Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Washed down the meal with sake....
They must be surprised that I was drinking with them...
Thank god, I experienced it all from the soju drinking session we had with my US Kakis in New York!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97... wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are NOT as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings; they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.
Lengthy but pretty meaningful lyrics!!!! What an inspirational Monday morning!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
A gathering for a good cause indeed... this one was for fund raising for an orphanage in Cambodia.
The buffet dinner was not bad too!
Not to mention the other stuff, like mooncakes, handmade bags, soap, baked goods, that was sold at the door to raise funds..
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Yes! The mooncakes are starting to come in!!!!
Scary when you see them coming in large numbers, different colours and flavours!
Got these 2 today:
This one in a nice looking box from Park Palace
It has an assortment of snow skin mooncakes... Tried the pink one which is supposed to by lychee martini as well as the green one which is bailey with mint! The black one seems to be black sesame!
Next is this box from Bakerzin, featuring prominent words 'Moonlight Magic'
The contents are individually wrapped black seasame snow skin mooncakes with the Japanese black bamboo charcoal powder used in the snowskin.
Also comes conveniently packed with little wet tissues as well as a small ice pack!
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It just doesnt get better when the hospital there does not do much to the wounds and that the police does not have a proper channel for accident reporting...
Anyway... off track a little... had nice kway chap there....
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said there were many dishes synonymous with Malaysia’s identity but they had been “hijacked” by other countries.
“We cannot continue to let other countries hijack our food. Chilli crab is Malaysian. Hainanese chicken rice is Malaysian. We have to lay claim to our food,” she told reporters after launching the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival yesterday.
The festival, which runs throughout October, is part of the Fabulous Food 1Malaysia campaign. Novem-ber’s part of the campaign will centre around shopping mall food, while street and heritage food will be the highlight in December.
“In the three months, we will identify certain key dishes (to declare as Malaysian). We have identified laksa ... all types of laksa, nasi lemak and bak kut teh,” she said.
When asked how the ministry would go about labelling the dishes Malaysian after identifying them, Dr Ng said she would reveal her strategy at a later stage.
“That is Part Two. We cannot reveal it yet, but we will let you know soon,” she said.
Just how patented can a food product be?? Afterall, foods are composed mainly of other ingredients and are just merely a combination of ingredients. This just reminds me of the Coca Cola vs Pespi issue:
Back in the early 1930's, Coca-Cola and Pepsi (then, and now, known as "PepsiCo") battled it out in court over the name usage of "Cola" and the "recipe" for the "cola" being made by both companies. As you should also know, Coca-Cola Company goes back to the late 1800's and at the time of the "battle" between these companies, PepsiCo was a fairly new upstart company trying to slice away at some of Coca-Cola's "monopoly", as it were.
Suffice it to say, Coca-Cola lost the battle, fighting these issues all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Basically, the High Court agreed with the lower courts that the word "cola" was sufficiently "generic" (and also described the nut itself) that Coca-Cola could not trademark that portion of it's name; hence, there are many "colas" on the market, and Pepsi Cola is still with us today. As far as the "recipe" was concerned, the High Court, once again, dealt Coca-Cola a slap on the face by deciding, and again, agreeing with the lower courts, that the recipe itself was not subject to patent or copyright. Again, PepsiCo, along with many other "cola" companies, while trying their best to replicate the Coca-Cola flavor, are still with us, but have never been completely successful in replicating the taste of Coca-Cola, despite fervent efforts to do so.
So how can one ever say that Hainanese Chicken Rice or other foods are hijacked from Malaysia?
Friday, September 18, 2009
So started out Friday morning with Kolo Mee, which is from Sarawak!
As you can see from the picture above..
It really have 3 layers.. first layer at the bottom was liquid gula melaka (palm sugar), followed by evaporated milk, and tea!
Reaching KL via Budget Air at night... My first flight via budget airline! Overall the trip was pretty ok... just that the leg space between seats was a little cramped.. and the lack of food and drinks served during the journey! But thank god, the journey from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur took only 40 minutes, so before I knew it, the plane had already touched down!
However, the journey from the airport in KL to the factory took nearly an hour!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
and strawberry shortcake!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
But the truth lies further beyond this photos!
Had this strawberry shortcake after a food safety briefing at Raffles City Convention Centre...
Far away from a day of destress!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Not only is it cute, but it understands Cantonese!!!!
Was there in the evening, for a slight discussion with some people... and when I asked for the couch seat, I could hear the waiter (who was from the BIG LAND)mumbling that we were here for drinks only, and indicated that it was a waste to occupy those tables..
So being considerate, we ordered some finger food as well as drinks to carry on with our discussion...
After the food was served, I was eating the chicken wings when I discovered that they were raw and pretty uncooked on the inside.. and when I pointed this out to the same waiter, he merely took back the whole plate of wings and sent them back to the kitchen without any explanation or whatsoever.
The same plate of wings was then returned to our table in a very unfriendly manner with a loud sound of dissatisfaction!
This just reminds me of the recent campaign on Are you Being Served? Our F&B outlets should actually spend more time to train these waiters (especially those from the big land) to handle such situation more efficiently, especially so if they are deemed to be the front line service staff!
I certainly would not be frequenting Cafe D Orient in the near future!
Friday, September 11, 2009
With the Mid Autumn Festival just around the corner, I was sent this promotional material...
and this mooncake caught me eye:
Pure charcoal powder butter pastry skin mooncake....
Who said you must have diarrhoea before you can take charcoal?
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
So when I had the chance to meet my friend for dinner at Jurong Point, it really came as a pleasant surprise..
We had ribs and chocolate fondue at Billy Bombers:
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Now, I will be waiting to see how fast my payment will be coming in!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
How good was that service?
Was the service standard worth the service charge?
Did the service crew go that extra mile?
These are perhaps some of the questions that many customers, like you and me, will be asking themselves after getting a product or service. Whether you would like to give the service provider a bouquet of flowers and a thank you note or a nudge to wake up their idea, here is a blog for you: Are You Being Served is a blog that investigates all service matters and engages in real life "missions".
There is a different mission every week, whereby the team will go undercover to unveil the good, the bad and the ugly of service providers in different industries! Their past missions have included restaurants, fast food outlets, shopping centers, customer service hotlines and more! Therefore, they are welcoming more contributions from the general public to take part in their activities, in hope, that this will lead the service industry onto the right track. You can even be a fan on Facebook!
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Friday, September 04, 2009
It just felt that I was transported back into the 50's or 60's....
There I was rumaging through all the items, looking for items for my upcoming food photography session...
It is quite sad that these old stuff are discarded by people when they longer fit with the current trends... actually, I am quite guilty of throwing out 'obiang' (gawdy-looking) stuffs!
But the ironic thing is, I am back at the shop, looking at all these items in a different light....
Even dinner was nostalgic, as I had this plate of soya sauce chicken noodle at a store that I used to go to during my school days!
Thursday, September 03, 2009
That of course includes retail therapy!