Saturday, March 24, 2012

There is only ONE big club in North London

I know, this season, those kids from White Hart Lane allowed themselves to be deluded with the notion that their time has come to shed off the "noisy neighbour" tag and replace the Gunners as the big club in North London...


Sadly for them kids, that is exactly what it was, a notion. It's been a good dream to you guys for the past few months, but it is time to wake up...


Don't worry though, you are still in front of the billionaire toy called Chelski. They just replaced a manager that won a top flight treble last season with someone who was sacked by West Brom, just because the old fags that was supposed to be phased out played up a fuss. So, with a bit of luck, you might be able to remain in front of them come May.

(PS: you do need your big mouth manager to learn how to shut the fuck up though, he's been joking about Eden Hazard wants to go to you guys, c'mon lah, stop spewing crap, old man... And he's been talking up his prospects as the new England manager and the players won't give a shit about it. I hope that is not true, I hope he stays for a few more years and keep bleeding you dry until you end up in administration and in the Championship, just like Portsmouth).

I do hope that you guys will play out to a draw tonight, though... I wouldn't mind if Torres and and Adebayor each scores a hat-trick... fingers crossed...

Steamboat

We don't do much steamboat at home, I suppose this is due to us being Cantonese and not Hokkien...

Wonder why mom decided to do it on my previous trip home...

But when mom is the one who does it, we can be well assured that the ingredients are all super and we will be very well fed...


And the home made chili sauce... there's no word in the world that can describe it's awesome-ness...


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Stick Goku

Was playing with the Note, trying to relax for a bit, and that I just had this reminiscent feeling for my school days... this was what mostly goes into those unused exercise books at the end of the school years back in my primary school days...


Anyway, sorry for wasting your time with this post... >.<

Unrefined

It's frustrating that with the advancement in technology as the age progressed, the world is still filled with many unrefined people...

And I'm saying unrefined. Not uneducated or uncivilised, but unrefined... And trust me, most of the unrefined people are people with a sound education, perhaps a high paying job, and come from first world countries...

Take a flight landing for example. We all know that we are supposed to remain seated with seatbelts fastened and electronic devices switched off until the plane comes to a standstill and the door opens. But in reality, as soon as the plane touched down, even when it is still struggling hard to brake and slow down, you can already hear seat belts being unbuckled and mobile phones being turned on. People, shirt and tie wearing people start to struggle to get up and open the luggage hatch to get their bags...

Take a road accident as another example. You see 2 cars on the road, obviously collided some time before you passing by. You see some cars stopped by the side and people surrounding the scene. Only a few of them are offering actual help. Most of them are with their phones and camera snapping pictures... And then you see the cars in front of you getting wobbly a bit, you overtake them, you see them paying half attention to driving and using another half attention trying to snap pictures from inside their cars...

So.. I say, sometimes, when bad things happen to people, it could be that they were doing something stupid and caused accidents. Most of the time these same people would then jump out and accuse the roads, the system, the government, etc, of not providing fool proof and safe things for them...

A lot of mishaps and accidents can be avoided if everyone behave properly when doing things...

Monday, March 05, 2012

Ann Yeong Ha Se Yo!!

Yay!! I finally set foot to a small piece of The Land of the Morning Calm K-pop, home of Girls' Generation, Super Junior, FT Island, Kim Hee-Seon, etc... welcome to Incheon International Airport! I'm sure at certain junctures of their lives, some of the Korean stars have walked through the same walkways and travelators that I walked...

But I am only here because my flight is transiting here. And transit time was just 45 minutes, and we have to go through this process with that pathetic amount of time: make it out of the plane, get through the crowds, go through another round of security screening, and make it back to the boarding gate.. There is no opportunity to explore around the airport to take interesting photos...





But who cares? At least I'm breathing the oxygen from the same piece of land as the Korean stars for almost an hour...

"Enjoying" the snow?

Actually, I'm gonna make another post about Loveland...

The so-called heavy snow finally materialized Thursday night...

It began snowing when I was driving out for dinner, and it is definitely not a very good experience...

Let me tell you the difference between snow and rain. With rain, you turn on the wiper to wipe away the water. With snow however, you still have to turn on your wiper, but when the snow gets wiped off, they form a layer of white blur on your windscreen and your visibility of the road drops to about 20% of usual. How cool is that?

And then when you get off the car, taking photos of this rare experience will not occur to you. In fact the only thing in your mind is to quickly get the bloody hell indoors...

I only managed to take photos after dinner, when the snow stopped for awhile...




We got a good 3 inches that night. Thankfully it didn't continue to snow through to next morning, otherwise I would not be able to check into the office for last day farewells with the angmohs...

Breweries Tour @ Fort Collins

I finally have time to update my blog, because I am currently sitting in a corner inside Changi Terminal 2 waiting for my connecting flight back to Penang, another 5 and a half hours to wait... stupid travel agent did not make my reservation at the Transit Hotel and they do not have any more rooms...
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Nothing much happens in Loveland...... hence the lack of photos...... so please do not expect an avalanche of photos and posts from this trip...

In fact, I will only blog about 1 special activity I did over last weekend...

You see, Fort Collins is just next to Loveland, 15 minutes drive, and they are the capital of beer in the United States, and some say, in the world... contrary to popular belief, Munich is not the world's capital of beer, it is just capital of the German beer, which is a tad more famous than other beers in the world...

There are 4 big world renowned breweries here, Budweiser and New Belgium included, and then there's a few hundred micro breweries. A micro brewery is a small scaled brewery that brews just enough beer to sell to a limited area...

And on this round of business trip, there is finally someone else who drinks beer, so naturally, we would head on a getting drunk beer sampling road trip, together with our Loveland counterpart...

We went to a total of 4 breweries...

1. New Belgium


This is, I suppose, the only brand that Malaysians have a remote chance of knowing...



They have a section where they sell the beers fresh off the brewery, you can buy them in boxes, or have a good time hanging out with friends there, or do like us, get some samplers...


Saint Arnold, the saint of beer (I'm not kidding here)


A million type of beers

We had 3 different beers here, one classic, one adventurous and one new...

Classic: Fat Tire Amber Ale - its the light coloured one on the right... this is what you can usually get in most of the liquor shops...
Adventurous: 1554 Enlightened Black Lager - the black one in the middle... this looks like Guiness Stout, but tastes 10 times more bitter, and 10 times better...
New: Cocoa Mole - the one on the left... as the name suggests, it has the taste of cocoa, it also has some spiciness to it... it is a new type of brew by New Belgium, and is currently our counterpart's favourite beer...


We also met an ex-colleague who used to work with the A company in Loveland 10 years ago, he got laid off after the mass product transfer from Loveland to Penang due to the 2001 economic downturn... and has been working with New Belgium ever since...

When he heard that we're from the A company, he immediately gave us a box of free gift...


We learned here that, beer is generally classified into 2 types: ale and lager. And then these 2 types gets classified into hundreds (some say millions) different names and types... FYI, the beers that we get in Malaysia are all lager, even the Guiness Stout... yes, contrary to popular belief, the stout is actually a type of beer...


2. Odell

This brewery is not as big as New Belgium, and probably not heard of in Malaysia, but they are actually quite popular in the States...




We had 2 sample trays, the one in the picture is the classic tray, another one is some funny named tray. We were sitting outdoors, I couldn't see what I was snapping because of the sun, my picture of the other tray was a lump of black image so I shall not share it here...


And they don't have something with the names and descriptions of the beers, so I totally have forgotten what we were drinking... -.-"

3. Fort Collins Brewery

By the time we were done with Odell, we were already wing wing dei... I forgot to take a picture of the building of this brewery...

You might say, WTF?! Only a few beer samplers then cannot d?!... Well, the beers that we sample here are all 6 - 7% alcohol content, and we're drinking in Colorado, which is almost 5000 feet above sea level, the altitude is a booster for alcohol getting up to our brains faster... It is rumoured that athletes come to Colorado to train their stamina and beer drinking ability...


Here we got 3 more sample trays, 1 for each of us -.-"



The pub/sampling room is just right next to the brewery itself, with see through windows, we can see some tourists taking the brewery tour...


Actually most people will go to Denver, which is Colorado's capital city, and pay US$60 to join those brewery tours, where there will be a tour bus to take you to a few breweries in Fort Collins and tour their productions and sample beers.

After this third round, we were getting pretty dizzy and decided to have lunch first, at the restaurant just next to this brewery...


I had the Sausage Wrap with Mashed Potato... Actually I forgot the name of this dish, as I do a lot of times... I just made the name up...


But the mashed potato is really good, it tastes like mom's mashed potato, with no cream and MSG flavours...

4. Funkwerks

This is a very very new brewery, they just began operations in 2007, so they are still not very popular...

The have a very small setup, with a very home styled feel...



They brew some interesting tastes, and their sampler is bigger in portions...


We end our beer sampling session pretty dizzy and satisfied... I think this is the closest I get to being drunk in my life so far... hopefully it will stay as an unbreakable record...

I don't mean that I am a very good drinker than never get drunk. I mean I don't do much drinking, and I don't go clubbing...