Archive | November, 2005

Simple Pesto Pasta and Steamed Puddings!

Sometimes I just want to eat something simple and not so rich, I was wondering what to eat..then I remembered an easy dish I often to used to cook back in the UK.

Pesto Pasta!

You need some spaghetti (my pasta of choice, but it works fine with others), which you chuck in a pan of boiling water (bring it to the boil before you put the pasta in).

The water should have a sprinkle of salt in and a dash of oil (it stops the pasta sticking together, you can do the same when cooking egg noodles).

Cook for exactly 10 minutes (unless it’s quick cook pasta, then refer to the instructions). Drain the water off and mix it in a bowl with some olive oil and a generous dollop of butter.

After that load on some pesto and whatever else you have (antipasto, olives, mushroom and a dash of tobasco is good!).

Mix it thoroughly, it should end up something like this:

I used wild mushroom antipasto..

And black olive pesto..

After that (As it was a light meal, I followed with some awesome steamed pudding).

Steamed in the wok for about 20 minutes.

And eaten with plain vanilla ice cream.

Great satisfying meal, and very easy to prepare.

Yeah I don’t feel like being so serious today.. Technorati tag: Food, Pasta, Pesto, Steamed Pudding
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The Sixthseal Issue – Poor HB?

This is pretty harsh..If you want to see a translation of the article (If you don’t understand Malay), you can check it out from Sashi here.

Oh wow, look more sensationalist journalism, more picking on someone that has done more good than bad?

Let’s look at this a little objectively though, from both sides of the story as that’s what we should do to be fair right?

I would say I know HB[/url] in passing, we aren’t close, but we are supposedly bloggers that in the ‘same circles‘ or something. I do read his site regularly, I do link to him and I do enjoy his site (When he’s not taking pictures of canned drinks/biscuits and writing a sentence about them like “This is an awesome biscuit”).

I think he has done a greater good educating about drugs, winning an award for writing a VERY good post about HIV testing in Malaysia and posting well researched, medically sound posts about drugs and using drugs.

He has posted risque things like videos of illegal activities and pictures of himself doing things, really any sensible person wouldn’t post pictures of themself doing on a public site.

Even in more liberal countries like UK, US and Australia (Notably the last where growing 5 weed plants for personal use in certain areas is allowed), people still don’t post such things, people don’t post videos of themselves smoking ice and making joints..

They might do so, but they would do it under the guise of anonymity.

I seriously think HB made a mistake mixing castitas and sixthseal, he should have kept the drugs and the food/travels/personal things seperate and given himself a bit of leeway against the law. Seriously don’t taunt the law, they will catch up with you later.

And to be honest, from my previous online experience, I have been waiting for this to happen to sixthseal.com for quite some time..

It’s a sad day for HB and his fans, but well, maybe it’s a good lesson learnt.

Be a little wary online, it’s not as ‘free’ as you think, you are accountable for what you write and someoe will report you one day being the ‘responsible citizen‘ they are, and the media will jump on it like a hot cake, because they have nothing to write about it and this makes good sensational baseless journalism (They love it in Malaysia don’t they).

I hope HB get’s out of this without any serious repercussions, the good thing with the web is if you take stuff down before you get a legal letter, you are usually pretty safe, and even then you usually get a letter first saying you have objectionable/illicit material and that you should remove it, if you do, it’s all good and well.

I just hope it doesn’t pass over into real life, and the police go after him for the chemicals he imbibes in.

Technorati tag: Sixthseal, Drugs, Bad Journalism, Huai Bin
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‘Squatgate’ vs Abu Ghraib

There’s one thing that really bothers me about this whole earsquat video fiasco[/url]..

Actually let’s make that two.

One is the racial issue, or the lack of it. This is not about race primarily, race could be part of it, but the victim could just as easily be Indian, Philippino or Indonesian, would you be so upset then?

It’s not about race, it’s about human rights. As I’ve been told by locals, many people have also been beaten in lock-up, a lot have died and the conditions are terrible.

It could have been a white boy, it happens everywhere to all races, whichever race is the majority in the police force will be racist against all the other races, it’s a natural human thing. Racism is intrinsic in people, humans are afraid of or unwelcoming to anything that is different to them, that’s the way it is.

The second thing is people incessantly refering to Abu Ghraib, this is Malaysias Abu Ghraib, this is just like Abu Ghraib.

I’m sorry, but SCREW YOU. It’s not even in the same ballpark, it’s insensitive and downright stupid to make such a comparison.

This is quite disgusting for example:

Malaysia’a Abu Ghraib video clip

And this is by a politician that is heard by many, please have some respect and sensitivity about the issue.

A naked woman being made to do squats IS NOTHING LIKE A DOG EATING YOUR GENITALS WHILST YOU ARE ALIVE AND CONCIOUS.

This:

vs This:

And it’s not even vaguely similar to being beaten to death then having someone take a picture smiling over your body.

You can see the full line-up here:

The Abu Ghraib Prison Pictures

*sigh*

Some people just disappoint me.

Technorati tag: Squatgate, Abu Ghraib, Malaysia Abuse, Malaysia Police
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Motorcycle Diaries – Che Guevara!

In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The tale follows their journey as they unveil the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American continent.

I’ve been meaning to watch this movie for quite some time, numerous people have mentioned it to me (I have quite a few friends into motorbikes, so they came across it first).

Other than that it’s also reputed to be a very good film.

It’s the tale of Che Guevara (Dr. Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna) in his early days, before he was a revolutionary and before he became the legend he is today, he of course famous for being the Argentinian-born Marxist revolutionary and Cuban guerrilla leader involved with Fidel Castro.

It’s a beautifully subtle film documenting the personal development of Che and you could say, the things that changed him and led him to become someone that wanted to make some changes.

The film is based on diaries and letters to home written by Ernesto “Che” Guevara during a motorcycle and foot tour of a significant portion of South America during the early 1950, he started from their native Buenos Aires down to Patagonia, up through Chile, Peru, Colombia to Venezuela.

The solidarity of the journey is very touching and the scenery is breathtaking like a National Geographic documentary.

It’s a movie well worth watching and I recommend grabbing a copy if you can find it!

I’ve always wanted to visit that region anyway, the andes, the amazon, but this film exemplifies the beauty.

I’d give it a great 8/10!

Technorati tag: Motorcycle Diaries, Che, Che Guevara, Movies
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The issues of corruption in Malaysia.

Where are the good police people ask?

There is a big ‘thing’ going on at the moment about the Tudung wearing police officer making the chinese female inmate do ear squats.

It IS pretty disturbing and some people do NEED to provide some answers.

You can clearly see it is a Malaysian police officer in the background by the blue uniform and navy tudung.

You can see the video here.

Teresa Kok[/url] has raised the issue in parliment and I believe Lim Kit Siang has talked about the issue too..but I can’t get to his site right now.

I think part of the issue is being a member of the police force isn’t really a career choice here, it isn’t a good job or a way to earn some decent money. The police have to rely on bribes to suppliment their salary, it’s become an accepted thing sadly, a part of society.

In UK for example, being a police officer is a pretty good career, you get good benefits, and above average salary, good working conditions and respect from the public (on the whole). Here if you give someone a police uniform they seem to get some kind of power trip going on and feel that they have the right to extract money from every other citizen in country.

For one the law has to be a lot stricter for corruption to die out so there’s no place for bribery.

Also police need to trained properly in both moral actions and their police in society.

As from my experience I haven’t had many police try to extort money from me, usually when they see a white face they just let me go through, they don’t need to hassle it seems.

Every can make a difference though, by talking to the police, try not to bribe them..

There are some scary incidents though such as the 22 people seized at a club documented on Malaysiakini[/url].

It has to change, and will change eventually, but well I don’t think it’s going to be soon.

On another note, it’s weird being here, my weekend is Friday and Sunday, working full day on Saturday…*sigh*

Oh well it seems to pass the week faster 😉

Technorati tag: Malaysian Police, Malaysia, Abuse
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Babble Mouths – Seriously STFU!

Tbh I can’t stand blabbermouths..

What it is about some people that render them incapable of being fucking quiet for a while?

Even when I’m being pretty much as obvious as possible when it comes to indicating I DON’T GIVE A FLYING SHIT WHAT THEY ARE SAYING.

Is it the fact they have nothing meaningful in their head to thing about, so they have to incessantly babble all the time?

If you want to speak, get to the point, be short and concise, I don’t have the PATIENCE to listen to you blabber on and on like your mouth has some kind of verbal diarrhea.

I’m not a patient person and well if you have nothing interesting to say, I really can’t be bothered to talk to you, get used to it. Don’t just stand there and talk at me, I’ll slowly but surely get more and more pissed off until one day I grab a fork and gauge your eyes out.

Seriously, if you have nothing of substance to say, DON’T SPEAK AT ALL. I don’t really care what you think of the weather today, polite conversation is not my forte, I’ll just respond like “uh” “yeah” “mmmm”. That’s your sign right there to STFU. There are occasions when I’m in a very good mood when I’ll entertain you, but those are few and far between.

Usually I’ll just grunt and hope you’ll shut your cakehole sooner rather than later.

There’s one person here, that whenever she has nothing to do, just talks and talks and talks, she can’t let it be quiet, she can’t let me concentrate, every person she see’s she has to blabber to…during lunch there’s only me here, so it’s me that gets bombarded..Ugh, be quiet please.

Anyway good morning, have a nice day and STFU.

Kthxbai.

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Parents set to sue Blizzard after World of Warcraft player dies

Another bizarre story from the gaming world. Last week I posted about Malaysian Government Cracks Down on Gaming[/url]

The parents of a 13 year-old boy who died falling from a building are suing World of Warcraft developer Blizzard, claiming that the massively-multiplayer online game is to blame for their son’s death.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, the parents, who reside in the city of Tianjin, claim the boy jumped to his death whilst re-enacting a scene from the game. They are supported by Zhang Chunliang, a well-known activist whose campaign seeks to highlight the dangers of Internet addiction.

Chunliang, who says he has talked to more than 60 parents whose children have become addicted to online gaming, is now set to file suit against Blizzard over the boy’s death.

There are more than 1.5 million World of Warcraft players in China – making up more than a third of the game’s worldwide subscriber base, even though the game only went on sale there in June. The9 acts as Blizzard’s partner in the region, providing localisation and support services for the game.

Neither Blizzard nor The9 were available for comment.

Source: GameIndustry.biz

So maybe a little more control is a good idea?

I think it’s pretty dumb though, really people need to teach their kids what is real and what isn’t, and how not be fucking retarded.

Sounds a little too much like the American trend of “OMFG YOU BREATHED MY AIR I’M GOING TO SUE YOU”.

I’ve seen some other weird shit happen because of gaming too like Chinese online gamer gets life for murder[/url] after stabbing someone over a virtual sword..

BEIJING – A Shanghai online game player who stabbed a competitor to death for selling his cyber-sword has been given a suspended death sentence, which in effect means life imprisonment, state media said on Wednesday.

Whats going on with the world eh?

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My Favourite Malaysian Foods

Some of my favourite Malaysian Foods.

DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU ARE HUNGRY!

You can browse through my food archive for more posts.

Ramly Burgers

Ramly Burgers

Juicy, succelent, tasty, greasy, messy and EXTREMELY satisfying, best burgers in the world.

Bang! Daging double cheese, cherpat sikit, kasih!

The best of the best can be found in the mamak area at SS2, although they are generally pretty good everywhere.

Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee

Greasy, juicy, tasty and full of pork fat! How to live without this?!

Washed down with a nice cold beer and ideally served along side another of my favourites…

Ikan Bakar

Ikan Bakar

Spicy, tangy and very enjoyable! (I’m going to run out of adjectives by the end of this post, I can see it..).

I like all the styles, Thai style, penang style, malay style, portuguese style etc..

Dim Sum

Dim Sum

Pai Guat

Another favourite, especially crispy stuff, chee cheong fan and pai guat at the shop across from Ming Tien.

Asam Prawn

Asam Prawns

This is just heavenly…in Taman Mayang

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

From Bandar Sri Damansara, once you pop, you can’t STOP!

Satay

Satay

Especially those rare places that have tender melt in the mouth beef satay.

Roti Canai

Roti Canai

From SixthSeal.com

My staple breakfast every day. Lovely.

Preferably with dhaal and sambal.

Maggi Goreng Ayam

Maggi Goreng Ayam

Along with Roti Pisang, my favourite supper.

Banana Leaf Rice

Banana Leaf Rice

Especially the one behind PJ state…with mother-in-law curry, hmm good stuff.

Crab

Crab

Can’t live without this, especially in Bandar Sri Damansara where it’s 18RM per KG and it’s GOOD.

I take everyone there.

That’s all I can think of right now, I am kind of brain dead though…there are a couple of others but I don’t have pics..or they aren’t Malaysia specific, like Sushi and Korean BBQ.

I also can’t live without Teh O Ais Limau! Especially from Misai.

Technorati tag: Malaysian Food, Malaysia, Roti Canai, Satay, Banana Leaf Rice
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Lazy Tired Ass…HONESTLY

I was going to rehash some shit from Slashdot about the top 20 geek books, but really that’s quite lame, and I can’t even bothered to do that.

So I’ll type some random shit instead, really that’d be much cooler.

I didn’t sleep last night, which was gay..

I finished the presentations last night at like 2.30am, then went to bed, then stopped trying at like 3.30am and watched some Oprah, then played some DOTA till 6.30am then watched some show about a mad Shelby 500GT motorcycle, man that was some awesome shit.

I had sweet and sour prawn last night, it kinda sucked.

I taught some good shit today, I’m proud, they loved it..

But I’m so tired I’m scared I might dribble on myself.

And I haven’t made the slides for tommorow yet.

ZzzZzzzzzz

*HUH YOU TALKING TO ME?!?*

My stomach is rumbling now, I think I forgot to have lunch, I would post something pretty, or interesting, or deep, but I have the mental capacity of a Singaporean blogger now..

And well I can’t be bothered to whinge about anything like them.

Anyway the point is, I don’t think I have anything to say, so I’ll stfu and leave you alone now.

Cheers!

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Seriously, Living in Hotels isn’t Glamourous..

Seriously, some people seem to think it’s great living in and out of hotels here and there.

Well it is, up until the end of the first week, maybe if it’s a nice hotel and a cool place, the end of the second week..

After that it really becomes boring, eating room service food everyday if there are no decent eateries near by, especially if the hotel has no Internet access…all you get to do is watch shitty cable TV.

Some hotels have Internet, some don’t.

This one has INCREDIBLY unstable Internet, one minute the ping is 300ms the next it’s 1500ms..even the non-technical amongst you must know that’s bad.

I can surf, download stuff, play DOTA and so on when it’s decent.

And I usually have cable TV, so I can watch endless crappy movies on HBO.

After 3 weeks in a hotel with no Internet access and no decent eateries near by it sucks..By the end of the 4th week you just REALLY want to get home, get some decent wholesome food (at a reasonable price..) and sleep in your OWN bed.

I didn’t spend so much on my appartment not to be there..paying Gym fees not to go, paying Insurance and Road Tax not to use my car..

Even with Internet in Brunei you are bored out of your skull after a week or so, it’s not really a happening place.

It’s a funny coincidence that I was in Brunei at exactly this time last year, a year ago today I wrote Shaving cuts, food and rain?!?[/url]

Pro’s of ‘Living’ in a hotel:
You don’t have to clean up your room, wash your sheets or do your own laundry it’s all done magically whilst you are out.
You get to eat fancy hotel food every day
You get a huge spread buffet breakfast every morning if you wake up
You get to see a new city/country and buy some cool stuff
You get a ‘per diem’ to ease your pain
You get to watch endless crappy cable movies (hmm maybe that should be a con..)
You don’t have to buy much while you are away, so you save almost your whole salary for the period you are away

Con’s of ‘Living’ in a hotel:
It’s very impersonal
You get bored of the limited menu
If there’s no Internet access you die of boredom
You crave your home comforts
You get to watch endless crappy cable movies
You miss your friends and loved ones (it’s very lonely)
You don’t have any transport, so if you are in a country with no public transport you are screwed

Really, it’s not so great, it’s good to be able to travel, but living in airports, on airplanes and in hotels isn’t the utopia many imagine it to be..Yes I’m an international jet setter. Living out of a suitcase isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

If you have colleagues friends in the place, it’s of course a lot better (well if you get along with the colleagues it helps, but still, it’s not the same as being at home).

To give you an idea in the last 12 months or so I’ve been stationed in:

Singapore (2 weeks twice)
Brunei (6 weeks last year[/url] and 7 weeks this currently)
Indonesia (4 days[/url])
Sri Lanka (4 weeks[/url])
Phillipines (4 days[/url])

If you recognise this post, it is a re-write of a post I wrote previously for the Blogathon, I just remembered it and found it pertinent as I’m living in a hotel again..

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