From Kopitiam to Cafes

starbucks_gingerbread_latte I’m sitting here at Starbucks having my favourite low-fat latte, after an hour of gym session, and blogging on my phone…

Hmm.. is that how I wanna start this entry?  Honestly, I’m thinking, who cares?!  I could be blogging from a kopitiam in Miri, my hometown, a kampung house in Kedah or any of a hundred of places.

I wonder how much of what we say daily is a result of how we want others to perceive us rather than how we perceive of ourselves.

Pretentious.

There is a big difference between doing something for ourselves that makes us feel good and doing something to make others think we feel good! 

Thus, the question that begs to be ask… "Who are we doing it for?"

Imagine yourself, a single person on an island, does it matter what you wear or how you look to the non-existent others. Or your soulmate who knows you so well as much as you know yourself was with you.  Or perhaps friends so close to you, you would give anything and sacrifice your best days just to be with them in times of need.  Does image matter?

The line is blurred, my friends.  And nothing is ever really bad.  Either way you think about it, it’s the person you BE.

I’m just finishing my latte as I finish this blog.

Today I’m having my RM10 caffe latte, tomorrow I’ll be having my 80cents teh tarik kurang manis… In fact, forget about the kurang manis!,… I’ll have the real thing, head on.

From Kopitiam to Cafes

starbucks_gingerbread_latte I’m sitting here at Starbucks having my favourite low-fat latte, after an hour of gym session, and blogging on my phone…

Hmm.. is that how I wanna start this entry?  Honestly, I’m thinking, who cares?!  I could be blogging from a kopitiam in Miri, my hometown, a kampung house in Kedah or any of a hundred of places.

I wonder how much of what we say daily is a result of how we want others to perceive us rather than how we perceive of ourselves.

Pretentious.

There is a big difference between doing something for ourselves that makes us feel good and doing something to make others think we feel good! 

Thus, the question that begs to be ask… "Who are we doing it for?"

Imagine yourself, a single person on an island, does it matter what you wear or how you look to the non-existent others. Or your soulmate who knows you so well as much as you know yourself was with you.  Or perhaps friends so close to you, you would give anything and sacrifice your best days just to be with them in times of need.  Does image matter?

The line is blurred, my friends.  And nothing is ever really bad.  Either way you think about it, it’s the person you BE.

I’m just finishing my latte as I finish this blog.

Today I’m having my RM10 caffe latte, tomorrow I’ll be having my 80cents teh tarik kurang manis… In fact, forget about the kurang manis!,… I’ll have the real thing, head on.

Overnighter 1 : Looong Hourssssss…

As I am typing this with erratic fingers that run all over the keyboardssssddaasdwwffffasfg…. (oops there it goes again)… as well as droopy eyes, I am counting the number of hours I have not slept.  … hmm… ok…. *thinking*… ok, forget about it, brain is already in "shutting down" mode…

Well, I just wanted to highlight it as the first overnighter of the year.  Nothing spectacular, just making a note of how many of these, there will be… 😉

Goodnight…..z.zzzz…ZZZzz.zzz..zzz

760++ Friends and Counting

Hmmm…. guess I’ve been asked 1 too many times before on how I got 760++ friends on my FB.

Okay, let’s see if this justifies the nos… 😉

  1. 170 school friends/hometown friends from Miri (there’s more and I’m still looking!)
  2. 70 college (KL) & university (UK) friends
  3. 45 colleagues & ex-colleagues
  4. 120 suppliers & company partners (from 10 yrs ago)
  5. 185 clients and met on jobs (clients from so many yrs ago)
  6. 50 event personalities/performers/hosts we worked with
  7. 25 relatives (I’m sure there’s more out there in FB)
  8. 45 photography friends (PhotoMalaysia/PhotoKaki/Click! Mag/Photography Workshops/Other Magazines)
  9. 30 people whom I bumped into on FB and found interesting 😉

So that makes a total of +-740 people.

(Oh BTW, that’s how you guys are categorised in my FB lists!)

So, where the heck did another 20++ people come from???!!

Yeah… I’m wondering about that.  Hmm… think they should be consisting of your friendly stalkers, the lonelies and desperates, females checking me out (God knows what for?!), males checking me out (I don’t want to know what for!!!), and the nice people pretending to be people they are notsss…;-)

And you say "Why the heck did you add them?".  Guess at the time, it was the only way to find out who they were!!!… then I didn’t get round to removing them… oh well, time for some grass trimming soon! (if I get round to it).

Ciaos friendly ppl!

(Say HI to me on FB if you hadn’t already!)

760++ Friends and Counting

Hmmm…. guess I’ve been asked 1 too many times before on how I got 760++ friends on my FB.

Okay, let’s see if this justifies the nos… 😉

  1. 170 school friends/hometown friends from Miri (there’s more and I’m still looking!)
  2. 70 college (KL) & university (UK) friends
  3. 45 colleagues & ex-colleagues
  4. 120 suppliers & company partners (from 10 yrs ago)
  5. 185 clients and met on jobs (clients from so many yrs ago)
  6. 50 event personalities/performers/hosts we worked with
  7. 25 relatives (I’m sure there’s more out there in FB)
  8. 45 photography friends (PhotoMalaysia/PhotoKaki/Click! Mag/Photography Workshops/Other Magazines)
  9. 30 people whom I bumped into on FB and found interesting 😉

So that makes a total of +-740 people.

(Oh BTW, that’s how you guys are categorised in my FB lists!)

So, where the heck did another 20++ people come from???!!

Yeah… I’m wondering about that.  Hmm… think they should be consisting of your friendly stalkers, the lonelies and desperates, females checking me out (God knows what for?!), males checking me out (I don’t want to know what for!!!), and the nice people pretending to be people they are notsss…;-)

And you say "Why the heck did you add them?".  Guess at the time, it was the only way to find out who they were!!!… then I didn’t get round to removing them… oh well, time for some grass trimming soon! (if I get round to it).

Ciaos friendly ppl!

(Say HI to me on FB if you hadn’t already!)

Starting a Monday Morning

It’s a Monday morning and it’s been a while since I have felt great about a Monday morning. I and wondering about the reason for this. Perhaps it was the long break this Chinese New Year, a separation from work that helped me to recuperate and made me see what I love about my work. The excitement, the adrenaline rush, the relieve of stress and pressure after a certain task all adds to that feeling of accomplishment.

It’s going to be a great Monday morning because I woke up today smiling. Next time you guys wake up, remember to take note of how you are feeling at the time you wake up. Because that’s the note which will start the rhythm of your day. Which is why I really, really believe that it is extremely important to go to sleep at night having sorted things out or having done a little thinking about how you are going to go about your day. Otherwise, you would wake up, worried or not knowing what to do.

So, well for me, today…it’s a great Monday morning.

Starting a Monday Morning

It’s a Monday morning and it’s been a while since I have felt great about a Monday morning. I and wondering about the reason for this. Perhaps it was the long break this Chinese New Year, a separation from work that helped me to recuperate and made me see what I love about my work. The excitement, the adrenaline rush, the relieve of stress and pressure after a certain task all adds to that feeling of accomplishment.

It’s going to be a great Monday morning because I woke up today smiling. Next time you guys wake up, remember to take note of how you are feeling at the time you wake up. Because that’s the note which will start the rhythm of your day. Which is why I really, really believe that it is extremely important to go to sleep at night having sorted things out or having done a little thinking about how you are going to go about your day. Otherwise, you would wake up, worried or not knowing what to do.

So, well for me, today…it’s a great Monday morning.

Chinese New Year Chef… Amazes Himself

Hahaha… so, there I was… Chinese New Year eve and I was all alone at home.  Where was everyone, you may ask.. long story.  But to surmise it, Winnie and Celeste was back in Miri, my mom and dad was in HK, and my bro, sis and bro-in-law were coming around for dinner.

I had my work cut out for me.  This year, duties for CNY falls in my hand.  I had to cook CNY eve meal single-handedly… The responsibility was heavy… as heavy as the two woks that I was holding onto as I juggled the task of CNY "masterclass" cooking… hehehe…

Okay, it wasn’t exactly a menu fit for the Gods… but it did get me close to the tail-end of dreaming about being an apprentice for the Gods of chinese cooking… *wink* *wink*…

Anyway, all you ladies (who cook) including my Mom and wife would have been appalled at how I did my shopping!  I practically did it 1 day before and I sped through the aisle at the local supermarket like how I usually drive my car. 

But, the menu was as clear as day in my head… If I had been a fickle minded woman, at least 3 days of shopping would have been required.  That task took me about 50 mins to be precise… hehehe…

Okay, so what did I churn out?

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Started preparing in the morning and in between watching the TV, washing clothes, ironing, and the last sweeping of the house before new year, I sweated over the woks, pots and pans…

10 dishes!!!

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  1. White Fungus, Fish Maw soup with Fish & Lobster Ball
  2. Pork Char Siew (marinated with red wine and spices)
  3. Roast Chicken with Plum Sauce
  4. Broccoli and Mushrooms in Chinese 5 Spice Sauce
  5. Sliced Beef, with Peppers and Spring Onions
  6. Fluffy Foo Yong Egg Omelete
  7. Steamed Choi Sum Vege
  8. Yong Chow Chinese Fried Rice
  9. Chinese Wet Fried Yellow Noodle, and…
  10. Yee Sang with Fresh Salmon

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There were 2 other dishes (Japanese Egg Tofu and Century Egg + Marinated Sour & Spicy Cabbage) that I had unfortunately not been able to make.  But, considering only 4 of us were at the dinner… we were honestly thankful that I hadn’t got around to it…

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Seriously… I hadn’t cook like this before.. at least not as much. 

I’m still thinking twice whether I should make this another one of my hobby.  Must do a reality check before I begin my plans to conquer the world of cooking!!!

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Chinese New Year Chef… Amazes Himself

Hahaha… so, there I was… Chinese New Year eve and I was all alone at home.  Where was everyone, you may ask.. long story.  But to surmise it, Winnie and Celeste was back in Miri, my mom and dad was in HK, and my bro, sis and bro-in-law were coming around for dinner.

I had my work cut out for me.  This year, duties for CNY falls in my hand.  I had to cook CNY eve meal single-handedly… The responsibility was heavy… as heavy as the two woks that I was holding onto as I juggled the task of CNY "masterclass" cooking… hehehe…

Okay, it wasn’t exactly a menu fit for the Gods… but it did get me close to the tail-end of dreaming about being an apprentice for the Gods of chinese cooking… *wink* *wink*…

Anyway, all you ladies (who cook) including my Mom and wife would have been appalled at how I did my shopping!  I practically did it 1 day before and I sped through the aisle at the local supermarket like how I usually drive my car. 

But, the menu was as clear as day in my head… If I had been a fickle minded woman, at least 3 days of shopping would have been required.  That task took me about 50 mins to be precise… hehehe…

Okay, so what did I churn out?

chinesecook05

Started preparing in the morning and in between watching the TV, washing clothes, ironing, and the last sweeping of the house before new year, I sweated over the woks, pots and pans…

10 dishes!!!

chinesecook03

  1. White Fungus, Fish Maw soup with Fish & Lobster Ball
  2. Pork Char Siew (marinated with red wine and spices)
  3. Roast Chicken with Plum Sauce
  4. Broccoli and Mushrooms in Chinese 5 Spice Sauce
  5. Sliced Beef, with Peppers and Spring Onions
  6. Fluffy Foo Yong Egg Omelete
  7. Steamed Choi Sum Vege
  8. Yong Chow Chinese Fried Rice
  9. Chinese Wet Fried Yellow Noodle, and…
  10. Yee Sang with Fresh Salmon

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There were 2 other dishes (Japanese Egg Tofu and Century Egg + Marinated Sour & Spicy Cabbage) that I had unfortunately not been able to make.  But, considering only 4 of us were at the dinner… we were honestly thankful that I hadn’t got around to it…

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Seriously… I hadn’t cook like this before.. at least not as much. 

I’m still thinking twice whether I should make this another one of my hobby.  Must do a reality check before I begin my plans to conquer the world of cooking!!!

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