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If the devil could bake, this would be his proudest product. Keebler Chips Deluxe cookies are the nightmare to anyone who loves chocolates and trying to slim down at the same time. Then again, no food is sinful to me. I am still somewhat slender and most definitely quite fit.

Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies - Chocolate Lovers
can you say, yummmmm?

My first encounter with devil Keebler’s range of chocolate chips cookies was when I was at the States. One bite was all it took to get me hooked. The cookies are so rich and full of all sorts of flavor you would expect from a cookie, except triple that, and the chocolate chips are so luxurious it is beyond believe. The chocolates tastes more like chocolates than some of your cheaper chocolate bars! You gotta try this yourself.

I am only able to find the standard chocolate chips, and the chocolate lovers’, if anyone know where I can find the elusive peanut butter variety, please tell me. There’s no prize, but I will give you a cookie!

Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies - Chocolate Lovers
look it look it, 60 90 calories per cookie!

By the way, at 60 90 calories per cookies and about 25-30 cookies per pack, it’s a great tool for weight gain! I usually finish the whole thing in half a week as breakfast or snack.

This thing isn’t cheap, at around 17 bucks a packet it is certainly one of the more expensive cookies you can find at the slightly upmarket supermarkets such as Isetan, Jusco, and Cold Storage. However, if you love calories, be delighted that it is only slightly 1 sen per calorie delivered! Cheers!

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Don’t you always feel very sien (frustrated/bored/pissed, sien is a very versatile word) having to stand in the LRT with dozens of sweating bodies right next to you, for half an hour just to get to the office? I feel for you, and hence let me teach you this awesome method of always getting a seat. Devised by yours truely after using the LRT for a couple years.

Taman Bahagia LRT Station
you can see the Kelana Jaya Station from Taman Bahagia’s

Here’s the easy-to-follow, step by step instruction:

1. Instead of boarding at the first station, Kelana Jaya, take the 2nd, Taman Bahagia. As it is very difficult to get a seat even from the first station, why? you might ask..
2. From Taman Bahagia, instead of taking the train to town, go to the other side of the track and take the train that is going back up to Kelana Jaya
3. When the train reached KJ, everyone (except the smart asses like me) will go off, and you’ll get an empty seat. The train will now go to KL.

Taman Bahagia LRT Station
crucial moment, when the train is/isn’t going to change track

The three easy steps mentioned above is sure enough, simple to follow, but there’s a catch! At Kelana Jaya station, the staff will sometimes make everyone go off, and then have the empty train go to town, skipping several stations to pick up passangers whom otherwise will not get a chance to board the trains that get filled up by the 3rd or 4th station. In this case, you’ll be stuck at KJ waiting for another train, which defeats the whole purpose of getting up from Taman Bahagia.

Of course, there is a solution. If a train is left empty, the next one will not. So, at Taman Bahagia, never take the first train that gets there. Let it pass, and look at where the train stops at KJ (it is close enough for naked eyes to see). If it is on the left side of the track, it will be left tempty, you can board the next train. If it is on the right side of the track, skip the next train as chances are high that it will be the empty train next.

Taman Bahagia LRT Station
Red path – empty train, Green path – normal train

Petrol is now RM 1.92 per liter, use the public transportation wisely. You don’t have a reason not to, now that you know the secret of getting a seat. Happy train-ing

Disclaimer: his only works for Taman Bahagia LRT station going to town. For other stations and routes, you can try to not bath for 2 weeks, I’m sure you will have an empty car all by yourself.

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Rojak! shorts and monologues

I wrote an entry on Rojak! the shorts and monologues last week, and went for the opening show last night. To sum it up, it was a very good show, and very well worth the entrance fee. If you have a chance, go catch it. It’ll be a good alternative to watching, say, Ice Age 2, which sucked.

This will be a little bit of review and criticism (hopefully constructive) on last night’s performance.

warning: Those who doesn’t want any potential spoilers, you can stop reading. This entry contains alot of pictures too.

Overview:
There are 5 shorts & monologues on each side of the 15 minute intermission. Altogether the play lasted about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Below are my comments on each performance, by sequence (I don’t remember the titles and don’t have a booklet with me)

Rojak! shorts and monologues
A story about the brutality of sales girls. This play is funny, showing not only the hardcore tactics of each girl trying to get the customer by their product, but also the general brutality of female that you don’t want to mess with. The cast gave a pretty good performance, a good opening act.

Rojak! shorts and monologues
Two friends spending some time at a mamak stall, talking about everything from current issues, politics, and personal relationship, a reflection of everyday life of a Malaysian. Some pretty daring display of “free speech” was involved, touching on some sensitive issues some of us might want to avoid being on record.

While pretty good in it’s own right, I feel that the ending was a little confusing. If it was meant to be a parody of an unfortunate event that happened at a mamak stall in PJ, I would think the victims and anyone who has anything to do with them will find this in poor taste.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

A happy family, with everything perfect, everyone “chose to be happy”. This is a very comical act, with colorful language and a funny script. Great performance by the ‘son’.

However, the story ended rather abruptly, missing a great opportunity to give it a twist, perhaps revealing that everything of the family is superficial on the surface, while each of them holding multitute of lies and secrecy to support their cheerful display. Then again, it’ll be very long and can probably be a whole 1 hour show by itself.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

A monologue, of a party with no guest turning up. A funny script and a pretty good performance by Emily. Very entertaining.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

Frankly speaking, I don’t get this story. I don’t know what it is about, what are the screamings signify? What about the crazy mother? Who is the teacher, etc, etc. Altogether very confusing. Pretty much a theatrical experiment went wrong.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

This story is slightly less confusing. I gather that it is trying to tell us to doubt the authority, to question the unquestionable, and to seek your own path and not merely following the status quo. Decent performance by the cast.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

This is the monologue that has won the audience, and in my opinion, the best performance of the night. “Who wants to be a Malaysian” reminds me of the Daily Show by Jon Stewart, funny, and hits the various ugly spots that define us as a Malaysian on the dot. The actor gave a superb performance.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

A story at a funeral, the gossips that went on, reflecting what must a mistress go through. A mixture of serious and funny display. The “Indian gossip lady” was pretty good.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

The most serious of all the shorts. A showcase of the oppressed females. The contrast of one who accepts the reality and paint a make-believe picture to herself, and the other who vow to seek equality and stand up for herself. A very good story, and excellent performance by the casts, especially the silent E at the background.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

This is a .. monologue by 7? I don’t know how you call this format. It was entertaining and delivered the anti-smoking message via reverse psychology. A good way to end the play, however, there was a guy smoking outside the building right after the play ended. Perhaps he didn’t get the message. hehe.

No conclusion here (I wrote it in the beginning,) go watch and have fun. By the way, their website – The Oral Stage

It was a string of unplanned events that led us all the way from PJ to Balakong for dinner. Afterall, it’s not normal to have dinner at some 20-30 km away from home on a weekday. We were initially to eat at ss2, it started to drizzle. We then decided to go to Atria, but changed our destination to PJ old town. However, the exploration urge somehow made us turn towards the Old Klang road exit from Federal Highway and put us on NPE. RM3.20 later, we decided to have Yong Tau Foo in Kuchai Lama instead. That place was not open for business. Since Balakong isn’t that far from Kuchai Lama, we ended up there instead, after another RM 1.30 toll charge…

Paper Wrapped Chicken at Balakong
not much of a looker, but the taste.. *slurps*

We were pretty hungry by the time we sat down at the table, an hour after departing from PJ. We ordered the signature dish that is the paper wrapped chicken (纸包鸡), ying yang pork ribs, pan tofu, and fried baby kailan.

Paper Wrapped Chicken at Balakong
Other dishes we ordered to go with the rice

The chicken arrived first, and we went into a feast. The paper was not the easiest thing to unwrap, but once you get past that little hurdle, a rush of strong and appetizing aroma materialised. The gravey was excellent, with a hint of herbs in the dark sauce. The chicken itself was nicely cooked and soaked with flavor. A single bite was enough to explain the fame this dish gathered.

Paper Wrapped Chicken at Balakong
Happy diners

The other dishes that we ordered was pretty good too. The tofu and pork ribs were rich in flavor, and the fried baby kailan was a no frill dish like how it should be. The bill came to about RM 15-16 per person. Give the place a try if you are around the Mines area next time. I wager that you will not be dissapointed.

Map to Paper Wrapped Chicken at Balakong
Great map, Balakong made easy, no?

For those who can’t read the excellent map:

Restoran Leong Ya Indah No 26-28,
Jalan Dagang SB 4/1,
Taman Sg Besi Indah SK 4,
Balakong Sri Kembangan Selangor

GPS: 3.025177, 101.717224
Tel: 0389415942

I’m sure some of you, like me, read non-work related books while commuting to and from work. Now reading is a good habit and all, but sometimes it gets in the way of looking professional carrying your favorite story book with you walking in and out of the office (especially you tend to read on morally questionable topics.) Worry not, there is a solution in few simple steps.

fakeplan book cover
just 4 simple-to-follow steps

1. locate a hardcover personal planner that looks professional
2. take out the original content
3. slide in your favorite non-work related book
4. pwn!

fakeplan book cover
perfect disguise!

So you see, now you can carry your favorite book everywhere and still perfectly blend in to the office environment.

Extra bonus – when you “snake” home earlier, you look like you’re going to a meeting.
Extra extra bonus – when the meeting is boring, you can read your story book while appear to look extra productive!

Have a nice week!

p/s: does not work if your colleagues read this blog.

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