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Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: How I am helping and you can too!

Pray For Japan

 

Hey all,

We all have heard of what happened and Japan is in the state f National Emergency and  a disaster that has brought me close to tears.

I’ve been praying for my Japanese friends who have family back in Japan and also for the people and the nation, and for the surrounding nations to swiftly send aid to Japan.

I’ve been thinking to myself, is prayer enough? And I came to a decision that I want to help as much as I can in this cause. I’m still a student, and there is only so much that I can do to help.

So I make the most of it and chose a few things that I could do.

  1. I just pre-ordered a “Army for Japan” Shirt, where my proceeds will be donated to the Japanese recovery effort by Salvation Army. (Click on the photo for the link)

    My Army for Japan shirt receipt

    Army For Japan shirt

    Army For Japan shirt by Salvation Army

  2. I’ve sent an online donation to the Australian Red Cross of AUD$20 , where all proceeds will be used to provide equipment, and medical supplies for this relief and to those in need. 

    My donation to the Red Cross Japan & Pacific Disaster 2011

  3. A group of my friends at university is putting together donations and sending at least one Shelter Box (of aid) to Japan to provide supplies which contains a shelter made by Vango (leading tent manufacturer), A Smile (which contains drawing pads, books, colour pens and crayons), Warmth and Protection (contains thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets, mosquito nets and water purification equipment), Self Sufficiency (a survival tool kit: hammer, axe, saw, shovel, wire cutters and other tools), Fit for purpose box for storage of things, a heart at home kit (containing: a multi stove kit (specially designed to use things in the environment to run the stove and to provide food for a family), and other equipments. So my mission is to donate a further $20 for this effort to provide at least a Shelter box to Japan. (Click on picture below for more info!)

    Shelter Box

  4. I will be fasting lunch for a week starting 14th March – 20th March 2011, as well as dedicating an extra half an hour of each of my work outs to the Japan & Pacific disaster.

So I am doing my part by donating $100 of what I can afford and also my time to this cause.

My friends, your family and citizens of Japan, my prayers are with you and I hope that my part can help you get back on to your feet.

So what are you going to do to help? Below are some links (with organizations and NGOs) on how you can help and make a difference:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/11/how-to-help-japan-earthquake-relief_n_834484.html

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_newsroom/20110311/wl_yblog_newsroom/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-how-to-help

 

Help Japan

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[Movie Review] Confessions of A Shopaholic

I just watched this movie with my fellow Epicurean and Fashionistas on Monday night, Sarah & Esther! I could not have picked a more perfect pair of good friends to watch with especially when it comes to Epicureanism and Fashionista!

Fashionista & Epicurean: Sarah Kate Lee
Fashionista & Epicurean: Sarah Kate
Fashionista & Epicurean: Esther

Fashionista & Epicurean: Esther showing off her new buy! Nine West!!

Fashionista & Epicurean: DannyBoy

Fashionista & Epicurean: DannyBoy and Men's August April *09 Issue

We ate at Groovy groovy Sushi Groove… Actually compared to the last time i went to Sushi Groove (over 2 years ago!), the quality of the food was much better than last time and now they are having promotion on 50%off on selected items and the food was of satisfactory level! Nothing much to shout about its just honest, decent food at a good price!

Esther 7 Sarah at Sushi Groove

Esther & Sarah at Sushi Groove

Me Enjoying my food!

Me Enjoying my food!

After eating we headed straight for the movie that we have been dying to watch!

Confessions!

Confessions!

I must say Confessions of A shopaholic from the movie and the book is so  erm different (as per normal with movies nowadays.. I call it the Harry Potter effect). Ok.. the book Confessions of A Shopaholic is the first book in a 5 part collection series of Rebecca Bloomwood’s life. The movie showed from the first book to the 3rd or 4th book compressed in a one hour and a half film! I tell you! The movie was very speedy! The small little details from the first book and second are all like.. not existant in the movie! And actually she only meets the editor of the Savings magazine on the 3rd book! That was how compressed the movie was!

But on a lighter note. For those who have not read the book.. I would say that it was a fun and entertaining movie.. well so are all chick flicks!  It was really good and there were lots of ‘oooo’, ‘Ahh’ and other expressions from the audiences in the movie theatre.

Here are the quotes that I love from the movie:

I can’t find the quote to my favourite line in the movie. It is when Rebecca Bloomwood was at one her first meeting at the Shopaholic Anonymous where she just describesthe feeling of shopping! I was like drulling and like going crazy in my heart like I wanna explode! 😀

“When I was 7 most of my friends stopped believing in magic. That’s when I first started. They were beautiful, they were happy. They didn’t even need any money, they had magic cards.”

“You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that’s what it’s like when I see a store. Only it’s better.”

“We all have a destiny in life and since 14 I knew I was put on this earth to shop.”

“I’m Rebecca Bloomwoodand I’m a shopaholic.”

I’ve made so many mistakes and I feel like taking this job would be another one.”

“When I shop the world gets better, the world is better; and then it’s not anymore and I have to do it again.”

I just loved those quotes! I was like going to stand up and run out of the cinema and head straight to Zara! LOL!

THere will definately be a sequel to the movie haha! There are more to the series! (hints: think.. marriage, babies?) Oops! hehe…

My rating : 6/10

After the movie, us three went to Zara straight to have a look at their SALE, pity its only the lady’s stuff having the major mark downs.. I kinda won’t be surprised if saw a mob of ladies lining up in waiting to enter the sale and grab and fight over the clothes just like in Shopaholic hehe… I saw a really nice pair of sneakers in Zara.. maybe getting my new pair soon! My converse is in a mess!

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Tenji Promo is back in March!

Tenji March Promotion

Tenji March Promotion

Wow! I can’t wait to visit Tenji again!

Unfortunately since I’m a student and also working on a tight budget RM77++ is a tat expensive for me. But the promo is back!

I got a sms alert from Tenji Restaurant on Saturday Evening and this is what it says:

TENJI: March Weekday Lunch Promotion for only RM49.90++ (It’s around RM 55 after additions), Normal Price RM 77++. For reservation, pls call 1700 80 1818
When I saw the sms I was like… Call Jade! Call Ms. Jenny! Call Chloe call Liang, call Jon! I was just like forwarding smses and forwarding webpages that gave reviews on Tenji !

I’m forming a group from my college to go to Tenji during one of the weekdays! Call me you all for more info!

Hope to bump in to you all in Tenji!

Below are links of Tenji’s web & Blog page, and also my reviews!

Tenji’s Home page

Tenji’s Blog

DannyBoy’s Reviews:

Tenji Japanese buffet BETTER THAN Jogoya!

Tenji Part 2!

Friday at Tenji again!

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Friday at Tenji again!

Woah! Yesterday I went with Tenji Buffet again! The first time I went was Christmas Eve which I also dotted down my epicurean‘s review at this post, Tenji Japanese buffet better than Jogoya!

The Entourage that came on friday were:
Sarah, Esther, Amanda, Alison, Liang, Me, John (my brother) & Grace
Btw… If you guys wanna go and makan at Tenji, you have to book at least 4 days in advance. Friday the place was packed! Full! They didn’t even allow walk-in! 
Here is the link to Sarah’s Part 1 post on Tenji! As she was the photographer for the afternoon and her turn to do an epicurean‘s review! 
Overall the food was great! But my first time was better, there were some dishes that were there when I first went on Christmas Eve but wasn’t there yesterday! 😦 
Overall everyone enjoyed it! Even Liang is planning to bring his mum to eat there! 
Btw.. Thks to my fellow epicurean SK, who helped me co-0rganize the lunch! 
The Epicureans!
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Tenji Japanese buffet BETTER THAN Jogoya!



Aha! I knew that would get your attention! Jogoya is probably the best place in Malaysia for a Japanese authentic buffet, but it cost RM 80+ so not a lot of people can afford it!

Well. Jogoya would have to fight for it’s customers now!

December 19th is the birth of a new competitor of Jogoya, it is TENJI Japanese Buffet!

Right now they are having a promotion of RM29.90++ for the lunch time BUFFET! But the catch is that you have to eat within an hour, but for me it won’t take me a long time to get my stomach full so it is an advantage that I bear and Sarah as well! But every subsequent hour, it is an additional RM10, which is still cheap! But for today, there was a Christmas promotion from the Original price of RM 77++ , or you can opt for RM49.90 for today and till the 15of Jan! No time Limit eat till u drop until 4 p.m!


Ah I tell you the food was just sensational! And so was the ambiance~! The layout of the restaurant was fantastic!

The 4 juices ( Pineapple, Kiwi, Pink Guava and Apple), and your selection of fresh fruits! (Apparently there was a choc fondue fountain according to my bro, which I totally missed!)

Spread of cooked Japanese food here.

Spread of the sashimi down the left row and close up on the right is the chef preparing the cold soba!

The spread of sushi!

Fresh young Coconuts!

As you can see the place is just simple! And the food is just there! Ready To Be Consumed! You can say it was like a mini Jogoya!

Tenji serves not just the Japanese Cuisines such as your sashimi, sushi, Cold Soba, Tempura, Teppanyaki, but also western cuisines such as the roast lamb, pastas, typical Campbell soup, Cod and so on.

Here is the roast pork! It was succulent as mum put it!

Here is the Seafood Puff Soup! Basically its puff pastry over a bowl of enhanced mushroom soup. Very good that you don’t taste a hint of Campbell written all over it! Or was it HOME Made!

Garden Salad… didn’t touch it cause it was typical and everywhere has salad and their dressings so yea..

Oysters! They were pretty big! Compare it with a spoon!

The way that they cut the sashimi was so good! I like mine thickly sliced and it was just so nice!

Here are some of the selection of teppanyaki and tempura. Silly me i forgot to take a picture of the adjacent part of this bar. -.- There are more on the left side of tempura and fried stuff selection!

And here is the dessert bar! I tell you… You have a selection of Mochi (I think 6 flavours), choc mousse, Tiramisu, Choc cookies, cakes and more which I haven’t tried, cause I already ate too much before the dessert! I just ate my mochi! The Black Sesame Mochi was just Orgasmic and to Die FOR!

And there is another surprise to place the Icing of the buffet…


They have HAAGEN-DAZs Ice-Cream! (Reminder the buffet is only Rm 49.50++ or Rm29.90++) They had 8 flavours to tickle your taste buds! And they had 2 of my favourite! Rum Raisins and Macadamia Nut! I was like! NO WAY!! HAHAH!!

When I saw this sign I just started to drool…

My dad’s advice is, when you arrive at the restaurant you should eat the ice-cream first. haha… Yea. I know where he is comin from! Rm 8++ for a scoop of Haagen-Daz Ice-cream at Pavilion while you can get all you want in Tenji!!!

Sorry for lack of pictures, cause my cam ran out of batt. smart huh.. after comin back from Malaka I forgot to charge… So I had to rush on the ambiance pictures…

Here are a LITTLE of what I ate at Tenji today.

The grilled salmon was pretty nice! the Soft Shell Crab on the left of the Salmon steak was decent but nothing to shout about. Even the one at Sushi Zenmai is better!

These are the ones that you can grab off the serving platter, but there are also those that you have to specially order!

Ok there are these clips on your table rite, which are clips to identify your table with. For the special orders (included in the buffet OF COURSE..), where they cook it for you and it is sent to your table. All you have to do is to place your clip on to the bowl in front of the sample dish at the western selection buffet spread where the chef will cook it straight away and it will arrive at your table with the dish that you ordered and your clip, which you have given to them to identify the table that placed the order. Those who ate at Jogoya will know what I mean.

I can’t remember the names of the following dishes but well in order, they are Cod, Spegetti served with Grilled Chicken and a slice of Emmantal cheese and Salmon Steak fillet. All were superb! There were other selections of pastas and also other steak like stuff but didn’t want to try all cause I was already pretty full!


Well it’s a pitty that I took little pictures. But I will be there soon! It was pretty random cause my parents were like lets go for a buffet at Tenji. I was like straight away shot out of bed and got dressed and left the house in 10 mins!

Don’t ask about the hair ok.. just woke up, but I don’t care 😀 I enjoyed my buffet today!

Happy Birthday John New Ming Chiang!

Since tomorrow is Christmas, and my bro’s Birthday is on Boxing Day, i.e 26th Dec, we will be busy with a host of parties during the 12 days of Christmas, so we decided that that it was John’s early Birthday Celebration! Happy Birthday Bro!

So overall I will say that the buffet was excellent but the thing is that their serving portions can be smaller cause I was so full! hehe…

Other than that if your looking for excellent quality Japanese cuisine then try TenJi Japanese Buffet as the quality of food is same as Jogoya, plus TenJi has HAAGEN DAZ!!!!

And the buffet is only….
for now till 15th Dec! If not the original price will be Rm 77++ for lunch and Rm 88++ during dinner!

Will definately visit there again before the promo ends!

Here is another blogger who has blogged about it, do check it out it has more pictures and some of her comments or most , on the food are also on the same page as me – Precious Pea

and here is Tenji’s website. – Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant

and here is the info for your reference if you want to make a reservation (advisable on weekends)

Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant is located at:

Lot L-01-01, SohoKL, Solaris Mont’ Kiara

2 Jalan Solaris, 5o480 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 1700-80-1818

Basically one floor above Cold Storage.

Operation Hours:

Weekdays:

Lunch 11.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. RM77++

Dinner 5.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. RM88++

Supper 10.00 p.m. – 2.30 a.m. RM88++

Weekend & Public Holiday:

Lunch 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. RM77++

Dinner 5.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. RM88++

Supper 10.00 p.m. – 2.30 a.m. RM88++

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