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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunday Lunch

As I promised you guys before to post a recipe once a week, today's Sunday lunch menu is Bacon risotto. This is my first time making actual risotto, unlike the previous one it was not actual risotto but I mistaken it and it was some pasta thing.

Here are the ingredients that you need

4 pieces of bacon( Can substitute with beef bacon for religious purpose)
2 cups of riso rice
1 onion
4 pieces of garlic
beef or chicken stock
black pepper
thymes
olive oil
sparkling wine
Parmesan Cheese

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Chop up the onion and garlic, slice the bacons into small pieces. heat up the pan with olive oil, then sear the bacon until it's brown. Then take the bacon out, then add the onion and garlic. Add riso rice togther with thymes and black pepper, keep stirring until the rice is almost transparent. Add stock and sparkling wine, simmer for 5 to 8 minutes till the rice is soft. Add more stock when needed, lastly add your desired amount of Parmesan cheese and it is ready to serve.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Boycott fur!

So you think wearing fur is fashionable? stylish? make you look good? well think again before you buy any fur coats, because the people who get fur are utterly disgusting, useless bastards, assholes, and do not deserve to live. Watch this video, I am definitely boycotting any fur products and think again before you buy.



Pledge to go fur-free at PETA.org

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bintulu final

Ok here is my final post on Bintulu, after Taman Tumbina we headed to Tanjung Batu. The beach looks pretty nice, it was very clean. The beach made Taman Selera in Miri looking like a dumping side, I am so ashamed of our main attraction that is not well maintained. After that, we check out one of the stalls by the beach. We pig out on sweet desserts, something like those cendol thing and it was lovely. We saw one stray dog scavenging for scraps, it looked like those African wild dog or Hyenas.

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After the beach, we headed back rest a little and it was time for dinner. We headed to a local Chinese restaurant, I am wondering that is Bintulu producing super chefs? The food was again fast! a little slower than the previous place, but still at an amazing pace they serve the food. quality was control, it was good and I am still amaze. Something that we do not get here in Miri, I think chefs from Miri should learn something from the chefs there.

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So that is all from the Binutlu trip, it was nice trip. Maybe next time I would love to check out the national parks there like Similajau, for some nature photography.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bintulu Part 2

So after dropping off the loads, we rest a bit. Then we headed out to Taman Tumbina, I remembered the main attraction there was the two tigers. The park was huge, I could not recall that it was actually that big. Taman Tumbina is a recreational park or it can be call as a mini zoo with birds, animals and reptiles on display for visitors to see. It's kinda sad that the animal enclosures are not really well maintained, not much people are there as well.

The cages of the animals was such an obstruction for photography, I had a hard time focusing on the animals. Some how I managed to pull it off, so here are some photos of the creatures!

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Stay tune for more on Bintulu.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Trip to next door

Since I have not tell you guys where did I go, I went to the land of industrial. Bintulu is a small town, it's a little similiar to Miri if you ask me except there are no flyovers there. The town is famous for the industrial development, such like LNG, petronas and other oil and gas companies there. The journey from Miri took about 2 hours plus, thank goodness we were not in a compact car(no offense to compact car owners). My butt and back was in agony during the Brunei trip. Along the road side, all I can see was oil palm plantations. It was everywhere, you only get to see a little nature that was it.

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I have not step foot in Bintulu for almost ten years, the last time I went there when I was still a kid and Granny Lo was still around then. I could hardly recognize any streets or things there. We stop by a Hwa Hwa restaurant for lunch, I was so amazed by the boss there. I was told that he does not have any kitchen staffs, he does everything himself at an amazing pace. Typically here in Miri, it would take around 15 minutes or more for the cook to prepare at least 2 dishes. But the dude was so amazing, he prepared four dishes within 10 to fifteen minutes. How fast is that? for a middle aged man, working as a one man show. That was probably the fastest lunch I have ever have. I could not help it, but to do another smashpop jump.

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Stay tune for the next post, guess where I am heading to next?

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Sarawak Travel Fair 2008

I am back from my trips, I shall cover on my Brunei trip first. The Sarawak Tourism Board and Brunei Tourism Board organized a travel fair at The mall, Gadong, so we reached Bandar Seri Begawan around 1pm. The first thing we did was looking for food since we were starving, while I was browsing around the food court I felt that someone was following me. When the guy deliberately clear his throat, I turn my head and it was Jackson! I did not expect to meet him there, It's been quite sometimes we have not seen each other so we had a little catch up session.

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Later it was almost time for the launching ceremony of the Sarawak Travel Fair 2008, everyone was getting ready, you see ambassadors and VIPs coming in. The High Commissioner of Malaysia to Negara Brunei Darussalam, Dato' Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari was the Guest of honor, the event was launch by His excellency by shooting a balloon filling with confetti using a blow pipe. The crowds were entertained by Jerry kamit, an amazing Sape player. He combines the traditional and contemporary tunes together, making it something great to listen to. For those rainforest Music festival regulars, You should know that Jerry kamit has performed a couple of times there and hopefully he would be doing so this year.

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The dancers were performing the Sagak Lasam, a traditional dance by the Natives as a welcome dance for the visitors of the long house. After all that I was feeling a little hungry, I found that they were selling Gelatos there. It was getting late, we had to make a move. We were given the wrong directions on the way back, 30 minutes was wasted on finding a u turn. By the time we reach Miri, It was already 7:30pm and man was tired or what? but it was fun! stay tune for the next post of my next trip, still have no idea where i go?

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Be right back

Ola amigos! I will be going on a business trip with my company to Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan for a day trip, very sad because cannot drop by Escapade sushi. Maybe I shall try to buy some imported goodies for my Sunday lunch. Then I will be off to somewhere on Saturday, guess where am I going? So I shall update you guys on Sunday, adios!

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*update* I have forgotten to mention, my blog is listed in a travelling site. Check out the site here at touristclick.com, the site provides a lot useful informations on travelling. Do check it out if you are planning on a trip or something.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's funky and swinging

Now and days, music is getting very very different or weird. I would honestly say, I still prefer music that was back in the year 1998 to somewhere around 2004. Then after that it is all completely different, it is either good or a complete donkey fart sound.

I am quite sick of the mainstream music that almost everyone listens to, except for club music like the ministry of sound 2008 annual album. It was something totally different and fantastic, that is something worthy to listen to.

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So I was looking for new Cds to listen to at the local Cd Shop, I found two disc randomly. One is The new testament of funk and another is The Manhattan Transfer. The new testament of funk is an Acid Jazz compilation album, call me sakai if you want because I have never actually listen to Acid Jazz. Pop it right in the player, I was actually grooving to the songs. The songs make you feel like you are in the era of shiny disco ball, big sunnies, afro hairdo and looking like Starsky and Hutch.

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The Manhattan Transfer, I have never heard of them in my entire life. Not until I saw the design of the Cd cover that caught my attention. Their music genre is swing, a very popular style of music back in the old days and present day. Once the music is played, it makes me want to do the twist. The music gives you the feeling of the good old times, you feel like you are those guys from the time of Frank Sinatra's or Mafias like Al Capone.

I guess I was fortunate, to randomly pick two Cds which turns to be something good. If you have never listen to Acid Jazz and Swing, you should try it and it will be a lovely musical experience for you.

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