Mamak, Gold Class at the movies, Fashion’s Night Out Sydney – ooft.

Hello, strangers!

Hello! It’s been not too long since I last blogged but it feels like a while on my part. Yeah, time is weird.

I’ve been rearranging and assembling various things in the past few days and I’ve done some serious reorganising of half my closet; I still haven’t even touched the clothes half, which isn’t really reassuring, but that’s what’s been keeping me busy and making me very tired lol. I doubt people are interested in knowing much about storage systems (which it’s nothing special in any case – it’s just a set of cheap plastic drawers), so I took a small break from blogging 😛 But now I’m back and I had a great day today!

I know I’ve been a bit lazy with blogging recently – it’s mostly because I don’t have anything to blog about (contrary to popular belief, I do NOT blog about any crap – lol) – but hopefully this post won’t disappoint!

PLEASE NOTE: I’m sorry about the photo quality/ composition and whatever – I tried my best, but I was rushed to take pics because I didn’t charge my camera so I was running out of battery. I was literally trying to get as many photos as I could before my battery died, lol – but yeah – Sorry 😛 Credits to A for taking the rest of the photos (you will be able to tell since I will watermark them differently) with her phone.

Lunch at Mamak

For those who may or may not know, Mamak on Goulbourn St usually has a big ass line – not sure why, and don’t know why. Today I met up with my uni friend, A, who suggested we go there since she’s been there before. She also said that there’s generally no line early (close when they open at 11:30am – however if it was a weekend, there’d probably be a line outside before they’re even open) – and she was right. We walked into Mamak at around noon, and there was no line. The shop is surprisingly large, and it was quite busy and full – there were only perhaps 3 or 4 empty tables by the time we got there, but we got a table without any problems.

The majority of Mamak’s menu consists of curry and various other Chinesey/ Malaysian foods. Their specialty is roti, which appears to be a super thin, large pancake which can be either crispy or just cool/ awesome. Their roti dishes come with dipping sauce or icecream (depending on the roti) and are generally around $6. Their mains start from about $10.50. A lot of the mains can be quite expensive (something prawn was like $18), but I noticed if you had it at lunch as a lunch special, it’d only set you back at $11.

I had no idea what was good on their menu so we just used intuition to exclude particular items we didn’t want to eat and narrowed it down. There aren’t many things to choose from, but we decided to share the food – so we had an entree, main, and a dessert. We also each had a hot milk tea – but I didn’t get a photo of it. It was the strongest milk tea I’ve had and it was quite nice. It was that little bit of pick me up, considering now I want to literally flop onto my bed and fall asleep. I’m really tired, lol.

This is the classic roti – don’t ask me the exact name, I have no freaking idea. It’s the first thing on the menu. There are 2 types of curry sauces – the larger pool of curry is actually spicy, whereas the smaller pool of curry tastes more like seafood to me and is mild. A said there were more vegetables in the small curry, but I can’t tell – this is the first time I’ve eaten curry out and I wouldn’t have a clue. There’s also a dab of chilli sauce next to the roti pancake for some extra zing. I personally liked neither curry (I reckon I could do better), but if I had to pick, I’d pick the spicy curry – there’s a reason why there’s more of that than the mild one.

It’s a tad bit weird to give us a fork and spoon and no knife – we used our spoons to hack the roti into pieces – it was clumsy, messy, and not well considered. Mamak, provide some knives and we’ll be happier – I guess it’s to encourage you to use your hands to eat – but really? I don’t know.

Our main was mee goreng. It’s actually spicy hokkien noodles, stirfried with bits of fishcake and stuff. It was quite nice – something to note though, squeeze the lime if you don’t want it to be too hot. I think it tastes better with the lime than without. As you can see, for $10.50, there’s actually not that much. I can’t remember if there was any meat in it, but I guess it’s a decent lunch if you were to order it on your own. It made us quite full (we couldn’t finish it) but it’s something to think about.

This was our dessert which we asked to be served later/ last. It’s some coconut thing – forgot the name, served with icecream (you can choose icecream or curry, but icecream is the smarter choice). It was SWEET – but it was good sweet. Icecream wasn’t presented that nicely (I didn’t take a photo before we cut the roti in half, but the icecream was NOT in a ball and there was only one lump of it) and could have been presented better – they could have also given a bit more icecream because both of us finished the icecream before we finished our roti (not that we were gonna finish eating the roti – we were both exploding, but just sayin’, it’s not enough icecream), but this is a really nice way of eating something like pancakes with icecream. These pancakes are light and thin (not heavy like western pancakes) so yeah – I quite liked this one.

When you pay for your bill, you take a note of your table number which is located on the side of the table and quote your table number at the counter.

For the two of us, including drinks which I mentioned were not in the photos (they also give you a bottle of water free of charge though that wasn’t really great water), was $30 – split between us, $15 each. Not bad for a 3 course meal (though we only ate half of each – har har) with a drink. We ate like, 3 different things – so I’m not complaining. Pretty good value.

Also, the food came out lightning fast with the exception of the dessert (they were getting a bit busy at this point) – we literally received our entree and main within the first 5 minutes of ordering. Drinks came at around maybe 7-10 minutes, after we took photos of the food.

Would I visit again? Sure, why not – as long as I don’t have to line up – but only for the sweet roti, albeit very sweet. The curry roti is alright – just a personal preference but I didn’t really dig their curry that much. I think it’s a bit overrated for a lump of scrunched up pancake and just a teeny bit of curry (it looks like a lot, but the curry is very shallow, so there’s not much curry). A said that most of their dishes were curry dishes to begin with, so everything tastes the same – chicken or whatever – all the same curry pot, so that’s not really exciting to me, because I didn’t think their curry was THAT much to die for.

The guy at the table next to us commented on how small the portions were ($10.50 chicken curry and rice – literally a bowl of rice and maybe 3-5 bits of chicken in curry in a small bowl) – I could agree or disagree, but I’m leaning more on the agreeing side. I would probably pay about $9 for our mee goreng to be honest – I wouldn’t really pay more than $10 – but then again, we didn’t know what we were getting. Same with the icecream as I mentioned before – they just needed to give us a teeny bit more icecream and it would have been just right.

Events Cinema, George Street – Gold Class: Tomorrow, When The War Began

So, the whole reason for going out today was that A offered to share 2 Gold Class tickets with me since her friend was selling them for some unknown reason. I welcomed the idea since I’ve never been to Gold Class before, and just wanted to know what it was like as an experience. You can’t go to Gold Class all the time, so you have to do it once and just hope that the movie you’re watching is worth it.

Gold Class is actually situated and hidden inside the Gold Class Lounge which is a bar. There are 3 cinemas inside and you need to go up a set of stairs.

The first thing you do before going to a movie is of course, go to the toilet.

There are actually a set of extra toilets just for Gold Class viewers – there are 2 individual stalls for men, and 3 stalls for women. That’s right – imagine using something similar to a disabled toilet. The walls are filled right to the ceiling so you can’t hear what the person next door is doing – they’re clean, not smelly, and they’re just right downstairs from your cinema room.


Private toilet suites. Le hmm.

We actually didn’t know that there were separate toilets, and we went beforehand to the public ones. DOH. So we just went again. I was just taking photos with whatever low battery I had lololol.


So I also took this photo to show how large and awesome the space was. Tiled walls are fascinating. Hmm.

In this photo, you can see A sitting there, posing 😛 (she won’t mind if I post this up, it’s too small to see her anyway lol) – this is pratically the whole cinema. There are only 5 rows of seats with just like 8 seats in each row. Those weren’t our seats; our seats were actually 2 rows further up – we just sat there so we could be in the photo lol. I took a lot of photos of us in our seats but it was just too dark and the photos didn’t turn out well 😦 I drained my battery cuz I tried to use flash – sadsauce.

So, this is me. The reason why I am posting this photo up is because my chair is reclined. I actually also have my legs extended since there’s a leg rest – you control it with the buttons on the side of your chair 😀 The thing that sucks the most about Gold Class though is that there’s nowhere to actually put your bag (you could put it on the table, but that’s a bit distracting – it should be kept below eye level, IMO). The armrests aren’t really exactly wide enough for it (I could have put it on the seat next to me, but yeah – you know, I don’t like to leave my stuff lying around in the dark).

Here are our tickets. Every table has the seat number and a bunch of serviettes. From the previous photo you probably would have noticed that the serviettes are standing up (there’s a metal serviette holder) – for some reason, our table was special and didn’t have it. Another thing that sucks about this is that while you’re watching the movie, those darned seat numbers are still lit up. I had to cover them with the serviettes so I wouldn’t get distracted during the movie.

we were the only ones in the entire cinema. DOH!

The great thing was we could talk to each other during the ads and stuff. It was a bit creepy since there was nobody else, but hey, it was awesome. We had the entire cinema to ourselves. We could have sat literally anywhere we wanted, but we stayed, since we already had our seats adjusted lol.

We both decided some days beforehand to watch Tomorrow, When The War Began, which is a pretty popular novel by John Marsden. I studied it in Year 8 for English, and I’ve also read the entire series at some stage. I must say I’ve forgotten a bulk of the storyline, but the general plot is that a group of friends go camping and return home to find that their town has been held captive/ invaded by an unknown country/ set of forces. I thought the storyline was pretty cool and the range of characters were quite interesting too – couldn’t really imagine it being made live action, but it was possible.

My verdict – the movie was pretty good! They didn’t skimp on the action scenes and destroyed plenty of things. Their cinematics weren’t too bad since they used helicopters and stuff to film bits of it – and the depiction of Hell was actually really, really good.

A bit of spoiling ahead – skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to know.

There were some things I didn’t like, and that included changing bits of the storyline – some changes were suitable (well, Audi instead of BMW? Meh – dunno) and well yeah, I could live with them (FYI I read half the book the night before, just to refresh my memory lol) – one crucial thing they changed was omitting the wishy washy relationship between Ellie and Homer. Some bits were a bit choppy – they arrived home like BAM! (It was similar in the book though – one chapter they’re in Hell, next chapter they’re like “wtf” when they get home) – I’m also not sure about the depiction of the troops as being distinctively Asian looking. I sort of would have rathered they masked the entire army so it wouldn’t point at any particular race – because in the book, it never described the appearance of the troops – Marsden only noted their language as being foreign and unidentifiable.

Overall they did a good job juggling the storyline, and cutting to the points where it mattered, because there was a lot of gibberish in the novel. I was afraid the movie was going to drag on, but it didn’t – thankfully for that! The characters were also distinctive and you could easily identify them which was good.

We felt all the vibrations from under our chairs every time there was an explosion and because we were so spaced out (you literally probably wouldn’t see the person/ row in front of you), it felt like you were in the scene. I felt nervous when there were bits that were full of suspense – only thing to note is that if the scene is quiet, you can hear the film rolling from the projection room – if this is you, sit at one of the rows in front.

I finished the second half of the novel just tonight, and even though there were a lot of disparities (one of Chris’ lines were actually Fi’s in the book…), I could overlook them.

It was a good movie – our money was well spent, and I’d go watch the sequel if they made one. I thought the ending was quite clever albeit slightly cheesy – it left enough for you to look for a sequel, without promising a sequel.

Gold Class tickets are not discounted and are generally $26 a ticket (I think). We got them for $25ea (lololol not a big saving but whatever) – I think it’s okay to treat yourself to Gold Class maybe once a year if there’s a movie you really really wanna see. I must say, for $26, it’s not bad. I mean, Vmax is already $23 or whatever it is.

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Sept 9 2010 Sydney


Img src: Screencap of http://fashionsnightout.vogue.com.au/

So I read about it a few days ago but I didn’t really pay much attention to it – but everything (well okay, not everything, but a lot of the shops – just go to the website and check out the list – if not look out for the FASHION’S NIGHT OUT painted onto the glass of the shopfront) was on sale. Just for today!

I thought the initiative was pretty damn cool – just a few days ago I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it – to my surprise they were setting up catwalk spaces and stuff everywhere! Myer, David Jones – but in particular, here’s a photo of it in the Strand Arcade, which I should go visit again soon:


Catwalk is awesome – all the chairs were reserved and stuff – man, SO BUYING TIX NEXT YEAR to Fashion Week – sigh~

They had a DJ ready to play. They were testing out the sound system! And out of all the places to be located, they were on one of the cross bridges. I stood on one of them and they bounced a bit >_< I’d be so scared if the bridge collasped under me lol – but then again, it’s structurally designed. Should be okay 🙂

They also had champagne at Dinosaur DesignsA was offered a glass lolol – she declined though- it was kinda weird to drink their alcohol since we weren’t buying anything XD FREE ALCOHOL! But yeah there are some beautiful boutiques up in the Strand – can’t believe I’ve never noticed there were more levels – it was our first time. SO. DAMN. AWESOME. Made me wish I was doing something fashion related.

We mostly did window shopping, until we got to David Jones – it’s the Flower Show again (the annual Canberra Floriade [?]) and they’ve got the floral displays on the ground floor again! I was there last year at DJ’s marvelling at how beautiful it was. I’m glad they did it again this year. I better go again with my camera charged to take photos.


My favourite display were the cherry blossoms lol – there were lots of these, but yeah ❤

A lot of things are in fashion at the moment: the hottest being florals in all sorts of forms – fabric florals, literally flowers as (hair) accessories and soft chiffons as well as lace (lace sleeves, half laced tops, lace dresses). In terms of shoes, there’s no doubt the military boot will be around for quite a while, as well as studs, zippers, buckles and soon – crazy eyelets. Allanah Hill has a shoe very similar to the Gmarket military inspired heels – so I have a feeling they’ll be all over the place soon. Bows are popular, and clogs are coming back.

However, one thing that I really wanted that has never really gone out of fashion was a straw hat, and before long, we were trying on hats at DJ’s.

I found this extremely cute hat – it has a bow tied on it, and it has two heart charms and a clear crystal charm dangling from a silver chain around it. I really like the patterning of the straw and it’s really flexible and I think as far as hats go, this hat surprisingly doesn’t look too bad on me. Me + hats = disaster. Everyone was taking photos at DJ’s because of the flower displays, so we went nuts taking photos lol.


So here I am taking a photo of the birdies, hoping that my battery revived – and it did! For 2 photos… and died again 😦

The price was alright too, compared to their other hats – so I bought it out of impulse. But oh, it’s so cute – I couldn’t resist 😦 I’ll wear it to the beach or to the park!

I just hope I don’t regret buying it :S

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So that was my choc-a-bloc day. Hopefully if you guys don’t mind, I might skip Freaky Fridays since this post was so long. OH WAIT. IT IS FRIDAY NOW. *ticks the FF category*

Sleep tight! Signing off at 1:14am. Good night/ good morning people!

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