I Remember My Chini Restaurant

I walk past this new shop at Publika every day. It used to be a boutique but from the look of the current renovation, it will be turned into some sort of a cafe as I could see the drinking prep area and the shiny stainless steel kitchen. One day the boutique posted a notice saying they were moving away. Days after that, I saw several workers waiting at the shutters for many mornings. Following to that, I could see the progress of their work – from the new bar stools, to the fresh coat of paint on the wall, to the shiny kitchen equipment.

I could almost feel the excitement as I was there in the same scenario too a few years ago.

A long time ago, in a far, far away place, I had a place where I put my heart and soul into it. It was called Chini – The Malay Cuisine Restaurant. As you enter the restaurant, a low coffee table decorated with fresh flowers and an array of spices will greet you, prepping up and tantalizing your senses for what was awaiting from the kitchen. The show kitchen wafted with beautiful, aromatic smell of food and the satellite kitchen lined up with bar stools where the regulars would hang out for some teh tarik or kopi while watching the kitchen crew preparing some kuih in the late afternoons.

As you stood at the balcony, you could see the blue/green ocean just beyond the horizon and that sight alone, will make you think that you are dreaming.

The three-month renovation period kicked in just right after I paid for the lock-stock-and-barrel of the then Japanese restaurant. The beautiful, shiny stainless steel kitchen was designed and pre fabricated in Peninsular Malaysia then shipped out to Kota Kinabalu. Repainting, fitting, furnishing the 70-cover restaurant was the best part. I’d spent days and days to hunt for the perfect kopitiam-style tableware.


I miss this place.


Now Everyone Can Blacklist

My friend and her husband have come up with this awesome website called the BlacklistPlanet where you can blacklist anyone and anything. It is not only a review site but serves as an info sharing platform where you can warn others of bad experiences or mistakes that you have made, and hope that other readers will learn from this.

BlacklistPlanet has a story behind its conception. This young couple was coming to a point where both of them were so annoyed at home wreckers, cheaters, bad service, scams etc etc (sounds familiar) and if only there were ways to know all of these right away. They also figured that if this idea is making them happy, it should make everyone else happy too!

I could almost imagine the light bulb moment for them….

And that was how it came about.

The Other Half of the founders explained to me that BlacklistPlanet has a simple mission and that is to create a global Blacklist of individuals, businesses, and products that have been taking advantage of others. What better way to improve the lives of everyone than by letting them know who and what to avoid? Others can then make more informed decisions based on the information provided. Cheating lovers, dishonest contractors, lawyers, nannies, lying job searchers, non-paying tenants, defunct products, stealing maids, animals abusers, wife/husband beaters, horrendous hotels, bad service, horrible food and restaurants… virtually everything that people should be aware of. They have also included mechanism to manage abuse of listing.

Try it out guys. Go to www.blacklistplanet.com.