Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sambung cerita semalam


Ini pulak gambar "ladang" pokok kaduk kat belakang rumah aku. Kalau korang boleh cam, ada pokok daun kari, ada pokok aloe vera (lidah buaya) dan jugak pokok cili.

So .. apa kelas main barn buddies la farmville la kat facebook. Tanam betul2 la weyy!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Basil Farm

When we first moved to Bukit Jelutong we bought a few plants to furnish our garden and because I feel it is a waste to grow plants that serve no purpose like flowers, orchids and such, most of the plants are edible in our garden. Initially we had serai, pandan, kari, mint, basil, rosemary and kemangi. I even blogged a bit on how to plant in a pot and some posts are on Earth Hour. See here. There was one time where all the plants were attacked by some kind of insect.

Now the garden has evolved with lots of pandan, kaduk, kemangi, ulam raja, kari, kesum, pisang and basil. We still have a small plant of rosemary and pokok cili. We have yet to harvest any chili yet as the first 2 chillies were infected by some insect.

Speaking of basil, I think we have now not less than 7 plants of basil in our garden. If you ever go to groceries stores like Cold Storage, they would sell fresh basil at RM5 or RM8 per bunch of basil leaves. The bunch is from one stalk I think. For those wants to cook Jamie Oliver's or Nigella Lawson's recipes, then high chance that you will need to get those basil leaves. If I'm not mistaken we bought that basil plant for RM8. Now it has multiplied and we even gave one plant to our neighbor. Haha.

Last Saturday I decided to harvest the basil. Banyak sangat pon tak tahu nak buat apa. Not everyday that we eat Italian or Western food. I get about one basket of basil leaves.

And decided to put them in a ZipLock bag and freeze them. Nigella Lawson selalu pakai baju tidur die bukak freezer amik frozen basil untuk masak. Pasni boleh la aku tengok wifey buat pulak. hehe

Siapa mau beli? Aku jual murah je... sehelai daun sepuluh sen.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Selepas 40 hari

Semalam parents aku balik from Haji. Flight patut sampai kul 5:30pm. So aku pon pakat la dengan adik2 aku sekali dengan wifey & kids nak pegi jemput derang. Gerak from KJ kul 4:45pm naik 2 keter, BMW dengan Merc sebab expect derang bawak balik banyak barang, biasala kan baik from Mekah mesti beg beranak punya dekat sana.

Adik aku bawak BMW dan somehow lepas tol Subang tu die kat depan dan dia terus la memandu cam biasa, masing2 tahu jalan nak pegi KLIA. Jalan jam jugak, ramai nak balik awal nak tengok Malaysia lawan Vietnam final Sukan Sea kot. Tak lama lepas tol Subang tu adik aku call, cakap tayar pancit. Bila aku sampai kat tempat kejadian, nampak adik laki2 aku dah start keluarkan tayar spare dari boot belakang.

Maka bermula lah seisi membuka tayar depan yang pancit tu. Mak aih punya la ketat nut ni! Daripada 5 nut, 2 tak dapat bukak. Masa tu dah pukul 5:30pm. Demi nak berjumpa dengan ibubapa tercinta, aku pon cuba jugak la nak pulas nut tu keluar. Berkat latihan tekan tubi 100 kali sehari (13 tahun lepas) terbukak jugak la nut yang ke-empat. Tangan aku dah mula melecet... nut yang ke-5 dan penghabisan masih takleh bukak. Punya la kuat aku pulas, sampai haus gigi nut tu. Spanar size 17 tu dah takde grip. Masa tu dah pukul 6pm. Aku dah tade pilihan lain, kena la call workshop. Sementara tu aku suruh adik pompuan aku, wifey dan budak2 proceed pegi KLIA naik Merc.

Aku call workshop yang selalu servis keter BMW bapak aku tu. Dia cakap dia pon tak boleh buat apa kalau nut tu dah haus. Kena tow la balik workshop. Dia arrange tow truck, kena bayar RM180. Aku pon cakap OK la, nak buat macam mana. Kalau aku kuat macam Edward the Vampire tu lain la cerita, boleh aku pulas nut tu pakai tangan je. Tak pon aku angkat je kereta tu bawak balik rumah, lepas tu terbang pegi KLIA jemput parents aku.

Tow truck pulak daripada Seri Kembangan, nak datang Elite highway dekat area Shah Alam punya exit tu. Dalam pukul 7pm baru dia sampai. Lepas tu nak kena harung jam lagi dari situ nak keluar exit Subang. Sampai workshop tu pukul 8pm. 1st thing aku buat ialah maki wokshop tu dulu, sebab dia yang selalu servis kereta tu. Aku cakap, "Kalau u ikat itu nut pakai machine, bantai banyak kuat, lepas tu saya mau bukak pakai tangan... mati laaaa". Aku bengang bukan sebab apa. Dulu dah jadi sekali, dekat Ipoh. Sama jugak kes, nut tu workshop biasa la pakai machine nak pasang. Bila kita tersadai tepi jalan, mampos nak bukak. Kat Ipoh tu siap PLUS Ronda datang tolong pakai segala2 alat yang depa ada. Tukul la apa la....

Sebab dah lewat, aku tinggal je la keter tu kat workshop. Aku pon belum semayang maghrib, nak baca doa awal tahun lagi. Sampai je rumah KJ, parents aku dah start bukak2 beg dah bawak keluar souvenir yang derang beli kat sana....

Selamat Tahun Baru Hijrah .... hadiah akhir tahun aku la tu tersadai tepi jalan :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bandar Pinggiran Cyber Update

Muahahah... 40 hari aku tak update blog. Power! Tapi takpe la... at least better than projek perumahan ni. Aku sign SnP tahun 2003. Ni dia progress update bulan 12 tahun 2009. 80% pon tak sampai lagi!!!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Out Of Office Notification

We will be away for the next 4 days. See you all on Monday :)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Best Breakfast Guide

This morning I woke up fairly early and decided to put on my sports shoes and went for a morning walk. After walking about 2.2 kilometers, I thought with the amount of calories burnt I deserve a good breakfast.

I open up the fridge and saw this.


Some leftovers from the doa selamat function we had last Sunday at my uncle's place. What was the menu?

Nasi Arab Kambing! This is catered from the famous Arab restaurant in Ampang. I don't know the name of restaurant but the food is good! I bet this is the best way to cover back the 55 thousand calories burnt from the morning walk just now.

Oh come on. If you think the meal is unhealthy, I top up the lamb with some low fat yogurt. How's that to prevent from insulin spike?

So there you go, the best post workout meal from rumetqz.blogspot.com. Arabic Rice with Lamb (with a dallop of lo fat yogurt) and Cocoa Drink with Fenugreek. Feel free to have it a try. I'm sure your six-pack will appear soon :)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Kiz Sports and Gym One Utama

Last weekend Wifey had to bring her sister to meet someone in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. While waiting for them to settle I brought the kids to Kiz Sports and Gym One Utama. Admission fee is RM9.99 for 2 year and below. Above 2 year old will be charged RM25. I think there's no time limit for the kids to be there and the parents' (or guardian) admission are free.

I brought my 350D along as I thought the IXUS would have captured blur shots with the kids actively playing. My mistake was not to bring the 420EX with me. But what can I expect, I have to handle 2 kids with the maid's help. I doubt I can manage another full fledged camera on top of that. So most of the pictures captured turn out blur as well....










Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wildan

Budak ni bangun kul 4 pagi tadi sebab pampers dia bocor! Lepas tu die tanak tido balik dah. Oleh sebab itu, Ayah dia bangun lambat pagi ni.....

Withdraw Paypal to Malaysian Bank Accounts

Good news for Malaysian Paypal users. We may now withdraw our Paypal funds to bank accounts in Malaysia. Previously we may only do that to our "selected" debit cards, with some amount of charges. With this new features, if we withdraw more than RM400 the transaction fee will be zero. Less than that Paypal will charge us RM3, which is still cheaper compared to withdrawing via Debit Card - now fixed to RM20 per withdrawal regardless of any amount. There's a but to that. Even though the transaction fee is zero, Paypal may charge currency exchange conversion fee of 2.5% from USD to MYR. Hey... nothing is free lah!



You may want to know the SWIFT Code for the banks.

AFFIN BANK BERHAD – PHBMMYKL
ALLIANCE BANK MALAYSIA BERHAD – MFBBMYKL
AMBANK BERHAD - ARBKMYKL
BANK ISLAM MALAYSIA BERHAD - BIMBMYKL
BANK KERJASAMA RAKYAT BERHAD - BKRMMYK1
BANK MUAMALAT BERHAD - BMMBMYKL
BANK OF AMERICA - BOFAMY2X
BANK SIMPANAN NASIONAL - BSNAMYK1
CIMB BANK BERHAD - BSNAMYK1
CITIBANK BERHAD - CITIMYKL
DEUSTCHE BANK - DEUTMYKL
EON BANK BERHAD - EOBBMYKL
HONG LEONG BANK BERHAD - HLBBMYKL
HSBC BANK MALAYSIA BERHAD - HBMBMYKL
MALAYAN BANKING BERHAD - MBBEMYKL
OCBC BANK (M) BERHAD - OCBCMYKL
PUBLIC BANK BERHAD - PBBEMYKL
RHB BANK BERHAD - RHBBMYKL
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK MSIA BHD - SCBLMYKX
THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND BERHAD (RBS) - ABNAMYKL
UNITED OVERSEAS BANK - UOVBMYKL

I take this as good news. The bad news is I don't have that much fund in Paypal to withdraw.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Budget 2010: RM50 per credit card

If I heard it right, the Prime Minister did mention about implying "service charge" of RM50 for each credit card owned starting from 1st January 2010. This is additional to the annual fee charged by the bank (if any).

What is the impact to me? As mentioned in this post, I have a few credit cards in my wallet. Some of them are not used unless I get discounts for using it with certain retailers. No point keeping them if I have to pay RM50 per card and only a few ringgit out of it.

I'll keep a watch on this issue in the next few weeks. I'm sure the banks will come up with a way to "waive" this...

ce and se

I must admit that my English is very bad. I am sure for those who read this blog for quite sometime will totally agree with this. My stand is simple. As long as I can convey my message to the recipients and they understand, then it's good enough.

In my line of job, I always send out e-mails with lines like these:

"please kindly advice the status of the link/router"
"appreciate your advise on how to further investigate this issue"
"it is not our practice to provide router password to the customer"


The thing is I am not sure which is the right word to use. I kept on asking Wifey on how to use it and she will tell me ce = noun, se = verb. Then I will go, "so???". I don't even know what is a noun and what is a verb. I have the idea that the they have to do with "kata kerja" and "kata nama"(or is it "kata sifat"?), but still I don't know which is which.

I encountered this situation few times and today I decided to blog about it. And I quote from another website.

'Advice' is a noun: you can give someone a 'piece of advice'. For example, let me give you some advice about travelling in China.

'Advise' is a verb: He advised me to always keep my passport on me when I was in China. His advice was very useful.

Another example: She was asked to advise (verb) the government on immigration. Her advice (noun) was used to prepare the new programs.


Next time I need to write this kind of e-mail, I just have to lookup for this entry and still ask Wifey on how to use it!
Enjoy your weekend people!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Maintaining Professionalism

18th of November 2009 will be the last day I can claim that I am a Certified Cisco Network Professional. It has been 3 years already huh! I scanned my blog and I found the entry of me passing my CCNA, but not my CCNP.

So how can I renew the cert without taking the whole course again? It is set by Cisco that I need to pass any one Professional paper (the one starts with 642-xxx) before the due date in order to maintain the cert.

The question now is, do I want to maintain having this cert? Do I want to have this cert in my resume and face the interviewer asking me how does BGP works, what is Spanning Tree portfast, VTP domain and all the technical details again?? Hmm... frankly speaking, no. But considering the people I have to feed at home... and if it takes for me to be able to know that /27 in IP subnetting means 255.255.255.224 with 30 available IPs, exclusive of 1 network IP and 1 broadcast IP for me to be hired for a decent job... then I really have to take this exam.

So.. siapa ada latest Pass4Sure or siapa nak share beli?? Haha...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The government is giving you RM300 to go and break some sweat


Something that I just discovered earlier this year is that we are entitled for tax relief for our expenses for Sports and Exercise Equipment. The amount of rebate is up to RM300 per year. The exceptions would be, you cannot claim rebate for expenses on sports attire and sports shoes. But "tangible" sports item like shuttlecock and golf balls are allowed.

Potongan cukai sebanyak RM300 diberi atas pembelian peralatan sukan yang dilakukan oleh individu untuk aktiviti sukan mengikut jenis sukan yang disenaraikan dalam Akta Pembangunan Sukan 1997. Peralatan sukan termasuk alat-alat yang mempunyai jangka hayat yang singkat seperti bola golf dan bulu tangkis tetapi tidak termasuk pakaian sukan, contoh: pakaian renang dan kasut sukan. Perenggan 46(1)(l)
So what is considered as "sports" by the government? You may refer to the Akta Pembangunan Sukan 1997 here. For those who are so lazy to click the link or the office's internet connection blocks the access, the list is as below:

1. Memanah (Archery)
2. Olahraga (Athletics)
3. Sukan Air (Water Sports)
4. Sukan Bermotor (Motor Sports)
5. Badminton
6. Bola Keranjang (Basketball)
7. Biliard dan Snuker (Billiard and Snooker)
8. Bina Badan (Body building)
9. Boling (Bowling)
10. Tinju (Boxing)
11. Kriket (Cricket)
12. Lumba Basikal (Cycling)
13. Sukan Ekuestrian (Equestrian)
14. Lawan Pedang (Fencing)
15. Bola Sepak (Football / Soccer)
16. Golf
17. Gimnastik (Gymnastics)
18. Bola Baling (Handball)
19. Hoki (Hockey)
20. Judo
21. Karate Do
22. Boling Padang (Lawn bowl)
23. Bola Jaring (Netball)
24. Ragbi (Rugby)
25. Sepak Takraw
26. Menembak (Shooting)
27. Silat Olahraga
28. Tenis Ringan (Light Tennis ??)
29. Sofbol (Softball)
30. Skuasy
31. Pingpong
32. Tae kwan do
33. Tenis (Tennis)
34. Bola Tampar (Volleyball)
35. Luncur Air (Surfing)
36. Angkat Berat (Weight Lifting)
37. Gusti (Wresting)
38. Wushu
39. Kapal Layar (Sail boat)

I am planning to purchase a bicycle as that seems to be the "in" thing nowadays around my area. Wifey is saying this might be a "hot hot chicken shit" kind of purchase. Come to think of it, since when my purchases are not! But now since I found the list of approved sports, I am interested in item no. 7. For the usual "American Pool" guys, bila lagi weh??? Main snooker dah bertahun-tahun.. government nak sponsor ni! Now I wonder, can we claim rebate for the table rental bills?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya 6

Yesterday Wifey and I completed our 6th day of fasting during the month of Syawal. It's the first year we manage to complete it since we got married. I felt like doing it because I realized some old folks in the family are now unable to perform their fasting anymore due to their health condition. If we don't do it now, we might not know if we are able to do it next year around.

In a way this is our reason for not attending to your open houses, kenduri aqiqah, Deepavali celebrations and et cetera. Another good reason would be my parents organized a majlis tahlil arwah at their place yesterday plus a doa selamat for them if they are selected to go for Haj this year. They are now in the waiting list for some additional quota the Saudis are giving throughout the world.

Today is the last of Syawal. Hence there won't be any open houses anymore this coming weekend. I'm sure some of us have finished their stock of raya cookies. For those who just can't have enough of the Mocha Royale and Almond Delight, you may still inquire Wifey about this. Haha... promote untuk raya haji pulak!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Extra Cash with Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN)

Last week Wifey and I went to LHDN Kg. Attap to inquire about the letters that we received. Wifey got a J form requesting for a settlement of RM1.5K and I got a JA form asking for me to pay RM37. Now you know how much more Wifey is earning compared to me huh. These are all for our tax declaration for the year 2007.

During the visit, they opened up all the declaration files we did via E-Filing. In Wifey's case, they overlooked the Potongan Cukai Berkala (PCB) hence by providing them the proof, they are okay. From owing them RM1.5K, LHDN now owes Wifey twice the amount because LHDN never returned the access tax payment to her since year 2004. But a usual, nobody is going to give out cash without a fight. They detected that Wifey did not declare her tax in year 2004. Without that they have to hold back to the cash. Blerrgghhh! As simple as filing in a form, nothing much to declare in year 2004. We did not earn that much that time, no kids to support... simple lah. Hopefully in one month time everything will be settled for Wifey's case.

My RM37 case is such a waste of time. It is stated in the JA form that Jumlah Perlu Dibayar = RM37. Once the officer has opened the file, she told me that in year 2007 my access tax payment is RM 1K+ but they returned a portion of it in case there's some year 2007 income that I would receive in year 2008, such as bonus and et cetera. It's good that they have that sort of contingency plan but why la send out a letter asking me to pay? Just state in the letter that it will be deducted from my "interest free" "savings" with them la!

But it's a good thing that I went there. I did query about my access payment for year 2008. Come on la.... its already October and I haven't received my "rebate". I know RM1K+ is not much for some, but it is damn a lot for me! Unless I'm getting some sort of a dividend for it... please return the money back to me. I have thousands of ways to "invest" it elsewhere. The officer just clicked one button on her screen and informed me that it will be processed and hopefully disbursed within one month. I do have a feeling that they were taught to say that....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Wldan

It took me a while to update this. 5 days late to be exact. Last Saturday was Wildan's first birthday. Last year this time we were at the hospital accepting him to the world and I still remember about 5 days after that Wildan was admitted to the hospital for severe case of jaundice. He was under double photo treatment and the drip.

Alhamdulillah, he has grown well now. We are about to know his current weight next week as we are going to bring him to the hospital for his 1 year old jab. Last Saturday we had a small celebration at home with Opah, Tok and Mak Ngah. Too bad Pak Su is not around this time. Hopefully these pictures will entertain him this time.

First let's show off the presents. Opah and Tok bought him a tricycle. For the sake of not making Arianna jealous or sad, they bought a rubber horse as well so that both of them can share and play together. The bike is a bit too big for Wildan age at the moment. So the 3 year old Kakak can enjoy that for the time being.




Next, the birthday cake. Wildan is lucky to have a 2nd aunty that is born the same date as he is. The best part is Untie Lin is a baker! So this time, Ayah and Ibu do not need to spend on birthday cake. Wildan's cake is sponsored by Untie Lin. A fondant fruit cake with the shape of a racing car, with cupcakes on the side. Wifey likes both cakes especially the fruit cake. It is not easy to get Wifey to like fruit cake before. I would like to say thank you to Kak Lin for this, and happy birthday to you :). For those who are interested with her cakes, have a look at her website.



Arianna was a sporting sister that day. As usual she loves birthday party. But to her the one we had can't be considered as a Birthday Party because the walls are not decorated. Unlike the one we did for her birthday. Spoilt brat!


On Sunday we had another birthday celebration for Wildan. This time is with friends. We invited the usual crowd, thanks to Farul, Ayil, Ceng and Mueya... and families for being able to celebrate our son's birthday that day. Wifey and I had an idea to embark on new experience whenever it comes to any celebration. For Wifey's birthday we went dating in Melaka without the kids, for my birthday we are supposed to go and see the fireflies but I thought Wildan is still too small to be outside during Maghrib time plus its going to be a boat ride in the river. We had to postpone that. For Wildan, we decided to have a picnic at Bukit Jelutong. The field is a place for the community to fly kite, RC planes and helicopter and last Sunday I did notice people playing Remote Controlled cars.

It was not raining that evening, but it was on the sunny side. Luckily it was windy and we were able to fly the kite, except for our pilot friend who had a tough time flying the kite with his son.



Group photo was taken when it was nearly sunset. So the lighting is a bit low. Arianna and Aidan were the difficult one to handle. Hence their pictures are everywhere during this pose. This is the best I have that have everybody in the frame.



We had a good time celebrating Wildan's birthday :) Thanks to Wifey for preparing the food. She cooked Baked Macaroni, Samosa and Fruit Cocktail pudding. We friend some nuggets for the kids. Something that we learn when preparing food for a picnic is that to prepare something simple. Preferably food that do not require plates and bowls to consume. Well this a new experience for us. So what's next?

Friday, October 02, 2009

It's Friday

Last Friday I turned 29 years old. Wifey and Arianna baked Banana Cake. Thanks dear :)

That night my parents took us to the Shogun Restaurant One Utama. There's a lot of food and I just couldn't take them all. It's the age...






Sorry that there're not many pictures in this post. Wifey was comot at home. Shogun dun allow us to take photos... Enjoy your weekend guys.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

10 10 1430H

Wildan was born on the 10th of October 2008, which coincidentally is 10 Syawal 1429H. Syawal is the 10th month in the Hijrah Calender. The beauty of him born in Selangor makes his IC number 081010-10-xxxx.

I'm supposed to update this post 2 days ago to commemorate Wildan turning 1 year old according to the moon calendar, but I was a bit busy and somehow today I can't upload photos to Blogger; forcing me to upload it via Flickr.

Anyway according to Pope Gregory XIII, Wildan will only turn 1 year old in another 9 days. Any plans to celebrate?



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

On Third Day Of Raya...

We went for breakfast at Jalan Transfer (Transfer Road). We aimed for noting other than the Roti Banjir Jalan Transfer. Better review on this outlet can be found here.



Didik lah anak anda dari kecil untuk minum teh tarik kurang manis.

Half boiled egg on toast. Arianna's new found favourite.

After breakfast we headed to Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera as we would refer it. If you all read the papers or watched the news that day, the train was not functioning for the 2nd time in 2 days time. The visitors were furious and demanded for refund. Imagine those people who are stuck on top of the hill. Luckily we knew about the faulty train while searching for the parking place for the car.

So we headed to te Botanic Garden instead. This used to be the dating spot for me and Wifey. We went there when Wifey was pregnant with Arianna. Now as the kids have grown up, we decided to share the joy of this place with them. :)



We took a dip in the river at the Botanic Garden and we had to head back to the hotel after that as we did not bring any spare set of clothes. After a short nap, we went to Jalan Padang Kota Lama for Pasembur. Our friend Azzad suggested a good place, but since we are there late... obviously the good ones are all finished.

We had some pasembur "cukup syarat" and spent the rest of the evening "lepaking" at Jalan Padang Kota Lama.



So how's that for our 3rd day of Raya?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hari Raya Official Family Photos

Gempak aa Uncle Kim boleh fit ngam2 in between the photo frames on the wall.

Arianna sedih sebab dia sorang tak pakai tudung. Wildan punya la simpati... hahaha

Arianna and her unique smile!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What is the function of the shaver plug in hotels' bathrooms???

Have you ever thought of it before?

Wifey and the kids are sleeping now. Tired from short unplanned dip in the river at the Botanical Garden,Penang I guess. We plan to go to Jalan Padang Kota Lama to get some 'pasemboq' but it is raining now. There's nothing good on national tv other than the raya shows. The City Bayview Hotel, Penang rooms are only subscribing Astro news and sports channel...blerghh.

So he I am blogging from my HTC TYTN II using the unlimited 3G data plan from Celcom, staff package by the way. The topic is quite simple, but have you ever thought how does the shaver look like? The only motorized shaver I know is the battery operated type. Unless they are referring to the shaver / clipper that the barber is using. Why would a traveling guy bring that gadget around? There must be a type of shaver that utilizes this plug and essential enough that people could not live without it for a few days. Where can I get it?

Don't tell me these are the old type of shaver because I do see these plugs installed in the new hotels as well.

Bila la depa nak bangkit ni? Tokua rendang Chow Rhasta market duk tunggu nuu...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hari Raya Eve


Wifey is going all out for this raya. She is baking carrot cake, biskut makmur and cooking kuah kacang! Arianna plak pakai inai!!!

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