends. OMG, the word "primary" made me feel so old! HAHA! Time flies! And we changed so much, physically. But I guess when we meet up together we still do crazy shit and talk a lot of random craps, so I would say that we didn't really grow up, mentally wise :p

Anyway, we went to 55 cafe that day to have our lunch and because we wanted to see 3D latte art. For your information, 55 cafe is the only cafe that sells 3D latte art....If you don't know what 3D latte art is, keep reading~ I'll show you photos soon! NYAHAHAHA!

55 Cafe is quite famous in Penang because of the 3D latte art (DUHHH~) and it serves pretty good coffee! To be honest, for someone who doesn't drink coffee in Australia (which is...me...boo!), drinking coffee in Penang is rather ridiculous because the weather is insanely hot and why on earth would I crave for a cup of coffee in Malaysia! Well, the only exception will be Genting I suppose!

Due to the fact that we were very famished, we didn't bother to take any photos of the interior of the cafe, sorry about that, I have to priotize my stomach first :p That's quite a rational argument :p


To be honest, I didn't like the food of 55 Cafe. This salmon toast thing tasted pretty weird and it's quite pricey for such portion. 

Nevermind, since our main reason there was to have the 3D latte art!

 I don't wanna get too dramatic over the food!


The toast was only the size of my palm! Can you see from this photo? Not enough to fill my stomach XD


Chin Yee sharing the other piece of the toast with me!


So here comes the real deal. The barista started to make the latte art behind the bar, and we rushed over to snap photos! HAHA! 

At that point, I thought, wait, aren't we locals, why are we acting like tourists! HAHA


Here it is! I was sharing this with Chin Yee. Our latte!


Too cute to be drank!


Taking selca with it....and it was actually melting into the latte >< RIP my latte cat!


Hui Tee and Qi Yong's hot chocolate!

We all agreed that this piggy was cuter than my latte cat :3


I thought taking photos of food is a duty for girls only....look at this guy!


Introducing my best-est guy friend! Chun Keat! HAHAHA! Chin Yee's facial expression is so funny :p

The 3D lattes weren't really cheap, I think it's around RM14 for each cup. Since 55 Cafe is the one and only cafe selling 3D latte, the price could be considered reasonable ^^

55 Cafe

Address:
55 Lorong Stewart, 10300 Penang, Malaysia. 

Opening hours: 
Mon-Sun 8.30am-10.30pm

Contact Number: 
04-262 2611

Okay, I got to go now :p Too much assignments to deal with right now T__T I wanna cry! 900 more words and it's due tomorrow morning DOOMED!


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Going Back to The Original Position

This is pretty much like an impromptu blog post. I never planned this. In fact, I have already scheduled a drafted post to be published on the day after tomorrow. However, because of some personal reasons and having no place and no one to listen to me, I decided to spill my thoughts over here.

My mind has been a mess since 3 days ago. Not sure whether it's because of the overloading school work or whatever reasons. It's just a mess.

Today, upon hearing a Michael Jackson song on my iPod, I started to cry, really hard.

Usually I love putting my iPod on shuffle, so every song will be a surprise to me. This song came up while I reached my doorstep and I started crying once I got into the house.

It was MJ's Don't Walk Away.


Many people don't know about this song so here's the video. Just listen to the music, the lyrics, his soft gentle voice. PLAY IT WHILE YOU READ :3

The lyrics "Can't you see, I don't wanna walk away".....they are like a hammer that hits me hard in the head and opened up the drawer of my long forgotten memories......

I miss him so much T__T

After knowing that MJ's new album is coming out in mid May this year, I have been taking a stroll down the memory lane a bit. The King's making a comeback. I guess this is what they meant by "legend never dies".

Although I'm not sure whether Sony is releasing this album as another form of exploitation, I don't care that much anymore. I just miss him that much until I can't bother about other things.

 It has been so long since I've heard of his name. Those 2 words "Michael Jackson", I miss the pronunciation of it. And I miss seeing his name on social medias. Ever since then, the MJ fan clubs on FB started to revive, and every day as I scroll through my FB timeline in my bed, I see his photos. I see his name. The memories started pouring back.

On Saturday, as I chilled in my room, I went back on Youtube and downloaded heaps of MJ's music videos onto my iPad. Those phenomenal and ground-breaking music videos. 

After my downloads were completed, I scroll through the list of music videos that I have collected throughout these 2 years. I have a long list, but surprisingly nearly 85% of them are K-Pop related.

At that point, I started to wonder, why didn't I have any MJ music videos here. I am such a big fan, till the extent of changing my FB name to Fion Paris Jackson, but how come I didn't download any of his stuffs onto my iPad.

Was it that I've forgotten him?
Was it that I've found my new love, which is K-Pop?
And is my love for MJ replaced by my love for K-Pop?

I panicked.

You may be sitting there thinking: This girl certainly has nothing better to do in life that's why she's going all dramatic over such useless things.

The reason why not having MJ things on iPad impacted me a lot is because that I came to a shocking realization that K-Pop has slowly taken over my life, squeezing MJ out of my life bit by bit ever since I got hooked with Korean-related things in 2012. My iPod, my iPad, my iPhone and even my laptop background have been replaced by Korean celebs since then. My dream to go USA to see Neverland with my eyes had been replaced by desire to go Korea for language classes and food and shopping.

When I was around 15, my wildest dream was to study extremely hard and get a career that can bring me lots of fortune so that I could rescue Neverland from being put on sale/auction. Just in case you don't know what Neverland is, it's actually MJ's home that he bought in the 1988.

I'll attach some amazing photos (that I found on Google) that will truly blow you away.


This whole thing is the Neverland Ranch.

Inspired by Peter Pan, because MJ's favourite cartoon's Peter Pan, he bought the property (which was believed to be a golf course originally) and transformed it into his home with amusement park and petting zoo called Neverland Ranch located at Santa Barbara in California.

People were saying that Neverland was being put on a sale since MJ's death because nobody has the ability to maintain it anymore. I don't want that to happen because Neverland represents MJ, the totality of him. I can't let them demolish it or change it to some other things!!!!!

Every single thing from Neverland should be always be kept in their original conditions!

No exception!

How can you tear this amazing place into bits and pieces?! You just can't and you shouldn't.


I wanted to have so much money like Lady Gaga so that I can rescue MJ's stuffs from being scattered all around the world. Doesn't it seem better if ALL MJ things are gathered together instead of being sold everywhere? Somehow I really thank Lady Gaga for her effort (although not the part she actually does wear a few of those pieces of clothings :/)
 

I wanted to go to Hollywood's Rock Of Fame and pay tribute to the MJ star (photo from Google Images) I want to be one of the fans like that!


I wanted to go to Forest Lawn to present a bouquet of flowers in front of his cemetery (photo from Google Images)

Which is why during that time my plan was to get into an American University. And I wanted to learn the American accent as well because I love the way MJ speaks. 

But, since 2012, my biggest dream has reduced to going to Korea. My childish but amusing dream has become such shallow and superficial dream. WTF IS GOING ON?!?!

How could I forget things about MJ? How could I forget my love for USA that came along as I developed my love for MJ?

Looking back at his music videos, I felt that I just have to scold myself and have a bit of brain-cleansing session.

K-Pop might be good, but it's not even half of what MJ could do.

K-Pop means Korean Pop, but MJ is the KING OF POP!!! (This is just self-explanatory. And the end.)

MJ is the BEST IN EVERY SINGLE THING! HE'S JUST SO GODLY TO ME!

Forgetting about him is just a sin to me. Sinful, I repeat.


How could I even ...... Nothing on earth comes parallel to these!

Nobody comes near to MJ!

From now onwards, I shall declare that my dream country is not Korea anymore, I may still love Korea, but I realise I can't let MJ or anything related to MJ play second fiddle to any other things. Sorry about that~

I feel so stupid and guilty for myself because this is just like when you are presented a 5-star-hotel feast but you opted for a piece of plain bread. I was like that. 

In conjunction with this, I also realised something: humans are forgetful. I suppose when you don't see or hear about a person for a certain length of time, that person will just be less important than he/she would be previously.

What I wanna pinpoint in this context is that, sometimes, take a break and evaluate yourself, are you going away from your original dream. Don't be influenced by the trend the society worships. This is just like a diet plan. You have to always remember that you have a dream body to achieve, yet once in a while you can have a cone of ice cream or a burger as a guilty indulgence, but don't forget to constantly report yourself at the gym for workout or control your calories intake.

I hope my analogy does help to make this statement a little bit clearer?!?! @@

Or rather, it's like....

Throwing away a diamond for a rock?

That's better? Or not...whatever..I give up~


However, I know for now, I should turn things around - back to where they should be. And I shall constantly remind myself, what my real dream is.

I'm sorry MJ for being drifted away. I shouldn't have been. But, I'm back now.


I love and I miss you....Forever and ever....This necklace will be with me every single day from now onwards, and that's a promise.

Disclaimer:
I'm not saying that K-Pop is trash upon comparing with MJ in this context. Is just that, personally, I feel, there's nobody on this planet can come near to MJ. And, in my opinion, or at least in MJ fans' opinions, MJ is the one and only, legend and he shall not be replaced by anyone forever. I still love K-Pop a lot but is just that I love MJ the most. And I bet the K-Pop idols actually do look up to MJ themselves too!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

La Vanille Pastry @ Hutton Lane

You guys know that Penang is now every famous of its heritage sites and cafes right?! Okay, I'm from Malaysia and I am from Penang - a very tiny turtle-shaped island located by the side of Peninsular of Malaysia. Doubt you can see it from the world map though! Have to zoom in! 

When I went back to Malaysia earlier this year, I got the chance to finally be a tourist in Penang. HAHA! Forgive me since I've been out of Malaysia for 3 years (this year is the 3rd), that's why I am not so familiar with the new places anymore. However, thankfully my baby Jia Xin is such a big fan of Penang's heritage places. All thanks to her I gotta explore Penang quite thoroughly this time. And she kept on saying that it's kinda funny for her to bring a Penangite around Penang like a tourist! HAHA! OH~ so now I'm in the tourist category?!

She brought me to a few heritage cafes. Out of all those cafes, my all time favourite is definitely La Vanille. It's like one of the cutest places in Penang. 

Technically, I don't think this is actually considered as those type of HERITAGE CAFES, but since we found it on the heritage cafes list on Google, I would like to think of it as one :p (does that even sound logical ><)


This is what you see from the outside. Screw the reflection that ruined the photo T__T


This is the look you will get once you open the front door :) Looks very cozy and cute right?

La Vanille serves cupcakes, macarons, pastry, brunch, as well as the coffee, tea and drinks. This café is origin from the founder who likes to travel from her country to the other part of the world, exploring the lifestyle of the local, experiencing the culture of the people, and enjoying high-tea at the little cafe of local. She treats her business as warm and heart-felted neighborhood café, where people can share their happiness and valuable experience with their loved ones. 
(extracted from La Vanille's website! Click here for the full introduction)



Just look at the counter!!! OMG!!! It's sooooo adorable!!!!! ♥♥♥


They don't provide menus so you have to walk up to the counter and look at the blackboard and place your order there. And of course pay your bill there.


There's another "piece" of menu located at the front part of the cafe.

To be honest, I was totally blown away when I saw the prices of their food and beverages. They are not expensive at all, unlike most heritage cafes where I think they are usually very overrated.


My dear Jia Xin went to place her order and I just sat there like a boss HAHA! 

Actually no...I went to take photos like mad! 

Be prepared to drool in front of your pc / tablet / phone screen...Whatever :p 



These are up for displays! Even display items are soooo nice!


Super cute right? 

Unfortunately, we couldn't order these because these are pre-orders by other people :/ 

You can always call/visit La Vanille to place your orders and they can make something out specially for U!


2 photos of us waiting hungrily for our desserts!! Actually we weren't originally hungry as we came from another restaurant but those pastries were too mouth-watering looking and we got hungry once we saw them :p 


YAY! Our cakes are here!!!

Finally!! I admire myself for remembering to snap a photo before eating it because I always got so blown away and the first thing I do is poke my fork into the food xD


My first red velvet cake in my life!

Jia Xin paid for me because she said she didn't get to hang out with me during my actual birthday! AWWW THANK YOU SO MUCH BABY!

ps: I told her that she should've informed me earlier so I could order all types of cakes since she's the one paying hahaha


Close up shot! 



Last photos and it's gone~


Jia Xin's green tea cake


Too bad Bi Ling's not here with us because she's a big fan of green tea cakes! Come with us next time Bi Ling!!!!!! 


Jia Xin's hot chocolate of the day. It was too hot for me to drink hot choco / coffee so I just focused on eating my cake :3

After that I went to took photos of the wall decos~ They are sooooo adorable. 

Sorry the overuse of "adorable" but that's the only thing I could think of when I saw those things! 


My favourite piece of wall deco. 

Would love to have this in my room HAHA xD



It's really amazing that the owner of the restaurant put in so much effort to decorate the interior. Instead of those expensive and over-grand decorations, these cute DIY-looking ones give people the sense of home. I love every single one of them. Not only the drawings are amazing, you can tell that the owner actually spent lots of time and attention in running this place. This fact alone makes the cafe worth visiting.

LA VANILLE PASTRY

Address:
122A Hutton Lane, 10050 Penang, Malaysia. 

Tel: 
04226 4024

Email: contact@lavanillecupcake.com


I will definitely go back again to La Vanille when I get back to Penang at the end of this year. I shall bring Chanwon, Xixi, Maple and Ivy here if they don't forget about their promise to visit me in Penang! HAHA xD

I'm actually blogging on my housemate's laptop now. My laptop went insane already and I sent it to my mom's friend to repair and she said I have to reformat it T__T OMG! There goes my iTunes! Seriously, the scariest thing for the people from 21st century is undoubtedly life without technology devices! 2nd scariest will be NO WIFI! Well...they are equally deadly to some extent...That's why I haven't been updating these days T__T Wanna cry! Getting laptops to repair is so F***ing expensive in Melbourne. It's a major rip off! RM480 per hour! And god knows how long do they need to take to reformat it! I'm trying to find other solutions, or even try to reformat and reinstall it by myself. Not very confident in doing this, but I don't wanna be ripped off that way. If I eventually succeeded, please call me an IT genius *drums rolling* 

Anyway, I seriously think that I deserve a thunderous applause for being so dedicated....HAHA...to that extent I borrowed my housemate's laptop just to blog WTH xD 

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