Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 In A Nutshell
It's that time of the year again, isn't it? We all look back, round up all the events that occurred in 2008, sift through the many positive and negative elements, and look forward to another year (hopefully better!). Here's mine in a nutshell...

1) The company I'm employed with moved to its spanking new office in Bdr Utama, PJ. More space for everyone :) Some old faces left the company, but some new faces were also welcomed.

2) Played my role as a Malaysian citizen during the 8th General Election, March 2008. Got myself registered as a voter a few months back, and placed my vote in the ballot box. The election saw the coalition shrinking (padan!), and the Opposition having a much stronger voice in Parliament. I think most people voted for the Opposition not because they were rooting for the Opposition. More like, the rakyat wanted to give a tight slap to the ruling coalition, for the many years of arrogance and detrimental selfishness. And yet, they haven't seem to learn much from the shocking episode. Perhaps us rakyat have to make a clean sweep, and simply sapu all the useless politicians out of Parliament. Tak guna.

3) Witnessed many births of babies amongst my friends. New mummies and daddies in the Year of the Rat (squeek!). Little rodents... HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

4) Flew to KK for a short getaway with hubby. A very good trip, and I hope we'll make our way back there again soon. This time I hope we can stay in one of the mountain lodges, hehe!

5) Went through 2 miscarriages this year, and yes it's been pretty rough on our end, particularly for me. Quite a test on the mental and emotional side, something I hope my friends do not have to go through. The cause has been determined, and I went through the treatment already. We're taking a break from all this baby making hoohaa, not worth the pain. Some things happen for a reason lah. Probably nature's way of telling us, this ain't a good time for the little one to come. Gives us an opportunity to shift our plans elsewhere.

6) The economic downturn is everywhere, and I believe every sector is affected one way or another. We're not so badly affected, as we've always been quite prudent with our spending. We're still able to afford the little luxuries in life (i.e: eating out once a while). As for the company I'm attached with, some cost cutting measures were announced (no bonuses, no increments lor).

7) One of our biggest loan agreement is fully paid up, which makes life even easier for us now that we will have extra savings on our end. Comes in a good time too, considering the instability in the economy these days. With the extra income, 2009 will be a year for us to do some research and possibly, find ways to increase our passive income.

8) My Sr Art Director has been making the entire creative team do assignments related to our work, our role and responsibility. To some people, it might be a drag, but if you see it in a positive light, the said assignments actually push us to further improve our skills and knowledge. He is the first person in my entire working life, to do such a thing to help the team go further. The encouragement is of course, good for all of us.

9) We sold our 6-year old Kelisa, and got ourselves a Myvi 1.3 in Mocha Silver. Our Kelisa went to my mum, for her 12-year old Wira got stolen from the Kelana Jaya LRT car park last Christmas. We could've gotten a bigger car (i.e: Honda City, Toyota Vios etc), but after much calculations, we figured we'll get the Myvi first lah.

10) Oh, Malaysia also saw an explosion of blogs in the blogsphere. Ever since the General Election, a lot of the monkeys who were voted in to sit in the big building are setting up their own blogs. I guess the blog can also work as another channel for them to call each other monkeys. Tak guna.

11) Deadly landslides with claimed innocent lives. Fingers are constantly pointing to one another. But that's not going to bring the lives back. Politicians can go on and on, but we all know Malaysian politicians won't grow up. Tak guna.

12) Our fuel prices went soaring up to 41% in June 2008. A mad rush of traffic in just about every petrol station available in the country! And you know when petrol prices go up, raw materials, transportation cost etc will all go sky rocketing too. Since then, petrol prices have been decreasing rapidly, but raw materials and consumer goods remain high.

Here's to a good year ahead of us. Happy 2009 :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fiddling With The New Blogger
Bear with me for a while. I'm still tweaking the new layout. Very versatile, but I may not have the space to put my Nuffnang ad... hmmm...~~

I was previously using Haloscan, but have reverted to Blogger's own commenting system. Which would mean all previous comments will be lost (but I do have some backed up).

Yalah, I know lah, backside itchy ma. New year, new blog template ma. Besides, I'm on medical leave today, recovering from a fever. The previous template I was using was almost 3 years old. Time for a refreshing change :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Darnnit!
Darn cough...!

I caught the sore throat flu bug from a sick colleague... Who stubbornly refused to take medical leave, preferring to come to work, cough and wheeze all over the place and spread the germs. Yes, please curse him kau-kau for me also!!! He eventually took medical leave, but not before spreading the virus all over the office space! Cibai-kia....!

Sore throat's gone, but I'm coughing now *hack hack hack* and the usual Chinese sinseh I go to for cough remedy doesn't work on Sundays . So I have to tahan until tomorrow, hopefully he'll be in!

When it comes to curing my cough, no Western doctor can help me. Nosiree~~ It's a tried and tested method, and hell it has no effect on me what so ever. Not only does Western cough mixture doesn't work, it makes matters worse for me XP So far, this Chinese sinseh in SS 2 can really cure my cough, and usually it takes 2 bottles of Chinese liquid herbal cough mixture to fix the problem.

Poster from hkcinemagic.com

Oh, hubby and I also caught the movie, Ip Man. Actually it's Yip Mun laaaa, stupid people dunno how to properly translate the grandmaster's name. Grandmaster Ip Man, master of the martial arts style, Wing Chun. The movie is set during the 1930s, when Canton was flourishing and Foshan was home to the grandmaster and his family (also the same place Wong Fei Hung was from). Go catch the movie, the choreography of martial art is fantastic! Donnie Yen was superb in playing the role of Grandmaster Ip Man. And his really kicks some bad-ass!!! Oh, just in case you don't know, Grandmaster Ip Man is also the sifu of the very celebrated and dearly remembered man, founder of Jeet Kune Do; Bruce Lee Xiao Loong.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas 2008


This year, we played the Guardian Angel/Mortal game again. This year, we also played Dirty Santa again. And we had Christmas dinner @ 7atenine, KL.

This year, I gave my mortal booze, booze, and more booze! So much so, he wrote me an email thanking me for turning him into an alcoholic!

(A tribute to my evil but wonderful GA, sung to the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas")

On the first day my won-derful GA sent to me,
A bottle of Hoegaarden beer.

On the second day my won-derful GA sent to me,
A bottle of Bud,
And a bottle of Hoegaarden beer.

On the third day my won-derful GA sent to me,
Carlsberg Special Brew,
A bottle of Bud,
And a bottle of Hoegaarden beer.

On the fourth day my won-derful GA sent to me,
Carlsberg Original,
Carlsberg Gold,
Carlsberg Special Brew,
A bottle of Bud,
And a bottle of Hoegaarden beer.

Thank you, thank you! *Hic*

And now I have a few more male colleagues wishing I was their Guardian Angel as well, MUAHAHAHAhAhAhAHA!!!!

I'm evil, yes :P

Merry Christmas everyone. And happy holidays!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

We're On Streamyx!
Heaven forbid... LOL! Sigh~

This is how the story goes... We previously engaged another ISP (internet service provider, if you don't already know), Bizsurf for close to 2 years. The reason we went with them was because we didn't have to apply for a phone line, unlike Streamyx which requires you to apply for a phone line. Plus we weren't keen on Streamyx la! HAHA!

And then Bizsurf changed it's name to Y-Max (they're under YTL e-Solutions Bhd) after they managed to acquire one of the WiMax licence from the government. Should be doing quite ok lah, right?

One fine day in the month of November, Y-Max sent us a snail mail, stating they were terminating their broandband facilities in 30 days time...

WTFWTFWTFWTFWTFWTFWTFWTFWTF!!! %$@#*&$ KNNCCB!!!

They even suggested an alternative ISP, Airzed. But fwak! It's still under the same parent company and fwaking expensive!!! So we had to search for other alternative ISP providers lor. After doing our research, it looked like Streamyx Combo was the best option for us *sigh*. A much as we wanted to avoid going with the monopoly giant, we were left with little/no choice LOL!

So now we have a phone at home, collecting dust~~~ Wuakakakakakaka!!! Oklah, it's acting as our backup line lah :P

Monday, December 15, 2008

Why Geh?
Being human has a lot a pros and cons. One of the cons is that we would constantly bombard ourselves with questions like "Why?".

I don't know why we stress ourselves out the way we all do sometimes. It's a human thing, and all of us are guilty of it. I think it's because of the human's in-born competitiveness that drives us to constantly compare. Pathetic, kan?

It's just really weird lah, how we stress ourselves out. How we keep asking questions like "Why?". How we hurt ourselves emotionally and mentally. How we harbour on the lack of things. Even though a lot of times, we know there are no answers to our questions. Things just... happen...

Why is this...
Why is that...
Why this person...
Why that person...
Why can't this...
What can't that...
Pening betul, kan?

Things are always easier said than done. Sure it's easy to give advice, or for people to give you advice. Look at the bright side of things mah. It's much easier to talk. Putting it into practice is a whole other matter. The hurdles can be quite difficult at times. It takes time.

The year 2008 has been both good and sad for us. For me particularly, it has been one emotional roller coaster ride after another (darn fluctuating hormones, feels like the stock exchange!). Happy events, painful events, whatever they may be, they're shaping me constantly. I'm learning to not hurt myself even more. I'm learning to decide what makes me happy. I'm learning to tune the bad out, and accept the good. I'm learning not to harbour on what I don't have. I'm learning to count my blessings. I'm learning to stop asking "Why?" and instead say "I still have this...".

But one thing for sure, I will try to make it a point to be a better person today than I was yesterday :)

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called "present".

Friday, December 12, 2008

Confused!
Contradictions.

Confusions.

Apa ni?!

LOLOLOLOL!!!

As long as it doesn't kill or weaken or damage me!!!!

XD

Monday, December 8, 2008

Racial Unity Via Education?
Recently, a minister made headlines again by proposing that vernacular school system be scrapped, and that the practice of one school system be practiced in this multi-racial country. The minister also added that his proposal was a means to enhance racial unity, and that even with a one school system, students can still opt to study other their mother tongue or other languages.

Of course, after his statements were released, many quarters fired him nicely for even making such proposals. Some even accused him of carrying his father's plans into the new generation, which is not surprising. Before I give my take on the proposal, let me share with you a story from my high school days.

I received my education from a typical sekolah kebangsaan. My classmates consist of Malay and non-Malay students, a pretty good balance. Everyone got along with each other very well too. We could crack jokes and poke fun at each other. We respected each other's practice and culture, and sometimes even inquire more about each others culture for a better understanding.

In my class, there was this pair of twin Malay girls, quite popular in school because they're in the cheerleading squad and also because they're twins (pretty wealthy too). On their good days, they're friendly and approachable. On their cocky days, they're very very arrogant and snub non-Malays. They will feel very high and mighty, and feel that they, being the Bumiputeras of this country, own this land and that all other races are inferior beings. I'm not kidding you here, this are actual facts from my school days. This was pure Malay supremacy, ketuanan melayu in the making.

Their actions would irk a lot of us non-Malay students, and even irk other Malay students. This was pure Malay supremacy, ketuanan melayu in the making. The twins wouldn't talk to non-Malay students, choosing to only mingle with their Malay friends. They would really look down on us non-Malays.

So, to pose a question to the minister and his proposal. How is it, that by having a one school system, a sekolah kebangsaan system, could eliminate any race-based practices? Already race-based differences exist in your sekolah kebangsaan, as proven in my school days. Can you guarantee that your proposal will bring about racial unity? Can you guarantee that the practice of Malay supremacy will cease? Because judging by the many happenings in schools and universities now, a lot of Malays believe that because they're Malays, other races are inferior. I'm sure you're well aware of what happened in a local Uni recently, where a group of non-Malays were bullied in the cafetaria by a group of young Malays.

Some of the country's Malay citizens still practice ketuanan melayu, and they're not going to just let go. They're already been brought up to believe that they are the Tuans of this land. Can your proposal eliminate such thoughts?

This post is merely my thoughts, and is in no way offensive to anyone. If you get mad, take a hike because obviously, you got the wrong message.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

DucKing @ Jaya One

Hubby and I paid a 2nd visit to Jaya One and tried out another family restaurant, DucKing Restaurant. This restaurant serves a wide variety of Hong Kong style rice and noodle dishes, not to mention porridge, dim sum and varies duck and pork dishes too. It was pretty packed when we went during lunch time on a weekend. Goes to show DucKing Restaurant is quite popular among the PJ crowd.

DucKing Restaurants menu.

DucKing Restaurant is located at the centre of Jaya One, I think the area is called Palm Square. Their prices are a little on the high side, with a plate of noodles started from RM 8.80. They also serve more expensive dishes like Peking Duck, Roasted Piglet (which you have to order in advance I think), Shanghainese Roasted Duck and a few other specialties.

Roasted pork (so-so aje).

We decided to order 2 types of noodles dishes, a plate of roasted pork (siew yuk) and a rack of dim sum (siew mai). I tried their Hong Kong Noodle Combination Ala 'Duck King', while hubby tried their Cantonese Fried Noodles (wan tan hor). The roasted pork came first, and the taste was pretty alright, nothing to really shout about. Our noodles followed next, and I must say, my noodle dish was pretty interesting.

Hong Kong Noodle Combination Ala 'Duck King' comes with 3 variants of meat.

The noodles portion was pretty large (for me anyway), and was served with a mixture of roasted pork, stewed pork and roasted duck. Also to note, I ordered my noodles to be 'dry' (korn lou). Instead of being the usual noodles mixed with dark soy sauce like you would normally get, DucKing's dry noodles is on the clear side, no usage of dark soy sauce. The noodles are in fact, accompanied by a clear tasty broth. It might be a little bland for some, but this is Hong Kong style noodles :) The noodles come with a small bowl of soup as well.

DucKing's wan tan hor, yummy~~~

Hubby's 'wan tan hor' was quite flavourful, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. The noodles were smooth and the egg gravy was just right. I thought the serving size was pretty big too, which makes hubby even happier :D Then came our dim sum, steamed 'siew mai' with mushrooms. The dim sum is very fresh, and the flavour was just right :D

Steamed siew mai with mushrooms, piping hot!

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch there, albeit their pricing being a tad on the high side. I reckon it's a good place for families to come have lunch over the weekend, as we saw a lot of people having lunch with family members and children mingling about.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Steamed Herbal Chicken



An easy and simple dish which you can whip up in 20 minutes :D Not to mention to lovely fragrance of all the Chinese herbs and Chinese wine~~~~~!

Here's what you need:
Chicken cutlets (enough for 2 pax)
5 pcs dong gui (also known as angelica root, you can buy them from the chinese medical shops)
5 red dates (without the seeds)
1 tbps gei zhi (wolfberries)
A few pcs of jade bamboo (direct translation of those thin pieces of tree bark-like herbs, dunno what they're called la, LOL!)
1 tbps oyster sauce
1tps sesame oil
2 tbps xiu heng zau (Chinese cooking wine) or some call it hua tiao chiew

Now to start cooking! Mix all the ingredients up in a big bowl, and marinate overnight. Fill a deep wok with some water, and place the chicken cutlets in a deep plate. Steam the chicken and herbs at high heat for 20 minutes, or until chicken is fully cook. Ta-daa! Your dish is ready :D Garnish with chopped spring onions or coriander if you wish.

One thing I like to do is, after the chicken is done and I've taken it out of the work, I like to drizzle it with a spoonful of xiu heng zau for an extra kick! I just luuurrrvvveee to taste of Chinese wine~~~~~ *drools*

Friday, November 28, 2008

Come-lah!
There's this "Come-lah" culture currently going around in my current workplace off late. I'm not exactly sure how it started, but I reckon it started from the daily foosball challenges between the upper management and a few of the employees. Some guys will start challenging and some guys will answer that challenge. And boys being boys, gotta be macho-macho sikit ma, kan? It's like a daily fight to see who can beat who, who will triumph and who will go home dejected.

Guy #1: "Eh eh... come come... one game!"
Guy #2: "Come-lah!"

You don't just merely say "Come-lah!" you know. You have to say it as though someone is challenging you to do something. You have to say it with that OOMPH! You have to say with gusto. You have to say it with confidence. You have to say it with sheer arrogance which will evoke the other party's fighting spirit. You have to say it with all the "kuai-lan-ness" HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

This culture has already started to envelope other aspects in the workplace as well, and it is no longer confined to foosball challenges. For example, if you invite a colleague to have a meal of KFC...

Guy #1: "Eh, lunch time. Want KFC?"
Guy #2: "Come-lah!"

Or if your car is parked in a pretty tight space, with just enough space for you to turn your steering and get out without risking dents and paint chips...

Guy #1: "Eh, quite tight spot la. Slowly turn, if not sure scratch wan..."
Guy #2: "Come-lah!"

There has been a few other "cultures" besides this "Come-lah!" culture within the workplace as well. I will share some of the more popular ones here:-

1) Nonsense!
2) It's not my fault.
3) You are garbage!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bolt
Not lightning bolt. Not Usain Bolt. It's Disney's Bolt, the super dog!!! He can jump over hovering helicopters. He has laser beam eyes that can melt metal. He has a super bark that can cause horrific destruction. And he has really big doggie ears XD

Bolt poster from Wikipedia.

I won't reveal much about the movie. Go watch it for yourselves. Hubby and I caught the movie last night, last minute free preview passes from a friend of a friend (woohoo!). The movie was entertaining, and I absolutely LOVE the hamster!!!! In my opinion, I think he stole the limelight from Bolt. Seriously, watch for the hamster and pigeons!!!! I won't say anymore :PpPpPpP

"I eat danger for breakfassssttt!!!" - Rhino (screenshot from here)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dim Sum Feast @ West Lake Garden, Sunway Lagoon Resort
A close neighbour of ours had redeemed some vouchers to a sit-down dim sum buffet at West Lake Garden Restaurant, and invited hubby, me and another couple to have a pig-out session there last week. It's been quite a while since we both had buffet of any kind, and although I'm still abstaining from certain food for the time being, especially the cold stuff, I can eat most of everything the restaurant prepares :P

West Lake Garden menu.

Overall, the food quality from West Lake Garden is pretty good. Fresh and piping hot. There's quite a variety of food for patrons to choose from too. And since it's a sit-down buffet, you can order anything from the menu many times over :D This is how my neighbour orders:

Lenglui: "I want everything but #4, #5 and #11....!" *waiter frantically jots down*

See?! This is how you should order your food :D :D :D

Aside from the menu items, patrons can also pick a variety of other side dishes from the buffet line. Cold dishes, desserts and hot stew form the buffet line in the restaurant. There's also Peking duck!!!! Yumyumyum!!!

We love their turnip and carrot soup, gives you a very warm fuzzy feeling. Their Peking duck was not bad too. I didn't get the chance to try some of their stew dishes because I was too full after all that dim sum!!! LOL!!!

Some of their nice tasting dim sums are:
Prawn dumpling (yumz!)
Siew mai (yumz!)
Custard bun (the custard also has salted egg yolk mixed inside :D)
Unagi stick (yumz!)
HK chee cheong fun (scallop and prawn yumz!)
Caramel custard (love the tinge of ginger!)
Fried lobak (yumz!)

Actually, most of their dim sum taste pretty good :P Only a few are on the "normal-nothing-to-shout-about" side. I think all in all, we probably had close to 40 plates of dim sum and other side dishes?! Yes when you're with a group of very hungry people, things can get overboard, WUAHAHAHAHA!!! I think didn't take pictures of every single dish, some of them disappeared into hungry tummies before I could take them :P

Caramel custard with a tinge of ginger :P Nice appetizer!

One of the cold dishes: prawn with mango salad. There's also idako (baby octopus).

Round 1 of dim sum feast.

Round 2 of dim sum feast.

Peking duck.

Everyone's favourite: Custard bun!

Turnip and carrot soup.

A Chinese classical musician on stage, belting chinese songs.

Christmas decorations in Sunway Pyramid.

After such a heavy meal, we had to take a stroll in the shopping mall (carbo overload).

Friday, November 21, 2008

Random Conversation
Via MSN

F1: "... bla bla bla bla bla... ghost don't give me number..." *sepak ghost's head*

Oli: "How to shoot or stab it? Ghost oredi dead..."

F1: "I flash it... muahahahahaha"

Oli: "Flash your kkc?! Ahahahahahaha..."

Oli: ghost: "wooooOOOOOooo~~~"
fatty: "oh shit! kenot shoot or stab!" *flash kkc*
ghost: O.O... O.o.... AAAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!

F1: "Hahahahahaha... be scared of my worm..."

Oli: Or it could be...
ghost: "wooooOOOOOooo~~~"
fatty: "oh shit! kenot shoot or stab!" *flash kkc*
ghost: O.O... O.o.... so small geh?!

Oli: "I better run away now"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Look Out Point, Ampang


A couple of close neighbours had made arrangements to go to Look Out Point, Ampang for dinner. Little did I know... hubby was in the plan as well. It was to be a simple dinner-cum-birthday celebration for me :) I think my reaction must have been really odd at that moment, when the restaurant played that JJ-sounding birthday song LOL!!! Never the less, I thank my hubby and my good neighbours for planning the event.

The view is pretty nice up there, especially on a clear day. KL city lights look really good from up there. The Twin Towers look magnificent as well, 2 brightly lit jagungs~~~

Scores of people go to Look Out Point, I reckon. That day was my first time there with hubby. Food was passable, but you really go there for the view. We had dinner at Gasoline cafe, which was really crowded and noisy. After dinner, we headed for another cafe just a few feet away for after-dinner drinks (mamak style). It's nice to just sit back and relax, and feel the breeze. Oh, and poke fun at each other :P

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Mental Note To Myself
Things always happen for a reason. Even if most of the time, you won't really fully understand what the reason might be.

Count what you currently have. Don't harbour on what you don't have.

Comparisons and judgments only make you bitter. Leave everything aside and live life happy.

You have things others do not have. Others may also have things you do not have.

You're healthy. That's the most important part of life.

You decide on your own happiness.

Ignore imbeciles that make stupid comments, for they do not understand and never will.

I learnt this line from a Japanese drama:
Count on what you have. Don't count what you don't have. Find that you have so much.

Remember that, Oli :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Moving On
Oli & hubby would like to thank all her good friends and family members who've given her strength and support through this hard times. We appreciate all your love and support, thank you very much. Things have been hard for us both, and we're very grateful to be surrounded by you guys at such difficult times.

Oli's emotional chart is still fluctuating (she can be ok one day, and very down the next). The only request she has is: Do not give her sympathy. And if you have nothing nice or encouraging to say, keep it to yourselves. Oli can't stop you from making whatever speculations or perceptions you want, just don't let her hear it.

Rest assured, Oli will take very good care of herself. Thank you all once again. We love you guys~! *hugs*

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

How Do You...
How do you deal with the pain?
A pain so deep, it cuts you deeper each time you think about it.

How do you deal with the memories?
Memories which were seemingly good, but went bad in an instant.

How do you deal with the hope?
Which was in front of you, but was taken away swiftly?

How do you deal with the agony?
When all that you didn't want to hear, became a fact.

How do you deal with the disappointment?
When all the signs have been positive, and everything came crashing down on you.

How do you deal with the sadness?
As it engulfs you entirely from head to toe.

How do you deal with fate?
When it dealt you with with a blow, not long after you've gotten over one.

How do you deal with the pain?

How do you deal with the memories?

How do you?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Decision
Results are out.

The figures have plummeted.

You've given a very clear sign.

And we've accepted it.

We'll bid you farewell come Monday morning.

Sayonara.

Friday, October 31, 2008

In Support

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's Not Over Yet
Despite the initial findings which are not looking very bright at the moment, we decided we should wait a little longer. Results will be out later today, and that will give us a much better idea about the situation.

All the signs have been positive so far, despite the recent setback. It's unusual, but not necessarily uncommon. Based on the many findings and research today, there's still hope.

We've not giving up just yet. Not until a much more clearer sign is given. Whatever the results may be, we will wait a little longer.

You have a few more weeks to show yourself. Before I change my mind.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kebodohan Maximum
I just caught this from an online newspaper portal today...
Fatwa on yoga out soon

PENANG: The National Fatwa Council will come out with a ruling relating to yoga exercise soon.

The announcement would be made by the council’s chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, said Deputy Director-General (Operations) of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) Othman Mustapha.

He told reporters this Wednesday after opening the two-day seminar on Islamic Jurisprudence and Eternal Islamic Thinking at Universiti Sains Malaysia jointly organised by the Islamic Studies Division of the university’s Human Knowledge Study Centre and Jakim here.

On Tuesday, lecturer Prof Zakaria Stapa of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Islamic Studies Centre advised Muslims who have taken up yoga to stop practising it for fear that it could deviate their belief. - Bernama

WADAFWAK!!!! You want to come after yoga now?!?!?!

Yoga is not about religion at all, you nincompoops. It's about the union of the mind and body. It's about understanding your body, its strength and weakness, and accepting them. Even if you choose to delve deeper into the understanding of yoga by meditating, that doesn't even come close to deviating from one's religion. And besides, meditation calms and mind, body and soul regardless of whatever religion you practise.

Just because yoga's history comes from India, and was practised by many famous Hindus, does not make yoga religious at all. There was never any contract that says you must be a Hindu to practise yoga.

Practising yoga asanas DO NOT DEVIATE ONE FROM ONE'S FAITH AT ALL. A lot of people who take up yoga, actually take yoga as a form of exercise. Never has one been forced to take up yoga for the sake of religions reasons. You don't have to sign papers to proclaim you embrace yoga.

People who deviate from their beliefs, deviate not because of yoga or any form of exercise, but because they no longer believe in what they believe. It's got nothing to do with yoga, or badminton, or football or whatever sport/physical activity.

What a bunch of morons. They can't get any dumber than this bunch of bozos. You guys fear everything in this world. Fear this, fear that. What a bunch of wussies. Might as well go to some god forsaken place and kill yourself lah. The world doesn't need wussified dumbasses like you guys running loose, creating false images and spread stupid cult teachings.

To all Muslims who practise yoga, I cannot comment on your stance on this issue. All I'm asking is, for you to decide on your own terms. Not on what some council thinks how YOU should think.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Saving Kitty
I had a weird dream last night. Told hubby about it and he had a good laugh. He said it's a cute dream, not weird :P

There was some sort of fire in a building. Flames were shooting out from the windows. Somehow I had managed to rescue a mother cat and her kitten (so hero!). The mother cat kept meowing nonstop, as if to tell me one more kitten is stuck in the building. I packed her and her kitten into my knapsack, and instead of zipping up the whole bag, I left a space large enough for her head to stick out of the opening of the bag and dashed back into the building.

There were flames everywhere. Smoke and fire. Somehow something was telling me to run to the highest floor (don't ask me how I know where to go!). As I reached the top floor, in the midst of thick smoke and shooting flames, I shouted to the mother cat...

"You better start calling your kitten so that I can see it!"


And she started meowing nonstop, as if calling her lost little kitten to step out and to say help is here. And true enough, a frightened high pitch meow-ish sound came from somewhere in front of me. There it was, a very frightened little kitten, shivering and totally scared shit out of what's happening around it. I dashed across the flames, totally ignoring my own safety and scooped the scared kitty into my hands, and placed it safely into my knapsack. Then very quickly, I ran out of the building before a ball of flames came from behind me.

I can't recall what happened next. All I remembered was a very happy reunion, the mother cat and her two kittens.

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Ok.... you can laugh at me now :P

Friday, October 24, 2008

Random Conversation
Via MSN

Desmo says: zits? I suggest spreading sperm all over your face. Very good for the complexion. We can arrange a bukkake session if you like.

oli says: lol

oli says: *bish emoticon*

oli says: no thank u. save dat for spanky and wolfx

Desmo says: ROFLMAO

oli says: kekeke

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What's In A Name
I'm sure by now, many would've heard about DBKL's latest fiasco: Changing the street name 'Jalan Alor' to 'Jalan Kejora'. According to *ahem* DBKL, they claim that's it's "at the request of the National Economic Action Council to meet requirements under the road naming guidelines and to go with other roads in the vicinity." Some grandfather there decided that a new name would give the tourist destination a "new image".

I wonder what our Tourism Ministry & Historical Dept has to say about this?

Now, let's put aside some of the wilder things DBKL has done in the past, and probably will continue to do in the near future (bless the next generation). Let's just focus on 'Jalan Alor' a.k.a 'Jalan Kejora' for now.

Everyone knows 'Jalan Alor'. It's practically a must-see for tourists. It's not exactly some high-class place, instead, it's full of its old charm and character which makes the street what it is today. Food stalls are abundent there. If it's a "typical Malaysian makan-outside" experience you're seeking for, this is the place in KL. Sitting by the roadsides with cars queueing beside you, now THAT'S Malaysia for you.

Several stalls there have been operating from 'Jalan Alor' for umpteen years, and some stalls even carry the name 'Jalan Alor' as part of their identity (i.e: Nasi Lemak Alor Corner).

So, imagine the consequences of changing the street's name. Tourists won't be able to find the street. Stalls have to change their names. The entire street will lose its identity which its been built on for generations. It's practically like wiping history off.

So what was DBKL thinking of, when they decided on changing the street's historical and invaluable name? The answer is: They weren't thinking. They never think! Bodoh!

I hope the current state government fire all of those lousy bastards in there, and replace them with smart buggers who can do a better job.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Perceptions
Perhaps you were looking out for me, and I appreciate the thought. Perhaps you were concern of my future plans and as someone in a much higher position, you probably felt a sense of responsibility of some sort to see that we reach for the stars and be all that we can be.

Successful careers. High achievements. Living the high life. Living the life that you grew up and understand.

You brought up a story about your middle-age cousin, who, at her age, still goes clubbing and mingle with young boys. Then you brought up another story of a friend who, in her 40s, is still living with her mother. You mentioned you have no issues with that, but it was very clear to me that you didn't approve any of their actions. I had listened attentively to your choice of words and your expression. You didn't approve the idea of middle-aged women partying with younger men, and you thought your 40ish-year old friend was a loser of some sort still living with her mum. To you, these two examples probably spell disaster and failure.

Which got me to thinking silently... Perhaps you're seeing me as someone who's not achieving much by your standards. But I honestly don't care. Because what I'm currently doing right now, is very good and there's nothing wrong with it. People have said they can work well with me, and that my quality of work has been good and improving and everyone's happy. Maybe it's not the "successful achievement" which you perceive, but I've successfully accomplished the EQ side of things.

Just because some choose to go their own path and not along your ideas of "success" does not indicate in any way they are "failures" or "failing to achieve" in life. Achievements are a very broad matter, and by no means limited to the title on your business card, the car that you drive and the house that you live in. Your cousin may enjoy partying after a long day of hard work. What's wrong with that? If it makes her happy it's a good thing. Your friend may be fulfilling her duty as a filial daughter, looking after her own mother. That's a huge sacrifice and you should be admiring that, not looking at it like it's a social horror. Some people live very private lives, which doesn't make them any less "accomplished".

Sure you drive a big fancy car, have a nice title printed on your business card, living in an affluent area. But all these doesn't make you any more "accomplished" than me or any Tom, Dick and Harry. I think it's not right to judge a person simply by looking at his/her physical assets and ownership on things. You can be carrying 10 Platinum credit cards and been in deep debts.

I don't blame you for seeing life as such, because you grew up in a very corporate and privileged life. It's already built in your mindset, that a person must achieve a certain level of success at a certain age. Otherwise life would be a total washout for you. Nothing wrong with that really, it all boils down to perceptions. Different people have different perceptions about life. And yours in more skewed towards the more materialistic achievements in life that's all. I think it's good that you work your way towards your achievement and I wish you the best of luck in your future undertakings.

However, that said, I think that it was utterly appalling of you to judge your own cousin and friend over the life path they have chosen. They may not be in line with your perception of life, but that doesn't give you any right to judge them. I dread to think how you might think of some of us here working along side with you. Already you're giving me the idea that you probably see me as someone who's not achieving much.

Do not be too quick to judge someone who seems to have less than you. Never judge a book by its cover. You'll be surprised just how "rich" some of us really are compared to you. I'm doing very well by my standards, and believe me when I say I could possibly be doing "better" than you perceive ;)

Whatever ounce of respect I had for you over these years, just got flushed down the toilet the moment I walked out that glass door. I rest my case.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Stress!
Stress sangat during lunch hour. And it's not even about work LOL!

A small group of us went out for lunch today, and one of my colleague offered to drive. She has a 2-door car, about over a month old now. She memang has a reputation of being a... ermm... freaky driver :P

So we piled into her car, 3 girls at the back. All along the way, the journey was kinda jerky. My colleague, HW, was kinda worried I might puke due to the jerkiness (she's aware I get motion sickness if there's too much jerking motion). I was more concerned the driver not paying attention to her driving and the road! A lot of times, her eyes were not on the road and wheel XD

We arrived (safely) at our lunch destination and had a sumptious lunch. Sunrise duck is always good~~~!

The journey back also kinda jerky, but fortunately today, my stomach's able to take it. We were stationary on a slope (very near our office dy), waiting for the traffic lights to turn green. When the lights turned green, she engaged into 1st gear and the car just stalled. Not only did it stall, it was ROLLING BACKWARDS!!!! The driver panicked and just let out a scream. You imagine la, stress or not sit in such a car! XD It's like she's not used to her car and the manual transmissions, hyuk! Aduhai! And even while ronda-ing the basement carpark, the driver would just go over the speed bumps roughly (habis la suspension macam tu).

So today, my adventure is:
1) I was afraid the car will roll back and hit the car behind us.
2) Colleague was afraid I will puke due to the jerking.

Stressssssssssss~~~~ I wanna go home~~~~~~~!!! *manja hubby*

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Looking Brighter
Things are looking a little brighter :) We're glad too. Let's hope things get better along the way. Precautions still need to be taken due to the nature of things now. Never the less, I'm in good hands. It's gonna be a costly affair due to the unexpected, but luckily we're prepared for it. Things are still pretty much in their early stages. We'll do what we can and within our ability and understanding (not forgetting an angel looking out for us as well).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

If It's Yours, It's Yours
Sometimes it's hard to fathom what's to come. You either take things in great stride, or succumb to the negativity of it.

What may seem hard for you may seem trivial to others (and vice versa). But what's even more important is the people around you and their never ending support. You get your strength from them. And you know they'll always be there, standing beside you, rallying behind you no matter what the outcome.

Things can go either way now. We can only hope for the best. It's not easy dealing with it, but I'm giving it my best and taking things easy. I'm in good hands.

If it's meant to be, then it's meant to be.

P/S: Thanks Doc, for knocking some sense into my head this morning :P

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sempurna
I absolutely love this song right now. Yes it's a mushy mushy love song. But it's so much more than just a love song. I love the acoustics of it, absolutely love it. The first time I heard this song, was from the OST of the movie, 'Love'. It's an Indonesian movie, and I caught the ad a couple of times on the idiot box, and it was a girl (I think her name is Gita Gutawa, found it from googling, hehe!) singing this song in a very high pitch. The next time I heard this song, was this acoustic version by Andra & The Backbone and I fell in love with it!



Sempurna
Kau begitu sempurna
Dimataku kau begitu indah
Kau membuat diriku akan slalu memujimu

Disetiap langkahku
Kukan slalu memikirkan dirimu
Tak bisa kubayangkan hidupku tanpa cintamu

Janganlah kau tinggalkan diriku
Takkan mampu menghadapi semua
Hanya bersamamu ku akan bisa

[Reff:]
Kau adalah darahku
Kau adalah jantungku
Kau adalah hidupku
Lengkapi diriku
Oh sayangku, kau begitu
Sempurna... Sempurna...

Kau genggam tanganku
Saat diriku lemah dan terjatuh
Kau bisikkan kata dan hapus semua sesalku

Janganlah kau tinggalkan diriku
Takkan mampu menghadapi semua
Hanya bersamamu ku akan bisa

[Reff:]
Kau adalah darahku
Kau adalah jantungku
Kau adalah hidupku
Lengkapi diriku
Oh sayangku, kau begitu
Sempurna... Sempurna...

Kau genggam tanganku
Saat diriku lemah dan terjatuh
Kau bisikkan kata dan hapus semua sesalku

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Quick Dinner Trip~
I followed a couple of neighbours to a impromptu trip to Malacca during the weekend, for dinner :P. Hubby couldn't join us as he had to attend a wedding dinner in KL.

Yes, some of you might be thinking "WTF! Go to Malacca for dinner?! Sai mm sai ahhh???" Actually, the story goes like this... One neighbour was already there with his family. Another couple was going to Malacca with another friend to spend a few nights there. So a few of us decided to just tag along for a few hours. Long weekend maaaa, just go for a drive and adventure laaaa...!

Ban Lee Siang - Supposedly famous for its satay celup.

The idea was to have dinner, and then head to Jonker Walk to jalan-jalan and soak up the Malacaan atmosphere, hehe. If you're not familiar with what satay celup is, the concept is easily explained. Pieces of meat and vegetables are skewed through a piece of wooden skewer (satay) kebab-style, and dipped (celup) into a pot of boiling hot peanut sauce to be cooked. Hence the term satay celup.

Our skewers taking a dip in the peanut sauce.

I think the satay celup is really over-rated la. Didn't think it was anything really special nor outstanding about it. The selection of food is mostly processed meat (i.e: pork balls, fish balls, artificial crab meat), pretty much like what you get when you eat lok-lok or order steamboat sets. And the satay sauce is recycled from customer to another. Sure the sauce is constantly boiling, but really, if you want to talk about hygiene here, you really have to close one-eye. I don't know if other people would dip and redip their food in the sauce of not, but we made sure our food was cooked, then brought it out and scooped extra sauce out separately.

And no, the sauce ain't spicy. If I can eat it, then it's not spicy. HAR HAR!!!

Also, the restaurant really should practice better safety measures when dealing with gas tanks and gas pipes. Gas pipes were running under the tables, and at one point, my friend thought he smelled some gas running from a nearby gas tank O.O He promptly imformed one of the restaurant staff, some blur faced aunty. She just fiddled the gas tank a little, pushed the gas tank away from our table and just gave us a stupid look. Man... local authorities should really check such establishments and study their operations carefully. Wouldn't want any unfortunate accident to happen...

People mountain people sea @ Jonker Walk.

After dinner, we headed to Jonker Walk for a short jalan-jalan adventure. It's been several years since my last visit to Malacca.

One of the many boutiques @ Jonker Walk.

Dessert~~~ Ice kacang a.k.a ABC.

Some antiques on display in the coffee shop where we had our desserts.

One of the many pubs along Jonker Walk.

After dessert, we took a stroll along Jonker Walk and just see what's interesting about it. Jonker Walk is pretty much like a pasar malam, it's more catered to foreign tourists. Things are not exactly cheap here, but they're not expensive either.

Streets of Jonker Walk.

I think this is a common hobby in Malacca. Housed in some of these old heritage shop lots, there's public karaoke! :D It's open to anyone who just wants to belt a number, and you're free to sit and just watch the performance. I saw and heard quite a few old folks belt some Chinese oldies, which probably makes Jonker Walk a more valuable street with richer heritage.

Streets of Jonker Walk.

The famous clock tower and Christ Church.

It was close to midnight when we left Malacca. By the time we reached home, it was past 1.30am already *yawn*. Would we go back to Malacca again? You bet, but I won't go back for satay celup lah, nothing great about it. It's like eating lok-lok, just with a different sauce. And I don't like the either of dipping into recycled sauce. You won't know what has gone into it, despite it boiling. I didn't encounter any stomach pains after dinner lah, but I still don't fancy the idea. Which is also the same reason why I don't eat lok-lok here in KL. But that's just me lah :)

I would want to try Malacca's chicken rice balls (eventhough I was told it's nothing great either) pork satay and Peranakan dishes.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hongkie English
I find it utterly annoying to hear Hongkies speak English, ahaks! I won't generalize that all Hong Kong citizens speak with that Hongkie intonation, at least that's what you get from watching all the TVB dramas and Hong Kong-made movies lah.

It's utterly, pathetically, superbly annoying to the max.

I don't have cable TV at home as we hardly watch tv, except for the occasional news and selected series. And we're not fans of HK dramas or series. So we usually only catch HK shows over at my parents' place. My mum needs the Dynasty package no matter what :P

I don't get it... Why do all these Hongkie actors and actresses speak with that stupid slang? It's damn pretentious (not to mention annoying again). They just love to add the oocasional English words in the Cantonese sentences. And half the time, their pronunciations are all wrong. Tak tau malu ke?

Wanna speak English, speak it properly lah, kanasai. Damn pathetic when I hear their conversations filled with English words here and there, and that stupid slang wei. Ya I'm bitching today, stupid internet buat hal, my Photoshop oso buat hal. Gah!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Honey Roasted Chicken with Paprika and Herbs
We roasted a whole chicken last weekend, HAHA! Hubby and I were always thinking about this idea: Roasted one whole chicken and see if we can finish it in one sitting :P It's a crazy idea to some, but heck!

Ingredients used are very simple and easy to obtain from your local supermarket:
1 small-medium size chicken (clean it first ok)
3 tbps olive oil
1 tbps dried rosemary
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp chilli powder (for a dash of spiciness!)
2-3 tbsp honey (don't use too much otherwise the chicken skin might get too roasted/black)

Mix all the herbs and honey in a small bowl. Then spread the mixture evenly onto the chicken inside out, and if you can, spread some of the mixture under the chicken skin too. Marinate the chicken overnight. When you're ready to roast, take the chicken out about 30 minutes before roasting to cool the chicken down. Pre-heat oven at 175°C for 20 minutes. Roast the chicken for about 1 hr 30 minutes, or until the drumstick part is fully cooked (use a knife or something sharp to poke, making sure the juices run clear). Serve immediately.

Give your chicken a nice massage~~~ :D

Roasted to perfection~~~ *slurp*

Makan time!

I'm making this dish again this weekend for my mum and sis :P Yumyumyum!!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Some Kind-A-Gorgeous

Benefit Cosmetics 'Some Kind-A-Gorgeous foundation faker.

I bought this foundation during my last trip to Singapore in July 2008, and I've been using it for about 3 months now. Benefit Cosmetics (from San Francisco, USA) has a wide range of cosmetics available, and this foundation is one of their top sellers. Not to mention Benefit Cosmetics has been getting rave reviews from a lot of female magazines in and around the world.

Nice packaging, eh?

I got this for SGD 60, which I had initially thought was a pretty good buy. If I'm not wrong, in KL, this foundation is priced at about RM 129. Then I found it in the USA, it's only priced at USD 28, which, when you convert to Ringgit, it's below RM 100 (charantou~). Haih~ blame our weakening Ringgit and all the nonsensical taxes on imports lah~

Anyway, price aside, let's talk about the quality of this foundation. Normally, foundations come in various shades to suit the different skin tones of women. 'Some Kind-A-Gorgeous' is a foundation for most skin tones, so you don't really need to worry if your face will become too fair after applying it. Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, I have to admit it's a pretty good deal :D The packaging is also very very unique and interesting to the eye. Instead of the usual "foundation bla bla" copy on it, the entire packaging it's shape to look like an old record player. And with such a striking pink, it's hard not to miss it. In fact, if you look at all of Benefit Cosmetics products, they all have playful packaging and copy.

The 'Some Kind-A-Gorgeous' foundation is a cream-to-powder formula, which gives you silky and even perfection for your complexion. It was the 'cream-to-powder' formula which got me to buy this product, because previously I was using Sothys Teint Oxyliance Foundation (retails at RM 169), and that too was a 'cream-to-powder' formula. I liked how this formula doesn't cake my skin, yet gives me a good coverage.

The only thing about the 'Some Kind-A-Gorgeous' foundation is the quantity. It comes in 08.oz, which is about 24ml only, not a lot really. No wonder the women in Singapore were buying 4-5 boxes of these! Barely 2 months of using it, I could already see the silverish base of the compact appeearing :( (I apply foundation on weekdays usually, and when attending functions on weekends, which is quite rare, so my usage is quite normal). For SGD 60 or RM 129, it's a little tak cukup lah. Even my Sothys Teint Oxyliance is 30ml and could actually last me a lot longer.

So I decided to switch back to Sothys, my trusty brand.

Sothys Oxyliance Foundation


Oh, as for the face masks which I had previously blogged about... here are some of my feedback on them.

1) Scheming eye mask Q10 elastin : I quite like the feel of this product. My under eyes felt a little smother and less puffy as well.

2) Scheming Crystal Rejuvenating & Revitalizing eye circles : This mask covers the entire eye area (except your eyes of course). Maybe because the coverage was a lot wider, hence the mask felt a bit heavy :P I had to lie down while using the mask, otherwise it will fall off, hehe! I prefer the Q10 elastin mask more.

3) Hokkaido lover Q10 elastin : This is the only full face mask I bought, and by far the one I like the most :D Skin felt really supple after 15 minutes of application (when you pat the remaining liquid onto the skin) ^.^ My colleague tried the Hokkaido Lover E.G.F Reconstruction mask and loves it too!

4) Breast firming and whitening mask : This mask is funky, LOL! Covers the entire breast area. I've only used it once so far so I can't really tell any difference yet, HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! But the skin does feel kinda supple after application~~~

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Masks, Masks And More Masks!
My girl colleagues and I went on a rather... erm... adventurous online shopping spree a couple of weeks back: Buying beauty masks!!!

These masks are sold online from Fairycove, and they're based in Singapore. So all products are in SGD, but don't worry, it's very very affordable :D Prices of masks starts from SGD 1!!!!! Who could resist such prices!!!!! Wuakakakakaka!!!! Fairycove carries a wide range of mask, from face mask to eye mask to heel mask. They even have breasts mask!!! No kidding!!! 5 of us checked out the site and listed down the items that we wanted to purchase. I think we ended up buying about 80 masks in total!!! LOL!!!

The range of beauty masks I purchased :D (the large face mask is FOC cos we bought so many)

A close-up shot of the various masks.

Breasts mask!!!! Wuakakakakaka!!! At SGD 1.50, just try laaaa!!!

Some our the men in the office were quite curious with our purchase :P Hey guys, breasts mask for you?! ROTFLMAO!!!

*Update: I've tried a couple of the eye masks, and I must say they're quite nice :D The areas around my eyes feels more supple, but since I've only used 2 types of eye mask so far, I won't say much yet. The breasts mask was funky, haha!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mistake@ Manhattan Fish Market
*Enters restaurant. Take our seats and view through the menu available*

Oli: "Are we ready to order?"

Everyone else: "Yupyup!"

Fatty: "Hello?" *looks at loitering waiters for attention* "Order..."

1st Waiter comes...

Fatty: "I want a bla bla bla bla..."

Oli: "I'll have bla bla bla..." *observes waiter who wasn't writing anything down*... "You sure you can remember all this?"

1st Waiter: *nod nod mumbles something*...

Everyone else continues to order... *some mixing and matching the side dishes between the chips and garlic butter rice* *sits and waits for food to arrive* *yada yada yada*

Food arrives. But we noticed the orders was mixed up. ZZ ordered a grilled dory with chips and an extra serving of rice. The dish that came was Fish & Chips, and the extra serving of rice. Takpe takpe, ZZ just swapped with JH because her order was mixed up as well. JH ordered the Fish & Chips, but got ZZ's order instead. So we just asked the waiter to change the extra serving of rice to chips instead (takan ZZ eat 2 portions of rice, right?). The waiter's facial expression changed at that point (elo, you made that mistake ok).

Then, 3 orders of baked fish with garden herbs came...

Oli & JJ: *looks at each other...* "This is not what we ordered...! We ordered the baked dory with butter sauce!"

2nd Waiter: "We don't serve the butter sauce anymore."

JJ: "No no!"

Oli: "Can I have the menu please?"

2nd Waiter gives me the menu. 1st Waiter was waiting nearby.

Oli: *points to menu - Baked Pacific Dory: Traditional baked fillet in butter plum sauce* "This is our order..."

2nd Waiter: "Ooohhh..." *looks at 1st Waiter who took our order*

1st Waiter: *speechless* *gulps* *2 orders wasted* "Can you just....?" *trying to hint that we just take whatever they had served us which was clearly wrong*

Oli & JJ: "We want to change this. This is not what we ordered. Fatty, is your order correct?"

Fatty: "Yes, mine's correct." *busy stuffing his mouth*

Oli & JJ: "Ok, both our orders, change please."

2nd Waiter: "Okok..." *takes 2 wrong orders back into the kitchen*

JH: "Actually... if it were me... I would just take the order... scared he do something to the food cos his face oredi bo syok"

Oli : "No, it was his fault he didn't write down our orders properly. Trying to be smart alec."

JJ: "Ya! I'm fucking not gonna pay for something I didn't order!"

Fatty: "Ya, true, it's his fault ma." *chomp chomp*


Moral of the story: Don't try to be a smart alec. Otherwise you risk kena hentam buta.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - Day 4 (last day)
The last morning in KK was spent by the poolside. Since we didn't really get to sun-bathe much due to the unpredictable weather, I said to hubby that I die-die also must be at least a shade darker when we return to KL!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! And since the mornings are the best time to get the sun (before the rain clouds come in the afternoon), better go sun bathe at least an hour!!!

Bright morning skies.

Oh yes~~~~ The sun was very very hot that morning, peeeerrrrfffeeeeccctttt~~~!!!! My sis of course called me crazy lah, cos she was hiding from the sun :P Apply plenty of sun block before attempting to sun bathe tau?! It was soooo relaxing, just lying down on the deck chairs and not a care in the world (in short, being a real bum). As I lied down, I could feel the heat of the sun~~~ Damn stim~~~~ LOL! Hubby was sun bathing next to me, occasionally going into the pool for a quick dip.

Sway sway~~~~

We made plans to check out just before noon, and head towards 1Borneo Hypermall. It's the largest shopping mall in East Malaysia, and since it's our last day, we thought we'll go check the place out.

1Borneo actually provides free shuttle bus service from the resort to the mall. In fact, the shuttle stops in various other hotels and city centre locations too, making it very convenient for tourists (and even the locals). All we did was inform the concierge that we want to board the 1Borneo shuttle, and they will give you the shuttle tickets, which you have to keep with you. Once you're at 1Borneo (there's a designated stop), you can check the return shuttle schedule back to your resort and time your stay in the mall. Simple, right? The shuttle arrives every 10-15 minutes, so it's really convenient if you're a tourist staying in the city, and wish to go to 1Borneo. The hypremall is about 30 minutes away from KK city centre.

1Borneo is pretty similar to KL malls. All the familiar brands are here as well, even the branded names. Tune Hotels is located here as well, so is the Tune Store is also in 1Borneo, the first departmental store by Tune Ventures Sdn Bhd. As the mall is still relatively new, don't expect much of a crowd just yet.

My sis called me up in the afternoon and we made plans to meet up later for dinner, before she sent us to the airport. So we had a few hours to kill, and we spent it by touring just about the entire mall XP I think we went into every turn we came across, haha!

We caught the 4pm+ shuttle service to get back to the resort (just in case there was an unpredictable traffic jam on the way back to the city centre). Oh, KK does have traffic jams, but not as bad as ours laaaaa. At least it just jams up for a short distance, not like KL jams, several hundred kilometers long.

Dinner was with some of my sister's KK friends at 'The Chinese Restaurant' @ Hyatt Regency, Kota Kinabalu. I guess my sisters' friends wanted to treat us before we went home :) (thanks again Elizabeth and Jonathan! *muacks*). We had some tasty dishes with rice, and Elizabeth kept selling their famous Peking duck dish to us, giving us another reason to come back to KK for another holiday! Hehehehe!!! She also gave us a take-away pack of their famous dish: Ox tail assam pedas, from the Tanjung Ria Café. Now we've never had this dish in KK at all, and it's a very popular local dish here in KK. Elizabeth shared with us that this particular dish is their cafe's signature dish, and that whenever Tun Mahathir stays in KK, he will tapau (take-away) the ox tail assam pedas from Hyatt Regency.

Waiting for the gates to open...

After a hefty dinner, my sis sent us to the airport and we bid farewell. To KK, to Sutera Harbour Resort, to everything la! *sob sob* Our holiday is almost coming to an end, and I felt sooo reluctant to get return to KL, and back to work!!! HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH!!!!

Our short vacation to KK was filled with a lot of joy and fun. And it was great to see my sister as well (and bug her a little, heh!). We definitely miss KK, and will make a trip back there again in the near future :D

Oh, and the ox tail assam pedas was delicious!!!! My sis said she's gonna bring back more for us to savour :D :D :D

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - Day 3
We had made arrangements with the Monsopiad Cultural Village, to arrange transportation to get to the village from the resort and back (thanks to my sis). We could've opted for Sutera Harbour's internal tour packages, but there were rather costly, so my sis helped with the arrangement. For RM 80 per pax (the cost covers transport charges and entrance fee of RM 45, plus a local guide), the cultural village would send a van to pick us up from the resort, take us to the village, and send us back to the resort upon completing the visit.

An excerpt from their official website:
Monsopiad Cultural Village, the traditional village is a historical site in the heartland of the Kadazandusun people and it is the only cultural village in Sabah built to commemorates the life and time of the legendary Kadazan and head-hunter warrior: Monsopiad. The direct descendants of Monsopiad, his 6th and 7th generations have built the village on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago to remember their forefather, and to give you an extraordinary insight into their ancient and rich culture.
The village is only about 20 minutes from the city centre, but if you intend to get there via cab, be prepared to pay for the cab to wait for you, as the village is located quite deep inside, away from the main roads. Cabs hardly pass by the area, and buses are rare too. We decided that it was best to play safe, and make arrangements with the village for transport.

Main entrance of Monsopiad Cultural Village.

One of the cultural performances. Their costumes were very lovely and colourful.

Upon reaching the village, we were guided into a waiting hall of sort, to view some of the cultural performances by the locals. They performed a few local dance performance such as the Kadazandusun dance, the Iban dance and Bajau dance, and also gave explanations about what each performance was all about and when it was usually performed. We even got a chance to dance with them :P

An Iban warrior. Very garang looking. He freaked a 2-year old Japanese kid :P

In one of the performances, an Iban warrior came out, looking very fierce (it's the black eyeliner, heh!). With him was a long blow pipe and his parang. As he danced, he would looked at us, giving us a fierce glare, depicting the lives of warriors in those days when they were out hunting. At one point, he even aimed his blowpipe at us! XD The warrior then stepped off the stage and walked around us audience (freaked a Japanese kid out, made the poor boy cry~).

The warrior tapped me on my arm, gesturing me to follow him to the stage *gulp* He then used some sign language, gesturing me to wait at one corner and look above. There was a balloon tied on the wall, and *POP*... The warrior had blew the blowpipe, bursting the balloon. He then gestured me to stand at another corner, and to burst another balloon on the other side of the wall :PpPpP The blowpipe was quite heavy ok! I managed to burst the balloon (I think I burst it la, unless someone else was hiding somewhere and timed it so precise!) and the audience cheered! Wuakakakakaka!!! Damn hero~~~ :P The warrior gaved me a little hand knitted band, and I had to shout like a warrior *damn shy*.

Me blowing the pipe~~~ HAHAHAHAHA!!!

The bamboo dance.

After that was one last day, the bamboo dance. Holy cow... the speed of those dances! As the music got faster, they would dance faster. After that we were once again invited up the stage to try the dance, on a much slower pace of course :P My leg kena whack by those bamboo for being too slow, aduhai sakit tau~~~ But it was really fun to try it out, and we took a few group photos with the performers.

The suspension bridge.

Our village guide, Rose.

Our guide that day was Rose, and she gave us a brief introduction about the village and its history. The huge rock you see in the photo above is actually from one of the islands, which acted as a silent witness to the many legends of Monsopiad. The bamboo posts surrounding the rock is actually to put heads of the enemies, to sun-dry them *eerie*.

Entrance to the 'House of skulls'. Remember to say 'Siou Do Mohoing' before entering!

Rose then took us to the 'House of skull' just across the road, where the skulls of the enemies which Monsopiad had beheaded now reside. He beheaded 42 enemies in total *gulp*, and according to Rose, some of the skulls are already damaged, so the number of skulls on display is between 33 to 35 only. Before going into the 'House of skull', you must say the words "Siou Do Mohoing" as a form of respect to the spirits living in the house, so as to not offend them and their sacred place.

Some of the skulls in the house. Palm leaves surround the skulls, both to preserve and ward off other spirits.

Tangkong - traditionally worn by single Kdazandusun ladies. Single ladies wear 3 of these, and they are heavy!!!

Traditional rice wine (li hing) served in a narrow bamboo cup. Cold and sweet~~~

After resting our feet for a few minutes and enjoying the welcome drink plus getting a taste of the traditional rice wine, Rose took us to view other traditional parts of the village. The village was like a living museum, and visitors can experience some of the traditional activities such as grinding padi and pounding rice with two heavy wooden pestles in the shape of a water buffalo. Rose also explained to us the process of making the li hing, which is made from fermented rice. Kinda like sake~~~

The ingredients used to make li hing. There's rice ginger, yeast (the white round thingy). Fermentation can take about 1.5 months, and the alcohol level is about 14%!!!

Should you want a stronger kick to your rice wine, the wine is steamed again and you get an alcohol level of about 40%!!! *hic hic hic*

Next, Rose took us to view a traditional Kadazandusun house. Everything is made out bamboo, with no nails. There were some traditional musical instruments in the house too.

Interior of a traditional Kadazandusun house.

Wedding couple seat. The one on the left is for the groom, while the smaller one is for the bride.

We went outside again, and this time, Rose introduced us to the sago worm :PpPpP These creatures will grow to become black beetles in a few weeks, and they are also very high in protein as they feeds on the starchy pulp of the trunk of the sago palm (hence their name).

The star of the day!

The challenge was to eat them, ALIVE~~~!!!! Rose was encouraging all of us to try, and boy, was she having fun. These suckers move really quickly too! You have to hold their heads (there's a pair of pinchers on their heads, and they will bite) before you chew their grubby bodies off. The sago worm's body actually feels like, errr... your own flesh. Soft actually.

Hubby eating a sago worm. I had my share of sago worm too!

To be honest, it's quite geli to see the worm, especially when it's moving. Rose was being a great guide, encouraging us to try it if we were open to the idea. Hubby tried it first, and to his suprise, it was tasteless, he said. Rose then got a small sago worm for me, and I braced myself for the experience. It's really tasteless! Maybe a slight tinge of young coconut flesh, but that was it! We both felt damn hero after that ok! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! The Japanese guy with us must've felt pressured to eat it too, and he ate a fat one!!! LOL!!! Heck, at RM 45 for entrance fee, you sure as hell better eat that worm to get your money's worth!!!!

After the worm-eating experience, we tried our hands at some traditional games before heading back to the city centre for a quick lunch. We had a 2pm spa appointment with Kul at the resort, and we really wanted to experience the couples spa~~~.

Entrance of Body Senses spa @ The Pacific Sutera.

Interior of Body Senses spa @ The Pacific Sutera.

Interior of Body Senses spa @ The Pacific Sutera.

The spa experience was really nice. No pictures of the spa, too busy enjoying it XD Actually, my camera's battery was running out and I left it in the room to charge, hehe! We were escorted into a private room with its private jacuzzi. The masseues served us chilled ginger tea, and politely asked us to select the type of aromatheraphy oil (from a choice of 4 essential oils) for our full body massage. Then, we went into the changing room to change. Disposable underwears are provided, but you can choose to go naked or wear your bikini.

We took a 10 to 15 minutes dip in the warm jacuzzi bath. Aaaaahhhh~~~~ the warm waters were so relaxing~~~~~ After that, the masseues called us to lie face down onto the bed and started giving us some relaxing massages. I think I almost fell asleep during the back massage :P

The whole spa experience lasted about an hour. The masseues told us not to take a shower for at least an hour after the massage, as to give time for the skin to absorb the essential oil. Feeling refreshed, we took a stroll by the poolside and just feel the sea breeze. The skies were getting cloudy again, and we could feel rain drops, haha! We went back to the room to get cleaned up and went back out to town to grab an early dinner.

(It's a good thing we went for dinner earlier, because the rain started pouring when we were having our meal)

We went to Ocean Seafood Village, located just beside Promenade Hotel. You have a wide array of fresh seafood to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choices. Just pick which seafood you want, and how you want it prepared. Or you could ask one of the assistants there to suggest to you the cooking preparations. You can also choose your choice of vegetables.

A wide choice of fresh seafood! :D

Sayur Sabah cooked with belacan. It's quite nice, pretty rare to find in KL.

Elephant trunk clam cooked with ginger and leek. Very smooth & yummy!!!

Cultured prawns. You dip the prawn in the sauce. Really fresh!!!

Deep fried mantis prawns, seasoned with salt & pepper. One part's missing because it's already in hubby's mouth HARHAR!!!

Buuuurrrrpppp~~~ Satisfying meal for two~~~

The total bill came to RM 160. Yes yes, it's a pretty expensive meal for two. But look at it this way... We saved a whole lot on accommodation already, plus we're on holiday. We don't spend like this for every meal, so it's alright to treat ourselves once a while, right? ;)

Feeling full from the sumptious dinner, we decided to head back to the resort and just chill.The skies were threatening to rain again, so it's best to head back la. And luckily we did because the rain came again, and very heavy too!

Day 4 next! Last day!