Monday, 30 June 2014

Good BBQ Grill Hunting In Melbourne : Review on Breville.

Assalamu'alaikum. Apart from meeting my BFF and Junior's wish lists of seeing kangaroos and being with his BFF, I went to Melbourne this time with 3 places in mind: Bunnings Warehouse, Good Guys Appliances and Victoria Market. Direct Factory Outlets were not even in the list! (LIAR!!!) ^_^ Well, half truth indeed - at least not within the paramount budget(s), not to mention limited, but of course. 

I had 2 things in mind since my 1st visit almost 2 years ago, namely 1) BBQ Grill Set; and 2) Coffee [Espresso] Machine. There you go, I said it. Yes, I had set my goal to get them. And yes, I went and got them right on. Nothing could stop me. Absolutely nothing. Hahahha. But on serious note, I thank Allah for making that happen.. For granting me mysterious and sometimes surprising ways of getting RIZQ to make it happen in the first place. Of all my sins and weaknesses I must have done something good to deserve such golden opportunities. Alhamdulillah.

So, here's my BBQ Grill I got myself from the Good Guys Electrical Appliances: 

And tell you what: I got myself what I had come for, only better. Much, much better.  Been using this darling to the max during Ramadan.. User's and environmental friendly, grilling has never been this delicate amd effortless, not to mention smoke free. Yeah, Smoke Just Don't Get Into Me Eyes. La La La. 

I had meant to bag myself a gas-based grill at Bunnings but since the deal was out of this world at Good Guys, I changed my mind and had to let go of the former. I hated the fact that I had to even choose, but hey, JANGAN TAMAK HALOBA boleh?  Yeah, that scolding had to be made within my own self then. Limited budgets, remember? 

It turned out to be a sound and perfect decision, not that I had meant to be wise anyways. Hahahah. I mean, look at how the darling grill fits small area just nicely? Again, practicality makes sense as opposed to illogical lust. Owh, just couldn't find better and more polite phrase, sowwey..! 

Much to my delight, I vote for this Breville's Inside-Outside BBQ Grill 10 stars over 10.  Next trip, I know what's in store.. Hurmmm.. 

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Ramadan 1435H ~ June 2014M

Assalamu'alaikum. How have you guys been doing? To all Muslim brothers and sisters, members of the floor, Ramadan Mubarak! I have not been feeling well lately since coming back from Saigon. Nothing serious, really.. Just down with flu but may be due to extremely hot weather it somehow dragged me to a fat three days of pain and suffering. Anyhow, I survived the 1st fasting day quite awesome nonetheless.. Alhamdulillah. 

Here are two pictures of me on Thursday and Friday respectively, before totally down like jello at home Friday evening onwards:

The weather recorded both days were 40 and 36 degrees, causing my nose to bleed fresh blood.

But now as I type this entry I'm feeling much, much better Alhamdulillah. Ramadan Bliss, that is. 

Good luck for your Ramadan this year, lovelies...! 

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Message From NAM

Assalamu'alaikum. I grew up with Danielle Steel's novels and amongst my earliest favorites was Message From Nam, which gave such an impact to me emotionally. Yeah, a hopeless romantic since teenager I've been. But I don't know why on earth it took me so long to actually touch down in Saigon, after all this while. And I finally did just that last week. At last, Nai. At last, that was what I kept telling myself a few days I was there. It felt like a ghost somewhere at the back of my heart. I thought I saw Paxton Andrews there, really, everywhere. I felt so weird but heck, that's me! 

Anyways, I did enjoy Saigon eventhough we didn't get to visit the scary yet historical museum - by choice, actually. We did however went to Mekong Delta, at least. At the very least, of course. Here's how I dressed that day: peacock green lady with pink cap. 

Almost two hours' drive from Ben Thanh Market, we reached at the jetty to get into a boat to Mekong Delta. It so happened that the entire coaster was filled with Muslim tourists from Malaysia and a family of 4 from Indonesia, which turned it into a Halal tour simultaneously - which also turned out that we were given a choice to either proceed with USD1 meal of steamed rice and boiled egg or top up another USD5 for a proper Halal meal at a mosque. It was rather 'surprising' but yeah, what's new? You must expect that kinda surprise element there in almost every single transaction.

Not that I minded it, though. What's an additional USD5 for a proper Halal lunch, right? Hurmm. 

A nice piece of art we spotted: 

And red bananas which were foreign to our eyes.

I must have rumpled my hoodies upward when adjusting my sling bag..

Look at the bees, honey! 

Preparation for tea with honey and peanuts.

Ehem! Mind the peplum cut, miss! 

Perfect welcome drink : added with lime. Nice...!

And we shall have to finish off the route to the next ceremony of enjoying local fruit while listening to traditional music, which means that we would inevitably visit all the stalls lining up there. Hurmm...

I particularly loved the pineapples, if you ask.

Not the music, though. Very cunning, that's why. Everything was meant to get tips and more tips. When something as western as tips giving is enforced with communist-like coercion, it becomes disgusting. That's how I view it personally. No offence - just my two cents!

And at last we were free to hop into the awaiting small boats, whose operators also openly requested for tips. 

This I found acceptable, looking at the hardworks they had to do paddling us to the big boats.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Gently Down The Stream..

The final stop before going back to the main land for lunch: Visiting The Site for Coconut Candies. But I was out of focus by then. I hate coercions, in case you haven't noticed. 

This pit stop: Everything from and about coconuts...

We watched how coconut candies were made.

This time: Beli Beli Beli. I didn't buy anything, though. Too tired and too hungry already. It was 330pm, for heaven's sake!

Then, off to the mainland. Finally.

Selfie sikit.. ^^

We ate and prayed at this mosque. Sorry I didn't snap any picture of the lovely food. But seriously everything was lovely. The toilet and praying spot were clean and comfortable. Alhamdulillah. 

All the way back to the hotel almost everybody but the driver - even Ah Hung, the tourist guide was asleep. It was a wrap, apparently.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Friday, 13 June 2014

Taste of Thai ~ Sydney Road, Melbourne Halal Eatery

Assalamu'alaikum. We cooked while in Melbourne this time, coz we stayed at a friend's house there. But towards the end of the stay we finally checked in an authentic Thai restaurant owned by a Singaporean Muslim and run by a bunch of Muslim Siamese staffs. We found out from a Monash Uni student, Ta, from Southern Thai who has been part-timing at the Taste of Thai (yeah, that's the restaurant's name, by the way) that the chefs are from Bangkok. Hence, the authentic Thai cuisine. Simple maths. ^^ 

Located at Sydney Road, it's a place you can't afford to miss at any cost whatsoever because it opens daily from 10.30am - 10.30pm. For a neighbourhood that closes mostly at 5.30pm, you can't afford to miss this superb halal restaurant! You won't even have to wait more than 20 minutes for your order to be served right before your eyes, dearest friends, unlike any other Thai restaurants - in Klang Valley or Hat Yai/Phuket/Krabi. 

For the list of mouth watering menu, do check THIS out! As for us, here's what we ordered:

Deep-fried Fish with Sweet Sour Sauce

Brocolli and friends

Prawn and friends

Rice, of course.

And this crazily delicious Fried Noodles - that we ordered extra 2 to be taken away home.

The price range is AUD 70 - 100++ for 6 or 7 pax depending on your order, of course - which is very reasonable and competitive, yeah that's the better phrase: competitive. Should you happen to be in Melbourne for any reason whatsoever, especially for vacation, you might want to reserve some Australian Dollars to please your stomach at this fine dining place. It's gonna be worth every penny, really! 

And for the record, I am now a big fan. The taste is by all means Thai but more. Yeah, more. It's more like a marriage between Chinese and Thai cuisine, especially the noodles. Argh.. Lapar la pulak! 

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

WW ~ Roaming With The Kangaroos

Assalamu'alaikum. Warning: This is a not so Wordless post on Wednesday. ^_^

Went all the way to Melbourne to be with my BFF. For you, dear... Anything. 

Anything at all. Even roaming together with you and the kangaroos. And of course, the nosy black swans too.

Which loved you twice as much that day, apparently. My love? Till Jannah, Insya Allah.

- Nai at Tak Pe Je.