Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Metal Box & Cat In The Box @ Empire Damansara

If I were to pick an activity to define "infinity", I would go with cafe hopping in Kuala Lumpur/Selangor. In other words, the list shows no end.

Don't get me wrong, visiting cafes is an adventure and seeing concepts differentiating one cafe from another never ceases to amaze me. Sadly, there are just way too many popping up in such a short period of time and I simply cannot catch up (I try though!); which makes me wonder if this is yet another trend in the midst of digging its own grave. I would be absolutely disappointed if it were. 


Metal Box 

A few days ago, I managed to grab brunch with my favorite people immediately after my second exam paper. I know, going out during exams. But a girl's got to eat! 

The Metal Breakfast [RM20.90]

Truthfully, this is one of the slightly better ones I've had so far. For starters, the French sour dough slices are set beside the eggs (they use free-range and you can have them poached, scrambled, sunny side up or over easy). Most cafes serve the eggs on top of the toast every time. Why would go through the trouble of toasting good bread and ending up serving it soggy? I just can't wrap my head around it. 

Unlike most big brekkies where there are no signs of greenery on the plate (potatoes and mushrooms do not count!), this one comes with a spread of salad leaves with balsamic vinegar and grilled vine tomatoes. Feeling less guilty? Certainly, although I'm a little bummed from the absence of sauteed mushrooms :(

No complains about the chicken (or beef) sausage and beef bacon (or turkey ham) but some may argue that the plate lacks meat for its price. The homemade cannellini beans, though, are a little disappointing due to its blandness but next to them are cute bite-sized potato hash browns which are a delight to look at somehow. 



Guinness Pancakes [RM14.90]

Basically fluffy and moist pancakes with Gula Melaka syrup served with mixed berries tossed in raspberry coulis. The minute you pop one of the berries into your mouth and bite it, you will feel a burst of juice. It's a wonderful feeling! Apparently, the shot of Gula Melaka had a touch of homemade Guinness dressing but it wasn't very profound in my opinion. 


Specialty French Toast [RM14.90]

Don't be fooled by the size of its portion. It may be small but it's packed with flavour and texture. Served with the similar Gula Melaka syrup as in the pancakes, these French toasts are also very fluffy with a slight crisp. 


The coffee (cappuccino [RM9.90]) was strong and bitter which is memorable if you're into that kind of coffee. 

Sitting outdoors in Malaysia can drive one insane due to the humidity and scorching sun. Thankfully the weather was more forgiving so we decided to dine outside. There was a fan above us, we were facing the forest of trees opposite and the sky was cloudy enough to block off some of the sun. It was certainly the most appropriate ambiance to accompany any meal. 

Information
Address: G12, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya
Closed on: Mondays
Operating hours: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/metalboxcafe


Cat In The Box

One cafe visit was not enough to keep us going for the day so we decided to explore Empire Damansara and naturally found Cat In The Box. Contrary to its name, there are no cats in boxes.

Vanilla frothie [RM10.00]


Grilled cheese toast [RM8.00]. I'm sorry to say that this was a rip off.

Potato pie served with corn & bell peppers salad [RM12.00] which was actually quite a delight with coffee. 

They serve single-origin East Timor beans for coffee which has a chocolate and nutty flavor to it. Pictured: cappuccino [RM10.00]




What you've been seeing on Instagram does not do justice in describing the atmosphere of this place - ceiling-high glass panel windows and facing the same green hill opposite Metal Box. And the bonus? Rain. It's a lovely setting to go into solitude especially when there is no crowd.

Information:
Address: Lot 111 Heritage Lane, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya
Operating hours: Monday - Thursday & Sunday (11.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.), Friday - Saturday (11.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.)


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Saturday, 25 October 2014

My Photography Blog

Hi everyone,

I recently started my own photography blog on Tumblr. At the moment, it has a really cliché and vague title "life." which I will probably change once I've conceptualized the blog (I welcome suggestions!). Feel free to follow me, thank you (:

Click on the image to visit.


Cheers,
Emily

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Candela GentleYAG Laser for Permanent Hair Removal @ Premier Clinic, TTDI

Disclaimer: Sponsored treatment. Reviews are entirely my own. Pictures unedited. 



Hey everyone! Yes, this is something considered to be out of the ordinary appearing on my blog.

Have you ever felt insecure because of your underarms? I have myself. Not that it bothers me all the time because I'm well aware not all of us can afford to have hairless underarms with even skin tones. It only bothers me when that noticeable forest of hair and skin area a few tones darker than the rest of your arms become the highlight of your photos (self-confidence -10).

It took me a while to get this post up for obvious reasons. If flashing your underarms in photos are bad enough, what more to display them on your public blog. But it's up now! And here's to all of you who are insecure about your underarms :)


Monday, 8 September 2014

My First Taste of Shutter Therapy

It was yet another Saturday morning in which I battled to get out of bed for an opportunity I certainly did not want to miss. 

Carmen invited me to join her, Robin and Jackie on a photography trip at Pudu Market (yes, of all markets!) in which I was really excited for. Since the photos I've been capturing normally consists of cooked ingredients already incorporated to create a single dish, I thought it would be interesting to do the same but this time with fresh & raw ingredients.  

But first, one needs breakfast. What better way to kick start the morning than with dim sum!
Location: Restoran Tuck Cheong @ Jalan Kancil, Pudu.


Very pleased with this loh mai gai because it doesn't contain the typical Chinese sausage, which I dislike with passion, but rather it has a thin slice of pork. 
Loh mai gai is basically steamed sticky rice with chicken and usually wrapped in lotus leaf. This one is a variation.


After breakfast, while we were making our way to Pudu Market...

"Emily, are you sure you want to wear your sneakers?"
"Oh yeah, they will get dirty and may be hard to clean off!"
"Okay, you definitely need slippers."

... which lead me to ask, "so how dirty is the market?"

"Errrr... you'll see!"

Such a comforting response.


Conclusion: Do NOT wear even decent shoes to Pudu Market. Go cheap flip flops all the way!

Thankfully, a store at the mall nearby just opened and I managed to get a pair of Flippers for RM10.00!


* * * *


Indeed, like most markets, this was nowhere near clean but it was bearable (I've experienced worse). There weren't that many unavoidable puddles and potholes but you need to be careful of where you step - especially when you get close to the meat areas.

Here are some of my shots from the trip! Most of them are edited with the OLYMPUS Viewer 3 which came with my camera - a program I decided to experiment with.


Saw a mother and her baby on the way to the market. Loving the hair!

Chasing light moment.

Smile with your eyes.

Blessed with the morning light.

So the first part of the market comprises fruits and vegetables.

Traffic light peppers, kind of. Clearly, I need a lot of practice with these kind of shots.

I didn't really edit this. The position and light were just in my favour. Definitely caught the shot I wanted!

Marinate with turmeric, salt and pepper, then deep fry away.

There, my RM10.00 slippers. My feet got quite dirty at the end of the trip but better my feet than my sneakers.

Alternatives.

Only one stall selling chicken like this.

Fresh coriander. 

Sigh, those colours.

*insert that title of Taylor Swift's song*

Candid.

More chilies.

The shiny redness caught my attention.

A bit of nostalgia. I used the Art setting (Pinhole style) of my camera.


Two shots of the same girl speaking with her eyes.


The entire trip was a challenge on so many levels. I learnt to be quicker when shooting despite having various items to remember (i.e. focusing, angles, lighting, exposure, moving your camera strap out of the way, watching out for your bag, checking if your precious phone is still in your pocket, etc.). There was much pressure especially from the people who were inconsiderately pushing their way through the crowd, motorcyclists and stall owners chasing you away from blocking their customers.  

Nevertheless, the trip was a great first-experience. I'm definitely looking forward to shooting at more locations like this now that I've discovered love in the colours of the market. 

Do check out Robin's Pudu Market entry where you can find heaps of Photography 101's that can probably save your life. 


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Thursday, 28 August 2014

greyskymorning, SS13

So I sailed away into a grey sky morning...


This is my current favorite coffee hangout spot at the moment. Considering the fact that I'm based in Subang Jaya, it is so convenient to drop by for a coffee fix without having to participate in the horrendous search for parking.


greyskymorning carries strikingly familiar elements of a few existing cafes (i.e., Podgy & the Banker, VCR and Rekindle) in the concept of its interior design - a refreshing change from the typical dimly lit, small, and cozy settings.

Sipped cappuccino [RM9.00] and a slice of chocolate peanut butter cake [RM11.00]. 

Coffee is the primary attraction on the menu alongside cakes (from the similar cake supplier to Rekindle in SS2) and smooshies (a refrigerated fruit juice blend in bottle) as of now. 


Flowers in tiny bottles present on every table. Where's the fault in that?

Food/coffee photographers will have a bliss here. These are some of the other shots I took:

When the evening sun greets coffee.

Loving the gypsophila against the grey wall. 



Happy visiting! (: 
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Information

Address: EX8, No. 3, Jalan SS13/4, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Closed on: Mondays
To visit their Facebook page, click here.