Day One: Settling In

It has been a hectic weekend indeed! After a full two days of moving into the new house, I can finally say we are slowly starting to settle in. Sofa covers and bed sheets are being tumble-dried in the dryer as I finally found the time to sit down in front of my laptop to write and reply to emails I have been putting on hold for a couple of days.

Plus, I have very exciting news to share with everyone but I’ll keep it under wrap for a little bit. It has something to do with business suits and snow. I will be writing about it in one of my future posts, so make sure you’re notified whenever I publish a new post.

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Very vibrant & cozy living room.

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The reading area (we added a potted plant on the table to incorporate a little bit of green into the area).
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The kitchen and laundry area. The area has not been tackled yet!
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A sneak peek of my bedroom. The entire second floor is the bedroom, so you can imagine the size and space it has.

It’s day one of officially being in the house and it already feels like home and we are very happy to settle in this place. There are still a couple of things that need to be settled – wifi connectivity being on top of the list. What internet service providers (ISPs) would you recommend? Let me know!

2018 has been a tumultuous year for me, but it was never any less exciting. Here’s to a great 2019, everyone! Have a drink on me.

Oh, and lots of plants.

Stay hydrated,

Peter.

All photos taken on iPhone X.

 

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A Big Change: Moving Into A New House

The past couple of weeks have been such a whirlwind for me especially now that school is back in session, side projects lined up, and a new house to move into. I am more than excited to be sharing my 2019 plans with my readers and letting everyone have a little glimpse of what is happening currently and what lies just above the horizon. I thought of writing a quick blog post to update everyone as to what lies immediately ahead.

I am writing this as five boxes worth of clothes, a box of books, unsurmountable amount of personal belongings stare back at me, waiting to be packed and moved to the new house.

It’s been a bittersweet year living in this current apartment; its four walls have seen more tears of frustration, joy. These walls have heard my prayers, my unapologetic exuberance whenever I dance and sing while I cook, while I shower, while I work. If these walls could talk, I’m pretty sure they’d say “we’ll miss you, bug off for now.”

I will miss the sunrises and sunsets from this balcony, the way they bask and illuminate the whole apartment with a warm, golden hue every morning and every evening. I will miss the arrangement of stars from this perspective, the angle the sun and moon rises and sets. I will miss the constant construction noises, the bangs and clangs of machinery have been my constant companion day in and day out. I will miss this apartment. I will.

A year whizzed past and here I am, turning 22 with so much to look forward to, and so many things to reflect back on but I am unequivocally happy.

But for now, here are some pictures of the new place that we are moving into.

unadjustednonraw_thumb_679dWhite walls and lots of windows, allowing a lot of sunlight to come in.

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unadjustednonraw_thumb_6796Have a little peek of the kitchen’s washing area.

And the best thing about this place? It has a dryer! Say goodbye to long hours of drying under the sun especially in an extremely humid city like KL where your clothes just dry limp due to all the moisture in the air.

I’ve moved 5 times within three years all by myself, and I have to admit it took me that many times to finally have an idea how to move in the most efficient, fast and cheap manner. Moving homes is a big task, and if you’re doing it on your own things could get hectic very quickly. So for the next couple of blog posts, I’ll be sharing my ways, tips, and methods in how to move and settle into a new place. Keep an eye out!

More pictures of the new place and my bedroom will be uploaded in a new blog post when we settle in and until then, take care!

Don’t forget to follow me on my social media:

@qwertyuiopete on Instagram
@ptreugene on Twitter

Stay hydrated,
Peter.

All photos taken on iPhone X.

Bars&Brunches: Antipodean, Bangsar

A little while ago, I was casually sipping coffee at a local coffee shop and an idea for a new mini-series hit me; since I frequent cafés and bars on the weekends, why not document the experience and share it with everyone? Who made us, and where should I eat next remain as two of the universe’s longest unanswered questions; so spare your worries – Bars&Brunches is here, as your one-stop destination for reviews of KL’s hot and hidden outlets to satisfy your weekend’s need for either a perfect smashed avocados on bread, or for great drinks.

Antipodean, Bangsar would be the first featured café for Bars&Brunches‘ debut, being one of my top favorite places to visit for my weekend brunch’s cravings. Located in Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, it is no stranger to frequent patrons of Bangsar’s wide selection for cafés and restaurants. 

Photo courtesy of shellahkei @ shellahkei.wordpress.com

The staffs quickly recognized me and greeted me even when I was 10 steps away from the premise; a reflection of one of their great customer service trainings – welcoming and friendly.

I sat down at one of the tables outdoors, made myself comfortable and was immediately attended to. They brought me a bottle of cold water and a glass of ice to help me settle down. I ordered my usual latte, one of my favorite coffee drinks.

To be fair in all my future reviews, I’ll stick to ordering lattes as a simple way to gauge a café’s standards for coffee.

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It took them around 5 minutes to prepare my latte, and presentation was top-notch, as always. I admire the vibrant ceramic saucer that came with my latte. Antipodean’s lattes are easily one of my favorites in the area – medium bodied accompanied by distinct earthy tones with a delicate aroma. After a sip of my latte, I ordered the smashed avocado on toast, another personal go-to brunch meal and of course, a glass of the house white wine. 

The food and wine arrived about 10 minutes later, and as previously mentioned – Antipodean does not skimp its presentation, ever. My smashed avocados on bread came with grilled pork bacon (I was given the option to choose between pork or beef bacon) and a generous portion of roasted tomatoes. 


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I have no qualms whatsoever regarding the food and wine – the portion was appropriate for a brunch-time meal, enough to fuel me for the remainder of the afternoon. I am fully aware of the fact that it is definitely difficult to obtain high quality avocados in Malaysia, hence I was not putting my hopes too high, taste-wise. However, I was pleasantly satisfied that the dish turned out well. The avocados were however slightly on the unripened end,  but the garnish and salt masked it very well. 

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The grilled pork bacon and tomatoes complemented the avocados very well. They did not overpowered the taste of the avocado, which can easily happen when you add a grilled, cured meat to vegetables. The acidity from the tomatoes helped to balance out the heavy earthy flavors coming from the pork bacon, avocados and bread – a winning combination. 

It would not be complete without a huge glass of red sangria wine to ease everything down. Plus, it was a hot and humid day in Bangsar on Sunday so the chilled sangria really helped.

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Overall, my experience in Antipodean, Bangsar was pleasant – just like the many times I have been to the restaurant before. The food was satisfying, the ambiance was relaxing, and the staff were helpful and friendly. One of the main reasons why I keep coming back to Antipodean is due to their excellent customer service. 

I will definitely be coming back in the future. 

Stay hydrated,
Peter.

All photos taken on iPhone X.