Sunday, August 30, 2009


Dusk on 25 August 2009

Rasa Ramadhan

A slice of my baked pasta

My tuna and vegetable spaghetti marinara

My sister's drygrilled chicken on banana leaf

Chicken in ginger sauce

Prawns in black pepper sauce

My pizza fritta.

I made two kinds of toppings. The first one consisted of marinara sauce, tuna, anchovies, herbs and mozzarella cheese. The other was marinara sauce, sliced shiitake mushrooms, herbs and mozzarella cheese.

My baked farfalle and cocciolini

Monday, August 24, 2009

Rainy Days

The inundated main balcony

The neighbourhood

The flooded backyard garden

It has been raining heavily for several days consecutively. The rain started a day before Ramadhan. Not that I'm complaining. It's easier to fast on cooler days.

As always, there are Ramadhan Bazaars selling mostly food everywhere in the country now. I've only been to one on the first day, but didn't find anything I wanted. Didn't feel like going to my favourite bazaar yet this year. I dislike crowded places, more so with the school holidays and spreading of Influenza A (H1N1) virus now. If I had to run errands, I'd go early in the morning when it's much less crowded as I've always done all these years. For Ramadhan Bazaar posts in Kuala Lumpur, see Boo's Masak
masak. I'm a regular reader of Boo's blog. She does good annual Ramadhan Bazaar posts, which are pleasant to read.

My sister has been cooking regularly these days, and I've been to the kitchen more often than I used to. It's all due to Ramadhan. Will upload the posts soon.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Knowing (2009)

A lecturer at MIT, John Koestler (Nicholas 'Cage' Coppola) comes across a strange letter dated 50 years go, which his son, Caleb, picks up from a time capsule dug up at his school. The letter bears numbers and chilling predictions, many have already occured and some are about to happen.

Rating: 1/5.

Night at The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

Amelia Earhart played by Amy Adams

Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria)

Larry talking to 'Abraham Lincoln'

Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest), Al Capone (Jon Bernthal) and Napoleon Bonaparte (Alain Chabat)

Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) has left his night guard job and is now an inventor of Daley Devices products. However, he finds himself drawn into his old haunt, the Museum of National History. He discovers that his favourite exhibits have been deemed outdated and packed to be stored at the Smithsonian archives.

Rating: 1/5.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) bumped into Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy)

Becky with her best friend, Suze Cleath Stuart (Krysten Ritter)

Alette Naylor (Kristin Scott Thomas), Becky, and Alicia Billington (Leslie Bibb)

Jobless, serial shopaholic Rebecca Bloomwood lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City and falls for her boss. Based on the Shopaholic novel series written by Sophie Kinsella.

Rating: 1/5.

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Steve Martin reprises his role as Inspector Jacques Clouseau
Clouseau annoying his boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfuss (John Cleese)

The Dream Team trying to solve the Tornado case
Kenji Mazuto (Yuki Matsuzaki), Sonia Solandres (Aishwarya Rai Bachan), Nicole Durant (Emily Mortimer), Gendarme Gilbert Ponton (Jean Reno) and Chief Inspector Randall Pepperidge (Alfred Molina)


Inspector Jacques Clouseau teams up with a squad of international detectives to stop a globetrotting thief who specialises in stealing historical artefacts.

Rating: 1/5.

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

Sara (AnnaSophia Robb), Seth (Alexander Ludwig) and Jack Bruno (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson)

Seth, Sara, Jack Bruno and Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino)


A Las Vegas cabbie enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal ability from the clutches of an organisation that wants to use the kids for their evil plans.

A boring remake of the 1975 film based on the 1968 novel, Escape to the Witch Mountain, written by Alexander Key.

Rating: 1/5.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Clouds, Oh Clouds

The afternoon sky of 2 August 2009

It rains almost daily again lately, alternating with bright, sunny days. Not that I am complaining. I do like rainy days as much as I appreciate sunny days. Life is like the weather, don't you think? There are sunny days, rainy days, good days and notsogood days, but no matter, as Professor Albus Dumbledore said, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light."

Some cloud quotes:

"A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion, this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons."
Richard Bach

"A pessimist only sees the dark side of the clouds and mopes, a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs, an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all
he's walking on them." Leonard L. Levinson

"A promise is a cloud, fulfillment is rain."
Arabian proverb

"Clouds may come, but clouds must go, and they all have a silver lining, for behind each cloud you know the sun or moon is shining."