WATER VIEW RESTAURANT

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

Last month, just before my buddy George transferred to Taipei for work, we took a trip across the border to Thailand for some good food and cheap booze.

The border is only about an hour away from Penang and booze in Thailand is less than 1/2 the price in Malaysia.

Jackson lives about 15 minutes away from the border, knows border towns Danok and Hatyai like the back of his hand AND he speaks fluent Thai so he is the best person to go there with.

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

Jackson bought us to this awesome restaurant by the side of a lake in Danok called Water View.

My jaw dropped when we arrived because the view was simply spectacular and I had never seen anything quite like it. Sure, I’d been to a lot of restaurants “by the lake” but there was something about the view at Water View that was mesmerizing.

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

You sit on the floor in a little hut and look out at the lake.

The environment is incredibly calm and peaceful and you feel like you are completely detached from the rest of the world.

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

George and Jackson chilling whilst drinking some crazy smooth Thai whisky that tastes better than Black Label but costs 10 times less.

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

The kitchen is located on the other side of the lake and they bring food to you in little boats.

So cool!

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

The first thing that was brought to us was this interesting looking shellfish …

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

I had no idea what it was and and no one could tell me in English but I was intrigued. It’s quite big too, about twice the size of a normal clam.

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

This was served blanched and with a dipping sauce. They tasted really fresh and amazing (even without any sauce) …  I simply couldn’t get enough of them.

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

Next up was one of my all-time favorite Thai dishes … Khor Moo Yang (grilled pork neck)

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

Look at that! Succulent with just enough smoky flavour infused … you can never go wrong with grilled pork neck … Super aloi (“delicious” in Thai)

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

This was an interesting dip, made with beans, coconut milk and some other secret ingredient

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

Here’s 2 more awesome dishes … a very crunchy green vegetable (not sure what the name is) and fried chicken knuckles (one of my favorites!)

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

Fried chicken knuckles (not sure if they are really “knuckles”) but they are super tasty when deep fried. I think it’s some kinda soft bone and you just chew on the whole thing. You can find this in many Japanese restaurants too (especially in Hong Kong)

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

This photo captures the mood of what it is like to eat at Water View … chilled, mellow and very relaxing.

And just coz it’s so beautiful, here’s another shot of the lake:

Water View Restaurant - Danok, Thailand

I don’t know how to get to the restaurant since it’s in the middle of the jungle somewhere but if you go to Danok and ask people I’m sure they will give you directions.

It’s definitely worth a visit!

1MALAYSIA EMAIL OR 1MALAYSIA CON?

Tricubes Berhad

No doubt most Malaysians are aware of a RM50million project to set up a “1Malaysia email account” for all Malaysians over the age of 18.

But apart from what is essentially a bailout for a troubled company, what/who else is involved?

And are there other agerndas?

I’ve collected 3 pieces of news (and links to the full stories) and posted them here so you can get a better idea of the bigger picture and the players involved.

Nazir Razak - CEO of CIMB Berhad

Ex-Top Cop, Banker Linked To Tricubes

A former top police officer and a prominent banker are linked to a little-known IT company, Tricubes Bhd, which has been awarded the RM50 million to operate 1Malaysia e-mail project.

Former CID chief and Prisons Department director-general Zaman Khan is a non-independent and non-executive director of Tricubes Bhd.

CIMB is one of Tricubes Group’s principal bankers. Nazir Razak is the CIMB Group chief executive officer.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who unveiled the venture yesterday, said that the project would allow direct communications between the public and the government.

Its main aim is to enhance the delivery of government services to consumers and businesses alike. It will be opened to all Malaysians aged 18 and above.

According to Tricubes website, the company is made up of Tricubes Computers Sdn Bhd, Tricubes NCR JV Sdn Bhd Tam Tam Asia Sdn Bhd, Tricubes Engineering Sdn Bhd and Tricubes Transport Technologies.

It also has 25% stake in GMPC Corp and 40% interest in Tricubes Suria. Its chief executive officer, Khairul Zainal Mokhtar, has 31% stake.

According to Malaysian Science and Technology Information Centre, Commerce Technology Ventures Sdn Bhd owns a 15.63% stake in Tricubes.

Commerce Technology Ventures, a private equity fund, was established with the Bank of Commerce Group or Bumiputra-Commerce Holdings Bhd Group now known as CIMB Group.

Source: Malaysia Today

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak

Tricubes Shares Jump Despite Bad Publicity

Tricubes Bhd’s shares hit 16 sen after brisk trading this morning following yesterday’s announcement that it will spearhead the Najib administration’s RM50 million 1 Malaysia e-mail project.

The little-known ACE-listed company’s stock jumped 6.5 sen from yesterday’s closing price of 9.5 sen despite widespread public hostility to the idea.

Trading volume also reached 26,320 shares, triple yesterday’s 8,390 shares.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced yesterday that all Malaysians aged 18 and above will be given secure 1 Malaysia e-mail accounts to allow direct and secure communication between the public and the government.

The account is also part of a new one-stop web portal for government services, which will include social networking features as well as online bill payment and citizen application facilities.

The Malaysia Insider understands that the 1 Malaysia email service will use software from Microsoft, the company that now owns the free Hotmail account service.

The 1 Malaysia email service is part of Najib’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to achieve developed nation status by 2020.

He said today that the RM50 million investment will have a gross national income (GNI) impact of RM39 million up to 2015 and will enhance delivery of public services.

But questions remain over how Tricubes, a Guidance Notice 3 (GN3) company in danger of being delisted due to weak finances, will fund the project.

Multiple protests by those dead set against the project have broken out online, with the one-day-old Facebook page “1M Malaysians Who Don’t Want Najib’s 1 Malaysia Email” attracting 19,337 fans as of 11.30am today.

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Khairun Zainal Mokhtar - Tricubes Chief Executive

Tricubes Admits 1 Malaysia Email A Financial Lifeline

Tricubes Bhd admitted today the 1 Malaysia email service is a financial lifeline for a company at risk of being delisted from Bursa Malaysia, adding it is targeting 5.4 million subscribers without a guarantee the government will use it.

“It is part of the regularisation plan,” Tricubes chief executive Khairun Zainal Mokhtar told reporters at a media briefing here when ask if the project provided the company a “lifeline”.

He declined to disclose how many subscribers it would take to recoup Tricubes’ initial RM5.3 million investment, obtained from Malaysian Venture Capital Management Bhd (Mavcap).

But he later told The Malaysian Insider the service would need “much less” than 5.4 million users to be commercially viable.

Khairun Zainal said Tricubes will raise additional funds through a rights issue for the RM50 million project that was awarded on April 4 by the Malaysia Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) in the Prime Minister’s Department.

He revealed that the company was in talks with financial institutions and that the fund raising exercise, part of Tricubes’ regularisation plan, would be announced in due course.

“We are confident we’re going to get it,” he said.

ACE-listed Tricubes triggered Bursa Malaysia Securities’ Guidance Note 3 (GN3) after it was flagged in October last year by auditors concerned about its weak financial standing.

There are only 12 GN3 companies listed on Bursa Malaysia’s website as of March 9.

Khairun Zainal also confirmed earlier reports that those who wish to send emails to myemail.my accounts will have to pay a maximum of 50 sen an email.

Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) revealed on radio station BFM last week that government agencies will have to pay 50 sen per e-mail to use the company’s database of verified e-mail addresses.

“Agencies would have to pay a certain fee to use that, as in any other e-mail database,” business services NKEA communications content and infrastructure director Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek said in an interview last Thursday.

Tricubes had said earlier it will spend RM5.3 million first for the 1 Malaysia email project but will embark on a pension and tax notification initiative to sustain the service that many say is unnecessary.

“I think a lot of marketing dollars will be spent in terms of promotional activities,” Khairun Zainal said.

The myemail.my service will threaten Pos Malaysia Berhad’s postal services for the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Internal Revenue Board (IRB). Credit card firms and online portals, such as myeg.com.my, already provide payment facilities for such services.

The EPF has a total of 12.72 million members as of December 31, 2010 but active and contributing members number at 6.04 million, the pension fund said in its website.

Khairun Zainal added that, although Tricubes had no customers as yet, the company was in talks with “quite a few” government agencies keen on using the service.

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Time and time again the Malaysian government has proved that it knows absolutely NOTHING about how the Internet works and how people use it. For a company to receive a bailout then stating that it’s business plan is to charge people RM0.50 per email just shows how retarded they are. Also don’t forget that they said quite bluntly that – “they have no customers yet”

But don’t take my word for it. Read the news, keep abreast of the situation and most importantly – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

PASTA ZANMAI

Pasta Zanmai

Ok … It’s time again for me to tell you about another one of my favorite restaurants in Malaysia.

I think everyone who knows me well knows that I love good food.

To me, good food can come in many forms, from ultra-chic 5-star dining to OG roadside hawker food.

This restaurant falls somewhere in between.

It’s called Pasta Zanmai, and its a casual dining restaurant that serves up a dope menu of fusion Japanese/Italian cuisine at very reasonable prices.

Pasta Zanmai

I ate here a couple of weeks ago with the Mcclubz boys and I ordered the Kani/Avocado Spaghetti with Goma (Sesame) Sauce.

I really love sesame-flavored stuff and Pasta Zanmai specializes in this!

Pasta Zanmai

Japanese-Style Pizza with Hotate (Scallop) and Mushroom for toppings.

Pasta Zanmai

Mmmm … cho oishii desu …

Pasta Zanmai

If you like pasta and Japanese food and want to try a little fusion of both then you have to drop by Pasta Zanmai.

Pasta Zanmai
G210B, Ground Floor Promenade,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
No 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03 – 7728 1210

BEASTIE BOYS – MAKE SOME NOISE

The Beasties are back! And with an awesome new “old school” music video starring many of my favorite actors – Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Steve Buscemi, John C. Reilly, Jack BlackTed Danson and many more!

200 shades of awesome!

BYE BYE GEORGE!

George Wu's Farewell

A good buddy of mine, George, had been stationed in Penang for work for about a year and a half but recently his time was up and he was transferred to Taipei.

Naturally we had to have a big night out before he left!

George Wu's Farewell

We started off at the newly opened Overtime in Gurney Drive and ended up at Mois in Upper Penang Road.

George Wu's Farewell

I think what George will miss most about Penang are beautiful girls like Hui Ming.

George Wu's Farewell

George and Mr. Charming, Jackson Foo.

George Wu's Farewell

It was a pretty crazy night, but unfortunately when things got really crazy I forgot to take photos.

STUPID! I really wish I had captured everything that happened at Mois!

What happened?

Let’s just say we had to carry someone out of Mois that night.

Guess who?

(hint: it was someone in one of the pictures above)

;)