If you could see me now

It is a touching and heart-broken story. “If you could see me now” refer to Ivan, an invisible man, who’s job is accompany kids during their lonesome.

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Elizabeth is a successful thirty something businesswoman, rigid and beautiful. But she seems not too well in communicating & take care of with her nephew, Luke.  Ivan initial job is to help Luke but he fall in love with Elizabeth eventually.

How could an invisible man like Ivan to fall in love with Elizabeth and how’s the love spark between both of them?

Follow the story closely and you will find it is so touchable! Love means sacrifice, willing to give and commitment, which i learnt after reading the book.

Besides, I was told that it will soon to be in movie and star by Hugh Jackman. 🙂

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Uncle Pin @ Jakarta

I just never that I never talk about the Indonesia food before. So, let’s start with Uncle Pin @ Jakarta!

I was told that Uncle Pin is famous with the seafood and it has many supporters even the earlier location is small and seem not hygiene enough. It was later move to Muara Karang, South Jakarta with better set up.

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Without wasting time, let’s see what i have for my dinner.

Steam Prawn – Yummy, yummy!

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Strongly recommend – dip the prawn to this mix sauce. It definitely enhance the prawn aroma & taste!

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Ikan Tim Nyonya (Madam Steamed fish), the yummiest one!  Don’t know how to describe the taste, it got mixture all the taste. Just order & will never go wrong.

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Kepiting Asap (Grill Crab with banana leaf) is really good as well. The freshness of the crab is just hardly to describe by words.

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Address:  Jl. Pluit Karang Timur, Blok B8 No. 78-80, Muara Karang, Jakarta

Opening Hour : 10.00 am to 10.00pm daily.
Phone: 021 22667451

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Pho Hoa @ Best Vietnamese Beef Noodle

I tried a lot of Vietnamese noodle before, where local refer as “Pho” and I could say that Pho Hoa is the best that I even tried.

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This restaurant come with a long legacy, more than 50 years.  It consistently ranks as one of the best places to sample Vietnam’s most popular noodle soup. The restaurant has been run by successive generations of the same family which adds a little history to your meal. Of course, the broth recipe also a family secret, which helps create a little mystique around the flavours. 🙂

Despite of it’s popularity, it never intend to open any branch out there and this is the only shop that you could have the traditional Vietnamese noodle. Hence, we are here!!

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I ordered the well done beef noodle with egg and add on bean sprout, vegetables, lime, chili and etc just like locals, to spice up my broth.

Never forget the “yao tiao” as well. It is incredible delicious after dip into the broth.

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Address: p. 8, 260E Pasteur, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Phone:+84 8 3829 7943
For those do not take beef or not a beef lover, you could opt for chicken. They offer chicken as well. You may check out the their menu as below, before your visit.

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Love, Rosie @ Where the Rainbow end

It is a lovely story.  It is so easy to catch your interest when you flip the first page of the book, if you been write text with your mates during your school time.

Rosie and Alex are childhood best friends. They likes to send text, instant messages and email to each other, without realizing that “love” have actually blossom between them.

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Through the years that they develop this special connection, they were afraid to try for their special feelings toward each other. They were separated when Alex has to pursue his college degree in Harvard. Rosie was supposed to study in Boston University, but she became pregnant, and kept that secret to Alex even when she bid him goodbye at the airport.

Everytime they want to pursue their romantic love for each other, it was wrong timing, always. They keep missing the chance to pursue their love for each other because of fate and for pursuing the next best choice.

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The lesson learn from the book – follow your heart, your heart knows what’s best. You just have to make things happen. And even if trying to achieve what you really want is difficult, we must not lose faith, and don’t get tired of waiting. It’s better than living life with regrets.

“You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.”
― Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie

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Contraband

So in love to Mark Wahlberg and can’t stop to write him!

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Contraband is a 2012 American action crime thriller film by Mark. The story line is about Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) is an ex-smuggler who now has a peaceful life with his wife, Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and their two sons in New Orleans.

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They later learn that Kate’s brother Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) was smuggling drugs, but dropped them into the Mississippi River during a surprise inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Andy’s boss, mobster Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), threatens to kill Chris’ family if Andy doesn’t pay him back $700,000.

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Chris decides to raise the money by running contraband, working with his former smuggling partner, Sebastian Abney (Ben Foster), who now owns a legitimate construction company.

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Promising Kate that he will not run drugs, Chris joins a cargo ship, planning to buy $10,000,000 in fake bills in Panama and smuggle them into the U.S.

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He is joined by Andy, his good friend Danny Raymer (Lukas Haas), and gets help from crew mates. After Briggs broke into Chris’ house and intimidated his wife and kids, Kate moves into Sebastian’s house for safety.

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In Panama, Chris discovers that the only one who can provide high quality fake bills is crime lord Gonzalo (Diego Luna). Leaving Andy in the van with the money for the fake bills, Chris meets with Gonzalo to negotiate.

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Briggs calls Andy, threatens to kill one of Chris’ sons and forces him to take the money and buy cocaine.

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With the money gone, Chris and Danny agree to help Gonzalo rob an armored car in exchange for the fake bills. After a shootout which kill Gonzalo’s group along with numerous police and security officers, they successfully steals a Jackson Pollock painting that resembles a splattered tarp. Chris and Danny barely make it back to the ship with the fake bills and the painting. They drive the van with contraband into a container, which is loaded onto their cargo ship. Chris hits and berates Andy for using the money to buy cocaine, but apologizes when Andy explains the reason.

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It is revealed that Sebastian is working with Briggs, and he desperately needs money to pay gangster Jim Church (David O’Hara). Sebastian calls Chris and learns that Chris plans to get rid of the cocaine Andy bought. Sebastian instructs Briggs to threaten Kate. Through Kate, Briggs warns Chris not to dump the cocaine. Chris realizes that Sebastian has betrayed him.

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Sebastian contacts the cargo ship’s Captain Camp (J. K. Simmons), with whom he has a partnership. He tells Camp of Chris’ smuggled contraband, and promises him a share if he secures it. Unable to get Chris to give up the contraband, Camp calls U.S. Customs to inspect the ship in New Orleans. The Customs agents find the container with Chris’ van, which is empty except for the paint splattered tarp, which they ignore.

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Once Chris is on shore, Briggs and his thugs demand the drug package. Chris takes Briggs to Camp’s house, having made a duplicate key while on the ship, and knowingly activates the security system. Chris opens Camp’s carpet cleaner and retrieves the cocaine from it. While Briggs and his gang sit in Camp’s living room with the cocaine, Chris sneaks out. Camp awakens to the noise and comes into the living room as the police arrive. Both Briggs’s group and Camp are arrested for possession of the cocaine.

Warned by Chris, Kate leave Sebastian’s house. When she goes back to retrieve some personal items, Sebastian gets angry with her and accidentally pushes her against a bathtub. Thinking she is dead, he dumps her (unconscious) body in a yet to be poured foundation at one of his construction sites. Chris goes to Sebastian’s construction site and manages to locate and save Kate by calling her cellphone. Sebastian is arrested and sent to prison, where he is greeted by a lynch mob.

Danny retrieves the fake bills, which were dumped into the Mississippi River by Chris before docking in New Orleans. At a U.S. Customs auction, Andy buys the escape van earlier confiscated from the cargo ship, and finds the painting still in it. Church pays Chris $3 million for the fake currency and asks about the missing Jackson Pollock. Chris learns the painting can be fenced for over $20 million on the black market. The film ends with Chris, Kate, Andy and the kids beginning a new life in a waterfront house.

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The Coolest International Border in the World

International borders separate one country from another. History, current events, politics and demographics shape what takes place at these borders. While borders seem like permanent fixtures they have revolved throughout time, reminding us that the only constant is change.

This explain the reason why when we think of international borders between countries, we often tend to think of either secured checkpoints or, perhaps, unremarkable, isolated, and imaginary dividers between two pieces of land.

However, it is also very well depend on how friendly bordering nations are borders drastically change. For instance, it’s easy to miss borders located between friendly nations located in the European Union’s Schengen zone, which are simply marked by a sign or line in the road. Other borders are impossible to miss, for instance the border between the US and Mexico is guarded by armed guards, long lines and clearly marked signs warning against illegally crossing from one side to the other.

Some borders, though, are truly fascinating and downright cool. Listed below are some of the more interesting international borders on the planet.

1. Norway & Sweden

Without question, this border between Norway and Sweden is one of the coolest in existence. Here we have Norway on the right and Sweden on the left. The border trail you see here, not all of which is rideable, is over 1,000 miles long.

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2. United States – Mexico

That’s US on the left and Mexico on the right. This border is about 2000 miles long.

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3. Slovakia, Austria And Hungary

Picnic at the borders? This bench marks the border where Slovakia, Austria and Hungary all meet up.

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4. Belgium & Netherlands

This particular border is an example of how the borders should be – no border control and no worries about which country you’re in. It has white crosses to mark the border, but no one really cares.

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5. Haiti And The Dominican Republic

Distinguished By Their Radically Different Environmental Protection Laws

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6. Brazil & Uruguay

You will cross the border of both countries without realizing it.

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7. Poland & Ukraine

These giant fish across the Poland and Ukraine border are intended to represent unity. The unique design was created by Polish artist Jaroslaw Koziara as part of a Land Arts Festival. As a point of interest, NBC notes that “the giant fish was created by seeding different kinds of plants on the field between the Polish and Ukrainian border.”

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8. Bhutan & India

A drain to separating the 2 neighboring countries?

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9. India-Pakistan Border

Line of Control refers to military control like between both the neighbouring nations.

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1o. Vatican City & Italy

The entrance to the St. Peter’s Square actually marks the border between Italy & Vatican City. Amazing right?

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10 Most Surreal Destinations in the World

Can you believe that these place really exist? Hold your breath, scroll down one by one and you will find there are so many amazing places in the world that make us feel too good to be true!

1. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland

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Named after the hero of an 18th century epic poem, Fingal’s Cave boasts numerous geometric columns reminiscent of Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway. Fingal’s Cave is formed from hexagonally jointed basalt columns created by solidified lava. The sea cave is located on Staffa, an uninhabited island that’s part of Scotland. Fingal’s cave contains high, arched roofs that magnify the sound of the ocean. Although boats cannot enter the cave, many local companies offer sightseeing tours of the surrounding area.

2.Red Beach, Panjin, China

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The Red Beach is probably the furthest thing from any traditional understanding of a beach. Instead of vast expanses of sand, a species of red seaweed called sueda dominates the Red Beach. The unusual sight is actually as a result of the seepweed, which grows on the coast. This seaweed stays green for most of the year, then transforms into a dark, cherry-red color once autumn rolls around.

3.Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

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Nestled next to the Atlantic Ocean, the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland is easily one of the most incredible, bizarre natural wonders in the world. The Causeway is home to more than 40,000 columns, most of which have six sides and form a honeycomb-like pattern. Created from cooled magma, it took nearly 60 million years of erosion for the columns to be visible. Scientists believe that they were finally revealed after the last Ice Age, around 15,000 years ago.

4.Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

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The beautiful of Jiuzhaigou is something that you can’t miss. Found in Nanping County just north of Chengdu City, the Jiuhaigou Valley is touted as a holy mountain and watercourse by local Tibetan people. Within its 230 square mile area, Jiuzhaigou Valley contains an impressive array of fantastical forests, serene lakes and breathtaking waterfalls. The land is home to over 2,576 higher plant species.

5. Skaftafeli, Iceland

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The caves at the edge of Iceland’s Svinafellsjokull glacier were formed by highly pressurized glacier ice that contains few air bubbles. Without air, the cave’s ice absorbs all colors but blue, which is refracted and visible to onlookers after rain removes the ice’s surface layer. People can access the cave through a 22-foot entrance that funnels down to a limited, 4-foot opening. Since glaciers are highly active, one can hear loud cracks and groans created by the shifting ice.

6. Antelope Canyon, United States

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The Antelope Canyon is both the most visited and most photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. One glance at the smooth, orange-red walls and it’s easy to see why. This canyon was formed by flash flooding and other subaerial processes that eroded the sandstone.

7.Thermal Springs, Pamukkale, Turkey

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Take a trip to Turkey’s inner Aegean region near the River Menderes Valley and you’ll encounter Pamukkale’s thermal springs and so called, Blue Lagoon. People have bathed in these hot mineral-saturated waters for thousands of years, dubbing the area Pamukkale, or cotton castle.

The scallop-shaped basins of water and frozen waterfalls decorate the area’s cliffside. Here, the spring water is hot and high in calcium, magnesium sulfrate and bicarbonate. The Pamukkale hot springs flow at a rate of 400 liters per second, with their mineral-saturated flows forming its hollow, circular basins all the while.

8. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

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Blue sand and waves in a starry night are giving you the impression that the stars are resting on the ground in all their splendour. Thus, it shapes a scene drawn from stories or an enchanting process that happens in reality: Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island Maldives.

The glow of the night is a side effect of the blooming red algae, known as the ‘’red tide’’, so that during the day you can see the entire beach red. In fact, the beautiful blue light is the result of phytoplankton, some marine microbes that creates this blue glow and the amazing scenery of the Vaadhoo Island, attracting lots of tourists coming in Maldives, eager to see outstanding phenomenon.

9. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China

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Rainbow mountain, it is so amazing to see the mountain in various of color. The beautiful and unusual colours are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years. Wind, rain, and time then sculpted extraordinary shapes, including towers, pillars, and ravines, with varying colours, patterns, and sizes.

10.Tulip fields in the Netherlands

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The Netherlands has been known for its gorgeous fields of colorful flowers in the spring, which bloom from March to May. The fields are so stunning and will overwhelm you with colours, tulips in colours you would never have imagined.

 

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Italian Job

One of my favorite movie by my favorite actor – Mark Wahlberg!

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The Italian Job is a 2003 American heist film and it is about a team of thieves who plan to steal gold from a former associate who double-crossed them. Most of the film was shot on location in Venice and Los Angeles, where canals and streets, respectively, were temporarily shut down during principal photography.

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After being betrayed in Italy by Steve (Edward Norton), Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg), driver Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), explosives man Left Ear (Mos Def) and tech geek Lyle (Seth Green), vows revenge. They enlist the help of Bridger’s daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron), and plot to recover the gold from Steve’s Los Angeles mansion.

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Charlie guides Stella, disguised as a cable repair representative, through Steve’s mansion to scope out its interior using a hidden camera.

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Steve flirts with Stella while she is there, unaware of her connection to John, and she decides go on a date with Steve to draw him out of his house, allowing them to steal the gold. During their date, Stella accidentally reveals her connection to John to Steve by citing a proverb that John always used to say. Steve becomes suspicious and demands to know who she is working for. The team then intervenes and enters the restaurant, and Steve is shocked that they have survived, but then taunts Charlie over John’s death and the reveal of the plan, causing Charlie to punch him in the face before leaving.

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Charlie plan to steal the gold en route to the airport by having Napster gain control of the downtown traffic light system as to be able to guide the armored truck to a specific location. Left Ear detonates part of the street, sending the van into the Metro rail tunnel where the others are waiting. Stella successfully crack the safe, and they load the gold into the Mini Coopers, which are small enough to fit through the storm drain tunnels.

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The epilogue shows them all having used their share of the gold for their own desired purposes. Charlie says that he took John’s advice and found someone he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, and he and Stella are shown sitting and laughing together in a gondola in Venice.

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Serendipity

Well, I know it is too late for me to write a review of “Serendipity”. However, forgive me that I just watched and it is so touching. My heartbeat ran up & down follows every search of Jonathan to Sara or Sara to Jonathan. They in fact are so close yet to far.

The film – Serendipity Serendipity is a 2001 American romantic comedy film, starring by John Cusack (Jonathan) & Kate Beckinsale (Sara). Serendipity means ” fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”

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During the Christmas season, Jonathan Trager first meet Sara Thomas at Bloomingdale’s. He finds it love at first sight, but Sara believes in destiny.

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They end up eating ice cream at Serendipity 3 together, and soon exchange goodbyes. However, Sara and Jonathan both forgot something at the ice cream bar. They return to get their things only to bump into each other again.

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Considering this to be a stroke of fate, Jonathan and Sara decide to go out on the town together, and ice skate on the Wollman Rink at Central Park.

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Since Sara is so believe in destiny, she come out some idea – for the fate to decide their future. She request Jonathan to write his name and phone number on a $5 bill which she spends. Then she shows him the book in her purse Love in the Time of Cholera & says she will write her name and phone number on the inside cover and sell it to a used book store the next morning. If they are meant to be together, they will find the items and contact each other.

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Jonathan is not satisfied with this so and therefore, Sara suggest that they go into the Waldorf-Astoria and enter into different elevators. If they both choose the same floor, they are meant to be together. She also tells him her name is Sara as the doors close. They both choose floor 23 but with some delay in Jonathan’s elevator, stops on 14 and a little boy presses all the buttons causing Jonathan to arrive on floor 23 seconds after Sara leaves. The two believe they’ve lost each other forever.

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Several years later, as their wedding dates approach, each find themselves with a case of cold feet, and they each decide to attempt to find each other again.

With an old receipt, Jonathan attempt to find Sara via credit card details and end up with only an address. After additional research, Jonathan meet the tenant recalls that Sara lived with him for a short time after being referred by a placement company, which he identifies as being located in a shop next to Serendipity 3. Jonathan and Dean follow the lead to find that the agency has moved and its former location is now a bridal shop. Jonathan takes this as a sign that he is supposed to stop looking for Sara, and get married to Halley.

While Sara takes her best friend Eve with her to New York, where she visits the locations of her date, and stays at the Waldorf-Astoria, hoping that fate will bring back Jonathan.

The night before their wedding, Halley (Jonathan fiance) hands Jonathan a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera as a gift, having noticed him picking up the book every time they’re in a bookstore. It is the copy that Sara had written in, and he immediately sets off to find her.

After several effort but still fail to find Jonathan, Sara decides to give up & return home with the  believe that both of them having no fate to be together. However, her excitement raise again when she finds the $5 bill which Jonathan wrote on several years earlier. She find his address but inform by his neighbors that he’s getting married the same day.

She running in tears thinking that Jonathan already got married and she was too late when reach the wedding venue. It was later inform that the wedding was called off. She raise in hope again.

Jonathan, while aimlessly wandering around, finds himself in Central Park. He lies down on the rink surface and uses the jacket he finds as a pillow.

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As snowflakes begin to fall, a black cashmere glove falls on his chest. He turns on his side to see his black cashmere glove. Realizing he has them both, he looks up to see Sara. They introduce themselves to each other formally for the first time.

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When love feels like magic, it is called destiny; when destiny has a sense of humor, it is serendipity.

 

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Hokkaido Ichiba @ Garden

My daughter favorite Japanese restaurant and same do I. Like mother like daughter.

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We always have our lunch here. Or even dinner if we overnight at Garden hotel (the same building with Hokkaido Ichiba) and I will have the hot sake, to compliment my dinner.

The quality of food is rather good compare to the other Japanese restaurant in mall. Of course, the price also higher. No worries, you will get what you pay for!

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Grilled Squid – The tastes is delicate, fresh & the meat is so tender.

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Grilled Salmon Head – My hubby start fancy about this dish after our Japan trip.

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Salmon Roe (Ikura) – My kids love the most.

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King crab – It is so juicy until you can’t stop eating one by another. My son & daughter favorite.

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Sushi Assortment – My favorite, can enjoy various of sashimi in one go.

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Teppanyaki Beef – This is definitely my hubby favorite without doubt. How can I miss his favorite dish when I wrote about Hokkaido Ichiba.

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Japanese Pizza – Nothing special.

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Besides ala-carte, they also offer set meal. Check it out when you are there.

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Hokkaido Ichiba
Lot T-201, Third Floor, The Garden Mall
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2283 1060

 

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