Monday, 2 March 2015

Chinese New Year History and the 12 Zodiacs

SpicyIrv Family Dinner at Fei Chui, Kajang

After my previous posting Finally a Piece of Home Town #Steamboat! Darn. Missing home now. Knowing how much my Luv not wanting to leave home. Makes me more wanting to stay back in Malaysia. No where feels more like home. However, reality is, lets be patient. We will be back soon!

EsterLuv Family Dinner at Jaya33, PJ
Chinese New Year have been a wonderful festival for chinese. Nothings better than getting together with friends and family for a great purpose. Celebration.

Well, i have always wondered how did Chinese New Year and the 12 Zodiacs came about. Due to the deep and long ancient history. There are many views. Here are the ones i found interesting. Lets share!

Chinese New Year History

Dinner with Mates at Pantai Seafood, PJ
Long long ago~, the beginning of Chinese New Year all started with a mythical beast called the "Year". The "Year" looks like an giant ox with a lion head that inhabits the deep sea. 

At the night of New Year's Eve, the "Year" will come out and cause destruction. Humans lived in fear during those times.

As time passes, humans have started fighting back. Sooner they found that the "Year" fears the color red, fire, and loud sounds. No different from any land predator. 

Therefore, people started posting red Dui Lian in front of their house as well as launching fireworks, and hanging lanterns at year end. This have slowly became a celebration as the "Year" have not returned due to fear. Happy Chinese New Year!

The 12 Zodiacs

The Twelve Cute Zodiacs
This goes way back in time, once upon a time, lol, one day, the Jade Emperor (The Emperor in Heaven in Chinese folklore) made an order that animals would be designated as calendar signs and the twelve animals that arrived first would be selected.

During those times, the cat and the rat were good friends. Just like old Tom and Jerry. When they heard of the news, the cat excitedly tell the rat: 'We should arrive early to sign up! but I usually get up late.' The rat then promised to wake up earlier and then wake the cat up.

Finally, the sun rises, when the rat got up, he was too excited to recall his promise, off he goes.. While rushing to the meeting point, the rat encountered many other huge animals.. like the tiger, ox, horse, and other animals. They are huge and fast. In order not to fall behind them, the rat thought up a good idea. He made the ox carry him on condition that he sang for the ox.

At last, the ox and the rat arrived first. The ox was happy thinking that he would be the first sign of the years, but the rat had already slid in front, and became the first lucky animal of the Chinese zodiac. Therefore, the ox doesnt like helping the rat anymore.

Meanwhile his neighbor the cat was too late so when it finally arrived, the selection was over!?!  The cat was furiousss!

That's why other animals appeared behind the little rat and why the cat hates the rat so much that every time they meet, the cat will chase, catch, play and kill it.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Finally a Piece of Home Town #Steamboat!

Although a year period flew past so fast, but then again so much have happened within it. Still remembering all the hassle transferring to work global. Have been in Dubai for a year now. Seen much, did much. At least i am still able to accept what's coming ahead. Bad or good. No problem man!

Needed a getaway, went for a 12 days vacation to Japan (will blog about it after CNY, having the CNY mood in me), just arrived in Malaysia two days ago. Catching up with family and friends. Like crazy~!

Just earlier tonight, had a great catch up with two great buddies, Vincent and BenTan at one of my favourite Steamboat Restaurant, Hometown.
The Home Town Steamboat Restaurant, Kepong Branch
Me with Vincent and Ben Tan
Our Dinner~ Yummm!
I still loved this place very much due to the affordable price along with good soup base (Best Tom Yam for me) and food varieties. Delicious!

Location : Kepong 71, Jalan 11/62A, Bandar Menjalara, Kuala Lumpur 52200, Malaysia
Contact : 03-4024 8903
Branch : Kajang, Setapak, Kota Damansara, Rawang, Puchong, etc.
Landmarks : Close to Tesco Kepong

Friday, 30 January 2015

#Cupcakes #My No.1 Favourite #Red Velvet #Valentine

I am not much of a Cupcakes fan. Honestly, never really bother trying them. They look small, and when i tried them, they lack moist and flavour. Most of the time i preferred Muffins (just because they are bigger and tastier). Conveniently available in cafes like starbucks, costa, etc.

My interest in Cupcakes grown after i tried one cupcake. Which i loved so much. The Red Velvet Valentine. Soft red velvet cake, delicately finished with a cream cheese frosting.

Delicious! Thanks to Project Cupcake, Dubai Mall, Dubai. 

I found my valentine.

Project Cupcake and Seating Area
Chilling at the Seating Area
Relaxing day. Having Queen Baby and California Dreaming with a chilled drink. I still prefer Red Velvet Valentine.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Taking on the World's Fastest Roller Coaster. #Ferrari World

Ferrari World
Finally i am on it. I am feeling youth again. Being stagnant for pretty darn long, living a old man life. Now, feeling the need for speed... 

Kind of regreted i did not bought my GoPro Hero Cam! I could have taken myself live!
Entering the Formula Rossa, aka World Fastest Roller Coaster
God Bless Me
Just to share the exprience, i have gotten this from youtube. Catch Ferrari's Alonso and Massa ride the world fastest roller coaster.

The ride was awesome. I have been to many theme park around the world, this one has something extra. Or you can say something different. It was just awesomely fast! And that alone was awesome!

Now, a little tour around the theme park

Front entrance. The theme park was exceptional. Well, designed at the name of famous italian automobile manufacturing company Ferrari. Exceptional. The rides are exceptional. Show performance was exceptional. Few of my favourites was Bell'italia (a venue for racing in Italian cityscape structure), Formula Rossa (Of course, the world's fastest roller coaster) and Fiorano GT Challenge (a double track roller coaster where two roller coaster launched together racing to the end).

However, there are limited rides and activities in the park for a entrance fee of AED 250 per adult. However, it was a great experience to come in once at least! A must enter!You can check out the website by clicking here.

Walking Around Inner Part
Awesome for Car Lovers
A Picture of the Center
Waiting for Show Time
Great Performance

Need for Speed, Try This! Safe!
Go Go Go! Broommm!

Had a Great Time. Take on the World's Fastest Roller Coaster! U r Next!

Check Out the Place!
In Abu Dhabi, just an hour drive from Dubai! Time to head to Ferrari World peeps!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Exploring Dubai - It's a Happy New Year #Burj Khalifah

Finally countdown completed. On 31st December 2014, we will be witnessing the World Tallest Building magnificent fireworks! Happy New Year Peeps!

Pleased to share our journey to 2015. We had our homecooked meal first before heading out there. Need extra juice of energy bar to battle the huge crowds.

Stir-Fry Egg Plant With Mixed Herbs
Asian Style Egg Omelette
Dinner Time. Home Style.
Heading to our spot @ Business Bay Park Avenue.
Found our spot. Counting Down.
SpicyIrvine & EsterLuv
360 Degree Twisting Fireworks

All Around the Building
Happy New Year Peeps!!
It have been another great year. Living to satisfaction is never easy. But having great people around you, that makes living a better place. Happy New Year! Journey Continues. 2015.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Irvine's Recipe - Pan-Seared Salmon

Another slow day in Dubai. Having my own kitchen to myself, there is definitely something i should do about it. Recently i have been trying out some cooking. And one of my favourite was Pan-Seared Salmon! Time to cook my beautiful Salmon. A lot of people doesn't really like the fish skin, but making some crispy salmon skin, is delicious! My dinner~ Cooking Salmon is very simple with a few tactic and very delicious.

Make sure the Salmon is dry before seasoning (as usually asian prefer to wash the fresh meat before cooking). If not you will end up boiling the salmon while cooking due to the extra moist flowing out.

Mix with salt and pepper with olive oil glaze. (recommend to slice the skin layer for more even cooking and more crisp)

Heat the non-stick pan. Use either olive oil, cooking oil or butter depending on your flavour.

Skin side down first. Once the salmon starts to turn white slightly half way through, turn once. You can see whether it is cooked by looking at the colour change. Once done turn skin down again (you want the skin to absorb all flavours). When done let it rest aside and then prepare for plating :)

Herbs to Sprinkle In While Cooking
Some Thyme or maybe basil for some flavour.

If your salmon isn't fresh, you should cook it well through. If "sushi fresh", you may want to cook it slightly before it is well done to maintain its moist inside.

Done! I prepared mine with some sauteed buttom mushrooms and flavoured boiled brocolli.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Irvine's Diary - Craving Overdose! Noodle Bowl.

My daily life in the Dubai has been very... erm... slow-paced! Rushing to work every morning, cough*, getting off work on time, preparing dinner, driving my love home after work, cleaning the house, hitting the gym, watching drama, blogging, playstation4, shopping and catching movies, travelling, etc.

But time passes... i dont know why, incredibly fast! Time flies. We have been here for almost a year now. But felt like only a few months. Am i gonna be a old brat? 

Unlike in Malaysia, we usually grab a pint of lager at the bar, chill out at starbucks outdoor, play some golf, wake-boarding during weekends, yum-cha, ta-kei, hit the club, drive up to Genting Highland to chill, etc.

In comparison, I guess my life in Dubai is much heathier then! Feeling old* 

Well, no matter where you are and what you are doing. There is always cravings for one thing. Good Food! In the desert country, right smack in the middle of the earth, you do get good food too. And what i meant was, Good Malaysian Food!

Noodle Bowl

At Dune Center, Al Diyafa Street, Satwa, Dubai

Craving too much of Malaysian Food after checking out so many blog post of mouth watering delicous Malaysian Food. So if you are in Dubai and you need to feel like home, or just wanting to try out Malaysian Cooking, indeed, Noodle Bowl is one of the best pick!

Steamed Egg Custard Bun
Half Roasted Duck

Malaysian Style Hainan Chicken Rice

Malaysian Style Nasi Lemak
Our late dinner for two! The food was really good, quite comparable to what you can get in Malaysia. Love the roast duck the most. Finally! Even the duck sauce was similiar!

Nasi lemak was good. Love the sambal. Not the spicy type, a little bit sweet. Just like what you will get in Village Park Nasi Lemak, Kota Damansara, Malaysian. My tummy was satisfied. I am definitely coming back for more. Authentic asian food!

Cost : AED165, equivalent to RM150. Damage!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Chilling at 2nd December Street Indoor Bus Station, Satwa, Dubai

Winter is coming~ to Dubai~

Getting cooling as time passes. Going to be freezing cold soon. The best thing about Dubai, you get winter feel. Time to get my leather jackets!

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