水曜日, 12月 28, 2005

My two left feet

didn't do any hall-decking with holly boughs this festive season, but i did have a great break over the hills. manchester is only 40 miles away from where i am, but it's 40 miles over the peaks. you can have a smoother drive but it means an L-shaped 80 miles on the M1, M62 and M60. drove over the non-foggy (thank god) hills to reach rizkee cafe by 9.30pm, to surprise some people and to meet idlan and co. for a late supper. food and the company was lovely as usual, and i tried the udon this time instead of my usual taugeh-less bahn pho bo.



spent the next day chilling out at rizkee. as in all day. have you ever stayed in a cafe for almost 12 hours? i've never owned one to experience that, and this time i have. as it was x'mas eve, there weren't many customers as we thought there'd be. i spent the whole day chillin' with pinkfrog, the chef and sous chef both of whom i never had the pleasure to meet up to now. it was then that i saw how an establishment like rizkee was run and it was no mean feat. hats off to sherry and her entire crew. they work as a family, and there was no us and them attitude whatsoever. for lunch i had the deep-fried seabass which was an absolute bomb. and this was after some waffles. followed by mocktails, teh tarik and more kuehs, it wasn't any wonder that i didn't do any clothes shopping in the boxing day sales.



it was a quite evening at the cafe. spent the entire time eating, taking pics with my EOS 350D, net surfing on rizkee's free wi-fi (idlan, you'd love this!), and playing my PSP. pinkfrog also brought her PSP and the floor staff was either taking down rival race cars or slashing bare-assed baddies with scimitars, while waiting for patrons to arrive. we even had an impromptu salsa lesson by the bar area before closing the cafe up for x'mas.



x'mas afternoon saw the whole bunch of us working up our appetites for lunch at my cousin's by walking around lyme park near stockport. the cool winter air was crisp and lovely. it was also an opportunity to take the new toy out and try it out for size. all the pics seen here are taken with the rebel. the lunch we had was absolutely scrumptious. it was so good i was seen snoring in the back room. the thing was we had also been invited for dinner in a few hours' time. so, i might as well doze off (jet lag was my other excuse) while the girls (and one guy) baked chocolate cake.



dinner at fadhlin's was just as awesome. tucking in after getting a little lost on oxford road just when everyone else have had their fill. after the parents and kids left the premises, the floor was turned into a sweaty havana club. well, with the tingkap tak boleh bukak, the temperature was close to that of cuba! i definitely have two left feet on top of being kaki / tangan bangku but it was great fun (two whole hours of gyrating, oo-er!) nonetheless. thanks for being patient, guys! it reminded me of old photos of my folks when they were younger. there was no zouk or gatecrasher then, but going out dancing was good clean fun in those days. they'd be in their smart suits and dresses, dancing the night away at an ipoh nightclub (not the ticket one with the no. 26 in offbeat cha-cha).



star of the night? goes to budin, for being on the floor non-stop. i'm sure no illicit substances were added to the stuffing or the pudding!

now with the x'mas festivities (ok, new year is around the corner) and, more importantly, the exams over, it's time to get my rusty guitar-playing back into action. it'll be march 2006 soon, man.
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