Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Here's wishing all Hindus worldwide a Diwali sparkling with joy and glowing with warmth! To non-Hindu friends and readers, happy holidays & have a great weekend!
A peacock made of coloured rice grains.
So what's your plans for Deepavali long weekend? As for me, I'll be very busy for the rest of the week 'cause my dearest mom will arrive here tonight!!!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Have you gone pink like the KL Tower in conjunction with BreastCancer Awareness Month?
Anyway, I've been tagged by the lovely Mariuca (thanks hun) to join the Pink Sisterhood which is all about breast cancer.
Obviously no woman wants to receive this diagnosis, but hearing the words "breast cancer" doesn't always mean an end. It can be the beginning of learning how to fight, getting the facts, and finding hope.
Well, there are so many myths about breast cancer and women need straight answers. Don't let yourself be a victim of misinformation and the myths generated by fear.
Breast Cancer Myths:
Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.
If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes in breast tissue, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. However, 8 out of 10 breast lumps are benign, or not cancerous. Sometimes women stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, and scheduling regular mammograms.
Men do not get breast cancer.
Quite the contrary. Each year it is estimated that approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also give themselves regular breast self-exams and note any changes to their physicians.
A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
A mammogram, or X-ray of the breast, is one of the best tools available for the early detection of breast cancer. It CANNOT cause cancer to spread, nor can the pressure put on the breast from the mammogram. Do not let tales of other people's experiences keep you from having a mammogram. Base your decision on your physician's recommendation and be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get it.
While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. If you have a mother, daughter, sister, or grandmother who had breast cancer, you should have a mammogram five years before the age of their diagnosis, or starting at age 35.
Breast cancer is contagious.
You cannot catch breast cancer or transfer it to someone else's body. Breast cancer is the result of uncontrolled cell growth in your own body.However, you can protect yourself by being aware of the risk factors and following an early detection plan.
Sources taken from nationalbreastcancer.
Okay, back to the tag and the rules.
1. Put the logo in your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who shared it with you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Add your link to the list of participants below
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.
1- Fara 2- Massy 3- N.O.Y 4- Mariuca 5- A Great Pleasure 6- LadyJava 7- Turn-u-Off 8- YOU Next!
Ratu Syura, Molly, Rozella, Life Ramblings, Ori, Yankeenaijababe, Lala, this is the time to show your support to those who are fighting the disease, and the time to celebrate with the survivors. Let's join the Pink Sisterhood before October ends!
Monday, October 20, 2008
"You can get the most creative, expensive toppings in the world, but if you put those together on a mediocre crust, the customer will say, 'Oh, that pizza was very interesting,'" he said. "But they will not say, 'That was so good, I can't wait to come back.'" -- Peter Reinhart, Author of American Pie.
"When you make a pizza on a great crust, suddenly you've got the makings of something memorable. That's what artisans do."
Every night, the tiny Artisans Pizza is filled with customers patiently waiting to experience one of the best pizzas (by far) in Langkawi. We had to wait for 15 minutes to get a table but worth every second. You can dine in or takeaway and they also deliver to guesthouses and the beach.
They made the dough themselves and baked the pizzas with ovens on "wood-fired brick".
We ordered two pizzas for supper and this is my favorite pizza with milky taste of cheese, extra cheese! It was marvelously delicious. The crust was, to say the least, outstanding.
I found a note written by Ralph on 19 April 2008, to Mr. Dutch!
Here, you will find a few custom scrapbooks contain handwritten words of memories by people (from around the world) who dined at Artisans Pizza. According to owner Mr. Dutch, without the words, the memories are not captured and recorded.
Lili is one of the most devoted fans of Artisans Pizza; she can visit this place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper without getting sick and tired of it. LOL!
Indeed, it's one of the very best pizzas I have ever had! Look at the big ol' piece of mozzarella... ooooola-la! Now I understand the lines outside the cafe every night.
Friday, October 17, 2008
It was the second day of Raya. Most of the shops and restaurants had already opened for business. It was quite hard for us to find places for food on the first day. Of course there are many Chinese restaurants around but this group of friends are mostly Middle Easterners. Remember?
Well, I was so excited that day because we were planning for island hopping!!! The first and second time I visited Langkawi, I didn't get a chance to do the must-do or should-do activities; hence this time round mybf insisted to take me there even though he has been to these islands more than 3 times already. We chartered a boat (RM 280) for the seven of us while the rest who has been there before, looked for their own activities. A round-trip, which takes about four hours, includes Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Beras Basah and Pulau Singa Besar. It was so fun and I took quite a lot of pictures. Therefore, I need to separate this post to a few parts. Two parts, maybe.
First destination - Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden).
#1 We took off from Pantai Tengah,
#2 which is near Awana Porto Malai.
#3 A mere fifteen minutes' boat ride from Langkawi main island to the first destination.
#4 Farzam: "Oh my god, the boat is going to hit the strong waves! OMG! *screaming* Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim...."
and non of us wanted to wear life jacket!
#5 I love it when a small amount of water splashed up onto my face and the freezing wind screamed past my face.
A nice day for me is just simply, not hot.
#6 Ralph and Farzam.
#7 Front - Vivi, Abdullah and Senjab.
Back - The boatman and Behzat.
#9 Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden), is situated southwest of Langkawi island, next to Pulau Tuba (Tuba Island). It is the second largest island in the Langkawi archipelago, which is made up of 99 tropical islands.
In the centre of the island lies a large and beautiful lake called Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden) which is enclosed by forest-covered hills. It is also the largest lake in Langkawi.
#10 The outline of hills and rocky outcrops on one side of the lake resembles the shape of a pregnant maiden lying on her back.
Legend of Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden):
The favorite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari was said to be Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden). A prince, Mat Teja, fell madly in love with her and tricked her into marrying him. It did not take her long to reciprocate his love and so could not bear to return to her celestial home. Sadly, their child died from a mysterious illness at the age of seven days. Distraught, the grieving Mambang Sari left the child's body in the lake and returned to her heavenly abode. Today, some believe barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child. Many have claimed to be successful.
#12 Gua Langsir (Cave of the Banshee) is believed by the locals to be haunted by a banshee. There are thousands of bats that make their home in the cave and that, according to some, is the reason behind the 'haunting'.
#13 A concrete jetty facilitates boat landings.
#21 Beware of monkeys sign.
#23 Shrouded in green tropical forest. To reach the lake, there is some 250 meters of mild hill climbing so please be prepared!
#27 Farzam and Behzat enjoyed the feeling of the mustachioed catfish nibbling at their toes.
#28 Ralph joined the catfish foot massage.
#29 But there were NO catfish came and nibble my toes!
#30 I guess it's because of the guys were there next to me, if you know what I mean.
The freshwater lake is a great place for swimming and everyone was getting ready to jump in!
#32 Farzam jumped.
#33 Abdullah jumped.
#34 A girl's getting ready to jump.
#35 Another girl was getting ready to jump too.
#36 Senjab was going to jump.
#37 Ralph jumped.
#38 Vivi jumped.
The lake is about 10-15 meter deep; 30-50 feet. So it's NOT a great place for people like me who doesn't know how to swim!
#39 But, I jumped..... to the section for children below 12 years old. I just love the freshwater!
#41 Middle Eastern women.
#42 Senjab and Vivi.
#44 Ralph and Middle Eastern boys.
#45 oh ya, Behzat doesn't know how to swim too! LOL.
#47 Senjab and Vivi.
We spent about one hour here. On the way back to our boat, we saw monkeys were playing around, near the jetty.
#51 Going to another island, so stay tuned.
#52 "Pulau Singa Besar, here I come!"