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Pesta Pantun Joicie©

Pesta Pantun Joicie©

Berakit-rakit ke hulu, berenang-renang ke tepian,
Bersakit-sakit dahulu, bersenang-senang kemudian.

Air tenang, jangan disangka tiada buaya,
Tapi kalau air dah berkocak, jangan dikacau sang buaya itu.©

Kecil-kecil cili padi,
Kalau dikacau, awak mati.©

Genggam bara api, biar sampai jadi arang.

Dari mana punai melayang,
Dari sawah turun ke kali,
Dari mana datangnya sayang,
Dari mata turun ke hati.
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Year End {Edited}

Fill in the {Edited} parameter according to your mood.

Picture taken from Yahoo!

I think I really look like this - all wrinkly like a sour plum. Akakakaka...

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The path of becoming "loonies"

From Looney Tunes.

BEEP! BEEP!
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DiGi @ SoHoKL

From Business Times:


MOBILE phone operator DiGi.Com (6947) Bhd, as part of its effort to woo more postpaid customers, has launched its first retail concept store known as DIGI360'.

With an investment of about RM3 million, the store spans about 3,200 sq m in size and offers a variety of personalised customer service, phone accessories and data services like content downloads, games and internet browsing services.

"It is only natural that DiGi is looking into expanding our postpaid segment which offers a more stable revenue for the company," chief commercial officer Tom Schnitker said during the launching yesterday (21 November 2008).

As at September 30, DiGi had 976,000 postpaid users and 5.83 million prepaid customers, or 6.8 million customers in total.

Targeting expatriates, young professionals and enterprise business, DIGI 360' features an interactive wall that provides information about DiGi products and services. It also introduces a queue management system, which eliminates the need for customers to queue, but instead a customer service relation officer will approach those who walk into the store.

Located at Solaris Mont Kiara, DiGi is using the store as an experimental platform to try out which service concept works best before implementing it at its other 20 customer service centres nationwide.

Check out DiGi @ SoHoKL.

Time to Change
DiGi - Always the Smarter Choice
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Can You Play the Corporate Game?

Believe it or not? There's such a website.

Can You Play the Corporate Game?

The entire concept is cool! Great copywriting as well.
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Gendang gendut tali kecapi, kenyang perut suka hati

Went to DiGi's Roadshow at Oval, New Wing at One Utama. Why? The first 300 customers to respond to the SMS sent by DiGi will get "premium" items. My sis & I are number 29 & 30. The "premium" items are... well, one CD case with Yellow Coverage Fellow (YCF) tag and one packet of Nesvita.

Muahahahahaha.... Enough of laughing. =_=|||


I thought I'll get YCF sun shades (is this the right term?) for cars. Or at least got real YCFs running around for me to take photos. :(


Never mind, settle my perut berkeroncong first. Went to Just Thai.

The Thai Beef Noodles is nice, not spicy at all. Baby kailan (that's how it was called on the menu) with salted fish is nice too, with lotsa garlic. Not too heavy as I was sharing with my sis. And since I paid with HSBC credit card, I got 10% discount. ^^

Gendang gendut tali kecapi, kenyang perut suka hati.
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I like to move it move it

LOL! Watched Madagascar 2's trailer on Youtube and I think....... I'm gonna watch it at the cinema! This is a good idea to take a break from horror movies. :P

Update (18/11/2008): WATCHED! It's a fun watch but some scenes are quite... errr... brainless. Haha...




Funny captions from the trailer that made me laughed till my stomach cringed! Bwahahahahaha....

Co-captain Penguin: We've lost engine one and engine two is no longer on fire.

Captain Penguin: Attention, this is your captain speaking. I've got good news and bad news. The good news is we'll be landing immediately. The bad news is we're crash landing. Thanks again for choosing Air Penguin.

Monkey (is it?): It's more fun when you raise your arms like this!

Giraffe: I love you, Gloria. I always have!!!

Gloria (Hippo): *snoring*

Captain Penguin: Good landing boys! Who says penguin can't fly?

Bwahahahahaha.... I'm still laughing! And the song is CATCHY too!

I like to move it move it!
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Pasta, anyone? Yes, tried!

Look at this!

Details here.

Oooooooo.....

Clams & Beef Bacon
Beef bacon strips sautéed with fresh clams, onions & clam broth. Served over fe
ttucine.

Chilli Shrimp
Lightly sautéed shrimp with dried chilies and garlic over linguine.


Classic Carbonara

Fettucine pasta tossed in light parmesan cream sauce with smoked beef bacon and fresh button mushrooms.


Angel Hair Pomodoro
Angel hair pasta with chopped red tomatoes and sautéed with garlic in a light tomato
basil sauce.

Chicken Coronation
Grilled chicken tossed with sliced apples, raisins and mayonnaise w
ith chilled shell pasta.

Chicken Lasagna
Layers of lasagna pasta, creamy cheese sauce, marinara sauce with melted mozzarella cheese and baked until golden brown.


Shrimp Linguine
Linguine pasta with sautéed shrimp and served with our marinara
sauce.

Salmon & Lemon Aioli

Baked salmon flakes tossed with chilled lemon aioli mayonnaise and baby spinach over shell pasta.


Chicken & Mushroom
Shiitake mushrooms sautéed with chilli chicken tossed with cherry tomatoes & rocket lettuce. Served with spaghetti.


Fussili Pesto & Mushrooms

Pan-seared shiitake mushrooms served over chilled fussili basil pesto pasta.

And yeah, I didn't just blog about it. I went for it.

Clockwise from top left: Classic Carbonara, Shrimp Linguine, Salmon & Lemon Aioli, Chicken & Mushroom.

Still a bit too filling although I was sharing with my sis. Furthermore, I only have warm water, not heavy drinks and I still feel that the portion is quite big.

Anyway, the pastas are delicious.

:)
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Jeffry & Jasmin's wedding

Attended Jeffry & Jasmin's wedding meeting and reception, held at the assembly hall of a church at Jalan Hang Jebat, KL, 15 November 2008, 5-7pm.

Group photo with the bride and groom and the rest of the "Team" plus 3 other friends of Jasmin.

Check out more photos here, courtesy of WI.
You'll be prompted to sign in to Facebook first.

:)

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Introducing "娘家" (Taiwanese Drama)

Something interesting. Why?

1. I'm learning Hokkien! After completing more than 10 random episodes of the same drama series, I think I can understand the Hokkien dialect.

2. My previous impression of Taiwanese dramas can be summarized in two words: pathetic and phony. But then, "Niang Jia" is not that bad. Although there are still many scenes that induce crying and sympathizing, this drama actually portrays the real-life struggle of the complicated Chinese extended households.

Here's part of the cast:

 
And I love this family tree diagram (credits to Xuite):


:)


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GoMobile 2008 - The Ultimate Mobile Lifestyle Event of the Year

Dear friends,

This is to alert you that Malaysia's largest ever mobile lifestyle expo is taking place this November.


GoMobile 2008 will feature ALL major mobile phone companies. Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola & Sony Ericsson will be showing off their latest mobile devices. There will also be fresh brands like CSL, Ximax and Micxon. Maxis is Pinnacle Sponsor of GoMobile 2008 and U Mobile and Celcom will also be at GoMobile 2008. Also check out MOL Zone (Official Mobile Payment – GoMobile 2008).


There are going to be lots of discounts and hot offers at GoMobile 2008. From Bluetooth headsets and GPS devices to mobile games and innovations, GoMobile 2008 will be 'The Ultimate Mobile Lifestyle Event'.


Visitors will see the entire mobile lifestyle spread out over four zones: Innovation, Devices, Entertainment and Learning. To top it all, up to 200 mobile phones and lots of other mobile products await lucky visitors to GoMobile 2008.


Please come and experience the future of mobility and bring along your friends too. Entrance is free! Get updates at GoMobile.

Venue: PWTC, Kuala Lumpur*
Date: 21st to 23 November 2008
Time: 11am to 9pm (Friday & Saturday) 10am to 8pm (Sunday)

*Do take public transport. PW
TC is accessible via LRT (PWTC station), KTM Komuter (Putra station), Monorail (Titiwangsa station) and bus (Rapid KL, Titiwangsa Hub).


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好,有种!

新職員上班後與老板的對話。。。

老板:萬分歡迎,沒有你我們的公司肯定大不一樣!
職員:如果工作太累,搞不好我會辭職的
老板:放心,我不會讓這樣的事情發生的!
職員:我雙休日可以休息嗎?
老板:當然了!這是底線!
職員:平時會天天加班到凌晨嗎?
老板:不可能,誰告訴你的?
職員:有餐費補貼嗎?
老板:還用說嗎,絕對比同行都高!
職員:有沒有工作猝死的風險?
老板:不會!你怎麼會有這種念頭?
職員:公司會定期組織旅遊嗎?
老板:這是我們的明文規定!
職員:那我需要準時上班嗎?
老板:不,看情況吧
職員:工資呢?會準時發嗎?
老板:一向如此!
職員:事情全是新員工做嗎?
老板:怎麼可能,你上頭還有很多資深同事!
職員:如果領導職位有空缺,我可以參與競爭嗎 ?
老板:毫無疑問,這是我們公司賴以生存的機制!
職員:你不會是在騙我吧?

進入公司後看真實的一幕。。。
(從後往前讀 / 從下往上讀)

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Angels with me

Am listening to Angel by The Corrs.

I love songs from The Corrs. One of them is What Can I Do?

Here's Angel:




\(^o^)/
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I'm a cat

At first, I'm trying to find quizzes that will show me whether I should get a dog or a cat. I ended up knowing that I'm a cat. Muahahaha!

Here's the description of the cat-person:

You are the Cat!

Terrific! You enjoy fine things and relax with a good book and classical polka!

You're an independent thinker and very smart.

With a strong mind, you make a good leader with fabulous ambitions.

You're organized and can be a bit of a perfectionist striving for the best in life.


You tend to be a bit reserved, because you don't always go with the crowd.

You rarely accept one opinion without considering more reasons first.


You're passionate and stand up often for what you believe.

You're highly emotional and willing to go the extra mile for romance with your loved ones.

You love compassionately and will always be ready to help and offer your wisdom and advice.

Like a feline, you only purr for those worthy of your attention, and only when you feel like it.


You desire the time to contemplate ideas and relax in peace ALONE.


Meow.

Purr-fect.

Try.
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Buy, not?

My favorite store in The Curve, One Utama, and Mid Valley is always MPH Bookstore! I may not be buying but I can spend hours strolling and browsing and flipping and reading..... Far better than browsing and digging into piles of 50% or 70% discounted clothes.

I always aim at the Management section whenever I'm in. This time round I saw this book:



Book description:
From C-level executives to front-line supervisors, the research is clear: emotional competencies are more important than training, IQ, and technical experience in determining who succeeds and fails at work. Into this exciting business arena, the revised and expanded edition of Working Relationships takes its rightful place as a classic toolkit for mastering the personal characteristics and social abilities of emotional intelligence (EQ), with new contributions that include two chapters focused exclusively in the power of EQ to influence success regardless of job type, level of education, or scope of responsibility.


Just what I need to read about. I fall in love with it!

Price? RM83.80. So, haven't buy yet. :(

Buy, not?
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The birthday steak

Sis' birthday was "celebrated" as a simple dining out at Chili's@One Utama.

Tried Chili's specialty, Ribeye Steak. Its description on the menu goes like this, "10-oz ribeye steak with our own special seasonings and topped with garlic butter and roasted herb. Served with fresh vegetables, loaded mashed potatoes and garlic bread."


Should have asked for well-done steak. This medium-cooked one was yucky (to my taste). Urgghhh...
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Recession? Make your own judgment

These are suggestions I heard concerning "How to Face the Upcoming Imminent Recession":

1. Don't take loans, buy houses or properties with loan and/or cash. Keep as much cash as possible.

2. Pay off personal/private loans as much and as soon as possible. Debt collection will be hastened.

3. Sell off stocks, even at lower prices.

4. Take money off from trust funds.

5. Don't believe in huge forecast from customers. Be extremely prudent and reduce liabilities.

6. Don't invest in new capitals.

7. If you are selling houses/properties/cars, do it now while you still can get good prices.

8. Don't invest in new business proposals.

9. Cancel holiday plans using credit cards.

10. Don't change jobs, as companies will retrench based on the "last in, first out" principle.

 

Here's something else I got from Cleo, November 2008 issue, along the same line of thought. I believe in "preventing is better than curing".

Five ways to trim the fat:

1. Beware of small buys. A morning coffee & chocolate fix might only be RM7 a day but five days a week for a year adds up to a whopping RM1,820.

2. Make a list of all your credit cards and loans from highest rate to lowest. Pay off the highest first, then the minimum balance on the rest.

3. Avoid impulse shopping at all costs. Have a think about whether you really need the item before buying. If you do, shop around for the best price.

4. Become your own gourmet chef. Instead of splurging on a fancy pizza, whip up one yourself. Home-cooked meals can be a lot cheaper and healthier too.

5. Save on entertainment. Keep an eye out for free concerts in the city, take a tour at your local art gallery or have a picnic by the local lake with your best mates.


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Through prayer...

I found my notes taken during a conference concerning 8 points concerning a daily living in God's economy. I remembered the speaking brother mentioned concerning the key point, which is "through prayer".

Prayer is not mainly for asking good things for ourselves. Prayer is not mainly to ask God to heal the sick brothers and sisters in Christ. That's good but not good enough. Prayer is the base for our living in God's economy.

Here are the 8 points:

1. Through prayer, we seek first the kingdom of God - Matt. 6:33.
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

2. Through prayer, we live to the Lord - 2 Cor. 5:15; Rom. 14:7-8.
"And He died for all that those who live may no longer live to themselves but to Him who died for them and has been raised." (2 Cor. 5:15)

"For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself; for whether we live, we live to the Lord, and whether we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or we die, we are the Lord's." (Rom. 14:7-8)

- The Lord lives in us, therefore, we live, not just for Him, but also to Him.
- Rom. 14:7-8 are the verses that impacted me deeply. Whenever I go astray, I'm glad I'm the Lord's for the sake of His economy.

3. Through prayer, we consecrate ourselves to the Lord daily - Rom. 12:1.
"I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service."

- Consecration does not mean we become nuns or monks or hermits. Consecration means giving the Lord the freedom to work in us.

4. Through prayer, we cooperate with the central work of God - Eph. 3:17.
"That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being brooted and grounded in love."

- The central work of God is to make His home in our hearts through faith.

5. Through prayer, we become an open vessel to receive God's divine dispensing - Rom. 9:23; 8:6, 10-11.
"In order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory." (Rom. 9:23)

"For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace." (Rom. 8:6)

"But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness....He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you." (Rom. 8:10-11)

- The truth about our existence is that we are tripartite beings (with a spirit, a soul, and a body) and as such, we are vessels and God wants to dispense Himself into our entire being!

6. Through prayer, we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly - Col. 3:16.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom..."

7. Through prayer, we do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus - Col. 3:17.
"And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

8. Through prayer, we become one spirit with the Lord - 1 Cor. 6:17.
"But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit."

Wowwww!

But then, when we are weighed down by earthly commitments and forget what our living should be, the Bible also has a whole lot of verses to remind us.

Matthew 13:22, "And the one sown in the thorns, this is he who hears the word, and the anxiety of the age and the deceitfulness of riches utterly choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful."

Luke 21:34, "But take heed to yourselves lest perhaps your hearts be weighed down with debauchery and drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day come upon you suddenly as a snare."

So, the Bible reminds us...

Luke 21:36, "But be watchful at every time, beseeching that you would prevail to escape all these things which are about to happen and stand before the Son of Man."

Matthew 6:31, "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed?"

Philippians 4:6-7, "In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses every man's understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus."

1 Peter 5:7-8, "Casting all your anxiety on Him because it matters to Him concerning you. Be sober; watch. Your adversary, the devil, a roaring lion, walks about, seeking someone to devour."

The human life is full anxiety. Human beings seek for all sorts of ways to de-stress, this & that. The real anti-anxiety factor is in us! The Lord, as the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45) is in us!

All verses are taken from The Holy Bible Recovery Version.
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Sunday "lunch on fire" ^^

I posted about Fireman BBQ Restaurant before. That was because my first visit to Fireman at Jaya One, PJ with two colleagues was satisfying - good food, entertaining "playing-with-fire" performance (unexpected, I didn't know about this at that time), and a RM30 voucher for the next visit.

So, the voucher was spent on a Sunday noon - 2nd visit with some of my church sisters.

Errr.... this blurry picture shows one part of the famous "Fireman Parade" - loads of cabbage (underneath the seafood), cuttlefish, mussels (only 2), prawns, fish slices, "crab" sticks (you know, those frozen red-n-white sticks), and the long-n-springy fish dunno-what-u-call-it.

This is "Fireman Parade" part two - loads of cabbage again (underneath the meat), beef slices, and pork slices (with white sponge-like layers). Actually, this plate should also consist of pork liver and small intestines. But then, we all weren't so keen to put those into our mouth. So, we asked for pork slices as substitute.

Cooking up a storm on this quiant, little grill-plate-cum-steamboat thingy. Couldn't find a better and more appropriate term. :S


We were lucky enough to catch the Fireman icon in action at 2pm. I thought there shouldn't be any performance in the afternoon. It was then I saw the "fireman" strolling towards us (we were sitting directly in front of the stage!). Oh-uh. My seat was the nearest to the stage. :S

I changed my seat immediately! Lucky me. In fact, one of us (the next one nearest to the stage) was invited to perform "live" on stage! She was so daring ohhh... Ahaha... Due to privacy reasons, I won't upload the photos here. But then, those on my Facebook friends list shall be able to view them. :P

I would still say that dining experience at this restaurant is good. Better still if you could come in groups of 4-6. More than 6 would be a little too cramp. The set meal portion might not be satisfying for big-eaters. But then, the most important thing is the get-togetherness and the atmosphere. Don't worry about the price because for the price you pay, you are in fact eating healthier food compared to what you get at Western-style diners. :D

Ironically, I will be bringing my sister to Chili's tomorrow evening for her birthday dinner. :D
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EPF frills

So, there are many who are dissatisfied with the current EPF frills. Good.

From The Star:

Workers and employers rail against EPF directive

PETALING JAYA: EPF's move requiring contributors who wish to maintain their existing contribution at 11% to fill up a form has drawn protests from employee and employer associations.

Cuepacs and Fomca regard EPF's arrangement as tantamount to forcing workers to comply, while the MTUC and Malaysian Employers' Federation (MEF) feel it implies that the move was mandatory instead of voluntary.

"This seems like force. Those who are interested to reduce their contribution should fill up the form; not the other way round," said Cuepacs president Omar Osman.

Omar said he believed the majority of contributors from the private sector were not in favor of the move and called on the EPF to come up with the best arrangement that benefited workers for their long-term investments.

According to an EPF statement on Thurs­day, contributors who wished to maintain their 11% contribution rate were required to fill up Form KWSP 17A (AHL) and hand it to their employers for submission to the EPF. EPF will automatically adjust employees' contribution to 8% from January if they failed to fill the form.

On Nov 4, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced a voluntary reduction of employees' contribution from 11% to 8% as part of the Government’s stimulus package for the economy.

Fomca secretary-general Muhammad Sha'ani Abdullah said: "Automatic reduction cannot be regarded as voluntary. The principles of justice should be applied as promised because the change is voluntary. Those who want to maintain it at 11% should not be required to apply."

MTUC deputy president Mohd Khalid Atan said EPF’s directive was not practical.

**********

My question is: So, what's the final decision?

I hope this statement: "Those who want to maintain it at 11% should not be required to apply" will seal the case.
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I [heart] cooking

Exactly! Why?

1. A girl should know how to cook. Well, that's one of my mama's most precious advices. Yeah, that's right. I got it from my mama. Also, my late father was a great cook.
*Salute*


2. Apparently, apart from taking my shower, sleeping, shopping, eating out, "lepak" for 4 hours or more at MPH/Borders, cooking is another way to be released from freaking myself crazy with work, worK, woRK, wORK, WORK! Yeah, I'm spoiling market, people say.
*Blekk*


3. Let's get straight to the point. I just love cooking. Just like how some love XBOX or PS3 or PSP,... I can never get these games gadget thingy right.
*Double blekk*


Dinner was so good!

Mixed Mushroom

Ingredients (for 2):
Chicken breast meat (sliced, marinated with salt, pepper & light soy sauce)
Oysters (a few, optional, added for extra flavor)
Dried Chinese mushroom (a few pieces, soaked, sliced)
Fresh Enoki mushroom (as much as you like)
Canned straw mushroom (a handful)
Fresh oyster mushroom (a few pieces)
Salt & Water

How:
Easy. As usual, heat the wok & add oil, stir-fry the meat first.
Then, "throw" in all the mushrooms. Add water.
Let it simmer till you can see that the mushrooms are "wilted". Add salt to taste.

Red Spinach with Anchovies

Ingredients (for 2):
Red spinach
Anchovies
Salt & Water

How:
Easier. As usual, heat the wok & add oil, stir-fry the anchovies first.
Then, "throw" in the spinach. Stir-fry for a while. Add water.
Let it simmer. Add salt to taste.

Hmmmm... something is wrong with my camera phone. Red spinach looks like green spinach.

:)
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No, I don't agree

I seldom respond to whatever happened in this country, regardless of how significant it may be, be it RPK released from ISA (Congrats, RPK!) or DPM is going to be the next PM... whatever... But definitely NOT this time. Although this is a minor issue, it could be major to some.

From NST:

Jan 1 start for cut in EPF contributions

KUALA LUMPUR: The reduction of the employees' contribution to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be made automatically effective from the January salaries to ease and facilitate better implementation of the measure.

This will be implemented until the December 2010 salary, the EPF said in a statement issued here yesterday. It said, however, if members wished to maintain the contribution rate at 11 per cent, they may do so by filling up the Form KWSP 17A (AHL).

"Once completed, the forms can be submitted to the members' respective employers for submission to the EPF," the statement said.

The EPF said in the meantime, it would be issuing a new monthly contributions schedule accordingly. It said members and employers could obtain the new schedule and AHL from all EPF branches or download the forms from its website, myEPF, at www.kwsp.gov.my from Dec 1 onwards.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also Finance Minister, announced that the employees' monthly statutory contribution rate would be reduced by three per cent from 11 per cent to increase disposable income for the public.

Automatically effective? Nonsense.

If members wished to maintain the contribution rate at 11 per cent, they may do so by filling up the Form KWSP 17A (AHL). This is just giving us trouble. That means we've to take leave just to queue up at KWSP to fill in the form. :S

"Once completed, the forms can be submitted to the members' respective employers for submission to the EPF," the statement said. Well, I hope the company where I'm working now will tolerate this.

...the employees' monthly statutory contribution rate would be reduced by three per cent from 11 per cent... NO! I want 11%. If you have more cash-in-hand, you'll spend more. Definitely. I'm not going to be that stupid.

:(
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Fireman BBQ Restaurant 泰式烧烤天地

From 南洋网/美味风采

踏入 Fireman 这家泰式 BBQ 餐厅的时候,就被它那片殷红的火海所吸引了。用火海来形容这家餐厅一点也不为过,因为整间店的装潢都是采用红色系列。餐厅的墙壁以鲜红色粉刷,许多火形状的灯悬挂在墙上,地上的地毯、灯光、椅子和空气清新器也是一律使用红色。刺眼的殷红火海实在太引人注目了。

Fireman 的标志,有如一张涨红人脸的辣椒-头发如触雷般的站立,尾尖部又细又长,还很炫地带着一副墨镜,煞是有趣。虽然说像一个人样,但这个人的脸却有两种不同的颜色。右边为红色,左边为深橙色。杨健意解释说,“其实那一张脸是由两条辣椒形成的,也代表着我们酱料的颜色。头发那个部分是辣椒的尾部,下巴是辣椒的头部,而墨镜只不过是我们的添加物。”

Fireman 总监杨健意指出,为了确保所有食物都充满泰国的风味,因此 Fireman 的食谱都是由一位曾经在高级酒店担任厨师的泰国人负责。他说,我国人民对于接受泰国食物非常的高,因此这里的食物必定受到许多喜欢吃辣和泰国餐的人喜爱。

“我们所有的锅都是铜制造的,主要是因为铜制造的锅比较稳定而且不容易氧化,对身体比较健康。另外,一般上的烧烤锅汤匙是放不进的。不过经过我们的特别设计,顾客可以轻易的用汤匙取得食物。烧烤部分拥有纹线,主要是让食物的精华流入汤底让整个汤底更加的鲜甜。”

体贴的 Fireman 为了让顾客在一个特别的环境里和响应该店的名字,更安排了喷火秀,同时也在店里排放了我国唯一一台从韩国入口的足球机。

喷火秀每天将会有 5 次的表演,中午2场和晚上 3 场。另外,响应 Fireman 的口号 "Your Best Friend",老板提供足球机的主要目是在等待食物的当儿大伙可以先玩个几圈,增进感情。不过这两样活动,只限于在 JAYA ONE

Fireman Parade (RM49.90) 4-6人:在还未开始烧烤前,先放一两块的猪油在锅里,这可以使到接下来烧烤食物会更香。喜欢吃猪肉的人,这碟 Fireman Parade 最适合不过。而喜欢吃海鲜的人这 Marine Flaming,里头充满许多海鲜选择。

小火人虾饼 (RM16.90):这是厨师特别定做给小火人的招牌菜之一。以鲜虾制成的虾饼,经过油炸后,香脆是不在话下,再点上特制的梅子酱,酸酸甜甜,在上桌后必须趁热吃。

青木瓜沙律 (RM9.90):刨成丝的木瓜,配上辣椒的搭配,吃起来口感清脆,是泰国人在夏天是的最佳凉拌。喜欢吃辣的你,一定要尝试这一道青木瓜沙律,因为它的辣是不知如何形容的。

小火人泰式鲜虾 (RM9.90) :别于我们常吃的炒稞条,泰国的糅条比我们的稞条细小,将糅条配上花生和辣椒粉,吃起来口感极佳,而且糅条非常有弹性。

椰浆蒸木薯 (RM5.90):别于一般的木薯,经过加工处理掉里头的丝,吃起来不会面对木薯丝的烦恼。煮熟后的木薯再加上椰浆后必须趁热吃,软甜的木薯再配上香浓的椰浆,绝对是一个好搭配。

小火人芒果糯米饭 (RM11.90):道地的泰国甜品,可以在用餐后品尝。由班兰叶汁煮成的糯米饭,占满了班兰的香味而且还染上了天然的青色,再配上椰浆和芒果,肯定可以满足您对甜品的需求。

Fireman
Lot C-7-1, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya.
电话:03-7955 6818
营业时间:每天上午11时至晚上10

Lot 131, First Floor, The Curve Damansara.
电话:03-7722 1268
营业时间:每天上午11时至凌晨1

A good review here.
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The wheel is spinning, I guess we interrupted it.

"The wheel is spinning, I guess we interrupted it."

After watching The Coffin, a 2008 Thai horror-romance, starring Karen Mok and Ananda Everingham, that's the sentence that I remembered. Ananda also starred in another impressive Thai horror, Shutter. No wonder he looks so familiar.

The Coffin's cast is quite "extravagant", assembling actors and actresses from Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan. Most dialogues are in English, so it's easy to follow the story and get into its mood. I love this film's cinematography, especially when the cameras are focusing on the genuine fear, terror, and dread expressed through the character's eyes.

The storyline is simple, the plots are arranged nicely without causing confusion, and the ending is somewhat predictable. This may not be the best horror movie that I've watched but I could say that the most rewarding part is that it makes us think. The mortals are not supposed to mess with the spiritual world. Once the boundary is trespassed, ugly things could happen.

As a Christian, I don't believe in karma and things alike because we believe in the sovereignty of God the Creator, Jesus the Savior.

:)

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The Speech

Taken from BBC News without modification. Very inspiring.

Full text: Obama's victory speech

Democrat Barack Obama has become the first African-American to win the White House. Here are his remarks as prepared for delivery to a huge crowd in his home city of Chicago:

CHANGE HAS COME

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

PARTNERS IN THE JOURNEY


I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader.

I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice-President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation's next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House.

And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics - you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.

VICTORY FOR THE PEOPLE

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to this cause.

It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organised, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth.

This is your victory.

THE TASK AHEAD

I know you didn't do this just to win an election and I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.

Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.

There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor's bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

REMAKING THE NATION

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president, and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.

And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for 221 years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

ONE NATION, ONE PEOPLE

What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity.

Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours: "We are not enemies, but friends… though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection."

And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president too.

AMERICA IN THE WORLD

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you.

And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

A HISTORY OF STRUGGLE

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome". Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

THIS IS OUR MOMENT

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.

This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.

Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.
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Good illustrations! Must read ^^









Thanks to Sophos for these great illustrations from an email.
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Cosy lunch on a Saturday

Exactly!

Look at these wonderful food at La Gourmet House - House of Meals & Memories @ The Curve.


La Gourmet House Barnyard Deluxe - mixed sausages sauteed in olive oil & herbs (>RM20)
Its portion is good enough to be shared with my sister. There are 3 kinds of sausages - chicken, beef, and pork.
Delicious.

Smoked Salmon Salad (>RM15)
Also shared this with my sister. Love the salmon slices, olives, pickles, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh lettuce. Refreshing and delicious.

Latte Macadamia Nut - taller glass (>RM8); Cappuccino Hazelnut - cup (>RM8)
Nice hot coffee!

The best thing is... we got 20% discount for the food!
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