The Obsession with Crumpler

My husband, lets call him Mr. Hub, is obsessed with Crumpler bags. I told him that this is a very expensive obsession. But his motto is 'alah membeli menang memakai'....Oklah, as long as bukan I yang keluar duit oklahh....Here are a few of his collection:

2 7 Million Dollar Home

Bought first via ShaShinki, is considered as the father of Mr. Hub's collection. Bought with the objective to store his D90, Mr. Hub did not hesitate but was motivated to find a suitable bag for his newly purchased camera. Now, this bag is still used but with additional function: to store Amar's diapers and extra clothes…hehehe…

3 Salary Sacrifice

So, after he joined the Mac club, he thought "must find new cool bag to put my Mac"....hence Mr. Hub bought this....I mean, what kind of name is this 'Salary Sacrifice'.....but I won't deny the fact that Crumplers are expensive. Yes. Hence, the sacrifice.

6 Baby Pea

Amir's bag. Bought it coz its soo cute plus its durable and suits Amir. It was once Amir's favourite bag. Now, it's too small for him. We are waiting for Amar to put it on.

01 5 Million Dollar Home

Special. Coz it was bought in Singapore. From our trip to S'pore (read here). Mr. Hub was so excited, it was his first overseas purchase....(I think). Now jadik bag letak baju spare Amar and diapers, botol susu and botol air.

8 Heegoer

Taken from Crumpler.com "You’ve got the everything-that-opens-and shuts 13-inch lappie. Now you want the everything-that-opens-and shuts 13-inch messenger style sleeve satchel to go with it. Sounds like a job for the Hee Goer…"....(No wonder hubby beli yang ni lepas ada Salary Sacrifice tu...ooooo baru tahu...)...Now, this bag is interchangeable used with the Salary Sacrifice...tukar2 (eh macam I tukar-tukar handbag la pulak).

7 Goldschlagers Carpet

(Berbelit nak nyebut) - Sesajer beli as a sleeve when bags are not used, just as a safety precaution from scratches etc.

4 Boston Heist

Took a really loooong time contemplating whether to buy or not to buy this bag. The most apparent reason was it was too expensive for both of us to handle. But, finally, in the end, after gotten bonus, Mr. Hub bought it. He smiles every time I use it (yeah, I yang guna, letak baju kiddos...huah huah

5 Arnold Heist

Latest addition to the family, considered the baby and most favourite, this is an advanced birthday present to my dear Mr. Hub (last year tak kasi apa2, kasi Amar jer...). Currently his favourite and kept reminding me that.

According to Mr. Hub, the most significant reason for purchasing this brand is that it has got a worldwide warranty (if you purchase it overseas) while for Malaysia, it's only 6 months warranty. The logo changes every season so its kinda like a collector's item if you are able to collect the various logos.

I'm thinking if this is the case, we might visit Vietnam one fine day just to visit the Bagvina @Crumpler heaven......*evil laugh....

Bubba Gump Gum Gum

This is an old story but I still wanna post it (boleh?).....Hehehehe....

I took a day leave sometime last few months just to go out with my hubby and kiddos to The Curve. Yeah, coz tempat ni selalu pack ramai orang, bila gi weekday, aman jer..(tapi takde flea market, chettt!)..anyway, just to share with you some pictures of us dining in Bubba Gump Shrimp Co....sesajer...

DSC_0065 No assistance required

DSC_0066 To ask for assistance

DSC_0063 While waiting for our foody, Amir got creative

DSC_0069 Amir ordered this: Lemon-Ups RM9.90 (without glass) (glass only RM18.90)

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Our drinks

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DSC_0072 Shrimppin' Dippin' Broth RM35.90 - yg ni yumehh

DSC_0073 A medley of seafood deep fried…can’t remember how much but it was expensive!!

Overall, I think that this is an expensive restaurant with just small portions and just seafood...would not come again unless ada orang belanja...

BNM Museum and Art Gallery

Now open for public, the BNM's new museum is a breath taking museum with a tinge of modern classy architecture. Located in Sasana Kijang, there are 6 galleries to visit. I had the opportunity to visit the Numismatics Gallery (Numismatic is money) and the Art Gallery. The Islamic Finance Gallery is not opened yet (as at today).

Sasana Kijang is located adjacent to Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman. It is a very new building. 'Sasana' is a Sanskrit word meaning site, building or base, while 'Kijang' has always been the bank's logo. The building design is inspired by nature, shaped like a cowrie shell (siput gerus). The architect; Hijjas Kasturi Associates were inspired by nautilus (binatang bercengkerang yang ada shell bentuk spiral) plus other elements such as water, stone and glass.

Picture 016 Tangga nautillus

I am not sure whether the inspiration is the same with the staircase in Vatican City Museum. Here is a picture of me (mosaic) masa dolu-dolu kat Vatican City………..*tetiba interframe pulak.

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Picture 058 This is Siput Gerus (Cowrie Shell)

Anyway, we started our tour with the Art Gallery. They are having In Context 2007-11 Acquisitions where they showcase all their collections since year 2007 until now. The exhibition started on 14 September 2011 and will run until 14 January 2012.

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Here are some that caught my eyes:

IMG_0746 This artwork is named Peaceful Terrace done by Khin Win Kyi from Myanmar completed in year 2008.

IMG_0747 Magnified

IMG_0751 Yang ni alamak lupa nak take note sebab in awe...tengok lelama makin jauh  rupanya muka budak....

IMG_0753 Yang ni seni khat diperbuat dari besi...

A view from inside the building...the lifts reminds me of Securities Commission office. Looks the same.

IMG_0756 View from up 

Next is the Numismatics Gallery. It's where the money and coins from collected and purchased by the bank since the civilisation of human kind.<---betul ke ayat nih...belasah je lah...

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IMG_0760 Can you believe that these were used at money last time, bapak berat nak bawak tuu...

Picture 025 or these…berat hokehh…

Picture 036 Duit masa dolu-dolu

Picture 040 Remember this?..The tour guide said it’s making a comeback soon…

Picture 045 Oh I love this specimen paper money rack. Of all the faces on the specimen money, His Majesty Sultan of Brunei is the most handsome of all, and the prettiest is Queen E. Do you know Queen E is featured in 33 issuing authorities? Info from here.

IMG_0770 Got this as a souvenir from a Brunei-an (Thanks Dayang!)…after we gossip-ed at the money rack above

Next we visited the Knowledge Management Centre (still inside Sasana Kijang). I would say its the best library so far. The interior is soooo new and modern while the ambiance is calm. The interior is awesome.

Here are some unique interior that caught my eyes:

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There is also mini theatre shaped like a half opened egg. We took a picture here….weeeeeeeeeee~~~~~~

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The tour guide said they are trying to move away from the conventional library where you cannot make noise. Here, they encourage discussion and group study so you are free to conduct your group study or mini tutoring or whatever. There is also 'Bilik Inspirasi'...you can do anything here, its sound proof..nak karaoke pun boleh...

The chairs are movable so if you suddenly feel you don't want to socialise or merajuk ke apa ke, you can just move the chairs around, or face the forest for inspiration...

Picture 092 Kerusi yang boleh diseret ke mana-mana

Do come here to study or get resources. Its open to public with no fee imposed and you can use the facilities freely. I would totally recommend. By the way, I don't work here.

Contact details:
Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato' Onn
50480 KL
Tel: +603 9179 2580
Fax: +603 9179 2159
Email: kmcinquiry@bnm.gov.my

Opening hours:
KMC is opened from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm (Monday to Friday)

Facilities:
Research Room (Level G, 1 and 2)
Archives Research Room (Level G)
Self-check kiosks (Level G, 1, 2, 3)
Book drop (Level G)
Wi-fi

Umai-Ya Japanese Restaurant KLCC

Last week I went to meet my sister friend (she's more like a little sister to me). It has been ages since we met. She migrated to Canberra and currently lives with her mom there. She's back for holidays (but not so long) so I decided to meet her and catch up.

Susah nak catch up ok, coz dah lost contact lama giller (masa tu she was just like 4? during Commonwealth Games) And masa tu I masih muda remaja lagi...dan I suka melayan kids…kekekeke...

So, both of us were quiet at first, and then when she said she loves Japanese food and all things Japan, barulah gear bergerak dengan pantas sekali.

There were not many choices of Japanese food in KLCC. At first we went to the food court to scout for anything Japanese and nice but, there were too many people so we changed our plan and have lunch in Umai-Ya instead.

IMG_0711 Umai-Ya menu book

The restaurant ambiance is calm and not crowded at all so we had our lunch peacefully while chit chatting and listening to random Japanese tunes...

See what we had:

IMG_0712 Healthy Gozen RM25.90

IMG_0713 Ika Teppanyaki RM22.90 with Gohan RM2.50

Time was the real enemy coz I had to rush back to office. We should see each other more kan dik?

Walkers Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli

This is my all time favourite crisp.

IMG_0765 Walkers Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli

When I was in UK, I didn't eat rice for lunch but mostly pizzas or sandwiches but its ok coz I am a sandwich freak. Normally, sandwich meals there comes with a bag of crisps (similar to what Subway meal sets here) so, this Thai Sweet Chilli has always been my favourite choice. Other flavours that I can remember are roasted chicken, salt & vinegar, smoky bacon (of course la tak halal) and Worcester sauce to name a few. Ada banyak lagi flavour!

My hubby's cousin was the one who bought them for me. Dah lama tak rasa, sepeket besar dah pun I habiskan!! Thanks Kak Tiah!! Semoga berjaya dalam PhD....

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

I was given the opportunity to visit the museum which I never knew existed!. I was so ashamed of myself, to have never explored interesting places within reach and yet thinking of going somewhere far for an eye-opener (read: Japan, again).

IMG_0717 Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia

Before citer pasal museum, lets see the museum restaurant where me and two other delegates had lunch while contemplating whether to go or not to go into the museum...(sambil makan, sambil pikir nak masuk ke taknak). After a few burps, we decided to enter the museum coz it would be such a waste if we did not go since we are already there. Plus the entrance fee is only RM10. By the way, the museum restaurant is a really calm and a nice place with a really, really nice deco.

IMG_0726 Restaurant entrance

IMG_0721 Intricate wall design

IMG_0725 More inside

IMG_0724 Hang out area

IMG_0722 What I had: Briyani Palestine with lamb Bamia, roasted beef and tomato chicken

IMG_0723 Dessert: Kashkol (Almond Pudding) and a few slices of fruits

IMG_0727 Museum entrance ticket and Guide

The museum has 12 permanent galleries, the first being Architecture Gallery where models of masjid all over the world are showcased here...so amused with all of them. Some pictures I took while in the gallery were:

IMG_0728 This is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, UAE. The maximum capacity is 41,000 people and was opened for public in 2007.

IMG_0730 This is Taj Mahal, India. As we all know, Taj Mahal was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal. The masjid features Indian and Persian architecture. The construction took 20,000 workers and 22 years to complete. It costed more than 32 million rupees and completed in 1648 AD.

IMG_0732 This is Selimiya Mosque, Turkey. Regarded as the symbol of glory of Islam during the Ottaman Empire.

IMG_0734 This is Bibi Khanum Mosque, Uzbekistan. The interior halls contain 480 stone columns and domes!

IMG_0736 This is Masjidil Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This Holy mosque is where the Holy Ka'aba is. It can accommodate more than 1 million worshipers at one time. This is where the black stone is (Hajar-ul Aswad).

IMG_0738 This is Wadi Hussain's Mosque in Pattani, Thailand. This masjid caught my attention coz it is made of wood. It is one of the oldest masjid in Thailand.

The Museum Shop has a wide range of souvenirs from key chains to mugs and pashminas. No cameras were allowed hence only these two pictures.....hehehe....

IMG_0718 Museum Shop sign

IMG_0766 What I bought: Kufi tiled magnet, a notebook and keychains

In case you are wondering what the logo is all about, it is called Kufi, an Islamic calligraphy written in squares.

Would definitely recommend you to go and learn more about Islamic arts and history here. For further details of this museum, you can visit www.iamm.org.my or call 03-2274 2020. 

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