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Yes, that’s pretty much sums it all.  Because I can.  lol.  :)

Remember back in 2007, I had a wonderful photo shoot with Joe Low (aka potatoe).  The link back then is here.  So then, again, I decided to commisioned Joe again to take pictures for me.  Intent: Keepsake  :) Yes, I think everyone should have one of those moments.  You know what I mean.  LOL.

This time round, the shoot was pretty much different.  Studio vs On Location.  More variations, and I think I improve and mature too along the way, which is something good.  :) Anyway,  I took 3 of the pics to show you guys.  :) Hope you like it.

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For boudoir / keepsake / makeover shoot you can email joe@photicsproductions.com or drop by his flickr page at www.flickr.com/potatoe or his Facebook at www.facebook.com/joelowphotos

 

:) will try to post more soon *hugs blurdevil*


I have always send my Mazda for service in Bermaz.  Yup, I don’t really send in to any random workshop, cos well, I don’t really believe other people out there. LOL. Not random, but just that I believe my car will be well taken care of in Bermaz.  :) I still recommend everyone to service their Mazda at the authorised centre  – The list all around Malaysia here :)

 Rest assured you will be taken good care of in Mazda while waiting for your car :) A clean workshop to service your car.  No more messy, dirty workshop :P

 While you are waiting (if you choose to wait there), you can choose to sit at the comfy sofa watching TV

Or probably at the work station to enjoy the Free Wi Fi

Oh and enjoy complimentary drinks and cookies! cool

Or you can just check out the current new models (Mazda 2? Mazda 3?) :)

Before you know it, your car is ready :)

Time to pay the bill

And instead of the usual credit card/cash payment, I use BCard :)

Yes, you heard me right.  You can collect points using this BCard and when you have enough points, then you can redeem it on the spot (like Cash, baby.. :) ) You can either do Full Redemption (Cash in all your BPoints) or Partial Redemption (Combination of BPoints and cash-in-hand – minimum 100 BPoints).  Cool right.  The Points Value is at 1BPoints = 1 cent (i.e 100 points = RM1) IF you don’t fancy Cash Redemption, you can head on to http://www.bcard.com.my to redeem products.  Its that simple.  :)

Its easy to collect points cos they have more than 47 merchants/partners where you can start swiping for your purchase  with all these merchants. From F&B (i.e Starbucks, Kenny Rogers, Krispy Kreme, etc), Hotels (Berjaya Hotel, Piccolo Hotel, etc), Shopping (Video Ezy), Books (Borders, etc and many more.  So apply your BCard now and be rewarded. :)

Oh and by the way, “Don’t forget to take part in the Bcard Swipe and Win contest from 2nd January 2012 to the 29th February 2012 to win some cool prizes like an all expense trip to London!! Check it out on www.bcard.com.my for more details.”


Many have either try or heard about Din Tai Fung restaurant.  Din Tai Fung is an award winning restaurant originating from Taiwan.  As most of you would know, they specialize mainly in “xiao-long-bao”.  This chain of restaurant was once name one of the Top 10 restaurant by The New York Times and currently have presence around the globe (Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Japan, etc).

The first outlet, situated at The Gardens Mid Valley (2007) and currently have branches in Pavillion KL and Empire Subang.  For those who live around PJ, can now head on to the new outlet at e@Curve. :)

As usual, their food quality control is pretty much there.  :) Which is what I like about Din Tai Fung.  If you have cravings for xiaolongbao, La Mian or even fried rice with pork chop, head on to Din Tai Fung and you won’t be disappointed.  Prior to the new opening at e@Curve, i’ve frequented DTF in Pavillion and of course the outlet at The Gardens :)

I was invited for the pre opening at e@Curve.  A very cosy dining place :)

 

Let’s see what they have :)

House Special Appetizer RM4.50

Spicy Jelly Fish RM7.80

Stewed Beancurd with Honey Sauce RM7

Taiwanese Century Egg RM3.80

Spicy Vegetable Pork Wanton RM9 (yums!)

If you don’t like vege in your wanton, just order the Spicy Pork Wanton – RM10

And the Xiao Long Bao that they are famous for! :)

They have a variety of Xiao Long Bao, done to perfection (i.e. Normal, Shrimp and Pork Siao Mai, XLB with Crab, Vegetarian Dumpling etc) Price starts from RM11.80

They even have Truffle Xiao Long Bao! RM36

Deep Fried Shrimp Pork Wanton RM10

Taiwanese Spring Roll RM6

Mango Shrimp Roll RM8

Golden Pumpkin with Salted Egg RM10.80

Baby Green Beans with Minced Pork RM16

Stir Fried Chinese Cabbage with Garlic RM13.80

Shanghai Style Deep Fried FIsh RM18.80

And this is my fave, the Pork Chop :) RM10.80 never fail to impress :)

Braised Beef Soup RM14.80

Cha JIang La Mian RM12.80

Shrimp Pork Wanton La Mian RM15

If you are a Fried RIce fan, you should really give their Fried RIce a try.  Shredded Pork Fried Rice RM13, Shrimp Fried RIce RM15

The latest addition to the Fried RIce family is the Mushroom Carrot Fried RIce RM12.80

Dessert Time! :) Mini Sesame Bun RM5.50

Thousand Layer Cake RM4

Chilled Mango Pudding RM7.80

Din Tai Fung e@Curve

G17-G20 Ground Floor, e@Curve

No 2A Jalan PJU7/3 Mutiara Damansara, Selangor

Tel: +603 7728 3218

Website: Click here

2011 in review

Posted: January 1, 2012 in Devil Ramblings

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Chynna is always “the” restaurant to go to whenever anyone ask me for Halal Chinese Cuisine. In my opinion, its the restaurant to go to, that is able to serve up authentic Chinese cuisine without any pork in the menu. :) Their Dim Sum remains one of my favourite. :)

Not forgetting the effort that they take, to create the oriental ambience. Its so Oriental you thought you were in like some oriental country, like say, China. :) See for yourself :)

For those who do not fancy any Western cuisine this festive season, head on to Chynna. The festive set menus specially crafted by Chef Lam might be your choice :)

Chef’s Combination Platter

Soup

Vegetables

Steamed Sea Grouper Fillet with Wine and Ginger

Singaporean Chilli Crab Fried Rice

Dessert

So what better way to enjoy your meal, while bidding farewell to 2011 and welcome a brand new year?

Festive Set Menu 1: RM158++ per person

Festive Set Menu 2: RM188++ per person

Chynna KL Hilton

Call 03-2264 2592/2596 or book online (min 48 hours before) here

~blurdevil~

Safe? Really?

Posted: October 13, 2011 in Devil Ramblings

Just weird… I was browsing throught today’s newspaper as usual and then something caught my eye.  “Malaysia in Top 20 list of safest countries”.  You can read the article online here.  Its not that I wanna bash anything about Malaysia here, but I just think that its pretty ironic to see such news article when I never actually felt safe.

 

It has been my daily *read* routine to actually be aware of my surroundings whenever i’m walking, driving and everything else in my daily life.  We get so use to it that you don’t even realise that we actually did much more much more to make ourself safe.  For me, prevention is ALWAYS better than cure.

 

For example:-

1) We have Smart Tag and we can’t attach the Smart Tag device to our car windscreen.  If we use our Smart Tag, we have to make sure we keep it in the glove compartment after using.  If you leave it in the car where its visible, I’m sure one of your friends/family will be like “eh, keep your smart tag”

2) When we drive, we thought we are safe in the car, with the car lock and everything, right? NO you still have to make sure your handbag is not on the car seat (so motorcylist do not smash your window to grab your bag), you still have to make sure if someone throw eggs on your windscreen – you have to remain calm and stay in the car, you make sure if someone bang your car – you have to make sure the fella don’t look like some dodgy fella so they don’t hijack your car and the list is just endless.  So no, you are not even safe, sitting in your own car

3) When walking by the street, you make sure your handbag is not on the same side of the road, you also have to make sure, whenever possible, you walk on the side where u r facing the opposite traffic direction.  Acid Splasher, Snatch Thieves … and the list is just endless.

4) While crossing the pedestrian lane, you have to look around for cars (yes, even though the signal is green) to make sure they stop at traffic light and not bang you down.

 

And these are just some examples that i can quote.  I wonder if everyone feels the same. Its sad but well, like everyone else say, we just gotta live with it, or should we?

iSad Day RIP Steve Jobs

Posted: October 7, 2011 in Devil Ramblings
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Today is where the world loses one visionary =( RIP Steve Jobs You truly brought changes to the tech world. You taught us that anything is possible

Below is one of Steve most inspiring speech

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much – Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011