31.10.11

Stories for Halloween....

Since it's halloween, let's have some fun in storytelling. And, of course, I mean, stories of the supernatural which I heard or encountered.


Story 1 - In Genting, we were staying in an old but refurbished hotel since there are no more rooms in other hotels. The place was really nice, with new carpets and a great scenery of nature. The room looks great too at an affordable rates. We rented two rooms. I had a great sleep in the cold weather. When I woke up at almost late morning, my wife's niece was checking where her shoes were and to everyone surprise, it was in our room next door. Well, she couldn't have walked back to her room bare footed the night before, unless someone had wore her shoes again to our place. However, when she went back to hr room, it was late and nobody claimed to wore her shoes over. Unless that someone is not human.....

Story 2 - My wife and I always love to follow my bro-in-law and family to explore places around. These are not so famous places in Malaysia but still it's consider a recreation spot. One of the places we went too was a waterfall, where there's an hiking trail all the way up to some mountains. We had some pictures too and looks good on the camera. When I viewed the picture again on my PC, I saw some sort of a Japanese geisha head formed out from the stream. Well, that could be due to camera trick or was it really an ghostly head as it looks quite real.I have deleted the pix,btw.

Story 3 - when I was a kid, I stayed in those government flats which overlooked a nice park with a beautiful pond. The only problem with the pond was that it was a great place for people to commit suicide. I remember clearly I was awoke one particular night with dogs howling and an evil loud laugh. That was too much for a kid to take, who already scared shit with the numerous ghostly tales with the pond. I will never forgot this experience!

Story 4 - My school is well known for being haunted but I was surprise there are ghosts too in the daytime! I was in primary school going to the loo and while I was busy doing my business halfway, I heard a loud shriek from the back of the long toilet. I quickly ran off and err...did I wet my shorts? Thinking back, well, it could some mischief students shouting but then, how come the shout was so sharp and long, and in the school some more?

Story 5 - One of my friend had a 'third eye' who can see supernatural beings when he was young. Luckily, the 'gift' is no longer there now and it also was 'mild'. He told us whenever he drove pass a certain winding road at a small town, he will always see a lady ghost sitting on the tree. It will always be at that Same area, sometimes she sat at the opposite trees and so on.

Happy halloween folks!

23.10.11

Fish Soup Noodle ....

Along the stretch of Still Road in Singapore, there is this food court which was hiding beside the road but they make great fish slices or fish head noodle, whether in soup or dry. I seldom eat fish soup noodle before I come to Singapore as I think it's not that popular in the north. However, there are loads of it in Singapore, just like lots of hor fun stall in Ipoh, char kway teow in Penang or Pan Mee in the Klang Valley.

I don't fancy fish soup noodle that much as I am not a fish lover but fish soup cooked like this place has kinda change a bit of my views.
fried fish slices noodle soup
The soup was their trump card, there are fresh milk inside, ginger added as well as a little bit of white wine which makes it so fragrant, tasty and sweet. There are big chunks of fish slices which makes it allright to pay S$5.50 for a bowl of noodles as by the time you finished the meat, you are kinda full. They used the 'thick vermicelli' as known locally here and in JB which is similar to the 'lai fun'.

That's the stall....
And, I usually had this during rainy days, which makes it even more appetizing! Have a good week, folks!

19.10.11

Bay Street 66.....

I chanced upon this cafe while sending my car for a wash in Taman Johor Jaya last Sunday. Well, I always love tea time on weekends and it's a really a good idea to have a one while waiting for others to wash my car....yeah...lazy me....! Initially, I was surprise that the nicely decor cafe do not have air-cond. and it's not comforting drinking hot coffee on a hot afternoon.

Anyway, though I just had coffee and their club sandwich, I guess their food was really good. The Long black is fresh and aromatic while I like their idea of adding a little wasabi onto the sandwiches. It blended well with the cheese, veggies and slices of ham.

Bay Street 66's club sandwich
Long Black ....
Check out the eatery here -  BayStreet 66.
I will probably try their main courses next time.

16.10.11

Trying longer runs....

Voila! I started running around 4-5 km lately instead of my usual 2km+ and I managed to do it last Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday's session was tougher as my muscles were also sore and slightly aching and increasing the speed on the treadmill makes it more difficult. Although this is peanuts to seasoned runner who easily clocked 10Km in an hour or less, nevertheless, I feel great! Had my badminton last Wednesday and the run did help my singles games, though I lost all :( . Look forward to another few good runs this week.

Talked to my runner friend and he advised to try 6mins+ per Km, where typical amateur marathoners usually did. That sounds like a tall ordeal to me as 8 mins per Km is tough enough for me...hahaha... Anyway, my goals is to reduce my tummy size and improve my stamina, not to run marathon.

Anyone of you love running? Can share your thoughts with me on how to be a better runner.

9.10.11

That's my Saturday......

I always love Saturdays and who does not.... after all, it's a day where you don't have to work tomorrow. And, I love most was the time spent with my family during coffee or tea time, usually after running our errands after lunch in shopping centres. Nothing beats having a cup of nice, aromatic coffee on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

We were back to PapaRich for tea time again, after hanging out in Sutera Mall at Skudai. And, yes, I like their coffee the most. It's slight salty, quite similar to the white coffee at Wah Nam Kopitiam in Ipoh. I wonder what coffee beans they used.

Thick, aromatic kopi kao at Paparich
Usually a toast is a must for coffee
and...since I'm hungry, I ordered a plate of chicken slices hor fun...
After a refreshing light meal, we went further down to Jusco Bukit Indah to shop till dinner time before we calls it a day. Well, just like any other folks, this is usually how I spent my Saturdays with my family, unless we go up north to somewhere. And, again...I love most is a cup of coffee on a Saturday afternoon.....

6.10.11

Simple way to lose weight.....

Lately, some of my colleagues have been hit by 'running' fever. Some of them have developed an interest in running and using apps like RunKeeper or Nike+iPod to keep tracked on how fast and how long was their run in km/min and post it on Facebook. They have been running regularly for 5km-10km for three to four times a week. For a typical slow runner, it usually took 10 mins to complete 1km.That will be around 50mins to 100 mins of running.

The best thing was I realized some of them have been losing weight rapidly, especially on the tummy, besides improving their stamina. I was running on the treadmill after my workout for around 2.5km,  twice a week, while played badminton for two times a week too. This helps me to maintain my weight by then, it didn't help to reduce it.

It sounds simple to run for long but definitely, discipline and endurance are needed to sustain it besides interest and motivation. Anyway, it's fun to run with an app helping to track our progress.

hmmm... shall I give it a try and wake up at 6.30am tomorrow? One of my colleagues woke up at 5.30am to run 10km.... oh man.... that's pure discipline!!!

And, by the way, have a good weekend!