Saturday, July 28, 2007

Rakuzen 樂膳 @ Hartamas

This is a Japanese Fancy restaurant. The environment is superb, nice place to chill out. The whoole restaurants are partitionedd in cubicle form. They have:
• small cubicle - for couples;
• medium cubicle - 4-6 ppl;
• larger cubicle - 8-10 ppl;

Rakuzen 樂膳

there are lots of "hidden doors"

I didn't really get to explore the place, 'cos I afraid that I might disturb other guests. Anyway, here's how our seat looked like:

Our seatings

a platform (i.e. table) is attached to 1 corner and leaves a L-shape seating area.

Table Set up


My thoughts:
Nothing great about the food, and it's a bit over priced. However, it's a nice place for a guy to take his girlfriend/wife, for a nice date, anniversary or birthday dinner. For business pleasure, you can consider bringing your clients too.

Here's what we ordered:
C Salmon Roll

Yakiniku Zen

Wasabi & Friend

While we were here that night, we noticed there were lots of reservations made earlier, and there were some ques at the entrance. Therefore, it's better you call up for a reservation, before you come.

RAKUZEN 樂膳 Japanese Restaurant
Lot P17, Plaza
Ground Floor
Hartamas Shopping Centre
60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur

tel: +60-3-6201 2060
fax: +60-3-6201 5060
mob: +60-12-410 3060

Operating Hours are:
Lunch 11.30am - 3.00pm
Dinner 6.00pm - 10.30pm

Sat-Sun/Public Holidays
Lunch 12.00pm - 11.00pm

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Coast Southwest Grill @ Hartamas Shopping Centre

It's been awhile since the 3nity & Chimera gang met up, everyone was so caught up with life & work. So I decided to do the long awaited & overdue gathering, in conjuction to celebrate everyone's belated birthday (from Jan - Jul)...

and here we are:
The Coast Southwest Grill

the environment

The Gang

in order of appearance
01) jiajia;
02) dare_c;
03) leena;
04) mejesmin;
05) kalv;
06) wildchild;
07) penman (not in the camera again... -_-");

(note: too bad, denku can't join us that night... he got class!)

My thoughts:
This restaurant came to our discovery on one weekend. What caught my attention was "The Coast Mudpie". Wildchild and I decided to celebrate her birthday here for the first time.

The Coast serves similar food on their menu as TGIF & Chilis. Personally, I find the food nice and offers at a more affordable price.

Our order
Mushroom Cream Soup with Chicken cutlets

Soup of "that" day

Caesar Salad

Southern Fried Chicken Salad

Fish Sandwich

Mushroom Salsa Fish

Hawaiian Sandwich

Lemonade & Iced Leman Tea

You won't get to order "The Coast Mudpie" everyday from The Coast. I've been here 3 times, and I managed to eat it ONCE. After two great disappoinments, I finally learned from the staff that "The Coast Mudpie" will only be avaible in every 4 days. Therefore, I suggest you call them first, before going, if you intend to have this ULTIMATE dessert... to avoid potong stim!!!

Don't get me wrong, they serve other dessert too, such as brownies, etc... but I WANT MUDPIE!!!

The Coast Southwest Grill
LG18 & 19
Hartamas Shopping Centre

tel: +60-3-6201 2680

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Read also:
The Coast Mudpie @ The Coast Southwest Grill;
My 2007 Birthday... @ The wild journey...;

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ho Ho Steamboat

When it comes to steamboat, we always pick Ho Ho Steamboat Restaurant. Simply because the food is fresh, tasty and reasonable pricing.

We used to travel all the way to Sri Petaling for this nice steamboat, however, we no longer do that, because they have a new branch at Kota Damansara.

Ho Ho Steamboat Restaurant@Kota Damansara


My thoughts:
Normally, if it's only the 2 of us, we'll order the mininal set, with extra dumpling, meatballs, and "UFOs".


Right after you put all the food into the steamboat, don't forget to add a little bit of the sesame oil.

Sesame Oil with fried onion

this will make the soup and the food smells & taste good.


And it always go with a pot of tea. For our choice, we normally go for jesmine tea or tie guan yin.

a pot of "Tie Guan Yin"

Ho Ho Steamboat Restaurant is probably the first and only steamboat restaurant that has a website. There are currently 4 outlets in Klang Valley, you can locate their outlets here.

To find out more, you can visit -

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tales From Earthsea 地海傳說

Release Date 日期: 29/07/2006;
Languages 語言: Japanese;
Running Time: 1 hour 55minutes;
Director 導演: Miyazaki Goro 宮崎吾朗;
Artist(s) 主演: Okada Junichi, Miyazaki Goro, Tanaka Yuko;
Genre 片種: Anime 動畫;
Trailer 預告短片: -
Watched it at: -

Product Info 產品资料
Region Code DVD區碼: 2;
Video Format 影像格式: NTSC;
Screen Format 影片畫面: Anamorphic Widescreen;
Audio Specs 影片聲音: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1;
Release Date 出版日期: 20/07/2007;
Language 語言: Japanese 日本語, Cantonese 粵語;
Subtitle 字幕: Japanese 日文, English 英文, Traditional Chinese 繁體中文;
Remarks 特別收錄: 2DVDs, Interactive Anime and Comic 獨有『動畫/漫畫]切換功能, Movie Trailer and Promotion shots 電影預告片及廣告片, Stars Vocal voice interview 星光燦爛: 幕後配音訪問;


Synopsis 故事摘要: - taken from
Enter a dark, magical world of dragons and sorcery in Studio Ghibli's blockbuster animated epic Tales from Earthsea. Adapted from Ursula K. Le Guin's beloved children's fantasy book series, Tales from Earthsea marks the phenomenal directorial debut of Miyazaki Goro, the son of the legendary Miyazaki Hayao. Complex and compelling, Tales from Earthsea presents a sweeping, fantastical story about a young prince's journey through darkness and redemption.

A mysterious force is disturbing the natural balance in the land of Earthsea. Dragons are feuding, magic is dying, and the whole of humanity is falling into chaos. Haunted by inner demons, Prince Arren (voiced by Okada Junichi) stabs his father and runs away with the king's sword. He finds friendship and protection with kind-hearted master wizard Ged and a strange young girl named Therru. A shadow, however, continues to haunt Arren, drawing him to the evil sorcerer Cob whose quest for immortality is destroying the balance between the realm of the living and dead. To save Earthsea, Arren must stop Cob, but he himself is falling into darkness. (find out more).


棲息在西海域盡頭的龍突然出現在人類世界所在的東之海,就像是受到感召一般世上的農作物開始枯萎,家畜紛紛悲鳴,世界的均衡遭到了破壞。 為了尋找災難的源頭,大賢者基度與捨棄了國家的王子亞倫相遇,二人結伴前往世界的邊緣地帶。到達世界邊緣後,亞倫遇見傳說中的龍,龍指引他們前往生與死的邊緣--死亡的國度。兩個人隨後來到了都城浩特鎮,那里人口販賣衹是家常便飯,雖然表面看起來浩特鎮是個熱鬧的地方,但其實早已失去了應有的實在感。 在鎮上徘徊著的亞倫偶然從人販子手中救出了被欺騙的迷之少女蒂露,對陌生人充滿戒心的蒂露卻始終不信任任何人。世界災難預兆的背後,有一個被稱為寇博的男人,這個比誰都害怕死亡的男子,是在過去與基度戰鬥卻戰敗收場的大魔法師,正是他對死亡的懼怕迫使他用法術破壞了生死平衡,並且以人對死亡的恐懼控制人的靈魂。二人奮力抗爭挫敗了寇博的陰謀,但也付出相當沉重的代價…… 看詳情.

My thoughts 我的感言:
The movie was never screened in Malaysia's cinemas, therefore I didn't get to watch it. Anyway, since it's a Studio Ghibli production, I'm sure it won't be that bad.

So far, I've enjoyed every single one of Studio Ghibli's works. They are not just another high budget anime with stunning visual effects or graphics... but stories with philosophy that makes you think about LIFE.

Each of their works, carries a message behind, emphasizing the concept of love, respect, courage, good against evil, peace, selflessness, environmental concern... and I value & respect all that.

I've actually ordered this version.

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External Links:
Gedo Senki official website ゲド戦記

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Great LYN Nintendo DS Meet up - July edition: Photo Gallery

July 2007
Time : 1200hrs - 1700hrs;
Date : Saturday, 21st July 2007;
Battleground : Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel;
Status: Great Success!!!;
in order of appearance:
01 & 02) Pheonix & Prime (not sure who came first);
03) Core Z;
04) Penman ( who did not see us oendaning at the lobby and straight walk into the restaurant;

While waiting for the others its already 12 and we started eating. Yum Yum Satay.

05 & 06) Ayish & Yuki (they bumped into each other at the LRT station I guess);
07) Hamtarox;
08 & 09) Sihumchai and sihummoi;
10) Andy (But no DS, came for the food I guess);
11 & 12) Bernie with GF;

Games Played
Mario Kart, Tetris, Bomberman, EBA, Oendan, Sonic Rush, Warioware. I might miss other games played.

Food Selection
I usually avoids eating rice at a buffet, so since they have satay thats all I eat that day. Others that worth mentioning is the ice cream which they refilled around 4 pm. Can't really say much about the others but I saw lots of satay sticks at the table.

Duration of meetup
Sihum x2 and Bernie x2 left first around 3 plus. Then Andy, Hamtarox & Penman around 5. Ayish left after that and myself around 6. I donno how long did Yuki, Prime and Pheonix stayed at the restaurant or maybe after being chased out by the management.

as reported by corez.

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Read also:
The Great LYN Nintendo DS Meet up - November edition;
The Great LYN Nintendo DS Meet up - August edition;
The Great LYN Nintendo DS Meet up - July edition;
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