December 03, 2010

No Mercy for the North Koreans? What would you say?

     First was the attack on the South Korean navy ship killing more than 100 crews on board. It was found that the torpedo was from North Korea and there was no action taken against the communist country. Moreover, the North Koreans describe the tragedy as "a great diplomatic victory", said by the North Korean U.N. ambassador. Now, for no valid reason, again, the North Koreans have attacked an small island of the south which is vulnerable. After all of that, they show no regret but they are proud for what they have done.


The USS George Washington being sent to the Yellow Sea after the North Korea's shelling of the South Korea.


                       Military drills performed with the South Koreans.


     Those incidents have led the South Korea and it's ally, the United States to carry out military drills to be prepared for any further threats. America has brought it's nuclear powered warships which shows how serious this matter is and international pressure has been placed on China to not support the North Korea. The U.N. security council wanted to impose more sanctions against the North Korea however, China, who is a permanent member of the security council has used it's veto power to go against the decision.

     International pressure are now being placed on China so that action can be taken against the North Korea. I have seen in a undercover documentary which shows the people in North Korea are suffering and have no knowledge at all of the outer world. The treat the leader of the North Korea as God and are willing to do anything for him. However, the same cannot be said for the leader who is ignorant of what is happening to his people and he uses total dictatorship to control the people there. They have got no connection at all and is not able to go out of North Korea or they will be prosecuted to death.

     I hope that the international pressure will make China regain back its senses. The only way to overcome these unnecessary death is to take out the leader of the North Korea and let its people see the world. What would you say this? Feel free to disagree with the author of the posts.


The Politician.

November 24, 2010

Adeste Fideles.

~Betch

Christmas is descending on us all and I see people are relaxing and looking forward to the end of this year. People just wanna sit back by the fire, cuddled with their families and sing 'I'll Be Home for Christmas'. That's one of my favourite Christmas songs. The feel of the song always makes me visualise a sense of warmth spreading throughout my body. Personally, I like the peace that comes with Christmas, it may be because it's the day that believers acknowledge the day of the Lord's birth into this world.

I think Christmas is a time where people basically retreat and reflect on the year. We think about what we've done, the people we met, the good times and the bad... and then we think about how we can make good changes for ourselves. As innocent and child-like as I sound, but I think it's more important how you've made a positive impact in the lives of people around you. People hide their insecurities and mistakes and they beat themselves up about it, thinking they're the only ones in the world. They feel all alone. So look around you... and talk to those that you feel need to talk, let them know that someone cares.

I may sound mushy and emo here, but you have no idea how much of an impact you can have in someone's life. Humans are created by God to have feelings and empathy towards others, hence sharing in their burdens and enlightening one another through lessons and tribulations in life. We are just designed that way to be connected with others.

This Christmas, may God bless you all! (and every other day afterwards as well :) )

Any fool can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count all the apples in one seed. ~ Robert H. Schuller

November 12, 2010

Good times.

~Betch

Woooowww, I can almost feel the virtual dust on this blog. I shouldn't be surprised because the last update was more than 3 weeks ago. I will never know how people can actually update their blogs every week. Some even sooner! Sighz. Not that that's a bad thing of course :)

Anyway, moving on... since the fall semester started up for me, so much has happened. Things were revealed to me in a way that made time fly even faster than it once had... in fact, time went by so fast that I didn't even have time to absorb it all. I make it sound like I have discovered the medical cure for cancer, but no, I assure you it is nothing of the grand sort. Or scientific for that matter. I've just had a really great time getting to know people better and growing with them. Naturally but unfortunately, I've stumbled into people who are... (how do I say this without being judgmental?)....difficult. Yes, let's just put it that way. AH, but such is life. We should live the best we can.

So I've discovered that I'm rather agile in the water. I'm not talking about swimming, but water captain ball. Yeah, I was at my Christian Fellowship retreat and we were playing that. That was one sport in my whole life that I actually enjoyed playing to the fullest. Honestly! You can ask around. That camp was such an escape from my busy life, it certainly was rewarding to find rest in God (the purpose of the camp). And all the people in camp... they were just amazing to be around.

Ah, good times, good times...

Okay, moving on to other funny moments. Like this one time when I saw a dude smoking a cigarette in the rain. I should have taken a picture, honestly. It was fascinating to watch him light his cigarette again and again, scratching his head every time the cigarette would extinguish. First of all, I dunno about this but can an unfinished and put-out cigarette be lit again? Smokers, cancer lovers, anyone to help me here? Well anyway, people are just interesting lah, you know?

When I was returning from camp with a friend one afternoon, I saw this white dude trying to hitch a ride from someone. In a movie, that's usual and okay... but in Malaysia? Hmmm... I wanted to ask my friend to stop the car so I can get down and tell the fell, "Ermmm, dude... it's wonderful that you actually think people are gonna wanna give you a lift and all like in America, but it just doesn't work in Malaysia... so why don't you call a cab or something?" 

That's all I have for now and the post is getting long so I don't want anyone to stress.

CIAO!

"A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." ~Anonymous

October 01, 2010

Is being good worth it?

After looking at things for the past 1 year, I learnt a lot and discovered many new things. Being in a complete different group than I was before, my conscience is really being put to the test.

Studying in a place which consists of almost 99% students who are scholars is definitely a tough place to be in because the peer pressure is high but I am sure that it is the same everywhere. One thing that differentiates is the people, here, who might become successful engineers, academicians, programmers and probably the leaders of various organizations and country, are doing their 'BEST' in getting the highest results in whatever way possible. The best meaning they would do anything, even though it is bad....

Many creative methods were used to cheat at tests that would result in them having almost perfect score! In their opinion, that's the most important thing! Thus, making honest people to turn bad and want to follow them in order to excel in studies but in the wrong way! 

Not only that, in order to save money, these future leaders are shop lifting, stealing and would do anything to benefit them. Please do bear in mind that there people maybe the future leaders.... What about those who are poor and not educated? Even the rich are stealing, what about the poor?

I really hope that they come into their senses and do the right thing in order to slow down the effects of Armageddon- the end of the world. Some of the bad things done are just beyond imagination...

The Politician

September 14, 2010

The ridiculously high car prices in Malaysia


BMW 535i sells for RM178,000 in the US
In the United States of America (a developed country which we are also
aspiring to become by the year 2020) a 2009 model BMW 535i Sedan is
selling for about USD50,367.00. This is only RM178,000 – about the
price of a Toyota Camry 2.4L here in Malaysia . The same BMW sells in
Malaysia for about RM450,000.   
 BMW 328i sells for RM155,000 in the US     
 The 2009 model BMW 328i 2 door Convertible sells for USD44,014 or
RM155,369.00 in the US . In Malaysia the same car sells for over
RM460,000. This is an untenable situation.   
 Audi A4 2.0T Cabriolet Convertible sells for RM142,000 in the US    The 2009 model Audi A4 2 Door 2.0T Cabriolet Convertible sells in the
US for USD40,328.00 or RM142,357. In Malaysia the same car would sell
for about RM265,000.   
VW GTI 2.0T sells for RM85,000 in the USIn the US the 2009 model Volkswagen GTI 2.0T sells for USD 24,039 or
RM85,000 only. In China the same car will cost around RM60,000. Over
here the same VW car sells for about RM200,000. 
And the 2010 model Toyota Camry 2.4L sells in the US for USD 19,659.00
or RM69,396
 In Malaysia the 2008 Toyota Camry 2.4L sells for
RM170,000. Toyota Camry 2.4L, 2010 model. RM69,000 in the US Car prices in Malaysia are about three times higher than the prices in
the United States. We are a developing nation. Our land and labour
costs are so much cheaper than the US . Why are our cars so expensive?
It does not make any sense. Tak masuk akal. 
Then here are some car prices from our neighbour Indonesia .    

The Toyota Altis sells in Indonesia for about RM46,000. The same car
sells here for around RM 112,000. Again we are three times more
expensive than Indonesia   
 The Honda Jazz sells here for RM108,000.. In Indonesia the Jazz sells
for RM 36,000. Three times more expensive.   

The Ministers continue making pronouncements about the car industry as though nothing has happened. I hope everyone will please wake up. The Government has a real chance of getting thrown out of office in about three years. The people will not accept inept answers anymore. The ridiculous car prices in Malaysia is an issue that is just beginning to get more attention and publicity. It is going to become a really big issue in the near future. Be forewarned.
Letters

By an angry Malaysian
FROM ANGRY RAKYAT …..! TO OWNERS OF PROTON VEHICLES….VERY SAD !!!!
SO NOW YOU KNOW THE ACTUAL VALUE PRICE OF PROTON !!!! CHEAP METAL !!!
1 MALAYSIA SENTIASA DITIPU…
Kenapa Proton tak jual harga macam kat Arab Saudi ?
Apa istimewanya orang Arab?
Kata “Rakyat didahulukan”..
Kenapa orang Arab lebih diutamakan?
Haaaa..Jawapannya ialah..
Pemilik Proton di Malaysia semuanya dah kena tipu…Hahaha
Harga Persona kat Saudi = SR36,100
Harga Gen2 kat Saudi = SR33,600
Harga Waja kat Saudi = SR37,950
1 Saudi Riyal = RM0.94
Maknanya harga Persona kat Saudi = RM33,934 aje
Maknanya harga Proton Gen2 kat Saudi = RM32,256 aje
Maknanya harga Waja kat Saudi = RM35,673 aje
1 Malaysia bayar RM 66,799.97 untuk 1 Waja di Msia! RM31,126.97 lebih MAHAL!
Shouldn’t our Government protects us. Instead we are cheated.. Our hard earnings..!!
We pay for others to enjoy …
THIS IS 1MALAYSIA …UMNO/BN Govt.

Want to change this? In 3 years time, by choosing the right government!

The Politician

September 02, 2010

Innocence.

~Betch

Apparently, I have been labelled 'holy', 'goodie goodie', 'church boy', and 'innocent' by many of my friends and family. I'm never usually a person who would give a shit but this is getting too much. Yes I realise that I don't swear much, I don't smoke, I don't drink much, I don't do drugs, I try not to lie, I don't do anything to step out of line and I take my faith seriously. I'm sure people would agree that that's good, right?

So why do you guys moan and complain about me being that way? Would you rather I be the complete opposite? Would you rather I be a rebellious son? Would you rather I be a backstabbing friend? Or perhaps a crackhead or a drunkie? No offense, but aren't there enough of you guys out there? I mean, let's be realistic now, you guys can be pretty full of shit. I'm just saying.

Maybe it's some initiation these days that I must do the things above to become an ideal guy to some people. Then again, what do I know, right? I'm just an innocent guy anyway. Pardon me if I have made some of you gasp but I don't keep in touch with nonsense like this.

People, I'm just the way I am. Please stop saying stupid things like how I'm all innocent and crap. It's very ignorant to be honest. No one in this world is truly innocent. It pisses me off really when people call me that.

I can almost predict people would say I'm emo in the comment box after this post.

I would love to continue but I think I may get irrational if I do. So yeah.

August 26, 2010

~ What if life ~

Hey readers!!! i sincerely apologize for the absence")")....was really busy with things..so yea here I am... I'm doing great if u guys are wondering what happened to me")... life in uni is just so much different compared to high school!... well I'm still learning how to adapt...hopefully I'll be able to be fine when my degree starts.... As of now I'm still doing my foundations in UPM... A few more months to go before my real life starts on the track that I've planned... Upm's great...good friends kinda good lecturers and a CAR!! haha.... I'm so happy that I was blessed with a car sticker that enables me to drive to uni... now I've got my "legs"... but the fuel can be very killing sometimes")...

This is something that i wanna bless you with")").... I got this inspiration as i was completing my English assignment").... Its a poem that speaks of the poet's life...

~ WHAT IF LIFE ~
 
What if life could commune,
What will it draw about you?

If life could look back at you in tears,
It wishes to tell you what it cheers and fears.

If life could look back at you in pain,
It questions if your life has joyous reign.

If life could bid you goodbye,
What are the memories that have gone by?

If life would make you run,
Will you have no fun under the sun?

What if life could commune,
What will it draw about you?

~ Kelvin Mun © 2010 ~


Well of course this is just some newbie stuff")")..but something in me felt so good after i wrote this one... I hope it touches your heart too!!!!

Have a blessed and a great day!!!


~Fisherman~

August 06, 2010

Affected

~Betch

I recently saw something that shocked me into realisation of how blessed I am in life and I should never complain. An uncle from church just showed me today a video of a man's house which was in ruins. But the man said he can't leave because there isn't anywhere to go. The house has only one room from what I saw. A huge space with everything simply arranged. It's like kitchen appliances are in one corner, a bed in the middle of the room, and a wooden table with some chairs lying around. The house had no roof. The zinc was basically hanging off the roof and there was no cover at all. He's basically just exposed to the weather. There's nothing to protect him from the rain.

I've seen things like this before but somehow when I saw the video, I was once again awakened to the plight of some people. It's so easy for us to be carried away by the treasures of life and complain about things that we don't have when these people almost have nothing. While some people struggle to make a living out of nothing, I feel some of us are giving our lives to nothing. We have a lot of waking up to do.

I have learned to keep our expectations of people at bay. If people know me well, I like to trust people. I don't like having a prejudice because it makes me feel bitter and miserable. I like to think of people as good and warm. But sadly, disappointment was just right behind those expectations. And well, let's just say I was indeed disappointed by some people. But I don't want to judge people but just let go. 

Well, I'm a believer in the fact that people are here on Earth for a reason and the only way we can get through life is to be a good person and to have faith that God is in control, no matter what. 

"Man never have what he wants, because man wants everything." ~ C. F. Ramuz

July 06, 2010

Observation.

~Betch

I'm gonna sound a little harsh today but then again, I am the betch of the three, so there.

I've been studying in KL now for a year give or take a couple of months and can't help but notice some things about people that either make me shrug in whatever-ness or cringe.

Well, the first thing is about some KL girls. I don't get why some of them speak with an American accent. Or at least they attempt to, with utmost failure I might add. It's soooooo FAKE. But you know, I took a step back and thought maybe I was jumping to conclusions too quickly. So I asked around and apparently they come from Malaysia, they studied in Malaysia their whole lives, they studied in public schools. I don't get it. I just do not get it. And it's not like it sounds intelligent. They take after those bimbos from those reality TV series and don't even make me start on Paris Hilton. It's as though when they were kids, they said "Someday I'm gonna grow up and sound like a bimbo! I'm like sooooooo excited....." But yes, I guess people will always be people.

And the other thing I noticed is how people use God's name in vain. And I'm not shocked, don't get me wrong, but I've always wondered why people don't swear in a deity that they worship. They're always using Jesus' name or God's name or one of the saints' names. You guys have seen it in western films, you guys don't need an introduction. Why can't it be "Oh Shakti and Siva in heaven!" or "Buddha damn it!"? It's ALWAYS God or Jesus that they use. I mean, not that I'm encouraging people to use their gods' names in vain, but it really is rather pointless and contradicting for them that they swear in God's name when they don't believe in Him. For me, I try not use the Lord's name in vain, as I'm Christian, what more non-Christians? I suppose it's those movies people watch now.

I notice a lot of guys have a sort of handshake now (page Snoop Dogg if you aren't sure of how it looks like). Usually the African American kids who are very into hip hop and rap would do that. And for some reason, it applies to Malaysian guys as well. It's not that I'm against that, but when Malaysian guys start to talk hip hop with me, I get nervous because I dunno how to reply them. I dunno if I'm suppose to talk hip hop as well or should I go into an Irish accent. I'm unsure anymore, really. Oh yes, the dressing must be betched about as well. I get if the kids in America do it, but why the hell do Malaysians follow suit? They've got the bling bling, the big t-shirts, the lopsided cap. First of all, the big t-shirts are not a good idea, considering we live in a blazing hot country. They're gonna sweat till they are reduced to a puddle and a hat. Honestly. Get real.

And for no reason, I just saw a cat chase a dog. Times are changing, huh? Social shifts. Ah.

Goodbye.

June 28, 2010

Obvious Potential That Should Not Be Put To Waste...


When talking about Pizza, in Malaysia, people would think of Pizza Hut and some would also think of Domino's Pizza. Both have their own specialty but my choice would be Domino's Pizza as the more preferable one. Probably it is due to the choice of thin crusts which make the pizza taste better. Anyway, I am not going to promote them as I am not paid to do so but I think Domino's Pizza could easily expand it's business but that doesn't seem to be the case.

I know that it is very famous for it's fast delivery but since I had the free time, I went to dine at the Domino's Pizza restaurant. When ordering, I was required to give my phone number and my name. Not only that, the cups used in Domino's were the polystyrene cups and I had to eat the Pizza right from the boxes.

It was certainly a surprised for me and I think even though they do not prioritize dine in customers, they should at least have certain standards as they are a big franchise and a well known one too.



June 21, 2010

Therapy

~Betch

Okay, I've got a story based on something that may interest you and my blog partner, the Politician. Last weekend, I was in counselling with a trainee therapist and in a way, it could be called a therapy session. but you see, I was only there for the experience and the bonus marks. I did not have any social or behavioural problems.

Haha, I'm sorry for bursting your bubble. I know the moment you guys saw that I was in therapy, you all wanted a little drama. You know the usual sofa, and me lying down and getting hypnotised and stuff. Well, sorry lah... no such thing happened. I was not prescribed vicodin or any drug to keep me sane. So rest assured, I'm still me...*twitch*...*twitch*... SEE? :)

Okay, so this therapy thing was for my class called Human Personality and in the bonus mark section, there was this counselling session that students had to apply for. So I signed up without regard to what I'll say during the session. Just within that day, a woman called me to set up an appointment and before I know it, I was on my way to counselling.

The funniest bit was when I had somehow ranted on and on about my family, friends, myself, my interests, what bores me, what doesn't, what annoys me.... and the therapist wouldbe nodding intently as I went on and on. She was exactly how you would imagine a therapist to look like... talk about your stereotypes huh? LOL. A friend of mine suggested I pretend to have an imaginary friend and I replied "What am I, a five-year-old ar?" I was tempted to say "I see dead people and I see one sitting on your shoulders. She's pweeetttiiiieeee..." Not funny? I didn't say it was for everyone. Scare the poor trainee therapist only. Haha.

Human Personality is the bomb, seriously. The work, not so much, but it's really learning about the diverse personalities that is inborn in every human being. It all comes down to who you uniquely are as an individual. Surprisingly, it doesn't diss the existence of God, like how some psychology subjects do. Let's face it, we're complex creatures.

I'm so psyched right now.

June 17, 2010

Who Started It First?!

Recently, another member who is the assemblyman for Malim Nawar, Perak, Keshwinder Singh has quited Democratic Action Party (DAP) and became Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly but he is independent. Of course many of the voters and the opposition would be angry of this.

There have been allegations that the assemblyman, Keshwinder Singh was bought by the Barisan Nasional. One of the method was that his debt was settled by .... Regardless of that, whether it is true or not, I think it is up to him whether to stay as being an opposition or vice-versa. The DAP planned to bring him to the court. According to Ngeh Koo Ham, all elected representative in the state were required to sign a contract which requires a its elected representative to pay a 5 million compensation if they quit the party. If this is true, I would salute DAP as they have take a step ahead and they have fore-sighted accurately!

Everything was started by Anuar Ibrahim after the 12th General Election on March 8, 2008. Now it is being done unto you, what is it like? It was an utterly desperate move by Anwar to be popular and in control but, in fact, it was rubbish. The opposition suggested to the government that there should be a legislation to prevent the elected representatives from switching parties. If I was the government, I will not entertain them too! Moreover, Barisan Nasional does not have such problems.

The clause above cannot be applied for Datuk Zaid Ibrahim because he quited the party honorably.

Please view it. Thank you =)

June 12, 2010

Why Najib should stay as the PM?

Najib Tun Razak, the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia has been alleged by many parties to be involved in  the case of the cruel killing of the Mongolian model, Altantuya Shaariibuu. Whether he is involved in it or not, I don't know. What important is that he has been doing a good job as a Prime Minister. Based on what I see, he has not been shaken as a Prime Minister because at the moment, his leadership has been good. He has not done any mistake that could lead to him being unpopular and possibly, lead to the same event that has happened to Pak Lah (the fifth Prime Minister).

At the time when he became Prime Minister, many people were afraid. It was mainly due to the case of the Mongolian model but after being a Prime Minister for more than 1 year, he has brought a lot of changes to the country, especially in the economy. Yesterday, he has announced the abolishment of the quota system by the government. (More on this, click here http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/6/12/nation/20100612201303&sec=nation)

The thing that worries me would be the 'underground' power that nobody sees, maybe some do. Mahathir once said in his speech that he knows what is best for the country but at times, he cannot do it because there is people or force from below that are against it. I think same goes for the current Prime Minister. If he does something wrong, he will be pressured and possibly, end up being like what happened to Pak Lah. Thus, it will also affect the country.

Maybe this will give my dear readers a hint!

June 11, 2010

No more 'Datuk Seri' and 'Datuk', you become a 'Nenek' lah!

Chua Jui Meng, a former Vice-President of MCA, former Malaysian Minister of Health, former Member of Parliament, was stripped of the Datuk Seri and Datuk given by the late Sultan Mahmud Iskandar. However he still has the title Datuk that has been conferred to him by the Sultan of Selangor and Pahang.

There was no reason given by the Johor Royal Council in the press conference but they just confirmed that he does not have the title anymore. Chua Jui Meng has changed his Political Party to Parti Keadilan Rakyat, an opposition party and he was also elected as a supreme council of the party.

What does this show us? The Barisan Nasional has the ability to do anything they want including influencing the Sultan? It is not for me to judge.

What's your choice for FIFA world cup 2010?


As usual there are many people who would be asking the same question on the possible winners for the World Cup 2010. Some famous team that has been the talk of the people around the world are Brazil (of course), England, Spain and France.

What would yours be? Place your votes at the application.

May 22, 2010

Liberation

~Betch

Here we are again. Wow. Seems like a long time now, hasn't it? I mean, the last time I wrote somecrap down? Well, you see, in the past few weeks, nothing interesting or different had come up, so I had to wait for things to arrive in my life. And they have, thank God, because I sometimes take great pity on those who are subjected to my rambling. Forgive me, but when you're called the betch of any trio, you tend to take the role that requires rambling.

Well anyway, I have actually just thought of something interesting and I think it should be officiated into the dictionaries and grammar. Notice how the word "something" is used all the time? Well, why not describe something good with the word "somegood"? Or maybe something bad with "somebad" or "somecrap" or "some(insert swear word here)"? It could save people the trouble of guessing whether the news given to them would be bad or good. But you know, for describing bad stuff, I shouldn't encourage people to swear. It isn't good. But I confess, I like the advantage of that.

Alright, now moving on to serious stuff that went down... So recently I have just come back from a trip with my college friends to Penang and Genting. It was a good trip, honestly, even when there were some problems beneath the surface. Some which didn't require much emotional depth on my part but rather more to being a listener. Aside from the emotional blunders, it was all good. As I was climbing down the hotel by cable car, I had the chance to view the scenery of nature from above. It was phenomenal. The forests and the landscapes were spectacular. After looking at all this, it still amazes me how some people can still deny the existence of God when His works of art are designed and displayed all over the world. But anyway, I will not get into that at the moment. 

I stayed in the Theme Park Hotel when I was in Genting. The theme park was great, I had a lot of fun there. I allowed the inner child in me to let loose on all the rides. Well the rides mostly had the height factor, and I love standing or being at high places. It just makes me appreciate everything as it is which was why I loved Genting. That and the cold air.

But I gotta betch about something here. The Theme Park Hotel. The hallways remind me so much of that film The Shining. Remember that film, guys? The hallways of the haunted hotel in the film was identical to the one at the hotel I stayed in. Seriously! I remember flinching at the thought of seeing those twin girls from the movie appear standing catatonic at the end of the hallway. *shivers*. And what about Jack Nicholsan, eh? Don't get me started with him. Genting is known for its hauntings and to say it isn't true would be unfair to those who had experienced supernatural activity there. I suppose we humans can never fully understand the nature of the spiritual realm.

Penang rocked too but I have been there a couple of times in recent years so it was all the same old stuff. Genting, however, was different because I have never really been on those theme park rides before that trip. Well I'm sure I did as a child but I could hardly remember much of it. A lot of good fluff, you know?

And for the right reasons, of course, I kindly request that each reader who would like to comment to address the writers of this blog as the names given above. :)

God bless for now.

May 09, 2010

Make An Ice-cream With One Ingredient

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Yes, that's right; you heard us. Creamy, soft-serve style ice cream with just one ingredient — and no ice cream maker needed! What is this one magic ingredient that can be whipped into perfectly rich and silky ice cream, with no additional dairy, sweeteners, or ingredients needed whatsoever?
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If you guessed BANANA, congratulations! You're right!
What? You didn't know that bananas can make some of the best ice cream? Well, I didn't either until last week, when my sister called me up and mentioned that she's been freezing bananas and then pureeing them into ice cream.
"That's the sort of thing you discover," she sighed, "when all your friends are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-allergic, and you're on a sugar-free diet." I'd deal with a list of dietary restrictions twice as long, though, if it meant discovering more treats like this one.
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It turns out that frozen bananas are good for more than just dipping in chocolate. If you freeze a banana until solid, then whiz it up in a blender or food processor, it gets creamy and a little gooey, just like good custard ice cream. I was surprised at this bit of kitchen wizardry; I assumed that a blended banana would be flaky or icy. But no — it makes creamy, rich ice cream.
Some bananas, depending on their ripeness, have a bit of that green aftertaste. My sister has been experimenting with adding in another ingredient or two, like a tablespoon of peanut butter and another of honey. Delicious!
Have you ever tried frozen-banana ice cream? Try it! It's an easy way to stay cool and use up over-ripe bananas at the same time.
 

Directly taken from
Duran, F. (2009, August 15). How To Make Ice-cream With Just One Ingredient! Retrieved May 9, 2010, from thekitchn: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/stay-cool/how-to-make-creamy-ice-cream-with-just-one-ingredient-093414

May 07, 2010

Mahathir Knows......

On 21 April 2010, I had the opportunity to listen to the ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Mahathir. He was invited by Universiti Teknologi Petronas to give a lecture on "Beyond Vision 2020". About the topic of his public lecture, he honestly said that it would not be accomplished unless Malaysia changes its direction, I don't know in what sense but certainly it has something to do with the people and its leaders. Mahathir, who is the Chancellor for the universiti, presented a lecture which I found was very honest and true, MAINLY BECAUSE IT WAS COMING FROM A NORMAL CITIZEN AND NOT A POLITICIAN.


He told that, Malaysia cannot rely on nuclear power as the radioactive waste cannot be disposed of. The wastes can only be buried in the soil and thus, making the area hazardous and cannot be used for any purpose. This is the reason why Malaysia have to build dams to produce electric. He bombarded the green environmentalist who cannot see the matter in a bigger picture. He also mentioned that he had to learn a lot of economic and finance during the 1998 economic crisis.


After his lecture, there was a question and answer session. One of the teachers in the nearby school who question on the reason why Maths and Science are taught in English when most of the people cannot adapt to it. Mahathir replied that everyone should move forward by learning English and not stay in Bahasa Malaysia. He added that it is important to be at par, internationally. I liked the part where he 'shut' the mouth of the teacher for good when he said, "why follow those who are at the lower level...... We should increase the level of the difficulty and not decreasing it". 


Another interesting question was on the unity and the integration of the races in this country. Mahathir said that Malaysia is considered a united country mainly because many have restrained themselves from speaking. Then he was asked again on the freedom speech. Mahathir replied that it is better now compared to the Prime Minster from 1981-2003. He also hinted that the Malays of this country need to be competitive in order to survive the current world because more and more country will be multi-racial and multi-cultural. Europe and Asia will be filled with Indians and Chinese, which is about 2.3billion of the total population of the world. He didn't want to tell the main reason of preventing the integration of the races of this country but he said this "look at Singapore, they only have English school!". Haha. That is one of the post which I have mentioned before: http://theramblingtrio.blogspot.com/2009/08/single-standard-education-for-all.html
See! Smart people don't think alike but geniuses do! Haha!


To wrap up, Mahathir was a smart leader and he knows that he has been using the ISA on many purposes beside what it is meant for. There would be many new problems that he might not see in the future but the main point which he predicted that we should pay attention on would be:

  1. Malaysia should not focuses its income on the direct investment of foreign entity because it is now considered an expensive country to invest on.
  2. The world would be multi-racial and multi-cultural, thus 'people' in this country should not rely too much on the government.
  3. Plastics can be a potential world killer in the future because it cannot be disposed of.

There are much more good content in his speech but that's all I would write about it. Before ending, Mahathir said "I do not need to worry about it as I will no longer be here. It is for the future leader to solve them."

The Politician

April 21, 2010

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April 16, 2010

I move on

~Betch


Yeah I know I've been gone for a while. I've been busy with college (work, performances) and church (Easter Musical). It's been a tiring semester but fulfilling nevertheless. My first year in college concludes in May. I always find it amazing how time always zooms pass us without us ever noticing until it's a hundred miles down the road. College has been great nevertheless. Tiring, but great. That day, a girl asked me whether I missed high school. I quite bluntly said no. I'm so sorry but it's just an honest answer from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate school for what it was but oh my days, to think of the school uniforms, waking up early at 6am everyday, and tuition classes... Thank goodness those days are behind me.


Well, moving on, I've just realised how irritating some Malaysians can be. When you meet someone you know, a lot of you unconsciously ask or say EXACTLY what they're doing. Am I making this up? Especially Chinese people. I can go on forever with the amount of examples and experiences I've had. Like when I'm eating, these people will come and ask, "Oh eating ar?"


Eating is not exactly foreign to Malaysians considering the fact we are such gluttons. Let's face it. Even tourists who come here are at awe at the way we eat. We have food 24/7.  So why are these people still asking the obvious? It's so funny really. The best one was when one of my college friends asked whether I had a haircut when he only saw me the previous day with long hair. Aiyo... stress only. I said "No la, it grew shorter".


Anyway, let me tell you something about HELP. Underneath all the academic bliss and achievements, it's also a torture chamber of some kind. I'll explain. HELP has different buildings where different departments are located. Some are at the main block, some are at Wisma HELP, some are in at the KPD (I forgot what it stood for) buildings. It's a scattered university. SO, can you imagine how students have to pass up their assignments? They have to run to this place to print, run back to another building to pass it up before the clock strikes 5pm. And it's not like the places are near to reach. Imagine if you're late. Like my two friends that day... they had to pass up their computer essay assignments and they were suppose to pass it up at 5pm. 4.50 still no where in sight. 4.55pm, I looked up and saw the two of them running down the hall full speed and going, "I'M COMING!!!!" What was funnier, the girl who had no assignment in her hand ran faster than the girl who had it in hers... Funny la ar how some people work... LOL.


I've also come to realise now why the world is so stressed out. It's because of the Chinese people. Am I wrong? You look below and tell me if I'm wrong.


1) Who created exams? Chinese people right? And now anyone who's still studying, STRESS.
2) Who is always the business-minded and the most calculative when it comes to money and the economy?    Chinese people right? STRESS some more even after finishing your studies.
3) Who invented one of the earliest finest and most deadly weaponry in the world? Chinese people right? Whole world STRESS.


Country + Chinese people = STRESS.


This is just a joke by the way. Please don't report me. It's just an honest opinionated joke. And it's not like I'm making fun of another race. It's my race I'm making fun of. So no harm done. :)


Well I suppose I'll end here. It's enough jizz for one day.


God bless!

March 31, 2010

Gift Tilapia!!!

Grilled Fish At The Gift Tilapia Restaurant


I am too busy to blog for now, so jammed up with finals and presentations") So i decided to take my cousins post")hehe.... so yea here's the post")") Some sort of business my dad ventured in lately")

~Fisherman~

Okay, I have tonnes to post about, so expect more food stuffs coming this way real fast! Heh! For now, I will be posting the latest ones and slowly work my way back. Hopefully I can get all these out quick enough! *crosses fingers* This time around, I went to my uncle's newly opened restaurant in Seremban! It's called "The Gift Tilapia Restaurant" which specializes in - you guessed it right - Tilapia dishes!


The premise of the restaurant. Very simple set up, but don't judge a book by its cover just yet! *wink* The restaurant's address:
No. 11, Lorong Merbok 6/1
Taman Bunga Blossom
70100 Seremban


The menu...very simple dishes as of now, but there will be more to come! For now, let me show you what we had:



Vegetables...standard fare, blanched lettuce with oyster sauce and a little bit of oil. Simple yet yummy!


Stir fried bean sprouts...also another simple dish.


Then comes the highlight of the day! Yummy fish! Remember the green tilapia that I mentioned in this post? Well, this fish is the main attraction in the restaurant! This is the Portugese grilled fish...a whole fish grilled but still tender and spread with a yummy 'secret recipe' chilli paste that will have you adding more and more rice! The dish is topped with fresh lady's fingers.(a MUST in this dish! The chillies go very well with the lady's finger!)

Not to toot my uncle's horn and stuff, but the fish is just finger-licking good! Not only is it fresh, but the meat just falls away from the bone when you take it up (it's THAT tender!) and when you put it in the mouth, it melts away like pudding...yummmmm! Plus, you don't get that earthy taste that we normally get with the Tilapia here, so it's a win-win situation! *grins*


Another variation of the grilled fish...this is a simple, soya sauce version. Topped with sliced ginger and spring onions it's perfect for those who are not fond of spicy food. You can just taste the 'sweetness' of the fish meat in this dish because the sauce brings that out. If the fish is not fresh, you'll never be able to taste that!


Last but not least, we had the salted prawns! My uncle raises prawns in his aquaculture farm too, so these prawns are guaranteed fresh! Seasoned with a generous helping of salt, the prawns are wrapped in an aluminum foil packet and subsequently grilled. When it's done, the packet is ripped open and you get THIS! You'd have to remove the salt of course, since it's just a seasoning, but the prawns are SOOOOO good! Simple concept as it is, you can't beat fresh food cooked the proper way...*grins*


So, if you're ever in the neighborhood, drop by The Gift Tilapia Restaurant! You'll never think the same about tilapia dishes again! *wink*

March 28, 2010

Top Salaries In Malaysia




For the corporate CEO’s, thestar represented their annual salaries as daily salary (annual salary / 12months / 22 days / month):
Nazir Razak (CIMB): RM35,417 per day
Wahid Omar (while CEO of TM): RM RM6,742 per day
Ahmad Zubir Murshid (Sime Darby): RM7,764 per day
Yusli Mohamed Yusoff (Bursa Malaysia): RM7,462 per day
Lodin Wok Kamaruddin (Boustead): RM 7,007 per day.
To put some context around those per day figures, 79.3% of the entire households in Malaysia earn less than RM5,000 per MONTH



Prime Minister RM22,826.65, Deputy Prime Minister RM 18,168.15
Minister: RM14,907.20, Deputy Minister: RM10,847.65


Sources from TheStar on 2009.


March 25, 2010

How to write a paper in college/university

1. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a well lit place in front of your computer.

2. Log onto MSN and ICQ (be sure to go on away!). Check your email.

3. Read over the assignment carefully, to make certain you understand it.

4. Walk down to the vending machines and buy some chocolate to help you concentrate.

5. Check your email.

6. Call up a friend and ask if he/she wants to go to grab a coffee. Just to get settled down and ready to work.

7. When you get back to your room, sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well lit place.

8. Read over the assignment again to make absolutely certain you understand it.

9. Check your email.

10. You know, you haven't written to that kid you met at camp since fourth grade. You'd better write that letter now and get it out of the way so you can concentrate.

11. Look at your teeth in the bathroom mirror.

12. Grab some mp3z off of kazaa.

13. Check your email. ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR YET?!

14. MSN chat with one of your friends about the future. (ie summer plans).

15. Check your email.

16. Listen to your new mp3z and download some more.

17. Phone your friend on the other floor and ask if she's started writing yet. Exchange derogatory emarks about your prof, the
course, the college, the world at large.

18. Walk to the store and buy a pack of gum. You've probably run out.

19. While you've got the gum you may as well buy a magazine and read it.

20. Check your email.

21. Check the newspaper listings to make sure you aren't missing something truly worthwhile on TV.

22. Play some solitare (or age of legends!).

23. Check out bored.com.

24. Wash your hands.

25. Call up a friend to see how much they have done, probably haven't started either.

26. Look through your housemate's book of pictures from home. Ask who everyone is.

27. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the future.

28. Check to see if bored.com has been updated yet.

29. Check your email and listen to your new mp3z.

30. You should be rebooting by now, assuming that windows is crashing on schedule.

31. Read over the assignment one more time, just for heck of it.

32. Scoot your chair across the room to the window and watch the sunrise.

33. Lie face down on the floor and moan.

34. Punch the wall and break something.

35. Check your email.

36. Mumble obscenities.

37. 5am - start hacking on the paper without stopping. 6am -paper is finished.

38. Complain to everyone that you didn't get any sleep because you had to write that stupid paper.

39. Go to class, hand in paper, and leave right away so you can take a nap.

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