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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Year 2013 : My Mid Year Review

Hello there! 
Some of you may know that I am on my office annual leave for 3 days.  Well, its ending soon with Monday just around the corner.  Its back to working mode by then. 
With this break, I took the liberty of spending some quality time being at peace with myself, and doing the things that I like or even catching up some tasks I had delay for some time.  Hence, the 1st thing that I did was to send my car for a badly needed service.  Oh boy, you would not have believe how much a Kelisa could cost you for a thorough service.  I paid RM430 + RM225 + RM80 + RM50.  So how much is that? 
RM430 for engine and under the car (what do you call that part where they hoist your car up and check the gadgets beneath your vehicle?  I don't know.  So I'll just go with under the car then :P)
RM225 for servicing of car air conditioner. Its now Brrrr-ing cold ;D
RM80 for the car being lifted back to workshop when one of the replaced part was not functioning IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY ROAD!!  This was on the 3rd day after servicing it which had cause me missing a bloggers meet up opportunity >:( 
RM50 for cleaning, vacumming and polishing.  I added polish coz my car has lost its shine.  From the way I see it, more polishing is needed.  Sigh :( 
Fine! So I paid a hefty sum for car servicing.  And more to come too.  Yet, this does not happen everyday.  Its just a small fraction to pay when you realise how much it has given back to me.  Bringing me to places where I needed to be and accomplishing my everyday task because it has been loyal to me.  Its just something I need to do to allow myself to travel further and accomplish more.   
So here's a pic of how my baby blue car looks like now.
Duh! Look just like any other ordinary Kelisa. Lololol :P
Then there is also the badly needed clearing of my stuff from Cheeky's room.  My growing child needs to have his own space.  You wouldn't believe how messy these stuff had accumulated to.   

After some loving, tender and caring-ness, the full of mommy's way, this is the end result:   
Some of my stuff are still there.  Sorry Cheeky.  But mommy is helpless of ideas where to store my stuff.  Hence still needing a tiny bit of your shelf space, pls *battering weepy eyes. 
Of course I've done many more other things during this break, but I guess the better part was having my big day just the way I enjoyed it.  Quiet time enjoying my dessert"S" (literally) while watching the busy commotion across the street from my seat.  I was at the Mosaic, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu at that time.  A good reflection to myself to not fall into the trap of what's at the opposite side of the street but to keep focusing on reaching my intended destiny.   
One fine birthday.... err?.... day :P
Oh, and 1 more accomplishment unlocked, this is my 52nd blog entry.  A year ago, I aimed to hit this number by last year's end.  Of course, I didn't make it.  Today, I have finally done it, albeit late.  But hey,.....
I'VE DONE IT!! Yes, successkid.jpg.
♥ ♥ ♥
** RM44,552.62 =(( No lah, not as sad la.  A need to buck up lor.  Or is it?? 
** To know my last balance, click here

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Hyatt Touch : A Very Bandung Ramadhan Buffet

Hello and a blessed Ramadhan month. 
Ramadhan is a month long practice of blessings and thanks givings.  In Malaysia, irregardless of our religion background, we respect and embraces each others differences.  We come together in gesturing this differences where everyone understands and observe the meaning behind this holy practice.
During this period, temporary bazaar stalls are set up in many designated areas.  You will get the chance to taste the array of food unique to the muslims.  Not wanting to miss showcasing themselves, our local hotels are joining the bandwagon preparing their own specialties and promotions.  I am very fortunate to get to taste from one of our local boys, the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, on the very first day of this meaningful month.
The Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, my first stop for my year 2013 Ramadhan
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu launched their Bandung Ramadhan promotion with the ultimate in buka puasa (breaking fast) feast featuring an astounding array of buffet choices, featuring mouth watering dishes from Indonesia, brought by their guest chefs from Hyatt Regency Bandung.
Spacious area showcasing their buffet promotion
Indonesia cuisine is known for its use of fragrant spices.  Chef Aries Tri Suhandoko and Chef Sandy Nur Hidayat prepared a diverse flavours of Indonesian food.  From flavorful salads and appetizers, to tasty soups, aromatic curries, fragrantly spiced meats to delectable, whole some desserts. 
Decorative display with influence of the Indonesian culture
Sweet dates surrounded by local delicacies
In consistence with its theme, the spread was of warmly Indonesian with a selection of appetizers such as Asinan, rojak buah and tauhu telur.  Not forgetting the serving of soups of Soto Bandung, Mee Siram and Rawon Jawa Timur. 
A row of flavourful condiments
The salad and dessert bars

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu's aim is to provide an unforgettable buka puasa experience with a wide choice of cuisine delightful to family and friends.  Their welcoming very Bandung main courses - Empal Daging Sapi, Udang Balado, Gulai Kambing, Ikan Bawal Bumbu Bali, Nasi Goreng Jawa, Ayam Rica, Nasi Goreng Kluwek, Kambing Guling, Gulai Nangka Muda and many more are of abundance to fill everyone's stomach to satisfaction. 

In addition to the Indonesian specialties, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu are also serving their much-loved favourites including local and western cuisine, not forgetting the chinese and indian dishes too.  

Also included in this buka puasa feast is the hotel's own Chef Govind using the tandoori oven to prepare his famous fluffy and crisp naan, tikka masala grilled meats and north Indian curries along with lamb kebab and beef shawarma.

The feast was delightfully concluded with an extended dessert selection, from local specialities like kuih penjaram, ondeh-ondeh, kuih ketayap, kuih lenggang, kuih sapit, kuih lapis, apam balik to cheese cakes, creme brulee, strawberry sponge cakes, jellies and much more.

The Bandung Ramadhan at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is available throughout the fasting month at RM110++ per person between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.  For those who comes in after 8.00pm you can enjoy the same at RM100 per person.  Children are chargeable at half price.
The feast was enjoyable accompanied by relaxing ambience and friends' laughters.  The extensive varieties were enough to leave me with a bloated stomach.  Thankfully, this bloating issue was soothingly tamed with a cup of the hotel's smooth teh tarik.  It was a pleasant drink to end my dinner.
You and your family and friends can enjoy this "A Very Bandung Ramadhan" buka puasa feast by making your reservation/s now.  Just call the hotel at: 
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong,
88991  Kota Kinabalu,
Tel: +60 88 22 1234.
The hotel does catering for private functions too.  For this month only, chefs at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu have created a delectable, tantalizing buka puasa menu featuring the best Ramadhan specialties.  Trained banquet staff will be on hand to take away the stress of cooking, organising the event, serving your guests and washing up so that you can concentrate on being the perfect host.  Menu price starts from RM100++ per person. 
Selamat Menyambut Bulan Ramadhan
dan Selamat Berbuka Puasa