Together in electric dreams…

Oh shit
(Image source unknown)

My apologies to the early birds who saw what I had posted earlier this morning. I had a hell of a time trying to get the formatting right (and if I had the “Oh shit!” button, you can bet that I would have hit it a thousand times)…and despite the fact that it looked all right on my desktop, when I checked it on my handphone, to my horror, it was all over the place.  Everything had gone haywire, it seemed…so being a stickler for neatness and perfection, I decided to delete it.

OK! OK! I know I’m not that tech-savvy but I am sure I am much better than a lot of people especially those around my age. I had a colleague who did not even know how to switch on the computer. Clare would probably know him…

Computer mouse
The stingy miser that he was, he would scrimp and save every dime and naturally he would only use the cheap airline. The problem was to cash in on this, he must book his air tickets online but being computer-illiterate, he had to resort to victimising the sweet young things and exploiting them…to get them to do the bookings for him. The girls said that they did not mind doing him a favour but what they hated was he would sit beside them and talk and talk…as if he were the smart one telling them what to do and to someone sitting close by, it would seem that they were the nincompoops. He did not dare to ask me, of course…because he would not trust me with the last three digits on the back of his credit card! LOL!!!

Today, everything can be done online, for instance, shopping…

Shopping online

…applying for this and that and even banking and paying your bills. Maybe I am old-fashioned but I, for one, would not trust technology to such an extent…and I would rather join the long queues and wait to be served by a fellow-human being, preferably a pretty one of course! Hahahahahahaha!!!!! Ever so often, I was halfway through something and I had instructed payment via credit card and was waiting for confirmation when…”the page cannot be displayed” and I had to call the people concerned to sort things out! @#$%&*+#% !!!!! Nothing can be more frustrating, I tell you and at times like those, I would probably need one of this…..

Safety air bags
Perhaps it is not so much a pain in the neck for those who are younger and better at this technology thingy than me. Everything they say these days is peppered with technological jargon and computer knowledge…

Kids and technology

Even their language has been affected, it seems. That’s why when Cocka said that his mouse was stuck in the printer, I really could not fathom how the hell such a thing could have happened. Gosh! If I’m a goondu when it comes to computers, he must be worse…or at least that was what I thought until I saw the pic in his post…..

Stuck mouse

ROTFLMAO!!!!!

Regrets…

This poem was written by Belinda Emmett after she found out that she was dying from cancer…

If I had my life over

Serenity

I would have gone to bed
when I was sick
instead of pretending
the Earth would go
into a holding pattern
if I weren’t there
for a day…

I would have burned
the pink candle
sculpted into a rose
before it melted in storage…

rose candle
(catmadogma’s photo:
www.flickr.com)

I would have talked less
and listened more…

I would have invited friends
over to dinner even if
the carpet was stained
or the sofa faded…

I would have eaten popcorn
in the ‘good’ living room
and worried much less
about the dirt
when someone wanted
to light a fire
in the fireplace…

Fireplace
(Joe Pineapples’ photo:
www.flickr.com)

I would have taken the time
to listen to my grandfather
ramble about his youth…

I would have shared more
of the responsibility
carried by others…

I would never have insisted
the car windows be rolled up
on a summer day
because my hair
had just been teased
and sprayed…

Grass
(purefinder’s photo:
www.flickr.com)

I would have sat
on the lawn
with my grass stains…

I would have cried
and laughed less
while watching television
and more while watching life…

I would never have bought
anything just because
it was practical,
wouldn’t show soil
or was guaranteed
to last a lifetime…

So what if you were in her shoes? Are there things that you would wish you had done…or not done? Shouldn’t you do something about it…while you still can?

Beauty of life
(Image source unknown)

As for me, I believe the words of Paul Anka’s “My Way” say it all…..”Regrets, I’ve had a few…but then again, too few to mention…..Yes, there were times, Im sure you knew when I bit off more than I could chew. But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall and did it…..my way.”

Eat it…

I was on a weekend trip with some friends recently and one of my friends was cooking breakfast for the whole group. I went over to see what he was cooking and saw he was getting ready to make a big batch of eggs. Well, to my shock and horror, I noticed that he was cracking the eggs open and screening the egg whites into a bowl and throwing out the egg yolks.

I asked him why the heck he was throwing out the egg yolks, and he replied, ‘Because the egg yolks are terrible for you. That’s where all the nasty fat and cholesterol are.’

And I replied, ‘You mean that’s where all the nutrition is!’

Oyster omelette
Oyster omelette: Camemberu’s photo
from http://www.flickr.com

This is a perfect example of how confused most people are about nutrition. In a world full of misinformation, somehow most people now mistakenly think that the egg yolk is the worst part of the egg, when in fact, the YOLK IS THE HEALTHIEST PART OF THE EGG! By throwing out the yolk and only eating egg whites, you’re essentially throwing out the most nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich, vitamin and mineral loaded portion of the egg.

The yolks contain so many B-vitamins, trace minerals, vitamin A, folate, choline, lutein, and other powerful nutrients…: it’s not even worth trying to list them all. In fact, the egg whites are almost devoid of nutrition compared to the yolk. Even the protein in egg whites isn’t as powerful without the yolks to balance out the amino acid profile and make the protein more bio-available, not to even mention that the egg yolks from free range chickens are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Yolks contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12, and panthothenic acid of the egg. In addition, the yolks contain all of the fat soluble vitamins A, E, and K in the egg, as well as all of the essential fatty acids.

Poached egg in instant noodles

And now the common objection I get all the time when I say that the yolks are the most nutritious part of the egg…’But I heard that whole eggs will skyrocket my cholesterol through the roof!’…No, this is FALSE! First of all, when you eat a food that contains a high amount of dietary cholesterol such as eggs, your body down-regulates its internal production of cholesterol to balance things out. On the other hand, if you don’t eat enough cholesterol, your body simply produces more since cholesterol has tons of important functions in the body.

And here’s where it gets even more interesting…There are indications that eating whole eggs actually raises your good HDL cholesterol to a higher degree than LDL cholesterol, thereby improving your overall cholesterol ratio and blood chemistry. And…high cholesterol is NOT a disease!  Heart disease is.

Fried egg with nasi lemak
espion’s photo from http://www.flickr.com

So I hope we’ve established that whole eggs are not some evil food that will wreck your body…and actually whole eggs are FAR superior to egg whites. Also, your normal supermarket eggs coming from mass factory farming just don’t compare nutritionally with organic free range eggs from healthy chickens that are allowed to roam freely and eat a more natural diet. I recently compared eggs I bought at the grocery store with a batch of eggs I got at a farm stand where the chickens were free roaming and healthy. Most people don’t realize that there’s a major difference because they’ve never bought real eggs from healthy chickens. The eggs from the grocery store had pale yellow yolks. On the other hand, the healthier free range eggs had deep orange coloured yolks indicating much higher nutrition levels and carotenoids.

Free range eggs
Free range eggs: smallar and paler but nicer taste. 80 sen each at the shops in Sibu, 60 sen direct from supplier

One more thing about eggs…I read a study recently that compared groups of people that ate egg breakfasts vs groups of people that ate cereal or bagel based breakfasts.  The results of the study showed that the egg eaters lost or maintained a healthier bodyweight, while the cereal/bagel eaters gained weight. It was hypothesized that the egg eaters actually ate less calories during the remainder of the day because their appetite was more satisfied compared to the cereal/bagel eaters who would be more prone to wild blood sugar swings and food cravings.

Disclaimer: I received the above from a friend via email, so I am in no position to claim it to be gospel truth. As always, it’s your body and you decide what you want to stuff in it.

Simply the best…

People around KL would swear that they have the best bak kut teh at some place in Klang. Well, I never had the chance to sample that…but those that I had tried elsewhere were very nice, though not very different from what we have here at Ba Sen Ba Ku Teh along Kpg Datu Road in Sibu, which would come as no surprise for around the time when it first opened, I heard that the chef originated from West Malaysia.

Well, Huai Bin had a post on this place a few months back, so you all can hop over to his blog if you want to see nicer photos. (I’m not trying to increase his traffic here but I do notice that I get quite a number of visits each day via his blog! An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth… LOL!)

I had some errands to run yesterday so my daughter and I had to have lunch outside and she wanted to go there for Bak Kut Mee (literally translated, meat bone noodles). It was served in a claypot and priced at RM4.50…

Bak Kut noodles

But you may opt not to have the noodles, in which case it will be priced at RM5.00…and you can request for the side orders of rice and yew chia kwai.

Bak Kut Teh

One thing that I definitely will have to concede is that our satay pales in comparison with those in Kajang. They are small…and the sellers are very stingy with the gravy…and we only have two choices – chicken and beef, or should I say one, because the other day, when my missus went to buy some at the stall at Taman Selera Muhibbah, they did not have any beef ones. I guess this has got something to do with the Sarabif monopoly in the state over fresh beef…and Australian and NZ beef is getting way too expensive.

Sibu satay

In Kajang, the sticks of satay are huge and they will give you the complimentary gravy in big bowls and they will refill, once you run out. Other than chicken and beef, they also had lamb…and my daughter loves those!!! Other than than, we don’t have ketupat here; I don’t know why they don’t make those anymore…but I really love having some with my satay.

Well, I haven’t come across any kampua in KL (though I’ve tried two semi-authentic Sarawak kolo mee there) but those in Kuching, KK and elsewhere are definitely nothing like what kampua should be. But anyway, my main intention in including this here is actually to disprove kpenyu’s criticism that the slices of meat are paper thin and will fly away once you switch on the fan…

Sibu kampua mee poh

See…my kpenyu law-eya!!! They’re definitely not as you claim them to be so you’ll have to retract your statement now or else all the Sibu kampua sellers will take legal action against you for defamation of their good reputation. LOL!!! Well, in my case, I will always ask for pian-sip/kiaw/wantan instead of those slices of meat anyway…and incidentally, what you see in the photo is the flat mee pok done kampua-style…and these few days, I wonder if the price has gone up from its usual RM2.00/Rm2.20. I haven’t heard anything regarding this and as they say, no news is good news!

Descendants of the Dragon…

In case you do not know, Tuan Wu Chieh or the Dragon Boat Festival falls on this coming Sunday, the 8th of June which is actually the 5th Day of the 5th Month according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. I am not going to delve into the stories or legends related to this festival but for the uninitiated, during this festival, the Chinese will eat those bak chang or meat dumplings…

Bak Chang 1

Personally, I prefer the nyonya ones which are wrapped in pandan (screwpine) leaves and they use minced meat and shitake mushroom for the filling with a tinge of ketumbar and there may be kau lak (chestnuts) or even or nee (sweet yam paste) as well. Yummy!!!

Bak Chang 2

Well, there is something I must confess…..The real reason for this post is simply because I got the photos via email and I thought I’d just share two of the many I received…so that all of you can drool too!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

(Source of photos unknown)

UPDATE: As promised, Richard came with the nyonya chang that he had made himself. He was formerly my colleague in Sacred Heart and those days, he would always spare me at least one or two every year around this time. Gee! After all this while, it was a surprise when he commented in my blog this morning…and of course, the best part is he has given me SO MANY!!! Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! Thank you so much, Richard (and do remember me again this time next year! ROTFLMAO!!!). Ooo…I could not wait and quickly gobbled up one as soon as he left…

Nyonya Chang

…and only after I had finished did I realise…it’s Friday today!!!! Never mind! Forgive me Father for I have sinned…!!! LOL!!!! (I can imagine profhiggins giving me one of his classic frowns now….Hahahahaha!!!!)

By the way…

Well, I am not going to focus on anything in particular in this post and will just ramble about odds and ends from my recent trip to Kuching. Well, every morning, this would greet us once we stepped out of the hotel room…

Corridor

My daughter saw this photo and she said it looked like something from a horror movie. LOL!!! That’s from watching too many of those shows and a hyperactive imagination. But still, I would think that hotels should not limit the decor to the lift lobby area on each floor only. Some nice pictures and potted plants would certainly enhance the ambience, I’m sure.

We were there during the Gawai festive season…and in this particular hotel, instead of some pleasant, soothing piped-in music, they had Iban songs playing throughout the day. If you ask for my frank opinion, I really wonder why Iban music has NOT progressed since the days of the Linang Sisters, Christopher Kerry and Christopher Kelly through to the days of Michael Jemat, Richmond Allen or something like that…and to this present day, or perhaps they were playing some old “favourites”. I wouldn’t know as I hardly ever tune in to the local Iban stations but if that is what they have to offer today, the music has not changed one bit, still that pop yeh yeh genre that will conjure images of ladies in tight sarong kebaya and beehive hairstyles and horn-rimmed glasses doing the twist… And Teresa Teng would turn in her grave if she heard what they did to her beautiful and melodious “Yeh Liang Tai Piao Woe Ti Sing”!!!

Anyway, moving on…it certainly appears that Kuching is attracting a lot of visitors from all over the country as well as overseas. Every morning, the cafe would be filled to the brim…

Brassierie Cafe

Then you will see them leaving in the Bas Persiaran (tour bus) for the places of interest such as the Sarawak Cultural Village, the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and so on. There were a lot of school students from West Malaysia and Singapore; they certainly were a privileged group for as far as I know, many of MY students had hardly ever left Sibu all their lives! One evening, I saw a busload of women disembarking from one of those buses carrying bags and bags of stuff. Obviously they had been to that border town where the Indonesians peddlars sell very nice things at very low prices, ranging from poultry and vegetables to fabric and fashionwear. The thought crossed my mind that they would have to pay through their teeth for excess baggage if they were travelling by that cheap airline.

I would think that Kuching is a very good place for West Malaysians to go on a holiday. Hotels are cheaper! Capitol in KL charges around RM180 these days for one small miserable room…whereas for that kind of money, in Kuching, you can stay in a BIG triple deluxe room at Grand Continental, inclusive of breakfast for three! Other than that, you get all the (even more?) delicious delicacies Kuching has to offer at very much cheaper prices compared to KL and Penang…and a lot of people shop for rattan mats, handwoven blankets, those exclusive Sarawak pottery…and even ikan/telur terubok masin.

And by the way, while I was in Kuching, I spotted this sign….. 

STP sign

Now, what on earth could I be distributing? Hmmm…with the rising oil prices, perhaps I could make a fortune from distributing all my fat to be converted into petrol!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!

Shop around…

I used to shop a lot for women’s clothes…but don’t worry, it wasn’t because I was thus inclined. The truth was that I used to travel a lot to conduct courses and give talks to teachers and students mainly in Sabah and Sarawak, attend seminars, meetings and workshops all over the country and overseas…so to keep my missus happy and make up for my regular absence, I would always buy something for her and knowing that she liked to dress up and look pretty, I always made it a point to pick up some nice outfits for her from places like Isetan, Jayajusco, Metrojaya and so on…

However, even though she never said it in so many words, I had the feeling that she did not like what I bought. She would always wear it ONCE…and then it would be condemned to life imprisonment in her wardrobe. Grrrrr…if she did not like it, then she should not have worn it and I could have sold it to somebody who would appreciate it more…maybe even for a little profit! LOL!!!

Anyway, the other day, while we were in Kuching, we went window shopping and one of the places that we stopped at was Parkson Grand. Now, if I were to buy something for her, I would probably choose this…

Choice 1

I liked the pleasant light brown colour…and the soft material added to its elegance. Otherwise, I would choose this one, also for its soothing soft colours and the material was not transparent (see-through) and I liked the flowers…

Choice 2

…or I would pick this one instead. What attracted me to it was the material with the English roses…and I like clothes with lace. But I did not like the short sleeves though…

Choice 3

So what do you think of my taste in clothes? Would you say that you can understand why my wife did not like what I had bought for her…or do you like my selections? Bear in mind that like me, she is over 50 or in those days, she was already in her 40’s!!!

Personally, I am not bothered about how I dress up. For one thing, I do not have a choice as it is extremely difficult to find clothes my size and the moment I find one, I’ll buy the whole range – same pattern, same cut…just different colours!!! LOL!!! Fortunately, these days, I only need to wear t-shirts and jogging shorts…so I was hoping I could get some at that place in India Street in Kuching. Unfortunately, they only had XL…and I would need at least XXL to accomodate the region around my waist. In the end, I did not buy any though I would love this one especially…..

T-shirt

Would you want to wear something like this too? ROTFLMAO!!!