Hi, it's been a while since I've updated my blog. Well, the nice picture above is a shot from Batu Burok beach, Kuala Terengganu. Yup, I'm now stationed in Kuala Terengganu. I'll be here for a year for teacher's training in IPG Dato' Razali Ismail. I'll be studying how to teach primary school children. Thank God that the government has decided to put more emphasis for primary school now. Previously a neglected segment of education, it is now put in the fore front of education as they realized that children really start learning bad habits early. Hehe!
Anyway, will update on happenings from time to time. Till next. Cheers!
It's the start of the world cup and I'm already bored by the amount of boring games played so far. All the teams played with such lack luster that it's hard to blame anyone for not watching the games. The one game I did watch was the Netherlands match. Boy, was that an amateur game!!! Holland was playing like the totally lost almost all their football skills although they won the game.
I didn't watch the England game but from the score I gather that there wasn't much to shout about too. Mexico who outclassed South Africa strangely only got a draw and France must have been so pathetic that they didn't even score a goal at all. I had more fun watching half of tonight's match between New Zealand and Slovakia.
Speaking of which, why is a country where cattle out number people and the only world cup they ever won was in rugby, qualified for the World Cup. While we, as a nation with multiple football leagues, a fantastic history of qualifying for the Olympics, beaten country like South Korea, having superb training facilities and multi - million football grants can't qualify for it.
I mean, come on, I'm sure our pool of talents must be more than enough to form a squad of 23 players including substitutes. We just need to field 11 great ones to win the matches. Anyways, I really hope that the other matches start picking up otherwise there won't be anybody left to watch the world cup. Meanwhile, I'll go back to sleeping 1st. Haha!!!
I was at the Malaysia Cell Church Conference for the past couple of days. It was held in Damansara Utama Methodist Church. I was there actually because of good will of a friend of mine. He couldn't make it, so I just took his place and I was really blessed by this event. This is my first time attending this conference and I was quite surprised by the scale of it. There was about 800++ attendees from 88 churches from at least 5 different countries. This wasn't only from SEA countries but they came from Australia, US and even one from Uganda. Wow! An international Malaysian born conference. It's just amazing.
The speaker was an amazing speaker but unfortunately, I'm not sure why but I fell asleep at about 4 of 6 of his talk. I think I'm partly to blame for the late nights that caused me to sleep in the hall. I shall be purchasing the mp3 to listen to it. The time when I was awake to listen to his sessions, I was quite blown away by his messages. I can't really post all that he has said since I was asleep for more than half of his sessions.
Then there was the workshop. The workshop on ministering to Uni students was more like a forum. It was enjoyable because of that. Everyone got to say something about this oft neglected area of ministry and all of them had the burden to reach out to them. This is probably because FES is stretched too thin and a lot of students have slipped through the cracks.
The workshop on youth work got most of the participants excited about holding Youth Alpha in National Service camps. Apparent, we do get paid for going in there to conduct religious classes. So, come on you all! What are you waiting for?
The last workshop today that I attend was the multimedia. This is the first time I've seen a multimedia departments work description which is one page long and each point is at most only 3 words long! It was interesting to listen to all the work they do. Though I wish they would have given more time to them to do their presentations. It was so rushed that most of them were speed talking! It was an eye opener walking through their AV rooms. The battery of equipment that they have is just astounding! Not to mention mouth watering as I can see from the reaction from the other people. Haha! I think I would be happy with just 20% of their equipment.
I would like to share more but it's kinda late now and I would like to sleep and be awake for the last session tomorrow. So, cheerios for now. Hasta la vista baby!
Yup! It's spaghetti bolognese night. Brought back the minced beef left over from the stew I cooked the last time. There was about 200grams left. Since I hadn't have any pasta for a couple of weeks now, I decided to make some. The good thing about pasta is that you don't have to worry about it going bad even if it has been opened for sometime. Don't worry, my spaghetti wasn't the year old opened type, just a couple of weeks. Anyways, I whipped out my olive oil, some tomato paste, garlic, onion, pepper and salt and went straight to work.
Firstly lesson, while chopping up onions, don't bend down and smell it. Boy, I just took one whiff and immediately, POW! I was hit by this stinging sensation in my nose and then also my eyes. Really felt like an idiot for doing that and that shows it's been a long time since I've done any cooking. Whatever you do, please keep your face as far away from the onion when you're chopping it. Also, do smell the onion before you peel or cut it up. Hurts less when done that way.
Secondly, make sure the garlic is properly cooked before putting other ingredients in. Otherwise you're gonna get big uncooked chunks of it in your dish. Not that it's a bad thing...if you're single, alone in the house, no date at night, eating pasta while watching Glee. Yeah, don't go down on the garlic if you've got a life. Them breath mints ain't gonna help much.
Thirdly, make sure ALL the meat has been defrosted. Yeah, I was in a bit of a hurry because my stomach was growling in disapproval of being empty and it was time for it's gastronomical exercise. I may have put a 2/3 defrosted meat into the pan. Yeah, a bit chunk of frozen meat right in the middle of the pan. I had to smack that bad boy into pieces in the pan. Can you imagine that? Using a spatula and smacking a chunk of partially frozen meat. Not a pretty sight. Not going to happen again.
Fourth, the mixed vege has gotta be cooked for longer than 1 minute. Raw mixed vege which are still partially frozen should definitely be cooked for more than a minute. Those raw corn, peas and carrots taste weird. Period. Don't do it! I mean it!
Fifthly, finally something I did right! Mixing the tomato paste and water in a bowl before pouring it into the pan. That help solve the issue of the tomato paste not mixing well with the water in the pan. Hehe! Yeehaa!! On the down side, I add too little water and the whole thing ended up being beef bolognese without the sauce. Hehe! But dang, it still works with spaghetti.
Finally, 2oo grams of mince beef is way, way, way too much for 1 person. Being filled to brim and over the sides is no joking matter. I didn't finish the meat. I think I'll have meat sandwich tomorrow.
Food, it's interesting how one can just experiment with it. I had my hands dipped into cooking for the past few weeks. Quite a mixture of experience. Apparently, cooking pasta is quite a breeze. Get some tomato paste, OO, luncheon meat and mixed vege and presto, 1 serving of pasta coming right up! Tried it twice and no problems at all.
On the other hand, I had major problems with my beef stew. It was a lesson of how important ingredients are. 1stly, I used frozen mince beef instead of beef cubes. Now, normally I would say that this is ok but then after eating it I realized it's very hard to distinguish between the mince beef and garlic and the burnt stuff.
2ndly, never use cheap wine and stout to make your stew. A very big mistake here because the stew will end up tasting as bad as your wine and stout. A big reminder to never use Outback wines from Australia and Royal Stout. From now on it's just Guiness Stout and ermm....I'm not really sure about red wine, anyone can help me out? Hehe!
Thirdly, never ever, ever, ever try to fry anything in a pot with a whole cup of olive oil! It is a very, very big accident waiting to happen. Nearly got myself a big explosion in the kitchen but I did get a whole big mess with the oil just shooting itself out of the pot. I had to clean up the whole mess by myself too. A very big reminder to myself that it is a stupid idea to put that much oil into a pot and set the heat to almost maximum.
Lastly, potato always taste good no matter how bad the whole dish was. Haha! Boy! those potato really taste good. Those sweet, succulent, tender but crunchy potatoes! Hmmmm, so good that I can still taste them. Another big lesson learnt, if you think that you're dish is going to turn out bad, put them potatoes in there. No one, I mean no one is going to suspect anything because the potato is going to save the day. Period!!!
Well, that's all for today. Join me again later for more insipid, gastronomic and maybe some crazy idea for cooking which I've discovered.
It's the time of the year again. The Chinese Lunar New Year! It's also time for traveling again. Going back to Kota Bharu, Kelantan again this year. A five hour ride. Driving thru highways, kampung roads and over a man made lake. Wonderful driving trip. Hehe!! Will be using the Wira again. Already been 2 years since I had it. Besides the normal break downs like busted spark plug cables, self disintegrating air condition, punctured tires, ill mannered reverse sensors, nasty yogurt spillage, misleading fuel gauges, squeaky absorbers etc..it works fine...hehe!! National car mah!
Anyway happy chinese new year to all readers out there.