Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Penang Trishaw--my story....

I walked past this trishaw man and got curious as to what he is doing. I walked up and took a peek. Oh, he is copying numbers. Toto numbers onto a piece of paper. Toto, Magnum (for all non Malaysians) these are our pool results. Hmmm, hopefully he did strike and win some money. Now a little on this trishaw or as we Penangites likes to call them, 'King of the Roads'. A visit to Penang will not be complete without a trishaw ride. What better way to see Penang city than a ride in the trishaw? The trishaw man will take you down alleys and lanes, somewhere where cars and buses can't enter. How nice the sight-seeing will be, just imagine that. Of course, you have to be sure that you have no phobias of big vehicles because it will get a little scary when you are in between or amongst the heavy traffic! Trishaws aren't just used by the tourists for sight seeing trips. Back in yonder days when I was schooling, trishaws are used by many of my school mates as transport to school. How I yearn to travel to school in a trishaw! School is located quite near to the town area and staying about 3 miles away from school.....sigh; I never had a chance to ride a trishaw to school. That is me and the schooling part of this trishaw story. Mom had her share of the trishaw story as well. Mom isn't local so as far as trishaws are concerned, there is nothing wrong with riding in one. Oh boy was she wrong. Mom is a shopaholic so she'll park her car at a car park on one road and walk to many roads away from the car. Then when her feet refused to move anymore she'll wave a trishaw and ride in one. Oh dear, the ruckus she caused when pa found out that she rode in a trishaw. You see, trishaws was the cheapest means of transport back then and it is usually used by ladies of the night. I can only imagine how my pa felt. Red faced maybe.
It is different now. Trishaw rides are for tourists, you and enjoy the beautiful sights of Penang and to feel the wind blowing in your hair. For all non Malaysians or Penangites, if you intend to ride in one it would be good to note these points: 1) Decide on a price before getting on the trishaw. There is no fixed price for any route/destination. By the way, trishaws are called Beca in our Malay language. (pronounced as Bear((not sounding the r) Cha) 2) Some trishaws come equipped with a radio/player. It will be better if these are not switched on. Reason being you won't be able to hear the trishaw man or your partner talk. 3) If it is raining heavily, it is better not to ride in one because some small alleys do get flooded and you might have to stop and get down from the trishaw. Oh, that happened to me one night (of all nights) when hubby decided to give both BB and me a treat.....a trishaw ride! We ended up sitting on the side walk waiting for the rain to stop and at the same time being amused by stories the trishaw man had to tell. Ahaahaaa.....we did have fun after all. :o)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

You drink soup? Be aware of the ingredients used!

I received this through email with many more pictures. I am not putting all the pictures here. It is too barbaric, shocking, spine chilling, gross.....Urghhhh! Tell me this isn't true it??
Brief translation: Shocking news circulated in China . A town in Canton is now on trend taking baby herbal soup to increase health and sexual performance/stamina. The cost in China currency = approx $4000. A factory manager was interviewed and he testified that it is effective because he is a frequent customer. It is a delicacy whereby expensive herbs are added to boil the baby with chicken meat for 8 hours boiling/steaming. He pointed to his second wife next to him, who is 19 (he is 62), and testified that they have sex everyday. After waiting for a co uple of weeks, he took this reporter to the restaurant when he was informed by restaurant Manager that the spare rib soup (local code for baby soup) was now available. This time, it was a couple who have 2 daughters and this 3rd one was confirmed to be a daughter again. So the couple aborted the baby which was 5 months old. Those babies close to be born and die naturally costs 2000 in China currency. Those aborted ones cost a few hundreds in China Currency. Those couples who did not want to sell dead babies, placentas can be accepted also for couple of hundreds. The reporter making comment that is this the problem arise from Chinese being taking too much attention in healt h or is the backfire when China introduced one child in a family policy (since majority prefers to have male babies and those poorer families need ended up selling their female babies.)
***This is so gross but at least we all know what is happening in this world. Please pass on to whom you know loves exotic food or going to China . This is so sick!! :o(

Friday, October 23, 2009

You lick stamps/envelopes? Oh ....Then READ this!

Do you have this habit or maybe last resort thing? There is no glue or water lick the envelope or stamp to stick it? Well, I do and I know it sounds gross but I can't help it at times. How many of us carry a tube of gum/glue with us all the time, eh? I can't remember how many times I've done this gross act at home or at the post office. Now, I think I will NOT in future after I read this piece of information. Read on.....
A woman was working in a post Office in California . One day she licked the envelopes and postage stamps instead of using a sponge. That very day the lady found a cut on her tongue. A week later, she noticed an abnormal swelling of her tongue. She went to the doctor, and they found nothing wrong.. Her tongue was not sore or anything.. A couple of days later, her tongue started to swell more, and it began to get really sore, so sore, that she could not eat. She went back to the hospital, and demanded something be done. The doctor took an x-ray of her tongue and noticed a lump. He prepared her for minor surgery. When The doctor cut her tongue open, a live cockroach crawled out!!!! There were cockroach eggs on the seal of the Envelope. The egg was able to hatch inside of her tongue, because of her saliva, which was warm and moist..... This is a true story reported on CNN!
Andy Hume wrote: Hey, I used to work in an envelope factory. You wouldn't believe the....things that float around in those gum applicator trays. I haven't licked an envelope for years!' I used to work for a print shop(32 years ago), and we were told NEVER to lick the envelopes. I never understood why until I had to go into storage and pull out 2500 envelopes that were already printed and saw several squads of cockroaches roaming around inside a couple of boxes with eggs everywhere. They eat the glue on the envelopes.
TRUE or not, it really doesn't hurt us to heed this piece of information, right? Don't know about you but I am thinking twice or rather NEVER to lick another stamp or envelope! :o)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

50 Malaysian Ringgit note.....Beware of Fake!

Our new 50 Ringgit note. Please take note of features in fake ones.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Camaraderie in Little India, Penang

Deepavali or the Festival of Lights is just round the corner. I thought it would be fun to take a walk down Little India. I actually bugged hubby to take me down to Little India. It is going to be packed with people and traffic was his answer. He relented and took me there after dinner. The roads around that area are lined with stalls selling many things. From clothings to lights to trinkets to food and sweet. Everyone was busy.
Shop selling spices, condiments, etc.

Desserts/sweets. Aren't they colorful and tempting?

There is even a stage set up for live performances.

This is my favorite stall. Kacang putih, muruku, ground nuts, etc.

LOOK! A Laughing Buddha which you would normally see in a Chinese shop. I just had to take a picture.
To all my Hindu readers, HAPPY DEEPAVALI. :o)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Onions for collecting the Flu virus.......Interesting one

This sounds interesting enough to share........
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died. The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and placed it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the virus, therefore, keeping the family healthy. Now, I heard this NEXT story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.) The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens.
I think I'm going to try it. What about you? We have nothing to lose if it doesn't work but a few ringgit on onions. Right? :o)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Between the two...??

I couldn't describe how broken my heart was when I had to put her into the car. I didn't even look her in her eyes after she licked me all wet on the face. Sorry was all I could muttered. With a heavy heart and a really tight hug (one more for her)....My prayers that she'll go to a good home.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Which do I choose.....?

Remember these two puppies? I had a post up looking for homes for them. Sad that no one wanted to adopt them. They aren't pedigrees but boy; they are lovely, adorable puppies. I have been caring for them since and from skinny ones, they have put on some weight. I have enjoyed every moment with them for the past 2 weeks and now have to make a decision. It will break my heart when the time comes that is tomorrow for one to be taken away. I would keep both of them if I could but my work and time constraints are preventing me from it. With 2 adult dogs already in the house, sigh......... Yes, it will be a heartbreaking decision for me.......:o(

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Are you a good kisser????

We had our dinner at Ingolf's tonight. (If you are wondering where, just check it out at my food stops blog. Scroll down the side bar. TQ) As usual, we had the mixed grill and the grilled lamb. Whilst eating I noticed this little cardboard with the sorbets. Ah well, never mind the calories, I just have to try one. We settled for the coconut sorbet. Hmmm.....nothing to shout about. My first spoonful wasn't exactly pleasant because I think the coconut milk used was a bit 'old'. Being a couple who doesn't like wasting food, we finished it all and it wasn't that bad after the first layer.
Now, this is just for some kicks and giggles. Take a look at the picture of the sorbet. See the stalk on the cherry? I was told a very, very long time ago that if you can tie a knot with that little stalk, you are a good kisser. Uh hah......wait!!!! It isn't done with your hands okay? Do it with your tongue and ONLY that and inside your mouth. Where else is the tongue but inside the mouth, right? Try and see if you can do it.
There you go (see the picture) all done and knotted using just the tongue and no cheating!
Have fun if you haven't heard or tried this. Cheers. :o)