Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spilled Coffee ... and Ubi Rebus

It's only 12.49pm and I'm already passed my second cup of coffee. And they're both instant because that's the only ones they have in the pantry. Man. I have another appointment at 2.30 pm and I hope they serve coffee as well. Oh joy.

*Shiraka itu ofis MP suruh aku nunggu 45 menet untuknya sampei ofis. Maka apoinmen kol 10 pagi. Ney tek nya gik di umah nunggu sidak cina datang nak masang apakah di umahnya. Pfft. Mun tauk tek, ku gi minum dolok. Nasibnya tua dari aku. Nasibnya ngidang kopi juak tek. Mun sik, heh, udah ku ngebom dengan cara bait tek. Nasib ku gik ingat Pendidikan Moral ku tek. Hormat orang tua ok.*

Anyway....... My point is ... UBI REBUS! *Insert Big Grin*

Have you ever tried:
Ubi rebus (boiled tapioca)
Tempoyak goreng (fried fermented durian) 
kopi-o panas (hot black coffee)

for coffee/tea break?

Seriously exotic and very Bidayuh style. Never? Yucky? Haha. Try it.

You know everytime I have a combination of these... I would go exactly like that food critic Antono Ego, the grim eater, in Ratatouille the movie after he ate the ratatouille made by the rat Remy ...

It brings me waaaaay back to my childhood days.

That's all folks! I am late for my appointment!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hit me Coffee one more time...

1. Caffeine Can Kill You
Don't panic. This can only happen if you drink 80 to 100 cups in a hurry, health experts say. We advise not trying.

2. Coffee Can Be Good For You
Moderately, of course. One to two cups a day appear to be beneficial. Or, if you don't like coffee, try black tea, the second most consumed antioxidant source. Bananas, dry beans, and corn wrap up the top five.

3. Caffeine Might Boost Female Sex Drive
Keyword: Might. It worked on rats anyway. But researchers say in humans, coffee might enhance the sexual experience only among people who are not habitual users. Since I am a regular drinker, I supposed I can't be a good subject to study.

4. Caffeine Might Cut Pain
Moderate doses of caffeine — the equivalent of two cups of coffee— can cut post-gym muscle pain, a small study found. But the research was done on people who were not regular coffee drinkers. This probably works like a painkiller - slow numbing experience. 

5. Caffeine Can Indeed Keep You Up at Night... for some.
Health experts advise avoiding it for 6 hours before bedtime. 15 years back when I was a student, I depended on it to keep me awake nights before exams. Now... it has no such effect anymore. Maybe cause I have coffee blood now, you think?  

6. Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine!
If you drink five to 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee, you could get as much caffeine as from one or two cups of caffeinated coffee, a study found. Might as well don't decaf. Where's the fun in that? 

7. Decaffeination Uses Chemicals
Beans are steamed, so that dissolved caffeine rises to the surface, where it is washed off using an organic solvent called methylene chloride. See? Not good for you. Don't decaf.

8. Caffeine Is Not The Bitter Culprit
Caffeine is not the main bitter compound in coffee. Rather, the pungent perpetrators are antioxidants.

9. Great Coffee Depends on Roasting and Brewing
When it comes to great flavor, coffee chemistry boils down to roasting and brewing. During roasting, oil locked inside the beans begins to emerge at around 400 degrees. The more oil, the stronger the flavor. Caffeine content goes up as the water spends more time in contact with the grounds, so regular coffee often has more of it than espresso or cappuccino. Darker roasts also yield more caffeine. That's the way aha aha I like it aha aha.

10. Coffee Was Discovered by Goats
A millennium ago on a mountainside in Africa, a very frisky and excited herd of goats kept a shepherd up at night after feasting on red coffee berries. The shepherd took his animals' discovery to some monks, and very long prayer sessions ensued. Exorcism... ? It's a good story, anyway.

Have a Caffeinated Monday you all!

Source: Live Science

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Bunny has nothing to do with Easter...

In fact, it's just the world's way of confusing the truth so that kids and grown ups alike will not remember the real reason we celebrate Easter.

Why a bunny? What has it got to do with Jesus? Here's the answer: Nothing.

But a little explanation on how that probably came about: The Pagans celebrated the Goddess Oestra, the goddess of fertility. She was celebrated in Spring, being the time of year that everything came to life in the fields. Eggs and rabbits were early symbols of fertility. When the Catholic church wanted to bring in the pagans they adopted many of the pagan symbols and celebrations to entice them. The goddess was linked to Mary (a link you could think of being the giver of life). The eggs and bunnies just came along for fun. And no one can even explain where the Easter Egg come from other than if you relate it with the Chicken-and-Egg story. And some even say that the bunny was the first to see Jesus being resurrected. So, you got all that from a bunny who relate the news, right? Wrong.

If you're a Christian and if you ever go to Sunday School, you'd know the real Easter story. The Bunny has nothing to do with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just like Santa Claus has nothing to do with the Birth of Jesus Christ either. But I'm not here to tell you the story of the Resurrection. I'm here to tell you it is not Biblical. In fact, rabbits all over the world would be appalled that you would even use them that way ... If they could talk, ie.

If you have to relate something to the death and resurrection of Jesus, relate it with the Cross, that would be more than relevant. Relate it with Crown of thorns. Relate it with The Last Supper. Relate it with Nails and Blood. Relate it with Golgotha. Relate it with Calvary. Relate it with the Sacrificial Lamb. Relate it with an Empty Tomb.

So, on that note, I wish all Christians all over the world: 
Happy Easter Sunday!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Life without Google ...

The next best thing after coffee 3-in-1.

Guitar tabs. Country latest hits. Coffee recipes. Directions. Distance between two points. Lat/longs. Stalk the exes. Look for high school buddies. Tiny dresses. Multicoloured tanktops. Actors and actresses database. Home remedy. Diet fast solution. Places to see in New Zealand. Other alternatives to fly to Glasgow. Presidencies. Sex videos of local politicians. Addresses. Kitchen cabinets. Bedroom designs. Cheap apartments. Tuition online. Tshirt designs. Chats. Emails. Blogs. Networking. Matchmaking. Drama classes. Explore the globe. Definitions. Dictionaries. Thesaurus. Translator. Etc etc etc...

It is in short, my 411.

I can't imagine my life without it. Can you?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Groggy ...


All I wanna do is have some fun. I wanna sleep late, wake up late, have late morning breakfast at McD, stroll around town in baggies without makeup and hair do and looking my worst, drive out to the seaside and hang out at the beach, flirt with some foreigners and exchange friendly banters, enjoy a country live band at a bistro with my chilled coffee late into the night, catch up on online chats with people who can't sleep like me, and go to bed feeling exhausted like I've done a whole day's worth of work simply doing nothing. Dream on...

Oh God... I need one now.

And that's only the first day of coming back to work post-election. What an anti-climax. It's a good thing THAT CERTAIN PARTY won 2/3 majority, otherwise some of us would've thrown a humongous tantrum for working our assess off but ended up in vain. Phew. Although I won't mind so much if they lose a little. Besides, you can't improve if you don't have a worthy opponent, right? Although a first hand experience showed me some people really played dirty and would stoop to anything to win. But that's on your hands, people. Truth will prevail. So anyway...


Sunday, April 17, 2011

In life and death ...

What do you say in a moment like this? When you can't find the words to tell it like it is?

A childhood friend just lost her husband today. When she had lost all hope of ever marrying a decent guy, she found him right under her nose. It was a love match and anybody could see how happy she was. They were married last November, and that would officially make it less than a year. He was not a very fit person, but she knew that when she married him. A week ago, he went for a monthly medical check-up but this time, something about his look made the doctor detained him for further observation. That same night he fell into a coma. This morning, he died without even saying good bye. She is 6 months pregnant.

How do you go on from there?

When I picked up the phone and received the news, the first thing that came to my mind was the image of her beautiful smile looking up at the face of the man who stole her heart, on their wedding day. All hopeful looks. All bright future. Her prayers answered. His too. They moved away to start a new life together. I didn't hear from them again until that day.

Did you think it was fair for her world to come crashing down, just like that? I could almost feel her heart broken again and again. And then I remembered feeling every time I broke up with my beloved, it felt as if my world has ended or that I felt like dying. Mere drama, emotional stuffs. But while a relationship can be mended, death cannot be altered. What I felt is nothing compared to what she must be feeling. Not even close. Nothing is fair in this world. Those who cheated on their spouses, those who got divorced, those who are separated, those lived-in lovers... I asked myself, why does it have to happen to them, to her?

There is always a reason for everything. But you just don't say that to a weeping person. The best you can do is get on your knees and weep on her behalf.

Here's dedicated to the loving memory of her husband. I don't know you well enough, but you brought happiness to my friend's life. Whatever God's design in this, I pray she will soon learn to know and accept it.

 Someone is keeping watch over us.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The media politics...

[Could've gotten paid for this post in a magazine, but the mag was too politically biased for my taste]

Told from a completely neutral perspective. I stand corrected. Who the heck cares anyway. I'm  not a political columnist.

The medias are biased. Majority of the newspapers play down the oppositions and highlights the bigger player. Freedom of the press cardinal rule of neutrality broken. Yes, I understand you work for the stakeholders who pay your salary, and no I don't blame you. And yes the media plays a huge role during election. I still think all the reports should be balanced and no adding up or using adjectives that clearly shows who you vote for. It's no wonder the oppositions feel a need to have their own printed words, because no one give them any chance to talk even for a while.

I repeat, I support no parties. I merely support a Free Media that reports accordingly and truthfully, and doing the best at their jobs without having the obligation to have to follow house rules. Journalists are smart people. If you limit their scopes, you limit their abilities. If you limit their abilities, you'll have a shitty report. And then put the blame on them. WTH.

I stopped reading newspapers these past few days. I stopped watching the local news. They all report on one front and make the other front look bad. That's not what I call a good report.

Nearing the Election, it just keep getting blown up. Every candidate promises to make a bridge even when there was no river. Every candidate visits the people and shakes countless hands. Every candidate visits the long houses, the taxi unions, the small entrepreneurs, the single mothers. Why they keep zooming down on the defenseless, I have no idea - the crippled, the blind, the orphans, the weak - to show compassion, true, no harm. But when they go and report that the candidate "berjiwa rakyat", I just about choked on my coffee.

Please. I just want to read an undiluted report some times. Reading a many-times-over watered down piece of article is like drinking coffee that looks like tea.

But things are not always what they seemed like, aren't they? We're always obligated one way or another. Wait until you hear about what I have to say about ALL the candidates. But Polling Day is merely two days away, so it might not be relevant anymore. Hmm.


P/S: No offense to all the media practitioners. Just sharing my cup's worth of coffee. Like I said, I stand corrected. Not stand to be shot.

PSS: I need a holiday. Apparently I keep making heavy posts. This can't be healthy. Stop!

Monday, April 11, 2011

When the trust has been breached...

I have to apologize. This is probably going to sound like another one of those faith cum political talks that we all detest so much and yet couldn't stay away from.

Christians all over the world are not aggressive people. Before you roll your eyes and disagree with me, here's the partial truth: All Faith teaches their congregations to respect each other, especially those from a different faith, and not to resort to violence when dealing with any kinds of crisis. Right? All Faith except Satanism, that is. But let's not go there.

So, in the wake of the Sarawak Election, something just doesn't add up.

  • First, you try to take something precious from the Christians. This confuses the people because it never happened.
  • Secondly, you try to put your marks on them. This annoys the people, because in the name of the government, you might have the right to do that, but the people know it's just wrong.
  • Third, you try to negotiate with the people. This just makes you look stupid because you sent the wrong negotiator.
  • Fourth, you gave 10 reasons why the people should let you do what you have just decided you should do. This just pisses people off more because why come up with 10 when they all mean the same thing - a NO?
  • Fifth, in the end, you wanted to release the Books. This just shows that decisions can change anytime. You can take it back again, and who could stop you? This just looks like a political stunt to rope in the votes. No, you disagree? Well that is exactly what it looks like to me.
  • And sixth... you expect after all that has happened, after all that has been said and done, that the people will have any hope left in you? You who disappoint the very people who used to put their trust in you. 
  • Seven... I read the 10 points. All I got was bla bla bla 10 point solution. And I thought my English was good. 
  • Eight... I cannot come up with my own 10 points on this it seems. Did you notice those 10s are probably repetitive and redundant? Did you? Tell me. I'm dying to know.
If you give a toy to a child, he will love you. If you take it away from him, he will cry for a while. But when you give it back, he will rejoice and forget that you have ever done him wrong. His mentality is not yet conditioned to remember the hurt you inflicted.

If you give something precious to a grown up, he will be grateful. But if you take it away, he may fight you and then end up accepting his fate, but resentment will grow. You are not God to simply give and take as you please.

The people are not stupid. They are not docile. Not anymore.

I don't support any Parties, at least not outright. I am speaking on behalf of all the other Christians who have been quiet and supportive of good deeds done by the government of the day all this while. What changed?


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hold that thought ...








[INSERT ORANG ULU (mana-mana dialect) TRANSLATION] 

Even though I don't campaign, I don't vote, and I'm not on anybody's side.
... I detest politics ... it made me missed my morning coffees so many days already ...

Friday, April 1, 2011

I am April Blogger of the Month ... you all ...

(Halt! Mental escape for a while... while the boss is out. Sempat!)

It is APRIL already people. Dang! but the months just keep on coming. Felt like February was just yesterday. And soon it will be June. Sigh.

Ok back. I got a delightful surprise today. Yours truly has been picked as Blogger For the Month of APRIL 2011 by Sarawak Blogger. My mood shot from groggy to chirpy within seconds. What drug. To think that something as small as that could brighten up my whole day. Even that pile of paperwork on  my desk and numerous other tasks in my head seemed bearable somehow. And I haven't even had coffee! Imagine that.

BUT. I am humbled. Totally. Because I don't deserve it. You know what this means, don't you? This means
  1. I must try harder to make myself understood between those lines I wrote. Because not all people read the same. And not all feel the same. Being misunderstood is so frustrating, particularly on a sensitive subject. And there are 2 reasons how that can happen: One, the reader is confused. Two, the writer is. But then again, sometimes people tend to purposely misunderstood you. Yes. What is with that?
  2. I must stay here indefinitely in this domain because I love my readers. I know I know, I ranted about the whole idea of a blog is about being written and not about being read. -- Ok I quoted that from a movie. Take a wild guess. It has Amanda Bynes in it. -- But then, you know, if nobody reads you, still, what is the point? Half the fun is getting comments. And the other half is collecting your own circle of network. No matter how tiny the circle is. Quality over quantity.
  3. I must find time to join these activities organised by Sarawak Blogger. They are all so noble, good and sometimes just for fun... but in this line of work, I find I hardly even have time for myself. Sigh. Wish I have a duplicate. But if you do have time, do join them. All these networking activities like the Tomorrow Leader's Summit, PC with some big shot, etc, ... that is something beneficial to you. It's not everyday you meet Puan Sri Ragad you know. :-)
  4. I have a reputation to keep. Just like everyone else.
  5. I must keep up appearance. Like I said before, I truly admire those who constantly do.
And oh, I must congratulate Sarawak Blogger ... you capture me so well in that short description. I went "WTH, this person knows more about me than I know myself!". Lol. Talk about character profiling. I didn't say you're 100% accurate, but I would give you the benefit of the doubt. You should be in CSI. Now who's the better writer?

Ok .... Get back to work! State Election is looming. All eyes will be on Sarawak. I feel the chill, don't you?

Happy April everyone!