Thursday, May 29, 2008

Of Claypot Rice

I remember a year ago Molly, Jy and I were walking in Kuala Lumpur's Petaling Street trying to find this dessert place that Molly liked. We fruitlessly scoured through several lanes and if you've been to Petaling you know how confusing the streets are with the pasar malams stores blocking the actual food stores behind. She said their tong shui was very good and was very popular in the area, so we were on a look out for large crowds (not a good idea in this already very busy area). Along the way we passed by many a wonderful street stall serving mostly savoury deep fried/wok fried/ goodies like seafood and burgers and whatever street food most asian countires have, but never the tong shui. It was through this hunting for the elusive broiled dessert that we stumbled upon this really good claypot rice stall. We kinda got distracted by the smell of burnt rice and dancing ambers of the stall and being the hungry monsters the three of us are we decided to give tong shui hunting a break and try what seemed to be a better alternative.

That was the best distraction we had ever!

The claypot chicken was so good (we'll get back to how good it is soon) that everytime we went back to KL we had to go visit the place again. JY found out from someone that it was rather famous and we were lucky to get seats. (My suggestion would be to get there before the supper crowd at 9pm, don't bother going to the other stores with the claypots, their empty seats despite the large traffic is the anti-testament to their food) Turns out this stall has quite a following with the local crowd and they've occupied the same area for some time, which was good news since we didn't have to go around finding it somewhere else. (which was probably was happened to the tong shui)

You make your order as you sit on plastic stools and resting your elbows on the uneasy table. Listening to the hustle and bustle, smelling the burnt aroma of the entire dining area (which is infront of a print shop only lit by neon lights of the neighbouring buildings). You ready your camera but your appetite is already ahead crying for good food. It finally arrives with someone holding the hot claypot, clothed wrapped her steady hands make it look easy, you move back a little, making way for the massive cauldron. Everything is moving very fast around you, lights blink sporadically, the sound of claypots banging, stools dragging, beer caps flying, all that whilst you mix the rice, scraping the sides, serving your friends (for this is never a dish for one), this is one dish no picture can accurately depict. What i'm getting here with my limited descriptive is that its not just a pretty looking dish, its an experience you have to be there to enjoy yourself.

Nonetheless here are some photos to make your mouth water.

Claypot Chicken RiceClaypot Chicken RiceClaypot Rice

I make it a point to visit this store (along jalan Petaling under the Thomas and Guy Hair slaon, infront of the printing shop) everytime i'm back and bring whoever i'm with along too (dragging or otherwise) Uninitiated friends were introduced to their succulent tender meat and aromatic rice, setting the new benchmark for claypot. As it fires up above the charcoal flames, the heavily reused claypots impart their rich flavour which seems to get better after each use. The lard, chicken meat, waxed sausages (lap cheong) and salted fish come together to create a symphony of flavours. It may be street food but it sure looks and smells way more exciting than any fine dining restaurant can offer.

anyhoo as you have already figured out i was back in KL the past three days with dubbie. Together we went to document, figure out and discover the great food that KL had to offer. Put two food crazy, camera welding geeks in a city full of amazingly good hearty food and your in for a hell of heavily photographed food trip. So come back for more stuff like mouthing watering char siew, the ramly burger store that is THE AUTHORITY in all things ramly and more little finds you get from this crazy messy lovely city. now for some rest.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Of heading back

Penang Sky, originally uploaded by jonolist.

leaving the house soon, will be in KL for the next three days. if you there and wanna eat big call me ..... 012-76529642

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Of Lakshmi and mi

Hi all! Meet Lakshmi
Lakshmi's my legless cardboard girlfriend.
She's the reason why i go back to Penang every year
we love hanging out at five foot ways sipping masala chai
ahh Lakshmi..

Lakshmi and mi, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Lakshmi spends two thirds of her time under the hot sun with her beautiful saree and dazzling jewelery which i printed for her. I love lakshmi to bits, because she's twice as big as me yet only one head taller. She may only be 2/3rds but i love every cardboard bit of her.

oh and i think Thomas is trying to hit on Lakshmi's poster sister....who is called Lakshmi too.

Thomas and Lakshmi, originally uploaded by jonolist.

check out the bling bling on her hands!!! eh thomas i think she's married...Lakshmi told me something about the grand taj mahal wedding. btw look at the right corner..that's Lakshmi's parents store...Lakshmi silks.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Of Menara UMNO

Menara UMNO, Pulau Pinang Malaysia
Architect: TR Hamzah and Yeang
Built in 1998

21 storey office building/complex
Stairwells, elevator spaces and toilets are naturally ventilated.
Office corridors can be naturally ventilated too due to its wing walls.

Menara UMNO, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Then we thought, hey why not try to see how high up this building we can go without being stopped?

so i casually walked into the lift, hit the top floor and found the emetrgency stairwell. Walked up found the door unlocked and voila!

open sesame.

The view from the top roof deck is damn nice. The shophouses look so tiny here.
(btw Huilian......only 21 storeys not scary one)

Menara UMNO - Rooftop spiral staircase

Menara UMNO roof deck

Menara UMNO - Rooftop spiral staircase

my favourite photo of this series happens to be of Darryl checking out the stair detail. This will probably be the shot in some magazine when Darryl get famous and they interview him on his influences when he was younger.

Menara UMNO - Rooftop spiral staircase

could also be the front cover of Darryl's solo edition of A+U.

any is still amazed how we got all the way without anyone stopping us. Oh and just so you know the top floor houses another architectural practise and the can access the roof deck cool is that, can smoke break/beer party/bbq up here at night!

of WTF similan is this?

WTF, originally uploaded by jonolist.

is scary when you look out your window and find elmo with his limbs tied cruelly to the window grills under the hot sun.

la la la la...the elmo song!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Of Penang Laksa

Probably the best spicy soury penang laksa i had ever. Its so colourful and so beautiful with the chilis and assam soup. Took a lot of photos before i devoured it and trust me when i say it taste as good as it looks. what a beauty!

Penang Laksa, originally uploaded by jonolist.

A surprisingly good find for a street food vendor on a hot afternoon. i think the stall moves down to chulia st in the mornings and at night.

oh and here's more good stuff in penang.

Nasi Lemak Bungkus

Ice Chendol

oh and here's is something damn nice
McDonald+Kentuckly = McTucky!

found in Gurney Drive. I love their fried chicken skin..totally sinful, devilishly good as you hear the crunch as you sink you teeth into that oily fried up chicken skin.


photo of the chicken skin can be found here when i was there last year

Of loving things long and stiff

while we were in penang we ordered hell alot of this LONG AND STIFF INDIAN THING.

Thomas/Thosai, originally uploaded by jonolist.

LONG STIFF and OOO SO CRISPY!! hahahhaha

here's Thomas aka white ltous looking badass with his long and stiff paper thosai. The dahl and other suaces were teh bombz.

Meena Cafe, Penang some lane off Jalan Chulia

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Of Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square's indoor amusement park. Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. 2008

Berjaya Times Square is the largest mall i ever been to. It's got a amusement park with a twisty roller coaster init. There's at least one 360 from what i see and it travels around one of the many atriums of the huge complex. There's an imax theater behind where i was shooting from, your conventional theaters at the lower floors and countless number of foodcourts , supermarkets, a two (or was it three?) storey bookstore and whathaveyounots. I haven't got a chance to walk through the whole place...not that i want to, malls are not my thing.

All in all its a monster of a building that scares the shittez out of me.

"It's just a ride, it's just a ride
no need to run, no need to hide
It'll take you round and round
Sometimes you're up
sometimes you're down
It's just a ride, it's just a ride
don't be scared
don't hide your eyes
It may feel so real inside
but don't forget it's just a ride"
from the song "Just a Ride" by JEM

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Of Totally Cute(uncool) Group Shot

Not being our usual cool selves we posed *kawaii* style on the 42th floor of the Petronas Twin Towers were there's little bridge that connects the two structures.

Totally Cute(uncool) Group Shot, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Charmaine (Molly's KL friend) is posing with fingers to show "6"
Molly "5", Beatrice "4", JY "3", Thomas "2", Darryl "1" and me "0" totally not cool and very wrong but what the heck
It must have been the high altitudes.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Ice Cream Waffle

At risk of sounding damn gay
i shall now profess my love
for A&W strawberry ice cream waffles

Ice Cream Waffle, originally uploaded by jonolist.

when ice cream met waffle
the was no squabble
strawberry rain
felt no pain
when knife and fork came crashing by

A&W near Plaza Rakyat
Kuala Lumpur 2008

Of Wong Ah Wah Chicken Wings

This plate of chicken wings from Wong Ah Wah BBQ Chicken Wings are the reason why i would keep coming back to Kuala Lumpur.

Wong Ah Wah Chicken Wings, originally uploaded by jonolist.

i love wong ah wah bbq chicken wings. love love love.
Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

But if bbq-ed chicken wings aren't your thing here's a short preview of what else Kl has to offer.

Beef Noodles
Char Siew Wanton Mee
Claypot Rice

yum yum! more to for some sleep....

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Of Travels pt.1

This entry was supposed to be one day later and posted from some dodgy internet cafe in Kuala Lumpur after two damn good and hot days in Redang. But like all last minute plans nothing turns out our way because we didn't foresee the entire Malaysia on holiday during the long vesak weekend. So Pulau Redang was fully booked and we decided to give the sandy beaches and crystal waters a miss for some good ol Panang nua-ing.

Beatrice, JY, Thomas are playing pool, Molly and Darryl are reading i dunnoe what and I'm having a crap bottle of beer which is damn good on a hot Penang afternoon. All of us are nw chillaxing at some guesthouse in Chulia street, Penang. I rather the ones in Cintra but finding a place to stay during the long weekend is sibeh hard man. We trekked the whole of Gurney Drive for the chi chi 4 star stuff but gave up after walking into three fully booked hotels. That was after a long 5 hour bus ride from KL where we were stuck at the train terminal for an hour or so because our bus got delayed (turns out Konsortium Bas Company got grounded by the government for being invovled in too many accidents, dumb luck that it was the next day we booked our tickets from them).

Anyhoo whats travelling without a few bumps in the road to spice things up a little yeah? speaking of spice we just gorged ourselves with damn nice naan/thosai/tanndoori/paneer/many indian goodies.

We also had some roadside ice kachang and laksa which was mind blowing.....i mean damn that bowl of penang laksa was probably the best 2.50rm bowl of noodles i had in my life, i mean you kinda wanna rub your tummy with your other hand palmed to your heart while savouring that sour bowl of goodness. Darn i wish i could show you the photos now: The overhead shot of the laksa, the side shot macro of the wanton mee, the damn good chickthe artery choking crispy chicken skin, chicken wings at Wong Ah Wah in Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur. (dubbie! damn nice, WE MUST GO THERE!!!!) Would have posted them if i didn't forget to set my camera to JPEG instead of RAW.

We're going out soon to look for more good food when the sun goes down. (anyone know where to get good char koay tiao in Georgetown?) Then we're taking a overnight bus back to Singapore, which was quite the hard ticket to obtain at this festive season. I wish we could stay longer here but i think the rest of the guys have to work.

Darn i forgot how shiok it is to travel again, without a care in the world, beer, honest food and strangely foreign yet homely areas. On my other browser tab i'm reading Dawn's blog and yes dawn prawn....who the fuck enjoys working in a cubicle? Wherever your going (i hope S.E. Asia) lets meet up some where can? drink cheap beer and unheathly food while the rest are in their office gear deciding what to eat at the cannot make it food republic?...sounds good yeah?

My one hour is up, too many ang mohs are flooding the internet stations. Good bye!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Of Laser-ed Moleskin :)

Had some freetime between meetings in school today so i popped by the laser room and decided to laser my moleskin hee hee

It was supposed to to be filled up with the following text


but the workshop technician caught me at "work" so i had to stop the machine because i was "misusing" it :(

Laser-ed Moleskin :), originally uploaded by jonolist.

anyway i'm happy with it. Now to sneak in and laser an image of some floor plan on the back. That would be really awesome.

this idea was borrowed from
thanks dubbie for the link! i make you one next time when i'm off the laser room most wanted list?

btw for those interested this was done with the epilog laser at speed 80 power 40 on raster mode. but i think you could go slower with a lower power for a nicer finish at 600dpi. note the machine is old and not clean, with your own laser machine, you should try out at a small corner with different settings first.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008



This weeks studio babe of the week comes as a surprise to all beating her opponents ,the vehicle, the crustacean and the flower (VANessa, Dawn and Molly hur hur hur) , hands down.

While the organizers (actually just me) was blog surfing around the archi studio blogs he came across some juicy photos of this weeks winner. He was guffawed and totally jaw dropped with what he saw! not just that! he found them on the blog of the previous SBOW, Xinjia...ah hurrrrrrrr....which just makes the whole finding hot babes thing doubly hot can! damn i love this blogging thing.

There are days in studio where everyone comes in lam nua, sloppy with no care for's sometimes hot...but usually not. Then there are total opposite days where everyone comes in dressed up all looking spiffy and neat. These are usually the times where we have presentation and critique sessions or CRIT for short. Last week was RIBA crit, which all year3s find quite shit scary if you get called up, so we dress smafrt and look err profound (covering up our otherwise worried sick, ohnoimgonnadie inner being...but remember "fecking awesome")

The end result of crit attire ends up being very uptight and conservative, usually we end up look ing like we're either selling insurance or going out to party....To my our surprise someone came in a chic outfit that could made everyone feel like autocad 1998 i.e. backward and pointless. I mean she was like 3d studiomax with v ray render engine while the rest of us are still tracing over a lightbox.

Archi students i present to you your future studio tutor/ SBOW!
BENITA TAN!!!! woot

the editor of SBOW did a interview with the studios new hot girl with the specs
and her is what sexy speksi had to say

benita: u bluffing me! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

jon: so how did it feel putting on those glasses?
benita: smart! hahah, like a teacher!

and then there was another photo where cher laid on the smackdown on PAUL... ON THE A***!!!....OMG just look!

jon: what did paul’s butt feel like?
benita: oh my gosh! i dint hit it leh

The curly fries lover (how hot is that!!! sssss!!!) loves to eat the good stuff all you guys...what are you waiting for !!!??? GO LEARN HOW TO COOK!

*update cher is also learning french!!! wtf bonjour bébé français chaud!!!! *merci beaucoup Vanessa

special thanks to XJ for the hot pics

SBOW/SHOW has numbered to a grandtotal of 4 entries......and what does that mean????
IT GRAND FINALS TIME! so please cast your votes for ultimate studio idol now!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Of Mum

There you are full of praise
even if i don't tuck in my shirt
when i leave the room in a mess
when i oil up the kitchen floor
when i forgot to comb my hair

There you were with open arms
when i flunked my papers
when i lost the games
when i flustered at baking bread

There you were with full of trust
when i ruined your teflon trays
when i forgot about your birthdays
when i never made it back for dinner

No one else does it the same way you do
Thank you mummy for the unconditional love

sidenotes: i know i haven;t been updating but i'll try to do moe asap.....i need to settle some stuff now. exchange program here i come!

things to blog (more for self reference than anything)
- Gossip Girl!
-somemore random stuff i wanna show you guys

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Of Homemade Mushroom Swiss Double

Dubbie and I wanted to zhng a fast food classic today, and so we met for lunch at burger king and decided to do a something we both liked, Burger King's Mushroom Swiss Double. (okay i really love whoppers but mushroom swiss had more challenge) And we wanted it zhng-ed....zhng meaning it had to be souped up in the flavour department and taste better than the original.....better because whats the point of redoing the same thing you can get for cheap at BK?

The operation/experiment is based on the idea that we wanted to make whats good even better. by now i know some may think "hey.....if its not spoilt don't fix it!"

but you see the point of it isn't just redoing something its about questioning the conventional, deconstructing then reconstructing something nodescri..........ah heck we just wanna have fun.

Homemade Mushroom Swiss Double

Both patty and mushroom sauce were spiced up with a mish mash of herbs and freshly made with produce from your friendly cold storage. (i suck at irony i know) The fact that its freshly prepared (minced beef and fresh mushrooms) already makes it better than your microwaved burger meal that was shipped from some secret BK factory in the middle of nowhere (still amazing though, considering it how we all love it)

anyhoo the mushroom sauce was teh bombez and looked exactly like the one used at BK's only that it tasted more buttery and had a stronger mushroomy flavour which was what we wanted anyway. The patty though tasted more like Mcdonalds sausage patties (the ones they serve on your sausage mcmuffin). Not that this is a bad thing considering that fact that those patties are quite good too...anyway so now we know souped up BK flame grilled beef patties become Mcdonald Sausage Patties when you add a lttle too much added ingredients.

Homemade Mushroom Swiss Double, originally uploaded by jonolist.

There was suppose to be some onion rings to go along but that didn't turn out right. Will try again next time. Does anyone know why BK's (or any other fast food joint) onion's rings all appear the same size and yet they all really taste like a full onion ring? is a mystery we need to solve to figure this one one...and then we can start making our own soft drinks and set up a fast food empire muahahhaa....

dubbie being the one more familiar with burgers mainly did the cooking magic while i just stood there asking silly questions and photographing the whole thing (of which instructionals would be out somewhere sometime).
Therefore this burger shall hereby be known as "MUSHROOM SWISS DUBBIE"

We have plans to deconstruct alot of other classics in the future, Chicken Mcnargets, MOS Burger, Indo Mie and lotsa other ohsogoodclassics....

why? you may ask

....just because we can and have too much free time.
(hell yeah for holidays!)
Any suggestions please drop a email or tag.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Of Cha Siu Ramen

The family was craving for ramen today and we decided to make the extra effort to travel further away to get our noodle fix.

Rather then the usual neighborhood Japanese joint (Ichiban) which we were kinda tired of
the Dad drove to Central at Clarke Quay so that we could really get the good stuff at Marutama.

Marutama's a ramen joint from Japan which set up a branch in Singapore not too long ago. Central was pretty much the obvious choice given the new "japanapore" concept of the whole place (btw what little architecture that monster of a building has there is crap). Of course the ramen here had to live up to certain standards being in close proximity to Miharu at Gallery Hotel , Tanpopo at Liang court and Santouka Ramen one floor below it. And boy does this joing put up a good fight.

Marutama is small-ish ramen place which is how i always imagined a ramen joint to be with the dark interiors and bar stool seats. A long queue at the entrance is always a sign of good ramen joint and the food comes fast and you probably feel the slight pressure to finish your food faster than usual. (which is a good thing because eating ramen at a relaxed place just doesn;t do it for me...think hong kong cha chan ting kinda rush) The menu is simple with ramen served in the original chicken stock and a spicy version. Additional toppings such as eggs and extra char siu come as optional toppings. You do get the seasonal flavors too like the 7 nut mix my brother had. For first timers i recommend the non spicy version which is the best seller because of its rich flavorful soup. I ordered mine with an extra topping of Char Siu. What arrived 10 minutes later were 4 glorious pieces of slow cooked pork that melt in your mouth instantly. The cloudy flavorful, unbelievably good chicken based stock was well complimented with a heap of spring onions and seaweed. The soup alone was well worth the $12, it was the best i ever had. seriously my concept of chicken stock totally changed after this bowl of noodles. We didn't come out dry mouthed and thirsty since the broth was had no msg in it and NO MSG =. good shit
The Mum and the Brudder
Cha Siu Ramen, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Good news for Big eaters like me and the brudder because we loved it so much we asked for a top up of ramen (which came up to be quite cheap for an extra dollar) The noodles were chewy and despite its thin stringy appearance was very hearty. Way better than the instant variety you get in crapped up food courts, which makes me question how those joints even bothered to start a business.

We left the place slurping the bowls clean and came out happy and satisfied of our ramen cravings. I guess along the way we also promised never to return to crap ramen joints ....ahem *Ajisen* anymore.

Marutama @ Central
Clarke Quay
Go read Chubby Hubby's review of the place.

on a side note *I.NEED.THAT.RECIPE*

Of That Math Poem

At the end of Harold & Kumar's Escape from Guantanamo Bay
was a pretty fantastic poem that probably got more guys standing up and giving a standing ovation than most movies of this genre.

"The Square Root of Three"
by Dave Feinberg

I’m sure that I will always be
A lonely number like root three

The three is all that’s good and right,
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath the vicious square root sign,
I wish instead I were a nine

For nine could thwart this evil trick,
with just some quick arithmetic

I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality

When hark! What is this I see,
Another square root of a three

As quietly co-waltzing by,
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer

We break free from our mortal bonds
With the wave of magic wands

Our square root signs become unglued
Your love for me has been renewed

Thanks to Thomaso for sending it over.....
know more about the story of the poem here.

oh and here is the most random and stupid song from the movie that is still stuck in my head. Man i so wanna play this for every guy in studio.

*warning* damn not safe for work.. and it gets stuck in your head if you actually pay attention

Friday, May 02, 2008

Of Happy Birthday PRAWN!

Dawnprawn with all the ideas, originally uploaded by jonolist.

There' was a shirt i saw the other day that said
"we're not small we're just fun size"

so stay plankton don't grow up too fast.