Friday, October 31, 2008

Less Fat Never Tastes Good

As the title tells, I realize that any food which is less in concentration never tastes good, be it less in sugar or less in fat.

I'm a tuna lover (those who know me well know it), and last weekend I bought this 30% less fat tuna, thinking, well, for every serving I have, I will have 30% less fat consumed (I need it badly considering my size)!

From an actuary's view, that is a BIG figure.

But

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I simply found it lack of something compared to all tuna I have normally. And finally I found out it's nothing less, but the flavor!!!

That's why I really agree with the cliche in financial world - there is no free lunch!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Damn It!!!

Damn!!! I'm so fat!!!!

I went back hometown for two days with my cousin just for fun. And guess what?! A few of my relatives cannot recognize me!!!

Their first reaction was "OMG, you're so different... You were so skinny and now you are ..."

Damn!!! I must on a dire diet from now on!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Yellow Cab Pizza Co.

Looking at the seriously contaminated "teh ais" river and Maybank tower, you know I'm somewhere in KL.

The next thing you see is the yellow cabs. Hmm it does not seem I'm in KL.

This picture tells you the answer. (Don't tell me you still don't know where I am when you see so many national cars =.=)

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Yes, I'm in KL, somewhere near Dang Wangi LRT station, at Jalan Raja Abdullah to be precise.

Our external exam is around the corner. And we have to go to Faber Imperial Court, right beside Sheraton Hotel to have our exam. Since my friends do not know the way, as someone experienced in going there (this implies I failed MANY times), I showed them the way right after the class last Tuesday.

Dang Wangi is quite far from PJ, for me at least. So after showing them the exact location, I suggested them to have our high-tea time at Yellow Cab Pizza as it is pretty near to our exam center and the food blogger recommended it before. This is the one and only one outlet in Malaysia. And they just provide delivery around KL area. So since we were there, I took the chance to have a try there.


Instead of using cab to deliver,
they use this kind of ancient motorcycle.

They are focus on delivery mainly, but you still can eat in the outlet or outside the outlet.

They place a few tables outside
the shop for diners
who prefer to have it alfresco

We then ordered a 10" Hawaii Classic Pizza as we were still quite full. As I said they are focus on delivery, the pizza was just put in box instead of pan.

Yummy!!!



It was great with the thin and slight crispy crust with the bonus of the topping which was full of chicken ham, pineapple and beef bacon, not to forget the cheese was melting over the whole pizza. I love it especially the cheese!

Huiboon on the left and
Shuzhen on the right

However the price is slightly higher than Pizza Hut and Domino's. But I think it is worthwhile if you are someone who stresses on quality rather than quantity.

The time we dined in.

Plastic plates,
as I said they concentrate on delivery


Well, answer revealed, I was
not at foreign land.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

French and Greek?

Learning a foreign language is one of my many new year resolutions (ashamedly speaking, I haven't accomplished most of the resolutions; some cannot be accomplished for sure). I need an abyss to jump into to kill hide myself. *shame on me*

Enough crap said, back to my main topic. I promise my friend to attend a French language class next sem as this sem I am too busy. So I told myself I should get myself some French learning material. This friend of mine also introduced me Greek few days ago and I have interest in it as well. Simply because it's one of the oldest living languages, the Holy Bible (New Testament) was first written in Greek and I learn quite a few Greek symbols in my studies (Math especially). But those material are costly. Luckily, this week (Oct 22 to 27), there is a MPH warehouse sales going on and the great thing is, MPH distributor office is located just next to my campus. This is a chance I cannot miss!

Hence, I went there to hunt for French and Greek dictionary yesterday. There were so many books, ranging from novels, philosophy books, story books, cookery books, magazines to dictionaries,

and not to forget the crowd. I had said and heard a few times of "excuse me". =.=

reminiscence of the past,
it used to be my favorite.

And of course I came back "fruitfully".

A thick French dictionary,
a medium-sized Greek-English dictionary,
a thesaurus for my loving bro,
a French grammar book, and
a French pocket dictionary.

This morning I went to my campus to have an academic discussion with my friend and since he wanted to purchase a Greek dictionary too, I went MPH warehouse again. I saw a French pocket dictionary and without any hesitation I bought it. It will be convenient for me to read in thebus (going back hometown) or when I am having a long journey. (Reading dictionary was and will be my hobby) *sounds determined*

Thought of the day: I think with my friend's force, I will persevere in picking up at least one of these two languages. My priority is on French though (to be able to communicate with sexy, romantic and handsome guys when I visit the country of romance in the future :P).


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Time

Time is seriously running out!

It's just 18 days before my two external papers. And not forgetting there are three internal tests a few days before my external exams.

I'm sorry that I could not blog on the Pangkor Trip Day 2 and Day 3.

This short sem is indeed stressing, but I will not let it to stress me, I will only stretch myself to my maximum to keep a constant and quick pace to finish this sem. I will treat this as a marathon but not a sprint, so there will only be stretching but no stressing.

God bless me please...

I believe He always is... Haha...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Coxsackie

A friend of mine asked me during the Pangkor trip if I would learn swimming after coming back. How I wish I know to swim!! But sometimes reality and the surrounding happening are always against your will and wish. Same applies to me.

I went swimming every Friday when I was in primary school. But one epidemic drew a full stop to this weekly activity.

It should be 1998 or 1999 when there was an outbreak of this kisskick-ass Coxsackie disease. And unfortunately my little sis was contracted with this serious illness; and fortunately at the same time my sis was contracted with the not serious type and thus she survived. Since then, we NEVER go swimming, not even those theme parks like Sunway Lagoon or Bukit Merah (our favorite). Another reason might due to the hectic tuition schedule we have.

Should I tell my parents I wanna learn swimming again? I actually have tonnes of reasons to tell them why I should learn swimming. *grin* (I'm a bad daughter)

I purposely wrote this to remind myself of the name of this disease, I used quite some time to find it out.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pangkor Island Day 1

Note of the day:
A) Upon a few requests, I finally spent the freaking 1.5 hours to write out this piece of shit and another freaking 2.5 hours to upload some lousy pictures. Please bear with the inartistic me.
B) Please click to enlarge the pictures for better visual.

This was a trip I was reluctant to go for several reasons. Thus I did not have much expectation on this trip.

Rushed to the LRT station near-by after getting a call from the trip leader, Alvin. And then a group of five of us made our way to Pudu Raya Bus Station to gather with another seven members. The bus was not comfortable as it was too narrow for a plump person like me.

After a four-hour-ride, we finally reached Lumut, a gateway to Pangkor Island. Once we reached there, the strong salty smell hit our nostrils, and we knew we were somewhere near the fishing village.


It is a small and quaint town beautifully decorated. There is practically one street only in the town with some souvenir shops, restaurants, small hotels, banks, and a bus station along the side.

The town is famous with its shell and coral handicrafts.

It is famous with its seafood too.

We then boarded the ferry heading off to Pangkor Island.

There was air-con inside the ferry

There is a national navy-base on the left hand side when we made our way to the island (I only found out this when our so called tour guide told us). The ride was about 30 minutes. There were some ancient-look war ships at the middle of the sea, as they were stationary, I thought they were there as a decoration. I only found out they were actually still functioning the next day.

We then reached the terminal. It was also beautifully constructed, unlike Penang one. There was no picture taken, as I thought I would take the pictures when we were on our way home. However, we boarded the ferry at a small dock when we were making our way home on the third day.

There were quite many rented vans waiting to pick up visitors at the entrance of the terminal. We then headed to our resort which was a 5-10 minute drive from the terminal. The ambience of the resort was soothing and soft though it was not grand and luxurious.

The backyard of the resort

The semi-alfresco dining area with a lounge bar beside

The swimming pool at the backyard

Some sun loungers beside the pool.

We then checked in the resort and had a quick and late lunch at 2.30pm. The food was unbearable for most of the group members, but it was okay for me, as it was edible. *smile*

We then changed into the swimwear to have a snorkeling session and island hopping later. The beach was just behind the resort. The golden beach is soft. However, it was seriously polluted, most probably because it was right after the Raya Festival.


Half an hour later, the speedboat with a robust and cordial Malay young guy on board came and picked us up . The Malay guy then passed the life jackets to us.

At the beginning of the ride, a gentle wind was blowing; it ruffled our hair and caressed our cheeks. The sun rose majestically in the sky with the radiant rays bringing us much vigour to this trip. Later the Malay guy started speeding the boat, we were exactly like sitting in a Kancil, driving at break-neck-speed in the residential area with bumps along the road, and once in a while small pebbles flying into our eyes. The bumps were actually the waves and the pebbles were actually the water drops saturated with salt. Along the way, the Malay guy introduced us some famous islands and bays. There were even some parts of beach owned by some wealthy tycoons.

Later we anchored off near a bay with emerald clear water. We were able to see many tiny fishes near the surface of the water, as well as sea cucumbers and some damaged corals underneath the seabed. We then wore the mask with snorkel and got ourselves ready to "jump off the boat" into the pellucid warm water. When I dived into the water, I swallow the water accidentally, it made me very uncomfortable and breathless. This was because I was once nearly drown in the swimming pool many years, so I kinda have hydrophobia until now. Luckily one of my friends gave me a hand, and my group members asked me to relax and assured me I would be safe with the life jacket. Slowly, I relaxed myself and started enjoying being floating in the sea. Then Chua taught me how to snorkel. It was fun to see fishes swimming past under your eyes and body. Later we came up and passed our masks to the another five members. But some members were still enjoying the floating in the sea. Ka Fai and I were staying on the boat and throwing the bread into the sea to attract the fishes. It was even clearer and more comfortable to see the fishes on the boat. *smile* Perhaps it was because our masks were not very good, there was water infiltrating into the mask forming fog.

video

With courtesy from Ka Fai

After an hour of snorkeling, it was an end of the island hopping. I was sitting next to the Malay guy sailing the boat. Not long after, he instructed the nine members in front to sit at the proper place to balance the boat, and here the bumpy and adventurous ride came! After a few minutes, he signaled me to sit nearer him, and then he let go the steering wheel, and asked me to hold it!!! He then continued signaling me to turn left or right, and at times, he just let me turn the steering wheel as I wished!!! My group members must be chickening out. Before reaching our resort beach, the Malay guy once made a few drifts to push the situation to the peak and we were screaming with excitement!

(No pictures were taken as I did not bring my camera out, my camera is not water proof)

Later we all jumped into the swimming pool to clean ourselves.


I went to my room to shower myself after soaking in the pool for the short while. Then I proceeded to the seashore to start my photography session. The beach was placid as it was off season. I then enjoyed substantially with the rustling of the slight breeze through the trees which caressed my face when blowing gently towards me.

Off season, the sea was relatively quiet too.
Not many people were jet-skiing.


At night after dinner, we had a gambling and personal attack session. :) I left earlier as I just managed to take an hour sleep the night before while my whacky friends continued their game. It was a bad start of the day but an ecstatic end.

I shall end this post with pictures doing the talking.

I was praised for being artistic (writing those
words on the sand) for
the first time.

The breeze that day was not strong, so I could not write
"the coconut palms were
dancing to the rhythm of the wind"
(my favorite
imaginary sentence during secondary school).

Some swings and jets

Some chalets of Puteri Bayu

A melodious rhythm was formed
by the wave pounding on the beach ceaselessly.

A tranquil scene in the evening

The only solo picture I had in the
entire trip, you guys
better appreciate it :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pangkor Island



Just back from the three-day-two-night Pangkor Island trip. It was a thrilling and memorable trip. Will update soon. But I doubt I can upload many pictures, as it is time-consuming and Blogspot does not allow me to upload large files. Each picture I took is about 5MB (equivalent to a song). =.=||

Result of Year 2 Sem 1

The previous semester's result was out. I checked the result when I was holiday making in Pangkor Island. I should be nervous, or whatsoever, but with friends around me, their presence actually diluted my excitement nervousness.

Well, I am satisfied with the result, though I should have done better.

In order to prevent others saying me being the one who always complains the bad, but never shares about anything good, I'm here to reveal my result. I scored 3.9438 for the GPA. Got A- for Public Speaking. =.=|| I did not do well in the last presentation.

This result is not significant for me, but I just study a bit hard to get this to please my parents. *a wry smile*

More work to come in the coming two months. *cross fingers* Hope everything will be plain sailing.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Photography

With courtesy from Skye Images
(click to enlarge)

This is a picture which is impossible to be captured with any normal digital cameras but a SLR with wide angle lens. Wide, I mean really wide!!! (Unless you take a few pictures of them, then combine them in one. =.=)

Every hobby will seem to burn us a hole in our pocket if we are really engrossed in it.

Time with Family

At this time, if I was still studying last two weeks, my dad would surely drag me along to go jogging with him. And yeah, I'm a good daughter, went twice with him out of my 14-day-stay at home. =.=|| I really wish I have more time with dad jogging, chatting with him more, but exam preparation occupies most of my time.

Have a good 14-day-stay at home eating this and that, with the most unforgettable steamboat with CRABS (my favourite)!! I prefer crabs than abalones seriously, am I silly? We seldom go to those classy restaurant to eat seafood, as for me, my mum's cooking skill with caring and love embedded in is more superior than those chefs'.

Have some days watching dvd non-stop, at the end I was scolded by dad. But I still turned a deaf ear on his scoldings.

I have fewer and fewer time with my family, but my heart is always with my family.

At this moment, all I would like to say is I love you all, papa, mama, Bro Nini, Girl Girl and Baby!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Canon PowerShot A640

Never did I think I would purchase a new camera, as I am not much into photography.

But when I was back hometown last week, I saw a brochure of camera fair held by KY Group. That aroused my interest a bit to get a new toy. But soon I ought to forget about it, I have no money.

After reading the brochure, I told Shane about that, as he needs a camera for his 3-month trip in USA (Florida, Miami, San Francisco, and New York). *jealous* Then he consulted his photography-freak friend about the camera suitable for him and etc. Later Shane found out this photography-freak friend of his knows a camera salesman who can give a lower price.

This really stirred me up. It made me wanna own a camera more. A habit of wasting money once conquered me, I'm never able to conquer it. I decided to purchase A570 which was printed in the brochure as RM699, later Shane told me that salesman recommended me A640 with also RM700, but of course better features. This further stirred me up, unquestionably.

I even checked my account book to see how much I have, yeah!, I have enough money to purchase it. But I forgot to bring my IC back, and soon I ought to forget about his source of money too. Then I tried to reflect to my parents that I want to have a camera, but without me further explaining how good this deal is going to be, they rejected me straight.

My best friend, Ewe Chin did offer me a loan, but I could not accept that. I felt bad of loaning to get my new toy. Soon, I really ought to forget about owning this new toy.

However, things suddenly. Shane asked me again on Thursday night if I wanted to purchase A640. Once again, I told my parents I wanted to purchase it. And for don't-know-what-reason, they agreed!!! Happily, I sped my car to Shane's house to pass him that RM700.

Later that night (3am), the salesman came and gave Shane the two cameras!!

This is the camera I bought:


My gorgeous babe!!

I particularly like this flip-out LCD screen

With this flip-out screen, we need not
turn our head or body to snap
pictures at different angles, all we need to do
is to flip this screen.


Shane's handsome partner:

Sony Alpha a200 with his masculine look