Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Style Adviser for Glasses Online!

I was contacted by Glasses Online to be their style adviser and this is what I came up with:


A black crop top with a dungaree skirt to show off some skin, but not so much you cross the line from flirty fun to oh hot DAMNNN. And throw on a pair of iridescent boots with clear heels to make a statement but with a pair of glasses which contradict your look because I believe in contrasts. Also, no ensemble is complete without a bag - this one is Vivienne Westwood's Africa Sex Shopper. Lastly, nude pink gloss to finish the look.

Glasses Online sells authentic designer eyewear (including contacts) at largely discounted prices. One of the highlights of the online store which I love is the way the search is designed. I am able to search by frame or face shape! I hate it when online stores do not offer specific searches because I do not have all day to sit around and go through your entire collection to find something I might like.

By the way, for those of you who believe in fighting the good fight (donating to charity) and are simultaneously interested in getting a one of a kind tablet case, please check out Give Good. Read more about it here: http://www.bigpicturestuff.com/give-good and be awed at the pair of talented entrepreneurs slash fashion/photography enthusiasts.

Until next time,

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wakakakaka Cafe (Brighton Square, Kuching)

Wakakakaka Cafe is a restaurant that serves Western food, situated in an area known by Kuchingites as Titanium or Brighton Square (I don't get it either). The place came highly recommended to me by a friend who knows about my love for beef steak. Apparently their ribeye is the bomb.

I went on a dinner date with my dad and I was thoroughly amused by the things he said! Their menu is rather funky with unconventional names - Dory & Chippy (if not mistaken) instead of Fish & Chips - resulting in a very unhappy father, squinting at the menu and asking me "where is the menu?" and declaring that there is no food listed in the menu. 

When it came to ordering drinks, my dad wanted "kopi-o-kosong" which is black coffee. Our waitress informed us that they use 3-in-1 instant coffee, but on the menu, there's "Nestle 3-in-1" and "Kopi-O" so my dad told her he wanted kopi-o (black coffee with sugar) but without the sugar (we Malaysians are rather backward and redundant) and the girl gave the same reply. It went back and forth a few times before I decided to help my poor dad and the poor girl by asking her: In 3-in-1, you have coffee, milk and sugar. Kopi-o is coffee and sugar so what my dad wants to know is, what is the 3rd ingredient? The girl then realized her mistake and apologized, answering that they use 2-in-1 for their kopi-o. 

As our waitress turned away, my father's precise response was: 3-in-1? GOD. 

It's hard not to love the man. 

Thanks to this epidemic of 3-in-1s plaguing our city, I had to sit there and listen to him ramble about coffee until and after our food arrived. First, he made it clear to me that he expects establishments which serve Western food to serve Western drinks, especially proper coffee and tea. Secondly, he told me that during his university days in England, they had already started the practice of placing milk and sugar on each table, allowing customers to add condiments to their drinks as they please. I had to agree that it is a more efficient system, rather than telling waiters "kurang manis" (less sugar) because that isn't definitive, so the drink may still arrive too sweet or too bland. 

I'm just glad I don't drink coffee and that I order my drinks without sugar. 

We had mushroom soup for our entrée and I thought that it was pretty good. I'm a sucker for mushroom soup. As long as it's not diluted and tasteless, it's good enough for me. If it has bits & chunks of mushroom? It's already won me over. 


Papa had fish & chips because he hates beef and lamb, isn't adventurous enough to try the Ice Cream Chicken Chop (honestly, neither am I), and doesn't believe in eating salad as a main course. 

Approx. RM16
I thought their fish & chips were decent, but you can almost never go wrong with deep fried anything. And it didn't have the overpowering fishy smell (which I associate with stale fish but could be wrong about), even without lemon juice! Their tartar sauce was also up to standard. So all in all, nothing spectacular but nothing disappointing. 

Now for the moment of truth... Does their ribeye steak live up to its reputation?!

Approx. RM34
Ok shitty photo. But I had to be quick because I was eating with my dad who wasn't going to wait for me to find the perfect angle. So the side of potatoes were disgusting. I like my steak with a serve of mash, thank you very much. Or fries, if need be. But nothing else. And especially not oil slicked slices of tasteless potato. 

And the mushroom sauce tasted more like mushroom cream. However, the black pepper sauce had a nice kick to it. A shame that I dislike black pepper sauce. 

Before we go any further, let me show you something.


For me, perfection lies somewhere in the middle of medium to medium well because I do not appreciate my steaks bleeding. To err on the side of caution, I asked for my steak to be medium well but was presented with this instead. 


It was rare on one end and well done on the other. While it may look juicy and tasty, it isn't. To top it all off, the chef either forgot to marinate the steak or expected the sauces to account for taste. It might have worked in his favor if the sauces were the least bit salty, but they were not. So I ended up tossing pieces of the steak to a stray cat. 

While the attitude of the staff is commendable for being friendly and patient, I will not be returning for its steak. Perhaps for the mushroom soup or fish but never for their steak. Never. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lion Dance


There was a lion dance performance at Lighthouse last night so I took the opportunity to take a few photos with my 50mm. The pros of having a fixed lens is the amazing depth of field and being able to photograph at a distance away. The con is having to maneuver passerbys and obstacles like you're playing peekaboo with your subject.


I quite enjoy lion dances but I haven't seen a good performance in a long time. It is hard to describe the atmosphere during a good lion dance, but the audience would laugh and describe the lion's antics to one another, screaming, "Look! It's drunk!" at one another as the dancers staggered around or remarking on its behavior as though it were a real animal. A good lion dance convinces its audience that it is a mythical creature come to life.









Friday, February 7, 2014

7 unattractive habits you aren't aware of

Biting the insides of your mouth
It contorts your face and really doesn't do anyone any favors to their appearance at all. Some people might find it disgusting. Or think that you are making faces at them.

Chewing with your mouth open 
Male or female, I don't care. If you chew with your mouth open, you are a savage and can no longer be my friend. Worse, if you chew with audible effect. UGH. Please, at least attempt to appear civilized in public.

Picking blemishes or squeezing blackheads
You think you're being discreet but people do have eyes and when you're in a public area, chances are, there is someone watching you that you aren't aware of. It makes you appear dodgy or insecure, so just don't.

Shaking your leg
It is annoying to everyone around you because it's an eyesore and you'll inadvertently cause something else to vibrate along with you.

Sighing loudly
You know how hearing laughter automatically makes you more relaxed or prone to laughing? Hearing someone sigh has the opposite effect. It makes the people around want to punch you.

Flossing your teeth in public
I am strongly against people using toothpicks or straws to floss their teeth in public, especially when they find that morsel from their last meal and SWALLOW IT. We are not animals, so control your urges. I know it feels uncomfortable, but for the love of god, please endure and relieve yourself in the privacy of your own home.

Being conscious of how you look constantly
It's fine if you catch a glimpse of yourself on a reflective surface and take a moment to assess how you look, it's quite another story when a part of your mind is focused on how you look all the time. Trust me, it shows. And there is nothing more unattractive than someone who is conceited.