25 April 2008

Trip To Kundasang

Warning. Long post up ahead.

Day #1

I was somewhat forced to go on a trip four weeks ago to Kundasang. After much debate between myself and my other friends I've decided to go and take a little "time off" from the fast paced world.

We left Kota Kinabalu about 1600 hours and arrived Kundasang at 1730 hours. We being myself, Bryan, Dennis, "The Chua Family" and "The Chin Family". Yes it was a big group and we drove 4 separate cars. The ride wasn't as tiring or boring as I thought it would be. It was actually really crazy what with me and Bryan talking nonsense all the way.

Shot of Mount Kinabalu from our cabin.

For those of who you don't know where or what Kundasang is, Kundasang is at the foot hills of Mount Kinabalu, the fourth tallest mountain in South East Asia.

   Another shot from the Chua's cabin.

After having home cooked Bak Kut Teh for dinner, I saw a weird looking contraption. Let see if any of you know what this is.

Answer would be given at the bottom of this post.

Okay, moving along. MBD [Me, Bryan, and Dennis] went back to our cabin and took out our notebooks. The thing that suck the most was that we didn't bring our router, which also means no multi-player gaming. I spent the next 2 hours messing around with my notebook which is running on Vista. Dennis played Dota on his while Bryan was play the ever so oldie but a goodie Baldur's Gate.

And then it happened. Something we thought never could be pulled off by a Windows OS. This is the conversation leading up to it.

Rainer : I don't believe that Vista can't create an "Air Port" like Mac, man. There's got to be a way!!

Bryan : Dude, I'm telling you there is no such thing. You try lah.

*After 15 minutes of tinkering and playing around with options*

Rainer : Hey Dennis, I think I've created a network from my notebook mannnn. Try to join it.

Dennis : OOOO Can Ohhhhh. Create a game let me see if I can join.

Rainer : Done, can you?

Dennis : YES CAN!

Bryan : HAH REALLY AH? Oh man I will never doubt you ever again!

And so, the gaming sessions were carried out up till 3am.

Our battle station. At least that is what we call it.

For the next three days, this creature would be on our front door, just staying still. I took the liberty of measuring it with a cigarette stick.
This is the famous Rhinoceros Beetle. It is the strongest creature in the world! It can carry 850 times its body weight and still be cool about it. For more information about this beetle you can visit this link.

Day #2

As fate would have it, I would be the first to wake up. I woke up at 0600 hours and was bored cause no one else was up. So I went outside to take some shots of the sun coming up.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Breakfast was awesome. It's been a while since I've had scrambled eggs and sausages. We were so hungry that when the food was placed on the table. Hell, broke loose.

After breakfast we Dota-ed for a bit, had lunch and then Dota-ed again. About 1500 hours we went to the Kinabalu National Park to get a little walk into us. It was fun walking around in the cool breeze :D Here are some pictures of us walking and goofing around.

On the way to the Liwagu Restaurant. This here is Cornelius's family.

Funny thing about Ligawu Restaurant is that, it is also a gallery at the same time. On the ground floor is the restaurant itself, but the 1st floor holds the gallery.

Pictures from inside the gallery

When there's Clarissa around, there will be camwhoring as well!

I really don't know how to camera-whore.

Entrance of Liwagu Restaurant

Outside Liwagu Restaurant, having cakes and tea. I had Blueberry cheese cake and it was the bomb. Well not really, but all that walking made me hungry.

A Stag Beetle decided to join us.

I'm never going to fall for the whole "Help me hold my bag for a while" again!

After Liwagu we walked around National Park for a bit and we came to this really cool looking cabin called the "Rajah Lodge". It is said that to rent this cabin for a day would cost you close to RM1000. If you asked me after looking at the inside of it, it is well worth it.

All that walking around built an appetite in all of us. We got back just in time for dinner. By the way, the drive from where we lived and the National Park was about 20 minutes. After dinner we went back to our cabin and guess what? Yeah, more Dota.

Mr. Dennis and Mr. Bryan stressed out and being owned in Dota.

This is a really good snack when you are gaming, but next time Bryan, we've got to get more of these. One isn't going to make the cut.

Some man loving going on. Dennis was so cold that he was shivering. Bryan being the big warm bear, offered a hug. Awww.

That's about what happened in the first 2 days. We left on the third day back to Kota Kinabalu, but this time it only took us 1 hour to drive back. Tune in next time for more adventures!

Oh by the way. It is a "Phillips Infrared Massager" from the 80's

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24 April 2008

Forbidden Kingdom Movie Outing

Was a waste if you ask me. Fighting scenes weren't that great to being with. Only 10 minutes or so of Jet Li and Jackie Chan going at each other was not enough.

The jokes on the other hand were okay, caught some of the movie goers off guard.

If you were to watch this, you would be able to guess what the ending will be like after 15 minutes into the movie. Everything was predictable.

I went with a close friend of mine, Bryan who is also a kung fu movie freak. We were disappointed with the amount of kung fu in it. We did get excited over the female casts in that movie though. :)

Other people that went with us were my sister, Clarissa, Dennis, Jasmine.


Overall Rating = 3/5 [Could have been better]

What Makes A Healthy Breakfast

This morning as I was looking for the healthiest breakfast to make, I stumbled upon this recipes on yahoo (for your info, all these recipes are recommended by the Men’s Health editors. I wonder how fit are they?) :

Banana Split Smoothie
What you need:

1 banana
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/8 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup 1% milk
2 teaspoons whey powder
6 ice cubes, crushed

How to prepare: Blend until smooth in blender. Makes 2 8-ounce servings.
Calories per serving: 171; Protein: 8 g; Carbs: 33 g; Fat: 2 g; Saturated fat: 1 g; Sodium: 94 mg; Fiber: 2 g

Breakfast Bacon Burger
What you need:
1 Thomas’ Honey Wheat English Muffin
1/2 teaspoon trans fat-free margarine
1 egg
1 slice low-fat American cheese
1 slice Canadian bacon
Vegetables of choice

How to prepare:
1. Split the muffin, toast it, and add margarine.
2. Break the egg in a microwavable dish, prick the yolk with a toothpick, and cover the dish with plastic wrap.
3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Let stand for 30 seconds. Add cheese, egg, and Canadian bacon to the muffin, then nuke for 20 seconds.
4. Add vegetables to taste.
Makes 1 serving.
Calories per serving: 300; Protein: 22 g; Carbs: 28 g; Fat: 11 g; Saturated fat: 3.5 g; Sodium: 868 mg; Fiber: 3 g

The I-Haven’t-Had-My-Coffee-Yet Sandwich
What you need:
1 1/2 teaspoons low-fat cream cheese
1 whole-wheat pita, halved to make 2 pockets
2 slices turkey or ham
Lettuce or green vegetable

How to prepare:
1. Spread cream cheese in the pockets of the pita.
2. Stuff with meat and vegetables.
3. Put in mouth. Chew and swallow.
Makes 1 serving.
Calories per serving: 225; Protein: 10 grams; Carbs: 42 g; Fat: 3 g; Saturated fat: 1 g; Sodium: 430 mg; Fiber: 6 g.

Eggs Beneficial Breakfast Sandwich
What you need:

1 large whole egg
3 large egg whites
1 tsp ground flaxseed
2 slices whole-wheat bread, toasted
1 slice Canadian bacon
1 tomato, sliced, or 1 green bell pepper, sliced

How to prepare:
1. Scramble the whole egg and egg whites in a bowl.
2. Add the flaxseed to the mixture.
3. Fry it in a nonstick skillet treated with vegetable-oil spray and dump it onto the toast.
4. Add the bacon and tomato, pepper, or other vegetables of your choice.
Makes 1 serving.
Wash it all down with 8 ounces of orange juice, and make it the high-pulp kind. More fiber that way.
Per serving: 399 calories, 31 g protein, 46 g carbohydrates, 11 g fat (3 g saturated), 6 g fiber, 900 mg sodium


Halle’s Berry Smoothie

What you need:
3/4 c instant oatmeal, nuked in water or skim milk 
3/4 c skim milk
3/4 c mixed frozen berries
2 tsp whey powder
3 ice cubes, crushed

How to prepare: Blend until smooth in blender.
Makes 2 8-ounce servings
Per serving: 144 calories, 7 grams (g) protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 4 g fiber, 109 milligrams (mg) sodium

Right, so there you have it! The top 5 healthiest breakfast from Men’s Health Editors. I just wonder what were they thinking of when they came up with the last recipe? *smiles*

I’m off to get my own Halle’s Berry Smoothie folks. :)




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How To Save Money With A Piggy Bank

Or in this case, a BanClock.

For about 5985 Yen you too can own this one of a kind clock which in my opinion will help you save money in a long run.

Banclock will not quit screaming unless you feed it's appetite for coins. That right, SCREAMS. I suppose this is a good training for when you want to have a toddler. I'm not sure what is the interval for it to start screaming, but just imagine waking up at night feeding a baby. This how it must feel like.

Either way, it sure is a good way to save money cause you'll be like "It's coming to 3pm! I need to get me some coins!!". What happens when you run out of coins? Get ready to endure long painful hours of irritating noise, or you could always unplug the coin box.

The many colours of Banclock. I personally think the red one is sexy.

Thanks to Impedius for pointing this video out to me :)

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22 April 2008

Ever Wondered How Pac-Man's Skull Looked Like?

Artist Le Gentil Garçon collaborated with palaeontologist François Escuillié to create this resin vision of Pac-Man's skull.

Apparently eating small square pixels requires large teeth! One thing is missing though, eye sockets!

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20 April 2008

Freeze! I Mean It!

Well not like this. But it'll be pretty damn good if you can pull this off!

I'll be attending a cause organized by none other that Edgar later today at 20:00. It is called "Freeze". The location will be at Citymall Kota Kinabalu. Recently, I've been feeling a little more social and care more about the nature so I think I'd just pop in and support this cause.

This is how hyped I am at freezing. Don't ask me why my Windows Live Messenger is pink. I was talking to a girl and all the girls on my WLM's default colour is pink.

More Info on Freeze taken from Edgar's Site
"Save Energy by Freezing People & Power"
Location: Citymall, Kota Kinabalu.
Time: 8pm SHARP
Day: Sunday 20/4/2008

In conjunction of the Freeze for World Earth Day that is going to be held in Sunway Pyramid. We're gonna do the same thing in our hometown of Kota Kinabalu. Who is with me can drop a message in my blog or you can mail to edgargill[at]gmail[dot]com with the tag FREEZE.
So I can count out how many people are joining for this event.
Let me tell you some things about FREEZE.
What is freeze?
According to RandomAlphabets.com, Freeze is when a group of people gather at a certain location and do-not-move/freeze for a few minutes. It happens unannounced and unexpectedly to the others who are not part of the group thus creating a scene and gauging a response. It is a ‘mission’. They have many other missions and their missions are adopted by other people in other parts of the world.
Well, literally freezing. Not moving. It's not too long. Just 5 minutes max.
What are we going to do and what are we going to achieve?
Mainly freezing don't do anything but what we're doing here is different. We're freezing for a cause. It's for World Earth Day. Snippet from RandomAlphabets.com:
Primarily, the event seek to create an impact and awareness for earth related issues and the forthcoming World Earth Day on April 22nd which will be celebrated worldwide.
It’s too soon.
It can also be too late. The Freeze idea is a buzz right now in Malaysia due to KLFU (KLFU on YouTube, KLFU was Blogged) and it has proven to be an effective way of bringing human beings together for a cause and producing an impact. There are various ways to celebrate, create awareness and produce an impact for World Earth Day. The organisers pick Freeze, with a twist.
What’s the twist?
Normally, everyone comes to Freeze to cause a scene and do it purely for fun. We are taking part of that, and going beyond. It is in conjunction with World Earth Day.
The venue will be confirmed as soon as I get the word from the management of Citymall. Besides this is participation. Please spread the word.

Okay now I'm going off to practice my freeze action for tonight! Say hello if you meet me there! taaaaa!

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19 April 2008

Skin Whitening Cereal

It would suck to uber heights if I ate this cereal one day and found out a part of me became fairer.

Beware of the whitening cereal.


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17 April 2008

This Could Be Very Misleading

Checking out my friend at www.borneoninja.blogspot.com , I was surprised to see this.

This could be very misleading, though he has already corrected the situation it was amusing to find out I was married for a day or two.

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11 April 2008

Shrek's Venom

I was at a friend’s party recently and they had a lot of liqour going around that night it was hard not to ignore them. They had an open bar where you could come up with your own concoction. I didn’t know what to go for so I told the hostess to surprise me and this was what i got.

Tasting it reminded me of a very mild tropical drink with a little kick in it. She told me that it was her first time mixing that drink. When I asked her what is the name of the drink, she said to simply call it Shrek’s Venom.

Blue Curacao
Sapphire Gin
Soda Water
Tropical Mix Fruit Juice

I don’t know how much of everything goes in the mixture because she was secretive, I guess you just have to experiment around those ingredients

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10 April 2008

R.Yong Bringing You Live Engrish/Chinglish #2

Somewhere at a toy store in KL. Something that can baffle any human being's mind.


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08 April 2008

Top Guitar Riffs of All Time

Ok now if anyone asks me in the future, what is the best first song to learn on the guitar, I'm going to give them this list. This list was taken from a survey made by a London music school that has taught members of top bands like Radiohead, The Kinks and The Cure.

1. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple (1973)
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (1991)
3. Walk This Way - Aerosmith (1975)
4. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix (1967)
5. Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N’ Roses (1987)
6. Paradise City - Guns N’ Roses (1987)
7. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead (1980)
8. Enter Sandman - Metallica (1991)
9. Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chilli Peppers (1992)
10. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N’ Roses (1987)
11. Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden (1982)
12. Walk - Pantera (1992)
13. Johnny Be Goode - Chuck Berry (1958)
14. Back In Black - AC/DC (1980)
15. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin (1970)
16. Wake Up - Rage Against The Machine (1992)
17. Highway to Hell - AC/DC (1979)
18. My Generation - The Who (1965)
19. 7 Nation Army - The White Stripes (2003)
20. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf (1968)
21. Give It Away - Red Hot Chilli Peppers (1991)
22. Paranoid - Black Sabbath (1970)
23. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix (1967)
24. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor (1982)
25. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits (1984)

Ok now stop asking me what riff to learn.

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04 April 2008

R.Yong Bringing You Live Engrish / Chinglish #1

A couple of weeks back I had the privilege of accompanying a friend of mine to go computer parts shopping. While he was looking for his MP3 Modulator, I picked this keyboard up.

This was a gaming keyboard with the letters WASD all covered by an orange coloured rubber. Yeah that's right RUBBER.

Sorry for the bad quality though, I only had enough time to take this picture because two shop assistants were already charging at me when they saw me with my camera phone.

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02 April 2008

Enough With Sufiah Yusof / Shilpa Lee!

Frankly, I'm sick and tired of all this Sufiah Yusof / Shilpa Lee hype. I mean after spending the whole night looking for her "exclusive" pictures and videos, (that's right, don't pretend that you didn't as well!) I stumbled upon nearly 30 different sites with the same content.

Almost every site was a carbon copy of the other, with slight (and I do mean SLIGHT) changes here and there.

What sickens me the most is that people are sympathetic towards her, and angry towards her father. Come on, just because her dad pushed her to study hard doesn't mean you have to rebel and become a hooker. If this was the case, Malaysia would be swarming with gigolos and prostitutes.

How the media portray Mr. Yusof.

If you're representing your country in the 100m dash and your coach is a pain in the ass that pushes you to train hard, you don't say "Aww screw this, I'm going to be a hooker! That'll show you!"

If anything I say she just wanted to blame someone or something in case she didn't make it. Call me ruthless but this is the cold hard world we live in. What I'm trying to say here is that all of these was her choice.

Want to blame someone? Blame the media for blowing this out of proportion. She may have charged £130 for her services, but after this media frenzy, she just as well charge more for her celebrity status.

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