Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Holiday Spectacles

This holiday season we can see everybody especially those who celebrates Christmas Day will shop for everything new. From new pairs of shoes, new dress, new shirt and up to the top - new head accessories. But usually people would not splurge on new pair of spectacles. I think the reason being is that people would have the impression that prescription lens would cost a bomb to make one just for the holidays. So people will resort to wear nice pair of clothes with shinning shoes but still stick with their working pair of glasses during the festive seasons.


Things will change after this. Brought to you by ZenniOptical this holiday season is their range of Holiday frames. I browsed through their choices of frames and let me tell you one thing, they look great and they are not expensive at all. I can see that some of them only cost 8 dollars.

Why go for the same black frame this holiday season when we have the choice to go wild with red, blue, green and even multicolor.

For myself, I am interested particularly on this frame. The 2275 Plastic Full-Rim Frame.

Why plastic? Holiday season is where you have fun. Where is the fun if you still wear the nerdy looking spectacles. So guys.. it doesn't cost a lot to look good this year end holiday. I'm sure you won't be disappointed with ZenniOptical.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Garlic Bread

I made this a few days back. The internet connection via Celcom 3G is so unreliable that I have to come to my parents place to update about this.

This time the ingredients are as below:

  • 350gm high protein flour (thanks to Wifey)
  • 200ml cold water
  • half pack of yeast
  • 2 pinches of salt.
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of corn flour
  • 13 cloves of garlic
I put in all the ingredients except for the garlic and set the machine to make dough.

While waiting for the machine to mix the ingredients, I chop the garlic finely. About after 20 minutes of mixing, I add in the garlic into the dough. After that I just wait for the dough to set in about 1 hour 10 minutes.

I take out the dough from the machine and put in a bread pan.. glass pan?
I let the dough to set for another 10 minutes and then baked it in my microwave convection mode for 20 minutes at 180 degree celcius.

And the result is as below.
Home made Garlic Bread



Yesterday I baked whole meal bread. Same method that I did with the garlic bread. Only that I let the dough to set for a bit longer .. about 3-4 hours longer. The dough doubled in size compared to the loaf above, and baking it with microwave oven did not produce a good result. The dough is not thorough;y cooked especially the middle inside. Wifey told me that the microwave oven cannot produce the same result as the proper oven.

Since we are moving to Bukit Jelutong soon, it's time for me to survey a stove + oven. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A&W 25th November 2008

I am not baking bread today. Woke up at 6.45am and went to Toyota PJ Service Center for a 7.45am appointment. Damn those alternator and power steering belts. I changed them few months back and now they are making the squeaking sound again. This time they cleaned the belts and hopefully its okay.

They detected that the brake pads are due for change and they quoted RM430 for both the front left and right pads. I told them I'll take the risk of having a lousy brake and if I get into an accident, at least the insurance company will pay for the replacement cost right? Just kidding lah..

Nothing much happening today. Played around with the movie maker from Picasa 3. Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Chocolate Raisin Bread

Apparently I am not kidding when I say Gardenia has a new competitor now. Last Friday I baked the Chocolate Raisin Bread which Gardenia recently released in their Delicia bread.

This time I tweaked a bit on the ingredients from the previous loaf.


  • 350gm of flour
  • 200ml cold low fat milk
  • 45ml cool water
  • 60gm sugar
  • 100gm raisins
  • 100gm Van Houten chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt
  • 5.5gm of yeast

Again I set the bread machine to bake basic bread but this time with a light crust colour.

Chocolate Raisin Bread

Three hours after that, a moist chocolate raisin bread is produced. Not bad... ada gaya nak jadi cam Gardenia Delicia bread. It's a bit too moist that some people would mistaken it with a cake. Wifey suggested to put some chocolate powder next time. I'll try that next time. As I am writing this, I am waiting for my wholemeal bread to finish the baking process. Haha.. semangat!

Hey.. I have to at least act as the bread winner of the family right?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bread Making with Noxxa Bread Maker

Inspired by my super senior's blog, I borrowed my parent's bread maker. They bought it few years back and I think they only baked less than 10 loaves of bread with it.

I was so excited about the idea of baking my own bread and as soon as I brought back the bread machine to Ara, I immidiately find the recipe to bake one. So from the original blog post, here are the ingredients.

  • 245ml of water
  • 350gm of flour
  • 1/5 block of butter (I put 50gm)
  • pinch of salt
  • 50gm of sugar
  • half packet of yeast (about 5.5gm)
  • raisins - I put in about 80gm


I put all the dry ingredients in one bowl, except for the yeast. I read somewhere on the internet that it is best not to mix the yeast with wet ingredients first.

So I poured the water in first into the machine, then put in the dry ingredient stuffs and put the yeast last .. on top.


I set the machine to bake a Basic bread with medium crust colour. Total time to complete process is 3 hours. I read that the Kenwood Bread Maker will take about 3 hours 27 minutes for a basic bread. The Noxxa does not have that settings, so I just go with their 3 hours preset.

As you can see, the machine is now mixing the dough. It will stop for a while after 20 minutes (if I'm not mistaken) and make a beeping sound. I do not know why because after that it'll resume mixing the dough and complete the process anyway.

So after 3 hours, here is my 1st home made raisin loaf! At least it looks like a bread huh?

I immidiately cut the bread so that I can taste how freshly baked bread taste like. Not bad, the bread is soft but the crust is hard. I wonder why. But Wifey commented that the bread is lacking sweetness. But good first try though.
Home Made Raisin Bread
So that is my first experience baking bread from scratch. I basically do it without proper study and after the first result I searched the web and learned something new.
1) Using cold water to mix the ingredients. I have yet to know the reason behind it but my guess is that if we use normal water, the yeast would not react as good as it should in cold water.
2) The machine stop for a while after 20 minutes of mixing and makes the beeing sound to give a chance for us to put in some other ingredients in case we want to. So in my case, I should put in the raisins after the dough is mixed for about 20 minutes.
3) Do not cut the bread immidiately after it is out of the oven. Keep it cool for a while. Then you'll get a soft crust. This is true. The bread crust is soft like normal bread when I ate it the next morning.
I also realized that my bread has less raisins on each cut. Things that I've tweaked on my 2nd attempt which I'll blog about it later.
I'm so happy that Wifey went to Bake With Yen yesterday and bought me high protein flour, wholemeal bread flour and bread softener. I'm so lucky to have such a supportive Wifey. Love you sayang!
So watch out Gardenia.. you have a new competitor. Ceh.. baru bake 2 ketul roti nak lawan Gardenia!. Hahahahah

Friday, December 12, 2008

Lazing around

Wildan has not sleep since he came back from his 2 months injection.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Avillion Port Dickson Trip

I think I've procrastinate long enough to blog about our recent trip to Avillion Hotel Port Dickson, Malaysia. It's the first trip after Wifey delivered Wildan. It's in conjunction with our 4th wedding anniversary. It's Wildan first outstation trip and if Wifey remembered correctly, Arianna's first outstation trip is to Port Dickson as well.

Should I write a review on Avillion Port Dickson? I think there are a few too many blogs that have done that. Let's just concentrate on our trip.

We took the Kiddies Package which is for 2 Adults and 2 Kids. We are entitled for a 3days 2nights stay at their Garden Chalet, breakfast for four and a few goodies for the kids. Total damage RM660++. Thank God Wifey is generous enough to pay for the trip.

So let's see the room.

Too bad that we couldn't get a Queen + single bed room. So we settled down with a 3 single beds room. Two of the beds are four-poster and the other one is a normal single bed by the window.

Where Wildan spent most of his time there. The picture below is the bathroom. The way I look at it they want us to enjoy the bathroom more than the room itself.

The open closet is placed in the bathroom, there's a center table in the middle of the bathroom. Strategic location for couples to try out their new kinky positions >:)

There are 2 wash basin. Supposed to be for his and hers but since we are taking the kiddies package, one sink is for the washing and the other is for Wildan to have his bath.


There's a bathtub... duhh. Arianna spent most of her time here. She bathe 4 times a day, as early as 6am and as late as 7pm. Again, the bathtub is too small for me and Wifey.
The swimming pool is also nice. There's one big pool and a small/wading pool with a slide. We went swimming on both evenings we were there.

While Wildan take a sunbath by the poolside. Haha.. dah cukup gelap dah!

Arianna is much most confident in the water but she still can't grab the idea of YOU CANNOT BREATH UNDERWATER. So she keeps on swallowing and sniffing water into her body. And yes, Wildan get his fair share of dipping in the pool at the age of 51 days!


On the 2nd day of our stay, we took Arianna to feed the rabbits at the pet farm. There are chickens and rabbits and a few peacocks at the farm. Well.. better that than nothing and for kids nowadays who grow up in the city, feeding cabbage to a rabbit is a big thing already!


And this is a picture of Arianna on a Kereta Lembu (Cow Car - direct translation).

One of the freebies that we get for taking the kiddies package is the Ice Cream Potong. To me the goodies and freebies are not worth it, but to take a room for 2 nights without taking the package is more expensive. So ice cream potong pon belasah je lah!

I am a bit disappointed with the food outlets they have in Port Dickson. For dinner you'll have all these TomYam seafood restaurants. We went to one of them each night and had simple dinner. Nothing to shout about. For lunch, I went out at 2.30pm to look for food and none of the restaurants have anything left to sell. The next thing they'll sell is the banana fritters for tea which starts at 4pm. So between 2.30pm - 4pm... human beings in Port Dickson do not consume food. Apa la!
The only picture of me throughout the whole trip.


On the last day of our stay, we went to the beach. The beach toy set is also part of the goodies. I promised Arianna to take her on the water scooter that day as I was told that I can take her by one of the security guard. So that day I told the water sports operator and he told me that Arianna is too small and the water scooter will not balance. Arianna is so devasted and heartbroken that she cried with the face of asking for sympathy. That face did work that the other family that was playing the sand next to us volunteered to take care of Wildan while Wifey, Arianna and I took a ride on the water scooter. Seronok la cik akak sorang ni!

Well that's about it! The trip from 30th November - 2nd December 2008. Naturally it would be our last trip for this year. One thing that I'll remember about this trip.. this time Arianna is big enough to play on her own and Wildan is too small that it's easy to take care of him. A few months down the road, things would not be the same anymore. By then Wifey and I have to take turns to eat, irregular sleeping time, clinglyness issue etc etc.

Thank you Wifey for the trip. So next anniversary nak belanja pegi mana pulak? :P

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Good Luck Wifey

Today Wifey will return to work after a long maternity + pregnancy leave. I wish her all the best and hopefully she enjoys the job as now she can do it without the nauseaness and all.

It's not to late to wish you all Selamat Hari Raya Korban as we are supposed to celebrate it for 4 days. And not to forget yesterday was 10 Zulhijjah, Wildan was born on 10 Syawal... so Happy 2 months old Wildan.

As for me... I'm about to have my 4 days off. Sounds a lot but I'm sure there're lots of things for me to do. Then I'll realize that it's already Saturday and I have to work again!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Blog Web Hosting

It's been a while since I toy with the idea of hosting this blog on my own. I've read up that most successful bloggers have at least their own domain name. Let's face it, having www.rumetqz.com is much cooler than rumetqz.blogspot.com. Instead of storing all my online pictures on blogger, I can store my pictures and video on my own web host.

Last time it's quite easy to pick a web hosting provider because there aren't that many to choose from. Nowadays the industry has grown so big that everybody is offering Unlimited Storage and Unlimited Data Transfer and this is giving such a dilemma for a layman like me to choose the best web hosting provider. Luckily there is a website that does reviews and ratings for web site hosting. The people behind this website has been doing the reviews and ratings since 2004.

The first and most eye catching page would be the Top 10 Web Hosting Providers for 2008. Here they will list the ratings, features and bonus features given by the providers. What I am interested in is the Best Blog Hosting page and the the Best Budget Hosting. So am I ready for a commitment of around $4.95 per month? I actually set a target if I consistently blog 20 posts per month for 3 consecutive months, I surely will get my own web domain and hosting!

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Goncang Sebelum Minum

Click on the picture.

Nak goncang apa oi dah ubat pil!

Law Enforcement Industry

Before I blog about my recent trip to Port Dickson, I would like to blog a bit on my concerns of the disasters that happened in our Asia region recently. First is the terrorist attack in Mumbai and the riot in Thailand airports that prevented commercial airlines to fly in and out of the airport.

These events are disturbing enough that people are now thinking twice of taking a trip to Asian countries. But these are the times when the law enforcement industry can grow. If I'm not mistaken after the 9/11 incident the stock market price on security industry did boom a lot!

On a different note if you are interested to get the law enforcement tactical outfit, you can have a look at 5.11. Here you can find a lot of tactical gears and apparels. There is a wide range of selection on high cut boots from reputable brands such as Converse, Timberland, Matterhorn, Rocky and others.

It is not easy to find these high quality gears in Malaysia. It's good that WorkBootsUSA does ships their products to international countries and not only to the United States. If you are not into tactical gears or apparels, they also have working boots, shirts and pants for you to purchase. They do accept American Express, Visa and MasterCard for payments.

I wish I have the money to purchase all the cool gadgets here. The tactical eyewear will be in my wishlist. Can I use my optical allowance to make this purchase? I'm interested in the 5.11 Tactical Eagle Glasses. You'll look like a SWAT team by wearing them.

So guys, don't wait any longer. Fulfil your childhood dream. Imagine yourself wearing a full suit body armour complete with combat boots, gloves, pouch and a SWAT eyewear with it. Eventhough we would not go into war or anything, at least your wives can be happy having a tough man in the house :)

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Playmat

Thanks to Auntie Mueya for the present. Baby Wildan seems to enjoy it. The same reaction when Arianna first had it ;)

After Confinement Dinner

Last Friday we went out for dinner at Sari Ratu Restaurant Kelana Jaya for a celebration of Wifey's end of confinement. Nothing to blog about the food as I think everybody knows how nasi padang tastes like.

It's been a while since we last hang out together. It's good to hear my friends are progressing well with their careers. One of them are now getting lots of acting offers; with the role of a gay of course. One of them will be upgraded soon, rezeki baby la tu....

All in all... we had a great dinner that night. Next we look forward to celebrate our anniversary. And Cipok's birthday and Farul's anniversary. They are planning for a karaoke session.... which I'm not a fan of...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Morning

I left early this morning for my AP shift. Didn't have a chance to say proper goodbye as everybody were still asleep. I slept early last night because I am not feeling well.

At around 9am Wifey sent me a MMS with a picture of Arianna eating breakfast. Mushroom and cheese and a cup of Milo. Cute huh?

Friday, November 21, 2008

We are going home today

Its day 43 today! Verified that with the mother-in-law. Since I'm working on Sunday, it'll best for us to go back to Ara Damansara today to do some spring cleaning to the house. So that by Saturday we can settle down and I'll be going to work on Sunday leaving Wifey and the kids with a proper home :)

After Wildan was born, we came to our senses that we need a car seat. Arianna is trained to seat on a car seat when she can seat on her own... which is at around 1 year old. The car seat was a present from Uncle Kim. A Recaro Start. It is meant for child 1 - 4 years of age.

I am toying around with the idea of getting a car seat which can be used for child aged newborn - 4 years old. With this we can fit both Wildan and Arianna (not at the same time lah). If I follow my liver (ikutkan hati), I would want to purchase either the Recaro Como or the Concord Ultimax. But if I have to follow my wallet and credit card limit, then I should scout something like Sweet Cherry or Anakku stuffs.

At the moment, we are trying the infant car seat which belongs to Wifey's sister. Her 10 month old son seems not to utilize this gadget that much. If things are okay, we'll buy ths from her lah.

See the big sista! Got talent to become pro photographer or not? We tried to use it on our way back to Kelana Jaya yesterday to drop off Arianna. One thing I find it too bulky to be installed rear facing at the back seat. I have to adjust the front seat to be a bit more upright and have to move it more to the front. In other words, for the comfort of the baby, I have to drive with a super upright body posture and my knees touching the steering wheel. I'm sure if it's installed at the passenger seat in front or front facing it won't be a problem. But the manual says that for infant less than 35lbs, car seat must be installed rear facing and not on the seat that has an Air-bag system.

Maybe the Vios is too small? Need to upgrade to an Estima? Aaaahhh... that's the liver talking again.

Wifey noticed one thing about this 2 siblings. When Arianna is near Wildan, Wildan will be unhappy. And when she touches her brother, the brother will start crying. Wildan some how does not appreciate too much attention given to him by the sister. Hehe. Enjoy your weekend people!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Apple Pie Day

Today is my second off day. I have 2 days to go before having to go back to work on SUNDAY!

One thing I noticed about my work is that, my night shift recovery has deteriorate compared to a few months back. Nowadays after the night shift I will sleep from 7.30am to 10am... then 11am to 2.30pm. Then I'll sleep again at 3pm until about 6pm. And by 8pm I'll retire for the day. Not easy if you have a son that prefers to stay awake at night huh?


This is when I admire Wifey very much. I wonder how she can have the energy to bake an apple pie yesterday!

The apple pie is requested by her grandaunt. Wifey never baked apple pie before but it turned out very good. So far it's proven that Wifey has the talent in baking. Her bread pudding is the best and you guys wouldn't want to miss her lemon meringue pie.


This is the outcome of yesterday's baking. Now I agree that Wifey needs an oven to make her visit the kitchen more often. Maybe that should be among the first thing to get when we move in to Bukit Jelutong.


* As I'm writing this, Wifey is baking flapjacks. It's either she is celebrating her out of confinement with style.. or she loves me so much!
* I love you Wifey :)

At the immigration office

The employer must get the working permit done within one month after the maid arrives.

Due date for my maid is 22nd November. I brought Arianna along to collect the permit and what we see today is "maaf sistem tergendala.anda akan dilayan sebentar lagi". Sigh!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Few more days to go

From the ticker above, we can see that Wildan is 1 month, 1 week and 1 day old. According to the confinement rule, the mother should be house bound for 44 days. This time Wifey managed to negotiate for an early release to a 40 days confinement.

The way I look at it, Wifey's mom is not that fit to organize a full course confinement anymore. The age has caught up with her spirit (belasah je pakai term ni). Well we can't blame the "confinement lady" for this. She is 60+ years old, by right she should be enjoying her life now after working for so many years. To compare with the confinement Wifey had when she had Arianna, the confinement this this only achieve 50% of the Key Performance Indicator. There are some rituals that have been skipped and some restrictions that has been eased.

For example, yesterday the 4 of us went out again. This time we sent Arianna back to Kelana Jaya, had lunch at Chicken Rice Shop Kelana Jaya and went to the bank to renew Wifey's road tax.

Anyway.. all of us can't wait for Thursday. We already make plans for Friday. We are now planning how to move in back to Ara Damansara after almost 9 months leaving that house. My mother-in-law is also planning to have a oil rice (nasi minyak) feast to celebrate Wifey's Confinement Graduation.

The next big thing to look forward to is.... to move to Bukit Jelutong!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Pair of Glasses

One of the benefit that I get after joining the new company September last year is RM1000 allowance for optical or dental. It's a RM500 increment compared to the one given by the previous company. The good thing about this allowance is that you are eligible to claim within that calender year. So even though I joined in September, I still can claim the whole RM 1000. Come January 2008, I am entitled for another RM1000. The best thing about this is, when I was outsourced to a vendor company July this year, I am entitled for another RM1000. Great huh?

Now is November, I have less than 2 months to claim the RM1000. I went to the dentist earlier this year, bought Wifey new spectacles and contact lenses. Mine is less than 1 year old. But I will never waste this benefit given by the company.

The other problem with optometrist shops in Malaysia is that the choices are scarce. The designs are old and the brands are limited. So you'll see people wearing the same brand and design in the office. Why not shop for spectacles online ?

Among the top Online Optical Retailer on the net is Zenni Optical. They are offering high index spectacles with frame for the price of as low as USD8.00. You don't need RM1000 to get a spectacles here. Have a look at their catalog here: http://zennioptical.com/cart/home.php

I am sure that most of us are skeptical of purchasing prescription eyeglasses online, but rest assured that Zenni Optical is even recommended by The Clark Howard Show, a popular U.S. talk radio host of the nationally syndicated consumer advocate program. You can even read customers' testimonials here: http://clarkhoward.com/liveweb/shownotes/2007/06/27/12362/

For myself, I am eyeing for a Full Titanium frame like this.


So guys, for those of you that haven't use up your optical benefit. Do check out Zenni Optical for their latest frame arrival.

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