Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Baked Dory With Cheese & Russet Potatoes
After I posted a picture of the baked dory fillet in my Facebook account, some friends have left me comments and asked if I could share the recipe with them. Of course! Recipes are meant to be shared and enjoyed :D Moreover, my mum was the one who shared this recipe with us. She saw it from some cooking channel on Astro, and asked us to try it. Since she couldn't remember the exact measurement of the ingredients, I estimated everything by myself, ahaks! It's a fool-proof recipe anyway, so no worries!

2 Dory fillets
1 large russet potato (keep the skin on)
Cheese (you can use cheddar or mozzarella. I was using cheddar + monterey)
1 tbps dried parsley (or more, it's up to you)
3 tbps chopped garlic (or more, it's up to you)
4 tbps olive oil
Salt & pepper

Step 1: Place the potato into a pot of salt water, and let it boil for a while. If you prefer your potatoes to be a bit crunchy, don't leave it in the boiling water for too long. Once it's done, bring the potato out and slice it. One large potato can probably give you about 8-9 slices.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 190ºC for 20mins. Rinse and pat dry dory fillets. Make sure the fillet is as try as possible, because during the baking process, if the fish is not dry enough, your dish might have too much water. Arrange the sliced potatoes in 2 lines, and place the fillets on top of each line. Season the fish with salt and pepper. In another bowl, mix the chopped garlic, herbs and olive oil into a paste, and slather onto the fish. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the fish, and if you like, sprinkle more herbs on top of the cheese, which was what I did, hehehehe! Bake for about 20mins, or until cheese browns. Serves 2 :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

I Want People To See!
I was in the loo today, nature called. The washroom just outside my office has 2 cubicles, and I was occupying one of them. When I was almost done, I heard a voice of a woman talking to her young son. The mother was guiding her son to take a leak in the other cubicle.

When I came out, I saw in the reflection on the giant mirror that the young son was taking a leak, and the mother went into the cubicle I had just came out from to do her business.

"Stay there and wait for me ok?" she said to her young son, as she closed the door behind her.

I was washing my hands, when the young son finished doing his business and walked out, pulling his underwear up, but his pants was still at his ankles. He called out his mother, and the mother asked if he had pulled up his pants.

"No! I want everyone to see my kuku!"

I didn't want to burst out laughing, just in case the mother thinks I'm a psychopath, and quickly made my way out of the washroom and back into my office :P

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Malaysia Boleh
Been reading the news lately on several crappy stuff. It's very obvious the most Malaysians believe that this country will be headed towards turmoil if the current government continues its agenda. So much of hate these days, incited by their cronies and dogs.

Isn't it utterly stupid? Certain quarters keep shouting over their "ketuanan melayu", "social contract", "quota system" and "national interest". After more than 50 years of independance, the very same group is still stuck into their ideology that their "special rights" which they "claimed" are "enshrined in the constitution" should be protected forever and ever. And if anyone out there even question their "rights" or dare I say, just talk about it, this same group will scream bloody murder and accuse you for challenging their "special rights", possibly have you fired from your job, demand that you leave this country or arrested under the ISA.

More than half a century later, these very same people have been shouting and parading the same slogan.

If Tunku Abdul Rahman were alive today, he will probably take a flying leap out of the Petronas Twin Towers. These bunch of imbeciles fucked up his country so badly, he can't even recognise it anymore.

Happy birthday Malaysia. As much as I would like to love my country, the people that are leading it do not want to recognise me at all, and would rather kick me back to China. I'll probably love you back, when those monkeys get kicked out of Parliament for good. Till then, I will keep silent and wait for the next General Election to come about.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Playing Hosts
Hubby and I played host a to few Germans during the recent weekend. Hubby's cousin from Germany made a trip back to Malaysia recently, and brought along 2 German friends of his. The boys figured they should do some traveling and exploration before starting their university.

When in Malaysia, obviously we should introduce our lovely European guests to the one thing that ties all Malaysians together: F-O-O-D

Takan I bring you guys go eat German food riiiiite?!? :PpPpPpP

On the first day of arrival, the very first comment from them was "KL is very hot and humid!" XD Well, what did you expect boys? Welcome to Malaysia, a tropical country! In the part of the world, you have no winter!

From left to right: Henning, Aik Kiang (hubby's cousin) and Lucas.
This was taken at Batu caves, just before they climbed up

So far our guests have been to KLCC, Petaling Street, Thean Hou temple, Batu Caves, Genting Highlands (which they made the 2D1N trip on their own), and as I'm typing this post, they're up north in Penang. Food wise, they've been exposed to roti telur, nasi lemak, mee goreng, assam laksa, curry laksa, prawn mee, briyani, kuey teow soup, hokkien mee, satay, grilled chicken wings, cantonese fried noodles, chinese fried rice, dim sum and bak kut teh. At least that's what they've had here in KL so far, hehe!

Lucas had a little trouble adapting to our Malaysian food. he doesn't like noodles, nor does he take much rice, and he can't really take spicy stuff. Plus I guess our Malaysian food, the style of preparations and cooking, is not really to his liking. Aik Kiang fares a bit better, as he's been to Malaysia a few times previously (he is half Malaysian) and remembers what some food are like. Henning was the most adventurous of the lot. Not afraid to try and explore new tastes and textures. He's kinda like the food taster for his group. Takes a bit, and he can determine whether or not Lucas or Aik Kiang will like it haha!

They love F&N orange, as this flavour is something they can't get back home, and it's the first time they've seen this variant of soft drink. They also enjoyed satay and the roadside grilled chicken wings. That's probably the only 2 things that Lucas actually ate the most, the rest of the time he only nibbles and drinks Milo. He says that he's still not used to the hot and humid Malaysian weather, thus it's probably affecting his appetite as well.

One thing's for sure: NO DURIANS.

One time, in 1U, they had just arrived back from Genting Highlands by bus, so we said we're gonna bring them to lunch. We were going down the escalator at the old 1U wing near Jusco, when suddenly, a whiff of durian just swept past us. They groaned (and probably cursed in German for all I know LOL!) and their faces clearly expressed their disapproval. "Do you guys wanna try some durian? We could get a small pack and let you guys try...!"

"NO! NO! NO!" *protest protest*


The boys will back in KL for a few days at the end of August, and will most likely make their way to Sunway Lagoon, before heading back to Frankfurt. It was nice to have you guys around for a few days. Thank you for gracing our humble abode. We hope that your visit to Malaysia was good and that you guys go back to Germany with good holiday memories of this country :D Should hubby and I ever make a trip to Germany, rest assured we'll look you guys up!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Paintball @ Tanamera, Sg Buloh

Hubby and I, together with a group of testosterone driven boys, headed towards Sg Buloh, this time to a new paintball location. I didn't join the boys as usual, way too rough to be caught in between the crossfire haha! I don't think it's really a good idea to be stuck in the battlefield with 20 grown men, each with a loaded gun :P

I think this time around, the boys enjoyed the missions more. Tanamera has a lot more fields to play in, the place is definitely bigger and wider, equipments and vests seemed better maintained. Even the lounge area is bigger and more airy, with a pantry area where you can buy drinks. There were several groups of paintball enthusiasts as well, complete with their expensive paintball gears and attire. And some with lansi attitudes too...!

"Baja Hitam! Potong dua!"

Bright yellow pellets. RM 240 per box I think.

Listening intensely for strategize to bring down the enemy...
Or at least to avoid getting shot in the face LOL!

Rest time.

Against Wiping. Support Fair Play.
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Tanamera has other activities besides paintball. The picture above is their Krazykart track. A little small actually, and part of the track is actually where cars drive in and out of the area XP. Tanamera also has some horses, and I spotted some new stables being built for the horses on the other side. Probably the next hot spot for a game of polo?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Shape/Men's Health Nite Run 2010 @ Putrajaya
*Sorry folks, no photos as I didn't run with my camera nor phone. Didn't want to lunge around excess baggage during a run!

I did it! I survived the gruelling 12.3KM run yesterday! I completed the run with my legs and body intact. Oh wait... I could've left my legs at Putarjaya for a few hours... XP *aching*

This run was my first ever experience joining a competitive category. We had wanted to sign up for the 5KM Fun Run, but we found out too late and registration for that category was closed liao. So we ended up registering for the 12.3KM competitive category instead. Doesn't matter, we were not going to run to win any prizes. We were going to run for the experience and just have fun ;)

The weather was good to us. Perhaps the heavens decided to take pity on this 5000+ strong group of enthusiast and decided to hold the rain until later. The weather was nice and breezy, made running a lot more fun.

There we were, standing several feet from the starting line, waiting for the gun to sound. I saw many runners yesterday, you can practically identity serious runners from their toned legs LOL! Some were already running a few laps around the block to warm-up. I caught sight of this seriously toned bapok, with a fantastic physique and amazingly tight buns! Can't help watching him, he was wearing a tight fitting sports top and hot pants ma :P

The competitive category (12.3KM) flagged off at 8pm sharp, while the 5KM Fun Run flagged off 20 minutes later. When the gun was sound, everyone was cheering, clapping and feeling really great. Bystanders were cheering and giving loads of encouraging words to the runners. I saw some families running while pushing their baby strollers, so cute!

There were markers to point to the route runners were to follow, and there were a lot of people stationed all along the route as well to guide us, just to make sure no one runs off the mark. Medical personnel were constantly around as well, and there were a few ambulances always following us along the entire route, preparing to offer any medical assistance should the need arises. The traffic police were also present, making sure that we follow the correct route and ensuring that the traffic flow was not disrupted. Certain intersections were completely blocked off for the run. Power to the runners, woohoo!

Water stations were pretty ample, I think at every 2KM - 3KM there would be a water station. Although I think we left quite a bit of a mess at every water station... disposing the plastic cups along the road... No proper bin to throw them away la. Even if there was a bin, it's been filled to the brim.

The entire route was pretty scenic, running pass some of Putrajaya's famous bridges and buildings. The scenery was definitely anything but boring.

I probably ran the first 3+KM at least. Then I alternate between running and walking. By 7KM my feet were really starting to tire. My thighs and soles were aching, and I had to walk longer to rest my muscles. When we hit the "4KM to go" mark, hubby said to me "Come, let's run a little till we hit the next mark, try, ok?" And so I did, and together with hubby, I managed to run until the next mark. 3KM to go...!

The last few KM was probably the most difficult part for me. My feet were really reaching its limits, haha! I could still run a little, probably a few hundred feet, before I have to stop and walk again. Once we turned at the last corner, we could see the finish line. There it was, waiting for us to run to it. I mustered whatever stamina I have left in me and just dashed for it lah! Pant pant wheeze wheeze~ Managed to glance at the big-ass timer at the same time, I think we crossed the line at 1:57:XX

We ran the 12.3KM route in under 2 hours. Not bad, I had thought we would take over 2 hours to complete the route, based on my speed. Whatever the time may be, I was glad to have experienced my first run in my entire adult life. Hubby could've done it in a better time, but he chose to run by my side :) Thanks dear *muaks*

My goodie bag from Shape Magazine.

And here's my goodie bag :D With products worth about RM 300, not bad for my first run, hor?

• Runner’s tee from Reebok worth RM79 (the tee was collected a few days before the run)
• Nature Valley® Crunchy Granola Bars
• BIC® Soleil Shimmer Clic (Starter Kit) worth RM16
• Johnson Fitness Sports Towel
• 3 bottles Clear Men 30ml Shampoo
• 3 bottles Clear Anti-Dandruff 30ml Shampoo
• Naturale Choice Veggie Snack • Juice Works Free Drink Voucher worth RM10
• Kenko 30-min Fish Spa Voucher worth RM38
• NT-Flam™ 5’s
• Perskindol sachets & Guardian voucher for RM5 off Perskindol products
• TruDtox Tea Bag
• 7-UP Revive 325ml (dah minum right after I collected the bag, ahaks!)
• Bleu Mineral Water 600ml
• True Fitness 14-Day Membership

Thank you, Shape magazine, for giving this wonderful running experience. Here's to more running events in the near future!