Saturday, October 31, 2009

Another halloween

Happy halloween to all of you~

not going to attend any halloween party like last year.... *sob sob*

Friday, October 30, 2009

Deluxe food in big bowl (盘菜)

Visited Flemington Hotel last night together with 9 other colleagues to enjoy this so called deluxe food in big bowl ( 盘菜).
some photos before the food arrived...

all of us!

Yew, Yan, me


the ladies


angeline and me


me!
now, the food.........
the beautiful dishes once it arrives...


the layer of prawns, brocollis and fish


海参,lotus, prawns and brocoli


the middle layer..


drumstick~



the last layer which consists of chicken , 冬粉, quil eggs and pork

must finish EVERYTHING including the gravy ;)


dessert for us, chilled honeydew sago. yummy~


total bill

to me, its a worth try as i have not try it before... life's short so we have to enjoy every moment now! :D

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's getting closer...

I think i have lost the passion to blog properly... i know i dint post a proper blog for the past one week. life is abit boring lately. been stuck at works whole day... =__=

went to Penang last weekend for my bridal gowns trying. i've tried on about 15 pair of gowns and chosed 7 of them for my bridal photography which has been postpone to December and 2.5k was gone due to gowns upgrading =__="" i seriously think bridal industry has a bright future. imagine a pair of so-called brand new arrival/design gown charges you about RM 800. and if you want to wear it during your actual wedding night, the price to pay is RM 2500! what the.....
it was a heartache, but EK said its a once-a-life-time thingy so its worth to invest on it. i even saw a few really nice gowns there but i couldnt wear them :( blame it to my beautiful body line. hahaha. what to do? i'm originally heavy bottom.

anyway, it took us 3 hours++ to finish trying the gowns and some further discussions. thanks to Crystal and EK who were willing to accompany me throughout the whole session.
(no camera is allowed, that explain why no photos were taken)

1.5 months to go before the actual bridal shooting. guess i'll need to put more effort in my weekly workout ;)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

擂茶饭

Hakka dish - 'lei cha fan'

Benefits:-
Physical value: Enhance slimming & body detoxification. (wow!)
Pharmacological value: Fatigue prevention, vitality promotion, physical improvement, improves body functions, ease digestion, ease chronic bronchitis, prevent hypertension & hardening of arteries, effective for chronic rheumatic and arthritic, inhibiting cancer cell growth, helps treat diabetes, enhance relaxation & improves good sleep. (i'm impressed! of course, it's a long term effects la, dont expect you can achieve all these with one meal...)

*source from here*

its a very healthy hakka dish, very filling somemore ;)

try it at 太平初记小贩中心 (the old 太湖) at RM3 per set

oo by the way, it's closed on Fridays.

Monday, October 26, 2009

8 Powerful Ways to Release Pressure from Your Life

1. Don’t listen too much to others.
Or worry about what they might think. Or getting their validation. If you use too much time and energy to focus on these three things you may be heading down a pretty harmful road. An important part of this is to not to see yourself through the eyes of others. Doing that can build a self-image and expectations that become very hard to live up to. It can make you end up filled up with negative feelings and that won’t help anyone.

(yea, believe in yourself, believe in whatever you're doing)

2. Forget about perfectionism
Perfectionism is pretty pointless. It's just you putting unnecessary pressure on yourself and thereby reducing your ability to do excellent work. Take a look at the next point to find a better replacement for perfectionism.

(i STRONGLY agree on this. nobody is perfect! i always keep this in mind)
p/s: i would like to dedicate this point to that someone

3. Focus on the process, not on the outcome.
Detaching from the possible outcomes and just keeping your focus on the work you are doing makes it easier to both live and live up to your potential by reducing many of your inner, mental obstacles such as performance anxiety and other worries.

(well, i should try practice on this...)

4. Be OK with mistakes and failure.
This one ties in to the two previous tips. If you allow yourself to redefine mistakes you´ll be less prone to get yourself stuck in perfectionism.
The morning of the day when you learned to ride a bike you fell off it time and time again. But you just brushed yourself off, perhaps cried for a minute or two and then you got up on the bike again. And towards the afternoon, or the next day, you probably started to become pretty good at riding your bike.

(this point is also dedicated to that someone, bear in mind, everyone makes mistakes)

5. Just do it!
If you often get stuck in procrastination and get little done the pressure can start to build up. “Just doing it” is a great way to get out of an overthinking or procrastinating state and just get going with what you want to do.

(good point!)

6. Cut down on busywork and unimportant stuff
Feeling like you just have too much to do and too little time for the most important things? Then you probably need to do some decluttering in your life. Eliminate some of the less important stuff.

(i think this is very much related to prioritization in whatever we're doing)

7. Don’t take things too seriously.
I´m not saying that you shouldn´t do a good job. Or that you should avoid responsibility. But having the attitude that the sky will fall down if something goes wrong is most often inaccurate outside of your own head. And it´s not a good headspace to be in to perform or feel well.
Realise you have a choice about what attitude you should adopt, just like with what you choose to do/not do. It might take some time to replace an old and ingrained habit for another. But over time you can do it

(in another word, dont be so calculative on every single little things. you'll eventually make you life happier)

8. Take 30 belly breaths
- Sit in a relaxing position with your legs apart.
- Put your hands on your stomach. Using your stomach breathe in slowly through your nose. If you are doing it right your stomach will expand and you´ll feel it with your hands.
- Breathe out slowly through your nose and do it with some force so you feel your stomach pull slightly inwards towards your spine.
- Breathe in and out 30 times. Take slow and deep breaths.
- After you have taken 30 breaths and focused on counting them you should not only feel more relaxed and centered. Your body will also be able to continue breathing in this manner without you focusing on it. And that´s it. Continue with your normal day.

(i think i really need to try this if i'm under pressure.. )

source taken from here

Saturday, October 24, 2009

九皇爷游行

今天是九皇爷诞的第七天,也是我开始吃素的第一天。我每年都会在九皇爷诞的最后三天吃素,从大学开始就酱了。也没什么特别原因啦,一开始是为了玩玩而已,所以就跟妈妈一起吃素。后来觉得,其实久久一次的吃素也是很好啊。没有肉类,只有素菜水果,身体也觉得比较健康。哈哈!
昨晚,Kampung Boyan 有九皇爷游行。kiasu的我们,七早八早就在Prima cafe 边吃边等着看游行。但是东西也吃完了,游行都还没到叻。。最后,游行终于走到Prima cafe 这里了,那时已经是9.30pm了。很多妹妹和aunty都有丢糖果,面包给我。哈哈,不错吧?都那么老了,还有得拿糖果。。:p

热闹的印度神游行




看得出这座神不轻咯,每当停下来时,他们就快快把椅子垫在下面


美丽的花车

相片不是很美啦,因为是用手机拍的。。别见怪哦。。
游行在十点左右就完了,而我们也各自回家睡觉咯。。
p/s: 第一次读我的华文部落,是不是很不惯呢?;)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lose weight while you work

Not sure if any of you see this at Yahoo front page yesterday. i was attracted by the title ;)

here goes how:

1. Just add water

Keeping H20 at the ready will give you something to put in your mouth besides sweets from your neighbor's candy bowl. And when you're hydrated, science has found your body does everything more efficiently—including burning calories. Fill a reusable water bottle with ice water before you leave home, and refill it throughout the day
(as for me, i'm using a one liter water bottle and sometimes will refill it. but to me, i prefer warm water than cold one)

2. Set an exercise meeting

Protect your exercise time by putting sweat sessions in your calendar just as you would meetings with your most important client. When the day gets busy or you're tempted to surf gossip sites on your lunch hour rather than take to the treadmill, seeing your commitment in print will motivate you to get to the gym.
(well, i cant slip out to workout during working hours, but i attend yoga class twice a week and aerodance class once a week. will go for jog during the rest of the day. though they are after-work exercises, i still enjoy them very much)

3. Sculpt right on site

If you can't slip out to exercise, firm up at your desk using just a resistance band and a chair. Dejiggle on the job by doing three sets of these six simple moves on Self.com on nonconsecutive days, up to three times a week.
(it would be weird if i do this here. so, this point is not so practical to me)

4. Bring your own snack

Slip a healthy bite into your tote as you leave the house in morning, and you won't be taunted by that Butterfinger in the vending machine when the afternoon munchies strike. To stay satiated—and sharp—until supper, aim for a bite that contains about 200 calories, some fiber and a smidge of protein, too.
(i bring at least 2 types of fruits to work almost everyday. usually my fruit time is between 4-5pm. as for snacks, i usually chose those Luxury's vegetable crackers which comes in mini packs)

5. Team-build

Recruit a few like-minded coworkers to get fit with you. You'll foster friendships at the office (always a good thing) while knocking off pounds. Log the miles each of you walks, runs or bikes each day on a board in your break-room or by creating a shared spreadsheet online; award prizes, such as movie tickets or a gift certificate for a manicure, to whomever covers the most ground. Get set to boost workplace morale and give your bod a lift, too!

(colleagues, should we start a plan like this? :p anyway, i'm glad that most of us here share the similar interest - lose weight. although sometimes we still couldnt resist food temptations from canteen, marketing staffs or vendors.....)

source and full details HERE

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The ugly truth


I know, this is an outdated movie. i just bought the clear version of DVD and watched it few weeks back.

its a typical love comedy. Abby(Katherine Heigl) is a morning show producer and Mike(Gerard Butler) happens to be a love guru/host for the TV show called The Ugly Truth. they started knowing each other with hatred. Mike then taught Abby on how to win her neighbour Colin's heart. and when Abby is dating Colin, she realised she has fallen in love with Mike too.
the ending?? of course both Abby and Mike are in love. otherwise, i wont say its a typical love comedy ;)

rating: 4/5

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Egg flower water chestnut soup

Ingredients:

7 cups water
1 bundle of pandan leaves
150gm rock sugar
100g ginkgo nuts
200g of water chestnut (chopped into cube-size)
pinch of salt to taste (optional)
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
4 tbsp water chestnut powder mixed with 8 tbsp of water

first put in pandan leaves and boil it with water and rock sugar.

at the mean time, peel and chop the water chestnuts into cube size

when the rock sugar is fully dissolved, add in the water chestnut and bring to boil. next, add in ginkgo nuts

add water chestnut powder mixture and stir on medium heat until it thickens


keep stiring clock wise. add in eggs while the soup is still moving. heat off.

tada! i love eggs so i use 2 eggs. if you're not an egg lover, then 1 is enough

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mid autumn festival 2009

*this is a back dated post*
If you remember, it was raining during the actual mid autumn day. it totally spoilt our plan =__=
we actually planned to celebrate Crystal's birthday at lake garden while everyone can play lanterns and candles there too...
end up, we celebrated it at prima cafe.

nonetheless, we went there around 11pm, it was still drizzling then. but it dint stop us from having fun ;)


crazy gang, they brought along the whole ice box there...

busy playing around with candles...

me, Tingki, Crystal


us again...


EK and i


posing with Uniasia umbrella haha.

Friday, October 16, 2009

What goes around comes around

Another Friday!! did i tell you how fast time flies? =__=

many friends asked me what happened with regards to my FB's status yesterday. i think most of them could guess who am i refering to....

but just when i started to cool down, another unhappy incident happened... sigh...

anyway, another long weekend is coming!! i remember we had BBQ session last year upon celebrating Devali :p but not sure about this year. anyway, i wanna wish everyone who celebrates Deepavali, a happy Deepavali! ;)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Short gathering + japanese cotton cakes

My former Form 6 class mate, Yee Hooi, came visiting us on Sunday. she's originally from Selama, a small town in Perak, and is currently working at Penang.

told you i dont like make up lately. haha. we had alot of memories back in Form 6 time. group revisions, lunch dates(Lao Di Fang's ham porridge and french fries were our favourite!) , home cooked together (ABC soup and ice cream), and other happy and unhappy memories.
we miss you dearly girl!
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back home, i made japanese cotton cakes, which turned out to be totally different from the original recipe i referred :S
Ingredients:
60g butter, melted
80g plain flour
80ml evaporated milk (i use fresh milk)
1 egg
5 egg yolks
5 egg whites
120g sugar
pinch of salt
start by melting the butter, then add in the flour and blend well. then add in milk and keep blending. followed by adding the 1 egg and the 5 egg yolks.

in a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they become foamy. next, add in sugar and salt and whisk them until they become stiff (recipe says it takes about 20 mins, but lazy me i only whisked for about 10 mins...)
when all are done, pour everything together and blend until they are well incorporated. bake at 170C for 25 mins.


jeng jeng jeng! even though it dint look exactly the same like the original recipe, it still tasted nice!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Easy home made mango ice cream

Must emphasize the word easy ;)

Ingredients:

2-3 mangoes
50ml condensed milk (i use Teapot brand)
50ml whipping cream (i use dairy cream)

Cut mangoes(preferably full riped) into cubed size. blend them until they become pureed.



add in condensed milk and whipping cream and keep blending. pour them into moulds/containers and keep in freezer for at least 1 hour before serving. super easy right?

tada!! slurppp~

Monday, October 12, 2009

Surrogates



The story tells about the high end technology in the near future. everybody has their own surrogates while the real self can be stayed at home, controlling and watching every movements and actions by their own surrogates. agent Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) takes the mission to stop the operation on destroying every surrogates.

its amazing to see what graphics and computers can do these days. however, the story is abit dull in the beginning. the climax is almost towards the end of the movie..

rating: 3.5/5

full synopsis here.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Burfday 2009

So my birthday's over. like i expected, no surprise whatsoever from EK :/ we just had a simple dinner at Flemington Hotel last night (i'm not disappointed, as i know him too well, haha)but anyway, he still owes me a birthday gift :p

the day before, colleagues celebrated my birthday with me at La Promise Cafe. after that, i went to Just K to meet up with the gang for a 2-hour K session.

Annie and me, and Tony at the back

no more photos. everyone were busy singing....


Dinner @ Flemington Hotel
ME! i know i look pale. its weird, i have lost the enthusiasm to make up lately. i feel very lazy. i think AGE is the reason why..... :/


i ordered Fish n Chip


EK ordered Flemington fried rice


dessert for us, banana boat sundae. i know what you're thinking... come on! its my birthday! its only once a year. its ok for me to indulge in good and fattening food *self convinced* a friend's philosophy, eat first, think later. lol.. anyway, diet will resumes today (i hope :p)


one more picture to share. black pepper sirloin steak. EK had this during our last visit there.


US! thats all for the birthday celebration this year! once again, thanks everyone for your birthday wishes, gifts and celebration! mwahhhh <3