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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Merdeka August 31,2007 - A daring one!

I have always like ads fr Petronas. Be it Hari Raya, Chinese New Yr, Deepavali or Merdeka.

This year, they came out with yet another ad that carries a very strong message and I mus say a very daring one indeed. There is a saying that goes, "If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day so instead, teach him how to fish ".

In this new ad, the message is clear. When you are asked to do something, do it properly from the very beginning or the lost is nobody else's but yours to live with.

To my fellow Malaysian, Selamat Hari Merdeka!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

Date : Aug 19, 2007

Day : Sunday

Weather : Hot


Hey sexy!


Diver in the tank

This blubber-looking thingy is a frog!
My dearest. ;)

Yours truly

Me and my baby.

Long Beach pier.




OK. I dont know how to fix the pic and caption so thts just how its gonna be for now until I know how to.

Monday, August 27, 2007

A Lot Better

My previous post was about how hot it has been here in very sunny California. But the weather has been pretty nice these last few days. In fact despite the early mornings cloud, the weather was pretty good. No more sweat and no more feeling 'berlengas'. (thanks RG for reminding me of the word).

Last week, Diana and baby Zara came to my apt twice. Tue, for assam laksa and Thur for kari kapitan udang and sweet and sour tilapia. I got the recipe for kari kapitan from
Gert . I think that was the first time Iv had kari kapitan and oh my god, it was so good. Ya ya ya. I know it sounded a bit like 'masuk bakul angkat sendiri' but what can I say, it was really good. I took a pic but have yet to download the pic. Il do so sometime this week.

Today, I got an email from Gert saying that she sent me some kari/curry leaves. I rushed down to the mailbox coz I realised that I havent check it since last thur. True enough, there was a package for me from Gert. She not only sent me the curry leaves but also some other goodies that I wont mention here for I know some of u nanti jealous kat I. hahahhahahha. U guys have to call me to find out what she sent me. ;P

On another note, I watched 60 Minutes last night about the dangers that the Iraqis who worked as translators for U.S army in Iraq are facing now. Read/watch about it
60Minutes and let me know what you think.

P.S. Daphne, thank you for the here and here thingy! hehe..

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Its hot

California (CA) is basically hot all year round but not without the cool breeze. The first month we moved here fr Pennsylvania (Aug 2006), we both basically got burnt by the sun. Literally. Thats because eventho its very sunny but there's always a cool breeze that comes with it thus you wont even feel the sun burning your skin until of course later in the day. And I have always been the type who doesnt really enjoy the sun too much. I will try to walk under the shades be it the trees, the awnings or even Michael's. One thing good about being 5ft 1.5in. lol!

Anyways, once in a while CA will get the heat wave. (Like right now!) We have been getting it since sunday and it will continue at least until the weekend. So what, you asked me? Sama aje macam KL/Msia you say? Well my dear readers, most of the apartment complexes here dont have air-cond. You heard me right. They cost an arm and a leg yet they cant even install the a/c unit! Its like sauna all day/night long. They have this cetralised-water-cooling-unit that basically does nothing to cool even our studio apartment. bodoh. grrrr...

Oklah. Im gonna stop now before i say anything stoopid. See y'all when the weather goes back to normal CA weather!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Disgusting Act - Human Trafficking

I watched a lot of Dateline NBC's show and their host Chris Hansen. I followed their stories on :

1. child prostitutions in Cambodia (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20186675/),

2. to catch a predator (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10912603/)

and last night's to the rescue, a story about a filipino woman rescued from human traffickers in Malaysia ( http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20185681/).

Last night's show was the reason why im writing about it in my blog today because it happened in my country, Malaysia. Please click the 'Watch the Broadcast' section since the write-up doesnt really give a full account of what happened.

Human trafficking is a horrendous act. Unfortunately it happens everywhere. Ranked any countries all you want but its all about supply and demand. Until and unless we punish the culprit severely, its not going anywhere. We might not be able to completely stop this horrendous act from happening but im sure we can minimise it.

As for Malaysia, Id suggest that the punishment for those traffickers be as severe as drug traffickers i.e. HANG! Too cruel? We'v already made those drug traffickers think twice before they make our country their heaven with our 'punishable by hang' punishments so why cant we do the same to those who are into 'flesh' trade? Obviously its very lucrative therefore a fine and jail time (why should we, the tax payer have to pay for their stay in jail anyway?) is just not enough. On top of that, in cases like this (trafficking), the victims (legal or illegal) must first and foremost be classified as, well, victims rather than their status. Unless of course if they'r in the 'business' out of their own account than thats another storylah.

We need female cops who are well-trained (and empathetic) to this kind of situations. Not to mention a list of translators who should be made available 24/7 since most of the victims are of different nationality thus definitely wouldnt know how to speak Bahasa or maybe even English.

Those in Malaysia, particularly in Penang, anybody knows who these Dr.Ng or Kenny Kang are? Im not sure abt locating this kenny guy but im pretty sure its easy to locate the doctor. Holler to Health Minister! How about the cop/detective in I assume, 1 of the police stations in Penang? He was 'accused' by the ex-fbi guy of taking a bribe. I said accused since there's no prove whatsoever of him taking a bribe.

As for Chris Hansen, a good reporter can make a good report about other countries without insulting the countries main religion or their general population. Some of your remarks were un-called for. Its funny since in all your other reports, be it in your country or other countries, you never mentioned their religion but somehow you find it relevant to mention, "Despite its reputation as a conservative, predominantly Muslim nation, Malaysia has a thriving sex industry". What exactly are you trying to say? Its as if you forget that sick-minded people come in all shapes, colours, nationality or even religion. Shame on you.

For people trying to make money overseas to support their family, be very wary with the so-called agents who offers lucrative jobs. Its a basic rule of thumb, if you dont have the experience nor qualificatons, you will not get paid a lot, unless of course its your own company but if it is, there wont be any 'agent's involve will it? If you cant sing, dont apply for a job to be a singer.

Summarizing the story. A filipino woman sent to a nursing school in the philippines by her aunt and her american husband so she can work in the united states. she failed the exam thus her dream was put on hold. Offered a job as a singer in Malaysia when she was in a church. Trapped in the human traffic ring. Saved by her uncles' ex-fbi friend gung-ho styled. Returned to her family in the philippines and she seems happy, according to the interview w chris hansen with her limited english. Not mentioned in the story is whether her dream of coming to the US is going to be materialised or not. Its a matter of time.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Jackie Chan on Regis & Kelly

Im watching Regis and Kelly show (as usual) and am for a nice surprise. Jackie Chan is the guest! This is the first time iv seen him in a talk show. I so love his movies and am looking forward to his latest Rush Hour 3 whc is coming out next Friday, Aug 10. woohoo!

Its funny though coz as we all know, his English is not really good and they esp Regis, tried very hard to understand him. When he was asked if RH3 is a good movie, his answer was, "I dont know"! hahahahha. Very typical (in general) asian, humble that is.

Anyways, all I can say is that he is just a funny-as-hell man. Not to mention a very good actor.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Sambal Tumis Udang

Yesterday I posted the pic of my nasi lemak. Gert and J.T. asked for the recipe. The first few times I made my sambal tumis, Iv always used dried chili but I find the dry chili here in the US to be too hot. So I have farina-ised it so its easier to make and tho stil hot/spicy, its not the kinda that would make u burn ur mouth/tongue for a week. Maybe just for a few hours. hehe! kidding lah. I sure do hope I dont forget any ingredients.

A. 10-15pcs prawn, de-veined
1/2 onion, sliced

B. 1 bottle of sambal oelek (theyr available at regular supermarket too)
5 fresh red chili
1 onion
3in ginger

vege oil (abt 1/4cup )
1/2cup water
1 teaspoon powdered tamarind (or 3tablespoon of fresh tamarind juice)
2 tablespoon salt
1 cup sugar

1. Grind all ingredients in B.

2. Heat up the oil in the wok (med high) and put the B ingredients in. Keep stirring for about 10min.

3. Add water, tamarind powder/juice, salt and sugar. Continue stirring for 4-5min. Taste and add salt/sugar if necessary.

4. Put in the prawn and sliced onion, stir a little a bit and cover for 3-4min.

5. Uncover, stir and taste. Let it set for another 3-4min and serve.

6. Enjoy!

When I made them last week, I made enough that I had the nasi lemak for 2 days and 2 nights straight. Im not kidding you. I did! I also put half of them in a tupperware and freeze them so the next time time I crave for nasi lemak, I dont have to trouble myself. All I have to do is, make the rice and re-heat my sambal tumis.