Monday, May 28, 2012

Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar at The Gardens, Midvalley

For the past week, my company (or rather the company I'm working for) has been such a great host for various people from overseas and I'm really glad I got to be part of it!
Hence, due to this involvement, we were treated to a dinner at Sage Restaurant and Wine Bar at The Gardens last Wednesday.

It was my first time at a fine dining restaurant in KL and I have got to say.....I was really impressed!

Our perfect view of the sunset for the evening.

Committees chit-chatting while waiting for the food to be served.

One of the best parts of the whole dinner was our customized menu! We were given a selection of main course (which are different from the usual ones) a few days before the dinner.

If you noticed, I blurred my name and the main course I chose was the aged angus beef! :)

After taking our seats, the waiter came and took our orders for drinks and I got the orange juice without thinking much because I was already starving like mad.

Then, we were first served with a mushroom soup in the size of a chinese tea cup....which I thought was rather pathetic but no complaints la because after all it's fine dining.
And the soup was just...............HEAVENLY. I could only ask for more though.. :S

The soup was a little bit salty (which is probably the main reason why it's delicious) and the mushroom really added that fancy taste to the soup which I really liked.

The soup was followed by a few different appetizers for our table which consist of (I have no idea what the names are for the appetizers because we were only given the choices for main course):

Foie gras and grapes.

Not long ago I remember reading an article about how the geese were forced by their breeders to eat enormous amount of food at one time so that their liver fat will expand...not sure how true it is but I got disgusted by their acts so I made a promise to myself that I'll never eat foie gras.
However, I did taste the grapes and they were warm and the sauce complemented the grapes really well!
I didn't taste the sourness of the grapes at all.

Tuna with caviar.

Quite a few people didn't like this one because the tuna is raw but for a Japanese food lover like me, I can't resist myself!
The tuna was served cold (obviously, because it's raw) and it was rather chewy but amazingly it didn't have that foul smell at all.
The caviar was just awesome! I think that was my first time eating caviar (how authentic it is, I wouldn't know) and trust me, combine the tuna and the caviar, you'll feel the taste which is out of this world (trying to prevent myself from using heavenly again)!

Salmon with fish roe.

The third and final appetizer was a salmon and fish roe. This tasted alright maybe because the way the salmon is prepared felt the same as the ones you can get in local Japanese restaurants.

Enough of the appetizers, let's move to the main course!

Braised cured lamb shank with provencale style of vegetables (phew what a name~)

Aged angus beef with seasonal vegetable and sauce chasseur.

Glazed atlantic seabass with Kataifi prawn and crustacean oil

Fresh berries with champagne sabayon and vanilla ice cream.

Belgian dark chocolate fondant with earl grey tea.

This is basically lava cake and an ice cream at the side.
Didn't taste the ice cream though but the lava cake was quite nice.
But sad to say, I'm not much of a dessert person so I guess I'm not the best judge for this.

Anyway, this is all for today!

I realize I haven't been posting up pictures of myself...I suppose this is expected when you're normally the one behind the camera! :-/


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Does Being Left-Handed Screw Me for Life?

Before you read this blog, please click on the link below and read the article because what I say here is gonna be related to the article.

Got this link from a friend earlier this week and I find it rather interesting.
So, back to the reason I'm writing this post is to share views on the article as a left-handed person myself.

#5 They'll Die Sooner

This is something I can't predict and I'm not going to.

Excerpt from the article:
So why are left-handed people so much more likely to kill themselves accidentally? Are they just fatally clumsy? Are they, as many cultures believe, such an affront to nature that nature actively seeks to destroy them?

Erm...okay..although I believe that I'm not fatally clumsy as far as I can tell but the last sentence really get to me.
Does nature really actively seeks to destroy lefties?!
Man, if that's the case, I think I need to be more low profile!!
But why would that be the case (referring to the former)? Aren't lefties part of the nature? Isn't being different is beautiful as well (ahem)?

One thing for sure is that I love to drive.
I've not driven in countries outside Malaysia but I do think I'm a good driver with good sense of directions despite the fact that some people feel their life is being threatened when they are in the car I'm driving. :-/
But hey, everything turned out well so far!
And I didn't pay duit kopi (bribe) to pass my driving exam ok! :P

More from the article,
Southpaws also get sick more often, possibly due to left-handers' lopsided brain chemistry. Research done on "true" left-handers (excluding those fence-sitting ambidextrous types) showed that lefties were 2.7 times more likely to suffer from immune disorders and 2.3 times more likely to have been hospitalized at some point. It's not their fault -- the double curse of left-handedness and the risk of spending your life in a plastic bubble likely came from your mother stressing out during pregnancy. Ironically, she may have been stressing about the possibility of pushing out a left-handed freak of a kid.

Wtf..again the last sentence...I actually think my mom is secretly proud of having a daughter like me (reasons being.........maybe not gonna share here :P )!
Although she did mention that she tried to make me write using my right hand when I was little but to no avail. So she stopped bothering! Whee! :P

#4. They're More Likely to Go Insane

I don't know about this but I do monologue like.......a lot.
I somewhat agree with this point because part of the article says lefties most likely to have mood disorders.
Can't agree more on that! :-X
But can openers don't drive me mad because I deal with right-handed can openers extremely well if I may say. Haha!
Gotta love how the author use the words to insult lefties!! Hmmmph!! Hahaha.

#3. They're Screwed at School

If you think about it, it's kind of surprising that left-handers are as emotionally balanced as they are. Right out of the box, left-handed kids realize the world wasn't quite made for them. At school, they do worse on timed exams and suffer awful back and neck cramps in the process. Why? Freaking right-handed desks. And scissors. And everything else.

Right...............I gotta admit I really dislike the foldable desks!! I can only rest my right hand which I didn't quite make use of. 
It's worse when the subject requires you to write a lot and your left hand gets so tired but you can't rest them anywhere but on your lap.
However, thankfully during my major exams, the desks provided are the normal rectangular ones!! Phew~ So, thank you to whoever who decided to put the rectangular desks in the exam hall!! <3 <3

.........and take notes in our awkward left-to-right written language, their hand smudging everything they write, on a desk designed for their reflection.
Hahhahaha...sometimes when I read the article, I actually think I'm laughing at myself and the left-handed community (sorry! Can't help it!).
Hand smudging thing is such a pain in the ass especially when I have to write fast but the ink doesn't dry fast enough for my left hand to continue writing!
Worst case is when I need to write long-ass answers fast and the side of my left palm will be blue all over depending on the color of the ink. Urgghh. But can wash off la so it's ok. Hahaha.

#2. They're More Easily Scared

Erm...I think I have to agree to this one.
However, my fear for scary movies only started in uni maybe because my hostel isn't the best place to stay at with palm trees and empty field surrounding the hostel.
When I was much younger, I was the type that wanted to watch horror movies so badly that I even tried to sneak into the cinema and was blocked by the cinema staff  for being under 18. Dammit.
Wasted my allowance nia.

And last but not least,

#1. Hating Them Is Ingrained in Our Culture

Such a hurtful and insensitive sentence!!

Lefties also have to be careful not to use their left hand to give or accept gifts, eat, or pass food. If they forget, it's not uncommon to see their dinner partners gaping in abject horror, like they just passed them a steaming bowl of their own feces, which isn't far from the actual implication.

I actually do everything with my left hand (yes dear, that includes wiping my ass) haahhahahaha.
But for shaking hands it's understood to use right hand la (unless you're in a girl guide meeting which requires you to shake hands with your left hand).
So yea..don't ask me to pass any food to you if you mind. :P

And after all that, he has to end with this:
If you're one of the 10 percent of the population who have become progressively more depressed reading all this, for obvious reasons, then you should know that there's an upside -- you're more likely to be president. Of the seven U.S. presidents since Nixon, only Carter and Bush Jr. were right-handed. So good luck, but don't get your hopes up!

No thanks, I've never thought of being a president in Malaysia especially (Prime Minister in that case).

My two cents:
I don't understand why some parents are so against having their kids to do or write using their left hand. If they are born that way (guess who gave birth to them?), then why don't you just let them be the way they are?
Why do you need to force them to be part of the norm?
I know of some cases where some of my friends who were born lefties but were forced to use their right hand instead.
Some turned out to be ambidextrous (which is brilliant for them!) but is this some kind of discrimination towards the left-handed people? Are we really that weird??

So, yea I think parents should just let the kids make do with whatever they can on both hands and let them live their lives!
In fact, I wonder if you actually successfully make your child to write using right hand (against the nature in that case), will they actually think using their left or right brain? Hmmm.

A photo of myself preparing to noms with my left hand. Haha.

Overall, up till now, I feel like my life has only gotten better.
Although there are some downsides but I don't think they were caused by my being a lefty?
So if you're a lefty and you feel like you're a weirdo or something, get over it!
Brace the fact that there are only 10% of us in the population which makes us really special in a way. :)

PS: I know the author is probably making jokes here and there in the article so please take lightly all the thoughts I've shared too! :) In fact, I can't stop laughing while reading for some reasons. :-/


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