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>Unlike most of my usual day on Saturday, yesterday could be consider one of my busiest day.

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Morning

Woke up at 9.30 am because I promised my high school teacher to help her for the school co-curriculum activities. Until now, I’m still active with my Girl Guides Association by guiding and teaching those gals between 13 to 16 years old from different high school most of the weekend at the headquarter. So, my high school teacher request me to give speech and explain the stage to achieve the highest award in the Girl Guides Association. I’m quite nervous and I’m almost numb too because the last time I’m giving the speech in front of the audience was 2 years ago. Some more, no early preparation because I received the SMS from my high school teacher on Friday noon. Luckily, the speech end within less than an hour or else, I’m sure I’m barely breath.

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Afternoon

After half an hour conversation with my high school teacher (since both of us had not met for almost 3 years), I went to find TTM as he plan to buy cloth for tonight annual dinner. Last minute shopping again~ We went Suria Sabah because I had discount voucher worth RM10 to spend at Trio Apparel Shop. Before begin to search for the cloth to suit tonight dinner’s theme, we went to have lunch. Guess where we end up to? Sushi Tei – which was my second visit but his first visit to have meal at there. Lol @_@. Both of us seems like addicted to have Japanese meals recently. So, proudly to announce that this is my 7th times to have Japanese meal for this month.


Love to have their dessert but I think is overrated. Maybe next time…

Tamago Mentai Mayo; cooked omellete with cod roe


Ebikko Tempura Maki


Inari Kani Mentai Mayo; cooked inari, crab meat with cod roe

Like most of the local Japanese restaurant, their sushi is based on colour code plate. White colour plate cost RM2, blue cost RM4, green cost RM6 and etc. However, there are few unusual sushi that can’t find in other Japanese restaurant such as Tamago Mentai Mayo and Inari Kani Mentai Mayo (as pic above) which I think the taste is so special and taste nice too in between.

Then after, reached home around 3.30 pm and preparing for the night. Tonight theme is “The Joy of Spring”, so must dress up something that related to the spring season.


I’m almost all in pink that night. My dress was pink, my scarf pink and even my earring was pink too. This dress I bought almost 5 years ago from my friend and wore for 4 times only.

The accessories to complete the dress code theme.

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Evening

TTM fetched me around 5.15 pm because I need to arrive at Magellan by 5.30 pm. I’m one of the committee and also in charge of the programme rundown for the night with the help of my manager. It’s really tiring to stand in the position I was because there is so many things I need to manage in order to ensure that everything is going well with the programme that we plan and make sure everything is run smoothly.

Besides MC, the drawback of becoming programme runner was the foods that we eat were less than other. I think yesterday night I had missed out one of the dishes but luckily that is not my favourite dishes. Not only that, I think I had not done well because in the middle of nowhere, there is few programme needed to be changed without any notification. A schedule of the programme rundown had given to me but I lost it in somewhere else.

Anywhere, thank God! The dinner was over exactly at 10 pm and all the programme was successfully implemented, although not in the way we want it to be. Hopefully most of them enjoy the night together with all the lucky draw prize that given away.

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More picture and details of my Company Annual Dinner 2011 will be in the next post. I don’t want to make this post to become a superb duperb long post.

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“Get ready because tomorrow gonna be the night you’ll be remember forever.”

Well, I means my colleague and I. Tomorrow is the night for our Company Annual Dinner which will be held in Magellan, Sutera Harbour. Previous year, our dinner was held in Kampung Nelayan. This year annual dinner could be consider more grand compare previous year because the lucky draw gift is more luxury and expensive if comparing previous year annual dinner. Most of the prize was suggest by my manager cum our Advisor for the Company sports club.

So, what’s the grand prize for tomorrow event? Let’s start from the least to the top.

5th Prize – 5 x iPod Shuffle

Comes with 5 different colours and they are absolutely adorable

4th Prize – 2 x iPod Nano

2 colours; Silver and Red


3rd Prize – Canon Ixus 130


Comes with 4GB memory card, a pouch and handphone ornament


2nd Prize – Canon Ixus 130 with tripod


A complete set of camera. Its almost the same with 3rd prize but this come along with the tripod

Finally, save the best for the last. The grand prize for tomorrow night event is:
iPad with 16GB~OMG~


Looks like my manager loves Apple Company production because most of the prize are i items.

So, which want I wish to get on tomorrow night? The Grand Prize? But I already had one which bought by my dad last month. Or should I wish for the 2nd and 3rd prize? Hey, that’s my baby which I’m currently bring her here and there. Initially, the plan for 2nd prize was Sony Cybershoot and 3rd prize is Canon Powershoot but don’t know why at the end, comes with different end results.

In between, we even held “Best Dress” competition based on the theme which suggest by one of my colleague; “The Joy Of Spring”. So, I guess tomorrow night everyone is fighting to the end to get the best dress award which worth RM300.

Anyway, wish me luck for getting those grand stuff. Stay tune for Annual Dinner 2011 post. Goodnite~

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Gosh~ This month I’m really having Japanese foods like mad. This is the 6th round just for this month. But I don’t know why I never get bored with Japanese foods even if I eat almost everyday. Looks like they had put the spell on me.

There are reason behind why I plan to have Japanese foods again for the 6th round.

TADAAA…. Sushi Voucher from WoJama Japanese Restaurant

Did you saw the expire date? That’s why I must immediately fully utilise it. I received this voucher from my dad. My family went WoJamama branch located at Lintas last month with my relatives who came from Brunei. And they ate up until the foods cost RM450+++…Wah!! 7 people for RM450. They must be eating a lot. But too bad I didn’t join cause I already promised to have dinner with TTM that time. WoJamama is so stingy ooo… A bill cost RM450+++ must give at least 4 sushi voucher worth RM50 but they just gave 1 to my dad. Usually, when you ate RM100 and above, they will give you a RM50 sushi voucher. So, they should give more mah….

By the way, this is the 5th time I’m receiving this voucher from them and there is once, I totally forget about it and there goes my sushi voucher …… This time around, I keep reminding myself or else, I would !@#$%^&*.

Me and TTM visited WoJamama branch at Asia City because according to the terms and condisions stated in the voucher, it is only valid in Asia City and 1Borneo. 1Borneo is a bit farer from the place we stayed and worked, so we decided to have at Asia City. TTM was having their bento and I plan just to have the sushi. No more heavy meals for me again. (==lll)


Inari – sweet beancurd sushi. This is my all-time-favourite sushi which I keep mentioned in my blog.




All Wojamama sushi is half price if using the voucher.


Our dinner for the night.


The dinner. The voucher. The member card.

>Kan I said I will go eat Japanese foods for the fifth time? LoL!

During lunch, me and TTM had no idea what and where to eat so, we ended up eating Japanese foods again. When we browsed the menu, we noticed that the price had increased. TTM ordered Beef Teriyaki after I showed him that it’s Kaze new menu. Meanwhile, I plan to order their maki because I’m still on diet. Don’t want eat too heavy meals.


Tamago Maki


Tamago Yaki


Tamago from Kaze is so sweet, soft and mostly its delicious too

Kani Kama Maki

I loves Maki so much. Now I’m craving for maki again~

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Osaka – formerly known as Naniwa. Its part of Kansai region, besides Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.

The places Nicole and I been to when we were in Osaka:

Osaka Castle
This is a classic style of the Japanese castle. Osaka Castle is Osaka’s famous landmark and the symbol of the city. The castle even features museum where you can see historical artifact.

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Sakura-mon (Gate) Osaka Castle

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The magnificent of Osaka Castle

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The station we stopby to Osaka Castle but actually the nearby station is Osakajokeon

Castle Tower
Opening hours : 9:00 am – 5.00 pm
Admission : 600 yen

How to get there: The recommended approach to Osaka Castle is through Otemon Gate at the park’s southwestern corner. The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chrome Station along the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line. The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokeo on the JR Loop Line, a 10 minute and 160 yen ride from JR Osaka Station.

Shinsekai
Means “New World” in English, is a district that was developed before the war but then neglected in the decades afterwards.

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Tsutenkaku Tower

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In Shinsekai, you will noticed there is a lots of Billiken – cham doll which looks alike elf created by American art teacher. It believes that Billiken has three kinds of luck – good, better and best.

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Besides Billiken, Shinsekai also noted for Osaka’s local delicacies such Takoyaki – octopus ball and Okonomiyaki – Japanese savoury pancake. Osaka is the first city where Takoyaki being popularised by a street vendor.

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Left side is varieties of Takoyaki and right side is Okonomiyaki.
We decided to try on Takoyaki.

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Vendor machine to order the foods you want. Put your money and press the button on the foods you want. Come out the ticket and pass to the people in counter. That’s so cool.

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Takoyaki – It is so delicious. Soft from the inside and outside too..

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Few fugu (blowfish) restaurant in Shinsekai.

America-Mura
America Village, a center of youth culture in Osaka. A place full with lots of casual stores with sporting unique fashions.

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Triangle Park

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Shinsaibashi
A shopping haven in Osaka. Shinsaibashi Shopping Center is the largest shopping area in Osaka which extends 580 meters in a north-south direction and approximately 180 stores including old-established shops, department stores, and those selling major brand products stand next to each other.

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A unique and vibrant shopping experience area

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We spend most of our time shopping in Shinsaibashi. Well, that’s we are ladies. Next, will continue with our Osaka at Night Time. Sayonara.

Finally, done with another travel post. Took me whole day to finish this post.

>1st February 2011

He is finally 50. Hahaha… So funny when everytime my friend asked me, “How old is your dad?” and when I start to do the maths, I realised my dad not yet reached the middle age. =p

OK, another post dated blog again. Initially, my dad’s plan was brought us to have dinner at his favourite restaurant nearby Hilltop but unfortunately, it closed. I keep requesting, “Dad, brought us to Hana leh” but he refused. Then, suddenly in the middle of nowhere, it popped into my mind and said, “How’s about having steamboat?”. All of them said, “What a great idea!”. Gosh, there goes my diet plan failed! But since my sister had never went to these cheap and worth steamboat, so I just go on with their plan. This is my fifth visit.

Located at Taman Dixon, you will see it is totally crowded every night.

See, so many people and sometimes you even need to wait for a seat

You can choose 2 type of soup at a time as there has 2 compartments and my all time favourite would be chicken soup and tom yam soup

It’s boiling and now it’s time to put into the mouth.

Variety of raw foods. There is prawn, crab, meat, variety of fish products and lots more.

And if you are hungry while waiting for the soup to boil, there is ready cooked dishes like fried rice, chicken wings, roasted pork, fried wantan and lots more.

They even provide dessert such as ice-cream and variety of fruits.

The price list. But beware, for those unfinished foods will be charged RM5.00 per 100gram.
This is to avoid of wasting uneaten foods.

Steamboat buffer is always fulfilled your stomach with satisfaction. We are definitely full that night. A birthday celebration wouldn’t complete without birthday cake.

Chocolate Fudge Cake – homemade cake by my sister.

“Happy Birthday to our beloved daddy”

With love,
Mom, Diana, Linda, William & Charles

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As today I plan to search for screen protector for my iPad at Karamunsing, we decided to have our dinner somewhere nearby. Without any doubt, my first choice will be definitely Miso Japanese Restaurant. This elegant Japanese Restaurant caught my attention when me, TTM and his friend were having lunch at Mint Peppermint, Karamunsing Capital last Wednesday. Damn likey likey Japanese foods recently. By the way, so far I’m having Japanese foods for the 4th time.

The first three round that I had were also in this month of February. First round was at the newly opened Sushi Tei, Suria Sabah with my deariest. Second round with my family at Sushi King, City Mall. Still remember on the day of this year Valentine’s Day – which I’d had dinner at Recipe House, Damai. Maybe there will be fifth round before end of this month. [=.=]

Back to Miso. Let’s the picture do the talking.

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This reminds me of the current drama which I watch lately in Astro on Demand.

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The creative and unique ambiance of the restaurant

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Their black book menu
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Starting with appetizer
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California Maki (Vinegared rice with cucumber, crabmeat stick, omelette, mayonnaise and fish roe). This is my favourite.

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TTM’s meal; Oyaku Jyu (Simmered chicken and egg with sweet and sour sauce). He asked me to made decision for his meal, so I ordered this.

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My meal; Chicken Soup Ramen

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Another maki again, Tori Teriyaki Maki (Vinegared rice with cucumber, Teriyaki chicken and mayonnaise fish roe). It’s so huge that I can’t put it into my mouth for the first bite.

Our dinner ends with dessert.

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Cold barley dessert with peanuts and beancurd. It’s so refreshing and sweet.

Overall, the foods are excellent and tasty. Especially the Maki. There are variety of Maki and I almost can’t made up my mind which to choose from for our dinner. Besides Inari, Maki is also my all-time-favourite when comes to sushi. So, how much we pay for tonight dinner? It cost us RM72.60 for 2 people. With the attentive services and also not forgeting to mention that the appetizer and dessert are complimentary, it is worth every ringgit you pay. But I’m still consider whether to come back for second visit, unless I hit jackpot.

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Miso Japanese Restaurant
Location: F-0-5 & F-0-6, Karamunsing Capital, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Opening hours: Monday – Fri : 10.00 am – 2.30 pm, 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Saturday – Sunday : 10.00 am – 11.00 pm

Before I end my post, there is something I would like to post my shoutout for today.

Karamunsing Capital is the current place for food hunter. Lots of new restaurant opened and lots of foods to try. Can’t wait to try all of them! =D”

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    • ken: >so cool ah the miniature world.. gotta admire the precision and accuracy of the structures :)
    • Diana Diane Teo: >CathJ and ladymariah - Thanks so much! =)
    • Diana Diane Teo: >Armstrong - Although quite sad because it comes to the end, but I am quite happy to see it ends with good ending. :)Sailor - Thanks for the compli