Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Couriosity Kills!

COURIOSITY kills the cat!

Unusual Deaths in 1975

  • On 24 march 1975 alex mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from king's lynn literally died laughing while watching an episode of the goodies. according to his wife, who was a witness, mitchell was unable to stop laughing while watching a sketch in the episode "kung fu kapers" in which tim brooke-taylor, dressed as a kilted scotsman, used a set of bagpipes to defend himself from a psychopathic black pudding in a demonstration of the scottish martial art of "hoots-toot-ochaye." after twenty-five minutes of continuous laughter mitchell finally slumped on the sofa and expired from heart failure.

Natural disasters in 1975

  • Canton, Illinois Tornado of 1975
  • Great Storm of 1975
  • Omaha Tornado of 1975

People who died on June 24 (various years)

  • 2007 - Natasja Saad, Danish reggae and dancehall artist
  • 2007 - Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer
  • 2007 - Chris Benoit, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 2007 - Byron Baer, American politician
  • 2006 - Patsy Ramsey, mother of JonBenét Ramsey
  • 2005 - Hakham Yedidia Shofet, Former chief rabbi of Iran
  • 2005 - Paul Winchell, American voice actor and ventriloquist
  • 2004 - Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter
  • 2003 - Vladimir Garin, Russian actor
  • 2002 - Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg
  • 2000 - David Tomlinson, English actor
  • 2000 - Vera Atkins, Romanian-born British intelligence officer
  • 1997 - Brian Keith, American actor
  • 1997 - Don Hutson, American athlete
  • 1993 - Archie Williams, American athlete
  • 1991 - Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter.
  • 1987 - Jackie Gleason, American actor and musician
  • 1984 - Clarence Campbell, Canadian NHL president
  • 1978 - Robert Charroux, French writer
  • 1977 - André-Gilles Fortin, French Canadian politician
  • 1968 - Tony Hancock, British comedian
  • 1947 - Emil Seidel, Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935 - Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer (airplane crash)
  • 1922 - Walther Rathenau, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (assassinated)
  • 1909 - Sarah Orne Jewett, American writer
  • 1908 - Grover Cleveland, President of the United States (heart failure)
  • 1894 - Marie François Sadi Carnot, French statesman
  • 1835 - Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician, commander of Greek naval forces in Greek War of Independence
  • 1817 - Thomas McKean, American lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1803 - Matthew Thornton, American signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1778 - Pieter Burmann the Younger, Dutch philologist
  • 1766 - Adrien-Maurice, 3rd duc de Noailles, French soldier
  • 1643 - John Hampden, English politician
  • 1637 - Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer
  • 1604 - Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England
  • 1520 - Hosokawa Sumimoto, Japanese samurai commander
  • 1519 - Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara
  • 1439 - Duke Frederick IV of Austria
  • 1398 - Hongwu Emperor of China
  • 803 - Higbald of Lindisfarne

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Nyeh... no idea! (suei)

@upin01 KINDA a suei (chinese: unlucky) day for me today with a particular motorbike that I have to drove to Puspakom - a new blue colour Honda Wave 100. Isk

@upin02 It even don't have enough fuel to be ridden to the Petrol Station. Stuck in the midway, in the middle of the day, I had to wait for nearly half an hour just for a friend to push it to the station.

@ipin02 After had it filled for only RM2.00, I continued my journey to Puspakom only to find that the place was already closed for lunch. Alamak!

@ipin01 So I proceed to JPJ and parked it at the JPJ parking space which only designated for the staff. And again, the JPJ's chief (we call him as KC) caught me and held my helmet for ransom. Suei!

@kakros01 Luckly it was Friday, so I just drove back to home without helmet.


In the evening, I continued my driving class. Only today that I came accross with the term 3-point turning! ahaks

P.S. Use goggle/yahoo to find what is 3-point turning, k!

Do enjoy this short film:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Driving School (2nd day on the wheels)

QSJ75 my training car! My birthyear is 1975. :P

JUST finished my second day of my on-the-road driving class. Today my class started at 0645 hrs. Very early for me but at least I could catch-up the experience driving during peak hour.

Ahaks, It was a nerve reaking experience! Driving is very new to me, but fun.

Erm, can't wait to get my hands on the Avanza waiting in front of our house. Don't expect me to mastered drifting yet!

Sabor... sabor... ahaks

Sunday, October 19, 2008

sometimes ago...

SOMETIMES ago, after fallen from the attacks of my so-called-friends, I wish I could gave them the taste of defeat.

But, once in a while, it is nice to fall down in order to apreciate what will be achieve in the future!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Meeting Osama's Lost Twin.

THE internet connection at my office was down today, so I rushed to MAA buildings just to issue some cover notes.

In the afternoon, I took the liberty by calling Mr. Ahmad, my friend who works as an officer for EPF. His office is just a block away. We chatted with all out hearts out. And I managed to take some picture of him to be put into my blog, with permission of course.

He then told me to look for videos in youtube and search for ‘Osama lost twin’. Just to share you guys what the video is about… Ahaha.

I told him he has another ‘twin’ who lives near to my home. After mentioning the name, Ahmad then stated that the person IS his real brother. Yikes!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A day in the Market, Dabai Odyssey

Sibu's market, managed by Sibu Municipal Council

AFTER having out first lunch together since Ramadhan with Lim, a friend of mine, I decided to ask Lim to accompany me to the nearby market.

“What for?” he asked. “I don’t like to mingle with so many crowds” he added.

“Then, wait till they build the market by the cemetery…” I answered sinically. Reluctantly, he followed me to the market.

It has been a while since I visit the market. I love to watch people there. I love to see what type of stuff the sold there. I love the open air window-shopping. And I finally found what I came for…

Buah dabai’s (dabai fruit) season has arrived.

This is dabai fruit

One of my long waited delicacies, dabai is black fruit with a large pit (or stone) which we always consumed together with soy sauce or salts during our heavy meals. It was very hard at first, but will eventually soften after being soaked in lukewarm water for at least 15 min.

soaked in lukewarm water

add soy-souce

brpphh! excuse me...

What does it taste like? Erm, get half spoonful of your favorite best margarine, add a pinch of salt and sugar and enjoy! That is the closest taste I can tell you.

Last week dabai was priced at RM 20.00 per kilo, since the availability was limited. Now, you can get it from as RM 8.00 to RM 12.00 per kilo, depending the size and quality. I bought the best I could find at RM 8.00. In earlier time, it was sold in chupak or kong (in small tin can size, if you wonder). Now in kilos.

Not just dabai, I also found a variety of local delicacies today. From buah engkalak (acquired taste), to terap (ever heard of a pantun `buah terap berderap-derap’ and wondered what does it look like?) to the famous ulat mulong (live beetle-worm found in the bark of Sago Palm).

Tried to be brave by putting one of the worms onto my palm. But the facts it wriggle vigorously and can bite make me pass the thought. Ehehe

Come, and visit Sibu... And I will show you more!

natural bath sponge, or for cleaning cookware/plates

buah terap (RM 3.00 each)

buah engkalak

ulat mulong

Dared to try? Can be fried or eaten raw and alive. Taste as peanut, they said.

The person who sells the mulong

By the way, did I forgot to mentioned about the durians? Erm...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Learning to Drive, the Beginning

Institut Memandu Maju Jaya, just a block from JPJ

LAST week, after tired of being the only driver for the family, on the way home from visiting relatives, abah suddenly stop his car by the roadside and told me, “Next week you’ll be taking driving lesson. No excuses this time and I’ll pay!”

With a somewhat poor smile (that because I just had my right molar removed), I agreed.

Ah Hee, my will-regret-me instructor

Early this morning abah and I went to a nearby Driving School for registration. The driving instructor who will teach me is Ah Hee, happens to know me and abah very much.

To her horror, she just find out that I never drive a car before (abah told her that I have the experience just to get RM100 discounts!). After some discussion, my first driving class will be on next Friday, 1845hrs. Huh, talking about my first on-the-road lesson on night!

So, I attended the compulsory 3 hours theory and 2 hours practical classes. Typical to nowadays Malaysian spirit, my entire new course mate never talks to each other. The just sit there, silently, and sank in their own thoughts. Some even just took a long nap throughout the day.

As I am in mid 30s, I thought I was the eldest student. Wrong! One daddy attended the class is 53 years old and another is in his mid 40s. And I just find out this evening that one of them is actually my neighbor. Ehehe :P~~

Waiting for the lecturer to arrive. 31 student attended the class today.

Ah, the table, with graffiti. Doesn't that reminds you on good-old school days?

A young tattoed chubby student. So alert before the lecturer arrives, but falls asleep during the class.

The class started with a boring and hard to understand explanation.

Practical class: very lay-back style!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Ends of Hari Raya

HARI Raya is finally over, for me at least. But we still welcome any guests which come to pay their visit into our home. True to Aidilfitri's spirit, some still celebrate it throughout Syawal.

On the seventh night of Aidilfitri, I got a surprise visit from JPJ’s staff from Kuching. Erm, haven’t seen them for at least 3 years. Gave quite a long hugs and the rest is all well, except for the fact that this group arrived at 2300 hrs. My mom was already went to bed!

Erm, still in holiday mode, I still managed to catch-up with some of the workloads my towkey-nyior left for me. Deepavali is coming, but we in Sarawak did not celebrate it. So, no public holiday for us.

This is my third year celebrating Raya in my hometown. In the end, my pocket money is nearly depleted. isk

Handsome visitor from Labuan, an army from Selangor who married my aunt.

My abang (JPJ Kch), nice suprise visit indeed...

Encik Jamalludin Said, high-rangking officer in JPJ Kch. Funny things, he doesn't mind if I prefer to addressed him as 'abang'. Serious but lovely fellow.

Other members in the JPJ's party. I was told they are from Sarikei.

So this is my last greeting on this Hari Raya for you all:
Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin