Smokin' hot at Bellamy
In one of the conversation threads in my friends' whatsapp group, we chatted about the best place to have grilled fish. And Medan Ikan Bakar Jalan Bellamy was mentioned. Of course, the Cik Kiahs would not let go the opportunity to experienced the place ourselves. Thus one fine day, we made the trip.

Based on our chats and the blogs that I read, it is advisable to go early since it will be very crowded during lunch hour, parking space is limited and kedai paling best is kedai yang paling hujung. Oh yes, if not mistaken, opens from 11am to 3 pm.

We car-pooled that day. I was not sure of the way plus finding a parking space sounds like a nightmare to me. Thus Mas picked-up Iderk on the way, picked-up Hemy at Ampang Park and picked-up me at my office. Memang awal sungguh la kitorang sampai. But we have the luxury of choosing our tables la kan... 

Sampai sana, we chose the fish, prawns and squids. The dipping sauce. 

Cik Kiah kat atas tu betul2 mcm tourist dgn kamera tergantung kat leher...:D

Then ambik nasi and suka hati nak ambik lauk sampingan yang lain. All self-service. Varieties of vege dishes available.

This was what I had. Macam mana la SDII nak berkesan, kalau mcm ni gaya makannya... ha ha...

Besides that, they also offer other dishes such as rojak buah, cendol pulut. These were the dishes that we chose.

Dah ambik semua, nanti akan ada orang kira. Costs us about RM80. 

Dah sudah makan, jangan gatal-gatal nak sembang Cik Kiah kat situ. Terus balik sebab ramai yang menunggu meja kosong. Memang full house.

And of course, before balik, this Cik Kiah tak abis-abis dgn camera baru dia...

We still haven't had enough of Bellamy yet so most likely we will be making a second trip soon.
My SDII story
One of the good (or bad) things when you are in the FB network, you may got tagged or you may see people who were tagged in numerous advertisements and online business and whatnots. One of them is this protein drink SDII. Looking at the marvelous testimonials plus the convincing before and after pictures made me wonder, does this product really works? 

Eventually, to cut the story short, I bought 1 tin. Friends asked me, kau nak slim apa lagi, kan dah slim... Erkks... slim ke?? Well, I still have hidden (not so hidden) fat (yang tegar) that I need to shed. So my journey with SDII begins. RM150 terbang. Tu pun mujur ada kawan yang boleh dapatkan member's price.

First dose of SDII: Two scoops plus 250ml of plain water. Shake...minum sikit... yuckks.... Rasa mcm nak termuntah. I was reminded of the glucose drink when I had to do the glucose tolerance test during my previous pregnancy. But I managed to finished the drink and retain it in the stomach. And subsequent drinks, I thought it would be easier but no... I still cringe and made faces every time I chugged the drink down my throat. Well, holding your breath while drinking helps a little.

After 1 tin, what's the results? Ha ha... Macam tak de perubahan pun. I lost more weight when I did my puasa 6 marathon during Syawal recently. Well, maybe for some people it works but if you are like me, better forget it. Because:

1. I was supposed to drink 3-4 times a day. But I have a very bad compliance issues. Sometimes I only drank once, often only twice a day, rarely 3 times, never 4 times. One tin was supposed to lasts for only 1 week. It took me longer than that.
2. I was supposed to restrict to protein diet and stay away from carbohydrates and sugared drinks. There was many a time I broke this rule. Especially at home. Siapa yang nak abiskan nasi or lauk pauk anak bila anak tak abis makan? Plus I often had lunch/tea/ice-cream with friends. Takkan nak tengok je kawan-kawan tu makan. Harus kena temankan.
3. Finally, of course la, exercise very the malas.

So, conclusion (for me, not for anyone else), cukup la 1 tin. Better do it naturally. But first, lunch date with the Kiahs (Hemy and Mas) in approximately 1 hr time.:P

Peace be upon you
Last Sunday I managed to attend Dr Zakir Naik's talk at PWTC. Hemy registered for 4 person, myself, herself, Mas and a friend of Hemy's, Azrinie. Unfortunately, Mas could not join us so there was only the 3 of us.

Pic 'cilok'ed from Hemy's FB.

Dr Zakir Naik is an expert in comparative religions and has been giving talks around the world. He was in Malaysia for Malaysian tour. Before PWTC, he gave a talk in UiTM Shah Alam. Hemy and Mas went to that one. Since PWTC is nearer to my home, I decided not to miss this opportunity.

The topic of his talk was Islamic views on terrorism and jihad. Very interesting indeed. And his talk was open to the non-muslims as well. We arrived at PWTC after 6 pm and people were already arriving by the hundreds. I could not help admiring the jubahs the muslim women were wearing. Cantik-cantik...

The event started at about 8 pm. We managed to secure seats near the screen. Tak mendongak sangat, tak jauh sangat.

The crowd. Full house.

Tun Dr Mahathir was also present and gave the opening talk.

Then Dr Zakir gave his talk. 

He spoke on how the words fundamentalist and jihad have been twisted to define Islamic extremist and holy war. He explained the true meaning of fundamentalist and jihad. Fundamentalist being a person who study/practice the fundamentals. Fundamentals can be anything be it fundamentals of the religion or even the fundamentals of science. As for me, I can be called a fundamentalist too kot? Fundamentalist of pharmacology :P

Jihad means to strive or to struggle. Jihad may change depends on situation. As a student, jihad to pass the exams. It may be jihad for the well being of own's family. And the most important and the most difficult jihad to do as an individual, jihad against nafs. Kena muhasabah diri ni...

He also spoke on the misconceptions of how non-believers think that Islam was spread by wars and coercion. He said no sword is held against people in any parts of the world, yet many has converted into Islam. He ended his talk by this quote: The non-believers are fearful of the weapons of Islam but in reality the bomb of peace has been dropped and spreading throughout the world. (lebih kurang la ayat dia mcm tu... can't remember word for word.) After all, Islam derived from Arabic word which means peace.

His talk was inspiring. And following his talk, there was a Q and A session. Priority was given to non-muslims. I was impressed by the way he answered the questions. He would quote the Quran, the Bible, Hindu scriptures complete with chapters and verses. Thus it was no wonder if people say the shahadah during this session.

The questions vary from who was actually the last prophet to reincarnation in Islam to what is love. The guy yang tanya pasal love tu memang kelakar.

This participant is not well-versed in English thus he has an interpreter to translate his question into English and the answers into Chinese.

One participant asked something about how the knowledge she got from the teachings of the church differ from what has been described by Dr Zakir. And to that, Dr Zakir stressed again and again, if you want to learn about Christians, read the Bible. Don't look upon the church. There are thousands of church in the world. Which church do you want to follow. Same as Islam, if you want to know more about Islam, read the Quran. Don't totally depend on the people.

I think that is a good point. Hmm... This is also true la kan: If you want to know more about a person, don't look at the car he/she is driving, sebab kereta tu beli secara hutang. Don't look at the handbag she is carrying, sebab handbag tu mungkin Petaling Street mari. Don't look at the jewelry she is wearing, sebab they may be fake. Instead look deeper into the heart. Peace.:)