Thursday, 29 May 2008

Food tasting

I was invited to a food tasting at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort (specifically the Shang Palace restaurant) for my friend's wedding this coming July.

Full course for one table commenced at 7:30 p.m. and here's the suggested menu:

Cantonese Specialty, Hot and Cold Combo:
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Braised Fish Maw Seafood Soup with Crab Meat, Stuffed Prawn Balls & Shark's Fin:
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Fried Chicken with Salad Dressing:
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Steamed Garoupa "Hong Kong" Style:
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Yes, we used the chopstick as a yardstick, to make sure during the wedding, the fish served would be around this size, heh heh...

Szechuan Style Braised Sea Cucumber & Prawns:
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Chinese Style Wok-Fried Lamb with BBQ sauce:
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Stewed Fresh Mushroom & Chi Bao Gu with Tau Kan Pak Choi:
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Fried rice in Butter and Garlic:
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Sweet Lotus Seed with Pak Hup & Dried Longan:
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and lastly, Chinese Pancake:
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There were some tweaks and comments made about the selection and taste, so hopefully the menu during the wedding day itself will be to everyone's taste.

Man, my eyelids are about to drop...

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

KDCA-ISCEP Concert

I went to the KDCA-ISCEP Concert held at Hongkod Koisan, KDCA Penampang today. The theme for the concert was: Peace Through Culture.

I went there with Edgar a.k.a. Doridori, and we managed to get the free tickets. The first 100 tickets were free, so we went early (early by Sabah time standards) and managed to get a few of the remaining tickets. Ooh, a little correction here. The first 100 tickets were SPONSORED by a kind Datuk. (Thanks for the correction, Jasmine!) Big Thank You to the Datuk!

Dori was supposed to do a write up of the story, so I'll link you to him when he's good and ready.

Pics, erm later ah, need to process banyak-banyak pics...

Sunday, 25 May 2008

New flash 580EX II

Boy, this is an expensive hobby...


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I got this little (OK, not so little) flash from Fotomat about a week ago. This is the top of the line external flash (or in Canon-speak: Speedlite) from Canon. The reason I got this was because I wanted to experiment with multiple lighting setup, without resorting to buying those studio strobes (I'm not that hardcore yet...).

Another reason for buying this is because the 580EX II can function as a commander to trigger my other Canon flash remotely, so now I have remote flash :D

Now I only need to find the time to do my experiments heh heh heh...

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Monsopiad Photography Workshop

Whoopiee, another photography workshop :D And it's FREE! I have to thank Maslight for the heads-up on this photography workshop, since she's the one who received the email containing the invite. The event was sponsored by KKIPC Sdn Bhd, with collaboration from the Sabah Journalists Association (SJA) and Monsopiad Cultural Village.

Location: Monsopiad Cultural Village
Date: 19 May 2008
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm

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The talk was conducted by Datu Ruslan Sulai and Edmund Samunting, both experienced photographers. Edmund happens to be the brother of one of my classmates :D

Here's Mr. Edmund Samunting briefing the participants.
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Ooh, I think I forgot tho take a photo of Datu Ruslan...

Anyway, on with the workshop. First, Datu Ruslan showed some pics and explained the rational of some of the pictures, on why it was taken in such and such an angle, and certain tips were imparted to the participants from his treasure trove of experience. Not long after, Edmund took the mike and continued with the rest of the workshop.

Some of the participants listening intently...
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There was a little rest period where refreshments were served (OK, it was still self service). The food was OK, but the real bonus was they served Leehing (rice wine) out of bamboo cups. There was enough in one cup to constitute a shot, I guess. So you would not get drunk unless you finished off about 30 of those, heh heh... Ack, forgot to take a shot of the bamboo glasses as well, dang must be the heat...

Right, before the break, the organisers gave each team (of 5 people) the general assignment: come up with a picture to promote the Monsopiad Cultural Village as a tourist attraction. They gave the assignment before the break so that the team members can discuss the topic and plan out the shots while eating.

After the break, everyone went off to shoot. Most of my shots were ho-hum, nothing really outstanding, but I'll force you to see them anyway BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

First I crossed the little suspension bridge to the other side of the river (I hope they fix up the suspension bridge, some of the planks do not look safe for walking...)
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Then I went back to the main site and started shooting things at random, starting with the moonshine brewery, I mean the leehing distillery:
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Here are some of the ingredients that goes into rice wine a.k.a. leehing:
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Ingredients and the jars that are used to store them:
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Next up, the tosung, a.k.a the paddy pounder, used to break open the rice, which then the husk is separated from the rice.
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Here's the plow:
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And assorted paraphenalia (I'll get the names down later...) :
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At around 12:30pm, everyone gathered back at the main hall to choose a photo to present for discussion. Each group had to submit one photo.
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Each group had to send a representative to explain the rationale behind the photo. Since my photo was chosen, so I had to go up and yack their ears off. Incidentally, my photo's story was similar to another team's photo, in the sense that we wanted to show the main gong at the entrance. Oh well, most of my points had ben explained by the previous team anyway, so nothing much to rehash :D There was a critique by one of the photogs in the audience, but it was more of a comment, that the photo was a bit dead. Yes, I agree, bcos there were no human action in the picture. Everything was quite static.

Here's me trying to explain the pic:
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There were some high-energy discussions between some of the photographers and the critics, but all was in good fun.
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Oh ya, everyone received a certificate of attendance. (Thanks to Shadow for the pic)
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Lets hope there will be a next one, and hopefully someplace cooler, like Kundasang :D

Saturday, 17 May 2008

A fishy outing

Argh, working on a Saturday is not fun... but one redeeming point for today was that I had a lunch outing with a bunch of friends at Fish & Co. in Warisan Square.

I had the New York Fish and Chips which cost RM16.90 (without tax) and I ordered a cup of tomato juice (RM5.50 before tax). The fish and chips was generously portioned, but the tomato juice could have been a bit bigger...

Anyway, after lunch, a few of us went to Fotomat (a camera shop) in Center Point to ask about the price of Canon's latest entry-level DSLR, the 450D. Luckily John was in, I've dealt with him previously and he's a really friendly and helpful guy, and the important thing is: he know his stuff around DSLRs.

Me n Jasmine
Here's a shot of Jasmine and me (well, she insisted...) Her take on the outing can be found here

After getting a quote for Doridori on the 450D, I enquired about a few other things, including: 580EX II flash and a few macro lenses. All of this is gonna kill my budget for the next few months if I get them all now :P

We tested the 580Ex II flash along with my 430EX as the slave, and the wireless function works nicely. Now I'm reaaaaaly gonna go back and get the flash as soon as possible...

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You can see my hand on the left holding the flash behind her to give the backlit hair effect. Doridori shot this and the one above :D

Friday, 16 May 2008

Teacher's Day dinner

OK, I attended a Teacher's Day dinner at Kian Kok Middle School tonight, along with quite a number of teachers. This dinner is hosted annually by the KK Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Chinese Schools around KK to honour the teachers for their hard work.

pics coming soon...

Saturday, 3 May 2008

New computer parts purchase

Went out today to get me another hard disk. The place to get computer stuff was of course Kompleks Karamunsing. I got me a 320 GB Hitachi Deskstar SATA hard disk (RM 228), along with a cheap Logitech mouse (RM29). So far, the formatting of the new hard disk is taking quite a long time, since I had to format 300+ Gigs of empty space.

The reason for getting the hard disk was because of shrinking space on my 160GB hard disk, as for the mouse, lets just say my old mouse is showing its age. The left mouse button does not click properly nowadays, and it is getting frustrating to click on something and nothing happens, or sometimes a single click was interpreted as a double click.

Warranty for the hard disk is 3 years, and 1 year for the mouse. Lets hope nothing goes wrong with either one.

Thursday Super Outing

Hey there ladies and germs,

OK, I curi that intro from I can't remember where, but anyway, CSP had a crazy outing planned for 1st of May. It consisted of:

  • Breakfast at Hilltop coffee shop
  • Visit the Lok Kawi Zoo
  • Lunch somewhere
  • Play-play at Tanjung Aru beach
  • Dinner / dumpling / satay at Kampung Air
OK, first up, breakfast at Hilltop.
Kana came to pick me up from the 7-11 outside my housing area to go breakfast. On the way we were supposed to grab Dizzy, but she was still in Dreamland when we pulled up at her house (next time have to call her 1 hour before fetching her...). So we went to Hilltop coffee shop and met Jack there, the only one of the group that showed up early. I ordered my breakfast but Kana and Jack decided to wait for the others. OK, Slowly but surely the rest of the gang showed up. First Dori, then Dizzy, and lastly Pharell and 540. The rest will meet up when we reach the wildlife park.

The Wildlife Park
Upon reaching the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, we were greeted with rain. No, not the singer, but the original stuff that comes from clouds. It wasn't raining too hard, so we decided to go in anyway. The ticket was priced at RM10.00 for Malaysians (adult) and RM5.00 for Malaysian children. Non-Malaysians will be charged double the price. I don't get it, why must they gouge foreigners so much. I think senior citizens get to go in for free or for a reduced price. I can't recall. The good thing is, since our group was 13 strong, we managed to get some discount from the entrance fee.

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So we went around shooting animals (heh heh) So I'll let the pictures do the talking, with minor comments.

Two parrots grooming each other:

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Are you looking at me?
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After walking around the park and sweating it out, we decided to rest and adjourn to eat lunch... and some engage in some camwhoring (some of these pics courtesy of Dizzy, who was trigger happy heh heh)

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I don't dare post the other picture that is similar to the above, or else I'm a dead duck.

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On the way to Tanjung Aru beach, we stopped off at Giant supermarket in Putatan to grab some tidbits, and I saw this moth inside a glass container, apparently dead, but still in one piece:
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Off to the beach we go, and it was very windy that day, due to a storm brewing off the coast. We were literally eating sand, and I didn't dare change my camera lens in that kind of wind.

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Since we were at the beach, there was an attempt to build a sandcastle, but since we suck, sand sculptures were the next logical thing:
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This is me trying to warp it so that it looks straight:
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I failed...

There was a night session (eating dinner in KK) but I didn't follow that one. Everyone was tired after a whole day out, so a few participants decided to KO at home.