Thursday, June 30, 2011

More Enzymes!
We've been brewing another 2 bottles of garbage enzyme over the last couple of months :) One bottle was already ready a few weeks back, and another bottle is due in a few more weeks.

I've been diligently adding a few caps of enzyme into the pail each time I mop the floor over the weekend. The floor seems cleaner and smoother. Or it could be my imagination *shrugs*.

One thing for sure, it sure does clean the dishes well. Just by adding a few caps into the washing liquid, somehow the plates and utensils seemed cleaner. And years ago when we moved into the house, daddy long legs would normally nestle at the corners of the walls? Since adding the enzyme into the pail to mop, haven't had to get rid of any spiders from any walls. No lizards too.
As for the ants, they are a rare occurrence (nothing some any powder can't handle, heh!)

My mum has been using the enzyme too, especially to clean the dishes. She lamented how clean her dishes are now, and how much easier it was to get rid of the oil and dirt.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Kissaten @ JayaOne
I just realised that I have not blogged about Kissaten yet, despite having been there several times. If you're into Japanese fusion food, you should give Kissaten a shot. However, not everything on the menu is good, as there has been some mediocre dishes.

Wafu style burger steak.

This is the Wafu style burger steak, served on a a sizzling plate. As the plate sizzles, you drizzle the salty sauce over the sizzling steak, setting more sizzles and smoke! Too much sizzle for you? Hehe! My first time to Kissaten, I ordered this. The steak was ok, actually it's more like minced pork than an actual steak. The sauce however, was a tad too salty for my liking.

Char siew pizza.

Kissaten's Char Siew pizza, something which I've always heard my colleague rave about. Excuse me? What...? Char siew? BBQ pork? On a pizza dough? Looks appetizing, taste pretty amazing. Something new to my taste buds for sure. Sweet and savoury. The base is a little soggy, probably due to the nature of char siew and the sauce. But the overall pizza experience, a pretty cool combination.

Teriyaki pork burger, FTW!

Now this is the awesomeness of Kissaten, the Teriyaki pork burger! Pork patty, creamy mayo, and a fried egg to top it all off, this is THE burger to go for when at Kissaten. Don't be fooled by the picture, this burger is taller than the largest mouth I know. The guys would like to get their hands dirty, because "That's how you eat a burger!", while the girls (me included) would prefer to have our utensils ready to devour this massive serving. Even then, it's still a messy affair, and that's really the whole fun part of eating it *smacks lips*

I struggle to finish this each time I order it. Call my stomach small, but when I have this for lunch, I usually have a really light dinner, some fruits for dinner. Not kidding.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Waterlily Balinese Restaurant @ Mutiara Tropicana
Hubby and I were about to pop by Jaya Grocer to get some succulent beef steaks, when we decided to try out Waterlily for lunch. We've always passed by this place and have seen large crowd from time to time, so we figured this place must be worth giving it a shot.

When hubby said let's go there for lunch, the first thing I said was "I doubt this place will have babi guling..." XP

Babi guling aside, I felt like I was transported back to Bali with all the nice Balinese deco, not to mention the Balinese music. Dammit, now I wanna go back to Bali...!

Honey lemon with passionfruit.

This was the refreshing drink hubby ordered, honey lemon with passionfruit (markisa). Not to sweet, tantalizing and fresh. I had a glass of iced water, and I could taste a light scent of pandan in it :D We worked our way through the menu and was quite surprised to see some Western dishes in there too. Burgers and pasta? OK, we should be going for the more Balinese treats rather than steaks and burgers, right?

Siap bumbu - RM 27.

This was my lunch, Siap Bumbu. It's essentially half a roast chicken, marinated in lemongrass and other spices. Serve with tumeric rice, vegetables, crackers and some interesting Balinese spices on the side. HOLY COW PORTIONS ARE BIG...! And this is just one serving... o.O

Honestly, I couldn't finish it, had to takeaway 1/4 of the chicken, nyek!

Siap megoreng - RM 26.

Hubby had the Siap Megoreng, which is essentially half a chicken, deep fried in spices. This meal also comes with tumeric rice, vegetables, crackers and spices. I have to admit, the spices were really well blended and the flavours were pretty well matched. And half a chicken per pax!

Black pulut dessert with sliced banana (bubur pulut hitam).

We were served a free dessert too, which came as a surprise because we initially the waitress got the order wrong and brought the dessert to the wrong table LOL! She then explained that it was a free dessert, in conjuction with Father's Day. Oh ok, so I guess all male patrons to the restaurant would get this free dessert :D Hubby's not a father yet, but hey, you get a free dessert, who's complaining, right? Hehehehehehehehe!

The dessert was awesome. Texture was just nice, not too sticky, with just the right amount of coconut milk. And the concoction is served with banana slices, who would've thought pulut hitam and banana would go so well?

We will definitely make a return trip back to Waterlily soon. And this time, we're gonna share the main course!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

1Pengguna = 1Penyamun = 1Penipu
The 1Pengguna website is currently embroiled in a controversy, mainly because some hacker can hack into it and retrieve information of its website's subscribers, email addresses and bla~ And our dear government spent RM 1.4 million to churn out this website. WTF right?

Now's here another revelation. recently exposed to the world that the 1Pengguna website, is using an open-source themed skin from this site, Elgg. So in summary, our dear government paid a whooping RM 1.4 million, for something that is free, and whose database is probably now open for all to take.

Kamilah penyamun di dalam negeri...

Click here to view the video, prepare to LOL!

Oh, now the latest controversial news is... Tourism Malaysia's Facebook page, which reported cost RM 1.8 million to set up. There are altogether 6 Facebook pages, and each Facebook page cost RM 293,072 — Cuti-Cuti 1 Malaysia, Citrawarna 1Malaysia, Karnival Jualan Mega 1 Malaysia, Festival Pelancongan Seni Kontemporari 1 Malaysia, Kempen 1 Malaysia Bersih and Fabulous Food 1 Malaysia.

By the looks of things, I think my organization needs to charge more to set up Facebook pages LOL!

Monday, June 13, 2011

TEDTalks : Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

I found this talk pretty interesting. The speaker talked about how sometimes incentives don't exactly give you the type of motivation you would expect(i.e: creative thinking and cognitive function). Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for rewarding people who do their job and do it well. However, the speaker did bring up a very interesting fact that sometimes, it's not so much the incentive that will drive someone to do better, but rather, the acknowledgement of that person's skill sets to be able to make a difference.

Carrots and sticks, carrots and sticks~~~

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Obedient Wives Club (OWC)
There's a new club in town ladies! It's called the Obedient Wives Club, and you're most welcome to be part of it! Entry into this club is fairly simple. You must promise to be obedient, to serve and to entertain your husband. In return, you won't get beaten, abused, raped and sidelined for another woman. Your husband will also be less intent to go shove his dick into another woman's vagina.

Sounds like a good club right? What more can a woman possibly ask for in this cruel world now? The formation of this club must be like a God-send to obedient wives.

According to the club's founder, Dr Rohaya Mohamad, men stray because their wives can't be whores in bed. Hence the husbands go look for whores to satisfy their sexual desires. So, if the wives act like whores in bed, which is perfectly alright because you're married and behind closed doors, chances are, the man won't have the urge to shove his dick elsewhere.

Coincidentally, this Dr Rohaya is also the third wife, and in the Ikhwan Polygamy Club. Being a Muslim, her husband is "allowed" to have up to four wives. So I guess it's ok for her man to bang up to 4 different women, as long as it's capped to 4 women/wives and no other extras.

In fact, this good doctor and her club are now offering sex lessons to obedient wives. Woohoo! Now you can unleash the whore in you!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Energy Consumption
With the recent announcement that TNB has increased electricity tariff by 7% effective 1st June 2011, majority of Malaysian citizens have plenty to moan about. The silver lining in this announcement is that at least 75% of the population won't be effected by the tariff hike because these 75% currently don't use above 300kW a month, which is about RM 77 per month.

My household falls within the 75% category, hee~

Yes, our monthly electricity bill normally hovers between RM 40 to RM 50. In fact, the most recent electricity bill was the highest ever since we moved into the condo, RM 72. And that's because we had crank up the air-conditioning a lot more than usual due to the recent hot spell.

Some close friends of mine joked that we're probably stealing electricity from the house next door LOL! Well, that's really not the case. There's nothing special in my house that monitors voltage, nor any special equipment installed to lower the electricity consumption. No tricks. No magic.

In any household, there are a few things that would consume electricity the most. The fridge (it is on 24/7) and the air-cons. The more air-cons you turn on, the more electricity it will consume. These 2 big items normally consume the most part of your electricity bill. Some old appliances will also contribute to your growing TNB bill, appliances like an old electric kettle, or a water boiler.

A lot of large electrical appliances these days comes with the inverter technology too, to promote a greener, more environmental living. So you can actually opt for such technology if you're a heavy user. My air-cons don't have that inverter technology, but it does have the ionizer. We have 2 air-cons: One in the living area (2HP) and one in the master bedroom (1HP). Once a while we would turn on the living room air-con, to cool the area down and also just to let the compressor run a bit. As for our room, we sometimes turn it on for a few hours before going to bed, to cool the room down. For the rest of the night, we use the fan.

All my lights at home are energy saving bulbs, even the ring type bulbs on the ceilings. Once a while I would turn on my wall lights, as they consume much less electricity compared to the ceiling lights (it also creates a nice warm ambience to cosy up to your partner while watching a movie).

As for doing the laundry, I have a 14KG washing machine, which allows us to wash our King size comforters. We would normally wash a full load, to save on water as well. I wash the white shirts separately, cos I want to keep them whites looking white longer. I do the laundry at least twice a week.

We have a PC at home as well, and it is turned on in the evenings, and sometimes overnight to download stuff.

I don't have an electric kettle though, nor a water boiler (those type which you leave on 24/7, so you constantly have hot water). Hubby doesn't like using those, preferring to boil water. In case you didn't know, the water boiler actually does consume quite a fair bit of electricity because it's always on stand-by mode. For any electrical appliance which you leave on stand-by, it does consume a bit of electricity in the long run. So if you're not going to use that particular appliance for several hours, best to shut it off completely.

So you see, our lives aren't that different from most couples at home. We have pretty much the same appliances one would have at home. So when some of my couple friends say their TNB bill for a household of two (2) amounts to over RM 150 a month, I honestly don't understand how they can hit such figures. The only logical reason would be is that their air-con consumption must be a lot higher than me, because they say their air-cons are on the whole night, sometimes the whole day.

Oh, my parents will be among the 25% to have to pay a bit more for electricity starting from this month onwards. Their TNB bill is usually above RM 150 because they have 2 fridges (my parents like to buy and cook a lot). And this amount is for a family of 3. OK, 4 if you count the cat.