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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Volunteers take time off to spruce up Bukit Gasing

Weekend clean-up
Volunteers take time off to spruce up Bukit Gasing
THE heavy use of Bukit Gasing by hikers and visitors has caused deterioration of the forest.
"There are hundreds of people here, especially on weekends, and some people leave rubbish in the forest," Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor Derek Fernandez said.
In an effort to clean up the forest, the MBPJ teamed up with groups like Friends of Bukit Gasing, the Hash House Harriers and students from the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Health Sciences Department to pick up the rubbish from the forest.
About 100 people turned up for the gotong-royong session on Saturday afternoon and the UiTM students even took the opportunity to collect data for their waste management research based on the rubbish collected.
Also present were Bukit Gasing assemblyman Edward Lee and several MBPJ councillors.
Entrance to the forest is free and Fernandez appealed to people who use the park to take care of it and to get together to clean it regularly.
"We may have to close the park for a few weeks to rehabilitate the forest if the situation gets worse.
"We're also hoping that the newly-appointed KL mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail would also retain the KL side of Bukit Gasing as a green space for the people,,' he said.

Shah Alam's man-made lake and other facilities draw the crowd

A park in the city

Shah Alam's man-made lake and other facilities draw the crowd

WHEN it comes to parks and recreatlonal faclhtles, Shah Alam residents should consider themselves lucky as they have many of thesel

One such place is located in Alam Megah, Section 28. The park which was opened in 2003 is one of the largest recreational area in the capital city.

The RM4mil park is the second largest built by the Shah Alam City Council, after the Shah Alam Lake in Section 4.

Taman Alam Megah, which covers section 26 to 29 used to be an industrial area but now, the landscape has gone through a transformation with more terrace houses and higher end property being built in addition to the flats and apartments.

The recreational facility was created to meet the needs of the residents.
The land, previously vacant, has been turned into a man-made wetlands complete with a special underground water filter system to recycle the water.

The system was designed not only to clean the water but also to prevent the foul odour usually associated with man-made lakes.

The site is especially popular with families who like to take a stroll in the park.
"It is nice to come here, especially early in the morning or in the evening and the best part is that it is only a stone's throw away from my apartment," said Nuraini Ahmad.

The mother of three said she usually went to the park to unwind and have some quiet time in the morning after sending her three children off to school.
She admitted that she liked the water feature of the park most.
"Usually I would just sit on the rocks under the trees to read the newspaper or just relax.
"Sometimes I have my breakfast here on the gazebo," she said.
The place is usually crowded in the evening, especially after 5pm.
Some come to use the jogging track surrounding the park or play football.
Others come to enjoy the evening breeze at the gazebos.
There is also a restaurant operating at the premises and this keeps the place alive at night.
There are also plenty of activities for children and adults alike.
Besides the ordinary playground equipment, visitors can use the monkey bar or try the hanging bridge or balancing beam.
But keeping the park clean is indeed a mega task. The cleaners do not find it amusing when they have to clean up the litter left behind, especially on Mondays
after the big number of visitors during the weekend.
At times, the rubbish includes pebbles and even pieces of wood. This could damage the system designed for the wetlands.
Vandalism is also rampant.
"We conduct regular cleaning work at the park but visitors must help ensure that they do not litter and dispose of their garbage properly," said MBSA public relations officer Shahrin Ahmad.

the Toh Lee Chinese Restaurant at Nikko Hotel Kuala Lumpur is offering a romantic wine

Getting into the right mood

Indulge in a romantic Valentine dinner with your loved one

COME this Valentine's Day, the Toh Lee Chinese Restaurant at Nikko Hotel Kuala Lumpur is offering a romantic wine and dine experience especially for the love birds.

The five-course Valentine's Sparkling Wine Set Dinner has two menus, priced at RM138++ and RM188++ per person.

Menu 1 features the Cold Imperial Noodles with 'Bang Bang' Chicken and Green Vegetables, Double Boiled Chicken Soup in Whole Crystal Pear, Braised Whole Abalone with Winter Melon and Foie Gras or Stewed Duck Drumstick with Orange Glaze on Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Chilled Lemongrass Pudding with Banana.

Menu 2 features Chilled Baby Lobster with Tobiko Mayonnaise with Steamed Scallop Dumplings, Braised Superior Shark's Fin with Foie Gras and Truffles, Baked Cod with Oranges Glaze and Sesame Seeds or Wok Fried Beef Medallions with Supreme Chili Sauce and Vegetables and Chilled Passion Fruit Sorbet accompanied by Mini Bird's Nest Tart.

The set menus comes with a bottle of sparkling wine and a stalk of rose.
A box of chocolate pralines is onlyavailable with the RM188++ set menu.
Chinese chef Chan Chong Yan said the menu featured a fusion of the Chinese, Japanese and western elements.

"What I mean by fusion is the Double Boiled Chicken Soup in Whole Crystal Pear that is Chinese while the Braised Whole Abalone with Winter Melon and Foie Gras is mixed with a bit of western.

"The original sauce should be oyster, instead we used foie gras.

"The menus offer meat, fish and seafood to suit the need of everyone.

"When you go to certain places, they would only offer one type of meat but we are giving a variety.

"Our menus not only offer Asian flavour but it comes with a bit of the western touch.

"Even the Chilled Lemongrass Pudding with Banana dessert is prepared with special attention, where-by you have the fragrance of the lemongrass but it is not too strong," he said.
Chan said the menus were prepared to suit the taste and mood of the Valentine's Day.

Nikko is also offering the 'Love in Motion' package that includes an overnight accommodation at the Royal Suite for RM23,000++.

The package comes with a speciallyorchestrated candlelight dinner for two on the balcony on Level 26 with a solo violinist, a bouquet of 100 stalks of red roses, a bottle of sparklingchampagne and a pampering session for two at The Sompoton Spa.
It is only valid on Feb 14 and subject to availability. For reservation call 03-2782 6330 or email reservation@hotel-nikko.corn my.

On Feb 13 and 14, the Benkay Japanese Restaurant is also offering 'Anata ga suki' Valentine's Day Set Dinner.

The offer features Soft-boiled Egg Jelly topped with Sea Urchin, Assorted Sashimi, Deep-fried Eel Fist, Simmered Angelfish Liver with Radish and Grilled Wagyu Beef 'Toban' Style and Sweet Green Tea Ice-cream priced at RM150++ per person.
For reservation, call 03-2782 6118.

the perfect opportunity to indulge your loved one with an intimate dining experience


AVANTI Italian-American Ristorante at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa unravels the perfect opportunity to indulge your loved one with an intimate dining experience epitomising love and culinary pleasure this Valentine's Day February 14 2009.

Presenting a sumptuous five-course dinner menu with wine pairings, Chef Shan, the restaurant's chef at the helm, whets appetites with an exquisite line-up of contemporary Italian cuisine.
Chef Shan draws on his culinary finesse and imaginative skills in working with ingredients that supposedly invoke passion for the occasion. As a start, tuck into

Lobster Panna Cotta and Green Asparagus drizzled with Macadamia Nougatine Dressing. This is followed by deliciously flavoursome Goat Cheese Barolo Risotto served with Slow Oven-Baked Bosc Pear. Preceding the main course thereafter, is Balsamic, Berry and Vanilla Bean Ripple Granite with Hazelnut

Dukkah. Balsamic Vinegar cleverly brings out the flavour of berry fruit, further enhanced by the taste of vanilla bean.

Main course is a mouth-watering choice of either Broiled Blue-Eyed Cod with Chanterelle Crust, Creamy Leek and Champagne Sauce or Beef Tenderloin gratinated with Castelluccio Lentils, Rosemary-Scented Pumpkin Polenta and Merlot Sauce.

Both selections of main course are equally scrumptious and ensure a thoroughly satisfying meal.
To culminate the meal, creamy, custard-like white chocolate and yoghurt soup with caramel is served with a dollop of sesame ice cream for interesting contrasts that end on a sweet note. The ravishing meal is rounded off with coffee or tea and chocolares to warm the heart.
Be charmed this Valentine's at Avanti on Feb 14 from 6,30 pm to 10.30 pro. The dinner menu is priced at RM 400++ per couple, inclusive of a box of chocolates for him and a stalk of rose for her.

Then whisk your Valentine away to The Villas at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa for a celebration of romance and inspiration. Minutes from the city, this sanctuary of privacy and indulgence is accentuated by a synthesis of romantic diversions to cap off the occasion.

Applicable for stays on Feb 13 or 14 at only RM 1,288++ per couple per night, The Villas' Valentine's package encompasses a 2D!N stay at a private villa, inclusive of chilled welcome drinks, cold towels and an enticing assorted fruit platter on arrival.

Exotic evening cocktails at The Pavillion - a private enclave exclusively for guests of The Villas - and a dreamy three-course.candlelight dinner by the prwate villa plunge pool along with a complimentary bottle of champagne, follow suit.

Wake up to a veritable breakfast buffet at The Pavillion the next morning.
Cap off the romantic escape with a 50-minute Balinese Massage or Pure Nature Facial spa treatment for two at the Resort's award-winning

Mandara Spa.
Be charmed at The Villas for it conjures up the kind of romantic interlude that anyone would dream of in a world of laid-back tropical luxury.

The Villas is reserved for adults and welcomes guests 12 years and above.
For reservations at Avanti Italian-American Ristorante, contact 03-7492 8000 extn.3176. To book your romantic hideaway at The Villas, call

03-7495 1646 or email Alternatively, visit

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Grilled to perfection


NOTHING compares to the taste of grass-fed beef that can transport you to the Argentinian Pampas With just one bite. The Gaucho Grill, located along Jalan Raja Chulan, is hard to miss. Just look out for its big black and red lifesize cow dummy at the entrance.

At Gaucho Grill, steaks are cooked open fire style. This style of cooking ensures that the meat is crispy on the outside while cooked to perfection according to your degree of preference on the inside.

Grass-fed Argentinian beef known for its flavour and tenderness, popular ingredients and sauces coupled with a distinctive style of cooking are among the ingredients that make up the outlet's success.

For non-steak lovers, there are other options, such as lamb rack or seafood pasta, among others. All main courses come with a salda and soup.

For sweet endings, the restaurant offers a variety of desserts such as Choc Madeleine, a warm, moist chocolate and fudge with macademia nut ice-cream.

Look out for the Set Lunch set at RM28**, which include Ice Lemon Tea, soup and salad.

If you happen to be around the Golden Triangle, please do drop by the chain's other Argentinian steak house- the Maredo's located at Jalan P Ramlee.

*Gaucho Grill is located at Lot B5, Chulan Square, 92 Jalan Raja Chulan, KL. Tel no: 03-2145 4268 or 012-337 3935. Business hours are from 12 noon to 3pm for lunch and 6:30pm to Ilpm for dinner. Gaucho Grill is a pork-free restaurant.