Saturday, December 29, 2007

PARTI at THE WALK on the Park * 30 December 2007






Invitation


to the PARTI


at THE WALK on the Park

@ Pudu Ulu

Menara PGRM


on Sunday 30 December 2007.


Don't miss the Street Party of the Year!


Sunday, December 23, 2007

MERRY XMAS + HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To
FRIENDS + RELATIVES
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!
+

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2008
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Common Sense!

Common Sense


My parents told me about Mr. Common Sense early in my life and told
me I would do well to call on him when making decisions.
It seems he was always around in my early years but less and less as
time passed by. Today I read his obituary.
Please join me in a moment of silence in remembrance.
For Common Sense has served us all so well for so many generations.

Obituary: Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense,
who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how
old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic
red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as
knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets
the worm, why life isn't always fair, and how, on occasion,
maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend
more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults,
not children are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old
boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;
teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch;
and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student,
only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing
the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student;
but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and
wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became
contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better
treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you
couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the
burglar can sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her
lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust;
his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone
Else is to Blame, and I'm a Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
If you still remember him pass this on. If not, join the majority and do
nothing.

...... Author unknown

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

BIRTHDAYS

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS


to MY WIFE (13 Oct)










to SI SIEW + SU ANN(14 Oct/15Nov)
CHEERS and LOVE
from.....DAD

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

marriage - before & after

Before Marriage...

He: Yes. At last. It was so hard to wait
She: Do you want me to leave?
He: NO! Don't even think about it.
She: Do you love me?
He: Of course! Over and over!
She: Have you ever cheated on me?
He: NO! Why are you even asking?
She: Will you kiss me?
He: Every chance I get!
She: Will you hit me?
He: Are you crazy! I'm not that kind of person!
She: Can I trust you?
He: Yes.
She: Darling !

After marriage - - - simply read from bottom to top

Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Hoaxes of Modern Medicine

Modern medicine is the cause of disease

It increasingly seems like the only real disease in this country is the sickness of believing in pharmaceutical medicine. It's a kind of madness, actually: Thinking that a synthetic chemical can solve all your problems and put your life in perfect order like those actors shown in pharmaceutical television ads. I believe it will one day be viewed as a kind of cultural mass psychosis. When it comes to health, our modern world has lost its mind, and the so-called science backing it up has lost all touch with scientific reality. Modern medicine is a hoax. Science has been abandoned for marketing. Safety has been thrown out the window and replaced with profit potential. Ethics have surrendered to greed, and we have now become a nation of mind-numbed druggies who seem increasingly incapable of questioning the news, voting intelligently, or understanding anything that's really going on in the world (such as the coming collapse of the real estate bubble and the inevitable hyperinflation of the U.S. dollar).

Here are the seven facts you need to remember about everything you're seeing today in modern medicine:

Fact #1: 90 percent of all diseases (cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, etc.) are easily preventable through diet, nutrition, sunlight and exercise. None of these solutions are ever promoted because they make no money.

Fact #2: Nearly all the consumption of pharmaceuticals today is a direct result of marketing to the public and covertly bribing physicians to write more prescriptions. There is very little drug consumption based on scientific merit.

Fact #3: No pharmaceuticals actually cure or resolve the underlying causes of disease. Even "successful" drugs only manage symptoms, usually at the cost of interfering with other physiological functions that will cause side effects down the road. There is no such thing as a drug without a side effect.

Fact #4: There is no financial incentive for anyone in today's system of medicine (drug companies, hospitals, doctors, etc.) to actually make patients well. Profits are found in continued sickness, not wellness or prevention.

Fact #5: Virtually all the "prevention" programs you see today (such as free mammograms or other screening programs) are little more than cleverly disguised patient recruitment schemes. They use free screenings to scare people into agreeing to expensive and often unnecessary treatments that enrich drug companies. Breast cancer mammography is a complete scam: The machines actually cause cancer!

Fact #6: Doctors know virtually nothing about nutrition and are still not taught nutrition in medical schools. Expecting a doctor to teach you about how to prevent disease is sort of like expecting a car mechanic to show you how to perform brain surgery. Although there are some exceptions (doctors who have taught themselves nutrition), most doctors remain so nutritionally illiterate that they have no familiarity with the natural plant-based medicines found in everyday fruits and vegetables.

Fact #7: Nobody has any interest in your health except you. No corporation, no doctor, and no government has any desire to actually make you well. Keeping you sick makes it easier for them to control and financially exploit you. Healthy, aware individuals are perceived as a threat to the tyrannical institutions now running this country, and they've figured out that the best way to keep a nation controlled and subdued is to drug 'em all and keep the people in a constant state of brain fog from medications and fluoride. The only healthy, aware, critically thinking individuals I know are all 100% free of pharmaceuticals and processed foods (and watch no television, either).

Remember those seven facts and you'll know more about health and disease than most people. And for your part, stay healthy! Work to safely get off all prescription drugs, eat a diet of natural, wholesome foods (and avoid processed foods), exercise regularly, avoid toxic chemicals in your home (throw out those toxic laundry detergents and switch to soap nuts), and toss those toxic personal care products (skin creams, cosmetics, shampoo, etc.). Stay natural, healthy and alert. Be well, and you'll be the exception! And please, never be so gullible as to think that your government is going to "save you" with a new health care reform plan. Even if we switch to free health insurance for everyone, the whole system is still based on toxic treatments that cure nothing!

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Source: http://www.newstarget.com/022007.html

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?

Here's the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle.
In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse.
You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked their idiosyncrasies.

Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard.
In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience.
You didn't have to DO anything.
That's why it's called 'falling' in love...

Falling is love is easy.
It's a passive and spontaneous experience.
But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades.
It's the natural cycle of EVERY relationship.
Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all),
touch is not always welcome,
and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship,
but if you think about your marriage,
you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage
when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking,
'Did I marry the right person?'
You may begin to desire that experience with someone else.
This is when marriages breakdown.
People blame their spouse for their unhappiness
and look outside their marriage for fulfillment.

Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes.
Infidelity is the most obvious.
But sometimes people turn to work,
a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage.
It lies within it.

And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better.
But you'd be in the same situation a few years later.
Because (listen carefully to this):

* THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON;
IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.*


* SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience.
You can't 'find' LASTING love.
You have to 'make' it day in and day out.

That's why we have the expression 'the labor of love' *

It takes time, effort, and energy.
And most importantly, it takes WISDOM,
to make your marriage work.

Love in marriage is indeed a 'decision to a commitment'... Not just a feeling.

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"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired,
and success achieved."

-- Helen Keller
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Monday, August 27, 2007

Malaysian Politics Today!

Dr. KY Lim's Statment in The Sun on Malaysian Politics Today




Gerakan adviser Dr Lim Keng Yaik



Back to 1974

By: Regina William (Mon, 27 Aug 2007)




PENANG: After 33 years, Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties seem to have forgotten why the coalition was formed in 1974, Gerakan’s national adviser Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said yesterday. He said that these days, every issue was looked at with racial undertones.

"Why did we form Barisan Nasional in 1974? Why did Gerakan join Barisan Nasional?" he asked. "Because [Tun Abdul Razak] at that time said please join us to reduce politicking so that we can carry on with the development of the country. "We have now forgotten that," he told some 500 party members attending the Penang Gerakan annual delegates conference.

The Alliance was formed in 1952, comprising Umno and MCA, and later MIC. It later expanded with the inclusion of other parties, like Gerakan and the People’s Progressive Party, to form the BN. "It is 2007 now, and 33 years after the BN was formed, we have forgotten what Barisan Nasional is.

Even Barisan Nasional parties have forgotten the reason for bringing up Barisan Nasional. "Now it is ‘Lu toh lu, waa toh waa’ (Hokkien for you do your own thing and I do my own thing). "Everything is reflected in racial terms and nobody cares about Malaysian terms, nobody cares about Bangsa Malaysia, either Malays, Chinese, or Indians or others and I think we must come back to basics," Lim said.

"Gerakan must keep to its political ideology and philosophy and we have to hold fast to our non-racial approach, to look after the multi-racial people in this country, that is our political philosophy and ideology.

"We must engage that because the situation in the country, from what I see, is getting worse," he said. "Our stand must be a Bangsa Malaysia stand and not one based on race."

Also present were the party’s 34 central committee members, 287 delegates and 150 observers, including acting party president and Penang chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

Lim said that Gerakan had a role to play to remind BN of its original objectives to reduce racial and religious politicking, and to concentrate on development. "In 1974, we were just starting to develop and we worked together to build the nation and we have come a long way in terms of development. "Now that we have ‘arrived’, we have forgotten our roots and our tendency is more on the differences between the various races and religions," he said.

"However, we are now facing globalisation and if we do not put our hearts and minds together, we are going to be wiped out. "Whatever gains we have made in the last 33 years will be thrown down the drain because we cannot keep up with the competition anymore ... we have to work harder to compete with the rest of the world and not among ourselves," he said. Lim observed that there was no shortage of people who played the race and religious cards, including those who were not politicians.

"If we go (on) like that, we will die standing la," he said. Commenting on Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim’s comment that Malaysia should consider doing away with English common law, Lim said it was not up to Ahmad Fairuz to decide on this.

Any change in the legal system would need to be passed by the legislature. "I don’t care, if he wants to send me to jail. Not much time left for me to be in jail anyway," said Lim, who had the delegates in stitches. To mark the 50th Merdeka, Gerakan has come up with T-shirts with the words "I love Malaysia" and "I love Penang", which were distributed at the conference. Koh called on the government not to make any drastic decision to do away with the English common law, which has been part of Malaysia’s legal system for more than 50 years.

"The government must ensure that the calls for change are not for emotional or political reasons. There is no need to change a system that has worked well," he said. He said improvements could be made to the legal system and to ensure that the judiciary functioned efficiently, without having to resort to changing the system drastically.

Referring to Ahmad Fairuz’s comments at a law seminar organised last week, Koh stressed the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and the rule of law, which have built a good reputation for Malaysia among foreign investors.

"The English common law has worked well and must be maintained and we cannot allow this to be changed to a system which has yet to be tested, as it will damage our integrity and credibility and investors will lose confidence," he said. He said the removal of provisions under Section 5 of the Civil Law Act, which are related to trade and commerce, could affect investments.

Earlier, in his speech, Koh said Malaysians should not let their greatest strength, which is being multi-racial, multicultural and multi-religious, become a liability. He said these features of Malaysian society, including its multi-lingual ability, allowed the people to communicate with 75% of the world’s population. He said Malaysians must take full advantage of this. "If we’re squabbling among ourselves and fail to accept this multi-faceted asset, it can become a liability."

He called on Gerakan members to counter all forms of extremism."We cannot counter racism with racism, or we would be committing the same crime.We have to take a non-racial approach – the Bangsa Malaysia approach."



Lim praises theSun’s Malaysian approach.

PENANG: theSun was singled out at the Penang Gerakan annual delegates conference yesterday for being "Malaysian" in its reports and for not playing on communal sentiments.

Gerakan national adviser Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik was chiding local newspapers for writing on issues with racial undertones. "The Chinese press takes one side and the Malay press takes another side," he said. "Is there any Malaysian press where we can talk as

Malaysians and as Bangsa Malaysia? Is there any?" he asked.

"theSun!" he said to applause from the delegates. Lim, who is energy, water and communications minister, said it would not augur well for the nation if all the newspapers resorted to reporting based on racial sentiments. Pointing at journalists covering the event, he said: "All of you newspapers, I am scolding you, but I think I have the right, after 35 years in politics, to scold you if you are doing the wrong thing.

"We must admit we are a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural country. "You cannot play on one race only. If you do that, you are going to burn us all alive and this is the message I give to our Gerakan members."

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Article's URL: http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=19108

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Men's answer !!!



Men strike back! ! ! ! ! ! !



How many men does it take to open a beer?
None. It should be opened when she brings it
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Why is a Laundromat a really bad place to pick up a woman?
Because a woman who can't even afford a washing machine will probably never be able to support you.
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Why do women have smaller feet than men?
It's one of those "evolutionary things" that allows
them to stand closer to the kitchen sink.
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How do you know when a woman is about to say something smart?
When she starts a sentence with "A man once told me..."
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How do you fix a woman's watch?
You don't. There is a clock on the oven.
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Why do men fart more than women?
Because women can't shut up long enough to
build up the required pressure.
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If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first?
The dog, of course. He'll shut up once you let him in.
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What's worse than a Male Chauvinist Pig?
A woman who won't do what she's told
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I married a Miss Right.
I just didn't know her first name was Always.
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Scientists have discovered a food that diminishes
a woman's sex drive by 90%.
It's called a Wedding Cake.
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Why do men die before their wives?
They want to.
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Women will never be equal to men until they can
walk down the street with a bald head and a beer
gut, and still think they are sexy.
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In the beginning, God created the earth and rested.
Then God created Man and rested.
Then God created Woman.
Since then, neither God nor Man has rested.
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Send this to a few good men who need a laugh and
to the select few women who can handle the truth !





AND .....CHEERS!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR THOSE ABOVE 50 YEARS OLD



TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR THOSE ABOVE 50 YEARS OLD



1. Focus on enjoying people,
not on indulging in or accumulating material things.


2. Plan to spend whatever you have saved.
You deserve to enjoy it and the few healthy years you have left.
Travel if you can afford it.
Don't leave anything for your children or loved ones to quarrel about .
By leaving anything,
you may even cause more trouble when you are gone.


3. Live in the here and now,
not in the yesterdays and tomorrows.
It is only today that you can handle.
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not even happen.


4. Enjoy your grandchildren (if you are blessed with any)
but don't be their full time baby sitter.
You have no moral obligation to take care of them.
Don't have any guilt about refusing to baby sit anyone's kids,
including your own grand kids.
Your parental obligation is to yourchildren.
After you have raised them into responsible adults,
your duties of child-rearing and babysitting are finished.
Let your children raise their own off-springs.


5. Accept physical weakness, sickness and other physical pains.
It is a part of the aging process.
Enjoy whatever your health can allow.


6. Enjoy what you are and what you have right now.
Stop working hard for what you do not have.
If you do not have them, it's probably too late.


7. Just enjoy your life with your spouse, children,
children, grandchildren and good friends!
People, who truly love you, love you for yourself,
not for what you have.
Anyone who loves you for what you have will just give you misery.


8. Forgive and accept forgiveness.
Forgive yourself and others.
Enjoy peace of mind and peace of soul.


9. Befriend death.
It's a natural part of the life cycle.
Don't be afraid of it.
Death is the beginning of a new and better life.
So, prepare yourself not for death but for a new life with the Almighty.


10. Be at peace with your Creator.
For... He is all you have after you leave this life.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy...

Great people talk about ideas

Average people talk about things

Small people talk about other people

And legends, like us, never talk ... we just drink








Thursday, June 21, 2007

BE HAPPY!!!


LAND STORY

Land Story


A long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman
that if he could ride on his horse and cover as much land area as he likes,
then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered.

Sure enough, the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse
and rode as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could.
He kept on riding and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible.
When he was hungry or tired, he did not stop
because he wanted to cover as much area as possible.

Came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying.
Then he asked himself, "Why did I push myself so hard to cover so much land area?
Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself."

The above story is similar with the journey of our Life.
We push very hard everyday to make more money, to gain power and recognition.
We neglect our health, time with our family and to appreciate the surrounding beauty
and the hobbies we love.

One day when we look back, we will realize that we don't really need that much,
but then we cannot turn back time for what we have missed.
Life is not about making money, acquiring power or recognition.

Life is definitely not about work!
Work is only necessary to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.
Life is a balance of Work and Play, Family and Personal time.
You have to decide how you want to balance your Life.
Define your priorities, realize what you are able to compromise
but always let some of your decisions be based on your instincts.

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of Life,
the whole aim of human existence.
So, take it easy, do what you want to do and appreciate nature.
Life is fragile, Life is short. Do not take Life for granted.
Live a balanced lifestyle and enjoy Life!

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

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Whether one believes in religion or not,
whether one believes in this religion or that religion,
the very purpose of our life is happiness,
the very motion of our life is towards happiness.

-the Dalai Lama ... on Art of Happiness

Monday, June 18, 2007

Marriage...before + after


Before marriage:


He: Yes. At last. It was so hard to wait.
She: Do you want me to leave?
He: No! Don't even think about it.
She: Do you love me?
He: Of course!
She: Have you ever cheated on me?
He: No! Why you even asking?
She: Will you kiss me?
He: Yes!
She: Will you hit me?
He: No way! I'm not such kind of person!
She: Can I trust you?

Now after the marriage

you can read it from bottom to the top !!!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

HOW TO MAKE A WOMAN/MAN HAPPY!



How to make a Woman Happy


It's not difficult to make a woman happy.



A man only needs to be:

1. a friend

2. a companion

3. a lover

4. a brother

5. a father

6. a master

7. a chef

8. an electrician

9. a carpenter

10. a plumber

11. a mechanic

12. a decorator

13. a stylist

14. a sexologist

15. a gynecologist

16. a psychologist

17. a pest exterminator

18. a psychiatrist

19. a healer

20. a good listener

21. an organizer

22. a good father

23. very clean

24. sympathetic

25. athletic

26. warm

27. attentive

28. gallant

29. intelligent

30. funny

31. creative

32. tender

33. strong

34. understanding

35. tolerant

36. prudent

37. ambitious

38. capable

39. courageous

40. determined

41. true

42. dependable

43.. passionate

44. compassionate



WITHOUT FORGETTING TO:

45. give her compliments regularly

46. love shopping

47. be honest

48. be very rich

49. not stress her out

50. not look at other girls



AND AT THE SAME TIME, YOU MUST ALSO:

51. give her lots of attention, but expect little yourself

52. give her lots of time, especially time for herself

53. give her lots of space, never worrying about where she goes



IT IS VERY IMPORTANT:

54. Never to forget:

* birthdays

* anniversaries

* arrangements she makes




HOW TO MAKE A MAN HAPPY



1. Show up naked

2. Bring beer

Friday, May 18, 2007

Reviews on Palate Palette



VISION KL....The City Lifestyle Magazine

URL: http://www.visionkl.com/2007-05/dining-KL.asp









Eclectic Tastes



Palate Pallette Restaurant and Bar
21 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari
Tel.: 03-2142 2148
www.palatepalatte.com





Now this truly is a place that anyone who loves old fashioned gumption - especially when it comes to startup cafes and eateries - will love. Simply put, Palate Palette, baby of operators Su-Ann Wong and Paul Lai, is a bottom-up initiative that is both stylish and playful but with a dedication to original food creations. Located near No Black Tie, Palate Palette is decorated with oddly matched chairs, NYC artistic bravado (Executive Chef Lai is from the Big Apple) and a spunk that knows no bounds (note the Astroturf as decoration to see what we mean). But it’s the smoothies, the excellent salads and delicious mains, the ginger crème brulee(!) that will keep ‘em coming in. Should the initial year’s demons be held at bay (restos are terminally difficult through their first year of baby steps, staff changes etc.) Wong and Lai will give KL a taste of art that it has long been missing.








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NST Online » Features2007/05/12


URL: http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/Features/20070512095833/Article/index_html





FUN AND FUNKY: The lounge is both colourful and charming.




WELCOME: Trees create a shady bower.




SAVOURY TREATS:Chicken Lollipops.




GRILLED TO PERFECTION: Lamb Chops on pumpkin mash.




COLOURFUL: The cheerful set-up in the dining room.



Klang Valley Streets: Playful palates


By : LOKE POH LIN


LOKE POH LIN was simply bowled over by the cosy ambience of Palate Palette with its funky decor, murals and overall excellent food and presentation.


IF you were to stumble upon Palate Palette, you’d think that you had chanced on someone’s rather whimsical garden. Walk pass a few shady trees, pebbled walkway, a wind flower fluttering in the breeze and then you’d spy lots and lots of colourful tables and chairs in the dining hall, all mismatched to a cheerful chaotic whole.



Visually, this intimate eatery is unlike any other. Apart from the rojak furniture, there is very visible art, both on ground and first level where the lounge is.



On the downstairs walls, murals reign. Entitled Reach and Fishes will swim to where the food is, these were rendered by Alicia Yeo, a Singaporean artist.



Even the light fittings are funky, made of Chinese brushes of varying widths, the kind used for applying shellac.And would Su-Ann consider Palate Palette a restaurant-gallery? “Not really. Because my art is more permanent as you can see. I would like to have “arty” events held here though, art exhibitions, installations for charitable causes. I’d like to show alternative films in the lounge upstairs for example,” she shared.



Despite all the arty-farty aspirations, co-owners Su-Ann Wong and Paul Lai are the most unpretentious of restaurateurs. What is apparent is their passion for food (Palate) and design (Palette).


Su-Ann has a graphic design background, and takes care of the business part of the restaurant. She’s the Palette part of the enterprise, so to speak.



Paul’s the chef and manages the F&B side of the business, including the servers and his kitchen aides. He’s the Palate part of the enterprise.



So how did the two meet and how did Palate Palette come about?



“When I was a student, I would daydream about opening a cafe. I have been collecting ideas all along. Some time last year, I seriously thought about realising this dream. At the same time I met Paul, who moved here, we talked. I liked his food and he liked my ideas and so Palate Palette was born,” Su-Ann recalled.



As it turned out, the partners’ spouses are cousins. “Yeah, we’re the outlaws!”they quipped.



“My first thought was a cafe, a relaxing little place, serving my mother’s cooking. Now it has become this restaurant!” she laughed.



Paul is a Chinese-American who grew up in New York. A jeweller by profession, he used to teach at the Gemological Institute of America. Five years ago, he made a full transition into F&B.



“We often entertained and as a result received many compliments from my friends. My move into F&B was partly triggered by this. My passion was and is pastry and I enrolled at ICE — Institute of Culinary Education and graduated with a degree in pastry in 2002,” said Paul.

He’s worked at a few New York restaurants since then and has even helped a few friends open their restaurants.



By the time Paul landed in Kuala Lumpur in August 2006, the business side of him kicked in and he resolved to be up and established by Christmas. And so he did. Together with Su-Ann they forged ahead and secured the space, furnished it, trained their staff, designed their menu (both makan and minum) and opened in time for Christmas. Quite a feat considering how slowly the wheels of bureaucracy turn.



Now for the food. Paul cajoled us into sampling at least two of each course in his menu. For appetisers we had Paul’s suggestion of the chicken lollipops, which came with roasted chili mayo. A playful dish with the lollipops served in little paper cups, it’s the best thing you can do with chicken I reckon, as far as children are concerned. Easy to eat, tasty and there’s no need to work ourselves to the bone carving away on a skinny carcass.



If beef is your thing, then the pepper rib-eye minute steak will prime the belly for the main act later on. Just two slim slices of succulent steak to munch on, not too much but enough to add some protein to the evening.



Next, some soups to dip into. Paul suggested the heartymushroom soup and seafood chowder.



Made with both oyster and baby Portobello mushrooms, the mushroom soup is a rather filling option, especially if you decide to dunk Palate Palette’s house rolls into it. Served with herb butter, I could happily settle for this if I had a limited budget. Absolutely delicious!



The seafood chowder was chock-a-block with salmon, calamari and prawns but unfortunately it was lukewarm and was hence a tad “fishy”. The addition of kaffir lime shreds was a masterly touch. But even this could not cut through the fishiness.



Paul decided to treat us to the fish and chips and lamb chops with garlic black bean sauce. First of all, the PP fish and chips ain’t anything like the heavily-battered fish with thick cut potato chips dish that we normally envisage it to be.



Imagine two square fish fillets lightly breaded and fried, tempura style. Then imagine purple, orange and yellow sweet potato medallions skewered on a metal chopstick and plunged into the fish. That’s F&C the PP way!



The star of the evening for me were the lamb chops, and I’m not a fan of red meat. Lightly grilled to perfection, the chops propped their fragrant bodies on mound of pumpkin mash, topped by yam wool (which resembled this Brillo pad of taro).



This was swiftly followed by lamb and onions, which turned out to be my daughter’s favourite of the evening. It puts the heart in hearty. Good, basic comfort food without any frills, I can see this as the dish one returns for on another visit.



We rounded off the evening with the customary sweets. By this time, I was in no mood to lift my spoon, much less to plough my way through a dark chocolate cheesecake. I don’t even like cheesecake, but I found myself demolishing more than half of it before I caught myself. It was THAT good. What we ate that night was a true blue New York-style cheesecake, not those rubbishy wannabes that some eateries pass off as cheesecake.



We can’t honestly say that we paid the petit green tea mille feuille its due. Visually, it was amazing but my taste buds were so titillated from the earlier treats that it simply can’t handle any more stimulation. But one thing’s clear to me:I’ll return to Palate Palette just for this and coffee another day, if the other dishes are anything to go by!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Vacation in Bali * April 2007


Arrival for stay at Villa with nephew Si Boon + Family


nice pool with timber deck at central court


view to living quarters around central court
with master bedroom suite at left


path to back wing with lounge and 3 bedrooms


large open lounge on first floor above dinning area

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Justification!

Justification


You have probably seen this before.. But just in case your memory is failing due to excessive consumption of alcohol .....


Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame.
Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams .
If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered.
Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
~ Jack Handy

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties

***

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink.
When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. "
~Frank Sinatra

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

***

"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
~ Henny Youngman

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.

***

"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?
I think not"
~ Stephen Wright

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.

***

"When we drink, we get drunk.
When we get drunk,we fall asleep.
When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.
So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!"
~ Brian O'Rourke

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.

***

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
~ Benjamin Franklin

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.

***

"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer.
Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention,
but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."
~ Dave Barry

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.

***

To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a Support Group.
Salvation in a can!
~ Dave Howell

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

***

And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers

One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm.
Here's how it went: "Well ya see, Norm, it's like this.
A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo.
And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.
This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.
In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.
Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells.
But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.
In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells,
making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.
That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."


CHEERS!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My 63rd Birthday * 13 April 2007


Nice Birthday Cup-Cakes!


Dinner Party at Palate Palette Restaurant + Bar

Relatives + Friends
More Guests

Saturday, March 31, 2007

When you turn turned 69

Julie Andrews turned 69

To commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1,
actress/vocalist, JulieAndrews made a special appearance
at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall
for the benefit of the AARP.

One of the musical numbers she performed was
"My Favorite Things"
from the legendary movie "Sound Of Music".

Here are the lyrics she used:-

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin',
(slightly edited for content)
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

(Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd
that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.)

Please share Ms. Andrews' clever wit and humor with others who would appreciate it.

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Lim Family of Ipoh



Photo taken in front of our Family Chinese Courtyard House in Ipoh

Sunday, March 18, 2007

How Malaysian are you?

NO CHEATING PLEASE !!!

1. How much is satu kupang?
2. Where's the favourite spot to take wedding pictures in Taiping?
3. In what dialect is Apo Nak Di Kato?
4. Name at least five variations of roti canai.
5. What is the staple food of native Sarawakians.
6. Name a popular Malay ointment made from "sea-cucumber"
7. Name the sauce made from fish or shrimp that the Kelantanese love.
8. What does pi mai pi mai tang tu mean?
9. Which fruit is Ipoh famous for?
10. What is the English name for putu mayam?
11. "Lah" is to Peninsular Malaysians as"..." is to Sabahans.
12. What does ABC stand for?
13. How long is a sari?
14. What does the Cantonese phrase" ngam ngam " means?
15. Name Penang 's famous beach.
16. How do you order coffee mixed with tea at a kopi-tiam?
17. What's on Malaysian TV at 8pm?
18. On one side of our RM1 coin is the bunga raya, what's on the other?
19. Now what's on our 10 sen coin?
20. What was the name of the KL Commonwealth Games 1998 mascot?
21. When you fill in a form, if you're not Malay, Chinese or Indian, you are...?
22. Who is Malaysia 's favourite Kampung Boy?
23. How did the word "gostan" come about?
24. Lobo's "Whispers in the Wind" is the English version of which famous Malay song?
25. When did Malaysia last win the Thomas Cup?
26. What is the name of our national flag?
27. If you want 4D numbers, who do you consult?
28. What's the name of the Malaysian-made 175cc motorbike?
29. Name our national bird.
30. If the father is a baba, and the mother is a nyonya, then what is the son?
31. What is most beautiful woman in Malaysia?

Five Philosophies of life!

Five Philosophies of life!

DON'T LET SOMEONE BECOME A PRIORITY IN YOUR LIFE...WHEN YOU ARE JUST AN OPTION FOR THEM.

NEVER CRY FOR ANY RELATION IN LIFE BECAUSE FOR THE ONE WHOM YOU CRY DOES NOT DESERVE YOUR TEARS AND THE ONE WHO DESERVES WILL NEVER LET YOU CRY.

TREAT EVERYONE WITH POLITENESS EVEN THOSE WHO ARE RUDE TO YOU, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT NICE BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE NICE.

NEVER SEARCH YOUR HAPPINESS IN OTHERS WHICH WILL MAKE YOU FEEL ALONE, RATHER SEARCH IT IN YOURSELF. YOU WILL FEEL HAPPY EVEN IF YOU ARE LEFT ALONE.

HAPPINESS ALWAYS LOOKS SMALL WHEN WE HOLD IT IN OUR HANDS BUT WHEN WE LEARN TO SHARE IT, WE REALIZE HOW BIG AND PRECIOUS IT IS!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Congratulation!



CONGRATULATION
and
BEST WISHES

to
Our Niece
LIM PEI PEI
+
KEVIN SAW

on their

MARRIAGE
Year 2007

Sunday, March 11, 2007

BEER!

Beer contains female hormones :

Last month, National University of Lesotho scientists released the results of a recent analysis that revealed the presence of female hormones in beer.
Men should take a concerned look at their beer consumption.

The theory is that beer contains female hormones (hops contain phytoestrogens) and that by drinking enough beer, men develop female characteristics.

To test the theory, 100 men drank 8 pints of beer each within a 1 hour period.

It was then observed that 100% of the test subjects:
1) Argued over nothing.
2) Refused to apologize when obviously wrong.
3) Gained weight.
4) Talked excessively without making sense.
5) Became overly emotional.
6) Couldn't drive.
7) Failed to think rationally
8) Had to sit down while urinating.

No further testing was considered necessary.

Send this to the men you know to warn them about drinking too much beer!
And send it to your women friends to give them a good laugh!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

More 2007 Chinese New Year Photos


Lim Family Photo


Sister-in-laws + Sisters
with Cousin Sister Christina from the Philippines


Chaos before the Lim Clan photo-taking


Group photo


No 9


Si Siew +SueAnn


The 'Chinamen'


Day trip to the Camerons


Sean with his 'Friend' No 9


'Tai Soh' Aunt Stella making preparation!?


The pretty Bride Lim Pei Pei


At the front-courtyard at night!


The 'young ones' relaxing in courtyard


Visit to Aunty Doris


At the Ipoh KopiTiam


Si Siew with Ben


Ben with proud Grand Father!


No 9 cooking up 'Hokkien Mee'!


Visit to 'Red Lantern' Temple


Giant joss-sticks at Temple