Thursday, March 09, 2006

Birthday Jak Happy Yew

Yesterday was my housemate in Perth and dear friend, Jak Yew's Birthday. I was so glad for such celebration so I have an excuse to get off my work and it was the right timing to just go out, hang out with friends, chit-chatting away and emerse myself in laughter and joy. We kinda completely forgotten missed his birthday celebration last year when he just came to Perth, so I sincerely hope the celebration this time could patch up the lost times. I myself had a wonderful time. Lets just hope the Birthday Boy thinks the same.


THE DINING PLACE

It took us some time to decide on which place to go for the birthday dinner. In the end, we let the birthday boy decide. And decided, he did. Our special dinner was at the Yung Kee Chinese Restaurant, at Northbridge China Town.





The ground floor was already full, so we have to move up one floor. Reaching the top floor, you can see the smirk on everyones faces. It was super HOT HOT HOT !! Apparently they did not turn on the air conditioner since we were the first to use the top floor. And even after they turned on the air conditioner and a cute tiny fan, it was still HOT HOT HOT throughout the dinner !!! What a let down.





Well, the Birthday Boy, Jak Yew did not complain. So none other did. We suffered in pure burning heat silently.


THE PEOPLE CELEBRATING

There were nine of us all together, and we could all fit in one table nicely. Thanks to Jonathan and Diaz for providing the transport, made our miserable lives much easier by saving the trouble of taking bus and walk. Man, I have become rather lazy, but what the heck, treasure the convenience around you !!



Me, Brandon and Damon




Brandon, Damon, Chris and JAK YEW.




JAK YEW, Sarah and Diaz




Jonathan, Thiam, and me again !!






THE FOOD, YUMMY !!!

Jak Yew was given the ultimate authority and privilledge to choose and decide on the food. As indecisive and as blur as he usually can be, surprisingly he has made some pretty awesome choices for the dinner. It was a 7 course dinner, basic Chinese Multi-Course meals, comprising of vegies, several types of meat, soup and served with plain rice. The good thing about this restaurant, and many other similar restaurants in China Town is the free flow of drinks (choice between cold water or chinese tea) and plain rice.



THe first thing that came, of course, was the soup. I do not remember the name, but it has Chinese Mushroom, Chicken and herbs in it. I LOVE it sooo sooo much!! I had at least 3 servings of the soup, and I know everyone was looking at me one kind. Who cares.. I liked it, and I wanted it !!




After that, came the house specialty, BBQ-roasted Half Duck !! The duck was perfectly done, crispy skin from the outside, and tender meat inside, something you get only at KFC. Duck can actually taste this good after one is sick of eating chicken everyday, like me.




Then came the other more anticipated dishes like the Fried Tofu with God-knows-what sauce, the Pork (or was it chicken) cutlet cooked in God-knows-what style.




This is the most awaited dish of all, the deep fried soft-shell crabs !! Remember my visit to Sibu previously (click) where I went to this restaurant serving good "normal" crabs, and HAMMERS were provided for the diners to actually use to whack and crack the hard shells of the crabs to get into the meat inside !!! And the wahcking and bamming were all done on the dining tables back there !!! Well, such "scenes" wont be seen here, and the soft-shell crab can just be consumed directly. Swallowing the shell, its good source of calcium, I think. Well, I am an engineer, not a biologist.




And Jak Yew figured everyone still looked pretty hungry, so he ordered something extra. Sweet and sour pork. How did it taste like? Sweet and sour lar. What would you expect heh?


THE BUBBLE TEA

The original masterplan was to get the birthday boy drunk on Jack Daniels so we could strip him naked, take videos and photos, and make our own gay-version of tammy-nyp do some silly things to him. Like throwing him into the duck pond or something. I guess everyone was being kind, and looking at sweet innocent Jak Yew (Did I mean what I say?) we just could not do such cruel things to him.

So we decided to go have a harmless and "safe" version of drink at Utopia (click). Remember the cool Bubble Tea Place I blogged about not too long ago? Ya, its the same place.





I tell you, that place is PERFECT for any occasions, birthday is no exception. The sitting area was spacious, good for people with long legs like me, the sofa is soft and you can lean your head over, with pillows provided. The lighting and ambience was just right.

Not to mention, they serve near-perfect Bubble Tea too.






And I actually have the bubble tea card, with every purchase of Bubble tea I get a stamp on the card, and after 10 stamps, I can collect a free Bubble Tea !!! SInce I already had 8 stamps on the card, and there were 8 of us (Brendan left early after dinner) one of the bubble tea was free. And well, automatically Jak Yew takes the free one.



I ordered my special Honey Milk Tea.




The lady wearing weird orangey uniform serving out bubble tea. Pardon the blur shot, it was a silent and quick snap without flash, but no one noticed me taking this picture, until I transfered the photo to my computer and view it from there. Man, I am getting good in spying-photography. Muahahahhaaaa....



Here is my close up shot of the Honey Milk Tea !!! In Hot weather like these, good cold drinks are Godsent!!




Now there is something unique about this picture. Examine carefully the facial expressions on each person. This clearly shows everyone is pretty much "engaged" into the mood of the celebration. Awkward expressions, but interesting in a way, don't you think so too?




To me, the night felt rather special, though it was not my birthday. I hope Jak Yew felt the same, if not better. I believe it is always the best thing to have your good friends surrounding you, and be happy with you during your birthday. That is just simply priceless. You just could not ask for more.




THE BIRTHDAY BOY

The Birthday plan was supposed to be much grander, with a better element like surprise. Well, due to time constraint (such general reason) and everyone being occupied with personal stuff, the celebration was kept rather simple, but sweet in the way I perceive it. Nothing fancy, no one got thrown into the river, no food fight, no chicks stripping, no heavy drinking, or anything crazy and wild. Just plain dinner, and good round of bubble tea. Simplicty is the key to happy celebrations I guess. Overdoing something may just dodge the whole point of celebration to the side.

And more importantly everyone had a great time.




Happy Birthday Jak Yew !!! I take that retarded face of yours as a gesture of showing contentment and pure happiness.

18 comments:

  1. OMG. the roast duck is beyond delicious! i love chicken!
    why is it named Bubble Tea? izit because they have Bubbles in them?
    hehehe.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ROBIN'S FRIEND!

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  2. hey cheng sim,
    yeah, its named bubble tea because of the original "bubble" that are made of sago... well.. looks like bubble mah...

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  3. Nice celebrations!
    I have a weakness for Roast Duck too!

    Funny hor, that we still prefer asian food!

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  4. hey unka !!!
    yeah, i would proudly opt for asian food anytime, anywhere !!

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  5. what did u guys do to jak yew??? the last pic he became retarted.. haha. wah, birthday celebration..so nice..and best of all, soft shell crab!!!!

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  6. hey chun chow,
    actually the last picture was taken before we went out to celebrate.. wahahhahahaa...
    soft shell crab rules !!

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  7. i need chinese food!!! eeek, anymore lemak lemak, gulai gulai, that kinda food, i'm going to be sick.

    ooh pork. =)

    i can only dream.

    see, now i ciao back to my room and have tuna sandwiches. for dinner. so sad.

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  8. hey chloe,
    yeah !! Chinese food is a necessity !!
    why so sad? tuna sandwich only?? Aiyoyoyo... dinner summore...
    if lunch still ok lar...
    go tah pow something like chicken rice...

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  9. Ha! Thought I could smell food! Wow!!! Now, I'm drooling all over the place! Peking Duck!!! Yum! Yum! Can't get that in Sibu! BTW, seems like the duck's got a lot of meat? Normally, it's mostly skin an dbones...and we eat the crispy skin!

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  10. still don't like bubble tea!

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  11. hey situapui,
    yeah, the ducks here are pretty much full of meat, almost like chicken...

    hey wuching,
    bubble tea rules !!

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  12. Pest control in the perennial garden
    http://home-gardening.blogspot.com/
    If you have any good tips please post trhem on my blog

    One of the many advantages of growing perennials is the ability of these beautiful flowers to return to full bloom season after season. While this ability to bloom repeatedly is one of the things that makes perennials so special, it also introduces a number of important factors into your gardening plan. One of the most important of these is a proper pest control regimen.

    While a garden full of annuals starts each season as a blank slate, the perennial garden is essentially a work in progress. The fact that the plants stay in the ground through winter makes things like proper pruning, disease management and pest control very important. If the garden bed is not prepared properly after the current growing season, chances are the quality of the blooms will suffer when the next season rolls around.

    One of the most important factors to a successful perennial pest control regimen is the attention and vigilance of the gardener. As the gardener, you are in the best position to notice any changes in the garden, such as spots on the leaves, holes in the leaves, or damage to the stems. Any one of these could indicate a problem such as pest infestation or a disease outbreak.

    It is important to nip any such problem in the bud, since a disease outbreak or pest infestation can easily spread to take over an entire garden. Fortunately for the gardener, there are a number of effective methods for controlling both common pests and frequently seen plant diseases.

    Some of these methods are chemical in nature, such as insecticides and fungicides, while others are more natural, like using beneficial insects to control harmful ones. While both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, many gardeners prefer to try the natural approach first, both for the health of the garden and the environment.

    There is an additional benefit of the natural approach that many gardeners are unaware of. These days, it is very popular to combine a koi pond with a garden, for a soothing, relaxing environment. If you do plan to incorporate some type of fish pond into your garden landscape, it is critical to avoid using any type of insecticide or fungicide near the pond, since it could seep into the water and poison the fish. Fish are extremely sensitive to chemicals in the environment, especially with a closed environment like a pond.

    As with any health issue, for people or plants, prevention is the best strategy to disease control and pest control alike. The best defense for the gardener is to grow a garden full of the healthiest, most vigorous plants possible. Whenever possible, varieties of plants bred to be disease or pest resistant should be used. There are a number of perennials that, through selective breeding, are quite resistant to the most common plant diseases, so it is a good idea to seek them out.

    Happy gardening,
    Stan
    http://yourebooksuperstore.com/vegetable/

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  13. Happy B'day Jak Yew...
    (Like I knew him...hehe)

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  14. Pest control in the perennial garden
    http://home-gardening.blogspot.com/
    If you have any good tips please post trhem on my blog

    One of the many advantages of growing perennials is the ability of these beautiful flowers to return to full bloom season after season. While this ability to bloom repeatedly is one of the things that makes perennials so special, it also introduces a number of important factors into your gardening plan. One of the most important of these is a proper pest control regimen.

    While a garden full of annuals starts each season as a blank slate, the perennial garden is essentially a work in progress. The fact that the plants stay in the ground through winter makes things like proper pruning, disease management and pest control very important. If the garden bed is not prepared properly after the current growing season, chances are the quality of the blooms will suffer when the next season rolls around.

    One of the most important factors to a successful perennial pest control regimen is the attention and vigilance of the gardener. As the gardener, you are in the best position to notice any changes in the garden, such as spots on the leaves, holes in the leaves, or damage to the stems. Any one of these could indicate a problem such as pest infestation or a disease outbreak.

    It is important to nip any such problem in the bud, since a disease outbreak or pest infestation can easily spread to take over an entire garden. Fortunately for the gardener, there are a number of effective methods for controlling both common pests and frequently seen plant diseases.

    Some of these methods are chemical in nature, such as insecticides and fungicides, while others are more natural, like using beneficial insects to control harmful ones. While both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, many gardeners prefer to try the natural approach first, both for the health of the garden and the environment.

    There is an additional benefit of the natural approach that many gardeners are unaware of. These days, it is very popular to combine a koi pond with a garden, for a soothing, relaxing environment. If you do plan to incorporate some type of fish pond into your garden landscape, it is critical to avoid using any type of insecticide or fungicide near the pond, since it could seep into the water and poison the fish. Fish are extremely sensitive to chemicals in the environment, especially with a closed environment like a pond.

    As with any health issue, for people or plants, prevention is the best strategy to disease control and pest control alike. The best defense for the gardener is to grow a garden full of the healthiest, most vigorous plants possible. Whenever possible, varieties of plants bred to be disease or pest resistant should be used. There are a number of perennials that, through selective breeding, are quite resistant to the most common plant diseases, so it is a good idea to seek them out.

    Happy gardening,
    Stan
    http://yourebooksuperstore.com/vegetable/

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  15. hey arth...
    i shall tell that to jak yew... any well wishes is always wecomed i guess..

    hey anonymous,
    what the....

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  16. U'd been spammed!

    Time to turn on "Word Verification" liao! *sigh*

    Have a nice weekend!

    And yeah, gimme chinese food anytime to angmoh food lah!

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  17. hey fh2o,
    yeah i got spammed, but i find the word verification thing super lame and inconvenient for you guys. so save the fuss, and just let them spam me.

    hey wuching,
    were you the spammer?? wahhahaa.. just kidding

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