Wednesday, 25 December 2013

UTC Sentul Immigration Office


This post was stuck in my draft for quite some time now. I meant to post it a week ago but *insert lame excuse* I have no time in my hands at all. 


Anyhoos, SCHOOL'S OUT a.k.a. school children are off enjoying their holidays until 2013 comes to an end. Urgh, pfft. *roll eyes*

You know what that means..
1) Shopping malls will not be an ideal spot for leisure & relaxation (no elaboration needed)
2) **No jam
3) I turn my head to the East, I see a screaming kid on my side, I turn my head to the West, a crying kid this time, so I turn my head to the North hoping that no kid will surprise me this round, that hope is dead and gone, their shrieks can't be muted at all. (inspired by T.I. & Justin Timberlake's Dead and Gone lyrics lol. Listen and rap it out)
4) Airplanes will be packed with annoying children

**Who am I kidding? At least, it was believed that there will not be any jam during the school holidays. It doesn't seem to make any difference now. School holidays or no holidays, there will always be jam.

 Holiday --> Airplane rides --> Air tickets --> Passport 

As a working adult, my annual leaves are precious. Precious, precious gems. Therefore, taking a 'half-day leave' for passport renewal was simply unacceptable. We found one immigration office in Sentul that operates ERRDAY(Gen Y language) from 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. and that was exactly what we needed. 

So last Saturday (by last Saturday I meant 2 weeks ago kind of Saturday), we dropped baby J off to my in-laws at 11.30 a.m. and made our way to Sentul. 
Without Miss Waze, I honestly believe that we will never be able to find the immigration office.

At last, we arrived! Took us quite some time to locate a parking spot as the area was major packed with cars. 

Came across this mamak when we were going in circles for parking.
At one glance, I thought it was rather funny. hurhur. 

Btw, the immigration office is located on the first floor, which is the same floor as the food court.


I've read blogs about UTC Sentul and it seems like everyone's experience at the immigration office are of flowers and rainbows. Seriously. Jealous ttm.
HONESTLY? No offence but, I thought the air smelled rather different in Sentul. *the immigration office is located above the morning market*
Still, that area felt somewhat dodgy and I was longing for a good cup of Starbucks or Maccas just to feel more urbanized. That's probably never going to happen. 

We went in to collect a ticket for passport renewal and….our ticket was #1324. We looked up to the screen and not so much to our astonishment, the running number was #1122.
That's more than 200 people in line before our turn!!!
Well, it's the weekend. What do you expect? Yeah, I thought it was going to be packed. We arrived at 12pm after all. However, I didn't expect so many KIDS to be there. *sings my #3) statement from above*

A gentle advice to parents with children: Please la please, tame your kids. Don't just sit there and let them carry on with all sorts of nonsense. 

FREAKING DIRTY LA THE CHILDREN I BEH TAHAN. CHINESE KIDS & MALAY KIDS. CRAWLING ON THE DIRTY FLOOR WTF. Spare the rod and spoil the child.. this is what you get.  Shame on you guys. If you can't control your children in public, HOW ARE YOUR KIDS GOING TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS WITH YOU?!?!? *SLAP SLAP SLAP*


Fuhhh! Where was I? 
Yeah, our ticket number. We decided to eat at the food court because anywhere in UTC Sentul's 1 kilometre radius consists of construction sites, kampung or dodgy eateries. SIGH. My precious Saturday. I'm beginning to reconsider my decision for half-day leave. 

The food court is divided into 2 sections. Halal and Non-Halal. Initially, we walked over to the Halal side of the food court to go-see what the stalls have to offer. I couldn't find anything I like and would've easily settled for a plate of maggi goreng but nop, N/A. There were mee soto and nasi ayam though. 

In the end, I ordered this from the Chinese side of the food court. 

It's not half bad. I thought it would taste worse HAHA. To think that everything in Sentul tastes bad, that was my mistake. lol. 

No. Just, no. 
This tasted bad. 

 Mr Tempe is located right beside the Immigration Office. 

Has anyone tasted this? LOLOL I thought this tempe shizz was keropok lekor!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since they were selling a cup of tempe for RM1, I bought 2 cups *gluttony.

Obviously, it wasn't keropok lekor. It looked like thick cut fries and I smothered it with chilli sauce.
It tasted pretty bad. Later on, we found out that Tempe is actually beans. Okay, at least we're  pretty adventurous to try it out haha.

By the way, we waited for more than 5 hours at Sentul Immigration Office. It was a nightmare, one that we couldn't get out of. We left at about 5-6pm cause we had other arrangements so we didn't manage to collect Collin's passport on that day itself.

He went back to Sentul the next morning (8.30am) and told me that the queue was ridiculously long to the point where the line reached the food court outside. It was crazy. In the end, he walked up to the counter and told the P.I.C that he wanted to collect his passport. Instead of queuing up, he managed to collect his documents within half an hour. PHEW.

In case you didn't bring any passport photos, services are provided for a round figure of RM10 at the ground floor.

I hope your experience in Sentul will not be as dreadful as mine was.

UTC Sentul Immigration Office
Level 1, Pusat Transformasi Bandar
Jalan 2/48A, Sentul Perdana
Bandar Baru Sentul
51000 Kuala Lumpur

JxHappy Holidays,

KyoChon Malaysia @ 1 Utama, Bandar Utama


Ate @ KyoChon a week ago. 

It's funny how hubbs & I agreed on dining at KyoChon in 1 Utama. 

Random fact #1: Collin dislikes Korean food. (wae Oppa, wae?!?!)
Random fact #2: Jessica is not a fan of chicken. (unless if it's steamed herbal chicken. Strictly no breast, tq)

KyoChon on the other hand happens to be one of South Korea's restaurant chains and their specialty is none other than Korean Fried Chicken. *ba dum tsss*

KyoChon's menu. 
Doesn't comprise of a wide selection to choose from but really, that's not going to be a problem at all in this restaurant.

Meet Choi Siwon. Not only does he possess a chiseled chest & a smokin' hot bod, *wipes drool.. I still remember him walking out to the hall with just a towel clad around his body in Oh! My Lady* Siwon Oppa has killer looks too. 

Wait a minute, what if this creepy-looking doll isn't Siwon and I have been going on and on about the wrong K-celeb?! Erm, that's just too bad, I guess. 
Though, I'm not sure why KyoChon would want a life-sized K-Pop heart throb to greet their customers. Not all of the male patrons would be psyched to fix their gaze on a Korean man doll. HAHA. 

Anyway, I would've jumped for joy if the man-doll was Song Seung Hun, Lee Dong Wook or Kwon Sang Woo instead. But that's just me. Feel free to jump around like a crazed-monkey, ladies. 

Plus points awarded to KyoChon even before our orders were taken. They have hooks under their tables, which really is a rare sight in Malaysia. *thumbs up*

It's able to support the weight of my auntie-looking-baby-bag (Thanks for the bag, Roy. lol) which means that the hook can take on quite a bit of weight 'cause God knows what's in that bag! I mean, look at the size of that thing. We have a bottle warmer, baby bottles, diapers, LOADS AND LOADS OF NAPKINS, CLOTHES & BABY WIPES so you can only imagine how heavy it is. 

May I present to you another photo of the restaurant's table. If you look closely, hooks are jutting out of the table stand lololol. Hang your shopping bags there, humans.

Butter rice (RM4++)

Probably not worth its price. You can skip this. HAHA

Kimchi fried rice

Would've loved the kimchayy fly lice in KyoChon if it tasted more sour than spicy. Don't get me wrong, I love spicy food. LOVE. However, anything kimchi should taste sour, right? It's not bad, but it definitely has room for improvements. 

Can somebody kindly remind me what I ate? Grilled chicken? I should think so. Yep.
The grilled chicken & kimchi fried rice comes in a set (approximately RM27?) Can't quite recall the price either hurhurhur, MY BAD. The grilled chicken looked way different from the 'illustrated picture' in the menu, which obviously isn't something any restaurant should practice. The poultry that landed on my plate looked rather measly in comparison. 

Oh well, now for the compliments. It's decent and aromatic. Grilled well and tastes more or less average (meh). This was what I ordered, though I wouldn't have recommended this if it wasn't for the kimchi fried rice. I was sold as soon as my sight was set on the word 'kimchi'. 

Anyhoos, Nando's chicken definitely tastes better than KyoChon's grilled chicken. Sorry. This isn't exactly Korean food. Not worth its reflected price too. 

Honey Wings

Slightly pricier than Original Soy & Spicy Wings, the Honey Wings was my least favourite amongst the three. Hubby thought that the honey wings were his second favourite as he isn't the biggest fan of anything extravagantly spicy.
But here's what I think, the Honey Wings placed itself on the number three spot as it tasted sweet,…and... it pretty much ends there. 

Original Soy Wings

No doubt, this was goooooooood. I'm no chicken lover, so you can take my word for it. ha-ha

Spicy Wings

Needless to say, the spicy wings infused with Korean chilli peppers captivated my heart. CHILLI FTW! As I chewed on the perfectly fried wings, the hot spice started creeping up my cheeks. At that moment in time, I didn't mind having a few zits pop out the next waking morning HAHA.

Anyhoos, I think KyoChon needs more exposure as its location isn't the best to say the very least. It's located in front of Cold Storage and some sort of organic shop. Near the arcade? You'll know how to get there. Just look for Choi Siwon's figurine at KyoChon's entrance and you're right on track.

Did I mention that the staffs over at KyoChon are mighty friendly and polite? We were rushing to finish our meal before closing time PLUS I had to bottle feed my baby while we ate (we were the only diners left in the restaurant) and they asked us not to worry and to take our time :P

Overall, I had a nice time over at this restaurant. I'm going to be a hypocrite and say that I'll be back for more wings on my next visit.

See you soon, Siwon Oppa!