Thursday, October 8, 2015

3 Things

The Big Bad Wolf book sale and a bunch of other recent acquisitions have added a bounce to my step lately. What can I say, retail therapy (especially in air conditioned malls) works wonders during a a gloomy hazy period.

I've started using an eyebrow pencil after I've chanced upon Shu Uemura's Hard Formula 9. Its secret lie in its specially sharpened tip, designed to be like a katana blade, which you've to bring back to counters to get re-sharpened at no extra cost. It doesn't swatch on the skin but miraculously, it shows up on eyebrows very naturally. The only thing I didn't realised initially was that the long, flat tip breaks easily if you applied too much pressure on it. The best way to apply it, even in a rush, is to gently use it in semi-longish quick strokes along the brows.

I've always adored animal flats so I was squealing with happiness when I found this pair - in of all places at Gap Kids - for myself. The sales staff didn't even bat an eye when I tried these black velvet cat ballet flats. The jeweled eyes add the subtlest sparkle and Bubs calls them my "witch's shoes".

I got the Lego City advent calendar for Bubs ... but I'm intending to swipe some of the minifigures for my own collection, hehe. Bubs is madly excited about it and keeps asking "Is it December yet, Mummy?"

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Phaik Laksa

The thing with Penang is that it's such a tiny island, foodies usually know eating places by the location and not the actual name, like Esplanade mee sotong, beef noodles opposite the fire station ... so when I heard about Phaik Laksa at Air Itam and popular with high school kids, my immediate thought was that it'd be around the vicinity of Chung Ling High School. So Hubs and I drove up and down that road, peering around for Phaik Laksa. After a couple of rounds, Hubs gave up and just turned on Waze.

It turned out that Phaik Laksa is nowhere close to Chung Ling and Jalan Air Itam extends allllll the way down to the Methodist Boys School *blushes* Parking is tricky because traffic is heavy on both sides of the road and only 2 small cars are able to park inside. Don't let you deter this, Phaik Laksa is truly a gem.

The cafe is sparkling clean plus smoking is banned. A wide range (and also kid-friendly if your little ones are not into spicy food) of dishes are available, ranging from assam laksa to chicken and garlic rice.

I tried the assam laksa, it was pleasant with just the right amount of tang and sweet fish broth. Spring rolls and interestingly enough, prawn crackers (now that's a new one to me) are available if you'd like something crunchy to dip into the spicy soup.

Hub's choice was the hokkien mee which was a hit with the both of us. The soup was fragrant with a balanced blend of pork and prawn.

It went very nicely with the star dish: ai yu bing, a refreshing and mouth watering concoction of jelly strips, lychee, longan topped off with a mound of shaved ice and a twist of fresh lemon. We've been returning a couple of times in the afternoon just for the ai yu bing.

Hubs and Bubs both enjoy the toasted bread that comes in a few toppings: pictured here are peanut butter (left) and kaya butter (right). Hubs also enjoyed the soft boiled eggs.

Although the assam laksa and hokkien mee aren't particular stellar compared to famous stalls (think Balik Pulau and 888 Hokkien Mee), we love the convenience of Phaik Laksa that offers all of Penang's favourites under one roof ... and can I tell you again how rare it is to find a cafe in Penang offering kopitiam prices but bans smoking?

Phaik Laksa
Address: Jalan Air Hitam, 11400, Air Hitam, Penang
Business Hours: 8 am to 6 pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6012- 482 3354
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