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Obama Magic in KL

February 17, 2009 17 Comments

Barack Obama’s rise to presidency has got to be one of the most interesting stories of this decade. Somewhere under 6 feet of earth, the late Martin Luther King must be very proud of his achievement (so far anyway.)

One of the most important people behind the successful presidential campaign was Roger Fisk, who will be the leading speaker in the Obama-Magic KL on March 2nd.

Roger Fisk was hired as the National Director of Special Events in what would become a history making Finance Department. Here he managed a nationwide grass-roots fund raising team that revolutionized modern political fundraising, totaling $100 million in 11 months while building the largest donor base in American history.

Obama Magic with Roger Fisk

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Venue: Kristal Ballroom, Petaling Jaya Hilton
Date: 2nd March, 2009
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Dress: Formal
Entry: RM850 (HRDF-Claimable via SBL scheme)

Thanks to Nuffnang, this will be my first time attending this type of events, can’t wait what’s in store. You can sign up here.

I just came back from Singapore after attending a Nokia Showcase, will be writing about that soon! On an unrelated note, the Subway Melt with real bacon at Changi Airport was good.

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The first time I went to d’italiane kitchen at Jaya 33 was actually more than half a year ago when I was still working in my previous company at PJ. I’ve since visited this place quite a few times but somehow haven’t gotten around to post about it.

Well, there is no better time than now.

The last time I visited this classy Italian restaurant at Jaya 33 was on the 11th January, a date that is rather significant for it was the first time Mellissa and I went out (I had used the excuse of needing her help in doing the U Mobile advertorial, and fortunately she was a very willing victim)

d'italiane kitchen at jaya 33
Mell studying the menu

d’italiane kitchen is located on the ground floor of Jaya 33, right next to Bruno’s, and a few shops away from the Nagomi Shabu Shabu. The restaurant has a pretty nice alfresco dining area over looking Jalan Semangat as well tastefully decorated indoor seatings.

d'italiane kitchen at jaya 33
Angel hair with Scallops, my favorite!

Angel hair with scallops has always been one of my favorite pasta dishes, if you recall, I’ve even cooked it before. I tend to order them whenever the chances arise, and did so on this particular occasion.

The dish come with four pieces of very good size scallops that is slightly cooked, just like the way scallops are meant to be served. The angel hair pasta has the right flavor and proper garnish, not something over the top but fresh and complimentary to the overall taste.

d'italiane kitchen at jaya 33
Spicy Crab Meat Linguine

The spicy crab meat linguine was equally tasty. Pine nuts and cherry tomatoes mixed with decent amount of spicy crab meat, a slightly unorthodox taste in pasta but a pretty good one. Mellissa gave it at thumb up.

Other than the two dishes here, I’ve also had their Agli Scampi (prawn pasta that is cooked similar to the angel hair scallop) and one of their chocolate cakes. The food quality held up pretty well over the few visits.

d'italiane kitchen at jaya 33
faster snap this picture so that I can have my scallop!

I find prices at this outfit pretty reasonable, pastas are priced from RM 18.90 (bolognaise, alio olio) to RM 25.90 (scallop, salmon), desserts from RM 12.90.

The menu is pretty big, you have some ten starters and half a dozen soups and salad to choose from as well. Give it a try!

Map to Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya

Adress:
Jaya 33,
No. 3, Jalan Semangat,
Seksyen 13,
46200 PJ, Selangor

GPS: 3.110274, 101.637139
Tel: 03-7986 2330

Over the Thaipusum weekend, I went to Cameron Highlands for the first time in my life. I had the preconception that Cameron was perhaps slightly smaller than Genting, with a small settlement of farmers and tea plantation workers. I was wrong.

tea plantation at cameron highlands
Cameron Valley tea plantation

I now see why Cameron Highlands is spelled in a plural, there are quite a few towns scattered around near the top of the mountain range: Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Kampung Raja, Blue Valley, Ringlet, Tringkap; with a combined population of some 35,000 people.

strawberry farm at cameron highlands
strawberry farm

The people at Cameron actually live in Cameron, and many of them are born there, and actually refer to the Malaysia outside Cameron as “low lands”. They operate just like any small town except for the fact that temperature is a cool 8-10c lower than average. Day time peaks at about 28c and at night, it hovers at about 18-20c, I like it very much.

steamboat at cameron highlands
steamboat at BrinjangBrinchang, Cameron Hignlands

Our trip started out brightly, with 3 cars and 10 of us in a 4, 3, 3 formation. About 330 meters up (it’s about 1200 meters at Tanah Rata), our trip came to a slight interruption, and you can read about that at Horng’s blog. We ended up with 2 small hatchbacks, 10 adults, and way too much luggage for 1-night stay.

Tea and Scones at Cameron Highlands
this is half of the group

Alas, the little incident did not derail out trip. We stayed at a bungalow with a fireplace and had baked potatoe, we had steamboat, tea and scones, visited strawberry farm and bee farm, shoots our own cheesy videos, and had loads of fun in between. It was absolutely awesome.

KY and Mellissa at cameron highlands
Mellissa and I

As with all trips, to me, destination come after the company, and I had the best with me.

There will be more write ups on this trip. The steamboat, the self baked sweet potato in the fire place, and maybe even a few silly videos. Stay tuned!

Castrol for the Win!

February 10, 2009 24 Comments

Before I bought my first car back in the States, I had some idea of car maintenance. Making sure the coolant is topped up, brake pads in good condition, sufficient air in the tires, and of course, regular oil change. However, the one thing that baffled me was the whole organic vs synthetic oil business.

So one day I asked a physics professor about it, and the good doctor explained “well organic oil is made up from polymer of varying length that average to a certain weight (for example 5W-40), but as you run the engine over a period of time the shorter polymer gets burned up and the oil gets ‘heavier’; however, the synthetic oil is made up of just one single polymer length and thus will be able to withstand and hold its characteristics much longer.”

I’ve been using mostly fully synthetic oil for my car since then.

Castrol Umbrella
photo has no relation with the advertorial, but I have this cool umbrella!

Which brings us to this article that is about Castrol EDGE fully synthetic engine oil.

The latest product , Castrol EDGE Sport 0W-40 is proved to deliver maximum horsepower up to 45% longer than other synthetics. Providing protection against engine wear, performance in extreme condition, gives higher fuel economy with good thermal control.

Sounds pretty good to me. I think I should give this product a try when the maroon lady is back in operation.

Castrol Edge

With the launch of the Castrol EDGE Sport 0W-40, there’s also a “Get Spotted and Win Contest” you can participate, and for once the online contest isn’t difficult and the prizes are actually very attractive too!

Here is how it goes:
There will be four videos of four teams changing oil for their car (hot chic, the pros, sweet young things and the geeks). All you need to do is to talk about the product and embed the youtube video (info and videos can be copied from castroledge.com.my/speedchallenge) in your blog. If you get spotted, you win a prize. Simple as that.

And if you correctly guessed the time used by the four teams in changing oil, you also stand to win weekly prizes. If you get the closest times in all four weeks, you get the grand prize!

When I say the prizes are attractive, I mean it, and here they are:
List of Prize: Total worth RM10k
Grand Prize – Sony Bravia 37″ LCD
Second Prize – Sony PS3
Thrid Prize – iPOD Touch 8GB
15x weekly winners and blog winners (Get Spotted and Win) – Sony Walkman MP3 Player

Pretty good don’t you think?

I’m not sure about you, but I will be doing the time guessing contest for sure!

I was feeling slightly stoned on Wednesday evening, popped a couple 500mg paracetemol and I thought I was going to be alright. Went to work yesterday but lasted only half a day before taking off. Slept at home for a bit before heading to clinic.

Drugs

I had high fever (over 38c) and the doctor suspected that I might have dengue (I had it some 12 years ago and it wasn’t fun). Got a blood test and this cocktail of drugs to help ease the inflamed throat, coughing, and fever.

Anyway, apart from this physical virus infection in REAL LIFE ™, I’ve also been tagged a few times on the 25 random facts thingy on facebook. I might as well do it here.

I slept with only minor interruption since yesterday afternoon. It’s almost 11am now and I’m feeling better, blood test result came out and luckily the platelet count is normal, no dengue. I’m hoping a bit more sleep and this whole thing will be over.

Anyway, apart from this REAL LIFE ™ viral infection, I’ve also been tagged a few times on the 25 random facts virus on facebook, so here goes:

  1. I’m not afraid of dentists and the chair of horror
  2. I was the president of aquarium society back in high school, I doubt there’s any other high school having an aquarium society with some 300 members!
  3. I can do the cycling motion with my fingers, most people can’t 😀
  4. This blog is slightly over 4 year old
  5. I’m involved in too many different types of sports
  6. I have a car and a bike but they’re both not in operation
  7. I once over slept on the LRT and missed my station
  8. I missed my stations a few times when I wasn’t sleeping
  9. I usually read on the train
  10. I used to have a really tragic slightly too long type of hairstyle
  11. I know too many random trivia, 4th largest country in the world, top 3 biggest islands, etc etc.
  12. I don’t watch more than a few hours of TV per week
  13. I eat indiscriminately, but not a whole lot at a seating
  14. I am not very fond of buffets
  15. I especially dislike buffet weddings
  16. I am currently very hungry
  17. Somehow the cough medicine hasn’t knock me off yet
  18. I have an advanced scuba license
  19. I want to go scuba diving again, it’s been almost 3 years since the last trip
  20. I almost bungee jumped some 10 years ago but there was an accident and the whole event was canceled. I want to do it!
  21. My favorite meat is pork, but I haven’t had bak kut teh for weeks now! Really tragic!
  22. I have yet to go to Cameron Highlands but there’s a trip scheduled really soon
  23. I’ve stepped on every state in Malaysia except Kelantan and Labuan
  24. I am going on a holiday in 2 weeks time, very excited!
  25. I just might celebrate this year’s Valentine’s day *wink*
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