food related quick notes

1. Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

KL Hilton March Freshwater fish promotion

Was invited to sample Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s March promotion of freshwater fish, caught from the rivers of Pahang, Perak and Sarawak. We were presented with 3 styles of cooking – Steamed Pineapple Fish, Yellow Curry Patin King and Spicy and Sour Patin King. Had a jolly good time entertained by Chef Lam who was most gregarious. Eric blogged about it here.

2. MAS CNY dinner @ Crocodile Farm Seafood Village Restaurant

I was reminded by the MAS team that the last time I saw them was last year’s CNY. Heh, so I told them that I’d definitely make it for their CNY dinner next year, if invited :P

MAS Go Travel CNY dinner 01

Just a relaxed, casual dinner where we caught up with some friends. I’m sure you can name them in the photos below.

MAS Go Travel CNY dinner 02

3. CNY reunion dinner at home in Batu Pahat

CNY reunion dinner

Mom cooked up a storm and I was very happy, because she hardly cooks for us these days. Something about enjoying life and so on, bah!

4. 1st day of CNY breakfast

CNY breakfast - mee suah in rice wine

As per our Foo Chow tradition, we have mee suah in rice wine and chicken to mark important celebrations. Birthdays, etc. Definitely one of my favourite things to eat, and I’m glad that my sister learnt how to cook it so I don’t have to.

original bootcamp malaysia: bring-a-friend days

Most OBC recruits would agree with me that ‘Bring A Friend Days’ (BAF) stand as one of their favourite sessions. BAF is usually at the end of the third week of the month, and recruits can bring non-recruits to participate in the session for free. You know, to get a taste and feel of what Original BootCamp Malaysia is like.

It is safe to say that most OBC recruits are addicted to the programme like a healthy drug. Outside of OBC their passion for the programme often spills over and they would try to spread the word, so to speak. Family and friends who are out of the loop would wonder what the heck this whole OBC business is about, and may be forced persuaded to sign up for BAF. I suspect it is also to shut their overenthusiastic loved ones up :P

Come BAF days, there would be a line of non-recruits in their athletic gear, some looking forward to the session and some looking just miserable. After the first 30 grunts, their misery would increase ten-fold and some would be cursing their recruit friends for making them wake up so early in the morning for this.

So we were at the mamak last Saturday after our BAF session. My partner, a fit-looking guy ‘fessed up and told me that initially he had his doubts about the intensity of the programme. You know, because a lot of existing recruits do not look fit at all. We do come in various shapes, ages and sizes. But that BAF session proved him wrong.

Hahaha. Of course we were happy lah. If he would join OBC regularly, I have no doubt that his fitness level and stamina would increase and he’d eventually be a Delta within a month or two.

But for that BAF session, it was a boost to our egos so let us have our moments.

happy chinese new year!

… to you, you, you and you :) And Happy Valentine’s Day too, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Will be going home in a few hours, coming back next week.

Be well, stay safe. Let me know if you have too many ang pows and too few receivers.

xpress band @ zeta bar, hilton kuala lumpur

Zeta Bar, Hilton KL - Xpress band By 3pm yesterday I was a walking zombie. I had only an hour’s sleep the previous night, not for the lack of trying. Went back at 5pm and slept till 8.30pm, moped around a bit then decided to join Eric, Jac, Haze and FA at Zeta Bar, Hilton KL. Suddenly got this burst of energy lah, what to do.

Last month FA, Reta and I were at Zeta Bar because we just suddenly felt like dancing. The band then was quite #fail. From what I understood last night, we weren’t the only ones who thought so, heh. This month they flew in a 7-piece band from America, called Xpress. My first impression was that the only female in the band was damn hot. Things were looking good already. Sorry lah, I can be shallow like that :P

Not only did the Xpress band looked good, they played good. Marc Lajoie (band leader, drummer), Kris Bradley (lead vocalist), Patrick McLaughlin (lead vocalist), Allen Simms (lead vocalist), Caulder Nash (keyboardist), Joseph Filipow (guitarist) and Marc Veilette (bassist) had great chemistry among themselves and with the crowd. Energetic, can sing, can play instruments, can move, can interact with the crowd = winners.

Zeta Bar, Hilton KL - Suanie and Fireangel Zeta Bar, Hilton KL - Suanie and Jaclyn
With FA and Jac

The Xpress band is currently performing at Zeta Bar, Hilton KL from now until end of April 2010. You can catch them from Monday – Saturday, 9.30pm onwards. I recommend that you do ‘cos they were really good! The only time I was sien was when they sang Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life, because I personally detest that song. Other than that, everything was brilliant and I had a great time.

Zeta Bar, Hilton KL - Suanie with Patrick McLaughlin, Xpress band
With Patrick McLaughlin of Xpress

So after the band was done with their sets, I managed to camwhore with Patrick McLaughlin who was very sexy on stage. Then in my state of inebriation, I gushed to him that he looked like Michael Stipe. Now that I am sober and wide awake, that was stupid thing to say. I mean, what good can there be telling him that he looked like Michael Stipe? Just because he sings and he’s bald? WTF is wrong with me? Bodohnyer…

Next time I’m high, just tape my mouth, thanks.

of looks, math and hair colour

L'OREAL hair dye - chocolate Today I had an epiphany. Or something to that effect, because I spent all of 10 seconds thinking about it before reaching out for my toothbrush. It dawned upon my great self that my great life would have been lalaland perfect (as in ‘I’m lucky to be alive with all limbs attached’ perfect, not ‘I’m a multi-millionaire and I live in a great mansion and I am a celebrity ala insert-famous-celebrity-name-here’ perfect) IF ONLY I had the following three things:

1) Great screw-you looks. Forget the ‘you are beautiful in your own way’ looks. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, some can be beautiful if you look really hard. That wasn’t nice, you say? Oh sorry, please put your hands together for reality. If I had the option when being reincarnated to choose what kind of looks I’d like to have in my next life, believe you me that I would have ticked the ‘perfectly symmetrical facial features, drop dead gorgeous’ field.

Fact: Pleasant looking people usually get a jump start in life. Dirt poor growing up? You’d be the first one to be married off, to the neighbouring village’s equivalent of a tycoon. Born with a diamond-encrusted silver spoon? And you are complaining because… ? I don’t understand the utter misery of being rich and beautiful but lonely? Please, come over here and I’ll gladly switch places with you. No charge.

2) Great mathematical knowledge and skills. If there was one thing I regretted most in high school, it was not paying attention to algebra in Form 1. Little did I know that it would be the beginning of my poor understanding of math and a lifetime of blank looks when people talk about trigonometry. Until today I do not know how to get ‘x’ from the weird combining, deducting, multiplying or dividing of ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, ‘e’, ‘f’ etc. I suck so bad, it’s not funny.

3) Great hair that I do not need to dye every now and then. Actually this was the point of my blog post — as Chinese New Year is coming soon, I went to buy a couple boxes of hair dye because I was not blessed with a head of natural dark brown hair. They started turning white in my late teens and because I’m vain like that, I have my hair dyed.

So they have this range of colours that says: Iced Latte, Cafe Latte, Praline, Butterscotch, Black Cherry, Terracotta, Golden Honey… you know, shades that go beyond light/dark brown, lighter/darker brown and lightest/darkest brown. I suppose in a couple of days I’ll have Chocolate-coloured hair. It’s quite stupid lah, but so is this blog post. Damn anti-climax right?

obc jan 2010 graduation @ mark’s place

OBC Jan 2010 Graduation @ Mark's Place - Suanie and Nick On Sunday we had our graduation event aka excuse to drink a lot without tsk tsk from instructors at Mark’s Place, Kelana Jaya. There were a lot of recruits from KL, not so much from PJ. Why ar? Sharon, where were you ar? Kevin? Tate? Hafiz? Smacks.

Nick won ‘Spirit of Bootcamp’ award for January 2010, voted by fellow recruits. Congratulations mate! He also made a short appearance with his wife and kid, wearing his lucky yellow shorts. I think I spotted a hole. Need to retire the shorts and frame it up lah.

Not much to write about, just lots of photos ‘cos I suddenly decided to go around and camwhore. I suppose the most memorable moment was when I approached Fotini and asked, “Would you like to camwhore with me?” and she thought I’d asked her, “Would you like to come home with me?” Heh. I think I was stunned for a bit as well :P

OBC Jan 2010 Graduation @ Mark's Place 01

OBC Jan 2010 Graduation @ Mark's Place 02

obc: s07e02: a glimpse into what we do

This is one of the days when I have difficulty sitting up standing up straight, thanks to my Original BootCamp Malaysia session yesterday morning. Actually it was a good, intensive session that I was inspired to draw up some images based on what we did yesterday. I wouldn’t mind doing it again but since OBC does not do the same routine twice (exercises may be the same, i.e. push-ups, sit-ups etc but the course of how we do it is never repeated), I doubt they’d mind me sharing our Tuesday session.

This is also to sort of prove to my friends that I really do go to BootCamp, that it’s not just all in my head and it’s not an excuse for me to eat more. Just because I’ve never really put up photos of me doing those exercises, heh. Come on lah, I’m not that imaginative.

We had a bit of jogging but skipped our usual elaborated warm-up. Got 10 grunts for not jogging in a perfect file and 20 grunts for late-comers. Not going to go into that for now… We then ranked up according to the 3 fitness levels – Delta, Seal and Ranger, as per much awesome illustration below.

OBC - Line up for Delta, Seal and Ranger

Actually it’s quite a feat for me to remember everything in sequence because I’m sometimes in a blank after the sessions. Then memories of what we did were blanked out. So if you’re anal with perfect details, sorry.

First set: 20 seconds each with 10 seconds break in between:
1) King Kong push-ups; 2) Squats; 3) Plank holds; 4) Military star jumps

Can’t remember how many reps we did with the first set. More than 4, less than 10. Not a lot of time added on as well, which I don’t actually mind. It’s just fun to yell out to the newer recruits to do their exercises properly so we do not get extra time. Sort of to set in the discipline, you know. This is the easy stuff — when it comes to the hard stuff in the 3rd and 4th week and we get a lot of time added on, then I’d be really moody :P

After the 1st set, each rank has to go for a run. As per my second awesome illustration below, recruits have to:

OBC - S07E02 1) Jog/ run in a line towards the goal post;
2) Go around the goal post;
3) Run around where Sgt. Sim was standing back to the goal post;
4) Run back to the starting line.

My illustration is most likely not drawn to scale but you get the idea. Rangers bounced back twice, Seals 5 times and Deltas 6 times. At the end of the session I was chatting with Hafiz and he was moaning about being in Delta this week and having to bounce back 6 times.

Hafiz: “WE HAD TO BOUNCE BACK 6 TIMES YOU KNOW….”
Me: “So? Seals did 5 ok! You did one more only what!”
Hafiz: “Err…. *shy*”

While waiting for each rank to return, the recruits at the original stations did military push-ups and lunges. I only remember that Seals did 8 of each, rinse and repeat.

Once all 3 ranks did ran and returned, Sgt. Sim gave us a 1 min 30 secs water break. SO GENEROUS! I’m not taking the piss okay; we usually get 30 or 45 secs and that would be too short a time for me to run to the nearby rugby goal post (where we put our water bottles), gulp down some H20 and run back. I don’t know why I’m always standing at the far end of the line. You’d think that I’d have learned by now, eh?

Second set: 20 seconds each with 10 seconds break in between:
1) Diamond push-ups; 2) Jump squats; 3) Jack knives; 4) Seal jumps

Another run towards the goal post, without having to bounce back this time. While waiting, the recruits did military push-ups and squats.

Then a short water break and warm-down/ stretching. So that’s what we do lah. Fun or not? ;)