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Old Guy At The Beach

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Just when you thought so, It’s not what you think it is.

But anyhow,

You’ve got a blardy Dirty Mind! =P



Must Have For Beach Vacation

In Travelings on August 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I’m going for a beach vacation next month so I thought why not blog about the essential things (not limited to just these ‘must have’ items) I  should take note of  since I’m gonna be expose to massive sun-burn.

I guess the most important thing to take care of when one is heading out to the beach for a vacation is to be very careful about protecting our skin from the sun. I’m sure all of us have heard of Melanomas (skin cancer) and it is regrettably at epidemic levels. Fortunately, we all know much more now about the protection and prevention to this disease, as well as premature skin aging and other skin related disorders.

Hence to make a beach outing or beach vacation safe and fun, I would need good sun-block lotions!

According to the research, the most intense sun hours are between 10:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon as the sun is directly overhead. That’s why, when we are choosing for sun-block lotions, it should at the very least have Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating of 15 (though some recent clinical experiments have shown sun-block with an SPF rating of 30 provides significantly better protection than those with an SPF rating of 15. I would have to use my own discretion on this one).

Also, when choosing a sun-block lotion, make sure that it should provide a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB blocking agents. It should also be applied frequently, no longer than every two hours to keep our skin protected.  Lip balms with higher SPF ratings can be used to protect our lips as well.  Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide products protect by acting as physical barriers to UV radiation, and work especially well for sensitive skin (ask-me-not about this zinc-kie and oxide products, because I have zero knowledge on this one. Gotta do some googling yourself).

Whereas, lightweight protective clothing that blocks the skin from sun damage is available for additional protection.  So far, there aren’t any sun-block products that could completely block all wavelengths of UV light; therefore, comfortable clothing, broad brimmed hats, and limiting our exposure during the intense sun hours are additional measures that I or you or we can take.  We may forget to apply skin products at times, but the skin never forgets a burn.

Sunglasses are pretty much a must have for a beach vacation too.  Not only will they help to protect my eyes, I can look stylish while I’m there.  Although a folding beach chair with a beach umbrella will help me to slip right into my comfort zone once I’m settled in on the beach vacation, I guess it might not be the best idea for me for this particular trip. I’d say a quick alternative to a folding chair, is the old standby of a large towel to stretch out on, and I’ll never (hopefully) forget the book!

And of course I would not be on my beach vacation without my camera.  It is an essential part of my outing to capture those memories =)

Also, they say we must (and will probably do so) need to drink plenty of water to keep ourselves hydrated. Not forgetting to bring along a simple first aid kit on hand (which is a good idea), and some aloe based skin lotion for ‘after being in the sun’ would be good to use.

The Overall Checklist:-

  • Sunblock with an SPF 30 or greater
  • Lip balm
  • Broad brimmed hat
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Zinc oxide for the nose and lips
  • Sunglasses
  • Towels
  • A good book
  • Camera
  • A zip-lock back / something to collect shells in
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Aloe skin lotion for later (after sun-burn)

Fun, fun, fun on the beach!

Ooh la la~


Appearance. Dilemma. No More!

In Kinky & Witty on August 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Everyone is getting very conscious about their appearance these days. They’ll either complain about being chubby or too fat, thin or too skinny, shapeless or saggy, or/and even when they are in-proportion!

For God’s sake!

Humans are ‘lameys‘. This is so us in nature. You’ve gotta agree to it.

We always hear the ladies whining about their sizes (and they said it’s quite a norm thing for women to do so) and now, we are even hearing it from the guys!

C’mon man, where have all your macho-ness gone to? All drenched out and into the drain huh? So, who ‘whines-like-a-baby‘ now eh? *Teeheehee~*

I’m such a devil in disguise =P

Anyway, back the appearance part … you girls and guys should stop being so “OMG, Look at me! I’m ugly/ I look unsexy/ I totally look horrendous in this!” drama (Yea, some may go till that extent).

Whereas, me thinks that you should start believing in yourself and be comfortable with the way you are and wear whatever outfit you like. You can even show off whichever part of yours that you feel like/wanna … “flash”  (in a non-super-explicit way please … a typical guy’s [OKAY, or a girl – though it’s very unlikely =P] poor nose would burst out bleeding.

*ROFL*    XD

Like I said, when you are confident and comfortable, you would, too, dress up like this 95 years-old hot-mamma (granny) …

She is something, isn’t she?


Kellino’s Way of Bak Chang

In Foodies on August 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

I’ve finally got it right. Thanks to Aunt Jenny and Joyce-che for teaching me how to make / wrap Bak Chang =) It is better known as rice dumpling or Chinese tamales or in Chinese pin-yin it is called Zongzi and it is even known as Chimaki by Japanese =)

I have successfully wrapped eleven to twelve dumplings … Aunt Jenny said for a first timer like me, I’m considered OK (good) =D

Just when you thought it’s a damn easy job, think again.

Because you are wrong.

I thought the same as you, I mean how hard could it be to just wrap the glutinous rice on bamboo or reed leaves like a shape of a Pyramid (even Hexagon or Octagon shapes if you like) and tie it up with raffia string before proceeding to the steaming process …

Well, it actually turns out to be pretty troublesome and one needs some ‘hand skills’ to do it correctly and even perfectly.

There is a certain holding skills and wrapping skills when handling or wrapping a Bak Chang. First, we would have to choose two-pieces of nicely shaped bamboo leaves (for beginner choose the larger ones because Zongzi experts can grab good hold of the smaller sized ones) and line one on top of another. Then, fold them from the middle and twist both ends up to form a cone or triangular pouch (like how we shape the ‘nasi lemak’ packaging with pandan leaves).

Next, fill in the pouch with one to two tablespoons of glutinous rice, and while (still) holding it in a cone shape, top it with a piece of red-cooked pork, mushroom, one (half-piece) salted egg yolk, then about a tablespoon of mung bean and dried shrimps.

Complete the routine with two-three tablespoons glutinous rice to sort-of cover up the fillings. Then, hold the pouch tight and close the leaves (shape it like Pyramid / tetrahedra). This step is pretty important. You would want your Bak Chang to look presentable and in-tetrahedra-shape. Or else, you’ll end up making funny shapes like I did … *pai-seh* It is also one of the crucial steps because with a slip of hand, everything would fall apart and you’d probably need to re-wrap it again.

After that, tie it with the string and make sure the dumpling is securely wrapped and no spill.

The final step would be the ‘cooking’ part. Rice dumplings are often put to boil instead of fry, bake or grill =P It is cook in a large deep pot with boiling water covering up all the dumplings for a good few hours.

When it’s cooked, drain it and serve it hot.


The above ‘how-to’ may sound (or look) easy … trust me, it’s a mess if you don’t know the right method to do it.

Since, I’m bragging so much about Bak Chang, here’s a lil something about it.

Bak Chang is traditionally eaten during a special Chinese festival in late May to mid-June every year. It’s skill and recipes are passed down through families and it is also an event where everyone get together to help out. The shape of Bak Chang ranges from being tetrahedral to cylindrical shape. The fillings varies as well; on these particular ones we made, we had Mung beans, red-cooked pork, salted duck eggs, dried shrimps and Chinese black mushrooms.

It is meant to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan (340-278 BC.), a pioneer Chinese poet from the kingdom of Chu of ancient China. After his unsuccessful warning to his king and countrymen against expansionism of Qin neighbors to Bai Qi; Qu Yuan drowned himself into the Miluo river after penning the Lament for Ying.  According to the legend, packets of rice dumplings were thrown into the river to prevent fish from attacking the poet’s body.

Since that time, it has been customary on this day to enjoy Zong Zi dumplings as a memorial to the patriotic poet.

I, however, wish that everyday is a Bak Chang day. Then, we can commemorate the death of the notable Chinese poet in BC time and at the same time, get to eat lots and lots of delicious Bak Chang!