View from my village...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Just a post...

Ok, just single strike - yg lain sumer longkang... Biar benar, sengaja ker?
Ada orang tu kan, melalak tak ingat dunia. Merah muka2 tu nak tarik punya pasal... Waaa... Lagu fav dia: Can't Take My Eyes of You.

Takper, dia tak paham... Sebarang komen, sila tulis dalam Bahasa Melayu. Komen dalam bahasa Inggeris akan dipadam. Sekian, harap maklum.

New Year's Present - Ralph Lauren Romance

Comes in a set...
Ralph Lauren Romance Deodorant (For Men) 75g
Ralph Lauren Romance Silver (For Men) EDT 100ml

It is about two more weeks before New Year and I already got my present after not-so-romantic lunch at 3! Posting this earlier since I might not be available for quite some time, who knows... Besides, this is special post.

Thanks Dear, appreciate so much your heartily "Romance" gift.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!

Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
(it is Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Gaelic)

Le muintir agus ag cairde.
Sonas ort gach de tusa sonas ag maith saibhreas sa na blianta atá romhainn.

For family and friends.
Wishing every of you happiness and good fortune in years to come.

With truest love, Shahirasul Idrewoods.

New Economic Vision

New Economic Vision for Penang and Malaysia
International Conference 2008
Traders Hotel, Penang.

Being a delegation representing techBiz Penang for the event, but since it has something that against my principle, I have to take myself much earlier than I am supposed.

Organised by Penang State, with invited speakers among others; Datuk Seri Nizar (Perak Mentri Besar), Tan Sri Khalid (Selangor Mentri Besar) and Datuk Husam Musa (PAS Vice President).

During his welcoming note, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has quoted that China was about to spend 4 Trillion Dollars and a check-up later, I found out it was 4 Trillion Yuans NOT Dollars. Perhaps his speech-writer wants to make sure this "fact-misleading" won't happen again.

But one quote that I remember the most:

"Look at the balance sheet. At the left pane has nothing right while at the right pane has nothing left." - Tan Sri Lin See Yan putting on presentation made by AIG director that he attended.

My Best Friend's Wedding

Unavailable, anymore... (Sorry, his wife's pic unavailable, as you can see his picture himself got blurry - just got this single shot...)

Sedap... Dah lama tak makan cam ni.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mishap & Wonder

Ok, there was a mishap this morning that requires me to send over my car for cleaning. So, I went to carwash in Seberang Jaya and asked them to wash in and out as well as taken out the back seat for proper cleaning. It supposed to cost me RM35 and checking my wallet, I am short of RM5 - forgot to check earlier. Watching desperately over to a friend that she may perhaps be able to lend me, the owner then said "We accept card!"

Waah.... I am mesmerised that nowaday I can use card to make payment nearly everywhere and what bring another momentum into that mesmerisation, the fact that cashless mode accepted at carwash!

Bravo Malaysia!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Movie Review: Twilight (2008)

Yeah.. It is movie day (Wednesday) that you can go for RM5 at TGV. Friends came over from Terengganu, spending their annual holiday in Penang and their first stop was visiting me (I do appreciate that, though) and asked if we can go out for leisure time and spend an evening somewhere. He'd want to watch Twilight as he (and so do I) prefers vampire kind of thing. We both followed Moonlight (vampire series) and I have watched Van Helsing (like twice).

The movie started with pretty gloomy introduction and characters shown to be nice - perhaps it was because they live in small town that people knew each other quite well, I guess.

No, this is not the first time that I watched vampires who don't drink from human (be him dead or alive) - Supernatural has that, vampires who feed on animal's blood and Moonlight who feeds from not-so-fresh blood of dead body taken from morgue.

As Moonlight tries to show diverting part of "new" and "modern" vampires who lives to be stock-broker, detectives and other professional roles while at they same time they are NOT affected by direct-sunlight. Twilight shows glittering skin when a vampire exposed to sunlight while Moonlight just show that vampires don't mind but cannot get over exposed.

Ok, enough comparison I think - this is not about Moonlight.

The FIRST one hour is pretty slow (it runs for two hours) and kinda flat. It goes for a little peak towards the end, but doesn't really off the chart. Perhaps if Twilight can show different angle of Cullens life and show what the rest do for living and how do they think.

The plot of killing another vampire in Phoenix does not go to the extend of full intention of "hunting" that shows the vampire to be very smart in thinking and designing situation. It perhaps be better if that involve more and more antagonist parts of showing affection towards love and restraining of killing same kind.

While the ending may not be what we have expected, I do think that this movie shall have sequel and heard (read somewhere) that they are going to have TV series on this. I don't know - to follow or not. Prefer metropolitan- compared to country-vampire.

(Last night scenes, I am sure have been cut many and at many places, thus needed me to wait for full unrated DVD to go out to watch again.)

Ok, if I were allowed to rate, I'd give 1 for the storyline (vampires) and 1 for stunning camera movement (which shows the aerial view of the Forks country-side), making the total of 2 out 5.

Plamera @ Rasamas, Carrefour

Ini Ina punya meal.
Tak sempat2 baca doa, Ketua Darjah kita memulakan acara.
Single, macho but unavailable.
Achik mengajar Ina macam mana nak eja dan menjawab soalan peperiksaan kemasukan tadika.
Fuhh... Saja nak tunjuk rajin, dengan harapan dapat makanan free...

Alo, meeting dekat sejam - last2 makan kat Rasamas di Carrefour jer? Adeh......

Monday, December 8, 2008

Trying Fried Mee Sotong at Esplanade and Visiting Fort Cornwallis

There are many stalls by the field, across the Municipal building. I have never tried this and never know that there is its kind. Until finally, a friend told me of mee sotong (sambal squid mee). Since we are already there and I have been in Penang like six years but never go into the fort - I took the chance.

Coconut shake. (Shake your bum bum)

Ada orang tu makan, tak sempat2 nak pose.
This is the course. Fried mee and topped with squid sambal. It is kind of hot but you'll never know the experience of tasting new food unless you have one. Wish I can have another plate, but will keep that for later.

Itu kedai dia... Spot!

Fort Cornwallis, Penang Esplanade - Entrance. They charge RM3 per pax.
Ada nampak macam cucu cicit penjajah tak? Wah wah wah....
View from fort towards North Straits and Straits of Malacca.
The cannon, which I always wanted to see it blasts a ship. (Unless I can be part of Pirates of Caribbean, then I think I'll have a chance)
View from inside the fort.

I think it is a nice place afterall and now I am going to dig further to read Light's final will and those agreements pact between he and Kings of Kedah.

Happy Birthday Khirwan

Happy Birthday Girlz.
Lamb chopped.
Chicken chopped.

Snake Temple, Bayan Baru.

Eid-ul Adha 2008

It's raya again... Festival of Sacrifices. What have you sacrificed?

My boys...

No need to be shy lorrr..
This is I enjoyed most being in kampung. There's always feast that you can eat as many as you want to the level you want.
This is the bull that a family tendered for sacrifice.

Don't know la... But this time around, it is pretty much bored - I spent most of the time lying on couch, while one hand holding to one jar with the rest just a grab away. Then head back to my home in Penang about 5.30 - now I can speed (as the fuel has been cheaper!)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Black Canyon Coffee - A Drink From Paradise... Available on Earth

I caught hot fever and don't know what to do and friends suggest that I'd better go out with them for fresh air.

Tired of sight-seeing, we went to try new thing...

"Black Canyon Coffer - A Drink From Paradise... Available on Earth" in Jaya Jusco Seberang Perai.

Read on... Read on... Don't feel like spoiling just yet...

Ok, you read their motto... And of course we are blessed, served by Angels.
This is mine! Blended Green Tea.
It is like drink from heaven. (Not bad, I like it)
Urgh... Can't wait for me to snap picture first. Well, they can't wait to taste heavenly-cooked food.
Lemon iced tea.
Lime juice.
Ok, this is my order. I can't remember the name. It sounds very angelic but only to find it was a fried mee...
But, still OK though... Not too expensive. Flash your J-Card and you'll be given 10% discount.

Asking me to visit the Angels and reading the angelic name food again? Na-ah... And the Angels are from Himalayan, the Highland on Earth.

Sunan Drajat - Delicious Mutton Satay!

Went to CIMB to pay car loan installment and later have nothing to do, (and luckily) got called from Saiful. Asking to join him for bowling at Summit, Bukit Mertajam. He picked me up and our first stop would be Sunan Drajat - an Indonesian restaurant and of course with Indonesian cuisine.

Their sign board. My search on Wikipedia explains that Sunan Drajat is a name of royal prince.
So, this is how you start. Squeeze the lime onto the peanut gravy, and believe me - it is hot! Unlike to Malays gravy which is more sweetened, this one has been blended with red hot chilly.
Have I mentioned that we are having stick-grilled mutton (satay)? You have to pour on squeezed juice and mixed it with its spicy gravy to curb the "nausea"-lamb taste and the burning hot chilly. Unlike to other places, by either having the satay with its gravy and also sometime with rice cakes - this one served with soup and plain rice.

You can check the address there...
You can either dip the satay into the spicy gravy or pour the gravy itself onto your rice. Whichever you prefer...

Then, it is bowling time... I am not a player - just one strike in two games. I can't throw the ball harder anymore - had excision on my back years ago...