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Once upon a time in little China | A trip to China House, Penang

China House  | 153, Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown, 10300 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Contact  | China House Price  | Tea and cake will set you back around 30 MYR I sat at the cafe side. I’m sure that by now, everyone is sick of me talking about tea. But, as any tea obsessed person will know, it is a lifestyle. I’ve gone nearly two decades in this vein, and it doesn’t look like I’m going back now. While the rest of the world has disloyally moves on to cocktails, mocktails and the likes, us tea-folk (that’s my new name for those in the fold), are still at the lunch table sampling all the dried and preserved goodness that nature has to offer. Am I the only one that misses dinner ladies at school? I went to China House. Now, that’s a sign! I really didn’t know what to make of it. A famous landmark on the George Town scene, it borders on blasphemy to  leave without paying a visit to this eclectic home of cakes, coffee, art and music. I …

“…you can’t take the London out of the girl…” | Why I am addicted to my tea addiction

I recently starred in my first ever feature-length movie. Yay! And by starred, what I really mean is, I drank in one large gulp, my three whole seconds of fame. It was glorious. There was a closeup, I had lines, a runner, and both the director and the star, Daniel Auteul, complimented me on my acting skills. For someone who grew up attending drama summer schools and camps, calling it an ego boost would certainly be an understatement. I bathed in the glory of it all. So what if I may never be the next Lupita Nyong’o, but on that day, with the camera on my face, everyone on set waiting on me; I was elation personified. A girl can dream. As soon as I got home, the first thing I did was to reach for the kettle; I made a beeline for the teabags. I take tea time like it’s a business. Scratch that, it’s a sport. Our national sport. You have to know the players, understand the rules and take time to appreciate the camaraderie of it all. It’s …

It all ends at Enzo’s | Sushi at Khao Lak’s finest

Enzo  | Takua Pa, 62/2 Moo 5, Bang Niang Beach Road Kukkhak Contact  | Enzo Price  | A good meal with wine, around 700B ; the Enzo degustation menu (recommended) 1500B pp There are some places where time stands still. For a brief moment, something slices through the humdrum of modernity, pulls you by the ear and makes you stop and feel. You don’t have to be a foodie to experience it, but let’s just say that it’s akin to an out of body experience. Cue Enzo. An empyrean getaway amidst the lesser claptrap that heralds the way to Bang Niang beach. The location doesn’t exactly scream fine dining, but I had been told it was an unmissable experience. Oh yeah? We shall see. In the past, with the exception of the traditional Thai food, I’ve been quite disappointed at the provender available on the islands. So the thought of yet another Japanese restaurants, didn’t exactly tickle my fancy. After all, why would anyone go to all that effort to provide fresh, locally sourced and delicious food to the many tourists that would simply take whatever …

… because toys are not just for kids | My first impression of the FitBit Charge Hr

I pride myself, on my controlled lack of self control. Wait. What? In an age where people seem to wantonly abandon all sensibilities, I’ve always seen myself as a sort of maverick among the bunch. Oh! I’ll scoff down that pie, I’ll chow down on that cake. Ice cream? Sure. Why not? But then… There’s no such thing as a free lunch. If you’re body is a temple, mine is an alter to a hedonistic God of food gluttony. I salivate at the thought of flavor. Hot, sour, spicy and sweet. Come at me boys. Yet, every sensible maverick knows that just because you don’t pay the piper today, doesn’t mean you’ll never get your just deserts. I’m plagued by the thought of waking up one day and finding I can’t see my legs. Not through the decay of time, or something appropriate like cataracts, but because my skinny-fat ratio has finally leveled up. Hence my venture into fitness. I won’t pretend that I haven’t always been active in some way or another, but when I finally hit …

Homecoming | What happens when you finally return…

It was the books. Children, at all cost, should be kept away from books. My formative years were spent cutting out ‘plans’ from the likes of Conde Nast’s Traveller and imagining all sorts of mischief I could get up to in those far away unpronounceable lands. I whiled away time reading the likes of The Swiss Family Robinson and just hoping that with some sheer stroke of luck, I too could be marooned on a far off island – but of course with the ability to snap my finger and magic myself  some home comforts, like hot cocoa, more books and a nice warm bath. I have always lived a life looking out. My surroundings, where my unconventional tastes and sensibilities made me both a target and pariah, definitely contributed to the need to escape. There’s really no need to delve into the particulars of it all, because I’m still personally making sense of it all. What was at least certain was that I have always wanted to be free. But from what? I wouldn’t dare call myself an escapist – But aren’t …

What have you done for me lately? | The reason for my blogging hiatus

I’m currently in the process of sorting out my laptop. It has so far, been arduous, but it’s not like I have a choice in the matter. Crashing computers and failing uploads don’t exactly help you, when 2/3rds of your work is done virtually. The upside is that I have stumbled upon many draft blog posts that never quite made it on the interweb. I’ve made the mistake of reading a few of them. The word ‘cringe’ doesn’t do justice to the feelings I have about them. She’s such a loser. But they are my words. Even if, they represent a me from a different time. Expect many over the next couple of weeks. I’ll date them accordingly… In the meantime, check out this book I’m currently reading. It’s a funny and interesting take on the whole dieting culture. I’ve just started so I can’t tell you to much about but I can’t put it down. It’s not a dieting book, more of a lifestyle guide, but great a great light read; to distract you from …