Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dinner at RasaMas...

Today, I accompanied my lil sis, and my mom to Tesco. My mom had promised to bring my lil sis to Tesco earlier in the morning. So, Tesco there we went!Tesco was quite empty for a change. Wonder why... I finally knew why when my father came home. Today is the Hungry Ghost Festival. Since it was dinnertime, we decided to have dinner at Tesco, at RasaMas! It was my first time there. This was my lil sis's third time here.The drinks (The pink one was my mom's bendung with cincau)
The service was slow. Mainly because there were quite a number of people ahead of us.
Finally the food came...
TofuBean sprouts / taugeh...
Soup...Main dish: Percik chicken!!! (Thumbs Up!)Mushroom soup with a slice of garlic bread...
The bill after the meal. The whole meal cost RM 36.44. My, food are getting expensive nowadays. If you are a percik chicken lover, this is a must try place!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Currently Reading... Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator...

Currently reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

This book is the continuation of the book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka has just given the ownership of the whole factory to Charlie. They flew using the Great Glass Elevator to go to Charlie's house. They crashed into the roof of Charlie's house to inform Charlie's family of the good news.

Charlie's grandparents, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina on his mother's side and Grandpa Josephine on his father's side are nervous of traveling using the elevator. Since they have not got up for 20 years, they refused to get up. So, they were pushed inside on their beds.

The Great Glass Elevator then takes off. During the return trip to the factory, Georgina grabs Wonka away from the controls and strands the elevator with its occupants in Earth's orbit. Wonka sees the chance to link it with the newly-launched Space Hotel, a private enterprise of the US government.

In the white house, the President of the United States and his people see this mysterious object (The Great Glass Elevator) docking at the Space Hotel. They think it contained aliens. The president address Willy Wonka and the others as Martians. Willy Wonka says all kind of nonsense. But then, suddenly, the elevators of the hotel open, and five creatures, brown-green in color shaped like an eggs appear. They change shape and form a word SCRAM. Willy Wonka signaled everyone to get in the elevator and got out of the Space Hotel as quickly as possible. Willy Wonka The things that changed shape were Vermicious Knids, that infested the Space Hotel. They can't get into Earth's surface because of Earth's atmosphere.

The shuttle carrying the chefs and everything was being attacked by the Knids. Charlie suggests that he and his companions use the Elevator to tow the shuttle in to land. Willy Wonka, in agreement, pilots the Elevator into range, wherapon Charlie's Grandpa Joe connects the two vessels by means of a steel cord. This move, however, holds new opportunities for the Knids. Within minutes, they change into living segments of a towing line, with which they intend to drag the spacecrafts away. One large Knid wraps his body around the Elevator, providing an anchor for this operation. Willy Wonka activates the Elevator's retro-rockets and plunges to Earth, taking the shuttle and the Knids with it. The Knids burn to ashes. At the right moment, Wonka releases the shuttle, which floats safely home. The Elevator crashes into the chocolate factory.

Since Charlie was presented the factory as a gift by Wonka, he wants his family to help him run it. But George, Georgina, and Josephine still refuse to move out of their bed. Wonka proposes a pill he invented, Wonka-Vite, to make them young again. However, the three got greedy and take much more than they need to. Instead of becoming a mere twenty years younger, the three grandparents lose eighty years, making George one year old, Josephine three months, and Georgina absent altogether, having become "minus two". Charlie and Wonka make the journey in the Great Glass Elevator to Minusland to get Georgina back with Vita-Wonk, a sprayable compound that makes people older. Minusland is a dark, gloomy region far beneath the surface of the Earth, filled up entirely with fog, and inhabited only by the invisible and highly dangerous Gnoolies, creatures which, with a single bite, turn their victims into more Gnoolies. After administering an even worse overdose of Vita-Wonk to Grandma Georgina, they return to the upper world. Georgina has become centuries old. Using a more cautious dose of Wonka-Vite, her companions subtract much of this age from her, leaving her at seventy-eight as she was before. Turning to George and Josephine, Charlie and Mr. Wonka administer Vita-Wonk enough to recall their original age.

The grandparents, finally restored to their proper ages, are still incensed with Wonka's adventurous nature. They refuse, as before, to come out of bed. The Oompa-Loompas then come in and give Wonka a letter from the President, congratulating the occupants of the Great Glass Elevator on saving the lives of the shuttle astronauts and hotel staff and inviting them as the guests of honour to a White House dinner. The grandparents don't want to be left out, so they leap out of bed and join Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Wonka, and Charlie's parents to enter the helicopter sent to pick them up.

This book is as good as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I give this book a 9/10 rating also...

Monday, July 28, 2008

Update on the Terengganu Mercedes issue...

Last Friday, the prime minister announced that all the cars bought by Terengganu for its executive council members could only be used for foreign dignitaries.

Why do they need to come up with such a rule? What are the odds of foreign dignitaries visiting Terengganu? How often do the prime minister, deputy prime minister or sultans visit the state? Once a month? Or once a year? If the cars are not going to be used regularly, why keep them? What a waste! Since it is bought, may as well use it, right? And put it in good use.

Trials Dynamite tumble, the game...

This game is to try to affect as much damage to the cyclist. All bumps and hits increase the damage counter. Longer jumps give more damage. The objective of the game is try to explode all the dynamites. You have three runs.
First Stage: Leap of Dynamite, best score: 2546
Second Stage: Explosive Pinball, best score: 5212
Third Stage: Detonation Vault, best score: 2297
Last Stage: Blast Ski Jump, best score: 4303
In the game...
This game's graphics is very good. I give this game a rating of 8/10.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Currently Reading... Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...

Currently reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Well, this book is about a boy named Charlie Bucket. He lived with both of his grandparents from both his father's and mother's side. The names of his grandparents of his father's side are Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine. His grandparents of his mother sides were Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina. They all lived together in a small wooden house at the edge of a great town. Their house wasn't big enough for so many people and they were quite poor. Charlie liked chocolates, and he seldom got them. To him, getting a chance to get chocolate was a treat, which was like once a year for him, and that is on his birthday.

His grandparents would tell Charlie about the chocolate factory and tell how it was closed and all the workers were fired due to spies. Willy Wonka, tells all his workers that he is closing his factory forever. But one day, the factory starts to run again, but there is no workers. Nothing goes in, but the trucks are filled each day with chocolates. One day, Willy Wonka sends out 5 golden tickets into the world. The people who gets the Golden Ticket will be allowed to see all the secrets and the magic in the factory. Then, at the end of the tour of the factory, each child will be given enough chocolates and sweets to last them for the rest of their lives.

The Golden tickets were found by Augustus Gloop, a boy who like to eat loads and loads of chocolate, Veruca Salt, a spoiled girl who asked her father to buy plenty and plenty of chocolate bars so that she could get a ticket, Violet Beureguarde, a girl who wants to be a world record gum chewer, Mike Teavee, who likes to watch TV and a fan of violence, and of course Charlie Bucket.

Four disasters occur during the tour. Augustus Gloop fell into the chocolate river and is sucked into a place that makes strawberry flavored chocolate coated fudge.

Next, Violet Beureguarde eats a three-course dinner that is made into a stick of gum. First course, she got tomato soup, hot, creamy and delicious, second course, roast beef. But disaster strikes when she reaches the third course, blueberry pie. She turns blue and swells like a blueberry.

Next, Veruca Salt wants and tries to take a trained squirrel and gets pushed down into the garbage chute. Her parents were pushed down also.

After that, they went to the Television-Chocolate room, where you could take a chocolate, right out of the TV! Mike Teavee gets transported into the TV, and is very small.

At the end of the events, there is a song composed by the Oompa Loompas, the workers of the factory.

Since Charlie was the only one at the end, Willy Wonka gives him the prize, the ownership of the whole factory!!!

I give this book a rating of 9/10. This is definitely a good book to read and to pass time!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The 12 year old author...

Victoria Siaw Wei Yah is only 12 years old, but she is not like any ordinary kid, she has a passion of writing and has written eight books. Gee, I wish I was like her.

When I myself was 12, I was inspired by one of the comic books I read, Garfield if I'm not mistaken. I wanted to write, but I never did take any action. Just say, no action, so no product. Haiz... Maybe If I wrote, I would be in the papers now. Hehe...

I think it is good that newspapers highlight this kind of achievements achieved by the younger generation. This would be an example to follow and inspiration to everybody. Another role that contributes to this, are parents, because they are the one who will encourage the young to write.

It is pity that Malaysia's education system do not encourage the younger generation to develop their creative juices. All the kids nowadays focus on getting as many A's as possible, how many marks you get, and what position you get in class. Anyway, this will be the younger generation that will be the leaders of the future, right? So, shouldn't Malaysia's education system change?

So, back to the point, must write book d, so that can come up in newspaper... He he...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Terengganu bought Mercedes cars... Why?

The Terengganu state government purchased 14 Mercedes E200 compressor cars at RM3.43 million, for the use of its state executive councillors and senior officials.

He says buying the cars to replace the Proton Perdana V6 Executive fleet is a move to cut cost. He says the Proton cars are costing a lot of money due to high cost of maintenance. He also said an example of the Proton Perdana owned by the state commerce, industry and environment committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw, has undergone repairs costing RM 50,000 within 36 months.

He also says Mercedes is cheaper to maintain and save fuel. He also added that the Mercedes can fetch a higher market price.

To me, I personally think that it is because they want the glamor. When these people with power buy such cars, are they saying that Proton cars are not good? Are they encouraging the people NOT to buy Proton cars?

They also say that these Mercedes cars can fetch a high market price. I think that, they themselves can buy these cars at really low prices.

So, do you think it is a good move for the Terengganu state government to buy the 14 Mercedes E200 compressor cars?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Overkill Apache...

This game is a shooting game. You need to battle against massive forces of enemies and destroy them with your chopper.

Well, the objective of this game is to kill as many enemies as possible. You have 3 lives only. The enemy's army consist of soldiers, tanks, fighters, airplanes, and other machines... There are 4 types of weapons, machine guns, missiles, rockets and bombs.

In the game.. There are soo much enemies...
How to kill them all?
Well, my chopper exploded. My position: Sergeant. With a 47665 points only. :( A very fast game....
Well, I think I give this game a 7.5/10 rating.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Guan Eng (Penang) wants sitting shown live...

Penang wants to be the first state in the country to broadcast its state assembly proceedings live in RTM. The purpose of it is to let the public to see democracy in action...

Personally, i think it is a good move, because then we know what is going on in there, and not be in the dark. People will have an idea of what is happening. People will also know that things are being judged fairly and done fairly.

I think this should have been done long ago by the UMNO. I suppose they didn't think of it. Or maybe they did, but they didn't carry it out, because of some unknown reasons they didn't carry it out. It would have shown that they have nothing would hide, and people would still vote them.

Conclusion, I think it is a good move for the opposition to broadcast their state assembly proceedings live.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Doing a 50 cent experiment....

Last week, after lunch with Loh and family, we jalan jalan in City Plaza. I came across a vending machine. When you put 50 cent or a dollar in it, you get a little ball with something inside, usually something that is useless. Look what I got:
A little red ball with some green powder and a piece of instructions.Before
It said that the powder when added with water will turn into a snowball. Since when snow is green? But never mind... Maybe this is a chance I finally get to touch something that feels like snow.
Well, it did not exactly turn into a snowball, instead, it turned into some jelly like thing that can be clumped together. Disappointed.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Currently reading ... The BFG

Currently reading "The BFG" by Roald Dahl.

This book is about Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant. Let me tell you about this story. One night, Sophie couldn't sleep. She was an orphan. Sophie was snatched by a giant. Fortunately for Sophie, she was abducted by a friendly giant, called the Big Friendly Giant or the BFG.

The BFG catches good dreams and blow them via a blowpipe into bedrooms of children. When he catches a nightmare, he explodes it. When he went catching dreams with Sophie, he caught a golden phizzwizard. After that, he caught a nightmare, the worst one there was...

The other giants are not so pleasant, every night, they eat human beans. Unlike the BFG, he eats snozzcumber and drinks frobscottle, which is fizzy and delicious. The bubbles travel downwards instead of upwards.

Sophie and BFG become friends. Eventually, they planned a plan to get rid of the giants and save the people. First, the BFG mixes dreams and blows the dream into the Queen's bedroom. The BFG leaves Sophie on the Queen's windowsill, and hides in the garden.

When the Queen awakens, Sophie tells her that her dreams was true. The Queens believes her and they were given a breakfast. The Queen thens confirm the story by calling the King of Sweden, and the Sultan of Baghdad.

After that, the Queen orders a huge fleet of helicopters to follow the BFG into the giant's homeland and ties them up. They were then put into a huge pit constructed.

As a punishment for child-eating, the giants are forced to eat snozzcumbers for their rest of their lives.

This is a good book. One you start this book, you will not want to put this book down until you have finished the book. I give it a 9/10 rating.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ribs... At Aunty Chua's place...

Yummy, Aunty Chua sure knows how to cook good and delicious food. Today, she invited me and my family to her house for dinner. She prepared spaghetti in Alfredo sauce (I think), mashed potatoes (from pumpkin and potatoes), salad, and the main course, ribs!
Ribs... Yummy!
Everything together... A yummy and delicous set!
The spagetti was delicious. I had a second helping. Couldn't help myself. Maybe one day, I shall be able to cook this kind of food... :)
After eating, my sister and I sat comfortably and watched Atlantis in her house, while the adults talked.
All good things have an end... The sad news is, tomorrow back to school.. urgh!!!

Canyon Defence the game...

Well, this game is about defending your city. There are three different maps to choose from. And three different difficulties, easy, normal and hard. You build towers to kill off the enemies. Each tower has its own shooting range.
In the game...
I won the easy level with 94725 points. I'll try the medium and hard level sometime later...
Very easy only this game... No che kek...
The graphics is okey... I give this game a 5.5/10 rating.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Lunch at San Gai Char Chan Teng...

Well, Jovaynne called and asked to have lunch because tomorrow was her birthday. When we got there, look who me met.
Hey, it's a goat. Pity the fella, under the truck...
Here we are, at this restaurant, called the San Gai Char Chan Teng restaurant.
This restaurant is located in Simpang Kuala, Kedah. This is a fusion food restaurant. The ambience in this restaurant is okey lah. Service is rather slow. The people serving don't understand English well. We had trouble communicating with them.
A green drink order by Loh, the drink tastes nice, very nice. A must try!
Soursop drink. But the blue coloring is a lot. The soursop is seedless though.
My drink. A must try for mint lovers! Topped with mint ice-cream.
My sister's fried rice. Very nice, fried with mixed veggies and luncheon meat... My sister ate the whole thing up...
What I ate, curry rice with baked cheese with seafood.
Haiz... I miss my mint ice-cream. You should try this restaurant. It's rather expensive though. 6 people eat, RM 69.30. Per person is about RM 11.50. I give it a 7.5/10 rating.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Add Maths frenzy...

Haiz.. Just two days ago, my maths teacher dropped a bombshell "In two days time, please pass up your add-maths and maths exercise book. If you don't pass up, next test minus 12 marks and demerit 2 marks." Wow! I thought a test is a test and school work should not be counted in tests. It's a little unfair. What is the main reason for schools conducting tests on students? To test them to see how much they know.

Fortunately for me, I got do his work, and only have a little not completed. But, I still fell the injustice in this scheme. I think the teacher should just demerit the students how don't complete his work. Or maybe hand this problem to the discipline teacher.

But everything has the good side. Basically, I think the teacher just wants us to do his work, so that we can excel in Mathematics and Additional Mathematics. Some students just don't do his work at all in class, instead, they read newspaper or just talk.

But this has backfired, because setting the deadline just two days, the students are just copying the solutions and answers from friends. This doesn't benefit them at all....

So, how do you say it? Is this a good move a not of the teacher???

Sunday, July 6, 2008

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Day 2008.

Today is the national rheumatoid arthritis day. You might ask, what is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? RA is a chromic autoimmune arthritis that can lead to joint deformity and destruction if untreated.

There are two types of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There are differences between this two arthritis.

OA is a lot more common than RA. OA affects up to 20% of the population. OA is basically a failure of repair of cartilages as one ages, thus this disease affects the older population more. The disease progress is slow, about 10 to 20 years.

Compared to OA, RA is less common. It affects one in every two hundred in Malaysia. RA tends to affect the younger population compared to OA, that affects the older population. This disease tend to start between 30 to 55 years old.

RA produces abnormal antibodies that are harmful to joints and sometimes other parts of the body. They attack the synovium. They cause it to become hypertrophied, overproducing synovial fluid, causing swelling and inflammation in the joint.

If RA is left untreated, joint deformities can occur, with resultant difficulties in the activities of daily living. In this day and age, I think the medical services provided should be able to prevent such deformities from happening if treated early.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Hey! Spain is now at the top of World Rankings!!!

It's the first time Spain is listed as the world's best since the introduction of rankings in 1992. This ranking system is based on international results over the past four years with more points awarded for wins in major tournaments.

The current placings for the top 10 countries:
  1. Spain
  2. Italy
  3. Germany
  4. Brazil (Brazil number 4? Unbelievable, I thought Brazil was the best!)
  5. Holland
  6. Argentina
  7. Croatia
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Portugal (What? My favorite team is at almost the bottom of the 10?)
  10. France
Chile is going to take on the newly crowned Euro 2008 champs in an international friendly in Valencia on Nov 19. Chile is also going to take on Turkey in Istanbul on Aug 20.
Hm... I wonder if Spain can still stand strong and beat Chile.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Currently Reading... Love in a Torn Land

Currently reading a book entitled "Love in a Torn Land" by Jean Sasson.

This book is a true story about a girl named Joanna. Let me tell you a little about her story. Joanna is half Kurd, half Arab. Her father is an Arab. Her mother is a Kurd. She was born and grew up in Baghdad. In Baghdad, Kurds are hated. She had two brothers, Sa'ad and Ra'ad. Ra'ad managed to escape to Europe.

Joanna fell in a love with a guy name Sarbast. Sarbast was a peshmerga. Peshmerga stands for Kurdish fighters, fighting for the freedom of Kurdistan from the power of Iraq.

She left Baghdad to be married. But Joanna's marriage was an usual one. The groom did not attend the wedding. After the wedding, she headed off to the mountains of Iraq to join her groom and be a peshmerga wife.

One day, Saddam Hussein ordered his cousin "Chemical Ali" to bombard Joanna's village, Bergalou, with chemical weapons. She was blinded by that attack. After being caught in another bombardment, they left and tried to flee over the mountains. They crossed the Kandil mountain with the help of Crazy Hassan. Crazy Hassan was the bravest smuggler. They had to watch out for the jahsh. The jahsh were Kurdish informers working for the Iraqi government.

After giving birth to her first son, they managed to escape to UK and settle there.

This is indeed a good book. I think people who are interested in human rights should read this book. I give this book a 9.5/10 rating.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Picture hunting round my taman...

Last Saturday, I went snapping pictures round my taman again. What do you think of my pictures?
A shrub
A unique red flower...
Odd roots...
This papaya tree bears odd fruit..
White flowers...
Lonely dragonfly....
This is a picture I really like, love the clouds...
Pity this tree la, chopped down...
Ain't this tree nice?
A bare tree...