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This Xmas Eve Party is the third we’ve had after I moved to SS3, and as usual, we had a pretty good night. I had the honor of having some 30 guests to have fun with. For those who came, I hope you enjoyed, and for those who missed out due to travel, sickness or whatever, there’s always the next year.

The party people:

    from da house: KY, Kerol, Huey Fang, Audrey
    the bloggers: Val, ST, Suanie, Terence, Galvin, Kim, Kelvin, Nick, Erna
    the non bloggers: Damien, Margie, Dree, Lorna, Duncan, Kwan Wai, Chan, Sai Meng, Fox
    the new comers: Adrian, Alan, Yoga, Sueter, Ashraf Lee, Simon, Lula, Suanie’s 2 neighbours

KY xmas party 2006
disco lights and drinks, the party people with horrid dresses

The Party started at around 9 something, we’ve got the drinks and booze prepared with some junk food. Duncan and Audrey brought some pretty good fried rice and Hokkien mee from Melaka (stuff with lots of pork lard) too. It was chit chats and drinking, and a little bit of dancing going on (only a little bit cos FA the dancing queen was away travelling).

KY xmas party 2006
the hot chicks, and the camwhore

By around 10:30 Kerol’s cake was brought out and the birthday girl got a big glass of drinks to gulp down, prepared by Terence. It was one of the better drinks prepared by the dude, the other inventions of this guy were purely horrible mixes of alcohol from different parts of the world.

KY xmas party 2006
it was Kerol’s birthday too!

We started the gift exchange just before midnight. There were a little over two dozen gifts on the floor, each supposedly to be worth around RM 10. Kim got lucky and drew the last number.

KY xmas party 2006
the gift exchange starts

Margie got the first and picked the gift from Lorna. That turned out to be a “hamper” of sort, filled with instant noodle, canned Lai Chee, and some 3-in-1 instant drinks. It’s only fitting that Margie is heading to Australia for study, they don’t sell Soup Tulang Maggie Mee over there I bet. Some other memorable gifts were the goggle and gas mask that Lula picked, a pack of sweets Val selected, and the 5 professional studio photo time that Galvin got from Ashraf.

KY xmas party 2006
the mask, for the haze?

Again, Fox gave an over value gift (an original PC game last year), this time an ergonomic keyboard that the lucky Kelvin picked. Everyone thought that Kim was going to snatch it with her last number, but the noob picked the last gift instead and gotten herself a box of Panadol. I guess it’s good to cure her headache from pondering why she didn’t go for the keyboard instead.

KY xmas party 2006
everyone got something cool, and then there’s Kim with the Panadols

Unlike Fox the hero last year, nobody puked this year. Perhaps we grew slightly more matured and responsible for our own body? Nay, I think it was because Cass the hustler was down sick and didn’t come to force everyone to drink. We had an awesome time nonetheless, how was your party?

note: Due to the World Wide Wait phenomena following the tragic earth quake at Southern Taiwan, this post is delayed for several days.

Toyota LogoContinuing the declining trend of the big three American automakers, Ford is the latest victim overtaken by the unstoppable Japanese machine that is Toyota.

The sales of Toyota vehicles already surpassed DiamlerChrysler last year and now stands roughly at 15%, increased from about 10% from five years ago, while Ford is still struggling after it’s restructuring and predicted that their market share will stabilize at around 14-15% within 2 years.

This is with regards to the American market, Toyota is a very close second to GM globally. Even here in Malaysia, Toyota and Perodua (basically re branded Toyota cars) chalks up about 50% of the local market.

There seems to be no signs of Toyota going stopping their momentum.

source: cnn money

Been a while since I last had this type of stupid riddle over here, and here. Since we are counting down to our great X’mas Eve Party 2006, it’s just fitting that I dig up this hot and spicy party photo from ST‘s site and make this “spot the differences” pictures. There are a total of 7 differences, find them!

Margie and Sotong lesbian photo
the first lesbian picture

Margie and Sotong lesbian photo
the second lesbian picture

For the noobs, check the answer here. Come to the party!

One of the least appreciated hawker food in Penang is Koay Chap (粿汁), a dish that is not offered at many places in Penang, and so far I have not been able to find any place that sells this in Klang Valley.

Koay Chap at Air Itam, Penang
the stall is located at Wah Meng kopitiam

One of the most famous Koay Chap stalls is at Air Itam, I remember being introduced to this dish by my parents before the Penang Bridge was built. It seems like the stall is being operated by the younger generation these days.

The dish has a slightly different type of “noodle” that has the characteristics of both pan mee and kueh teow, a sort of thicker kueh teow with different texture (refer to the photo below). Duck meat, innards, coagulated blood, and hard-boiled duck egg makes up the rest of the ingredients. All these are served in a bowl of duck flavored soup that is darkish in color. Thai chili and soya sauce accompanied the dish.

Koay Chap at Air Itam, Penang
all the good stuff from duck, nothing is wasted

If you are a fan of duck meat and has the nerve to try all the innards and all, this is definitely the dish you should not miss when heading up north. I personally love the taste as well as the uniqueness of this dish. The less adventurous can still order the same dish with only duck meat and the egg.

Koay Chap at Air Itam, Penang
this stall is just a stone’s throw away from the laksa place

This stall operates in the morning, the same time as the morning wet market. If my memory serves me correct, a bowl goes for RM 2.50 or 3.00.

Jalan Air Hitam,
Ayer Itam, Penang

GPS: 5.400296, 100.277903

One of the must-eat item (especially for females, I don’t know why) in Penang is the Asam Laksa. The most famously stall would be this one at Air Itam, walking distance from the Kek Lok Si temple, by the alley across the morning market.

Penang Asam Laksa at Air Itam
a walkway packed with hungry people

The place is not particularly hygienic or comfortable, just some tables and the stalls by the busy road, partially exposed to the element. But hey, we’re here for the food anyway.

The Penang Laksa, popularly referred to as Asam Laksa in other parts of the country, comes in a sourish fish (ikan kembung) based soup with thick rice noodle, plenty of shredded pineapple, lettuce, red chili, cucumber, onion, galangal (curry flower), and lemon grass. All these are topped with some mint leaves and the thick shrimp paste with a very distinctive love-it or hate-it smell.

Penang Asam Laksa at Air Itam
yumm… *slurps*

Our order was served up in just a few minutes’ time. Simmering hot and oozing with the glorious laksa smell, we attacked the bowl like a vengeance. There were nothing left 5 minutes later. The combination of sour and spicy soup with the fresh produce and the thick rice noodle was perfect. I never waste the soup either, thick with shredded fish, it has a very unique texture and taste that I find very nice.

Map to Penang Asam Laksa at Air Itam
the map of air itam laksa!

The smallish bowl of laksa is yours for RM 2.40. I would never recommend this as a main meal due to the sour and spicy nature of the dish, but it does make a nice afternoon snack. This Air Itam stall serves in the afternoon to evening.

Jalan Pasar,
Ayer Itam, Penang

GPS: 5.401386, 100.277377