Pretty damn sure you would've known how occupied I was the past week with my lovely guest from Australia.
I hosted my Aussie buddy on her trip to Malaysia and decided that I only yearn to achieve one goal.
To be the best host ever of all things Malaysian. I wanted to share our culture, people, food, nightlife, shopping, hanging out, nature with her and condense everything Malaysian lifestyle was all about
– into a single, one week!
Picked her up as she arrived! 😀 😀
I documented our (mis)adventures all documented on Twitter with the hashtag #aussieguest :
Brought her for a late lunch-tea time sesh at Secret Recipe to try our famous signature cheesecakes.
We shared a Creme Brulee Cheesecake & a Dark White Chocolate Cheesecake. Absolutely loved it!
Brought her back to my humble abode 13 stories above the ground in the cosy & busy suburb of Damansara
Rested for a bit and it's out the door for a shisha session!
Shisha has been deeply intergrated into the Malaysian lifestyle now – it's everywhere!
Another shisha sesh elsewhere!
Took her for the famous Satay Kajang! It's grilled/barbequed meat on skewers with yummy peanut sauce!
There were all kinds; we ordered all kinds! Chicken, beef, mutton, fish and duck
Rabbit wasn't available today – yes, I said rabbit.
No need to double take
Brought my lovely Aussie guest to experience another Malaysian way of life – PASAR MALAM!!!
Pasar Malam (night markets) come in abundance here. It boasts heaps of food, trinkets, clothes, gadgets, accessories, shoes – you name it, they've got it!
Best part is, everything is so cheap!
Brought her to try a Chinese-Malaysian favorite, known as Lok Lok
… she never looked back ever since then. Love at first sight!!
Told ya it's yummy! 🙂 🙂
Can't really explain what it is, something like cut-up food (anything!) on a skewer and then you boil it yourself then dip it in a variety of sauces. Pretty healthy too, if you ask me 😀
Homehomehome in my cosy room 😀 Wheeee
Carly somehow loved tormenting me with cotton candy (of which she calls fairy floss)
We headed to Singapore for a roadtrip with my buddies
Why? Because we were going to attend the biggest beach rave-party of the year – ZOUK OUT 2011
(more of that soon!)
Had some nommies at Esplanade, Singapore
Brought her to sight-see around Esplanade and its pretty sights, a lightshow and well-lit buildings across the water! When I last went to Singapore before my stint in Australia, Marina Bay Sands hotel wasn't exactly quite open yet.
So this is technically my first time here too!
Marina Bay Sands hotel
From a friendly local host, I suddenly warped into an over-enthusiastic tourist
Yes thank you I know I'm being all touristy
Moar photos with my chicas!
The 5 of us headed to a Chinese Dim Sum outlet for late dinner/supper
Geez I look lika typical Asian here; with chopsticks and whatnot
Breaktime & breathers at Orchard Road
Public transport-ing it back home!
I'm so not used to public transport as I drive all the time!
More public transport-ing the very next morning!
Yeah, don't we look like over-zealous tourists waiting to excavate the city? 😀 😀
Writing our lovenotes & well-wishes for 2012
Some little cute tradition where the balloons will be placed into the sea & let it float away
Brought this foreigner to something all foreigners hate.
Is it REALLY just a stereotype?
Why on earth do yall hate durians when it's sucha soft, creamy and flavourful fruit?
Ya'll say it's the smell. But really… WHAT SMELL? The only way to get rid of the "smell", is to eat it
Ohhhh so delicious and creamy! It's like eating creme brulee or ice-cream
Apart from bringing her to Singapore, I also brought her along to a Christmas party that my clan and I have been planning for a few weeks! It's a houseparty + Christmas potluck + BYO drinks and MORE 😉 😉
Let the good times roll!
Christmas photo credits to housie Edwin!
We did some more touristy stuff like taking her to Petaling Street to eat local hawker food!
Some of which, I hardly eat myself. But here they are…
KL Hokkien Mee and Beef Tripe Noodles
Yes. Beef tripe. The 1st half of the cow's stomach
Teehee! Don't kill me, babe!
All I wanted was to have you remember at least ONE exotic food/animal organ you ate whilst in Asia 😛
Ready to rumble?
Heading off to the city again – this time, to Pavillion Kuala Lumpur along Starhill
Thanks housie Edwin for all the photos taken tonight at Starhill! 🙂
Welcome to Bukit Bintang (Starhill)
The city never sleeps
One of our largest & most prestigious malls – Pavillion KL
Coincidentally, there was this United Buddy Bears campaign going on along the streets of Pavillion.
Every single country and nation acknowledged by the United Nations will have their own version of a bear – fully designed by a national of whatever country they represent – portraying their culture or their identity.
There were so many; couldn't take all! Here are a few which I took an instant liking towards
The two main Western capitalists & movers of the world, United Kingdom and the United States of America
I'm in love with all things Egyptian
My wrist tattoo of the Eye of Horus testifies that!
Here's the Greece bear which bears Goddess Athena's name!
My other tattoo along my ribcage, are ancient Greek quotes in scriptures
But of course, the country which I was born and bred in – MALAYSIA!!!!!
Carly found her Australian bear too!
See the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge motif in yellow?
Shisha and mamak sesh at NZ Cafe right beneath the Petronas Twin Towers
Malaysian food omnomnom
Wondering what this is?
One of my mamak faves – Roti Tisu
Malaysia loves you Carly! 🙂
You assimilate so well with us… and your Malaysian slang is pretty good hahaha!
So technically that sorta sums up what we were up to within the week – albeit a very summarized version!
If given more time, I could've shown her so much more 😀
It's time to play host again. My 2 new Aussieguests
Allyce & Lauren has just arrived Malaysia yesterday
Three cheers for Round 2!
Thanks for coming to Malaysia, Carly. T'was a pleasure hosting & showing you the very best of Malaysian lifestyle!
It's my 1st time playing host; here's to hoping I did a good job teehee!
Oh and….. your best friend says goodbye 😛