If I could, I would ask Glenn to sing about February, instead of January.
Ahhhhhh… February…. even it’s name is the sexiest amongst all months.
I’ve been saying this about a hundred times in my life to anyone who would listen – February is absolutely my favorite month of the year. Here’s why.
1. Its my BIRTHDAY – 5th Feb!
2. CNY is usually around the corner
3. Valentine’s day – 14th Feb
4. Daddy’s birthday – 1st March (but shopping for a gift and dinner is usually in Feb!)
6. A Public holiday! Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is being celebrated in the month of February
and… a lil Googling, elongated the list with the following. Some are quite comical actually.
February is American Heart Month
February is American History Month
February is Children’s Dental Health Month
February is International Friendship Month
February is National Cherry Month
February is National Embroidery Month
February is National Grapefruit Month
February is National Snack Food Month
February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month
February is Responsible Pet Owners’ Month
3rd Week International Flirting Week (So we can all just flirt flirt flirt all week long? It’s right after Valentines week… I wonder.. what is the rationale behind this celebration? Hrmm…)
3 The Day the Music Died – Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.
4 Thank a Mailman Day (No snail mails anymore these days.. guess its thank Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail, YahooMail.. etc day?)
6 Lame Duck Day (I’m so gonna wish a few people on this day… reminder set on phone)
7 Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day (WTF????!??? One finger only can ah? :P)
7 Send a Card to a Friend Day – obviously created by a card company
7 Winter Olympics – Not until 2014
8 Boy Scout Day – celebrates the birthday of scouting
9 Toothache Day (Can’t seem to find a reasonable explanation for this… everyone just happen to have toothache?)
10 Umbrella Day
11 Don’t Cry over Spilled Milk Day (I like this… very much! Everyday should be this day!)
14 Clean out Your Computer Day – second Monday of Month
14 Valentine’s Day (YAY!)
15 Candlemas – on the Julian Calendar
16 Do a Grouch a Favor Day (Grouches out there – tell me what you need <nothing sexual puhlease>)
19 National Chocolate Mint Day (How niche!)
21 President’s Day – third Monday of month
23 Tennis Day
26 Carnival Day
26 National Pistachio Day – it’s a nutty day!
27 No Brainer Day – (This day is for me! Everyday should be this day!)
28 Public Sleeping Day – (Public sleeping… sleeping around? Or just snoring away?)
28 National Tooth Fairy Day – and/or August 22
29 Leap Day (once every four years)
So let’s see, it’s a no brainer that Valentine’s Day may be the most important day, especially for those in love. But let us take a step back, let us take a look at today’s world.
Had V-day lunch with Guinea Pig today, (I’m a traditionalist that way, love to celebrate occasions on their actual day, preferably with the usual traditional stuff such as chocolate, candies, roses, cards, romance.. etc etc, but am learning to compromise on the lil things now. Guinea Pig is training me to not have emotional attachments to people, things and commercial traditions/celebrations etc. However, a lil V-day lunch to honor the day never hurt, despite us having our self declared V-day last Sat… Yes.. I’m also very greedy)
So lunch was at Smokehouse, Bangsar Telawi. Food was really good, ambience was a lil off though (off all days they chose to have their aircond fixed/cleaned today. Bah). We were passively paying attention to the TV screen during lunch, and CNN was on. It struck me in the middle of my last bite of roast sirloin beef, the whole hour of news was mainly about war, strike, anger, unfairness, death…. you get the drift. There were updates on the Egyptian strike, and another in Yemen. It’s kinda depressing. Obviously for the amount of casualties, mainly the women and children, but I was more disturbed by how numbed I have became towards news as such. We were happily enjoying our V-day lunch, knowing that there are uncertainties, fear, war and deaths out there. I’m sure we are not the only ones. Definitely made me said a silent thankful prayer for being here and not in their shoes, but still… made me took a step back and ponder – we should really try to spread the love, in the name of V-day. And no, I don’t mean orgy parties kinda love. I mean a new way of celebrating V-day. Why must it be only for romantic reasons? Top of my head, a love message to someone we hated, to a so called enemy, to apologize, forgive and forget, to do whatever it takes to end the ‘war’. If individuals can start doing that, who knows, eventually some day, on this Valentine’s day, leaders will start practicing it too. In the name of V-day, when love reigns supreme, pls let hatred and destruction takes a back seat and let us all make peace (and love). I don’t know, these are just some random thoughts, a lil kuci-buci citizen in a third world country like me, what do I know about world peace eh? But hey… I’ve started it with sending a text to a long time ‘friend-nemy”. 🙂
Nuff said….. on to more lovey dovey stuff now
We took a short road trip to Sentul (about half an hour from Subang) and visited the Sentul Park. Found this place whilst googling for romantic day getaways. Planned to not do Vday on the 14th or 15th (despite it being a holiday), am sure the young love birds would be flocking most recommended venues. So Saturday it is. I’ve never really heard of Sentul before this. Guinea Pig mentioned something about it being ‘da bronx’ of Kay Elle (hehe), I managed my expectations. Thankfully, it was a good choice for a V-day outing. This place was truly a hidden gem…. puts me in such a camwhoring mood!
So Sentul Park. What is it? It’s a nice little park (mainly for the residence of the posh condos around), KLPAC, Sentul Koi Farm and best of all, there is a lil Japanese garden and a quaint tradional looking Japanese restaurant over looking it – Yuritei.
Food was good, really good. We ordered to bento sets, (safe choices yes, but no regrets). Both of our meals were cooked to puuuurrrfection, and the 6 condiments served with it blended really well. Miso soup was piping hot – just the way we liked it! The only whine I have, is the ocha (green tea). Dilluted and for a hefty RM5. Hrmph!
We took a quick lil peek into the Koi Farm, very interesting. There were hundreds of beautiful Koi’s in huge breeding pools. Some were really huge. Probably the size of my whole arm. Am sure they cost a arm and probably a leg too. Lil baby Koi’s were sold for RM100 each, and those were teeeeeeeeny. Wild guess – some of those Koi’s probably goes up to RM50K each!
Here’s a friendly one that popped to the surface – probably he likes camwhoring too. Now, who says fishes have no brains. 😛
Yuritei has the perfect ambience for a nice after read, but no thanks to us bitching bout the rain last week, the sun is now back, and with a vengence. It was sooooooo friggin hot on Saturday that we left right after lunch, (so much for planning to kill few hours in Yuritei, before our movie). We head to KLPAC and thanking my lucky stars, they had a cafe. Again, am wishing our weather here is more merciful, for they had a lil English like garden outside, and I wish yet again, we can sit outdoors with our coffee and tea and read under the trees. Oh well, we made do by sitting indoors, with the air-cond, sipping our ice cold drinks. I felt restless after a while, went out into the sun alone to take more pictures, and this is my favourite shot.
At 3pm we went for a movie in KLPAC itself, it’s part of the worlds greatest movie series. Was curious how amazing should a movie be to be crowned one of the worlds greatest movie, so decided to drag the Guinea Pig with me to check this out. I did manage his expecations (and mine), award winning movies are usually not my cup of tea. True enough, it was quite a yawn. Granted for those non Asians judges (I’m assuming they have judges to choose the best movies), this would be quite an eye opener, with it’s elements of the Indian culture. It’s Hindu rituals, costumes, traditions, food, (booze), maybe quite enlightening for some.
Link for more info: http://www.klpac.org/?p=488
As we were leaving the area, we saw an abandon building, and stopped by to take some pictures.
I wonder what this building was long time ago. It’s rather majestic looking, probably a mansion belonging to some British warlord? An old earl maybe, on a run? Or perhaps its a court house. Guess I’ll never find out… nonetheless, was a lovely location to take some pics.
Lil miss pixie fairy… Can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years already since I’ve got inked… itching to get another one lately, also itching to get a new hairstyle actually… we’ll see.. 🙂
Oh, missed out the part where Guinea Pig had a VW Polo for the weekend (in the name of research), so we took some pictures of the car as well. Here’s a peek at it (was trying to be artistic again.. :P). More pictures of the car on FB.
For dinner, we went to Mezze, Damansara Heights, where we had our very 1st proper date, about a year ago. Reminiscing the past during dinner, we realized how much we have grown to each other, how much we have been through together, our many ups and downs, and how a year can change a person in so many ways. Here’s to more years to come. Food in Mezze was good, every single dish, no complaints. We had the roast pork and caramelized pear, eggplant au gratin, Mousakka, and this for dessert.
This dish deserves a picture of it posted. It’s the kind of dish where no words can do justice to it. So do try it!
All in all, our early V-day celebration was a fairytale worth singing about. Glenn? Taylor? Anyone? 🙂