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De’ Cowboy Cafe, Danga Bay

Posted in banana leaf rice,coffee,food,Johor Bahru,malaysia by chrisau on April 28, 2009

Been a while since I’ve been to Danga Bay and notice it’s so different now. The Festive Mall Street was just opened when I last went there but now it’s bustling with shops and kiosks. And, some of the shops have closed or either moved, like the Clark Hatch fitness centre, which had moved to a shophouse nearby.

Well, since my family and I were checking out makan places for dinner, we stumbled upon this cafe and thought it’s a good idea to try it out. Opened by a local chinese owner with cooks from vietnam as well as local malays, they do offered quite lot of varieties, not forgetting there’s a lot of folks patronising it too.


Still going ga ga over rendang stuff, I order a banana leaf rice with chicken rendang (gravy). The rendang is milky and it’s very delicious, one of the best rendang I’ve ever tried. You can taste a thick aroma of coconut milk. 🙂 This cost RM4.90. I think it’s fair enough.


Their belacan is superb!!


And, you’ll be surprised viet coffees are served here and that’s how I gotta know that a Viet cook is working here. It’s cheap too, cost RM2.50.


De’ Cowboy cafe is located at – Unit 25, Festive Street Mall, Danga Bay.


Dinner@Tea Garden, Jusco Bukit Indah, JB

Posted in coffee,food,malaysia,nasi lemak by chrisau on April 20, 2009

I always have a liking for those kopitiams which decorated their premises as though as it’s a wooden house from an old ‘kampung’.  Using tiles for the floor which are usually found in 70s and wooden planks for the ceiling and wall, it really gives you a kind of ‘kampung’ feel when having a meal there. That’s really a pulling factor!

I was shopping with my family in the newly opened Aeon Bukit Indah and though it’s a good idea to try out this kopitiam. Though kopitiams are way too many already, I don’t mind patronising if the food and kopi are good.

Here’s the interior of Tea Garden, their third oulet in JB so far. The other two oulets can be found at Taman Johor Jaya and Taman Sutera. Check out the nostalgic design.

yummy..lately I love salad and is my wife’s favourite. Thus, there’s more good than harm in getting a bowl of veggies. This cost around RM3+.

That’s my dinner, a not so healthy but tasty  ‘nasi lemak’ with mutton gravy. The mutton and it’s ‘rendang’ is good, very nice!!  This cost around RM7+.

And, most importantly, end the meal with a nice cup of nanyang brew kopi with milk. It’s heaven!

Lunch @ Courts Mammoth

Posted in food,singapore by chrisau on April 16, 2009

I was in Singapore over the weekend and decided to go to Courts with my brother to check out digicams and lcd tvs, which my bro purchase a 37″ LG LCD TV. I was there to try out the various cameras on displayed, before buying  it with other retailers, since they can give better price than Courts. The outlet I went to is none other than the biggest one in Singapore, situated near Ikea and Giant at Tampines.

Ok, here’s our lunch. I was surprise that they cater to an affordable set lunch which is presentable and tasty. I usually dine at Ikea when I’m there, where they have more varieties of food.


The set comes with a mushroom soup, a dessert and a coffee, with the main dish in grilled fish.


A closer look at the grill fish, which comes with a mash potato and salad. The grilled fish was delicious and kinda filling too.


Here’s the coffee, freshly brewed and ‘thick’. I needed three packs of sugar to remove the bitter taste! Altogether this cost $S10, which I think it’s affordable.

Box Bistro is located at Courts, 50, Tampines North Drive 2.

P-51D Mustang

Posted in plastic models by chrisau on April 12, 2009

Whoa! This is probably one of the finest model that I did, and also the shortest – 3 days (not full days). It was the Easter weekend holidays and I thought it’s a good idea to build a Mustang, since I’m in S’pore as my family is back with my in-laws. Here’s what I got …. from Tamiya.



The completed model – P-51 Mustang, one of the popular and fastest WW2 fighters and among the last propeller fighters, before the jet fighters came into the picture.


Above, just started working on the model by cutting out the parts for assembly, as well as painting.


The instructions and guide… this one was easier though, compared to my last two models that I did.


Partially completed on major modules of the fighter. The wing and the body with paint applied. It was spray paint and the colour is aluminium. The cock-pit and pilot were painted with brush with various colours – black, brown, yellow and light blue.


70% completed..as above.


Got the front part painted with blue by spraying on it. I have to apply masking tape to ensure the spray won’t hit other places.


And, fast forward to the next day….. the completed model. A closer shot at the front portion.


The propellers… it’s not fixed and can turn.


A portrait of the fighter with decals applied.


The cock-pit and the engine area…. with a red and yellow banner decal wrap near the propellers.


One of my favourite part of the fighter where there’s a lot decals applied here making the fighter looks good!


The back of the fighter, above and below.



And, finally, viewing the plane from the sides.


Dinner@ Lavender, Tebrau City

Posted in food,Johor Bahru,malaysia by chrisau on April 6, 2009

Well,it’s been a while since I went to Tebrau City to jalan-jalan…. and I guess this is the first time I step into the megamall in 2009. It’s the same anyway, being a ‘Jusco’ where every outlets are almost the same. Mentioning about food,  my family and I had dinner at Lavender Bistro (again! :D) and we ordered their set dinners. Great to see set meals on weekends, which I thought it’s reserved for weekdays. 🙂 Must be the bad economy!


The two drinks accompanying the set meals – Lime juice and Ice Lemon Tea.


Above and below , the appetisers. My wife had a salad mixed with brocolli, bread crumbs and raisins while I prefered mushroom soup.


And, here’s our main meals, nothing so special but enough to keep the stomach full….. different varieties of fried rice. She had Japanese egg fried rice while I had Pineapple fried rice (down below).



The Japanese fried rice set which comes with Lime Juice and salad cost around RM16.90 while the Pineapple fried rice set with mushroom soup and Ice lemon tea was around Rm18.90.

Lavender Bistro Tebrau City is located at – Aeon Tebrau City Shopping Centre, No. G31, Jalan Desa Tebrau 1