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We just moved to a new home at Shah Alam less than a couple months ago, it was  a long journey in getting keys, doing defects, renovation, getting furnitures, proper curtains, arranging, cleaning, painting, and many other big and small tasks.

One of the final pieces to the house that we desperately needed was an air purifier in the living/dining area, which thankfully, we have now, and not just an ordinary unit at that.

Sharp FPFM40LB air purifier in our dining area
Sharp  FPFM40LB air purifier in our dining area

The issue of air pollution and crazy API reading due to the haze issue in the past few months should be quite apparent to everyone. Making indoor air as clean as possible is now pretty much a need instead of a luxury. For this we have a unit of SHARP plasmacluster air purifier in the bedroom.

dengue in Malaysia, an alarming statistics
dengue in Malaysia, an alarming statistics

Now come the second issue many of us faces as Malaysian – dengue.

We had over 100 thousand cases of dengue last year, with 215 confirmed cases of death (sadly it also happened to one of my friends, RIP “Wingz”).

number of people killed by mosquito every year
number of people killed by mosquito every year

In fact, mosquito is accountable for the highest number of human fatality from animals with an estimated 725 thousand people died from various diseases infected from it. The number is far higher than human killed by snakes, dogs, snails, crocodiles, hippo, elephant, lions, wolves, and sharks combined. In fact, sharks only account for some 10 fatalities a year.

We are definitely facing some mosquito issues in the new area, I suspect partly due to the construction of a condominium a mere hundred or so meters away.

Sharp FPFM40LB air purifier with mosquito catcher function
SHARP  FPFM40LB air purifier with mosquito catcher function

So to combat this pesky and potentially very dangerous mosquito problem, we were also looking for some sort of repellent or electronic mosquito trap for the past week or so.

anatomy of the SHARP FPFM40L Air Purifier
anatomy of the SHARP FPFM40L Air Purifier

Then came the SHARP FPFM40LB, the Mosquito Catcher Air Purifier – a device that combat of the two issues many of us face. It purifies air and trap mosquitos all at the same time. Now instead of having to get two separate devices, we got one that does both – saving both space, energy, and the need for another electrical sockets. Neat.

installing the deodorising filter and HEPA filter
installing the deodorising filter and HEPA filter

To achieve the air purifying objective, the unit comes with SHARP’s plasmacluster technology to eliminate static electric so dust doesn’t stick to surface, then there’s a deodorising filter to remove foul odor, and HEPA filter to remove air borne particles (99.97% of 0.3 micron dust). It also has an air sensor that monitor and control the amount of air flow needed to achieve this task efficiently.

glue sheet - with UV light these are the mosquito catching secrets
glue sheet – with UV light these are the mosquito catching secrets

To catch mosquito, the FPFM40L uses a strong glue sheet made out from non-toxic material (to ensure safety), and two maintenance free energy saving LED lights to attract mosquitos. The unit is also black in color, as mosquitos often like to hide in dark areas. Additionally, even the entrance is designed and shaped in such for maximum catching performance.

Each pack has 3 sheets and each sheet is recommended to be used for 1 month, with a maximum of 3 month usefulness if it’s not “filled” with mosquito yet. So far in a few days of use, I’ve noticed a dozen of so mosquitos stuck in the glue sheet, and the area is really practically mosquito free. It’s doing it’s job.

So if you’re facing similar problems, this latest SHARP Mosquito Catcher Air Purifier should be in your radar. Head to http://www.sharp-world.com/pci/my/movie-camp/#air_purifiers for more info.

And as a pet owner myself, this video conveys the usefulness of Plasmacluster feature pretty well.

Food truck is all the rage these days, but they have actually been around since the days hawkers started operating from those old school Daihatsu vans. The only difference the “modern” food truck is that they now cook inside the truck instead of by the side of the truck. Same difference if you ask me.

Today, we look at one of the popular original food truck by KLCC – Mat Rock Ayam Goreng Kunyit.

ayam kunyit mat rock is the original food truck
ayam kunyit mat rock is the original food truck

The truck is parked along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng right opposite the Australian High Commission on weekdays over lunch hours and has been operating for a number of years.

It’s a simple affair, lineup, get your ayam kunyit with rice, with an option for additional fried egg (RM 6, RM 5 without egg), and go back to your office for the noms.

tapao doesn't mean you can't plate it nicely at office pantry
tapao doesn’t mean you can’t plate it nicely at office pantry

The secret ingredient here is that instead of chili padi, a special blend of sambal in their ayam kunyit. The result is a rather tasty dish of ayam kunyit with a kick, I liked it.

For a no frill lunch on the cheap, this is quite a decent option. The keropok (RM 2) here is pretty good as well and I’ll recommend getting a pack to share to go with lunch.

For those who’re too lazy to move, Mat Rock offers delivery services for free if you order 10 packs of above, otherwise a charge of RM 2 is imposed, which is more than fair I guess.

map to nasi ayam kunyit Mat Rock

Address:
Opposite Australian High Commission
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng,
KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.160482, 101.711041
Tel: 1-300 88 5800

Recently we moved to a new place in Shah Alam. After many months of planning, renovation, painting, and moving, we are living in a place we call home, with a neat kitchen we now cook 4-5 times a week, an AV room for TV, a deck, dipping pool, koi pond, and all that.  All said, it is pretty nice, except for one little problem – the lack of fiber Internet service.

my data usage is quite staggering
my data usage is quite staggering, this was just for just a few days

This has prompted me to start looking for mobile plans with a heavy dosage of data cap that can not only serve as a atop gap measure, but as someone who loves to stream music and video (I love my life NFL games) on his mobile phone, a plan that I don’t have to worry by the 2nd week of billing cycle.

U Mobile Hero P70

That’s when I was told about U Mobile’s Hero P70 plan, which seemingly check all the boxes in a plan for such type of user.

Let’s look at what you get under the Hero P70 plan:

  • 7 GB of high speed Internet data
  • Unlimited call to all network
  • No contract needed
  • SMS – 3 sen to U Mobile, 8 sen to other networks
  • Share data among member line

All this is for RM 70 per month and there is no long term contractual obligation. This is making some of the plans I used previously looking pretty pale in comparison, usually with 3 GB or a maximum of 5 GB monthly internet quota that comes with 1-2 years of contract period.

u mobile internet roaming

Best of all, there’s also 50 MB of daily internet roaming for the following countries, which should cover all your instant messaging needs while being abroad:

  • Australia
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

I know a few friends who travels a lot to Singapore/Thailand and has a habit of flipping SIM cards, this plan would put an end to that annoying practice.

upgrade to P70

For existing users, there’s no extra charges to upgrade from current postpaid plan, and the upgrade can be done online right now.

The promotion ends 31 December 2015, so act now. Head to http://www.u.com.my/postpaid for more information.

Being a Penangite in heart, I am always on a look-out for a good plate of char kuih teow, so when I saw this place popped up on my FB feed thanks to Angeltini (who blogs about booze), I just knew that I had to visit Uncle Vincent’s at Bukit Rimau soon as possible.

Uncle Vincent's at Bukit Rimau, Selangor
Uncle Vincent’s at Bukit Rimau, Selangor

Uncle Vincent’s is located at Bukit Rimau, the slightly less glamorous sister to Kota Kemuning. Parking is relatively easy as the shop lot next to AEON at this area isn’t particularly well populated.

The interior has a very simple set up, and they probably spent all of 5 minutes to figure out what they decided not to have as decorations. Which is fine by me, I’m here for the food.

Penang char kuih teow with prawns, cockles, and Chinese sausage
Penang char kuih teow with prawns, cockles, and Chinese sausage

There are basically three main dishes here – char kuih teow, prawn mee, and pork noodle (or four if you count nasi lemak on Sundays). I’ve read that the pork noodle is not particularly impressive, so we’ve decided to skip that.

Thankfully, char kuih teow here turned out to be rather good, as Jon, another born-in-Penang friend said “80% of Penang’s version”, which I agree. The “wok hei” is there, and for RM 8, you also get pretty decent sized prawns, Chinese sausage, and fresh cockles. I like it, I’ll be back.

the prawn mee comes with a couple bigger prawns too
the prawn mee comes with a couple bigger prawns too

The prawn mee too did not disappoint, also priced at RM 8, this version of prawn mee comes with 2 bigger prawns in addition to those tiny shrimps, your choice of noodle/vermicelli, hard boiled eggs, pork slices (or more like chunks), fried shallots, kangkung, and all the prawn-shell flavored goodness in its soup.

It’s not hard to see why this is PureGlutton’s favorite.

Haze & KY at Uncle Vincent's
Haze & KY at Uncle Vincent’s

Lunch came to less than RM 20 for two, and we were truly satisfied. I like that the concept is simple, and that Uncle Vincent’s did not try to overcrowd their menu with dishes they have no business providing.

I’ll be back.

map to Uncle Vincent's at Bukit Rimau

Address:
Uncle Vincent’s Restaurant
21 Jalan Sungei Burung Z32/Z
Bukit Rimau, Selangor
GPS: 2.998867, 101.526406
Tel: 012-3766071; 016-9555948
Hours: Closed on Mondays, 8:30am to 3pm

Continuing with another cooking recipe since we’ve been actively cooking more at the new house, here’s how I made my version of clams with superior soup, a pretty traditional style of making clam that is pretty simple and yet tastes mighty good so long as the clams are juicy and fresh.

You can use lala or clams for this, do make sure they’re fresh and alive. Soak the clams in salt water for at least an hour or so to let it “spit out” any mud/sand, then rinse them thoroughly before cooking.

fresh clams, and the ingredients for superior soup
fresh clams, and the ingredients for superior soup

Ingredients:

  • 1kg clams
  • 3-4 pieces of tongkuai
  • few small pieces of dried scallops
  • 2 teaspoon wolf berries
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic
  • 5-6 slices of ginger
  • 5-6 chili padi
  • 2-3 cups water or soup stock
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

soup cooked separately, then fry the garlic, ginger & chili first
soup cooked separately, then fry the garlic, ginger & chili first

Cooking instructions:

  • boil water with tongkwai, wolfberry, and dried scallops, use soup stock if available
  • heat up cooking oil and fry garlic, ginger, and chili padi till fragrant
  • add clams and fry for a minute
  • add above prepared “soup”, and boil till all clams are opened
  • add some salt for seasoning

While the above pictures look pretty nice, the dish was a bit of a failure due to the clams we bought being not particularly fresh, I cannot stress enough that you really need good quality clam for this dish.

Happy cooking!