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I have done a lot of things in my life and have also worked in many different jobs to make a living and to experience life. This blog is just some of my musings, sometimes funny, sometimes inspirational, sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes simple but all the time, it's just me.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Absinthe is the highly alcohol content drink that I personally have never tried. It is an anise flavoured spirit derived from the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium commonly referred to as "grande wormwood", together with green anise and sweet fennel. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green colour but can also be colourless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as la fée verte (the "green fairy" in French). Although it is sometimes mistakenly called a Liqueur, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is therefore classified as a spirit.

Absinthe also happened to be the favorite drink of Vincent Van Gogh ... no wonder he cut his ears off and was hearing things, who would not after drinking Absinthe.

Anyways, the Absynthe I am talking about is this restaurant on Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast.

It is run and owned by two star Michelin chef Meyjitte Boughenout. Meyjitte was the person who served us and also recommended for us to go to some restaurants in Brisbane.

Sometimes, food is food. A roti canai that I buy in Bangsar for 50 Malaysian cents is no different from the 18 ringgit roti canai that some 5 star hotels serve in KL.

But when you eat by food prepared by a great creator, inventor and artiste of food, you are bound to get something you have never had before.

The food in Absyenthe is by far amongst the tastiest and most creative food that I have eaten in quite some time and wonder how some of the so called expensive restaurants in KL get away by charging an arm and a leg and serving crap.

When compared to food prices in KL, prices in good restaurants here are cheaper. The produce is fresher. The wine is also better.

In life, sometimes you need to enjoy the luxuries and have some fun and enjoy. But if you are amongst those that go to 5 star hotels in KL to eat 18 ringgit roti canai when the best roti canai is 50 cents, then you are pretty much an idiot.

Not necessary expensive means fresh and good but sometimes you have to pay price for creativity and taste.

Van Gogh was worth nothing and died a poor man but his paintings now are amongst the most expensive in the world.

Would you like to live a legacy like Van Gogh who died a poor man but be famous and popular after you have died?

Or would you rather be like Salvador Dali who enjoyed life, lived a rich live and died a rich man and still left a legacy?

Would you rather be stingy and selfish and greedy and not enjoy your life you have to live now for a uncertain afterlife or would you rather enjoy your life now, do good, be good and have fun and let the afterlife come when it comes?

I rather have fun, eat great food at wonderful places and have a life that people will say was worth living.

If you are on Gold Coast, go have food in Absynthe as well as in the small Japanese bistro run by a Japanese family. But do not go and spend 20 aussie dollars on a lousy mee goreng in a Malaysian restaurant.

Take care and be well.

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