I've got some news to all Martha Stewart fans, If you have not read it in the papers yet.
Martha Stewart is visiting Malaysia from May 19 for a week!!
I hope that she has like a short baking class, but I doubt it. Based on the article, she'll be visiting some Malaysian hawker food :) Yum.
To those who have not been to Malaysia, should definitely make a trip here, we've got so much delicious and full of flavour food. Food is served around the clock. So quick, make a trip to Malaysia to taste our delicious and true asian food.
Anyway, I have taken this article from NST online, so that you can read it here. Enjoy reading.
Martha Stewart to visit Malaysia from May 19
NEW YORK: Talk-show celebrity Martha Stewart will be among a high-profile group from the United States visiting Malaysia for about a week from May 19, according to a Tourism Malaysia official here.
"We have prepared an elaborate programme for Martha Stewart and the group accompanying her," said Salahuddin Mohd Ariffin, vice president of Tourism Malaysia in New York.
With her celebrity status, Stewart is expected to be an instant hit with her Malaysian audience and generate considerable international publicity for Malaysia as a tourist destination. She is more than an author, entertainer or television personality as over the years the businesswoman has evolved into an American icon.
Stewart has turned herself into one of the world’s strongest brand names and heads a US$200 million empire that rests on ideas of domesticity, style and elegance. Her group includes her two associates, Memrie Mosler Lewis, a landscape architect, and Sophie Martha Herbert. Others will be Zakary C. Pelaccio, a celebrity chef and owner of the Fatty Crab in New York City. Pelaccio spent some time in Malaysia where he learnt the ropes of Malaysian cuisine.
He returned to New York and started his Fatty Crab restaurant, which also serves Malaysian food. The group will be led by Datin Amy Hamidon, the wife of Malaysia’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, Datuk Hamidon Ali. Amy, who is also the president of the Women’s International Forum and passionately promotes Malaysia’s cuisine and culture, is credited with persuading Stewart to visit Malaysia.
Tourism Malaysia backed Amy’s initiative and made all the arrangements for the visit, preparing an extensive programme for the visitors so that "they derive the maximum comfort, enjoy the multifaceted culture and cuisines of Malaysia" as Salahuddin put it. One of the highlights of the group’s programme is the Colours of Malaysia event which Stewart and the visitors will attend.
The event, featuring a colourful parade, includes spectacular sounds and sights of Malaysia, which many foreigners describe as a "feast for the eyes and ears”. Malaysia’s tourism minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen has invited Stewart as her special guest. Salahuddin said the group would visit Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Kota Kinabalu. In Kuala Lumpur, the group will witness the intricacies of songket weaving at the Tuanku Nur Zahirah Foundation.
Stewart will also have an audience with the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Nur Zahirah. Stewart, who has a very popular talk show on food, as well as the other guests will be treated to a "hawkers’ dinner" at Kampong Baru to give them a better insight into local Malaysian fare.
Many American tourists who have visited Malaysia find the exotic array of fruits and vegetables in Malaysia fascinating –- be it the mangosteen, rambutan, starfruit or even the pungent durian. Stewart has also been invited by Zulkifli Razali, executive chef of Bijan Restaurant at Jalan Bukit Ceylon in Kuala Lumpur to a cooking demonstration. Tourism Malaysia is also organising an exclusive visit to the Petronas Twin Towers.
A day trip to Melaka has been planned to visit various landmarks of the city, which has strong Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and Indian influences evident in daily life as well as the state''s rich culinary heritage. The Sabah part of the programme is being organised by the Sabah Tourism Board. The group will visit the House of Skulls at Mansopiad Cultural Village, Marine Eco Research Centre at Gayana Eco Resort and the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary in Sandakan.
Salahuddin said the rationale for organising visits by such high-profile visitors was to show them the "real Malaysia" in the "spirit of 1Malaysia" so that when they returned home, they could relay their positive impressions to others. These celebrities, who have large fan followings, also became effective spokespersons for Malaysia, he said.
But that doesn't mean I am not missing my boys back in Australia.
Weather here in Kuala Lumpur is so humid and hot. When I stepped out of the airport yesterday, i could feel the heat! Felt like being in a sauna. I guess I just need to get used to the weather back home. Moreover I grew up here. So I am sure it'll be like old times soon.
So the other day when I was clearing some boxes up, I found my music CD collection. Boy, I was surprised what I found. These are the CDs I used to listen to when I was in college. Listening to them brings back memories.
I used to be a Spice Girls fan, I guess most girls were back then.
I have their first ever album!
look at how 'funky' they used to be!
Here I am listening to them now.
So here's a story from A to Z, you wanna get with me
you gotta listen carefully,
We got Em in the place who likes it in your face,
we got G like MC who likes it on an
Easy V doesn't come for free, she's a real lady,
and as for me..ah you'll see,
Slam your body down and wind it all around
Slam your body down and wind it all around.
So the Royal Easter Show is here from April 1st to 14th!
It is pretty much a place to enjoy yourselves and have fun during the Easter month. It's like a fun-fair with food and SHOWBAGS!!
There's an entry fee of $33 for adults and $22 for children. It isn't cheap because even with an entry ticket, that doesn't get you any rides, food or showbags with it. Those are to be paid/bought separately.
Anyway, I'll just let the pictures do the talking.
Here are some of the games at the show! Most games starts from $5 for a single play.
The guy in the picture asked for his photo to be taken! hehe
The Giant Slide, $3
There's also the Barn Farm, where you get to pet/touch, see even feed the animals.
As you can see, they are HUGE!
I never knew pigs were huge too!
The donkey is so cute :)
We also got to watch little duckling hatch from the eggs..Amazing!
There was also dogs for show too...awww I miss having one. We got to pet them too :)
Now now, the food.
BBQ Ribs & fries, $11.50 and Beef Burger, $7.50
Roasted Macadamia Nuts, $9 Pretty crunchy
Vanilla from Irrewarra Natural Ice Cream, $4.50, very creamy
And finally the Showbags!!!
Overall, it was good weather and thankfully it didn't rain, even though it was forecast to rain.
The boys and I took a road trip down to Wollongong :)
It isn't far from Sydney, just an hour and a half drive away.
We were on the Sea Cliff Bridge, the whole history behind this was because the other route had a land slide, so they had to find and build another way. That's how Sea Cliff Bridge came about.
There were many padlocks on the railings too. At a closer look, we could see most had names carved on them.
As you can see, we all had fun taking pictures of the beautiful scenery.
This was on our way to Wollongong. When we reached Wollongong City Centre, most of the shops were closed, as you could imagine on Easter Sunday.
Though we had plans to hire bicycles and ride along the beach, that wasn't possible, but that did not spoil out plans.
We still went to the seaside where the Flagstaff Lighthouse was at and we took some pictures.
My brother couldn't resist the Soft Serve Ice-cream, it was cold and windy, but that definitely did not stop him from having an ice-cream.
We also took pictures with the Canon. The boys were up to no good :)
After this, we headed to the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere; Nan Tien Temple.
We were not allowed to snap photos in the shrines, but they were so beautiful. Gold everywhere and all. There were so many people. Little monks statues were all over the temple too. They were so cute :).
And the GONG.
We also managed to grab a bite of some asian vegetarian food.
They were selling, Lobak kuih - I think it is made out of flour, vegetables preservatives, carrots? It is the chinese version of Carrot Cake, but this is the savoury one. There was also Roti Canai and my favourite, Angku, cost $6. It is glutinous texture on the outside with some greenbeans/mungbeans inside.
Some vegetarian Noodles balls soup. It wasn't too bad. Cost $7.
Finally before we left, we also went to the Pagoda.