Thursday, September 30, 2010

Aziz
Hubby has a regular cab driver whom he relies on should he need to travel to KLIA or LCCT. His name is Aziz. Hubby first met him several years ago, when he called the KLIA limousine service, to get a cab to pick him up from the house. The KLIA limo HQ sent Aziz to pick hubby up.

From what hubby related to me then, Aziz had offered hubby his namecard, and said to hubby should he need to call a cab to get to the airport next time, feel free to call him directly instead and he can arrange for pickup (just as long as you give him enough time in advance to make the arrangements). Charges would not differ from calling the KLIA limo service direct. And if you need him to pick you up during arrival, that can be arranged too.

Not bad. Personalised service.

Since then, whenever hubby needs a ride to the airport, he will call Aziz. Aziz has been pretty prompt with his arrangement and timing. I think he works with a few other taxi drivers, and within their group they will arrange among themselves who will handle which customer. Although most of the time, it is Aziz that will come pick hubby when whenever he requires the cab service.

Aziz is a very hardworking man. And we really respect his work etiquette. It's kinda hard these days to come across such a hardworking and polite cab driver. I can see that he puts dedication into his job. The many times we've called Aziz, he would always be on time (or earlier!) and will help us with our luggage. He would chat with us while driving, share some of his cab stories with us. Very nice guy.

Selamat Hari Raya to you, Aziz. May you be blessed with everything wonderful :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Amusements
My sis has been sharing with me some stories about how some people in her circle have funny thoughts about driving big fancy cars and owning luxury items, all for the sake of gaining respect and showing off to their peers. I said to her that I also know off some friends in my crowd who does exactly the same thing, and I too find it very funny :P

I do find it amusing sometimes, to see how some people find instant gratification to splurge on items that are very likely beyond their means, yet insist to owning them for the sake of gaining respect and status. Is it really that important, to live up to other peoples' expectation? Is it really that important, to own that expensive car? Or the latest tech gadget? Or to buy that expensive condo just because your friend bought one?

Hey, don't get me wrong. I have no issues if you wanna get the new Beemer or that big house house with a built-up of 6,000 sqft. It's your money, go splurge on whatever you want man. I just think that if you're splurging to boost your ego, it feels kinda silly and shallow.

So maybe for some people, there's a void which they constantly need to fill. The way I see it, that void will forever be there, because that void seems to only get bigger. Comparisons are always done, and that heats up the competition to see who has deeper pockets (to sustain that many commitments!)

Sometimes I also think that the friends you hang out with, will mold your perception as well. Like if you constantly hang out with well to-do friends who have no qualms about changing cars every year, being part of that same gang, might subconsciously make you feel you also gotta live up to that standard.

I'm never comfortable burning both ends of the candle. I think it's scary to have so many financial commitments. I like to have some for the rainy day, cos you never know what will happen. If you can afford it, oklah. But if it's gonna burn a hole in your pockets and make you live on your salary from month to month, that's kinda sad.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pan-fried Prawns in Soy Sauce
Another one of our favourite recipes, thanks to magazine which was featuring and rating selected brands of soy sauce! Flavours, a bi-monthly food and lifestyle magazine published by Star Publications Sdn Bhd, was lying around my parents' house one fine evening several months ago, when I chanced upon it. My mum quickly flipped to one of the pages and showed me the article about soy sauce, and the many brands which were featured.

"The article rated this brand to be the best of the lot!" my mum exclaimed gleefully. I took a quick glance at the article, flipped through the rest of the pages and decided this magazine is pretty informative, and perhaps I should get a copy for myself.

The magazine featured a lot of very interesting (and simple) recipes to try at home. I'm gonna share with you one of our favourite...

Don't you just wanna sink your teeth in them? Hehe!

Ingredients
Medium size prawns, cleaned and deveined (enough for 2 pax), marinated with 1 tps sugar
2-3 tbps soy sauce
2-3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 tbps rice wine
1 tbps brown sugar
1 tps cornflour
Some oil to fry the prawns

In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine and cornflour together and set aside. Heat up oil in a deep pan (or wok) over medium heat. When the oil is hot, fry the prawns until golden prawn and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside, leaving about 2 tbps of oil in the pan. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add the prawns and toss until even. Pour the mixture over the prawns, coating them evenly and toss a few more times. Serves 2.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Malaysia Day
September 16th is now officially a public holiday for all Malaysians, to commemorate the day Sabah and Sarawak (Singapore as well, before we broke up in 1965) join Peninsula, to form Malaysia. As such, I'm pretty sure some of you have come across some really good ads out there that are celebrating this occasion.

Image from Soyacincau.com

Digi came up with this ad to commemorate this very special day. Hilarious shit I tell ya :P And if you've not watched the ad on YouTube, here it is...



The ad is going viral on Facebook right now, and I must say, their agency did a fantastic job with the concept, the script and casting. The fact that the ad pokes fun at our diversity, and still able to send a meaningful message across all Malaysians, makes the ad even more compelling.

Let's hope the ads can send the same message our fucked up politicians and make them actually use their brains for once. This is Malaysia, and Malaysia is for all Malaysians. Happy Malaysia Day everyone!

Monday, September 13, 2010

R.I.P Mr Goh
My deepest condolences to my ex-colleague and dear friend Demonick, on the passing of his beloved father. I hope you will find the strength to weather through this difficult times. Rest in peace Mr Goh.

Namo amithaba.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Konichiwa Wristlet
I recently got myself a wristlet from a blogger friend of mine, who is a SAHM (stay-at-home-mum, if you don't recognise the acronym), who also does graphic design on a part-time basis, who also sews to destress :P Yes, this mother of 2 is quick a busy woman, hehe!

I've known Sasha for a few years now, and her personal blog has grown leaps and bounds, attracting a lot of fans too :) And when she started sewing, I thought her needlework was pretty awesome. I tend to admire women that can churn out lovely creations from thread and fabric, namely because I can't sew to save my life LOLOLOL XP

Anyway, when I came across from of the wristlets Sasha took photos of and posted on her sewing blog Sewing Monster, the "Konichiwa Wristlet" caught my attention. I thought the fabric was totally kawaii, and figured getting myself a wristlet was just timely, as I've been thinking of investing in one.

Konichiwa Wristlet from Sewing Monster - RM 45

This is the very cute Konichiwa wristlet, fabric by Alexander Henry. I have to give it to Sasha, she can handle the needle pretty well. If it were me, the wristlet will probably turn out to be some chapalang looking pouch!


Invisible compartment... Peekaboo!

The wristlet also comes with an invisible compartment, a good option to have to slot some spare cash and coins. The pouch is roomy enough for me to store my keys & mobile phone, just what I need to bring out during my yumcha sessions (if I don't wanna lunge a bag around).

She has other wristlet designs as well using other fabrics, as well as little tote bags and really cute fabric shoes for babies. If you're keen to purchase some of her creations, do check if she makes remakes for them, as some may not be available.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Redang Island Getaway 28-30 Aug 2010
Hubby and I made last minute arrangements for a short break recently, and we scooted off to the East Coast for some sun, sea and white sand~~~

For more photos of Redang click here: http://www.oliviasy.net/gallery/

MAS's self check-in kiosk, which could not recognize our ticket number @#$%

We flew with MAS this time around, as we got a better deal from them w00t! And despite keying in the correct ticket number, the self check-in kiosk could not recognize our ticket number @#$%. In the end, we still have to manually check-in at the counter. So much for having the kiosk there. Also, MAS's self check-in is pretty tedious, took a lot more steps as compared to AirAsia's.

Coral Redang Island Resort welcomes you!

We took a 3D2N fullboard package from Coral Redang Island Resort, something we have to thank our lucky stars for, as most other resorts we called up were fully booked. Coral Redang told us they had one room left, and we took it up immediately :P


The semi-D chalet which we managed to get.

Here's a short of the semi-D chalet we managed to reserve for our 3D2N stay. Very spacious and roomy, and it's next to their coffeehouse :D The beach is just a short walk away.


Walking on the soft soft sand...


Self portrait.


Something out of a postcard.


KT's claypot chicken rice, which was so-so nia...

We checked out of the resort on Monday morning, and waited for a while for the ferry to take us back to the mainland. From the mainland jetty, it was a short walk to Kuala Terengganu's Chinatown. We walked into this coffeehouse which was located right next to the main entrance of Chinatown for its famed claypot chicken rice (or so said the blog we came across before we went on our holiday). Actually it's just so-so niaaaa.... I still prefer the Kampar claypot chicken rice @ Damansara Jaya, hehe!


KT's local favourite, lekor.

While waiting for our claypot chicken rice, we alse ordered some lekor to ease our hunger a little. Lekor is a local favourite in Terengganu, and it's made of fish meat, flour and other spices. You can either have it deep fried or boiled. In this case, we had it boiled, and it comes with some really awesome sambal!


Awesome fruit juices, at RM 3.50 each!

This is a must-try! The kopitiam has 20 variants of fruit juices, and at RM 3.50 a glass, it's A-W-E-S-O-M-E! I tried the dragon fruit + lychee, while hubby tried the dragonfruit + coconut. Both were pretty awesome and surprisingly refreshing to the palate :D

Ahhhh, beach holidays~~~ Something which we must do again next year :PpPpPpP *hint hint to hubby*