Sunday, November 6, 2011

I Makan Pedas Punya, Okay?

I write this post intentionally just to make my best friend laugh.

She said that after staying in Penang for sOoOOooo long (since 2008), I can barely take spicy food? Why? Don't blame me, eating spicy food is a rare treat cos my MIL herself can't stand spicy food. Even the so-called curry chicken we have occasionally is super-ultra-non-spicy. Anyway, I've decided to embark on a spicy journey and see how spicy a food I can tahan (tolerate). But not all in one day la...

Level One - Wan Tan Mee with pickled chilly. Yes, the most not spicy chilly that is a MUST for the egg noodle lovers. But usually I go without the chilly IF the noodles is made just perfect - not too salty not too bland. So usually those who dine with me sees me eat Wan Tan Mee with the pickled chilly, it only means one thing - "This Wan Tan Mee not nais (nice)..."

Level Two -Chilly sauce for Dim Sum. Now this is spicier than the pickled chilly but still not considered spicy for many. I didn't break a sweat while eating this Siew Mai. Honestly, I don't quite understand why Dim Sum served in the Klang Valley comes with sweet sauce but not in Penang. Almost every food here is accompanied with chilly...By the way, this one too taste so-so only. So it's not worth recommending.

Level Three -McD's Spicy Chicken McDeluxe. Okay, now THIS one is spicy to me. Probably my besties (probably my brothers too) will be laughing their hearts out when I claim Spicy Chicken McDeluxe IS spicy. See that McCafe Phuket cup on the right side of the burger? Ya... that cup was filled with iced Ribena just to beat out the spiciness!

Level Four -Penang Asam Laksa. A popular noodle dish that made it to some CNN food list. The tourist version of course is not so spicy just like the tourist Tom Yam we had in our past trip to Phuket. This bowl of Asam Laksa is so spicy that even milk cannot help subdue the spiciness. This one really hit me hard. I could barely finish the noodles and dare not drink the soup no matter how fragrant it was. You see, the thing about Laksa is that the bottom of the pot is best. In local Hokkien dialect they say "hor liao tim tey" meaning the best is at the bottom. So if you go to a popular Laksa stall anywhere in Penang, don't go when they just opened stall (unless you bought a tourist with you). Go sometime an hour or two before they close. The broth is so fragrant you'll drool before you can even make your order!

No more?

Yup. Game ends at level four because I "died" (si). In Chinese four sound like the word die, which is why many Chinese people in particular do not like the number 4. The spiciness of the laksa "killed" me.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Reply from Groupon

This came in my email last week. I only saw it when I checked my email this morning.

If you guys are lazy to click on the image, I've copied out the message and pasted it below for the globe to read.

Hi Wai Leng,

We have read through your review on your dissatisfaction towards your purchase to MON MEILL's jewellery via Groupon Malaysia. Please accept our sincerest apology as our deal did not meet your expectations. I have already forwarded your comments to all involved parties.

We truly apologise that the item(s) did not reach you at the promised dates. Due to a high number of duplicates and a high number of customers redeeming this Groupon, we understand that it took a while for the item(s) to be shipped out. After much discussion with Mon Meill, there were about 90 parcels out of the 3,000 parcels that were sent out by Mon Meill, was returned to sender (Mon Meill in Hong Kong), due to wrong destination address and/or no recipient. No worries, we assure you that for this current deal, we have already improvised in our delivery system with Mon Meill.

Upon the arrival of your package, we are very sorry for the dent. It is beyond our means to compensate you with a new gift box but we can offer you a RM5 token which will be placed into your Groupon account and can be redeemed through your future Groupon purchases worth more than RM10. Rest assured, this will not occur again as for the re-feature, Mon Meill will proceed to bubble wrap all the packages before mailing them out. We are improving for the better so as to prevent such cases from happening again.

On another note, should you still feel otherwise do write in to us at We would appreciate it if you could send us a picture of the flawed area to your purchase and we will take the necessary action from there.
As mentioned by Mon Meill on our discussion page (, they have clarified that "The material of MON MEILL product (non zirconia part) is made of 925 sterling silver PLATED with 18-karat white gold and the stone is made with SWAROVSKI ZIRCONIA. The use of PLATED 18K white gold is to lessen the chance of silver from being oxidized." We hope this helps clarify your doubt.

Also, "The use of a special tag ‘Made with SWAROVSKI ZIRCONIA’ is a symbol of identification for the SWAROVSKI ZIRCONIA. Each SWAROVSKI ZIRCONIA has laser inscribed word engraved on the surface. The new microscopic laser engraving is a special sign of authenticity. This can be viewed under professional microscope."Furthermore, kindly be advised that MON MEILL has already given the cooperation agreement with SWAROVSKI GEMS to Groupon Malaysia. MON MEILL co-operates with SWAROVSKI GEMS in the sense that MON MEILL set its products with SWAROVSKI ZIRCONIA.

We sincerely apologize if you felt that our deal offer is misleading or deluding, and we greatly appreciate all of your honest feedback. It is never our intention to cheat any of our customers at all as we love to see our customers enjoying our deals.

Your feedback is very valuable to us as it will definitely assist us in becoming better at what we do. As a young company we are always looking for ways to improve your experience and will do our best to make sure this doesn't happen again. It is our goal to retain you as a satisfied customer and we hope to serve you again in the near future.
We hope our friendly connection will continue as before so please do inform us if there is anything else that we can help.

Kind regards,
Groupon MY

I have yet to reply them as I'm a little busy with something else at the moment. But the next screen shot ... I'll leave it to you guys to interpret.