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.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Lash Affair

I was in the shower and had just washed my hair, when I felt something in my left eye. Thinking it was some dust particle, I blinked a few times hoping the tears would wash it out, but it didn't work. 

As nasty thought went into my head.... Did my contact lens tear? I quickly showered and removed the left lens to check. No tear, good as new. Yet I still felt something in my left eye. I then applied some eye drops, but that didn't work either. I looked into the mirror and found nothing. Eek! Each time I attempted to blink, something was there. I could feel it! &%$# Rubbing my eye didn't work either, and the feeling was really annoying me!

I tried an eye wash solution. Nothing. Eye drops. Nothing OH NO! Something was stuck above the left eyelid, and I can't see it nor get it out T.T I was so irritated for the rest of the night, hoping the feeling would go away. I had a similar experience before, but it went away after a few hours, so I was hoping this one would go away too. It's amazing I could get some sleep at night, though I woke up several times with a bruised feeling around the left eye :(

The next morning, I was a grouchy bitch. Hubby took me to our regular GP, Dr Liau, and I related to him my woe. He told me to lie down while he called a nurse into the room. 

"Ok, close your eyes now, don't open them, while I check your eye lid", Dr. Liau said. The nurse shone a torch light while the doc lifted my upper eye lid. Lo and behold, he said it's an eyelash that was stuck there, and it's causing the irritation! I was quite scared cos seriously, someone poking my eyeballs and eyelid is not a fun thing to do. On top of that, my eye was feeling kinda bruised already (I rubbed it, yes, I'm guilty).

Dr. Liau used a cotton bud and gently removed the stubborn eyelash out. I was tearing so much by the time he was done, which only took less than 10 seconds. After I opened my eyes, he even showed me the stupid eyelash which has been tormenting me for so many hours. I heaved a big sigh of relief, oh you have no idea how relieved I was after he got the eyelash out. "You managed to sleep last night ah?" he quipped.

After the procedure, Dr. Liau applied a couple of eye drops into my left eye, cos he said my rubbing has resulted in the upper eye lid having some scratch marks, which is causing me to feel the "bruised" feeling. So those eye drops would help soothe and heal the wounds. The only thing I have to deal with now is the bitter after taste of the nasty eye drops. Uuuweeekkk~~~!

Yucky eye drops.

Dr. Liau from Wong & Chye, Uptown, you are awesome!!!!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Snippets of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

The family and I fly over to the land below the wind recently, to unwind and also to celebrate the union between 2 people. Here are some snapshots to enjoy.

 


What better way to enjoy KK than to dine with fresh seafood...



When some of your girlfriends plan your hen's night, this is the banner you get...!
 

Roast beef... yummmssss...!


When you get the men to design your dream wedding gown, this is what you get...! At least they got the train right the first time, hehe!


Sweet desserts to end the day.


Oxtail assam pedas FTW!!!


When 2 souls become one...


Sang yuk meen aka pork noodles from Gaya Street.


Gaya Street ambassador. Happening wei...!


I could get used to this....


How Sabahans chill on weekends.



And the sun bids farewell for the day... till tomorrow.




Friday, September 16, 2011

The "Kebal" Phone

This is hubby's trusty Nokia mobile phone, the 6300. I got it for him a few years ago, a birthday gift ;) This phone has served him over the years, reliable and lightweight.

This phone has also survived some pretty tough environment, in which most smartphones these days can't.

Example:
- It has survived drops on solid ground (from waist height).
- It has survived multiple scratches on its outer casing.
- The best part would be it has survived falling into a drain and being submerged under water for a good 5 seconds.

Not bad for a Nokia, right? Granted it's not the coolest looking phone around, nor is it the sleekest and comes with cool apps, but it's been a pretty reliable phone despite it's wonkyness from time to time i.e it can't save your call history anymore.

Hubby's been window-shopping for phones, in no rush to switch at the moment. At least not until his current Nokia really starts to act up. I've been suggesting to him to consider an Android phone, should he really decide to switch to using a smartphone. We'll see just how long this "kebal" phone can last.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blogger Application for iPhone

I'm testing out the Blogger iPhone app. Seems pretty awesome :) I can attach images and videos too, and even tag my location. Now if only the app can pull out the labels I've previously created to tag my postings via the app...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Catnip and The Cat


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

6 Degrees of Separation

Sometimes the world is so small, it's exciting yet scary at the same time. How every one of us is connected to one another somehow, even if it's a distant away.

It's quite amazing to know that we all know someone someone from another someone someone. Everyone is connected, somehow, somewhere. It's also scary, because that only means eventually our pass shit (if any) will come running back to haunt us :P

Social networking sites like Facebook is bridging the gap even more these days. We're connecting with people ever so closely, and sometimes you just can't shake it off. We're connecting with people from bygones eras, long lost years, maybe even people we don't really like.

That said, the separation, is really not much of a separation after all.



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Guilt trips
Guilt trip #1
My current running shoes are almost 4 years old. So maybe they haven't exactly clocked the mileage most regular runners do, but the soles do get hard and the cushioning will eventually lessen. For the past 4 years I have never once asked to buy a new pair. In fact, those are the only pair of sport shoe I have to my name, and they have been my faithful companion in the gym and whatever runs we participate. So I do think it's high time I get another pair and alternate between 2 pairs. I have never once questioned when you buy your many pairs of badminton shoes and racquets, because I know you need them and use them on a regular basis.

Guilt trip #2
There is an incentive programme from my current workplace which I have never utilized, simply because I had not seen the need for it just yet. Off late, I've been thinking of switching to a notebook, as the mobility and higher specs bundled in notebooks these days seemed ideal for my work. At first you were supportive of the idea too. But when I got the approval to utilize the incentive, you started questioning why I needed one and if it was necessary, and why can't I stick to my current machine. And after you sent me on a guilt trip, you decided that I should take up the incentive (WTF?). You just made the idea cumbersome to me and then changed your mind after you made me feel really bad.

Guilt trip #3
Went to a massive warehouse of all things sports, so many things and some on offer. Wanted to get a pair of 3/4 pants which were on offer (something I can use for yoga and running/gym) and you asked why do I need another pair, what's wrong with the ones I have bla bla. I put those pants back and decided not to buy anything. If you want to get some new shorts and dry-fit shirts, go right ahead because I know you use them on a regular basis for sports. I'll just stick to the old ones I have until they rot.

Has it ever occur to you that everything which I think of getting, goes through several rounds of reasoning and justification within myself first? I don't simply spend for the sake of spending. I think about why do I need it, where would I use the item, how often etc. If I want to simply spend, my whole wardrobe would be overflowing from junk by now.

Yes you made me fucking angry today because you don't trust my judgement when I have never once questioned yours. Bah!