Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tauhu Bakar

Chums, if you happen to be in Bandar Baru Bangi and happen to crave for Tauhu Bakar while within the vicinity, do go to Hot Soup 'n' Bun. Direction, eh. I hail from Venus, so, I am not familiar with Earth. Yet. Google Map kan ada.

The thought passed my mind as I am sitting at a restaurant that offers free WiFi and healthy menu. Tauhu Bakar is a great alternative to grilled or steamed protein source and vegetable. The set at the aforementioned restaurant is:

+ crunchy outside, yet not too dry inside;
+ served with generous amount of shredded carrot and cucumber;
+ topped with thick, piquent sauce.

Juan commented on my Facebook post moons ago that Tauhu Bakar is best taken with Sotong Kangkung. Kamal and I tried the combination. Now, we recommend it to others, as well.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mine, Soon

I want these:

1. New WiFi modem.
2. Business capital.
3. Home gymnasium.
4. New wardrobe.
5. Kamal and Khalish, each time I reach home.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More of Khalish, as Always

Young businessman, enjoying yogurt, fed by Bibik. Heh.

"Yay" is his new favourite word.

Three-teeth toddler. Senang hati sampai bersilang kaki.

After merely two seconds with a Doraemon balloon bought by Wan at Pasar Tani Rembau, 
Khalish was already seen contemplating, "what's next?"

Super Herbalife Opportunity Meeting

Another believer in Herbalife, Mr. Jose Rizal, a former pilot of Garuda Indonesia, presented a talk on his fabulous journey in the nutrition products. Together with his wife, Merry Mercyanasari, they are now members of Millionaire Team.
Kamal and I enjoyed the meeting, as we were surrounded by positive, energetic people. How inspiring. Towards more health and wealth opportunities.

Little Trees

A Little Trees sub-distributor hired me to photograph Little Trees products for his profile. Here is a teaser. I look forward to more product photography assignments.
At the moment, Little Trees products are also available at almost all Mesra outlets, Petronas. My favourites are Strawberry, Green Apple, Mulberry Fig, and Mango. What are yours?

Joy in a Box

Itu Khalish, all sweaty from half day of games, games, games. Every thing around him is a toy at this phase. How he, at the moment, reminds me of Kenneth, a 30 Rock character, whose vision of life is always sunny, and, in an episode, Sesame-Streety. It is good for an adult to retain such outlook whenever a negativity strikes.
In my case, I found being alone at home without WiFi access a mad, mad situation. The photo above saved me from vulgar words. Until Kamal gets a new WiFi modem when he returns from his out station assignments next week, I will be seen at places with free WiFi access. It turns out to be the best excuse to stay away from the renovation noises. By the way, I love the look of the three new areas at home. 
Speaking about newness, a friend asked me about progress. The new site is still under refurbishment. Kamal and I hope to launch it early September. There is a lot of codings involved.  
So, if you visit Chech: Eccentric and only to find old updates, you know why. If the situation forces you to holler vulgarity, calmly breathe and look at the photo of a child enjoying the simplest item life proffers. Heh.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August 12, 2009

Ayah is 55-year old,
Khalish is 13-month old.

Another year and another month wiser.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nenek in Rembau




The road trip from Perth to Port Hedland and back to Perth did not only bring closer an existing camaraderie between close friends, but also created a new friendship between the Malaysians and the Malay community in South Hedland. One of our new friends is Nenek Maznah. She is a single mother, who decided to remain in Australia with all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren residing in Malaysia. Almost 70, she works as a cleaner for four hours a day, a newspaper vendor, and a curry puff & chicken wing supplier, despite earning sufficient pension as Australian aged permanent resident. A spirited persona, she is. 
She has been back in Malaysia from mid July. In fact, she is back as often as thrice a year, staying for as long as three months. My parents and another couple from Rembau visited her place in Mantin last week. During the weekend, my father fetched her from Kampung Gebok for a little gathering in Kampung Berkat. Even the rest of our close friends who were not in the road trip came to meet her, after being introduced to her personality from our stories. She charmed them like she charmed us. 
My mother, with my younger brother's help, prepared Ayam Percik, Keli Berlada, Ulam with Sambal Tempoyak, Tempe and Tauhu bercili, and, as requested by Nenek Maznah herself, Batang Keladi Rebus Assam. My maid found time between Khalish's napping hours to prepare Tapai Pulut.

Man contributed three gigantic mutton portions, barbecued to perfection by Rahsid and his team. Farid, meanwhile, was the earliest to arrive to prepare drinks and assist with the nitty gritty. The women begged Nenek Maznah for her signature curry puff recipe. She asked whether the ingredients were in my mother's kitchen. Reza immediately drove to the town, accompanied by Rahimah, to buy other ingredients that were not available in the kitchen. Those from Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang arrived just in time for hot curry puffs.
Kamal and I drove Nenek to Mantin after Asar. When everyone bade farewell, she cried. Thank you, Nenek, for sparing your time for us. How we wished you could stay back for congregational Maghrib prayer and zikr later, but we understood your responsibility to prepare traditional desserts for a family gathering. We hope to see you and the rest of South Hedland friends again, soon. Kembara Western Australia photo book, produced by Feelgoodfoto, as ole-ole for all of them there. 

Nenek Maznah

FSV Series of Talk: Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah




Towards a Mature Malaysian Democracy. An articulate talk by the Higher Education Deputy Minister. Unfortunately, 'articulate' is the only review available here because I was there as a photographer. Unofficial, yet the opportunity was deemed valuable, as with any photography opportunities.

My appreciation to the committee members who allowed my presence despite the talk being exclusive to Malay College Kuala Kangsar old boys and the association personnel. I may not be the person to discuss politics with you. Nevertheless, I am always interested to digest intelligible talk, and later, discussion. 

People Turnaround Program (P.E.T.A.)

I was privileged to attend People Turnaround Program (P.E.T.A.) as a participant and a photographer from July 28 to July 29, 2009. Thank you, Mr. Abdul Mutalib Ismail and wife, Mrs. Marlizaton Omar, for the precious experiences. First and foremost, I discovered more about the correlation of work and life in general and their reciprocal sustainability. Lifelong learning at its best. 
Secondly, and as foremost, I had my first taste of photographing a corporate event. Kamal had photographed Innobio for its official website last year. I look forward to photographing impeccable photos for the next corporate events, scheduled after Aidilfitri. 
Thirdly, and, yes, as foremost, I made new friends. With amiable, positive characters all around me, I am somehow a happier person. By the way, to Mas, thank you for being my ears when I was down with the most severe premenstrual syndrome that subsequently caused the most severe crisis between my loved ones and I.
All in all, say yes to P.E.T.A.

13 Months

Tomorrow marks Khalish's 13th month in C&C universe. Another vaccine due. More milestones, too. The photos above were of him being exactly 12 months old. Today, he has a prominent upper central incisor, with another one poking through the gum. The funny three-teeth toddler has been up to these as well:
He cruises and crawls on all fours still, having transformed from a bullet train to a Concorde aircraft. Last weekend, he stood without support for the first time in front of me. Twice. When I bragged about it to the rest of the family in Chez Chembong, he stared at me, like he did in photo number two, then continued to cruise along the furniture, and at times, using the stride-to-wagon toy, or crawl around the house like nothing significant had occurred in his life. Cheeky boy, he is. 
As he cruises along the furniture, he would try to climb the coffee table and sofa, or switch on or switch off the television. Next item to buy, under Khalish's account: home safety equipment set. Thankfully, he is wise enough to descend the stairs with the legs first, just like he does when reaching for the floor from the coffee table and sofa. He offers the caretakers great workout opportunities.  
The rigorous physical activities and reduced daytime nap mean an increase in food and beverage intake. His favourite meal is still the brown rice with potato, fish, as well as broccoli, carrot, or spinach combo. In between the main meals, he demands for a piece of fruit, with apple, banana, and pear topping his choices, followed by two pieces of rusk or a tub of yogurt. Then, he shows interest in adults' food and beverage as well. We do allow occasional ice cream or chocolate treats from the grandparents, uncles, or other adults. Never yet from our hands. The key word is moderation.  
He enjoys having snacks on his own seat. Kamal and I got him a mobile booster seat from Safety 1st for his first birthday. The reasonably priced Ikea white plastic high chair was sold out the last time we checked. It is tempting to get him a better high chair, like the ones that double up as mini study set later, but our priority is for a toddler car seat. Thanks to my second cousin, I now scour for second-hand items at I envision a nice high chair being on bargain. Another option is to buy Mothercare high chair, which was also sold out the last time we checked. 
Apart from having snacks on the booster seat, he enjoys watching Playhouse Disney from it and playing chef on its tray, too. Yes, I did mention playing chef. Recently, the uncle who works as a cook, passed his miniature professional cooking set to Khalish. Now, Khalish gladly offers the adults the dish that he has vigorously stirred in the pan, complete with a satisfied look when we utter "delicious!"

Khalish is indeed at a phase where he learns everyday's life through imitations. He insists on drinking directly from a cup. It does not matter if only three drops of water end up in his mouth while the rest wet his top. If the adults hand him an empty plastic cup, it will land on the floor. Yes, gravity still fascinates him. A sign of protest, too. Gullibility is nowhere in his book of life.

He shows great interest in toys that promote stacking, building, and sorting. Books that involve actions, like Peekaboo and Monkey See, Monkey Zoo are second in his list of favoured entertainment items. The least favoured are the flash cards. The entertainment basket needs more puzzles. 

For someone who does not favour vocabularies being directly introduced to him, he surely talks a lot. At least, with those close to him. Albeit in Khalish-speak. The adults find amusement in his replies as we converse with him. His sentences are accompanied with facial expressions, and, at the time he is most animated with the conversation, body gestures.

Right after bath every morning, afternoon, and evening, he signals for a walk to the goat barn. According to the maid who humors his request, as the next-door barn in Rembau is manned by fellow Indonesians, thus an opportunity for the maid to socialise with her fellow countrymen, the kids no longer charm him. He now demands to touch Boer goats. A friend suggests that my parents rear a goat just for Khalish. Put on a diaper on the goat for a hassle-free rearing. Oh, he was half serious.

Khalish really loves animals that he does not mind sharing a ball with Cumi the kitten. That vibrant plastic ball he is kicking in the photo below, yes. A present from the maternal grandmother for Khalish and Cumi, bought at the same local grocery store where my father got Khalish his first water pistol. 

He sleeps throughout the night now. However, he prefers to sleep in a rather cold temperature, with the maximum temperature being 27 degree Celcius. This boy sweats easily. Kamal and I are training him to be more adventurous by bringing him to family gatherings where air conditioners are nonexistent.  Such gatherings provide chances for him to interact with other children, too. 

About gathering, the following incident horrified, and later, tickled me:
During a family gathering last weekend, I let the maid take care of Khalish when I bathed. After fifteen minutes, I checked on them and I found Khalish being fed bread dipped in Milo by his aunt who was simultaneously feeding her son then. He would return to the aunt for another bite as soon as he swallowed the piece that he had been munching while playing. The incident horrified me because Khalish might have disturbed the other boy's meal time. I apologised to A and asked the maid's help to get Khalish his snack instead. Nevertheless, A explained that the maid had intended to do so, but was asked otherwise by A herself because it was good for her son to see that Khalish enjoyed the food as well. How we hope Khalish does not mind sharing his toys with other children, too, like he shares the ball with his pet. 

A note: we switched back to Enfapro A+ after trying Enfagrow for two weeks just because the preparation calculation is easier. 

More about Khalish later. 

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Inspiration, Where Art Thou?

The week is for writing. Unfortunately, for another blog, which is still under refurbishment. As for Chech: Eccentric, my mind is full with ideas, but lacks the words.

Blogger's block, it is. Of which I am keen to unblock. Khalish, help me.