Monday, August 30, 2004

sweet wrapper

My colleague brought some chewy mints to the office. The wrapper doesn't look local, but seem quite familiar, like I've seen them somewhere before. Each is unique, and that's why I think they look cute enough to be posted here :

Sweet wrapper 1

Sweet wrapper 2

Friday, August 27, 2004

josiah ng

Josiah Ng

He's our national hero. Nevermind that he didn't win any medals, he's the only one who has gotten so far in the race. Did you see his determination in the keirin finals? He was almost there, but because of very stiff competition, he lost only by mere miliseconds.

Don't like the commentator though. He was so biased and kept saying that the other cyclist who fell down was "inconvenienced by the Malaysian". Baloney! Nevermind the commentator. :P

This kid's got great potential. Wait till he grows up abit, he's gonna make an impact in future international competitions :) You have my support, Josiah!

all my hard work...

Tis been a busy week. Was never rushed into being so creative before! Along with the final finetuning for the earlier website, my immediate boss requested for the designs for our coming Annual Dinner to be ready. The first and last meeting was months ago, and she expected us to have worked on it between then and now. Apparently, the chairman of the committee had decided on the theme and without a second meeting and official notification, we were supposed to know about it.

Dear xxx,
For your information, we were not aware that the theme for the dinner has been decided. It is impossible to to show you something today.

Well, that was what I wanted to write, but being the polite and courteous person I always try to be (hah), I re-phrased it : "We're sorry that we won't be able to give you the designs today. If you could give us some time, we will show you some designs for your consideration, before the end of the week" (or something like that).

That did the trick. She replied and gave us an extra week to work on it. *Whew! Thank you, God!*

After finalising my website, I managed to find some time to work on the invitation card, backdrop and entrance design. For the past few days, my collegue and I stayed back to finish up the work. We had tonnes of ideas flowing in from everyone in the department, but resources were lacking. After going through various image banks to search for the right images to portray the theme, we finally managed to complete the designs last night. Everyone else had left. Lights in the other half of the department were switched off, the window which reflected the greenery outside in the daytime had already turned into a mirror because it was so dark outside. Plus, there is a cemetery next to our building. Not many people like the idea of staying back to work.

So you can imagine our relief when we completed everything required, and with hungwy tummies, we walked out of the office together. It sure was eerie when the office was so quiet. But anyways, I arrived in the office this morning feeling rather satisfied with the amount of work we put in, in such a short notice. And you can imagine again the look on my face when I discovered that my A.M. announced that my boss would not be coming in! *_*

Thursday, August 19, 2004

cow's tongue

Was having a Korean bbq dinner at Sri Hartamas with some friends when I tried, probably for the first time, cow's tongue.

When in raw form, it looks like something that Fear Factors participants have to chew in their bid to gain fame and fortune.

But after putting it on the grill and watching it turn from pink to burnt brownish red, it didn't look so inedible anymore. Looks like any common barbequed meat waiting to be consumed.

My friend promptly put 1 piece on my place and proceeded to eat hers. I watched as she enjoyed her bbq-ed meat. She sure wasn't squirming as if trying to eat fried grasshoppers or goat's eyeball.

So with much trepidation, I picked up the grilled tongue with the silver chopsticks and looked at it for awhile. Here goes nothing. It's just a piece of meat. I'm putting it in my mouth now. It's cooked, for goodness' sake!. I'm feeling it already. Can you taste that? Hey, it ain't so bad. It tastes just like bacon! There you go, delicious, wasn't it?

Uh huh. It sure does. And as I felt the juiciness of the meat in my mouth, I went ahead and took a few more pieces of those tongues. Those Koreans sure know how to marinate their meat. It had the right amount of spiciness and sweetness. I can't remember the name of this quaint restaurant but it sounded something like "Han Gook Chon". If you ever drop by there and help yourself to some cow's tongue, please tell me the right spelling, will ya? :)

Friday, August 13, 2004

house of flying daggers

Since I did a food review the other day, I'll have a go at a movie review this time.

Will summarise in these few words : Puisi dalam pergerakan. But since I have not been really using the national language since graduating from secondary school, I shall refrain from doing injustices to it :D

Anyways, it was a sight for the senses, namely sight and hearing. Gorgeous sceneries, with emphasis on colours in each scene. Excellent choreography, you wish you learnt ballet too. Such graceful movements. Such fluidity.

Very arty lar, just don't think too much about logic and how people can extend their death over a season. Oops, better not reveal too much. Happy weekend, people!

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

separuh kembang

Come to think of it, how do I get those brilliant compliments to the ears of those can give me a good increment come appraisal time?

These CEO's and their staff give good comments about my work. But they're not the ones paying my salary. It's flattering, none the less. But not very useful, coz my direct supervisor doesn't know what good work I do! :(

I can't go to her and say, "Hey, Mr. So-and-so said he liked the website!" nor can I forward their thank-you-email and attach a note which says "Read this? Think you better do something about my appraisal."

I could imagine they pass on the compliments to my supervisor but my boss has not said anything about it. If they did, I'd be getting rave reviews in my appraisal forms!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

the 100th post!

Wow, I've reached my 100th!
To commemorate this achievement *ahem*, I will post up something really nice :)

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The definition of told by children 4-8 years old!

Love is...When someone hurts you... even when you hurt don’t cry because you know it will hurt the person who has hurt you!
MATHEW – 6 years old

Love is...When my Granny had athritis, and couldn’t paint her Granpa did it for her, even though he had athritis too...
REBECCA – 8 years old

Love is... When a girl uses perfume and a boy uses after shave...and they go out together...and smell one another
KARL – 5 years old

Love is... When you know that your older sister loves you...because she gives you all her old clothes...and has to go out and buy new!
LAUREN – 4 years old

Love is...When an old lady and an old man...are still good friends even though they’ve known one another for a long time
TOMMY – 6 years old

Love is... When someone loves you...the way they say your name... It’s different!
BILLY – 4 years old (beautiful!)

Love is... When you go out and offer your potato chips to someone, without waiting for the other person to offer you his!
CHRISSY - 6 years old

Love is...what is with us at Christmas...when you stop unwrapping your presents...and you listen to him!
BOBBY - 5 years old

Love is... If you want to learn to love better...start with a friend you don’t like!
NIKKA - 6 years old

Love is...When you tell someone...something bad about yourself...and you are scared that, that person won’t love you because of what you said...then that person surprises you by loving you even more!
SAMANTHA – 7 years old
(Note the deepness in this expression)

Love is... There are 2 kinds of love...Our love and the love of GOD...The love of GOD joins both!
JENNY - 4 years old

Love is...When Mommy sees Daddy all swetty and dirty...but still tells are still more handsome then ROBERT REDFORD
CHRIS – 8 years old

Love is...When you tell a boy that his wearing a beautiful shirt...even though he wears the same one everyday!
NOELLE – 7 years old

Love is...Never say I LOVE YOU only when we feel like it...and if we feel it...then say it more often...people forget to say I LOVE YOU!
JESSICA – 8 years old

Love is...To say NO!
PATTY – 8 years old

Love is...When your pet dog licks your face...even though you have left it all alone the whole day!
MARY ANN – 4 years old

Love is... When you love someone...your eyes roll up and down...and little stars shine from them!
KAREN – 7 years old

Love is...GOD could have said magic words to be released from the nails on the cross...but HE didn’t...That is LOVE!
MAX – 5 years old
(For sure the best definition of love I have ever heard)

Monday, August 09, 2004

a try at food review

Written last Thursday, but managed to only post it up today due to login problems :

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Was talking to insight when he suggested that I do a food review. I've always been a food person, trying out new eateries and all sorts of food, but never really thought of reviewing food. Most of the times, I'm just there once or twice coz there's always some place new open for tasting!

Anyways, my grrlfrens and I were having a little belated birthday gathering and decided to try out FastaPasta. Originating from Down Under, they have just opened their first restaurant in Ikano.

Pictures from Fasta Pasta's website

Warm lightings, giant picturess on the walls, inviting ambience. Kinda reminded me of SanFranciscoSteakhouse. So therefore, my expectations went up. I was looking forward to great food to go with even greater company.

But alas, there were not enough tables in the restaurant to fit all 8 of us. It was really nicer to be seated inside with the dim lightings and with the smells of freshly made pasta wafting over. So we had to settle for the longer tables outside instead. There goes my nice ambience.

Fasta Pasta has this concept where they give you a piece of paper with the list of food and a pencil for you to tick the dishes you want. Once you're done, you bring the list over to the counter where you pay for the food and wait for them to serve you. Pretty effective, I'd say. That way, you can take your time to choose while the staff busy themselves with other more important tasks. Rather than wait for fussy customers to decide (and re-decide) over which sauce to go with their spirali, they do not need to pretend to smile and look un-exasperated anymore. They can be in the kitchen making the spirali or stirring the tomato sauce.

I decided to try their fettuccine carbonara (one of my personal favourites). The best I've tasted was at SOULedOutCafe and I've been trying various versions in other restaurants. Fasta Pasta, it must be noted, serves rather large portions. Australian-sized, to be exact. Moreover, the creamy sauce makes it rather filling after awhile. Needless to say, I did not finish my fettucine!

The rest of us tried other dishes, pasta to be exact, and refrained from the usual steaks and chops. I must say one of the better ones were Ravioli di Ricotta Tre Colori. First time seeing pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese. The fusion of creamy white sauce and tomato sauce only made it a delightful treat.

Overall, not bad a concept, considering there are countless other Italian restaurants in Klang Valley serving similar dishes. It stands out because their pasta is freshly made, everyday. Portions are generous, plus they offer uncommon pasta such as rotelle, cappelletti and ravioli.