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The Return of the Genie King

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:54:00 +0000

It's good to be back!  Today I was reintroduced to the blogging world! I have not blogged for over 7 years after starting 10 years ago.

Looking at my old blog brought back great memories of a different time.  I had started blogging to document my trials as a first time father to my little daughter and her growing up.

Today my daughter was able to read an old post about her.  Seeing her smile as she read about her antics brought a smile to my face.  It was all worthwhile.

Also hooked up with a few old blogging buddies today and believe me it was good and I look forward to getting back in the groove.  Trust me I am so rusty at blogging that I couldn't even find my blog at first.

Will be interesting to start again.
Right now I'm using me trusty phone...and it seems ok. Would hate to use a laptop if it's not necessary... but it's hard to type like this I must add.   We'll just have to wait and see I suppose.

Times have changed so much and I do have a little to write let the games begin.

It’s A Wonderful Life

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 02:18:00 +0000

It’s A Wonderful Life

That, my friends, is the title of my all time favorite Christmas movie that stars Jimmy Stewart. It’s been a Christmas tradition for me to try watching it each and every year at Christmas time (if they showed it on TV), until I managed to order the DVD (it’s not sold locally either) to ensure that I’d not miss it at Christmastime anymore. I hope that I can pass on the tradition to my little one but for now I don’t think the show will appeal to her much since it’s in black and white and she’s only five.

It’s a Wonderful Life is a touching story about a simple man, George Bailey, who faces adversity in his life and has to forego his dreams and aspirations due to circumstances. He is honest and hardworking and leads a clean life, while making ends meet. However, after everything he’s been through, he is down on his luck through no fault of his own and wishes he was never born. With the help of an unlikely angel in training called Clarence, he sees that he has made a significant difference to society and is really blessed.

Okay I know that it’s a little early for Christmas for most folks but for me it’s Christmas everyday LOL Actually, this year I can draw a little comparison to ol’ George Bailey. I’ve been facing some adversity and to tell you the truth the challenges have been literally piling on one after another, after another. While it hasn’t come to the stage of me challenging my existence it is really trying times for us. Thank goodness wifey is really understanding and helpful for I don’t think I’d be able to handle it on my own.

We’ll try to do the right thing for everyone but sometimes the right thing is not the best thing, however, therein lies the challenge. It’ll be a balancing act but hey what’s life without a little challenge, right? The trick is to try to see the good in every difficult situation you’re facing but trust me; it’s not easy and I’m sure most of you who’ve faced tough times will agree. Griping won’t get me anywhere. It’s ironical because I’m a perennial griper but on something like this I choose not to gripe, at least not yet!! LOL

FLUFFY FRIDAY …GrrRupert Report

Fri, 07 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000

Okay okay I bet you think I was gonna write about my mutt Rupert. We’ll yes and no…Rupert is slowly blending in with the family. His only problem is that he still hasn’t been toilet trained. It’s taking longer than I expected and I expected a miracle and hoped that he would follow commands like any good dog. Wake up…he’s just a puppy! He act like one and eats like one and relieves himself just like one!! Yup Rupert is a Rupest sometimes. I don’t know how long it is going to take but it better not take too long!Another thing is as much as my little daughter loves him and adores him she is a little afraid that he’s gonna bite her. Again he’s just a puppy and his favorite pass time is biting stuff. His favorite toy is a pull rope and that had been chewed apart. She has played tug with him and but the minute she stops he’s at it again. To dodge his little nips…Ellie has mastered the art of chair hopping and leaps on with ease and aplomb. It’s hard explaining to her that all she has to do is just tell him to stop and walk away.So until that fine day comes when the dog listens to us and peace reigns we’ll just have to wait and be patient. Remember I said that this story is not going to be about Rupert alone…well here is a picture I took of a little cat in the pet shop recently. The little guy was trying to make a break for it and it was hilarious! I was goading him on to make a break for it and there were others who soon were cheering him on until someone informed the staff and so ended the exploits of the little fellow…maybe next time!Woof woof!! My master seems to think he can write for me…geez…thank goodness he walked away and let the computer unattended…after all it’s not called GrrRupert Re'paw't for nothing! Woof woof It’s about me and what I see and my new found family!! Woof woof…he did a pretty good job of summing up what happened at the pet shop. It’s difficult to type with paws…when are you humans going to make a paw friendly keyboard!! Woof Woof! Speaking of which why not make an iPAWD® when you’re at it too! GrrI’m enjoying my second week at my new home!! My family is not home during the day and only let me out when they are back because I can’t seem to find the toilet! Not that it helps because I’m not going to “GO” where I sleep so I still wait for them to return woof woof They are an odd bunch…man master likes to rub my head when he watches the TV. Lady master feeds me and combs my hair….I overheard her say that she never had a dog…but she’s doing fine. The little lady master is a little afraid of me…That’s because I like to bite…actually my teeth are itchy because they are new…I can’t help it…she likes me I’m sure by the way she sits outside my cage but until my teething stops she’s not going to let me near enough to her for me to sniff Grrr She does like to play pull with me though…but that’s cause I like pulling so much I forget about everything else woof woof Biting on a rope is so much fun…you should try it sometime! I’ll ask master to lend you my rope sometime…but you have to give me a bone, OK! WoofOwwww my paws hurt…this keyboard is killing me! I better go now…but before I do I’d like to ask master’s friend to bring along that hot looking bitch….hey that’s what female dogs are called okay you filthy minded humans…how would you like it if I called female dogs “woman”!! Not so nice eh Grrrr Anyway her name was Pebbles and she was a little shy this time around…may next time she’ll wanna play catch…if you know what I mean…woof woof Err about the picture master wanted to post of that intrepid feline err...well it was supposed to be uploaded but I think I messed it up when I took over the keyboard...but no worries master will surely put it up when he has a chance. Let me end my first post with a little brain teaser… I’m a Schnauzer so I’m German, right? Well how do German dogs bark? Stumped, lik[...]

How much is that doggie in the window?

Mon, 03 May 2010 06:21:00 +0000

We recently got a puppy for our little daughter as her pet. Wifey and me have been at odds these past few years on what type of size the dog should be. Wifey wanted a large breed to guard the house and I wanted a cute little animal to pet. I think I have a phobia for large dogs because of an incident long ago whaen I was a young boy where a huge dog lunged at me as I was walking by. I think I saw my life flash past me because if it weren’t for the fence that kept us apart I’d have been a goner.Anyway, we’ve been going to pet shops at random to look at puppies and could never agree. This year though we decided that it was time. The little one was getting older and could do with the responsibility and the company too. It was meant to be her birthday gift but because we were going to be away we had to delay it a little. In the meantime, we visited an uncle’s place and she really liked their poodle. Now I’m no poodle lover but the dog was really well behaved and playful.To compromise we asked the little one to choose, and she decided that she wanted a poodle type dog just like Spike, my uncle’s dog. So as soon as our scheduled permitted we went pup hunting. I had a Schnauzer in mind from the beginning and even contacted a few breeders. Unfortunately because we were a little busy we didn’t get a chance to go take a peek. Last Sunday however, for some strange reason I just said lets go look for Rupert…okay I had named the dog before picking it…hey I was going to get a male regardless. We had been to most of the malls to look at their pets so we decided to look at the smaller petshops and on our second try we found this tiny little grey furball that was to be Rupert. Ellie liked him too. To be fair to her we also showed her a poodle and other breeds but she was unfazed. I was happy because we were getting a dog that both of us liked. Importantly, wifey liked him too. A smaller dog would be a little easier to handle for Ellie. We were surprised though when we got home and she seemed to develop a little fear of the dog biting her feet. No matter what we said and did, she was still fearful and would take flying leaps on the chairs whenever the puppy got too close to her feet. She is however, slowly getting over the initial fears. She does love him and whenever he’s in his cage she’ll sit by him and stare at his eyes. A Kodak moment!! We’re happy that we got him too and happy to see that the little one is gradually being taken in by him.Well the story would normally end there but yesterday when we went out we popped into another petshop to look for a bed for our little fellow. We didn’t find what we were looking for but what we found was a two-year old Siberian Husky sitting there with his owner. I must admit that in our pet hunting I have seen Husky puppies and they looked cute with their lovely eyes. If we ever were to get a big dog this would be it I told wifey too. Anyway, there were a few people crowding around the Husky and he lay quiet but as we got near he suddenly got up and went to wifey and stood up to her with his paws on her chest and gave her a lick on the face. Wifey is not the type of person who likes the doggies smooches so it was a sight. But I was not over because he sniffed our little girl and then came to me and put his paws on my chest too. Okay flashbacks of my big dog phobia were intertwined with amazement at this big dog’s behavior.I was not going to let the big fellow anywhere near my face but I did give him a nice back rub. I don’t know why he came up to us but we’re thinking that it either because we smell real bad or he could get the scent of Rupert off us. He only came to us too. His name was Milo…odd name for a dog but so is Rupert LOL Either way he was friendly and had lovely eyes. I told wifey again that she could get a Husky if she wanted and I would have no objections. Who knows?? Her birthday is coming up soon too LOL[...]


Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:19:00 +0000


I’d like to introduce the newest member of our family Rupert. He arrived on Sunday…and he’s a wee little fellow. He’s small in size and has darkish hair. He loves to eat and always wants more. Whenever he drinks he dribbles down his chin. He also loves to sleep too and will catch a little shut-eye any chance he can. His favorite toy is a little blue ball which he tries to hide when he’s not playing with it.

The only problem is I don’t think he likes his cage. But that’s only temporary until we get him a proper bed. We’re trying to get him house trained first so he doesn’t poop and pee all over the place. Which, I must add, he’s still managing to do even during the short periods of “freedom” he has. He’s not a bad boy just a baby really and it’ll take time. My little girl is a little afraid of him right now…but she’ll get used to him eventually…err I hope…
More to come...

The Star

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:30:00 +0000

(image) My old Angel tree topper...still nice...

(image) My new Star Tree topper...
(image) The Star...up close...

(image) My Star and Angel!!

I've been looking for a long time for a star to replace the angel on top of my tree...and after my long searc I found this one ...hard to explain but it's so hard to find a really nice star to top the tree here...or should I say it was really hard for me to find a star to meet my specifications here ho ho ho

A walk down memory lane...

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 22:01:00 +0000

One of the uncle's taking a break...he walked all the way with us At the old folks home with the man that got me started on leading the caroling 1983 The group I led back costumes...just candles and kids...before I donned the Santa suit At the same home 26 years later...with one of my carollers...he made me smile when he called me the original...Santa that is...Ho Ho Ho The carollers at my home last night In the spirit of Christmas this year I decided to let my little girl go caroling. Be managed to make it for one practice session only but that was okay. My daughter knew most of the songs. Being a Christmas fan...I listen to carols months ahead and have a wide collection of Christmas CDs...although there is one Johnny Mathis CD stuck...I mean literally in my cars CD player Ho Ho HoI must say that things have changed a lot since the last time I went caroling. back then we did everything old school...I mean we had no guitarist so it was bells and tamborines. I guess for those who continued witht the tradition may have wanted to try something new this year and maybe inject some life into the songs. For me and my good buddy whom I convinced to join us though we were was just happy the way things used to be. The groups previous leader proudly allowed his teenage daughter to conduct and lead. She did have the energy and some know how to her credit but she wanted to make most songs NEW and bring her schoolgirl style to the carols....a cross between a high school musical wannabe and Hannah Montana meets Christmas. Anyway to cut along story short, I was a little disappointed with the whole business but I can't complain because I didn't step up now did I...not that I am the greatest singer but I know how to preserve traditions. Enuf said I guess but the rest of the carollers were a diverse group and families in the area usually joined in the caroling too.Overall it was fun to visit homes like I used to 25 years ago with my merry bunch of carolers. I saw so many familiar faces and it brought back memories. On the second day of carolling we visited the person who had asked me to lead the carollers back then. He was in an old folks home as he was confined to a wheelchair and had difficulty speaking. I was really taken aback as I have not seen him in ages. Memories came flooding back as his wife and my mother used to be the best of friends. My mother is now gone and his wife had just undergone surgery and could not take care of herself too. I was really teary-eyed and choked with was sad.As we went to more houses we used to visit on our caroling rounds I saw that more and more people had passed on. Many people were still alive though and the young ones were all grown up with families of their own. It made going caroling a lot more special to me at least. For my daughter...she didn't sing much since she is such a quiet person among strangers and even after three hard days of singing it was not enough to bring a peep out of her. It was okay...she's only four and it was her first time besides I know she can next year I hope she'll be ready Ho ho ho[...]

Santa's Galore

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 23:58:00 +0000

While in Bali recently we really didn't get to do much shopping. We choose to relax and spend time at the pool rather than go on tours and sightseeing. However, on the third day we thought that we should see a little more of Bali and not just be confined to the hotel and its surroundings.So after an early breakfast at the hotel we went for a tour to Kintamani and a few other areas. Our first stop was to Tanjong Benoa. Over here the famed attractions are watersports and other sea activities. With two kids in two we were a little reluctant to try anything. The one thing I wanted to do was go for a submarine ride which I had read about. Alas, the guide said that the operation had gone "bangkrut" or belly up. Doh!!!We did take a look at some great loking hotels in anticipation of our next visit. On this side of the island it's a little less hectic than Kuta and can be more relaxing but less fun. All depends what you're looking for I guess.We headed up to the volcano next and the journey was long and the kids were of course not amused. Not wantign to eat when we ahd a food stop and wantign to eat as soon as we started our journey LOL Well we survived. We saw loads and load of shops selling all kinds of handcrafted goods. From shrines, to animals, to people to anything you could imagine.As we headed up to the mountain the road was lined with shops selling more and more of the same handcrafted goods. We didn't stop as I was overwhelmed. Besides I was looking for more Santa's to add to my collection Ho Ho HoI did see a few places but the driver said we could go there ont he way down from Kintamani. So I ahd to patiently wait. Argh...Truth be told when we reached the point to view the volcano we were a little disappointed with the view...okay so it was a real volcano but I did really prefer the Grand Canyon because we were quite a distance away. Doh!On the way down we saw the rice paddie filed on the mountain slope of Tengglung which are in pictured in my previous post (along with most of my pictures of Bali). The view there was excellent but the natives were trying very hard to push their wares. I would have mined but they were kinda desparate and I know I should ahve bought sommething because it was really very cheap but I would have no real use for it apart from gathering dust besides I already have a vacuum for that LOLAfter that we stopped at some of the shops selling Christmas stuff. Unfortunately they didn't have many Santa's and the one thing else that I wanted was in short supply. Doh!! Anyway, we evenually stopped at a Christmas shop and I had a field day. Wifey was in the car with the resting kids and I was on my own in a shop full of Sant's holding millions of rupiah LOL I practically grabbed everything I could. I left behind those that were of lower quality or too big to handle.I managed to fill up a box full and serriously had I know I was underweight instead of thinking I had exceed my baggage allowance I'd have got even more DOH!!! Anyway, there is always a next time LOL SO you can see my booty at teh bottom of the post. Some old looking some new looking but all Santa's. Even have duplicates which I had wanted to give to my brother and sister....alas they have not made it there yet muahahahahTo give perspective...the small round Santa in the middle is about 3 inches highIn the end, we finally caved in to the kids and let them have adip int he pool as soon as we got to the hotel. ALl their tiredness and complaining disappeared. We stayed in the pool until dark and it was excellent as the pool area was quiet as it was less crowded. There was an office function held on the pool beach and parts of it were cordoned off...but it was okay as we didn't need that much space anyway. We actually went around the whole pool in stalth mode...believe me it took a long time to get around the immense pool. I love Bali!!!![...]

Rockin' Getaway

Sat, 05 Dec 2009 00:20:00 +0000

Woo hoo I'm so glad that we went fot the vacation. The body may be tired but the mind is refreshed. What is it with holidays that it somehow drains the body so. Mind you we were mostly lazing around the pool and only went on a tour on one of the days. Anyway I'll just let the pictures do the talking! [...]


Fri, 27 Nov 2009 16:22:00 +0000

Yahoo....It's only a few hours before we go off a much deserved holiday! This year has been terrible for me...with the last parts of my MBA being completed under some serious office pressure. The less said the better!!

Anyway, I can't wait to go away with the family for a much needed retreat!! We're taking our little 10 year old neephew along too. He and my little girl are always at odds with each other and I hope they'll be able to keep it in check during the vacation. I will try my best to keep them apart but don't think I'll have much success as usual. Anyway, wifey and me are going to enjoy ourselves regardless hohoho

It's also a great way to start the end of the year festivities. We've already finished some of the decorating and will have a little more to do when we return. Nothing elobrate or over the top...just lights lights and more lights LOL Wish we had those Santa's in sleighs that we could put up on the rooftop hohoho

Hopefully we'll have some nice pictures when we get back in a few days. Until then see ya! :)

Going Italian

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 07:56:00 +0000

For the longest time my favorite restaurant has been Tony Roma’s and it still is but I’ve rediscovered a new place that I have not been going to for a while. It’s called Italiannise. I remember going to the branch in 1 Utama and enjoying the experience. Not only were the food portions hearty but the music was excellent. Hey listening to Sinatra croon while eating Italian food has that effect.Well last week we had lunch at the branch in the Garden’s. We were pleasantly surprised as they now had a kids menu. To top it off, they also had a new two course menu. Now it was a little difficult to choose from the menu because everything looked and sounded so good. While we scrutinized the menu the waiter brought some Tuscan and Herb bread slices and served them with Olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The Tuscan bread was simply excellent!!We ordered next and the little one decided on a Pizza Margarita, which turned out to be pretty good. Wifey had the Minestrone Soup and Shrimp Linguini. The soup was rich and flavorful and the linguini was more than enough to feed a small army of hungry wolves. I was surprised at the amount but it was tasty and full of fresh shrimp. I myself had the Pizza Caprese and Pepperoni and Meatball Calzone. I enjoyed the pizza more than the Calzone but it was still pretty decent. We couldn’t finish and had to pack half the linguini. We couldn’t even finish it for out lunch the next day!!Again it was not only the food that was good but the ambiance. The restaurant was cavernous and overlooked the Klang river…not the prettiest sight but still with Sinatra music playing I told wifey that we’d be there a lot more especially at Christmas as it had that soothing feeling.Yesterday, we went again, this time with my nephew in tow. My little girl wanted the pizza again although we wanted her to try something else. My nephew had the spaghetti Bolognese, which was full of meat and truthfully, he wiped the plate clean with the bread. He said that the sauce was so good. By the way this is not a paid post or sponsored post. Wifey had the clam soup and grilled chicken with wedges and broccoli. She enjoyed the fresh clams on shell. Then the chicken came….it was a half a chicken but that was not all the way it was plated gave it a very homely look. Very appetizing. I had the minestrone soup and the Sausage Carbonara. The portion was huge again and it was simple yet very tasty to say the least. Wifey and me just had our respective leftovers for lunch again and it was still delicious.I actually can’t wait to go again. This time I want try their bruscheta and grilled chicken Milanese or Risotto with asparagus and chicken or maybe the grilled beef skewer with rissoto…doesn’t the sound of it just make your mouth water….I know mine does…Mamma Mia I canta waita goa againa!! Pictures source from Italiannise Malaysia website.[...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 07:39:00 +0000

Well I’m not talking about my blog but the malls. (I love going aroud to all the malls at Christmas to see how well they've decorated.) Everywhere you go you see Christmas trees springing up and hear the sounds of carols playing. Does anyone know why they are called Christmas Carols? If you do, please let me know before I google it…I never really wondered that until just now…why not Christmas Sues or Christmas Marys…why Christmas Carols? LOL

To me Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. At home we’ve already started on decorating the Christmas tree…I had an idea for the lights and while it turned out right…it’s a tad bright. Anyway, that can be easily rectified by hiding the lights behind the ornaments. As usual around this time every year I start looking for a new tree topper…nothing really wrong with the old Angel we have but I want something different.

Just like the lights…nothing wrong with the old ones…except I wanted something a little different. Wifey was a sport and helped me scour the malls looking for the lights. I tried so many places and they were all sold out and finally at the last place I looked they were in abundance. So I grabbed five boxes just to be on the safe side although I really needed two. Thus we ended up putting three sets on the tree and like I said earlier…the tree is a little bright.

Over the weekend we were trying out different ribbon combinations and could not come to agreement so in the end I let wifey decide and she came up with a good combo. The little one not to be left out wanted to help too with unwrapping and putting up the ornaments. My nephew who is with us for a few days was also roped in to assist. It was a fun time but we ain’t done!!

Yesterday we went around to Robinson’s to check out their decorations and ornaments. We had a fun time fooling around with the tree skirts. I told my nephew about the time I went to the US and brought back a whole bunch of tree skirts for the family. As I was passing through local customs, the officer asked me what they were, and I said tree skirts but he didn’t understand and asked me if they were for caroling and I said Yes to avoid further confusion. So I had my nephew put on the tree skirt as a smock… this tree skirt was designed like a Santa suit and he looked hilarious…in hindsight I should have taken a picture. Maybe I’ll get him to do it again.

Tonight we’ll get down to a little more decorating…probably finish the tree and maybe start on the outside. The Santa’s are already out and once the tree is done we can start moving furniture about to accommodate the decorations. Over the years the collection has steadily grown to ginormous proportions. Plus I’ve even bought a few new things already this year. Ho hum… thank goodness Christmas comes but once a year…but to tell you the truth I wish Christmas was everyday!

The Concert

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 04:05:00 +0000

From the title you’re probably thinking about Beyonce or something bootylicious, right? Nah, nothing so fancy but it was to me, just as exciting and entertaining. The performers were none other than my little girl’s pre-school students.I must say that I was not really expecting much since the last time I went to a kiddie concert was close to 17 years ago when my twin nephews had their first concert. I must say that times have changed…for the better. No to take away anything from their performances but it was more so the sophistication of the teachers and performances that they choreographed. Wait wait wait…back up a minute…did I just say sophistication and pre-school concert in the same breath. Well yes I did. I was pretty much impressed with most of the performances and apart from one where the teacher took center stage (not going to comment on this….maybe the kids were having an off day…yeah sure) everything was very well coordinated. Believe me I’m a complainer and will complain about everything but this time I found little to complain about and a lot of kudos to be given to the teachers who managed to turn a bunch of noisy kids into pretty well oiled machines.We’ve known about the concert fro sometime now and have been asking the little one what she would be doing but she would say “nothing”. We of course assumed that for four year old kids they would be doing some jumping and singing at the top of their voices or something along those lines. As the day to the concert drew closer we probed even more but all we could get out of her was that she had to shout the word “batik”. Not much to go on was it?So we resigned ourselves to an average show at most. With the little ones just having a small role to play. After all the school had said when we enrolled her that there might not even be a concert for kids her age as they had to wait for a long time. Even her costume, while it was nicely colored was just a pair or pajamas. Our expectations were low although we were still pretty excited to see her in her first concert. Actually that alone was enough to make us happy.On the day of the concert we were pretty much in a hurry. I didn’t read the notice properly and thought that the concert started at 9.00 am so I was rushing everyone and being a real pain. Finally we left and reached the place in fifteen minutes although I allocated 30 minutes since it was pretty far and in unfamiliar surroundings. (Note: I tend to get lost a lot and must get a GPS system because I’m hopeless when it comes to directions). Well I didn’t miss the road and found the place easily this time. So we were really early. Fortunately the concert was in a nice auditorium and waiting was not that stressful plus we also got pretty good seats. After passing off our little one to the teachers we settled down to wait. Fortunately there was some refreshments and drinks provided which helped a little.After about an hour and a half (yes we were very early okay) the usual speeches and pleasantries started and it was followed by the graduation ceremony for the older kids…yes folks you do get to graduate from pre-school too. So trooped in a bunch of kids in their tiny graduation gowns and mortarboard’s. They looked adorable to say the least. Everyone received a scroll.It was then that the concert commenced. We were really impressed by some of the performances and were really entertained. We had to wait patiently for our little girl as her groups turn was close to the end. One by one the shows went on and apart from that teacher who stole the limelight it were so entertaining. Son it came to our little ones group. The program said that they would be doing a Samoan themed performance in a Malaysian style.The lig[...]

Hello Dolly!!

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 04:28:00 +0000

I want Emila’s cute handmade dolly because I secretly like playing with Dollies…wait that didn’t sound right. Seriously, I’d like to win it for my dear little daughter to love and cherish. She’s at that age where she hugs her favorite dollies to sleep every night. Audience cue ... Awwww

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Happy Birthday Emila –
you’re really an extraordinarily gifted person who loves giving. May you have many happy and healthy years of success in all your endeavors.

Malaysian Safari?

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 22:37:00 +0000

Recently I posted about a trip to Bangkok and the fun time we had at the Bangkok Safari...well this has got nothing to do with it! LOL Last month the family went for a little restaurant hopping to celebrate our wedding anniversary and my birthday, which is only a day apart.No this is the first ime we've done this but I was pretty down then and wanted to just celebrate. hehehe A moment of peace...On the day eve of my birthday we went to Tony Roma's of favourite joint (which reminds me that I haven't been there in a week because of that blasted flu). I'm not going to elobrate cause the food there is excellent and we always have a good time. Then on my actual birthday we ended up in Chili's for another wonderful meal. The day after that was our wedding for that I wanted to go to somewhere different. Oddly enough someone in the office gave me a keychain that day and it was from Africa. The tagline was out of Africa...after the movie. That reminded me of this restaurant near my place that goes by the same name. So i actually googled it and found that it was a great restaurant that was highly rated by one of the expat magazines, which meant one thing to me....authentic. My fav ribs...all 10 of them just for me...unfortunately could eat only 3...Okay so we watch TV when we're out too...wife and her darn spy cam To think that it's been around for ages and was so near by (five minute drive) that I have driven past it many a time and that had great reviews and that we had not been there at all. So we of cours decided to go there to celebrate our 16th wedding Anniversary! We didn't really want to eat that much because it was the third day of celebrations but the minute I saw the Johannes Burger with blue cheese grlled on an open flame...I had to have it and it was excellent. The next time I want to try the Broewars sausage....Entrance to Out Of AfricaThe restaurant was actually quiet when we got there becaues we went early and pretty soon it was filled to the brim as there was a group of visiting African students and their Malaysian and South African counterparts there for some gathering. The pictures below don't realy do justice to the place as the athmosphere was really great and I'd recommend this place to anyone. My Johannes Burger with melted blue cheese We were still enjoying ourselves actually. So we went for the fourth day of celebrations. It was Saturday and we went to Bubba Gumps in the Curve. They had a set menu promo and it was the ribs again for me...but this time it was babyback ribs which gave Tony Roma's a run for their money. Being loyal is one thing...good ribs is another LOL It's always fun when the family goes fact I rather go out because at home I'm glued to the TV like a moth to flame. LOL Nelson mandela was there to say hello...NOT Entrance to the bar...err...or was it the toilet... That deer gave up it's life to bring us closer to Africa and it's preserved wildlife...pun intended LOLThis was the set at Bubba's My favourite gals...[...]

Green Jeans

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 05:25:00 +0000

My good friend and fellow Genie Marzie is having another one of her fab contests over at her Mariuca's Perfume Gallery blog. This time it's in conjunction of her upcoming birthday and the prize is a mini Green Jean's Mens Perfume.

I rememeber having a bottle of baby Blue Jeans a long long long time ago and I think I still have the can it came in somewhere around the house. Winning this Green Jeans perfume will bring back some memories considering the fact that wifey did own an awesome pair of green jeans the denim kind that is hehe

One of the rules of the contest is that I have to guess how many mini bottles of perfume Marzie has in her collection. Boy that is gonna be tough cause I think she has a million or so hehehe

Anyway after some sluething my official guesses are 130, 133, and 135. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed and making a Genie King Wish that I guess right!!


Bangkok Safari

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 22:26:00 +0000

Another thing that we did on our recent trip to Bangkok that we have not done before was to go to on a Safari. Yes you read right a Safari! You see now that the little one is older and more demanding LOL we need to find stuff that is more entertaining for her. So instead of the usual shopping and stuff we have to find new and improved things to do.Now when I first heard about the Safari I too was skeptical but boy was I in for a pleasant surprise.There were birds and macaws of wonderful colours at Birdland. This picture was take by my little girl. There was a Sea World that had several dolphins and beluga whales in the show which was very impressive. Above you can see one of the whales taking a bow and below are the dolphins lined up for treats. This is at the beautiful entrance. As you can see we take the part of looking like tourists very seriously LOL There was a neat place to have lunch with food cooked fresh from little boats. This little black swan took a liking to us and we gave him some goodies for his troubles. Pic by daughter.This was the Orangutan show that was pretty amazing. At firstI thought it was going to be totally exploitative but it wasn't so bad. There was a fake boxing match, with cheering fans, nurses, drives, stretcher bearers and boxers and all Orangutans. There was even a few polar bears. This big guy looked so cool and relaxed in his enclosure. There were a lot of crocodiles and this one looked nasty...probably wondering who's going to be his next meal. This was also at the entrance. These girraffes look like they are having so much fun...but they are fake...hehe...the real ones are at the safari side of the park. This is the entrance to the dangerous animals enclosures at the safari park. It's all drive through.Here are the bears. They were huge. This fellow was having a nice cool dip in the pool. Reminded me of Yogi bear LOL... Wassamatta Boo Boo? This was after we realized that the windows should be wound up. DOH The bear looks like he is at a Japanese restaurant where the food is on a conveyor....and we are the food. LOL The tigers looked lazy...I guess they were waiting for dinner...and we were the main course LOL. The real feeding time was a little later. Here is a picture of a lion looking real majestic. There were quite a few big lions around and I caught one snacking in the distance with the videocam. Just wondered which tourist who left the car was the snack...hehe We then left the predators enclosure..these are either wilderbeest or Kudu...nice pair of horns dude...hehe This strange creature was found in the car...LOL There was a nice little "flintstones type house" for the deer to mingle and have a "beer" LOL Stork island...there were loads of stork and flamingos all around the part was practically covered with them More birds of a feather flocking together...A little lost mousedeer...okay he was not lost but he does have that deer in the headlights look LOL pic by daughter... This is not a close up of a rhino...this was us real close to a real big rhino.... The big fella was trundling along as we drove past...I couldn't help thinking that we'd be toast if he decided to give the car a little nudge One of the camels...this guy is probably wondering why he has to have those horrible humps to carry water when there was a lake nearby LOL Another strange creature...hehe Zebra... Bubt, butt, butt!!! More rhinos and some giraffe in the can feed the giraffe over there...nice shades dude LOL Actually this is the first picture we took...of some ostrich...we were excited cause we could actually drive in the park Then w[...]

Bangkok by Night

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:13:00 +0000

Okay okay buddy...before you start getting any of those filty little ideas that only your perverted mind could have I want to state it loud and clear that it was a family night out in Bangkok! LOLMe messing with my new toy while the little one looks on as we wait for the cruise.On by recent working trip to Bangkok wifey and the little one tagged along. We were only there for a few days but we wanted to make the most of it since the last time we came the little one was only just starting to walk. That the ship in the background slowly coming to dock. Check out the beautiful background sky.We had heard a lot about the night river cruise decided to try it on the first night. It was a great experience and we enjoyed it once we got there. Getting there was a whole different story though. It started at the concierge who recommended that we take the skytrain (BTS) since it was rush-hour. Believe be in the past I'd never take a cab in Bangkok at was so much easier to walk or take the train. we weren't prepared for that because the station is a little hard to get to but rather than risk missing our cruise that we hed booked earlier we took the advise. Close up of the ship/boat all lighted up...again check out the beautiful shades of blue in the sky.The minute we got into the hotel shuttle the little one dozed off. By the time we got to the shuttle stop she was fast asleep. So we had to carry her up the stairs to the sky train station which as the name goes is "Pretty darned high up". Fortunately we had a easy time on the train as the kind people of Bangkok actually got up and gave my wife their seats. That happened at the hotel shuttle, the first train and the connecting train. Believe me we were drained but could see that traffic was indeed at a standstill as always. Don't ask me what building it was but that was the hull of another cruise boat gliding past.. Once we reached the last station we were beat and then had to find the hotel. That too was a small challenge as we could see the dock but not the hotel. Finally after some queries we found the hotel but it was on the wrong side so we got a tour of the Shangrila...well we had to walk through the hotel and it was a really nice hotel. We finally reached the boarding area...where we sat and took pictures as we waited. Another place with no name...I could bluff you and you wouldn't even know right? LOL The boat was really very had better be for the price we paid. The food was excellent and there was dining on the deck as well as in the air conditioned cabin. We opted for the cabin because it looked like it might rain. Fortunately it didn't and we were able to move outside freely to enjoy the sights. There were many things to see and I was busy with my handycam (okay I haven't downloaded the clips yet). It was a really marvellous experience. And this is the view of the...urmmm...whatever. I must say that the river was really clean and odourless plus theere were dozens of boats all over. There were even barges that were running silent and dark so as not to be obtrusive to the tourist. Very well done. Some folks actually dressed up really spiffy (not you Spiff) and we did wonder if we should have worn our Sunday best...errr was a cruise on the Chao Phraya and jeans was okay if you ask me...but we did think that if we did it again we dress up too LOL Just for the fun of it!!The temple by the river...might have been the palace...DOH!All in all we had a nice experience and the food was simply excellent. I guess I should have taken some pictures of the food b[...]

Whacky Wednesday - "Life" with a Computer

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 00:13:00 +0000

This post is dedicated to the millions and millions of computer users worldwide. The source/s is unknown but it's still funny nevertheless. Cheers folks and hope this brings a smile to you today! [...]

A fun day at the beach!

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 07:27:00 +0000

It was a beautiful day...spent making sandcastles on the beachand taking walks along the shore...even venturing into the waters edge for a taste of the sea...and a taste of the best Curry Laksa in PD...capped off with a gorgeous sunset upon the gentle waves!It was fun in the sun for the family over the weekend as we took a quick trip to a nearby beach. It was a really good break and we had a fun time. Going with my best buddy ensured that I had the best possible time with family and friends. Also after a long time, I didn’t have to worry about assignments that were due and could just relax and enjoy the retreat.I think that my little girl had the best time of all. Although she one doesn’t know how to swim yet and we couldn’t really venture to the sea she really enjoyed walking into the waves, making sandcastles on the beach and frolicking in the pool. The smiles and laughter are precious and I’m glad I brought the camera.The best thing about it was that although it was an overnight affair, but because we went early and checked in early we had so much more time on our hands. We were on the beach and then the pool and then the beach again and the pool again…I lost count. We were so tired that night but my good buddy and I wanted to stay up late like old times.Unfortunately we are like “old timers” now and couldn’t stay up past 12. We did try to talk a walk on the beach after the kids went to bed but the place was pretty deserted. I recalled the time I went to Siloso Beach in Singapore and how crowded the place was and couldn’t help wondering why our old beach which is the closest to the capital can’t have even the slightest semblance of what is at Siloso.My buddy and I could see the potential for so many things and wished that we could be given a half mile of beachfront and we would turn the place around with the right planning. Maybe it was just wishful thinking but I think there is potential for more. After all it’s not that far from town and great for a quick rendezvous, all it needs is a touch of class to attract the crowds back.Anyway the next day as we drove into town for lunch we did see that there were certain stretches of the beach that had started to do what we were thinking about so there is still hope yet. Speaking of town, we also discovered what I think is the best curry laksa and the best ABC – Air Batu Campur (literal translation “solid water mix” or as the stall owner so aptly put to a foreign customer “it’s like Malaysian ice cream”) in Port Dickson!The curry laksa was think and creamy and the ingredients were plentiful, even the sambal chili was laden with dried shrimp and really spicy. The ABC on the other hand was not too sweet and full of red beans that were cooked to perfection. It was lip smackingly good food for a very decent price. I strongly recommend the place if you happen to stray over to PD town someday.Anyway that was it. A quick getaway that ended all too soon. Wish we had more time to stay but maybe next time. We're planning to do this more often...considering that it's only an hour or so does't get any closer that that! Sometimes you get stuck in the parking lot of a mall for longer than that heheheCheers and have a nice week![...]

I’m Back!!

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 02:52:00 +0000

I’ve finally handed in my last assignment and I’m unofficially done with my Master's degree. Of course I need to get my results for my last two papers this semester but after that I’ll be graduating. Woo hoo!!!

This has dragged on for more than a year and a half and I’ve totally neglected my blogging pretty much throughout the whole period. Worse I’ve neglected all my blogging buddies during that time too! SORRY FOLKS - I'll make it up to you!!

Wow so much has happened since then! The worst news was the recent passing of Michael Jackson! I have grown up to his music and been a fan of his for a long long time and it was unbelievable when I heard the news that morning that there were unofficial reports of his passing. I quietly wished that it was just a rumor but within minutes, the news was confirmed.

We spent the whole weekend catching up on the news and tributes to the King of Pop. As I watched past performances it reminded me of just how remarkable he was. One funny thing was as we listened to the car radio on Saturday morning while on the way to breakfast, my little girl who is only four and listening to MJ’s music for the first time remarked that she liked the music. She doesn’t usually say things like that about any songs whenever we listen to music. Unfortunately I can’t remember which song it was because I was thinking that even in death MJ’s music is timeless and can still reaching out to win over a new little fan!! Amazing!!!

I remember when MJ performed in Malaysia for the first time, I without hesitation went for his concert (I am not the concert going type and this was my first and only paid music concert that I have ever attended). While I remember the show very well, what left a lasting impression was after the show as we were walking back to the car. There was only a few of us on the road as the majority of the fans were still at the stadium trying to catch a glimpse of MJ. As we crossed the road and were standing on the divider I look up and see Michael’s vehicle drive slowly by right in front of us and he is happily standing up and waving through the sun roof. I personally call the place Michael Jackson Road whenever I drive past. Just goes to show that although his performances were out of this world, he was really a down to earth person. Rest in Peace Mike!

Okay that’s it for now.


PS I’m long overdue for a Blog makeover so stay tuned!!

Oh to be young again...

Sat, 07 Mar 2009 16:32:00 +0000

No no I'm not feeling down or anything. It's my little girl's 4th birthday today and I'm as happy as can be! I've been so busy lately that I feel that I've been neglecting her a little and wifey and me almost did not have a party because we have exams both this week and next. But try explaining that to a little girl. Besides it's something I've wanted to do since last year and I didn't want pust it another year. Moreover she asked for a party this time. She is growing up I tell ya! My little girl is growing up! Anyway we somehow managed to get things done between classes. It wasn't ahrd getting a caterer. In fact I had my mind set on this new Eurasian Restaurant that serves the lovliest food. It's my new hang-out on weekends. The food is tasty and reasonably priced too. So of course we had them cater. Simple. I'll post pictures of the food tomorrow if I can spare the time. Remember I have a party to plan and an exam to study for too.Now when decided to have a party it was not just going to be any party it had to have a theme. Of course I ain't no fan of Barbie or Disney Princess etc. And we already had a Winne the Pooh theme for her first birthday...not that she remembered anything. Anyway, when the little one wants to watch cartoons it's usually something we both agree on. I like the action toons...yes always have and always will. Superman, Batman, the Justice League or the Legion of Superheroes...okay so I'm a DC fan. She on the other hand loves the Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry and Ben 10 so of course dear old dad has to keep her company....I must say I am still a pink panther fan and although I never liked Tom and Jerry after watching their antics...they kinda grow on you. Now BEn 10 you say...what is a little girl doing watching Ben 10...don't look at me...I started watching becaue of her. The cartoon is pretty nifty and the dialogue is quite funny too. So like I said when it came time for her party the Ben 10 theme just screamed at me. I had an idea for the tables...gonna make them look like Omnitrix's...Ben 10 special aliean changing watch thingymajig. I elicited the help of my best buddy to come up with the back drop and he didn't disappoint me...he never does. I'll bet you'll see pictures on his party blog tomorrow night...well before mine being the avid blogger he is!Now it's just time to wait for morning to come to give her her present...of course the latest Omnitrix...boy do those guys sure know how to squeeze a parent dry. I don't think it's worth the price...but you can't have a Ben 10 party without a Ben 10 toy I guess. To my delight Secret Recipe also has a Ben 10 cake promotion. No not a price reduction type promotion, more like a higher priced specialized Ben 10 type cake. believe me I went to the branch next to the restaurant I was catering from last Sunday to place the order after ordering the food and would you believe that y it was their last day in business and they were of course not takign any orders. DOH!! Godo thing I knew of another nearby outlet. Talk about luck! Anyway, February was a pretty bad month for me luck wise and I hope all that bad mojo is gone. Today after the exam we rushed to get some party packs for the kids. We didn't invite many folks just some close family and friends. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Can;t wait to see the look on her face when see sees what we got her!! :) She's really looking forward t the party and I hope the weather holds. We ned to put up the balloon[...]


Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:04:00 +0000

Okay I've been lost for a while. Can't help it....busy at work and busy at school and of course busy with the little one. Yes, it's a juggling act of enourmous proportions. This term is deemed to be a short term, which essentially means that we ahve to cram three months work into two months. In addition to that at work we're down two staff at the office so basically it's just time time time or the lack of it. Actually I've been meaning to post about my little one's first day at school....which was of course last month. Man were we proud parents just beaming at the sight of our little one in her new school (pre -school that is) uniform. The camera was snapping away like crazy because we wanted to record the momentous occasion. Alas as fait would have it the day I wanted to post about it, I tried to download the photos and lost the whole lot. Boy was I disappointed and so was wifey when I told her. Fortunately everyday is still an adventure for us. Her first week was fine. We took the whole week off to try to get her used to the routine. It was us who actually needed to get used to it. She took to school like a duck to water. Never turned back. We felt kinda sad but also a little happy too to see her love to go to school. Of course getting up in the morning is another issue.One thing abut school is that that there are a load of germs around...cause she got sick after the first week and then in the second week too. It seems like this is normal for all kids and helps them strengthen their defences. Don't know how true that is though.For the first month, whenever we asked her what she learnt in school the answer was an outright "nothing". Doh...I wasn't sending her to school to learn nothing LOL However, this month she seems to have opened up more and is busily telling us about what she did and which teacher did what and about her friends and what snacks she had. So we breathed a small sigh of relief....heheheIn fact on Monday, because wifey and me were both on leave, we popped in to school to talk to her teacher and we were pleasantly surprised to hear that she is attentive and active in class. Our first Parent Teachers Meeting LOL It sorta reinforced that we've been doing okay with her at home.Her birthday is coming up next month and I'm also trying to squeeze in being a party planner. She is a Ben 10 fan for you cartoonaholics and we want to have a Ben 10 theme. Yes just having a party is not enough....some people are just suckers for punishment. I've got a few ideas and have aske dfor help from my good buddy. He's graciously volunteered to do the backdrop and the table centerpieces. I'm planning to make each table look like the fact of the Omnitrix....again for not cartoon type it please. I also got the help of a Ben 10 subject matter 9 year old nephew...and he suggested pin the tentacle on opposed to my pin the tail on the alien. That should be fact planning hte party is half the fun....the last time we had a party for her was her first birthday...and last year because of exams we ahd to forego it....this year is the same....I mean exams...but I can't postpone this party any longer. The show must go on hehehe Now all I need is a caterer that will serve alien gunk LOLCheers![...]

Merry Christmas

Thu, 25 Dec 2008 00:36:00 +0000



We' like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
If you know the tune Grandma Got Run Ove By A it or Hum it before starting this gift to you all! HO HO HO

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Bear With Me...

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 06:01:00 +0000

My good friend and magical Genie Princess Marzie is celebrating her 2nd Blogiversary this year! What an achievement! Congrats!! To commemorate the event she is having another one of her great contests!! The prize…a Mariuca Teddy Bear….the challenge naming the bear!Well that's easy…a name came into mind right away… I dub thee.....Marzipan!!! and my sister Penelope!Why I chose Marzipan…well firstly because it has Marzie in it and secondly because the color of the bear was a shade of almond and since Marzipan is also made out of almonds, plus Marzipan s sweet just like Marzie is, so what better name could it be. An almond...notice the color similarities with the Mariuca bear!Not enough just to name the bear I decided to do a little research….and came up with some interesting facts…From Wikipedia…(scroll to the end of the article for the main point)Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar and almond meal.It derives its characteristic flavor from bitter almonds, which constitute 4% to 6% of the total almond content by weight. Some marzipan is also flavored with rosewater. Persipan is a similar, but cheaper product, for which the almonds are replaced by apricot or peach kernels. Marzipan is often made into sweets: common uses are marzipan-filled chocolate and small marzipan imitations of fruits and vegetables. It is also rolled into thin sheets and glazed for icing cakes and is traditionally used in wedding cakes, Christmas cakes, and stollen. In some countries marzipan is shaped into small figures of animals as a traditional treat for New Year's Day. Marzipan is also used in Tortell, and in some versions of king cake eaten during the Carnival season. In Italy, particularly in Palermo, marzipan (marzapane) is often shaped and painted with food colorings to resemble fruit — Frutta martorana — especially during the Christmas season. In Portugal, traditional marzipan (maçapão) fruit shaped sweets made in the Algarve region are called morgadinhos. There are other regions, as Toledo in Spain in which marzipan is shaped into simple animal shapes, and usually filled in with egg yolk (yema) and sugar. In Latin American cuisine, marzipan is known as mazapán and is also traditionally eaten at Christmas, though "Mazapan" is generally made with peanuts in place of almonds. In the Netherlands Marzipan figures are given as presents to children during Saint Nicholas' Eve.In the Middle-East, marzipan (known as lozina, which is derived from the word "lows", the Arabic word for almonds) is flavored with orange-flower water and shaped into roses and other delicate flowers before they are baked. The South Asian sweet Badam Barfi is also made from almonds. HistoryAlthough it is believed to have originated in Persia (present-day Iran) and to have been introduced to Europe through the Turks, there is some dispute between Hungary and Italy over its origin. Marzipan became a specialty of the Baltic Sea region of Germany. In particular, the city of Lübeck has a proud tradition of marzipan manufacture (Lübecker Marzipan). The city's manufacturers like Niederegger still guarantee their marzipan to contain two thirds almonds by weight, which results in a juicy, bright yellow product of highest quality. Historically, the city of Königsberg in East Prussia was renowned for its marzipan production. Today, the term Königsberger Marzipan still refers to a special type of marzi[...]