Gelo and Dyllan

Did I say how much I miss taking portraits? I remember that day when I wanted to test the Nikkor 50mm 1.8f prime lens two years ago and Clarice wanted photos to be distributed of her sons during Christmas. I just cannot remember if I have given her the post-processed images with the watermark on it.

These were taken at Loyola Cemetery (yes, so don’t complain). It was nearing sunset which is a perfect time in taking outdoors because the sun is nearly parallel to the subjects and to the lens’ view. Most of the shots were taken by aperture priority stuck between 1.8 to 2.8f.

TGI Friday's Brand Spanking New

Brand Spanking New at T.G.I. Friday's

Last March 15, T.G.I. Friday’s invited me to taste their new line of dishes which is mainly based on Tennessee cuisine. Alex and I went to Menara Hap Seng along Jalan P. Ramlee to witness the event. I have always been a fan of their classic and sumptuous ribs so I was actually excited to see that they are launching new dishes.

TGI Friday's Brand Spanking New

TGI Friday's Hap Seng

A few bloggers and some people from the local media were there to meet and be introduced to each other. After a few discussions, the meals were served and everyone shared and gave their thoughts. Personally, I like the BBQ, not just that the food profile is familiar to my liking , but it has this distinct sweet marinade which you will never find in other BBQ sauce. Also, the lamb meat from Osso Bucco is one of my bets. It is very moist and tender that I almost forgot that I had my orthodontic braces adjusted a few days back.

TGI Friday's Brand Spanking New

Interior

It is recognizable that most of the dishes are for not just for one serving, which is actually a good part. Dining has never been fun with yourself, so always make sure to tag along some friends or someone with you. Listed below are the nine new dishes, which I am sure, you will enjoy when you visit any Friday’s outlet nearby.

  1. Osso Bucco
    Fall-of-the-bone tender lamb shank slow roasted with roasted vegetables and plum tomato sauce served over Cheddar Cheese mashed potatoes. RM 36.90
  2. Championship BBQ Chicken
    Roasted half chicken grilled to perfection an topped with Championship BBQ sauce. Served with crispy onion rings and Cheddar cheese mashed potatoes. RM 28.90
  3. Caribbean Wings
    Fire-grilled Caribbean-seasoned chicken wings glazed with an intense Tropical Spiced Sauce. RM 16.90
  4. California Club Sandwich
    Mesquite smoked turkey breast, crispy beef bacon, turkey ham and Monterey Jack cheese on toasted ciabatta bread with tomatoes, shredded ROmaine lettuce, guacamole and mayonnaise. RM 24.90
  5. Cobb Salad
    Diced, grilled chicken breast, crisp bacon, avocado, Cheddar cheese, hardboiled egg, black olives, tomatoes and crumbled Bleu cheese atop a bowl of fresh salad greens. Served with your choice of dressing, Ranch, Honey Mustard, Bleu Cheese, Low Fat Cilantro Lime, Caesar, Oilive Oil & Vinegar. RM 28.90
  6. Garlic Spaghetti Vegetali
    Spaghetti gently tossed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh broccoli, tomatoes, radicchio, arugula, garlic, basil, Parmesan cheese and garnished with a crispy basil leaf. RM 19.90. Add chicken at RM 5.00
  7. Bistro Shrimp & Asparagus Pasta
    Sauteed shrump summered with lemon sauce and garlic, tomato, asparagus and basil tossed with spaghetti and Parmesa cheese. RM 29.90
  8. Grilled Snapper with tomato cucumber Vinaigrette
    Chargrilled snapper filet topped with fresh flavorful tomato-cucumber and basil vinaigrette. Served over savory rice with steamed broccoli. RM 32.90
  9. Chocolate Cinnamon Crisps
    Crispy wonton squares with melted chocolate in the center and cinnamon dusted on top. WIth butterscotch topping and vanilla ice cream. Served with fresh strawberries. RM 12.90
TGI Friday's Brand Spanking New

TGI Friday's Brand Spanking New

Along with the new dishes, they Friday’s is also running a contest, “Brand Spanking New You“. To participate, just enjoy your dine at any Friday’s restaurant and fill out the contest coupon providing how would you rate your favorite lifestyle. Among these experiences include a trip to Universal Studios in Singapore, sky diving and flying lessons, a complete makeover package, being a DJ or pop star for a day, an all expense paid shopping trip, and many more!

Not to mention that I forgot to charge my speedlite batteries, for some good karma, after the lunch was served, they prepared another set of these meals outside so I took the advantage of taking shots of their new dishes using natural sunlight.

1 First Avenue in HDR

With the new lens I recently purchased, I am more eager to take infrastructure and landscape photos. This was taken around 7:30 in the morning in Malaysia so the sun just recently rose up. Too bad there were no cute clouds forming above 1 First Avenue. This could have been better if I used the tripod with me.

Handheld HDR

1 First Avenue on HDR

This was shot using a Nikon D90 with a Tokina 11-16 2.8f lens. It was on 2.8 aperture at 1/320 shutter speed and at 12mm focal length on DX format. Three shots were taken on handheld with -3/+3 exposure biased variance between bracketing. Minimal tonal exposure was adjusted after merging three photos.

4th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012

Since I missed the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Philippines early this year, I made sure that I will not miss the chance to take pictures of such gigantic balloons when they landed here in Malaysia. With such enthusiasm, my co-workers and I went straight from night shift work and some from their off to see these in person.

Hot Air Balloons Putrajaya

Hot Air Balloons

It was disappointing that only few balloons were available for public ride and they are tied onto the ground. Ergo, the balloons can only fly a few feet above the ground. If they held the venue in a wider and more open space like in Clark Airfield, there would be more air flight shows, parades, family activities and such.

To my dismay, I just enjoyed the event considering it is a mini-team building event with friends at work.

OSO at Putrajaya

OSO at Putrajaya

Below is a short video while walking from the field back to where we park.

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