Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How my life has changed

This whole thing started back in 2006 when Roy and me visited Tokyo for holiday..

Japanese people are very shy...The girls are actually very reluctant to take photos with me :P

Roy with a Japanese promoter

It's hard not to be infected with Japanese culture.

Some of the very obvious culture that I've noticed during my visit.

1. A lot of people are on masks.

In 2006, H1N1 is unheard of. So why people are wearing them?? It took us many years later to find out that Japanese wear masks so that they do not infect others with flu. So nice geh.... I feel so ashamed as I was sneezing and coughing like nobody's business back then, inside the train summore =(

2. Everyone has phone strap (s)

I mean EVERYONE, even ah sums, 90-years-old grannies, atuks and kids.
I have seen one girl in the train who. has. like. HUNDREDS. of them on her phone.

3. Kawaii-ness 
Cute elements can be found almost everywhere in Japan, from big business to corner markets and national government, ward, and town offices. 

Such as this. 

A 747 with Pokemon cartoons

 Hello Kitty Parade Balloon

As the consequences,
In just 6 days, that is, enam hari in this land of life has changed..

I have been been infected with Cuteness & Hello Kitty!!!

 Life is never the same after that.
1. I squealed in delight whenever I see Hello Kitty products.
2. I  ♥ everything that is pink - Just started my Pink Cottage FB page
3. I had start reading HK websites/blogs such as:
          This is a funny one cause it's literally a HK hate-site done by a man who has a HK fanatic wife.
          It blogs about the weirdest HK stuff that you could never imagined. Ready?



          Such as this.
Hello Kitty motor oil

Hello Kitty Tattoo.
There is a video of the making of this tattoo which is err..quite interesting.
You have to see it for yourself here.

To be continued...

Monday, June 14, 2010

How to host a Fab Party

It's not that I am an expert in hosting but here's my 2cents :)
Identify your guests into the following guest categories so that you will know how to plan your party and what to expect.

1. Your buddies: comes early to help and go off last with the washing.
2. The divas:
How to recognise them:
  • comes late
  • goes back early
  • doesn't RSVP, or if they do, be prepared that they will FFK
  • divas expect you to serve them like you are their maid
How to deal: If you have no choice but to invite them (or your friend go and pandai2 have them invited without your knowledge), live with it and be a gracious host. It's not worth to spoil your mood

    3. The demanding:
    Even when you are working your ass off to plan and prepare and funding the party, it's not uncommon that they will expect 5-star service from you.

    How to recognise them:
    • Ha? Why no oyster, sushis, lamb, wine, marshmallow etc etc etc etc geh...
    How to deal:
    1. Do not ask for their opinions or suggestions.
    2. Swallow everything that they have to say and take a very very very deep breath.
    3. Do not take them for shopping unless you want to burn a hole in your pocket and increase your blood pressure
    4. Ask them to buy/sponsor whatever they want to eat.

    Rojak's Party Hosting Principles:
    1. DO NOT be a cranky host even though you are sick, tired, ffk-ed, offended, and shorthanded (which I have failed, miserably)

    This is me at 4pm before the party - was KO-ed due to bad flu, very cranky and still yet to start preparing. I need a nap to recharge myself. Pepper Love came and thought I was on drip..hehe.. (see the iPhone cable?)

    2.To be continued...when I have more ideas.

    Rojak's Tips:
    1. Do not assume that you will get help from your friends. 
    2. Do not assume that your guests and even your appointed helpers will come early or on time.
    3. Do not trust the men to do the shopping.

    See what I mean?
    Roy bought this for BBQ.

    Fab Party Must-Haves:

    1. Good Food

    Bebolas/Hotdogs/Crabstick in stick

    Marinated Pork and Beef

    Fresh Salad


    Photos from last week Poolside BBQ party:

    The prep:
    Sweet Pepper Love is the first one to come help me, I am so touched *sob*! 

    Shirley & Val

    The host herself

    Me again

    The BBQ sponsor

    The women gossiping session before the party begun


    Mei Nv Chu Fang #1. 
    These are the fantastic girls who have helped out. Behind us is the cameo guy who is also my family's chef.


    Mei Nv Chu Fang #2 
    My bro looking damn happy with his marinated pork

    I have prepared some door gifts for my lovely guests :) - It's the coaster, the cat, and soa

    2. Great Friends (who are also sporting enough) :)


    The gang. 
    A few who came unprepared for swimming ended up jumping in with their casual clothes (Shannen!)

    3. Fun activities and games such as:



    Nail Painting!
    Male model #1: Alex

    Male model #2: Mr. Moon with World Cup inspired nail design

    Card/Board Games!
    Don't have a photo but my favourite is Monopoly and Tarot card.

    Note: Please do not take this post seriously. If there is any similarity to any person, life or death, it's unintentional and purely a co-incidence. Peace!

    Last but more least, I am still a novice at hosting, pls do share yours party hosting tips, and so on.

    * This post is requested by my good friend, 御用 闲人

    Sunday, June 13, 2010

    Blog Topics

    I have so many things that I want to blog about and I can't decide!

    Please help by dropping me your valuable comments.

    1. Rojak's Guide on How to beat stress
    2. Rojak's Guide on Gadgets
    3. Rojak's Guide on Money
    4. Rojak's Guide to Hosting a Fab Party
    5. Rojak's Guide to Property Hunt
    6. My Boracay & Japan holiday
    7. My Passion: Food & Traveling
    8. How I get addicted to Hello Kitty
    9. Rojak's Guide to Making Complaints (to your provider)
    10.People that matters most to me

    By the way, I have decided that I will only post happy stuff on my pinkish blog. :D


    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Wedding Ideas

    My heng tais, pls be prepared for my Big day ya :D
    This is for the game session.

    To be continued..

    Day 1 - Bali

    The bananas are too tempting...

    To be continued...

    Day 4 - Diving & Candidasa, Bali

    Our breakfast before going diving. :D

    To be continued...

    Day 3 - Bali

    Bali Guling @ Ibu Oka, Ubud



    A brown dog came with those pitiful look..

    Then another dog came.
    This bad ass black dog shoo-ed the timid brown dog away. See the brown dog looking for afar? Kesian..



    I love Bali Guling!
    But my favourite suckling pork is still those at Elcerdo, Changkat Bukit Bintang. Angel K, I pity u, u don't know what you are missing by giving up pork :P

    After a sumptuous Bali Guling, we visited Puri Saren Agung (Water Palace).

    [ Wikitravel Puri Saren Agung (Royal Palace, Water Palace), (across Jl Raya Ubud from Ubud Market). 9AM-5PM daily. This was the palace of the kings of Ubud until the 1940s, and some royal descendants live there to this day.]

    Found a cute puppy!

    Jalan-jalan @ Ubud

    Tried Rum Raisin at Gelato Secrets and it was delicious!
    Their Crocs jibbitz is so cute!

    My shopping :) from Ubud market. <3

    After Ubud, we took about an hour ride to our next hotel, Alam Asmara @ Candidasa

    Candidasa if a bit off from the busy Kuta and Ubud.  
    The only reason that we are shifting to Candidasa is because it is nearer to our dive sites at Tulamben and Nusa Penida. See Bali map here. Otherwise, we will be traveling 2 hours to and fro to our diving spots everyday.

    Alam Asmara Hotel, Candidasa

    Our moonlight dinner with a nice red wine

    This tree is just above us with weird looking fruit

    Traditional dance show during our dinner


    Nasi Rame [RP48,000 = RM17]
    Not bad but I beh tahan the sesame rice. It's like eating rice pulp

    Pepes ikan [RP40,000 = RM14]
    I find that all the restaurants in Bali serves very small serving of rice. Rice very expensive here meh?

    This is our complimentary cake, so sweet of the hotel. :)
    It's a damn good chocolate cake, we ate half and finish the other half the following day! LOL..


    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    Life in the Real Estate lane

    The Pros:
    You'll get to wake up when you want to
    You don't have any deadlines
    You don't have to report to anyone, ie. you are your own boss!
    You don't have to entertain clients who talks only but no action
    No technical issues
    No office politics

    The Cons:
    Be prepare to starve your cat and yourself if you don't get any sale
    You'll get a natural tan
    You can wear fancy clothes like this: .....

    and I am still thinking...

    To be continued...

    Japanese Buffet @ Tenji

    The Dunpanic gang

    The buffet spread

    Lobster Salad

    Fresh oyster
    Tenji used to serve huge ass oyster, at least double of the size now :(

    What is this call?
    Raw Prawn
    I think it's only Tenji serving this for buffet

    Roast lamb

    Oyster & Clam

    My 1st serving

    Oh yes, I ate this!

    The wine counter
    Their wines are not nice, we did not get wasted as we planned to..ahah

    Genelarie couple

    Gene enjoying his Coconut 

    Valerie with her mochi

    Mr. & Mrs. Pepper Love

    The birthday girl and her man 
    Angel & JT

    And I forgot to take my couple photo with Roy -__-



    Mrs. and Mr. Pepper Love

    Angel with her bday present from Mrs. Lau

    Nice bag..

    [Photo deleted]
    Happy Birthday Angel!


    Our Dreamgirl, Ms. Tam Chia Li

    3 sekawan


    Elle & Moon

    The overall food is not bad, BUT..
    it's so super stuffy and hot here, maybe like 40 Celsius that I want to dip my head here



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