Thursday, September 16, 2004

My encounter with a moron who think he is God's great gift to MANKIND

Had a nice and quiet dinner with my better half at Toa Payoh Central (Sizzler's) yesterday. Teriyaki salmon was yummy !!..

Our table was near the cashier and the lovely environment was broken by this guy having an argument with the cashier over something. (i suspect over some information that he has in his smartcard chip that Sizzler couldn't verify). What really turn me off when he ended of the argument by saying arrogantly "..........i should know about smartchips/cards, i am an IT professional !".

I got angry and very pissed with that so-called "IT professional", because
a) of his tone of voice and arrogrance
b) he looked down on the cashier and basically told her to face that he is more intelligent...

What he totally lack was graciousness and humbleness. It didn't matter customer service at Sizzler's was top noch..but the fact of the matter, a little graciousness goes a long way.

Someone once told me, "you may be intelligent, but there will be always other people who are more intelligent than you"..

It draws me to quote: "Learning can only take place when you show some humbleness and willingness to open your mind to others".


Wednesday, September 08, 2004

[Magazine Review] Muscle Media

Today, i shall do a magazine review, rather than just blah blah about everything and nothing in particular (after all this is a rojak blog)...When am i doing this u may ask ? ..Just feel like it lor..

Muscle Media (Available in all libraries and good bookshops)

This is an interesting and all rounded magazine focusing on nutrition, body-building as well as building up your brain.

What really strikes me is the fact that this magazine is not like the rest of the muscle magazines where u see basically people pumped up, looking like incredible hulk on steroids...or worst still a muscle magazine disguised as a soft-porn magazine ...

Broken up into easy-to-read sections on exercise, nutrition, success stories, lifestyles etc. I really love the section on sucess stories, where it features real people who have undertaken the Body-for-Life Programme and overcome their inner devils.(a trademark and registered brand of EAS)

Finally, i like about this magazine is the fact that it constantly reminds us that training and body-building is both a mental and physical effort. We have to first "work-out" our mind and from there transform ourselves thru the food we cook and eat (i just love their section on nutrition-cause it features food that are really really edible and not just focusing on pills, ), all round training (both cardio and weights), and finally the lifestyle we live. (i.e we don't need to be a gym rat to get to the right shape)

I have been a loyal follower of this magazine for two years now and although my success story in my struggle to shape up is nothing to shout about, i do recommend it to D-I-Y beginneers or people facing difficulties in getting to shape, but not willing or too shy to sign up with a personal trainer.

1) EAS website
2) Muscle Media Magazine

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Choosing the right Flower Crab


Just last Sunday, went to the market with mom and as we were going thru the fresh food section at Toa Payoh NTUC, the flower crabs look delicious... That's they point where my mom imparted on me some simple words of wisdom...."When choosing a good flower crab, choose the female one as it usually will contain rich-orange color roe in them which are delicious when cooked".

She further elaborated on how this is done. To recognise the female crab, turn them behind and look at its underside:
a) a male crab has a pointed tail flap
b) the female a wider, more rounded flap
c) underside should also feel firm when press upon lightly
d) overall crab should not feel light and legs mostly intact....

So using the criteria given, i chose a few crabs to bring back for dinner....

Not only i gain valuable life skills and words of wisdom from my mom....., we interacted and bonded with on her a personal level and its something i will remember for a long, long time.

By the way the crab tasted good.. Thks mom !!!!