Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Painful Shape/men's Health Nite Run 2011
1) Under performed.
2) Suffered a painful knee most of the way.
3) Lost my iPod Shuffle some time after the run. Must've dropped off somewhere in the midst of the crowd.
4) Limping on both legs.
5) Beat myself up silly over a poor run.

Bleh.... I suck :(


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NTV7 Feel Good Run 2011
Just realized I didn't blog about the NTV7 Feel Good Run which hubby and I participated recently, heh! So what was the run like? Well, it wasn't a competitive run, as the event was all for charity and having fun along the way. There were a few route options during registration, namely:

Feel Good Run – 7 km, aged 13 and above
Run with Celebrities – 3 km, aged 13 and above
Costume Fun Run – 3 km, aged 13 and above
Kids Run – 700 m, aged 12 and below

Each participate will receive a running kit, as well as a certificate of participation and a finisher medal. At RM 25 entry fee, not bad for a public event and to have some Feel Good fun ;)

As this wasn't a competitive run, our running bibs didn't have any numbers on it. Instead, we're encouraged to write a personal message on the bibs. My message was "RUN OLI RUN"...! Spot me in the picture below!

Picture taken by Yvonne Teo, thanks babe!

There was a huge crowd when hubby and I reached Sri Pentas that morning. We had to park at the housing area and took a short walk to the starting line. Everyone was pumped up and ready to have some fun fun fun! The 7KM category was flagged off first, followed by the other categories. The picture above was taken just before the turn to LDP, where my friend Yvonne Teo was perching precariously on the railing while snapping away.

We ran pass 1Utama, and made a turn into BU3 area, passing the houses. Wasn't exactly a comfortable route to run, as we were running within the housing area, with cars parked on both sides, narrowing the streets. There were NTV7 crews stationed all over the route, cheering and giving words of encouragement to all runners that day.

I clearly remember a man in red cape whizzing pass me, haha!

As we ran pass the long stretch of road in front of KBU, I took a short walk as I was experiencing stitches on the right side of my body. It was quite painful, so I had to stop to let the pain wear off before continuing my run. Took a quick sip of water at the water station, made a turn towards McDonalds, and I started a slow run. Had to stop for a few seconds to let the cars pass through, and I went all the way to the finishing line, catching sight of hubby waiting for me there.

Not long after I crossed the finishing line, the sky started getting really gloomy, the rain clouds were looming above us. And it poured! We took shelter at one of the tents, and I caught sight of the Milo truck! Some friends of ours were also participating in the run, and we had arranged to meet at the Milo truck if we do meet up after the run, but I guess the rain had other plans for us.

When the rain decided to let up a little bit, hubby and I made our way to the Milo truck and queued for some awesome malt beverage! :D We queued twice, teehee! Couldn't get to meet up with our friends, so we decided to head home and get a hot shower. My right knee was feeling a little bit of pain, hence I was limping a little for the rest of the day. Good thing we have Perskindol at home!

Thank you NTV7, we had a feel good run and day :D

Friday, July 22, 2011

Honey Mustard Roast Chicken - A Variation
I've made this roast chicken a few times before, and loving it each time. This time around, we decided to alter the recipe a little, just to experiment. I'm grateful to have such a sporting hubby who is ever willing to be my guinea pig when it comes to cooking :P

The previous honey mustard roast chicken recipe, the main ingredients were honey, Dijon mustard, mustard seed, thyme and olive oil. This time around, I omitted the thyme, and replaced it with lemongrass. Now I know lemongrass, honey and mustard doesn't seem to be compatible ingredients, but we were surprised by the outcome.

Ingredients
Half a chicken (for 2 pax)
1 tbps Dijon mustard
1 tbps mustard seed
1 tbps honey
1tps lemongrass, finely chopped.
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Clean the chicken and pat dry. For the lemongrass, only take the ends of it. Smash it with a knife to release the pungent aroma and finely chop it. In a small bowl, mix the lemongrass, Dijon mustard, mustard seed, honey, and olive oil. Mix it until everything becomes a paste. Slather the paste onto the chicken, coating the skin and flesh and massaging the chicken. Marinate overnight.

When you're ready to roast it, take the meat out of the fridge and let the chicken rest for an hour before roasting. Preheat the oven to 190°C for 20 minutes. You can place the chicken either on a oven proof dish, or in a pan. Roast for 40 minutes, or until chicken is fully cook. You can use a knife to poke the meatiest part of the chicken, and if the juices run clear, the chicken is ready.


The combination of honey, mustard and lemongrass was awesome! Something about lemongrass that made the whole roast chicken flavour jump up a notch. I love this variation more than the original version. Nomming good time~~~

Monday, July 18, 2011

Succulent Garlic & Cheese Baked Ginormous Tiger Prawns - Part 2
If it's one thing I love about Kota Kinabalu, it's the awesome seafood. Last year we went to KK, hubby and I bought a box of prawns back, and in it were 8 pretty big tiger prawns. If it were in KL, those 8 prawns would have cost a bomb, judging by the size. It's not that often you come across prawns that size here in the Klang Valley.

During my sister's recent trip back to KL recently, she and her hubby presented to us a box of tiger prawns. This time, the box only has 4 prawns.

4....!!!!

Each prawn was about the length of my fore arm. From the tip of the head till the tip of the tail. The box was sitting in my freezer for a couple of month, before we decided to devour them over the weekend :P What better way to eat tiger prawns than to bake them with cheese?

Ingredients:
Medium size prawns (or big-ass tiger prawns like we had haha!)
Garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Herbs of any kind (I would recommend parsley or cilantro/coriander)
Ground black pepper
Cheese (mozzarella is recommended)
Some feta cheese (optional)
Butter (optional)


Ginormous!

See the size of the 4 prawns? Massive right? I placed a normal size fork just for comparison. These buggers are huge. The head alone was almost the length of my palm. Such a pretty colour too~


Oh-la-la~~~!

Clean the prawns respectively. Snip the heads and the sharp end of the tail, the sharp pointy bits can give you a nasty prick. Slit the prawns in the middle to clean the centres, you don't wanna be eating their goos. As you clean, be sure not to squeeze the head too much, else the "har kou" will spill out. Using a satay stick (wash and pat dry it first before using), stick the stick up the prawn's behind, through the body and into the head, to keep the prawn straight while baking. Line the prawn onto a tray with aluminum foil and set aside.

You can see in the picture above, the "har kou" is nicely flowing out from the head. Toxic parts for most Malaysians, liquid cholesterol some might call it hehehehe!


OMG!

Preheat the oven at 190°C for about 20 minutes. Chop a generous amount of garlic, and in a small bowl, mix the garlic with some extra virgin olive oil, ground black pepper and some parsley. For my version, I added some butter and feta cheese to the prawns, just to add some extra flavour. Slather the garlic paste onto the centre of the prawns. After that, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.


Watching the cheese melt...

I baked the prawns for a good 30 minutes, as these were huge suckers and the flesh was rather thick. I'm telling you, the aroma of freshly baked shellfish can drive you wild...! XP


Golden brown goodness.

Just be sure the cheese is a nice golden brown, don't let it burn. The prawns are cooked when the whole body has turned to a nice pinkish/orangy tone. Let the prawns rest a while before serving.



Another angle of the baked tiger prawns. Don't you just love the colour? Man I'm hungry now...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

BERSIH 2.0
Saturday 9th July 2011. The day of reckoning.

It was a usual Saturday morning for us. House chores were waiting. As we cleaned the house, my head couldn't help but think of the planned BERSIH 2.0 rally, soon to take place in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The day before, traffic in some parts of town were at a stand still, no thanks to all the many roadblocks summoned by the top guns in government to curb traffic. Lockdown was the word. The government wanted to barricade the city centre, making it as increasingly difficult as possible for citizens to enter, hoping to discourage people from taking part in the rally.

Didn't really work all that well, did it? As from all the news reports, be in mainstream or the internet, thousands of citizens still managed to find their way into the city centre. They couldn't get the stadium, so they took the whole city instead.

Hubby and I didn't participate in the rally. But we had friends who did. And even though we were not part of the rally, our hearts were with the rally. I chose to wear a yellow top, in support of the movement. Hubby also chose to wear something with the colour yellow on his sleeves (the government said it was illegal to wear yellow attire, like WTF!). We were following Twitter for the rally updates via my iPhone. We had lunch in SS2 mall, and then hopped over to Tropicana Citymall to do our groceries. Spotted some people decked in yellow, got some strange stares from strangers because we wore yellow.

I read some friends' tweets about the FRUs firing tear gas at the crowd. I got worried for them, for their safety and wellbeing. In their tweets, they said their eyes hurt, they were in pain, they were in shock of the sudden brutality of the FRUs and police force, they were being attacked by the very same group who had sworn to protect the nation. All they did was a peaceful walk, no riots, no stampede, no pushing. And they were attacked. My friends, were attacked.

The rally is over. Lives are moving on. But the message was sent, loud and clear. The government is not liking it one bit, and is now coughing up stories to twist the truth. But we all know that the truth will prevail. Malaysians have matured and we stand united more than ever. The rally has proven to every one of us living in this country. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians, indigenous races, whatever you may be. We are all Malaysians.

Yes we spite and insult and belittle one another sometimes, but when the times comes, everyone in that rally proved to the rest of the nation that we are one and the same. We all want clean and fair electorals. We want less corruption and more wealth to be distributed among the citizens. We want to be heard and be respected. We do not want to fear the government, it is the government who should fear us.

And despite the rumours of the protestor being thugs and disrupting peace, of the many reports I've read about the BERSIH 2.0 rally, be it from independent news portals and blogs, I have yet to come across any new reports which talks about looting and robbery during the rally. Not ONE. That was how peaceful and mature the rally was.

To all those who were at the rally, to all those whose eyes, throat and body were hurt by the tear gas and water cannons, to all those who got arrested for what they stood up for, to the now famous Annie Ooi a.k.a Aunty Bersih/Malaysian Lady of Liberty, to the late Baharuddin Ahmad who died in the rally, to my friends Terence Ooi, Suanie, Colin and Alex Auyong... I salute you for your courage, determination and love for the country.

To all the Malaysians scattered at different parts of the world, thank you for standing up.

To all the politicians out there, fucking stop leveraging on BERSIH for your own agendas. BERISH is for the people, for the rakyat. It is not affiliated with any political party in this country. It is for electoral reforms, for a clean and fair electoral system. It is for the betterment of the whole country, for our country. It is NOT about PAS, not about DAP, not about PKR.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Preparations
It's important to make preparations for most things. That way, you know what to expect, what to anticipate, and be a little more at ease also.

In the past, I've been through interviews where the potential employer would ask if I knew what their nature of business was. The first few times, I didn't do my research. But over the years I learnt that it's important to read up about your potential employer. At least you get to know what sort of shit you're gonna step into, right? LOL!

These days when I conduct interviews, I would also ask the same question to the candidates. Some are pretty OK, I can tell they at least took some effort to find out what my company is involved in. But there are also some that are applying blindly, and when I throw the question at them, they merely reply "Oh, I think you guys are doing some web stuff?"

Erm... yea... web stuff... Ooookaaayyy...

What are you applying for again?

It's important that you as a potential candidate, spend a bit of time and effort, to just find out more about the company you've applied a job/internship for. Because an employer would ask you this question, to see if you know what you're getting yourself into, and to gauge roughly how much you know and understand about their nature of business. It would be awkward if your reply revealed that you didn't bother to find out about your potential employer (cos the next question would be: Then why are you applying for a job here, if you don't know what we do?).