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Perfect cold weather food at Harbour Town

 

In recent weeks, I dined at the newly opened Do An branch at PIK when I passed by this restaurant along the way. I made a mental note to try it out in the near future, and near future loomed pretty quickly.

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It didn’t take me long to decide whether I want to do a review on this Malaysian specialty. A lot of things may have travelled in and out of my stomach, especially with the crazy rate of burgeoning F&B establishments in town. But, there’s only so much space on the blog. With Harbour Town, what I’ve tasted immediately moved itself to high priority on my posting schedule – so here goes.

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Nota Bene

 

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I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: A rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationships with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, i usually make the right decision
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

(Maya Angelou)

 


 

This is one of the many wisdoms of Maya that I found particularly expansive to our casual definition of love – forget dating, forget romance, forget diamond rings and fresh hydrangeas – love is everywhere, and it is seated gently on the little things in life.

 

 
 

Make someone feel loved today. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 
 
P.S. 7 ways pandas taught me to say ‘I love you
 
 
 


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How to get him to become your personal mind-reader

 

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Start by telling him what you want. Why you were angry last Tuesday night, how you’re not asking for his solutions and just his ears, and what you want to have for dinner on Valentine’s Day. If you don’t know exactly what you want, just break the silence. Tell him all the choices you have on your plate. Let him speak his mind. Stop him from thinking you’re giving him the silent treatment for some mysterious reason. Choices aside, it’s probably not the best idea to push all the decision-making responsibilities to your man. You and him, it’s a two-way street.

Whenever he disappoints you and you’re all too tired to explain what looks like the most blatant mistake ever, think about the last time you disappointed him so much that he let out a big sigh. Yes, it’s one of those “Let me get some air” and “Can we talk about this later?”. We, unlike men, like to talk. The more heated we get, the more we want to scream, “Why can’t you understand? You’re supposed to get me!!” Men are a different breed. After hours of heat, they need to reset the logical parts of their brain, much like your computer needs to cool off after all the energy it has sustained. You will never realize this in the heat of the moment, but when you’re overwhelmed with emotions, a few rational thoughts can make huge amends.

Also, stop trying to make things seem obvious. What might seem obvious to you might not necessarily seem obvious him. Instead, clarify. If you want him to buy you a dress, don’t say, “That’s the prettiest dress I’ve ever seen!” Say, “I’d like to have that dress some day.” Rather than starting an argument about the prettiest dress the both of you have ever seen, let him know what is it about the dress that concerns you: You want to have it some day. It doesn’t matter if he thinks it’s pretty or you think it’s pretty. He cares about you, not the dress. Don’t make him care about the dress. You know you want it and you hope to own it. Say it like it is. Don’t expect him to know you want it by saying something that doesn’t concern you about the dress.

On your anniversary night, you’re lacquered in your most kissable gloss and divinely sculpted in a Herve Ledger. You were expecting him to kiss you, with tongue, good night before you slide out of his car, but he didn’t. You’re mad, you can’t believe it, you’re upset – but don’t fret yourself. If you’re so upset (and/or somewhere between angry and horny) that you can’t even, keep a quota of 3 unanswered calls and 3 unreplied texts. True, nonverbal communication is the majority (93%) of what gets said, but it doesn’t give you a license to expect him to do the exact thing you want him to do, done exactly the way you want it to be done. Even if you’ve looked the other way and gave one-word answers to show your discontent, you still need to verbalize exactly what’s on your mind, preferably as soon as possible. He may seem unaffected by all your efforts to look good that night, but you don’t know how hard he tried to control his stutters and shaky knees. It doesn’t help either that men can’t read body signals like women can.

So if you want it, just ask for it. Pick up his call, reply his text, and ask for that French kiss. Don’t let him misunderstand you, and don’t even begin to exceed the quota. The worst starts to happen when you pile up the rocks for up to a week. Weeks easily become months, months become years, and years become a lifetime. You don’t want to build a life of resentment, only to look back and see a mountain you can no longer move, all because of the darn kiss. And I know, the way I said it – asking for what you want – sounds completely unromantic. But have you got any idea how much of a turn-on is dirty talk to men? It doesn’t matter if it’s only the first anniversary or your 50th, or if it’s a dome or a megalith standing between the both of you – all you have to do is ask. Now’s the time.

 

 
 

Most important of all, learn to let go of all expectations and start the straight talking. Honestly, gently, and lovingly like a lady. Choose to let him know what’s on your mind as best as you can, because no matter how well you think you know your man or how well you want your man to know you, he’ll never fully understand you, even if he want to. As Harper Lee once said, you never really understand a person until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. Likewise, you can’t, and will never, truly know what’s on his mind 99% of the time. Neither does his buddy nor his brother, and certainly not even you.

 
 

P.S. The truth about men and feelings.

 
 
 
 
 


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Last minute gifts: 7 things he actually needs

 

I’m guilty for giving something for my boyfriend fiance (still not used to the term) this Valentine’s, which you’ll find out what after the weekend. I always get him stuff he doesn’t need … like a black tea macchiato from KOI and Christian Grey’s tie. So here’s me bouncing off ideas for future gifts and a last minute Valentine’s gift for your man that he’ll actually use:

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☑ Sennheiser OCX 685i Adidas Sports Series in-ear headphones for when he’s hitting the gym
DELL 1TB ultra slim and portable USB 3.0 external hard drive for carrying his digital data everywhere (now he’ll think of you everywhere he goes)
A casual V-neck knit blazer in grey for him to throw on easily over anything he wears everyday
VMV Hypoallergenics pre-shave barber oil that contains coconut derivatives, for you to finally stop kissing a cactus
SK-II men’s essentials set for him to finally get and keep a proper skincare regimen
A Batman-shaped wall clock, to console him for the fact that he doesn’t drive a Batmobile
A weekend spa getaway for two to get some air in Ubud, because you and I both know he needs a vacay, no matter how short

 
 

 
 

So which of these are you getting him for Valentine’s Day?

 
 
 
 
 


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Currently reading: What A Girl Wants

 

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What A Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk, page 235-236

“Life isn’t just about what you want,” I said, shifting on top of my clutch bag. Beading was not comfortable to sit on. “You can’t just do what you want and hope everything will turn out for the best. You’ve got to plan for the future, think ahead. It’s not about what might sound like the most fun now.”

“Wow!” Amy closed her eyes and smiled. “It’s like sitting here listening to your mum.”

All the colour drained from my face and suddenly, I felt very, very sick.

“Can you even hear yourself?” Amy asked. “You’re actually sitting there, telling me that what you want doesn’t matter, what makes you happy doesn’t matter. Is that what you want? Marry Charlie, give up your dreams and slog away day in and day out at the agency so you can turn into a bitter, resentful old cow like your mum?”

“Do I need to go to the restroom again?” Kekipi asked, switching his stare from me to Amy and back again. “Because I didn’t really need to go last time and I’m worried one of the waiters thinks I’m trying to pick him up.”

“No,” Amy threw her arm out in front of him, effectively sticking him to his seat, “you don’t need to do anything. She’s the one who needs to think about what she just said. You don’t know, Nick or Charlie. You can’t decide, agency or photos. You can decide and you do know but you’ve spent so long listening to, and believing, all your mother’s sh*t that you don’t believe it.”

She paused for breath and wine.

“You don’t trust your gut. This is the first time in your entire life you’ve had to make a difficult decision and you’re trying to wimp out of it, but you can’t. If I lived by your logic, I’d be married to Dave and as miserable as sin, maybe even divorced by now. Or worse, I’d be your mum and Brian, sitting around the house, hating each other. Is that what you want? Just be f*cking brave for once in your life.

I stared across the table at the girl who had been my best friend for as long as I’d been alive.

 

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A quick bite at Unacho

 

They’ve been around since October last year, but I’ve only tried the unagi specialty restaurant recently.

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I wasn’t planning to try out the place while I was at Plaza Senayan, so I didn’t bring my DSLR along. Pardon the phone cam quality pictures :( All I can say now is if you love your eels, there’s no reason to wait any longer, because as of right now, Unacho is the first and only Japanese dining experience in Indonesia that specializes in serving you freshly grilled unagi.

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If there is one non-Fifty Shades romantic movie you should watch this year, it’s this.

 

It’s called Playing it Cool, a Justin Reardon-directed romcom slated to be out the day before Valentine’s Day in the US and God knows when in the rest of the globe. Can’t believe I’ve only discovered the trailer last week, and so many familiar faces in one cut! Imagine …

  • Captain America working under Falcon
  • Chris Evans – hunkscreenwriter, realist – in that order
  • Eddie Brock giving sage advice to Steve Rogers
  • A brutal duel between Human Torch and Mr. Fantastic
  • All this happening in San Francisco
  • You, as the beautiful and sweet Michele Monaghan
  • You, as Wonder Woman

 

 
 

Even though you can pretty much tell how the story’s going to end (it’s one of those men-and-women-can’t-be-friends slash boy-meets-girl, boy-falls-in-love-with-girl, boy-has-to-fight-for-girl kind of story, you know?), I can feel this is going to be worth the watch for all of the above reasons.

What do you think?

 
 
 
 
 


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