Celebrated the last day of Gawai Dayak today at our office level. It was grand and well-arranged. Congrats to our committee members for working so hard and being so sporting during Ngajat Ranyai. (Sorry I didn't join you guys, hehehe). The guys prepared manok pansuh (chicken cooked in bamboo), the ladies meanwhile, preparing the rice and other edible stuff. I just would like to share some pictures and videos taken during the event. Enjoy!
Meet the MCs for the event. (Haneka and Stephen)
Miring ceremony is being executed. My boss can be seen sitting on most left.
glutinous rice cooked in bamboo; very nice to enjoy with curry, rendang, serunding or masak hitam.
Pucuk ubi -
This is the pounded tapioca leaves cooked with some anchovies, onion and lemon grass. Only young buds used to make this delicacy.
Chicken cooked in bamboo. Tapioca leaves were used to cover the lid while cooking it to the perfection, means, very tender and juicy!
Anyone? dried rice, mixed with peanuts and pressed and let it to sit. Crunchy...
Kuih Jala @ Penganan Jala -
Made from rice flour and sugar (most of the time, palm sugar is used to get the caramelized brownish crunchy texture). The process to produce it is called, 'bertatak'.
I also recorded these and I hope that you could hear everything despite the scratching sound; it was recorded by using my pda phone.
FIL and Gabby went to pick him up at the airport and I have cooked 'Ayam Masak Kicap' and sup sayur Chai Sim; his favourites. They reached home before 9 p.m. and it was the best time to savour my prepared dinner. Since that he just came back from business trip, the didn't have time to go shopping but he grabbed a giant strawberry lollipop and a box of Ferrero Rocher for Gabby while for me, nothing is better than
God, I'm so relieved that I can sleep so soundly tonight.
The next picture is portraying a bunch of kids hanging out by the roadside. Yeah, this group is the Fast and Furious of SM St. **. Those kiddos are smoking, yeahhh smoking.. indeed it's just opposite their school. This is how the 'Ah Beng' in the making making their debuts. See the blue modified BMW? I was so shocked to see the boy driving his car dangerously while his sister still sitting in the car. The girl I guess is in Primary 2-3 while her brother boasted with the old Beemer with his buddies, I zoomed my Atom O2 to capture them. Hmmm... nowadays kids are giving us headache. You might think that I am a kay-po, that I should mind my own business right? Yeah, to watch my own kid.
I took minute of a meeting today. I didn’t like it since that I was so sleepy this morning and can’t concentrate on the discussion. The rest of the day? Works and works till I cooked chicken curry for dinner tonight. Hubby is coming back tomorrow from his business trip. Yes! Yes!
He also told me that they are going to visit
I've got this from my friend, Zizie:
He: Yes. At last. It was so hard to wait.
She: Do you want me to leave?
He: NO! Don't even think about it.
She: Do you love me?
He: Of course!
She: Have you ever cheated on me?
He: NO! Why you even asking?
She: Will you kiss me?
She: Will you hit me?
He: No way! I'm not such kind of person!
She: Can I trust you?
Now after the marriage you can read it from below to top !!!!
I remembered the Jen cursed him once for calling her ‘orang putih’. Served u right buddy! I just ignored him because of two reasons; he is retiring soon and taking away the stupid story with him; and secondly, he has lame cheap old jokes that make him running out of idea. For fellow readers information, he was mocking me and hubby for riding a motorbike when I was in the early year of employment with my current department. That was in the year 2001, 6 years ago. Yep, we went to the office by using a Honda’s motorbike, so now does everyone satisfied enough by my story? I will make it clearer. We’ve got married soon after completing our studies and we have just started our life as husband and wife together. We were collecting some $$ for a goddamn shit car which we finally bought after giving birth to Gabby. I was so proud with myself, that I bought the car with the money from my sweats juice. I squeezed it myself, ok? I didn’t think that he has got his own car during his first year working 30 years ago, didn’t you uncle? I have more than 20 years to come and serving this country and we’re working hard to proof to everyone that we’re not the kind of children who depend on parents’ money to success in life. We prefer to keep it as low as we can, and not to reveal our identities, OK?
Time will unleash us. So keep it up to yourself, at least I didn’t buy my car by using the money given by the contractors, being spoon-fed and bribed by them. I guess, when you're using public transportation or pooling car with your friends it will upgrade your status then using your own motorbike. Oh, that is how your status is measured. Beautiful. This guy and his associates (some of them had already retired and fu** their wives and mistresses at home and these creatures were born as Men, what a shame to have mouth poisonous than a rattlesnake or some bitches) really can boast with their what so called rides after they joined the procurement & development section, which I call with a name, ‘the Gold Mine’. I am not that stupid, uncle. And some more my qualification is much better than your lousy MCE or maybe last time you entered this department with your ancient LCE? Hahahahha….!! See yourself at the mirror Mr. Ok? This uncle doesn’t only scatter my brain but also some of the ‘weaker’ staff in the office, I might look weak but I prefer to remain calm as I hate to stir some feuds which will dismay others and bring down my level to childishness. I’m fine with you and your bloody hell jokes. And thanks to Yan and Neka for giving him a very ‘what-the-hell-are-you-talking-about-and-sorry-we-are-not-
interested-with-your-story’ look at him. LOL.
Case closed. Dropped by at Guardian to buy my facial cleanser and facial cotton. I steamed a couple of Kerapu (Garoupa) fish tonight. Let me show you how to steam it Coki’s style.
First we need a couple of clean Garoupas.
Rub to season the fishes with a pinch of tamarind, salt and MSG as you like. I put in some 'asam keping' too. You may add some fish sauce or soy sauce for extra flavour.
Finally, sprinkle some chop shallots, garlic, finely sliced ginger and chopped chillies. Before steaming, pour 2 tablespoon of cooking oil or better, some sesame oil. Steam for 1/2 an hour and voila!!
*Sorry, for the F word… I need to curse; sometimes.
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Wah, kayaknya ini hari aye lagi sedih ... laki aye udah ke luar kota, udah ke KL. Rencananye cuman 2 malem koq. (gile ape?) Sempet2nya aye ngantarin doi sampe pintu aje. Duhh.. lagi kangen nih. Nah, di radio tuch belakangan nich sering2 maenin lagunya Kerispatih - Mengenangmu. Duhh jadi ngenengin terus nich. Sebel, kangen, pilu, .... Okey buat kalian yang saat ini lagi ngenengin lagi ngangenin sama orang-orang tersayang makanya aye ngasih ini lagu biar sendu terusssss.. Hiks!
Artist : Keris Patih
Title : Mengenangmu
Bila ku ingat
Kau yang tahu
Mengapa sampai saat ini
Ku masih sendiri
Kau rindu padaku
Meski kita kini ada
Di dunia berbeda
Bila masih mungkin
Biarlah ku simpan
Sampai nanti aku
Kau tak terlihat lagi
Namun cintamu abadi
Jen didn't manage to get caterer so Rowland treated us to Kaya & Toast. I had Nasi Lemak with soft boiled eggs and not forgetting my favourite, Milo Dinosour.. Aaarrggghhhhhh!!! Workpiles were like hell today. I didn't stop for lunch break but carry on continuing my works. Today, I feel so exhausted I don’t know why. Maybe because of the workloads or too much hectic hee-hee and haa-haa during the Gawai’s meeting? I tell you our meeting was like a bunch of Iban voting for a 'Tuai Rumah' (house leader) . It was noisy yet fun. I've captured it in a form of video. The loudest voice standing next to me is Stephen, a loud speaker in real life!
Heeehhehe see told ya!
After dinner, I watched tv again, this time I watch the Mistress of Spices at Star Movie Channel and darn…. Aishwarya Rai’s eyes are so amazing!! But it kind of weird when she’s paired with Dylan McDermott which I find, a less handsome. Hahhahahah.. I prefer if they paired her with let say.. Collin Farrell? Or.. Viggo Mortenssen?Hahaahahah.. stupid suggestions. Hubby watched 3 Diva’s concert and I spent my time again in front of PC till now. I have completed my ‘homework’ and will print out in the office on Monday. I hope that my Honorary Consultant agreements will come to my boss satisfaction. Ok, time to sleep now. Nite-nite readers, mwaaaacckss!!
Today, everything was under control except for some files, which have not been updated by Suri. Goodness gracious God. I even lost my next week’s minutes of meeting for Morning Prayer. Shit!! I asked her to file it away but what happened to my minutes?? I must get a copy either from Yianti, Haneka or Jen… I hate to bother my friends. I have so many plans on my mind to upgrade the filing system, which has turned upside down. There are so many empty cabinets available but why must all the subject files being dumped and squeezed inside one cabinet? Dr. Lee will surely kill me if she knew this. This is what my hubby always tells me in the past, u can be friendly with your side-kick but with some limitations. If I listened to him, this kind of thing would never happen. We leave the stories now. I guess it will make you sick and want to puke.
Visited my parents just now and we had dinner together. I bought them Char Sio Pau hihihhi… (Food again.). We headed home around 11:30 p.m.; Gabby went to sleep once we arrived at home. Hubby also landed on the bed shortly after her. I continued my unfinished battle at my PC then blogging. I miss to blog. Lot of stories to tell, but limited time to type. Ok then, I am sleepy now. Still feel tired from the long, hectic week. See ya’ll tomorrow. Ciao!
Once I arrived downstairs I saw Jen was clicking her handphone and when looked up, Holy Christ!! It was huge rainbow circling the sun.Gorgeous!!
I took a few snap of images and I took also some pictures of exciting staff mesmerizing the beauty creation. Sister Yanny told me it's The Eye of God.. oh yeah, God is watching all of naughty monkeys down there taking pictures. LOL :p I can't stand the heat so I went back to my room to have my lunch after that. This article was taken from the Borneo Post Online, dated June 23.
Bad moon rising after rare rainbow show?
By Lim How Pim and Zora Chan
KUCHING: It is a bad omen.
|SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW: This atmospheric phenomenon occurred near mid-day in Kuching yesterday, causing many people to look skyward at the shimmering halo. –Photo by Jeffery Mostapa|
Many people rushed out of their offices and shops to look at the awe-inspiring halo with some drivers even stopping their vehicles to observe or record the phenomenon with their mobile phones.
Fengshui master Alan Kou described the rare celestial sighting as “the Sun carrying an umbrella,” saying it was a sign of something bad.
He predicted that the weather would become erratic and the rainy season would last longer.
“It will rain and rain. In my opinion, it is not a good sign.”
|JUST A RAINBOW: This atmospheric phenomenon occurred near mid-day in Kuching yesterday, causing many people to look at the sky in awe. Photo by Georgette Tan|
Kou feared there would be more social problems and the slow economy would continue.”In general, society might be facing a hard time ahead and many problems will arise.”
He said he had come across and studied such a phenomenon many years ago, adding that it was uncommon and portended a time of ill winds.
However, Sarawak Astronomical Society vice president Jacob Sebastian explained that there was nothing supernatural about the natural occurrence.
The rainbow did not surround the sun although it looked like it did, he said.
“The rainbow formed quite low in the sky and within the atmosphere, and therefore is known as an atmospheric phenomenon. It also has nothing to do with the Summer Solstice which incidentally starts today.”
Sebastian conceded that it was uncommon to see a full-ring rainbow because rainbows normally occurred either in the early morning or late evening, thus the people could only see part of the ring.
He said a rainbow normally formed opposite the sun when it rained.
“A full-ring rainbow only occurs when the conditions are right - not too hot, not too cloudy, and there are particles of water or ice in the sky. The rainbow is reflection by these particles.”
He said it was normal for people in the olden days to believe that such rare atmospheric phenomenon was something supernatural or would bring positive or negative repercussions.
However, he said, with today’s scientific knowledge in science, the full ring round the sun was just a rainbow.Elder generations comment that this umbrella like rainbow means someone big is passing away, I mean, dying. Big persons like the Royals or country's leaders. Whatever it was, I didn't mind because I know He is great, and He is Cool!! Allelujah!!
According to the Head Master, this year’s celebration was the best they have ever had so far. Parents were invited to join the blowpipe ‘sumpit’ contest, dressing up ‘ngepan’ contest and the kids were also enjoying themselves for having some games. Later on before the final round, all of us were invited to ‘ngabang’ or do class visiting because all classes were having parties (open house)! Yeah, I love food. Hahahha!! , all the girls were called to the stage. Gabby was one of the finalists. Yeehaaaa…. I was so touched that even though she didn’t have a proper anklet, ‘selampai’ (scarf), ‘buah pauh’ (the metal balls) and the big Iban’s belt, she’s still in, man. Maybe you wonder why didn’t we just borrow or rent from others who have it. For your information, ‘ngepan’ is something we inherit not buy and possess. The set that Gabby was wearing today was inherited from her grandmother and great-grandmother. It is ‘sacred’ that if one family has 5 daughters, parents must buy one set each which is quite costly. I heard from my MIL that a whole set would cost you RM500.00 onwards.
I was so proud to see her on stage, acting like traditional model, smiling to the judges and audience despite her plump cutting. When it comes to traditional costumes contest, your look won’t help much. I was almost crying when she was selected among best 10!! Go mama's girl go go go!! But if I measured back the hand applauses and the cries from the audience she would have won! (Maybe can request for some SMS votes next year eh? LOL). Gabby’s cousin, Stacey won the second place. She’s good, she’s the school dancer and she’s 12. It made so much different if compared to my girl who is only 6 years 7 months. Gabby was frustrated that she even told me “ Mama, I did not win”… but we consoled her by buying her favourite KFC meals. Hihiiihih…
After that, we dropped her at home and we went to RHB Bank to cancel my credit cards, 4 of them ok? But I have never activated not even a single card. After that settled the car’s installment before heading to Jalan Padungan to have our Nasi Briyani Ayam. The time was showing and were starving man, we didn’t have breakfast and we were stuck at the school until The lunch was superb and it worth a plate of RM4.50 compared to the other places. I really love Briyani. Hmmm…
My poor Gabby. She did not win. But her appearance had intrigued other parents’ heart. They kept on pinching her cheeks and arms whenever she passed by. Never mind sweetheart, there are 5 more years to go and Mama will train you personally. Her Papa will try his best to get your costumes completed and you will be back again to the stage in 2008.
Some of pictures taken during the day:
The moment when Finalist 10 was announced.
Whatcha looking at baby?
With Mama, her best friend at home.
.... and with Papa.
... arrrhhh.. it's so hot outside here..
Mr. A chairing the meeting.
Unfortunately, less than 20 people turned up. The meeting was held let say, for 1 hour and half. I joined them for morning break and I took only 2 curry puffs with 1 piece of fried chicken. Some of them even ‘tapau’ back the dishes since Jen had ordered for 50 pax. I didn’t have much because I had breakfast with hubby and furthermore, I bring my own lunch today – fried chicken, again as well.
Some of boring faces in the meeting.
When there is a meeting, there must be food on the table. Check this out!
Workloads as usual, I took everything lightly. I guessed I was trying to play safe, as my aid will come tomorrow. Hip hip hooreyy!! After dinner; we put the traditional costumes on Gabby as the day after tomorrow she will compete in the beauty contest. Just to do some final check ups so that tomorrow night everyone will get to sleep earlier. After 40 minutes of shouting and shrieking, Gabby was done! The only thing that we worry so much is the skirt (pua kumbu), we are so afraid the skirt will loosen and plop down while she’s on stage. What a humiliation haaaahha.. but hubby will ensure that such thing won’t happen. Hopefully. Gotta go now, *hwaaaaaaarrrff…..so exhausted today.
After lunch, I did my manicure, this time I just did a French Manicure style by the help of hubby. He did my right fingers actually because I’m not a left-handed person like Gabby. We had some ‘keropok ikan’ for tea time, then I cooked black pepper meat. Hubby went out for his jamming session with the band and I watched the predicted results programme, Gangstarz which has come to an end. I knew it The
My cute fingers... envy me?
After lunch, went to pet shop to buy food for our cats, dog and Tomi, hubby’s Guinea Pig. After that we went to Wisma Saberkas to do some shopping, I felt awkward too. I cursed on a bunch of people who gave me some weird looking. I was furious, man. I even shouted at two ladies outside the saloon and they ran away because the way they looked at me, made me feel un-human. I went to Cindy to grab some accessories, bought panties for Gabby and then off to supermarket to buy spaghetti. Before that we stopped at the coffee shop located at the lower level to have Coke and Sio Bee. Yum yum!
I bought 3 necklaces to accessories my office wardrobe. They are so gorgeous and sold for only RM10 each! Dinner was at 6:00 p.m. and I just had a plate of spaghetti. Spent all night inside my bedroom with Gabby and her Papa. We played PC games and read old magazines. I sew Gabby’s Pua Kumbu cloth to make her ‘selampai’ to complete her traditional costumes. Next week she will be on her first runaway and competed in the Kumang Gawai (Gawai beauty) contest. My Fail Meja now is 99% done, waiting to be printed next Monday. Ok then, I have to hop on my bed, hubby is snoring already. Tomorrow we will be attending the Evening Mass, quite ‘malas’ to wake up early. I’m tired in my head and body too. Already promised Gabby to take her out to have breakfast tomorrow. See ya next Monday people. Mwahhss!
Yeap yeap... Thursday. Tomorrow Friday. End of the working days for the week. But works, still piling like poop. Yeah, I'm pooped by the poop. Waiting for the replacement for my assistant but until now, there's no news on the air. Even after I begged them who happened to have seminar in Miri, I mean the Human Resource Department. Cold response. Luckily, I had eaten Kolok Mee so I didn't pause for my coffee break. I just had my cereal mixed with Milo (picture). Joined Jen and Brenda for lunch at King Centre and followed by window shopping. Whadda hot day today! Hubby called me and informed me about Gabby's participation in Kumang Gawai Competition. Her name was initially not listed according to Gabby. Her Papa went to see Cikgu Saroja and they told him her name is in. Come on-lah I said. She was selected ok? We didn't simply apply for it, and some more we have signed the letter of consent. The truth story revealed. The 5 names on the board were the names for those who interested to participate. Lerrr.. you really made Papa so embarrassed lar Gabby. :p She smiled happily on the way to go home because she's still in the competition. Funny girl. She loves being on stage and never fear one.
Later in the evening we had our last dinner with my brother, Rodriguez. He's going back to Seremban tomorrow, I'm gonna miss him again but I know he'll be back again this October before going off to undecidable location for his practical training. Take care bro!
Atau kerana berjaya membuka francais Kuih Pau nya yang terkenal ittiewww..
tetapi kerana telah berjaya dan selamat melahirkan seorang bayi tembam lelaki seberat 3.20kgs jam 5:00 pagi tadi.
**Sorry Sue, kamek sik dapat melawat kitak harituk tek. Kamek petang kelak terpaksa ngantar adik mek balit kolej. Tahniah.
Happy Birthday to my naughty boss. Even though you turn my world upside down, I always respect you as my mentor and learn a lot from you. May God bless you, dear Boss. I just want you to know that you are the best boss I've ever had in this world. 51st birthday ek? 5 more years to be together, I will serve you as the best Personal Assistant as always even though you always make my head spinning. You really make my day with colorful rainbows and keep on smiling, never grow old! Happy Birthday Boss!!
I don’t mind if she’ s not listed in but her frustration really breaks my heart. She took a nap when we’ve got home this evening and when she woke up.. with her eyes still closed she cried and told me something like this, “Mama… my name is not in the list, I don’t want to join Kumang Gawai anymore… sob sob…” Pity girl. I know how much she wanted to be on stage. I consoled her by telling her that Papa is going to KL at the end of this month and will buy her a lot of chocolates and pretty dolls. She smiled at last. I hugged her. Love her so much! I didn’t eat dinner tonight as I just had my mee jawa with satay earlier on. Very hungry indeed and that is why I hate to see rainy days plus the cold air-cond really make me hungry as hungry as a horse. I took my bath, started typing work, accompanied by Gabby. Hubby went to see his friends at nearby kopitiam to discuss some business plans.
Aiyaa.. so hungry. Again. I feel sleepy too and I’ve been yawning like 100 times since . Suri was admitted to hospital today and I hope to hear good news tomorrow from her, as now she is giving birth to a baby boy. A new replacement will come tomorrow as promised to cover her duties. Ok then, I need to lay down for a while before continuing my works.
I don’t want to starve later in the late afternoon so I just satisfy my pang with Myojo Pedas noodles and a mug of hot Milo. Really had no mood to work today, I felt so damn sleepy. I munched my biscuits at 4:00 p.m. just to avoid myself from becoming a sleepyhead. We dropped by my parents’ house at 6:00 p.m. to give my old man his eye-drops from the pharmacy. Mom made some Pulut tanak with Serunding Udang Kering. Superb!! Told her no kick at all, cos’ it’s spicy-ness was lesser. I really troubled her when she made another version with Chili Boh. This time, I really couldn’t put my head up while enjoying the tantalizing serunding. So alluring. Sedap giler mak.. mekasih bebanyak. Mmuaahhss… Ok lah, I have to clean up myself now. Very smelly, good smell ok? Still smelling like Fuzzy Peach scent from the Body Shop. Gosh, I am not feeling that good tonight. Kiss kiss. End.
Boss is on leave for two days. Bermakna 2 hari tanpa kerja berat dan seksaan otak. Still have debt to be settled that is my Fail Meja. Can you believe that all this while we’ve been working without Fail Meja and the situation is like sailing a ship without captain. You become a Pirate, Pirate of South China Sea. Just do anything possible. Without regulations. Well, that’s the only thought I have so far about my jobs. Blogging now is a way of life. Having your life published online doesn’t make me feel observed and eyed-on, I still have privacy. The only thing bothering me the most is, how my Wordpress’ blog being attacked by viruses. They invaded thru my ‘comments’ part. I really hate it as they are attacking heavily each day. Benci. For instance, out of 50 comments that I receive everyday, only a couple of them are from my friends and the rests are viruses. I just want to blog sincerely and happily. I love nice and smooth life. But these viruses really wasting my time to identify them and click them as ‘spams’. So here I am today, converted my blog to Blogspot. It’s slick and easy. Even my friend Jen, she changed from Blogdrive to Blogspot for the reason of hassle-free management. I agree.
I started my day today with a date-on-breakfast with my love. We just had our Chicken Sandwiches and a mug of plain hot sweet tea. I’m still coughing and having my flu. For lunch, hubby packed me fried eye-egg and some Yeo’s Sambal Udang. Lovely. I met a new friend online today. I knew him from Forum Cari. A very chatty boy, about the same age as my brother, Rodriguez. He’s studying Chemical Engineering in
Something to share also today. On the way back from the office, we saw an accident occurred at Jalan Uplands. A Chinese man was sandwiched by his own Proton Saga, dark blue, plat number WCC something-something. So eerie, he’s covered in blood and conscious while the Rescue 991 tried to cut the metal, I mean his wrecked car. It seemed that he hit a lorry parked by the road side. Must be driving recklessly and so laju also if you happened to see the impact of the crash. Hubby didn’t have the guts to see it, but I was more brave and I tried my best to look while hubby drove our car slowly passing by the location. Urrgghh.. Later in the evening, hubby, Gabby and I had some beef burgers for dinner. Rice-less tonight at least. Hubby left home at to meet his business partners. I watched Kylie Kwong’s Simply Cooking for a while and Gabby did her homework. Done. And now I’m blogging from my bedroom while waiting for my dearest hubby to come home. Okay then, I have to concentrate on my Fail Meja. See ya’ll tomorrow. Hugs and kisses. Ciao!
|Your Blogging Type is Kind and Harmonious|
You're an approachable blogger who tends to have many online friends.
People new to your blogging circle know they can count on you for support.
You tend to mediate fighting and drama. You set a cooperative tone.
You have a great eye for design - and your blog tends to be the best looking on the block!
Gabby at one of the shops available nearby the hotel's lobby.
Understanding the rules and regulations. Tak muleh nakal-nakal woo..
Gabby with Papa
with Mama. Sayang Gabby! Thanks Papa and Gabby, Mama loves you both so very much!