Well, this is an overdue post after being left out earlier
probably b'coz i hav totally forgotten about this event
GUESS WHAT THE EVENT IS?
nope, it isn't any superstarconcert...
but instead it is the company annual dinner!
how could i ever missed out in posting such important function of the year?!
probably coz it was held in the beginning of the year where too many happenins' around tht overshades it.
anyhow, the company never fails to have the annual dinner @ Shangri-la Hotel.
I dun have to tell u how sucks the food was, coz i hav been mentionin' this N times.
The food was mediocre, nothing to shout about...
the only food that pass my palate is the dessert...which is actually plain vanilla ice-cream with choc lava cake.
Total disappointment rite?
i'm pretty sure the below leftover food is mch * (infinity) better than what is being served at the hotel ballroom. Well, I shudn't hav complaint mch since the dinner was entirely F.R.E.E. & fully sponsored unlike some of my previous company where staffs need to pay (a certain minor sum) to be eligible to attend.
March passes fast, and soon it was April...
April is another hectic month due to rushing some deadlines, but i managed to squeeze-in for a Vitagen talk!
back in being a kiddo again, listening to health talk and sampling Vitagen ;-)
it reminiscent back in those primary school days where Vitagen van came to my school...
havin' a brekkie during ofis hours is GOOD once in awhile ;-)
Our first meal in Shanghai was at one of the prominent vegetarian restaurant nearby Yu Garden.
When we reached the place, all these had been laid on the table waiting for us. The soy bean drink was still piping hot, plus the buns (Chinese bao) were fluffy
we were served with vegetarian buns, fried glutinous rice cake and red-bean paste 'ang ku' (tortoise cake)
The bun was superb, the angku was fresh...
just i thought that were the only food for breakfast, i was surprised that the waiter came with these bowl of noodles for each of us, individually...
we were fed to the brim!
nevertheless this vegetarian noodles was yummie, with mushroom and beancurd skin stew in dark sauce.
here's the eatery place ;-) We were seated at upstair.
the surrounding is like a heritage village with oriental-ancient-like architecture buildings..being a tourist-packed area, this place is crowded even during the morning...but it doesn't matter as the air is fresh during spring ;-)
well, there goes my very first meal in China "mainland". Was surprised that it tastes good, despite numerous negative remarks (from frens and families) on how sucks the Shanghainese food are. Not impressive though, but considered "okay"
My flight to Shanghaiwas at 1:45am...It was a midnite flight and reaching there in the morning.
Packets of peanut was served moment after take off...as the breakfast will be a few hours later...which will still be in the middle of the nite (alrite, it is actually during the wee hours in the morning)
i had a western breakfast consists of omelette, potato wedges, sausage and baked tomatoes.
It was served with the usual stuffs of fruits, yoghurt and bun with butter plus a cup of tea.
this meal lasted me for a few hours before my stomach starts growling again at about 9 plus...
luckily the trip organizer had arranged for another breakfast, else i would be starving till lunchtime.
On my flight back home, i took the late noon flight...hence lunch was of more solid dish consist of noodles, chicken and mix vegetable. It comes with fruits, tiramisu and bun as usual.
The tiramisu was superb!
Overall, the food is okay as it suits my palate well.
Pan Amwas aired in the local television since a few months back and last week i managed to catch up with the final episode of it...14 episodes ended just like that...
and i will definitely miss those pretty characters, especially Kate, the secret CIA agent with her 'adventures'...
and Colette, being so natural and attractive ;-)
wasn't quite impress during the beginning of the series but as it goes along i got to know of a few characters, their "fictional personal stories", lavish lifestyle in the 60's, and the cute (but elegant) sixties fashion
kudos to the series producer for portraying the modern-vibrant-fun of a stewardess life...
they seemed to enjoy travelling & being pampered, plus being the centre of attention
isn't this the dream of every women nowadays?
anyway, the final episode is about the turning of thenew year "1964"....and it ended with a group of them watchin' the new year ball from the apartment balcony in New York...
Life is hard in Bangladesh, unemployment is high and salary/wages are way too low to survive even in Dhaka.
Their people have no choice but to opt working in other countries, hence their immigration dept are all-time crowded with citizens applying/renewing their passports. I was at their passport office during the day time for a project submission and somehow seeing their people hardship and the street-life make me felt pitiful over them. They do various odd-jobs and hard labors to earn a living.
there are street vendors selling the similar stuffs...i wonder how they could compete for business...
anyway, their street-scene could be miserably disheartening with a majority of the people in poverty.
Some might only got to have plain bun and water as their staple food, meanwhile only a small population are wealthy and can afford having expensive ice-cream.
Well, my colleague bought us to Cream & Fudge @ Banani, a place which is frequented by expats and some richer people of Dhaka.
As u can see, tht place is not frequented mch by locals, most of the patrons here are expats and non-bangladeshi.
here's the menu
i ordered the similar item based on the front cover of the menu ;-)
it can never go wrong...
well, it was my colleague's treat for the four of us. But eventually he is getting it claimed on company account....
so, it's company treat ;-)
i deserved a nice ice-cream from the company for all my hard work, rite???
My colleague booked me a room at GreenGoose rather than Sarina Hotel :-(
Well, i dun expect much from this guest house as compared to that 5-star hotel...hence my expectation over their breakfast has been 'toned down'...
GreenGoose is more of like a service apartment with the concept of homely environment. It is situated at a small alley rather than the commercial area. Well guarded by security guards and its gate is locked all the time. I felt like living in a 'prison' rather than a hotel.
Anyway, the whole experience is new, coz i got to enjoy a homely cooked breakfast specially prepared by their in-house chef, upon our order.
the cafeteria isn't huge...it can only accommodate around 7 tables (if i recounted correctly), but that is sufficient enuf to cater for all the tenants at GreenGoose
the windows are grilled...similar to those houses back in KL...
i felt like i'm havin' my meal at home, plus they have Kikkoman soy sauce on some tables!
that reminds me of the bottle of Kikkoman soy sauce at my home dining table :-)
but well, i dun need the soy sauce anyhow...
coz most of the food are flavorful enuff with spices.
Here's what i had....
i ordered someting oriental....chinese-style chow mein (fried noodle)
just ordering that for the sake of curiousity, coz i wonder how it taste like if being cooked by a bangladeshi chef!
turns out very yummie ;-)
all thanks to the spices.
and i was also served with a plate of complimentary fruits....
well, that neutralized all the spices tht i gulped down from the noodles.