Archive for March, 2005

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TEN-YEAR OLD MASH POTATOES

Yesterday evening, I made my famous mash potatoes after a ten-year hiatus from the stuff.

Yes, ten years. Could not believe it myself.

The great news is, Lokes loved it. Could not get enough of it. Told me to save some for today, but since I was too lazy to cook during lunch, I sapu-ed the remaining bowl of Jennifer Tai’s Famous Mash Potatoes.

To make YOUR significant halves happy, try this recipe. Goes very well with your own brand of grilled steak (not well with those watching waistlines):

Jennifer Tai’s Famous Mash Potatoes

Ingredients:

A whole lotta chopped garlic (like 10 big dinner spoonfuls or three bulbs)

Ideal full cream evaporated milk

Lots of butter

About 20 boiling potatoes (also called waxy potatoes, high in moisture and sugar, low in starch, with thin, yellowish skins)

Bacon bits (you can fry pieces of bacon yourself and then cut them, or get those pre-bottled bits – I like to fry myself)

Salt and lots of pepper to taste

Recipe:

1. Boil unskinned potatoes for about 20 minutes in a big pot of water (add a bit of salt)

2. Mash the ‘tatoes WITH skin (that’s why we get the thin-skinned kind)

3. Heat up butter over gentle fire and when it’s melted, pour in the garlic and stir slowly (don’t overfry!)

4. When garlic turns a bit golden, pour in the ‘tatoes.This should absorb all the butter and garlic.

5. Once all the butter has been absorbed, pour generous amounts of evap milk. I used half the can.

6. Stir until everything is mashy and the milk has also been absorbed.

7. Add salt to taste, and LOTS of pepper – I used Sabah pepper and lots of it too, really added to the taste for those of you who like it hot!

8. Throw in generous amounts of bacon bits, and it’s good to serve.

JT’s Famous Mashed Potatoes can also be stored in the fridge and eaten cold. For a day or twolah, not too long.

Enjoy!

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Of all the crappy mistakes!

One of the curses of technology is the need to save.

Save, save, save. That's what we've been trained to do the moment we threw out our typewriters and Kilometricos. Whether it's clicking on the little diskette icon, hitting CTRL-S or Apple-S, or even binding the save function to a handy F key – we know to save like the good, little over-caffeinated paranoids we all are.

So why did I forget to save? Why did 1.5 hours of my first entry for Sunblogs disappear as soon as as I hit the word "Update" on a, what can only be described as dubious at best, web-based content system?!

Because the word was 'Update" on the cursed button and not "save". Because one should not be made to "Update" like some over-caffeinated paranoid.

CHANGE THE WORD TO "SAVE", you morons!

But the lady who helped me get over my grief was sweet.

"You'll write a better version tonight," she'd said, patting my back like someone who's lost a lot of her articles to that overzealous engine.

That'll teach me to not use Microsoft Word first!

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CYBER CAFE FINANCING: THE NEXT STEP?

It was reported in Philippines’ IT Mattersthat a US firm is cashing in on the country’s bludgeoning online gaming market.

The Philly-based private equity firm will open a lending facility for Philippine internet cafés this year, to give loans to cafés that run Level Up! games Oz World and Ragnarok Online.

Level Up! is a games publisher in the Philippines.

The rationale is that cafes will need better hardware with more resource-intensive games in the pipeline.

Will Malaysian finance institutions follow suit and put our independent cafe operators further into debt?

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GOODBYE IS THE HARDEST WORD

After four good years writing for MSN Women Malaysia, I will finally be saying farewell to my column today.

Yes, I am moving on, hopefully to better things.

521 stories, about 2,000 emails and a little over four years – that’s how long I’ve been jotting away there. How quickly time has passed by.

Before I started the column proper (I was actually editing a website that used to showcase its articles here, called againsthegrain.com, now defunct), I wasn’t even married. I led a single life filled with the ordinary, doing things every single person my each did.

Today, I have a toddler, a baby and a husband, and am doing all the extraordinary things every parent today is doing.

I have enjoyed sharing with my readers there, both the pains and delights of living life as a single gal,
a wife and now a mother.
I am thankful for all the letters I have received throughout these four years, for not only have they kept my column going, but have also afforded me insight into some very private facets through the many layers of our society, particularly when it comes to being an Asian woman in today’s world.

For spillovers who are visiting this blog, I will be writing at Sunblogs @ http://www.sun2surf.com, my new home (the online equivalent of The Sun newspaper), starting next month.

Do visit me there as I will be writing every week about more of the same: women and relationships.

I will miss my place at MSN Women. It was warm and cosy, and after four years, become a favourite couch from which I’d pondered many seemingly insignificant things that had turned out to be quite important.

Perhaps the couch will miss me as well.

To my readers at MSN Women, you guys have been great. Thank you once again and stay safe.

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OMG is Google down?

As of approx. 1508hrs today (Msia time), Google went down. The world is ending!!

More on this later…

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Raeven yesterday (she’s 2 yrs 9 mths old now) in her school uniform.

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Raeven when she was born.

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