Monday, December 31, 2007

It's the end of 2007. WOoOoO....How time flies!

Have you achieve what you wanted for 2007?

This is a great time to reflect on all that has happened, and set goals for the future. Of course, it is also a perfect time to let your hair down and celebrate. For me, I decided to stay at home, enjoying the good food and good company to avoid potential overcrowding. Sounds good?

Whether you are enjoying your holiday in the snow or sand or sea, I would like to wish you and your family a holiday that will be filled to the brim with special memories and excitement for 2008.

New Year



Happy New Year and best wishes for 2008!


Thursday, December 27, 2007

We had a wonderful dinner on Christmas day. We were invited to Andrei's (mybb student, Russian) and Katya's (Andrei's wife, Russian) place to celebrate Christmas.

Masako (mybb student, Japanese) and Youki (Masako's hubby, Taiwanese) were the guests invited, too.





everything was set up nicely


What comes to your mind when you think of Russian food?
Not only about food but I learned a few simple rules of Russian etiquette! Such as remove your outdoor shoes. You will be given a slipper to wear if you are invited to a Russian's house.

inside the kitchen

Offer to help the hostess with the preparation or clearing up after a meal is served. This may be turned down out of politeness.

Andrei was preparing the salad,

and the main course.

Katya was showing us how to cook Borsch, Russian beetroot soup.

Soup is an important part of every meal in Russia.

Masako was decorating the cheesecake that she baked.

If you are invited to a Russian home for a meal, it is appropriate to bring a gift, such as a bottle of wine, dessert, or a bouquet of flowers (Do not give yellow flowers).



Vodka, Russia's trademark alcoholic beverage.


Only 6 of us.

Coca-cola chicken, prepared by mybb.


We were told that, having a shot of vodka or two along with a dish has been a traditional start for a dinner. They taught us how to drink in their style. They poured the vodka NEAT in a small shot glass, bread with butter and garlic on another hand. Drink the alcohol one shot then eat the bread immediately to put the fire out. OMG!!! I really do not have a strong immune against alchohol. I felt like I could see everything around me in 360-degree, I am on fire after one shot. No joke.

Refusing a drink or a toast is a serious breach of etiquette unless you give a plausible excuse.

an extra glass for juice or soft drink at each setting.

Russians love sour cream in everything!

Borsch – the most popular and famous Russian soup made of beetroots, cabbage, potato, carrot and meat served with sour cream. I love this!

Salad

The main course. They love potatos.

Leaving a small amount of food on your plate indicates that your hosts have provided ample hospitality.





I ended up with two slices,

perfect with a cup of tea.


All in all we enjoyed ourselves completely. Watched their wedding video in St.Petersburg. We learned and laughed a lot! They are great people and simply wonderful. spa`sibo.

How was your christmas? I hope you had a wonderful one!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

It was Christmas Eve. Everywhere was so packed. We had nothing specific planned. Just had our dinner at Crystal Jade Meal Cube, Pavilion. The restaurant (Non Halal. Located at Level 3.), which served Western style dishes was packed with people. Luckily, we didn't have to line up for a table.



Live Performance

Bar counter

Nice lightings





Caesar Salad (RM 9.90++)

Grilled Fish Fillet (RM 17.90++)

Tempura Fish & Chip (RM17.90++)

Iced Caramel Cappucino (RM 8.90++)

Mango Crepe (RM 6.90++)

Bubble Gum (RM7.90++)




Everything was great so far until...

We saw these.


Sidewalks were filled with people.


The crowd went wild by spraying each other or even strangers with artificial snow spray cans.

They were on the streets, causing a major traffic jam.

For one seconds we thought that we were in "Middle East".

I felt pity for this sweet little girl as she has to collect empty cans and bottles.

See, those boxes were full of empty cans.

Unfortunately, her hard work doesn't pay off. This idiot (the man from DBKL) grabbed all her "collection"!






Frankly, I prefer to stay at home and "spend time" with loved ones on a Christmas Eve. Without crowds and chaos.

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