Monday, September 28, 2009

Baking A Cake Is Just A Piece of Cake?!

Baking a cake is just a piece of cake?! Not really, it requires a lot of preparation! Just like my newly-started semester, it really needs a lot of effort to manage. Today was my first day back to uni and it was all new to me! Well, the 1st person I saw was her!!!!Who?! HER........[LINK]. She is teaching me this semester again and next semester!!! Omg@@ and on my very 1st day, she gave us a beautiful 60% assignment - essay + oral preparation !!!!!!!!

Anyway, my uni is having a brand new look! The library is under renovation and the computer room area has a lounge area! Yes, this is quite cool!!!! But, I think I would not use it that often as I prefer to have a PC in front of me...haha... Well, today started with a bit of delay!!! What delay?! KTM, as usual! It was a surprise that when I came back from Ipoh, everything was so smooth - no traffic jam at all and no human jam in KTM...So weird! Today, my encounter was no surprise as usual KTM was delayed!

Well, during holidays, I was having the most relaxing moment in my life. Baking cake is of my pastimes...hahaha it was fun(^^)!!! I was actually helping or more precisely bothering my mum.

My Simple Instruction
  1. Buy the stuffs in step 1
  2. Mix everything in a big bowl like crazy^^ all the flour, butter, nuts, chocolate and everything nice.
  3. Then, pour the mixture in a mould.
  4. After that, put it in a pre-heated oven for 20 mins.
  5. Remember to check the cake to make sure it is not too toasted !

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Finally, it can be served to the whole family^^Haha, I really enjoy my holiday!! Some travelling! Some relaxation!!! Some record breaking moment on facebook mini games!!!!

Yes, a new semester has started. This year is my 2nd year and it is counted in my transcript!!! So, have to work starting today!!!!!!! Time to focus^^

Wish me luck(^^)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Glance Back To Japanese Garden Ipoh

Oh my, I just finished packing my stuffs, not much though. It finally arrived - The Start of My New Semester. I am leaving tomorrow and quite a number of my friends are leaving this weekend. I am pretty sure that I would stuck in a chaotic traffic jam and human jam all at once(><). Anyway, 4 months of relaxation, boredom, and last minute busy-ness, I am ready to go back and my friends, may I warn you, I look chubbier than ever!!!![In short, I am fat] Prepare for my huge return! So, as I had said earlier, mixture feelings are unavoidable - happy, nervous, nostalgic, ..... Oh well, life goes on and like most people, when we are out there, home is the light that drives us to the top(^^)~~~~

Okay, recently, I was scanning some old photos of my mom and dad's. Yup, during their younger days, just like the teenagers now, they like to take pictures(^^). and I am the one who have to scan all their photos which most of them are older than me into the PC. Omg, the scanner is ultra slow! It took me about 2 - 3 hours to scan a whole album~~~(@@)..... Then, when we were looking back at those photos, my mom said that when she was young, she would go to Ipoh along with her friends to Japanese Garden Ipoh and then, they would visit the famous Octagon Building [八角楼] for meals. Well, until now, the Japanese Garden is still here yet lack of care and preservation where as Octagon Building was demolished a long time ago. and its land is used as a parking space(What a waste!). However, according to the newspaper, Ipoh is considering rebuilding this once famous building into a tourist landmark.(Hope this comes true)

Yes, this is the old Octagon Building... Back then, they said that it was a liability to the safety of the citizens. Therefore, it was knocked down.[Original Link]

Now, a glance back to Japanese Garden Ipoh. Well, I am quite sure that not many Ipoh-rians nowadays go to the Japanese Garden Ipoh. [More info on its location] Even my mum who used to go there, haven't visited this place for ages. Well, I am a curious person! I want to witness the once-famous Japanese Garden Ipoh.....

Yes, this is the Japanese Garden Ipoh or Taman Jepun Ipoh or イポーの日本庭園 or 怡保日本花园。。。。。(Haha, I just stopped my Japanese Language class. I miss it already!) Well, according to my mum , the arrangement of the garden was still the same. Yet, it was not as nice as it used to be.

I know! The water is very green! But, the koi fish inside the pond manage to survive(@@). To be honest, they really need to take care of it~~~

This is the one garden that lacks flowers too~~~ My house really has more flowers than this garden ooo~~~haha, plus, if you look closely, some of the alphabets were even gone...and, behind the stone light was the super main road! That's why it was really noisy there until I can't hear myself talking! Plant some bamboo will do~~~

It would be an amazing garden if the rich owner take care of it! The opening hours are also very weird. During weekdays, it only opens from 5pm. {so late} while weekends, they open it earlier.

Anyway, it is just a glance back to Japanese Garden Ipoh before I leave. KL, here I come! After staying there for 2 years, I am used to the traffic jams and always delay KTM...Cross-finger....tomorrow no jam and no delays...which is highly impossible!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bus Ticket Fare Killed My Wallet!!!!

In less than a week, my new semester is going to start! Yes, I am officially a second year student in Chemical Engineering With Environmental Engineering[ChemEEE]. Actually, I really have a mix feelings[like always]. I am happy because it is time to end my boring holidays; but, I am stressful because it is going to be a busy year! Cincai, bring it on(^^). I have no problem! I will work harder [every time I also say the same thing]. But, currently, I still have a lot of house chores to finish! Have to work hard this week~~~~

Anyway, my classes start on Next Monday. Therefore, I need to get a ticket to go back to KL. At first, I wanted to get the train ticket since it is more convenient to travel to my house in KL. Then, I waited around 20 mins after taking the queuing number. When it was my turn, I was told that only RM22 tickets at the time of 9PM were left. My thought was that it was rather late and expensive. So, I changed to bus ticket. To my surprise again, the bus tickets were also sold out! Therefore, they have extra buses on that day! At the end, I need to pay RM20.30 for a ticket!!!!!!!!!!! Arghhhhhhhh, it is really like the Chinese Proverb - 趁火打劫 [When the situation is chaotic, some people start to take advantages]~~~~

If you can see clearly, they are charging subcharge for 30% again! What the~~~I remembered 2 years ago, the bus fare from Ipoh to KL was only about RM13.40. Then, one Hari Raya, [as claimed by them], it was the fuel price increase, they started to implement the subcharge thingy, from RM13.40 TO RM17.40. Even since then, the ticket price did not dropped back to RM13.40. Now, again, during Hari Raya, they chargeD again@@~~ Totally broke loh!!!! RM 20.30 FOR A TICKET~~~~~~~~~~~

Currently, I am keeping all my tickets as a record for my contribution towards the success of the transportation in Malaysia. Yet, they never appreciate loyal consumers like me@@............

Guys, I will be rather busy this week. So, I might not be able to do my blog readings as often. and there will less blog updating(><).... But, do leave a comment here! I would definitely get back to you!!!!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Good Times In Charcoal World^^

It was the second time that I had a feast at Good Times a.k.a 碳世界 in Ipoh。 I still remembered that 1st time, I went with Kah Heng, Kok Leong as a farewell for Kok Leong who was leaving to Canada. Oh gosh, already a year had passed. Time flew without mercy(><). This time, I went out with Kokleong who was back and Ziyang since Ziyang was leaving to America. Yup, after Secondary School, we were separated into our own path. I chose my path just as they chose theirs. Again, time flew without mercy(><)

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Back to the food, Good Times Restaurant actually offer steamboat buffet. Therefore, clearly, this is more worth it for big eaters. Haha, yup, you can eat as much as you want to. We went there on weekdays;so , it was not that congests. I remembered a year ago-me, kah heng and kokleong went there on weekend and it was raining somemore!!! We had to wait for tables><. This time, the situation was totally different on weekdays^^.

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Yes, a lot of food!!! From raw seafood to grilled chickens, it was more than enough for us! Note: The Steamboat was "powered" by Charcoal!!!!!~~~(^^) Can you all see the fiery steamboat or not?! Super cool !!! No kidding(^^)!!!! [Oh gosh, this is officially a foodie blog liao~~~~~~]

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Nah, this is the most handsome guy in My Little World history@@ Ziyang, happy or not?! I just gave the title of The Most Handsome to u oooo~~~~~~I am sure you like it and you are enjoying every second in US. Have a great time there^^!

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Here come the rating
Decoration: 8/10 [Thanks to the charcoal steamboat]
Food Appearance: 9/10
Taste: 8.5/10
Price: 5/10 [Still okay! I can eat as much as I want to^^]

Monday, September 14, 2009

Insectology - The Ants' Circle


Recently, I am very fascinated by insects! Not that I am very fond of them, but they really make good models! However, they are usually patient for a short period of them when modeling for me(><). With my growing interest in photographing insects, I have a new label [insectology]! Yes, I use insectology instead of entomology!!!!

For my 1st-not-so-nice piece, I named it The Ants' Circle. Just like humans, ants do have they own circles. There are working ants, army ants and etc. It really does reflect our own circles somtimes, doesn't it?!

Anyway, for the piece above, I am not very satisfied. Reasons: Too blur and unfocused! Firstly, the light in the room was too dimmed which resulted the lack of exposure for close-up photos. Secondly, the macro-focused of a compact camera was not easy to control! If it was bright enough in the room, then, the result would be delightful! Yes, in order to take clearer pics, lighting is very important. In the defense of my Lumix FS6, it really did a good job even though under the weak lighting of the room!(^^)

[Note: Pretending to be a pro><]

14 days left~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Saturday, September 12, 2009

4 Days in KL, 2 Days of Outings, 1 Day of Saying Goodbye.

Instead of a farewell, it turned out to be a little road trip. Well, last week, I went back to KL to gather with my other uni friends who is going to UK soon. So, on the 1st day, we gathered at Midvalley. Oh well, the usual hangout ground for youngsters and oldsters. To my surprise, not many people were queuing for the movie tickets. Yes, it was an golden opportunity for us to get the tickets. Yes, instead of Laughing Gor at 3pm, we took The Proposal Instead. [Note: this would be a long posts because it consists of 4 days of stories and gossips.]

The movie was funny!!! Totally hilarious!!! Sandra Bullock was the true devil who wear Gucci?! Ryan Reynold who is married to Scarlett Johansson was totally charming in the movie as well. Anyway, we got the tickets at RM7. Actually, quite cheap loh!!!

In the movie, Sandra Bullock was facing a deportation since she was a Canadian [ Well, in actual fact, Ryan was a genuine Canadian]. In order to save her career, she forced her assistant, Mr Ryan to be her boyfriend. Then, things happened too fast, I guessed. When they went back to Ryan's hometown, they started to know each other and the rest you would know!(^^)

In their rushing wedding, Sandra wore a classical golden vintage style gown[here]...Yup, to my surprise, it suited her perfectly and almost took my breath away. Oh well, not many people can pull this out. Oh, Sandra, I still remember some of her movies- Practical Magic, Speed, ... It had been quite a while since she acted. Yet, her comedy came to live effortlessly. She is definitely a comedian queen. However, it was obvious time has an effect on every one. But, she is still the best and she is still that bold. As for Ryan, I remember him from 2 guys, A girl and a pizza place~~~ Yup, he knows how to keep fit!!! They made a weird couple!!! Hahaha!!!![Note: I was surprise that they cut some scenes lah, even kissing scene lasted longer also cut@@ ]

farewell midvalley, kepong, and lowyat!
After the movie, it was time to feed ourselves.[Foodie blog begins] We wondered quite a while before we decided to have our lunch at Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant[蓬莱茶房] Omg, it was so difficult to find the Chinese name - It was written in old Chinese] Anyway, here they are - Sook Hwa, Lih Chi and Pooi Shuen(^^)!!!

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Above were about orders. Yup, the star dish was the pumpkin balls. They were quite nice(^^)!!! Not too sweet, but with a lot of texture!!! That's why it was the star dish!!! The fried chickens were also quite nice!!!

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We also ordered a pot of Jasmine with Oolong tea. It was Rm 12 a pot woh!!!! and we added an additional cup with cost us another RM3. Expensive but not bad lah!!! We drink, drank, and drunk with tea@@ and gossiping until almost the day ended.

farewell midvalley, kepong, and lowyat!
These were our remaining order. Overall, the food there was quite nice! However, this meal cost us about RM22 PER PERSON. It is still worth a try~~~
Decoration: 9.5/10 [Of course lah, in Garden woh, everything was so classy!]
Food Appearance: 9/10
Taste: 8.5/10
Price: 2/10 [Too expensive leh!]

When I went back to my house that day, KTM delayed twice in an hour around 5.30 pm!!! It was the peak hour woh!!! I almost died in the train!!! No kidding!!! It took me about 1 hour and 45 mins to reach home!!!!


Then, on Monday, I decided to stay back in KL instead of going to Ipoh. The same gang with few more friends went to sing K in Lowyat basement. Yup, I really did not know about the K shop there. Oops, forget to take photos over there, because for the 1st time, I was very concentrated in singing woh!!! LOL!!! Of course, we could not sing forever. After paying about, RM 12 PER PERSON, our K session was finished.

Around 6pm, we went to Kepong to have dinner woh! It took us about 1 and a half hours to reach there. I really pitied Pooi Shuen for driving for so long. Anyway, we decided to have dinner here!
farewell midvalley, kepong, and lowyat!
Yup, at Pinang Lanta Seafood Restaurant[老檳城海洋飯店], we decided to order steamboat. I was totally hungry at that time! We all just eat, ate, eaten ~~~ It was kinda of nice because it was not a heavy meal! Plus, the price was still okay, around RM 12 per person!(^^) Of course, the foodie post does not end here. We continued again to have our supper at......
Decoration: 7/10 [old shop mah]
Food Appearance: 8/10
Taste: 8/10
Price: 5/10 [Still okay]


farewell midvalley, kepong, and lowyat!
Our supper was at 甜品哥哥 Hong Kong. Oh, did not know the English name of the shop!...Hahaha, just highlight it and google it(^^)~~~~[Ah Shir insisted that we must try it woh]hahaha, and I supported her too~~~~Plus, it was on the show hosted by Chui Ling woh!!! Of course, must try loh!

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These were what we ordered. All of them were weird at 1st; but, after trying them, they were quite special and nice. [Note: they are mango rolls and pancakes!]. Since we had our dinner just now, we shared shared among ourselves. So, it cost about RM5 per person~~~~
Decoration: 9/10 [to attract youngsters]
Food Appearance: 8.5/10
Taste: 8/10
Price: 6/10


farewell midvalley, kepong, and lowyat!
Lastly, when we were all broke and tired, it was time to head to Lih Chi House. I have to say her house was really nice!!! This was one of the shots there. Yup, never thought that this failure shot turned out to be that nice(^^). Finally, all the best and have a great life in UK to Lih Chi , Sook Hwa, Ah Shir, Pooi Shuen !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Awakening Month of Life Is Too Short [The True Meaning of Life Series 5]

It will soon to be the end of my very long holiday! Yes, this month should be the month that I start to plan my course of life. Yet, slacking is the main priority of my life right now. Sad, but, it is going to end soon.

These days, life is so boring. I don't like to study[who does?!] But, after months of holiday, there is a huge change in me physically and mentally. Physically = fat; Mentally = urge to learn. Yes, holidays are the best days to gain weight effortlessly. To my own surprise, I suddenly have the urge to increase my capacity of knowledge. Plus, I am so dying for assignments to come into my way. Yes, for the past 2 years, assignments were hellish to me. Yet, this holiday changes me for now?! Maybe, when my uni starts, I would be my old-self again?! It all seem so mysterious to me!!!

Recently, I was watching quite a number of shows and dramas. Inspirations are surfacing "profusely". Life really terribly short!!! E.g: Currently, I am 20-year-old. If I can up to 80-year-old, this would mean that I have already use 1/4 or a quarter of my life. Gosh!!! During these 3 months, I really wasted a lot of time. But, what is so nice about wasting time is that I figure it out that life is really short[it took me long enough><] - like Shakespeare's Life Brief Candle, a poem that I have learn during my secondary school days. That's why me must treasure the time we have.

Yes, I have an awakening moment month. It is time to go back to my uni!!! It is time to work hard. Life is too short to waste!!! So, before my life ends, I want to do something meaningful, something memorable, something forever and something that I would regret if I don't do it!!!
  1. Yasmin Ahmad - a talented director who dedicated her ability to promote unity through her films.
  2. Michael Jackson - a legendary dancer and singer who changed the world with his music.
  3. Xjion89 - a partime blogger who lived a simple life with no regrets!
[Yup, as you can see, there is an odd one out from the list above]..Haha, it depends on how you want to live you life. Every person would have their own way to blossom in life. Maybe, I choose the simple way to blossom.


The Chinese Proverb above really tells us about life. Life would not be as smooth just like flower would not blossom whole year long.[Direct translation applied]. We would have our ups and downs. But, there would a time or 2 times or 3 times that we could peak ourselves in life. Remember[ Mariah Carey who has set a record of 18 No.1 Singles. ]She was a waitress[down]. She was a singer[up]. Her movie career was disastrous[down]. She is a hip-hop queen now[up]. There's why people would have their moments of ups and downs.

Omg, why am I sounding like a fake philosopher?! Maybe I watch too many TV shows.

Yet, the truth is life is short! Just try to reduce the regrets in life(^^)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Farewell, A Friend of Mine (1) Janice

Time really flew like the speed of light. Just like that, I have been studying in my uni for 2 years already. I still remembered the day I stepped foot on the ground of my uni. It was a secluded area with limited resources[No Kidding]. Today, I have a bunch of uni friends who I have spent 2 years together without realising it. Now, some decide to stay; some are leaving in this month. Oh, I am gonna miss them.

Today, I am going to clear one of my blog posts debt. Yes, truly in debt, because these few days, I was in KL meeting soME friends who will be leaving. Anyway, this little farewell was for Janice, held in IPOH PARADE. Well, she is the 1st person who really gives without asking. A long time ago, she gave me some sincerely gifts from Hong Kong [here]. She was and is a true friend indeed.

Janice, the same name as my favourite singer, and I have known each other for about 2 years. Our friendship is kinda short, but, she is cool!!!. Anyway, if u remember my previous previous post [here], it was a mini farewell for Janice. As usual, just lunch and movie!

Firstly, we had our lunch at Kenny Rogers!
kenny rogers1

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Well, the food there was okay only! Personally, the chicken and the smash potatoes were a bit spicy due to too much peppers in the dishes. Overall, it was okay~~~. One thing I must point out - Their Macaroni Cheese was in a huge portion!!! Even Shiwei couldnot finish it!~!!!

Decoration: 7.5/10 [All thanks to Kenny Rogers Portraits]
Food Appearance: 6/10
Taste: 4.5/10
Price: 3/10

Of course, the main character of the day was Janice who is as shY as me!
Since she refused to show her pretty face, I had no choice to take a photo of her sexyback@@...hahaha~~~

After that, we were wondering in Ipoh Parade, walking here and there. Then, we came to the Teddy Bear Land in Bum City. Yup, models of the day! Shiwei and Alice~~~
the model of the day!!!!
It was kinda of cool to take pic in front of all those cute teddy bears. Well, Janice, also took 1; but, due to personally reason[she is shy], I decided not to post it up here..hahahaha!

Next week, she would be leaving UK as a transfer student. Therefore, she would finish all the studies there. Yes, she is not coming back after a year like the mobility programme. Haiz!!!!

Janice, this post is for u!!!
All the best!!!
Have Great Life in UK!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sweet Memory 1989


1989, my birth year!!! Yes, I am telling everyone my age. Yet, isn't that important for guys or gals, right? During my 20 years walking on the surface of the earth, I saw many remarkable sights, tasted amazing cuisine, and smell horrific stench from the dumpyard!

Sweet Memory 1989 is my personally diary of the things that I love during my childhood up to my teenage life and up to my adulthood. After 10 years, I would be 30-year-old. I think that it would be interesting to look back into my childhood and teenage life.

Anyway, back to the image above, well, since young, I have a huge heart on this sweet. If you can see the wrapping of the sweet, it said:" 黄心梅 in Chinese and きろこころうめ in Japanese. Both also mean yellow-hearted plum [ forgive my direct translation><] Firstly, thanks to some basic Japanese classes, I am able to identify that this sweet might be from Japan. Haha(^^) If you have watch Up[Here], the 78-year-old man lived inside his memory until he decided to change his life by fulfilling his wife's dream to "balloon" the house to Paradise Fall! At the end, when he looked back into his memory book (The Adventure Book by Ellie, his deceased wife), he finally knew that they did not live a disappointing live as inside her adventure book was the sequence of pictures of their young life to their older days. She treasured every moment they had even though they did not make a lot money, have children, or even travel the world. Those were the simple yet forever memory of their lives.

Ooo, before and after inspired by this movie, I am going to make a My Adventure Blog(^^)...haha.... It is not about age! There will be geniuses at the tender age of 10; but, there will also be elderly setting record despite their ages. That is life! Nothing is impossible!!!!

My achievement so far-----
  • eat a lot of Japanese buffet[here, here, ...]
  • eat more food![here, here, here, .,.....infinity]
  • beg-packing in Cambodia! [here, here,here, here]
  • Learn to swim without drowning but, with the fat on my body now, I am sure that I can float naturally(^^)
Ain't those achievements worth nothing to be mention to some people?! Well, it means a lot to me because there were so many first in there.......I am no superman; I am just somebody finding the path that I want to walk!!! No Mozart, no Edison, no super-young genius - I am me! Comparing myself to others would only make me feel tired![note: comparing with other ppl is the typical Chinese family tradition^^]

My Targets
  • Buy a house as soon as possible
  • Travel around the world
  • Become a trillionaire
  • Become World Next Top Model@@!!!???
  • Become a legend!!!

Haha, we set the targets! Is this possible, maybe?! But, is this truly what we want and what we urge for?! I really have those dream before...or have I?! Anyway, it is not important as long as we are contented with what we have!!! Becoming World Next Top Model, in my dreams...haha><

Omg, i sound so emo~~~ not really, actually, during this 3 months, I think a lot~~~~~~~maybe, I successfully found 禅(zen)....?!