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Volkswagen. Das Auto. Show 2012 is back!

I was at the Volkswagen. Das Auto. Show 2011 last year and it was one of the best car shows I have ever attended. I am so lucky to be able to attend it before it was opened to public because I heard the queues were C R A Z Y.

Back in 2011, Volkswagen specially constructed a massive dome as not just a shelter but also a sort of concave presentation screen.

# – Last year’s dome from afar.

Being inside the dome was a wonderfully immersive experience!

# – The Volkswagen fleet driving along the wall of The Dome last year. Mindblowing stuff.

This year, the Volkswagen. Das Auto. Show 2012 is back and will be held at the iconic Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. I am so excited about what they’re going to do this year.

Judging from last year’s event, I am pretty sure this year will be as amazing if not, speechlessly amazing. It’s going to happen on the 8th and 9th of September 2012 and admission is FREE, yay!

For instance, they gave us a chance to look at the new Volkswagen Beetle. I wonder what are the Volkswagen folks going to surprise us with this time.

# – The new Volkswagen Beetle shown at last year’s Volkswagen. Das Auto. Show 2011.

For now, Volkswagen has let out some information about the new show in KL Convention Centre – there will be cinematic experience, car model catwalk and fun photo activities, just to name a few.

If you’re going planning to visit the Volkswagen. Das Auto. Show 2012, please don’t forget to register your attendance here.

It’s VERY IMPORTANT to register to ensure a pleasant visit. You don’t want to be caught queuing up for a long time, do you? And trust me, there will be a crowd :)

Remember, it is on 8th & 9th September at the KL Convention Centre. If you’ve missed it last year…don’t make the same mistake this year.

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Slightly elaborate Instagram updates with a Tomato & Ham Pasta recipe.

Do you know what this is?

# – Take a guess.

It’s a pet overall that my mom has fashioned out of a pair of old granny pants. My mom even made a hole for the tail…it is freakin’ brilliant!

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This is Charlie looking absolutely miffed because I tied his patch of hair up.

# – Dude needs a groomin’.

FTS, while writing this post I forgot he had a grooming appointment at 3pm today. Completely forgot about it T_T.

Looks like a couple more weeks before we’ve got time to make you look more presentable, boy.

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This qipao is 31 years old. My mom wore this on her wedding day and soon, I will be wearing it on mine too :)

My mom was a really tiny girl and according to her, the dress was loose on her.

I’m just glad I could fit in it now because I remember trying it when I was 15 and it wouldn’t even zip up pass my hips!!!

My mom has a good strategy, that I wear this while saying goodbye to guests on my reception cause I won’t be sitting down. Cause if I sat down, my belly layers will jut out. Well, thanks for the advice Mom!

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This is Mom being a total fan girl posing with Sam Lee, a HK actor. We were at Unity Store KL launch.

She’s currently watching a TVB show with him in it called Ghetto Justice. I think he looks a lot cuter in real life!

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Today’s dinner was pumpkin gnocchi with spinach & tomatoes in Chinoz BSC. One of my favourite foods and about the only vegetarian that rocks my socks off.

# – Top is fish & chips (ordinary) but pumpkin gnocchi below is OMGZ!

Pillowy but light gnocchi with a mild pumpkin taste with blanched spinach and tomato sauce. So simple but soooooooooo gooood!

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And now….recipe for my simple tomato & ham pasta. This is a truly simple recipe and doesn’t require many ingredients. Very tasty and quite healthy too!

# – Simple tomato & ham pasta.

The ingredients:

  • 200grams of pasta (I used tagliatelle), cooked according to instructions on packet
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 slices of ham, julienned
  • 300ml of tomato juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • #1 – First saute the sliced onions until translucent.

    #2 – Then, throw in the ham and stir fry until slightly browned.

    #3 – Next, throw in the quartered tomatoes.

    #4 – With a potato masher, squash the tomatoes till they break down. Crying.

    #5 – Pour in the tomato juice, little by little and stir until you get the consistency of a slightly thickened sauce.

    #6 – Season with salt & pepper. Remember to taste as you go as tomato juice is quite salty on its own!

    #7 – Dump in the cooked pasta (which you of course, was already cooking while you were making the sauce) and mix to coat evenly.

    #8 – Tomato & ham pasta with a sprinkling of grated parmesan, DONE!

    Love this dish, I have made it several times actually. It’s quick & easy to make and really flavourful without having to use an entire can of plum tomatoes or herbs. You’d be surprised!

    Have a good week, peeps :)

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    Introducing my hair stylist & quick onion gravy recipe for everything.

    I have stopped getting my hair dyed in salons. Don’t believe in them anymore, maybe I don’t know how to be more assertive when it comes to my hair, I always feel damn pressured to take the colour they recommend and then end up not liking it.

    That’s not the worst, worst is when I go back to get the roots retouched, always end up a different colour -____- And it’s the same salon by the same person!????

    I’ve given up already. Don’t like spending hundreds and then feel like a dumbass with bad hair later.

    Apparently salon dye won’t damage hair so much….please la, all same! I have come to the conclusion that one’s hair can only look nice temporarily with the right products unless you’re born with naturally nice hair.

    So I’ve ditched professional dyes. At last, I no longer need to get all hopeful and stuff when these hair people tell me if I do this treatment and that treatment and use that brand of dye bla bla bla my hair will look better.

    Ya, they will look better……for 1/2 a day. I’m sick of getting my heart broken gawddamnit!

    Anyway have taken matters into my own hands…I’ve got a personal hair dyer now. He’s thorough, he’s professional and he’s white. White people touch anything also can be better mah!

    # – Ladies & gentlemen, my new hair stylist.

    Never have I been so pleased with my hair colour. Root touch-ups always match the ends because my colour is always available at pharmacies & retail stores nationwide and doesn’t just disappear because the stylist forgot what he or she used on me or they’ve brought in new brands. Best of all, it cost less than RM30.

    # – By the way, the hair colour I use is Revlon Medium Blonde.

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    So you’ve seen my Toad in the Hole, now it’s time to learn how to make gravy to go with it.

    I’m a little embarrassed to share this actually, because it’s a total cop-out where gravy is concerned but hey, sometimes you just need gravy quick.

    By sometimes, I mean pie time, roast time, mash time and of course yorkshire pudding time. And many more.

    The ingredients:

  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 500 ml of water
  • 3 tablespoons of corn flour
  • # – Saute onions with a bit of oil in a saucepan.

    # – When onions have started caramelising, pour the water in.

    # – Then crumble in two beef stock cubes. Stir until dissolved.

    # – Dissolve 3 tablespoons of corn flour with several spoons of water. Whisk the solution in until mixture becomes thicker.

    # – Onion gravy, DONE! By the way, we got the gravy boat from a dodgy store called Yinma for only RM2.90. Score!

    You can make this with chicken stock cube and use it with roast chicken. Yums.

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