Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Tale of 2 Greedy Pigs

There were 2 of us, both motivated by greed.
Me, the diner, with my plastic takeaway box, intent to fill it with as much food as possible.
Her,the restaurant owner ( I presume), who's main motivation is money.

We were separated by 2 rows of food.
The restaurant was hers.
I had exchanged a sum of money for the right to fill the small plastic container with food.
Apparently it gave her no pleasure..

She stood there staring at me filling my box with the most stinky unhappy face I have ever seen.
Like I  had wronged her in the worst possible way.
Maybe I did, with each scoop, I reduced her profit margin.
But I only wanted to fulfill my desire for food, was I wrong?
I am a pig after all.

I left the restaurant feeling a bit uncomfortable
Judging from the boss face, she was not exactly happy either.

Lesson: Don't be consumed by greed! It will make you unhappy

Orang yang tamak selalu rugi!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Listen, Listen, Listen

Collaborate and listen...
Something happened at a university forum in Malaysia recently and it wasn't a Vanilla Ice concert.
UUM (University Utara Malaysia) held a forum called "Seiringkah Mahasiswa dan Politik"
translated as are "Are Undergraduates in line with Politics".
Simply, it looks like a brain washing session to me, with the election round the corner, this is no surprise.
At the beginning of the video , you see the students taking an oath saying they won't participate in street demonstrations and wont be a "destroyer of the country".

What what follows was a bit more ugly.
An obviously bright student stood up and pointed out that that the Bersih demonstration was legal.
Bersih was a demonstration to rally for clean and fair elections in Malaysia.
After this she went on to ask, why can't Malaysia afford free education for their future generations backing up her point with facts and figures. Then the insanity starts..

Suddenly she was interrupted by the MC who just started talking while the student was mid-sentence.
Unlike Kayne West she didn't even let her finish!

Then came a very rage-inducing condescending rant from the MC
A long string of " listen listen listen listen listen .." to silence the student,
followed by " Let me speak, let me speak " repeated ad nauseam.
I had to turn the video off because it was making me sick

Okay.. for this blog I forced myself to finish watching the video
(I have to admit I skipped a few parts of the video to avoid brain damage)
I hope you readers are grateful that I polluted my brain for your benefit.
I suppressed my gag reflex and listened to the vile faeculent bilious vomit coming from this woman's mouth.
Somebody give her some ondansetron  and fleet enema stat. Cause the "$%!# has gone the wrong way.
Wait, give me the ondansetron instead!

She went on to insult the student for comparing Malaysia to other countries
 " What are you doing in Malaysia?" " you can go everywhere"
Tragically this sentence is all too familiar to us, Malaysians.
This is a common phrase used by racists and sections of the current ruling government.
"Don't like Malaysia, just leave"
"Tak suka, balik Cina, balik India "  ( Dun like it go back to China, or India )

Then she went total nutjob and started talking about animals.
Unfortunately she doesn't know the english word for shark but used "Jaws" instead. Truly an embarrasment to her education. Among other things, she insulted the student's education, her age and also mocked her for being in the university.

The reaction to this video however has given me hope.

95% of commentors felt that the MC was frankly a &*%&*
Personally I'm thinking of a word rhyming with "itch"
The video on youtube was viewed 20000 yesterday.
Today it has hit over 200k views.
This is a good indication that the majority of Malaysian net-users at least still know what is right or wrong.

Many UUM students piped up to say this does not represent their university  as this was an outside speaker, not a university lecturer. I hope so, but the average level of intelligence I observed was frankly not very high and the organiser was basically condescending the whole hall.
The MC even shut up a speaker on the panel with
" Who wants a Galaxy Note!"
( another not uncommon tactic, given away gifts to keep the sheep in line)
In my opinion, when that student left the hall, the average IQ of the hall dropped.

I really wonder, do they even know what a forum is for?
This is not a kindergarten class where little kiddies have to listen to everything the teacher says .
This is supposed to be a forum in a tertiary centre of education where young minds are challenged and grow.
I didn't see any encouragement of independent thought or challenge of new ideas.
Just an stifling of anyone with a different opinion
Really shameful.. really not unlike the dictatorial style of Msia's people in power.

The video below perhaps gives the best suitable response to this saga.

Notice I didn't mention the MC's name. She disgusts me so much I just don't want her name on my blog.
The name of the student , however is Bawani.
And she, has my RESPECT

More food for thought.. this is an Iranian video my friend shared on Facebook today

Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever?

I've recently come across this little gem.
Apparently the hardest puzzle ever!
I extracted it from New Scientist,though this puzzle originated from the logician Raymond Smullyan.
So do you think you've got what it takes?
Please do let me know if you get the answer
I will treat you to "kampua" ( cost of transport not included)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Triple Roast Rice - Sunny Chinese Takeaways - Hamilton

As you might know from my previous blog I am a big fan of chinese roasts. Roast duck, roast pork, bbq pork, crispy skin chicken..
I like em all, hence my favourite order item the "Triple Roast Rice".
I have since moved away from Christchurch so it is not so easy to "Rock the Dragon" anymore.
Last week I went to Sunny Chinese Takeaways on the recommendation of a friend for authentic roast duck.
Of course I couldn't resist ordering the triple roast and not just the duck..

Funny that the restaurant is called Sunny but is located on Grey Street ( in Hamilton). The owners are mainland chinese and speak cantonese. Didn't get a smiling service but hey, I'm not here for that,  lets get to the eating. There were 3 small tables ( I don't know if anyone dines in or if it's just takeaways) and my order came through soon.
I took it home, but not before stopping at the chinese store across the street to get my favourite Lau Gan Ma chilly sauce.

First of all the the serving size is decent. Feels a bit less than the one from Dragon's but that might be an optic illusion. The triple roast came with cabbage and brocolli as a vege side ( this  is a sign of westernization). However, the roast it self is not westernised. It's rather authentic.
The BBQ pork is succulent and tasty. It has a stronger smoky and honey taste compared with the one from Dragon. Very authentic. Reminds me of what I used to have when younger. Nowadays, there are a lot of so-called BBQ pork that just look "red" but don't taste like BBQ pork at all. But not this one.... this is the real deal.

The roast pork is more tender and the crackling is very well done and crispy. It is not not hard is light and crunchy. Thumbs up.  The duck let me down a bit as it was mostly skin and bones. I suppose this is the luck of the draw, like when you get a tiny wing from KFC in ur 3 piece quarter pack. The taste is good however, and more honey flavoured compared with dragon's.

Overall, I rate this triple roast place highly and I will sure return for more.
It costs $12 which is very reasonable in NZ.

How does it compare with Dragon's triple roast? Dragon's roast has a more "brutal " feel, the pieces are larger and chunky and it comes with Bok Choy ( more chinesey). The marinade has a more heavy five spice and star anise taste. Sunny's roast  is more sweet and tender. I like em both and basically I just take what I can get.

I'll be back..

Oh, they have a website..