Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My Life Right Now

Happy Halloween!

On the game front, I'm still playing World of Warcraft, as you can see I got a Flying Broom which was part of the new Halloween event for this year. And I also just got Hellgate London which I'm SOOOoo looking forward to playing.

And I'm actually flying back to Singapore in 2 days to visit the family. And I'm all prepared. Bought myself the new iPod Classic (80GB) and I can't be happier. I've only got about 3GB worth of songs but I also spent the last 2 weeks ripping dvd's from my collection and putting them on the iPod. I've got about 5 days worth of movies and tv shows, and plenty of batteries to keep the iPod charged. Don't lecture me on that being illegal. I paid for those DVD's and I should get to watch them in whatever format I desire.

Also got some new luggage and some stuff for the family. I think the niece and nephew are going to be pretty happy.


Friday, October 26, 2007


1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

One American scientist discovered, after long and complicated resarches that,
persons with low sexual activity, read texts on their computers with a hand on their mouse.
Don't move your hand now, it's too late...

PS. Thanks to Frogtree for this post.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ice cream ramen

Found this post on Boing Boing. OMG! I don't know wheather I want to try it or go EEEwwwwwwwww!
Kikuya, a ramen shop near Tokyo's Kitasenjyu Station, carries a startling variety of improbable novelty ramen dishes, including Vanilla Ice Cream Ramen, Yogurt Ramen and Chocolate Ramen.
That flavors can you expect? Vanilla Ice Cream Ramen, Chocolate Ramen, and every bodies favorite… Green Tea Ramen (LIKE WHOA!) Something to remember is that ice cream ramen could be a limtied summer time edition this year (like I heard it was last year) and if you show up too late in the season you might end up with some Coffee Ramen (a.k.a. kohii gyunyu ramen). Other items on the menu include white ramen (yogurt), red ramen (tomato), natto ramen, milk ramen, hot cocoa ramen, pork kimchi ramen, and other crazy combinations. Regular ramen is 500 Yen but if you choose that option I’m sure people will look at you funny.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Rowling Outs the Headmaster of Hogwarts

Wow! J. K. Rowlings while on a book tour just dropped this bomb. (Source: MTV, AP)
Rowling told the audience that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay and had fallen in love with fellow wizard and erstwhile friend, Gellert Grindelwald, according to the Associated Press and Potter fan site the Leaky Caudron. The crowd cheered, leading Rowling to say:

"If I had known this would have made you this happy, I would have told you years ago."

The answer came in response to the question of whether Dumbledore had ever been in love. Rowling replied, "My truthful answer to you ... I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. ... Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was. To an extent, do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more? Because falling in love can blind us to an extent, but he met someone as brilliant as he was, and rather like Bellatrix he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him. Yeah, that's how I always saw Dumbledore.

"In fact, recently I was in a script read-through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script, saying, 'I knew a girl once, whose hair ...' [the crowd laughed]. I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter: 'Dumbledore's gay!' "

Noting the audience's enthusiasm, she added, "I had to give you something to talk about for the next 10 years. ... Just imagine the fan fiction now."

The fact is that there's no real reason this should be headline news, after all she's finish all 7 books and ended the series. But it does prove 1 thing. That our current world is wayyy too obsessed with popular fiction/culture.

Still I do thank Rowlings for her contribution to gay rights by reinforcing the idea that a person's gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed. And she's also earned herself very strong loyalty from this faithful reader.


Friday, October 19, 2007

DVD Review - Drawn Together Season 1

OK, this was a series by the Comedy Network in 2004. I don't know how I missed it but its Fricking awesome! The premise is a spoof of reality TV shows like the Real World. Take 8 different cartoon characters from all different genres and put them in the same house. What happens next is SO funny I was laughing non-stop.

If you like MTV humor, are not easily offended and can take crass jokes this is an absolute must watch. I give this gem a 5/5 and even call it a must watch for people who like Futurama and South Park.

PS. This is sooo not for children. You've been warned.

Monday, October 15, 2007

DVD Review - The Vicar of Dibley

A friend of mine first introduced me to this series a few months ago and I borrowed the first season and enjoyed it very very much. Its about a small sleepy town in England that get's a female vicar. The humor is very British but also quite x-rated, the good part is that it'll probably go over the heads of most kids.

I discovered recently that this series was set in a time (1994) when female vicars were not allowed and this series played a part in making the concept publicly acceptable.

If you notice the picture above, it shows a picture of "A Vicar of Dibley : A Holy wholly Happy Ending" is actually a new DVD release. They recently did 2 final episodes of this wonderful series giving the vicar a happy ending and I must say I have never enjoyed a DVD more.

I strongly encourage you to try out this series for yourself if you

Ohh Ohh and a pleasant out come of this DVD is me finding another handsome gentleman to obsess over. Richard Armitage is simply dark and debonair.

Here's a scene of him in North and South. Man he makes the kiss simply amazing.
*** SPOILER ALERT *** This is the final 4 mins of the movie and might kill the show for you if you plan to watch it.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Making Cheap Steaks Prime

I can across a very interesting article in Jaden's Steamy Kitchen Blog. Its about a simple method of turning cheap steaks into Prime steaks.

And the method was very very simple. Just "soak" or rather bury the uncooked steak in salt and let it absorb into the steak for about 15 min - 60 mins. After that rinse the steak and pat it very very dry. Now the steak is ready to be cooked.

I decided to try it out. And here's what I found:
Cheap steaks, they have absolutely no marbling.(Marbling is lines of fat throughout the meat which is what makes expensive steaks so tender) These steak if cooked the way I am doing here will be tough and chewy, this is from experience. Such cheap steaks are best cut into small pieces and stir fried.

Here are the steaks after I salted them, let them lie for an hour and patted very dry. Now I'm putting them in the oven (on broil) for about 10-15 mins each side. I also put some dry rub on the outside of the steaks. Nothing more.

The steaks came out nicely and I accompanied them with stir fried cauliflower and sautéed mushrooms. But on to the most important part of the experiment, the taste test.

The steaks were just a little red inside which is just as I like them. The steaks actually came out very very nicely. The meat was fairly tender and not chewy. I have to admit that this method really does elevate your steak. but its not a miracle worker. Cheap steak is cheap steak, notice the texture of the cut steak, its gritty and not smooth like more expensive steaks, you can't change that. What this really does is make the meat a lot more tender and palatable. My only caution is not to add ANY salt when cooking. The salt that the meat soaked in penetrated the steak and because the rub I used came pre-salted, it was just a little too salty, that aside I can honestly say I will be dry-salting any steaks I buy in the future.


Monday, October 08, 2007

2007 Fall Lineup - Part 2

Dirty Sexy Money New Show
When idealistic attorney Nick George's (Peter Krause) father dies, he ends up taking his father's clients, the Darlings, led by patriarch Tripp (Donald Sutherland). It's not always easy for Nick handling both legal and sometimes illegal matters.
Impressions: I almost skipped this show. But thankfully give it a try. This show stars Peter Krause of Six Feet Under fame, and is awesome! The darlings are super mega rich and totally completely disfunctional, and not in a good way. As their lawyer, Nick is essentially the go to guy cum babysitter, its hilarious. A must watch. And it also has a plot twist. We now know that his father was murdered... but by whom?

Moonlight New Show
After being turned into a vampire 60 years ago by his new wife, Mick St. John has resisted the lure of the flesh by helping the helpless humans. After spending his undead life doing good, Mick decides the time is right to pursue a real relationship - can he find the right woman?
Impressions: I'll admit, the whole vampire thing almost threw me off. We've had Buffy, Angel, blood Ties and any number of vampire themed shows and I had just about quit on the whole genre.But I was plesantly surprised. I'm still unsure how this show is going to turn out but it was a refreshing view on vampires. No self angst or dumb hate the world theme. Just people who happen to live long lives and drink blood. I'm not saying its a winner but its got me reeled in to watch at least several more episodes.

Bionic Woman
An updated version of the classic Bionic Woman
Impressions: Reviews I've read on this show are mixed. Some love it and some hate it. I fall into the less than impressed crowd. I loved the 70's TV series and was hoping for a reimagining of the series. The main thing that turns me off now is that I think Bionic woman is going to be another Alias, just not as well written or acted. I'll watch a few more episodes but like I said, not impressed.

Ahhhhh... Season 7 of Smallville and many think this will be the last season. I'm was originally a fan of the series but after 6 seasons of no plot expansion, I'm tired. Lex has had 6 seasons to turn evil and he's still conflicted, Clerk has had 6 seasons and he's still denying his heritage. I've sat through 6 seasons and just want to smack all these dumbasses. Come-on people, advance the plot line for pete's sake. That said, the addition of Clerk's cousin Super-girl might be fun. Its no longer a top-pick for me but I'll still catch the occassional episode. Smaillville's fun that way.

Ghost Whisperer
Not going to comment too much on Ghost Whisperer. Going into season 3, we are finally getting into the whole overarching storyline. Again my problem is that there are way too many filler episodes and not enough of a continuation on the storyline. When will directors and writers learn that the audience wants plot advancement and not at a snail's pace. Ghost Whisperer get a luke warm reception from me.

I love Numb3rs. Interesting storyline and likable characters. Creative use of problem solving. Essentially, I like to think that I get just a little smarter watching the show. Completely untrue but it makes me feel smart when I listen to Charlie spout on about advanced theories and such.

Stargate Atlantis
OMG. This has got to be one of Atlantis's best season opener ever. I was on the edge of my seat and I simply love Carter coming on-board with Atlantis. Granted I'm just a little biased as I've been a VERY loyal follower of Stargate SG1 for 10 seasons and since its been cancelled (DAMN YOU SCIFI CHANNEL!!!) I've got to get my Stargate fix somewhere.

Desperate Housewives
Another strong returning series. These Housewives lead the most amazing lives and things just keep happening to them. I won't go into details but, if you loved the past 3 seasons, keep on watching. My only question is when do we get to see the new gay couple!!!

Brothers & Sisters
Ahhh another guilty pleasure. This is a show for all who love soap operas and secretly love to cry. Go watch season 1 if you missed it and following it up with episode 1 of season 2. Almost a guranteeded good cry while you sympathize with Sally Fields. It clears your synisus and tear ducts and gives you a warm glow as you lament how much better your life is than this screwed up, dysfunctional yet loving family.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Dancing with the Stars - 2007

This will be the first time I'm watching Dancing with the Stars, it never caught on with me, so why watch it this season? The Stars. I LOVE many of this season's stars, Marie Osmond=, Jane Seymour, Jennie Garth, and Cameron Mathison.

And I'm so glad I caught it, the first week's dance was AWESOME!!!! As long as my favorites are still around I'll be a faithful watcher.

Marie Osmond - Ohhh I loved how fun she made the dance, she truly knows how to play the audience.

Jane Seymour - She is elegance personified!

Jennie Garth - Oh she's so damn sweet. I love watching her.

Sabrina Bryan - no idea who she was but her dance was by FAR the best. It really impressed me.

Cameron Mathison - I've always had a soft spot for Cameron. Can you blame me?

Albert Reed - No idea who he is but DAMN!!! That first cha cha was HOT HOT HOT.