Archives for December 2011

How are we supposed to learn by example…

… if the people who are supposed to represent righteousness and the law don’t do it right?

PDRM at Putrajaya
In case you can’t see properly, it’s a PDRM vehicle.

So, who went to driving school and can tell me what was done wrong? πŸ˜‰

Must watch! Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on TGV IMAX!

I’m dedicating an entire blog post to tell you to…



No no I’m not getting money to tell you that. I went and enjoyed the experience so much that I feel it would be criminal of me not to spread the word. As a community service message. For free. Wow, can you see my halo or not??

I went to the one at TGV Sunway Pyramid where they have a new IMAX theater. I think the price varies as I searched for different days. E.g. it cost RM22 on a Saturday but it was only RM20 on a Sunday.

At first it offended my cheap Chinese sensibilities to have to pay so much money for a friggin’ movie ticket. Then I was told that RM22 is considered cheap for an IMAX show. Then Mike and LL, having watched MI:4 on IMAX the other day kept singing its praises. Okay lor.. close one eye and click to pay…

Seriously, it was worth every sen! I suppose it helps that MI:4 was partially shot using IMAX cameras so it came together like movie magic πŸ˜‰ Like how the movie Avatar is best watched in 3D as the director meant for it to be enjoyed that way.

So here I am telling you to go WATCH MI:4 on TGV IMAX!!!

Dec 2011 - TGV IMAX screen


The Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011

… aka NAPBAS. I was there ‘cos I was one of the 5 finalists for the ‘Best Micro Blog‘ category.

The awards was held this past Friday at the Putrajaya Marriott. I’ve been to the hotel before but only during daytime. Plus I left from a new place so I wasn’t very sure of my directions. So I ended up touring Putrajaya city, went on both Putrajaya bridges and rounded the city a few times because Malaysian road signs are: 1) inefficient and lead you to big useless rounds, and 2) blocked from view thanks to massive trees.

Really Kerajaan, thank you. Loved the nearly 2 hours joyride. Really.

Anyway, managed to reach there just in the nick of time.

NAPBAS 2011 programme book

Met many familiar faces, mostly known each other via blogging from a few years back. It’s (still very much so) a fantastic community πŸ™‚

By the way, I’ve to mention Viva Vertical‘s pole dancing show during the awards. It was fun to watch and in KY‘s words, they had muscles where I didn’t know one could have muscles! Nah, link: *click*

Then my category came up. Wah they did this big screen thing:

NAPBAS 2011 - Micro Blog category

Damn shiok man, I felt a tingling down my spine. Quite a thrill really to see yourself on a massive projection like that. And for reasons not related to crime… best! πŸ˜›

I didn’t win, Kenny Sia did. So sad, mostly because I would have liked a new digital camera, sob sniff.

Though I’ve to say, I had fun at the awards thanks to the company πŸ™‚ Also, it’s not everyday that you get to pose in a photo like this:

NAPBAS 2011 - Suanie in Micro Blog category

Best ever! πŸ˜€ By the way, if you’d voted for me, thanks yah. Really appreciate it πŸ™‚

Ticket Giveaway: JOEY YAP’s Feng Shui & Astrology for 2012!

Lo and behold, it’s time (again) to say goodbye to another year (again) and herald a new one (again).

This continuity would be so meaningless and boring if I didn’t have things to look forward to.

What better way to get a sneak preview than some insights from Chinese astrology?

Joey Yap, Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics master extraordinaire will be hosting his annual Feng Shui & Astrology seminar in January 2012, this time in preparation for the Year of the Water Dragon, rawrrrrrrrrrrr.

Joey Yap - Feng Shui & Astrology 2011 01

The one-day Feng Shui & Astrology seminar is a great way to get a glimpse and understanding of what the coming year holds for you and your loved ones. Also this seminar is sold out early every year, you get an idea how popular they are.

Sure sure your fate is in your hands, you’re the master of your own universe etc. Then find out how to make Destiny and Luck work in your advantage lah! πŸ˜€

Joey Yap - Feng Shui & Astrology 2011 02

For 2012, Joey Yap will be hosting his Feng Shui & Astrology seminar in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (English and Cantonese versions), Kota Kinabalu and Penang. You can get full dates and venues here: *click*

I have some really awesome goodies from Joey’s Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics to give away, read on very carefully!

Joey Yap - Feng Shui & Astrology 2011 03

Here’s what I’ve to give away: x9 pairs of tickets worth RM160 each pair
… to JOEY YAP’s Feng Shui & Astrology 2012!

:: Kuala Lumpur (Cantonese version) – KLC
:: 14 January 2012 (Sat), 10am to 5pm
:: Plenary Hall – Level 1, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
:: Giveaway – x3 pairs of tickets, yay!

:: Kuala Lumpur (English version) – KLE
:: 15 January 2012 (Sun), 10am to 5pm
:: Plenary Hall – Level 1, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
:: Giveaway – x3 pairs of tickets, woohoo!

:: Penang (English version) – PNG
:: 12 February 2012 (Sun), 10am to 5pm
:: Traders Hotel, Magazine Road, George Town
:: Giveaway – x3 pairs of tickets, rawr!

On top of that, x1 lucky winner from each venue will also receive a free copy of Joey Yap’s Feng Shui for 2012 AND Chinese Astrology for 2012. They’re worth RM64 per set, omg how generous is that?! πŸ˜€

Joey Yap - Feng Shui & Astrology 2011 04

For those who didn’t manage to win the seminar tickets, I’ll give 5 of you a copy of Joey’s Day-to-Day Wall Calendar 2012 (Mini Edition) worth RM19.90 each. It’s a very useful tool to have, read more here: *click*

How to enter the great giveaway? SO EASY!

::1:: Tell me what you hope 2012 will bring for you. Tip: be real!
::2:: Submit your entry by commenting on this post, or to my email, or on my Facebook Page.
::3:: Make sure you note which event you want to win tickets to: KLC or KLE or PNG.
::4:: Contest ends 23 December 2011 at 3pm. Winners will be contacted via e-mail or Facebook, be sure you’re contactable!

Of course you can still buy your seminar tickets here: *click* but I’m giving some away for FREE so come have a go at it!

Good luck, and oh please tell your friends πŸ™‚

The Breaded and Baked Chicken ‘cos it’s healthier than fried

I breaded and baked chicken. It’s so mind-numbingly easy, you can do it too!

– 1 cup dry breadcrumbs. Or Panko if you’re super fancy
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 1/2 tsp herbs, whatever you like
– 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
– 2 tbs olive oil
– 2 cloves minced garlic
– 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
(I buy 2 chicken breasts and cut to half)

1 – Preheat the oven to 190Β°C for 10 mins.

The Breaded and Baked Chicken - flattening the chicken The Breaded and Baked Chicken - breadcrumbs

2 – Pound and flatten the chicken breasts a little with a meat hammer. I got mine from IKEA, it’s the most useful thing ever as we also utilise it to break ice.

3 – Mix breadcrumbs with salt, black pepper, dried herbs and cayenne pepper.

The Breaded and Baked Chicken - breadcrumbs seasoning

4 – Mix olive oil with minced garlic.
5 – Lightly grease a baking pan/ baking paper placed on a baking pan.
6 – Dip the chicken breasts into the oil+garlic mix then into the breadcrumb mix.

The Breaded and Baked Chicken - preparing to bake

7 – Arrange the meat in the baking tray. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

The Breaded and Baked Chicken - out of the oven

8 – Serve however way you want, mmmmmmmmmmm.

The Breaded and Baked Chicken

I had mine with Neapolitan sauce on warm tortilla bread.

The Breaded and Baked Chicken - with tomato sauce and tortilla bread


Foolproof Baked Zucchini and Mushrooms

I’ve been eating my zucchini this way for a while now. It’s unbelievably easy, takes almost no effort and tastes way awesome. Just thought I’d put it down on the blog for anyone who might find it helpful. Never know!

Fool Proof Baked Vegetables

Heat oven to 190Β°C for 10 mins. Meanwhile, slice zucchini and quarter mushrooms. Throw it all into a baking pan (or whatever you use for the oven). Drizzle good quality extra virgin olive oil onto the vege. Add salt and black pepper. Using your (clean) hands, mix the stuff around and make sure that it’s well coated. Dump it in the oven for 10 mins then it’s done.

Simple joys!

Suanie drinks: Wells Banana Bread Beer

Many moons ago, my friend HalfBiskutHalfMan came to Malaysia and brought me a bottle of specialty beer, the Wells Banana Bread Beer. It is his favourite and he’d like me to give it a go, possibly under the illusion that I’m some sort of beer connoisseur.

I can be so everyone please send me more specialty beer πŸ˜›

Many moons later, the bottle was still untouched in my cupboard. Then I was blogging about food at Songket and I asked Half if I could use photos of him dancing from an earlier visit to the restaurant. He said yes on the condition that I review the (almost forgotten) beer.

And so here it is.

Banana Bread beer - backdrop

In summary, Wells Banana Bread Beer is possibly one of the oddest beers I’d tasted. It’s like an alcoholic liquid version of homemade banana bread. Damn weird, right? Well it IS English…

This fruit beer has a ABV of 5.2%. Upon opening the bottle cap, a whiff of ripe bananas came to my attention. So I poured it out to a glass and took it closer to my nose: it really does smell like fragrant banana bread!

It’s light copper in colour with little head – then again it has been in my storage for a while now. Not very gassy, heavier than say a Tiger and not as heavy as a Kilkenny. Went down smoothly with an opening of banana bread scent. Overall easy to drink with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Banana Bread beer - poured

After a few more mouthfuls of the beer, the novelty wore off and I’m sorry to say (especially to Half who will be reading this) that I gave up and it went down the drain. I can’t take too much of the dessert-sweet and slight bitter combination. I googled a bit, seems that there are some people who are really into this beer, good for them. One even made a Banana Bread Beer Bread out of it, heh.

You can find out more about Wells Banana Bread Beer at their website here: Link. It’s award-winning (2002) and the brewery uses only free trade bananas, yay! Though if you look at the ingredient list carefully, you’d also see ‘banana flavour’, haha. Oh well.