bo 2008 | Pieces Of My Mind
Sunday, 21 December 2008

Celebrating Winter Solstice (Dong Zhi) 2008

Winter Solstice - the shortest day or the longest night of the year on the northern hemisphere and vice versa on the southern hemisphere, occurs between December 20 and December 23.

It is the only day the sun shines brightly on the South Pole.

Every year, many cultures around the world celebrate this day for various reasons and significances.

(Click here to know more about Winter Solstice on Wikipedia)

Since I'm a Malaysian Chinese, I will only tell you how the Chinese celebrate this festival.

The Chinese call it Dong Zhi, (Chinese: 冬至; Pinyin: dōng zhì; "The Extreme of Winter").

This festival is also a time for family members to get together and the main activity of the day is the making and eating of glutinous rice balls (Chinese: 汤圆; Pinyin: Tāng Yuán).

Tang Yuan is a dessert of colourful glutinous rice balls served in hot syrup. The dessert symbolises reunion and prosperity.

Glutinous Rice Balls (Tang Yuan). Notice the bottom right one, it looks like a pokeball.


How I celebrated this day...

Just like every year, I celebrated the festival with the big family (on my dad's side) - my grandma, uncle and aunt's family, cousins to my dad's family, and not forgetting my cousin's girlfriend. As usual, my granny makes the Tang Yuan in the morning.

She always makes 2 types:

- the usual one in syrup boiled with a bit of ginger (shown above) -- we call it sweet Tang Yuan

- the unique Tang Yuan served in soup -- we call it "salty" Tang Yuan

I personally love the one in soup, it's like eating a soup noodle.

I think we are the only family around the world who serves this type of Tang Yuan.

You can put in any type of soup. This year, the soup of the day is the pork stomach soup (猪肚汤).

"Salty" Tang Yuan, Tang Yuan served in soup. yummy~


Dinner at my uncle's house...

My cousins - young gamblers

Dinner time!!!

We had...(drumroll....)

Soup of the day - pork stomach soup

Fried chicken

Spicy stir fried fish balls... nice!!!

My favourite dish - Stir fried prawns with curry leaf & X.O cognac

Kailan & carrot

Mushroom marinated duck

Roasted pork with tofu & onion leaf

Steamed arrowhead(nga gu) & Chinese sausage

Deep fried nam yee pork & more X.O prawns

and salad for dessert -- Sliced cucumber & tomatoes, simple as that.


Last but not least,


I'm starting to hate Blogger for 2 reasons:

1. Font problem:
  • It looked nice in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari, but it turn out to be jaggy in Internet Explorer.. What the hell?  (I need your comment on this. How did it looked like to you?)
  • I wonder how did the others managed to make it look nice?

2. Alignment probem:
  • The preview in my draft and what it turned out was totally different. This sucks... Big Looooong Time!!!
For this 2 reasons, I was unable to publish my drafts.


p/s. I need your comments on how the font looked like on your screen. Thank you. =)

Burning regards,
Friday, 19 December 2008

UM's Only Non-Muslim Food Stall Ordered To Close

This was just in:

University of Malaya's only non-Muslim-owned food stall situated at its 12th Residential College has been ordered to close.

This is one of the measures taken by the university authorities to make sure all food stalls within the campus are Halal a.k.a. PORK-FREE.

The stall operated by a Chinese couple has been a popular dining spot for Chinese cuisine to the university's NON-MUSLIM community, especially students, due to its cheap price, quality food and good service.

Customers could get a plate of rice for as low as RM3.50 along with 4 choices of vegetable & meat and a cup of Chinese tea.

The public working within the vicinity were also the frequent customers of the stall.


I'm sure the university authority's action would spark a series of anger from the university's NON-MUSLIM community.


So much for multiracial country.

So much for democratic country.

So much for human rights.









Bellow is the article taken from the ChinaPress website (source):

I'm sorry that it is only available in Mandarin.






















Thursday, 18 December 2008

Project Gift A Kid!

This Christmas season, help us make a difference in a child’s life.

What is it?

“Gift a Kid” is a project by the Rotaract Club of Kuala Lumpur (RACKL), supported by the AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP). Its aim is to enrich the educational experience of 100 underprivileged children in the Klang Valley.

We hope to achieve this by:

·         Providing back-to-school material - books, stationery, uniforms etc - for the 2009 school year, to 100 underprivileged kids, aged between six and 15 years.

·         Encouraging leadership and confidence by conducting interactive sessions and educational trips.

·         Allowing kids to be kids by organising “fun” trips. The first of these is a movie outing (possibly on Dec 19), the tickets to which are sponsored by United International Pictures.

Who benefits? 

Why, children of course, but to be more specific, children from the following organisations:

·         Rumah WAKE 1: A home for HIV+ children and their affected siblings under the Pertubuhan Wanita dan Kesihatan Kuala Lumpur)

·         Underprivileged children from Sekolah Rendah Jenis (Tamil) Cheras: Many of the children from this school come from the surrounding low-cost flats and squatter areas. Most of them can’t afford school uniforms, let alone school fees.

What Can I Do To Help?

·         Simple! You can choose to sponsor a kid from as little as RM10 to the full pack of RM150. A small step from you goes a long way in empowering these kids’ futures.

·         Let your family, friends and colleagues know about this project and encourage them to sponsor a kid. Alternatively, you could pool your resources together too!

·         This season of giving, why not sponsor a kid on behalf of your loved one (sure beats having to think of a material gift!). We’ll give you a gift card which comes nicely packed with an inspirational quote and ribbon that you can pass to them. That way you’re giving two people a gift at once!

How do I go about sponsoring a kid?

Here’s what you’ll have to do:

1.     Print out the Sponsorship Form, then fill in your details.

2.     Together with the sponsored sum, return the form(s) to us at the following address:

The Rotaract Club of Kuala Lumpur
c/o Star Publications (M) Bhd
New Media Department, Level 7
Menara Star
Phileo Damansara II
15 Jalan 16/11
46350, Petaling Jaya 
Attn: Michael A. Fredericks

For enquiries, or to get a form (if you can't find a printer), you can get in touch with Michael A. Fredericks (019-2184 307) from the AMBP, or Kavita (016-259 3818), Anu (016-254 6995) or Sumitra (012-246 9109) from the Rotaract Club KL (email:

All payments can be made via cash or cheque written to “ROTARACT CLUB OF KUALA LUMPUR”, and handed to the people listed above.

Closing date for sponsorships is December 25, 2008.


Sponsorship Form

(Click on the picture for a larger version)


Do Something Meaningful, Help A Child.



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I Want To Eat Bryan Mum's Seafood Pizza & Awana Genting Resort's Seafood Salad, RIGHT NOW!!!

Gee, I couldn't believe that I'm writing this. I guess this is the only way to satisfy my desire for now.

The best seafood pizza I had ever tasted was during Bryan's 17th birthday party at his house 3 years ago. It was his mum's home-made seafood pizza. Her pizza was jam-packed with generous amount of seafood varieties, from shrimps, squid & crab meat to mussels & oysters... you name it, it's in it.

That pizza was SOOO DELICIOUS that when I turned back for a second slice, I couldn't see any left on the pizza plate, only some bits and pieces of the crust.

I lost my crave for Pizza Hut, Shakey's & Domino's after that pizza. I daresay they can never beat Bryan Mum's pizza!!!

This is how jam-packed Bryan Mum's seafood pizza looks like.

The toppings look more or less like this, but the size of the pizza is much larger.


While the tastiest seafood salad I ever had was at my mum's company family day 5 years ago in Awana Genting Resort. I remember that I ate so much of it till my tummy was fully stuffed without mercy. Hahaha...

You might think this doesn't look nice. Never judge food by its look.
Wait till you try it, you'll definitely love it.

Although I had tasted them years ago, I could clearly remember the taste of both dishes in my mind till today. Why? Because they were EXTREMELY YUMMY & I'M SOOO HUNGRY NOW!!!

I will pay for it... 
I will also drive to your place to get it...