2014.04.24 | 超貴飲品

[Volume 9 Issue 4, #1886]
上一篇博文以一碗很美味嘅魚旦粉嚟帶出食肆態度嘅課題.. 今日, 就用呢兩杯消暑解渴嘅酸梅桔仔汁同沙梨汁帶出一個(可能帶有爭議性嘅)課題.. 大家對於現時食肆或擴大至市場上所售賣嘅飲品有何看法?? 我覺得有一個字可以貼切形容我嘅睇法-「貴」!! 其實我哋都知啲嘢越來越貴, 但係好難避免所以我接受, 我所不能夠接受嘅係, 飲品價錢同食物價錢相若, 甚至可以貴過食物.. 如果你話用五個鮮橙榨杯果汁跟住收我RM10, 我係覺得OK㗎.. 不過你用濃縮果汁或者沖調粉末整杯超稀果汁跟住收我RM6.90, 我覺得好過份, 我碟炒麵都不過RM7.90咋噃!! 好喇, 或者呢啲係(年輕人同有錢人有能力常去的)比較有規模嘅食肆, 對於我哋平時去嘅餐室或檔攤, 你覺得RM2.00一杯青檸水, 或者RM1.60一杯用調味沖出嚟嘅涼茶, 值唔值得你俾呢個價錢?? 物價上漲, 操作成本昂貴, 通貨膨脹?? 更有機會同時間提高利潤率添.. 嗯, 一向都知慳識儉嘅我, 可能齋飲水或茶算喇, 更何況感覺上更加健康同解渴喎!! 或者根本都唔駛叫嘢飲, 咁樣就唔會跌入商家圈套啦~~ :p
in my previous post, i used a bowl of yummy fishball noodles to bring up attitude issues of eateries.. today, let's get these two refreshing glasses of calamansi and ambra juice to start a (probably debatable) topic.. so, what do you think of beverages sold in eateries or generally in the market now?? i think one word describes what i would say - OVERPRICED!! okay, we know things are getting expensive, this is inevitable and i also accept such economic trend, but what i cannot except is price of drinks close to the price of food if not more expensive.. i am fine if you use 5 oranges to make me a cup of pure juice and charge me RM10, but not selling me a cup of juice diluted from cordial or artificial flavoring at RM6.90, while my fried noodles only costs me RM7.90.. okay, that's probably higher end eateries (that youngsters and rich people can afford to go often), but back to the down-to-earth shops or stalls we more often patronise, how is it justifiable for a RM2.00 glass of lime water and a RM1.60 glass of herbal tea from concentrate?? hiking ingredients price, increasing operating cost and inflation?? likely a very handsome profit margin too.. well, being quite thrifty, maybe i'll just settle with water or teh cina ais, which seem to be healthier and more thirst-quenching too!! or sometimes i don't even order drinks, so that i don't fall into the trap~~ :p

2014.04.22 | 熟食小販

[Volume 9 Issue 4, #1885]
本人相信, 每一位非素食馬來西亞人, 應該都食過如圖嘅魚旦粉.. 如果你或者你認識嘅人係從來都未食過嘅話, 麻煩通知本人, 我好像見一見如此傳奇的人, 哈哈!! 好喇, 魚旦粉到此為止, 大家知我唔係食家, 呢張相都係為了帶大家進入今日嘅話題啫.. 好喇, 提到熟食小販, 你最討厭係咩呢?? 我就覺得呢, 食物同地方都係其次, 服務同態度先係我最著重嘅..
  • 你係咁等又或者係咁嗌, 但係個個都好似好唔得閑, 冇一個人要幫你落單.. 就咁戇居居企喺度好耐, 忍無可忍之下決定離開, 都完全冇一個人在乎..
  • 你嘗試落柯打, 但係個老闆唔揪唔睬, 幾秒鐘之後, 跟住望你一眼都嫌麻煩, 低頭繼續做嘢並說道, 「等下啦, 我依家唔得閑」又或者「要等半個小時, 你等得就等」..
  • 你終於搵到個人幫你落單, 不過夥計冷言回答, 要呢樣冇呢樣.. 你繼續問有咩提議又或者又咩可以叫, 佢又好唔耐煩咁是但噏兩味餸, 之後催你快快決定..
  • 你落咗單之後, 等到個肚咕咕作響, 原來有幾樣係漏咗落, 又有落錯單嘅.. 同老闆反映之後, 佢若無其事咁同你講「如果堅持要加要改, 就要再等」..
[聲明] 以上各情況唔係發生在我食以上魚旦粉嘅地方, 佢哋食物同服務都唔錯嘅.. :)
well, i suppose every non-vegetarian Malaysian must have eaten this fishball noodles before.. if you or someone you know who have not, please let me know, i would like to meet such a legendary person, haha!! okay, that's it for fishball noodles, you know i'm not a foodie, that's just a photo to lead in the topic for today.. okay, when talked about having hawker food, what do you hate most?? to me, food and place are secondary but the service and attitude bother me the most..
  • you were waiting there or keep yelling but everyone seems so busy.. no one came over to take order, you stood there for minutes like an idiot, walked away and nobody ever cared..
  • you tried to place order but the boss did not care to respond, seconds later mumbled without even looking at you "wait lah, i'm busy now" or "need to wait for half an hour, if can wait then wait"..
  • you finally got hold of someone to take your order, you ordered some dishes but coldly replied unavailable or sold out.. you continued asking for suggestion and what were available, but impatiently entertained and rushed to decide..
  • you waited until your stomach was rumbling, yet some orders were forgotten and some went wrong.. you complained and were told "need to wait if you insist to add on extra or change your dishes"..
[PS] the above cases did not happen to the place i had this nice fishball noodles, i enjoy the food and service.. :)

2014.04.18 | 護膚香身

[Volume 9 Issue 4, #1884]
上個週末喺城中某warehouse sales購得以上產品(係呀, 我專等將品牌從相片中擦走, 因為我唔係要賣廣告嘛), 一個我每年都好期待嘅一個warehouse sales.. 除咗衫褲同鞋之外, 護膚品同香水係我一向喜歡購買嘅嘢嚟㗎.. 雖然以上全部係兩三年前製造嘅倉底舊貨, 不過呢啲化學產品理應都唔會過期㗎呵?? 就算係會過期, 應該都唔會變質得太過犀利㗎呵?? 不過比較出面零售價仲要平至少四成, 呢個價錢太吸引啦, 好大可能到明年都買唔到, 所以抗拒唔到要補倉.. 不過呢次有少少失望, 因為唔係好多選擇, 所以同上一次比較, 我淨係買咗呢度少少咋.. 點都好, 我其實都幾滿足嘅, 因為低價購買係幫自己慳返好多, 咁嘅想法就係由另外一個角度去諗嘢喇, 所以唔會因為自己洗錢買嘢而感到內疚, 呵呵!! 各位朋友, 生命短暫呀, 大家應該做個開心人, 唔好一味埋怨啦~~ :)
got these stuffs (yes, i purposely erased the brands from the photo because i am not advertising here) for myself last saturday at a warehouse sales, a warehouse sales i've always been looking forward to every year.. besides clothes and shoes, skincare and perfumes are something i like to shop.. albeit being old stock manufactured 2-3 years ago, i suppose cosmetics and chemicals don't expire huh?? if they do, they don't degrade badly right?? with such attractive price at least 40% off the retail, i cannot resist but to stock up because i probably won't be getting them at these price until the next event next year.. but i was a little disappointed that they did not have more choices hence i only got these few compared to the last round.. anyway, i am still happy that i saved money from getting them at cheaper price, that's seeing things from a different angle so i don't feel bad for spending money on them, haha!! life is short my dear folks, let's choose to be happy and stop being grumpy~~ :)

2014.04.16 | 熟口熟面

[Volume 9 Issue 4, #1883]
首先, 我要自認自己嘅認人功力實在係差強人意, 所以如果有日大家喺街上見到我, 唔好以為我高竇得唔識你呀, 我只係認唔出你咋, 唔好意思, 呵呵!! 吉隆坡有約二百萬人口, 我認識嘅人唔會多過萬分之一, 有時候識得嘅人唔認得, 反而唔識得嘅人就會一眼認出.. 尤其係經常於同一時間同一地點撞到嘅人, 譬如話每日朝早返工搭同一班車嘅人, 平日放工去同一間gym見到嘅人, 經常去返同一間食肆嘅老闆同夥計.. 大家都係互不相識, 但係見得多, 就算係個陌生人你都認得出啦.. 其實我生活中係好多呢一類嘅「熟悉的陌生人」, 雖然好多都仍然係擦身而過, 不過都有幾個係漸漸熟落而變成(所謂嘅hi-bye)朋友嘅.. 人與人之間嘅關係, 確實係好奇妙, 一切都係緣份牽引, 所以我真係好高興能夠喺呢個虛擬嘅博客世界認識到大家!! 同時間, 都希望將呢一篇post獻給所有「熟悉的陌生人」~~ :)
first of all, i would like to admit that i am pathetically poor in recognizing people, if one day you see me somewhere and i didn't notice you, please don't misunderstand that i am an arrogant person, it's just that i cannot recognize you, sorry, keke!! there are about 2-million people in KL, those i know would not be more than 0.01%, sometimes i can't recognize people i know, but on the other hand, i could recognize people i do not know.. especially those whom you see often at the same place and at the same time, for example those who catch the same train every morning, those who hit the same gym after work, the boss and workers of the same eatery you frequent.. you don't know each other but seeing them all the time, even strangers become familiar.. there are actually a lot of such "familiar strangers" in my life, many still remain strangers but some have eventually become (so-called hi-bye) friends.. it's something rather amazing between humans, it's all about fate and destiny i believe, hence i am truthfully glad that i know all of you here in this virtual world of blogging!! of course, i would also like to dedicate this post to all "familiar strangers" out there~~ :)

2014.04.14 | 獨自一人

[Volume 9 Issue 4, #1882]
我知身邊有人非常之害怕自己一個人, 做乜嘢都一定要同其他人一齊.. 亦都有人反而選擇自己一個人, 甚至好享受獨自一人嘅空間同自由.. 有人會認為自己一個人就等於係孤獨寂寞, 覺得一個人做咩都係好可憐, 點解冇人陪嘅?? 對我嚟講, 我唔會將自己一個人同孤獨寂寞劃上等號啦, 我重來歡迎有人陪, 同時都會歡迎自己獨處嘅機會, 當然要視情況或活動而言啦.. 一個人食飯我冇問題(雖然一個人嘅時候, 我唔會選擇去fancy嘅食肆, 為填飽個肚啫, 求其一餐得啦), 一個人睇戲我冇問題(雖然有人陪會更加理想, 尤其係睇喜劇), 一個人行街買嘢我冇問題(因為如果同朋友一齊血拼, 我會慫恿朋友買多啲, 自己通常空手而歸).. 不過有一件事我係唔會一個人做嘅, 就係去旅行.. 我覺得既然去到一個陌生嘅地方, 我希望有自己熟悉嘅人喺身邊, 可以一齊分享美好時光(同埋有人幫我揸機影相, 哈哈!!).. 你又如何呢?? 你有幾多機會或時間係自己獨自一人, 又會有幾能夠應對得到呢??
i know people around who are so uneasy of being alone and everything must be done in a company, while some prefer doing things alone and enjoy the freedom.. some would perceive that alone means lonely, and find it so miserable to do things alone, you have no one to keep you company?? well, as for me, i surely do not think alone equates to lonely, i enjoy both the company of others as well as being alone but it would depend on the activity or situation.. i have no problem eating alone (though when i'm alone i don't go to fancy restaurants but just fast-food or something quickie as i just need to feed myself), i have no problem watching movie alone (though would be nicer to have company especially watching a comedy), i have no problem shopping alone (because i usually end up buying nothing if i shop with friends).. but one thing i surely would not do alone is to travel for leisure, i mean i'm heading to a place i am not familiar with, i hope to have people i am close with to share the moments together (and also people to take photos of me, haha!!).. how about you?? how often are you doing things alone, and how well can you cope with being alone?? :)

2014.04.11 | 首都游戲

[Volume 9 Issue 4, #1881]
有讀者話好掛住我啲游戲, 問我點解咁耐都冇俾游戲大家玩?? 唔好睇個游戲簡簡單單咁, 其實要整都好花時間㗎, 加上我又每次希望搞搞新意思, 所以就更加需要大家見諒.. 不過大家玩得多都厭啦, 都係物以希為貴好, 呵呵!! 好啦, 見今日星期五, 就玩個猜國家首都游戲, 幫大家重溫地理科啦.. 今次又有新意思, 唔駛麻煩大家打字(兼可避免串錯字)喇, 淨係用個隻老鼠drag and drop(或click)就可以玩喇.. 至於點玩, 就請大家自己睇下游戲指示啦.. 係咁先!! 祝大家有個開心又愉快嘅週末~~ :)
some readers said they miss my games so much, and asked why i have not been posting one lately?? hmmm, the games may look simple but actually took me time to create, furthermore i always hope to introduce new ideas, hence i really seek for your pardon.. but played too often and you'd get bored with them, better to make the games rare huh?? hehe!! okay it's Friday, so let's play a country-capital game and brush up your geography today.. i'm happy to say there is something new today, you are not required to type (thus avoided spelling mistakes), but just use your mouse to drag & drop (or click) to play.. how to play then?? read the instructions here lah!! hehe, that's it for today, have a wonderful weekend everyone!! :)