Saturday, October 25, 2014

My evening with James Morris-Cotteril aka James Yang 杨永聪

I can imagine many of your eyebrows are raised just having read the title of this post. Well, let me introduce you to this good-looking chap with a mesmerising smoky voice called James.

How did I get to know about James? Well, it was through last season's One Million Star (华人星光大道) where in one of the PK rounds, he was the challenger. He had Matilda Tao (陶晶莹) all over him because of his good looks!

My friends and I felt slightly out of place because his fan club members more or less conquered the entire place. Thankfully, I made a reservation beforehand. Thank you, Wings Musicafe Sri Petaling for accommodating us and for entertaining my fickle-mindedness (more like my friends could not tell me all at once - they had to tell me separately, argh!).

The stage was all set when we arrived. And I love the fact that he was punctual.

We all had the same reaction when he walked in: Why is he so thin? And gosh, he's tall!

I was wondering why the lights were not dimmer, as I was making comparisons with the pubs and all in Sydney. But then, I was quite glad that it was brightly lit, as it made photo-taking a less frustrating affair.

Of course the dude had to have some banter with his audience, no? At one point, he was even offered fried sweet potato wedges by the emcee!

I was really impressed with how composed he was in replying in Mandarin questions thrown at him. Although he has Chinese blood flowing in him (his mother is a Hong Konger), he only picked up the Chinese language when he made the decision to join the Taiwanese pop music industry two years ago. Not easy for someone who spent his formative years in extremely Mat Salleh UK.

In addition to his smoky voice, I liked that he plays the guitar, too. So simple, rustic, no-over-the-top-fancy-schmancy stuff. Okay, fine, I admit that I like any person who could play a musical instrument and sing at the same time but hey, he is good-looking, has a mesmerising voice and an attractive sense of humour to boot! Oh, not forgetting a very friendly father who is based in KL as an expert in money laundering. Er, no, he does not launder money but he  knows the... er, just buy his book...

It is such a different feeling hearing him sing live compared to a recording of his singing. How should I describe it? Hm, his voice is quite emotional and alive. I was totally drawn in (sucked in more like).

James, all the best in all you do - am sure that your creative juices will flow... no, pour for many years to come! So happy to have watched you sing live.

And my friends, in case you are still wondering why I bothered to watch his little showcase (when normally I could not care less), this is why:

He is the first, let me repeat, first artiste to have replied my message. And that was the first reply of a few. Who would not support such a down-to-earth person?

But then again, we all have our own preferences in singers so I am not going to tell you to just take my word. Why not just listen to him sing and decide for yourself?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chef Rasa Sayang Malaysian Restaurant

On a weekend some months ago after my Fit Club session in Gordon, I took a train to Chatswood because I wanted to purchase some things from a shop inside Chatswood Chase. Along the way, I noticed one of the Chinese takeaway restaurants undergoing renovations. Its originally red signage was replaced with one that is bright green. One word that caught my attention: Malaysian.

And that marked the beginning of many visits for pork noodle and pan mee. They should start a loyalty program of some sort - some of us frequent them every other day (especially that Chatswoodian weekend flatmate of ours).

Popiah ($8.80)
So happy that there is no longer the need for us to travel all the way to either Campsie of Kingsford for awesome filled-with-lots-of-potato-and-half-a-half-boiled-egg curry puff ($3.00)!

We could help ourselves to as much chilli as we want...

Flatmates were delirious when they found out that they had pan mee ($13.90) on their menu. Even more so when it came with the "right" chilli sauce ;)

I, on the other hand, could not contain myself when I saw that they included pork noodle ($11.90) in their menu. I finished 80% of the soup - amazing for someone who normally leaves the most soup in the bowl. The only weird thing was that I could not have it in only vermicelli. They only serve it in either vermicelli and flat rice noodle or vermicelli and yellow noodle.

We were divided in what we thought of the fish head noodle ($11.90) but still a satisfying bowl of noodles.

Chinese tea is bottomless and from what we have observed, they seem to also do catering. Oh, and there are different varieties of Nyonya kuih at the counter each day.

Chef Rasa Sayang on Urbanspoon

Chef Rasa Sayang Malaysian Restaurant
375 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 8068 4402
Open daily for lunch and dinner


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