Nasuha Spices and Herbs

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I’ve lived in Muar, hubs’ hometown, for more than 3 years now and he had never told me about this place I’m about to tell you guys.

Last week, I went to Pagoh for a post-UPSR meeting with hubs. We went there together but hubs was placed in a different group so we only saw each other again in the evening, after the program ended. So when I was out for lunch with my friends, he didn’t get to join us as he was out with his boys too.

So back to the main story here, around 11, my friends (Akmal, Fiza and Kak Tiqah) and I had a lunch at this place that I just knew existed. It was Akmal’s idea to dine here. They said something herbs, weird healthy drinks blah blah. I just didn’t care because my tummy was growling at that point. It’s called Nasuha Spices and Herbs. If you’re from the PLUS Highway, it’s located on your left, not far from the Pagoh exit, about 5 km to Muar direction. It’s very hard not to see that big sign by the roadside, so don’t worry you won’t miss it.

Outside, before going in.

Outside, before going in.

This is what greets you at the entrance.

This is what greets you at the entrance.

Located at the foothill, this place is actually a herb nursery. Everything about this place is herb-themed, from the decoration to the menu. Before you enter the restaurant, you need to take off your shoes first. There’a reason for this. Here’s why.

The reflexology treatment for your feet!

The reflexology treatment for your feet!

Owh, I always hate this kinda floor but this, I can't resist to try.

Sakit kaki ceq!

When we arrived at this place, we were among the earliest customers so we kinda had the whole place to ourselves. It was very serene and peaceful. Being in the restaurant, the decoration kinda made you feel like you were in a tree house or something. Or in a dwarf’s house. Haha

Was in awe with the decoration.

The inside of the restaurant.

Akmal, Kak Tiqah and myself. :-)

Akmal, Kak Tiqah and myself. ūüôā

The herbal tree. I guess if you want one, you can just pluck it from the tree haha

The herbal tree. I guess if you want one, you can just ‘pluck’ it from the tree haha

The menu

The menu, ‘We Serve Finest Fresh Herbs’ tagline is spot on.

What can you order here? Everything is herbs!

What can you order here? Almost everything is herbs!

We asked the waitress what was their significant winning dish and she said, most people came here for the briyani. That day, I didn’t feel like having rice, so I chose grilled lamb chop. I can always come back later and then I’ll choose briyani. You know, I’ve never been a big fan of lamb chop since I don’t really like lamb (I prefer beefsteak, even asked if they had one but they didn’t), but that was the only western choice that I preferred having compared to chicken chop and fish and chips, so grilled lamb chop it was. The price is RM21.00.

As for the drink, this is the interesting part. Since this is a herbal restaurant, we chose to have herbal drinks. As you can see in the above picture (bottom right), there’s an information on every herbal drink provided, like Serico, Centella, Garcinia, Gora, Cinnamon and many others. I chose Gora because I’ve never heard the name and was very curious about the taste. Apparently, Gora is a fruit, originally from Yaman and you can’t find this fruit elsewhere, except in Nasuha Herbal Farm and Yaman itself. Hmm.. Interesting.

Interesting.

Interesting choices of herbal drinks. It’s best served hot!

My Gora hot drink and Gora the fruit next to it. Looks like buah koko. Haha

My Gora hot drink and Gora (the fruit) next to it. No, they are not served together. We were just curious what the fruit looked like so we asked the waitress to show it to us. Macam buah koko pun ye jugak..

Akmal chose schapium long drink, or something. Can't remember the name but this one is served cold.

Akmal chose schapium long drink… or something. Can’t remember the name but this one is served cold. It is the mixture of buah barli and gula melaka and something else, so it’s wee bit sweet compared to other herbal drinks. Perfect for you who doesn’t like bitter plain herbal drinks.

So after waiting for 10-15 minutes, my yummy looking grilled lamb chop had finally arrived. Loved the fries, they could work more on the coleslaw tho, the lamb was quite okay too, but THE STAR OF THE SHOW WAS THE GRAVY! Owh my, the gravy was sooooo good! It was sweet salty and you could also taste the herbs, like the guys in the Food Network always say, ‘It’s like an explosion of flavours in my mouth!’. It was seriously finger licking good. I didn’t bother to use the knife and fork anymore, just used my bare hands to eat the lamb and lick the gravy.

My grilled lamb chop! Heaven knows how delish this is!

My grilled lamb chop! Heaven knows how delish this is!

The gravy was gone. If only I could eat the bones too.

Gone was the gravy. If only I could eat the bones too.

We went back to Pagoh, feeling full and happy! Good meals make people happy right?

You know something? Turns out, Nasuha Spices and Herbs doesn’t just offer good food and healthy drinks, but it’s also suitable for meetings, camps, seminar talks and even outdoor adventurous activities like canoeing, abseiling, jungle trekking etc. They also provide chalet or villa for those in Muar or nearby areas, who’re looking for short getaway but thinking it’s too far to go to Cameron Highland. Nice! Teachers, this might be an excellent idea for your annual dinner or end year school activities for your kids. For more info, check out their website here.

So back to the lamb chop, I told hubs about our lunch once we got back to the meeting place. He was so jealous and insisted to go there again that evening, on the way back to Muar. I always have issues going to the same place so many times and then being recognised especially if you’re wearing the same outfit! It is so freaking embarrassing to me.¬†So I said ‘NO!’ to hubs but Fiza and Akmal said they were going again too for dinner, and insisted I brought him along.

Fine.

So we went there again. Twice. Same outfits. Hid my face. Being recognised still. Embarrassing.

Hubs chose briyani beef.

Hubs chose briyani beef.

Guess what I chose for that dinner?

That's right, the lamb chop again! Hahah

That’s right, the lamb chop again! Hahah. Felt sooo good having lamb chop for both lunch and dinner. Muahaha

 Hubs tasted my lamb chop and decided to order it! After finishing a plate of briyani!

Way to diet, sayang.

I See Fire

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I See Fire by Ed Sheeran

Oh, misty eye of the mountain below
Keep careful watch of my brothers’ souls
And should the sky be filled with fire and smoke
Keep watching over Durin’s sons

If this is to end in fire
Then we should all burn together
Watch the flames climb high into the night

Calling out father oh
Stand by and we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on
The mountain side

And if we should die tonight
Then we should all die together
Raise a glass of wine for the last time

Calling out father oh
Prepare as we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on
The mountain side
Desolation comes upon the sky

Now I see fire
Inside the mountain
I see fire
Burning the trees
And I see fire
Hollowing souls
I see fire
Blood in the breeze
And I hope that you remember me

Oh, should my people fall
Then surely I’ll do the same
Confined in mountain halls
We got too close to the flame

Calling out father oh
Hold fast and we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on
The mountain side
Desolation comes upon the sky

Now I see fire
Inside the mountain
I see fire
Burning the trees
I see fire
Hollowing souls
I see fire
Blood in the breeze
And I hope that you remember me

And if the night is burning
I will cover my eyes
For if the dark returns
Then my brothers will die
And as the sky is falling down
It crashed into this lonely town
And with that shadow upon the ground
I hear my people screaming out

Now I see fire
Inside the mountains
I see fire
Burning the trees
I see fire
Hollowing souls
I see fire
Blood in the breeze

I see fire (oh you know I saw a city burning out) (fire)
And I see fire (feel the heat upon my skin, yeah) (fire)
And I see fire (uh-uh-uh-uh) (fire)
And I see fire burn auburn on the mountain side

Just watched The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug that I recorded some time ago on Astro. Let it played to the end, to the credit part and then this song was on. It kinda keeps you in a melancholic mood, making you feel very sad and gloomy.

And I’m hooked.

Enjoy.

OS X Yosemite (2014)

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On last Friday, when I was on Instagram looking at pictures, I saw a picture of someone upgrading her macbook to OS X Yosemite. Then suddenly it clicked. Damn, it’s 16th October already. The release! I quickly grabbed my Macky and excitedly looking for the upgrade. When I bought Macky last year (click here), it was at that time, the release of OS X Mavericks. To be honest, haha I don’t really notice the differences except for some features in the layout.

OS X Yosemite 2014

OS X Yosemite 2014

Installing process..

Installing process..

The duration of the whole process depends on your internet speed. Since my YES speed is so freaking sad nowadays, it took almost 15 hours. Sighhh..

The Yosemite..

After 15 hours, introducing The Yosemite..

The welcoming screen..

The welcoming screen..

So, since I am so lazy to figure this out by myself, I am just gonna repost some of the reviews I read on Yosemite. Basically, this is an entry of another entry. Credit to Techradar.com

INTERFACE

“The most obvious change, visually at least, is the new interface. Yosemite does to the Mac what iOS 7 did to the iPhone and iPad. Its user interface is flatter ‚Äď though not flat, there are still drop shadows and other nods to the third dimension, it’s just that now they exist for a purpose rather than being merely eye candy. No more glassy textures.

There’s more translucency in Yosemite than its predecessor,¬†Mavericks. Where once it was limited to the Finder’s menu bar, it now pops up in lots of places, including Finder menus and the sidebar of Finder windows. It’s been tweaked so that the underlying image is blurred and less distracting than in Mavericks, but we suspect it will still be a love it or hate it feature. If you do hate it, you can ‘reduce’ it in the Accessibility pane of System Preferences.”

THE DOCK

“The shelf has gone, which will be a great relief to many, and the Dock has now reverted back to its original format, a rectangle. Not so good is the loss of the Dock preferences from the Apple menu ‚Äď to change things like magnification or show/hide, you must now pay a visit to System Preferences.”

The dark dock

The dark dock

DARK MODE

“Brand new in Yosemite is Dark Mode, which turns some aspects of the OS a much darker shade of grey, to make it more comfortable to use your Mac in dim lighting. These include the Finder menu bar, Dock, and application switcher. During the beta period some elements of Dark Mode, such as Finder menus, were poorly implemented, and it remains to be seen whether they have been fixed in time for the full release.”

SAFARI

“The first impression Safari makes when launched is that it’s smaller and lighter than it used to be. Apple has reduced the height of the menu bar and the result is the loss of toolbar favourites. They no longer display by default, though you can switch them back on again from the Bookmarks menu.”

The Safari #1

The Safari #1

The Safari #2

The Safari #2

THE SPOTLIGHT

“There’s a good reason for the change, however; Spotlight is now much more useful than it used to be. It hooks into online data sources to pull out information and display it on-screen. Type in the name of a movie, for example, and you’ll get a thumbnail image and a plot summary with credits courtesy of Wikipedia. Type in the name of a restaurant or hotel, and Spotlight will display a snippet of a map, along with details of the establishment and reviews from Yelp.”

The spotlight

The spotlight #1

The spotlight #2

The spotlight #2

THE NOTIFICATION CENTRE

“Hands up if you used Notification Centre in Mavericks? No, us neither. But Yosemite makes it much more interesting by adding a Today panel that works in a similar way to iOS 8’s Notification Centre. It displays your Calendar appointments, the weather, world clock, and other elements you choose. And it supports third party widgets too. Oh, and it’s another OS X element to be given the translucent treatment.”

The notification centre

The notification centre

MESSAGES AND FACETIME

“Messages gets the same flat speech bubbles as iOS 8. That, however, is the least significant change. You can now send SMS messages directly from Messages to any phone, as long as you have an iPhone connected to your iCloud account on the same Wi-Fi network.

Likewise, FaceTime now allows you to make and receive telephone calls on your Mac, using your iPhone as a proxy. 

In Messages, you can now remove yourself from busy threads, switch on Do Not Disturb to mute notifications, and send audio snippets as well as text or images.”

The iMessages

The iMessages that now can be used to send messages to ANY phone (haven’t tried this one tho)

For more tips and tricks, visit Maclife.com

 

Let It Go In 25 Languages

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I don’t think there is any soul in this world still clueless about Frozen and the famous haunted song, ‘Let It Go’.

Just now, hubs showed me a compilation of 25 singers from different parts of the world, singing Let It Go in 25 languages, including The Elsa, Idina Menzel herself. So of course, the first thing occurred to my mind when I learnt about the song was, ‘Is our language¬†here in the song?’ Chuckled, and I answered it myself,
‘Noo laaa.. Cannot be. Takkanla ade.’

So, is it or is it not?

To those who haven’t watched this still, enjoy it. I know I do.

The Helpless Cats

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I love cats. I do.

Today, WWoW (the wicked witch of the west) has decided to get rid of all the helpless cats at school. I really felt for those poor cats though I actually understand her actions. It was due to the hygiene and the school cleanliness. You know, cats’ poo and vomits around the school. Kids might have stepped on it and carried the smell everywhere. Therefore, I understand if getting rid of the cats is the only solution she could think of. I don’t agree, but I understand.

What I don’t understand and couldn’t ever accept is why did she need to raise her voice and condemned some of us for feeding the cats? As if it was the worst thing to do as a human being. Those cat feeders are responsible for their actions, you know. They bring own containers, keep a broom in their cars so they can sweep away the kibbles leftover. If she really thinks that they are forbidden from feeding the cats at school, couldn’t she just say it nicely? Didn’t have to use the words like ‘Gune otak’, ‘Kalau cikgu baik sgt’¬†etc. That was so provoking. The end of the meeting, she said it again with a sarcastic tone, ‘Haaa ambik la cikgu kucing tu bawak balik. Free ajee..’

Thank God I could hold myself from showing her my middle finger.

I shook my head, grabbed my bag, waiting for her to look at my way and gave her a death stare instead when she did.

Erghh.. I hate being in this place! Back in the car, I told hubs,
‘If she is standing in front of our car right now, I would just knock her down without a second thought.’

Yeah, maybe I was just saying it and didn’t mean it literally (if killing isn’t sinful, I’d probably just do it), but you get a rough idea now how much I hate her.