Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Random Photos

Picks of photos taken over the long Christmas break...

Nyonya Sambal belacan

Nyonya Chendol

Bread Toasting station in a Hainanese Coffee shop
(using charcoal!!)

Spreading butter and kaya on the toast

Kampong Eggs... lots of them!

Found an old lock-smith outside the shop

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tang Yuen 2009

Had a feast with good company to match...

Highlight of the day:

With a feast to match:

And prawn fritters too:

Finished of with a nice cup of coffee:

Oh yeah... and these were the fine company that I mentioned.... haha

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My new toy

After going through Sony, Nikon, and Canon..... A550, D90, 50D; I finally made my choice.

450D, yes.. the almost obsolete camera.

My initial choice the D90 with the 18-105 kit lens for which I got a very good deal.

How I ended up with a Canon was a long story, but it is what i have in my hands now.

So my latest toy is a 450D mated with a Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX Macro lens.

Have only fiddled with it for a few hours, but so far so good.
Since it doesn't have any IS or vibration control, I'll hv to start training my hands to be more stable.

Here's a sample shot... what do you think??

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hungry Fishes and Itchy Fingers

I was over at the Fish Spa place in QBMall to get a foot reflexology massage. Unfortunately when i went there the 'sifu's were all busy and i had to wait for about 1/2. So the guy started to promote a fish spa + foot massage deal, hoping that i would take it. I wasn't very keen on it, so I said I'd go grab something to eat and come back in 1/2hr. I guess the fella was afraid i wouldn't come back and offered 1/2 at the fish spa for free!

Well, how can i refuse that right? So after a quick wash of my feet, I promptly dipped my feet into the pool full of small hungry fishes. Man, they really looked happy nibbling at my feet. The first few minutes were actually quite torturing. I felt so ticklish that i had to concentrate hard not to kick all those poor fishes away.

After enduring it for about 5minutes or so, you sorta get used to it. The fishes just kept nibbling at my feet, especially my toes for the full 1/2hr.

Did it make a difference? I think so... after that treatment, my feet felt cleaner and well... more supple. {I tried hard not to use that word coz it sounded a bit feminish to me... but i can't think of another word to describe it}.

Anyways, after the fish spa thingy, i proceeded to the foot massage. It was quite decent, felt ok. Except that the masseur was too talkative. He kept talking to me when all i wanted was to relax.

Enough about the fishes, now for the fingers...

I went over to the gym for a quick workout over the weekend. After about an hour or so, I left. As i was driving back, i got a call from the gym operator asking me if i 'accidentally' took someone's handphone. Apparently someone at the gym lost his handphone and i was the last person to leave the gym when he discovered that his handphone was missing.

Well, fair enough.. I answered i didn't take any handphone from the gym but mine. He asked me again, and i confirmed again.

I didn't think much of it until I got another call. This time it was the guy who lost his handphone. He asked again if i took his handphone. I said no, but he kept on insisting that i return his handphone. He even said that i could keep the phone, but return the SIM card to him. What the heck!

What irritated me was not the fact that they called to ask. I can certainly understand it. I'd do the same if i was the one who lost the phone.

What annoyed me was being so strongly accused of the crime. I'd wouldn't say that i lead a perfect life, but I hv a strong conscience in not commiting such things. So hv someone actually think that i am capable of lifting his handphone is new to me. And something i'm not used to nor expected.

I guess i'll just hv to let bygones be bygones.

And enjoy feeding the hungry little fishes again?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Peter my fren?

I was introduced to Peter a while back ago, and I immediately developed an affinity to him.

Before you get any bright ideas, I'm not refering to Peter as a person, but I'm talking about Peter Principle. A quick search on Wikipedia reveals that
in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their "level of incompetence"), and there they remain.

It also says that "in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out his duties" and that "work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence".

So this poses a question... I've been in my position for a while, so hv I reached my Peter stage?

But on the other hand, I'm still doing a whole lot of work (or at least, it seems like it).

So Peter or no Peter???

Neither... I'm Sai Mun.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Fancy Dinner at KL Tower

A while back ago, I attended a fancy formal dinner at KL Tower.
It was my first time there, ever.

As I arrived at the base/entrance of the tower, I was given a VVIP tag (as part of the formal dinner). Sounds great, but is actually nothing. I was briskly shown into the lift and up we went to the top of the tower where the restaurant is.

The view at the tower was great, as expected. The night view of KL was enchanting. And I was lucky that the skies were clear that night. The tower actually rotates about 40 or 60degs every 1/2 or so. So by the time you finished dinner, you would have at least a 360deg view of KL's skyline.

Unfortunately, the food was just so-so. Large variety of offering on the buffet table, but not quite on par with other top restaurants in hotels around KL.

But the atmosphere and view more than makes up for it. But I have to say, it is very pricey. As nice as it was, I don't think I will be back there anytime soon.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Circuit City.... Closed

Times are getting from bad to worse...

I'm looking for a portable PDF reader, and seems like Nokia's N810 is a good choice to start with. Unfortunately it is not available in Malaysia.

So I launched my browser to Circuit City (one my favourite tech stores to visit when I'm in the US). I was flabbergasted at what greeted me at the website:

Seems like a sad sad thing that such a popular store has to close down.

I hope my other favourite tech store.. Yodobashi Camera in Japan does not suffer the same fate.

Btw, if you happen to know where i can get hold of a N810 in Malaysia or if you have some other recommendation for a PDF reader, do drop me a line.