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Monday, August 30, 2010

Becareful Malaysia Photographers!

Snatch thieves now targeting photographers

I was shared this news by one my friend vshu ... Yes, nowadays, photography equipment are much expensive than notebook. So photographer like me esp when doing review, really have to take precaution from the real life stories of the victim below. Do read it.

Source: The Star News

IN THE eyes of crooks, a photographer’s sophisticated camera gear is as attractive as a woman’s handbag. Stories about photographers falling victim to snatch thefts are not unheard of and tales of gadgets stolen from their cars are even more common.

Two weeks ago, Samuel Ong, a photographer with The Star, was attacked in Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur while returning to his car after an assignment on a Saturday night.

Although it was fortunate that his camera was not taken away, he received four stitches to the head and sufferred from dizzy spells later.
Easy target: Models showing how easy it is for a photographer to become the target of a robbery.

With the gadgets easily costing thousands of ringgit, photographers (from the press and the public in general) have every reason to fear for their lives when they walk the streets.

They also have to be on high alert when they are on duty as the robbers and thieves can strike anytime and anywhere.

A few photographers shared their unpleasant experiences with StarMetro.

Khor Meng Siang, 34

It was an ordinary day for the Nanyang Siang Pau photographer who was assigned to cover an inspection of road and drain conditions in Jalan Maarof, Bangsar.

Together with Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and her assistant, the group of journalists and photographers made a few stops along the main road.

“In front of a bungalow-turned-shop, I stepped aside to avoid an oncoming motorcycle.

“However, it sped up all of a sudden and I felt a strong tug on my camera strap. I fell to the ground and my right knee was bruised,” Khor said.

The incident happened within a few seconds and until today, Khor is still suffering pain on his hand.
Sign of the times: Women’s handbags are no longer the only targets of snatch thieves as photographers have also become targets now.

“It had really hurt my tendons seriously,” he said.

Nelson Lin, 37

It is almost an automatic response to turn your head and look back when you feel a gentle tap on your shoulder.

But China Press photo editor paid dearly when he responded to such a pat early this month.

“It was about 8pm. I was getting into my car after a haircut at Taman OUG in Old Klang Road. I felt someone tap my shoulder, I looked back and received a blow on my nose,” he said.

Before Lin could react, the attacker grabbed hold of his camera bag and pulled it forcefully. He then fled the scene on his partner’s motorcycle. Lin lost his camera, pendrive, memory card, lens, flash, batteries and RM1,000 cash.

Yong Chu Mung, 35

The Guang Ming Daily photographer was mugged at knifepoint last year in Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya.

He was there to have dinner after work. As he was opening the rear door of his car, a robber approached him with a knife and demanded his wallet.
Smash and grab: In some cases, thieves have smashed windows to get at cameras left in the car. — filepix

“I surrendered but asked if he could return my identity card. The robber then threw my wallet on the ground, grabbed my camera bag and jumped onto the motorcycle of his accomplice before speeding off.

“The incident was all over in less than 30 seconds,” Yong said.

Yong was lucky. He did not suffer any injuries but it was a lesson well learnt. It had taught him to be more cautious.

“I will only get down from my car after making sure that there are no approaching motorcycles or suspicious characters around.

“I also try not to park my car in dark areas,” he said.

Minaq Jinggo, 48

The photographer had his camera snatched in front of a traffic police at Jalan Kinabalu in Kuala Lumpur last August during an anti-ISA rally.

“A group of photographers were asked to move out from the area. The noise coming from the cars which had started moving (the traffic was earlier at a standstill because of the demonstration) was intense.

“I felt someone tapping me on my shoulder and the next thing I knew, my camera was snatched away,” he said.

Minaq could only watch helplessly as the lone motorcyclist zoomed off with his gear.

Simon Yap, 45

On the third day of Chinese New Year three years ago, Yap was dining out with his family upon his return from a working trip in Indonesia.

“We headed straight to the restaurant from the airport.

“When we returned to the car later, we were shocked to discover that the quarter window at the backseat was smashed and my camera and notebook were missing,” the freelance photographer said.

Fortunately, Yap had already submitted the photos of his trip to his client prior to this return to Malaysia.

“I have always been very careful with my camera. That was the first and last time I left my camera in the car,” he said.

Wong Chee Hon, 41

The Sin Chew Daily photographer’s experience proved that hiding the gear under the seat of a car did not help.

“I got down from my car to take away some dinner in Taman Megah in November or December last year. In that short period of between five and 10 minutes, my car window was smashed and my camera was gone,” he said.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lunch at Restoran Seri Penang, Cyberjaya

Nice local cuisine here @ Cyberjaya ...
  • Note: I am still away for holiday and will be back tomorrow ... enjoy my scheduled post.
  • Yve brought me to this place for lunch after my MCMC meeting ... it was after peak lunch hour and not much of people ...
  • Like the ambience of the place here ...

  • Why no food pictures? hahaha ... cause my phone camera battery went dead while waiting for the food to arrive.
  • Lucky manage to capture the food menu ... I would say the food taste ok ok only and nothing special to shout about it.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Away for Holiday @ Berjaya Redang Beach Resort

Away for holiday ...
  • This is Berjaya Redang beach taken from my iPhone ... perfect weather today for swimming and sun bathing ... love the crystal clear sea and the smooth fine white sand ...
  • This is one of the best Private Beach in Malaysia as this is my 5th time staying at this resort.

@ Berjaya Redang beach ... love the tone of the sea color, the smooth white sand and the amazing view of this Island. That is Tan Sri Dato Vincent Tan cruise ship parking at the far end (in the middle) ... he is on vacation too at his own Resort -iPhone
  • Will post more pics when I am back ... the internet here is slow and not able to blog and visit blog ...
  • Thanks for your support and viewing my site while I am away ... more pics and update via my personal facebook.

Smart Spending: How to cut baby food costs

Feeding a newborn can cost very little if you nurse, but the tab quickly rises if you ever use formula and it spirals as the child gets older and you start buying baby food.

-- THE EARLY MONTHS: Even breast-feeding costs money, especially when the mother needs to pump and store milk. Electric breast pumps run $45 to $300 or more; manual pumps cost $35 to $45. Other accessories -- special bras, nursing pads, a nursing pillow and storage containers -- can cost more than $200 in all. Spread over a year, that top cost of $500 for a pump and accessories amounts to less than $10 a week.

HERE'S HOW TO SAVE: If you choose to nurse, you can save by buying specialized equipment second hand through parents groups or by borrowing it from friends.
If you choose formula, powder is the best deal, even if made with filtered water as some experts recommend. A 24-ounce can of name-brand powder makes about 170 ounces of liquid and costs about $25. That's about $20 a week to start, with the cost rising as the baby grows and eats more. The same volume of liquid formula typically costs $40-plus, or almost $30 a week to start.
To save further, register at formula makers' websites to score free samples and coupons. Once you know which formula works best for you, check parent chat boards to swap coupons.
Also try store-brand powder from Babies R Us, Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers, for $15 to $20 a can. Remember that it is held to the same rigorous federal standards as its name-brand counterparts.

-- LET'S TALK SOLIDS: When a child is ready for solids -- starting with cereal and gradually adding fruits, vegetables, grains and meat -- there is a growing variety of prepackaged baby food. Sometimes, especially when you're traveling, the convenience of jarred food can't be beat. And some of it is reasonably healthy. But it can cost $1 an ounce.

HERE'S HOW TO SAVE: Start by buying baby food online for savings up to 75 percent.
Even less expensive -- and often healthier and easier -- is to make your own baby food using fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and appropriate proteins, says David Ludwig, associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston.
Grind cooked food in a specialized mill (costing $10 to $38, they come in manual or electric versions and are small enough to fit in a purse or diaper bag). Or use a common food processor or immersion blender. Quite soon, you can dispense entirely with jars and prepackaged food and give your baby a mashed version of most anything the rest of the family eats.

Experts just caution that you ensure your puree is the right consistency (quite thin for the youngest eaters, thicker as babies get older, and no chunks until babies have teeth). And keep guard against foods like strawberries that babies are more likely to be allergic to.

To save further, try freezing homemade baby food in an ice-cube tray to create tiny servings you can defrost as needed.

"As long as the consistency is appropriate, it should not matter whether it comes from a jar or from frozen," says Karin Pennington, lead dietitian and research nutritionist at the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center.

Another simple way to save is to serve applesauce and other compotes packaged for older children and adults in larger servings or small jars. Just be sure to compare the nutritional value per ounce with that of commercial baby food.

As for grains, rice cereal is best to start with because it is the least allergenic, and single grains are easier to digest, says Suzanne Farrell, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. But as your baby grows you should ask your pediatrician about other grains you can serve your baby to add variety -- and enable yourself to cook just one meal for the whole family.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Restoran Port Dickson @ Port Dickson

Yummy chinese food @ Port Dickson ...
  • Firstly update about myself as I am away from blogging recently ... tied up with my work very much and don't have the time to reply all your comments. I am really sorry about it. Will do it when I am at Redang this weekend ... holiday again to de-stress myself again.
  • Back to the topic above ... this is where I went for my lunch during my recent PD holiday ... actually we don't know where to find good food in PD but we just bantai wherever we see got many people eat.

Yeah, we saw this restaurant quite crowded with people ... shud be something good here ...


Little Stallone ...



My nephew - Brian ...


Chinese Tea ...


Aiikksss ... Little Stallone again ....


Aiiikkkss ... chinese tea again ...


Fried Vegetables ... not bad but a bit oily nia ...


Bamboo Shoots in english if not mistaken ... taste good and fresh ... lucky din came across to eat those stinky ones ...


Har Yu Fa Lam Poh ... Salted Fish Pork Meat ... hahaha ... I know I am bad in translation ... but this is a real good stuff ... even my father in law say this is good ...


Here comes one of their signature dish ... something sizzling ... guess what is inside there ... u will never guess it right ...

Sizzling Oi Chen in Egg ... ooo la la ... very good and delicious ... first time eating this way for me ...
The oi chen is fresh and juicy ... each time u squash it in your mouth, u can feel those juices screaming out from it ...
  • Really had a great food experience in PD ... their food definitely can match with KL.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My holiday at Tiara Beach Resort @ Port Dickson

My short getaway at Port Dickson ...
  • Recently have been posting foods @ Port Dickson ... yeah, I was there for a night stay at Port Dickson (PD) last 2 weeks ago ... it have been many years ago since I come and visit PD.
  • Brought my nephew - Brian and my parents-in-lawn together for this short family outing ...

Bugs Bunny, Brian and the clown ...
  • The weather was just perfect enough ... sometimes sunny and sometimes cloudy ...

Overview snapshot of the Tiara Beach Resort ...



Dylan doesn't want to be carried and now he likes to walk ... very turtle mode ...


A very good place for teambuilding actually ... love this pool volleyball ...


Nice place for sun bathing ...






Lots of activities for kids ...


The resort's Octopus trademark ... reminds me Paul the Octopus ...








It was so quiet in the noon 3pm ... then thought that it was super sunny and is a puasa month, everyone hibernate in their own room ...


After 5pm ...darn , the pool and resort is packed with people ...


Brian (3 yrs old) he is so daring that he climbed up and slide down the pool ... shocked my parents-in-law as I let him try to slide down by himself ... manage to capture this shot and he was smiling all the way down ...


Baby Dylan also love to slide down but with Yve accompany ...


Here I come down ... thank goodness I brought my Olympus Waterproof camera ...



Baby Dylan just too happy to play with the water ...
  • Awesome get together family holiday and like this resort a lot ... will suggest to my friends and we will come together here again ...

Food blogger who demands free meal sparks outrage online

So sia sui the good name of food bloggers only ...

  • A young food blogger who demanded that he and his three companions be given free meals at an upscale restaurant in the Joo Chiat area has sparked a huge furore online. The group of four had walked into Private Affairs, a small but exclusive eatery in Joo Chiat, for its Sunday champagne brunch promotion that costs S$68++ per person.

    The blogger in question, Brad Lau, who runs a food blog called ladyironchef, had informed the management on Friday that he would be coming down to review the Sunday Brunch promotion.

    On the day itself, he and his partner came down at about 130pm, followed by his two other companions, each of whom came down half an hour apart. According to Private Affairs’ operations director Ross Valentine, the four of them had brunch until 430pm, even when the restaurant’s official brunch hours was from 1130 am to 330pm. Brad and his partner also enjoyed two glasses of champagne each.

  • When presented with the final bill of $435, the blogger initially refused to pay and repeatedly told the restaurant’s chef, “I never pay for food in any restaurant.” The restaurant eventually offered to waive off the cost of the meal for him and his partner as well as the cost of the champagne out of goodwill, thus lowering the bill to $159.

    Still upset but finally relenting to pay, the blogger then threw his credit card onto the bar counter in front of the cashier before storming out. Valentine told Yahoo! Singapore, ”This blogger looked very aggressive and was quite arrogant. The fact that he also walked in with his friends at staggered timings created quite a bit of problems for my chef de cuisine, who has to prepare and present his food at just the right times.”

    “We decided to waive off the meal and champagne cost for him and his partner out of goodwill. But when we asked him when the review of the meal would be coming out, he said he was not obliged to write anything if the food wasn’t good enough,” he added.

    Yahoo! Singapore emailed Brad Lau for his reaction but he has yet to a reply. The incident, however, has enraged the local food blogging community. Glenn Lee, who runs popular food blog Hungryepicurean.com since late last year, posted an open letter criticising the blogger’s behaviour for “tarnishing the good name of the community.”

    Lee, 22, told Yahoo! Singapore, “We are food bloggers and I’m pretty sure the intentions of all of us in the community is to share the love that we have for food and writing.” “But what this certain blogger has done is highly detrimental to the integrity of the community as a whole and I felt the need to stand up for what I strongly believe in,” he said.

  • Kaelyn Ong, 22, who posted an entry entitled ”STOP asking for free food” on her food blog, My Food Sirens II, also expressed her disgust.

    “I’m surprised. It’s beyond my understanding how someone can actually request for a free meal on the house just because he’s a food blogger,” she told Yahoo! Singapore. “Anyone can be a food blogger these days, all it takes is a camera and a blog… does that mean restaurants have to sponsor everyone for their meals?” she added.

    She also apologised to restaurants on behalf of the food blogging community and said ”not all of us are such bad eggs”. Cheryl Chia, who has a food and baking blog, cocoabutterscotch, was also appalled. “I find it shameful. Demanding for free food on account of your supposed “status” as a person who blogs about food is not acceptable,” the 26-year-old said.

    Renowned food expert KF Seetoh, who runs the popular makansutra.com, said the blogger in question lost his integrity by refusing to pay. “The best position is to be invisible, pay for your own food. When you pay for your own food, you don’t take any prisoners when you write,” he said.

    But what if the restaurant offers to give bloggers a free meal? “Then I won’t write about your restaurant. Even if they offer me 50% off the total bill, and if I write about it, they will take my review with a 50% pinch of salt. Some of them, after eating, they call the chef out and ask him to change this and that on the menu. Some would then say, let me do a consultancy role for you. You do what I say and I write nice things.

    “My stand is, be neutral. I pay, I say and then I rate,” he concluded. **Since this post was first published at close to 130pm, Brad Lau’s blog, ladyironchef, has been suspended. Attempts to contact the blogger have still proven unsuccessful.
  • Credits to http://sg.yfittopostblog.com/ ... got the source from here ... just would like to share with u all.
  • Will Malaysian Food Bloggers turn out this way?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Famous Fried Porridge @ Sin Aik Kee Restaurant, Kedah

As shown in the Taste with Jason tv food programme show this fried porridge in AFC channel ...
  • I was at this restaurant since May 2008 during my North Malaysia Holiday trip ... you may read this old post at here. Now I am going to re-post and share this food experience ...
  • I told Yve that Axian is showing the Fried Porridge where we have tasted before at Kedah ... seriously it is worth driving up to here and eat this special fried porridge.

Is hard to find actually and luckily got a friend who knows the direction to this restaurant ... even the customer in the show mention this ...


Love the attap roof restaurant with a bit of village environment feeling ...



Axian Poster ...


This is how Yve look at year 2008 before turning as a mommy in 2009 ...


Another of their signature this ... Assam Fish Head ... the dad owner told that he have tried several method to cook this perfect assam fish dish when he was in Thailand ... seriously good!


Here comes their famous speciality dish - Fried Porridge ... seriously it is not a dry porridge but u can taste the frying smell in the porridge ... we ordered two big bowls of this as it was way too delicious and somemore, we came all this far to have this food.

Very very delicious ...
  • You can't find this food in KL I guess ... if you do, do share with me ... I really miss this food

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Restoran Sin Hup Kee @ Bandar Puteri Puchong

Bad food taste experience at this restaurant ...
  • I went to try this new restaurant opened in Bandar Puteri Puchong ... another branch of the origin Sin Hup Kee which have been in the food business for over 19 years ... putting high hopes on the food taste.
  • As usual over the weekend, restaurants in Bandar Puteri Puchong are packed and we were just lucky enough to have a table.

Sin Hup Kee Restaurant ...


Mew's daughter ...



As usual, at 7.45pm ... packed with people ... I wanted to highlight this to restaurant owner ... the waiter service is a bit slow in cleaning tables and taking order ...


Baby Dylan also feels hungry waiting for the food to arrive ...
  • It is hard for me to say the food pictures looks nice and taste great ... as this is the food comment given by Mew and Su Yern as we had dinner together ... never judge by the restaurant environment ...

So called Fried Chinese Cheese Vegetables ... don't even taste like cheese and very normal stir fried vegetables only ... this is the only food taste normal and edible ...


Fiery Pork Ribs ... me and mew commented that this taste just too fiery sweet ... and the meat is too chewy to bite and swallow ...

This is the worse Claypot Tau Fu dish I have ever tasted ... I really pissed off with the Chef that he can served this over burned and cooked smell to the customer to eat ... before I ate, me and Mew can smell the food burnt 'loong' smell ... when we taste it ... OMG, we told the waiter to serve a new one and ask the Chef to taste himself ... then came the new replacement dish ... gosh, it taste SUPER SALTY! ended up, we just did not eat the dish. Worse of all, the waiter did not even say sorry ...

Signature Assam Curry Fish Head ... honestly, it doesn't taste Assam and it doesnt taste Curry when Su Yern asked what dish is this that we ordered ... we told her, Assam Curry Fish Head ... seriously they need to look into the flavor and taste of this dish.


Boneless Chicken Chop in Thai Style ... lazy to comment so much ... just too sour ... wonder the chef having PMS is it ...


The price is expensive for the lousy food we have tasted ... I love the Fu Gua Thong chinese food than this restaurant ... totally banned this restaurant in my Puchong food list ...

  • As summary of the food taste, we have taste too sour, too sweet, super salty and burnt food in this restaurant ... I can't believe it have been operating for more than 19 years and probably is this branch problem as I have yet to try the original restaurant.
  • I am also suprised that many people still come and dine ... or maybe they are the curious person who likes to try new food and maybe will not come again ...
  • For those who have tasted this restaurant, do comment here ...
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