Archive for July, 2008

Strawberry related

Warning: it’s gonna be a mega lame joke ahead…

 Q:Name the things that are related/relevant to strawberries.

A:  Jam

     Lip balm


     Ice cream

     Body butter

     Carbonated drinks


     And me!  

open pores=like strawberry surface!


For my face is having open pores problem, it looks exactly like the exterior of the strawberry!

 *u may hiss! Haha!*  


Chicken Rice in Sg. Siput

I’m too much an amateur gourmet in recommending good food. I think my recommendation would be more constructive if I introduce the following rating:-


Must not miss! – for extraordinarily delicious food
    Thumbs up! – above average tastiness
       Worth trying! – special/rare food with above average tastiness

Chang tried to act cool…


Ban Woh Coffee House, which is located at Sg. Siput main street, selling chicken and char siu rice with 3 star rating. Normally, grilled/steamed chicken (白斩) or char siu will be served straight, but not for chicken/char siu rice at Ban Who. The chef will fry the chicken and char siu with soy and oyster sauces before serving.


Chicken + char siu rice

Worth mentioning, the price is a bit on the high end.

Normal char siu + chicken rice = RM5

Char siu + chicken + fried rice + fried egg = RM9.50 (so not proportionate!)


Last but not least, I’d like to reiterate that, I can be your food guide, if you are visiting me in Sg. Siput!

I used to be a menace

I know, I know, this photo’s out of focus… wrong setting while taking this photo


Have you all ever played with the weeds shown above? They look like small durians and they hurt if you kena with bare skin.


When I was in standard, I plucked weeds shown in the above photo and brought them to school. Unbeknown to him, I quietly put the weeds on the chair of the boy (I could not even recall his name nor face!) sitting next to me.

 Feeling the tad pain in the buttock, he then noticed my masterpiece. The next thing he did was to lodge a complaint to our teacher. The penalty imposed: I had to stand outside of the classroom for half an hour…

The best 烧肉 in Sg. Siput

It’s located here!


The crispiness and crunchiness of the 烧肉 make it so irresistible!

I can be your food guide if you are paying me a visit!

Pet peeves – Part 1


Inspired by this article, I’m gonna write about a few things that demand me to have certain degree of stress management. Who knows? This might be good way to vent out my frustration.


So here comes my tulan-list and those who are top in the ranking are:-


1) Apple-polishers


Let’s use thesaurus: curry favor, suck up to, brown-nose, flattering, butter up are all synonyms for apple polish, but they are all too mild to manifest just how disgusting and annoying those apple-polishers are.


Cantonese’s “擦鞋仔” (shoe-polisher) sounds not bad, but I like hokkien’s “hu lan pa” (carry someone’s balls) the best! I do not know how to explain the kind of psychological logic, but whenever I get tulan over someone who brownnose too much and never really work hard or to perform, I’ll definitely feel better if I regard him as “the擦鞋仔” or “hu lan pa”!


I have a story about a “hu lan pa” who ruffled my feathers recently:-


Ah Kao (pseudonym) is a supervisor for the manufacturing department (analogy) of one factory. He has become the bottleneck of his organization as he’s always too slow to iron out issues that crop up and the excuse he gives is that he’s OVERLOADED!


BUT, he was caught following the head of marketing department (HMD) (analogy: 2 different departments!!!) for outstation trips for which he had no defined objectives to tag along. He’s just the mere driver who was trying to be subservient!


This week, Ah Kao managed to sweet-talk his very own management (manufacturing department it is!) that he needed to visit another factory, ostensibly, to witness some acceptance tests for the newly bought machinery. BUT, from my point of view, this is just another incident of him trying so hard to please the HMD! Out of the 8 hours that he was supposed to work, he spent 3 hours to reach the factory, while waiting for the HMD to come out from his meeting, he spent 2 hours witnessing just 2 out of necessary 10 tests and the rest of the time asking someone to bring him around and cari makan!


He riled 1 of the staffs of the factory by the following conversation:-


Ah Kao: Come, come, come! Bring me go visit the famous char kuey tiaw stall!

Staff: It’s 2.30pm only, and I’m still engagaed with work, shall we go later?

Ah Kao: Wa! Ask you bring me there you have so many excuses! It’s ok, I ask someone else to bring me!

Could you smell durian?

All of us at my site office did!


On June 26th, around the most unproductive hour of the day (i.e. 4pm, haha), we were all anticipating……





Look at the faces overwhelmed with joy!





I spot you, creativity!

Series #9 Light bulb reuse!

Reflection of the day

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Inside the glass bottle…

“I want to walk tall, believe in myself, have the courage to ask for what I want and need, and live a life that mattered. I want to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face and know that I am loved and that I belonged. I am desperate to feel worthy and I am hungry for the opportunity to live my fullest potential.” - modified from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" - Debbie Ford

Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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