Bintan trip again? No way unless by flight!

By the pool of our bungalowtel

By the pool of our bungalowtel

I first set foot on Bintan island in year 2008 with my family. And i swore that i will never set foot there again, even if I were paid a handsome sum. Why?

We took ferry from Singapore pier and it was during monsoon season. Which meant, the ferry was at the mercy of the high waves during the whole voyage. I remembered I was prepared to die that moment because of the terrible seasick motion i had. More so, before embarkation, I had hainanese chicken rice.

Nevertheless, upon reaching Bintan, i threw up like no body business. For once in my life, I have never felt so helpless in front of my love ones. My wife swore that my lips were white and she actually thought that i might just drop dead!!

Here are some pictures we managed to capture for rememberance.

Both C's, mom in law and sis in law

Both C's, mom in law and sis in law

Our bedroom..impressive

Our bedroom..impressive

Playtime with Celeste

Playtime with Celeste

One of my favourite snap

One of my favourite snap

Note that big remote karaoke control!!

Note that big remote karaoke control!!

Celeste's tender moment with Aunt Shin

Celeste's tender moment with Aunt Shin

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What a book!

I love to read books which are self-help and one of my all time favourite book is “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by Mr. T Harv Eker. Highly recommended, I would say.

In his groundbreaking book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind™, T. Harv Eker states: “Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!” Eker does this by identifying your Money Blueprint. We all have a personal money blueprint engrained in our subconscious minds, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives.

The only Mr. T Harv Eker

The only Mr. T Harv Eker

 

It does make a whole lot of sense to me, actually. From young, our parents religiously ingrained into our brains..”Ah Boy, study hard. Go get a Degree  or PHD so that you have a stable job next time”.

It got me thinking and let me relate this personal experience when I first started my career in hotel industry.

Right after I came back from Isle of Man with a Diploma (Hotel Mgt), I joined a newly start up hotel in Ipoh.Syuen Hotel, Ipoh to be specific.

My dad told me that he knew the owner personally and Mr Yuen (S-yuen) apparently started his illustrious “career” selling durian. Next a tailor. Then a hotel owner, which by the way Syuen was touted to be THE hotel in Ipoh

A question to ponder. If Mr Yuen was to be well educated, got his PHD and joined the rat race, would he be owning a hotel? Absolutely not

Reality bites hard. Those who worked for him in the hotel and yours truly included, were well educated and mind you, some dared not leave the place since 1993. Why? They are so warm and cozy in their comfort zone and change is painful for most of them.

I read somewhere that PHD actually stands for Permanent Head Damage!

Why?

Its because we spent an obscene amount of money to get educated, only to work for a meagre income for those who own big corporations. And these owners started with almost nothing at all early in their lives.

I would love to share with you this excerpt; “Formal education gets you a job. Self education gets you rich”

5 hours massage in Shenzhen, China

What!? 4 hours of massage? In Shenzhen, China? That’s the typical expressions i got from my friends when i told them. Bofore your imagination run amok, allow me the freedom of speech to defend myself. One is innocent until proven guilty.

Truth be told, i have never set foot in China until I joined MJLife. Basically, this company promotes comprehensive medical check up, using MLM vehicles. So, what’s the trip got to do with MJLife then?

Well, in every sense it does. In a nutshell, the trip to Hong Kong / China was sponsored by MJLife as one of its many incentives. True, it was 2 years ago, but the memories are clearly etched in my mind

Massage time, albeit i dont speak Mandarin

Massage time, albeit i dont speak Mandarin

Before we went for body massage, we were treated to an hour foot reflexology, which i have never try prior to this. It was truly a hilarious moment, as I dont speak Mandarin at all.

I couldnt tell the masseur that I was feeling ticklish or in pain, so I just literally “kicked” her away! Poor girl.

Steamboat anyone?

Steamboat anyone?

Above, thats ” Ma La” style steamboat somewhere in Shenzhen. Ma La, loosely translated as “numbing spiciness” is popular in China. The place we had this was called “Little Fat Sheep” (xiao fei yang) and apparently it is famous for mutton steamboat.

Slivers of mutton was the star attraction instead of the usual chicken or beef and I can safely say, everyone chowed down every morsels presented in front of them!

With Lynette, Hong Kong friend

With Lynette, Hong Kong friend

With MJLife friends

With MJLife friends

Coming back to the massage session..right after the foot reflexology (fruits platter provided), we proceeded to our own room. I shared the room with this guy, Alex (above pic, standing 2nd from left) and he doubled up as my translator.

Mind you, it was already almost 1am when we reached Shezhen from Hong Kong via train. Naturally, I was alread zombie-like when the massage began. Basically, both of us slept throughout the whole sessions as it was for 4 hours.

If you ask me, its definitely a good way to save on Hotel accommodation room charges!!

Spaghetti carbonara

Pasta, i would consider one of my favourite comfort food. Lots of outlets serve spaghetti carbonara laden with cream, with little cheese toppings.

There are 2 school of thoughts with regards to how it should be done. On one end, it mentioned that no cream should be use, and on the other end, cream does no harm. I, go for the latter..that is with cream.

Receipe below, or rather the portion is good for 2 person. Cooking time take no more than 20 minutes. Here goes;

Ingredients:

100 g of smoked bacon

spaghetti (rule of thumb- clump a strand of spaghetti with a diameter of 50cents is good for 1 portion)

2 egg yolks

2 cloves of garlic

30ml to 50ml of cooking cream..depending how dry of wet you want the pasta to be.

4 tablespoons of shaved romano cheese (can substitute with cheddar)

pinch of salt or to taste.

Methods

On a bowl, mix well the egg yolks, cream, cheese and salt. Refer below picture

This is how it should look like

This is how it should look like

Next, heat a non stick pan. With a little olive oil, saute the roughly chopped smoked bacon. Takes about 3min to 4min (depending on how well done you want the bacon to be)

In goes, the minced garlic. Do not brown the garlic or it will taste bitter. Mix well with the bacon.

Pour in the cooked bacan and garlic mixture into the carbonara sauce. Toss well

Boil lots of water, enough to cover the spaghetti. Put in lots of salt and olive oil.

Once boiling, put in the spaghetti and cook to instructions. Cooked pasta should be “al dente” (firm to the bite)

Once spaghetti is cooked, immediately toss into the carbonara sauce and mix well. Make sure the spaghetti is mix well and well coated with all the sauce and bacon bits.

Enjoy.

Yummy spaghetti carbonara

Yummy spaghetti carbonara

Hey Tink

Tink, that’s the short form for Tinkerbell (one of the tinker fairies, living harmoniously in Pixie hollow). If you are a fan of Peter Pan, i am sure you would recall the lil fairy who came to Peter’s rescue, on cue.

Now, why do i blog about Tinker Bell?

Simply because, Celeste simply loves this movie version of Tinkerbell! Without fail, she would want to watch the DVD and trust me, she can recite and remember all the lines in the movie.

What is it all about? Its about the magical world of fairies and meet the enchanting creatures of Pixie Hollow. who nurture nature and bring about the change of the seasons.

Changing the colours of the leaves, moving a sunbeam to melt snow, waking animals from their winter slumber, or giving patch of sproutlings a sprinkle of water are all within the realm of these seasonal experts.

Tinker bell thinks her fairy talent as a “tinker” isn’t as special or important as the other fairies’ talents. But when Tink tries to change who she is, she creates nothing but disaster.

With encouragement from her friends, Rosetta, Silvermist, Fawn and Iridessa, Tink discovers that when she’s true to herself, magical things can happen.

Way to go Tink!! You can do it!!

You can do it, Tink

You can do it, Tink

Hong Kong, I love Hong Kong, we love Hong Kong

Hong Kong (loosely translated as Fragrant harbour in Cantonese) is simply one of our favourite holiday destinations.

Why, one may ask? In fact, being asked once too many times by friends and acquaintances alike. Allow me to enlighten you….

a) Wanton mee, is out of this world. Divine. Unlike those made here.

b) Soy sauce chicken..yummylicious. Salivating when think of it.

c) Cantonese dishes..world class

d) Century egg at Yung  Kee..yolk still wobbly. Roast geese? Cathy Pacific airlines offer them on board..say no more

e) Egg tart, nearby Yung Kee..eggalicioys..even former HK  last Governor Chris Patten endorsed the tarts..

Need i say more….here’s some pictures we took in year 07..

Celeste enjoying sea breeze aboard the Star Ferry

Celeste enjoying sea breeze aboard the Star Ferry

Spending quiet time ..Disneyland hotel, Hong Kong

Us goofing around with, who else Goofy!!

Us goofing around with, who else Goofy!!

Celeste cried as she couldnt wait to meet Donald..long queue!!

Celeste cried as she couldnt wait to meet Donald..long queue!!

Piglets at Times Square, Hong Kong

Piglets at Times Square, Hong Kong

Happy day with mommy, Times Square Hong Kong

Happy day with mommy, Times Square Hong Kong

One of my favourite pic of Celeste..on board Star Ferry

One of my favourite pic of Celeste..on board Star Ferry

What else can i say? Happy times in Hong Kong!! Looking forward to visit Fragant harbour in near future. Wanton mee, here we come!!

Ah boy’s love – hate relationship with Malaysian’s drivers

Malaysian’s drivers..what can we say about them? Tonnes, of course!

In a gist, Malaysian drivers are really 1st class..in its own way to make our lives miserable. Let me drive home the points, to see whether you can relate to them.

Along the journey, i will of course offer viable or even non viable solutions to make our daily journey on the road less stressful..

Abbreviation: MD – Malaysian drivers, not Managing director

a)MD, most of their right hands are invalid or cramped. Not into the habit of using indicator light when turning

Solution: Maybe car maker should manufacture cars without indicator lights, hence cars will be cheaper at cost.

b)Road hogging along highway, driving at 30kph whilst the speed limit is 90kph

Solution: Propose to government to only permit these drivers to use bicycle lanes, if there are such

c)Road hogging because driver digging their nose or talk sweet nothing to their sweeties, texting or talking on mobile

Solution: Car manufacturer to install gadget on car’ssteering wheel to emit electrical shock to jolt MD back to reality

d)When traffic light turn green, MD takes own sweet time to move car

Solution: Car manufacturer to install gadget to “auto-drive” car (like K.I.T.T in Knight Rider) upon traffic light turns green straight to JPJ. Back to school to re-learn undang undang

e)Tailgating your car as if the driver behind you wanting to rush for its own funeral

Solution: Car manufacturer to install “cow dung” launcher at the rear of car, which auto spray cow dung onto the windscreen of the tailgating car.

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