That 'just-woke-up' look

Kristine just woke up. Everyone at one time has
this look but for her, its all the time

Freezer Satay

Freezer food or TV Dinners are the staple of working individuals decades ago. Also, its the best source of much nutrition for growing potato couches. Not only that, coupled with a microwave oven, its the best solution ever. Look at it this way, if you don't have a girlfriend or a wife and the nearest Clownhouse is 200 metres away, just pop this into the microwave and a few minutes later, you're done.

Alas, we have to wake up to reality as this is not America and busy individuals here do not or have not even heard of TV Dinners, let alone succumb to the notion of eating packed lunches or sushi at their work desk. To us, its akin to sacrificing our lunch hour for the sake of more work. Which, to many, is sacrilege.

Our family has bought some freezer food and
this time, its satay. Normally, with satay, you
need an open fire but here, an oven will do.
Unfortunately, it comes out very dry.

Erm, I am not sure how the ketupat was made but
it looked more like compressed 'normal' rice.

And so, with some sardines,
its time to make the best of it.

The Action Base

I got this Keiko Action Base from Hobby HQ today and at a very good price too. However, because of my scepticism of possible Chinese Made items, I was not very happy to buy it in the first place for I always suspected that this could be copied from either Kotobukiya's Mechanical Base series or Bandai's, famous Gundam stands.

But what do you know. After checking on the Internet, this is the real deal, and is actually an original model! Shame on me for being such a skeptic.

When I first saw the model, it looked very big.
Here you can see how big and bulky it is, when
compared to a 100Plus can.

The reason why it is so big was due to the set of
sprues which has a lot of chunky parts.

What is so impressive is that these parts are quite
detailed. And just look at the example above.

Not only that, the base actually
allows you to recreate it in either
1/144 scale. or... adding a few more parts,
its upgraded to 1/100 scale,
which is bigger

Well, sadly, that is all the time I have for now, so its going to the 'to-do' bin, OK?
Work, work, work...

Trip to the Museum

Today, I decided to take Kaelynn to the National Museum after dropping Kristine off to her Martial Arts class. There is another reason why I wanted to go there. It was because of the models on display by SFTPMS (Selangor/Federal Territory Plastic Modeling Society) with the theme of Merdeka.

All the models were there

But for me, the most 'important' model was of
this diorama by rtfoe. It describes the scene
of soldiers stopping by a small shop to buy
some food.

Sorry about the picture quality but the reflection is
high and my Nikon D50 (the one with a polariser)
is not working well. Here, on the roof, you can see
some details such as a used slipper.

Even the fruits are very detailed

And the most amazing part of it (for me, that is)
was the 1/35 scale Honda bike. Its off by I think
a few years but given life in a kampung (village)
its correct. I can't even find that model.

Kaelynn standing next to rtfoe's diorama

Other models were very imaginative such as this
one which depicts the Japanese soldiers making
their way through a route with their bicycles

The dramatic scene of the occupants
responding the the attack of the
Bukit Kepong Police Station

Well, you what this means...

After that, we explored other sections of the Museum. Kaelynn did ask a lot of questions but eventually, she got bored as well. I am happy to say, most of the exhibits are very well done, and MOST of their interactive features are still working. Which is not bad at all considering that most things are very run down a few short months or weeks after it was officially opened to the Public. Then again, this is Malaysia for you.

At the end of the 'tour' Kaelynn was
rewarded with some ice cream.

24082011 Trip to KK

Yet, another trip but this time, there is a real purpose. Someone is giving us some furniture as their new place already has them. And not only that, the lorry will be coming as well. Still those are not as important as...

..this. One of the SIL has baked some potatoes
which has been garnished with a secret recipe
of 3 herbs and spices.

In the meantime, the girls are exploring the
place for one last time.

After much driving and waiting, the new furniture
arrived and the girls were very eager to help move
them into the house. Or else its cane time

Number of days without incident: 0 days

Number of days... oh,
never mind

Soon. Soon, if everything goes well,
this will be my work-room.

Kristine demonstrating how to eat a sandwich
the proper way.

You just nom-nom and nom-nom

Meanwhile, Kaelynn is on diet and so, its
two chocolates on bread...

Its a bit sparse but that's the way I like it.

Dinner time and guess what we're having?
Just for that, I am prepared to sleep on the
couch. Yum-yum.

But Kristine was not too enthusiastic about it.
Maybe it was the fact that it took quite some
time for our orders to arrive since this place
was very busy. And noisy too.

You can tell how long it took by
looking at the glass of orange
juice. Its starting to separate
back into orange juice, and
sugar water

I am starting to appreciate steamed fish
(because they go well with garlic & soy sauce)

Some deep fried prawns which I avoid
(because they don't go well with garlic & soy sauce)

Everyday, I find that I am eating more greens
but that does not make me a vege-lover.

Incredible Bulk was here

Jeezuz, man. I know this is a solid chair and
its from Ikea and all. But this is the second
chair that was broken! The first was due to
the bolts snapping in half which can be, well,
repaired but this one takes the cake. Stop
being so fat, and sit properly la, woi!

Bye-bye, Cats

Its nearly four days now (technically, it more than that) and the cats have not gone. So, this is going to be a very sad day for them since they did not pay the rent. They have to go. This is not a Hotel for cats. Because the moment you take them in, the other cats hounding this place will come in too. I am not sure why this place is so 'special' to them and I have never seen the cats go to other houses.

There are four kittens hiding here
and although they look cute, we
just cannot have them.

Now, its not about the late cat and all
but its for their own protection from
the girls and vice versa

So, Grandpa took them all, one by one, stuffed
them into the box and drove to a secret place
where no one knows about it.

Driving the half-cut Stryker

Remember the half-cut Stryker? Well, its
back again and this time, I am going to
take a look at its interior.

OK, its a bit of a tight fit and so, I guess these two
drivers cannot fight while on the road.

Its going to be very cramped in there once I
get all the equipment in. Oh, heck. The bell's
rung and so, its back to the 'to-do' bin when
we get home.

16092011 Trip to KK

So, once the question was asked, there was no way we could say our way out. And so, today is another attempt to get to that place and also, clean it up as well. Its starting to become a habit where everytime we were there, the usual ritual would be to clean up the place first. I can't really imagine the amount of dust accumulated even when the whole place was closed up.

Should I get two robot cleaners and get it to clean the place everyday? I am worried it might start a fire when we're not around or even kill rats/snakes/dogs/drunks, etc.....

But today, we decided that, its better
to start it off with lunch. After my 3-
layer tea, and all, we're in a much
better mood to face what is to come.

In the meantime, while we're doing the cleaning, we
had to make sure the girls are sitting in one place,
and not fighting one another. So, thanks to Pocoyo...

First thing for me would be the toilet, which, has
a broken hose pipe and a flushing system which
would not flush the right amount of water nor
fill itself up correctly.

Next, would be the sliding door, which, as you know,
would not slide but slither about. A simple screwing
session soon put that right, plus some WD40.

Doing this was a lot of work and not only that, we realised the place was quite sparse. And so, with the time remaining, we decided to scout around some furniture shops for ideas and maybe, pick up some bargains. This was because my idea of using bricks as furniture did not go down well with a lot of people. I mean, its cheap and simple. Maybe its because of the weight when we need to move it about...

This would look nice but man, so was
the price-tag.

I loved this lighted mirror but as usual,
there is this fear of putting it in the
wrong place due to possible Fung-shui
faux pas and also the real possibility of
scaring oneself stupid in the middle of
the night.

The kids wanted this, this, that, that and that, plus
that. We said no, no, no, no, no and no.

A nice inspiration for a shelf but
after heaing stories about the
glass shattering for no reasons,
this is not a good idea. Does not
matter if they are tempered or
not. It will shatter and there is
no warranty given. It looks nice
but not worth the trouble.

I wanted something for the front gate and these are
the solution. However, they are very expensive and
for the same amount, I can get a better one from
shops in Puchong.

The glass version looks nice but to be practical, its
going the be bombarded by the Sun all the time
and so, its not worth it. Also, you might have to
clean the internals of unwanted fungus or plants
periodically. And trust me, there is no replacement
for the correct part when the glass cracks.

These are cheap and light but knowing the properties
of plastic and UV rays, sooner or later they will either
yellow, crack or well, become brittle. One good
example would be your clothes hanger clips which
will crumble when you squeeze them.

OK, this actually feels very comfortable but the
design, oh dear.

It makes you think of some tube worms somewhere
under the sea and once in a while a tentacle or some
sharp claw will creep out...

I took this picture because... *ahem* I can. 'nuff said.

After that, it was dinner at the Taiwan's Formosa in
Kuchai Entrepreneur's Park where you have to pay
for food which you ordered.

Whatever food we ordered, it
was delicious.

Whenever I can, I would always order the
Yam rice.

And also the stir-fried cabbage. Its a simple dish
but a bit overpriced. Still the taste is simply delicious

And also this soup, which I forgot what its called...

...which has everything. OK, enough. I want to eat!
Nom nom nom nom...

Nom nom nom nom

Nom nom nom nom

As for Desert, which was given free
to us, its mango pudding.
Nom nom nom nom

Anyhow, once you have finished, they will give you a card where each stamp will be awarded for every RM20 spend. Do not lose that card because, well, you need to give it to me so that I can go back there for a free meal...

Actually, if you think about it, the prices there are slightly higher but as a treat for the family, its OK. Do remember, if you do go there, order the Yam Rice.