Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bus Crash No More...

This link arrived at my mail box...

It is basically a commendable effort in creating awareness on the need for better and safer public transportation. Especially those plying long distance routes.

Facebook Group: In Loving Memory Of Lee Nian Ning 1987-2008

If you are aware of the incident, you would know that the story of one of the victims Lee Nian Ning is like any other. A young girl taking a long distance bus to meet her frens. Unfortunately that was to be her last trip as she perished in the incident.

Her story brings awareness to everyone on the unnecessary danger and risk on long distance buses. Her story of a normal girl perished while taking a road trip on a bus should strike everyone on how it could happen to anyone. This is not the case of some crazy motorists or Mat Rempits crashing. This is a story about how an unseemingly innocent victim lost her life through no fault of her own.

All fingers are now pointed at the driver who apparently had numerous traffic summonses to his name. While it has not been proven that he is at fault, his bad traffic record should have sounded alarm bells in the first place.

It is too much to ask or too difficult to implement a screening process for bus drivers? Malaysia claims to be a hub for ICT but we can't even implement a system to prevent persons with bad traffic record getting a license to drive public buses.

That's food for thought.

Anyway, CNY is coming and once again scores and scores of vehicle will pour onto the roads in the next few days.

I wish everyone a safe journey, and a Happy Chinese New Year.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Gastronomic Reflections On Thaipusam

Today's Thaipusam... a day for reflection, a day for contemplation.

Without meaning any disrespect to our Hindu frens, we had a our own day of reflection today, albeit with our tummies.

As with most holiday/celebration, food is never far from our mind. Today Soo Sean and Wei Ye dropped by my place to cook up a feast for dinner.

We headed to Queensbay mall, to get the necessary grocery. We bought lots of stuff... sauces, herbs, vege, salmon, and others. Once back at my place, Soo Sean started working on the mushroom soup by finely chopping the mushrooms. Wei Ye worked on the lamb, while being the one with the super sweet-tooth, i took up the dessert.

After a couple of hours.... ta da!!!

A full course dinner...

We had salmon cocktail for appetizers, followed by a creamy mushroom soup. Entre was mixed herb lamb shoulder with some vege and japanese sweet potato.

And for dessert....

Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of this dessert, I just followed the recipe from Wei Ye's magazine. It turned out quite alright. ;)

The Chef:

And the Dishwasher:

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Lizard In Labor

Someone shared this joke with me...

Subject: Lizard in Labor

If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet syndrome, including toilet flush burials for dead goldfish, the story below will have you laughing out loud!

Overview: I had to take my son's lizard to the vet.

Here's what happened:

Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was "something wrong" with one of the two lizards he holds prisoner in his room. "He's just lying there looking sick," he told me. "I'm serious, Dad. Can you help?"

I put my best lizard-healer expression on my face and followed him into his bedroom.

One of the little lizards was indeed lying on his back, looking stressed.

I immediately knew what to do.

"Honey," I called, "come look at the lizard!"

"Oh, my gosh!" my wife exclaimed. "She's having babies."

"What?" my son demanded. "But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!" I was equally outraged.

"Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we didn't want them to reproduce," I said accusingly to my wife.

"Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?" she inquired.
(I think she actually said this sarcastically!)

"No, but you were supposed to get two boys!" I reminded her, (in my most loving, calm, sweet voice, while gritting my teeth).

"Yeah, Bert and Ernie!" my son agreed.

"Well, it's just a little hard to tell on some guys, you know," she informed me. (Again with the sarcasm!)

By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on. I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it. "Kids, this is going to be a wondrous experience,"

I announced. "We're about to witness the miracle of birth."

"Oh, gross!" they shrieked.

"Well, isn't THAT just great? What are we going to do with a litter of tiny little lizard babies?" my wife wanted to know.

We peered at the patient. After much struggling, what looked like a tiny foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later.

"We don't appear to be making much progress," I noted.

"It's breech," my wife whispered, horrified.

"Do something, Dad!" my son urged.

"Okay, okay." Squeamishly, I reached in and grabbed the foot when it next appeared, giving it a gentle tug. It disappeared. I tried several more times with the same results.

"Should I call 911?" my eldest daughter wanted to know. "Maybe they could talk us through the trauma." (You see a pattern here with the females in my house?)

"Let's get Ernie to the vet," I said grimly. We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in his lap.

"Breathe, Ernie, breathe," he urged.

"I don't think lizards do Lamaze," his mother noted to him. (Women can be so
cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to me is one thing, but this
boy is of her womb, for God's sake.)

The vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the little animal through a magnifying glass.

"What do you think, Doc, a C-section?" I suggested scientifically.

"Oh, very interesting," he murmured. "Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, may I speak to
you privately for a moment?" I gulped, nodding for my son to step outside.

"Is Ernie going to be okay?" my wife asked.

"Oh, perfectly," the vet assured us. "This lizard is not in labor. In fact, that isn't EVER going to happen. Ernie is a boy. You see, Ernie is a young male. And occasionally, as they come into maturity, like most male species, they um . . . um . . . masturbate. Just the way he did, lying on his back. "

He blushed, glancing at my wife.

We were silent, absorbing this.

"So, Ernie's just . . . just . . excited," my wife offered.

"Exactly," the vet replied, relieved that we understood.

More silence. Then my vicious, cruel wife started to giggle. And giggle. And then even laugh loudly.

"What's so funny?" I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the woman I married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless manliness.

Tears were now running down her face. "It's just . that . . . I'm picturing you pulling on its . . . its . . . teeny little . . ." She gasped for more air to bellow in laughter once more.

"That's enough," I warned. We thanked the vet and hurriedly bundled the lizard and our son back into the car. He was glad everything was going to be okay.

"I know Ernie's really thankful for what you did to help him, Dad," he told me.

"Oh, you have NO idea," my wife agreed, collapsing with laughter.

Two lizards: $140.

One cage: $50.

Trip to the vet: $30.

Memory of your husband pulling on a lizard's winkie: Priceless!

Moral of the story: Pay attention in biology class. Lizards lay eggs.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Pamper Thy Car...

Another weekend of spending too much $$$ for me. :(

Sent my car to Cars International (located at the basement parking lot of Queensbay Mall) for a full paintwork treatment (aka pampering).

I took up a two year membership (costing RM635) which includes two paintwork treatment (Wash, Polish + Lacquer). I got one treatment done this round, so I will send my car for pampering again, next year.

Actually I only needed to pay RM535, the additional RM100 is for the registration of a second car (that Wei Ye is 'tumpang-ing').

So now my car is shining like new, except for the dull patch on the car boot. The polishing did improve on the minute cracks/scratches, but the dull looking patch cannot be repaired. Damn those bird shits!!!

For the next two years, i get to enjoy car wash at RM5 and waxing at RM30.

RM635 do seem like a lot of dough, but considering that I have not done anything much for my car in the 3 1/2 years that I have owned it, i suppose it is ok laa... ;)

Also I will be part of Yong Sheng's entourage to help 'snatch' Chiang Mei in their upcoming wedding. So need to make my car look more presentable. Ha ha...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Can't Wait For A Yummy Tomorrow

Just finished cleaning up the kitchen (although Soo Sean did a lot of the work).

Soo Sean came over to my place to make the cheesecake for tomorrow's get-together.

Wei Ye, Chiang Mei and Soo Sean will be coming over for dinner tomorrow.
I guess it is sort of a post New Year celebration as most of us weren't around in Penang at that time. The cheesecake is for tomorrow's dessert.

It is now chilling in my fridge. It looks so yummy.... Maybe i can have a mid-nite snack tonite..
Ha ha ha

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Tips for shoppers

Below are two things that I discovered recently:

1) Don't park your car haphazardly or overnight in Tesco. Your tyre WILL be clamped.

2) If you think you are a shopaholic, I have a remedy. Just have a look at the photo below, I'm sure with this as a benchmark, you feel better immediately, freeing you from guilt. Ha ha....