27022016 The Quest for The Kitchen's Kampua Mee

When I was about to come over to Kuching, a friend of mine, Jeffrey said that I need to try the Kampua Mee, a dish which is synonimous with the Foochows in Sibu. And so, the brand which I need to look out for was from 'The Kitchen' which, sells out very quickly.

But try as I might, that brand is quite difficult to get even in Kuching. But finally, through their Facebook, I was happy that it was being sold at the Boulevard's Groceries. This was because our Company Van drives us to both The Stutong Wet Market and also Boulevard for our weekly shopping needs. The alternative was Ta Kiong at The Spring, which is roughly over an hour's walk, something which I am still deliberating.

The Kampua Mee is actually dry handmade egg noodles. The specialty of this dish, apart from the noodles, lies in the pork lard and onion oil. Other ingredients such as minced pork, vegetables and so one are just to make it slightly different to cater for customer's palates as there a a LOT of Kampua Stalls competing in Sibu.

And so, today's journey ended up with me not able to find the particular brand, I had to settle for EcoFresh's Mi Kampua. Do note that these noodles are supposedly free from any preservative and so, has a very short shelf life as mine expired in end of May 2016! And yes, you need to look for them in the Non-Halal section. The whole shelf was full of EcoFresh's except for the brand I was looking for. There was no empty shelf to show that it was sold out either. Being the only brand there, I bought a packet of five for RM8.00

This is EcoMee's version of the Kampua Mee. The seasonings are (L-R) Vegetable oil, fried onions and Soy sauce

It tasted like dry wan tan noodles made with Angel Hair spaghetti, very oily and a little bit too salty. The fried onions was not crunchy at all despite being packed inside the vacuum sealed packet.

So, tonight's experience is a bit of a let down but maybe next week, I'll walk to Ta Kiong and give it a try and I really hope I would not be disappointed.

27022016 One of our Android is missing...

Worf: Sir, I cannot locate Commander Data
Picard: Computer, where is our Android?
Computer: Information unavailable.
Picard: Worf, type "Where's my Phone" in the Gooogle Search engine.
Worf: Oh my...

Yep, as long as you have signed into the Google account on your Android Phone, you'd be shocked at how much Big Brother knows about you and where. I don't even want to click on the RING option...

Below is the link from Business Insider on how Google can do this. And it's not even an App
Googling for your Android

27022016 The Flooding of Kuching

It has been raining for the past few weeks which I've accepted as normal since its near a river and very much closer to the  Seas. We have spots of rain almost every day as the locals keep telling me its the raining season. However, when it rains in Sarawak, it really rains. When I was in KL, such rain would be followed by thunder and lightning. But not over here. A weekend ago, it was raining non-stop since early Thursday morning until Sunday. And for this weekend, the rain started since last night.

I did not think much of it until my Driver told me that parts of Kuching was flooded, showing me images from his WhatsApp account. And within the next few minutes, I started to receive different images from my WhatsApp friend as well.

Why am I working on a Saturday? Actually, I find it kind of comforting to be in an office where there's no one or just one or two staffs in there. I kind of get more work done this way... It's not that I don't have a life but right now, getting work done is more important than looking for friends to fill the evening void when I am staying alone in Kuching. :)

Anyway, here's more from the online Papers:

The Borneo Post

News Straits Times

Youtube video outside Merdeka Palace

This is one of the entrances to Merdeka Palace with the view of the Padang Merdeka and Plaza Merdeka in the background

The side Lobby of Merdeka Palace

The streets outside Merdeka Palace which is Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg