Pecah Hati

I teased him about something and he said

“Putus asa”

“Give up?” I asked, cluelessly

“Oh! No. Errr…”

“Jatuh cinta”

“Fall in love?!” I exclaimed

“How to say heart broken in Malay?” he asked, obviously didn’t want to make another mistake

“Pecah hati” I tried to trick him.



His Malay is bad but not that bad. haha.

How I deal with people?

How I deal with people?

  1. General rule: Be nice to everyone 
  2. Be nicer to people who take the effort to be extra nice to me. I never forget kindness.
  3. Ignore people who are not nice.
  4. When attacked, eliminate. My time is better spent on doing no.2 than wasting time on someone who really don’t deserve it.
  5. When in doubt, be nice anyway until no.4 happens because you never know they can be no.2

So far, they work quite well for me.

10 things about Nepal

For the past four years, I have visited many countires – Paris, Munich, Berlin, Bangkok, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai , London etc- for work and for holidays.


Unfortunately, it seems that this fast paced world leave me little time to record all my virgin trips. Now all that remains are heaps of private photos in Flickr and scattered memories. I’ve decided to at least write 10 amusing things everytime I visit a new place. It shall begin with Kathmandu, Nepal.

1. Heavy development
Kathmandu is developing heavily after 10 years of political standstill, possibly in the expense of the environment and health. At every corner, there will be widening of roads and construction of a new building. It makes the air horribly dusty and dirty. If you were to visit Nepal soon, please get a face mask.

2. Bumpy roads
Roads are very bad. Sitting in the car makes me feel like an upside down pendulum of an grandfather’s clock.


3. Cabs do not run on meter
And has no air-cond.

4. Sights worth seeing if many hours of car ride away
I’ve wanted to see Chitwan national park, Lumbini the birth place of Siddarta Gautama and Pokhara, apparently the most beautiful place in Nepal. I’ve checked on Google map that its 4 hours ride away but turned out to be longer due to the bad roads. So we plan to go back soon.


5. Nepali food are mostly Indian
I’ve enjoyed their Nepali set also known as Tali plate. It includes rice, dhal, acar, curry vegetables and yoghurt.

6. Well-dressed
Most Nepali, despite being poor, are well-dressed. Ladies especially clad bright coloured saree and punjabi suits. I’m so in love with their clothes!


7. Small houses
Houses build many centuries ago are so small you will have to bend to get in.

8. Animals everywhere
There are goats and cows everywhere. It’s funny and sad to a city girl like me to see goats chained like a pet dog.


9. Nepali looks like Chindian
It’s unique how some women has chinese slit eyes and Indian sharp nose and skin colour. They look so exotic. All in all, Nepali generally looks beautiful.

10. Their plate number is in sanskirt
or possibly their Nepalese writing? And this is one of the best taxi there is at the airport



Sixty going on sixteen

My Mommy is almost sixty but she’s as sporting as a sixteen. She would crawl in a narrow 3 metres deep underground tunnel formerly used by Viet Cong guerrillas, sit on stools by the street to eat weird food, climb on military tank, join me at the tip of a wooden motor boat along Mekong river & take heaps of photos with me whenever I ask her to.vietmommy

Beach holiday + national TV

Last week, Malaysia was plagued by horrible haze. Perhaps, to look at the positive side, we learned to appreciate what we took for granted i.e fresh air. The highlight of this week was celebrating a family’s 30th wedding anniversary by the beach and sharing JewelPie’s ideas on national TV.

JewelPie: sea

The haze blurred the distinction between the sea and the sky


JewelPie: Picking sea snails and clams

Sea snails and clams lived on a slab of rock by the beach of Teluk Chempedak…until we came.


JewelPie: sea snail

A friendly beach boy told us that they are best cooked with garlic and chilli, Malay-style.


JewelPie: Udang kering

Happily getting some udang kering (dried shrimp) at a dry seafood shop in Kuantan for some homemade belacan chill.


JewelPie: Ikan Bilis

Dried seafood like ikan bilis make the best souvenier from a beach town like Kuantan.


JewelPie: Mangosteen, lychee and tea

Mangosteen, lychees and a cup of hot chamomile tea with lemon slices on a reserved table by the beach.


JewelPie: Bella TV, ntv7

Behind the scene at the cosy ntv7 studio where we were introducing the content of instant smoothie


JewelPie: Vanessa and Sara on the set

We had great fun making quick food and organising things with Vanessa Chong of the Amazing Race Asia fame.



food, friends & fun

If I were to sum up last week in three words, it would be food, friends and parties. Thankfully due to prior planning, heaps of discipline and some sacrifices (sleep), I got a lot of work done in the midst of all that.

This week, I plan to slow down a little. The heat in Kuala Lumpur is replaced by haze. The latter is as debilitating as the former. So it’s of utmost importance to keep myself fit through sufficient rest and nutritious food.

JewelPie: Bubbles

A party for adults involved brandy and bubbles


JewelPie: Weekend

Behind the scenes photoshoot at Mediteca. JewelPie will be showing readers how to make dishes like a chef.


JewelPie: Julienne ZestFirst attempt at making julienne zest, one of the required ingredients in Mediteca’s iberico pork ribs.


JewelPie: Mediteca

Chef extraordinaire, Riccardo, slicing cured ham at Mediteca’s pork party.


JewelPie: PlateCulture

A few friends of mine (Rina and Ash) decided to do something different together. We signed up for a Mauritian dinner at PlateCulture, had home-cooked food and made some friends.