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Philips Smart Kitchen Cooking Workshop

I have always wanted to add something new for my blog besides traveling which is cooking stuff.. Alright, for traveling post it had been back log pretty bad and shall be updating soon. I love cooking and used to cook alot while I when I was studying overseas. Since back, I have cook much lesser besides my great Maggie Mee meal for dinner. I guess I was lucky to be invited to this event which is something that is new for me and first of its kind too which is Philips Smart Kitchen Cooking Workshop. When I got this invitation, of course my reply would be YES. Something I have always looking forward too or maybe I watch too much Master Chef to have one to be completed as food blogger. Well, another task to put on a tick. Yay.

It was early Saturday morning and was given the kitchen address which is in Menara Axis in PJ. Not only that, we were told to bring some condiments, plates and stuff as there will be a food styling competition among other contestants in the class. This got me even excited as a night early I went to scout for what kind of stuff I can buy to decorate it. Sad to say, I find a lot of wastage and I end up empty handed to the event. 😀

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Upon me entering the room, we were greeting with a few tables and all the ingredients of cooking dish is being prepared and many Philips Kicthen items were being placed on the table.

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On that day, we were told that we are going to cook a few dishes and we have less than 2 hours to do that, and I was like already @[email protected], not sure how to cook that as the dishes for the day to cook are Nasi Briyani Gam Johor, Kuzi Ayam, Kacang Hijau Dessert and Coconut Fudge Slice. 4 Items in total, and of course the rest of us also panic including Cheng Yi himself. kekek.

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In Philips Smart Kitchen Cooking Workshop, of course we get a chance to play with their gadgets which is The Philips Airfryer, , The Philips Soya Bean Maker, and Philips Pressure Cooker.

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All of us getting ready at our station and of course I am delighted to be chosen same group with Cheng Yi, as many of us know he is a great cook and baker.

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Right before we start, we were greeted by the PR company themselves and of course our celebrity host Marina Mustapha, Celebrity Chef from Astro Awani.

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Then she told us, don worry, everything is very easy only. Just sitr and mix then you are ready to eat within 20-30 minutes. We were like haaa. . .Not only that, her bubble and funny character had made the whole session a great start already.

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Here we go, cooking on our first dish and follow step by step instruction by Chef Mariana. Cheng Yi is so serious and make it even more simple to cook as he cut so fast and dump everything into Philips Pressure Cooker.

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Oh yah, we are cooking off with Nasi Briyani Gam Johor for first dish.

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Anna also having fun as she is stationing herself to cook next dish.

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After we have add in all our ingredient for first dish, Chef came by to spot check on us are we in the right track or not, she can even smells the aroma of it and its really good to go.

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This is how it looks like and I really did not know that nasi Briyani is actually so simple to cook.

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Right after that we just press start and let it pressure cook for 20 minutes then biryani is ready and can be eaten. We were like whoa!!!!! so fast? its something very unbelievable for us.

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First item done within less than 10 minutes and we are already preparing to cook second dish which is Kuzi Ayam.

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Its another dish very easy too cook too as all the ingredient were prepared and just add on only with the instructions given.

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Add everything in and some spices to make it more aromatic.

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To make it less meaty, add on some cut carrots and tomato too. . .

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and finally add on the sauce and little oil to be prepare to go pressure cook!

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before it went to cook, it already smells so nice and we cant wait to taste it after that.

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While we get rid of  2 items and let the magic Philips Smart Kitchen pressure cooker do its magic, we move on to prepare the next 2 dessert in the list.

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Next device we will be playing is The Philips Soya Bean Maker and I really thought that its only meant to do Soya Bean only. For this third station we are doing  kacang hijau dessert. The whole process is as easy as cooking instant noodle less than 3 minutes.

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Prepare all the ingredient as usual then pour everything into the mixer and press the “Five Grain” mode, and press START. Wahlahhhh ..  After 25 minutes, green bean dessert is done. ITs really as easy as kid learning ABC. Not only that, as this devices have other functions that you can prepare other items as well.

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This is what happens when you have all the smart kitchen equipment at home. That makes you have ample of time to do other stuff while cooking your meals and this is how Cheng Yi and Anna spend their time.

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After waiting for 30 minutes, yap, we prepare all those dishes less than 30 minutes and both of them still have time to play on their phone, imagine how simple is that. Then the time is right we need to release the pressured cooker steam out. Becarefull when you release it as do not direct put your face above it. You might get burn yourself. The pressure release is quite loud and let it be till its soften. Then you are able to open the cover and check on our dish.

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When chef came by to check on our nasi Briyani Gam, we got a praise from her and that really enlighten us up as I must say it really smells good and now we cant wait to taste it.

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It looks really plain now at the moment but the frangrant from pandan leaves and spices have added on makes us eager to try it on.

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Last but not least to prepare the last item we are using the Philips Airfryer and this really caught me by surprise. As I always knew that airfryer is to fried items without using oil or little and never know that this machine can actually BAKE!

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We were so lucky that Chef keep coming to our table and making it like her main cooking counter that attracted the rest of the bloggers to come over.

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JENG JENG JEnggggg!!! this is our final product and ready to be serve for you to eat. IT definitely look delicious and honestly it  taste awesome!! I have never really tasted the original one before but our cooking of Nasi biryani surely beats a lot of stalls out there. (sorry la, not to praise ourselves but it is really that good.) its also because of Chef special family receipt gravy to be added on.

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Now it taste good, and the finale stage is we have to do food presentation to compete with the rest as the the winner will walk away with great prizes.

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Drive by the motivation to win, we docorate it to be slightly modern with a little presentation of some spices being used to showcase that’s one of the ingredient being added on.

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Our Coconut Fudge Slice comes out with Valentine balloon inspired idea.

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and Kacang hijau Dessert is more like a little sampan to kick sail all the way ..

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From all of us  . .:D

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Of course we must camwhore a lot!

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Our final food presentation with apron being the table cloth . . hehe~

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Well, the winner was not us and runner up is Sidney’s team ..

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and the winner is . ..

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won by 3 leng lui’s. Who say pretty girls cant cook (from left Amanda, Sara – jewelpie.comSamantha – eatzybitzy.com – one of my fav cute bento food design)  –  They are a clear winner in food presentation and we are impress too. Nevertheless, the other 2 teams also did pretty good and find that ours are very way behind . .

AT the end of the workshop, Philip Smart Kitchen items do really impress me. If I get a chance to own a nice kitchen, Philip Smart Pressure cooker will be a must get item for me. It is really a great cooking workshop for me and its my first time to do this. I am sooooo looking forward for next one already as really learn a lot, not only that all of us did had a lot of fun~

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I would like to thank Philip Malaysia for extending the invites to me and give the rest of us this Philip Soymilk maker as consolation to us~

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To the rest of you, if you are keen to cook some dishes with me, I will post up all the Recipe for you in my next blog post. STay tune!!!

Check out the video also on our little cooking workshop

Usually when I am back Penang, a week before I will bug my friend to bring me nice places to eat or their latest discover, (sounds like I am a foreigner or outstation guest). Restaurant Hock Chuan Heong is one of the place that they usually will pop by for lunch is this traditional Hokkien dishes in Macallum Street here.(I used to stay here for 7 years, didnt know such shop existed.)

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For those who are not familiar around the area, it would be tricky to locate it as its hidden behind a row of shop house that Pos Office Malaysia would be the landmark.

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This place its famous for its authentic Hokkien dishes especially on their Oyster series. Its super pack during lunch time and it is advisable to do early lunch.

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All the dish serve up pretty fast and this is what happen when you have 2 girls very hungry and cant wait for me to complete taking the picture first by snapping some of it first.. 😀

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One of the dishes that must have is their classic Fried Oyster (Oh chien) . In most of the version that we have is either crispy or starchy and back to traditional its starchy. Fried to aromatic and dipping with their special chili sauce that makes it taste even better.

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I cannot remember when is the last time I had this dish, that it was too long ago, that it used to be one of my grandma’s favorite dish. Found back the authenticity place for it, Oh Mee (Oyster Noodle) comes with generous ingredients and the gravy is slightly mild and find that noodle is over cook that make it too soft. Overall its not bad that many old people will sure love this taste.

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This is Tau Kua Suan Na dish is fried and cooked with lots of leeks, added with little 5 spices powder to bring up the taste a little more. Gravy is nice and pour it onto rice, is good~

If you are looking for some authentic food then this is one of the place to hunt for. One of the set back of this location is limitation of Parking and best to park around Post Office area and walk towards behind it, or residential around that area.

Remark: The owner is a quite lansi (arrogant) 

*NON-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8/10 , nicee, ! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Hock Chuan Heong
(Gat Lebuh Cecil)
344-G-5 Pengkalan Weld
10300 Penang

Tel : 04 2611004  (don’t expect a reply as they discourage phone-reservations)

Business Hours : 12pm – 6.00pm

Closed on Sunday

GPS Coordinates : N05 40549   E100 33124

Food hunting is always in our list on-going where to go for nice food hunt, but sometimes when people tell me on the location my usual  reply would be like ‘Hah! So far? Aiiii . .. . .’. as for this round I know that itu Eric very choosy in food should be okay in his taste then I got tag along into one of the area, Kepong dalam dalam to me. . .to hunt this Heng Bak Kut Teh Delights Place.

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By reading some blog, I just got to know that this Heng Bak Kut Teh got some history itself. The story begins when the family started its Bak Kut Teh Recepi in Southern Malaysia, Johor by the Heng’s Family in 1960. Their choice was to create healthier range of Bak Kut Teh which they started to work on it, the aroma of the Bak Kut Teh had attracted many of the neighbor to try on their discovery…  few years later 1963, there is where Heng’s Bak Kut Teh had establish and many students came by to learn from the Heng’s Bak Kut Teh Recipe.

What I found out that, there are a few Bak Kut Teh place with Heng’s wordings also but this place is the original place from the Heng’s Family.

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With they way the preparing it, even when I take this pictures, the soup aroma is just so tempting.

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I always love my pot of Bak Kut Teh with all spare parts in it, that would be a perfect bowl of BKT!

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The Lou Keok Wan – or lou chu yoke. (Dark sauce pork knuckle), love the taste of it, which a bit strong in vinegar taste but then had perfectly cook till the skin its soft and go along with rice, just perfect!

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Many people love this dish, Sheen Lat Choy (Sour Spicy Vegie), as alot people like to have it in different taste, some with more spicy less sour, some more sour less spicy, as I discover this bowl which had been cook evenly with sour and spicyness is just there, when you drink much of it, you will feel more spicy towards the end of it which comes to my liking.

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I love Bak Kut Teh alot especially those taste with very heavy Herbal taste, in KL just cant find the taste I like. This claypot of Bak Kut Teh Soup is just nice that I think will suits every one, that it is quite clear in the soup, yet the taste of herbal is not that strong.

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Next is the Chue Keok Chou (Pork Leg Vinegar) with the amount of fats and the gravy cook till a bit thick, fuh~ its too good to comment on it

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Next is the  Black Pepper Soup with some spare parts. I like this soup also, with a hint of mild black pepper taste.

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Wong Chau Kai (Yellow rice wine chicken), some of you might find this soup strong in rice wine and heavy ginger taste, its definately very good for those who catch flu. We had this during it was raining heavily and it was just one of a good dish to be served that night.

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The Special Rice is the rice that you must try, with their very own unique combination and style of cooking, the rice is very fragrant and rich in ingredient. It comes with daily special rice. So, try on your luck to get this.

This is definately one of my recommended place if you are looking for a nice and cheap Bak Kut Teh to eat. For so many dish on the table and it comes to less than RM70 for that night with 4 pax.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, Hoh Liau~ -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Heng Bak Kut Teh Delights
No 622, Jalan 20, Rumah Panjang,
Off Jalan Kuang Gunung,
Taman Kepong,
Kepong.

Anderson 019 208 0720
Billy 016 332 8003

Operation Hours:
Monday till Sunday EXCEPT Wednesday. Opens at 7.00am till 3.00pm / 6.00pm till 1.00am

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When people mention that its not good to eat in dirty places as not a great place to dine in for hygiene purpose but Penang, there are a few places that should not be miss that with this environment they make a great food.

In my thought, I still feel that Penang still has the best Nasi Kandar compare to KL or I still have not come across any nice one yet in KL. This place,hidden in one of a very small alley had been so famous that till during my last trip back to Penang and pass numerous time the shop and the queue in the lunch time is so damm long. From inside the stall till outside till make a L shape queue to the next shop and people are hunting for it even under the hot sun.

Usually I visit this place for my supper and used to come very often till my friend got scared of me. Every time ask me where to go for supper and I would replied, LINE CLEAR. For me, I always go around 1.30am as the fried chicken is frying hot that just came out from the wok, fresh and crispy.

Since I started blogging, I have not visited this place which means for more than a year already and till last weekend go hunt for it with best friend as both of us are a fan of this shop.

If you are hungry at night, need not to fear that, this place operate 24 hours a day and 365 a year.

This would be the best sight to see of all the salivating gravy that going to shower on my rice.

This is what I meant that the crispy chicken I would not miss and its highly recommended by me. Crispy on the outside, yet soft and juicy in the inside.
When I was in the queue I was surprise to see this guy which had been so hip hop and yeng just for taking your order in the rice area.
After taking my portion, he always ask me, clear? Line clear? and my reply is always veryyyyyy clearr….
Another thing that I would not miss in this stall is this very ‘Susu Tarik with Egg’, besides this he also serve, Milo Tarik, Milo Tarik telur (good too) and one or two more choices.
Last time when I came here, there are no pictures but then now they are getting famous that, they are drawing quite a number of celebrity to their stalls.
This would be my usual portion of ‘Nasi Kandar with chicken, cabbage and ‘Daging’ and with Kuah Campur Banjir’(which mean a lot of gravy).
My favorite ‘Susu Tarik Telur’ something simple clear in milk taste yet add in an egg made the taste even better and a bit yellowish.

Total of my meal is RM7.20 but yet its very satisfying. Surely its a place that must not miss and highly recommended by me. Best time to go is at night.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 10/10, A must go place, if u like Nasi Kandar!!!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Nasi Kandar Line Clear,
Penang Road,
Penang.
(opp Odeon Cinema at the junction of Chulia Street and Penang Road intersection)
small alley next to it.

*HALAL

The last day at Redang and return to the mainland which is Terengganu for a day trip. Alot of my friend told me not to waste my time to go there but I still remember that, when I was young, everytime thought of Terengganu will think of Turtles lay egg. Even did once when I was in primary follow school trip to came here to see turtle lay egg, mana tau, after wating whole nigght with lots of ppl tarak anyting. Even the turtle ghost bayang also tarak!
But still decided to go ahead and follow my buddie Tatt and his gang for the day tour. The bloody thing was me and my friends waited for him for 4 hours. We were sent out by the hotel in the earliest boat and his hotel send them out the latest boat. WTF>!
The best part is, when he keep asking where am I and I asked him where is he for the 1st sms, he said on the way, then me and my friends were sitting in one of the stalls nearby just to wait for him. Hours past and the shop also wanna tutup liau, so we went to his jetty to wait for him.
2nd sms came, saying that reaching liau, the boat is parking. Suprrisingly, the boat just passby us which is from Laguna and not his and ngam ngam parking also, thought that he took that boat. Mana tau 45 mins later also didnt see him. Just ignore then.
3rd sms came. Just finish cornaring..parking soon. I straight away told him..Tiu..where got boat park, I am at your jetty, no boat also. Then no reply.25 mins later his boat arrive. Sial betul.. 4 hours wait. from 10.30 – 2.30pm
The first stop of the day as we requested was the market where I get to read the brochure saying that a great place to stop by. Just follow loh~

Bazar Warisan is one of the new buidling but we found out that, most of the items sold there are Batik’s. Noting much to see and many shops havent really open for biz yet also but me and my friend were wondering, are there any ppl goin to go buy ah?

At the pasar, as you can hardly spot chinese in this market. Onli like 1-3% only. This outdoor market is more like Chee cheong Kai style price average~

Me and Tatt at the pasar~

Candy that we are going to buy.

The stuff here are very ‘cheap ah~’. Buy more got free ah, don want to be also Free ah! Get free to taste lots of the food here as the kakak is very nice. Let us try a few so we decided to buy from her also, since she so good in talking.

Inside the market were selling about the same thing also. But since we arleady bought it, just walk walk around loh~

Then saw this, as I remembered that a month ago, my colleage did treat me eat this which is very very very nice. I just bought a small pack only.

I tell you, when the gurls Colleen and Nancy walk pass that time, the saw this and shout…..WOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII…Faster faster come and see what is this, then me an Tatt ran over and see what’s so special la.. It was really special, the sweets that was extinct already. All of us used to eat this when we were very young. Like bout 5-11 like dat. One of the hit thing in those days. So we did sapu quite alot packet also. I just share with my bro cuz too sweet.

Then go walk walk around. The whole upper floor sell the same thing which is Batik and Malay traditional clothes. See their pricing is not really cheap but then only 1 more comment. The design are very nice!

After this, the rest were suggesting we head to the floating Mosque. It is like around 15 mins from there so okay loh~
Then instead of going to the floating Mosque we saw this place which is kinda amazing. Did not even know that this exist in Terengganu. Then we question ourself, Y here? Not some other states. This is the :
Taman Monumen @ Terengganu
 
Shows you all about the most in the world in minature form. We saw the structure is quite unique and just wen in then. The entrance fee is RM10 per pax.
Operation and last time of the day detail.
You were given a book of passport to check on your identity wheter are you legal to go in a not…
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Ceh…I also have my passport ma!
This is the first structure that you will see as I didnt know that the Chinese culture buiding is here and was told that they follow the strong influence culture of the religion.
Thailand mosque. Masjid Patani.
One of the architecture when saw sun and books.
The famous Taj Mahal. . . .

Work in progress.. Please siam chit ehhhh….!!
Inside one of the minature mosque.
heellllppp..there are alot of wind.
One of the nice mosque in Europe
This gives me the feel of more like PG Fort Cornwallis.
After the whole visit, we walked very fast and run ah….cuz was running out of time. If continue leisure chances of miss flight is quite high. The Floating Mosque in the state. The si Kicap bring us to tempat makan eat. Chin Chai Chin Chai only.
After this 4 days 3 night, wouldnt want to say good buyyyy but still have to leave and get back to reality.!

Hee, when I came to work and stand on the reception area in the morning checking out on the front page newspaper and the poster caught my eyes.’ Mama Mia’. Quickly read thru it and I am so happy when I saw the column saying that Mama Mia have extra shows. Quickly back to my cubicle called a few of my friends to check on them whether are they still interested. Getting very nervous and anxious siting in front of my working desk and waiting for their reply.
tik tok tik tok“…aii..y so slow..celaka..faster la..later ticket finish again how..(in my heart)
Ahaaaa, finally there is 1 willing to go with me n kutuk me also y so ah pek watch this mama mia..lol …..then try the online booking, getting so damm frustrated as loading failed so many many times… #[email protected]#$%!
Called their ticketing line, wow, surprisingly I got cut of the 1st time I was so frustrated cuz was holding on the phone for around 15 mins by the computer voice generated saying ‘ I am sorry, we are experience heavy traffic, please hold’ until the last sentence was ‘ I am sorry, all operator are busy, good bye!~’ wahh..totally shock and geram. Made my call again and hold for another 15 mins, thought I am gonna get cut off soon and so relief when heard ‘ called tranffering‘ ..wahahha…cross my finger and hoping to get the zone and the day I want. Unfortunately Friday is like mostly sold out. Selling so fast, as the news was just this few hours ago, GILA eh…then tried on the last day~ Tier 1 all sold out..so manage to get the Tier 2..wohooo..nice place I got.. its in the middle and 2 row.
 
Wahhh~ when after confirm and got my ticket.. I am just so happy, as previously when the early birds released 2 months ago, wait for my friends to check that day can , this 1 can that 1 cannot. arrange until the end the ticket was left 2% and its all random seats. By that time was hoping got extra show, please got extra show, ……amitaba…..lol….

Heee and of course ‘Ma Ma Mia, Here i Come again’
Cant wait for the day to come.

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