Friday, December 29, 2006


Now really, I should be sympathizing with the victims of the Taiwan earthquake instead of being pissed that I can't download my animes and mangas... RARRRRR!!! Huh. Oh yeah, I didn't abandon blogger either. I have been trying to POST UP PICTURES using their picture tool, but I seem to have problems doing so. Therefore, there will be no pictures for the time being. RARRRRR!!!

I should also be sympathizing with the victims of the flood (my aunt being one) but I can't help feeling slightly disappointed that I was not able to go to Singapore for Christmas because the train tracks looked like a roller coaster's track due to the flood. RAAAAAAAAARRRRR!!! Also, another thing that irritated me is the way KTM informed their clients about the train schedule. I was supposed to leave on Friday night ON A FIRST CLASS COACH (my first time), but it was announced the night before that the train schedule for that night had been cancelled (obviously, I was upset, but it can't be helped). However, the next morning at 8.00am, I was VERY SURE that I saw the notice stating that the Friday night train will resume. So I was happy once again. But at work, in the afternoon, when I checked the website, the notice was GONE. Disappeared. So I was worried. However, my colleague informed me that The Star website said that the afternoon trains were running and the night train will probably be on (slightly happy, but worried as well).

And then, when I reached home and checked their website again, there was a new notice posted at 6.00 p.m. saying that the train schedules until the next day have been cancelled (totally upset at this point). My uncle at Singapore insisted on me calling them because SINGAPORE received the news that the trains will be coming in. So I called and confirm. I was told that there will be no train for that night and the next day. So that was it.

My mom and I went to KL Sentral to get our refund and we saw travellers there with luggages and all, only to be told that the train wont' be going down south that night. Imagine how disappointed they must have been. At least I was mentally prepared. Anyway, with that kind of flood, if the train WAS going down south, I probably won't be able to sleep at all, wondering when the train will topple to one side, or if it rains heavily suddenly and we'll get stranded in the middle of nowhere...Next morning, they showed a picture of the train tracks which looked rather...curvy. Interesting. It would have been a really nice, long and slow roller coaster ride to Singapore if we were to leave that night.

THE POINT IS, do not lead people on like that. One moment saying that the train has resumed, next moment saying that it has been cancelled. It was really troublesome and pissing off.

So, as a result, I missed one of the best Xmas eve dinner (with chocolate log cake from the mariott hotel T_T) and probably one of the best climate flower exhibition at Suntec Convention Centre. Again, I understand that it's all due to the flood, and should not be upset about it as there are more unfortunate people out there. But then again, I'm only human, and I can't help feeling slightly disappointed.

Now, to make my year end even more interesting, I have managed to BREAK MY OFFICE TOILET BOWL's FLUSH HANDLE. Don't ask me how. I was just using it normally. I still couldn't help grinning sheepishly as I told my boss that. I hope I won't be breaking anything before the year ends. That shouldn't be difficult right? It's only three days away...

Oh yeah, Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Butter Cake

Not satisfied with the SALTED butter cookies I made before my exam, I decided to bake a butter cake this time.

125 g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup of castor sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons milk

The instructions were originally for a convection microwave oven. Since I was using a roaster oven (small little thing) I had to re-adjust several steps.

For microwave oven:
1. Preheat oven to 160C
2. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin
3. Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy
4. Add eggs one at a time and beat well
5. Stir in half the sifted flour with half the milk
6. Spread mixture in prepared tin. Place on Low Rack. Bake for 17 minutes on Low MIX/BAKE 160C

For roaster oven:
Steps are almost the same. Time taken to bake differs a lot, however. It took me almost 50 minutes to bake it. Also, the heat has to be adjusted accordingly. After a while, probably 30 minutes, the bottom heating element had to be turned off, leaving only the top heated.

Cubes of butter


Add vanilla

Add castor sugar

Beat the eggs in

Mix the sifted flour

Stir the milk in.

Bake :D

TA-DA! Wah, the scar is bigger than Kakashi's one (character in the anime, Naruto).

If you like the compact type of butter cake, then this is for you. If you want, you can add more me it was alright, but sister told me that I didn't use enough butter, dad told me that I used too much butter...ah well, adjust it to suit your taste.


Monday, December 11, 2006

Numbnut and Food

Butter Cookies

It wasn't my first time baking. Yet, I made a stupid, stupid mistake that even a beginner probably won't make. Is this the result of being overconfident? A week ago, before my exams, I decided to bake butter cookies to relax. Good way to take your mind off the exams. So I searched for the ingredients. I had unsalted butter, sugar, superfine flour and all the other necessary items. It started off well. The first batch of cookies looked good too. Since this is the first time I'm using a small microwave oven to bake, instead of the usual large convection oven, the cookies turned out pretty well, despite them being slightly brown. So I took ONE big bite.
The first thing that came to my mind was, "THE HELL?! I used unsalted butter!" And I took another smaller bite, and thought, "Hey...wait a minute, even normal butter won't be this salty..." Then my eyes widened. I ran to the tub of sugar, stuck my finger in and tasted it...I spat it out. SALT! >.< Then only I realized, castor sugar looks very much like fine salt. I have no idea WHY I didn't taste it before using it. Very unlikely of me to do that. From now on, I shall taste my sugar/salt before using it.

Chicken ala Kiev

Today is one of those rare days whereby I have to go out for lunch. Since I've been hearing how good Souled Out is, I have decided to eat there for lunch. Yes, I have been working here for almost two years, but I haven't eaten at the famous Souled Out before this.

The waiters and waitresses wore santa hats and reindeer hairbands since it's the festive season. There weren't many people lunching outdoors downstairs, as most of them are at the second floor, escaping the afternoon heat. I really dislike the stairs as I feel insecure climbing it. Fortunately, I reached the top without making a fool of myself. After being seated, I was given the menu. Twice, I was asked if I would like to have the tempura set lunch. Does it seem a though as I don't understand what they are talking about? Ah, well. I guess I do look a little blur (late nights courtesy of Naruto).

I decided to eat Chicken ala Kiev. Somehow, the description of that dish made me think of how my dear, perverted friend, Darke, would have reacted upon seeing the description. "Chicken legs wrapped around sausage with melted cheese in between" He would have burst out laughing. Innuendos... Well, to those of you who don't get it, it's ok, do continue being pure in mind and pure in heart. Overall, my lunch was pretty satisfying. I paid about RM23 for the Chicken ala Kiev + one glass of warm chinese tea.


A client of mine decided to treat us to a Chrismas lunch, on a non Christmas Eve/Christmas day. One of the conditions? Must have turkey. So I looked around for restaurants which will serve turkey on a non Christmas Eve/Christmas day. Not that easy. I phoned one shop, Chilli Padi Cafe to ask if we could have what we wanted. The recipient spoke in Cantonese and I started panicking. How do I ask for turkey dishes on a non Christmas Eve/Christmas day in Chinese?! Fortunately, she understood. Or at least I think she understood. Until she started talking about their Christmas Eve Set Dinner. I tried explaining to her again, and I went "I want at least ONE turkey dish, but NOT on Christmas Eve OR Christmas day". I had to refrain from saying "I WANT TURKEY" like a spoilt brat throwing tantrum. Finally, she got the message and said that there won't be any turkey dishes UNTIL Christmas Eve. Sigh.

Chocolate Smelling Perfume

I don't use perfume. Sugi was suprised. I'm not tempted to buy perfume either. Unless of course, it smells like food and comes with a discount. So last night, I bought chocolate smelling perfume from Body Shop and I got 22% discount, all thanks to Sugi Wugi. Of course the comments I got from Sugi and my sister were that I smelt delicious and the guys will be tempted to eat me (pervert!) and those around me will probably feel hungry.

I don't deny the delicious and hungry part...right now, I smell like as though as I've accidentally spilled a cup of hot chocolate on myself. :D CHOCOLATEY GOODNESS!