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Why got ‘Lobang’?

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there’s a hooooooooooooole in my bread!!! its no wonder i don’t get full eating and eating this. there are 8 buns in this packet, and all of them has a big hole like this in it. so not worth my RM2.50. next time i’ll just get a cup of kaya (coconut jam) and a loaf of Gardenia bread instead.

I FEEL CHEATED!!

WHAT BRAND IS THIS??

www.starfall.com

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holding a pretend microphone, i interviewed Arielle.

‘What is your name?’

– My name is Arielle (she previously said ‘Arielle is Girl’ when asked in front of everyone in Children Church, hhahaa… don’t ask me why)

‘How old are you?’

– 3 years already.

‘What do you like?’

– Arielle likes Pumpkin!

Super cute when she’s being so nice and when Ash’s asleep.

there’s a meaning behind the ‘pumpkin’ she’s talking about. it has to do with www.starfall.com. this site was introduced to me by Annette when we were still in Bratislava.

it’s a children’s site for learning English, for ages 2 and above (i’m judging from my own daughter’s competency here) in a very fun and interactive way. there are games and activities to assist learning shapes, colours, the alphabets and phonics, which ultimately leads to reading.

what i like about it is it’s interactive, it has songs to attract my preschool daughter, it focuses on the phonics of every alphabet (even on every click!) and the lesson plans are very interesting. it teaches us the correct pronunciation of every word we use in English (no Manglish here la ya). what’s more? IT’S FREE!!!! it’s a free tool i get to use everyday to homeschool my preschooler. my daughter loves it so much she bugs me everyday for it! (her fav is the Pumpkin) 🙂

so, if you’re looking for a tool to teach your kids English – here’s a very good one; just get online!

Syiok!

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I was looking up Wikipedia for the origin of chili sauce; no clue there.

I remember having chili sauce as accompaniment to the dishes that my mum cooks up, from stir-fried veg to kolo mee (sometimes, when the noodles really beh chiak). But too much of it is also boring la, especially during those younger days when you think that there’s only one type of tomato sauce and chili sauce and both is sweet.

I discovered Maggi had introduced the chili sauce with garlic version (don’t ask me when, can’t remember), and that piqued my interest mightily. It was different, in a good way, and I loved it with fried chicken, especially.

But nothing prepared me for what I was going to experience next, the Kampung Koh Sos Cili Bawang Putih. This thing is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY 3 thumbs up.

I was about to come to Slovakia for my expatriation, so prior to that, was busy stocking up groceries from Tesco Kajang; kiasi that the stuffs in Slovakia may not be good enough for our Asian tastebuds. So there I was happily stocking up the trolley, when I stumbled upon the sauce… well, no light or voice spoke to me; I just randomly took 2 bottles and promptly went to the cashier to pay up.

The groceries arrived about 2 weeks after we reached Slovakia; Li-Ann was so happy that her soy sauce finally arrived. So there she was preparing dinner with authentic Malaysian ingredients, and I was taking out the chili sauce to try….. One taste is enough to convince me that this thing is SUPER. PERIOD.

I don’t know what kind of chili, garlic, sugar, salt, pimped up (modified) starch, citric acid, MSG, edible glue and food conditioner that they use, but the final product is awesome. The right amount of heat, the fragrance is irresistable. I could swear they probably used some belacan but forgot to add it into the list of ingredients. In fact, I near finished half a bottle in one sitting.

HONEST.

TO GOODNESS.

SYIOK.

But don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself. RM2.20 only ma… some more now economic recession, maybe got discount some more… 🙂

Twilight – My Review (no spoilers here)

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It happened suddenly. One kid from church was reading the book. My wife got curious. She bought that book. And in one week, we had all 4 books in the house; I finished all the books in 1 week. I’m talking about the Twilight phenomenon, that is sweeping across the globe bla bla bla… you get my drift.

For the uninitiated, a quick background on this series. A girl fell in love with a vampire. Typical. Wait, the vampire doesn’t drink human blood. Hmm… Oh, and he’s all noble and gentlemanly and, he’s the good guy. Interesting. And he’s a mind-reader (in the series, some of the vampires possess some sort of special gift), on top of the strength, speed, agility, super senses etc; well, he’s a vampire after all. Plus he’s with a family of vampires that keeps to the same diet as he does, ie, no human blood; vegetarians, they call themselves. The plot thickens

You won’t find the language in the book too challenging, which makes the book easy to read. I appreciate the storyline and how Stephenie Meyer (she’s the mastermind of it all) weave the story intricately and makes it all oh so addictive. She breaks away from the typical Hollywood presentation of vampires, and gives her interpretation of what vampires are. Eg, as mentioned above, these vampires are able to restrain themselves from hunting humans. I haven’t heard of that one before. Two, the reason why they stay out of the sunlight is not because they will be incenerated by it, BUT you’ve got to read the book to find out why.

A majority of the story is told from Bella’s point of view (the clumsy, main character, not heroine), her views and perception are dominant throughout. I said majority, because in the fifth fourth book, the author decided to to write from another character’s point of view (for some part). Nice breakaway, I say.

Suprisingly, for a storyline that revolves around vampires, you’d be surprise on how little BLOOD is involved. Guys reading this maybe slightly disappointed on how little actions are involved in it. I myself thoroughly enjoyed it though; I guess I enjoyed the author’s way of writing and point of view. Overall, I’d say that it was a good way to spend 50€ on all four books.

So much for the book.

I found out that there was a movie based on it, so after watching it, I couldn’t be more let down. The casting was good; whoever the actors/actresses were, they suited the character well; of course some better than the other. But the movie failed to capture the essence of the story, resulting in a blockbuster-wannabe attempt. It seemed to me that the producers are only interested in cashing in on the phenomenon, and not truly delivering it. It failed, for me, primarily because it lacked cohesion. The books revolved a lot on the main character’s inner thoughts, so while you can read them in the books, you can’t hear them in the movie. Her thoughts were heard in bits and pieces throughout the movie, which isn’t enough to tie the story together. Thus, resulting in a BIG FLOP, IMHO. Others seem to think so too. The best remedy, if you’re going to watch, is that grab the book and read it as the movie progress… what to do? And the movie don’t follow the book completely, so don’t be too taken aback.

 

Good casting, crap cohesion

Good casting, crap cohesion

 

 

Final word: Get the book, don’t get your hopes too high on the movie.

Of Pizza and Coke

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Bratislava have this pizza outlet that I really liked; it’s called Pizza Mizza. Their 50cm pizza is out-of-this-world, and you can read all about that in my wife’s blog. Their pizza is so good, it makes Domino’s Pizza looks like some apprentice’s first time. But for all the good stuffs that they dish out, I went ahead and ordered the Siciliana without knowing what it contained (of course la, menu all in Slovak ma). So when it came, I was absolutely horrified, because it was a 33cm pizza, topped with cheese, tomato… and salted fish! This entry is just to remind myself not to order this pizza in the future, cos for me, it’s really beh chiak!

And speaking of coke, I really think that this drink has not hit Asia yet, so if you’re in Europe, you MUST give it a try, because it is THAT GOOD. ABSOLUTELY. UNBELIEVABLY. GOOD. It’s called Coca Cola Blak, and concoction has truly hit a spot in me. Somehow, this soft drink giant managed to come up with the perfect balance of coke and coffee; just the right amount of sweetness and the delicious aroma of coffee in it. The taste of coke is obvious, the aroma of the coffee just strong enough to tease and tempt you. So far, I’ve not seen it being mass produced into the 1.5l or the 2.0l bottles yet, so I think they are keeping it exclusive (it’s also quite pricey; 200ml for 2euro plus).

Seriously good stuff

Seriously good stuff

Seriously ho liao

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For those who know me well, I don’t take too much sweet stuffs; never been a habit of mine. Deserts just don’t rock my boat; I can only take so much before I get all ‘jelak’ with the sweetness.

But, I discovered I have a sweet tooth for a particular chocolate candy bar, Snickers Cruncher. I first tasted this out-of-this-world creation in Malaysia maybe a decade ago, but of course didn’t eat too much of it ‘cos one bar costs you around RM2+, which is big money for me (eh, can buy a bowl of lip-smacking kolo mee leh).

For me, this bar tastes better than the original version, which is much stickier and chocolatey. The cruncher packs more nuts, rice crackers and less chocs, nougats. The hint of saltiness from the nuts goes very well with the nougats and chocolate layer.snickers cruncher

Give it a try!

P/S: I eat this stuff now almost every week ‘cos it’s so cheap to buy it here (around 0.40€ to 0.50€ per bar).