Christmas 2012 Blog Series includes :

*Warning : This is another visual overload. You know the drill before you drool. I suggest you get yourself a tall glass of iced water prior reading this post and salivate involuntarily. lol 


25 December 2012. Christmas Day. Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.


Tina, Gabby and I had the grandest Christmas Day celebration in Kuala Lumpur and we hope you enjoyed yours too! We spent Christmas eve in a deluxe room in JW Mariott Hotel and savored our simple Noche Buena feast and a satisfying breakfast buffet meal at Shook! (both deserve a seperate blog posts). We were given the privilege of late check out at 2PM but we managed to settle everything at 12noon and went back to Shook! to grace their Masquerade Christmas Day Lunch Buffet!


This gastronomic experience is nothing short of spectacular! Of all the eat-all-you-want feasts we enjoyed from the Philippines to Malaysia, Shook! Christmas Masquerade Buffet Lunch at Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang (which literally means, ‘star hill’) is the most fantastic, stellar and stunning, certainly entertaining, lavishly fascinating gastronomic experience to date with all those scrumptious spread of Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Italian, Continental cuisines perfectly paired with free-flowing champagne (we passed up the bottomless champagne and opted to wash everything down with Evian water)!  Shook! offers this splendid theatrical buffet every Sunday but for us who currently live more than 300km from Kuala Lumpur, we’re thankful for the chance that we had it on the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas! What a great time and reason for such indulgence!


I spoke to Mr. Raj, one of the main men behind Shook! in Feast Village and he proudly told me all those holiday decors and pretty ornaments were prepared by the staff themselves. Bravo for such efforts! They creatively set the ambiance and the mood for everyone’s enjoyment. Even the tiniest details on the tables were not overlooked. What a visual and digestive feast it was! 🙂


“The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.

~CS Lewis


Apart from the buffet spread, diners had the opportunity of choosing entrees on the menu; we selected one for each of us. Clockwise from top photo : Tina opted to try a beef dish that was pleasantly plated while I didn’t miss the chance of having seafoods and that Shook’s award winning dish that I sampled last November when they generously invited me for a tasting tour at selected restaurants in Feast Village, the Dancing Prawn. Gabby’s choice was predictable and classic; he had his favorite, Ebi Tempura that seemed like all coated with batter but were all nibbled by Gabby so I guess it successfully passed his young discriminating taste.


There were Mongolian BBQ, Roast Turkey and Beef Ribs (which I also sampled, delicious, tender & flavorful!), Western Style Salad Bar, Selection of Fresh Seafood and Oyster Bar, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Thai Food Counters, Cheese Buffet, Antipasti and more but my palates were so biased to what I don’t usually eat on a daily basis. After all, it’s Christmas, must eat your favorites. And for me, it’s seafood dishes and Japanese!


While Gabby loves Ebi Tempura, I also share the love for such dishes with Tina. Look at my lovely wife’s plates…


This is the only eat-all-you-want that we experienced amazing entertainment. There were clown-balloon maker, magician, juggler, all staff dressed in Medieval splendor, there’s Santa Clause who went table to table giving candies to the old and the young as if the dessert spread wasn’t enough, and yes, there was live band and choir singing what else but lovely Christmas carols! Everything’s magical! Surreal!


The service of all staff of Shook! at Feast Village was quick, warm and friendly! Everyone deserves a salary raise if you ask me! They surely complemented everything on this fabulous feast!

Food. More glorious food!


Desserts were absolutely divine.


Lively and lovely atmosphere…

Cups of cappuccino to end a beautiful meal.


The buffet started 12PM and lasted until 3:30PM; too many food, so little time and stomach! lol. 😀 As we bid goodbye to the best buffet experience we had for 2012, we were gifted with freebies of heavenly chocolate cupcakes topped with moist and decadent chocolate icing and Christmas ornaments. What a great takeaway!


Apparently, one can never measure happiness with anything money could buy. It’s not on the food we eat, the gifts we receive, the cars you drive, the things you shop but it eternally springs on those precious moments we spend with people who love and treasure us.  My biggest joy for Christmas 2012 was celebrating its meaning with my family and seeing ear-to-ear-smiles on their faces. Priceless definitely! 🙂


May the good Lord continuously shower all of us with more of His bountiful blessings this 2013 and beyond.

Have a Prosperous, Healthier & Happier New Year, everyone!

*This is NOT a sponsored post but special thanks goes out to Shook! and Starhill Gallery people, Yati, Raj and Rachel Yong! Warm regards to all the staff particularly to the Filipino crew at Shook! 🙂

Feast Village, Starhill Gallery | 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur | www.feastvillage.com




  1. i sure missed a lot of your posts doc. good that we’re still connected over facebook. it was a very busy year with work and some travel projects in 2013.

    cheers to more great trips and fun family time there in Malaysia in 2013!

  2. Hello Doc Gelo,

    Happy New Year to you and you family!

    I have come across your blog while researching about Malaysia. Your blog is really informative especially for Filipinos who wanted to learn all about Malaysia and wanted to relate to the Malaysian culture as well.

    I look forward to all of your posts this 2013 and the food trips too…


    1. hello shelley and welcome to my virtual home!

      thank you for your kind words; really appreciate it.

      readers and followers like you fuel my passion to continue to blog.

      i just came home from a recent trip in chiang mai and a short but sweet family vacation before the first month of 2013 ends is on its final brewing stage -airfares were booked already! there are a lot of exciting posts on this blog very soon so stay tuned!

      happy new year! 🙂

    1. lol. shook! is really one engaging gastronomic feast!

      happy new year, bert! cheers to more inspiring and impressive new experiences! so saan na ang next cruise ninyo ni misis? i really meant my comment on your recent post with your portraits. thank you! 🙂

  3. you ate heartily for christmas, really drool worthy post (as all your food porn posts are). what a visual feast this post is.

    may you continue to enjoy life’s adventures with your family in good health this coming year and always.

    1. thank you, maria! shook! @ feast village in starhill gallery is really amazing!
      they exceeded my personal expectation when it comes to eat-all-you-want-dining.

      happy new year to you too and you and your family deserve nothing but good things this year and beyond!
      God bless us all more! 🙂

  4. Shook is shaking my tummy with hunger hehehe!
    Another wonderful year ends Doc Gelo and we’re all looking forward to a new year. May your 2013 be filled with more love, travel, happiness and good health!

    1. hi dennis, i just came back from my very first solo backpacking trip from chiang mai.
      ang husay pala ng adventures nyo, but at least in your case, you get to travel with your buddies (and families) sometimes.
      now i know how it feels to do lone-backpacking; i can just imagine those nomads who hop from one country to another for months!
      anyway, thanks for the greetings and well wishes; we all need to be more positive this new year!
      may the good Lord continuously shower us with His bountiful blessings this 2013!
      cheers to a healthier, happier, more exciting travels and fun this new year!!! 😀

  5. .. happy new year, doc! i love these photo sets of tina and gab! fashionista yata ang kumare ko lately, hehe.

    .. are those poached pears in red wine (pic with gabby)? i saw one before being prepared at food network channel.

    1. happy 2013, kuya rob! thanks for the compliment! we usually have a ton of photos and selecting which one to blog has always been a happy problem.
      si tina, fashionista? nakupo, she’s a late bloomer but believe it or not, sa palengke lang nya binili ang mga damit nya, sa penang road at the corner of lebuh chulia
      but i must admit that she has meticulous taste; patience is a must when you’re with her shopping. the price, the textile material, the cut, the fitting are all on the top of her list before buying anything to wear. pag mahal sa itinakda nyang budget at mahal para sa kanya (kuripot!), pag pangit sa taste nya, swerte na na may mabili sya na 2 pieces of new clothes when she shop once in a blue moon. i’m happy because she has sense of her own style. no one can dictate nor influence her choices. ang husay! 🙂

      yes, those are poached pears in red wine. we didn’t sample though, i thought they’re only garnishing to the impressive dessert spread.

      see you in KL next month?

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