Thursday, January 31, 2008

Did you know...

This is going to be one of those "You don't really need to know posts".. but I found it rather interesting when I first read it this morning. Here goes :)

In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"


Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.


The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.


Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.


Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


Coca-Cola was originally green.


It is impossible to lick your elbow.


The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:



The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)


The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400


The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:



Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.


The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar


111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.


Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace


Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession


Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand


Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.


Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey


Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day


In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.

When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."


It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.


In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."

It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"


Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.


At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!



Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?



1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cheesecake - 2nd attempt... still not good :(

I believe that practice does make perfect. Especially in baking or cooking. A very long time ago, I remember making a non-bake cheese cake and it was not too difficult. I also remembered that I didn't know all that I know now (which is also not a lot :p), the cheesecake didn't not really turn out that well.

I made my second attempt last week. This time, I almost followed the instructions to the letter except for the pan size. Had only a smaller pan than that indicated in the recipe book. Did the base of the cheesecake on Saturday and the cheesecake filling on Sunday. Towards the end, I slipped again. I did not wait for the cheese to set before I placed the peaches on top of the cake. The peaches sank faster that the Titanic. It was an absolutely horrible feeling, watching them sink :(.

Had no heart to take the picture of the peaches sinking... only took this after the sinking stopped

Anyway, what to do with such an awful cheesecake leh? Stick it back inside the fridge to harden it. Next morning, lay some more peaches on top of the cake, cut extremely thick slices of it and shoved them down the throats of some of my test bunnies.

Cut a whole chunk to feed the test bunnies at the office

Extras since I had a smaller cheesecake pan than that recommended in the recipe

Thank God the test bunnies are still all alive and kicking today.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

My first Yee Sang this year :)

Yee Sang is actually an appetizer salad served during Chinese New Year. It usually consists of strips of raw fish (most commonly salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Literally translated, "Yee Sang" or "Yu Sheng" means "raw fish", though it can also be taken to symbolise abundance, prosperity and vigor. If you are really interested to make the dish yourself, I stumbled upon Lily's blog Hearth and Home and she has a lovely recipe there just for you :).

This pic is "borrowed" from Lily's blog

I have always assumed that this dish originated from Hong Kong or China but my friends informed me that it is actually a dish that originated in Malaysia. When I checked the Wiki, it said that as a delicacy, the raw fish dish was invented in China 1,500 years ago. But as a Yee Sang dish, with all the yummy side crunchies added was originated from Kuala Lumpur in the early 1950s... haha.. so, now I know.

It was mum's chinese birthday last Saturday. So the entire family went to La La Chong Seafood Restaurant for dinner. There were 8 adults (including the maid and boy..can she eat us to the poor house heehee) and 3 kiddos. We made a bookings for 7pm and at 7pm, the entire restaurant was full, noisy and feeling like Chinese New Year. By the way, I was told by the manager there that this is a HALAL restaurant. So our Muslim friends can come try out this place.

La La Chong will be closed on the 1st to the 3rd day of CNY

We ordered Yee Sang (RM40 for a portion), Four Season (RM100), LaLa (RM20), Vegetable (RM15), Egg (RM15), Taufu (RM15), Grouper/Garupa Fish (RM47) with white rice for 7 pax. Only chinese tea. The bill came up to RM295... cheap? expensive? Dunno but the food was absolutely yummy.

Could only take a photo of the Yee Sang and the 4 Seasons... you family...and I.. we share the same genetic make-up when it comes to food. Before I could take out my camera... SWOOSH.. the chopsticks came down and every dish was wiped clean..BUAHAHA... no lah.. I was too impressed with the great food that I forgot to take the photos until it was almost too late.

We were in the heat of the act of Low Sang

4 Seasons.. very nice as there were siew mai, scallops, idako and yummy fu chuk

A minute later, you would just be looking at 6 empty plates buahaha....

The address :
La La Chong Seafood Restaurant S/B
PT 6824 Terminal 3
Abdul Aziz Shah Airport,
PJ, Selangor DE

Tel : 03 78591906

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Monday, January 28, 2008

When things go downhill.....

I say man... when things go downhill... they really steamroll down. Since the start of the year, lots of people from the company have resigned and left. The office is such a dark, cold and lonely place. Then the blardy internet connection got slower and slower and since last week, it was almost going at a stand-still pace. Time-out is almost happening on every page download and it is so difficult to work when you are doing research on the internet. Plus of coz I cannot even get on the MSN. Discussion with colleagues meant either sending them SMS-es or actually taking a lift 4 floors up to speak to them. I tell you, if the blardy internet goes any slower, it might be going backwards... if that is possible.

Worst things are yet to come are yet to come. Today, when I came to work, I saw a notice stuck on the lifts. It read...

hey.. do you know that we are 22 floors here, office lots.. full occupancy. What about another 20 floors of service apartments above the offices.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Astrology, Bazi, Destiny Reading, Naadi Readings

It is Man's basic nature to be curious and at the same time fearful of the unknown. The new year has just started and some of my friends have been calling me to see if I am free to do a smite of reading for them. Some have been very nice about it.. like they start with "Hey.. how have you been keeping? Are you like very busy??" By the 3rd sentence, they would pop out the real reason as to why they were talking to me in the first place ... "Can you do a reading for me ah?".

There was this one guy who turned rather nasty on me by calling me dirty names over the MSN. He has seen several astrology masters and when I tell him certain things, he says "yeah, I know that already". So, what the heck does he want to know since he knows everything already!!!.

Reading one's future is an arts & science thing. It can be a very sensitive subject matter indeed. For everyone who is interested in knowing what the future holds for them, there are 10 others who either thinks it’s a scam or against their religion or just not the thing for them.

It is my personal believe that to know what the future holds for you means you have that added advantage in the planning of your future. For example, if it written in your cards, or palms or whatever that you are more suited to a job which involved moving around, i.e. not desk bound, shouldn't you then make plans to go into a career that offers that kind of opportunity? Or if the next few years are going to be very positive and auspicious times, shouldn't you maximize your potential then. Alternatively, it is the reverse, and then maybe more time should be spent in self development or something which does not involve moving too aggressively in one's career?

I have always been curious about my own future and that was one of the reasons why I took up the study of Bazi (4 Pillars of Destiny) with Master Joey Yap. It has been a long road but I am glad to say that I have completed my diploma in Bazi with the Mastery Academy. I know that there are many other forms of study but some of them are not easy to learn or readily available. There is one very interesting form of readings that I would really like to explore.. not in terms of studying it, but more of checking it out to see how it runs alongside with the study of Bazi. This is what they call the Naadi Palm Leaves reading. But a friend also told me that very good Naadi Palm Leaf readers are in Chennai. Sign.. what a long way to travel just to have your astrology read :(.

Good to Great in 2008

Ballroom 1 & 2 KL Convention Centre, bursting at it's seams with more than 3000 people

I was at the Feng Shui & Astrology Seminar for 2008 conducted by Joey Yap yesterday. The crowd was 3000 thick. They kept having to add chairs at the back of the hall. It's a wonder that people didn't have to sit on each other's laps. He was his usual self, humorous, at times sarcastic but totally practical with his suggestions and explanations. It was an extremely interesting seminar.

Joey Yap...a very articulate speaker

In a nutshell, his advice for everyone is not to be fixated with what one reads from his/her destiny chart. The destiny chart reveals the person's capacity and potential in life. What is more important is what one's does with it. His words of wisdom has always been "It is not the cards life has dealt you with .... it is how you play those cards that counts!".

He also mentioned that the horoscopes and astrological predictions that one reads in the Sunday papers are published with the intention to entertain as they are very general in nature. It’s objective is for people to have fun, read it with a large pinch of salt and generally forget about it. Why? Well, if it was written all those born in the year of the Tiger will likely meet with an accident, then all the hospitals in the world would not be enough to house the 1/12 ratio of the billions of people in the entire world born in the year of theTiger. That would be ridiculous wouldn’t it??

Book signing

Anyways, he did mention that generally the effects of a year on any person will depend on the hour, date, month and year in which he or she was born in. Interesting isn’t it. I will try to consolidate all that he presented yesterday and put in into a file. If you are interested, do drop me a tinkle :). Or you can can also read what he has to say in today's The Star's article.

Joey's staff, My friend, the Sales Guru, Nathan

Joey's staff, My friend, the very pretty Jamie

Joey's staff, My friend, the cute photographer Chris

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

House Cleaning for the Body

I was so very sick yesterday.. so sick that I was not even able to post anything on my blog. I was driving as usual to work and half way, I felt a terrible pain at the abdomen area. It felt like an incoming gastric attack. I immediately tried to reiki myself. The pain did subside a little but it soon came back even stronger. I was not sure if it was just because I was terribly hungry but it could not have been that as I had fried bee hoon and cake last evening for dinner and supper :). If anything, it would have been overeating :p.

Anyways, I got into the car park of my office, the pain had seemed to have gotten a whole lot worse. I was breaking out in cold sweat and my goosebumps have all come up. It was 8am in the morning. Too early for me to run over to the office clinic. So, I went up to the office. Luckily I did as just as I sat down on my chair, I had to quickly get up to run to the office. That was when the first bout of purging, up and down started. By the time it was 9am, I must have worn down the carpet from my seat to the toilet. Lost count the number of times I had to go. Some times, I did not even make it back to my seat when I had to go again ... sigh....

Dragged myself across to the office clinic, got me some medicine and an MC. Got home and slept almost from the time I got home until 8pm in the night. Must have been the medication.

Well, today, got up... as right as rain haha.. but decided to take it a bit easy. Cooked porridge to eat for breakfast. What to eat for lunch.....see, I must be so much better now.. coz all I could think of is FOOD!!.

I think I will cook wanton mee with porky wanton. I cooked this during the Thaipusam holiday. Still have 2 lumps of wanton noodles in the fridge but no more porky for the wanton...Oh nevermind... have to start slow... after yesterday's spring cleaning.

Wonton & Noodles in Soup

Dry Wonton & Noodles

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Looking forward to watching these shows soon

I was surfing around the various blogs reading these bloggers' reviews about some of the shows that are currently in the cinemas. So, far, I have picked these 3 as the DEFINITELY TO WATCH ones for me.

Starting off with Jarum Halus. The story is basically about Friendship, Love, Jealousy, Suspicion, Betrayal and Murder. Read the synopsis in detailed and felt that the plot is rather interesting. Support local productions ... yeah.

This is the official clip of Jarum Halus.

The next one that I would like to watch is a rather strange one.. a typical Edward Scissor hand type show... of course, by the same actor.. Johnny Depp..Sweeney Todd. NEVER FORGET. NEVER FORGIVE.... brrrrr. Went to check out the official website and found the soundtrack to be quite good. This is starting to look a little bit like a musical.. a Moulin Rouge type.. perhaps much heavier.

CJ7... now this is going to be a slightly different one from Steven Chow. He claims that this is not his typical slapstick type of flick. This I really got to see wor.. haha..Hard to imagine him not doing slapstick comedy.

Not too much chance of catching them this weekend as I will be attending a Feng Shui seminar again this Sunday. Maybe next week.. just before the CNY. BTW, CJ7 will only be aired starting the 1st day of CNY. Will post my verdict of these shows after I've watched them... but for the time being.. they do look very promising :)

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Making Cookies ... Fast, Simple and Hassle Free

Recently I have been trying to make chocolate chip cookies using various recipes..from books and from those published by the food bloggers. Some worked better than others but most of them involved some measuring and weighing. For one with rather limited cooking utensils and not that great an oven, it could be a rather lengthy affair.

Last Saturday, after going out almost the entire day, I finally managed to make it home at about 10:30pm. I wanted to make a batch of cookies for my friend to bring to his brother the next day. Mmm..luckily I remembered that I have a bag of preMix in the kitchen cabinet... Betty Crocker's Chocolate Chips.

You can pick this up at any supermarket at roughly RM10+

All I needed was a stick of butter (haha..that was easy coz I checked this the last time after talking to babe_kl). A stick of butter is roughly 125gm, which is half a block of a 227gm of Anchor butter. Plus 1 egg and I am ready to go.

Followed the instructions to the T (which was only 3 lines heehee). It saids, "Beat-Drop-Bake" and it was really as easy as that. This is definitely a must try for my friend Superhero S of A Tale of Two Superheroes. But as I am rather a Nut(ty) person, I added a whole bag of strips into the cookie mixture.

Give everything a good mix and best part is you can chuck in everything together and mix it all up in one go.

This is my 2nd batch.. see the oily marks on the baking paper already :p

This is the packet of Almond Strips which I poured in

I had to bake the cookies in about 4 batches as my oven was very small (at 180C coz the pack did not specify oven heat... or maybe eyes blur.. missed out that little instruction).

One to the finished product...

....note that they are much thinner than those shown on the box.. wanted to make more than what the instructions suggested ... I think the box said 9 to 12 pieces.. I've got more than 20 :)

By the time I finished, it was only slightly past midnite. Not bad wor.. haha.. I mean the time taken to do it. Plus the cookie tasted quite yummy.. in fact much nicer than one recipe which I did (which turned out to be a mite too sweet). My conclusion... preMixes are great too.. especially if you are short of time and have insufficient cooking utensils :)

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Feeling very Vulturish

Vultures..from young, we have always associated these creatures to be always waiting... waiting for what? For their next meal of course :). And that was exactly how I felt one nite last week at Ikano Power Station. I was there to check out Harvey Norman's and as I walked past this little sushi shop called Kanki Sushi, I remembered that they normally "lelong" (auction) of their sushi towards the end of the day. I reckon that is good as customers will then be assured of freshly made sushi the very next day.

As I walked by, it must have been after 6pm but before 7pm. Noticed from afar that their little sign board had 30% written on it. Walked a little closer just to be sure. Yup.. only, decided to go up to Harvey's first.

Shortly after that.. came down from Harvey's walked by the little shop again..nope..still 30%.

This time, went over to Red Envelope and browse around inside the shop. Ha Ha.. want to play the vulture but a little too pai seh (embarrassed) to actually stand in front of the shop to wait.

Finally, finished at Red Envelope at about 9ish.. happy to see this signboard.

Swooped in and collected some of the remaining sushi... not too bad wor.. got some great stuff at about RM24.60 but after discount only paid RM12.30.... YYUUMMY and cheap...burppp!!

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Grandma from Hell!

I have always thought that most if not all grandmas love and spoil their grandchildren until they are rotten to the core. Until I "met" this grandma across from my place.

Actually I have never met the grandma in person but I hear her voice almost every day, be it weekday or weekend. She hardly every talks in a normal tone of voice. She is perpetually screaming on the top of her lungs and the receiving end is a kid or kids. I know from the "conversations" that it is never an argument with adults as there is always only whimpering, sobbing or whining in between the screaming and shouting. Perpetually it is about "eating the meals too slowly", "fighting over toys", "not doing homework" or something or other. So, far.. it has been only verbal abuses and punishments. I don't think its physical. If I sense that physical punishments starts being meted out, I'll be the first one to call the police in.

At times, these verbal abuses starts getting at me too.. not only the little kids. Imagine on a weekend, when one is trying to relax and read the papers.... "HURRY UP AND TAKE YOUR BATH..... HOW MANY MORE TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU TO TURN OFF THE TV....DON'T HIDE YOUR BROTHER'S TOY CAR.. BRING IT OUT ...NOW!!...". I feel like marching over and slap her silly.... just one of these days......

Actually after posting this, I want to check out some blogs and stumbled upon this very interesting blog by ShowdowFox. A bit long but very interesting...and it had made be conclude that the Grandma may not be from Hell after all.. just a Mental case :)

Friday, January 18, 2008

A Laugh to Start the Weekend

Thank you SK for sharing this with all of us...


(Because they are plugged into a genius)


(They don't have enough time)


(They don't stop to ask directions)


(Because their balls fall over their butt-hole and they vapor lock)

(You're laughing, aren't you?!?!)


(So they won't hump women's legs at cocktails parties)


(You need a rough draft before you make a final copy)


(Dont never happened)

(Cmon guys, we laugh at your blonde jokes!)

And the personal favorite:


(Because a vibrator can't mow the lawn)

Remember, if you haven't got a smile on your face and laughter in your heart...Then you are just an old sour fart !

One for the ladies

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his Sweat-shirt Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?"

"It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your shirt?"

He yelled back, " University of Oklahoma "

And they say blondes are dumb...


A couple is lying in bed. The man says,

"I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world."

The woman replies, "I'll miss you..."


"It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, "honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?"

"Probably that I married you for your money," she replied.


Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man?

A: A rumor


Dear Lord,

I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; And Patience for his moods. Because, Lord, if I pray for Strength, I'll beat him to death.


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Q: Why do little boys whine?

A: They are practicing to be men.


Q: What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath and calling your name?

A: You did not hold the pillow down long enough.


Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?

A: Rename the mail folder "Instruction Manual."


Rich was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary.

His wife was really angry.

She told him " Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in less than 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!!

The next morning Rich got up early and left for work.

When his wife woke up she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, and brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Rich has been missing since Friday. Please pray for him