Monthly Archives / November 2005
Not a big fan of smokey clubs with overly loud music that will make your ears end up like this? We decided to have a couple drinks and chill out over the weekend and went to Halo cafe at Sunway Pyramid instead.
can you spot the silhouette of FA? and the dumb pattern fox arranged on the table
Some of you banana (English educated Chinese) noobs might not have realised that there exists two big franchise of semi open air pubs with live performers singing mainly chinese songs. Rice cafe is prominent in Penang, while Halo Cafe is pretty established here in the Klang Valley.
The place serves some finger food as well as a few entries that can fill your stomach should your date be late by 2 hours and you miss your dinner altogether. In terms of drinks, they have coffee, tea, beer, mixed cocktails, and even whole bottle of whiskeys and wine to choose from, all reasonably priced. For example, a margarita is RM 17.50 and jasmine tea at RM 10 or so.
The live performance was excellent, there were 3 male singers for the night, with one of them playing the guitar. One of the singer sang Hikara Udata’s “First Love” that was totally out of this world. FYI, the current Malaysian Idol used to sing at Rice cafe in Penang.
It’s a pretty nice place to hang out, enjoy live music that isn’t too loud for you to still be able to chat with your friends. Probably a great place for a date too, now any hot chick want to go there with me?
GPS: 3.073297, 101.607576
In late 2001 to 2003, I had the privilege of owning one of the finest Japanese sports cars produced in the nineties. The Dodge Stealth RT/TT is just a rebranded version of the more widely known Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR4, or as it is called in some other countries, the GTO twin turbo version.
Some quick specs:
- Engine: 6G72 3.0 DOHC twin turbo
- Compression: 8.0 to 1
- Drive train: AWD with rear LSD
- Turbo Boost: 1.0 bar
- Power: 320 HP @ 6000 rpm
- Torque: 315 lb/ft @ 2500 rpm
- Transmission: 6 speed Getrag close ratio
- Tyres: 245/40 ZR 18
- 0-100 km/h: 5.5s
- 1/4 mile: 13.6s
The Stealth I had was basically completely stock, down to the original air filter and the quad-exhaust. I had intended to do a stage one upgrade to get a few extra horses, but due to unforseen circumstances, the plan went up the air and I decided to come back to Malaysia instead. An open pod K&N filter, after market exhaust, and a boost controller will easily push the power output to the 360+ level.
Many had thought that the Stealth/GTO/3000GT is a sports car, but Mitsubishi had designed a touring car instead. In fact, GTO stands for “Gran Tourismo Omologato”, which basically means Grand Touring class production vehicle. True to it’s spirit, the car is excellent at sustaining high speed travel. I have taken her through long journey, from Cincinnati to Chicago, and to Washington DC metro area. Each way was over 1200 km, and the vehicle takes it gracefully.
The interior of the car sports full leather seats for the driver and the shot gun, they are rather spacious and comfortable, while back seats are only fit for kids. The driver seat is also fully powered, you can adjust it’s height, tightness and firmness electronically.
The cockpit displays the speedo meter with 180 mph as the limit. I’ve personally only tested her to around 145 mph before my balls shrunk (don’t ask.) Rev limit stood at 7000 rpm with the ECU rev cut at 7,300 rpm. There’s also the standard water temperature, fuel gauge, oil temperature, batter meter, and boost indicator. Climate control and cruise control comes standard, and it includes a 6 speakers Infinity head unit with 6-CD changer too.
Speed when I needed it, comfort for long distance, with an aggresive look that is the pinnacle of the Japanese sports car era in the 90s. It was truely a sweet ride.
Stealth 316 – A site devoted to Stealth RT/TT and 3000 GT VR4
Team3s – Stealth and 3000GT mailing list
With horny’s awesome driving skill, we somehow arrived at Sungai Buloh, when we had initially wanted to go to Puchong Kepong for bak kut teh. Since we were already pretty much half way to Rawang, we decided to go the extra mile to sample the famous Steamed Tilapia fish at ‘Sister Lan’ (Lan Cheh in Cantonese) road side restaurant.
check out my pro way of eating a fish!
The fish was really good, it was the best tilapia I’ve ever had. They steam it with alot of diced garlic, very finely shredded ginger, and some chopped chili padi. The sauce is a very light blend of soya with some other sauce. All these is topped with some parsley and sliced spring onion.
now look at suan‘s noob way of annihilating her lunch
The ingredients, especially the strong aroma of ginger, garlic, and parsley, were especially effective in doing away the undesireable smell that is often associated with fresh water fish such as tilapia. The fish is steamed just right, properly cooked and yet not overly done, which left the meat still very tender. The sauce was just the right taste that I hardly have to reach for the soya saucer.
we had something else going together with the fish too
Other than the fish, we ordered 2 dishes of vege and a prawn entry to complete the meal. The salted prawn was excellent, fried baby kailan was passable, but do avoid the kangkung belacan as it was not even average.
Overall, this is definately a place worth visiting if you do not mind t he half hour drive from KL. The tilapia is a must-eat and the salted prawn was also one of the best I’ve had.
omg my mad skillz in map
I am guessing most of us aren’t very familiar with Rawang, so here’s a slightly in depth direction.
- From KL, using the PLUS highway, take the Rawang exit
- After pay toll, go straight till you find a T junction, take a right to Rawang
- Go straight, pass a few intersections, till you are going up a slope, turn right at the traffic light on top of the slope (which is also an overhead bridge)
- Go straight for almost a kilometer or so till you pass a pedestrian bridge overhead
- The restaurant will be on your left just about a hundred meters or so after the bridge
- Enjoy the fish!
Business hour is 11am to 3pm for lunch, and 6 to 10:30pm for dinner, closed on Tuesday.
Lan Je Steamed Fish
27-28, Block C, Jalan Rawang
Gerai MPS, Batu 16
Tel No: 012-227 0037
These pictures of the SSO Proton Putra R3 were taken at the Sepang F1 Circuit during the A1GP practise session. The car was parked right next to the SSO Proton Satria R3 and Tengku Djan’s Proton Gen2 R3.
Funny how the car is fitted with Yokohama Advan A048 semi slicks, but the stickers on top displayed the street going Advan Neova AD07
I finally went to the Toyota MR2 teh tarik session for the first time. Had to miss the last one as I went back to Penang for a friend’s wedding. I’m most likely not able to remember all the new names, but there’s always the next round.
There were close to 10 cars that came to the Shell station at TTDI on the friday night. Among the over half dozen MR2 SW20s, there were 2 MR-S, including Alan’s ride with execellent body kit and really awesome paintjob, and a really sweet looking MK1. The guys were friendly and a few of us are newcomers, including soon-to-be MR2 owners.
After spending some time talking with each other at Shell TTDI, we moved over to Dataran Prima for a drink. There were more sports cars there, including Mazda RX-7 & RX-8, several Mitsubishi Evos, Nissan Skylines, Honda S2000, Subaru Imprezas, and even a Nissan Silvia. I think I should remember to bring my camera the next time around.
a bunch of MR2 owners mingling around
my car with the mismatching front bumper color smacked right in the middle
MK1 right next to the newer MR-S