My belated 28th birthday


I went for lunch with Eiling at The Curve this afternoon – it was supposed to be last week but we were both kinda busy so we postponed it to this week. Eiling told me about this place called Waroeng Penyet which serves authentic Indonesian food so we headed there for our midday sustenance.

penyet interior

You can tell it’s authentic by the teh botol (except this is teh peket) that they serve. My Indonesian friends in Melbourne had this thing about teh botol – literally “bottled tea” – it’s practically an institution in Indonesia.

penyet food

The ayam penyet (their flagship dish – translated as flattened chicken) was awesome as well.

penyet 32

The new answer to life, the universe and everything is not 42…but 32. Economic recession la…10 people retrenched. :p

penyet cig

Yiling passed me some cigarettes by proxy from her recent trip to Perth – these are premium Dunhill tobacco products which I swear I’m not gonna smoke and collect instead. Then again, I’ve said that about a lot of things as well and I always end up smoking/drinking/consuming them anyway. πŸ™

penyet wallet

Eiling gave me the best present ever – a wallet! I have been (not so subtly) hinting about being relieved of my wallet in Bangsar when I was mugged and I’ve never gotten a wallet since then. Eiling kinda picked up the overt hints and got me…

penyet present

…a HIDESIGN natural leather wallet. Awesome! Thanks Eiling! You the best. πŸ™‚

penyet us

I’m glad I’m fortunate enough to have friends like these. Cheers EZY (Ziling included or she’s gonna say you guys make her look bad again :p).

Thanks for making time for lunch with a commoner instead of the usual Tan Sri, Datuk and Datin company you keep Eiling.

Honored la, I. πŸ˜‰

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36 thoughts on “My belated 28th birthday”

  1. It’s not from Perth la… It’s Dunhill My Mixture edition, only available in duty free (travel retail exclusive). Can I convert you to a Dunhill smoker??? :p

  2. YilingL: Oh, where did you get it from?
    I do smoke Dunhills…when I can’t get Marlboros. :p
    I’ll smoke Dunhill if I work in BAT. πŸ˜‰
    andrew: Thanks andrew! πŸ™‚
    Yup, new wallet, definately useful.
    Anthea: Yeah, fortunately, I do. πŸ™‚
    Cigars? You’re talking to the right person. I want! πŸ™‚

  3. Dude, that’s really nice, don’t forget to share with Yiling when you get the stuff, going one step further, perhaps let her keep the bottle for her collection.

  4. shaoweii: Hmm…coz of the angle?
    Thanks for the birthday wishes! πŸ™‚
    WEEN: Yup, we’re both 1981 creatures. Fucked up ones at that. πŸ˜‰
    Have a great 28th, my friend.
    e: No worries, I’ll get it to her. I can only meet Yvonne next week though.
    Thanks for the gifts! πŸ™‚
    Cheryl: Yeah! I remember my Indonesian friends getting it from the Asian grocery on campus when I was in Melbourne. It seems to be huge in Indonesia.
    Yeah, I was sick on Friday so I’m still feeling a bit off.
    Thanks Cheryl! I shall catch up on sleep now. πŸ™‚
    You take care too yeah?
    Dennis Kok: Haha! Thanks bro! That just about covers everything for a perfect life. πŸ™‚

  5. HB, Happy Birthday! Now that you are 28 year old, what plan you have in life and future. Is your thinking now more mature due to some guy change at a certain age.
    They start saving money for future life with someone and future family. Time fly fast.

  6. HB, Happy Birthday to you. Here is Easter Sunday also Cherry Blosome Festival with lot arts and crafts from Japan and next week parade. San Francisco style and Sakura mochis are great in a city with many cultures. Hope you have great time on your birthday.

  7. panda: Thanks panda! πŸ™‚
    cindy: Thanks for the concern cindy! πŸ™‚
    Yeah, I’ve been tired lately – got sick on Friday and didn’t manage to catch up on much sleep over the weekend coz biological clock messed up. πŸ™‚
    You take care too, yeah?
    chefmel: I know! OMG! I need to exercise. πŸ™‚
    Michael (Mike): Indeed it does. I am learning to not care about what others think of me and to live for myself. πŸ™‚
    …and save more money, I spend money like it’s going out of style. πŸ™
    Vickie: Happy Easter and take care Vickie! πŸ™‚
    Have fun!
    headsteadi: Thank you, my friend. πŸ™‚

  8. You’re so fast in your posts! Glad you liked the pressies. Anyways, try not to loose this wallet again ok? And I don’t always mix with Tan Sri & Datuk ok?

  9. eiling: This is slow dy la…I used to be faster. πŸ™‚
    Thanks again for the birthday present. I finally have a wallet again. Yay! πŸ™‚
    Ziling: Erm…you didn’t get the memo? πŸ˜‰
    5th of April is my birthday la, told you in Ipoh dy.
    KY: Nice! It’s very useful – soft leather, goes well in the back pocket.
    cwee: Thanks buddy! πŸ™‚
    chee hung: Cheers chee hung! Appreciate the birthday wishes! πŸ™‚
    suituapui: Haha! Yeah, all Tan Sri, Datuk, Datin one. πŸ™‚
    ShaolinTiger: It’s awesome eh? Love at first bite.
    Simon Seow: I think it’s two – Dunhill Lights.
    shadowking: Well, not really, I don’t celebrate birthdays. Lunch is okay though. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for your initial birthday wishes! πŸ™‚
    TH: Thanks for reading, my friend. πŸ™‚
    mknace: Cheers mate! πŸ™‚

  10. actually i dont really like to celebrate my birthday either… i dont like the stress that comes with organizing the whole party
    and all that stuff, but last birthday people made me celebrate it
    however it wasnt really big

  11. shadowking: Yeah, same here. Different reasons though, I just have bad experiences on my birthday. Seriously bad ones sometimes. πŸ™‚
    I guess now that I’m clean, I should start celebrating again. LOL!
    eiling: Haha! No lar, I wasn’t being sarcastic. You really hang out with Datuk, Datins and Tan Sris what. πŸ™‚

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. hb No Joke. Your site has been a great help to me. God bless you ,my friend. I happend on your site seveal years, ( and a few comupters) ago. Through looking for “Camel meat” on goggle. I have been a reader ever since. But more than that, I regard
    you a younger brother. half a world away; Happy Bithday HB. ( mine is feb 29, 1960 – a leap year baby- but I need your advice, now HB I am about to puchase a 10 megpixil fuji camera, with the recharghing station and lithium batteries for 100 usd. Is that a good deal? I had a Fuji Cam in the past,( optical) it was the best, but it got chrunched (broken) by a kid on a trip. I just want some thing easy and small. Tom

  13. tom robinson: Thanks tom! I’m glad has been a source of help to you. I know which post you’re talking about. Camel meat, that was when I was in Kuching. πŸ™‚
    I feel the connection too, tom. I’m glad the wonders of modern technology allows us to comminicate in a reasonably rapid manner. Heh!
    Anyway, I would recommend the water and shock proof Olympus. I’m gonna get that if I have the cash to supplement my dSLR.


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