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Micheal Jackson 1958-2009

June 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday morning (June26) when I woke up and walked towards to my computer and opened my email and I saw this..

On top is the conversation mails among friends Carmen, Low Kei, Yi Quan, Joshua

MJ passed away? but which one? That time I was still half asleep… Michael Jordon or Michael Jackson? Both are legends.. while I was still unconscious, I went to CNN and realized  it is Michael Jackson.

Micheal Jackson, the cool man who Moonwalk and does robots on stage. He made people to feel OK to scream and shout “aaaarrrrGGGHHH” in their music.

Many people think he is weird and like to poke fun on him. Additionally medias makes him the freak of the century. But yesterday when the world realized MJ’s presence does not exist anymore, it was a huge wake up call for everyone in the world to remember him.

top selling album in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 20’s. Who can achieve that?

Personally I like most of his music. his eccentric energy that pour out from his music… and his iconic moves and dances.

I would like to have one of his patented 1993 anti gravity shoes…

We always love you MJ

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Categories: Music

FireMice’s secret Pasta Recipe

June 22, 2009 4 comments

For some reasons, I just love noodles and pasta. This is due to my family background and I know alot about the origin of noodles.

My family

My Grandfather is the God father for one ton mee / Wan Tan Mee . He was the master / sifu for wan tan mee. About 50 years ago, He brought my grandma from China Guangzhou to Vietnam, then Singapore and finally decided to stay in a new vellage in Petaling Jaya called Sungai Way.

They opened a famous wan tan mee noodle shop in the wet market called Chooi Kei ( 记 ). Business was so good back then and it managed to finance the entire family well. Not only my grandparents sold wan tan mee, They manufactured all the ingredient themselves like the wan tan skin (雲吞皮), wan tan pasture, noodle and the BBQ pork (叉烧).
My dad even lost 2 fingers when he was 9 years ago while making the noodles. His fingers were accidently destroyed by the machine. So now he has 8 fingers. 2 contributed to the Wan tan noodles ingredient (joking).

We often have alot of wan tan mee and others noodle as well.

My little sister (Meng Xi) used to say this when she had too much wan tan mee:

I Know Wan Tan Mee is in my BLOOD! But i just want to eat something else!

History of Pasta and Noodle

Chinese people should be pround of their food. Noodle was invented by Chinese. We Chinese started eating noodles since 4000 years ago.

It was Marco Porlo went to China and imported Chinese noodles before they turned them into pasta and make it into Italian delicacies. Also it was because Noodles was introduced to Europe via Silk Road.

My secret’s Secret Pasta

Having been so far away from home makes me crazy about getting eating family noodles. I can only find pasta here.

But I did try something new to satisfy my appetite.

so! my secret starts here…  Since I like Tagliatelle pasta  so much. I decided to write about Tagliatelle pasta!

Firstly, rinse and clean the pasta with water. Then put Tagliatelle pasta into the water Neatly like the picture below.

Yes, Tagliatelle must be put like this  while boiling. Secret ->Tagliatelle is very sensitive, it will stick to each other easily. Once it sticks to each other it is very very difficult to cook them.

Then heat it profusely and stir it .  then put some cooking oil in the frying pan and be readied to prepare the pasta sause.

2nd vege,

Prepare one big Onion then cut it  and make it sprinkle  then pick 2 carrots , cut them  and mix with Onion + fry .

thirdly put tomato sause .

While waiting, I grabbed a bottle of beer and drink. this is another Secret. pour some it into the tomato paste. it will enhance the flavour.

put a lot and a lot i mean alot of pepper .

Here is another secret. I need Coconut milk. but I can’t find any coconut milk. But i manage to find another thing to replace coconut milk and it is similar. It is MAGNUM COCONUT CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM! so… take it out , let it melt and stir it .

Then, rinse the Tagliatelle , fry a little bit with the rest , take it out .

Finally wah la!

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Amazingly Set foots again on ALPS!

June 12, 2009 2 comments

2 years ago my colleagues and me had a precious opportunity to ascend Jungfrauh aka Top of Europe.

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Now, me and my colleagues were always HOT! ( not Pamela Anderson that kind of HOT!), we came from Malaysia and Singapore. So most of the time we suffer from extreme heat. ALPS is way too coool ( temperature and experience) for us.

My + Ex-colleagues

We didn’t just ascend to Jungfrauh, we stayed one night there at one of the luxurious hotel. Getting drunk at night with the bosses and etc.. I remember the thicket price to go up there was 145CHF.

Needless to say, one of my ex-colleagues is also my ex-coursemates..

Low Kei

Well, at that point of time I wish I could bring the people I love to enjoy this extraordinary view and breathe in the super fresh air on top of ALPS + feel the snow around you..  for me, to bring another person especially Pipi to ALPS is a mission impossible.

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Now I have the chance!! I will have to put low kei into history and make my wish come true.

It happened that Pipi was in Switzerland last month. There’s hundreds of thoughts running and goes into all sort of directions in my mind. I was so crazy to bring her up there. Finally, I got the chance to materialize it

HAHA!

This time, I didn’t bring her to Jungfrauh. Instead, we went to Mt. Titlis.

We took a bus from Zurich all the way to Lucerne, it was a 3 hours drive. Pipi was sleeping all the way… until she saw this in front of her eye…

It was at the end of winter, at this part of ALPS it was still full with glacier. Pipi was getting more and more excited when we get nearer to the mountains. As we were going up the mountains, snow is everywhere

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Everything was nice, and finally….. we ARrived!

Pipi below Alps

Pipi below Alps

We have to use Titlis Rotair to go up there.

As you can see, Pipi need extra jacket to keep her warm + special boots to make her walk on snow.

We need to use 3 different types of cable car to go up to Mt. Titlis.

The #1 cable car is like the one we used to go Genting (my previous company)

exchange station…

and the final one is rotatable… it just made you dizzy.

finally we set foot on top of ALPS!

everywhere…. here here, there there is snow… scenery is great!

Mountains + snow + chill wind drives Pipi’s adrenalin crazY.

me?

with the snow I tried to make myself a touch phone… like the  touch-phone-one-hand-tips!

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But Pipi made a   luv.

I tried to climb up the hill and roll down….

end up OUCH!

and KO ..

Most importantly…you guys must try this!

Switzerland Muesli + famous yogurt + best scene + get your ass stick on ice

also… what i called Ice cave

sadly… there’s always an end…

we decended…

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not to forget… our group of the day…

from left ( indian engineer, spain guy, spain woman, cool driver, Dubai business man, ninja business man’s wife, pipi, FireMice)

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Belfort Music Fest 2009

June 1, 2009 2 comments

I’m staying at a small town in France call Belfort.

quiet belfort

It is a dead town. During weekends, everyone tries to escape Belfort. You will hardly find any surviving souls during weekends.

something happened in this particular long weekend 29, 30, 31 Mei and 1st June.

a pathetic quiet town is BLAST! by,

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FIMU 2009 ” Festival International de Musique Universitaire” is a French International musical festival. Musicians all around Europe came to Belfort and perform. I am glad that finally I can kill some time in this looooong weekend. the good thing about this event is, it is going to be held for 3 days 3 nights.

at first, I thought no one else will care about this. But I felt strange about this Saturday. The sky seems brighter than usual and I felt extremely relax walking in the town. The town was so warm. I did notice there are more people in town compared to previous weeks.

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I was surprised to see booths were set everywhere, stage at every corner of the city.

Belfort Musical 008I first came across the traditional classic groups, it was not bad. I never seen anything like that. haha..

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and there was a concert in one of the garden, people came from other towns and countries.

I personally like this group of young people. they are so casual, simple, great combination of instruments, unique, and fun.

this tells something about how my people (including me) play music back in Asia. Kids + youngsters play music is like one of their studying subject. if not, we do it for getting prestigious exam grades, gain recognitions in music competition and performance.

The whole idea of these people doing up there is not about being perfect in front of others. it is about interaction with the audiences. Music should be lively, not a planed subject.

and i came across these people… they dressed like Mafia in funeral function, formal uniforms, all guys, flags…they are form Portugal

mafia music

mafia music

but…. they do nuts..

These portugal’s Marfia, jumping around, kissing each other, shaking their ass… fun + crazy + entertaining… that demonstrates another thing what we Asian won’t expect to.

There’s a big stage right below Belfort casttle and Lion monument:

river bank…

music at river bank

music at river bank

more inside Stadiums and Church….

Food is everywhere… you can simply grab a snack and beer . sit everywhere and enjoy.

I saw this cool kid,

with big ear phones + exposed butt..

at night i encountered these beautiful jazz…

these goes on and on for 3 days 3 nights from noon till midnight…

I’m regret i didn’t make myself to enter the long Q to church to listen to the classical music. haha… overall it is superb!

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