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In the last few years, coffee culture in Malaysia experience quite a significant growth.

As I recalled, even just five years ago when I had to go to Le Passione Cafe at Hartamas for a cup of decent (and non-starbucks, non-coffeebeans) coffee. But now, we have plenty, and it’s great!

Cosans Coffee at Subang Jaya SS15
Cosans Coffee at Subang Jaya SS15

One of the many home brewed cafe chains that sprung up in recent years is Cosans Coffee, and my brother’s friend happened to be one of the persons behind it, which is why you’re reading this today.

I met my brother and a few others at the branch of Cosans Coffee at Subang Jaya a few weeks ago. The cafe is situated at a corner lot with tasteful design that took cues from English architecture, and a chilly air conditioning fitting for hot drinks. I remember when I studied at this part of the world over 1.5 decades ago, the most glamorous shops weren’t a quarter as neat as this one.

love the latte, with my brother Win Sern
love the latte, with my brother Win Sern who’s a medical doctor

Cosans apparently take pride in their process of making coffee (you can find out more details in their website), but what I do know is that their latte tastes as good as anywhere I’ve tried. The milk silky smooth, and the coffee positively strong and aromatic. That’s all I ask for in a cup of coffee, and I like their version here.

In addition to latte, they serve a full range of espresso based drinks, including macchiato, espresso, flat white, cappuccino,  mocha, and so forth. Prices of these drinks RM 7 to RM 14. Oh, they have affogato too.

sandwiches at Cosans, they pack a punch
sandwiches at Cosans, they pack a punch

Additionally, what sets Cosans apart from many other cafes is the sandwiches and salad they serve. The sandwiches are priced at RM 18-20 but they are absolutely loaded. I tried the blackcurrant smoked duck and would not hesitate to order again, the New Zealand beef steak sandwich too is something to reckon with. Two sandwiches here is probably enough for 3 person with average appetite.

Salad starts from RM 10 to RM 15, and there’s a selection of cakes to go with your caffeine. I haven’t tried these so to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to comment.

So if you’re around Subang looking for a place to chill out and possibly have a meal with some good coffee, Cosans is worth stopping by.

Address:
Cosans Coffee
30, Jalan SS 15/4,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.075284, 101.5875
Web: http://cosans.com
Tel
03-5612 9600

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with Transitions lens on a cloudy day
with Transitions lens on a cloudy day, while walking back from LRT station after work

A note to those who may wonder why Transitions lenses, including this pair of Transitions® Signature™ lenses in this picture has a tint when it is cloudy, this is due to the fact that UV light penetrate clouds, and hence activating the lenses. This way I’m still protected against the harmful rays even on a cloudy day.

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Last year I was introduced to my first pair of prescription glasses with Transitions lenses, the adaptive lenses that can magically turn from clear to dark and back according to the lighting condition, more specifically, the presence of UV lights.

I really liked the lenses, it is really a pair of glasses you can take anywhere and it’ll just auto adjust to perfect tint outdoor and clarity indoor.

getting the frame for my Transition Signature lenses
getting the frame for my Transitions Signature lenses

Now Transitions has come up with an even better version of their already very successful lenses – the Transitions Signature Lenses.

The new lens comes with Chromea7 technology that promises a few key advantages over the previous version:

  • more reactive to indirect sunlight
  • more responsive in hotter climate
  • fade back to clear faster than previous generation
  • in  aesthetically pleasing colors

Transitions vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland
Transitions lens vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland, 2013

The photo above is of a previous generation Transitions lens glass that I was using last year, you can already see the difference of the tint compared with the normal lens my brother was wearing.

Transition Signature lenses outdoor test
Transition Signature lenses outdoor test

With the latest Transitions Signature lenses that is more reactive to indirect sunlight, the effect in changing tint happens very fast. Observe the above photo with my new pair of Transition lenses taken at about 5:30pm after a rainy afternoon. The glasses exhibit a partial tint that allows excellent visibility pretty much in an instant. The change is also very uniform.

360 degree virtual demo
360 degree virtual demo

If you’re not very familiar with Transitions lenses, hop over to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/virtual-viewer/ and check out the 360 degree virtual demo (works a little bit like Google Map Streetview).

Use your mouse to slide around and see a simulation on how the lens adapts to the changing lighting condition by changing from 0 to 100% tint, reducing glare when it is bright, while retaining clarity of clear glasses in darking areas.

quick demo with day/night slider
quick demo with day/night slider

Another quick demo at http://www.transitions.com/en-my/demo-modals/signature/ showcase the ability of the lens in a simpler way. Using the slider to change the scenary from day to night with a see-through-the-lens window in the center showcasing changing tint of Transitions lens.

With the new lens, Transitions also came up with the Life 360 methodology to measure the performance of their photochromic lens. The test involves over 200 real life conditions in 1000+ scenarios around the world with a more holistic approach, testing with real people in real scenarios to better reflect everyday conditions.

Some of the important findings are:

  • 86% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with their outdoor vision with Transitions Signature lenses.
  • 96% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with the indoor clarity of Transition Signature lenses.
  • 2:1 preference for Transition Signature lenses over the previous generation

Personally, I like the new Transition Signature because of the excellent clarity and the speed of change in the tint over previous generation. The improvement is surely noticeable.

indoor clarity test, night shot with my kitty Tembikai
indoor clarity test, night shot with my kitty Tembikai

Look at the above photo taken indoor through my prescribed Transitions Signature, there’s no UV at night with indoor lighting and thus the glasses act like any clear lens, allowing 100% clarity.

I’ll demonstrate how useful the glasses is in a cycling situation in the next blog post.

If you’re interested in Transitions lenses for your next pair of glasses, head to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/ to find out where you can get them.

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Sometimes the closest restaurants are the one that you never really bother to go, and such is the case with Hoi Peng Seafood at SS2 for us. After staying at SS3 for almost ten years, we only went to this place the other day when Horng suggested that maybe we should check it out since it’s a branch from the famous Old Klang Road eatery.

So we did, and luckily, were not disappointed.

Hoi Peng Seafood restaurant at SS2
Hoi Peng Seafood restaurant at SS2

Hoi Peng is located on the same row as the massive electrical appliance store that is ESH, and thankfully, this side of SS2 (which also houses Lobsterman, Nyonya Restaurant, Bibichik, Teo Chew Meng, etc) does not have the same parking problem as the main square.

There isn’t any decoration to speak of, but the restaurant is equipped with air conditioning, something that they were very proud of when it was first opened some 20+ years ago.

the glorious steamed crab, with huge claws to boot
the glorious steamed crab, with huge claws to boot

The menu is pretty simple here, you have crab, prawns, a few types of fish, vegetable, tofu, and chicken. There is no pork, and to me, this is forgivable for a seafood place.

For the four of us, we ordered 2 crabs. They were pretty big and most importantly, tasted very fresh, firm, and packed with that seafood sweetness. We got ours steamed and it was glorious. The Chinese wine, ginger, and small amount of egg white completes the dish. We really loved it.

kam heong mantis shrimp, seafood tofu, "tian chat" vege, fried tongfun
kam heong mantis shrimp, seafood tofu, “tin chat” vege, fried tongfun

The kam heong mantis shrimp had a great tasting coating to it and was rather delicious. However, we wished that the mantis prawns were bigger though, there were more crust than meat here.

Seafood tofu did not disappoint, I would describe it as something in between a very good crab stick and tofu, can’t go wrong with the accompanying chili sauce.

Our stomach stuffer was fried tongfun (glass noodle) with shrimps. Simple and delicious.

Finally, a plate of tin chat (田七 ) vegetable provided the necessary vitamin C quota, and if you have the chance, you should definitely try it. The leafy vegetable has a very distinct taste to it that I really enjoyed.

map to Hoi Penag seafood restaurant, SS2

At almost RM 60 per pax, dinner here is certainly not cheap, but with the quality of food and those excellent crabs, I would not hesitate to return.

Address:
Hoi Peng Seafood Restaurant
30, Jalan SS2/24
47300 Petaling Jaya
GPS3.113683, 101.62073
Tel: 03 7874 2199/ 03- 7875 4060
Hours: 4 pm – 11.30 pm

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If I told you that I drive a car older than yours, 99% of the time I will be right, and if you’re born after 1991, my car is actually older than you. Yeap, my ride is a 1991 Toyota MR2 that I have owned for more than 9 years.

And I am ashamed to say that while I’ve washed the car myself and even taking it for car wash on occasions, I’ve never gotten it polished or detailed. Until I did that a few weeks ago at Summer Splash at Aman Suria, PJ.

Their FB page is at Summer Splash Pro & HD High Definition Malaysia

dirty car deserved a bath at Summer Splash, Aman Suria
dirty car deserved a bath at Summer Splash, Aman Suria

To be fair, I knew what waxing and polishing does, but was never really quite convinced how coating can benefit a car. So when Mimi (a friend) introduced me to this professional car wash & detailing shop operated by his sister, I had to give it a try.

After all, the Japanese mistress has just gotten a new paintjob and should be pampered a little after all these years.

wash, polish, clay bar decontaminate
wash, polish, clay bar decontaminate

The treatment done to my car:

  • Exterior Wash & Vacuum – Premium
  • Hd Paint correction
  • Nitro seal wax
  • Leather Protection
  • Dashboard protection
  • Anti bacteria Mist
  • Tyre dressing
  • Front Windscreen Repellent
  • Watermark remover on front windscreen for car

applying coating is a pretty delicate job
applying coating is a pretty delicate job

The entire process took about half a day, and it was actually quite a lot of work that was being done to the car. Masking tapes were used to cover the areas that were not supposed to be affected by the chemicals, and pretty strong strobes were used to ensure that every square inch of the car is covered. It was some real professional work.

all nice and shiny, Shah got his bike detailed too, looking awesome
all nice and shiny, Shah got his bike detailed too, looking awesome

The result is that my car has never looked as shiny, and I don’t think it’s ever as shiny even when it was new.

The coating also does a marvelous job of repelling water. When it rains, the body now accumulates water in small droplets and it is very easy to rinse away all the dirt. The windshield coating also does a great job to increase visibility when it is raining, expelling water droplets as with the case of the coating. As a bonus, car washing is now easier too with the car not attracted to dirt as much.

KY & Shah with our rides, all clean and super shiny
KY & Shah with our rides, all clean and super shiny

The coating lasts about 12 months and I was recommended to give it a touch up wax/polish every 3-6 months or so.

So if you want your car (or motorbike) to look as good as it should, check out this place.

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I first came across a dish similar to this at Restaurant City Star at Dataran Prima, and what initially caught my attention was the Chinese name of the dish “肥水不流别人田”, which literally translate to “fertilized water doesn’t flow to other people’s farm“.  It was basically steamed prawns atop of “tongfun” soup.

raw seafood with herbal soup
raw seafood with herbal soup

A couple weeks ago, my ex-colleague Kelvin reminded me of this dish again when he tried it at a restaurant, and so I thought to myself, why not make it at home? It is after all just steamed seafood with herbal soup, can’t be difficult.

So I did, and here’s the recipe you can try out. Feel free to substitute the seafood to your choice, and for that matter, different soup will work too.

steam the seafood for 15 minutes, add green vegetables in the last 3 mins
steam the seafood for 15 minutes, add green vegetables in the last 3 mins

Ingredients (seafood):

  • 2 big prawns
  • 2 medium size squid (clean properly)
  • clams
  • 1 crab (cut into halves)

Ingredients (soup):

  • herbs (you can get them in packets)
  • chicken carcass (or pork bones)
  • mushroom & vegetable

and... enjoy your dinner!
and… enjoy your dinner – steamed seafood with herbal soup

Cooking instructions:

  • boil the herbs and chicken carcass for at least half an hour to one hour
  • place fresh seafood on top and use the same soup to steam it for 15 minutes
  • add vegetable to soup and boil for another 2-3 minutes
  • ready to eat!

Yeap, it’s that simple. What you’ll get is herbal soup that has enhanced seafood flavor, and steamed seafood that has a bit of herbal taste to it. I really liked the combination and will be looking to do more of this!

It’s the weekends, start cooking!

P/S: I didn’t clean one of the squid’s ink sacks properly hence the slightly darker shade of soup, but that didn’t stop me from eating everything! Also, thanks to Joyceanne for the giant prawns.