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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Babe for The Voice Within

I have invited Babe, a.k.a Jashar, a.k.a my Fiance, to contribute his writting to The Voice Within.

We were IM-ing each other the other day, when Babe asked me,

Babe: Wat r u doin?
Me: I'm blogging.
Babe: Cool.

pause.

Babe: I'm bored..
Me: Mayb u can start writting. Pour ur heart content. u'll feel better.
Babe: Yeah, I guess I can try dat.
Me: Write in my Blog, for a start. C if u're a natural..

So there I was, granting Babe the access to write for The Voice Within.

"But wat shud I write about?"

"Anything! Just make sure u don't go overboard wit ur entry, dat's all..."

I have modified The Voice Within a bit, to welcome Babe in... To make him feel at home.. Hehe..

Babe hasn't contribute anything yet, but I am giving him time to think of an item to write about for his first ever entry.

Let's see if he likes what I like... ;p

Friday, December 26, 2008

Images from our Engagement =)
















Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Way I Am - A Dedication To My Fiance, Jashar Hamzah

If you were falling, then I would catch you.
You need a light, I'd find a match.

Cause I love the way you say good morning.
And you take me the way I am.

If you are chilly, here take my sweater.
Your head is aching, I'll make it better.

Cause I love the way you call me baby.
And you take me the way I am.
I'd buy you Rogaine when you start losing all your hair.
Sew on patches to all you tear.

Cause I love you more than I could ever promise.
And you take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Diamonds are A Girl's Best Friend!

... and I am sure mine is! On Sunday December the 14th, I accepted the engagement ring as a blessing to our relationship.

It's been 9 Days since Jashar Hamzah and I got engaged. It's been blissful... The moment I accepted the ring from my future Mother-in-Law ( whom I officially called 'Mama' on the very same day), I know for sure that this is what I've been wanting in this relationship, and it's what I've been waiting for.

Many had asked me, how does it feels to be engaged? I'll tell you how I feel.It's been my pleasure to elaborate how my days go by the minute I am Babe's Fiancee. Here it is - It's like falling in love the first time, everyday. We've never been happier! Plus, we still can't believed we're engaged now, because, as how Azera puts it, we're practically married, we just need to make it official. Even Abah said to me once, just go ahead with the solemnization, you don't need to get engaged, sekarang pon dah macam bertunang, right?

Call me lame, or uncool, which ever, but I don't want to rush into things. I respect my Malay Wedding traditions. I want to go through all four procedures.I want to be able to introduce Babe as my Fiance, and not from my Boyfriend, straight to my Husband.

So the agreed engagement period is one year. Not exactly one year though, since Babe and I have decided for the Solemnization to take place on December 5th, 2009 (it's one of the special dates that we celebrate each year together, will tell you about it soon!),and the Reception to be on held on December 6th, 2009.

Many had asked me this too, from my best friends, to my childhood friends, to my colleagues in office whom have known of our long-time relationship - Why wait until a year to get hitched? I'll tell you why - Because (again) I don't want to rush into things, and that I want my Big Day to be how I wanted it to be. I want to take the time to plan, to gather ideas, to get opinions, and have ample time to do so because I want my day to be memorable not just for the two of us, but to those who will come, and also our families who put their back into this in order to make it happen. There. I said it all. All in one shot.

Alhamdullilah, my Syukur to Allah the Almighty for His Blessing on that day. The ceremony went according to plan, and the Reception was a success. It was beautiful. I am happy that those who came felt much at home, and it's all thanks and much love to both my parents for making it happened.I am happy that my side of the family got along with Babe's side of the family almost instantly that day although they have never met before. Maybe because my mother's side of the family is from Perak, and so is Babe's mom (They both lived in the same district back in Perak, so there is a fair chance that they recognized each other from back then).

I have yet to upload the photos of my engagement anywhere - Facebook or here. I have them transferred on to the computer already, only that I don't have time to upload it here. Will do it during my days off at home during the weekend.

Before I sign off to continue gazing and admiring my new Rock, I have got some Thank Yous to make to these special people.

My Beautiful Family.

To Mama & Abah - Thank you so much for blessing our relationship. Thanks so much for making this day happen. Thanks sooo much for taking care of everything! It proves that these kind of things are really at your fingertips. I can't thank enough. You've done sooo much for me. Everyone was happy with the Reception.

To my 3 Beautiful Sisters, Along, Mimie and Uyuun - Along, thanks for getting the Songket and the Kain Pelikat for my Hantaran. They are beautiful and Jashar loved it too. Thanks also for getting Kak Azza to do my make up. I love it despite the Big Bird eyelashes she glued on. Mimie, thanks for helping me choose the Kain for my Baju Kurung. It turned out fabulous on that day. Thanks for choosing the chocolates and also the Cake. And Uyuun, thanks for helping me out with my Hantarans earlier in the day. Also thanks for coming with me to the tailor to get my Baju Kurung made. Thanks also for entertaining the guests, you guys were awesome.

To my Big Brother, Memer - Thanks for taking the photographer role that day. I loved all the images you took. From the Mohawk hairdo shot in my room when Kak Azza was doing my hair to the final moments before I take of my makeup, they're all perfect.

To my One and only Sister-in-Law, Kak Ida - Thanks for helping out with last minutes work. Thanks for always convincing me that my make up looked great despite having to put up with my running in and out of your room asking you if I really do looked OK.

My Girls.

To my dear Azera - I am sorry for making you "mad at me for staying far away from KL". I am happy you came and that you'd "drop everything just to be here with me". I would do the same for you too. Thanks for walking down the stairs with me.

To my dear Azura - Thanks for taking the flight from Kedah just to share my Big Day with me..I am happy you could make it and thanks for the Strawberries you guys! Love it! =)
Seeing the two of you on that day reminded me of the Good Old Days... (Now I am holding back happy tears)

To my dear Nadya - I was surprised to see you arrived first. You caught me by surprise. =) Thanks for calming me down while ZeRr and Zura took the wrong route on their way to my house and ended up somewhere I don't even know where. (Sorry if the many "EXIT" junctions on my map confused you, ZeRr ;p). And also, thanks for making Bojed wait downstairs while you wait in my room just to walk me down the stairs. ;p Oh yea, many thanks also to Bojed for helping out ZeRr to find my house.

To my dear Mas - I am happy you came too! ;p. Thanks for walking me down the stairs although you're married (I am not sure if it's a taboo but I am sure that has nothing to do with it) Oh yeah Sorry also that you've to make Odie wait downstairs during the ceremony so you can wait with me in my room.. =)

Lastly, to my dear Anita - Thanks for taking the trouble to find my house, although you've forgotten to bring the map that I had emailed to you. I heard you went further up (Thanks Nadya for giving good instruction). I am so happy to see you came... ;p You look great. Say Hi to Baby Junior for me.

Finally, to my dear Fiance, Jashar Hamzah - I am so happy to have come this far with you. It's been wonderful being with you for the past 10 years of our relationship. Thanks for believing in me the way I believe in you. It's been blissful being your Fiancee and You make it real for me..

Now, say hello to my new "best friend", the "Rock"....



The Voice Within says : Nadya's Solemnization is in 2 Days! To Nadya: Don't forget to lompat setempat OK?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

9 days more and counting!

I have 9 days more until I am officially Jashar Hamzah's fiancee.

Don't ask me about my feelings... I got butterflies down my stomach now and then, excited - definitely... Gosh. The days are coming, and I can hardly wait. I've been waiting for this moment for 10 years. 10 years full of memories, both sad and good memories.

A friend of mine has been asking me about my preparation. Write an entry on it, she said. She wanted to read all about it! But I can't. Firstly, I've been trying to keep it on the low - I am a sentimental person, like to keep some things to myself. Secondly, it isn't going to be a surprise! No fair, you'll know what I'll be giving to my guests when they come on the day!

OK. So I've decided to reveal some stuff here on the preparation, for Anita darling, since she's bringing over a very very special guest with her on my engagement ceremony... Say hello to the Mommy-to-be.

So I've got 9 Days left until the big day.

I've got the hantarans ready, - 7 trays from me, 5 from babe.
I love lilies so my flowers on that day will be pink and white lilies.
Even my cake has lilies on it too.

My outfit, is a Modern Kurung, and it'll be ready tomorrow. I can't wait to try it on... Hope I can fit in it though, the measurements took was sooo one month ago. Hope I didn't expand anywhere...

For my guests - my girls who are going to be there, I've got something special for them to bring home.
For Babe's guests - I've got something special for the ladies too.
For my guests - Something special too for the ladies.

My beautiful mother has taken care of the buffet, the decorations, and the guest list. While my beautiful dad has taken care of the master of ceremony, the guest list, and tents. Owh what will I do without them.. After one engagement and two weddings, they could never go wrong...

I've got some little things to take care of, that is to distribute the map to my house. We've just moved here almost 2 years ago, so some aren't really familiar of this area. Got the map ready, just need the emails to email them to my friends.

Guess that's about it. Will update again. Hope it'll turn out fine that day. I am not hoping for a big ceremony. Just a simple one and that all goes well...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Let's Shop with ShopWiki!












I fell in love with online shopping just months ago when watching my sister purchased a one-of-kind top at one online shopping website. And since that,I have been browsing many online stores and have made many online purchases over the period. To me online shopping is a convenience that every one should never miss. So I began my search for the best online shopping store that can give me everything. And guess what I was just introduced to : ShopWiki - just how brilliant is it to be called that? Very brilliant and very eye-catching. So what about ShopWiki? - you may ask. I'll tell you what it is all about.

ShopWiki is an Internet shopping search engine where the results returning up to 255,177,578 products from every store! With shopping categories that varies from Accessories, Arts & Crafts (my favorite category), to Home & Garden (also another one of my must-see category), Pets and even Wedding (I am getting married next year so this is handy), there is no wory about going to different sites when the search for the right products can be done here! Talk about time saving and a whole lot of convience.

So one category that I love in this all-under-one-roof shopping directory list is the Kitchen Appliances under the Home & Garden category. I am getting married next year, and I have began my search on the best products to buy for our house. ShopWiki's Kitchen Appliances Buying Guide is like the answers to all my questions of which is the best oven? Which washing machine suits my preference and budget? Which brand is better? Fret not - ShopWiki provides you with product comparison so that you can make up your mind easily whether to choose the stand mixer, or just the hand mixer. How helpful is that? I knew it you'd fall in love with this cool site instantly like how I did the first time I laid eyes on it.

I am thinking of getting a trash compactor installed in my kitchen, because I know if I ask Jay to lug it out, he will eventually ask me to do it because he just hates bringing out the trash. Shopwiki provides me with so many choices of trash compactor and boy, there is a lot to choose from. But ShopWiki makes it easy for me, all I need to do is read the product description, compare the product type (whether it's freestanding, manual,convertable), and choose which brands. I have more time finding the perfect product rather than to go to different sites and do the comparison myself.

Going through ShopWiki.com is a never ending story. You'll end up finding more and more products. I just love the idea. Now that I have found my perfect trash compactor, I am thinking of buying the can crusher that I saw in the related product (so I start recyling Jay's drink cans now). Again, I have so many to choose from. But no worries, ShopWiki provides you the details, you just have to choose which one you like!

I just signed up with ShopWiki and I am creating a wish list for my wedding gifts! You should sign up too, and stand a chance to win an iPod Nano! Take a tour here!

So please excuse me, I got more Kitchen stuff to find!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

All set to embark on a whole new journey in life...

My parents were asked for my hand in marriage. Saya sudah dirisik!

A note from a lovely Friend

This was given to me by the lovely Puan Anita Rohaida (Sorry Knits, I just love to stress the 'Puan' title) during Ramadhan, but due to my tight schedule at work and home (home pon ade schedule wehh) I had not get the chance to collect it from her.


Although Ramadhan had passed and now Syawal, I am posting it in this special entry as to honor and thank her for her well wishes.


The same well wishes goes for you, Knits. Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

Hey so how's it like observing Ramadhan and celebrating Eid Mubarak with a husband? Owh dang I just can't wait for my turn....


Caught on Mizz Muffet's W960i!

First of all, please please please accept my humble apology for the late entry update!

Yours truly has been really busy living life, working, and adjusting to her new W960i. =)

Hope it's not too late to wish my fellow friends Selamat Hari Raya and welcome back, hopefully it was a safe and wonderful journey. I on the other hand, was having a quick Hari Raya back at kampung and had made our trip back to Shah Alam on the very second day of Eid Mubarak.

I have a lot to write in here, from Wedding Wishes to my dear friend Anita Rohaida who got married on babe's 26th Birthday, and of course, Babe's lovely 26th Birthday, Abah's 56th Birthday on 26th August, my new W960i, observing Ramadhan, to celebrating Eid Mubarak, and the list goes on...

Speaking of my new W960i, with the 3mp lens, I had practiced my photography skills, to which I hope to be my new found passion other than jewelry making (watch out for my blog extension that showcases my jewelry creations together with my wee sister, Uyun).

While the other images I have captured require further editing before I can post it here, here are two images that I find rather hilarious, and surprisingly knowing where I found them.




Found this when buying birthday Cake for Yan's birthday celebration. See how Mango is spelled with a double G. Funny how a high rated Hotel can confuse this. Lucky they got Mousse spelt right, else it's going to sound like this "Manggo Mouse Cake". Yikes!

Found this one while lunching with Babe at Convex's Foodcourt. It's sad to see that such frequent visited place had overlooked the error in this very simple instruction.

See y'all again with more photographical post!

The Voice Within : Anita Dear, my apologies to have foolishly overlooked the new address to your lovely blog. To make it up to you, I have updated it with the new link!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The all new "Shine"




I have fallen madly in love with Yahoo!'s latest edition,Shine. I am so addicted to it that ever since I discovered the link in Yahoo! homepage, there was never a day that passes by without my goodself browsing through its informational blog entries. Simply loved it!

I plan to post my own contribution too, but am still finding the right topic to blog about; that meets its theme - fashion, beauty, healthy living...even food! and whole lot more!

I pictured myself as Charlie just like when he found the golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory when I first stumbled upon this "Shining" extension. Looking at entries is like looking at instant answers to your everyday doubts on fashion, beauty and healthy living. Even your most intimate questions,(or questions that you always want to ask but too shy to voice it out) are answered in the form of a blog entry.

Even the rarest / oddest question is discussed here ( Are beards beautiful? - One dude really wants to know ; now that's really a rather odd question, if you ask me..) but it sure does clear the question mark,and of course the curiosity of a guy who really wants to know whether having beards are beautiful or, the other way round. (At least, it's answered base on women's point of view, but it doesn't really matter, right? After all, a man's appearance should be admired by a woman, no?)

Other articles/entries that had caught my attention during my previous visits
include:

1.Why most soap is really disgusting (and a random brand that is divine) - Interested to know what's so divine about the other soap brand.
2.A pro's tips to perfect eyeliner - I put on eyeliner everyday. It's crucial to add and compare knowledge on this make-up subject.
3.The Brazilian: Now sorting out the hair on your head- Now the Brazilian beauty treatment isn't just about getting the Brazilian Wax (and the Ouch! factor).
4.Do Models Shave Their Faces? - Do they really?
5.Would you take an exercise pill? - This combination is definitely giving "Pill" and "Exercise" a whole new definition.
6.How Do You Discipline Your Toddler? - Handy tips as I have two toddlers at home (children of my sister's).
7.Parenting Poll: At what age do kids need cell phones? Or do they ever *really* need them? - Talk about the privileges kids get these days...
8.How do you know that it is time to look for a new job? - Definitely good for future use.
9.Do not underestimate the power of the sunflower - You won't after you've read this one.
10.Expensive things that look cheap and cheap things that look expensive: A meditation - Confused? Well so did I but not anymore when done reading it. $220 designer version of a plain wooden box? Talk about pure insanity Do we really have a buyer for this one?

10 would be enough. For now. I can continue listing all the entries that I enjoyed reading in Shine but I think but I'd rather not. Or else, I might end up making this entry as my longest entry ever for The Voice Within.


Mean while... let me brushen up my beauty/make up skills with the tips/advices given by the many contributor in Shine! ....


Oh well... a lady's got to do what a lady's got to do... Who's with me on this one? Go ahead, take a peek and be amazed at Shine


The Voice Within : It's babe's big 2-6 Birthday on Saturday the 16th. I am giving him 26 hugs and kisses when I wake him up from sleep in the morning...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

ElectroEnvy @ Cloth & Clef - 07/08/2008








Our homeboys are spinning at a whole new location, Cloth & Clef on August 7th 2008. Having had the chance to perform last month at SIN club, for ElectroLUST and ElectroENVY, the duo are now introducing their sets to a different nightlife environment, where Cloth & Clef is actually a concept store that is equal parts life music venue, bar, clothing boutique and art gallery.

How great is that? That's almost everything under one roof. I haven't gotten the chance to check this place yet, but I sure will do soon. And I'll bare all of my experience right here! So be sure to check out Cloth & Clef, as this definitely the place to be, for those who appreciate art, and music!


Check out the ElectroENVY promo in KLUE online:






To RSVP yourself, visit ElectroENVY facebook page here


Monday, August 4, 2008

The Monday Blues

It's 12 days until Babe's 26th Birthday. Babe turns 26 on August 16th.

It's Monday and Monday started really slow for me, and really bad for Babe. Babe was getting asthma attack when we reached PD, which resulted to a nebulizer session at the PD Hospital. But before that, he managed to enjoy the not-so-clean-infact-it's-really-dirty beach and swam in the sea. I myself too swam in the sea, (more of just dipping) despite God-knows what could have been dumped into there. But I tried best not to get the sea water into my mouth/eyes/ears. And I succeeded.

PD's weather was exactly like how it was forecasted. Scattered thunderstorm. In the morning it was heavy rain with thunderstorm, and in the evening, it was very hot.

It's no doubt that Babe had fallen ill the day after. And up until today. He is granted 2 days of medical leave, at least he gets to rest at the comfort of his own bed, and at home.

As for me, I am stuck staring at my own monitor, with practically nothing important to do. Any ways, it's already 15 minutes to 3, making it another 2 hours and 15 minutes until 5pm.. That is, if I get to go home at 5pm, of course...

*Sigh*

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Weekend to come

The voice within said:

I am awfully in a sleepy mode this pm.. Being infected with flu virus is making me very very unproductive for the day...



I am joining Babe and his family (otherwise known as my future extended family..) for a short vacation down South this Weekend.

I was quick to accept the invitation because I long for a weekend off from the big city... I am soo tired of getting stuck in jam (think MRR2, Jalan Tun Razak North bound and NKVE at Damansara to Subang Jaya stretch).

Althought it's just a short overnight stay, I am still considering this as a getaway, to get the feel of the sea side and enjoy the sandy beach.

I hope I don't get too tanned from soaking too much sun.. My dad would definitely scream at yours truly...

Friday, July 25, 2008

From 'Emotion Disorder' to the RM138 Ice-Cream Cake..., it's Happy Birthday to Mizz Muffet.

Yours truly just hit 25 at exactly 1030 hrs this morning today. While I detected early signs of midlife crisis last night, I also felt that entering the age of 25 on the 25th is rather symbolic.

On the eve of my birthday, I suffered minor emotion disorder. I am not certain if the term 'emotion disorder' actually exist, but that's the best set of words to describe what I went through last night. Lucky for me, Babe was there with me and for me, making sure I was OK, and stood by me all the way through. (I know it sounded like a battle for survival, but truth was, it was worse than that. Seriously.)

Never mind the sad part. Here comes the best part, and the most surprising part.

Babe wanted to cheer me up. But he knows best that nothing beats the goodness taste of ice-creams and chocolates when it comes to cheering me up. So Babe decided to take me out and spoil me with ice-creams.

But being the eve of my birthday, and it was an hour until 0000 hrs, Babe wanted to buy me a birthday cake as well. I politely decline, and said, "thanks Babe, just ice-creams would do,"

But it was Babe who craved for cakes. So he came decided that we get an ice-cream cake, a solution that would satisfy both our different cravings in an equal way.

So there we were, at Haagen Dazs near Lot10, peeking through the almost frosty door of refrigerator, and going through every cakes displayed. So I thought to myself, well this is not bad, although it comes in a small size, it looks very delicious, and the price is not bad for an ice-cream cake, it's only RM38... wait a minute. Pause. I blinked my eyes so hard to clear my vision, in case I couldn't see very clear through the frosty door. That's when I saw clearly, how much was the cake price-tagged. RM138.

So I turn to babe, and I said to him, "Babe, this is crazy. Can we just go for the ice-cream?,". Babe smiled. A very different smile. A smile that says more of "it's OK, we'll get the cake. I insist", rather than, "OK, ice-cream it is then,".

After many "Please Babe, can we just get the ice-creams", and "You're crazy, thanks but no thanks, you're crazy,", Babe still insisted that this is something he wants to do for me, and he doesn't mind paying bucks for the cake, because it's something we both love. After all, it's just a once-in-year splurge for a birthday cake, so it doesn't hurt his wallet a bit.

So I sat quietly and gazed into his eyes, and thought to myself, Oh dear God, this is totally a surprise. I'd never expected to gulp down an RM138 ice-cream cake, but Babe is right. It's my day today, so it's not wrong to splurge for something you love, and share it with the person you love. How wonderful.

So we bought a whole Double Chocolate ice-cream cake, have the staff to cut 3 pieces out of it, for Babe, Johann and myself to have in the cafe, and have the remaining cake portion packed for take-out.

If you ask me, the experience of eating an ice-cream cake with an unbelievable price-tagged is really worth it, considering the wonderful taste and texture of the ice-cream, how it melts in your mouth, and how fine and rich the chocolate was. We left for home right after the clock striked midnight.

Thanks Babe for the lovely and memorable experience. If I could document the whole ice-cream cake eating experience, it would definitely land a spot in one of those documentaries in Discovery's Travel & Living channel. I am thinking Ticket to Indulgence, or perhaps World's Best?

Our cake was packed with dry ice to keep it from melting through out our journey home. And at home, Johann turned the kitchen sink into a chemistry lab, experimenting on the dry ice that doesn't melt even though it was put under running water. Instead it produced thin smoke. It sure did look like a successful lab test. I wonder if the dry ice finally melted this morning.




Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Best Among the 10 Best Answers

I was just expressing to her my love for the exotic taste of Kaffir Leaves and Bunga Kantan.. I was really surprised that she picked me as the best of 10 best answers, in Yahoo! Answers.
In case if you don't know what is Yahoo! Answers, it's where people ask questions, and for those who knows, will answer it. at the end of the day, the asker will vote for the Best Answer, and the Question is resolved.

This was what Kylie Kwong asked:

"Which herbs and spices in Malaysia would you recommend me? Why?
What are some of the different spices and herbs that are used in your local cuisine? If I had to try two, what would they be and why would I find it the most memorable?"


And this is my answer:

"Hi Kylie,

In Malaysian Cuisine, you can find a lot of spices and herbs used.For example,in Malay Malaysian Cuisine, we use a lot of Turmeric, Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime leaves, Wild Ginger Flower Buds, Ginger, Cinnamon Sticks and many more.

I like the Kaffir Lime Leaves for the fragrant smell, and the zesty taste. It tastes good in Tom Yum where the taste would linger in your mouth and it smells nice too.

The other would be, the Wild Ginger Flower Buds (locally called Bunga Kantan), It looks like a flower torch, and has an exotic taste and smell. These flower buds can be found adding aroma to our local Laksa dish.

I would recommend these two herbs & Spices for you to try when you visit Malaysia Kylie. Malaysia is multi cultural, you may also find herbs and spices used in our local Indian, Chinese, Nyonya dishes and many more! Be sure to try all and you'll definitely have a nice memory to remember Malaysia by."



She'd pick 10 best answers. But of course, one has to be the Best Answer among the 10 best answers.

And guess who is?

Mizz Muffet

This is taken from the Yahoo! Answer blog:

"29 of you replied with great answers but the best one went to Mizz Muffet. She suggested kaffir lime leaves and the bunga kantan. Rightly said, our laksa and rojak will never taste the same without it!

Here’s Kylie’s personal message to Mizz Muffet:

Dear Mizz Muffet, thank you so much for your wonderful advice! On my recent first trip to Kuala Lumpur I was absolutely inspired and dazzled by the fresh food markets you have, which offer all of the wonderful fresh spices and herbs you list above. I was amazed at the wonderful complexity of Malaysia cuisine in regards to flavour, texture and ingredient - and as you know, it is because of all these exotic, delicious, fragrant, aromatic, herbs and spices. I grew up on Cantonese fare which is rather neutrally flavoured and now, as an adult, I have a real liking for spicey, herbaceous food. I loved your country and I look forward to returning soon!"


For those who doesn't know, Yes I am a fan of the Discovery Travel & Living Channel.

Especially the cooking show by Kylie Kwong, Nigella, Jamie Oliver.

I love AFC too!

So, I am getting a My China Book by Kylie Kwong. It's worth flipping through, when it's Kylie Kwong's.


For further reading, visit the Yahoo! Answers Blog here

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mizz Muffet on Turning 25





I am turning 25 in exactly 15 days.

Yes. I am half way through to reaching the ideal age to experience midlife crisis. Heck. I don't have to wait until I hit 50 to experience it. I am already beginning to feel it now.

Oh yes. Soon to be 25. It's at this time that I have dazed into thin air, rewinding the time to yesteryear, thinking deeply and questioned myself: What good have I done? What good have I achieved?

I have prepared a things to do list before, and here I am sharing the 25 things that I have done before I turn 25, randomly numbered.

1. Fall in Love - and be passionate about it ; with the same person for 10 years

2. Get a graduate degree - my Bsc Information Technology (Hons)

3. Be a volunteer - with SSPCA when I was in Kuching Sarawak

4. Achieve my ideal weight (yeah actually I have, but uhmm it skidded a lil bit now)

5. Love my body - Used to hate a few parts. Now I'm beginning to tolerate with them.

6. Take a walk in the park - with my boo.

7. Be more patient - it made me stronger.

8. Dance like no one is watching - many times at rave events.

9. Cry out of happiness - you'll be a happier person.

10. Planted a tree - it grew awesomely and is still alive.

11. Watched sunrise at the beach - Recall In Search of Sunrise Our Style

12. Go to Global Rave Events - Latest being the 2 days of Freedom, PD

13. Baked my own cupcakes - made about 50 and everyone thought it tasted good.

14. Let go of a grudge - Felt like a huge burden has fallen off my shoulder.

15. Write a blog and never fail to update it - and loving it too!

16. Be somebody's bestfriend. - I'm babe's best friend.

17. Overcome shyness - and still improving.

18. Live Simply - yeahh.. I am surrounded with beautiful people.

19. Learn how to take a compliment - and say thank you and really mean it.

20. Accept myself for who I am - I am a simple person, just simple is better.

21. Make new friends - and keeping them too.

22. Learn to use chop-sticks - it was a success and i am addicted to eating with chop-sticks

23. Crash a party - unintentionally

24. Impact a child's life. - Result can be seen in the form of Nurin Zahirah Husna.

25. Take a crazy trip with friends - To Cherating, in Search of Sunrise.


I have prepared the remaining 25 things, for me to do/achieve before I turn 50. I will have them posted here, God Willing, if I ever make it to 50.


Miss Muffet turns 25 on 25th July 2008. Oh yes, don't worry she has her birthday wish lined up already!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Global pres. Paul van Dyk @ Zouk




When PvD is coming to town... IT'S ONE DAY AFTER MY BIRTHDAY!

COME PARTY WITH DJ PAUL VAN DYK AND REVEL IN HIS POWER OF MUSIC.

Venue : Zouk Mainroom
Date : 26th July 2008
Time : 9pm onwards
Cover charge : RM60 (Ladies) / RM70 (Men) + 1 drink

Bila PvD datang mesti mahal babe kata, But it's better be worth it. You bet it's gonna be!

So, start saving up (for those who has to,) and block your calendar party people.

visit RED SESSIONS for more info, and register for the 100 free tickets!

Monday, June 16, 2008

In Search of Sunrise - Our Style.

I meant to post this much earlier. But I just can't avoid the delay of getting this pictures from the original source.

Pictured here are the cool people I know, who embarked on a mind-blowing journey to Balok Beach, in an attempt to relive 'In Search of Sunrise' . While many were dancing to Missy Elliot and Yoji at XLive Genting and probably enjoying themselves, we at Balok Beach gained twice as much.





























Ammar, Syahlan, Balqis, Ghaffar, Jashar and Ushna. The end.

i ♥ Trance : Alex M.O.R.P.H @ MAISON

Head down to Maison this Friday June 20th 2008, for some serious I ♥ Trance action with the Alex M.O.R.P.H

What's up with Alex M.O.R.P.H?

With gigs all over the globe compiled with impressive array of highly respected productions, Alex M..O.R.P.H is one of today's most wanted producers/remixers in the uplifting trance genre. He made over 80 remixes and released more than 30 own productions as well as big collaborations.

Amongst success on his shoulder would be; having his own well-known radio show HeavensGate broadcasted worldwide, performing the legendary Back2Back sets with Woody van Eyden, played for Mayday Poland and Trance Energy 2008, productions with Paul van Dyk and remixes profile DJs/producers like the Czech no 1 DJ Micheal Burian, proof that. Alex M.O.R.P.H doesn't plan to rest in 2008.

DJ Line up

KUGHEN twisted resident DJ
misterAriffin
RAFEE
Ex Godskitchen residents, Shanghai
ALEX M.O.R.P.H

Pre sale : RM30 + 1 drink
Door sale : RM40 Ladies / RM50 Guys + drink

Try the convenience of online booking at imageinnovate(dot)com!

check out his music at his Myspace Profile. Note his Primary Photo, it's his flyers for the Maison gig.

My bet he just couldn't wait to blast Malaysia with his set.

My Source : http://www.maison.com.my/html/alex.html

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Fuel Price YIKES HIKE!

Hi Folks.

Please tell me, who DOESN'T talk about the recent Fuel price hike? I certainly do. It's been a week and I've been loading my tank with fills amounting to RM100..and still counting... RM50 per fill is never going to be enough...How depressing.

On the night before the new Fuel price to make a debut at all petrol pumps nationwide,I was one of those who had taken the trouble to queue for fiil-up. Mind you, I wasn't one of those who contributed to the massive jams that took Malaysia by surprise (because I went to a Petrol Station at NKVE, no jam caused), and no,I was not being Kiasu, but I needed to fill-up anyway as I was almost running on empty tank that night. But instead of filling up the usual RM50 per fill, i opted for full tank. It cost me RM60, for a full tank of 30+ liters. That was for RM1.92 per liter. So for RM2.70 per liter, how much will it cost me to fill a full tank of, say, 30 liters? You do the math, and please announce it to the world how BAD will the spending burns Miss Mary's purse.

*Sigh*

So there I was, googling for tips to save fuel. Thinking the phenomenon of Fuel price to decrease in the near future is very unlikely to happen, I thought maybe I should start saving. What better ways to really save your fuel?

These are some well-known tips for fuel saving. For those who already knew, Good on ya! Practise all tips and reduce our trip to the petrol station.

For those who doesn't, please follow these tips. Most sites would suggest the same 10 tips, and there's definitely no harm in trying... =)

Top Ten Fuel Saving Tips

1. Slow down


One of the best ways to save gas is to simply reduce your speed. As speed increases, fuel economy decreases exponentially. If you one of the "ten-over on the freeway" set, try driving the speed limit for a few days. You'll save a lot of fuel and your journey won't take much longer. (Just be sure you keep to the right, so you won't impede the less-enlightened.)


2. Check your tire pressure

Under-inflated tires are one of the most commonly ignored causes of crummy MPG. Tires lose air due to time (about 1 psi per month) and temperature (1 psi for every 10 degree drop); under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which means you need to burn more gas to keep your car moving. Buy a reliable tire gauge and check your tires at least once a month. Be sure to check them when they are cold, since driving the car warms up the tires along with the air inside them, which increases pressure and gives a falsely high reading. Use the inflation pressures shown in the owner's manual or on the data plate in the driver's door jamb.


3. Check your air filter

A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air into the engine, which harms performance and economy. Air filters are easy to check and change; remove the filter and hold it up to the sun. If you can't see light coming through it, you need a new one. Consider a K&N or similar "permanent" filter which is cleaned rather than changed; they are much less restrictive than throw-away paper filters, plus they're better for the environment.


4. Accelerate with care

Jack-rabbit starts are an obvious fuel-waster -- but that doesn't mean you should crawl away from every light. If you drive an automatic, accelerate moderately so the transmission can shift up into the higher gears. Stick-shifters should shift early to keep the revs down, but don't lug the engine -- downshift if you need to accelerate. Keep an eye well down the road for potential slowdowns. If you accelerate to speed then have to brake right away, that's wasted fuel.


5. Hang with the trucks

Ever notice how, in bad traffic jams, cars seem to constantly speed up and slow down, while trucks tend to roll along at the same leisurely pace? A constant speed keeps shifting to a minimum -- important to those who have to wrangle with those ten-speed truck transmissions -- but it also aids economy, as it takes much more fuel to get a vehicle moving than it does to keep it moving. Rolling with the big rigs saves fuel (and aggravation).


6. Get back to nature

Consider shutting off the air conditioner, opening the windows and enjoying the breeze. It may be a tad warmer, but at lower speeds you'll save fuel. That said, at higher speeds the A/C may be more efficient than the wind resistance from open windows and sunroof. If I'm going someplace where arriving sweaty and smelly could be a problem, I bring an extra shirt and leave early so I'll have time for a quick change.


7. Back off the bling

New wheels and tires may look cool, and they can certainly improve handling. But if they are wider than the stock tires, chances are they'll create more rolling resistance and decrease fuel economy. If you upgrade your wheels and tires, keep the old ones. I have fancy sport rims and aggressive tires on my own car, but I keep the stock wheels with a good narrower-tread performance tire in the garage. For long road trips, the stock wheels give a smoother ride and better economy.


8. Clean out your car

If you're the type who takes a leisurely attitude towards car cleanliness -- and I definitely fall into that category -- periodically go through your car and see what can be tossed out or brought into the house. It doesn't take much to acquire an extra 40 or 50 lbs. of stuff, and the more weight your car has to lug around, the more fuel it burns.


9. Downsize

If you're shopping for a new car, it's time to re-evaluate how much car you really need. Smaller cars are inherently more fuel-efficient, and today's small cars are roomier than ever -- one of my favorite subcompacts, the Nissan Versa, has so much interior room that the EPA classifies it as a mid-size. Worried about crash protection? The automakers are designing their small cars to survive crashes with bigger vehicles, and safety features like side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control are becoming commonplace in smaller cars.


10. Don't drive

Not a popular thing to say on a car site, I know, but the fact is that if you can avoid driving, you'll save gas. Take the train, carpool, and consolidate your shopping trips. Walking or biking is good for your wallet and your health. And before you get in your car, always ask yourself: "Is this trip really necessary?"


Got everything now? Great. Good Luck saving your fuel, and of course, money.
I may start practising it today on my way back home from the office.

But before that, I need to fill up first. There goes another RM60 this week!


My Source =Top 10 Fuel Saving Tips - Get Better Gas Mileage,improve economy,get maximum MPG

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Here in My Home - Malaysian Artistes For Unity

Here in My Home is a song about hope and racial unity performed by Malaysian Artistes.

This song has been on air for so many times that much to my ignorance, I assumed it is a duet by International Rock Artistes, judging by the husky vocals of both man and lady singer.

Pardon me, please, we've only listened to it half way through, before switching to another station, to listen to other songs.

Until one day, yours truly decided to give the song a shot, by listening to it from beginning till the end. That's when I scrutinized the lyrics and realized that there was a message hidden in the song. And when the rap part in several dialects came in, I figured this isn't just another song, but a song performed by our Malaysian Artistes. I fell in love with this song completely after.

So I did try to do some research, and not knowing the exact song title, I wasn't getting much information. However, I did pick up a few parts of the song, making 'sing-along' a possible routine everytime the song went on air.

A few days back I noticed the Malaysian Artistes For Unity banner on one Advertlets advert. That's when I discovered the Malaysian Artistes For Unity website. The home page looks rather mysterious, displaying an image of a Guava, and with interesting statements. Nicely done I would say. It gives the visitors the curiosity to explore more.

Here's an image of how the Home Page looks like:



Bingo. My curiosity had led me to the findings of the song, Here in My Home, that I have been humming to almost everyday.


About Malaysian Artistes For Unity


pete was juggling tomatoes.


bored. so he telephoned a few friends. “how about getting together to make an anti-racism national unity song and music video?” all said yes without hesitation. not because pete threatened them with a sharp and rusty knife. but only because they love malaysia.


the contingent swelled to 52 people a few days later. it included filmmakers, dancers, singers, producers, musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, designers, footballers, activists, celebrities, students and a florist. nobody would be paid. yet they were enthused. not because they were high on speed. only because they love Malaysia.


they gathered to record the song. it had a catchy chorus and was able to induce a mass sing-along. everyone was happy when it was done. they named it ‘here in my home’. then more people joined. the party now included more than 120 people. but the budget remained exactly zero. it seems even the spreadsheet loves malaysia.


everyone turned up for the video shoot. much fun was had and friendships made. video editors went to work after the shoot was done. both the recording and the video would be given away for free. a gift to the nation. from those who love malaysia to those who feel the same.


did you ask what this is all about?


it’s about love.


(Taken from: About - Malaysian Artistes For Unity)


Fairly interesting, isn't it?


There is an article written by Jo Teh on Malaysian Artistes For Unity that is featured today in TheStar.


Being the brainchild of Pete Teo, here are some answers from him when asked.


To a question, Teo said he travelled a lot overseas and thought it would be a nice idea to record a song with many personalities in it.


On the choice of participants, Teo said it represented the rakyat.
Teo said the fact that the project was completed in a month with zero budget said a lot about the people behind it.


“Nobody was paid. It was free. It took merely five weeks for the team to complete the production phase of the project from scratch.”


Music artiste and producer Jason Lo said he got involved in the song because it had to do with unity.


To date, the song and video, directed by Yasmin Ahmad and Ho Yuhang have received 38,000 downloads at http://www.malaysianartistesforunity.info/ in just eight days.


(Source: A song of hope and racial unity - The Star)


But guess what, my latest visit got me to witness that already 46,916 files have been downloaded! But it shouldn't stop there! Go ahead and download this beautiful song that comes in various format be it in MP3, video, for iPOD, phone ,karaoke and even lyrics.


I am really liking this idea. I have friends from all walks of life, and we really enjoy the company of each other. At the end of the day, it's not how you look like, or where you come from that matters, but it would have been on how you cherish your life, and the friendship bonds you have with people around you.


Appreciate friends, keep them close, and stay united, regardless of their backgrounds. Meanwhile, I am sharing with all of you, the message in this song. Here's Here in My Home, by Malaysian Artistes For Unity. Feel the love.