Ala Bola Steak House, Seri Kembangan

Ala Bola Steak House is located right next to The Kebabz. I’ve been there a few times and tried a few dishes.

I’m fanatic about mushroom soup. It’s a must-order item when I go to a Western food restaurant. I’m happy to report that the mushroom soup is among the most delicious I’ve had. The accompanying garlic bread is also perfect.

There was one evening when I was kind of starving and went there for dinner. I got a bit carried away and ordered the mushroom soup, mashed potatoes and grilled chicken with pasta. I regretted it at the end of the meal, not because the food was not good, but because I was too full. Anyway, the mashed potatoes was also delicious — just the right balance of creaminess and the gravy was awesome.

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Meatball & Co, Putrajaya

I’m not a mean person, but I have to tell people to not eat here. The food was horrible.

The meatball set comes with an option of two side dishes. I ordered beef meatballs with salad and mashed potatoes plus soft chocolate cookies and cappuccino.

The meatballs were so tasteless, I felt like I was chewing a sponge. The mashed potatoes was equally tasteless. I wondered if the cook forgot the vital ingredients. There was nothing memorable about the salad and the cappuccino.

The chocolate cookies was OK. Not too sweet and they actually tasted like chocolate cookies. The cookies were the only good thing I ate there.

The bill was RM25.95. I beg you not to waste your hard-earned money here.

My verdict:

Salam Noodles, Cyberjaya

I dropped by at Salam Noodles for lunch. It’s located on level P2 of Shaftbury Square, Cyberjaya. I heard much about this restaurant and decided to check it out.

This restaurant has a welcoming feel that I like. It’s decor is simple but attractive. I sat down at a table, wrote down my order on a piece of paper and then went to the the counter to pay. The menu consists of a variety of soup noodles. There are also a few rice dishes, if you prefer that. I ordered braised beef soup noodles. Drinks are free flow and free of charge if your food is at least RM8.

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Frankly Speaking

I was still a child when Tun Musa Hitam was the deputy prime minister of Malaysia. This book is his perspective of Malaysian history and politics.

I have no memory of most of the events that he writes about in this book. The ones I do remember, I only remember vaguely. I had little understanding of what was happening at the time.

One of the events I do remember was the Memali tragedy. But even then, what I gathered from the conversations of adults was confusing and made little sense to my young mind. In this book, Tun Musa Hitam detailed the events that took place prior to the tragedy and the extent of his involvement in it.

I remember a few months before Tun Musa Hitam’s resignation as deputy prime minister, there were rumours that the relationship between him and the prime minister was strained — rumours that both denied. Therefore, the nation was quite shocked when his resignation was announced. Tun Musa Hitam candidly explains what led him to that decision.

As I finished this book, I wondered if fate played a cruel joke on us Malaysians. May be our country would be on a totally different path now if Musa Hitam did become our prime minister.

For Malaysians, I think this is a must-read and you can get it from Kinokuniya.

Sihatkah Kompas Akhlak Anda?

Kompas akhlak — atau kata omputih moral compass.

Bagaimana anda menentukan sama ada sesuatu perkara itu baik atau buruk, betul atau salah? Kalau anda percaya Tuhan dan ada agama, penentuan itu dibuat mengikut ajaran agama anda. Kalau anda tidak percaya kewujudan Tuhan, kemungkinan besar keputusan itu dibuat mengikut citarasa dan trend semasa. Bak kata Dostoyevsky, “The absence of God justifies everything” (Ketiadaan Tuhan mewajarkan segalanya).

Ada tak sesiapa yang waras akal fikiran yang berpendapat menipu adalah perbuatan yang baik dan dibolehkan? Dalam keadaan apakah menipu dianggap baik dan dibolehkan? Jika seseorang terbukti menipu, adakah anda akan membela dan membenarkan penipuannya jika orang itu dekat dengan anda?

Mari kita jenguk sebentar maksud ayat Annisa:135

Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Jadilah kamu penegak keadilan, menjadi saksi karena Allah walaupun terhadap dirimu sendiri atau terhadap ibu bapa dan kaum kerabatmu. Jika dia (yang terdakwa) kaya ataupun miskin, maka Allah lebih tahu kemaslahatan (kebaikannya). Maka janganlah kamu mengikuti hawa nafsu karena ingin menyimpang dari kebenaran. Dan jika kamu memutar balikkan (kata-kata) atau enggan menjadi saksi, maka ketahuilah Allah Mahateliti terhadap segala apa yang kamu kerjakan.

Islam mengajak kita berlaku adil. Bila memberi kesaksian dan menjatuhkan hukuman, kita dituntut supaya berlaku adil walaupun yang dituduh dan diadili itu adalah orang yang dekat dengan kita atau orang yang kita sayangi. Jangan sesekali memutar belit kebenaran kerana mahu melindungi orang yang kita sayang.

Andaikan ada seorang tokoh yang terkenal dan disegani didapati berbohong mengenai kelulusan akademiknya. Andaikan dia menipu bahawa dia berkelulusan PhD dan setelah disiasat, didapati bahawa hal itu tidak benar. Adakah anda akan menutup mata dan memperkecilkan pembohongannya kerana selama ini dia telah membimbing dan membantu ramai orang untuk jadi usahawan berjaya?

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