Archive for September 2008
Last night sure was one of the best nights that I had so far during my summer break here in Brunei. Uncle Arab-Families organized a small gathering event at the main Serikandi Branch restaurant in KB. It happened that there was a Hari Raya shooting going at the same time with Uncle AF giving out donations to the some of the Orphans in Kuala Belait. It was fully packed.
The main highlight for me that night was having to mingle around with my relatives that I only managed to only hang out with them a couple of times during my stay. We had so much fun in doing some crazy stuff with the Hari Raya props especially with Uncle AF kids and Abg Din!! It really felt like it was Hari Raya again back as it was 2-3 years ago and was hoping that the night wouldn’t fell short. Goofing with the twins and rara and cici reminded me how close we are during our youngsters years. I’m glad the bond is still there even though I’ve been away for so long and I hope it will last as long as we are still around 🙂
Thank You Uncle AF for organizing the small advance hari raya celebration for me, it really made my day and THANK YOU to those who came that night. It sure was a memorable event to be remembered.
Yesterday was an opportunity to meet a couple of friends which I haven’t met since I came back. Although, some of them I manage to meet up in the UK but its not on a regular basis.
I know Dee wants the pictures so might as well post ‘some’ of it over here first before I upload it on my facebook account! The rests of the pictures are not suitable for your viewing pleasure 😛
US (L-R): Hazim Richard Lee, Jo, Dee and Chung Peng
Dee! Are picking your nose? Batal Puasa!! LOL
OMG! Parut alert!
Its a rarity for me to meet up with my friends but At least, I got the chance to meet up with the close ones. Thank you for those who I have meet up so far to take some time and did some catch up session with me. I really appreciate it. Hopefully more to come within this 2 weeks.
These past two days, I have been stuffing myself with buffet foods. When it comes to buffet, there are no restrictions at all! It’s an ‘all you can eat’ feast. Have to say, although we’re coming into the 2 week of ramadhan, I can still count how many times I’ve eaten outside = 4.
Among the 4 restaurants that I have eaten, in my opinion Rizqun Coffee House really takes the cake for being the best in the quality of food and choice wise. I don’t really fancy eating much of rice nowadays but there were a handful of choices that I can still enjoy eating at the place without having to involve rice in it. The Bergedel and Hati Buyah are to die for at the Indonesian/malay food counter! They also served roast lamb and beef were an added star to the restaurant. It tastes so heavenly when you eat the lamb/beef with its assorted sauce and POPPADUMS! I know its a weird combo but I tell you I enjoy the crunchy and soft tenderly goodness going through my mouth. HAHA Oh oh! They even have a satay counter! It is one of the best ones I had so far, even the Ketupats and Satay Sauce is very delicious and easy to blend in together.
Empire Hotel never fails to serve one of the best pasties and desserts around in Brunei. The Kueh Batik and All of those chocolatey goodness cakes really set me up to 7th heaven. It was really that good until I had a couple of rounds of the cakes. Their starters were not so bad as well. I like the whole combination of authentic salads leafs (*like rockets!) and cous cous with a drizzle of french dressing was enough to satisfy me as my first meal! Hehe
Haha as you can see, I really enjoy my food and I can tell good food when I taste one! 🙂 Sorry there aren’t any pictures of the food as most of us would be too busy enjoying our food! 😛
Everything what I’ve mentioned before were based on my honest opinion.
more to come . . . .
I don’t know whether you have tasted the best Ayam Kicap before. After a few trial and errors on creating the right taste for this recipe, I finally have it and would like to share it with you. 🙂
IF you have any other recipe for the dish that could beat mine, then don’t hesitate to give a comment at the end of this post.
What you need:
- 300g chicken breasts/wings
- 1 Large onion – finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves – finely chopped
- 1 thumb sized ginger – chopped into sticks
- 2 Large tomatoes / 5 cherry tomatoes – cut them into segments
- A handful of spring onions/coriander – finely chopped
- Half chicken stock cube
- Sweet Soya Bean Sauce / Kicap manis Kipas Adabi
- 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
- Vegetable Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Half cup of water
- Use a claypot or wok to get the best result
Since my summer internship is over, now I have a huge load of work to DO before I had back to the UK.
Work = polishing up my geological maps!, do a cross section! and not to forget my strat logs needs to be taking care of as well! Argh. All under just two weeks! I need a smack on the head for that! I finally now feel the pressure.. but the good side of it is at least I’m ever more motivated. hehe
Will update more later.
I’m really digging the new layout of my blog. Pretty simple and sweet which really reflects my current mood at the moment. Today is my last day working of my summer internship and Thus far, I really enjoyed it very much. That is why there was lack of update for the past few weeks but nevermind 🙂
Never knew that working may need alot of mental power and determination! It was hard for me at first as I’m the kind of person who would get bored easily if I do some of the work over and overrrr again. But I manage to get over it. After the last couple of weeks working in the company, I finally had the sense of belonging to the company with my contributions. The workload was well worth it I tell you and I learn so much that really help to develop skills not only benefit myself as being a future geologist but it also develop my personality and inner self to be a better and wise person. There were no regrets of choosing to work at the company for this SUMMER 2008. And as I mentioned before, working here really opens up my eyes and this is what I want to see myself working once I graduated from University.
But for now, I need to score BIG time for my degree so that I can be a reliable and knowledgeable geologist in the future. So my fellow readers, Learn if you still have the tendency to do it! and STOP when you already fed up of learning. Who knows, I might continue my studies up to PhD… but time will only tell.
Ooh Ooh. I forgot to wish all of my muslim readers outthere “Happy Fasting!“.
*sigh* well thats that. Had my presentation a few minutes ago and I’m glad to know that they really like it. Although there were a couple of things that I need to polish but Its not bad when its done at the last minute.
That is one thing I need to get rid out of my system and start working on things in advance. Haven’t started doing any work for my mapping which I should be starting tomorrrroooowww.
As for now, I wonder what I should cook for Sungkai later.. hmmmmm
I have stumbled upon this funny links about Geologist: http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Geologist
And below is a copy from the website on how to spot a Geologist in the wild, Enjoy! 🙂
- Hand-lens, compass, pen-knife, handcuffs etc. tied round neck with string.
- Someone with a beard and Sandals… Jesus was a Geologist (actually, carpenters back then were also stonemasons, so there is some truth to that statement)
- Someone who owns a pet rock and is not eight (in the case of paleontologists, this will be their closest friend), with said ‘pet’ often found hanging from keys.
- Someone with not much enthusiasm on the subject of dinosaurs. Geologists consider an event a ‘mass’ extinction only if 80% of the living organisms die and get buried in sediment for conservation.
- Someone explaining to airport security that a sidewall core covered in gunpowder residue isn’t really a weapon.
- Someone who only includes people in photos for scale, and has more pictures of his/her rock hammer and lens caps than of family and friends.
- Some who, if they could travel to Jupiter’s moon, IO, would think the coolest part about it was the volcanoes and not the space travel.
- Someone with a collection of beer cans/bottles that rivals the size of his rock collection.
- Someone lighting a cigarette with a handlens focussing the sunlight, or a coat hanger stretched between the battery terminals of a University van.
- Someone who brings beer instead of water when hiking.
- Someone whose lunch consists of rocks, instead of ordinary bread.
- Someone who consumes tonsil-killing chili for dinner every night of the week, and warms it up in a can on the drill rig engine block.
- Someone whose child is trained to know the geologic timescale before being able to walk.
- Someone with hair in a pony-tail (this applies to male or female geologists).
- Someone who considers a “recent event” to be anything that has happened in the last hundred million years.
- Someone who licks and/or scratches & sniffs rocks or in case of china clay will eat it to prove its perfectly safe.
- Someone who eats dirt and claims to be “getting an estimate of grain size”
- Someone who will willingly cross an eight-lane interstate on foot to determine if the outcrops are the same on both sides.
- Someone who can pronounce the word molybdenite correctly on the first try.
- Someone who has hiked 6 miles to look at a broken fence that was “offset by a recent earthquake”.
- Someone who says “this will make a nice Christmas gift” while out rock collecting.
- Someone who thinks a “sexual exploit” is lying naked on an outcrop so the satellite will photograph them on the next pass.
- Someone who hires student assistants with an eye to whether they can run slower so the bears get them first.
- Someone who can jump start a campfire in wet weather with the judicious application of a beer fart.
- Someone who from personal experience knows the difference between Arctic grade and summer grade diesel fuel.
- Someone who even on an average day in the field can make Indiana Jones look like a bit of a klutzy wuss
- Someone who looks at scenery and tells you how it formed.
- Someone whose pockets tend to be filled with bits of rock.
- Someone whose rockery moved into their spare room.
- Someone who has more pairs of hiking boots than shoes.
- Someone who wears hiking boots constantly, even for formal functions, and occasionally sandals with (obligatory) socks
- Someone who thinks of woodlice as trilobites but would tell anyone off who said so.
- Someone who, when on a beach, will collect shells and try to explain their muscle scars to you.
- Someone who prefers to explain the sequence of events shown in a cliff face to sunbathing.
- Someone whose collection of petrified wood samples is stacked like cord wood.
- Someone who plans extra time on trips to investigate road cuts along the way.
- Someone who almost crashes his/her car looking at road cuts while driving.
- Someone who often explains how their boozy coffee with whipped cream resembles a layered igneous complex.
- Someone who knows the phylum, kingdom, and genus of every ancient creature lodged in stone, some of which look nothing like an animal, but can’t remember his/her mother’s, or spouse’s, birthday.
- Someone who uses a geologic hammer to halve a boiled egg.
- Someone who modifies his/her one yard pace to one meter in order to simplify pace-and-compass mapping.
- Someone whose radioactive ore specimen collection glows in the dark. It is so bright you can:
- use it to read by.
- illuminate your front yard.
- use it as a landing beacon.
- see it from Mars.
- Someone who can identify the chemical formula for Cummingtonite…and chuckles like a junior-high kid every time.
- Someone stuck on the side of the road without a spare tire because it was removed to make more room for samples or alcohol (or the spare is already being used on the other side of the van).
- Someone who, when asked what this rock is says, “Leverite, so leave her right there.”
- Someone who walks out of a bathroom and asks if you noticed the fossils in the stall dividers.
- Someone prone to Linnean mnemonic devices such as Keep Privates Clean Or Forget Getting Screwed.
- Someone who can only relate to one “Rock Band” (besides BIF): Are We Not Men, We Are Devonian!
- Someone who enjoys their topography: Subduction leads to orogeny, and orogeny leads to relief.
- Someone who walks into an art museum and looks at the floors and columns commenting on the stylolites and fossils, rather than looking at the paintings.
- Someone whose shorts expose way more leg than you ever wanted to see.
- Someone who rocks the party and is the schist everywhere they go.
- Someone who can say, “Gneiss Cleavage” or talks about slaty cleavage and means it in a non-derogatory sense.
- Someone who takes special interest in your granite countertops in the kitchen and after a few minutes will even produce handlenses before giving other guests an igneous petrology lesson.
- Someone who gets really upset when the countertop, which is obviously mafic/aphanitic/metamorphic, is called granite and takes 20 minutes to tell you why you’re wrong.
- Someone who can’t use a street map because it doesn’t have contour lines.
- When helping someone move and you ask “is this box full of rocks?” They answer “yes, be careful.”
- Someone who always carries a small squeezy bottle of vinegar in their pocket.
- If you remain unsure, ask the subject to draw an annotated diagram of a trilobite. A true geologist will immediately reach for their waterproof notebook – this is your opportunity for escape.”