The makan scene in Kuching

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I have met a lot of food operator since I have step back into the food scene in 2010. What I’ve seen can be categorically arranged into a few behavioral group. I’m not gonna touch on the good ones as they have earned our commendations and appreciations. What i’m going to touch which is in relations to some of the posting here last couple of weeks.

Change keeper – I came about knowing some of the stalls here in Kuching, when you pay them with larger nots, it will take a donkey-year for them to come back with it.

Price shocker – These are those who shock you with the price tag, especially those who conveniently forgotten to ask for price when order. E. g. Ordered bake prawn for a table of 10 and came a plate of baked udang galah at a price tag of RM 420 for that dish.

Order changer – These are the ones who change your order to a “pimp-up” meal. E. g. When you order “kolomee satu” and was served “Kolomee special” instead, or when you order “sugar cane – biasa” and comes “sugar cane besar”

Sendiwara type – These are the one who likes to play acting. E. g. When you walked in, he took your orders and 1 hours later, come back and say “tauke, sorry, habis liaw”

Stingy type – e. g. one lump of kolomee from the supplier is weighing in at 170-180g. Some will halved them and make into two. Also the char sio on the kolomee, set the thickness aside, some put 3 pieces, some 4, some accidentally put 5 and then remove one or two. Another must add example, if you buy bbq chicken, insist that you want to potong them yourself. Twice i have paid for the whole bird and when I’ve reached home, only to find half a bird.

Cuckoo type – no need much explanation. E. g. Look for the long long threads in this group to find out who are they. One of their trades is that they have the “boh jin su” attitude and when food critics complains, instead of sorry, they will come up with their explanations after explanations i. Multitudes of lingo, terms and expressions they played. They forgot that the tongue that is going to taste their food is their, but those of their customers.

I do know that with the turn of our economy been not economical any more, a lot of the food operator have to reduced the material and ingredient used in food or hike the price. Most people wouldn’t mind paying more only if the food is good. So my take is that we need to push the demands up do that the volume speaks profit for the to justify the discount rendered in price and not otherwise which the discount will ride with the food.

Happy Makan and enjoy the iftar later.

Sarawak Blackout – A cascading failure.

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The whole state of Sarawak plunges into a state of total darkness yesterday. On first instance, we could see activity on Social Media asking if there is a major power failure or not. This follows by scattered info in when the power will come back and at the 3rd hour, some cursing and ranting has go one on Social Media. By midnight, all the fingerpointings starts.

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Male Prostitute Saga

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There is this guy who stays around where I do my daily physio. He being a gentleman, always friendly to the people around the area. What came as a shocker today is that I saw a well known woman (someone with a title) in town sitting at coffee shop early in the morning.

There these two sitting having ciggies and after a while, some office boy came to the lady and handed over some cash and documents to the woman.

The woman took a few pieces of RM 50s and give it to the guy, saying “你昨晚做的很好, 能耐到那么就才射, 我给你弄到要爆炸了! 下星期再来.”

Gosh!

I failed my Epidemiology

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Harvard is hard!

I would love to try it again, but as of now, I will focus on other subject before coming back to Public Health subject. I was 1 answer short from getting a pass. Oh! BTW, a pass in Harvard is at 85%, not like our MOHE… what? 40%?

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2012 – That year that has been

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Looking back, 2012 started off with a very wet day. Coming to the 5th, we were in a deluge.  With the lost of a teenager. In this same year, I lost a few friends and also lost someone who once brought me to safety.

Reminiscing all the moments, I couldn’t help but to ponder how much has there been for me in 2012. Several of my plan went down the drain. I have also wasted a lot of time trying to set up something that wasn’t meant to be.

The biggest blow to me this year is my left leg. I am beginning to miss feeling it. It was a series of unfortunate events. started off in 2011 with an incident in reviewing food outlet for my client until April when I ended up in the operation theater removing viral wart. After the surgery, one day, as I was walking down my stairway to my kitchen, I slipped and fall. After I’ve fall, I felt numbness on my leg, but I could still feel the leg.

One day, almost towards the end of December, as I was taking some photos for some pitch, my leg stepped on uneven ground and I was rolling down the hill. Two days after that, as I was attending Munan’s wedding in Sri Aman, I had severe pain from my leg and I couldn’t feel that leg of mine ever since.

I was also been compelled to file for Pencen Ilat. Which means that I can no longer do any work in the field. It also means that I am on my way of becoming an official people with disability.

I have lost a few people close to me this year. First one being Suki, my fellow in Delta-Alpha-Epsilon. Second to miss is someone who once took me back to safety. He is a hero. He tried to save kids from drowning yesterday and cost him his life. Also Tony’s daddy who also lost his life in the same attempt. Also to miss is a friend with a very lovely smile – Eileen.

That has been the dark cloud over the years of 2012.

However, I was glad, there are also moments to cherish. I met Petertan.com in real life. Also, I have met a bunch of wonderful people from a group called “Do you remember?” on Facebook, beautiful people, wonderful people. Those whose life experiences can filled up 10 times of complete volumes of Encyclopaedia Britannica and more.

One fun part is that I was back in the food industries which I left alone in 2002. “Kuching Food Critics” was a few moments of fame and I think it is highly to be said that these moments are there to stay. There are still haters. Some will even go to the extend of chiding and casting voodoo.

At the closing of this year, I would like to wish all who is reading this a very fruitful 2013. God be gracious and I hope for the best of 2013. Happy New Year 2013