Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2001. Hello 2012!

Here it is again. Another year ends. Yet another year begins. So, how was my 2011 so far?

Love wise, things between me and hubby just gets better and better :) The support, the love, the many hugs and kisses and quality time spent together, strengthens the bond every time. Little petty arguments now and then, but nothing serious which we drag for long. A little patience, a dash of luck, a sprinkle of hope and a truckload of love <3

Health wise, I've never felt better. I feel much better about myself than I ever have 5 years ago. Running may not be my cup of tea for now, as I have decided to quit running for at least 6 months, to give my right knee a break. Switching to other forms of cardio workout for now, and of course, yoga <3

Work wise, things have been pretty ok for me so far. Towards the end of 2011, there was a little bit of a rough patch for me, as I try to work things out, grappling the new situation and all. I'm still trying to find ways to solve it, cos what I've been asked to consider, is really not something I want to do long term.

The next question would be: Any resolutions or hopes for 2012?
Well, if the world doesn't end in 2012 (LOL!), maybe wanna plan some holidays with the hubby :) Not sure if we wanna still think of conceiving again, cos really, somehow I'm not sure nor am I keen about it right now. In fact, we like how things are now. Maybe give it some thoughts again after the coming Chinese New year la, no rush on that matter. Rather go holidays hah!

Here's wishing everyone a great 2012 ahead. Peace, harmony, love for all~

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Arrowroot Chips a.k.a Nga Gu

Arrowroot chips, the only snack in the world I cannot stop nomming :) Also a clear reminder that Chinese New year is not too far away :)



Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas folks!
Let's welcome 2012 with a blast!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Malakoff Kuala Lumpur 2011

Finisher medals from Malakoff KL2011.
Much, pain, much sweat, much inspiration, much improvement. I completed the 12KM trail despite a non-cooperative right knee midway through the 1st lap. Instead of pushing myself too hard, I decided not to further aggravate the knee and took it easy. During the 2nd lap, I tried to do a slow jog, but after a while, the knee was telling me to fuck off and just walk the rest of the way.

My timing was probably slower this time around, but it's a given when you're suffering from a painful knee. Not gonna be sad about it, I did try my best after all, given my physique. Bumped into some friends who also took part in the event this year, and usually I hardly bump into anyone due to the large crowd. This time around, I bumped into a long time friend Alex Auyong, my neighbour Jason Loke, an ex-colleague Jeremy Chin and saw my cousin Nick Yow whizzed pass me somewhere during the first lap.

While I was in the first lap, probably 20mins in, I saw a black dude whizz by all of us. And he whizzed by me again later, and I was still in my first lap, heading towards the main junction to start my second lap...! That guys is not human, I'm telling ya...



Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas-Year End Annual Dinner 2011 @ Mizu Japanese Fine Dining, TTDI

The company had our year-end dinner at Mizu this year, a good choice for good Japanese food. It's a short drive from the office and the food won't disappoint. My GM had made special arrangements for them to arrange for a buffet dinner for us on a weekday, and because we had the numbers, that arrangement was granted. At RM 65++ per pax, which is their normal dinner buffet rate on weekends, everyone trotted there after work for some massive wolf down.

As usual, one of the highlights of the dinner was also playing Dirty Santa. This time around, I exchanged my gift with a stainless steel water bottle :D I knew no one would want the bottle, so I took the chance to exchange for it MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 


It's such a cool water bottle! Using the Jack Daniels emblem and modifying it, how awesome is that! Plus hubby and I are actually phasing out plastic bottles at home, and replacing them with either stainless steel water bottles or glass jugs. All part of our continuous effort to help the environment :)

On top of that, this year we also had some special awards handed out, just like last year. Last year, I won the "Best Dressed in Theme". This year, I won the "Sportiest Person" (active in sports) hehehehehehe! Can't wait till Isetan opens in 1U, then I can utilize my RM50 voucher w00t!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Uncertainties

I've been plagued by uncertainties lately. A lot of confusion and just the feeling of being unsure. For some, it's no big deal. Maybe I tend to think too far ahead of things, but that's who I am. To a certain extent, I'm a planner-cum-worrier.

Hubby and I had been planning to make a trip up to Mount KK early next year, but due to some technical mismanagement and sudden high cost, we're pulling out from the trip. Prior to the trip, hubby and I had thought of perhaps after scaling the mountain, maybe we can think of trying to conceive again. But off late, we're not entirely sure anymore if we even want to try to conceive again.

Here's the reason why we're no longer certain if we want an additional family member:

  1. I've been through 2 miscarriages, which puts me in a higher risk of going through another miscarriage.
  2. The 2nd miscarriage was due to a virus (CMV), and despite me having gone through the short drug treatment to boost my immunity against the virus, the doctor said there's still a risk of the virus coming back.
  3. I'm afraid of going through the same emotional and mental pain all over again. I haven't fully recovered from the last 2, and I don't think I will ever fully recover from it.
  4. Getting pregnant again just seemed so stressful to me now. I might just constantly worry if this one would end up the same as the other 2: miscarriage again.
  5. One of the main reason I've delayed the idea for so long was also because I didn't want to get hurt again.
  6. Hubby's also not sure if he wants to have a child in the family anymore.
  7. I've heard stories about pregnancies going wrong and abnormalities develop. I'm afraid it might just happen to us.
  8. A close family friend of mine had a perfectly normal and healthy pregnancy. The baby is now >18 months old, but still cannot walk nor sit up on her own. I don't know what I will do if that were to occur to us, for it's already hard to raise a child, what more a child with special needs.
  9. If we do decide to conceive again, it's a do or die situation. Which means if our luck is damn 'suey' and this third one also doesn't make it, the baby idea goes totally out of the window, with no chance of revival. I'll rather adopt than to conceive again.
  10. I can't stand wailing screaming babies. Never have, never will. I'm a bad cop.

Yes I'm selfish, and I have every reason to be. I'm only protecting myself and my emotions from getting hurt. It's not being told that your pregnancy has failed. It's not fun being wheeled into the cold operating room. It's not fun to hear words from people who start questioning what's wrong. It's not fun to hear your own father calling you weak.

And besides, it's not compulsory to have kids after you're married. With the cost of living these days, everything is so expensive now, and will only get higher. Is it worth all that stress?


Monday, December 12, 2011

Jacky Cheung 1/2 Century Tour 2011 - Kuala Lumpur

Hubby and I had our first concert experience recently at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil. And it was a date with a THE Heavenly King: Jacky Cheung Hock Yau. My sister and BIL had flown in from Kota Kinabalu to catch this concert (their seats were 4 rows from the stage, yowza!), and I was supposed to meet them up the next day, but whaddaya know, lady luck was with hubby and I, and both of us also got to watch Jacky Cheung as well :D

It was really by a stroke of luck we got the tickets, a close friend of hubby's happens to be working with Tune Group, one of the sponsors of the concert, and he offered us complimentary tickets just a couple of days before the scheduled Friday night concert.

Seating positions during the concert. Image from TicketCharge.
Our seats were at VIP L, indicated with a dark blue box. Very good seats with a clear view of the stage :D

Initially we were supposed to get the Royal Box tickets, which is seated on the left hand side of the stage. At the last minute, our friend said he had no more Box tickets, but offered us VIP tickets instead. Woohoo! Even better! 

VIP seats w00t!
We arrived at the stadium to be greeted by a throng of Jacky Cheung fans from all over the country. That Friday was actually the 2nd show for the week, 2 more shows over the weekend. With 4 shows in total, it's really a miracle he can perform for all shows *salute*. Security was rather strict, you can't bring mineral bottles into the stadium. The people on duty needed to scan through our bags before we could enter. Once inside, we were guided to our seats. Since it was in an indoor stadium, there was air-conditioning, temperature was just OK for the night. At least you won't sweat during the concert.

Everyone is waiting patiently for the concert to start.
Here we are at our seats, patiently waiting for the King to make his appearance. Hubby and I were really excited, as this was our first concert ever! I've never been a fan to concerts because of the crowd and heat, not to mention the costly tickets. But hey, no one would say no to complimentary tickets, right? Not just complimentary tickets, tickets to watch the one and only Jacky Cheung, an awesome singer.

Full house!
The crowd behind me minutes before the concert started. The whole stadium was full, the concert was a sellout not just for Friday night, but for all 4 nights he was to perform! Later I found out that Jacky Cheung was initially scheduled to perform for 2 nights only: 9th & 10th Dec 2011. Due to the overwhelming response, the organizers added 2 extra nights. And still it was a sellout!

Bright lights above.



The above images were taken during the first 2 songs Jacky Cheung belted out. For a man in his 50s, he looks damn good. We were pretty sure he does yoga or pilates, or both. His movements were still pretty nimble and agile for someone his age, although stamina wise, it's not as good as his younger days of course. In fact, at one point of the concert, he had to tell his musicians to hold off for a while, as he had to catch his breath.

Never the less, Jacky Cheung was amazing. He had the whole crowd mesmerized and singing along to every song he sang. Everyone was constantly cheering his name (myself included). Everyone was well behaved, no rowdy teenagers and bottle throwing maniacs. Then again, the crowd that night was probably more mature and are from the generation who grew up listening to Jacky Cheung haha!

Not only that, Jacky Cheung also paid tribute to the late Lydia Sum, who was an inspiration to a lot of the Hong Kong entertainers.

This was probably the only time I can get this close to a superstar. The photos above may look as thought our seats are far, but in actual fact, it was near enough to see his facial expressions very clearly. Hock Yau, thank you for an amazing Friday night. You are THE REAL HEAVENLY KING...!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Guardian Angel 2011

It's that time of the year again at work, where we play the Guardian Angel/Mortal game. And one of the surprises I got this year was a pink iPhone cable charger!


Honestly, I didn't expect to receive this. One of my bosses had received one and he posted a photo of it in our company FB page. All I did was jokingly commented that I would love to have one new cable too, and the next morning, I discovered one on my desk. Thank you dear Angel, whoever you are. I've been thinking of getting a spare one, so this came at the right time :D


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Oli's Japanese Restaurant Take

*Entirely my own opinion.
I love Japanese food. If you're asking me about my top list of favourite food, Japanese food is sitting pretty close to the top. I love Chinese food too, so it's really quite tough between choosing those two you know *greedy*.

And when I say Japanese food, I most certainly do not mean places with the conveyor belts. In my opinion, those places are complete rip-offs. They're crap! They serve you shit! Even my family friend's Japanese boss says convenyor belts are crap!

I'm talking about the real deal. I'm talking about proper Japanese food. I'm talking you sitting down in a Japanese restaurant and actually ordering from a proper menu. Not taking the plates of food which has been sitting on the belt for the past 1 hour.

Shun was no doubt, one of my favourite Japanese restaurant for the time being. Located in Subang Jaya (same row was Domino's pizza and Windmill, next to SDMC), it's authentic settings and ambiance attracts many Japanese patrons everytime. You know what they say, go where the Japanese go. Too bad the establishment is no longer around :( Taking its place now i's Sakura Sakura Hatana, possibly same owner, just with a different signage. However, the menu has a slight change and the yummy Shun Bento is no longer available :(

Rakuzen is one of my favourites too. Quality of the food is well QC-ed, and for the price that you're paying, it's very well worth it. Another Japanese restaurant I love is Hanazen, located at Jaya One.

And if I want to eat cheap but good Japanese food, I head to Hokano @ Uptown, Damansara Utama. Value for money, this place serves some really good Japanese sets that will keep you coming back for more.

And no, I'm not advocating that you have to pay through your noses for good Japanese food. You can get a good spread without having to check into a 5-star hotel. And if you're craving for a good Japanese buffet spread, head over to Mizu @ TTDI (weekends only). Honestly, conveyor belts... are just ripping you off. You want the real deal, get out there and away from conveyor belts.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

2011 Birthday @ Lemon Garden, Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur

I made reservations at the Lemon Garden Café @ Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur a few weeks prior to my birthday. I've been planning for this since I got to know about the Shangri-La's 40th Anniversary Facebook offer, yes it's been THAT long...! 

This offer is valid from 1st January  to 32st December 2011, and I think it's an awesome offer which Shangri-La is sharing with their customers. The complimentary meal is only valid on your birthday, and all I had to do was LIKE their Facebook page, register for their 40th Anniversary offer, and make my reservations for my birthday :) The selected F&B outlet, in this case it's Lemon Garden, came back with a confirmation email and also gave me a call 2 days prior to my reservation, to confirm everything. Because of this offer, I got a 50% discount of the buffet :)

Pot of gold, wait for meeeee...!!!
 Food was awesome, so many choices to choose from. From local cuisines to Chinese to Italian to Japanese to Western, guaranteed to fill your hungry tummies. And for a weekday, the café had a good crowd too. I didn't take a lot of pictures, was too busy tucking into the food and just enjoying my birthday :)

Some of the cold dishes available, and much more!

A wide range of desserts to choose from, yums!

Some sort of brownie with raspberry and whipped cream.

Indulging in chocolate fondue and marshmallows ~~~ Screw the calories tonight!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Beggar Chicken @ Bkt Jugra (Tanjung Sepat)

Almost a 2-hour drive to reach this friggin' place. Checked out some blogs which talked about this place, and how it's supposed to be the original beggar chicken cooking style. What do I personally think about it? Nothing great, and definitely not worth the 2-hour drive, meh... By the time we drove back PJ, I was tired and hungry...

The signage, which says beggar chicken something something I guess...?

The brick building on the right is where all the beggar food is cooked.

Yes, this is the kitchen. Your food is underneath all that sand and charcoal.

Huge pile of charcoal for cooking.

Friendly beagle!
All the food is of the same colour. There's beggar chicken and mutton as well, the photos didn't turn out so well.

Friendly kitteh!



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Laser Eyes

I beam you with my laser eyes. Bllliiittzzzz...!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Blue Kombi

A division in the company recently made a unique purchase: A Volkswagen Kombi. The division is still trying to think of ways to put the Kombi to use, and from what I've heard, the vehicle already has a waiting list to be photographed in pre-wedding albums. Not bad for a classic, eh?

Here we go....!
Some of us took a spin in the Kombi recently. Kinda hard to resist not taking a spin. It is after a Volkswagen Kombi :) Think Scooby Doo and friends, except this Kombi is blue, not green. I salute you if you can drive this classic. Manual drive, the steering wheel is similar to that of a mini bus, and no power steering, talk about toning your arms! Overall the Kombi is pretty well kept, except for the missing door handle, some rusty parts, no air-con blower for the back seats, heavy rattling, hard suspension :P But hey, when you get a classic like that, you'd definitely expect to put in some moolah to fix it up.



Now this is my Kombi, a mini Kombi. It's the Milo truck Kombi, from the Milo redemption a couple of months ago. Pretty awesome too! Best thing is, I don't have to drive it, haha!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fatty Meow

Let my fats mesmerize you~~~~~

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Not A Full Grip Yet...

On days when I'm feeling crappy like this, it only goes to show that I have yet to fully get a good grip of things. The grip is there, just not as firm as I had hoped for.

Life will always be unfair. Deal with it bitch.

Something that was once beautiful, is now a nightmare for me. I dread it really, even though I've told myself many times over that I will only consider it after a certain deadline next year. I've very clear of what my plans are in the coming months. It's just that on some days, I wake up and feel all woes. GAH!

I appreciate my life to the fullest mind you. It's just that on certain days, I tend to rant and woe a bit more than usual. After a good night's sleep, everything is back to normal for me.

But I guess sometimes... I can't help but feel sorry for myself. I tend to put unnecessary pressure and be hard on myself at times. Part of my strength and weakness at the same time.

I dread it, but a tiny part of me also yearn for it. It was an unjustified occurance for my part, and I know that no matter how much I question it, there won't be an answer for me. And yet, being a stupid human being, I still question it from time to time. I say it's unjustified because I know people in my circle, who have done more harm and put themselves in much higher risks.

I am no longer sure if that is what I want anymore. Right now I don't see much value in it, nor do I see the worth in it. I've been through enough pain to know what it feels like. I don't need to feel the same pain again. I don't want to.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Black Seal

And I lay me down to sleep... zzzzzz...

A friend pointed out that this is not a seal, but is in fact, a walrus. I stand corrected :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Short Getaway

Hubby and I took a short trip up to the highlands, just to chillax and unwind a little from all the hustle and bustle of city life. The trip was short but sweet :) Kinda gives you the chance to just unwind and do some self reflection on everything.

The newly refurbished rooms at Strawberry Park Resort.
BOH Tea Plantation, a must visit for every blardy tourist.
The steep and narrow road up to a hidden strawberry farm,  a slip road off BOH Tea Plantation.
I really like this view a lot :)
Tea break! Scones from T-Café, Tanah Rata.
Some say it's over-rated, we just like to have it :)
Chocolate banana cake from T-Café, Tanah Rata. Yums!
Yummilicious strawberries we picked from the hidden strawberry farm.
Ending the whole trip with some sweet banana pancakes from Yong Teng Café, Tanah Rata.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Of Alcohol and Halal-ness

Now before you start judging, this post is entirely my personal opinion and has nothing to do with what you think. So now that we've made things clear, let's move on.

Picture taken from here.

I'm sure you've seen this bottle on display in supermarkets. It's a range of non-alcoholic beer from Barbican. It comes in various flavours like apple, peach and strawberry.

I don't take alcohol. Well, actually, I have a very low tolerance to alcohol, mainly because I don't enjoy the after taste which lingers on my tongue. But a non-alcoholic beer?

Beer is beer. Period. Beer has alcohol. Period. All this nonsense about non-alcoholic beer, is really just to legitimize drinking for those prohibited by their religion, to consume alcohol. An excuse, alibi, a clause conjured up to suit the senses and to convince themselves that they're merely drinking flavoured water, and not alcohol.

Bollocks.

Any drink, even if it only contains 0.5% alcohol, is still an alcoholic drink, you doinks. Go on, keep lying to yourselves. Keep trying to convince yourself that flavoured non-alcoholic beverages such as the ones shown in the image above, is halal.

You might still insist that the 0.5% is a minute amount. Never the less, 0.5% is still 0.5%. What do you think?



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Caffeine Story


I'm not a coffee addict, and will never be. However, I do enjoy a nice cup of white coffee from time to time. You see, I'm caffeine intolerant, which basically means, I won't be able to sleep if I drink coffee after a certain hour.

My system is not used to caffeine intake at certain hours of the day, and coffee is not the only culprit. I can't take certain type of Chinese tea too. If I'm craving for white coffee, I will have it during lunch hour. Anytime after 2.30pm is just asking for it.My eyes and energy will be at a high, and I won't get any sleep at all. You may laugh about it, as it is quite funny to hear intolerance.

Also, I'm not a fan of places like Starbucks and Coffee Bean, overpriced cup of java really. For my dose of white coffee, I sometimes head to Old Town, or sometimes even some good ol' neighbourhood kopitiam. Yea, not very fussy when it comes to white coffee. As long as it's smooth and not cardboard tasting...


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OM NOM!

Smile!

An early surprise birthday present from my dearest sister living in the land below the wind (Sabah lah). Introducing Om Nom, the lead character of the game Cut the rope.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ten Things Not To Say... And a Few More


*Bitch mode ON. If you can't handle the heat, I suggest you close this window. I'm having one of them bitch mode days and just feel like venting things out by writing. The words are not directed to anyone in particular (see, I don't include names, I'm nice that way).

My sister recently shared with me this blog post about the things you should never ever say to a woman who is going through some form of infertility (miscarriages included). I read through the list and couldn't help but laugh at some of them, mainly because some of them have been thrown my way before.

Having gone through the difficult and sad times twice in the same year, I know all too well about what to say and what not to say. It has also taught me not to stay angry at people for too long, simply because they actually mean well, just that their words made them sound ignorant (which some of them are probably are, it's just that I'm letting it slide). You can read the full blog post here:

1. “Just relax and it will happen.”
I'm not really too bothered with this line, though it's curious to hear that most people just assume all you have to do is have intercourse and wa-la! Confirm sure can get baby one!

2. “You’re still so young, you have plenty of time.”
These days age is not as much of a big driving factor, although most people will tell you it's better to have a kid before a woman hits 35 because by then your "eggs" will get stale (for men, your sperms kinda "slow down" and quality is said to "decline"). Then again, you hear women having babies in their 40s, some even 50s (but that's really pushing your luck). Do you know in today's statistics, a high percentage of young couples are experiencing infertility issues more compared to in the last century? In fact, many couples I know experience a miscarriage during their 1st attempt.

3. “Are you going to have kids soon?”
If your "soon" means "tomorrow", then my answer is no. I don't exactly like to be caught off-guard when it come to baby plans.

4. “When are you going to give (name of first-born child here) a sibling?”
I don't hear this line, but I do have friends who are hounded by this line, and it stresses them out plenty unnecessarily. Really, first you bug people when they will get married. Then you bug them about having a kid. Then you bug them about having another kid. Then you bug them about having another kid on top of the kids they had popped out earlier. You're not exactly gonna stop bugging them right? Maybe you should just tell the parents right up front "Settle with 3 kids", to set the expectations right. That way, you don't have to constantly harass them, and they don't have to layan you with answers just to entertain you. Maybe I should carve my answer like this: When are you going to join (insert dead person's name) in the grounds?

5. “Well, my cousin’s neighbor’s daughter tried yoga and fish oil supplements and they were pregnant the next month!”
Why don't you try yoga and fish oil supplements, and lemme know the results?

6. “God must be punishing you.”
Oh, I heard this one from my own mother. A Buddhist who prays to the Goddess of Mercy, we were having a mother-daughter conversation about babies when she mentioned that the 2 miscarriages I went through could be my karma.

7. “You can have my kids. They’re driving me crazy.”
Yea right. Off load your crap to others and think it's ok. Seriously, I don't take such leftovers. And if kids are driving you crazy, maybe you shouldn't have them in the first place.

8. “At least you can still sleep in.”
Yes, I can definitely sleep in a hell lot! Don't be jealous k ;) I also don't have to worry about insurance, the rising cost of education, hospital bills, expensive kid-safe toys, BPA-free milk bottles, crying screaming hair tugging babies in the middle of a packed restaurant, you know the works. Honestly, if we decide to have a baby, we should be mentally and financially prepared for all that's gonna be coming with the baby, and I seriously don't need you to tell me what I already know.

9. “I hate being pregnant! I’m so fat.”
Some pregnant women do look good, but some just looks like a whale. So I guess it really depends on the pregnancy itself. And yes, when you're pregnant, YOU ARE FAT! Don't like to be pregnant, then don't get pregnant lor.

10. “Well, I know someone who dealt with it for seven years before they had any kids. So your situation isn’t a big deal yet.”
I also know someone who's mouth couldn't stop talking for the longest time.

Some other lines which reached my ears:

11. "Something must be wrong with you."
Excuse me, but last time I checked, you're not a doctor. And yes, something must be wrong with me to not punch you in the face.

12. "You're probably a high-risk person."
If you mean having to regularly exercise, don't smoke, don't drink, eat everything in moderation makes me a high risk person, then maybe I'm better off smoking, drinking and being a couch potato.

13. "You must be a bad mother."
And you must be an asswipe.

14. "Aren't you being selfish for not trying again?"
I choose not to get pregnant again because I'm turned off by the painful experience, so it's my choice. And besides, it gave me chance to concentrate on other things in life. Having a kid is only one part of life, it's not everything of life. There's more to life than just having kids you know. If having kids it's everything for you, then that's your choice. Not mine. So yes, I'm selfish for my own reasons which some of you will never understand, and I don't expect you to understand either. And besides, I can sleep in late longer.

15. "It's only a miscarriage, you'll get over it."
As much as I don't want to sound mean, but if something you consider precious to you (i.e: baby) leaves, you better be sure I'm not by your side saying this to you: "It's only a (insert precious item), you'll get over it."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

R.I.P Steve Jobs

Image taken from here.

Goodbye to a man who revolutionized technology. Is it a coincidence that his death comes less than 24 hours after the iPhone 4S announcement, no one will really know. What we all know for certain, is that Steve Jobs will never appear on stage again. He has built his legacy and left it for the world to remember him by.

I'm not an Apple fanboy (or girl). The Mac was the first machine I used, back in my college days. I eventually bought a Mac in my 2nd year of college, to do my assignments. When I came out to work, I was on the Mac for a while, before I made the shift to web design. It was also around that same time, my Mac broke down. And I ventured into the world of Windows. I've been using a PC ever since, and for the last few months, have been contemplating of moving back to a Mac (still contemplating, if you must know).

Sayonara Steve Jobs. You have touched millions of lives with your reinventions, your products, your words, your vision, your strength. You will always be remembered. Namo amithaba.


Monday, October 3, 2011

TRENDZ Waterproof Bags

We were bumming around in Tropicana Citymall over the weekend and came across 2 booths on the top floor selling waterproof bags and pouches. Being the inquisitive being that I am, I went to take a closer look to see the merchandises on display. 

There was a wide variety of bags to choose from, even backpacks from well-known sports labels. I was more intrigued by the TRENDZ waterproof bags in bright yellow. 

The material is a high quality PVC which is 100% waterproof (Class 3). Suitable for all sorts of outdoor activities like water sports, jungle trekking, kayaking, fishing etc, these bags are the real deal if you're the outdoor junkie and looking for a lightweight and  durable bag to stuff all your items, and still be reassured they'll be dry should you come into contact with water or dirt. And the best part is, no zippers or strings. You secure the bag by folding the lid down a few times, then lock it by clipping the side clips together.

Hubby and I got to thinking that it would be a good idea to get one, seeing that we will need an extra bag to bring for our mountain trip next year. So after much comparison and decision making, we settled for a TRENDZ 25L yellow bag for RM 65, not bad right?

This is what the bag looks like before you open it, compact and easy to carry.

After I shape the bag, this is what it looks like. Note the side clips at the top to secure it.

A closer look at the handle.

Adding the adjustable sling at the back of the bag.

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold and secure the bag.
Simply fold a minimum of 3 times, and clip the side clips to lock.

You can visit TRENDZ website for more info and take a look at their range of products available. Besides bags, they also have waist pouches, products for cameras, phones and even a waterproof casing for the iPad. I might just get another bag for my dad, who's into fishing ;)



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Simple Salmon Steak Recipe

Salmon doesn't come cheap, because it's a cold water fish and is full of healthy fats (omega). I love salmon sashimi and whenever we have a meal at a Japanese restaurant, I will surely have an order of salmon.

Once a while, hubby and I would treat ourselves and get some nice looking salmon steaks, to cook at home. The first time we bought some, was from Jusco 1U, when the supermarket reopened after a much talked about renovation to upgrade the old 1U wing. We were doing some grocery shopping and came across some good looking salmon pieces on display, bought a couple and pan seared them at home. Yummeh! I'm going to share a very simple salmon steak recipe here.

Ingredients:
2 salmon steaks (about 300 grams per piece)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp butter
Ground black pepper
3-4 tbps oil for searing

Pinkish delight~

Pat dry the salmon and place them onto a wide dish. Rub the butter all over the salmon flesh and skin. Then rub some salt onto the skin side of the salmon, this would make the skin crispy. Sprinkle the rest onto the flesh. Ground some black pepper over the salmon and let it sit for a while.

Whoopeee...! See all the omega?!


NOOOMMMMM...!

Heat up a wide pan and pour the oil. When the oil is hot, sear the salmon, about 2 minutes on each side. If you bought a thicker piece, then you need to sear it longer, so adjust accordingly. The salmon is done when the flesh is about golden brown and flakes when you poke a fork through. Drizzle with white sauce if you please (we like it as it is). Enjoy!


Friday, September 30, 2011

Spicy Tomyam Chicken

A recipe we tried out over the weekend many moons ago, courtesy of Amy Beh :) In her recipe, she used 4 pieces of chicken whole leg, de-boned. But since we normal buy a whole chicken, we used half a chicken and chopped it into a few pieces :P


The chicken turned out ok, but I think I need to put a bit more tomyam paste into the marinate next time, hehe!

Here are the ingredients:
Marinate (A)
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp pepper
1 tbps tomyam sauce (we used tomyam paste)
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1/2 ground black pepper
1tbps lemon juice

(B)
1 egg white

(C)
3 tbps plain flour
2 tbps rice flour

First, you marinate the chicken with (A) for a few hours or overnight. If you're marinating the meat overnight, be sure to take it out from the fridge to cool to room temperature before you fry it. While heating up the oil for deep frying, coat the chicken with egg white (B) and the combined flour mixture (C). Fry until golden brown. Pretty simple stuff, eh?



Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nasi Lemak 2.0

Much has been said and sung about Nasi Lemak 2.0. The brainchild of controversial figure Namewee, the story revolves around an arrogant chef, at his down and out moment, goes on a search fora fantastic nasi lemak recipe and along the way, discovers the true meaning of unity, diversity, culture and non-discrimination.


Why Nasi Lemak? Well, I believe the reason he chose the term "Nasi Lemak" is because of the ingredient composition which makes up the dish. Rice, sambal, eggs, cucumber, these are the staple ingredients in any nasi lemak recipe. Every ingredient is unique on its own, but when you put them together in the right balance, you get an amazing mouth watering dish which cuts across all borders. Actually I also think that KFC cuts across all borders, but that's another story.

This is Namewee's first attempt in film direction, and for a first-timer, I thought he did quite ok. Hubby and I laughed so hard at some of the scenes until we cried. Not the best script and acting in the world, but not the worse either. Probably given more time and exposure, his future films could carry more weight.

The real reason hubby and I caught this production, was also in support of Namewee and his vision. This film was produced on a shoe-string budget and was shot using a Canon Mark II DSLR. Because he couldn't get government funding for his film due to many reasons, filming couldn't start until earlier last year, when he finally got the approval to shoot the film (no funding from the government in the end). I'll let you go Google out his videos depicting his journey of trying to apply for government funding to fund his pet project lah.

The film is a mixed of Mandarin, Cantonese, smattering of Chinese dialects, Tamil and Malay, and I think he has captured the essence of Malaysia, a potpourri of diversity, culture and stereo-typing. There are several scenes which are very Malaysian, poking fun at our current events and political scenes.

Recently I also read that an NGO in Perak, started a boycott, calling the government to put a stop on the screening of the film. Their reasoning? That Namewee is a traitor to the country, that the movie potrays racism, that the film had a yellow background and was somehow related to the July BERSIH 2.0 movement.

My take on this? I would suggest you go watch the film for yourself, then you make your decision. We are all racists to a certain extent. We all poke fun and stereo-type every single fucking day. And if you really think the movie is unfit to  be seen, you can choose to stay home and not watch it. But don't force your opinions onto others. We can decide for ourselves.