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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Penang Food - My New Blog

I have setup a new blogspot for Penang Please visit my new blog and give comment.


European Champion League thrid match Group E

With not so much a battle as a mild swat, Manchester United contemptuously dismissed in their all-British encounter against Celtic with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.
Two suspiciously offside-looking goals from Dimitar Berbatov - taking his Champions League tally to four - and a customary strike from Wayne Rooney, who now has nine in seven games for club and country, paid scant justice to United's total dominance.
WELL PLAYED --- DIMITAR BERBATOV & WAYNE ROONEY - World Class Player. MAN UTD is top of group E and got 7 points. They need another 3 points to advance to the quater final.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Department In Komtar, Penang

PENANG shoppers will have an additional choice this year-end as the new Pacific Departmental Store (Komtar) is set to open on the island by Christmas.
The new department store and supermarket will be an anchor tenant of Komtar, occupying 42,277 sq m for a tenancy period of 18 years.
The store will have a lifestyle concept and cater to the needs of the mid to upper class market.

The store will invest the total of RM20mil within the first six months to develop and renovate the new outlet.

It seems very optimistic about the project and believe it can be one of the main shopping attractions on the island as it is located in the town area with an established traffic flow.

The store would take up four floors previously occupied by the Yaohan Departmental Store, would be hiring a work force of 400 to manage day-to-day operations.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was present to witness the tenancy agreement between the Komtar owner Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and Pacific Hypermarket & Department Store Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of The Store Corporation Berhad, said the deal was a first step in regaining Komtar's shine.

"The space Pacific is occupying has been vacant for about five years. Now, we see the light at the end of the tunnel in reinstalling Komtar as the heart of George Town and Penang," Lim said.
He added that the state was committed in reviving Komtar.
In addition, Penang Time Square will open soon to attract more tourist and shopper come to Georgetown.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Bluetooth watches for the ladies

LADIES who often miss calls or SMS because they were unable to hear or find their phones in their handbags have reason to rejoice.
Sony Ericsson, in alliance with watchmaker Fossil, has unveiled its first collection of Bluetooth watches for women.

An expansion of the successful Bluetooth MBW-150, the MBW-200 range of Bluetooth watches comes in three designs: Sparkling Allure, Contemporary Elegance and Evening Classic.

The MBW-200 range will be available in selected markets in the fourth quarter.
The watch displays caller ID and vibrates as the phone is ringing for when an SMS is received. The discreet and clear monochrome OLED display is invisible when not in use and clearly visible on a bright day so that the user can see who is calling or which track is playing with ease. The collection features scratch-resistant mineral crystal glass with an anti-glare coating for optimum readability and glow.

Other features include an out-of-range warning, triggered when 10m away from the phone; play, pause, stop or skip a track on your phone’s music player; quartz movements for exact time-keeping; auto pairing that makes it easier to connect the watch with one’s phone; and allergy-safe stainless steel.
Sony Ericsson plans to add a sporty edition to the MBW-150 range, which currently comes in three designs.
The designs would be available early next year in selected markets, the MBW-150 Classic has a brown leather strap and white face.

Olympus SP-570

The advantages of Olympus SP-570 UZ 10 Megapixels

i. 20x optical zoom lens and wide-angle lens.
ii.2.7-inch LCD display
iii. The menu navigation is typical Olympus, which means logically arranged with large, easy-to-read text and explanatory text that you pull up at the press of a button.
iv.A zoom switch in favor of a servoelectronic manual zoom ring on the lens.
v. Mechanical (sensor-shift) image stabilization, without which the 20x lens would be pretty useless.
vi. Guide mode, which offers task-centric, step-by-step instructions for various shooting scenarios. The SP-570 UZ allows you to store up to four sets of custom settings.
vii.Supports wireless flash, which can come in quite handy, and easy to configure.
viii. SP-570 UZ also adds a hot shoe & it can focus as close as 0.4 inch in Supermacro mode.
The disadvantages of SP-570 UZ
i.Takes 3.3 seconds to power on and shoot.
ii.Focusing and shooting under optimal conditions takes 0.8 second, and under hard-to-focus conditions, that rises to 1.8 seconds.
iii. Slow flash recycling time.
iv. Manual zoom ring on lens not responsive enough; can't zoom in movie capture.
Read more detail in below link:

Click here to introduction SP-570 UZ movies clip:

Creative pieces of sushi

MOST sushi typically has a standard look €” a rectangular fillet atop a block of rice €” but master chef Koei Ebisawa creates dainty pieces of artwork with sushi.
Strips of salmon and squid are arranged on top of the rice to resemble a flower while the simple piece of tamago (egg) is filled with other ingredients to form a pretty pattern.
Koei will be the guest chef at the Kampachi Japanese Restaurant at Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur from Oct 7 to 11.
He started his career in the kitchen at the age of 15 and is now the head of all executive chefs of a chain of 35 Asahizushi restaurants in Tokyo.
After a visit in spring last year, Koei returns to promote delicacies typical during autumn in Japan.

Kampachi general manager Chiharu Yabe said as an introduction to Koei’s culinary skills, the restaurant would also feature various autumn specialities marinated by the chef in Japan and shipped to Malaysia.
Among the items are the iwashi maruboshi or grilled sardine that is best enjoyed in autumn; the sabazushi or mackerel sushi that is lightly pickled in salt and grilled and the mizunasu mustard, which is an eggplant from Osaka with mustard dip.
It look like yummy yummy sushi.

China recalls milk powder amid health scandal

BEIJING (AFP) — China has recalled milk powder sold abroad, a diplomatic source said Thursday, as it continues moves to contain the scandal over tainted milk that has sickened thousands of children.
A briefing was held in Beijing on Tuesday by China for foreign diplomats from several countries, a diplomatic source and a Japanese official revealed to AFP.
"They said that Chinese authorities had recalled milk powder as a precautionary measure, knowing that every (Chinese dairy) product is in line with safety norms since September 14," the source, who refused to be named, told AFP.
The source was unable to specify whether just milk powder was involved, or if other products such as sweets and biscuits that could contain milk powder were included.
A Japanese official, citing the same briefing, had earlier told AFP that the Chinese government had taken measures to halt its exports of dairy products.
"The point made there was that the Chinese government has handled the matter promptly and firmly and has taken measures to halt exports of dairy products, which will not be resumed until their safety is fully confirmed," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Neither account could be immediately confirmed as Chinese government offices were closed for a holiday.
China is struggling to limit the damage to its food safety reputation caused by the widespread distribution of milk products contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, which is normally used to make plastic.
Such products have killed at least four children and sickened 53,000 in mainland China, the government has said previously.
Children in Hong Kong and Taiwan have also fallen ill with kidney stones after consuming Chinese dairy products.
China's Commerce Minister Chen Deming became the latest top official to promise tighter government controls as a result of the scandal but he acknowledged lax business ethics remained a problem.
"The government will improve quality inspection on dairy products," Chen was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper.
"But more importantly, the dairy enterprises must win consumers' faith through honesty."
The melamine was added to milk before being sold to dairy manufacturers in a bid to falsely boost protein readings, Chinese authorities have said.
Countries around the world have announced steps to ban, recall or otherwise limit consumption of products containing Chinese milk.
Taiwan became the latest to find melamine in imported products, detecting the chemical in six milk products made by Nestle, the Swiss food giant, and banning these from sale on Thursday.
South Korea said it had banned the import of milk products from New Zealand which were used in baby formula after discovering traces of melamine.
Government officials said it was the first case of melamine-tainted food from a country other than China.
First appearing in baby milk formula, melamine has now been found in a range of products containing Chinese milk in what is arguably the worst in a litany of product safety scandals involving Chinese-made goods in recent years.
The nation's top product safety watchdog said on Wednesday that melamine had been found in nearly 12 percent of a total of 265 milk powder products put to the test, but all had been produced before September 14.
In an update on Thursday, the watchdog said that no melamine had been found in 418 samples of liquid milk newly produced by the country's major brands.
The China Daily meanwhile reported that the public health threat may have peaked in China.
It said the number of babies brought into hospital for check-ups in the northern city of Shijianzhuang had dropped from a high of 43,000 a day to about 5,000.
Shijiazhuang, in northern Hebei province, is the headquarters of Sanlu Group, whose toxic baby formula was at the origin of the crisis and is one of the cities hit hardest by the scandal.
To be careful the milk powder for your baby.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Did you ever drink from a plastic bottle and see a triangle symbol on the bottom with a number inside?

Do you know what the number stands for? Did you guess that it's just for recycling? Then you are WRONG !!!!!! THE NUMBER TELLS YOU THE CHEMICAL MAKE UP OF THE PLASTIC.....
1) Polyethylene terephalate (PET)
2) High density polyethylene (HDPE)
3) Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) or Plasticised polyvinyl chloride (PPVC)
4) Low density polyethylene LDPE
5) Polypropylene (PP)
6) Polystyrene (PS) or Expandable polystyrene (EPS)
7) Other, including nylon and acrylic
What you aren't told is that many of the plastics used are toxic and the chemicals used to create a plastic can leach out of the plastic and into the food / drink. Think about it, how many times have you or a friend said "I don't like this, it taste like the plastic bottle ..... "
DO NOT USE THESE NUMBERS if stated at the bottom of the bottle) !!! BEWARE & AVOID re-using plastic bottles RIGHT AWAY !!!

Manchester United First Win Against Aalborg In The ECL.

Dimitar Berbatov finally broke his Manchester United duck as the Champions League holders swept aside Danish minnows Aalborg 3-0 to kick-start their campaign.

After three matches without a goal, the whispers were already starting about Berbatov's effectiveness.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his side's 3-0 victory over Aalborg was tarnished by injuries to three of his players.

A brace from Dimitar Berbatov and a goal from Wayne Rooney helped United to record their first victory in this season's Champions League against the Danish club.
But United lost Paul Scholes, Rooney and Rafael to injury with Ferguson forced to replace the trio during the game.
I hope Rooney injury is not too bad and can recover soon because he is talent and important player for united.