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!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Exploring Dubai - World Largest Mall cum World Tallest Building

Living in Dubai have been a great experience, a modern city in the desert. Great Contemporary Architectures. Trying to be the next Gotham City, with plenty of skyscrapers. Along beatiful beaches. A whole new experience exploring the Middle East. Great exposures. Meeting new people. Variety of cultural blend. Beautiful ladies. Cough.

Started from my post about my career plans, Middle East Part of the Plan. Making my plan a reality, and exploring Dubai by living here myself, from stretch. Hence, i came out with a Quick Guide to the Middle East, Dubai.

After all the boring rantings. Of course, something interest, something anyone should do after coming to the desert country, Desert Safari - Dune Bashing!

And now, something HoT, checking out the World Largest Mall cum World Tallest Building. The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifah!

Dubai Metro Map

Getting There

Easy, take the metro, and just head to Dubai Mall Station, it is all connected, indoors! The metro fares are very cheap, say from Dubai Marina Station to Dubai Mall Station will cost you less than 10 Dirhams, return.

What i like about Dubai Mall
Large Indoor Aquarium
Underwater Entrance
The picture says it, amazingly huge indoor aquarium! Plenty to see. There is a admission for underwater tunnel and rain forest safari, about 100 Dirhams. Also you can go diving in the aquarium itself!, about 600 Dirhams.

I love fishes. I always have fresh water fish at home, although they dont survive, feeling guilty*. However, i have made many research in order to give them a good home, i have two pearl gold fish before i came to Dubai, now under the care of my parents. God Bless...

Shopping and Souvenirs

Shopping is plentiful here, only, and only you love branded. There are huge variety of branded goods. Therefore, if you are looking for something of good quality. You will definitely enjoy your shopping experience here. Well, you do get cheap goods too.
Waterfall of Death?
Hehe, this is a really stunning waterfall. However, to me it does gave me some bad thoughts. Kamikaze.

Luxury Shopping Section

 Walking with Dino
The DubaiDino
The Diplodocus Longus! Long Neck! Nick name, Dubai Dino! Flew all the way in from America. Nice. It is fun walking around the World Largest Mall while checking out the large aquarium and dino bones.

Musical Fountain

Thinking that's all you get? That's not all, one more big highlights, the World Largest Musical Fountain. Beautiful! It plays every 30min starting after 6pm. The musical is always different within the same day. Believe it or not, it can shoot water up as high as a 50-storey building. Throughout my travel to different countries, this is the best.

Before and After
Btw, this view is taken from TGIF in Dubai Mall. Best restaurant for best view of the dubai fountain. Of course, nice food.

Dinner is Served

The Burj Khalifah

Time for the main highlight, the world tallest building. 163 Floors. 828m. Burj Khalifa. Tickets fees are about 125 Dirhams.

The Burj Khalifah Tickets

Finally, time to witness the tallest free standing structure in the world. Lets enjoy the stunning views.

View From The Top, Observatory Deck

View Towards City. Main Highway Sheik Zayed Road.

View Towards Outer Side of Dubai City
View Towards Down Town Dubai
One of the most beautiful views i have ever witnessed. And now, two pictures i got from the internet. Showing the before Burj Khalifah was built, so as the Dubai City itself, and after it was built.

About 10 Years Ago

Say, about 6 years after?
This my experience. Paying my visit to the Dubai Mall-cum-Burj Khalifah. It was great. Hope you pay your visit soon!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Irvine's Diary - The Malaysian Chindian Wedding

In Love
Marriage, a socially recognised legal contract between spouses that establishes their rights and obligations between them, their children, their in-laws, their life. This time, i am back to Malaysia for a week plus to attend a very memorable and unique event, my sister's wedding! Unique.. the Chindian Wedding! The picture above explain it well, a marriage between a Chinese and a Indian. Chindian. My Sister's Husband is actually a Chindian already as his Mom was Chinese and and his Dad was Indian.

It was a event to look forward to as this will be the first ever wedding event for my family.

First day, the Groom will bring the Bride to the Church for their first Wedding Ceremony. Chinese + Indian = Church??? Don't make sense. Well. That's because the Groom family were Christian Believers instead of Hindu. Well there are many Indians in United Arab Emirates that was actually Muslims. Don't be surprise. The world is changing.

Waiting for to be Husband
Here He Comes!
Chinese tradition, usually on the wedding day, the Groom will come over to the Brides home to bring her back to his home. Which will be her new home after officially married. And that's one grand entrance. Limo! However, it will never be that easy..

Men Vs Women
Usually the Grooms Buddies will require to go through a series of obstacles set up by the Brides BFF. Usually in a form of game competition, it can be anything! Well, of course nobody wants anyone to get hurt.
The Brides BFF

 The games starts.
Money Solve Things. Red Packets!
Negotiation Time
Well, Money Solves Everything!
Well to be honest. The obstacle games seems too easy for me. Lucky for the Groom and his Buddies. Usually, you don't get away that easy without some hardship.

Entering The Brides Room
Now You Have Reached Your Destination
Give Tea, Take Money, Easy
 Then the tea ceremony to pay respect to the Brides Family Members.

Serving Tea to the Elders
Mom and Dad Putting On Gold Necklace
 Giving gold again.... Better save some cash for my Wedding!
Arriving at the Church
Now... after my future brother in law taking my beloved sister away to his own home, for another tea ceremony and prayers for his family side. Now we attend the Church Ceremony.

Welcoming Guest

Time for the Church Ceremony. Dad walking Sis in. Dad walks like stone, stage fright.


Prayers again
More Prayers~

Finally, Officially Married!
Some Shots After the Church Ceremony
A New Beginning
There Goes Your Bachelor
Cant Forget the Flower Tossing!
Who's the Next Lucky Bride?

Picture of Friends and Colleagues
After the Church Ceremony we headed to the Grooms home for lunch. Due to the long distance and the traffic in the city, they have actually organised their official Wedding Dinner the next night. Usually the Wedding Dinner will be held on the same day evening.

And so... the wedding night..

SpicyIrvine and EsterLuv is Ready for the Grand Dinner
Held at Aloft Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The Ballroom was stunning, beautiful.

 Love the Wedding Cake Design. Love the Table Settings.

And the night begins
Cutting the Cake
Champagne Popping

Cheers to the crowd.
In all chinese wedding. It is not a wedding if you do not Yum Seng! A.k.a Cheers! Bottoms Up! Drink! Lol.

Cheers to the Newly Weds
Yum Seng!
 It is a tradition for the Bride and Groom to go every table to Yum Seng! And that's tough work! Imagine you have more than forty tables to Yum Seng!

Surprise Live Performance by the Groom
Group Photo With Best Friends
I hope i can post more photos, however, guess it never ends. Hopefully i pick the very best few for sharing here for this wonderful event. There is so many beautiful pictures to post up. The venue was stunning. The crowd was happening. There was so much going on. Everyone was well dressed. The girls were... ahh.. nevermind. Well, guess it's time to end the wonderful Malaysian Chindian Wedding.

Time to Get Wet

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